Obituaries — April 19, 2022

Denis Blom


Denis Blom

Denis Ingvar Blom, 76, passed away at North Florida Regional on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. He was born in Marionette, Wisconsin on April 19, 1945 to the late Ingvar (Swede) Olaf Blom and Dorothy Elizabeth Forsberg. He served his country; starting with four years with the Air Force.  He continued his service with the Florida National Guard for eight years, finishing as a First Lieutenant in Infantry. In the next seven years, he would become a law enforcement officer in Washington and Union counties, and finally found a home in Gainesville. He was known as the “Dancing Cop” to Gainesville for breaking out into dances while directing traffic. During his time, he worked for the Gatornationals from 1987-1996. He retired in August of 1998 due to diabetic retinopathy. He devoted his life to the Lord, his family, and his friends. Never once did he lose sight of what was most important to him in his life. He took pride in taking care of his two granddaughters and supporting them as best as he could. He spent most of his time getting to know God and spreading His word to anyone who sought guidance. He was preceded in death by his sister, Beverly Joy Blom; his brother, Terry Allen Blom; his mother, Dorothy Elizabeth Forsberg; and his father, Ingvar (Swede) Olaf Blom.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Victoria Williams Blom of Lake Butler; his children, Shawna Joy Blom of Starke, Shayne Denis Blom of Lake Butler, Shanise Victoria Blom of Orlando; his granddaughters, Elizabeth Mary Avila and Izabella Grace Preston; his sister, Bonita Blom Norwood of Brunswick, Georgia; and his brothers, Randall Wayne (Missy) Blom of Raiford, and Kevin Lee (Dana)  Blom of Orlando.

A Celebration of Life will be held on held on Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. at the Townsend-Green building on Main Street of Lake Butler. Casual dress is requested.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Archer-Milton Funeral Home, Lake Butler. 386-496-2008



Terry Fox

STARKE Terry Wayne Fox “Forsyth” of Starke died on Sunday, April 17, 2022 at HCA Florida Starke Emergency. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 22 at 2 p.m. at Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services and Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel, Starke,  904-964-5757.


David Francis

LAWTEY David Alan Francis, 58, of Lawtey died on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 3, 1964, to the late Eddie Dean Francis and Betty L. Bradly Francis. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Lisa Baker.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Thoma; children, David William Francis of Middleburg,  Trevor Schoner of Jacksonville,  Nikki (Christopher) Carlton of  Lawtey; brother, Jeffrey Francis of The Villages; and sister, Jennifer (Carl) Shirley of Okeechobee.

A Celebration of Life was held  Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel.

Arrangements were under the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services and Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel, Starke. 904-964-5757.


Darlene Harry

STARKE Darlene Kay Harry, 69, of Starke passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2022.

No services will be held at this time.

Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 620 E. Nona St, Starke. 904-964-6200. 


Daniel Nipper


Daniel Nipper

ALACHUA Daniel Ray Nipper, 83, of Alachua passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at his home. Known to his family as Ray, he was born on Dec. 3, 1938, to Samuel Pates and Elma Robinson Nipper. He served in the United States Army. He was first in his family to graduate college and earn a bachelor’s degree, all while working full time and raising his family. He was a member of North Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He was a police officer for nearly 40 years. The majority of his career was spent with Santa Fe College where he was instrumental in developing the Santa Fe College Police Department, the first Florida community college law enforcement agency. He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Marek Alexander Sajczuk; siblings, Sam “Sambo” Nipper, Rosemary Nipper, Doris Bass, Louise McDavid, and Tom Nipper; his in-laws, Earl and Maggie Hill, and brother-in-law Jimmy Hill.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Nancy Nipper of Alachua; children, Holly (Jim) Sajczuk, Cord (Kim) Nipper, Jared (Jessica) Nipper, all of Alachua, and Jarica (Joe) Cairns of Clearwater; grandchildren, Evan, Jeremy, Nick, Anya, Mason, Maggie, and Levi; sister, Georgia King of Newberry; and sister-in-law, Chris Hill. A host of extended family also survive.

A funeral was held on Tuesday, April 19, at North Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.  He was laid to rest following the service at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of love be made to Haven Hospice ( or Florida Baptist Children’s Home (

Arrangements were under the care and direction of Archer-Milton Funeral Home, 386-496-2008, 




William Swisher

William Marshall Swisher, born July 15, 1932, passed away at Windsor Manor Health and Rehab on Thursday, April 13, 2022.

He was laid to rest at the Jacksonville National Cemetery on Monday, April 18, 2022.

Arrangements were under the care and direction of Archer-Milton Funeral Home, Lake Butler. 386-496-2008  


Thomas Osborn


Thomas Osborn

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS Thomas “Tom” W. Osborn, 80, of Keystone Heights passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, following a brief illness. He was born Sept. 11, 1941, in Norwalk, Ohio to the late William A. and Vletta C. (Grills) Osborn. Following his high school graduation in 1959 he attended Bowling Green State University of Ohio. In 1961 he enlisted with the United States Navy, serving his country until 1965 when he was honorably discharged. Prior to retirement, he had been employed with AT&T for 25 years as a communications technician. Growing up, he was active in the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Explorer Scouts. He enjoyed reading, motorcycles and dogs. He and his wife, Mary, enjoyed traveling, which led them to making Keystone Heights their home many years ago. He was a member of Melrose United Methodist Church, the N.R.A. and N.R.A. Golden Eagles, and was a member of Highway Patrol Auxiliary Troop “B” in Gainesville for eight years. He was also a life member of A.M.A. (American Motorcycle Association), Telephone Pioneers and United Sportsman of Florida.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 53 years, Mary (Silcox) Osborn of Keystone Heights; three aunts; four nieces and nephews-in-law; 18 great nieces and nephews-in-law; and four great-great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the First United Methodist Church of Starke with Pastor Mike Moore officiating. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Interment will be held privately at Eliam Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial gift to the charity of your choice may be made.

Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 620 E. Nona St., Starke. 904-964-6200.





George Udvarhley



George Udvarhley

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS George John Udvarhley, 73, of Keystone Heights received his wings on Monday, March 21, 2022. He was born in New York on April 4, 1948, to the late George Frank Udvarhley and Mary Ann. He was a retired engineer for Beckman and Coulter Diagnostics. He loved fishing, cruising, tinkering, woodworking, traveling, seeing the world, learning new things, and he adored his family above everything else. He will be missed, but never ever forgotten.

He leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Judith Arlene (Stauffer) Udvarhley; his daughter Yasheka (Stacey) Marshall; his beloved dog, Coco; and grand dog, Ruby.

The family will accept friends and family for a viewing beginning at  10  a.m., with a funeral Mass service to follow at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, at St. William Catholic Church, Keystone Heights, with Father Andy Mitera officiating. 

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 340 E. Walker Drive, Keystone Heights. 352-473-3176.