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Margaret Powell

Feb 04, 1935 - Nov 16, 2023

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Niceville, FL

Margaret Louise Powell was born on February 4, 1935 in a small farm town called Allentown, Florida to JC and Anise Phillips. She had one sibling, a younger brother, Bill. Margaret met Thomas Powell in high school and they were married in 1953. They had two children, Tony and Janet. Margaret worked at Ruckel Jr. High School as a bookkeeper. Later, she and Thomas started the Margaret Powell Rental business. She and Thomas enjoyed each others company. Golfing, fishing, sewing, cooking, exercising, ...Read More

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Edna Dianne Dixon

Feb 21, 1948 - Feb 16, 2024

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Niceville, FL

In Loving Memory of Edna Dianne Dixon Edna Dianne Dixon, of Niceville, FL, peacefully passed away on February 16, 2024, at the age of 75 after a courageous battle with cancer, with her son, who was her sole caregiver, by her side. She was born on February 21, 1948, to Elmer Boyington Sr. and Mary Casimira Wozniak, Edna Dianne was a devoted wife to Henry James Dixon, whom she married on June 6, 1964. They spent over 20 years traveling the country while he served in the United States Air Force, eventually retiring in Niceville, FL, where Edna has lived for the past 40 years. Edna Dianne was an active member of the local Boy Scouts of America, leaving a lasting impact on many lives. Her love for gardening was evident to all who knew her, as her green thumb turned her garden into a colorful haven admired by neighbors and passersby who would stop by often. Edna Dianne is survived by her daughter Darlene Taylor (and her husband, Daniel), son John Dixon, grandchildren Kayla Law (and her husband David) and Jesse Taylor, and great-grandchildren Liam and Jamie Law. She is also survived by her sister Ellen Jane Taylor and numerous nieces and nephews. Edna Dianne was preceded in death by her husband Henry James Dixon, parents Elmer Boyington Sr. and Mary Casimira Wozniak, and siblings Elmer Boyington Jr, Joseph Boyington, James Boyington, and Agnus Susan Boyington. A simple and loving woman, Edna Dianne will be remembered for her warmth, dedication to family, and the impact she made in her community. May she rest in peace. There will be a celebration of life on Monday, March 4, 2024, at 3 pm in the Heritage Gardens Cemetery. To to the family or in memory of Edna "Dianne" Dixon, please

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Lori Jean Danielak (Burch)

May 14, 1961 - Jan 10, 2024

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Niceville, FL

Lori Jean Danielak (Burch) passed away on January 10, 2024 at 62 years old surrounded by her loving husband Paul, daughter Madalyn and son William after a courageous battle against cancer. Lori was born a Mother’s Day gift in Burbank, California as the youngest of five sisters: Dixie, Crystal, Lisa and Roxanne. Her sisters enjoyed having a real-life baby doll until brother Rudolf came along. When she was three, her parents Rudolf and Maria (Susie) Burch whisked the family off to live in Germany, then Italy, returning to California after several years. She graduated from Granada Hills HS and attended classes at Los Angeles Pierce College. Lori’s incredible empathy and natural inclination to help people made her a natural for the many customer service positions she held across a wide spectrum of industries. Lori met husband Paul in 1983 on a blind date set up by sister Lisa. Lori looked past his nerdiness and quickly fell for his humor and personality. Lori was a beautiful bride in 1990; a spectacular wedding people still talk about! The family relocated to the Florida panhandle in 1993 where she later found motherhood as her life’s calling, welcoming her rainbow baby daughter Madalyn in 1997. After another relocation to Merritt Island, Florida in 1998, the family welcomed son William in 2000. Lori had a fierce love for her children, a true Mama Bear. In 2003, the family returned to Niceville. She was loyal and caring and attracted lifelong friends everywhere she lived, described by all close to her as "a hoot!" She was the life of the party, lighting up every room with her infectious laughter. Madalyn fondly recalls Lori hosting tailgates with her at the University of Florida and her classmates often asked about her. She loved trips to her local bingo hall, Biloxi, Vegas, and her favorite way to spend the holidays was on the deck of a cruise ship. She loved being the “dog treat lady” wherever she decided to set up camp on a long weekend. Lori's greatest joys were her family, friends, and her chocolate labs and her memory continues to live in the hearts of all who were privileged to know her.

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Paul Richard Heinz

Jul 04, 1934 - Feb 09, 2024

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Niceville, FL

Paul Richard Heinz, age 89, of Niceville, FL, passed away Friday, February 9, 2024. Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home at 1:30 PM. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the service hour. Interment will follow at Sunset Cemetery. To to the family or in memory of Paul Richard Heinz, please

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James Dexter Brickell

Sep 21, 1939 - Feb 05, 2024

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Niceville, FL

In loving memory of James "Jim" Dexter Brickell, the son of James Harrison and Gertrude, born in Houston, Texas on September 21st, 1939, who peacefully passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Monday, February 5th. He was a devoted husband of 62 years, cherished father to three children - two daughters and a son. A distinguished Air Force aviator and proud alumnus of the University of Mississippi, he bravely served his country during the Vietnam War, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. His 20 years of military service led him to various corners of the world, but it was in Florida where he found solace and embarked on a fulfilling second career as a land rights agent. Beyond his professional accomplishments, he found joy on the golf course where he spent countless hours perfecting his game and forging lasting friendships. He proudly shot his age of 71 in June of 2010. His legacy of courage, dedication, witty humor, and love will forever be cherished by those who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife Susan, sister Beverly, children Donna, Karen and Scott, as well as his grandchildren Willa Dare, Ava, Hayes, Max, Annabelle, Lillie, and Dexter, and a community of friends who will deeply miss his presence. Though he may be gone, his spirit will continue to inspire and guide us always. Hotty Toddy To to the family or in memory of James Dexter Brickell, please

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Thomas Edward Durrenberger Sr.

May 04, 1949 - Feb 01, 2024

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Niceville, FL

Thomas Edward Durrenberger Sr. was born on May 4, 1949, and passed away on February 1, 2024, at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sharol; son, Thomas (Hannah Koesterer) Durrenberger; daughter, Ann (Seth) McCann; and grandchildren, Evan and Carver McCann, and Josie and Freddie Durrenberger. He is also survived by his sister, Diane (Richard) Levy; brother, Alan Durrenberger; and nephew Andy Levy. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, John and Erlene Durrenberger. Tom saw much of the world at an early age. He was born in Pensacola, FL, and then spent several years living in Colorado Springs, CO, and Wiesbaden, Germany, before returning to the Florida panhandle and graduating from Niceville High School in 1967. While in college, he took a brief hiatus from his studies and returned to Europe, funding his travels around the continent by working as a bowling alley technician for US military bases. After an eventful year, he returned and graduated from the University of Florida as an Aerospace Engineer in 1973. Tom’s love of flight led him to take a series of increasingly senior engineering roles at Eglin AFB, where he met Sharol in 1980. His utter disdain for regulations and the rules of mortal men led him to leave employment with the Air Force for a series of entrepreneurial pursuits, including, notably, as the owner/operator of several machine shops, despite having never previously welded a day in his life. This didn’t stop Tom – few things did. Welding and metalworking were simply new skills to master. At the machine shops, Tom was particularly proud of his standardized design for light-duty, open-top utility trailers, which he produced in huge quantities. Many of these can still be seen on local roads today. Tom was a devoted father. He eventually sold his businesses and began working from home to spend more time with his kids. He was ever-present in their lives, and served as the School Advisory Council president at each of their schools. He never missed a single football game, wrestling match, basketball game, track or cross country meet for his kids. Tom hated to pay for home improvements he could do himself, no matter how grueling. Whether it was building a seawall, re-roofing the house, installing a sprinkler system, sinking a well, or finishing a bathroom, there were few projects he would not take on, often with his son as a less-than-fully-willing assistant. Tom applied the same certainty in his own abilities to the kitchen, where he developed his own methods for making, in turn, bread, beef jerky, boiled peanuts, donuts, sautéed apples, and finally chocolate cookies, the recipes for all of which remain closely guarded secrets. Later in life, he served as the head track and cross country coach at Ruckel Middle School and then Niceville High School, where he coached multiple runners to state championships and impacted the lives of many more young athletes. Tom spent the last years of his life chasing his grandchildren with Sharol. He loved sharing his interests with them, especially flying kites at the beach. Tom did much and lived well. He loved his family, animals, the library, sweets and candies, and raising hell. Few things were beyond his ability, and he demonstrated just how full one life can be. His interests and spirit live on in his children and grandchildren. He will be missed. Friends and family are invited to remember Tom at Doc’s Oyster Bar, located on Tom’s Bayou in Valparaiso, FL, on Thursday, May 2, 2024, from 2-5 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Parkinson’s Foundation or the Niceville Public Library.

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Fronita Ann Johnson Collins

Oct 25, 1949 - Feb 04, 2024

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Niceville, FL

Fronita Ann Johnson Colllins was called home to be with the Lord on February 4, 2024 at the age of 74. She was loaned to this earthly body on October 25, 1949 to Johnny and Jewel Johnson of Geneva, Alabama. She was known to her friends and loved ones by simply Ann. She was a beloved wife (widow), mother, grandmother, and friend, and she will be greatly missed by all who loved her. Ann lived her youth through high school, graduating from Geneva High in Geneva, Alabama. She went on to become a nurse and started a family tradition of nurses to come with her beloved sister, daughter, and granddaughter all following in those shoes with a lifetime career of providing care, compassion, and expert sills as a nurse until retirement. She married her dear and loving husband Stephen Collins in 1992. They spent several years in the Conroe, Texas area before finally retiring to their beloved home of Niceville, Florida, where they found a wonderful church family at Choctaw Beach Methodist. Ann used to say her favorite bible verse was Psalm 91, and that you could find the most answers to life’s problems in Proverbs. She gave the best advice and you always knew you were loved. She showed her love best in her meals. She always was the center of all family meals and you could taste the love in every bite. She passed on many recipes over the last several years so that even though she’s gone, you can feel her love through the meals we’ll know to prepare. She was the mother to her surviving children: John Johnson, Shannon Holland, and Hailie Collins. She was the mother that said “I love you” every day. She never was more proud than of her children, and then to her grandchildren: Devan Fields (deceased), Trevor Fields, and Jordan Wier. She may have been a better grandmother than even a mother and that’s saying something. She was so proud of her granddaughter Jordan who, like herself, went on to become a Registered Nurse and her grandson Devan who was finishing his degree in IT at the time of his early death, her granddaughter, whom she adopted as a child, for leaving the nest and buying a home nearby and for being so determined to do and be a good woman. Her son John Johnson for becoming a Navy veteran. Her daughter Shannon Holland for her accomplishment of becoming the best version of herself and loyal heart. She loved her family dearly. Her only sibling, Sonya Johnson Duncan of Birmingham, Alabama, was someone she always told her daughter and granddaughter to aspire to be like. But the love her daughter Samantha Lawrence of Ozark, Alabama and Merri Shannon Holland of Geneva, Alabama is a love that transcends this earthly body. Ann is survived by her children Johnson Johnson, Merri Shannon Holland, Samantha Wier Lawrence, Hailie Collins, and her grandchildren Jordan Wier and Trevor Fields, as well as her sister Sonya Duncan. She was preceded in death by her parents Johnny and Jewel Johnson of Geneva, her loving and beloved husband Stephen Lee Collins, her grandson Devan Fields, her stepson Stephen Collins, and stepdaughter Jennifer Collins, and many special friends and loved ones and family, Pastor Doug Newton, Robert Lawrence, Todd Pryor, Steve Duncan, Bernard Collins, Mary Lou Collins, and Paulette McClure. The family would like to thank Greenwood Assisted Living in Geneva, Alabama, as well as Gentiva Hospice and RN Kayla Hogue, and hospice Dr. Gammill. To to the family or in memory of Fronita Ann Collins, please

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John Lawrence Brennan III

Jul 30, 1939 - Jan 19, 2024

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Niceville, FL

Jack, as everyone called him, was born in St. Louis, Missouri on Jul 30, 1939, and passed on to the Lord on Jan 19, 2024 in Niceville, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, Macey and John L. Brennan, Jr. He attended Eugene Coyle High School in Kirkwood, Missouri and graduated from St. Louis University. He was commissioned into the US Air Force through AFROTC at St. Louis University. He entered the Air Force on Sep 12, 1961 and retired from the Air Force on May 31, 1989 as a Lt. Col. His 28-year career in the USAF took him all over the world as a Navigator, Weapons System Operator (WSO), Chief of the Command Post, and a Tactical Air Command (TAC) Standardization/Evaluation inspector. As a WSO, (“back seater” in an RF-4), he had a tour flying reconnaissance missions over North Vietnam. In this assignment, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 oak leaf cluster, and an Air Medal with 14 oak leaf clusters. His other USAF awards and decorations are too numerous to mention. His final assignment at Keesler AFB was an operations officer on the C-130 ABCCC (Airborne Command, Control, and Communications). While stationed in Korea, he met the love of his life, Lt. Col. Pat Degnan, and they were married while stationed at Shaw AFB on Oct 6, 1979. In 1991 Jack and Pat moved to Niceville, Florida where they blessed the community and their parish with years of devoted service. They gave of their time, talent and treasures in every way to their parish, Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Church. They were instrumental in the planning of the Mardi Gras party and St. Patrick’s Day party. Jack was a member of the choir while his health permitted. Both were very devoted to the building project that will be breaking ground soon. During their retired years, they were avid dog owners and world travelers. Jack was a very spiritual person who loved his faith and enjoyed giving to others. In 1992, he became a Knight at HNJ Council 7667 and was one of the founding fathers of COR Council 13257. He was a 4th Degree Knight (known as the Patriotic Degree) for 24 years. For many years, he was the Vocations Director responsible for the support of seminarians with monetary gifts and prayers. Jack often took it upon himself to write letters of encouragement to the seminarians. He was devoted to the increase of vocations to the Catholic priesthood. Jack took an active part in all meetings and fund raisers. He loved being a part of the yearly picnic and Christmas party for the residents of Sunland. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Alice Brennan, sister, Joan DeCota, sister-in-law, Sheila McCarron, niece, Colleen McKenna (Richard), nephews, Michael McCarron (Cathy), and William McCarron, Jr. (Tammy). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Church (building fund in memo line) 1028 White Point Road, Niceville, Florida 32578 or Knights of Columbus 13527 (IHO Jack Brennan in memo line) for support of seminarians. Mail to Mr. Lenny Smales, 1403 Ernest Hemingway Drive, Niceville, Florida 32578. To to the family or in memory of John Lawrence Brennan III, please

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Thomas Howard Nelson

May 24, 1963 - Jan 21, 2024

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Niceville, FL

In loving memory of Thomas Howard Nelson, born on May 24, 1963, who peacefully passed away on January 21, 2024, after a courageous battle with cancer. After graduating from high school in Republic Missouri, he dedicated 20 years of his life to the US Air Force, serving as an Aerospace Propulsion Craftsman with pride. Throughout his career, Tom’s exceptional service was recognized, as he earned the Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Tom is preceded in death by both parents, Lois Love and Charles Nelson and sister, Laughvon Troxell. He leaves behind his beloved partner of 17 years, Teri Stefke, her six children, their spouses, and six grandchildren. And Extended family. But overall, Tom was recognized as “Grand-dad Tom” by 17 kids. He is also survived by his sister Lula Troxell and her son Robert Powers, sister Anita Dowling, and her son Alex Heard. And his brother Dwayne Love. Tom will be remembered for his passion for showing up to all his grandchildren’s functions and his steadfast work ethic. His love of archery, ATV adventures, playing on his Air Force squadron softball teams, and his unwavering support for Alabama football. May his soul rest in eternal peace. “Roll Tide” To to the family or in memory of Thomas H Nelson, please

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Betty J. Cook

Oct 29, 1947 - Jan 26, 2024

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Niceville, FL

Betty, 76, passed away peacefully on January 26th, 2024, surrounded by family and loved ones. Born on October 29th, 1947, to Mack and Billie Smith, she was a wife, mother, sister, and friend who touched the lives of many with her warmth, kindness, sassiness, and unwavering love. For 19 years, Betty worked for the Okaloosa County School District. She loved what she did and was highly dedicated. Over those 19 years, she touched many people's lives, including children. Fishing was one of Betty’s many hobbies, including watching birds, playing solitaire, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family. Betty loved her children, grandchildren, and family considerably. Betty was truly a mother and a friend to everyone she met. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fenton “Jimmy” Cook, father and mother, Mack and Billie Smith, and her brother, Billy Mack Smith. She is survived by children, Rodney Cook and his wife Tara, and Randy Cook and his wife, Kim. Grandchildren: Bayleigh, Levi, Dalton, AJ, Jason, Nicole, Taylor, and Lillie. Sister, Bobbie Gilman and many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. The memories of her love and laughter will forever be cherished. The funeral service will be on February 2, 2024, at 3:00 PM, at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home with visitation an hour prior. The loss of Betty leaves a void in our lives, but her spirit will live on in the memories we hold dear. May she rest in eternal peace, and may her loved ones find solace in the beautiful moments shared and her impact on the world. Pallbearers will be Harvie “Butch” Gunter, Buster Bush, Paul Mack, Jasper Bailey, Chris Cadenhead, and Donald Dawkins. She is now in Heaven with her husband, Jimmy. To to the family or in memory of Betty J. Cook, please

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Carla Rae Engeldinger

Mar 16, 1943 - Jan 26, 2024

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Niceville, FL

We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Carla Rae (Larrabee) Engeldinger on January 26, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Carla was born March 16, 1943, in Menomonie, WI to the parents of Earl and Virginia (Midge) Larrabee. Carla attended her first 8 grades in a one room schoolhouse, and graduated from Menomonie HS and Eau Claire Vocational College. Carla married the love of her life Francis Engeldinger on September 8, 1962, and they were assigned to numerous Air Force Bases, stateside and overseas. Not counting a short period with Boeing Aircraft Co., at Vandenberg AFB, CA. Carla was with DOD Air Force for over 40 years. Some memorable assignments were working with a One Star at Army Section JUSMMAT, Ankara, Turkey, also a Two Star at Bldg. 1 Eglin, and eight Wing/Base Commanders at Eglin AFB, until retiring in 2007. Carla was passionate about animals and devoted her next 16 years to volunteering at Eglin Pet Welfare as a dog walker, dog adoption coordinator, and Chairman (12yr). Carla also volunteered with Angels Attic at Holy Name of Jesus Church (Niceville). Carla and Frank loved and looked forward to her annual birthday and anniversary trips to Biloxi, MS., enjoying the casinos. She was devoted to her family and cherished every moment together. She made every holiday memorable and special. She especially enjoyed watching The Voice with her sister via the phone. Some of her hobbies included shopping, scrapbooking, going to the movies, attending church, Packers football, Mary Kay, and taking care of her dogs. She has left behind a legacy of love, kindness, and strength. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Virginia (Midge) Larrabee, a brother-in-law Michael Koehler, and nephew Bradley Koehler. Carla is survived by her husband of 61 years Francis (Frank) Engeldinger, Daughter Renee (Gary) Aull, Son Jeffrey F. (Daniela) Engeldinger, Granddaughter Haley Aull, Grandsons Tanner Aull, Joshua (Meagan) Jones, Great Granddaughter Juliet Jones, Sister Dianna Koehler and numerous Nieces and Nephews. Arrangements are being made by Heritage Gardens. 2201 Partin Dr. N., Niceville, FL 32578. Visitation will be held Sunday, February 4, 2024, from 5:00-7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd., Niceville, FL 32578 on Monday, February 5, 2024, at 10:00 AM. Father Stephen Voyt officiating. Carla will be laid to rest after Mass at Heritage Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Eglin Pet Welfare (no-kill shelter), Angels Attic (Holy Name of Jesus Church), or a charity of their choice. To to the family or in memory of Carla Rae Engeldinger, please

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