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HARPER, ARDO H., 80, of Inverness, died Monday (Sept. 27, 2004) in Inverness. He was born in Cambria Township, Mich., and came here 21 years ago from Hillsdale, Mich. He was a roofer for 35 years and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a jack-of-all-trades and was known for rebuilding boats. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Dolores R.; six sons, Frank Harper, Michigan, John Harper, Sterling Heights, Mich., Roger Harper, Lapeer, Mich., Stephen Freeman, Milan, Tenn., Timothy Harper, Plant City, and Carl Gregory Harper, Inverness; a sister, Letha Crawford, Reading, Mich.; many nephews and nieces; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Fero Funeral Home With Crematory, Beverly Hills.

JONES, CYNTHIA LANDIS, 89, of Hernando, died Wednesday (Sept. 22, 2004) in Hernando. She was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and came here in 1972 from Tampa. She was an assistant to the nursing director at a sanatorium and was a member of the Citrus County Woman's Democratic Club. She was Protestant. Survivors include a daughter, Clementine Kirby, Gravois Mills, Mo.; a stepdaughter, Patricia Baker, LaGuna Hills; a grandson, Hugh C. Kirby, Estero; and a granddaughter, Terry Muhlbarer, Bradenton. Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness.

LAKE, RUSSELL CHESTER, 90, of Crystal River, died Monday (Sept. 27, 2004) at the Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River. Born in Berea, Ky., he came to this area 25 years ago from Kentucky and was a retired independent truck driver. He was Baptist. Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Hallie; a son, Joe Allen, Crystal River; three daughters, Vera Lewis and Betty Ramsey, both of Crystal River, and Scarlet Lake, Ocala; two brothers, Cecil, Edgewater, and Beechum, Berea; a sister, Pearl Riddle, Berea; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

SMITH, JEFFREY W., 41, of Inverness, died Wednesday (Sept. 22, 2004) in Lecanto. He was born in Perea, Ohio, and came to Citrus County in 1981 from Elyria, Ohio. He was a handyman. Survivors include his father and stepmother, William and Mary Smith, Inverness; and a sister, Debra Gundel, Massilyn, Ohio. Brown Funeral Home and Crematory, Crystal River.

VAN HORN, ARTHUR G., 82, of Beverly Hills, died Sunday (Sept. 26, 2004) at home under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here 22 years ago from Mineola, N.Y. He was a retired investment banker and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served on the Church Council in Citrus Springs. Survivors include his wife, Helen; a daughter, Betty Moore, Rocky Point, N.Y.; a sister, Joan Lander, Narrowsburg, N.Y.; and five grandchildren. Brown Funeral Home and Crematory, Crystal River.

VAVERCHAK, EUGENE JOSEPH, 72, of New Port Richey, formerly of Homosassa, died Sunday (Sept. 26, 2004) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey. He was born in Carbondale, Pa., moved to Homosassa 19 years ago from Flenmington, N.J., then recently moved to New Port Richey. He was a retired supervisor for Johns Manville and was a former volunteer firefighter for Flemington, N.J. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Marion (Kartner); a son, Eugene, New Port Richey; two daughters, Donna Kling, Goodyear, Ariz., and Patricia Vaverchak, Flemington; a brother, William, Carbondale, Pa.; a sister, Martha Muczyn, Narrowsburg, N.Y.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

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