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ABERCROMBIE, GENE, 77, of Crystal River, died Monday (Feb. 20, 2006) at home under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he came here 28 years ago from Chattanooga, Tenn. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a graduate of UTC Chattanooga. He was an entrepreneur and his ventures included restaurants, Battlefield Golf & Country Club, Ringgold, Ga., and he owned Lookout Supply Company. He was a member of the Seven Rivers Golf & Country Club. Survivors include his wife, Charlotte; a son, Stephen, Chattanooga; a daughter, Connie Bowman, Hixson, Tenn.; and three grandchildren. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

BAUER, STUART GAGE, 75, of Crystal River, died Monday (Feb. 20, 2006) in the Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center Crystal River. Born in Penfield, N.Y., he came here 25 years ago from Cocoa. He retired from GTE with more than 25 years of service and was an Air Force veteran of World War II. He was Protestant. Survivors include three sons, Carl Hangee-Bauer, San Francisco, David Bauer, Luray, Va., and Tom Trocine, Oviedo; a daughter, Debra Carter, Homosassa; a sister, Mary Howe, Arlington, Va.; three grandchildren; and his companion, Eleanor Castor, Crystal River. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

HANNOLD, HARRY CARL, 53, of Crystal River, died Sunday (Feb. 19, 2006) at home under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Pittsburgh, he came here in 1998 from Hernando Beach. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War and was a member of the Inverness DAV Post 70. He was an ordained non-denominational minister. Survivors include his wife, Janet; nine children including Marie Raghni, West Palm Beach and Shawn R. Wallace, Homosassa; his mother, Dorothy Kaelin, Spring Hill; his father, Harry, East Carnegie, Pa., nine brothers and sisters; and two grandchildren. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness.

NELSON, JULIA L., 76, of Homosassa Springs, died Monday (Feb. 20, 2006) at home under the care of her friends and Hospice of Citrus County. She was born in New York and came here in 1977 from Port Murray, N.J. She was a registered nurse. Survivors include her brother, Andrew J. Stroligo, Long Beach. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness.

ROFF, ROGER F., 41, of Homosassa, died Thursday (Feb. 16, 2006) in Ridge Manor. Born in Plainfield, N.J., he came here in 1968 from North Plainfield, N.J. He was self-employed in custom auto repair for 15 years and was a member of the Homosassa Eagles Aerie. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Catherine and Gordon Sullivan, Homosassa; a sister, Sheryl Lasater, Bradenton; an aunt and uncle; and two cousins. National Cremation Society, Hudson.

SIMPSON, WILLIAM EDWARD "ED," 89, of Crystal River, died Friday (Feb. 17, 2006) in the Hernando Pasco Hospice House of Brooksville. Born in South Easton, Mass., he came to this area in 1979 from Vestal, N.Y. He was a purchasing agent for IBM Corporation with 27 years of service. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and achieved the rank of master sergeant. He was a member of American Legion Post 155, Beverly Hills VFW, Crystal River Moose Lodge, was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner. He was Protestant. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Marilyn (Seeley); a son, William "Bill" Simpson Jr., Kannapolis, N.C.; and six grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness.

STRAIN, LOUISE M., 79, of Homosassa, died Sunday (Feb. 19, 2006) in the Citrus Memorial Health System Inverness. Born in Hemphill, Texas, she came here in 1985 from St. Petersburg. She was a homemaker and member of the Advent Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church of Crystal River. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, John Lee Strain Sr.; three sons, John L., Morriston, Gary L., Charleston, S.C., and Jerry L., Citrus Hills; a daughter, Shirley Ann Ennis, Collegedale, Tenn.; a sister, Georgia M. Smith, Vidor, Texas; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness.

WATTS, HERBERT JAMES, 89, of Dunnellon, formerly of Dunedin, died Sunday (Feb. 19, 2006) in the Citrus Hospital Hospice Unit Inverness. Born in Bloomington, Ind., he moved to Dunedin in the early 1950s, then moved to Dunnellon in 1994. He was the owner of the Dunedin Hardware Store and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Community Congregational Christian Church, and was a life member of the VFW. Survivors include two daughters, Linda Vanhook, Franklin, N.C., and Patricia Rasch, Dunedin; a brother, Gene Watts, Bloomington, Ind.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon.

WILCOX, MARIE Y., 83, of Beverly Hills, died Monday (Feb. 20, 2006) in Beverly Hills. She was born in Normandy, France, and came here 16 years ago from Hawthorne Woods, Ill. She was a talented homemaker and was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Charles R.; a daughter, Andree White, Beverly Hills; two sons, Philip, Aurora, Ill., and Steven, Roselle, Ill.; many nephews and nieces; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Fero Funeral Home With Crematory, Beverly Hills.

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