In Memoriam: June 22

Alfred N. Dow, Jr., 81, Vero Beach

Alfred N. Dow, Jr., 81, of Vero Beach, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Ft. Pierce. Al was born in Seabrook, N.H., and began spending winters in Vero Beach 18 years ago while residing in Hampstead, N.H., before becoming a full time Vero resident nine years ago.

He had served as Vice-President of Spectrowax of Boston in the business of commercial cleaning products.

Al was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Vero Beach. He truly enjoyed being in the outdoors, whether it was a round of golf, hunting, or traveling. He loved a game of cards with friends and also loved a good board game with his family.

While residing in Hampstead he was proud to be President of The Civic Club, an organization supporting children’s sports.

He was truly loved by every life he touched, always putting others first through kindness and generosity.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Barbara S. Dow; eight loving children; four loving step-children; 22 adored grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 1750 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

A memorial service celebrating Al’s life will take place at 2 p.m., Friday, June 29, at the First United Methodist Church in Vero Beach with Rev. Becky Oliver officiating.


John Richard Oxley, 69, Vero Beach

John Richard Oxley, 69, of Vero Beach passed away on June 16, 2018. John was born in Rutland, Vt., and went to school growing up in Middlebury, Vt.

John won the Vermont Junior Amateur Golf Championship and the Vermont Senior Amateur Golf Championship. He played No. 2 on a golf team at St. Petersburg Junior College that won the NCAA Junior College National Championship. John went on to become an assistant golf pro in Rochester, N.Y., then at Emerald Hills Country Club in Hollywood, Fla.

He was working as an assistant pro/golf shop manager for Julius Boros at Aventura Country Club in Miami when he changed careers. John joined Prudential Insurance Company, and eventually became Prudential’s Fort Lauderdale District Manager. Under John’s leadership, his district became the No. 4 top producing district for Prudential in the United States.

John retired, traveling in his motorhome with his dog, Ellie, and playing some senior golf tournaments before settling in Vero Beach.

John was born into a family of musicians and golfers.

John drove Corvettes and rode motorcycles. He was a big-hearted Viking who was loved by and will be missed by all who were lucky enough to be his friends.

John is survived by sisters, Carol Reed, Laureen Carson, and Joy Carlson; daughter, Joyce Prahawsky; and the love of his life, Shelly Mehlman.

He was predeceased by his brother, Richard; and parents, Richard Oxley and Gunvar “Vickie” Vik Oxley.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held at the Vero Beach Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #4374, on a date in September yet to be determined.


Dorothy H. Weiss, 96, Vero Beach

Dorothy H. Weiss, 96, of Vero Beach, died June 20, 2018, at Indian River Estates (WBC) in Vero Beach. She was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., and lived in Vero Beach coming from Pennsylvania.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen Taylor, of Sebastian; sons, Douglas Weiss, of Coatsville, Pa., and Wesley W. Heywood,  of Wayne, Pa.

At the request of the family services will be private.


Michael G. Wodtke, 52, Vero Beach

Michael G. Wodtke, 52, of Vero Beach, passed away June 20, 2018, at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach.

Michael was a lifelong resident of Vero Beach and was a member of St Helen Catholic Church.

He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth A. Wodtke, of Vero Beach; brothers, Jeffery L. Wodtke, of West Sunbury, Pa., and Jerry Wodtke, of Vero Beach; sister, Angel Casterline, of Peachtree City, Ga.

A Prayer Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach.

A reception will follow the service, details will be announced as soon as they are available.

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