James Robert “Jim” Meeker ~ Class of 1975

Jim Meeker ~ Class of 1975

Departed ~ 2/9/2016

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Obituary for James Robert Meeker

James R. Meeker February 9, 2016
Long time resident of St. Louis, born in New Jersey

Dear son of the late Merle and Mary Meeker

Loving father of James Meeker of Cleveland, Oh.

Dear brother of John (Sue) of Huxley, Ia., Julie Allsup of St. Louis, Joseph of Foley, Mo., Jeremy of Jackson, Mo., Jodie (Matt) McCarthy of Anchorage, Ak. and the late Joyce Meeker

Dear uncle to many, great-uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend

James was member and treasurer of the 3rd Infantry Div. Association., the Korean War Aux., and member of SLU Alumni Organization
He was business consultant and business owner

Visitation 4-8pm Friday February 12, 2016 at Jay B. Smith Funeral Home 7456 Manchester
Funeral service Saturday 10am at funeral home with interment at St. Matthew Cemetery
Memorial contributions to V.A. St. Louis Fisher House, 1Jefferson Barracks Rd. St. Louis, Mo. 63125 or Humane Society of Missouri, 1201 Macklind Ave. 63110

Tributes at jaybsmith.com

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Helen Kay Pierce Morgan ~ Class of 1973

Helen Pierce ~ Class of 1973

Departed ~ 8/29/2016

HAYES – Helen Pierce Morgan, 61, died August 29, 2016 at her home. Helen was born in Arizona to Lyle and Betty Pierce. She was preceded in death by her father. Helen was an avid reader, an accomplished pianist and she was most passionate about cooking. She enjoyed having her friends and loved ones gather for cookouts. She always had a smile for everyone she met. She is survived by her daughters, Ashley Nortness (Brandon) and Taylor Morgan; mother, Betty Pierce; brothers, Richard Pierce, Bruce Pierce and Dale Pierce; grandchildren, Natalie and Elliott; the father of her daughters, John Morgan; and her companion, Donald Bray. Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point. Family and friends may share condolences and memories at:

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Robert Allan Goodbary ~ Class of 1960




Allan Goodbary

Departed ~ 9/26/2016

On the evening of September 26, 2016, Robert Allan Goodbary passed away after a 4 ½ year battle with cancer; while being surrounded by his loving family and friends. Robert Allan was 73 years old. Born in 1942 in Iola Kansas to Allan and Dorris Goodbary, Robert Allan was able to see much of the world with his family before graduating high school in Bangkok, Thailand. He later graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Auditing and was commissioned through the Army ROTC Program as a Second Lieutenant in Infantry. Robert Allan met his wife Shirley at Oklahoma State where they started their adventure together. They traveled throughout the world where they raised two sons and moved some 38 times during their 31 year military career. In their 54 year marriage, they have been blessed to serve the country and meet so many wonderful friends. Prior to and during his military career, Major General Goodbary attained a Masters degree in Management from Central Michigan University. His military education included the Infantry School’s Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, and the National War College. Major General Goodbary traveled the world and his assignments included: Company D, 5th Battalion, 1st Basic Combat Training Brigade, Ft Jackson, South Carolina, Troop C, 3d Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry, 164th Combat Aviation Group in Vietnam; 19th Aviation Battalion (Combat), Eighth US Army, Korea; Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft Hood, Texas; Assistant Division Commander- Support and Community Commander, 3d Infantry Division, Germany; and Commanding General, Task Force Victory (Forward), Kuwait. His decorations and awards include: Defensive Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medals, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman Badge, parachutist Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge and army General Staff Identification Badge. After 31 years of active commissioned service in the United States Army, MG Goodbary joined Oklahoma State University. General Goodbary held multiple positions prior to becoming the OSU System Chief of Staff where he served as the CEO/Presidents liaison with the Executive Team, working closely with OSU System Presidents, Provost, Vice Presidents, and other OSU administration. Through appointment by former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, he also served on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism. As well as being a devoted husband and father, General Goodbary was an avid photographer. His photographs have left a permanent image in all of our lives. He loved to play golf, watch his children and grandchildren play sports, and oh how he loved great food and adventures with friends. His loyalty as a husband, an OSU Cowboy, and friend has served as an example for all to emulate. General Goodbary was preceded in death by his parents, Alan and Dorris, and his sister Rhonda Simpson. He is survived by his devoted wife Shirley, his sons David and Michael, his daughter in-laws Lori and Tanya, his grandchildren Kelsey and spouse Scott, Mollie, Mitchell, Luke, Griffen, and Cooper, his sisters Joan, Marilyn, Amelia, and Alice, and a host of friends he has touched so deeply. A celebration of life will be held at the Matthews Funeral Home, 601 S. Kelly, Edmond, Oklahoma at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 29th, 2016 with Rev Leah R Hrachovec officiating. Viewing will begin at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be held at Fort Sill National Cemetery, 2648 NE Jake Dunn Road, Elgin, Oklahoma, 73538 on Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Oklahoma State Foundation are appreciated. OSUgiving.com (in memory of MG Robert A Goodbary) or make checks payable to OSU Foundation, in memory of MG Robert A Goodbary, PO Box 1749, Stillwater, OK 74076-1749.

Tim Kane ~ Class of 1975

Tim Kane ~ Class of 1975

Departed ~ 2/07/2016 ~ Cancer

Lovingly submitted by Donna Kane Seeley class of 1971

Tim Kane Class of 1975, passed away after a 10 year courageous battle with throat cancer on February 7, 2016. He is a retired USMC MP officer and served in embassies around the world including a tour in Bangkok. He is survived by his wife, Maria, and daughter, Stephanie, of San Antonio, TX, his father, Donald (Robin) Kane, mother, Dorothy Kane, and four sisters: Donna (Jon) Seely, Dorine (Joe) Gallo, Gloria (Jon) Deitsch, and Kasey (Brian) Scanlon


Donna Kane Seely (5/27/2024)

Remembering my brother Tim who served in embassies around the world as a career Marine. Sadly, he died way too young from a cancer linked to the Camp Lejeune water poisoning tragedy. Missed and loved by all who knew him. Semper Fi, Tim.

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Ruth Ann Haviland Crame ~ Class Of 1976

Ruth Ann Haviland Crame ~ Class Of 1976

Departed ~ 2/28/2016 ~ Cancer

June Haviland left and Ruth Ann Haviland Crame right~ photo by Kate Johnson

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William Bill Henry Napier Ellis Jr. ~ Class of 1967

Bill Ellis ~ Class of 1967

Departed ~ September 7, 2016 ~ Cause unknown

William Henry Napier Ellis Jr.

11/14/1949 – 09/07/2016

William “Bill” Henry Napier Ellis, Jr., 66, passed away on Sept. 7, 2016, at the Medical University of SC in Charleston, after an extended illness. The memorial service will occur on Friday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal Markley Chapel, 10 N. Church St., in downtown Greenville, SC. A visitation reception will follow the service in the McKissick Room.

A Celebration of Life Marina Potluck will be held to honor Bill at the Charleston City Marina Megadock, 17 Lockwood Dr., in Charleston, SC, on Monday, Sept. 19, from 6-8 p.m. Shelley Waters will perform.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made payable to Charleston Transplant Home and sent to P.O Box 1126, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465. Or, donations may be made to the MUSC Living Donor Institute, payable to MUSC Foundation, 18 Bee Street – MSC450, Charleston, SC 29425.

Bill was born in Fort Eustis, Va., on Nov. 14, 1949, the oldest son of William Henry Napier “Nap” Ellis and Frances Elisabeth “Libby” Woodward Ellis. As the son of a career Army officer, he moved frequently with his family starting in Alaska (before it was a state), Knoxville, TN; Long Island, NY; Okinawa, Japan; Atlanta, Ga.; and back to Virginia.

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Karl David Ackerman ~ Class of 1973

Karl Ackerman ~ 1973

Arrived ~ July 27, 1955

Departed ~ October 24, 2016

Karl David Ackerman passed away on the evening of Monday, October 24, 2016, at the age of 61, after a long struggle with cancer.

Born on July 27, 1955, in Washington, D.C., he spent his childhood abroad in Norway, Thailand, and Taipei, as part of a Foreign Service family.

He attended Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland, the University of Maryland, and Boston College, where he earned a B.A. in political science. His deep love of books and reading led him to a job at Barnes and Noble when it first opened in Boston, and then to the Savile Bookshop in Washington, D.C., where he met Jennifer Gorham. They married in 1980 and lived together in New Haven, New York, Washington, D.C., Cabin John, Maryland, and Lewes, Delaware, where Karl wrote his first novel, The Patron Saint of Unmarried Women.

The couple moved to Charlottesville in 1992. A second novel, Dear Will, was published soon after. Writing fiction was Karl’s passion throughout his life. For the past 15 years, he also worked in business with his brother John. Renowned for his dedication to public engagement, Karl spent many hours laboring on behalf of the Charlottesville Public Schools, the Woolen Mills Neighborhood, and the City of Charlottesville.

He served for several years on Charlottesville’s Sister City Commission and on the Woolen Mills Neighborhood Association Board. Karl loved telling stories, planting trees, observing birds, making bread, walking along the Rivanna River, playing basketball, watching soccer, “dot” painting in the spirit of Aboriginal art, and loving his family deep and well.

As his close friend and fellow novelist Lisa Howorth wrote, “He was kind, generous, honest, sensitive, handsome, very smart and perceptive, a good writer, and hilariously funny, and he cared deeply about all people.”

Karl is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jenny Ackerman, and his two daughters, Zoe Claire Ackerman, 24, and Elinor (“Nelle”) Kathryn Ackerman, 21.

We give heartfelt thanks to the many friends, family, and caregivers who helped Karl through his difficult illness and created such a powerful net of love and support for us all. A celebration of Karl’s life will be held at The Haven Sanctuary on Saturday, November 19, 2016,at 10:30 a.m. The address is 112 West Market Street, Charlottesville.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Karl’s name to the Hospice of the Piedmont or The Haven.

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