Services: A mass of christian
burial will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, August
27th at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church on
Royce C. Brower Sr
09/18/1918 - 04/03/2009 picture picture2
Royce Brower was one of my
dearest, long time friends. We traveled to National and
Sectional Tournaments together and we shot together by choice at
State and Regional events year in and year out... and often he
took my money, just for the fun of it. Royce is in a
better place now, enjoying permanent Field Ranges in heaven and
occasionally playing his trumpet for good measure.
At just after midnight, this morning, at age 90, Royce went to
sleep. He was a life member of the National Field Archery
Association, the Florida Archery Association and Citrus County
We were almost 20 years apart in
age, so I frequently called him "grandpa", but we were always
happy together. Royce earned almost every recognition
available in archery. He was a member of the Florida
Archery Association Hall of Fame for his athletic ability and
received the prestigious Dillard Bucklen Award for his constant
support of archery at the local and state level. He
brought members to our sport, and was always willing to help
with work needed. In 1976 he was NFAA Senior Male
Freestyle Champion back when Senior Division was a courtesy
separation, and then in 1996 he brought home an NFAA Silver Bowl
as Champion Senior Male Olympic Compound. He was several
times Sectional Champion and many times over Florida State
Champion. Several years ago, when I separated FAA Records
into single event groupings, Royce held 16 state record scores.
Royce was a real believer in the
Senior Olympics and attended the National Event whenever he
could. In 1995 he was 75+ Male Compound Release Champion
and his 1665 score is still the fourth high overall score for
that age group. His 812 individual round in 1999 at
Disney is the second high score for that age group still, and
his 1599 total still remains 4th on the records list for 80+.
Royce is survived by a loving
family that includes sons Peter, Paul, and Buster and
grandchildren. He was engaged to his caregiver and
companion, Dottie Hageman who was always by his side these past
few years. He and Dottie had a shared love and
ability as archers and friends. Tim.
Fred Stahl 04/13/1936 - 01/21/2009. Fred Stahl passed away yesterday -
Four days ago I was talking and
visiting with a very active Fred who was feeding all the
competitors at this year's FAA Unmarked 3-D
Championship. He curtailed his shooting at the
event so that he could help everything run smoothly at the
club. Sunday afternoon I waved goodbye to Fred as I headed
North from the Lee County Archery Range, with no thought in the
world that it might be my last time seeing my friend and
Fred has been an FAA/NFAA member
for the last nine years, has been an extremely active and
skilled competitor. He was FAA Champion shooting Senior
Bowhunter Freestyle in 2000 (3-D) and in 2003 and 2004
(Field). In Master Senior competition he has competed at
the National and Sectional level as well as earning FAA Champion
awards at the 2005 and 2008 International and the 2008 Marked
3-D tournaments. At this past December's NAFAC, Fred was
11th out of 26 freestyle archers over age 55 with a score of
1568 and his 833 at the Florida Senior Games placed him 3rd.
Fred is survived by his wife,
Marilyn... two daughters, including Michelle who was Adult
Female Freestyle Champion last weekend, and
Robert D. Horden 3/3/1946 - 10/9/2008. Robert
D. Horden lost his battle with cancer at age 62 this past
October in Detroit, Michigan where he had moved to be with his
Sister, Ann Rapin, in his retirement. Ann wrote that
Bob went into the hospital on Aug 21st for cancer surgery and
that the surgery was long and complicated. Bob came
through it, but many complications set in after and his organs
began to shut down one-by-one.
Bob Horden was a past officer of Daytona Archers and a past
North Florida FAA Vice President. His 34 year NFAA
membership started in 1975 when he was actively shooting
Bowhunter Freestyle Limited... at a time when the style was
extremely popular. He was inducted into the FAA Hall of
Fame for his Administrative accomplishments.
William C. "Bill" Parr 4/25/25-10/2/08 age 83, lost
his over five year battle with cancer four days ago. An
active member of The Villages Archery Club, Bill competed
outside his club primarily in Senior Games 900 Round
events. He was a member of FAA for 6 years.
Robert L. "Bob" Evans (1943-2008) lost his fight with
lung cancer on 18 September 2008 at age 65. Bob was a
skilled archer who has been active in FAA/NFAA shooting for the
past six and a half years. An "A" Class Freestyle archer,
Bob was a member of Citrus County Archers was seen
regularly at shoots in North Florida and at State shoots as
well. Many will remember that Bob volunteered to bring the
Mats and Stands to the Senior and the Sunshine State Games last
year. Bob turned his hobby of stained glass work into a
business, and many of our homes have his beautiful work
displayed. - Picture
OBITUARY: Henry E. Smith
– Age 87 (22 March 1921 – 18 May
2008) Henry Smith is the archer who got me involved in
organized archery 50 years ago. A Past Club President
and worker who designed and built our past ranges, Henry was
a skilled hunter and tournament archer who worked at the
Club and State level to make our sport a
success. A Florida Hall of Fame inductee for his
work as President of the Florida Archery Association, Henry
was an FAA/NFAA life member with 43 years of service.
He was last a Champion at the 1990 State Indoor shooting
Senior Male Bowhunter Freestyle Limited. His last
tournament was the 1991 State 3-D. Henry’s wife JoAnn
Smith can be contacted at 3410
N W 62nd Place, Gainesville FL
Ann (nee Weber) World Renowned Archer, devoted her life to
becoming a world class Archer. Born March 29, 1922 in Bloomfield,
NJ., passed away quietly at Glendale Care Center April 5, 2008,
one week away from celebrating her 86th birthday. Many Archery
friends and her adopted Ann Clark Family were in attendance. The
Archery World will miss this fierce competitor and gentle Giant
who paved the way for many to follow. Her life was archery, since
discovering her fascination in high school with the sport at the
early age of 15. She went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude at both
Bloomfield High School and her alma mater Montclair University.
Graduating as a Science Major she never realized her potential for
teaching. Ann represented both schools winning many titles as an
archery representative in local, state and national competitions.
Never looking back or regretting her decision she went to work at
Robin Hood Archery Company in Montclair, NJ doing menial tasks
working up to general manager. Along the way she shot her bow and
arrow competing in National and World competitions where she
remained until her marriage to Earl Hoyt Jr., A world renowned
Bowyer of Olympic style competitive hunting bows. A marriage made
in heaven, as far as the Archery World was concerned. The World's
leading Female Archer joined with the World's leading Hoyt Bow
manufacture. She moved to Bridgeton Missouri for the marriage in
1972 and remained at Earl's side working together in the factory
and traveling the world promoting Archery, until Earl's death in
2001. Establishing the Archery Hall of Fame was their Life Long
Goal. Due to their generosity The Archery Hall of Fame is a
reality. Together they established a scholarship program in
Columbia, MO. Ann was a charter member of the Diana's, the first
organized all ladies bow hunting group, and the Lovers of Outdoors
from 1986 to present. Headed by George Gardner along with lady bow
hunters through out the United States. Ann Hoyt was a great
humanitarian who was silent in her work with charities and friends
in need. The Archery World loved her, as did all that came to know
her. Her final years were spent with long time competitor and
friend of 60 years, Ann Clark. They established a home in Historic
Glendale after the passing of Earl in 2001. Ann's request is to be
cremated and have her ashes placed in the Archery Hall of Fame.
Visitation will take place Wednesday at St. Gabriel Church 48 W.
Sharon Rd., Glendale, from 10 AM until Mass of Eternal Rest at
11AM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Archery Hall
of Fame 58 North Main St., Union City, PA 16438 or Hospice of
Cincinnati. Hodapp Funeral Home, College Hill, is serving the
02/13/08 - Dolores Koski:
6/21/1920 - 2/2008. Dolores Koski has lost her long
battle with cancer. She was 87 years old.
Dolores attended many tournaments and was active in
archery. A member of the Daytona Club off and on
between 1981 and 2004, she was a member of FAA and NFAA for
14 years. At one time she held at least 28 NFAA
Records for Senior Women, and she was State Champion more
than 12 times. Her National Senior Games Record Single
and Double 900 Round scores for age 75-79 still stand at 793
(shot in 1999 at Disney) and 1572 (shot in 1997 at Tucson)
as the highest scores recorded for the age 75-79 Women
Compound Release division. Picture
01/16/08 - John A.
Laudicina 09/11/1926 - 01/16/2008 (Age 81) passed
away this morning at 7 AM. John was an FAA/NFAA Life
Member and a 12 year supporter of Everglades Archers and
NFAA. [John's son, John G. Laudicina, is President of
Everglades Archers and Florida Archery Association South Vice
President.] He is survived as well by his wife Leonora,
children, and grandchildren. A most generous and loving
man, John loved to go around the Everglades Range with his son
John... in fact, he went out to the range just a week and a half
ago and shot his 40# longbow and showed accuracy at 40 yards
despite his declining health. I join his many
friends in saying that I shall greatly miss his cheerful
greeting and his most appreciated friendly welcome when I
visit Everglades. We all extend our sympathy to John and
Gemma and the rest of the family.
Steve Gibbs from
Sur-Loc lost his battle with
cancer and passed away this morning 11/18/07.
Steve Gibbs, founder and owner
of Sureloc Sights, lost his eight month battle with cancer this
Sunday. We have lost not only a superior innovator and
archer, but also a friend, a companion, and a leader in our
I am sure that a proper
obituary will be written and published by someone closer and
better informed than I, but Steve was a welcome guest in
Florida. For years he was a leading Freestyle Limited
competitor: at the 2003 National Senior Games he was gold
medalist in 50-54 Male Compound and Fingers, posting a double
900 Round score of 1660... still the sixth highest total
score posted in that age group at the National event.
More recently he played with Freestyle as
well. He shot in our 2006 NAFAC at age 58 and he
visited his good friend Gary Simonds here in Gainesville and
shot around our Field range with Gary and me.
Steve was always helpful, and I
always found him gracious, helpful, and a friend to all
archers. He has been taken from us at much too young an
age, and long before his time.
The Sureloc web site is www.sureloc.com and you can
click on his name in the upper right corner.
John W. Durham
was a past NFAA National Vice President and an NFAA Medal of
Merit holder. John Durham died of throat cancer a
couple of months ago. He was a member of the Florida
Archery Association Hall of Fame for archery
administration. My records show that John was a life
member of FAA and an NFAA member at least from 1961 through
1976. He and his former wife, Mary, were both skilled
Buddy Legate 4/6/54 - 3/3/07. Buddy Legate was
killed March 3 in a motorcycle accident. He's being
cremated. Buddy was the one that created and
manufactured the Bow Maniac Stabilizer and loved the sport of
Archery. We just wanted to let everyone know. Buddy was 52 years old and last shot
in the State and Sectional 3-D in 1998. He was an FAA
Member in 1994, 1995, 1997, and 1998.
Service for Buddy will be
Saturday (Mar 10) at 11 AM at the Jupiter Elks Lodge. It's
in the same shopping center that his liquor store was in on the
Roy McFarland - 3/21/47 - 3/5/07 -
community lost a giant for our cause Monday. During the
'80's and early '90's, he was one of the best instinctive
bow hunters in the USA. Roy was past-president of Ky Archers
assoc and KY NFAA state director for many years. Roy won
many awards at national tournaments and was always
competitive in the top of bow hunter class. He was a staff
shooter for Bear archery and Martin archery in his
prime. Roy McFarland passed away Monday due to
complications from esophageal cancer. He leaves behind his
wife Carolyn and two grown children Allison and Craig. Roy
will be laid to rest in Lexington later this week,
arrangement are pending. Roy get your bow, your up on
1/9/07 - Charles Richard Walker – Age 78 - 18
December 1928 – 28 December 2006.
sadness, I learned that my good friend Charles Walker left us on
Thursday, 28 December
2006. Charles had
fought valiantly for years against heart disease, cancer, lime
disease, accidental injury, and finally stroke… and yet, for the
13 years I have known him, he has continually volunteered and
worked to better our sport and those interested in learning its
various skills. A multi-talented,
brilliant, and skilled man; Charles was never idle – always
working to build, manufacture, repair, document and better the
world around him. He excelled as a
scientist, an archer, an instructor, a fly tier, a wood carver,
and a manufacturer of kaleidoscopes… just for a start.
received the NFAA Medal of Merit in 2001, presented by the
Florida Archery Association for his unselfish development of
programs and youth development in our state.
A State and NFAA Life Member, his affiliation with NFAA
goes back 52 years. He has also
been involved with NAA for years, donating his time as a level
four instructor and as a National Judge working with both
traditional archery and competitive recurve crossbows and
officiating at Local, State, and National events.
Charles and Carmen Walker donated funds, time, and
guidance to develop their Church’s Summer Camp, and Charles
instituted a training program and a youth instruction program
there that was a template for effective, successful youth
wrote extensively as a scientist (he was retired from the U.S.
Fish and Wild Life Service), he also used his communicative
skills for Archery. He
produced two volumes of Fish and Wildlife Cookbooks, one for
Wildlife Recipes and one for Fish and Seafood Recipes. He wrote a series of archery articles
about shooting, hunting, and maintaining equipment. He developed and initiated our Florida
Archery Association Scholarship Program that continues to
provide funds for young people to further their education.
shot Olympic Recurve and Crossbow in the past, but here in Florida
he shot Barebow Recurve – Traditional and at one time held as
many as 33 State and Sectional shooting records in Senior age
group competition. Between 1993 and
2003, Charles was FAA State Champion 34 times.
He still holds the current FAA-NAA Indoor Record for
Master 70+ Male Barebow with scores of 329 for a single round
and 656 for two rounds shot in 2002. His
1997 International round score of 112, shot as Senior Male
Traditional, still stands.
Walker will be missed in Gator Bowmen, in the Florida Archery
Association, and around the country; but he will never be
forgotten. We express respect,
honor and praise for our special and faithful friend.
will be a Memorial Service for Charles at the 1st Presbyterian
Church in High Springs, Florida at 3 PM on Saturday, February
10th, 2007. Tim Austin
10/3/06 - Duvall,
R., 63, of Eustis, passed away on September 26,
2006. Maggie, as she was dearly known, was surrounded by
her family and friends through her final moments. She is
survived by husband, Bill; son, Travis of Orlando; daughter,
Tracy Schrager of Longwood; sister, Suzanne Sutherland of
Warrenton, VA; grandchildren Sam, Jonathan and
Daniel. A memorial celebration for family and friends
will be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers,
please send donations, in Maggie's name, to Juvenile Diabetes
Foundation, 279 Douglas Ave.,Suite 1108, Altamonte Springs, FL
The above is from the
Orlando Sentinel Obituaries on the passing of one of my
(our) dearest friends. Maggie and I , because of our
common health issues, had many conversations. Maggie
always had a very positive outlook through her long and
difficult bout with cancer. The most notable, was her
desire to live for her grandchildren, whom she dearly loved
and was so very proud of. A proud , loving, wonderful
lady. We will miss her always positive outlook.
Maggie was an FAA member for 15 of the 20 years that Bill
was a member (from 1978 to 1998). Maggie shot
9/22/06 - Today I received a
letter from Sandy Nothdurft, Chuck's Daughter, responding to a
postcard I had sent and letting me know that her dad died 30
December 2004. She told me that his new address is
"heaven" and that his plot is in Bay Pines Memorial Center
(#E263) in St Petersburg. She let me know that "Chuck is
available to chat with anytime you want to - Just go to God!"
Charles Condra Nothdurft was
born 28 March 1928 and lived 76 years. Chuck
joined NFAA in 1946 and was active for 12 years... took a
vacation for a few years and then rejoined in 1981. He
was a Life Member of FAA and NFAA with 36 years of
membership. His last state shoot was the 1998 FAA Indoor
Championship at Ridge Archers in Lakeland.
Chuck and I shot Senior Male
Freestyle together and I was fortunate enough to be grouped
with him several times. He and I shot together at
one of the Sectional Field Championships in Clemson, South
Carolina and somehow one of my arrows wound up countersunk in
one of his... My silver Easton X-7 shaft stuck firmly in his
pretty blue Easton X-7, and he allowed me to keep the nice
"trophy". It hangs in my study as a reminder that every
once in a while we get lucky and shoot a really accurate, good
Chuck also earned the "Robin
Hood" award in his years of competition... that and perfect
animal award, all three 6-Golds and various
Field/Hunter/International pins and bars. A dedicated,
lifetime archer, he was one of the forces behind Suncoast
Archers in St Petersburg and often carried his friend, Dick
Evans, with him to shoots, including the Indoor in 1998.
Dick Evans left us at age 93 a year and a half before Chuck...
and now I'm sure they are trading their shared times in God's
perfect archery range.
9/15/06 - Wayne O.
Hageman was killed in a traffic accident in April 2006
at age 74. His wife, Dottie was with him and was
seriously injured and has just gotten home from Rehab.
For those of you who don't
know the Hagemans. They were both very active archers
and members of FAA and NFAA from 1985 to 1988 and from 1997
through 2001... 9 years. Wayne was NAA Indoor Champion
in 2000 as a Master Compound Release with a score of
1132. He was a talented archer and developed a technique
of shooting with only a single fletch on his arrows.
Dottie also is a skilled archer. She holds Florida
Senior Games records for 65-69 Female Freestyle and 70-74
Female Freestyle and she also is the current record holder for
Senior Female Freestyle for the Sunshine State Games
International Round. She has been an FAA Champion 10
Wayne and Dottie had gone to
Bike Fest this last April and were returning home when a
vehicle pulled out in front of them. Instead of
driving into the vehicle, Wayne dropped the bike on its side
and went under the vehicle killing himself, but allowing
Dottie to survive. She had both upper leg bones broken,
a lower leg bone and ankle broken, a smashed hip... and has
been in the hospital and rehab these past five
months. She is 77 years old and the doctor
originally told her she wouldn't be able to walk, but she is
now able to walk with a walker and is determined to get back
I spoke to Dottie on the
phone today: Her phone number is 352-742-1122.
Her address is: 34 Kono
Cir, Leesburg FL 34788-8762
Dottie indicates that there
will be a memorial service for Wayne on October 22 at the
Clubhouse at Molokai (their mobile home community) which is
located on Road 473 just East of the Mall in Leesburg.
The time isn't set yet, but will probably be in the afternoon.
I'm sure that Dottie could
use some help from any friends who might be close enough to do
7/3/06 - Bill
Bishop had called last Thursday (29 June) and left a message
that Gina had died that morning. Gina was an absolutely
lovely person and all of us will miss her both on and off the
Gina was in her 15th year
of FAA/NFAA membership and was a Life Member of FAA and
NFAA... she was 67 years old.
Gina earned Champion awards
at the 1994 Southeast Sectional Field and the 2001 Southeast
Sectional Indoor. She earned State Champion awards at
the 2000 FAA 3-D, the 2002 FAA Indoor, and the 2002 FAA
International. She competed Senior Female Freestyle.
Gina's viewing was today and
her funeral is tomorrow.
Those desiring to contact
Bill... his mailing address is: 307 South 8th
Avenue, Wauchula FL 33873-3115.
7/2/06 - Long time Tennessee
archer, who attended many sectional shoots in Florida and the
Southeast, Sherrill Ramey passed away.
Sherrill Ramey was the Southeast
NFAA Pro Representative for quite a few years. A
gentleman, and well liked wherever he went. Sherrill
recently lost both legs as a result of diabetes, and the
disease finally beat him. He was born in 1947... was age
59 at death.
His funeral will be Thursday (5 July 06) at 4pm at Unity
Mortuary, 1425 McCalla Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915.
Miriam Tierney (1925-2006) passed
away last Saturday, 27 April. She had suffered a
stroke in early April. Miriam was a life member of FAA
and NFAA and had been a member for 37 years. She was a
longtime active shooter, loved by many, who shot at all levels
for the love of the sport. She was State Champion as a
Senior and Executive Senior ten times between 1993 and 2004
and she held twelve state records in the FITA and 900
Rounds. At the State level, Miriam donated her awards to
the organization: She shot competitively, but for the love of
the sport and the companionship with her friends. Those
of us who shot with her often looked forward to her
companionship and her skill. We miss you Miriam...
3/2/06. I'm very sorry to report
that Lee Austin (Brevard Archers) lost his wife, Jackie, last
week after over 50 years together.
1/30/06. It is with great
sadness that I must report that Barry H. Williams, long time leader in Gasparilla Bowmen,
lost his fight with cancer last weekend. Barry was 52
years old. He has been an officer/director of Gasparilla for most of the 23 years
that he has been a member of FAA and NFAA. An active shooter since
1981, Barry was FAA State Champion Indoor in 1990 and 1995 and International
Round in the same years in our most contested division, Adult Male
Freestyle (in some organizations called Open). In 1990 his Indoor
double round was a 102x 600. He was active in both NFAA and ASA competition
and well thought of throughout the Southeast. In 1983 and 1993
he had perfect distance scores on the 810 round at both 40 and 60 yards, and
in 1993 he posted 199 out of 200 possible points at 50 yards at the
600 Round. Barry will be missed on the range and in our friendly get
togethers. He is survived by his wife Stella who is also an active
longtime member and a skilled shooter. Funeral services will be held on
Wednesday 1 FEB 2006 at ST. Lawrence Catholic Church in
Tampa from 1030 am-1230 PM Mass at 1230 PM and then
he will be laid to rest at The Garden Of Memory . Viewing 10:30 - 12:30.
The Chruch/School is on the Southeast corner of Himes and
Henry "Moe" Martin, age 85, Life
Member of FAA/NFAA and 23 year member.Mo died Saturday
morning, 10 December 2005. He was active in Citrus
County Archers and and a friend to all who came to shoot
there. He last shot in a state event at the 1999 Senior
Games. I regret
that I have to notify you of Henry's passing ( to a better
place as he put it) . The past few months, he had been
unable to shoot, so he had reacquired a taste for playing the
guitar. Henry was a retired Air Force officer. Lifetime member
of the NFAA & FAA & Citrus Archers. Henry was the
FAA Sr Men's Barebow Field Champion at Gator in May 91. His
stories about falling out of the back of a pontoon airplane
while on a fishing trip, and the time he got a moose with his
bow are fond memories. He had a great sense of humor and a
quick wit. Henry will be missed.... Services are
expected to be at the veteran's cemetery in Bushnell on Friday
12/16, (But they are not certain yet) .
Gordon Bell (not a current NFAA
member) but active in Florida in the winter time from 1988 to
1998. He was a Canadian who spent winters in Florida
near Citrus County archers so that he and his wife Ann
(previously deceased) could shoot. They last shot at the
State Senior Games in 1998. He was 79 years old when he
died on the 25th of November 2005.
Roy Bovee, 20 year member of Gator Bowman, died on 11
November 2005 in the evening. He had been back in Melrose
(from Canastota, New
York where he spent the warmer
months) for several weeks and had been out at the range with the
Wednesday work party. At 81, he was still very active and
an unbelievably good shot considering his youthful octogenarian
status. On Friday, 28 October, he was quite sick and his
doctor sent him to Alachua General
They ran tests but could but not determine what was wrong.
He signed himself out to take Florence
home for the weekend. He didn’t do well at home and
continued to be getting worse, and Sunday morning he was only
semi-conscious and couldn’t get out of bed. Florence
called an ambulance and he went back in the hospital. He
never regained lucidity. They ran every kind of test but
still failed to discover what was causing his symptoms, and he
continued to go down hill. Florence
finally stopped the doctors from prolonging his agony and after
two weeks in the hospital, our good friend slipped away.
He had never been sick a day in his life before this. At
last word, the doctors suspect a form of meningitis. -- Roy
was a life member of FAA and NFAA and was a dedicated worker in
our move to our new range, helping to lay out the course.
Every year he pasted all of our shooting faces, and he was one
of our few dedicated attendees at our club meetings. He
has been active in Florida
since 1986, but much longer in New York.
Roy was Executive
Senior Freestyle Champion in Florida
at the 2002 and 2003 marked 3-D Championships. He was
active in the Senior Games movement and attended some Sectional
and National tournaments. He was a very good friend and
companion and we will greatly miss him.
FAA/NFAA Life Member Thomas R. "Dick" See died about four
years ago in 2001 at age 85.
Dick was a member of Suncoast Archers and not active in recent
years. He was a member of FAA and NFAA for 22 years.
July 5, 2005
Joe (Joseph F.) Schottmiller was
an out of state (snowbird) member of Florida and an active
member of the Aripeka Archers when he was in Florida. He's
been shooting with us for at least seven years. He
regularly shoots in our International Round Championship in the
spring and is the current record holder for single, double, and
triple International Round at that event for both Senior Male
Bowhunter Freestyle and Master Senior Male Freestyle
Limited. At the National Field at Watkins Glenn, Joe
always joined the Florida member photo. He's been a member
of NFAA for 41 years.
Schottmiller June 30, 2005 of Grand Island. Husband of
Eleanor (Keller) Schottmiller; father of Donna (Keith) Dodge,
Brenda (Brian) Williams, Joseph A. (Kathleen), Diana (Steve)
DeMarco, Tina (Mark) Lovell and Harry (Debbie) Schottmiller;
also survived by seventeen grandchildren and one great-grandson;
brother of Eleanor Mowers, Mary Uhle and the late Francis,
Robert and Emil Schottmiller; son of the late Emil and Eleanor
Schottmiller. Friends may call Tuesday only 2-4 and 7-9 PM at
the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island. A
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:00
AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined.
Memorials to the Double T Archery Club Youth Program, 1110 North
French Rd, Amherst 14228.
Here is the link and when you get to the obit, friends can sign
the "On Line Guest Book". Maybe the Florida friends may want to
sign the "Guest Book" for Joe's wife. http://www.legacy.com/buffalonews/LegacySubPage2.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=14416020 If this is too much to "cut &
paste" then go to: www.buffalonews.com On the left side of the page click
on "Deaths", when you get to "Death Notices and Guest Books for
7/3/2005", scroll down to Joe's name.
Feb 4, 2005
Walt Speer, longtime member of Ridge Archers, died shortly
before his 74th birthday a couple of weeks ago. Walt was
last an FAA Champion at the 1992 Indoor where he shot Senior
Male Bowhunter Freestyle and won with a score of 590-70.
In 1983 he shot perfect 270 scores at 40 and 50 yards on
the 810 round. He was an FAA/NFAA member for a total of 11
years from 1982-1989 and from 1991-1993. His brother,
Ralph Speer (age 75) is an inactive FAA State Life Member.
The Speer brothers are super fine people, and Walt will be
missed as he travels to the great archery range above.
Ralph can be contacted at 535 17th St NE, Winter Haven FL 33881
- phone 863-293-7503.
Jan 5, 2005
FAA/NFAA Life Member, and
former FAA South Vice President Jim Steffens died at age 76
after a year long battle with cancer on 24 November
2004. His wife, Sharon, sent me a copy of his obituary
with a Christmas Card.
Jim was one of the founding
members of Treasure Coast Archers and is a member of the FAA
Archery Hall of Fame for his state administrative
accomplishments. A member of NFAA for 39 years, Jim had
not been active on the tournament scene for the past ten
years, but he maintained his interest and contacts
regardless. He and Dillard Bucklen formed a nucleus for
archery in the Ft Pierce - Port St Lucie area and were
instrumental in developing clubs and activity in the South
Lee County Bowhunters club member Dan Woosley age 39
from LaBelle Florida, passed away last Thursday.
For further details, look up Fort Myers News Press on
the internet. There is a very sad article in
todays paper. Dan
was the treasurer for Lee County Archers for several
years. He was always well liked and well
respected. He also ran the archery and firearms
section of Jenning's Hardware in LaBelle. The
store has been owned by his family since 1909.
Danny will be missed very much.
of the details are:
Danny was murdered at his home last
Thursday evening. He was found by his
brother Larry later in the evening. Apparently,
a pickup truck belonging to Danny, was stolen and
was found yesterday in Collier county. The
suspicion is that it was stolen by an escapee from
the Hendry County Sheriff's jail in LaBelle, who
escaped just before Danny was shot to death.
There was some tie in between the escapee and
Danny in that, Danny had taken the person in at
one time. In a related item, a 14 year old
girl who was in some type of court ordered holding
in Lee county (I think it might have been a
juvenile home of sorts) left the place at about
the same time. She and the escapee had some sort
of relationship. While the pickup was
located, the escapee has not yet been taken into
There was something going on at
the store yesterday afternoon even though it
appeared it was not open for business.
Danny's brother, Larry, indicated the store
would probably open Monday. The newspaper
indicated they were cleaning the aisles and
the store - not sure why this was stated but, I am
wondering if something took place there before the
murder that has not yet been disclosed.
Guess the tale will be unraveled as time goes by.
The Hendry County Sheriffs office
took the suspected murderer of Danny Woosley
into custody last evening. He has been
charged with Jail breaking in his initial
arraignment. So far, no further charges
have been officially made. The 14 year old
girl thought to have been with him, was not
located and, there now seems to be some question
as to whether she ever was. The newspaper
says a gun was found on the ground near where
the suspect was apprehended but not further
information was forthcoming on that. The
trail seems to have gone something like this, in
the pickup truck stolen from the residence of
Woosley he apparently
fled North and, abandoned the truck in a
field in Collier county. His next steps are apparently
unknown, at least at the moment. He
subsequently stole a car in Immokalee, South of
LaBelle. He was apprehended
in or near Muse, in Glades
county, North of LaBelle. This is,
apparently, near his families home where he grew
up. (Also, about 2 or 3 miles from
where we live) He was spotted in the car
stolen in Immokalee and, gave up with no
The Sheriff's office returned to
Danny's house again after the
apprehension. I suspect that he will be
charged in the murder sometime today.
Today's paper is starting to
put the picture together. Seems the suspect,
who was a Trusty in the Hendry county Jail in
LaBelle, walked out of the facility undetected
until a later roll-call. He took off
his prisoner garb and hid it under a car
in the parking lot. Then, walked the 2
miles or so, down Hwy. 29 to Danny's
house. Broke in and, further broke into
a room or area where Danny kept his guns and
knives. Apparently, Danny came home and
discovered the guy in the midst of the
robbery. The suspect fired bullets (I
think it said four) at Danny, striking him in
the chest and head. Then, stole Danny's
pick-up and left the area. The Sheriffs
office, when they apprehended the suspect,
found a gun at the scene - alongside the
road. The paper says it is thought to be
the murder weapon. They are checking to
see if it was taken from Danny's home.
Also, they had found another gun in another
location and are checking to see if that is a
part of the collection at Danny's home.
Suspect has not been further charged as of
yet. This 19 year old youngster has pretty
well ruled out any life for himself in
the future - if found guilty.
Sep 21, 2004
Charles T. Shatzer Sr (Age 74), longtime Florida Archery
Association officer passed away today. Charley was
President of FAA from 1980 through 1986 and was variously Past
President, Executive Vice President, and Acting President from
1986 through June 2004... An active, vital, dedicated leader
in Florida for over 24 years at the State level and 32 years
at the club level (President of Orlando Archery Club).
An NFAA Life Member with 45 years of service, Charley had
experience shooting in Europe before coming to Florida as a
dedicated, lifetime barebow shooter. Between 1992 and
1997, for instance, Charley was Senior Male Barebow Champion
of Florida at 14 Championships, and for the fun of it, he
earned one Champion plaque for Senior Male Bowhunter Freestye
in 1998 shooting 900 Rounds.
Charles Shatzer Sr shot the following FAA State Records for
Senior Male Barebow: 436-Field (1994), 237-International
(1996), 447-Double International (1996), 669-Triple
International (1997), 1101-Field/Hunter/14Animal (1994),
712-810 Round (1992), 487-600 Round (1994), 242 at 60 Yards
900 Round (1997), and 745-Sunshine Games 900 (1995).
In his last years, he bowed to declining health and gathered a
sight and release aid to continue shooting and quickly
established himself as a skilled, accurate leading Senior
Charley has been respected, liked, and welcomed at both
leadership meetings and shooting events throughout his archery
career. He was presented with the Dillard Bucklen
special achievement award for his service to FAA, his club,
and archery as a whole. He was inducted into the FAA Archery
Hall of Fame for administrative excellence as State
President... and Charles Shatzer is one of only six Florida
archers who have been presented with the NFAA Medal of Merit.
Charley will be greatly missed in our shooting sport.
Archers wishing to contact his family should write to Mrs.
Charles T. Shatzer Sr, 2903 Aein Rd, Orlando FL
32817-2908. According to his son Tom (former Florida
NFAA Director), there will be a small, family only service.
I just received a note from Linda Barrs informing me that
Jack had lost his 20 month battle with multiple
malignancies. He died on Friday, 30 April 2004. As
most of you know, Jack was a former President of FAA (In fact he
was President when I became Secretary in 1973) and a life member
of both FAA and NFAA. This year is Jack's 36th year as a
member of NFAA.
Follows is part of the obituary which was published in the
Jacksonville paper on Sunday, May 2:
Jack L. Barrs, a doctor in family practice in
Jacksonville for 35 years who once was among the the Southeast's
top 10 archers, died of cancer Friday at the Hadlow Center of
Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. He was
74. Dr. Barrs, a Jacksonville native who as a
Boy Scout attained Eagle rank and membership in the Order of the
Arrow, took up bowhunting in 1964 and began entering tournaments
in 1968. By 1971 he was considered among the top 10
archers in the Southeast.
He introduced both of his sons to archery at
a young age and traveled to Seoul, South Korea, for the 1988
Summer Olympics to see one of them, Jay Barrs, win the
individual gold and the team silver medal in archery.
Graduating from Lee High School in 1948, Dr
Barrs attended Jacksonville Junior College before transferring
to the University of Florida where he earned bachelor's and
master's degrees in agriculture. While serving
with a dental group in the Army, he decided to go to medical
school. He graduated from the University of Miami College
of Medicine in 1961 and was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha
medical honor society.
During more than 35 years of family practice,
Dr Barrs had privileges at Shads, St Vincent's, Memorial and
Baptist hospitals. He was chief of family practice at
Baptist Medical Center and was a past president of Baptist
Dr Barrs was a diplomate of the Board of
Family Practice and served on the board of Child and Family
Services for a number of years. He was among the doctors
who initially contributed to purchase the ground where Memorial
Hospital was built. He retired from practice Nov 30 1998
and later moved to homes in St Augustine and Interlachen.
In addition to archery, where he was a past
president of the Florida Archery Association, Dr Barrs hobbies
included fishing, bridge, swimming, tennis, snow skiing and
He was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Love
Barrs in 1972.
Dr Barrs is survived by his wife, Linda; two
sons, Jack L "Jay" Barrs of Sandy, Utah, and Bowen S. Barrs of
Clearwater Beach; two stepchildren, James S Grant of Ponte Vedra
Beach and Susan Grant Parrish of Jacksonville; a sister, Esther
Wilson of Jacksonville; and two step grandchildren.
I have sent condolence letters to his wife, Linda and to his son
Jay. Linda's address is: Mrs. Jack L. Barrs, 2008 Vista
Cove Rd, St Augustine FL 32084
JoAnn Minton wife of Rick Minton (former South Vice
President and member for the Florida Archery Hall of Fame) has
died (age 55). The Minton's were living in Palm Beach
Gardens. JoAnn died after a 3 year battle with cancer.
CHARLES ALVIN “CHUCK” COWAN of Davenport Florida died of Lou Gehrig’s disease on
Friday, 5 September 2003. He was 71 years
old. Chuck was made a life member of Gator Bowmen for
his many years of work on our range. He
continued to support the club and work on the range even
after he could no longer shoot. When he moved from Gainesville to be closer to his son, he
donated some of his old equipment to our club. Chuck
first joined NFAA in 1965 in Indiana and after moving to Florida, he and his son Tim were active
shooting in FAA and supporting the Gator Bowmen club.
Chuck’s active membership ended in 1993 with 26 years NFAA
membership, but he never lost interest in what was happening
with our club.
Gordon Bell advised us that his wife Ann Bell
passed away on July 17 2003. She had gone into the hospital
for some more work on her hip replacement, and suffered (5)
heart attacks. Gordon and Ann are Canadian Citizens and were
active in our Archery programs during the winter until recent
years. Mobility was giving them both problems and they were
unable to come South this past winter. Archery has lost a
dedicated lady. They will both be in our prayers.
Richard B. "Dick" Evans,
Life Member of FAA and NFAA, died last Saturday, 3 May 2003
just a couple of weeks short of his 94th birthday.
Dick had been an FAA/NFAA members since 1977, over 26 years
and he was the recipient of one of FAA's first Special
Achievement (Dillard Bucklen) Awards for his support and
promotion of archery in Florida. A muscle injury
curtailed his shooting the last few years, but for 20
years he was a fixture at our championships. He was
Senior Male Freestyle Limited Champion 20 times between 1990
and 1997 and many more times before that. As a Senior
Male Freestyle Limited shooter in Florida, he still holds
the following state records:
Dick's close friend,
Chuck Nothdurft, writes:
you will understand, this is a most difficult note to
write. It is my task to inform you of the passing of
Richard B Evans on Saturday, May 3 - 17 days short of
94. For the past about 20 years Dick and I traveled
the archery circuit, almost weekly. To the best of
my knowledge there was no pain or suffering. He
succumbed to a combination of kidney failure and
pneumonia. I have enclosed a copy of the obituary...
BENJAMIN, 93, of St Petersburg, died Saturday (May 3,
2003) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena.
He was born in Center Moreland, Pa., and came here 53
years ago from Binghamton N.Y. He was self-employed
carpenter for several years in the Pinellas County area
and was a former commissioner of Pinellas Park. He
was a Marine Corps veteran. He was a life member of
National Field Archery Association and was instrumental in
starting the Suncoast Archers. He was a former
member of the Lions Club and a longtime little league
baseball coach in
Pinellas County. Survivors include a son, Richard
D., Largo; a daughter Vivian Brown, St Petersburg; 10
grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. National
Cremation Society, St Petersburg."
Rainwater, died on March 10, 1999.
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