Silent Key: Beverly Stoner K8ZJU

Cherryland ARC members,

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Beverly Stoner, K8ZJU.

If you were licensed as a ham in Northern Michigan from the 1980s until recently, there’s a very good chance Beverly (and her late husband Marion) may have been a part of the Volunteer Examiner team. She was a member of the Cherryland Amateur Radio Club along with several others, and “led the charge” for many years promoting Amateur Radio and being an exemplary steward and example of the high quality and caliber of operators we all hope to some day be.

Here is a link to and a copy of the Obituary from the Record Eagle.

Beverly May (West) Stoner

April 22, 1927 – February 26, 2019
Beverley May West was born April 22, 1927, the first child and daughter of Ira Gordon and Ada May West in Kalamazoo. She grew up there, attending Milwood Public School and Western State High School, where she graduated in 1945.

Beverly Stoner, K8ZJU

She then became a central office operator for Michigan Bell Telephone Company and worked there and in Port Huron after her marriage to Marion J. Stoner on March 8, 1947. A son, Thomas Gordon Stoner, was born to her on April 12, 1950 and a daughter, Mary Anne Stoner, on July 18, 1953. She lived in Marysville, Detroit and Dearborn Heights while the family was growing up and was very active in the Girl Scouts of Metro Detroit.

She obtained her amateur radio license in 1961, being assigned the call sign of K8ZJU, and was very involved in handling messages for service personnel during the Vietnam War. She returned to the commercial field in 1972 by joining R.L. Polk & Co. in their Taylor office as a market planner.

After a move to the Lansing area, she attended Lansing Community College to study energy efficient housing. This information was used in designing their retirement home.

She worked for the U.S. Government during the census year 1980. She then became an office manager for Wright Line, Inc. and the substitute office manager for her husband at American Microwave and Communications. She was also a private contractor doing computer entry for Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

She retired in 1991 to move to Frankfort with her husband. After the FCC stopped giving amateur radio license exams in 1984, Beverley and Marion were very active as amateur extra level volunteer examiners, giving exams in Traverse City and Manistee and in Ann Arbor after she moved to Dexter in 2008. She was a past president and life member of the Motor City Radio Club, a life member of the Central Michigan Amateur Radio Club, a member of the Cherryland Amateur Radio Club and the ARROW Communications Association. She was also a member of the Amateur Radio Relay League, Quarter Century Wireless Association, the Michigan Amateur Communication System and a founding member of The Auto State Young Ladies Radio Club. She was active in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, being a trained weather spotter.

Beverley died on Feb. 26, 2019 in Ann Arbor, having been predeceased by her parents; husband Marion; brother, Arthur H. West; and daughter-in-law, Catherine Stoner.

She is survived by her son, Thomas and wife, Madeline, of Dexter; daughter, Mary Anne Nugent and husband, Jay, of Ypsilanti; grandchildren, Christopher Kane, of Canton, Charlette Stoner, of Oswego, New York, and Alexander Kane, of San Jose, California; step granddaughter, Alicia Schehr; step great-granddaughters, Ashley and Ava Schehr, of Birmingham; and three sisters-in-law, Phyllisan West, of Cape Coral, Florida, and Barbara and Jean Stoner, of Ann Arbor.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Jowett Family Funeral Home, Benzonia, with Pastor Dinah Haag officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Benzonia.

(Published on March 10, 2019)

Silent Key: Joe K8DT

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Joe Panyard, K8DT.

Joe passed away unexpectedly on Friday evening following complications from a medical procedure.

Joe has been a long-time active member of the club, so there will be a more complete notice accompanying the information we receive.

Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.


Joseph L. Panyard Sr.
March 01, 2019

Today it is the shades of grey that determine the day on the Grand Traverse Bay. Joseph Leo Panyard Sr. passed away March 1, 2019.

Joe is survived by his wife, Deidre Ann Jones Panyard; daughters, Tinamarie (Eric Probst) Panyard and Penelope (Scott Maleski); son, Joseph Leo Jr. (Diana Panyard); grandchildren, Kristopher Alspaugh, Kayla Panyard, Keegan Maleski, Logan Maleski and Lottie Probst; and great-grandchildren, Tristyn Alspaugh, Hayden Hartzler and Hartleigh Elifritz.

Awaiting him in heaven to go fishing and have a picnic in the dunes are his parents, George and Lolita Panyard; brothers, George and Francis; sister, Harriet Herr; grandson, Kyle Alspaugh; and the many friends he’s loved who have gone to heaven before him over the years.

He journeyed through life to the beat of his own drum while talking on his ham radio. He was an adventurous young man, hitchhiking to Seattle to see the World’s Fair and joining the U.S. Navy to proudly serve his country.

He married his sweetheart; they built a home for their young family with their very own hands. Together they raised their three children with fierce passion.
He was a dedicated son, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend.

Joe loved sailing, cross country skiing, swimming, picnics on the beach and taking adventures with the love of his life, Dee. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was known to his neighbors as Hello Joe and Mr. Joe, the fun neighbor who always had a smile a conversation, a cookie, a beer or a cigar, depending on your age and preference. These past years you could find Joe sitting at the fire pit in his backyard chatting with friends, talking on his ham radio or working in his picture framing shop. For many years K8DT would welcome the morning on his ham radio to all of his friends, “It’s a great day today on the Grand Traverse Bay.”

Today it is with tears in our eyes, love in our hearts and memories we share that determine our way as we say goodbye to Joseph Leo Panyard. This summer the Panyard family will host a celebration of his life fish fry on the weekend of his favorite holiday, Fourth of July.

For anyone who would like to send a memorial, Joe loved the amazing parks and lakes of his home state, Michigan. His favorite organizations were Inland Seas at and Herman Community Park in Suttons Bay at

Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Joe’s family at his tribute page at

The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

(Published on March 10, 2019)

Cherryland ARC Lecture Series

Missed the monthly Cherryland ARC meeting?  Catch the monthly lectures:

  • Edison Fong WB6IQN – January 2018 – Dual-Band J-Pole Design – click here. (PDF available here)
  • David Poinsett W8APT – September 2017 – Grounding – click here. (PDF available here)
  • Larry Camp WB8R – October 2016 – ARRL lecture – click here.
  • Jim Marco W8JGP – June 2016 – WPBN/WGTU – click here.
  • Greg Suma K8GL – May 2016 – Radio Contesting – click here.
  • Chris Parrish KD8MTT – February 2016 Lecture on Solar Power – click here.
  • Scott Rought KA8SMA – January 2016 Lecture on QRP – click here.
  • Warren Lange W8KAN – September 2015
  • County Hunters – May 2015 Lecture – click here.
  • Mike Flynn KC8GW – April 2015 Lecture on Yaesu SystemFusion – click here.
  • Mike Leger W8PQ – March 2015 Lecture on Antenna Modeling – click here.
  • Chris Parrish KD8MTT – February 2015 Lecture on J-Pole Antennas – click here.