Obituaries for Monday June 14

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 17, 2004

Marty Helton

Marty Helton, of Selma, died Sunday, June 13, 2004 at a nursing home. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Lawrence Funeral Home.

Leonard H. McRoskey

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Leonard H. McRoskey, a former deputy assistant secretary of the Navy who ran an unsuccessful campaign for state Senate against former Chicago Seven radical Tom Hayden, died Wednesday.

He was 84.

McRoskey died at home, according to his daughter Mary Byrnes.

He was deputy assistant secretary of the Navy from 1986 to 1988.

McRoskey, a Republican, launched a write-in campaign and wound up on the 1992 general election ballot against Hayden, a Democrat and then the area’s incumbent assemblyman.

Hayden won with 57 percent of the vote.

McRoskey was twice awarded the Department of the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award.

Eugene Raskin

NEW YORK (AP) – Eugene Raskin, a musician and songwriter who turned a Russian folk melody into the 1968 hit song “Those Were the Days,” died Monday. He was 94.

Raskin died at his Manhattan home, said his son, Michael.

Paul McCartney heard Raskin and his wife, Francesca, perform the song together at a London club in 1964. Welsh singer Mary Hopkin then recorded it on the Beatles’ record label, Apple Records, in 1968.

Hopkin’s version of the song hit No. 1 on the British charts and No. 2 on the American charts.

Raskin, whose interests ranged from music and playwriting to architectural scholarship, was an adjunct professor at Columbia from 1936 to 1976 and the author of several books.