Ross Murphy, 71, of Key West, Fla., passed away on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at Lower Keys Medical Center. He was born on January 13, 1943, at Havre-de-Grace, Md., to the late Liam Richard Murphy and Lester Ruth Chelton Murphy. He is survived by his wife Shirley E. Murphy of Key West, Fla.; daughter Kelly (William) Reich of Baltimore, Md.; granddaughter Dorothy Murphy of W. Va., and great-granddaughter Faith Falbo of Baltimore, Md. Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations maybe given to Visiting Nurse Association, 1319 William St., Key West, FL 33040. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.
Ricky Carl Jent
Capt. Ricky Carl Jent, born June 25, 1954, died on Sept. 9, 2014, at home in Cudjoe Key, Fla., after a brave battle with melanoma. His wife, Peggy, his dog Sara, and Pat Carter were at his side. He was the son of Roy and Margaret Jent of New Castle. Rick graduated from CHS in 1972 and worked for Allegheny for 30 years. He married Peggy Anderson in 1974 and they celebrated their 40th anniversary this July. In 2003, they retired to live his dream in Cudjoe Key, as overseers of a property owned by dear friends, Dr. Richard and Diana Foster. He was a fisherman, hunter, camper, motorcyclist, dive instructor, gun enthusiast, union member and lover of dogs. He achieved his Master Captain's license after moving south and owned a trawler aptly named, "a dog's life", which is what boating life felt like to him. Rick and Peggy lived on their boat this past winter and had hoped to do The Great Loop some day. He made many special friends through parties, diving, boating and motorcycling. He was preceded in death by his father, Roy, and father-in-law, William Anderson. He is survived by his wife, Peggy, and his mother, Margaret; aunts, Marilyn Bowman, Linda Guffey; uncles, James Rhodus (Janet), Wilbur Cross (Sue) and many cousins. Also, his mother-in-law, Dee Anderson, sister-in-laws, Pat Carter (Sonny), Paula Conarroe (Tim), brothers-in-law Bill Anderson, James Anderson (Paula), nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Sara. There is a celebration of life - Rick's Final Happy Hour at the house in Cudjoe Key on Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. A memorial service will be Oct. 1 in Indiana. Memorials may be made to Paws4U animal rescue, Hospice of the Florida Keys, or the Florida Keys Cancer Society.
Marjorie Ann (Marnie) Starbuck
Marjorie Ann Starbuck, 73, of Ocala, Key West and Tallahassee, passed away on Aug. 31, 2014, in Bradenton, Fla., after a brief illness.
Survived by her daughter Makay Lovell of Sarasota, several nephews and a niece, she was predeceased by her parents, Kenneth and Marjorie Read, and her brothers Nonny and Mike Read.
Born in York, Pa., Marnie moved with her family to Ocala in elementary school. A graduate of Ocala High School and Florida State University, Marnie led the formation of the FSU chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Her college studies centered on advertising art and children's book illustration.
She was an artist, designer and art administrator. Her work focused on commercial design and unique watercolor pieces, many depicting the flavor of Key West where she owned and operated the Cook's Bazaar.
In Tallahassee she served as the Director of LeMoyne Art Foundation, was Director of Development for the Museum of Florida History, and owned The Honeytree, a health and ethnic foods shop. Returning to Ocala as she approached retirement, Marnie pursued her art career creating many pieces for exhibit and individual sale and finding great satisfaction in teaching young artists. In 2012 she moved to Bradenton, Fla., to be near her daughter.
Marnie requested that in lieu of flowers or other memorials, contributions to The Community Haven, 4405 Desoto Road, Sarasota, FL 34235, be made in honor of Makay Lovell.
A Gathering of Friends celebrating Marnie's life will be held on Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. at 2301 SE 26th Street, Ocala, Fla.
GUMERSINDO B. GALVAN
Gumersindo B. Galvan, 85, of Key West, Fla., passed away on Sunday Sept. 7, 2014, at his home with his family by his side.
He was born Feb. 13, 1929, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands of Spain to the late Gumersindo and Santa Galvan.
The family moved to Rancho Veloz, Cuba, where he resided until 1962 when he came to the United States.
Mr. Galvan is survived by his wife of fifty years, Maria (Perez) Galvan; four sons and their spouses, Jose Galvan and Frida Hutnik, Pedro and Diana (Martelo) Galvan, George and Jean Marie (Sawyer) Galvan, and David and Susie (Imel) Galvan; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A mass will be held at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea Thursday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. in Key West, Fla.
Following the funeral mass, Mr. Galvan will be laid to rest in the Key West City Cemetery.
The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.
Robin Kay Gogin
Robin Kay Gogin passed away peacefully on Sept. 6, 2014, in Miami.
Robin's generous spirit was treasured by the many people with whom she shared her hospitality, her artistic skills and her sense of humor.
Robin is predeceased by her husband, Jay Gogin, with whom she developed an internationally renowned ceramics program at Florida Keys Community College. The couple met at a Wisconsin yacht club in 1987 and made the Keys their home in 1990.
Jay served as head of the first FKCC ceramics department, but Robin was his heart. She volunteered her time, contributed her ceramic artwork and cooked many a fierce paella in support of Mud Pi, the FKCC ceramics community club.
Robin is survived by her parents, Stan and Bev, siblings Ron, Jackie, Terry, Marsha, Bruce, Peggy, Karla, Trudy and Scott, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held in her family home of Wausau, Wis.