Mrs. Lottie Gearldine (Geri) Van Etton

Mrs. Lottie Gearldine (Geri) Van Etton, 70, Garden, City, Mich., formerly of the Lynn Grove community and a 1956 graduate of Lynn Grove High School, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at 6:16 p.m. at her home. Her death followed an extended illness.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Thomas Van Etton who died in April of 1965; her parents, Floyd and Neva Windsor Taylor who died from injuries sustained in a car accident in 1968; two brothers, Bill and Cody Taylor, and two sisters, Martha Wallace and Ruevene Moffitt. She was born Aug. 9, 1948, in Calloway County.

Survivors include three sons, Tommy, Jimmy and Kirk Van Etton, and three daughters, Cindy Gross and Kim Barrons, all of Michigan, and Kelley Ribar, Mississippi; one brother, Ruble Taylor, Murray; three sisters, Lynda Cooper and husband, Gerald, Sylvia Sanert and husband, Erroll, and Frances Vance, all of Murray, and Barbara Roberts, North Port, Ala.; several nieces and nephews.

Hospice is in charge of arrangements. She had requested her body be donated to Wayne State University Research in Michigan.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack Ave., Detroit, MI 48201 or American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Calloway County.

Eugene Flood

Eugene Flood, 93, Georgetown, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009.

He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky, his MBA from New York University, and also attended American University in Washington, D. C. He retired from the United States Air Force as a lieutenant colonel and from Murray State University as professor of management. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Lexington.

Born in Henry County, Ky., he was the son of the late Marion H. and Fannie Harris Flood. Also preceding him in death were one sister and three brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Anne Eliott Flood; one daughter, Mary (Wende) Flood Harney and husband, Dan, Georgetown; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Ann Harney, Louisville, and Sarah Catherine Harney, Lexington; sister-in-law, Betty Luigart Snowden and husband, Jess, Winchester; several nieces and nephews.

Private family services and burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Milward Funeral Home, North Broadway, Lexington.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice Care Center, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Dr., Lexington, KY 40504.

Mrs. Nelle Irvan Pace

The funeral for Mrs. Nelle Irvan Pace was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Zion's Cause Baptist Church, Benton, with Rev. Charles Frazier officiating. Burial will be in Pace Cemetery at a later date. Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home, Benton, was in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Zion's Cause Baptist Church Building Fund, 1532 U.S. 68 West, Benton, KY 42025.

Mrs. Pace, 98, Benton, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at 5:25 a.m. in Benton. A retired teacher, she was a graduate of Murray High School and Murray State College and had taught school at the Murray City Elementary School. She was a member of Zion's Cause Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Keith Pace; one son, Charles Irvan Pace; four sisters and three brothers. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Oscar Brown Irvan and Ora Fulton Irvan.

Survivors include one son, John Pace, Benton; four grandchildren, Sarah McGowan, Benton, Elizabeth Owen, Ledbetter, and Mark Pace and Tammy Pomeroy, both of Hendersonville, Tenn.; four-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

David A. Wells

David A. Wells died at his home in Boise, Idaho on Sunday, May 3, 2009, after a year-long battle with cancer. He recently retired from Boise State University after 23 years of service as director of the Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band, associate professor of music, Kappa Kappa Psi faculty advisor, and adjunct professor for VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Ill. He attended Kent State University and holds music education degrees from Ashland University in Ohio and VanderCook College of Music.

Before coming to Boise, Wells directed the marching bands at Murray State University in Kentucky. He was supervisor of music and taught instrumental music in Lexington Public Schools in Ohio and began his teaching career in Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio High School and Hillsdale Consolidated Schools.

Mr. Wells served as guest conductor, performer, adjudicator and producer of many nationally acclaimed events. He produced the pre-game and half-time shows for the BSU Blue Thunder Marching Band, Roady's Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, the NFL/AFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii, Hall of Fame Bowl in Florida, the Holiday Bowl in California and was the Marching Band Drill Design Director for the Pearl City High School Charger Marching Band in Pearl City, Hawaii. 

He founded the Idaho High School All Star Band, has been an adjudicator for the Oahu Marching Band Festival, and “Easter in Maastricht” music festival in The Netherlands. He has presented the Cavalcade USA workshops and clinics throughout the country for the last 30 years. Marching bands, under his direction, performed in the Fiesta Bowl, the Hollywood, Calif., Christmas Parade, Tournament of Roses Parade, the Boise River Festival “River Giants” Parade and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. He was guest conductor with the Pearl City High School Wind Symphony at the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois and at the Hamamatsu International Band Festival in Japan.

Mr. Wells is a member of the American Bandmasters Association and the Idaho Music Educator's Hall of Fame. He was named a Lowell Mason Fellow of the MENC National Association for Music Education; and received the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts Medallion and the Medal of Honor from the Mid-West Band Clinic during the concert appearance of his Lexington High School and Junior High School Bands. His dedication and passion impacted students at Boise State and across the country. He was instrumental in attracting music students to Boise State; his influence will be felt for years to come. He was truly loved by those with whom he worked and he will be sorely missed.  Born July 22, 1939 in Mansfield, Ohio, he was one of five children born to William and Iris Sprague Wells. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lavaughn of Boise; sons, Steven and wife, Simonne. of Amsterdam; Scott and wife, Gaye Lynn, grandsons, Christopher and Nicholas of Newnan, Ga.; brother, Dean Wells of Mansfield, Ohio; and sister, Jean Ann King, Xenia, Ohio. He served in the Air Force Reserve before being called to active duty in 1961 when he served in the 164th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the Ohio Air National Guard. He was honorably discharged after completing his military obligation as a member of the 555th Air Force Band in Toledo, Ohio. He attended the Cathedral of the Rockies United Methodist Church and was an avid golfer.

There will be a public gathering on Thursday, May 7, 2009 from 4-6 p.m. at Summers Funeral Home, 1205 W. Bannock Street, Boise. The funeral will be Friday, May 8, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th, Boise, to be followed by a brief reception at the church and an open house at the band office from 3 to 5 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the David and Lavaughn Wells Blue Thunder Scholarship Fund. Arrangements are by Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel.

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