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In Memoriam of the handball community members who have passed away.  Online obituary notices and pictures can be emailed to U.S. Handball This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April 2021

Feb. 24, 1949 - April 9, 2021

Steve Bauer, Littleton, Col.

Steven Lawrence Bauer was a caring father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He died in his home on April 9, 2021 at the age of  72.

He was born to George and Catherine Bauer on February 24, 1949. After graduating from Littleton high school, Steve served in the United States Marine Corps. He then played football as an All American at Mesa University. He went on to play football on a full-ride scholarship for the Lobos at the University of New Mexico and for the Hawaiians in the World Football league. He caught the Hawaiian’s last touchdown pass.

Steve proved to be a very hard worker. He spent his childhood working on his family's farms. He also created a successful career as a Realtor. His passions included family card games, golf, and handball. He played at the pro-level and was inducted into the Handball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Steve is survived by his three children, Justin, Mysti, and Melissa. Also, his six grandchildren, Alexis, Katrina, Dustin, Taryn, Kobe, and Jameson.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11:15 am on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the Fort Logan National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Costigan Youth Handball or the Colorado Handball Association and note: In Memory of Steve Bauer.


Dr. James Turman, Edina, Minn.

Dr. James Calvin Turnman, Ph.D. Age 74 of Edina, MN, died peacefully with his wife holding his hand on April 7, 2021. Devoted husband to Susan, wife of 32 years, brother to Bill Turman of California, father to Adam (Sara) Turman, Karen Turman, Betsy (Jay) Stockwell, and Joe (Josette) Jollief, uncle to William (Jennifer) Turman, Grandfather "Buzz" to Ada and Mae Turman, Gavyn and Claire Jollief, George, Marian and Jake Stockwell, and Frankie (Bryant) Abbot. Dr. Turman was born March 14, 1947 to Evelyn and Calvin Turman in Hanford, CA.

He spent his teen years in Orinda, CA and graduated from Miramonte High School. A man who highly valued education, he earned his BS at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 1970, his MA at the University of California Berkeley in 1974, and his Doctorate in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota in 2000.

He served as Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Director of Recreation Sports at the University of Minnesota for over 30 years. In his youth, Jim loved spending time at Lake Tahoe. He was very athletic, wrestling in high school and earning national titles in handball as an adult.

Later in life, he enjoyed golf, Westerns, his devoted lapdog Louis L'Amour, time at the family cabin, trips to CA, and watching the sunset from his boat on Mille Lacs Lake. He was a proud "Grandpa Buzz" teaching his kids and grandkids how to fish.

Celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In his honor, please raise a toast to your family and loved ones!

February 2021

Livingston (Liv) Baker, Sarasota, Fla.

Livingston Baker, a very good handball player at the West Side YMCA in New York City, passed away in February.

Liv, who was 84, played mostly in East Coast tournaments.  Records show that in the 1969 New York State Tournament, he finished second in the open singles to New York Athletic club star, Jack Walsh.  In that same event, he and Richie Greenwald were open doubles runners-up to Pat O'Keefe and Jim Fitzgerald. In the 1996 Albany Open, he was runner-up in super singles to John Bike Sr.

A story about Liv Baker and a tournament in Cleveland during the winter goes like this.  He drove from the New York Metropolitan area to Cleveland in a snowstorm and because of the driving conditions, he got to the tournament two hours past his first match time. This was during pre-cell telephone days, so he could not communicate with tournament officials about his delay.    Upon his arrival, he was told that he had forfeited his match.

Growing up in Teaneck, N.J., Liv was a three-sport athlete (football, basketball and baseball) in high school. He went on Yale, where he earned a bachelor's degree. From there, he decided upon a law career, which led him to a JD at the Michigan University Law School and an LLM at New York University. He served in the U.S. Army in the 1960s.

In 1975, he became a professor in the Law School of Seton Hall University, a position he held for more than 30 years. He was an associate of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and a human rights officer of the United Nations.  In addition, he served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday School.

He leaves his wife, Ruth, and daughter, Genevieve, along with his brother, Robert.

Contributions in the name of Liv Baker should be sent to the Inner City Handball Association.

-Bill Kennedy, Oxford, Maine

January 2021

Derrell G. Jones, Washington, Ill.  

Derrell Jones, 2013 75-plus Doubles National 3-Wall Champ.
Sept. 14, 1937 - Jan. 13, 2021


Derrell G. Jones, 83, of Washington, IL died at 3:26 am Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.

Born on September 14, 1937 in Springfield, IL to Amos A. and Marie G. Cook Jones, he married Marian E. Hribar on November 26, 1960 in Lincoln, IL. She survives.

Also surviving are 4 children, Lisa (Kelley) Thomas of Mountain Home, AR, Lynn (Chuck) Cook of Washington, IL, Lori (Mark) Koutelis of Parrish, FL and Steven Jones of Sausalito, CA; 6 grandchildren, Brandon Cook, Brett (Jamie) Cook, Jordan (Autumn) Cook, Zeke Thomas, Katie Thomas and Lexy (Kyle) Baxter; 7 great-grandchildren, Ezra Cook, Colin, Emmett and Henry Cook, and Laila, Brantley and Blakely Baxter;1 brother, Earnest (Shirley) Jones of Springfield, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 brother, Melvin Jones; and 1 great-granddaughter, Oaklynn Marie Baxter.

Derrell was a US Marine Corps veteran.

He was a graduate of Bradley University and worked as an Engineer at Caterpillar Tractor Co. for 25 years, retiring in 1999.

Derrell was also a member of St. Patrick Church in Washington, the Knights of Columbus Fr. John Menco Council #6707 in Washington and was a member of the AMVETS. He served as President of the Handball Club in Peoria and was inducted into the National Handball Hall of Fame. He enjoyed coaching softball for his daughters, fishing, camping, gardening, bicycling with friends and vacations with his family, especially the grandchildren.

A funeral Mass for Derrell will be at 11 am Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at St. Patrick Church. Father John Steffen will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-6 pm Monday, January 18, 2021 at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington where social distancing standards will be followed. Cremation rites will be accorded following the mass with internment to follow later.Memorials may be made to his church or to St. Patrick School.

Stephen H. Barnhart, Wichita, Kan.

March 31, 1947 - Jan. 12, 2021

Stephen H. Barnhart, age 73, Wichita, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Steve was born to Margaret and Howard Barnhart on March 31, 1947 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from Will Rogers High School in 1965, then served in the United States Marine Corps from 1965-1969. After serving his country, he attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, graduating in 1973.

Steve worked 20 years for the YMCA as a program director. He also worked for the United States Postal Service as a rural letter carrier for 25 years before retiring. During his time at the postal service, he served as a leader on the board of the Kansas Rural Letter Carrier Association.

His greatest love was spending time with his friends, children and grandchildren. You would always see him in the stands at their events and providing friendly conversation to all he would meet.  One of his greatest attributes was his ability to talk to everyone and come away with a friend. He supported many charities and always loved a good raffle drawing. He also supported the postal service by mailing anything he could, and rarely missed mailing birthday cards.

Steve was a great friend to many, and enjoyed attending, watching and participating in sports with family and friends. He was an avid sports fan, especially of golf and handball, and enjoyed trips to the casino with his sister and son. He loved to eat out and enjoy ice cream and French fries with the grandkids, as he was a big kid himself.

Steve’s life will be forever cherished by his daughter Natalie (Tyson) Woolsoncroft of Valley Center, KS and sons Stephen Barnhart of Wichita, KS and Ryan (Abby) Barnhart of Wichita, KS; grandchildren, Garrett Woolsoncroft, Lauren Woolsoncroft, Emma Barnhart; nieces Monica (Carter) Raley of Allen, TX and Kimberly (Brian) Waletich of Mankato, MN; Wynona Powell of Bryant, AR; Vivian Taylor of OK and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Tonda L. Townsend; stepfather, J.R. Coffee; brother, Michael Barnhart in infancy.

We are so blessed for the love and support provided by Harry Hynes Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Steve's name to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202.

Keith Blackburn, Gilbert, Ariz. - A HANDBALL STORY.

Oct. 13, 1941 - Jan. 3, 2021

Keith Blackburn passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021 at his home in Gilbert, Arizona, finally conceding a hard-fought match to Lewy Body dementia. He was 79 years old.

Keith was born in Aldershot, England on October 13, 1941 and came to the U.S. with his mother Winifred “Wyn” when he was a child of four years. He is survived by his wife Geralyn; his son Kevin and wife Pam and their sons, Tyler and Tanner; his son Scott (writing in memoriam); and his brother Chester “Chet.” And of course, many nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother Wyn, his brother George, and the partner and friend with whom he built and operated U.S. Industrial Fasteners, Inc. for almost 40 years, Sam Vancel.Keith grew up in Long Beach, California. He attended UC Riverside where he played basketball and football and, most importantly, met Geralyn Jarvis who would later become his wife and partner through life. He then went to UCLA, where he achieved Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration and became a CPA soon thereafter.

Keith’s mother had only an elementary education so she was determined her sons would go to college and finish degrees—my grandmother was a force to reckon with and Dad carried her strength and love with him.At UCLA, Keith discovered the geometric puzzle he would work on for almost 60 years…the four walls of Handball. He also met his life-long friend and frequent doubles partner through those decades, Donny Civerolo. Dementia stopped Keith from playing handball competitively in the last two years of his life—even then he would sometimes go to the local racquet club and throw a handball around the court to experience the “feel.”

There were many tournaments in many places, wins and losses, and my brother Kevin and I found our opportunities to get there and watch Dad play. It was the fight he loved, the challenge, the competition…and we loved watching him. Nephews and nieces were sometimes there as well. Mom was ever-present cheering him on.Geralyn and Keith were married on December 19, 1964 and celebrated their 56th anniversary together as 2020 closed. They were happily married and best friends for every one of those years. Together they traveled the world, they golfed, and they made life-long friendships with some amazing people (some of you).

Geralyn taught school and Keith built a company while they raised two successful sons (USIF, Inc. continues to grow – Kevin leads the company and is building on Dad’s legacy today). Mom attended almost every handball tournament Dad played, and my brother and I spent our early childhood running around the YMCAs and racquet clubs where Dad competed, and we learned.  One of my earliest and strongest memories of the man and the example my father became in both his sons’ lives is peeking over the back wall of a handball court on tip toes—Dad was losing a match badly. He slammed his hand on the wall so hard I flinched, and he yelled angrily at himself, “C’mon, move!!”

My mother echoed quietly, “C’mon Keifers,” then looked down at me and said, “Your father never gives up.”

…And he never did.

No memorial service is planned due to COVID restrictions. We are remembering Keith with stories, messages, and photos at: stop by.