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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.


Charles "Chuck" D. Dowler (11/10/2018)
Charles Dale Dowler, 81, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 10th at Taylor House in Des Moines. Charles was born on December 14th, 1936 in Winterset, Iowa. Charles is survived by his wife of 59 years, Peggy Dowler (Young); daughter, Debra (Larry) Covington; son, Daniel Dowler; three grandchildren, Nicholas (Kendra) Covington, Alex (Megan) Covington, Sarah Covington; and two great-grandchildren, Evelynn and Charlie; sister, Ann Newbury; brother, David (Lynn) Dowler; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother John Dowler of Ankeny and his beloved dog Shadow. Chuck was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was an avid fisherman, craftsman, mechanic, volunteer fireman, animal lover, and reader. Charles will be dearly remembered by his family and many friends for his sense of humor, storytelling, compassion, and caring. We will carry him in our hearts forever.

Raymond I. Olson (10/21/2018)
Raymond I. Olson, age 78 of Waukegan, IL, passed away on October 21, 2108. Beloved husband of Paula Pederson for 40 years. Loving father of Martin (Dawn) Laumb. Cherished brother of Arnold Olson of La Crescent, MN. Raymond was a member of the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band for 14 years where he played principal trombone. He was also a member of the American Association of Woodturners and the International Trombone Association. Throughout his life Ray enjoyed many adventures that included learning to fly an airplane and driving a Formula Ford racer at the Skip Barber Racing School in Plymouth Wisconsin. He enjoyed attending Chicago Symphony concerts, Goodman Theatre productions and Northwestern Football games for over 30 years. Go Cats! After retiring from Abbott Laboratories, there were some travel adventures that took him to Iceland, Scotland, 3 trips to Italy and cruising on the Danube.


David William Rudy (09/16/2018)
Dave Rudy was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 10, 1947. He entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior at his home in Colorado Springs on Sunday, September 16, 2018 after a nine month long, hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. His unwavering focus throughout this trial was that his affliction might be used by God to build up and encourage the body of Christ. Dave attended Oberlin College, graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a B. A. in Political Science, the University of Chicago with a Masters of Philosophy, and received a J.D. magna cum laude from University of San Francisco School of Law. He was an accomplished trial lawyer, stellar mediator, professor of law, public speaker, writer, life-long learner, avid story teller, mentor, friend, pilot, sailor, race car fan, musician, photographer, collector of fountain pens and woodturner. His loves were Jesus Christ, his family, his brothers and sisters in Christ, watching the sun sink into the ocean in Hawaii, exploring the world with Carole, a robust conversation about theology over a cup of coffee, hummingbirds and his dog Rawli. He leaves behind Carole, his wife of 38 years, five adult children-Abe (Jen) Friedman, Heather Rudy, Megan (Matt) Cook, twins Patrick (Stacie) Rudy & Christopher Rudy, and 10 grandchildren, ranging in age 18 months to years. His friends and family will miss the passion with which he lived life and his ability to add levity to any situation. Dave loved to dig deep into the Word of God. His excitement about a nugget of truth discovered and the passionate discussion that ensued is one of the things that Carole will miss most. The silence will be deafening. 

John E. Peterson (09/16/2018)
John E. Peterson, 92, of Fairview Heights IL, formerly of Lebanon, IL, died Sunday September 16, 2018. John was born on February 27, 1926, the first of six children, to Henry John Peterson and Edith Agnes Peterson nee Mayou in Laona, Wisconsin. Shortly after his birth, the new family moved to rural Bruce, Wisconsin where his father began farming. John attended a one-room schoolhouse, Thornapple School, for his elementary grades and graduated from Bruce High School in May 1944. Determined not to spend his life farming and seeking a larger world experience and more education, he entered the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet after graduation. Always interested in learning, John was excited about his training as a gunner/flight engineer on a B-17, the Flying Fortress, and then later, a gunner on the B-29, the Super Fortress. As World War II ended, John decided to remain in military service taking advantage of the educational opportunities it offered. His college education included a degree in History from Texas Tech University, a degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M, and a Masters Degree from Southern Illinois University. Along with looking for new educational opportunities, John loved new experiences. He did a tour on Adak Island and Fairbanks, Alaska. He was an Air Force ROTC instructor while at Texas Tech University. He was an administrative assistant to the Air Attaché in Tel Aviv, Israel. Other interesting tours of duty included Madrid, Spain and Aviano, Italy. After 26 years in the Air Force, John retired to explore new careers. A brief stint as a public high school teacher convinced him to explore different options. He was fortunate to find another passion in financial consulting and retired from Smith Barney after 26 years. John’s love of learning did not end after his second retirement. He became an avid woodturner, taking classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. He especially loved taking classes from Eli Avisera. In addition to taking classes, he taught woodturning classes until the age of 92. He attended the Iowa Summer Writing Festival annually for over twenty years, writing his memoirs and trying his hand at writing fiction and poetry. He also taught Healing Through Writing classes at the Cancer Treatment Center. John also had a passion for serving. He was an active member of Rotary International for nearly 30 years. He served as president of the Lebanon, Illinois and the Fairview Heights, Illinois Rotary Clubs. He was especially proud of his participation in Rotary’s activities to eradicate polio. He also sponsored several children from other countries so they could receive medical attention in the U.S. as part of a Rotary initiative. John’s family and friends loved him most of all for his kindness to everyone he met. He loved being around people who could teach him. He had friends that shared his passions. He made lifelong friends with doctors who treated him. When ill, he missed walking at the mall and visiting with his walking friends. He made friends from all over the country and the world. He loved cute nurses and cute waitresses. He never lied, he never pretended to be something he wasn’t. He knew what was right, he knew what was wrong and never wavered in doing what was right. His sense of humor and kindness was with him to the end. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Edith Peterson; a step-mother, Nellie Peterson; his siblings, Jean Johnson, William Peterson, Marion Krasky, Norma Menicucci, and Richard Peterson; and two nephews, David Johnson and Michael Peterson. John is survived by his children Melissa (Randy) Nyboer, of Morrison IL, Greg Peterson of Shiloh, IL, Diana (Kevin) Flebeau of Ellington, CT; two special step-sons, Carl (Jayme) Cudworth of Austin Texas, and Jerry Bates of Winatchee, Washington. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Aaron (Brenna) Nyboer, Ryan Nyboer, Rachel Nyboer, Michelle (Matt) Seitz, Mallory (Jim) Roy, Mitchell Cudworth and Aberdeen Cudworth. He is also survived by 8 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.


Jim Breeden (09/08/2018)

Albuquerque, NM


Charles Christian (Date of death unknown)

Shorewood, MN


Jim Driskell (Date of death unknown)

Anaheim, CA



Joseph Edward “Joe” Fyffe (08/19/2018)
Born in Illinois, Joe was the youngest son of Chester and Geneva Simons Fyffe. He is preceded in death by his parents and his two older brothers, Robert and John, and their wives. Joe’s greatest passion was his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Charlotte “Charlie” Fyffe; his children Linda Kennedy (Michael Kennedy), Andrea Roush (Forrest Roush), Melissa Wilcox (Steven Wilcox), and John Kempf; his grandchildren Brandon Fyffe, Amanda Buis, Erin Buis, Alison Roush, Aaron Roush, Elizabeth McKinney, Cassie Wilcox, and Alex Kempf; his nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. As a K-9 officer and as a crime scene investigator, Joe served his community as a member of the Indianapolis Police Department for 29 years, retiring in 1998. After his retirement, Joe continued to train police officers around the United States in evidence technology and forensic evidence gathering. His passion for evidence technology and for teaching these skills to other officers helped bring a good many criminals to justice. He will be missed by his brothers and sisters in blue. Over the course of his lifetime, Joe had several hobbies and passions. As a younger man he enjoyed sky diving, scuba diving, riding motorcycles and photography. He loved vacations with his family and playing his guitar. Most recently, Joe could be found in his shop turning wood into beautiful gifts for family and friends. Joe was a Christian man and a member of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 86.



Jerry O. Viken (08/??/2018)

Jerry Viken was my father, my dad. He was by far the best dad and grandfather anyone could ever hope for. His soul was gentle and kind, always putting others before himself. He was always there to listen and give advise. I talked to him just about every day, he was my best friend as well as my dad. If you knew him you know what I mean when I say he drew others in, his energy was that positive. He was a bit of a prankster too, especially at Kelly Springfield where he worked for 30 years. My dad was also an artist. He had a lathe and created works of pure art with his own hands, he also wrote beautiful poems. I wish everyone could be as lucky as we were to have such an amazing man as a father and friend. I am lost without him and miss him so much it aches. I love you Jerry Viken, I love you so very much. Thank you for being the indescribably amazing person that you were and always will be. I'll miss you every day, every hour, every minute. Always and forever. I love you, I love you, I love you. ~ Christie Viken-Wilhite




William "Bill" Frost (08/07/2018)
William P. Frost, Jr. Age 91, of Wilmington, MA and Fryeburg, Maine, passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones, on August 7th, 2018. Beloved son of Laura (McKenna) and William P. Frost, Sr. He is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years. Carol; his brother Charles and his wife Kay of New York and North Haven, NY; daughters Carol Frost of Woburn, Massachusetts, Sally and her husband Gary Whitten of Fryeburg, Maine, Sue Frost of Fryeburg, Maine, Jula Frost of Solvang, California and Lovell, Maine, Laura and her husband Peter Tuite of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, and Nancy and her husband Jim Canty, of Woburn, Massachusetts, grandchildren Craig, Julie, Nick, Erica, Mike, Stephanie, Jeanne, Kallie, Maeve, Peter, and McKenna, twelve great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.


Bill was a founding member of the AAW. You can read his AAW 30th Anniversary member profile here.



Edward Langham, Jr. (07/14/2018)
Rev. Edward Carlyle Langham, Jr., age 89, of Ringgold, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at his residence.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward C. Jr. and Lillie Parker Langham; daughter, May Langham Roper and three sisters. He was a member of Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He started many churches in the nine and one half years as missionary, pilot, and pastor in Brazil. He served as Church Planter and Interim Pastor in the southeast for fifty nine years. Rev. Ed Langham was known as a dedicated, kind shepherd to the church. Mr. Langham is survived by his wife, Janice Lynn Langham of Ringgold; daughters and sons-in-law, Jennie and Lewis Kimmel of Lake Saint Louis, MO, Eleanor and Joseph Tidwell of Soddy Daisy, TN; sons and daughters-in-law, Edward C. Langham, III and wife Kay Langham of Monroe, LA and Rev. Dr. John Langham and wife Rhonda Langham of Garner, N.C; grandchildren, Elizabeth Bruno, Wake Kimmel, Lindsey Henson, Jessica Davis, Marshall Kimmel and Katherine Kimmel; several great-grandchildren also survive.



Phil Brown (07/14/2018)


His Life Is A Legacy Of Love - by Ellen Davis
You can see the reflection of the clouds in his eyes
His steps have touched the earth to its core
You can hear the bird song as he walks the woods
His smile is true
You can hear the trees whisper his name in awe
His hands have traveled the world as he turns
You are the joy he has created
His presence has filled your heart
You feel the roots he has planted
His life is a legacy of love.


Phillip Foster Brown, born in 1937 in Denver, Colorado, loved working with wood since he was a boy. His undergraduate and master's degrees were in agricultural economy. He worked for the Department of Agriculture for 30 years, traveling to most states in the country to help farmers to set up cooperatives. He was in charge of creating a new field office in Hawaii and loved his many trips there. He served in the Army Reserves and then in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic in 1963-1964. He married Christine Nimmo in 1965. They bought a house in Bowie, Maryland and had three daughters, Stephanie, Kate, and Alexandra in Bowie, Maryland. In 1975 he purchased a lathe and began to teach himself wood turning from a book and some symposia and soon became professional and renowned for his beautiful shapes, revealing of natural patterns in local woods, and fine finishes.He was one of the pioneers in the resurgence of wood turning as a craft art. He was an early member of the national American Association of Woodturners and of the local chapters, Chesapeake Woodturners and Capitol Area Woodturners. He was the founder and first president of Montgomery County Woodturners. In November 2017 he was presented with the "Lifetime Impact Award" award at the Montgomery County Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts & Humanities. He was also active in and on the board of the James Renwick Alliance and The Center for Art in Wood (formerly The Woodturning Center), and participated in the Collectors of Wood Art. Nine of his bowls so far are in the permanent collections of museums and universities and many are in major private collections of turned wood. He and Christine were divorced in1980. He married Barbara Wolanin in 2001 after they found a house together house with room for his wood shop and his wood and their growing craft collection in Carderock Springs, Maryland. Phil was brave through treatments for advanced cancer and was grateful for his active life until he was 81.He is survived by Barbara; his three daughters, Stephanie Warner, Kate Visciani, and Alexandra Bradley; two step sons; six grandchildren; and his sister Constance Bird. There will be a memorial celebration at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church at 3:00 p.m. on September 29. There will also be exhibitions and tributes that weekend. He was pleased that the Phil F. Brown Fund has been established to support an effort he was leading in the future at The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, so donations to that fund will be appreciated. Phil said about his art: "Wood and wood turning stimulate my imagination. Turning provides an opportunity to discover and experience form. It is exciting to expose a tree's figure and find a bowl inside. My vessels reveal the inner beauty of the once majestic living tree. The wood continues to live, providing enjoyment through sight, touch, and use."

Donald Morgan


Garfield "Gar" Brown (07/07/2018)

Todd and Erik Brown are saddened to relay the news that Gar passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Saturday, 7 July 2018.

Gar had been experiencing heart rhythm issues for decades. His condition worsened with age but with the advancements in cardiology, and some great research on Gar’s part, he found a physician willing to treat him with such a long term rhythm issue. Knowing the odds were not in his favor for a cure, but rather an improvement of his symptoms, he underwent a number of heart ablations which improved his quality of life for 3-5 years. Unfortunately, his condition continued to worsen over time and little more could be done. He was frequently frustrated by his failing body when he was still so inquisitive and interested in learning and very much had his mental faculties intact.

Gar’s other heart problem was the loss of Sigrid in 2011which was truly devastating for the first year or two but continued to weigh heavily on him the rest of his life. He felt incomplete without her by his side and missed her dearly “the best thing that ever happened to me” as he would say. He focused on Todd and I as well as his only grandchild Brianne. He devoted time to the Minnesota Woodturners Association, which he enjoyed immensely, meeting and becoming good friends with many of its members. Those friendships were very important to him in his later years and to those friends Todd and I are grateful.

Gar requested that no funeral, service of visitation be held as he wanted to go quietly and “go find Sigrid”. An obituary will be published in Ashland, Wisconsin, where Todd and I were raised and where Gar had his surgical practice for nearly two decades. A great many happy memories of friends, parties, ski trips, practical jokes and great experiences are tied to living in Ashland. No obituary will be posted in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and instead we are emailing close friends directly.

Our parents were unusual, and in some ways, extraordinary people in their heritage/families, accomplishments, friends and experiences. Gar’s passing closes a chapter for Todd and me, but we have a great many memories and lessons learned from both he and Sigrid. We hope as you read this you can think of some way that one or both of them touched your lives in a positive way. If you care to share such a memory we would be grateful.

Todd and I request that in lieu of cards or if you wish to memorialize Gar (and Sigrid) in some way that memorials be directed to the Memorial Medical Center Hospice or other local Hospice of your choice. As a registered nurse, Sigrid volunteered with the Ashland Hospice while living there and was the beneficiary of caring treatment by the Allina Hospice during her final days.


James "Jim" Andrew Roth (06/21/2018)
Willard, Ohio


John Winter (Date unknown)
Langley, British Columbia, Canada


Gary Williams (05/13/2018)
Gary died unexpectedly while working in his shop.










Damon Earle Harmon (05/10/2018)
Damon Harmon, 80, owas born Sept. 8, 1937, in Lewiston, the eldest son of Arthur and Bernice (Nason) Harmon. He grew up in Gray, attended Pennell Institute, and graduated with the class of 1955. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers in France in 1960 and 1961. He also served as assistant scoutmaster in Gray for serveral years during the 1960s. In July of 1969, Damon met the love of his life, Elizabeth Hall, on an Appalachian Mountain Club camping trip to Newfoundland and Labrador, led by Beth's brother, David. Damon operated the camp stove, and Beth was the cook. They found that they worked together very well, and they married Nov. 27, 1970. They had two sons, Russell and Stephen, and the family settled in an old farmhouse in West Cumberland. Damon and his family especially enjoyed camping and hiking together. Damon worked as a cabinetmaker at N.T. Fox Lumber for many years, until the company closed in 1991. He continued with his cabinetmaking career, specializing in architectural cabinetmaking at Precision Millwork, Pappe and Romano Restoration, and R.G. Eaton Woodworks, Inc., where he worked until November 2017. Damon was always an enthusiastic and prolific organic gardener. During his semi-retirement, Damon further developed his skill as a woodturner and founded Southern Maine Woodturners. He enjoyed turning bowls, as well as a multitude of other items, often using a variety of found wood. He especially enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm and skill by teaching others how to turn. He was active in the Cumberland Congregational Church, UCC, where he was Sexton for many years. He also made the windows in the church sanctuary as well as many of the furnishings. Damon was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Carlene; and his brother, Lester Dana. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; and their sons, Russell and Stephen; his brother, Paul; his niece, Lori Chason; and his nephews, Matthew and Nathan.



Charles "Chuck" Frances Seguin (05/08/2018)
Charles Frances Seguin went to be with his Lord on May 8, 2018, at his home on Palm Street, Bangor, ME. Chuck was attended by his wife of 45 years, Lonna. He was born on June 27, 1949, in Newport, RI. He was a graduate of Central High School, Providence, RI, and the University of Maine. Chuck served honorably in the US Coast Guard from January 1969 to January 1973. He spent many years teaching, coaching, and refereeing soccer. In 2011, Chuck was a founding member of Eastern Maine Woodturning Chapter of AAW. During his final years he enjoyed teaching woodturning to many people. REMEMBER: "Each piece you turn today is built on skills you learned yesterday, and it is also a stepping stone for the piece you will turn tomorrow." He was predeceased by his parents, Nancy and Howard Adams, Sr.; Albert and Doris Seguin, Sr.; Lonna's parents, Lyston and J. Winifred Trefethen, and sister-in-law, Norma Karram. He is survived by his wife, Lonna, their sons, Andrew P. Seguin and his wife, Michele Decker, Baltimore, MD, and Timothy A. Seguin, of FL, He is also survived by grandchildren, Shannon and Adam Decker-Seguin; his brothers and spouses, Albert and Arlene Seguin, Howard Adams, Donald and Eileen Seguin, Kenneth and Gabrielle Seguin, and William and Carole Seguin; plus several nieces and nephews and their families.



Russell Wilson (05/??/2018)
It is with a very heavy heart that I let the members of the Woodturners Guild of Ontario know that Russell Wilson passed away last weekend while at the cottage. We will miss Russell’s spectacular finials on the show and tell table, his wealth of knowledge about finishes and woodturning techniques – he was always a bit shy, but always had that endearing smile I will remember forever! I have been in touch with Linda, Russell’s daughter and there will be a Celebration of Life on Friday June 1st, at 7:00pm at the Scarborough Golf & Country Club. All are invited and if you are willing, to share a story or two about your friendship with Russell.In Russell’s memory, donations to the Salvation Army would be greatly appreciated.


Donald Richard Morgan (05/10/2018) 

Weaverville, NC


John Edward Lang (05/05/2018)
In the early morning hours of May 5, 2018, John died peacefully after stoically navigating through end-stage pancreatic cancer. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 50 years, Margaret Ann Lang (née Warren), his sons Warren, David and Matthew, his daughters-in-law Heather Adam, Martha Lang and Jennifer Trinier and his grandchildren Hannah, Cameron, Peter and Natalie, all of whom adored their "Duke." Born in Oshawa, John grew up in Montreal before attending the University of Toronto to study Physics, completing a Bachelor of Science in 1964 and a Master's degree in 1966. Following graduation, he embarked on a 34-year career with Imperial Oil Corporation, which culminated in his role as Director, Executive Organization and Development. Throughout his career, John was an active supporter of the arts, serving as President of the National Ballet School, Fundraising Chair for the Stratford Festival and board member for Tafelmusik Toronto and the Canadian Opera Company. John also spent a decade studying literature part-time at Victoria College, University of Toronto, completing a Bachelor's degree in 1996. Following his retirement in September 2000, John remained characteristically active, including volunteering at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre for the last 12 years in both the Odette Cancer Centre and the Emergency Department. He was also editor of the Sunnybrook volunteer newsletter in its various forms and coordinated the Joy of Life ceiling tile donor program. For his service, John was recognized with a 2017 Province of Ontario Volunteer Award. John's greatest joy was spending time with his family while travelling or at their Lake Joseph cottage. John and his family wish to thank the committed and expert staff at Sunnybrook for their exceptional care and ask that, in lieu of flowers, donations are made to the Sunnybrook Foundation.



Michael G. Ruppenkamp (05/03/2018)
Born on May 3, 1947, in Cumberland, he was the son of Edward L. and Mary (Steigerwald) Ruppenkamp. Michael was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, George T. and Edna (Hammond) Steigerwald; and his paternal grandparents, John G. and Clara (O’Neal) Ruppenkamp. Michael was a 1965 graduate of LaSalle High School where he was a member of the band; leading to the formation of his own band, The Majestics. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Frostburg State University in 1974. Michael spent his career as a claims consultant for several companies including Nationwide, from which he retired. He was a lifetime member of SS Peter and Paul Church, Our Lady of the Mountains Parish, in which he was an active volunteer, including serving as a lector and parish council president. Michael was an active member of the Alhambra Wamba Caravan #89. He enjoyed serving in many roles, including that of past Grand Commander. Michael enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, including coaching baseball and basketball, and serving as Scout Master of Troop #10 in the Potomac Council. His children have fond memories of practicing sports with him in the yard, and having him attend all of their activities. He was an extremely active golfer at Cumberland Country Club, woodworker, gardener, reader, and fan of Notre Dame and Pittsburgh sports since childhood. He was a lifelong train enthusiast, which most recently included building model railroad displays for his grandsons. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 46 years, Peggy A. (Muth) Ruppenkamp; daughter, Katie Roberts and husband Justin; and son, Michael J. Ruppenkamp and wife Gina. He was Pappy to his four grandsons, Jack and Sam Ruppenkamp, and Joey and Jake Roberts. He is also survived by his sisters, Marilyn Felten and husband Eddie, Terry Whitworth and husband Horace, and Elaine Cessna; as well as many nieces and nephews.


Arthur D. Winston (04/25/2018)
Arthur grew up in Brooklyn, and served in WWII in the US Army Air Corp. He married Judith Winston in 1956. After her death, he married Joan Davidson Winston in 2002. In 1958, Arthur founded A. D. Winston Corp., an HVAC mechanical contracting firm headquartered in Long Island City, NY, which is still in operation today.






Charles "Charlie" Richard Pepe (04/13/2018)
Charlie passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018 with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren nearby, in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 89, only a few weeks shy of his 90th birthday. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Joan Francis Pepe, of Tucson, Arizona. He is preceded in death by his brother, Sidney Boucher Pepe; nephew, Michael Pepe; his mother Mina Matilda Pepe and his father Charles Grover Pepe of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He was born on May 15, 1928 at Methodist Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He grew up on a farm, graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Agricultural Engineering, served in the army in Research and Development during the Korean Conflict, worked as a Farm Machinery Designer and a Field Engineer for a wire line company in the oil field. He spent 12 years traveling with an agricultural company visiting 46 of the 48 continental states, Hawaii, the Fiji Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Canada. He is survived by his children, Richard, Gerald, Denise, Sue and Mark, 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He taught his children to grow things, fix things, to travel and to laugh and to love family and time together.


Joseph D. Stogner (04/06/2018)
Dr. Joseph D. Stogner, Ph.D. left this earth on Friday, April 6, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. Staying behind to cherish his beautiful memory are his loving wife of 51 years, Jane Duncan Stogner; his sisters-in-law, Mary Hooks of Boone, N.C., who loved him as a true brother, and Emily and Jimmy Gamble of Freemont, N.C.; son, Dr. Henry and Liz Dorn; grandchildren, Julia, Charlotte, and Nate Dorn of High Point, N.C.; many nieces and nephews, and a host of dear friends and students. Joe was born March 26, 1938 in Rockingham N.C., to the late Clarence and Alice Stogner. He grew up in a Christian home and became a true Southern gentleman, offering a helping hand to anyone who needed it. As a child his parents instilled the values of independence, hard work and compassion, traits that steered the course of his life. The sparkle of his blue eyes reflected his kindness to everyone he met. Joe proudly served in the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command for six years. He had a distinguished career as a Professor of Environmental Science at Ferrum College for 35 Years. Joe earned his PhD. from Virginia Tech in Environmental Science. He led many student excursions to the US Virgin Islands to study the coral reefs and plant life. Students knew him as a tough but fair professor with a profound dedication to their success. He advised and helped many students obtain excellent jobs, overseeing their internships, and creating many lifetime friends along the way. During his retirement, Joe enjoyed travel and being in nature. He also enjoyed being indoors too, watching football, basketball and almost any sport with a ball. He became a professional woodturner in recent years. His bowls, boxes, vessels, and urns are in many private collections.

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.


Barbara E. Haws (02/10/2018)
Born in 1936 on 6th St, Gainesville, Fl. Barbara had varied skills and talents. She served the Marine Corps as a cryptographer. She served the Gainesville, VA, Hospital for 30 years as a Biomedical Engineering Technician in Neurological Research preceded by several years as EEG Technician and Instructor. In her youth, she pitched on Fast Pitch Softball teams in IA, KS, Marine Corps, CA & FL. She enjoyed woodturning, woodworking and RV travel. She was a longtime member of Bell WoodTurners Club and Trinity MCC. Survived by Barbara Canning, partner of 52 years; sisters, Jeannie Smith & Frances Sholes, brother, Bill Haws; sister in law Susan Gilles (Greg); nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by sister Dorothy Doyle and parents, Edwin and Elsie (Birt) Haws.



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)











Bob Brownie (01/24/2018)
Robert Bruce Brownie (Bob) passed away on January 24, 2018 at the age of 80. Bob was born in Pasadena, CA to William and Anna Brownie. Bob is survived by his wife and partner of 52 years, Janice (Muff); son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Susan; grandson Will; brother, Frank and brother-in-law Norm Hoffman; sister-in-law Mary Sensabaugh; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Paul and Mary Maulhardt; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Carol and Bill Jacobs; nephews Rob Adams, Will Jacobs and Tim Jacobs; and nieces Karen Adams, Cheryl Higgins, Barbara Allen, Sara Twilla, Kellie Maulhardt and Jenece Sharkey. Bob was preceded in death by his son Mark, his brother Bill and sister Barbara. After his career as a civil engineer first in the Navy and then with County of Ventura, CA, Bob moved to Tennessee to be active with his family, especially his grandson. Bob was past President of the Sespe FlyFishers Club, as well as the Smokey Mountain Bounders Club. While in Tennessee he developed a passion for woodworking and was active in the Tennessee Association of Woodturners. Bob will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, cherished friend and respected gentleman who valued those around him and treated everyone with loving kindness and a gentle spirit. Bob loved to fish, cook, travel and spend time with his family and his many friends. During his later years, he had many health challenges, but always kept a positive outlook that was an example of perseverance and grace to those he encountered. He touched the hearts of many and was a true blessing to all who knew him.



Jack Cooper, Jr. (01/22/2018)
Jack cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed January 22, 2018.  He is survived by his wife, Paulette; children Rosalind, Christopher, and Alexander; “daughter” Christine; grandchildren Elias, Bronwyn, Billie, and Daniel; brother Mark, and sisters Susan and Jane; and nephews Pete and Paul. He is preceded in death by his parents Jack, Sr. and Isabelle and his grandson Skyler. Professionally Jack was an architectural engineer; his passions were his family, wood working, riding his bike, and so much more.








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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