In Memoriam

Fred L. DeGasperin

Fred L. DeGasperin, 59, of Warren, Mich., formerly of Bruceton Mills, W.Va., died on Oct. 25, 2018, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.
Fred was born February 19, 1959, in Troy, Ohio, a son of the late Fred and wife Anna Belle "A.B." (Liston) DeGasperin.


He was a graduate of Miami East High School in 1977 and graduated from WVU in 1981 with a degree in mining engineering. Fred was a U.S. veteran of the United States Airforce. He served during Desert Storm and was a crew member on a B-52 from 1985-1992. He worked as a sales representative for Ensign-Bickford Company. Fred retired as a mining inspector in West Virginia in 2016.


He is survived by his wife, Kathy McLaughlin; his sisters Mary Ann (Steve) Karnes, Toni DeGasperin; nieces and nephews, Heather (Scott) Schmalbach, Eric (Ashley) Karnes, Lindsay Christie, Sean Christie, Christie (Alex) Visconti, Stephanie (Matt) Alexander, Kyle McLaughlin, Sheila, Rachel, and Erin Madding, Jenny (Aaron) Welch, Alex and Emma McLaughlin, Joshua Wendland, Danielle (Joshua) Koenig, Sara Wendland; great-nieces and nephews, Sydney, Dean and Xander Schmalbach, Kaia Karnes, Bella Madding, and Autumn Wendland; mother-in-law, Sue Kelly; sisters-in-law, Patty Madding and Karen Wendland; brothers-in-law, Mark McLaughlin, David (Rose) McLaughlin.


Friends will be received at the St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 324 East Main Street; on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with Father Andy Switzer as Celebrant. Interment will follow at the St. Joseph's Cemetery, Howesville, where graveside Military Honors will be accorded. A fellowship meal will be provided following the graveside service.


Arrangements are under the direction of Rotruck-Lobb Kingwood Chapel.


Personal condolences may be offered online at www.rotruck-lobb.com.

Anthony Dale McLaughlin

Anthony (Tony) Dale McLaughlin, 79, Kansas City, Mo., passed away on October 22, 2018, at his home. He lived in Kansas City since 1968, and previously lived in Hamilton, Mo.

Tony was born on August 28, 1939, in Clarion, Iowa, to Lester Dale and Leola Elizabeth (Lord) McLaughlin. He was a 1958 graduate of the Penney High School, Hamilton. He worked for Trager Limestone Quarry, Hamilton. He started working at Hunt Midwest Enterprises in 1969 and retired 47 years later going from heavy equipment operator to plant superintendent, manager of eastern operations and director of special projects.

He was a member of the Faubion United Methodist Church in Gladstone, Mo., a life-time member of the Missouri Limestone Association, and an avid fisherman and hard-core Chiefs fan. He and Sue spent the last 10 years wintering in Weslaco, Texas, at RVE with their winter family.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-Rhonda Duffin; 2 brothers-Daryl Baker and Ronald McLaughlin; and a sister-Karel Hazzard.

He married Susan Crotty on May 22, 1971, in Kansas City. Susan survives of the home.

Additional survivors: 3 daughters-Susan Lynn Dwire (Jon), Cross Timbers, Mo.; Karen Miller (Ronnie), Hamilton; and Tracey Young, Saint Simons Island, Georgia; 4 granddaughters-Kari Smith, Stevie McLaughlin, Alexis Dunn, and Toni McLaughlin; 4 great-grandsons-C.J. Dilly, Lane Dilly, Arthur Taylor Grissom IV, and Jayden Mortell; and 2 sisters-Doreen Hacker, Winston, Mo., and Marlene Hemminger, Cameron, Mo.

Funeral Service: 1 p.m., Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the Hamilton Federated Church, Hamilton.

Visitation: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, October 26, at the Faubion United Methodist Church, 7113 N. Troost, Gladstone, Mo., 64118.

Interment: Highland Cemetery, Hamilton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Northland Hospice or the Faubion United Methodist Church.

Arrangements: Bram Funeral Home, Hamilton, Mo.

Hugh Anthony O'Connor

Hugh Anthony O'Connor, formerly of West Palm Beach, Fla., and a senior special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms for 19 years, died unexpectedly July 22, 2018, at age 49.

The son of the late Hugh J. O'Connor, Jr. and Pamela M. O'Connor, he was born April 12, 1969, in Holyoke, Mass. Hugh began his career as a public servant volunteering for the Highland Mills Fire Co. while he attended Monroe-Woodbury High School in New York; he continued with the South Daytona and Volusia Co. fire services during college at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Throughout his distinguished career in law enforcement, he served with the Holly Hill PD; Daytona Beach PD; U.S. Border Patrol; INS, DOJ-OIG; and then joined the ATF in 1999. He was a certified explosives specialist/bomb technician, SRT medic, certified fire investigator, National Response Team Member and a firearms instructor.
Hugh volunteered for multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan for ATF as part of the Multinational Corps. Forensic lab for analyzing IEDs. Until his passing, Hugh was the ATF Certified Explosives Specialist Program Manager and Bomb Squad Commander. He earned a master’s degree in Forensic Science, Arson and Explosive Investigation at Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in explosives technology from Missouri University S&T.

Huey was a beloved son, brother and stepfather. He was an avid motorcyclist, loved boating and enjoyed flying airplanes and helicopters. Hugh is survived by his mother Pamela; siblings Bridget and Matthew; former wife Anita Williams; and two stepdaughters Samantha and Victoria.

The family will hold a private memorial service following cremation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to www.bombtechmemorial.org.

Ed M. Smith, Jr.

Ed M. Smith, Jr., 89, of Lilburn, Ga., and a founding ISEE member, passed on June 4, 2018. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. June 23 at with a gathering from 2 - 4 p.m. at Wages and Sons, Lawrenceville Chapel.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his son Ed III, his parents Ed Sr. and Mrs. "Bill," his wife Lora, and his sisters, Jean Holman and Mary Ella Ackerly.

A 1948 graduate of Bass High, Ed joined his father’s construction company. He later became a highly regarded explosive specialist and consultant.

He is survived by his daughter Nancy Meek (Eric), his granddaughter Brenna Meek, his brother William B. Smith (Anne) and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please send rocks. If you wish to contribute to Ed’s educational dreams for his granddaughter, checks can be made to Brenna Meek, PO Box 26, Lilburn, GA 30048.

Harrison "Lee" Graham

Lee Graham, 74, of Hutchinson, Kan., died Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kan. He was born May 4, 1943, in Hays, Kan., to Harrison Keith and Ilis Fannie (McGuire) Graham.

Lee graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1961 and attended Hutchinson Community College. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Lee inspected mines and retired from Hutchinson Community College, where he was in charge of the Mine Safety Program. Lee loved cars, was a member of the Corvette Club and enjoyed eating at Firehouse Café.

On Sept. 15, 1977, he married Linda Stover in Hutchinson. She died July 5, 2012.

Lee is survived by: nephews Vince Stover, Aliso Viejo, Calif., Michael Stover (Connie) and their sons, Ryan, Dylan, Sean, and Aidan, all of Oceanside, Calif.; sister-in-law, Josie Stover of Laguna Hills, Calif.; his beloved companion, Barkley; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Robert Stover.

Cremation has taken place. Celebration of Life will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2018, at Elliott Mortuary, with Pastor Darryl Peterson officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the United States Navy Honor Guard. Following the service, friends and family are invited to gather at the Firehouse Café, 1824 E. 4th Avenue, Hutchinson, to share more memories of Lee.

Private family inurnment will take place at a later date in Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. until service time Friday at Elliott Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the Hutchinson Animal Shelter, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.