Notable Tributes 2017

We are officially on the break of a new year, on the precipice of new opportunities. We are busy making resolutions, preparing goals and envisioning dreams. But before we move on from 2017, let’s take a moment to remember some amazing people we’ve lost this year. Many role models – from astronauts to comedians, from singers to actors, and broadcasters to athletes, 2017 has come and gone, and with it, many talented people.

Remembering the Greats: A Tribute to Those we Lost in 2017

Gene Cernan

Best known for: being the last person to walk on the moon

Photo by NASA / dapd via AP

Mary Tyler Moore

Best known for: The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Photo by Bob Willoughby –

John Hurt

Best known for: Midnight Express and Elephant Man

Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto | Getty Images

Richard Hatch

Best known for: Battlestar Galactica

Photo by Gabe Ginsberg / FilmMagic/Getty Images

Bill Paxton

Best known for: Apollo 13, Twister, and Titanic

Photo by Christopher Polk | Getty Images

Joseph Wapner

Best known for: presiding over The People’s Court


Joni Sledge

Best known for: “We are Family” performed with her sisters

Photo by Andreas Rentz | Getty Images

Chuck Berry

Best known for: being the “father of rock and roll”

Photo by Francois Durand | Getty Images

Chuck Barris

Best known for: being the “King of Daytime TV” and game shows like The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show

Photo by Ron Tom / NBC via Getty Images

Erin Moran

Best known for: playing Joanie Cunningham on  Happy Days

Photo by Kevin Winter | Getty Images

Brad Grey

Best known for: chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures

Photo by Evan Agostini / AP

Roger Moore

Best known for: playing James Bond

Photo by Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

Gregg Allman

Best known for: The Allman Brothers Band

Photo by Rick Diamond | Getty Images

Frank Deford

Best known for: sports reporting in Sports Illustrated and National Public Radio

Jeffery A. Salter/Sports Illustrated — Getty Images

Adam West

Best known for: TV series Batman

Photo by Mike Coppola | Getty Images

Stephen Furst

Best known for: Animal House

Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Martin Landau

Best known for: TV series Mission: Impossible and movie Ed Wood

Photo by Danny Moloshok / Reuters

Chester Bennington

Best known for: Singer for Linkin Park

Photo by Junko Kimura | Getty Images

John Heard

Best known for: playing the father in Home Alone

Photo by Gabriel Olsen | Getty Images

Barbara Sinatra

Best known for: Frank Sinatra’s wife and advocacy for abused children

Photo courtesy of Photofest

June Foray

Best known for: the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel (and Natasha Fatale!) on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show


Glen Campbell

Best known for: Country western singer

Photo by Harrison McClary / Reuters

Dick Gregory

Best known for: Comedian who used humor to advocate for social justice

Photo by Gus Ruelas / Reuters

Jerry Lewis

Best known for: The Nutty Professor and The Bellboy

Photo by Frederick M. Brown | Getty Images

Jay Thomas

Best known for: Cheers and Murphy Brown

Photo by Nick Ut / AP

Walter Becker

Best known for: Co-founder of Steely Dan

Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty

Don Williams

Best known for: Country western singer

Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images

Troy Gentry

Best known for: Country western duo Montgomery Gentry

Photo by Ed Rode/AP

Frank Vincent

Best known for: The Sopranos and Goodfellas

Photo by Paul Hawthorne / Getty Images

Jake LaMotta

Best known for: Middleweight champion, whose life was portrayed in Raging Bull

Photo by The Ring Magazine / Getty Images

Hugh Hefner

Best known for: Playboy magazine founder

Photo by Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Monty Hall

Best known for: Let’s Make a Deal

Photo from ABC Photo Archives, via Getty Images

Tom Petty

Best known for: the Heartbreakers

Photo by ABC Photo Archives, via Getty Images

Y. A. Tittle

Best known for: Hall of Fame Quarterback and NFL Most Valuable Player

Photo by AP

Roy Halladay

Best known for: award-winning MLB pitcher

Photo by Drew Hallowell / Getty Images

John Hillerman

Best known for: Higgins on Magnum P.I.

Photo by LIU / AP

Malcolm Young

Best known for: Co-founder of AC/DC

Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Getty Images

Della Reese

Best known for: Touched by an Angel

Photo by Amanda Edwards | Getty Images

Earle Hyman

Best known for: grandfather Russell Huxtable on The Cosby Show

Photo by Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images

David Cassidy

Best known for: The Partridge Family


Dick Enberg

Best known for: Sports broadcasting for Super Bowls, Olympics, NCAA Final Fours and baseball games

Photo by AP

Heather Menzies-Urich

Best known for: Louisa von Trapp in The Sound of Music

Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Rose Marie

Best known for: Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show

Photo by NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images.


Uncle Willard & Aunt Val Gean Wiese
We would like to thank you for linking us to the live streaming, so that we could see our Niece Cindy Ivin’s Memorial Service.  Please let her fellow workers know we thank them for their additional support along with her friends that helped her.  Cindy was very special to us. Uncle Willard & Aunt Val Gean Wiese North Dallas Funeral Home 972-241-9100 Don Dodd-Funeral Director