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In memoriam of Herbert Lynn Parsons, M.D.

Herbert Lynn Parsons, M.D., 69, passed away in the comfort of his home in Bellefontaine, Ohio, on May 11, 2012. He was born to Oneita Montgomery Parsons and Joel Herbert Parsons of Somerville Tennessee on December 23, 1942.

After graduating a valedictorian of the 1961 class of Fayette County High School in his hometown of Somerville, TN, he graduated cum laude from Southwestern at Memphis (Rhodes University).  Dr. Lynn Parsons was a 1969 graduate of the Tulane School of Medicine.  Major Parsons then served in the military as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Hospital Services at the United States Air Force Hospital of the Air Training Command in Columbus, Mississippi.  Dr. Parsons was a general surgeon certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons and a member of numerous surgical societies.  He practiced surgery in Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio and worked at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine, Ohio, up until the time of his death.

Dr. Parsons is a Life Member of The Amateur Trapshooting Association and enjoyed clay target shooting (trap, skeet and sporting clays), hunting and tennis. He committed much of his time to preserving the memory and legacy of his late father ( who was one of the greatest exhibition shooters of all time.

Lynn is survived by his beloved daughters, Diana Lynn Parsons of Iron Station, NC and Melissa Parsons Healy (John Healy) of Charlottesville, VA; his twin grandsons Thatcher William Healy and Duncan Joseph Healy of Charlottesville, VA; his former wife and friend Charlotte Parsons of Wapakoneta, OH; and his brother Jerry Parsons (Carolyn Tapp Parsons) of San Antonio, TX. He also leaves behind several cousins and a host of friends and colleagues who played very important roles in his life.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Peebles Funeral Home in Somerville, TN. Visitation will be held from 1:00 - 2:00 PM on Tuesday, May 15th at the funeral home; a graveside service will follow at Somerville Cemetery at 2:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in his memory to the Trapshooting Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 281, Vandalia, Ohio, 45377.

Hall of Fame Museum Director Dick Baldwin Dies

Richard A. "Dick" Baldwin, 69, of Danbury, died on Wednesday October 11, 2006. He was born in Danbury on January 13, 1937, to the late Helen and Clifford G. Baldwin.

He graduated from Danbury High School in 1955.

Dick was a life-long Danbury resident. He was an avid hunter and competitive trapshooter for 57 years. Dick was director of the National Trapshooting Hall of Fame located in Vandalia, Ohio. He worked for Remington Arms Company in Bridgeport as a professional shooter and advertising manager for 27 years. He is a member of the Eastern United States Trapshooting Hall of Fame and Connecticut Trapshooting Hall of Fame. He wrote numerous hunting and trapshooting articles for national publications. He wrote a book of historic trapshooting stories and co-authored a book with two other Remington pros on trapshooting.

He loved to hunt ruffed grouse and woodcock in Connecticut and his home in Chenango County, N.Y. with his family and friends. He also hunted deer, pheasant and duck all over the country. When he wasn't hunting, fishing or shooting, he was either telling stories or watching his beloved Yankees. During his career at Remington, he befriended many Yankee ball players who made ads for Remington and shared his passion for hunting. A high point in his life occurred when he was invited to spend a game in the Yankee dugout, where he sat wedged between Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.

Dick lived life to the fullest and died with no regrets. He was a dedicated father, husband, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Sally K. Baldwin; his daughters: Susan B. Sturdevant of Danbury and Sara B. Palmer of New Fairfield; his grandchildren: Rachel T. Sturdevant, Garrett B. Palmer and Grant E. Palmer; son-in-law, Todd Palmer; step-sons: Max T. Stein of Boulder, Colo. and Alex T. Stein of Danbury; numerous cousins, in-laws, and his faithful bird dog, Pie.

Hall of Fame Director Jerry Racke Dies
ATA President in 1996

He was in Alabama participating in a field trial on Feb. 23 when his horse stepped in a hole and Mr. Racke fell to the ground. A blood clot developed in his brain. He had been hospitalized for a couple of weeks prior to his death. The Alexandria, Kentucky resident was 64. Educator and sports coach, Jerry Racke was one of the finest trapshooters in the United States. He was 64 years old.

"He probably would have been on the U.S. Olympic team in 1980 if not for the U.S. boycotting the games in Moscow that year," said his brother, Henry Racke of Alexandria.

Mr. Racke, 64, of Alexandria, died March 14th, 2005 in Birmingham, Ala., where he had been putting bird dogs through field trials.

He coached football and golf at Campbell County High School, where he also was a teacher and assistant principal. He later was director of transportation at the school.

Mr. Racke was a trapshooter for more than 40 years and was President of the Amateur Trapshooting Association in 1996. He currently was serving on the Board of Directors of the Trapshooting Hall of Fame. He was in charge of the HOF scholarship program.

"He was well known for his sports endeavors," said his brother. "He loved animals and the outdoors. He hunted and fished from the time he was a child.

"He was a very friendly, outgoing guy. He enjoyed being around people who shared his interests in sports and the outdoors. He lived his life doing exactly what he wanted to do."

Hall of Famer Marjorie Smith Dies
Former HOF Museum Director

Marjorie Smith, a trapshooting Hall of Famer and the long time director of the Hall of Fame died over the weekend. She was appointed museum director in 1976 and inducted into the HOF in 1998. She served over 20 years as the HOF museum director. On July 9, 1958, Marjorie became the first woman to be elected president of a state trapshooting association (Maryland), and she served in that position for two terms. She also held the state association treasurer’s position for two years. Her late husband Robert was a former ATA president and is also a HOF inductee.

Bob Allen and Wife Sari Killed in Auto Accident

A remarkable trapshooting career was ended on November 17, 2004 in a one car automobile accident on Interstate 29 between Omaha and Des Moines, Iowa. Bob Allen and his wife Sari were killed when their car hit a bridge railing, fell 50 feet and burst into flames. Mr. Allen earned 13 All American team honors plus winning the 1957 Grand American doubles title. He was also runner-up in the Clay Target Championship in 1956 and runner-up in the C/C in 1954. He won 15 major titles at the Iowa State Shoot. He was also a world class flyer shooter, author (Shooter) and started his famous Bob Allen clothing business. Bob Allen was enshrined in to Trapshooting Hall of fame in 1982

Joe Hiestand Dead at Age 97

Joe Hiestand died on October 5, 2004. Arguably the greatest trapshooter of all time died yesterday at age 97. He won 20 major titles at the Grand American, including 4 HAA, 7 HOA, 5 Clay Target, and 4 Doubles titles. Plus 33 Ohio State titles. At the 1938 Grand, Joe established a long run record of 966 registered singles and an unregistered run of 1,191, including practice and shootoff targets. After the Grand he completed his registered run at 1,179 and finished with an unregistered string of 1,404. Those runs were not broken until 1959. He also won the coveted Marshal Marathon 5 times, once with a 499x500. Also the NYAC Singles title 3 times.

David George dies in Florida

David George, a member of the ATA, PA and NY Halls of Fame died on March 27, 2004 at his home at the Silver Dollar in Florida. Twelve-time All-American David George began his shooting career in 1958. During his 33-year career, George shot at 224,950 singles, 112,150 handicap and 117,650 doubles targets. He had a 98% singles average nine times, posted 100x100 in doubles and 33 200x200 singles. His final perfect doubles score and his last two 200s in singles were in 1996, his last full year of registered competition, at age 78. He once missed his 100th handicap target from the 27 yard line which deprived him of his Grand Slam. 

Allen Tomnitz, HOF Inductee

Allen Tomnitz, Trapshooting Hall of Fame inductee, passed away on Sunday, November 9, 2003. Mr. Tomnitz was enshrined in 2002. He was inducted into the South Dakota Trapshooting Hall of Fame in 1988. Among senior vets, Tomnitz was known as the man to beat. He has been on the senior vet All-American team 11 times, every year he has been eligible, being named captain every year but one.

Tom Acklin, Past ATA President

Tom Acklin of Middlefield, Ohio passed away on October 25, 2003. Mr. Acklin served as president of the ATA last year. He was a staunch supporter of moving the GAH to Indiana.


Harry A. Willsie, HOF Inductee

Harry A. Willsie, a 2003 Hall of Fame inductee, age 74, of Canada and Florida, died peacefully at his home in Lake Worth, Fla., January 3, 2003 of pancreatic cancer.

Born in Jacksonville, Mo., December 20, 1928, U.S. Marine, University of Mo., Marketing, Public Relations, Writer, Investor, Olympian, Active Clay Target shooter, Skeet and Trapshooting Hall of Fame inductee.

He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years Cleusa Correa; 3 sons and 1 daughter (previous marriage): Billie Wayne, Alan, Carol and Debbie; 5 grandchildren: Samantha, Desiree, Nicolas, Jessica and Caitlin; 3 sisters: Margaret, Edith and Eleanor; many nieces and nephews.

Visitation, services and burial will take place in Missouri Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 7 and 8. Million-Taylor-Patton funeral home - Huntsville, MO - tel. (660) 277 3218. Burial at Clifton Hill Cemetery. Photograph courtesy of Francine Sonne.

Rudy Etchen, HOF Inductee

Trapshooting legend Rudy Etchen passed away on Monday, August 27th, 2001. Rudy and his father Fred are both members of the Trapshooting Hall of Fame. In 1950 Rudy Etchen held the distinction of recording the first 100 straight in doubles on the Grand American grounds, but this was only one highlight in a long career which began with a state junior runnerup award in 1935 at age 12 and included ATA championships in five states. Rudy Etchen was named to 17 All-America teams—3 junior, 3 industry, 3 vet, 2 senior vet teams and 6 men’s. He was industry co-captain in 1951 and 1952, and he was captain of the men’s team in 1945 and again in 1954.

Millie Link, HOF Office

Millie Link, an ATA and ATA Hall of Fame employee has died on April 13, 2000. If you ever went into the Hall of Fame office during the Grand, she could be seen busy at work. She would always answer your questions, help you find material and in general, she was a great asset to trapshooting. She would always return your calls promptly and always would be able to supply you with information that you requested. She never failed. Millie will be missed. She had been battling cancer for several years.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 07:58