Biography is a very definite region bounded on the north by history, on the south by fiction, on the east by obituary, and on the west by tedium.
May 25, 1934 - September 30, 2017
Born in Los Angeles, California on May 25, 1934, Ken Gunji soon became an “accidental exile” when his parents returned to Japan prior to December 7, 1941. He then traveled back to the US in 1949 to Chicago, Illinois, where he attended high school, and in 1953, he was the first Japanese-American in Chicago to become an Eagle Scout. He earned his B.S. and M.S. at the University of Illinois; he was commissioned and served two years on active duty with the US Army, retiring 25 years later from the Illinois National Guard with the rank of lieutenant colonel. After active duty, he worked in student services for the University of Illinois and Parkland College for 32 years.
In 1966, Ken began a one-year pen-pal correspondence with a young Japanese woman named Kimiko. Her letters drew Ken back to Japan, and, within two weeks of meeting Kimiko, he married her. This past August, they celebrated their 50TH wedding anniversary. He had two loving daughters, Tricia and Jennifer, and was so happy to have two sons-in-law, Jeff Rinaldo and Robert Ballsrud, whom he loved very much. Three years ago, Tricia and Jeff blessed him with a beautiful and energetic granddaughter, Mika, who brought much joy to him. Ken visited Bob and Jennifer’s two furry girls twice a week. Ken loved his four-legged grand-dogs dearly too.
Ken joined Champaign Rotary in 1976. He served as sergeant-at-arms, secretary, and board member before serving as WGRC (World’s Greatest Rotary Club) President in 1986-87. For 1998-99, Ken became the second Champaign Rotarian to receive the Rotary Foundations’ Citation for Meritorious Service. While still working full-time, Ken was elected as District Governor in 1992-93. In this role, he led the district, visited every club in the district, and still remained as active as ever in WGRC. In 2001, Ken was District 6490 delegate to the Rotary International Institute, and later served as Zone Coordinator for the World Community Service Task Force for Rotary International.
Ken’s life outside of work and Rotary was also committed to “Service Above Self.” He has long been an active volunteer leader for the Boy Scouts of America, serving as president of Prairielands Council and as area vice president. Ken also continued to participate in camp inspections at Camp Drake. Recipient of the Silver Beaver Award from the local BSA council, and later, he was presented the Silver Antelope Award by the National Council of BSA. Ken was a longtime baseball coach for the Babe Ruth Youth League; he served on the Chanute Aerospace Museum Foundation, Champaign Public Library Foundation, Crimestoppers, Salvation Army Board, and for many other local organizations.
As the Boy Scout Law reads, “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.” Ken held true to all of those attributes. Ken was an outgoing person who loved socializing with friends and family. He was a diehard Cubs fan and faithful supporter of the Fighting Illini – both football and basketball; and he delighted in the Peanuts comic strip and had a soft spot for Snoopy. He was a man who carried true civic responsibility with great integrity, a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.
A memorial service will be held at I Hotel Chancellor Ballroom, 1900 South First Street, Champaign, IL 61820 at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The family will be greeting friends after the service until 12:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to WGRC, Inc., the Foundation for the Rotary Club of Champaign, Prairielands Council Boy Scouts of America, or the Champaign Public Library Foundation.
Morgan Memorial Home is handling arrangements (www.morganmemorialhome.com).
Thomas A. Powell
August 19, 1941 - September 16, 2017
Thomas A. Powell, born on August 19, 1941, passed peacefully to his eternal home on September 16, 2017, at the age of 76 surrounded by his family in prayer, songs and praise. He was the oldest son of Albert and Irene Powell.
Tom was married to his angel, Carolyn (nee Kort) for 53 wonderful years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1960-1966. He is survived by his wife, son, Mark (Julie) Powell, daughter Laura (Shawn) Davies, Uncle Robert (Marlene) Orth, sisters, Kathleen (William) Goodwin, Darlene (Peter) Sargent and brother, Richard (Linda) Powell. He is the proud grandfather of Ruth Davies, Tommy Powell, Leah Davies and Joshua Powell.
Tom and Carolyn have always been active in church life. They were members for 35 years at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church. Together they served as Youth Advisors for 6 years. Tom also served as Interim Lay Youth Leader, Deacon, Elder, Trustee, and Chair of the Trustees. For the past 17 years, Tom and Carolyn attended and were members of Hope Church in Mason, Ohio.
While living in Loveland for 35 years, Tom was active in community groups and was the charter Chairman of the Loveland Schools Planning Commission. Tom and Carolyn were Chairs of the Loveland High School Music Boosters for 6 years.
Tom and Carolyn were the founders of TAPCO Products, Inc. in 1976, as an industrial distributor of electric and electronic products used in factory automation. After 24 years, they sold the business in 2000. After retirement, they moved to Mason in 2000. Tom, a published author, also served as a Director on the Board for several local businesses and other non-profit organizations.
Tom was an active Rotarian, joining the Rotary Club of Cincinnati in 1987. He was elected as Secretary/Treasurer in 1996-97 and as Club President for 1997-98. He was elected to and served as Rotary District Governor in 2001-02, responsible for 55 Rotary Clubs in southwestern Ohio. Tom was also active at the Rotary Zone and International levels. Tom and Carolyn have traveled the world and also attended many Rotary International Conventions. Both Tom and Carolyn enjoyed the time they spent at their condo in south Florida where they spent most winters of their retirement.
On the lighter side, Tom was also known as the "candy man" because he passed out Werther's gold-wrapped candy to bank tellers, parking lot attendants, toll booth operators, mailmen, clerks and nurses, calling it "smile candy" because it always brought a smile to the recipient.
A celebration of Tom's life will be held at Hope Church, 4934 Western Row, Mason, OH, on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10am, with a reception and luncheon to follow. Memorial donations may be made to Rotary International (www.rotary.org/en/donate - Polio Plus Fund) or The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (www.nationalmssociety.org) in honor of his father, Albert Powell, who fought this disease for almost 20 years.
Mueller Funeral Home serving the Powell Family. To send a condolence, visit MuellerfuneralS.com 513-398-9100
Richard E. (Dick) Burnett
February 16, 1928 -- September 04, 2017
Richard E. (Dick) Bernett 1928 - 2017 Richard E (Dick) Burnett passed away peacefully September 4, 2017. A servant-leader, Dick had "fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith."
Dick was born February 16, 1928 to Hugh and Florence Burnett in Goodland, Kansas. He attended Weskan and Hays, Kansas public schools where he was active in sports, music and student government. He went on to graduate from Fort Hays State University in 1950. Dick's career began as a teacher in Hays High School, then served as an Army Artillery Officer in Korea, after graduating from Officer's Candidate School. He then earned a doctorate in Education at the University of Colorado where he met and married his wife, Doris Leyerle of Cleveland, resulting in a beautiful union of over 57 years.
Dick joined the faculty at Fort Hays State where he served in administrative posts until 1970. He then joined the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) as Deputy Regional Director where he headed the Regional Federal programs for Refugee Resettlement and the Administration on Aging.
Dick had the gifts of enthusiasm, caring for others, and humility. He was active in his church and many civic organizations.
Dick was a lifetime Methodist. He and Doris joined Old Mission United Methodist Church in Fairway, Kansas in 1970. During that decade Dick was both the Lay Leader and Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Administrative Board. He also often taught his Sunday School Class- the Pathfinder's. Dick's faith was evident in the way he treated everyone he encountered.
Dick was reared in a family in which the language of Rotary was spoken - his father was a Rotarian who served as District Governor- thus whetting Dick's appetite for the Rotary experience. And what an experience it was!
Dick's first office in Rotary occurred in 1961, when he was President of the Hays, Kansas Rotary Club; Dick served as a District Governor in Western Kansas in 1967-1968. When Dick moved to Kansas City he became an active member of the Kansas City MO Rotary Club. During Dick's Rotary Years, some of his honors included being a Senior Fellow of the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation, a Rotary International Benefactor, and a Major Donor of the Rotary Foundation. He received the Citation for Meritorious Service in 1999-2000 and the Distinguished Service Award in the 2004-2005 Rotary Year. In 1993-1995 Dick served as one of 17 Board of Directors of Rotary International, serving over 1.2 million Rotarians in over 200 countries and geographical areas. In 1997-1998, Dick became chairperson of what became the Peace Centers Initiative to locate premier universities throughout the world. These universities would promote world peace by offering a Master's Degree to focus on peace studies and conflict resolution. Since 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained over 1,000 Rotary Peace Fellows now working in government and nongovernmental organizations throughout the world.
Dick's "podium presence" was shared throughout Rotary. Dick and Doris traveled to over 60 countries where Dick would preside over the large District Conference Dinners, where 300 - 400 Rotarians would be in attendance. His authentic delivery and optimistic message sent Rotarians back "doing good in the world.''
Many years ago, Dick was nominated as an "Outstanding Young Man of America." This foretold of a career of service. He was active in the Boy Scouts Organization (Silver Beaver), Girl Scouts, and Shepherd's Centers on Aging. He was a member of the Oversight Committee for the U.S. Library of Congress, as well as a trustee for the Fort Hays State Endowment Association.
Dick battled through both Macular Degeneration (through many did not realize this) and dementia during the final years of his life. He maintained a positive and loving spirit throughout. His daughters, Laura Conley and Brenda Burnett, were supportive and caring. Dick was most thankful for them as well as the caregivers at Sweet Life and Bickford at Mission Springs.
In addition to his daughters, Dick is survived by his granddaughter, Jaimee Meyer, one brother, Don Burnett and his wife, Mary Joyce, and their daughter Mary-Dawn Hudspeth. Cousins include Ed and Rich Hampton and their wives Sandra and Dee.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to: Old Mission United Methodist Church, 5519 State Park Road, Fairway, KS 66205.
For Rotary Peace Fellowships, write Rotary Peace Fellowships in the memo line, and make checks payable to The Rotary Foundation. For Rotary Youth Camp, supporting physically and mentally challenged youth, and sponsored by the Kansas City MO Rotary Club for over 90 years, make checks payable to the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation. Send the Rotary checks to The Rotary Club of Kansas City MO, P. 0. Box 412457, Kansas City, MO 64141.
A celebration of Dick's life will be held at Old Mission United Methodist Church and announced at a later date. Condolences may be expressed at www.porterfuneralhome.com Arrangements: Porter Funeral Homes and Crematory, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS 66215 (913-438-6444)
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.
David Perry Baker
1933 - 2017
David Perry Baker, born December 26, 1933 passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Jane Underwood Baker of the home; a son, Mark David Baker (Kasey) Berryville, AR; and a daughter, Laura Ann Pennick (Jay), Wichita, KS. He leaves behind grandsons, Tyler Pennick, Jakob; and granddaughter, Mequilla Baker. He also is survived by his sister, Margie Baker Steil, Lawrence; and sister-in-law, Sarah Underwood Black, Atlanta, GA; many nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon F. Baker and Inez Carey Baker and his older sister, Jane Baker Wilson.
As a child growing up, he loved the summers spent at his grandmother’s cottage on New England Sound. He treasured his freshman year in high school at Suffield Academy before his family moved to Topeka in 1948. He finished his high school years in Topeka, then this Connecticut Yankee became a Jayhawker enrolling in Kansas University where he became a proud member of Pi Kappa Alpha. After graduating from K.U. he joined First National Bank of Topeka as a teller. He spent over sixty years in the financial arena, in Topeka, Hutchinson, Wichita and most recently as Vice President of the Bank of Eureka Springs, AR. He and his wife retired here in Lawrence in 2013. Dave was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed the times spent with his family especially this past February while celebrating and early 60th wedding anniversary with them on a Caribbean Cruise.
He was an active civic leader in the communities where he lived, serving on the United Way, Chamber, American Cancer Society and many other organizations.
He almost accomplished 50 years of perfect attendance as an active Rotarian. He served as President three times, chairman of many committees and participated in many conferences. He was selected Rotary District Governor 6110 in 1999 – 2000 which covered 77 clubs in parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.
His passion since 1986 has been the Eradication of Polio Worldwide. He wanted that to happen in his lifetime. He attended many International Rotary conventions and was looking forward to this years’ in Atlanta, Georgia. He had nearly 50 years’ perfect attendance. He received the 4 Avenues of Service Award, the Foundation Award and the International Commitment Award. He believed and lived the Rotary Motto “Service Above Self”. Dave was a Paul Harris Fellow, member of the Bequest Society and Benefactor. He loved reading to kids in the Elementary School and working with youth related programs.
He enjoyed sports as a younger man, loved the Dodgers from his childhood growing up on the east coast and always cheering on his beloved Jayhawks! He loved to play golf and spend time with his friends. He was a member of the Shrine, Scottish Rite and Masons.
Private family services will be held at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. A Celebration will be held from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at David & Jane’s home, 1728 Carmel Drive, Lawrence, KS 66047 for friends and family.
Memorial contributions may be made directed to the “Rotary PolioPlus Program” Worldwide Eradication and be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044 or by giving a needy child a helping hand.
Online condolences may be posted at warrenmcelwain.com.
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.
Vern C. Vanderbilt Jr.
March 29, 1920 - April 10, 2017
If you were a P51 Mustang pilot in World War II, a car owner in the 1970s, or a plop-plop, fizz-fizzer of Alka-Seltzer in the 1980s, there is a good chance Vern C. Vanderbilt Jr., affected your life. Mr. Vanderbilt, who died Monday, April 10 at The Springs in Richmond of complications following neck surgery, devoted his life to technology development and invention as an aeronautical, mechanical and electrical engineer. Vern cherished living independently at his Springhill home near Hagerstown until his final few days. He was 97 years old.
What a joyous and full life!! As a precocious child he rumbled over the streets of Indianapolis in a self-built motorized cart powered by a cast-off gas washing machine engine. As a teenager, he learned to make bread at his father's bakery in the L.S. Ayers department store in downtown Indianapolis. At a recent Shortridge High School reunion in Indianapolis, he was easily the oldest graduate in attendance. Vern considered studying chemistry at Purdue until the school's legendary Dean of Engineering A. A. Potter said to him, “You don’t want to study that stinky stuff, do you?” In response, Vern embarked on a lifetime love of mechanical engineering and earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1942. In those pre-World War II days, Purdue was short on women but Vern captivated the best of the best in Gwen, his wife for 67 years prior to her passing in 2010.
In March of 1943, Vern began his WWII Army Air Corps assignment at Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit. He was instrumental in completely redesigning and upgrading the Rolls Royce Merlin aircraft engine, which went on to power the fastest propeller-driven aircraft of WWII, the P51 Mustang. With GI bill support following the war, Vern returned to Purdue to obtain Masters and PhD degrees in Aeronautical and Electrical Engineering, respectively. Together, they raised three rambunctious boys to academic and career success (for which Vern could never hide his pride). Always the do-it-yourselfers, Vern and Gwen designed and built two houses, a backyard swimming pool and two camping trailers, one of which made an eventful round-trip journey to Alaska in 1961. Around 1955, Vern had a chance encounter with Ralph Teetor, founder and President of Perfect Circle Corporation in Hagerstown, who had been struggling to design a mechanical speed control device for automobiles. Ralph wondered if Vern could design something using electronics to replace pulleys and cables. After a few weeks, Vern returned with an early prototype of cruise control devices used today in automobiles throughout the world. Mr. Teetor hired this early techie to lead his newly created electronics division at Perfect Circle. Later, Vern founded, and led as president, Dynamic Precision Controls Corporation in Hagerstown, an early innovator in automotive and industrial testing systems. In his later years, he consulted on projects throughout the United States including development of production line monitoring equipment for Miles Labs, the maker of Alka-Seltzer.
Vern was active in Rotary International for over 60 years, serving as District 656 Governor in 1982-83 and maintaining a perfect attendance record with the Richmond club until just last month. He was President of the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers in 1978-79, helped found the Whitewater Valley chapter of the organization, and was the 1967 ISPE Engineer of the Year. Local citizens elected Vern to 7 consecutive 4-year terms on the Wayne County Advisory board from Dalton Township and he served as a board member of the Nettle Creek School Corporation. Like his father, Vern was a 32nd Degree Mason with the Indianapolis Valley Scottish Rite and maintained affiliation with the Hagerstown Lodge #49 F&AM. As a 60-year member of the Hagerstown Congregational Christian Church, United Church of Christ, Vern’s faith was his conviction and comfort while his deep bass voice anchored the back row of the choir. Vern was also a member of American Legion Post 333, Hagerstown.
The outdoors called Vern throughout his life, especially the National Parks. Whether it was camping in Rocky Mountain, climbing the ladders of Mesa Verde, awestruck in Grand Canyon, hiking Yosemite or frying wild blueberry pancakes at dawn in Denali, the parks always shifted Vern from his beloved transistor, gear and steel world, to a quieter, contemplative state. For many summers, canoe trips to Minnesota's Boundary Waters did the same. He even experimented with growing high quality wine grapes and successfully produced wine in Indiana, formidable challenges. In the 1983 Indiana State Fair home wine competition, his "Spring Hill White Sparkling Wine" (Méthode Champenoise) won the competition.
Vern outlived his three sisters Betty (1916-2012), Constance (1914-17) and Lazetta(1913-14). With love and dedication, he cared for Gwen while she lived at home with Alzheimer's disease. He is survived by his three sons Vern, Burton, and Jeffry, their wives Lynne, Carletta and Kit, five grandchildren (Daniel, Karina, Patricia, Will, and Andreis), and brother-in-law Richard Curry.
Visitation will be Friday, April 14 from 6-8 PM with services Saturday, April 15 at 10:30 AM, both at Culberson Funeral Home in Hagerstown. A Masonic ceremony will be held at 7:45 PM on Friday.. Vern will be buried in the family plot at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis next to his parents, sisters, and Gwen.
Dr. H. Bert Coble
1923 - 2017
Dr. H. Bert Coble, age 93 of Lebanon, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 9, 2017 at his home.
A native of Jackson, Tennessee, he was born August 31, 1923 to the late Herman and Lillie Martin Coble.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Gregory Paul Coble; sister, Eloise Copeland; and step-brother Robert "Bob" Parrish.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Mrs. Sue Bankston Coble; daughter, Pamela Coble Moudy; grandson, Gregory Leonard (Vanessa) Moudy; great grandchildren, Zachary Coble Moudy, Tyler Lantz Moudy, and Siana Coble; brother, Bruce (Linda) Parrish; family friend and caregiver, Laura Wright; special extended family, Dr. Georgia Wellborn, Jim Eastin, Jennifer Perry & The Bert Coble Singers.
Dr. Coble was a member of First Baptist Church of Nashville. He was a member of the Lebanon Rotary having served as district governor. He was also a member of ACDA and the Tyler Lodge #1233 F&AM in Tyler, Texas.
At a young age Dr. Coble enlisted in the US Army to fight in WWII. He was Commanding Officer of A Company 185 Infantry and Executive Officer Heavy Weapons Company 31st Infantry Regiment in the Phillipines.
This would not be the last time Dr. Coble saw battle, he was called again to serve in the Korean War, where he became Commanding Officer of Heavy Tank Company, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division.
He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Two Presidential Unit Citations, and achieved the rank of Captain.
In his youth he attended Jackson Public Schools, and later went on to study at the following institutions; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, with Degrees in Church Music and Religious Education; Belmont University, Degree in Music Education; University of Colorado, Masters of Music in Choral Directing and Choral Literature; Clayton University, Ed. D. in Music Administration. Dr. Coble also had educational hours from; Exeter University, England; New York University at Potsdam; University of Virginia; Houston Baptist University; Peabody College; Westminster Choir College.
Dr. Coble served numerous churches as Minister of Music beginning with First Baptist Church of Center, TX; Park Place Baptist Church of Houston, TX; First Baptist Church of Lebanon, TN; In 1972 he was called to Cumberland University where he served as Chairman of the Music Department and Director of Choral Activities, a position he held until 1988.
It was then he started a wonderful tradition that would make a great impact on the community. Dr. Coble began hosting annual Christmas dinner shows with his choir the Bert Coble Singers, to raise money for such charities as the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. This tradition continues today with the choir being under the leadership of Ms. Jennifer Perry, one of Dr. Coble's former students. The funds from these dinner shows have generated hundreds of thousands of dollars since its conception.
While Dr. Coble was at Cumberland University he worked part time in the following churches leading their music ministries; First United Methodist of Lebanon, TN; Brook Hollow Baptist Church of Nashville, TN; First United Methodist Church of Hermitage, TN; and Carthage First United Methodist of Carthage, TN.
Funeral services will be conducted 6 p.m. Friday, March 17 at First Baptist Church in Lebanon (327 East Main St. Lebanon, 37087) with Dr. Frank Lewis and Jim Eastin officiating.
Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, March 16 between the hours of 3 - 8 pm in Baird Chapel at Cumberland University and again on Friday from 4:30 pm. until services at 6 p.m. at FBC, Lebanon.
A family burial will take place Saturday, March 18 in Ridgecrest Cemetery in Jackson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bert Coble Endowed Music Scholarship at Cumberland University.
Pallbearers will be Rob Parrish, Bruce Parrish, Lyn Moudy, Blake Kimball, Bob Kane and Jim Eastin.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the Sojourners Sunday School Class of FBC Nashville and the Lebanon Rotary Club.
Special thanks to: Gentiva Home Health, The VA Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN, and for the numerous cards, calls, and prayers from friends.
Arrangements are in the care of Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. (615) 444-2142
Robert G. (Bob) Ely, Jr.
1927 - 2017
Robert G. Ely, Jr, age 90, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Bob was a member of Sevier Heights Baptist Church. He graduated from University of Tennessee in 1943 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was Vice-President and Co-Owner of Ceilheat, Inc, and Electric Heaters, Inc, where he served as the National Sales Manager. He retired and sold the company at age 45. While continuing his involvement in a number of organizations throughout the community he excelled with excellence and enthusiasm in everything he did. Bob had perfect attendance in Rotary, where he was active for over 55 years. He was installed as District Governor for Rotary 678 in San Paulo, Brazil, in 1981. Bob was involved in several Masonic organizations including the Jesters where he served as Impresario for many years. He was a member of the Ft. Loudon Yacht Club where he served as Commodore and was a member and commander of Flotilla 12.1 Coast Guard Auxiliary. He also organized the Blue Gavel and served as the first President in 1982. He and Dottie were charter members of the Friends of the Smokies and was an avid hiker of the Great Smoky Mountains. He enjoyed bird watching and after he sold his boat he enjoyed cruising and living life to the fullest.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Glen Ely, Sr. and Mary Halcombe Ely. Bob is survived by his sweetheart of 46+ years, Dottie Allen Ely; children, William David Ely (Gayle), Barbara Prichard (Les), and Jerry Glen Ely; 6 grandchildren, including special granddaughter, Madison Margaret Ely; several great-grandchildren; special amazing niece, Kenda Allen Yates; and many life-long friends. The family would like to thank Randy Lawson and his team at Morning Pointe for their loving care and attention.
The family will receive friends 10-11:45 a.m. on Saturday, with a celebration of life service to follow at 12:00 p.m. at Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, with Rev. Phillip Martin and Rev. Charlie McNutt officiating. Members of the West Knox Rotary Club will serve as Honorary Pallbearers. Family and friends will gather at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, at Loudon County Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of the Smokies www.friendsofthesmokies.org, The American Cancer Society www.cancer.org, or to Rotary International End Polio campaign www.endpolio.org. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Ely family. www.clickfh.com.
Peggy L. George
July 27, 1934 - February 17, 2017
Peggy was born on July 27, 1934 and passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017.
Peggy was a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma at the time of passing.
Memorial service 10:00 a.m. Friday February 24 2017 at Asbury United Methodist Church Mason Chapel 6767 South Mingo Road Tulsa OK 74133.
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
1934 - 2016
Roger Charest, 82, passed away Oct. 25, 2016 at his home in Halls.
Mr. Roger was the son of the Late Denis and Albertine (LePage) Charest.
Mr. Roger was a member of the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Dyersburg. He served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve for over 18 years attaining the rank of Captain. Mr. Roger was an employee of Tupperware Company. Starting in 1960, he served in various capacities within the company. After 25 years, Mr. Roger retired as the plant manager of the Halls facility. In 1986, Mr. Roger joined the Bank of Halls, serving as Vice President and Secretary to the Board of Directors. He was also a Vice President of Security Bancorp of Tennessee, Inc. In 2015, he retired from Security Bancorp of Tennessee after 20 years of service.
Mr. Roger had a servant's heart. From various community memberships to chairing numerous committees, Mr. Roger was eager and willing to help. In 1978, he found great pleasure in becoming a Rotarian. He held many positions, both locally and regionally. In 1998, he received the Rotary International's "Citation for Meritorious Service" in recognition of devoted efforts for the furthering of better understanding and friendly relations of the peoples of the world. Mr. Roger was also a Paul Harris Fellow along with wife Theresa.
Mr. Roger leaves his wife Theresa (Bowers) Charest, two daughters: Jo-Anne (Dennis) Jones of Halls and Donna (Marc) Fontain of Oakdale, CT. He also is survived by five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at the Halls Funeral Home, 109 N. Church St., Halls, from 5-8pm on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. A Memorial Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 535 Tucker St. Dyersburg, at 10a.m. Oct. 31, 2016.
John 'J.C.' Garavalia
1931 - 2016
John “J.C.” Garavalia, 85, of rural Carbondale, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
John was born April 9, 1931, in Pinckneyville, the son of Angelo and Wilma (Runion) Garavalia.
He married Carol Gatewood on March 10, 2000, in Carbondale. She survives.
J.C. retired from Southern Illinois University, where he worked as an administrator.
Mr. Garavalia was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran having served in the Korean War.
J.C. was also a member of the Rotary International Club of Carbondale and the Southern Illinois University Alumni Association.
Survivors include his loving wife, Carol Garavalia of Carbondale; son, Brian and Linda Garavalia of Claremont, California; stepsons, David and Julie Boucher of Murphysboro, and Kevin and Loraine Boucher of Murphysboro.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Carolyn Garavalia; and son, Marc Garavalia.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin, with Monsignor Ken Schaefer officiating. Burial will follow in San Carlo Cemetery in Herrin. Military honors will be provided at graveside by Herrin's American Legion and VFW Posts with assistance from the National Guard Honor detail. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.
For those who prefer, memorials may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel- New School Fund. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home; 201 S. 13th Street; Herrin, IL 62948.
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.