Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage


EPOCH is a depository of information that will be held for future generations of researchers and genealogists. Family and friends of the deceased can submit detailed obituaries as a tribute to their loved ones, and in doing so help build a meaningful history of the residents of the community.

Latest Tributes

John (Jack) Vanderwater Whiting

John Vanderwater Whiting (Jack), 82, of Fern Park, died Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at home with his wife and children.

Born Dec. 7, 1934 in Queens, New York, he came to St. Pete, FL at age 11. After graduating high school, he joined the Navy and served aboard the USS Renville during the Korean War.


Wilbert M. "Bill" Epoch

Wilbert M. "Bill" Epoch, 86, died Saturday, January 10, 2004 at Highline Care Center.
Bill was born in Everett to Wilbert and Ida Mae (Murphy) Epoch. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1935. During his 31 year career, he served on a total of 17 ships including the USS Indianapolis. He fought in the Pacific during WWII and in the Korean Conflict rising to rank of Chief Warrant Officer (W-4). Bill sailed around the world seven times including the north and south poles.


Ruth Nadine Turbett Gustafson

Ruth was born on August 24, 1918 to Mila Bell and George Harrison Turbett. After her father passed away, Mila married Theodore Brubaker.

Ruth was a lifelong resident of Des Moines and active member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church. She graduated from North High School in 1936 and maintained many long-term friendships with her classmates.


Joyce Ann (Rudd) Dillenbeck

Joyce Ann Dillenbeck was born Joyce Ann Rudd in Wayland, New York on March 20, 1959. She passed away at 6:01 p.m. on August 9, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.

My name is Kenneth Dillenbeck, Joyce and I were together for 23 years. We got married on August 4, 2015, in Rochester, New York.

She worked in a homeless mission for over 20 years. Joyce had a stroke on April 2, 2017 and suffered a lot.

She was a wonderful lady. She loved people.

I will miss her.

Joyce's obituary appeared in the Orlando Sentinel on August 26, 2017, Page B5.


Sally Marilyn (Witty) Butcher

Mrs. Sally Marilyn Witty Butcher, 47, of Pleasant Plains died at 2:30 a.m., May 26, 1971, at Peace Haven Nursing home in St. Louis County.
Mrs. Butcher was born in Springfield, the daughter of Talvi Viola Purvines Witty and George Edwin Witty. She was a member of First Church of Christ Scientist, Springfield Junior League, Chi Omega Sorority, PEO and Margaret Garfield Circle of King's Daughters.


Arthur Waite Shook

Kissimmee Valley Gazette September 17, 1964

Funeral Services for Arthur Waite Shook, 74, of 504 Main Street, Kissimmee, were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday from the Grissom Chapel, with the Rev. B. B. Williams, minister of the First Methodist Church, officiating. Casketbearers were Legionnaires Lloyd Cohenour, George Gegenheimer, George S. Lewis, Leonard J. Lisi, William C. May and William W. Parker. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Presentation of the flag was courtesy Makinson-Carson Post Number 10, American Legion. Grissom Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.