David Baumann

Our good friend P/C David Baumann has passed away after a short illness.  To have known Dave was an enlightening experience. His quick smile and ready laughter will always remain in my memory. Nancy and I extend our deepest feelings of sympathy to Jean and to Maggie.

Dave’s memorable life included fire-fighting, business leadership, sailing, and a stint at being Commander of Door County Sail & Power Squadron. He owned a Nordhaven Tug several years ago that was his favorite vehicle. All of us who knew and loved him are saddened by his passing, and share with his family the great loss of his presence. -Alan Wentworth

James Harvey

James Harvey was born in Ithaca, N.Y., and served in the US Navy on the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga CVA 14 during the Vietnam era after graduation from Union-Endicott High School in Endicott, N.Y., and attendance at Union College in Kentucky.

In civilian life, he was an insurance agent, a media sales associate for radio and print, and a school bus driving safety instructor for 20 years. In New York, he sang with fellow barbershoppers and was a past Commodore of the Whitney Point Sailing Club.

Retiring to Cambridge, Md., he enjoyed sailing, singing, camping and tennis. He played French Horn in the Mid-Shore Community Band, belonged to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church choir and played bridge. Every year, Jim and Nancy created a boating safety display for the local library.

Jim loved to tell stories, make people laugh, and make his community a better place. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

He leaves behind his devoted wife of 52 years, P/C Nancy Lee Harvey, twin daughters, and 2 grandchildren.

Pearl Bauer

Pearl died on Oct. 4, 2020, after a long illness. An avid lover and supporter of the arts who was the Past Commander of South Shore Power Squadron. Pearl enjoyed many activities, especially dancing and being the SEO for her squadron for many years.

Edward Bauer

P/D/C Edward F. Bauer died after a courageous battle with COVID-19. Ed proudly served in the Army Reserve as Chief Warrant Officer for over 40 years. He was Past Commander of the South Shore Power Squadron and District 3 Commander in 2000. An avid clock collector/repair person, Ed enjoyed many activities, especially boating.

Lee Busby

Lee D. Busby, 82, of Peoria, died at 10:49 am on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at Proctor Hospital.

Lee is survived by his beloved wife, Sheryl, who he married 20 years ago after a long “engagement.”

She took care of him for 16 years after a stroke slowed his active lifestyle in 2005, shortly before his retirement as vice president at Illinois Mutual.

Lee also is survived by one son, Marvin of Mustang, OK; two grandsons, John (Chelly) of Peoria and Joshua of Hazelwood, MO; one stepdaughter, Kristy Harris of Peoria; two stepsons, Mike Cecil of Farmington and Craig Cecil of Peoria; six step grandchildren, Alexis, Maggie, Jonah, Cassie, Sammi and Andrew; four great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Vernon of Sparland in 2009, and his parents, Vernon and LaVerne.

Lee was an avid boater, and spent most of his Spring through Fall plying the Illinois River with Sheryl—and usually with family and friends in tow. He loved to let his grandchildren sit at his captain’s seat and steer, and they loved him right back.

He served in the Navy and later used his navigational and boating skills to help others. He was a past commander of the Illinois Valley Power Squadron, a national boating safety organization, where he conducted hundreds of safety checks for boat owners. Lee was also D20 Secretary at the time of his stroke. He was also a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Born Jan. 22, 1939 in Taylorville, Lee lived the past three years at 104 Northridge Lane. He and Sheryl loved to have their grandchildren spend the night or weekend, showering them with gifts and treats. They often took them on day trips and would even go get them if their parents were busy.

Lee had a unique and wonderful sense of humor. Once, a new woman employee at Illinois Mutual asked him where to find something, so he told her to “walk this way.” He then began walking like a penguin. Strangely, penguins played a large part of his life. His boat was named “Opus” and his house was filled with a large collection of penguin memorabilia.

Lee will be sorely missed but dearly loved forever.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, with Pastor Stephen Barch officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, where Lee will rest beside his parents.

Memorials may be made America’s Boating Club. Friends and family may sign the online guestbook by logging onto http://www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Ellen Minet

Ellen Minet was the wife of one of our Charter Members and proud to be a Women’s Certificate Holder who was involved in the Oyster Bay Sail and Power Squadron for many years. -Ann Peltier

Rita Browne

Rita Browne

Rita Browne was an active member of the America’s Boating Club of Anchor Bay for 17 years and acquired 15 Merit Marks. Rita was a great asset to the club when it came to coordinating meetings and rendezvous. Her smile and laughter was contagious. She passed on 8/18/2021 and will be dearly missed by the squadron members.

Kenneth Schmitt

Kenneth F. Schmitt of Madison, Wisconsin, died peacefully on May 15, 2021. He was born in 1927 in Madison to Carol (Docken) Schmitt and Kenneth F. Schmitt, Sr., where he later learned to sail on Lake Mendota with his brother, David T. Schmitt. Ken graduated from Wisconsin High before serving in the Navy from 1946 – 1947. He attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated from Northwestern Dental School. He was an Associate Professor at the Dental School for many years and later Director of Scientific Programs at the Chicago Dental Society.

Ken loved sailing – on the Brigantine Yankee with Captain Irving Johnson, Chicago – Mackinac races, Bermuda races, the North Channel of Lake Huron, out of Wilmette Harbor on Lake Michigan, sailing across the Atlantic Ocean and on his Ketch, “Un Bel Di.”

Kenneth Schmitt
Kenneth Schmitt

Ken was predeceased by his brother Dave and is survived by his son David Schmitt, daughter Deborah Carlson (Greg), daughter Barbara Perce (Hyde), grandchildren, Erik Schmitt (Rachel), Michael Schmitt (Elizabeth), Henry Carlson, Clara Carlson, Morgan Perce, Grant Perce and great grandchildren, Charlotte Schmitt, Bowden Schmitt and Bastiaan Schmitt as well as beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.