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.
Robert "Bob" K. Richardson
July 6, 1930 ~ September 21, 2021
Robert Kent Richardson, 91, of Elkhart, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.Bob was born on July 6, 1930, the son of the late Kenneth and Eva (Guild) Richardson. Bob played football and boxed in high school. He won the Golden Gloves novice 160 lb. championship boxing trophy in 1948. After graduating from Mishawaka High School in 1949, he heard the call of duty and proudly enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.: 2 years active duty (1950-52), 10 years in the Reserves. He fought on the front lines during the Korean Conflict until his honorable discharge with rank of sergeant. Bob was honored for his service at age 89 through the Honor Flight.
Bob married Anne Marie (Lisi) on September 19, 1953. They married on Anne’s parent’s anniversary, the late Giuseppe and Concetta Lisi. Bob and Anne enjoyed 65 years of marriage.
Bob retired as an executive at CTS. He was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church and St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church. Bob was also a member of the Mayflower Society, The Association of Energy Engineers, I.A.R.A, the Knights of Columbus, Elkhart Moose Lodge #599, the Elkhart Art League and charter member of the Concord Rotary where he served as president and district governor. Bob and Anne hosted several Rotary exchange students. He enjoyed traveling the world, golfing, dancing, Notre Dame Football, bowling, cowboy movies, art, band concerts at the park, Wagon Wheel productions and playing poker for 50 years with the same neighbors. But most important to him was spending time with his family.
He is survived by his daughters: Catherine DeGroote (Jim Kiefer) and Karen Carden. He is also survived by his grandchildren Brittan Bright (Michael King), Lauren Stewart (Reid Stewart), Garrett Frey, Kathryn Rowe, Nicki Clarke (Jeremy Clarke), Cole Went (Chrystal Went), and David Eberwein (Nayeli Rodriguez) with seven great-grandchildren and one more on the way. And countless others that have joined his family over the years and he considered family including all former bonus kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Marie Richardson, daughter, Dr. Lori Linn Eberwein Patton, brothers, Al Richardson and Jim Richardson.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 25, at St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church, 411 W. Vistula St. in Bristol, with visitation 1 hour prior. Rev. Robert “Bob” VanKempen will officiate. Military honors rendered by the United States Marine Corps Funeral Honor Guard and the Elkhart Marine Corps League Detachment #1397 of which Bob was a charter member, will immediately follow the mass. A luncheon will then be served following the honors. Burial and graveside services will then take place at St. Vincent Cemetery.
Masks at all indoor elements will be required and we asked if you have experienced any symptoms of illness commiserate with COVID-19, that you do not attend physically out of an abundance of caution. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly request memorials in Robert’s name to the St. Vincent dePaul Cemetery restoration fund, C/O St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church.
Mark Christian Anderson
Mr. Mark Christian Anderson, 60, passed away from this life on September 3, 2021 at KDMC in Brookhaven, MS.
He was born on March 11, 1961 in Chapel Hill, NC to James Anderson and Carroll Ann Wombacher.
He is survived by his wife Shahla Fataliyeva/Anderson.
Mark Anderson was a member of Rotary for over 21 years and was serving as District Governor 2021-22 for district 6820. He was a second generation Rotarian, multiple Paul Harris Fellow and Paul Harris Society member. He served as President of 2 different Rotary Clubs in Districts 6820 and 6840. Mark has also served as Assistant Governor, Presidential Citation Chair, District Raffle Chair, District Sponsorship Chair and was an active Rotary Leadership Institute Facilitator. In recognition of his hard work and dedicated service, Mark was honored as both Club Rotarian of the Year and District Rotarian of the Year. Mark is the son of Dr. James William Anderson, a Presbyterian theologian and life-long Rotarian.
A Memorial service will be held on September 18, 2021 at Brookhaven Funeral Home (894 Natchez Drive, Brookhaven, MS) at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be at the Funeral Home on the same date from 10:00 AM till 11:00 AM.
Charles Michael (Mike) Crabill
January 10, 1949 - July 30, 2021
Charles Michael (Mike) Crabill, age 72, of Osceola, died Friday, July 30, 2021 at his residence. He was born January 10, 1949 in South Bend to Charles And Mary (Kraly) Crabill.
He married Teri Sue Crabill on June 3, 1999 in Kauai, Hawaii. Teri survives along with his son Brian (Christa) Crabill of Urbana, Indiana and one grandson, Everett.
Mike graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1967. He received psychology degrees from both John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio (Undergraduate) and Purdue University (Graduate).
He started his career in research and then began working at IDS (American Express) in Minneapolis in Financial Services. He moved back to South Bend in the late 1980’s and began his banking career in financial services at 1st Chicago NBD (Chase) and Wells Fargo until 2006. He then began working with Walter & Keenan Financial Consulting as an Investment Counselor until June 30, 2021.
Mike was an active Rotarian as a member of the Elkhart Rotary Club (Morning) since 1999. He was President of the local club three times and held numerous rotary district positions of district Governor (2011-2012), Foundation Chairman and Grants Chairman to name a few. The Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self” is how Mike lived his life. He cared more about what he could do for others than for himself.
One of Mike’s most gratifying life experiences was his numerous trips to the Appalachian Trail as part of a volunteer group rebuilding the shelters for the hikers.
He will be remembered by his wife Teri as simply a good, kind man. It was not in grand gestures but in the small day-to-day things that made life with mike so special to her (coffee in bed every morning, cribbage matches and pizza and a movie every Friday night for over 20 years).
A gathering of family and friends will be held Wednesday August 4, 2021 from 4-6pm with a memorial service following at 6pm at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home in Elkhart.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rotary Foundation at 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60693.
Carol G. Fletcher
1928 - 2021
Carol G. Fletcher passed away on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at home in Marshall, Texas. Mr. Fletcher was born November 24, 1928 in Benton, Illinois, a son of the late Claude F. and Maude E. Fletcher. He attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, the USAF Government Contract Law, Air University and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He married Gracie M. Gilbreath in 1948 and went into business with his father as Tri-State Gas & Electric Company. He joined the U.S. Air Force in December 1951. His years in the Air Force were in various procurement assignments. After separation from the military, he went to work as a civilian procurement analyst for Headquarters Air Material Command and then transferred to the Atomic Energy Commission. In 1959 he accepted a procurement position with Thiokol at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama. He spent many years with Thiokol’s Longhorn Division at Marshall, Texas after service with the Space Booster Division in Brunswick, Georgia. He served as Director of Finance & Administration and at times, Plant Manager. In 1975 he received his Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM) from University of Texas.
He retired from Longhorn in February 1986. After retirement he served as a consultant to Thiokol at Ogden, Utah and a variety of volunteer activities including Rotary International District Governor. He received both the Rotary International Citation for Meritorious Service and the Distinguished Service Award. He served at First Baptist Church, as a Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, BTU Director, Deacon and Chairman of Deacons, Chairman of Greeters and Host of the Welcome Center. Various positions included: President of Harrison County United Way, President of Harrison County Historical Museum, General Chairman of ETBU Annual Fund Drive, Chairman of Board Development ETBU, Chairman of Business Advisory Council ETBU School of Business, President Marshall Metro Rotary Club and for several years a Member of the Board of Directors Southwest Meter & Supply in Marshall.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude F. & Maude E. Fletcher, his loving wife since 1948, Gracie M. Fletcher, two brothers, Robert L. Fletcher and Dr. Ben S. Fletcher, son-in-laws, Gary Hall and Donnie Yeagin. He is survived by his children; Debbie Hall, David Fletcher and wife, Mary Lou and Denice Fletcher Yeagin, grandchildren; Josh Fletcher, Niki Monte and husband, Jason, Amy Hall and husband Punit Modi, Jessie Hall Moses and husband Nelson, great grandchildren; Jaxon, Braden and Kasen Monte.
Funeral Service will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 31, 2021 in the Chapel at Downs Funeral Home, Marshall, Texas with visitation at 1 pm and burial will be in Yates Cemetery, Scottsville, Texas. Pallbearers will be Charles Cornish, Charles Gillis, Brad Morin, David Neel, and Randy Pringle. Honorary Pallbearers: Dr. David King, Wayne McWhorter, Sam Moseley, Paul Tapp, Bob Thompson, Cary Workman
The Family would like to thank all the care given to their father by Barbara Gould, Debbie Williams, Debra Gaither, Shirley Campbell, Beverly Smith, Christi Young and Rose Mary Holmes. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Marshall, Texas, ETBU or Rotary Foundation.
John Osborn Gooch
1938 - 2021
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of John Osborn Gooch of Lees Summit, Missouri, born in Mexico, Missouri, who passed away on July 11, 2021, at the age of 82, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends can light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of John Osborn Gooch to show support.
He was predeceased by : his parents, Cortes Gooch and Gertrude Hulse Gooch; and his brother Gerald Gooch. He is survived by : his wife Beth Hammond Gooch; his children, Nina Gooch (Erica French) and Carl Ollivier-Gooch (Kelly Ollivier-Gooch); and his granddaughters, Kaitlin Ollivier-Gooch (Kayla Carleton) and Jada Ollivier-Gooch (Isaac Sandri).
He was a Rotary District Governor in 2006 – 2007 and was quite active with Rotary International Foundation work.
Roger Frederic Viers
1937 - 2021
Roger Frederic Viers, 83, passed away July 9, 2021 in Gahanna, Ohio. He was born November 19, 1937 in Akron, Ohio to the late Hazel Louise (Payne) and Glenn Raymond Viers. After serving in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant , he went on to complete his undergraduate work at The University of Akron and later earned a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Kent State University. While at Kent State he met and later married his first wife, Norma Jean (Weil) who proceeded him in death in 2008.
A lifelong educator, Roger began his career as a math teacher in Cleveland, followed by positions as school counselor, principal and finally superintendent in New Philadelphia. In 1981, Roger transitioned to the role of superintendent for the Gahanna-Lincoln School District. Shortly after moving to Gahanna, Roger was introduced to Rotary International which was an instant fit. The motto “Service Above Self” rang true in all areas of Roger’s life. He served as President of the Gahanna Rotary Club (1994-1995) as well as District Governor for Rotary International District 6690 (2000-2001). He became passionate about the Rotary youth exchange and fulfilled the role of country contact for the Ohio-Erie Youth exchange with Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and the Philippines.
Roger is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Sue Pyle-Viers; sons Dr. James (Amanda Orders) Viers and Joseph (Michelle) Viers; grandchildren Tyler, Austin, Bob (Mirella), Jim, Glenn, Niki, Mame, and David; great-grandchildren, Adelaida, Michael, Mariana and Liriola; stepsons, Shane (Angie) Pyle and Eric (Chris) Pyle; step-grandchildren James (Ashly), Jennifer, Hannah, Sophia, Cassie, Tasha, Katie, Jackson and Reagan; step-great-grandchildren, Noah and Hailee; brothers Robert (Janie) and John (Pam); extended family and friends including numerous exchange students.
Calling Hours will be held Sunday July 18th from 1 – 3 pm at the Schoedinger Northeast Chapel, 1051 Johnstown Rd in Gahanna. Funeral services for family and close friends at 5pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Roger F. Viers Scholarship Fund in care of Gahanna Rotary, PO Box 30786, Gahanna, OH 43230. Private interment will take place in Mifflin Twp. Cemetery. Services entrusted to Schoedinger Northeast. Visit www.schoedinger.com to share memories or to extend condolences.
Byron B. Nelson Jr.
1934 - 2021
Byron Brightwell Nelson, Jr. of Union Grove, Alabama passed away on April 8, 2021. Byron was born on December 2, 1934 to Byron B. Nelson, Sr. and Frances Seay Nelson, who preceded him in death. He has one sister, Marie Nelson Fancher. Byron is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Liles Nelson; two children Anna Nelson Richardson (David), Amy Nelson Torbert (Mark), and two grandchildren Mary Frances Torbert and Mark Torbert, Jr.
Byron attended Tallassee High School graduating in 1953. Receiving a Congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1954. A football injury his plebe year led to his transfer to Auburn University where he received a BS in Education in 1957 and was commissioned a 2nd Lt in the US Army. In 1959, he received a MS in Education from Auburn University. After leaving the Army, he taught in Wetumpka, Alabama and Montgomery, Alabama prior to attending Peabody College at Vanderbilt University on a Ford Foundation Fellowship where he earned an EdD in school administration.
He returned to Alabama in 1971 as superintendent of the Arab City Schools for 3 years before serving as superintendent in Decatur, Alabama for 17 years and in Homewood, Alabama for 6 years. In 1984 The Executive Educator magazine named Byron one of the 100 top executive educators in North America. In 1994 he was inducted into the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame.
Byron was active with the Auburn University Alumni Association as well as the Auburn University School of Education. He was District Governor for Rotary International District 6860 in 1984-85 and member of the Arab Rotary Club. He received the Silver Beaver scouting award while serving on the Tennessee Valley Boy Scout Council. Byron was a member of the Arab First United Methodist Church.
Memorial Service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 2021, at the Arab First United Methodist Church. Gober Funeral Chapel assisted the Nelson family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Byron's name to the Arab First United Methodist Church or the Rotary Foundation.
Kendall "Ken" Messer
October 18, 1949 - April 03, 2021
Kendall “Ken” Brice Messer, a long-time Warrensburg resident, died unexpectedly on April 3, 2021 at the age of 71.
Kendall is survived by his wife of 50+ years, Barbara (nee Avaux); his children, Jessica (Doug) Brauer, Sara (Brian) Shewry; and Eric (Alisa) Messer; his grandchildren Jacob and Addison Brauer, Aiden Shewry, and Kaci and Angelica Messer; his two sisters Shirley (Lee) Smith and Sharon (Brad) Stanley, and his brother, Brian (Joy) Messer.
Ken was born in Fairfield, Iowa, on October 18, 1949, to Clifford and Mazie Messer. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1971 with a degree in Animal Science. He later graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1988. Kendall retired from Edward Jones in 2011 after a 37-year career in banking and financial planning.
Ken was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He greatly enjoyed gardening and singing in the First United Methodist Church choir. He was a long-time member of Rotary International, serving as District Governor from 2013-2014. A strong believer in servant leadership and an avid volunteer, Ken served on many boards and participated in many organizations including Lions Club, the Executive Board of Care Connection for Aging Services, and the Board of Directors of the Trails Regional Library Foundation, and WIG Investment Club.
A visitation will be held on Friday, April 9th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg. A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 10th at First United Methodist Church in Warrensburg followed by burial at Sunset Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Music Ministry of the First United Methodist Church in Warrensburg or the Trails Regional Library Foundation in Warrensburg. Due to Covid, masks will be required at all memorial events to honor, respect, and protect Ken’s family.
Richard Neal Bollinger
December 7, 1949 – March 20, 2021
Richard Neal Bollinger, 71, lifelong resident of Montgomery, Al went to be with the Lord on March 20, 2021 after a valiant battle with cancer. Richard will have visitation on Saturday March 27th from 10 am to 12 noon at Montgomery City Hall with a Celebration of Life Service service from 12 until 1pm.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, Frank John and Ruth “Doll” Bollinger.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cheryl Lynn Bollinger; his children, Stephanie “Pete" Bollinger McGough (Chris), Jeff Josey, Patrick Haigler (Kristan), and Ashley Boswell; his brother, Alan Bollinger (Stephanie). He was also known as “Grandaddy” to eight grandchildren that he admired and adored.
Richard was a member of First Baptist Church Montgomery, enjoyed a career as a professional civil engineer and land surveyor at J.M. Garrett and Son for 50 years, he retired after 24 years of service as a Major in the National Guard, he was elected and served as a City Councilman in Montgomery, Al for 9 years. He was a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club in Montgomery, Al for 24 years, he was the 7th President of the club from 2001-2002 and served as the District Governor from 2007-2008. He traveled to India with the Rotary club to administer Polio Vaccines in 2010 and also traveled to Africa to work on a water project in 2014. Richard looked at life by following one of the Rotarian mottoes, Service above Self. He served at the Montgomery Area Council on Aging, Eastern Seals, Montgomery Housing Authority, Camp ASCCA, United Way, and many more nonprofit organizations.
He was an Auburn University Fan who loved to watch the Tigers play, liked to play golf, scuba dive, enjoyed boating on Lake Martin, and spending time with family and friends during his spare time. Richards heart, mentoring, willingness to help others, and love will be sincerely missed and felt by the community, friends, and family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in his honor to Rotary Foundation Memorial: https://rotary.raisenow.net/organisations/rotary/Bruce-Mcneal/memorial.
Paul bearers: Chris Mcgough, Jonathan Ball, Tom Mann, Barry Cavan, Eric Lewis, George Chapman, Willie Durham, Jimmy Hill
Gregory F. Yank
August 13, 1946 - January 05, 2021
Gregory Francis Yank, age 74, of O’Fallon, Illinois, born August 13, 1946 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, to Frank Andrew Yank and Carole Florence, nee Carney, Yank, died Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Greg was preceded in death by his parents.
Surviving are his wife Catherine Taylor Yank, whom he married January 22, 2000; his three children Damien (Lauren, nee Wolf) of Troy, Ill., Julia of O’Fallon, Ill., Gerrit of O’Fallon, Ill.; and three grandchildren Grayson, Stella and Lilly; his siblings Roberta (Nicolas) Curich, Carolyn (Michael) Gillespie, Christine (Ronald Rick) Cash, Thomas (Kathleen), Valerie (Kris Mainz), and Theodore (Linda Paulson).
Greg considered athletics an important part of his life and played basketball in high school and college. Having been raised in Wisconsin, Greg was a passionate fan of the Green Bay Packers and the University of Michigan Wolverines. As an avid golfer he spent many days on the golf course with friends and family. Greg attended golf school with Gerrit, then with Julia and Catherine. The Yanks have always enjoyed St. Louis Cardinal baseball and waited for Opening Day with much anticipation. Greg enjoyed watching his grandson Grayson play select baseball (Redbirds), watching his granddaughter Stella play select soccer (Missouri Rush), and being entertained by his youngest granddaughter Lilly. He reprised the role of Tiny Tim every December in A Christmas Carol at the Looking Glass Playhouse, Lebanon, Ill. He loved being on stage and participated in community theatre throughout his life.
Greg was a devoted Catholic who lived his faith through Rotary. He was a Rotarian in the Rotary Club of O’Fallon, Illinois, where he served as President in 1992-93 and then as Governor of Rotary International District 6510 Southern Illinois in 2001-2002 and again in 2010-11. Greg completed his term as Rotary International Director 2017-2019. Additionally, he served as Chair and then Member of Rotary’s Strategic Planning Committee. Greg received the Service above Self Award in 2014 which is a prestigious award for Rotarians who demonstrate their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents. Greg and Catherine are members of the Arch Klumph Society and the Bequest Society. Greg believed that Rotary enabled him to live a life that mattered because he knew that lives in our communities and the world could be change because of what Rotarians do!
Greg has served on the Metro East Park & Recreation District and was a Board Member of the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce. From the beginning, Greg has facilitated the quarterly meetings of BEST (Building Educational Success Together), bringing together the four school districts in the O’Fallon area.
Greg had a BA in philosophy from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Ill.; an MBA from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio; a “Specialist in Aging” Certificate from the University of Michigan/Wayne State; and was a Graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Program.
Greg spent 25 years in health care executive management and leadership, serving twice as a hospital CEO, and as President and CEO of a Catholic Health System. For 11 years, Greg owned The Alternative Board TAB, a business coaching/peer advisory board franchise. He then continued to be a business coach on a part-time basis mentoring and working with business owners. He was the principal in GY Consulting & Facilitation Services and specialized in business coaching, strategic planning, facilitation, strategic governance and board development.
Memorial donations may be made to the Rotary using this link https://www.endpolio.org/donate. Presently, donations to End Polio Now are being matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.wfh-ofallon.com
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 am, Friday, January 15, 2021 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 625 St. Nicholas Dr., O’Fallon, Illinois, with Msgr. William J. Hitpas presiding. Due to COVID restrictions, capacity is limited. Attendance via live-streaming is encouraged using this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCasP3n4VfIKTiiKSRAyAP1A
James "Jim" Fitzgerald
October 12, 1936 ~ December 19, 2020
Jim was born on Monday, October 12, 1936 in Stamford, TX to Ennis and Mary (Lawrence) Fitzgerald. From an early age he was fascinated and loved working with machinery and tools. By the age of 8, he spent his free time learning the skills of carpentry alongside his father. At Abilene High School (in Abilene, TX), he was active in Track & Field and shop. But it was the sassy personality of a certain young red head, by the name of Georganna Lee, that caught his eye and captured his heart. The couple spent many 'dates' riding his Triumph Trophy motorcycle along the open roads of Abilene.
On November 24, 1954 Jim and his High School sweetheart, Georganna Lee were married. It was a quintessentially warm and sunny Texas day. Together, they raised three wonderful children: David, Kenneth, and Melody. Life was busy with a young family to support. During the day, while Georganna managed the children and the household, Jim was busy at Bell Helicopter fabricating parts. The evenings were filled with night school at the University of Texas at Arlington. In 1968 he received his BA degree.
With the job of running a machine manufacturing facility waiting for him, Jim moved the family to Marshall in 1972 to manage Wesco Valve. In 1978, he joined Ed Baker and started E. Baker and Associates. He had always dreamed of owning his own machine manufacturing business, and so, it was in 1990 that he established Magnum Machine & Mfg. Magnum Machine & Mfg. continues today under the leadership of his son, Kenneth.
Jim had a passion for serving others. He expressed this service primarily through Rotary – but also in-service projects for First Baptist Church Marshall, The Marshall News Messenger, and Marshall High School Band. In Rotary, he was an avid and contributing member of the Rotary Club of Marshall for over thirty years. During that time, Jim served in numerous positions of the club, including president and eventually as Governor of District 5830. His long service included sponsoring several area Rotary Club formations, scholarships for at risk High School students, guiding the inauguration of a Rotary club at Wiley College, and the Marshall Rotary Flags program - among many others. Across the region, Jim was instrumental in training new club presidents through Texas Rotary President Elect Training. Internationally, Jim and his wife Georganna traveled to the Philippines to commission a Rotary Humanitarian Matching Grant to provide clean water and public toilets with septic systems in the Orani Philippines area. While there, he assisted a surgical mission treating over 300 children and adults. Eradication of polio and preventable diseases were always close to his heart and he was a major donor to the Rotary Foundations Polio Vaccination Program.
Jim was also a patented inventor. A problem solver. His inventive and ever busy mind was always searching for solutions to everyday problems. Like many inventors, not every idea was a winner. But others were huge hits. His inventions revolutionized natural gas engine push rods, wax slabbing, compressed air dehydration and others. His ideas extended beyond work to the community. One recommendation he made – to reduce traffic accidents along Highway 59 – was to widen turn lanes to accommodate long pine logging trucks.
But Jim’s greatest joy was his family and bringing smiles to friends and neighbors. Some will remember Jim for his annual Santa Claus performance. Sitting in the window of his home, dressed as Santa Claus he would wrap presents all evening, as cars and buses passed by. Looking up from time-to-time, to wave, he was eager to see the look of astonishment in the children’s faces. His family will remember him for his warmth, welcoming spirit and generous soul. He and Georganna were never happier than being at family get-togethers surrounded by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by his daughter Mary Dell and his sisters, Freida, Rachel, Eunice, Onita, and Juanita, and only brother, Ralph. He is survived by his wife, Georganna, his three children, David, Kenneth, and Melody. His nine prolific grandchildren, Cullen, Lauren, Erin, Crystal, DeAnna, Chris, Virginia “Gini”, Sarah and Jeremy, and by 14 great-grandchildren, Rocket, Audi, Daxxus, Draven, Alice, Xander, Ledric, Sophie, Mary, Jaxon, Lillian, Ford, Lincoln and Kennedy.
Jim was always concerned for others. Given that concern and his desire for all to stay healthy, there will be no public service. Flowers may be sent to Meadowbrook Funeral Home in Marshall, TX, or donations sent to the Rotary Club of Marshall.
William (Bill) Williams French, III
December 10, 2020
William (Bill) Williams French, III, son of Anna McLester French and William Williams French, Jr., passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at the age of 89. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Ramsey High School in 1949.
He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in engineering in 1953 and was a Lt JG on the USS Philippine Sea at the end of the Korean War from 1953 - 1955. He continued his education, graduating in 1957 with an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Bill had a distinguished business career, beginning with Alabama Power from 1957 - 1963. He worked at Moore - Handley beginning in 1963 and became President of Moore-Handley Hardware Company and was also a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He continued his career, founding The Storeroom as a division of Thompson Tractor Company, and subsequently The Storeroom was sold to Turner Supply Company.
Bill was President of the Downtown Rotary Club of Birmingham and District Governor of District 6860. He was a member of The Redstone Club and Mountain Brook Club. As a longtime member of Blooming Grove Hunting and Fishing Club, he enjoyed bird hunting and was an avid fly fisherman; he knew where every fish was in the streams. He was a fourth generation member of South Highland Presbyterian Church, baptized there as a baby, later serving as an Elder and Trustee. He enjoyed greatly the Leadership Sunday School class.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Jane Blough French, his daughter, Helen Decker Caldwell, his son, William W. French, IV, and his daughter, Janie French Fahey. He has four grandchildren: Billy (Madison) and Gabi Fahey, and Cate and Griffin Caldwell. He is also survived by his sister, Anna Brantley of Wilmington, Delaware and his brother and sister-in-law, Jamie and Mary French of Birmingham, Alabama. His sister and brother-in-law, Ada and Jamie McWane, are deceased.
There will be a Service of Witness to the Resurrection at South Highland Presbyterian Church on Sunday, December 13 at 2 PM with limited attendance, due to Covid 19 precautions.
Dale M. Pence
August 27, 1922 - December 9, 2020
Dale M. Pence, 98, of Columbia City, died Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at Heritage Point, Fort Wayne, where he had been a resident for the past three years.
Dale was born August 27, 1922, in Huntington County, Indiana, the son of the late Harry L. and Agnes Grace (Shideler) Pence. He graduated from Clear Creek High School and began at Huntington College, playing basketball both places.
On January 20, 1944, he was united in marriage to Marjorie A. Williams while he was home on leave from the Army. Soon after, he shipped to Europe, where he served in the 134th Infantry, 35th Division during WWII. He was twice wounded in France. Dale was awarded the Bronze Star for his action on November 10, 1944, when he lost his right foot. Upon his eventual return, he and Marjorie first lived in Huntington and then moved to Columbia City. They were married for 74 years until her death, November 10, 2018.
Dale completed his senior year at Huntington College after returning from his Army service, and he began as a teacher at Huntington Township High School. He and Marjorie spent summers at Indiana University, Bloomington, as he completed graduate courses. He was first a Principal at Monument City High School and moved in 1954 to the Columbia City Public Schools where he was a Principal and later Assistant Superintendent when he retired in 1984.
Active in the Columbia City Rotary Club for over 50 years, he served as a Rotary District Governor in 1985-86. Despite living 20 miles away, Dale and Marjorie were long-time members of St. Peter’s First United Church of Christ in Huntington, where her parents had been members. Dale taught an adult Sunday school class there for 50 years. They left that congregation when it voted to leave the denomination, and then they joined the Columbia City United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his two sons (and wives), Dr. Dennis (Rebecca) Pence, Kalamazoo, MI, and Dr. Neil (Ann) Pence, Columbus, IN; three grandchildren, Adam (Maddie) Pence, Ithaca, NY, Brian Pence, and Abigail Pence, both of Indianapolis; and one great-grandchild, Charles Pence, Ithaca, NY. He also has many surviving nieces and nephews who have been very dear to him.
Additionally, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Mae McCombs, Marie Lahr, and Helen Mickley; and three brothers, D L Pence, R. George Pence, and Carl Pence.
A private service will be held for immediate family followed by burial in a family plot in the St. Peter’s First Church Cemetery, Huntington. Arrangements by Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Memorials are to St. Peter’s First Community Church or Rotary Foundation.
Donald (Don) Dean Walker
June 17, 1935 - November 30, 2020
Finally and forever reunited with the love of his life, Shirley, Don peacefully departed from us with a full life and a full heart. After graduating from The University of Tulsa in 1958, with a degree in Petroleum Engineering, he married his Sand Springs High School sweetheart, Shirley Marie Strout. They first met as children, then dated throughout high school. Don was the only son of Fredrich Floyd Walker and Bethel Okla Walker (nee Clugston).
In 1959, he and Shirley moved to Venezuela and then to Tripoli, Libya in 1968 with their two young sons, where he worked in oilfield services. After several years in Tripoli, he and three of his friends started their own oil field service company, Superior Services. In 1980, he retired from the petroleum world and moved his family back to Tulsa where he owned and operated several self-serve car washes in the Tulsa area. He devoted the rest of his life to his family and international philanthropy.
Don was one of the first members of the Sunrise Rotary Club, in Tulsa. He and Shirley made many trips with Rotary to help eradicate polio around the world. Don and fellow Rotarians also worked on two other key projects: One was to fit children with recycled/donated eyeglasses; the other was to correct cleft palates in the Rotarian effort known as "Rotaplast". For both projects, Don spent much of his time in his adoptive country of Chile.
Don served, not only as President of his own Rotary club, but as the 1995-1996 District Governor of Rotary District 6110, serving 4000 Rotarians across four states. He proudly bragged to anyone that would listen, that his 1994 Chevy Blazer took 400K miles as he visited each and every club within 6110!
He was himself a Paul Harris Fellow and was proud to also make that claim of all 9 of his grandchildren, his favorite fellowship being his granddaughter Kathryn, whom he proudly made a fellow while she was still in the womb! His darling Shirley served as President of the Rotary Ann's, even before women were admitted into Rotary International! Don traveled the world extensively in his 85 years, visiting over 110 countries and all seven continents.
He leaves behind a sister, Fern Mundy of Tulsa, OK; son Mitch of Carrollton, Texas; son Keith and daughter-in-law Kelly of Broken Arrow; and 9 of his most favorite people, his grandchildren, Alexander of Tulsa; Jude of Brooklyn, NY; Jackson of Broken Arrow; Major of Kansas City, MO; Kathryn of Broken Arrow; Mallory of Carrollton, TX; Hudson of Carrollton, TX; Elizabeth of Broken Arrow; and Lorena of Carrolton, TX; and literally thousands of Rotarian friends throughout the world. Don and Shirley were members of Memorial Baptist Church in Tulsa Oklahoma.
The Walker family encourages the support of local florists, especially during 2020, and would happily welcome any arrangements to our home in Broken Arrow or directly to the funeral home for Thursday's viewing. As an alternative, Don would have loved and welcomed donations to the Sunrise Rotary Club in Don's name to be utilized toward the worldwide fight against Polio, or to help establish the
DONALD WALKER EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP. Checks can be made payable to
Sunrise Rotary Foundation
PO Box 701391
Tulsa OK 74170
In Memorial Don Walker
March 16, 1938 - Dec. 3, 2020
Former Mattoon Mayor, Timothy D. Gover, age 82, of Mattoon passed away at 6:48 a.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Timothy D. Gover was born on March 6, 1938 in Mattoon the son of the late Daniel P. Gover and M. Josephine (McVay) Gover. In 1955, while a Junior at Mattoon High School, he was elected to serve as Governor of the American Legion sponsored Premier Boys State. That same year he was selected to attend Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. where he met President Dwight Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon. Upon graduation from Mattoon High School in 1956 he attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. There he was initiated into Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity. In 1960 he received the Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Gover received the Master of Science degree with a major in Finance from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1961.
From the U of I he went to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he was Instructor of Economics and also worked on a doctorate. It was there where he met the love of his life, Marilyn Schof, who was working on a Master of Business Administration degree. They were married on August 31, 1963 in Marilyn's home town of New Orleans, LA.
They both joined the faculty of the School of Business at Eastern Illinois University in 1963. Tim was an Assistant Professor of Marketing and Marilyn was an Instructor of Accounting. Tim advanced through the ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and finally Professor of Finance. He served as a member or chairman of several University committees including the Faculty Senate. He organized Epsilon Omega Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity and served as Chapter Advisor for 20 years. He served the Fraternity as a District Director and as a member of the national board of directors. In addition, he served as a member or chairman of several national committees. Gover received two Testimonials of Appreciation from the national Fraternity. In 2015 he was selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest recognition of the Fraternity, for his many years of service. He had previously been recognized for 25 years and 50 years as a member of the Fraternity.
During his years at Eastern, Gover authored more than 30 articles which were published in banking and other periodicals. After 32 years as a faculty member at Eastern Illinois University Gover retired in 1995.
Gover joined the Charleston Rotary Club in 1981 and served as president in 1990-1991. In 1995-1996 he served as Governor of Rotary District 6490. The District level he served as a member or chairman of several major committees. He was named to the District Hall of Honor in recognition of his service to the District and Rotary. He was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a major donor to the Rotary Foundation.
Gover served at one time as a director of three banks. He was a director of the Greenup National Bank, now a part of First Neighbor Bank. He helped organize and was a director of the Bank of Charleston, now a part of Prairie State Bank. He served on the board of directors of First Federal Savings and Loan of Mattoon, now a part of Washington Savings Bank, for 36 years. Gover served on the board of directors of the Coles County Council on Aging from 1997 until the time of his death. From 1999 until 2011 he served as president during which time was planning, fund-raising and construction of the LifeSpan Center. In 2010 he was selected as the recipient of the Dr. Arthur M. Larson Leadership Award by the East Central Illinois Area Agency of Aging. In 2013 he was named Donor-of-the-Year by the Coles County Council on Aging.
He served on the Lincoln/Sargent Farm Foundation for 13 years. Gover was on the board of directors of the Eastern Illinois University Foundation for five years and served as president for one year. He was a member of the Coles County Board from 1999 until 2003.
In 2009, Gover was elected to the Mattoon City Council. Upon the resignation of Mayor David Cline, he was named Mayor. Gover was re-elected Mayor in 2013 and 2017 without opposition. As Mayor he served on the board of directors of Coles Together, the Mattoon Area Industrial Corporation and the East Central Illinois Development Corporation. He also served on the board of directors of Coles County Crime Stoppers and the Local Emergency Preparedness Committee. Gover was elected Vice President of the Illinois Municipal League in 2013. Among the committees he served on were the Executive and Nominations Committees.
He was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of Accounting at the University of New Orleans in 2014 which was Marilyn's alma mater. Tim and his son Ed endowed a Scholarship in Marilyn's name at the University.
For several years Gover served on the Finance Council of the Immaculate Conception Parish and was an usher and greeter. He was a member of the Building Committee for the Parish Center. For more than 30 years he taught the finance program for the engaged couples at the Newman Center at EIU.
Gover was elected in 2018 to serve on the board of directors of the Lake Land College Foundation. At various times he was on the board of directors of the Coles County Historical Society.
Tim and Marilyn have one wonderful and loving son, Edward T. Gover and he survives with his wife, Bonnie in Frisco, TX. He has two granddaughters, Lainey Gover of Dallas, TX and Katie Gover of Kansas City, MO. Also surviving is one brother, Dr. Phil (Joyce) Gover of San Antonio, FL; and several nieces and nephews. Mike and Jan Ziebka and their family have been like family to Tim.
Marilyn Gover died in 2008 and his brother, Bob, died in 2019.
A Funeral Mass honoring his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at the Immaculate Conception Church with Father Brayden Maher officiating. Internment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be given to the LifeSpan Center or the Marilyn Gover Endowed Scholarship at Lake Land College. Online condolences may be expressed at www.schillingfuneralhome.net or Schilling Funeral Home's Facebook page.
Donald R. Collette
November 29, 2020
Donald R. “Don” Collette, of McMinnville, age 84, died on November 29, 2020.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles M. Collette and Maredia R. Collette Bales.
Mr. Collette is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary Cameron Collette, who cared for him throughout his illness; children, Dr. David Collette (Debbie) Huntsville, AL and Dr. Ann Collette, Murfreesboro, TN (Jack Campbell); grandchildren, Emily Collette (Bartlee Linton), Olivia Collette, and Lauren Durham; sister-in-law, Carolyn Cameron Jones (Tom); and brother-in law, Joe Cameron (Ann).
He served as General Manager/CEO of McMinnville Electric System for 26 years and was a Certified Power Executive. He was active throughout his life in many business and trade associations, serving as President of national, regional and state power organizations. He was a member of the Rotary Club of McMinnville and served as Rotary District Governor in 1993-1994. He was proud of his service as a Director of Security Federal Savings Bank for 27 years, beginning in 1993 and enjoyed his role as a Director of Accu-Router, Inc., in McMinnville. His long-time involvement in economic development in Warren County was a most satisfying accomplishment. After his retirement in 1999, he spent fifteen years as a contractor to the Federal Emergency Management Agency working in disasters.
Don was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a Scottish Rite Mason. He was an active member of both First Christian Church (Rockwood, TN) and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (McMinnville, TN).
A memorial service will be held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:00 am for family members. The service will be live-streamed on YouTube and information regarding a link to the service can be found at the church’s website, www.saintmatthewschurch.net. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Kastaway Kitties (KKRS), or Magness Memorial Library.
Arrangements are by High Funeral Home, McMinnville, TN.
Online condolences may be made at www.highfuneralhome.com
Gerald L. Harp
October 16, 2020
Gerald L. Harp passed away October 16, 2020 at 8:17 p.m. Gerald was the son of Harvard and Floy Harp, founders of Harps Food Stores. He was born March 21, 1940, in Springdale, Ark. Gerald married Vicki in 1989, she was the inspiration of his life, and motivated him to levels that he did not know he could achieve.
Gerald graduated from Springdale High School in 1958 and helped organize the class reunions during the years following graduation. Served his country in the US Army, most notably during the Berlin Wall Crisis. Years later he would be instrumental in a monument being erected for Veterans of Springdale Schools who died serving their country. He returned home to graduate in 3 ½ years from the University of Arkansa in 1966. Gerald joined the family business, Harp's Food Stores, where he worked for 45 years. He served the last seven years as the President of the company and was instrumental in selling the 70 year old company to the Employees in 2001. He gave 10% of his share of the sale to long term employees of the company. Harp's Food Stores operated on the belief that if associates and customers were served, that the company would be successful.
Gerald has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Springdale since 1940. He and Vicki believed in faithful tithing and supporting the church.
Gerald enjoyed annual fishing trips to Alaska, elk hunting in Colorado (38 yrs) and pheasant hunting in South Dakota with friends.
Gerald was a Rotarian, joining the Springdale Rotary Club in 1968 serving as President 1977-78. He served as District Governor of District 6110, RI, 2004-05 in the 100th Anniversary Year of Rotary International, with a firm belief that Rotary benefited mankind throughout the world. While District Governor of District 6110 and a Paul Harris Fellow, he helped over 800 other Rotarians become Paul Harris Fellows. District 6110 was the number two club of 150 districts in the United States, fifth in the world of 529 districts, and led the U.S. in total membership growth.
He was a level six donor to the Rotary Foundation, endowed a scholarship to the University of Arkansas where a low income student could come and study. Endowed a Rotary Peace Scholarship believing this would be a major source of supporting peace in the world. He supported Rotary in many other ways from delivering loads of medical supplies and equipment to the District Medical Supply Warehouse to support digging water wells in Nigeria, Nicaragua, Peru, and other countries. He purchased soybean/milk producing machines for the country of Peru.
Gerald was a major supporter of the Polio Plus campaign that eradicated Polio from the world. He was a major donor to the Wheelchair Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, Broyles Matthews Scholarship, and Springdale Rotary Family Park. He supported Springdale Schools and helped finance Harp's Elementary School in honor of his parents and their children.
He served on many charitable boards during his life including the United Fund, as Fund Chairman/President, Ozark Guidance Foundation Board, Salvation Army, Red Cross, and the Washington Regional Hospital Board.
Gerald was a life member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Mule Deer Foundation, National Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, Arkansas Historical Society, Arkansas Alumni Association, Springdale Schools Alumni Association, AAII, Consumer Reports, National Rifle Association, and was the first Life Member of the National Hummingbird Society of Arkansas.
Gerald enjoyed supporting the Washington 4-H kids in the premium buying of their animals at the county fair each year and has left support for this project in the future.
Gerald and Vicki enjoyed cruising the many seas and oceans of the world and were fortunate to visit many countries. They enjoyed staying in Branson because of it's family orientation and peaceful atmosphere.
Gerald was proud to have lived in Springdale, Ark. Based on it's great southern hospitality, along with the persons in the community who gave of their time and resources, he always said it was the best place in the world to live and raise a family. He believed that the quality of your life is greatly influenced by helping others less fortunate than you, prayer, and by taking care of your body through exercising and proper nutrition.
Gerald and Vicki are very appreciative of Pam Everett as a long time associate, and Roger Collins who was instrumental in leading Harp's Food Stores employees after the purchase of the company by the employees.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Kimi, son Jerry, sister Judy, brothers Don and Reland, and his parents.
He is survived by his wife Vicki, his daughters Timi Ray; her husband Frank; Jackie Harp. Step Daughters, Christy Moreno; husband Gerry, Heather Scholl. Grandchildren; Kourtney Blythe, Frankie Ray, Tiffani Ray, John G. Ray, Kate Williams; husband John. Joshua Moreno; his wife Sydney S. Moreno; Sydney B. Moreno, Noah Scholl and Nick Scholl. Great-grandchildren Parker and Kimberly Ray, Nyla Barbosa, Haley, Haiden, and Jase Williams.
Funeral service will be Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 2pm at Cross Church in Springdale.
Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery.
Memorials should be made to the Springdale Rotary Charitable Foundation, P.O Box 6006, Springdale, Ark., 72766 for the purpose of digging water wells.
Online condolences may be left at www.siscofuneral.com.
Lt. Col. John Brady Castleberry, U.S. Air Force, Ret.
John Brady Castleberry, age 76, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2020, after a 10-year battle with a rare autoimmune condition of the lungs.
John was born May 14, 1944, in Hattiesburg, MS, to Okel Brady and Mildred Campbell Castleberry. His family moved to Gulfport when John was four. John was a 1962 graduate of Gulfport High School, playing on GHS's championship football team and was selected to play in the Mississippi All-Star Game. He attended Mississippi State University on a football scholarship. He earned his B.S. degree from MSU and his M.S. from William Carey College.
After college, John worked briefly in banking and insurance sales, and then coached football and taught at Gulfport East High School for a number of years. His final career was with the Mississippi Air National Guard from which he retired in 1998 as Director of Logistics at the Air National Guard Training Site in Gulfport.
John was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Long Beach, where he served as club President, was a Paul Harris Fellow, and served a term as District Governor of Rotary District 6840 in 2002-03. He served a term on the Long Beach School Board, including a year as President. He was a lifelong member of Gulfport First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where he served in numerous positions and was an Elder Emeritus.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Okel and Mildred; his grandparents, sister-in-law, and niece.
He is survived by Mary Annette Oden Castleberry, his wife of almost 49 years; his sons, John Brady Castleberry, II of Las Vegas, NV; Patrick Oden Castleberry of Long Beach, MS; and Eric Mitchell Castleberry (Kellsi) of Metairie, LA; brother Okel Castleberry; nephew Clark Castleberry and family; brother-in-law Martin Mitchell Oden; two cousins; and grandpup, Archer.
There will be a public graveside service at Long Beach City Cemetery on Friday, October 16, 2020, at 11:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gulfport First Christian Church (DOC), P. O. Box 1536, Gulfport, MS 39502; The Rotary Foundation (www.rotary.org) , or an organization of choice.
Max W. Ernest
October 11, 2020
Mr. Max W. Ernest, 90, of Seymour, died on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 11:46 a.m. at Schneck Medical Center. He was born July 21, 1930 in Jackson County to the late Henry and Glydia Ernest. He married Virginia Picklesimer on July 16, 1963 in Seymour.
Max graduated from Seymour High School in 1948. He graduated from Franklin College. Max retired from Jackson County Bank as Executive Vice President. He also served as a Trust Officer and was the founder of the trust department. He was a past district Governor of Rotary International as well as a Korean War Veteran and Mason.
Family and friends may call at Voss & Sons Funeral Service on Friday, October 16 from 12:00 noon until time of service. A Masonic service will be held at 1:15 pm. Funeral services for Max will be conducted at 1:30 pm with Rev. Robin Everheart officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour. (Masks are respectfully required within Voss & Sons Funeral Service)
Max and Virginia had two children, Jeffrey Max Ernest and Paul “Wesley” Ernest, both survive. Also surviving are grandchildren, Clay Ernest, Sara Ernest, Chad Ernest, Isaac Ernest and 6 great-grandchildren Daisy Ernest, Delany Hauersberger, Madelyn Davers, Delyla Ernest, Briceon Ernest and Brealei Ernest.
He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife; and brother, Lynn Ernest.
Memorials may be written to Greater Seymour Trust Fund – FTBO Mande Welch Fund, in care of Voss & Sons Funeral Service.
Nicholas (Nick) M. Monaco
April 29, 1930 - October 11, 2020
Nicholas M. Monaco, age 90, passed away on October 11, 2020, at his home in Jefferson City, MO; and was born on April 29, 1930, in St. Louis, MO to Michael Monaco and Concetta Bevilacqua Monaco. Nick was married to Mildred Picket Monaco who predeceased Nick in death on September 6, 2009.
Nick’s early life was spent working with his parents in the family bakery in St. Louis, MO. After graduating from Christian Brothers College High School (“CBC”) in St Louis, MO, Nick attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Following graduation Nick served in the Unites States Air Force until his retirement from the Reserves with the rank of Lt. Colonel. While stationed at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ, Nick met the love of his life, Mildred Pickett. Upon release from active duty with the loving support from Mildred, Nick graduated from the University Of Missouri School Of Law in 1958. Upon being admitted to the Missouri Bar Association in August of 1958, Nick was appointed as Assistant Counsel at the Missouri Division of Insurance where he became Chief Counsel and Acting Superintendent of Insurance. As an advocate of insurance regulation for the protection of Missouri policyholders, he joined Forrest Carson and John Inglish, becoming at that time the Law Firm of Carson, Inglish & Monaco, P.C., adding insurance regulation to their well-established practices in 1962. Nick’s practice of law continued for over 60 years in Jefferson City, MO, during which he co-founded the Federation of Regulatory Counsel (“FORC”) now a national organization of insurance regulatory attorneys. Nick transitioned from practicing as an active Member of Inglish & Monaco, P.C., to serving in his capacity as Of Counsel to the firm in the later years of his law practice in Jefferson City, MO.
In addition to Nick’s law practice, he became engaged in community service including Boy Scouts as Scout Master, Boy Scout District Chairman, receiving one of the highest Boy Scout awards, the Silver Beaver; Rotary Club President and Rotary District Governor; and an Advisory Board Member of SSM St. Mary’s Foundation and a Board Member of the SSM St. Mary’s Board of Directors; a Missouri Insurance Education Foundation co-founder with past directors of insurance; and the University of Missouri Alumni Association Board Member. As a member of the Air Force Reserves, Monaco worked with the Jefferson City High School Junior ROTC program teaching the Uniform Code of Military Justice for seven years to high school students.
Nick and Mildred were active members of Immaculate Conception Parish of Jefferson City, MO, and of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher. Nick was active in the Immaculate Conception Holy Name Society and served as president of the Immaculate Conception Home & School Association and the Immaculate Conception Parish Counsel.
Monaco was a member of the Cole County Bar Association, St. Louis Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association and American Bar Association. He was also admitted to practice before the Eighth and Ninth United States Circuit Courts of Appeals located in St. Louis and San Francisco, and the Supreme Court of the United States. As a community minded supporter, Nick sought opportunities for new business as a board member of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the Chamber’s Committee of Fifty, and as the Chamber’s Vice President helped to attract Scholastic, Inc. and Chesebrough Ponds to locate in Jefferson City. Nick was active in the Jefferson City YMCA expansion to the current locations on Ellis Blvd and on Stadium Blvd. in Jefferson City, MO. As an alumnus of the University of Missouri, he was a charter member of the University of Missouri Alumni Alliance when the University adopted the four-campus system, becoming the first president.
Nick and Mildred made their home in Jefferson City in 1955, where they became early advocates of historic preservation, being active in the Cole County Historical Society, and completed a one-year restoration in 1965 of the Vineyard Place, which was originally built in 1828 and completed in 1846; the Parker House, built in 1904; and the Monroe House, built in 1884. Nick was Foundation Board President of Historic City of Jefferson (“HCJ”); member of the Jefferson City Redistricting Commission 1960, 1970, and 1980; and Capitol Avenue Landmark League Board Member. Also, Nick was a member of the Jefferson City Country Club, and was involved in the JC Downtown Business Association as president and a board member.
Nick was preceded in death by his loving wife Mildred, his parents, and his younger brother Anthony Monaco. He is survived by his children: Catherine Monaco Moore and husband Clifford Ray Moore, Jr. of Frankston, TX, Ann Monaco Warren and husband Mark G. R. Warren of Jefferson City, MO, and Michael E. Monaco and wife Cynthia Fay Monaco of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandchildren: Clifford Ray Moore III and wife Karey McPhee Moore of Frankston, TX, Catherine Elizabeth LeFevre of Frankston, TX, Mary Grace Monaco Warren of St. Louis, MO, Frederick Monroe Warren III of Jefferson City MO, Christina Ann Rellergert and husband Aaron Rellergert of Lee’s Summit, MO., and Nicholas Gerard Monaco of Macon, GA; and great grandchildren: Kennedy Catherine LeFevre and Jameson E Autry LeFevre of Frankston, TX, and Siena Rose Rellergert, Sloane Avery Rellergert and Stella Ray Rellergert of Lee’s Summit, MO; and Nick’s sister Teresa Monaco of Jefferson City, MO.
A Private Funeral Mass of Christian Burial with Interment at Resurrection Cemetery has been arranged due to the Covid-19 Pandemic with Reverend Don Antweiler officiating.
In lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions may be made in Nick’s name to the Central Missouri Honor Flight; Immaculate Conception Parish, Jefferson City, MO; the SSM St. Mary’s Foundation, Jefferson City, MO or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Dr. Robert L. Lynn
September 8, 202
Dr. Robert L. Lynn, 88, died September 8, 2020 in Norman, OK, after several years battling Parkinson’s Disease.
He is remembered for his passionate and compassionate leadership as an inclusive university president for over 22 years, as an avid Rotarian and Rotary District Governor, managing editor, journalist and writer; as an award-winning writer of his inspiring poem “Cancer is So Limited”; and as a gracious husband, father and grandfather.
He was born November 19, 1931 to Warren Amos Lynn and Mary Emma Johnston Lynn at their modest homestead in Fox, Oklahoma's arid hills, surrounded by oil derricks.
Lynn graduated from Fox High School in 1949, while serving as music director of Fox Baptist Church with his twin sister Betty as pianist. He earned his BA degree from Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) in Shawnee, OK, and subsequently earned Master’s degrees at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He earned his Ph.D at the University of Oklahoma in Higher Education Administration, and a Harvard University Leadership Certificate.
At OBU on a track scholarship he competed in the 800m and mile, met his wife Bonnie, and reported sports for The Shawnee (OK) News-Star. From 1953 to 1967, he was a writer and managing editor at All Church Press in Fort Worth,Texas.
From 1967-1975, he was a Vice President and then served as interim president for a year at Oklahoma Baptist University, mentored by Grady C. Cothen. He was an active member of the Shawnee Kiwanis Club.
Lynn became president of Louisiana College (LC) July 1, 1975. At LC, Lynn wrote a column for the state Baptist newspaper, the Baptist Message. Lynn was beloved by his students and strived to know each by name. He connected with students, faculty and staff via his original poems and was often found in his outdoor “president’s office” bench swing.
He served on the commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, council of presidents of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and Schools. He served on many civic boards including United Way and Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce.
Under Lynn's presidency, LC received national recognition for academic quality and Christian atmosphere. The institution was recognized by U.S. News and World Report, "Barron's 300 Best College Buys", and the Templeton Foundation's “Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges”. His leadership achieved 22 years of no-deficit budgets, substantial endowment funding, and various building projects and expansions. He valued his long-term administrative team, faculty and staff as partners in education and as friends, and he supported alumni well beyond college.
A Rotarian for over 44, he valued service above self, embracing Rotary International’s worldwide projects, serving as president of Alexandria, LA Rotary Club and as a District Governor in Louisiana. Upon retirement, he continued active Rotary service in Duluth, GA, and helped charter 10 new Rotary Clubs in Louisiana and Georgia. He was a Paul Harris Fellow and bestowed that honor on many family members and friends.
Lynn authored four poetry books including “Service Yields Its Own Rewards” a collection of Rotary themed poems. He authored “Cancer Is So Limited” a poem which has given hope to millions across the globe, published in 2013 in the book “Cancer Is So Limited and Other Poems of Faith,” preceded in 2009 by his book “Midnight Verse.” Traveling across the region, he shared verses with 63 Rotary Clubs. In later years he conducted poetry workshops in elementary classrooms across Georgia, and was active in poetry societies in Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama and Oklahoma earning numerous awards.
From his high school years, Lynn faithfully led in his church communities as a deacon, in music ministries and as a Sunday School teacher. He visited home-bound church members weekly for decades. He wrote and led a series of interactive lessons for adult Sunday School classes, publishing collections of their memoirs of faith.
He championed education, social justice, and equality. He brought speakers to LC’s campus to discuss perspectives on national and global issues including President Jimmy Carter, former Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis, and leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as classmates and friends astronaut Bill Pogue and journalist Bill Moyers. Lynn exchanged international visits with a Chinese educational delegation, and in 1998 served as a UNICEF educational consultant to the government of Somaliland, spending six weeks abroad to help develop the new country’s educational system. Among many awards, he and his wife, Dr. Bonnie Lynn, both received OBU's Alumni Achievement Award in 1983. Lynn was the first ever recipient of the Bill Bradley Leadership Award, sponsored by the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the 1988 Leadership for a New Century Conference.
He was an avid runner, logging two miles a day into his 80’s and loved to fish, travel, golf, garden and spend time with family, who lovingly addressed him as Doc.
Robert L. Lynn is survived by his college sweetheart and wife of 68 years, Bonnie Moore Lynn; daughter Susy Lynn Calonkey and husband Steve of Norman, OK; son Christopher and wife Angie of Asheville, NC; Grandchildren Rob Calonkey, Katelynn Calonkey Henry and husband Dillon, Darcey Lynn, Jessica Lynn, Audrey Lynn, and great grand-daughter, Clara Henry. His brother Bill Lynn and wife Jane of Pasadena, CA, and sister in law Helen Moore Montgomery of McKinney, TX and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and infant son Robert Lee Lynn, Jr.; siblings Doris Lynn Taylor, Kane Lynn, Don Lynn, and twin sister Betty Lynn Thomas.
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.
Robert (Bob) Charles Bickley
September 10, 2019
Robert Charles Bickley, 80, of Southaven, MS, passed away in his home on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Graceview Presbyterian Church (ARP) (7660 Swinnea Road, Southaven, MS, 38671) with a Celebration of Life Service following at 12:00 p.m.
Mr. Bickley was born on October 21, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Wissinoming and Newtown, PA. Bob graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. He was the band director of Hardy Junior High School in Jackson, MS until he took the position of General Manager of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, in Jackson, MS. He then moved on to managing the Jacksonville, Florida Symphony Orchestra and finally the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and Hawaii Opera Theatre. After leaving the symphony orchestra business he opened his own scale model railroad hobby shop in La Mesa, CA called Reed’s Hobby Shop. He continued in the hobby industry as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Advertising for Intermountain Railway Company in Longmont, CO. He also was the Advertising Director of Railroad Journal Magazine in Denver, CO. Most recently he began his own business in scale model railroad buildings called Mainline Laser Inc. He was a member of the Exchange Club in Jackson, MS, La Mesa, CA, and Honolulu, HI. Bob was the President of the Southaven, MS Rotary Club and Governor of the Rotary International District 6800 from 2014-2015. He led the Rotary Family Youth Initiative (FYI) in Shelby County, TN and now in Desoto County MS with leadership from Rotary District 6800 members and community leaders. Mr. Bickley served as choir director in several churches. He was a member of Graceview Presbyterian Church, (ARP).
Robert Charles Bickley is survived by his wife of 39 years, Susan Hoagland Bickley of Southaven, MS; sons, Robert L. (Debbie) Bickley of Brandon, MS and Sidney Charles (Ellen) Bickley of Olive Branch, MS; Grandsons, Randy Bickley of Brandon, MS and Ben (Lena) Bickley of Ridgefield, WA; Granddaughters, Caroline (Myers) Taylor of Olive Branch, MS and MacKenzie Sloan of Cheyenne, WY; Sister, Peggy Rowe of Ottsville, PA.
Mr. Bickley was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Margaret Bickley and sister, Janet Barfoot.
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.