Jeffrey “Jeff” Alan Niese ~ Class of 1968

Jeff Niese ~ Class of 1968

Departed ~ 4/22/2020

OBITUARY
Jeffrey Alan Niese
APRIL 21, 1950 – APRIL 22, 2020

Jeff Niese, 70, was a kind and gentle man. Jeff was born in Beech Grove, Indiana on April 21, 1950 to William and Carol Niese. He was preceded in death by both parents.
He is survived by one sister, Marilyn Weed and her husband Jim of Universal City, Texas, and niece Anne De le Rosa & husband Edward of San Marcos, Texas and nephew John Wilson & wife Cindy of Odenton, Maryland. Grand nieces Claire and Ellie Wilson and nephew Aiden De la Rosa.

Graveside services are being planned at Sunset Memorial Park, San Antonio, Texas.

Born in Beech Grove, Indiana, Jeff’s youth was spent with his family as his father’s work took them from Indiana to Baltimore Maryland, Tripoli Libya, back to Indiana and then to Vietnam (before the war), then to Bangkok Thailand. Returning to Indiana to finish high school, he graduated from Purdue University at Indianapolis with a degree in engineering.

He worked at IUPUI Bursar Office (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) for many years. He also was a founding member of the museum of the 20th Century Warfare. He was an active re-enactor for nearly 40 years with various impressions including the Civil War, WWII and Vietnam. He was known for extensive knowledge of Viet Nam era memorabilia.

Jeff will be missed by his friends at Museum of 20th Century and his family.

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Richard Heusinger von Waldegg ~ Class of 1984

Ricky Heusinger von Waldegg ~ Class of 1984

Departed ~ 11/2020

Lovingly Posted by:   Anjie Prachaseri

Dear ISB Friends

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of
Richard Heusinger von Waldegg (Class of ’84), a wonderful friend who brought laughter and love to all of us.

Ricky led a very colorful life and touched so many with his sense of humor, love and friendship.

Ricky’s family would like all of us who knew him to celebrate his life and not mourn his loss.

Please join me raising a toast to Ricky and in praying for his transition.

See you on the other side buddy.  🙏❤️

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Matthew “Matt” Beckham ~ Class of 1987

Matt Beckham ~ Class of 1987

Departed ~ 10/30/2020

Joey Beckham wrote:

Matt went to be with Jesus about 4:00 this afternoon.
He had been struggling with isolation from Covid, pain from back issues, and lack of sleep for several weeks from a new construction around his house. He also just started some pain meds. I was with him Tuesday evening.

He took his life.

We are all processing and doing as well as expected. Jackie, his wife, is struggling but strong.

Matt received Christ at a young age and truly cultivated that relationship with all the ups and downs of life. We know that Matt is with Jesus, enjoying a life of no pain and suffering and clear perspective on this world.
He loved his ISB friends and family! If you are struggling, please don’t do it alone! We want to help!

Our Celebration Service for Matt Beckham will be held on Wednesday, November 4 at 5:45 PM at The Encourager Church. The church is located at 10950 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77043. We will also LIVESTREAM the service via Facebook.

There will be a reception for everyone following the service to meet with Jackie, family, and friends.

To support Jackie financially during this time her VENMO is @JackieBeckham or you can give to The Encourager Church designating the funds for Matt and Jackie Beckham Funeral and Expenses. VENMO does not provide a tax deduction but The Encourager Church will provide one. If you would like to send flowers, please send them directly to The Encourager Church for Jackie Beckham. Whether you join in person, via LIVESTREAM or in prayers and Spirit, we appreciate all the support we have received during this difficult time. You are loved and we feel your love!

Here is a beautiful song Matt wrote and performs that expresses his heart and our heart:

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Joey Beckham

Dear ISB Friends, it is with heavy heart that I announce the passing of Matt Beckham (Class of ’87), my best friend and fellow ISB actor. I am here to celebrate his amazing life. He touched so many with his humor, zaniness, and genuine sincerity. Take care, buddy. You are going to put on a great show up there. Save me a seat in the front row.

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Toni Wills Reynolds ~ Class of 1965

Toni Wills ~ Class of 1965

Departed ~ 10/19/2020

Mrs. Toni K. Reynolds, age 73 of Benton, KY died on Monday, October 19, 2020, at Southgate Nursing and Rehab in Metropolis, IL. She was a member of St. Peter’s of the Lakes Episcopal Church.

Born Thursday, June 19, 1947, she was the daughter of the late James Wills and the late Helen (Torrell) Wills.

Surviving are her husband, Warner Reynolds of Benton, KY, son, Michael Bradfield of Batavia, IL, step-sons, Andrew Reynolds of Chicago, IL, Joshua Reynolds of Baltimore, MD, sisters, Cathy Ferguson of Roswell, GA and Sue Klein of Winnetka, IL, grandchildren, Victoria Barayuga, Honolulu, HI, Ireland Bradfield of Ashton, IL, Cameron Bradfield of Ashton, IL, and Cody Shaw of Gorham, IL.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Collier Funeral Home, Benton, KY is handling arrangements.

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Carol Ann Willis Strahan ~ Class of 1973

Carol Ann “Carolie” Willis ~ Class of 1973

Departed ~ 10/13/2012

Carol Willis Strahan LUBBOCK-Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Carol Willis Strahan, RN, MSN, CCRN and CEN, of Lubbock, at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers with a time of visiting and sharing one hour before and after the service. Our beloved Carol went to be with the Lord on Oct. 13, 2012, at the age of 56. Carol was born Oct. 28, 1955, to Harlan and Fannie Jo (Hester) Willis in Sasebo, Japan. She graduated high school from the International School of Bangkok. Carol received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a master’s degree from LCU. Carol was a registered nurse and was employed as an instructor by Texas Tech Health Science Center, where she greatly loved her students. She married the love of her life, Wesley Strahan, on Sept. 27, 1991, and Dr. Strahan preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 2011. Carol was a member of the Iota Mu chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau honor nursing society. She was vitally involved in many community pursuits, including the Friends in Training triathlon group, and was the nursing director of the Half Ironman medical tent. She was a member of Lake Ridge United Methodist Church. Carol is survived by her parents, Harlan and Jo of Lubbock; two sisters, Kaye Miller and husband Mark of Little Rock, Ark., and Robin Wood and husband Andy of Lubbock; a brother, Paul Willis and wife Sarah of Amarillo; five nieces; three nephews; and numerous great-nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorials may be made to the Missionary Kid (MK) Endowment, 100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, AL 35242, or the American Heart Association, 2514 82nd Street Suite B, Lubbock, TX 79423. To send your words of encouragement to Carol’s family and view her life and service tributes, visit

 

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Desho Bernard ~ Class of 1992

Desho Bernard ~ Class of 1992

Departed ~ 8/21/2020

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Desho Bernard, ISB Class of 1992. A unique, athletic and talented individual, Desho will be remembered with love by his family and many friends around the planet. A locally renowned assistant film director with many credits to his name, he leaves his wife, two children, family and friends with a plethora of beautiful memories.

For those of you in Bangkok, the Cremation will be held at 17:00pm on Tuesday, August 25 at Wat Yang (Temple) Onnut 23, Onnut Rd, Srisawat Building, Bangkok. As per request, no wreaths please. Additionally, if you do plan on attending, there’s a suggestion that colorful attire would be most appropriate. [please note the time change to 5pm]

May he rest in peace. (ISB Alum)

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Gary Dean Lindsay ~ Class of 1973

Gary Dean Lindsay ~ Class of 1973

Departed ~ 8/3/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GARY’S OBITUARY

Gary Dean Lindsay passed away unexpectedly on August 3. Always the life of the party, he spent the day prior singing show tunes from the musical “Hamilton” and dancing with the home health aides caring for his mother in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was 65 years old.

Gary lived a full and adventurous life. He was born in Topeka, Kansas. He spent much of his early life in Bangkok, Thailand, where his father, Robert Lindsay, worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. After graduating from the International School of Bangkok, he moved to California to attend Pomona College and graduated in 1977 with a degree in Linguistics. He spoke German, Russian, some Malay and could stumble through some Thai. He served as the Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and later at the U.S. embassy in Moscow. After returning to the U.S. to earn his MBA at University of California – Berkeley, he met Mark Foehringer in 1999. He and Mark married in 2011, as soon as marriage equality became legal in New York. They were the first same sex couple to be married in Tarrytown, NY.

Gary was funny, loyal and loving. He loved music, theater and especially dance. He was integral to the management of Mark’s dance company, Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF, where he held the position of treasurer. He wore many other hats for the company and was its number one fan and supporter. Gary was also a member of the congregation of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, where he supported the church’s music program, served in the altar guild and volunteered regularly for just about anything the community needed.

He was a loyal and devoted son to his parents, Robert and Louise. He is survived by his beloved husband, Mark; his mother Louise Spencer Lindsay; his brother Ken and sister-in-law Madalin; Mark’s 4 siblings, Mary, Lois, Paul and Ruth and their spouses; and many cousins; as well as 12 nieces and nephews; 10 grand nieces and nephews and more friends than anyone can count. He was one of a kind. He is irreplaceable and will be loved, remembered and missed.

A memorial will be held in spring in both Chillicothe and Berkeley as soon as it is safe to hold gatherings.

Instead of flowers, please donate to Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF in Gary’s name at the link below:

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