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Kenneth Buel - August 31, 2023 - D6490 1997-98

Kenneth BuelKenneth Buel

August 31, 2023

Kenneth A. Buel, 88, of Savoy, died Aug. 31, 2023, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Visitation will be from 3-5p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy (morganmemorialhome. com). Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the Lake View Memorial Gardens chapel, 500 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights, with placement of cremains to follow.

He was born Aug. 22, 1935, in East St. Louis, Ill., the son of Kenneth F. and Madeline J. (Ronchetti) Buel, both deceased. He and Margaret C. Fasnacht were married in Champaign, Sept. 7, 1957. His younger brother, Ronald W. Buel, died at age 78 on Jan. 24, 2019.

Ken grew up in Collinsville, graduating from Collinsville High School in 1953; he received a B.S. degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois in 1957, and was a member of Delta Chi fraternity and Sigma Delta Chi professional journalism fraternity.

Most of his working career was in radio broadcasting, starting with a summer job at WTMV in East St. Louis in 1954; he was an announcer with WDWS, Champaign, from 195557, while a UI student. Upon graduation, Ken joined KBUR in Burlington, Iowa, followed by a move to WQUA Radio in Moline in 1959. Over the next 17 years, he delivered newscasts, broadcast high school football and basketball games, wrote and broadcast editorials, and handled responsibilities as news director and assistant station manager. He was a two-time winner of an Illinois broadcasting award for best editorials. Ken also was heavily involved in community activities serving as speaker, moderator or emcee for numerous events such as service clubs, high school sports banquets, a Gov. Dan Walker town meeting, and the opening of I-74 in downtown Moline.

In 1976, Ken was promoted to the corporate staff of Mid America Media, the Kankakee- based broadcasting group that owned WQUA plus 10 other radio properties and cable television systems in six states. Over the next 10 years, he served as assistant corporate secretary, manager of WKAN Radio (1977-80), and vice- president- government relations.

Following his radio years, Ken returned to Moline in 1986 and was marketing director of Moline Public Hospital for two years. He then began work as an income tax preparer, first with H&R Block in Davenport, Iowa, 1988-1990, followed by a move back to his home town of Collinsville, where he did tax work for up to 400 clients a year from 19902010, first for Teachers Tax Service and then its successor firm, TTS Consulting.

Ken’s extensive involvement with Rotary International began when he was asked to join Moline Rotary in 1967. He served as club president there in 1971, as well as leading Kankakee Rotary in 1979 and Collinsville Rotary in 2001. Most recently a member of Champaign Rotary, he had been a Rotarian for 56 years. Ken served as governor of Rotary District 6460 (western Illinois) in 1997-98. He was a Rotary Foundation major donor and had received the organization’s citation for meritorious service. The Buels hosted visitors from over a dozen countries in their homes as part of various Rotary programs. Ken attended 16 Rotary International conventions in Asia, Australia, Europe and South America in addition to the U.S. He served as the District 6460 delegate to the R.I. Councils on Legislation in 2007 and 2010. He led a Rotary Group Study Exchange team which spent a month in South Korea in 1994 and represented the president of Rotary International at a district conference in Tucson, Ariz., in 2002. He was a recipient of Rotary International’s highest individual recognition, the Service Above Self award in 2017, as well as the Avenues of Service Citation in 2016 recognizing his activities in Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service over the decades.

Ken was involved with other civic groups as well as Rotary. He was a YMCA board member during his years in Moline, Kankakee and Collinsville, and was past president of the Family Y boards in Moline and Collinsville. He served as treasurer while on the board of the Miners Institute Foundation in Collinsville, and was also active with the Collinsville Progress Historic Landmark Committee. He served as vice president of the Golden Eagle River Museum in St. Louis, and was a member of several river- history and steamboat organizations. Ken and Margaret experienced numerous steamboat trips on the Mississippi, Ohio, Illinois, Cumberland and Tennessee rivers. In Champaign, Ken served as a member of the Illinois Public Media Community Advisory Committee.

In addition to supporting the UI Foundation at the President’s Council level, he was a member of the Illini Quarterback and Rebounders and was on the board of the women’s volleyball booster group, Illini Networkers.

Travel was a major part of Ken’s leisure time. He made 17 trips outside the U.S. visiting about 35 countries and all seven continents including adventure trips to Antarctica and Kenya, Africa. On four of those international trips, teenage grandsons accompanied him. He also visited 46 of the 50 U.S. states as well as all 102 Illinois counties.

Ken is survived by his wife, Margaret, of Savoy; sons Robert (Nancy) Buel, Boulder Hill, Ill.; Allan Buel, LaPorte, Ind.; and daughter Joan (Robert) Tompkins, Antioch, Tenn.; as well as six grandchildren: James (Katie, D.O.) Buel, Westfield, Ind.; Andrew Buel, Boulder Hill; Kevin Bergsmith, Nashville; David (Marie, and her daughter Scarlett Huff) Bergsmith, Goodlettsville, Tenn; and Alicia and Riley Buel, LaPorte; plus three great-grandchildren: Katherine, Joshua and Benjamin Buel, Westfield. He also is survived by a nephew R.W. (Erica) Buel, and two great-nephews, Edmond, Okla. Memorials are welcome to: The Rotary Foundation or Illinois Public Media.

Joseph Elam, Sr - August 29th, 2023 - D5750 1990-91

Joseph Elam SrJoseph Elam, Sr

August 29th, 2023

Joseph DeWayne Elam (Doc) passed away peacefully on August 29th, 2023, at the age of 89 in Edmond, Okla.

He was born in Dewey, Okla. on July 30th, 1934, to James and Hazel Elam. He is preceded in death by his parents, his two sisters, Tressia Gilliland and Evelyn Mahaffey, and his daughter, Brenda. He married Anna Mae Milligan on March 3rd, 1958, in Columbus, Ga. while serving in the Army. Joe and Anna had 2 children, Joe Jr. born February 3rd, 1959, and Brenda Annette Max, born June 24th, 1966. While serving in the Army, he became an military police officer and this fueled his passion for Law Enforcement. He was discharged from the Army in February of 1959 and he and Anna moved back to Oklahoma where he became a motorcycle police officer for the Bartlesville Police Department. After a year of being a police officer he entered the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy where he graduated in 1961. He started his career in Wewoka, Ok, then to Lawton, Tulsa, Clinton, and Edmond. He rose up through the ranks until he retired as Lt. Colonel (Assistant Chief) in 1980. One of his greatest accomplishments as a Highway Patrolman was when he was tasked to oversee the new training center that opened in 1973. This training center still exists to this day. He was the first Captain to be in charge of this facility. While a Highway Patrolman, he started back to school and earned his bachelor’s degree from Southwestern State University in Weatherford, OK, in 1973 before moving to Edmond, Ok. He then entered Oklahoma City University and earned his master’s degree in criminal justice in 1975. He then entered Oklahoma University and earned his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology in 1983. During his educational pursuits he never earned anything less than an A. He retired from the Highway Patrol on a Friday and went to work for the Department of Public Safety the following Monday where he served as the Psychological Services Director for 25 years retiring in 2005. During those years he continued to teach classes during patrol academies. He also started his own business providing entry level psychology testing for police and fire departments across the state. He sold the business in 2017 after over 3 decades of service. He was active in the Rotary Club starting in Clinton, OK, and where he became District Governor and ended up with 50 yrs of perfect attendance. His last club was the Capitol Rotary Club in Okla. City.

He and his wife of 65 yrs, Anna, provide a wonderful childhood for their family and he is survived by his wife Anna, his son, Joe Jr., his wife Sherri, four grandchildren, Christopher Elam, his wife Jenny, Katelyn Hoffman, her husband Kaleb, Leisa Cole, her husband Michael, Cordel Max, his wife Dusti, and eight grandchildren, Henry Elam, Lola Elam, Charlotte Elam, Ella Cole, Hanlee Hoffman, Sawyer Max, Jailee Hoffman, and Maddox Max.

Viewing will be September 6th & 7th until 5:00pm and September 8th until 8:00pmat Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond.

Graveside services will be for the family members at 9:30am, Saturday, September 9th at Resthaven Cemetery in Okla. City.

Memorial services will follow at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond at 11:30am, September 9th.

Ronald Dee Brogan - August 19, 2023 - D6580 2001-02

Ronald Dee BroganRonald Dee Brogan

August 19, 2023

Ronald Dee Brogan, 77, of Jeffersonville, IN left this world on August 19, 2023 to join the Lord. He was a loyal patriot, husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, and loved his Lord and savior. Ron was highly respected, loved and cherished by his family. The lives of Ron’s wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews were significantly expanded by travels throughout the United States, which he carefully planned for both recreational and educational purposes. Ron was the son of schoolteachers, John and Geneva Brogan, and was always able to answer questions about anything, so it seemed. The multitude of lives Ron meaningfully impacted over his life is innumerable and will forever live on.

In his early years, he achieved Life Rank in the Boy Scouts of America, and as an adult was presented the Silver Beaver Award for his council-level contribution to the lives of the youth.

Ron was a 1964 graduate of Jeffersonville High School (JHS), where he lettered in football and track, and held the JHS school record for pole vaulting. He represented JHS at Boys State, wrote regularly for the school newspaper, and participated in various school clubs.

He holds a BA from Hanover College, class of 1968, and an MBA from Indiana University (Bloomington), class of 1972, majoring in finance/accounting.

Highly decorated, Ron served his country for 32 years in the United States Navy. He is a Vietnam Veteran and holds the rank of U.S. Naval Captain. He fulfilled his professional career as a Senior Commercial Lending Officer for major regional banks in Indiana and Kentucky and was the President/CEO of a local community bank.

As a community leader, Ron was a member of Rotary International (RI), founding member/President of the Clarksville Rotary Club and served as RI Governor for District 6580 in 2001-2002. He led a Rotary Group Exchange Team to Japan in 1998, was a Paul Harris Fellow, and was awarded the Orphie Bridges Award for outstanding service as a Past District Governor.

Ron is survived by his wife of 41 years, Darla Brogan; siblings, Tom Brogan, Beverly Linck (Pat), Kelly Fust (Dick); children, Jennifer Stewart (Brian), Casey Brogan (Christan), Jana Renn, Charles Cahill (Dawn); grandchildren, Cameron Stewart, Addison Stewart, Robert Landrum, Matthew Cahill, Alex Landrum, Joshua Cahill (Nashel), Jonathan Hayden and Evan Bartle; great-grandchildren, Darla Jean Landrum, Amelia Grace Landrum, Evelyn Joan Landrum; nieces and nephews, Laura Baker (Doug), Amy Nye (Rick), John Isler (Joanne), Cassie Gillett (Jon), Paul Brogan, Molly Fischer (Randy), Joe Linck (Andria), Sally Shannonhouse, Wesley Fust; 21 great-nieces and nephews, and many additional extended yet beloved family members.

There will be a visitation held on Sunday, August 27, 2023 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Legacy Funeral Center, 921 Main Street, Jeffersonville. Service will be on Monday, August 28, 2023 at 11 a.m. with more visitation before from 9-11 a.m. at Legacy Funeral Center.

Ralph Adkins Coston - July 6, 2023 - D6170 1994-95

Ralph Adkins CostonRalph Adkins Coston

September 11, 1935 – July 6, 2023

Ralph Adkins Coston, age 87 of Warren, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 6, 2023, at his home. He was born in Magnet Cove, Arkansas on September 11, 1935, to the late William Monroe Coston and Lois Adkins Coston. Reared and receiving his early education in Magnet Cove, he graduated from Arkansas A & M College in Monticello (now UAM), earning his BSIE degree in 1957. Ralph served in the Arkansas National Guard for nine years. He began his career at Arkansas Power and Light (Entergy) as an engineer draftsman. Retiring in 1991 after 32 years, he achieved the position of District Manager, and was a Registered Professional Engineer by the State of Arkansas. Ralph was a Christian and had been an active member in Baptist churches in Magnet Cove, Hot Springs, Pine Bluff, Warren, Crossett, and Little Rock. He was an active member of Rotary, and attended seven Rotary International conventions over the years, also serving as Rotary District Governor, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. A Warren resident since 1979, Ralph was instrumental in establishing the Southwest Rural Water Association, and the Pleasant Valley Rural Fire Department #2. Through the years, he was involved in Boy Scouts of America, and has a grandson who achieved his Eagle Scout rank. Ralph was the husband of the former Sarah Ferguson, to whom he was married on August 30, 1957, in Crossett, Arkansas. The two of them were world travelers. In his leisure time, Ralph enjoyed woodworking, hunting, and reading.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah, of the home; by a son, Randy A. Coston and his wife, Denice of Searcy; a daughter, Allison Coston Elliott of Warren; grandsons, Zeke Coston (Leigh Ann), and Lance Elliott (Monica); great-grandchildren, Ethan Coston, Elijah “Eli” Coston, and Sophia Ruth Elliott.

Ralph was also preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Coston and William Royce Coston.

His funeral will be held on Monday afternoon, July 10, 2023, at 2:00 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home in Malvern, with Brother Travis Lane officiating, and Gary Laney delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in Magnet Cove Cemetery. A visitation will precede the service by one hour, beginning at 1:00.


Kevin W Yonce - April 29, 2023 - D6490 2016-17

Kevin W YonceKevin W Yonce

April 29, 2023

Kevin W. Yonce, 53, of Champaign passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on April 29, 2023.

Kevin was born Jan. 24, 1970, in Urbana. He was a lifelong resident of Champaign-Urbana and a 1988 graduate of Urbana High School.

Kevin is survived by his mother, Wanda; brother, Byron (wife Lynn); nephew, Nick (wife Emily), and niece, Lizzie; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Kevin was preceded in death by his father, Wayne, and grandparents, Esta and John Yonce and Earl and Bernice Barnes.

Kevin’s accomplishments were vast and widely recognized as he was incredibly involved in his community. He was an influential member of the Rotary for over 26 years, having served as president of Champaign West Rotary and district governor. Additionally, Kevin was passionately involved in and on the board of United Way, the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, Center for Women in Transition (Courage Connection) and the Illini Rebounders, having served as president for the 2014-2015 season. Anyone who had the pleasure of volunteering with Kevin was well aware of his dedication to serving his community.

From 1995-2018, Kevin served as CEO of Twin City Tent and Awning, a family-owned business that served the Champaign community for 89 years. After his tenure as CEO, Kevin was a founding partner of Shade Solutions. He was an influential member of his industry, serving on the board of directors of the Mid America Canvas Products Association and the Technical Fabrics Association Management Group. He served as chair of the Truck Cover and Tarp Association and on the board of directors of the Industrial Fabrics Association International.

When he was not spending his time volunteering, Kevin was a man of many hobbies. He was an avid traveler but truly enjoyed his most recent preferred mode of transportation, cruising. Kevin visited Spain, Italy, the Mediterranean, Panama Canal and Greece, to name a few. He was ultimately most proud of his travels to six of the seven continents. Another passion for Kevin was his love for cinema and Broadway. He was an enthusiast of all things superheroes, never missing the latest movie release or memorabilia drop.

Anyone who was fortunate enough to enjoy his culinary delicacies would agree that his cooking and baking were award-worthy. He carried this passion into his community involvement as he cooked benefit meals, donated baked goods to many charity events and was even a guest chef at a local establishment. Kevin’s life was full and rewarding. He will be greatly missed by many.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy (

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Rotary International, C/O Champaign West Rotary, P.O. Box 41, Champaign, IL 61824.

James 'Jerry' Fortino - April 18, 2023 - D6840 2006-07

James 'Jerry' Michael FortinoJames ‘Jerry’ Michael Fortino

April 18, 2023

Dr. James ‘Jerry’ Michael Fortino MD passed away peacefully on April 18, 2023 at home with his beloved wife, Carolyn, by his side. Jerry lived to be 89, or “minus 11” per his vernacular for having the plan to live to be 100. While he didn’t quite reach his goal age, he certainly packed one hundred years worth of joy and adventure into his life.

Jerry was born in Lansing, Michigan to Pasquale and Carolyn Fortino and grew up in nearby Grand Ledge. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame and then earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan. He completed his internship and pediatric residency at Charity Hospital where he fell in love with New Orleans as well as a young nursing student named Carolyn Malone. Together Jerry and Carolyn opened Children’s Clinic in Gretna, LA where he practiced pediatrics for over fifty years. He cared deeply for the families he treated, and they adored him in turn. Patients frequently spotted Dr. Jerry around town and were always thrilled to see him. He reluctantly retired at the age of 85.

A long-time Rotarian, Dr. Fortino served as the Governor of District 6840 of Rotary International and spearheaded many impactful causes. After Hurricane Katrina left the great city of New Orleans in disarray, Jerry launched the restoration of City Park’s main entrance and grounds in 2006. Not only his district, but many districts from around the country and the world, were recruited by Jerry to help restore this historic part of New Orleans. One of his recruits, a Rotary Club from New York, replaced all the lost band uniforms for Warren Easton High School.

While Jerry was humble, his family would like to note that he was the recipient of the following awards and accolades: 53 Years of Service to West Jefferson Medical Center; three of Rotary’s prestigious awards – “Service Above Self,” “Citation for Meritorious Service,” and “International Service;” and the 2008 Peoples Health Champion Award, for which he was congratulated by the governor of Louisiana during half time at a game for his favorite team, the New Orleans Saints. Jerry was a true renaissance man and appreciated the art and culture of the many places he visited around the world. He was a trustee of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and he was honored to donate many of his favorite treasures to their collection. He was also a talented dancer and gardener.

Above all, Jerry was a devoted family man. He was affectionately referred to as “PaPa” by his grandchildren. PaPa’s energy and jokester spirit were his hallmark. He was known to take hide-and-seek with his children to a new level. Jerry was frequently undefeated at dominos, although he was often suspected of “foul play.” He will always be remembered as a loving and generous husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, doctor, philanthropist, and friend. Jerry is predeceased by his parents, Pasquale and Carolyn Fortino, and his brothers, Louie and Peter Fortino. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Carolyn Malone Fortino; his sister, Helen (Caruso); children, Leah Ragiel (Steve), John Fortino, Andrea Taulli (David), Gianna Tarantino (Gerard); brothers and sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews; ten incredibly talented and cherished grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The family would like to thank those that helped care for Jerry over the years, especially Donald Wortmann, the late Selena Pugh, all his doctors and nurses and Heart of Hospice. We are forever grateful for their excellent care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Ogden Museum of Southern Art by emailing or by calling 504-539-9616 or to The Rotary Foundation, Please specify that contributions go towards Polio Plus, which pays for polio vaccines, in honor of Jerry Fortino on the donation form.

Jerry Shepherd - April 13, 2023 - D6860 2014-15

Jerry Nelson ShepherdJerry Nelson Shepherd

August 23, 1940 – April 13, 2023

Jerry Nelson Shepherd, age 82, of Northport, AL passed away April 13, 2023 at his residence. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at Calvary Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, AL with Pastor Will McGee and Pastor Tony Smithson officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation will be one hour prior and immediately following the service at the church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and half-brother, Dayton Shepherd, Jr. Survivors include his wife, Kathy B. Shepherd; two daughters, Amy Shepherd of Buckeye, AZ and Jill Haynes (Shawn) of Concord, NC; three grandchildren, Keara Haynes, Maya Haynes and Landis Haynes and his fur baby, Bama.

Jerry was born August 23, 1940 in McShan, Alabama to the late Dayton Shepherd, Sr and Mary Abrams Shepherd. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and former owner of Foto-Hall, Inc. in Southern California for 40 years. Jerry attended the University of Alabama and graduated from Cal-State Fullerton with a major in Finance. He was an avid reader at the Tuscaloosa Library and an avid golfer. Jerry was a private pilot for 25 years and he also enjoyed tennis, snow skiing and spending time with his family.

Pallbearers are Dr. Gordon Brion, Shawn Haynes, Landis Haynes, Dr. Jerry Davis, Don Krump and Charles Fore. Honorary Pallbearers are his golfing buddies and his Tuscaloosa Rotary Club. The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Steven Brown, Dr. William Hill and staff of Hospice of West Alabama.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 or the Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa, 11001 Patton Road, Northport, AL 35475.

Peter Weiglin - March 31, 2023 - D6670 2012-13

Peter C WeiglinPeter Weiglin

March 31, 2023

Peter C. Weiglin, a resident of Amelia, Ohio, passed away on March 31, 2023, at Mercy Hospital – Anderson Township at the age of 84. He was born in New York City on May 2, 1938, to the late Catherine and Hans Weiglin.

Peter was the devoted and loving husband of Jeanne T. Weiglin (nee Tilson) for almost 60 years, having met when Peter was a 1st Lieutenant at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Jeanne’s father was a Full Colonel at Ft. Sill and Peter used to say that he was the Lieutenant who married the Colonel’s daughter and then got out of the army. He was the beloved father of Dawn Weiglin Chew (Thomas) and Glenn Weiglin (Joni), cherished grandfather of Tonya Kramer (Keith), Christie Hlavaty, Kendra Weiglin and Madelyn Weiglin and great-grandfather of Samantha and Carsten Kramer.

Peter earned a B.S. in Economics and Business from Fordham University and his M.B.A. in Marketing/Regulated Industries from the University of Pittsburgh, where he won the Robinson Prize (top prize in class). He attended Columbia Law School for two years, before being interrupted by military service. From 2005-Present, Peter was the Editor/Publisher of Trolley Talk magazine; 1985-2005: President of Omnibus Communications in San Mateo, CA; 1987-2005: Marketing Instructor at University of California; 1982-1984: Editor and Publisher of Apple Orchard magazine in Cupertino, CA; 1980-1981: Program Manager, Transit Operations for Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade & Douglas, Inc. in San Francisco, CA; 1971-1979: Associate and Vice President with ATE Management & Service Co. Inc., Cincinnati, OH. He was general manager, Sun Tran, Tuscon, Arizona, 1978-1979, Deputy General Manager, Queen City Metro, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Director of Marketing for Denver Metro Transit.

Peter was a member of the Rotary Club of Batavia, OH, President 2009-2010, Governor of Rotary District 6670, 2012-2013, Exalted Ruler, San Mateo, California Elks Lodge. He was a Lay Leader of Faith United Methodist Church, Batavia, OH and a Certified Lay Speaker at United Methodist Church. He was a Board member and Production Vice-President of Mariemont Players, Inc. and a Member of Clermont County Chamber of Commerce – Agenda 360 committee. Peter authored 6 books over his career, as well as numerous magazine articles.

Peter also had a career as a radio and TV producer, writer, and on-air presence, professionally and in community theatre. He served as Director of Promotion for WTAE Radio/TV. Pittsburgh, PA and as Manager for National Broadcasting Company, Pittsburgh. In years past, he directed and/or produced several assorted revues and several one-act plays for the stage. In addition to community theatre, Peter enjoyed a passion for railroads and model railroading. He built seven model railroads in his 60 foot basement. He was a life member of NRMA since he was in high school and served as Superintendent of two divisions; Cincinnati MCR and Coast Division PCR.

A memorial service, celebrating Peter’s life, will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 11:00AM at Faith United Methodist Church, 180 N. 5th St., Batavia, OH 45103. Following the service, all are welcome to a reception at the church. Memorial contributions, in Peter’s name, may be made to the Rotary Foundation ( or a check to the Rotary Foundation, mail to the Rotary Club of Batavia, PO Box 727, Batavia OH 45103.

For those unable to attend the Celebration of Life Service watch via Livestream by clicking the webcast link below or through Facebook. 

Oscar Ozete - February 20, 2023 - D6580 2005-06

Oscar OzeteOscar Ozete

October 5, 1939 – February 20, 2023

Oscar Ozete, 83, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away Monday, February 20, 2023 at River Pointe Health Campus.

Oscar was born in Havana, Cuba on October 5, 1939 to the late Magdelena (Perez) and Oscar Ozete, Sr. He earned his doctorate from Indiana University in 1974 . Oscar taught as a Spanish Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison before accepting a position at University of Southern Indiana in 1980 where he worked until his retirement in 2004. While there, he served as chair of Department of Foreign Languages and was the author or co-author of several top selling text books. Oscar was passionate about Rotary and was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Recipient of multiple awards, he was named Indiana’s Spanish Professor of the Year in 1994, Distinguished Professor in 1999 at the University of Southern Indiana, and a Sagamore of the Wabash in 2004. He was awarded the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages “Nelson Brooks Award.” Member of numerous professional and service organizations, he was District 6580 Governor of Rotary International. In 2011 he received his District’s highest accolade, the Orphie Bridges Award Honoring a Legacy of Service. Also in 2011, his Rotary Club created in his honor the Oz Award to recognize members for distinguished service.

Oscar is survived by his wife of 54 years, Anita Ozete of Evansville, IN; son, Andrew Ozete (Mary Beth) of Evansville, IN; daughter, Jennifer Cole (Matt) of Evansville, IN; and grandchildren, Alex Ozete, Lauren Ozete, Emily Ozete, Madalyn Cole, and Andrew Cole. His book, ¡Ánimo!: Living in Different Worlds, recalls his efforts to surmount the hurdles of living in two different and bewildering cultures, those of Cuba and the United States. From childhood to grandparenthood, he smoothly moved back and forth in time, sharing the cross-cultural experiences and travel insights that shaped his being.

Oscar was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of Oscar’s life will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 5130 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47715 with Rev. Heather Foley officiating. Please note that the Lincoln Ave. entrance to Aldersgate may be closed due to road construction. If so, it can be accessed from Cullen Avenue. Entombment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Friends may visit from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Friday, February 24, 2023 at Browning Funeral Home, 738 E. Diamond Ave., Evansville, IN 47711.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oscar Ozete Scholarship in care of USI Foundation, 8600 University Blvd., Evansville, IN 47712 or National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Ste 800, Miami, FL 33131, USA or Evansville Morning Rotary Club, P.O. Box 5663, Evansville, IN 47716.

James R Jackson - March 2, 2023 - D6510 1977-78

James JacksonJames “Jim” Robert Jackson

September 27, 1932 – March 2, 2023

James “Jim” Robert Jackson passed away in Mesa, Arizona on March 2, 2023. He was born September 27, 1932 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to M.E. (Melvin Earl) and Marian I. Jackson.

In 1955, he married Ruth Marie Moore; she preceded him in death on January 31, 2023. In addition to his wife, Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Gene, and son-in-law Jack Keisling.

He is survived by their three children, Nancy of Aurora, Illinois, Michelle Jackson-Keisling (Jack) of Page, Arizona, and Barry (Libby) of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, James Ryan Jackson and Megan Elizabeth Jackson-Schmidt (Ryan), Hayden Jackson Keisling; five step grandchild Kyran Keisling, Kiera Keisling, Collin Keisling, Jacob Keisling, and Megan Keisling Santos; and two great-grandsons, Jeremiah Charles Schmidt and Elijah Allen Schmidt. He was a loving father and grandfather.

Jim attended the University of Illinois and graduated in 1954 with a Bronze Tablet (top 3% of his class).

Jim became a partner in M.E. Jackson Jewelry in 1954 with his father, M.E., who started the business in 1922, his mother and brother Gene. In 1984, his son Barry joined the family business.

Jim was active in a variety of civic activities over the years including Rotary District 6510 District Governor 1977-78. His Governor’s project was to help handicapped children from Central America come to the St. Louis Masonic Hospital for life-altering surgeries. He was a member of the Board of Directors of First Bank and Trust, Past President of King City Retailers, Downtown Development Corporation, Jefferson County Equal Opportunities Committee, Inter-Faith Fellowship, Rotary Club of Mount Vernon, First Community Church Council, Jefferson County United Way Fund drive chairman, YMCA board member, Black Gold District Boy Scouts, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year and Illinois South Conference of United Church of Christ.

Jim and Ruth retired in 1995 to enjoy several years of golf, bridge, and sunshine in Bonita Springs, Florida, and then Ocala. In 2019, they moved to Mesa, Arizona to be closer to their daughter, Michelle. They were active in clubs at Fellowship Square, plus helping to support efforts to feed the homeless through the IHELP program in the Tempe area.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rotary Belize Crippled Children’s Program and can be dropped off or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on May 20, 2023 at 11:00 am at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

Betty Jo Dulaney - January 18, 2023 - D6800 2006-07

Betty Jo DulaneyBetty Jo Hopson Dulaney

May 15, 1939 – January 18, 2023

Betty Jo Hopson Dulaney died peacefully at home in Tunica, Mississippi, on January 18, 2023. She was surrounded by her devoted husband of more than 64 years, William Proby Dulaney, Sr. (William), and various family members.

She was born in Philadelphia, PA, on May 15, 1939, to Nellie Elizabeth Hopson, and Joseph Schramm, her biological father. Joseph Schramm was killed in World War II. Her mother remarried and thereafter, Claude Thomas Hopson, adopted and raised her as his own. Growing up as a child of a career naval officer resulted in Betty Jo living all over the world, including spending several of her formative years in Guam. These experiences helped shape her life and created a loving, caring young woman with a desire to help others and serve the less fortunate.

Betty Jo graduated from The Philadelphia High School for Girls. She later attended University of Tennessee for a short period of time. She married William on August 9, 1958. After the wedding, she moved to Tunica, Mississippi, and was a lifelong resident. She continued her education and graduated with honors from the University of Memphis. Betty Jo lived a life of service. First and foremost, she led a life of service to Christ, and a very close second, she led a life of service and devotion to her family. She epitomizes a life led in service to others. She was a doer and a participant, rarely ever a spectator – which was a source of embarrassment at time for her children when they were younger, but later became a source of pride and gratitude.

Her civic service includes numerous clubs and organizations. She was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church (Church of the Epiphany). As part of her Church service and life, she was an active member of the Episcopal Church Women including serving as President of the State of Mississippi. Through this, Betty Jo participated in many domestic as well as international mission trips. She was a longtime member of the Tunica Women’s Club. She was instrumental in its success and being able to grant annual scholarships to many young women of Tunica County. Her service in the local Woman’s Club led to her providing leadership to the organization on state and national level. Betty Jo served as President of the GFWC-Mississippi Federation of Women’s Clubs, Inc. from 1982-1984. There she successfully lobbied for many important state-wide initiatives. She was recognized for her accomplishments including having lunch at The White House with Nancy Reagan.

After her children were grown, she became interested in adult literacy. She was the moving force behind the formation and successful operation of the Tunica County Literary Council, Inc. She served as its director for almost 20 years. The program expanded to provide daycare as she realized the lack of childcare was an obstacle for adults to learn and further their education. Again, her accomplishments and the success of her program were recognized on state and national levels including being named the 2011 Humanitarian of the Year by the MS Head Start Program. As part of her commitment to education, she served as an elected member of the Tunica County School Board. She worked tirelessly to improve the education system for the entire community.

She joined the Rotary Club of Robinsonville as one of its founding members. Like the other organizations she participated in, she gave it her all. Her leadership was recognized, and it was not long before she was Rotary District 6800 Governor. After her term expired, she continued to serve through Rotary including traveling to and administering polio vaccines in Nigeria. She is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Betty Jo served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Mississippi Community Foundation, Inc. As part of her lifelong dedication to education, she established a permanent fund to support education for children in Mississippi. Betty Jo was named the Margaret Maddox Woman of the Year in 2014.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, William, and her six children, Peter Hopson Dulaney (Ginny), William Proby Dulaney, Jr. (Cheryl), Mary Margaret Dulaney Hurley (Greg), Andrew Thomas Dulaney (Lynn), Joseph Ratcliff Dulaney, Sr. (Kara) and Betty Jo Dulaney, Jr. (Terri). Additionally, she is survived by her sixteen grandchildren, Carley Dulaney Lanuax (Trey), Robyn Dulaney Pela (John Michael), Amanda Dulaney Byrd (Nick), William Proby Dulaney, III (Lauren), Kathleen Dulaney Estes (John), Christine Dulaney Tomlinson (JR), Gregory John Hurley, Jr. (Mila), Alexander Hopson Hurley, Nicholas Dulaney Hurley, Mary Quinn Dulaney Myers (Tolly), Andrew Thomas Dulaney, Jr., Laura Ainsley Dulaney, Joseph Ratcliff Dulaney, II, Ameliea Rose Dulaney, Isabelle Beatrice Dulaney, William Montgomery Dulaney, and a host of great-grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Epiphany Episcopal Church, 1061 Shady Lane, Tunica, MS 38676, with the funeral to follow at 11:00 a.m.

Freed H Duncan - January 1, 2023 - D6170 1990-91

Freed Hutto Duncan, Jr.Freed Hutto Duncan, Jr.

1935 – 2023

Freed Hutto Duncan, Jr., born November 25, 1935, in England, Ark., to Myrl and Freed H. Duncan, Sr., went to be with the Lord on January 1, 2023.

Freed is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Gail; his parents; granddaughter, Lauren Dunn, and grandson, Clayton Otwell. He is survived by two sons, Ted Duncan (Dayna) of Maumelle, and Mitch Duncan (Lori) of Springdale; two daughters, Danette Dunn (Craig), and Sandra Duncan-Reese (Chris), both of Conway; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Janis Lindley, and Ann Wood (Jim); two brothers, Wayne Duncan (Linda), and Larry Duncan (Sharon).

Freed loved his church family at Second Baptist Conway where he was a deacon and Sunday School teacher.

Freed was raised by his parents in Augusta, Ark., where he graduated high school.

Freed went on to a career in the Army followed by a decades long career with AP&L/Entergy. He was active in his community, supporting a number of charitable organizations and enthusiastically serving in the Rotary Club of Conway.

Freed especially enjoyed his extended family, his relationship with the Lord, golfing with his many friends and following the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Second Baptist Church in Conway, Ark. A visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Friday, January 6, 2023, at Second Baptist Church in Conway, Ark. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Conway.

Pallbearers will be Freed’s grandsons; Jordan Dunn, Britton Dunn, Alex Dunn, Sam Duncan, Tyler Duncan, and Corbin Otwell. Honorary Pallbearers will be Freed’s Sunday School Class.

In lieu of flowers the Duncan family requests that you give in memory of Freed, to:
Rotary International; or Second Baptist Church, 2600 Dave Ward Drive, Conway, Ark. 72034;

Duane Ray Sterling - January 22, 2023 - D6080 1987-88

Duane Ray SterlingDuane Ray Sterling

January 22, 2023

Dr. Duane Ray Sterling, age 85, passed away January 22, 2023 surrounded by his family.
Duane is survived by his wife Pat, three daughters: Allison Ludlam (Chuck), Shannon Pierce (Chris) and Tiffany Sterling (Raul Gutierrez). Six grandchildren: Brook Filis (Kaleb), Chase Ludlam (Mackenzie), Haley Pierce, Sterling Pierce, Liv Gutierrez and Rome Gutierrez. Three great grandchildren: Landry Filis, Cade Ludlam and Charlotte Ludlam.

Duane was born on January 18, 1938, to Raymond Alger and Opal Josephine (McBroom) Sterling in Tipton, Missouri. He graduated from California High School in 1955. Duane attended Central College where he played on the men’s basketball team in Fayette, Missouri. He then chose to join the U.S. Army where he served for three years.
Duane then attended Southwest Missouri State University where he met the love of his life, Patricia Jo Allison. They married on April 20, 1962 and both received their Bachelor of Science in Education degrees in May that year. They moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where they received their Master of Science in Education degrees from Louisiana State University. Duane continued and completed his Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Zoology from Louisiana State University in 1969. His love of education ran deep.
Duane and Pat arrived in Warrensburg, Missouri in 1965 where Duane was a professor in the physical education department at Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri). He spent time on the coaching staff of the Mules men’s basketball, tennis and golf teams. He then transitioned to administrative roles including Assistant to the Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Assistant to the President and his final position as University Director of Planning, Governmental and Informational Services. Duane concluded his distinguished 32-year career at the University when he retired in 1997.

Duane was a faithful servant to the community. He participated and held leadership roles with the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce, WAFB Community Council, Missouri Boys State, American Legion, Warrensburg Missouri Sesquicentennial Committee, United Way, Warrensburg First Christian Church, and Jaycees. His love of community ran deep.
In 1970, Duane joined the Warrensburg Rotary club and found a place where he could fulfill his passion for community and service. He was an active member for over 50 years, and expanded into leadership roles that included Club President 1983-84, District Rotarian of the Year 1985, District Governor 1987-88, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Chair of the Rotary Peace Symposium, and General Manager of the Rotary Foundation for Rotary International 1997-2003.

After Duane retired from the University, he followed his passion for the Rotary organization and accepted a full-time position as the General Manager of the Rotary Foundation for Rotary International. Duane and Pat moved to Evanston, Illinois where he served at the Rotary International Headquarters. During his tenure, he impacted the world by helping establish seven International Peace Centers with partnering universities such as Duke, University of North Carolina, and the University of Bradford, England. Since their inception over 1500 students from all over the world have completed a Master’s program or certificate in international development policy, peacekeeping, and conflict resolution. He also continued the fight to eradicate the world of polio through awareness & fundraising campaigns, and bringing vaccines to remote areas of the world. His love of Rotary ran deep.

After Duane’s second retirement, he and Pat moved back to their home in Warrensburg, where they enjoyed their family and friends to the fullest. He enjoyed spending time on family vacations he planned, taking his son-in-laws on fishing trips, watching his grandkid’s sporting and life events, fishing trips with his “Good Ol’ Boy” high school friends, attending UCM events, and celebrating with his family with games, laughter, stories, and so much love. He not only loved traveling the world, he loved his daily trips to Starbucks. His kind and generous spirit allowed him to make amazing connections wherever he went in his life. His love of family and friends ran deep.
Duane’s life was led by his faith in God, the strong love for his family, and the Rotary Four-Way Test. His love, loyalty, friendship, and community contributions will be incredibly missed.

A Celebration of Life for Duane Sterling will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at the Milestones Barn, 380 NW MO-13 Business, Warrensburg, MO 64093. Doors will open at 1pm for visiting with friends and family. The ceremony will begin at 2pm and followed by continued visiting and reminiscing until 4pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in honor of Duane Sterling, to the Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145. Online contributions can be made to

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Published by Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home – Warrensburg on Jan. 27, 2023.

Robert W. Shoemaker Jr, PRID - December 20, 2022 - D6560 1971-72

Robert ShoemakerRobert W. Shoemaker Jr.

October 3, 1921 – December 20, 2022

After a full life of giving, serving, learning, traveling, and loving, Robert W. Shoemaker, Jr. “Bob” passed away peacefully on December 20, 2022 at the age of 101 years and 2 1/2 months. The only child of Robert W. Shoemaker, Sr. (1898-1968) and Irene English Shoemaker (1900-1988), Bob was born on October 3, 1921, in New Philadelphia, Ohio, and moved to Anderson in 1935. Following his time in college, graduate school, and the United States Navy, he chose to reside, build a business, serve the community, and raise his family in Anderson.

Bob was predeceased in January 2018 by his beloved wife of almost 68 years, Mary Ann (Gephardt). He is survived by four children: Robert III of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Ann of Anderson; Sara (husband, Bran) McFarland of Fishers and North Webster; and Janet (husband, Mark) Rutan of Lafayette and Cicero. Also surviving are ten grandchildren and spouses: Jarrod (Alicia) Shoemaker, Jenna Parker, Martha (Alan) Murphy, Jacob (Julia) Shoemaker. Danielle (Sam) Willis, Alexander (Tiffany) Smith, Reed (Miriam) Smith, Neil (Erin) Rutan, Craig (Kara) Rutan, and Luke (Keely) Rutan. His eleven great-grandchildren are Finn and Parker Murphy; Elliott Willis; London and Livia Smith; Scarlett, Elias, and Malachi Smith; and Nolan, Norah, and Claire Rutan. In addition, Bob leaves behind two nieces and three nephews, as well as several cousins. His beloved son-in-law Jeffrey Smith (Sara) tragically died in 2015.

After graduating from Anderson High School in 1939, Bob traveled east to attend Harvard College with the Class of 1943. Due to an interruption for World War II military service and related changes in educational programs, he earned two graduate degrees from Harvard Business School (Class of 1947), including an MBA, before receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from Harvard College in 1947. While at Harvard, Bob enjoyed rowing lightweight crew and House crew for several years and volunteering with the college radio station WHRB. After graduation, he attended college class reunions regularly, assisted the Admissions Office by interviewing central Indiana applicants for many years, and maintained life-long friendships with many classmates.

Bob was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1942 and attended officers’ training programs in the Bronx, NY, and Washington, D.C, before being assigned to the Naval Mine Warfare Test Station at Solomons Island, MD, where he served as Naval personnel officer. After requesting a shipboard assignment, Bob was transferred to the Pacific for duty aboard the escort aircraft carrier U.S.S. Corregidor (CVE-58) as Lieutenant Junior Grade and Signal Officer until the ship’s decommissioning after the war in 1946. Following his return to Anderson in 1947, Bob remained active in the U.S. Naval Reserve Division 9-31, commanded by Tom McMahan, who was later Mayor of Anderson. His reserve duty ended in December 1951 at the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade and Division Commanding Officer.

In 1949, Bob and his parents purchased Short Printing, Inc., then located on 20th Street near Fairview Street. He successfully operated the business as President for almost five decades, which included building a larger new facility on Madison Avenue in 1961 and changing the name to Business Printing, Inc. He retired and sold the business in 2000.

Guided by a kind heart, a generous spirit, and a desire to improve any organization in which he participated. Bob became actively involved in community service following his 1947 return to Anderson. Perhaps the seeds were planted during his youth as a Boy Scout. While attending the 1937 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Washington DC, Bob received his Eagle Scout award and then sailed overseas to participate in the 1937 World Jamboree in the Netherlands and to travel around Europe. Later, after Harvard and the Navy, Bob became Scoutmaster of a local troop in Anderson and Skipper of a Sea Scout ship. He progressed to hold a variety of district and council leadership positions in Scouting over many years and in 1963 was honored with the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to Scouting as an adult leader.

Bob obtained his amateur radio license in 1946 with call sign W9MTU and enjoyed communicating with his father on road trips and with other “hams” around the world. As a result of that hobby, he was asked in 1952 to organize amateur radio communications for the Madison County Civil Defense, which led to his appointment as County Civil Defense Director, a position he held for 12 years. This period witnessed rising tensions with the Soviet Union and the threat of nuclear attacks, including the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. As CD Director, Bob gave many educational slide presentations regarding proper preparations in the face of nuclear threats, oversaw the selection and stocking of emergency fallout shelters throughout the county, and helped organize the conversion of the old Lindbergh School north of town into a CD emergency command headquarters. His slide show included photos taken in his capacity as an official observer at the Yucca Flats, Nevada nuclear test in 1955. Later Bob was invited by NASA to Cape Canaveral to observe the launch of Apollo 8, which carried astronauts into orbit around the moon for the first time, and the Apollo 15 moon mission launch.

Bob’s volunteer contributions also included active involvement in the local business community. He served eight years as a Director of the Indiana Manufacturers Association, Chairman of the IMA Insurance Committee, Vice-President of the Anderson Chamber of Commerce, and Director and Treasurer of the Anderson YMCA. In 1955, the Junior Chamber of Commerce honored him as Anderson’s Young Man of the Year. For 20 years, Bob served as a Director of First Savings and Loan Association of Central Indiana, and for the last several years, he acted as Chairman of the Board. A long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Anderson, Bob served as an Elder, a member of the Whitewater Valley Presbytery Council, and President and Vice-President of the Presbytery. He also wrote and published a pictorial history of the First Presbyterian Church for the 150th anniversary commemoration in 2001.

For more than 70 years, the major volunteer beneficiary of Bob’s time, talent, and energy was Rotary International (“RI”). Following his induction as member of the Anderson Rotary Club in 1948, he took on a variety of roles, and for one 60-year period, he maintained perfect attendance. As the Club’s first history chairman, Bob produced a publication in 1963 that included photos of every Club member over the years. While Club President in 1965-66, he organized the first Interact Club for high school students and soon thereafter chaired the 50th Anniversary Committee in 1967-68. That effort resulted in an updated bound history and two celebratory dinners with special speakers, one involving Herb Taylor, past President of RI and author of the Four-Way Test, and one with NASA astronaut Al Worden, who later flew on Apollo 15.

In 1970-71, Bob was asked to serve as the Rotary District’s first Youth Exchange Officer, which required him to organize a program from scratch. The following year he served as District Governor, overseeing the creation of the first District Directory, the chartering of the first new club in the district in 15 years, the first seminar for incoming Club Presidents, and a program to encourage Paul Harris Fellows, a fund-raising initiative honoring the founder of Rotary’s first club. In early 1972 Bob and seven other District Governors met to form the Central States Youth Exchange, and soon thereafter he began arranging student exchanges with South American nations. He became Chairman of CSYE in 1976, serving for 12 years, during which time the program expanded to include many more Rotary Clubs and Districts, the summer conference attendance rose to 1100, yearly exchanges increased to 325, additional bus tours were arranged for inbound students, and financial stability was achieved.

With this successful experience, Bob was asked to serve as Chairman of the International Youth Activities Committee during 1978-79 and then was elected as one of 17 RI Directors for 1979-81. Throughout the 1980’s, he chaired various RI and Zone committees coordinating youth activities, world service projects, volunteers in action, and special study groups. Three times Bob served on committees that nominated RI Presidents, and for ten years he chaired the committee that succeeded in bringing the RI Convention to Indianapolis in 1998. In addition, Bob has represented the District on the RI Council on Legislation three times, including the session that voted to allow female membership. Over time he has attended 21 International Conventions and 60 District Conferences, and he has represented the RI President at 25 District Conferences in seven countries. Primarily because of the opportunities available through his Rotary duties, Bob has traveled to 45 countries on five continents. During his Rotary travels, he and Mary Ann enjoyed the honor of meeting Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa. In tribute to his efforts, Bob was honored with the Anderson Club’s Ideal of Service Award and “Rotarian of the Century” Award and was often referred to as “Mr. Rotary.”

Though Bob was devoted to service activities, family was always his priority, and he never seemed to be missing at the dinner table each evening. He organized many family vacation trips with Mary Ann and his children to various U.S. destinations. In particular, the annual August vacation week at Hunky Dory Farms Resort in Wisconsin was an extended family tradition for almost 50 years. Later in life, he and Mary Ann traveled regularly to participate in their children’s and grandchildren’s family events and enjoyed time at their home on Lake Webster in northern Indiana.

Bob’s mind remained sharp until the end, and his ability to recall people, places, events, and details from every era of his life was truly extraordinary. His curiosity and enthusiasm for learning new things, meeting new people, taking advantage of special opportunities, and traveling widely were contagious personality traits. “Always ask more questions” was one of his guiding principles. Toward that end, Bob devotedly remained connected to many friends and relatives throughout the world, primarily by written letter in his younger years and by e-mail as that service became available more recently. Among Bob’s hobbies and interests were amateur radio, fishing, rowing and canoeing, reading, history, and photography. Through slides, home movies, videos, and cell phone images, he (and his father before him) compiled a remarkable visual history of his life and the life of his family from the 1920’s to the current century. His many slides and movies taken during the 1937 Jamboree trips provide a fascinating glimpse of life in Washington DC and Europe before the tragic onset of World War II.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be directed to the Rotary Foundation to aid in its worldwide humanitarian efforts, 14280 Collection Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693 or to the Robert W. Shoemaker, Jr. Youth Exchange Scholarship Fund (c/o Joe Sawyer, Treasurer, Central States Rotary Youth Exchange, 222 S. Norton Street, Corunna MI 48817) to provide scholarships for financially needy inbound and outbound exchange students.

Burial will be private. A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Service & Crematory in Anderson at a date to be determined in January.

Jacqueline "Jacque" Howard - January 13, 2023 - D6080 2020-21

Jacqueline Jacqueline “Jacque” Howard

January 13, 2023

William E. Ruse - August 30, 2022 - D6600 2003-04

Bill RuseWilliam E. Ruse

December 3, 1934 ~ August 30, 2022

William E. Ruse (Bill), 87, died on Tuesday, August 30th in the early afternoon at the Bridge Hospice Care Center.

Born Dec. 3, 1934, to Mary and Ollie Ruse in Cleveland, Ohio.

He is survived by wife Donna; daughter Rebecca and husband Steve; son Robert and wife Bretta and three grandchildren Olivia and husband Tim, Abigail, and Sophia.
He is preceded in death by his twin brother John, his parents Mary and Ollie, and his son William.

Bill had a distinguished career in healthcare administration, teaching, and writing, and active throughout the community in various organizations and committees.

In 1957 Mr. Ruse started his career as a staff pharmacist and subsequently chief pharmacist at Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima, Ohio. In 1960, he joined the staff of Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay, Ohio where he served as Chief Pharmacist, Director of Personnel and Purchasing, Assistant Administrator and subsequently, chief executive in 1964. Served as President and CEO of the Blanchard Valley Health Association, a parent corporation of Blanchard Valley Hospital formed in 1984.

Bill Ruse is President Emeritus of the Blanchard Valley Health Association headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. Bill retired from Blanchard Valley in 2001 after serving as its President and CEO for 36 years.

During Bill Ruse’s tenure with the Blanchard Valley Hospital/Blanchard Valley Health Association, Bill and his team, Board and Medical Staff went from a single hospital to the System of two acute care hospitals (Findlay and Bluffton, Ohio), Nursing Home, Home Health services, Hospice services plus an in-patient Hospice unit, Indigent Care Clinic, and Occupational Medicine Division; one of Ohio’s largest regional healthcare systems.

Following his retirement, he served as a member of Adjunct Faculty in the College of Business and College of Pharmacy at the University of Findlay; a founding owner and Board Member – Buckeye State Bank; a founding Member – Creative Solutions Enterprises – Maximizing asset utilization for small and mid-sized colleges and universities and small business; and as the founder, President and CEO – Ultra Seniors, LLC. which keeps those who have outlived the average longevity in the US, active and engaged.

A Rotarian since 1983 and a past member of the Findlay Rotary Club, Bill had served as the Clubs President and chaired the Past President’s Committee. Following two terms as an Assistant Governor of Rotary International, Bill served his three terms as Chairperson of the Assistant Governors Committee and on July 1,2004 became the Governor for Rotary’s District 6600 (67 clubs) for the 2003/2004 Rotary year. And, in 2022, he started the Ultra Seniors Online Rotary Club.

He was committed to the Community and giving back. He was a long time member of St. Michael Parish; a Past Member – Commercial Savings Bank – Upper Sandusky, OH; University of Findlay – Findlay, OH – Trustee Emeritus; past member of Executive and Business Affairs Committee and Chair Compensation Committee, College of Business Healthcare Management Advisory Board and College of Pharmacy Advisory Board; Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce – Past Chair; Findlay-Hancock County Community Development Foundation – Past Chair; Findlay-Hancock County Foundation – Past Chair; Findlay Development LLC; Buckeye State Bank – 2014 to present, Member, Executive Committee; Past Member – Ohio Hospital Association; Hancock County Agency on Aging; Hancock Historical Museum – Chair; and Ultra Seniors – Founder, President and CEO.

Bill was a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions throughout his distinguished career; as well as a seasoned author of countless articles and professional journals and ten books. One of his books was even co-authored with his three granddaughters.

A graduate of Collinwood High School – Cleveland, Ohio – 1953; Ohio Northern University – Ada, Ohio – BSc. In Pharmacy, 1957; Xavier University – Cincinnati, Ohio – MBA in Hospital Administration, 1963; University of Toledo – Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1972; University of Findlay – Honorary Doctor of Health Care Management – 1997; and Ohio Northern University – Honorary Doctor of Public Service – 2003. He was a licensed attorney since 1972, a licensed pharmacist -1957 – 2000.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 3, 2022, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road, Findlay. Monsignor Michael Hohenbrink Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Michael Cemetery, Findlay.

Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road, Findlay.

Arrangements are being handled by COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay.

Memorial contributions may be given to: Blanchard Valley Hospital Foundation; Rotary International Foundation; Ohio Northern University Foundation; Xavier University Foundation; University of Toledo Foundation; University of Findlay Foundation; and/or Bridge Home Health and Hospice.

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John D. Kurfess - August 18, 2022 - D6600 1995-96

John D KurfessJohn D. Kurfess

November 3, 1937 – August 18, 2022

John Kurfess, 84, left this earth for eternal life on August 18, 2022. He was born in Wood County on November 3, 1937 and has been a lifetime resident of the Perrysburg area. John was a graduate of Troy Luckey High School, now known as Eastwood High School. He was a three-year veteran of the U.S. Navy with active duty from 1955 – 1958 completing two U.S. Navy Class A service schools. John’s career included 18 years in production agriculture, owning and operating a dairy and contract tomato growing business for Heinz and Hunt processing companies. His second career was as owner and President of Valleybrook Realty, Inc., a real estate and small development company.

Throughout John’s life, he enjoyed a wide variety of civic and social membership activities. He served on the Board of Trustees for The Greater Toledo YMCA as founder and Charter President of the Northern Wood County YMCA. John also served as Trustee for the Perrysburg Arts Council and President of the Perrysburg Symphony Board of Trustees. As a 45-year charter member of the Perrysburg Rotary Club, he served on various boards and committees and became President of the Perrysburg Rotary Club in 1989 – 1990 and Rotary District 6600 Governor in 1995 – 1996. During John’s Rotary involvement, he was very active in MESA (Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad) and served as the corporation’s Board President in 1997 – 1998. John visited all seven countries in Central America numerous times to help participating Central American Rotary Clubs distribute medical equipment including fire trucks and ambulances. John’s four sons traveled with him in the work of Rotary International Service. John was a member of The American Legion Post 240 and was also designated Perrysburg Area Chamber of Commerce Business Citizen of the Year in 1998.
John was a born leader and loved adventure, whether it be boating, classic car rides, special holiday events or trying exotic foods.

Left to cherish his memory are his significant other, Ruth Glanzman, John’s sons Brian (Sandra), Mark (Beverlee), Michael and Eric, as well as his sister, Dr. Nancy Johnson, brother, Charles (Helyn) Kurfess, and sister-in-law Mary (Jim), grandchildren Ryan (Emily), Brittney, Ashley, John, Jordan, Joshua, Justin, and Sydney, great grandchildren Harmony, Mycah, Megan, and Tyler, mothers of John’s sons Mary Susan Kurfess and Carol Kurfess, extended family and friends and faithful companion, Riley. He was preceded in death by his parents, John F. and Margaret Kurfess, and his brother, James.

Family and friends will be received 10 a.m., to 12 p.m., on Saturday, August 27, 2022 with a Funeral Service at 12 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5520 Fremont Pike Perrysburg, OH. Rev. Mike Hughes will officiate. John will be laid to rest in Troy Township Cemetery at a family committal service. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes any contributions be sent to Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad Foundation Inc., 1092 Bending Brook Lane, Waterville, Ohio 43566-1612 or St. John’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 279, 5520 Fremont Pike, Stony Ridge, Ohio 43463.

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Gene Austin Whitmer - September 12, 2022 - D6040 1991-92

Gene WhitmerGene Austin Whitmer

December 3, 1929 – September 12, 2022

Gene Austin Whitmer, age 92, a resident of Chillicothe, Missouri, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2022, at North Kansas City Hospital, North Kansas City, Missouri.

Gene was born in a country home near Hamilton, Missouri, during a snowstorm on December 3, 1929, the son of Milbern and Juanita Whitmer. He grew up on the farm and attended Lovely Ridge Elementary School through the 8th Grade. He graduated from Hamilton High School in May of 1947. While in high school, he was on the committee that founded the Missouri State Student Council Association. Gene received his Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Mathematics and minor in Science from Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, Missouri, in August of 1951. He received his Masters of Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in August of 1955. Later, he received his Secondary School Specialist Degree also from the University of Missouri.

Gene spent 39 years in the Field of Education; two years (1951-1953) teaching high school math and science at Osborn, Missouri, from 1951 until 1953, and then eleven years teaching advanced math classes and serving as administrative assistant to the Superintendent and Principal for the Trenton R-IX School System from 1953 until 1964. During this time, he also served as Sponsor of the Student Council. The next thirteen years, from 1964 until 1977, were spent in Richmond, Missouri, where he served as High School Principal. Gene finished his career in the Chillicothe R-II Schools, serving as Assistant Superintendent from 1977 until 1990. Gene served in the United States Army Air Force from 1948 until 1949, and 6 years in the Reserves: receiving his honorable discharge in 1955.

Gene was united in marriage to Ellen Dee Shadduck of Cameron, Missouri, at the Methodist Church in Cameron, on August 6, 1950.

Gene was very community minded – serving on many committees: he was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church; serving as Administrative Council Chairman, Board of Trustees, Staff Parish, Finance and Property committees, Co-chaired the promotion for the UMC 2000 “Build the Vision” Building Project, Co-Lay leader of the congregation, Captain of the UMC Relay-For-Life-Team, Member of United Methodist Men, Helped deliver Meals on Wheels as well as Meals for the Livingston County Multi-Purpose Senior Center, for 26 years. He served the City as Councilman-at-Large and various committees related to the position, Initial promoter of downtown beautification projects while on the city council, founding donor for YMCA, member of Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce, Chambers Ambassadors’ Club, Tri chaired the committee to save the Green Hills Public Golf Course, promoted the building of the new Chillicothe R-II High School and other building improvements. Gene served on the Hope Haven Board, Livingston County Historical Board, Camp Rainbow, Blood Donor Drives, He enjoyed a long tenure with Rotary International – serving as President of the Chillicothe and Richmond Clubs; District 6030 Governor of Rotary International; President of Livingston County Retired Teachers Association.

Gene loved spending time with his family; especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed everything outdoors from gardening to yard work. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and golfer. He seldom missed any of the grandchildren’s activities, such as ballgames, track, wrestling, music concerts or dance recitals. He and his wife, Ellen enjoyed traveling together.

Gene is survived by his wife, Ellen, of 72 years; two daughters, Mary Ellen Kincaid (Dowell) and Terri Jean Figg (Troy) of Chillicothe; six grandchildren, Scott Austin Kincaid (Laura) of Ames, Iowa, Staci Marie Kincaid Wright (Nate) of Roeland Park, Kansas, Travis Ryan Figg (Meghann) of Columbia Missouri, Trent Andrew Figg (Tori) of Eugene, Oregon, Taryn Nicole Figg Schumacher (Cody) of Keller, Texas, and Ty Colton Figg (Lillian) of Columbia, Missouri; fourteen great grandchildren, Leah Jeanine Kincaid, Austin Michael Kincaid, Cole Daniel Kincaid, and Jenna Grace Kincaid, of Ames, Iowa, Andrew Kamden Wright, Anna Catherine Wright, of Roeland Park, Kansas, Avery Ryan Figg, Wesley Wilson Figg, Bowen Christopher Figg, of Columbia, Missouri, Titus Reid Figg, Thomas Pierce Figg, Tobias Andrew Figg, of Eugene, Oregon, and Brynlee Nicole Schumacher, Bennett Mack Schumacher, of Keller, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother.

Funeral services will be held at the United Methodist Church, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Friday, September 16, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. A scheduled visitation will be held at the United Methodist Church, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Friday, September 16, 2022, one hour prior to the service at 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Friends may call at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Thursday, September 15, 2022, from 12 noon until 7:00 p.m. Burial will be held at Edgewood Cemetery, Chillicothe, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to House of Prayer and/or Chillicothe Rotary Foundation and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.

Jack A Young - August 20, 2022 - D6630 2005-06

Jack A YoungJohn (Jack) A Young

May 16, 1947 – August 20, 2022

John “Jack” A. Young, 75, of Brunswick, OH, died peacefully on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Heritage Senior Living in Marysville, OH.

After graduating from Marietta High School in 1965, he attended Bliss College where he received his bachelor’s degree in business. He earned two master’s degrees in human resource management and health care administration from Central Michigan University. In 1969, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Colorado, California, Iceland, and Oklahoma, where he was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant.

Employed in human resource management positions throughout his career, he was also founder and administrator for The Villa at the Lake, an assisted living facility in Conneaut, OH. He also served on many professional service organizations from which he received many distinguished honors.

Long-time Rotarian Jack Young, since 1995, who received the highest award that can be given in Rotary, the “Service above Self” award and the prestigious Scouting Silver Wheel Award for his leadership as the Chair for the Inter-American Region for the Fellowship of Scouting, was recently honored with the silver level of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his work with ShelterBox USA.

The national award was created in 2003 to recognize those who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer activities. Young was nominated by those at ShelterBox, who have worked to provide shelter and supplies to more than 210,000 people in 17 countries affected by natural disaster. Aid comes in the form of family-sized tents and essential tools to repair and rebuild homes, as well as items to use in a shelter, such as cooking sets, solar lights, blankets, and water.

Young said giving back is in his blood, with his family showing him the importance of service as his father was a firefighter and his mother was a secretary of the First Congregational Church in Marietta, Ohio.

He was also on the board of American Nicaragua International Hope and Relief Foundation and has been to Chinnendega, Nicaragua, 11 times and seen children living out of a garbage dump. We don’t know what poverty is in the U.S. We go there and deliver shoe boxes, which are the only Christmas presents these kids get. The program was founded by a Rotarian to see if we could help kids get an education. We get a shoebox and fill it with a toy and school supplies. I’ve been on that board since 2007.

Education: Marietta High School Class of 1965; attended Marietta College; Bachelors Degree in business from Bliss College; Double Masters Degree in Labor Relations and Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University.

The son of Charles E. Young and Vera Haug Young, he was born in Marietta, OH on May 16, 1947. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald Hayes Young. Jack is survived by three children: Melissa (Eric) Yinger, Emily Williams, and Michael (Holly) Young; grandchildren: Kaleb Jolliff, Kameron Young, Cole Young, Zachary Young, Wyatt Williams, Kyleigh Luke, and Mason Luke; nephew Mitchell Young and niece Shelley Forsythe; sister-in law Sarah Young; former spouse, Ann Young; and his beloved dog, Zoey.

Burial with military honors will be held in Oak Grove Cemetery in Marietta, Ohio, on September 10th at noon.

The family asks that donations be made to either of these organizations

ShelterBox USA
Call 941-907-6036
Please reference in memory of Jack Young, Rotary District 6630


ViaQuest Hospice
171 Morey Dr. Suite B
Marysville, OH 43040
Please reference in memory of Jack Young

Ingram Funeral Home of Marysville, is honored to serve Jack’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting Jack’s family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the nurses and staff at Heritage Senior Living of Marysville, as well as ViaQuest and Jill Johnson for their care and compassion.

Steven R Sorenson - August 20, 2022 - D6540 2014-15

Steve SorensonSteve Sorenson

March 6, 1956 ~ August 20, 2022

Steve Sorenson, 66, of Fowler, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Steve was born March 6, 1956 to the late Ross and Betty Sorenson.

Steve is survived by close friends, extended family, and a loving community. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Betty Sorenson.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, August 29, 2022 at 1:00pm (EST) at First Presbyterian Church in Fowler, Indiana with visitation from 11:00am (EST) until the funeral hour. Burial at Fowler Cemetery with refreshments to follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fowler Rotary Club.

Arrangements entrusted to Gerts, Windler & Keller Funeral Homes ~ Fowler Chapel. 506 E. Main St., Fowler, IN 47944. (765) 884-0110.

Ronnie Valdez - August 17, 2022 - D5750 2005-06

Ronnie ValdezRonnie Valdez

August 17, 2022

Ronnie Valdez passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, after a long battle with diabetes.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Valdez was a well-known businessman in Enid who started several businesses during his lifetime. He opened his first business at the age of 20 and later purchased a vending company in Del Rio, Texas.

He had a successful career in the oil business leading him from Carrizo Springs, Texas, to Wakita, where he worked for Sun Oil Co., which later became Oryx Oil Co.

He moved to Enid where he opened Indian Hills Auto Wash, a full-service car wash on West Garriott. He then opened Goldie’s Patio Grill on East Garriott. In 1988, he purchased Heritage Cleaners, later expanding to the Oklahoma City market, purchasing Nuway Cleaners with locations in Oklahoma City, Midwest City and Moore. At the time of his death, he still owned two Heritage Cleaners locations in Enid, one on Randolph and one on Willow.

In 2008, he sold Indian Hills Auto Wash, but in 2009 he got the car wash back and renamed it Ocean Blue Carwash. He later sold the property to Aqua Wash.

It was through Enid Rotary that his heart for public service took hold. He was a president of Enid Rotary Club from 2002-03 and Rotary District Governor of District 5750 from 2005-2006. He served as assistant district governor for three years, including a year as assistant to the late Irv Honigsberg, of Enid.

Fellow Rotarian David Morley remembers Valdez as a huge proponent of serving the community.

“He worked very hard at the district level and was very active in going to visit other clubs,” Morley said. “He really demonstrated and lived out the Rotary motto of service above self.”

With his help, Enid Rotary Club started Math Mania, a popular program on PEGASYS. He also led the club to full membership in the Every Year Every Rotarian program, that led each club member to pledge at least $100 to the Rotary Foundation every year. This money is used to fund local programs and those around the world to help better people’s lives.

During his tenure as District 5750 governor, he was responsible for 40 clubs and 2,000 Rotarians in and around Oklahoma City and Northwest Oklahoma. He helped more clubs in the district sign up to be sustaining clubs, with each member giving annually to the Rotary Foundation.

Valdez volunteered many hours to the Enid High School DECA Association, for which he was awarded an honorary lifetime membership in the Oklahoma DECA program. DECA is an association for marketing students and focuses on professional development and business for high school students. He helped mentor students as they prepared for their regional, state and national DECA competitions. He accompanied the Enid DECA chapter to several national competitions, where he served as a national judge.

He was raised and educated in San Antonio. Traveling with his father’s Air Force career, he graduated from Del Rio High School with the class of 1973. He and his wife, Gwen Gibson, were married in July 1975 at his parent’s home in Del Rio. They celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary this summer.

They raised their three daughters, Kristi, Cammi and Ashley, in Enid. He is also survived by a grandson, Gibson.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.


Noel A. Bajat, PRID - June 26, 2022 - D6200 1998-99

Noel BajatNoel A. Bajat

March 15, 1944 – June 26, 2022

Mr. Bajat was a native and lifelong resident of Carencro. A veteran of the military, he proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1961 – 1965. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, Mr. Bajat was the successful President and CEO of Abbeville Building and Loan for twenty-three years. During his tenure, he was actively involved in the Rotary International where he served as District Governor from 1998 to 1999, on the Board of Directors in Evanston, Illinois from 2010 to 2012, was Vice President of Rotary International in 2012 and served on the Board of Trustees of Rotary International from 2013 to 2017. He was a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Seton Roman Catholic Church. Mr. Bajat was a handyman, always fixing things around his home. His infectious smile and giving heart will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of fifty-seven years, Helen Bajat; three sons, Brian Bajat (Laurie), Mark Bajat (Katy), and Stephen Bajat (Ashley) all of Youngsville; his daughter, Michelle Lafleur (Louis) of The Woodlands, TX; ten grandchildren, Ashlea, Lauren, Jacob, Joshua, Kaitlin, Luke, Rebecca, Jordyn, Cameron and Jolie; two great grandchildren, Blake and Lachlan; one brother, Kermic Paul Bajat, Jr. (Patsy); and one sister, Nancy Bajat.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kermic Bajat and the former Ruby Magnon; and his granddaughter, Jordyn.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 1, 2022 at a 1:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Elizabeth Seton Roman Catholic Church for Noel Alexander Bajat, age 78, who passed away Sunday, June 26, 2022 at Woodbriar Southern Style Assisted Living in Maurice.

Interment will be in St. Peter Catholic Cemetery in Carencro. The Rev. David Hebert, pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Roman Catholic Church, will officiate at the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in the name of Mr. Noel Alexander Bajat be made to Rotary International, see the link at the bottom of this page for a direct donation link.

The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to Woodbriar Southern Style Assisted Living and his aids, and to Hospice of Acadiana for their excellent care and compassion.

Melancon Funeral Home, Evangeline Memorial Gardens Chapel, 4117 N. University Ave., Carencro, (337) 896-3232, is in charge of arrangements.

Dale F. McKee - June 26, 2022 - D6580 1989-90

Dale F McKee Dale F. McKee

January 22, 1936 ~ June 26, 2022

Dale F. McKee, 86, died Sunday morning, June 26, 2022, at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Carmel. He was born January 22, 1936, to Clyde M. and Gertrude E. (McKean) McKee in Merom, Indiana. After family moves from Merom, he attended public school in Mulberry, Indiana, before moving to Sheridan, Indiana, prior to his high school senior year. He was graduated from Sheridan High School in 1954.

He thereafter enrolled at Indiana State College (now Indiana State University) where he earned a baccalaureate degree in education in 1957. He later earned a M.A. degree at ISU in 1960. He was conferred an Ed.D. Degree by Indiana University in 1975. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

He met Nancy Jane Lehr while growing up in Mulberry. Their first date occurred on Dale’s 16th birthday and they were together thereafter, dating as each completed high school and pursued college education. They were married on September 8, 1956. They had been married more than 62 years when Nancy died on January 2, 2019.

Dale’s professional career began as a teacher and coach at Jefferson High School near Frankfort, Indiana, in 1957. He accepted a teaching and coaching position at Sheridan for the 1961-62 school year and then started a brief career in school administration at Carlisle (IN) High School in 1962. He then accepted the high school principal appointment at Rockville (IN) High School from 1963 to 1965.

On July 1, 1965, Dale began a 33-year career at Indiana State, first as assistant alumni director and then assuming duties as Director of Alumni Affairs in 1966 and remaining in that position until 1981. He then became the Executive Director of the Indiana State University Foundation (later, Executive Vice President of the Foundation and Acting Vice President for University Advancement) where he served the university until retirement effective in June 1998.

Dale and Nancy lived in Terre Haute for nearly 50 years. Among Dale’s community activities were service on the boards of United Way of the Wabash Valley, Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries, Hospice of the Wabash Valley, and the Wabash Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America. He joined the Rotary Club of Terre Haute in 1965 (later honored with status as an honorary life member) and served in leadership capacities throughout that affiliation, including service as Club President in 1983-84, Club Secretary, and District Governor of District 6580 in 1989-90. He was honored multiple times as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Dale and Nancy were longtime members of Central Presbyterian Church where Dale served as an elder, deacon, and trustee. After moving to Carmel, Indiana, in 2015, they joined Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis.

Dale’s long career at ISU was a source of pride and recognition. Both Dale and Nancy were honored with the University Medallion for Exceptional Service and Dedication in 1997 and served as homecoming grand marshals in 1998. Dale’s dedication to the university and its annual fund-raising efforts was recognized in 2019 when the ISU Foundation established the Dale McKee Society, a recognition for donors who make recurring annual gifts to the University.

In 2010, Dale and Nancy established the McKee Nursing Center on the ISU campus as a resource for nursing students in recognition of Nancy’s long ISU career in nursing education. They established the Nancy and Dale McKee Family Scholarship for ISU students in 2006. Dale and his family made additional gifts to Indiana State in 2021 to support the university’s President’s Scholars program. The McKee Family Heritage Lounge at Tirey Hall was renamed to honor their support.

After retirement in 1998, Dale and Nancy lived at Sun Lakes, AZ, during the winter months and traveled extensively throughout the United States with focus on presidential libraries and national parks.

Survivors are a son, Craig M. McKee, and his wife, Diann E. McKee, of Terre Haute; a daughter, Elizabeth A. McKee, of Carmel; and a son, Christopher J. McKee, of Carmel.

A memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2022, at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis. The Rev. Brian Shivers will officiate. Family members will greet friends and guests in the church’s parlor from 9 a.m. until the service begins. To view a livestream of the service please click here. The family also will greet friends and guests from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2022, at the McKee Family Heritage Lounge, Tirey Hall, 220 N. 7th Street, Terre Haute, on the ISU campus. A private inurnment at Second Presbyterian Church will be conducted at a later date.

The family encourages friends to consider supporting the important work of Indiana State University in lieu of sending flowers. Gifts in memory of Dale will support the McKee Family Scholarship, the proceeds of which support higher education opportunities for non-freshman undergraduate students, and may be sent to: Indiana State University Foundation, 30 N. 5th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47809 (or online at

Online condolences may be shared by visiting Arrangements were entrusted to Flanner Buchanan – Carmel.

Dr. M Olin Cook - May 4, 2022 - D6170 1989-90

Dr M Olin CookDr. M Olin Cook

January 21, 1933 – May 4, 2022

Dr. M. Olin Cook, age 89, of Russellville died Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. He was born January 21, 1933, in Preston, Mississippi to Milton Chester and Rosie Mae Fulton Cook.

Olin was a servant leader who dedicated his life to his family, career, church, and community. He began his career in education as a high school math teacher and accepted an opportunity at the Arkansas Department of Higher Education after receiving his Doctor of Administration of Higher Education at Auburn University. During these years, Olin and his family made their home in North Little Rock, where he established life-long friendships as he worked tirelessly in his field and volunteered in community outreach, particularly at Lakewood United Methodist Church.

Olin continued to serve students and advocate for educational opportunities through his leadership at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. While nurturing the University community, he also dedicated his time and effort to a wide range of local, statewide, and national organizations, including Russellville First United Methodist Church, the River Valley Arts Center, the Democratic Party of Pope County, Rotary International, the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.

In retirement, he was honored to work for the residents of Pope County while serving as an Arkansas State Representative and chairing the House Education Committee.

Throughout his life, Olin consistently sought ways to empower and engage others. He cultivated relationships everywhere he went and generously carved out time for conversation and laughter. He was always ready to offer a helping hand and donate support.

He and Millicent routinely and joyfully welcomed others into their home and modeled family values, hospitality, and generosity for their children and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Millicent Cook; a brother, Nolin Cook; and a sister, Opal Cook.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Randy West and Leslie and Patrick Rhode, all of Dripping Springs, Texas; a brother, Grady Cook; and his grandchildren, Garrett and spouse, Pilar Jones of Burien, Washington, Connor Jones of Austin, Texas, Chelsea West of Austin, Texas, Anna Rhode, and Philip Rhode, both of Dripping Springs, Texas.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 27, 2022, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Tony Griffin officiating. A private burial for the family will be held in Oakland Cemetery and under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

His education legacy continues through the Olin and Millicent Cook Scholarship, which makes annual awards to high school and college students. Contributions can be made to Russellville First United Methodist Church, 304 S. Commerce Avenue, Russellville, Arkansas, 72801.

Online guestbook and condolences available at

Donald R. Shaffner - March 21, 2022 - D6460 1983-84

Donald R. ShaffnerDonald R. Shaffner

August 10, 1940 – March 21, 2022

Don was born and raised in East St. Louis. He graduated from East St. Louis High School and completed a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education with a Masters in Supervision at Illinois State Normal University.

Don was an educator since 1962. He had worked with Elementary, Junior, Senior High and Special Education Students. He served as coordinator of off-campus education for the Granite City Public Schools for 21 years starting that program from scratch in 1973. Don retired from public education in June 1994 after 32 years.

He served as President and was a member of the Granite City Rotary Club from 1973-1995 after which he joined the Collinsville Rotary Club. He served 5yrs as the secretary to the Governor of District 6460. He was Club Youth Exchange Chairperson District 6460 and Youth Exchange Chairperson. He was Director for Central States Rotary Youth Exchange. He had been the newsletter editor for the Collinsville Rotary Club since 1996 and was the District Governor in 1983-1984. Don was a Paul Harries Fellow which was awarded by his Rotary club for his work in Rotary Youth Exchange. He served European Correspondent for Central States Rotary which allowed him to travel to Europe and Asia six times as a representative to the European Youth Exchange meetings. Don was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Collinsville and served on various committees including the church council for 6 years. While on council, he developed the procedures for Liturgists which is used today. In May 1995 he started the position of coordinator of volunteer ministries.

Don was the Campaign Chairperson for the 1986 Tri-City Area United Way and served 2 terms as Executive Member. He served on committees for the Department of Rehabilitative Service, Executive member of the Tri-Cities Labor Council. He served as a Division Leader for W.I.N.G.S. which is a fundraising project for St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Granite City.

Don was affiliated with many professional organizations: IL Federation of Teachers, Granite City Federation of Teachers, IL Vocational Assoc., Past President of the Southwest Area Council of Teachers, Chairperson of the Granite City Federation of Teachers, Secretary of the Metro-East Restaurant Assoc., Phi Delta Kappa, IL State Vocational Evaluation Team Member and Member of the Regional Superintendent of Schools Committee on School Violence. He was also a member of the IL Retired Association and Madison County Chapter. Don Served as Vice-President of the Twin Lakes Property Association. In 1994 he completed 5yrs as President of the Pointe North Phase 11 Condo Association and neighborhood watch chairperson.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Donna (Scaturro) father John V. Shaffner, mother, Agnes B. (Schmulbach), a brother John V. (Jack) Shaffner and sister Dorothy Mae Cooper-Cusack. He leaves behind a sister, Jeannine F. Domescik and many living nieces and nephews.

The last selfless act that Don requested was to donate his body to Washington University for research. A celebration of life service will be held at St. John United Church of Christ located at 307 W. Clay St. in Collinsville on April 30, 2022, at 10 a.m. Donations can be made in his name to: St. John’s United Church of Christ.

Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville, Illinos is in charge of arrangements.
An online guestbook may be found at

Gary F. Andrew - February 28, 2022 - D6860 2016-17

Gary F AndrewCol. Gary F. Andrew, US Army (Ret.)

November 19, 1944 – February 27, 2022

In loving memory of Colonel Gary F. Andrew- Rotary Governor 2016-2017, District 6860

Gary Franklin Andrew was born on November 19, 1944, to Franklin and Wilma George Andrew in Siler City, NC. He went to be with our Lord on February 27, 2022.

Gary is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joann McNeill Andrew; daughter, Amanda (Mike) Brown of Owensboro, KY; son, Neil Andrew of Huntsville, AL; grandchildren, Reagan, Andrew and Carter Brown, and Bailey and Aiden Andrew; sister, Susan Thomas (Joe) of Siler City, NC; mother-in-law, Maxine McNeill of Robbins, NC; sister-in-law, Debra McNeill-Sattler (Chuck) of Easley, SC; and brother-in-law, Walter Powers of Myrtle Beach, SC.

Gary attended N.C. State University earning a B.S. in Mathematics Education. Gary was commissioned as an officer in the Army upon his graduation in 1968. He earned his MS Program Management Degree from USC. He served his country for 26 years with a tour in Korea and three tours in Germany. He retired from active duty in 1994 as the Assistant Commandant of the Ordnance Missile and Munitions Center and School on Redstone Arsenal. Then, he was the Director of Training for the US Army Corps of Engineers Learning Center for 18 years.

Gary was recognized by the city of Huntsville as an Honorary Citizen in 1986 for his outstanding community service. He is a past president of Madison County Habitat for Humanity, and he led and built houses for Trinity UMC for years. He led and built wheelchair ramps for CASA and delivered Meals on Wheels. Gary is a past president of Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville, 2006-2007. In 2013, he was honored as the District Rotarian of the Year, the Thomas L. Milford, Jr. Service Above Self Award.
Joann and Gary received honorary membership in the Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville after his failing health and he had to resign.

Gary and Joann have been active members of military chapels and at Trinity. Gary served as chairman of the Board of Trustees and on the finance committee at Trinity. Gary enjoyed fellowship with the Cokesbury Sunday School Class and the Men’s Bible Study Group.

Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at Trinity UMC, 607 Airport Rd., Huntsville, AL 35802, immediately followed by a Celebration of Life. Burial to follow at Maple Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Gary’s honor to Habitat for Humanity, Rotary Foundation, or The Alzheimer’s Association.

Thomas A. Branum Sr, PRID - February 7, 2022 - D6560 1995-96

Thomas Branum SrThomas A. Branum Sr.

March 6, 1937 – February 7, 2022

Thomas A. Branum Sr., 84, of Fishers, passed away on Monday, February 7, 2022, at Riverview Health in Noblesville. He was born on March 6, 1937 to Delmer and Margaret (Gregg) Branum in Clinton, Indiana.

Tom grew up in Parke County, IN and graduated from Rosedale High School in 1955. He was a financial planner for over 40 years, working for Equitable Life Assurance Company. A huge part of Tom’s life was being a member of Rotary International, joining in 1977, having perfect attendance for over 37 years. He served as District Governor for Central Indiana (1995-1996), served on the Rotary International Board of Directors (2007-2009), and he was Chairman of Rotary’s Reach-out Africa Program (2010-2015). Tom was on the Board of Hamilton Centers, Past Master of Rosedale Lodge and Past President of Alexander Hamilton chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was a member of Carmel United Methodist Church. He loved animals, especially horses and dogs. Tom loved traveling with his wife, Linda, and the rest of his family. He wanted to make sure his grandchildren saw the world, taking them on international trips.

Tom is survived by his wife of 63 years, Linda (Gardner) Branum; daughter, Kimberly Branum; sons, Thomas Branum Jr., and Gregg Branum; grandchildren, Becky (Jeremy) Dyson, Jonathan (Lora) Webster, and Victoria (Justin) Sue; and his great-granddaughter, Shea Dyson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, James Branum and Joseph Branum.

Services will be held at Heartland Church, 14900 E 126th St, Fishers, IN 46037 on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 12:00 Noon, with Sr. Pastor Darryn Scheske officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 AM until the time of service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fishers Rotary Water Is Life Project ( or The Rotary Foundation (

William J. Jones - January 31, 2022 - D6490 1996-97

William J JonesWilliam (Bill) Jones

March 12, 1939 – January 31, 2022

William J. Jones, 82, of Villa Grove passed away Monday (Jan. 31, 2022) at home.

Bill was born on March 12, 1939, in Tuscola, to William and Isabelle (Davis). He married Lois Robinson on Dec. 10, 1967, in Tolono.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lois Jones; two children, Phillip (Sara) Jones and Jane (Doug) Pickett; four grandchildren, Susie Pickett, Sam Pickett, Will Jones and Jack Jones; and one brother, Thomas (Becky) Jones.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two twin sons, Joseph and Jackson Jones; one daughter, Susan Jones; and one brother, John Jones.

Bill was on the Camargo Township Library Board, School Board of Education, Chamber of Commerce, member of the Villa Grove Rotary, Masonic Lodge, Crime Stoppers, Ham Radio Club, Nifty Fifties, Experimental Aircraft Association and spent 58 years in dental practice (1964-2022). He was also an avid railroad enthusiast and a small-plane pilot.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at Villa Grove United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. at the church the same day with Pastor Duane Piercy officiating. Burial will follow in Villa Grove Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Camargo Township Library.

Stephen N. Ferri - January 28, 2022 - D6460 1979-80

USCG iconStephen N. Ferri

January 28, 2022

Stephen N. Ferri, age 109, of Peoria, passed away at 2:41 PM on January 28, 2022 at Independence Village.

Born September 2, 1912 in Beverly, N.J. to Marie and Alfonso Ferri. He married Helen Dolan of Shawano, Wisc., on October 27, 1950. She preceded him in death in 1998. Stephen was also preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews, and one very special friend.

After his retirement in 1976 from Georgia-Pacific Corp., he devoted most of his time in volunteering. Stephen was a member of the Rotary Club of East Peoria where he served as president and later as District Governor of Rotary International in 1979. During WW2 he served in the U.S. Coast Guard in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres. Stephen was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 9:30 AM until time of funeral services at 10:00 AM at Resurrection Mausoleum. Father Thomas Taylor will officiate, and entombment will follow in the Mausoleum.

Memorials in Stephen’s memory may be made to a charity of the donors choosing.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook by logging onto

Donald Kwait, PRID, PRIT - January 22, 2022 - D6630 1969-70

Donald KwaitDonald Kwait

August 28, 1928 – January 22, 2022

Donald Kwait, 93, of Northbrook, Ill., passed away Jan. 22, 2022.

A resident of Cleveland for 92 years, Donald was born Aug. 28, 1928, and graduated from Cleveland Heights High School. Following a stint in the U.S. Navy, he studied at Ohio University and Case Western Reserve University, earning a degree in dentistry.

A dentist by profession, Donald also belonged to Rotary International, and served as district governor, aid to rotary president and on the board of trustees. He attended services at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple.

With a passion for volunteering, Donald once received the Volunteer of the Year award from Cleveland Clinic.

Donald is survived by his wife of 72 years, Beatrice Kwait (nee Madow); children, Cory Kwait, Lisa Kohn (nee Kwait) and Brian Kwait; grandchildren, Adam Block, Samantha Kramer (nee Block), Haley Zollo (nee Kwait), Jared Kwait, Jason Kwait, Taylor Kwait, Danielle Kwait, Benjamin Kohn and Jackson Kohn; and great-grandchildren, Talia Block, Judah Block, Shira Block, Lily Kramer, Noah Kramer, Grey Kwait and Bryn Zollo. He was predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Lillian Kwait (nee Lash); brother, Robert Kwait; and son, Kim Kwait.

Funeral services were held Jan. 23 at Shalom Memorial Park in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Contributions in his memory can be made to Rotary International.

Sammy Chaffin - November 19, 2021 - D6150 2003-04

Sam L ChaffinSammy Chaffin

April 2, 1936 ~ November 19, 2021

Sam Chaffin, 85, passed away Nov. 19 at his home in Benton, surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eva and Millard Chaffin, and his daughter, Patty John Chaffin. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Charlie Cole Chaffin; son Cole of North Little Rock; daughter Marty Maier (David) of Crossville, TN; grandchildren Phoebe Chandler (Lindsay) of Springdale, AR; Emily Bain of Charlottesville, VA; Gracie Bain (Ross) of Fayetteville, AR; Parker Bain (Casey) of Denver, CO; and Laura Lane Rose (Brandon) of Durango, CO; great-grandchildren Scarlett Rose, Vincent Chandler and Cole Chandler; brother Thomas Chaffin of Lake Jackson, TX; and sister Amenda Meadows of West Monroe, LA.

A native of Magnolia, Sam graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1959 and a master’s degree in industrial engineering in 1960. He was the founder of Eagle Material Handling of Arkansas.

Sam joined the Rotary Club of Little Rock, Club 99, in 1975 and served in many leadership positions, including President, District Governor and Foundation Chair.

No service is planned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Rotary Club of Little Rock, Club 99 (621 E. Capitol Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202-2421).

Cremation arrangements entrusted to

Carolyn Huston - October 14, 2021 - D6600 2019-2020

Carolyn HustonCarolyn A. Huston

October 14, 2021

Carolyn A. Huston (nee Howington), 68, of Amherst, died October 14, 2021 at MetroHealth Medical Center of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born August 26, 1953 in Oberlin and was a 1971 graduate of Elyria High School. She received her associate degree in accounting from Lorain County Community College and a bachelor degree in business management from David N. Myers University. She was employed as chief financial officer for 35 years at Superior Electric Supply from where she retired. Carolyn was a member and a past president of Lorain Rotary, served as district governor and was active with MESA. She was also involved with Genesis House, served on the Lorain Community Foundation, board of The Elyria Salvation Army and established the Brian T. Huston Memorial Fund in honor of her son. She was an avid reader, enjoyed crafting and sewing and time with her grandchildren.

Carolyn is survived by her husband of 50 years, Robert; son, Tom (Pam) Huston of Amherst; daughters, Melissa (Ryan) Brunner of Lorain and Bethany Huston of Toledo; grandchildren, Benjamin, Dylan and Katelyn Brunner and Trevor and Olivia Huston; mother, Josil Howington; brother, Chuck (Rose) Howington of St. Louis; sisters, Barb (Al) Peterson of Bellville and Joyce (Keith) Sibert of Elyria.

She was preceded in death by a son, Brian Huston in 2016 and her father, Bill Howington in 2017.

Friends will be received Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Dicken Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 323 Middle Avenue, Elyria. A service will be Friday, October 22, 2021 at 10:00 am Heritage Presbyterian Church, 515 N. Leavitt Road, Amherst. Pastor Jennifer Walker Noyes will officiate. Burial will be in Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Brian T. Huston Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Lorain County, 9080 Leavitt Road, Elyria, OH 44035.

Donald P. Chauvin - October 14, 2021 - D6200 2005-06

Donald P ChauvinDonald P. Chauvin

October 14, 2021

Past District Governor of Rotary and Abbeville High School Athletic Hall of Fame Founder Donald P. Chauvin passed away on October 14, 2021, at the age of 77 while surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor his legacy of “Service Above Self.”

In June of 1964, Don married Janet Young, and they have been happily married for 57 years. They are the proud parents of 4 children, Todd Chauvin, Pamela Chauvin Trahan married to Marshall Trahan, Kimberly Chauvin Etie’ married to Shawn Etie’, and Clayton Chauvin. He is the loving grandfather of 8 grandchildren, Zachary Chauvin, Jake Chauvin, Maddison Chauvin, Emiley Chauvin, Maggie Lackie married to Matt Lackie, Mallory Trahan, Morgan Trahan, and Everett Etie’. He has 12 great-grandchildren.

Don graduated from Abbeville High School in 1962 and continued his education at LSU, majoring in Accounting. In 1970, Don joined his dad in the operation of an H & R Block tax franchise in Abbeville. In 1985, he established the family business known to all as FACTS-5. He dedicated 51 years to serving the community with accounting, income tax, computer, and financial planning. In 2020, Don semi-retired. He worked primarily during tax season and enjoyed the remainder of a calendar year doing his favorite pastimes-namely watching LSU and Saints football. He was instrumental in organizing the Abbeville Youth Football League (AYFL). Over time the league expanded from the original 4 teams in Abbeville and added 2 teams from Erath and 1 from Kaplan. This AYFL provided an opportunity for 10, 11, and 12-year-old boys to fall in love with the game of football. He served as the league’s President for many years. He also served as Chairman of the Abbeville Parks and Recreation Commission. In the mid 70’s Don became active with the Abbeville High School Boosters Club and eventually was elected as President of this organization. At that time, the Boosters were only active during football season, and it was mostly a “greet and eat” organization. Don knew they could do much more for athletics and he set out to find additional opportunities for the Boosters to serve all athletic needs of Abbeville High School and thus he founded the AHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977. He hoped that this hall of honor would encourage the young athletes at the school to excel, hoping that someday they too would be enshrined into the Hall of Fame. His entire adult life was dedicated to various community service projects for which he is best known.

He was a member of the Abbeville Lions Club, the Abbeville Chamber of Commerce, Abbeville Historical Alliance, and he was a board member of the Abbeville Country Club. From 2005 thru 2016 he had the honor to serve as the Rotary International District 6200 Governor. Don’s dedication to Rotary allowed him to serve the district and his club where he managed the distribution of two million dollars in contributions for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita relief efforts. Throughout all of his Rotary service, Don truly exemplified Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self.” Don leaves behind his loving wife, 4 children, 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters Rose Williams, Mary Ann Stoutes, and his cousin who he saw more like a son, Tony Meaux.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert Sr. & Enola Chauvin, 2 brothers Robert Chauvin Jr. and Oscar Chauvin, sister Roberta Fox, and life-long best friend Cliffton Alleman. A celebration of Don’s life will be held on Tuesday, October 19th, 2021, at David’s Funeral Home in Abbeville, Louisiana from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm with a tribute ceremony to honor him at 12:00 pm. The Chauvin family would like to express their most sincere appreciation for the exceptional care he received from the Abbeville First Responders and the outpouring of love and support from friends and extended family during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Rotary Foundation at in Donald Chauvin’s honor.

Thomas Simeon Clower Jr. - September 25, 2021 - D6840 1983-84

Thomas ClowerThomas Simeon Clower Jr.

April 4, 1945 – September 25, 2021

Thomas Simeon Clower, Jr., a native of Gulfport, Mississippi, peacefully passed away at home in Gulfport on September 25, 2021.

Tom was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Gulfport High School, Tulane University of New Orleans, and the Tulane unit of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. He served his military service as a Special Services Officer at the Gulfport Seabee Center. After military service, he was an officer of the J.C. Clower Furniture Company founded by his father, uncle and great uncle in 1911. He and his cousin J.R. Clower, Jr. later closed the business in 2002 after 91 years of operation.

Tom was active in the Rotary Club for many years serving on the board of directors, various committees, and as President in 1980-1981. He also served as District 684 Governor and was named Rotarian of the Year in 1978-1979 and 2012-2013. He served on the board of directors of The Great Southern Golf Club, belonged to the Gulfport Yacht Club, and was a member of the Gulfport Business Club. Tom was a longtime participant of the “9 o’clock crowd” coffee group at Triplett Day Drug Store until their closing in 2020. At that time, he moved with the coffee group to Petie’s Eats. He enjoyed his many travels, especially in Europe and South America, including the Amazon and the Norwegian Fjords.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Olive Barrett Clower and Thomas Simeon Clower Sr.; sisters, Olive Elizabeth Clower Rankin Beach and Catherine Clower Meeks Thornhill.

He is survived by his sisters, Dorothy Clower Phillips and Margaret Clower Hannen; and his nieces and nephews, Marianne Rankin, Stephen Rankin (Linda), Carolyn Rankin Arinder (Lanny), Christopher Rankin (Jane), Catherine Meeks Cottrell (Barry), Pamela Meeks Baswell (Steve), Margaret Phillips Sheehan (John), Patricia Phillips Philips, Sharon Hannen Robinson (David), Lynne Hannen, and Brian Hannen (Suzanne); and Solveig “Surrey” TenEyck, a very special friend.

The funeral service will be held at noon on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport. Friends may visit beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Gulfport. Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport is honored to serve the Clower family.

The family would prefer memorial gifts to The Salvation Army, 2019 22nd Street, Gulfport, MS 39501, Rotary Club of Gulfport Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1436, Gulfport, MS 39502-1436, or a favorite charity.

Robert "Bob" K. Richardson - September 21, 2021 - D6540 2000-01

Robert Kent RichardsonRobert “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 Anderson - September 3, 2021 - D6820 2021-22

Mark AndersonMark Christian Anderson

1961 -2021

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 - July 30, 2021 - D6540 2011-12

Charles M CrabillCharles 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 - July 25, 2021 - D5830 1990-91

Carrol G FletcherCarol 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 O. Gooch - July 11, 2021 - D6040 2006-07

John O GoochJohn 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 F. Viers - July 9, 2021 - D6690 2000-01

Roger ViersRoger 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 to share memories or to extend condolences.