Obituaries • February 28, 2013

Doris Irvine Ritchie, 88, Beloved Wife And Mother

Doris Irvine Ritchie, 88, died Feb. 10, 2013, at the Episcopal Church Home.

The only child of James Wiley and Ivy Burdorf Irvine, she married Edgar Clark Ritchie in 1947. They were married for 65 years; he preceded her in death Jan. 15, 2013. She is survived by their four children, Jefferson (Megan), Gail Henson (Ed), Daniel (Judie), and Timothy (Christine); 10 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

A lifelong resident of Louisville, she graduated from Atherton High School and from DePauw University (1946), where she was president of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. After receiving her B.A. in Home Economics, she completed a dietetics internship at the University of Chicago Medical Clinics.

She met her husband at Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church in the 1930s. She worshiped there as an active member for decades as a choir member, elder, member of the Presbyterian Women and kitchen maven. She later joined Calvin Presbyterian Church. She and Edgar shared a commitment to lay renewal ministries and faith-in-action service.

They also had common interests in the outdoors, tennis, gardening and hospitality, as evidenced by many hikes and camping trips, immense vegetable gardens and abundant meals with neighbors, international visitors and friends. Their home was always open and a great place to eat. Several times she and Edgar welcomed people into their home for months at a time.

Doris loved to cook, and she often did for church events. She could cook for two or 100 effortlessly and with pleasure, and passed the ministry of cooking for crowds to her daughter and granddaughter.

She treasured a circle of friends who have been part of her life since childhood and early parenthood. Some of those friends visited her joyfully and faithfully in her years at the Episcopal Church home, and the family is so grateful.

Reading and words were always vital to her. In addition to being an editor of both high school and college newspapers, she read voraciously and wrote scripts, stories and lengthy travel journals. Her children have carried on that legacy of writing.

She enjoyed her friendships in her women’s groups, starting with her love of Girl Scouts, her college friends, the beloved sewing group, tennis groups, and The Younger Woman’s Club and Woman’s Club of Louisville, especially the Little Books group and doing the lighting for dramatic productions.

Service and advocacy were also key to her life, including teaching cooking classes at the Clarksdale Housing Project in the early 1940s and decades of involvement and activism with organizations committed to alleviating hunger, such as Louisville United Against Hunger, Meals on Wheels and Bread for the World. She passed that commitment of service to her children and grandchildren.

Music was always a part of her life. She loved singing, and was always ready with Girl Scout songs or beautiful anthems from her many years in the Bardstown Road choir. Her ever-present piano and piles of music books, as well as her hymn-playing and dramatic renditions of Liebestraum encouraged all of her children and many of her grandchildren to develop their musical gifts. She took great delight in her children and grandchildren, encouraging them, supporting them and loving them.

The family is deeply grateful for the care of Jane Cornett, M.D. and that of the Episcopal Church Home, especially the Clingman staff.

A memorial service will be held at March 2 at 4  p.m. at St. Luke’s Chapel at The Episcopal Church Home, 7504 Westport Road. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to the start of the service. Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church Home or Highlands Community Ministries, 1140 Cherokee Road, Louisville, Ky., 40204.

George Albert Garr Sr., 87, Former Owner Of George Garr Painting And Wallpapering

George Albert Garr Sr., 87, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital.

He was the former owner of George Garr Painting and Wallpapering, a member of Holy Name Catholic Church where he was past president of the St. Vincent dePaul Society and a World War II Navy veteran.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Jean Odgen Garr.

He is survived by his sons, Joe Garr, George Garr Jr. (Mary), Richard Charles Skaggs (Diane) and James Sturgeon; daughter, Bonnie Robbins (Bobby); sister, Linda Pardieu; brothers, James Garr, Kenneth Garr, Johnny Garr and Donald Ray Garr; 18 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.

His celebration of life Mass was held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at his church, 2914 S. Third St., with burial in Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Joseph E. Ratterman & Son, 7336 Southside Drive.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the St. Vincent dePaul Society.

Sherley Heidenberg Koteen, 94, Member Of The Board Of Directors Of The Speed Museum
Sherley Heidenberg Koteen, 94, a native of Louisville, Ky., died peacefully in her home in Washington, DC, on Feb. 19, 2013, of natural causes.

Sherley Koteen was a beloved philanthropist and driving force in the contemporary American Craft Art movement, and an important Washington, DC, political and social presence for 73 years. The daughter of prominent Louisville defense attorney William S. Heidenberg and Betha Heidenberg, Sherley Koteen remained active in the Louisville community as member of the Board of Directors of the Speed Museum.

Sherley Koteen came to Washington in 1940 from Wellesley College as one of the first government interns. She served as special assistant to Vice President and Mrs. Mondale. As social secretary and administrator of the Vice President’s House, she helped make the home a showcase for contemporary American art and crafts. She remained a leading collector, consultant and recognized craft arts expert throughout her life. Among her other roles in public service, Sherley Koteen served as president and life member of the Women’s National Democratic Club, president of the Washington Wellesley Club, a member of the Boards of Director of the National Council of Jewish Women and of the James Renwick Alliance, supporting the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery of Craft Art, as well as the Speed Museum.

The beloved wife of Washington, D.C. attorney Bernard Koteen for 70 years, she is survived by her husband, Bernard; son, Charles D. Koteen of Hartford, Conn.; daughter, Lisa Koteen Gerchick of McLean, Va.; and their families, including four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St., N.W., Washington, DC, at 11 a.m.

Those wishing may make donations to the Speed Museum, 2035 S. Third St., Louisville, Ky., 40208.

Sherrill Gene “Geno” Howell, 82, Retired From The United States Postal Service
Sherrill Gene “Geno” Howell, 82, of Louisville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.

He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran, retired from the United States Postal Service and a member of Divine Savior Lutheran Church as well as American Legion Highland Post 201.

Gene is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris Jean Richerson Howell; son, James Christian “Chris” Howell (Norma); daughters, Carol Small (Rick) and Duanna Gallagher (Bill); nine grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

His funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Divine Savior Lutheran Church, 1025 N. Buckman St., Shepherdsville, Ky., with burial in Resthaven Cemetery. Visitation was from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road.

Eleanor Reddicks Kent, 88, Devoted Mother And Wife
Eleanor Reddicks Kent, 88, of Louisville, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Heit Kent; her sister, Wanda Phillips; and her brother, John Reddicks.

She was a devoted mother and is survived by her nine children, Michael Kent (Agnes), G. David Kent, Patricia Zaheer (Akeel), Deborah Kent (Daniel O’Bryan), Mary Machado, Angela Ogden (Thomas), Nancy Garrett, Timothy Kent (Jessica) and Paul Kent. She is also survived by her sister, Wilma Rankin; nine grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family held a memorial service at the Seelbach Hotel at 4 p.m. Saturday, immediately followed by a celebration of Eleanor’s life.

Expressions of sympathies may be made as a donation to the Home of the Innocents.

Bernice W. (Childress) Thompson, 95, Retired From JCPS 
Bernice W. (Childress) Thompson, 95, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.

She retired from JCPS and was a member of Quinn Chapel AME Church and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Survivors include her sons, Dr. Albert M. Thompson Jr. of St. Mary’s, Ga., and Robert B. Thompson; grandchildren, Sean L. Thompson, Albert M. Thompson III and Robin Thompson Roman; seven great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation was from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at A.D. Porter & Sons, 1300 W. Chestnut St. with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. A remembrance service was held at 10:30 a.m. and funeral services followed at 11 a.m. Burial was in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Online condolences may go to www.adporters.com.

Eunice Lyon Bowling, 91, Served 35 Years On The Board Of The Bank Of Loretto
Eunice Lyon Bowling, 91, of Loretto, Ky., passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary, Nerinx, Ky.

Eunice was born Dec. 23, 1921, and was a lifelong resident of Loretto. She served 35 years on the board of the old “Bank of Loretto,” was a former board member of Saint Catharine College, a graduate of Bethlehem Academy and a lifelong member of Saint Francis of Assisi Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Joseph Herbert and Mabel Cambron Lyon; one sister, Grace Lyon Mattingly; and three brothers, Henry Lyon, Rev. George Lyon OSB and Bro. Brian Lyon CSC.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Bob Bowling, Sr.; two sons, Bob Bowling, Jr. (Lynnette) of LaGrange and Phil Bowling (Lynne) of Bardstown; one daughter, Phyllis Bowling of Bardstown; five grandchildren, Joe, Rob, Matt and Sarah Bowling and Kate Johnson; five great grandchildren; one sister, Hazel Miles of Louisville; three brothers, Basil Lyon of Loretto, Raphael Lyon (Betty) and Rev. Joseph A. Lyon of Louisville; and her sister-in-law, Grace Lyon of Loretto.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Saint Francis of Assisi Church followed by burial in the church cemetery. Revs. R. Joseph Hemmerle and Joseph A. Lyon concelebrated. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mattingly Funeral Home, 195 Holy Cross Road, Loretto, with a prayer service at 5 p.m.

Memorial donations may go to Saint Francis of Assisi Bereavement Fund, P.O. Box 74, Loretto, Ky., 40037; or Mass of the Air, 508 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville, Ky., 40207.

Robert Ralph Vannoy, 73, Machine Operator For Reynolds Aluminum
Robert Ralph Vannoy, 73, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at his residence.

He was born in Washington Co., Va., to Robert Lee and Jessie Mae (Nelson) Vannoy. Bob was a machine operator for Reynolds Aluminum with 32 years experience and a US Army Vietnam veteran. He was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 767 and past state commander; D.A.V.; V.F.W. Post No. 8639; and a counselor at Interlink.

Survivors include his loving wife of 20 years, Delores (Stanley) Vannoy; his children: Robert R. Jr. and Kenneth Vannoy; his step-children, Becky Tiller (Mike), Mark Embry (Barbara) and Connie Ammon (Joe); seven grandchildren; a brother, Raymond N. Vannoy (Henrietta); two sisters, Romagean Personne and Thelma Blake; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday at Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Hwy., with burial in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central. Visitation was held Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m.

Expressions of condolence may go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Online condolences may go to www.owenfuneralhome.com.

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