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May 10

Norm Ferris.Norm Ferris From Mike West: I was told Norm was in the hospital St Josephs in Elmira NY . Shari and I drove down there today and visited him and he was in good spirits and stable. He can't walk and has fainting (blacks out) spells. I took his picture. He asked for popcorn and to tell the Franklin club he is on the mend.

May 6

Roland P. “Rollie” Kemp, 93, passed away Saturday (May 5, 2018) in Williamsport, Md., at Homewood at Williamsport. Mr. Kemp was born on June 20, 1924 to Mark and Ethel (Clair) Kemp. He attended Andover Central School and afterward joined the Navy where he trained as an electrician and went on to serve in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Rollie was trained at Kansas City School of Watchmaking in Kansas City, Mo. Rollie KempOn July 14, 1951, he married Patricia A. Nobles at the Andover Methodist Church, who predeceased him on February 8, 2015.

Rollie served as the Andover mail carrier for the United States Postal Service for most of his working career. He previously owned and operated Rowland Kemp Jewelry Store in Wellsville.

Rollie is survived by two daughters, Barbara Jean (David) Kemp of Johnson City and Anne Marie (Daniel) Russell of Williamsport, Md.; two grandchildren, Samantha Jean Russell and Andrew Kemp Russell; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Kemp was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, and was the Founding Father of the Chemung Valley Region of AACA. He was also a member of the Horseless Carriage Club of America, the H. H. Franklin (Auto) Club and the Andover Masonic Lodge. Rollie was also an unofficial member of the Wellsville Coffee Club. Patricia shared his hobbies with him as she was also a member of the automobile clubs and they attended the many events together.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2–4 and 6-8 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The funeral service will be on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Peggy Knopf officiating. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.

Memorial contributions in Rollie’s name may be made to the Hart Comfort House of Allegany County, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or Cancer Services of Allegany County, 100 South Highland Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.

April 3

Allan P. Finseth, 78, of rural Augusta, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at his home in the loving care of his family and St. Croix Hospice.

Allan, son of Arnold and Pearl (Growrud) Finseth was born July 25, 1939 in Eau Claire. He was raised in Eau Claire where he became an Eagle Scout and graduated from Memorial High School in 1957. He was united in marriage to Jean Al FinsethAnderson in January of 1959, and to this union his 2 daughters were born. He later married Ellen Rabbitt and together they had a son. Throughout the years Al owned and operated multiple businesses and enjoyed living at his lake home. His biggest passion was restoring cars; starting with the search and going through the entire process it took to finish them. Everyone enjoyed his passion for life, his positive attitude, and all the many stories that included his vast knowledge in so many different areas.

Al is survived by his sister, Irene (Arnie) Johnson; 2 daughters, Jill Baker, Julie (Bob) Downs; son, Alex Finseth; grandchildren, Nick, Lindsay and Jessi; good friend Joel; and canine companion Max. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A visitation will be held Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta. At 3:00 p.m. we will be leaving the funeral home and driving to the Drammen Lutheran Church Cemetery where graveside services will be held.

The cemetery is located at S12275 County Road B, rural Mondovi.
Online condolences can be left at Anderson Funeral Home

Dean H. Dorholt

March 25

Elizabeth A. Marshall (nee Wood) was born October 1, 1937 in Sparta, IL. and passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, March 6, 2018, after a lengthy struggle with cancer. Dear mother of Douglas (Sarah) of Amherst, MA., David (Hyejong) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL., and Rev. Fr. Daniel (Anya) of Cincinnati, OH.; Elizabeth Marshall dear grandmother of Rebecca, James, Alexandra, Leo and Alexander; sister of Helen (William) Stairwalt of Godfrey, IL and Howard (Pat) Wood of Sparta, IL.; aunt to three nieces and two nephews, sister-in-law, cousin and friend to many. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 47 years, Alexander Marshall.

Mrs. Marshall was a 1955 graduate of Sparta High School, Sparta, IL and received an Associate's degree from SIU Carbondale. Later in life she earned a Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Management from Maryville University. She met Alexander while working at McDonnell Aircraft Corporation and married him in 1960. The young couple spent several years in Ottawa, Canada and then returned to St. Louis, purchasing the house in which she passed away 52 years later.

Mrs. Marshall was a longtime member of Salem-in-Ladue United Methodist Church where she was extremely active, particularly in the United Methodist Women. She served as director of Meals on Wheels of Greater St. Louis for several years. She loved musical theater and a meal out with friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions appreciated to Meals on Wheels of Greater St. Louis, P.O. Box 410395, St. Louis, MO 63141 or Kingdom House, 1321 South 11th Street, St.Louis, MO 63104.

March 5
James Crippen passed away on January 29, 2018 in Fullerton, CA. He was born on October 19, 1936 in Santa Monica, California to parents Lawrence and Catherine Crippen. Already having an older sister, Chickie, two brothers O.T. and Tommy followed. The family settled in the Pacific Palisades near the ocean where Jim grew up. The family spent their summers on Lake Mary in a giant tent, which as Jim always pointed out, slept the entire family and guests as well! Two events in his early life had such a profound influence on him that they carried his interest throughout his life. His father worked in the mailroom for the railways, developing Jim’s interest in trains, both model and full-sized. Growing up in the car culture of post-war Southern California, he discovered his lifelong love for classic cars. Never to conform to the popular, instead of Bucket T’s and flaming 57’s, he bought a Franklin!

Everybody who met Jim became aware of his passion for the Franklin automobile. His knowledge reached to every detail of the car down to the engine size and lens manufacturer. Over the years he owned four Franklins. The most memorable story of his acquisition of them centers around one of the road trips he took with his son, this one being through Arizona. We visited two well-know collectors; the first had a former museum Franklin. Of course he couldn’t resist, and added it into his collection. Visiting the second collector he happened to notice, based on some clear detail having to do with the upholstery, that this was in fact the very car he had owned in high school. Unfortunately the collector was unwilling to sell. Of course he kept track of its whereabouts through his active membership in the Franklin Club, and when it appeared in the estate auction, it became his.

As his school years advanced at West LA’s University High and Cal State Los Angeles, he found a passion for U.S. History and Government. This interest extended into family history and genealogy. He soon realized his career calling was to become a Social Science teacher. During this time he served in the Air National Guard. In 1959 he began his 35-years as a teacher at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton. For Jim, history was not just about the past; when he taught, history came alive in his classes.

In 1962 he met Linda in the Methodist Church in Fullerton. They were married on June 30, 1963. Two children, James Jr. and Cheryl were born. Being a teacher and loving history, he never hesitated to share his knowledge with his family. Family vacations always included travelling in their motorhome to visit national monuments and historical sites such as presidential homes and libraries.

Jim was an active member in the Methodist church; his fellow adult Sunday school participants could always count on his contributions at their meetings. In addition, he served on many church committees over the years, and enjoyed representing the church at their annual conference in Redlands, where he reconnected with other delegates and former ministers.

After retirement, Jim enjoyed a full and event-filled life, which included a great deal of international travel. He visited James in England and Germany, Cheryl in Kenya and Uganda. He and Linda visited such diverse places as Russia, Australia, South America, The Holy Land, Egypt, and Greece. He especially enjoyed the historically themed trips organized by the Methodist Church. Wherever he went Jim brought his natural inquisitiveness and lifelong passion for learning.

From the eulogy made by Jim Crippen's son, James Jr.

February 7
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of John Charles Tripier, 90. John passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Granite Farms Estates in Media. John was born May 25, 1927, in Chestnut Hill, PA to the late Charles L. Tripier and Marie Lousie (Froger) Tripier. He was predeceased by his only sibling, Helene.

John was a graduate of Lower Marion High School and attended Spring Garden Institute in Philadelphia. He served in Army Air Corps during WWII. After leaving the service in 1946 he worked at Clifton Precision. Later he and his father founded Auto Electric and Parts in Media. After over 50 years in the auto parts and repair business he sold Auto Electric in 1995 and moved on full-time to his second business selling and repairing air guns. His passions were his businesses, flying, antique cars, model airplanes, archaeology and history.

His survivors include his wife Barbara L. (Brown) Tripier, children Jeanette Spence (Kirk) of Portland, OR, Suzette Young of Media, and David Tripier (Claire) of Los Gatos, CA and eight grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held at the Media Cemetery. A public memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, February, 11th at 2 PM, at Granite Farms Estates' auditorium, 1343 W. Baltimore Pike, Media, PA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences at cavanaghfuneralhome.com

February 3, 2018
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Lloyd E. Young, "Mr. Overdrive", age 87, of Canal Winchester, who died January 10, 2018 at his home. He was born August 15, 1930 in Violet Township to the late Robert and Mabel Young. Lloyd was a retired corporate pilot and had a passion for antique automobiles. He belonged to the Lithopolis American Legion Post 677, the Antique Car Club of America, and many other various antique car clubs. He is preceded in death by his first wife Betty Young and his second wife Shirley Young.