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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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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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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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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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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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Marcia will be remembered for her leadership and command, and SBSPS benefited greatly from her contributions. In addition to holding leadership positions, Marcia was a popular course instructor, including Basic Boating, Seamanship and Cruise Planning. Besides her work on behalf of the squadron, Marcia was a well-respected loan officer in a local bank and, in later years, a volunteer at Sansum Clinic’s Information Desk.
Marcia had a passion for the water. She was a competitive swimmer and three-time winner of the Women’s National Spearfishing Championship. She loved sailing with Dick on Westwind, their 34-foot Islander.
She will be missed but not forgotten.
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Claude “Skip” Wharton, AP, was born Oct. 8, 1947, in Mount Clemons, Michigan, son of the late Claude Arthur Wharton Jr. and Lucille Keats Wharton. He was a retired director of business operations for the Applied Research and Development Institute of the South Carolina Research Authority. Skip was a Citadel graduate, Class of 1969, and was a captain in the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam where he was the recipient of the Silver Star for gallantry in action. His various organizations included membership in The Citadel Alumni Association, life member of American Legion post 0172, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia Life Member, 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment Association Life Member, and a member of the VFW Member-at-large of South Carolina.
Skip is survived by his wife, Patricia Wharton; son, Jeremy Wharton, of St. Petersburg, Florida; daughter, Mollie Dadin (husband Brian); beloved granddaughters, Aila and Eliza Dadin, of Charleston, South Carolina; and sister, Tootie Owens (husband James) and her family of Richmond, Virginia.
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Ray Sullivan and his twin sister, Shirley, joined the family in Miami in 1928. He passed into his heavenly home on Feb. 12 while in the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Florida. He was predeceased by his parents, Forrest and Ruth Sullivan, his twin Shirley Logue, his brother Eugene, and his daughter Karen. He is survived by Marnie Sullivan, his loving wife of 40 years; his daughter Jill Sullivan (Dan Reichert) of Charlotte, North Carolina; and his grandson Daniel Schueppert of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Ray obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida where he played the alto saxophone in the band. He was a lifelong Gators fan. After graduating from Emory Dental School in 1954, he served as a dentist in the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis in Tacoma during the Korean Conflict. He joked that he fought the Battle of Puget Sound. He and his first wife Jacqueline returned to Miami in 1956 where Ray began his superlative dental practice of 40 years. Ray’s professional life was a testament to his generosity and his desire to help others. He donated his time and skill to all of the children at the Baptist Children’s Home in Miami for over 30 years. He also donated dental care one day a month at the Miami-Dade County dental clinic for many years and participated in several medical/dental mission trips to Anguilla, Guatemala and Nicaragua. He was a member of several dental societies and served as president of the Kiwanis Club of South Miami. He was also a member of Arcturus, the Key West think-tank while he and Marnie lived in the Florida Keys. He and Marnie also enjoyed membership in the Key West and Sebastian Inlet Sail & Power squadrons.
Throughout his life Ray made and kept many friends, some of whom he had known since they were “in diapers together.” He was a caring soul who touched so many in his lifetime with his friendship, love, support and generosity. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body and was a fun guy to be around. We are all richer to have shared our time with him.
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P/C Thomas Leo Cantrell, JN, of Alamitos Sail & Power Squadron, passed away at his home in Anaheim, California, on Oct. 2, 2016. He was 89. He went through chemotherapy for colon cancer like a trooper then died of a heart attack. He was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, graduated from high school in 1945 and joined the navy. He married Irene McDonnell on Oct. 3, 1948, and in 1957 he moved his family of four from Woburn, Massachusetts, to Anaheim, California. He was active in the United States Power Squadrons for many years, obtained his Captain’s License in 1996 and was a past commander. He loved being on the water and had his own boat for years. He used his expertise to help a friend take his boat down the Intracoastal Waterway from Maryland to Florida, and it was the best time of his life. He will be truly missed.
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Long-time Raritan Bay Power Squadron member P/C Everett Smith, AP, passed away in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve.
In 1969 Everett was in Raritan Bay Power Squadron’s first boating class and was invited to become a member. From 1969 through 1973 he printed Relative Bearings and supported it with pictures and articles. In 1970 he was a student in the squadron’s first Seamanship class. He went on to become the rendezvous chair and entered the first predicted log contest in his first boat. In 1971 he continued as chair of the Rendezvous Committee and also chaired the Picnic Committee.
He joined the Keyport Yacht Club and was able to arrange to have squadron meetings held at the yacht club. In 1971 he also became chair of Mike Kupper Co-Op Charting and was on the committee for several years. In 1973 he became chair of the Auction Committee. Being a man of strong convictions and strong feelings about equal rights for women, he resigned from USPS in 1974 through 1979. He refused to be a member of an organization that excluded women from full membership. He insisted on membership for his lovely wife and others who wished to join.
In 1980 he rejoined Raritan Bay Power Squadron. From 1981 through 1997 he was chair of Engine Maintenance curriculum. He also became a member of the Membership Committee. Everett regularly served as a table proctor in many basic boating classes.
He became chair of District 4 Engine Maintenance curriculum in 1983 and served the position under four district commanders. From 1983 through 1996 he was chair of the squadron’s Meetings Committee. From 1995 through 2002 he chaired Predicted Log event. He won the contest four times in a row and was awarded the permanent possession of the trophy with the condition he add the names of future winners.
Other achievements included squadron chair of the Port Captains committee in 1986, commander of Raritan Bay Power Squadron in 1989, chair of photography in 1990, and Life Member of USPS in 1997. In 2009 he again served as chair of District 4 Engine Maintenance. In 2012 he received his 40th Merit Mark.
From 1951 through 1955 Everett served in the United States Air Force. Everett was a member of the Keyport Yacht Club from 1965 through 2000. While a member of the yacht club he was elected to their Board of Governors, was Fleet Captain, House chair and Membership chair.
Once again Everett got involved, and in 2008 he became a volunteer for the Toms River Seaport Society and Maritime Museum. He was active in restoring old wooden boats, photographing and writing for their news letter, The Seafarer.
We cannot help but respect Everett’s commitment to his principles, his family and his squadron. In so many ways, Everett was a role model for volunteerism. His loss is great, and we pray that those of us who remain can fill the void he left.
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