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James Rodman “JR” Botkins, W3JRB SK 

1952 - 2021

James Rodman “JR” Botkins, age 68 of Louisville, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021. He was born April 22, 1952 in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps and was a Vietnam Veteran. JR was a car hauler and an active member of Teamsters Local 89. He was the organizer and first President of the Louisville Chapter of the Teamsters Horsemen Motorcycle Association. He also enjoyed his time as a ham radio operator.

JR is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Jane Northcraft Botkins; his daughter, Tammy and her children, Emma and Nikolai; and his step-daughter, Megan Gilbert (Rick) and their children, Harper, Ethan and Connor.

Per his wish, JR chose cremation and no services.

Memorials may be made to Kosair Children's Hospital.


Charles Wade Kaufman – WA4PBM (SK)

April 23, 1936 - February 4, 2020

Charlie was born on April 23, 1936 in Louisville, KY, he was the son of Mamie Raggard Kaufman and Ben H. Kaufman. He was a graduate of Valley High School. 

Charlie served in the United States Army in Korea, and was retired from Ford Motor Company. He married his high school sweetheart Dolores Terry, they had 62 wonderful years of marriage together. Charlie and Dolores were longtime members of Beechland Baptist Church.

He was an avid HAM-radio operator, golfer, UK basketball fan and loved to travel. Most of all, he enjoyed being with family and friends, especially his grandchildren. 


Marvin Bowman NG0O (SK)

 Eminence KY, Died 10/10/2019

     John Ray Pitcock W4DHF (SK)

           December 12, 1937 - July 5, 2019

John Ray Pitcock, 81, of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019. He was born on December 12, 1937 in Barren County, Kentucky, to the late Elzie Ray and Frankie Pitcock.

John worked for many years in the manufacturing industry, as a teacher in adult vocational education, and was an alumnus of the University of Louisville School of Business. He had many interests and enjoyed a variety of hobbies, including ham radio, photography, music, calligraphy, genealogy, wood and metal working, and travel.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Judy; children: Dr. Janet Forbes (Phil) and Dr. Susan Janocik (Michael); 4 grandchildren: Ben (Kate), Tyler, Gloria, and Victoria; and a great-grandson (John) due in August; siblings: Jane Smith (Bob), Ethel White (George), Suzanne Schott, and Richard Pitcock (Donna); and many other family members and friends.


Marc Feld KG4FJR (SK)
ARTS Treasurer

Marc passed away  10/23/18. 
Our condolences to his family and friends


MILLER, Joseph Edward "Joe", 77, husband of 58 years to Mary Carol (Duvall) Miller, went to meet his Heavenly Father Feb. 7, 2018. Visitation will be 4-7 pm Fri., Feb. 9 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 3421 Harrodsburg Rd., Lexington, KY 40513. Funeral services will be held 12:30 pm Sat., Feb. 10 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 3421 Harrodsburg Rd., Lexington, KY 40513. Burial will be at the Peaks Mill Christian Church Cemetery in Peaks Mill, KY, Franklin County.

Published in The Courier-Journal on Feb. 9, 2018

2/4/18, Charlie E. Bailey, W4OXX, Silent Key
First licensed in 1949 and was the last of the Original ARTS Club Members.
He was the Coordinator for the Naval Ordinance Radio Club

Charlie was a retired Management Analyst for the old Naval Ordnance Station and the U.S. Naval Reserve as Chief Warrant Officer (CWO3), and was a cryptographer during his time in the Navy.

He was an amateur radio operator for over 60 years, receiving the ARRL Century Club Award (DXCC) in 2017. He became a free lance photographer after retiring from the government. He enjoyed meeting numerous celebrities during that time. He was personal photographer for Colonel Harland Sanders at KFC, and did photo work for the old First National Bank, Jack Guthrie Associates, among others. Photography was one of his life-long passions, and he received many awards for his photos. He was past President of the Louisville Photographic Society in the 1970's.

Music was a big part of his life, as well. He sang solos in his church choir, and was a member of the Naval Academy Glee Club choir. He played piano, guitar and loved classical music. For many years, he sang to the Altenheim residents at Christmas, while accompanied on piano by wife Margie.

He was the last member of the original ARTS club and remained a member when LARO (Louisville Active Radio Operators) took over the ARTS Club in 1973. 
Charlie was a graduate of Jeffersontown High School and was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1950.

He was a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the US Naval Academy Alumni Association, Navy Cryptologic Veterans Association, American Radio Relay League, Naval Reserve Association, Quarter Century Wireless Association, The US Navy Memorial, and long time board member of The Altenheim.

He was a member of Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church.

Charlie's hobbies included working crossword puzzles and "ham radio", but most of all he loved spending time with his family. He was a devoted husband and father.

He is survived by a daughter, Jayne Griffes (Gordon), a cousin, Lucy Ricketts (Steve) of Lagrange, KY, a brother-in-law, Linus Senhen , niece Amanda Senhen (Beth) and nephew John Senhen, all of San Diego, CA., and granddog, Gus.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Altenheim for their loving care of him during the years he lived there. They were like family to him. Also, thanks go to his Hosparus team, for their support in making his final days comfortable and peaceful.

Published in The Courier-Journal from Feb. 6 to Feb. 8, 2018

2/8/18, Charles R Keeton, KC4RK Silent Key

Charley was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Mary Lou Keeton (née Tackett). He will be missed by many, including his family - his wife of 48 years, Mary Alice (née McGlone); his children Chuck (Kelly Wieand), Ben (Burcum Keeton), and Mary Afton (Jeff Payne); his grandchildren Evan and Alara; his siblings Ginger Rardon (Carl), Greg Keeton (Linda), and Jill Dryden (Ernie); his sister-in-law Ruth Ann Meade (née McGlone); many nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog Buster.

Charley was born on November 8, 1949 in Ashland, KY. He graduated from Boyd County High School in 1967, Marshall University in 1971 and the University of Kentucky School of Law in 1975. He married Mary Alice on March 16, 1969. 

Charley enjoyed being fully involved in all aspects of life. In his personal life, Charley coached various sports, was involved in Scouts with both his sons, helped lead the Atherton High School Mock Trial team to a state championship, and served as board chair for Kentucky Shakespeare. He was member of St. Matthew's Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School and serving as chairman of the deacons.

In his retirement, Charley became the king of hobbies. He enjoyed spending time fishing, taking guitar lessons, and observing the night sky with his telescope. He also loved traveling and being with his children and grandchildren. Always an avid reader, Charley became an author as well, publishing a story collection called "Out on the Cottonwoods."


Larry Rodan L4LLR, Silent Key

Lawrence “Larry” Leonard Rodan, Sr., of Bridgeville, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017 in the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford, DE after an unexpected illness. He was born November 6, 1942, in Millville, N.J to the late, Lemuel C Rodan & Gertrude Louise(Scales) Rodan.

   In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by Two Grandsons, David Lee Rodan and Michael Forshey Rodan.

   Larry is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Linda Kay(Hatfield) Rodan; a sister, Hannah Chamberlain(JB), of Paris, KY; 5 children, Lawrence L. Rodan, Jr(Kimmy), of Sanford, N.C.; James Rodan(Patty), of Bridgeville, DE ; Jeanette Seitz(Cliff), of Dover; Pam Rodan(Shawn Miller), of Felton; and Roger Foster(Tonya), of Louisville, KY. ; his grandchildren, Robert Jones, Jean Marie Carlisle, Todd Rodan, Beth Tucker, Mindy Knotts, Harley Rodan, Tre Forshey, Steven Rodan, Jessica Forshey, Austin Rodan ,Graham Johnson,Stephanie Nelson, and Jennifer Seitz;  as well as 13   great-grandchildren and numerous nieces & nephews.

    Larry was a graduate of John Bassett Moore Smyrna High School, Class of 1962.He received his Associate Degree from Delaware Tech in 1987, and Graduated from Wilmington College with a BA in Accounting in 1989. He was a member of the National Honor Society.  Larry had enlisted in the United States Navy, but was given a medical discharge.

He had owned 3 Service Stations and Larry’s Towing in the 1970’s. He was also a leased owner/operator truck driver for Trimac Transportation and Trailer Convoys, where he retired from in 2011. He drove trucks across 48 states, Canada & Mexico, and was a member of OOIDA.

    Larry(K4LLR, formerly KA3MIY) enjoyed collecting ham radios, and was an active member of several organizations including: The Amateur Radio Transmitting Society, W4CN, where he was a board member for 2 years. The Bullitt(KY) Amateur Radio Society, KY4KY; the Kentucky DX Association KY4XX; and was a committee member for the Greater Louisville Hamfest. He was a past member and past President of the Kent County(DE) Amateur Radio Club, and was the clubs first Hamfest Coordinator. He is fondly remembered  as an active member who loved to participate in field day events, and still had many friends there.

    Larry also enjoyed Bluegrass Music, and was twice a D.J. for WDSD, in Dover, DE.

His other hobbies included watching NASCAR, Detective Television, feeding the birds, and squirrels; and spending time with his dog Buster, and 2 cats, Wolfie & Tora.

   A Memorial Service will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.

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Bill Shive KC4ZYA SK
Shive, William "Bill",85, passed away Monday, September 26, 2016. Bill was born in Louisiana, Missouri and was a retired production engineer for General Electric, where he worked for 33 years. He was an Air Force veteran where he served as a radio operation instructor.A founding member of St. Martha Catholic Church, Bill also was an amateur radio operator and a member of the ARTS Club. He is survived by his wife, the former Martha Frances Probst; children, Rebecca "Becky" Leigh Shive, William Shive, Jr. (Susan) and Carolyn Evans (Darryl); four grandchildren, William Shive, III, Joseph Evans, Sarah Shive and Amy Evans; and one sister, Kay Black (Bob).The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Martha Catholic Church, 2825 Klondike Lane, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be at Ratterman and Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road from 3-8 p.m. Thursday. A vigil service will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. Online condolences may be left at Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Mass of the Air.

Bill Ryan WA4TZK SK
Ryan, William Clarence "Bill",86 years old, died Wednesday March 2, 2016. He was born on June 27, 1929 to the late Wm. McGill and Lillian Ryan. Bill was a former engineering manager for General Electric and was in the Army Reserves. Over the years he had many hobbies including photography his most enduring, amateur radio (WA4TZK) and electronics, astronomy, sport cars, water skiing, square dancing, computers, and in later years Papaw's Pointless Projects.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Betty Hellman Ryan, his children, Gary (Sharon), Jim (Katie), Tom (Lisa), Sharon Zentner (Martin); his grandchildren, Jason, Kenneth, George, Daniel, Robert, Sam, Olivia, Elizabeth, Emma, Joe, Kate, Isaac, Madeline and Ryan. Surviving brothers Bobby (Emma), Gill, and Pat (Jane).

Bill was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 7, 2016, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 7813 Shelbyville Road, with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, East Louisville, on Sunday from 4-9 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.

Dr. Sylvester Walters Mather W4KIV SK

MATHER, Dr. Sylvester Walters,104, passed away on January 12, 2016. He was born in Athertonville, Ky. on December 20, 1911 to the late Ann Washer Mather and Frank Allen Mather and was raised in New Haven, Ky.He was a 1935 graduate of the University of Louisville Dental School, and practiced dentistry in Louisville for 63 years. He was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsulon Honor Fraternity and a lifetime member of the American Dental Association. He was also an amateur radio operator under the call letter of W4KIV, and was a member of the Amateur Radio Society for 66 years. He was also an avid gardener and grew wonderful vegetables up until he was 101 years old. He loved to tinker and invent. He designed and built a portable loom for Lou Tate of the Little Loom House in the 1940s. This portable loom is still in use today. He is predeceased by his wife Kitty and grandson, Stephen.He is survived by his daughter, Mary Jane and sons, Allen (Ruth) and Innes (Deena). He is also survived by five grandsons David (Susan), Christopher, Michael (Ginni), Todd (Christy) and Samuel (Lyndie), one granddaughter, Ann (Scott) and sixteen great grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6-8PM of Thursday at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd. His service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Highlands with burial to follow in Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, KY.

Joseph Lawrence Leitsch K4DMU SK

Leitsch, Joseph Lawrence,71, passed away Saturday, December 5 2015 peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Baptist Health. He was a retired IT specialist for AT&T, Bellsouth, EDS, Alcoa, and Mintel. He was very active with his passion, Amateur Radio. His call sign was K4DMU. He was a member of KRC, ARTS, MARS and ARRL radio clubs, a member of the Lost Boys of St. Thomas Seminary, and an Air Force Vietnam Veteran. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 49 years, Alberta Hall; sons, Albert L. and Owen J. (Allyse Roberts); many cousins and a host of friends and colleagues. His funeral service will be held 12 noon Friday at Ratterman Brothers East Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Rd., 40243 with burial in Middletown Historical Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-8pm Wednesday and Thursday at Rattermans.

William Frank "Bill" Hase W4WPK SK
Hase, William Frank "Bill",97, passed August 2, 2015 at the Pillars Assisted Living Facility.He was born on July 10, 1918 to William and Louise Hase. He graduated from Ahrens Trade High School. Bill was past Scout Master for Troop 15 at St. Joseph Orphan's Home. He served in Europe in World War II with the Army 65th Division 868th Field Artillery as a Communications Specialist. On return from the War, he worked with RCA as a Service Manager and retired from the Collins Company in 1982. He and his wife Marian loved to round and square dance three to four times a week. They also enjoyed traveling extensively. Bill enjoyed being an Amateur Radio operator (W4WPK) talking to people all over the world. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Marian Haas Hase; parents; sisters, Catherine Ising and Eleanora Craig; grandson, Jeffrey Baldwin.He is survived by his daughter, Carol Baldwin (Ray); grandson, Dan Baldwin (Krista); great-granddaughters, Jenna and Claire. Many thanks goes out to Kim Sublett and all the caregivers at the Pillars Assisted Living Facility where he lived the last few years. Special thanks to Jean and Sam Plummer for all they did for Bill. He was always a Southern Gentleman and his outlook on life was always positive. Bill graciously took on what life challenges came his way with a smile on his face. Even in his last days, he graciously thanked people for what they did for him. And yes, he had a smile on his face.Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Arch L. Heady and Son at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Road. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday and 9-11 a.m. on Thursday. Burial with Military Honors will be in St. Michael Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph's Childrens Home.

Dennis L. Via K4ZWV SK
Via , Dennis L.,88, of Louisville passed away June 28, 2015 at Green Meadows Health Care. He was born on May 14, 1927 in Mabscott, West Virginia to the late Elmer and Annie Via. He was a member of Highview Baptist Church and was a veteran in the United States Navy. He was a lieutenant colonel with the Civil Air Patrol and was also involved in the Amateur Radio Club and the Sons of the American Revolution.In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Janie E. Via; two children Denise Goodlett (Kerby) and Dan Via (Kathy); grandchildren, Daniel Goodlett (Ashley), Dennis Goodlett (Theresa), Krista Goodlett, Louise Via and Kristen Via; and a sister, Maria Reeves.A celebration of his life will be conducted Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Road with private entombment in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.Expressions of sympathy may be made to Highview Baptist Church.

Lawrence Phillip Dendinger K4LPD SK
Dendinger, Lawrence Phillip,72, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015 at his home.Larry retired from GE after 35 years of service, was a ham radio operator and Kentucky Colonel. He loved RV camping, wood working, and spending time with his friends and family. In his early years he was an avid tennis player that was awarded a tennis scholarship to UK. He is preceded in death by his first wife of 28 years, Bonnie Pounds Dendinger. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Karen Bibelhauser Coombs Dendinger; daughter, Dana Cundiff (William); son, Andy Dendinger (Kasey); stepdaughters, Amy Calhoun (Alan) and Sherry Culler (Eric); sister, Barbara Robinson (William); grandchildren, Cody Hack, Emily Dendinger, Katelyn Calhoun, Sophia Cundiff, Ellie Calhoun, Emma Cundiff, Owen Calhoun and Callie Culler; and his beloved pet, Maggie.A celebration of life will be Tuesday 11 a.m. at Ratterman Grand Chapels, 4832 Cane Run Rd., with burial in Resthaven. Visitation will be Monday from 4-8 p.m.All our friends and family are asked to take a minute and remember Larry in their own special way.

William H. Thornberry N4IJG SK
Thornberry, William Howard,77, of Louisville passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Floyd Memorial Hospital.William was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a member of St Paul Catholic Church, past master of Valley Masonic Lodge # 511, St Vincent DePaul Society, ARRL (American Radio Relay League) & National Hot Rod Assoc. He had retired from Teamsters Local # 89.Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Patricia J. (Oehler) Thornberry; four children, Wendy K. Hall (Charlie), Kelli Thornberry, Todd Thornberry (Bridgett) and Beth Thornberry; seven grandchildren, Wes, Tyler, Tierney, Alyssa, Ian, Jada and Lamont Jr.; a great-grandson, Isiah; two sisters, Elizabeth Thornberry and Susanne Cecil; and a brother, Robert P. Thornberry. Memorial gifts to Hosparus of Louisville or Kosair Childrens Hospital.

William H. Scott NM4K SK

Scott, William H.,70, of Louisville, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Bill graduated from Shawnee High School in 1962 and from the University of Louisville Speed School with a degree in Engineering. He served in the US Army Reserve and worked for LG&E before pursuing a career in real estate. Bill was the owner of Ascot Construction Corp, a member of the Louisville Board of Realtors and Louisville Home Builders Association. He loved the outdoors and his association with the "Ham Radio Club" (NM4K)
Bill is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Doris Scott Richardson. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Beverly Bayer Scott; son, William Andrew Scott (Gina); grandsons, Ryan Andrew Scott and Alex Tindall; and brother, Jerry Scott.Visitation will be Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 3-7 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 235 Juneau Dr., Louisville, KY, 40243. Funeral services will be Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at Cave Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the Animal Care Society.

Donald Z. Messer KI4EZN SK
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

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


Guy Partridge K4KZH SK

PARTRIDGE, GUY E., 74, passed away Friday, November 8, 2013 at Norton Audubon Hospital. 
He was a retired television engineer and a member of St. Peter Episcopal Church. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Nancy Partridge; sister, Valarie Erekson (Paul) and brother, Peter Partridge (Kay).

Guy was a director-at-large for the Amateur Radio Transmitting Society and helped with many club events and projects.
 Direct cremation was chosen. There will be a memorial service for Guy Partridge, K4KZH, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 8110 St. Andrew’s Church Road on Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 11:00 A.M.
His ashes will be scattered in the Memorial Garden of the church after the service.

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

James  F. Shaw

 SHAW, JAMES F., 60, of Louisville passed away at his home Sunday
April 28, 2013.

He was a retired claims representative for The Social Security
Administration, past president of the Kentucky Council of the Blind
2000-2004 and was also a member of the board of directors. He was
treasurer of the Greater Louisville Council of the Blind 2009 - present.
He was also a board member from 2005-2009. He was the current president
of the Kentucky School for the Blind Alumni Association.

Jim was a member of the American Council of Blind Lions and current
treasurer of the Tri-state Library Users. Jim was the former president
of the Middletown Lions Club.

He served as the Kentucky Council of the Blind representative to the
Office for the Blind Statewide Rehabilitation Council 2007 - 2013. He
was currently on the TARC Accessibility Advisory Counsel. Since his
retirement Jim was a proofreader of Braille textbooks for the Kentucky
School for the Blind.

Jim cared deeply for his family and friends and touched the lives of
many people across the country.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Rollin and Mary Ellen Shaw.

James is survived by his brother, Rollin Arkins Shaw Jr.; nephews,
Justin and Jordan Shaw; and their mother, Linda Shaw.

His funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Middletown United
Methodist Church with burial in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in
Drakesboro, KY. Visitation will be 2 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ratterman
Funeral Home 12900 Shelbyville Road, East Louisville.

Expressions of sympathy may be given to the Kentucky School for the
Blind in lieu of flowers.


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

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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 for further information. 

John David Blandford KJ4UEA SK

August 31, 2012


BLANDFORD, JOHN DAVID, 37, of Shepherdsville, KY, returned to his Heavenly Father Friday, August 31, 2012.

Mr. Blandford was born December 17, 1974 in Louisville and was an IT specialist for People's Bank of Bullitt County.

Among those who preceded him in death include his parents, Fred and Myrtle Miles Blandford.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of five years, Francisca "Tina" Blandford; sisters, Mindy Mayo (Tim) and Renee Mattingly (Mitchell); four nephews and one niece.

Funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday at Schoppenhorst Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home (Preston Highway at Brooks Road) with burial in Brookland Cemetery. Friends may pay their respects on Tuesday from 1-8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at Schoppenhorst.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kentucky Humane Society.


Jimmy D Neal AG4XL SK

March 17, 2012

Jimmy AG4XL became a silent key at 2:30am on March 17 2012.
Jimmy was from Corbin, KY and served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1960,
worked as a Customer Services Supervisor for Delta Airlines in
Louisville from 1960-1990. He was an ARRL member and Volunteer
Examiner with WAS-WAS in the 90th-WAC-WAZ-DXCC and ARRL Friendship


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.
Henry had served in the military for 23 years and was a veteran of three wars, the
Korean conflict, Vietnam and receiving the Purple Heart in World War II. He was a Mason and a member of Jeffersontown Masonic Lodge #774 F & A M, a Red Cross volunteer, past president of the Air Force MARS, Shrine - Knights Templers - Scottish Rite and a member of the Mosaic Methodist Church. In his lifetime he was a great husband, father, businessman and friend.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Martha Ann Dowdell Taylor; daughter, Teresa and her husband David Baker; two grandchildren, Steven and Nicole; three great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Arch L. Heady at Resthaven Chapel, 4400 Bardstown Road, with interment in Resthaven Memorial Park. A family gathering will be on Friday from noon till service time at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kosair Childrens Hospital or American Cancer Research.

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 Louisville.

Mr. Kessinger was an Air Force veteran of World War II
and the Korean conflict.
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 Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville. Visitation will be Monday June 13th from 2-8 p.m.
Online condolences can be made at
Schmid Funeral Home
538-7064  966-7067
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 

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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


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