MDGA Obit. Archives


In Memory of

Clyde Caldwell Smith


October 22, 1939 – March 11, 2017


Clyde C. Smith, 77, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017. Clyde graduated from the Tennessee School for the Deaf. He is survived by son, Weldon (Sally) Smith; daughters, Misty Lizarraga, Carolene (Hal) Johnson, Margie (Sean) Hennessey; Step-sons, Ian Cody, Jon Cody; sisters, Carolyn Willis, Wanda Bowman; 15 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 nieces and 2 nephews. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Deaf Pilots Association, Inc., may be offered

 Guy Richard Kelly, 84

of Darien, WI passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at his home,.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, February 25, with visitation at 9 AM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 416 W. Geneva Street, Delavan, WI 53115. Reverend Rickman and Reverend Ritter will be officiating. Memorials may be made to Southern Lakes Association of the Deaf. Those wishing to sign Guy’s guest book may do so at
Guy was born March 27, 1932 to Cloyd and Ethel (Cass) Kelly. He attended the Wisconsin School for the Deaf. On April 24, 1954, he married Betty Sanderson in Columbus, WI.
Guy was employed at Borg Fabrics as a Machinist for 31 years until Borg closed in 1981. He worked part time at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf as a Child Care Counselor for 20 years.
In 1969, he was involved with the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf distribution, installer, repairman and trainer. He has been retired for over 30 years. In 2004 he was inducted into the Wisconsin School for the Deaf Hall of Fame for his services to the Deaf Community.
Guy enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, hunting, camping, making people laugh with his humorous stories. He has devoted a lot of his time to the Southern Lakes Association of the Deaf. He was a member and an officer for many organizations such as Wisconsin Association of the Deaf, Madison Association of the Deaf, National Fraternal Society of the Deaf, and Wisconsin Deaf Campers. He also enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Guy is survived by his wife, Betty, two sons, Ed of Long Beach, CA and Dean and his wife Susie of Darien, WI; two of his grandchildren Ryan and his partner, Jill of Indianapolis, IN and Casey and his partner, Nola of Darien, WI. Four great grandchildren, Jett of Indianapolis, IN and Kyra, Zeke, and Koby of Darien, WI. One Brother, Steve of Green Valley, AZ and Evelyn Duesterbeck of Delavan, WI.

Pall bearers: Ed Kelly, Dean Kelly, Susie Kelly, Ryan Kelly, Casey Kelly, and Jett Kelly

Honorary pall bearers: Steve Kelly and Evelyn Duesterbeck
Betzer Funeral Home is serving the Kelly Family.

Start Join MDGA  1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962,1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990,1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010  Total 48 years


Obituary for Lewis Moehlman

LEWIS ROGER MOEHLMAN, Age 72, died 01/20/17. Lewis was the proud father of Randy (Karen) Moehlman and Scott (Luisa) Moehlman and grandfather of Abigail, Kyle, Bridget, Jake and Daniel Moehlman. He leaves his sister Lou Anne (Dale) Sinor; loving family Nancy (Aaron) Rubin and Debbie (Dale) Poslosky; and many relatives and friends.

Lewis was born to Roger and Louise Moehlman and raised in Pasadena, TX.

Deaf from birth, Lewis attended Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, which gave him the life skills necessary to be deaf in a hearing world. A Texas A&M graduate, he took his first job as a Programmer in 1968 at Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) in St. Louis where he worked for 44 years before retiring. Lewis was an athlete who played and coached softball well into his 50s for the St. Louis Bell Club. He had a very analytical mind and enjoyed all kinds of puzzles and problem-solving games.

Lewis had a smile for everyone and was a notorious practical joker. “Gig ‘em Aggies!”

Services: Visitation Wednesday, January 25, from 4-8 pm and Funeral Service on Thursday, January 26, at 10am, both at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd, in Kirkwood. Interment Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Central Institute of the Deaf are appreciated; (

Start Join MDGA  1973,  1978, 1991, 1992, 1994 Total 5 Years

Marvin Walter Tuttle, Sr. 84
September 20, 1930 – July 11, 2015

Marvin Walter Tuttle, Sr., 84, passed away July 11, 2015 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston surrounded by his family. He was born September 20, 1930 in Aurelia, Iowa, to his parents Augusta (Hasenwinkel) and Ernest Tuttle. He graduated from the Iowa School for the Deaf and attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.
After relocating to Des Moines in 1950 and beginning a 37-year career as an employee of the Armstrong Rubber Company, Marvin married Patricia Dorsey, a long-time schoolmate at the Iowa School for the Deaf, on November 27, 1953 in Fremont, Nebraska. In their 61 years of marriage, they raised 7 children at their home in Saylor Township, Des Moines.
Marvin was renowned for his accomplishments and pursuits in Iowa high school athletics, especially in basketball, track and football. In 1949, he was selected to the all-state first team for Iowa high school basketball by the Iowa Daily Press Association after leading the state in scoring with a 23.6 point average. He excelled in track, consistently winning events in the shot put, discus and football throw. He was state champion in the shot put and held the state and Drake Relays football throw records for a number of years. He was twice named to the World Deaf Olympics in 1950 and 1954. After high school, he continued to perform at a high level in basketball for the Des Moines Silent Club, helping to lead that team to three national championships conducted by the American Athletic Association of the Deaf (AAAD). He was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976 and the AAAD Hall of Fame in 1981.
Later in life, Marvin was very involved as a parent and coach in his children’s athletic and academic endeavors. His children remember him as a respected and highly sought leader in church, community and civic activities. He was an elder of Calvary Lutheran Church. He was a Little League baseball coach and umpire. He was appointed by Governor Terry Branstad to serve as a board member on the state’s Commission of the Deaf in 1992, which helped to create and oversee the current Deaf Services of Iowa. He was later reappointed by Governors Tom Vilsack and Chet Culver to continue in this leadership role until 2004. He was honored by Governors Branstad and Vilsack with two Governor’s Distinguished Volunteer Awards for his service to the state.
Most of all, he is remembered dearly for his quick wit and his fierce devotion, love and pride of the accomplishments and diverse interests of his family. His children will miss the presence of this wonderful man but they are glad that he has achieved the most important goal of his life, living in peace with the Lord and the love of his life, Gwen Patricia.
Marvin was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his sisters Verla, Gladys, and Mildred, and his brother Gerald. He is survived by his children Marvin Jr. (Lynn) of Centennial, CO; Patrick (Dana) of Winnetka, IL; Eric of Omaha, NE; Dolly (Mark) Murray of Council Bluffs, IA; Maureen of Des Moines, IA; Cathy (Troy) Murphy of Johnston, IA; and Michael (Dani) of Stoughton, WI, sisters Arleen Van Hemert of Johnston, IA; Deloris Rogers of Des Moines, IA; Lola Dilocker of Dakota Dunes, SD; and brothers Ernest, John and Ronald of Aurelia, IA. His 21 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren (3 more on the way) will miss his friendship, love and constant teasing.
A private family memorial service is planned for August 7, 2015 with a celebration of his life open to friends of the family later that day. Details will be announced later. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in his memory be made to Mercy Hospice in Johnston or the Iowa School for the Deaf Foundation.
Thanks to Hamilton Funeral Home, Des Moines, Iowa and John Matthews for the information.

Start Join MDGA  1958, 1959, 1962, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005

Total 17 years



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