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Edward J. Liebman
Edward J. Liebman, 81, a lawyer and retired Commander, US Naval Reserve, who later served 27 years as a civilian with the Department of Navy, Office of Legislative Affairs, died March 30 at Alexandria Hospital of complications following heart surgery. Cdr. Liebman’s over 20 years of active duty included service during World War II in the Pacific Ocean as a plankholder with the destroyer USS
Mansfield, and as a lawyer in Newport, RI and Atsugi, Japan. Upon his retirement in 1993 from his civilian service, he received the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by the Navy.
Cdr. Liebman, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia and Middletown, Rhode Island, was born in New York, NY. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, and received degrees from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Law School, and Georgetown School of Law.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Joan Tolces Liebman; three daughters, Margaret Harrison of
Alexandria, Amy Lewis of Edison, NJ, and Myra Slepoy of Hewlett, NY; a sister, Ruth Haber of Hewlett, NY; and five grandchildren.
Jack R. Griffin, USN (Ret.)
MERRITT ISLAND — Jack Ross Griffin, Captain U. S. Navy,retired, 72, devoted husband and father, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2002. Captain Griffin served in the U. S. Navy for 30 years as a Surface Warfare Officer, receiving many personal and unit awards. While serving as Commanding Officer of the USS Mansfield (DD728), Captain Griffin received the Bronze Medal with Combat “V”. Captain Griffin also served as the Commanding Officer of the amphibious ship USS Cook (APD-130), which received the prestigious Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Award under his command. He and his shipmates aboard USS Providence (CLG-6) received the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon for exceptionally meritorious service in combat operations against enemy positions in both North and South Vietnam. Upon his retirement from the U.S. Navy, he worked as a pilot for the Panama Canal Commission in Panama for 15 years. He was a proud American hero and member of the NRA. Survived by his wife of 50 years, Kathleen; his six children, Michael, Ross, Kelli, Deborah, Marianne and Carl; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, April 26th, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home in Cocoa Beach. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27th, at Church of Our Saviour Catholic Church in Cocoa Beach. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on June 6, 2002, at 10:45 a.m.
“Captain Griffin helped me through a personal problem in 1968. The ship was on the gun-line off the coast of Vietnam, when I received a letter informing me of my brother’s passing. The Captain invited me to his cabin and had a long chat with me and the XO. He had talked me out of making a big mistake (transferring), and was very consoling. When we arrived back to port in Japan, the Captain arranged for me to get a phone patch to my family. I am very grateful for what he did for me, taking the time to have a cup of coffee and a conversation, and helping me at my time of sorrow. He will be greatly missed. My deepest and heartfelt sympathy and respects go out to his family.” – Clifton Wagoner (CS3 – 1967-71)
L.D. “Bozo” Lynch
DARDANELLE – Lawrence D. “Larry” “Bozo” Lynch, 72, of Dardanelle died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002.He was born Jan. 30, 1930, in Maude, Oklahoma to the late D.Z. and Audie Oxford Lynch. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War, a 50-year Mason, a member of the Dardanelle Boyce Wood VFW Post 3141 and a retired line driver for the Time D.C. He was preceeded in death by his wife Peggy Whillock Lynch.Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Angie Lynch of Russellville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Glenn Brock of Russellville and Traci and John Hatchett of Little Rock; a sister and brother-in-law, Margie and Lemoyne Coffey of Dardanelle; his fiance, Becky Bacon of Dardanelle; four grandchildren, Mandy Jackson of Little Rock, Brad Lynch of Fayetteville, Brandon Brock of Conway and Eric Brock of Russellville; and two great-granddaughters.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Cornwell Funeral Chapel in Dardanelle with Rev. Milton Cowling officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Brearley Cemetery in Dardanelle. Arrangemants are by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle. Memorials may be made to Realy for Life Cancer Research,
c/o Pat Duvall, P.O. Box 157, Atkins 72823; or Hospice, 103 West Parkway Drive, Russellville, 72801.
Pallbearers: (Active) – Robert Morgan, Jimmy “Pepper” Martin, Kevin Williams, Don Rankin, Eric Brock, Brandon Brock and Brad Lynch. (Honoray) – Lemoyne Coffey, Tommy Coffer, James Lynch, Bill Young and Bob Bata.
The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
“I am Bozo’s sister and I am sorry to inform you that Bozo passed away February 16, 2002. He was only sick for about 7 weeks. He had cancer in his lungs, ribs and hips and also in his Lymph nodes. He has three children: Mike Lynch of Russellville, Cindy Brock of Russellvivlle and Traci Hatchett of Little Rock, Arkansas. It was horrible for me, Bozo and I were so close. He lived about 6 blocks from me and we were always talking on the phone or at one of our houses. He lost his wife Peggy in June of 1987. He had such a good outlook on life and was always telling jokes and joking with people. He had only one sister (me) and no brothers, but he left a bunch of friends and everyone is still grieving for him. Thanks lots and please remember Bozo.” – Margie L. Coffey (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wendell C. McKee
NEWS-HERALD Lake Havasu, AZ · Wednesday, August 28, 2002 – WENDELL C. McKEE – WWII PT Boat SkipperWendell C. McKee passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, in Lake Havasu City. He had been in declining health the past two years and suffered a severe stroke Saturday morning, Aug. 17.Wendell had been a resident of Prestige Assisted Living for the past nine months, and a resident of Lake Havasu City for 25 years. He was 86 years old.
Wendell was born near Fredericktown, Ohio, in 1916, and was a graduate of Fredericktown High School. After graduation from Ohio University in Athens, he was a high school athletics coach and teacher at West Lafayette, Ohio. Wendell was instrumental in expanding and developing strong athletic programs that were well supported by students and community and highly respected throughout the state.
As a young man, Wendell McKee was a well-known champion softball pitcher in central Ohio. In the early 1940’s, the Zone Cabs of Mt. Vernon, with Wendell’s exceptionally fast and controlled pitching, beat a team whose pitcher, Smittie Truss, was touted as the best in the eastern U.S. Wendell also pitched softball for an Elk’s team in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, where he was initiated into the order; he remained a member of the BPOE Elks for 65 years, and was a member of the Lake Havasu City Elks Lodge at the time of his passing.
World War II interrupted his chosen career, and Wendell served his country as the skipper of a U.S. Navy Patrol-Torpedo (PT) Boat, which saw combat in the liberation of the Philippines. He returned to his beloved coaching and teaching at the end of the war.
Once again his career was interrupted, this time by the Korean War. Recalled to duty as executive officer of the Destroyer USS Mansfield, his ship was engaged in heavy, close-in live-fire in the invasion of Inchon. During a later rescue mission, the ship was almost lost when struck by a powerful floating mine. His other assignments included naval intelligence and the command of Naval Reserve Training Centers; he was Executive Officer of the San Diego Naval Training Center’s Camp Elliott Annex, out on Kearny Mesa, in 1951-1952. LCDR McKee retired in 1968.
Wendell McKee is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mildred, who resides in Lake Havasu City; three children, Marilyn Robertson of Fullerton, Calif., Stephen McKee of Phoenix and Wally Baker of Woodland Hills, Calif; one brother, Merrill McKee of Fredericktown, Ohio; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held frm 9-10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at Lietz-Fraze Chapel, 21 Riviera Blvd., followed by funeral services at 10 a.m.
Internment will be in Lake Havasu Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements were made by Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home.
Erich H. Ashburn
From the Waterville Morning Sentinel Online, Sunday, October 12, 2002:
Erich H. Ashburn 1940-2002
ORRS ISLAND – Erich H. Ashburn, 61, of Route 24, passed away quietly at his home after a courageous battle with prostate cancer, with his wife and sister by his side, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002. He was born in Kearney, Neb., Oct. 19, 1940, the son of Joseph and Vera Ashburn. He grew up in Gibbon and North Platte, Neb., and joined the Navy after graduation in 1958. He served as an enlisted electronics technician before being accepted in the NESEP program. He then attended the University of Colorado, earning his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and master of science in June 1965.
After graduating from Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy. He proudly served his country in Vietnam aboard the USS Mansfield DD-728 and taught at the U.S. Naval Academy; he also participated in the development of the Navy Hydrofoil program aboard the USS Pegasus. After serving as the officer in charge of fleet introduction team at Bath, he retired with the rank of commander in August 1983.
Erich worked as office director at Technical Management and Analysis in Bath until September 2002. Erich’s humor, intelligence, practicality and friendliness are what endeared him to his family, friends and co-workers.
He was predeceased by his father.
Erich is survived by his wife, Barbara (Stutheit) Ashburn of Orrs Island; mother, Vera Ashburn of Waterville; sister, Jo Ashburn of Waterville; and many extended family and friends. Interment will take place at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Neb., at the convenience of the family. In Erich’s memory, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice or the Orrs and Bailey Islands Fire Volunteer Department, P.O. Box 177, Orrs Island 04066. Condolences may be expressed at www.kincerfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 14 South Pleasant St., Richmond.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my former shipmates. The experiences enjoyed on the USS Mansfield were most special, and I am forever indebted to and have a special affection for each of you.
Lois and I received the sad news today from Barb Ashburn that Eric passed away on October 12 at his home in Orrs Island, ME after a prolonged and courageous battle with prostrate cancer. Eric would have been age 61 on 10/19.
I always held Eric with the utmost respect and regard. He seemed to be the first bonafide genius I met. He had that solid, yet modest character of the Midwest, and had a real zest for life. I fondly recall our chats on the bridge, recounting the parallels between the ficitious characters in Catch 22 and our own experiences with the US Navy. I’ve always described Eric as a guy that, when you asked him what time it was, would not only provide the requested time, but would also describe how the time piece worked. He was a great shipmate.
Donations in Eric’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice, or to the Orrs and Bailey Islands Fire Volunteer Department, PO Box 177, Orrs Island, ME 04066.
Barb would surely appreciate a word from you. She may be reached at:
Barbara A. Ashburn
1539 Harpswell Island Rd.
Orrs Island, ME 04066
I will be thinking of each of you during this season of thanksgiving.
Rodney” – Rodney Lanthorne
November 26, 2002 – “I was deeply saddened today to learn of Eric’s passing in October. The last time I saw Eric was at Rod Lanthorne’s wedding in the late 70’s. Eric was then doing great things for the Navy as C.O. of Pegasis. He still retained his special charm and allowed me to pick-up a relationship that had experienced a 10 year hiatus.
Eric was a special man, friend, shipmate, and superior officer. His unbelievable intellect was housed in a mind that did suffer fools, average intelligence, and genius with equal respect and friendliness. I have not met another human that came close to Eric’s unique ability to communicate with all people.
I always loved standing watches with Eric on the Mansfield. Watches with Eric always resulted in stimulating conversations, new perspectives, and definite enlightenment on some topic. Eric’s impact on others will allow elements of his being to continue on earth. My wife and children, who never met Eric, know who Eric Ashburn was through the stories they have heard from me over the years. Eric’s loss is large because he was a part of so many people’s lives and memories. He made a difference in my life and I have passed his attributes along through stories to my children.” – Gary Bullington · LTjg – USS MANSFIELD (1967 – 1969)
“I was really shocked to learn of Eric Ashburn’s passing. He was the new EMO when I reported on board MANSFIELD in January 1966. On my first full day on board (January 1st), he asked me to climb up the mast and adjust the ship’s TV antenna (yes, we had one) so the ward room could watch TV. I asked him which way to point it and he said to try pointing it toward Mount Fuji. Until that moment, I hadn’t realized we could see the famous mountain. In the clear holiday air, it was quite a sight and Ens. Ashburn appreciated it as much as I did. In any case, pointing the antenna at Mount Fuji was the wrong way but no one really wanted to watch TV anyway.
The last time I saw Lt. Ashburn was even more unique. I was in Long Beach putting the USS RICHARD S. EDWARDS (DD-950) back in commission. I saw MANSFIELD sitting pier side with several old squadron mates outboard. She had already been decommissioned and there was no one on the quarterdeck. I went to the old ET shop, went up to radio and the bridge – the ship looked ready for sea. I went aft through officers country and saw someone in the Ops O’s stateroom. I knocked on the door and Eric turned to me. He got a big grin on his face as he recognized me. Besides myself, he was the only man on the ship (shipyard people were all at lunch). We talked a little about old times. I’d made ET1 by then and he’d made full Lieutenant. He told me the ship was being given to Argentina. We reminisced some more and then it was time for both of us to get back to work. He was a good man and a good officer and is missed.” – J.J. Marold · ETN2 – USS MANSFIELD (1966-68)
Ronald E. Beatty
Ronald E. “Gunner” Beatty, 66, of Lancaster, OH, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002, at Ohio State University East.
He was a retired U.S. Navy veteran with 20 years of service, serving in Vietnam where he received the Vietnam Service Metal with three Bronze Stars. He was a member of the VFW Post 1380.
He is survived by aunt Lavada, three sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald K. and Tracy Beatty of Columbus, William J. and Chery Beatty of TX and Darren C. and Gaylen Beatty of Portland, OR; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Robert A. and Barbara Beatty of Lancaster; sister-in-law, Barbara L. Beatty of Lancaster; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ellis and Lyndell Beatty; brother, Ralph Beatty.
Funeral service will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Frank E. Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Lancaster, Oh. with the Rev. Sam Halverson officiating.
Burial to follow in Hamburg Cemetery with the Lancaster Veterans Burial Squad conducting military rites at the cemetery.
The honorary casket bears will be John Rockwood, Phillip Rockwood, and Peter Rockwood.
Friends may visit Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Frederick Charles Taylor
Frederick Charles Taylor, age 59, of Chehalis, died at his home Thursday, June 21, 2001, after a prolonged struggle with depression.
Born on April 8, 1942 to Harold and Maxine Taylor, he lived the majority of his life in the Lewis County area. After graduating from Centralia High School he spent two years with the United States Navy before being honorably discharged in 1962. He is survived by his devoted wife of 24 years, Dee Taylor; his daughters, Shawna (Marcos) Navarrete of Napavine and Erin Lowery of Chehalis; his step-daughters, Celeste Warren of Tacoma and Glori (John) Elam of Seattle; his step-sons, Todd (Lisa) Cash of Chehalis and Tracy (Elise) Cash of Rock Island, WA; his sisters, Linda Mason of Kelso and Bev Braden of Centralia; 9 grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Sharon Rupp and nephew Stephen Rupp as well as 3 uncles.
“Gramps” (aka “Poppy”) was adored by his grandchildren and will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.
He was a member of the Chehalis Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses where he was lovingly referred to as “Brother Candy Man”. He was also a devoted Foster Parent and board member fot the Foster Parents Association where he was voted “Mr. Mom”.
He enjoyed RVing, gardening, fishing and spending time with his family, grandchildren and foster children. Having been a part of our lives, he will be missed and his memory held close by many.
A Service of Rembrance will be held on Thursday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Sticklin Funeral Chapel. Elder John Elam will officiate.
Private inurnment will follow at a later date at Greenwood Memorial Park.
The family suggests memorials to a charity of donor’s choice.
Dennis E. McNeil
“Dennis McNeil Radarman 2/c passed away several months ago. His service was 1950 to 1952. He was in on the Inchon invasion also the mine incident and made 3 tours all during war time in Korea.
I was one his biggest admirers and when he left the ship it damn near broke my heart. He taught me everything there was for me to know about CIC and I could not imagine watches in CIC without his guidance. He also taught about 15 new Ensigns the ropes in his service on the ship over 3 years. His post-service life was as a successful insurance man and on the boards of several civic directorships.” – LTjg Don Harrington (50-52)
Eddie C. Bateson
“I received an email from Eddie on Christmas Day 2002. He told me it was a hello and good-bye message. He said he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and had but a few weeks left and requested I strike his name from the Shipmate Email Roster. I told him I wouldn’t remove his name until the appropriate time and listed him as ‘temporarily off-line’. Sadly, that time has come.
Although I only knew Eddie through emails, I always looked forward to his messages and input. He was one of the very first contributors to the Mansfield pages of my website. No more emails with his famous signoff: ‘Cheers! … Eddie.’ Cheers to you shipmate. You will be missed.” – Karl Kristiansen (65/66)
“My husband Eddie C. Bateson died on May 2, 2003 from lung cancer. Eddie was proud of his service on the Mansfield during the Korean War. He wore his Mansfield to his chemo treatments. I know hd did a lot of work for the Mansfield website and enjoyed the newsletter and Tin Can Sailor.” – Mable Bateson
Gilbert James Rue, Jr.
“I am looking for any shipmates of my father, Gilbert J. Rue. He served in the Navy from 1969 to 1973 or 1974 aboard the Mansfield. I do not know if he served aboard any other ships, but I am certain of that one. He is listed in the USS Mansfield DD-728 1969-70 Cruise Book in the First Division. If anyone remembers ‘Jim’ or ‘Jimmy’ Rue from service out of Long Beach, California, please contact me. I would be interested in hearing from you. Thanks so much.” – Lisa Dickson.
Charles M. Standley
GALVESTON COUNTY DAILY NEWS [Texas’ Oldest Newspaper · Copyright © 2003 Galveston County Daily News] Published October 03, 2003 – Charles Standley, 72, went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 1, 2003. He was a longtime resident of Pasadena, Texas, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Crystal Beach. Charles served in the U. S. Navy on the USS Mansfield DD-728 during the Korean War.
He is survived by his loving wife, Yvonne Standley; daughters, Charlotte Jeannot and husband Steve, Carolyn Silcox, Cathy Greene and husband John; son, David Standley and wife Eyvette; six grandsons; one granddaughter; three great granddaughters; one great grandson.
The family will receive guests from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, October 4, 2003, at Grand View Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 5, 2003 at Grand View Funeral Home with interment following at Grand View Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Crystal Beach in memory of Charles Standley, P.O. Box 1084, Crystal Beach, TX 77650.
“I met Charles shortly after arriving on the Mansfield and we became very good friends even though we came from far different backgrounds. I’m from Ohio and he from Texas. We spent many an evening at his sister-in-laws in California where I was accepted as one of the family. In fact, it was Charles who invited me to Texas when work was hard to find in Ohio. He also fixed me up with a place to live while waiting for my family to sell our house and get moved down. Since then, our families have been very close, and for the last few months of his life, we lived here in the same senior complex. He was a unique individual. I never heard him say a bad word about anybody. We enjoyed fishing together or just talking about the good old days. Along with B.W. (B. Walt Carter), they were two of the best friends any man could have.” – Bruce Starkey
Charles E. Gosnell
CHARLES E. GOSNELL · LT/WEAPONS OFFICER (67-69) – [ Wilmington News Journal – December 11 ] – Captain Charles Edward Gosnell, Sr., USNR, 63 of Wilmington, DE passed away Sunday, December 7, 2003, at St. Francis Hospital, the same day his father, Paul Gustavus Gosnell, was killed aboard the USS Shaw during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
Born December 28, 1939 at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA, he later moved to Wilmington at age 3 to live with his maternal grandparents, Paul and Irene Daniels.
In 1957, he graduated from Salesianum High School.
From 1957-59, he worked as an apprentice with the Local #313 IBEW.
Mr. Gosnell received a presidential appointment to the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated with the class of 1963.
Soon after, he married Helen L. Tims, with whom he had 3 sons.
His active military service spanned 1963-1972 including aboard the USS Mansfield, Japan, in the Viet Nam Theater from 1967-68.
In 1972 Mr. Gosnell returned to Wilmington, DE.
He remained active in the Naval Reserve and earned an MBA from the University of Delaware. Charles attained the rank of Captain, USNR and provided over 30 years of military service.
During the past 30 years, Mr. Gosnell attended Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Claymont, DE and contributed years of countless hours to various church organizations.
He was a coach with the Claymont Football League, volunteered at St. Francis Hospital and participated in numerous local charitable fundraisers.
He was an avid jogger and cyclist, most recently participating in the MS Society’s “Bike to the Bay” event, where he had been a volunteer, cyclist and continuous fundraiser for the past 16 years.
Mr. Gosnell is survived by his beloved wife, Judith Reitemeyer Gosnell of Wilmington, DE; 3 sons and their families, Charles E. Jr., “Skip” and his wife, Danielle, Paul Gregory and his wife, Kim, and Brian Christopher and his wife, Rita; and granddaughters, Madeline and Jordan; half-sister, Sharon Brickhouse; and former wife, Helen L. Gosnell.
Friends are invited to the viewing from 3-6 pm Sunday, December 14 at the GEBHART FUNERAL HOME, 3401 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont.
The funeral Mass will be held at 11 am on Monday, December 15 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 3200 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont.
Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Delaware Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society in memory of Charles E. Gosnell, Sr., 2 Mill Rd., Suite 106, Wilmington, DE 19806.
Edward E. Engelskirch
“Remembering Edward Emil Engelskirch, a fellow radioman, great friend, and seemingly incorruptible nice guy. Eddy came on board a nonsmoker, nondrinker, who never cursed. We shared many adventures including a trip to my parents home, and I still was not able to totally corrupt his morals.” – Donald Taylor, Radioman, SN-RM2 1948-1952.
“My father was Edward Engelskirch RMSN (Korea). I recently had the attached remembrance of him done (see photo left) of the Mansfield (from a photo on your site) and thought you and your other shipmates would appreciate it. Thank you for allowing me to get a better idea of my father’s service in Korea was like and to see that there are others who remember him outside of my family. Take care,” – Christa Engelskirch [12.28.07]
(Register-Herald, Beckley, WV) – Henry H. Tabor, 68, our belov-ed husband, father and grandfather, went to be with the Lord at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2004, at Raleigh General Hospital after a valiant battle for six months fighting a brain tumor.
He was born Feb. 22, 1936, in Washington County, Ark., the son of the late Thomas H. and Edith Tweedy Tabor.
Mr. Tabor played football for Springdale High School in Arkansas and won many awards, and also was the Golden Glove runner-up in the Fort Smith, Ark., heavyweight boxing championship in 1953. He joined the Ar-my in 1954 and served in Germany where he also played football. In the spring of 1956, he was stationed at Camp Prince with the 100th Engineer Corp.
This is when he met his wife Shirley. He was ultimately discharged from Fort Belvore in Virginia. After leaving the Army, he attended Arkansas State where he played on the football team.
Henry and his wife, Shirley, were married on Dec. 1, 1956, in Beckley and moved to Memphis, Tenn., in 1964. While living there, he worked for Alco-Gravere as a printing pressman, and served as vice president of the local union.
He was very active with the Shriners Organization, serving as past president of the Beckley Shrine Club, and as a van driver who transported sick children to Lexington, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio. He was also a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason.
He retired from the National Park Service in 1998, working at the New River Gorge National River. After retirement, he enjoyed raising a garden and woodworking. Henry was a very outgoing, friendly and kind man who was always willing to help anyone and will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Edith Tabor of Springdale, Ark.; three brothers, Ed, Ellis and Harold, all of Springdale; two sisters, Lula Mae Tabor Nolan of Arizona and Freda Tabor, who died an infant; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rulie “Dick” and Annie Starcher, with whom he and his wife made their home for the last seven years.
He is survived by his loving, caring and devoted wife of 47 years, Shirley M. Starcher Tabor of Beckley; three children, Cheryl D. Tabor Duncan and husband, Harry, of Horn Lake, Miss., Curt H. Tabor and wife, Rhonda, of Beckley and Timothy J. Tabor of Beckley; three grandchildren, Candice D. Duncan and James Garrett Duncan of Horn Lake and Lauren M. Tabor of Beckley; three brothers, Ralph of Missouri, Bill of Mississippi and Jim and his wife, Cookie, of Riverside, Calif.; a sister, Judy Tabor Terry and her husband, Sonny, of Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.
Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Wanda Childs officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Masonic rites will be conducted by the Beckley Masonic Lodge NO. 95 AF and AM and they will also serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church’s building fund, 700 Maxwell Hill Road, or the Beckley Shrine Club, P.O. Box 124, Beckley. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
“Irving Kreutchic, RM1, was a member of the 1943 Commissioning Crew for the USS MANSFIELD DD-728.
He was born on 30 June 1922 and died on 27 January 1999. He is buried at the Florida National Cemetary operated by the VA as the “Arlington of the South”.
The Photo of Mom and Dad was taken during his medical leave after the Bristol , DD 453, was sunk in 1943. He was then assigned to the Mansfield commissioning crew and sailed with the Ranger Battle Group through the Panama Canal to Pearl and was transferred to the De Haven sometime after arrival in Hawaii. They were married in December of 1945 after his discharge.” – Jerry Kreutchic
James Edward Schondel
James Edward Schondel, 65, died May 20, 2004, at his home. He was under the care of Aspen Home Health and Hospice. He was born March 20, 1939, in Maumee, Ohio, to James B. and Helen (Balloy) Schondel.
He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years on a nuclear submarine, where he was on the first submarine to rendezvous with another at the North Pole. He retired from the Navy in 1976. He married Yvonne M. Nogosek on October 3, 1959, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Besides his Navy career, he worked at the Seagull Bay Yacht Club for 9 years, and owned and operated several small businesses. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He loved fishing, boating, the outdoors, and traveling in his RV. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, and was always a very loyal serviceman.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Schondel of Shelly [Idaho]; daughter Debbie (Mike) Ewens of California; daughter Renae Daniels of Idaho Falls; daughter JoNell (Paul) Genest of New Hampshire; daughter Gayle Larson (Cindy Horrocks) of Idaho Falls; daughter Rhonda (Eric) Davis of Pocatello; son James W. (MeriLyn Taylor) Schondel of Firth; brother Gary (Virginia) Schondel of Michigan; sister Joyce Schondel of Missouri; brother Richard Schondel of Ohio; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Mary Schondel; granddaughter Michele Burgess; great-granddaughter Mariah Thomsen; and great-grandson Jacob Priddy.
Memorial services [were] Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at 2:00 PM at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home in Idaho Falls. The family [visited] friends one hour before services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to:
The James E. Schondel Memorial Fund
c/o Yvonne Schondel
Wells Fargo Bank
576 E. 17th Street
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
Mrs. Yvonne Schondel
431 Hummingbird Lane
Shelley, ID 83274
“Enclosed is a news release of the death of James E. Schondel, (MM3), who served aboard the Mansfield during 1956-1959. I am a former high school classmate who knew Jim in childhood. He also served aboard the SSN Skate (578) when it made its historic rendevous with the Seadragon (584) at the North Pole on August 2, 1962.
All, Yvonne has sent me Jim’s Memorial Picture (above photo) from his Navy days as it appeared on his memorial service souvenir. The service was held Tuesday, May 25, 2004, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. During his service the following songs were sung: The Rose, On Eagle’s Wings, America the Beautiful, and Look at Us.” – Michael M. Elling
Robert A. Herner
[News-Herald, Willoughby, OHIO] Robert A. Herner – Services for Robert A. Herner, 79, a lifelong resident of Southington, a former steelworker, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, 533 North Park Ave., Warren.
Mr. Herner died Oct. 4, 2004, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.
He was born July 17, 1925, in Warren, the son of the late Ivan Herner and Mary Vaughn Herner.
He was a 1943 graduate of Chalker High School and a member of Southington Christian Church. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of American Legion 751, S.C.O.P.E. of Warren, S.O.A.R. 2243, the Mansfield Association and a lifetime charter member of the National World War II Memorial. He was also an avid Cleveland Indians and Chalker High School sports fan.
Mr. Herner was a former steelworker at the Copperweld Steel steel mill. Survivors are his son, Allen (Cynthia) Herner of Chardon; daughters, Suellen (Joel) Mooney of Bradenton, Fla. and Ruth (Ken Farley) Herner of Southington; grandchildren, Ian and Haley Herner, David and Bryan Iceman, Tami Sammons, Christine Stevens, Robert McAllister, Jonathon Mooney, Doug Stevens, and Stella Mahoney; and 10 great-grandchildren. He also leaves his special friend, Dorothy Anthony of Warren.
His wife, Mary (Summers) Herner, whom he married April 20, 1946, died May 10, 1995. His parents; and step-mother, Mabel Mansfield Herner, are also deceased.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today, and one hour prior to the funeral service Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Randall A. Riley will officiate at services. Burial will be at Graham Cemetery in Southington.
The family suggests contributions may be made to New Life Maternity Home, 3653 Warren Sharon Road, Vienna, Ohio 44473.
[STANDARD-EXAMINER, OGDEN, UT – Tue, Nov 2, 2004]
Richard Polanowski, 73, died at home peacefully on October 27, 2004, with his family by his side. He was a sonar man in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War aboard the U.S.S. Mansfield D.D. 728. He worked at Hill Air Force Base until September 2004. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed fishing.
He is survived by his wife; Georgia and four children: Wendy (Danny) Slater, Leslie (Tammy) Bibee, Lisa Stoker, and Matthew (Jenn) Polanowski. Eleven grandchildren: Joshua, Misty, Kevin, Danielle, Tony, Jennifer, Kayla, Aleksandr, Jorden, Jasmin, and Ethan. His sister Helen Heather and brother Robert (Norma) Polanowski.
A private memorial service will be held.
The family wishes to thank all of the friends and family who provided comfort. A special thanks to Father Ken of St. Josephs Church for his spiritual guidance.
David M. Worthington
[Deluth (MN) News Tribune – Tue, September 28, 2004]
David M. Worthington, 71, of McGregor died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004 in his residence. MEMORIAL SERVICE:1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004 in the Lake Minnewawa Sportsmans Club, rural McGregor. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor.
Dale B. Boynton
Dale B. Boynton of Granbury, a retired chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001 in Granbury. He was 79.
Mr. Boynton was born Feb. 9, 1922 in Burntfork, Wyo. He married Dorothy Mae Hayworth on June 17, 1998 in Granbury. He served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years and then worked for the Granbury school district. He was a member and served as a deacon in the Acton Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patty Jackson Boynton.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Boynton of Granbury; one son, Stephen Boynton and wife Sharay of Granbury; two grandsons, Stoney Boynton and Slade Boynton, both of Granbury; one brother, Delbert Boynton of Utah; sister-in-law, Nellie Allen of Granbury; and a host of friends.
Services were Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001 at Acton Baptist Church. Burial was in Acton Cemetery. Wiley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Hood County Committee on Aging, 501 E. Moore St., 76048.
Donald P. Nellis
[Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on 12/22/2004] NELLIS, DONALD P. Captain U.S. Navy, retired, passed away December 20, 2004.
Born October 30, 1925 in Chicago, he attended the University of Maryland, Central Michigan College and Alma College, and the USNR Midshipman School at the University of Notre Dame.
After commissioning in 1945, he served in the USS PC 1225, USS R.E. PEARY, USS LST 859, and the Naval School, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, at Indian Head, Maryland.
In August 1954, Captain Nellis served as Commanding Officer of the USS RAIL, and in 1957 as Gunnery Officer in the USS DEHAVEN. This was followed by duty as Officer in Charge of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit No. 2, duty on the staff of Commander Mine Force, Atlantic Fleet, student at the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School, and Weapons Officer in the USS TOPEKA. He completed his career in the Navy as Commanding Officer of the USS MANSFIELD, USS FRONTIER and USS PRAIRIE. His last duty station was as Staff, COMPHIBPAC, San Diego, California.
After retiring from the U.S. Navy in 1971, he obtained his Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of San Diego in 1972, and taught at St. Michael’s Catholic School in Poway. Following that, he was Senior Project Manager at SAI, an engineering firm in San Diego.
He is survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Patricia; seven sons, Kevin, Michael, Thomas, Daniel, Martin, Patrick and Brian; two daughters Kathleen and Sheila; and thirteen grandchildren. He also is survived by his sister Patricia Rasmussen, and brother George Nellis, both of Chicago, and his beloved nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Wednesday December 22, 4-8 p.m. at Bernardo Poway Mortuary. Catholic Mass will be held on Thursday, December 23, noon, at San Rafael Parish Rancho Bernardo.
“I am Horace J. Brown, I served under the command of Captian Nellis, He was one of the greatest leaders that I have ever known, our crew loved and respected him, we would go and do anything that he required us to do. He also wrote the first letter of commendation that I ever recieved in the Navy. Of course, everyone knows about the famous ‘TO SUBIC WITH LOVE’ flag that we flew while getting kicked out of Subic. (Smile) He has and always will be an inspiration to me. My wife was amazed that he had more kids than us. We had 5 at the time (smile). The leadership that Capt. Nellis demonstrated was one of the main reasons that I did two tours in Mansfield. May God bless his family as he crosses the big quarter deck in the sky.” – Horace J. Brown CWO4 USN, Ret.
“Capt. Nellis was my first real skipper. As a former white hat, he had empathy for the lowly enlisted types. I think I would have followed him to hell. He gave the crew a lot of spirit, but he was a great officer.” – Tom Harper ADJ3 (66-69)
“Like Horace J. Brown, I echo his wish of ‘May God bless his family as he crosses the big Quarter deck in the sky.’ I reported on board as a reservists doing my 3 years of active duty after going to RD ‘A’ school. As a young sailor, Captain Nellis set the standard that I used to measure every other commanding officer during my time on active duty.
There are many things that stand out in my mind about him; the time we were outboard ship to the Osborne which was the squadron flag ship. Protocol called for Mansfield to breast out and let the Osborne depart first. Mansfield breasted out; Captain Nellis stepped out on the Port wing, flipped the bird to the squadron commander and Mansfield departed port before the Osborne.
Another time one of forward mounts was having hydraulic problems. The GMs had been working on it for several days. Down the deck came Captain Nellis, in work clothes, to the mount and in a short period of time the mount was fixed.
But, I think, the one incident that will always stick in my mind about him as a commanding officer that believed in his crew, was the first time the ship went to counter battery on operation Sea Dragon. Mansfield was the flag ship for an east coast squad dog. Both us and the Hanson were under fire and the bridge kept asking fire control if they had a lock yet and were told they did not. Captain Nellis wanted to fire on the North Vietnam gun sites with all mounts. Before fire control said they had a lock and were ready to fire 6 gun salvos, the Commodore ordered the ship to turn out to sea and Captain Nellis refused. The Commodore ordered it again and this time Captain Nellis said the Commodore had the deck and con (which the Captain has control of these bridge positions at GQ) and Captain Nellis left the bridge. Fire Control said they had their solution (lock) and were ready to fire 6 gun salvos. Instead, the Commodore ordered both ships to turn away from the beach and head out to sea. Mount 53 ended up firing so many rounds in a short period of time the paint on the barrel peeled off in strips from the end of the barrel back to the mount. Maybe the ship was just lucky that day, because we were not hit that time or during the other 2 runs by Dong Hoi that day.
After Commander Nellis left the ship for medical treatment I did not expect to ever hear about him again and did not expect to find out that he had been promoted. Then came the military inquiry about the loss of the USS Pueblo and it was, for me, with great pride that I saw that Captain Nellis was the officer in command of the board of inquiry. I still feel to this day that if Captain Nellis had said he was taking the ship into Hai Phong harbor with all guns blazing, the crew would have only asked, ‘When?’.” – Dale Ebeling OSCS, USNR-Retired
B. Walt Carter
[Published in the Reno Gazette-Journal 3 February 2005] Burnett Walter Carter went to our Lord Jesus on Monday February 1st 2005. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty, daughter Diana, son Gary, grandson Garrick and brother Duane.
He was born in Hillsboro, OR, July 30, 1931. He attended junior and high school in San Diego, CA where he joined the U.S. Navy in 1949 as an enlisted man. He met his wife Betty in Long Beach, CA. They were married there and went on a honeymoon to Lake Tahoe. He was stationed on the U.S.S. Mansfield at the time. Their first shore duty was Schools Command, Bainbridge, MD., where Gary was born. Then onto Great Lakes, IL., to the Ordinance school. Daughter Diana was born there. Then back to sea and reported on board the supply ship Hassayampa. Transferred to a cruiser the U.S.S. Toledo. Then the U.S.S. Hamul, a Destroyer tender. Then shore duty at Vallejo, CA at the Surface Missile Systems Project Office. Back to sea to help put into commission the Guided Missile ship U.S.S. Fox. Final tour of duty Washington D.C., at the Bureau of Naval Personnel. Retired LCDR, Guided Missile Officer.
While he was on shore duty he was head of a Y Indian Guides group. taught a high school group in Church, and made sure the family took tours of the interesting sights around where stationed.
Moved to Reno, NV in 1971 and worked at Washoe Medical Center as Director of Housekeeping for 15 years. After retiring he enjoyed golfing, cooking and traveling. He was a member of the Sparks ELKS.
Private family graveside services will be held at Fernley Military cemetery on February 3rd 2005. A memorial service will be held on Sunday February 6th 2005, 2 p.m., at Calvary Chapel Reno-Sparks 220 Edison Way, Reno.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to VistaCare Hospice Foundation, 6225 Neil Road, Suite 201 Reno, NV 89511
I first met B.W., as he was known by most of us, in early ’52 when I first got on the Mansfield and joined the FT gang. We became friends right away and went on many liberties together. We once took in the premier of ‘The House Of Wax’ at Graumans Chinese Theater.
I can safely say he was well liked by everyone and respected by officers as well.
I was an usher when he and Betty were married. Jack Fleming was best man. When I got out of the Navy, my wife Ellie and I went to visit the Carters on our honeymoon, while they were stationed in Bainbridge. We also visited them when they were in Great Lakes.
We lost touch for a few years while he served out his enlistment, but then discovered they were living in Reno, and since then, we have been very close and visited as much as we could. We were always welcome in their home and spent many an evening playing pinochole or sitting in the hot-tub talking over old times while enjoying a drink or two. We played golf for fun, he never kept score, and we were treated to many trips while in their company. Lake Tahoe, Virginia City, and up to Donner Pass among others.
What a great sense of humor he had. Who can forget the show he put on in Bremerton. A testimonial to how well thought of he was came in ’97, when, after finding two shipmates we hadn’t seen in years, he organized a mini-reunion at his place. It was attended by the four of us plus Cliff and Francisca Ransom, Dick and Betty Soyland, Bill and Darlene Bailey, Charles and Yvonne Standley, Ron and Joanne Lera, and Jack Fleming with his friend Peggy.
B.W. was the best friend I could ever hope to have. I miss him, and also Charles Standley, another great friend. The reunions for me will never be quite the same. – Bruce & Ellie Starkey
Malcolm A. Bidwell
Malcolm A. Bidwell passed away on March 16,2005 after a short battle with cancer.
We don’t like to say good-bye to the one we love. It’s right for us to weep, but there is no need to dispair. He had pain down here, he has no pain there. We might wonder why God took him home, but at this very moment he is at peace in the presence of God.
Malcolm was an honorable man who provided for his family. He was a hard worker who enjoyed the outdoors and gardening. He loved to work with wood and had a passion for creating and designing furniture.
We have four children and six grandchildren.
Malcolm was a retired Machinist Mate Chief of twenty-two years in the United States Navy. He also had a career with the Pacific Bell Telephone Company for twenty years.
He was enjoying his retirement in his new home in Arkansas; building a small woodworking shop and planning a garden.
We would like to thank everyone who extended prayers and concern. – Bobbie Bidwell
Robert W. Hewitt
“Robert W. Hewitt, 77, passed away on Sunday, 22 May 2005, at his home in Jackson, CA, after a long and hard fight with mesothelioma.
Bob was born on 27 December 1927, in Oakland, CA and served in the U.S. Navy from 1946-47 on the U.S.S. MANSFIELD, DD-728 and was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan during that time.
He married Phyllis Taber in 1951 in Oakland and spent 30 years as a California State Park Ranger/Manager, living in various parks throughout the state. On retirement in 1983, Bob and Phyllis moved to Australia to be near their older daughter, Christine, and to work on their sheep farm. They decided to return to the U.S. in 1989 and settled in Jackson, CA.
He is survived by his wife of almost 54 years and two daughters, Christine, of Victoria, Australia, and Debra, of Jackson, CA.
If there are any of Bob’s shipmates who would like to remember him, please contact Phyllis at email@example.com” – Phyllis Hewitt (25 June 2005)
William H. Maulin
William Howard Maulin was born Jan. 24, 1927, in Buffalo, Mo., and passed away Dec. 13, 2004.
Bill was the oldest child of George Washington and Gussie Dean (Doolin) Maulin. He completed school in Buffalo and joined the U.S. Navy on Jan. 12, 1945. Bill served during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. His service included fifteen years enlisted and fifteen years as a commissioned officer. He commanded the USS DeSoto County from March 1968 to February 1970. Bill retired July 1, 1975, with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
On July 12, he married LT(jg) Margaret Ann Ferguson and supported Margaret during her twenty years of Naval service. When they lived in Maryland, Bill attended Charles County Community College, graduating cum laude. He served as Secretary of the General William Smallwood Chapter, the Retired Officers Association (now Military Officers Association of America). He was a life member of MOAA, the U.S. Naval Institute and The Navy League.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Michael Stephen; a niece, Patricia Suella Epple Behrns; and his father-in-law, James H. Ferguson. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughter Pamela and her husband, Ashley C. Fox of Nixa; sister Patricia and her husband, Robert C. Epple, Columbia; and brothers Jack and his wife, Diane, Eagle, Idaho, Jim and his wife, Marilyn, Lahiana, Hawaii, and Jerry and his wife, Cindy, St. Louis; his aunt, Mazelle Doolin, Eldon; his brother-in-law, James R. Ferguson and wife Shoko of Clinton, Md.; his sister-in-law, Lois and her husband, Brendan Considine, and mother-in-law Jean Ferguson, all of Sacramento, Calif.; 17 nieces and nephews; 13 great-nephews and nieces; and many Maulin and Doolin cousins.
His body will be cremated and returned to the sea he loved. A memorial service will be Friday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. at Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel. A cenotaph will be placed at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to The Scholarship Fund of MOAA, Department 889, Alexandria, VA 22334-0889. [Published 12/16/04]
“William ‘Moon’ Maulin GM3 (1949) [Pictured above] Maulin retired from the navy as a Lt.Cdr. A ‘mustang’ that went up through the ranks. Bill was a good buddy of mine when I was aboard from 1948-1950. Bill served aboard the Mansfield, as I recall, from about 1946 until late into the ’50s.” – Richard Bowman
W. Hudson Waters
Mr. Warren Hudson Waters graduated from this life to his eternal life in heaven on Tuesday, June 7, 2005, after a lengthy illness with his family and loved ones by his side.
He was very dedicated to his family and friends and loved by all his grandchildren and great grandchildren who called him “PaPa”.
Mr. Waters was the son of Jerry F. Waters and Mollie Westbrook Waters. He was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church and was a retired farmer in the Rosewood Community. Mr. Waters served his country during World War II in the United States Navy and received several medals while serving. He was a very loving husband, father, granddaddy and great-grandfather.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rose Hicks and Rev. Thomas McLendon officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jessie Jones Waters; his daughter, Diane Waters Merritt and her husband, Howard, of Goldsboro; his son, Jerry “Buddy” Waters of Goldsboro; his grandchildren, Jennifer Weeks and husband, Frankie, Renae Blackman and husband, Robert, Howard Merritt Jr. and wife, Michelle, Chris Merritt and wife, Amanda, and Jeff Waters and wife, Doran; and his great-grandchildren, Ivy Weeks, Anna Weeks, Kayley Merritt, Brianna Waters, Logan Merritt and Jordan Blackman. He is also survived by his sister, Etta Mae Wilkins of Goldsboro; his brother, Edward Earl Waters and wife, Marie of Goldsboro, and his aunt, Toy Waters and husband, Mosely Waters; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Patricia Waters.
Memorial donations can be made to the Veterans Administration Hospital of Durham, North Carolina or to Home, Health and Hospice of Goldsboro, 2402 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534; or to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 3859 U.S. Hwy. 70 West, Goldsboro, NC 27530.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 until 9 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, and other times at his residence.
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Calvin C. McGhee
[Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 11/15/2005 – 11/16/2005] – Calvin C. McGhee (MMCS, Ret.), 82, of Lucy Corr Village, Chesterfield, died Sunday, November 13, 2005.
Mr. McGhee retired after 30 years of service to his country in the U.S. Navy, serving in World World II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam Conflict.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gertrude “Scottie” McGhee. He is survived by his son, Donald Wayne McGhee of Richmond; a goddaughter, Cheryl Matchunis; two special children, Donna Waller of Powhatan and Bill Wells of Richmond; a sister, Irene Ellis and her husband, Jack, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; four sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
His remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Homes’ Chippenham Chapel, 6900 Hull Street Rd., where the family will receive friends Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., and where a funeral service will take place Friday at 2 p.m. Interment in Greenwood Memorial Park, Goochland.
The family expresses special thanks to the Staff at Lucy Corr Village, Chesterfield.
You can sign the online guest book here.
Robert R. Managhan
[Published in the Oregonian on 5/20/2005] – Robert R. Managhan April 6, 1914-May 1, 2005.
Robert “Bob” Managhan was born on April 6, 1914, and died on May 1, 2005, in Portland.
In between those dates was a life dedicated to the service of his country, including combat service in World War II and the Korean conflict. Bob was a graduate of Benson Poly Technic High School and graduated with the class of 1938 from the United States Naval Academy, being personally handed his diploma by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Thereafter he entered service in the pre-war Navy, but his peacetime service did not last as he was stationed aboard (but fortunately not at the time on) a battleship on Dec. 7, 1941, and personally observed the Japanese attack upon Pearl Harbor.
Thereafter Bob commanded a submarine in the western Pacific for the last years of the war. After World War II he had a number of sea and shore commands amongst his tours of duty before retiring from the Navy in 1962. He retired with a Silver Star with Gold Star and the Legion of Merit with Gold Star for his combat service.
Thereafter he and his family returned to Portland where Bob went into a private partnership with another Naval Academy graduate before finally retiring in 1984.
Bob was a lover of classical music, his dogs (including his four kerry blues, and cocker spaniel, Kris) and trips to the beach at Ocean Park, Wash. He had been a chimes player at Trinity Church and a committed alum of the Naval Academy.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Virginia Managhan; and is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Managhan of Jamestown, R.I.
A memorial service will be held in his memory at 11 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2005,. in Trinity Cathedral.
Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Cathedral or to the Oregon Humane Society.
[Published in the Providence Journal on 12/8/2005] – HELLMAN, RICHARD, 92, emeritus professor of economics at the University of Rhode Island, died yesterday at South County Hospital after a short illness. He lived in Kingston. He was married for 66 years to the late Violet Grace (Zeitlin) Hellman, a linguist and dancer.
Born in New York in 1913, Professor Hellman and his wife lived for many years in Washington, D.C. before moving to Rhode Island in 1970.
Professor Hellman is survived by, his son Peter of New York, and daughters Elizabeth S.L. Cooper of New York and Caroline J.C. Hellman of Cambridge, MA. Also surviving are brothers Robert Hellman of Yorktown Heights, NY, Charles Hellman of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, and Benjamin Hellman of Roslyn Heights, NY. Loving grandfather of 4.
A Pulitzer scholar at Columbia University, class of 1934, Professor Hellman had a wide-ranging, 34-year career as a research economist for the federal government and at the University of Rhode Island.
In WWII, Professor Hellman was gunnery officer of USS Mansfield (DD-728) in Admiral William ‘Bull’ Halsey’s fast carrier task force in the Pacific. He held the rank of Lt. Commander in the USNR.
The funeral will be held at noon today at Congregation Beth David, 102 Kingstown Rd., Narragansett. Burial will follow at New Fernwood Cemetery, Kingston. Contributions in Professor Hellman’s memory can be made to The Violet Grace Hellman Endowed Prize in Languages at the University of RI. Arrangements by SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston.
“Richard was a surrogate father to me when I was a preteen. He gave me my first bicycle, took me on my first camping trip, got me interested in the Boy Scouts where I later attained Eagle rank and was instrumental in my joining the U. S. Navy in 1947.
After the war Richard became a member of the Federal Power Commission and it was his small group that started thinking about Atomic Power. He later became a Doctor of Economics and taught for years at the University of Rhode Island.
The following is a copy of the letter Lt. Hellman sent to me concerning the Japanese surrender.
We’ve read in our shipboard newspaper and heard on the radio how joyfully the people at home greeted the Japanese Surrender, and thought perhaps you would like to know how we did it on the MANSFIELD. At 5:30 this afternoon the Fast Carrier Force of the Third Fleet raised the VICTORY BATTLE FLAG. For us on the carriers, battlewagons, cruisers and destroyers. it was our way of saying the war was over! At 1730 the great American flag, six feet by twelve feet was proudly run up the MANSFIELD’S gaff for the first time since Pearl Harbor over three and a half years ago, and the tattered fighting ensign, two by four was hauled down.
At 1727 the battle ensign was made up, bent to the halyard, and waiting for the signal to hoist. On the second every ship of the Task Force hoisted, and every eye that could bear was on her. Out of the gun mount hatches, on the super-deck, from the forecastle, the mid-ships main deck, from the signal bridge and the open bridge, the 40MM gun mounts and the 20’s all eyes went up with her, and every eye was a glad eye.
Broad and long, solid and strong, she listed to the cool breeze lithely, and our hearts flew with her.
From Ulithi, 10 degrees north latitude and 140 degrees latitude, we had fought our ship north to Leyte, Samar and Luzon, to Formosa, south thrpugh the China Sea to Camrahn Bay, Saigon, Hong Kong, Canton and back to Luzon and Formosa. We were with the carriers on the first Tokyo raids and the taking of Iwo Jima…from Kyushu to Okinawa and back to Kyushu…then back to Tokyo, to Honshu and Hokaido With our sister ships of Destroyer Squadron 61, we made a run into Tokyo Bay, under the harbor guns, to sink a convoy: a midnight Mass had been said for us on the BENNINGTON during our night attack.
With a two by four ensign, beaten by three typhoons and a black week-long Nan Hai monsoon, blasted by gunfire of many night and day battles, and borne on the winds of many plane launchings and landings, we fought our ship through tens of thousands of steaming miles in 10 swift months, and through it all the MANSFIELD and her crew came through unscathed.
And tonight at 1730 with our powder dry, our guns manned, our patrol planes aloft and alert and still shooting down die-hard kamikazes, we hauled down the tattered ensign, and ran up the Victory flag. Six by twelve, bent proudly to the gaff of the MANSFIELD’S foremast, she is our greeting to the world, our tribute to our fighting comrades, our gratitude to those who, before us, gave their lives to this hour of victory.
If with our fighting friends of all the world, we could win a war, we know that we must win a happy long peace.
I am sure a lot of people will miss him greatly, myself included. May he rest in peace.” – Lee Easton, Jr.
Luther B. Owens
[Published in the Okmulgee Daily Times on 10/29/2004] – Luther B. Owens, 71, of Henryetta died Oct. 25, 2004 at Henryetta. He was born February 1, 1933 in Ada, Oklahoma to Stella and Nathan Owens.
He married his wife Ann at Henryetta, Oklahoma on November 20, 1973.
Luther was a retired Naval Officer, serving in the United States Navy and also served in the Korean War & Vietnam Conflict.
Luther was also retired from Kelco Co. in Okmulgee, after working there as a supervisor for fourteen years. He was a member of Dewar First Baptist Church. He Graduated from Pharoah High School and had resided in Henryetta for 31 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother: Billy Owens, a granddaughter: Alesia K. Britt, and grandson, Johnny Lee Moore.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Owens, of the home; four children, Mike Rawlings and wife Judy, Henryetta; Shelley Moore and husband Johnny, Henryetta; Lisa Moss and husband Brian, Salisbury, Maryland and Lanna Massa of Henryetta; eight grandchildren, Angela Deturk and husband Jay, Brian Rawlings, Kyle Britt, Kendall Britt, Sarah Moss, Rachel Moss, Anna Moss, and Angie Morore; also by an aunt, Edith McNutt, Ada; one brother, Kenneth Owens and wife Ruth, as well as a host of friends and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Crosby, Max Crosby, Kenneth Walker, Mike Brown, Dusty Shipley, and Brian Moss.
Services will be held Friday, October 29, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at Dewar First Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Jack Vance.
Burial will be at Westlawn Cemetery with military honors provided by the Henryetta VFW Post 539 and Okmulgee VFW Post 1189. Arrangements are under the direction of Shurden Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family by logging on to www.shurdenfuneralhome.com
Charles L. Hunstock
[Published in The Livingston Parish News – May 18,2005] – Charles Lloyd Hunstock died Saturday, May 14, 2005, at his home in French Settlement. He was 76 and a native of Denham Springs.
He was a retired boat mechanic and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean conflict.
Visitation was at Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs, Monday. Graveside services were at Denham Springs Memorial Cemetery Monday, conducted by the Rev. Tommy Shipp.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Chambers Hunstock; three daughters and sons-in-law, Frances and Clark Vaughn, Jackie and Jimmy Bentley, and Darla and Marshall Peak; sister, Evelyn Summers; brother, J.L. Hunstock; and six grandchildren, Pfc. Curtis Chance Vaughn, Clinton Colt Vaughn, Cpl. John Charles Bentley, Jared Christopher Bentley, Matthew Blake and Haley Nicole Shumate.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eustis Joseph and Ada Courtney Hunstock; two sisters, Rosalie Hunstock and Erma Peak; and two brothers, Seigel Hunstock Sr. and Hugh Elton Hunstock. He was a member of Amite Baptist Church, Denham Springs, and the American Legion.
Edwin Harvey Headland
Capt. Harvey Headland’s war exploits were legend
By Sandi Doughton, Seattle Times staff reporter
Capt. Harvey Headland helped capture a German U-boat in World War II.
Capt. Edwin Harvey Headland’s wife used to say that wherever there was a war, her husband was likely to be in the middle of it.
In World War II, he was part of the Navy operation that captured the first German U-boat. When Gen. Douglas MacArthur launched the amphibious assault on Inchon in the Korean War, Capt. Headland’s destroyer was the first ship in. Even after he left the Navy, Capt. Headland’s work as a military instructor landed him in some of the globe’s hot spots, including Vietnam.
But despite a nearly 30-year military career, much of it in combat, Capt. Headland was proud that he never lost a man, said his sister Winnifred Teeter.
“That was important to him.”
Capt. Headland died April 8 in Tacoma at 94.
Some of his wartime exploits read like movie scripts, and he loved to tell the stories. “To anybody who would listen,” said his brother, Carl, with a laugh.
In 1944, Capt. Headland was commanding the USS Pope off the west coast of Africa when another ship in his group detected a U-boat on its sonar. Fighter planes launched from an aircraft carrier spotted the enemy sub, and the destroyers forced it to the surface with depth charges.
The Germans abandoned ship, but not before activating booby traps and opening valves to scuttle the sub. Determined to capture the boat before it sank, boarding parties leaped aboard and managed to plug the leaks and defuse the booby traps just in time, according to a 1944 Navy press release.
Today, the submarine is one of the most popular attractions at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
Capt. Headland wrote an account of another memorable mission, as one of the “Sitting Ducks” that led MacArthur’s audacious Inchon invasion in September 1950.
North Korean troops had penetrated deep into South Korea. MacArthur’s plan was to land troops on enemy-controlled beaches at Inchon, near Seoul, and cut the North Koreans off from the rear.
But that meant ships had to negotiate the treacherous Flying Fish Channel and get past enemy guns on a small island guarding Inchon Harbor.
“The hazards of approaching and attacking Inchon are considerable, if not miserable,” Capt. Headland noted dryly.
A destroyer squadron, headed by Capt. Headland’s ship, the USS Mansfield, was given the duty of sailing into the harbor “to tempt the gunners on the island to disclose their positions.” The Mansfield went first. After an eerie silence, the destroyers started firing their 5-inch guns, and the North Koreans responded. Several of the “Sitting Ducks” were hit, and one officer was killed. “From the wing of the bridge, I actually saw shells flying over the ship,” Capt. Headland wrote.
After the enemy guns were silenced, the 15-day battle for the beaches began — and was ultimately successful.
A few weeks later, Headland’s ship struck a mine while patrolling the Korean coast. The explosion nearly sheared off the bow, but no one was killed and the destroyer was sent to the Naval Shipyard in Bremerton for repairs.
Capt. Headland was already well-acquainted with Washington state. He met his wife, the former Margaret McGinnis, in Tacoma. The couple married in December 1941, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
As they transferred from post to post, the Headlands kept a home in Tacoma off and on for nearly 40 years.
“They were the typical Navy couple, living out a suitcase. They loved it,” said Carl Headland.
Capt. Headland was born in 1911 in Litchville, N.D., where his father was a banker. But the family lost the business during the Depression. With five siblings, his prospects for higher education were slim, so Capt. Headland sought — and won — an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.
“The whole family kind of worshipped him as a hero,” said Carl Headland, who followed his older brother into the Navy.
After Capt. Headland retired from the Navy in 1961, he earned two master’s degrees in economics and taught at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He then spent 11 years associated with the University of Maryland, teaching at military bases around the world, including Bermuda, Ethiopia, Iceland and Japan.
In 1980 the Headlands moved full time to Tacoma, where they were members of the Tacoma Country Club and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
Capt. Headland was preceded in death by his wife. He is survived by his brother Carl of Leland, Mich.; sisters Winnifred Teeter of Henderson, Nev., and Marilyn Imhoff of San Diego, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tacoma. Arrangements are by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 253-272-1414.
A virtual tour of U 505, the German submarine Capt. Headland helped capture, is online at: http://www.msichicago.org/exhibit/U505/index.html
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Morton B. Solomon
Morton B. Solomon, 81; reformed police force
By Sally A. Downey Inquirer Staff Writer
Morton B. Solomon, 81, of Northeast Philadelphia, the reformist police commissioner under Mayor William Green and the first Jewish officer to head the force, died Friday of heart failure outside his doctor’s office in Frankford.
Mr. Solomon was a 29-year veteran who had risen through the ranks from patrolman to deputy commissioner when the newly elected Green selected him to head the department in 1980. At the time, the Police Department had been accused of tolerating brutality in its ranks and the new mayor had been under pressure to go outside the force to find a commissioner.
Green said yesterday he believed at the time that he could find someone within the department who would “do things right, by the book.”
Upon taking the job, the new commissioner warned his officers: “I’ll make all my decisions from my head, not my heart.”
He instructed officers to cooperate with reporters; improved citizen-complaint procedures; eliminated many desk jobs and reassigned their occupants to street duty; opened all units and assignments to female officers; destroyed about 18,000 years-old intelligence files on political activists; raised money to equip all police officers with vests; and introduced a community-education course at the Philadelphia Police Academy.
In April 1980, he established guidelines that restricted the use of deadly force and called for the Internal Affairs Division, the Detective Bureau, and a police board to review all shootings by police.
After the guidelines took effect, police shootings fell sharply. On average, police killed seven people and wounded 20 per year during the 1980s. In the 1970s, police killed about 20 people and wounded 50 each year.
Mr. Solomon developed a reputation as a tough administrator, and some officers complained to reporters about the sharp increase in police disciplinary action.
His tenure as commissioner ended in 1984, when Green’s successor, W. Wilson Goode, replaced him with Gregore J. Sambor.
“That was a blunder,” Green said. “If Morton Solomon had stayed on as commissioner, the MOVE bombing would have never happened.”
Mr. Solomon grew up in West Philadelphia. He dropped out of John Bartram High School to join the Navy during World War II and saw action aboard two destroyers in the South Pacific.
After the war, he earned his high school diploma and later took courses at Temple University and the Fels Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the Philadelphia police in 1950, he was a prison guard at Eastern State Penitentiary.
He was called back into the Navy during the Korean War and assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt in the Mediterranean. After his discharge, he returned to the police force.
After retiring from the department in 1984, he was chief financial officer for a medical practice in Philadelphia for three years.
Mr. Solomon was married to Jennie Zicolella Solomon from 1943 until her death in 1987. They met at Coney Island, N.Y.
Their son Paul said Mr. Solomon enjoyed traveling – especially taking cruises – and spending time with his grandchildren.
Mr. Solomon is survived by another son, Peter; a daughter, Lynne Ackert; a sister; and six grandchildren.
The funeral and burial will be private.
Hugh P. Harrison, Jr.
Hugh P. Harrison Jr. passed away Sunday, June 25, 2006. He was born on August 14, 1925 in Anderson, Indiana to the late Hugh P. & Bethel Harrison. He graduated from Anderson High School. He was a 3rd Class Sonar Man on the USS Mansfield in the Navy during WWII. He also was a current member of the Carmel American Legion. After the war he graduated from IU where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
He retired from Naval Avionics Center in Indianapolis. In his retirement he was an interpreter at Conner Prairie Museum. Through Conner Prairie he was actively involved with the Delaware Indian Tribe and then was made the Honorary Camp Elder of the tribe. For many years he was a member of Colonial Hills Baptist Church where he was involved in many church ministries. In later years he transferred his membership to Trinity Baptist Church of Westfield, where one of his daughter’s attends.
He is survived by his brother, Richard E. Harrison; daughters, Lenna Allman, Tina Riley, and Melanie May; 6 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 30th, 11 a.m. at Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel 740 E. 86th Street , Indianapolis. Calling will be on Thursday, June 29th from 4-8 p.m. at Leppert Mortuary. Memorial Contributions can be made to Trinity Baptist Church of Westfield or Regeneration Reservation (P.O. Box 219, Ft. Thomas, AZ 85536).
Dewey L. Saunders Jr.
Dewey L. Saunders Jr., 72, of Mechanicsville died Nov. 2, 2006, at his residence.
He was born March 7, 1934, in Danville, Va., the son of Lawrence Saunders Sr. and Dee Juanita Neal.
He was an automobile salesman. He served in the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Saunders of Mechanicsville; his daughter, Susan J. and her husband, Glenn Stymiest, of Mechanicsville; his son, William M. and his wife, Jennifer Saunders, of Prince Frederick; and his grandchildren, Christopher and Victoria Stymiest of Mechancisville, William Saunders Jr. of Prince Frederick and Nicholas Saunders of Prince Frederick.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Ashworth.
The family received friends Nov. 7 at Huntt Funeral Home in Waldorf. A service was held Nov. 8 at Hughesville Baptist Church. The Rev. Keith Corrick officiated. Interment took place Nov. 8 at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of St. Mary’s County.
Orville C. Long
Orville Clayton Long, 92, of Front Royal, VA, formerly of Fayetteville, WV, died Sunday in Shenandoah County.
Mr. Long was born May 14, 1915 in Caldwell, WV, son of the late William and Maggie Long.
Mr. Long was a World War II veteran of the Navy, and retired after 42 years of work from Union Carbide, Alloy Division. He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years Martha Rachael Long.
Surviving him are two daughters, Sharon Cales Cornwell and her husband Randy of Front Royal, VA, and Jackie Young and her husband Jimmy of Fredericksburg, VA; stepson, Ed Collins and his wife Suzanne of Madison, AL; three grandchildren, Eric Cales and his wife Laura of Strasburg, VA, Daniel Cales of Front Royal, VA, and Melissa Jo Collins Swick of Tampa, FL, and a great-granddaughter, Megan Cales of Strasburg, VA. He was also preceded in death by a son, Hugh Long.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, 207 Mosby Lane, Front Royal, VA 22630.
Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal, VA.
Lawrence Junior King
My husband led a clean life, especially by today’s standards. He never smoked and was brutal on anyone around him that did.
We had so much to look forward to and had settled into a life he absolutely loved in the small town of his birth, Sandpoint, Idaho.
He found, on a routine visit to the VA, that he had calcified asbestos in both lungs. The VA assured us there was nothing to be alarmed about; but, less than two years after the discovery my husband was dead from mesothelioma.
The illness took a viable, relatively young and energetic man and turned him into a contorted shell unlike the man we all knew, loved and respected. This illness left me with a feeling of helplessness. The only thing I could do was to stay at his bedside and alert the doctors and nursing staff when his pain was not somewhat under control.
Even now, some four years later, that sight haunts my every thought of him. My children by a previous marriage, whom he raised, are likewise devastated.
I ask that anyone either remembering my husband, or having intimate knowledge of the conditions under which my husband labored on either the Mansfield or Trathen, contact me [email@example.com] with any information they may have as it could help me tremendously. I didn’t know him during that time. He shared some stories about the engine room where he worked and the Bay of the Pigs; but, unless you’ve experienced similar conditions, it is only hearsay and unusable. Thanking anyone who wants to share in advance. – Freda King 3 Sept. ’07
Billie Jack Rhoten
[Bremerton, WA] – Billie Jack Rhoten (Oct. 15, 1929 to Oct. 19, 2007) passed away suddenly at his home early Friday morning in Bremerton. He was 78 years old.
He was born in Borger, TX, in 1929. He moved to Calif. as a youth and where he remained until enlisting in the Navy in 1948. During his career, he served on the USS Tucson, Mansfield, O’Brien, Quincey, Northhampton and subs USS Cobbler and Cutlass. He retired in 1968 with 20 years of service.
It was early in 1950 while stationed at Bremerton that he met and married his life-long love, who shared his same first name, Billie. Their same first names provided many opportunities for chuckles and confusion over their 56 years of marriage. His second career of his youth’s dreams was a long-haul truck driver. He retired from Teamsters years later. In Dec 1988, they moved back to Bremerton.
He had a hobby of building and flying radio controlled airplanes. He loved dining out, being a very familiar face to local stablishments. His personality was bright and fun. He’d put a smile on people’s faces with his comical teasing and heartfelt concern causing them to remember him well.
He is survived by his wife, Billie (Cole), his daughter Jacqui and Tom (Armstrong), his son Jeff Rhoten, three grandchildren, Melissa and Joe (Cobb), Christina (Armstrong) and Jordan Rhoten with 4 great-granddaughters. Preceeding him in death was his son David.
Military Honor Services will be Friday the 26th, 2:15 p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetary, Covington, Wa.
Following his service at at 6 p.m., please share in a Celebration of his life at the American Legion Hall, Post No. 149 on Kitsap Way in Bremerton.
Condolence messages may be left at www.tuell-mckeebremerton.com.
Robert C. Adrion
[ORIOLE, MD] – Robert C. Adrion, 55, died at his home here Thursday, Sept. 21, 1995, of cancer.
He was born in Salisbury, a son and stepson of Edwin C. and Elizabeth Adrion of Oriole.
Adrion was a Vietnam War veteran and retired from the U.S. Navy. According to the family he loved music.
Other survivors include his longtime companion, Peggy Battista of Princess Anne; one stepbrother, William Shockley of Berlin; one stepsister, Joyce Coleman of Salisbury, and one half-brother, Ed Adrion of Seaford
His body was donated to the Anatomy Board of Maryland.
Contributions may be made in memory of the deceased to the Princess Anne Lions Club, PO Box 6, Princess Anne, MD 21853; or Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802-1733.
“I remember Bob as a sailor who worked and played hard. He served as a Machinist Mate onboard the USS Mansfield about 1962-64. Bob, for a period of time, was in charge of the evaporators. We never had evaporator problems while Bob was in charge.” – John Armstrong 11.8.07
Clarence E. Cagle, Jr.
CLARENCE EDWARD CAGLE, JR. In Loving Memory April 20, 1943 – November 10, 2007 Clarence Edward Cagle, Jr. age 64, of Marietta, GA, passed away November 10, 2007.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence E. Cagle, Sr. and Sarah E. Parker, daughter, Melissa Cagle, and granddaughter, Taylor Ogden.
Clarence leaves to mourn his loving wife, Kathryn Dolores “Dee” Cagle.
He is survived by his sons and their wives, Tony and Melanie Cagle, Lonny and Deanne Cagle, Jonathan Streetman and Heather Morris, James Stukey; his daughters and their husbands, Jeanne and Mark Rachels, Jaye Worley, and Beth and Dewayne Money; sisters and their husbands, Sheran and Eugene Glenn, Melanie and Jack Johnson; his brother Ray Cagle. Clarence is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Linton Flowers, Lance Flowers, Lee Flowers, Mariah Cagle, Dewayne Cagle, J.D. Money, Emily Money, Matthew Money, Cassie Bumgardner, Breanna Bumgardner, Randy Morris, Deanna Morris; and 2 great granddaughters, Abbie and Annie Flowers.
Clarence was born April 20, 1943 in Silva, North Carolina. He served in the United States Navy onboard the USS Mansfield from 1960-1964. Clarence was a member of the USS Mansfield Association, The American Legion, and Screen Actor’s Guild.
He was known to his family and friends as a person with a big heart and a love for laughter. Clarence will be deeply missed by those he left behind.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held on November 18th, 2007, at 2:00 PM at American Legion Post #160 in Smyrna, GA by Rev. Bernard Weaver and Pastor Melanie Johnson. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to WellStar Community Hospice, 4040 Hospital West Drive, Austell, Georgia 30106, in memory of Clarence E. Cagle, Jr. Arrangements by Cremation Society of the SOUTH 770-420-5557
[Nov.11, ’07] – “So much has happened since my last update on Clarence. I brought Clarence home on Sunday, November 4th. He was finally in a place where his pain meds were delivered on a regular basis. He was at home, in his own bed, where he wanted to be. He remained communicative up to Friday, November 9th, although his own speech was limited. On Friday evening, he stopped communicating with anyone and slipped into a coma overnight. He was quiet and sleeping all day Saturday.
At 6:56 pm ET, Saturday, November 10th, 2007, my darling Clarence, surrounded by some of the people he loved most, peacefully made his final journey into the hands of our Lord.
Clarence, according to his wishes, will be cremated with a memorial service later for those who wish to pay their respects.
We would have celebrated our 12th anniversary next Sunday, November 18th. And it has been a glorious 12 years together. We started with nothing and together, with our love for each other, we saw our dreams come true.
Thank you and God bless each of you for your caring thoughts and prayers. We both felt the love from our family in the USS Mansfield Association throughout this trying time.
The memorial service for Clarence will be on Sunday, November 18th, at the American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, SE, Smyrna, Georgia 30080. The service will begin at 2:00 and the hall is reserved from 2–6.
If you wish to make a donation in lieu of flowers, we are asking that they be made to the Hospice service that worked so beautifully for us during Clarence’s final days at home. Please include a card or note stating that it is in memory of Clarence E. Cagle, Jr.
Make payable to:
WellStar Community Hospice
4040 Hospital West Drive
Austell, Georgia 30106
Please visit the Notice for Clarence Cagle: http://www.legacy.com/Link.asp?I=LS000098008550X Click on the link or cut and paste the url into your browser’s address bar. You can also sign the guest book.
Love to all.” – Dee Cagle
Herbert J. Miller
Of Somerville on January 19th at the Carney Hospital. Husband of the late Eileen (Lane) Miller. Loving father of Eileen O’Driscoll of Acton, Janice Wallace of Dorcherter & Salem, NH and the late Herbert Miller. Lovingly survived by 7 Grandchildren and 9 Great-grandchildren.
Funeral from the Brown-Flaherty Funeral Home, 261 Washington St., Union Square, SOMERVILLE on Tuesday at 10:30 am. Funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church, 251 Neponset Avenue, Dorchester at 12 noon. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours Monday 4-8 pm.
Herbert was a member of the Somerville Post 388 American Legion, WWII Veteran and longtime member of the USS Mansfield DD728 Committee. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester. Published in the Boston Globe on 1/21/2008.
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Joseph F. Weckerly
In loving memory of SEA 1/C Joseph F. Weckerly, USS Mansfield (1944/45) submitted by his granddaughter Kristina Weckerly. 2.29.08
Louis (Lou) James Sclafani
LOUIS JAMES SCLAFANI, a loving and devoted husband, son, brother, uncle and friend passed away after a valiant battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme (a form of brain cancer) on February 28, 2009 in his bedroom at home. He fought a difficult 17 month fight with strength, fortitude and dignity.
Lou absolutely loved to sail and spent a large number of days on the waters with friends in California, the Caribbean, the Chesapeake and the Mediterranean. This love is what led him to achieve a captain’s license through the Coast Guard for up to a 100 ton boat. This is the world where he was most relaxed and happy. He was also an avid skier who was in love with the Rockies. Lou knew how to enjoy life.
Lou was born in Orlando, Florida on November 20, 1943 to the late Jim and Flora Sclafani, but he grew up in South Jersey. He is survived by his devoted wife Carole Ryan Sclafani, his sisters, Vicki (Len) Orzechowski, Rosemarie Cirina and Carol (Garr) Novick. He had in-laws Mary Schryver, Richard (Suzanne) Ryan, Jim (Cindy) Ryan, Kevin (Elaine) Ryan, Regina (Ron) Wyles and Pattie (John) Steigerwald, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He also leaves behind a large number of loyal friends and fellow Naval officers.
Lou was a graduate of Bishop Eustace High School in Pennsauken in 1961 and went onto graduate from Bradley University with a degree in Engineering. He worked in Chicago for Campbell’s Soup before enlisting in the Navy. He completed OCS in Newport, Rhode Island and was attached to and served aboard the USS Mansfield as a Damage Control Officer. During the Vietnam conflict, he was awarded 2 citations for outstanding performance and leadership-one for his skill and judgment in helping the Mansfield to avoid a potential casualty off the coast of North Vietnam on February 16, 1968 and a second achievement medal for aiding the injured and taking emergency measures to restore the ship’s fighting capability while the Masnfield was under fire on September 25, 1967. With this second citation, he was authorized to wear the combat ‘V’.
After the Navy, Lou worked in California as a plant manager for both Frito-Lay and Serv-A-Portion. He returned to New Jersey in 1985 and along with his cousin, Chip Sclafani, became owner and operator of Violet Packing Company in Williamstown, producer of Don Pepino and Sclafani tomato products.
Lou was active since 1985 in the NJ Food Processors, serving as President from 2000-2001. He was recognized by the association for his ‘enduring vision and dedication’ with the Distinguished Service Award on February 23, 2008. He also served on the Food Products Association Board of Directors. Having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a young man, Lou found himself interested in scouting once again. He served on the local board of the New Jersey Boy Scouts, receiving an award for his dedicated service.
Relatives and friends are invited to the visitation on Thursday from 6-9pm at the Bradley Funeral Home Rt. 73 and Evesham Rd. Marlton NJ. The visitation on Friday morning will be private for immediate family. Mass of Chrisitan Burial will be celebrated 10:00am Friday at St. Mary of the Lakes Church Jackson Road, Medford NJ. Interment New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either The Foundation for Personal Appearance (for the benefit of cancer patients) 905A West Marlton Pike Cherry Hill NJ 08002 or the National Brain Tumor Society East Coast Office 124 Watertown Street, Suite 2D Watertown, MA 02472 (www.braintumor.org)..
Richard Werts, 77, of Paragould, passed from this life on January 26, 2016 at St. Bernard’s Hospital in Jonesboro. He was born in Topeka, Kansas, on May 19, 1938. He was a retired carpenter and a member of The Church of the Nazarene. A veteran, Richard spent 20 years in the United States Navy. He was passionate about his years of service. He loved his wife, his kids, his grandchildren, and all of his friends. Richard enjoyed golfing, drinking coffee with his buddies, traveling, fishing, and spending time with his family. He was the son of the late Ivan Werts and late Ruth Patterson Chilcott. He was also preceded in death by his uncles, Tom and Harold “Pat” Patterson. Survivors include his wife, Sherrie Werts of Paragould, along with his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Sharon Joe and Patty Gatlin of Paragould; sons, Richard S. (Paula) Werts, Rex (Luann) Werts, and Tim (Melissa) Werts; daughters, Pattie Werts Ericson and Amanda Werts; step-daughter and step-son, Lindsey and Justin Hagood of Paragould; 17 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Linda Van Riper Poort, Cheryl Van Riper Busey, and Alice Chilcott Bates; brother-in-laws, Keith, Darryl, and Travis Gatlin, all of Paragould; sister-in-law, Joni Gatlin of Paragould; several nieces and nephews; and his dog, Jake. Visitation is Saturday from 9 to 10 am at Heath Funeral Home. The funeral begins at 10 with Rev. Mark Snodgrass officiating. Burial will be in Finch Cemetery. Pallbearers are Keith Gatlin, Travis Gatlin, Darryl Gatlin, Dan Bailey, Jake Kinnard, and Evan Freeman. Eric Wazenegger is an honorary pallbearer.
Published on January 28, 2016.
Jackson H. Whitley, Jr.
Jackson H. Whitley, Jr., 83, died Friday, March 27, 2009. Mr. Whitley was a resident of Marine City since 1991 and was formerly a Macomb County resident. Mr. Whitley was born on November 8, 1925 in Half Way (now Eastpointe), Michigan. Mr. Whitley served aboard the Navy Destroyer USS Mansfield DD-728 in WW II. He was retired from J & L Steel Corporation where he had worked as a Steel Processor for 30 Years. He is a Past-Commander of the Marine City VFW Post, also a member of the Southeastern Michigan Conservation Club. He was an accomplished stamp collector beginning this hobby at the age of 10. He had a passion for gardening. He was married to his wife Leona “Lee” for 49 years with whom he enjoyed travel including visits to 49 states together as an exceptionally devoted couple.
Mr. Whitley is survived by his daughter, Madeline Falleti and his sons, Daniel, Jackson III, and Gary; grandsons, Salvatore (Tammy) Falleti and Jason (Rebecca) Falleti; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Maria, Justin and Alexander Falleti; sisters, Mary Scriver and Ruth Heussner. Mr. Whitley was pre-deceased by his parents, Jackson H., Sr. and Florence H. (nee: Thomas); sister, Jacqueline Hawley and brother, Alvin.
A memorial visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. Friday April 3, with the Port Huron Viet Nam Veterans of America leading the memorial service at 4:00 p.m., at the Southeastern Conservation Club 2402 North Belle River Road, Marine City. Arrangements by Kaul Funeral Home (586) 775-1911.
Published on April 01, 2009.
Harry O. Wiedmaier
[The Oregonian 4.5.09] – Wiedmaier, Harry O. 81 07/11/1927 03/23/2009.
Harry O. Wiedmaier was born in Portland on July 11, 1927. Harry graduated from Salem High School in 1945 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served in the Philippines until being discharged on Aug. 4, 1946. He then entered Oregon State College under the GI Bill and became a midshipmen in the NROTC program. Upon graduation from Oregon State with a bachelor’s degree in business on June 5, 1950, he married Sara Mae Addis on June 12, 1950, and reported aboard the USS Mansfield (DD 728) in Sasebo, Japan, on July 10, 1950. After two Korean War deployments, to include the Inchon landing, he was transferred to the USS Tillamook (ATA 192) at Adak, Alaska, until he was released from active duty in October 1952.
Harry worked for Westinghouse in Portland briefly until he went to work for Jantzen on Jan. 6,1955, retiring in 1983 as the director of purchasing. During this 28-year period, he remained in the Naval Reserve. He had three major commands, two of them in the submarine force and one in the naval control of shipping force. He also retired from the Navy in 1983 after 38 years of service.
After retirement, Harry loved to travel with his wife, Sara Mae, making many trips throughout the world including sailing adventures to Alaska, Holland and the Mediterranean.
Besides traveling, Harry belonged to a number of organizations including Reserve Officers Association, Oregon State Alumni, Kappa Sigma fraternity, Rotary, Oregon Military Museum and most notably the Save the PT Boat, Inc. After being a plank owner of this group, he acted as vice president and president until his passing. This group of dedicated sailors and vets overcame many great obstacles and totally restored the 78 foot PT 658 to become the only fully operational PT boat left in the world. The PT 658 is a World War II craft which had deteriorated for decades until this group spent the better part of 20 years to bring the PT boat to its current glory. You can see and hear the current crew of sailors navigate the waters of the Pacific Northwest in their living naval museum piece powered by three V-12 Packards. Harry is survived by his wife, four children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
There will be a military funeral and a memorial celebration of Harry’s life on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at 1000 hours on the Navy Operational Support Center muster deck at Swan Island. Please RSVP to Sara Mae Wiedmaier, so that your name will be available to the gate watch for admittance. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please make donations to the Save the PT Boat, Inc. at www.savetheptboatinc.com. You can View/Sign Harry’s Guest Book here
W. Jack Fleming
[Bremerton, WA] – Jack Fleming, 79.
Jack Fleming of Bremerton, Sept. 6, 1929 to Feb. 20, 2009.
Bremerton resident W. Jack Fleming, 79, died February 20th at his home.
He was born September 6. 1929 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He grew up in San Francisco, California, enlisting in the US Navy in 1947. He met Beverly Paulson at Perl’s Dance Pavilion, marrying her December 13, 1952. He loved her faithfully until her death on April 4th, 1997.
Jack is survived by his brother Ralph of Tiburon CA. His dear companion Peggy Anderson, three sons, Jim of Bothell WA, Jeff of Port Orchard WA, Clayton of Woodinville WA; daughters-in-law Gayle, Dorrie and Kathy; grandchildren, Courtney, Ian, Alec, Taylor, Nicole, Kendall and Michael. Cousin Della and nephew Ralph Jr.
There will be a Memorial at the Elks Lodge 1181, 4131 Pine Rd, Bremerton, WA, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 28.
Robert A. Mattox
A former resident of Albany, OH, Alamo, TX and Washington D.C. died Sunday, March 29, 2009 at Walter Reed Hospital after a short illness. Robert was born at Middleport, OH. He retired as A CPO in the U.S. Navy after 20 years service which took him to Damneck, VA, Long Beach, CA and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Bob and his wife Betty raised turkeys on his farm near Albany, OH for 20 years where they were members of the Temple United Methodist Church. In 1983 Bob and Betty retired to a life of travel and relaxation, visiting friends and family and attending ship’s reunions.
Bob was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, The Navy Memorial Assoc. (Lone Sailor) and ship’s reunion associations for the U.S.S. Mullany, U.S.S. Mansfield, U.S.S. New York, U.S.S. Albany and U.S.S. Worcestor.
Surviving: brother Dale of Lancaster, PA; 10 nieces and nephews and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Idella and Elmer Mattox, his wife Betty, sister Hyde, brothers Gilbert, Edward, Herman and Walter. The family suggests donations to the Armed Forces Retirement Home Resident’s Fund, Washington, D.C. or church or charity of your choice.
Clifford Nelson Arnett
CLIFFORD NELSON ARNETT JAN 3, 1944 – AUG 12, 2009 Clifford Arnett, our beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, passed away August 12, 2009 following a two year battle with Leukemia. He was surrounded by family who loved him dearly and is now in Heaven where he feels no hurt, and no more pain. Clifford, known by many as ”Double-Clutch”, was born in Patterson, California. After serving in the Navy he eventually settled in Salida, CA, and recently retired after being self-employed in Real Estate Management. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Patti Arnett; daughters Staci and Sandi; son Wesley Nelson; grandchildren Connor, Benjamin and Emily; brothers Charles, Junior, Stanley Jr., Kenneth, Jerry and Don; sisters Dorthy, Geraldine and LouAnne. He was preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Fennie, brother Wayne and sister Pauline. A visitation will be held on Sunday, August 16th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM with a Chapel service at 12:00 PM, both at Lakewood Funeral Home, 900 Santa Fe, Hughson, CA.
You can pay your online respects here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/modestobee/obituary.aspx?n=clifford-nelson-arnett&pid=131338934
Remembrance from shipmate John Armstrong: I served with Cliff (Amigo) Arnett down in the Forward Fireroom onboard the USS Mansfield (DD-728). I remember him as a sailor who worked and played hard. I’m so happy we was able to re-establish contact at the ship’s reunion. Fair Winds and Following Seas shipmate.
Edward Trenz, 92, of 142 Holly Cres, Grandy, died Nov. 23, 2009 at Outer Banks Hospital. Mr. Trenz, a native of North Bergen, N.J., was the son of the late John B. Trenz and Olga Andregg Trenz. He was a chief machinist mate in the U.S. Navy retiring after twenty-two years and served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres during WW II and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post 288, the Fleet Reserve Association of Elizabeth City, and VFW Post 15034. Mr. Trenz is survived by his wife, Grace Waterfield Trenz; and her grandson, Anthony Fentress of the residence; a daughter, Kathryne T. Christian of Alexandria, Va.; a son, Mahlon Trenz and wife, Mary Jane, of Nokesville, Va.; a brother, George B. Trenz and wife, Marie of Santa Rosa, Calif.; four grandchildren, Deborah Whiteley, Ian Martinez-Christian, Corey Christian, and Andrew Christian; and two great grandchildren, Kaitlyn Austin and Nathan Austin. He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Shirley Mae Trenz; and a sister, Lillian Trenz. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Twiford’s Memorial Chapel with the Chaplain Glenn McCranie officiating and military honors being rendered by the William Clarence Jackson VFW Post 6060. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. at Colonial Grove Memorial Park Cemetery, Virginia Beach, Va. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m at the residence.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society , 404 Jessup Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.
Twiford’s Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, is in charge of arrangements. You may express condolences to the Trenz family by visiting http://www.twifordfh.com.
Published in The Daily Advance on November 26, 2009
Ernest Thomas, 84, a lifelong resident of Wise County, Va., passed away Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at the Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.
Born in Dunbar, Va., he was of the Christian Faith, a World War II Veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy, was a member of the VFW Post No. 9600 in Pound, Va., and DAV Chapter No. 56 of Wise, Va., a retired coal miner from Westmoreland Coal Co. after 44 years of service, a member of the UMWA Local 8017, a member of the Hoge Masonic Lodge No. 8 A.F. & A.M. in Wise, Va., recently receiving his 50 year pin and was a former resident of the Laurels in Wise.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Stella Thomas; brothers, William Thomas, Buren Thomas; a sister, Mildred Couch; and a son-in-law, Robert Kirtz. Surviving are a daughter, Linda Danko and husband Dan of Kingsport, Tenn.; two sons, Mike Thomas of Gate City, Va., and Ernest “Jimmy” Thomas Jr. of Wise, Va.; the mother of his children, Jewell Brooks of Kingsport, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Robert Kirtz and wife Emily, Thomas Kirtz and wife Marcie, Jennifer McDavid and husband Brian, Michael Thomas and wife Karrie, Courtney Carter, Melanie Holbrook, Adam Holbrook and Austin Hess; 13 great-grandchildren, Paige Kirtz, Zachary Kirtz, Sullevan Kirtz, Blake McDavid, Logan McDavid, Jackson McDavid, Cole Thomas, Brit Thomas, Drew Carter, Maggie Carter, Clay Carter, Brady Carter and Malea Holbrook; a sister, Jean Smith of Canton, Ohio; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Ernest Thomas will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2010, at the Sturgill Funeral Home Chapel in Wise, Va., with Rev. Jeff Sams officiating. The Family will receive friends from 5 p.m. till time of services at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sturgill Funeral Home in Wise, Va. Burial and graveside committal services with Military Rites being conducted by the Pound VFW Post 9600 will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 6, 2010, in the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens Big Stone Gap, Va. Family and friends will meet at 10:10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home to go to the cemetery in procession. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Food Bank of Wise County P.O. Box 2977 Wise, VA 24293. Sturgill Funeral Home 1621 Norton Road SW Wise, VA 24293 is in charge of arrangements.
Guestbook can be viewed here.
William H. Barnes III
Capt. Wm. H. Barnes III, USNR (Ret.) of Annapolis and formerly of New Rochelle, N.Y. passed away March 8th at the Mandrin Hospice House in Harwood of congestive heart failure at the age of 86.
Capt. Barnes, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William. H. Barnes, Jr. married the former Fay Anderson in 1949 and they shared over 60 wonderful years together. Bill graduated from the Iona Preparatory School, New Rochelle, N.Y. in 1941. He enlisted in the Naval Reserves and later received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. At the Academy, Bill played Varsity tennis, was Brigade commander of the 6th battalion, chairman of the Hop committee and class secretary. Bill graduated from the Academy in 1948. After graduation Bill stayed at the Academy as an instructor in marine engineering. He later served on the USS Bairoko (CVE-115) and the USS Mansfield (DD-728).
When the then Ensign Barnes served on the Mansfield the ship was the lead ship of the famed “Sitting Ducks” which led the Battle of Inchon, Korea, Sept. 1950. The commanding officer wrote in Barnes fitness report “his performance as Machine Gun Control Officer was outstanding during the assault on the Inchon-Seoul Korea 13-23 September 1950 when under direct fire from enemy coast defense guns.” After Korea Bill attended submarine school in New London, CT and qualified in submarines while serving on the USS Barb (SS-220) and later the USS Trumpetfish (SS-425). Bill resigned from the Navy and went on to receive his masters degree in 1958 at Georgetown University where he also coached the Varsity tennis team.
Leaving the Navy in 1955 Lt. Barnes then served in the Naval Reserve and later commanded Submarine Division 5-7 out of Baltimore. Under Bill’s command they were awarded the Nimitz trophy in 1968 as the number one submarine reserve division in the country. Bill was selected for promotion to the grade of Captain in the USNR in 1969. Bill retired from the Naval Reserves January, 1984.
Bill spent 30 years at the U.S. Navy Engineering Experimental Station later named the David Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development center in Annapolis. Bill was appointed head of the newly established Ship Acoustic Trials Group at the Annapolis Division of DTNSRDC which engaged primarily in acoustic research in nuclear submarines at sea. Bill received numerous achievement awards and peer recognition during his tenure at the Center.
Following his retirement from DTNSRDC, Bill worked as a consultant for Vector Research and Radix Corporation.
Bill loved music and dancing with his wife Fay especially jitterbugging to big band music. He loved people, had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. An avid tennis player, Bill played in numerous tournaments and enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren the game of tennis.
He was predeceased by brothers, Richard J. Barnes, Capt. James P. Barnes, USN (Ret.), Michael P. Barnes and one sister, Jacqueline Barnes Fairchild.
Besides his wife Bill is survived by three daughters, Kathleen Barnes Davies, Cynthia Barnes Powell, Jamie Barnes Greenberg and six grandchildren.
Visitation will be held March 11 from 5 to 7 at the Taylor Funeral Home, Annapolis.
A memorial mass will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel on March 12 at 10:30 a.m. Inurnment will follow immediately at the USNA Columbarium.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401 or the National MS Society, Maryland Chapter, 11403 Cronhill Dr., Suite E, Owings Mills, MD 21117.
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Jack Joe Bateman, the morning of March 25, 2010. Born June 3, 1933 to Della and Van Bateman in Oklahoma City, OK, Jack was half Irish and half Native American (Cherokee). He later joined the US Navy, which brought him west. He eventually made his home in Parker, AZ and retired to Salome, AZ with his wife, Yvonne in 1999.
Jack was a patriotic American who served in the Navy from 1951 to 1959. Jack was recipient of several Navy medals including 2 Korean Service medals, a National Defense Service Medal, China Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and a United Nations Service Medal. Jack was a lifetime member of the VFW and served as Post Commander 2 years and Quartermaster for 1 year. He proudly flew his American flag at his home in Salome.
Jack often spoke of his time and work on the Central Arizona Project as well as his affiliation with the Carpenter’s Union. He was a proud card-carrying member of the NRA. Jack may have been known best as “Jackson” bar tending at many bars and restaurants in town and along the river, where everyone knew his name. Left to cherish Jack’s love and memory are his wife of 22 years, Yvonne Bateman; children, Christina (Bush) & Leo Jimenez and Wyly (Bush) & Chris Wallace and grandchildren Leonardo, Steven, Emily (Jimenez), Maxx (Wallace) and great-grandson Jaden (Jimenez). He is also survived by his eldest sister: Helen Baker (OK); his nieces Karen Warren (AZ), Linda McMahill (OK), Pat Brodie (TX) and nephews Van Bateman (AZ), Lynn Baker (OK), Wesley Haggard (OK) and many others.
A celebration of Jack’s life and service to our country will be held Saturday, April 10th at 1:00PM at Parker Funeral Home, including VFW and American Legion Ceremonies. All are welcomed.
To view or sign the online guestbook please go here.
William Luther Bolen
Delmar-William Luther Bolen, 71, of Delmar, passed away Friday, September 20, 2013 at his home in Delmar.
He was born September 12, 1942 in Eden, Maryland, a son of the late Harry and Erma Bolen.
Mr. Bolen was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1961 to 1966. He worked as a maintenance foreman for the Vienna Power Plant for many years. His hobbies included target shooting, woodworking, and antique cars. Most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret C. Bolen; a son, John Daniel Bolen and his wife Tammy of Laurel; a daughter, Mary Margaret Morris and her husband Brooks of Delmar; four grandchildren, Trevor Adams, Brittany Bolen, Bethany Bolen, and Madalyn Morris; a brother, James Bolen of Princess Anne; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Florence Hitchens and Mary Goslee.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 23, 2013 at the Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove Street in Delmar. Pastor Ray Justice will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home.
Published in The Daily Times on September 21, 2013
Terry Thomas McGillicuddy
Captain Terry T. McGillicuddy, USN (Ret.), died of respiratory arrest in Woodland, CA, on 27 December 2009. He was 92 years old.
A native of Aberdeen, WA, Terry graduated with the Naval Academy Class of 1940.
Terry’s first duty was in PENNSYLVANIA (BB-38), where he was first J.O. in turret two and plotting room officer on 7 December 1941. The flagship of the Pacific Fleet received the SecNav Unit citation and he received a Naval Letter of Commendation. Terry received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for Heroism for single-handedly extinguishing an ammunition fire in turret one while in the Majuro Atoll.
He was assistant chief engineer on IOWA (BB-61) and engineering assistant on the staff of ComBatCruPac. He took command of MANSFIELD (DD-728) at sea in 1951 and received a second Letter of Commendation for his Korean efforts, which included supporting a successful Canadian commando raid in Wonsan.
At Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Terry was the new construction superintendent, supervising the building of GRAYBACK (SS-574), designed to carry Regulus I/II missiles. Terry then led the Technical Branch at Bureau of Ships for Piping and Machinery Arrangements, which pioneered new developments in submarine silencing in the new THRESHER class. He was staff material officer for ComDesLant in Newport before going to the Boston Naval Shipyard in 1963 as planning officer. Terry commanded the Naval Applied Science Laboratory in Brooklyn, NY, from 1966 to 1968.
Terry received his M.B.A. from St. John’s University in May 1968 and retired on 30 June 1971.
In retirement, Terry later worked at the Ingalls Shipyard for Litton Industries in Mississippi; as Manager, Project Engineering for SPRUANCE (DD-963) class, and director for engineering for the LHA Project Office. After leaving Litton, Terry received his realtor and real estate broker licenses in Florida.
Terry holds one half of a patent for an automatic life vest inflating mechanism, invented at the Applied Science Laboratory. He was a registered professional engineer, a member of the USNA Alumni Association, American Society of Naval Engineers, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Research Society of America and Soroptimist International of the Americas.
He is survived by his three children, Lynne, Sarah “Sally” and Terry William; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Mary Jane McManus of Woodland, CA.
Terry will be inurned in Arlington National Cemetery.
George H. Buckle
George H. Buckle, age 80, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Yuma Regional Medical Center. He was born December 11, 1930 in Ogden, Utah.
George had entered the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and served in the Korean Conflict from 1949-1952.
He was retired from Union Pacific Railroad after 37 years of employment. He served as Captain/EMT of the North Salt Lake Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years. George was a life long member of the Disabled American Veterans and a long term member of the American Legion.
He was a proud member of the U.S.S. Mansfield Destroyer Alumnus Association. He enjoyed traveling to all 50 states along with his wife, Jewel and permanently residing for the last 10 years in Yuma.
George is survived by his daughters, Jody (Al) Ebert of St. Peters, MO., Brenda Glenn of Pleasanton, CA., and Kae Lynne (Robert) Nielson of Sandy, UT; sons, Rodd Buckle of Las Vegas, NV., and Jay Findlay of Bow, WA; sister, Lillian Renfroe of Payson, UT; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, George C. Buckle and Edna A. Cooke; brother, Joseph Buckle.
Visitation will be held at Johnson Mortuary on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. George will be laid to rest in the Mount Olivet Cemetery of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Robert W. Kesteloot
[Published in The Washington Post on September 27, 2011]
Captain ROBERT W. KESTELOOT U.S. NAVY (Ret.) (Age 77) – Captain Robert W. Kesteloot, of Potomac Falls, VA, on Friday, September 23, 2011, at Capital Caring Hospice in Arlington, VA., following a valiant fight with cancer.
Beloved husband of 30 years to Julie Kesteloot, and loving father to Walter, Amy, Bobby and Matthew and grandfather to Ashley, Haley, Morgan, Jim, John and D’amy.
Born March 4, 1934, in Pt. Huron, Michigan, to parents Walter and Josephine Kesteloot. Captain Kesteloot graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce. He attended OCS and was commissioned an Ensign in December 1956. He graduated with Distinction from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) in 1977. He served as Commanding Officer of the USS CATAWBA, Executive Officer of the USS MANSFIELD, Commanding Officer of the USS LOCKWOOD, and Commanding Officer of the U.S. Naval Base, Subic Bay, Philippines.
Captain Kesteloot’s Decorations/Medals include Legion of Merit; Bronze Star with Combat “V”; Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V” and Gold Stars in lieu of second and third awards; Vietnam Service Medal w/10 Campaign Stars; Joint Service Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of Second Award; Navy Unit Citation w/Gold Star in lieu of second award.
Following retirement in 1986, Captain Kesteloot and family resided in Reston, VA, where he successfully owned and operated his own consulting business. Retiring again in 2005, he and Julie moved to Potomac Falls, VA.
A funeral and Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 1, at 11 a.m. at Vale United Method Church, 11528 Vale Road, Oakton, VA.
Funeral services with full military honors at Ft. Myer Old Post Chapel and interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a later date.
To view the online guestbook please go here.
March 18, 1947 – April 26, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Ronald Gene Cron, age 65, of OKC, passed away April 26, 2012.
Ronald worked in communications for the Fire Department. He was a HAM Radio operator – radio operator from the age of 8. He was preceded in death by one brother, Jim Cron; and his parents, Samuel & Fay Cron. Ronald is survived by his wife of 38 years, Linda Cron; one daughter, Tonya Cron; one son, John Cron & wife Shannon; three grandchildren; one brother, Dan Cron; one sister, Betty Rust.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at the John M. Ireland Funeral Home Chapel in Moore, OK. Interment be held at Hobart Cemetery, Hobart, OK. Services are under the direction of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home & Chapel.
To read or sign his guestbook go here.
Published in The Oklahoman on April 29, 2012
John W. Holman
Holman, John was born on March, 12, 1931 in Longview, Texas and passed away on March 26, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Clara B. Holman; Andre O. Holman; Johnny Wesley Holman; and Sharon Annette Crockett.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on March 29, 2013 in Restland Memorial Chapel. Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Mt. Pisgah 116611 Webb Chape Dallas, Texas 75229. Interment to follow in Restland Memorial Park.
To view the online guestbook please go here.
Born to Thomas and Sellma Pettijohn at Ft Worth, Texas, November 4, 1920. He passed away in Brownwood, June 5, 2016 at the age of 95.
Jack graduated from Proctor High School in 1938. After graduation he enrolled in the United States Navy in 1939 and served in the Pacific theater during World War II and retired after 20 years of service. Jack spent the next 25 years working with military contracts.
Mr. Pettijohn received numerous combat medals from the Navy, was as a leader in Boy Scouts and received the Silver Beaver Award after 26 years of service. He served in leadership positions in the Sons of the American Revolution. Jack was a philanthropic man who contributed to many organizations. He was also a Master Mason. He attended Southside Baptist church in Brownwood.
Jack was preceded in death by his first wife, Freda Garnett in 1993 and a son Bruce Wade Pettijohn in 1959.
He is survived by wife, Lois Gaines Pettijohn, sons Terrell Pettijohn and wife Phyllis, Timothy Pettijohn and wife Susan and daughter Lynn Wisda and husband Mike, stepson Ron R. Moore and wife Bonnie, 16 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and a host of friends.
Graham H. McIntyre
The funeral service for Graham H. McIntyre, 86, Enid, will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Don Johnson officiating. Graham was born to Charles and Clara (Hart) McIntyre in Nebraska City, Neb., on Feb. 2, 1930, and passed away Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Enid. Graham’s family relocated to Oklahoma City on July 4, 1936. Graham attended Bishop John Carroll Catholic School, Harding Junior High, and graduated from the old “Classen High School” in 1948. He was active in amateur boxing since sixth grade, and in the Navy. Graham’s family relocated to Oklahoma City on July 4, 1936. Graham attended Bishop John Carroll Catholic School, Harding Junior High, and graduated from the old “Classen High School” in 1948. He was active in amateur boxing since sixth grade, and in the Navy. Graham joined the Navy reserve while in high school. He enjoyed three two-week summer training cruises to Caribbean ports, plus gunnery and small arms training during his junior/senior years of high school. After graduation, he was employed at Capitol Steel & Iron Company, then was called to active duty shortly after the start of the Korean War. Graham entered combat as a gunner, and served on two destroyers and ammunition ships. He received recognition from the Navy for his participation in ground and surface (sea) combat. Graham was injured in North Korea, and medically retired in 1952. Graham was employed at Champlin Refinery for 28 years, retiring from Great Lakes Carbon. He was then self-employed as electrical consultant until age 72. Graham held State Electrical and Mechanical Contractor Licenses. He was a member of Central Christian Church, Disabled American Veterans, and American Legion. Graham married Norma West in 1957, and was married for 50 years at her death in 2007. He was also preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters. He is survived by a special lady companion, Myrtle Mae Atkinson; and favorite nephew, Mike McIntyre. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SPCA or Ross Hospice. (Submitted by family)
Published in Enid News and Eagle
Rudolph Bezrutch III
Rudolph “Rudy” Bezrutch III age 87 of Collins Run Road, Glenville, WV departed this life on the evening of Monday, February 06, 2017 at his residence following a short illness.
Born January 17, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, Rudy was the son of the late Rudolph II and Mark Rylko Bezrutch.
Rudy was a veteran of the United States Navy. His career spanned 30 years of service and included but was not limited to Submarine Duty in the 1950’s, assignments on the USS Chandler, USS Mansfield, and USS Thompson. He completed U.S Navy Sub School on November 07, 1949 in New London, Connecticut, he graduated from Idaho Falls Nuclear School in 1959, graduate of University of Washington with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and a 1968 graduate of Monterey US Naval Post Graduate School with a second degree in electrical engineering.
After retirement from the Navy in 1978, Rudy moved to Glenville, bought a farm on Collins Run to enjoy the quiet life in Gilmer County. In his spare time, Rudy enjoyed working with farm animals making his own beer and wine, and playing on his bulldozer.
On September 15, 2000, Rudy was united in marriage to Nancy Jane Amsler Bezrutch, who preceded him in death on August 18, 2011.
Surviving are 3 children, Steve Bezrutch of Hernando, Mississippi, Denise A. Bezrutch and husband Bob Bitowft of Crystal Bay, Nevada, and Katherine Bezrutch Wallace and husband Bob of Carmel, Indiana, and 1 brother, Norman Bezrutch and wife Arlene of Howell, Michigan.
Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, Elliot Bezrutch (Heather) of Red Banks, MS; Sean Bezrutch of Phoenix, AZ; Brian Wallace of Lebanon, IN; and Steven Wallace of Carmel, IN.
Along with his second wife and parents, Rudy was preceded in death by 1 son, Rudolph “Rudy” Bezrutch IV, his first wife, Donna.
Rudy’s request for cremation has been honored and a Celebration of life will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc; 2 Vanhorn Dr; Glenville, WV; 26351 at 1:00 PM; Saturday, February 11, 2017 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.
Friends will be received from 12:00 Noon- 1:00 PM; Saturday at the mortuary.
Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Rudolph “Rudy” Bezrutch III with arrangements.
James D. Gibbon
UNION: Graveside services will be held 10 am, Friday, September 22, 2017 at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Rev. Gary Rivers will officiate.
There will be no visitation.
James Douglas Gibbon, 75, of Oakland community in Newton County died unexpectedly during surgery at Jeff Anderson Regional Hospital in Meridian on September 20, 2017.
Mr. Gibbon was a life-long resident of Newton County except for an absence for military service from 1967 to 1971. He served in the U.S. Navy with most of his enlistment spent in combat zones.
Mr. Gibbon is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lorraine and two sisters, Ruth Matlock of Union and Estelle Willis of Jackson.
He is also survived by close family and friends, Brian and Becky Frank and sons.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Carl and Louise Gibbon; his sister, Annie Myrtle and two brothers, Bill Gibbon and Charles Gibbon.
(October 8, 1931 – February 17, 2018)
BRUCE STARKEY, 86, of LaPorte, Texas passed away February 17, 2018 after a lingering illness. Bruce was born to Floyd and Ellen Starkey in Geneva, Ohio on October 8, 1931. Bruce married his loving wife Eleanor Wickert Starkey, whom he celebrated 62 years of marriage. During the Korean conflict, he served abroad on the USS Mansfield DD728. Bruce and Ellie were regular attendants of the Mansfield reunions and enjoyed the lifelong relationships Bruce made while serving in the Navy. Bruce began working at New York Central Railroad before his enlistment and for a short period after before becoming employed in the chemical plant industry. When the chemical refinement industry began to wane, he followed his Navy buddy, Charles Stanley to Texas. Upon arriving in Texas, it did not take long for Bruce to become an employee of Lyondell Corporation in the booming town of Pasadena. In July of 1976, after making life changing decisions, Bruce’s family became residents of Deer Park, Texas where he remained until his retirement whereupon they moved to LaPorte. Bruce and Ellie attended and volunteered with the First United Methodist Church where he was an active member of the choir. The soulmates also enjoyed traveling together upon retirement as well as time spent with their family. Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Ellen Starkey; Brother Floyd and his wife Eleanor formerly of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; sister Betty Kennedy and husband Chet formerly of Geneva, Ohio; brother George Starkey formerly of Geneva, Ohio; and sister in law Lila Starkey formerly of Painseville, Ohio. Bruce is survived in death by his beloved wife Eleanor Starkey, beloved daughter Pam Gerhardt and Bobby Knight, beloved son Keith Starkey and wife Stephanie, beloved son Kevin Starkey and wife Blythe. Grandchildren Kenny Starkey, Michael Starkey and wife Lindsay, Travis Starkey and wife Natalie, Kayla Coberley and husband Jason, Cole Gerhardt, Baylee Campbell, and Brent Starkey. Great grandchildren Seth Vera, Krislynn and Emmory Starkey, and Bradley Coberley. Surviving siblings and in-laws include sister Mary Starkey of Geneva, Ohio; sister Lois Stanton of Geneva, Ohio; sister Ruth Ann Hiner and husband Denny of Ashland, Ohio; brother Bill Starkey of Painesville, Ohio; and sister in law Ruth Starkey of Geneva, Ohio. Bruce is also survived by his nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces in Ohio. The services and celebration for Bruce Starkey will be held at the First United Methodist Church of La Porte located at 9601 Fairmont Parkway on Saturday, March 3rd at 11:00am. It is the request of Bruce and the family that in lieu of flowers, donations of remembrance can be made to the First United Methodist Church of La Porte or the La Porte First United Methodist Church Choir. Interment at Grand View Cemetery will be a private service.
The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at The Courtyard at Pasadena and Bruce’s special caregiver Christina for their care and support during this time.
Ray succumbed to pneumonia after fighting other infections for months. He was surrounded by his wife, Dovie, and many of his children and grand-children.
Ray is survived by his loving wife, of 61 years, Dovie and daughter Sherry, sons, Ray (Monty), Greg, Mark and Allen, as well as 9 grandchildren and 2 great – grand daughters.
Ray was born in Columbus, Georgia on Sunday, June 23, 1935 to parents Annie E. Stewart and Raymond Montez Edwards, their only child.
After volunteering and joining the U.S Navy he was stationed in Long Beach, California aboard the U.S.S Mansfield DD-728. During his service he met Dovie and they married on Monday, October 1, 1956. They wanted a large family, so they were blessed with 5 children.
Ray was a born again Christian and a Deacon in the church in Riverside, California. He taught Sunday school, drove the church bus and loved singing in the church choir.
As a professional short haul truck driver for 28 years, he hauled cement, mobile homes, steel and cement coated pipes.
After retiring, Ray and Dovie moved from Riverside to Cherry Valley, near Oak Glen, where the family always loved to picnic.
Ray’s passion was his family and friends, which were many far and wide. He was very active with his Navy ships reunion association and cherished the re-connection with shipmates of the U.S.S Mansfield DD-728.
Ray was a very loving, generous, reliable man, who never hesitated to help his friends and family, whenever he could.
Memorial Services and Internment will be held Friday, June 22, 2018 at Riverside National Cemetery. (Exact time to be determined.)
Reception will follow immediately after, at the home of Ray and Sandy Edwards. 5418 Jurupa Ave. Riverside, California, 92504.
Please R.S.V.P to 951-781-4496.
John W. Armstrong
Obituary written by nephew, Joe
Photo provided by sister, Ellen Baugh Bigbie, circa 1984 when he was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan
Master Chief John W. Armstrong (USN ret.) was born in Gulfport MS to Walter Lewis Armstrong, Sr. and Ina Murray-Armstrong on February 20, 1941 and died in San Diego CA on June 11, 2018. John moved to Ellisville MS in 1947 from Woolmarket MS and was raised there by his widowed mother. He attended Sand Hill Grammar School and Ellisville High School. John enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and completed his recruit training in San Diego CA. John progressed from Seaman Recruit to Master Chief during his 30-year Navy career, serving primarily in the Pacific Fleet.
John’s first ship was the U.S.S. James E. Kyes (DD-787). After that tour, John served on the U.S.S. Mansfield (DD-728), where he was wounded in action off the coast of Vietnam and received the Purple Heart. Subsequent ship tours included the U.S.S. Leonard F. Mason (DD-852), U.S.S. Providence (CLG-6), U.S.S. Fort Fisher (LSD-40), U.S.S. Kirk (FF-1087), and U.S.S. Reeves (CLG-24). He was home ported in Japan for 17 years during these tours and completed a shore tour in Orlando RTC FL as a drill instructor and two shore tours in San Diego. John retired in 1988 in San Diego and resided at his home in Chula Vista the remainder of his life. In retirement, John enjoyed attending ship reunions and visiting with his many shipmates. He also worked with Ryder Student Transportation and First Student as a bus driver and contract manager.
John was preceded in death by his parents, two wives [Tsugiyo Ueno-Armstrong and Mitsuko Doi-Armstrong], one brother [Master Chief Walter Lewis Armstrong, Jr. (USN ret.)], three sisters [Flora Marie Armstrong, Dorothy Armstrong-Baugh, and Rebecca Armstrong-Jefcoats], and two nephews [Gary Wendell Jefcoats and John Paul Armstrong]. He is survived by one brother [James Dewey (Jeanette) Armstrong], as well as numerous nephews and nieces. John will be laid to eternal rest at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego alongside his beloved wife, Mitsuko. Fair winds and following seas, shipmate.