Robert William Neuschaefer
Age 74 passed away at his home in Valley Springs, Ca on December 15,
Born 11/01/1938 in San Francisco, CA to parents William and Roberta
Neuschaefer. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Engineering and
worked for Marshalls Space Flight Center NASA for 37 yrs.
Mr. Neuschaefer was the president, Curator & Field Trip Leader of
Huntsville gem and mineral society in Alabama, & member of the
His hobbies included being a member of United Church of Christ,
Rockhounding, traveling, and teaching children about rocks.
Robert is survived by his wife Bonnie Neuschaefer of Huntsville, AL,
Son, Richard William Neuschaefer of Marietta, GA, GrandDaughters,
Melissa Schaefer of Houston, TX. & Melanie Schaefer of Kelso, TN,
Brother, Richard W. Neuschaefer of Los Gatos, CA, Cousin Dianna Murphy
of Lodi, CA, Niece, Kelli (Charles) Flesher, Great Nephews, C.J., Rob,
Ryan, & Alex Flesher.
Predeceased by, Twin Brother, Frank Edgar Neuschaefer, Mother &
Father, & Uncle Robert Edgar Richards.
Memorial Services will be held at United Congregational Christian
Church 701 S. Hutchins, Lodi, CA. Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 2:00
Visitation will be held at Laughlin Funeral Home in Huntsville, AL
Friday, January 4, 2013 from 6-9 P.M.
Funeral Services will be held at United Church of Huntsville, AL 7906
Whitesburg Dr. S. Huntsville, AL Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:00 A.M.
Graveside Service at Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville, AL. A reception
will be held at United Church of Huntsville, Al following graveside
In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Parkinson's
Foundation. The family would like to thank Caregivers Shirley Wilson,
Sheneka McKneely, & Elenenh Hall.
(Obit in newspaper)
I just received
a call from a friend of Bonnie Neuschaefer to let us know that Bob
Neuschaefer - known as Alabama Bob to his rockhounding friends - passed
away this past weekend. Bob & Bonnie were in California at the time
and had planned to return to their home in Huntsville, Alabama for
Christmas. Unfortunately Bob's health deteriorated and after some
medical interventions, he was returned home where he passed away in his
sleep a few days later.
Those of you who took summer field trips with CCFMS in the 90s until
about 2010 will remember Bob as the muddiest, most enthusiastic
rockhound ever. He had a gentlemanly southern drawl and loved to tell
jokes while tirelessly digging for rocks. Bob was always the last to
leave a collecting site because there was always something more to be
found. Even when Parkinson's came into his life, he did not let this
slow him down. With Bonnie at his side, he kept rocking all around the
world - whether he was walking under his own steam or rolling along in
a wheelchair. His spirit was boundless - almost as vast as his love for
Because Bob & Bonnie were known to many, I am sending this email
out to those rockhounds I believe may have known them. Please spread
the word. Bonnie would appreciate knowing that Bob's friends have been
Elfi Berndl' (FaceBook)
(from the January 2013 Music City Rockette, Middle Tennessee Rockhounds)
GMS President -
1989 & 1990
SFMS Georgia State Director
Mayo Foundation Treasurer
1932 - December 25th, 2012
Frank B. Decaminada, of Alpharetta, GA, passed away early Christmas
morning. After over 35 years with Rockwell International, Frank began
his second career in gems and minerals. He was an avid collector and
was involved in the Georgia Mineral Society and Cobb County Gem and
Mineral Society as well as other local and national organizations. He
was instrumental in establishing the society’s scholarship fund. He is
survived by his wife Caroline, daughters Dianne (Nino) Capoccia, Carol
Zen, and son, David Decaminada; grandchildren Christopher Capoccia,
Erick (Aimée) Stenborg, Christine (Justin) Joseph, Karl Stenborg,
Stephanie (Thomas) Boehm, and Melodie (Thomas) Miller; five
great-grandchildren Samuel, Olivier and Marguerite Stenborg, and
Daniela and Nino Boehm. Visitation will be held at Northside Chapel,
Roswell, GA on Friday, December 28 from 6-8 p.m. A funeral mass will be
held at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Roswell, GA on Saturday, December
29 at 10:30 a.m. Internment will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Lewis
Center, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mineral
Society’s Mayo Educational Foundation, Inc. c/o William Waggener, 4138
Steve Reynolds Blvd., Norcross, GA 30093. Northside Chapel Funeral
Directors, Roswell, GA., 770/645-1414. www.northsidechapel.com
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mineral Society’s Mayo
Educational Foundation, Inc. c/o William Waggener, 4138 Steve Reynolds
Blvd., Norcross, GA 30093.
Resurrection Cemetery, 9571 N. High Street, Lewis Center, OH 43035
6:00PM to 8:00PM on Friday, December 28th, 2012 at Northside Chapel
Funeral Directors and Crematory
10:30AM at St. Andrew's Catholic Church on Saturday, December 29th,
SFMS, JGMS and friends,
I am sad to inform you that Mr. Gene R. Roberts passed away Wednesday.
I called him earlier and his son answered and informing me of his
Florida Times Union Obituary
Gene R. Roberts, 75, passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2012.
Hardage-Giddens Town & Country Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd.,
Jacksonville, FL. 32205. 904-781-9262.
The family has requested that his viewing will be family only.
The funeral will be Monday August 13, 2012 at 11am at the Jacksonville
Jacksonville National Cemetery
4083 Lannie Road
Jacksonville, FL 32218-1247
I am honored Gene opened his heart and allowed me to be a part of his
life. Gene and my family
shared nothing but good memories. Gene had a strong passion for
America, Family and friends. I am truly a better person for knowing
him. There is no higher pedestal a revered man could be put on.
A few years ago, four rock hounds went on a rock collecting canoe trip.
We left the house very early in the morning and headed off to the river
100 plus males away. We stopped at a nearby cracker-barrel for
breakfast about the time they opened. We enjoyed a hot meal and
finished about the time the sun came up. We got to the creek and 2
miles later downstream we had already shared so much together. The
sights and sounds of the river were broken up into periods of calm
still areas and the occasional small fast rapids. A playful paddle slap
of water at one another kept each other in check as we traveled.
Excitement quickly overcome us all as we reached the outcropping. We
were having a great time. Each of us were rooting around in the bank
and the river bottom showing off what each of us had found. A few hours
later we were all sitting on the edges of our canoes; a little wore out
as we were sharing the moment with sandwiches and drinks before heading
back. Mother nature had been holding back the weather for us all
morning and how thankful we were. A truly wonderful morning. There were
no expected weather conditions other than partly cloudy skies and a 15%
change of rain late in the afternoon. This was nothing for a couple of
Florida boys so we weren't worried about it. As the very cold, very
large rain drops started to fall, we all feverishly packed up and
headed back. The last 1/2 mile was a torrential downpour. The ominous
clouds were swirling erratically and it got very dark very quick. The
slight fear fell upon us as we heard a thunderous locomotive
approaching through the woods. I know I was thinking tornado! The
weather had turned so fast it was unnerving. The slightest veer of your
canoe while paddling in the strong winds would track your canoe off
course. By this point I jumped out of my canoe and I tied it to the
back of Genes. Then pulled both Gene in his canoe and mine in the
pouring rain the rest of the way to the ramp. After loading up the
canoes and gear, we all dried off and changed clothes and safely made
the trip back home. After the others had left, Gene hung back to talk.
Gene had the time of his life. His inner child had been released and he
simply couldn't hide it, you could literally squeeze him and get pure
joy despite the stormy end to our day. It was if the sun had been
blindly bright all day!
Gene was passionate about exploring our great land and our ability to
continue to do so. This is one of the reasons why Gene gave so
selflessly to us and the Rockhound community.
It's admiral for a man to possess respectable traits; Gene was
honorable for heroically using them!
Respectfully, Jason Hamilton
CASTEEL, Paul Casteel, 88,
passed away peacefully, on February 21, 2012. He was a beloved
father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Paul was born in Middleburg,
Fl. and was a lifelong resident of Jacksonville. As a United States
Navy Veteran, he served his country as a Naval Signalman during World
War II and Korean War on the USS Electra (AKA-4). He was honorable
discharged in 1954. He then worked at USF&G Insurance Company for
31 yrs. and retired in 1985. After retirement, he worked as a
Silversmith/Jewelry Designer where he passed on his passion by teaching
classes at local schools in the Jacksonville area including DuPont
Middle School. He was also a Director, teacher
and mentor of the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Young
Harris, Ga. He also taught at John C. Campbell Folk School in
Brasstown, NC. He was a member of The American Legion Post No. 88 and a
Lifelong member of The Jacksonville Gem and
is predeceased by his loving wife of 67 years Jackie Casteel. Children
Paulette Casteel Burke (John), James Casteel (Elizabeth), Douglas
Casteel; Grandchildren Kimberly Casteel Guerra (Travis), James Casteel
(Connie); Great-grandchildren Blair, Chase, Madison, Noël, Hannah and
baby Casteel due in September; cousins, Kathy and John Hendershot.A
Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 25,
2012 in Oaklawn Cemetery. The Family will receive friends at the
funeral home at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service. HARDAGE-GIDDENS
OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd is serving the family.
is with a very heavy heart
that I report that Olin Banks passed
away today. We at the Cobb County Gem & Mineral Society owe
debt of gratitude for his many hours of volunteering at the workshop as
well as his constant smile and support of our club and workshop.
Olin will also be greatly missed by The
Georgia Mineral Society where he volunteered to exhibit and
demonstrate his faceting expertise at our many club shows,
presented many programs at our membership meetings, and did what
ever he could to promote our society to the general public.
He was also a GMS trustee for many years.
Olin Banks had been the SFMS
Georgia State Director for many years during the 1990's and early
6, 1933 - June 16, 2009)
Jeannette had been on the
board of directors of the Mayo Foundation since 2000. She and her
husband, Olin, were longtime Georgia state directors for the SFMS and
involved in the SFMS stamp program. Jeannette was also a longtime
member of many Georgia gem and mineral clubs and was especially
involved with the Georgia Mineral Society, the Cobb County Gem and
Mineral Society, and the Cotton Indian Mineral Society.
Sign the Guestbook at White Columns Funeral
Share your thoughts and memories about Jeanette
Banks in the guestbook.
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SFMS Bulletin Contest Chair
- It is with great sadness that I inform you that
Ed Johnson, our former president, died last night.
Jacksonville Gem and Mineral Society of
Tuttle, 67, of Yulee, passed away,
August 22, 2008.
David had been undergoing chemotherapy at the
Baptist Medical Center in downtown Jacksonville for
his recently diagnosed aggressive form of leukemia.
David was a past president of the Southeast
Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc.(1994) and
lifetime member of the Jacksonville Gem and Mineral Society
(Jacksonville, FL) . He was also a member of the North East
Florida Astronomical Society.
David was an accomplished author and writer. He began
writing in the 5th grade, but didn't get serious until retiring with 32
years military and civilian government service.
David Tuttle's books -
Fernandina's Lost Island-co-authored by David Tuttle /
Leopard of Fernandina by David Tuttle
Murder in Fernandina - collaborative work with lead
author David Tuttle
Pirates, Gamblers and Scalawags- book of short stories
by David Tuttle
T. Tuttle Sr.
| (The Florida Times-Union.)
|TUTTLE Mr. David T. Tuttle, Sr., age 67, of
Yulee, passed away on
Friday evening, August 22, 2008 at Baptist Medical Center-
Jacksonville. Born in Newton, New Jersey, he was a son of the late
Lauren and Elizabeth Thomas Tuttle. Mr. Tuttle and his family had lived
in north Jacksonville for many years before locating to Yulee in 1989.
Mr. Tuttle served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force as a Ground Radio
Operator and 24 years in the Florida Air National Guard as an aircraft
electronics technician. While serving in the U.S.A.F. he was part of
the 2nd Mobile Communications Squadron, an Emergency Recovery Team in
Africa assigned to NASA for project Mercury and several NATO and UN
African missions. After 28 years of combined service, he retired in
1994 as a Master Sergeant. In 1994 he began working at Publix in
Fernandina Beach, which he retired from in 2000 as a manager of the
Photolab. An avid rock and gem hunter and collector since 1975, he had
served as President of the Jacksonville Gem and Mineral Society and the
Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Society. As a Facetor and Mineral
Collector, along with his wife Barbara, they had co-directed Lapidary
workshops in Little Switzerland, NC. A licensed commercial pilot, Mr.
Tuttle collected any stamps containing a photo of a plane. Other
interests include Astronomy, which he enjoyed through his membership in
the North Florida Astronomical Society and the Saxophone, which he
played with the New Horizons Band, affiliated with the Amelia Arts
Academy. A published author, he was in the process of completing the
fourth and final book in a murder mystery series. Mr. Tuttle had been a
longtime member of the Northside Bible Church where for 13 years he had
served as Treasurer. Also for a 13 year tenure he had served as Troop
Leader for Boy Scout Troop No. 535 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in
Jacksonville. He is preceded in death by: a son, Jon Tuttle, who passed
away in December of 2007, and three brothers, Lauren P. Tuttle, Jr.,
Richard B. Tuttle and John P. Tuttle, Sr. He leaves behind, his loving
wife of 48 years, Barbara Halter Tuttle, Yulee, one son, David T.
Tuttle, Jr., and his wife Deborah, Jacksonville, a daughter in law,
Linda Graham Tuttle, Jacksonville, one sister, Andrea Toohey,
Jacksonville, grandchildren, Thomas Henry Tuttle, Charlotte Marie
Tuttle, Joseph Edward Graham, Sean David Tuttle, Cameron Elizabeth
Tuttle and several nieces and nephews. Also, Harold Tuttle, uncle and
Gwen and Bob Erdlitz, aunt and uncle.
Funeral services will be at 2:30
pm on Wednesday, from the Burgess Chapel with Reverend Wayne Bailey,
officiating. Mr. Tuttle will be laid to rest beside his son, Jon, in
Bosque Bello Cemetery, Fernandina Beach with full military honors. His
family invites guests and friends to visit on Tuesday from 5:00 - 7:00
pm at the funeral home.
Please share his life story at
www.oxleyheard.com OXLEY - HEARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS
Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
In Memory of Mary Evelyn
October 10, 1948 - July 5, 2008
Mary’s involvement with the
Jacksonville Gem and Mineral
Society was “multifaceted”. She attended field trips and meetings,
fairs, outfitted the picnics, exhibited her collection of rocks and
and gifted many of her pearls and treasures. Her
official duties over the years included being
field trip co-chair
with Charlie Broome, angel program chair, JGMS treasurer, and JGMS
president. For the
past 8 years, Mary chaired the annual
club show committee while battling her cancer and was always present at
show “desk”. She
will be deeply missed
as a dedicated member, enthusiastic rockhound, and loyal friend.
Jacksonville Gem and Mineral
Club of Johnston County, North Carolina, lost a valued
member on November 9th. 2007. Ira A. Abernathy, Jr,
was not only the founder of the club, but the Membership Chairman, the
Federation Liaison, and the Editor of "The Prospector
Newsletter". Ike, as we knew him, was 90
years young. Living in Benson, North Carolina, he was
formerly from North Canton, Ohio. He was born in Newland,
North Carolina; and resided in the Canton area most of his life,
returning to North Carolina in 1995. Ike was the founder and
owner of the Custom Machine Shop in Canton, which he operated until his
retirement in 1980. He pass away un-expertly in Johnston
Memorial Hospital in Smithfield, North Carolina, preceded in death by
his wife, Marjorie. Survived by two daughters, Tammy Abernethy and
Holly Brewer and her husband Albert and two grandsons, Trey &
Aaron Brewer. Memorial service was held on Sunday 11th, at
the Elizabeth United Methodist Church in Smithfield. His body
was taken to Canton, Ohio, for burial at the Forest Hills Cemetery.
Not only was he a master with cabochons, but was also a master in wood
working. He enriched, empowered, and encouraged the lives of
all with whom he came in contact. The club members will feel
a lasting loss and he will greatly missed.
Respectfully Submitted, Clea
Gallian, Secretary of TriState Lapidary Club.
This property has been SOLD
and is CLOSED
to ALL mineral collecting.
This location is now a subdivision of buildable lots for sale.
a world class site for Staurolite (Fairy
had been open
to collectors for over 70 years!
Mt., NC Kyanite Location Closed
Mountain Kyanite site
page 26 of my book, "A Rockhounding Guide to North Carolina's Blue
Mountains" is now closed to all collecting. I have just been informed
a local property owner that "rockhounds" have been accessing his
to collect without permission. To make matters far worse, certain
had the gall to use a chainsaw to cut trails while others stole boards
from a nearby construction site to lay down over wet areas and build
begin to express my disgust
complete disregard of common courtesy demonstrated by these fools.
are the types of individuals who sully the reputation of all rockhounds
and cause sites to be forever closed. Before these unfortunate events,
the owner was more than willing to allow rockhounds to access his
On page 18
and 19 of my book, I wrote
that should be taken to heart by every rockhound:
courtesy and good manners are
in the field as any equipment. Too many sites still bursting with
have been closed forever because of the boorish nature of just one
A collector would do well to adhere to the following Code of Ethics put
forth by the American Federation of Mineral Societies:
1. I will
respect both private and
and will do no collecting on privately owned land without the
2. I will
keep informed on all laws,
or rules governing collecting on public lands and will observe
3. I will,
to the best of my ability
the boundary lines of property on which I plan to collect.
4. I will
use no firearms or blasting
in collecting areas.
5. I will
cause no willful damage to
of any kind – fences, signs, buildings, etc.
6. I will
build fires in designated
places only and will be certain they are completely extinguished before
leaving the area.
7. I will
discard no burning material
8. I will
fill all excavation holes
be dangerous to livestock.
9. I will
not contaminate wells,
other water supply.
10. I will
cause no willful damage to
material and will take home only what I can reasonably use.
11. I will
support the rockhound
(Help Eliminate Litter Please) and will leave all collecting areas
of litter, regardless of how found.
12. I will
cooperate with field trip
and those in designated authority in all collecting areas.
13. I will
report to my club or
officers, Bureau of Land Management, or other proper authorities, any
of petrified wood or other material on public lands which should be
for the enjoyment of future generations for public educational and
14. I will
appreciate and protect our
of natural resources.
15. I will
observe the “Golden
use “Good Outdoor Manners” and will at all times conduct
myself in a manner
which will add to the public stature and public “Public
Image” of rockhounds
can not stress enough the
of obtaining permission to enter private property to rock collect. Too
many collecting sites have been closed forever by angry landowners that
became upset because negligent rock hounds chose to dig on their
without permission. How would you react if you looked out your front
and saw someone digging a hole in your front lawn? YOU MUST OBTAIN
TO ACCESS ANY SITE LOCATED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY. PLEASE GET PERMISSION
YOU ENTER AND DIG!"
access and ownership can
the mere stroke of a pen or whim of a landowner. Therefore, except for
a few sites, no ownership information is provided in this book.
obtaining permission to enter a property should always be obtained
to any collecting trip. You should be prepared to track down the owner
of a property by knocking on a few doors in the vicinity or by visiting
the County courthouse for records. Take time to visit with a property
to gain his trust. Talk about the weather, his livestock, his family,
family or any other small talk that comes to mind. But, whatever you
wait until it appears that the owner is losing interest before you ask
for permission to access his property to collect. If the owner is a
enterprise, he may require a brief safety training session and/or that
a waiver be signed before granting permission to enter. If it appears
an owner is reluctant to grant permission, it may! be prudent to offer
some money for the privilege to collect. But, be careful, offering
is construed by some to be an insult. A doctorate in psychology might
a real plus for some of the more delicate negotiations."
strictly adhere to the code of
and obtain permission to collect. We have only ourselves to blame for
closing of yet another site.
me by spreading the word
the closing of the Black Mountain kyanite site.
SFMS North Carolina
"A Rockhounding Guide to North Carolina's Blue Ridge
Mountains" by Mike