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Wesley “Wes” M. Rush
1923 - 2017
Lt. Col. Wesley Merlin “Wes” Rush USMC (retired), 94 of Danville, died on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Hawthorne Inn in Danville. Graveside services will be on Wednesday, May 31st at 1pm with Pastor Randall Robinson officiating, at Danville National Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 210 and The Marine Core League.
Wes was born on March 7, 1923 in Peoria, IL to Wesley and Mary “Nellie” (Stoneking) Rush. He attended public schools in Peoria, graduating from Peoria Manual in June of 1941. He went on to attend the University of Maryland where he graduated in 1962. Wes joined the United States Marine Corp in January of 1943, serving with the First Marine Division in the Asiatic/Pacific Theater, the landing on Okinawa on April 1, 1945, in North China 1945-1946, Korean in 1952-1953, and later in the Vietnam Conflict.
Wes was a member of St. James United Methodist Church, Danville Sunrise Rotary, and various Veteran’s Organizations. During his forty-one plus years in Rotary, he was actively involved in Rotary’s Polio Eradication Initiative, in which he received Regional and International Service Awards for a Polio-Free World. Wes was District 6490 Governor in 1978-79. He also received a citation for Meritorious Service, a Distinguished Service Award, and The Service Above Self Award from The trustee’s of the Rotary Foundation. In recognition of Wes’ support of the scouting programs, the Piankeshaw Council Boy Scouts of America awarded him with the Silver Beaver Award. Wes and his wife Inez enjoyed traveling extensively to all fifty states and over forty-seven foreign countries, and most of all, being together.
Wes married Inez Beverly Lingenfelter on June 29, 1946, and after sixty-eight years together, she preceded him in death in April of 2015. Survivors include their four children: Curtis (Linda) Rush, Neil Rush, Jeffery (Linda) Rush, and Lyn De; four grandchildren: Jonathan (Anjali) Rush, Patrick Rush (Ann Chen), Anna (Rob) Showers, and Autumn Rush (Travis Crow); two great-grandchildren: Bristol and Jackson Showers, and Leela Rush. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Messages and memories may be left on our website at www.papefuneral.com, or on the Pape Family Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wes’s name to The Danville Family YMCA or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Thomas Anderson Agee
1943 - 2017
Tom was born February 20, 1943 in Little Rock, AR to Margaret Katherine Olyphant Agee and Frank Lawrence Agee and passed away in Shreveport on April 29, 2017. Tom was the President/Co-Owner of Local CPA Firm, Agee & Agee, P.C., Shreveport, LA; formally Vice-President/Information Systems and Gas Accounting Officer with Arkla Pipe Line Group, Shreveport, LA, Vice-President and Chief Accounting Officer and Chief Internal Auditor with Arkla, Inc.; B.S. Accounting, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR, 1967 ~ Certified Public Accountant ~ Certified International Auditor, Certified Valuation Analysts with Education and Certifications; IIA Distinguished Faculty ~ Former adjunct Faculty to LSU School of Internal Audit ~ Past Chairman of the Board of the Louisiana Association for the Blind ~ Past President of the Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the IIA ~ IIA Outstanding Contributor Award, 1988 with the Honor and Awards; Professional Affiliations: Institute of Internal Auditors, Past Region and District Director and Ark-La-Tex Chapter President ~ American Institute of CPAs and Louisiana Society of CPAs ~ Council of Petroleum Accounting Society, American Gas Association, Past Chairman Internal Audit Committee and Member of AGA information Systems Committee.
Tom became a member of the South Shreveport Rotary Club in 1995, Rotary District 6190; he held several club offices, District Governor from 2009-2010. He was a multiple Paul Harris fellow (Major Donor Level 1), and made his children and grandchildren Paul Harris fellows, and helped others receive Paul Harris fellows.
He started a clean water project for schools and orphanages in Swaziland, and Disaster Aid USA Board Member an International and Domestic Disaster Relief Charity, and helped start the Domestic Disaster Program.
Tom was an avid outdoorsman and cherished his time with family and friends at the deer camp. He was always the first to help people in need, if you were lucky enough to be his friend or family you knew Tom would always be there if needed. He never wanted recognition for his help, it was just the right thing to do.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 25 years Gail A. Agee; sons, Thomas A. Agee II, Kenneth "Larry" Agee, and Anthony "Tony" A. Agee; daughter, Andrea K. Agee; grandchildren, Thomas Agee III, Emily A. Agee, Sarah A. Agee, Taylor N. Agee, Adam Agee, and Vanessa Agee; and brother, Frank L. Agee.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Rotary Foundation, rotary.org, or Disaster Aid USA, disasteraidusa.org or a charity of the donor's choice .
A Memorial Service for Thomas Anderson Agee, 74, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at St. Luke United Methodist Church, Shreveport, LA. Officiating will be Rev. Betsy Eaves. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2017, at the church.
Fred S. Vorsanger
1928 - 2017
Former Fayetteville Mayor, honorary Razorback and World's #1 Grandpa Fred Vorsanger passed away on Jan. 12, 2017. He will be sorely missed and remembered by the many people whose lives he touched through his humor, generosity and service to family, community and country.
Fred was born April 20, 1928 in Calumet City, Ill., and like many from that era, Fred came to realize the value of hard work, fiscal responsibility and extending a hand to those in need. After high school, he enlisted in the US Army and attended college under the GI Bill following his discharge. Fred would go on to earn his accounting degree from Indiana University in 1951 and following graduation began his career at the accounting firm, Ernst & Ernst. Two years later, Fred took a position at Purdue University as an internal auditor, a step which led to a life-long career in administration in higher education.
In 1968, Fred accepted a position as Vice President of Finance for the University of Arkansas beginning his 48 year association with Fayetteville and the Razorback community. Fred was passionate about both and in his pursuit of excellence he was tireless in promoting and building the infrastructure that continue to accrue benefits today, enriching the lives of U of A students, alumni, faculty as well as all citizens of Fayetteville.
Fred felt it important to devote much of his time to help others in need. He cherished his life-long association with Rotary International and the opportunities to help others Rotary provided. Fred’s work with Rotary was well recognized. He served as District 6110 Governor in 1996-97. Fred was a member of the Fayetteville Rotary Club. Fred's worldview was such that he wanted to devote his entire self to a cause if he was to be involved. Accordingly, he only agreed to serve on boards where he could roll up his sleeves and dive right into work to fulfill the mission of that organization. Fred was on the Board of the Ozark Guidance Center Foundation, The Council on Aging Foundation, as well as a number of others.
Although Fred was hard charging and could be impatient at times, he was always the ultimate "people person" with a charm and sense of humor that put people at ease and motivated them to tackle thorny issues. His signature style served him well not only at the University, but also during his service as a director on the Boards of Tyson Foods and Arvest Bank. Fred enjoyed his "first" retirement from the University by taking on new challenges and ultimately serving as Mayor of Fayetteville. After his time in the mayoral office he was called to oversee the construction of Bud Walton Arena, the home of Razorbacks Basketball – Fred abandoned his initial retirement and continued to manage the facility until finally stepping down from that position at the age of 81. Fred remained active in the community by volunteering his time at the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.
Fred could not have achieved his success without the love, dedication and support of his wife of over fifty years, Doreen. Despite Fred's many accomplishments, he always considered talking Doreen into marrying him as his foremost accomplishment.
Doreen and Fred were a great team and gracious hosts for many in the area. In addition to Doreen, Fred is survived by his three children and their spouses, Diana and Dave Beran, Bruce and Ginny Vorsanger, Bob and Katie Vorsanger; his five grandchildren, Dave Beran (and his wife Lindsey who considered Fred as an honorary grandfather), Becky Tillson (and her husband Chris), Michael Vorsanger, Todd Vorsanger, and Corey Vorsanger; and his five great grandchildren, Blythe, Blair, Leah, Winston and Sutter.
Grandpa Fred always kept the grandkids in stitches with his jokes and songs. Many times his own jokes caused Grandpa Fred to break out into uncontrollable laughter and tears even before reaching the punchline, an occurrence which would only tickle his audience even that much more. Spending time with Grandpa Fred was something the grandkids looked forward to each and every year. They always knew that during each visit Grandpa Fred would bestow upon them a large repertoire of new jokes to take back to school.
Fred was a role model as a parent, grandparent, businessman, member of the community, and patron to the University. All three of his children attended the University and two of his grandchildren also learned to call the hogs as Razorbacks.
Fred's was a life well-lived. He was happy, he had fun and he was ready to share a good story with a listening ear at all times. Fred spent his life achieving these things by helping those around him. Fred would be so happy to be remembered with a smile and a joke.
A celebration of Fred's life will be held 1 p.m., Monday Jan. 16th at Christian Life Cathedral 1285 Millsap Road in Fayetteville. Private burial services will be held at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that if you so choose to honor his legacy that you contribute to the following organizations:
Ozark Guidance Foundation, P.O. Box 6430, Springdale, Ark. 72766 (Make checks to the Ozark Guidance Foundation, Memo: In memory of Fred Vorsanger) or donate online at http://www.ozarkguidance.org/donate/donate_now/.
Fred S. and Doreen D. Vorsanger Endowed Scholarship 30006089; University of Arkansas Foundation, 300 University House, One University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. 72701 (Make checks payable to the University of Arkansas Foundation with Memo:Fred S. and Doreen D. Vorsanger Endowed Scholarship)
Donald J. Rubottom
1926 - 2017
Donald J. Rubottom was born September 29, 1926 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to George William and Nellie Dorcas (Core) Rubottom. He passed from this life January 5, 2017 at the age of 90. Don was a graduate of Will Rogers High School and received his Bachelors degree from Oklahoma A&M University, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He served in the United States Army from 1945 to 1946.
Don began his career as a Trust Officer at First National Bank and established the Trust Department at Farmers and Merchants Bank during a 50 year investment management career. Later he advised banks, manufacturers and small businesses through his firm Rubottom, Dudash and Associates. He founded Southwest Venture Capital, Inc., SBIC, and served on the National Board of Governors of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies. Don was the third Chartered Financial Analyst certified in Oklahoma and was founding president of the CFA Society of Oklahoma, receiving their Golden Legacy Award in 2013.
Don was an active member and leader of many local organizations. He joined the Downtown Tulsa Rotary Club in 1972, served as its president, and in 1993-94 served as Rotary District 6110 Governor. He was a member of Boston Avenue United Methodist Church for over 65 years and taught Adult Sunday School there for most of 40 years. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels and led several Great Decisions discussion groups. He served on the Retired Senior Volunteer Program Advisory Council. Additionally, he coached youth baseball, softball, basketball, and flag football. He loved gardening, the beach and snow skiing; he enjoyed golf and tennis longer than he should have and was an ace bridge player.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Exie Rubottom; and his sister, Billie Haggard. He is survived by his wife of more than 65 years, Wanda Mae; his daughters and sons-in-law, Rinda and James Skaggs, Joy and Charles Strnad, Jill and John Richmond; his son and daughter-in-law, Don and Sally Rubottom; 16 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff and management of Inverness Village and Heather Hall for their devoted caregiving.
A memorial service will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute in Don’s memory to Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation, Rotary International, Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Up with Trees or a favorite charity.
N. Arlan McPherson
1917 - 2016
Noel Arlan McPherson, 99, of Urbana died on Sunday (Dec. 18, 2016) at Bridle Brook, Mahomet. Mr. McPherson was born on June 5, 1917, in Mount Vernon, the son of John A. and Ethel Muckelroy McPherson. He married Geraldine A. Barker on May 20, 1942.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; a daughter, Sandra Lynne; and three sisters.
Surviving are twin daughters, Bonnie (John) Murtha of Reno, Nev., and Connie (James) Jamison of Ogden; one son, Herbert (Shalia) McPherson of Niwot, Colo.; nine grandchildren, Craig, Jon, Melisa and Jace Jamison, April Fratzke and Shane Murtha, Bailey Hansford, Casey and Haley McPherson; and two great-grandchildren, Alexa Jamison and Nolan Fratzke.
Mr. McPherson received his education in the Urbana Public Schools, the University of Illinois and Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.
Mr. McPherson joined the Army in June 1941. He served five years in the service and in Europe as an artillery battery commander. He was awarded five major campaign stars, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart with cluster and the French Croix de Guerre with clusters. He served under Gen. Patton during the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged with the rank of major in 1946.
He was a life member of the DAV and life member of the military order of the Purple Heart.
Mr. McPherson was employed by the Champaign County Bank & Trust Co. for 35 years, serving as president from 1969 to 1981 when he retired as the bank's chief operating officer but remained a member of the Board of Directors.
In 1984, he was elected chairman of the board and president. He held this position until the bank was sold to First Busey Corp. in 1985.
During his active career he was involved in many community and civic organizations. He served as chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and Family Service of Champaign County. He was treasurer of Illini Industrial Development Corp. and held an appointive term on the Unit 4 School Board. He was also treasurer of the Cunningham Children's Home.
He served as secretary and president of the Urbana Rotary Club and was a Past District Governor of Rotary District 6490, 1983-84. He was a Paul Harris Fellow and a benefactor of the Rotary International Foundation.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bondville United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's Association.
The family wishes to thank his devoted caregivers at the Waterford at Bridle Brook, Carle Home Care and Carle Hospice for their love, devotion and support.
A celebration of his life will be held in January. Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, Urbana, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be offered at www.rennerwikoffchapel.com
James J. Keough
1932 - 2016
Deacon James J. Keough, age 84 of Lakes of the Four Seasons, passed away Friday, December 16, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas E. and Cora C. Keough; wife of 37 years, Jacqueline E. (Romig) Keough in 1994; brothers: Tom and Jack Keough; sister, Jean Whitten. He is survived by his Loving Companion, Jackie Hansen; three daughters and one son; Janet Keough; Jean (Jim) Hynes with grandchildren: Joy, John (Tia), Julie, Joan (Luke) Dickerson, Jane, Joel, Jill, Josh, Jenny, Jeana, Joseph, Janet, and Jackie; Jane Wells with grandsons: Ted, Todd (Kaitlyn), and Tyler; Jim (Leslie) Keough Jr. with granddaughter, Leah; eight great grandchildren; brother, Jerry (Phyllis) Keough; and many nieces and nephews.
Jim owned and operated, along with his brother Jerry, Keough Mechanical Corp., retiring in 1994. He graduated from Lew Wallace High School, class of 1950, the Plumbers Local #433 Apprentice Training Program, and the United States Army Corp of Engineers Office Candidate School. Jim served in the Korean War with the U.S. Army in Europe and then returned to the plumbing business.
He served as President of the Merrillville Rotary Club and then Governor of Rotary District 654 in 1967-68. Jim served as treasurer of the Northern Indiana Plumbing and Piping Contractors Assn. and President of the Indiana State Plumbing and Piping Assn. He served as President of the Andrean Parents Club and two terms as Chairman of the "October Fest" fund raising committee for Andrean High School. Jim served on the Board of Directors of the Glen Park Chamber of Commerce and the Merrillville Chamber of Commerce. He received the Shamrock Award from The Friendly Sons of Erin. Bishop Andrew G. Grutka of the Diocese of Gary ordained him a Roman Catholic Deacon in 1981 and he was assigned to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Valparaiso, where he ministered to that parish family until his death.
Family and friends may call at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 509 W. Division Rd, Valparaiso on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the reception of Deacon Keough at 2:00 p.m. Evening prayers will be said at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. DIRECTLY at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with Most Rev. Bishop Donald Hying officiating. There will be morning prayers at 10:00 a.m. prior to Mass. At rest, Calumet Park Cemetery.
Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service, Merrillville is entrusted with funeral arrangements. Memorials preferred to Leukemia And Lymphoma Society. Family and friends may share an online condolence or memory at pruzinfuneralservice.com
Gordon K. Lowry
1918 - 2016
U.S. Veteran Gordon Kemmery Lowry died Monday, September 5, 2016, at Midland Care at Linwood Park Assisted Living in Valley Falls, Kansas.
Gordon was born July 25, 1918, in Meade, Kansas, the son of James C. and Ruby E. Kemmery Lowry. He lived in Meade until moving to Topeka in 1934 and graduated from Topeka High in 1936.
Gordon graduated from Washburn College where he played basketball. His law studies were interrupted by service in the United States Navy in World War II. After graduation from the Midshipman program, he completed amphibious training and led boat groups during invasions in the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Palau, and Leyte Gulf in the Philippines. He rose to the rank of First Lieutenant and received the Bronze Star for actions in the Saipan invasion and the Purple Heart for wounds suffered at Palau.
Gordon graduated from Washburn Law School following the war and served as law clerk to The Hon. Walter A. Huxman of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1947 he opened a law office in Valley Falls and practiced until 2005. He was a member of the Jefferson County, Kansas, and American Bar Associations and served as President of the City Attorneys Association of Kansas. He was active in organizing watershed districts in northeast Kansas and providing counsel to electric cooperatives. He was a member of the Valley Falls Rotary Club from 1947 until his death, was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow and held the office of Rotary District Governor in 1956-1957. He sat on Boards for the Jayhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts, the Washburn University Alumni Association, the Valley Falls Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. He was a member of the Valley Falls United Methodist Church and held offices including Sunday School Superintendent for many years.
He married Margaret Huffman, June 21, 1941. They enjoyed 73 years of marriage until her death on August 31, 2014. He is survived by two daughters, Susan Lowry (Richard Armin), Toronto, Canada, and Lynne Lowry (Donna Sanker), Long Beach, California; and three sons, Gordon Kemmery Lowry, Jr. (Junko), Honolulu, Hawaii, James Corwin Lowry (Cathy), Lenexa, Kansas, and Stuart Scott Lowry (Lauren), Hays, Kansas. He is also survived by granddaughters Jaime McGinnis Lowry and Meghan Dorsey Lowry, grandsons, Cameron K. Lowry, James Bryce Lowry, Gordon Connor Lowry, John Griffin Lowry, Jack Thompson-Sanker and Ryan Thompson-Sanker, and great-grandsons Skyler James Lowry and Duncan Sloan. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Memorial Services will be held Friday, September 9, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at the Valley Falls United Methodist Church. Visitation in the church basement will be from 10:30 a.m. until service time. Inurnment will be at the Valley Falls Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Military honors will be conducted by Grahem-Herbers Post 3084 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Memorials may be made to the Valley Falls United Methodist Church, Jefferson County Friends of Hospice, or the Washburn Law School Foundation and sent c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Valley Falls, Kansas 66088.
Travis Martin Adams
November 25, 1933 - September 4, 2016
Travis Martin Adams, 82, formerly of Russellville, passed away on September 4, 2016 at Briarwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Little Rock. The son of Charles Kelley and Chlorine Ross Adams, Travis was born on November 25, 1933 in Warren. Prior to graduation from Warren High School in 1951 as valedictorian, he was President of the Junior Class, Vice-President of the Student Council and Vice-President of the Senior Class. Upon high school graduation, he enrolled at Arkansas Tech University (then Arkansas Polytechnic College) and began an active student career. He was a cheerleader and elected to the Student Council as a freshman. He was student body president as a sophomore and later president of Blue Key, History Club and the Senior Class. He was commander of the Military Honor Society and sports editor of the yearbook while functioning as a statistician for all men's sports. He graduated with high honors in 1955 with a major in History and minor in Political Science.
After marrying his Tech sweetheart, Lou VanDover, Travis studied for a year at King's College of Cambridge University in England on a Rotary Foundation Scholarship. After service in the Army as an Aerial Photographic Interpreter, Travis returned to his studies at Vanderbilt University in 1958. He became the first president of the Vanderbilt Graduate Student Council and served on the Vanderbilt Self-Study Committee. He earned an M.A. at Vanderbilt in 1962 and was admitted to their doctoral program in American History.
After working as Assistant Director of the Education Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, Travis came back to ATU in 1966 as Assistant to Dean Alfred Crabaugh and Assistant Professor of History. Before his retirement 31 years later, he was Assistant Academic Dean, Associate Academic Dean, Associate Professor of History, Vice President for Student Affairs and Executive Assistant to the President.
Travis enjoyed contributing to the community. He served on the Pope County Quorum Court, the first Community Chest committee, the Russellville School and Community Health and Safety Council, and on the Board of Counseling Associates, where he served for 18 years, including two terms as board president. He served 6 years on the Arkansas Community Mental Health Advisory Board and was Chairman of the Board for 3 years. He chaired the Advisory Council for the Arkansas Comprehensive Mental Health Plan, and was also active in the Russellville Chamber of Commerce and the First United Methodist Church where he routinely taught Sunday school for the Carden Class.
One of his greatest passions was his membership in the Russellville Rotary Club since 1967. He was District 6170 Governor 1978-79 and chaired the District Rotary Foundation Committee. He was chair of the Rotary Foundation District Awards Sub-Committee and served on several worldwide committees of Rotary International, including chairing the Publications Committee. He co-chaired three joint district Rotary Foundation Seminars as well. The Rotary Foundation Trustees presented Travis the Citation for Meritorious Service in 1992 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1995.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife of 59 years, Lou. He is survived by his son, Andy Adams (Chanda) of Little Rock; 2 grandchildren (Maggie and Emma); daughter, Anna Adams of Shawnee, KS; 2 older brothers and 1 younger sister.
The Funeral service will be on Friday, September 9, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Russellville First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Gail Brooks and the Rev. Roy Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Sandlin Cemetery near Ola, under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Susan Adams Memorial Scholarship Fund at ATU-Office of Development, 1509 N Boulder Ave, ADM 209, Russellville, AR 72801 or to the Carden Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church, 304 South Commerce Avenue, Russellville, AR 72801.
William “Bill” Godbey
19XX - 2016
Former Cresenta-Cañada Rotary Club president and district governor Bill Godbey passed away on Aug. 24. He lived with his wife Roberta at Lake of the Ozarks.
Bill served as a Marine Corps pilot in the Pacific in WWII and in Korea during which time he was shot down. He survived at sea three days in a lifeboat before being rescued. He reached the rank of lieutenant colonel before leaving the Marines to start a development company with his brother Chuck in Glendale in the early 1960s. He was responsible for building the La Cañada Country Club.
Bill was a member of the Crescenta-Cañada Rotary Club and was elected club president before advancing to district governor in 1965 and later PDG in 1966. He and his wife at the time, Vivian, travelled extensively in the U.S. and overseas representing the RI president.
1924 - 2016
Hot Springs and the state of Arkansas lost one of their most dedicated advocates, business leaders and true gentlemen with the death of Cecil Watson Cupp Jr of Hot Springs on May 11, 2016. The son of Hazel and Cecil Cupp Sr. Mr. Cupp grew up in Arkadelphia where his father was in the theater business in the 1920s. He attended Arkadelphia high school where he was student body president. A good athlete in his high school days, he ran track and played basketball. After the start of World War II, he briefly attended what was then Henderson State Teachers College. He then served in the U.S. Navy, and was a quartermaster on the fleet oiler USS Mascoma in the Western Pacific. He was always proud of the fact that his ship was one of those present in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrender was signed. After the war, he attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he obtained a degree in business and was a dedicated member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. On Lake Hamilton in his early twenties, Cecil was introduced to his beloved wife during a chance meeting teaching Gwendolyn Stuckey of Lepanto Arkansas to waterski. They married in 1949.
Although he had an opportunity to attend the graduate school of business at Stanford University, he elected to return to his hometown of Arkadelphia and join with his father in business at the Citizens First National Bank. He served as vice president and president there until the early 1960s when he and his father bought controlling interest in the Arkansas Bank and Trust Company of Hot Springs. At ABT, he served as vice president, president and chairman of the board until his retirement in 1995 and remained a director and advisory director until 2005. He served as a director of First Commercial Corporation of Little Rock from 1989 to 1998. Involved in numerous banking, business and civic organizations, he served as a director of the Federal Reserve bank of St. Louis in the early 1970s, was president of the Arkansas Bankers Association, and two term president of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce. He was on the board of trustees of Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City. Cecil was an active member of Rotary International throughout his business career and served as district Governor, district 6170 in 1966-67. Interestingly, he may have been the only non-Frenchman to attend the Rotary International conventions held in Nice, France in 1937, 1967, and 1995.
An Eagle Scout, he was active throughout his life in Scouting and was a Silver Beaver award recipient. His proudest achievement was the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs. He worked tirelessly with the project from its inception in the mid 1960's and was chairman of the Arkansas State Museum commission. Through philanthropic efforts, he and Gwen were strong supporters of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Garvin Woodland Gardens of Hot Springs. He was a faithful, lifelong Methodist. Cecil was an active fisherman, skier, sometimes hunter but most of all traveler. With Gwen as his traveling companion, few interesting places around the globe were not on his itinerary, from 1980 China to the remote Australian outback. He had a wealth of information to share about many places. Cecil's kind humble heart and genuine interest and love for all people, and distinguished worldview made an impact on all he met.
He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Gwendolyn Stuckey Cupp. He is survived by his children, Celia Cupp Baker of Little Rock and Cecil (Mary Anne) Watson Cupp III of Hot Springs; four grandchildren, Wendy (Shannon) Martin of Memphis, Caroline (Ian) Mensik of Little Rock, Lauren (Jason) Feilke of Little Rock and Catherine (Kenan) Lucas of Birmingham, Ala.; and seven great-grandchildren, Spencer and Emma Martin, Annika Mensik, Annabelle and Eloise Feilke, Kenan Holmes Jr. and Malcom Lucas.
The family would like to thank Sandra Thompson, Julie Underwood, Holly Graham and Christine Blackman as loving, dedicated caregivers; also the staff of Arkansas Hospice, Drs. Bill Cole and Marty Koehn as well as Lacy Swazye. Special thanks go to caretakers John and Arlene Moore.
Memorials can be made to the University of Arkansas Walton College of Business, Garvan Woodland Gardens or First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs. Family visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Tuesday in the chapel of Gross Funeral Home. We will celebrate his life at 2 p.m., Wednesday May 18, 2016 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, with Revs. Michael Mattox and David Wilson officiating. A reception will follow the service in the Cupp Hall of First United Methodist Church.
Robert N. Hunter
1920 - 2013
Mr. Robert Nelson Hunter, age 92, of Jefferson City, MO., died Monday, June 3, 2013 at Capital Region Medical Center. Bob was born December 25, 1920 in St. Louis, MO. the son of Clay and Elizabeth Bell Hunter. He was married on October 4, 1952 in Nevada, MO. to Sue Richardson who preceded him in death on May 25, 2006.
A resident of Jefferson City since the age of 4, Bob was a 1938 graduate of Jefferson City High School. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1950 where he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi and the Chi Epsilon honor engineering fraternities. While there he began his life-long love of Tiger football. Bob served his country in World War II as a B-24 bomber pilot flying 51 missions over Europe. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and 5 Air Medals. He retired a Lt. Colonel from the Air Force Reserves.
He was employed with the Missouri Highway and Transportation Department for 35 years, in the era of designing and building the Interstate Highway System. He served the Highway Dept. in a variety of design and planning capacities, as a Plans Designer, Senior Engineer, and District Surveys and Plans Engineer. He served as District 4 Engineer in Kansas City and then became Engineer of Surveys and Plans at Headquarters in Jefferson City. He was Assistant to the Chief Engineer for 7 years until he was appointed Chief Engineer on Nov. 19, 1970. He retired on Dec. 31, 1985. In 1978, Bob received the Thomas H. MacDonald Memorial Award for outstanding service in highway engineering. The National Limestone Institute honored him with the Distinguished Service Award for dedicated leadership and service to the development of the Nation's Transportation System. A special recognition was bestowed on him in January 1979 when the Associated General Contractors of MO presented him the coveted "Sir Award" for exemplifying the ideals of the construction industry. In 1979, he received the Transportation Research Board Distinguished Service Award for playing an influential role in broadening that boards' role from simply highways to full multi-modal transportation interests. In 1981, Bob received the George S. Bartlett Award which recognizes individuals who made an outstanding contribution to highway and transportation progress. MU conferred on Bob the Honor Award for Distinguished Service to Engineering in 1971. In 1976, the Jefferson City Public Schools named him a Distinguished Alumni. In 1978, he was awarded the MU Faculty/Alumni Award. Bob was a scout all his life. He earned his Eagle Scout and is a holder of the Distinguished Eagle Award, Silver Antelope Award, and the Silver Beaver Award.
He was a past president of the Great Rivers Council-Boy Scouts of America. Bob was a member of the First United Methodist Church, member and past president of the Downtown Rotary Club, Past District Governor of Rotary International, District 605, the Jefferson Lodge, No. 43, A.F., & A.M., the Capital Shrine Club, and the Cole County Historical Society. Bob was a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a past president of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers, and a past national director of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He was a past president of the American Assn. of State Highway and Transportation Officials and was also a past chairman of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. He was also a member of the American Road and Transportation Builders Assn. Board of Directors.
Survivors include: three daughters, Marti Coats of Columbia, MO., Becky Ambrose and her husband Bill of Jefferson City, MO. and Cindy Van Camp and her husband Doug of Jefferson City, MO.; one son, B.J. Hunter and his wife Marie of Columbia, MO.; two sisters, Elizabeth Hawkins and her husband Robert of Jefferson City, MO. and Jane Gentry and her husband Claude of Springfield, VA. He also leaves 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one sister, Frances Basinger; and one brother, Clay Ewing Hunter.
Visitation will be at Freeman Mortuary from 4:00 until 7:00 pm Thursday, June 6, 2013 with a Masonic Service to be conducted at 3:30 pm Thursday in the Freeman Chapel. Visitation will also be from 9:30 am until 10:30 am Friday, June 7, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 am Friday, June 7, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Daniel Hilty officiating. Graveside services and entombment with military honors will be held at the Mausoleum of Riverview Cemetery.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Great Rivers Council-Boy Scouts of America, the First United Methodist Church, or the charity of the donor's choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
Emory J. McKenzie
Ottawa — Services for Emory J. McKenzie, 85, Ottawa, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Ottawa. Private family burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Ottawa.
Mr. McKenzie died Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at Village Manor Nursing Home, Ottawa.
He was born Jan. 23, 1920, in Lorraine, the son of Roy and Eunice Van Arsdall McKenzie. He graduated from Lorraine High School and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in 1942. He received degrees from Ottawa University in 1945, a master's degree from Duke University in 1947 and a doctorate from the University of Nebraska in 1962.
Mr. McKenzie taught English at Ouachita University in Arkadelphia, Ark., and taught at Ottawa University from 1948 until he retired in 1985. He and his wife received the Distinguished Service Award of Ottawa University Alumni Assn. in 1993.
He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he was a teacher, deacon and choir member for 40 years. He was a member of the Homebuilders Sunday School class and was a lay pastor.
He served on the Board of American Baptist Churches of the Central Region and Bethel Neighborhood Center in Kansas City, Kan. He was a member of the Rotary Club. He was a past president of Local Club and past district governor of District 571 in 1970-1971. He was a member of Skilton Music Club and a life member of Friends of the Library, Franklin County Historical Society and Franklin County Genealogy Society. He also was a member of Charles Robinson Chapter of the Sons of American Revolution in Lawrence.
He married Harma Petersen. She survives, of the home.
Other survivors include a daughter, Karen McKenzie-McAdoo, Ottawa; a son, James McKenzie, Lawrence; and five grandchildren.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Ottawa.
The family will receive friends in the church parlor after the services.
The family suggests memorials to Ottawa University or the church, sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa 66067.