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.
A. Robert ”Bob” Fortney
May 23, 1921 - December 9, 2019
A. Robert ”Bob” Fortney, Colonel USAF, Ret, age 98, died December 9, 2019. He was born May 23, 1921 in Canton, Ohio, the only child of Grayce Loutzenheiser Fortney and Alvin P. Fortney. He grew up in Canton and Cleveland, Ohio. After he graduated from West Technical High School in Cleveland, he attended The Ohio State University. While there, he learned about and enrolled in, the Civilian Pilot Training program (CPT). (He had wanted to fly since he was six years old.) His first flight was October 13, 1940 and he soloed two weeks later. He received his Private Pilot License in January 1941. He withdrew from the university and enrolled in the U S Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet in October 1941. His first military flight was November 10, 1941 and he soloed eight days later. He graduated and was commissioned May 20, 1942 - three days before his 21st birthday. During his career he flew over 50 different types of aircraft from a Culver Cadet to the B-52 and amassed over 7,000 flight hours. He was active in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and saw combat in Korea and Vietnam. He served overseas in Guam (twice), Korea and England. He spent half of his thirty-year AF career as a member of the Strategic Air Command. During a tour at 2nd Air Force headquarters 1961-65, he served as Chief of the Control Division for 2nd Air Force. During that period, several significant events took place. The Cuban Missile Crisis, the launch of 24-hour airborne alert, President Kennedy’s assassination, the launch of the first airplanes (B-52’s) to Guam for attacks on North Vietnam. His final assignment was as Base Commander at the Blytheville (renamed Eaker AFB in 1988) Air Force Base, AR, where he retired June 30, 1971. He was awarded the Legion of Merit (twice), the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal (three times), the Air Force Commendation Medal (three times) and numerous campaign and theater ribbons.
He and his wife Marian were very fond of Arkansas and moved to North Little Rock after he retired. He worked for the Arkansas Revenue Division, mainly as the Manager of the Income Tax Section, State Revenue Division from which he retired in 1986.
He and his family loved to travel. While stationed on Guam in 1966-68 they traveled extensively throughout the Far East. (Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Okinawa and the Philippines). When they returned to the States from Guam, they continued traveling west and completed a trip around the world. He visited over 52 different countries. Besides traveling, Bob loved water skiing and continued to ski into his late sixties. He had a great love for cars, enjoyed fine food and was a great cook and beverage connoisseur.
He was also noted as an ice cream aficionado. He normally had 15 different flavors of premium ice cream in his freezer, available at any time. He loved music and had a wonderful bass voice. After he passed 70 years of age, his naturally coal black hair was a constant item of wonder to many. It remained so until his death.
A great supporter of the Arts, Bob was also active in community affairs. He served on the Boards of the Community Concerts of Little Rock, local chapters of the Air Force Association, and the Retired Officers Association, the Senior Citizens Committee of North Little Rock, (four years as Chairman) and the LRAF Base Community Council. He was a life member of the Order of Daedalians, Distinguished Flying Cross Society, the Air Force Association and the Aerospace Education Foundation. He was also a Life Member of the Little Rock Bodies of the Scottish Rite, 32o KCCH. He was a Quiet Birdman.
Bob was invited to become a Rotarian in 1977 and he maintained perfect attendance for 42 years. He served as President of the Rotary Club of North Little Rock in 1983-84 and became Governor of District 6150 in 1988-89. During his time, he served in many capacities at all levels of Rotary International. He was a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Paul Harris Society, a Major Donor to both the Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Bequest Society.
A lifelong Methodist, Bob became a member of Lakewood United Methodist Church in North Little Rock in 1971. He was a member of the George Martin Sunday School Class. He had served in most every leadership role in the Church.
He was predeceased by his parents and his wife of sixty years, Marian Funne Fortney,
and survived by his two much loved children, Lynn (Scott Plutchak) Fortney of Birmingham, AL and Rob (Kara) Fortney of Savannah, GA, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his second wife of ten years, Dorothy Clement Fortney and three step-sons: Scott (Debbie) Clement of Little Rock, David (Libby) Clement of Atlanta, GA, and Vance (Sherrill) Clement of Fayetteville, AR, and five step-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, December 13 at the Lakewood United Methodist Church, 1922 Topf Road, North Little Rock, AR. A memorial service will be held at Lakewood United Methodist Church, on Saturday, December 14 at 11:00 am. The interment of his ashes with military honors will follow at the Lakewood United Methodist Church Columbarium Garden, with a reception at the church immediately afterward.
Memorials may be made to Lakewood United Methodist Church, 1922 Topf Road, North Little Rock, AR 72116 or to The Rotary Foundation, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-3698, or a charity of your choice.
John K. Miles
Oct 25, 1934 – Dec 7, 2019
John was born on October 25, 1934 and passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2019. John is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 60 years, Marian Geise Miles (formerly of St. Louis, MO); children, Donna (Darris) McCollum, Ann Arbor, MI, David (Tammy) Miles, Cabot, AR, and Ralph (Stefanie) Miles, Brentwood, TN; grandchildren, Katherine McCollum, Maria Rose Miles, and Craigan Miles; nephews, August (Kathy) Geise, Bruce (Danita) Geise; niece, Karen (Stephen) Frank; special cousin, Roy A. Miles, Jr.
John graduated from East High School in Memphis, received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi, and earned a master's degree in Hospital Administration from Northwestern University. In keeping with his service to country and community, John served honorably in the Tennessee Air National Guard from 1958 to 1968 as Medical Administrative Officer, overseeing medical evacuation missions.
John was District 6760 Governor in 1998 – 1999. He served first as Club President of West Knoxville in 1982 – 1983 within District 6780, and then Brentwood Rotary Club in 1990 – 1991. If you wanted information or guidance he was always there to listen and help in any way he could. John also was a mentor to so many throughout our district. He was faithful about his attendance, to include district events and club meetings. In his time as District Governor he did many things including signing the charter for the Brentwood Morning Rotary Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wesley Forum Foundation at Brentwood United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.
Visitation and services will be held at Brentwood United Methodist Church located at 309 Franklin Rd Brentwood TN., Wednesday Dec. 11th from 10-11, with the service to follow at 11:00.
Luther H. Thompson
1934 – 2019
Luther H. Thompson, the son of Clarence Luther and Dorothy (Gass) Thompson, was born August 12, 1934 in Oldfield, Missouri. He passed into the loving arms of his Lord on December 6, 2019 at Community Hospital – Fairfax, Fairfax, Missouri at the age of 85.
After moving to Southwest Iowa in 1936, Luther spent his youth attending Alma Mater Country School, south of Shenandoah, Iowa, and graduated from Farragut, Iowa High School in 1952. He spent his youth playing sports and working on the farm. Luther accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior as a young man and was baptized into the Christian faith.
On March 2, 1953, Luther entered into the United States Navy, and served his country aboard the U.S.S. Cayuga County and the U.S.S. Walter B. Cobb. He left the US Navy with honors on February 21, 1957.
On July 21, 1957, Luther married Margaret Jane Elliott, the love of his life, at the United Methodist Church in Farragut. They recently enjoyed their 62nd wedding anniversary.
In 1960, Luther received his Bachelor’s degree in Vocational Agricultural from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, and for the next three years, he taught Vo-Ag in Manning, Iowa.
In 1963, Luther and Jane moved to Rock Port, Missouri. Here they raised their three children, Doug, Mark, and Susan. Rock Port was home for the rest of his life, and he loved supporting and encouraging his children in their many activities. He was a tireless worker, but always found the time to teach and play sports and games with his children, and was a supportive and passionate audience at his childrens’ events.
Upon arrival in Rock Port, Luther also began a career in banking at the Bank of Atchison County. Luther furthered his education, completing the Graduate School of Banking in 1971. He retired from the Bank of Atchison County after 30 years, having served as Bank President from 1979 to 1993.
Luther loved his community and was always happy to help organize, participate, and administrate in several organizations, including Rock Port City Council, Fair Oaks Senior Housing board, Rotary Club (District Governor 1997), Community Hospital – Fairfax volunteer, and Missouri Bankers Association (President 1990-1991). Luther’s church and his friends there were so important to him, and he enjoyed serving on many committees and endeavors at Rock Port United Methodist Church, even participating in the hand bell choir!
A compassionate, caring, and loving soul, Luther was first and foremost a family man, pouring his heart into his family. His wisdom, advice, and timely sense of humor was appreciated by his family and friends alike. He was good at pointing people in the right direction; a common parting remark to his cherished children and grandchildren was “Keep on doing the good things”. He was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by all of the lives he touched: His family, church, community, and many, many friends, and acquaintances.
Besides his parents, Luther was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Thompson, and sister, Mary Jane Johnson. Survivors include his wife, Jane, Rock Port; children, Doug (Ginny), Boone, Iowa, Mark (Patty), Gladstone, Missouri, and Susan (Bob) Gardner, Shawnee, Kansas; six grandchildren, Mitchell and Morgan Thompson, Travis and Gentry Gardner, Josh and Mark Peters; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 11, 2019, United Methodist Church, Rock Port, Missouri
Interment: Greenhill Cemetery, Rock Port.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 10th, at Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port.
Memorials may be directed to United Methodist Church, 208 W. Opp St., Rock Port, MO 64482.
Edward S. Peterka
1929 - 2019
Dr. Edward S. Peterka, 89, died peacefully at 12:08 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at his home in Galesburg. Edward was born Dec. 10, 1929, in Aurora, Minnesota, the son of John and Mary (Perna) Peterka.
He married Jean M. Hendrickson on Aug. 15, 1959, in The Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Aurora, Minnesota. Edward is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean of Galesburg; and five children, daughter Kathryn (Kurt) Hopfensperger of Cheyenne, Wyoming, daughter Karin (Steve) Loyola of Altadena, California, daughter Kristine (Bart) Miles of Woodland Hills, California, son Edward R. (Deborah) Peterka of Geneva, and daughter Jeanmarie Anderson of Galesburg; along with eight grandchildren, Kristine, Karolyn and Katie Hopfensperger, Luke and Matthew Miles, Zoe and Mia Peterka, and Janey Anderson. Edward is also survived by his sister, Gabriella (John) Goritchan of Edina, Minnesota; his sister-in-law, Dorothy Peterka of St. Cloud, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews. Edward was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Martin, John, Charles and Philip; his sisters, Mary, Ann, Christine and Margaret; his son-in-law, Glenn Anderson; and his many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Edward graduated as salutatorian from Aurora High School in Aurora, Minnesota, in 1947. After serving in the Korean War, he attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and received a bachelor of arts degree in 1955 in interdepartmental studies, with minors in philosophy, history, mathematics, physics and abnormal psychology. He received a bachelor of science degree in 1956, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Edward attended medical school at the University of Minnesota and received his M.D. degree in 1961. From 1961 to 1962, he interned at Ancker General Hospital in St. Paul. He began his residency in dermatology in 1963 at the University of Minnesota, and he received a master of science in dermatology degree from there in 1965, writing his thesis on cutaneous carbohydrate studies.
From 1965 to 1968, Edward worked as an assistant professor in dermatology at the University of Colorado Medical School in Denver. In 1968 he moved his family to Galesburg and began a dermatology practice serving Galesburg and the surrounding areas. From 1970 to 1986, Edward also served as a part-time associate professor and head of the Department of Dermatology at the Peoria School of Medicine in Peoria. Edward also served as a part-time clinical associate professor teaching dermatology at the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Chicago Dermatological Society, and was a charter member and first president of the Illinois Dermatological Society. After practicing dermatology for over 40 years in Galesburg, Edward retired on Dec. 15, 2011.
Edward was also an active member of the Galesburg Rotary Club since 1968, serving as president and then as district governor from 1996 to 1997, when he completed a medical clinic project in Nigeria. He received the International Rotary Service Above Self Award in 2009. He also volunteered on a medical mission to Peru with Rotary.
Edward also served at various times as a Grand Knight in the Galesburg Knights of Columbus, as the president of the Prairie Council Boy Scouts, and as the president of the Knox County Medical Society. He was a longtime member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and then Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
Edward was an avid golfer, traveler and writer, having published numerous scientific articles, as well as books on a variety of topics. He also created a board game and several educational card games, and in retirement took singing lessons and taught himself to play the guitar. Edward gave generously of his time to always help others, especially those in need, and his tireless energy, sense of humor and enthusiasm for life were an inspiration to all who knew and loved him. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family, who will miss him dearly.
Visitation will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Galesburg, with entombment to follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Galesburg. Repast to follow. Memorials may be made in Edward's memory to the Galesburg Rotary Foundation, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church or Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
Joe Charles Hughes
Oct 9, 1933 – Nov 22, 2019
LTC Joe Charles Hughes (US Army, Retired), 86, passed away Friday, November 22, 2019, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born October 9, 1933, in McCurtain, Oklahoma, to the late William David Hughes and Ima Maretta Deets Hughes. After graduating from Henderson State Teacher’s College in 1955, he enlisted in the US Army. He served in Korea, as well as Texas, Washington, Germany, and Panama, ending his twenty-year career in Maryland. He cheered for the “hogs” no matter where stationed.
After moving back to his beloved home state of Arkansas with his family, he held several different careers, became involved in Lakewood United Methodist Church, and volunteered his time as a Rotarian, traveling extensively and serving as District Governor in 1998.
Joe was a man of strong character. He was thoughtful, generous, kind, honest, humble, funny, and loving. He loved all people, but he especially treasured his family. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 65 years, Martha Wincie Hughes, and his three Army brats, daughter
He served District 6150 as District Governor in 1998-99 and was a long time member of the Rotary Club of North Little Rock. We are saddened to lose such a leader. He will be remembered by his hard work and his passion for Rotary.
Jo Carol Ciborowski (husband Phil) of Colorado Springs, CO, son Dave Hughes (wife Rebecca), and daughter Lea Ann Hughes both of Maumelle, Arkansas. He is also survived by his favorite and only sibling, brother David Hughes (wife Robin).
He was a wonderful grandfather and will be missed by Nolen (Jennifer), Andy (Kirsten), and Aaron (Lindsey) Hughes and Delaney and Lauren (Ben) Ciborowski. Joe also loved his great-grandchildren: Asher, Kobe, Maeve, Malachi, Wyatt, and Callie with another great-grandson arriving in May.
The memorial service will take place on Monday, December 2, at 10:30 a.m. at Lakewood United Methodist Church in North Little Rock. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to North Little Rock Rotary Club or the Tribute of Life Foundation at Hospice Home Care.
Roger D. Sims
June 30, 1943 - October 31, 2019
Roger D. Sims, age 76, passed away suddenly on October 31, 2019. He was born on June 30, 1943 in Chicago, IL to Linda and Roy Sims. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia (nee Laube) and his brother Dennis Sims. Daughter Kathryn (Dan) Johnson and children Zachary and Valerie; Daughter Rebecca Sims (Randall Wilson) and children Hope and Blake; Son Steven (Rene) Sims and children Anthony, Emylee, Alexander, Elizabeth, and Lauren. His family was the core of his life.
Education: Luther High School South, Chicago, Valparaiso University College of Engineering, BSCE, 1965, Indiana University, MBA, 1991. Work: Pullman-Standard, started in 1965, Thrall Car Company, Sims Professional Engineers, 1983-present. Service organizations: Munster School Board, Boy Scouts, Indiana High Speed Rail Association, Rotary: Member of Munster Rotary for 25 years served as District Governor of Northern Indiana 2015-2016, worked on many international Rotary projects. He was a 53-year member of Griffith Lutheran Church, serving the church at many levels, expressing his faith by singing in the choir and teaching adult Bible class.
Roger had avid interests in travel, golf, boating and skiing. He loved introducing himself and making connections with anyone. He was blessed to have so many close friends and colleagues in his life.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at HILLSIDE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTER, 8941 Kleinman Road, Highland, IN. A funeral service will be on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Griffith Lutheran Church, 1000 N. Broad St., Griffith, IN beginning at 10:00 am. Rev. Freda Scales officiating with luncheon immediately following. Memorial contributions may be made in Roger's name to Griffith Lutheran Church, Valparaiso University College of Engineering and the Rotary Foundation-Rotary International.
Thomas Edward Lett, Jr.
1930 - 2019
Thomas Edward Lett, Jr., 89, passed away on October 22, 2019 at the St. Anthony's Hospice Lucy Smith King Care Center.
A retired Colonel in the U.S. Army and Kentucky National Guard, he is survived by his wife of 33 years Elizabeth Maynard Lett, three children, Thomas Edward Lett, III (Joan) of Lexington, John Randal Lett (Shirley) of Salado, TX, Sheryl Lett Chapman (Gary) of Bowling Green and two stepdaughters, Fran Wilson of Henderson and Marci Wilson-Bates (Christopher) of Louisville. He is survived by six grandchildren, Jessica Lett of Henderson, John David Lett (Jennifer) of Kokomo, IN, Amy Lett (Arne) of Salzburg, Austria, Kendra Lett Fultz (Matt) of Newburgh, John Chapman and Hannah Chapman Boone (Ian) of Bowling Green. He has 12 great-grandchildren: Rylee Lett, Alyssa Lett, Eric Lett, Ashley Lett, Ethan Lett, Evan Lett, Ainsley Lett, Norna Bathke, Nolan Fultz, Maggie Fultz, Garrett Fultz and Ryan Chapman.
A devoted Rotarian, Mr. Lett served in the Henderson Rotary Club for nearly 40 years, part of that time as district governor in 1999-2000.
A faithful member of First United Methodist Church in Henderson, the visitation will be on Saturday, November 2 from 10 am - noon in the Gathering Area of the church. A memorial service will follow in the sanctuary at noon. Expressions of sympathy may be made to First United Methodist Church in Henderson or Rotary International.
John Jacob Beals
1936 - 2019
John Jacob Beals, Age 83, passed away on October 21, 2019 while playing golf at Yankee Trace. He led an active life, serving on Centerville City Council and as Chairman of Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.
John was born in 1936 in Miamisburg to Ruth (Klaiber) and James Nathan Beals. He graduated from Miamisburg High School and attended The Ohio State University where he studied civil engineering. He became a Registered Civil Engineer and Registered Surveyor in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. In 1957, he started working for the State of Ohio Department of Transportation, relocating to the City of Centerville in 1965 to oversee the building of I-75.
In 1968, He met Bill Lockwood and together they formed the foundation of what would become Lockwood, Jones, and Beals, Inc. (LJB). He continued a lifelong career designing roadways and bridges throughout the nation. He retired as President of LJB, Inc. in 2006.
He met his wife, Sally Drewing, at The Ohio State University and they married in 1958. He is survived by her and their 3 children, John E. (Lori) Beals of Columbus, Nancy Beals of Marysville, Jennifer Beals Smiley of Ormond Beach, FL.; three grandchildren, Peter Beals, Gavin Smiley, and Ella Smiley; three siblings, Martha Mackey of Newburgh, NY, Richard (Jane) Beals of Palatine, IL, and Alma Schneider of Circleville, OH.
Upon retirement, John became an active volunteer in many aspects. Rotary was a passion of his, where he served as President of The Centerville Club, and a District Governor in Ohio. He was very proud to call the City of Centerville his home and was honored to be elected to Centerville City Council in 2008, and was in the midst of running a campaign for his fourth term. He served on various committees: Sister Cities, Kalaman Memorial, Drainage Review, and Americana Festival.
He tutored kids at Tower Heights in various subjects. John had many hobbies including gardening, woodworking, furniture making from fallen trees to fine finished product, and supplying the community with buckeyes. John and Sally enjoy management duties of the family farm in Miami County. He played golf and tennis weekly. He was an avid Ohio State fan, attending home games (and a few special away games) as a season ticket holder for nearly 50 years. He could whistle most any patriotic tune on demand, recite a good poem and enjoyed travel and history topics of all eras. In his spare time, he frequented rowing regattas, and many activities with his grandchildren.
John and Sally are active members of Epiphany Lutheran Church for over 54 years. Family will greet friends 1-4pm Thursday, October 24 at Centerville City Hall, 100 W Spring Valley Pike, Centerville.
A visitation will be held 9:30am on Friday, October 25 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 6430 Far Hills Ave, Dayton 45459, with a Funeral Service beginning at 10:30am at the church with Rev. Jay Shailer officiating. Burial will be held at Maple Hill Cemetery in Tipp City at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Centerville Washington Foundation, Centerville-Washington Foundation, c/o The Dayton Foundation, 1401 S. Main Street Suite 100, Dayton, OH 45409 or Centerville Rotary Club, PO Box 41431, Centerville, OH 45441, or Epiphany Lutheran Church. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.routsong.com
James A. Andrews
1937 - 2019
Mr. James Addison Andrews Jr., age 82, of Cookeville, passed away Sunday evening September 15 at Livingston Regional Medical Center.
Jim served as District 6780 Governor (1992-1993) as was a member of the Cookeville Breakfast club. He worked hard on matching grants in India. JIm also served as District Trainer in 1996-1997. Jim was an outstanding Rotarian Serving his community, state and the world. His visits to India made our district more aware of the devastation of polio and the need for corrective surgery. His leadership made us better in many ways.
He leaves behind his wife, Rosalie, and three children. No services are planned at this time.
Marvin Damon Farmer passed away at his home on Thursday, September 5, five months short of his 99th birthday, with his loving family in attendance. He is survived by Virginia, his wife of 71 years, and five children, Damon (Beth) Farmer, Ginger (Frank) Cornett, Robert (Karen) Farmer, Greta (Randy) Miller, Cindy (John III) Kauffman. Nine grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren as well as a vast extended family of friends and other relatives.
A resident of Berea since 1952, Marvin was a Beattyville native, leaving there to serve in the Marine Corps in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during World War II. Afterwards he was employed at the Blue Grass Army Depot, becoming the senior civilian there before his retirement in 1976.
His extensive community involvement included being a charter member of the Berea Rotary Club; a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and scout leader at Berea Baptist Church; trustee of Campbellsville College and Berea Chamber of Commerce member.
Among the many awards and recognitions he received were a Citation of Achievement from the Kentucky House of Representatives, a 2019 Citizen of the Year award from the Berea Lions Club, a Distinguished Citizen Medal from DAR. He was a Kentucky Colonel and also wrote two books, the autobiographical "Marvin's Story" and the spiritual "One Knee Is Not Enough." Marvin was a member of the Berea Rotary Club and served district 6740 as District Governor 1976-77.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9pm Sunday at Berea Baptist Church. Marvin's life will be celebrated at 11 Monday at the same location. Burial will follow at the Berea Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Berea Baptist Church or Hospice Care Plus.
Robert James Hadley, ESQ
October 27, 1938 - August 29, 2019
HADLEY, Robert “Bob” James, age 80, of Dayton, passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2019. Bob was born on October 27, 1938 in Wilmington, OH to Robert and Ethel (Slade) Hadley.
He graduated from Wilmington High School, Ohio State University, and Harvard Law School. Bob spent his entire legal career as a corporate attorney with Thompson Hine, retiring in 2003. He was a long-time member of Christ United Methodist Church and a Kiwanis, receiving the Kiwanis Man of the Year award in 1986. Bob was an enthusiastic member of the Kettering Rotary Club, starting as President and rising to District Governor, 1993-94. He was also a major fundraiser for the Rotary eradicate polio campaign and received the Rotary Service Above Self award.
Bob served on many Boards including Dayton Habitat for Humanity, Man to Man, Faith & Money Network, St. Leonard, and the Peace Museum. He helped start the Recovery Café for addiction treatment in Dayton and volunteered at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. In addition to personal philanthropy, he also led numerous mission trips to Palestine and Haiti. Bob enjoyed playing in the OSU Marching Band, OSU Concert Band, Kettering Civic Band and Celebration Brass.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Bob is survived by his wife, Judy (Gilbert); children, Scott Hadley and Connie McBee, Laura and Randy Templeton, Steve Hadley and Olayinka Akinola-Hadley; grandchildren, Lauren, Cole, and Ophelia Hadley, Anna and Tyler Templeton.
Family will greet friends Tuesday, September 3 following the Funeral Service at 2PM at Christ United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Save the Children, the Faith & Money Network, or St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Dayton. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.routsong.com.
Thomas Jennings Diener
1933 - 2019
Thomas Jennings Diener was born to Ruben and Orene Kauffman Diener in Middlebury, Indiana on July 6, 1933. He died at his home in Louisville, Kentucky on March 10, 2019. His body was bequeathed to University of Louisville Medical School.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carolyn Smith Diener. Survivors include daughters Julia Miller (David) of North Carolina, Kristin Diener (Martin) of New Mexico, Laura Pearce (Kevin) of North Carolina, and grandsons Jordan (Jessie) and Colin of North Carolina. He is also survived by a sister, DeVere Fulmer, niece Wendy See, great nephews Bradley and Parker of Arkansas and his in-laws Marian Yoder of California, John Smith (Joann) of Indiana, Eleanor Smith of Georgia, and Stan Smith (Rita) of Florida/Colorado. He is also survived by special family members Yan and Shan Chen and daughters Mia and Alex of Illinois and namesake Thomas Diener of Arthur, Illinois.
Services will be held at 2pm Friday, March 15 at Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church, 311 Browns Lane, Louisville KY 40207. Cave Hill Cemetery has a memorial stone marker for Tom.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Goshen College Development Office, Goshen College, 1700 South Main Street, Goshen IN 46526 or The Rotary Foundation Peace Scholar Fund, 14280 Collections Center Dr, Chicago IL 60693.
Thomas Jennings Diener grew up on a farm near Goshen, Indiana and attended Jefferson Township School, where he graduated in 1951. The first of his family to attend college, Tom enrolled in Goshen College where he graduated in 1955. While working full time to pay for his college education, Tom found time to be active in sports, music, debate, student government, and editor of the college paper.
After graduation, Tom enlisted in the army and served in Korea and Okinawa for two years.
In August of 1957 he married Carolyn Smith of Eureka, Illinois, who he had met at Goshen College. They lived in Bloomington, Indiana, where Tom earned a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1958. He began work as Assistant Dean of Students at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he was "Dean Diener". Daughter Julia was born in 1958 and Kristin in 1960.
The family moved to White Plains, New York in 1962. Tom began working on his PhD at Teachers College of Columbia University in New York City, where he was a Kellogg Fellow in the field of Higher Education Administration. Daughter Laura was born in 1963. While pursuing his degree, Tom was Assistant Director of Admissions for Columbia University Law School, and for 2 years was Assistant to the President of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn.
In 1967, Tom accepted a position on the faculty of University of Georgia in Athens in Higher Education Administration. In 1970, Tom became Executive Director of The Institute for Higher Education Research and Service at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Active in professional organizations as well as the Tuscaloosa and Northport communities, Tom served as President of Tuscaloosans for International Understanding, was a founding member of The Kentuck Arts Festival, and President of Northport Chamber of Commerce. He was an elder at both University and Covenant Presbyterian Churches and was a Youth Advisor at both. He sang in The Tuscaloosa Community Chorus. The family served as hosts to many international students. Tom joined the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club and led a Group Study Exchange trip to Argentina.
In 1985 Tom accepted the position of Executive Director of Kentuckiana Metroversity, a consortium of seven area educational institutions. In Louisville, Tom was an elder and deacon at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church. He was active in international activities, serving two terms as President of Louisville International Cultural Center, on the Board of The Crane House, and as host to many international visitors. He taught in China through The Crane House's program one summer. A gifted musician, Tom sang with the Bach Society for many years and was a member of their Board. Active as a Rotarian, Tom first joined the Downtown Club and then transferred to the East Louisville Club, which he served as President. He was District Governor for Rotary District 6710 and was active on many committees at the local and district levels. He attended numerous International Conferences and participated in a Rotary Polio Immunization in India. A member of Friendship Force, Tom also served as President of that group, hosting visitors, and participated in international travel.
Tom served as an adjunct faculty member and supervised student teachers for Indiana University Southeast. He greatly enjoyed his family, his home and pool, his yard, history, geography, politics, travel, music, keeping up with friends, and being involved in the community. When traveling, he visited many college and university campuses, and often said he always felt at home on a campus.
Tom's family is grateful to the healthcare providers at the VA and Hosparus.
John L. Vandiver
Jul 22, 1924 – Jun 23, 2019
Dr. John L Vandiver of Heber Springs went to be with his Lord; he was 94. John was born July 22, 1924, near Des Arc, Arkansas, to William and Orlee Vandiver. As a child, he learned the value of hard work while helping maintain the family’s 60-acre farm. For his first eight years of school, John walked six miles a day to attend the Holloway two-room school; this was followed by a 12-mile walk each day to attend Griffithville High School, where he met his best friend and wife of 68 years, Juanita.
On April 9, 1944, John and Juanita were married; they then moved to Jacksonville, AR where they were both employed by the local ammunition plant. Three months after his marriage, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Infantry Corps, finished basic training at Anniston, Alabama and was shipped out to Italy, where he served as a sergeant during the last years of the German occupation. Upon returning from the war, John became a live stock trader, started a trucking business and began pursuing higher education.
He earned an Associate of Arts and Associate of Engineering degree from Beebe Junior College, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harding College, and a doctoral degree from the University of Arkansas. John served as a teacher, and later Superintendent, for the Griffithville School District and as Superintendent for the Prairie Grove School District. At Salem School District, he planned a magnet school which was the basis for his doctoral dissertation[RB1] . As Russellville School Superintendent, he oversaw the building of a new elementary school, high school and vocational school. He also served as Superintendent at Waynesville – Fort Leonard Wood School District (Missouri), and the Heber Springs School District, where he served until his retirement in 1986.
John was an avid draftsman (He designed and built several of his homes.), gardener, woodworker, fisherman (He loved the Little Red River!) and Rotarian. He loved to serve his community and his church family. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and deacon in each community that he lived. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching Sunday school, but most of all, he loved his savior Jesus Christ and his family.
John is preceded in death by his parents, William and Orlee Vandiver, and his spouse, Alice Juanita Hamilton Vandiver. He is survived by his daughters, Kay (Larry) Weathers of Rogers, AR and Becca (LaMonte) Bolding of Germantown, TN; his grandchildren – Tori Weathers of Dallas, TX, Tiffany Weathers of Rogers, AR, Lance (Natalie) Weathers of Rogers, AR, Courtney (Warren) Wilgus of Rio Rancho, NM, and Cassandra (Cameron) Watson of Cordova, TN; and his great-grandchildren – Nicholas Weathers, Alexander Weathers, Zachary Weathers and Oliver Wilgus.
The family will greet friends in the sanctuary at First Baptist Church in Heber Springs, 201 N 4th Street, at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 28, with service to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at the White County Memorial Gardens on old highway #67 in Searcy, Arkansas at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks a donation to Hospice of North Arkansas or Ronald McDonald Charities of Arkoma, Inc. in John’s name. Arrangements by Heber Springs Funeral Home, 501-887-9152. Hospice of North Arkansas 4847 Kaylee Avenue Suite A Springdale, AR 72762 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma, Inc. 1333 Arapaho Avenue Suite C [RB1]
Donald Lee Dykman
April 22, 1938 – June 21, 2019
Donald Lee Dykman, widower of Teresa Dykman, 81, passed away Friday, June 21, 2019. He was born in Freemont, MI on April 22, 1938 to the late Russ and Sue Dykman. He was a member of the Frankfort Rotary Club, and he worked in Human Resources at Toyota.
He is survived by his daughters Lori Olmstead, MI, Leeanne Rose, MI, Leslie Dykman, MI, Tracy Shelley, OH, and Kelley Kendall, Frankfort; 9 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren with one on the way.
Don was a member of the Rotary Club of Frankfort (KY) in District 6710. Don served as District Governor in 2012-2013 during the “Peace Through Service” year.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Friday, June 28, 2019 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Rd.
John B. Egan
1936 - 2019
John Bernard Egan passed away on May 5, 2019 in Lafayette, Indiana. He was born on May 25, 1936 in Lima, Ohio, the son of John and Laverna (Grote) Egan.
John was a graduate of St. Rose High School and valedictorian of the Class of 1953. He received his bachelor's degree in Music from the College Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati in 1956 and his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1962. While at Indiana University he served as a graduate teaching assistant in Music Theory and Piano from 1956-1959.
John met Anne-Marie Egan (nee Summers) of Westminster, MD, who was also a graduate student at Indiana University. They were married on August 23, 1958.
John and Anne-Marie journeyed to St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada where John served as an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Music from 1959-1962.
In 1962, the Egans came to Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer where John became a Professor of Music. Over the years, John served as Music Department chairman, Humanities Division coordinator, Core Director, Choir Director, Accompanist, Music Minister, and faculty sponsor of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Faculty Fellows Program. John was a founding member and past chairman of the Council of Fellows and member of the Athletic Hall of Fame committee.
John was active in the local community and beyond. He was a music minister for St. Augustine Catholic Church in addition to many other churches over the years. John was also involved with the St. Augustine Parish Council, Knights of Columbus, Rensselaer Central Board of School Trustees, Indiana State School Board Association (past president), Rensselaer Park Board, Rotary (past district governor, past president, and Paul Harris Fellow), Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee, Ancilla College Board of Trustees, Gibault Board of Trustees, Jasper Foundation, and Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. Former Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon recognized him with the honor of Sagamore of the Wabash.
John and Anne-Marie shared their musical talents by performing many times, many ways for the community. They played numerous dedicatory piano and organ recitals and conducted choral festivals throughout the state. Hundreds of piano students studied privately with John over the years.
John didn't know a stranger and had a remarkable gift of connecting with people, brightening their day with his smile, a bear hug, booming bass voice, encouragement, generosity, and compassion. He kept the staff of Rensselaer's Post Office hopping with his daily piles of hand-written cards to be mailed to family, friends, and strangers - near and far - often with a newspaper clipping of interest.
John is survived by his wife, Anne-Marie, his children, Weldon (Jenny) Egan of Carmel, IN, Anne-Cecile Egan of Rensselaer, Stephen (Renee) Egan of Crown Point, Kathryn (Kevin) Geleott of Rensselaer, Sean Egan of Miller, IN, Brian (Judy) Egan of Rensselaer, and Maureen of Rensselaer; 15 grandchildren, Patrick Egan, Hillary Egan, Elizabeth Thorndyke, Kristine Thorndyke, Stephen B. Egan, Colleen Egan, Shannon Egan, Brendan Egan, Andrew Geleott, Aidan Geleott, Zachary Geleott, Aubrey Geleott, Sara (Daniel) Kinsell, Connor Egan, and Jacob Egan; and two great grandchildren, Henry Kinsell and Liam Kinsell. John was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert Egan.
Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel in Rensselaer on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 1:00 - 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Fr. Don Davison, C.PP.S. officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Jasper-Newton Foundation, PO Box 295, Rensselaer, IN 47978 or to St. Augustine School, 318 N McKinley Ave, Rensselaer, IN 47978.
June 5, 1932 - May 4, 2019
Harvey Welch,Jr., was born on June 5, 1932, in Centralia, IL and died on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, IL. He is survived by his wife of 36 and a half years, Patricia (Trish). He was our dear father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle. He was also an “honorary father and grandfather” to Trish’s sister’s four daughters and their children.
Harvey is survived by his four children from a previous marriage and their spouses: Harvey Cato Welch (Anita), Gordon Patrick Welch (Retha), Karen Annette Welch Edwards (Terry), and Brian David Welch (Petrice). He leaves behind eleven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews all of whom brought great joy and happiness into his life.
Harvey was born in Centralia, Illinois, to Willie and Harvey Welch. His father died when he was young, so his mother raised her five children as well as two nephews and a niece alone--despite having only a sixth-grade education. Harvey is survived by one brother, Robert.
In 1950 Harvey graduated from Centralia High School where he excelled in academics and sports, mainly basketball. He then enrolled at Centralia Township Junior College (now Kaskaskia College), setting new scoring records before transferring to Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale, IL. At SIU he became the first black Saluki athlete to earn a basketball letter. He was also a two-time All-Conference pick and ranked among SIU’s scoring leaders. He was elected to the Saluki Athletic Hall of Fame.
While at SIU, he enrolled in the United States Air Force ROTC program, and became SIU’s first black AF-ROTC graduate. Following his graduation, he received his commission as a 2nd lieutenant and entered the United States Air Force in June, 1955. During his distinguished military career, he was based overseas in Korea, and later in Turkey. He most valued the time he spent working with young officers as they made critical educational decisions.
Harvey retired in 1975 as a Lieutenant Colonel having served as a Training Officer, Administrative Officer, Squadron Commander, Group Operations Officer, Higher Education Program Manager, Director of Air Force Civilian Institutions Special Programs, Professor of Aerospace Students, Commandant of Cadets, and Training Advisor to the Commandant of the Turkish Air Force. It was during his time in military service that he developed his love of the game of golf.
In the fall of 1975, Harvey came back to his alma mater, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, as Dean of Students. In 1987, he was selected to be SIU’s Vice President/Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, a position from which he retired in 2000. From February 1995 until December 1997, he was concurrently the Chief Student Officer at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville as residence halls were being constructed. He took great pride in this challenging dual assignment and the opportunity to utilize his vast experience working with university students.
Achieving success in his chosen career field was only one of Harvey Welch’s lifetime goals. He was raised to help others and embraced the concept of “giving back.” He did this through organizations to which he gave his time and resources, such as Epiphany Lutheran Church where he served several terms as president of the congregation. He likewise served a six year term on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), and was a long-time member of LSSI’s Cornerstone Board.
Harvey served as Rotarian District 6510 Governor having been previously elected president of Carbondale’s Rotary Club. Rotary International’s motto: “Service above Self” matched Harvey’s personal philosophy on life. Whenever Harvey traveled overseas, he loved to wear his Rotary hat with all its pins as he often was greeted by Rotarians from all over the world.
A round of golf was clearly his favorite leisure activity--due to the individual nature of the athletic challenge. He loved the challenge of the game and the camaraderie with fellow golfers. He was a student of the history of golf, and played golf at St. Andrews in Scotland, Ballybunion in Ireland, and Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, as well as courses in China and Japan. He also saw golf as a way to break barriers between cultures whether he hosted foreign visitors at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale or was being hosted across the globe. Because of his own appreciation for golf, his support for “First Tee” (an international program to introduce the game of golf to children) naturally followed.
In Carbondale, he devoted countless hours to its Park District Board of Directors including serving as its president for many years, and was a relentless supporter of the development of Hickory Ridge Golf Course and a public swimming pool. As with many of Harvey’s dreams, he and Trish made significant monetary gifts in support of these dreams for Carbondale. He was head cheerleader for the game of golf in Carbondale for decades. The park district in return named the large shelter at its Hickory Ridge Golf Course, the “Harvey Welch Pavilion.” He was honored to be one of Carbondale’s first citizens to wade into the pool of Carbondale’s new Splash Park.
Another passion of Harvey’s was hunting. He often went deer hunting with Jake Bach. Harvey and his brother, Bob, often traveled to South Dakota for a week of pheasant hunting on the farms of Trish’s cousins. Over time, he developed close friendships with fellow pheasant hunters who invited Bob and Harvey, for many years, to hunt rabbits on their property in rural Missouri.
Harvey and Trish likewise generously gave of their time and resources in their efforts to raise funds for the SIU student scholarships bearing their names. They did this by sponsoring an annual golf scramble tournament. Through this event, Harvey and Trish provided an easy way for their many friends and golfing buddies to provide financial support for SIU students. In 2018, Harvey received the prestigious “Service to Southern” award from SIU’s Board of Trustees.
Harvey and Trish have a long history of supporting musical theater at SIU through the Friends of McLeod Summer Playhouse. In 2007, Harvey, supported by Lori Fink, won the grand prize for raising the most money for the theater by singing a memorable duet, “Sue me” (from Guys and Dolls) at the annual “Singing with the Stars” fundraiser.
Harvey took an active role in Carbondale’s Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, serving from 1978 until 2017. He was a visible presence as Carbondale integrated its fire and police departments. But, many had no idea that Harvey interviewed virtually every professional hired by Carbondale’s police and fire departments for decades. He served as a member of Carbondale’s Personnel Board from 1978 to 2017. In 2006, he received the Carbondale Citizen of the Year award.
The funeral service for Harvey Welch, Jr. will be at 10:30 AM on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Chautauqua Street in Carbondale, IL, Pastor Paul Waterman presiding. The internment will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Visitation is on Wednesday evening, May 8, from 5 to 8 PM at Epiphany Lutheran Church.
Richard (R.D.) Ross
1933 - 2019
Lieutenant Colonel , USMC Retired, 85 of Columbia, MO passed away from Alzheimer’s disease surrounded by family Friday April 26, 2019 at Lenoir Woods in Columbia.
Services to celebrate his life will take place at 10:00 am, October 26, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt Street Columbia, MO. A reception will take place immediately following to share fellowship, cookies, and stories.
He was born on September 19, 1933 in Beloit, KS. Son of the late Mervin and Mildred (Steeples) Ross. Richard (known to most as RD) spent his childhood in Lincoln, KS where at an early age he battled polio which would later fuel his desire for public service. Son of a school teacher and the city postmaster, he was encouraged from a young age to be active and curious. Small town Kansas life allowed RD to participate in every activity from sports to student council. A perpetual rule follower, his lone act of rebellion was to skip class to see Duke Ellington perform in Lincoln, NE. A love of jazz and music was one of the great joys of his life. He graduated valedictorian from Lincoln High School in 1951. RD became a world traveler, but the little town in central Kansas remained his place of solace and contemplation for the rest of his days.
A NROTC scholarship led RD to the University of Kansas. While at KU he was a member of Sigma Nu, Dean’s Honor Roll, Hawkwatch Society (President), and Scabbard & Blade (National Military Honor Society). He graduated from KU in 1955 with a BA in History and American Civilization, and then went on to receive a MA in History in 1975 from the University of Missouri.
Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1955, RD’s 23-year military career took him to numerous countries including three tours of Vietnam, Japan, and Panama. Highlights include a tour as an Infantry Company Commander in Southeast Asia; Commanding Officer Marine Corps Embassy Security Group Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean; Associate Professor of Naval Science and Executive Officer with the University of Missouri NROTC and a final assignment to Headquarters Marine Corps. His numerous commendations include a Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal with Combat V for Valor, and the RVN Armed Forces Medal.
While living and recruiting in San Francisco, he was set up on a date with a fellow Kansan, Loretta Pound. RD had met his match in this intelligent beauty who shared his love of adventure. Ten months later they were married in 1964.
Upon retirement in 1978, RD, Loretta and family settled in Columbia, MO. After a quick stop in real estate and banking, the call of public service came again. Governor Ashcroft appointed him to serve as Director of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). During his tenure, he also served as President of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) and was one of the founding directors and former board chairman of CUSEC, Central United States Earthquake Consortium.
Later years brought out adventures and a new chapter of service. RD exemplified Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”. He was Past President of the Rotary Club of Columbia, Past District Governor for Rotary 6080. He and Loretta were actively involved in Rotary exchange programs, encouraging global community and friendship with travels to Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Japan, Croatia, England, Scotland, Vietnam, and more. RD was committed to supporting Mizzou in various capacities and fundraising campaigns. A season ticket holder for decades, he supported Tiger sports hiding his Jayhawk clothing as necessary. In 2000 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Missouri College of Arts & Sciences, an honor he was deeply humbled to receive. He was a proud member of MOAA, VFW Post #7928, and a devoted member of First Presbyterian Church.
RD oft said, “A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet.” We your friends and family miss you, but we are better for having had you in our lives. Godspeed RD.
The family extends its gratitude to friends near and far for their compassion and friendship. A special note of thanks to First Presbyterian Church, the Rotary Clubs of Columbia, MO, and the loving hands of Lenoir Woods Greenwood Memory Care staff.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Rotary International Polio Plus, https://www.endpolio.org/donate; Alzheimers Association, https://www.alz.org; First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt Street Columbia, MO 65201.
Along with wife Loretta, RD is survived by his sister Tanya Ross Stormes of Laguna Woods, CA, daughters and sons-in-law Anne Marie and Daniel Mosqueda of Brambleton, VA, and Nancy and David Ross Dribin, of Oak Park, IL. Grandchildren Chay Mosqueda and wife Taylor, Cole Mosqueda, Liliana Rose Dribin, and Zachary Ross Dribin.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65203; (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.parkermillard.com.
James G. Fitzgerald
January 15, 1932 - April 16, 2019
James G. Fitzgerald, 87, Buffalo, Missouri, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away April 16, 2019 at his home. James was born on January 15, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri to the late Eugene and Ida (Bollwerk) Fitzgerald. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School in St. Joseph, Missouri.
On June 4, 1955, James married Carolyn Edwards. Together, they raised four children. She preceded him in death on December 23, 1988.
James was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, charter member, past club president and past District Governor of St. Joseph East Rotary and past president of St. Joseph Board of Realtors.
In addition to his parents and first wife, James is preceded in death by his sister Marie Riley. Surviving family includes: wife, Marilyn Fitzgerald; children, Joseph Fitzgerald (Jane), John Fitzgerald (Christy), Catherine Fitzgerald, Linda Saliga (Steve); step-children, Craig Lilley (Debbie), Rhonda Wright (Rick), Chad Lilley (Trudy), Robin Stewart (Ernie); Brother, Robert Fitzgerald; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 A.M, Thursday, April 25, 2019, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Visitation at 9:00 A.M. at the church. Inurnment Mount Olivet Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri. The family has requested memorials to the charity of their choice.
Donald G. Brackhahn
1937 - 2019
Donald Garland Brackhahn, of Rolla, passed away Monday, April 1, 2019 at the age of 82.
He was born in Kansas City, MO on November 2, 1936 to the late James and Mary (Garland) Brackhahn where he attended Paseo High School.
On February 24, 1961, he married Nancy Lee Dunbar and they were later blessed with two daughters.
Don was known for his service to others and his loud, booming voice which you could hear during services at Christ Episcopal Church or at sporting activities throughout the town of Rolla. During the Christmas season you could also find him in his red suit and beard at the top of the cherry picker during the Christmas parade or spreading cheer through the town.
Don earned a bachelors and a masters degree in history and government from UMKC. Later he earned a Post Masters Higher Education Administration degree from UMKC. He first taught history at Southwest High School in the Kansas City area.
In 1966, Don became Alumni Director for UMKC. In 1970 he was appointed Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations and Director of Development at UMKC. Starting in 1980 Don served two years as Special Assistant for Alumni Relations to the President of the University of Missouri. He later came to Missouri S&T where he served and retired as the Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations.
Don was very civic minded and served in many capacities for several organizations. He has been a member of American Society of Association Executives, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Tau Kappa Epsilon.
In Kansas City he served as Metropolitan United Way Speakers Division chairman, President of the Johnson County United Community Services, President of Johnson County Friends of the Library, and President of the standing committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. He was also a member of the Johnson County Kansas Library board of trustees, the Kansas City Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Kansas City Museum of History and Science board of trustees.
In Rolla he was a member of the Order of Golden Shillelagh Donor Society, on the Board of Directors for MRPC and member of Rolla Chamber Ambassadors. He was president and on the board of directors for the Phelps County Public Water Supply District II, on the Rolla United Fund board of directors. He was a Tau Kappa Epsilon campus advisor, advisor to Omicron Delta Kappa, and organizing president and on the board of directors of the Rolla Town Band. He was a lay reader at Christ Church and was elected as lay representative to the Cathedral Chapter of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. He is also a founding member of the World’s Finest Rolla German Band and avid fan and supporter of the Rolla Bulldogs and S&T Miners.
Don has served as President of the Rolla Noon Rotary Club where he was recently recognized with 20 years of perfect attendance. He is a past District Governor (6080 2005-06) and past District Treasurer of Rotary International.
Recently he received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Rolla Chamber of Commerce. He was also awarded the Paul Harris Rotarian Award, the UMKC Community Service Award and a University of Missouri Presidential Citation for Alumni Service.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Jim Brackhahn.
He will be greatly missed by his surviving family which includes his wife of 57 years, Nancy Brackhahn, of Rolla; two daughters, Dawn Sullivan and husband Steve, of Shawnee, KS and Diane Simon and husband David, of Rockford, IL; two brothers, Robert (Carol) Brackhahn and Thomas (Alice) Brackhahn, and sister-in-law Diana Brackhahn all of Shawnee Mission, KS; three grandchildren, Dana Simon, Erin Sullivan and Evan Sullivan; nieces, nephews, other extended family members and many dear friends.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Don Brackhahn will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 3pm at Christ Episcopal Church in Rolla.
Memorial contributions may be made in Don’s memory to the Don and Nancy Brackhahn Scholarship Fund at Missouri S&T Alumni Office or the Rotary Foundation.
Thomas Jennings Diener
July 6, 1933 - March 10, 2019
Louisville - Thomas Jennings Diener was born to Ruben and Orene Kauffman Diener in Middlebury, Indiana on July 6, 1933. He died at his home in Louisville, Kentucky on March 10, 2019. His body was bequeathed to University of Louisville Medical School.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carolyn Smith Diener. Survivors include daughters Julia Miller (David) of North Carolina, Kristin Diener (Martin) of New Mexico, Laura Pearce (Kevin) of North Carolina, and grandsons Jordan (Jessie) and Colin of North Carolina. He is also survived by a sister, DeVere Fulmer, niece Wendy See, great nephews Bradley and Parker of Arkansas and his in-laws Marian Yoder of California, John Smith (Joann) of Indiana, Eleanor Smith of Georgia, and Stan Smith (Rita) of Florida/Colorado. He is also survived by special family members Yan and Shan Chen and daughters Mia and Alex of Illinois and namesake Thomas Diener of Arthur, Illinois.
Services will be held at 2pm Friday, March 15 at Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church, 311 Browns Lane, Louisville KY 40207. Cave Hill Cemetery has a memorial stone marker for Tom. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Goshen College Development Office, Goshen College, 1700 South Main Street, Goshen IN 46526 or The Rotary Foundation Peace Scholar Fund, 14280 Collections Center Dr, Chicago IL 60693.
Thomas Jennings Diener grew up on a farm near Goshen, Indiana and attended Jefferson Township School, where he graduated in 1951. The first of his family to attend college, Tom enrolled in Goshen College where he graduated in 1955. While working full time to pay for his college education, Tom found time to be active in sports, music, debate, student government, and editor of the college paper. After graduation, Tom enlisted in the army and served in Korea and Okinawa for two years. In August of 1957 he married Carolyn Smith of Eureka, Illinois, who he had met at Goshen College. They lived in Bloomington, Indiana, where Tom earned a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1958. He began work as Assistant Dean of Students at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he was "Dean Diener". Daughter Julia was born in 1958 and Kristin in 1960. The family moved to White Plains, New York in 1962. Tom began working on his PhD at Teachers College of Columbia University in New York City, where he was a Kellogg Fellow in the field of Higher Education Administration. Daughter Laura was born in 1963.
While pursuing his degree, Tom was Assistant Director of Admissions for Columbia University Law School, and for 2 years was Assistant to the President of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. In 1967, Tom accepted a position on the faculty of University of Georgia in Athens in Higher Education Administration. In 1970, Tom became Executive Director of The Institute for Higher Education Research and Service at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Active in professional organizations as well as the Tuscaloosa and Northport communities, Tom served as President of Tuscaloosans for International Understanding, was a founding member of The Kentuck Arts Festival, and President of Northport Chamber of Commerce. He was an elder at both University and Covenant Presbyterian Churches and was a Youth Advisor at both. He sang in The Tuscaloosa Community Chorus. The family served as hosts to many international students. Tom joined the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club and led a Group Study Exchange trip to Argentina. In 1985 Tom accepted the position of Executive Director of Kentuckiana Metroversity, a consortium of seven area educational institutions. In Louisville, Tom was an elder and deacon at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church. He was active in international activities, serving two terms as President of Louisville International Cultural Center, on the Board of The Crane House, and as host to many international visitors. He taught in China through The Crane House's program one summer.
A gifted musician, Tom sang with the Bach Society for many years and was a member of their Board.
Active as a Rotarian, Tom first joined the Downtown Club and then transferred to the East Louisville Club, which he served as President. He was District Governor for Rotary District 6710 and was active on many committees at the local and district levels. He attended numerous International Conferences and participated in a Rotary Polio Immunization in India.
A member of Friendship Force, Tom also served as President of that group, hosting visitors, and participated in international travel. Tom served as an adjunct faculty member and supervised student teachers for Indiana University Southeast.
He greatly enjoyed his family, his home and pool, his yard, history, geography, politics, travel, music, keeping up with friends, and being involved in the community. When traveling, he visited many college and university campuses, and often said he always felt at home on a campus. Tom's family is grateful to the healthcare providers at the VA and Hosparus.
George H. Windate
George H. Windate, age 89, of Stone Creek, passed away peacefully at home on February 13, 2019.
Born March 3, 1929, in Akron, he was the son of the late George H. and Ida McCoy Windate. George graduated from Akron’s Kenmore High School and went on to serve honorably with the U.S. Air Force. He started his own financial, investment and insurance business, which he operated for 37 years. George had the honor of being qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table and was a life member. He was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Bath and continued in Rotary for over 50 years becoming district governor. George was the founder of the Medina-Summit Chapter of the Ohio Horseman’s Council, and was responsible for starting the many horse trails that are now in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. He retired to the country enjoying a peaceful life with his wife and horses. The couple enjoyed trail riding and travel – they had visited 25 different countries.
Remaining to treasure George’s memory are his wife Sally; his son George Jr. (June) Windate; his daughter, Debbie (Tom) Kulscar; his step-son, Vic (Heather) Andrew; his step-daughter, Hillary (Ed) Ash; his ten grandchildren; and his two great grandchildren.
Per George’s wishes there will be no visitation or ceremony, but always remember, “Life is good!”
Donald Joseph Rice
October 6, 1920 - December 21, 2018
Donald Joseph Rice, 98, of Belleville, Ill., born October 6, 1920, in Centralia, Ill., passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018 in Belleville, Ill.
Don married the love of his life, Betty Jane Hepp, on June 12, 1948. This union brought three children: Janis, Thomas, and Julie. A Certified Public Accountant, Don was founding partner and principal in the firm of Rice, Sullivan & Co., which grew to be the largest CPA firm in Southern Illinois. He was a member of the American Institute of CPAs and a life member of the Illinois CPA Society. Don also was president of the Southern Chapter of the Illinois CPA Society.
During World War II, Don proudly served his country in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant, including service in the Philippines. Don fulfilled many positions in numerous associations, including honorary life member and president of the Belleville Rotary Club; District Governor of Rotary District 6510; Rotary Paul Harris Fellow; treasurer of the Belleville Jaycees; Board of Directors of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce; chairman of the Belleville Ambassadors; Board of Directors of the Belleville National Savings Banks; and chairman of the Board of Directors of Frontier Financial Savings and Loan Association.
Don also was a member of the Belleville Area District Library Board and secretary of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Advisory Board. He volunteered on the Althoff Catholic High School Board and served as president of Our Lady Queen of Peace School Board. His lifelong philanthropic efforts earned him the Belleville Jaycees Distinguished Service Award.
He enjoyed traveling, and planning summer vacations with his family. In later years, Don and Betty traveled to many countries. He was an avid lap swimmer into his nineties, often swimming at the local YMCA. He was also an avid golfer who once had a hole-in-one, and enjoyed playing bridge and solving crossword puzzles.
Don was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, uncle, and friend. We will miss his dry sense of humor, love of life, and love of family. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his children: Janis Ann Fellner and Thomas Kevin Rice; his parents, Frank and Mary (nee Dietrich) Rice; his brothers, James, Richard, Charles, and Bernard Rice; and his sisters, Florence Lesh, Rita Parker, and Sister Eileen Rice, O.P.
Surviving him are his wife of 70 years, Betty J. (Hepp) Rice; his daughter Julie (Gerard) Grimaldi; his grandchildren, Caroline, MaryKate, Matthew, and Gabrielle Grimaldi, Brian (Tina) Fellner, and Kevin (Amanda) Fellner; his great-grandchildren, Zoey Ann, Maxwell, Wyatt, and Ainslie Fellner, and one bundle of joy on the way; and many dear nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
The family would like to thank all of the caregivers at Dammert Geriatric Center for their loving care for Don.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the donor’s choice. Additional memories and condolences are welcome at www.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com
Michael J. Sabol
April 19, 1931 - November 22, 2018
Michael J. Sabol, 87 of Jackson Township, passed away on November 22, 2018 four days after the passing of his wife Geraldine "Gerry" Sabol. Mike was born on April 19, 1931 in Donora, PA and was the son of the late John and Anna (Psenicnak) Sabolcik. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, he went on to a career at J.C. Penney where he retired as the Canton Centre store manager. Mike was a longtime member of the Perry Rotary Clubwhere he served as president in 1984. He then went on to serve as District Governor in 1995. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Gerry and his brothers, Rudolph Sable and Joseph Sabolcik. He is survived by his sons, David (Margaret) Sabol, Robert (Monika) Sabol and Steven (Crystal) Sabol their eight grandchildren and his brother John Sabolcik.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place for Mike and Gerry on Saturday (TODAY) at 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Fr. Edward Gretchko officiating. The family will receive friends at the Paquelet & Arnold-Lynch Funeral Home on Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in memory of his wife. alz.org
Dennis Matthew Brooks
November 23, 1934 - November 12, 2018
Dennis Matthew Brooks, Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Ret), 83, of Pell City passed away on Monday, November 12th, 2018 surrounded by his family.
He was born on November 23rd, 1934 in Fairfield to James Clarence and Annie Bullock Brooks. He was married to Dolores Katherine Gober on December 14th, 1957. Together they had three children, Mark, Amy, and Allison. Brooks was a 1952 graduate of Fairfield High School, spent one year at Howard College and went on to graduate from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1957.
For 35 years Brooks served his country with the utmost honor and dignity. As a naval officer, he was a fighter pilot, a test pilot, a teacher, and served in a number of leadership positions with distinction. As his career evolved, so did his scope of responsibility. He went on to command fighter squadrons (VF-51 and VF-121), ships USS Kansas City (AOR-3) and USS Constellation (CV-64), Carrier Group Seven (CCG-7) and Battle Force and Carrier Strike Forces of the U.S. Seventh Fleet (CTF-70/77). In 1988, he was the first commander of the Joint Task Force, Middle East (CJTF-ME). There he commanded all of the U.S. Forces in the Persian Gulf. Ashore he served as Director, Navy Space Command and Military Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) at his retirement from active duty.
After his Navy career, Brooks and his wife Lorrie retired to Pell City in 1992, where he continued to make a significant impact on the community both locally and state-wide. He served as Rotary District Governor for District 6860, and has remained an indispensable member of the Pell City club before and after his tenure as District Governor. He also served Pell City's Habitat for Humanity as a founder, The Boy Scouts of America, the Board of The Eastern Health Foundation and the Pell City Library Guild among other philanthropic efforts.
Brooks is survived by his wife of 60 years, best friend, constant companion, and love of his life, Dolores "Lorrie" Brooks, their three children; son Dennis Mark Brooks (Melissa) of Adelaide, Australia, daughter Amy Brooks Miller of Gadsden, and daughter Allison Brooks Middlebrook of Anniston, two grandchildren; James Brooks Miller and Mary Katherine Middlebrook, two sisters; Ann Brooks McAllister Mitchell and Sue Brooks Hassell Parker (Lynn), and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 19th at the Center for Education and Performing Arts (CEPA), 25 Williamson Drive, Pell City, AL, 35125, from 2 to 3 PM.
Kenneth 'Kenny' David Thompson, age 72, of Slidell, LA, passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Beloved Husband of Paula Thomas Thompson. Father of Kathryn Elizabeth Thompson. Son of Billie Van Eman Thompson and the late Morris Thompson. Brother of Betty Thompson, Susan Thompson Jenkins, Dianne Thompson Quarles and Deborah Thompson Knight. Also survived by an uncle, Corky Van Eman, numerous nieces, nephews and special friends, John and Jan Sheilds.
He was a graduate of the University of Texas where he received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Michigan, where he received his Masters of Business Administration. Kenneth served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant J.G. during the Vietnam Era. He retired from Exxon Mobil as a Petroleum Engineer after 20 years. After he retired, he became a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones.
A native of Texas and a resident of Slidell for over 30 years, he was active in the Rotary Club of Slidell, where he was currently the Governor for District 6840 and an Ambassador for Rotary International, traveling to Russia, Australia, New Zeland. Ken was very active in eradicating Polo from this world, by going on medical missions frequently to Mexico, inoculating children in remote villages. He championed the adoption of "Shelter Boxes" for disaster relief around the world thru Rotary.
He was an active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, serving in the choir, the Men's Club and also serving for years in the prison ministry. Additionally, Ken contributed to the cultural life of St. Tammany Parish by singing in the Northlake Performing Arts Society, being active in the Slidell Little Theatre as a board member and an actor.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Memorial Services at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 360 Robert Blvd, Slidell, LA on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 12:00 O'clock Noon. Visitation at the church on Monday after 11:00 a.m. until funeral time. Donations to Shelter Box USA, 7359 Merchant Court, Lakewood Ranch, FL, 34240, www.shelterboxusa.org, preferred, in lieu of flowers.
Sidney E. Matthews
February 28, 1920 - October 29, 2018
Sidney E. Matthews, 98, of Carbondale, IL passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018 at Manor Court. He was born on February 28, 1920, in Staunton, Virginia to Sidney E. and Margaret Estelle (Kirby) Matthews.
Sidney enlisted September 17, 1942 in the Army and served in the European Theater of Operations and was honorably discharged in 1946. He received several ribbons, including Good Conduct, ETO, American Campaign, and 2 Overseas Bars. In September 2012, he was selected to travel to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. with Central Illinois Honor Flight.
He and Elizabeth L. Woodfin were married on December 20, 1947, in Ashland, Virginia. Sidney graduated with a BA degree from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland in May 1948, a BS degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1950 and a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1952.
His career as a professional library administrator began at Ohio State University 1952-1959, continuing to Virginia where he was Director at the Preston Library, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington 1959-1964. In 1964, Sidney accepted the position of Assistant Director of Morris Library, SIU-Carbondale and later became Director of Library Services, retiring in 1985. During his Library career, he had numerous articles published in professional journals and books. He was active in many professional organizations including American Library Association, Illinois Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, Illinois State Historical Society and fraternities Kappa Alpha and Beta Phi Mu.
Sidney lived life to the fullest, enjoying traveling to all 50 states and 56 international countries. In addition to travel, his hobbies included gardening, fishing and reading. He belonged to several organizations, including AF&AM Shekinah Lodge 241, having become a Mason in 1945. He became a Rotarian in 1959 and has been active in the Carbondale (Noon) Rotary club since 1964; serving in all offices and District Governor, District 6519 in 1987; Paul Harris 711 Club and was recognized by the Rotary Foundation and awarded the "Citation for Meritorious Service. Sidney was a member of First United Methodist Church, Carbondale, since 1964 and served on many committees and enjoyed assisting with the Meals on Wheels team.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; daughter Sarah E. Matthews (Sam Morgan) of North Fort Myers, FL; grandsons, Matthew E. (Vanessa) Wiley of Brooklyn, NY and Michael E. (Laura DeTardo) of Jupiter, FL; sisters, Ann M. Deichsel of Gainesville, GA and Dorothy M. Rygh of Naples, FL; several nieces, nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home. A Masonic Service will be held at 7:00 pm. Funeral Services for Sidney Matthews will be Friday, November 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm in Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home with Pastor Alan Rhein officiating. Interment will follow at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Military Honors will be accorded. Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church in Carbondale and will be accepted at the funeral home.