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Date of Issue: February 22, 2007

Obituaries

William 'Bill' L. Basehore

William "Bill" L. Basehore, 87, of Bradenton, died Feb. 5.

Born in Jeanette, Pa., Mr. Basehore moved to Florida in 1946. He worked for Zoller Lumber Co. and later opened Zoller Air Conditioning. He then started his own business, Basehore Heating and Air Conditioning. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was a member of American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 in Bradenton. He attended First Baptist Church of Bradenton.

There were no memorial services. Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church Youth Program, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife of 15 years Jean Bell; daughter Pam and her husband Doug de Gruchy of Holmes Beach; son William of Franklin, N.C.; step-daughters Carol Bell and her husband Ritt Hensley, and Robin Bell Nunley, all of Bradenton; step-sons Ron M. Bell and James Allen Bell; brothers Floyd and his wife Betty of Leesburg, and Bob and his wife Opal of Dade City; seven step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

 

Ralph 'Gordy' Butterfield

Ralph "Gordy" Butterfield, 86, of Kalamazoo, Mich., and formerly Anna Maria Island, died Feb. 5.

Mr. Butterfield retired to Manatee County from Detroit, Mich., more than 20 years ago. He was an active member of Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria and Aldersgate Methodist Church in Detroit. He was an avid golfer.

Family memorial services will be March 4 at Roser, 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

He is survived by daughters Jeanne, Deb and Kara; sons-in-law Michael and Al; and grandchildren Laura, Katie and John.

 

Jane Lowe

Jane Lowe, 86, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 6.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. Lowe moved to the Island in 1989. She was a school librarian and real estate agent. She was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

There were no services. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Bruce; daughters Georgina Hackney and Kristin Earls; son Frederick; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

 

Edward F. 'Skip' Nunn Jr.

Edward F. "Skip" Nunn Jr., 63, "Mr. Holmes Beach," of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 9.

Born in Ithaca, N.Y., Mr. Nunn grew up in the Finger Lakes, near Trumansburg, N.Y., and moved to Holmes Beach in 1975. He worked for the city of Holmes Beach, and headed up the public works staff. He worked as a lifeguard at Taughannock Falls State Park. He was a graduate of Manatee High School. He was a member of the Pier Regulars, Anna Maria City.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Anna Maria City Pier from 1 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 14. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 4902 Eisenhower Blvd., Suite 295, Tampa FL 33634; the Kidney Foundation, 1040 Woodcock Road, Suite 119, Orlando FL 32803-3510; or the Anna Maria Island Community Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Virginia "Ginny"; daughter Monica Van Handel of Bradenton; son Stephen of Howardsville, Va.; mother Carol of Holmes Beach; sisters Mary Maki and her husband Raymond of Newtown, Conn., and Michelle Jackson and her husband Dan of New Milford, Conn.; granddaughter Amanda Van Handel of Bradenton; two nieces; two nephews; first wife and mother of his children Dianne Tymeson and her husband Bruce of Bradenton; and loving cat Matilda.

 

Ronald A. Roeske

Ronald A. Roeske, 73, of Rouge River, Ore., and formerly Anna Maria Island and Bradenton, died Jan. 28.

Mr. Roeske is survived by his wife Carolyn; daughters Kerri, Diane and Heidi; and sons John, George, William and Eric.

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