Obituaries for week of Dec. 13, 2018

Published on: December 13, 2018

Art Janes

Art Janes, 83, of Sun City Center, Fla., played his last round of golf on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Art was born in West Palm Beach, Fla., and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in Korea, and upon returning to the states, he was stationed in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where he saved the lives of two comrades from drowning on April 5, 1956, for which he was a recipient of the Soldiers medal for Heroism.

In 1962, Art started and ran South Shore’s premier insurance agency “Art Janes Insurance.” The company continued to grow over the years and his son Wesley and daughter Becky joined him in the family business. He received a plaque from Auto Owners for 50 years of service, one of the many companies that he represented as an independent agent and with his friend and business partner, John Yoho, handling the commercial side as Gulf Coast Commercial Insurance.

Art was an avid boater and over the years he had several boats including the 48 foot trawler named the Over Forty, his favorite. He was also very active in the community serving as President of the Rotary club of Ruskin, Mayor of Ruskin and a member of the Goat Ropers Society. He was an avid reader, loved college football — and of course golf — over his lifetime had two holes in one. He also loved sharing stories about his interesting life.

Art was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and is survived by his wife of 26 and a-half years Sheila. Also, his son Arthur Wesley Janes, daughter Becky Leonard, stepdaughter Laurie Turner and stepson David Rogers; grandchildren Ashley Janes, Travis Janes, Gregory Leonard and wife Vera, Raquel Janes and Logan Turner; great-grandchildren Katie Johnson, Chase Johnson, AJ Janes, Katie Leonard, Gage Leonard, David Leonard and Jacob Leonard.

Art had many friends, and will be missed by all who knew him as he goes to be with his Father in Heaven and all his friends who have preceded him.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at the Sun City Center Funeral Home at 1851 Rickenbacker Dr. on December 22, at 10 a.m. with a service immediately following at noon. There will be an interment at Ruskin Memorial Park with Military Honors following the service.

We take solace in knowing that he is in a far better place and left us the way he had wanted.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Art’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project.


Marion Kundiger

Marion Kundiger died November 21, 2018, in Florida. She was born in Stoughton, Wisconsin on September 10, 1918. She is survived by her children Geraldine Garretson, Donovan Kundiger, Lannay Tull and Sherie Reeves; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother.


Richard ‘Rick’ Dudley McDill

December 4, 1949 – November 26, 2018

Rick McDill fought a long battle with a diminishing heart condition and passed away peacefully on November 26, 2018, with his wife, children, grandchildren and close friends by his side. 

He was born December 4, 1949, to Betsy (Cropper) and Marvin McDill in Columbus, Ohio. He moved around the country growing up and finished High School in Plano, Texas. It was there he met his first wife and had two beautiful children.

He served in the U.S. Navy and then worked for Shell Oil in Houston, Texas from 1976 until 1994. He took an early retirement due to a debilitating accident while inspecting a ship offshore.

He married Cheré Scheller on July 27, 2002, in Firestone, Colo. and assumed the role of Stepfather to three sons. He and his wife moved to Florida in summer of 2004, where they lived on their yacht for two years and then moved to Sun City Center, Fla., until January, 2017.

Rick truly loved God and his church and had served as Steward Chair at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Riverview, Fla . He was devoted to his family and cherished anytime he could spend with his children and grandchildren.

Rick liked snowmobiling and served as the President of the Colorado Snowmobile Association. He was an avid reader, enjoyed horseback riding, snorkeling, traveling and tinkering in his shop. 

He spent his last days in Brooksville, Fla., on the farm he and his wife purchased in January 2017.

Preceding him in death are parents Betsy and Marvin McDill; sister Sharon Lee McDill, grandson Jackson Price and his great-great-niece Aubryella Gunn.

Rick is survived by his wife Cheré Danielle McDill of Brooksville, Fla., daughter Candice Danielle Allen (Gary) — grandsons Aiden and Aaron Price, Del Norte, Colo.; son Christopher Michael McDill, grandchildren Sierra Booth, Allison McDill, and Richard Mason McDill of Hardy, Va.; sons Joseph Croix and William Jesse Scheller  — granddaughter Jaidyn Cheré Scheller of Brooksville, Fla.; son Christopher Daniel Scheller (Kim) — grandchildren Daniel Jesse Scheller, Dylan Lawrence Scheller and Maci Claire Scheller of Sparta, N.J.; close friends Dave and Kim Mailhot, Apollo Beach, Fla., sister Debi Jacobs and brother Jeff McDill, both of Plano, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 11421 Big Bend Road, Riverview, FL 33579 on December 13, 2018 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

John ‘Jack’ Sanders

On December 2, 2018, John “Jack” Sanders passed away at his home in Apollo Beach. Jack was married 61 years to Pat Sanders (nee Proctor). He is the cherished father of Mike (Marcia), Steve (Sue) and Ron (Aaron). He is the devoted grandfather of multiple grandchildren. Jack was the dear brother to his twin George, twins Paul and Pauline, and James. He is also survived by many loving family members and friends. Jack is pre-deceased by his parents John J. and Anna Sanders, and his brothers, Michael, Francis and Dick. Jack proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. during the Korean Conflict. 

A Memorial Service was held at Sun City Center Funeral Home on Friday, December 7, at 11 a.m. with Military Honors. Once a Marine, Always a Marine. 

Linda Simmons

Linda Simmons, of Ruskin, passed away peacefully, Friday, November 23, 2018. Linda was born November 25, 1941, in Columbus, Ohio to E.T. and Eleanor Young, who precede her in death. When she was 4 years old her family relocated to Sulphur Springs, Fla., where she lived until she graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1959, then accepted a job at Seminole Bank where she worked for over 20 years. It was while working there that she met her beloved husband, Charles (Sam) Simmons. They had been married for 46 years and have two sons, Samuel Royce “Sammy” (Nikki) and Dean Ray (Chivon); four grandchildren, Hailey, Garrett, Morgan, and Royce; nephew Jason Shenefield and niece Cindy (Jeff) Cummings. 

The Simmons family has lived in the greater Ruskin area for over 40 years. Linda’s grandchildren were the love of her life for whom she provided every life experience possible, some of the favorites being the beach, Disney, the Lakehouse, and most especially, her pool. “Grammy” (Linda) was a popular name echoed frequently anytime she was near. In addition to the love of her own children and grandchildren, Linda possessed a philanthropic tribute for children in need and practiced it with her own grandchildren. Her favorite agency was The Children’s Home Network. Donations may be made in her honor and memory to this organization at 10909 Memorial Highway, Tampa, FL 33615.