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Date of Issue: May 05, 2010

Obituaries

Captain Arthur W. Bull

Captain Arthur W. Bull died April 28 at home.

He fought a long battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, but remained terminally happy. Captain Bull had a rich, full and fascinating life.

He joined the Merchant Marines at age 18 and wrestled professionally in the United States, New Zealand, Australia and Cuba.

He owned a barge line in Iowa and Illinois, and later owned and captained three paddlewheel boats in the Midwest, primarily on the Mississippi River.

He and his wife wintered on Anna Maria Island and raised their daughters there.

They purchased and ran the Island bus.

Captain Bull is predeceased by his daughters, Bobbi Hayes and Babe King. He is survived by his daughters, Micki (Wayne) Poston and Debbie (Ron) Santarlas; granddaughter, Kim Christeson; son-in-law, Norbert King; three grandsons, and 1 great-grandson; sisters, Peggy Scherlin, Mary Fluegge, and brother, Ed Bull.

There will be no services.

Donations can be made to TideWell Hospice, Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238 or the American Cancer Society, 4955 SR 64 East, Bradenton, FL 34208.

Arrangements by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.

Robert C. ‘Bob’ Grant

Robert C. “Bob” Grant died April 25.

A memorial service was scheduled to take place May 3.

Brown & Sons Funeral Home & Crematory was handling arrangements.

Mr. Grant is survived by wife Mary, daughter Debbie Fields and her husband Jack, daughter Lin Price and her husband Andy, six grandchildren and friends at the Cortez Cafe.

Thomas Edward ‘Turtle Tom’ Van Ness

Thomas Edward “Turtle Tom” Van Ness of Cortez, died April 25 at Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton.

He was 69.

Mr. Van Ness was born in Detroit, where he was employed with the Ford Motor Company as a machinist and grinder.

Good Earth Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Also, a gathering of friends to celebrate Mr. Van Ness’ life is being organized for Wednesday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at D’Andrea’s Cafe in Cortez.

He is survived by daughter Leslie Engle, sons David and Thomas, five grandchildren and significant other Dorian Faber.

Donations in Mr. Van Ness’ name can be made to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, 2213 Ave. B., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217.

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