This article memorializes forum members who have passed on. It is by no means a complete listing, simply because we don’t normally get input from the families of passed members. For that I apologize to the friends and family of all who deserve to be listed here but whose passing was unknown to the forum. If you have an addition to the list, please give the particulars to the forum manager, Mark Freburg, for inclusion. It will be our honor, although sad duty, to update the list as necessary.
Darryl passed away on April 4th, 2016, after a long fight with cancer. He was a gentle, loving honest man, who put family and friends first. He was humble and happy, never negative. As a humble man of faith, Darryl always deferred to others needs before his own, and had nothing to prove: simply put, he put others before himself.
He loved shooting, and it was a family affair, witnessed by photos he uploaded of his wife, children, and grandchildren. Darryl also loved fly-tying, and was a pro at it. He also loved hunting and fishing. A diverse man, Darryl always rooted for his St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Longhorns football team. But mostly Darryl was our friend, and we will miss him.
In today's world, Darryl he was one of a kind: no ego, no agendas. I believe God took Darryl because Darryl was ready to go home.
--by Jerry Webb & Mark Freburg
Mike Davies passed away on January 10th, 2015. A member since the forum’s inception in 2000, Mike was noted here for his devilish sense of humor and keen enjoyment of life. Firearms, motorcycling and family travel were all enjoyable pursuits for Mike and when he recounted his adventures, it was as though we were there to share the laughs right along with him.
Mike was proud of his British background. A veteran of the British Army, he had lived in Canada, England, New Zealand and Canada again. He delighted in ribbing us Americans about our out-sized -- to his British mind -- stature, appetites and regionalisms. We, in turn, kidded him mercilessly about his shorter stature and English background. With all the back-and-forth kidding, Mike never was anything but a gracious gentleman.
Jerry Webb wrote this upon hearing of Mike’s passing: “Mike was a larger than life fellow, to the extent his humor, opinions, and character stood out in a crowd. That was what I loved about Mike: he took no prisoners, and was unabashed about his beliefs and integrity. That may have bothered some, but I prefer a straight forward relationship without niceties... knowing the real man, and having a real friend. He was one of a kind, and I say that as a highest compliment I can give: there shall never be another like Mike.”
I couldn’t add a thing to that other than to say that,in all the spirited debate on the forum, I never heard Mike say anything in anger or deprecating another member. He is greatly missed.
--by Stu Wayne
Melvyn D. Hoskin
Melvyn Dewey “Mel” Hoskin was born April 9, 1932 and passed away on December 11, 2013. He joined the United States Marine Corps at a young age and served for more than 30 years achieving the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant. Mel had been a shooter before joining the “Corps” but there is little doubt that he had ample opportunity to improve his marksmanship while serving. He enjoyed shooting rifles from .17 HRM to .300 Weatherby off the bench in his back yard! These included a Remington Model 700 action built into a really accurate hunting rifle, chambered for 7mm WSM when that cartridge was first developed.
Mel's service did not stop when he retired from the USMC as he was a volunteer fire fighter for as long as he could physically do the job.
Mel was an avid handloader and inveterate tinkerer, always trying to get the best performance from a rifle and handload. He could frequently be found at his back-yard range testing rifles and handloads. He kept meticulous records of what worked best, so that he could load more of those rounds for his son and grandchildren to shoot. Mel also took it upon himself to handload practice ammunition for a local law enforcement agency.
He loved to hunt and would always work up good handloads for that purpose. Mel kept the spent cartridge case from each deer he took, tied to a tag recording the date and other information about the deer. These were kept on a display board so that he could look back through the years and remember when, where and with what rifle/cartridge he had taken deer.
A devoted family man, Mel dearly loved his wife and children and, of course, the grandchildren. Mel's son serves as a Brigadier General in the United States Army.
Mel was a wonderful friend to many, always willing to share his knowledge and experience. He is sorely missed by those who called him friend.
--by Dale Mullin
Jim Wolford passed away on August 11, 2005. Jim had been a forum member since its inception in 2000. Jim was trained as a watchmaker and brought that ability and mechanical understanding to the making of fine black powder firearms. His in-depth knowledge was a deep well from which even our fine gunsmith/member Elmer Johnston drank. Many beautiful examples of Jim’s work still show in the forum photo gallery. There are 59 references to Jim in the forum archives, just about all of which speak to his ability as a craftsman and mentor to others here. As both a friend and resource, Jim’s passing was a great loss to us all.
by Stu Wayne