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Homemade Ice Cream Makers

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Homemade Ice Cream Makers

During July, aka National Ice Cream Month, we remember some folks who died in recent weeks and were known for their homemade ice cream.

William Henderson (Star-Herald)Cattle rancher William R. Henderson Sr. , 79, “was never too busy to catch a pollywog, help fill the bird feeder, or take a nephew snipe hunting,” his family wrote in the obituary that ran in the Star-Herald of Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Those familiar with “snipe hunting” will appreciate immediately that Henderson was a playful individual.

After a long day of work he loved nothing more than a bonfire in his driveway, complete with hotdogs and marshmallows. This was followed by homemade ice cream he churned, surrounded by youngsters, in the basement.

Clifton Harwood Birchard Sr., 92, an optometrist from Binghampton, Pennsylvania, “enjoyed canning, making jellies, and making grape nut ice cream,” according to his obit in the Binghampton Press and Sun-Bulletin.

Among his other favorite activities:

He especially looked forward to opportunities to play piano duets with others during church services as well as pulling out the old pump organ onto the deck for Sunday evening church hymn sings in the summertime.

alttextRetiree Mabel Marylee Johnson, 90, “became a foster grandparent at the Seaford Head Start, Seaford School District and Small Wonders Day Care where she enjoyed little ones and they enjoyed her as well,” according to her obituary published by of Delaware.

Mabel loved to shop, cook and was an avid baker. She was locally known for her homemade ice cream and peanut brittle.

Lila Hazel Johnson Stephens, 105, who lived most of her life on farms in the area of Comanche County, Texas, “was an expert cook who could prepare a magnificent meal from meager beginnings,” according to the obit published at

Her chicken fried steak, cream gravy, mashed potatoes, blackeyed peas, fresh peeled and sliced tomatoes, and homemade ice cream were without equal.

Albert Douglas Winecoff, 68, “always welcomed everyone into his home.”

“Albert enjoyed churning homemade ice cream, frying chicken and fish, and serving cold watermelon to his guests,” per his obit in the Concord and Kannapolis (North Carolina) Independent Tribune.

Clark Akers (The Gazette)A car salesman and former B-17 pilot from Calhan, Colorado, Clark D. Akers, 88, especially “enjoyed making his secret recipe homemade ice cream for family gatherings,” his family wrote in his obit published in The Gazette in Colorado Springs.

Clark recently passed his secret recipe to his grandson, Kip, and his ice cream maker to his granddaughter, Jenny. We'll be expecting dessert soon kids!!!


This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer who lives in Northeast Ohio. She is director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.