In the last week, many notable Americans passed away. This will cover a few of these amazing people from various walks of life that helped to shape American culture and life in some way.


Hal Fryar (1927-2017) was an actor and TV personality. From 1960-72 he hosted a children's show in Indianapolis that highlighted old Three Stooges shorts. He hosted the shown under the name "Harlow Hickenlooper", performing slapstick comedy for a live audience with two other hosts. In 1965, he was cast as Johnny Ringo in the Three Stooges movie, "The Outlaws is Coming." He also hosted other local kids shows over a 43-year career and was inducted into the Indiana Broadcasters Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2008.

Fryer died on June 25 at age 90.

Gary DeCarlo (1942-2017) was the lead singer of pop-rock music group Steam. He is best known for singing and co-writing the band's 1969 number one hit song "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye." Steam did not last, as the band put out one more single in 1970, "I've Gotta Make You Love Me" before the group members went their own way. DeCarlo started performing again in 2012 and put out a new album "Long Time Comin" in 2014. DeCarlo died on June 28 at age 75 from lung cancer.


Anthony Young (1966-2017) was a professional baseball pitcher who played for six seasons in the major leagues. He played for the New York Mets (1991-93), Chicago Cubs (1994-95) and Houston Astros (1996).

Young was best known for setting the record for the longest losing streak in MLB history, as he lost 27 consecutive decisions. This streak lasted from May 1992 to July 1993, where he went 0-14 as a starter and 0-13 as a reliever. For his career, his record was 15-48, but he posted a respectable ERA of 3.89 and had 245 strikeouts.

Young died on June 27 at age 51 as a result of an inoperable brain tumor.

Max Runager (1956-2017) was a punter in the NFL for eleven seasons. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1979-83, 89), San Francisco 49ers (1984-88) and Cleveland Browns (1988). For his career, Runager punted 661 times for 26,581 yards, with an average of 40.9 yards per punt.

He was a member of the 1980 Eagles team that lost the Super Bowl and the 1982 and 1985 49ers teams that won it. Runager died on June 30 at age 61. He was found unresponsive in his car and could not be successfully revived.


Walter Fillmore (1933-2017) was an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1951 and over the years worked his way up to become a Brigadier General in 1980. During the Vietnam War, he served as the Executive Officer of the 3rd Battalion 1st Marines. Some of his most notable honors were being awarded a Defense Superior Service Medal, a Legion of Merit with Valor and a Bronze Star Medal with 1 award star and Valor. Fillmore died on June 25 at age 84.