Jan. 28, 2014-Reno, Nev.
Unexpectedly (if anything could be said to be unexpected) at age 96, Madeleine went home to God peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 in her home, as she had wished. On Monday, she went out to one of her favorites, “In and Out,” for a cheeseburger, had a good night, a fine breakfast and shortly before noon joined her beloved husband, Aldo and son, Cappy, in heaven. Though we shall profoundly miss her presence on this earth, we, her family and friends, will forever give thanks for the blessing she was to all who knew her.
Madeleine was kind, grateful, fun-loving and beautiful. In her youth, she was an accomplished singer and, throughout her life in Reno, supported the symphony and opera. She loved good food, fine wine, parties and was a friend to anyone who crossed her path.
She will be missed by all, but especially by her daughter, Jeannette, who wishes at this time to thank her trustees, Phyllis Moen and Bill McNulty. They, together with Jeannette, want to express gratitude to Traci, Rose, Lorena, Jennifer and Melissa, who have been her faithful caregivers for the past years. Great gratitude also to Jay Schroeder, M.D., who was always available, came to see her for every concern and made her homecare possible.
In addition to her daughter, Madeleine is survived by her beloved granddaughter, Marisa, her daughter-in-law, Suzanne Pomeroy and by her brother, Robert Tonso, and his family.
At this time, Madeleine's family and friends want to thank our wonderful facilitators at Walton's on Second Street, who guided us through this difficult time
Theodore James “TJ” Day
Jan. 23, 2014-Reno, Nev.
Theodore James “T.J.” Day, successful Nevada businessman, community philanthropist, ranch operator, and locomotive and aviation enthusiast, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at his home in Reno. He was 64.
Born May 12, 1949 in Los Angeles to Robert A. Day and Willametta Keck Day, T.J. was beloved by everyone who came in contact with him, and was greatly admired as a man of his word and someone who generously gave of himself to improve the lives of others. Those who knew T.J. knew that he lived his life in accordance with the code of the West and that his word was his bond.
T.J. attended Black-Foxe Military School in Los Angeles and graduated from Robert Louis Stevenson School in Carmel, Calif., in 1967. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Linfield College in 1971, an MBA from Stanford University in 1973 and a master’s in applied earth sciences from Stanford University in 1975.
His family had extensive interests in oil and gas ventures, and they left Los Angeles and moved to Nevada in 1967, where they preferred the Nevada way of life.
T.J. and Debbie Cole were married in Portland, Ore., on June 23, 1973. After finishing his graduate work at Stanford, T.J. and Debbie moved to Canada where he was employed by Canadian Superior Oil, Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta. They moved to Reno in 1978, where he joined Preston Hale in business developing industrial and commercial properties. Over the years, T.J. was involved in many large land transactions in northern Nevada, including building and later owning the Porsche Building in downtown Reno.
In 1980, T.J. and Debbie purchased the Pitchfork Ranch, located on the banks of the Walker River in Mason Valley, Nev. They spent many special occasions with family and friends on the ranch. T.J. was always at home at the Pitchfork, because he placed such importance in the ranching traditions of the West.
He was a director of a private exploration company, Western Exploration and Development, and a director of the W.M. Keck Foundation, as well as the board of directors of the Reno Championship Air Races. T.J. sat on the boards of Linfield College, Stevenson School, Nevada Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, the Nevada Taxpayer Association and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. He served for 25 years as member of the board of directors of NV Energy and its predecessor company Sierra Pacific Resources.
Earlier this month, T.J. was honored by the Nevada Area Council of Boy Scouts as one of four recipients of the Good Scout Award. T.J. was deeply committed to the Boy Scouts and he was instrumental in helping build the new Scout Center in Reno.
T.J. held the special distinction of being appointed by three different Nevada governors to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. In 2005, Gov. Kenny Guinn first appointed him to the five-member panel, in 2008 Gov. Jim Gibbons reappointed him, and Gov. Brian Sandoval reappointed him for a third time in 2011. T.J. was proud of this assignment and considered the work of the athletic commission to be vitally important to the state of Nevada.
He was a member of the prestigious Bohemian Club in San Francisco, as well as the California Rancheros. Additionally, he was a member of several business and social organization, including the Nevada Development Capital Corporation, Northern Nevada Business Development Council, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN), Northern Nevada Network, Citizens for Private Enterprise, the City of Reno Roundtable, the Prospectors Club, the Valley Club in Montecito, Calif., the California Club in Los Angeles, and the University Club in Portland, Ore.
T.J. was a charter member of the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and he received the University of Nevada President's Medal in 2000 and the Dean’s Award for the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 2004. He was inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame in 1991 and was named Republican of the Year in 2008.
An avid bird hunter, T.J. was especially fond of visiting the San Tomas Hunting Club in Falfurrias, Texas. Several times a year he would invite friends to the club and it was here that he would preside as “chancellor” of the “College of Knowledge.” T.J. was a founding member of the Rolex Riders Motorcycle Club and he was one of the lead planners for the bi-annual North-South Luncheon that brought together business leaders from northern and southern Nevada for a day of friendship at Barron Hilton’s Flying M Ranch in Yerington, Nev.
T.J. was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Lawrence Hook Day. He is survived by his wife, Debbie, his brothers, Robert A. Day and Matt Day, and his sister Tammis Day.
Nov. 23, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Shirley Heckethorn, 88, passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. She was born April 17, 1925 to Charles and Elva Sulier Buell in Arlee, Mont. After the move out west with her parents and three sisters, she spent 47 years in the Carson City area. She attended Sparks and Carson City high schools, and later worked for the Selective Service and Social Security Administration. The Las Vegas sunshine eventually pulled her away for 20 years, where she and Hecky, her husband of 28 years, thoroughly enjoyed their many travels, golf, tennis, and bowling (she was quite an athlete!). After losing Hecky, she returned to Reno to spend her last six years with her daughter, Stephanie, son-in-law, Bob Sullivan, and the grandchildren she adored, Erin and Casey Phenix.
Shirley was a strong and independent woman, with many friends and family who admired her, and for whom she cared greatly. She will be sorely missed by us all.
Harry C. Huneycutt
Sept. 28, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Harry C. Huneycutt, M.D., 79, died Sept. 28, 2013 of unexpected heart problems following an elk hunting trip with his son. We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of this active, vibrant man whom we predicted would out live us all.
Huneycutt was born to Lucille and Harry Huneycutt, in Norton, Va. He spent hours combing the Appalachian Mountains, which fostered his love of the great outdoors. He graduated from Norton High School where, in his senior year, he helped lead the football team to their state championship. Dr. Huneycutt was a graduate of Virginia Military Institute. He completed his medical degree and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University Medical School. He served as a military physician in Germany from 1967-70. After completing his military service, he made Reno his permanent home.
Dr. Huneycutt devoted his life to the practice of medicine, evidenced by his leadership, continual education, mentoring of students, and utilization of expert techniques. He delivered more than 5,000 babies during his 43 years of caring for patients here in Reno. When he wasn't working, he could be found spending time with his family, traveling, or enjoying himself on the golf course.
Dr Huneycutt was an avid Wolf Pack fan and rarely missed a game. He was repeatedly recognized for his continued support and contributions to the University of Nevada Athletics Department. He and his wife, Rita, annually sponsored the Academic Excellence Scholarship Banquet for the University’s student-athletes. They were lead supporters for the Athletic Academic Center. As recognition for their years of support, Drs. Harry and Rita Huneycutt received the distinguished Jake Lawlor Award at the 2011 Governor's Dinner.
Dr. Huneycutt was a member of various community organizations including the Prospector's Club and the Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Huneycutt is survived by his wife, Dr. Rita Huneycutt; his children Sherry Huebner, David Huneycutt (Anella), Alyson Huneycutt, Carrie Huneycutt and Dr. Kim Luikart (Bill); his grandchildren Dr. Marissa Huebner (Zao Naegele), Erika Huebner, Lauren Huneycutt, Jake Huneycutt, Rita Luikart, Jackson Luikart; and his sister, Nancy Maxwell (Jim). He is now joining his youngest son, Joseph Kenneth Huneycutt, who passed away the summer of 2010. Ken’s wife, Terry Huneycutt, is now living in Hawaii.
Dr. Huneycutt’s years of service and devotion to excellence will be fondly remembered. He will be dearly missed by his patients, his friends and colleagues, and most especially, by his large, loving family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the University’s Student Athletic Scholarship Fund: University of Nevada, Reno, Legacy Hall MS 232, Reno, NV.
Betty Lou Marquardt
Nov. 7, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Betty Lou was born to Ross E. Hodgson and Hildred Mayhugh Hodgson in Kansas City, Mo. Her father's job took them to Omaha, Neb., and then Lincoln, Neb., where she attended high school. Upon graduation, she and her mother headed to California. The first stop was Clear Lake, where Betty Lou met Edward Marquardt. They were married in 1940 and lived in Oakland for many years.
Betty Lou spent the early years of her life as a housewife and mother. PTA and school events were her pastime. Music was always in her life, as her mother was a piano teacher. Betty Lou was a member of the Oakland Women’s Choral for many years. She ushered in theaters in San Francisco for more than 25 years, enjoying many musicals.
Vacation time was always spent at Clear Lake. She and Ed moved there in 1975. Betty Lou and her daughter, Kathy, opened Fabric ‘n Things in 1977, where they sold fabric, sewing machines and taught classes. She was very active in the Clearlake Chamber of Commerce. Betty Lou was proud to be a member of the Clearlake Incorporation Committee which led to the City of Clearlake. She served on the second city council. Learning was always important and she attended classes at the Yuba College Lake County campus. Betty Lou then served on the Yuba College Board.
She moved to Reno in 2002 and immediately embraced the Reno Pops Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, Silver Dollar Chorus, Nevada Opera, Broadway Comes to Reno and Lifescapes Senior Writing Program through the UNR Elder College. She served on the committee to help secure the first Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) grant and helped set up courses. She attended many classes at OLLI until a few years ago. Heart problems left her with a lack of energy to participate in many of the activities she enjoyed.
Betty Lou is predeceased by two sisters and Edward. She is survived by a sister, Madeline Dailey; son, Michael Marquardt (Sparks); daughters Kathleen (Richard) Walton (Sparks) and Marlene (Samuel) Sheppard (Reno); five grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, six great-grandchildren. It was Betty Lou's wish to donate her body to the University of Nevada, Reno Anatomical Program.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation for the benefit of OLLI Lifescapes Classes, c/o UNR Foundation, MS 162, Reno, NV 89557
Jan. 25, 2014-Reno, Nev.
Agnes McCaffery, 80, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. She was affectionately known by everyone as Grammy. Born June 3, 1933, in Kenosha, Wis., she came to Reno in 1959. She was the youngest of a large, loving and hard-working Polish family.
Her family was the light of her life, and she let us know it every single day until the very end. She was a wife, mother and grandmother, and in those roles, we could not have asked for a better or stronger woman. She did everything she was supposed to do and so much more. She taught us to love deeply, laugh often, give back to our community and a deep faith in God. We are thankful that our mother taught us to love each other in a way that will make getting through this possible.
She was co-founder and owner of Walton's Funerals and Cremations. She loved the years she spent volunteering in the lunch room at Bishop Manogue High School and with St. Mary's Auxiliary Board. She was so humbled when, at the age of 75, she was honored by Casa De Vida at the annual Mother’s Day luncheon for Mother of the Year. Grammy seldom missed any of her children’s or grandchildren’s sporting or school events. She was always their biggest fan and supporter.
She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Ed; daughters Paula McCaffery and Tammy Dermody (Michael); sons, Ed McCaffery (Tanya) and Tim McCaffery (Claudia); grandchildren, Joey, Nikki, Calvin, Edward, Griffin, Jack, Avery, Aiden, Ashton, Pearce and Craig.
Dec. 28, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Elaine Windous Nickovich-Otte, 81, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 28, 2013. Elaine was born in Ely, Nev. on July 8, 1932. She was the daughter of Thomas and Gladys Cazier Windous.
Elaine grew up on a ranch in Ely. She later moved to Reno, where she attended Northside Junior High and Reno High School. Elaine was a third generation native, a true and passionate Nevadan. She was especially proud to be from Ely.
Elaine retired from Nevada Bell and later became a telecommunications consultant.
Elaine's extensive volunteering in the Reno community earned her a distinguished presidential volunteer service award coming directly from a sitting U.S. President at the White House in Washington, D.C. She was a member of many volunteer organizations, including Reno Emblem Club, Washoe County Sheriff's CERT and SMART teams.
Elaine was a firm supporter of the University of Nevada, Reno Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. She worked tirelessly through Reno Emblem Club and various other volunteering to help raise funds for this program.
Elaine was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where she actively participated in many jobs, services and activities. Elaine was a true lady. She never met a person that didn’t become her friend, and there was never a trip she didn't take. Elaine spent her later years traveling the world with her current husband, Denny Otte. Elaine had a zeal for life and all the people she met. She also loved her family and cherished being with loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her parents and first husband, Vlado Nickovich. She is survived by her current husband, Denny Otte; daughter, Cathy Evanson; sons Thomas (Tonja) and Michael (Gina) Nickovich; grandchildren Ryan, Robert, Wylie, Cody, Tye, Kyle, Trystan and Calvin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the University of Nevada Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Redfield Building #152, Reno, NV 89557.
Robert “Bob” P. Thimot
Nov. 12, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Robert Peter (Bob) Thimot, 84, surrounded by friends and family, passed away peacefully in Reno Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 after suffering a massive stroke. Bob and his wife, Barbara, retired to Reno in 1985 because he loved fly fishing, shooting craps and poker. They quickly adopted Reno as their home and became enthusiastic westerners. They were generous donors to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and established the Robert and Barbara Thimot Scholarship at Truckee Meadows Community College.
Bob and his twin brother, George, were born in 1929 in Massachusetts, the sons of the late George and Jesse Thimot. He joined the Army after attending Hudson High School and served in Korea. He attended the University of Massachusetts on the GI Bill, graduating with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. Following college, he worked for Chrysler in Michigan and earned a master’s in automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute. He went back to Hudson to work with his father and founded the Hudson Lock Company. He oversaw the growth of the company from a small start-up to a 600-employee manufacturer that in its heyday produced 15 million locks a year. After retiring to Reno, he and Barbara traveled extensively. When home, he could usually be found thigh-deep in a promising trout stream or at a local hold 'em tournament.
He was predeceased by his treasured wife Barbara (Carbone) Thimot and his younger sister Lorraine Bryant. He is survived by son Brian, daughter Linda, step-son Barry Kittredge, grandchildren Jessica, Carolyn, Daniel, and Jordan; brother George, baby sister Joan Esche, numerous nieces and nephews and the countless numbers of friends and acquaintances whose lives he touched.
Thomas “Tom” M. Yturbide
Nov. 14, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Thomas “Tom” Michael Yturbide passed away Nov. 14, 2013, just weeks before his 78th birthday, with his wife by his side. A first generation Spanish Basque-American, Tom was born Dec. 2, 1935 at a midwife’s home near Livermore, Calif. At age 4, Tom’s family moved to the Fly Ranch in Gerlach, Nev., where his love and passion for everything outdoors took root. Schooled early in raising sheep and living off the land, Tom learned the value of hard work, a Dutch oven, and a swimming hole at the end of the day. A cowboy at heart, Tom loved exploring hard-to-get-to places and hunting with family and friends. For Tom, there was always something new just one ridgeline away.
By the third grade, Tom traded the one-room school house in Gerlach for school in Reno, where he met his life-long friend and best man, Nick Rossi. Not one to shy away from hard work as a young boy, Tom had a paper route that served 150 homes. He also continued work as a seasonal ranch hand, and while in high school, earned extra money working at a bakery.
Tom excelled in school and interscholastic athletics, especially football and track and field, setting state records in the high jump. Graduating from Reno High School, Tom married his high school sweetheart, his true love and partner in life, Paula. Tom passed up scholarships to start married life ranching in Oregon with his young bride. The couple worked a successful livestock ranch for several years, and returned to Reno in 1961.
Upon his return, Tom began what would later become his adult life’s work in the gaming industry. He started at Harrah’s Reno as a change boy. Tom quickly advanced, gaining first-hand experience in games, gaming operation, supervision and management. In 1974, he was promoted to assistant general manager at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Tom rose to senior vice president and general manager and directed the company through several years of construction, development and expansion. Known and respected with almost three decades of experience, Tom was recruited by Harvey’s Lake Tahoe as senior vice president and general manager in 1987. Reorganizing a successful revamped expansion, significantly increasing market share, adding properties outside of Lake Tahoe and developing a new marketing program “The Party's at Harvey's,” Tom earned recognition as Hotelier of the Year in 1994. Rising to president, CEO and chairman of the board of directors, Tom took Harvey's public. In 1997, after a 37-year career in Nevada gaming, Tom retired.
After traveling and exploring new places, Tom and his wife, Paula, retired in Gardnerville, Nev., where Tom enjoyed working on a portion of the original Mott ranch, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Tom loved planting trees and landscaping, family meals and movies. Tom continued hunting, and after decades of trying to get a tag, he was thrilled to obtain one and hunt Nevada's coveted bighorn sheep.
Tom was a member of the Carson Valley Gun Club, a supporter of the Nevada Chukar Foundation, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Barton Hospital Foundation, Douglas County Sheriff's Advisory Board, China Spring Youth Camp, the City of Refuge and University of Nevada Athletics. Tom was a fan of Wolf Pack football and basketball, Giants baseball, but more importantly, any sporting event in which his children or grandchildren played. You often saw him in bleachers and stadiums throughout northern Nevada.
Tom is survived by Paula, his wife of more than 59 years; and his children, Thomas Michael Yturbide Jr. (Sheri), Jennifer Yturbide Carlini (Tod) and Paul Yturbide (Wendy). He is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Sarah Yturbide-Leniz (John), Thomas Michael Yturbide III (Jody), Alexander Yturbide, Marissa Yturbide, Olivia Wotman, Natalie Wotman, and Cooper, Matthew, Jackson and Tucker Yturbide; his sister, Jane Gamboa (Bob), and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
His son Christopher Yturbide (Kathy) preceded him in death; as did his grandson, Timothy Yturbide; father, Augustin Yturbide; stepfather, Jake Haran; mother, Vicenta Yturbide Haran; and two brothers, Francisco and Bonifacio Yturbide.
For their assistance in Tom's care, the family sends heartfelt thanks to April, Leo, Linda, Mark, VistaCare Hospice (Gentiva), Dr. Daniel Caruso, Dr. Ronald Smith, and Dr. Stanley Thompson.
Michele (Maupin) Basta ’66 (French) ’86M.A. (French), emeriti employee
Jan. 26, 2014-Reno, Nev.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation in Michele’s memory, Mailstop 0162, Reno, NV 89557-0162.
Janine Evans ’06 (nursing), employee
Dec. 28, 2013-Sun Valley, Nev.
Janine Lynn Evans passed away Dec. 28, 2013 at Renown Medical Center. Janine was born March 4, 1965 at March Air Reserve Base in California.
Growing up as a military dependent, Janine lived in Japan, Turkey, and Germany. She graduated from Izmir High School in Turkey in 1983. Janine moved to Reno in 1990. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated from Orvis Nursing School with a bachelor’s in nursing in 2007. She practiced in telemetry and home health units during her nursing career. Janine loved knitting and the Reno Aces Baseball.
She is survived by her husband, Stephen; her mother, Cherie; her sister, Karol; her brother, James; and two children, Alexandria and Derek, who were the loves of her life.
Jon Hazen, M.D., faculty
Jan. 26, 2014-Las Vegas, Nev.
Jon Hazen, M.D., FACOG, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, passed away Jan. 26, 2014, following a short illness. Dr. Hazen received his undergraduate degree from San Jose State University before earning his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his residency at UCLA and additional training at Yale University and the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif.
After serving in the U.S. Air Force in Alaska, he was a member of the faculty at Michigan State University in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology where he rose through the ranks, serving as residency director and eventually becoming a clinical professor. He joined the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 1997, where he has been involved in numerous leadership roles with the residency program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and most recently as director of education. Dr. Dandolu, his chair, recalls him as a great teacher, a talented physician, a kind soul and an important part of the department. He will be greatly missed.
Another colleague recalls that he will never forget Dr. Hazen's nurturing spirit at the start of his career. “He was a great mentor, educator and a great gentleman. His spirit will live on. Dr. Hazen, rest in peace. We will miss you.”
He is credited with making our residents better doctors as well as better people. One past resident stated he learned to care for women regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, and to treat each patient as if she were special. “He held life as precious and every soul was worth saving.” Finally, one student named him as “one of the legends out of all of the school's departments, who trained in the traditional practice of medicine and is an honor to watch. A true wealth of knowledge and an outstanding physician.”
In respect of Dr. Hazen’s wishes, his family is not arranging a funeral. His wife, Melanie sent the following message: “Tell the residents the best gift they could give Dr. Hazen is to take pride in their knowledge and always put their patient first. And ask themselves: “What would Dr. Hazen do?”
Robert “Bob” L. Kersey, emeritus faculty
Jan. 15, 2014-Reno, Nev.
Our loving husband, father, uncle and friend was born in Denver, Colo., to Helen and Ray Kersey. At the age of 5, the family moved to El Paso, Texas where he and sisters, Ruth and Helen attended school. He attended Austin High School where he played clarinet and bassoon in the marching band, graduating in 1941. After attending Texas School of Mines and Metallurgy, he enlisted in the US Navy, serving as a naval aviator and patrol plane commander during World War II. At the end of the war, he returned to El Paso to continue his education, but soon after was accepted to Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. After completing his degree, he and Sally Morrison married. In 1950, he was offered an appointment at UC Berkeley, with the ASUC. In 1954, they welcomed the birth of son, Kenneth Foster Kersey. In 1956, Bob accepted a position with the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, where daughter Linda Suzanne Kersey was born. In 1958, he was selected to become the first director of the new Jot Travis Student Union at the University of Nevada, Reno.
After World War II, Bob served in the Naval Reserve as a Naval Intelligence Officer, doing his reserve duty at Alameda Naval Air Station and many other duty stations around the world. He retired as a full commander in 1972.
In 1965, Bob met and married Virginia (Ginnie) Ryan, adopting her two children, Kelly Michael and Cindy Ellen in 1970. That same year the family welcomed a son, Lee Craig Kersey. Together, the family lived a good life enjoying many travels and adventures all over the world. Ginnie and Bob celebrated 48 years of marriage on November 20, 2013.
After retiring from the University as an Emeritus Professor in 1986, he began working as an Ambassador at the Reno Tahoe International Airport until the program was restructured. He also supported many local programs as well as his favorite political candidates. He was also a devoted member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada.
Bob is survived by his wife, Ginnie, sons Ken (Lisa) and Kelly (Susan), daughters, Linda Kersey (Don) and Cindy Ceccarelli (Mike) as well as his sisters, Ruth and Helen, 10 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many wonderful friends and dog, Sadie. He was preceded by his parents and loving son, Lee.
His legacy will carry on.
Trevor McMinn, emeriti employee
Nov. 4, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Trevor James McMinn was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Jan. 23, 1921. He passed away on November 4, 2013 in Reno.
He survived his older brother, Paul M. McMinn, who died in 1974.
He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from University of California, Berkeley, with a specialization in mathematical logic under Tony Morse in 1956. He then took a position at the University of Washington for six years before coming to the University of Nevada,Department of Mathematics in 1963. Trevor also worked as a civilian employee of the Navy during World War II, degaussing ships in Florida. He retired from the University in 1988. After his retirement he kept his ties with the math department as professor emeritus.
He loved nature, traveling the world, being with his friends, hiking and skiing.
He was a true gentleman, considerate of everyone and everything, and loved by all who knew him.
He is survived by his three nieces.
In memory of Trevor James McMinn, donations can be made to the Robert N. Tompson (note spelling) scholarship fund at the University of Nevada, .
John R. Mills ’70 (management) ’74 MBA (business administration), professor, College of Business
Jan. 3, 2014-Reno, Nev.
John Robert Mills Ph.D., MBA, CPA, born on July 12, 1945 in Towanda, Penn., passed away peacefully at home in Reno on Jan. 3, 2014. John is survived by his son Lane Mills, daughter in-law Lisa Mills, grandchildren Royce and Mackenzie Mills, brothers Fredrick and Bob Mills, both of Orlando, Fla., sisters Sally Nimblett of Winthrop, Mass., Debra Webb of Reading, Pa., Bonnie Coy of New Hampshire, many nieces and nephews, and his mother, Marie Bergman, and her children. He is the son of the late Robert P. Mills and brother to the late Harold Mills.
After graduating from Winthrop High School in Massachusetts, John enlisted in the Air Force and served overseas including Vietnam. John held a bachelor’s and an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a doctorate of business administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder. John Mills had been a professor of accounting at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1982, specializing in financial accounting and disclosure. In 1991, he developed a course titled “Basic Accounting Controls, Procedures and Financial Analysis of the Gaming Industry,” which has been incorporated into the Gaming Management program for the College of Business.
John had extensive experience in the gaming industry contributing to such projects as the Rama Nation Casino Project, Ontario Casino Project in Windsor, and provided analysis of bids for the New Orleans Casino for the New Orleans Picayune. He frequently consulted for local casinos, and often spoke before professional and academic groups. He published many gaming related articles.
John also taught at the University of Vermont and Washington State University. As a member of the University of Nevada faculty he also taught in Turin, Italy and Bilbao, Spain and was the faculty advisor for many years of Beta Alpha Psi. John was an avid tennis player, skier, golfer and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed cooking and sharing a bottle of wine with his many wonderful friends.
Louise V. Wright, account clerk
Dec. 18, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Louise V. Wright of Reno passed away peacefully Dec. 18, 2013 at the age of 77. She was born Oct. 30, 1936 in Long Branch, N.J.
Louise was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt. She would do anything for anybody and was loved by all. She retired after 20 years from the building and grounds department at the University of Nevada, Reno. She loved to camp and fish.
She is survived by her husband Lee of 57 years; daughters Traci McKay-Wright and Toni Lucky; four grandchildren, six great grandchildren; sister Lorraine Strickley and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her father Joseph McKay and her mother Rosemary Webb.
A celebration of life will take place at a later date.
Edward R. Folsom, attended 1935-38
Nov. 26, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Edward Richard Folsom was born Nov. 24, 1917, in Irvington, N.J. to Edna Helen Schmidt Frank and George Keeler Folsom. Ed passed away Nov 26, 2013, two days after his 96th birthday, with his beloved wife, Louise, and his family by his side.
Ed moved to Reno in December 1927 at age 10. He attended Orvis Ring Elementary School, Northside School, Billinghurst Middle School and Reno High School, graduating in 1935. He also attended the University of Nevada, Reno.
Ed enlisted in the Navy Jan. 3, 1942, at age 24. He survived the plane crash of a naval patrol bomber on February 17, 1943, having been thrown into the icy water near the Norfolk, Va. Naval Air Station. He served in WWII as a pilot, flying a Martin PBM Mariner, guarding the Panama Canal, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands. He completed 44 months active service and 20-plus years in the reserve, serving as executive director of the Naval Reserve Officers School. He retired as a commander in the U.S. Navy at age 60 in 1977.
Ed returned to Reno after the war ended, and together with his stepfather, Myron Frank, owned and operated the Reno Garage at First and Center Street, and the Grand Central Gas Station and Grand Central Garage located at Liberty and South Virginia Street.
Ed was a steadfast and dedicated member of the Rotary Club of Reno since 1954. He gave many generous gifts to the Rotary International Foundation, Reno’s Rotary Foundation, and was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. He was a loyal contributor to the Boy Scouts of America and St. Mary’s Hospital Guild.
Ed married Louise on February 25, 1967, and their union was strong and happy for 47 years until his death. Ed is survived by his beloved wife Louise and his children: Darla (Hank) Potter, Joan (Enzo) Buonamici, Susan Urmston, Jim (Lori) Urmston, Scott Warren, daughter-in-law, Donna Urmston. Ed's brother George and son John Urmston preceded him in death.
Ed was a proud member of the Princess Elite Club, he and Louise having enjoyed more than 30 cruises during their time together. Visiting Alaska was one of Ed’s favorite cruises. He loved being invited to visit the Captain’s deck and marvel at the workings of a “ship,” not a “boat,” as he would often remind you.
After Ed’s retirement, he and Louise spent approximately 20 years wintering in Arizona, primarily in Sun City West. Ed enjoyed working on perfecting his golf game, perhaps not always to his satisfaction, was a formidable opponent in the yearly croquet tournament orchestrated by one of his closest friends, Colonel “Beck” Becker, and especially enjoyed attending Louise’s singing performances. During their time in Arizona, they developed many special long-lasting relationships.
He has 14 grandchildren: Eric Beringer, Kara (Jason) Lesher, John Urmston, Tony, Andy, Matthew Waage, Jason (Sherry) Urmston, Sara (James) Colborn, Patrick Urmston, Jeff (Stephanie) Urmston, Greg Urmston, Tim, Valeri and Chris Warren. Ed has 12 great-grandchildren: Summer, Bailey, Aaron, Jeana, Connor, Cameron, Dylan, Seamus, Logan, Alex, Eli and Baylee.
Ed always had an abundance of five dollar bills, as he had developed a tradition of every time he saw a great grandchild presenting them a gift of $5 (the five dollar handshake). It wasn't about the money, as many of these great grandchildren didn't even know what a five dollar bill was. It was the wonder of watching the child relish in the undivided attention from their great grandfather and watching the joy it brought to the one giving the gift.
Ed was a warm, caring, generous son, father, commander, beloved husband, grandfather and great grandfather, and he will be greatly missed.
Martha A. Griffin ’40 (mathematics)
Nov. 7, 2013-Smith Valley, Nev.
Martha Griffin passed away at her home in Smith Valley to be with our Lord and many loved ones that had gone before her, on Thursday evening, Nov. 7, 2013. Martha was 95 years “young” and was proud to be a third generation Nevadan born in Reno.
She graduated from Reno High School. Upon graduating from the University of Nevada in 1940, she took a teaching job at Smith Valley High School. Shortly after arriving in Smith Valley, she met the love of her life, Robert “Bob.” They eloped on April 27, 1941, because at that time, teachers were not allowed to be married. Bob joined the United States Air Force and Martha remained by his side as he was transferred from one base to the next. After Bob completed his military service, they returned to Smith Valley, where they dedicated their lives to raising their four children, agriculture and the community and church they loved.
Martha taught herself early in life how to sew and knit and her many beautiful quilts, scarves, hats and gloves will be deeply cherished by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends. Martha served on numerous volunteer boards and committees but was most proud of her dedication to the Walker River Basin Communities Foundation, of which she was a founding member. She was also committed to her faith and the Smith Valley United Methodist Church, which she attended for more than 65 years.
We are all blessed to have had Martha in our lives, and the difference she made in so many lives she touched will continue on for many years. She loved her family, friends and community and we are all better because of what she gave and taught each of us. She will be greatly missed, and the void she leaves behind will be felt by many.
Martha is preceded in death by her parents, Budd and Vera Holcomb; her stepmother Mabel Holcomb; husband, Robert; son, Bob; two grandsons, Dick and John Michael Stoddard; son-in-law Mike Stoddard; and her sisters, Ellen, Kathryn and Marian. Martha is survived by her three daughters, Cheryl Stoddard, Barbara Griffin (Jim Gunnell) and Zoe DeVolld (Jim DeVolld); four grandchildren, Corey L. Rice, Nicole O'Banion (Todd), Rob Stoddard (Robin) and Ashley DeVolld (August Klein); five great-grandchildren, Giovanni, Peyten, and Axel O'Banion and Michael and Alex Stoddard.
Paul “Bud” A. Tholl, attended 1940-43
Dec. 5, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Paul “Bud” Tholl, 91, owner of 101-year-old Tholl Fence Co., was known for his travels, his smile and his community contributions.
“The man had a smile for everybody,” said Bud Tholl's wife, Mimi. “If you engaged in a conversation with him, his interests were your interests.”
Tholl died of natural causes Monday night.
“He was such a happy, jolly guy,” said Michael Gasuad, manager of the Prospectors’ Club and a longtime friend. “Everybody was his friend, and we'll miss him dearly. I think he lived a beautiful, full life and he was a happy man until the end.”
Tholl, a native of Sparks, Nev., was born on July 25, 1922, and attended Robert Mitchell Elementary, Sparks High School and the University of Nevada until 1943. After World War II broke out, he left school to join the Army and became corporal of engineers in the European Theatre.
He later returned to Nevada and bought Tholl Fence from his father, Paul N.A. Tholl, in 1950.
“The business will continue as it has for the last 101 years,” said Mimi Tholl.
The Tholls met at a local Rotary club in 2000. Five years later, they were married, she said.
“He became my best friend and the light of my life. We got married in Lake Tahoe,” Mimi Tholl said with a shaky voice. “He was an honorable man and a gentleman.”
Paul Tholl often visited Hawaii with his wife and loved to travel, Gasuad said.
He would go to Thailand twice a year and would tell stories about his whereabouts and the food, Gasuad said.
“Every time he saw me, he would greet me how they do in Thailand,” said Gasuad. "He would bow down to me with his hands clapped in front of him."
Tholl also traveled to China, London, Scotland, New Zealand and Bangkok.
“In the travels he did, he always came back to Nevada,” Mimi Tholl said.
Paul Tholl was also a member of several organizations, including the Reno Elks Club, the Nevada Humane Society and the Prospectors’ Club. He received the SIR (Skill, Integrity, Responsibility) Award from the American General Contractors of America Nevada chapter and the Nevada Humane Society Citizens’ Award.
Tholl is preceded in death by his previous wife, June Tholl, and two of his four children, Pat and Mark Tholl. Bud Tholl is survived by his daughter, Iris Campbell; his son, Matthew Tholl; and his wife, Mimi Tholl.
Dorothy A. (Atcheson) Thran ’40 (business administration)
Jan. 1, 2014-Gardnerville, Nev.
Ninety-five years is a long life and for the most part, for me, a good one but just a little too long. The last few years have been quite a struggle. Mostly, I have been fortunate in my life, but losing the love of my life, my husband, Earnhart Thran, when he was only 61, was almost more than I could bear. My father, Henry Atcheson, had also died at a young age leaving my mother, Anna Wehrman Atcheson, to face long years as a widow and I remember saying that was something I never wanted to experience. But life doesn’t let us choose.
I was born in the Gardnerville hospital that was on the corner of High School Street and Main Street on September 7, 1918. Ernie and I met when we were attending Douglas County High School, from which we graduated. We then attended the University of Nevada. By this time the United States was engaged in WWII and Ernie and I decided to get married before he went into the service.
After his return from the service, he worked various jobs until he decided to run for Douglas County clerk and treasurer. He loved this job and the people with whom he worked. I worked for many years at the Minden Milling Company and later for Red Swift at the Gardnerville Ranchos Development.
Ernie and I had five beautiful daughters (our baby Marilyn Jean died the day after her birth of causes which were never really explained to me at the time). Ernie was such a smart, gentle man and his girls meant everything to him. One of my sadnesses is that he didn't live to see how our family has grown.
Susan Katherine married Robert Hemsath and they have four children, Pamela Ornellas (David), Nonie Olson (Cary), Robert Hemsath (Monica) and Scott Hemsath (Jennifer). And now I have so many wonderful great and great-great grandchildren that to list them all would take a page. Susan has so worried over me these past years. I hope she will now take time to care for herself.
Dee Anna married Lloyd Decker and they live in San Diego. After Ernie died and I was wondering how I was going to get on with my life, I had our travel trailer moved to a park in San Diego near where they lived. This helped me through this rough time.
Judith Marguerite has been such a help to me. Her companionship (and the help of Judi's life partner, Timothy Stangle) allowed me to remain in my home until the last month of my life. Her beautiful daughter, Stephanie Mathews (Jon), has three amazing children, Dylan, Sierra and Xander.
Jan Marie and her husband Jerry Gray have two children, Jennifer Minifie and Jeremiah (Lindsay). Jennifer has two wonderful children, Jayden and Shea. Jan has established a family tradition of hosting a “Ladies Luncheon” (a Christmas gathering of all the women in our family) which I hope will continue.
When I was a young mother, mothering was done differently. I didn't arrange play dates or chauffer them here and there; mostly I told them “go outside and play.” And our girls became wonderful, successful, independent, competent women. Each has had sorrows and joys but they also have the love and strength of family that will see them through anything life may put in their paths.
In our lifetimes we make many choices, but the time of our demise is not one of them. Open your hearts and let out the petty jealousies and long-held grudges. They will not bring you happiness or contentment. Open your hearts and let in love and forgiveness. Tell each and every person you hold dear, “I love you.”
In loving memory of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother who taught us the most important lesson: to love and support one another and to know that wherever you are physically or emotionally your family is with you.
Great-grandchildren: Matthew Hemsath (Suzanne), Christopher Hemsath (Joana), Joshua Hemsath (Sadie), Tiffanie Hemsath, Trevor Hemsath, Stephanie Hemsath, Brandon Hemsath, Erik Olson, Keith Olson, Nicholas Ornellas (Sara), Camille Ornellas, Dylan Sullivan, Sierra Sullivan, Xander Mathews, Jayden Dejoseph, and Shea Dejoseph.
Great-great-grandchildren: Decara Hemsath, Ethan Hemsath, Ayden Hemsath, Caleb Hemsath.
La Verne (Stout) Edsall, attended 1941-42
Feb. 7, 2014-Reno, Nev.
LaVerne S. Edsall passed away, peacefully on Feb. 7, 2014, at the age of 90. Her sweet-natured and fun-loving personality kept her family smiling and brought us comfort. Her home was always full of laughter and family, and so were her final days.
LaVerne was a graduate of Sparks High School, where she met her loving husband of more than 70 years, Floyd L. Edsall. She and Floyd raised five children, and LaVerne walked hand in hand with Floyd thru his military, coaching and teaching careers. She was a member of P.E.O. and the National Guard Wives’ Club.
LaVerne will be remembered for her generous heart, her beautiful artwork, her knack for interior design and her magic in the kitchen, where she created delectable meals and desserts. She was elegant, a classic beauty, with a smile that lit up the room. Her contagious laugh will be in our hearts forever. We know she is walking along the ocean side, holding hands with Floyd and dancing to their favorite music.
LaVerne is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Floyd, who died only nine days before LaVerne; her daughter Trudie Arentz, son Leonard Edsall and grandson Alex Lebedoff.
She is survived by her loving family: daughters Cheryl Tenk (Brick), Susan McCartin (Kevin) and Brenda Lebedoff; son-in-law Sam Arentz; brother-in-law Glenn Edsall, 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to thesStaff at the Cascades of the Sierra, Gentiva Health Services and Gentiva Hospice.
Arlene (Merialdo) DePaoli ’45 (education)
Jan. 6, 2014-Reno, Nev.
Arlene Merialdo DePaoli, 90, passed away Jan. 6, 2014 after a brief hospital stay at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno. Her three children visited her on the last days of her life.
Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Dolores Mann Merialdo; her husband of 59 years, Willis DePaoli; her sister, Roberta Damele and her oldest son, Bernie DePaoli.
Arlene was born April 15, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah but lived in Eureka, Nev., during childhood and most of her adult life. Her father was a prominent figure in county and state politics, including the positions of Eureka County auditor and recorder, Nevada state comptroller and deputy director of the DMV. Her mother, of English and Welsh descent, began her earlier adulthood as a teacher at Ruby Hill, Nevada and became a wonderful cook of Italian cuisine, which she passed down to future generations. Arlene graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1945 and taught Spanish at Las Vegas High School for a brief period prior to her marriage.
After a few years of living in Reno and Yerington, she and Willis moved back to Eureka to raise their four children, where she was a well-known resident until 2010. During her many years in Eureka, Arlene taught school, was an active member of St. Paul’/s Episcopal Church, and a life-long member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Four years ago she relocated to Reno to be closer to her oldest daughter, Gina, and enjoy the company of new friends and many new bridge players. She loved to garden, be involved in her community and church, and lived to play bridge. Arlene stayed in daily contact with her children and grandchildren by emails and phone calls for the last decade of her life.
Arlene is survived by her daughters, Gina Gilbertson of Reno and Terri DePaoli of Sammamish, Washington, her son Stephen DePaoli of Oakland, California, her grandson, Joe of San Francisco, granddaughters Ellie, Lauren and Maddie and great- grandson Angelo, each of whom knew her lovingly as Nonna. She will be missed but never forgotten.
Floyd L. Edsall ’47 (history) ’47 (physical education) ’56 M.Ed. (school administration)
Jan. 29, 2014-Reno, Nev.
It is with great sadness to announce Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Edsall (retired), beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend to many passed away peacefully Jan. 29, 2014 surrounded by family. Floyd was 92 years old.
Floyd was a graduate of Sparks High School, where he lettered in three sports: track, football and basketball. He was selected as an all-state end and punter. Floyd was also the state champion in the long jump and the high jump. Because of his athletic prowess, he was elected to the Sparks High School Hall of Fame in 2002. Floyd went on to receive a bachelor’s in physical education from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a master’s in education from the University. His thesis was to set up a formula for realigning the schools’ athletic programs based on a study he did. According to the amount of students in the schools, he designated each school as single A, AA, AAA, or B. This program was implemented into the school district and is still used throughout the state of Nevada today. While at Nevada, Floyd was a four year letterman in track and field and played for two years on the football team.
While attending the University, Floyd enlisted in the Army, having participated in the ROTC program at the institution. He rose through the ranks in the military, where he had a distinguished career, spanning 36 years. Floyd was commissioned an Army lieutenant, fought in Europe and was awarded the Silver Star and three bronze stars. Before his return in 1946, Floyd was promoted to captain. He remained active in the Army reserve and the National Guard, while he continued his education at the University.
In 1954, Floyd passed from the rank of captain to major, and he became lieutenant colonel in 1959. He became full colonel in 1964, and he was appointed adjutant general in 1967 for the State of Nevada. He was then promoted to the rank of major general. He served as president of the Adjutant Generals Association from 1972-75. In 1974, under his direction, the Nevada Military Department Headquarters Complex was built in Carson City. In 1978, Floyd was elected to the Executive Council of the National Guard Association of the United States. That same year, he was awarded the Legion of Merit by the 6th United States Army Commander for recognition in developing recruiting incentives which were subsequently adopted nationally. He retired as adjutant general in 1980. During his tenure as the adjutant general, the authorized strength of the state’s National Guard forces doubled. After his retirement, President Jimmy Carter awarded the Distinguished Service Award to Floyd, in recognition of 12 years of service as the adjutant general, Nevada National Guard. He is also a member of the Infantry Hall of Fame in Ft. Benning. In addition, the Major General Floyd L. Edsall Nevada Army National Guard Training Center was built in Las Vegas in his honor.
Floyd married LaVerne Stout in 1943, and they were blessed with five children. He began his teaching career in 1947, where he coached football, basketball, wrestling and track. In 1949, the Edsalls moved to Elko where Floyd taught, coached and acted as the director of athletics for the next eight years. In 2007, Floyd was inducted into the Elko High School Hall of Fame. In addition to his many careers, Floyd found time to manage the Elko County Fair and participate as an active fundraiser for the March of Dimes. In 1957, Floyd took over as head coach at his alma mater, Sparks High School, transferring to the University of Nevada, Reno in 1959. He coached football and track for eight years at the University. During this period, he was a health and physical education professor.
From 1980-85, Floyd was the executive director of the Reno Air Racing Association, where he established the Checkered Flag Club. He was an avid golfer and an active fisherman, teaching his grandchildren and great grandchildren this special art. Floyd was an honest and charitable man, who always saw the positive in everything and was always ready to share a great story and tell a good joke. Floyd enjoyed life every day of his 92 years, traveling with LaVerne in his retirement years and spending time with family. He taught us all many life lessons.
Floyd was preceded in death by his daughter, Trudie Arentz, son Leonard Edsall and grandson Alex Lebedoff.
He is survived by his loving wife of more than 70 years, LaVerne; brother Glenn Edsall and adoring family; daughters; Cheryl Tenk (Brick), Susan McCartin (Kevin) and Brenda Lebedoff, son-in-Law; Sam Arentz, 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Cascades of the Sierra, Gentiva Hospice and Nurse Denise Cornwall.
Russell Gerow Mills, attended 1947-50
Nov. 13, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Russ passed away Nov. 13, 2013 in Reno after a brief illness. He was 83.
Born March 10, 1930 to Russell and Grace Mills in Reno Nev., he graduated from Reno High School, attended University of Nevada, Reno and completed his education at the University of Nebraska with a degree in military science.
Russ served in the Nevada Air National Guard as a P-51 Mustang mechanic and crew chief before joining the United States Air Force. He earned his pilot wings and officer’ commission in 1953 and was assigned to the 40th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. He later served in Japan, Italy, Spain and Air Force bases in the United States.
During his career, Russ flew the F-80, F-86F, F-86D and the F-100A in addition to other Air Force aircraft. During a brief stint he flew the T-39 in which he shuttled U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater and other high ranking officials.
On Oct. 13, 1957, the then-1st Lt. Russell Mills was scrambled to an aerial assist when a T-33 pilot became unconscious in flight He then aided in instructing the rear seat untrained aircraft observer in the plane back to Yokota Air Base in Japan in full darkness to a safe landing. For this, Russ was awarded the USAF's Distinguished Flying Cross.
In 1967 the USAF gave Russ the opportunity to fly helicopters and after training was sent to Vietnam. There he flew with the 37th ARRS Air Rescue Squadron “Jolly Green Giants,” piloting the large Sikorsky HH-3E.
Following assignment at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kan., Russ retired from the service in 1972. A western history buff and lifelong artist, he also enjoyed writing western fiction.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Mills, son, Ken Mills and several cousins. By his request, no services will be held.
Stanley G. Hill ’48 (business administration)
Jan. 1, 2014-Concord, Calif.
Stanley was born in Oklahoma to Sophie (Block) and Doran Dee Hill. At a young age, his family moved to Reno, Nev., where he attended local schools and graduated from Reno High School. He got his driver's license at age 13 and enjoyed cars and going for drives and seeing new sights throughout his life. He also enjoyed hunting and shooting, and became one of the top shooters in the country and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
He married Velma Ramelli on May 31, 1942. Shortly after, with two years of advanced ROTC at the University of Nevada he went on active duty as a 2nd Lieutenant in WWII. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion of the 24th Infantry Regiment and participated in accepting the first surrender of a Japanese garrison at the end of the war. After discharge, he finished his bachelor’s degree at the University of Nevada and became a sales representative with the National Cash Register Company (NCR) with the largest territory in the country. He transferred with NCR to San Luis Obispo, then Oakland, Calif., and moved his family to Walnut Creek, Calif. He left NCR in the late 1960s to sell real estate. Stanley resided in Contra Costa County for fifty years and attended Grace Presbyterian church with his wife, Velma.
Stanley and Velma (deceased) were married 63 years and had four children (Gail, Joyce, Stan Jr., and Barbara), eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Lloyd Root ’48 (mining engineering)
Oct. 9, 2013-San Francisco, Cal.
Thornton L. Audrain ’49 (business administration)
Jan. 8, 2014-Sparks, Nev.
Thornton Audrain, 89, was born in Reno to William Royal and Martha Thornton Audrain on May 29, 1924, and died at home on Jan. 8, 2014.
Thornton served proudly as a B-17 pilot in World War II and never lost his love of airplanes. After the war, he graduated from the University of Nevada where he was a member of Sigma Nu and eventually became a founding partner in the CPA firm of Freemonth, Hancock, Geyer and Audrain, later Pannel Kerr Forster, and continued to work as a licensed CPA through 2013. He believed his CPA certificate #93 was possibly the oldest active certificate in the state.
He was involved with the Reno Air Races as a volunteer from its inception and served as executive director from 1987-96. As a young man, he was an outstanding pitcher for the Levy-Zenter fast pitch softball team. He loved northern Nevada and spent many happy days hunting, fishing, camping and skiing. Thornton was a generous man, remembered by many for behind-the-scenes help he provided over the years. He was a member of the Elks Club, Reno Mayor Advisors Council, Reno Sunrise Exchange Club, Reno YMCA, U. S. Army Air Corp Reserve, and the Lucky Bastard Club-Eighth Air force, 385th BG, 550th BS.
Thornton is survived by his daughters, Linda Audrain of Corvallis, Ore., and Terry Opperman of Sparks; grandchildren Lindsey and Ryan Opperman of Sparks; and Ian Audrain-Skinner of Corvallis; plus four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, James Audrain (Rae) of Reno, and sister, Dawna Audrain Johnson (Don) of Fallon, as well as much-loved nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Norman W. Hoover ’49 (civil engineering)
Dec. 1, 2013- Reno, Nev.
Norman Wallace Hoover was born March 2, 1917, and died Dec. 1, 2013. He passed away peacefully at Renown Regional Medical Center with his family members present.
Norm was born in Westwood, Lassen County, Calif., to William Hoover and his wife, Jessie Templeton Organ. He was the youngest of eight children, and all of his brothers and sisters preceded him in death. His father, Will, was a saw sharpener and followed the logging projects around the region. Thus the family lived at various times in Westwood, Susanville, Deleker, Oroville, Verdi and Reno.
After high school graduation, Norm enrolled at the University of Nevada. He completed three years there when he was called to serve in WWII. After the war, he returned to the University and completed his degree in civil engineering in 1949. That same year, he married the love of his life, Joan Osier, and their relationship was to last 57 years.
He went to work for the California Department of Water Resources, and his long career there saw him as a senior project engineer in several of that state’s major dams and aqueducts in the state water project.
As he neared retirement, he and Joan built their dream house in Chico, Calif., and lived there for several years. Joan passed on in 2007, and at that time, Norm moved to Reno to be close to his remaining family. With the assistance of Michael and Linda Hoover, he found Promenade on the River, and he lived his remaining years there. He had a very active retirement and loved the activities and people at Promenade.
During the last two years his health deteriorated, with him finally becoming quite dependent on his family for assistance.
Norm is survived by his nephew, Michael (Linda) and Timothy Hoover, his niece Melissa Hoover, and his stepdaughter, Judie McFarlane.
He was a lifelong Elks member, an avid square dancer, and a licensed civil engineer. He loved life and valued family over all else.
David A. Kinneberg ’50 (metallurgical engineering)
Dec. 25, 2013-Carlsbad, Calif.
David Andrew Kinneberg was born July 1, 1925 in Battle Mountain, Nev., where his father was a mine operator in the Copper Basin District. Soon after graduating from high school, David entered the Army Corps of Engineers and served in the Western Pacific during WWII.
David graduated from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno in June 1950 with a bachelor’s in metallurgical engineering. In June 1970, he received his master’s in management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management.
David spent his entire 35-year professional career with Kennecott Copper. He started as a chemist in McGill, Nev., in 1950 and retired as vice president and general manager of Chino Mines Company in Hurley, N.M., in 1986. David progressed through several assignments at the McGill smelter, including smelter general foreman, before being transferred in 1962 to the Garfield smelter in Salt Lake City, Utah. At Garfield, David advanced to smelter superintendent. In 1974, he was transferred to the Chino Mines Division as reduction plant superintendent. David was appointed general manager in 1979 and directed a $400 million modernization program that completely rebuilt the entire operation from the mine through the concentrator and smelter.
During David’s career, he was chairman of the New Mexico Mining Association and chairman of the Southwestern New Mexico Section of AIME. He was an early proponent of the use of oxygen in copper smelting in the United States and wrote or co-authored several papers on the subject. His paper on the Utah smelting operation (with Martin Messner) won the 1972 Technology Award for the Extractive Metallurgy Division of AIME. After retiring, he served on the advisory board at the Mackay School of Mines and as a regent at Western New Mexico University.
Joseph B. Libke ’50 (chemistry)
Dec. 22, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Joseph Burr Libke, D.D.S. was born Jan. 5, 1929 in Dugger, Indiana.
Joe was the oldest of three boys born to Avon Burr and Josephine Yung Libke. He passed away Dec. 22, 2013.
When Joe was 8 years old, the family moved to Sullivan, Ind., where he began his love of sports. His mother would tell her grandchildren how she once asked him which sport he liked best, to which he replied, “The one that's in season.”
Joe graduated from Sullivan High School in 1946, where he was the quarterback of the football team and class president. Joe went on to Indiana University where he played basketball and pledged Phi Delta Theta. During the summer after his first year at IU, he was encouraged by fellow Sullivan High graduate and close friend Scott Beasely to transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno to play basketball. He was a starter for his remaining three years under coach Jake Lawlor. His commitment to basketball and academics was recognized by his induction into the University of Nevada Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978.
After graduation from the University of Nevada, Reno, Joe returned to Indiana University to attend dental school. During this time, in August 1950, Joe married his lifelong friend and sweetheart, Norma Jane Anstead. After graduation from dental school, the couple moved to San Diego where Joe spent three years in the Navy before returning to Reno to begin his dental practice, specializing in pediatric dentistry. During his years practicing, Dr. Libke was active in the local dental society. He was appointed to the Nevada State Board of Health by Gov. Paul Laxalt.
Joe and his good friend Bill Parish played an instrumental role in starting the boosters club at the University of Nevada, Reno and served as its first president for 10 years. Joe's hobbies included hunting, fishing, golfing, and watching John Wayne movies. He also enjoyed vacationing in Mexico, Florida, and most of all spending time at the family cabin at Twin Lakes, Calif., with his wife, children and many grandchildren. Most mornings you could find him meeting up with his morning coffee klatch at Galletti's Coney Island Bar. Joe was an active member of Hidden Valley Country Club, Prospectors’ and the California Indians.
Joe is survived by his wife of 63 years, Norma, his two brothers John and Jim Libke, sons Mike and Steve, daughters Kim Peyton, Jane Springmeyer (Bob), and Janine Libke. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the caregivers in the memory care unit of Emeritus at the Seasons and Vista Care Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the basketball scholarship program at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Floyd E. Gori ’51 (accounting)
Nov. 21, 2013-Eagle River, Alaska
Eagle River resident Floyd Edward Gori, 85, passed away Nov. 21, 2013 at Providence Extended Care Facility in Anchorage, Ala. He was born on May 24, 1928 in Sparks, Nev., at home. Floyd became a resident of Alaska in 1982.
He graduated from Sparks High School, the University of Nevada, Reno, and received a master’s at Creighton University. Floyd served in the US Air Force for 30 years. He took part in the Korean War and Cold War. Among the awards he received were National Defense Service Medal, Korea Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Medal, and many others. After retirement he went into several business operations, including, Alaska North Fuel and working for Mayor Tom Fink. Floyd was affiliated with the Knights of Columbus; Anchorage Navy League, where he was a past president; Air Force Association, also past president of the Monaghan Chapter; the fleet reserve; Military Officers Association; VFW and Anchorage Armed Service YMCA, where he was a past board member. He also was the Armed Service YMCA Volunteer of the Year.
Floyd and his wife, Angie, were the founders of the Alaska Air Show Association. He had an exceptional interest in planes and anything to do with World War II history. Floyd also enjoyed collecting coins and ivory carvings.
Family would like to thank the VA staff, Anchorage Providence Health Care System, the staff at Alaska Regional and the joint DOD/VA Hospital for their support.
Floyd is survived by his wife, Angie M. Gori of Eagle River, Ala.; son, John Gori of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter, Janet Garcia (Reinaldo) of Gardnerville, Nev.; nieces, Pamela Odegaard (Richard) of Sparks, Nev., and Halley Brooks of West Allis, Wis.; nephew, Robert Gori (Leann) of Sparks, Nev.; granddaughters, Alessandra Garcia of Reno and Juliana Garcia of Gardnerville; brother-in-law, Bob Murdock of Cuenca, Equador; and sisters-in-law, Linda Jones of Cour, D'Alene, Idaho and Jean Brooks(Tom) of West Allis, Wis.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Maria Domenica Gori; brother and sister-in-law, J. Paul and Dorothy Gori; and his first wife, Bonny Molignoni Gori.
Esther L. Otte ’51 (home economics)
Oct. 25, 2013-Sparks, Nev.
Esther L. Otte passed away Oct. 25, 2013. Esther was born on Pyramid Way in Sparks, Nev., to James and Maren Jensen. She was the fifth of six children. Esther attended Robert Mitchell Elementary, Sparks Junior High and Sparks High School. She graduated from the University of Nevada with a teaching degree. Esther moved to Tonopah, Nev., where she taught high school home economics. She met and married her husband, Richard Otte, while in Tonopah. Esther and Richard returned to Sparks. She was a homemaker and mother to three daughters. Esther resumed her teaching career, teaching second grade at several local schools. She retired in 1990, after teaching at Alice Maxwell Elementary for many years. Esther enjoyed sewing, cooking, playing cards and taking care of her family. She was a loving mother to Gwen, Debbie and Connie, along with their spouses. “Goose,” as her grandchildren called her, was a fun, hands-on grandma to Joshua, Tiffany, Eric, Melanie (deceased), Ethan and Bob. Esther is also survived by five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
We will miss you, Goose!
William E. Becker ’53 (business administration)
Nov. 10, 2013-Reno, Nev.
William (Bill) Ernest Becker, descendent of a pioneer Nevada family, died peacefully in Reno on Nov. 10, 2013. His grandfather, John Jacob (J.J.) Becker, came to the Washoe Valley area in 1858 to join his family, and J.J. later helped establish the Becker Bros. Brewery in Washoe City. In 1871, J.J. built the Becker Building on Commercial Row in Reno, which contained Becker's saloon, restaurant and card playing center. Locals knew Becker’s Saloon served limburger cheese sandwiches and a beer for 15 cents.
Bill was a native Renoite and attended McKinley Park Elementary School, Northside Junior High and graduated from Reno High School in 1949. He then received a bachelor’s in business administration from University of Nevada, Reno in 1953 and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Bill went through the Army ROTC program at both Reno High and the University of Nevada and excelled in the program and being on the ROTC rifle teams. He was commissioned a second leuitenant on June 5, 1953. While in training, he qualified for the Army rifle team and went to Army team meets from his duty station (Fort Bliss). Bill stayed in the Army Reserves until January of 1969 and retired as a captain.
Bill married his wife, Sharon (Musgrove), on November 22, 1958. They raised their family in Reno, where the grandchildren are now the fourth generation to attend Reno High School.
Reno Pabco Paint Mart was established on South Virginia Street in 1952 and Bill joined his father, Jake Becker, in the business in 1957 after his tour of service. The wholesale/retail paint business grew and the name was subsequently changed to Reno Paint Mart and moved to its current location on East Moana Lane in 1986. Reno Paint Mart remains a family business for 61 years and is currently managed by Bill’s son Brad.
Bill was a generous supporter of the community. He took quiet pride in helping facilitate the construction of the Girl Scout office building on Washington Street in Reno, completed in 1981, and would casually ask any Girl Scout he met if they'd been to the Girl Scout office.
He was a member of the Prospectors’ Club, Elks Club and Canvasback Gun Club. He was an avid fisherman and hunter throughout northern Nevada and California. He enjoyed sharing the outdoors with his family and in recent years with his grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Jack (Jake) and Frances (Marx) Becker, and brother John C. Becker. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Becker, and their 3 children, Brenda Becker and husband Walter Machado of Honolulu, Hawaii; Betsy and husband Ron Miarecki; Brad and wife Michelle Becker; and 4 grandchildren, Jacob, Braeden, and Kayla Becker and Riley Miarecki, all of Reno. Also surviving are his sister Florence Gilbert of Columbus, Ga.; nieces Kim Becker, Bridget Jensen, Deborah Peltz of Reno and Laurie Snook of Columbus; numerous cousins and all their families.
Paul C. Edgington, attended 1954- 55
Jan. 6, 2014-Reno, Nev.
Paul C. Edgington, 77, passed away Jan. 6, 2014 after a brief illness. He was born in Concordia, Kan., on Aug. 27, 1936, the son of Ross and Wanda Edgington. Growing up in northern Nevada, Paul attended Sparks schools and graduated from Sparks High in 1954, coming away not only with a diploma, but also the love and friendship of his high school sweetheart, Margie, who became his bride in 1956.
Paul attended the University of Nevada, Reno, and received his degree in fire science from Western Nevada Community College. Having enlisted in the Air National Guard at the age of 17, he eventually served as the Nevada Air National Guard Fire Chief. He achieved the rank of chief master sergeant at age 29, which at the time, made him the youngest ever to do so in the Air Force.
Paul joined the Reno Fire Department in 1961, eventually climbing to the rank of battalion chief, a position in which he served for many years prior to his retirement in 1992. He was a kind, forgiving, understanding and extremely generous gentleman, who many sought out for advice and guidance.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Roy Edgington. He is survived by Margie, his loving wife of 57 years; children, Kathie Clayton (Steve), Ruedy Edgington (Allyson), Paula Kerns (Tom) and Tina Harris (Rick); grandchildren, Kim Conrad-Wolfe (Glen), Beau Keenan (Heather), CJ Keenan (Melisa), Kylie Keenan, Paul Keenan, Erik Edgington, Anthony Harris, Haley Harris, Matthew Edgington and Annika Kerns. Survivors also include nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Danny, Terry and Todd Edgington; stepmother, Elsie Edgington; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Norman O. Olsen ’56 (business administration)
Dec. 2, 2013-Reno, Nev.
On Dec. 2, 2013, Norman Olsen died peacefully in his sleep at his home with loved ones nearby. Norm was a Reno man through and through, attending Mount Rose Elementary, Billinghurst Jr. High, Reno High, and the University of Nevada, where he was an ATO.
Norman served three years in the Marine Corps during World War II. After returning from the service, he married his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Menu. Their marriage lasted 65 years and produced four children, 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Norm enjoyed his community. He was an avid skier most of his life, and a key figure in the Reno Junior Ski Program for more than 20 years. He directed the program for 14 years and introduced thousands of youngsters to skiing. He was also a director of the Reno Little League and foreman of the Washoe County Grand Jury for two-and-a-half years.
His devotion to the First Baptist Church of Reno was shown in many ways. He served on the board of deacons, taught Sunday School and cooked many Thanksgiving dinners for 200.
Norm was president of the Rotary Club of Reno in 1965-66, and served as district governor in 1981-82. He developed the District Rotary Academy to train future leaders.
During his career as a businessman, he was active in the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce. He owned several businesses: the Reno Builder’s Exchange, Sierra Meat Company and the Potlatch gift shop in Incline Village.
He was cherished by his family. For his 80th birthday, they presented him with a poster titled, “Eighty Wonderful Things About Norman,” covered with quotes from family and friends singing his praises. Norm is survived by his wife, Margie; son, Mark (Debbi); daughter, Gay (Richard) Brown; son Stephen (Melissa) and son Daniel (Eric Mueller); grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
George W. Smith ’58 (secondary education)
Nov. 7, 2013-Verdi, Nev.
George William Smith, longtime Washoe County School District educator and coach, passed from this life Nov. 7, 2013. George was born April 25, 1936 in Ely, Nev., to James Ross Smith and Ada (Fawcett) Smith. The family moved to Reno in 1950. He graduated from Reno High School in 1954 and the University of Nevada in 1958. He completed and received a master’s of education degree in 1966.
George is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Janis (Abernathy), and his sister, Isabelle Pitts, who still resides in the Reno area. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mildred Lage, and four older brothers, Richard, Boyd, Don and Gerald.
George began his teaching and coaching career at Central Junior High in 1958. He continued to teach and coach throughout Washoe County for 36 years. He spent 24 years at Hug High School. George’s influence in athletics as a coach of football, basketball and track at Hug and Reno High Schools was profound. In four years at Hug and five at Reno, George’s track teams won eight zone meets, three state championships and three 2nd place state finishes. He was instrumental in establishing cross-country as a recognized conference sport in Nevada.
In 1999, Reno High School inducted George into its Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2003, this honor was repeated by the Northern Nevada Track and Cross Country Coaches Association, as well as the Hug High School Hall of Fame.
Robert “Bob” B. Churn ’60 (civil engineering)
Jan. 6, 2014-Sparks, Nev.
Robert B. Churn passed away in his Sparks, Nev., home on Jan. 6, 2014. He grew up in the Pioche, Nev., area until age 13, when the family moved to Reno for his father to take a teaching position. After graduating from Reno High School, he spent four years in the Air Force in Texas. He studied civil engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating in 1960, the same year his father received his master’s degree in education.
He married Margaret Stodieck in 1957, and raised two girls, Camille and Laura in Sparks, Nev.
Bob was a partner in Nevada Aerial Surveys, a surveying and mapping firm in Truckee, Calif. For many years, he worked for the City of Sparks Public Works Department, the last five years as public works director. In 1981, he and Alex Fittinghoff founded CFA, a very successful engineering, planning and surveying business.
He was organizer and charter president of the Nevada Water Pollution Control Association, president of the Nevada Society of Professional Engineers, president of the Nevada section of the American Public Works Association, secretary/treasurer as well as various other offices of the American Society of Professional Engineers, member of the Institute of Municipal Engineers, the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping and Who’s Who in the West.
He served on the Truckee Meadows Urban Transportation Study, Regional Street and Highway Commission, Washoe County Blue Ribbon Committee and the Reno-Sparks Regional Coordination Committee.
He retired from CFA in 1990 to design his dream home at Donner Lake, and he and Marge spent the next years building and finishing the house by hand. Besides being an outstanding piece of design work, the house has been the gathering place for the whole family, just as Pop had envisioned.
Bob was a pilot, and for a number of years kept a plane in his garage. Before skiing became his passion, he would take his family out flying on the weekends. An avid skier, Bob volunteered for many years as a member of the National Ski Patrol at Slide Mountain/Mt. Rose. Bob and Marge traveled extensively, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and many, many places in between.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents Leah and Browning, and his grandson Trevor Churn. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, daughters Laura Churn Hill (Greg) and Camille Smith (Mike), and grandchildren Zachary Smith, Caitlen Smith and Alaina Hill and great-grandchildren Hollister and Brielle Churn.
He spent his final weeks of life at home in Sparks surrounded by his loving family. We will miss you,
A private memorial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Engineering Dean’s Fund for Excellence, University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, MS 0162
Reno, NV 89557
Please make checks payable to: UNR Foundation. Memo line to read: Memorial gift for Robert Churn.
Charles L. Harper ’60 (economics)
Nov. 4, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Charles L. Harper was born July 6, 1934, and passed away Nov. 4, 2013. Charles was a lifelong resident of Reno. He graduated from University of Nevada, Reno and from Willamette School of Law in Salem, Ore.
Charles and his late brother, Bill, opened their law practice, Harper & Harper Attorneys at Law, and retired in 2000. He was a member of the Prospectors Club, he NRA, and ACBL. His passions were history and traveling the world. He raised four successful children. Charles is survived by his wife of 51 years, Evangeline Harper; children Robbie-Lee and David Mallery; James Cameron and Jenee' Harper; Marilyn Harper; and Christopher and Rebecca Harper; grandchildren Krista and Janice Mallery, Aaron and Ari Harper, and Danielle Hazelton.
William “Bill” C. Bright, Jr. ’62 (mathematics)
Nov. 10, 2013-Portland, Ore.
Bill passed away Nov. 10, 2013 at the age of 85 due to complications of cancer. Bill was born June 13, 1928 in N. Arlington, N.J. His family moved to Nevada when he was 11. He graduated from Churchill County High School in Fallon, Nev., in 1945. Bill was in the Army for two years after high school. After the Army Bill moved to Reno where he met Alma Bell. In 1949, he married Alma and enjoyed 62 years of marriage until her death in 2011. Bill joined the Masons when he was 21 and at 35 was named a deacon with St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Reno. Bill went back to college in 1958 and graduated from University of Nevada, Reno in 1962 with four children at home. That same year, the family of six moved to San Jose, Calif., where they lived for 37 years. In 1999, he and Alma moved back to Fallon, Nev., taking it full circle. After Alma's passing, Bill moved to Portland, Ore., where he lived until his death. Bill enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and reading. He loved fact filled books, the stranger the better. He and Alma enjoyed visiting the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge near Fallon. He will be greatly missed by many loved ones, family and friends.
William “Bill” W. Campbell ’62 (biology) ’70 M.Ed. (school administration)
Dec. 9, 2013-Reno, Nev.
It is with deepest regret and heavy hearts that we announce the death of our dear husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Bill Campbell. Bill passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 5, 1935, in the old Washoe Medical Center Hospital to his mother, Edith, and his father, William.
He grew up in Reno and attended St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, Mary S. Doten Elementary, Northside Junior High School and graduated from Reno High School in 1954. After graduation, Bill enlisted in the United States Navy and was assigned to the USS Yorktown. He was a veteran of the Korean and attained the rank of petty officer third class.
After completing his duty of service to his country, Bill returned to Reno and enrolled in classes at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was awarded his bachelor’s in 1962, and began a successful teaching career at Dilworth Middle School. After several years of teaching at Dilworth, Bill, his wife Jill, and their children, participated in a teacher exchange program and moved to Juneau, Ala. Bill taught science at Douglas High School and was the coach for the ski team. After his year in Alaska, he returned to the University of Nevada, Reno to complete his master’s in education and became the director of student services as well as a science teacher at Hug High School. During that time, he was also awarded the position as the first director of the Sparks YMCA. Bill later became vice principal, and ultimately principal of Clayton Middle School. He ended his educational career as principal of Swope Middle School, retiring in 1994. One of his many awards includes being acknowledged as the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher of Science in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Bill later married his present wife, Marianne, and together, they moved to their dream home by the sea in Otter Rock, Ore. They lived there for nearly 10 years, until the call came to move back home to Reno to be around their growing number of grandchildren.
An avid outdoorsman, Bill loved to hunt most anything that could fly or walk on two or four legs. He was a dedicated fisherman, whether it be in a pond, lake, river or ocean. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, the NRA and the Silver Arrow Bowman Club.
Devoted to the education and wellness of our children, Bill spent his life teaching and nurturing our future generations. He touched many lives and hearts and will be remembered for his kind, gentle, and caring ways.
Bill is survived by his wife, Marianne, his sons Bill, Robert and his wife Julie, and Craig, and his wife Rachel; step-daughters Melissa Lewis, and her husband, Jes, and Julie Mayer-Hyman. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Bill Campbell and wife Mandy, Kelly Monette and her husband Brady, Mason Campbell, Madison Campbell, Kinley Campbell, Kaitryn Campbell, Jason Gilbertson and his wife, Irina, Daniel Gilbertson, Sean Lewis, Ryan Lewis, Sophia Hyman, Ava Hyman, and his great-granddaughter, Lilah Monette.
Roger E. Hildahl, attended 1962 – 63
Nov. 6, 2013-Reno, Nev.
On Nov. 6, 2013, Roger passed peacefully surrounded by his wife and children. He was born on Aug. 24, 1940 to Norman Earl and Astrid (Larson) Hildahl in Colfax, Wash., and was raised in Spokane, Wash. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, Wash., Roger moved to Reno in 1962 to continue his education at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was a practicing CPA in Reno for nearly 50 years.
Roger loved his family, always first and foremost in his heart. A member of the Prospectors' Club and Canvasback Duck Club, Roger enjoyed a good game of tennis, sailing on Lake Tahoe, fishing and duck hunting trips with family and friends, and travels over the years with his wife and good friends, and, of course, a good game of cribbage. Roger was a supporter of Reno Chamber Orchestra from its beginning in 1974, seldom missing a concert.
Roger is survived by his wife, Joanne; brothers Richard (Connie) Hildahl, Bruce (Linda) Hildahl, and Brian (Margaret) Hildahl; sister Kristi (Jim) Widsteen; son Mark (Julie) Hildahl; daughters Jill (Steve) Ray and Kelsey Fernandez; grandchildren Chloe Newson, Cole Hildahl, and Lyla and Luke Fernandez; and numerous nieces and nephews. Roger had a lifetime of good friends, all special to him.
Roger was instrumental in helping the church in its capital campaign to build the new addition, completed in 2012. The project was dear to him.
The family would like to thank St. Mary’s Hospice, Dr. Suresh Reddy, Dr. Hilari Fleming, Dr. Kathleen Legarza and all who provided care and support to Roger.
Elon “Lonnie” D. Moore ’63 (physical education)
Dec. 4, 2013-Fallon, Nev.
Elon (Lonnie) Dillon Moore, 71, of Fallon peacefully passed away surrounded by family from complications following heart surgery on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
Lonnie was born in Prineville, Ore., on Jan. 20, 1942 to the late Albert and Marie Moore. Lonnie graduated from Churchill County High School and received his master’s in education from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1965. He married Janice Barkley on Sept. 10, 1960.
Lonnie was a beloved teacher and principal for the Churchill County School District, dedicating 40-plus years to the education of Fallon’s youth. He was also an avid basketball enthusiast, playing in high school and college, refereeing, coaching and leading the Virginia City Muckers to multiple state basketball championships. He enjoyed attending college and high school sporting events and was a recognizable figurehead in both local academic and athletic settings.
Lonnie was very active in the community, participating in plays, singing on the worship team at his church, doing puzzles at the senior center and volunteering during tax season. Lonnie loved his life and the people in it. He took into account the preferences of each individual and found common ground with anyone. His family played a primary role in everything he did. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son and grandsons, showering his daughters and granddaughters with love and affection, and watching his great grandchildren experience the little joys in life.
Lonnie is survived by his wife, Janice, sister Cheryl (Dean) Russell, children Tammy (Paul) Slaton, Darin (Valerie) Moore and Lani (Thane) Fabel. He is also survived by six grandchildren (Rachel, Carmen, Katie, Remy, Ben, and Owen) seven great grandchildren (Aria, Ayalyn, Asa, Asher, Michael, Devon and Weston) and one niece Kim (Steve) Roland. Lonnie was loved and will be missed by all whom he has left behind.
Pamela Andrews, attended 1964 –68
Dec. 28, 2013-Woodacre, Calif.
Pamela Andrews, loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend passed away to our Lord on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 in Marin County, Calif. She was born April 23, 1946 in Sacramento, Calif., and lived with her family in Arden Oaks, graduating from El Camino High School in 1964 and subsequently from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1968. She lived for the past several years in Woodacre, Calif., where she worked as a district manager for Farmers Insurance until her retirement in 2012. She loved animals and gardening, but most of all spending time with her family and many friends; all of whom were very dear to her.
She was predeceased by her mother and father, Joanne and George Andrews and her sister, Diane (Andrews) Athanasiou of Sacramento. She is survived by her brother, Peter Andrews of Los Angeles; brother-law, George Athanasiou of Sacramento, nephew and niece, Ilias Athanasiou of Sacramento and Joanne (Athanasiou) Johnson and husband, Darrell of San Luis Obispo; grand twin nephews, Michael and Nicholas Johnson, and grandniece, Katherine Johnson of San Luis Obispo; Aunt Georgia Dariotis of Sacramento; cousins, George, Chris and Michael Dariotis and Rhea (Dariotis) Brunner of Sacramento, Fred Twyman of Charlottesville, Va., Sallie (Twyman) Sims of Charlottesville, Bebe (Twyman) Munigle of Hartford, Conn., and Peter Karabinis of Truckee, Calif.; godson, Michael Lutz of Fairfield, Calif.; friends Sally Lovell, Dan Scarola and Dianna Lightfoot, and many others who, although not related, considered themselves family because her incredible warm nature and desirable quality of making them want to share a bond of love that would bring them closer to her heart and her life. May her memory be eternal.
Rest in peace my dear and beautiful sister with a smile like none other. (Peter Andrews)
Frances A. (Gidney) Merrell ’65 (secondary education) ’65 M.Ed. (counseling and guidance)
Feb. 1, 2014-Easley, S.C.
Frances A. Merrell, 93, of Easley, S.C., and Reno passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at her home. Born in Crawfordsville, Ind., Frances was a daughter of the late
Raymond R. and Martha Ruth Houlehan Merrell. She graduated from Upper Darby High
School and cum laude from Drexel University where she was president of the student body. She received a master’s degree in education with several post-graduate professional counselor and specialist certificates at University of Nevada, Reno. Frances worked as a high school counselor for 26 years for the Washoe County School District in Reno.
Frances was a former secretary of Nevada School Counselors Association. She was a member of Hidden Valley Country Club and Greenville Country Club. She was a member and former president of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada and a member of the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She was a gifted artist, dancer, conversationalist and friend. She enriched our lives.
Surviving are daughters, Ruthann T. Earl and her husband, Karl, of Easley, S.C.; Karen T. Anderson and her husband, Larry, of Castle Creek, N.Y. and Lea D. Taylor, D.V.M., of Corvallis, Ore.; sister, Marjorie M. Wille, of Port Ludlow, Wash.; grandchildren, Stephen Earl and his wife Kristy, Christopher Earl and Taylor Helfand; great-grandchildren, Mila, Addyson and Cassandra Earl. Fran’s caregivers, Pat Rice, Tanya Howard and Wendy Runion and to the staff of Journey Hospice.
John B. McSweeney ’65 (biological sciences)
Nov. 9, 2013-Carson City, Nev.
David L. Ashman ’67 (renewable natural resources)
Jan. 24, 2014-Hamilton, Mont.
David L. Ashman, 69, of Hamilton, Mont., passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.
He was born May 18, 1944 to Frank C. and June R. (Smith) Ashman. He was educated in the Reno/Sparks area of Nevada where he received a degree in wildlife biology. He began his career working for the Nevada Fish and Game Department and spent years studying mountain lions. Later, he was employed by Newmont Gold Company as a metallurgist. He was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for fishing.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Frank C. Ashman and June Ashman; and his cousin, Lody Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Dana Ashman; his son, Russell Ashman of Hamilton; his brother, Ken Ashman (Joy) of Massachusetts; as well as extended family in Nevada, Massachusetts and Montana.
Stephen M. Coty ’69 (mathematics)
Dec. 26, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Aviator, realtor, father, son, friend, and jokster, Stephen passed at Veteran’s Memorial Hospital in Reno, Nev., on Dec. 26, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his son, Marc, and his mother, Helen. Stephen was a talented and brilliant person. He was the most caring and funniest person one could know. He brought joy to our lives. Many of you must have great memories especially those from Air Chaparral. Please take one moment of silence in your day to remember Stephen.
He died knowing he took the long hard road alone after losing his son. Forgiveness is priceless. The summer wind came blowing in. God bless you. (Patricia)
Paula M. (Johnson) Lesbo ’70 (English)
Oct. 28, 2013-Spring Creek, Nev.
Paula Mae Lesbo, 65, passed away peacefully on Oct. 28, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Hospital in Carson City, Nev.
Paula was born in Fort Collins, Colo., on June 5, 1948, to Vernon and Mae Johnson. She originally attended Loretta Heights College in Denver, Colo., and later completed her baccalaureate degree in teacher education at the University of Nevada, Reno. She met her husband, Barney, on a blind date at Loretta Heights. They married in January 1969 and moved to Nevada where she completed her degree.
Paula taught English and history for more than 25 years at Nevada Youth Training Center, a juvenile detention facility. She has been described as a teacher who had a remarkable commitment to her students. She believed that no matter what the challenging circumstances the student came from, they could succeed if held to high standards. Under her instruction her students often excelled. More than one student contacted her years later and thanked her for the difference she made in their lives.
She loved music, reading, writing poetry and journaling. Over the years she wrote hundreds of poems, some of which were published by national poetry organizations. She often wrote poems about her aspirations, her children, but most often her students.
Paula from a young age loved to travel. At age 16, she traveled around the world with her family and through her adult life continued to travel. She travelled with Barney to Australia, Greece, and the Panama Canal, to name a few.
On February 19, 2005, she suffered a severe brain injury from a car accident that took her husband’s life. In the eight years following the accident, Paula exhibited tremendous courage and determination in her recovery. During her recovery she had to learn to walk again, and to read and write. She never faltered in her desire to regain her life. She inspired others with her tenacity and ability to overcome the extreme challenges that were before her with a brain injury, and doing it with humor and always a smile.
Paula leaves behind a legacy of hope for survivors of traumatic injuries. While her gifts were many, her greatest gift was her ability to express sincere gratitude for every additional day she lived. Her appreciation and gratitude for life set an example for all around her.
Paula is survived by her brother, Kurt Johnson (Jan); daughter, Crystal Abba (Steve); son, Michael Vernon, and grandson, Garrett Abba. She is preceded in death by her husband, Barnard Joseph Lesbo, and parents, Mae and Vernon Johnson.
Bernard “Bernie” J. Anderson ’71 (history)
Jan. 10, 2014-Reno, Nev.
Bernard (Bernie) Anderson passed away Jan. 10, 2014 following a brief illness. Bernie was born in 1942 to Bernard and Beatrice (Keogh) Anderson of Sparks, Nev. Bernie attended St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School and graduated from Bishop Manogue High School and the University of Nevada, Reno. At the University, he was active in Sigma Nu fraternity and numerous student groups.
Bernie started his 31 year teaching career at Trainer Middle School, continued at Wooster High School, and concluded at Reed High School. Bernie was active in the Washoe County Teachers Association and the Nevada State Education Association, serving as a board member as well as officer in both organizations. He also served as Nevada’s representative to the National Education Association’s Board of Directors.
In 1990, Bernie was elected to the Nevada State Assembly. During his more than 20 years representing Sparks, Bernie held many leadership positions, including majority whip, chairman of judiciary and speaker pro tempore. Of the many items he sponsored or worked uonpon, he was proudest of the creation of the drug courts and his work on education and domestic abuse. One of the strongest characteristics of his leadership was the ability to build compromise and do what was right for Nevada.
Following his retirement from the legislature Bernie continued to advocate for retired public employees through RPEN and WEA-R. In addition to political and education activities, Bernie served in the Nevada National Guard, was involved in the Sparks Charter Committee, the Knights of Columbus, and the Democratic Party.
Bernie is survived by his wife of 46 years, Clyda (Hooper); daughters Cairn (Eric) Lindloff and Natha Clyde Anderson; two grandsons (Connor and Teague); brother, Ed , his wife Lani, and several nieces and nephews.
Peggy A. (Publow) Martin ’71 (elementary education)
Jan. 6, 2014-Reno, Nev.
The hand of God came for our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, friend and teacher Peggy Ann Martin (Publow), on Jan. 6, 2014. Peggy spent her life trying to stay awake and now she is resting peacefully in the arms of our Heavenly Father.
Born July 1, 1947in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Alfred Donald and Anne Publow, she grew up in beautiful Vancouver, B.C. In 1960, they moved to Reno, Nev., where she lived until 2009. Peggy graduated from Wooster High School in 1965 and attended University of Nevada, Reno where, in 1971, she graduated with a bachelor’s in education.
Peggy spent eight years working at the Sparks Library, where she was fortunate enough to make several lifelong friends. From 1987-2008, Peggy taught second grade at Stead Elementary School. She loved every single day in the classroom. Peggy’s true passion was writing, especially poetry. She could light up a room with the thoughtfulness expressed in her poetry, and touched countless people with her words. In June of 2009, Peggy relocated to Las Vegas to be closer to her children and grandchildren. The next five years were spent surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren and being a part of their everyday lives, including homework, softball, seamstressing and sibling/cousin rivalry.
Peggy is preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Anne Publow. She is survived by her children, Tammam and Mat Whalen and Jamiel Rashdan, all of Las Vegas, Nev.; her grandchildren, Taylor Ann, Katie Ann and Jordan; her sister Patrica Lynn (Leo) of Reno; nieces Mary Ann Brown (Chris) of Reno and Suzanne Bartone (Nick) of Upper Black Eddy, Pa.; nephews Andrew Merlo and Marco Merlo (Ona) of Reno; and great nieces and nephews Riley, Sydney, Patrick, Hunter, Chloe, Gabriella and Remo.
Our Beloved Peggy and her words will never be forgotten and will always remain in our hearts.
"When you lay me down to sleep
Smile for me and do not weep
For in my life though I was blessed
I lived knowing one day I could finally rest."
Peggy Martin 1993
Robert “Bob” M. Jones ’73 (civil engineering)
Nov. 4, 2013-Lodi, Calif.
Bob was born in 1944 and passed away Nov. 4, 2013 in Lodi, Calif., where he lived for several years. He was the president of Ford Construction and had several other construction related firms at the time of his passing. He is survived by his wife, Brenda, son Nick and daughter, Julie, both University of Nevada, Reno graduates. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
George A. Phipps ’73 (management)
Dec. 26, 2013-Reno, Nev.
George “the Greek” went to his Lord on the morning of Dec. 26. 2013. He was born Dec. 2, 1939 in Lindsey, Calif., to Bill and Pearl. He grew up on a ranch near Springville, Calif., with his brothers, Rollis “Bill” (wife Karen) and Dale (wife Donna). Early in the 1950s, his family moved to a ranch near Wells, Nev., where George graduated from Wells High School in 1957. After he served our country in the U.S. Navy, he returned to Ely, Nev., where he met his first wife Darlene and they had their first child, George in 1962. In a few years the family moved to Reno where George worked and attended the University of Nevada; he graduated in 1973. During this time, his daughter Lori was born in 1971. George worked for many years for a local trucking company based in Sparks. He was a mechanic, driver, owner/operator and general manager. He worked for many years with Barbara Haney, and they were married in 2001. They sold the business and retired in 2004, although George was still found working for SRT during the summer months each year. George and Barbara spent the twilight years of his life traveling in their RV with their special dog Rufus and spending time with their families and friends.
George was a great man; honest, hardworking, respected by his colleagues, and dearly loved by his family and friends. We will miss his great smile and love. George is survived by his wife, Barbara, his children George and Lori, his grandchildren, Karina, Matthew and Erin as well as stepchildren Steve and Darryl, and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.
An outdoor service will be planned sometime in the summer to celebrate his life.
Cynthia A. Pyzel ’73 (political science)
Dec. 17, 2013-Reno, Nev.
There are some lives that don't easily fit between two dates. To describe a life that spanned 60 years, when the state of Nevada grew from 195,000 people to over 1.3 million, when travel went from a Packard on the Lincoln Highway to a Prius on the interstate, and when books went from paper to Kindle, it takes more than a list of historical facts.
These are the facts of her life: Cynthia was the first daughter of Ewald and Ann Pyzel, born in Letterman Army Hospital in the Presidio while her father was finishing his stint in the Army. From 1953 to 1960, she was raised in New Orleans, La.; Denver, Colo.; Las Vegas, Nev., and from 1966 to her death in Reno, Nev. Cynthia graduated from Reno High School in 1970 (at the age of 16), from the University of Nevada in 1974, and from McGeorge School of Law in 1977. After private practice with Wait, Shamberger, Georgeson and McQuaid and with Hall, Young and Pyzel, she joined the Nevada Attorney General’s Office serving agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services until she retired 25 years later in 2011. She served as chair of the board of directors of the Reno-Sparks YWCA, and volunteered at Trinity Episcopal Church.
These are the heart of Cynthia’s life: she loved all things French, all things art nouveau, all things opera, all things Wizard of Oz, the color yellow, the season of spring, Mozart’s concerto for flute and harp, travel, and her house. She had an appreciation for fine art and fine graphic design, keeping her artistic sensibilities in balance with a love of puns, kitsch where used appropriately, and an absolutely nonjudgmental observation of the weird. She loved her friends, and she had a multitude of friends, some made this year and some going back to her time in Las Vegas in the early 1960s. She had a lifelong interest in archeology, biblical studies and history. She loved to cook, she loved Broadway musicals and mystery novels. To her sister and four brothers, she was Cynth, a sometimes bossy oldest child who could be counted on for sensible advice and help when needed. She was her father’s favorite, and her mother’s rock. She was independent, witty, thoughtful, caring and generous. She leaves behind her sister Lisa (sister-in-law Paula Carter) and brothers Rob (soon-to-be sister-in-law Julie Slabaugh), Jon, Bill (sister-in-law Nancy) and Eric; niece Anna Grace Pyzel and nephew David Daniel Pyzel; godfather Rev. Les Westling, aunt and uncle Kate and Bill Pendred, uncle David Edwards and numerous cousins. She also leaves many, many friends.
Larry G. Paul ’74 (electrical engineering)
Dec. 26, 2013-Sparks, Nev.
Larry Paul, age 65, died Dec. 26, 2013 after a sudden and brief illness. He was a devoted employee of Harrah’s Hotel and Casino for over 44 years. He had fond memories of his time in Harrah’s showroom and the many entertainers and co-workers that he called friends.
Larry pursued a variety of hobbies and interests including water skiing, movies and geology. He loved his rural homestead.
Larry is survived by his parents, Lilyan and Gordon Paul; longtime partner Diana Benson; sisters Debbie and Linda Paul and brother Gordon.
David W. Sanford ’76 (journalism)
Jan. 26, 2014-Yerington, Nev.
David Walter Sanford, 59, passed away suddenly Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at South Lyon Health Center in Yerington following a fall.
David was born to Robert (Bob) and Martha Sanford on June 12, 1954 in Fallon, Nev., and lived for a brief time in Tonopah, Nev., before the family made its home in Yerington. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Yerington High School with the class of 1972. While in high school, he was an outstanding basketball and track athlete.
In 1972, David attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he majored in journalism, graduating in four years with honors. He then returned to Yerington to join the family operation of the Mason Valley News, “The only newspaper in the world that gives a damn about Yerington.” He left the newspaper for a period of time to work with the Sierra Pacific Power Co. as an operator at the Ft. Churchill Power Station in Mason Valley.
Upon rejoining the Mason Valley News staff in 1989, David rose quickly through the ranks from sport reporter all the way to editor and eventually publisher.
It was at this time that he met and married Tamara Lawrence, and they recently celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary. He became a stepfather to a daughter (Rachelle) and three sons (Larry, Boone and Shawn) instantly; and the couple later welcomed their son Zachary. They also adopted a young Russian girl, Irina.
David will be remembered by many youngsters from YHS who played for him when he was the head girls varsity basketball coach, a calling that took him and his teams to four Nevada State Championships in the mid and late 80s. He later coached other youth sports teams and became active in the community as a board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Mason Valley, the Mason Valley Chamber of Commerce, a board member for the Nevada Press Association, served as a Lyon County School Trustee and on Elders Board for the Vineyard Fellowship Church.
He and his older brother Jim purchased the MVN from their parents in 1998 and ran it as a partnership until a sale to the Reno Gazette-Journal/Gannett in March 2000.
He, Tamara, Zach and Irena moved to Reno for a time where Zach followed in his dad's footsteps as an outstanding prep basketball player and top-notch pitcher for the Reno High School Huskies who captured the state basketball championship during his junior year. They followed their son’s endeavors all over and knew every other player on his teams and their parents.
Some years later, David and Tammy returned to make Yerington their home and David found peace in God at the Yerington Vineyard Fellowship. It was en route to a Sunday service that he suffered a tragic fall from which he did not recover.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Bob and Martha Sanford, and several uncles, aunts and cousins.
David is survived by his wife Tamara of Yerington; son Zachary of Reno; stepchildren Rachelle (Paul) Kinsey and Larry (Sarah) Lawrence, both of Carson City, Boone Lawrence (Monica) of Fallon and Shawn (Jessica) Lawrence of Houston, Texas, and Irina of Pahrump, Nev.; sister Janie (Ron) Braun of Murfeesboro, Tenn.; brother Jim (Lisa) Sanford of Yerington; mother and father-in-law Betty and Jerry Perkins of Yerington; grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
LaBelle DeAngeli, attended 1980
Dec. 18, 2013-Reno, Nev.
LaBelle Diane DeAngeli passed away unexpectedly from a short illness a month shy of her 77th birthday with her family at her bedside. She was born Jan. 8, 1937 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
LaBelle spent her childhood in Wendover, Nev., riding horses and enjoying the desert life where her family owned the A1 casino. She attended grammar school at St. Mary’s of Wasach in Salt Lake City, Utah.
She moved to Reno, Nev., when she was 5 years old with her mother Edith Rose West and brothers Twain and Donald. There she attended Billinghurst Middle School and Reno High School, where she met her high school sweetheart and husband Jan “PJ” DeAngeli on a blind date. She was a member of the class of 1955.
Jan and LaBelle were married in 1956 at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Reno. She then began working at First National Bank where the majority of her wages helped to begin her collection of cashmere sweater sets.
In 1958, they began their family with the birth of their daughter Tamara Ann. Their son Douglas Peter followed three years later in 1961. As a family, they enjoyed spending time at Lake Tahoe, skiing Slide Mountain in the winter and in the summer sailing on their boat, The Infinity, and power boating and water skiing with the kids.
Later, LaBelle continued her education at the University of Reno where she studied history and painting, becoming a docent at the Nevada Art Museum. She was a natural artist and enjoyed painting. Labelle spent time volunteering as a pink lady at the Washoe Medical Center for several years at the emergency admitting desk. She was a sustaining member of the Reno Junior League, working at their restaurant, Arlington Gardens. The last half of her life was spent traveling with her husband Jan. Together they saw six of the Seven Wonders of the World. She particularly loved the Italian Riviera.
LaBelle is survived by her husband of more than 57 years, Jan; her children, Tamara DeAngeli Kennedy (David) and Douglas DeAngeli (Heather); and her granddaughters, Sarah Kennedy, Nicole DeAngeli and Claire DeAngeli. She is also survived by her brother, Donald, and 14 nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased in death by her mother, Edith Rose West, father, Fred West, and brother Twain West.
LaBelle had a great ability to overcome challenges and her zest for life and humor will be truly missed.
Ronald K. Snider ’80 (accounting)
Sept. 30, 2013-St. Louis, Mo.
Sadly, our eldest brother Ron passed away Sept. 30, 2013 in St. Louis, Mo. Born to Merle and Glenda Snider on Jan. 16, 1943, Ron went to local schools, graduating in 1980 with degrees in history and political science. Ron proudly served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, taking part in the first Marine landings at Danang, South Vietnam in 1964. He was discharged in 1969.
As president of Sparks Jaycees, the annual haunted house was one of his favorite projects. Moving to St. Louis in the 80s, Ron worked the next 30 years as a computer programmer for the Department of Defense. Our family saw little of him during the ensuing years. Despite the physical distance between us, he was forever in our hearts and minds. Ron was the most compassionate, generous person, giving to more than 30 charities a year. He is much loved and will be missed by many. Surviving siblings are Lyle, Glen and Merlene Cardnuto (Michael) as well as nieces Melissa and Michele; nephew Matthew (Michelle) and grand-nephew Caiden.
Charles “Joe” J. Saunders ’82 (special education) ’99 M.A. (educational leadership)
Dec. 9, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Charles Joseph Saunders Jr, age 54, died Dec. 9, 2013 at Saint Mary’s Medical Center. Joe was born June 13, 1959 in Greensboro, N.C. He was raised in Seattle, Wash., and graduated from Franklin High School. He attended Walla Walla Community College in Washington. Joe received a football scholarship and played for the University of Nevada, Reno where he graduated and later coached under then-head coach Chris Ault. Joe was an educator in Washoe County and Clark County School District. He is survived by his three daughters, Caitlin, Lindsey and Alyson; ex-wife, Joyce; and brother and sister, Thomas and Wanda.
Glen E. Adair ’83 MS (physical education)
Dec. 25, 2013-Pittsfield, Mass.
Our dear husband, father, brother, mentor, teacher, and friend passed away peacefully on Christmas Day 2013 with family by his side. Glen Edward Adair was born in Santa Monica, Calif., on Jan. 6, 1944. He graduated from Culver City High School, received a bachelor’s from California State University, Northridge and an master’s from the University of Nevada, Reno.
From 1963-66, Glen served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and assisted in the development of the Harrier Aircraft during the Vietnam. He subsequently worked as a pilot for American Airlines, coached college football at West Los Angeles and Pierce Colleges, and most memorably, influenced and inspired thousands of students, teachers and parents as the principal of Owyhee Combined School, Elko High School and Carson High School in Nevada. Recognized as Outstanding K-12 School Administrator by the University of Nevada in 2002, Glen later retired from the Nevada educational system in 2006 and became the Director of the American School in Durango, Mexico, for the following two years.
In 2008, Glen and his beloved wife Kathy began their retirement together, spending time between the Massachusetts Berkshires and Mazatlan, Mexico. Glen enjoyed playing golf, fishing, boating, cooking, teaching, football, traveling and exploring the world. Above all, Glen loved to spend time with his two sons, Ryan and Jedd, of whom he was tremendously proud.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathleen Linda Adair; his two wonderful sons, Ryan and Jedd; his sister, Jean Ann Botana; nieces Lisa Schwartz, Adrienne and Allison Botana, and Kaitlin and Lauren Swan; and his faithful canine companion, Pooter.
Gail A. Petersen ’83 M.Ed. (elementary education)
Jan. 28, 2014-Reno, Nev.
Gail A. Petersen passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center early in the morning of Jan. 28, 2014. She was 74 years old.
Survivors include her husband, Fred; brother, Karl; her children, Soren and Sophie; and two grandchildren. She graduated from Reed College in 1961 with an English literature degree, but her vocation was elementary school teaching and she taught in Reno schools for many years before retiring in 2010. She had many interests, chief among which were folk dancing and listening to and playing early music. She will be sorely missed.
Brian J. Aikin ’85 (accounting)
Dec. 9, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Brian Aikin, 51, passed away on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at the Northern Nevada Medical Center surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born Aug. 5, 1962 to his mother Jane and his father Donald in Las Vegas, Nev.
He attended Valley High School where he played soccer and was the starting place kicker for the football team during his senior year. Brian graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1985 with a degree in accounting. He was employed at the Peppermill Hotel Casino in Reno, first as an accountant and then as an internal auditor, from 1986-89; he then spent the next 22 years as a partner in business with his brother at Town and Country Landscape Maintenance. He had most recently been employed at UPS.
He and his wife, Kathy (Crow), were married in June, 1990. They welcomed their daughter, Anna, in 1995 and their twins, Mitch and Emily, in 2000. While Brian had a lifelong love of hunting, fly fishing, camping, and the Nevada desert landscape, it was his family who brought the most joy and pride to his life.
Brian is survived by his wife, Kathy and his children Anna, Mitch and Emily of Reno; his parents, Donald and Jane of Las Vegas; his brother, Ross (Michelle) of Reno; his sisters, Robin Craig and Valerie Brascia (Art) of Las Vegas; as well as numerous nieces, nephews aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and many long-time friends. His family and friends feel blessed to have had the privilege to be a part of his life and to have had the opportunity to love him. Brian gave the ultimate gift of life by being an organ donor through the California Transplant Donor Network.
Paul A. Laird ’89 (medical technology)
Nov. 1, 2013-Carson City, Nev.
Paul Alan Laird passed away at his home on Nov. 1, 2013 after a two- year battle with brain cancer. Paul was born at Carson Tahoe Hospital on May 3, 1966 and attended Carson City schools, graduating from Carson High School and from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s in medical technology.
Paul was married to Brenda Schroeder Laird for 18 years. Brenda was Paul’s best friend and soul mate, and they shared a great love for the many animals in their life. At the time of his passing, they had three dogs, a cat and seven horses. The cat, Garth, slept on Paul’s bed during his last days and the dogs were always at his side.
Upon graduating from college, Paul took a position at the Northern Nevada Medical Center laboratory in Sparks, Nev. He worked there until 2004, at which time he accepted a position at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. His career at CTRMC began as the laboratory manager and ended as director of clinical services. He was well known throughout the hospital for his dedication, humor and smile. He loved the hospital and its many employees, and they returned that love many times over.
Paul had a wide range of interests and accomplishments. When he was younger, he enjoyed raising prize-winning Suffolk sheep, chickens and a very ugly and hilarious pygmy goat. In his teens, he became a member of Carson City’s Volunteer Fire Department. He earned his pilot license in his teens and completed flight school in Los Angeles. He went on to become a licensed flight instructor, and taught many local enthusiasts how to fly. While working full time and teaching flying, Paul and a friend started two successful businesses. Paul also found time to learn to play a guitar, speak passable Spanish, bake and cook, paint in oils and water colors, ride horses competitively, run marathons, and rebuild and sell Aladdin Hurricane lamps. He even developed his own home plating process to refurbish the metal parts of the lamps.
Paul loved to hunt. He enjoyed hunting big game as well as game birds and had hunted twice in South America. He tramped across many hills and mountains in Nevada in search for the elusive chucker. His love for hunting was only surpassed by his love to hunt with his friends and his hunting dog, Maggie.
Paul was an accomplished sporting clays shooter. He competed on a national level, had earned a master’s ranking and was a National Sporting Clays Association Certified Instructor. He was active at the Carson City Gun Club, serving on the board of directors and as president. Later he and his friends went on to build and run the Battle Born Sporting Clays and Shooting School in Lyon County.
Paul is survived by his wife, Brenda, his parents, Roger and Jean Laird, sister Cheryl Macy (Jason), niece Rosalind and nephew Sawyer, his father and mother in-law Ken and Judy Schroeder and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Joaquin “Chad” C. Taitano ’89M.D. (medicine)
Nov. 24, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Joaquin (Chad) Chargualaf Taitano II, M.D., 49, passed away at Renown South Meadows on November 24, 2013. Chad was born Nov. 15, 1964 in Agana Heights, Guam, to Joaquin (Ken) and Kathy Taitano. In 1975 the family moved to the United States. He graduated from Churchill County High School in 1981 at the age of 16. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1984 with a degree in microbiology. Chad was, at the time, the youngest graduate, at the age of 19, of BYU. He graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 1989.
He then chose to follow in his father's footsteps and served in the U.S. Navy from 1989 to 1993. During this time, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Diving Medical Officer Insignia and Meritorious Unit Commendation. In 1992, the Distinguished Service Award was presented to Lt. Joaquin Taitano II by the Florida governor on behalf of the families of Florida for his assistance to the victims of Hurricane Andrew.
Chad did a transitional internship at the Regional Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., in 1989 and 1990. Chad served as medical department head on the U.S.S. Hunley AS-31, Norfolk, Va., from 1990-93. He completed his diagnostic radiology residency at Presbyterian/St Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colo., in 1997. Chad worked as a general radiologist and in 2003, made his vision a reality and opened Reno OpenAir MRI (ROAM) with his partner, Dr. Robyn Mitchell. Dr. Taitano served the community as a radiologist at ROAM and the Veterans Hospital for almost 10 years.
Chad had a passion for learning. Chad enjoyed many outdoor activities including snowboarding, hiking, practicing his slingshot skills and spending time with friends. He was generous with his kind and gentle heart and was always ready and available to help those in need. He will be missed terribly and remembered always.
Chad is survived by his wife, Tracey Devine; and his parents, Joaquin (Ken) Chargualaf Taitano I and Kathy Taitano of Fallon, Nev. He also leaves behind four sisters, Kim Taitano of Reno, Rachel (Taitano) and her husband Doug Parsons of Fallon, Gina (Taitano) and her husband Vince Chaplinski of Gilman, Wis., and Jodi Taitano of Anchorage, Ala. He also leaves behind 1 brother Nephi Taitano of Carson City, Nev.; along with several nieces and nephews and his dog Tank.
As Chad would always say, “I am a trooper, I ain't no quitter!”
There will be a private family get together at a later date.
Lisa Ann (Catoner) Greene ’92 (finance)
Feb. 2, 2014-Hercules, Calif.
Lisa Ann Catoner passed away Feb. 2, 2014 after a valiant battle with cancer. She touched many lives with her generosity, positive outlook on life, concern for others’ wellbeing and embracing a and enjoying every day to the fullest.
Lisa was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Reno, Nev., where she attended Little Flower School, Bishop Manogue High School and earned a degree in finance from University of Nevada, Reno. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. After moving to Calif, she enjoyed careers in finance and for the last years she was employed by Presidio Trust. She was very much involved in karate, volleyball and was an advocate to the awareness of colon cancer.
Lisa is survived by her loving son, Trentton; devoted mother, Lita; brothers Ricky (Pam) and Jojo (Christine); nephews Christopher (Nicole); Michael. Lisa’s generous loving spirit will be missed by all who knew her.
Jamesina “Jaimie” S. (Botsford) Metzker ’93 (premedical)
Jan. 20, 2014-Reno, Nev.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful Jamesina (Jaimie) Botsford Metzker. Jaimie passed peacefully at home surrounded by faith, grace and the love of her family and friends.
Jaimie was born on Dec. 1, 1969 to James and Joanne Botsford in Reno, Nev., where she continued to reside for the rest of her life. She met the love of her life, J.K. Metzker, at the ripe old age of 6 while attending Jessie Beck Elementary School. Although it would take them 19 more years to realize their love, their destinies were forever sealed on the playground of Jessie Beck.
She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno and received her teaching credential from Sierra College. She married J.K. in September of 1998 and quickly became his accomplice in many of his hilarious and mischievous pranks that were loved by all. She started her career as a teacher for Washoe County School District and started their family that grew to three children, Tommy, Tanner and Luke.
Jaimie was a gifted teacher, loving mother, devoted wife, sister, aunt and friend. Jaimie had a passion for exercise and completed her first triathlon while battling cancer. Jaimie loved going to sporting events, especially her son’s baseball and basketball games and enjoyed attending professional sports events. She had a passion for hiking, backpacking and spending time in Tahoe with her family. Jaimie believed deeply that it was her friendship with Jesus that sustained her throughout her battle with cancer. She is greatly missed by all who loved her.
Jaimie is preceded in death by her beloved husband, J.K., her father, James Botsford, her mother-in-law, Andree Walker, her brother-in-law Steve Vaughn, and her brother-in-law Jason Eberle.
Jaimie leaves behind her three sons, Tommy, Tanner and Luke; her mother, Joanne Botsford; her five sisters-Debbie (Dan), Vickie (Steve, deceased), Cindie (Paul), Tammie (Rich) and Pattie (Tim); her grandmother-in-law Mary Walker; father-in-law John Metzker; sisters-in-law-Kristin (Henry), Mini (Dan), Monet (Eric), Nikol (Billy), Denise (Jason, deceased); her brother-in-law-Nathan (Cameron) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Charles “Chuck” J. Merdinger ’94 (honorary degree)
Dec. 13, 2013-Cupertino, Calif.
Charles J. Merdinger, civil engineer, naval officer, and academic administrator, was born in Chicago, raised in Milwaukee, attended Marquette University, and was awarded a bachelor’s of science from the U.S. Naval Academy, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a doctor of philosophy from Brasenose College, Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He held honorary degrees, doctor of letters and doctor of humane letters, from the University of Nevada and from Sierra Nevada College, respectively.
He served in the Navy from World War II through the Vietnam War, and then pursued an academic and business career. During World War II, he was a line officer at sea, initially aboard the USS Nevada when it was sunk at Pearl Harbor—and then aboard the USS Alabama in combat operations in the north Atlantic and the south Pacific. At the close of the war, he transferred to the Navy Civil Engineer Corps and embarked on a series of public works and construction assignments in Panama, the Aleutian Islands, Japan, and the U.S. He was in charge of building the Navy’s first master jet air station at Miramar, and headed the Navy’s largest Public Works department in the world, headquartered in Da Nang, Vietnam. His most important research/academic posts were as director of the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory at Port Hueneme and head of the English, History and Government Department at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he also taught. As a military administrator in Washington, he was responsible for overseeing the operations and maintenance budget, and operating standards for all public works departments in the naval shore establishment. At the conclusion of his tour as commanding officer of the Western Division Naval Facilities Engineering Command, he retired from the Navy in 1970.
In his new civilian career, Merdinger served as president of Washington College, vice-president of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, deputy director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and as a director of AVCO Corporation, a multinational conglomerate. In addition to community service boards, he was active on boards devoted to higher education including the Ocean Research Foundation, DRI Research Foundation, University of Nevada Reno, Foundation, and Sierra Nevada College (chairman of the board emeritus). After serving as secretary for the Rhodes Scholarships in Nevada, he became a commissioner (public member from Nevada) on the NW Association Commission on Colleges, the accrediting body for the seven northwestern states. His honorary and professional affiliations included Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, American Society of Civil Engineers, Professional Engineers, Military Engineers and the Explorers Club.
Merdinger authored the book, Civil Engineering Through the Ages, numerous award-winning articles, and a section in the Encyclopaedia Britannica. He was a Papal Knight Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepluchre of Jerusalem, a distinguished Eagle Scout, a former varsity football, basketball, soccer and All-American lacrosse player, and honoree in the Athletic Hall of Fame at Rensselaer. His military decorations for service with the Seabees in Vietnam included the Legion of Merit with combat "V," and the combat action ribbon.
He leaves behind his wife of 69 years, the former Mary McKelleget of Cambridge, Mass.; daughter Anne Merdinger Kern; son-in-law Dr. Fred Kern; and grandchildren David, Suzanne and Kathryn Kern; daughter Dr. Joan Merdinger; son-in-law Dr. Edward Bough and grandchildren Geoffrey and Meredith Bough; daughters Cdr. Susan Merdinger and Dr. Jane Merdinger; son-in-law Bruce Cole, and grandchildren Alexandra, Catherine and Anna Cole.
Wesley “Wes” J. Hull ’97 (business management)
Nov. 3, 2013-Sparks, Nev.
Wes passed away at home with his wife, family, friends and his faithful dog buster at his side on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Ginny, stepson Derek, daughter-in-law, Lauren and granddaughter, Eva. He is also survived by his grandmother, Pauline Hull of Emmett, Idaho; sisters Sandy Knight of Reno and Val Patten (Greg) of Chandler, Ariz.; brother Randy Hull of Idaho; stepfather R.C. Barnes of Reno, and eight nieces and nephews and extended family in Idaho. He was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Barnes, father, Bill Hull, one sister, Karen Hull, grandparents Mildred and MW Renfro and Don Hull, and stepmother Carolyn Hull.
Wes graduated from Reno High School and the University of Nevada, Reno. He worked in materials management at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Cente for the last 15 years. He enjoyed the outdoors, reading and woodworking. He was an avid NHRA Drag Racing and Reno Air Races fan. He was well loved by all the children and the dogs in the neighborhood. Wes was a long-time member and past president of Reno Host Lion’s Club. He was one of the good guys.
Russell Diefenbacher ’08 (general studies)
Jan. 22, 2014- Reno, Nev.
Russell Diefenbacher passed away peacefully at home with his parents by his side Jan. 22, 2014 after a three-year battle with brain cancer. Russell was born on Sept. 11, 1982 in Ukiah, Calif., to Kerry "Herk" and Deborah "Chris" Diefenbacher and was raised in Kelseyville, Calif.
Russell fought cancer bravely, never complaining or angry, remaining positive and hopeful, and grateful to live the life he had with a loving family and loyal friends.
In 1994, the Diefenbacher's relocated to Reno, Nev. Russell attended Washoe County Schools and graduated from McQueen High in 2001. He graduated in 2004 with an associate’s degree in art from Truckee Meadows Community College and a bachelor’s from University of Nevada, Reno in 2008. The following year, he graduated from TMCC with an associate degree in graphic arts.
Russell was fortunate enough to begin his career in his chosen profession with KOLO News Channel 8 in June 2008 as an editor. He learned more at KOLO in six months than his entire academic tenure. He was an ardent film lover and critic, and a loyal sports fan, particularly when it came to the 49ers, Oakland A’s, Dodgers, and Nevada Wolf Pack. Russell had a unique and fun sense of humor. He touched so many lives with his gentle and kind demeanor.
Russell is survived by his mother and father; his sisters Nancy Willis of Reno, Tammy (Adam) Mayberry of Sparks and Heidi (Nick) Houlding of Gosport, England; brother Scott Diefenbacher of Cobb, Calif.; nephew Anthony Meo and nieces Angela and Isabella Meo, and Reagan and Aydan Mayberry, uncle Tom Murphy of Eureka, Calif.; uncle Marty Steiner of Grants Pass, Ore.; and best friend Brian Rogers and his family. Russell was preceded by grandparents Clay and Eleanor Diefenbacher of Walnut Creek, Calif.; and James and Audrey Murphy of Kelseyville, Calif.; and aunt Kathy Murphy Steiner.
The Diefenbacher family wishes to expresses their heartfelt gratitude for the overwhelming support and love shown by so many, including the countless medical professionals who helped and supported Russell through this difficult time.
Robert W. Potts ’09 (health ecology)
Nov. 6, 2013-Reno, Nev.
Robert William Potts passed away in his home in the late hours of Wednesday, November 6, 2013. On that date we lost a wonderful brother, son, and caregiver. Robert worked at REMSA for 7 years and had just received his paramedic license. He was dedicated to putting his patients first. Robert was a graduate of McQueen High School and the University of Nevada, Reno, where he received his bachelor’s degree in health ecology. He loved life, friends, family and motorcycle adventures.
He was an amazing man who touched the hearts of all who were lucky enough to know him. Robert had a fun, easy-going personality and had an uncanny knack for making people smile. On the scene, his laid-back personality quickly changed to the epitome of professionalism. Robert dedicated his life to the care of others. His care was shown in all roles: son, brother, friend and medic. The family is humbled by the outpouring of support they have received from family members, neighbors, friends, and the close-knit REMSA family.
Robert is survived by his parents, Thomas and Karen of Reno, his brother Matthew of Reno, his grandmother Barbara of Pacific Grove, and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Robert found joy in all aspects of life. He was a talented musician who enjoyed playing the piano and the saxophone. He was also an extremely skilled motorcyclist. The only thing he loved more than riding a motorcycle was sharing that joy with others. He could be seen giving rides to friends of all ages. His expertise with motor vehicles inspired confidence in all who rode with him. Robert was also known as one of the last die-hard Raider fans.
The happiness of children was very important to Bob. With the help of REMSA and friends, a fund has been established in Robert’s honor. The family and REMSA have initiated a new program called “Bobby's Bears.” The fund will help Bob's family establish an ongoing account for the purchase of new teddy bears. They will be carried onboard the ambulance to be given to sick and injured children.