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Obituaries are being listed by when they are received and NOT by date.


Wanda Jean Schroeder, 82, of Raymond, IL died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in the Montgomery Nursing & Rehab Center in Taylor Springs. She was born in Webster County, KY, on a farm near Clay, KY, on Nov. 2, 1931, to Harve and Gladys Hatley. She married Marvin J. Schroeder on Dec. 28, 1957, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 2011. Her parents also preceded. She is survived by one son, Michael Schroeder of Norman, OK, and two grandchildren, Martin J. Schroeder of Wichita, KS, and Kaylynn E. Schroeder of Oklahoma City, OK. After earning her bachelor's degree at Murray State (in Kentucky), she earned a master's degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. She taught in the Panhandle Unit School District #2 for 37 years. She attended a Community of Faith Church in Raymond IL.

Marvin J. Schroeder, 92, of Raymond, IL passed away Friday, August 19, 2011 at Hillsboro Rehab and Health Care Center. He was born in rural Bluffs, Illinois on February 6, 1919. He spent his early years in Bluffs and graduated from Bluffs High School. He was a graduate of Western Illinois University. In July, 1941 he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force, serving the 17th Weather Squadron, S.W. Pacific. He was discharged with the rank of Master Sgt. in October 1945. Marvin was a high school mathematics teacher at Raymond for 36 ½ years. Surviving are his wife, Wanda (died 2014); one son, Michael, wife Jan, Schroeder of Wichita, KS; 2 grandchildren, Martin and Kaylynn Schroeder, both of Wichita; and 3 nieces. Funeral services were at Hough Funeral Home in Raymond with Rev. Jim Wagahoff officiating. Burial was in Asbury Cemetery in Raymond, IL

Carle H. Clarke, MSgt USAF (Ret.), 76, passed away on Jan. 26, 2015, in El Paso, Texas. He was born on Feb. 13, 1938, in Augusta, Maine, to Warren and Marian (Worcester) Clarke. Carle Clarke retired as a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force in 1978. He was a lifetime member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 1897 and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7686, the American Legion, the Loyal Order of the Moose 2016 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Airie 4101. Survivors include his wife, Margret Clarke of the family home; two daughters, Jennifer Hyde along with her partner Wayne Boesch of Alamogordo; Rhonda Moreno and her husband Hector Moreno of Alamogordo; two sons Stephen Hyde and his wife Katherine of Tennessee, and Robert Hyde and his wife Tammy of Hobbs, along with 11 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.
Burial was at Monte Vista Cemetery with military honors provided by the Holloman Air Force Base Steel Talons Honor Guard. Pallbearers include Hector Moreno, Wayne, Boesch, Christopher Moreno, Daniel Moreno, Jesse Hyde and Donny Darling. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to BPO Elks Lodge, #1897, located at 2290 Hamilton Road, Alamogordo. The Clarke family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. To sign the online register book, please visit

Opal Marian (Bueide) Pennypacker
, widow of CWO4 Wayne Pennypacker, was born June 19, 1921, and died October 23, 2015, at Sunrise of Hunter Mill, Oakton, Virginia, where she had lived for the past two years. Opal was born in Hawley, Minnesota, and lived in rural Minnesota and North Dakota communities until her parents moved to Moorhead, Minnesota. She graduated from Moorhead High School and Concordia College (also Moorhead). After college graduation she taught high school business education classes in Wadena, Minnesota, before moving to Washington, DC, to work as a secretary at the Pentagon. While she was employed at the Pentagon, she met Wayne Pennypacker, a USAF Warrant Officer serving as a weatherman for the Forecast Center for the USAF, who would become her husband. They were married December 31, 1946, in Fargo, North Dakota, and enjoyed 66 years of adventures and devotion to each other. Wayne's career took them to Japan, California and Nebraska. Upon Wayne's retirement in 1961 from the Air Force, they settled permanently in Vienna, Virginia. In this area, they enjoyed camping in their Scamp, sailing, traveling and being host, hostess and unofficial Washington, DC, and East Coast tour guides for the many friends and family who visited them. For a time during these years, Opal worked for TRW (now Grumman), a defense contractor, as an administrative assistant. Opal, also known as "Toots" to her family, loved music and playing their organ and Clavinova. Often, at gatherings, after being the generous and skilled dinner hostess, she would play and guests would sing all their old favorites. Her love of music and her loyalty to her college alma mater, led her to what she called her "greatest accomplishment in life." She worked tirelessly spearheading a letter-writing campaign, and personally writing to area alumni, to bring the Concordia College Concert Choir to Washington, DC. Her reward was seeing the Kennedy Center filled to overflowing for the event. Opal has been described as being an angel. Her compassion, understanding, consideration, kindness and humility bear this out. Probably the most angry comment she ever made was, "Oh, Wayne, Dear!" Her immediate family preceded Opal in death--her husband, Wayne; mother and father, Oscar and Marie Bueide; her brother, Jerome Bueide; and her sister and brother-in-law Mary Lou (Bueide) and Thomas Anderson. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Audrey Bueide of Fargo, North Dakota; three nieces and a nephew (and their children and grandchildren); several aunts and many cousins. She will be remembered with great fondness by her family and a multitude of friends, neighbors and acquaintances. A funeral service and interment at Arlington National Cemetery will take place at a later time. Arrangements are entrusted to Money and King Funeral Home, Vienna, Virginia.

James H Greenewald (Sgt) passed away in September 2008.

MSgt (Ret) Clarence (Chuck) Miller  passed away back in Dec 2013.

Percy FloydPercy M. Floyd, Jr., retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, died of natural causes on January 19, 2016 at Falcons Landing retirement community in Sterling, VA. He was 99 years old.

Col. Floyd was born in 1916 in Jefferson City, Missouri, and grew up in Booneville, Missouri. In 1940 he received a Bachelor´s degree in Education from Central Missouri State University, and was valedictorian of his class. He voluntarily entered the Army Air Corps in January 1942, graduated from Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. During World War II he served in an aircraft maintenance squadron of the 12th Air Force in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (North Africa, Sicily, Italy). After the war he continued his military career and received training in meteorology. In 1952 he received a Master?s Degree from The Johns Hopkins University in micrometeorology. Col. Floyd served as a weather officer in many assignments including Alaska, with special emphasis in aeronautical meteorology.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1968, Col. Floyd taught mathematics for 13 years at McLean High School in McLean, Virginia.

Col. Floyd´s first wife, Frances Harris Floyd, died in 1994. He is survived by his wife Jean Sykes Floyd, brother Harold D. Floyd of Great Falls MT, three children; Maxwell D. Floyd (Karen) of Friendswood, TX, Stephen M. Floyd (Mary Jo) of Fairfax Station, VA, Sharon F. Hix (Bill), of Alexandria, VA, two stepsons, three grandchildren, and five step-grandchildren. Col. Floyd was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston, VA and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Military Officers Association of America, and the Virginia Retired Teachers Association. His interests included; reading, travel, ballroom dancing, physical fitness training, and dining in ethnic restaurants.

Memorial Service to be held February 1, 2016 at Falcons Landing retirement community, Sterling, VA. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, date still to be determined.

Frank HartranftHartranft, Frank Lt Col. USAF (Ret.) Oct 20, 1935 - Jan 14, 2016 Of Bellevue, NE. Frank was a meteorologist with the United States Air Force from 1954 through 1981. He was employed and was an instructor at UNO from 1984 – 2012. Survived by wife Shirley; daughter Jean Holtmann (Steve); son Dave Hartranft (Nancy); grandchildren, Jonathan, Grace, Justin, Joy and Faith; sister Ann Heminger; brother Charles Hartranft. Masonic Service starting at 1pm Saturday, January 23, 2016 with MEMORIAL SERVICE following at First Presbyterian Church, 1220 Bellevue Blvd. South, Bellevue, NE. Millitary Honors by Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard. Memorials to First Presbyterian Church. BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler 2202 Hancock St, Bellevue 402-291-5000



Otto JenistaJenista, Charles "Otto" Jr. Col USAF (Ret.)
91, passed away December 13, 2015, in Scottsdale, AZ. He was born in Chicago, IL, March 22, 1924, to Charles O. Jenista, Sr. and Clara Nemec Jenista. Otto graduated from River Forest Oak Park High School in 1941. He began his studies at Iowa State the fall of 1941 but was called into the Army December 1942. After being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1944, Otto served in the Army Air Corps in the China-Burma-India zone. He returned to college after the war finishing his degree in General Engineering. Otto soon afterwards completed his Master's degree in Meteorology from California Institute of Technology. In 1950, Otto was recalled into the Air Force and made the decision to make it his career. He served in Alaska; at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE; in High Wycombe, England; three tours in Germany; in Viet Nam; at March AFB in Riverside, CA; in the Pentagon, and in IL at Scott AFB. He also attended two military schools: Armed Forces Staff College in VA and Air War College in AL. In 1959, he met his lovely wife, Kaye, in Wiesbaden, Germany where she was working as a civilian for the U.S. Air Force. They had a beautiful life together lasting more than 56 years. Otto retired from the Air Force in 1979 as a Colonel having over 32 years of service. After retirement, he worked for TRW in California for 6 years. He and Kaye then settled permanently in Scottsdale, AZ in 1988. He was active in his church, Saint Barnabas on the Desert, as an usher, as a lay reader, on the Vestry, and as a volunteer in the office. Otto also volunteered at Honor Health Scottsdale Osborn Hospital for over 20 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Kaye; his daughter, Suzy Koch; two grandchildren, Darren Koch and Kelly Coracides (and her husband, Dr. Alex Coracides), and two great grandchildren, Tyler and Troy Coracides. Celebration of life will be held at Saint Barnabas on the Desert, 6715 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85253 on January 9, 2016, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley or Saint Barnabas on the Desert. Inurnment with military honors will be held privately at Arlington National Cemetery.
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We are saddened to report the passing of an AWA member Robert Felton Pipes 97. He was born December 24, 1918, in Frankston, Texas and passed from this life January 1, 2016, in Terrell, Texas of natural causes. He and his family moved to Dallas in the early 1920's where he attended Obidiah Knight Elementary, Crozier Tech High School and St. Joseph's High School, graduating from the latter in 1938. He entered the military in 1939. He served in the 112th Cavalry, the 8th Air Force of the U.S.Army Air Corps, the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard. His military career spanned nearly three decades. Twenty one years active duty and the remainder in the Air National Guard. He achieved the rank of Master Sergeant and served in many career fields including Air Weather Reconnaissance. After leaving the military he worked as a jet engine mechanic at Dallas Airmotive and Solar Turbines inc. In his retirement he served on the board of the Fort Sill Historical Association, authored a book about his experiences in WWII entitled, "The Playboy Crew 1943-1944 - The Men of B-24 Liberator 41-29399" and spent several summers in Arizona assisting the Apache Indian Reservation forest fire fighting team at Point of Pines. He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty P. Pipes, parents, John W. and Elizabeth Pipes and siblings, Cecil G. Pipes, Bernice E. Webb, Frank S. Pipes, John M. Pipes and Ruby M. Boothman. He is survived by his sister, Ann Early, his children, Robert Frank Pipes, Brian Alan Pipes and Melissa Lusera Spencer, 3 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. Robert Felton will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, Robert requested that a donation be made to The Freedom Alliance or The Wounded Warrior Project.

Willis OwingsWillis Bryan Owings, 82, of Columbus, MS, passed away Saturday, December 19, 2015, at Vineyard Court Nursing Center in Columbus, MS.
Visitation will be Monday, December 21, 2015, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM at Woodland Baptist Church, Columbus, MS. A Memorial Service will follow at 2:30 PM at Woodland Baptist Church, Columbus, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing.
Mr. Owings was born May 21, 1933, in Monroe County, MS to the late Willis Millard and Elgenia Howell Owings. He married the former Joanne Kendall on April 6, 1954, in Amory, MS. Mr. Owings was a veteran of the United States Air Force having retired in 1980 as a Senior Master Sergeant after 26 years of service. During his career in the Air Force, Mr. Owings received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Vietnam Service Medal, AF Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. His duty assignments while in service included; Austin, Texas, Omaha, Nebraska, Las Vegas, Nevada, Greenville, MS, Thule, Greenland, Montgomery, Alabama, Ubon, Thailand, Pleiku, Vietnam, Washington D.C., Kadena, Okinawa and Columbus, MS. In December of 1979, Mr. Owings began his employment with WCBI in Columbus, MS and retired in 2004 after 24 years of service as the Meteorologist. He is a member of Woodland Baptist Church, Columbus, MS, where he served as deacon, Gideon, American Meteorological Society, National Weather Association and Air Weather Association.
Mr. Owings is survived by his wife of 61 years Joanne Kendall Owings of Columbus, MS; sons- Willis Bryan (Sylvia Giannitrapani) Owings, Jr. of Nashville, TN, Dan Bartley (Linda) Owings of Columbus, MS, Bruce Kendall Owings of Columbus, MS; grandchild- Emily Owings of Nashville, TN; sister- Charlotte Moore of Olive Branch, MS.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Woodland Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class and the Gideons.
Memorials may be sent to Uncle Bunky’s Children c/o Woodland Baptist Church, 3033 Ridge Road, Columbus, MS 39705.


Arthur AndersonColonel (USAF) Arthur W. (Andy) Anderson, 97, of Corvallis, Oregon passed away peacefully Sunday 14 June 2015 surrounded by 4 generations of his family. The son of Arthur M. and Lorene D. Anderson, he was born in St. Louis, MO on 2 June 1918 and raised in Sparta, IL.
Andy is survived by his wife of 69 years, Joanne (Phillips) Anderson; brother John Anderson (Renate) of St. Louis, MO; son Jim (Lindy) Anderson of Sierra Vista, AZ; daughter Karen (Anderson) Smith (Chuck) of Corvallis, OR; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother James Anderson, who sacrificed his life for his country in World War II.
After graduating from Sparta High School in 1936 and attending Blackburn College, Andy went on to graduate from, and achieve his master’s degree in Mathematics at the University of Illinois. In 1942 he joined the Army Air Corps as a meteorologist. He was awarded the Bronze Star, and achieved the rank of Colonel in the Air Force before retiring in 1971.
Andy was an avid golfer, an expert Bridge player, and a life-long St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. He had a great love for his family, for God, and for people. Andy never met a stranger. He will be deeply missed by many.
A memorial service with full military honors will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church in Sierra Vista, Arizona where Andy was so active and loved, on 29 July 2015 at 1 PM. His remains will rest in the beautiful columbarium at Faith Presbyterian Church in Sierra Vista (2053 East Choctaw Drive).



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