Richard Lee “Dick” Brown, 78, of Louisiana, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at the Maple Grove Lodge Nursing Home in Louisiana.
A graveside memorial gathering was held on Monday, May 13 at the Riverview Cemetery pavilion in Louisiana. Interment of the cremated remains will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Louisiana.
He was born Aug. 31, 1934 in Louisiana to James M. Brown and Georgia Hancox Brown.
Richard married Shirley Irvin on April 19, 1996 at St. Charles, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 19, 1999.
He is survived by two sons, Dr. James Brown and wife Mary, and Shawn Richard Brown and fiancée, Debra Kay McGhee, all of Albuquerque, N.M.; two granddaughters, Alex Brown and Jamie Brown both of Albuquerque; grandsons, Shawn Sutor, Charles Snider, James Snider, Arthur Snider, and Andrew Tucker; and one brother, Edgar Brown and wife, Sandra, of Racine, Wis.
He was a veteran serving with the United States Navy. He had been employed as a safety manager for Hercules Chemical Company in Louisiana until his retirement.
Dick volunteered at the Louisiana Elementary School for 13 years. He worked with many students over the years and took great pleasure in watching the students learn.
He put a strong emphasis on teaching that we are all winners as long as we have tried our hardest. He would often say “The kids were the highlight of his day.”
He was the ombudsman for Maple Grove Lodge for several years. He enjoyed getting to know the residents, their families, as well as the employees.
Dick would interview the residents and was amazed at the history that would unfold during the interviews. He was an avid reader and always had a good book close by.
His love of reading and his passion for learning gave him a wealth of knowledge that his family and friends truly enjoyed. His favorite pastime was photography and model railroading.
Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Drive, Louisiana, MO 63353.
Charles “Chuck” Lee, 79, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away April 30, 2013 at the Cheyenne Mountain Care Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Services were held at Dove-Witt Family Mortuary, Fountain, Colo., on May 3 where Chuck was laid to rest with full military honors. Chuck was interred in Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colo.
Charles was born Feb. 13, 1934 in Rockport, Ill. to Earl and Mabel (Payne) Lee. He attended West Pike High School in Kinderhook, Ill. and joined the United States Air Force in 1951.
Chuck served our country honorably, including two tours in Vietnam, retiring as a chief master sergeant in 1972. After the Air Force, Chuck continued in government service as the School district transportation supervisor in Durango, Colo., and later in Aurora, Colo.
He completed his second career as director of transportation for Douglas County schools. Other than family, Chuck’s great loves were baseball and fishing, which he enjoyed and actively participated in for most of his life.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Clara; son, Russell; and three daughters, Terry, Bianca and Jennifer. He is also survived by his brothers, James and wife Jo Ann Lee, of Springfield; Donald Lee, Moore Pike Nursing Home, Bowling Green; plus numerous nephews and nieces.
Preceding Chuck in death were his parents, Earl and Mabel Lee; and brothers Wilmer, Winfred, Wayne, Gene, and Russell.
Betty Ann Welch Wills, age 76, of Bryan, Texas, formerly of Rockport, Texas, passed from this life on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2013 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Bryan. She was born Feb. 20, 1937 in Bowling Green, the daughter of the late William Jordan and Velma Sue Simpson Moore, Jr.
Betty Ann was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She loved to cook, play bingo and online poker with her friends from all over Texas. Betty Ann’s greatest joys were her three grandchildren; she followed their lives and accomplishments very closely as they grew up.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Glenn Wills.
Betty Ann is survived by her three children, Tim (Arlene) Welch of Arkadelphia, Ark. and Tracy Welch and Stacy Westlake, both of Bryan, Texas, one sister, Shirley (Paul) McClain of Rankin, Texas, three grandchildren, Dusty and Chelsea Welch of Arkadelphia, Ark., and Zach Westlake of Rockport, Texas, and her most trusted companion, her min-pin, Booker.
Memorials may be made to your local humane society.
Services will be private.
Final arrangements are entrusted to The Welch Funeral Home of Arkadelphia. Visit www.welchfh.net to sign the online guest book.