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GALLAGHER, THOMAS P., 63, of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2006) in the Marliere Hospice Care Center, New Port Richey. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he moved in 1950 to New Port Richey, where he grew up. He was a 1961 graduate of Gulf High School of New Port Richey. He returned in 1963 to New York City, where he became a city detective and later owned and operated R.J. Auto Repair in Central Islip. Earlier this year he came back to New Port Richey from North Port, N.Y. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Margarita; a son, Matthew, and a brother, John, all of New Port Richey. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.GAMEL, CHRISTOPHER, born June 4, 1971; passed away November 30, 2017. Chris had a Masters of Arts in European History with honors; his thesis being the Glencoe Massacre And How It Forged A Nation. Chris had a Bachelors of Arts in the College of Education from the University of South Florida. Chris was a history teacher, his first year at Wesley Chapel and the following 16 years at JW Mitchell in New Port Richey, Florida. Chris was preceded in death by his mother, Carol Gamel and father William Gamel. Chris is survived by his sister, Natalie Heaton and many extended family members of aunts, uncles and cousins. Chris’ interests include medieval re-enactment as a member of the SCA, (Society of Creative Anachronism), riding his motorcycle and tracing his Scot-Irish lineage and visiting Scotland. Most importantly was his passion for teaching; and he was proud to be able to share his knowledge of life and the world with his students. [GHS Class of 1989]GANCAR, KAREN ANNE. Karen was born on November 5, 1961. Karen died on March 1980 at 18 years old. Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens Find A Grave Memorial# 33697100 [GHS Class of 1979]GARNER, ASHTON EDWIN “TONY,” JR., age 59 of Ball Ground, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at his home. Tony was born to Ashton Edwin Garner, Sr. and Betty Jordan Garner on February 22, 1956, in Clearwater, Fl. He married Joyce Ellen Thrash. Tony proudly served his country as part of the Military Police in the United States Army. He currently worked for the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Garner, Ball Ground; sister, Susan Garner Reynolds; brothers, William and John Garner; and nephews, Franklin and Andrew Garner, Eric and Ashton Reynolds and Tyler Garner. Several other family members also survive. A graveside service was held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 6, at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. March 6 at Roper Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pickens Animal Shelter. Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper. [From Pickens Progress, Pickens, Ga.; GHS Class of 1974]GARNETT, ANDREW K., 33, of Wilder, KY, died on Oct. 21, 2020. According to his obituary he was a graduate of Gulf High School.

GAUSE, OLIVER JOHN. Born May 28, 1962 in Dunedin, “Ollie McGyver” earned his wings on May 14, 2012. As a Florida native, he enjoyed life to the fullest. He was known for his huge heart and loving personality. He was a skilled carpet layer and tile setter. Survived by 3 wonderful children, Lacey, Dustin and Dillon; his soulmate Mechele Donnelly. Memorial Service at 3-8:30pm on May 27th at John Chestnut Sr Park (Brooker Creek Park) Palm Harbor Shelter 1. Oliver you earned them, Fly! I love you, you will be missed always. [GHS Class of 1980]

GAUTHIER, RENE ANDRE “ANDRE”, 77, of Port Richey passed away on Sept. 11, 2013 while on vacation in Iron Mountain, MI. A graduate of Gulf High School in 1955, he was captain of the football and baseball teams, as well as student body president. He was a self employed Plumbing and Electrical Contractor and eventually went to work as a Building Inspector for Pasco County from where he retired in 1998. Andre served as an auxiliary policeman and volunteer fireman for the city of New Port Richey. He was a set builder for Stage West Community Theatre. He was an active member of The Elks, the Fraternal order of Eagles, and the Loyal Order of Moose. He loved golf and was a member of the “Happy Hackers” golf league at Meadow Oaks Country Club. He served on the Board of Directors of the Timber Oaks Community. He is survived by 3 daughters, Renee Gauthier, Michelle Hageman, and Lycia Sanchez; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandsons; 2 brothers, Joseph Gauthier & Raymond Gauthier; 1 sister, Ninette Waizenhofer; and companion, Lola Jacobs. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Salvation Army Domestic Violence Program, PO Box 5517, Hudson, FL 34674. Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2 pm at the Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church, 9525 Hudson Ave., Hudson, FL, 727-862-9525.

GAWLE, MARCIN, 21, of Port Richey, died Sunday (May 11, 2003) in Hillsborough County. He came here nine years ago from his native Debica, Poland. He was a cook for Plaka restaurant in Tarpon Springs. He was Roman Catholic and a member of Mercy of God Polish Mission. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Jadwiga and Joseph Zawadzki, both of Port Richey; two brothers, Piotr, St. Petersburg, and Aleksander, New Port Richey; and his grandmother, Janina Maron, Debica. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.

GEORGE, DIANE (DEE DEE), 34, of 1803 Mulberry St., Tampa, died Friday (Jan. 9, 1987). Born in St. Petersburg, She was a bartender and a 1970 graduate of Gulf High School. Survivors include a daughter Sundea Larocca, Tampa; her parents, Howard and Vickie George, Holiday; her brother David, Calif., and two sisters, Sandy Matthews, Palm Harbor, and Marcia George, West Orange, N.J. North Funeral Homes, Holiday.

GESCHKE, KATHLEEN “KATY,” 49, of New Port Richey, passed away on Friday Sept. 13, 2013. She is survived by her son, Joe Geschke and his fiancée, Angel Healy; mother, Joan Geschke; brothers, Chris (Sue) and Mike (Cheryl) Geschke; niece, Laura; nephew, Brian; two cats, Rudy and Jake; and many friends. She is pred-eceased by her father, Leo Geschke. A celebration of life will be held at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave, NPR on Sept. 26 at 6 pm. In honor of Katy’s passion working at Hospice, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to HPH Hospice Children’s Assistance Program, 12107 Majestic Blvd. Hudson 34667. Online condolences may be left at:

GIBSON, CHARLES W. “CHUCK.” 1943-2021. On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, Charles – lovingly known as Chuck, Chucky, Charlie or Chas – passed into the loving arms of our Heavenly Father and onto his next greatest adventure. Family always came first and Chuck was a devoted husband of 56 years to Joanne. They met when he was stationed at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. He served our country with great pride 1961-1965. They shared many adventures together and loved their yearly roadtrips to Nebraska. They have two children – Randy (Gina) and Missy (Scott). There are four grandchildren – Lainie, Ryan, Tobin and Amanda. They were his most beloved treasures. He was their number one fan whether it was volleyball, motocross, cross country, or dance recitals. When he wasn’t holding a bleacher down, wrenching on a bike at Dade City Race track or standing in a field watching kids run by, he was building remote controlled airplanes. He truly lived life to the fullest and never let a moment sit idle. Now he takes his place in Heaven with family and friends who have passed before him, to wait patiently for us to reunite. Give Blue and Maisey a kiss for us, Dad.

GILGER, MARY E, age 92. Born, Feb. 4, 1920; died, Oct. 24, 2012, at home. She was a native of Clarion County in western Pennsylvania. During WWII she worked at Owens-Illinois glass plant Clarion and and CPT Franklin Pa. She moved to New Port Richey in July 1960. She retired from the Pasco School District in 1986. She is survived by brother, Ron Busch, Bellville, Illinois; daughter, Kathryn L. Dow, New Port Richey; and 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Services will be held at the Christian Church of Holiday, 5724 SR 54, NPR. Viewing hours 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., services at 2 p.m. Interment at Meadowlawn Cemetery. [She was head baker at Gulf Middle School but when she started working it was the high school. She worked from the 1963-1964 school year until she retired in 1986.]

GILMORE, HARLEY COOPER, 85, of Ruskin, Florida. On Saturday, December 7, 2019, Harley Cooper Gilmore, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and longtime licensed Land Surveyor, passed away at the age of 85 of natural causes. Harley was born on August 20, 1934 in Rutland, Vermont to Cora Belle (Cooper) and Carlton A. Gilmore. The young family moved to Elfers, Florida, when Harley was a child. Carlton passed away when Harley was just 11 years old and Cora went back to school to become a teacher. After high school, Harley joined the Air Force and served from 1954-1956 and trained to be a navigator. Harley returned to Florida and enrolled in the University of Florida where he graduated with his Bachelor of Civil Engineering Degree in 1962. In August 1964, Harley married Ada Louise Smith. They raised two children Kim and Doug. Harley was a proud land surveyor and Director of Education at and was a state licensed land surveyor until his passing. He also loved to cook, study history, write books, be involved in local charities such as the Boy Scouts and the Hillsborough River State Park Historical Society. He was a businessman, columnist, teacher, theologian, expert witness and all around friend to all. Harley loved his children, his six grandchildren his two great-grandsons and enjoyed attending their activities and attending family gatherings. He was known as the “pie-man” and would bring his signature Apple Pie with Bacon, Pumpkin and Pecan pies to events. Harley is survived by his children Kim (Jeffrey) Miller, Doug (Marie) Gilmore, his grandchildren Cross, Troy & Rhett Gilmore, Josh (Megan) & Rachel Lacy & Faith Miller and great-grandsons Colby & Carson Lacy. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday December 16, 2019 at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home, Riverview, FL with the family gathering with friends one hour prior from 1:00-2:00pm. [GHS Class of 1952]

Joseph Giunta GIUNTA, JOSEPH JOHN “JOE,” 21, passed away on Jan. 8, 2011. Joe was a 2007 graduate of Gulf High School & served in the U.S. Army until October 2010. Joe was a loving son & brother that left us too soon. He is survived by his parents, Johnny & Sherry; brother, Jacob; grandparents, Nellie Giunta, Bill & Lynne Robey; many aunts, uncles, cousins and a large circle of family and friends. Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 15, at 2 pm until the service starts at 4 pm at Dobies F.H.-Old County Road 54.

GLAVICH, JACK “POPSIE,” 85, of Dade City, died Tuesday (May 4, 2004) at home. Born in Chadburn, N.C., he came to Florida in 1922. He was a 1939 graduate of Gulf High School. He was a Navy veteran serving on Liberty Ships as an armed guard during World War II in the European Theatre. He was a retired master fitter with Plant City Steel. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dade City. He served as both deacon and Sunday school teacher. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Lillie; two sons, James and Steve, both of Dade City; two daughters, Sheila Stahl, Augusta, Ga., and Sharon Scheffer, Brooksville; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Hodges Family Funeral Home, Dade City.

GOLEBIEWSKI, DANIEL, 52, of New Port Richey, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, New Port Richey. He came here 35 years ago from his native Michigan City, Ind. He was a roofing business construction worker and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a basketball player for Gulf High School. Survivors include his brother, David, Hudson; and a nephew, Michael, Knoxville, Tenn. Prevatt Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hudson.

GOMILLION, LYNDA (KOLEAN), 66, of Brooksville, Florida was called home Monday, September 29, 2020. Born in Tarpon Springs, Florida to Robert and Maxine Kolean, Lynda was a strong follower of Christ Jesus and will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends. She is survived by her mother (Maxine Kolean) ; her loving husband Wayne E. Gomillion; son Anthony W. Gomillion (Julie); daughter Vanessa Ann Gomillion; sister Barbara White (Ray); brothers Tom Kolean (Terrie), Dennis Kolean and granddaughter, Hayli Gomillion. Lynda’s final days were tranquil and spent surrounded by family and friends that she touched in some small way throughout her short and memorable life. Lynda was an active and compassionate person who loved traveling to new places and meeting new friends. She was athletic and enjoyed downhill skiing and excelled in bowling, tennis and pickle ball and had a soft heart for animals. Over the years Lynda made significant contributions in her personal and professional relationships, by being supportive, loyal and encouraging. She was the love of my life and I’ve been truly blessed to enjoy so many heart felt memories and wonderful years of her devoted and loving companionship. Lynda recently retired from Moore County Schools, where she was affectionately known as Millie. A member of Christ Community Church in Pinehurst, NC, Lynda was quick to share her faith the Good News of the Gospel as found in John 3:16. While Lynda’s life may seem too short to many, those who were touched by her understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which we live. Her smile and gentle ways put people at ease and brought much joy to those that knew her. We love you, we miss you sweetie and look forward to reuniting with you in Heaven.

GONYER, ZAKARY, age 28, died in January 2018.

GOOD, PAUL B. In St. Petersburg, Mr. Good was a driving force behind Kids and Kubs, the Harlem Globetrotters of senior softball. He was the longest serving president in club history. And he may be best remembered for taking his aging, ageless team to Midwestern locales where visions of Florida still include old coots on ball fields, swinging for the fences. Mr. Good died Nov. 16, 2008. He was 98. [This is believed to be the Paul Good who graduated from GHS in 1928.]

GOODMAN, ROSCOE L., 56, of Tarpon Springs, formerly of Hudson, died Monday (March 6, 1995). He was born in Hudson and was a senior analyst for GTE, Tampa. Survivors include a son, Bain, Lucedale, Miss.; two daughters, Linda Hughes, New Port Richey, and Sheri Santana, Tampa; a sister, Marinell, Dade City; a brother, R. C. Ellis, Gainesville; and four grandchildren. Vinson Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs. [GHS ’57]

GORDON, LANCELOT A., 19, of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (Jan. 22, 1992) in Gainesville. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he came here six months ago from Newark, N.J. He was a student at Gulf High School, New Port Richey, and a Presbyterian. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gordon, New Port Richey; two brothers, Hugh Chin, Virginia Beach, Va., and Eric Gordon, New Port Richey; a sister, Enid, New Port Richey; his paternal grandfather, Eric, Kingston; and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Williams, Kingston. Michels-Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

GORDON, RONALD, USAF, 77, of Holiday, FL, passed away on April 8, 2019. Ron graduated from Gulf High School where he played football. He proudly served in the US Air Force and was a pilot. Ron is survived by his companion, Doris; daughter Kelly; grandchildren, Swain, Maggee Colee; brother Jerry; sister, Jeanine. A Celebration of Life will be held at Hunter’s Pub, 5616 SR 54, New Port Richey, immediately following the Memorial Service that will be held, Sunday April 14, 2019 at 1 pm, at Michels Lundquist Funeral Home, 5228 Trouble Creek Road in New Port Richey, FL. [GHS Class of 1960]

GRAF, LESLEE PEARL. July 19, 1965 – April 18, 2020. Leslee Pearl Graf, 54, of New Port Richey, Florida, passed away April 18, 2020. She is survived by her sons, Robert and Nathan Napolitano; mother, Evelyn Graham; and brother, Gregg. [Leslie Pearl Graham, GHS Class of 1983]

GRANT, JAMES, Class of 1978, died of a heart attack on Aug. 20, 2012.

GRECH, MARK, Class of 1978, died September 1, 2000.

GREEN, ANNE WHITTENHALL, 75, of Hudson, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Nov. 25, 2009. She passed peacefully with her family by her side at HPH Marliere Care Center. Born in Tarpon Springs on Feb. 25, 1934, she was a 1951 graduate of Gulf High School. She was a devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, and friend to all that knew her. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Thomas B. Green; daughter Kandi Huff and her husband Jay, and their children Ryan and Summer of Pensacola; daughter Melodie Keeley and her husband Robert, and their children Keenan, Meagan, Madison, Katelyn, Jackson, and Jordan of Ellenton; son Michael and his wife Susan, and their children Hannah and Rachel of Erie, PA; daughter Becky McCay and Eric Hevel of Land O’ Lakes; son Jeff and his wife Lisa, and their children Jeffrey, Shai, Mercedes, Gage and Blake of Ruskin; son Dennis Green and his son Colton of Hudson; son Tim and his wife Tammy of Trinity; and sisters, Mary Jane Whittenhall of Inglis, and Doris Stockwell of New Port Richey; her stepson Thomas Green his wife Charlene and their daughter Lauren of Sanford, NC; stepdaughter Trina Gunter of Sanford, NC; stepdaughter Terry Johnson and her husband Randy and their daughter Amanda of Sanford, NC. She was preceded in death by her parents Lowell and Lucille Whittenhall, brother Lester (Bud) Whittenhall, and son Kevin Dale Mathis. A memorial service will be held 10am Tuesday, Dec. 1st at Dobies Funeral Home, Hudson Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Hernando Pasco Hospice Marliere Care Center, 6801 Rowan Road, New Port Richey, FL 34654, 727- 868-4441.

GREENE, ANTHONY. A teenage bicyclist 20 miles from home was hit on a dark Odessa road by an 18-year-old driver who tried to swerve, but was too late, sheriff’s deputies said. Anthony Greene, 16, died at the scene Monday night. On Tuesday, grief counselors visited his school, Middleton High, and family gathered at Greene’s home in East Tampa. His younger brother played outside with Duke, a pitbull terrier, while older family members grieved inside. Related News/Archive According to deputies, Greene was riding a black bicycle south on Gunn Highway about 8:30 p.m., headed home after spending time with a friend. A 2002 Dodge truck approached from behind near Jana Drive, traveling about 45 mph. The driver, 18-year-old Christopher Griffith, saw the bike and tried to veer out of the way but ended up hitting it, deputies said. Greene was thrown off the bike. He was not wearing a helmet, deputies said. His bicycle did not have lights. Sheriff’s officials noted that the accident happened in an area where there is no bike lane or paved shoulder. That particular stretch of Gunn Highway is narrow, as the road curves around Lake Calm. Griffith of Carrollwood was not charged or cited in Monday’s crash. In May, he was cited with careless driving for a different crash with property damage, state records show. He cut off a car as he made a right turn on red, a sheriff’s report states. Deputies said Griffith appeared “devastated” at the scene of the crash. Griffith’s father, also named Chris, picked up the phone at the family’s home Tuesday morning. He said his son was upset and told a reporter, “We’re very sympathetic to the young man’s parents.” When asked about the crash, the father said, “That’s really all we’re going to say at this point.” Greene’s death is the first bicycle fatality in Hillsborough this year. [Tampa Bay Times, Jan. 7, 2014; Anthony had been a student at Gulf until Nov. 2013]

GREEN-FOOTE, DEBORA, 53, of New Port Richey, died Oct. 8, 2010, at home. A native of Beacon, NY, she had lived here for 27 years. She was an English teacher at Gulf High School, New Port Richey and an avid reader and member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Survivors include sons, Alex & Michael; daughter, April Greer (Jeff); her mother, Patricia Green; brother Joseph Green (Donna); she was “Uma” to grandchildren, Jayson, Ty & Chloe; nephews, Shane and Chase and loving family. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph. The family will receive friends at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, 5228 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey Thursday Oct. 14 from 5-7 pm. A funeral Mass will be celebrated by her uncle, Rev. Monsignor Patrick Keenan at Queen of Peace Church Friday at 10 am. The family requests, in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Gulf High School for the Debora Foote English Scholarship Fund, 5355 School Road, New Port Richey, FL 34652.

GRENKE, DAVID, GHS Class of 1991, died on April 7, 2019, according to a post on Facebook.

GREY, BILL, 53, died Sunday night, January 29 [1978], of an apparent heart attack at this home in the Hillandale subdivision outside of New Port Richey. Mr. Grey was at one time Mayor of New Port Richey from December 1969 to December 1971, and as his platform, spoke in favor of increased taxes and development of a plan to provide more freshwater to the city. Mr. Grey disturbed other politicians with his unorthodox behavior in an election year, concerning the increase in taxes, but he was always considered very outspoken and open with his beliefs. A funeral mass will be held for Mr. Grey today at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Reverend. Aiden Foynes and the Reverend Donald Baiser the Celebrants. Mr. Grey was the son of a pioneer family, and was reared in the New Port Richey area. Prominent in civic affairs, Mr. Grey served as a councilman on the Port Richey city council before becoming Mayor of New Port Richey. Mr. Grey was divorced from his wife several years, but lived in Hillandale with his son Willie. Bill Grey and his brother Jim were two of the area’s first real estate developers with the subdivisions Golden Acres, Citrus Terrace, Pine Acres, Sunshine Ranches, and Tropic Shores. Only in recent years had Mr. Grey worked in the development of Hillandale and an extension of Golden Acres. Mr. Grey graduated from Gulf High School, was a Navy Veteran of WWII, a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Suncoast Aeria 3153, Moose Lodge, 1747 and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Chester McKay Post 7987. He was a vice-president of Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens, director of Ellis First National Bank, director of Swartsel Builders Inc., past president of the Pasco Board of Realtors, past president of the West Pasco Little League and a former trustee at West Pasco Hospital. Mr. Grey is survived by his son, William M., New Port Richey; three daughters, Carol Glaves and Casey Grey, both of New Port Richey and Susan Grey of Atlanta; a brother James E. and a grandson, Troy Glaves, both of New Port Richey. The family requests that all donations be sent to the Florida Sheriff’s Boys Ranch and Girls Villa, the New Port Richey Library or the West Pasco Little League. Burial will be in Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens.

GREY, CASEY, 60, of New Port Richey, died October 21, 2019. She is survived by her siblings, Carol Glaves, Susan Grey, and William Grey. Dobies FH/Congress. [GHS Class of 1977]

GRIM, DEBBIE, Class of 1978, died.

GRIMES, ANDY. Andy Grimes was born without legs, but that didn’t stop him from dreaming about playing football. In his 17 years, the youth managed to show courage while facing misfortune. In 1985, he followed his dream and tried out for the Gulf High junior varsity football team. On Wednesday, while fishing with his grandfather and uncle in a boat off Anclote Point, Andy was struck by lightning. He died several hours later at a hospital. The teen-ager, who dropped out of Gulf High School last year, was hit as the three fishermen brought their 14-foot skiff in around Anclote Point to avoid the coming rain. Andy loved to fish – even if it was often a bit of an ordeal being lifted into and out of the boat. On Wednesday, the fish weren’t biting, and an angry storm cloud suddenly moved overhead. As the Rev. L.A. Grimes, a 54-year-old Holiday resident, pulled his church van around to the boat ramp to pick up his grandson, who was not using his wheelchair or artificial legs, a bolt of lighting struck the young man. It was a sudden, bizarre end to the life of the young man, an aspiring football player who, his family now says, knew in his heart that without legs, he didn’t have much of a chance. But the mourning family was still mostly confounded by the odd nature of the tragedy. “The most freak thing I ever saw,” the Rev. Grimes said Friday. The lightning shock rendered the teen-ager unconscious. The pastor, with the help of his son-in-law, Jim Barbee, 38, and some passers-by, loaded Andy into the van, and sped to Tarpon Springs General Hospital. The youth was revived briefly after entering the emergency room, but he died hours later in the intensive care unit from a cardiac arrest. According to the report from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the lightning emerged from the youth’s upper left thigh. “It would have been a miracle if he’d lived, and the doctors said he’d have been a vegetable if he had,” said the Rev. Grimes, pastor of the Trinity Fellowship Church in Holiday. Family members recalled Andy as a cheerful young man whom people loved to be with, someone who adjusted well to several moves, first from his native Alabama in 1983, then from Tarpon Springs to New Port Richey 18 months later. They also said that peers admired his courage in trying to overcome his handicap, and that he was especially popular on Friday nights at a New Port Richey ice-skating rink. But the family also revealed a solitary and sullen side of the teen-ager. The youth dropped out of Gulf High just over a year ago, depressed over his failure to make the football team, his mother, Linda Grimes, said. They let him practice, but told him he couldn’t join the team because of his grades, she said. It was a particularly severe blow, his grandfather said, because Andy had attracted wide attention in local newspapers for his attempts to join the team. In an interview with the St. Petersburg Times in May 1985, Andy’s father, Eldon Grimes, said he was disappointed when his son was born that he might not grow up to be a football player. Since leaving school, Linda Grimes said, her son mostly stayed around the house, went fishing and talked occasionally about finding a job. “He wanted to work badly, but couldn’t find anything he could do, without any legs and all,” she said. The pastor said Andy had spoken with him about eventually taking a high-school equivalency exam, and studying to be a computer programmer. “It’s so unfair,” his mother said. “I can hardly believe it. He was such a good kid.” Andy Grimes’ survivors include his parents, Eldon and Linda Grimes; two brothers, Randall and Eldon, both of New Port Richey; his paternal grandparents, the Rev. L.A. and Alta Grimes, Holiday, and his maternal grandparents, Wendell and Norma Mesecher, Holiday. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home in Holiday. Newspaper article, July 4, 1987.

GROSSMAN, MARTIN, was executed at Florida State Prison on Feb. 17, 2010. He convicted of killing Margaret Park, a Florida Wildlife Officer on the night of Dec. 13, 1984. Before his excecution, he read the following statement to the media: “I would like to extend my heartfelt remorse to the victim’s family. I fully regret everything that occurred that night, for everything that was done, whether I remember everything or not. I accept responsibility.” Grossman was born on Jan. 19, 1965, on a military base near San Antonio, Texas. When he was six months old he moved with his family to Hialeah, Florida, and in 1978 he moved to New Port Richey with his family. He attended Gulf High School sporadically in the 9th and perhaps 10th grades.

GROVES, THERESA, 28, of New Port Richey, died July 27, 2020. She is survived by her loving family and friends. Arrangements entrusted to Michels & Lundquist. [GHS Class of 2010]

GUALEMI, SALVATORE A. JR., “Sal” 55, of New Port Richey, died Sept. 28, 2013. Born in Queens, NY, moving to New Port Richey in 1972. He retired after 33 years of service as a supervisor in the water dept. of the City of New Port Richey. Preceded in death by his parents, Salvatore Anthony and Nicolina; sister, Petrina; beautiful, beautiful grandson, Alexander Jacob. Survived by his wife of 36 ½ years, Gail; sons, Salvatore and Anthony (Brittany); grandchildren, Heaven Lee and Anthony Paul II; brother, Paul, Sr. Visitation Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 6-8 pm with services at 7:30 pm at Dobies FH-Congress Street, New Port Richey.

HADSALL, ERICA (STEVENS), GHS Class of 2003, died on Sept. 30, 2019. She is survived by 2 daughters, Hannah Hadsall, (13) and Peyton Romeo (7), her mother Ann Henze, and her father Eric Stevens.

HAGER, DENIS CURT, 55, of New Port Richey died Friday (June 9, 2000) at home. He came here 50 years ago from his native Danville, Pa. He was a tree surgeon and an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. There are no known survivors. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey. [GHS Class of 1962]

HAMILTON, MELVIN F., 53, of New Port Richey, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at home. Born in Ohio, he came here 46 years ago from Brownsville, Ohio, and was owner of Mel’s Pump and Motor Co., Port Richey. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Bible Christian Church. Survivors include his wife Leda H. Kelley; a son, Edward Clark, New Port Richey; a daughter, Cherie Clark, New Port Richey; two brothers, Robert and David, both of Aripeka; a sister, Janet Merhurom, New Port Richey; and two grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, 9944 Hudson Ave., Hudson. Donations may be made to Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 12107 Majestic Blvd., Hudson, FL 34667. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson Avenue Chapel, Hudson. [GHS Class of 1964]

HANCOCK, ERNEST D., 63, of Hudson, died February 25, 2020. No family has come forward to claim at this time. No services are to be held. Michels & Lundquist.

HAND, DANNY, 42, of New Port Richey, died Nov. 27, 2016. Survived by daughter, Kaitlyn Hand; brothers, Tracy Gibson, Travis Gibson, and Russell Hand; sister, Diane Dean and significant other, Dee Balzer. Morgan Funeral Home. According to investigators, 42-year-old Danny Hand, a tow truck operator for Crockett’s Towing, was assisting a disabled motorist when he was struck by an oncoming Toyota Camry. Hand’s tow truck had its lights activated and was parked on the shoulder. The driver of the Toyota Camry was charged with DUI manslaughter. Danny attended Gulf High School and Pinellas Park High School. He was in the GHS Class of 1994.

HARPER, CAROLINE HOPE MAYTUM, 87, passed to eternal rest on July 2, 2016. Born Aug. 26, 1928 in Providence, RI, and a lifelong resident of New Port Richey. Predeceased by parents, Joseph and Bertha Maytum; O. Lavon Harper; son, Kenneth Lavon Harper. Survived by daughter, Beth Ware (Joel); son, Stephen C. Harper; brother, William Maytum (Vonnie); grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Valedictorian of Gulf High School’s class of 1945, and surgical tech at West Pasco Hospital and Community Hospital until retirement. Visitation on Friday, July 8, 6-8 pm. Funeral Services at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, July 9, 10 am with burial at East Elfers Cemetery; immediately followed by reception for friends and family at North Meadowlawn Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to Gulfside Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care.

HARRELL, WOODY, 33, of New Port Richey, passed away June 28, 2009. A visitation will be held Friday, July 3, from 10 am-12 pm. North Meadowlawn Funeral Home 727-849-9281. [GHS Class of 1993]

HARRIS, STEPHANIE. See an article here.

HARTSFIELD, JAMES MATTHEW, “MATT,” 21, of New Port Richey, died Friday (Nov. 21, 1997) as the result of an automobile accident. Born in Atlanta, he came here 13 years ago from Mobile, Ala. He was a machine operator for Golden Eagle Satellite Archery, Odessa, and a Presbyterian. Survivors include his father, James Richard Hartsfield, Tampa; his mother, Jane S. Nelson, New Port Richey; a brother, Byron Jason, Tampa; his paternal grandparents, James L. and Martha Hartsfield, Cairo, Ga.; and a companion, Meadow Jean Jacobs, New Port Richey. Michels-Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

HATCHER, STEVEN, 16, was killed on May 4, 1996, when the car he was driving veered off Strauber Memorial Highway just south of Moog Road and crashed into a pole. Two other boys in the car were seriously injured.

HAWKINS, REX. E. b., Sep. 28, 1921, Annis, Idaho; d., Nov. 26, 2009, Logan, Utah. Rex E. Hawkins chose Nov. 26, 2009, Thanksgiving Day, as his day of transition from this life to the next. He died at the Sunshine Terrace, surrounded by family members. Rex was born to Earl and Chloe Hawkins on Sept. 28, 1921, in Annis, Idaho. He was raised in Nephi, Utah. He was the oldest of 3 children. He has one sister, Elaine Garrett, of Kaysville and a brother, Max of Redmond. He worked hard for his parents with a family motel and on a small farm. He became an accomplished clarinet and tennis player during his high school years. During his growing up years, he enjoyed exploring the Nebo Wilderness Area and all the activities associated with the outdoors. After graduating from Juab High School, Rex attended Utah State University for 3 years. He enlisted in the United States Navy as an aviation cadet on Thanksgiving Day of 1942. He received his wings after dive-bombing training in Corpus Christi, Texas. Prior to being assigned to the Pacific Campaign, he married Lorraine Ricks from Benson, Utah, on March 10, 1944. Rex served in WWII as a bomber pilot. He participated in campaigns in Iwo Jima, Guam, Bonin Islands, and the Philippines. As a result of his actions, he received numerous medals. After returning to the U.S., Rex had a few quick tours along the eastern coast. In 1946, he was released to inactive duty in the Naval Reserve. Rex returned to USU for one quarter and was notified that he was accepted for Regular Navy. For the next 18 years, his Naval career included: landing signal officer for the Atlantic Fleet, instructor at a night fighter school in Key West, FL, attending general line school and being in the Operations Department as a training officer in Monterrey, CA, becoming a helicopter pilot in Pensacola, FL, serving aboard the USS Macon, Rushmore, Edisto, and Neptune out of Lakehurst, NJ, serving as executive officer of the Fleet Aircraft Squadron 101 in Quonset Point, RI, flying helicopters for the Mine Defense Lab in Panama City, FL, and finally being the Operations Officer in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His wife, Lorraine and children were evacuated to the US at this time. Rex retired from the Navy in 1964. He returned to USU to earn a degree in Education. He then went to Indiana University and received a masters degree in AV Communications. Rex was called back into the Navy and was assigned to Kingsville, TX. He retired again in 1969 and for the next 20 years taught NJROTC, 10 years in New Orleans, LA and 10 years in New Port Richie, FL. as the Officer in Charge. In Dec. 1989, Rex and Lorraine moved to Cape Coral, FL., to be close to their son and a daughter. They were there for 17 years. Lorraine passed away on April 13,2006. Following the death of Lorraine, Rex moved to Logan to be closer to his daughter, Vicki. They have shared 3 wonderful years together. In May, 2007, Rex was reunited with his high school sweetheart, Ilene Pack. They enjoyed a 2 ½ year friendship before her passing on Sept. 5, 2009. Rex loved animals, especially dogs and cats. He and Lorraine took in and provided love for scores of animals. Over the years, Rex enjoyed tinkering with cars, riding motorcycles, river rafting, deep-sea fishing, boating, camping, and playing golf. He came to Utah almost every summer to visit his parents and to enjoy his beloved Nephi Canyon. Rex is survived by his 3 children: Vicki (Peter) Olson of North Logan, Lora Montgomery of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Gary (Cindy) Hawkins of Ft. Myers, FL., 7 grandchildren: Michael, Richard, Brian, Brandon, Ashley, Jason, and Jesse, and 7 great-grandchildren: Alexis, Alyssa, Dakota, Hunter, Aleah, Aspen, and Logan. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 11:00 AM at the Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center, Logan. We love you POP. You will be missed. (He was the first naval science instructor at GHS.)

HAYES, GREGORY, 47, died on May 30, 2011, from colon cancer. He was a 1982 graduate of Gulf High School. He is survived by his wife Angela, two daughters, Aimee Hayes, who graduated from Gulf High in 2006; and Leah Hayes, who graduated from Gulf High in 2010; a son Zachary; and a brother Steve. He was a quarterback for Gulf and a pitcher on the baseball team.

HAYSTRAND, JOHN A. JR., 44, of New Port Richey, died March 7, 2014 at Gulfside Hospice in New Port Richey. Survived by wife, Denise (Brown) Haystrand; 2 children, Amanda Haystrand and Justin Haystrand; granddaughter, Breanna; father, John Haystrand Sr.; mother, Delores (Cullam) Flaherty; and 3 sisters, Karen Calano, Darlene Lamm and Stacey Fell. John was born in Smithtown, NY and lived in Brentwood, NY until 1977, when the family relocated to New Port Richey. John attended Gulf High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1989. He served during the Gulf War and was honorably discharged in 1992. He then began his career as a Marble Mason for the Bricklayers International Union BAC Local #3 at Steward Mellon Company. He worked there for several years, then HSA Engineering and Scientists, and A-Plus Fireplaces, continuing his trade. With his father he opened his own business, J&J Granite and Marble, Inc. and in 2012, he retired and worked with his wife at A.F.I.R.E. of Pasco County, Inc. as the Transportation Coordinator, as well as being a member of the board, where he worked tirelessly to help the program grow and succeed. For many years, he coached youth football and baseball with the PPAL New Port Richey Buccaneers, Salvation Army Lions and the West Pasco Little League. John was an avid member of the River Ridge Royal Knights Athletic Booster Club and a Booster Member of the Peru State College Bobcat Booster Club, Peru, Nebraska. Memorial Services will be held at Dobies Funeral Home, 6616 Congress Street, New Port Richey. Gathering at 2 pm, Service at 3 pm, Military Honors at 3:30 pm with refreshments following at A.F.I.R.E. Interment at a later date at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to A.F.I.R.E. of Pasco County, Inc. P.O. Box 933, Elfers, FL 34680.

HENDERSON, JOHN MARVIN. John Marvin Henderson, 100, of 48392 Pfeiffer Place, Misenheimer, N. C., formerly of Jackonsville, Fla., died at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, in Stanly Regional Medical Center. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Hodges Family Funeral Home Chapel in Dade City, Fla. Burial will be in Dade City Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 1:45 p.,m. Monday at the funeral home Born Sept. 11, 1908, in Hudson, Pasco County, Fla., he was a son of the late Homer Coleman and Eva Bush Henderson and was a plant quarantine inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Florida. He was a member of Riverside Lodge No. 266, F. and A.M. of Jacksonville, Fla., which will conduct Masonic honor rites. He was a member of Riverside Baptist Church Jacksonville, Fla., where he served as a deacon. The family wishes to acknowledge the following: A special thanks to Dr. Amir Koohestani and staff of Richfield Medical Services, Richfield; Dr. David Schmidt and staff of Stanly Neurology Albemarle; Misenheimer Police Department, First Responders of Richfield Misenheimer Volunteer Fire Department and Stanly County Rescue Squad. He was first married to Katie Craig Henderson and second to Margaret Flowers Weitzel Henderson, both of whom preceded him death. Two brothers, Roscoe Bush Henderson and Homer Cecil Henderson, also preceded him in death. He is survived by a son, John Craig Henderson and wife, Carol, of Winston-Salem; a daughter, Nancy Lee Henderson of Misenheimer; three stepsons, Neil Weitzel and wife, Pat, Jack Weitzel and wife, Donna, and James Weitzel and wife Marliou all of Jacksonville, Fla; and his beloved shelter cat, Zander. Memorials may be made to Pfeiffer University, 48380 U.S. Hwy. 52 N. Misenheimer, NC 28109; Richfield-Misenheimer Volunteer Fire Department First Responders, P.O. Box 382, Richfield, NC 28137, Stanly County Animal Rescue League, P.O. Box 1676, Albemarle, NC 28001; Riverside Baptist Church, 2650 Park St., Jacksonville, Fla., 32204; or Hospice of Stanly County, 960 N. First St., Albemarle, NC 28001. Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is in charge locally.

HENDERSON, ROSCOE BUSH. Mr. Roscoe Bush Henderson of Misenheimer, NC, died Thursday, June 4, 1998 at Stanly Memorial Hospital, Albemarle, NC. He was born December 12, 1906 in Hudson, FL. Mr. Henderson was the owner/pharmacist of Roscoe’s Rexall Drugs. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, New Port Richey, FL. He was Valedictorian of his class at Gulf High School in New Port Richey, FL. Was an Undergraduate and School of Pharmacy Honor Graduate at the University of Florida. He was a member of Blue Key Honorary Society. He was a Mason. An organizer and founding member of New Port Richey Elks Club. He was past church Treasurer and past church Board. He was very active in community, civic and church affairs. He was preceded in death by his father, Homer Coleman Henderson and his mother, Eva Bush Henderson. He is survived by two brothers, Mr. John M. Henderson of Misenheimer, NC and Mr. Homer Cecil Henderson of Winter Haven, FL; a niece, Miss Nancy L. Henderson of Misenheimer, NC; a nephew, Mr. John Craig Henderson of Winston-Salem, NC. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 9, 1998 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. A Funeral service will be held Wednesday June 10, 1998 at First United Methodist Church, New Port Richey, FL with Reverend Rusty Belcher, Pastor, officiating. Interment in Pine Hill Community Cemetery, New Port Richey. Arrangements by: THOMAS B. DOBIES FUNERAL HOME, Congress Street Chapel, New Port Richey, FL.

HENDERSON, MARVIN C., 73, Dade City, died Dec. 16, 2008. He was a retired steelworker. He is survived by his wife, Marie; sister, brother, nieces and nephews. Hodges Family Funeral Home, Dade City.

HENDRICK, TANNER “DIXIE” Tanner “Dixie” Hendrick III, 76, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, June 30, 2011, in Aiken, SC. A native of Nashville, TN, Mr. Hendrick was a son of the late Tanner Jr. and Nelle Bailes Hendrick. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked in a variety of positions and locations for the DuPont company headquartered in Wilmington, DE for over 40 years. Dixie and his late wife Gail lived in Aiken for 30 years and was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church. Dixie loved the outdoors and had strong interests in hiking, golf, and fishing. He was a big sports fan and closely followed the SEC along with the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Braves. Survivors include two sons; Jeffrey Tanner (Catherine) Hendrick, Decatur GA, and Kendall Blake (Laura) Hendrick, Bald Head Island, NC and Tucson, AZ, a granddaughter Tanner Katelyn Hendrick, Decatur GA, a brother William Bailes (Sue) Hendrick, Chocowinity, NC. Tanner graduated from Gulf High School in the class of 1952. He was class president.

HENRICKSON, ERIC CARTER, 51, Fergus Falls, died suddenly on Friday, April 7, 2006, at his home. He was born April 2, 1955, in Minneapolis, the son of Everett and Nancy (Peterson) Henrickson. He was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood and confirmed at King of Glory Lutheran Church in New Port Richey, Fla. He moved with his family to Florida in 1963, where he attended Rio Vista Elementary School in St. Petersburg and graduated in 1973 from Gulf High School in New Port Richey. Upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country at Fort Riley, Kansas, achieving the rank of E-4 Specialist. During his service he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal as well as recognition as a Marksman. He was honorably discharged in 1975 and subsequently moved to Brainerd where he earned his Licensed Nurse Practitioner certificate and worked as a behavior analyst at the Brainerd State Hospital. He returned to Florida in 1978 and worked at Anclote Manor in Tarpon Springs until joining the staff of Peniel Christian School in Spring Valley, Wis., as a counselor and teacher in 1980. In 1981, he met Rene Newton of Toledo, Ore. They were married in 1983 and together settled in Fergus Falls, where he undertook religious and pastoral studies at the Lutheran Brethren Seminary. In 1985, he and his family moved to northern Florida where he worked in various sales and retail marketing ventures. His true calling in life was the ministry. In fact, his family motto was, “The Henricksons – Changing America one kid at a time.” From 1991 to 1997, he lived this motto in many ways, including returning to Peniel as its assistant director from 1991 to 1993, and again from 1995 to 1997; and assisting troubled teenagers at the Boys Ranch Texas from 1993 to 1995. In 1997, Eric and his family returned to Fergus Falls to complete his seminary studies. While in seminary he served as youth minister for Zion-Sarpsborg, Tordenskjold and Kvam churches in the Dalton area. He also earned his nursing assistant certificate and worked locally at Broen Memorial Home and Lake Region Hospital before taking on the responsibilities of foster parenting in 2004. Most recently, he earned his certification from the Stephen Ministry program in Christian care giving. Eric’s life was guided by his service to God, and the following passage inspired him in his daily work: “I have great worth apart from my performance because Christ gave His life for me, and therefore, imparted great value to me. I am deeply loved, fully pleasing, totally forgiven, accepted, and complete in Christ.” Eric was preceded in death by his mother Nancy Henrickson and his brother-in-law James Owen. He is survived by his wife Rene; daughters Rebekah, Erika and Jessika; and foster children, Ashley and Levi, all of Fergus Falls; father Everett and stepmother Lina Henrickson of Graceville, Fla.; sisters Cindy (Jim) Seletos of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Laurie Owen of Baxter; and Rose (Perry) Wainman of Greencastle, Ind.; father-in-law, Butch and mother-in-law, Betty Newton of Toledo, Ore.; sister-in-law Rachelle (Walt) Durgeloh of Vancouver, Wash.; sister-in-law Rhonda Greene of Albany, Org.; brother-in-law Ryan (Charlene) Newton of Springfield, Ore.; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends in Christ. Visitation: Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service at the church Service: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bethel Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls. Clergy: Revs. Ed Monson and David Foss. Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Fergus Falls Funeral home: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls. [Fergus Falls Daily Journal]

HENDRY, WILLIAM W., 68, of Bayonet Point, died Wednesday (May 4, 1994) at home. Born in Fort Myers, he came here 20 years ago from Boise, Idaho. He was an English teacher at Gulf High School and a member of First Baptist Church, both in New Port Richey, and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Airplane Modelers Association. Survivors include his wife, Stella; two sons, the Rev. William W. II, Memphis, Tenn., and Capt. Robert, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; a sister, Kathryn Sandige, Fort Myers; and seven grandchildren. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.

HICKMAN, BENJAMIN LAMAR. AUSTIN, TX – Benjamin LaMar Hickman, 32, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2007. Benjamin was born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and grew up in Florida. He was currently living in Austin, TX with his wife and daughter. He is survived by his wife, Sadie Hickman of Austin; a daughter, Jessalyn Alexis Hickman, of Austin; parents, Marvin and Patsy Hickman of New Port Richey, Fla.; a sister, Amanda Murphy and husband, Matt Murphy, of New Port Richey, Fla.; nieces, Savannah Stacy, Cara Murphy and Sara Murphy of New Port Richey, Fla.; grandparents, Eloise Chappell and the late William Chappell of Ash, N.C. and Wallace Hickman and the late Ruth C. Hickman of Hickmans Crossroads, Ash, N.C.; and aunts, uncles and cousins that loved him dearly. Also “surviving” Benjamin are five organ recipients that received their gift of hope on June 7, 2007. Our loss is lessened knowing that these families will have the opportunity of a better life. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2007, in Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel, Shallotte, N.C. Please sign a guest book at Memorials may be directed to the Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place, Landover, MD 20785, or Jessalyn Hickman, c/o Raymond James, 100 North Tampa Street, Suite 2400, Tampa FL 33602. Arrangements are entrusted to Brunswick Funeral Home. [A guestbook is here.]

HICKMAN, JACK, 50, died of throat cancer on Sept. 28, 2004. He was a barber, and ran his own barber shop, Jack’s Barber Shop, on U. S. 19 beginning in 1984. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, and moved to Florida in 1967.

HICKS, ROBERT K., 55, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (April 13, 1991) at home. He came here in 1971 from his native Akron, Ohio. A graduate of the University of Akron, he taught Latin and humanities at Gulf High School. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include his mother, Edith Hicks, Holiday; and a brother, Charles, Akron. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Holiday.

HIGGINS, CHARLOTTE MAE (SARMENT), GHS Class of 1935, died on April 25, 2020. She was the oldest living alum of Gulf High School. Her son Bertie Higgins, the noted singer and songwriter, posted this on his Facebook page:

Our beloved Mother, Charlotte Mae Higgins (Nana) passed away peacefully last night, April 25, 2020 at the Peninsula Rehabilitation Center in Tarpon Springs, FL. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 21 1916 and was only a few weeks away from her one hundred fourth birthday. As a young girl, her family moved from Boston to New Port Richey where she attended local schools. She married her husband Elbert Thomas Higgins (Jiggs) when she was only sixteen years old and remained with him for more than fifty years until his passing in 1986. They had seven children of only three still survive; Charlotte, Gloria and Bertie. She was employed by Tarpon Springs High School as the cafeteria manager for several years until her retirement. She was an amazing woman who was dearly loved by everyone she met because of an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. She is now survived by her aforementioned children and several grand children and great grandchildren. Because of the current crisis, the family is planning a celebration of life when the size of the crowd is no longer in effect and that, along with a Catholic mass will be held at the St. Ignatius Catholic church in Tarpon Springs with a gathering to follow. This will be announced at a later date. This celebration will be open to the public but her interment at Cycadia Cemetery this week in Tarpon Springs will be limited to family members only. Vinson Funeral Home in Tarpon Springs will be handling the arrangements. As per hers and the family’s desires, in lieu of sending flowers, we would prefer a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

HIGGINS, STEPHEN M., 38, of Port Richey died on Dec. 7, 2013. He graduated from GHS in 1993. He is survived by his wife, Kim; son, Jonathon; and brother, Larry. His funeral will be held at Dobies Funeral Home on Congress St. Thursday (12/12) at 6 p.m. Steve was a son of Gulf High science teacher Larry Higgins.

HIGGS, BILL, Class of 1967. Bill was only at Gulf High for his last two years of school; his sister Fran relates in an e-mail that their parents moved a good bit. While at Gulf Bill was active with track and field under Coach Dave Powell. After a long and courageous battle with cancer Bill passed away in March of 2008 at The Villages where he had moved with his wife after living most of their adult life in Indiana.

HILGART, WALTER LEONARD “LEN,” age 94, New Port Richey, Florida, passed away on Oct. 30, 2016. Len was born on Oct. 5, 1922 on his father’s birthday in Park Falls, Wisconsin. He is the son of the late Isadore and Matilda (Neperil) Hilgart and stepson of Katherine (Brosnan) Hilgart. Len attended the Greenfield School for the first four years, and graduated from Fifield High School in 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force on Dec. 12, 1942. He graduated from flying school, and went overseas to the Pacific as a P-38 Fighter Pilot. He flew 22 combat missions before the war ended, and flew over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. [Mr. Hilgart was a substitute teacher at Gulf for many years.]

HILL, BRUCE C., GHS Class of 1980, died on Sept. 16, 2018.

HITE, DENNIS JOSEPH, 16, of New Port Richey, died Friday (July 23, 1999) as the result of an automobile accident. He was born in Orlando and was a lifelong resident of New Port Richey. He was a senior and member of the ROTC at Gulf High School, a cashier for Seven Springs Winn-Dixie, an instructor and second-degree black belt at Ingram’s Professional Karate Center, New Port Richey, and a Baptist. Survivors include his parents, Damon and Cindy Hite, and a sister, Chelsie Hite, all of New Port Richey; and his paternal grandparents, Joe and Nell Hite, Fort Pierce. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, New Port Richey Chapel.

HOGAN, BRIAN, Class of 1978, died.

HOLLEY, RICH. To his longtime friends, Rich Holley was a passionate man who could do just about anything and already had done a lot.

He was a successful businessman, an avid boater and pilot and a nationally recognized leader in the jukebox and arcade-game industry. He also was a former math teacher, soccer coach and professional musician.

Holley was so meticulous that the tools, bolts and screws in the garage of his Palm Harbor home were as organized as those in a hardware store.

That’s why friends are puzzled as to what could have caused his single-engine 1969 Beechcraft Bonanza plane to crash this weekend.

“I’m sure that plane would have never left the ground if he had any doubts,” said Paul Virgadamo of New Port Richey, a former business partner who has known him for about 25 years.

Holley, 58, took off from the North Captiva Island airstrip about 3:30 p.m. Friday for a 15-minute flight to Fort Myers. He never made it. His body was found inside the wreckage of the small plane Saturday morning about a mile east of where it had departed.

The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the crash. A federal investigator will go through the wreckage, which has been taken to an airport in Fort Lauderdale, and the medical examiner’s report to look for clues, said the agency’s Southeast regional director, Jeff Kennedy.

Friends describe Holley as the type of guy who recited lines from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at a reception in London, delighting anyone within earshot. He also was the type to play a prank on a fellow teacher by faking a love note and placing it in her school mailbox.

“He was truly a fascinating and passionate guy, and there was never any ambiguity about Rich,” said Jack Kelleher, executive vice president of the Chicago-based Amusement and Music Operators Association. “You always knew where he was coming from and where he was going. He lived life to the fullest.”

Holley was a member of that organization for more than 20 years and became its president last September. He was a driven leader and a staunch supporter of the coin-operated video and music equipment industry, Kelleher said.

Holley was named “Operator of the Year” by a trade publication in 2000. He also started an industry garage band called the Coin Drops, which made its debut at a Las Vegas trade show in September. He played the keyboard and guitar.

“When you would be at a meeting and there was an impasse, people would look to him for guidance,” Kelleher said. “And on a personal level, people enjoyed being around Rich Holley because you knew certainly that there was never a dull moment.”

Holley was born in Trinidad, where his father worked for an oil company. He moved to the United States after graduating from high school. He played in a band while attending Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, where he received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

He was drawn to Florida because of the water and moved there in 1975 with his wife, Bev, after he graduated from college. He worked for an electronics company that made copiers and converted microfiche into electronic images.

When the company tried to relocate him to Chicago, Holley and his wife decided to stay in Florida.

After trying his hand at other jobs, Holley taught math and coached soccer at Gulf High School in New Port Richey in the late 1970s. There, he met Virgadamo, who was the assistant principal at the school.

Both of them owned arcades in Pasco County and decided to join forces. They formed the Southeast Game Brokers, a risky venture that paid off. After classes let out for the day, both would take jukeboxes and arcade games to bowling lanes and truck stops.

“When he put his mind to something, it was going to be done,” Virgadamo said.

Virgadamo and Holley eventually went their separate ways professionally, with Virgadamo starting another company and Holley and his wife keeping Southeast Game Brokers. But they stayed friends and often spoke to each other a few times a day.

“We were like brothers,” Virgadamo said.

Holley was an instrument-rated pilot who loved to fly, Virgadamo said. He also loved to go boating and fishing and recently made a CD of himself playing songs.

“It sounded incredible,” Virgadamo said. “When I tell you he could do anything, he could do anything. There was no stopping him.”

Holley was fascinated by magic and could entertain and mystify others with card tricks and his ability to make things disappear, Kelleher said.

He also was a fan of technology, whether it was on his personal computer, his plane or musical instruments.

“In an industry that sometimes is a bit slow to embrace change, he was the champion of it,” Kelleher said.

“Really, he was a unique guy who just had a major impact. His passing will be missed by many people for a long time.” [St. Petersburg Times, Mar. 4, 2003]

HOLMES, BRUCE G. May 30, 1962~March 04, 2021. Bruce Holmes, 58, of Holiday, Florida passed away March 4th, 2021. He moved to Holiday in 1969 from Lyndonville, New York. A retired landscaper. Survived by siblings David L. (Cathy) Holmes, Wanda (Paul) Stanek; six nieces and nephews. [GHS Class of 1980]


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Joan Holmes, who passed away on January 26, 2023 at the age of 87. Born in Thomasville, GA on January 22, 1936, Joan lived a full and rich life, surrounded by family and friends. Joan was predeceased by her parents, Ruth Stringer Hicks and William H. Hicks, and her husband, Jackson Autry Holmes. Despite this loss, she cherished and loved her family deeply, including her son Michael Holmes (Caren) of Lighthouse Point, FL and daughter Jan Roberts (Marty) of The Villages, FL. She was also blessed with multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will always remember her as a kind, caring and loving grandmother. Throughout her life, Joan had a strong walk with our Lord Jesus Christ. It was that walk which guided her to live a deeply committed life of service and philanthropic activities including Metcalf Methodist Church, Plantation United Methodist Church, 1st United Methodist Women of Thomasville, Archbold Memorial Hospital (where she was named Volunteer of the Year), FSU Emeritus Board, Vashti (home for troubled youth), Kids Against Hunger (Feeding the Hungry Around the World), and Wesley Glen (a private, not for profit organization that supports adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in a Christian environment). A celebration of her life will be held on February 11, 2023 at 11:00 am at Metcalf United Methodist Church, 2009 Magnolia St, Metcalf, GA 31792, where her faith was nurtured and sustained throughout her life. A private graveside service at Springhill Methodist Church for immediate family will be held following the service. Joan will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Her warm smile, kind heart, and infectious laughter will never be forgotten. She leaves behind a legacy of selfless service and dedication to her community, all guided by her strong faith in Jesus Christ. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made in Joan’s memory to the Springhill Methodist Church, mailing address: 657 Funston Sigsbee Rd, Moultrie, GA 31768-2204. The church played a significant role in Joan’s life, and her family wishes to honor her memory by supporting the preservation of Springhill’s history and the people it continues to serve. A 12 minute self-recorded audio of Joan’s life can be found here: May she Rest In Peace. Family and friends are invited to visit her online tribute page at

HOOTEN, PAUL. TAMPA – Paul Brown Hooten, 26, of 326 W Delaware Ave., New Port Richey, was killed Monday night in an accident near the Hillsborough-Pasco County line on Dale Mabry Highway, north of Sun Lake Boulevard. The Florida Highway Patrol in Tampa said Hooten’s car was on the east shoulder of Dale Mabry Highway headed north. Hooten pulled onto the road, crossing the centerline and striking a car. The impact of the collision knocked Hooten’s car back onto the shoulder of the highway. According to investigating Troopers Jerry Baxter and Bobby Walker, Hooten got out of his car and was inspecting the right rear when he was struck by a semi-tractor trailer. The troopers said the truck driven by Cornell Jones, 48, of Ocala, was trying to avoid hitting the cars involved in the accident. No charges were filed. Hooten was born in Spartanburg, S.C., and moved to New Port Richey in 1951. He graduated from Lyman Ward Military Academy in Camp Hill, Ala. Hooten was employed as a plumber at Florida Central Plumbing. He is survived by his wife, Carol; two daughters, Denise and Patricia; his mother Inez Hooten, and a sister, Patricia Evans, all of New Port Richey. Duval Funeral Home in New Port Richey is in charge.

HOOVER, KATHERINE LYNN (BRYAN), 25, died of a gunshot wound on July 27, 2014. She attended Gulf High School.

HOPE, DUANE FOWLER, died July 21, 2008 in his home in Lake Worth. He was born June 21, 1924 in New Port Richey, Florida to Kenneth Edward and Gertrude Hope. Duane (Buck) Hope graduated from Gulf High School in 1942. He married Helen Colgan on April 11, 1947. Buck and Helen had a home in Lantana prior to moving to Lake Worth where they lived for more than 56 years. For 25 years, they were partners in Hope Construction, Inc. while raising four children. He was a member of the Civitan Club, sat on the board of the Lake Worth Utility Authority and was active in the Florida Wildlife Conservation Association and Ducks Unlimited. Buck was a life member of the Carpenters Union local 819. He was a Scholarship Partner with the University of Florida Athletic Association and an avid Gator Fan for more than 50 years. Buck was a good husband/ father and trusted friend. Mr. Hope was a member at the First Congregational Church in Lake Worth. Buck is survived by his daughter, Carol Whitefield; his son, Robert Hope and daughter-in-law, Louise; his daughters, Marilyn Hope and Janet Hope; seven grandchildren, Lara, Benjamin, his wife Lori, and Adam Whitefield, Tracey Blair and her husband Matt, Katie Dugger, Jacki and Robert Holroyd and four great- grandchildren, Caleb, Abigail, Joshua Blair and Kaya Whitefield. In addition to his parents, his wife, Helen Colgan Hope, his two brothers, Mitchell, Kenneth and sister, Nola Griffin preceded him in death. Memorial Service will be at the First Congregational Church in Lake Worth on Friday, August 8, at 11AM. The Reverend Jason Fairbanks, Pastor, will officiate. Buck will be interred with Helen at the Pine Hill Cemetery, Port Richey on Saturday, August 9, at noon. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Buck’s name to Hospice of Palm Beach County. The family would like to thank Buck’s caregivers, Gina Stefan and Helene Emdur and Hospice for the many services they provided, as well as, their kind and caring support. To express condolences and/or make donations Visit

HOPE, KENNETH H. 68, of Weeki Wachee, formerly of New Port Richey, died Oct. 24th [2008]. He was born in Guatemala and moved to new Port Richey in 1950, from Lowell, MA. Ken was a retired real estate appraiser for Pasco County and formerly served as a funeral director at North Funeral Home, New Port Richey for 17 years. He was a 1957 graduate of Gulf High School and was active in the Gulf high athletics boosters, the West Pasco Little League and PAL football, a member of the Pearl of the West Lodge #146 F&AM, and served as the first president of the New Port Richey Jaycees. In his later years he earned his BS degree from the University of South Florida. He is survived by his daughter, Cindy (Rocky) Russ; sons, Kenneth H. Jr. (Joie), Leonard J. (Stephanie) his former wife and lifelong friend, Claudette Vogel; brothers, Lawrence (Virginia) and Bill (Barbara); and 7 grandchildren. Friends may call at Faupel Funeral Home Tuesday, Oct. 28, fr om 3-5 pm, with services following at 5 pm. The family suggests donations to Hernando Pasco Hospice. Faupel Funeral Home 727-849-9964

HOPKINS, JENNIFER DAWN, age 43, of New Port Richey, FL, passed away on March 17, 2020. She is survived by her mother, Jeanine Hill; brother, Jason Woody; her aunt, Maxine Petrovick; and her extended family. Services are pending. Dobies Funeral Home, Congress.

HOUSEND, JULIETTE D., 87, of Interlachen died Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at her residence. She was born in New Port Richey and had been a resident of Interlachen for the past 30 years, coming from Jacksonville. She had worked with the Head Start program for 9 Ú years when the program first originated in Jacksonville. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Interlachen. She enjoyed gardening and loved her church and her friends. Mrs. Housend was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Housend; one son, George P. Housend; her parents, Peter and Frances DeCubellis; brothers, Fred, Albert, David and Johnny DeCubellis and sisters, Anne and Antoinette. Surviving are one son and companion, Allan Housend and Polly Newlon of Palatka; one sister, Mickey Little of New Port Richey; 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Masters Funeral Home of Interlachen with Rosary and Vigil services being held at 7:30 pm at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 am Saturday January 6, 2007 at St. John Catholic Church in Interlachen with Father Robert Napier officiating. Interment will be 11:00 am Thursday January 11, 2007 in Oak Hill East Cemetery with Father Robert Napier officiating. Memorial gifts may be sent to Haven Hospice, 6400 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177. Masters Funeral Home of Interlachen is in charge of arrangements. [GHS Class of 1938].

HUDSON, CLAUDE W. JR., 91, of New Port Richey, passed away on April 2, 2016. Predeceased by his first wife, Eva Lee. Survived by his wife, Shirley; 5 daughters, 10 grands; and 8 great-grands. [GHS Class of 1941.]

HUGHES, JAMES DAVID. 4/16/84 – 7/21/09. Jimmy entered into rest July 21st 2009 at 9:36 a.m., losing his battle to Leukemia. He was a kindhearted, fun spirited, all around loving person, and he faught a tough battle, so take this time to remember the joy he brought to your life. Funeral services were held on SATURDAY, JULY 25TH at Dobies Funeral home on old CR 54. Proceeding the service with a Celebration of Life at the Seven Springs Golf and Country Club. In lieu of Flowers you may donate to the Lymphoma Leukemia Society or Moffitt Cancer Foundation in Jimmy’s name. You can send a check in for either organization to Moffitt Cancer Foundation In Memory of Jimmy Hughes at 12902 Magnolia Dr. UTC Found, Tampa Florida 33612. [GHS Class of 2002] A facebook page in his memory is here.

INGRASSI, JOSEPH, Class of 1978, died.

JACOBS, RONALD, 45, of New Port Richey, passed away May 13, 2011. Survived by children, Fiona, Tonya, Gina and Nathan; parents, Roland Jacobs and Fay Wilson; brothers, Donald, Kevin, Roland and Scott; and sister, Heather; Ronald served in the U.S. Army during Desert Storm and was honorably discharged. Visitation will be held Monday, May 23 from 10 am until the service begins at 11 am at Dobies Funeral Home, Congress Street Chapel. 727-841-7555 [GHS Class of 1985]

JANCZLIK, FRANK JR., 69, of New Port Richey, died March 18, 2021. Frank is survived by his loving family and friends. Coastal Cremations [GHS Class of 1970]

JANOWSKI, GREGORY, 40, was shot and killed as he sat in his car outside the Publix in Tarpon Mall on March 30, 2010. He was a member of the Class of 1987.

JANOWSKI, RONALD WILLIAM, Class of 1966, died in December 2016. Arrangements under the direction of North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, New Port Richey, FL.

JEPSON, BRUCE JAMES, GCHS Class of 1977, died in October 1979 at age 20. Medical examiners determined that he died of an enlarged heart caused by a small aortic valve. He was the son of Gulf Comprehensive High School coach Bruce L. Jepson; his mother was the librarian at Gulf Junior High School. Bruce James Jepson played football and basketball at Gulf. [Information from a classmate and a newspaper article.]

JOHNSON, JAMES J., 27, of Tarpon Springs, died Friday (Aug. 2, 2002) of injuries sustained when he was hit by a car while walking on U.S. 19 near Nursery Road. He was born in Spain and came here in 1986 from Novato, Calif. He worked as a radiology technician and was a member of St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, Tarpon Springs. Survivors include his mother, Remedios Johnson, Tarpon Springs; his father, James,; a sister, Jessie Johnson, Tarpon Springs; and his paternal grandparents, Dorothy and Jerry Johnson, Stow, Ohio. Trinity Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

JOHNSON, SCOTT, Class of 1987, died on Oct. 4, 2019, in an automobile accident. There will be a Celebration of Life at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. The address is 3535 Trophy Bv. Trinity, FL 34655. The family asks that in lieu of flowers that you please make a donation to his daughters’ education fund.

JONES, ALMA L., 57, of New Port Richey, Florida, passed away April 3, 2019. She is survived by children Lacotesa, Isreal, and Ishimon; mother, Myrtis; four sisters; four brothers; and seven grands. [GHS Class of 1980]

JONES, ARTHUR JR., of Port Richey, died Thursday (Feb. 25, 1999) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. He came here 33 years ago from his native Live Oak. He was a construction worker and a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church, Port Richey. He was a 1973 graduate of Gulf High School and a member of its varsity football team. Survivors include four sons, Emanuel J. and Arthur III, both of Port Richey, Gabriel, Tarpon Springs, and Arthonio, Clearwater; five daughters, Centrell Watson, Kansas City, Kan., Fallon Jones, Ebony Jones and Joanna Jones, all of Tarpon Springs, and Makia Jordan, Port Richey; his mother, Myrtis, Port Richey; three brothers, Dean C., Algie L. and Alvin T., all of Port Richey; six sisters, Helen Crawford, Yokota, Japan, Ruthie M. Jones, Glenda L. Jones, Alma L. Jones, and Carolyn E. Jones, all of Port Richey, and Deniece E. Samuel, Yuma, Ariz.; and a granddaughter. Young’s Funeral Home, Clearwater.

JONES, E. JAY “BUCK,” 52, passed away March 22, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family that he loved so dearly. He was the most kind hearted man who never met someone he couldn’t and wouldn’t befriend. He was a roofer by trade and was a hard worker. His purpose in life was to care for his dear mother. He stopped working to be her caretaker many years ago. He loved her more than life itself. He is survived by his loving mother, Luella Jones and soul mate of many years, Barbara Harrison and her family. He is also survived by his sister, Luann Baguley; aunt and uncle, Terry and Gerri Hill; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Gathering will be held March 31st at 1:00 pm with a Celebration of Life to follow in the Brewer 7 Hills Chapel, 280 Mariner Boulevard.

JONES, WILLIAM R. “WILLIE,” 37, of New Port Richey, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013. He was born August 15, 1975 in New Port Richey to William C. Jones Jr. and Deborah E. Burney Jones. Willie was a 1993 graduate of Fellowship Baptist Academy in New Port Richey and a lifelong area resident who will always be known for his good nature and his loving devotion to his son. He was a Licensed Funeral Director and attended Emmanuel Baptist Church in New Port Richey. Willie is survived by his son, William Vincent Jones; his sister: Charity Jones; parents: William & Deborah Jones, aunts: Shirley Delk, Robin Burney, Patsy Leggett, Martha Jones; uncles: Deryl Burney, Mike Leggett, Bobby Jones; niece & nephew: Julia & Jacob; and numerous other close family and friends. Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in New Port Richey. The family will receive friends for viewing Tuesday evening from 5-7pm at the 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home in Dade City and 1 hour prior to service time Wednesday morning at the Emmanuel Baptist Church. Interment will follow at East Elfers Cemetery.

JUDY, CRAIG W., 60, of Weeki Wachee, died Aug. 18, 2020. Survived by wife, Sue; stepson, Justin; mother, Norma; brother, Steven. [Mr. Judy taught at GHS in the 1990s.]

JORDON, ELIZABETH V., 74, of Holiday, died Monday (Feb. 20, 1989) at Morton M. Plant Hospital. Born in Hicksville, N.Y., she came here 16 years ago from East Meadow, N.Y., and was a retired attendant for Gulf High School. She was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Hugh; three sons, Andrew Blazo, Holiday, Jimmy, Hicksville, and Thomas, Corpus Christi, Texas; a brother, Francis Molliton, Holiday; two sisters, Cecelia Malphruf, Holiday, and Jennie McEwen, Mineola, N.Y.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Holiday.

KARGMAN, JUDITH ANN (BUDD), 73, of New Port Richey, passed April 9, 2019. An equestrian, librarian, and animal lover, she received a BA from USF, a MS from Catholic University of America, and served in the US Marine Corps. Recently predeceased by her husband, Lawrence Kargman, she is survived by cousin, Mary Sue Martin; son, Christopher Lyman; and grandson, Baird Lyman. She was dearly loved and will be missed. Service is at Dobies FH, Congress, May 23, 10 am; followed by burial at Florida National Cemetery, 2 pm.

KAUTZ, JUANITA (NITA) PARKES, died on March 25, 2010. She was born in Alexandria, Virginia, on October 24, 1918. She was preceded in death by her husband James Kautz Jr. Nita and Jim were married for 55 years. She is survived by her son James Richard Kautz III, wife Maria Greene, step grandson Tyler Turk, all of Marietta, Georgia, and Lawrence (Larry) John Kautz of St. Petersburg, Florida. Grandsons James Kautz IV, wife Christy, great grandchildren Evan, Connor, and Alyssa, all of Acworth, Georgia, grandson John Kautz and wife Terry Kobza of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and special friend Barbary Brooks of Dandridge. A private memorial service will be held. Nita and Jim joined Magna View Baptist Church in 1980. Nita had many hobbies. She and Jim raised shelties for over 20 years. Nita loved flowers and always had flowers. She enjoyed writing articles and letters. She enjoyed taking pictures, and read a great deal. Nita was active in church. She taught Sunday school from Cradle Roll to senior adults. She was church clerk and publicity chairman. Nita enjoyed singing, both solos and in the choir. In lieu of flowers, Nita prefers gifts to Magna View Church, P.O. Box 297, Talbott, Tennessee 37897.

KEELER, CORY, Class of 2006, died on Feb. 9, 2013. He was 25 years old.

KEHOE, DENNIS M. age 69, recently of Rockwall, TX, previously of Tallahassee, FL, passed away April 10, 2017. He was born June 17, 1947, in Niles, MI, to Jack and Virginia (Wishart) Kehoe. Dennis enjoyed tennis and was very proud to be a marathon runner. He adored singing and would sing Amazing Grace to anyone. He even used to sing with a barbershop quartet! Dennis was of the Methodist faith and was a loving father and grandfather. Dennis is survived by his loving children: Melissa English and husband Russell and Chris Kehoe and wife Huyen; grandchildren: Haylie, Emily and Julia English and Madison and Alexander Kehoe; soon-to-be great granddaughter: Isabella; and siblings: Tom Kehoe and wife Carol and Pam Maser and husband Paul; six nieces and nephews; along with a host of loving relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew: Jason Kehoe. Graveside services will be 11:15am Friday, April 21 2017, at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, 75211 with Pastor Rick Donaho officiating. [GHS Class of 1965]

Brent E. Kelly KELLY, BRENT E., (GHS ’76) went home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 16, 2015, after a nearly four year battle with complications relating to diabetes. As in his professional life, Brent faced his health challenges with courage and a fierce determination to beat the disease. Brent was 56 years old, just one month and eight days shy of his 57th birthday. He is survived by his mother, Muriel Helen Kelly of Holiday, and his loving companion and soulmate of 19 years, Ann Ullery also of Holiday. Brent was an accomplished professional photographer who enjoyed traveling the United States to capture the majesty and beauty that is America. His expertise was digital landscape photography, but he also enjoyed going back to his first love, the darkroom, where he processed many award winning black and white images. Brent also delighted in making people laugh, helping those in need and working on his myriad of hobbies, including his love of music, history and classic muscle cars. Brent was a former member and officer of the Chasco Camera Club and the Hot Wheels Club, both located in New Port Richey. Please feel free to make donations to the American Diabetes Association and/or the American Heart Association in honor and memory of Brent E. Kelly.

KELLEY, GLENN. Here is Glenn Kelley’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.

We are sad to announce that on April 27, 2020 we had to say goodbye to Glenn Kelley (New Port Richey, Florida). You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Glenn Kelley.

He was loved and cherished by many people including : his wife Phyllis; his children, Connie Field (Gene), Sheri Turner (Dave), Rick Lowery (Traci), Bobby Lowery (Stephanie) and Jennifer Lowery; and his grandchildren, Matt, Devin Diaz, Tyler Corbit, Annie, Katie Field, Brook, Brindi Lowery, Jackson and Austin Lowery.

KELLY, LARRY DEAN. Boy on Bike Struck, Killed by Stepfather. A 16-year old sophomore bicycling to school before dawn was struck and killed by his stepfather who said he did not see the boy until it was too late, police said Tuesday. Larry Dean Kelly, of Moon Lake, was dressed in dark clothing and was riding his bike along Moon Lake Road to Gulf High School in New Port Richey when he apparently strayed into the path of his stepfather’s car. The teen was also hit by at least one other car and the confusion that resulted caused another… [Miami Herald, Dec. 14, 1988]

KEOUGH, AUSTIN ROGER, died on Aug. 24, 2019. He was born on March 13, 1998. His mother wrote that he died doing what he loved most, spearfishing.

O'Callaghan Kessel KESSEL, O’CALLAGHAN, 35, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2005 in his home surrounded by his entire family. He had brain tumors that were discovered on October 20. Cal attended Gulf High school from 1984-1988. Cal was a special person, spreading happiness to all he met. Many knew him for his “infectious” smile. He was a shining star at Gulf High School, walking from table to table in the lunchroom, chatting with everyone. He was also well known for holding the position as “Team Manager” for the soccer team during the years he attended and for several years after, under Coach Barnett. Cal offered nothing but kind words and friendship. He was survived by his parents, five siblings who were all graduates of Gulf High School, five nephews and four nieces. He befriended all, and will be missed greatly.

KIDD-PRITCHARD, BRENDA, 70, of Port Richey, died October 8, 2020. Survived by husband, Robert; children, Rob, Tonya; sister, Shelly; several great-nieces and nephews. [GHS Class of 1968]

KIERNAN, KAYLA N., 26, died Sept. 10, 2016. She is survived by her mother, Carla; father, James; and grandmother, Nancy Roach. Faupel Funeral Home.

KILLION, ROBERT C., 56, of Seminole, formerly of New Port Richey, died Friday (Jan. 25, 2002) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He came to this area as a child from his native Terre Haute, Ind., and moved to Seminole from New Port Richey in 1975. He was a paramedic and emergency medical technician for Pasco County from 1977 to 1985. He was a Magnolia Valley volunteer firefighter and was an ambulance driver. He was a Navy veteran and served on the USS Sagacity and served in the honor guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Survivors include a daughter, Faedra Waymire, Port Richey; two sons, Robert, Land O’Lakes, and Jason, Atlanta; two stepsisters, Ruby Clemens, Daphne, Ala., and Lolita Bernhard, Clayton, Ind.; a companion, Rebekah Harrell, Seminole; three grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole. [GHS Class of 1964]

KILPATRICK, BRENDA, 63, of Lutz, formerly of Pinellas Park, died Monday (June 7, 2004) at University Community Hospital of respiratory complications. She attended Gulf High School in New Port Richey and the business college. She retired from Nations Bank. Survivors include two daughters, Jeannine Medart, Dallas, and Missy Carlson, St. Petersburg; a son, Sean Kilpatrick, St. Petersburg; and five grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Tampa.

KINGSLEY, HARLAND J., 90, lifetime resident of Pasco County, passed away on Jan. 15, 2018. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Linda; three grandsons, Matthew, Brian and Tony and seven great-grandchildren. There will be a private family ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to American Cancer Society. [GHS Class of 1945]

KIMZEY, JUANITA SPRINKLE, of Sherwood Manor Nursing Center, Wilmington, N. C., and formerly of New Port Richey, died Monday (April 10, 1995) at home. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Hawkins, Wilmington; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel, Wilmington. [GHS faculty]

KINGSLEY, LEONA C., 80, of New Port Richey, Fla., died September 5, 2007. Survivors include her husband, Harland; son, Dennis; brother, Raymond; three grandsons; and two great-grandchildren. Dobies FH. [GHS Class of 1945]

KINGSLEY-ROUSSELL, ELIZABETH BETTY, 81, of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (Feb. 24, 2004) at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Kirkland, Ohio, she came here in 1935 then moved to Miami, and moved back to New Port Richey 20 years ago. She was a 1941 graduate of Gulf High School. She was a homemaker, an Avon representative and was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Survivors include a daughter, Anne Cotton, New Port Richey; two sons, Luke N. Roussell III, Winter Park, and David J., Hendersonville, N.C.; a brother, Harland Jay Kingsley Jr., New Port Richey; and five granddaughters. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

KINNUNEN, JANET K., died on March 22, 1964. She was born on July 4, 1948.

KINNUNEN, JEFFREY SCOTT, 22, of 1115 Jasmine Drive, New Port Richey, died Saturday (Oct. 22, 1988) at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital as the result of an automobile accident. He was a graduate student at Florida State University and had graduated with honors from Gulf High School. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and the Florida State Gold Key Honorary Society. Survivors include his parents, Dr. Niles and Cherry Kinnunen, New Port Richey; a brother, John, New Port Richey; a stepbrother, Scott Dennewitz, New Port Richey; a sister, Carol Kinnunen, Gloucester, Mass.; two stepsisters, Renee Arcarola and Debra Dennewitz, both of New Port Richey; and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Woodward, Germantown, Tenn. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.

KIRKMAN, MRS. RACHEL HOWELL. Funeral services for Mrs. Rachel Howell Kirkman, age 46, who died Monday morning at a local hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Mount Zion cemetery in Dade City She is survived by her husband, Frank Kirkman; two sons, Welton and Jack Kirkman of Dade City; five sisters, Mrs. Mary Murray; and Mrs. Clorie Geiger of Tampa; Mrs. Julia Dowling and Mrs. Lizzie O’Berry of Dade City, and Mrs. Melissie Dorothy of Dunedin; two brothers, Lott and O. C. Howell of Dunedin. Funeral arrangements are in charge of Coleman and Ferguson, Dade City. [Mrs. Kirkman was a teacher at Gulf High School. She was born Jan 27, 1891, and died Oct 31, 1938. Her death was due to blood poisoning.]

KNIGHT, JANET LOUISE, 52, Brooksville, passed away peacefully Dec. 13, 2013. Survivors include her husband, John Knight; brothers, Gary (Glenda), Mathew, Dan and John Goetz; and sister, Marianne Booth. She was preceded in death by her parents Marilyn and Louis Goetz and sister, Kristina Stone. A memorial gathering will take place at Pinecrest Funeral Chapel, Mariner Blvd., Saturday, Dec. 28, from 11-12 pm, followed by a memorial service. Per Janet’s request, please dress casual. In lieu of flowers, donations in Janet’s memory may be made online or by mail to The Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa. [GHS Class of 1979]

Gwendolyn Dinky Knowles KNOWLES, GWENDOLYN P. (Dinky), age 98, born June 14, 1915 and passed away September 13, 2013 at Bethany Health Care Center. Survived by son, John H. Knowles, Jr. (Dianne) of Antioch, TN, and nieces and nephews, and their families. Daughter of Porter Lamar and Charlie May Pierce, she was born in Elfers, FL and graduated from Gulf High School in 1932 in New Port Richey, FL. She was the remaining family member, having 2 brothers and 3 sisters. She lived in Jacksonville, FL for many years before moving to Nashville. Hobbies included sewing, and was a Miami Dolphin and Willie Nelson fan. She was a member of Lakeshore Methodist Church in Jacksonville. A private Memorial Service for the family will be held at Riverside Memorial Park in Jacksonville, FL. Dinky was a pet lover, and donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Bonaparte’s Retreat Dog Rescue in Nashville, in memory of Dinky Knowles.

KNOWLES, KENNETH. Born July 4, 1915, Hudson, Florida; died Jan. 31, 2000, New Port Richey, Florida. The service was held on Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at 11 a.m. at Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, 9944 Hudson Ave., Hudson. Officiating: Dr. W. Byron Osborn, First United Methodist Church, Hudson. Final resting place: Vereen Cemetery, Hudson. [GHS Class of 1934]

KNOWLES, MELVIN CLAY, SR., aged 88, died peacefully at his home on 25th May (2001), surrounded by his family: Swann, his wife of 58 years, his son, The Rev. Canon Clay Knowles, SSC, of Burgess Hill in England and daughters Mrs. Gayle Davis of Nacogdoches, TX, and Miss Patricia Knowles of Atlanta, GA. He leaves also three sisters, Miss Annie Lou Knowles, Mrs. Marguerite Griffing, and Mrs. Christine Funderburke. He had a fond and abiding interest in his widely scattered, extended family which also includes his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Jacqueline Knowles, his son-in-law, Dr. Dudley P. Davis, his grandchildren, Justin and Hilary, Scott and Carl, a great-grandson, Jacob, and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Knowles was born on 4th September 1912 in Hudson, FL and attended Gulf High School where he played basketball and captained the schools first football team. He worked in the locality first as a commercial fisherman and then as an accountant with the newly formed W.H. Clark Fruit Co. He moved with the company to Jacksonville in 1938 and continued there until his retirement in 1976. Mr. Knowles was a devoted, longtime member of Riverside Avenue Christian Church, where he had been both a Deacon and an Elder, and had served for many years as Church Treasurer. He was active in the Men of Riverside and was a member of the church choir. He was a member of the Riverside Masonic Lodge 266 (F&AM). A man of great personal warmth, Mr. Knowles will be remembered by the many people whose lives he touched, for his ready and genuine smile, his sweet and gentle disposition and his great and generous heart. The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation for the prayers and practical support so freely given by friends, neighbors and the church family. They are particularly grateful to the staff of St. Vincents Hospital, and to the Violet Team of Northeast Community Hospice for their unstinting care and tireless support throughout Mr. Knowles illness. Funeral arrangements are being handled by HardageGiddens, 729 South Edgewood Avenue. Visitation will be in the Chapel on Tuesday, 29 May from 5:30 until 7:30 pm. The funeral service will be conducted by The Rev. Dr. Richard J. Hull, II, at Riverside Avenue Christian Church on Wednesday 30 May at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations by made to Northeast Florida Community Hospice, 4266 Sunbeam Road, or to Riverside Avenue Christian Church Building Fund.

KOLAR, CHRISTOPHER ANDREW, 27, of Port Richey, died Friday (June 13, 1997) at Bayfront Medical Center, as the result of an automobile accident. Born in Cleveland, he came here 13 years ago from Bath, Ohio. He was a graphics designer and a member of the International Auto Sound Association. He was a member of the Tampa Bay Aquarium Society and the Suncoast Underwater Photography Club. Survivors include his parents, Norman and Carol; a sister, Jennifer Wilson, Prague; his paternal grandmother, Evelyn, Cleveland; and his maternal grandmother, Miriam Modd, Akron. Michels-Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

KONING, FLORENCE G., 93, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Feb. 17, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice Care Center, New Port Richey. He came here 78 years ago from his native Fitchville, Ohio. A 1926 graduate of Gulf High School, he was a retired owner and operator of Koning’s Trading Post, New Port Richey, and a founding member of First Church of Christ Scientist. Survivors include his daughter-in-law, Wyona Paul, New Port Richey; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, New Port Richey.

KONING, WYNONA PAUL, 69, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (Nov. 12, 2005) at home. Born in Elfers, was a lifetime resident of the area. She retired in 2000 after 28 years of service as office manager for West Pasco Chamber of Commerce and retired in 2003 from Selective Service Board, New Port Richey, after 20 years of service. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Carden, Dayton, Tenn.; two sons, Robert “Bob” Koning Sr., and Fredrick “Chet” Koning, both of New Port Richey; a brother, James “Butch” Burney, Spring Hill; a sister, Naomi Valverde, Land O’ Lakes; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great- grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

KONSTANTINOS, JOSEPH. (1929 – 2017) Memorial Services for Mr. Joseph Konstantinos, 87, who entered into rest June 9, 2017, will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 5 o’clock in the Posey Funeral Chapel with Veterans Honors. Deacon Robert Hookness officiating. Mr. Konstantinos was a native of Yorkville, Ohio, a former resident of Blackwood, New Jersey and Martinez, Georgia, having made North Augusta his home for the past two years. Mr. Konstantinos played college football at Gordon Military College and Troy State University. He received numerous offers from other colleges, including the University of Alabama. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Air Force, and was a Parishioner at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. Mr. Konstantinos was a retired school teacher and was nicknamed “Coach K”. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gus and Mary Mula Konstantinos; a son, Keith Konstantinos. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Sharon Konstantinos, two sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Kathleen Konstantinos, Glassboro, NJ, and Kelly and Carla Konstantinos, Ocean City, NJ; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Jim Leaf, North Augusta, SC; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Konstantinos, Maui, HI; twelve grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Madeline and Myron Kukla, Holland, MI; a sister-in-law, Sandy Konstantinos, Kent, OH. The family will receive friends following the service. Memorials may be made to The Golden Harvest Food Bank, 3310 Commerce Drive, Augusta, GA 30909. [Mr. Konstantinos was the Gulf High School head football coach in 1971.]

KOPP, MELINDA, 29, passed Nov. 17, 2010. Survived by parents, Robert & Gizella Kopp, & Lorraine Kocolowski (Don); sisters, Kristen & Lauren. Downing Funeral Home. [GHS Class of 1999]

LAGANA, ROBERT, Class of 1989, died on Jan. 21, 2019.

LAGANO, ALBERT J. “WIMPY,” 86. Albert passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019 in Fruitland Park, FL. He was born on January 24, 1933, in Gainesville, FL to Albert and Mary Lagano. He grew up in Cross city, New Smyrna Beach, and graduated from Gulf High School, New Port Richey in 1950. He attended The University of Florida on a football and baseball scholarship. He was the shortstop on the 1952 SEC Championship team. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954 and played for the ‘Islanders’. In 1956 he graduated with a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Florida. He then moved to St. Petersburg, FL to work for Rexall Drugs. He married Bonnie Dunlop in 1957 and they raised five children in Largo, FL where he owned Bayshore Drugs for 30 years in Belleair Bluffs. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Bonnie; his children, Albert and (Theresa) Lagano of Largo, Mary Lynn and (Joe) Lamoureux of Fruitland Park, Joseph and (Laura) Lagano of Ocala, FL; Paul and (Jinda) Lagano of Orlando. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Margaret Jean Lagano. A funeral Mass will be held at 3pm, Sunday, October 13, 2019, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 5 SE 17th St., Ocala. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice.

LAMB, RICK, 49, Class of 1980, died on May 28, 2011, of a brain tumor. He is survived by wife Joan; son Joshua; daughter Kelly; mother Josephine; brothers Jim, Doug and Mark. He was 49. A video clip is here.

LANE, SEAN A., 26, of New Port Richey, died Thursday (July 22, 2004) at home. He was born in Cleveland and came here 23 years ago from Cincinnati. He was a graduate of Gulf High School and a student at St. Petersburg College. He was a member of First Baptist Church of New Port Richey. Survivors include his daughter, Aspen Lane, and his parents, Les and Donna Lane, all of New Port Richey; a brother, Chris, Orange, Calif.; a sister, Angela Jarvie, Littleton, Colo.; paternal grandmother, Wanda Lane, Davis City, Iowa; maternal grandfather, Frank Venturino, Largo; two nieces and a nephew. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.

LANGFORD, LANNY. Officer Lanny Langford (1944 – 1969). Lanny Langford was born in Louisville, Kentucky but moved to Florida at a young age, attending all four years of Gulf High School in New Port Richey. He played football for three of those years and was active in both the band and glee club prior to graduation in 1963. After serving in the Army National Guard and as an officer in the New Port Richey Police Department, he joined the Tarpon Springs Police Department in July of 1969. Officer Langford died from injuries sustained in an on duty traffic accident later that same year.

LaPLANTE, FLORENCE, 75, of New Port Richey, died Friday (April 16, 2004) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey. She came here in 1964 from her native New Castle, Pa. She was a retired teacher from Gulf High School in New Port Richey. She was a member of the Beacon Square Civic Association and Beth El’Shalom Messianic Center. Survivors include her husband, Robert; four daughters, Sonia Truman, Maria Fortner and Billie Kaleel, all of New Port Richey, and Simone King, Fernandina Beach; a brother, Michael Sakelson, Tarpon Springs; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Family Funeral Care, Hudson.

LaPOINTE, BRENDA, 71, of Holiday, died on Jan. 6, 2014. She is survived by her 3 children, Debbie, Jackie and Geri; loving partner, Larry; 5 grandchildren; 1 brother; and 2 sisters. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at 12 noon at Joining Hands Mission Church at Metropolitan Ministries Campus, 3214 U.S. 19 North, Holiday. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Metropolitan Ministries Pasco. Arrangements by Coastal Cremations & Funeral Care, New Port Richey. 727-645-6975. [GHS Class of 1960]

LARABEL, WILLIAM E., president of the GHS Class of 1968, died on Oct. 2, 2020. He resided in Dacula, Georgia. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on June 29, 1950.

LASHUA, M. K. “LASH,” 75, of Palm Harbor, formerly of Clearwater, died Thursday (Oct. 12, 2000) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Leominster, Mass., and came to this area in 1936. He graduated in 1942 from Gulf High School, New Port Richey. He was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II, and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Arizona. He lived in Clearwater for more than 35 years and worked 17 years as an accountant for Baker Industries. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Clearwater, Dunedin North Rotary Club, a former member of Belleair Rotary Club and a past president of Clearwater Evening Sertoma Club. He was active in Elks Lodge 2275, Dunedin. Survivors include his wife, Janette; two sons, Kim A., Sarasota, and Randy H., Tallahassee; a daughter, Cheryl Gordon, Tallahassee; three stepdaughters, Becky Rudman, Palm Harbor, Cindy Petelle, Clearwater, and Jody Peters, Steinhatchee; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Hubbell Funeral Home and Crematory, Belleair Bluffs.

LAUTER, MAGIN. Magin Lauter was an 18-year-old mother of three who collected animals in pain. She nurtured litters of starving kittens. She nursed a maimed finch back to flight, feeding it with an eyedropper. She saw wounded turtles at the side of the road and tried to save the eggs. “She used to drag home anything that was a stray,” said Rebecca Christian, her mother. Friday night, riding with a friend down State Road 52 just west of Sugar Creek Boulevard, the teenager from Holiday passed what looked like a hurt owl in the road. It was dark, but Lauter did what she’d done so many times before: She got out to help. That’s when a 1996 Toyota pickup coming down the center lane plowed into her from behind. Paramedics flew her to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, but they couldn’t save her. Her friend, 23- year-old William Merrell of New Port Richey, went with her onto the road. He suffered serious injuries but survived. “She probably didn’t even think twice about it,” Christian said of her daughter’s attempt to rescue the owl. “It just kinda makes me want to shake my head and say, ‘It figures.’ ” Lauter, who left Gulf High School without graduating to start a family in her mid-teens, leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter, Kayla, and 1-year-old twins, a boy, Mason, and a girl, Madison. Until recently, Magin also took care of two dogs, a cat, a hedgehog and a snake. “Magin was a free spirit. She loved animals. She always brought home cats, snakes, squirrels,” said her father, Paul Lauter. “She wanted to rescue them. That was her mission, to rescue them.” When her kids got older, her family said, she wanted to be a nurse. She also planned to marry the father of her kids, Roger McQuaig, 21. McQuaig said he isn’t sure exactly how to break the awful news to the children, but he plans to say their mother died trying to help an owl. “She just cared,” said her brother, Paul Lauter, 23. “She had her hands full. She took on an awful lot for a young lady. In my eyes she gets the utmost respect, to be an 18-year-old raising three babies.” Coupled with Magin Lauter’s maternal qualities, however, was what family and friends describe as a defiant, headstrong streak – the kind of trait that allowed her to stop traffic in the road if it meant saving a wounded animal. “She made her own rules,” her brother said. ”It didn’t matter what anybody thought.” Added her sister, 28-year-old Lona Lauter: “No one could tell Magin what to do. She did it her way. . . . Her heart drug her out of that car into the road, caring for that bird. The owl was already dead, and she didn’t know that.” Speaking from his hospital bed Monday night, Merrell, Lauter’s friend, said he had two broken legs and a broken pelvis. Just before the pickup struck them, he said, another car swerved and barely missed them in the road. He said he tried to push her to safety. “I tried,” he said. “I tried.” The Florida Highway Patrol filed no charges against the driver of the pickup, Daniel Lewis, 51, of Port Richey. Magin Lauter’s family said she never regained consciousness after the accident and died Sunday morning at the hospital. The family said one of her kidneys went to a child. Knowing that, the family added, helps a little bit. It means her death wasn’t pointless. “She was going to save that owl,” Lona Lauter said. “She saved a child instead,” her father said. St. Petersburg Times, May 26, 1999.

LAUTERBACH, JOYCE BAILLIE, sadly passed away at the age of 78 in New Port Richey, Fl. on August 8, 2020. Joyce was born in Elfers/New Port Richey on March 24, 1942. She leaves behind two children, Wayne Stiles, wife Kathy and Cyndi Hopper, husband Shawn. Joyce has 5 granddaughters: Dana, Brittany, Katie, Kirsten, and Shawna. She also had 3 grandsons: Glenn, Jason, and Christian; as well as 7 great-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her loving husband of 11 years Bob, and her parents Lovert and Ouida Baillie. She also had numerous cousins, who were her closest friends. Joyce grew up and lived in her birth town for pretty much all her life. She graduated from Gulf High School in 1960 and started her family soon after. She became a home health nurse later in life and retired early to take care of her parents. Joyce was a very loving, sweet, and caring woman who loved her family deeply; they were her whole life. She thought of everyone else before herself and spent her life always taking care of others. Her smile and laugh would light up a room! She loved camping, knitting, crocheting and enjoyed spending time with her family and sharing meals. Visitation with the family will be held at Morgan Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, August 15, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m.

LEAP, Michael, 52, of Port Richey, died on March 21, 2015. He is survived by a sister, Regina. Memorial Service will be held Thursday at 7 pm. [GHS Class of 1981]

LEDFORD, MRS. LAURA (COOLEY), age 54, of Crandall, passed away Saturday, November 7, 2020 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Survivors include husband, James Richard Ledford of Dalton; daughters and son-in-law, Brady & Harry Zelaya of Dalton, and Kendall Ledford of Dalton; parents, Gerald Sr. & Barbara Cooley of Rising Fawn, GA; sister, Jennifer Cooley of Crandall; brothers and sister-in-law, Gerald Jr. & Pam Cooley of Sugar Valley, GA, Jason Cooley of Dalton, and Andy Cooley of Rising Fawn, GA; grandchildren, Preston & Daisy Zelaya, and Kinsley Ledford; four nephews and six nieces also survive. Mrs. Ledford’s wishes were to be cremated, no services are planned. Peeples Funeral Home & Crematory of Chatsworth is in charge of the arrangements. [GHS Class of 1984]

LEGGETT, Shane Patrick, 23, of Hudson, died Feb. 7, 2010. Survived by parents, Kellie (Tim) and Guy; siblings, Shannan, Krystal, Kayla, Bradley, Brenton, Amanda, and Faith.

LEGRANO, John J., passed away Nov. 16, 2008, at home. Survived by wife, Jennifer; son, John; daughters, Nicole, Brittany & Jade; sisters, Lynette & Elisa, and many loving friends. Dobies Funeral Home 841-7555.

LELEKIS, Mrs. Pamela Sue Lukehart, age 59, of LaGrange, passed away on December 23, 2019 at the WellStar West Georgia Medical Center. Mrs. Lelekis was born on December 1, 1960 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to David Lukehart and Marilyn Worton Lukehart. She worked for many years in the District Attorney’s Office of Gordon, County as a Victims Advocate Specialist. Family services with interment will be held. Higgins LaGrange Chapel Funeral Home, 706-884-7117. [GHS Class of 1978]

LEPLEY, DEBORAH JO, born Sept. 2, 1951, passed July 10, 2020. Dr. Deborah Jo Lepley born in Coshocton, Ohio to Jack and Natalie Lepley passed away quietly surrounded by her partner of 30 years, Barbara Zaleski and family and friends. Deborah was proceeded in death by her parents; brother, Stanley Lepley; and survived by her brother, Lon Lepley. Dr. Lepley was a very accomplished woman. She earned her Bachelor and Master’s from The Ohio State University and received her Doctorate in Visual Arts Education from Penn State University while studying there she converted to Catholicism. After receiving her Doctorate Dr. Lepley enlisted in the U.S. Army where she served our country in the 101st Airborne for four years. After serving Dr. Lepley started her teaching career at North Olmsted, Ohio. Dr. Lepley then accepted a teaching position in the Pasco County School System in New Port Richey Florida. Dr. Lepley started at Ridgewood High School as the art teacher and ESE advisor. Dr. Lepley also received a Fulbright Scholarship where she taught in England at St. Cuthbert’s an all-male Upper school. After returning from England Dr. Lepley entered the assistant principal’s pool and received her first assignment at Ridgewood High School. Dr. Lepley was then assigned a new position as Assistant Principal at Gulf H.S. where she started the International Baccalaureate program. Dr Lepley was then assigned to Sunlake High School where she finished her 30 years in teaching. Deb then started her final career as the owner and operator of the Happy Hills Sheep Farm where she raised Dorper sheep first in Babson Park, Florida then moving the operation to Pierson, Florida. Deb won several awards for the raising and the genetics of her sheep. Deb was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes in Daytona Beach Florida and St John the Baptist in Crescent City, Florida. A celebration of Life mass will be held on August 22 at 1:30 pm at Our Lady of Lourdes. A Military Interment will be held on August 24 at 9:30 am at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. In lieu of Flowers or donations please do a random act of kindness and pay it forward in her loving memory.

LERO, DANIEL, 26, of Port Richey, died Feb. 15, 2016. Survived by son, Athan Lero; mother, Heather Lero; father, Daniel Harper; siblings, Stephanie, Amanda, Kristian, Becky; grandparents, Steinar (Carmen) Lero, Alice Lero, Debra Harper; great-grandmother, Borghild Lero. Dobies FH/Congress. [GHS Class of 2010]

Mark Lidbom LIDBOM, Mark A., 33, of New Port Richey, died Nov. 2 [2008], at his home. Born in Winter Haven, FL, he was a life long resident of New Port Richey and was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, New Port Richey. He is survived by his parents, Rev. Roy & Jo Lidbom, New Port Richey; and brother, Paul (Anna) Lidbom, of Atlanta, GA. Visiting hours 2-4 & 6-8 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Faupel Funeral Home. Funeral services 10 am, Thursday, Nov. 6 at Faith Lutheran Church, 5443 Sunset Road, New Port Richey. Memorials can be made to Faith Lutheran Church Tape Ministry, or Florida Special Olympics. Faupel Funeral Home 727-849-9964.

LIGHTFOOT, Nicholas “Nick,” 30, of Holiday, died Oct. 14, 2009. He was born on December 10, 1978. Survivors, parents, Dennis, Nanette; grandmother, Margaret; siblings, Renny, Crystal, Tara, Alex. Dobies Funeral Home-Holiday. [Gulf High School Class of 1998]

LIGUORI, Inger Montgomery, 42, of Tampa, formerly of New Port Richey, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, October 21, 2006, at Town and Country Hospital, Tampa. Born May 19, 1964, she was a native of Libertyville, Ill., having moved to the area 38 years ago from Chicago, Ill. She was an owner of a blown glass shop on Pier 60 in Clearwater, Fla., as well as an equestrian trainer. She was a member of the U.S. Pony Club, having achieved a B rating. Survivors include her husband, Nick Liguori; parents Harry and Manion Montgomery of New Port Richey, Fla.; two sisters, Alison Crumbley of New Port Richey, Fla., and Melissa Rader of Burr Ridge, Ill.; and a brother, Chris Montgomery of Chicago, Ill. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 25, at Morgan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, New Port Richey, Fla., with the Rev. Bob Martin officiating. Morgan Funeral Home and Cremation Services 6025 Trouble Creek Road New Port Richey, Fla. (727) 847-3999 [GHS Class of 1982]

LILLAND, Ron, 57, passed Dec. 10, 2012. Survived by wife, Valerie; children, Kari-Lyn, Austin, Cody, Jonavin; mother; 3 siblings. Services, Thursday, Dec. 27, 1 pm, 1st Baptist Holiday. Dobies. [GHS CLass of 1973]

LITTELL, BARTOW STUBBS. Plano, Texas – Mr. Bartow “Bart” Stubbs Littell, 96, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004 at his residence in Plano. He was a native of Hudson, Fla. and a longtime resident of Brewton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ora Mae Littell; a stepson, Earl Fuqua and seven siblings. He was a civil engineer and helped develop the Redstone rocket at Huntsville. He is survived by his sister, Edith Wardlaw of Aripeka, Fla.; brothers, Worth Littell of Aripeka and Sidney Littell of Spring Hill, Fla.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 4 p.m. at the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home. Burial followed at Bethel Cemetery with Craver’s Funeral Home directing. Brewton Standard, Brewton, Alabama.

LITTEL, GEORGE WILLIAM CORWIN, 89, of Tarpon Springs, formerly of Tampa and Aripeka, died Saturday (March 9, 2002) at Integrated Health Services of Tarpon Springs. He was born in Tampa and lived in Aripeka until he moved in 1940 to Tarpon Springs. He graduated in 1929 from Gulf High School, New Port Richey, where he was played on the school’s first football team. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He owned and operated a fishing boat Cristalo and was a fisherman and sponge diver. He was a sergeant on the Tarpon Springs Police Department until he was disabled in an accident. He was Baptist and a 32nd degree Mason and past master of Tarpon Masonic Lodge 112. Survivors include three sons, Bill, Tampa, Christopher, Orlando, and Phillip, Homosassa; three brothers, Bartow, Brewton, Ala., and Sidney and Worth, both of Aripeka; two sisters, Edith Wardlaw and Madelyn McGinley, both of Aripeka; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Vinson Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs.

LITTLE, MELISSA (COLLINS), GHS Class of 1986, died in Sept. 2018. She was 50 years old. Police said that she died in a murder-suicide by her husband.

LIVINGSTON-ANDERSON, MARYGAIL, 48, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018. She was life-long area resident who loved to cook and spend time watching her children play baseball and soccer. Marygail is survived by her son Brendan Zachary, a daughter Lauren Jane, her husband Vince; and brothers Tim (Kris) and Greg Sherrell as well as many close friends. She was preceeded in death by both her parents Dan and Jane Livingston. The family will receive friends from 4-6pm Thursday June 14 and a funeral service will be held 11:00am Friday at Michels and Lundquist Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens. May 15, 1970 – June 10, 2018 [GHS Class of 1988]

LLOYD, GARRY EUGENE, 49, passed away on May 9, 2021. Born to Gertrude and the late Gary Lloyd on June 13, 1971, in Belmar, New Jersey. Moved with his family to New Port Richey in 1973. Garry attended Elfers Elementary School and Gulf High School, graduating in 1990; he was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Navy. Garry is survived by his beautiful and strong daughter, Madison Elizabeth Lloyd.

LOCKE, MITTYE P., 99, passed away peacefully at Hernando-Pasco Hospice’s Marliere Care Center in New Port Richey on Feb. 25, 2009, after a short illness. She would have celebrated her 100th birthday April 20. Ms. Locke was the mother of Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Olson. Born in Tupelo, MS, she moved to Pasco County in 1912 and was a teacher and principal for over 50 years. Mittye P. Locke Elementary School in Elfers was named in her honor in 1983. She was a graduate of the Gulf High School Class of 1927 and Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Ms. Locke was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ladies Oriental Shrine, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, and the Parent Teachers Association. An accomplished musician, she served as organist for the First United Methodist Churches of New Port Richey and Tarpon Springs, the First Presbyterian Church of Port Richey, and the Order of the Eastern Star for many years. In addition to her son and his wife, Mary, she is survived by granddaughters Mary Beth Grodszinsky (David); Kelly Rutherford (William); great-grandsons, Keith Childs and Andrew Rutherford; great-granddaughters, Amanda Childs, Alyssa Nystrom, Lilly Grodszinsky, Elizabeth Rutherford, and Brittany Rutherford; great-great-granddaughter Hope Iverson; a sister, Gwendolyn Knowles, Antioch, TN; and a number of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 27 from 5-7 pm at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, 5228 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 28 at 11 am at the First United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs, 501 E. Tarpon Ave. Interment will be at Cycadia Cemetery, Tarpon Springs. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home 727-845-1957.


A retired Albemarle Corp. chemical engineer with more than 30 years of service and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 2:29 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, at Select Specialty Hospital of Baton Rouge. He was 70, a native of Elfers, Fla., and a U.S. Navy veteran. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home chapel, 825 Government St., on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by Dr. Gerrit Dawson. Burial in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Lou Perkins Loechelt; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Charles Broussard of Baton Rouge, and Kathryn and Daniel Honeycutt of St. Francisville; son, Cecil P. Loechelt II of Baton Rouge; five grandchildren, Kaylie, Bradley and Madeline Broussard and Victoria and Christian Honeycutt. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karla Loechelt; grandson, Dustin Honeycutt; and daughter-in-law, Karen Loechelt. Pallbearers will be Daniel Honeycutt, Charles Broussard, Dr. Abner Martin, William Harry Perkins III, Pat Weber and Gil Broussard. He was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity, St. James Lodge, F&AM, and Krewe Mystique. Cecil graduated from Gulf High School in the class of 1952 as valedictorian.

LOECHELT, JAMES S., 62, of New Port Richey, died Monday (Feb. 6, 1995) at Columbia New Port Richey Hospital. Born in Elfers, he spent most of his life in the area. He was a customer field representative for Florida Power and an Air Force veteran. He was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, New Port Richey, treasurer of the Baker House Restoration, and a member of the Planning Board for the city of New Port Richey. Survivors include his wife, Joyce F.; four sons, Mark, Jacksonville, Scott, Nashville, Tenn., Brett, Minneapolis, Minn., and Paul, Fort Myers; two brothers, Marvin, Ferriday, La., and Cecil, Baton Rouge, La.; and four grandchildren. Michels-Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

LOECHELT, PAUL ANDREW, age 48, of Land O’ Lakes, Florida died suddenly Monday evening, February 4, 2019. Born on June 26, 1970 in Waupun, Wisconsin, he was the son of the late James and Joyce (Freckmann) Loechelt. Paul grew up in New Port Richey, Florida and graduated from Gulf High School in 1988. After high school, he attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1993. Eager to serve his country, Paul started his military career in the Army in 1997 and specialized as a Russian linguist. He deployed to Bosnia in 2000 for 6 months and was honorably discharged as a Specialist after serving 3 years and receiving a commission into the US Air Force. During this time, he was the recipient of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and NATO Medal. In September of 2001, Paul was commissioned as an Officer in the Air Force Intelligence Department and served for 4 years on active duty and joined the active reserves until his death. While in the reserves, he was deployed in 2010 for 3 months and served in support of Enduring Freedom. As an Intelligence Officer, he achieved the rank of Major. He also received the honors of the Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air and Space Campaign Medal and Armed Forced Expeditionary Service Medal. He continued in the intelligence field and worked at Wright-Patterson Air force Base in Ohio and the FBI in Washington, DC. In 2012, he moved to US Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida and worked as an Intelligence Analyst until his death. He received the honor of the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal. Paul married Kristina Ashley on Oct 29, 1994, in Ft Myers, Florida. He was a devoted husband and father to his wife and three children. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, James and Joyce Loechelt. Paul is survived by his spouse, Kristina of Land O Lakes, Florida; his children, Samantha, Nathaniel and Gabriel; his brothers, Mark, Scott and Brett. A Funeral Service will take place at 10:00am on Friday, February 8, 2018 at Loyless Funeral Home, 5310 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Family will receive friends one hour prior. A Committal Service with Military Honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida at 12:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Loechelt Children’s USAA Federal Saving Bank Savings Fund Account number 203256085 at 1-800-531-8722. Condolences may be left on Paul James Loechelt online guest book at

LOGAN, MARK JOSEPH, Class of 1978, died on May 10, 2003.

LONG, LAURA A. CHIEFLAND — Laura A. Long of Chiefland died Saturday in North Florida Regional Medical Center of a heart attack. She was 38. Mrs. Long was born in Tarpon Springs and moved to Chiefland from Elfers 20 years ago. She graduated from Gulf High School in New Port Richey, and was a cook at Ralph’s Burgers in Chiefland. Survivors include her husband, Joe Long of Chiefland; one son, Daniel Riggs of Chiefland; her parents, Philip and Ruth Minton of Chiefland; one brother, Philip L. Minton of Ocala; two sisters, Michele Lynn Minton of Chiefland and Kimberly Minton of Atlanta; and her grandmother, Thelma Krahtz of Chiefland. Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to the American Cancer Society or by donating a book to a public library. Gainesville Sun, June 12, 2000.

LOVELLE, DAWN C., 34, of Spring Hill, formerly of Holiday, died Monday (Feb. 18, 2002) at home. Born in Oak Park, Ill., she moved to Spring Hill in 1984 from Holiday. She attended Gulf High School and was Roman Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Jeffrey O., a son, Christopher R., and a daughter, Jennifer Lynn, all of Spring Hill; her mother, Joyce Lawrence, Holiday; two brothers, James and Thomas Lawrence, both of New Port Richey; and three sisters, Denise Hanson, Dianne Lawrence and Deanne Williams, all of Port Richey. North/ Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, New Port Richey.

Carl Lorenz LORENZ, CARL P., 51 of Holiday, died June 30, 2010. Preceeded in death by wife, Melissa; dad, Robert A.; brother, Robert J. Survived by mom, Gerri; sisters, Jeri Ann & Jill. Visitation 4:30-6:00 PM with service at 6:00 PM at Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, 4910 Bartelt Road, Holiday, FL. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Gulfside Hospice. Carl was born on November 21, 1958. He was a member of the Class of 1976 and was active in band.

LOWE, MARY EVELYN, 91, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2019 at HPH Hospice MarliereCare Center. Mary was born in Ocala, FL, November 1, 1927 to Sallie Cannon and Anthony Boyd. Mary attended Gulf High School and was co-owner of Baillie Tile Co., a seamstress for Jester Kids Clothes, an Avon Representative for 30 plus years and co-pastored Little Church of Holiday for over 30 years with her husband Pastor Irvine Lowe who passed away November 2018. Mary was a founding committee member of Elfers Old Timers Annual Picnic and a member of Good News Christian Fellowship. She recently resided at Angels Senior Living on Congress Street. Mary is survived by her four children, J.W. Baillie Jr. (Sherri), Pamela Thomas (Gary), “Pat” Priscilla Blount, and Mary Perez; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren, and many other extended family and friends who called her “Grannie”. She will be missed by family and friends but take comfort knowing she is with her husband, and savior Jesus Christ in heaven. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Dobies Funeral Home, 6616 Congress Street, New Port Richey, FL 34653. Visitation is at 4 pm, Services at 5 pm. Reception is to follow at Light of Tabernacle fellowship hall, 8114 Leo Kid Rd., Port Richey. Donations may be made to A.C.T.S Resource Center, 12515 US 19, Hudson, FL 34667 and For Haiti With Love, PO Box 1017, Palm Harbor, FL, 34682.

LUCAS, VICKY, GHS Class of 1976, died from cancer in the late 1990s.

LUCKS, CARL R., 33, of Orlando, formerly of New Port Richey, died Thursday (Nov. 5, 1998) at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Born in Suffern, N.Y., he came here 22 years ago from Long Island, N.Y., and was a hydraulics mechanic for Sim’s Cranes, Orlando. He served in the Air Force and was a graduate of Gulf High School. He was a Lutheran. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Barbara and Brian Torrey; a brother, John, New Port Richey; two sisters, Charlene Matheson, Honolulu, and Dawn Noto, Long Island; and a grandmother, Caroline Egloff, Port Richey. Bell Funeral Home, Bayonet Point.

LUIKART, DAVID SR. Decorated Military Veteran David Luikart Dies At 82


This article appeared in the Tampa Tribune on Apr. 17, 2008.

NEW PORT RICHEY – David L. Luikart Sr., who owned Roscoe Drugs on Grand Boulevard for decades, was active in the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks and was twice decorated for bravery in World War II, died Tuesday at 82.

Luikart was born on May 21, 1925, at the family homestead on what is now named Oelsner Street in New Port Richey.

His parents, Frank and Virgie Luikart, came here in 1913 from Paradise, W.Va., and bought 10 acres for $5, dubbing the street leading to their home as “Paradise Avenue,” according to their grandsons Steven and Phil Luikart.

Steven Luikart, assistant principal at River Ridge High School, now lives on the property with his wife, Nancy.

David Luikart’s childhood memories included riding on the running board of silent film star Gloria Swanson’s limousine. He got his start in the pharmacy business at 13, when he went to work for Roscoe Drugs’ founder Roscoe Henderson.

A 1942 graduate of Gulf High School, the elder Luikart lettered in football, basketball and baseball and was class valedictorian.

Shortly after entering the University of Florida, Luikart joined the Army and won a battlefield promotion to sergeant. He served with the 94th Infantry Division of the 3rd Army under Gen. George S. Patton and participated in four major European campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge.

Luikart was awarded Bronze and Silver Stars for bravery in combat. He seldom talked about the war and never about his exploits, his sons recalled Wednesday.

“He went over to do what he needed to do for his country, and he never complained about it, and he didn’t want to talk about it,” Phil Luikart said.

After the war, the elder Luikart resumed his studies at UF, graduating with a bachelor of science in pharmacy. He also served 12 years with the Army Reserve Medical Service Corps.

Luikart married Arline Drinkard of Buchanan, Va., on Dec. 27, 1946. They had three sons: David Jr., Steve and Phil. She died at 68 on April 15, 1994, 14 years to the day before her husband.

Luikart was a member of First Baptist Church, which his parents helped found, was on the advisory councils for Gulf High School and Marchman Technical Education Center, and was once honored by the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce as Pioneer Citizen of the Year.

He also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. But his great passion was for the Elks, with whom he rose from exalted ruler of Lodge 2284 in 1964 to president of the Florida State Elks Association in 1990.

Luikart is survived by his second wife, Catherine, his sons and numerous other grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Elks Lodge at 7201 Congress St. at 6 p.m. April 29. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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