Born: November 24, 1931
Died: May 5, 2016
Born: November 24, 1931
Died: May 5, 2016
* Lynn Hunt, a former USAF Captain who lived in Todd and had been a member of our New River Chapter for the past 2 years passed away on February 11, 2015.
His obituary, provided by his daughter, Karleen Basch follows:
Hunt, William Lynn, October 24th, 1928 - February 11th, 2015
On February 11, 2015, William Lynn Hunt, Ph.D., passed away in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was born in Douglas, Arizona. Lynn served in the U.S. Air Force as a First lieutenant. He was assistant director of Clinical Research at G.D. Searle in Skokie, IL, and Deputy Director of Clinical Trials at Family Health International in North Carolina. He received his B.S. in Animal Nutrition from the University of Arizona, M.S. in Reproductive Physiology at Washington State University and Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of Oregon. While a professor at Cornell University, Dr. Hunt became a pioneer in the field of reproductive technologies, and one of the very first clinicians to transfer embryos in animals in the early stage development of IVF.
He was a former cattle rancher and cowboy in Arizona. He spoke fluent German, and belonged to a German speaking-club in NC. He was an avid reader, loved the outdoors as well as computers. Lynn was a man of strong intellect and a heart of love.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Susan Hunt (nee Bushman), and children, Leslie, Mark, Karleen and Kirstin, daughter-in-law, Robyn, son-in-law, Andrew and ex-son-in-law, Dane. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Hunter, Nina, Dashel, Austin, Emilee and Elle, as well as his older brother Lee Hunt and nieces and nephews, Terri, Jeanne, Scott and Jeff. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, brothers, Sterling and Norman and first wife, Anneliese Hunt (nee Tichi) and their daughter, Carina Lu.
A memorial to celebrate his life will be held on a later date in Chicago, IL. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to one’s choice of cancer research or veteran’s fund.
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* Angela Reagan, who served as the Ashe County VA Veterans Service Officer, passed away December 16, 2013 at her home in Todd, NC.
* The New River Chapter was honored to have Angela attend a Chapter meeting on June 21, 2011 where she provided our membership with valuable information on her role as VSO in Ashe County. In this capacity, she acted as the veteran’s advocate, and provided counseling and valuable assistance to veterans and their family to ensure that claims were properly and aggressively completed.
* Follow the below link to read the obituary notice on the Austin and Barnes Funeral Home, Boone, NC website. There is also a link to enable posting condolence messages for the family.
* A memorial service with military honors was held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 21 at the Ashelawn Memorial Park and Gardens in Crumpler, NC
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* Mrs. Margaret Lain Sears of West Jefferson and charter member of the New River Chapter passed away on August 8, 2013 at her home.
* Mrs. Sears was born June 28, 1924, in Johnson County, Texas. She was 89.
* Mrs. Elizabeth L. “Betta” Franzen of Creston, NC and charter member of the New River Chapter passed away on June 2, 2013 at her home.
* Mrs. Franzen was born on May 1, 1932...she was 81.
* Betta was the surviving spouse of Ivar Per Franzen who was born on November 12, 1916 and died on March 31, 1993. Ivar was a veteran of the U.S. Army having entered service in 1934 in Woodbridge, New Jersey and left the service in 1954 in Buffalo, NY. During his time in the U.S. Army, he was a Signal Corps Officer whose duty included being stationed in Germany during WWII.
* Ivar and Betta were married in June of 1963 and worked as school teachers in Germany until retirement and then on the recommendation of a friend, moved to Creston, NC and built their home in the mountains. After Ivar passed away in 1993, Betta continued to live in Creston where her niece, Tweety, described her as “always the educator, always the gin-rummy winner and always ready to share a good hard laugh.”
* Upon seeing information in the Jefferson Post about the formation of the New River Chapter, Betta became a charter member, but due to health and mobility concerns, was never able to attend any meetings. She regularly kept up with Chapter events via our newsletter which was shared by her chapter "Buddy," Frances Hunt.
* In 2011, Chapter President, Doug Ehrhardt received a call from Betta after getting his telephone number via a common acquaintance. Her request was "Could someone visit me once a year?"
* On paying a visit to Betta in Creston, it became evident that more frequent visits would certainly be desirable and Doug and his wife, Cathy made several trips to her home for social calls and to assist with some needs related to her being a surviving spouse, most important being renewing her military ID card that was long since expired.
* Betta was also interested in seeing that some of the many, many books, both military and historical, from her and Ivar's years of teaching could be shared, as well as an oscilloscope that Ivar used on active duty...it was suggested that the items would be a welcome addition to the Museum of Ashe County History as they were preparing a WWII Military Room display. And so it was done.
* Due to health and the complications of living so far out in Creston, plus inhospitable winter temperatures, Betta's sister had her come to College Station, TX each year during the winter. On her last trip in 2013, her sister also wanted her to stay and not go back to NC, but Betta wanted to return to the mountains she loved.
* Doug met with Betta's niece, Tweety in late May to discuss various options and things that would have been necessary to ease her living conditions after her return. Tweety also told him that Betta was even giving some thought to making a move to an assisted living facility in West Jefferson and hoped to visit it in June...she told Doug that Betta saw an advertisement about a facility on the front page of the Mountain Times where our Chapter's full page ad discussing our May showing of the "Conscientious Objector" documentary and said she wanted to go for a visit when Doug returned from a trip to Europe in mid June...
* Unfortunately, Betta passed away, alone and in her Creston home on June 2nd. A local caregiver had spent the morning of June 1st with her and left her a sandwich for lunch, and the TV tuned to the baseball channel which was still on when she returned the next day. The sandwich was still in the refrigerator.
* As a personal note, Doug said he talked with Betta's niece upon returning from Europe and expressed his disappointment at not having learned of her passing...it would have been nice if only some of our New River Chapter members could have learned of her memorial service, but such was not the case.
* In the 2 1/2 years from when Doug first met Betta until a final visit with her on May 28th, he came to appreciate her warm personality - very direct and perhaps a little crusty on first meeting - but as someone who was truly an educator and certainly someone who enjoyed a good laugh!
The photograph to the right was from the obituary notice of a lovely Elizabeth Franzen. The lower one is from Ivar and Betta's wedding.
Scroll over some of the thumbnail pictures to the right and enjoy seeing Betta, and Ivar, in later years and from their time together in North Carolina.
These pictures were shared with Doug Ehrhardt by Betta's niece, Tweety. They truly reflect someone who lived every day to the fullest and enjoyed her life in North Carolina.
* Rear Admiral Scott Lowrie Sears, USN-Ret. passed away at his home in Warrensville, NC on Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 7:06 PM following a lengthy, 3+ year battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA), an incurable, neurodegenerative disease. Admiral Sears had been under hospice care for much of the last half of 2011, but as noted by his wife, Barbara, the hour of his passing was ironically the same as the hull number of the USS Albuquerque (SSN-706), the nuclear powered submarine which he commanded as it's first Commanding Officer.
* A viewing for Rear Admiral Sears was held on January 4, 2012, at the Boone Funeral Home in West Jefferson, NC.
* A memorial service was held for Rear Admiral Sears on January 7, 2012, at the Glendale Springs Episcopal Church.
* Per his and his family's wishes, Rear Admiral Sears will be cremated and his cremains will be interred at the Arlington National Cemetery on June 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM.