Obituaries – 01-16-2013

William Blake Bierbaum

William Blake Bierbaum, 49, of Palmetto, died Jan. 8. He was born Oct. 9, 1963, in McComb, Miss. He moved to Manatee County in 1986 and worked locally and throughout the Southeastern United States in the produce industry, most recently for Publix.

The family received friends Jan. 12 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Services also will be held in McComb. Memorial donations may be made to the music department of Louise Johnson Middle School of International Studies, 2121 26th Ave. E., Bradenton, FL 34208. Condolences for the family may be made online at

Mr. Bierbaum is survived by his wife of 24 years, Renee (Ravencraft); son Logan McCain of Palmetto; parents William L. of Holmes Beach and Maxine of McComb; brother Grant McCain of McComb; and close family friend Kent Williford of Holmes Beach as well as many extended family members and friends.


Daniel E. Simmons

Daniel E. Simmons, 76, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 5. He was born in Cincinnati and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1998.

Mr. Simmons was a proposal specialist for G.E. He attended the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach, and was a member of the Moose Lodge.

A celebration of life was held Jan. 10 at Church of the Annunciation. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Bradenton.

Mr. Simmons is survived by his sons, Dan and Brian; stepson Ben Ficks; daughters Dawn Leppert, Tonia Ellis and Alli Leuthold; stepdaughter Ridgely Ficks; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, all of Ohio.

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