Louisville Area Silent Keys
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Donald Z. Messer KI4EZN
Messer, Donald Z.,78, passed away Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at his home. He was an Army veteran, retired Engineer from Naval Ordnance and an Amateur Radio Operator with call letters of KI4EZN.He is predeceased by his wife, Donna Marie Messer (2013) and a daughter, Christina Burks. He is survived by his daughters, Sharon Maddix, Lisa Uhls, Pam Messer, Cindy Black and Becky Baumbeck; sister, Loni Mooney; brother, Bob Messer; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Cremation was chosen.
Carpy Allen W4JWF
Allen, Clarence Irvin "Carpy", 90, of Louisville, passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2014.
He was born and raised in Clarksville, IN. He served as a radio operator during World War II and flew in 70 missions before coming home. Carpy owned and operated Wabash Optical in New Albany, Indiana for over 50 years, where he developed life-long friends and acquaintances. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a long-time member of the New Washington Chapter of the Eastern Star. He had a passion for flying airplanes and anything computer related.
He was preceded in death by his wives Martha Jackson Allen and Janet Kessell Allen.
Carpy is survived by his loving family, daughter Holly Allen Abrams; son, Lawrence Irvin Allen; his grandson, Connor D. Abrams; and a host of family and friends.
Visitation will be 5-8pm Friday, October 10, 2014 at Newcomer Funeral Home, 235 Juneau Drive. A graveside service will be at 11:30am Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Crown Hill Cemetery in New Washington, IN.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in his memory. To leave a special message for the family, visit www.Newcomerkentuckiana.com.
Dr. John C. Hurt KI4USD SK
Dr. John C. Hurt, 73, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, June l, 2014 in Louisville. He was born in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Dr. Hurt was a retired materials engineer having worked at the National Science Foundation. He also had previously worked as a professor at North Carolina State University. He was a member of the Shelbyville First Baptist Church from where he assisted in the nursing home ministry as the Crestview Assisted Care Devotional Coordinator. He served in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War. He also was a member of Shelby County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (SCARES) and enjoyed helping at the Shelby County Community Theatre. Dr. Hurt was a skilled wood-worker and photographer. He also was known for being member of the Rutgers football team during their 1961 undefeated season as well as having a coffee named after him at the 6th and Main Coffeehouse – the John Hurt Brew. He was preceded in death by his parents, Quentin and Dorothy Hurt. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Debra McKinney; his sons, Thomas Hurt (Kristie) of Raleigh, NC, Nathan Crowe (Abbye) of Richmond, and Brent Crowe of Lexington; his sister, Sue Tipton (Andy) of Chattahoochee, FL; and 2 grandchildren, Carson Hurt of Raleigh, NC, and Emmett Crowe of Richmond. A memorial service was held on Saturday June 7th at the Shannon Funeral Home with Dr. Geoffrey McGillen. Visitation was 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Shelby County Amateur Radio Emergency Services or the American Heart Association
Joe Pendleton K4FLP SK
PENDLETON, STERLING "JOE," 74, of Louisville passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014. He was a native of Louisville, a retired employee of General Electric, a member of St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church, and an amateur radio operator with call K4FLP.
He is preceded in death by his son, Michael and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Regina Sue Pendleton; children, Bob (Margaret), Debby (Grant), J. Kevin (Kim), and Mark; sister, Betty Jea...n (Tony) Recktenwald; brother, Wayne (Mary Therese); three granddaughters; four great grandchildren; and his best friend, Jerry.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Louis Bertrand, 1104 S. 6th St., with burial to follow in St. Michael Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Ratterman and Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road.
George E. Hopkins W4WPI SK
HOPKINS, GEORGE E., 76, of Louisville, was born June 29, 1937 to the late George Walter and Marie Tandy Hopkins and returned to his Heavenly Father April 11, 2014. Mr. Hopkins, known as W4WPI, was a life member of American Radio Relay League, retired from both the L&N Railroad and industrial sales. Also an avid U of L Fan. He leaves to cherish his memory his fiancée, Sharon Byrns; daughters, Helen Montesinos (Dennis), Elaine Makris, Jeannette Hopkins (Andre) and Sheila Stukenborg (George); son Ed Hopkins; brother, Walt Hopkins (Kathye); 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, a host of other family and friends. Memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday at Schoppenhorst Underwood and Brooks (Preston Highway at Brooks Road). Friends may pay their respects from 1-7 p.m. Thursday at Schoppenhorst. A special thanks to the Neuro Surgical team at University Hospital for all of their care and support.
Isaac Key "Ike" Smith KT4YU SK
SMITH, ISAAC KEY "IKE," 64, of Louisville, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014 at his home. He was born June 28, 1949 in Madison, IN the son of Leslie Key Smith and Rose Dee (Pratt) Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 39 years, Barbara Versaw Smith. Ike was a 1967 graduate of Henry County High School and later went on to complete his Bachelor's degree at University of Louisville. He worked in Louisville area news radio for 25 years and was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church and The Sons of Confederate Veterans. He leaves to cherish his memory a daughter, Jennifer Smith Sinclair; a son, Nathan Key Smith; a granddaughter, Adalyn Ellen Smith; and a sister, Lillian Ann Smith Arbogast (Al). A service to celebrate Ike's life will be conducted at noon on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Calvary Episcopal Church, 821 S. Fourth St. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday at Arch L. Heady & Son at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Rd. In lieu of customary expressions, donations may be given to Calvary Episcopal Church or WHAS Crusade for Children. Family and friends may sign his guestbook and leave memories at www.archlheadywestport.com
Guy Partridge K4KZH SK
PARTRIDGE, GUY E., 74, passed away Friday, November 8, 2013 at Norton Audubon Hospital.
Guy was a director-at-large for the Amateur Radio Transmitting Society and helped with many club events and projects.
Arrangements entrusted with Joseph E. Ratterman & Son. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Red Cross.
George King WB4VOC SK
KING, GEORGE WILLIAMS "BILL," 70, left this earth on August 27, 2013. Bill was born on May 15, 1943, the only child of George William and Mildred Pulliam King of Shelbyville. Bill often joked that he was born because his parents needed a "third" at Rummy. Bill graduated from Shelby County High School in 1961. He then went on to the University of Kentucky where he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1967. He then attended the master's program at Ohio State University. He began working at the Naval Ordnance Station in Louisville as a civilian engineer in 1968, and continued there until his retirement in 1995.
Bill was a very intelligent man who had many and varied interests throughout his lifetime. He enjoyed music and photography and also time spent with friends and family. He liked working on boats and time on the water. He loved reading, especially science fiction. He was a Ham radio operator (WB4VOC) and a true computer geek. In fact, he owned and assembled one of the very earliest forms of personal computers. Many years later he kept 2 computers running 24 hours a day in cooperation with SETI (The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), and is now continuing his search for intelligent life elsewhere.
After Bill retired, he remained active in the Naval Ordnance Station Retirees Group, and particularly enjoyed the Wednesday morning poker games and the lunches. He had several lifelong friends from his many years at the Naval Ordnance Station.
He will be greatly missed by his "cuz's," Everett Culler and Deanna Estes-Culler, and by his many friends and family, including Lois Blair, Lois Ann Estes, Jennie Estes, Jane Orthober and their families.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Shannon Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Visitation: 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery. We would very much like to thank his friends at Christopher East Nursing Home, and those at DaVita/Dixie Highway, for their excellent care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either KET or the WHAS Crusade For Children.
James F. Shaw KD4SDX SK
SHAW, JAMES F., 60, of Louisville passed away at his home Sunday
James L. Whelan WA4ZRR SK
James L. Whelan 73 of Louisville, passed away Monday, February 18, 2013 at Jewish Hospital.
He was a retired electrician for Colgate Palmolive, a hamradio operator, callsign WA4ZRR, a St. X graduate class of 1957 and was formerly a member of St. Dennis Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Connie Braden Whelan; daughters Tracy Easten and Denise Spear; a sister Patricia Jacobi; grandchildren, Megan, James and Cody; and family friend Doug Gayhart.
Funeral service will be held at noon Friday at Heady-Hardy Funeral Home 7710 Dixie Hwy, followed by burial at Louisville Memorial Gardens West. Visitation will be 2-8pm Thursday.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hosparus
Please visit headyhardy.com for more information.
Patrick J. Garry WB4RRV
SK December 3, 2012
Patrick was born in Owensboro,KY on August 16, 1939. He served in the US Army and worked for Stry-Lenkoff for 44 years where he invented a process of applying invisible ink to books and later a pen cap for the invisible ink pen that couldn't be swollowed by a child. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Preceding Pat in death were his parents, and his twin sister who died at birth.
Survivors include his wife Mary; daughter and son; grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am Friday December 7 at St. Francis of Assisi 1960 Bardstown Rd with burial following at Calvary Cemetary. Visitation will be held from 2-4pm and 6-8pm Thursday at Ratterman and Sons Funeral Home 3800 Bradstown Rd and after 9:30am Fridat at the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hosparus or to the St. Francis of Assisi School.
Ila "Joe" Pollock K4ULW SK
September 6, 2012
POLLOCK, ILA "JOE," 86, of Louisville, passed away Thursday, September 6, 2012.
He was a retired Chief Petty Officer with the US Coast Guard, a retired electronics technician for Naval Ordnance, and former owner / operator of Pollocks Electronics. He was a member of Cove Baptist Church, a Kentucky Colonel, a ham radio operator with the MARS network, former president of the Greater Louisville HamFest, and a former member of the skeet and trap shooting club of Naval Ordnance.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Whitworth Pollock; a daughter, Connie Ann Pollock; sons, Richard Glenn and Joseph Dale Pollock; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
His funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Heady-Hardy Funeral Home, 7710 Dixie Highway, followed by burial at the Raymond Baptist Church Cemetery in Raymond, KY. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Saturday and after 12 noon on Sunday.
Memorial gifts may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Please visit www.headyhardy.com for further information.
John David Blandford KJ4UEA SK
August 31, 2012
JOHN DAVID, 37, of Shepherdsville, KY, returned to his Heavenly Father Friday,
August 31, 2012.
Jimmy D Neal AG4XL SK
March 17, 2012
Jimmy AG4XL became a silent key at 2:30am on March 17 2012.
At his request there will be no visitations
Henry A. Taylor, KD4GLN
TAYLOR, HENRY A., 85, of Louisville, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on the morning of March 3, 2012.
Charles "Chuck" Smith WD4BNR
SK November 23, 2011
Charles "Chuck" Smith WD4BNR 68, of Fairdale became a silent key on November 23, 2011
Charles was a member of Masonic Lodge #740, lifetime member of the Louisville Street Rodders, NRA, FOE (Eagles) Aerie #2173, a Kentucky Colonel, he was an avid motorcyclist, street rodder and amateur radio operator. He was a former employee at international Harvester and co-owner of M&C outboards.
He is preceded in death my his parents Bedford Harlan Smith and Lovie Lee (Wright) Smith; and brother, James Edmon Smith.
He is survived by his wife Doris Hartlauf Smith; daughters, Diane Roberts (Earl) and Dawn Wilcher (Mark); two sisters, Margaret Votaw and Sarah "Sue" Bailey; three grandchildren, April Ward, Jessica Oliveira and Wesley Roberts; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral was held Monday November 10th at Fairdale-McDaniel Funeral Home and burial was at Resthaven Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hosparus.
Fairdale-McDaniel Funeral Home
Glendon T. Kessinger W4AUN
SK June 10, 2011
Glendon Kessinger W4AUN, 85, from Mt. Washington, KY, passed away Friday at Norton Suburban Hospital in
Mr. Kessinger was an Air Force veteran of and the He was a retired postal worker. He was a member of the Beulah Twirlers square dancers and a ham radio operator for 42 years. First licensed as WN4AUN in Louisville, Ky in 1964, then held WB4AUN from 1965 to 1997. Active in the Ky Traffic Nets then became W4AUN in 1997.
He is survived by one son, William Kessinger; one daughter, Connie Steinberg; three brothers, Frank K. Kessinger, William H. Kessinger and Joe Kessinger; two sisters, Erlene Drew and Virginia Goatley; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday June 14th at Schmid Funeral Home in Mt. Washington. Burial will be in in Louisville. Visitation will be Monday June 13th from 2-8 p.m..
Online condolences can be made at www.schmidfh.com
Schmid Funeral Home
Bruce Moreton N4EFX
SK June 4, 2011
Bruce passed away on Saturday june 4th 2011. He was an insurance adjuster for 32 years with Sentry Insurance Co., he was also a Navy veteran, drag racing fan, ham radio operator and driving instructor for AARP.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 45 years Jeanette; children, Lisa Anne Meyer and Heather P. Moreton; brother, Harry Moreton III; sisters, Susan Lee Birky, Shelby Ann Daly and four grandchildren.
Funeral will be Wedensday June 8th at 10am at the Newcomer Funeral Home at 235 Juneau Drive in Middletown with burial at Middletown Cemetary with Naval Military honors. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8pm.
Newcomer Funeral Home
Herbert E Rowe W4WQD
SK January 4, 2011
Herb Rowe W4WQD, 90, of Charlestown, IN. passed away on Tuesday January 4th 2011.
Herb worked for International Harvester as an electrician for 37 years. He was a World War II veteran and an active ham radio operator since 1952. Herb often checked into the weekly ARTS club net.
Herb is survived by hiswife Terry Rowe, Daughters Joyce Shoenfield (Marvin), Barbara DeFever (David), Diane Hall (Michael), Sherra McDonald (Dennis), and Janice White (Michael); sons Thomas Michael Rowe, Larry W. Rowe (Sabrina), 15 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren and one brother, Morris Rowe.
The Visitation is January 6th from 1-8pm at Newcomer Funeral Home Sothern Indiana Chapel, 3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany, IN.
The Funeral is Friday at 3pm also at Newcomer Funeral Home Sothern Indiana Chapel. Burial will be at the Pine Knott Cemetery on Saturday at 4pm
To leave a special message to the family please visit www.newcomerindiana.com
Newcomer Funeral Services
William Booker W4WZU
SK November 9th 2010
William Frederick Booker Jr. W4WZU 100, passed away on November 9th 2010 at Baptist East Hospital. He was a retired insurance executive from NTVL and former co-owner of Booker & Kinnaird Insurance Co. William graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a World War II US Army Air Corp veteran and a member of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
William was a volunteer for Louisville/Jefferson County Civil Preparedness and was active with the Boy Scouts. He was also an avid ham radio operator and a past member or A.R.T.S.
Funeral service was held November 12th 2010 at Calvin Presbyterian Church with burial at Cave Hill cemetary. Memorials may be made to the Calvin Presbyterian Church or to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway Charlotte, NC. 28201-0001
Jennifer Dalton N4UVO
SK October 31st 2010
Jennifer Dalton N4UVO 51, passed away on October 31st 2010 after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma. She was born in Maryville,TN. and attended collage at the University of Tennessee and earned her MBA from the University of Louisville. Jeni was employed at Metro Louisville for 18 years and with the Louisville Zoo for over 14 years.
She was a ham radio operator for 25 years and was a life member of the ARRL and was a member of A.R.T.S. Jeni was also an avid competitive shooter and a benefactor member of the NRA. Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Robert Dalton; stepmother, Peggy Teffeteller; sisters, Deborah Lea Cavender, Patricia Ann Selgrath: and brother, Stuart James Teffeteller. A celebration of life service will be held at a future date.
Please make memorial donations to either the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the Louisville Zoo.
Cremation Society of Kentucky
Bernard Holtman W4GO
SK October 1st 2010
Bernard Holtman W4GO 91, passed away on October 1st 2010. He was born on March 28th 1919 in Louisville, graduated from St. X High School in 1936 and retired as the director of engineering from WAVE TV after 45 years of service. He introduced Television broadcasting to Louisville. Bernie was a Navy veteran of World War II. Among other titles Bernie was a consulting engineer for the FCC.
Bernard was an avid ham radio operator for over 75 years and a past member of A.R.T.S. He was also the past commander of the Order of the Iron Test Pattern and a member of Church of the Epiphany. Bernie’s funeral was held on Tuesday October 5th 2010 at Church of the Epiphany on Old Harrods Creek Rd with burial at Cavalry Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts in the form of contributions be made to Mass of the Air, 508 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville, KY. 40207
Ratterman Funeral Homes
David Peppers N4WQD
SK September 28th 2010
David Lee Peppers N4WQD 62, passed away on September 28th 2010 at Golden Living Center in Hillcreek. David was an amateur radio operator, a cofounder of the Louisville EWTN affiliate Holy Family Radio/WLCR AM 1040, was the host of the St. Joseph Hour and co-host of Ordinary Catholics on WWKY and later WFIA in Louisville.
He was a member of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in the Archdiocese of Louisville and of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. David was an accomplished musician and participated in USO world tours.
Mass of Celebration for David was held on October 1st 2010 at St. Martin of Tours Catholic church. Memorials may be made to Holy Family Radio 3600 Goldsmith Lane Louisville, KY. 40220
Online condolences at www.newcomerlouisville.com
Newcomer Funeral Services
James Robert “Jim Bob” Draughan, AC4A
SK July 18th 2010
James Draughan, AC4A, 66, passed away at Baptist Hospital East on Sunday, July 18, 2010. James was retired from Ford Motor Company on Fern Valley Road. He was a Navy veteran, serving during the Vietnam War on the U.S.S. Midway. He was a member of the NRA, UAW and the American Radio Relay League, James was a two time President of A.R.T.S. back in the 1980s.
James is survived by his children, James Robert Draughon "Bobby D" Jr. (April), Rebecca Ann McCauley DMD (Jimmy); brothers, Elvis and William Draughon; his sister, Patricia Monroe; grandchildren, Robert and Chelsie Draughon, Dylan and Dalton McCauley; and his great-grandchildren, Christine, Adrianna and Aaliyah Draughon.
A visitation was held Thursday, July 22, 2010 at Fern Creek Funeral Home in Louisville.
Fern Creek Funeral Home