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Obituaries for June 14, 2007
Jun 14, 2007, 13:05

Howard J. Holton Jr.

Howard J. Holton Jr.,  84, of Sun City Center, passed away June 4, 2007.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; retired as director of budget management for the City of Cleveland, Ohio;  and later retired from the City of Alexandria, VA as director of finance; he was a life member of the Ruskin VFW Post 6287; a 35 year member of the B.P.O.E lodges in Virginia and Ruskin; and served as the secretary of the Municipal Finance Officers Association in Virginia and Cleveland.

Survivors include his wife, Mary of 54 years; three sons, Howard Holton III, John Holton and David Klaff; 6 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 101 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573 or Life Path Hospice House, 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573.

Arrangements were under the direc-tion of Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center.

Col. Harry A. Kiffer

Col. Harry A. Kiffer, 79, of Sun City Center, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force retired, passed away May 23, 2007.

He was born in Duke Center, PA.

He received many medals during a 20-year career as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force; he graduated from pilot school in Waco, Texas; served as base commander at Kadena Air Force Base in Tokyo and Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines; flew out of Korea for 4 years in a  F-86 fighter plane; he owned and operated an air conditioning business in Ruskin and had a used auto dealership; was a 32nd degree Mason; a member of the Egypt Shrine, SCC, VFW Post 6287, Ruskin Moose 813,  Ruskin Elks Lodge 2672 and Riverview Masonic Lodge.

He was predeceased by his mother, Florence Mildred Matha and his father William Arthur Kiffer; three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen; a daughter, Kelly Jean Smith; a granddaughter, Amber Inez Smith, 2 stepdaughter, Carol Freeman and Barbara Schlotzhauer; a stepson, J.R. Prather, step-granddaughter, Kathy Diggs;  step great-grandchildren, Ashley and Ryan Diggs; and a sister Desi Biehler.

Services were held May 30 at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

Memorial donations may be made to Masonic Park and Youth Camp, P.O. Box 17274, Tampa, FL 33682.

Arrangements were under the direction of Lewers Funeral Home, Ruskin.

Lois D. McDevitt
Lois D. McDevitt, 88, of Sun City Center passed away May 27, 2007.

She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William.

Survivors include 2 sisters, Shirley A. Wright  of Brideport, IL and Imogene Holmberg of Camero, CA; a brother, James Heath of Mayer, AZ ; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Sun City Center.

Interment will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LifePath Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL 33573.

Arrangements were under the direction of Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center.

Edward A. (Ed) Russell

Edward A. (Ed) Russell, 72, of Sun City Center passed away June 3, 2007.
He retired from Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester,  N.Y. and moved to Florida in 1992.

He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Apollo Beach; and  was a veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy of 17 years; a daughter, Sue Harriff of Churchville, N.Y.; three sons, Brian of Kneohe, Hawaii, Kevin of Syracuse, N.Y. and Darin of Amherst, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Aryanna and Ayden both of Amherst; a sister, Marilyn Wendel of Broadway, VA; a niece, Eileen Lester of Palmyra, N.Y. and a nephew, Nicholas Sutton of Rochester.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 15 at Calvary Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Fund or the Memorial Fund at Calvary Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lewers Funeral Home, Ruskin.

Francis L. Winegardner
Francis L. Winegardner, 91, of Sun City Center, formerly of Kokomo, Ind., passed away May 26, 2007.

He was born in Tipton, Ind.

He was a retired mail carrier  from the U.S. Postal Service; was a veteran of World War II serving in the  U.S. Army; was a member of the Ruskin Church of Christ and a former member of the American Legion. His passion was golf which he played all his life.

Survivors include his wife Margaurite of Sun City Center.

Services were held June 2 in Kokomo with the Rev. Gary Carpenter, pastor of Judson Road Christian Church officiating.

Entombment was in Sunset Memory Garden Mausoleum, where full military rites were conducted by the Kokomo Military Rites Team.

Memorial contribution may be made to the Ruskin Church of Christ, P.O. Box 1037, Ruskin, FL 33575-1037.


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