In Memoriam: Oct. 3-5

Andrea Marie Beaucher, 62, Vero Beach

Andrea Marie Beaucher, 62, of Vero Beach, passed away Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. Andrea was born in Nashua, N.H., and moved to Vero Beach in 1987 from Suncook, N.H.

She was a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, in Nashua, and had been a Screen Printer at Vero Machine Industries, Inc. in Vero Beach. Andrea was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach, enjoyed traveling in the mountains and was a sports fanatic.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Raymond W. Beaucher;  daughter Erica Beaucher, of Fort Myers; sons, Sean Beacher, of Vero Beach, Edward Gallien (Crystal) of Manchester, N.H., and Jason Gallien (Colleen) of Manchester, N.H.; brothers, John D. Desbiens (Denise) of Hillsborough, N.H., Peter Desbiens (Barbara) of Franklin, N.H., and Mark Desbiens (Rita) of Goffstown, N.H.; sisters Karen Thorsen (Eric) of Clovis, Calif., and Leslie Desbiens of Vero Beach; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Bernard and Beatrice Margaret (Warren) Desbiens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VNA/Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

No services are planned at this time.



Walter W. Barnes, 83, Sebastian

Walter W. Barnes, 83, of Sebastian, died Sept. 26, 2017, at Florida Baptist Retirement Center in Vero Beach. He was born in Bronx, N.Y., and lived there for 12 years before his family relocated to West Keansburg, N.J.

Walter served in the U.S.  Navy aboard the USS Huntington.  After the Navy, he returned to West Keansburg, eventually purchasing the family home and raising his own family there with his wife, Florence. He was employed by Public Service Electric and Gas in Newark, N.J. He was a graduate of Seton Hall University.

A true family man, he enjoyed family camping trips up and down the east coast.  Much of his spare time was spent enjoying the Jersey Shore with his family and many friends.  Once their children had grown, he and Flo moved to Sewell, N.J., to pursue a new assignment at the Salem Nuclear Training Facility with his long time employer.

Upon retirement, Walt and Flo relocated to Sebastian to pursue his dream of fishing, boating, and generally enjoying life.  He eventually became involved in Sebastian politics, serving many years on city council, including five years as mayor.

Wherever he lived, Walt was involved in his parish community in whatever capacity needed.

Survivors include daughters, Patricia O’Hara and Susan Cuddie (David), both of Sebastian; sons James Barnes (Donna) of Sewell, N.J., and John Barnes (Kristen) of McKinney, Texas; sisters, Rose Stephens, of Ellensburg, Wash., Dorothy Barnes and Margaret Dye, both of Whiting, N.J., eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by Flo, his loving wife of 60 years; and his brother, Tony Barnes.

Walter’s family extends our sincere thanks to the entire staff at Florida Baptist Retirement Center for their loving and compassionate care.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers/Parkinsons Association 2300 5th Ave. Suite 150 Vero Beach, FL 32960.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 21, at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian.

Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Sebastian, FL. A guestbook is available at



David Gale Decker, 62, Vero Beach

David Gale Decker, 62, passed away Oct. 4, 2017, at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach.

Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach.

A Celebration of his life with Military Honors will begin at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

A complete obituary is forthcoming.



Roger Allen Harvey, Vero Beach

Roger Allen Harvey, of Vero Beach, passed away Sept. 22, 2017, after a heroic 22-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Roger was born in Ridley Park, Pa., and was the son of the late Valentine and Violet Harvey.

He attended the University of Miami and landed his first big job at Channel 10 as a sportscaster, moving up to producer/director. He moved to Atlanta in 1974 to establish his own video production company and movie screening facility.

In 1975, he met his soulmate, Susan Deline, at an Atlanta Disco.   They were married in 1976 at which time he began his regional sales manager career with 3M Company’s Broadcast Products Division.   He later held similar positions at Pioneer, VideoTek, Harris Corp, and SDPI.

In his lifetime, Roger enjoyed many pursuits in addition to spending time with family and friends. During Atlanta’s building boom he discovered a passion for building high end custom homes his favorite being his personal residence in Vero Beach.

Roger aand Sue traveled extensively during their marriage. The Caribbean, especially St. Bart’s, held a special place in Roger’s heart as did Europe and the Greek Islands.   Bill W was a good friend of Roger’s for the past 20 years.

One of the greatest joys during his retirement was boating on the Indian and San Sebastian Rivers. Roger had a boat captain’s license for up to 100 passengers, and he relished giving ecological tours and telling great stories to family, friends, and customers.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Sue; daughter, Jeanne Harvey, of Atlanta, Ga.; Mark (Michelle) Brockelman, of Boca Raton, Fla.; grandchildren, Samantha and Jake Benjamin, Taylor and Kendall Brockelman; sisters, Virginia Drew and Marylene Harper; sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Glenn) Crast and Carol (Brian) Hamilton; and nieces, Megan Hamilton, Tara (Brooks) Hudson, and Ginny (Mark) Kannenberg.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Jan Brockelman.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the VNA Hospice House or the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County, both in Vero Beach.



Robert Lee Howton, 72, Vero Beach

Robert Lee Howton, 72, died Sept. 28, 2017 in Vero Beach. He was born to Robert Paul Howton and Pearlie Crowder on March 3, 1945.

Robert was a mechanic/truck driver who lived and worked most of his life in Vero Beach and made many great friends in his lifetime.

He with his wife, Myrlee Royal Howton, raised three loving daughters who all still reside in Vero Beach, Angela Howton, Melody Howton and Dawn H. Braddy. From these three daughters he has four grandsons and two granddaughters who blessed him with four grea- grandsons and four great-granddaughters, who all reside in Vero Beach.

Robert was one of nine children and is survived by Odessa Loudermilk, of Dixon, Mo., Johnny Thomas, of Narrows, Va., Dewey Thomas, of Seco, Ky., Maryann Jolly and Albert Thomas, both of Vero Beach; and their families.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Edna McNeese and Faye Arwine, from Oklahoma City, Okla., and Louise Washington, of Vero Beach; and granddaughter, Lily M. Swift, also from Vero Beach.

Per Roberts request there will only be a celebration of life on Saturday Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. at Riverside Park in Vero Beach.



John Harvey Humpstone, 89, Vero Beach

John Harvey Humpstone, 89, of Vero Beach, formerly of Locust Valley, N.Y., died on Sept. 30, 2017. Affectionately known as Harvey, he was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and educated at The Buckley School, Gilman, and Williams College.

He worked for over two decades at Bowne & Co., including 11 years as general manager of its subsidiary Legal Systems. Harvey was a trustee of the Village of Lattingtown for 36 years and a board member of Portledge School for eight years. He served on the vestry and then as a warden of St. John’s of Lattingtown for five years.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Kiernan Humpstone; two daughters, Katherine, of New York, and Jane, of Washington, D.C., and by his brother, Charles, of South Woodstock, Vt. He is also survived by three step-children and six grandchildren.

Harvey was predeceased by his loving wife of 45 years, Jane Armstrong Humpstone; and by his son, John H. Humpstone, III.

Services pending. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s of Lattingtown or Hospice House of Vero Beach.



Paul David Owens, 78, Sebastian

Paul David Owens, 78, of Sebastian, passed away peacefully in his home on Sept. 30, 2017, surrounded by his family. Paul was born on Jan. 12, 1939, to George and Myrtle (Gibson) Owens in Trenton, N.J.

He was a Vietnam Veteran who proudly served our country in the Unites States Navy from his 17th birthday until his retirement in 1976, or as he liked to say “20 years, 8 months, and 7 days”.

He will be lovingly remembered by his fiancée, Sylvia Allen; his daughters, Diane Poidevant (Lee), Valerie Carrier, Renee Hatcher, Carmen Schultz (Jim) and Donna Dobbs (Ron); and his son, Daniel Owens; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 25 years, Betty (Faulkner) Owens.


Services will be held at Strunk Funeral Home, 1623 North Central Avenue, Sebastian, on Sunday, Oct. 8. Visitation will start at 1:30 p.m. with his service beginning at 3 p.m.



Barbara B. Steward, 88, Vero Beach

Barbara B. Steward, 88, passed away on Oct. 1, 2017. She was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on Sept. 14, 1929, and lived in the Bronx, Brewster, Yonkers, N.Y., and Vero Beach. She was the younger daughter of Stephen and Anna Bellner.

After attending school she started working at The American Tobacco Company in NYC where she first met her beloved husband of 60 years, Edward. They had two children, Robert, who passed away at the age of 13, and Laura.

Barbara went back to work after Laura turned 16 and loved working at Ciba-Geigy as the administrator of the Quarter Century Club. She was the heart of the office, known to bring a smile wherever she wandered. She worked there until she retired and then moved full-time to Grand Harbor where she learned to play golf. She won often and loved playing with the Ladies 9-Holers and her weekly Tuesday group.

Every Friday she could be found at St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Shop volunteering with her friends Carolyn and Mary. She said she was volunteering but everyone who loved her knew she was really there to shop for a great deal. Shopping was in her blood and stories of her latest shopping bargains were legendary.

She loved dogs and they loved her. A dog never made it past Barbara without stopping for a scratch, give her a kiss or just a cuddle. Her house was known as the dog house and she loved to snuggle in her chair crocheting with a dog by her side.

Barbara and Laura were more like soulmates than mother and daughter and loved and cared for each other on many levels right until she passed. Laura knows she is still caring for her even after she rejoined her husband and son and granddogs, Frankie and Max and Patches in Heaven on Sunday.

She was surrounded by her beloved daughter Laura, her niece Theresa and many friends. She is survived by her “older” sister Theresa; her favorite brother-in-law Richard; her nieces and nephew, Nancy Ellen, Theresa and Ricky; numerous great nieces and nephews and her beloved OPD, other people’s dogs, Maxx, Luna and Ava.

She died in the space between two breaths with vodka on her lips, love and misbehaving in her thoughts and peace in her heart.

Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital – for pediatric cardiac surgery:

A Celebration of her life will be held Friday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Grand Harbor clubhouse.

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