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HRC Family Matters

10/2/07 - Dennis Ryan - Central Florida HRC

Dennis Ryan of Bell, Florida, passed away on October, 2, 2007. Services will be at Watson Funeral Home, 426 West Wade Street, Trenton, FL, Friday 10/5/07 at 2:00 pm.

Central Florida HRC, President Tracy Stubbs said "He was a long time member of our club and a great friend to all. He took a lot of harassment from us Lab guys about his poodle HRCH Bill, but he would have a tendency to shut us all up with the work they did as a team.

He was always willing to help out anyone especially when it came to the dogs. Dennis served our club in many capacities over the years as Board Member, Hunt Test Chair, Equipment Manager, Judge and anything else that needed to be done. He truly believed in HRC and what it stands for and he loved the people and the dogs. He will be missed by all."

8/9/07 - Vernice Stelly - Mother of Glenn Stelly

Glenn Stelly's Mom, Vernice Stelly, passed away on 8/9/07

Glenn has requested in lieu of flowers, that memorials be sent to the HRC Foundation (information is in your Hunting Retriever Magazine).

Viewing & visitation is at Pellerin Funeral Home, 314 St. Landry St., Arnaudville, LA 70512 337-754-5881 from 5P.M. until 9P.M. with a Rosary at 7P.M. on Sunday 8/12/07. On Monday, 8/13/07, the visiting hours are from 7 A.M. until the time of the funeral at l0 A.M. A funeral mass will be held at 10 A.M. at St. Francis Regis Catholic Church in Arnaudville, LA

Please keep the Stelly families in your prayers.

If you would like to send a card, Glenn's address is: Glenn Stelly, P. O. Box 69, Arnaudville, LA 70512.


Dr. Grant Hurley of Pueblo, CO passed away on Wednesday 8/8/07. Grant was a wonderful gentleman and member of the HRC Family. He had been a member (#5504) since 12/17/1990 and a dedicated member of Southern Colorado HRC.

Grant's pride and joy were HRCH-UH JOE MOKIE BEAR who had 1,010 Championship points and HRCH-UH JOE MOKIE BEAR JR who has 1,080 Championship points. I am sure he and John Tillema are together discussing dogs and that brings a smile to my heart.

If you would like to send a card to his family: Family of Grant Hurley, 1824 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, CO 81001

Services will be Monday, August 13 at:
Montgomery & Steward Funeral Home
1317 North Main
Pueblo, Colorado 81003

5/25/07 - SAM SEAY

Sam Seay, HRC #2240, was a member of HRC for over 21 years having joined on 4/7/1986. He leaves his lovely wife, Cathy. Please keep the Seay family in your prayers.

I first met Sam & Cathy while serving as the secretary for the newly formed Southeast Texas HRC in 1986. Sam provided birds for the hunt tests on numerous occasions and was knon for his love of chocolate labs. He and Cathy devoted much of their lives to breeding the best.

A friend contacted me from North Carolina about a pup just prior to one of my trips out there to visit. Cathy provided a beautiful pup that rode in the cabin of the plane with me, most of the time in my lap.

As the years went by, I got away from hunting and dogs in general and lost contact with some of our HRC friends. In recent years however, I came to learn of Boeuf River Kennels and the Seay’s many success stories with their dogs. Doug Hart, former VP of Southeast Texas HRC had a long standing friendship with Sam and Cathy. Cathy asked me to help track Doug down as he had retired. The miracles of technology made that possible and Doug was put in touch with the Seays.

It was with deep sadness that I learned of Sam’s passing but I knew of Cathy’s devotion and her ability to keep things going even when Sam’s health began to fail. I will always remember Sam as a gentle man, devoted to family and his labs. I feel blessed to have known him.

Mike Milligan - Baytown, TX


We met Sam and Cathy at the first HRC Hunt test we attended in
1986. They were furnishing the ducks for the Hunt. We became friends. Sam enjoyed kidding me about how I handled Mac or tried to handle him. We liked Sam and are saddened by his passing. God bless you Cathy.

George & Mildred Jolly


Sam was a great guy and well be missed. Cathy and Sam both have done a lot for their home club and always showed up at Pontchartrain HRC hunts to support us. He will be missed by all. Karen Klotthor for PHRC


So sorry to hear the news, I did not know Sam personally but I have a dog that he and Cathy raised and trained. She is a wonderful dog and that says alot about the man. My sincere condolences to Cathy and the family. Kenneth Farris, South Wind Outfitters

11/27/06 - JOHN TILLEMA

JOHN TILLEMA, Southern Colorado HRC, Pueblo, CO passed away on Monday afternoon, November 27, 2006 after a 3 month valiant battle with lung and brain cancer. John had been a member of HRC since 1990 and was extremely active as both a Handler and as a Judge. You could always depend on John. John was instrumental in starting several new HRC Clubs and was a tireless worker for this HRC Family that he loved dearly.

Rich Carpenter said of John: John was just plain HRC right down to the bone. Always willing to go the extra mile (literally) to encourage a new club to get going. Just amazing how many trips he made to support and help new clubs with information, to judge, run his dogs, etc.

A lot of people are in HRC or feel welcome in HRC because of John. John had a heart of gold and helped more than one youngster get a start in dogs, or give someone a hand that was down.

I think it would be fitting for everyone to raise a glass of John's favorite Brandy (AKA LeRoy), or their favorite beverage, in honor and memory of John Tillema!

Just not going to seem the same without John and the Tiltin' Hilton at area hunts.


Services for John Tillema will be Monday, December 4, 2006 at 10 a.m. at the Montgomery Steward Funeral Home, 1317 N. Main, Pueblo, CO 81003.

John had asked in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to one of the 3 following Foundations:
HRC Foundation, PO Box 632, Big Spring, TX 79721
Henry Blake Foundation, C/O 1317 N. Main, Pueblo, CO 81003
Professional Ski Instructors Assn. of America, C/O 1317 N. Main, Pueblo, CO 81003

11/27/06 - MARY VARLEY

MARY VARLEY, Central Florida HRC, Inverness, FL has passed away. Mary had been a member of HRC since 6/8/1995 and had served as club treasurer, hunt test secretary, club PR person, marshal, puppy judge, helped new members, helped fix lunches, helped at check-in, and numerous other jobs. Cards may be sent to: Becky & Steven Varley, 8465 E. Hampton Point Road, Inverness, FL 34450.

Marilyn Dumas forward this information to me:

Mary Varley sadly passed away Monday 27th November 2006. Two weeks ago she fulfilled a wish to visit Epcot with Pat Trichter Deeley and her daughter, Becky. A four day visit where she ate food from all the countries of the world that she loved, and watched every show possible, as well as the evening fireworks displays. In talks with Pat and Becky on this visit, Mary told them that Sophie, her last poodle had come calling to her in a dream but she told "Sophie, it isn't time...yet". Mary was like that---she made the decisions. Thanksgiving was spent happily with her son, Steven at her home in Inverness and it was following this that Mary made her final decision. We may be thinking out of turn but this was Mary, determined, spoke her mind, hard working and dedicated both in her everyday life and as a dog trainer. She made the decisions and she stuck by them and her word. When Mary said she would be there working with you she was. At every meeting Mary would be involved volunteering for every and any job, even launching the birds both in training sessions and at competitions. Remember this was a lady in her 70s, doing this 'mans' work. For Mary there was no distinction between the work loads--she did what she did because she loved the dog world and loved working with dogs. Nothing was too difficult or too strenuous.

Mary threw many bumpers for me as we trained together regularly, they flew long and straight and her energy never failed. Neither did her resolve and determination. Diagnosed with a brain cancer she took it as she did with everything else in her life - in her stride. Not afraid to talk about it and the obvious conclusion it would bring her to, she laughed and enjoyed every minute until her final 'series'.

Mary was and is what a club is all about. Commitment, involvement, hard work, responsibility and a dedication to dogs and other members. Mary was a member of Central Florida since 1994, during that time she served as club treasurer, hunt test secretary, club PR person, marshal, puppy judge, helped new members, helped fix lunches, helped at check-in, and numerous other jobs. She asked for nothing and gave her all - the lessons she taught us as people should be remembered and be a model for our own approach to life.
We will miss Mary tremendously, her hard work and her outlook on life but most of all the laughs we had together working with dogs. We say miss, but really Mary will always be with us-- she was a very special lady.
Enjoy running the dogs over the Rainbow, Mary

12/10/06 Update from Marilyn: I went to an "Ash Spreading" for Mary Varley over the weekend. Her son sprinkled her ashes along the edge of the pond where we train at Richard Davis' Ranch. Then they got her little lab out and threw a bumper into the water. The dog ran and jumped in the water went straight to the bumper, picked it up and came straight back. Mary would have been so proud. When they first let her dog out of the car, she went running to everyone. I think she was looking for Mary. I will miss her.


DON SPAULDING, Elkhorn Valley HRC, Columbus, NE has passed away. Don had been a member of HRC since 4/5/1991 and was the Secretary/Treasurer of Elkhorn Valley HRC. He was a long time Judge for HRC.

Lee Ann Heldt, Region 13 PR Rep. reported:

This morning I received a call from Ken Newcomb of Elkhorn Valley HRC. He told me that Don Spaulding had passed away yesterday.

HRC and Region 13 have lost a great family member. Don devoted a lot of time and many years to HRC. He judged for many years. He helped in developing Elkhorn Valley club as well as being a member of Platte River in North Platte, Nebraska.

Please pass this information on to all of your club members!

Cards can be mailed to: 17316 265 Ave. Columbus, NE 68601.

Don's wife would like to place his female lab. She is spayed and has her HR title and out of excellent bloodlines. If any one is interested, please contact

Libby Milroy, 17748 S. Charles Ave., North Platte, NE 69101
308.534.3659 - lmlibby@nque.com