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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.


James Joseph Messina (12/29/2017)
Thank you family and friends for all of your love and support for the past few days. It has helped all of us during this traumatic event in our lives. Survived by his children Jim Messina and Crissy Tabachnick and their respective spouses Elaine Young and Mike Tabachnick; his grandchildren Ashley Tabachnick, Jimmy Messina and Sabrina Young; his sister Marie Spencer; cousins Sal and Phyllis Messina; and many loving family and friends.


Louis Clair Williams, Jr. (12/27/2017)
Lou Williams, 77, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, passed away peacefully in his home in the Town of Sevastopol, Wednesday morning, December 27, 2017 with his wife, Mary, at his side.He was born November 7, 1940 in Huntington, IN, the son of the late Louis Clair Williams, Sr. and Marian Eileen (Bowers) Williams. Lou graduated from Redford High School in Detroit, MI in 1959 and went on to earn a degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI in 1963. He was united in marriage to Mary Clare Moster on October 4, 1987 in Chicago, IL. Lou's entire professional career was devoted to public relations. In 1985, he founded L.C. Williams & Associates (LCWA), a Chicago-based PR firm, built upon his ideals and experience in research, training, and strategic public relations. His goal was to offer the insight and creativity of a large PR firm with the attentiveness and devotion one would expect from a smaller firm. Under his leadership, the firm acquired several other well-respected PR agencies and became one of the top 10 independent PR firms in Chicago and one of the top 70 independent firms in United States. Lou retired in 2009 after selling LCWA to his employees. The firm has remained a leader in public relations, still providing service based on the principles he instilled. Lou served as Chairman of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and was selected a Fellow, the highest honor the organization bestows. He authored Communication Research, Measurement and Evaluation: A Practical Guide for Communicators, an IABC bestseller. He was also a Fellow of the Institute for Public Relations (IPR) and its Measurement Commission. Lou's love of sailing lead him to discover Sturgeon Bay, WI, a place he first sailed into and fell in love with on a three-month singlehanded voyage in 1996. He and Mary built their home there in 1999 and became full-time residents in 2008. Lou was a private pilot and loved flying his Cessna T210 from his base at Cherryland Airport in Nasewaupee on trips from coast to coast and into Mexico and Canada. He also was an avid traveler and adventured around the world with Mary. Lou's greatest passion, though, was wood turning. What began as a hobby in his basement utility room twelve years ago developed into an art that inspired and fulfilled him. When he was no longer able to turn, Lou was delighted to see his equipment and supplies acquired by Michael Doerr, a nationally recognized woodworker from Sturgeon Bay, who shares his love of the natural beauty of wood. Lou's creativity will live on both professionally and through the works of art he crafted and shared with others. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Mary of Sturgeon Bay; his two daughters and one son, Terri (Eric) Prophet of Santa Barbara, CA, L. Bradley (Barbara) Williams of Wakarusa, KS and Lisa (Ed McMahon) Williams of Algonquin, IL; five grandchildren, Tristen DeShazer, Drew, Dillon, and Natasha Williams, and Liam McMahon; sister, Vikki (Dennis) Hubbard of Saline, MI; other relatives; colleagues; and friends. Memorials may be given in Lou's honor to Birch Creek Music Performance Center (P.O. Box 230, Egg Harbor, WI 54209) or Unity Hospice (2366 Oak Ridge Circle, De Pere, WI 54115).The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to the staff of Unity Hospice for the compassionate care given to Lou over the past four months.



Roy Grueser (12/10/2017)
Roy was born, raised, worked and lived his 90 years in a two mile area. Rock Springs was his home. Roy's parents were Eva Ethel (Story) and Lewis Grueser. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ralph and Robert; and first wife Geraldine (Shumaker) Grueser. As a teenager, Roy and his father Lewis started a sawmill in the barnyard, Grueser Sawmill. When Lewis retired he sold his half to Harold Blackston and the Ohio Pallet Company was born. Roy was a mill owner-operator for 44 years. After retiring in 1990, he indulged his love for wood and old cars. He made many dulcimers, toy chests, wall cabinets, clocks and play houses for the grandkids. His love for the lathe showed in the 990 bowls he made. He made many hand-chopped dough bowls. He loved to work with splatted buckeye and wood from trees with a family connection. He donated many bowls to charity. Roy taught each grandkid how to make a bowl. He loved having the grandkids visit, hike, fish, water ski, and make apple butter. Roy was famous for his barbecued chicken cooked on his hand-made grill. His method of fire starting was even more famous than his secret sauce. Then Roy developed a desire to make wine. And wine he made using local berries and grape juice from California and Chile. He no longer made sink wine, but wine that we all love. Roy's joy in making people smile can also be seen in Christmas yard decorations he made for his family and others to enjoy. These treasures include the waving snowman, the tree and the wreath.Roy collected and maintained several antique cars including a Model T pick-up truck that he would point out "is the same age as me." He loved to ride the back roads in a Model T and would take the grandkids through the hills on their favorite journeys. Roy is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Opal Offutt Grueser; daughters Maria (Ron) Bylicki of N. Canton, Ohio and Marla (Steve) Hines of Blacklick, Ohio; brother, Paul 'Gene' Grueser of Columbus, Ohio; and grandchildren, Justin (Britany) Bylicki of Sacramento, California, Sarah (Alex) Tancevski of Blacklick, Ohio, Jacob (Christi) Hines of Gahanna, Ohio, Meredith (Mike) Walker of Norton, Ohio, Jared Hines of Columbus, Ohio. He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, Trinity (Maddie) Hines; Ella, Lydia and Grant Tancevski; Mason and Maddox Walker; and Brook and Braylon Hines. Also surviving are brother-in-law, Carl (Kathy) Offutt of Charleston, West Virginia; nephews John (Deb) Grueser of Springfield, Ohio, Tom (Nancy) Grueser of Donnelsville, Ohio, James (Tara) Grueser of Bay Village, Ohio, and Steven (Lorna) Offutt of Ridgecrest, California; and niece Leanne Offutt of Waynesville, Missouri. Several great nieces, great nephews and cousins survive. Roy was a Rotarian, life member of the Meigs County Ikes Club where he served as treasurer and trustee for years, life member of the Gallipolis Elks #107 as a part of the "Meigs Co. Mafia" group, member of the Pioneer Antique Auto Club, 70-plus year member of the Rock Springs Grange (now Hemlock Grange) as an officer and trustee, and a member of the West Virginia Antique Engine and Tractor Club. Roy faithfully donated to the Coats for Kids, Chester-Shade Historical Association, Gallipolis Elks #107, and the Meigs County Ikes Club. Roy and Opal would like to thank special friends who supported them during Roy's decline: Carl and Kathy Offutt, Mary Rose, Bill Pooler, Pam Blackston, and Bob and Edna Wood.


Richard Jude Drown (12/1/2017)
Richard was born Jan. 30, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Dorance and Margaret (Horton) Drown. He was the oldest of four children. He was raised in Alfred, Maine, and graduated from Kennebunk High School in 1962. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force, which brought him to North Dakota. After his discharge, Rick decided to stay in North Dakota because of his love for hunting and fishing. Shortly after, he met his wife, Patricia Lukins. They were married Dec. 9, 1967. Rick passed away one week short of their 50th wedding anniversary. Rick had many jobs during his life. While living in Riverdale, Rick worked for Gordy’s Standard Station and the Bureau of Reclamation. After moving to Pick City, he worked numerous construction millwright jobs and 20 years at the Great Plains Gasification plant. He retired in 1999.One of the things that gave Rick great joy was volunteering at the Norsk Hostfest, where he enjoyed visiting with people and meeting several celebrities. He became an avid woodworker and enjoyed making gifts for friends and family. Rick had a tremendous sense of humor and showed his love by joking with anyone who would listen and teasing those he loved most. Rick’s love of motorcycling led him to be a very active member of ABATE and the Roughriders motorcycle club. Rick was an avid sportsman. In his younger days, he loved baseball and softball. He had a passion for hunting and fishing and looked forward to his annual hunting trip to his son-in-law John and daughter Stacy’s home in Dawson. Rick is survived by his wife, Pat, of almost 50 years; his three daughters, Wendy (Monte) Miller, Washburn, Stacy (John) Abbott, Dawson, and Amber (Aaron Selken), Aurora, Colo.; four grandchildren, Cassandra (Roque) Corral, Mandan, McKenzie Miller, Washburn, Payton Allen, Bismarck, and Jacob Miller, Bismarck; two step-grandchildren, Jessica Abbott, Steele, and Jonathan Abbott, Dawson; three great-grandchildren, Gabriel Corral, Blake Corral, and Nevaeh Corral, all of Mandan; one step great-grandchild, Shaun Kuhn, Steele; three sisters, Marjorie (Jack) Pease, Hicksville, N.Y., Maureen (Alan) Joy, Alfred, Maine, and Deborah Thornton, Alfred; one brother-in-law, Rodney Lukins, Pick City; several nieces and nephews; and his “fur babies,” Bugsy and Banjo.He was preceded in death by his parents; several aunts and uncles; and beloved niece, Marge Taylor.




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.


John "Kim" Kimbrough Johnson Jr. (11/7/2017)
He was born on June 26, 1942, in Lexington, Kentucky, to the late Reverend John Kimbrough Johnson and the late Katherine Griffith Johnson. He graduated from Central High School, the University of Mississippi and Vanderbilt University Law School. Kim served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1964 until 1967, ultimately achieving the rank of Captain, and including an active tour of duty in the war in Vietnam. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Kim practiced law for almost 50 years in Memphis, Tennessee, for the law firm now known as Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C. Kim was also a long-time Elder and Trustee at Idlewild Presbyterian Church. Kim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judy Ousley Johnson, of Memphis, Tennessee; his sons Thomas K. Johnson (Gina DeLuca), of Windermere, Florida, and Albert D. Johnson (Trinh Vu), of Memphis, Tennessee; his daughter Maria Bui, of Memphis, Tennessee; his grandchildren Nathan K. Johnson, Levi V. Johnson and Beklin L. Johnson; and his brother William Johnson, of Cleveland, Tennessee.



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.





Jacques B. Hadler (10/19/2017)
Jacques B. Hadler of Silver Spring, MD and Glen Cove, NY died on October 19, 2017. He was 99 years old. "Jack" was born June 27, 1918 and was raised in the prairie town of Arndt, North Dakota, the oldest of four children of Bernhard Herman Hadler and Mabel Lyles Jacques. After graduating from Egeland High School he received a senatorial appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy and graduated with distinction in the class of 1941. Upon graduation he was commissioned in the Naval Reserve and attended Postgraduate School to become an Engineering Duty Officer (EDO). During WWII he worked on ship design in the Bureau of Ships and as a ship superintendent in the San Francisco Naval Ship Yard. At the end of the war he attended MIT. In 1947 after receiving the Master's Degree in Naval Architecture he was assigned as a naval engineer to the U.S. Navy's research center at Carderock MD, then known as the David Taylor Model Basin. In 1949 he resigned his commission in the U.S. Navy as Lt Comdr. and became a research engineer supervisor at the Model Basin. Over the next 31 years he advanced to the head of two major divisions of the Hydromechanics Laboratory. For two decades, in the 1950's and 60's, he lead a team of scientists and engineers who made major advances in marine propeller and ship hull hydrodynamic technology. During that time he published numerous scientific papers culminating in the award of the prestigious David Taylor Medal for Notable Achievements in Naval Architecture given by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers in 1982. Concurrently, in 1956 he established a private consulting practice in support of the marine industry. His services included the design of marine propellers, expert witness in marine litigation cases, and the solution of hydrodynamic problems associated with poor ship performance. In 1978 he retired from the federal service and accepted the position of Research Director and Professor of Naval Architecture at Webb Institute of Naval Architecture. Over the course of the next 33 years he was successively Director of Research, Dean, and the J.J. Henry Professor of Naval Architecture retiring in 2011 to the position of Professor Emeritus. In 1993 Webb awarded him an honorary Sc.D. degree. Although technically retired he continued to teach a laboratory course, mentor student theses and conduct ship hydrodynamic research. In 2003 he was the recipient of the Society of Naval Engineers Harold E. Saunders Medal for a lifetime of notable achievements in Naval Engineering. This was followed in 2011 when he was again recognized by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and awarded the William H. Webb Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Education of Naval Architects. In 1978, upon accepting the position of Director of Research at Webb Institute, he established a second residence in Glen Cove NY and began regular commuting between Glen Cove and his residence in Maryland until he ceased his activities at Webb Institute in 2017, due to illness. He was an active individual throughout his life. When not busy with his professional work, he engaged in his lifelong hobby of wood working and wood art, including designing and constructing the family beach cottage in 1953 and their Bethesda home 1959. In summer he gardened, sailed his catamarans and waterskied out of his cottage on Kent Island Maryland. In winter he alpine skied until he was 90. He is survived by his wife of 75 years, the former Susan Caryl Loggins, of Washington DC. He is survived by their four children (and their spouses), Reverend Jacques B. Hadler Jr (Susan) of Washington, DC, Dr. James L. Hadler (Alice) of New Haven, CT, Dr. Stephen C. Hadler (Claudia Fedarko) of Atlanta, GA and Dr. Susan C. Hadler (Charles Finley) of Chapel Hill, NC. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The family is grateful for the help and care provided over the past months by Holy Cross Hospice and Mbalu Sankoh.


Larry Sullivan (10/16/2017)
Lawrence Jerome Sullivan of Brunswick, Ga., passed away on Oct. 16, 2017, after a defiant battle with ALS. Larry was born on Nov. 1, 1942, in Front Royal, Va. Upon graduation from Warren County High School, he enlisted in the United States Army. His love of photography led to his role as photographer for DASPO, and allowed him to travel extensively documenting the Vietnam War, leading to multiple magazine covers. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Medal for Heroism. After becoming engaged a comical nine times, he met and married Lisa, and they raised their children from Germany to Georgia. They were married for 36 years. Upon his retirement from the Army, he began a wide and varied career in sales. He retired from Sears in 2008. At nearly 70 years old, he got on his motorcycle and rode cross-country, making new friends and catching up with old ones along the way. He was an extraordinarily creative soul. His talent at photography and woodwork was rivaled only by his enthusiasm for teaching and learning from others. He was a former president and long-standing member of the Golden Isles Woodworkers, and was constantly inspired by the talent of his friends and colleagues. His philosophy was simple: he believed in good. His sole relationship with pride was that he felt it only in others’ accomplishments. He lived a life guided by curiosity, kindness, humor and love. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Gladys; his sister, Brenda; and the mother of his children, Lisa. He is survived by his son, Luke Sullivan and his fiancée, Melanie; his daughter, Ledra, and her husband, Walker; his grandchildren, Justin Sullivan, Josh Sullivan, and his wife, Chelsea, and Morgan Sullivan and her fiancé, Justin; his great-grandchildren, Caiden and Ashton; and the many he considered honorary sons and daughters.



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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.”


Edward Gustavel (08/22/2017)
Edward Gustavel, 75, of Winter Haven, Fla., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at the Good Shepherd Hospice in Lakeland, Fl.a. after a short battle with cancer.
Edward was born Feb. 12, 1942, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Blanche and Elmer Gustavel. He grew up in Burtville and graduated from Port Allegany High School in 1961. Following graduation, Edward enlisted in the Air Force and proudly served as a ground radio operator during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged as an Airman First Class on Aug. 13, 1965. Edward married Gloria Jean Thompson on Feb.16, 1968. They purchased a home and land in Roulette where they raised their three children and ran Gustavel's Cabins Motel for many years. Edward worked as the electrical department supervisor at Dresser-Rand in Olean, N.Y. for 38 years. Upon retiring, Edward moved to Winter Haven, Fla. and enjoyed pursuing several hobbies. He was an avid and skilled woodworker who won numerous awards for his furniture, wood carvings, and innovative projects. He enjoyed making Christmas gifts for family, friends, and often made wooden toys for children in need. Always giving, Edward donated 75 gallons of blood for the American Red Cross during his lifetime.Edward is survived by his wife of 49 years, Gloria Gustavel; his daughter, Terry Strait of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; his son, Chris and his wife Wendy, of North Kingstown, R.I.; his son, Shawn and his wife Cindy, of New Tampa, Fla.; his sister, Joan of Bonita Springs, Fla.; his brother, Ted of Brea, Calif.; three granddaughters, Megan, Eleanor, and Madison; and his dog Cody. A memorial service will be held on Sept. 13, from 2-4 p.m., at the Vienna Square club house Grand Hall, 1387 Vienna Square Dr., Winter Haven, Fla. 33884.




Blanchard Gardener (08/01/2017)
Blanchard "Bud" Gardner, 90, died on August 1, 2017. He was a native of Monroeville, Alabama and a longtime resident of Memphis, Tennessee. As a young man, Gardner served in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Germany immediately following the end of World War II. He studied Art at Auburn University and upon graduation used his creative talents to pursue a career in advertising. Bud began his career as a creative director with Noble Dury Advertising Agency, where he served clients such as Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, Holiday Inn, Riceland Rice and Bush Brothers. After 30 years he left Noble Dury and started his own agency. Bud loved to travel and cultivated an appreciation for artisan breads during his numerous trips to Europe. He helped open City Bread Company to share this passion with the people of Memphis. Upon retirement, Bud turned his artistic endeavors to woodturning and spent many years honing his craft. His work was admirable and worthy of sale, but Bud preferred to donate his pieces to raise funds for worthy causes that were important to him and the community. Bud was a member of the Ad Club, Memphis Ads Fraternity and the Art Directors Club. He will be fondly remembered by his family, and many friends who he loved dearly.Bud was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth "Libba" Gardner. He leaves behind two sons, Thomas E. Gardner (Lucy) of Memphis and Robert B. Gardner (Kim) of Mandeville, LA, and a daughter, Leigh Carter, of Memphis. He has five grandchildren and four great-children.





Joe H. Yates (07/28/2017)
Joe , age 71, went to be with the Lord comforted by his family on July 26, 2017. A true gentleman, Joe was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend. A 1963 graduate of Coffee High School, Joe graduated from the University of Alabama in 1967 and earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1969. He was a long-time trusted, local attorney known for his real estate practice and high level of integrity. Joe was active in local organizations including the Civitans, Lions’ Club, and the Cattlemen’s Association as well as his churches. He was a passionate woodturning artist generously gifting his art to friends and many worthwhile causes. His greatest joy, however, was being “Papa” to his four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Joel Yates, and mother, Louise Whitten Yates. Survivors include his loving wife of 43 years, Nancy Kennedy Yates; daughters, Jennifer Yates Yarbrough (Ralph) and Julie Yates Stewart (Huston); grandchildren, Houston Yarbrough, Yates Yarbrough, Caroline Stewart, and Lily Stewart; and sisters, Nancy Yates Sultenfuss (Bill) and Rebecca Yates Doremus.








Louie Arana, Jr. (07/16/2017)
Louie was born on August 30, 1955 in Tucson, the son of Louie and Clara (McCoy) Arana Sr. Louie had many hobbies and enjoyed retirement from the City of Tucson to its fullest. Home and family were his sanctuaries and he will be dearly missed. Louie is survived by his wife, Erin Arana; daughters, Jacque and Robin; son, Austin; grandson, Isaac; sisters, Marsha, Jeanie, and Lisa; and brother, Steve; and nephew, Matthew.









Yvan Richer  (07/24/2017)
Beloved husband of Annette McDonald of Cornwall, Ontario. Loved father of Shawn, Vicky, Brodie, and Kiel. Sadly missed by 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Cherished brother to Ronald and Elaine. Loving son of the late Antoine (Anthony) and Antoinnette (née Dapratto) Richer. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. If so desired, contributions in his memory to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada (www.phacanada.ca) would be appreciated by the family.


William Hartnett (07/21/2017)
Torrance, CA


Donald R. Mowery (07/09/2017)
Donald was born on January 9, 1942 and passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017. Donald was a resident of Ephrata Township, Pennsylvania at the time of passing. Don was a 1959 graduate of McCaskey High School, Lancaster, attended Millersville Normal School, and was a Navy veteran during the Vietnam War. Organizations: Vietnam War Navy Veteran; Member of St. Paul's UCC, Manheim; Charter member of Lancaster Area Woodturners.


Robert Lee Batke (06/14/2017)
Robert Lee Batke of Wooster, OH passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017, surrounded by his family at Wooster Community Hospital. Bob was born March 18, 1934, in Cleveland, OH the son of Robert F. Batke and Evelyn A. Reichwein Noss, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Donna M. (Morgan) Batke whom he married in May of 1981. Bob was a journeyman electrician and a member of IBEW Local 38 of Cleveland for 60 years. He worked for Hatfield Electric of Cleveland for 35 years and retired as a Senior Project Manager from Lake Erie Electric of Westlake after 15 years. He also served in the United States Army Reserves training at Fort Knox Kentucky as a sharpshooter and was returned to the National Guard of Ohio after six months active duty with the Army. Bob was a member of Harding Concordia Lodge #345 of the Valley of Cleveland, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and past chief of the Hunters Lodge. Bob was an avid golfer with Local 38 Wireman's Golf Association and participated in many golf tournaments. Bob also enjoyed trap shooting and was a member of the Amateur Trap Shooters Association of America, winning many senior trap shooting competitions. He also was a woodturner and a member of North Coast Woodturners and Buckeye Woodturners. In addition to his wife, Donna, he is survived by his children, Robert L. (Mary) Batke of Anchorage, Alaska, Dale A. (Marcy) Batke of Medina, OH, Karen L. (Ronald) Saleker of Medina, OH and Sarah E. Batke of Lakewood, OH and his former wife, Joann C. Batke of Medina, OH. He also leaves behind six grandchildren; Dale A. Batke, Jr., Karen V. Lewis, Michelle L. Joyner, Ryan A. Saleker, Jenna L. Saleker and Miles L. Ehrbar; brother's Raymond A. (Patricia) Batke of Medina, OH and William H. (Betty) Noss of Medina, OH and a sister Sandra L. (Batke) Babic of Westlake, OH and nine nephews and two nieces.


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




Duane C. Rozendaal (05/26/2017)
Duane C. Rozendaal, 64, of Newton, formerly of Sully died on Friday, May 26, 2017, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Duane, the son of Gorman and LaDonna (Schuring) Rozendaal, was born on March 21, 1953 in Newton. He grew up in Sully and graduated from Lynnville-Sully High School in 1971 and attended Indian Hills Community College. Duane was united in marriage with Kathy Hunt on February 9, 1973 in Lacey, Iowa. They made their home in Sully and were blessed with two sons, Brad and Todd. Following Kathy’s death in 1988, Duane was united in marriage with Jodi Ver Dught Brisel on July 24, 1992 in Newton. In 2005, they moved to rural Newton. Duane worked as a carpenter for many years with Fred Schmidt, Elscott Construction, and at Fisher Woodmills. For the last 24 years Duane had worked at Central Iowa Rural Water as a Right of Way Manager. He also was a Real Estate Agent, Broker, and Appraiser. In the 1970's, Duane played semi-professional football for the Newton Nite Hawks. He was a member of the Sully Jaycees, Sully City Council, Elks Lodge #1270, Des Moines Woodworkers Association, Tri-County and Des Moines Bass Clubs, Newton Board of Realtors, and the Jasper County Condemnation Board and Board of Review. Duane liked woodworking, fishing, camping, going to the races and the Iowa State Fair, and spending time with friends and family. Most of all, he loved his grandchildren and enjoyed going to their activities. Duane was also an ordained minister. Duane is survived by his wife, Jodi of rural Newton; sons, Brad (Liz) Rozendaal of Newton, Todd Rozendaal of Des Moines, and Trent Brisel (Amy Montz) of Newton; his grandchildren, Peyton, Lane, Haylee, Reagan, Hunter, and Payton; parents, Gorman and LaDonna Rozendaal of Sully; sister, Cindy (Gerald) Pleima of Pella; brother-in-law, Tony Ver Dught of Warsaw, Illinois; and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his 1st wife, Kathy; paternal grandparents, Pete and Henrietta Rozendaal; and maternal grandparents, John Schuring and Johnnie and Grace Borrall. 



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).







William R. Mershon (04/28/2017)
William R. Mershon, LCDR USN (Ret), age 93, of Portsmouth, RI, died Friday, April 28, 2017, at Newport Hospital. Mr. Mershon, Bill to his many friends, was born June 25, 1923, in Stamford, CT, the son of the late John William Mershon and the late Lydia (Sonn) Mershon. He was the former husband of the late Jennie Lee Langdon and the late Dortha Guenther. Bill Mershon served in the US Navy for 22 years in both WWII and Korea. Notable in his years of service was a 1944 deployment in China as an underwater demolition expert. Bill was a member of an elite group that were, the forerunners of the Navy SEALS. Subsequent afloat assignments included long deployments during the 1940s aboard heavy cruisers USS Los Angeles and USS Helena. Also during the Korea conflict Bill served aboard an attack transport, then a destroyer in Newport, Rhode Island. He was an Engineering Officer on the carrier Tarawa based at Quonset Naval Air Station and finally served as a Lieutenant Commander for 33 months aboard the guided missile cruiser Boston. Upon his retirement from the Navy in 1965 he returned to college, earning his Bachelors and Masters degrees. In the early 1970’s with degrees in hand and combined with his experience as a scuba diver, Bill, along with three other biologists founded the Marine Biology program at what has become Roger Williams University. This program is now one of the most popular areas of study at that institution. Bill also established the first two computer labs on the campus in the early 1980s, regularly training fellow faculty and students on their use. He retired from the University in 1988 but continued activity as Professor Emeritus of Biology until recent years. Bill was active in the local community, serving on the Newport Chamber of Commerce Yachting Committee, the Tall Ships 1976 Committee, as Chairman of the Trustees at the First Presbyterian Church, as Commander of the Newport Power Squadron and as the Commodore of Newport Yacht Club. Beyond his deep involvement with public service and the community, Bill will be remembered as a man committed to his word. If he said he was going to do something then that thing would surely be done. Military personnel, Portsmouth firemen and many others shook Bill’s hand and said to him in one way or another; “Thank you for your service.” This man’s service to his country and his community was exceptional and exemplary. He is survived by his longtime and dear companion, Joan Hopper of Portsmouth, his sister Lydia M. Johnson, daughter-in-law, Jeri Langdon, daughter, Jean Johnson Stuhlmann, daughter, Hilary Conley, son, Louis Guenther, daughter, Selby Minner, daughter-in-law, Mary Guenther, daughter Diane Langdon, nieces and nephews and many grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Jeanne Condie and sons, Van Thomas Langdon and Victor Michael Langdon.


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).


Donald L. Couchman (02/03/2017)
Donald L. Couchman (85) passed away on February 3, 2017. He was born in San Jose, CA, son of Robert and Edna Couchman. He called Gaithersburg home for 44 years. He was a 1952 graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkley. He was employed by GE in the aircraft engine business until joining the Navy in 1955. After graduating from Officer Candidate School, he was assigned to the Naval Reactor program under Admiral H. G. Rickover. He also worked on the Shippingport project, the world's first full-scale atomic electric power plant devoted exclusively to peacetime uses. Starting in 1960, he worked for NUS Corp. in a variety of positions in the Washington area, California, and Brazil for 33 years. He was elected a Vice President in 1970 and served at different times as a division general manager, director of international operations, director of regional operations, and chief administrative officer of the company. He had direct involvement in thetechnical and management aspects of the first nuclear power plant project in more than a dozen countries, including a three-year assignment for the whole family in Rio de Janeiro. He was a member of the American Nuclear Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Upon retirement he was able to spend more time on his woodworking and woodturning, compiling genealogy, playing bridge and enjoying travel with his wife Corinne. He was an active volunteer at Mended Hearts for 16 years. He was a member of American Association of Woodturners and a founding member of Montgomery County Woodturners. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Corinne. He is also survived by brothers, Robert (Winifred) Couchman Jr. and Melvin (Lynda) Couchman; son, Steven (Diane) Couchman, and daughters, Laurie (Patrick) Hynes, Cindy (Tim Aley) Couchman, Diane (James Batchelor) Couchman and will be missed dearly by grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Sarah, Joshua, Jared, Nicholas, Jacob, Angela, Becky, Carleen, Sarah, Rebecca, Emily, Camden, Pearson, Camden, Carlin and many others. He was preceded in death by brother, David (Rosemary) Couchman. Donations in his honor may be made to the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department.


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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