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Late State Fair Participants

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Late State Fair Participants

During state fair season, we are spotlighting a few of the folks who took part in this beloved tradition. Here are a few who died recently who participated in various ways at state fairs across the country.

Faye Hood, who died July 10 at age 88, “was an accomplished seamstress and cook, winning the crown of ‘Queen of the Kitchen’ twice at the Oregon State Fair during the 1950s,” according to her obituary in the Statesman Journal.

Betty J. Brown, who died July 30 at age 89, “won countless awards, including Best Cookies at the Ohio State Fair” over the years. She also served as a judge of “Arts & Crafts and Baked Goods entries throughout the state.”

Donald Eugene “BoBo” Marsh, a retired data processor and self-taught cake decorator who died July 28 at age 63, placed third in a cake category at the Indiana State Fair.

Maxine Park Foote, who died July 22 at age 91, “was a gifted quilter – many of her quilts won blue ribbons at the Eastern Idaho State Fair.”

Hazel N. Wyatt, who died July 21 at age 89, “enjoyed embroidery, and had won numerous ribbons and awards for her work at the Delaware State Fair.”

John T. “Jack” Kiely, a woodcarver, who died July 15 at age 82, “had exhibits at many California State Fairs, the Capital Woodcarvers and various shows and fairs throughout Northern California. . . He received countless awards and numerous ‘Best of Show’ along with providing live demonstrations at the local fairs.”

John P. “Jack" Kenyon, Ohio State University professor emeritus of the food science and technology department, who died July 25 at age 79, served as “Contest Supervisor for the Ohio State Fair Cheese Competition.”

Robert H. Ioppini, who died July 12 at age 78, “was active in the Bishop’s Peak and Santa Margarita (California) 4-H clubs. He was the project leader for rabbit, steer, replacement heifer and pigs. He worked the pig rings at the Mid-State Fair for over 37 years. He never missed a fair and always helped wherever needed.”

Randy Lynn Davis, who died Aug. 1 at age 55, “won second place in the Iowa State Fair Checker Tournament in August 2006.”

Robert L. Reynolds, a member of the United States Trotting Association, who died July 19 at age 70, raced for many years at the Pennsylvania and New York State Fairs.

Joe W. Wilson, who died Aug. 4 at age 89, served “as an official of the Tennessee State Fair for 52 years.”


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.