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Leo Meyerson W0GFQ, SK

Omaha World-Herald
by Jane Palmer
April 17, 2011

World Radio founder dies at 100

An early interest in amateur radio operating led to a rewarding electronics career for Leo I. Meyerson.

The Omaha native founded World Radio Laboratories in Council Bluffs in 1935 and it became one of the world’s largest distributors of amateur radio equipment. Meyerson also established the World Radio electronics stores, a retail chain that operated in the Midlands from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Meyerson, known internationally by the radio call sign WØGFQ, died of complications from a stroke on Wednesday at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He had celebrated his 100th birthday on March 7.

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Stephen Gibson WB4NBI – SK

The Washington Post
August 8, 2010

Stephen W. Gibson Topographical Engineer

Stephen W. Gibson, 92, a retired topographical engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers, died July 8 at Heatherwood Retirement Community in Burke [VA]. He had congestive heart failure.

Mr. Gibson, a Fairfax County [VA] resident for 60 years, spent 30 years as a topographical engineer in the Corps of Engineers Topographic Laboratories at Fort Belvoir, performing research in cartography and reproduction. He retired in 1977.

Stephen William Gibson was born in Lewisham, England. He moved to Detroit with his family at age 9. After graduating from high school, Mr. Gibson moved to Washington to work at photographic and printing firms before entering the Army in 1941. After attending the Corps of Engineers’ officer candidate school, he was sent to England, where he designed aerial maps for the Eighth Air Force and the British Royal Air Force. After active duty, he served two decades in the Army Reserve.

Mr. Gibson was an amateur radio operator. He published several books in the 1980s on cellular communications and radio, including “Radio Antennas” (1983) and “Cellular Mobile Radiotelephones” (1987). He also served on the vestry at Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax.

His wife of 50 years, the former Margaret Bird, died in 2000.

Survivors include three children, Ann Allan of Falmouth, Maine, Paul Gibson of Springfield and Philip Gibson of New Bern, N.C.; a brother; and three grandchildren.

Everett Thomas W6JUG – SK

Everett Thomas

THOMAS — Everett “Speed” Thomas Sr., 84, of Fresno died Thursday. He was a mechanic. Celebration of life: 1 p.m. Saturday, 3979 E. Converse in Friant. Remembrances: California Feline Foundation, 3934 N. Hayston Ave., Fresno, CA 93726. Arrangements: Chapel of the Light.

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Paul Heins AE6QP – SK


PAUL ALEXANDRÉ HEINS Paul passed away peacefully at his Clovis home in the care of family on Monday, April 26, 2010, at the age of 72. Paul was born in New York City on April 10, 1938, and served in the US Navy. He was a man of faith and an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He had a love of traveling and being surrounded by friends and family. Paul was a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts of America, HAM radio club and the NRA. He enjoyed music and photography and was a jack of many trades. He was also a friend to all and had a love of all things good. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother. Paul is survived by his daughter, Nicole Beckman and her husband Mark of Clovis; his son, Paul Heins II of Clovis; his daughter, Michelle Heins of Portland, Or.; and his grandsons, William and Alexandre Beckman of Clovis; as well as extended family and friends. A Funeral Service will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Clovis on Friday, May 7, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.

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James “Keith” Harter was born on August 21, 1942, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and passed away on Friday, March 5, 2010, at his home in Fresno, California. Keith served eight years in the U.S. Air Force as a Radar Technician at remote radar sites, and was honorably discharged as an Airman First Class in 1967. After his discharge, Keith worked as an electronic technician at Blackstone TV, Bilsten’s and Central Cal Video. Keith then went to work as a Broadcast Engineer first with Channel 47, and later with Channel 24. He also ran a business out of his home, Video Communications. His favorite hobby was Ham Radio, and his call sign was WB6CXX. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and was an auto racing fan. Keith was preceded in death by his parents, James Fuller Harter and Patricia Wickens; and his daughter, Erin Harter. He will be loved and missed by his survivors, including daughter, Stacy Harter; son, James Todd Lowery and his wife Michelle, and their son, James Cody; grandson, Julian Drake; companion, Kathleen Jones; half-sister Marianne Moran; aunt and uncle Dorothy and John Hardin; and numerous other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Thursday, March 11, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. Military burial to follow at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine, California. WHITEHURST Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home 1525 E. Saginaw Way Fresno (559)227-4048

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