Diedre “Dee Dee” Whittaker, 57, advertising account executive for The Waterways Journal, died September 7 following complications from heart surgery. A member of the WJ staff since February 2020, Whittaker managed advertising accounts primarily in… Read More

Capt. Vernon Sturgeon, 92, of Paducah, Ky., a longtime towboat captain, died July 13 at Providence Pointe Nursing Home. He started working on the river at 13 and retired as… Read More

Obituary: Deane Orr

June 13, 2022

Warren “Deane” Orr, 72, of Renovo Pa., former vice president of river operations for Consol Coal, died June 3. A regular at industry meetings, he was known for passionately advocating… Read More

Obituary: Charlie Newton

June 13, 2022

Charles “Charlie” Newton, 83, former owner of Economy Boat Store, died May 23 at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. A CPA, he began his career as an accountant… Read More

Dudley Yeomans, St. Charles, Mo., retired surveyor, died April 24. He was 96. A World War II Marine Corps veteran wounded in the Battle of Pelelui, he started in the… Read More

Peter C. Merrill, a renowned marine surveyor and appraiser who started in the river business when he was 20, died April 10 at Marymount Nursing Home, near St. Louis, Mo.,… Read More

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