William L. Wilson

Blountsville

William L. Wilson, 77, of Blountsville, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 at his home.

Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 9, at Adams Brown Service Chapel with Rev. Benny Park officiating. Burial followed in Memory Hill.

Mr. Wilson is survived by his daughters, Suzi McDonald (Richard), Angie Lynn Wilson; grandchildren, Bailee McDonald, Brooke McDonald; sisters, Lynda Haney, Dicksie Bush; brother, Larry Joe Scruggs.

Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by his parents Red Wilson, Mary and Deward Scruggs.

Dedicated son, devoted brother, loving dad, doting papa and loyal friend.

“Butch” was proud to serve his country in the U. S. Navy as a communications specialist. He graduated valedictorian of his optometry class. He loved time with family and friends, riding horse and traveling.

In his later years he fought a good fight against Parkinson’s disease.

Donations in his memory to apdaparkinson.org would be such an honor to him.

Arrangement entrusted to Adams Brown Service Funeral Home.

Richard Clayton “Rich” VanLanen

Albertville

Richard Clayton “Rich” VanLanen, 72, of Albertville, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Huntsville.

A Celebration of Life for Rich will be held today, Saturday, Aug. 10, at Marshall Memorial Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Burial will follow immediately after in Marshall Memory Gardens.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton and Jeanette VanLanen; brothers, Russell VanLanen and Donald VanLanen; sister and best friend Virginia “Ginny” Kobylarczyk; and nephew Johnny Kobylarczyk.

Rich was born and raised in Wisconsin, where he lived until attending a Green Bay Packers game with his friends. After the game, he decided it was “too cold” to live in Wisconsin, so he and a couple of friends headed to sunny Florida. On the way to Florida, he got two speeding tickets, so he arrived with only $8 in his pocket, but that didn’t deter him from figuring out what he wanted to do with his life.

Rich and his brothers were known as the “VanLanen Boys” in Sobieski, Wisconsin. When all five boys were together they created quite the picture. All five of the “VanLanen Boys” were big, tall men with big personalities. Among themselves, they enjoyed many disagreements, but if you picked on one, all five joined together for a formidable foe. According to Rich, he was the “handsome” brother.

Rich was a self-proclaimed “gear head,” so he turned his passion into a business. He owned a local car lot for 15 years where he explored his love for cars. One of his many passions was his love for drag racing. He loved taking a car to the track on Saturday, where he enjoyed testing, tuning and enjoying the camaraderie of his fellow racers.

Rich and his brother Russell enjoyed working together driving semi-trucks and traveling the southeast together. Rich operated the business with Russell, until Russell was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in March 2009.

Mr. VanLanen married the love of his life Wanda on Valentine’s Day 1986. They had 33 wonderful years as husband and wife. At first they lived in Orlando,Florida, where they both shared a love of Harley Davidsons. Rich and Wanda purchased a home and retired in Albertville, in 2014, which he often referred to as heaven.

He is survived by his loving wife, Wanda VanLanen of Albertville; brothers, David VanLanen of Sobieski, WI and Jeffrey (Peggy) VanLanen of Little Suamico, WI; special friend, Christopher McCorkle; special nephew, Nicholas Hunt; special brother-in-law, Bobby Lewis; 16 nieces and nephews and 15 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Special thanks to Crestwood Hospital in Huntsville, North Alabama Specialty Hospital in Athens and Huntsville Hospital.

The Celebration of Rich’s life will start for friends at noon Saturday at Marshall Memorial Funeral Home. All friends are invited to come and share their memories of Rich.

In lieu of flowers, Wanda requests that donation be made to St. Jude.

Marshal Memorial Funeral Home directing.

Vicki Lynn Lesley

Albertville

Vicki Lynn Lesley, 70, of Albertville, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.

Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 9, at Adams Brown Service Chapel. Burial followed in Union Grove No. 1 with Bro. Dustin Taylor and Bro. Terry Harvell officiating.

Survivors are her daughter, Mary Kate Oliver (Barry); sons, Robert Roy Venzke (Penny), David Kurt Venzke (Christie); brothers, David Chandler, Roger Chandler, Michael Chandler; four grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Adams Brown Service Funeral Home.

Larry Fraiser

Albertville

Larry Fraiser, 65, of Albertville, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.

Graveside services were Friday, Aug. 9 at Forrest Home Cemetery with Bro. Ray Robinson officiating.

Mr. Fraiser is survived by his sons, Stephen Otinger, Chad Otinger (Abby); sisters, Cathy Sargent (Don); Rhonda Glassco; two grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Adams Brown Service Funeral Home.

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