Global Fastener News


September 28
00:00 2016

Scroll down below 2017 Obituaries for a link to previous obituaries or CLICK HERE.


James Timothy “Tim” Marzano, 61, president of international operations for ND Industries, died after a brief illness.
He was the 1989-91 president of the Los Angeles Fastener Association.
His wife, Kelly Lynn Marzano, had died three weeks previously.
Survivors include Mikaela Marzano and Terri Lynn Mattocks.
Messages to the family may be sent to ND at the Western Fastener Processing Division, 13929 Dinard Ave., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670.



Bobby Gwyn Barnhill, 81, died November 24, 2017. She was a third-generation New Mexican.
A self-described nosey person, she intended to be a court reporter but took a different direction when she was asked out for coffee by Jim Barnhill, a fellow University of New Mexico student.
In the 1960s, Bobby and Jim began working for his parents’ business – Barnhill Bolt Company Inc. She became the first woman president of the Western Association of Fastener Distributors and served two terms.
In 1997, Bobby and Jim were inducted into the NIFS Fastener Hall of Fame.
In her 50s, she educated herself on computer technology and helped develop the first computer program being used in the fastener industry.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Jim; and a daughter, Dr. Jamie G. Barnhill.
Survivors include Joan “Korkie” Kerkin, Ross and Connie Barnhill; Lynn Barnhill; John and Shannon Barnhill; six grandchildren; and Jim’s sister and her husband, Mary and Dick Silver.
Services were December 2, 2017, at French-University.
Messages to the family may be sent c/o Barnhill Bolt Inc., 2500 Princeton NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Email:

William R. “Bill” Hayes Jr., 75, died November 9, 2017, in Wyoming.
He started in the industry with Mel Kirsner of Pell Mell Supply. He founded Hayes Bolt in San Diego in 1976 and sold the distributorship to his first employee, Suzanne Dukes, in 1980. He had started Hawaii Nut & Bolt Inc. in 1979.
After 32 years in the fastener industry he retired to a rural lakeside house in Montana in 2003. He eventually sold the distributorship to his son, Bill Hayes III.
In 1995, he started a fastener jewelry company, Precision Screw. He introduced the company by donating jewelry to a Western Association of Fastener Distributors scholarship fund drawing.
During the U.S. Fastener Quality Act legislative process of the 1990s, Hayes convinced a Hawaii senator to block action on two fastener manufacturer-oriented amendments in order to protect a third amendment, which was distribution-oriented. Though initially that divided the industry, he was later credited for bringing the manufacturing and distribution sectors together to reach an industry-wide position. (See the Fastener History section of 2003 FIN – No Parting Shots From ‘Loose Cannon.’)
He had suffered polio at age 13 and in later years was wheelchair-bound.
Survivors include a daughter, Robin; and son, Bill.
Messages to the family may be sent c/o Hawaii Nut & Bolt, 905 Ahua St., Honolulu, HI 96819. Email: Web:

Morrie Halvorsen, 86, died October 31, 2017.
Halvorsen was the first executive director of the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association, serving from 1977 – 1999.
Halvorsen left his job as VP of marketing at ITT Phillips Drill in 1977 to build STAFDA, taking over the fledgling organization with 18 charter members. During his tenure, STAFDA grew to more than 2,300 member companies. (For more on Halvorsen’s career, read the 1999 FIN article “Halvorsen Retires After 23 Years of Building STAFDA”.)
STAFDA is now managed by Halvorsen’s daughter, Georgia Foley, who was appointed when Halvorsen retired on December 31, 1999.
Halvorsen is survived by his wife Patsy and daughter Georgia.
A private family burial was held in Minnesota. A celebration of life will be held November 17 from 3-5 pm at the Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove, WI.
Messages to the family may be sent c/o STAFDA, P.O. Box 44, Elm Grove, WI 53122. Email:
In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the American Parkinson Disease Association or the charity of your choice.

William “Bill” Claeys, 72, died July 29, 2017. He was with Wyandotte Industries for 30 years, including 20 years as assistant sales manager.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria; daughter Marisa; two grandchildren and two siblings.
Messages to the family may be sent c/o Wyandotte Industries, 4625 13th St., Wyandotte, MI 48192.

William Jerry Hancock, 83, who owned Nut & Bolt House of Greenville, SC, Metric America, Monster Metric and Mega Metric, died April 16, 2017. He also managed for Bossard Group and retired as a consultant for Lindstrom Metric. He was inducted into the NIFMSE Hall of Fame in 2004.
Survivors include his spouse, Patricia; daughter Mary Ann Brom; son John and his husband, John Wood Jr; three grandchildren; and two siblings.
Messages to the family may be sent c/o Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, 6710 White Horse Rd., Greenville, SC 29611. Web:

Donald J. Hoban, 90, died March 30, 2017.
In 1961 he founded Don Hoban Co., Inc., a California-based construction equipment and supply company. He named the company so customers and vendors would know with whom the buck stopped. The company was sold to employees in 1991 and is now DHC Supply Company. Web:
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Hoban; three children, Donald Hoban Jr., Gregory Hoban and Kelly Hoban Nix; and three grandchildren.
A memorial mass for Don will be April 18, 10:30am at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 5057 Cottage Way, Carmichael, CA, with a reception following at Arden Hills Club, 1220 Arden Hills Ln, Sacramento, CA.
Messages to the family may be sent c/o DHC Supplies, 11346 Sunco Dr. #101, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742.  Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association.

Rennie Wendell Johnson, 88, died March 13, 2017. He and his wife, Doris Johnson, founded Vancouver Bolt & Supply Inc. in 1979. He started in the fastener industry in 1963 with Tacoma Screw Products. He was the 1996-97 president of the Western Association of Fastener Distributors.
Survivors include his wife; son, Craig (Diane) Johnson; daughters Nancy (Steve) Barradale and Debbie (Greg) Ego; eight grandchildren, 11 and one-half great grandchildren.
Services will be at 2pm March 18, 2017, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St. NE, Salem, OR. Visitation will be noon to 8pm Friday, March 17 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem.
The family suggests remembrances to Al Vader Transportation Fund for Royal Roasarians Foundation or St. Mark Lutheran Back Pack Buddy Program.
Messages to the family may be sent c/o Vancouver Bolt & Supply, 805 W. 11th St., Vancouver, WA 99660. Web:

Leon “Lee” Bookman, 91, died February 13, 2017.
He joined Heads & Threads Company in 1959, was appointed president in 1967 and later under Alleghany Corporation became CEO of Heads & Threads International LLC and ultimately chairman.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Carole; son Marc (Toshiko) Bookman; daughters Jodi (Michael) Berger and Susan Bookman; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Services were held February 20, 2017. Interment in Shalom Memorial Park.
The family suggests memorial donations to: or planting a memorial tree:
Messages to the family may be sent c/o Goldman Funeral Group, 195 N. Buffalo Gap Rd., Buffalo Gap, IL 60089.

Joseph Patrick “Joe” McIlhon, 64, died February 12, 2017. When he was with the multi-generation distributorship, Iowa Industrial Products, he was the 1999-2000 president of the National Fastener Distributors Association.
After college he started to work at Iowa Industrial in 1976 – which was founded by his father, Dan McIlhon, in 1960. After IIP was sold to Bossard, he joined Porteous Fasteners in 2007. He retired to Johnston, IA, in 2014.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie; brother, Ed McIlhon; and daughter Molly Fiddelke; two daughters; and eight siblings. He was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Robert McIlhon, in 2014; and three siblings.
Messages to the family may be sent c/o Assembled Products, 11305 Meredith Rd., Des Moines, IA 50322. Email: emcilhon@assembledproducts.netThe family suggests memorial donations to the Joe P. McIlhon Memorial fund at Wells Fargo for his granddaughters’ education. Web:

Matthew A. Nerney, 39, died unexpectedly February 12, 2017. He was a regional sales manager for Rivet & Eyelet Technologies.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Ellen Nerney; siblings Paul Nerney Jr. and Cindy Donovan; and two nephews.
Messages to the family may be sent c/o Rivet & Eyelet Technologies, LLC ; 1215 Main St #110; Tewksbury, MA 01876. Email:
Family suggests memorial donations made to your favorite charity.

William E. Damm, 76, founder of Modern Fasteners Inc. of Pennsylvania in 1970, died January 24, 2017.
Survivors include sons & daughters: Michael Damm, Linda Sue Wimmer, Barbara Riggs, Bill Damm, Gregory Damm, Chris Damm and Kim Damm; 13 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.
Services at 11 am January 30, 2017, Immaculate Conception Church, 602 West Ave., Jenkintown, PA 19046.
The family suggests memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Messages to the family may be sent c/o Mike Damm, Modern Fasteners, 2379 Philmont Ave., Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006. Web:

Vincent B. Morrison, 74, owner of Veterans Fastener Supply Corp. in Syracuse, NY, died January 20, 2017.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Homeyer); children, Marina Morrison, Marcia Morrison (David Guereschi) and Marna Boynton; and grandchildren Taylor & Margretta Feuer, DeVaughna Morrison-Guereschi, Patrick & Bryce Boynton.
Messages to the family may be sent c/o Veterans Fastener Supply, 117 Butternut St., Syracuse, NY 13208. Memorial donations may be made to Central New York SPCA or the Vietnam Veterans National Foundation Chapter 103.

Rustin Allen “Russ” Miller, 58, of New Jersey, died Jan. 15, 2017. He was owner/operator of Onyx Fasteners Inc. for 32 years.
Survivors include his siblings, Julie McIntosh Shapiro and Wayne Anthony McIntosh; a half-sister, Laurie Miller Petersen, half-brother, William Matthew Miller.
The family suggests memorial donations to Easel Animal Rescue League, Big East Akita Rescue (B.E.A.R), or a canine rescue shelter of your choice in his name. Web:

Martin Alpert, 86, who worked in the Chicago fastener industry for 50+ years, including with XL Screw Corp.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m. on January 20, 2017, at Westlawn Cemetery Chapel, 7801 W. Montrose Ave., Norridge, IL.
Survivors include five children, Wayne, Valerie, Mark, Brad and Robert; and 11 grandchildren.
The family suggests memorial donations to your favorite charity or treating yourself to some ice cream and/or a round of golf. Messages to the family may be emailed:

George John Grabner, 98, died January 2, 2017. His career included chairman and CEO of The Weatherhead Company; chairman and CEO of Lamson & Sessions Company; and board member of multiple companies, including Cardinal Fastener & Specialty Co. Inc.
He was the 1976-77 Industrial Fasteners Institute chairman and in 2011 received the IFI’s Soaring Eagle Award.
He was president of his class and a hockey player at Western Reserve University and attended Harvard Business School. He began his business career as a CPA with Ernst & Ernst.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer honored him as Business Man of the Year; Sales and Marketing Executives Man of the Year; and he received an honorary doctorate from Tri-State University. He was a founder of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association; chair of the Cleveland 500 Foundation; inducted into the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame; and a lifetime trustee of the University School and Case Western University. He was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame for bringing the Davis Cup Tournament to Cleveland and Mayor George Voinovich presented a Key to the City of Cleveland for his role in bringing financial stability to the city.
Survivors include children: George Jr. (Anne), Jan Casey (Thomas), John (Kathy); 8 grandchildren, 13 step grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three wives, Martha, Monica and Martha; and two children, Heidi and Thomas.
Memorial donations may be sent to: Recovery Resources, 3950 Chester Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106 or University School, 2785 SOM Center Rd., Hunting Valley, OH 44022.
Messages to the family:



Robert J. “Bob” Dotter, 73, died September 4, 2016.  He was founder and for 23 years the owner of Dotter Fastener Corporation of Columbus, OH.
Survivors include wife Judy Dotter; son Tod Dotter; two grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be 10 a.m. September 9, 2016 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1899 McCoy Road.
Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Web:

Wayne Allen Conners, 55, owner at Hi-Tech Fasteners in Maryland, died August 10, 2016 in Florida.
Survivors include Susan Conners; and two children, Ashley and Stone. Web:
Messages to the family may be sent c/o Hi-Tech Fasteners, 4940 Winchester Blvd., Frederick, MD 21703-7400. Email:

Vance Ecton “V.E.” Rule, 91, died July 10, 2016 in Oklahoma.
His career started with JC Penny, Sinclair Oil and West Bend Aluminum.  In 1963, he purchased a nut and bolt supply company and began delivering fasteners to industry from his station wagon – which was the beginning of The Rule Company. He had been a member of the Southwestern Fastener Association board.
Survivors include his wife Elizabeth Johnson Rule; his children, Randall Rule, Bruce Rule, Richard Rule and Patricia Rule Banks; 14 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Shirley, and son John Rule.
The family suggests memorial donations to the Bless Fund, Inc., 105 SW Penn, Bartlesville, OK 74003 or a charity of your choice.

Robert Swann “Bobby” Wilkinson, 71, president and owner of Structural Bolt & Manufacturing Inc. of Tennessee died June 27, 2016.
Survivors include spouse Kathleen Wilkinson; daughter Amanda Bicsak; and son Nathan Wilkinson; and three grandchildren.
Messages to the family may be sent c/o Structural Bolt Mfg., 1004 Third Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37210. Web:

Stanley Warren “Butch” Holt, 74, died May 1, 2016. He worked for Avdel and Fast Bolt for many years, including being director of global business development. He also owned  Stanley Holt & Associates Inc.
Survivors include his wife, Andrea Sciro; four children: Tamblyn Abrusci (Vito), Timothy Holt, Erica Letos (Peter) and Jennifer Marks (Robert); three step children Thomas and Andrew Sciro, Noelle Reverendo (Lee); 10 grandchildren; former spouses Darlene Vance and Janice Elias; and two siblings.
Messages to the family may be sent c/o Norman Dean Home for Services, 16 Righter Ave., Danville, NJ 07834.
Memorial donations may be made to Operation Jersey Cares fund for returning soldiers. Web:

William G. Armstrong, 79, died February 18, 2016. Owned MPT Fastener Corp. of Ohio with Bill Armstrong Jr.
Survivors include wife Dolores; sons Bill Jr., Steve, Kevin, David; daughters Therese Armstrong and Mary Grose; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A son, Greg Armstrong, predeceased him.
Messages to the family may be sent c/o MPT Fastener Corp., 556 E. Highland Rd., Macedonia, OH 44056. Email:

Roger Francis Crosby, 70, died January 19, 2016, after a brief illness.  He had headed aerospace fastener supplier New York Fasteners Corp (NYF Corp.) until it was acquired by larger competitor B/E Aerospace in 2007.  He subsequently founded Densor Corp., a technology transfer firm targeting large infrastructure projects in China
He held a chemical engineering degree from the University of Dayton.
Survivors include his wife, Glenna; and sons Iyan and William. Email:



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