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.
Charles N. "Shot" Nunley
July 26, 1937 - September 07, 2020
A Titan in service to church, community and humanity—Charles Newman (Shot) Nunley—died Monday morning [September 7} at his McMinnville home after being diagnosed last month with pancreatic cancer. A career educator and engineer, he was 83.
Born July 26 1937 to Jesse L and Fanny Belle Nunley, he and his family were long associated with the Mt Zion community, for which he served as unofficial but enthusiastic historian. He was an elder in McMinnville’s First Presbyterian Church, where he was a member since 1945. His wife of 60 years, Patti (Patricia), survives, along with daughter, Susan Marttala (husband David), and son, Charles N Nunley, Jr (wife Allison), and five grandchildren: Shelby, Will and Lilly Marttala, and Erin and Morgan Nunley.
After graduating from McMinnville Central High School, where he played in the Bulldogs Marching Band, Nunley earned the BS in mechanical engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he played trumpet in the famed Pride of the Southland Band. Pursuing diverse interests in his vocation and professional career, he later earned a Master’s in Education at Middle Tennessee State University and was a graduate of the Education for Ministry Program at the University of the South School of Theology in Sewanee.
Nunley’s career included work for the US Navy Department as a mechanical engineer on the Dyna-Soar Project at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton OH, and at the supersonic wind tunnel at Arnold Engineering Development Center near Tullahoma. He retired in year 2000 after many years as director of the State Area Vocational Technical School in McMinnville.
Among his numerous activities in the civic and social life of Warren County, he was one of the longest-serving members of the McMinnville Silver & Gold Band, the oldest continuously functioning community band in Tennessee. His public service involvement continued in his duties as chair of the local chapter of the American Red Cross and as trustee of Magness Memorial Library as well as a director of the Upper Cumberland Regional Library board. In his service with the Warren County Economic and Community Development Committee (predecessor of the Industrial Development Board), Nunley played a major role in landing the mammoth Bridgestone Warren Tire Plant near Morrison.
In honor of his accomplishments, the McMinnville-Warren County Chamber of Commerce conferred its Free Enterprise Award on Nunley in 1988, and in 1999 he was cited for the McMinnville Evening Exchange Club’s Recognition Award. He was also a member of the Tennessee Valley Regional Aerospace Committee.
Nunley is probably best remembered for his leadership in The Rotary Club of McMinnville, which was chartered in 1923 as a local affiliate of Rotary International, which was founded a couple of years earlier in Chicago with a mission to initiate and support humanitarian programs in the US and in under-served places around the world.
Not long after joining McMinnville Rotary Club in 1970, he held a number of offices, leading ultimately to the presidency. Meanwhile, he was active in Rotary International’s District 6780, which comprises local clubs in much of East Tennessee and the eastern part of Middle Tennessee. At the district level Nunley held several major positions and was elected as district governor, serving in 1998-99. A Paul Harris Fellow (named in honor of one of Rotary’s founders), Nunley was honored with the Rotary Foundation District Service Award for 2000-2001.
“Shot Nunley was one of those exceptional people who lead through the power of their example,” said Shane Brock, immediate past president of Noon Rotary and a vice-president of Citizens Tri-County Bank.
“From his years of work on the local and district level, Shot saw the many ways Rotary’s energy and compassion went deep into the roots of communities and nourished human development, health, education and prosperity for millions of people worldwide,” Brock commented.
A friend from early childhood and fellow Rotarian for decades, Dr Neil Schultz, remembered Nunley as an accomplished musician in the Central High marching band and decades later as leader of Shot in the Dark, a local combo of mostly Rotarians who traveled to entertain at several Rotary conventions and programs. Other band members included wife Patti on the mandolin and son Charles Jr on banjo.
Schultz cited 1945 as a milestone year in McMinnville. Not only did the year see the end of World War II but also the arrival of the Nunley family on Roundhouse Street, along with their fourth-grader son Shot. The little group of friends came to be known as the Roundhouse Gang and included future mayor Dr Norman Rone, future Circuit Court Judge Charles (Chuck) Haston, Dr Jimmy Jones, Campbell Smoot Jr and Allen Myers.
Retired family physician Dr Wallace Bigbee, another veteran of Rotary service, cited Nunley’s successful leadership, along with his wife, Patti, as sponsors for student members of Warren County High School’s Rotary Interact Club. It was then that the local Interact established a tradition of excellence and dominance in state and national talent competitions.
“Shot always had a great heart for service and for giving,” observed Rotary District 6780 Governor Ron Appuhn. “He was spontaneous and generous in his giving, whether it be his experience, time or counsel. He was an effective mentor for many Rotary leaders at the district level. In this sense, his service will be a perpetual, living memorial to his work among us.”
The Nunley family suggests that any gifts in remembrance be directed to the Rotary International Foundation, First Presbyterian Church or Magness Memorial Library.
The graveside service for PDG ‘Shot’ Nunley will be tomorrow, September 9, 11:00 am CT, at Mt Zion Cemetery near the Viola township in southern Warren County (closest access is from SR 108). High’s Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of arrangements."
Mary Jo Duke
July 24, 1935 - September 3, 2020
Mary Jo Hamlin Duke, age 85 of Clinton passed away 10:24 am Thursday, September 3, 2020 at the Clinton Place. Mary Jo was a member of First Assembly of God and former owner of Edwards Trucking, active in the Rotary Club and a Mary Kay Consultant.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph “Joe” Duke of Clinton; Sister, Norma Jean Byrd of South Fulton, TN and Several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her Parents, Albert Monroe Hamlin and Ester Mae Harrison Hamlin. 4 Brothers, Johnny, Arvell, James and Charlie Hamlin and Sister Ruth Caksackkar.
Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Sunday at the Brown Funeral Home in Clinton with Rev. Bob Risner officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant View Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held after 11a.m. on Sunday at the Brown Funeral Home in Clinton.
Donations: Clinton First Assembly of God Missions, c/o Bertha Davis, 202 State Route 58 East, Clinton, KY 42031 or Clinton Rotary Club Scholarship Fund (checks payable to: Clinton Rotary Club), c/o Rick Canty, P.O. Box 217, Clinton, KY 42031.
William (Bill) W. Baldwin, Ph.D.
August 25, 2020
William (Bill) W. Baldwin, Ph.D., 80, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in Ft. Wayne, IN.
Born in Fort Wayne, IN on July 27, 1940 to Hiram and Ethel (Smith) Baldwin. Resident of Fort Wayne, IN and formerly of Gary, IN (Miller Beach), and Snow Lake, Fremont, IN; married to Sharon M Sutton on June 25, 1975. Bill was a graduate of Indiana Central College and received his Masters and PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington.
He retired after 42 years of combined educational service from Indiana University Northwest Medical School in 2005 as Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Northwest Center for Medical Education, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and in his early career a teacher at George Washington High School in Indianapolis IN. He was the 2005 recipient of the distinguished Sagamore of Wabash Award; a member of: Rotary International in which he was the 2004-2005 Governor, District 6540; and the United States Power Squadron. He and Sharon enjoyed travelling, playing golf, and he was an avid fisherman.
He is survived by daughter Kimberly C. Covell-Campbell and son-in-law Frank Campbell, Osawatomie, KS; step-grand-daughter, Krystle Campbell (Ryan Gindlesperger), Pittsburg, PA; brother-in-law Wayne Lantz, Fort Wayne, IN; and numerous cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters Joanne B. Lantz and Alvera M. Shaw, brother-in-law David R. Shaw, and nephew David J. Shaw.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Rotary International or Indiana University Northwest School of Medicine
A Graveside Service will be held at 11 am Monday, August 31, 2020 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Cemetery, Pleasant Lake, Indiana. Dr. William Smith will officiate the service. Due to the current pandemic masks will be required. Internment provided by Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, Indiana.
Condolences may be sent online to www.beamsfuneralhome.com.
George P. Ziebold
August 25, 2020
George P. Ziebold, 94, of Waterloo, died Aug. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. He was born July 3, 1926, in St. Louis, son of the late George C. and Viola (nee Pinkel) Ziebold.
George was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, a U.S. Merchant Marine Veteran, member of Waterloo Rotary Club (past district governor) and former owner of Ziebold Home Utilities.
He is survived by his wife Noreen Ziebold (nee Burris); nephews and niece Chris Ziebold, Steven (Pat) Ziebold, William (Delores) Conner, Marqui Jones; additional nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews.
George is preceded in death by his brother Paul Ziebold; sisters Margaret Esther Fuller, Rosemarie Ziebold and Mary Conner; and niece Sandra Ziebold.
Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. Aug. 30 at 8-9:30 a.m. Aug. 31 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Wateroo.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Aug. 31 at Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Waterloo.
Interment will follow at Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Waterloo.
As an expression of sympathy, the family prefers memorial contributions to: Waterloo Rotary Tree of Lights or Ss. Peter & Paul Education Endowment Fund.
John Oakley Childs
August 18, 2020
John Oakley Childs of Tyler went to be with his savior on August 18, 2020 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family. A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Green Acres Baptist Church Chapel, with Dr. David Dykes, Rev. Warren Culwell, and Rev. Woody Woodward officiating. A private burial will take place prior to the service at Rose Hill Cemetery. On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, a viewing will be held from noon to 7:00 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Dukie was born and raised in Jacksonville, Texas. He was affectionately known to family as little brother, Dad, Pops and Ruff Ruff. Fish Childs entered Texas A & M in the Fall of 1949. His class, the Class of 1953. was the last class to live at the Annex. He graduated from Texas A & M College in Aug 1953 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Administration from The George Washington University.
During his years at Texas A & M, Childs was a member of the corps of cadets, a terrific P Head, company commander of an all Fish Infantry Company and a senior yell leader. He was a charter member of the Memorial Student Center Student Committee.
One of his favorite stories went, as follows: “Not many people know of the time I “met” L.G. Dupree, Baylor’s tough running back on the Baylor campus the night before the Aggie football game, and the reason is that it was a stupid and naive thing to do and I praise God I was able to get out of Waco with my life and boots.”
Upon graduation A & M, Dukie was commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry in the Regular Army. Childs served over 21 years in the U.S. Army, primarily as an Infantry unit commander. He had two tours of duty in Viet Nam and commanded the 2nd Battalion of the 506th Airborne Infantry, 101st Airborne Division in combat. (This is the Battalion that was home to the “Band of Brothers” rifle company.) He was a qualified paratrooper, a Ranger and received several combat decorations including the Bronze Star for Valor and the Distinguished Flying Cross. John’s military career culminated at West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas where he served as the Professor of Military Science. He retired as an Infantry Lieutenant Colonel in 1974.
In Canyon, John served as marketing officer for the First National Bank for four years. He was an active member of several civic organizations including serving as President of the Canyon Chamber of Commerce. In 1978, John and his family moved to Tyler, Texas where he was Senior Vice President for marketing at Heritage National Bank. In 1986, John began a new career as instructor in the School of Business and Director of Continuing Education at the University of Texas in Tyler. He retired as Business Officer of Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Texas in 1994.
Civic organizations have been a top priority of service. He was a Rotarian for over forty years and served in two separate clubs, the Rotary Clubs of Canyon and Tyler. John served in various capacities at the club and district level and was District Governor of District 5830 in 1994-95. During that year, he initiated the first RYLA program for the District.
He gained his nickname “One O’clock John” during his year as District Governor for the brevity of his speeches and desire that Rotary meetings be kept short and to the point. “One O’clock” John was a top-notch instructor from 1996 to 2008 at the Lone Star Presidents Elect Training Seminar which was responsible for training Rotary Club Presidents for the state of Texas. He served as the Operating Chair for the Lone Star Presidents Elect Training Seminar in 2002. John also served as president of the Smith County American Cancer Society and served on the following boards: Goodwill Industries of East Texas, Tyler-Smith County A & M Club, East Texas Deaf and Hearing Council and the Tyler Independent School District. John was also on the Board of Trustees of East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, past board member of San Marcos Baptist Academy, and the Paraguay Baptist Hospital Foundation.
Dukie was an active member of Green Acres Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and taught a large adult Sunday school class for over forty years.
Family was a priority to John, He married Thelma Ruth Stephens of Leesville, Louisiana, The Love Of His Life. They have three sons, John Oakley Childs Jr., a special needs boy who is cared for by the state of Louisiana, Stephen (Brenda) of Tyler, and Charlie (Lisa) of Kingwood. There are six grandchildren, Allison, Brian (Allie), Hannah, Catherine of Houston, Clint (Brittany) of Tyler, Chris (Jessica) of Alexandria Va.; and two great-grandsons, Oakley Childs of Alexandria Va. and Sam Childs of Houston.
John (little brother) loved his sisters, Peggy Ann Morrison of Fort Worth and Nancy Loper of Tyler; as well as four nephews and 3 nieces.
John Oakley liked to make memories. Like taking his grandsons to every game of the last season southwest conference, no matter what the weather. Cooking sausages on the ashes of the Aggie Bonfire early in the morning cannot be forgotten. Christmas was a magical time as family gathered for the annual John Childs scavenger hunt. This came complete with clues created by Pops and placed goodness knows where. Our responsibility was to solve the clues and find the treasure. You can imagine the chaos!
John, Johnny, Dukie, Dad, Uncle John, Pops, One’Oclock John, no matter how you knew him he was never boring!! Heaven got a good one.
In lieu of flowers the family would greatly appreciate any memorial to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75707 or Green Acres Baptist Church Foundation, 1607 Troup Hwy, Tyler, Texas 75701.
John M. Brodbeck
August 15, 2020
It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that we announce the passing of Past District Governor, John Brodbeck, John passed away on August 15, 2020, at the age of 85 from heart failure.
John Brodbeck was born on November 2, 1934, in Swanton, Ohio. He was raised in a three bedroom farmhouse with his parents and six siblings. John learned at an early age the impact that giving could have a person when he was gifted $1.00 every Christmas from his cousins.
After graduating high school, John enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country for two years. Then, he was onto college at Bowling Green State University on a GI Bill. He was a member of the varsity wrestling team and the Kappa Sigma fraternity. In true John fashion, he graduated in under three years with a degree in business.
John met the love of his life, Marilee, in his hometown during the summer of 1958 and, on August 12, 1961, they married after graduating from college. Following graduation, John began selling animal pharmaceuticals to Tyson and other large poultry companies in Southern Missouri and Northwest Arkansas. In 1963, he was offered a job as General Manager of Lipscomb Caribbean, Ltd, that would take him and his growing family to Trinidad.
John and his family would spend the next twelve years enjoying life in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. In 1968, John became a charter member of The Rotary Club of St. Augustine where he served as Club President. Ultimately, joining Rotary would become one of the most pivotal moments in John's life.
John and his family returned to the U.S. in 1974 and settled back in their hometown where John became President of the family business, The Pilliod Co. John continued his love of service as President of the Swanton School Board, Sunday school teacher at Trinity United Methodist Church, mentor and honorary wrestling coach with Swanton High School, member of the Zoning and Planning Commission and, Club President of the Swanton Rotary Club. He would also served as District Governor for Rotary District 6600 for two terms.
In 1998, John sold the family business and retired to Holiday Island, AR. Retirement did not slow John down a bit! He served as Chairman of the Carroll County Republican Party, President of his HOA, and, once again, he served as Club President with Rotary Club of Eureka Springs for two terms.
Ultimately, life would lead the Brodbeck's to Springdale, Arkansas. Once in Springdale, John immediately joined the Rotary Club of Springdale and was very active in the club as well as Rotary District 6110. John and Marilee Brodbeck were honored by Rotary District 6110 in 2018 at the annual Rotary Foundation Banquet Ceremony for their contributions and service to Rotary. It is impossible to list all of John's personal and professional awards, accolades and accomplishments. John's proudest and most loved memories surround his beloved family including his wife, Marilee, their two daughters, Debra and Jonna, and his grandchildren.
There will be a private memorial service at Heritage Funeral Home on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. The Memorial Service will be live-streamed on Facebook for all of John's family and friends around the globe to participate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honor to the Springdale Rotary Charitable Foundation, PO Box 6006, Springdale, AR, 72766.
Judith "Judy" Ann Bush
April 18, 1943 - August 10, 2020
Judith A. “Judy” Bush, 77, of rural Heltonville, died at home Monday, August 10, 2020 after her almost three-year struggle with cancer. She was born on April 18, 1943, in Clinton, Indiana. She was the daughter of Tony and Christine (Krapesh) Bogetto.
Judy graduated from Clinton High School and received bachelor’s, master’s, EdS. and PhD degrees from Indiana State University. She had a 46-year career in public education starting as a math teacher at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School in Terre Haute in 1965 and later becoming Dean of Girls. In 1973 daughter Christina came along and after a leave she went back as a teacher at Chauncy Rose Junior High School. She joined the staff at Terre Haute North Vigo High School in 1977 as a Dean of Students. From then until 1999 she was a Counselor, Head Counselor, Assistant Principal and Principal. Some might still remember her being back at work in the evening walking the seven-acre building with her faithful Aussie, Wolfie. In 1999 she accepted the position as Superintendent for the Attica Consolidated School Corporation in Attica, Indiana. She remained there until she retired in 2011. Being in Attica was one of the highlights of her career. She still considered so many as good friends. She was always supportive of students and teachers and saw the good in each person.
The same year she joined North, she and husband John bought 115 acres northeast of Terre Haute. Until the move to Attica in 1999, they enjoyed living in the beautiful valley with farm ground, hilly pastures, hay fields and woods filled with morel mushrooms in secret locations. Taking care of the cattle or cutting firewood was a great relief from the hectic pace at school. John knew Judy’s winter job was to walk back to the barn and feed the hay after changing into her farm clothes. It was also a great place to raise daughter Christina who belonged to 4-H for 10 years. Helping her with a difficult show steer sometimes would take the tenacity of a High School Principal. She also had a talent for calmly walking into a pen of calves to be sorted for loading out and getting them separated in contrast to John yelling and poking at them with a stick.
Judy joined the Attica-Williamsport Rotary Club in 2001 after giving a program for them as the new school Superintendent. She viewed Rotary as one of the most worthwhile organizations for doing good in the world. She served two terms as club President, District 6560 Assistant Governor and District Foundation Committee. She made many Rotary friends in central Indiana.
For Judy, retired was just a title to describe not having a job where you get paid. In the summer of 2011, she and John moved halfway between Bloomington and Bedford to the three-acre corner adjoining thirty acres where daughter, Christina, and Jon raised produce for the Farmers Market. John described it as the “middle of nowhere” adjoining Hoosier National Forest. He became the unpaid hired hand.
They transferred their membership from Attica First Lutheran to St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Bloomington. They visited the Bedford Rotary Club and then transferred membership from the Attica-Williamsport Rotary Club.
Judy volunteered for the church Finance Committee and the Worship Committee and had started a term on the church Council this year. She discovered the connection to Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) and agreed to become a board member. She was involved in many of the fundraisers and other MCUM activities that helped so many in the community.
She almost immediately agreed to become the secretary for the Bedford Rotary Club which included providing a weekly article for the newspaper. Bedford Rotary had inbound and outbound Rotary Youth Exchange students every year going back to 1989. Judy volunteered to be a part of that program and enjoyed getting to know the students and families of students going to other countries for a year or inbound coming here for year to experience life in America. She made the yearly trip to Grand Rapids for the Youth Exchange gathering and accompanied students on trips as part of their experience. A fun one was going with District Youth Exchange Chair, Santhana Naidu, to Washington DC with students from several other countries. Rotary Youth Exchange is one of the most recognized programs of Rotary.
Bedford Rotary volunteered to help every fourth Saturday at The Teachers Warehouse in Bloomington. Of course, Judy became that regular volunteer. She was asked to join the board and became acquainted with many members from the three Rotary clubs in Bloomington.
Her previous association with many good Rotary friends in District 6560 and her years of volunteer leadership work in District 6580 culminated in Judy being chosen to become the District Governor for Rotary year 2017-18. She viewed this as a great honor and worked hard to do the best job for all the Rotary clubs in Southern Indiana. She worked with the District Governors (and many volunteer members) from northern Indiana (6540) and central Indiana (6560) to have an ALL Indiana Rotary conference in Indianapolis. The first all Indiana conference since 1938. Her efforts were interrupted by major surgery in November 2017 to remove a tumor. She recovered and enjoyed being a part of the conference in April 2018.
Judy and John attended the Toronto Rotary International Convention in June of 2018. The return of cancer was discovered a few weeks before and the trip was cut short so she could start chemo on her last day as District Governor. She never gave up and thought she could beat this dread disease just as she had prevailed so many times before with her life experiences.
Judy is survived by John, her husband of 56 years, and daughter Christina. A sister, Nancy Ewick and nieces and nephews, Jeff Bogetto (Stephanie), Paulette Bogetto, Daryl Ewick, Carla Mosley (Michael), and Tom Ewick (Selena)
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Anton Bogetto Jr.
Judy always wanted a complete funeral service at the church with communion. That is not possible now with restrictions due to Covid-19. A celebration of her life will take place later.
Her ashes will be placed in the St Thomas Lutheran Church Columbarium.
Donations in her memory can be made to St. Thomas Lutheran Church, The Rotary Foundation, MCUM or The Teachers Warehouse.
James William Miller
1928 - 2020
James William Miller, age 91, died of natural causes on July 14, 2020. He was born November 30, 1928, in Lancaster to Winfred Cornelius (Boo) and Lucile Belle Deffenbaugh Miller.
After graduating from Lancaster High School in 1946, he attended Indiana University and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1950. While serving as an officer in the U. S. Army in Japan during the Korean War, he met California girl Sarah Louise Taff. They married in 1953. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1955.
Mr. Miller joined his father in the law firm of Deffenbaugh and Miller which was established by his grandfather, Attorney James William Deffenbaugh, in 1902. In 1985, the firm of Deffenbaugh and Miller merged with the firm of Dagger, Johnston, Ogilvie, Charles and Hampson and Mr. Miller continued his association with this firm, now known as Dagger, Johnston, Miller, Ogilvie and Hampson, until his retirement in 2010.
A lifetime resident of Lancaster, he was a lion of the community as was his father before him. He was treasured by his friends and his colleagues in the practice of Law as a great wit and raconteur, a perennial Master of Ceremonies at community events, and a tireless booster of Lancaster.
Mr. Miller dedicated his life to public service. He followed his father and grandfather as President of the Lancaster and Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce. He was President of the Community Improvement Corporation, United Way, Lancaster Rotary Club, the Lancaster Country Club, Coordinating Council of Ohio University-Lancaster. He served as Rotary District 669 Governor for 1976-1977. He was a member of the American Legion and St. John's Episcopal Church.
He was President of the Fairfield County Bar Association and served on the Council of Delegates of the Ohio State Bar Association for nine years and the Executive Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association for three years. He was selected to be a member of the Ohio Bar Foundation and was also a member of the American Bar Association.
He was Secretary of the City of Lancaster Board of Park Commissioners for 32 years. His grandfather wrote the deed for Rising Park and was the first Secretary of the Board serving for 28 years. His father served as Secretary for 23 years. The three generations served as Secretary of the Board for 83 years.
Among the awards presented to him over the years were the C. Floyd Wolfe Community Service Award by the Chamber of Commerce in 1990; the President's Award for outstanding contributions to the Chamber of Commerce in 1988; the "Pearl of the Parks" by the Friends of the Parks in 1993; the Citizen of the Year by the Lancaster Board of Realtors in 1994; the Jaycee Distinguished Service Award in 1963; and the Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Foundation. He served as Governor of District 669 (Southeastern Ohio) of Rotary International for 1967 - 1968.
He was a longtime member of the Board of Trustees of the Fairfield County Automobile Club, and after its merger served several years as a corporate Board member of the Ohio Auto Club. He was a member for a number of years of the Board of Directors of the Westerman Companies, and of the Board of Directors of the Frank E. Smith Funeral Home, Inc.
Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his daughter, Marilyn Jean Miller, and his wife of 65 years, Sarah. His surviving children are Michael James Miller of Los Angeles, California, Stephen William Miller (Kim) of Pickerington, Ohio, and Maryjane Leverett Miller Hotaling (Clark) of Webster Groves, Missouri. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Nicholas William Miller of Pickerington, Ohio, Sarah Katherine Miller Loper (Paul) of Powell, Ohio, Jackson Leverett Hotaling and Thomas Daley Hotaling of Webster Groves, Missouri, and one great granddaughter, Lily Loper.
He was preceded in death by his parents, W. C. (Boo) and Lucile D. Miller, grandparents James W. and Mary Deffenbaugh and Max and Adele Miller, and an infant sister, Marlyn Ann Miller.
Friends may wish to contribute to The Friends of the Parks, 1507 E. Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130.
Mr. Miller's family wishes to thank family friend Teri Ebersbach, the fine staff at Main Street Terrace Care Center, and FAIRHOPE Hospice.
The family will hold a graveside service at Forest Rose Cemetery at 11AM on Saturday, officiated by Father Seth Wymer and the Lancaster Veterans Burial Detail. Due to Covid-19, we request people to remain in their car and drive by the family to give their condolences. A memorial gathering will be planned for a later date when we may safely assemble to celebrate Jim in the exuberant manner he deserves. Arrangements are under the direction of the Frank E. Smith Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at www.funeralhome.com
November 13, 1936 - July 8, 2020
John Dewey Salyers
November 24, 1947 - July 7, 2020
John Dewey Salyers, Age 72, entered into the arms of Jesus, surrounded by his beloved wife and daughters on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. John was born in Independence, KY on November 24, 1947. He grew up in Grant County and joined the US Army Corps of Engineers at the age of 18. In 1969, after serving a year long tour in Vietnam he met his beautiful wife-to-be Connie Otten. They quickly fell in love, married and eventually settled into a life in Erlanger, KY. (In his opinion, the greatest city in the world.
In addition to serving in the military, John lived a life of service to our nation. He served as an Erlanger policeman from 1970-1986. While there, he volunteered heavily with the Lloyd Memorial High School football program and Erlanger Lions Little League Baseball. In 1986, after working as a volunteer on Jim Bunning’s congressional campaign he started a new chapter in life by taking a position as a field representative for the newly elected Congressman. He then stood by Mr. Bunning for the next 24 years, eventually becoming a military liaison for the Senator.
After retiring in 2010 he put his whole heart into Rotary International. While serving with Rotary he was President of the Florence, KY club, became Governor of District 6740 and found his true passion as a part of the United States Polio Eradication Task Force.
Despite all of those accomplishments John was most proud of his children and grandchildren, his status as a fan of the Northern Kentucky University Norse and the flowers in his yard that he kept so well.
John was a long time member and elder at Lakeside Christian Church in Lakeside Park, Ky. His most defining characteristic and strongest attribute was his faith in his risen Savior Jesus Christ. His faith could not be shaken, despite all of the hardships he went through, and it is what gives his family the comfort they need to make it through this difficult time.
John is survived by his wife of 51 years, Connie Salyers, his daughters Beth Barker (Don) and Meredith Lewis, his grandchildren Jaelyn, Reagan, Camden, Bekah, Noah and Lainey and his brother and sisters, Janet Lasters, Judy Webster, June Beach and Thomas Chipman.
He is preceded in death by his mother Mildred Jean Dennis, his Aunt and Uncle Marzawilla and Hobart Marsh and his son-in-law Jeremy Lewis.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 11am at Kentucky Veteran’s Cemetery North in Williamstown, KY. Due to social distancing limitations, services are limited to family and close friends of Connie and John. More distant relatives and friends are asked to consider viewing the services at https://youtu.be/eP7GtVX81as . In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Polio Plus Fund (via www.Florencerotary.org). Online condolences can be made at www.Linnemannfuneralhomes.com
Alan M. Bank
December 31, 1928 - May 18, 2020
Alan M. Bank, 91, died Monday, May 18, 2020 at Avonlea Assisted Living. Alan was born December 31, 1928, to Albert and Sylvia Singer Bank in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was a graduate of Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He attended New York Graduate Business School, the Menninger Institute of Behavioral Science, and completed the Harvard Business School (AMP) Program where he also attended the Non- Profit Management Business Program. He served three years in the United States Air Force as a young man, during the Korean Conflict. He relocated to Tupelo where he enjoyed a 42- year career with Super Sagless Corporation before retiring as chairman and CEO.
Alan was a prominent figure within the community; participating in many realms of community involvement and service and was named Tupelo Outstanding Citizen in 2010.
He was a member of the Tupelo Rotary Club for 50 years, serving as Club President and District Governor. He was named the Rotarian of the Year in 1990 and received the Four Avenues of Service Citation. He attended many Rotary International Conventions, was a Paul Harris Fellow and awarded Paul Harris fellowships to all his children and grandchildren.
He was CEO and President of the Regional Rehabilitation Center Board, the ICC Foundation Board Cultural Alliance of Tupelo and Lee County (CATL), CDF Education Committee, International Association of Panoramic Photographers and served as a board member of the Mississippi Olympic Committee, North Mississippi Medical Center, Prairie Girl Scouts and the Fairytale Brownie Company.
He formerly held many positions within the community including: President of the Gum Tree Museum of Art, Community Relations Association, Tupelo Community Theater; Vice President of the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra and Tupelo Venture Capital, National Library Week, Tupelo Airport Authority and as Deputy Chairman of the Mississippi Arts Commission.
He was a charter member of the Harvard Club of Mississippi, secretary and column writer for his class at Harvard business School. He had been a guest speaker at the University of Mississippi, a commencement speaker at Itawamba Community College and volunteered at the Good Samaritan Free Clinic.
He took great interest and was an owner of thoroughbred horses. He was passionate about taking panoramic photos, enjoyed collecting art and had an extensive collection of letter openers. He was also an avid tennis player, occasional golfer and world traveler.
Alan was a member of Temple B’nai Israel in Tupelo.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Marilynne Rosenberg Bank; three daughters, Avery Bank of New York, New York, Merritt Lee Herring Bailey and her husband, Paul of Tupelo and Hilary Bank of Tupelo; and three grandchildren, Skyler Herring of Atlanta, Georgia, Eliza Herring of Los Angeles, California and Wyatt Herring of Oxford, Mississippi.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Muriel Katz.
An in-person service honoring his life will be held on Friday, May 22 at 11 a.m. at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Ron Richardson, Marc Perler and daughter, Avery Bank speaking. Private Graveside services will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
The service will also be live streamed and recorded for those who may not be able to attend at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Honorary pallbearers will be Skyler Herring, Eliza Herring, Wyatt Herring, Dr. Marion Winkler, Paul Bailey, Heywood Washburn, David Lester, Kay Matthews and Robert Mednikow.
Memorials may be made to Regional Rehab, 615 Pegram Dr. Tupelo, MS 38801 or the Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 1143, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Gerald O. Hodges
February 12, 1938 - May 10, 2020
Survived by loving wife Joy (Brun) of 60 years, daughter Cindy (Greg) Cole and son Wayne (Jeanie), grandchildren Roderic (Katrina) Hodges and Nicole (Sami) Bichir and great grandchildren Tristan, Penelope and Aurelia Bichir and sister-in-law Donna (William) Hodges. Preceded in death by parents William B. and Edna (Schweigert) and brother William F. Hodges.
Jerry enjoyed fishing, helping friends and family, listening to music, traveling, and spending winters in Benson, Arizona. He and Joy hosted many summer parties at their home with family and friends swimming and playing card games. He ended his long career in the communications industry retiring from IPC as Vice President of Operations in 1998.
Jerry was past Exalted Ruler of both the Cincinnati BPOE Lodge 5 and Newport Elks BPOE Lodge 273. He was active with Rotary International, as past president of the Newport and Florence Clubs and as District Governor. He spent countless hours serving others including group study, youth group exchange, community projects and fundraising events to help with the eradication of polio. Jerry was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow and twice named a Kentucky Colonel.
Mass of remembrance will be celebrated Saturday May 16th, 2020 at 10:00am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria. Due to social distancing it will be for immediate family only, live stream is available on St. Mary’s Alexandria Facebook page.
Memorial donations can be made to Rotary International www.rotary.org or Alzheimer’s Society www.alzheimers.org
Donald Lee Sodrel
October 8, 1932 - April 26, 2020
Donald Lee Sodrel, 87, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2020, at his residence. The son of the late Jack and Ruth Allard Sodrel, Don was born October 8, 1932 in Perry County, Indiana. He was a 1950 graduate of New Albany High School, graduated from University of Louisville, and then received his MBA from Michigan State University. Don spent the first half of his life serving his country and the second half of his life serving his community. He was a retired United States Naval Commander, was a 38 year member of the Rotary Club, where he had perfect attendance and served as District 6580 Governor, in 1991-92. He was an honored recipient of Indiana's Sagamore of the Wabash Award and was a Kentucky Colonel. Don was also a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in New Albany. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Vivian Sodrel; and brothers, Larry Sodrel (Marie) and Terry Sodrel.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Ann (Burd) Sodrel; daughter, Lee Ann Sodrel-Remson (Brian); son, John Sodrel; siblings, Jane Mathena (John), Ron Sodrel (Cheryl), Connie Ball (Larry), Charlene King, Darlene Farrington (Steve), and Billy Mark King (Peggy); sister-in-law, Jan Sodrel; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, family, friends and furry felines.
There will be a drive through visitation held at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm on Friday, May 1, 2020. Please enter from Charlestown Road and exit onto Old Ford Road. Don's Funeral Service will be Private but will be live-streamed on Facebook Live www.facebook.com/KraftFuneral on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with private entombment to follow in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park.
Expressions of sympathy in Don's memory may be made to The Floyd County Animal Shelter or the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana.
You are invited to reach out to the family by posting memories and condolences on our website at www.kraftfs.com.
R.E. 'Bob' Stanton
April 17, 2020
R.E. "Bob" Stanton died the morning of April 17,2020 from complications related to COVID-19. He is survived by his wife Sylvia who, unfortunately, is also inflicted with this virus. Bob served District 6840 as Governor in the 1993-1994 Rotary year.
Please keep Sylvia and the rest of PDG Bob's family in your thoughts and prayers.
Lawrence "Larry" M. Pennie
October 5, 1944 - April 5, 2020
Lawrence “Larry” M. Pennie age 75 of Normal IL passed away at 4:30 AM on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at Heritage Health, Normal IL from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease. This cruel disease stripped him of his memory, then his voice and finally his life. Private family services will be held Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Private burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Rev. Dr. Kent King-Nobles will be officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to The Rotary Foundation or The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, FDR Station, PO Box 220, New York, NY 10150. The service will be recorded and may viewed at www.calvertmemorial.com Select the obituary tab, select Calvert & Metzler, select his name and click on “Tribute Wall.’
Larry was born October 5, 1944 in Chicago, IL the son of Walter and Grace Blue Pennie. He married the love of his life, Arlene McClure on June 24, 1967 in Normal IL. She survives. Larry lit up every time he saw Arlene, even to his last breath.
Also surviving are his 2 children, Krista M. (Bill Scott) Pennie Myers, Atoka, TN,
Kent M. (Lisa Cook) Pennie, Grand Rapids, MI. The true joy of his life was his grandson, Branden Scott, Atoka, TN, He loved to tell everyone he was one of 9 children - sisters, Susan (Peter) Young, Schaumburg, IL, Nancy Tait, Lombard, IL, Carol Buttitta, Westmont, IL, Donna (Dave) Olson, Ramsey, NJ, Margo (Jay) Buerger, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, brothers, Bill (Helga) Pennie, Hopatcong, NJ, Tom (Ann) Pennie, Pittsburg, PA, Rick (Jean) Pennie, Elmer, NJ
Larry is preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Shane Myers, sister-in-law Janet Valentine and 2 brothers-in-law Joe Buttitta and Hank Tait.
Larry graduated from Illinois State University, Normal with a BS in Education and MS in Educational Administration. He spent his life dedicated to children. Mr. Pennie served in School Administration for Unit 5 School District from 1967-2000.
He was an incredible orator who loved reading to children. He was an Illinois Reading Council President and was inducted into the Illinois Reading Hall of Fame.
In retirement, Larry continued teaching others with programs depicting the life of one of America’s great founders Benjamin Franklin. He was a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Bloomington-Normal Sunset Rotary and was past Rotary District 6490 Governor 2013-2014.
Larry was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Normal.
He was loved deeply and will be missed.
William Port Jr.
March 3, 2020
William E. Port Jr., 89, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Southeast Hospital.
He was born Jan. 7, 1931, in Springfield, Illinois, to William E. and Mary Lou Persons Port. He and Barbara Genuit were married Oct. 20, 1956, at Clayton, Missouri. She preceded him in death June 16, 2014.
He was a graduate of Normandy High School in Normandy, Missouri, in 1949. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in 1953.
He served in the U.S. Navy in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1954 to 1956.
He was a resident at Chateau Girardeau for the past 14 years. As a member of First Presbyterian Church, he was involved in the planning and building of The Chateau. He served as president of the board of directors and president of the residents council and served on several committees.
In earlier years, Port was director of training and employment at the Alton Box Board in Alton, Illinois; director of personnel at International Shoe in St. Louis, and clinic administrator at Internal Medicine Group in Cape Girardeau.
He was an elder at First Presbyterian churches, both in Alton and Cape Girardeau. He was a member of the choir and Youth Group leader.
Port served as president of Cape-Girardeau West Rotary Club, district governor Rotary District 6090 and was District Governor in 1995-96. He was president of the board of directors of American Red Cross, was on United Way Agency Review Committee and participated in many other community service activities.
Survivors include his daughter, Elizabeth "Betsy" (Mark) Mueth of St. Charles, Missouri; son, William S. (Linda) Port of St. Louis; granddaughters, Emily Ann (John) Cody and Marcella Lynn (Tim) Forck; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Ethan and Kallie Kovach, William Cody and Delilah, Amelia and Felicity Forck; sister-in-law, Kathy Port of St. Louis; three nephews; and two grand-dogs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and brother, Robert P. (Evah) Port.
March 1, 2020
Sandra Broadrick-Allen died Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Sullivan in hospice care. She lived for many years on South First Street in Champaign. She was an only child, born May 5, 1940, to Charles and Verna (Yount) Allen in St. Charles, Mo. After receiving a bachelor -of- science degree from Lindenwood College in 1962, majoring in home economics, Sandra taught at Princeville High School in Illinois. She went on to get a master-of-arts degree in 1965 from the University of Denver in guidance and counseling and a Ph.D. in 1975 from the University of Illinois in higher education administration. While pursuing her graduate work at the UI, Sandra studied the lives of honor students. She met King Broadrick, associate director of the honors program, and they fell in love. They were married July 4, 1975, in Boston, where Sandra had taken a position as dean of students at Garland College and was later promoted to president of the college.
Sandra returned to Champaign in 1976 and enjoyed the life of a faculty spouse without outside employment. King’s death in 1981 changed that, and Sandra took a part-time position at the UI Office of Arms Control and Disarmament and International Security. She also became campaign manager for state Rep. Helen Satterthwaite in 1982 and 1984. She continued her hobbies of gardening and preserving garden produce, making wine, crocheting, studying archaeology and traveling.
From 1985 to 1991, Sandra served as the first city manager for the village of Savoy, bringing professionalism to that fast-growing community. Among her many civic activities, she helped found the Rotary Club of Savoy and became its first president, serving in 1989-91. She later served as the first woman district governor for District 6490 in 2001-02. Rotary became a very important part of Sandra’s life, giving her contacts in virtually every country as she circled the globe on numerous cruises.
She was also very active in Champaign County Cooperative Extension Services, the University YWCA and McKinley Memorial Presbyterian Church.Sandra is survived by her four stepchildren, Toby, Karl and Michael Broadrick and Nicolea Broadrick Litchford; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.Two grandchildren predeceased her.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date at McKinley Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Arlo 'Bud' Ragan Jr
February 14, 2020
Arlo Delbert "Bud" Ragan Jr., of Palmetto, Florida (formerly Centerville, Ohio), entered Heaven's gates on February 14, 2020, at the age of 88. Bud was reunited with the love of his life, his wife of 67 years, Martha Mae Miller Ragan, who passed on February 1st. Having met in college, Bud and Marty were blessed with 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Bud was born in Dayton, Ohio on January 4, 1932 to Arlo Sr. and Clare Mildred Ragan. He and Marty both graduated from Bowling Green State University. Bud was accepted into the Officers Training School with the US Armyfollowing earning his Master's degree from Xavier University. Bud spent his professional life as a CPA. He was the CFO for Wright State University, as well as the timekeeper for the university's basketball team. Bud loved college basketball! He later coached young players with the church program in Palmetto. He completed his career as the VP of Finance for ESKCO, Inc.
Bud Ragan will be remembered for his many contributions to communities around the world. He was a Kettering City Councilman and a 27-year volunteer with the trauma center of Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.
Bud was a long-standing member of several Rotary Clubs; past District 6670 Governor and Rotary International Auditor in Africa, India and Grenada.
He was active within the church community wherever he lived, having a deep relationship with the Lord and Savior of his life, Jesus Christ.
A service celebrating both Bud and Marty's lives will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Palmetto, 1020 4th St. West, Palmetto, Florida, 34221. Donations may be made to their name towards missions at the First Baptist Church of Palmetto.
Gordon W. Keller
1935 - 2019
GORDON W. KELLER, age 83, of Kent, died at his home on January 22, 2019, after a long illness.
He was born October 8, 1935, in Cleveland, the son of Edwin and Helen (Wilson) Keller. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Carole Keller; daughters Jill (Bill) Prado of Colchester, Vermont and Jennifer (Dennis) Keller-Birkes of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania; nephew Brian Ferrar of Wimberley, Texas, and beloved grandchildren Caroline and Christopher Prado and Adeline and Cullen Birkes. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Keller was a 1953 graduate of Shaw High School in East Cleveland. In 1957 he received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at Ohio University where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and the Omicron Delta Kappa and J Club Honoraries, as well as President of the Campus Religious Council. Two years later he earned a Master's degree there in counseling and psychotherapy. He began teaching at both Ohio University's main and regional campuses with a course on ""Citizenship in the Modern World.""
He received his doctorate in Political Science from Syracuse University, and taught part-time at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, shortly before joining the Kent State University faculty in 1966.
Among the notable courses he taught was ""American Political Ideas,"" a topic that proved particularly timely during protests over the Vietnam War. He served as chairperson of his department, then assumed leadership positions in upper administration, testimony to his competence, energy, and good will.
He served as associate provost, assistant vice president for academic and student affairs, and associate vice provost of the extended university. In 1980 then President Brage Golding appointed Keller vice provost of the rapidly growing Kent State University Regional Campus system. Under his leadership from 1980 to 2001, the regional campuses grew to serve more than 10,000 students, boast a faculty and staff of 727 and have a budget of $54 million. He put special emphasis on academic program quality, and always stressed mutual respect among faculty, staff and students.
He retired in 2001 after a rewarding 35-year career as both professor and administrator. For his efforts in extending the university's outreach in northeast Ohio he received in 2008 the KSU President's Medal.
Throughout his years of service as both professor and administrator, Keller's personal integrity, his witty and upbeat personality, his scholarship, and his breadth of learning earned him the respect of his colleagues of all ranks.
Keller's commitment to excellence extended also into the larger Kent community. He served in Rotary as both the Kent Chapter President and District Governor. Following a visiting professorship at the University of Louvain in Belgium in 1970, Keller took a special interest in international education. He supported Rotary International student scholarships for travel and study abroad, and encouraged fellow faculty members to participate in the university's international exchanges in Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, China, and Japan.
In addition to Rotary, he took an active role in the KSU University Press Endowment Board, the Kent Free Library Board of Trustees, the United Way of Portage County Board of Trustees, the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Kent Regional Business Alliance.
To the end, Gordon was an avid reader, often reading two or three books at once while staying current in local, national, and global developments. He took great pleasure in the fellowship of his book club, affectionately known as the ""Old Boys' Club,"" which during the last years of his final illness met regularly at his home. He kept in touch with friends, fraternity brothers, and fellow Rotarians. He enjoyed classical music and travel, especially family vacations to the coast of Maine.
His family and friends will miss his sense of humor and exceptional counsel. He will be missed, too, by his dog ""Buddy,"" whom he called ""the greatest gift I ever had.""
The family will hold a Celebration of Life on February 23, 2019 at 2 p.m. at The Overlook, 1519 Overlook Rd., Kent, Ohio 44240. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Kent State University Scholarship Fund (17720) or the Gordon Keller Scholarship for KSU at Tuscarawas (14250A), c/o The Kent State University Foundation, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, Ohio 44242-0001; or to the Kent Rotary Club Foundation, c/o Kent Rotary Club, P.O. Box 6, Kent, Ohio 44240.
John Norman Behrendt
July 23, 1939 - January 20, 2020
John Norman Behrendt, 80, of East Lansing, MI, formerly of Litchfield, IL, passed away on Monday morning, January 20, 2020 at Burcham Hills Retirement Community in East Lansing, MI.
He was born July 23, 1939 in Dixon, IL to Alvin Charles Behrendt and Vernice Lula Gale.
John graduated from Sterling High School and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Carthage College. Afterwards, he worked for Litchfield Grocer Company for 40 years. John married Marilyn Sue Driskell on November 4, 1961 in Litchfield, IL, and she preceded him in death on November 7, 2016.
Throughout his life, John was an active member of many community organizations. He participated as a Rotarian at both local and district levels, as well as on several international projects and advisory boards. He served as District 6490 Governor in 2006-07 and was a former member of the Litchfield (IL) club. He was also a member and an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Litchfield, before later joining the First Presbyterian Church of Ambler, Pennsylvania and The Peoples Church in East Lansing.
John is survived by two daughters, Amy Moore of Haslett, Michigan and Beth (Jon) Lundy of Okemos, Michigan, and five grandchildren: Jennifer (Eric) Krzak, Sarah Lundy, David Moore, Claire Lundy, and Christian Lundy. Also surviving are a brother, Dwight (Lynne) Behrendt, a niece, Sara Jacklin, and a nephew, Jay Behrendt.
Visitation will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 1:00 until 3:00 P.M. at the Litchfield Family Funeral Service in Litchfield, IL. A private, graveside service will follow at Litchfield’s Elmwood Cemetery. The family of Mr. John Behrendt suggests memorial contributions be directed to the Rotary International Foundation’s Polio Plus Fund. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Litchfieldffs.com.
Rodney Forest Persons
March 27, 1940 - January 15, 2020
Rodney Forest Persons was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, to T.D. and Florence Persons. He graduated from Gulfport High School in 1958 and went on to graduate from Mississippi State University in 1962 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was hired by Entergy Mississippi (MP&L), where he worked all over the state of Mississippi for 41 years. His career sent him to Greenville, Clarksdale, Vicksburg, McComb, Jackson, and Natchez. He retired in 2003, after serving as the district manager in Natchez for over twenty years.
He was an active member of First Baptist Church where he served as chairman of several committees.
Forest’s involvement in The Boy Scouts of America led him to serve as vice president of the area Boy Scout Council, as well as the district chairman. He continued to volunteer on the Boy Scout Executive Board and was presented the Silver Beaver Award and the BSA District Award of Merit for his service.
He was on the executive board and served as the Chairman of Natchez Chapter of the Red Cross. He was a past president of the Natchez Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Industrial Foundation. He served on the Governor’s Advisory Council for JTPA, the Co-Lin Advisory Council, and the SBA Advisory Board as a member and a chairman.
He volunteered as a Board Member for the following organizations: Natchez - Adams County E&CDA, Mississippi Economic Council, Alcorn State University Foundation, Natchez Community Hospital, and Natchez Merit Hospital.
He was greatly involved in Rotary International. As a member of the Natchez club, he served in many roles, including Secretary, President, and Board of Directors. He held the office of District Governor for Rotary District 6820 in 2001-02 and was the Natchez Club Administrator for the last 15 years.
For his efforts throughout the many organizations in which he was involved, Forest was recognized with the following: Mississippi Industrial Board - Industrial Laureate, MEDC Volunteer of the Year Award, and Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence.
His community service was so impactful that he was named Natchezian of the Year in 1997 and Natchez Citizen of the Year in 2004.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Rodney Persons Jr., and daughter Diane Persons Forrest.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Barbara Cartrett Persons, of Natchez; grandson, Jason McCoy, of Memphis; great grandson, Ethan McCoy, of Memphis; sister, Annie Bess Saul and her husband TK, of Clinton; brother, Tom Persons and wife Linda, of San Antonio, TX; sister-in-law, Carolyn Cartrett Craddock of Plano, TX; best friend Jack Spradling and wife Judy of Florence, and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Pallbearers will be friends of the family.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of the Natchez Rotary Club, the Bill Rice Sunday School Class, and longtime friends Gerald Regal, Herman Cooper, John Hester, George Maxwell, and Kenneth Moss.
Services for Forest will be held Sunday, January 19 at 2 PM at First Baptist Church in Natchez with Rev. Dan Ratcliff officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.
Fredric K Bettner
January 27, 1936 ~ January 13, 2020
Fredric (Fred) Keith Bettner, 83 years old, passed away after an extended illness, at 6:38 pm on Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Center for Hospice Care, South Bend, IN. Fred was born on January 27, 1936 in New Castle, Indiana to Walter and Martha (Wood) Bettner. He was a 1954 graduate from Noblesville High School and a 1959 graduate from Butler University in Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Fred was a hard-working individual who spent his 36-year career helping others protect their financial future in the insurance industry – working for the Insurance Company of North America during his early career and settling into a 30-year role as an area field manager for Ohio Casualty Insurance Company. Additionally, Fred earned his professional CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) and CHFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) designations. Fred did not sit still in retirement, as he spent the last two-plus decades of his life dedicated to Rotary International, where he served as Governor of District 6540, overseeing 55 clubs and more than 3,000 members in Northern Indiana. He also gave back to his church by serving as a co-chair of the Board of Deacons. Fred was passionate about fishing and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Fred is survived by his wife of 37 years, Beverly (Lowden) Bettner, brothers, James (Sandra) Bettner of Pittsboro, Indiana and David (Mary) Bettner of Glendale Arizona; adult children Tim (Sandy) Bettner, Jeanene (Renee Adam) Bettner, Amy Bettner, Chris (Gretchen Rucker) Bettner, and Terry Bettner. He is also survived by his first wife, Loanna (Miles) Rockstroh, 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 115 South Frances Street, South Bend. Pastor Ken Locke will officiate. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services at Sunnyside Presbyterian. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Southlawn Cemetery, South Bend, IN.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Fredric K. Bettner may be donated to the Center for Hospice Care (www.cfhcare.org) 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545, Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, or Rotary International, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave. Evanston, IL 60201-3698. Online condolences may be offered to Fredric’s family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.
James C. Taylor
December 06, 1926 - January 06, 2020
James C. Taylor, 93, of Senecaville and formerly of Cambridge, died Monday (January 6, 2020) at Genesis Hospital, Zanesville. He was born December 6, 1926 in Huntington WV, son of the late Richard C. Taylor and Eva (Taylor) Taylor. Mr. Taylor was a 1950 graduate of Georgia Tech, earning his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He retired after thirty-seven years at NCR, serving in various engineering and manufacturing management positions.
He was a member of the Unity Presbyterian Church, where he had served as Elder and Clerk of Session for sixteen years. He was active in the Muskingum Valley Presbytery.
He was past president of the Cambridge Rotary Club and past district governor (1984-85) of Rotary International District 6690. He was also a past president of the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Taylor was a US Navy veteran, having served during WWII as an Electronic Technician Mate III.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Z. Taylor; a sister, Anne Hope Weber; and a half-sister, Betty Turner.
He is survived by his wife of seventy-one years, Annette (Haldane) Taylor, whom he married June 12, 1948; a son, Richard (& Margaret Ann) Haldane Taylor of Knoxville TN; three daughters, Anne Hope (& Malcolm) Worth of Xenia, Rosemary Lynn (& Rick) Burkhead of Pleasant City, and Margaret “Marge” Joyce (& Herb) Gerdau of Senecaville; eleven grandchildren, James Neff, Scott Neff, Ricky Burkhead Jr., Bryan Taylor, Marty Murphy, Josh Burkhead, Roberta Taylor, Tom Murphy, Andrew Burkhead, David Taylor, and Jesse Burkhead; fourteen great-grandchildren, Carly Jo Bowman, Alexis Shuman, Madison Taylor, Dalton Taylor, Olivia Taylor, Kohlton Burkhead, Elaina Burkhead, Rachael Taylor, Peyton Taylor, Jenna Taylor, Loren Blake Taylor, Parker Neff, Cooper Neff, and Claire Neff; and numerous nieces & nephews.
Visitation will be held Wednesday (January 8, 2020) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with Cambridge Rotary services beginning at 7:30 p.m., at Thorn-Black Funeral Home, Cambridge.
Funeral services will be held Thursday (January 9, 2020) at 1 p.m. at Unity Presbyterian Church, Cambridge, with Pastor Jeff Bergeson officiating.
Michael Hayden Williams
February 22, 1938 - December 26, 2019
Michael Hayden Williams, Sr., 81, of Portsmouth, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019, at the SOMC Hospice Center. He was born February 22, 1938, in Portsmouth, a son of the late Emily (nee Bush) and Thomas Edwards Williams, Sr..
Mike was the retired co-owner of the Hunter-Williams Insurance Agency and the co-owner of the former Tom & Mike Williams Insurance Agency. An Army veteran, he earned the Good Conduct Medal and a Letter of Commendation. He was an active member of the Portsmouth community, having been a member of the Portsmouth Rotary Club, James Dickey Post #23 American Legion, an American Red Cross volunteer and an election board poll worker. Mike also served as Rotary District Governor in 1979-80. Mike was a 1956 graduate of Portsmouth High School and had attended the Ohio State University. An avid golfer, he enjoyed sports and watching his grandchildren in all their sporting events.
Surviving Mike are his wife, Suzanne Shumate Williams, whom he married December 4, 1971, in Portsmouth; three sons, David M. (Laura) Stroud of Portsmouth, Michael H. (Michelle) Williams, Jr. of Wheelersburg and Todd A. (Sherry) Stroud of Friendship; a daughter, Michelle (Harold) Reed of Lexington, KY; a brother, Dr. Thomas (Margie) Edwards Williams, Jr.; brother-in-law, Ron (Peggy) Shumate of Chattanooga, TN; nine grandchildren, David and Matthew Stroud, Peighton, Isabella and Carson Williams, Kathleen Stroud, Jordan, Emily and Josh Reed; four great-grandchildren, Mason, Riley, Kinley and Creed; and his special golden retriever, Heidi.
Memorial contributions may be made to SOMC Hospice, 2201-25th St., Portsmouth, OH 45662.
Ronald Moore Fishburn
July 08, 1933 - December 11, 2019
Ronald Moore Fishburn was born July 8, 1933 in Norman, Oklahoma to Lewis McKinley (Luke) Fishburn and Ora Pulliam Fishburn. Ronald (Ron) started school at the Ladd School in Goldsby, at this time his mother ran the grocery store in Goldsby and his father sold tractors in Purcell. They moved to Purcell in 1947 so he and his younger brother Rod could attend High School. Ron became involved in the FFA program and was inspired by his FFA teacher to go to college. After graduating High School, Ronald attended Oklahoma A&M College in Stillwater studying Soil Science.
Upon graduation, he received a commission as an Officer in the United States Army through the Oklahoma State University ROTC program. He then attended Officer Basic Course in Ft. Benning, Georgia becoming a Reserve Officer. He was offered and accepted a job with the U.S. Geological office mapping soils in the Oklahoma Panhandle near Boise City. This is where he met his wife Patricia Robinson. After they married they decided to move back to Purcell.
Ron then worked in Motor Freight for his father and was drilling as a Lieutenant in the Oklahoma National Guard. As the Vietnam War was just beginning, he applied and was accepted into flight school for helicopters. He was awarded his Wings becoming a U.S. Army aviator on active duty. This job took him and his growing family all over the country including assignments in Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Kentucky, Colorado, Arizona, Kansas and Utah. Ron served three year-long tours in Vietnam in 1963, 1967 and 1972. He was highly decorated throughout his military career and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He received numerous awards, including several air medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Legion of Merit.
In 1963 he and his wife became members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Membership in the church introduced to him to the Boy Scouts of America as he became a Scout Master, a lifelong passion. He was involved with the Boy Scouts for over 50 years. Tragedy stuck in 1979 when his third oldest son, Lorne, was killed in an automobile accident in Kentucky. After retiring from the military in 1980, he returned to his hometown of Purcell to continue raising his children and to begin a second career. Ronald became a realtor and began serving in the local church and the community. Ronald ran for Purcell City Council, won and continued to serve on city council for 18 years, serving as mayor several times. His time as mayor and city council oversaw many structural and key developments that are still noticeable today.
He also joined the Rotary Club in Purcell, eventually becoming the Rotary Club President and serving a term as Rotary District Governor for southwest Oklahoma. He servied as Bishop for the Noble Ward in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served as Bishop for 10 years. Ron and Patricia served together as temple workers for the Oklahoma City Temple for many years. He cherished working in the temple with his wife.
Ron’s service wasn’t limited to serving in organizations; he would help anyone and everyone. He helped those in need, especially ones down on their luck. The stories of him helping and giving to others would fill volumes. Ron loved the youth. He attended Boy Scout Summer Camp at Slippery Falls, near Tishomingo for over 20 years. He attended Girls Summer Camp for the church for many years. He also helped in the implementation of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for southwest Oklahoma, attending this camp for many years. Tragedy struck again in 2007 when his wife, Patricia, married for nearly 49 years, succumbed to cancer. Heartbroken but undeterred, he continued to help others. He remarried to Nita Fields a little over a year later. Ron’s children and grand children were his highest priority.
He sacrificed to help them achieve and took great pride in all their accomplishments. All six of his living children obtained college degrees. Five of his six children served in the military and the sixth served as a military spouse for 20 years. His children’s personal and professional accomplishments include; electrical engineer, career executive in oil and gas, architect, lawyer, pilot, retail management, two combat veterans, 4 military officers, 4 LDS returned missionaries, 22 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Ron continued flying after retirement from the Army. He loved flying his antique Taylorcraft and Cessna 150. He taught numerous people how to fly and encouraged several others that became aviators. Ronald would often fly over and photograph properties, events and even assisted with search and rescue. He was a patriot, pilot, realtor, Combat Veteran, counselor, bishop, father, husband, son, brother, and most of all a friend. He loved all, didn’t hold grudges, dedicated his life to the service of God and country. He’s now resting, reunited with his sweet wife, son, father and mother and many others who passed on before him. When he departed this life and was greeted by his Savior, he most certainly was met with “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” From all that was fortunate enough to know you, thank you for your life of service to others, you made this world a better place.
He was preceded in death by:
His son, Lorne Fishburn;
His wife, Patricia Ruth Fishburn and
His parents, Lewis and Ora Fishburn.
Ron is survived by:
His wife, Nita (Fields) Fishburn;
Two daughters, Leah Fishburn Rios and husband Mike Rios of Anchorage, AK and
Ronda Evans and husband Matt of Huntington Beach, CA;
Four Sons, Tol Fishburn and wife Kathryn of Eagle River, AK,
Brett Fishburn and wife Chris of Midland, TX,
Tate Fishburn and wife Margaret of Corrales, NM and
Graham Fishburn of Purcell;
Brother, Rodney Fishburn of Layton, UT;
22 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral Services are scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1506 W. Imhoff Rd., Norman, OK, 73072. Burial will follow at the Hillside Cemetery in Purcell.
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.