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Pelletier, Linda - Inverness  
Linda Pelletier, 69, of Inverness, Florida, died Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Lecanto. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cremation Center of the Nature Coast, Crystal River.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Apr. 30, 2015
Phillips, Tom - Homosassa  
Tom began a new journey and chapter of his life May 3, 2015. Tom was born June 26, 1939, in El Dorado, Kansas. His great-grandparents participated in the settlement of the Oklahoma Indian territories in the late 1890's. He was a grandson of sharecroppers who battled the dust bowl days and the agricultural recession of the 1920's and the 1930's. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Suzanne; their three married children, Juanita, Tom and James; six grandchildren; his sister, Carol Busch; a niece and nephew; and 10 cousins. He attended El Dorado Community College, the University of Kansas and Wichita State University. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Economics. Tom served in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Cuban Missile Crisis and in Fairbanks, Alaska during the Good Friday earthquake. He also served an additional four years in the Army Reserves. After 40 years of public service that culminated in a position of Senior Water Policy Analyst for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Tom and his wife retired and moved to Citrus County in 2003. Travel and photography became a major means of exploration in the quest to observe and lift images beyond the purely visual by engaging the mind. He was recognized as the "Photographer of the Year" by camera clubs in Manassas, Virginia, and Citrus County, Florida. He received special recognition from the photography office of the Smithsonian Institution, for his study in photojournalism. Tom and Sue were fond of traveling, filled with curiosity and a mild sense of adventure. Some of his experiences included: hot air ballooning over the Masai Mari in Kenya; shopping in the markets in Tibet; walking on the Great Wall of China; finding Sue's ancestral castle in the highlands of Scotland; rafting on the Snake River in Wyoming; attending an opera in a private Venetian Palace; receiving a Masai Tribal name at an evening camp in the Masai Mara country of Kenya; enjoying a chuck wagon supper in the back country of Yellowstone National Park; visiting a Zulu village in South Africa; photographing tulips in the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands and visiting more than 31 countries on five continents and 22 islands. Tom was a member of Homosassa First United Methodist Church and did volunteer work as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and helped with Our Fathers Table. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 22, 2015, at Homosassa First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org to help support research to prevent Heart Disease. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa. www.wilderfuneral.com.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 6, 2015
Pyles, Ira J - Hernando  
Ira J. Pyles, age 90, of Citrus Hills, Hernando, Florida, formerly of Huntington, West Virginia, died April 27, 2015. He was born March 18, 1925, in Wayne County, West Virginia, a son of the late Reverend Ossie S. and Bertha (McClure) Pyles. He was a 1943 graduate of Wayne County West Virginia High School. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy. He was a Navy gunner on board Merchant Marine Ships during World War II serving in North Africa, Russia, England, Scotland and Belgium and stationed in Alaska where honorably discharged in the spring of 1946. On returning to Huntington, he enrolled in Marshall University under the GI Bill. In 1950 he started his career with The Borden Dairy Company. He retired from Borden as sales manager for West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky after 37 years with the company. During his business career, he served as a director of the West Virginia Retail Grocers Association. He was an avid golfer and a member of Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club. Previously, he was a member and stockholder in Spring Valley Country Club of Huntington, West Virginia. He was also a member of the Huntington Elks Club, the Beverly Hills VFW and a Kentucky Colonel. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; three sisters, Zorah Booten, Kathlyn Booten and Lucille Hampton; two brothers, Benson and Raymond, all of Huntington, West Virginia. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Sally L. Pyles; two sons, Dr. Stephen T. Pyles of Ocala and Brian Brumfield and his wife Connie of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; one daughter, Irene Sue Ross and her husband Kingsley of Crawfordville; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A special mention is made of his nephew, R. Lee Booten of Huntington, West Virginia to whom he was very close. Also surviving is a beloved sister, Osa Booten; and brother, Pierce Pyles of Huntington, West Virginia. He is also survived by many golfing buddies and would like to be remembered as "living beside the road and being a friend to man". Memorial services for Mr. Pyles will be held in West Virginia at a later date. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Apr. 30, 2015
Reed-Bene, June Irene - Homosassa  
June Irene Reed-Bene, 84, of Homosassa, Florida, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, at Ocala Regional Medical Center, Ocala. A native of New Haven, New York, she was born Feb. 1, 1931, to William [Kenneth] and Hulda (Raymond) Cronk, one of seven children. Mrs. Reed-Bene was a retired production control supervisor for the former Oswego Castings, Inc., Oswego, New York, for whom she worked for many years. June moved to Citrus County in 1997 from Tampa and as a devout Catholic, was a parishioner of Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima and St. Cajetan, Brooksville. Mrs. Reed-Bene is survived by nine children, William Reed (Wife Michele)Oswego, New York, Laurie Schloss (Husband Charles), Lecanto, Ryan Reed (Wife Carol), Fulton, New York, Jeffrey Reed (Wife Reba), Westminster, Colorado, Daniel Reed (Wife Janet), Oswego, New York, Dr. Michele Bain, M.D. (Husband Alan), Chicago, Illinois, Stephen Bene (Wife Janet), N. Plainfield, New Jersey, Yvonne Secure, St. Augustine and Leo C. Bene III, Berkley Heights, New Jersey; five siblings, JoAnn Sheikh, Albany, New York, Les Cronk, Yukon, Oklahoma, Lyle Cronk, Northway, Alaska, Allen Cronk, Fairbanks, Alaska and Reta Kerr, Fulton, New York; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, June was preceded in death by her two husbands, William Jonathan Henley Reed and Leo C. Bene Jr.; and a brother, Alton Cronk. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2015, at Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 2015, from Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima and St. Cajetan, Brooksville with Fr. James Wright, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima Cemetery. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima and St. Cajetan, Brooksville. www.wilderfuneral.com.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 6, 2015
Rivera, Jose Ynocencio - Beverly Hills  
Jose Ynocencio Rivera, age 102, of Beverly Hills, Florida, passed away April 30, 2015, at the Citrus Hospice House in Lecanto. Born Dec. 27, 1912, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, to Francisco and Teodora (Delgado) Rivera. Jose moved to Citrus County in December of 2002 from Puerto Rico. He was an elevator operator in the City of Manhattan, New York for 40 years, before retiring to Puerto Rico, and he was a member of the Building Service 32BJ Union. Jose was a devoted Yankee Fan to the end. Survived by his wife, Luz Maria Echevarria Rivera; two children, Maria Valdez and Gilbert Lopez; two grandchildren, Kristopher Valdez and Mathew Valdez. Private cremation will take place under the direction of Brown Funeral Home and Crematory in Lecanto. Family will be receiving friends from 9 a.m. until service time at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the Brown Funeral Home in Lecanto. Burial will be at a latter date.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 2, 2015
Roberts, Gilbert Jay - Inverness  
Gilbert Jay Roberts, 81, of Inverness, Florida, died Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Inverness. He served in the U.S. Army. Arrangements are under the direction of the Inverness Chapel of Hooper Funeral Home & Crematory.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 6, 2015
Roberts, Robert A "Bob" - Inverness  
Mr. Robert A. Roberts "Bob", age 97, of Inverness, Florida, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Inverness. He was born January 3, 1918 in Cleveland, OH, son of William and Edna (Crone) Roberts. He was an Army veteran serving during World War II and worked as a mechanical engineer for Pan American Airways. Bob was a 1941 graduate of the University of Florida. He moved to Inverness from Miami in 1983. His hobbies included electronics, photography and model railroading. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, the American Legion, Citrus County Historical Society and Board Member of the Gulf Archeology Research Institute. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Margaret Roberts. Survivors include 2 sons, Kenneth W. Roberts of Montana, Douglas M. Roberts of Linville Falls, NC, daughter, Janet Stephenson of Lutz, FL and sister, Marjorie Taylor of Trenton. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren In their lives together, Bob and Margaret lived, worked and raised their children in Florida, New York, Turkey, and Iran, where he pursued his career as a mechanical engineer with Pan American Airways. When they finally settled in Inverness, he brought with him his powerful drive and determination to, in his own words, "do what I can to make the world a better place". We have all benefited from his time with us. A memorial service honoring his life and contributions will be held at 2 PM on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, at the corner of Washington Avenue and Hwy 44. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Citrus County Historical Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.HooperFuneralHome.com. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Inverness Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 5, 2015
Rudd, Walter Eugene - Inverness  
Walter Eugene Rudd, 83, Inverness, passed away at home on May 1, 2015, under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County and the Nature Coast. Walter was born on March 6, 1932, in Tyler, Texas, to the late Thomas and Isla (Rayford) Rudd and moved to this area in 1987 from California. He was a retired engineer from Lockheed Missiles and Space Company and served our country in the U.S. Navy. Walter designed the Gulf War monument that is located on the square of the old courthouse in Inverness and was a part of starting the "Adopt a Highway" program in Citrus County, along with the late Jerry Clark. He was also a publisher and author and a member of the Inverness VFW Post #4337, serving as the adjutant for many years. Survivors include his wife Carolyn (Wimpy) Rudd, Inverness; three sons, Jeffrey (Dianna) Rudd of Oregon, Scott (Nancy) Rudd of Lompoc, California, and Russell (Michelle) Novak of Kenneth City, Florida; three daughters, Jill Biggs of Livermore, California, Susan Rudd of Lompoc, California, and Renee (Phillip) Popp of Ocala, Florida; one brother, Gerry (Lynn) Rudd of Tyler, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. Following cremation, military graveside honors will be rendered at 11:30 a.m. at Florida National Cemetery on Friday, May 8, 2015, by the Inverness VFW Post 4337. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 3, 2015
Schiebel, Dorothy A - Inverness  
Dorothy A. Schiebel, 81, of Inverness, Florida, died May 4, 2015, at Citrus Health and Rehab, Inverness. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 6, 2015
Schmidt, Janice Torgersen - Inverness  
Janice Torgersen Schmidt passed away April 24, 2015 at her home in Homosassa Florida, surrounded by loving family, under the care of Hospice of Citrus County. A Tampa native and long-time resident, she was the daughter of William and Catherine Jacob, and attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Sacred Heart Schools, University of Florida, University of South Florida, and Nova University. She leaves behind her husband David L. Schmidt of Homosassa, sons David and Thor Torgersen, sisters Jeane Dughi, Joan Coleman and Jeanine Hirsch. Also left to cherish her memory are daughter-in-law Sue Torgersen, granddaughters Katharine and Jessica Torgersen, brother-in-law Richard Hirsch, brother and sister-in-law Bruce and Carol Hawthorne, and loving nieces and nephews and their families. Janice held a doctorate in educational leadership, and was a veteran educator of 35 years in Hillsborough County and St. Petersburg Diocese Catholic Schools. As an adult technical school administrator, she created award-winning programs such as CARIBE, IMPACT, and On-Line GED for diverse groups, particularly Hispanic and non-English speaking students. She retired from the Hillsborough County School System and moved to Homosassa in 2012. She was a past member of St. Lawrence Parish and St. Paul Parish, Tampa, where she was the parish council president. Most recently, Janice was a member of St. Benedict Parish, Crystal River. She was a past president of the Tampa Republican Club and served as a board member on the Sugarmill Woods Civic Association. Family and friends will miss her loving warmth and light-hearted spirit, strong opinions and devotion to loved ones. Her life was marked by adventure, laughter, kindness and joy. She was a special gift to all who knew her. A Mass of Christian Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Benedict Church, Crystal River on Monday May 11, 2015 at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Hospice of Citrus County to support their efforts to provide compassionate, quality comfort care that enhances the lives of people with life-limiting illness. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.HooperFuneralHome.com. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Homosassa Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 1, 2015
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