Obituaries • October 18, 2012

Ret. Colonel George Richard (Dick) Day, 93, Recipient Of Bronze Star And Purple Heart Medals

Ret. Colonel George Richard "Dick" Day.

Ret. Colonel George Richard “Dick” Day.

Ret. Colonel George Richard (Dick) Day, 93, of Louisville passed away on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at the Episcopal Church Home.

Colonel Day has been a native of Louisville, Ky. all his life and graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce in 1941. He holds the degree of Master of Business Administration from the University of Louisville.

Colonel Day enlisted in the Army in September 1942, attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in the Infantry in 1943. During World War II he served with the l04th Infantry Division.

Colonel Day volunteered to return to active duty during the Vietnam crisis, was called up in December of 1966 and served until the end of May of 1970. During this time he served in the capacities of Inspector General and Deputy Commander Southern Sector 20th US Army Corps. He also served as Senior Advisor to reserve units in Kentucky and Ohio areas.

Upon release from active duty he became attached to the 158th Support Group which he commanded his last three years. His military education includes US Army Infantry School, Adjutant General Basic and Advanced Officer Course, Graduate of Command and General Staff School and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was also a Logistician having completed the Logisticians Executive Development Course.

Colonel Day served in the Rhineland and Central European campaigns. He holds the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Meritorius Service Medal.

Colonel Day was a real estate broker in the Louisville area specializing in property management, and was active in civic affairs as well as the Reserve Officers Association. He has served as a director and president of the Pendennis Club, as director and past president of the Louisville Lung Association, also director and secretary of the Heart Association of Louisville and Jefferson County, and a director and vice-president of the Kentucky Lung Association. He was a vestryman in the Episcopal Church and a past director of the USO – Louisville Service Club.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Evelyn “Evie” Day; children, Evelyn Day Butler (Geoffrey) of Miramar Beach, Fla. and Harriet Day Jett (Adam) of Atlanta, Ga.; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff of the Episcopal Church and Hosperus for their devoted care of Col. Day.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at St. Luke’s Chapel at the Episcopal Church Home, 7504 Westport Road with private burial. Pearson’s was enstrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to St. Marks Episcopal Church or the Episcopal Church Home.

Stephen Harrell Cunningham, Retired From Bracco Diagnostics

Stephen Harrell Cunningham died suddenly Oct. 1, 2012, at his home in Alba, Texas. He was born March 12, 1944, to W.H. “Jugo” and Ruth Spradling Cunningham.  He graduated from Chaffee High School in 1962.

While in high school, Steve was an outstanding athlete in baseball, football and basketball. His senior year, Steve was chosen as a High School Prep All-American in basketball. Upon graduation, he attended Western Kentucky University on a full basketball scholarship. He received a B.S. degree in education from WKU in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1966. In 1965 his team played in the NIT tournament and in 1966 his team played in the NCAA tournament. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals professional basketball team but after suffering an ankle injury in training camp decided to move into coaching.

He accepted the head coaching position at Union Co. High School in Morganfield, Ky.  After four successful seasons coaching he accepted a job in medical sales in Mississippi, where he remained for ten years.  Steve worked for Mallinckrodt, Bristol Myers Squibb and retired from Bracco Diagnostics as the southwest territory manager.  He received numerous awards including the Renaissance award for highest sales and best region.

Steve married Barbara Paris Aug. 7, 1965.  A son, Pride Andrew “Andy” was born Jan. 28, 1976.  He later married Jean Pennington Feb. 14, 1981. She preceded him in death Aug. 13, 2010. Survivors are Pride Andrew Cunningham (Kaisi) and children Ryvers and Ella of Columbia, S.C.; Stepdaughter Amanda Cantro (Miguel) and children Elizabeth, Miguel and Victoria; Stepdaughter Paige Pennington of Plano, Texas; sister Linda Wessel (Michael) of rural Cape County; brother  Thomas Cunningham (Janeene) of Chaffee, Mo.; one niece Jamie Nix (Shawn) of Chaffee, Mo.;  nephew Steven Wessel (Jill) of Chaffee, Mo.; and step-nephew Brian Payne of Cape Girardeau,Mo.  He was also preceded in death by step-nephew Randy Payne.

Steve was always considered a true gentleman, with a loving and caring disposition towards all. He gave everyone the respect and dignity that they were due and was loved by neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members. He was truly selfless and always sought to make everyone happy, comfortable and valued.  He put others before himself and did not value material possessions.  He had the sharpest memory and held vivid details of every part of his education, work and life. He could always recall any place, time, memory, quote or event back to his childhood in remarkable accuracy. Most of all, we will remember and miss his infectious laugh, even and mild nature, and big hugs.

A memorial was held Oct. 13, 2012, in Plano, Texas. Friends and family may visit Nov. 3, 2012, from 3-8 p.m. at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo. A celebration of life service will be held at 6 p.m. at the chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Chaffee High School Athletic Booster Club.

Brian Ray Goodman, 31, Customer Service Representative For Charter Communications

Brian Ray Goodman

Brian Ray Goodman

Brian Ray Goodman, 31, of Louisville, loving husband and devoted father, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.

Born in Owensboro, Ky., he was a graduate of ITT, worked as a Customer Service Representative for Charter Communications, and was a member of St. Athanasius Catholic Church.

Brian was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roy and Edith Goodman, and Martine Sandefur; and an aunt, Donna Sympson.

He is survived by his wife of four years, Sam Napier Goodman; beautiful daughters, Emma Charlotte & Chloe Kay Goodman; parents, Ray & Sandy Goodman; brother, Jeff Goodman (Scarlett); grandfather, John T. Sandefur; aunt, Debbie Alvey; mother and father-in-law, Jackee & Claude Napier; brother –in-law, Alex Napier (Amber); and sister-in-law, Emily Luttrell (Brandon).

Brian’s funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, 5915 Outer Loop, with burial following in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation was from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the college fund for Emma and Chloe at any Kentucky Telco Bank.

Nancy Carroll Taul Howey, 71, Retired Elementary School Teacher

Nancy Carroll Taul Howey, 71, of Louisville, Ky., died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. at Baptist Hospital East.

She was born in Breckinridge County, Ky., on Sept. 8, 1941, the daughter of the late William Henry Harrison and Margaret Ellen Keenan Taul.

Nancy was a retired elementary school teacher, having taught in Breckinridge and Jefferson counties and was a member of the Kentucky Retired Teacher’s Association. She was a member of Hillsdale Baptist Church, WMU, Faith Sunday school class and leader of the youth and children’s groups. Nancy enjoyed family reunions, cooking and canning, genealogy and travelling.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Thomas; and sisters-in-law, Bernice and Judy Taul.

Surviving is her husband, Harlan “Huey” Howey of Louisville; two daughters, Wendy and Chad Perkins and Risa Ninette Howey of Louisville; her grandson, Seth Perkins; two brothers, Charles Taul of Westview, Ky., and Bill Allen Taul of Hardinsburg, Ky.; several nieces, nephews and their families.

Funeral services were held at New Clover Creek Baptist Church on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at 2 p.m. EDT with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation at Trent-Dowell Funeral Home was on Monday from 5 to 9 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday after 1 p.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hillsdale Baptist Church or New Clover Creek Baptist Church Building Funds.

Margo Baach Marchant, 64, Flight Attendant With United Airlines

Margo Baach Marchant, 64, of Louisville, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.

Born in Louisville, Margo spent most of her life in San Francisco and Seattle as a flight attendant with United Airlines. Margo loved to travel the world and loved to care for other people’s animals.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Shirley Baach.

She leaves behind her sister, Amy Baach and her partner, Landras Moontree; a step-daughter, Danielle Shabazz of Seattle; and several friends at the Glenview Condominiums.

Arrangements are being handled by Herman Meyer & Son and cremation has been chosen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may go to any animal rescue organization, such as Alley Cat Advocates, 3044 Bardstown Road, #204, Louisville, Ky., 40205 or the Parkinson’s Support Center of Kentuckiana, 315 Townepark Circle, Suite 100, Louisville, Ky., 40243.

Gerald “Jerry” Seebold, 64, Mechanic

Gerald “Jerry” Seebold, 64, of Jeffersontown, passed away peacefully Oct. 12, 2012 at his home.

Jerry was a mechanic who worked with Monarch Lincoln Mercury, Dow Chemicals and Bluegrass Chemicals. He was also an Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Addison Sikora in 2010; as well as his father, James C. Seebold.

Survivors include his loving wife, Debbie Seebold; daughter, Autumn Sikora (Joseph); grandchildren, Gabriella and Aiden Sikora; mother, Viola (Ernspiker) O’Bryan; brothers, Randy Seebold (Paula), Freddie Martin “Scobbie” O’Bryan Jr. and Michael Seebold; sister, Gwen Meyer; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 at Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home, 10600 Taylorsville Road.

In lieu of flowers, please make all expressions of sympathy to Hosparus of Louisville.

M. Leon Wilkins, 79, Trades Craftsman At Schmutz Manufacturing

M. Leon Wilkins, 79, passed from his earthly journey into a more perfect world on Oct. 14, 2012, at Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital.

He was a professed Christian Believer by faith.

Leon was born Jan. 20, 1933, to the late Edna and Sanford Wilkins.

He was predeceased by his only child, Michelle Rene’ Wilkins; and his younger brother, Bertrand Wilkins (Virginia), both of whom he so missed for many years.

“Cosmo,” as he was affectionately known by many, was an avid fan of UK sports and NASCAR, and was a fisherman and a great collector of historical and interesting artifacts of all kinds. He was a proud Air Force veteran of the Korean War era, an NRA member and a Masonic Lodge member of Valley Lodge over 50 years. He was employed most of his adult life at Schmutz Manufacturing, and was a highly skilled trades craftsman.

Leon is survived by his wife and sweetheart of 59 years, Mildred Ward Wilkins, both of whom graduated from Valley High in 1952; his brother, Richard (Betty) Wilkins; one nephew; five nieces; brothers-in-law, Darrell (Paula) Ward, Ray Ward, and James Brown, a host of many little second- and third-generation nephews and nieces, and lots of friends. Visitation for Leon was from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Owen Funeral Home with a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. at 5317 Dixie Hwy. His services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday with visitation from 9 a.m. until service. Minister Garnet Tucker officiated. Burial was at Louisville Memorial Gardens West.

USN Ret. LCDR John W. Witten, 91, Retired From The U.S. Navy

USN Ret. LCDR John W. Witten, 91, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.

He was a native of Louisville, and retired after 30 years of active duty. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Jan. 15, 1942, and retired March 1, 1972. He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

He was a member of Watkins United Methodist Church, the Military Officers Association of America, Fleet Reserve Association, The Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Lodge #281 and Scottish Rite. He was also a Kentucky Colonel.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 40 years, Nell Williams Witten; his children, Barbara A. Carrico, Gay L. Witten, Charles S. Carrico and Carole L. Holt; nine grandchildren, Lisa, Michael, Stephen, Taylor, Justin, Samantha, Rick, Lori and Tommy; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Edna Witten; a son, John Witten Jr.; one brother; and three sisters.

A service to celebrate John’s life will be conducted at 12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 in the Chapel of Arch L. Heady & Son at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Road. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Watkins United Methodist Church Altar Fund, 9800 Westport Rd. Louisville, Ky., 40241.

Family and friends may sign his guestbook and leave memories at