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FAYETTEVILLE — Joseph Patrick Gazzola, 68, of Fayetteville, Ark., passed away peacefully with his family at his side on a beautiful Saturday afternoon on Aug. 5, 2017, at Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. In the final analysis, Pat’s life could best be described by Abraham Lincoln: “In the end it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.”
Pat was born on Jan. 25, 1949 in Fort Smith, Ark., to Benjamin and Mary Juanita Gazzola; both of whom preceded him in death. Pat is survived by his wife and business-partner-in-life, Janie Parson Gazzola; daughter, Tiffany White Reddick (Brian); son, Britain McMillen White (Kim); grandchildren, Connor, Grace and Sarah Reddick and Natalie, Logan and Claire White; Step-mother, Mary Alice Gazzola; and his sister, Jerri Gazzola.
Pat attended public schools in Fort Smith, graduating from St. Anne’s before attending college at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. After receiving his degree in Razorback, Pat attended law school at Fayetteville, where he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law. Pat’s dedication and passion to people and detail served him well in all his business ventures (law, oil & gas, restaurants).
While Pat enjoyed great success in business, perhaps his most memorable moment came when he and Janie decided to buy a tiny restaurant just north of Alma on Highway 71, the Catfish Hole. Twenty-four years later, Pat and Janie have grown this small hole-in-the-wall restaurant with a loyal following into a nationally-recognized brand with locations in both Alma and Fayetteville. As many Razorback fans recognize, Pat and the Legendary Catfish Hole have been the go-to-location for the coaches, players, recruits and the University of Arkansas for many years. Pat attributed his success to being a “pretty simple guy” who greeted everyone with a smile, a handshake and would tirelessly answer the countless questions he received every day about the status of the Hogs and/or the latest recruiting news. Pat’s passion in life could be found in the three family’s that he loved the most: his family, his Razorback family and his Catfish Hole family. Pat will continue to cheer on his beloved Razorbacks from the “best seat in the house”. GO HOGS!
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 224 N. East Ave., Fayetteville, Ark. 72701. A brief reception will be held following the service. The Rev. Lowell E. Grisham will officiate. Services will conclude with a Burial at Fairview Memorial Gardens, Fayetteville, Ark..
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University of Arkansas Razorback Foundation, 1295 South Razorback Road, #A, Fayetteville, Ark. 72701. To sign the online guest book please visit www. nelsonberna.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — Orville Veron Peterson,
age 86, of Fayetteville, Ark., passed away on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 in Fayetteville, Ark.
He was born in Wilton, N.D., to Veron Lester Peterson and Edith Ann Franklund on July 13, 1931. He attended Wilton High School and graduated with a GED with the 1950 class. Orville enlisted in the Army on July 19, 1948 and was honorably discharged in 1952. During his military service he took Basic Training and attended Clerical Typing School in Fort Knox, Ky. He was resigned to Camp Kilmer N.J., in February 1950 and assigned to General MacArthur’s Head Quarters in Tokyo, Japan. In September 1950 he fought in the “Invasion of Inchon, Korea” and was assigned to Frontline Infantry with the 7th Division, 32nd Regular Company. He returned to the United States in June 1950 on a 30-day leave and was assigned to the 5th Mechanical Records Unit in Chicago, Ill., until discharged.
After his discharge from the Army he worked various jobs until employed by the North Pacific Railroad as a Switchman and Brakeman where he worked for three years. He was also employed by Pacific Gamble Robinson for 10½ years, attended Capitol Commercial College for one year and was employed by the North Dakota Penitentiary for almost 25 years as a Correctional Officer until retirement.
On Nov. 24, 1954 he married Arloe Jean Hollingsworth. Together they had two children, Diane (Peterson) Reed and Darrin Peterson. Orville was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, Ark. Prior to moving to Fayetteville, Orville and Jean lived in Bismarck, North Dakota for 50 years.
He is preceded in death by his wife of nearly 59 years, Arloe Jean; his mother and father, Edith and Veron Peterson; as well as many uncles, aunts and cousins. He is survived by his daughter, Diane (Peterson) Reed and spouse, Carlos; son, Darrin Peterson; grandchildren, Christopher and Courtney Reed of Springdale, Ark., Christin (Reed) Flaspohler and Devlin of Joplin, Mo., Trisha Peterson of Dickinson, N.D.; great-grandchildren, Kameryn Peterson, Landry and Arloe Reed, soon to arrive, Brecken Flaspohler; his brother, Rodney and Ann Peterson of Wilton, N.D.; sisters, Helen and Marvin Seibold of Hendersonville, N.C., and Laverne and Ken Hessinger of Flat Rock, N.C. Orville was a gentle and kind-hearted man whose love and genuineness was felt by everyone he knew. He enjoyed life and deeply loved his family. Orville will be greatly missed, but we will see him again either in Heaven or when Jesus returns.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with the Reverend Harris Sonnenberg officiating. Interment will follow in the Fayetteville National Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel. Condolences at www. beardsfuneralchapel.com.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Louis H. Seiter, Jr., 79, of College Station, while surrounded by his family, went to be with his Lord on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. A time for family to receive friends will be from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 at Hillier Funeral Home of College Station. A Vigil Service and Rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in College Station with Msgr. John Malinowski officiating. Interment and Final Military Honors will follow at College Station Memorial Cemetery.
Louis was born in Ft. Smith, Ark., to Louis and Hermina Seiter. He attended Subiaco Academy in Subiaco, Ark., where he was a member of the boxing team. He won several boxing tournaments for Subiaco and the Boys Club of Ft. Smith, most notably the 1956 Barny Sugarland Memorial Trophy, which he cherished and displayed proudly in his home. He graduated from University of Arkansas in 1961, with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He was also in ROTC. Upon graduation, he entered active duty and was assigned to the 101st Screaming Eagles Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell. He served his country for 10 years both on Active Duty and in the Reserves. His last unit of assignment was with the 12 Special Forces Group where he obtained the rank of Captain. Louis loved jumping out of a perfectly good airplane and wore his Senior Parachutist Badge with pride.
His professional career spanned over 31 years in the Industrial Carbon Black Business, retiring as a District Sales Manager for Engineered Carbons, Inc. He was a member of the American Legion, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. As an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist he ministered to the Catholic residents of St Joseph’s Manor and Assisted Living. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus 4TH Degree Assembly.
When Louis retired he became a rancher and ran a Cow-Calf operation. He and King, his blue heeler, spent many days sitting on the cabin porch at the ranch enjoying the country air and drinking a cold beer. Louis was an avid reader. His favorite subjects to read about was the 101st Airborne Division, cattle operations and books about his devout Catholic Faith.
He is preceded in death by his father, Louis Herman Seiter Sr; his mother, Hermina Seiter; and his brothers, Eddy and John Allen. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara; three daughters, LTC Geralyn Martinez and son-inlaw Angel; Jeanne Fraiser and son-in-law Bruce; Maria Jimmerson and son-in-law Kevin; grandsons: Caleb Frasier, Jon Martinez, Nathaniel Jimmerson and Auggie (Augustus) Jimmerson; and brothers, Tony, Tom, Kenneth, and James. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Subiaco Abbey at www.countrymonks.org. Please share memories and tributes to Louis at www. hillierfuneralhome.com.