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In Memoriam

Randy Schwandt

Randy Schwandt was born on July 30, 1946, in Ortonville, Minn. He grew up on a dairy farm 10 miles southeast of Milbank, S.D. Randy attended grade school in a one-room grade school with outdoor toilets. In 1963 he graduated from Milbank High School. He continued his education at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, earning a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1967 as then a master's in civil engineering in 1974. 

Randy joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1969 and served until 1973, attaining rank of Captain. For the next 23 years, Randy worked for Ingersoll-Rand Company, Construction and Mining Division, where he held various positions ranging from sales to management. 

Then in 1998, Randy joined Cate Equipment as president and general manager of drilling solutions. Cate has been a 1-R and Atlas Copco blasthole drill and air compressor distributor for over 60 years. Schwandt will be missed. 

Ronald Stewart

Ronald Stewart passed away on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at the age of 65. He will be greatly missed by his wife Marjory, their son Andrew and his nieces and nephew.

Ronald was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Mary Fraser Stewart and Henry Hamilton Stewart. He was one of three children: Robert Alexander Stewart (Karein and Graham) and Mary Stewart (Mary, Diane and Susie).

He met his loving wife Marjory in 1971 through the Duke of Edinburgh's Old Gold Association; they both had a love of climbing in the highlands of Scotland. They married in 1973 and moved to Boston.

A gifted pupil, he was dux twice while attending Eastbank Academy and from there went on to study theoretical chemistry at Glasgow University, where he won the Medal for Chemistry in his first year. 

After completing his doctorate degree, he was awarded a Harkness fellowship, to attend Harvard University at the observatory as an astrophysicist. He then moved back to England where he took up a position in research and development at ICI in Runcorn and then in Scotland at Ardeer in Ayrshire. He moved to Brownsburg, Quebec, Canada in 1992 as technical manager working in the explosives division.

He made his mark on life and will be remembered through his many scientific publications, inventions and patients. The family would like to thank the surgeons, nurses, orderlies, transplant office, and the perfusionists at the Heart Institute for all their wonderful expertise in keeping Ronnie alive. We would also like to thank Dr. Bell at the Riverside hospital for his attentive care. Thanks also go to the PSW ladies, and the many nurses who came to the house to attend to him.

Gerald "Jerry" Bruce Dilley

Gerald "Jerry" Bruce Dilley passed away Dec. 7, 2013. He was born May 25, 1947, in Caldwell, Idaho, to M. Clyde and Virginia (Fitch) Dilley. He attended Caldwell schools graduating in 1966.

After spending time in Vietnam he returned to Idaho and worked in the mines at Kellogg, Ind. Returning to Caldwell, he worked driving for the ambulance service. This sparked his interest in medicine and he graduated in the first class of Canyon County paramedics.

In 1978, he met and later married Pat Schoen, combining their families to make five children. At this time he also started his own business, Superior Blasting, Inc. Two of his boys later joined him in this endeavor, one as a driller and one as a powder man.

In 1984, he became a member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE). In 1997, he became an original, investor and board member of Northwest Energetic Services, a new company in Oregon that sold and distributed explosive products. This provided Jerry and Pat numerous trips to Alaska, Hawaii and other areas of the U.S.

For many years, Jerry and his crew spent the Fourth of July providing a fireworks display for the city of Caldwell. In 2002, Jerry was surprised and honored to receive the Blaster's Leadership Award from the ISEE. Along with his wife Pat, he is survived by 5 children: Gina Dilley, David Dilley, Dave (Holly) Schoen, Danny (Maria) Schoen and Debra Gates. He is also survived by brothers Harlan Dilley and Mike Dilley; four sisters Gloria Corn, Karen Soran, Patricia Ringer and Candie (Cliff) Burdine; ten grandchildren Tyler Schoen, Megan Schoen, Bradley Dilley, Austin Fusselman, Kristina Dilley, Makayla Schoen, Karley Fusselman, Alisha Dilley, Grady Gates and Gentry Gates; plus numerous nieces and nephews.

Everyone that knew him considered him a friend. A special thank you to doctors Randall Hutchings; Michael Mallea; Steven Writer; Christopher Sjoberg, CNP; Dr. Otto and the white team at Meridian Elks Wound Care. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to American Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice.


A viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Canyon Hill Church of the Nazarene, Caldwell; interment will follow at Canyon Hill Cemetery, Caldwell. Condolences can be made at www.flahifffuneralchapel.com.

William C. VadeBonCoeur


William C. VadeBonCoeur, 79, of Kankakee, passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, after an extended illness. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home, west Kankakee, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Scott Henley will officiate. Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens, Aroma Township. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley or to the Naperville Humane Society.

William was born Nov. 1, 1933, in Kankakee, the son of Glenwood and Elva (Conner) VadeBonCoeur. After high school, he enlisted and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He married the former Eileen Hebert of Joliet in 1958. William worked in construction and later served as president of Laborer’s Local 751 of Kankakee. He completed his career as the business manager of Laborer’s Local 751 of Kankakee.

William was a proud member of Kankakee American Legion Post 85, and an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He is survived by one son, Glenn (Donna) VadeBonCoeur, of Winfield. William was preceded in death by his youngest son, Curt; and his wife, Eileen. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley - www.hkvcares.org or Naperville Humane Society - www.napervillehumanesociety.org.



Thomas Patrick Dowling

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas Patrick Dowling, a founding member of the ISEE. Mr. Dowling was born on September 27, 1927, in Ocean View, Va., the son of Patrick E. and Marion A. (Kelly) Dowling.

He graduated from St. Joseph’s Parochial Grade School, Toms River, N.J.: Lakewood High School, Lakewood, N.J.; and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the Indiana Institute of Technology.· He also was awarded a Doctorate of Civil Engineering from that university. He graduated from the Engineer Officer Candidate School, Fort Belvoir, Va., and served as an Engineering Officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

He held technical positions with Trojan Powder Company, CSC Corporation, International Minerals and Chemicals, Angus Chemical Corporation, Appalachian Explosives Company and was employed as manager, technical services, with the Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME). He was a consultant on blasting and explosives issues.

Mr. Dowling was a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania and Virginia and was a licensed blaster in Pennsylvania for more than 50 years. He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, The Society of Mining Engineers, a 50 year member of the Society of American Military Engineers and a founding member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers. He served on the IME Technical Committee for more than 30 years and on a number of Committees of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). He chaired the NFPA 495 AND 498 committees.

He held a number of patents for explosives and blasting products and authored and served as contributing editor for technical articles on explosives and blasting procedures.

Mr. Dowling was a life-long Roman Catholic and was a member of St. James Roman Catholic Church of Charles Town, W. Va.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Granis E. (Pyles) Dowling and a number of nieces and nephews.


Memorial Service

A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at:

St. James Catholic Church
49 Crosswinds Dr.
Charles Town, WV· 25414


Friends from the church will be hosting a brief reception following the service. Tom's ashes will be buried in a family plot in Romney, W. Va., at a future date. Granis thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers and understands it may be difficult for many to attend.