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Date of Issue: May 01, 2009

Obituaries

William James ‘Bill’ Gibson

William James “Bill” Gibson, 94, of Holmes Beach, died April 28.

Born at Richmond Hill, Queens, N.Y., Mr. Gibson moved to Manatee County in 1957. He owned and operated a gas station in Bradenton, and later did the milk routes for Hood’s Dairy and Pet Dairy from Anna Maria Island to Sarasota until his retirement in 1980. He worked on Wall Street as a runner and at a box plant in the 1930s, then joined Krug Baking Company. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he oversaw the construction of LST 1022, which served in the Pacific Theater during the war, including the resupply of the Marines at Iwo Jima and the invasion of Okinawa Ginto in June 1945. He was an avid bowler and golfer, and won many league championships. He was an usher, later head usher, at St. Bernard Catholic Church for more than 40 years and volunteered for many pancake breakfasts and other fundraisers. In 2001, at age 85, he had a hole-in-one at the Palma Sola Golf course. In 2002, at age 86, he climbed the 219 steps of the Anastasia Light House at St. Augustine. He left many friends around the county, especially from the from Palma Sola Golf Club, Duffy's Tavern, the BeachHouse and Sandbar restaurants, where he was a regular over the years.

Viewing and services will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Bradenton Funeral Home, 5827 14th St. W., Bradenton. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. May 2 at Skyway Memorial Gardens, 5200 U.S. Hwy. 19, Palmetto. A Catholic Mass for the Dead will be held at 10:30 a.m. May 13 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

He is survived by daughter Pamela N. of Holmes Beach and many nieces and nephews.

Imogene Osgood Judge Kehoe

Mom left us for her place in heaven on April 22, 2009. She passed peacefully with her beloved children and daughter-in-law at her side in Fort Worth, Texas. She is survived by her husband, William Kehoe; children Jody and Craig Judge and daughter-in-law Terry Judge; grandsons, Cory and Trevor Judge; and sisters Patricia Buell, Marianna Weaver and Barbara Henry. She was the daughter of William and Anna Osgood of Elmira, N.Y. Jean lived and worked in the Elmira area most of her life and was last employed by the architectural firm of Haskell, Connor, Frost and Foor. Upon retiring, she moved to Bradenton where she married Bill on Anna Maria Island in 1997. In 2004, they relocated to Fort Worth to be near their family, where they lived together always. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Horseheads, N.Y. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

 

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ J. Sparre

Elizabeth “Betty” J. Sparre, 84, from Middletown, Ohio, and formerly Holmes Beach, died April 17.

Mrs. Sparre moved to Holmes Beach from Ohio in 1968, returning to Middletown in 2003.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc., 2600 Network Blvd., Ste. 300, Frisco TX 75034, or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128-6804.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

 

Colleen Kerns Walter

Colleen Kerns Walter, 71, of Anna Maria, died April 18.

Born in Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Walter was involved on numerous boards and volunteered for many organizations.

Visitation will be at 3 p.m. Friday, May 1, with memorial service at 4 p.m. at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School, 315 41st St. W., Bradenton FL 34209.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Richard; daughters Beth Bernet and husband Josh of Anna Maria, and Tiff of Myakka City; sons Steve and wife Janet of Longboat Key, and Mike and wife Becky of Longboat Key; brother Bill Kerns and wife Marva of Evergreen, Colo.; and grandchildren Henry, Sophia and William Bernet, and Lucy, Reagan, Jack, Seth, Anni and Tori.

 

Philip G.Ware Jr.

Philip G. “Flipe” Ware Jr., 55, Holmes Beach, died April 17 at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital. Philip came with his family to Anna Maria Island in the 1970s from Providence, R.I.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for 11 years. His last station was McDill Air Force Base. He was employed from 2000 to 2007 at the Circle K store on Anna Maria Island.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota. Covell Funeral Home is serving the family.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Anna Maria Island Community Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.

He is survived father Philip G. Ware Sr. of Bradenton; brothers, Michael of Columbus, Ohio, Russell and wife Verna of Bradenton, Jeffrey and wife Deona of Holmes Beach; sisters Connie and husband Bob Wash of Sarasota, Karen of South Bend; and Joyce of Bradenton; and 12 nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Orville Willoughby

Orville Willoughby, 81, of Bradenton, formerly of San Diego, died April 21.

There were no services. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory, 26th Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Elizabeth “Ann” of Holmes Beach; sons James of Franklin, Ohio, and John of Angola, Ind.; daughters Joy Lynn Calhoun-Willoughby of Middleton, Ohio, and Jane A. Willoughby-Woods of Chico, Calif.; brother Albert of St. Cloud; sister Mary McGuire of Waynesville, Ohio; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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