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In Memoriam 2018
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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.


Linda Mortimer (03/13/2018)

The wife of Stuart Mortimer, Hampshire, England, passed away just a few weeks short of their 50th wedding anniversary. I wish that we had some way to recognize all of the saints who create, tolerate, and promote the conditions for great woodturning. Linda was Stuart's best supporter and his harshest critic. He trusted her judgement, and I daresay that she could at any moment do a better instant gallery critique than any AAW member. Linda provided an endless supply of meals, housing, and tea for woodturners of all ages who came for lessons with Stuart, AWGB youth camps, or projects of the Worshipful Company of Turners. She came to the U.S. many times with Stuart. She  taught herself the American version of English, so that she could keep the conversation moving through the perils of different words for the same thing. This was especially helpful with Stuart's Scottish accent. ~ Kay Liggett 


(Carey) Russell Chappell (02/19/2018)
Russell was born June 3, 1957, at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA, one of four children born to the late Carey Leslie and Alethia Vernon Casper Chappell. Russell was a self-employed woodworker and small business owner. As a craftsman, he appreciated dreaming, designing, and building. As part of a military family, Russell grew up enjoying travel and that passion continued into adulthood. He recalled some of his favorite destinations as Australia, Pakistan, Canada, and most recently England. Above all, Russell was a kind and gentle man who modeled integrity to all who had the joy of knowing him. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Kathy Gore Chappell; a daughter and son-in-law, Alethia Ellen and Harrison Garrett DeHay of Waco, TX; a sister, Michelle DeNeice Chappell of Charlotte; and two brothers, Terry Blaine Chappell of Greensboro and Charles Leslie Chappell of Charlotte. Along with his immediate family, he was loved by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.


Alvin Schroeder (02/09/2018)
Alvin was born on July 16, 1935 and passed away on Friday, February 9, 2018. Alvin was a resident of New Mexico at the time of passing. He lived in Brewster, MN and graduated from Brewster High School in 1953. He joined the U. S. Navy in 1956 and served honorably until his discharge in March 1960.



Jerry Thomas Nachtrieb (02/07/2018)
Jerry Thomas Nachtrieb, age 59, of Gasport, entered into rest on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Born July 14, 1958 in Lockport, Jerry is the son of Jean (Geeson) Nachtrieb and the late Harry Nachtrieb. Jerry just received his 30 year award at Gasport Chemical Hose where he was currently serving as Vice President and also a member of the Red Knights. He enjoyed woodworking and home renovations (very talented) and was a member of the Lockport Woodworkers serving as President. He loved to help others and was also a member of Rainbow of Help. He was an avid outdoorsmen enjoying fishing and enjoyed playing the guitar. He married Deborah Humel September 24, 2016. Surviving Jerry is his loving wife and soulmate: Deborah (Humel) Nachtrieb. Father of: Matthew (Colleen) Nachtrieb and Elizabeth “Libby” Nachtrieb. Stepfather of: Andrea (Angel) Santos and Jeffrey (Sara) Bartenstein . Grandfather of: Alric Nachtrieb, Gabriela “Gabby”, Cecilia and Nina Santos. Son of: Jean Nachtrieb (Tom Cina) and son-in-law of: Gordon and Jackie Humel; brother of: Shari Ramming, Wendy (Peter) Marotta and Lynn Nachtrieb; brother-in-law of: Karen (John) Kleinhans, Gary (Terry) Humel, and Nancy Roes.

Sandra Martin Meyer (02/06/2018)
Sandy, 69, passed away at her residence February 6, 2018 in Homeland. She was born September 2, 1948 in Jacksonville to the late Thomas C. Martin and Betty Lou Butler Martin. Sandy was a licensed cosmetologist and salon owner from 1965-1985 and then excelled in being the owner of NFCC Cosmetology School from 1986-1994 in Jacksonville. In 2004, she decided to move to Homeland and made it her home. She was very blessed to have incredible neighbors and dear friendships. Sandy also found another true passion, wood turning, and was quite talented. She was a very proud member of the Jacksonville Wood Turners Club and the Georgia Wood Turners Guild and she was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Folkston. Sandy was also known for her contagious beautiful smile. She loved her family, friends, mother nature and her hobbies. She will be greatly missed. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore C. Meyer, Sr. She is survived by her children, Tania M. Jones, Dawn M (Kevin) Burnette, and Theodore C. (Dana) Meyer, Jr.; two brothers, Jimmy (Wanda Jean) Martin and John (Coleta) Martin; three grandchildren, Walker Burnette, Aaron Burnette and Brittany Edwards; along with many other nieces and nephews.

Robert Eugene Vaughn (02/05/2018)












Alfred “Fritz” Langis (01/18/2018)
Alfred (Fritz) L. Langis Jr, 77, passed away on Thursday January 18, 2018.  He was born on January 23, 1940, to Alfred L. Langis Sr. and Elsie M. (Crump) Langis.  Fritz grew up in Walla Walla.  Graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1958.  He joined the Army National Guard in 1957 at age 17 and retired in 1979, he married Patricia (Patty Landoni) Langis in 1959. He worked at White House Crawford Wood Mill for 30 years and Providence St. Mary Medical Center, and in 2005 he retired from Providence St. Mary Medical Center. He enjoyed bowling, RV’ing, fishing, hunting, wood turning, RC (radio control) car racing, he coached Pacific Little League and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  Rarely did you see Fritz without a smile on his face. Survivors include his wife, Patricia (Patty) Langis;   son, Kenneth Langis; two daughters, Toni  Fouste and Diana Bieker all of Walla Walla; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jim Langis (Phyllis) of Walla Walla and Dick Langis (Sharon) of Aloha, OR; many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Elsie Langis; sister, Linda Groom. Fritz was an Honorary Life Member and Past Exalted Ruler (2 times) of the Walla Walla Elks Lodge #287, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #26 and a member of the Mid-Columbia Wood Turners.



Paul F. Dauer (01/16/2018)
On January 16, 2018, Sacramento lost an internationally-recognized ceramics collector and respected public contracts attorney when Paul F. Dauer passed away peacefully at the age of 77 following a long battle with cancer. Paul was born on April 8, 1940 in Watertown, Wisconsin. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1962, and from the University of Michigan school of law in 1965. Following graduation, he returned to California where he and his Michigan sweetheart, Sharon Crosby, were married on August 26, 1965. Paul worked for the State of California for 17 years, including being appointed in 1973 as the Director of the Office of Administrative Hearings by Governor Ronald Reagan, before moving into private practice where he established himself as one of the preeminent experts in state and local public contract law. Paul was active throughout his career in the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law. He also shared a lifelong love of fine art, collecting ceramics from local and international artists, enjoying photography, writing articles for art magazines, and becoming an accomplished woodturner whose pieces were included in the Crocker Art Auction and gift shop. His community involvement included serving on the Crocker Art Museum Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees of American River Hospital, where he was chairman for two years. Paul is predeceased by his parents, Alice and William, and his sister Kathleen. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon, his daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Al, his son David and daughter-in-law Aparna, and grandson Alexander. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Crocker Art Museum at www.crockerart.org/page/tributes or to the Marilyn Neforas Scholarship Fund, ABA Fund for Justice and Education, at www.Donate.americanbar.org/Marilyn. Funeral arrangements are being handled through W.F. Gormley & Sons.





Donald Griffiths (01/09/2018)



Richard Hixson (01/04/2018)
Richard Hixson was born in Hamilton, Ohio, on December 5, 1935 the son of Donald and Mary (Hooten) Hixson. Dick retired from the United States Military after twenty-one years of service. After his retirement he returned from Germany and was employed by Hamilton Tool and the City of Hamilton for numerous years. On December 7, 1979 in Hamilton he married Marion Braun. Dick was a lifetime member of AmVets Post 1983; a proud Kentucky Colonel; and a Mason. He is survived by his wife, Marion Hixson; one daughter, Nicole (Mike) Ingram; three siblings, Connie (Casey) Allen, Donald Hixson Jr., and Mary Lou (Donald) Scarcella; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Ethel Joyce.


Ken Keoughan (01/3/2018)
Ken Keoughan, 81, of Newcastle, passed away on Jan. 13 at home as a result of congestive heart failure. Born on March 11, 1936 in Denver, Col., he was the son of Sidney Floyd Keoughan Sr. and Hazel Horne Keoughan. In 1939 the family moved to LaGrange, Ill. where Ken attended local schools before attending Cornell University, graduating as a member of the class of 1958. After leaving Cornell, Ken moved to New York City and began a life-long career in advertising. He started with Benton & Bowles where he became a media specialist, identifying the most appropriate print or broadcast outlets for his clients and then arranging for the purchase of space or time. His media expertise led him to join Gardner Advertising in 1965 and Kelly-Nason in 1969. He established his own firm, The Media Department, in 1971. Ken moved to Miami, Fla. in 1973 where he joined the Mike Sloan Agency. In 1978 he struck out on his own again when he formed The Media Department II, which became a leading provider of media services to the advertising industry in the southeast. Ken sold the business to his associates when he retired in 1994, and it continues as a leader today. Ken also served as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Florida International University for two years. As he considered retirement, Ken began to develop an interest in woodturning, shaping a wooden object on a lathe. His interest became a second career. He became an accomplished turner, showing his work in juried shows. He was a contributing editor for The American Woodturner magazine from 1995-2003. He was a curator of “A Celebration of the Art of Wood” which was the featured exhibit at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in June and July 2001. In addition he founded and operated The Woodturning School in Damariscotta from 2004 until 2011. Ken married the love of his life, Katharina Drexel Keoughan, in 1985. Katharina, an artist, was working in the advertising business at the time and commerce led to romance. They lived in Miami until Ken’s retirement, subsequent to that they split their time between Mt. Dora, Fla. and Friendship, in 2001 they became full time Maine residents, moving to Newcastle in 2010. Any remembrance of Ken’s life would be incomplete without mentioning his almost 46 years of sobriety. Ken came in contact with a group of people who had also been in the grip of addiction and who had, by following what they describe as “these simple principles,” been able to help one another achieve sobriety, and they helped Ken to do the same. He lived “those simple principles” with devotion and gratitude and in turn helped countless others over the years. Ken was predeceased by a son, Chris, from an earlier marriage; as well as by older brother, Sidney Keoughan Jr. He is survived by his wife, Katharina; sister-in-law, Christina Kellam; niece, Hannah Kellam; nephew, Henry Kellam; and cousin, Carol Crowley. Learn more. http://lcnme.com/obituaries/ken-keoughan/


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