Obituaries

Scoppechio, Debbie

Debbie Scoppechio passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, June 29 after an eleven-year battle with metastatic breast cancer. Her loving husband Rick was by her side.

Debbie was born in Nutley, New Jersey, and grew up in Wappingers Falls, New York. Louisville has been her adopted home for the past 34 years.

Debbie graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She started her working career as a social worker, but in 1973 Debbie discovered the world of advertising in Buffalo, New York, and never looked back.

Debbie was the founder, chairman and former CEO of Scoppechio. She started Creative Alliance in 1987; the agency changed its name to Scoppechio in 2015. Founded on service, Scoppechio quickly grew to become the region’s largest marketing agency. With 170 full-time advertising professionals in Louisville, Cincinnati and Columbus, Scoppechio has a roster of blue chip clients who are industry leaders.

Debbie was a big believer in giving back. Under Debbie’s leadership, Scoppechio has donated literally thousands of pro bono man-hours over a 30-year period for a wide variety of local causes.

Debbie is survived by her husband, Rick Duffy, her mother, Nancy Funari Meddaugh, her brother, John C. Worley (Brenda), her step-daughter Heather Duffy Bishop (Steve) and her nieces Stephanie Bonura, Jessica Worley and Jayne Bishop. It was Debbie’s mom who encouraged her to get over her shyness and take tap dancing lessons as a young girl. Debbie eventually became accomplished enough to appear on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Debbie loved to show her friends the black and white tapes of her “Ed Sullivan Show” appearance. Sometimes more than once!

Debbie’s short-lived TV stardom was really just a springboard for her to become an outgoing community and business leader. Her community involvement and list of achievements are well known throughout the area. Debbie’s crowning achievement, however, was to start a business from nothing and have it not only survive after 30 years but continue to grow and prosper.

Debbie never really thought about how hard it is to start a successful business from scratch. She just did it.

But for all her public recognition and business success, Debbie may be remembered most for the people that she touched by her love and her big heart. She hired and mentored literally hundreds of young people in her advertising career, which spanned four decades. Debbie inspired a countless number of young women in Louisville and beyond to be all they can be.

May her spirit soar forever!

Visitation was held at Pearson’s 149 Breckenridge Lane on Sunday, July 2 from 1 to 6 p.m. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, July 3 at St. Leonard Catholic Church, 440 Zorn Ave. with burial following in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Please send donations in lieu of flowers to Breast Cancer Research Foundation in memory of Debbie Scoppechio.

Grayson, Ernest Carson

Ernest Carson Grayson, age 91, peacefully passed away on June 26, 2017.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Pat, his daughters, Deborah (Bruce Meizlish) Grayson and Amy (Ron) Shipley, his son Carson Grayson, and grandchildren, Kate Grayson Meizlish and Taylor (Kaori) Grayson Meizlish.

Ernest enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served on a LSM in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he attended the University of Louisville and obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees. While attending school, he worked at Selman’s and met the love of his life, Patsy Jean Sipes, whom he married in 1949.

As a Reserve Officer, Ernest was called up for active duty in the Korean Conflict and served on the USS James E. Kyes patrolling the Straights of Formosa. He retired from the Reserves with the rank of Captain. He proudly wore his Navy whites into his 80’s and enjoyed attending reunions of crews of the LSMs and the Kyes.

Ernest went to work for the Jefferson County School Board in 1955 and after 20 years in finance, he was appointed Superintendent. He provided leadership and a steady hand during the merger of the County and City school systems and court-ordered busing.

After leaving the Superintendent’s job in 1980, Ernest became Secretary-Treasurer of Winston Products working with lifelong friend and company founder, Winston Shelton. He served in several other capacities until his retirement in 2013.

Ernest became an avid runner in his 50’s and continued to run into his late 80’s. He won a Silver Medal in the 2007 Senior Olympics for the 10k event and for 7 years held the Kentucky age group record for 10 mile events. His daughters and son joined him in many races, calling him “coach”. Ernest also enjoyed bridge, gardening, and fishing with friends and his grandchildren.

Ernest was active in Christ Church United Methodist, serving as a Trustee and Board Chair, and was a founder of the Adventurers Class. He was also a Mason and for many years, active in the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs. He cofounded and led an Indian Guides group for boys with disabilities.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 1, at 11am in the Chapel of Christ Church United Methodist, 4614 Brownsboro Road, with burial following at Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation was held at Pearson Funeral Home, 149 Breckenridge Lane in Louisville from 4-6pm on Friday, June 30.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Portland Promise Center, 1831 Baird Street, Louisville, KY. 40203.

Browning, Kimberly Lynn Kistner

Kimberly Lynn Kistner Browning, 47, a native of Louisville entered into eternal life Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Kim loved the beach, her family and friends, and any opportunity to warmly embrace those she knew with a hug. She will be dearly missed as a loving and devoted Mom, daughter, KK, sister, and friend.

She is survived by her parents, Gary and Jana Kistner, Sr.; brother, Gary Kistner, Jr.; former husband, Kyle Browning; children, Trae Small (Selina Shephard), Collin Browning, and Abigail Browning; granddaughter, Nevaeh Small; nephew and niece, Blake and Hailey Kistner; close friends, Myste Barnett (Bryan) and Gwendolyn Thomason (Frank); mother-in-law, Ann Browning; sisters-in-law, Erica Gaunt (Ben) and Patty Browning (Neil); and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation was 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Ratterman and Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 6500 St. Bernadette Avenue – Prospect, with burial following in Resthaven Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Scarves, 141 N. Sherrin Avenue Suite #101, Louisville, KY 40207. Online condolences may be shared at www.Ratterman.com.

Walker, Tommy

Tommy Walker, 62, of Louisville, Kentucky passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky on October 12, 1954 to Margaret Juanita Walker and the late Charles E. Walker. He was co-owner of South Louisville Body Shop and a dedicated employee of the Jefferson County Public School Systems. Tommy was an avid fisherman and UK fan. He touched many lives and considered his closest friends, Kevin, Brian and Bobby as well as many others as family.

In addition to his father he is preceded in death by a brother, Charles E. Walker, Jr. and dear friend and fishin’ buddy, George Hook.

Tommy is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Nancy Walker; his mother, Margaret Juanita Walker; three sons, Thomas Cameron Walker, Terrance James Walker and Timothy Joseph Walker (Brittany); grandchildren, Hailey Jade Walker, Autumn Rain Walker, Terrance James Walker, Jr., Wyatt Blu Walker, Briley Sue Walker and Kash-Carter Patrick Walker; and two siblings, Butch Walker (Linda) and Alice M. May (David); and a host of other family members and friends.

A service to celebrate his life was conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Newcomer Funeral Home, Southwest Louisville Chapel, 10304 Dixie Highway. Visitation was held from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy are suggested to the American Stroke Association. www.newcomerkentuckiana.com

Berry, Daisy Marie

Daisy Marie Berry, age 79, of Louisville, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Louisville.

She is survived by husband, James C. Berry of Louisville, KY; three daughters, Sharon Pignon, Stacy Seger (Fiance, Steve Wittmer), both of Louisville, and Sonya Antous (Husband, Tom) of Danbury, CT; two brothers, two sisters, eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild on the way.

Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Bosley Funeral Home, with interment following in Haysville Cemetery. Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Bosley Funeral Home, Lebanon, KY.

Guth, Glen Harvey

Glen Harvey Guth, 68, of Mt. Washington passed away June 27, 2017. Glen was a native of Louisville and was a 1966 graduate of Durrett High School and he attended the University of Louisville.

Glen enjoyed camping, bowling, NASCAR, cheering for UL and UK and traveling around the world with his beloved wife. He was a retired employee of General Electric and a proud U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was truly a veteran assisting other veterans. Glen was a life member and Past Local Commander of AMVETS Post #61, Past AMVETS National Fourth District Commander, life member of Shepherdsville VFW Post 5710, life member of Shepherdsville American Legion Post #157 and a Honorable Kentucky Colonel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph H. and Louise Rouck Guth.

He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years the former Barbara Ann Keller; brothers in law, Ray and Jim Keller; 4 nieces and 3 nephews; 3 great nieces and 4 great nephews; his AMVETS family.

His funeral was at 10am Saturday at Schmid Funeral Home in Mt. Washington with burial in Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation was at 2-8 pm on Friday.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kentucky Veterans Trust Fund at the Kentucky Dept. of Veterans Affairs, 1111B Louisville Road in Frankfort, KY 40601.

Marro, Paul J.

Paul J. Marro, 77, was called home June 20, 2017 in Louisville.

He was born to Carminie and Mary (Cillo) Marro in Claremont, NH.

Paul was owner of Carmo Auto Parts, and Carmo Gifts , retiring in 2010. He was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, a proud U.S. Army Veteran, receiving the Bronze Star during Vietnam. Paul was a KY Colonel, Mason Lodge #266, a Shriner, VFW post 1181, American Legion, Scottish Rite, and Knights of Columbus.

He is preceded in death by his parents; five brothers and one sister: Anthony Marro, Marion Marro, Dominic Marro, Charles Marro, Joseph Marro, and Nicholas Marro.

Left to cherish his memory are his longtime friends, James Henderson, Irene and Michael Popham; a brother, Albert Marro; three sisters: Madeline Barbieri, Katherine Moore, and Carmella Tenney; several nieces and nephews.

Cremation was Paul’s wish, and was inurned at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central on June 29th, 2017.

Pearce, Walter Robert “Bob”

Walter Robert “Bob” Pearce, 90, passed away on June 27, 2017. He was born on December 27, 1926 to the late David and Mary Schultz Pearce. Bob was a retired sheet metal worker, a member of St. Leonard Catholic Church and a Navy veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Catherine Pearce and his brothers and sisters.

Bob is survived by his daughters, Robin Pearce Fisher (Hank) and Donna Kay Moore (Joseph); grandchildren, Robert Joseph Moore (Audra), Katherine Fisher Gordon (Brad), Melissa Moore Wilson (Tim), Kellye Fisher Schalck (Aaron), Megan Marie Moore; six great grandchildren; brother, Raymond Pearce (Jean).

Funeral mass was held at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at St. Leonard Catholic Church, 440 Zorn Avenue, with entombment in Louisville Memorial Gardens East. Visitation was held on Friday, June 30, 2017, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, East Louisville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to St. Vincent de Paul Center, 1015-C South Preston Street, Louisville, KY. 40203