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Jun. 5, 2020
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Mike Rudderham, Mary Larsen pass away

Longtime Lakeside columnist passes away 
By Alan Hope
Mike Rudderham, who wrote a boating column for Lakeside News for nearly 20 years, passed away on April 18 at Moosehaven in Orange Park, Fla. He was 81. 
Mike was a marine surveyor for more than 40 years and was a boating enthusiast. He served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard. Mike entertained readers with his memories of growing up in Wisconsin around boats. His exploits on the water included boat sales, fishing and waterskiing.
Mike bought his first boat at 12 years old – a 14’ Carter-Craft plywood runabout. His father allowed him to put his 5 H.P. Johnson motor on it so Mike named it “Half Mine.”That purchase “led to my water-skiing, which eventually led to tournaments, shows and Cypress Gardens,” Mike wrote back in 2011. 
Through his voracious reading of magazines and other materials he kept readers abreast of boating trends and most importantly for him, boating safety. And Mike always signed off his columns with “Practice safe boating.”
Mike became affiliated with the Loyal Order of Moose on October 1, 1982 when he joined Griffin, Georgia Lodge #1503. He received his Fellowship Degree on September 26, 1998, and was a member of the 25 Club. Mike sponsored 49 members in his lifetime. 
Mike was preceded in death by his wife Frances, on April 11, 2005.

USCGA national officer and Lanier boater Mary Larsen passes away
By Pamela A. Keene 
Mary Larsen, long-time leader of two Lake Lanier boating organizations, passed away on March 12, in Atlanta. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary hosted a celebration of life for Larsen in late March to commemorate her achievements and honor her passing. 
“Every once in a while we get to witness outstanding people in our lives here on Lake Lanier,” said Flotilla Commander Chuck Kelemen, who has known Larsen for many years. “She performed many jobs with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and on the active side of the US Coast Guard for 38 years, representing not only Lake Lanier but the entire Seventh District of the Coast Guard. She held numerous positions on the national board of the USCGA. She made us proud and we certainly feel her absence.”
Among her service to the national USCGA, she was National Vice Commodore of Atlantic East and District 7 Commodore Commander. Additionally, she was as commander of Atlanta’s Boating Club and also served on two national committees with America’s Boating Club. “Mary’s dedication to Atlanta’s Boating Club and her sunny disposition and sense of humor will be sorely missed,” said Barbara Tyson, commander of Atlanta’s Boating Club. “We wish her fair winds and following seas as she continues her journey.”
Larsen’s ashes were buried at sea as she requested. The service was conducted in early April aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Gannet, which is located at the Coast Guard Station in Mobile. She had asked that her final resting place be in the waters surrounding Mobile Bay, because that is where her late husband and her late son had burials at sea in the same waters.  

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