Category: In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Frank "Jeep" Klaene Jr. - 1/16/16

Frank "Jeep" Klaene Jr., 68, of Union, KY, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. Frank recently retired after serving for many years as the Executive Vice President of F.N. Sheppard & Co. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve, as chairman of the Mineola Industrial Park Association and president of NIBA-The Belting Association, and most recently as a spinning instructor at Five Seasons Sports Club, where he had been an active member since its opening. Frank is survived by his wife of 46 years, Susan Klaene (née Lahner); children: Erin Manning (Michael), Kristian Klaene (Mary Ann), and Collin Soper (Harold); grandchildren: Elsa Klaene, Will Klaene, Sydney Manning, Andrew Manning, and two grandchildren joyfully anticipated in May; mother Sylvia Klaene Salzman; sister Linda Fookes (Gary); brother Mark Klaene (Zita); and step-brother Jamie Salzman. His father, Frank "Tank" Klaene Sr., and his step-father, Charles Salzman, preceded him in death. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Mother of God Church in Covington, KY, on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at 12:05 p.m. A eulogy will be offered before the Mass at 11:45 a.m. A reception will be held at Linnemann Event Center, in Burlington, KY, following the Mass. Interment will be at Mother of God Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Rd., Edgewood, KY 41017, or Ronald McDonald House, 350 Erkenbrecher Ave. Cincinnati, OH, 45229. Online condolences may be made at - See more at:

William "Bill" Cooper Levensalor

William "Bill" Cooper Levensalor - 11/16/2015

William "Bill" Cooper Levensalor, age 71, passed away at his home in Cumming, GA, surrounded by his family on November, 16th. He was born on August 26th, 1944 in Springfield, MA to Kenneth and Elizabeth Levensalor. He spent his formative years in Cromwell, CT. Bill joined the army in 1968 and was awarded the Bronze Star in Vietnam before his honorable discharge in 1969. Upon his return from the war, Bill returned to Alfred University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and met his future wife. On December 4th, 1971, he married Maureen Rita Swanick. After college, Bill worked in the industrial belting arena and eventually started Belt Corporation of America in 1985 in Cumming, GA. He devoted 30 years to building a reputable, state of the art manufacturing business. He was a respected member of the business community and a leader in the industrial belting world. Bill coached his three sons in soccer over a span of 25 years and was a co-founder of Forsyth County's first soccer association, The Forsyth Rowdies. He was also active in the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce serving on the Board of Directors. Bill also served on the Athletic Committee of Lakeview Academy in Gainesville, GA. Bill served on a Lanier Tech Business Advisory Board. He is currently a member of Rotary International. He is survived by his beloved wife Maureen, sons, Randy of Boulder, CO, Adam and wife Stefanie of Norfolk, VA and Alex of Atlanta, GA. He has three granddaughters who he adored. His sister Martha Ann Field of Auburn, ME survives him. A memorial service will be held at Deer Creek Presbyterian Church 7620 Lanier Dr Cumming, GA 30041. For memorial donations please see

Gary "Bert" Hansen

Gary "Bert" Hansen - 9/29/2015

Gary "Bert" Hansen, Age 57 of Bloomington, passed away from lung cancer on September 29, 2015 with his loving wife Lois Norrgard and family members by his side. Gary loved life and lived it to the fullest. He maintained close friendships from elementary school through his entire working career. He was employed by Baldwin Supply of Mpls for the last 21 years and enjoyed his work family and his customers. Gary had a great sense of humor and was always quick with a laugh and a joke. His passion for the outdoors included hunting, fishing and golf. He will be remembered for his integrity and strong love and dedication to family and friends. Preceded in death by his mother Geneva "Dolly" Hansen. He is survived by his wife Lois, his father Bertin Hansen, sisters Diane Swanson (Joel) and Linda Hansen Melena, nephews Travis and Brock Swanson, numerous cousins, in-laws and his hunting dog Chance. Gary will be dearly missed by his family and many good friends. A celebration of his life will be held at Emmaus Free Lutheran Church, 8443 2nd Ave. So., Bloomington, on Wed., Oct 7th at 11 AM. Visitation Tues., Oct 6 from 6-8 PM as well as one hour prior to service. Memorials preferred to Lung Cancer Research Foundation.

Michael Lawson Burkholder

Michael Lawson Burkholder - 5/28/2015

Michael Lawson Burkholder, 67, died Thursday May 28, 2015 from complications following chemotherapy treatment. Mike was born January 5, 1948 in Akron and was raised in Cuyahoga Falls. He lived in Ohio most of his life and moved to Georgetown Texas and a warmer climate. He worked and loved his job at Blair Rubber Corporation. He enjoyed his Cleveland Browns and Buckeyes, loved golf and spending time with family especially his grandchildren. He loved to travel. Mike is survived in death by his beloved wife Claudia Saylor Burkholder of Georgetown Texas, daughters Melissa (Joe) Joan of Mt. Gilead Ohio, MaryJo (John) Beck of Douglasville Georgia, Megan Burkholder of Georgetown Texas, step-daughter Sharon Henry of Austin Texas, and step-son Brian Henry of New Braunfels Texas, Grandchildren Scott, C.J. Mason, Nick, Ian, CaitlIn, Lawson, Max, and Addy; sibling Jeff (Amy) Burkholder of Akron, and beloved dog Lucy. He is preceded in death by his parents Bud and Peggy Burkholder, his sister Tish Anderson, and cherished dog Ella. We invite you to share your memories and thoughts with us on Mike's Facebook page.

Jerry L. Splawn

Jerry L. Splawn - 3/31/2015

Jerry L. Splawn, 85, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Twin Lakes Health Care. A native of Greenville, S.C., he was the son of the late Virgil Baxter and Bessie Estelle Stuart Splawn.  Mr. Splawn was CEO of Splawn Belting and a graduate of N.C. State University, where he was a member of the track team and Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was a former member of the Burlington Lions Club, a U.S. Army veteran, where he also ran track, and a member of First Presbyterian Church. After his family and his company, his loves were Cherry Grove Beach and playing golf. Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Nell Whittington Splawn; sons, Jerry Michael Splawn and wife Vivian and Stephen Renick Splawn and wife Angie, all of Burlington; daughter, Rebecca Lynne Splawn of Raleigh; grandchildren, Michael Morgan Splawn and Stephen Renick Splawn Jr. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church by Dr. Ron Shive, pastor. Interment will follow in Alamance Memorial Park.  Mr. Splawn will remain at Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory until being taken to the church for services.

The family will receive friends at Lowe Funeral Home from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday and at the residence at other times. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215 or to First Presbyterian Church, 508 W. Davis Street, Burlington, NC 27215.

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James Stinson Howell

James Stinson Howell - 11/15/2014

James Stinson Howell passed away November 15, 2014 after a short illness. Beloved husband of 65 years to Patri-cia E. (Mason) Howell; loving father of Linda (Peter) Wey-and (formerly Kirby) and the late Donna Murphy. James is survived by his grandchildren, Tera Murphy and her twin children Aurora and Dakota Carter, Christina (Adam) Kloep-fer and their son Caden, Jeremiah, Daniel (Amy), Josiah and Leah Kirby, seven step-grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren, predeceased by his three sisters. Due to the weather, the family will now be present on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Drive (corner Hopkins Road) where a Funeral Service will be held on Monday at 11 AM. Share condolences online at

Ronald R. Render

Ronald R Render - 11/01/2013

Ronald R Render, 82, of Valparaiso, Ind., passed away Sunday September 29, 2013. He was born February 24, 1931 in Akron, Ohio to Caludis and Ruth Render, received the Bronze Star for his service with the U.S. Marines in the Korean War and received a B.A. & B.S. in Business Administration from Kent State University. Ron has been a Sales manager with Goodrich Tire & Rubber Company and the Dana Corporation his entire career, retiring in 2006. He was a proud member of the Goldwing Roadriders association having logged hundreds of thousands of miles on the road.

On December 27, 1952 he married Betty Berry who survives along with their children Randall (Catherine) Render of Uniontown, Ohio, Julie (Mike) Danner of New Philadelphia, Ohio, Cynthia (John) Rademacher of Niles, Ill., Robert Render of Lodi, Ohio; grandchildren, Phillip (Kelly) Render, Peter (Jessica) Render ,Johnny Render, Anna (Pat) Graham, Mae (Mike) Beitzel, Adam Danner, Dacota Render, Zachariah Render and Sara Render; and six great-grandsons, Luke and Nolan Render, Miles and Marshall Beitzel, Caleb Kelley and Madden Chek. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Christopher Chek.

Galen Knight

Galen Knight - 01/04/2012

Galen Knight, 57, of Greenwood, Indiana, died Monday, September, 26, 2011, in Greenwood. Galen began working at Dunham Rubber and Belting 35 years ago in sales and progressed to his most current position as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, as well as becoming an owner of the company. In addition to his job, Galen served as a member of many local and national organizations. He was a strong supporter and volunteer of the United Way of Johnson County, served on the Board of Directors and most currently as the Chairman of the Education and Technical Committee for the National Industrial Belting Association, was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greenwood, IN, was actively involved in the Indiana and Johnson County Republican Party and a member of Mount Auburn United Methodist Church. Galen was also a lover of people and life and would do anything for those he loved. He loved spending time with his friends and family, traveling all over the world (especially Italy), was greatly interested in politics and was the owner of two beloved dogs. Galen is preceded in death by his father, Russell Knight. Survivors include his mother, Frances Jean Williams Knight of Greenwood, IN; his wife of 38 years, Susan Gail Stokes Knight of Greenwood, IN; a son, Matthew Christian Knight, and daughter-in-law, Cinthia Herrera Knight (pregnant with twins) of Greenwood, IN; a daughter, Ashlee Elizabeth Knight of Seattle, WA; and brothers James Knight of Noblesville, IN, and Richard Knight of Wylie, TX.

Bill Koch

Bill Koch - 02/02/2010

After a long and successful career in the conveyor belting industry, Bill Koch, 74, of Behabelt USA passed away on February 2, 2010. Bill was born in Cudahy, WI, the only child of Wendell Koch and Gladys Johnson Koch. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol, and their three sons, David, Timothy and Christopher, daughter-in-law, Annie and beautiful grandchildren. Bill had been in the belting industry for fifty years and worked right up to his passing. He has been a long time NIBA member over the years. He graduated from West Point in 1957. After working for many different companies throughout the Midwest and Eastern U.S., Bill started Chicago Belt in 1991 and represented Polymax for European style belting and pu sidewalls, Conti for rubber sidewall and Beha Innovation for extrusions and welding equipment. In 2007, Bill sold Chicago belt to Beha and it is now Behabelt USA. Bill signed on for a three-year period to help get the new company up and running.

Ronald Lee Roalsen (Rubber Ron)

Ronald Lee Roalsen (Rubber Ron) - 02/02/2010

Ronald Lee Roalsen, Rubber & Plastics Inc., died at his home Feb. 2, 2010, after battling colon cancer. Ron grew up in the small logging and farming community of Grand Ronde with his mother and extended family. Early on he learned the value of hard work and that honesty was not just a virtue, but a means that shaped his life. The family moved to Northeast Portland and he worked at the family gas station with his father, Ray, who had a big influence in Ron's life and helped him discover his mechanical aptitude, love of people and fast cars. Ron met and married his best friend, Carol Hutchinson, and in 1969, they started a family and Ron went to work for his father-in-law selling industrial components and conveyor belts. This is where Ron's professional sales career was born. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to start Rubber & Plastics Inc., where he continued to work and develop his passion for the conveyor belt industry and the people in this small community. As business grew, Ron continued his pursuit of developing relationships and providing a positive influence on all those who worked with him. It wasn't necessarily the products, but the people that Ron was passionate about. However, his knowledge and desire to solve problems led many people around the country to call him for his problem solving skills and advice. Ron joined NIBA in the '80s and quickly grew in popularity as he served on many different committees. Nicknamed "Rubber Ron," he became president of NIBA in 2002. Ron was more than a father, husband and employer, he was one who loved people and would do anything to help someone in need. He was a mentor and had a strong influence in the lives of those lucky enough to have called him a friend. Ron is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, Edward and Rodney; daughter-in-law, Julie; father, Ray; brother, Bob; sister-in-law, Laurie; sisters, Marta and Molly; and two grandsons, Cole and River.

Heinrich Adolf Sennholz

Heinrich Adolf Sennholz - 11/29/2009

Heinrich Adolf Sennholz, a longtime employee and retiree from Belting Industries Co., Inc. passed away November 28, 2009, at the age of 86. At the age of 14, Henry started his career in the rubber and belting business working as a coffee boy at Continental Rubber in Hannover Germany. He learned the rubber trade before enlisting in the German Navy during World War II (1940) at the age of 17. During his military duty he served on three different German Naval Vessels as a signalman. Each one of the vessels was sunk in the North Atlantic by Allied warships. In 1946 he met his wife Eva and they were married in 1949 in Germany where he had continued his employment in the rubber and belting field. A few years after their son Frank (a current Belting Industries employee) was born, they immigrated to the United States in 1958. Henry continued in the belting business with a company in New York City until he joined Belting Industries in 1966. Henry helped transform Belting Industries from a conveyor belt only company into a mix of belt products focused on the office OEM market. His knowledge of Hypalon® and silicone helped develop the necessary processes to make belts for IBM and Xerox. Henry was always known for his cute jokes, great smile and happy disposition. He retired from Belting Industries in 1988 to spend more time with his family. Henry is survived by his wife-Eva, son-Frank, daughter-Debbie and two grandchildren.