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Date of Issue: October 20, 2005

Obituaries

Greg 'Shiprek' Davidson

Greg "Shiprek" Davidson, 52, of Bradenton, died Oct. 17.

Born in Green Port, Long Island, N.Y., Mr. Davidson moved to Manatee County in the early 1990s. He was president of Anna Maria Island Privateers. He was vice president of West Manatee Fire and Rescue District Volunteers and a member of the American Legion.

Private services for family and friends were planned, with a Celebration Of Life to follow, hosted by the Privateers, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anna Maria Island Privateers, P.O. Box 1238, Holmes Beach FL 34218. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by companion Kathy Griffenkranz; twin sister Margie Martin and sister Christine Hood, both of Louisana; and brother Larry Reeves of Arizona.

Isabel May Ballantyne Davis

Isabel May Ballantyne Davis, 88, of Keene, N.H., and formerly Holmes Beach, died Oct. 8.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., Mrs. Davis was a home economic teacher at Vestal Central School in New York. She was a graduate of Syracuse University. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. During World War II, she was a plane spotter and worked in a defense plant. She was a member of the Dinner Dance Club at Westbay Point and Moorings and the Key Royale Club. She was active in the Girl Scouts, the United Way, American Heart Association and Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Keene.

Services were in Keene. Memorial contributions may be made to the Keene Downtown Memorial Tree Fund, in care of Trustee of Trust Funds, City Hall, Keene NH 03431, or to Cedarcrest Foundation, 91 Maple Ave., Keene NH 03431.

She is survived by husband of 63 years Donald D.; daughter Carolyn Jane of Newburyport, Mass.; son Jeffrey Allan of Williston, Vt.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three nieces.

Fred Haverland

Fred Haverland, 91, of Bradenton, died Oct. 3.

Born in Lincoln, Neb., Mr. Haverland moved to Manatee County from St. Cloud, Minn., in the early 1970s. He was the owner-operator of Key's Motel and Restaurant, a member of First United Methodist Church of St. Cloud, and was in the Masonic Lodge and Shrine Temple. He directed the Tri-County Community Action Program from 1967-68, was base operator for the St. Cloud Municipal Airport and part owner of Benson's Funeral Home. In Florida, he was a member of the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron, Palma Sola Bay Yacht Club and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the auditorium at Freedom Village, 6501 17th Ave. W., Bradenton.

He is survived by daughter Andrea Engel of Roseville, Minn.; son Mark of Des Moines, Iowa; stepson Gregory Haslach of Hauppauge, N.Y.; sister mary Preece of Lincoln; friend Semha Zimmerman of Bradenton; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

James K. Jorgenson

James K. Jorgenson, 88, of Bradenton, died Oct. 11.

Born in McKeesport, Pa., Mr. Jorgenson came to Manatee County from West Warrick, R.I., in 1980. He was a retired civil engineer. He was a graduate of Penn State University. He was a member of the Key Royale Club, Holmes Beach, and Master Free Mason, Scottish Rite. He was Protestant.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Bradenton Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by companion Melbae K. Abel; sons William L. of Boston, Mass., and James K. Jr. of Hudson, Ohio; sisters Pat Campbell of North Richland Hills, Texas, and Phyllis Hofmeister of Spring Hill; brothers Jack of Elizabeth, Pa. And Pet of Clarksburg, Pa.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Charles 'Chuck' E. Stearns

Charles "Chuck" E. Stearns, 67, of Bradenton and formerly Holmes Beach, died Oct. 10.

Born in Paw Paw, Mich., Mr. Stearns was a deputy with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office for two years before becoming known as "Officer Friendly" with the Holmes Beach Police Department, where he was recognized as Officer of the Year in 2000. He served in the U.S. Navy as a medical corpsman. He was a firefighter in Kalamazoo, Mich. He served on the West Manatee Fire and Rescue District Commission for 2 1/2 years and on that body's pension board for five years. He served on the City of Bradenton's Merit Board. He was a member of the Key Royale Club, the Bradenton Elks Club and the American Legion. He was a Shriner.

A Celebration of Life will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chuck Stearns Scholarship Fund in care of West Manatee Fire and Rescue, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. The funds will be used to allow a youth to attend the fire or police academy. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Lynda; son Steve and his wife Collette of Lapeer, Mich.; stepson Rick from North Carolina; sister Corinne Price of Paw Paw and Palmetto; brother Jim and wife Sue of Howard City, Mich.; grandchildren Lindsay and Kyle of Lapeer; mother-in-law Lorene Reaves of Bradenton; and aunt Eltise Studstill of Rhine, Ga.

Arden 'Pete' L. Stewart

Arden "Pete" L. Stewart, 94, of Bradenton, died Oct. 12.

Born in Perry County, Pa., Mr. Stewart moved to Bradenton from Springfield, Ohio, in 1950. He owned King Kone Ice Cream and was the leaseholder for the Coquina Beach concession stand until he retired in 1973.

Memorial services were Oct. 15. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by son Richard of Chuckey, Tenn.; daughter Phyllis Schuck of Bradenton; brother Russell of Ohio; sisters Kathryn Shroyer and Dolores Friezell, both of Ohio; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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