Jan. 19, 2005

Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 10:08 p.m.

Virginia Margaret Shelby Allen

  • Virginia Margaret Shelby Allen of Gainesville died Sunday at her home. She was 78.
    Mrs. Allen was born in Lexington, Mo., and moved to Gainesville from Clark Summit, Pa., in 1973. She was retired from Nationwide Insurance Co.
    She was preceded in death by a son, Capt. Donald Allen III.
    Survivors include a daughter, Susan Carol Allen Acken; brothers James Albin Shelby and Frank Fisher Shelby; a sister, Bette Shelby Hanssen; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

    Carlton Barber

  • Carlton Barber died Sunday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 84.
    Mr. Barber was born in Morriston and was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a retired clerk for the Department of Transportation. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He enjoyed baseball.
    He was a member of the First Church of God in Williston.
    Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Barber of Williston; a son, Luther Carlton Barber of High Springs; daughters Varita Ann Eatmon of Ocala, Valerie Jane Barber of Williston and JoAnna Roena Moore of Williston; brothers Henry Barber of St. Petersburg and Tommy Barber of Ocala; a sister, Allie Dunklin of St. Petersburg; and six grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.

    Mary Gene Blanchard

  • Mary Gene Blanchard of Gainesville died Sunday at North Florida Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. She was 72.
    Mrs. Blanchard was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., and moved to Gainesville from her hometown in 1958. She attended the University of Michigan. She was a retired technical librarian for CH2M Hill, where she worked for 10 years. She also worked at the University of Florida map library and then the UF Department of News and Public Affairs for 10 years. She enjoyed dancing, water skiing and sports. She was a league bowler since 1968. She also enjoyed music, photography and theater.
    Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Frank Nelson Blanchard of Gainesville; sons Frank Nelson Blanchard III of Germantown, Md., Douglas Allen Blanchard of Gainesville and Roy William Blanchard of Bronson; a daughter, Karen Elise Blanchard Moy of Fort Collins, Colo.; brothers Michael Wellington of California and William Wellington of Oregon; sisters Kathryn Wellington of California and Eileen Steele of Oregon; and 10 grandchildren.
    Arrangements by A Direct Cremations.

    Eula Zetrouer McInnis

  • Eula Zetrouer McInnis of Gainesville died Monday at Shands at AGH after a brief illness. She was 101.
    Mrs. McInnis was born in the Shiloh community near Micanopy. She taught sixth grade at J.J. Finley Elementary School in Gainesville from its opening in 1939 until her retirement in 1968. She graduated from Florida State College for Women (now Florida State University) and earned a master's degree in education from the University of Florida.
    She was a 50-year member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Educators.
    She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gainesville.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam W. McInnis.
    Survivors include daughters Miriam M. Kimball of Shiloh and Marjorie E. Pitts of Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

    Joseph Alexander Deese

  • Joseph Alexander "Alex" Deese of Lake City died Monday at North Florida Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 58.
    Mr. Deese was a lifelong resident of Lake City. He was a retired correctional officer for the state of Florida.
    He was a member of Eastside Baptist Church of Lake City.
    He was preceded in death by a son, Chad Deese.
    Survivors include daughter Samantha Deese of Starke; and a brother, Gerald Deese of Ashburn, Ga.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Starke.

    Lawrence H. Frow Sr.

  • Lawrence H. Frow Sr. of Steinhatchee died Monday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 90.
    Mr. Frow was born in Coconut Grove. He was a commercial fisherman and charter/party boat guide, among other occupations. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II on a fuel tanker in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He loved the sea.
    Survivors include his wife, Juanita B. Frow of Steinhatchee; a son, Lawrence Frow Jr. of Jena; stepdaughters Christine Hook of Dallas and Gael Olson of Marathon; brother Charles Frow and Floyd Frow, both of Marathon; sisters Katherine Ciccone of Little Torch Key and Lillian Orr of Miami; and three grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.

    Dr. Harland L. Kuhn

  • Dr. Harland "Fritz" L. Kuhn, USN-Ret., of Bradenton died Tuesday at Blake Medical Center. He was 85.
    Dr. Kuhn was born in Berlin, N.Y., and lived in Gainesville from 1957 to 1961. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving with a tour in the North Atlantic Neutrality Patrol on a destroyer during the winter of 1939 to 1940. He was a crew member on an auxiliary vessel at the submarine base at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese raid. He was at sea in the Pacific on his tenth war patrol on VJ Day. After being released from active duty in 1957, he transferred to inactive duty in the Naval Fleet Reserve.
    After his retirement from the Navy, he enrolled at the University of Florida, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees, and later a Ph.D. in 1968. He worked in the research department of Martin-Marietta in Orlando. He worked on the "SMART" weapon systems for 23 years. The first laser guided missile to fly to a laser-illuminated target was built by the Defense Applied Research Projects Agency to prove a guidance system he described in his doctoral dissertation.
    Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Thelma Duffield of Bradenton, formerly of Perth, Western Australia; and a sister, Nancy Thompson of Orlando.
    Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home in Bradenton.

    Ernst C. Martensen

  • Ernst C. "Ernie" Martensen of Archer died Monday in Archer. He was 70.
    Mr. Martensen was born in Insel Fohr, Germany, and moved to Archer from Long Island, N.Y., 31 years ago. He was a farmer and a deli man. He was known as the Goat Man of Archer. He enjoyed raising cattle and goats and delivering his hay.
    Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Bette Martensen of Archer; a daughter, Lori Dancer of Hayesville, N.C.; sons Ed Martensen of High Springs and Bill Martensen of Bronson; and six grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Ruth L. Dawson

  • Ruth L. Dawson of St. Petersburg died Friday in St. Petersburg after an extended illness. She was 84.
    Mrs. Dawson was born in Philadelphia and had lived in Gainesville for 31 years. She was a homemaker.
    She was a Lutheran. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis O. Dawson; and a son, William O. Dawson.
    Survivors include a son, James Dawson of Belleview; a daughter, Linda Lewis of Gainesville; a sister, Grace Tworzydlo of Mobile, Ala.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Victor F. Spruill

  • Victor F. Spruill of Houston died Dec. 31 after an extended illness. He was 79.
    Mr. Spruill was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and had lived in Gainesville for 23 years. He was a professor of building construction at the University of Florida. He was a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army.
    He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Spruill.
    Survivors include his wife, Harriet Spruill of Houston; a son, David Spruill of Baton Rouge, La.; daughter Mary Ellen "Amanda" Jost of Houston; and four grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Paradigm Funeral Home in Bellaire, Texas.
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