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.
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
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.