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The family that is the American Association of Woodturners is saddened to lose our woodturning friends and colleagues. If you know of an announcement to be posted here, please contact the Kim Rymer at kim@woodturner.org.

 


 

Theodore Lubbers (11/09/2017)
Theodore Lubbers, age 81, of Grandville, MI, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 9, 2017. He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel; grandson, Anthony King; brothers, Gordon, Harvey, Marvin, Richard, Melvin; and sisters; Thelma, Elizabeth, Doris. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Geneva Lubbers; children, Dawn and Lynn Wassenaar, Sue Lubbers, Tom and Jonna Lubbers, Scott Lubbers; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Dan (Matthew), Lisa and Josh (Jocelynn, Zoyee, Brody, Eli), Michael and Jodi (Anthony, Mikayla), Valerie and Jordan (Jaelynn, Isaiah, Lailah), Gemilla and Nick (Dayton, Cece), Uriah and Jaci (Hudson), Aubree and Tyson (Hugh), Zabrea and Tabias, Theodore and Kyra, Isaiah, Cori, Lukes, Alex; sister, Beatrice and Dick Martin; brother, Donald and Joyce; sisters-in-law, Edith and Lloyd Vugteveen, Lois and Don Hoogerhyde, Norma and Billy Paskiewicz, Ruth Lubbers, Elizabeth Lubbers, Jenny Lubbers; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his faithful companion, Jersey. Ted was a warm, loving, hard working man who loved his family and his God. He delighted in telling stories, playing practical jokes, and stringing along telemarketers. Ted was a proud 1955 graduate of Grandville High School. He enjoyed tube fishing at his cabin with his fishing buddies. Ted was dedicated to helping the less fortunate and took many mission trips to foreign countries to build homes and churches. He valiantly served his country in the Army as a military police officer.

 


C. A. Savoy (11/1/2017)
C. A. was born in New Orleans in 1933. He was proud of his Cajun roots and the hard work he experienced growing up around the sugar cane fields in Louisiana. After service in the military, he spent 27 years in the American Telephone and Telegraph sales force. In 1993, C.A. and his wife Joyce visited her Ohio cousin who re-introduced him to turning. From that point on, Savoy was hooked.  In 1994, Savoy joined the Capitol Area Woodturners (CAW) chapter. For 12 years, Savoy coordinated turning demonstrations at regional Woodworking Shows and served as long-time Operations Director of CAW, where he was on the board since 1999. He was willing to help and/or mentor anyone. Learn more about C.A. in his AAW Member Profile. 

 


Nelson Eddie Cassinger (10/22/2017)
Nelson was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Homer and Alice Cassinger. Nelson moved to Las Vegas in 1974. He began working with Breslin Builders in 1980 as paint foreman adding his artistic touch and eye for perfection to many projects for over 30 years. In 1998 Nelson took up the hobby of woodturning eventually specializing in segmented pieces after seeing the works of one of his many mentors, Ray Allen. [Article showing some of his work from an article published by Woodturning magazine.] Nelson cherished his many friends and relations from the Breslin Builders Group, the many woodturners in the American Association of Woodturners, the Las Vegas Woodturners, his friends at Craft Supply and the many participants of the Utah Woodturning Symposiums that he attended and demonstrated at for the past 20 years. Nelson has requested that there be no memorial services but requested that any and all friends have a beer (or beverage) and toast his memory. He was thankful every day for the wonderful life that was made special by his friends and his art.

 


 

Roelof C. Schmidt (09/13/2017)

 


Richard Albert "Dick" Booth (08/18/2017)
The last alarm sounded for Richard Albert "Dick" Booth on August 18, 2017. He was born to Albert and Arta Booth on Sept 8, 1933, in Pueblo, Colorado. Left to cherish his memory are his bride of 63 years, Barbara; daughter, Paula Anselmo; son, Richard Eric Booth; granddaughter, Giana Marie Anselmo; grandson, Jared Dalton Booth; sister, Barbara Bohman, and numerous other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Augie Anselmo. Dick attended Pueblo Centennial High School, graduating in 1951, and always fancied himself a cowboy. He tried the rodeo circuit for awhile, but eventually had to get a real job if he wanted to marry Barbara. He worked numerous jobs, including Mountain Bell Telephone, and Pueblo Gas and Fuel, until he found his true love, firefighting. In his years at the fire department, he found his best friends, and an extended family. He retired as Captain when it became more sensible to run out of burning buildings than into them. Dick truly had no better group of pals than those he served with. He was quite the entrepreneur, as well, starting many companies with his fireman buddies on his days off from the department. He never made much money, but they all had a lot of fun. Dick was very community oriented, and belonged to several service organizations, including the Eagles, the Elks, Sertoma, Pueblo Municipal Shooters and Pueblo Skeet and Trap, and the Pueblo Woodturners. For many years he volunteered at the Colorado State Fair, mostly weighing the pigs, and was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts. He also volunteered to light the fireworks at Dutch Clark Stadium and CSU Pueblo. He was an avid neighborhood watch person. In his younger years, he was the number to call if anything happened to anyone in the night. In his later years, he was the neighborhood welcoming committee. Dick was an artist with wood. He made beautiful wood-turned projects and was a regular at the holiday craft shows and boutiques. He had a real thing for reindeer for a few years -everyone in Pueblo surely has one of his creations. Dick loved and lived life to the fullest. He spent countless hours with his immediate and extended families, improving his home and helping anyone needing assistance. Dick turned his kids on to snow skiing and tubing, water skiing and boating, and took us on vacations all around Colorado to learn of its beauty. He loved hunting, scuba diving, guns and target practice, smoking cigarettes, and Glen Levitt Scotch. Dick had a deep commitment to keeping his community safe, and he had an easy laugh as well. He will be sorely missed.

  • Dick was a founding member of our Pueblo Woodturners Club and a member of the AAW. Dick was a very active member of our club and served as a previous club president for several years. Dick was also  active in our Pueblo, Colorado community serving as a captain in the Pueblo fire department, underwater search and rescue, Eagles, Elks and Boy Scouts. Dick was a very skilled woodturner and an active member of our club until his passing. The Pueblo Woodturning Club and the Pueblo community will miss Mr. Richard Booth. ~ Jim Robinson, Secretary, Pueblo Woodturners Club

 


Binh Pho (08/23/2017)

Binh Pho, a gifted artist, visionary, and friend to all, died August 23, 2017. Binh Pho had a remarkable artistic career. He expanded the potential of woodturning through technical innovations and aesthetic explorations, transcending perceived boundaries of craft traditions. His works utilized wood, yet were not limited by the material or preconceptions about its use. Entering a field dominated by an embrace of the natural material and traditional forms, he placed concept and narrative front and center, using whatever techniques and media werenecessary to realize his vision. His work drew upon traditions of craft and fine art, while combining and reinventing them. Early in his woodturning career, Binh was attracted to the artistic realm, with a desire to create what he wanted, rather than what fit the marketplace. His unique combination of artistic vision and business acumen allowed him to contribute to the field of woodturning like no other. Even while exploring the medium of glass, woodturning remained central to the process. His work redefined and elevated the field of woodturning and created a market made up of those who previously collected glass or painting. His work resides in numerous museum collections and recently toured museums across the country. Beyond his remarkable impact on artistic woodturning, Binh’s work as a mentor may ultimately prove his greatest legacy. “There are wellknown turners who were his students, but for every one we know there are hundreds of hobby turners who were influenced by him,” says Jean LeGwin, who served on the AAW Board with Binh and became a close friend. “He touched a huge portion of the AAW membership directly. His generosity of time and advice was incredible for someone of his stature. Binh loved to see people succeed and did all he could to help. I’m sure I’m not the only one to have been positively changed by his approach to life, his sense of wonder, and his grace in the face of so many challenges.” Binh Pho was never one to be satisfied with the status quo. And in exploring new processes and media, he took his fellow woodturners with him—from collaborators in the professional realm to amateurs who followed his work. When it came to assisting others, Binh didn’t care if someone was a recognized artist or an amateur. He reached out to lend a helping hand to all. At this year’s AAW International Symposium in Kansas City, Binh Pho was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership in the AAW. In his acceptance speech, Binh made clear that despite our country’s current political divide, political party, religion, race, and gender are not divisive factors forAAW members, who routinely mentor and inspire each other. “We come here as equals,” he toldthose in attendance. “We have one thing in common. We have passion for woodturning. We are one giant family.”

 


Eugene T. Harmon (06/13/2017)
Gene Harmon, 80, of Marcellus, New York, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at home. He enjoyed woodturning and traveling. Eugene was predeceased by his wife, Elaine, in 2010. Surviving are his children, Elizabeth (David) Avera of Bowie, MD, Eric (Alicia) Harmon of Maryville, TN, Stephanie (Gary) Agnew of Syracuse and Patricia Harmon of Rochester; and good friend, Dorothy Griffin.

 

 

 


Ronald (Ron) John Muncer (06/11/2017)
Ron passed peacefully Sunday morning, June 11, 2017, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his sisters, Margie (Norm) Freund and Ruth (Peter) Wiksyk; daughters, Suzan Muncer (Dan) and Judi (Garry) Peristy; son Stuart Muncer (Sandra Kay Yeager); step-children, Larry (Lorraine) Muncer, Carolynne Muncer and Terry Muncer; grandchildren, Amanda (Anthony) Hopkins, Scott Muncer, Tiffany (Keith) Tang, Aquila Ryner (Andrzej), Logan (Janelle) Ryner, Devan Ryner, Stirling Ryner; and great-granddaughter Sophie Lauren Choi Yan. Memorial service will be held at St. Andrews Anglican Church, 2700 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Canadian Wildlife Federation or The Canadian Red Cross. Ron was a principled, kind and generous man who enjoyed life, his family and his work. He will be deeply missed.



Tom Hughes (06/04/2017)
Thomas John Hughes, 81 years, passed away, after a short illness, on June 4, 2017 at Thedacare Regional Medical Center, Appleton, WI, with his family by his side. He was born September 14, 1935 to his parents Walter J. and Victoria H. Hughes (Schulz) in Appleton, Wisconsin. Tom graduated from Appleton High School, Class of 1953. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh and did his post-graduate work at the Illinois Institute. On August 29, 1959 Thomas J. and Jane L. (Roehr) Hughes were married at First United Methodist Church in Appleton, Wisconsin. Together they raised three children. Tom was a chemist with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Pfizer and the Institute of Paper Chemistry. He was an active member of TAPPI, the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, and the Kiwanis Club. His favorite passion was wood working. Tom crafted hundreds of bowls out at least 18 species of wood. He loved to go on his "Euell Gibbons" nature walks with family and friends, gathering native species to eat. He was an excellent nurse caring for his wife Jane while she recuperated at home after a severe illness. Tom will be missed by his wife of 58 years Jane (Roehr) Hughes, children Pamela (Steve) Sowatzka, Reid (Heidi) Hughes, and Megan (Philip) Stumpf, grandchildren Rorick Olson (Elyse-Krista Mischa), Trenton Olson (Amy Kozerski), Avriel Sowatzka; Caleb (Janna) Hughes, Eli Hughes; Patrick Stumpf, Clayton Stumpf (Kinleigh Hietpas), and Emmalyn Stumpf; siblings Dick (Jill) Hughes, Pat (Jackie) Hughes, Bill (Jan) Hughes, and Sally (Jim) Hohnberger, brother-in-law Glynn (Alice) Roehr. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his infant brother, Jerry. A memorial fund in Tom's name will be established. The Hughes family thanks the staff of Thedacare Regional Medical Center – Appleton for their professional and loving care of him. Special thank you to his many neighbors and friends who have offered their love and support during this difficult time.

 


Richard Sanders, Sr. (06/03/2017)
It is with a heavy heart that we forward the news that Rick Sanders of York Maine died in a whitewater rafting accident Saturday, June 3rd. Rick was a long time member of the Seacoast Woodturners Club and had served as its Vice President for the last 5 years. An avid woodworker, Rick had fashioned the majority of the furniture in the home that he shared with Peggy, his wife of 43 years. His interest in furniture making included Mission style and Early American pieced tin work with more than a dozen pieces displayed throughout their home. Rick found his true passion in wood turning. Beginning with Rikon and later Delta lathes, Rick was interested in all aspects of turning, from education to production work. Rick demonstrated for the Seacoast Club at least twice a year and introduced the Club to platters, goblets, vases, candlesticks, bottle stoppers, tool handles and many types of pens. His true love and "true challenge" was bowls. Rick was a very generous educator, willing to share assistance to all who asked. He was equally generous with his tips, tools and time, coming to meetings early and staying late to help those with questions and queries. A strong and willing contributor to the Club's charitable efforts, Rick turned nearly 20 bowls each year for those charity efforts and participated in most every outreach effort that the Club has made. His was a generous, open and welcoming presence and he served as an ambassador a good will to the local wood turning community. His constant smile, his infectious laugh and his immense and easy acceptance of "things going south" will all be fondly, if sadly, remembered. ~ Seacoast Woodturners Club

 


Jeffrey Davies (05/07/2017)
Jeffrey Nash Davies, of Leland, NC passed away on Sunday May 7, 2017 after a heart attack at the age of 80. Loving father of Corrine, Russell and John and stepfather to Elizabeth and Bobby Hardy. Also, grandfather to Sophie and Freddy Weaver and Brendan and Gregory Davies and step grandfather to Tripp and Christian Hardy. He is predeceased by his beloved wife Lee and his first wife Charlotte; mother of Corrine, Russell, and John. Jeff was the eldest son of Jack and Kitty Davies and was born and grew up in South Wales, UK and is survived by his two brothers, Tony and Peter. He moved to North Carolina over 20 years ago, after marrying Lee and had many happy years here and also developed his love of woodturning.

 


Jack de Vos (May 2017)

We have lost one of Western Australia’s most talented wood artists Jack de Vos. He was a woodturner of exceptional quality and well known for his thin walled classic hollow vessels with exquisite embellishment, carving, and color. He was one of the early trail blazers placing Western Australian woodturning on the world stage, he demonstrated locally, nationally and internationally. His demos were of the highest quality with a constant stream of information on turning techniques, carving, and embellishments. He had the ability to constantly refresh his hollow form’s embellishment’s and carving almost to the point of reinventing himself, with the uncanny sense of alway’s making it look great. Jack was a generous man giving of himself so others could improve their turning and embellishing skills, he seemed to have boundless energy and ideas when woodturning was involved. He was friend to many, his cheeky smile and wit will be sadly missed by all those who knew him. R.I.P. ~ Neil Turner

 


John William Wiskel (04/27/2017)
Victoria, BC, Canada

 

 


Philip R. Roberts (04/20/2017)
On April 20, 2017, age 86 yrs., life long resident of Glenside, PA. Beloved husband of the late Rita D. (nee Day). Loving father of Linda Roberts, Barbara Wisser (David) and the late Stephen (survived by his wife Karen Courtney). Also survived by 2 grandsons, David and Michael Wisser. Brother of the late David Roberts (the late Louise).

 

 

 

 

 


Donald Nolan (04/15/2017)
He was born on November 9, 1946 in Modena PA, son of William F. and Gladys Nolan SR. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Casa Grande AZ. He is survived by his wife Deloris of 44 years; children, Donna and (Sean) Jokie of Mesa AZ, Georgie Nolan of Peoria AZ, Thomas and (Sharon) Nolan of Gilbert AZ, and Marsha and (Jeremiah) White of Alamogordo NM. His seven grandchildren, Nolan, Cameron, AJ, Gavin, Brenna, Christian, and Taya. Also surviving are his two sisters, Gladys Mento of Stevens PA, and Catherine Bard of Pueblo West CO. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers. He was an Eagle Scout and served in the United States Air Force for 30 years and Retired as a Command Chief Master Sergeant. He loved his family, photography, woodworking and scouting. A Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at St Anthony's, Casa Grande. Burial will follow the Mass at the National Cemetery, Phoenix at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Boy Scouts of America in his name.

 



Raymond Carl Ferguson (04/13/2017)

Ray age 85, Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida, was born January 30, 1932 in Wagontown, Chester County, PA, and passed away at home on April 13, 2017, under the care of Haven Hospice. He battled Alzheimers for fourteen years and later fought Parkinson's, finally succumbing to cancer. He was the son of Raymond Yearsly Ferguson and Louisa Pearl Oberholser. He received his Masters and Bachelors Degrees in art education from Penn State and served as art supervisor in several PA school districts. In 1956 he married Lois Craven and together they shared a blessed and wonderful 60 year marriage. After serving in the Army for two years Ray and Lois settled in the State College, PA area for several years; their two children were born there. In 1962 they made the move to Gainesville where Ray accepted a job as professor of Art Education in the College of Education and years later was transferred to the College of Fine Arts. He retired in 1992. Ray and Lois lived in Melrose for forty years before resettling in Gainesville in 2015. Ray was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church for 53 years where he had served as an elder. Retirement enabled Ray, a master wood turner, to perfect his skills. He had a wonderful sense of design, great patience in teaching others and a work ethic that demanded perfection. Over a period of fifty years his turnings appeared in over 200 shows - international, national, regional and local. He received commissions to create pieces for individuals as well as organizations and churches and served as a judge for numerous shows. He taught at The John C. Campbell Folk School and The Arrowmont School and had served as President of Florida Craftsmen and as the American Craft Council Southeast Representative. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Pearl Ferguson, sister and brother-in-law Lois and Frank Aldrich and daughter-in-law Stacia Ferguson. He is survived by his wife Lois C. Ferguson, daughter Vonnie Ferguson Emery, son Brooks B. Ferguson and four grandchildren: Angela David; Nathan Suggs, Raymond J. Ferguson and Michael Emery. Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren and two nephews, Glen Aldrich of Hampton Falls, NH and Mark Aldrich of Harvest, AL. His family extends sincere appreciation to those at Alz Place who lovingly tried putting some joy and purpose into Ray's life and later to his caregivers, Lisa and Dee who cared for him with love and compassion. Appreciation and gratitude is also extended to Dr. Bernard Ballou and staff.

 


Liam Flynn (04/08/2017)

We are sad to share news of the passing of Irish woodturner and longtime member Liam Flynn, who died unexpectedly on April 8th. Liam was a gifted and innovative artist, and a kind and funny man. He is survived by his wife, Mary.

 

LIMERICK LEADER: Liam Flynn, artist and master craftsman of green wood, is laid to rest in Abbeyfeale (04/15/2017)  DISMAY and disbelief have followed on the sudden death of Liam Flynn, one of Limerick’s most talented artists and a woodturner of international stature. Liam, who was in his late 40s, died unexpectedly in his sleep last Friday night and was buried in his home town of Abbeyfeale this Wednesday. His death has left shock-waves in its wake, both in the community in which he lived all his life and among his friends and admirers in the artistic community at home and abroad who recognised his unique talent.“Internationally Liam was recognised as one of the world’s foremost woodturners,”  said Clonlara-based artist Samuel Walsh. “He was a world leader in woodturning who elevated the craft from the mundane to a recognised art form. To that end his work was often classified in the ‘sculpture’ section of art gallery collections.”Liam’s work, carried out from his workshop in Convent St, Abbeyfeale where his late father and grandfather before him worked, can now be found in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the National Museum of Ireland, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.The Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the Crafts Council of Ireland also hold some of Liam’s work as do many private collectors worldwide.Liam was largely self-taught and worked primarily in green wood, especially oak, ash and sycamore.For the stunning retrospective of Liam’s work, held in the Hunt Museum in 2011 and opened by his friend, Br Ciarán of Glenstal Abbey, Roger Bennett described him as a “wood artist”.“An encounter with a Liam Flynn vessel can be an emotional experience. His pieces are achingly beautiful; they have a brooding presence, a sense of rightness, an air of confidence,” he said.Liam was an early member of the Irish Woodturners Guild  and vice-chairman of the Limerick chapter, John Ryan, this Wednesday recalled bringing Liam to seminars around the country. “But he started on his own course and specialised in very refined, very fine work which definitely had a wow factor,” Mr Ryan said. “His turning was unique. On a global scale his style was very individual, very much his own.” He described Liam as a very gentle and kind man, humble about his talent and someone who shunned the limelight.  “He is a great loss,” Mr Ryan said.The loss is heaviest however for those whom Liam loved and who loved him: his long-time partner, Mary Leahy, his mother Myra, his sisters Helen and Una, brother Jim and their families, aunts, many other relatives and friends. Liam was predeceased by his father Paddy last December and was buried beside him  this Wednesday.  View source.

 

 


William Peter Noce (03/29/2017)
William Noce (74) of Sheffield Twp., Ohio, died expectantly on Wednesday afternoon at home. Born Sept. 14, 1942 in Ashtabula he was the son of Theodore and Flora (Giordan) Noce. William graduated from St. John High School class of 1960 and attended Kent State University. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He retired from the the Lower Lake Coal Dock. Mr. Noce was an avid wood turner and belonged to the PIW, Northcoast and Buckeye woodturning clubs, he was also a member of the East Ashtabula Club and enjoyed golfing. Survivors include his wife Joan Lynne Noce of Sheffield Twp., daughter Wendi (Bob Carney) Noce of Ashtabula , Teri Reddy of Vienna West Virginia, grandchildren Krystal, James, and Cameron. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Laura Lynn Noce, and his dogs Fred, Bootsie, and Butter.

 


John Hollingsworth (03/13/2017)

Howard, Queensland, Australia

 


Larry Dale Pennington (03/07/2017)

Longtime Alaskan and Ninilchik resident Larry Dale Pennington, 79, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Larry was born on Nov. 10, 1937, in Marion, Ind., to Harold Dale and Martha Louise (Glover) Pennington. He grew up in Washington and graduated from Concrete High School in Concrete, Wash. He moved to Alaska on April 5, 1959, living in Anchorage. He worked for the Municipality of Anchorage until his retirement in 1990. He then moved to Ninilchik, Alaska, and resided there until his passing. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmachining, ATVs, photography, jewelry, engineering and wood turning "Larry was a talented man in many things. His integrity and honesty were known by all who knew him. He will be missed by all of us. Rest In Peace." Larry was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Gene Pennington. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Nancy Jo Pennington of Ninilchik; daughters, JoAnne Roller of Anchorage and Elaine Canary with husband Jim of Eloy, Ariz.; son, Larry Pennington of Anchorage; grandchildren, Aliese Jacobsen with husband Erik, Micheleen Pennington and Harold Pennington with wife Mercedes; great-grandchildren, Hailey and Kendal Jacobsen and Riley and David Pennington; sister, Judy Pennington of Edmonds, Wash.; and his loving dogs, Otis and One Way. Memorial donations may be sent in Larry's honor to the St. Peter the Fisherman United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 39153, Ninilchik, AK 99639.

 


Hayden Lee Schultz (02/28/2017)
He was born August 30, 1941 in Trenton, New Jersey to the late Frederick and Leola (Hayden) Schultz. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Judy. Hayden came to Manatee County in 1975 from Casselberry, Florida and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, gardening and remote control airplanes as well as many other hobbies. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 40 years, Jan; and daughter, Lisa Smith of Nashville, Tennessee.

 

 

 


Albert Darrell Cobbs (02/27/2017)
Albert Darrell Cobbs, 70, of Woodway, joined his Savior in Heaven on Monday , February 27, 2017. A celebration of his life will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 4, at First United Methodist Church of Waco with Rev. Steve Ramsdell officiating. Graveside service will follow at the Bosqueville Cemetery.Darrell was born in Houston, Texas, on May 23, 1946, to Albert W. and Tina Grimes Cobbs. He graduated from Waco High School in 1964 and attended Navarro Jr. College and Baylor University. On August 6, 1966, he married his high school sweetheart, Sheryl Ann Huddleston. They were blessed to have two loving daughters. They had the joy of celebrating 50 years of marriage in 2016. Darrell joined his father's business in June of 1968, and soon his gifts as a businessman and entrepreneur became evident. In his partnership with his father, he founded the automotive parts division of Cobbs Automotive. He had many long-term employees who contributed to the success of the business. Serving his customers and caring for his employees was at the heart of his business philosophy. In his retirement years, he became an avid woodturner. He committed his heart and life to his Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 24. He was actively involved in his church community and served in various capacities for 46 years. He had a generous heart and loved people well.He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ronnie Cobbs; granddaughter, Anna Denise Huggins; and niece, Leigh Cobbs. He is survived by his wife, Sheryl Cobbs; daughter, Carla Huggins and husband, Scott; daughter, Sandy Williams and husband, Nate; sister, Darlyne Mathis and husband, Jerry Don; sister-in-law, Linda Cobbs; grandchildren, Ryan, Paige, and Jeremy Huggins, and Katie and Abby Williams; along with other loving family members and dear friends.In his last weeks, he was lovingly cared for by the devoted staff at The Healthcare Resort of Waco. We are forever grateful for their kindness and service. Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church of Waco, the Methodist Children's home, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, or a charity of your choosing.


Gerard "Jerry" Morris Lepouttre (02/25/2017)
Jerry Lepouttre of New Baltimore, MI passed away Saturday, February 25th, 2017. He was born in Detroit, MI on January 1st, 1949 to Morris and Elodie Lepouttre. Jerry is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Bette), son Maurice (MJ), daughter Rebecca (Becky), and grandson Thomas. He and Bette were married for 42 years.Jerry was a man of courage and integrity. After graduating from Servite High School, he enlisted in the Navy Reserve and served in Vietnam from 1969-1970. Afterwards he was active in the VFW and Drill Team. His experiences in Vietnam inspired him and Bette to adopt MJ and Becky from Korea. Jerry retired from General Motors Powertrain in 2008 after 40 years. He was passionate about Labrador retrievers, Bonsai trees, his 1939 Ford Coupe and 1957 Chevrolet pickup truck. More recently he had taken up woodworking and crafting antique cars. Jerry was a loving husband, devoted father, and proud grandfather.

 


 

James Hamilton (02/21/2017)
He was born in Racine on March 18, 1946, son of James and Louise (Née: Hickey) Hamilton, Sr. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Patricia Louise Patterson, on December 28, 1968. Jim was a jokester and comedian at heart. He enjoyed photography, landscaping, hunting, and fishing. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and a charter member of the Upper Mississippi Duck Bill Collectors. Jim also was an avid wood craftsman and loved to make wooden treasures for his family and friends to enjoy for years to come. Jim contributed to the service of our Lord in so many ways. He studied English, religion, and communication at St. Thomas College in St. Paul, MN. He moved back to Racine in 1969 with his wife and mother of four children to come. He became an apprentice tool and die maker for Letsch Manufacturing Company and later became president of the family business, Greene Manufacturing Company. While at Greene, he put his energy into raising funds for the United Way. He also supported Louise Hunter and her missionary efforts. He advised the Board of Directors for St. Luke’s Hospital and the Taylor Home for Children. He was a lifetime member of St. Rita Catholic Church. There he added value by serving on the Parish Council. In 1994, Jim was voted “Small Businessman of the Year” for Racine County for which he was deeply honored. For Jim, the ability to serve his family and his community was paramount in his life. Jim was a husband extraordinaire; supporting father and guide; deeply loved and admired son and brother; a bright burning light as a grandfather; an uncle that was trustworthy, honest, and loving; and a true friend to so many others. Jim leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Patricia Hamilton; children, Heather (Kevin) Orth, James (Angela) Hamilton, Julie Maree, Caroline Hamilton; grandchildren, Tom Smith, Alec Smith, Kate Smith, Ella Orth, Jon Orth, James Hamilton, Alison Hamilton, Sophia Hamilton, John Hamilton; mother, Louise Hamilton; sisters, Josephine (Paul) Yeoman, Maryann (Mike) Ricker, Joan (Steve) Greenberg; other relatives and dear friends too numerous to mention. Jim is preceded in death by his father, James Hamilton, Sr.; and brother, Michael Hamilton. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017, 4:00pm until 7:00pm, at Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home and Crematory, 4600 County Line Road. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10:00am, at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Avenue, with Rev. Richard T. O’Leary officiating. Gathering time for family and friends on Saturday is suggested for 9:30am at the church. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Caledonia. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to Patricia Hamilton for a living memorial to be setup on a later date. " We should all try, every day, to make the most of our God-given talents."


 

 


Joe Mack Evans (02/07/2017)
Joe Mack Evans, beloved by all who knew him, passed into heaven February 7, 2017, at age 92. He was the youngest child of 6 children, born in Jacksonville, Tx. to Thomas Evans and Alpha May Evans. After graduating from Jacksonville High School at age 16, he attended college at Lon Morris Jr. College, then joined the Air Force. He was accepted into the Air Force Cadet Training program and trained to become a bombardier. At the end of WWII, he completed his degree at UT-Austin in 1956 to become an Architect. He worked for firms in Beaumont & Marshall, before moving to Longview. During these years he designed office buildings, churches and private homes. In 1967, he accepted an invitation from the University of Texas to manage construction of the LBJ Library, in Austin, Tx. He was the Chief of Construction for the UT System for 3 years and then worked with several private architectural firms on various projects, the last of which was the Omni Hotel. After retiring at a young age, he enjoyed many years of traveling through Europe, remodeling his home, building tree houses, became a talented snow skier and an avid woodturner. He enjoyed sharing his talents with his extended family & many grandchildren, who called him "GrandJoe" He was predeceased by his parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters, a daughter Phyllis Joyce Brickley and grandson Mikey Brickley. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Dr. Joyce Evans, 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. His family includes: Daughter Christi Evans of L.A., CA., Son Mark Evans (Anne Kelley) & grandson, Dylan Evans (wife, Kelly Kate), Daughter Patty Kelly (husband, Neal Kelly) & granddaughters Amanda Kelly Webster (husband, Brent + Trinity, Charity, Hope), Ally Kelly Davidson (husband, Jeff +Revel Joe), grandsons Brandon Joseph Brickley (wife, Allison + Joy + Michael), Daniel Joseph Kelly (wife, Shelby), & Joey Kelly, Daughter Pam Bates (children Alexandra, Georgia & Samantha).

 


Joyce E. McCullough (01/27/2017)
Joyce E. McCullough, a resident of the Hatboro area for over 40 years, died January 27, 2017 in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She was 65. She was the wife of John McCullough, with whom she shared 28 years of marriage.  Born in Camden, NJ she was the daughter of the late, Harry Negley and Virginia Elizabeth (Louis) Cubler. Joyce was the former co-owner of a Wire EDM business and artist.  She was a member of the Delaware Valley Woodcarvers Association, Bucks Woodturners, Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen and the Red Tulip Gallery.  Joyce enjoyed any project that she could get into including painting, cabinetry, and more. Joyce is survived in addition to her husband by her daughter Barbara Hagerty (husband Mike and son Michael), stepson Daniel McCullough (wife Pam, and children Nicole and Brian), stepdaughter Joyce Williamson (husband Bob and children Shea and Stephanie), stepdaughter Carolyn Erwin (husband Mike and children Mike and Shawn), stepdaughter Kathy Venne (husband Joe) and stepson John William McCullough (wife Barbara and children John and Aimee). Joyce was a very sweet, caring and compassionate woman who will be greatly missed.

 


Timothy I. Muench (01/22/2017)
Timothy I. Muench, age 67 of St. Germain, WI died on Sunday, January 22nd at his residence. Tim was born on October 24, 1949 in Neenah, WI the son of Albert and Verna (nee Hackstock) Muench. He graduated from UW Stevens Point with a Master's degree in Library Science. He was the business manager and reference librarian for the Appleton Public Library. Tim enjoyed woodturning, wood carving, fishing, reading and volunteering at Wild Instincts in Rhinelander, WI. Tim belonged to the Northwood's Turners, Wisconsin Valley Woodturners, Superior Woodturners and the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies, Inc and the Chain Pounders Muskie League. He is survived by his Wife; Trish Kirk of St. Germain, WI and by his Children: David (Jessica) Muench of Iron Mountain, MI and Kristine Muench of Appleton, WI and by his Stepson: Andy (Sarah) Lonnquist of Portland, OR and by Grandchildren: Eliza, William, Julia Muench and River and Sophie Lonnquist. Further survived by his Brother; Joe (Sheila) Muench of El Paso, TX and Sister; Marne (Joe) Meyer of Green Bay, WI and by several nieces, nephews, cousins, including God-daughter; Stacey Hackstock Spoehr and special friends; Jim and Wendy Ulik and his devoted dog companion, Sadie.

 


Hollis Duensing (01/20/2017)
A funny, cerebral enthusiast who filled many diverse rolls as husband, father, grandpa, brother, lawyer, sailor, woodworker, pig farmer, fly fisherman, sports fan, maple syrup producer and friend, passed away on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, two days shy of his 81st birthday. Born in North Platte, Nebraska, to schoolteachers Ruth and Martin, brother to Edith and Rollin, Hollis grew up in Nebraska, Michigan and and Chicago. He attended Valparaiso University majoring in history. Following college, Hollis joined the U.S. Coast Guard and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. It was during this time on leave that he "hitchhiked" around the world, hopping on cargo planes heading in the right direction. After his service in the Coast Guard, Hollis enrolled in George Washington University Law School in Washington DC. It was there that he met lifelong friend and fellow sailing and history enthusiast, Sandy Morrison. To pay his way through school, he worked as a guard at the US Capitol Building where he met his wife, Ann. After law school, Hollis served as General Counsel for the Association of American Railroads. He and Ann moved to Alexandria, Va., and raised two daughters, Katherine and Sara. He was a supportive father attending every soccer game, field hockey game and swim meet he could. When he retired, Hollis discovered nature's beauty, countless adventures and many friendly folks in the Adirondacks. He spent hours working on his cast on the AuSable River and even hiked the 120 mile Northville-Placid trail with daughter Sara, as his first ever camping experience at the age of 64. He dedicated his time to woodworking and sold his beautiful turned wood bowls and shaker furniture at the local farmers markets. He joined friends in raising pigs and chickens and enjoyed helping with maple syrup production in the Spring. He loved watching sports of all kinds and especially enjoyed attending spring training with sister Edith and daughter Katherine in Phoenix, Ariz. He was a loving grandfather to three grandchildren, Joshua, Lillian and little Hollis. Mr. Duensing never found a hobby he didn't try, a friend he didn't welcome, nor news he didn't try to absorb and understand. He was ultimately positive and friendly, insatiably curious, and just darn loving and cool. A gathering of friends and family will be planned in Wilmington this summer. Please feel free to share any stories or memories. PO Box 235, Wilmington NY 12997.

 


Esther Cheng (01/09/2017)

Esther passed away suddenly in her sleep at home in Taipei, Taiwan. She worked with the International Wood Culture Society(IWCS), a non-profit, non-governmental, international network of wood enthusiasts, dedicated to the research, education and promotion of wood culture.

 

 

 

 


Robert A. Katz (01/03/2017)
Robert A. Katz, 78, of Wedgewood Drive, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at his home. He was born in Winthrop, Mass. on Feb. 21, 1938, the son of Lawrence and Estelle (Sterin) Katz. He graduated from Boston College in 1959, earned his dental degree from the University of Md. in 1963 and graduated from Boston University School of Public Health in 1983. Dr. Katz lived in Andover, Mass. for over 45 years before retiring to Grantham 10 years ago. He was a dentist in private practice and later worked at the N.H. State Prison. He left dentistry and became the Public Health Director for Weston, Wellesley, and Methuen, Mass. Dr. Katz served as a Colonel in the U.S. Army. He was a man of many interests and talents. He ran half marathons and had been invited to participate in the upcoming Senior Games in Alabama. He held the fastest recorded time for the 10 mile distance his age group in N.H. He was a juried woodworker. Bob and Phyllis loved to canoe attending canoe camp each summer. Bob was a musician and played the banjo with the Yankee Strummers. He enjoyed biking, skiing and was an active member of the Grantham community, volunteering for a wide range of organizations. He was predeceased by a sister, Paula Southwick in 2000 and a daughter, Jessyca Katz in 2014. Members of his family surviving include his wife of 54 years, Phyllis (Newman) Katz; two daughters, Robyn Adelman and her partner, Mary Kamitian of Melrose, Mass.; Danyca Penick of Cumberland, R.I.; and six grandchildren, Joseph, Jared, Madison, Grace, Jacob and Jayden; a brother-in-law, Jeff Levin of Boston, Mass.; and a sister-in-law and her husband, Nancy and Norman Levine of Albany, N.Y.; along with a niece and nephew, Lisa Norton and Jason Levine.

 


Bill Bridge (1/2/2017)
William ""Bill"" Bridge of Niceville Florida passed peacefully in his sleep at home on Monday January the second. He was born on December 27, 1928 in Hazardville Connecticut, the son of Alexander and Ada Bridge. He is survived by Charlotte Bridge, his wife of over 60 years, sister, Marjorie Nadeau of Connecticut, son, Matthew, daughter Amy, grandchildren Sara Haidu, Melanie Morris, Joshua, Rachael Marzette, Rebekah, 10 greatgrandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill separated from the USAF in 1952 as a Technical Sergeant. During his time in the Air Force he supported and witnessed two nuclear bomb shots in Eniwetok as part of Operation Greenhouse. He then worked at Pratt and Whitney, testing their engines for 37 years. Following his retirement in 1989, he moved to be near family in Niceville. During his busy retirement, he was active with golfing, and engaged with the Masons, Shrine, Elks, as well as many charitable functions. His hands were never idle as he also spent any available time working woodcrafts for local fairs. He was a long time member of Niceville Crosspoint Church.

 


Robert D. Sanders (01/02/2017)
Robert “Bob” D. Sanders, 82, of Tomah passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was born Nov. 16, 1934, to Claude D. and Exer L. (Lane) Sanders in Van Buren, Ark. He grew up with a family of five stepbrothers and four stepsisters. He worked as an over the road semi truck driver, driving coast to coast for over 30 years. After his retirement Bob and Becky started the Olde World Almond Company, LLC. They traveled for seven years to numerous fairs and community events and were known as the “The Nut People.” Robert had a curious mind, finding interest in many things and enjoyed learning about how things worked. Making jewelry, stained glass, silversmithing and wood turning were some things that he enjoyed doing. He was also known as “BBQ Bob,” making many rib dinners for family and friends. He enjoyed reading, and Tom Clancy was his favorite author; he could read a book from start to finish in one sitting. Bob was a member of the Coulee Region Wood Turners Club of La Crosse, he was always proud of the brotherhood and fellowship that he shared at their meetings. Bob will be remembered as being soft spoken and soft hearted, he showed kindness to everyone. He is survived by his loving companion of 26 years, Becky Gragg; a stepdaughter, Teresa (Dwight) Kuehl of Tomah; and other relatives and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

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