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Andrews, Scotty  
ANDREWS, SCOTTY JOE, 80 Ocala - Mr. Scotty Andrews, 80, of Ocala, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Munroe Regional Medical Center. Mr. Andrews was born in Ocala, and spent his entire life living in and around Marion County. In 1958, Scotty started working for the City of Ocala on the survey crew with the city engineer's office. After a long and successful career, he achieved the highest non-elected position in all of city government when he became the City Manager, a position that he held for 20 years. Under his leadership, Ocala experienced unprecedented growth, including the designation as an All American City. Scotty had a tremendous respect for his community, especially its citizens, as well as the environment. He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Ocala. His other memberships and accomplishments are too great to list. Scotty is survived by his wife of 57 years, Diane, his son Scott Andrews, his wife Kathy, his daughter Stacey Batten, her husband Harry, his mother Flora Priest Andrews, his brothers Richard and Jeff Andrews, all of Ocala, his sisters Martha Pogue, Lake City, and Linda Ertel, Orlando and three grandchildren Hannah, Colin and Emma. A memorial service for Mr. Andrews will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church, 511 SE 3rd Street, Ocala. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made in Scotty's name to: The TJ & Flora Andrews Endowed Scholarship The College of Central Florida Foundation 3001 SW College Rd, Ocala FL 34474 352-873-5808 or www.cf.edu/foundation Roberts Funeral Home, 19939 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, is handling arrangements.
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Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2015
Benz, Arnold  
BENZ, ARNOLD, 86 Arnold Benz passed away peacefully on April 19, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 18, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Queens. He was the son of Edwin and Mary (Ruckel) Benz. 'Arnie' was a Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force. Upon enlisting, he was trained as a court reporter, then manager of the legal office. He attended both Louisiana State University and the University of Maryland. His military career included assignments in New York, Panama, Japan, Vietnam and Washington, DC. His last assignment, capping a distinguished 26 years of service was that of Chief Circuit Court Administrator reporting to the Judge Advocate General in Washington, DC. He was a true patriot and proudly served his country with honor. Arnold was predeceased by his parents and his daughter, Deborah. He is survived by the love of his life for 64 years, Marcelle 'Marcie' Berube Benz; his children James Benz and wife Linda of Louisville, KY, Barry Benz and wife Nancy of Bethesda, MD, and Mary Ellen Marcotte and husband William of Laconia, NH; his grandchildren Stephanie and Nicole Benz, Matthew Benz, and Leah, Drew and Justin Marcotte; his brother Edwin Benz and wife Mary of Ocala, FL; and many nieces and nephews. Arnie loved music, especially jazz, and he attended several festivals in Sacramento and New Orleans. He would often belt out a tune if something was said that reminded him of a song and his music room was filled with thousands of recordings. He also loved sports. He was a member of the Air Force basketball team when he enlisted and continued to play recreationally well into his 60's. Wallyball ultimately became his personal sport and he enjoyed attending women's basketball and volleyball games at nearby colleges. In addition, he was an avid reader and looked forward to his daily crossword puzzles. He and Marcie lived at On Top of the World for 25 years. They were very active in the community and have fond memories of the many events they attended with their friends. He was a proud parishioner of Queen of Peace Catholic Church and his religion was very important to him. As a brother, husband, father and grandfather, 'Pop' filled our lives with joy and laughter. He was a kind and gentle man who conveyed honesty and confidence in his children and grandchildren. The wisdom and care he shared with his family and friends lives on in their hearts. Visitation will be held at the Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home, 9695 SW 110th St., Ocala, on Monday, April 27 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. His funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Queen of Peace, 6455 SW Hwy 200, Ocala. Interment will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to Alpha Center for Women, 118 N. Pine Ave., Ocala, FL 34475. For online condolences and directions visit Hiers-Baxley.com.
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Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2015
FORTIER, NORMA LORETTA - Ocala  
FORTIER, NORMA LORETTA, 93 Ocala - Norma Loretta Fortier, 93, of Ocala, formerly of Buffalo, NY, passed away on April 16, 2015. She moved to Boca Raton, FL in the 1960's and then to the Ocala area in the 1980's. Norma traveled with her husband during WWII and worked at various government agencies. She was also a tremendous artist. Norma is survived by her loving husband of 73 years, William; daughter, Marilyn Troglauer; granddaughter, Lisa Dolan and great-grandchildren, Devin, Brandalyn and Lliam Dolan. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Marion County. View and sign the online guestbook at: www.forestlawnocala.com
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Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2015
McPherson Jr., Frank "Buzz" - St. Petersburg  
McPHERSON, JR., FRANK Ocala - Frank 'Buzz' McPherson Jr. passed away April 23, 2015 at Legacy Hospice House. He was born Nov. 25, 1942 to Frank Sr. and Jane (Damm) McPherson in Detroit, MI. Frank 'Buzz' Moved to Ocala from Senatobia, MS, where he worked in production at Baddour Custom Packaging and lived at the Baddour Center for over 30 years, before moving to Ocala in 2011. He enjoyed 'hook a rug' projects, puzzles, and loved driving his golf cart. He is survived by his brother, Hugh (Barbara) McPherson of Ocala, Fl; Uncle, Peter Damm, of Michigan; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. There will be a viewing Tuesday, April 28, from 3:30 until 4:30, when a Celebration of Buzz's life will commence. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Baddour Center, PO Box 97, Senatobia, MS, 38668; or Hospice of Marion County, PO Box 4860, Ocala, Florida, 34478. Please view and sign our online guestbook at: www.robertsfuneral homes.com
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Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2015
Molina, Francisco R.  
MOLINA, FRANCISCO R., 85 Ocala - Francisco R. Molina, 85, US Army Veteran of WWII and Korea, passed away April 14, 2015. He was born August 21, 1929 in Big Spring, TX. He worked in a printing shop before moving to Florida. His most recent position was a driver for PPC. He was a Commissioner for the city of Streamwood, IL, President of the Jaycee's, and member of the Knights of Columbus. Francisco is survived by his loving wife, Donna, of 57 years, five children; Paula (Robert) Shaver, Juanita (David) Pendergraft, Deborah (Glen) Baker, Joseph (Debi) Molina, Valerie (John) Morrison, and ten grandchildren: Stephen, Aaron, Sarah, Emily, William, Belinda, Jeremy, Olivia, Hannah, and Johnny. He is survived by two sisters, Ramona Molina and Isabel Escovedo and three brothers, Amado, Emilio, and Valentin Molina, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: Jesus and Nicolasa Molina, four sisters, and three brothers. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. with a reception to follow. Interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice. Arrangements by Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society.
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Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2015
Zepp, Donald J. "Don"  
ZEPP, DONALD J., 84 Ocala - Donald J. 'Don' Zepp passed away peacefully after a long illness on Friday, April 3rd. His second wife, Dorothy, had pre-deceased him just one day short of three years ago. Don was 84 years old. His daughter, Mindy, was with him when he passed. A long-time resident of Ocala, Don was active in several local organizations, including the Ocala Flying Model Club for which he had served as Treasurer. In addition to flying model airplanes, Don also was licensed to fly small aircraft. Born in Pennsylvania, Don served in the U.S. Navy, before graduating from the University of Arizona. After graduation and until his retirement, he worked as an electrical engineer, first for RCA, then for Honeywell, designing complex computer systems. He is survived by his daughter, Mindy, from his first marriage (his wife, June, pre-deceased him in 1985), grandson, Max and Dottie's three children, Chris, Scott and Meredith, as well as Meredith's two daughters. A memorial service is being planned in Ocala later this Spring. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to The Alzheimer's Organization (alzfdn.org).
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Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2015

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Bernstein, Seymour "Sy"  
BERNSTEIN, SEYMOUR 'SY' 91 Seymour 'Sy' Bernstein (July 16, 1923 - April 21, 2015), son of Nathan & Lillian Bernstein, born in Bronx, New York . Graduated from Evander Childs High School, 1940. Graduated Bucknell University, 1944 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Entered U.S. Army September 1944 & recruited for Special Engineering Detachment (SED) to work on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, TN, February 1945. After discharge in 1946, worked as a civilian at K-25 plant in Oak Ridge, TN. He met the love of his life, Clementine 'Clemmie' Self on V-J day, 1945 & married her on Valentine's Day 1947. He transferred in 1950 to Union Carbide's Gaseous Diffusion plant Paducah, KY where he worked until his retirement in 1988. He enjoyed Boy Scouts (attaining Eagle rank in his youth as well as serving as an adult leader from 1940-44 in NY and of Troop 11, Paducah, KY), golf at Rolling Hills Country Club, bridge, travel and the outdoors in general. He was a Kentucky Colonel and a Duke of Paducah. Moved to On Top of the World (OTOW) in Ocala, FL in 1988 where he enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Southern Club, Jewish Club & Democratic Club. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Clementine. He is survived by his children: David Bernstein of Ft. Myers, FL, Susan Bernstein Stucker of Ocala, FL and Albuquerque, NM and Nancy Bernstein of Hermitage, TN, grandchildren: Colleen Machacek of Cary, NC and Grant Stucker of Huntsville, AL, great-grandchildren: Lillian Machacek of Cary, NC and Carter Stucker of Huntsville, AL. A celebration of his life will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 26 at the Arbor Club at OTOW with Pastor Ray Ruark officiating. Inurnment to follow at a later date at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Sholom Park c/o Horticultural Arts & Park Institute 8447 SW 99th Street Road, Ocala, 34481 or The Atomic Heritage Foundation at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/AtomicHeritage Foundation Cremation arrangements under the care of Hiers-Baxley funeral home, Timber Ridge Chapel. Condolences may be expressed at www.hiers-baxley.com
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Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Apr. 24 to Apr. 25, 2015
Hinckley Jr., Richard H. "Dickie"  
HINCKLEY, JR., RICHARD H. Wildwood - Richard H. 'Dickie' Hinckley, Jr. passed away on April 21, 2015. He was born November 29, 1950 in Perrysburg, Ohio. His family moved to Florida when he was a child, and he had resided in Wildwood since the early 1960's. A graduate of Wildwood High School, he served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and then attended the University of Florida, where he earned a B.S. degree in Agriculture Science. He retired from FFVA Mutual Insurance Company after a career as a Risk Management Consultant. Dickie was devoted to his family and friends, and especially enjoyed times spent with them at Weeki Wachee and in Steinhatchee. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and was an avid Seminole fan. He was married to his high school sweetheart and the love of his life Cathy Caruthers Hinckley for 42 years. Dickie is survived by his wife Cathy, and their daughter Kimberly. He is also survived by his brother John Easton (Glenda), sister Carolyn Martin (Steve), mother-in-law and father-in-law Aubrey and Mary Caruthers, brothers- in-law Mike Caruthers (Carol), and Mark Caruthers (Lorena), nieces and nephews Glenn Miller (Nicole), Stephen Miller (Carrie), Brent Easton (Megan), Zach Martin, Cherae Link (Chuck), Fredericka Caruthers, and several great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Richard and Dorothy Hinckley, Sr., his sister Barbara Miller, and his nephew Garrett 'Dutch' Easton. The funeral will be held Saturday, April 25 at 2:00 PM at the Banks/Page-Theus Funeral Home, 410 Webster Street, Wildwood, FL 34785. A graveside service will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home at 1:00 PM. Pallbearers will be Glenn Miller, Stephen Miller, Brent Easton, Zach Martin, Donnie Jones, Sam Slaughter, Frank Daugherty and Pat Mahoney. Donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be shared by visiting www.bankspagetheus.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Banks/Page-Theus Funerals and Cremations, Wildwood.
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Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Apr. 24 to Apr. 25, 2015

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FARROW, WILLIE LEE  
FARROW, WILLIE LEE, 93 Ocala - Willie Lee Farrow, 93, passed away April 21, 2015. She was born January 25, 1922, in San Mateo, FL, to Walter Dykes and Della Rogero Dykes. She was a homemaker, and has resided in Marion County since 1955. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Joe Farrow. She is survived by her sons, James G. Farrow (Patricia), Jon G. Farrow (Rose), Jerald G. Farrow (Dianne); daughters, Linda Dyals (Ben), Melissa McNichols (Hugh); and sisters, Sara Grochmal, and Pat Kilgore. A Memorial Mass will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 24, 2015, at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, with Father Patrick Sheedy officiating. Arrangements under the care of Countryside Funeral Home, Anthony, FL.
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Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Apr. 23 to Apr. 24, 2015
Grozier Jr., Thomas William - Gainesville  
GROZIER, JR., THOMAS WILLIAM, 59 Orange Springs - Thomas William Grozier, Jr. age 59 of Orange Springs, FL passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015. Mr. Grozier was born in Tampa, FL on September 23, 1955. He worked in construction as a metal framer. Mr. Grozier was an avid fisherman and hunter. He had a great love for God, family and friends, and was known for always putting others first. He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann Grozier; daughters Serena (Matt) Barres, Amanda Parker and Salina (Barry) Jenkins; sons, Thomas William Grozier, III, Donald E. Harget and Mikeal Smythe; seven grandchildren; sisters, Karen Hicks and Marilyn Jean Baird. He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas William Grozier, Sr. and Mable June Castillo Grozier, and a sister Glenda Gayle Campbell. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 24, 2015 at the First Baptist Church of Orange Springs 22800 NE Highway 315 Orange Springs, FL. Interment will follow in Orange Springs Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601. (352) 376-5361.
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Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Apr. 23 to Apr. 24, 2015
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