In Memoriam

Robert “Bobby” Hanson

1937 - 2015 - Bobby Hanson was born May 19, 1937 in Chicago, to James and Thyra Hanson. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and in 1986, retired as executive vice president of finance of the Acco World Corporation. He was a member of the Seneca Rotary Club, founder of the Oconee Hospital Foundation, and the Central Railway Model & Historical Association. He is survived by his wife, Fran, 3 daughters, 2 sons, 18 grandchildren and 3 greatgrandchildren.

John Fletcher "Jack" Merrill

August 16, 1946 - April 22, 2015 - Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was a son of the late Carl and Laura Fletcher Merrill. Jack was a retired as an electrical engineer from IBM, spending most of his working career in Raleigh, NC. He moved to Seneca, SC in 2000 and was a long-time volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity Store there. He was also a Master Gardener, a member of the Keowee Key History Club, and a member of the CRMH&A, and a member of the Building & Grounds Ministry at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church. Jack was a knowledgeable railfan and a good travel companion on railfan Rambles. He was also instrumental in the renovations to our museum’s Werner Street home. Jack is survived by his wife, Raenota Storm Maas Merrill, and by several step-children, grand-children, and one great-grandson.

Steve Zonay

The CRM&HA family was saddened by the news of Steve Zonay's passing Aug. 3, 2014. Steve was a longtime member of the club and he will be greatly missed.

Richard Lawrence Nichols

1938-2012 - Richard Nichols passed away at AnMed Heath Medical Center in Anderson on June 8, 2012. Richard was born in Clearlake, Iowa on December 27, 1938 and was raised in Memphis, Tenn. He was a US Army veteran. He had three daughters, a stepson and stepdaughter and four grandchildren. Richard was born in Clearlake, Iowa on December 27, 1938 and was raised in Memphis, Tenn. He was a US Army veteran. He had three daughters, a stepson and stepdaughter and four grandchildren.

Richard was the founder and owner of Nichols Electronics in Anderson, S.C. As such, he generously provided the CRM&HA with our building security system, audio-visual equipment and public address equipment for our annual Train Shows in Easley.

Memorial services were held at the McDougald Funeral Home in Anderson, with internment at the M.J. Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery. A reception followed at the North Anderson Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Central Railway Model and Historical Association.

We send our deep appreciation and sympathies to Richard's family and especially his wife Cathy Ann Coyle Nichols for her support in allowing Richard to give so much of himself to our Association.

Ronald Douglas Keith

1940-201 - Ron Keith passed away at his home in Keowee Key on June 19, 2012.

Ron was a native of Beaumont, Texas and had two daughters and five grandchildren. He was a former Freemason in Newark, Del. and an Episcopalian.

Ron travelled the world as a civil engineer for DuPont before "retiring" in Salem. Here, Ron was actively involved in Keowee Key CARE and the Keowee Key Fire Department. With the CRM&HA, Ron was our current First Vice President and liaison to the Central Railroad Festival.

Memorial services were held at the Davenport Funeral Home in West Union, with a reception at the Keowee Key Clubhouse. The family requests that memorials be made to The American Cancer Society / Prostate Cancer, Greenville, SC or the Piedmont Hospice of Duncan, S.C.

We send our deep appreciation and sympathies to Ron's family and especially his wife Cheryl Ervin Keith for her support and encouragement of Ron's activities and involvement in the CRM&HA.