Obituaries March 21 to March 28 (continued)

Dr. John Deck, Sr.
Dr. John Marion Deck, Sr.

RICHMOND — Dr. John Marion Deck, Sr. passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Isaac Jacob and Mary Chostner Deck, he was born September 15, 1930, in Crockett, Texas, and moved with his parents as a small child to their native St. Louis, Missouri, where he grew up.

In addition to his loving wife of 50 years, Deborah Anne Ruhle Deck, he is survived by one daughter, Anne Henderson Deck (Sean Slone) of Lexington; two sons, John Marion Deck, Jr. of Richmond and Richard Ruhle Deck (Valesa) of Somerset; and one granddaughter, Mackenzie Lynn Deck. He is also survived by an aunt, Lois Chostner Wright (Denver) of St. Louis. He was a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education & Recreation.

As Professor Emeritus at Eastern Kentucky University, where he was beloved by students and faculty alike, Dr. Deck served as Chairman in the Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation until his retirement in 1991. He also actively served the Southern District Assoc. for Health, Physical Education & Recreation and the Kentucky Assoc. for Health, Physical Education & Recreation. Dr. Deck completed his Ph.D., Master of Science, and Director of Education degrees at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., where he met his wife, who was also in graduate school at the time. He was a member of Phi Epsilon Kappa fraternity during his undergraduate and graduate years and later became a member of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional association for educators.

Before completing his Ph.D., Dr. Deck earned a Director of Education degree with an emphasis in psychology, an area he astutely applied within his physical education field to help pioneer what is now known as Sports Psychology for which he served on various state and national Boards of Directors. An author and presenter of numerous professional articles and texts, he further specialized in kinesiology and helped to bring EKU’s Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation to national prominence.

Prior to becoming a professor and administrator at EKU, he proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and eventually became Head Football Coach of the Air Force’s Texas-based team in the 1950s. Later, his love of coaching found him at the University of South Carolina in Columbia where he was named Assistant Head Football Coach in the early 1960s during which the USC Gamecocks enjoyed noted success, all the while serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education.

In 1965, Dr. Deck decided to dedicate his career exclusively to collegiate academics and joined EKU’s Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation as an Associate Professor. A longtime sports enthusiast who lettered throughout high school in St. Louis and during his undergraduate years at Central Methodist University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology, Dr. Deck excelled in football, baseball, tennis, basketball, and swimming. His lifelong favorite pastime, though, was fishing. He was an active member of the League of Kentucky Sportsmen and Bass Fishermen’s Club of America for which he successfully participated in numerous tournaments throughout his life.

A lifelong Christian known for his unwavering integrity, strong character, compassion, keen wit and patriotism, Dr. Deck served as President of the Sons of the American Revolution in the late 1970s and was a proud member of both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Additionally, he was named a Kentucky Colonel during Gov. Julian Carroll’s administration. He was a life member of the Indiana University Alumni Association and member of Central Methodist University’s Alumni Association, as well as having been a charter member of Arlington Country Club.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. for family, friends and colleagues on Sunday, March 27, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home in Richmond with services scheduled the following day, Monday, at 1 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Curtis Christian of First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Interment will follow in The Lexington Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Terrell Cobb, MacArthur Combs, Mark Darbyshire, David Gore, Dwight Hays, Robert Hays Jr., Sean Slone, and Darrell Weitkamp.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Dr. Deck’s memory to one’s favorite charity. As a devoted husband, father, friend, professor, coach and an accomplished pioneer in his field, Dr. Deck touched many lives. Indeed, his influence will live on in all who were privileged to know and love him.

Mr. John Omer Huff
John Omer Huff

John Omer Huff, 94, of Berea, died March 22 at Berea Health Care Center after a long illness.

A Berea native and a lifelong resident, he grew up in the Middletown area, attending the one room Todd School, at a time when much of this area of Madison County was rural.

Needing a job and eager to see the world, he joined the Army at age 18, eventually serving in Europe and Iceland before the United States involvement in World War II. After his enlistment was up, he remained in the reserves, and when war broke out in 1941, he returned to active service.

He was assigned to the medical division of the 10th Infantry as an ambulance driver/litter bearer. He participated in two campaigns and the Battle of the Bulge, Nazi Germanys final push for victory. In 1944, while carrying a litter with a wounded soldier, he was hit by shrapnel, earning a Purple Heart.

After the war, he found employment at what is now the Blue Grass Army Depot, serving in various capacities starting in 1946 until his retirement in 1973.

A quiet man, who enjoyed his garden, family and friends, John Huff was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; his parents Willie and Ollie,five brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Huff-Carter (Tom), Berea; nephew Charles Combs(Jackie) of Berea, nieces Devonna Lunsford of Florida, Vondetta Richardson of Richmond, and his special sister-in-law, Katherine Huff, Berea.

Memorial services for Mr. Huff and his wife, Margaret will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, at the Berea Cemetery. Military Rites will be observed. Reppert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John VanWinkle
John VanWinkle

John VanWinkle, age 71, of Rockcastle County, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center in Richmond. He was born on August 24, 1939 to the late Garney and Mary Angeline (Angie) King VanWinkle. He was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church. He loved people and he loved to talk. Mr. VanWinkle was loved by many and will be sadly missed.

Mr. VanWinkle is survived by: his sisters, Viola Miller of Rockcastle County, Lillie Dobbs of Rockcastle County; his brothers, James Wayne VanWinkle of Rockcastle County, Bill VanWinkle (Margaret) of Berea, Buram (Jackie) VanWinkle of Lexington, Ky. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Reo, Clyde, and Vernon Vanwinkle; his sisters, Ardilla VanWinkle and Mildred Thomas. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. VanWinkle will be 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Davis and Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Vester Alexander officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday.

Earl Ray “Red” Croucher

Earl Ray “Red” Croucher age 65 of Raven Drive in Berea, passed away on Tuesday March 22, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington.
Red was born in Madison County to Florence Wolfe Croucher and the late Franklin William Croucher. He was a retired truck driver for American Greeting Cards, a member of Pilot Knob Missionary Baptist Church and a U.S Marines veteran.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie Helen Webb Croucher, two children Benjamin Ray (Deanna) Croucher and Jeffery Lee Croucher all of Berea, two siblings Alice Fay Thacker of Greenville, OH and William Dale Croucher of Richmond, KY, and three grandchildren Daniel Lee Croucher, Joseph Benjamin Croucher and Rebecca Brooke Croucher. In addition to his father he is also preceded in death by one daughter Alice Michelle Croucher, one brother Marvin T. Croucher and one grandchild Austin Jeffery Croucher.

Funeral services will be 1 pm Friday March 25, 2011 at Lakes Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Moberly and Rev. Robert Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will Thursday evening from 6-9 pm at the funeral home. Active pallbearers will be Daniel Croucher, Joseph Croucher, James Clyde Payne, Scott Payne, William Barney Young, Tyler Rigsby, Howard Thacker, Buddy Croucher, Rebecca Croucher and Angie Durham. Honorary bearers will be Lonnie Abney, Bernie Brumagen, Larry “Tiny” Mullins, Mark Thacker and Steve True.

Sallie Ann Hensley Riddell
Sallie Ann Oliver Hensley Riddell

Sallie Ann Oliver Hensley Riddell, 74, widow of Gordon W. Hensley and Marshall Owen Riddell, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the Compassionate Care Center.
Mrs. Riddell was born in Clark County on May 12, 1936 to James Woodrow and Mandy Abner Oliver. She had worked for Professional Transportation, was retired from Gibson Greeting Cards Company and was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Her survivors include her son; Mitchell Wayne Hensley, brother ; James Mason Oliver, sisters; Zula Mae Slusher, Beulah Rose Honeycutt (Jerry), two grandchildren; Alison Nicole Hensley, Danielle Patryce Hensley, one great granddaughter; Audyn Sophia Hensley, friends; Barbara Moberly and Pat Rogers.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Thursday at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Rev. Mark McGuire, Dr. Neal Prather and Rev. Sidney Sparks officiating. Burial will follow in Madison Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be her nephews; David Oliver, Christopher Oliver, Rex Oliver, Carl Oliver, Phillip Rogers and Justin Riddell.

Leave a Reply