Obituaries September 19 to September 26, 2011

Charles Wyatt

Charles Edward Wyatt

Charles Edward Wyatt, 101, passed from this life September 24, 2011. He was born on June 9, 1910 in Disputana, Kentucky, son of the late George and Clara Venable Wyatt, and was the second youngest of ten children. Charles grew up in Berea and attended Berea Foundation School. During his early years he held several construction jobs, worked for Western Union in Chicago and for the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC) in California. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Signal Corps. While in the China/Burma/India Theater stationed at Chungking, China, he was responsible for maintaining radio and telegraph communications in the theater of operations including India, China, and Australia. He received a commendation and a recommendation for promotion to 2nd Lt. upon completion of his tour. He returned to Berea after the war and married his life companion, Polly Lengfellner. Charles established Wyatt Supply Company, a masonry building supply business in 1947, and operated the company until 1974. He was also one of the first persons to repair and sell radios and televisions in Berea.

Charlie, as he was fondly known by everyone, was best known as founder of the Club Arena Skating Rink in 1960. Four generations of Berea and surrounding area children and adults learned to roller skate, had their birthday parties, and many even met their future spouses at the rink which he operated until the early 1990s.

In his later years, he self taught himself to use the computer. At the urging of one of his great nieces, Elizabeth Quick, he compiled, scanned photos, printed, and bound an over 100 page autobiography of his life story titled Life in the Twentieth Century. A copy was donated and is on file at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Charles was a member of the Berea United Methodist Church, American Legion Cleveland Frost Post 50, and Roller Skating Association International.

Survivors include three sons, George (Doris) E. Wyatt, Larry (Susan Kay) G. Wyatt, and Terry (Melissa) G. Wyatt; seven grandchildren, Tricia Becker (Brian), Stephanie Fultz (Jay), Joel Wyatt, Chris Wyatt (Kristina), Elizabeth Wyatt, Daniel Wyatt, Austin Wyatt; two great granddaughters, Reagan Becker, and Jessica Fultz.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death in 2005 by his loving wife of 59 years, Polly Lengfellner Wyatt; nine brothers and sisters, Ida Bell Swovoda, Bessie Frarrie, Mary Francis Schairbaum, Wiley Lee Roy Wyatt, Benjamin Frank Wyatt, Eleanor Shell, Grace Viars, Millard Filmore Wyatt, and Hilda Pearl Reed.

Funeral Service 10:00 AM Thursday at Berea United Methodist Church with Pastor Gary Rowan and Reverend Lee Hubbard officiating. Interment will follow in Berea Cemetery. Visitation 6:00 to 9:00 PM Wednesday at Reppert Funeral Home. Memorial gifts suggested to Berea United Methodist Church Bridge Fund, 101 Fee Street, Berea, KY 40403. Reppert Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Emma Matthews Rice

Emma Rice

RICHMOND — Emma Rice, 54, of Rice Court, Richmond, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2011, in the Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 10, 1956, to the late Luther C. (Sr.) and Dorothy Alford Matthews. She was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith.

Emma is survived by: her husband, Rex; two sons, Larry Matthews of Richmond, and Richard Matthews (Anna) of Oskaloosa, Iowa; one daughter, Angelica Skytaysha Slone (Douglas) of Richmond; one brother, Luther Matthews, Jr., of Ohio; five sisters, Virginia Baker of Barbourville, Ky., Nancy Wilson of Abilene, Texas, Doris Short of Richmond and Wanda Rowlette of Georgetown. Emma was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first grandson, Douglas Dakota Slone. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Teresa Smith.

Services for Emma will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with the Rev. Glen Collins officiating. Burial will follow at the Pilot Knob Cemetery. Visitation began at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Pallbearers will be George Matthews, Randall Matthews, L. C. Matthews, Shane Short, Jonathan Gray and Douglas Slone. Honorary bearers will be Larry and Richard Matthews.

Marian Elizabeth Isaacs Lawson

RICHMOND — Marian Elizabeth Isaacs Lawson, 77, of Oliver Drive, passed away Friday, September 22, 2011, in the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. Mrs. Lawson was born in Madison County on May 3, 1934 to the late Sherman and Lena Jenkins Isaacs.

Survivors include: her husband, William T. Lawson, Sr., her son: William “Tommy” Lawson, Jr.; two daughters: Tammy Morris (Earl) and Cheryl Neal (Dewayne), all of Irvine; two sisters: Gladys Wall (Walter) and Edith Moberly; four grandchildren: Steven Lowe, Wendi Branstetter, Zack Neal and Dylan Neal and two great grandchildren: Cecilia and Abigail.

The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, September 26, 2011, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Rev. Allene Coon officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be her grandson, as well as, Earl Morris, Dewayne Neal and Michael J. Branstetter.

Daniel Richard Deane

Daniel Richard Deane

RICHMOND — Daniel Richard Deane, 77, passed away Monday, September 19, 2011, at the Compassionate Care Center, Richmond, Ky. He was born October 7, 1933, in Dayton, Ohio, the only son of the late Daniel R. and Emma McGowan Deane. The Deane family moved to Lexington, Ky., in 1944. Richard graduated from Lafayette High School in 1951, and attended the University of Kentucky where he earned his AB and MA Degrees in Art Teaching. His teaching career began in the Lexington City Schools in 1958, where he taught Art in four elementary schools. He later taught at Bryan Station Jr. and Sr. High Schools prior to his 1962 move to Richmond, where he was employed with Eastern Kentucky University as the Art Instructor at Model Laboratory School.

While at Model, Richard coached the school’s swim team to two state swimming championships and received two Bud Cavana Awards as the top school overall swimming program in the state of Kentucky. In 1969, Richard left Model to finish his educational cycle at Northern Illinois University where he earned a Masters of Fine Art Degree in 1971. Upon returning to Richmond, he began teaching in the EKU College of Education, and served as an Art Education Professor for the next twenty-one years. During these years, Mr. Deane was twice named Art Teacher of the Year in Kentucky and served as a two-time President of the Kentucky Art Education Association. He was also honored in 2000 as the Retired Art Teacher of Kentucky.

Two of his proudest moments came after being named to the EKU “Wall of Fame”, which honored his teaching excellence sponsored by the EKU College of Education. During the years prior to KERA (Kentucky Educational Reform Act), he worked diligently to get Art approved as essential to the education of Kentucky children in the classroom. When the Reform Act was signed into law, Mr. Deane took great pride in the knowledge that Art was declared as BASIC in the learning process of all Kentucky children. He was the founder of the Kentucky All State High School Art Exhibition which is celebrating its 26th annual exhibition in 2011.

After his retirement, two scholarships were presented in his honor. One of the scholarships was presented at EKU to assist undergraduate Art Education majors and the other at Model Laboratory School to reward special achievement in Art and Swimming.

Mr. Deane has served the Richmond community in many ways. He has served on the following boards: RAAC, Mcready Manor, Telford YMCA, and was the founding president of the Bluegrass Rotary Club. In the Rotary Organization, he was a Paul Harris Fellow and served as Assistant Governor in Kentucky Rotary.

He served the First Christian Church as Official Board President, church school teacher, church choir, chairman of the youth committee, worship committee, and elder for twenty-six years. Richard was an artist representative in the Richmond/Berea Japanese Exchange program, and operated the Deane School of Art for many years. While a member at the Telford YMCA, he was named Volunteer of the Year in 1995, and received the “Y” Special Service Award in 2007. He also served his country in the US Army during the Korean era.

Mr. Deane was a life-long swimmer. As letterman at the University of Kentucky he swam on the only undefeated swim team at UK up until that time. He worked as Aquatic Director for the Lexington Recreation Department and was also a lifeguard and coach. Many records were set by Richard in the Master’s Swimming competitions. In addition to his life-long interest in American History, Richard founded and published a journal for 15 years on WW II artifact collecting that now has over 36,000 members and is circulated world wide.

Mr. Dean is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley Park Deane, two sons: Richard Park (Jill Slatter) Deane, Atlanta, GA, Roger McGowan ( Taylor Suddeth) Deane, Atlanta, GA, four grandchildren, Slatter Daniel Deane, Isaac Roland Deane, Rachel Katherine Deane, and Robert William Deane.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at 5 p.m. Monday, September 26, 2011, at the First Christian Church with Dr. Betsy Goering and Dr. Robert Stauffer officiating. Private committal services will be conducted at Richmond Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be the Model Swim Team members of 1965 to 1969.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Richmond Area Arts Council (RAAC) have been suggested to support the art exhibition program. Fritz and Turpin Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Margaret Mae Schultz Tsiang

RICHMOND — Margaret Mae Schultz Tsiang, 80, widow of Mr. Sih Hsuin Tsiang, died Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at Telford Terrace.

She was born May 19, 1931, in Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Winifred Walker Schultz. She received her BS in Biochemistry from Carnegie Mellon University in 1953. She met her husband, an international student, at college. Mrs. Tsiang was a devoted animal lover and leaves her beloved pets in the care of her family. She loved the outdoors and camping out west with her family.

Mrs. Tsiang is survived by: three daughters, Judy Tolliver, Urbana, Ill., Sarah Tsiang, Richmond, Ky., and Tina Stenger, Santa Rosa, Calif.; four grandchildren Kyle Tolliver, Katarina Starcevic, and Mira and Luke Stenger; and two sisters, Elizabeth Moore and Winifred Carr. Her extended family in China will also mourn her loss.

In addition to her husband and parents, and second wife of her father, Ruth Sawyer Schultz, she was preceded in death by: two brothers and one sister.

There is no visitation or services scheduled at this time. The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Joyce Reams Gunter

Joyce Reams Gunter

Louisville — Joyce Reams Gunter, of Louisville, passed away September 22, 2011, at Norton Brownsboro Hospital. She was born April 20, 1939, in Richmond, Ky., to the late Eugene and Elizabeth Brookshire Reams. She attended the University of Kentucky where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Gamma sorority. She was a volunteer with Springhurst Health and Rehabilitation and a longtime consultant with AVON.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Ralph Struck Gunter.

She is survived by: her children, Kim G. Rapp (Joel), Sherry G. Riddell (Dennis) and Debbie G. Rapp (Gary Suell); six grandchildren, Amber and Heather Rapp, Brianna and Trevor Rapp, and Nathan and Nicholas Riddell; and one great-grandson, Aiden Eldridge.

A celebration of her life will be conducted Saturday, September 24, 2011, at noon at Arch L. Heady & Son at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Road, with visitation from 10 until service time at the funeral home. Graveside Services will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Richmond Cemetery, 606 East Main Street, Richmond, Kentucky 40475.

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