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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.


Michael Francis Roos (12/24/2018)

Michael Roos, 68, of Sherwood, Ore., entered into eternal life in his Newberg home Dec. 24, 2018 after a full life of service to family and community. Michael is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carol; sons, Tony (Tiffany) and John (Lisa); daughter, Abby (religious name Sr. Mary Peter); parents, Francis and Carol; sisters, Barbara Cook and Johna Murff; and seven grandchildren.




Raymond Franklin (12/??/ 2018)

North Saanich, BC



Ron Kent (12/15/2018)


AAW received sad news today that Ron Kent, AAW founding member #17, passed away on Saturday, December 15.


As an artist, Ron brought elegance and beautiful form to each piece he created, but was particularly well-known for his translucent Norfolk Island pine vessels, one of which is in the AAW Permanent Collection.

One of Ron’s longtime turning friends, S. Gary Roberts, sent this remembrance:

“I knew Ron Kent as a friend and fellow woodturner. I guess that the key word here is “fellow”. He treated everyone as a fellow and equal, regardless of their skill level or reputation. He had a sly sense of humor and a smile for everyone. He was a successful business man, which allowed him the time to enjoy and develop his love of woodturning.

The first time I visited him in his shop I was impressed with his ingenuity and the massive lathe that he had built. The head- stock and tail-stock were bolted down to huge blocks of poured concrete. The head shaft was about two and one half inches in diameter. His power source was a five horsepower electric motor connected to a three speed Ford truck transmission.

Ron was, and still is, the Master's Master for turning green Norfolk Island Pine bowls so thin that you could see the shadow of his hand on the other side. He developed a curing process that, not only enhanced the beauty of the wood, but kept it from cracking—forever. Unlike most highly successful artist, he was open and eager to share his techniques and process with those who were curious.

My AAW membership number is 16 and Ron's was 17. He regularly chided me about getting in ahead of him.

He loved to turn without his shirt on and, considering the wonderful climate of Hawaii, this was comfortable for him. We were helping Dale Nish with one of his symposiums and during the meeting of the demonstrators, Ron commented that he just might take his shirt off during the demonstration. Dale recoiled and started to say something when Ron laughed and said he was just poking Dale to get a reaction. We all enjoyed the joke.

I really believe that if Heaven does not have a lathe, Ron will build them one. A big one.”

A Chicago native, Ron was running his own investment company in Hawai'i when he took up turning in 1975. His wife, Myra, gave him an inexpensive lathe for Christmas. Not wanting to seem unappreciative, he walked down to the beach and found a piece of driftwood. Fitting it on the lathe, he turned a form from it with a sharpened screwdriver.

Ron Kent's work is in the collections of the Bishop Museum (Honolulu, Hawai'i), the Hawai'i State Art Museum, the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, Georgia), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D. C.). Kent has presented his works to the Pope-- and to three US presidents and two Supreme Court justices, as well as Emperor Akihito of Japan.

He is survived by Myra, and children Elizabeth Kent and Steven L. Kent. Our sympathies go out to the Kent family.


Click here to read Ron Kent's AAW 30 Year Anniversary profile.


Post-Nuclear Series, 2008
Ron Kent with Myra Kent
Norfolk Island pine, copper wire
8 7/8" x 9 7/8"
Yale University Art Gallery
Ruth and David Waterbury Collection
Photo: Robert Fogt


Ron Kent, a long-time AAW member who lived in Hawai‘i and was known for his work with Norfolk Island pine, has died.


Early in his career, Ron used driftwood found on Hawai‘i’s beaches and focused on solid bottle forms. Then he moved on to bowls in Norfolk Island pine, which introduced us to the world of wood art. When we first saw his signature “star” in the bottom of each translucent bowl, we were mesmerized—and bought our first bowl.


A self-taught turner with an engineering background, Ron preferred to develop his own lathe and techniques. Unlike most bowl turners, he mounted the log endgrain and turned the interior of the bowl first, looking for the pattern of regularly spaced branches specific to Norfolk Island pine. With the log positioned just right, a natural star pattern emerged. Too much cutting obliterated the star, too little failed to reveal it. Then Ron would work the outside of the bowl, striving for thin, even walls.


A note from Ron’s family:


Ron found fulfillment by forging his own paths in art and life. Celebrating one of his great passions, woodturning, we have established a fund in Ron’s memory to support emerging woodworkers and encourage the artistic use of an invasive species of tree such as the Albizia tree. Because Ron and Myra were an inseparable team, the fund is in both their names.


The Hawaii Community Foundation will administer the fund, and the Hawaii Forest Institute will award annual prizes. If you would like to make a donation, here are the instructions.


Gifts by Check:

Please make your check to the Hawaii Community Foundation and mail to:


Eric Laa, Senior Development Officer

Hawaii Community Foundation

827 Fort Street Mall

Honolulu, HI 96813


Please be sure to note “Ron and Myra Kent Fund” in the check memo area.


Gifts Online (A 2.6% processing fee will be charged for gifts donated online):


  • Visit hawaiicommunityfoundation.org;
  • Click the “Give” icon in the upper left header; 
  • Once on the “Give Directly Online” page, click “Search for a Specific Fund”;
  • Enter “Ron and Myra Kent Fund”;
  • Click the “search button” and follow the prompts to complete your gift.


Thank you for honoring Ron’s memory with your friendship and aloha.


With gratitude,

Myra, Elizabeth, and Steven Kent


Johann Nikolaus Zeitner (12/10/2018)
Frauenfeld, Switzerland


Jesse Meyer (11/20/2018)
Jesse Meyer passed away after a brief illness, at the age of 93, on November 20, 2017, at Lifecare Center in West Bridgewater, MA. He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Margaret (Charron) Meyer and their four children, Karl Meyer and his wife Cindy (Rice) of British Columbia, Louise Woodruff and her husband Ward of Connecticut, Susan Pye of West Bridgewater and Andrea d'Entremont and her husband Jim of Franklin. With 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, Jesse and Margaret cherished their time together while watching their family grow. A proud veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Merchant Marines from 1943 to 1946, Jesse provided his family with recollections of his time at sea during war and peace. He tirelessly supported efforts to acknowledge and honor the U.S. Merchant Marines who served in World War II as veterans, a goal finally achieved in 1988. A lifelong woodworker and passionate woodturner, Jesse was most at home in his shop with his tools, machinery and lathe. While he enjoyed his time working in the shop, he also shared his knowledge, providing instruction and support for budding woodworkers and woodturners. Jesse was actively turning until 2015 and has left a legacy in his fine craftsmanship. Jesse served the people of Halifax as a call member of the Halifax Fire Department for 28 years. As longtime Halifax community members, Jesse and Margaret invested in the local community in many ways before moving to Oak Point in Middleborough in June, 2000.


Richard Earl ""Bud”" Zalesky (11/18/2018)
Richard Earl "Bud" Zalesky, 87, of Hendersonville died Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Mission Hospital. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 7, 1931; a son of the late James and Alice Jennens Zalesky. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Zalesky; his first wife and the mother of his children, Mary Louise Tiernan Zalesky; as well as his sister-in-law, Sherry Zalesky. He grew up in Miami, FL. After a tour in the US Air Force, where he spent his service teaching electronics and maintenance of bomb/navigation systems on the B47 and B52, he graduated from the University of Miami in 1959 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He enjoyed a 30 year career in Research and Development at Lockheed Aircraft until his retirement in 1989 and then relocated to Hendersonville. He was a skilled wood worker/turner, fly fisherman, gourmet cook, community volunteer, as well as an active member of St. James. He is survived by his beloved Judy; three children, Rick (Charlene) Zalesky of Atlanta, GA, Chris (Nancy) Zalesky of Doylestown, PA, and Jean (Mike) Rentnelli of Deltona, FL. He leaves behind his four cherished grandchildren: Zack (Hannah) Zalesky, Christopher Zalesky and finance (Julia), Zola (Austin) Lopeman, and Patrick Zalesky and friend, (Jess). A brother, Jim Zalesky of Chicago, IL, also survives him, as do his second family, Kristin (Jason) Woodbury and Kane Mettler, both of CA, and Kevin Mettler, deceased.

Richard Joseph Stoddard (11/16/2018)
Richard Joseph Stoddard, 69, of Colchester, CT, beloved husband of Linda (Howk) Stoddard, passed away Friday (Nov. 16, 2018) at Hartford Hospital. Born Feb. 28, 1949 in Flushing, NY, he was the son of the late William and Helen (Marchand) Stoddard. He served proudly with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and went on to work as a custom gunsmith for Colt Firearms for 38 years before his retirement in December of 2012. A talented workworker, Richard was a member of the Eastern CT Woodturners Association and was also a member of the Rockville Fish & Game Club. In addition to his loving wife of 45 years, he leaves two children, Richard Stoddard, Jr. and his wife, Amy of Enfield and Jennifer Stoddard of Columbia, MD; two grandchildren, Zachary and Madelyn; a sister, Patricia Weiss of Islamorada, FL; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Bobbi Stoddard, Jr. of No. Babylon, NY; a brother-in-law, Benjamin Lupia of East Quogue, NY and numerous extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Kathleen Lupia.


Sven Kath (Date of death unknown)

Capetown, South Africa


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.


Norman A. Dresner (11/01/2018)
Norman Abbott Dresner died at his home in Severn, Maryland on November 1, 2018. He was 77. Born in Manhattan, NY, in 1941, Norman was the son of Mac and Blanche Dresner and the brother of the late Alice Schlossberg of Beverly, Massachusetts. He lived most of his early life in the Bronx and the last 50 years in Maryland. In 1962, Norman received the first of many academic degrees, a bachelor's degree in math from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and met his future wife Marcia. He had a lifelong devotion to learning and study, particularly in the fields of mathematics and quantum physics. His long career was spent primarily in defense work with Westinghouse/Northrop Grumman. The work included assignments in the Bahamas, Arizona, North Carolina, and Nagoya, Japan. Outside of work, he had passions for photography, electronics, computers, HO scale model trains and boats, puzzles and games, and woodturning. The woodturning hobby led to the founding of his artisan business, Wood Art for Living. Norm was the beloved husband of Marcia Dresner (née Newman) for over 53 years. He is survived by two sons: Jonathan Dresner and his wife Woody of Pittsburg, Kansas; Michael (Alex) Dresner and his wife Kimberly of Springfield, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by his niece and nephew Sara and David Schlossberg and was a doting grandfather to his granddaughters: Shawn, Samantha, and Evelyne Dresner.


Gordon Huey M.D. (10/28/2018)
Gordon Reed Huey, 68, of Columbus, passed away Sunday, October 28, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Gordon was born September 17th, 1950, in Blount County, TN, the son of Paul Luther and Pauline Reed Huey. Gordon spent his formative years in Evansville, IN, where he attended William Henry Harrison High School, and was active in Boy Scouts of America, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from the University of Evansville in 1975, and went on to the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, graduating from Medical School in 1979, and completing his Residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology in 1983. He married Annalee Groene on March 2, 1985, in Indianapolis, IN. Gordon and Annalee moved their family to Columbus, IN in May, 1989, where he began his obstetrics and gynecology practice at OB/GYN Associates of Columbus, retiring in April, 2011. Gordon enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, and woodworking/woodturning. He also was an avid reader and loved music, instilling an appreciation of jazz in his children. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Peggy Ann Huey. Survivors include his wife; son Spencer, of Littleton, CO, and daughters Caitlin of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Jennifer of Pittsburgh, PA.

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.


Kenneth C. Hager (10/17/2018)
Kenneth C. Hager passed away peacefully on October 17, 2018 in his home in Tulsa. He was born July 1, 1932 in Cleveland to James "Harve" and Rose (Caldwell) Hager. Ken enjoyed a long career in health care beginning as a laboratory technician at Hillcrest Hospital. He served as administrator for Oklahoma hospitals in Hominy, Hollis, Collinsville, and Cleveland. During the 60's and 70's Ken was an Associate Director of the Oklahoma Hospital Association and Director of the Oklahoma Council for Health Careers. From 1977-1995 he served as Vice President and Administrator at Saint Francis Hospital. Some of his accomplishments include the opening of new hospitals in Hollis, and Collinsville, the creation of Tulsa Life Flight, the Ronald McDonald House, a mobile Neonatal ICU, and the Physical Performance Center. During this 42-year career he was honored by being inducted into the American College of Healthcare Executives and served on the boards of several local, state, and national health-related organizations. While Ken was building his career in healthcare, he also enjoyed changing from his suit to blue jeans and returning to his roots, working the land and raising livestock. From 1969-1985 he lived on a farm in Pawnee county raising his family and running a cattle ranch. Following his retirement from health care, Ken pursued a childhood interest to work with wood. Once he was introduced to woodturning, he knew he had found his new niche and would follow in the artistic footsteps of his mother and sisters. During the past twenty-three years, Ken created numerous vases, bowls and vessels of all shapes and sizes. His art has been sold all over the world and most of the proceeds went to The Village of Hope in Ghana, Africa and other charities. He greatly enjoyed his hobby and honing his craft. He also enjoyed teaching others and having other woodturners drop by his backyard shop. Ken was a member of the Northeast Oklahoma Woodturners and the American Association of Woodturners.



Eric Light (10/10/2018)
Eric Light passed away October 10 in Aiken, South Carolina. Eric's unique and quirky sense of humor helped him keep his balance, and in his darkest moments he cared more about others than himself. Eric always had a smile and kind word for anyone who crossed his path and made it his goal to make at least one other person smile every day, a goal he accomplished many times over. One of Eric's enduring passions was his woodwork, imagining and creating something lasting and beautiful with his hands from a block of wood. Above all else, Eric deeply loved his wife Sheila and his daughters Abigail and Sarah, who were constantly in his thoughts, heart and prayers. For him, being a husband and father were his greatest accomplishments.


Richard S. Killam (10/06/2018)
Richard S. Killam, 78, of State College, formerly of Mendham, NJ, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 6, 2018, surrounded by family. Dick was born in Detroit, Michigan on Sept. 8, 1940. The son of the late Melbourne and Mary Killam. He is survived by his wife, Judith Nussmeier Killam. They were married on June 25, 1966 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. He is also survived by son, Spence Killam, his wife, Cathryn, of Mendham, NJ; son, Brad Killam, his wife, Andrea, of Stow, MA; daughter, Sherry Tirko, her husband, Kevin, of State College, PA; his cherished grandchildren, Morgan and Rowan Killam of Mendham, NJ; Cora and Lucy Tirko of State College, PA; sister, Nancy Simon, of Chicago, IL.; brother-in-law, Bernie Tuttle of Bellefontaine, OH; step-grandchildren, Tasha Tirko, her husband, Vince Agresto of State College, PA; Jessica Tirko, her husband, Joshua Duerr of Goldsboro, NC. In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his sister, Bonnie Tuttle. Dick served in the US Army from 1959-1962. After discharge, he attended Wayne State University and graduated in Dec. of 1966 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Company from 1966-1976. During that time he earned his MBA from Wayne State University graduating in 1970. He continued his career at AT&T headquarters in Basking Ridge, NJ where his most gratifying project was managing the project of laying the first trans-pacific fiber optic communications cable. He worked for Telcordia Technologies from 1998 until he retired in 2006. In 2008, he and his wife moved to State College, PA. Dick was an active member of the State College Presbyterian Church. He volunteered at Krislund Camp. He was an active SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) mentor giving advice to clients starting or growing businesses. He was a member of the Nittany Valley Turning Club. For several years he volunteered setting up fireworks for the State College 4th Fest. He was a life member of the Pastime Club of Mendham which raises money for youth sports and activities in the area. He was proud to earn an Eagle Scout rank. Dick had a love for woodworking. He spent countless hours enjoying his woodshop making beautiful pieces for his family and friends to enjoy as well as pieces to auction off for charity. His smile and willingness to help others will be missed by many.


Maurice James McLeod (10/06/2018)
Maurice James McLeod passed from this earth on October 6, 2018. He was born February 20, 1937 near Mason, Texas to Howard James and Erma Ioma McLeod. He moved to Abilene with his family in 1948 and remained in Abilene throughout his life. Maurice graduated from Abilene High School in 1954. He married Charlene McLeod on July 24, 1956. His young working life was spent as an employee of Thornton's Department Store. He began teaching in the Abilene Independent School District in 1969 at Bonham Elementary School and worked there for eight years. He moved to Johnston Elementary School in 1976 and remained there until his retirement in 1995 after 27 years of teaching. Maurice received an Associate in Arts degree from Ranger Junior College in 1957, the Bachelor of Science degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 1967, and the Master in Education degree from Abilene Christian College in 1975.He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Pathfinders Sunday School class. Maurice was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 62 years, Charlene McLeod, parents Howard and Erma McLeod and his sister Mrs. Doris Pullen and her husband Otha Pullen. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Kenneth and Tonya McLeod of Houston, Texas, and his daughter and son-in-law Paula and James Fehleison of Arlington, Texas. He had four wonderful grandsons: Matt McLeod and wife Sarah, David McLeod and wife Emily, Jase Fehleison, and Ben Fehleison and wife Mary. He had six beautiful great grandchildren: Abigail, Marielle, and Hazel McLeod and Mason, Merritt, and Maren McLeod. He is also survived by nephew Larry Pullen and wife Jill of Texarkana, Texas and their daughters Heather Cox and Ashley Danley. Special thanks to Dr. Hari Kalla, Amy Newquist, Ann Herrara, Elizabeth Rodriguez and all of the caregivers at Texas Oncology in Abilene.



Harry Eugene "Gene" Bradley, Jr. (09/25/2018)
Gene passed away on September 22, 2018. Gene was born on February 16, 1938 in Fairfield, Alabama, the only son of Harry Eugene Bradley, Sr. and Anne Frances Walton Bradley. In his teen years, the family moved to Dallas, Texas. Gene graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas in 1956. Following graduation, he attended Texas Tech University for 1 ½ years from September 1956 to December 1957. Gene met his wife, Ailene Bratcher, in December 1957, and they married in May 1958. He worked as a piping draftsman for 43 years for various companies. His hobbies were woodworking and woodturning; he made many beautiful pieces. His favorite past-time was watching the University of Houston women’s fast-pitch softball and all other sports he could follow. Gene was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Ailene Bratcher Bradley; his daughters Pamela Kay Bradley (Austin, TX) and Janice Lea Mitchell (Spring, TX); 3 grandchildren, Jason Michael Davis, Nicole Alexandria Mitchell, and Michael Joseph Mitchell; and granddaughter-in-law, Rebecca Ramirez Mitchell (all in Houston, TX); his sister and brother-in-law Sarah and Charles Zink (Lacey, WA); his sister Lynn Vier (Lubbock, TX); and 3 nephews and 4 nieces. At the time of his passing, Gene was at home in the care of Hospice.


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.



Carlton "Cotty" Dale Howe (09/14/2018)
Carlton "Cotty" Dale Howe, 72, passed away with loved ones at his side Friday night, September 14, 2018, at Island Hospital after a one-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born May 17, 1946, the son of Calvin and Eileen (Johnson) Howe in Rolette, North Dakota. Cotty was the oldest of three children, with brother Gary (3 years younger) and sister, Nancy (11 years younger). The family moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, when Cotty was 11 years old. After his parents divorced, Cotty became the man of the house at 13, providing for his mom and his younger siblings, working at a drive-in restaurant and Safeway, all while holding down good grades and achieving the level of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America. Cotty attended Rapid City High School and, at his junior prom, had his first date with Patricia (Patty) Ann Colerick. It was obviously a wonderful evening as they married 4 years later on July 10, 1966. When they recently celebrated 52 years of marriage, they declared, "I am married to my best friend." Cotty earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1968, and within days of graduation, Cotty and Patty moved, along with their 3-week old baby daughter, Teri Ann Howe, from Rapid City to Anacortes, where he started his career at Shell Oil. Their son, Carlton Dan Howe, was born in Anacortes in 1970. Cotty's 30 years at Shell Oil took his family from Anacortes back and forth between Los Angeles and Houston before returning to Skagit County in 1979. Ever the dedicated husband and father, Cotty turned down promotions/transfers to allow his children to attend Mount Vernon High School and the family to remain in the Pacific Northwest, finally retiring from Shell Oil in 1998 and Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes in 2001. Some of Cotty and Patty's happiest times were raising their family. Cotty enjoyed coaching his son's soccer team and being involved in Boy Scouts with Dan who, like his dad, earned the level of Eagle Scout. Teri and Dan both graduated from the University of Washington, where his daughter got an electrical engineering degree like her father. The family enjoyed annual car trips to Rapid City, camping, water skiing, fishing and boating. In 1998, Cotty and his family built his retirement home in Anacortes. Always a great do-it-yourselfer, Cotty became a talented woodworker and could often be found turning beautiful bowls in his wood shop or fixing things at his church. Cotty and Patty RV'ed regularly around the United States. Cotty definitely loved being retired. Cotty was the rock in the family practical, capable, dependable, logical, full of integrity, calm and never procrastinated. He was fiscally prudent but loved his big toys. He enjoyed his boat, his truck, and going on a run to the dump. He was a good friend and neighbor supportive and quick to help. He could be surprisingly talkative and occasionally revealed a mischievous grin. He was an optimist, especially evident during this last year's fight with cancer. He was a good man. He will be truly missed by many. Cotty leaves behind his wife, Patty Howe, his daughter, Teri Howe, his son, Dan Howe, and his son's wife, Shelby (Tonkin) Howe ("his other favorite daughter"), wonderful extended family (brothers-in-law and spouses, a niece and her family, and cousins), and many close friends recent and spanning decades. His parents and siblings preceded him in death.


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



Victor A. Caruso (08/09/2018)
Victor A. Caruso age 90 of North Eastham MA, passed away peacefully on August 9 at the Parlin Hospice residence in Wayland. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth in 2008. He is survived by his siblings Genovese, Richard and Elaine, and his 5 children, David, Susan, Sharon, Jane and Kathleen. He was also the proud grandfather to 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Originally from Waltham MA, Victor raised his family in Maynard and become a longtime resident of North Eastham where he has lived for the past 25 years. A lifelong master electrician, Victor found his pride and enjoyment in gathering his family and friends around the dining room table for the many day-long social gatherings he cherished. Well known around Eastham area as an avid fisherman and seafood lover, he always found time to take the kids out to see the ocean, teach them how to fish, and how to make a great pasta sauce. An excellent cribbage player, he would take on all comers and share everything he knew about the game. Victor also took up the art of making writing instruments in his retirement and went on to produce dozens of beautiful pens in all sorts of exotic woods and nearly everyone he knew now has their own hand made keepsake that Victor created. His caring, helping personality left a lasting impression on everyone and he will be missed by all.



Alfred Michael “Mike” Larson (08/07/2018)
Alfred Michael "Mike" Larson 56, of Broken Bow, Neb. passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, at the Jennie M Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow. Mike was born in Broken Bow Nov. 8, 1961, to Alfred and Verlie (Haumont) Larson. Mike graduated from Broken Bow High School. Mike enjoyed raising cattle, working with wood, leather and guns. Mike was preceded in death by his parents.


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.


William Henry Seabolt (07/29/2018)
William Henry Seabolt, 72, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018. He was born in Murphy, North Carolina, was a resident of Green and was a senior cost accountant retiring from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. He was an avid woodworker and was active with the Buckeye Woodworkers and Woodturners Club. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Frances A. (Buynak); son, John (Judy); daughter, Pam (Chris) Auman; brother, John (Isabelle) Bratanov; sisters, Debbie Masterson and Becky Montgomery; and grandchildren, J.R. and Jacob Seabolt and Brendan, Matthew and Abby Auman. He was preceded in death by his mother, Paralee (Russell); and brothers, Steve and Nicky.


Thomas Wright Pillow (07/16/2018)
Thomas Wright Pillow, 82, of Collierville, passed from this life Monday, July 16, 2018 at his home. Mr. Pillow was born January 13, 1936 in Paris, TN to the late Sam and Mary Shell Pillow. He was a retired Methodist Minister, teacher, musician and an accomplished wood turner. He was preceded in death by his loving wife; Jo DePriest Pillow. Mr. Pillow is survived by three daughters; Clare Pillow Mann (Bill), Julie Pillow Wilson, Kathryn Pillow Burress, a son; Paul Thomas Pillow (Holly), nine grandchildren; Alex Myers, Morgan Myers, Adam Myers (Danielle), Ian Watson (Miriam), Austin Burress (Meg), Anna Burress, Thomas Pillow (Emilie), Jessica Pillow, Megan Fisher and four great grandchildren. The family will receive friends at 1:00pm Saturday, July 21, 2018 with a Memorial Service at 2:00pm all at the Sanctuary on the Square in Collierville. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to Arkansas Craft School @www.arkansascraftschool.org or Peace Tree United Methodist Church @ www.peacetreeumc.org. FAMILY Clare Pillow Mann (Bill), Daughter Julie Pillow Wilson, Daughter Kathryn Pillow Burress, Daughter `Paul Thomas Pillow (Holly), Son Alex Myers, Grandchild Morgan Myers, Grandchild Adam Myers (Danielle), Grandchild Ian Watson (Miriam), Grandchild Austin Burress (Meg), Grandchild Anna Burress, Grandchild Thomas Pillow (Emilie), Grandchild Jessica Pillow, Grandchild Megan Fisher, Grandchild Four (4), Great Grandchildren He was preceded in death by his loving wife; Jo DePriest Pillow.



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 Joseph Parkes (06/18/2018)
On Monday, June 18, 2018 John Joseph Parkes, 69, of Middleton, Wisconsin passed away. John was a talented woodworker and wood turner who shared his handmade works with those he loved. He was a 17 year survivor of esophageal cancer who was passionately involved in counseling other cancer survivors and their loved ones through his involvement in Smart Patients and Gilda’s Club. As a member of the Middleton Action Team, he devoted his time and energy to improving his community. John will be lovingly remembered by Ann, his wife of 10 years; children Heidi and Jeff (Amanda); grandson Colin; step-children Michelle and Kristina; siblings Bob (Dorothy), Sylvia (Norm), Mike (Linda), Bill (Cathy), and Rose (Rodger); and his faithful dog Leo. John was predeceased by his brother Peter, and parents Rosemary and Emil of Broadview, IL.


William Ross "Bill" Payton Jr. (05/24/2018)
Mr. Payton died Thursday, May 24, 2018 at his residence. He was preceded in death by parents, William and Thelma Payton; sister, Mary Good; brother, James Payton; and cousin, Wayne Duke. He is survived by his wife, Susan M. Payton; daughter, Jennifer B. Payton; son, Ben (Jordan) Payton; grandson, Rowan Payton; sister, Connie Joiner; brother-in-law, David "Dave" Good; sister-in-law, Gail Andrews; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.



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


Murray Stein (05/06/2018)

Of Allen, TX on May 6, 2018. Beloved husband of Carol. Father of Michael, Richard (Tammy), Caryn, Mark (Randy Doster), Matthew (Ryan Taylor) and Judith and stepfather of Jonathan (Elvira) Wolk, Samuel Wolk (Sherrill Muzzuco). Grandfather of Danielle and Joshua Stein, Matthew Rosenthal and Logan Wolk. Brother-in-law of Mark Schlosburg.


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.


James, G. Allen (04/30/2018)

Reno, Nevada


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.







Robert "Bob" L. Holmes (04/24/2018)
Robert "Bob" L. Holmes of Mequon, WI, formerly of Farmington, passed away at the Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. He was 84 years old. Bob was born on March 7, 1934, in Farmington, IL, the son of William and Julia (nee Handzo) Holmes. After attending local schools, he continued his educational pursuits at Grinnell College in Iowa. Bob embraced all aspects college life, educational and social. He graduated from Grinnell in 1956, with a BA in Literature. While studying at Grinnell, he met his first wife, Patricia Carol Guy (deceased). After college, he served his country in the U.S. Navy as a LTJG. His last duty assignment was aboard the USS Terrebonne Parish. He received his Honorable Discharge from the Navy in 1959. Bob then began a successful career at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Milwaukee, WI. When he retired from NML, Bob was a Regional Director of Agencies. He was a faithful member of Christ Episcopal Church in Whitefish Bay, WI, and a 40-plus-year member of the church choir. In addition to expressing himself artistically through song, he was also a talented wood artist, woodturner and a serious student of flame work glass beads and marbles. Bob was "Honey Bear" for the past 19 years to his wife, Jan Effinger. They were married in Door County, WI, on February 20, 1999. Survivors include his wife, Jan of Mequon, WI; children, John (Rita) Holmes of Stratham, NH, David (Irene Alarcon) Holmes of Mequon, WI, and Amy (Jeff) Hargroves of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Samara, Annika, Jackson and Katie; and brothers, Harry (Ann) Holmes of Longmont, CO, Richard (Marilyn) Holmes of Lake Bluff, IL, and Kenneth (Toni) Holmes of Farmington, IL. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.




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.



Dean Logan Mossbarger (03/24/2018)
Dean Logan Mossbarger, “Moose”, 80, of Marion, formerly of Cedar Rapids, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at his home. Dean was born March 12, 1938, in Iowa County, Iowa, the son of John and Frances (Whiteford) Mossbarger. He was a 1957 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Cedar Rapids. Dean worked at Rockwell Collins for 38 years as a machinist and was a member of the Rockwell Machinist Union. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, and fishing. Dean was a wood turner and loved woodworking as a member of the Cedar Valley Wood Turners Club. He is survived by his wife and partner of over 30 years, Jody Warren; four children, Monica (Greg) Luse of Cedar Rapids, Marlena (Bill McReynolds) Mossbarger of Dallas, Texas, Mona Mossbarger of Urbana, and David Mossbarger of Cedar Rapids; two step-children, Scott Warren of Wilton and David Warren of Missoula, Montana; ten grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Dean was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Lavon “Bonnie” Leach.





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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