Obituaries

Friday, February 27, 2015
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Michael Stanley Adams

Michael Stanley Adams, "Mike," passed away peacefully at Mease Hospital in Dunedin, Fla. on Feb. 26, 2014. His wife Patty, of 37 years, was by his side along with his son Scott and daughter Krista.

He was born in Santa Ana, Calif. on December 11, 1946. Mike moved to Maine after joining the United States Marine Corps. His father and son, Scott, are Marines and Mike was extremely proud to be a Marine.

After moving to Maine, he worked in insurance business and formed his own insurance brokerage firm, Excess Insurance Underwriters, Inc. in Portland and Rhode Island. He earned many honors and awards for his expertise in the field. Patty and Mike moved to Key West, Fla. after Mike sold his business in 2000. The happiest years of his life were spent in the Keys and he always enjoyed meeting new people and had many friends.

His wish was the he be brought "home" and, to honor his wish, his ashes will be scattered at American Shoals on Feb. 27, 2015, and a celebration of his life will be held at the Sugarloaf Lodge, Sugarloaf Key, on Feb. 28, 2015.

Mike is survived by his wife, Patty, his daughter, Krista and sons Scott, and his wife Melinda of Houston, Texas, and Jeffrey of New Glouster, Maine, his mother Ruth and a half-brother, John of Treasure Island, Fla. his sister Gaye and brother-in-law Peter and several nephews.

Friday, February 27, 2015
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GEORGINA "DIDDY" HENSON

Georgina "Diddy" Henson, 90, passed away on February 23, 2015 at Capital Regional Medical Center, in Tallahassee, Florida. She was born in Key West on September 20, 1924 and was the daughter of Alberto and Sarah Angueira. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Roy, who passed away in 2005.

Diddy was a very special, loving, caring person. She loved life and was confident in herself and knew exactly what she wanted out of her life, that was to be a housewife and mother. She was satisfied with the simple things in life. She loved living in Key West. She and Roy loved to ride around the boulevard, go to dairy queen, and cruise Duval Street in their earlier and later years in life. Life was simple back then, but she knew who she was and she had a very strong personality to go with it. In her earlier years she loved the sororities, she loved to cook, of which she truly specialized in making the best flan in Key West. They had a wonderful group of friends and they loved eating in nice restaurants and just enjoying life.

She truly was special and made friends very easily, she never met a stranger. Roy was her world and she is now at last with him for eternity. She dearly loved her two children, and would do anything for them. The kindest person you will ever know, a good woman with lots of values and character. The whole family was blessed to have her. She would make you laugh at the drop of a hat. She was always proud to be a true native, Key West Conch! She also had a strong faith in God.

Diddy is survived by her two children, Steve Henson (Deborah) and Janis Maloney (Steve); her brother, Louis (Tito) Angueira (Yvonne); She is also survived by her 4 Grandchildren, Jennifer Grandal (Robert), Brian Maloney (Kristin); Troy Henson; Erik Henson (Lisa); 8 Great Grandchildren, Brittany and Tory Henson, Elle and Raelyn Henson, Ellie and Isabelle Grandal, Ansley and Brianna Maloney, niece, Badette Kinsey (Paul), great nieces, Tyler Jarest, Brianna Kinsey and great-great niece, Charleigh, along with many many beloved cousins.

Visitation for family and friends will be Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at the Key West Baptist Temple 5727 2nd Avenue, Key West, FL at 10:00 a.m. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. and burial at the Key West Cemetery, immediately after the funeral.

Flowers are appreciated or a donation can be made in Georgina Henson's honor to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, at donors@stjudes.org. Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Michael Stanley Adams

Michael Stanley Adams, "Mike," passed away peacefully at Mease Hospital in Dunedin, Fla. on Feb. 26, 2014. His wife Patty, of 37 years, was by his side along with his son Scott and daughter Krista.

Mike was born in Santa Ana, Calif. on 1December 11, 1946. He moved to Maine after joining the United States Marine Corps. His father and son, Scott, are Marines and Mike was extremely proud to be a Marine.

After moving to Maine, he worked in the insurance business and formed his own insurance brokerage firm, Excess Insurance Underwriters, Inc. in Portland and Rhode Island. He earned many honors and awards for his expertise in the field.

Patty and Mike moved to Key West after Mike sold his business in 2000. The happiest years of his life were spent in the Keys and he always enjoyed meeting new people and had many friends.

His wish was the he be brought "home" and, to honor his wish, his ashes will be scattered at American Shoals on Feb. 27, 2015, and a celebration of his life will be held at the Sugarloaf Lodge, Sugarloaf Key, on Feb. 28, 2015.

Mike is survived by his wife, Patty, his daughter, Krista and sons Scott, and his wife Melinda of Houston, Texas, and Jeffrey of New Glouster, Maine, his mother Ruth and a half-brother, John of Treasure Island, Fla. his sister Gaye and brother-in-law Peter and several nephews.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Harvey Francis Wachob

Harvey Francis Wachob, a fourth generation Floridian, and long time resident of Cudjoe Key, died at his home on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Harvey was born near Okeechobee on Dec. 9, 1924. He attended Lauderdale High School. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and was assigned to a submarine for the duration of World War II.

After the war he received a certificate in Drafting, and a job with the US Corp on Engineers, traveling all over the State of Florida.

Harvey met Helen in 1951 and they were married in May of 1952. They settled in Fort Lauderdale in 1958 until 1969, when he took a job with the Florida Department of Transportation in Marathon and moved permanently to the Florida Keys.

He worked for the State until he resigned his position in 1979, at which time he and his family traveled to Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.

In 1980 Harvey got a job as an engineer for Monroe County drafting road plans and layouts for the bridges that were being built, including the 7-Mile Bridge.

He retired in 1987, drew up plans and built his dream home on Cudjoe Key.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen Wachob and their three children, Kenneth, Bruce and Paula Wachob.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
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CONNIE HUDGINS-LOSLEY

3/9/1933 - 2/19/2015

Connie Hudgins-Losley went home to Jesus on Feb. 19, 2015. She is now pain free!

Connie was born in the Panama Canal Zone and moved to the Keys with her family as a teenager. Her Father Henry Hudgins and Stepmother, Mary Hudgins, were the founders and developers of Summerland Key.

Connie is survived by her daughter, Connie Ann Losley-Pendleton of Ocala, Fla., son, Frederick (Freddie) Calvin Losley of Marathon, Fla. and youngest son, Sidney Albert Losley who resides with stepmother Edith Losley and father Frederick (Fred) Losley. Connie has two grandsons Alexander Frederick and Andrew Cyrus Pendleton of Ocala.

She has two half-brothers Henry Clay Hudgins, of Gainesville, Ga., John Hudgins of Yorktown, Va., half-sister Mavis Claycomb of San Diego, Calif., half-brother Frank Claycomb, Jr. of Columbus, Ga., nieces Debbie Drudge-Powers and Teresa Drudge-Wimmer of Ocala, Derick Drudge of Orlando, a niece Staci Hudgins-Long of Dallas, Texas, nephew Shawn Hudgins of Key West, Shad Hudgins of Miami and a nephew Albert Claycomb of Miami.

Connie was a long time member of The Old Stone Church and truly, an amazing woman. Connie had a strong faith in the Lord coupled with a memorable wit and sense of humor. To know Connie would put a smile on your face.

In younger years, she was a successful businessperson and owned Realty World - Old Town Realty. In addition to family, Connie had MANY friends of high importance to her.

A "Celebration of Life" will be held in her honor on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 12 p.m., officiated by Rev. Ruben Velasco at Key West United Methodist Church (Old Stone) 600 Eaton St. There will be a reception immediately following at The Jones Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to The Guidance Clinic/Heron House - 67 Coco Plum Drive - Marathon, FL 33050. Phone Number 305-743-4129 Email: heronmarathon@comcast.net Connie Losley was an advocate for mental illness and used her own illness to help so many others. She will be greatly missed.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Robert (Bob) Croft Schettig

Bob, international entrepreneur and gastronomist, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, unexpectedly and peacefully at home in Key West, with his wife at his bedside. He was 74 years old, born in Ebensburg, Penn. on May 18, 1940. Bob was married to Celeste Marie de St. Aubin, beloved wife, for the past 43 years.

Mr. Schettig has been a resident of Key West, Florida for the past 30 years. He was among the founders of Key West's Hometown PAC, and the Frances Street Homeowner's Association, which he supported with his tireless energy, generous contributions, and numerous open house events over the last decade. He truly believed in Hometown PAC and was so proud of how it developed into such a vibrant force in Key West. He also loved his residences in Zoagli, Italy (1976-today) and Monte Carlo.

He received his BS from Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania in 1962, followed by the Navy's Officers Candidates School in Newport, Rhode Island graduating near the top of his class and was commissioned as a First Lieutenant upon graduation. He served in Naples, Italy and Vietnam. While in Italy he was stationed at the NATO base. Mr. Schettig remained in Naples, Italy after leaving the Navy, opening his own company with offices in Italy, Sweden and Monaco. He could tell a bad joke in any language being fluent in Italian, French and Spanish.

Mr. Schettig met Celeste, while in the Navy in Naples and married in New York City, shortly thereafter.

He was passionate about cooking, especially Italian regional dishes, to the delight of all. His outgoing personality and quirky sense of humor insured a life filled with laughter surrounded by many friends and family. He was a voracious reader, a lover of classical music, and Libby York's singing. His many loving dogs were always at his feet and the foot of his bed. Unknown to many, he went out of his way to help others, never expecting acknowledgement or thanks.

Mr. Schettig is survived by his wife Celeste, his brother, Allan, wife Evelyn and his "adopted son" Kunasekaran Rajalingam his beautiful wife, Karthi and two lovely daughters, Aarrna and Ahana. Niece Lisa Spellman of NYC, cousins Nora and husband Joe Costanzo of Ormond Beach, Fla. Dear Italian friends Gaetano Gironi, Milano, Italy and Paulo Belocchi, his daughter Alice, son Luca, Agnelo Dias and Luisa and Giorgio Cuneo--all of Zoagli, Italy. Mr. Schettig was pre-deceased by his father John A. Schettig (1993) and his mother Caroline Cunningham Schettig (2000).

Funeral Mass will be held at Basilica St. Mary Star of the Sea, in Key West, Florida on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the local Key West SPCA and Take Stock In Children.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
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James "Jim" "Chief" Neal Blake

James "Jim" "Chief" Neal Blake, 72, of Roanoke passed away on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami, FL surrounded by his family.

Jim retired from the United States Air Force with 28 years of service. Jim was loved by many people, his Salem and Roanoke friends, parrot head friends and his Key West military friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sallie Mac and Lacy Franklin Blake and his brother, Bobby Blake.

Surviving are his wife, Wanda Craig, his daughters, Pamela Blake Kotz and husband, Ron of Roanoke, Cathalene Christian and husband Bob of Washington DC, his step daughter, Rhonda Greer and husband, Jereme of Roanoke, his grandchildren, Sean, Blake, Peyton and Elizabeth, his brothers, Earl, Ted and Gene Blake, all of Fayetteville, NC and Robbie of Seattle, WA, numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel, Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 4:00 PM with Mickey Derrow speaking. Interment will be held Friday at 1:00 PM in Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper, VA with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 in Jim's memory. The family will receive friends Thursday, one hour prior to the service at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel. Online condolences can be made at www.oakeys.com.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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CONNIE

HUDGINS-LOSLEY

3/9/1933 - 2/19/2015

Connie Hudgins-Losley went home to Jesus on Feb. 19, 2015. She is now pain free!

Connie was born in the Panama Canal Zone and moved to the Keys with her family as a teenager. Her Father Henry Hudgins and Stepmother, Mary Hudgins, were the founders and developers of Summerland Key.

Connie is survived by her daughter, Connie Ann Losley-Pendleton of Ocala, Fla., son, Frederick (Freddie) Calvin Losley of Marathon, Fla. and youngest son, Sidney Albert Losley who resides with stepmother Edith Losley and father Frederick (Fred) Losley.

Connie has two grandsons Alexander Frederick and Andrew Cyrus Pendleton of Ocala. She has two half-brothers Henry Clay Hudgins, of Gainesville, Ga., John Hudgins of Yorktown, Va., half-sister Mavis Claycomb of San Diego, Calif., half-brother Frank Claycomb, Jr. of Columbus, Ga., nieces Debbie Drudge-Powers and Teresa Drudge-Wimmer of Ocala, Derick Drudge of Orlando, a niece Staci Hudgins-Long of Dallas, Texas, nephew Shawn Hudgins of Key West, Shad Hudgins of Miami and a nephew Albert Claycomb of Miami.

Connie was a long time member of The Old Stone Church and truly, an amazing woman. Connie had a strong faith in the Lord coupled with a memorable wit and sense of humor. To know Connie would put a smile on your face.

In younger years, she was a successful businessperson and owned Realty World - Old Town Realty. In addition to family, Connie had MANY friends of high importance to her.

A "Celebration of Life" will be held in her honor on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 12 p.m., officiated by Rev. Ruben Velasco at Key West United Methodist Church (Old Stone) 600 Eaton St. There will be a reception immediately following at The Jones Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to The Guidance Clinic/Heron House - 67 Coco Plum Drive - Marathon, FL 33050. Phone Number 305-743-4129 Email: heronmarathon@comcast.net

Connie Losley was an advocate for mental illness and used her own illness to help so many others. She will be greatly missed.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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Robert (Bob) Croft Schettig

Bob, international entrepreneur and gastronomist, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, unexpectedly and peacefully at home in Key West, with his wife at his bedside. He was 74 years old, born in Ebensburg, Penn. on May 18, 1940. Bob was married to Celeste Marie de St. Aubin, beloved wife, for the past 43 years.

Mr. Schettig has been a resident of Key West, Florida for the past 30 years. He was among the founders of Key West's Hometown PAC, and the Frances Street Homeowner's Association, which he supported with his tireless energy, generous contributions, and numerous open house events over the last decade. He truly believed in Hometown PAC and was so proud of how it developed into such a vibrant force in Key West. He also loved his residences in Zoagli, Italy (1976-today) and Monte Carlo.

He received his BS from Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania in 1962, followed by the Navy's Officers Candidates School in Newport, Rhode Island graduating near the top of his class and was commissioned as a First Lieutenant upon graduation. He served in Naples, Italy and Vietnam. While in Italy he was stationed at the NATO base. Mr. Schettig remained in Naples, Italy after leaving the Navy, opening his own company with offices in Italy, Sweden and Monaco. He could tell a bad joke in any language being fluent in Italian, French and Spanish.

Mr. Schettig met Celeste, while in the Navy in Naples and married in New York City, shortly thereafter.

He was passionate about cooking, especially Italian regional dishes, to the delight of all. His outgoing personality and quirky sense of humor insured a life filled with laughter surrounded by many friends and family. He was a voracious reader, a lover of classical music, and Libby York's singing. His many loving dogs were always at his feet and the foot of his bed. Unknown to many, he went out of his way to help others, never expecting acknowledgement or thanks.

Mr. Schettig is survived by his wife Celeste, his brother, Allan, wife Evelyn and his "adopted son" Kunasekaran Rajalingam his beautiful wife, Karthi and two lovely daughters, Aarrna and Ahana. Niece Lisa Spellman of NYC, cousins Nora and husband Joe Costanzo of Ormond Beach, Fla. Dear Italian friends Gaetano Gironi, Milano, Italy and Paulo Belocchi, his daughter Alice, son Luca, Agnelo Dias and Luisa and Giorgio Cuneo--all of Zoagli, Italy. Mr. Schettig was pre-deceased by his father John A. Schettig (1993) and his mother Caroline Cunningham Schettig (2000).

Funeral Mass will be held at the Basilica St. Mary Star of the Sea, in Key West, Florida on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the local Key West SPCA and Take Stock In Children.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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ELMA E. ROBERTS WARREN

Elma E. Roberts Warren entered the Gates of Heaven Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.

She was born Dec. 30, 1912, in Key West, Fla., to Holton M. and Ethel Thompson Roberts.

Elma was a devoted daughter and caregiver of her mother. She set the example of being a good daughter to her daughters. In her youth, she lived in the Dry Tortugas when her father was an assistant lighthouse keeper on Loggerhead Light. She was employed many years for Columbia Laundry in Key West. In later years she left Key West residing in Homestead, Fla., eventually splitting her residence between North Port, Fla., and Mary Esther, Fla.

She is survived by her daughters, Paula (William) (nee Warren) Bushelle and Daphne (Forrest) (nee Warren) Phelps; grandchildren, Randy Warren, Mark Warren, Greg Warren, Tracee Sands, Paul (Christy) Phelps and Rob Bushelle; great-grandchildren, Kevin Warren, Michael Warren, Stephanie Agrusa, Kaitlin Agrusa, David Phelps and Luke Phelps; and great-great-grandson, Cade Agrusa. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Raymond Roberts, Mary Roberts Curry, Millard Roberts and Gladys Roberts Smith; son, Clint R. Warren; and grandchildren, Sandra Phelps and William J. Bushelle.

A Funeral service for Elma will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the Woodlawn South Cemetery in Miami, Fla. In 2000, she was a breast cancer survivor. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Susan Komen Breast Cancer Awareness or Wounded Warriors. Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, February 22, 2015
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VIRGINIA SCHONECK

Mary Virginia Schoneck, 87, of Key West passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014, at her home.

Virginia was born February 26, 1927, in Miami, Florida to the late William Floyd Hamlin and Mary Hilda (Skelton) Hamlin. She was a graduate of Key West High School, worked in banking and bookkeeping throughout her life, active in the Key West High School Alumni Association, and a devoted member of Key West United Methodist Church. She enjoyed sitting quietly and reading a good book. Virginia was a beautiful, sweet, gentle lady who was well thought of and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She had the biggest heart of anyone we know, always stayed positive, and looked for the best in everyone.

Virginia was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Ben Kenneth Schoneck; her sister, Julia Elizabeth Menendez Rardon; her brothers, Louis (Bubba) Hamlin, William (Billy) Hamlin, and Robert Hamlin.

She is survived by her children, Ben Kenneth Schoneck, Jr. (Patti); Susan Schoneck Netscher; Jeffrey Lee Schoneck (Blanche); her grandchildren, Kevin Matthew Schoneck; Kelli Schoneck Benitez (Patrick); Mary Virginia Schoneck; William (Bill) Hicks (Amanda); Jessica Russell Johnson (Mickey); her great grandchildren, Mackenzie and Peyton Hicks; Alex and Tanner Johnson; her sisters, Ruth Rose Spicer and Shirley Lane (John); her brother-in-law, Fred Schoneck; her sisters-in-law, Louise Hamlin and Adeline Schoneck Kyker (Carl); and many nieces and nephews.

Her life was her family and friends and she was so proud of and dearly loved them all.

Sunday, February 22, 2015
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WILLIAM A.

FREEMAN, III

William A. Freeman, III, passed away on February 16, 2015, at the Wuestoff Hospice Center in Rockledge, Florida, after a long battle with cancer. William was born in Key West, Fla., on March 23, 1951, to the parents of late William "Billy" Freeman, Jr. and the late Elise Curry Freeman. Surviving William is his step-mother Dr. Shirley Freeman of Key West, Fla.

After graduating from Key West High School in 1970, William attended the INA School for Agent Certificate, in Philadelphia, Pa., and graduated the following year. He also attended the University of Tampa, School in Fire Casualty Insurance in 1972, and the Florida Association of Insurance Agents in Tallahassee, Fla. in 1973. He then became a licensed agent and joined the family agency, Porter Allen Insurance Company. He worked in the family agency with his father and his uncle, David Freeman and cousin, Elizabeth Freeman, until his family relocated to Rockledge, Fla. in June, 2005. There he obtained a position at A Professional Insurance Agency of Brevard in Melbourne, Fla. In November, 2014, he was honored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) for his 35 years of committed professional leadership and continuing education in this field.

In his spare time, William was an avid tennis player and enjoyed running, reading and sports. However, his relationship with God was the force behind his life giving Him all glory and honor. He was a devoted husband of Brenda Beckerink Freeman for 30 years and a devoted father to William Roger Freeman, of Santa Monica, Calf., and Lisa Curry Freeman of Nashville, Tenn. Other survivors include his sister, Julie Freeman Spilker and his brother, James Freeman.

William was an active and proud member of the communities of Rockledge, Fla. as well as Key West, Fla. His children described him best by saying, "You are the strongest person I know and a true gentle giant," Roger Freeman, and "Your amazing spirit and faith continue to be an idol in my life," Lisa Freeman.

Funeral services will be held at Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church on Monday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. and will be laid to rest at the Key West Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the American Cancer Society. Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all the funeral arrangements.

Sunday, February 22, 2015
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Douglas Fowler

Douglas Fowler died unexpected, but peacefully, at home on Friday, Feb. 13. He was 63 years old. His wife Sarah was with him. Doug had suffered from kidney and heart disease for some years.

Born in Harlan County, Ky., Doug's family moved to Taylor, Mich. when Doug was a boy. He worked as a journeyman butcher - a trade he later practiced in Key West at Pantry Pride - and as auto worker at General Motors in Detroit. He met his future wife Sarah James there. They married in 1981.

The couple moved to Key Colony Beach and then to Key West in the late 1980's. Doug worked as a butcher and then became a popular Conch Train driver for eight years. He later opened his own limousine company, Atlantis Limousine Service. Doug was a motorcycle enthusiast and was a well-known sight in Key West on his Harley-Davidson "fat boy." He even named his beloved black pug (who often accompanied Doug on his bike) "Harley."

Doug is survived by his wife Sarah, an Episcopal reverend and Key West philanthropist. He is also survived by parents Isiah and Delois Fowler of Taylor, Michigan.

Doug and Sarah's sons Brodrick Jones and Keith James live with their families in Brownstown, Mich. Daughter Maria van Rooijen lives in Romulus, Mich.

Doug is also survived by grandchildren Sean, Sarah, Jasper, Elizabeth and David.

Funeral services will be held for Doug at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 401 Duval Street, Key West, Florida on Monday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m..

Doug's family asks that in lieu of flowers, mourners make donations to either the National Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association.

Sunday, February 22, 2015
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DOMINIC WILLIAM DUNN

Dominic William Dunn, of Traverse City and Key West, was born at 624 State Street, Traverse City, Michigan on November 17, 1913. Dominic William Dunn passed away September 10, 2014.

As a child, Dominic was raised by his grandparents, Valentine and Isabel Dunn, in Traverse City. Later, he played on the Pacific Coast in Seattle, surviving the Spanish flu, and roamed the mountains of Idaho for two years on his indian-trained horse before returning to Traverse. At 15, he postponed high school to raise his infant sister Pat and care for his invalid mother.

He earned a living as a weekend cherry grower in Traverse City (his farm is now the Silver Lake Recreation Area Park) and a foreman at General Motors Diesel in Grand Rapids, flying between the two. When he retired, Dominic sold his plane, moved to Key West, Florida, and became a sailor aboard his sailboat, The Restless. He traveled from the east coast of the U.S. to Hawaii in the west. He saw the world - Ireland, the Middle East, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, and Bolivia.

Dominic is survived by three children - Larry (Valentina and Gloria), Mary (Mike) and Joel (Janice); twelve grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; and his sister Pat Bowers (Gene).

After 100 years, he joins family and close friends, Veatrice Lossing Dunn (wife), Alec Rennie (uncle), Bill McGarry (cousin), Leon Purchase, Les McCain, Ray Ducharme, Pat Pica and Tony Verolme.

He is missed.