Obituaries October 5, 2017

Angie M. Ballard

Angie Laurendeau Ballard “Pwiddies, Pang, Ang, Peanut”, 35, passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 19, 2017.

Born in Tampa, Fla., on March 21, 1982, she is survived by her daughter Payton “Punkins”, her parents, four sisters, three brothers and lots of loving family and friends.

Her contagious laughter, music loving, picture takin’ old soul will be missed more than words, but she can now rest in peace.

A celebration of her life will be held privately in October.

Arthur H. Byer

Arthur (Art) H. Byer, 95, of Sun City Center, Fla., died September 21, 2017. He was born to Samuel and Annette Byer in Watertown, N.Y.  Art is survived by his wife Dee, of 45 years; children, Len (Pam) Byer of Kettering, Ohio, Barbara (Paul) Bowman of Murphy, N.C.; grandchildren, Craig Byer, Scott Byer, Marie Silverman, all of Kettering, Ohio; four great-grandchildren; stepdaughters, Kay (Robert) Kadlec of Chelsea, Mich., Shelley (Gene) Welper of Sun City Center, Fla., four stepgrandchildren, Sheldon McCracken of Richmond, Va., Robert Welper of San Diego, Calif., Laura Burget of Clinton, Iowa, Pamela Huber of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and five step- great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and two sons, Sherwin and Richard.

Arthur graduated with an engineering degree from Clarkson College, N.Y. He was a part owner of wholesale plumbing supply businesses in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Mich., before moving to Florida in 1981.  Art and Dee moved to Sun City Center in 1983.

Art was a member of the Sun City Center Shrine Club for more than 30 years and took great pride in working with the Shrine Club to support the Shriners Hospitals for Children. He was a member of F&AM Masons for 62 years and of the Shriners for 63 years.

There will be no services.

Charles D Mather

Charles D Mather, 90, of Sun City Center, Fla., formerly of Woodstock, Ill., died on Friday, August 25, 2017 from pneumonia following a broken hip.

Chuck owned and operated a family printing business for 40 years after serving in World War II and the Korean War and receiving a degree in Psychology from Eureka College.

During his Korean service he was part of the Air Foursome, a barbershop quartet that was put together on the deployment ship, and he continued to sing until his death with the Greater Sun City Center Barbershop Chorus and the Gulf Coast Sandpipers in Bradenton, Fla.

He also had active hobbies in lawn bowling with Sun City Center Lawn Bowling, amateur radio, flying private planes, traveling, astronomy and clock collecting. He was always volunteering in the community from just helping neighbors to serving on the Sun City Center Security Patrol.

Before retiring he was very active in Rotary Youth Exchange serving as District Chairman of the Home District 6440 and was honored as Rotary International Youth Exchange Chairman in 1978. During that time he hosted many exchange students from other countries.

He was preceded in death by his wife Gloria (Woodstock/Sun City Center), brother Robert Mather (Woodstock, Ill.), brother George Mather (N. Hollywood, Calif.), sister Edna Totten (Cordele Ga.), parents Henry (Hal) and Gertrude Mather (Woodstock, Ill.)

He is survived by his son Doug Mather (Kathy) of Woodstock, Ill., son Bill Mather (Lesley) Killeen, of Texas, daughter Suellen Mather Dicker (William) of Prescott Valley, Ariz., son Henry Mather, of Hobe Sound, Fla., six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Gather will be held on October 23, 2017 at the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Clubhouse from 2 to 5 p.m.

Shirley Knipling

Shirley Knipling, retired Major Army Nurse Corps, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017. Shirley was born on October 11, 1926, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Shirley and her husband Louis moved to Freedom Plaza in 1994.

Shirley is predeceased by her husband Louis and her sister Norma Fleeharty. She is survived by her brother Ronald Berger of Pittsburgh, Pa.

A private memorial service will be held in Arlington National Cemetery.

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