Obituaries – 10-16-2019

Ronald G. Edmonds

Ronald G. Edmonds, a longtime resident of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 6.

He was born to Eddie and Minnie (Olin) and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota.

He was married to Judy (Koslowski) and Charlene (Wilson).

He volunteered for more than 20 years with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring.

A celebration of life was Oct. 10 at Bayfront Park Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring at islandturtlewatch.com/get-involved/make-a-donation. Arrangements are by Shannon Funeral Homes Westview Chapel. Condolences may be made online at shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Mr. Edmonds is survived by his wife, Charlene; daughter Kim Malone; sons Todd and Chad, Jon Hughes and wife Heather; grandchildren Ashlee, Chase, Caylyn, Jaden, Judith Jade and Tegan; and five great-grandchildren.

 

Michael Miller

Michael Miller of Anna Maria Island died Oct. 9. He was 81.

As of Islander press time, the newspaper had not received an obituary for Mr. Miller, who was very active in the city of Anna Maria, where he shared with anyone who showed an interest — including officials at city hall and businesspeople along Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive — his knowledge of native Florida plants.

Micheal Coleman, a friend and associate, informed the newspaper of Mr. Miller’s death. He wrote, “Mike was a brilliant, passionate and generous man. His landscapes and designs will remain as living legacies of authenticity for generations to come. He was loved by many, Jane and I chief among them. We will miss him.”

Mr. Miller’s Facebook page contained some details of his life.

He attended Lakeland Senior High School in Lakeland.       He studied at Michigan State University, about which, he wrote on his Facebook page, “I didn’t learn much, but I had a lot of fun.”

At Wayne State University in Detroit, he studied humanities, focused on the interrelationship among the fine arts.

He worked as a designer at Ford Motor Co. and as vice chief of design at Volkswagenwerk AG.

He also was a designer at Objectives Inc., focusing on architecture, interiors and landscapes.

He also maintained perfectisland.us, about providing information on landscaping with the plants specifically native to Florida’s west coast barrier islands and mainland bay shorelines, especially Anna Maria Island.

About coming to the island, he wrote on the site, “Everyone who immigrates to the barrier islands arrives on the wings of a dream. The source of the dream for each may vary, but the dream itself is always the same: ‘I am going to live on a tropical island.’ Mine was born on childhood vacations in the mid-1940s — living for a month each summer in sugary sands, salty water, and an old wooden cottage.”

Arrangements were by Mortuary Services of Florida in Fort Myers.

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