Robert Leslie Booth

Robert Leslie Booth was born on April 14, 1924, and passed away peacefully 0n Oct. 21, 2017. He was a loving husband and father, and his family always came first. He was a long time resident of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He is survived by his sister Dorothy Weber of Cincinnati, Ohio, four daughters Jeanette Bray of Daytona Beach, Florida, JoAnn Tobin of Port Orange, Florida, Sherry Matthews of Cincinnati, Oho and Kerry Seitel of Cincinnati, Ohio, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of the Daytona Beach Sail & Power Squadron and the American Legion.

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David Edward Marsh

David E. Marsh

David E. Marsh

David Edward Marsh, 84, passed away July 22, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marcia; children Susan Edith Marsh, William David (Melissa Goddard); brothers Stephen (Judy) Marsh MD, Allan (Pat) Marsh, Craig Marsh; brothers-in-law Ronald (Marcia) Yaw, Donald (Cindy) Yaw; grandchildren Sally C. Marsh, Hannah C. Marsh, and William H. Marsh.

After his service in the U.S. Army, Dave worked for Associated Truck Lines in Chicago before returning home to Grand Rapids, where he worked at American Seating and Challenge Manufacturing. He was a life member of the Grand Rapids Power Squadron and was active in the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association. An avid music lover, he played guitar and piano and sang his entire life. He also enjoyed flying remote control planes with the Wolverine Skyhawks. In retirement he enjoyed traveling in his motorhome with family, and spent 10 winters in Mission, Texas, happily “not shoveling snow.” Always learning, Dave picked up photography, birding, and learned to play the dulcimer in his later life. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.


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William Neef

William Irving Neef passed away peacefully at home Oct. 19, 2017, under the care of EvergreenHealth Hospice and his loving family, Lois, Nancie, Frank and Mary. Bill is survived by his wife Lois of 40 years and his son Frank Neef of Moses Lake; his daughter Nancie Wood of Kirkland; his stepdaughter Sandra Morris Of Kennewick; and stepson Ronald Morris of Richland.  They have seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Henry Neef of Blair Nebraska.

Bill was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska and has a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Washington.

Bill has always been active in his home churches. He volunteered many hours at the Suncoast hospice during his time in Florida. He was a past rear commander and a life member of the United States Power Squadron.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to EvergreenHealth Hospice, 12822 124th Ln NE, Kirkland, WA 98034 or OverLake Park Presbyterian church or a charity of your choice.

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P/D/C William C. Lucas, SN

William “Bill” Chilton Lucas Sr. passed away unexpectedly in his home at the Lake of the Ozarks Sept. 7, 2017.

Bill was born Nov. 8, 1930, to Reuben Elmer Lucas Sr. and Mary Lulu Bewick Lucas at Boone County Hospital in Columbia. He was a true renaissance man.

Bill lost both his parents at a young age, attended the Montezuma School for Boys, Kemper Military School where he was a Legacy Old Boy, and graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia. He attended the University of Missouri when he was called up from the Army National Guard and served in Germany.

He married his high school sweetheart, Martha “Marty” Ellen Conner on Dec. 21, 1952. Together for 58 years, they raised their family, loved, laughed, traveled, worked and lived the life we should all hope for. When Marty faced Alzheimer’s, he was her caregiver and best friend. She passed in 2010, and Bill adored her.

Bill loved to read but never judged a book or a person by its cover. He emphasized that quality to all he knew and helped over the years in their professional and personal lives. His career was in the family textbook and retail business, The Missouri Store Company most commonly known as MBS Textbook Exchange. The company was sold and he retired as President at 55 to continue on with a volunteer career. But his commitment to service organizations began long before that.

He joined the Acacia Masonic Lodge #602, entered Apprentice, made Fellowcraft, raised a Master Mason, became a member of the Valley of the Columbia Scottish Rite and created a Shriner into Moolah Shrine Temple all in 1960. He was a member of Aleppo Grotto and an active member of the Tiger Shrine Club in Columbia and served as President in 1983. Bill loved his work with the Tiger Shrine Scooter Patrol performing in parades and was also a Shrine Clown and performed with the Moolah German band.

He became a member of the Royal Order of Jesters Court #81 in St. Louis and after retirement transferred membership to Ft. Myers, Fla. Court and the Araba Shrine Temple. Bill was proud of the Shriner’s mission as was most evidenced by his passion for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. He received his Masonic 50 year membership pin on Sept. 1, 2010. In conjunction with his work with the Shrine, Bill was a 65 year life member and a Past Exalted Ruler of The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Lodge #594.

In 1985, when he and Martha moved to Sanibel Island, Florida, Bill started a literal second career with the United States Power Squadrons. A 25-year active member, Bill served the Sanibel Captiva Sail & Power Squadron as commander then continued on to serve as commander of District 22 (west coast of Florida). During that time he attended hundreds of Changes of Watch. Additionally, he taught Advanced Piloting on Sanibel, chaired the Rules Committee, and served several squadron commanders as Flag Lieutenant. He also was a member of the National Member Benefits Committee. Bill’s contributions of volunteer time and assistance were enormous and made without consideration of self. He was to have been honored with Life Membership status at the 2018 USPS Annual Meeting.

Bill was a MacGyver at the core. He could do anything, fix everything and his sense of adventure was well known. He started flying at 15 and without ever being a commercial pilot, still managed to have 10k+ hours behind the yoke. He built and raced motorcycles and sailed in the Mackinac races on Lake Michigan.

When his children were young, he built a 5/8′s scale houseboat for their pleasure. Bill and his buddies then followed that up and built two houseboats to take all their kids on a weeks long adventure from the Lamine River all the way to New Orleans, twice! He rebuilt a bulldozer and dug out an eleven acre lake. Bill loved to cook and built pits that roasted many a whole hog. If you needed something done, Bill Lucas was your guy.
In retirement, when not traveling with Marty, family and friends, Bill rediscovered his love of woodworking and created hundreds of beautiful pieces for his family and friends. He also loved gifting to charitable auctions which raised considerable sums for worthy organizations.
While more than five looked up to Bill and called him dad, he is survived by his children, Sami Lucas of Fort Myers, Florida, William Chilton Lucas, Jr. of Waco, Texas, Reuben Conner Lucas of Columbia, Ramona Diane Lucas Smith of Columbia, and Matthew Allen Lucas with his wife Ann of Memphis, Tenn. He had five grandchildren, John Matthew Gray, Cory Michael Smith, Justin Conner Smith, Anna Chilton Lucas and Ellen Conner Lucas. There are two great-grandchildren, Matthew Dallas Gray and Lucas James Gray.

Bill is also survived by his most special niece whom he helped raise, Barbara Candice “Candy” Conner Epperson and her husband Robert of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was blessed with more nieces, nephews, family and friends beyond words.

Bill was predeceased by his wife, Martha “Marty” Ellen Conner Lucas; sister, Rosemary Bewick Lucas Ginn; and brother, Reuben Elmer “Bud” Lucas, Jr. and sister-in-law Ramona Kathryn Conner Downey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Martha Conner Lucas Endowment at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Office of Advancement, 704 Conley Ave., Columbia, MO 65201-4209. This endowment provides scholarship support for medical and nursing students with financial need specializing in and/or researching geriatrics, Alzheimer’s or dementia-related care.

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William J. Stefaney, N

William J. Stefaney

William J. Stefaney

William J. Stefaney, 89, of Weymouth passed away at home with his family by his side on Aug. 19, 2017.

Bill was born in Roslindale, son of Katherine (Bittighoffer) (Stefaney) Nickell and Richard Stefaney. After graduating from Jamaica Plain High, he worked at the Arnold Arboretum as a tree surgeon, before continuing his education at Boston University. Bill served first with the U.S. Naval Submarine Reserves and then with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Then, with the assistance of the G.I. Bill, he attended Boston State Teachers College. Bill worked passionately as a teacher first in Stoughton, Dedham and Puerto Rico, before 30 years in the Milton Schools as a teacher and administrator.

He was very active in the United States Power Squadrons where he taught Junior Navigation and was a member of the Navigators Club, and in later year with the Retired Educators Association of Massachusetts. Bills skills extended well beyond the classroom: in his youth he enjoyed working backstage at various theaters in Boston and later ran the Milton Junior High Drama Club, he was an amateur magician, and he always found time to spend with his family most especially his beloved grandchildren as their Grampy. Bill lived a full life and made many fond memories over the years, vacations with family and friends to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, remained closest to his heart.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years Catherine (Driscoll) Stefaney of Weymouth, his loving children Mary Stefaney of Weymouth, Julie Volkert and husband Todd of Calif., Emily DeLeon and husband Jorge of Shrewsbury, and Thomas Stefaney and wife Kendra of Weymouth, and his cherished grandchildren Katelynn, Liam, Connor, Haley and Emmett. Bill is also survived by his godchild Shannon, and many loving nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, his brothers John Stefaney and Richard Stefaney, and by his sister Eleanor Stefaney.

Donations in memory of Bill may be made to Hospice of the South Shore for the outstanding care they provided to Bill during his final days at 30 Reservoir Park Dr., Rockland, MA 02370, or to The Friends of the Unborn at P.O. Box 692246, Quincy, MA 02269.

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Make dirty water drinkable with LifeSaver Bottle

By Craig Grosby

The LifeSaver Bottle is a portable water filter and purifier that removes most bacteria, viruses, cysts, parasites, fungi and microbiological waterborne pathogens from water without the aid of foul-tasting chemicals like iodine.

The LifeSaver Bottle can’t convert sea water to potable drinking water or purify water contaminated by gasoline, oil, chlorine, chemicals or industrial waste.

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What to do after you run aground

By John Schwab

Despite all efforts to stay off shoals, sandbars or rocks, groundings happen. It’s said there are three types of skippers: Those who have run aground, those who will run aground, and those who have but will never admit it. Every boater should prepare for the inevitable grounding.

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Sailing in Greece

Greece is the word

Planning and sailing a charter boat in the Dodecanese Islands

By Van Diehl

Fulfilling a lifelong dream of sailing to faraway destinations, my wife, Cida, and I have organized four charters, two in the British Virgin Islands and two in Greece. On our first Greek charter, we sailed around the Cyclades Islands in a Bavaria 45. For our second Greek charter, we wanted to sail the Dodecanese Islands, which was on my bucket list.

When we started planning the charter, the first person I contacted was Bob Miller, the San Luis Rey Sail & Power Squadron educational officer. He and his wife, Sharlene, loved the idea and signed up, along with their friends and former squadron members Neil and Renee Scheuerlein. Eudes and Beth Lopes from Brazil and Werner Rech from Germany rounded out the group.

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Sailing through the fear

Offshore sailing course teaches sailor to trust herself and her skills

By Libby Cross

My husband, David, had always been into boating. After taking a United States Power Squadrons boating course, he joined Greenville Power Squadron (now Lake Hartwell Sail & Power Squadron), bought an 18-foot bowrider and later moved up to a 26-foot cabin cruiser. He took all the courses for a full certificate. I joined the squadron a few years later and made it to Advanced Pilot.

After we retired, we planned to move onto a trawler and do the Great Loop while visiting friends in the eastern U.S. and Canada. At some point, David started talking about sailing the Caribbean. It sounded like a wonderful dream, but I didn’t think of it as a reality.

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Wind woes

Heed weather reports on the water

By Steve Rank

The National Weather Service issued a storm warning for damaging winds and hail approaching on a line from Menominee, Michigan, to Door County, Wisconsin, around 2 p.m. on Aug. 9, 2015.

Despite the signs of ominous weather, one of our guests, Andrew, decided to take his 6-year-old daughter about 300 feet off our breakwater to practice casting.

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