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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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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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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The Galapagos of North America

Sailing Channel Islands National Park

The Galapagos of North America

By Keith Dahlin

For over a year, my family and I have been sailing Steadfast, our Spindrift 43, out of Channel Islands Harbor in Ventura County, California. Eleven miles west of the harbor, a two- to three-hour sail, lies Anacapa Island. Beyond Anacapa sit three larger islands: Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Miguel. These islands, along with Santa Barbara Island to the south, make up the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary.

Called the Galapagos of North America for their unique natural history, these islands also have a cultural history that spans at least 13,000 years. Local anthropologist Phil Orr discovered the 13,000-year-old remains of “Arlington Springs Man” on Santa Rosa Island in 1959. Perhaps the oldest dated human remains in North America, Arlington Springs Man supports the theory that the first immigrants to North America migrated along the Pacific coast from Siberia and Alaska using boats to inhabit the Channel Islands.

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P/D/C Llad Phillips, SN

On Aug. 20, 2017, Llad Phillips, 82, husband, father, grandfather, good friend, professor of economics, avid sailor, and connoisseur of fine wine, aged scotch and excellent tequila, passed away. Llad was born to Schuyler and Onita (Stone) Phillips on Feb. 25, 1935, in McCool Junction, Nebraska, a town settled by his pioneer ancestors. Llad moved to southeast California in the 1940s, ultimately settling down at the ranch where his father was born in Perris, California, and graduating from the same high school his father attended.

After obtaining a degree in nuclear chemistry from UC Berkeley, Llad joined Glenn Seaborg’s lab at UC Berkeley’s Radiation Laboratory, where he worked on the discovery of radioactive isotopes. Perhaps impacted by the electricity of their discoveries at the Rad Lab, Llad fell in love with his colleague, Carolann Rose Rossi, whom he married on June 28, 1958, and with whom he shared 59 years of marriage before her passing in 2016.

Ever open to the next adventure, Llad obtained his doctorate in economics from Harvard University in 1969. Upon graduation, he spent his entire academic career in the Economics Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While at UCSB, he published widely on the economics of crime and justice, deterrence, and population demographics with Harold L. Votey Jr. and William S. Comanor, his long-time colleagues and best of friends. In addition to his academic work, Llad served as chair of the Economics Department and provost of the College of Letters of Arts and Science, and co-founded the UCSB Economic Forecast Project.

A great lover of nature and the outdoors, Llad could often be found hiking in the hills above Santa Barbara, backpacking the High Sierras, kayaking and sailing the Pacific Ocean, and experiencing the wonders of the National Parks. In his last week of life, Llad fulfilled his life dream to visit Glacier Bay in Alaska. His family and friends will remember him for his deep love of opera and mariachi bands. Upon retirement, Llad joined the Santa Barbara Sail & Power Squadron, where he served as squadron and district commander.

Llad is survived by his three daughters: Jacqueline Smith, Sharon Phillips and Colleen Phillips, and their spouses; his seven grandchildren: Brian, Sarah, Kyle, Declan, Kieren, Phelan and Gabriel; and his many friends and fellow adventurers.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Stanford University with a note that they’re in memory of Llad Phillips to support Dr. Gregory Heestand’s Research Fund in the School of Medicine.

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August 2017

Star calendar August 2017

1 Aug    Magnitude 0.96 Antares, the heart of the Scorpion, is less than 1 fist-width below the moon low in the south at dusk. Magnitude 0.3 Saturn is 1½ fist-widths to the lower left.

2 Aug    Saturn is less than 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left. The moon is at apogee, 63.51 Earth-radii away.

6 Aug    Rising a half hour before sunset, the moon forms a straight line with Altair, nearly 3 fist-widths above the moon, and Vega, another 3 fist-widths beyond Altair. These stars make up two-thirds of the Summer Triangle. The last star, Deneb, is about 2 fist-widths to Altair’s lower left.

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