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George J. Kamakaris, 76, of Sebastian, died Feb. 22, 1998, at Sebastian River Medical Center, Roseland, after a prolonged illness. He was born Sept. 16, 1921, in Reames, W.Va., and moved to Se- bastian 10 years ago from Wellsville, N.Y. Mr. Kamakaris was a high school history teacher. He was a graduate of Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y., where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Sebastian United Methodist Church and Sebastian Golf Club, both of Sebastian; and a former member of Wellsville United Methodist Church, Elks Club and Wellsville Country Club, all in Wellsville. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Margaret; three sons, James Kamakaris, of Dalton, N.Y., retired U.S. Army Lt. Col, Richard Kamakaris, of Frederick, Md., and David Kamakaris, of Virginia Beach, Va.; and seven grandchildren. The funeral was held Feb. 26 at the Strunk Funeral Home chapel, Sebastian, with the Rev. Roy Harris officiating. Interment followed at Sebastian Cemetery, Sebastian. In lieu of flowers, the family su-g gests donations be made to the Friends of the Indian River North County Library, 1001 Fellsmere Road, Sebastian, Fla. 32958, or to Sebastian United Methodist Church for the Handbell Choir, P.O. Box 780328, Sebastian, Fla. 32978 in Mr. Kamakaris' memory.
Lucille Sims, 96, of Sebastian, died Feb. 23, 1998, at Integrated Health Services of Vero Beach after a prolonged illness. She was born Sept. 18, 1901, in Broughton, Ill., and moved to Sebastian in 1989 from Alton, Ill. Mrs. Sims was a cook in the public school system in Alton for 27 years. She was a member of Grace Methodist Church, its Quilting Club, the Women's Club, Women's Council and Postal Worker Auxil- iary, all of Alton. Surviving are her daughter, Dorothy Parish, of Sebastian; two sisters, Jane Summers, of Illinois, and Reacie Deen of Michigan; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Sims was being transferred to Gent Funeral Home, Alton, for services and burial in Valhalla Memorial Park, Godfrey. Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, was in charge of local arrangements.
Gerald A. Sullivan, 75, of Micco, died Feb. 27, 1998, at Indian River Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. He was born May 17, 1922, in Indianapolis, Ind., and moved to Indian River County four years ago from his birthplace. Prior to retirement, Mr. Sullivan was an accountant for RCA Corp., working as manager of plant financial operations and administrator of plant cost for the company's consumer electronics divisions. He was a graduate of Butler University and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church, of Vero Beach, and Elks Lodge of Fort Pierce. Surviving are his wife, Nokomis; two sons, Gerald Sullivan Jr. and Terence Sullivan, both of Indianapolis; one stepson, Patrick Donovan, of Sebastian; one stepdaughter, Kay D. Warner, of Lima, Ohio; one brother, John Sullivan, of Greenwood, Ind.; and two grandchildren. A memorial Mass was held March 4 at St. Helen's Chapel of Christian Living Center in Vero Beach. Contributions may be made to Sr. Helen's Catholic School, 2085 Tallahassee Ave., Vero Beach, Fla. 32960, in Mr. Sullivan's memory. Arrangements were under the direction of Cox-Gifford Funeral Home.
Charles Randolph "Randy" Balderson, 51, of Vero Beach, died unexpectedly Feb. 28, 1998, at Holmes Regional Medical Center, Mel- bourne. Mr. Balderson was born Feb. 11, 1947, in Baltimore, Md., and had moved to Vero Beach 7 years ago from Ocean View, Del. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Balderson had been police chief in Ocean View and was a bailiff for the Indian River County Sheriffs Department. He was a member of the V.F.W. of Vero Beach. Survivors included his companion, Jean Dupuis of Vero Beach; three sons, Randolph Balderson, Christopher Balderson and Donald Balderson, all of Baltimore, Md.; and a brother, Ralph Balderson, also of Baltimore. The funeral was held March 4 at the Cox-Gifford Funeral Home chapel, Vero Beach, with the Elder Chris Taylor of Antioch Primitive Baptist Church officiating.
Elmer Marvin Schmeichel, 73, of Barefoot Bay, died Feb. 28, 1998, at Sebastian River Medical Center, Roseland, after a prolonged illness. He was born Jan. 7, 1925, in Correll, Minn., and moved to Bare- foot Bay 10 years ago from Minneapolis, Minn. Mr. Schmeichel worked in maintenance in the construction industry for 25 years. He was a member and elder of the Jehovah's Witnesses, Kingdom Hall Sebastian Congrega- tion, Sebastian. Surviving are his wife, Eleanor; a brother, Alvin Schmeichel, of Freeland, Mich.; a sister, Mabel Hagness, of Minneapolis; five stepsons; and four stepgrandchildren. A memorial service was held March 2. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Kingdom Hall Sebastian Congregation, 675 Lake Drive, Sebastian, Fla. 39258, in Mr. Schmeichel's memory. Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, was in charge of arrangements.
Hans W. Gudeman, 80, of Sebastian, died March 1, 1998, at his residence after a prolonged illness. He was born April 11, 1917, in Hildesheim, Germany, and moved to Vero Beach 21 years ago from Long Island, N.Y. Mr. Gudeman was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He worked as a precision engineer for Grumman Aircraft for 29 years and worked on the Lunar Module Project and the first space shuttle. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Sebastian. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Ruth; two sons, Charles Gudeman, of Bellefonte, Pa., and Ralph Gudeman, of Mobile, Ala.; one sister, Eva Sundheimer, of New Hyde Park, N.Y.; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. March 6 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sebastian, with the Rev. David Lillegard officiating. The family suggests donations be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 611 Schumann Drive, Sebastian, Fla. 3295 8, or to the charity of ones, choice in Mr. Gudeman's memory. Cox-Gifford Funeral Home, Vero Beach, is in charge of arrangements.