April has been a month that has had a dark cloud over it. This feeling even visited many of us in the realm of Sasquatch-related obituaries and near misses.
Here are some notes on recent deaths and near losses in the Bigfoot world. Our condolences to all those touched by these events.
Johnny Lee Hayes
November 26, 1965 – April 13, 2013
Johnny Hayes, 47, of Wellborn, passed away April 13, 2013. A lifetime resident of Bryan/College Station, Johnny leaves behind many friends, family and loved ones.
Johnny, son of Charles and Mary Hayes, was born in Bryan on November 26, 1965. He will be remembered as a hardworking, devoted and generous man to all his family and friends. Johnny enjoyed spending time with his family, listening to music, composing song lyrics, going to rock concerts, and traveling.
He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Brenda Hayes; son, James Hayes; parents, Charles and Mary Hayes of Wellborn; brother, Dale Hayes and his wife, Phyllis of Bryan; niece and nephew, Amanda and Taylor Hayes; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Johnny was preceded in death by his grandparents, Eddie and Mildred Downs of Navasota; and Clinton and Ruby Hayes of Bryan; and his uncle, Eddie Downs, Jr. Source.
Craig Woolheater writes: “John Hayes attended the Texas Bigfoot Conference going back to at least 2007 in Jefferson. He and his son James attended Cryptopalooza in Jefferson last fall, spoke with you, and they both also attended the most recent Texas Bigfoot Conference in Fort Worth last month. John was a very nice and friendly man who I enjoyed talking Bigfoot with over the years at the conferences. I will surely miss him at the next one. Godspeed Johnny!”
Richard “Dick” Milton Woolheater
Birthfather of Texas Bigfootery
April 7, 1939 – April 12, 2013
As we all were arriving at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference at the Salt Fork State Park Lodge, we were saddened to hear of the loss of Craig Woolheater’s father, Dick.
Craig writes that his father “was a physics professor and thus was skeptical of cryptozoology, although he was open to the existence of Bigfoot, if presented with hard evidence. He supported and attended the Texas Bigfoot Conference from its inception. At a group dinner in San Antonio, after the first of four presentations, during the successful run of the ‘Bigfoot in Texas?’ Exhibit at the University of Texas San Antonio’s Institute of Texan Cultures museum campus, he joked that he ‘was the sperm donor that made this all possible,’ referring to the Bigfoot group TBRC and the assembled members.”
Ironically, Craig Woolheater lost his mother when he also left Texas to come visit the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. His mom passed away on November 15, 2009.
The specifics of the obituary of Dick Woolheater are these:
Richard Milton (Dick) Woolheater, 74, of Georgetown, Texas, formerly of Durant, Oklahoma, and Plano, Texas, passed away on April 12, 2013, in Georgetown. Dick died from complications of Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Dick was born on April 7, 1939, in Fort Worth, Texas to John Robert and Eva Chergosky Woolheater.
On April 13, 1986, he married Jan Haynes Toney in Plano, Texas.
Dick graduated from Arlington State (now the University of Texas at Arlington) in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He received a Master of Technology from Southeastern State University, Durant, Oklahoma in 2001. He was a 35 year employee of E-Systems in Garland, Texas, starting with the company as a co-op student in college. He changed careers in 1992 and became a math and science teacher, first at the high school level for seven years and then the college level for four more years. He retired to Sun City in 2003.
In addition to achieving the rank of Life Scout in Boy Scouts, Dick worked at Philmont National Boy Scout Camp alongside his wife Jan, and stepchildren, Sara and Scott, and Scott’s wife Denice.
Dick lived in Sun City where he loved being a “snake wrangler” and a member of the Billiards, Nature and Hiking Clubs. Dick was funny, gentle, and supportive. He was an incredibly talented artist and mathematician who could create anything he set his mind to. He especially enjoyed drawing, ceramics, and flint knapping, the art of replicating Native American artifacts from flint. He also was an avid worker of crossword and Sudoku puzzles, working both in ink only. Ever the teacher, Dick was a walking encyclopedia with accurate information to share about birds, lizards, snakes, rocks, and trees and just about anything else you could find in nature. Dick liked nothing better than to work with his hands and to share his love of the outdoors with others.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, John Robert and Eva Woolheater.
He is survived by his wife Jan; sons, Craig Woolheater, Mansfield, Texas, Kirk Woolheater and wife Karen, Ennis, Texas, Chris Woolheater and wife Malessa, Venus, Texas; stepsons, Brent Rhea, Celina, Texas, and Scott Toney and wife Denice, Littleton, Colorado; stepdaughter, Sara Shinneman and husband John, Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Kassi Woolheater, Kyle Woolheater, Justin Woolheater, Calvin Woolheater, Kelsy Woolheater, Collin Woolheater, Sara Rhea, Hayden Rhea, Iris Toney, Lillian Toney, Lauren Shinneman, and Liam Shinneman; and brother, Robert Woolheater, Midlothian, Texas.
A celebration of Dick’s life will be held in early June. Source.
Chester Moore and his father
In the last few days, Chester Moore, Southern Swamp Ape investigator, who lately has been working on feline projects, has survived an event that left his vehicle as shown.
Chester and his father were on their way to Houston to give a talk when they were hit by an 18 wheeler. They survived, with minor injuries, reportedly.