James G ‘Jim’ Davis
James G. “Jim” Davis of Holmes Beach died Nov. 3. He was a native of Atlanta.
Mr. Davis attended Boys High School and Georgia Tech before entering the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in 1942, graduating as a pilot in class 43-F. He served as pilot in the China-Burma-India theatre, where he was awarded the DFC, two Air Medals, Presidential Citations, China War Memorial Medal and others. He received his Air Line Transport Pilots Rating in 1948 and joined the Civil Aviation Authority, now the Federal Aviation Administration, and became a specialist in Air Traffic Control, Facility Flight Inspection and Air Carrier Operations.
During his second tour in Europe with the FAA, he was awarded the Secretary’s Award for Valor. Following retirement from the FAA in 1980, he was recruited by ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) as an aviation expert. In his total career, he accumulated more than 16,000 flight hours as pilot and worked with the civil aviation authorities of 37 foreign countries.
He married Lillian Marguerite Michael, also of Atlanta, in 1946. Before moving to Holmes Beach several years ago, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Marietta, Ga.
Memorial donations may be made to Roser Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.
Mr. Davis is survived by sister Mrs. Dale Topping of Roswell; daughter Mrs. Debbie Davis Holman of Marietta; son James G. Davis Jr. of Hiawassee; granddaughters Mrs. Courtenay Holman Wall and Ms. Haley Holman, both of Marietta, and Rebecca Davis of Hiawassee; and five great-grandchildren.
Kenneth L. Freshwater Sr.,
Kenneth L. Freshwater Sr., 88, of Natrona Heights, Pa., and Bradenton Beach, died Nov. 6 in Concordia, Pa.. He was born Aug. 18, 1924, in New Kensington, Pa., to the late Harry L. and Cora (Hahn) Freshwater.
Mr. Freshwater lived most of his life in Fawn Township, Pa., and wintered in Florida for 30 years. He was a glasscutter at PPG, Creighton, for more than 41 years and was a part-time police officer in the township for 10 years. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of the 489th 4th Armored Division that landed in Normandy Beach on D-Day under Gen. George S. Patton.
He was a member of Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, , Pa., life member and past commander of Tarentum VFW Post 5758; Brackenridge American Legion Post 226, Moose Lodge of Bradenton Beach, and was the park manager at Pines Trailer Park in Bradenton Beach for nine years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
He and wife Josephine celebrated 70 years of marriage Sept. 28.
Visitation for relatives and friends was to be in Tarentum, Pa., with a memorial Mass celebrated Nov. 9. Interment was in Mount Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights, Pa., with full military honors by the Tarentum VFW and Brackenridge American Legion. Memorial donations may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice of Concordia online at www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
Mr. Freshwater is survived by wife, Josephine M. (Denis); children Juanita and John Graham of Tarentum, Barbara Dobrowolski of Natrona Heights, Mary Lou and husband Chad Cohen of Natrona Heights, Joseph and wife Mary Myers of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Louise and husband Mark Fiorina of Lower Burrell, Ronald and wife Candis of Leechburg, Joanne and husband Robert Wislie of Natrona Heights, Jeanne Tarpley and husband Tim Pacek of Tarentum, Mark and wife Robin of Cleveland, Paul and wife Tracy of Fawn Township; 30 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Christoforos Gikas, 88, of Bradenton Beach, died Nov. 9. He was born on April 4, 1924, in Doverna, Greece.
Mr. Gikas served with the Army in Greece and immigrated to the United States in 1953. He settled in Cedar Grove, N.J., where he owned and operated several restaurants in Cedar Grove and Livingston, N.J. He moved to Bradenton Beach in 2005.
He was a member of the St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church in Sarasota.
Visitation and Trisagion service were held at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton. Services were Nov. 12 at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church. Memorial donations may be made to the church. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Shannon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Gikas is survived by his wife, Katina (Moulkiotis); sons Chris of Woodcliff Lakes, N.J., and Bill of Bradenton Beach; brother Nonda Gikas of Paramus, N.J.; sisters Rita Drivas of Fort Lee, N.J., and Evgania Mihalis of Doverna, Greece; and grandsons Christopher and Stefanos of Woodcliff Lakes, N.J.
Robinson G. ‘Bob’ King Jr.
Robinson G. “Bob” King Jr., died Nov. 5, at Langdale Hospice House in Valdosta, Ga. He was born May 9, 1924, in Des Moines, Iowa, to the late Robinson G. King Sr. and Gladys Marie Minehart.
During World War II, Mr. King enlisted in the U.S. Navy and, on receiving his wings, became a flight instructor at the age of 20. He retired as a commander after serving 28 years in the Navy Reserve.
His passion for flying continued for more than 50 years. He logged 15,000 hours of flight time and earned the nickname “Sky King.”
After the war, he graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in civil engineering. In 1964, after several years working in the construction industry, he started his own general construction company, King-Bole Inc., in Des Moines.
Mr. King retired in 1994 and, with wife, Nancy, moved to Anna Maria Island, where they enjoyed flying, sailing, golfing, playing cards and traveling.
He was a member of the Order of Daedalians, the National Military Pilots Fraternity, Quiet Birdman and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He was also a member of the Key Royale Club and was active in many organizations, including Master Builders of Iowa, Za-Ga-Zig Flying Fez, Gulf Coast Shrine Club, American Legion, Meals on Wheels and Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island.
A celebration of life will follow at a later date in Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Foundation, P.O. Box 1215, Holmes Beach FL 34218.
Gordon L. Lindstrom
Gordon L. Lindstrom, 88, of Holmes Beach, died Nov. 2. He was born in Minneapolis and moved to Holmes Beach in 1995.
Mr. Lindstrom was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II. He was a member of the Northwest Baptist Church in Bradenton, and the Key Royale Club in Homes Beach.
Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in charge.
Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mr. Lindstrom is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bobbe; son Tom of Chandler of Arizona; daughters, Debbie and husband Tom Welch of Minneapolis and Kristen and husband Steve Nelson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Gloria J. Svec
Gloria J. Svec, 86, a 25-year resident of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 31. She was born in Willoughby, Ohio.
She was employed at General Electric of Jefferson where she was the shop operations coordinator. While living on Anna Maria Island, Gloria worked at Walgreens.
Mrs. Svec was a wonderful cook and always looked forward to gatherings at her home with friends and family. She enjoyed long beach walks. She will be remembered for her love of family, her fierce independence and her willingness to go out of her way to help others. Gloria was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Mrs. Svec is survived by daughters Linda Hazelton of Geneva, Ohio, and Lana Craig of Bradenton, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass was held Nov. 3 at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church in Mentor, Ohio. Memorial ccontributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula OH 44004.