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Obituaries: July 23, 2015

Published on: July 22, 2015

Kathryn V. Chaney

Kathryn V. Chaney

Kathryn V. Chaney

Kathryn V. Chaney, 83, passed away at home June 25, 2015, at 1612 Faxton Drive, Sun City Center, Fla., due to complication from Parkinson’s disease. She is survived by husband Charles L. Chaney; and daughter Cynthia Ravenstein, husband Crist, and grandson Ethan, all of whom live in California. She is also survived by sister Gladys Brungo of Pennsylvania. Services will be held in Chino, Calif.

Kathryn was born in Clarksburg, W. Va., and graduated from Washington Irving High School in 1949. She moved to Washington, D.C., in 1951 and worked for the U.S. Government Price Stabilization Board. From 1952 to 1962, she was employed by the Central Intelligent Agency.

On December 3, 1961, she married her husband at the Methodist Building in Washington, D.C., and the following year they moved to San Diego, where her husband was newly employed as a chemist by General Atomic Company. Three years later, she and her husband adopted their six-month-old daughter Cynthia.

From 1972 to 2000, Kathryn worked with her husband in their business, Spectra Company, analyzing various materials for trace elements. She was a very active volunteer for the San Diego Humane Society Auxiliary and served a three-year term as its treasurer from 1982 to 1996. In 1988, she was presented with an award by the Humane Society for her outstanding and dedicated service.

Kathryn and her husband retired from their business in 2000. A year later they moved to Sun City Center, where they became active shuffleboard members until 2010.

The family deeply appreciates and gives our warmest thanks to health-care providers: Kathleen McGuire, LPN; Visiting Angels; and LifePath Hospice of Sun City Center.


Leda Mae Combs

Leda Mae Combs, 83, died July 16, 2015. A 30-year resident of Apollo Beach, she was born July 5, 1932, in West Virginia. She was predeceased by husband Johnny Combs.

She is survived by children Johnny Jr., Edgell, Stevie, Brenda, Linda and Eleanor; 16 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

The family will hold a military burial at a later date.


Dr. Ervin “Doc” Welter Leuth 


Doc Leuth

Doc Leuth passed away at his home in Kings Point, Sun City Center, Fla., on July 18, 2015, at the age of 70.  He was born a twin on May 10, 1945, in Mineral Point, Wis., to Ervin and Leona (Welter) Leuth. He graduated from high school in Platteville, Wis., where he was a great football player (halfback in the Wing-T formation). The coach nicknamed him “The Galloping Ghost.”

He was drafted into the Army in 1967 during the Vietnam conflict, and was later released to the Army National Guard.  Doc Leuth then attended the University of Wisconsin and later the University of Tennessee, where he received his degrees as Doctor of Optometry and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.  He also attended Marquette University and received a Master in Business Administration. He was again called to active duty as an Army officer in 1991 during the first Gulf War.

Doc Leuth owned a practice in Platteville for several years and also was a part of the medical staff for the Green flag-in-colorBay Packers and Chicago Bears. After retiring from private practice, he went to work for the Department of the Army, Fort McPherson, Ga., as the Chief of the Department of Optometry.

He later retired to Sun City Center, where he became a member of the ROMEO group, meeting every day for coffee and friendship at McDonald’s.

He is survived by sons Jonathan, Justin and Christopher; grandson Oliver; and twin brother Erwin (Bud).  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene.

He will be missed by his companion, Dorothy Roy; his beloved dog, Scooter; and his many friends in Sun City Center and throughout the country. His final resting place will be in his beloved Wisconsin.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.


Harold L. Matz

Harold Matz

Harold Matz

Harold L. Matz, 93, beloved husband of Martha (née Oehler) Matz, entered eternal life July 2, 2015. Son of Emil and Ida Matz, he was born and raised in Riverdale, Ill.

In 1960, as lay missionaries of the Lutheran Church, he and his family moved to Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, to manage the Queen Louise Home for Children for 10 years.

Following that wondrous time, Harold, Martha and their daughter moved to Miami, Fla., where Harold was a plant manager for the Maintenance Department of Miami Children’s Hospital.

Retiring in 1997, he and Martha moved to Sun City Center, Fla., where they enjoyed volunteering and becoming active members of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

flag-in-colorHarold attended Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, Pa., and served on the front lines in France during World War II as a machine gun squad leader in the 100th Infantry Division, receiving the Bronze Star for Bravery.

Harold is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Martha; sons Richard (Jill, deceased) and Kenneth (JoAnna); daughter Sheryl Podley (Timothy); eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three nephews; sister Lily Lau; and sister-in-law Opal Oehler.

With the assurance that God through the Savior, Jesus Christ, has prepared a place for him in his Kingdom, a burial will be held later at the Sarasota Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of all flowers, monetary memorials may be given to the Queen Louise Home for Children, Box 866, Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands 00841.


Ruth Eaton Shambaugh

Ruth Eaton Shambaugh died Friday, July 10, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Hospital – South, after a long illness.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, George; children Amy Markovitz of Tigard, Ore., Timothy Shambaugh of Boring, Ore., and Laura Pickard of Carmel, Ind.; grandchildren Cara Robinson of Boring, Brian Picard of Honolulu, and Matthew Picard of Carmel; great-grandson Keegan Robinson of Boring; and sister Doris Salyers of London, Ohio.

Ruth was born in Orlando, the first of four girls. She finished elementary schools in New York and Ohio, and graduated from Enon (Ohio) High School. She earned her BS in Education from Wilmington College. During college, she worked nights as a nurse’s aide. She taught third grade in Ohio and Massachusetts for several years. She worked on her master’s degree at Akron University and Walsh College and became recertified to teach mentally challenged students in Ohio until her retirement.

Ruth was active and held offices in professional educational societies: Early Childhood & School Age Students, Professional Association for the Retarded, Council for Exceptional Children, Ohio State Teachers Association, and Ohio Educational Association.

Some of her volunteer work includes church pianist, children’s choir director, hand-bell choir member, member of choirs and choruses, treasurer of Sunday school, held offices in youth church groups, served on numerous committees, and was a church deacon in the Presbyterian Church. In college, she was on the Gospel Team, president of the Dormitory Council, served on the YMCA/YWCA board, and was vice president of Vespers.

She sang in numerous choirs and choruses, and played violin in orchestras. As a member of the American Association of University Women, she was a member of the science and the arts interest groups. She continued volunteering with mentally challenged students after retirement at the Wooster  (Ohio) Community Hospital, the Startzman Free Clinic and Ruskin’s Camp Bayou. She was a leader of a Girl Scouts of America troop, counselor at their summer camps, and a representative at the regional and state levels. She was a docent at the Wayne Center for the Arts. She has volunteered at Even Start, a program to help underprivileged mothers, and at Beth-El Mission.

Hobby interests were choral music, opera, ballroom dance, cued round dance, clog dance, folk dance, watercolor and oil painting, crafts, gardening and creating topiary. She was a life member of the Ohio Genealogical Society, actively researching her family. Ruth and George were named Citizens of the Year in Wooster by the Wooster Daily Record.

Donations may be made to Camp Bayou, Bayou Outdoor Learning & Discovery, P.O. Box 507, Ruskin, FL 33573.