Obituaries July 6, 2017

Robert E. Devling

Robert E. Devling, 79, of Wimauma, Fla. passed away June 26, 2017.

Born July 10, 1937 in Emporium, Pa., Robert “Bucky” Devling was the son of William and Dorothy Devling.

Mr. Devling graduated from Holland Central School in 1955 and began work at New York Telephone the next day. He retired in 1989.

In 1957, Mr. Devling married Sara Hazlett, who died in 2007. They had three children. In 2012, he married Robin LeBleu, who survives him.

Mr. Devling was a Past Grand Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star State of New York, past master of Masonic Lodge #252 and was a member of Ismalia Temple Shriners. He was recently honored as a 15-year member of the Sun City Center Emergency Squad. Mr. Devling was Senior Warden of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church for several years and was instrumental in the construction of the church’s second campus in Sun City Center.

A memorial service was held Saturday, July 1, at 10 a.m. at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 Del Webb Blvd. E., Sun City Center, FL 33573. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lifepath Hospice. Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.

Charlie Woelfel

Charlie Woelfel, age 78, died Wednesday, June 28, 2017 following a battle with lung cancer.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, he served in the U.S. Air Force before pursuing a career in computer programming. Weekly golf outings and bowling leagues kept him occupied and out of trouble. He volunteered with the Sun City Center Guardianship Foundation, taking care of “his girls” for over 12 years.

His sense of humor outlived him along with his wife Kathy, daughter Sandy (Woelfel) Helmers, her husband Chris, grandsons Tyler and Nick, and devoted friends, the Ernst family.

In keeping with Charlie’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. In lieu of flowers please send donations to www.stjude.org,or the Sun City Center Emergency Squad at 720 Ray Watson Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573.

William Irvin Pritchard, Jr.

William (Bill) Pritchard, Jr., 66, passed away June 2, 2017.

He was born July 13, 1950 in Ruskin, Florida to the late William Sr. and Ruth Mabel (Hykes) Pritchard. Bill knew and accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior.

He was a lifelong resident of Ruskin and had many a friend and many tales to tell. He was a true Florida Cracker and knew every back road in the state. Bill worked for Parker Glass and Door for over 25 years.

Although he could not play a lick, he was a true lover of music. He could easily name that tune and who it was by. His musical taste varied, and depending on the moment, he could find the perfect song to fit. He totally enjoyed listening to the late Jim Morris and his new local favorite, Ben Meyer.

He loved riding his Harley. He called them his “Happy Rides.”

Bill’s way to relax was leaving all troubles on the dock and floating down the beautiful Little Manatee River in his pontoon boat with his gal Marla and their Little Gilligan. He would pop in a CD and would be in another world.

Left to cherish his memory are his fiancée, Marla Miller; daughter, Rebecca Bundy; son, William J. Pritchard; brother, John Pritchard of Tampa; sister, Mary Myers of South Carolina; grandchildren, Kyle Bundy and Skyler Pritchard; great-grandson, Noah Bundy; step-daughters, Dee Fluegee of Wisconsin and Michelle Alhagy of Tampa; and his many, many friends.

There will be a celebration of Bill’s life for friends and family on July 22nd at his and Marla’s home on the river starting at 2 p.m., on the outgoing tide.

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