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.
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.
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.
Robert (Bob) Wylie Grant
1938 - 2018
Robert (“Bob”) Grant, of Foley, AL passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 1, 2018.
Bob was an Alabama native and a proud graduate of the University of Alabama. Bob served in the Alabama Air National Guard and received an Honorable Discharge as 1st lieutenant. Bob retired in 2002 as a President and Senior Partner in the consulting and human relations firm PMA, Inc. in Atlanta, GA. He was a well-respected leader who had a profound impact on his community.
Bob was a loyal member of the United Methodist Church throughout his life, receiving the Cross & Flame Religious Award as well as the North Georgia UMC Torch Award. He was a devoted Rotarian, and served as the Governor of International Rotary District 6900 in 1985–1986. In addition, Bob was a decorated Eagle Scout and has served the Boy Scouts of America for over 50 years; he was honored with two of the highest awards in Scouting, the Silver Beaver Award and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Bob continued to serve the as the Chairman of the Eagle Review Board for the South Baldwin District. In his prime, Bob was a scratch golfer and played some of the top courses around the world.
Bob is survived by his childhood sweetheart, Amanda Grant, with whom he shares the same birthday. He also has two brothers, Rodrick Earl Grant and Richard Leslie Grant, as well as a sister, Gail Louise Grant.
Bob will be remembered as a loving husband, dedicated Rotarian, loyal Scout, dear friend, and respected professional. To celebrate his life, Pastor Nolan Donald will conduct a service at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 6th at Foley United Methodist Church, 915 North Pine Street in Foley, AL. A one-hour visitation will precede the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mobile Area Council Boy Scouts via mail at 2587 Government Blvd, Mobile, AL 36606. Donations can also be made via phone at (251)-476-4600, ask for Cary Wilson. Make sure to include "In memory of Bob Grant" and BSA will send an acknowledgment card to Amanda Grant.
1928 - 2018
Raymond Aucoin, 90, passed away on July 22, 2018. He was born on June 12, 1928, in Mamou, LA and raised in Hayes, LA.
Raymond was a banker for over 40 years, retiring from Bank One. He enjoyed hunting with his son Phil and friends. He coached Little League baseball with his son Don. Raymond was a faithful Rotarian for over 50 years in the Greater Lake Charles Rotary Club, serving as District Governor in 1976. He served with the 37th Infantry Division during combat in the Korean War. Raymond was a member of the Amicus Club, American Legion and Knights of Columbus, Council 3048.
Raymond is preceded in death by his parents, Hatley and Elizabeth Deshotel Aucoin.
Raymond is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ida Theriot Aucoin, along with his sons Phillip of Lake Charles, LA and Don of Houston, TX. He also leaves one granddaughter, Amanda Lamb (Nick) of Lake Charles.
Funeral services will be held at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 10:00 AM where Raymond was a life long member. Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 4-8PM at Johnson Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 6PM. Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Thursday morning from 8-9:30AM. Burial will follow at Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude, St. Margaret’s Catholic Church or to the charity of your choice.
Gaylen M. Schuck
1947 - 2018
Gaylen Merle Schuck age 70, resident of Arkadelphia, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Gaylen was born on July 4th, 1947 in Waterloo, Iowa; the son of Merle and Marjorie Schuck. Gaylen grew up on his family’s farm in Iowa, and always loved being outdoors.
Gaylen is preceded in death by his father Merle Schuck of Parkersburg, Iowa. He is survived by his mother Marjorie Schuck Oligschlaeger age 96 of Brooklyn, Iowa; wife of 52 years, Linda, and their two sons, Scott (Gena) Schuck and children Daniel (Westminister, Co), Caitlin (Matt) Hanks, Suzanne (Dallas,Tx), Samantha, Jacob and Benjamin Schuck in Edmond,Ok. Ryan (Angel) Schuck (Nashville, Tn), and children Cassady Schuck (Savannah, Ga), Austin Kestner (Freeport, Fl) , Hollie (George) Bryant (Savannah, Ga), Hunter (Kory) Kestner (Crestview,FL), and Autumn Kestner (Santa Rosa Beach, Fl). Nine great-grandchildren, Hydi, Nolan, and Romyn Schuck (Westminister, Co); Kyle, Addison, and Emilia Hanks (Edmond, Ok); Emmaline Bryant (Savannah, Ga), Hudson Kestner-Johnston (Santa Rosa Beach, Fl), and Demi Kestner (Freeport, Fl). He is also survived by his two sisters Diane (Norm) Meester of Springfield, Missouri and Becky (Hank) Jungling of Applington, Iowa. As well as a younger brother Russel (Gail) Schuck of Holiday Lake, Iowa; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. As well long-time friend Anna Duin and god-children Tenae, Joshua, and Sean from Craigmore, S. Australia.
Gaylen is a veteran of the Unite States Army serving from 1966-1969. Gaylen worked for Edward Jones and Company as a financial advisor from 1988-2018, was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Arkadelphia, a current member of Rotary Club of Arkadelphia as well as the past president and District 6170 Governor for 2011-2012. He is a major donor to the Rotary International Foundation. As well as a former Mason to the 32nd degree.
Gaylen enjoyed fishing, riding his Harley Davidson, working on his cars, meeting with his daily coffee group at Andy’s restaurant, spending time with his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He will be missed greatly by his family, and all those who knew him during his life.
Visitation will be 6-8 PM Friday, July 6th at Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home.
Memorial service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, July 7th at First United Methodist Church in Arkadelphia with Bro Bill Cato officiating.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a Rotary Sunrise Charitable fund, “Imagination Library” or non-profit organization of your choice in memory of Gaylen.
Paul Tennyson Glanville, Jr.
1923 - 2018
Paul Tennyson Glanville, Jr. was born May 28, 1923, to Maria De LaGarza and Paul Tennyson Glanville, Sr. in Dallas, TX. Preceding him in death are his parents, a sister Margaret Glanville Autrey, and an infant daughter Mary Louise.
God's mighty Angels blew their trumpets as the celebration of life began for Paul on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the earthly age of 95.
Paul Jr. married Bonnie Lynn McKnight on October 18, 1947. He leaves behind his wife of 70 years and their six children: Susan Marie Glanville, Rebecca Glanville Francis, Charles T. Glanville and wife Percy, Paula Glanville, Penny Glanville Matel and husband Didier, and Beverly Glanville and husband Tony Burton. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Paul, Jr. was a WWIIveteran, having served as a Tech Sgt. Artillery aircraft pacific gunner, in the South Pacific under Gen. McArthur. He served from August 1942 to January 1945. Paul loved and cherished his country and all of his fellow soldiers.
Paul Jr. attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He interrupted his education to volunteer for the Army immediately after the Pearl Harbor invasion. After the service, he returned to SMU to complete his degree where he met his wife Bonnie. After graduating from SMU he worked as a Group Controller for Sears Roebuck and Co. for 37 years. After retiring he served three, 4-year terms on the Caddo Parish School Board, serving as president. Paul, Jr. was also a National Silver Hair Congressman representing the State of Louisiana, a 32nd degree Mason and served as District 6190 Governor 1981-82 for Rotary International. Paul also enjoyed traveling with the Shriners organization to third world countries and bringing children back to Shriner Hospitals. He was also very active ministering to those in prison in Homer, LA.
When asking Paul, Jr. what he would like to be remembered by his reply was, "Nobody should question where I have gone, they should know by the life I lived." Paul was the most positive person one could ever meet. He was a true friend to all who crossed his path and would do anything he could to help people.
Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Drive, Shreveport, LA. Visitation is from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., prior to service at 2:00 followed by a graveside service at Forest Park West.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations may be made in memory of Paul T Glanville, Jr to: Kairos of Louisiana - Wade Unit, Mailing address: Attn: Jan McCannon, 22417 Level Street, Abita Springs, LA 70420.
Harold T. Brinson
1930 - 2018
Dr. Harold Thomas Brinson, former president of Southern Arkansas University, died Friday, May 18, 2018.
The son of the late Emmitte and Hazel Brinson, he was born on Jan. 22, 1930 in Harper Springs, Howard County, Ark. Brinson graduated from De Queen High School in 1947. He joined the Arkansas National Guard and began playing football for Magnolia A&M Junior College (now Southern Arkansas University).
Brinson transferred on a football scholarship to Tulane University in New Orleans, La. where he earned a bachelor of education in health and physical education with a science minor. After graduation in 1951, Brinson was honorably discharged from the Natl. Guard to join the U.S. Marine Corps. He married Nelda Gene Lee in Huttig, Ark. on December 29, 1951.
Brinson served two years active duty in the Marine Corps and was transferred as a second lieutenant to the reserves unit in 1953. He retired as a Lt. Col. from the Marine Reserve in 1976.
Brinson earned a master of education from the University of Texas-Austin in 1953 and began coaching football, track, and teaching science in Texas at Levelland and Abilene high schools. He was hired as assistant principal at AHS in 1965.
In 1970, he graduated with a Ph.D. in education administration from UT-Austin, and was hired as assistant superintendent for the Abilene school district. After four years, Brinson stepped into the superintendent’s position.
Brinson moved to Arkansas in August 1976 to assume presidency of Southern Arkansas University-Magnolia, his alma mater. He served as president for 15 years, raising money and building programs for the university, which included finishing and funding the new bell tower with a 14-bell chime; building a vocational agricultural building and improving the sports complexes.
While president, Brinson guided the name change to Southern Arkansas University (1976); and directed reorganization of the university into four schools: business, education, liberal and performing arts, and science and technology (1977). He began the Southern Arkansas University Foundation (1981) and the SAU Student Foundation. Brinson organized improvements at both SAU-Tech (Camden) and SAU-El Dorado during those years.
In 1991, Brinson retired as president and was named president emeritus. He taught classes and continued to raise money for the University. In 1992, the new art building, funded and built under his direction, was named after the Brinsons.
Active in many organizations, including Phi Delta Kappa and Rotary International, he served as district #6170 governor of Rotary for two years.
Dr. Brinson is survived by his wife of 66 years, Nelda Gene Lee Brinson of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; daughter, Kathryn Ann Brinson Martin of Hot Springs, Ark.; sons, Max Harold Brinson and wife, Johanna, of Dingmans Ferry, Penn.; Paul Thomas Brinson, and wife, Peggy, of Irving, Texas; grandchildren, Andrew Thomas Martin of New York City, Benjamin Luke Martin of Hot Springs, Lovisa Ljundquist Brinson of Dingmans Ferry, Penn.; and Stephen Paul Brinson of Irving, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John Howell Brinson of Paducah, Texas.
Clyde W. Jones, 79, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018, at Alton Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Aug. 2, 1938, in Alton, Illinois, the son of Clyde J. and Chlorene (Kirk) Jones. He married Wilma "JoAnn" Elkins on June 14, 1957, in Alton, and she survives. They had been married for 60 years.
Clyde retired from civil service after 30 years ending as CEO of 102nd ARCOM in St. Louis, and also served 36 years in the Army Reserves. After retirement, he served as a Missouri state ambassador for the Army Reserves, and as a volunteer for the ESGR Program. Clyde was presently on the board for the St. Louis Regional Airport and orchestrated the Memorial Day Parade in Bethalto for the last 20 years. He had served on the Unit 8 School Board from 1964-1986, Village Trustee from 1982-1986, member of the Alton Vocational Advisory Board from 1970-1986. In 1985, Clyde purchased WBGZ with his brothers, served on the Madison County School Board, a member of Bethalto Rotary Club, serving as district 6460 governor from 1991-1992. He also had served on the Police/Fire Commission Board and was very active in the Bethalto United Methodist Church and the Cemetery. He always strived to be the first voter at 6 a.m. in the elections.
Along with his wife, Clyde is survived by two children, Jill (Scott) Hamilton of Bethalto and Jeff (Melissa) Jones of Bethalto; six grandchildren, Jennifer Whitaker, Jason Arnold, Sarah (Randy) Naylor, Seth Jones, Sadie Jones, Casse (Trevor) Shaw; five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jalynn, Delilah, Jaeda, Mason; two sisters, Mary Lou (Gary) Lockard and Ruth Ann (Lowell) Reeves of Missouri.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by Ruth (Wood) Dresch, the mother who raised him; a son, Skip Jones; a great-grandson, Dominic Whitaker; four brothers, George Dreith, Don Dreith, Louis Dreith, and Chuck Dreith.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018 at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto, where Pastor Bill Pyatt will officiate. Military rites will be accorded.
Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Bethalto United Methodist Church and/or Bethalto United Methodist Cemetery.
Charles (Chuck) L. Sweeting
1945 - 2018
Charles L. Sweeting, 73, went to meet his Maker on Saturday, April 14, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Andrea Lynn Berger Sweeting, two daughters, Brecke Elizabeth Sweeting Pohl and Beth Andrea Sweeting Woeste, and six grandchildren: Lily, David, Josh, Anna, Wesley, and Jonathan. He is also survived by siblings Roger Lincoln Sweeting (Lily Jean) and Gerald Wayne Sweeting (Barbara). He was born in 1945 in Norwalk, Ohio. He is preceded in death by parents George Robert and LaDonna Hopkins Sweeting, sister Julia Ann Sweeting Sands Poppens (Arnold), and son in-law David Woeste Jr.
After graduating from Ohio University in 1968, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, he started his career as an engineer for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio and Michigan. Firestone later sent him to Detroit where he was a Sales Engineer for 8 years calling on the Auto and Truck engineering offices, coordinating vehicle and tire development projects. In 1980, he started his own business in automotive service and managed that business, Sweeting Tire, Inc., until 2015.
A resident of Urbana, Ohio since 1980, he was very active in many community organizations. He served as a Director of the Perpetual Federal Savings Bank Board and the Champaign County Library Board. A long time active Rotarian, he was a Past President of the Rotary Club of Urbana and a Past District Governor 1997-98 of Rotary District 6670 in Southwest Ohio.
His other involvements include Past Senior Warden of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Past Board Chair of the Champaign County Economic Development Council, Past Board Chair of the Champaign and Logan Counties Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services, Past Chair of the Urbana Downtown Business Association, Past President of the Urbana Country Club, Past Chairman of the Urbana University Foundation Board, Urbana University Trustee, United Way Chairman, Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, and many committees.
In 2003, he was honored by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce with the Simon Award for outstanding service.
He enjoyed his family the most and all the holidays, vacations and birthday gatherings through the years. Many trips with family and or friends were common and loved. He also loved handball, racquetball, golf and snow skiing as health permitted.
He said that he was grateful for the lessons he learned early in life from his parents, siblings, church youth, 4-H, Grange, sports, and a farming background. His faith in God was very strong and he credits the prayers from many that helped him through several years of battling lung cancer. He was especially thankful for the doctors and nurses at the Springfield Regional Cancer Center for their remarkable care.
He asked that we thank everyone who helped make his life and his family's lives so wonderful. In lieu of flowers, he asked that donations be made to The Rotary Foundation, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, or The Champaign County Library.
His body was donated to the University of Cincinnati Medical Research Center and will then be cremated and sent to Calvary Episcopal Church in Cincinnati, where he and Andrea were married in 1969, for internment.
A gathering of family and friends will be held 5-7 p.m., Monday, April 23, at VERNON FUNERAL HOME in Urbana. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 24 at 11 a.m. in the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 230 Scioto St., Urbana, Ohio.
Edward W. Koenigsmark
1929 - 2018
Mr. Edward W. Koenigsmark, 89, of Metropolis, died on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center in Paducah, KY.
Funeral services will be held at 10am on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Shalom Renner officiating. Burial with military rites will be held at 12:30pm in Mounds City National Cemetery in Mounds City, IL.
Mr. Koenigsmark was a member of First United Methodist Church in Metropolis, the Metropolis Rotary Club in which he was a past President and District Governor, and Boy Scouts where he was a committee chairman of Troop 101. He served in the US Army where he was retired as a Lt. Colonel. Ed retired from the Soil Conservation Service which lovingly earned him the name "Tree Man" as part of his job took him to 3rd grade classrooms each year to give each child a tree and show them how to plant them.
Ed is survived by his daughter, Pam Koenigsmark of Metropolis; son, David Koenigsmark and wife Kyli of Paducah, KY; one brother, Ted Koenigsmark and wife Judy of Douglasville, GA; one grandson, Kyler Koenigsmark.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Hulda (Schmidt) Koenigsmark; his wife, Shirley (Allen) Koenigsmark.
Visitation will be held on Monday evening, March 12th, from 5-8pm at the First United Methodist Church in Metropolis.
Memorials may be given in Ed's name to the First United Methodist Church, 100 E. 5th Street Metropolis, IL 62960; Metropolis Rotary Club, PO Box 472, Metropolis, IL 62960; or Boy Scout Troop 101, 100 E. 5th Street Metropolis, IL 62960.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Miller-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home in Metropolis.
(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.
Leslie (Les) R. Fletcher
1929 - 2018
Leslie Reid Fletcher, 88, of Indianola passed away January 19, 2018 at South Sunflower County Hospital.
Mr. Fletcher was a graduate of Indianola High School and the University of Mississippi. He was a partner in Allendale Plantation with his brother, the late W.B. Fletcher, Jr.
Les was Past President of the Mississippi Cattleman's Association and founder and first president of the Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association. He was past president and an active member for 62 years of the Indianola Rotary Club. He also served as Rotary District Governor for District 6820 and was a Paul Harris Fellow. Les was Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 41 for more than 35 years and lead over 130 scouts to the Eagle rank.
He received the BSA Silver Beaver award, The DAR Medal of Honor, and was named Morris Lewis Citizen of the Year. Les retired as Colonel from the United States Air Force after 28 years in the reserve. He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church where he served as Trustee and Sunday School Superintendent. Les participated with his church in 24 mission trips to Honduras.
Les is survived by his wife of 54 years, Adelaide, his sons and their families, Reid and Celeste, Anna, Trace, and Sara Katherine of Huntsville, AL; Spence and Ruth, Walker, Daniel, and Blake of Ridgeland, MS; and Josh and Stephanie, Critz and Martin of Jonesboro, AR. He also leaves one nephew, his sister-in-law Sarah Ann Fletcher, 3 nieces and their families.
In lieu of flowers, remember Les with a donation to FUMC Honduras Mission Team, Indianola Educational Foundation or charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Life Service for Les will be Wednesday, January 24 at the First United Methodist Church in Indianola at 2:30 pm. with visitation at 1 pm.
Jere B. Nash, Jr.
1928 - 2017
Funeral services for Jere B. Nash Jr., age 89, of Greenville, MS were at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church, Greenville with Dr. William Robert Sharman officiating. He passed away peacefully on December 30, 2017, at his home in Greenville. Burial was in the Greenville Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Boone Funeral Home.
Jere was born November 7, 1928 in Greenville to Jere B. Nash, Sr. and Wilda Heard Nash. He graduated from Greenville High School in 1946 and obtained his undergraduate degree from Rhodes (Southwestern) College in Memphis in 1950. For the next two years, he served his country in the U.S. Army, including a year in Korea as an artilleryman. While in Korea during the war he began corresponding with a friend from Rhodes, Margie Boisen, who had graduated with him and then moved to North Carolina to complete a masters in music.
Following his discharge in January 1952, he asked Margie to marry him. She said yes, five months later they walked down the aisle together at Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis, and for the next 65 years they lived in Greenville, raised a family of three sons, and contributed to their church and community. Margie died on April 30, 2017.
When Jere retired in 1998, he was president of Delta Implement Company, a Greenville-based group of stores in the Mississippi Delta that sell Case-IH farm equipment. Jere's father was a co-founder of the business in 1925. For his entire adult life, Jere was a member of Greenville's First Presbyterian Church, and he held, at one time or another, every office available to a lay person, including Clerk of the Session. In 1970, the city council appointed him to the board of trustees for the Greenville Public Schools at the same time the federal court had ordered the desegregation of the schools. For ten years, as a member of that board, he worked to make a newly integrated public school system a vital part of the community.
Margie and he helped to organize the Delta Music Association, Greenville Arts Council, and the Greenville Symphony. Jere also served as president of the United Way, Chamber of Commerce, and Boy's Club and as a member of the Rhodes College Board of Trustees. He was the founder of the Greenville chapter of a national organization that promoted the exchange of high school students with foreign countries. The Salvation Armyonce named him Volunteer of the Year. In 1985, Margie and he jointly received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Rhodes College and in 2007 he joined with his wife and sister when the Nash family was honored to be the recipient of the Lifetime Contribution to the Arts Award in Greenville. In his retirement Jere tutored students at Trigg and Lucy Webb Elementary schools and was a devoted driver for the Wheels on Meals program.
While on the army boat to Korea, he visited the ship's library and decided to read The Great Gatsby because he liked the title. That led to a love of F. Scott Fitzgerald for the rest of his life. Fitzgerald joined dancing with his wife, Italian Opera and Classic Cars as Jere's avocations. For a number of years he owned a 1935 Packard.
For as long as any of his children can remember, our father was a proud member of the Rotary Club, serving as president of the Greenville chapter and as a district governor. He took to heart the Rotary oath: "service above self." Jere Nash loved and served his country, his community, his church, and his family.
Survivors include his sister, Mary Virginia Nash Watson; his three sons: Jere Nash III (Holly Wagner) of Jackson, Louis Nash (Rose) of Oxford, and Joe Nash of Greenville; and his three grandchildren: Oliver Nash of Jackson, and Sarah and Bo Nash of Oxford. Jere's father died in 1990 and his mother died in 1971.
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
Jack P. Swagler
1938 - 2017
Jack P. Swagler, loving husband of Cindy Swagler (nee Apking). Beloved father of Penny (Dave) Lawrence, Susan (Roy) Wilson, Greg Swagler, and Erin (Rob) Clendenin. Dear step-father of Jon (Shauna) Brown and Kevin (Jillian) Brown. Survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dear friend of Marty Woebkenberg, Mark Graber and Doug Stovall. Preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Ada Swagler, his siblings, Joan Jarvis and John Swagler, and his son, Paul Swagler. Died Nov. 17, 2017. Age 79.
Jack was a 1966 graduate of the Ohio State Veterinary School of Medicine.
Visitation Tuesday, Nov. 21st from 9:00AM until time of Funeral Service at 11:00AM at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home 10211 Plainfield Rd. (45241). Memorial contributions may be made to the Cincinnati SPCA (www.spcacincinnati.org.) www.mrfh.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)
Thomas D. Calder
1935 - 2018
Thomas D. Calder, 83, of Sedalia, MO, passed away Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Fair View Nursing Home in Sedalia. He was born on May 4, 1935 in Ravenna, NE, a son of Noral D. and Marion Lorene (Peterson) Calder, who preceded him in death.
Tom graduated from Lincoln, Nebraska High School, where he was a member of the state championship gymnastic team his senior year. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1964. Tom joined the U.S. Navyin 1955 as a Hospital Corpsman stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bremerton, WA, and on the USS Helena and USS Preston. At the Naval Hospital he met his wife Maurine from New Hampshire. They were married at the US Naval Chapel, Bremerton, WA on September 6, 1957. They moved to Sedalia in January 1975. He joined Broadway Presbyterian Church in 1975 where he served as an Elder for three terms.
Tom was an agent for the Shelter Insurance office on S. Limit for 38 years, retiring in 2016. He joined Rotary in 1975 where he was an active member for 40 years. He served as President of the Sedalia Rotary Club, District Governor of District 6080 and on various committees in the District. He was a member of National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for over 35 years. He served on the boards of the Salvation Armyfor 25 plus years, CASA for 20 plus years, Sedalia Country Club, and Boy Scouts of America.
Tom was an avid golfer (3 holes in 1), an enthusiastic Nebraska football team follower, and fan of the Royals and Chiefs. He and Maurine traveled extensively by automobile covering all 50 states and seven Canadian Providences and flew to Hawaii. With Rotary, they went to England, Scotland, and Argentina.
He is survived by his wife, Maurine of 60 years; three sons, Bradford D. Calder and wife Deborah of Millersburg, MO, Scott D. Calder and wife Deborah of Sedalia, and Alex D. Calder and wife Linda of Lee's Summit; a daughter, Michelle Calder-Drum of Sedalia; four grandchildren, AshLee Calder of Lee's Summit, Meghan Drum of Castle Rock, CO, Kio Drum of Kansas City, MO, and Zachary Calder of Lee's Summit; three great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Miller; and twin brother, Michael Calder.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Rea Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bill Douglas officiating.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral chapel.
Please wear bright colored clothes to the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sedalia Rotary Club, Salvation Army, or Crossroads Hospice in care of Rea Funeral Chapel.
Tom was a man who genuinely enjoyed his faith, family, friends, work, activities, and his life!
James H. Bradford
1920 - 2017
James H. Bradford passed away on August 13, 2017, at the age of 97. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Jeannette W.; daughter, Barbara Lee "Blee" (Jones) (husband, Noell) Nighbert; son, Daniel W. (Susan) Bradford; daughter, Beth E. (Andrews) (husband, Phil) Kimble; five grandchildren, Julie Bradford (Charles) Dunlap, Michael W. (Rachel) Jones, Matthew W. (Leah) Jones, Steven (Robin) Bradford, Derek Andrews; and nine great grandchildren, Sarah and Sam Dunlap, Lily and Violet Jones, Griffin and Ethan Jones, and Elijah, Makayla, and Mason Andrews. He was preceded in passing by a grandson, Clint Andrews.
Jim was a WWIIveteran, having served with the 8th Air Force as a lead navigator, including on the 2000-plane B17 Armada mission supporting the Battle of the Bulge. As a civilian, he pursued his artistic interests as a teacher and as a commercial artist, partnering with Frank Vietor to form Bradford and Vietor Advertising. He retired in 1992 and in 1995, he created The Toy Workshop with his four brothers and his work partner to make "playable toys from recycled wood". Jim continued this endeavor until his death. The toys were donated each Christmas to underprivileged children.
Jim was community minded throughout his life, serving his church in many capacities and served as President of the Rotary Clubof Indianapolis and as a District Governor 1988-89 of Rotary District 6560.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Flanner and Buchanan - Carmel, 325 East Carmel Drive, where services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 18, 2017. Burial will follow at Carmel Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to East 91st Street Christian Church or to Rotary International Foundation. Online condolences may be shared by visiting www.flannerbuchanan.com.
Robert W. Fisher
1934 - 2017
Robert William (Bob) Fisher, 83, of Camden Arkansas, passed away July 8, 2017. He was born April 11, 1934 in Lawrence, Kansas, son of the late Melville and Betty Fisher.
Bob graduated from Lawrence High School in 1952. He attended the University of Kansas studying design. He was on the KU swim team and a member of the K Club at the University of Kansas. Bob and his family moved to Camden in 1964 where he was owner and operator of Fisher's Diamond Shop.
On August 7, 1982, Bob married his wife, Ginger. He later worked in the car sales and rental business and spent the last ten years of his working life with the Camden Fairview School District working with children as an educational mentor and a beloved school bus driver. He retired in 2010. Bob and Ginger have been active members of St. Mark United Methodist Church for 35 years, serving in various areas of leadership. Bob was a dedicated member of the Camden Rotary Club and Rotary International, serving as President and longtime Secretary of the local club and District Governor of District 6170 Rotary International during 1992-1993. Through the years Bob maintained 50 years of perfect attendance, making up meetings in Rotary Clubs all over the world. Bob and Ginger have been blessed to travel widely over the years through Rotary. Bob exemplified the Rotary motto "service above self." He had many interests and hobbies including being a member of the British Motoring Club of Arkansas. He was truly a car enthusiast. He was a licensed pilot by the age of 16. Devoted to his family, he enjoyed life to the fullest.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Tom Fisher; a granddaughter, Courtney Fisher; a grandson, Chase Daneshmandi and special friends: Brian Dickinson of New Zealand, Stephen Carter and Evan Williams.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Ginger Ann Dunn Fisher; six children: Kathy Daneshmandi (KC), Mike Fisher (Lana), Steve Fisher (Anna), Steven Harrell, Jon Harrell (Sheila), Ben Harrell (Julie); thirteen grandchildren: Krista Fisher, Kyle Fisher, Emily Fisher, Bryce Daneshmandi, Max Harrell, Mackenzie Harrell, Chris Harrell, Ryan Harrell, Carter Harrell, Jack Harrell, Tyler Harrell, Jett Harrell, Aiden Taylor and one brother, Charles Fisher (Erma) of Lawrence, Kansas.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, July 15 at St. Mark United Methodist Church. A reception will follow the service.
In memory of Bob, donations may given to the following:
St. Mark United Methodist Church
Camden, AR 71701
P.O. Box 175
Camden, AR 71711
W. David (Dave) Owen
1940 - 2018
William David Owen passed away peacefully after an extended illness on Saturday, January 27, 2018.
He was born on October 8, 1940 to Minnie Gertrude (Polly) Daniel Owen and William Earl Owen in Jackson, MS. He attended Meridian schools where he graduated in 1958. One of his fondest memories was of the Meridian Triangle Restaurant Chic Steaks he was given for making honor roll. He graduated from Mississippi State University and Loyola School of Dentistry followed by residency in Prosthodontics at the VA Hospital in New Orleans and Memphis, TN. He served in the Marine Corp on active duty, then in the Army and Naval Reserves. He taught Prosthodontics at LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans, LA before returning to Jackson, MS to set up his dental practice. Practicing dentistry was far more than a career for Dave. It was a true joy, an avenue for helping people. He was a member of the Mississippi Dental Association and the American Academy of Prosthodontics. He was a member of the Rankin County Rotary Cluband was a past District Governor for District 6820. He was a charter member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church where he served as chairman of trustees, as well as other church duties. A sports enthusiast, he was an avid golfer, and had enjoyed playing on the church softball team. Reading was a life-long pleasure, especially science fiction and westerns.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Delois Armstrong Owen and their son, Gary Owen; sister, Linda Jean Owen Parker (Don), brothers, Rich Owen (Joyce), Randy Owen (Linda Sue), stepmother, Dot McKay Owen, stepbrothers, Roger McKay (Jean) and Joe McKay (Linda Kay).
Friends are invited to visitation with the family after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at St. Mark's United Methodist Church (Reservoir), 400 Grants Ferry Rd., where the funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m., the Rev. Warren Coile, officiating. Interment will follow in Natchez Trace Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stewpot Ministries, 1100 West Capitol Street, Jackson, MS. 39203 or to St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 400 Grants Ferry Rd., Brandon, MS 39047 or to the charity of your choice.
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.