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Passing of Bobby Wilkerson

It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Bobby Wilkerson.  Janet Fischer just passed along this information to me.  He was a member of the Langley-Portsmouth Club and also shot frequently at Fort Lee.  As soon as arrangements and further information are made available, I will provide everyone with an update.  Please keep Bobby’s family and friends in your prayers.  -Lane Hartle

Last Shoots of the Season

With October only a week away, there’s not many shoots remaining in the 2018 season.  Listed below are your final opportunities to participate before putting the guns away for next season.  We also have a change to announce, the Middlesex shoot on October 13th will now be held at Chesapeake Bay.  So get out and support your favorite clubs while you still can.  Click the links for more info...

Sep 28-29, Chesapeake Bay, Red Maple Open
Sep 29, Kettlefoot, Kettlefoot Open #3
Oct 4-7, Halifax, Portsmouth-Langley Open
Oct 6-7, Fort Lee, C. B. Moore Open
Oct 13, Dublin, Year End Open
Oct 13, Chesapeake Bay, Middlesex Rivah Open
Oct 13, Brushy Mountain, Fall Open
Oct 19-21, Arrowhead, Elam Memorial Open
Oct 20-22, Airfield, Ken Grover Memorial Open
Oct 26-27, Roanoke, Fall Challenge Open

Tidewater Challenge Cancelled

Due to the approach of Hurricane Florence, the Tidewater Challenge that was scheduled for this coming weekend at Conservation Park is now cancelled. Keep an eye on your local weather reports, and stay safe, everyone!  -Lane Hartle


State Championships Winners Report

Now that the dust has settled and everyone is safely back home from the State Championships at Arrowhead, the final report of winners by class and concurrent is now available, along with team standings as well.

Click HERE to see the PDF copy of the report

Congratulations to Garrett Jordan (HOA Champ) and Mark Scott (HAA Champ)!!

Passing of John Eklund

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of John G. Eklund, age 88 of Stanardsville, VA. John passed away peacefully in the presence of family on August 17, 2018 at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, VA, after battling lung cancer and other ailments.

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John was born in New York in 1929 to parents John A. and Esther I. Eklund. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alma Gauss Eklund who passed away in 2000. He is survived by his wife, Marilynne E. Eklund, and his sister Gladys Munhall of New Jersey. He is also survived by two daughters, Anita Eklund Hurley and husband Rick of Richmond, VA and Lynne Louise Eklund and partner David Williams of Manassas, VA and stepson Mike Edwards and wife Suenette of Gainesville, VA and stepdaughter Laurie Edwards Shifflett and husband Kenny of Chantilly, VA, along with grandchildren Justin Shifflett, Ashley Clark, Jeanette Jones, Kellen Hunsberger, Veronica Kepler and Sean Hurley, plus eight great grandchildren.

Nicknamed “Gil” by his sister and parents, John was raised in the Bronx, New York. He entered the Air Force in 1951. He then attended the University of Michigan, where he earned his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering after attending Officers Candidate School. He retired from the Air Force in 1973 as a Lieutenant Colonel after receiving several meritorious service medals and also serving as commander of Shemya Air Force Base in Alaska.

John and Marilynne have lived in Stanardsville, VA since 2007. He was a champion skeet shooter and traveled across the US for local, World and Armed Forces shoots and enjoyed the camaraderie with his skeet friends. He and Marilynne loved to take cruises on Holland America and traveled to many different locations in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe and Canada. He also enjoyed traveling in his RV, amateur radio, crossword puzzles, reading, eating at diners across the country along with building and fixing electronics as the handyman extraordinaire.

A private interment at Culpeper National Cemetery will be held in September followed by a Life Celebration for family and friends at the Piedmont Sportsmen Club, 13064 Cox Mill Rd, Gordonsville, VA at 12:30 on Saturday, September 22, 2018. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarrierproject.org.  

An online guestbook for condolences and memories along with further details are available at the Preddy Funeral Home website www.preddyfuneralhomes.com.

Upcoming Shoots in September

Listed below are the upcoming skeet shoots for September.
Click on the links to see the flyers for each shoot:

Aug/Sept 31-2, Piedmont, Labor Day Open
Sep 1-2, Piedmont, Twyman Open
Sep 8, Dublin, Fall Open
Sep 8-9, Fort Lee, Jim Heart Open
Sep 8, Arlington-Fairfax Izaak Walton, Fall 50’s
Sep 9, Arlington-Fairfax Izaak Walton, Closed Club Shoot (50’s)
Sep 13-15, Richmond, Tidewater Challenge Open
Sep 14-15, Franklin County, Moonshine Open
Sep 22, Triangle, Woodcock Open (night shoot)
Sep 28-29, Chesapeake Bay, Red Maple Open
Sep 29, Kettlefoot, Kettlefoot Open #3


Getting Ready for Arrowhead

Laneman-01I’m spending most of today (Sunday) getting the RV packed for the trip to Arrowhead on Tuesday.  I’ll be shutting down the computer and printer shortly so I can take them as well, so there won’t be any further updates to the VASkeet.org website until I return to Herndon.  Provided I can find some internet service for my iPhone, I am able to update the VSSA Facebook page, so check there for any additional information, including updates from Becky and the ladies at the registration desk.  See you all in a few days at Arrowhead!  -Lane Hartle

Ammo and Supplies at State Shoot

Joe Gardner of Crow Shooting Supply will be at Arrowhead for the State Shoot on Friday, August 17, from approximately 9am-3pm.  He will not be able to bring as much inventory as in the past, so he recommends the best way to get what you need is to e-mail him with your order in advance.  Email Joe your order at joe.gardner@crowshootingsupply.com.

In your email, make sure to include a phone number where you can be reached, in case Joe has any questions regarding your order.  He will review your pre-order and have it ready for pick up, and he will also let you know if he is out of a requested item and recommend a possible substitution.

The main difference this year is all purchases have to be run through Arrowhead Gun Club for sales tax purposes, so Virginia sales tax will be charged for every order.  Cash (preferred) or personal checks only, no credit cards.  If paying by check, make check payable to Arrowhead Gun Club.  See you at Arrowhead!

Piedmont Twyman and Labor Day Shoots

Similar to the two shoots recently held at the Arlington-Fairfax Izaak Walton club, Piedmont will be hosting two shoots on the same weekend.

First is the Labor Day Open, Aug 31-Sep 2, with doubles on Friday and the four main guns on Saturday and Sunday.  Click HERE to see the flyer for this shoot.

Also on Saturday and Sunday, they will be hosting the Twyman Open, which is the first 500-target 28 gauge event in the Mid-Atlantic region.  This is a great opportunity for shooters to post a score for the newly established NSSA 500 target world record.  This will be a separate event from the Labor Day Open, so shooters are welcome to shoot in both shoots or just one.  Click HERE to see the Twyman Open flyer.

Passing of Mo Mozisek

The officers and staff of the Virginia Skeet Shooting Association are very saddened to report the loss of James “Mo” Mozisek. James “Mo” Mozisek, age 80, passed away peacefully on the morning of July 25 at Manassas Health and Rehabilitation under the care of Vitas Hospice. He died from complications from a traumatic brain injury he suffered from a fall at his home in Luray, Virginia, April 28th. He fought and worked hard, much like he did his whole life, for 86 days to recover but the damage from his brain injury was significant and medically complex. He was born on September 27, 1937 in Shiner, Texas to Rudolph and Caroline (Dornak) Mozisek. He was the eldest of five sons.

After graduating Shiner High School in 1956, James joined the Air Force in 1957. His service as part of the Security Police Division brought him to the Pentagon in Washington, DC in 1964 where he met his wife Barbara Phillips and married on June 4th of 1966 in Framingham, Massachusetts. After being stationed in Turkey and domestically the couple resided in Dale City, Virginia. In 1978 he retired from the Air Force as a trained locksmith at the rank of Master Sargent. He ended his career as a locksmith at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. After 15 years of service in this position the couple retired to Luray, Virginia in 1993. This was a location they found while enjoying Mo’s hobby of skeet shooting during visits to the Page Valley Sportsman's Club. Mo was a avid trap and skeet shooter as well as a deer hunter. For many years he spent deer seasons in Shiner, Texas hunting with his brother Ben and spending time with family and friends in his treasured hometown. Until his accident, Mo worked as a part-time locksmith and owner of Luray Lock and Key.

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He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara; daughters Jo Linda (David) Rowe and Theresa Foster and grandchildren; Emily Lawrence and Logan and Ethan Rowe; and brothers Joseph (Florine), Patrick and Benjamin (Beverly) Mozisek.

The family will greet friends from 1-2 pm Thursday, August 2 before a formal service celebrating his life at 2:00pm at the Bradley Funeral Home, 187 East Main Street, Luray, Virginia 22835. There will be a private burial at Culpeper National Cemetery on Friday, August 3.


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