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February 7, 2008



Edna W. Busch, of Lexington, widow of Col. James L. Busch, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at Mayfair Manor.

Born in Louisville, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Louise Schmidt Weibel. She was a former legal secretary and worked at various firms prior to her retirement. She was a member of Crestwood Christian Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Leslie Nuckols, Lexington, and Courtney (Louis "Hoppy") Dickinson III, Memphis, Tenn.; a sister, Evelyn Eberwein, Huntington Beach, Calif.; a brother, Don Weibel, Farmersville, Ohio; and four grandchildren, Leigh Hurst Nuckols, Alfred Hurst Nuckols III, Ann Hobson Dickinson, and Louis Hobson Dickinson IV.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 5, at W.R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the Alzheimer’s Association, 1065 Dove Run, Suite 2 Lexington, KY 40502.



Steve E. Creech, 94, widower of Clara Ward Creech, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Owsley County, he was one of 13 children of the late Arthur and Edith Farmer Creech. A former Midway resident, he was a founder and member of the Midway Sportsman Club, and was a member of the Midway United Methodist Church. He lived much of his early life in Indiana and graduated in 1931 from Clarksburg High School, Clarksburg, Ind. He worked for eight years at Young and Nead Motor Sales in Osgood, Ind., learning proficiency in auto body work. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army as an automotive mechanic. He served in France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Italy, England, and Scotland in the 44th Army Division. Following the war, he and his wife settled in Midway, where he operated Midway Auto Service for 24 years.

Survivors include two sisters, Bertie Creech, Anderson, Ind., and Georgia Coehn, Shelbyville, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews, including Betty Ward, Georgetown.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Mark Johnson. Interment will follow at the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Jimmy Gaunce, Kenneth Watkins, Marlin Mitchell, Mike Perry, Gene Gaunce, and Steven Gaunce.

Memorials are suggested to Taylor Manor Nursing Home or to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Thomas F. Fitzgerald, 88, of Versailles, husband of Theresa Burke Fitzgerald, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at his home.

Born in New York City, N.Y., he was the son of the late Richard Patrick and Mary Ann Henry Fitzgerald. He was a graduate of Quincy College, Quincy, Ill., and did post graduate studies at Southern Illinois University. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Battle of the Bulge, and the European Theatre. He was retired after 26 years from I.B.M., where he had been a chemist and manager of research and development and received numerous awards for his work. He was an active member of St. Leo Catholic Church, where he was a former choir member and leading Cantor for many years. He served as former member of the Lexington Catholic High School PTO board, was a member of the Cursillo, and the American Legion Post #67. Following retirement, he served as a nursing home ombudsman, was former board member and active in the Woodford County Senior Citizens, played in the Senior Citizens Band, volunteered for the indigent VITA programs and the Woodford Hospital canteen. He was a charter member of the Woodford County Human Rights Commission and served on the Board of Birthright of Lexington.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by three daughters, Mary (Joe) Martin, Jeffersonville, Ind., Catherine (Daniel) Zink, Louisville, and Margaret (Karl) Gdovka, Lexington; three sons, Edmund (Laura) Fitzgerald, Louisville, Thomas Fitzgerald Jr., New York City, N.Y., and Patrick (Andrea) Fitzgerald, Lexington; a sister, Maureen Fitzgerald, Lexington; and seven grandchildren, Bridget Fitzgerald, Burke Fitzgerald, Brent Fitzgerald, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Christopher Fitzgerald, Zoe Zink, and Brendan Zink. A brother, Dr. Richard Patrick Fitzgerald II, is deceased.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, followed by a Christian Wake service at 7 p.m. and a recitation of the Rosary. A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Dan Noll officiating. Interment with military honors will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Burke Fitzgerald, Brent Fitzgerald, Christopher Fitzgerald, Brendan Zink, Hugh Findlay, Dr. Egbunam Amadife, and Dr. Norman Fisher.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Leo Capital Campaign, 295 Huntertown Road, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Mike Holovak, 88, of Wimauma, Fla., an All-American running back at Boston College, who became one of the first head coaches of the Boston Patriots, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, in Ruskin, Fla., of complications from pneumonia.

He starred at Boston College. After his graduation in 1943 he entered the Navy. He was the skipper of a P.T. boat operating in the South Pacific in World War II. Following the war, he played professional football for the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams. Early in his career he was head coach at Boston College and in 1961 was promoted to head coach of the Boston Patriots of the American Football League. He served as head coach through the 1968 season, and his 53 victories ranked second in franchise history after current coach Bill Belichick. Before his retirement he was president of player personnel and general manager of the Houston Oilers. He was inducted into numerous football halls of fame.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Scudder Holovak, formerly of Versailles; two daughters, Michele Harrison, Gloucester, Mass., and Cindy Oatess, Tampa, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Michael A. Harrison, Gloucester, Mass., Lisa M. Harrison, Boston, Mass., and Stephanie Pizarro, Tampa, Fla. A daughter, Terrie Ann Holovak, is deceased.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at St. Ignatius Church, Boston College.

Donations may be made to the Holovak Endowment Fund, Boston College, 110 College Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.



Mildred "Millie: Frances Stamper Judy, 81, of Lexington, wife of Howard Current "H.C." Judy, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008.

She was the daughter of the late Earl and Fanny Stamper.

Survivors include a son, John Estill Soper III (Rita), Versailles; a daughter, Marsha Soper Wright (John), Paris; two stepsons, Chris (Melanie) and Kirk (Vicki) Judy, both of Lexington; a sister, Betty Cornish (Bill), Virginia; two grandchildren, Amanda Wright Denniston (Chris), Cynthiana, and Mia Wright, Paris; two step-grandchildren, Justin (Jenna) and Jessica Judy, both of Lexington; two great-grandchildren, Madelynn and Logan Denniston, Cynthiana; and several nieces and nephews. Four brothers, Jimmy, Charles, Tommy, and John Stamper, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 2, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Ellen Marie Bauer Seelye, 76, of Lexington, widow of Richard Marshall Seelye, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at her residence.

Survivors include her children, Elizabeth Ellen (Gregory) Drake, Lexington, Richard Marshall Seelye Jr. (Debbi), Peachtree City, Ga., and Barbara Ann Seelye (Michael Cassidy), Ridgway, Colo.; three grandchildren, Marshall, Zachary, and Kelsey; five step-grandchildren; a great-step-granddaughter; two brothers, C. Franklin Bauer, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Russell R. Bauer (Joan), Versailles.

Services were conducted Monday, Feb. 4, at The Cathedral of Christ The King. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Donations are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or St. Jude Hospital, Tribute # 20660217.



Luther Austin Traynor, 83, of Lexington, husband of Mary Horn Traynor, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 at the Central Baptist Hospital.

Born in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Luther and Sadie Perkins Trayner. He was a retired Lexington police officer and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, David (Cathey) Traynor, Lexington, and Dennis (Valerie) Traynor, Jessamine County; a granddaughter, Michelle Traynor, Lexington; four brothers, Ronald Trayner, Midway, the Rev. Morris Trayner, Danville, Howard Trayner, Washington County, and Lynn Trayner, Wilmington, Ohio; and three sisters, Helen Wade, Lexington, Mary Alice McDonald, Greenville, S.C., and Doris Carey, Louisville. A brother, Sherman Traynor, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 2, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lex, KY 40504, or Grace Baptist Building Fund, 811 Bryan Avenue, Lexington, KY 40505.

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