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|Adlis, Lawrence E.
||September 20, 2000
|Alexander, Erman W.
||August 2, 2007
|Battle, Cato M.
||September 21, 2002
|Bennett, Jeffrey A.
||June 27, 2011
|Benway, Carolyn Gladys
||October 28, 1985
|Blakeley, Timothy J.
||February 28, 2013
|Brandon, William H.
||March 14, 2013
|Brennan, Michael T.
||April 21, 2011
|Brown, Bernard Lloyd
||May 24, 2010
|Buck, Manuel D.
||May 7, 2011
|Burke, Richard E. Sr.
||May 10, 2007
|Clausen, Daniel R.
||January 21, 2011
|Danaher, Alan P.
||January 26, 2011
|Davis, Jess Burdette III
||April 6, 2013
|Davis, Paul V.
||January 5, 2008
|DeMarco, Michael A. Jr.
||May 29, 2001
|Dempsey, Theodore F.
||October 14, 2009
|Dillon, Charles Gillis
||January 19, 2011
|Dowling, Sheila M.
||April 21, 1985
|Ellsworth, Richard H.
||March 14, 2012
|Ferrell, James W.
||June 6, 2007
|France, Robert A.
||January 20, 1992
|Fry, Annabelle Kelley
||September 2, 2008
|Fulke, Richard Lloyd
||June 16, 2011
|Garza, Roberto Sr.
||March 12, 2011
|Ghormley, Ralph M.
||October 7, 2012
|Gischel, Ronald A.
||June 21, 1993
|Godfrey, Thomas J.
||May 11, 2008
|Gregus, Paul M.
||July 31, 1995
||May 4, 1980
|Guzman, Ernest J.
||November 21, 2012
|Haire, Marl C. "Marty"
||May 24, 2001
|Harkness, Donald J.
||October 15, 2002
|Harrington, Melissa Hackert
||July 9, 1991
|Henry, Kirby D.
||March 13, 1984
|Hoots, Kenneth J.
||June 26, 2012
|Jasewicz, Deborah S.
||January 2, 2011
||July 2, 1994
|Joyner, Fred T.
|Kelley, Doris J.
||August 10, 1986
|Kinert, John H.
||April 25, 2003
|Kreitzbender, Robert G.
||December 27, 2011
|Kruse-Weaver, Tammy Lyn
||February 6, 2013
|Kubovchik, John F. Jr.
||July 20, 2011
LaFond, Paul A.
||November 13, 2001
|Lamay, Urban R. Jr.
||June 14, 2007
|Lance, Dean R.
||April 25, 2007
|Lane, Hershel B. "Rocky"
||February 18, 2003
|Lewis, Jerry I.
||December 27, 2012
|Linn, John H.
||April 17, 2011
|Longwell, Larry W.
||August 2, 2011
||October 7, 1988
|Lutz, Donald D.
||March 23, 2007
|Malueg, Dennis M.
||September 25, 2012
|Martinez, Herman Jr.
||March 4, 2007
|McCombs, Jerry Leland
||July 15, 2010
|Meyer, John M.
||January 31, 2008
|Milien, Max Sr.
||September 28, 2006
||June 26, 2006
|Phillips, James C. Jr.
||November 25, 2006
|Pickrell, Dennis E.
||April 7, 2009
|Quackenbush, Harvey M.
||February 6, 2008
|Sancken, Joseph C.
||August 21, 2005
||July 19, 2002
|Seeland, A. David
||October 23, 2009
||May 22, 1980
|Sims, Hollis Ellison
||May 14, 2011
||July 1, 1983
|Sinong, Joseph M.
||April 15, 1995
|Studebaker, James Lee
||May 24, 2011
|Swartfiguer, Roger A.
||December 26, 2011
|Thomas, Cathleen M.
||October 12, 1986
||September 12, 2003
|Vaudo, Bruce A.
||March 26, 2007
|Wakeman, MaryJo A.
||June 16, 2009
|Whelan, John F. Jr.
||September 6, 2008
|Wiener, Michael M.
||August 30, 2006
|Williams, Ross N.
||September 18, 2011
|Worden, Richard H.
||July 22, 2007
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Lawrence E. Adlis
ETC (? - ?)
Strandquist - Lawrence E. Adlis, 55,
died Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at the Alice Hyde Medical Center in
Services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, at
St. Edward's Catholic Church in Karlstad with Father Don Braukmann
officiating. Pat Larson was the organist, and the soloist was Corienne
Jacobson. Kateri Hilton was the reader. Military honors were accorded by
Strandquist American Legion Post 466. Interment was in Bethesda Lutheran
Cemetery in Strandquist with Collins Funeral Home of Karlstad in charge
of the arrangements.
Lawrence E. "Larry" Adlis was born on April 26,
1945 at Thief River Falls, the son of Joseph and Elphie (Hegstrom) Adlis.
He grew up in the Strandquist community, graduating from Strandquist
High School in 1963. He served with the U.S. Navy for more than 20
On October 12, 1968, he was united in marriage to Linda Wilson at
Great Lakes, Ill.
Since retiring from the Navy, he had been employed by
Science Applications International Corp. as a systems engineer in
McLean, Va. and Riyadli, Saudi Arabia for the past several years.
October 22, 1983, he was united in marriage to Eva Waters in Kissimmee,
He enjoyed computers, reading and hunting.
Larry is survived by his
wife, Eva, and her daughter, Sarah Brown; a son, Shawn Adlis of Norfolk,
Va.; a daughter, Cheryl (Paul) Litwinczuk of Union Beach , N.J.; two
grandchildren; his mother, Elphie Adlis of Strandquist; one brother,
Stanley of Strandquist; five sisters, Joyce (George W.) Wikstrom of
Karlstad, Betty (Michael) Johnson of Warroad, Jan Hilton of Leisure
City, Fla., Kim (Tracy) Kraft of Minot, N.D. and Linda Adlis of Argyle;
an uncle; four aunts; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was
preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Richard and Thomas.
River Falls Times, December 5, 2003
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Erman W. Alexander
PNC (197? -
CHESAPEAKE - Erman
"Al" Alexander, 70, the son of the late Charles R. and Nellie H.
Alexander, passed away Aug. 2, 2007. He was retired from the U.S. Navy
after 27 years as a Chief Personnelman (SW) and was a member of Bayside
Masonic Lodge 218. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Charles
and wife Nicola and Craig and wife Sherry, all of Virginia Beach;
daughters, Christina Brown and husband Jimmy, Cynthia Poorman and
husband Freddy, all of Virginia Beach, Cherie Butt of Norfolk and
Corinne Young and husband Tim of Tennessee; 12 grandchildren; and two
A funeral will be held
at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Rosewood Kellum Funeral Home. Burial will follow
at the Alfred G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery. The family will
receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 61
Broadway, New York, NY 10006. You may visit Mr. Alexander’s memorial and
send tributes to the family at
The Virginian-Pilot Sunday, August 5, 2007
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Jeffrey A. Bennett
HT3 (1976 - 1978)
Jeffrey A. Bennett, 54, of Northwood,
Ohio, died Monday, June 27, 2011, in Mercy-St. Charles Hospital, Oregon,
Ohio, after a very brief illness.
Jeff was born in Toledo, Ohio, on July
3, 1956, the son of Aubrey and Barbara (Dean) Bennett. He was a
tradesman for the Chrysler Corp. in Toledo. Jeff was a member of the
Unity UMC Church in Northwood, Ohio, and was an active member of the
Lions Club in Elmore, Ohio, for many years. Jeff, with his natural good
nature, made a great Santa Claus which he played in Elmore for a number
of years. He also traveled to nursing homes and private residences as
Santa to bring holiday cheer.
Survivors include his brother, Thomas
Bennett and sister, Lisa Reed; sister-in-law, Susan Bennett; along with
nieces, great nieces and nephews. Jeff was preceded in death by his
parents and brother, Aubrey "Bud" Bennett. A funeral service for Jeff
will be conducted at 4 PM, on Saturday, July 2, 2011, in the Unity UMC
Church, 1910 E. Broadway, Northwood, Ohio 43619.
Visitation will be in the church from 2
PM until the time of service. The family suggests that memorials in
Jeff's name be directed to the church. The Robinson-Walker Funeral Home,
501 West St. Genoa, Ohio, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at
Published in Toledo Blade on June 30, 2011
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Timothy J. Blakeley
DP3 (1981 - 1983)
Blakeley, 53, husband of Eileen Kelley
Blakeley, of Gloucester, passed away on
Thursday morning, February 28, 2013, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House
in Danvers. Born in Malden on April 16, 1959, he was the son of the late
Charles and Anne (Connelley) Blakeley.
Tim grew up in Concord and was a graduate of Concord Carlisle High
School with the Class of 1977. He then had served for 4 years in the U.
S. Navy where he learned to work on computers. For many years, Tim had
worked as a computer technician for several IT companies on Route 128.
Approximately five years ago, he began his own business, Gloucester
Bytes – repairing home computers and helping small businesses around
Cape Ann. Tim loved his work and often helped local residents for little
or no charge. Tim was also a member of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to his wife Eileen, he is survived by two sisters, Shannon
Blakeley, Patricia Blakeley; nephew
Jack Horgan; nieces Addy Blakeley,
Lilly Muniz, all of Gloucester; his beloved dog Bella; many cousins and
a large circle of friends in Gloucester. A memorial mass will be
celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, Manchester-by-the-Sea, on Saturday,
March 9th at 10:00 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to
attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to
Gloucester Maritime, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930 or
gloucestermaritime.org; or to the Gloucester Fund Inc., 45 Middle
Street, Gloucester. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212
Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit
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William H. Brandon
William “Bill” Henry Brandon, 60, lost his
courageous battle to cancer and passed on Thursday, March 14, 2013.
Born in Tampa FL, graduated Winter Haven
High School, and a student at Santa Fe Community and Polk Community
Colleges, he joined the U. S. Navy in 1976. He attended Submarine School
in Groton, CT and served onboard the USS George W. Carver, USS Billfish,
USS Hyman G. Rickover, USS L. Y. Spear, USS Orion, and USS Emory S.
Land. Additional duty stations throughout his 21 years of naval service
included Recruit Training Command, Orlando and Submarine Squadron 8,
Norfolk. Following his retirement from active duty, Bill continued to
serve his country as a defense contractor for SFA Inc. as an IT
Specialist eventually specializing in information security and completed
his career at the Naval Safety Center as their Information Assurance
In his leisure time he enjoyed being
outside, waxing his vehicles, and gardening. He was fascinated by
American and military history and a civil war enthusiast.
Survivors include daughters Christen
Brandon of Camden, NC, and Sarah Brandon; and son, Michael Brandon of
Moyock NC; grandchildren, Alanna Griffin and Marlee Smith Brandon;
father, Arthur “Tom” Brandon of Winter Haven, FL, sisters, Mary Brandon
Air of Houston, TX, Genie Cooney McBurnett of Bend Oregon, and Sally
Brandon of Winter Haven, FL.
Published in The Virginian Pilot from March 20 to March 21, 2013
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Michael T. Brennan
PLATTSBURGH — Michael T. Brennan, 56, of
Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2011, at
CVPH Medical Center with his loving family by his side. He was born in
Plattsburgh January 4, 1955, the son of Leonard J. and Laura M.
Michael graduated from Plattsburgh High
School, Class of 1973 and shortly after enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where
he served on the USS L.Y. Spear (AS-36) and the USS Josephus Daniels.
After his military service, he went to work at Wyeth as a boiler
technician until his retirement this year.
Michael was a kind and generous son,
brother, uncle and friend. He appreciated the simple things in life and
found great pleasure in spending time with family and friends and
jamming on the guitar with his brother-in-law, Joe Gebo and Johnny
Champagne. Michael was a lover of all creatures great and small.
Michael was predeceased by his parents,
Leonard and Laura Brennan; his brother, William Brennan; nephews,
Christopher Brennan and Hunter Kripling; his maternal grandmother,
Amelia Roberts; as well as his beloved canine companions, Ginger, Manny
and Ice Cream.
He is survived by his five brothers,
Patrick (Nancy) Brennan of Plattsburgh, Jim (JoAnn) Brennan of Wichita
Falls, Texas, Tom (Patricia) Brennan of South Hero, Vt., John (Dorothy)
Brennan of Plattsburgh and Dan Brennan of Virginia; four sisters,
Shirley (John) Bovender of Shalimar, Fla., Tina (Joe) Gebo of
Plattsburgh, Dorothy (Tim) Horn of Tucson, Ariz. and Connie St. Dennis
of Plattsburgh; numerous nieces, nephews; many lifelong friends; and his
Calling hours will be Wednesday, April
27, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St.,
Plattsburgh. A funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. with the Rev.
William G. Reamer, chaplain at CVPH Medical Center, presiding. Interment
will be at St. Peter's Cemetery.
Friends wishing may make donations to
FitzPatrick Cancer Center or Eagle's Nest Veterinary Hospital.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St.,
Plattsburgh, NY 12901; (518) 561-3980. Online condolences and memorial
candles may be offered at
Press-Republican, April 26, 2011
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Bernard Lloyd Brown
Chief Petty Officer Bernard Lloyd
Brown died Monday, May 24, 2010 at his home in Charlotte, NC with his
family by his side. Born in Lillington, NC, he was the son of the late
Buren Lee Brown and Annie Lee Brown.
Lloyd enlisted in the Navy on May
29th, 1957 and served twenty-one years, retiring in 1977. During his
naval service he served aboard the following ships: The USS Daly, USS
Bigelow, USS Northampton, USS Observation Island, USS Stallion, and USS
L. Y. Spear. Ashore, he was a staff member of Commander in Chief, U.S.
Atlantic Fleet; Administrative Officer, Camp David, Maryland; Naval Air
Technical Training Center, Norman Oklahoma; and Instructor with Fleet
Training Center, Norfolk, VA. Lloyd also served thirteen months in South
Vietnam as a Navy advisor in Counter-Insurgency Operations.
received an associate's degree from Florence Darlington Technical
College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Limestone University. He
was employed by Hannaco Knives & Saws and retired from Pepsi-Cola
Bottling Company of Florence.
Lloyd was a kind and loving person. He was
known for his generosity and thoughtfulness. He would never think of
himself first, but what he could do for others. He had a contagious
smile and a great sense of humor.
He is survived by his devoted wife of
forty-three years, Sara G. Brown, in whose loving care he found great
comfort; two children, Bernard Lloyd Brown, Jr. and wife Joann of
Charlotte, NC and Christopher Charles Brown and wife Gwen of Charlotte,
NC; and five grandchildren, Collyn, Kendall, Bernie, Gracen, and Brooks.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Sherwood Brown of Portsmouth,
VA and his sister, Hazel Whiteside of Atlanta, GA. His surviving
siblings are Willie Walsky of Galesville, WI; Betty Mantle of Hampton,
VA; Jean Garcia and her husband Joe of San Antonio, TX; Anne Bursma and
husband Ron of Sebring, FL; and Carl Brown and wife Carol of Laurinburg,
A graveside service will be conducted on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in
the National Cemetery in Florence, SC at 12:00pm. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region,
or the Florence Area Humane Society. Lowe Funeral Home of Matthews, NC
is serving the family.
The Charlotte Observer,
May 29, 2010
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Manuel D. Buck
MM1 (1970 - 197?)
Manuel Duane Buck, "Papa," born in
Thomas, Oklahoma, on Dec. 24, 1935, passed away May 7, 2011, in
Manuel retired after 21 years of
dedicated service to his country as a Chief in the United States Navy.
After retirement he worked at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as a Marine
Machinist with Shop 38 from 1973-1995.
He was an avid artist and poet. Loved to
fish, hunt and his Boston Terriers.
Survivors include wife Darlene Buck;
daughters Kimberly Ann Levy and Robin Marie Thomas; brother Floyd Lamb;
sisters Ruby Doris Stewart,Eva Pauline Curtis, stepsister Margaret
Burgett; 13 grandchildren 7 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by
sons George Paul Buck (1988), Vernon Duane Buck (2006), Timothy Eugene
A celebration of life will be Saturday,
May 21 at 1 p.m. at Gorst Baptist Church. Please sign online guest book
www.tuellmckeebremerton.com. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee of
Kitsap Sun, May 10, 2011
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Richard E. Burke Sr.
LT (1979 -
RODANTHE - Richard
Edward Burke Sr., 63, passed away suddenly May 10, 2007, while camped at
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in the Outer Banks of North
Carolina. At the time of his unexpected death, Rich and his wife Colleen
were resident volunteers at the refuge, a site that Rich especially
enjoyed in all his travels. Rich was born Dec. 2, 1943, in Topeka, Kan.,
and was raised near Little Rock, Ark. He enlisted in the Navy in 1960
and proudly retired as an officer (LT (LDO)) in 1982, building a career
as a submarine communicator. Among his many postings, he served on the
USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, from 1963 to 1968.
Following retirement from the Navy, Rich worked another 20 years with
military satellite communications systems as an employee and vice
president of Sonalysts Inc., in the Norfolk area. In 2004, after much
anticipation, Rich and Colleen embarked as full time RV travelers, a
lifestyle they dearly loved. Rich was an accomplished athlete all
through his life, most notably in tennis, and in his travels he enjoyed
golfing and fishing wherever he camped. He will be deeply missed by all
who knew him.
Survivors include his
wife, Colleen; his former spouse, Nancy K. Hewitt of Virginia Beach; his
children, H. Scott Cheney and wife Kelley and daughters Katelyn and Kess
of San Antonio, Texas, Richard E. Burke Jr. and wife Ashley of
Williamsburg, Va., Christopher J. Burke and partner Mary Oglesby of
Norfolk and Allison K. Peterson and husband Jeff of Chesapeake;
Colleen’s children, Kirsten L. Anderson of Denver, Colo., and Diane C.
Mason of Annapolis, Md.; his brother, Larry D. Burke; three nieces; and
many cherished friends. Rich was preceded in death by his parents, H.
Eugene and Frances E. (Delong) Burke; and two brothers, Robert C. Burke
and William E. Burke. Family members held a very small gathering May 14,
2007, to honor Rich’s life. On May 20, 2007, Rich’s ashes will be
scattered in the Atlantic Ocean, in honor of his final wishes. Cremation
was conducted by Twiford’s Funeral Home, Manteo. Memorial donations may
be made to the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society, P.O. Box 1808, Manteo NC
The Virginian-Pilot, May 18, 2007, Hampton Roads Section, page 20
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Daniel R. Clausen
Daniel R. Clausen, 50,
Menominee, died Jan. 21, 2011, at Bellin Hospital.
He was born Jan. 2,
1961, to Donald and Darlene (Weller) Clausen in Menominee. He graduated
from Menominee High School. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years,
serving on the USS L.Y. Spear. He worked for M&M Cab as a driver and
courier for 20 years. He also worked at BayView Apartments as a
He is survived by his
son, Nicholas Daniel (Crystal) Clausen, Menominee; daughter, Kayla Kirt,
Menominee, three grand children; his mother of Menominee; three
brothers, Duane (fiancee Karen) Clausen, Menominee, Darryl (Shelly)
Clausen, Vincennes, IN, and Dwight (Maylan) Clausen, Green Bay; two
sisters, Deanna (Mike) Orchekowski, Cato, and Doreen (Patrick)
Vanderlinden, Suamico, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by
A memorial service
will be held Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. at the Assemblies of God Church,
Menominee, with Rev. Herb Kolenda officiating. Memorials may be made in
his daughter's name. Thielen Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Menominee County Journal, January 27, 2011
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Alan P. Danaher
Mr. Alan P. Danaher, 60 of Brunswick,
Maryland passed away on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011. He was the
husband of the late Juliann Danaher who passed away in January 2007.
Born March 16, 1950 in New York he was the son of the late John and
Helen Danaher. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Alan was a retired Commander for the
United States Navy. He was the Superintendent of Public Works for the
City of Brunswick. He previously worked as director of the Learning Tree
day Care in Brunswick. He loved skiing and was in the 1960 time trial
for the Olympics.
He was a member of the Knights of
Columbus and the VFW.
He is survived by his two children, Adam
Danaher of Reading, PA and Alicia Danaher of Brunswick, MD, a
granddaughter, Anna Christine Rapchinski, a brother, Paul Danaher and a
sister, Janice Danaher Garske. He will also be remembered by all of his
nieces, nephews, other family members and all of his special friends.
The family will receive friends at the
Stauffer Funeral Home, 1100 North Maple Ave., Brunswick, MD on Sunday,
January 30th from 2-4 and 7-9PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held
on Monday, January 31st at 2:00PMat St. Francis of Assisi Catholic
Church, 113 1st Ave., Brunswick with Father George A. Limmer and Rev.
Mr. Lawrence P. Teixeira officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to
the VFW Post 10421, 317 Brunswick Street, Brunswick, MD 21716.
Inurnment will be at a later date in
Arlington National Cemetery.
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Jess Burdette Davis III
Jess Burdette Davis III, 49, of Gig Harbor, Washington,
passed Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Puget Sound Veterans Hospital,
Seattle of esophageal cancer.
He was born in San Jose, California April 20, 1963. As a
military child he attended schools in California, Florida, Washington
and finally Virginia Beach, Virginia. From there he continued the Navy
tradition, joining the U.S. Navy training and serving as a nuclear
component welder from 1981 to 1987. He served on USS Nimitz and USS L.Y.
Jess was employed by HYDRO Systems USA Inc. in Auburn,
Jess is survived by his wife, Kim Leasure Davis of Gig
Harbor; daughter, Arispa Davis, currently residing in Suffolk, Va; his
Father Jess B. Davis Jr and wife Dana Davis of California, Maryland; his
Mother, Catherine Stokoe and step-father James Stokoe of Virginia Beach,
VA; sisters, Sherry and husband Dave Howard, Shelly and husband Drew
Winslow; brothers, Rick and wife Machelle Davis, Decker and wife Debbie
Stokoe and Chris and wife Tina Stokoe; nieces, Jennifer Haywood, Cara
Davis, and Diane Stokoe; and nephews Michael Bulman, Tony Simkus,
Brandon Stokoe, and Dunstan Stokoe.
Jess is known for his beautiful welded metal art work
which graces many buildings around the Seattle area. He looked at a
piece of metal and envisioned a piece of art, whether on a wall, a gate,
or through the grace of a beautiful stairway. But his first love was the
home that he and Kim made for themselves in Gig Harbor. He planted many
native dogwood, apple, pear, cherry, fig, but the giant blue sequoia was
his special tree. He was a kind and loving man who made a positive
difference to those he came in contact with, and he will be missed so
A Celebration of His Life ceremony with his family and
closest friends will be held at his home so we may come together and
share our personal experiences of Jess, to help us heal from our loss.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Dana- Farber Cancer
Insitute in memory of Jess B Davis, III to support esophageal cancer
research. By mail: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168,
Boston, MA 02284 or via
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Paul V. Davis
SCPO (1986 -
Paul V. Davis, Senior
Chief (USN Ret.), 60, ended his earthly tour of duty January 5, 2008.
Paul was born April 29, 1947, to Vernon and Kaye (Bobb) Davis in Salt
Lake City, Utah.
He proudly served in
the United States Navy for 20 years. He taught at the Naval Nuclear
Power School, Bainbridge, Md. (1971), the Nuclear Power Training Unit,
Idaho Falls, Idaho (1971) and the Nuclear Power Training Unit, Windsor,
Conn. (1983- 1986). He also served on the USS Willard Keith (1970), USS
Puffer (1971- 1977), USS California (1980-83) and USS L. Y. Spear
On June 5, 1983, he
became a father to Allison E. Davis and raised her as a single parent
until his marriage to Christine R. Robinson in 1993. Paul enjoyed NASCAR
racing, golf, crossword puzzles, a good smoke and a fine drink. He was
the most wonderful father and friend. Tough on the outside, but tender
and loving inside, a true Navy Man, Paul will be sorely missed.
Remaining here to
carry on are Paul's wife, Christine Davis, Shawnee, Kan.; daughter,
Allison Davis, Lenexa, Kan., and her fiance' Alan Larsen; daughter,
Laura Young, Shawnee, Kan., and her husband, Robert; son, C. Daniel
Robinson, Overland Park, Kan.; son, Cliff Robinson, Kansas City, Mo.,
and his wife Cathi, along with seven grandchildren: Emily, Katherine,
Michael, Zachary, Zane, Alexandra and Julie. Paul also leaves behind
family in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho: mother, Kaye Davis, sister, Kathleen
Taylor, nieces Heather Solsvik and Shannon Coles, and great-nieces
Ashleigh and Haleigh Coles.
He was preceded in
death by his father, G. Vernon Davis. May Fair Winds and Following Seas
carry you Home. We love you. A memorial service for Paul will be held
Thursday, January 10, at 7 p.m. at Shawnee Park Christian Church, 16500
Midland Dr., Shawnee, KS 66217. A memorial fund is in place at UMB Bank
in the name of Paul V. Davis.
Kansas City Star, on January 8, 2008.
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Michael A. DeMarco, Jr.
MR1 (1969 - 197?)
NORFOLK - Michael
Anthony DeMarco Jr., 64, died May 29, 2001, in Portsmouth Naval
Born in New York, Mr.
DeMarco was a captain for Pinkerton Security Agency. He retired from the
U.S. Navy after 20 years of service and was stationed in Norfolk most of
his naval career. He proudly served on the USS Fort Snelling, USS
Taconic, USS Wisconsin, USS Ranger and USS L.Y. Spear and USS Canopus.
He was a member of Moose Lodge No. 39 and formerly owned Plastic Signs
Etc. of Virginia Beach.
He is survived by his
wife of 39 years, Sandra Anne DeMarco; a daughter, Elizabeth Goetz and
her husband, Steven, of Corapeake, N.C.; a son, Michael A. DeMarco III
of Point Harbor, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Justin and Aaron.
A funeral will be
conducted at noon Saturday in Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel, by
the Rev. Warren Wilson. Burial will be in Rosewood Memorial Park with
military honors. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the
services on Saturday.
The Virginian-Pilot Friday, June 1, 2001, page B8
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Theodore F. Dempsey
Theodore F. Dempsey,
65, of Atascadero passed away peacefully on Oct. 14, 2009 at USC
University Hospital in Los Angeles from a long battle with liver
Ted was the fourth of
five children born to Theodore and Olive Dempsey in September 1944 in
He grew up in
Atascadero, graduating from Atascadero High School in 1961. He followed
the footsteps laid by his older brother George and enlisted in the U.S.
Navy in 1962 in Los Angeles. He quickly became a machinist mate,
responsible for maintaining the propulsion machinery, auxiliary
equipment and outside machinery on the various ships he was assigned to,
including the USS John King (DDG-3), USS Canopus (AS-34), USS L.Y. Spear
(AS-36) and USS Savannah (AOR-4). He carried the rank of Chief Machinist
Mate upon retirement in 1982.
His medals throughout
his 20 year service include the National Defense Service Medal, RVN
Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal with first and second
stars, Navy Achievement Medal and four Good Conduct Awards.
After retiring from
the Navy, Ted moved back to his old hometown of Atascadero, bringing his
family with him. There, he used the skills learned as a machinist mate
to work in the maintenance department of Twin Cities Community Hospital
and the Templeton Unified School District. He became a member of both
the Loyal Order of Moose No. 2067 and the VFW Post No. 2814 where he
would volunteer his time for fish fry’s, Super Bowl parties and
bartending. His hobbies included watching football, especially his
Oakland Raiders (he always said they would go back) and NASCAR.
Ted is survived by his
daughter Laurie Lewis, her husband, Ron, and their children, Brandon and
Aaron Lewis; his daughter Mandy Striegel, her husband Scott and their
children, Shane, Steven and Skyler Striegel, his great-grandson Samual
Striegel; his son William Dempsey; his mother Olive Ethel Hicks Dempsey
Rougeot; his sister Sharon Hartzell and husband Dean; his sister Olive
Dorman and husband John; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends who
crossed his path through the years.
Ted was preceded by
his father, Theodore E. Dempsey; his brother, Eugene L. Dempsey; and his
brother George P. Dempsey.
A memorial service
will be held in honor of Theodore Dempsey at a later date to be named. A
Navy man to the end, he will then be honored with a burial at sea, as
were his wishes.
In lieu of flowers,
the family requests donations to be made in memory of Theodore Dempsey
to the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance in honor of his grandson, Steven, at
the Atascadero News, October 29, 2009
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Charles Gillis Dillon
BR1 (1970 -
Charles Gillis Dillon
of Rockport, IN, ascended to the Lord on the evening of January 19 at
Deaconess Hospital while surrounded by his natural and church family. He
was born on December 30, 1932 in Williamson, WV. He was known as
"Gillis" to all of his family and as "Charlie" or "Gunsmoke" to his
Gillis left behind a
large and loving family that will miss him. Gillis was survived by his
wife of 50 years, Barbara Jean; 3 sons, Ronnie (Donna) of Alexandria,
Virginia; Roby of King George, Virginia, and Matthew (Amber) of
Evansville, and a daughter, Nola Dillon Jackson (Kim Monroe) of
Norcross, Georgia; seven grandchildren, Amanda, Stephanie, Chandale,
Zoe, Iva, Cash and Reese; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and
Sally Standiford; 22 nieces and nephews; 25 great nieces and nephews.
Gillis was preceded in
death by his parents, L. E. and Chloe Kathern, and brother Bill. He was
also survived by siblings Betty Scott, Jack, Tommy and Mary Lewis and
numerous nephews, nieces, and great-nephews and nieces.
served his country by enlisting in the United States Navy. He retired
honorably in 1972 after serving on the USS Palan-CDE-122, USS
Orion-AS-18, USS Observation Island-AG-154, and USS LY Spear-AS-36.
After retiring from
the Navy, the family moved permanently to Rockport, Indiana in 1972. He
worked for I&M/American Electric Power in Rockport until his retirement
in 1997. At the age of 66, Gillis became the oldest employee in the AEP
system to become a certified welder.
Gillis was an active
member of the Baker Chapel United Methodist Church, 3495 E. State Road
62, Boonville, IN 47601-9727. He played a significant role in rebuilding
Baker Chapel following the tornado of 2005. He was also a staple of the
Spencer County and Rockport community. He served in Spencer County
REACT; Treasurer and former President of the Rockport Lion's Club; Old
Rockport, Incorporated; contributed in the restoration of the Lincoln
Pioneer Village; and was a principal in Gentry's Flowers & Quaint Shop.
Gillis was an avid
railroad hobbyist, devoted family man, active Granddaddy, coffee
drinker, dog lover, and fan of NASCAR and Johnny Cash. Above all else,
he loved his wife, Barbara.
Services will be 1:00
PM, Monday, January 24, 2011, at Baker Chapel United Methodist Church,
3495 E. State Road 62, Boonville, IN 47601-9727, with burial at Sunset
Hill Cemetery in Rockport with full U.S. Navy military honors. Friends
may visit 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sunday at Alexander Newburgh Chapel, 5333
State Road 261, Newburgh, IN, and 10 AM to service time at the church.
may be made to the Baker Chapel United Methodist Church.
Evansville Courier & Press, January 22, 2011
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Sheila M. Dowling
PO3 (1979 -
Dowling, age 24, U.S. Navy Recruiter, fiancee of Jackie Williams;
devoted daughter of Martin F. and Anne F. Dowling; fond sister of
Theresa, Brian, Kathleen (Bobby) Saenz and Paul J. Dowling; dear aunt of
Laura Anne Saenz; beloved niece and cousin of many. Funeral Thursday,
April 25, 9:30 a.m. from Sullivan Funeral Home, 2701 W. 63rd St., at
Washtenaw Ave., to St. Rita Church. Visitation Wednesday 4 to 9 p.m.
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Richard Homer Ellsworth
Richard Ellsworth, LCDR (Retired) age 67
of Okeechobee passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.
He was born September 1, 1944 in
Gloversville, New York to Homer and Amy Loucks Ellsworth. He joined the
United States Navy on August 29, 1964. He completed “A” School and
Nuclear Power Training where he was sent to his first command the diesel
submarine the USS Cubera (SS 347) where he earned his dolphins. He
served aboard the US Falgot (DER 324) during the Viet Nam War.
Throughout his military career he was looked upon for his extensive
knowledge of not only the Nuclear Power Plant operation but also his
knowledge of overall submarine operation. He worked with Admiral
Rickover during the construction of the S8G Prototype in New York. His
love for the military was only surpassed by his love for his family
which he will carry with him.
After his retirement from the US Navy he
went to work for Florida Power & Light as a Quality Assurance Engineer,
he retired from FP&L after 15 years. At FP&L he would travel around the
country ensuring that components used in the operation of the St. Lucie
Power Plant were maintained properly. After working with FP&L he worked
with Marco Migliaro developing testing procedures to ensure the
operation of items developed by Vector Electronics functions as
He came to Okeechobee from Port St.
Lucie in 2004. He was a member of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church;
the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237; Amara Shrine Center; Past Patron
of the Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, OES; and was the first Base Commander
of the Henry Breault Memorial Treasure Coast Base, United States
Mr. Ellsworth was preceded in death by
his mother, Amy Ellsworth; first wife, Sandra Ellsworth; and sister, Amy
Aline Ellsworth . He is survived by his wife of twelve years, Jerry
Ellsworth of Okeechobee; father, Homer Ellsworth of Northville, NY;
children, Stephanie Morgan (David) of Port St. Lucie, William Ellsworth
(Samantha) of Greensburg, PA, Wendy Bennett of Hernando Beach, FL, Robin
Cabrera (Robert) of Safety Harbor, FL and Jennifer LaFontaine (David) of
Purcellville, VA; eleven grandchildren; two great grandchildren;
siblings, Ronald Ellsworth (Sue) of Rochester, NY, Sue Trembly (Jack) of
Hilton, NY and Karen Bogusz (Gary) of Broadalbin, NY; and many nieces
The family will receive friends on
Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 10:00 am until service time of 12:00 pm in
the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. Services
will begin at noon with the Order of the Eastern Star and Masonic
services, followed by a traditional service with Rev. Loy D. Mershimer,
pastor of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, officiating. Military
services will follow.
In memory of Richard Ellsworth,
donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky
Point Drive, Tampa, FL, 33607; Attention Development
All arrangements are entrusted to the
loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street,
Okeechobee, Florida (863) 763-1994. On-line condolences may be made at
Published in NewsZapFL on March, 16, 2012
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GMG1(SW) (1982 -
James Warren Ferrell,
61, went to eternal sleep on Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at home after a
Jim was a Navy
veteran, serving 22 years. He was a Vietnam veteran. Jim was retired
from the U.S. Postal Service and was president of the Charleston FOPA.
Jim was preceded in
death by his father, George L. Ferrell; mother, Hester M. Bays;
stepfather, Clarence Bays; son, Robert "Pete"; and brothers, Robert and
Frank "Hap" Ferrell.
He is survived by his
wife of 40 years, Carol; daughters, Chris (Kenny) of Virginia and
Timberly (Tom) of Maine; son, Jammie (Melissa) of Charleston; brother,
George (Linda) of Charleston; sister, Betty (Clayton) of Cross Lanes; 10
grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a
special nephew, Jimmy Ferrell.
Services will be held
at noon Saturday, June 9, at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home. Burial
will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. The family will receive
friends two hours prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers,
the family requests that donations be made in Jim's name to the American
Heart Association, 162 Court St., Charleston, WV 25301, or the American
Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720. An online
guest registry is available at
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
the Charleston Gazette (WV) Friday, June 8, 2007, Page P6A
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Robert A. France
RM3 ( ? - 1992)
ROBERT A. FRANCE, 25, of Bloomingdale,
formerly of Wanaque, died Saturday. He was a U.S. Navy seaman and
served in the Persian Gulf on the submarine [tender] USS L. Y. Spear,
out of Norfolk, Va. He joined the Navy in 1989. He was a
1984 graduate of Butler High School. Surviving are his wife,
Patricia Robinson France, and his parents, Robert and Pauline De Graw
France of Bloomingdale. Mass will be said Friday at 11 a.m. at St.
Anthony R. C. Church, with burial in Mount Rest Cemetery, both in
Butler. Visiting will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at
D'Agostino Funeral Home, Wanaque.
From The Record (New Jersey), January 22,
1992, Page B04
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Annabelle "Annie" Kelley
Annabelle "Annie" Kelley Fry, 59, of
Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, died on Sept. 2, 2008, unexpectedly. Annie was
born on Oct. 23, 1948, in Mexico, Mo., daughter of Reginald Kelley and
Ruby Cook. She had brothers Howard Kelley, Mike Kelley; Robert Kelley
and Dennis Ward. Her children are Aaron Hagood, Deana Kelley, Paul
Hagood and Traci Rindy.
She is preceded in death by her mother,
Ruby and brothers, Mike and Robert.
She was "Grandma Annie" to 25
grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was the beloved wife of
Thomas R. Fry, and stepmother of Eric Fry and Laura Grout.
As a child, she attended school in
Missouri, North Dakota and California. She attended college at Southwest
Missouri State University and East Central College in Union, Mo.,
earning a degree in culinary arts and food service hospitality and
She lived the majority of her life in
Missouri and had a distinguished and enjoyable career working at
Southwest Missouri State University for 15 years. She enlisted in the
U.S. Naval Reserve in 1988 at the age of 39, and attended basic training
in Orlando, Fla. She was called to active duty during Operation Desert
Storm and Desert Shield in 1989, and served proudly and with honor
aboard USS L.Y. Spear (AS-36), a submarine tender home-ported in
Virginia. She was released from active duty and honorably discharged
from the Naval Reserve in 1991.
She met her husband, Tom, while in
Virginia, and they were married in Horseshoe Bend on Oct. 19, 1991. They
lived happily together for 17 years. Annabelle enjoyed gardening and
traveling to visit her extensive family and many dear friends. She was
well known in Horseshoe Bend, contributing to the well-being of her
family and friends in many ways during her life there.
Visitation hours were from 3 to 8 p.m.,
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, at Potter Funeral Chapel, 228 E. Main St.,
Emmett, Idaho. Funeral services will be held at the Ladies Club Hall in
Horseshoe Bend on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, at 2 p.m., followed by
interment at the Pioneer Cemetery in Horseshoe Bend. Refreshments will
be served at the American Legion Hall following services.
Published in Emmett
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Richard Lloyd Fulke
NORFOLK - Richard Lloyd Fulke passed
away June 16, 2011. He was born in Richmond, Va., Jan. 14, 1937. Richard
was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Beth; his parents, Minna and
Edward Weaver; and his brother, Bobbe Fulke.
He is survived by two brothers, Edward
Weaver of New Iberia, La., and David Weaver and his wife Bin of
Springfield, Ohio; one sister, Sherry Rhinehalt and husband David of
Charlotte, N.C.; his sister-in-law, Hattie Fulke of Richmond and many
nieces, nephews and cousins.
Richard proudly served in the United
States Navy from 1954 to 1979. Significant duty stations included the
USS Ranger CVA-61, USS Midway CVA-41, USS L.Y. Spear AS-36, Naval
Security Group in Diego Garcia, COMNAVSURFLANT Support Group in Norfolk,
Virginia and the Naval Support Group Saigon, Detachment Dong Tam. He
received many awards including a Navy Unit Commendation, China Service
Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and
Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Richard had a great love of art and was
in fact himself an artist. He was accomplished at billiards and many in
the Tidewater area and elsewhere had the opportunity to observe him in
action. Richard cherished his family and his family felt the same for
him. Richard was dedicated to the service of his country and always was
proud to be an American.
A memorial service will be held
Saturday, June 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the Advent Episcopal Church in
Norfolk. A private burial ceremony for the families of Richard and Beth
Fulke will be held June 24 at 2 p.m. in Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial
Veterans Cemetery. Donations in Richard's memory may be made to a
charity of your choosing. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home is handling the
arrangements. Condolences may be offered to the family at
The Virginian Pilot,
June 22, 2011
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Roberto Garza Sr.
United States Navy, Retired, Master
Chief, Roberto Garza, 57 of Seguin, Texas passed away on March 12, 2011,
at home surrounded by family. He was born October 30, 1953 in Seguin,
Texas, the son of Antonio and Soledad Garza. He served in the U.S. Navy
from 1972 to 1993 aboard the USS L Y SPEAR as an Electrician’s Mate.
During his tour of duty the Navy, he held numerous positions and
assignments and reached the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer E-9, and
received numerous commendations and awards, including the Navy
Achievement, Navy Commendation, and Navy Expeditionary medals. After he
retired from the Navy, he was chief of operations at juvenile military
facilities in San Marcos and Nixon, Texas.
He is survived by his daughter,
Christina Garza Ponce: sons, Robert Garza, Jr. and wife Denise, and
Derek Garza and wife Myra; sisters, Beatrice Salazar, Julia Tobias and
husband James, Mary Toni Castillo and husband Roy, Dora Luna and husband
Robert, Hope Gonzales and husband Alfred, and Barbara Barrientos and
husband Ysidoro; brothers, Tony Garza, Jr. and wife Urania, and Albert
Garza and wife Margaret; grandchildren,
Taylor Lynn Garza, Mikey Vidal, Tiffany
Ponce, Justin Ponce, Annalise and Brooke Garza, and great-granddaughter
, Mia Ponce. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his
granddaughter, Ashley Lynn Ponce; parents, Antonio and Soledad Garza;
brother, Joe Garza; sister, Alicia Hernandez; nephew, Rafael Salazar;
niece, Erica Marie Luna; and Velia Diaz Garza, deceased mother of
Christina, Robert Jr. and Derek.
Visitation will be held on Thursday,
March 17, 2011, from 5-9 p.m. at Palmer Mortuary Chapel; Rosary; Rosary
at 7 p.m. Mass will be held on Friday, March 18, 2011, at Our Lady of
Guadalupe Church at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Guadalupe Valley
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Rick
Hernandez, Joe Angel Salazar, Roy Castillo, Jr. ,Robbie Luna, Anthony
Barrientos, and A.J. Garza. Honorary pallbearers, Justin Ponce, Frank
Natal, III, Christian Barrientos, Christopher Urrutia, Nathaniel
Applewhite and Julian Applewhite. The arrangements are under the
direction of Palmer Mortuary at 1116 N. Austin St. in Seguin, Texas.
(830-379-9430). To send a message of condolence, please visit the
Seguin Gazette, March
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Ralph M. Ghormley
Rear Admiral Ralph M. Ghormley, U. S. Navy (Ret), born in Boston, MA
July 10, 1927, died Sunday October 7, 2012 of a heart attack. Ralph was
predeceased by his first wife, Sally. He later re-married and is
survived by wife, Marlene, the widow of classmate, Frank Sherman. Also
surviving are: sister, Betty Baker; children from his first marriage,
daughter Ruth Hienerman, son Ralph; and two grandchildren.
Ralph entered the U. S. Naval Academy in 1945, graduated with the Class
of 1949, received a Bachelor of Science degree, and was commissioned as
an Ensign, USN. He served aboard USS ORLECK for 18 months before
attending Submarine School. Sea tours of duty aboard SEA FOX, HARDHEAD,
RATON, and BARB followed before becoming Commanding Officer of SCORPION
then SAM RAYBURN. After serving as Commander, SUBDIV 53, Ralph returned
to being a CO aboard L. S. SPEAR (AS-36). After 2 years on SUBLANT
Staff, Ralph was selected as a Rear Admiral and ordered as Commander,
Naval Base Guantanamo Bay. Later ashore, Ralph served in NAVELEX,
Defense Communications Agency (a payback tour for PG training in
communications many years earlier), and finally, DCNO for Logistics
before retiring October 1, 1983.
Recognition of Ralph’s dedicated service the nation is reflected by his
receipt of a Legion of Merit, a Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy
Commendation Medals, and various other awards as well as letters of
commendation and appreciation.
Ralph’s retirement years have been spent in service to the Class of 1949
as President for 5 years and the last 14 years as Class Secretary in
addition to associated tasks. His other service was in: St Andrews
Society, American Legion, Order of the Carabao, Returned Services
League, and as a Docent at the US Navy Museum.
A celebration of life will be held at a time to be announced. The family
requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Ralph’s memory
to a charity of your choice.
Published in The Washington Post
on October 11, 2012
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Ronald A. Gischel
LCDR ( ? -
Ronald Arthur Gischel, a Navy commander
and Command Chaplain of the USS L. Y. SPEAR in Norfolk, died of a heart
attack, at home, June 21, 1993. Commander Gischel was 47.
Commander Gischel was born in Louisville,
Ky. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Georgetown College
at Georgetown, Ky., and a master's of divinity from Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary. Gischel served in the Army as a flight
officer. He flew missions in Vietnam and was awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star with Oak Leaf. Other
awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Commendation
Medal and Navy Achievement Medal.
Survivors include his wife, Carlene Sturgill Gischel; two daughters,
Erika Lynn Mitchell of Richmond and Amanda Lea Gischel; his parents,
Robert William Gischel and Norma Jean Miller Gischel of Chesapeake; and
a sister, Deborah Sue Lawrence.
Funeral Services will be held at David Adams Memorial Chapel, Norfolk
Naval Station, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, 1993. Friends and
relatives may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Twiford Funeral Home, 929
Battlefield Blvd. South, Chesapeake, Va.
The family requests that in lieu of
flowers, contributions be made to the "Retired Officer's Association
Scholarship Fund," Alexandria, Va., in the name of Commander Gischel.
The Virginian-Pilot Friday, June 25, 1993, page D2
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Thomas "Tom" J. Godfrey
LCDR (1970 -
Thomas 'Tom' J. Godfrey, 68, of
Superior, formerly of West Duluth, died Sunday May 11, 2008 in St.
Mary's Medical Center, Duluth.
He was born in Duluth to William and
Clara Godfrey on March 19, 1940. He had attended St. James School and
had graduated from Denfeld High School. Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy in
December of 1959. He received indoctrination and technical training at
Naval Training Center, San Diego, Calif., attended naval Submarine
School in New London, Conn., and was subsequently assigned to USS Becuna
(SS 319). Lieutenant Commander Godfrey graduated from Nuclear Power
School and served as Nuclear Engineering Plant Instructor at the General
Electric Training Unit in Schenectady, N.Y. In January 1966 he was
assigned to the Submarine USS M.G. Vallejo (SSBN 658). He then returned
to the General Electric Training Unit to become the Leading Nuclear
Propulsion Plant Instructor. In July 1970 Lieutenant Commander Godfrey
reported to the USS L.Y. Spear (AS 36). Following a three year tour as
Quality Assurance Officer, and Radiological Officer he was assigned to
Norfolk Naval Shipyard as Nuclear Submarine Repair Officer. In April
1976 he reported to the Submarine Tender USS Proteus (AS 19) in Guam,
for duty as Production Officer and Assistant Repair Officer. He served
as Nuclear Ship Superintendent at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in
Bremerton, Wash., for USS Long Beach (CGN) and in May 1979 he was
assigned to Commander Submarine Squadron Eighteen in Charleston, S.C. as
Extended Refit Program Superintendent. Lieutenant Commander Godfrey
served as Executive Officer of Naval Submarine Base San Diego through
December of 1982 and assumed command of Naval Reserve Center Duluth in
January 1983. He served as Lieutenant Commander of the Submarine Warfare
School in Bange, Wash., from 1985-1990. Lieutenant Commander Godfrey's
qualifications include: Submarine Warfare Officer; Surface Warfare
Officer; and Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operator. He is entitled to wear
the navy Commendation Medal (three awards); Navy Achievement Medal (two
awards); Good Conduct Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal and the National
Defense Medal in addition to other service decorations. He had married
Claudia Jacobs in 1994.
Thomas was a member of Holy Assumption
Catholic Church, the West End VFW, and West Duluth American Legion, the
Academy of Model Aeronautics, and was currently the President of the
Duluth/Superior Radio Control Club. He had also achieved the rank of
Tom was preceded in death by his
parents; wife, Annette in 1990; son, Richard in 1995; sisters, Katherine
Godfrey in 2006, Carol Ann Godfrey in 1976, infant sisters Mary in 1941,
Margarite in 1942, and Alice in 1946.
Tom is survived by his wife, Claudia;
daughter, Debra Godfrey of Wildwood, Ga.; brother, Michael Godfrey of
Duluth; sisters, Mary Ann (Gordy) Allar of Garden Ridge, Texas, Joanne
(Timothy) Carroll of Duluth, Peggy Overbie of Sadona, Ariz., Alice (Daryle
Warner) Thompson of Saginaw, and Julie Godfrey of Duluth; mother-in-law,
Bernice Jacobs of Duluth; many nieces, nephews and cousins, and his
beloved dog Ben.
VISITATION:5 to 7 p.m. Friday with a
6:30 p.m. Rosary Recitation in Hegstrom Family Funeral Homes, Foley
Chapel. Visitation continues on Saturday from 1 p.m until the 2 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial in St. James Catholic Church. Burial will be at
Oneota Cemetery. Military Honors will be Accorded by the Duluth Combined
Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Boy
Scouts of America. Arrangements by Hegstrom Family Funeral Homes, Foley
Chapel. 5405 Ramsey St.
Duluth News Tribune, May 14, 2008
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Paul M. Gregus
MM2 (1979 - 1982)
Martin Gregus, of Lavesgne Lane, Virginia Beach, Va., a former resident
of Larksville, died Monday in Virginia. Born on March 2, 1957, he
was the son of Genevieve and the late Leonard Gregus.
attended Wyoming Valley West High School and served in the United States
Navy. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Lake Silkworth.
Surviving are brothers, Leonard Jr., Loyalville; Ronald, Lake Silkworth;
Martin, Sweet Valley; sisters, Eleanore Buzink, Plains; Gerri, Sweet
Valley; several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Paul M. Gregus
P.O. Box 3152, Virginia Beach, Va. 23454-9252.
Arrangements are by the Kellum Funeral Home, Virginia Beach. There will
be no calling hours.
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Met the SPEAR in
Diego Garcia. This was his first duty station after completing
Officer Candidate School.
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Ernest Joseph Guzman
Norfolk - Ernest
Joseph Guzman, 55, passed away unexpectedly November 21, 2012. He was
the son of the late Jose Ernesto Guzman and Lucila De Le Rua Guzman. He
proudly served his country in the
United States Navy for 20 years and had a strong love for rock n
roll and fishing.
Besides his mother, he
is survived by his daughters, Amanda Vangrossi (Paul), Courtney Guzman,
Veronica Ramos (Hiram) and Krystal Guzman; grandchildren, Layla
Vangrossi and Mason Weatherby; brother, David Guzman (Geri); sister,
Rose Starkweather (Doug) and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A service to celebrate
his life will be held Friday, November 30, at 11 a.m. at Graham Funeral
Home with Rev. Fr. Daniel Ahern officiating. The family will receive
friends at the funeral home Thursday from 6-730 p.m. Please visit his
Book of Memories at
www.grahamfuneralhome.com where you may view the service if unable
to attend or leave a note to the family.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on November 29, 2012
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Donald J. Harkness
EM1 (1969 - ?)
Donald Joseph Harkness, 67, of Virginia
Beach died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002 in his home.
Born in 1935 in Buffalo, N.Y. and raised
in Dunnville, Ontario, Canada, he left Dunnville in 1953 to join the
U.S. Navy where he served 20 years. His duty stations were Bainbridge,
Md., Annapolis, Md., USS Search YAGR/AGR 4, YAGR Division 21, RADRON 2,
YR 65, SSC Great Lakes, USS John R. Pierce DD 753, USS Sampson DDG 10,
USS Orion AS 18, USS L.Y. Spear AS 36, Naval Station Norfolk. After
retiring from the U.S. Navy, he went to work at Norfolk Naval Shipyard,
from there to NAVSEACENLANT/FTSCLANT. He retired from there in April of
2001 after 27 1/2 years. He was a member of Willis V. Fentress Masonic
Lodge No. 296 and a 32nd degree Mason with the Scottish Rite Bodies,
Valley of Norfolk. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association.
He is survived by his loving wife,
Alyce; three children, Lisa Marie Doss of Virginia Beach, Peggy Lynn
Alexander of Hampton and Charles Anthony Harkness of Virginia Beach;
mother, Eleanor Harkness of Ontario, Canada; four brothers, Robert and
Norman Harkness of Ontario, Canada, Kenneth Harkness of Chesapeake and
Thomas Harkness of Norfolk; special grandson, Clifford Jay Williams of
Newport News; other grandchildren, Shawn and Ryan Harkness and Ashley
Harkness; and two great-granddaughters, Katelyn Alyse Williams and
Willow Ann Harkness.
The visitation will be held Thursday
from 7 to 8 p.m. in Altmeyer Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at
11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with burial with full military honors
and masonic rites at Colonial Grove Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2730 Ellsmere
Ave., Norfolk, VA 23513.
The family would like to extend special
thanks to Drs. Alberico, Hubbard, Cuiffo, Goffman and their wonderful
staffs. Condolences may be shared with the family at
The Virginian-Pilot Wednesday, October 16, 2002, page B6
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Melissa Hackert Harrington
BM2 (1987 - 1989)
Melissa M. Harrington, 27, of the
2400 block of Spinnaker Court, a Navy petty officer second class, died
July 9, 1991, in Chesapeake.
Mrs. Harrington was born in Detroit.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph H. Harrington; her father and
stepmother, Ervin J. and Julie C. Hackert of Spring Lake, Mich.; two
sisters, Allison L. Hackert and Andrea A. Hackert, both of Spring Lake;
two brothers, Brian J. Hackert of Albion, Mich., and John B. Hackert of
Ann Arbor, Mich.; maternal grandfather, Bradley Ballard of Birmingham,
Mich.; and paternal grandmother, Lillian M. Hackert of Ludington, Mich.
The graveside service with military
honors will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday in Forest Lawn Cemetery by
the Rev. Thomas C. Marsden. Friends may join the family from 7 to 9 p.m.
today in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel.
The Virginian-Pilot Friday, July 12, 1991, page D2
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Kirby D. Henry
CWO3 (1971 -
CWO3 Kirby D. Henry died March 13, 1984 in
Morristown, TN . He enlisted in the US Navy June 11, 1952 and retired
July 1, 1976. He is survived by wife Helga, and sons Kirby D. Henry Jr.,
Michael Henry and daughter Sonja Henry.
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Kenneth J. Hoots
Kenneth Jack Hoots passed away at the young age of 57 on 26 June 2012 in
Diamondhead, MS. He was born in Fletcher, North Carolina on 18 May 1955
and graduated from East Henderson High School in 1973. Jack proudly
serving 33 years in the US Navy where he was selected as the Navy’s
first CWO5 in the Supply Corps and continued his work in government for
the past five years.
He was a wonderful loving husband, father, brother and grandfather who
will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He is preceded in death
by his parents Furman and Mary Sue Hoots of Hendersonville, NC.
He leaves loving memories to his wife and best friend Dawn Marie Hoots
and five daughters Stephanie (Larry) Fountain and Kristie (Oscar) Meyer
both of Biloxi, MS, Amber Hoots of Picayune, MS, Jennifer (Josh) Jeans
of Franklin, TN and Missy (Cole) Guinn of Okinawa, Japan. He is also
survived by his three brothers, Herman (Vickie) Hoots of Morristown, TN,
Larry (Wanda) Hoots of Palm Bay, FL, Turner (Sue) Hoots of Englewood,
FL; two sisters, Dolores (Jerry) Tyre of Lake City, FL and Lilly (Gary)
Voorhees of Franklin, TN and five grandchildren, Dalton Michael Halston,
Jacob Williams, Chance Meyer, Emerson Hoots and Brody Jeans.
Visitation will be Monday July 2, 2012 from 9:00 to 10:00 am at
Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport, Miss. Services
will begin at 10:00 am in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow
at Biloxi National Cemetery at 11:00 am with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Slidell Memorial
Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd., Slidell, LA 70458.
To send a memorial gift to the family of Mr. Kenneth Jack Hoots please
Published in The Sun Herald on June 30, 2012
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Deborah Suzanne Jasewicz
EN? (1990 -
Mrs. Deborah Suzanne
Jasewicz, 39, of Bigelow Avenue, Amsterdam, New York passed away Sunday,
January 2, 2011 at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, New
She was born September
13, 1971 in Amsterdam, New York a daughter of Frederick J. Putkowski and
the late Geraldine A. Czarnowski Putkowski. She was a graduate of
Amsterdam High School - Class of 1989 and attended Fulton-Montgomery
Mrs. Jasewicz served
in the Navy aboard the USS LY Spear ,the USS Shenandoah and the HM 12
Helicopter Maintenance Squadron as an Engineman Third Class from 1990 -
1994 at Norfolk, Virginia.
She was last employed
by the Baptist Retirement and Rehabilitation Center in Scotia, New York
until the onset of illness.
She was a member of
St. Stanislaus Church in Amsterdam, New York and St. Stephen's Church in
Hagaman, New York.She was a former member of the Fort Johnson Volunteer
Deborah was an animal
lover and enjoyed the company of her two dogs and two cats.
She is survived by her
husband, Kenneth J. Jasewicz who she married August 3, 1996, her
children Andrew J. Miller and Emily Jasewicz both of Amsterdam; her
father, Frederick J. Putkowski, Amsterdam; her sisters Karen Putkowski,
Glenville, New York and Patricia A. Putkowski, Gloversville; her brother
James Putkowski, Fort Johnson, New York; father-in-law and mother-in-law
William and Beatrice Jasewicz, Perth, New York;brothers and sisters
-in-law many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral will be
held at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at the Jendrzejczak Funeral
Home 200 Church Street, Amsterdam, New York followed by a Mass of
Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Stephen's Church, Pawling Street,
Hagaman, New York. Interment will follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery,
Amsterdam. The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions may be sent to the Jasewicz Childrens' Fund, C/O
the funeral home.
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Mr. Kinert served in the Navy
for 30 years, retiring as a captain in 1983. He had been the commanding officer
of the Naval Submarine Base at Bangor.
He was a charter member of
Redeemer United Methodist Church in Kingston. He was a member of the Silverdale
Rotary Club and a board member of both the Seabeck Conference Center and the
Kitsap Literacy Council. Mr. Kinert loved gardening.
Survivors include his wife; a
son, Kent Kinert of Virginia Beach, Va. ; and a daughter, Kimberly Pellack of
Germantown, Md. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Silverdale
United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society of Lynnwood.
Memorial donations may be made
to the building fund of Redeemer United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1541,
Kingston, WA 98346, or to a charity of the donor’s choice..
Bremerton Sun, Tuesday, April 29, 2003
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Robert G. Kreitzbender
Robert George Kreitzbender, 68, of Warren, passed away on Tuesday,
December 27, 2011, at Warren General Hospital. He was the husband of
Mary Welsh Kreitzbender, whom he married on February 11, 1993.
Robert was born in Lancaster, NY on February 19, 1943, a son of the late
Helen (Spitman) and Alfred Kreitzbender. He was a graduate of Corry
Area High School. After high school he joined the US Navy. He served in
the navy for 20 years, and was deployed on the USS Eisenhower during
Vietnam Conflict. Upon retiring from the Navy he attended Penn State
Behrend where he graduated with a degree in Accounting. He also worked
for many years at Rogers Steel in Corry and he managed Corry Central
Labor Club for 7 years. He loved Spending his time square dancing,
participating in his fantasy football league and playing cards at the
senior center. He was also a member of the American Legion of
Youngsville, and the Corry VFW.
In addition to his wife, Robert is also survived by two daughters,
Crystal (Frank) Kreitzbender, of Corry, PA; Kimberly Gould; a son,
Robert (Karen) J. Kreitzbender; 4 step children John (Paula) Neiswonger,
Valerie (Tim) Tomcho, Christopher (Emily) Neiswonger, and Kerry (Tammy)
Neiswonger, as well as 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 10 step
grandchildren, and 3 step-great grandchildren. He is also survived by
his loving Aunt Rose and Uncle George Spitman.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Those wishing to make a memorial donation may do so to Hospice of Warren
County, St. Joseph Catholic Church, or Emergicare of Warren. A memorial
service will be held at the convenience of the family. McKinney Funeral
Homes and Cremation Services, Inc of Youngsville have been entrusted
with arrangements. Those wishing to sign the online guest book or leave
an e-condolence may do so at
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Tammy Lyn Kruse-Weaver
Tammy Lyn Kruse-Weaver of Eaton Rapids, formerly of NC, passed away in
Lansing, February 6, 2013 at the age of 45. She was born in Lansing
December 24, 1967, the daughter of Bill and Marilyn (Davidson) Kruse.
Tammy graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1986. She served in the
U.S. Navy during the Gulf War and later in Spain and retired from the
military in 2004. Tammy served as a Patriot Guard in NC. She loved to
crochet and paint.
Tammy is survived by her parents, Bill Kruse of Eaton Rapids, Marilyn
Kruse of FL; fiancé, Allen Prince of Charlotte; daughters, Savannah
(Royce Strickland) Kosik of NC, Sarah Weaver of VA, Grace Weaver of VA;
grandson, Reagan Kosik-Strickland; siblings, Tony (Becky) Lamson of
Eaton Rapids, John Kruse of Lansing, Kelly (Jay) Challender of Alma, Kim
(Charlie) Spiegelhalter of FL, Bill G. Kruse of Lansing, James (Pam)
Kruse of Ft. Polk, LA.
Funeral services with full military honors will be 11 am Tuesday
February 12, 2013 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St.
Eaton Rapids. Interment will be held at a later date. Visitation will be
Monday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions can be made to the VFW National Home, 3573 S. Waverly Rd.
Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. Please visit our website to place online
condolences or sign the guest register,
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John F. Kubovchik Jr.
JOHN F. KUBOVCHIK JR. (U.S. Navy - Retired), age 70, of Virginia Beach,
VA., passed away peacefully at home in the presence of his family on
July 20, 2011. He was born on July 19, 1941 to the late John and Mary
Elizabeth Kubovchik Sr. of Lakewood, OH. He retired from the United
States Navy as a Commander and Veteran of the Persian Gulf War after
serving proudly for 32 years, mainly in the submarine force. Upon
retirement from the United States Navy John began his second career
following his passion for music. He was instrumental in creating the
band program for St. Gregory the Great Catholic School where he served
as the band director for the last 12 years. Left to cherish his memory
are his loving wife of 45 years, Mary; his son, Michael; his
daughter-in-law, Paula; his two grandchildren, Krista and Katarina, all
of Virginia Beach, VA.; and his two sisters, Clare Kubovchik of Fairview
Park, OH., and Joanne DeMars of Colorado Springs, CO. A VISITATION WILL
BE HELD ON SUNDAY, JULY 24 FROM 6-8 P.M. AT THE ALTMEYER FUNERAL
HOME-SOUTHSIDE CHAPEL, 5792 GREENWICH RD., VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. A Mass of
the Resurrection will be held on Monday, July 25 at 10 a.m. at St.
Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Virginia Beach, VA. In lieu of
flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the American
Cancer Society of Hampton Roads, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK
73123. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.altmeyer.com.
The Virginian Pilot, July 24, 2011
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VIRGINIA BEACH - Paul Arthur LaFond, 71,
of the 2700 block of Alamance Circle, died Nov. 13, 2001, in a local
hospital. Born in Winchester, Conn., Mr. LaFond served as a highly
decorated chief warrant officer IV in the U.S. Navy/U.S. Naval Submarine
Force for 30 years. He attended Newhope Church and was a lifetime member
of the NRA and a member of Submarine Veterans Association.
Mr. LaFond was predeceased by his
parents, Joseph Albert and Helen Winters LaFond. Survivors include his
wife of 43 years, Patricia Ann LaFond; a son, Paul Daniel LaFond and
wife Donna of Virginia Beach; a daughter, Gillbette Marie Johnson and
husband Herbert of Stanardsville, Va.; a son, Raymond Pierre LaFond and
wife Joanna of Virginia Beach; a daughter, Renee Jeanine Irons and
husband Patrick of Chesapeake; a son, Robert John LaFond of Virginia
Beach; 10 grandchildren, Eric Creamer, Jeremiah Johnson, Bryan and
Brandon LaFond, Chelsea Farrell, Courtney LaFond, Trae Farrell, Miranda
Irons, Kelly Farrell and Hannah LaFond; a sister, Betty Marschauser of
Ocala, Fla.; and a brother, Robert LaFond of California.
A funeral will be held Saturday at 5
p.m. in the chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road, by the
Rev. Brent Freeland. The family will receive friends following the
service in the funeral home. Interment with full military honors will be
Dec. 13, 2001, 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, memorial donations may be made to Newhope Church Building Fund,
P.O. Box 61094, Virginia Beach, VA 23466.
The Virginian-Pilot Thursday, November 15, 2001, Local Section, page B8
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Urban R. Lamay, Jr.
CDR (1973 -
Commander Urban R.
Lamay Jr., USN (Ret.), died on 14 June 2007 at his home in Camp Hilt,
PA, from a sudden heart attack. Born in Philadelphia, PA, on 22
June 1933, he was the son of Urban and Margaret Lemay. "Urb"
attended West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys and Villanova
College before entering the Naval Academy. He graduated with the
Class of 1957 as a member of the First Company.
Following his initial
assignment on the destroyer BRAINE, he attended Submarine School and
served three and a half years aboard the submarine CHIVO prior to
attending the Naval Postgraduate School and becoming an Engineering Duty
Officer. Subsequent assignments included ship superintendent and
assistant repair superintendent (nuclear) at the Puget Sound Naval
Shipyard; Navigation equipment officer and trident navigation project
officer at the Strategic Systems Project Office where he was awarded the
Navy Commendation Medal; repair officer on the submarine tender L. Y.
SPEAR; submarine overhaul and repair project officer with the supervisor
of shipbuilding and repair, Newport News, VA, where he was awarded a
second Navy Commendation.
He retired in May 1977
and subsequently joined Catalytic, Inc., in Philadelphia, PA.
Initially an assistant to the site manager of the company's new project
at Three Mile Island (TMI) nuclear power plant, he later became site
manager. Following the March 1979 accident at TMI he oversaw the
numerous site recovery efforts. In June 1980, he transferred to
Philadelphia as director of quality assurance. Following several
mergers in the 1980s, he retired as a regional manager of nuclear
construction and maintenance for Ratheon Engineers and Constructors.
In retirement, he
became a volunteer tutor with the Central Pennsylvania Literacy Council
and served on its board of directors. He instructed adults in
English-as-a-Second-Language with Catholic Charities and the Center for
Educational, Economic and Entrepreneur Development in Harrisburg, PA.
He served the Church of the Good Shepherd, Camp Ful, as a special
Eucharistic minister, a lector and an assistant in the church's RCIA
He is survived by his
wife of 50 years, Kathleen (Hutchinson) Lemay, formerly of Drexel Hill,
PA; sons, Kenneth of Chesapeake, VA, and Gregory of Naples, FL;
daughters, Barbara of Greenfield, MA, Maria Lemay of Mesa, AZ, Denise
Juliana of West Chester, PA, and Anne-Marie Crossan of Newark, DE; three
sisters; one brother; and 12 grandchildren. He was predeceased by
his son, Urban III; a brother and a sister.
US Naval Academy Alumni Association
September 2007, Volume 70, No. 7, page
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Dean R. Lance
EN2 (1977 -
OREGON - Dean Ralph Lance, age 50,
passed away unexpectedly at home, of an apparent heart attack, on
Wednesday, April 25, 2007. Dean was born on July 25, 1956, at St. Mary's
Hospital in Madison, to Ralph and Beverly (Marten) Lance. He graduated
from Oregon High School in 1974 and attended Madison Area Technical
College in auto mechanics. Dean served in the U.S. Navy from 1977 until
1981, aboard the USS L. Y. SPEAR as an engineman. He was an ASE
certified master automobile technician. Dean was currently employed as a
mechanic for Fitchburg Plumbing, Madison. He previously was employed at
Stark Automotive, Stoughton and was also self-employed as Lance
Mechanical, Madison. Dean was a free spirit and gave generously of his
time and talents. He was known for his sense of humor. Dean loved fixing
cars and excelled in his work. He also loved snowmobiling, fishing, car
races, motorcycles (Gold Wings) and shooting pool. Dean had an extensive
model car collection. He was an excellent marksman and usually bagged
his deer each year. Dean made tons and tons of jerky from the venison
that he enjoyed. Dean is survived by his parents, Ralph and Bev Lance;
sisters, Debra Lance and Diane Zimmer; nephew, Alex Zimmer; aunt,
Jacqueline Mahoney; uncles, Tom Marten, Ron (Janet) and Don (Darlene)
Lance; step-grandmother, Leona Heidemann; and many cousins, close
relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by an infant brother,
Dale Marten Lance; maternal grandparents, Cyril and Mina Lance; and
paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Rose Lance. Funeral services will be
held on Saturday, April 28, 2007, at noon, at PEOPLE'S UNITED METHODIST
CHURCH, 103 N. Alpine Parkway, Oregon, with the Rev. Howard Hintzman
presiding. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service
at the church. Burial will be at Prairie Mound Cemetery, with military
rites conducted. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Dean's
name to the American Heart Association or American Parkinson's Disease
fund, 600 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53792-5132.
In memory of Dean, if you suffer from
the health-robbing addiction of smoking, please consciously consider
giving it up. Not now, but in the coming years, it may be in the better
land, we'll read the meaning of our tears, and there, sometime, we'll
understand. We'll know why clouds instead of sun were over many a
cherished plan. Why song has ceased when scarce begun. Sometime we'll
understand. Not father and son in a stern, solemn way, but chums and
good partners at work or at play. Not father and son for a day or a
week, but loyal companions who constantly seek to make life a happy
adventure in fun, and welcome the glory of each morning sun with eager
delight, for to them it extends a chance to become closer comrades and
friends. Nothing could mean more to a lad then making his place as a pal
of his Dad. We'll miss you Dean. God speed.
Wisconsin State Journal , Friday, April 27, 2007, page A4
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Hershel B. "Rocky" Lane
Mr. Hershel B. “ Rocky” Lane, USN Ret.,
63, of Jacksonville, died Feb. 18, 2003.
Mr. Lane was born in Keota, OK, and has
lived in Jacksonville since 1991, moving from Fresno, CA. He was a
veteran, of the U. S. Navy, retiring from the USS L.Y. Spear AS 36 as
1st Petty Officer after serving on numerous ships and submarines. Mr.
Lane worked with the Jax Port Authority, Loading/unloading ships during
Desert Storm/Desert Shield, and started working with Allied Signal (now
HTSI) as a Generator Mechanic and later being promoted to HVAC Mechanic
until his illness.
Mr. Lane loved his family, which
includes his devoted wife of 32 years, who affectionately called him “
My Honey” : Josephine Vera Lane; daughter: Dawn Michelle Lane; Sister:
Mary Sue (Arrmon) Clay; Sistersinlaw: Irene T. (Jack) Davis & Wanda
Moore; special nieces and nephew: Teresa Miller, Kimberly M. Ratliff and
Garry Blair, Jr., along with other nieces & nephews and Angela Woerman,
who was like a daughter to him.
A Celebration of Life service will be
held at 1:00 PM on Tues., Feb. 25, 2003 at PEEPLES FAMILY FUNERAL HOMES,
North Jacksonville Chapel, 2220 Soutel Dr., near Lem Turner, with Rev.
Doris Sherman and Rev. Michael Guerin officiating. Burial to follow in
Oaklawn Cemetery with Military Honors. The family will receive friends
from 5 to 7 PM on Mon., Feb. 24, 2003 at the funeral home. If so
desired, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Pallbearers: Sebastian Lang, Willie Cook, Gene Taylor, Todd Bishop,
David Legg, Erik Smith; Honorary Pallbearers: Garry Blair, Jr., Jack
Davis, Mark Woerman, Ben Zimmerman, Scott Miller and Engineers Branch at
Published in the Florida Times-Union from January 20 to February 23,
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Jerry I. Lewis
Chesapeake - Jerry
Ivan Lewis, 70, of Hemple Street went to be with the Lord December 27,
2012. He was born in Rutherfordton, North Carolina to the late Lonnie
and Ruth Lewis. Besides his parents he was predeceased by sisters, Jean
Lewis and Jeanette King. He served his country for 30 years in the
United States Navy retiring as a Command Master Chief.
Left to cherish his
memory is his loving wife, Brenda Goode Lewis; Children, Shelia McGee
(Bob), David Lewis (Sharon), Tim Lewis (Linda) and Tina Johnson (Mike);
eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister, Jeanice
Laughter; and brother, Lonnie Lewis (Vicki).
A service to celebrate his life will be
held Mon., Dec. 31, 2012 at 1 p.m. with Pastors, David Rieke, Jonathan
Carpenter and Ron Heath, officiating. He will be laid to rest at
Chesapeake Memorial Gardens with full military honors. The family will
receive friends one hour prior to the service. Please visit his book of
www.grahamfuneralhome.com to view the service if unable to attend
and to leave a note to the family.
Published in The Virginian Pilot
on December 30, 2012
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John Hamilton Linn
JOHN HAMILTON LINN, 61, of Huntington,
W.Va., passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011, in Holmes Beach Florida.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 22,
2011, in Forest Memorial Park, Milton, W.Va., with Pastor Jerry Chapman
officiating. Burial will follow. Honorary pallbearers will include:
David Rubinfeld of Siesta Key, Fla., Ed Kirn and Richard Blanch, both of
Bradenton, Fla., Mark Brazier of Devon England, Gary Lucas of
Huntington, and Dave Gilbert of Ona, W.Va. He was born July 30, 1949, in
Charleston, W.Va., a son of Lucille Summers Linn of Huntington, and the
late George Linn. He was a graduate of Marshall University, a member of
the MU Alumni Association and an avid supporter of Marshall University
athletics. John was a US Navy veteran, and the co-owner/operator of
Benefit Wholesale Equipment. His wife of 28 years, his soul mate and
love of his life, Judith Linn survives him. Additional survivors include
his mother, Lucille Summers Linn of Huntington; a daughter and her
husband, whom John considered a son, Holly Linn-Mann and Bob of
Huntington; one sister, Jennifer Linn of Spring Hill, Fla.; a brother,
Jeffrey S. Linn also of Huntington; and a host of friends in Huntington
and Florida whom he leaves behind. Friends may call from 6:00 to 8:00
p.m. Thursday at Chapman's Mortuary, Huntington. Flowers are
appreciated, but those wishing to make a contribution in John's memory,
may do so by sending checks to: The Marshall University Foundation,
attention: Marching Thunder, c/o College of Fine Arts, Marshall
University, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755. Online
condolences may be sent to the family at
Published in The Herald-Dispatch, April 21, 2011
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Larry W. Longwell
VAN WERT, Ohio - Larry W. Longwell, 64,
Van Wert, died at 11:04 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at Lutheran
Hospital, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
He was born March 4, 1947, in Van Wert,
to the late Virginia (Adams) Longwell and Walter Reuben Longwell. His
wife, Wanda (Grieshaber) Longwell, survives of Van Wert. They were
married Nov. 4, 2000.
Other survivors include his children:
Larry (Melinda) Longwell of Van Wert, Lisa (Troy) Waldron of Middle
Point, Ohio, Shelley (Matt) Dunham of Decatur, Ind., and Shannon Moreno
of Van Wert; a sister: Carol (Kim) Army of Van Wert; 11 grandchildren,
and 2 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was a retired welder and attended Van
Wert Victory Church, Van Wert. He was a nine-year veteran of the United
States Navy serving during the Vietnam War and a life member of the Van
Wert V.F.W. He enjoyed his grandchildren, computers and fishing.
Services will be held 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert.
The Rev. Tommy Sandefer will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland
Cemetery, Van Wert. Military graveside services will be conducted by
combined units of the Van Wert American Legion and VFW posts. Calling
hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 at the funeral home.
Preferred memorial to the family.
Published in Fort Wayne Newspaprs, August 4, 2011
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George Rexford "Rex" Lucie
(1977 - 1979)
George Rexford Lucie of Queenstown, a
certified public accountant, died Friday, October 7, 1988, in an
automobile accident on Route 33 near Aveley Road, Easton. He was 49.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Nov. 19, 1938,
he was the son of George Robert Lucie and the former Alyce Bloomgren. He
married Kathleen E. Flagg on May 23, 1986.
He was graduated from Ashland (Ky.) High
School and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and for 20
years. He received a bachelor’s degree in administration at the Naval
Post-Graduate School, Monterey, Calif., and retired from the Navy as a
lieutenant June 30, 1979.
Mr. Lucie studied public accounting at
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va. He passed his certified public
accounting in 1981. He worked at Western-Union Electronic Mail in
McLean, Va., until 1984. He then worked for Maurice Wallace of Easton.
At the time of his death, Mr. Lucie had his own practice.
He was a member of the American
Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Society of
Certified Public Accountants. He also was a member of the Kent Island
In addition to his wife, he is survived
by his father, George Robert Lucie of Fruitport, Mich.; two sons,
Christopher D. Lucie, Iowa City, Iowa, and Petty Officer Eric R. Lucie,
U.S. Navy of Santee, Calif.; two daughters, Rebecca E. Lucie, Ashland,
and Jennifer M. Lucie, Queenstown; one brother, Dr. James R. Lucie,
Fruitport; and a grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday,
Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Tom Helfenbein Funeral Home, Chester. Father
R. Conway O’Connor will officiate. Friends may call at the Tom
Helfenbein Funeral Home on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.
the Star Democrat, Easton, MD, provided by Mrs. G. Rexford Lucie
George "Rex" Lucie is interred at
Arlington National Cemetery - Columbarium
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Donald D. Lutz
CW02 (197? -
VIRGINIA BEACH - Donald David Lutz, born
Dec. 8, 1936, husband of Margaret E. Lutz, of Virginia Beach, died March
23, 2007. He leaves his son, William M. Lutz and daughters, Margaret A.
Cooney and Rosemary Smith. He was preceded in death by his daughter,
Laurie L. Harvey. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, of which
Crystal and Tiffany Harvey deserve special note, and four
Donald was predeceased by his father,
Emil D. Lutz and mother, Lillian R. Lutz. He is mourned by his three
brothers, Daniel, Wayne and Roger Lutz.
Donald was born in Irvington, N.J., and
raised in Spring Lake Heights. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1954 and
proudly retired as a CWO2 in 1977. Among his many duty assignments,
these come to mind: The USS Saratoga, The USBN Thomas Jefferson, The USS
Fulton, The USS Forrestal and the USS L.Y. Spear. He then worked for the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and retired in 2000.
In his retirement, he took great
pleasure in his family, his boating and fishing. He especially enjoyed
the company of his friends at the Virginia Beach Anglers Club and the
Coastal Conservation Association. He will be sorely missed by his
constant furry companion, Reggie. Memorial contributions can be made to
either of the above organizations.
A graveside service will be conducted
Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Princess Anne Memorial Park with Chaplain James
Fedor officiating. The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown
Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, today from 6 to 8 p.m. Condolences may
be offered to the family at
The Virginian-Pilot Monday, March 26, 2007, Hampton Roads Section, page
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Dennis M. Malueg
Malueg passed away on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012, in Norfolk, VA.
Born April 28, 1953, in Clintonville, WI, to Kenneth and Lois (Lust)
He grew up in the
Big Falls, Caroline WI area graduating from Marion High School, Marion,
WI in 1971; Enlisted in US Navy, September 12th, 1972 Retiring January
31, 1994 as Chief Petty Office ( E8); During his Naval career his main
home port was Norfolk, VA. Serving on the Sustain, AFDM-7, USS L. Y.
Spear, USS Arthur W.Radford, USS Surflant Diesel, USS Dynamic, USS
Shenadoa; Dennis was granted Secret Defense clearance in 1975 by the
United States Government. Receiving numerous commendations for serving
his country, he proudly displayed his commendation for dry docking a
captured Russian sub-marine. Upon retirement from the Navy he continued
to work on Naval ships for Amsec a private contractor; Maintenance at
Christ The King Catholic school where he loved and was loved by the
students K-8; Part time as a Locksmith for Maury Kroll. Member of the
American Legion 327; Fleet Reserve; The Dramatic Order Knights Of
Khorassan and The Nomads Of Avrudaka.
Survived by his
Wife, Joan (Buckland) Malueg, Norfolk, VA; Father, Kenneth Malueg -
Caroline WI, (2) Daughters, Melissa and Della - VA; Step-son, Jesse
Buckland Jr.- Pennsylvania; Step-Grandson, Jesse Buckland III,
Pennsylvania; (2) Sisters, Diane (James O.) Krueger- Caroline WI and
Deborah (Elwood) Malueg/Mathewson - Tigerton, WI further survived by
numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Proceeded in death by his
mother, Lois (Lust) Malueg, maternal and paternal grandparents, numerous
aunts and uncles.
The Rite of
Christian Burial with full Military Honors will be held at 6:00p.m.,
Christ The King Parish, 1803 Columbia Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23509 on
Monday, October 1st, 2012 with internment to be held at Saint Mary
Cemetery, Marion WI . Honorary Pallbearers: Phil Lefeure, Rick Chapple,
Ted Chapple, Randy Trout, Jesse Buckland III. Condolences maybe sent to
Smith and Williams Funeral Home, 818 Norview Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23509
serving the family.
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Herman Martinez Jr.
NORFOLK - Herman Martinez Jr., 71, passed
away peacefully March 4, 2007, in the comfort of his home surrounded by
his loving family. Mr. Martinez was born Sept. 1, 1935, to Hermanio and
Maria Martinez in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Martinez served his country proudly
in the U.S. Navy, retiring with more than 20 years of service. Left to
cherish his memory are his loving wife of 45 years, Carmen Martinez; a
son, John Michael Martinez of New York City; a daughter, Michelle Marie
Martinez of Norfolk; his two brothers, Anthony Martinez of Texas and
William Martinez of New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews. The family
will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Smith and Williams
Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel. A celebration of life will be held at 11
a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn
Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star, March 6, 2007
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Jerry Leland McCombs
LT (1991 - 1992)
Jerry Leland McCombs
was born November 22, 1945 to the late Leland Archie McCombs and the
late Wilma Mae McCombs of Rushville, Illinois. He was the third oldest
of 12 siblings. He was proudly married to Sharon Kay Schaeffer of Galax,
Virginia. He was so proud when he became a father and enjoyed the love
of his children Georgina Kay Lynn McCombs and Jarrod Robert Scott
McCombs both of the home.
Jerry enlisted in the
U.S. Navy September 9th, 1963 and went to boot camp at the Great Lakes
Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL. He graduated from boot camp on
November 22, 1963, his 18th birthday and the day President Kennedy was
assassinated. During his illustrious career culminating as a U.S. Navy
officer who traveled the world during his 22 ½ years of service he
earned countless medals and awards. He served on the USS Lake Champlain
(CVS 39), USS John A. Bole (DD 755) (Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam); USS
Newport News (CA 148); USS Horne (CG 30) (Persian Gulf Iranian Hostage
Crisis); USS Coral Sea (CV 43) (Gulf of Sidra, Libya Campaign); USS L.Y.
Spear (AS 36) (Operation Desert Storm, Persian Gulf, Red Sea.
Along with his wife
Sharon and their two children they returned to Havana, IL in 1992 to be
closer to his family. Many memories were made in those four years being
around the love of family and creating lasting friendships not only with
his older siblings he grew up with but also the younger siblings that he
didn’t really get to enjoy while growing up. Accustomed to the movement
during his career in the Navy they moved to St. Petersburg, FL in 1996,
where he took on jobs as hotel maintenance manager and later as a legal
assistant. The years in Florida were adventuresome to say the least and
again many memories were made. Finally, in 1999, one last adventure was
made to Galax, VA where he created a new home for his family. During
this time Jerry coached Dixie Youth baseball teams and enjoyed and loved
being around and teaching the sport not only to his son, but to other
young men as well. Jerry worked for five years as an E-911 dispatcher
finally retiring in 2007.
Jerry leaves to mourn
not only his wife and two children but also his brothers and
sisters-in-law, Jeffrey and Mary Jo McCombs of St. Petersburg, FL; James
and Karen McCombs, Rushville, IL; Jon McCombs, Astoria, IL; Joel and
Jeanie McCombs, Rushville, IL; and Jan and Sandy McCombs, Rushville, IL;
his sisters and brothers-in-law Robert and Jerris Oest, Havana, IL;
Larry and Jennifer Volk, Mt. Sterling, IL; Dan and Jackie Cogswell,
Meredosia, IL; Todd and Joy Mendenhall, Havana, IL; and Sam and Julia
Gregory, Chicago, IL; his aunt Elizabeth Galloway, Mt. Sterling, IL and
countless numbers of nephews and nieces. One sister and brother–in-law
preceded him in death, William and Janet L. Lavery as well as a
sister-in-law, Philda McCombs.
Family will receive
friends on Monday, July 19, 2010 from 4:00-6:00pm with funeral service
immediately following at Vaughn Guynn Funeral Home, Galax, VA. The
burial will take place at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield,
Donations may be made
to Twin County Hospice of TCRH, 818 Glendale Rd, Galax, VA 24333, or
Sugar Grove Methodist Church, RR2, Rushville, IL 62681.
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John M. Meyer
MEYER, John Michael, age 69, died
quietly at his home in Charles City, Va., on January 31, 2008 after an
extended fight with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 49 years,
Judith Eileen Meyer; and two sons, Kevin Lenair Meyer, 44, a registered
nurse at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville,
Va., and John Michael Meyer Jr., 47, an electrical engineer at NASA
Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.
Born July 10, 1938 to Cleo Casper and
Mary Frances Meyer of Cherokee County, Kan., and schooled in Wirtonia
and Pittsburgh, Kan., he was raised on a farm where he developed a
strong work ethic. Joining the U.S. Naval Reserve at age 18, he soon
went on active duty and trained in metalworking. He served on the USS
Howard W. Gilmore and then became a Salvage Diver / Underwater Welder on
the USS Preble. In 1959, John returned to reserve status, married and
started a family with Judith, and pursued farming. During this period,
he served on annual two week reserve assignments during the Cuban
He pursued training and advancement to
Shipfitter First Class and then returned to active duty in 1969 to serve
aboard the USS Independence. John pursued further training and rank and
advanced as a Hull Technician to Chief, Senior Chief, and then received
his commission as Warrant Officer (Carpenter) WO1 aboard the USS L.Y.
Spear. He served as Repair Officer aboard USS Nimitz advancing to CWO-2
and served as Damage Control Assistant aboard USS L.Y. Spear. John
advanced to CWO-3 as the Commanding Officer of the USS Dynamic Repair
Vessel. He advanced CWO-4 and served as DCA and Chief Engineer on the
USS Plymouth Rock. His final duty station was at the Naval Safety Center
in Norfolk, Va., where he served as a Safety Inspector until his
retirement as a CWO-4 in 1986. During his career, he was awarded medals
for Good Conduct and National Defense Service, two Sea Service
Deployment Ribbons, two Meritorious Unit Commendations and the Battle
John went on to a second career working
as a maintenance technician, first for Interbake Foods and then Nabisco
Brands, Richmond, Va. He retired from Nabisco in 2004 after 14 years of
John was extremely proud of his Naval
service and loved the sea. His wishes were to be cremated and to have
his ashes interred at sea. A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, February
8, 2008, 10 a.m., at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2631
Pocahontas Trail, Quinton, Va. 23141. He asked that in lieu of flowers,
memorial donations in his memory be made to the Charles City County
Volunteer Fire Department, 7100 Atkins Rd., Charles City, Va. 23030.
Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on February 3, 2008
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Max Milien, Sr.
(19? - 1979)
Max Milien Sr., Senior
Chief Petty Officer U.S. Navy retired, departed on eternal patrol, Sept.
28, 2006, in Hampton (VA). Senior Chief Milien was born on Dec. 4,
1943, in Cap Haitian, Haiti, and entered the United States on Sept. 24,
1949, at the age of 5. He became a citizen of the United States of
America, September 1963, an event for which he was forever proud. SCPO
Milien grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and upon his graduation from high
school enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1962.
His first naval
deployment was spent in Antarctica as part of Operation Deep-Freeze,
serving on the Naval Icebreaker USS Glacier (AGB-4). SCPO Milien
attended the U.S. Naval Enlisted Submarine School in 1964 and qualified
in submarines in that same year. He was a plank-owner on the USS John
C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) (Gold) and the USS Will Rogers (SSBN-659) (Gold)
as an engineman. After attending Electronics Technician "A" school and
Ship’s Inertial Navigation Systems (SINS) School, he served as a
navigation electronics technician for the USS Bluefish (SSN-675). SCPO
Milien also served on the USS Sea Devil (SSN-664), Submarine Tender USS
L.Y. Spear (AS-36) and was a plank-owner on the USS Emory Land (AS-39).
He was selected as Sailor of the Year for the USS America in 1974. Upon
retirement from the Navy in 1982, he was employed by Newport News
Shipbuilding as an engineer, contributing to the development and
technical support of the Weapons System Safety programs for the Los
Angeles and Seawolf Class Fast Attack Submarines. He retired in 2002.
SCPO Milien was also
the holder of Amateur Radio License WB4GUY. SCPO Milien is survived by
a daughter and son-in-law, Yvonne Milien Cyrus and Reginald Cyrus; a son
and daughter-in-law, Max Jr. and Lisa Milien; grandsons, Max III and
Myles; granddaughters, Delores and Lauren; family matriarch, Dolores
Milien; a sister, Eleanor Brickus; and a very special, caring friend and
companion, Pamela Adams. At the request of SCPO Milien, there are no
services planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be
made to the Back Door Ministry of St. Vincent De-Paul Catholic Church,
230 33rd St., Newport News, VA 23607. Arrangements by Berceuse Funeral
and Cremation Traditions in the Coliseum Central of Hampton, 825-8070.
The Virginian-Pilot Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006
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Leo E. Olson
EMCM (1969 -
VIRGINIA BEACH - Leo E. Olson, 71,
passed away June 26, 2006, at Sentara Leigh Hospital. He was a native of
Pasco, Wash., born to Agnes and Inart Olson. Leo served his country for
more than 27 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a master chief
electrician in 1980 before working an additional 21 years with Sentara
Healthcare as the building engineer at Leigh Atrium.
Leo was an active person who loved
people. His family and friends knew him as a “jack of all trades and a
master of 99 percent of them.” He enjoyed restoring old cars,
woodworking and dancing.
Left to cherish his memory are three
daughters, Monica Stock and husband David of Virginia Beach, Gigi
Lopez-Tighe of Las Vegas, Nev., and Lynda McKay of Elizabeth City, N.C.;
and six grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Robert Olson and
wife Shirley and a sister, Gloria Riggle and husband Pete, both of
Washington state and two brothers-in-law, Murl Leibrecht and wife Karen
of France and Bruce Leibrecht and wife Lynne of Kentucky. Also sharing
his loss are special friends, Bob and Rebecca Souders, Donna Fulcher and
his pal Tig. He was preceded in death by both parents and his wife, Ada
A celebration of life will be held at 1
p.m. today at the Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel, 601 N. Witchduck
Road, Virginia Beach. Memorials may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis
Association or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to
The Virginian-Pilot Thursday, June 29, 2006, Hampton Roads Section, page
article - 7/8/06
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James Calvin Phillips, Jr.
James Calvin Phillips Jr., 53, Crystal
Springs, died Nov. 25, 2006, in Pineville, Ark.
Mr. Phillips, a native of Jacksonville,
NC, had lived in Tampa, Fla., 30 years before moving to Crystal Springs
in 2005. He was a graduate of Plant High School in Tampa, Fla. He was a
United States Navy veteran with 20 years of service. He was employed as
an electrician at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla., before moving
to Crystal Springs. He was a member of Crystal Springs United Methodist
A memorial service will be held at 2
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 at Crystal Springs United Methodist Church.
Survivors are his wife, Linda Phillips
of Crystal Springs; daughters, Naomi Phillips of St. Petersburg, Fla.,
Cari Sanchez of Sumter, SC, and Heather Page of Gulfport, Fla.; stepsons
Jamie Jacks and Chris Glaser, both of Clearwater, Fla.; his mother, Alma
Mary Phillips of Riverview, Fla.; brothers, David Phillips of Maderia
Beach, Fla., Rick Phillips of Lakeland, Fla., Robert Phillips of Mary
Ester, Fla., and Jeff Phillips of Riverview, Fla.; sisters, Lee Brock of
Plant City, Fla., Debbie Ganes of Orlando, Fla., Susan Hernandez and
Vicki Walsh, both of Riverview, Fla., and Phoebe Long of Seffner, Fla.;
and two grandchildren.
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Dennis E. Pickrell
SK2 (1974 -
Dennis Eugene Pickrell,
56, born in Siloam Springs, AR passed away on April 7, 2009 in
Jacksonville, FL. He was the much beloved husband of 33 years to Kathy
Jean (Davisson) Pickrell.
Dennis spent eight
years in the U.S. Navy and his fondest memories were of the time he
spent on the USS L.Y. Spear (AS-36) during their Mediterranean Cruise.
Dennis was employed in the Information Systems at FCCJ for 23 years. He
had earned his bachelor’s degree from Jones College.
Dennis was well known
in the dog show community as kennel help. He was also co-owner and
breeder of several champion dogs. Dennis was beloved by many dogs;
including Boxers, three varieties of Dachshunds, and the odd Curly
Coated Retriever. His lap was usually occupied by at least one four
legged free loader looking for a hand out and failing that, a pat and a
Dennis was a big man,
big hearted, loving, kind, and generous to a fault, sloppy, messy, and
steadfast. His friends will know that he is heaven with some of his much
loved pets; he has overcome his fear of heights. A gathering of friends
and family will be held Sunday, April 19, 2009 from 2-4 pm at the home
of Jim and Paula Crosby. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to
Take The Lead, P.O. Box 6353, Watertown, NY 13601, or on-line at
www.takethelead.org in memory of Dennis.
Published in he Florida Times-Union on April 12, 2009
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Harvey M. Quackenbush
Harvey Matthew Quackenbush, 64, one of
nine children of Harvey Milton Quackenbush and Dorothy Held, died in
Groton, on Feb. 6, 2008 after a long illness.
He was born on Jan. 19, 1944 in Yonkers,
New York. He was educated in Yonkers at P.S. 19, Nathaniel Hawthorne
School and Commerce High School. He received his GED in 1965. He
attended Mohegan Community College in Norwich where he received an
associate in general studies in 1991.
As a young man, he was active in the
U.S. Volunteer Life Saving Corps where he aided in the rescue of several
dozen persons from the Hudson River
Mr. Quackenbush served in the U.S. Navy,
having enlisted in 1961, as a torpedoman, aboard the USS Patrick Henry
and Abraham Lincoln. He also served on the USS Fulton, L.Y. Spear,
Hunley and the Orion. He retired as a chief petty officer, on July 25,
He was commended for his work on the USS
Fulton and as a shop supervisor, directing the maintenance and overhaul
of torpedoes on the USS Hunley. He received a citation for his work as
an assistant training officer in the weapons department located at the
submarine support facility in New London.
He was active in the Fleet Reserve
Assoc. in Groton having served as its vice-president. He negotiated with
the Naval Historical Society to obtain the torpedoes decorating the
front of the "Fleet."
He was formerly employed by General
Dynamics, until his retirement in 2000, where he was responsible for
supplying Trident submarines.
He enjoyed nature, antiques and history.
His wit, charm and easy disposition earned him many enduring
friendships. Among his most cherished friends are William Fusconi, Tuuli
and Philip Nahas, Richard Pesick, Charles Wahl, Debra Young, Peter and
Cathy Larosa, and John and Marion Sullivan.
He often said he never realized how many
nice people there were in the world until he became ill and had to rely
on the services of the fine individuals who are local paramedics, 911
responders and staff of the VNA, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital and the
Groton Regency Center.
He married Sandra Corchinski Kopp on
Dec. 31, 1975 in Monk's Corner, South Carolina. Besides his wife, he
leaves three step-children, Vincent Kopp of Ledyard, Wyatt W. Kopp of
Gales Ferry, and Charles Myers of Middletown. He also leaves his beloved
He leaves three brothers; Frederick of
New York, William and Walter of North Carolina. He also leaves two
sisters Carol Florio of Florida, and Patricia Deshon of New York. He
also leaves his beloved aunt and uncle Mr. and Mrs. August Held of New
York and his cousins Claire Muzuruk and Kathy Graham. He was predeceased
by his parents and three brothers, Alfred, Richard, and Robert. He has
numerous nieces and nephews. Interment will be private.
London Day (Conn.), February 7, 2008
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Joseph C. Sancken
VIRGINIA BEACH - Retired U.S. Navy Chief
Petty Officer Joseph C. Sancken, 53, passed away at home Aug. 21, 2005.
Born June 6, 1952, in Chester, Pa., he
was the son of the late Henry J. Sancken Sr. and Penola Bailey Sancken.
He retired from the Navy in 1994 after 20 years of service. Joe lived in
Norfolk for 13 years before moving to Virginia Beach. He was stationed
at Norfolk Navy Base for his entire naval career. He had many
deployments at sea. Joe served on the USS L.Y. Spear, USS T.C. Hart, USS
L.K.A. Charleston, USS Ponce and the USS Conolly. He also served as an
instructor at the Atlantic Fleet Training Center for seven years. Joe
worked very hard and was dedicated to his job. He received many
certificates of commendation.
After retiring from the Navy, he worked
for PRC and BAV. He later worked as a pipefitter for Jonathan Shipyard
in Norfolk. For the last nine years he worked for Earl Industries in
Joe enjoyed fishing, hunting and
woodworking. One of his favorite things to do was to sit with his wife,
Julie, on their backyard swing. He was much loved and will be greatly
missed by all who knew him.
Joe was predeceased by his brothers,
Thomas and John Sancken; and sisters, Florence Jones, Dorothy Tucker and
He is survived by his wife of 31 years,
Julie Takats Sancken; a son, Joseph A. Sancken and his wife Cheryl of
Plant City, Fla.; daughter, Juliet C. Sancken of Virginia Beach; one
granddaughter, Mena Sancken; brother, Henry J. Sancken Jr. of Marcus
Hook, Pa.; sisters, Sarah Foreacre of Chadds Ford, Pa., Penola Fisher of
Chester, Pa.; many nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Isolde Takats
of Virginia Beach and father- in-law, Imre Takats of Bellevue, Wash.;
and brother-in-law, Andrew Takats of Newark, Del.
The family will receive friends from
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich
Road, Virginia Beach, with a funeral immediately following at 7:30 p.m.
A graveside service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Lawn
Croft Cemetery in Linwood, Pa. The family requests that donations be
made to the American Red Cross in memory of Joe.
The Virginian-Pilot Friday, August 26, 2005, Hampton Roads Section, page
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Deck/1st Division (1979 - 1981)
My daughter, Andrea Robin
Schiesser, was aboard the L.Y. SPEAR as one of the first contingencies of women
aboard a naval vessel (non-combatant) and went along on the SPEAR when it was
called up during the Iranian Crisis in 1980.
Andrea told us that she
was one of the first women to pull a lot of Captain's Masts and was first woman
to serve in the brig of the SPEAR while in Diego Garcia. She also was on bread
and water. She also was "punished" (ha ha she said) to serve time in the boiler
room on SPEAR. Her father is ex-Navy officer and he and I know boilers inside
out and outside in - Andrea too, so she didn't consider it "punishment" to be
down there. Actually, she was a good person and loved us very much, however,
parents never know, unless told by their offspring, what they did . . . when.
Andrea told us a lot, but not all. I still have her Shellback Certificate
(framed) hanging in our family room, along with only one of her ribbons we could
find, and a photo of her in Florida at boot.
Andrea married Fred
Cosier, who was also on the SPEAR. Then, they divorced, after their first baby
boy was born stillborn. Andrea never got over that. She went on to marry again
and had a daughter who is 13 now, and another boy, who is 5 now. We love our
Andrea, no matter the "things" she pulled - she was one of the guys all of her
Please pass the word:
ROBIN SCHIESSER (COSIER; MCDONALD; ROSE) PASSED AWAY FROM BREAST CANCER ON
19 JULY 2002
WE MISS HER TERRIBLY AND WE'RE
PROUD SHE WAS A PART OF NAVAL HISTORY
Anyone who knew or knew
of Andrea, please e-mail comments or whatever you knew about her to me at my
e-mail. Thank you and God Bless all of you. Trish
Submitted by her parents Trish Schiesser, Author <Clara19126@msn.com>
and Bob Schiesser, Port Engineer (Military Sealift Command PAC)
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(1983 - 1986)
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November 2, 1959
Died: May 22, 1980
SELLERS, JEFFREY LYNN, 20, of 24 N. Onondaga, Mason, died while on active
duty with U.S. Navy. Arrangements by Ball-Dunn Chapel, Mason.
From The State Journal; Lansing, Michigan;
Tues. May 27-1980, page A-2.
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Hollis Ellison Sims
Chesapeake- Retired U.S. Navy Commander
Hollis E. Sims entered into eternal rest on Saturday, May 14, 2011
following a long illness.
Hollis was born in Newnan, GA to the
late Isaiah and Arlena Sims. At a young age, his family moved to
Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Linden McKinley High School and in
August 1964, he entered the U.S. Navy as an Enlistedman.
His accomplishments are numerous. They
include from enlisted to Submarine Commander of the U.S. Waterford in
May 1993, retiring in August 1996. CMDR Sims served 32 1/2 years of
honorable service in the U.S. Navy. While serving in the US Navy, CMDR
Sims earned two degrees, received his Masters Degree from Norfolk State
University and he is found in the book of "The Black Submariners".
He also was a member of Phi Beta Sigma
Fraternity, Inc. ,a member of the Elks Lodge in New London, Connecticut
and he was a baptized member of Trinity Baptist Church in Columbus,
CMDR Sims' love for his country was
apparent to all who knew him or who served with him. The U.S. Navy was
his life and he truly loved his work (Career). He is mourned by family
and many friends. Those left to cherish his loving memories are his
devoted wife, Vergie Lee Sims; stepdaughter, Valarie D. Beasley (Lewis)
of Norfolk; stepson, Terrell C. Brickhouse (Melissa) of Accomac,
Virginia; one sister, Gwendolyn Lawson (Nathan) of Columbus, Ohio; two
brothers, Stanford Sims (Saundra) of Chesapeake and Terry Sims of
Georgia; one uncle, Carl Simms; eight step-grandchildren; two great
grandchildren; nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins,
in-laws, other relatives and friends.
A service celebrating his life will be
held Friday, May 20, 2011 at 12:00 noon in St. Mark RZUA Church, 1513
Colonial Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia. Burial will be Monday, May 23, 2011
at 10:00 a.m. in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Columbus, Ohio.
Fitchett Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be
offered to the family at
The Virginian Pilot, May 19, 2011
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James Lee Studebaker
Jim Studebaker was born the second of
four sons in Alma. The son of a science teacher and park ranger, Jim had
an inherent sense of curiosity and love of the outdoors. An outstanding
athlete and outdoorsman, he was twice awarded the Presidential Physical
Fitness Award, and no fish in Pine River was safe when Jim had his line
in the water. 1983, was a life-changing year for Jim. In a few short
months he lost his father, joined the Navy and met the love of his life,
Pamela Kay Davis. Jim met Pam on the LY Spear in Virginia where he was a
Machinery Repairman Second Class. They married in 1985. Jim's time in
the Navy prepared him well for his career, both as a machinist and a
mechanical engineer. He worked for Delta Design for 21 years. Jim was a
family man and a very proud papa to Kara and Lauren. He loved to
hand-make things for them, everything from a Beauty and the Beast swing
to a money-grabbing machine and other games for their Grad Nites at
He was a devoted husband and celebrated
his 25th anniversary with Pam last July; the same month that he gave
away his eldest daughter Kara in marriage. Jim will be missed by so
many: his neighbors for whom he was Mr. Fixit and the ultimate
block-party organizer; his co-workers at Delta Design (from San Diego to
the Philippines); his many friends with whom he camped, fished, golfed,
and played pool and volleyball; his second family, the Davises, and his
beloved Studebakers. He will forever be remembered as a Loving Son,
Brother, Husband, Father, #1 Son-in-Law, Brother-in-Law, Uncle and
Friend. Jim will be met on the other side by his father Leonard.
He is survived by his mother Bette Le
Blanc (Ken), his loving wife Pam, daughters Kara Vause (Thomas) and
Lauren Studebaker, brothers Thomas (Kelli), Jon (Carolyn) and Joel
Studebaker and numerous family members. A military service will be held
Friday, June 3rd at 8:45 am at Miramar National Cemetery followed by a
Celebration of Jim's Life at Lake Poway. An online guest book and
additional info can be viewed at
The Morning Sun, June 2, 2011
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Roger A. Swartfiguer, Jr.
SKC (1990 -
Roger A. Swartfiguer, Jr., 58, passed
away unexpectedly on Dec. 26, 2011, after suffering a heart attack at
his home in Pensacola, Fl.
He was born July, 26, 1953 in New Hartford, NY, the son of the late
Julie and Roger Swartfiguer. He was educated in New Hartford Schools and
graduated in 1972.
Roger enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country for 24 years
until he retired in April of 2000. He spent a few years during his
career out of the Navy attending Mohegan Community College and
University of Florida, until he rejoined the Navy to complete his
Roger had a wonderful career of 24 years in the Navy serving on several
ships: the USS Canopus, Charleston, SC, the USS Orion, Sardenga, Italy,
the USS Haleakala, Guam and again stateside on the USS LY Spear. He also
taught Storekeeper “A “ school in Meridian, MS and served with the SEALS
Unit Two in Scotland and Germany, and finally to Pensacola where he
decided to make his home. While in the Navy he attained the rank of
Chief Petty Officer and earned numerous awards and medals.
Roger's love of his “hometown” team, the NY Yankees, left him forever
bonded to his home state and he shared that passion with his dad and
brother. That kept him busy along with his memberships in the American
Legion and the Fleet Reserve Association.
Roger was predeceased by his Mother in 1984 and his Dad on Nov 5, 2011.
He will be sadly missed by his two sisters and a brother: Madeline Bruni
of Clinton, Susan Eychner and her husband Bill of Whitesboro and Jeffery
and his wife Kathleen of Rome. He also leaves two nieces, three nephews
along with great nieces and nephews. Also surviving are his former-wife
and best friend Diana Jackson of Tulsa, OK and his Pensacola family,
Kevin and Michelle Turner and their children, whom we are eternally
A memorial mass will be Saturday January 28,2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St.
John the Evangelist Church,New Hartford, NY. Arrangements under the
guidance of the John L. Matt Funeral Home, Chadwicks, NY.
Donations in memory of Roger can be sent to Navy-Marine Corps Relief
Society, 875 North Randolph Street, suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203 or by
visiting their website:
or send in care of Madeline Bruni, 7011
State Rt 5 Clinton, NY 13323.
To send an online message of sympathy:
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Cathleen M. Thomas
(198? - 198?)
Richmond Times-Dispatch article:
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Bevan E. Travis
(19? - 1971)
Lieutenant Bevan E. Travis, US Navy,
retired, 77, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003. Born in Spur, Texas, to Ethel
M. Beene and Omer E. Travis, he moved to Brevard County, Fla. over 30
years ago. Bevan is a direct descendant of Edward Travis who was sent by
the Crown to establish a permanent English settlement at Jamestown,
Virginia in 1607. The Travis House in Williamsburg, Va. is one of those
in the Restoration Program. Both maternal and paternal ancestors
participated in the Revolutionary War. He retired from the US Navy after
28 years of service. During World War II he served on the Carrier USS
Saginaw Bay which earned battle stars at Palau Islands, Leyte Landings,
Lingayen Gulf Landing, Iwo Jima Assault and Okinawa Gunto. He served
seven years on the USS Missouri as a helmsman including two tours in
Korea. He was a Navigation Instructor at the University of Wisconsin for
four years. He entered the Submarine Service in 1956 serving on the USS
Cobbler, USS Torsk and USS Growler, received his commission on the USS
Nautilus, USS Crevalle, USS Tigerone and the USS Hunley in Holy Locke,
Scotland. During Vietnam, he was Officer in Charge of the USS Richland
in Guam. He retired from the USS L Y Spear in Norfolk, Va. in 1971. A
baptized Christian, he was a 32nd degree mason, a member of the Yount
Masonic Lodge 12 in Napa, Calif., Shrine, Scottish Rite, Disabled
American Veterans, Fleet Reserve 366, Military Officers Association of
America, Snug Harbor Sub Veterans, USS Missouri Association, USS Saginaw
Bay Association and the USS Growler Association. For many years he was a
softball and Little League coach, coaching several championship teams.
His family includes his wife of 52 years, Mary Ann Reiss, formerly of
Coshocton; sons, Tory Travis and his companion, Veronica Schleininger of
Kansas City, Mo. and Todd Travis and his wife, Zee Snyder of Rockville,
Md.; daughter, Tenley Alta Travis of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and sister,
Louise Neu of Stockton, Calif. Friends may call from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 18, at the South Brevard Funeral Home, Melbourne, Fla.
Private internment with full military honors will be held at Arlington
National Cemetery at a later date. Bevan was a dedicated blood and
pheresis donor, having donated over 50 gallons at the Space Coast Blood
Bank. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you honor his memory by
making a gift of life blood donation or a contribution to the blood
bank. In keeping with his dedication to helping others, Bevan was an
organ donor. Sympathies may be sent to 420 Seabreeze Drive, Indialantic,
Fla. 32903. Arrangements were entrusted to South Brevard Funeral Home,
Coshocton Tribune, Coshocton, Ohio, Tuesday, 16 September, 2003
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Bruce A. Vaudo
FITCHBURG - Bruce A. Vaudo, 54, of 69
High St., died Monday, March 26, 2007, in the Veterans Homestead,
Fitchburg after an illness.
He was born on Dec. 2, 1952, in
Massachusetts, the son of Salvatore and Ruth (Johnson) Vaudo.
Mr. Vaudo was a United States Navy
Veteran of the Vietnam Era, having served on the USS L.Y. Spear in
Norfolk, Va. He earned the National Defense Service Medal.
He worked as a roofer for area
He liked to play golf and had many
hobbies, one that he liked in particular was making jewelry and Indian
Mr. Vaudo is survived by his son, Deric
Vaudo of Virginia Beach, Va.; his friends, Tina and Charles "Chuck"
Williams of Virginia Beach; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services are private and at the
convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the Veterans Homestead, 69 High St., Fitchburg, MA 01420. To sign the
guest book, light a candle or view the memorial, go to
www.wrightroyfuneralhome.com. Wright-Roy Funeral Home, 109 West St.,
Leominster is directing arrangements.
Fitchburg Pride, Fitchburg, MA
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MaryJo A. Wakeman
LT (1983 -
Sanford, Maine - MaryJo A. Wakeman, loving
wife, devoted mother and caring physician, was killed in an automobile
crash this week in Sanford.
Dr. Wakeman, "MJ" to those who knew her
well, started her life journey in Brookings, SD on July 25, 1955. She
was the fourth of five children and first daughter of G. Harvey and Mary
(Shinnick) Wakeman. As a youngster she had a most inquisitive mind and
outgoing personality that lead her to pursue such varied activities as
acting and debate, where she achieved great success, finishing as
national runner-up in debate as a junior in high school.
senior year of high school, she went directly to college, studying the
sciences at South Dakota State University and graduating with a degree
in physics from the University of South Dakota. She knew her life must
be spent helping others, so medicine was the natural career path for
her. She studied for two years at the University of South Dakota School
of Medicine, and an additional two years at the University of Nebraska
School of Medicine, from which she graduated Alpha Omega Alpha, in the
top fifteen percent of her class.
MJ began her training at the National
Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, where she met her future husband,
Kent N. Hall. After a year in Washington, she was selected to be the
Medical Officer on the USS LY Spear. Her navy career took her next to
Pearl Harbor, HI where she was the Medical Officer in charge of Military
Sick Call. It was during this time that she discovered her calling to
make a difference in workers' health. After leaving the military she
finished her training in Occupational Medicine at the University of
Cincinnati while simultaneously earning a Masters degree in Occupational
Medicine. Throughout her career she worked hard to develop public health
programs leading to a network of occupational health clinics for the
greater Cincinnati area. She moved to Sanford in 2006 and was quickly
given the position of medical director for occupational health. She
cared for many local patients hurt on the job, worked with companies to
maintain safe work environments, and helped to shape policy for public
health issues. She was instrumental in writing the protocol to manage
epidemics like the recent swine flu scare. She wrote articles for local
papers on topics of public health.
She had a smile on her face for
everyone she met and was generous with her time and knowledge. She was
loved and beloved by her family, friends, co-workers, and patients. They
enjoyed her dry and witty sense of humor and her unwavering practicality
and stability. She had a tremendous work ethic, was professional in her
demeanor and cared deeply about her patients, her coworkers and the Goodall Hospital organization.
MJ also found time to be active in her
church community. She was a communicant of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish
in Sanford and was an outstanding singer in the church choir.
include her husband, Dr. Kent Hall of Sanford, director of emergency
medicine at Goodall Hospital, three sons, Michael Hall and his fiancé
Kara Muckley of Cincinnati, OH, Alexander "Ted" Hall and his wife Jessie
of Madison, WI, Martin "Mac" Hall of Sanford, stepson Kevin Hall and
stepdaughter Rachel Hall, both of Schenectady, NY, her mother of
Brookings, SD, 2 brothers, Richard Wakeman and James Wakeman, both of
Brookings, SD, and a sister, Julie Wakeman-Linn of Bethesda, MD.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Carll-Heald & Black
Funeral Home, 580 Main Street, Springvale, Maine on Sunday from 2-4 and
6-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11:00
AM at the Holy Family Church of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, 66 North
Avenue in Sanford, Maine.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are
asked to consider the Covington Latin School, 21 E. 11th Street,
Covington, KY 41011. Condolences may be expressed at
www.blackfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the
Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home 580 Main Street, Springvale, Maine.
Argus Leader, June 19, 2009
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John F. Whelan, Jr.
Capt. (1983 - 1985)
VIRGINIA BEACH - Capt. John Whelan passed
away Sept. 6, 2008, at his home. He was born in Whitman, Mass., Dec. 29,
1936, to John and Germaine Whelan. He was preceded in death by his son,
Christopher. Capt. Whelan is survived by his wife, the former Mary Jane
Sunday of Clearfield, Pa.; his sons, Richard, John Daniel and wife Suzy
of Virginia Beach, Steven and wife Vivian of Powells Point, N.C., and
daughter-in-law Cathy Whelan of Virginia Beach. He leaves also his
grandchildren, Andrew, Hope, Skylar and Steven. He joined the Navy as an
enlisted man in 1954 before entering the United States Naval Academy,
graduating in 1960. He enjoyed a distinguished naval career spending 31
years mostly aboard nuclear submarines including the USS Abraham
Lincoln, USS Sea Devil, USS Halibut and commanding the USS Tinosa and
the USS L Y Spear. He served early in his career aboard the KD Bailey.
Capt. Whelan also led staff submarine operations for
ComSubLant in Norfolk and
Comsubpac in Hawaii. He
earned the National Defense Service Medal, three Navy Commendation
medals, the Navy Achievement medal, and two meritorious service medals.
While having a distinguished Naval career, John's other interests
included spending time out on the Chesapeake Bay fishing with his sons.
He enjoyed all kinds of fishing, but especially good times were had
during rockfish season. John took his family to Key West every year to
enjoy the sunshine and the sea. He also spent time working diligently
for the Chris Whelan Memorial Golf Tournament honoring his late son. He
was a member of Eastern Shore Chapel in Virginia Beach. John was an
exceptional man in his service to his country, but even more so in his
love for his family. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel. A funeral will
be held in Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church with the Rev. C.
Christopher Thompson at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in
Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at
www.hdoliver.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to
the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 945, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.
From The Virginian-Pilot Monday, September 8, 2008
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Michael M. Wiener
(1980 - 1981)
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Ross N. Williams
CAPT (1973 - 1975)
RADM Ross Norman Williams
passed away on September 18, 2011 [at Asbury Methodist
Village] in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He was born on Friday
the 13th of May 1927, in the Bronx, New York to Harry Howard
and Ruth Marie (Hanson) Williams. Ross grew up in New York
City and always loved the sea and sailing from an early age.
He logged his first sea time taking many trips on the Staten
Island ferry to study navigation while in high school. He
also enjoyed summers and sailing as a youth at the family
summer home on Candlewood Lake in Connecticut. He comes from
many generations of seafaring men and was inspired by his
uncles to take up a life on the sea. Ross then enlisted in
the U.S. Navy on October 5, 1944, at the age of seventeen
and thus launched an amazing career. After attending the
Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS), he entered the U.S.
Naval Academy; via a fleet appointment, on June 17, 1947 and
graduated with the Class of 1951 on June 1, 1951. His fellow
classmates described him in the “Lucky Bag” as being a
sailor from the time of "iron men and wooden ships". He
twice skippered the USNA yawl "Royono", including winning
the iconic Newport to Bermuda yacht race. Following
graduation, he served on the escort destroyer USS NORRIS
(DDE-859). He then attended submarine school and served on
the USS HALFBEAK (SS-352). His next tour of duty was on USS
ALBACORE (AGSS-569); the hydrodynamic prototype; from which
all the Navy's modern nuclear-powered submarines have
evolved. While stationed at the Submarine base in Groton
Connecticut, he met his wonderful wife Helen June (Willis),
who was the first professional librarian to manage the
Submarine Base library, in Groton, Connecticut. They were
married at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London
(Groton), Connecticut, on the 11th of February 1955. Ross
was then selected for postgraduate studies in Oceanography
at the University of Washington in Seattle. This was
followed by a new construction assignment as engineer of the
USS BARBEL (SS-580). He then attended Advanced Nuclear Power
School in New London, Connecticut, and the A1W Prototype at
the Naval Reactor Facility, Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was then
assigned to the USS SEAWOLF (SSN-575) and then as Executive
Officer of the USS HENRY CLAY (SSBN-625)(Blue). After
completing the Prospective Commanding Officer Training at
NavSea in Washington, D.C., he was assigned as Commanding
Officer of the USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (SSBN-640) (Gold) and
Commanding Officer of the USS TECUMSEH (SSBN-628) (Blue).
His next assignment was in the Office of the Chief of Naval
Operations, in Washington, D.C., as the Undersea Long Range
Missile System (ULMS)(OP-97C)/Trident Program Coordinator,
Head Trident Program Coordination Branch (OP-315/-211), and
then as Commanding Officer of the USS L. Y. SPEAR (AS-36),
in Norfolk, Virginia. On May 13, 1975 he was promoted to the
rank of Rear Admiral. He was then assigned to the Office of
the Secretary of Defense as Military Deputy for Strategic
and Space Systems, Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E/USDRE),
Washington, D.C., followed by his final posting as the
Oceanographer of the Navy and Deputy to the Administrator of
NOAA, DOC, Washington, D.C. RADM Ross N. Williams' awards
include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit
with two gold stars for second and third award, Meritorious
Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, American
Theater Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Navy Occupation
Medal, European Clasp, Navy Expeditionary Medal, and
National Defense Service Medal w/ Bronze Star for second
award. RADM Williams retired from the Navy on August 31,
1981, as an O-8. RADM (Ret.) Ross N. Williams then joined
Ocean Data Systems, Inc.(ODSI) as Director of Space
Programs, and then as scientific consultant/VP and GM of
ODSI/Global Weather Dynamics Inc.-SA, in Jeddah, Saudi
Arabia. In 1986 he joined the Ball Aerospace Systems
Division as Director of the Washington Office until his
final retirement, to be with Helen and enjoy their home in
North Potomac, Maryland.
Ross was predeceased by his
loving and devoted wife of 55 years, who passed away in
April 2010 from Alzheimer's disease. He is survived by their
only son: Paul Norman Williams and his wife Suellen Joan (Cattanach)
Williams, and two grandsons, Harry and Lachlan. A service
will be held at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel on Friday 23
December 2011, at 11:00 A.M. Interment with full military
honors will follow in the Arlington National Cemetery,
Arlington, Virginia, Those attending are asked to assemble
at the chapel, with their own transportation at 10:30 A.M.
My father had the
extraordinary privilege to be able to pursue a career that
he truly enjoyed and a life that was full of adventure. He
was able to visit all the oceans of the world and every
continent. He was a great teacher, a great leader, and a
wonderful father and husband. The mainstays of his life were
duty, honor, and family. He was and will always be "our
anchor to windward".
Obituary provided by his son, Paul Williams
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HTCS (1985 -
VIRGINIA BEACH - Richard Harold Worden, 47, of Revere Drive,
unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord July 22, 2007. Richard was
born in Holland Patent, N.Y., to Clarence and Leota Worden Sept. 29,
1959. He grew up in a small town where his core values and integrity
were established at a young age and carried him throughout his life. In
high school, Richard was active in football, track and skiing. Tragedy
struck when Richard lost his father, Clarence, at age 12 and his sister,
Jennie, at age 16. Richard learned about hard work, trustworthiness and
responsibility through his childhood trials. To help support his ailing
mother, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1977. Richard served his country with
"Duty, Honor and Respect" for 22 years. He retired in 1999 after
attaining the rank of master chief. He served on the USS Inchon, the USS
Kitty Wake, the USS Emory S. Land and the USS L.Y. Spear. Richard spent
many years as a diver and served as a dive instructor at Mobile Dive
Unit 2, Little Creek for six years. He finished his military career at
CINCLANTFLT, Naval Air Station, Norfolk.
He was an active member of Kempsville Presbyterian Church where he
served as a deacon. After completing his military career, Richard joined
the family business, Paramount Builders, where he served as vice
president of Operations. For the last eight years, he helped his family
build one of the largest home improvement companies in Virginia. Richard
gained the love and respect of all the many people he worked with over
Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 27 years, Tammy
Augustine Worden; three children, Ashlie Nicole Chase and husband
Joshua, Ryan Richard Worden and wife Sarah and Alicia Brooke Worden, all
of Virginia Beach; two grandchildren, Rylie Brooke Chase, 5, the apple
of her Papa’s eye and Jackson Seth Chase, 14 months. Two sisters, Susan
Oust and husband Tony of Keller, Texas and Doris Jeram of Clayton, N.Y.,
also survive him. Also surviving are father-in-law, Bethel Gene
Augustine and wife Maritza of Virginia Beach and mother-in-law Judy
Marie Augustine of Virginia Beach; brother-in-law, Edward Gene Augustine
and wife Caren of Virginia Beach; and sisters-in-law, Robin Augustine of
Virginia Beach and Victoria Augustine Stermer and husband Dawson of
Chesapeake. His numerous nieces and nephews include Tyler Augustine,
Alexa Augustine and Madison Augustine of Virginia Beach, Matthew and
Austin Stermer of Chesapeake, Jenna Oust of Keller, Texas, and Walter
Jeram Jr. of Clayton, N.Y., plus numerous aunts, uncles and cousins from
upstate New York. There was nothing more important to Richard than his
dedication to his wife, children and grandchildren. Anyone who was
fortunate enough to have met him knew how proud he was of his family.
Visitation will be held in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Kempsville
Chapel, 1485 Kempsville Road, today from 6 to 9 p.m. A funeral will be
held in Kempsville Presbyterian Church, 805 Kempsville Road, Friday at 1
p.m. A graveside service with military honors will immediately follow in
Princess Anne Memorial Park, 1110 N. Great Neck Road.
Hollomon-Brown Memorial Page
The Virginian-Pilot Thursday, July 26, 2007
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