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Date of Issue: November 09, 2006

Obituaries

Barbara Essley Baker

Barbara Essley Baker, 87, of Holmes Beach, died May 30 in San Antonio, Texas.

Mrs. Baker was born in Eliza Township, Mercer County, Ill. She was a secretary for Lederle Laboratories in New York City. She was a graduate of Aledo High School, attended MacMurray College and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa. She did volunteer work at ABC Hospital in Mexico City and Blake Medical Center in Bradenton. She contributed more than 8,000 hours of volunteer service at hospitals. She was active in Alpha Xi Delta Alumni Group, Daughters of the American Revolution and PEO Sisterhood.

She is survived by son Richard Jr. of New Braunfels, Texas; daughter Marienne Clements of San Antonio, Texas; sisters Joan Lawson of Aledo, Ill., and Rose Marie Burger of New Boston, Ill.; and grandchildren Craig and Nicole Clements.

 

William R. 'Bill' Flack

William R. "Bill" Flack, 84, of Hamilton, Ohio, and formerly Bradenton Beach, died Aug. 22.

Born in Brooksville, Ohio, Mr. Flack owned Flack's Beach Garage on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. He served on the Bradenton Beach police force and was a city commissioner. He was active in the Moose Lodge.

Memorial services were in Ohio.

He is survived by daughter Kathy Drake of Hamilton; sisters Harriet Bradley of Brooksville and Dorothy Hill of Alquina, Ohio; and brother John of Brooksville.

 

Dozier Brown Hilliard

Dozier Brown Hilliard, 87, of Bradenton, died Nov. 2.

Born in Chatsworth, Ga., Mr. Hilliard moved to Bradenton at age 10. He was a graduate of Bradenton High School. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Corps during World War II. He was a Realtor and partner in Hilliard Brothers car dealership. He was a founder of Inter-City National Bank, Trail National Bank and served on the board of directors of Bank of Bradenton and First Bradenton Bank. He was a member of the Jaycees, the Bradenton Chamber of Commerce, the Bradenton Kiwanis Club and the DeSoto Historical Society. He was instrumental in the creation of Manatee Community College. He was on the board of directors of the Manatee County Safety Council. He was active with the DeSoto Boy's Club and the South County Youth and Recreation Center in Oneco. He was also a member of the Masons and the Manatee Social Club. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church.

Visitation was Nov. 5 and services Nov. 6. Burial will be at Fogartyville Cemetery in Bradenton.

He is survived by wife Marylene; daughters Julie Ross and Mary Alice; sons Bill and Dozier Lee; and grandchildren Carrie Price, formerly of Anna Maria, Hilliard Price, John Gideon Stocks, Julia Hilliard, Olivia Hilliard, William Turner Hilliard and Becky Rung.

 

Dave Parker

Dave Parker, 48, of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 27.

Born in Virginia, Mr. Parker grew up in Bangor, Maine, and moved to Manatee County in 1991. He worked at the Waterfront restaurant, and formerly at Euphemia Haye, among other local restaurants. He was a computer draftsperson.

A memorial gathering of friends will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the south end of Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.

He is survived by daughter Jasmine of Anna Maria Island and another grown daughter, his mother, one sister and two brothers.

 

John William 'Bill' Reichart

John William "Bill" Reichart, 90, of Holmes Beach and Bradenton, died Oct. 31.

Mr. Reichart moved to Holmes Beach from Muncie, Ind., in 1973. He was a graduate of Purdue University, where he was inducted in the ROTC hall of fame. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe, where he received the Bronze Star before his honorable discharge at a lieutenant colonel. He was president of Excel Manufacturing in Muncie. He was a builder and inventor and known worldwide for his miniature gas and steam engines. He was a member of the Key Royale Club. He attended Palma Sola Presbyterian Church.

A celebration of life was held Nov. 3. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34239.

He is survived by wife of 37 years Phyllis; sons Tom of Tampa, and Steve Miller and wife Mailyn of Tulsa, Okla.; daughter Dana Brown and husband Bob of Winchester, Ind.; four granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

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