Miscellaneous Okeechobee County, Florida Obituaries

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Hazel M. Oliver

Hazel M. Oliver, age 95, formerly of Okeechobee, died Monday, April 9, 2001, at Georgetown Memorial Hospital in South Carolina.

She was born June 20, 1905, in New York, N.Y., a daughter of the late Francis Arthur Smith and Blanche Ross Smith.

Survivors include: her husband, Richard Oliver of Melbourne; two sons, Richard (Jean) Manz of Okeechobee and Arthur (Patricia) of Georgetown, S.C.; five grandchildren; and, three great-grandchildren.

She was first married to the late Paul Manz.

No services are planned.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Graham Funeral Home in Georgetown, S.C.

Blanche Rucks

Blanche Rucks, age 66, of Okeechobee, died April 9, 2001, at Raulerson Hospital. Born Oct. 2, 1934, in Walland, Tenn., Mrs. Rucks had been a resident of Okeechobee for 40 years. She was a housewife, a very devoted Christian working very hard at the church and taught Sunday school at the Northside Baptist Church and was a past worthy matron of the Okeechobee Eastern Star. Mrs. Rucks was a devoted mother and companion and will be missed greatly.

Survivors include: her husband, Wilson Rucks of Okeechobee; daughters, Rebecca Niagra and husband John of Coral Spring and Maria Rogers of Fort Lauderdale; son David Rogers and wife Victoria of Okeechobee; step son LeRoy Rucks of Okeechobee; five step daughters, Linda Knisely and husband Robert; Velda Waller, Debbie Cillo and husband Tony, Dianna Dees and husband Tommy all of Okeechobee, and Glenda Peterson and husband Joey of Jacksonville; 11 brothers and sisters, Eugene Huskey of Maryville, Tenn., Velma Hood of Walland, Tenn., Nellie Locke of Walland, Tenn., Beulah Huskey of Maryville, Tenn., Vita Patty of Maryville, Tenn., Ruth Tipton of Maryville, Tenn., Ina Tipton of Walland, Tenn., Merle Williamson of Woodsfield, Ohio, J.L. Huskey of Kokomo, Ind., Shirley Couch of Dayton, Ohio and Lois Hatfield of Dayton, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; and, eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 11, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Bass Funeral Home.

Funeral service will Thursday, April 12, at 10 a.m. at the Northside Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Pearson and Rev. Tommy McGee officiating.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Frances P Riordan

Frances P. Riordan died from the loving arms of her family and friends to eternal peace on April 7. Her strength and spirit has earned her the respect and admiration of all who knew her.

Born in Massachusetts on Nov. 28, 1921, she moved to Florida in 1970 and to Okeechobee in 1983 where she resided with her husband Bill. She was a devout mother and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

She leaves behind he best friend and husband William S. Riordan Sr., her beloved children Stephen Riordan of West Palm Beach, Linda Brooks of Rogersville, Tenn., Lori Hunter of Bulls Gap, Tenn., Deborah Montomery of Pompano Beach, and Mary Burris of Okeechobee. She is also survived by her three loving siblings Rita Chorlton of Snellville, Ga., James Owen of Cape Cod, Mass., Alson Owen of Palm Beach Gardens, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A viewing and funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m. at Scobee-Combs-Bowden Funeral Home, 1622 N.E. Fourth St., Boynton Beach.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Okeechobee.

Virgil E. Cook

Virgil E. "Pat" Cook, age 95, of Okeechobee, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. Born June 11, 1905 in Mason, Ill., Mr. Cook had been a resident of Okeechobee since 1969. He was a life member of the Elks Lodge of Okeechobee.

Preceded in death by his wife, Lysle.

Survivors include: his daughter, Barbara Logan of Jackson, Mich.; granddaughters, Katherine Logan and Sandra West of Jackson, Mich.; grandson, Mark Logan of N.M.; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Buxton Funeral Hone of Friday, April 13, 2001, at 6 p.m., with Donna Gaiser, Exalted Ruler of the Okeechobee Elks Lodge, Officiating.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Barbara Janice Smith

Barbara Janice Smith, age 63, of Okeechobee, died Monday, April 9, 2001, at Raulerson Hospital. Born August 8, 1937, in Walnut Ridge, Ark., Mrs. Smith has been a resident of Okeechobee for 43 years.

Survivors include: her husband of 36 years, Delbert Smith of Okeechobee; one son, Robert Smith (Melissa) of Okeechobee; granddaughter, Kayla Smith; parents, Carl and Myrtle Dixon of Avon Park; two brothers, Larry Dixon of Wauchula and Poyce Dixon of Punta Gorda; one sister, Carleen Ray of Okeechobee; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Buxton Funeral Home on Thursday, April 12, 2001, at 2 p.m. with Reverend Dr. John Keith, Pastor of Oakview Baptist Church, officiating.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Juanita Rathjen

Juanita Rathjen, age 85, of Buckhead Ridge died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Naples Community Hospital following a brief illness.

Preceded in death by her husband, Russell Rathjen in 1991.

Survivors include: her son, Richard Rathjen, his wife Sandy, and grandson, Lee, all of Naples; her sister, Betty Porth of Bettendorf, Iowa.

A private gathering of close friends and family will be at her home on Friday, April 13, 2001.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, 28451 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs, FL. 34134.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Fuller Funeral Home, Naples.

Margaret M. Wilkes

Margaret M. Wilkes, age 86, of Okeechobee, died Monday, April 9, 2001, at Raulerson Hospital. Born on May 2, 1914, in N.J., Mrs. Wilkes was a homemaker.

Preceded in death by: her husband, Gerald Wilkes, Sr.; daughter, Madelyn Smith and son, Bill Quiris.

Survivors include:daughter, Mary Lou Thornton (Donald) of Okeechobee; son, Gerald Wilkes, Jr., (Jean) of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Jean Quiris of Calif.; sister, Jean Pangan of Lancaster, Calif.; nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; niece, Bonnie Hock of Calif., and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation is Friday, April 13, from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m.

Funeral service is Friday, April 13, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the Bass Funeral Home Chapel.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the bass Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Jeanne B. Swinford

Jeanne B. Swinford, age 92, of Okeechobee, died Saturday, April 14, 2001, at the Okeechobee Health Facility. Born Sept. 3, 1908, in Illinois, Mrs. Swinford came to Okeechobee from Hollywood 19 years ago. She was a housewife by occupation, a member of the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, and was a past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Paul K. Butcher and a grandson Charles Butcher.

Survivors include: her husband, Vernie Swinford of Okeechobee; son Jerry Butcher of Knightstown, Ind.; step daughter, Bette Levi of Decatur, Ind.; step sisters, Janet Rinaldo and Bernice Bird both of Okeechobee; step brother Walter N. Seaman of Williston; one grandchild; six great-grandchildren; one step granddaughter and her husband, Laura and Mark Frances Coni of La Porte, Ind.; and, three step great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 17, from 4 until service time at 6 p.m. at the Bass Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will be in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown, Ind.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Mary E. Childress

Mary E. Childress, age 84, of Okeechobee, died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. Born Oct. 28, 1916, in Oakland, Ill., Mrs. Childress had been a resident of Okeechobee for two years. She was a former lifetime resident of the Charleston, Ill. area and was a member of the Eastern Star in Ashmore, Ill.

Survivors include: her husband of 48 tears, R.M. Childress of Okeechobee; two sons, Daniel C. Boggs (Linda) of Okeechobee and James B. Boggs (Joanne) of Oscoe, Ill.; five grandchildren; and, six great-grandchildren.

There will be no visitation or services.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Francesca Gomez

Francesca Gomez, infant baby daughter of Alberto and Eva Saucedo Gomez, died April 14, 2001, at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Francesca was born March 15, 2001, at St. Mary's Medical Center.

Survivors include: her parents, one brother, Daniel and one sister, Selene.

Private family graveside services and interment will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2001, at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, with Father Hugh Duffy of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, officiating.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Robert Bruce Tarsek

Robert Bruce Tarsek, age 43, of Okeechobee, died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at Raulerson Hospital. Born March 22, 1958, in Toledo, Ohio, Mr. Tarsek had been a resident of Okeechobee for four years.

Survivors include: his wife Mary Tarsek of Okeechobee; two sons, Robert John Tarsek II of Okeechobee and Ryan Scott Tarsek of Arcadia; and one daughter, Joyce B. Tarsek of Okeechobee.

There will be no visitation or services.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Dorothy R. Pearce

Dorothy R. Pearce, age 77, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at her residence. She was born on November 18, 1923, in Rocky Mount, N.C., and was affiliated with the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee.

Preceded in death by: her husband, Hunky Pearce, daughter, Jane Bartlett and son, Harry Pearce.

Survivors include: daughter, Peggy Stratton and husband Charlie of Okeechobee; sons, Roy Pearce, and Dock Pearce and wife Sue, all of Okeechobee; daughter-in-law, Cindy Pearce of Okeechobee; sister, Proc Garner of Duncanville, Texas; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service is Saturday, April 21, 2001, at 11 a.m., graveside at Evergreen Cemetery, with Reverend Damon Walker officiating.

Visitation is Friday, April 20, at 4 until 6 p.m. at the Bass Funeral Home.

If you wish, donations may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL. 34973.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Ruth Gleen Quarles

Ruth Gleen Quarles, age 80,of Okeechobee, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. Born August 28, 1920, in Bartow County, Ga. Mrs. Quarles had been a resident of Okeechobee for 50 years.

Preceded in death by: her husband, Clifford Quarles and son, Edward D. Quarles.

Survivors include: two sons, Walter Quarles of Florida and Marvin Quarles of Okeechobee; two daughters, Glenda Waters of Okeechobee and Nancy Story of Fort Pierce; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Carl Henry Ely and Junior Ely, both of Rome, Ga., and Ronald Ely of Aragon, Ga.; four sisters, Agnes Pope, Mildred Messick, Clara Deems and Retha Pritchett, all of Aragon, Ga.

Visitation will be held at the Buxton Funeral Home on Monday, April 23, 2001, from 10 to 11 a.m. with a funeral service to be conducted at 11 a.m., officiated by Brother David Burney of Haven Ministries.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Joe Scott Sage, Jr.

Joe Scott Sage, Jr., age 74, of Okeechobee, died Thursday, April 19, 2001, at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Born July 31, 1927, in Goulds, Florida. Mr. Sage had been a resident of Okeechobee for 35 years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, VFW and DAV and was of the Baptist Faith.

Survivors include: his loving wife of five years, Shelby Sage of Okeechobee; one brother, Randy Sage of High Point, N.C.; three stepchildren, Jean L. Conley and Jason D. Vaughan, Jr. of Loxahatchee and Cynthia L. Pinckey of Perry, Mich; four step granchildren, Michael L. Pinckney, Joshua A. Vaughan, Adam C. Vaughan, and Mirara E. Vaughan; and one step great-granddaughter, Bryani Lynn Pinckney.

There will be no visitation or services.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Princess C. Dilsaver

Princess C. Dilsaver, age 88, of Schertz, Texas, died Sunday, April 22, 2001, at Autumn Winds Retirement Lodge in Schertz, Texas.

Born March 21, 1913, in Oneida, Tenn., Mrs. Dilsaver had been a resident of Fort Lauderdale for approximately 40 years before moving to Okeechobee in 1994. A retired school teacher of 15 years, Princess graduated from TPI in Tennessee and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. She was an avid tennis player, played the piano, organ, banjo and mandelin, and enjoyed reading and being involved in all current events. Mrs. Dilsaver attended the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee.

Preceded in death by her husband, Carl C. Dilsaver and son, Dean Dilsaver.

Survivors include: two daughters, Jean Dilsaver of Okeechobee and Diana Glasforth (Bernard) of Canyon Lake, Texas; one brother, Bob Carson of Oneida, Tenn.; and, four grandchildren, Trevor of New Braunfels, Texas Shaun of New York, Jessica and Catherine both of Canyon Lake, Texas.

Friends may call at the Buxton Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 25, from 4 until 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 26, at 4 p.m. at the Buxton Funeral Home.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Margaret Eileen Leary

Margaret Eileen Leary, age 63, of Okeechobee, died Friday, April 21, 2001. Born on Sept. 19, 1937, in Pottsville, Pa., Mrs. Leary was a salesperson for the Goodwill Industries, and affiliated with Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors include: daughter, Michelle Rivera and husband, Simon of Okeechobee; sister, Jean Gretsky of Pottsville, Pa.; two brothers; Edward J. Kelly of Hershey, Pa., and Thomas J. Kelly of Metairie, La. and three grandchildren.

Visitation is on Wednesday, April 25, from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

If you wish, donations may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Richard Bert Murrish Sr.

Richard Bert Murrish Sr., age 62, of Clewiston, died Monday, April 23, 2001. Born in Rochester, Mich., Mr. Murrish had been a resident of Clewiston for 26 years. He was a retailer/owner of Ben Franklin Store for 25 years.

Survivors include: his wife, Patricia Murrish of Clewiston; son, Richard Bert Murrish Jr. of Clewiston; two daughters, Sandy Owens and Elaine Wood both of Clewiston; parents Val and Hellen Murrish of Okeechobee; two brothers, Bob Murrish of Pompano Beach and Bill Murrish of Okeechobee; two sisters, Mary Ellen Hilborne of Liburn, Ga., and Barbara Thomas of Okeechobee; and, four grandchildren, Lauren Owens, J. Matt Owens, Josh Clark and Aaron Murrish all of Clewiston.

Funeral services will be April 28, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Clewiston with Reverend Ken Reaves officiating.

Interment will follow in Ridgelawn Cemetery.

Akin-Davis Funeral, P.A. in Clewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Hunter James

Robert Hunter James, age 73, of Okeechobee, died Thursday, April 26, 2001. He was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union No. 630 of West Palm Beach since 1973 and a WWII Veteran.

Survivors include: two daughters, Gloria Black and Carol Engler, both of Watkinsville, Ga.; two sons, Hunter of Loxahatchee and Robert of Delray Beach; three sisters, Nancy Jones of Tampa, Dorothy Turner and Ann Metcalf, both of Sun City West, Ariz., and two brothers, William G. of Boone, N.C. and Arthur L. of Jensen Beach.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 28, 2001, from 10 a.m. until service at 2 p.m. at the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home at 205 N.E. Second Street, with Interment to follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Francis Harold "Hal" Stratton

Francis Harold "Hal" Stratton, age 36, of Okeechobee, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, at St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie. Born February 18, 1965, in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Mr. Stratton had been a resident of Okeechobee for 20 years. He attended the Dunklin Memorial Church, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, kitty cats and teddy bears. Hal will be sorely missed by his loving family, but he will continue to live on in the lives of five organ recipients through his unselfish gift of life.

Survivors include: his mother, Sue Neville, stepfather, Hubert Neville and brother, Danny Stratton, all of Okeechobee; uncles, Oscar Price, Ray Price and Timmy Price of Okeechobee; aunt, Muriel Lawley of Lantana; and a host of cousins.

A memorial service will be conducted at the Buxton Funeral Home on Monday, April 30, 2001, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Mike Brown, Pastor of Dunklin Memorial Church, officiating.

Interment will be in the Boynton Beach Memorial Park in Boynton Beach.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.


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