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Date: Tuesday, 5 June 2012, at 7:42 p.m.

ROBERT W. ''BOB'' TINKER, 73, of Vevay, Ind., died Tuesday. He owned Tinker Equipment, Fairview, Ind. He also did custom farming and mechanic work, and he was a World War II Army veteran. Services: 2 p.m. EST Saturday, Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay. Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. EST Friday at the funeral home. Memorials: Switzerland Co. Chapter of the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Southeastern Indiana.
Date of announcement: 10-14-1999

Steven Wong, 45, honored officer

Retired Cincinnati police Sgt. Steven Wong, who was often praised for dedicated, exemplary and courageous service during a 25-year career, died Thursday from the cancer that necessitated his early retirement.

Only last month, Assistant Police Chief Richard S. Biehl, who had known Sgt. Wong for 20 years, wrote to Ohio Gov. Bob Taft asking him to publicly recognize the officer ''for his commitment to both public and private community service.''

Taft issued a proclamation praising the sergeant, saying he ''touched many lives and made your community and the State of Ohio a better place to live and raise a family.''

Sgt. Wong, 45, of Bridgetown, was commended dozens of times during his 25-year career. His mother, Anna Wong, said her son ''wanted to be a cop all of his life.''

Sgt. Wong retired in February 1999. He served in the communications, training and traffic sections, and four patrol districts.

In a Post interview last year, Wong said he first believed cancer was ''a death sentence.'' When he survived longer than expected, Wong said his attitude changed. ''But that's not necessarily true anymore. So you move on.''

Wong, who was of Chinese heritage, was believed to be the first Asian-American to serve as a police officer in Cincinnati.

''Steve faced many of the challenges of ethnic minorities in non-traditional work environments and overcame these challenges to have a successful and remarkable career,'' Biehl said.

On Feb. 24, the assistant police chief told council that Sgt. Wong ''has been a shining example of courage, perseverance and hope for us all . . . he epitomizes the word 'grace' in dealing with the greatest difficulties of life.'' Wong suffered from a rare neuro-endocrine cancer.

Council formally recognized the sergeant for his exemplary service.

In an interview Thursday, Biehl said Sgt. Wong ''was an incredible guy. I can't think of anyone who was so universally liked in the police division. He talked to everyone regardless of their station in life. He was unusual in so many ways.''

Sgt. Wong leaves his wife, Christy; two sons, Jared and Brent; a brother, Mike Wong, and a sister, Barbara Wong, and his parents, Tom and Anna Wong.

Mass 7 p.m. Monday at Our Lady of Visitation Church, 3172 South Road. Visitation at the church from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fraternal Order of Police services at 6 p.m.

Memorials to the Wong Children's Trust Fund, c/o the Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union, Suite 101, 959 W. Eighth St., Cincinnati, 45203.
Date of announcement: 10-15-1999

Richard E. Henkel, attorney and lover of the outdoors

Richard E. Henkel, an attorney who gave his time freely to help others, died Wednesday. He was 72.

''He was a devoted father who taught us to love the outdoors,'' said his son, Peter G. Henkel.

''He took us boating, fishing and hiking and taught us the names of the trees, plants and wildlife,'' said his son, Joseph R. Henkel.

Mr. Henkel was an active supporter of St. Joseph Orphanage and throughout his legal career served as a guardian for many minors and handicapped adults, and did other legal work on a charitable basis, his family said.

He grew up in Price Hill and graduated from Elder High School in 1944. He was an avid golfer and a Navy veteran.

Mr. Henkel was a graduate of Xavier University, where he edited the student newspaper and worked during the summers as a reporter for the Western Hills Press. He was a 1952 graduate of Georgetown University Law School.

He joined the firm of Dolle, O'Donnell, Cash, Fee & Hahn and later practiced law with William Reyering and the late Thomas Spraul before co-founding Carroll, Bunke & Henkel law firm in Western Hills.

For many years, Mr. Henkel edited the Cincinnati Bar Journal.

He served on the Board of Governors of Xavier University, the St. Antoninus Parish Council, the board of the Western Hills Country Club, the boards of Springarden Savings and Loan and Peoples Savings Association, as president of the AXE Club, and was a member of XU's 1831 Club, Pi Alpha Phi and the Delhi Historical Society.

In addition to his sons, survivors include his wife, Alice Griffiths Henkel; daughters Mary C. Henkel, Julie Franklin, Christine Cassedy; son Thomas A. Henkel; a sister, Mary Ann Ryan; and 16 grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Antoninus Church, 1500 Linnman Road, Covedale. Visitation: 9 a.m. until services at the church. Arrangements: Neidhard Minges Funeral Home. Memorials: Elder High School Class of 1944 Scholarship Fund.
Date of announcement: 10-15-1999

LONIE G. BEVIS, 86, of Florence, Ky., formerly of Aurora, Ind., died Wednesday. Services: 11 EDT Saturday at Rullman Fu neral Home, Aurora. Visitation: 5 to 9 tonight. Memorial: American Cancer Society.
Date of announcement: 10-15-1999

ANTHONY DWIGHT ELLIOTT, 42, of Englewood, Ohio, died Saturday. Services: 11 a.m. Monday at Unity Christian Church, 8359 Burns Ave., Hartwell. Visitation: 10 a.m. Monday at the church. Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Date of announcement: 10-15-1999

ROY LEE EMERY, 74, of Osgood, Ind., died Wednesday. He was an Army veteran. Services: 2 p.m. EDT Saturday at Markland Funeral Home, Rising Sun, Ind. Visitation: 1 p.m. EDT Saturday at the funeral home.
Date of announcement: 10-15-1999

FLORENCE MARY KIRKLAND, 93, of Kennedy Heights, died Saturday. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at 1st Baptist Church, 6201 Red Bank Road, Kennedy Heights. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at the church. Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Date of announcement: 10-15-1999

Golf advocate 'Bob' Rickey, 78

Robert D. ''Bob'' Rickey, 78, an influential figure in the development and promotion of golf for nearly half a century, died Tuesday at Bethesda North Hospital.

Mr. Rickey, of Montgomery, was originally a sports writer in Dayton, Ohio. He followed his father, Clarence Rickey, into the world of golf and the old MacGregor Co. in Cincinnati in the 1940s.

As an executive with MacGregor from 1946-74, Rickey signed upcoming golf stars like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and others to contracts with MacGregor.

He served the famous former golf company as advertising and promotion manager, sales manager, vice president of marketing for golf and tennis and finally as vice president of marketing for all product divisions.

He was active in all phases of golf, and was a past president of the National Golf Foundation, past secretary-treasurer of the Golf Writers Association of America, past president of the Golf Manufacturers and Distributors Association and past consultant to the PGA of America.

In 1995, Mr. Rickey was named recipient of the PGA's prestigious Ernie Sabayrac Award for lifetime contributions to the golf industry.

Born in Oak Park, Ill., Mr. Rickey grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1943. He served with the U.S. Army in World War II and joined MacGregor after returning home.

Mr. Rickey leaves two nieces, Florence Penquite of Kettering, Ohio, and Linda Toth, of Los Angeles, and four great nephews. His wife of 49 years, Wanda, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Gilligan Funeral Home, Montgomery. Memorials may be made to the Robert Rickey GMDA Memorial Golf Scholarship, P.O. Box 42606, Cincinnati, 45242.
Date of announcement: 10-16-1999

GLADYS A. (HALE) COY, 77, of Bethel, Ohio, died Friday. Ms. Coy was a homemaker. Services: 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Bethel. Visitation: 1 p.m. Monday at the church. Kennedy-Stevens Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials: Hospice of Cincinnati.
Date of announcement: 10-16-1999

FRANCINA FINCHER, 90, of Lincoln Heights, Ohio, died Oct. 13. Ms. Fincher was a factory worker. Services: noon Wednesday at Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 7500 Anthony Wayne, Lincoln Heights. Visitation: 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Date of announcement: 10-16-1999

M. MADELINE (GOODWIN) FINNERAN, 86, of Madison, Ind., died Thursday. Ms. Finneran was a bookkeeper and past co-owner for the Ohio Theater in downtown Madison. Mass: 11 a.m. EST Monday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Madison. Visitation: 3 to 5 p.m. EST Sunday and 9 a.m. EST Monday until 10:30 a.m. at the Morgan-Webster-Nay Funeral Home, 325 Demaree Drive, Madison. Memorials: Historic Madison, INC. or Friends of Shawe & Pope John.
Date of announcement: 10-16-1999

HARVEY RAY MASSEY, 72, of Ripley, died Thursday. He was owner of Ripley Diesel Service and an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. Services: 2 p.m. Sunday at Cahall Funeral Home, Ripley. Visitation: Noon Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials: Hospice of Hope.
Date of announcement: 10-16-1999

DORA FRANCIS PENDERGRASS, 71, of Walnut Hills, died Monday. Services: 7 p.m. today at Renfro Funeral Service Inc., 647 Forest Ave., Avondale. Visitation: 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Date of announcement: 10-16-1999

DOTHA L. WILSON, 82, of Madisonville, died Thursday. Ms. Wilson was a homemaker. Services: 7 p.m. Monday at New Mission Baptist Church, 4809 Ravenna St., Madisonville. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Monday at the church. Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Date of announcement: 10-16-1999

Jean Stephens, UC employee, fan

Every Friday morning, football coaches at the University of Cincinnati could count on having at least one voice mail message wishing them good luck in that weekend's game.

It was a practice that Jean Stephens had developed over roughly 15 years as administrative assistant to the university's athletic director.

''She just had a way of never forgetting to wish these guys good luck through the good and the bad,'' said Bernie Meese, assistant director of the UCATS athletic organization.

''When you spend that amount of time in a job, you have to care about what you're doing or you wouldn't be there.''

Ms. Stephens, 57, died Friday.

Friends and colleagues remembered Ms. Stephens as someone who cared more than most.

Even when she was not at her job, she was involved in the university's athletic programs.

Ms. Stephens had season tickets for football and basketball. She organized university staff members for a trip to basketball's Final Four in 1992 and worked with the football team at the Humanitarian Bowl during the 1997 season.

Sports teams can be like families and Ms. Stephens grew her roots throughout the university's family tree, Meese said. Like a great aunt with countless relatives, she kept in touch with people as they moved on, often calling retirees and former students.

''She was a family-oriented person,'' Meese said. ''Sports is like a family, and she just cared a lot about this family.''

Ms. Stephens also valued her own family.

She leaves four siblings, Sue, Clarence, Hobert and Dr. Don Stephens, and 11 nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. today at Miller-Simminger Funeral Home, Western Hills.

Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Westwood Cheviot Church of Christ.

Memorials: Westwood Cheviot Church of Christ Memorial Fund or the University of Cincinnati Athletic Scholarship Fund.
Date of announcement: 10-18-1999

JULIUS CROSSTY SR., 62, of Lincoln Heights, died Oct. 12. He was a carpenter. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Home, Lockland. Visitation: 10 a.m. Thursday.
Date of announcement: 10-18-1999

THURMAN ALEXANDER RILEY JR., 67, of Mount Healthy, died Wednesday. He was a marketing employee with General Electric's Aircraft Engine Division and an Air Force veteran. Services were Sunday. Renfro Funeral Home, Avondale, handled arrangements. Memorials: American Heart Association.
Date of announcement: 10-18-1999

Edna Mae Rasche, devoted mom, worker

Edna Mae Rasche of Woodlawn, Ky., had to accept responsibility early on.

And the lessons she learned were evident as she distinguished herself as a wife and mother, an employee and a civic-minded citizen.

Mrs. Rasche died Wednesday at the Newport Baptist Convalescent Center. She was 91.

She lived all her life in the area of Campbell County that eventually was incorporated as Woodlawn. ''She grew up three doors away from where she raised her family,'' said a son, Terry Rasche of Woodlawn.

After Mrs. Rasche's father died when she was 12, she cared for two younger sisters as her mother worked in a factory. Mrs. Rasche began her own career working with Barney Kroger, founder of the Kroger supermarket chain. She worked in payroll and bookkeeping and eventually became Kroger's personal secretary.

Mrs. Rasche then became the personal secretary to Sarah Weston, who was noted for her philanthropy, most notably to the Cincinnati Association of the Blind. Mrs. Rasche also worked for Mrs. Weston's son, Cincinnati attorney Harris Weston.

Mrs. Rasche stopped working outside her home to rear five children. Her husband, Joseph H. Rasche, died in 1996; they were married 63 years.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Rasche's survivors include daughters, Joan McGrath of Phoenix, Ariz., Marlene McCabe of Point Lookout, N.Y., and Beverly Jansen of Fort Wright, Ky.; a son, James Rasche of Miami, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony Church in Bellevue, Ky. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice Unit, 401 E. 20th St., Covington, Ky. 41014; or St. Anthony Christian Service Committee, 320 Poplar St., Bellevue, Ky. 41073. Arrangements: Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home, Newport.
Date of announcement: 10-19-1999

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