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Cy Potts, W7MQL

The following obituary was published by the Grants Pass Daily Courier on Friday, May 24th :

Cy Potts, 95, of Grants Pass died Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Three Rivers Medical Center.

The oldest of three children, he was born Cyril Joseph Potts on May 5, 1918, in Oakland, Calif., to Elza and Carmelita Potts. He was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools.
He graduated from St. Elizabeth's High School in Oakland. On May 16, 1942, in Reno, Nev., he married Phyllis Aardema, who died in 2004. For 15 years, he worked for Southern Pacific
Railroad as a signal inspector. In 1957, he began working at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., as an electronics engineer. He and an associate built the first computer used in space, which was a top-secret mission, and he never discussed it until his children were grown.

He lived in Utah, Nevada, Oakland, Pleasanton, Calif., Tracy, Calif., and Sequim, Wash., where he lived for eight years before moving to Grants Pass in 1992. In 1970, he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and, in 1971, he and his wife were sealed in the Oakland Temple. He was a member of the Riverside Ward. While living in Sequim, he served in the High Council and in a bishopric. Along with his wife, he served a full-time mission to the Alabama Birmingham Mission and was primarily assigned to the Jasper Branch. They also were active in temple work in the Seattle and Medford temples. He was a member of the Southern Oregon Amateur Radio Club and the Rogue Area Senior Computer Assistance League and a charter member of Computer Bugs. He was a ham radio operator for 78 years, with call letters W7MQL, and assisted people with antennas into his 90s.

Survivors include two daughters, Helen Rhoades of Grants Pass, and Maryellen Olmstead of Tracy; two sons, Greg Potts of Sequim, and Gordon Potts of Manteca, Calif.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Two siblings, Virginia "Dee" and Francis "Frank," died before him.
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Charles Smale, N7YLB, SK

Unfortunately this story is old news that was only brought to our attention recently.

Chuck Smale, N7YLB, passed away on the 20th of June.  Chuck was a board member of SOARC and JARS.  According to Brian Fritsen KK7BF, Chuck was a good man who selflessly and quietly volunteered his time for many different causes.  Rest in peace Chuck.

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Edward V. McGough, KG6IA, SK

Edward Vincent McGough, 88, of Grants Pass died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, in Grants Pass. No services will be held. Stephens Family Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at McGough was born Feb. 19, 1922, in New York. He served in the Navy as a submarine radioman first class. After his discharge in 1946, he joined the New York Police Department and retired as a lieutenant in 1969. In 1970, he moved to North Hollywood, Calif., and worked for the Getty Museum as security supervisor. Upon retiring in 1990, he and his wife moved to Grants Pass. He enjoyed spending time with his ham radio club, trips to Reno and playing bingo at the Elks Lodge. In addition to his wife of 40 years, June McGough, survivors include nine children. 

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William K. "Rocky" Shryock, KE7LKX, SK

William K. “Rocky” Shryock, KE7LKX, age 56, of Merlin, died Saturday, July 24, 2010 of lung cancer, at Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass. No service is planned.

He was born May 29, 1954 in San Jose, California, and moved to Grants Pass in 1972 with his grandparents. In the 80s and 90s he was a broadcast engineer, and he was also an electronics technician for many years.  He ran an excavating business, The Hoe Thing, and a commercial radio business, Tower Radio Service.  He was a man of many interests, and had been a member at one time of the Civil Air Patrol and the Search and Rescue Dive Team.  He was a licensed airplane pilot.  He was also fond of remote control airplanes and robotics.

Rocky was a SOARC board member and a member of the repeater committee when he passed away.  He is survived by his sister, Tina Foulk of North Plains, Oregon.

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Gary V. Ingram, KB7FCI, SK

Gary Vance Ingram, age 81, of Grants Pass, died Thursday, July 22, 2010 at Highland House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

No services are planned. Illinois Valley Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

Gary was born November 3, 1928 in Stockton, California. He graduated from Stockton High School in 1946 and later attended one year of college at the College of San Mateo. On December 23, 1950 in Stockton, California he married Dorothy J. Casteel. From 1967 to 1988 he owned and operated Picus Industries in Portland. In 1988 he moved from Portland to Grants Pass.

His hobbies included prospecting and fishing.

Survivors include a daughter, Jane Ingram of Portland; three sons, James Ingram and Gary Ingram, Jr. , both of Portland and Roger Ingram of Vancouver, Washington; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Ingram in 1985.


Gary was a past president of SOARC.


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