‘War of the Roses’ author Warren Adler dies at 91
NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling author Warren Adler who chronicled dysfunction and duplicity, most notably in his divorce novel "The War of the Roses," a dark comedy that was made into a hit film has...
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A funeral is set for a U.S. Army soldier who died in a North Korean prison camp nearly 68 years ago.
WLOX-TV reports Pvt. James P. "Alvin" Shaw will be buried Friday in...
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Obituaries reported the world lost an actor.
But those in the bull riding community, including the mother of a famous Oklahoma bull rider, tell stories that suggest the...
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Naval Academy's oldest alumnus has died at the age of 104.
The Baltimore Sun reports retired Rear Admiral Edgar Keats died of complications from a fall Saturday. Keats...
Longtime Pittsburgh sports writer McHugh dies at 103
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Roy McHugh, who spent decades covering Pittsburgh sports with elegance for both the Pittsburgh Press and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has died. He was 103.
Sailor in V-J Day Times Square kiss photo to be laid to rest
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Funeral arrangements for the sailor photographed kissing a woman in Times Square at the end of World War II have been scheduled.
George Mendonsa's daughter says her father died Sunday after he fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he had lived with his wife of 70 years. He was 95.
Lee Radziwill, stylish sister of Jackie Kennedy, dies at 85
NEW YORK (AP) — Lee Radziwill, the stylish jet setter and socialite who found friends, lovers and other adventures worldwide while bonding and competing with her sister Jacqueline Kennedy, has died. She was 85.
Anna Christina Radziwill told The New York Times her mother died Friday of what she described as natural causes. The Associated Press left messages Saturday and Sunday for the family.
Former Mississippi lawmaker Ed Perry of Oxford dies at 76
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi lawmaker known for his skills as a policymaker and his lively interpretation of a speech about legalizing liquor has died.
Ed Perry was found unresponsive Tuesday at his home in Oxford, according to Mississippi Democratic Party chairman Bobby Moak. He said Perry was supposed to join friends to socialize, and they checked on him after he didn't arrive.
Service planned for woman, 2 kids dead after December fire
TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — A service is planned for a woman and her two children who died following a fire last month at a home in suburban Detroit .
Small-town lawyer who became appeals court judge dies
OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan appeals court judge who spent more than 20 years on the bench after a law career in a small town has died.
E. Thomas Fitzgerald of Owosso was 79. His obituary says he died Thursday at Sparrow Health Systems.
Paul Henderson, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, dies
SEATTLE (AP) — Paul Henderson, a reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize at The Seattle Times for a series of stories that kept a wrongly-accused man from prison, has died. He was 79.
Obituary of man who shot himself calls for change in gun law
ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — The obituary of a 23-year-old Vermont man who killed himself with a gun he'd bought the same day included a call to change the state's gun laws.
Felton Pruett dies; played steel guitar with Hank Williams
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A musician who played steel guitar with country legend Hank Williams on the Louisiana Hayride radio show, and broke his nose wrestling with Williams, has died. Felton Pruett was 89 years old.
He died Wednesday. He had played steel guitar for more than 70 years.
Longtime political reporter, editor Adam Clymer dead at 81
NEW YORK (AP) — Political reporter, editor and pollster Adam Clymer who has worked for The New York Times and other newspapers has died at 81.
The Times reported that Clymer died early Monday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Washington. He was diagnosed in March. Clymer also had Parkinson's disease and Myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular condition, his treating doctor told the paper.
Obituary for prolific letter writer begins ‘To The Editor’
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The obituary for a prolific writer of letters to the editor at a Syracuse newspaper begins with three familiar words: To the Editor.
John Brule's family decided that the former Syracuse University professor's obituary should start the same way he began more than 60 letters he had published in The Post-Standard over the last 30.
NEW YORK (AP) — Guy V. Molinari, a longtime New York politician and power broker whose pugnacious style often led to feuds with fellow Republicans, has died at the age of 89.
His son-in-law, former U.S. Rep. Bill Paxon, said Molinari died of pneumonia Wednesday in a Manhattan hospital.
Molinari, a lifelong resident of Staten Island, New York City's most conservative borough, served as a state assemblyman and five-term congressman in the 1980s. He was also borough president.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Gold, who became the first restaurant critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, has died. He was 57.
The Los Angeles Times , where Gold most recently worked, reported that he died Saturday after being diagnosed earlier this month with pancreatic cancer.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Randy Wilson, the longtime managing editor of the Arizona Daily Sun, has died, executives with the Flagstaff newspaper announced Sunday. He was 65.
He died Saturday afternoon but a cause of death wasn't immediately released, the Sun reported .
Dan Ingram, Radio Hall of Fame inductee, dies at 83
NEW YORK (AP) — Popular New York radio host Dan Ingram has died at the age of 83.
Christopher Ingram says his father died Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after choking on food.
Ingram worked at New York's WABC from 1961 to 1982, when it changed to a talk format.
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — John Troutt Jr., who rose from Jonesboro Sun carrier at age 10 to the newspaper's owner and publisher, has died at age 88.
Troutt died late Thursday at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro, The Sun reported. Funeral arrangements are pending.
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — Chuck Haney, the longtime mayor of northwest Missouri's Chillicothe and former publisher of the town's newspaper, has died. He was 81.
SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — Actress Pamela Gidley who starred in the "Twin Peaks" prequel, "Fire Walk With Me," died earlier this month. She was 52.
Gidley's death was announced Sunday in an obituary . It says that she "died peacefully in her home, on Monday, April 16, 2018 in Seabrook." The cause of death was not immediately clear.
Mamie Jo Griffin
Mrs. Frances Holsomback Pullen, 83, of Dalton, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018 at Hamilton Medical Center.
Holly Springs couple finds humor in the afterlife
HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Jane and Charlie Farris died laughing in their Holly Springs home on Thursday, March 28.
They were 61 and 64, respectively.
Having spent the past 20 years in Mississippi, the couple will be remembered by friends and family for amassing a collection of nearly 1,000 announcements of the demised.
At least, they probably will be when they actually shuffle off this mortal coil.
Elva Avery Crump, age 89, of Calhoun, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Morning Pointe Assisted Living.
Elva was born on Dec. 15, 1928 in Gordon County to the late Virgil Washington Avery and Jessie Mae Sitton Avery. Elva was a lifetime resident of Gordon County and a devoted member of Blackwood Springs Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Jack Crump; brothers, Wilbur Avery and Geary Avery.
Here’s a list of the area obituaries according to the date the obituary was published in print (including name, age, city, date of death) for the week. Friday's edition is electronic only, and those obituaries also appear in either the Thursday or Saturday print edition.
SATURDAY, March 31
Blanchette, Frances, 93, Bourbonnais, March 25
Blankenberg, Marilyn, 83, Snellville, Ga., March 29
The following obituaries have been provided by local funeral homes. Read our daily updates at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., and our complete obituaries in The Herald-Dispatch on Thursday and at www.herald-dispatch.com.
Done - Ilene Boren, Piper City - Paid obit, with photo, no flag
Done - Marissa Grant, Bourbonnais - Full obit, free only because she is 18, with photo
Done - Katherine Merke, Grant Park - Paid obit, with photo, no flag
Robert Bedard, a longtime political strategist and consultant to labor unions, including the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, died of heart failure March 7 at home in Baltimore.
Courtsey of the family Robert Bedard, labor consultant and communications stratgist, died March 7. He was 67.
CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — Don Collins, the father of Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and a former mayor of a northern Maine city, has died at age 92.
Collins, a Republican like his daughter, was a longstanding figure in Maine politics. He spent five terms in the Maine legislature from the 1970s to the 1990s, and served as mayor of Caribou.
Dr. Robert Macbeth
Dr. Robert Blair Macbeth, 88, of Calhoun, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. Dr. Macbeth was born Jan. 23, 1930 in Atlantic City, N.J., to parents John Stewart Macbeth and Anna Belle Benson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, William Macbeth and Jack Macbeth.
Waterloo, Iowa, formerly Bronson, Iowa
Loyd Dean Fry, 83, of Waterloo, formerly of Bronson, passed away on Feb. 21, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Per his wishes, the body was cremated. There will be no services. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.iowacremation.com under Obituaries.
Rev. Billy Graham: Life of an evangelist 1918-2018
The following obituaries have been provided by local funeral homes. Read our complete obituaries in The Herald-Dispatch on Sunday and at www.herald-dispatch.com.
Betty F. Erwin, age 87, of Calhoun, passed away on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.
Opioid epidemic has addiction revealed in obituaries
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The toll opioid addiction took on Miranda Ferguson is evident when her mother flips through family photos.
"You could see how healthy and happy she was until she was introduced to that drug," said Ann Marie Riggi-Hopkins, of Scranton. "As I progressed with the pictures, you could see how things dwindled. It just takes every part of your life away."
Raynor Bloom's family was unaware of his opioid addiction until they received a call from his roommate. By then, it was too late.
Longtime News-Review columnist Ada Duncan will offer a workshop on obituary writing from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday in classroom 15 of Wayne Crooch Hall at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.
Duncan will explore reasons why people might want to write their own obituaries, and offer guidelines for doing that.
To register, call Umpqua Community College at 541-440-4468.
Woman, called inspiration for Rosie the Riveter, dies at 96
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A woman identified by a scholar as the inspiration for Rosie the Riveter, the iconic female World War II factory worker, has died in Washington state.
The New York Times reports that Naomi Parker Fraley died Saturday in Longview. She was 96.
MILDRED VERNICE WALKER, 91, of Huntington, Our Beautiful Mother Dear, passed away on January 17, 2018. Vernice was born December 8, 1926, in English, W.Va., the daughter of the late William and Maragret Henson. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Debbie Nikolaus, sister, Ruby Dillon, brother, William "Bill" Henson, and a son-in-law, Jim Kiser. Vernice is survived by her sister, Virginia and husband Bill Fuetz of Albuquerque, N.M.; her children, Michael Walker of Huntington, Mitchell and wife La-lad Walker of Thailand, Cynthia Kiser of Conyers, Ga., and Donna and husband Jim Waters of Scott Depot, WV; a son-in-law, Larry Nikolaus and his mother Betty of Huntington; six grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and two nieces and two nephews. Vernice was retired from St. Mary's Hospital where she worked as an LP nurse. She was very artistic, liked reading mysteries and obituaries, going on walks, and watching Wheel and Jeopardy with her son, Mike. We love you always.
Ronnie Joseph Hufstetler, 62, of Adairsville, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, following an extended illness. He was born in Floyd County on March 1, 1955, son of the late Almon Walter and Bonnie Goodnight Hufstetler.
Ronnie was a 1973 graduate of Calhoun High School. He had been employed with Outboard Marine Corporation, and with K-Mart for 15 years. He loved the outdoors and hunting.
Illinois union pioneer Paul Booth dead at 74
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Influential Illinois labor-union organizer Paul Booth has died at 74.
Booth was affiliated with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for more than four decades.
In the early 1970s, Booth was assistant director of AFSCME Council 31 and helped negotiate the first contracts for Illinois state employees.
Joan Mullins Walraven, age 81, of Sugar Valley, departed this worldly life on Jan. 11, 2018 surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born Sept. 29, 1936 to the late Clyde Audley “Moon” Mullins and Nora (Thomas) Mullins. Joan graduated from Sugar Valley High School in 1955 and was a great athlete and avid sports lover. She recently celebrated her 63rd wedding anniversary with the love of her life, Jimmy “Mandy” Walraven on Jan. 8, 2018.
Pauline Wable Jones passed from this life to her eternal home Jan. 10, 2018.
She was born Feb. 28, 1925 to the late Jacob Samuel Wable and Sarinda May Rhodes Wable. She is preceded in death by her husband, Rev. David B. Jones; her son, Rev. Dr. Michael Jones; her parents; her siblings, Icie Sample, Bessie Howell, Pearl Martin, Wayne Wable, Ethel Mitchell, Howard Wable, Kenneth Wable, Sr., and her twin Paul Wable.
Doubt in himself almost defined Gary Drake's life. Instead, the longtime Montana Rescue Mission executive director became known for unwavering faith that helped shape the mission's focus — "taking it from the big problem down to the individual," in Drake's words.
*** Boudreaux died. So Marie went to the local paper to put a notice in the obituaries. The gentleman at the counter, after offering his condolences, asked Marie what he would like to say about Boudreaux. Marie replied, "You just put 'Boudreaux died." The gentleman, somewhat perplexed, said, "That's it? Just 'Boudreaux died'? Surely, there must be something more you'd like to say about Boudreaux. If it's money you're concerned about, the first five words are free. We must say something more." So Marie pondered for a few minutes and finally said, "OK. You put, 'Boudreaux died. Boat for sale.'"