MDGA Obit. Archives


Boese, Delbert Fred

June 3, 1931 – June 27, 2016


Delbert F. Boese age 85 of Lincoln died on Monday, June 27, 2016 in Lincoln. He was born on May 3, 1931 in Pickrell, Nebraska to Edwin and Mabel (Barett) Boese.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at First Plymouth Congregational Church, 2000 D Street, Lincoln.

Preceded in death by his mother and father, Edwin and Mabel Boese, sister, Pearl Waterbury, spouse, Patricia (mother of Debra Weyers).

Survived by wife, Ethel, children Debra, (Lloyd Weyers), Diane (Kevin Klein), Michael (Angela Boese), Brett (Julie Schultz), Bary (Shannon Schultz), and Brenda (Myles Mize), 16 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, sister, Lucy Schnieder, many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He played MDGA in 1952, 1969, 1977, 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Memorials may be directed to Capital Humane Society or to the family for later designation.

dmr060243-1_20160520Hill, Harold “Dan” , 89, of West Des Moines, Passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Kavanagh House on 56th Street in Des Moines.

Dan was born October 21, 1926, in Oskaloosa, IA, to William and Mary (Houghtaling) Hill. At the age of four he lost his hearing from spinal meningitis. He grew up at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, cherishing summers at home with his parents and siblings, Elizabeth, Bob, and Jim.

His First employment was as a “Bobbin’ Boy” at Des Moines’ Boy Harness, winding bobbins for sewers of knife scabbards and gun holsters in the WWII war effort. He later worked as a cold storage hand at Beatrice Meadow Gold Ice Cream in Des Moines, where during breaks he enjoyed his favorite, cherry nut. Successive jobs were in the printing field, a trade he learned at Council Bluffs. He was bottle cap lithograph pressman at Crown Cork and Seal in Baltimore, Maryland for a short time before retuning to Iowa, where he linotyped and ran the printing presses at The Knoxville Express. He later was a pressman at Wallace-Homestead in Des Moines, before finally settling at Bradley Printing in Highland Park, where he linotype for 33 years. He was a member of the International Typographical Union.

Dan owned the Royal Motel at Veterans Hospital in Des Moines before his final employment with the U.S. Postal Service at Des Moines’ Main Post Office, where he served as a Mail Handler for 9 years before retiring in 1990.

In September, 1949 he married Phyllis Schulze of Lake City, IA. Their union was blessed with three daughters, Danette, Judy, and Linda. Phyllis preceded him in death in February, 1971. In May, 1985 he and Bonnie Blakesley of Independence, IA were married at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.

Among Dan’s many pastimes was coaching the Urbandale Girls’ Little League baseball team. He was a participant in Des Moines’ first Dam-to-Dam Race and by his early 50’s had participated in 18 marathons, state-wide and nationally. In the summer he sailed his Sunfish on Gray’s Lake. He enjoyed traveling and spring flings to Las Vegas with Bonnie. Golf was his favorite activity in retirement. He was a member of the Midwest Deaf Golfers Association. He loved his cocoa and USA Today at Panera Bread every morning. His hobby was collecting antique printing blocks of iconic corporations.

Dan was a member of the Iowa Association of the Deaf. In 2004 he penned “Primary Hall,” a paperback chronicle of his early education and dorm life at Iowa School for the Deaf through letters sent home. In 2006 he was a recipient of the ISD Hall of Fame Award for his philanthropic contributions to the school through the sales of his book.

Dan will be lovingly missed by his wife, Bonnie; daughters, Danette Umbaugh of Austin, TX, Judith (David) Fellows of Overland Park, KS, and Linda (Jessica) Hill of Tallahassee, FL; 5 grandchildren, Rob (Jana) Umbaugh, Anissa (Todd) Everett, Angie (Gary) Timberlake, Jared Fellows and Jordan Fellows; 5 great-grandchildren and 2 step-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Phyllis; sister, Elizabeth; and brothers, Bob and Jim.

Per his wishes, cremation has been accorded by Iowa Cremation. A private family memorial will be held in the summer. The family wishes to thank Dr. Ron Pick for his years of compassionate care of Dan, and Kavanagh House for their kind, compassionate care of Dan in his last days. Memorial contributions may be made to the Iowa School for the Deaf Foundation or Kavanagh House.

He played MDGA in 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1957, 1992, 1997, 1999 and 2000.


James Inwood

Inwood, James Howard, 71

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2016 12:43 pm comments

James Howard Inwood, 71, of Milton, passed away early on Monday, May 16, 2016, at his home. Jim was born on May 25, 1944, in Evergreen Park, Ill., to the late Howard and Esther (Lusk) Inwood. At the age of 8, Jim lost his hearing after suffering spinal meningitis. He attended Grayslake High School in Grayslake, Ill., graduating in 1962. Jim then attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in business and a minor in physical education. He would also meet Jeanine Ann Daniels while attending Gallaudet and they would get married on Aug. 6, 1971, in Brighton, Wis. Jim worked from 1968-1979 at Renwood Country Club in Round Lake, Ill., as a superintendent of greens. It was then that Jim and Jeanie moved to Wisconsin where Jim worked for the Caterpillar Plant in Edgerton until 1983, then continued his education at Blackhawk Technical College and UW-Whitewater. In 1986, he started working as a letter carrier for the Janesville Post Office until his retirement in 2013, having all his fellow employees become his extended family. Jim and Jeanie also worked as sign language instructors for 41 years at local technical colleges. Jim was a member of the Southern Lakes Association of the Deaf and the Midwest Deaf Golf Association. He loved watching all the Illinois sports teams: lifelong fan of the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, and even the Fighting Illini teams. He was an avid golfer, model train collector, bird watcher and feeder, boater and fisherman, and loved nothing more than sitting around a fire with his family.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Jeanine Inwood; three children: Jacqueline Inwood, Jeffrey Inwood, Jay (Ashley Thompson) Inwood; four grandchildren: Madison, Rowan, and Ryker Inwood, and Cooper Inwood; two sisters: Mary Ann (Max) Cisne, Nancy (Jeremy) Street; and many nieces, nephews and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held at the Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton, on Monday, May 23, 2016, with Fr. Christopher Klusman officiating and signing.

He played MDGA in 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1997 and 2002.

Sweeney, Patrick D. 
Beloved son of the late Joe and Rosebelle Sweeney. Loving husband of Barbara Jane (nee Lewis) of 52 ½ years. Devoted father of Vicki (Jimmy) Murphy, Tina Cappel (Tim Mattlin), Tom (Meredith) Sweeney, Maria (Mike) Szczepanski and Julie (Joe) Hauck. Grandfather of: Veronica (Andy), Alex (Jeff), Dylan, Joey, Sydney, Dani, Grace, Lauren, Delaney, Justin, Jackson, Ty, Maddi and Tanner and great-grandfather of Kylie.   Brother of Rodie (Joe) Ionna, the late Justine (Dick) Wenstrup and the late Roger (Mary) Sweeney. Patrick retired from St. Rita School for the Deaf as a teacher and a coach after 47 years. Our hero and Superman passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015. Age 80. Visitation Wednesday, December 30th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, 10211 Plainfield Rd., Evendale. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. Thursday, December 31st at St. Bartholomew Church, 9375 Winton Rd., Cincinnati. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita School for the Deaf, 1720 Glendale Milford Rd., Cincinnati 45215.

He played MDGA in 1971, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 , 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Total 31 years

Arthur GendreauimagesKA53AB55Gendreau, Arthur “Art” age 79, of Golden Valley, passed away 9/25/2015. Retired printer and small business owner. Avid golfer and first Deaf golfer to compete in the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship in 1966. Survived by loving wife of 52 years, Sherry L.; daughter, Cynthia (Steve) Weitzel; son, Jeffrey (Theresa); 9 grandchildren, 2 step-granddaughters, 5 step-great-grandchildren, 1 brother, 5 sisters; relatives & friends. Visitation Tuesday, Sept. 29, 5-8 PM at Billman-Hunt Chapel, 2701 Central Ave NE, Mpls. Mass Wed., Sept. 30, 11 AM, visitation 10 AM at Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 701 Fillmore St. NE, Mpls. Interment St. George’s Catholic Cemetery, Long Lake, MN. 612-789-3535

Published on September 27, 2015

Hello MDGA and USDGA officers…

Art first went to the MDGA tournament in 1954.  His last was 2014.  He attended the tournament every single year in between.  He officially participated in 60 out of 61 tournaments.  One year (2008), he was unable to complete the first round (played just 11 holes), and therefore wasn’t given credit for participation.  Ever since that year, it had been a struggle for him just to complete 18 holes, we requested special status for Art to drive up very close to the greens, and it was still difficult for him.  His last full 54-hole MDGA tournament was 2012.

He really wanted to get that “60th year of participation”, and he got it.  He also has the most Top Five finishes in MDGA history.  His first top-five was 1957 and his last was at age 58 in 1994 for a total of 28.  He was a three-time champion and a four-time runner-up.

Cheers and Rest in Peace, Art!
Darrell Hovinen
MDGA President


He played MDGA in 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Total 60 Years