Gerhardt F. “Gary” Schultz

Gary Schultz

Gary Schultz

Gerhardt F. “Gary” Schultz, 72, of Momence, passed away 9 Aug. 2013 at Presence Heritage Village in Kankakee. Visitation was held at the Cotter Funeral Home in Momence Saturday, 17. Aug. The Rev. David McMillan officiated. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Schultz was the plant superintendent at Gilster Mary Lee in Momence for 27 years. He was born 17 May 1941, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Leonard and Connie Mensch Schultz. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army. He was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for 23 years, the Power Squadron in Kankakee, Ham Radio Club, Kankakee River Patrol, CERTS and Momence Police Auxiliary Department.

Surviving are his wife, the former Linda Moore, of Momence, whom he married 18 Nov. 1972 in Momence; one sister and brother-in-law, Connie and Donald Sims, of Goffstown, N.H.; one brother, Dale Schultz, of Baraboo, Wisc.; mother-in-law, Elsie Moore, of Momence; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Beverly and Willard Hamann, of Momence; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bill J. Ehrman

Bill Ehrman

Bill Ehrman

All who knew Bill Ehrman would agree that he certainly put the spice into life. He was resourceful, a man who thought outside of the box, and the sort of person who never let life get the best of him. Bill was blessed to spend the majority of his life alongside his true love with whom he welcomed the children and grandchildren who were his life. He was a true patriot who knew what it meant to work hard, yet he also made sure that he took time to enjoy life to the fullest each day. Life will never be the same without Bill here, but he leaves behind a timeless collection of memories that will remain forever near and dear to the hearts of his friends and loved ones.

On 18 Nov. 1953, a young couple from Morris, Ill., was delighted to welcome a healthy baby boy into their hearts and home on . Bill was one of several children born to his parents, Fred and Emma Ehrman, and his earliest years were spent in the family home. By the time he was a young man, both of Bill’s parents had died, which sent him to Kankakee, Ill., where he lived with his sisters while he finished his education. Bill was a student at local schools, including Morris Elementary School and Eastridge High School beginning with his freshman year.

After graduating from high school, Bill was ready to embrace all that life had in store. In November 1974, he joined the Navy and finished submarine school in Groton,
Conn. Bill was stationed in Charleston, S.C., for a time and was given permission to come home for a quick visit before he was sent out for a three-month patrol. He also took classes at University of South Carolina while in the Navy.

Not to be forgotten during his years as a young man was Bill’s introduction to the young woman who would forever hold the key to his heart. Her name was Kathy Lamb, and they were a great pair. While in the military, Bill visited Kathy at Illinois State University when he could. With a desire to establish a life together, the couple was united in marriage on 7 Aug. 1976 at the Salvation Army. Together Bill and Kathy were blessed with the births of three children: Adam, Amy and Ashley.

Along his entire life’s journey Bill loved the water. He and Kathy complimented each other perfectly as they spent numerous days on the beach with him in the water and her on the beach. Bill loved scuba diving, especially at some of his favorite places such as Folly Beach and Isle Palms in South Carolina. Memorable vacations were taken to Singer Island, Fla., where he discovered tropical beach drinks and his Tommy Bahama hat, in addition to Beaver Island, Apostle Islands, and Kentucky Lake with family. There was also the time he went to Door County for 11 days and almost forgot to come back! In everything he did, Bill was one to work hard. He graduated from Governor’s State University is University Park, Ill., with a degree in chemistry. Bill spent more than 33 years working as a project leader for Henkel Chemical Corporation.

Bill loved playing the drums, and when he was laid off from his job he bought a new set of drums and formed a band as a means of providing for his family. A devoted father through and through, it was not uncommon for Bill to come home from a late night with the band to take care of Adam as he treasured spending time with his children. He loved cooking out with his friends, and as his friends and family can attest he was a master of the grill.

A longtime member of the community he loved, Bill was a member of the Aroma Park American Legion, Aroma Park Boating Association, Kankakee Yacht Club, Kankakee Valley Sail & Power Squadron and the Moose Lodge. A true gift, Bill brought such light and life to the world around him. He fully devoted himself to whatever task was at hand and never took even one moment for granted. Bill’s family was always his main focus in life, and it was when he was gathered with his family that he was happiest. He will be dearly missed and warmly remembered.

Bill J. Ehrman died 10 July 2013 at his home in St. Anne. Bill’s family includes his wife, Kathy Ehrman of St. Anne, Ill.; children Adam (Lacy) Ehrman of Springfield, Ill., D (Justin) Marques of Gilman, Ill., and Ashley (Nick) Benjamin of Kankakee, Ill.; grandchildren Henry Gerritson, Hayden Gerritson, Justyne Marques, Kate Ehrman and Ellen Ehrman; sisters Karen (Wendell) Darling of Morris, Ill., and Clara Rutledge of Vermont; brothers David (Maureen) Ehrman of Port Orange, Fla.,, Ben (Beth) Stillwell of Marshalltown, Iowa, and Steve (Vicki) Cobb of Buford, Ga.; brother- and sisters-in-law Judy Ehrman of Morris, Ill., Rosemary Ehrman of Coal City, Ill., Ben and Betty Hale of Manteno, Ill., and Marilyn Friant of Morris, Ill.; and father-in-law Ray Lamb of Aroma Park, Ill. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Paul Ehrman, Fred Ehrman, Roy Ehrman and Red Osman; and sisters Eva Hale and Rosemary Ehrman.

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Louis Otis Lugo

Louis Otis Lugo, 85, of Morehead City, passed away Friday, 19 April 2013, at Carteret General Hospital.  Louis served in the U.S. Army and later retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was very athletic in his younger years and enjoyed golfing, scuba diving and surfing; he even built his own long board. He also built his own 33-foot Yawl, The Capitana. He was a lifetime member of U.S. Power Squadrons at 50 years and a lifetime member of the NRA.

He is survived by six nieces and nephews: Tony Cortina and wife Linda Kimbell of Raleigh; Amy Fariss and husband Tony of Raleigh; Mike Cortina and partner Darrell Renfroe of Charlotte; Catherine Cortina of Raleigh; Chrissy Cortina and husband Jeff Crews of Durham; and Ann Fields and husband Dan of Raleigh; and seven great nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Carrie Thomas Lugo, wife Frances Lugo, and sister Amy L. Cortina.

A graveside service was held at Gethsemane Memorial Park with the Rev. Manley Rose officiating. Arrangements were made by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. of Morehead City.

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William A. “Bill” Struve

Bill Struve

Bill Struve

William A. “Bill” Struve, 90, of Cary, Ill., passed away Tuesday, 21 May 2013, at home. He is survived by his three daughters, one son, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Bill was born 22 Nov. 1922 in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and visited many foreign ports during his tour of duty. After his service, he remained an avid sailor, boater and boat builder. He had been retired from Illinois Bell/AT&T for more than 30 years.

Bill had been a member of the Chain-O-Lakes Sail & Power Squadron since its inception in 1962 and remained a member for 42 years of the squadron’s 50 years. His family vacations usually involved boating of some sort. Bill was the squadron commander in 1978 and held other positions at the squadron level. The past six years Bill was the flag lieutenant and was always on time at the formal events setting up the flags and leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Bill was also a member of the Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (Lake Geneva) as well as the Lake Pepin (Mississippi River) Messabout Boat Club. He traveled near and far in order to boat and snowmobile. His last project was completed last year, at the age of 89, for the Messabout club gathering in June.

Bill always had time to take someone boating or help with teaching knot tying. He had a very casual attitude and enjoyed sharing his boating experiences. He will be greatly missed.

Francois R. Barfuss

Francois R. Barfuss, 82, resident of New Canaan, Conn., since 1977, passed away 8 June 2012. Frank and his late wife, Carolyn, had three children and 10 grandchildren.

Frank was born in New York City on 18 Nov. 1929. After graduating from Fordham University summa cum laude, he served in Germany with Army Intelligence and then joined Deloitte & Touche, where he remained for nearly 40 years as a partner.

His leisure time was consumed with family and a passion for sailing that he shared with Carolyn. Frank was a life member of USPS with 29 Merit Marks. He was a past commander of the Darien Sail & Power Squadron and served the squadron in many other ways, including many years of service on the Audit Committee. Frank also had a long tenure as treasurer of the Milford Yacht Club.

Fair winds, Frank.

D/Lt Donald E. Baker, JN

Don Baker sailing

Don Baker sailing

Donald E. Baker passed away on 9 December 2012. He was born on 16 December 1931 in St. Louis, Mo. After serving in the U.S. Army in Japan during the Korean War, Don returned to his home town. He took a job as an usher for Loews Theaters and worked his way up to Vice President of Marketing in New York City until his retirement in 1990. He and his wife Theresa had three children.

Boating was Don’s passion, and he was happiest while plying the waters of Barnegat Bay aboard his 34-foot sailboat Integrity with family and friends. The name he gave his boat also signified the way he lived his life.

Don joined Raritan Bay Power Squadron in 1973. He served as commander, taught courses, and chaired the membership, public relations, and USPS seminars committees. He was District 4’s boating course chair and legislative chair for New Jersey. At the national level, Don served on the Boat Handling and the Government and Partner Relations committees. He also helped develop the new USPS Sail course and authored countless articles in The Ensign. Don was a life member and earned 39 merit marks. A modest man, he believed he was only doing what needed to be done.

Despite his many contributions to USPS, whenever someone needed help, Don was happy to give it. And no matter how busy he was, he always made time for friends and family, and for sailing his beloved boat. Fair winds, Don!

Lt/C Fred G. Roffe, SN

Fred Roffe

Fred Roffe

Fred G. Roffe passed away on 29 December 2012. A graduate of Georgia Tech, he worked as an engineer for Grumman Aerospace in Bethpage, N.Y., for 35 years, and enjoyed spending summers in Hampton Bays. He and his wife Fran had two children.

In 1969, Fred joined the Neptune Power Squadron. He later became a member of the Peconic Bay Power Squadron, where he served as squadron education officer. His love for boats and for helping everyone learn about safety on the water was evident in the advanced classes he taught in piloting, navigation, marine electronics and cruise planning. Students particularly enjoyed his teaching aids, which included animated power point slides Fred created. He could explain complex concepts so anyone could understand them. For his expertise and dedication, Fred won the 2008 Charles F. Chapman Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was a life member and earned 32 merit marks.

P/C Hal A. Hartvigsen, P


Hal Hartvigsen

Hal A. Hartvigsen passed away 1 January 2013. He was born 29 September 1926, and served in the armed forces during World War II in the Manhattan District Project. A journalism graduate of the University of Iowa, Hal had a long career in public relations and ultimately ran his own consulting firm, Hal Hart Communications. He and his wife Nan had two sons. Hal authored several books under the pseudonym Hal Hart. His memoir, The Road to Madison Avenue, was published in 2012.

In 1975, Hal joined the Darien Sail & Power Squadron, where he served as commander. He was a district public relations officer and a USPS Life Member. While Hal lived in Florida, he was a member of the Gulf Breeze Sail & Power Squadron. He will be missed by many friends.

P/Lt/C Robert A. Werner, JN

Robert Werner

Robert A. Werner passed away 5 August 2012. He was born 1 July 1922, and joined the Cincinnati Sail & Power Squadron in 1976. A faithful member, he served as treasurer and also acted as supply officer. He often manned the squadron booth at boat shows, and could always be counted on to grade exams. In 2009, he became a USPS Life Member. Bob achieved the grade of Junior Navigator. He earned 27 merit marks.

His beloved wife, Beverly, preceded him in death. They had three children and seven grandchildren.

P/R/C Frank J. Thompson, SN

Frank J. Thompson passed away 18 Jan. 2012. Born 2 Feb. 1932, Thompson joined Penfield Power Squadron in 1967. A squadron and District 2 past commander, Thompson also served on the USPS Nominations Committee and as national law officer. For many years, he served as district parliamentarian and a member of its Committee on Rules.

After graduating from Loyola University in 1954 with an electrical engineering degree, Thompson served in the U.S. Air Force. He attended Georgetown University Law School in the evenings while working at General Electric. After graduation, he became a patent attorney for RCA, GE and Sylvania.

In 1975 Thompson established a private intellectual property law practice, where he helped numerous entrepreneurs get their start before he retired in 2002. He received many certificates of appreciation for his volunteer work in law.

Thompson and his wife, Mary Ellen, had five children and lived in Fairfield, Conn. They had traveled much of Europe and were fluent in Italian. They also enjoyed taking their 20-foot Grady-White to Shelter Island, where they often helped local sailors in distress.

P/C/C Harold “Hal” E. Spoelstra, SN


28 Dec. 1917-6 April 2012

Harold E. “Hal” Spoelstra joined Portland Power Squadron in 1950 and taught Piloting for more than 20 years. He served as squadron commander and D/16 educational officer and commander. As national chairman of the Marine Electronics and Piloting committees, he wrote and contributed to boating courses still used today. Elected to the national Bridge in 1974, he served as chief commander from 1978–1979. An Emeritus Member, he earned 59 merit marks.

After graduating from the Oregon Institute of Technology with an electrical engineering degree, Spoelstra worked as a transmitter engineer for radio station KOIN in Portland, Ore., for seven years. He administered the Portland Regional Blood Bank for four years and operated his own marine electronics business, Columbia Marine Electronics on the Columbia River, for 21 years. He then traveled to Montana, developing shopping centers through the state, later returning to Portland to found and operate Northwest Yacht Brokers until his retirement.

Spoelstra and his wife, Marge, had three daughters and a son. The couple and their daughters performed locally and abroad with Bruce Kelly’s New Oregon Singers in the 1970s and 1980s.

Passionate about water safety, Spoelstra was past president of Columbia River Yachting Association, past commodore of Rose City Yacht Club, and a Red Cross instructor in First Aid, Water Safety and Small Craft. For his volunteer service to USPS and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, he received permanent life membership in both organizations.

After retiring, Spoelstra created a presentation about the navigation of ancient mariners called “Ships of Discovery,” which he brought to elementary classrooms throughout the Portland area. He taught community education classes in basic boating and celestial navigation, and he was a trainer and state administrative assistant of 55-Alive safe driving courses for many years.

His lifelong efforts on behalf of boating safety earned him the Oregon Governor’s Award for Boating Safety, the Senator John J. Hollister Memorial Award for Boating Safety, two Olin Marine Safety Awards, and the Red Cross Meritorious Service Award for 25 years of service.

Spoelstra’s achievements are all the more noteworthy since contracting polio at age 7 left him with a permanently paralyzed right leg. Despite his disability, he became a champion swimmer and an offshore sailor with more than 20,000 cruising miles in all types of small craft.

Ronald J. Rainey

Ron Rainey

Ronald J. Rainey

Ronald J. Rainey, 70, of Marion, Ohio, passed away 26 April 2012 at Marion General Hospital. Rainey was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on 30 Nov. 1941 to Joseph and Mary Rainey. He graduated from North Royalton High School in 1960 and Kent State University in 1965, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in education.

Rainey’s position with GTE brought him, wife Janet and their family to Marion from Erie, Penn., in 1980. Heretired from GTE in 1996 after a 27-year career as manager of buildings, fleet and energy. He went on to serve as area director for the Marion Cancer Society and led the office to national accolades with the annual Cancer Stereothon fundraiser.

Sailing on Lake Erie was a lifelong passion for Rainey. He skippered five boats to Boat of the Year in the Erie MORC fleet in Erie, Penn., and served one term as commander of the Marion Sail & Power Squadron. He and his family spent their summers sailing in Sandusky Bay.

Rainey is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Janet; daughter Jill L. (and husband Ken) Walls of Sunbury; son Jeffrey R. (and wife Jill) Rainey of Marion; granddaughter Abigail Janet Walls of Sunbury; and many cousins and friends. Ron was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother Dennis Rainey.