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.
(1940 - 2018)
Neil Ewing, 78, of Kirkwood, MO and Venice, FL passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in Venice, FL on January 20, 2018.
Loving husband of Marge and the late Ann Ewing, dear father of Sheri Ewing (Susan Davis), late parents Perry and Helen Ewing and late brother Van Ewing, dear brother of Marcia Jory and dear uncle and friend to many.
Neil was a graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia, MO and the University of Missouri, where he was in the Army ROTC. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army Artillery, stationed at Ft. Sill, OK. Neil was a Rotarian in the Kirkwood, MO club and served as District 6050 Governor in 1986-87.
Services: Memorial service Saturday, January 27, 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood. Private interment National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks.
Robert H. "Rob" Smith
(1951 - 2017)
Florence - Former State Senator Rob Smith passed from this earthly life to his Heavenly Father Saturday, December 16, 2017, at his home in Florence surrounded by his family. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 19, 2017, from 5:00 pm until 8:00pm at First Baptist Church Richland in Richland, Mississippi. Visitation will also be held Wednesday, December 20, 2017, from 9:00 am until 11:00 am at FBC Richland, with services to follow at 11:00 am. Burial will be held at Richland City Cemetery.
Mr. Smith was born November 3, 1951, to C.E. and Jewel Smith of Richland. He graduated from Florence High School in 1969. He received a Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University and a Master of Business Administration from Mississippi College.
He was a REALTOR and an accountant, and owned his real estate business located in Richland for 42 years. He was a member of FBC of Richland. Mr. Smith loved his community and served in many capacities; he was a member of the Eastern Star, Jaycees, Exchange Club and he was proud to be a Mason. He loved and was very active in Rotary, serving as a founding member of the South Rankin Rotary Club and its president. Mr. Smith also served as the 6820 District Governor (2013-14). He was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and recently honored at the Rotary Club of Jackson as a major donor.
His love for music lead to forming a band in high school called the Rebel Rousers. He was a singer, songwriter, and drummer. He wrote music for MBI and recorded many of his songs. He played at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. While in Natchez, MS, he helped form the Natchez Record and Recording, Inc. His passion for music was surpassed only by his passion for helping others.
Mr. Smith dedicated his life to public service. In 1979, he was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives and served four years. In 1983, he was elected to the Mississippi State Senate and served District 35 for 20 years. Over 24 years he authored numerous pieces of legislation that greatly impacted his community and state. He was very proud to author the bill that gave Purple Heart recipients a free car tag, as his father proudly served in WWII and was a Purple Heart recipient. He worked closely with former President Bill Clinton on impactful agricultural initiatives. He was an advocate for veterans, firefighters, and law enforcement communities. He believed in public education and promoted the arts in public school curriculum.
He was a man of integrity, intellect, and compassion. He received many awards from his legislative peers and community throughout the years for his dedicated public service. He truly exemplified the notion of "service above self." His motto was "Lord let me help someone today." He believed his greatest accomplishments were raising two daughters, Tara and Karlie, and marrying his wife, Pam.
He was predeceased by his parents, C.E. and Jewel Smith of Richland, and his father in law, Dan Stewart of Florence. He is survived by his wife, Pam; daughters, Tara (Trey) Clark of Madison, Karlie Smith of Pearl; grandchildren, Adda Laine Pattie, Caroline and Olivia Clark of Madison; brothers, Sidney (Becky) Smith of Byram, Joe (Jonce') Smith of Byram; sisters, Judy Pitts of Richland and Becky Smith of Brandon; aunts, Nell (Jerald) Kennedy of Magee, and Linda (Stan) Roberts of Hattiesburg. And many other nieces, nephews and cousins that he loved dearly. He loved his step children, Robin (Nathan) Renick, Suzanne (Lee) Walker, Karla (Joel) Sarmiento, and Nate Anderson, as well as, 15 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Robert H. Smith Scholarship Fund at Mississippi State University.
Online guestbook maybe signed at www.chancellorfuneralhome.com
C. Webb Young
C. Webb Young, 91, of Ashland, peacefully passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester, KY.
Webb was born July 11, 1926, in Barrett, WV, a son of the late Morton and Willia Pennington Young. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Jean Calhoun Young; daughter Karen Young Dempsey; brothers, Harry, Paul, Richard and James Young; sisters Julia Thompson, Louise Parks; and his son-in-law, Jim Ross.
Mr. Young was a longtime educational leader of the community. He served as principal at Rose Hill High School in Mercer County, KY, also Boyd County, Fairview and Paul G. Blazer High Schools.
He was a member of the Ashland Rotary Club where he also served as past president and district governor (6760, 1990-91). He was a mason and a 70 year member of the Willard Masonic Lodge 626 F&AM; and served as past master and past district deputy. He proudly served his country during World War II with the United States Army.
Survivors include his son, Conard E. Young and wife Geraldine of Winchester, KY; daughter Darlene Young Ross of Lexington, KY; grandchildren, Denise (Scott) Gerkens, Janelle (Anthony) Hummel, Tyler (Jessica) Dempsey, Clarke (Robin) Dempsey, Justin (Elizabeth) Ross, Courtney (Mike) Samford, Taylor (Patrick) Milburn; great-grandchildren, Kayla Gerkens, Wesley Griffith, Hayley Hummel, Holly Hummel, Natalie Anderson, Andrew Hummel, Trevor Webb Dempsey, Cooper Willis Dempsey, Robert Donta Dempsey, Webb Harold Dempsey, Caroline Samford, Penny Milburn; and many nieces, nephews and a host of extended family and friends.
The family would like to personally thank his caregiver Sharon Foster for her exceptional care and support.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel by Dr. Bill Messer. Burial will follow in the East Carter Memory Gardens in Grayson, KY, with full military honors.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home with a masonic service at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to First Baptist Church, 1701 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101
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)
Schley "Slick" J. Frazer
January 23, 1943 - May 19, 2016
Schley J. “Slick” Frazer, Sr. Lt. Col. Ret., age 73, of the Big Springs Community died May 19, 2016. Mr. Frazer was a native of Marion, KY and was the son of the late Carl O. and Golda Jennings Frazer. Mr. Frazer was also preceded in death by his brothers, Jess W. Johnson, Douglas F. (Mose) Johnson, William M. (Cooper) Johnson and Robert C. Frazer; and a sister, Ada N. (Polly) Simpson.
He is survived by his wife, Freda Sue King Frazer; two sons, Carl H. Frazer of Colorado Springs, CO and Schley J. Frazer, Jr. and his wife Viktoria of Luzern, Switzerland; two brothers, Edwin W. Johnson of Marion, KY and Charles L. Johnson of Hudson, FL; one sister, Frances Quertermus of O’Fallon, MO; and six grandchildren.
A funeral service with full military honors will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Rev. Michael O’Bannon, Rev. Ann Benson, and Rev. Vernon Burrow will officiate. Burial will be in Mapleview Cemetery in Marion, KY at a later date. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with a Masonic service beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Mr. Frazer was a member of First United Methodist Church. He was a 1961 graduate of Crittenden County High School in Marion, KY. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee and his master’s degree from East Tennessee State University. Mr. Frazer retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army after 22 years of service and was the professor of military science at MTSU for four years. He was a member of Murfreesboro Noon Rotary Club for 30 years where he served as president in 1996 and district governor of District 6760 from 2006 until 2007.
Memorials in memory of Mr. Frazer may be made to the Rotary Foundation through the Murfreesboro Noon Rotary Club, to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, or to the Building Fund at First United Methodist Church.