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Eugene Thomas Gray, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), 81, Emerson, IA, died Friday, July 17, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Society in Red Oak, IA. Gene was born Nov. 28, 1933, in Tonganoxie, Kan., the son of Russell Thomas and Margaret Elizabeth (Sparks) Gray. The family moved to Omaha when Gene was very young. He graduated from North High School and University of Omaha and was in the ROTC program. Gene married Rosemary Menges Sept. 24, 1955, in Council Bluffs. Gene served in the United States Air Force, retiring after a long career. Over the years, Gene and Rosemary lived all over the United States and abroad. They moved to the Red Oak area in 1987, where Gene worked at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Human Resources. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree, serving as Grand Knight and treasurer. Gene also helped with Meals on Wheels through the hospital. His hobbies included fishing, enjoying the outdoors, and participating in Boy Scouts. Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Lillian, Marie, and Juanita and a brother, Robert. Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Gray; children, Debra Johnson, Steven Gray, Michael Gray and wife Jolene, Dennis Gray, Stanley Gray, Monica Wright and husband Dan, Douglas Gray and fiancée, Juli, Susan Gray, Marshall Gray and wife Trish, David Gray and Diane Gray; grandchildren, Lucas Johnson, Joshua Gray, Brett Gray and wife Erin, Trent Gray, Sable Gray, Victoria Gray, Tyler Gray, Elizabeth Gray and Ryan Lawton; many step-grandchildren; sister, Nicole Gray; sister-in-law, Jane Gray; brothers-in-law, Jerry Schulkey, Francis "Bud" Murphy and Glenn Smallen; and many other relatives and friends. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association.

Boyd Edwin Quate, 89, of the 7000 block of Indian Trail, died Dec. 3, 2007, at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond after a short illness. His wife, Martha Holland Quate; his son, Boyd Edward Quate; parents, Graham and Margie Quate; and two brothers, Shepherd and Larry Quate predeceased him. He is survived by his daughter, Martha Q. Rountree and her husband Ray; a grandson, Robert Edward Quate; and daughter-in-law, Cathy Quate, all of Suffolk. Other survivors include his brother, Calvin Quate of Stanford University, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews; and Margrit Radloff of Vancouver, Canada. Boyd was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, a lifelong meteorologist, an active member of the Holland Ruritan Club and an enthusiastic and joyful member of the human race. He traveled extensively over the years and particularly enjoyed touring in his RV with his beloved companion, Margrit Radloff. He never met a stranger nor missed a chance to try something new. He will be missed by his many friends and family world-wide. He was a member of Holland Baptist Church, the Senior Circle of Southampton Memorial Hospital and a former Boy Scout leader and Sea Scout. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday by the Rev. Robert W. Bunn at the Holland Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Holland Ruritan Club for their Scholarship Fund, c/o Irving Musselman, 1549 Glen Haven Road, Suffolk, VA 23437. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the doctors and medical staff in the Neuro Science Department at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond for their outstanding care and concern for Boyd and his family.

Donald Baker, born July 20, 1923. Beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend. Passed away peacefully on March 10th, 2014. Preceded in death by loving wife Jacqueline M. with whom he shared 55 wonderful years of marriage, mother Florence K., father William E., brother-in-law Jacques Mouzel and nephew Jean Thierry Mouzel. Survived by son William G. (Mary) and beloved grandson James G., all of St. Paul. Also survived by beloved cousins Frances O’Sullivan (Michael) and Carol Papirnik of Buchanan, Michigan; sister-in-law Janine Mouzel and niece Pascale De Sparre (Eric), great nieces and nephew, and great-nephew, all of Paris, France. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, with the exception of his military service, Donald spent his entire life in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul. He graduated from Murray High School class of 1941. Upon America’s entry into the Second World War, he joined the Army Air Corps, beginning his education as a climatologist . He attended the University of Chicago and trained at several Army Air Corps bases including Rapid City SD, before being deployed to the European theater. He was stationed near Wantage, England during the war as a meteorologist, providing weather information to the Air Corps pilots and crews who flew missions over occupied Europe. Upon the liberation of France in 1944, he was stationed at Orly Airfield in Paris. A dashing Lieutenant, he met a lovely young French woman named Jacqueline Mouzel. Their romance flourished and they became engaged in 1945. Their plans were interrupted by the Korean conflict when he was re-called for service by the newly established U.S. Air Force and he served in Korea from 1951-1952, where he received the Bronze Star for Merit. After his discharge, he was finally allowed to complete his romance with Jacqueline, and they were married in Paris at the Chapel of the Hotel des Invalides on Valentines Day 1953. The happy couple returned to St. Paul, where Donald continued his education. Upon achieving his doctorate in Climatology and Soil Science in 1958, Donald began his long career as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota. He established the Climatological Observatory just north of the campus, and built it with help from his students in 1960. This Observatory has recorded subsoil temperatures for over 50 years, and has provided an unprecedented database for climate change research. Donald was a Fellow in the American Society of Agronomy and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also honored with a Governor’s Award of Recognition (Governor Rudy Perpich) in 1984 for his assessment of wind energy potential in the state of Minnesota, and he received a National Weather Service career award in 1986 for his contributions to agricultural meteorology. After his retirement as a professor, Donald was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota for contributions to teaching and research. Donald was a man of many interests including photography, railroading, archaeology, the stock market, and mentoring students. Donald spent his summers as a boy visiting his grandparents in Wellman, Iowa. From those times he gained a love of the people, natural beauty and productivity of the farm fields of Iowa that lasted his entire life. Always a true gentleman and outwardly a man of steely reserve, Donald treasured his family and friends. An only child of an only child, later in life he greatly enjoyed being part of a larger extended family through the marriage of his son. The family would like to thank the staff and management of the St. Anthony Park Home for their kind and loving care. Memorials preferred to the University of Minnesota Baker Scholarship Fund or to St. Anthony Park Methodist Church.

Russell A. Ver Nooy, age 88, of Pocasset, MA and Port Orange, FL, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 at JML Care Center in Falmouth, MA. He was the husband of Ann M. (Szalay) Ver Nooy. Born in New Brunswick, NJ, he attended Rutgers University. He served in the U. S. Air Force as a Pilot during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He flew with the 20th Air Force in Guam, the 53rd Weather Squadron Hurricane Hunters, and the 551st AEW & Con group at Otis, and retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel in 1970. He flew for regional airlines, as a private corporate pilot and was also a flight instructor and FAA Designated Examiner. He was a long-time member of the Quiet Birdmen, HYA. Besides his wife he leaves one son, Russell G. Ver Nooy and his wife, Pat of Plymouth; two daughters, Suzanne M. Robbins and her husband, Russell of E. Falmouth and Nancy Dalton and her husband, James of Portland, OR; he also leaves six beloved grandchildren and four beloved great-grandchildren. Burial at the V.A. National Cemetery of Massachusetts in Bourne.

WWilliam Dotsonilliam Leon "Colonel" Dotson passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, April 20, 2016, at Guardian Angel Homes in Richland, WA.
He was born August 10, 1921, in Murphy, OK, and later attended The Colorado School of Mines, where he earned a degree in Physics. He went into Army Air Corps pilot training in Texas and flew for them and later for the U.S. Air Force for over 25 years. He served in WWII and Korea, where he earned several citations, including the DFC, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. Flying was his passion, and he was held in high regard by those who flew with him. The Air Force later sent him to UCLA to earn an advanced degree in Meteorology. After retiring from the service, he moved to the Tri-Cities and lived here for the past 49 years, working as a research scientist for several Hanford contractors. He considered this area his home, and both his wife, Mary Ann, and oldest son, William Leon III, are buried here. His youngest son, Claude, survives him. A long-time member of All Saints Episcopal Church, he played a dedicated and active role in their mission. Well-known for his Amiable disposition and love of people, he will be missed by many. Special thanks to the staffs at Guardian Angel and The Chaplaincy for the care and understanding. Express your thoughts and memories on our online Guestbook at



William FoxWilliam Edward (Ed) Fox of Wilmington, NC died peacefully in the Lord on April 20, 2016.

Born August 12, 1918 near Cornersville, TN, Mr. Fox was the son of William Edward Fox Sr. and Hallie Clark Fox of Lewisburg, TN. After graduating in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee in May, 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps in July, 1942 as an Aviation Cadet in Meteorology. He received his military training and instruction in Meteorology at the University of Chicago, Illinois. In May, 1943, he was commissioned a 2nd Lt. Weather Officer in the 21st Weather Squadron and assigned to William Northern Airfield in Tullahoma, a training facility for fighter pilots.

In Feb, 1944, he was promoted to 1st Lt. and later traveled to England and was assigned to the 53rd Troop Carrier Wing at Greenham Commons Airfield near Newbury, England. Invasion of Europe (June 6, 1944) occurred during this time. Mr. Fox was under the command of General Eisenhower when the paratroopers were launched on the night of June 5th and his mission was to provide weather forecasts for the troop carrier pilots who were dropping paratroopers and supplies to advance troops.

During Jan – June, 1945, the 53rd Troop Carrier Wing moved to Melun, France near Paris, and Mr. Fox was instrumental in forecasting weather conditions for the aerial drops of supplies for General Patton's division. Mr. Fox was promoted to Captain in May, 1945. Shortly afterwards, he was assigned to Weather Offices in Frankfurt, Bremerhaven and Stuttgart in Germany and continued to provide weather forecasts for flights, military activities and the general public. He returned to the U.S. and was honorably discharged in March, 1946 and began working in Wilmington, NC as a Civil Engineer.

In 1947, Mr. Fox married Mary Daniel Carr of Wilmington, NC. During Mr. Fox's career as a Hydrologist, and Meteorologist, they lived in Fort Worth, TX, Washington, DC, Augusta, GA, and Atlanta, GA. His work eventually led him to serve as the Director of the Southeastern River Forecast Center for NOAA in Atlanta. After his retirement in 1980, Mr. Fox became a consultant to the United Nations working on flood control overseas, including in China and Pakistan. Mr. and Mrs. Fox moved to Wrightsville Beach in 1986 and later to nearby Wilmington, NC. Mr. Fox was a member of Pine Valley Church of Christ as well as the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Geological Society, National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Meteorological Society and a charter member of the Air Weather Association.

Mr. Fox was predeceased by his parents and his sisters, Doris Fox Cantrell of Cornersville, TN and Beverly Fox Cathey of Lewisburg, TN, and his beloved wife of 59 years, Mary Daniel Carr Fox. He is survived by his two sons: Daniel Carr Fox and wife, Tammy, of Raleigh, NC, and Dr. William E. Fox III of Raleigh, NC; and three grandchildren, Lindsay Caroline Fox, William Carr Fox, and Samuel Becker Fox.

Mr. Fox was dedicated to his family, his loving wife, his church, and to helping others, whether it was by providing tax advice to seniors or his generous donations to many charities. He enjoyed nothing more than sharing stories and laughter with his two sons. He was an inspiration to all who knew him, and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 30 at Pine Valley Church of Christ at 2:00 pm, 3601 S. College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28412. Burial at the Sunset Cemetery in Littleton, NC will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be sent to Pine Valley Church of Christ, Davis Health Care Center, or a charity of your choice . The family wishes to thank the staff of Davis Health Care Center and his dear friend Mary McLamb for their kind and loving care.

As Mr. Fox said in his retirement speech, "Old hydrologists never die, they just float away."

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Nadine Lindquist Flinders, a 17-year resident of the Air Force Village system, and a resident of Freedom House, San Antonio, TX, peacefully crossed over into eternity on March 30, 2016. She was 98 years old. Nadine was Oscar and Lydia Lindquist's only child, born in Estherville, Iowa and raised in Spirit Lake. She first met her future husband, Dale Flinders, at a high school state music contest. They'd been born and raised within two weeks and sixty miles of each other. They met, yet again, as college students at Morningside College in Sioux City. Dale recognized Nadine when he saw her from a passing street car. They both graduated from Morningside College in 1939; Nadine with a Bachelor of Music Degree with an emphasis on voice.
Nadine shared one date with Dale, and then they were separated by fate: Dale to teach high school science in Burma, and Nadine to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, where she received her Masters of Music degree in 1941, majoring in Performance and Literature with an emphasis on voice. In 1943 they were married and she and Dale moved to Boston. When Dale was reassigned to Burma in '44 with the British Infantry, Nadine continued her music teaching at what is now the University of North Texas. It would be three years before they were reunited after the war, in Japan, where Dale was assigned. As the wife of a career Air Force officer, Nadine followed her husband to Japan, Washington DC, Morocco, Spain, Vandenberg AFB, Sunnyvale CA, Washington DC (again), Massachusetts, and Scott AFB, Ill. At each new home, she became active in the officers' wives club, the local scouting organization, and in organizing and directing chapel choirs. She provided voice instruction and piano accompaniment for professional vocalists, and encouraged her own children to achieve musical proficiency on their chosen instruments. In California she enjoyed her gardens, and in Massachusetts, she enjoyed combing local shops for antiques. She was a dedicated mother to her sons. Well into her '90s, she regularly attended music performances and, as recently as three weeks before her passing, she attended her regular church service and joined in the singing, sometimes forgetting the lyrics but never losing her beautiful voice. Music was who she was, and it brought her the greatest joy. It is her grand piano that's in the Freedom House great room, donated when her husband was a resident. After retirement from the Air Force, she and Dale traveled the world – taking the Trans-Siberia Railroad from China to Moscow; up the Volga River to St. Petersburg; two trips down the Yangtse River in China; several trips to India, Burma and Thailand; to Germany, Denmark, England, Ireland, Isle of Man, Peru, Tibet, Hawaii, and many visits to Alaska. Nadine was a lifetime member of the Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity and, in 2012, was honored for her 75 year membership in the organization, having joined the Phi Zeta Chapter in Morningside College in 1937. Nadine is survived by her son, Val and his partner, Patti, of Anchorage, Alaska; and her son Bradley and his wife, Nancy, of Taos, New Mexico. She is survived by five grandchildren whom she adored: Kacie Sandoval and Kyle Flinders, both of San Antonio TX; Monica Flinders of Maui, Hawaii; Shanna Flaten of Morro Bay CA; Alexandria Flinders of Kodiak, Alaska; and nine great-grandchildren, who brought her the greatest joy simply by being happy little ones.
Mrs. Flinders was preceded in death by Col. Dale Flinders, her beloved husband of 65 years. We rejoice in the knowledge that they are again together, happily exploring the celestial heavens and the "forever" they promised to each other. Her family wishes to thank the compassionate people of Liberty House, the Care Center, Freedom House, the Mission, and Hospice for the kindness and dedication with which they cared for Mrs. Flinders as her health declined and her care needs became increasingly complicated. It is requested that, in lieu of flowers, you celebrate Nadine's life by sharing some ice cream with your loved ones. It's a simple pleasure, one Nadine enjoyed even into the last chapter of her long and happy life. May God speed you on your way, Nadine Linquist Flinders. Until we all meet again. Services for Mrs. Nadine L. Flinders were held Wednesday, April 6th 2016
9:30 am Graveside service and internment at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery 1:00 pm Memorial service at High Flight Chapel, Blue Skies Over Texas
Reception and Ice Cream Social immediately following

Modernist painter Andrew Bucci, whose work spanned nearly eight decades and appeared on a U.S. postage stamp, died November 16, 2014 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland MS after a brief illness. He was born on January 12, 1922 in Vicksburg, MS. Bucci's painting of a magnolia flower appeared on the 5-cent U.S. postage stamp issued in 1967 for the 150th anniversary of Mississippi statehood. Bucci's paintings have been featured in galleries all over the country such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, both in Washington, DC and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His work continues to be shown in galleries in Jackson and New Orleans. His best-known works are oil paintings. His painting, "Figure in Green," was the signature image on the commemorative poster for the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition. In recent years, Bucci was honored with Mississippi's prestigious arts awards. In 2009, he received the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Mississippi Arts Commission for lifetime achievement. In 2012, he received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award. He took his first art class at All Saints' Episcopal School in Vicksburg under the direction of impressionist Mary Clare Sherwood. In the 1930s, he began studying with Marie Hull in Jackson and continued to do so after he went to Louisiana State University to study architecture and engineering. When WW II began, Bucci enlisted in the United States Army and received training in meteorology at New York University. He served as a weather officer on air bases in England and Scotland during the war. When the war ended, he was stationed for several months at Orly Air Base near Paris and took life-drawing classes at the Académie Julian in 1945-46. Upon returning from the war, Bucci enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a bachelor's degree in fine art in 1952 and a master's degree in 1954. During the Korean War, Bucci was called back into military service as a weather officer at Lockbourne AFB in Ohio. He served from March 1952 to August 1953, then returned to Chicago to complete his graduate degree. He looked for work as an art instructor, but said nobody would hire him. He went to work as a meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau and served at the National Meteorological Center in Maryland from 1956 until his retirement in 1979. He moved back to Vicksburg in early 2014. Survivors include two sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. He was an Air Weather Association member since 1992.

Richard "Dick" Kolkka, SMSgt USAF (Ret.) 84, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Chicago, Ill. Dick succumbed to a heart attack and prostate cancer. Service: Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 1200 S. Davis Drive, Arlington, TX. Rosary will precede the Mass. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens. Dick was born Dec. 30, 1929, to Cordelia and Henry Kolkka in Mineola, N.Y. Following high school Dick enlisted in the Air Force and trained as a meteorologist. While stationed in Maine, Dick met the late Mabel Connell on a blind date. They were married Sept. 8, 1952, in Mabel's hometown of Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada. Following his Air Force service the young family moved to New York where Dick joined the American Airlines meteorology team. While living in New York, Dick received his B.S. degree in physics from Hofstra University. They moved to Arlington in 1981, transferring from Chicago, Ill. Dick was an active member of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church for over 30 years. As a member of the Serra Club he particularly enjoyed serving lunches and connecting with the college students at UTA's Newman Center. He moved to Chicago in May 2014 to be closer to family. Dick enjoyed going to the Maverick Club, participating in the senior aerobics and tai chi. During his retirement years his creative side was expressed in his watercolor paintings. Dick was a tall, kind, gentle man who preferred to serve his fellow men without fanfare or accolades. He will be missed by many. Survivors: Son, Robert Kolkka; daughter, Maureen Kolkka; brothers, Bob and Don; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rev. Richard Robert Ail, MSgt USAF (Ret.) 94, passed away on Sunday, December 28, 2014, at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown PA. He was the husband of Anne Oswald Ail, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage in March 2014. Born in Lebanon, on September 9, 1920, he was the son of the late Albert and Irene Glant Ail. Richard was a 1938 graduate of Lebanon High School. Following high school, he went on to graduate from the U.S. Air Force Forecasting School and later the Evangelical Congregational Seminary in Myerstown. He served proudly as a Master Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force for 23 years during WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. While in the U.S. Air Force, he served as a Weather Forecaster. Richard was also a retired Minister from the Evangelical Congregational Denomination. He pastored churches in Rock, Pine Grove, Steelstown, and Lawn. He was a member of St. John's E.C. Church in Steelstown. For over ten years, Richard was a host for the Fresh Air Program. He was an exceptional bowler (having bowled with church and military leagues), and acquired an extensive collection of trophies for the league's high average, as well as being a member of first place teams. Some of his interests included photography, afternoon drives to visit friends or family, and practical jokes and puns. He loved reading and had an extensive personal library. Richard was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team for the past 80 years. Consistent with his passion for travel and to honor his 23 years of service, Richard visited the U.S.A.F. Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, for a special 85th birthday celebration with his children. Richard had a strong commitment to, and love for his country. He was known for his letters written to the editors of various newspapers on a wide variety of topics. He loved chocolate - especially chocolate donuts and Hershey candy - and was practically unbeatable at pinochle and rummy! The family would like to send a special thank you to the caregivers at Masonic Village for not only excellent care, but also for the tender and loving care that was given to Richard by the staff of the Lafayette West Neighborhood and the Masonic Village Hospice team. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his daughter, Suzanne Ail; sons, Timothy and wife, Sharon Blauch Ail, Daniel and wife, Beth DeLiberty Ail, and Robert and wife, Ellen Eifert Ail; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a stepbrother, Leonard Snyder. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Marguerite and Betty Jane. Interment was in St. John's E.C. Church Cemetery, Annville, with full military honors. Contributions can be made in Richard's memory to his church; Lebanon Rescue Mission, 1223 Bittner Blvd., Lebanon, PA 17046; or Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services, P.O. Box 707, Lebanon, PA 17042.

Harold William Dubach, Major USAF (Ret.) 92, of Wilmington NC, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening August 21, 2013. Harold was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on Thanksgiving Day November 25, 1920 to Henry and Susan Cornelius Dubach. He was an undergraduate of St Joseph Junior College , Baker University (Kansas), with further studies at Univ of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, New York Univ, American Univ, and MIT. Harold's degrees were in Chemistry, Meteorology and Oceanography. He was commissioned to the US Army Signal Corps in 1942 and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to oversee a weather forecasting operation there in support of the US Pacific Fleet in World WarII. During a trip to Dayton, Ohio in 1944 , he met his future wife, Roberta Pauline Rose and corresponded with her while separated from the War . They were married on Sept 26, 1946 and have been married for 66 years. After leaving active military duty in 1946 , Harold worked as a meteorologist and oceanographer in multiple government agencies, including the Thunderstorm Project (1946), US Navy Hydrographic Office and helped establish the National Oceanographic Data Center (later NOAA) in 1960. In that capacity, Harold was privileged to travel all over the world to foster relationships for ocean data collection. He and his family relocated from Washington DC to Wilmington NC in 1971, and Harold was with the Coastal Plains Commission and later was Acting Director of the NC Marine Resources Center (now the NC Aquarium) at Fort Fisher. In 1980, Harold helped to establish the SURF Project at UNCW, which later became part of the Marine Science Dept there. Harold also co-authored two books on oceanography: 101 Questions About the Ocean (1968) and 1001 Questions About the Ocean (1972), along with multiple published technical papers. Among his professional awards include recognition in American Men of Science. Harold retired in 1986 but continued to be actively involved in community service. Most importantly, Harold loved his wife, family and being involved in sports, church and community activities. He volunteered with Pop Warner Football and the Wilmington YMCA basketball league. He enjoyed music, sang in the choirs for over 50 years and loved playing his violin. Harold also served on the advisory board of the State Employees Credit Union. He constantly expressed how fortunate he was that God had blessed him with such a full life in work, family and community activities. Harold is survived by his loving wife Pauline; daughters, Linda Sevilla (Tampa, FL), Deborah Dubach (Boulder, CO) and Nancy Gower (Richmond, VA) and son, David Dubach (Raleigh, NC). He has five grandchildren, Kira Headrick, Casey and Austin Gower, and Matthew and Anna Wesley Dubach. Funeral Services were conducted at Wrightsboro UMC on Saturday Aug 24th at 11am with Pastor Jerry Jackson and Associate Pastor Lynn Wall officiating. Graveside services following at Oleander Memorial Gardens with Military Honors conducted by the American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard.

Leslie A. Spousta, in Taunton, MA, May 8, 2015, age 86, passed away in Morton Hospital, following a lengthy period of failing health. Leslie was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary (Quegan) Spousta of 62 years. He was born in Raynham, the son of the late Rudolph and Mary (Smith) Spousta. Leslie was educated in Raynham schools and served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a meteorologist during both the Korean and Vietnam War. Following his career in the military, Leslie was employed at Rand McNally Company. Leslie cherished his enduring love for his family and was affectionately referred to as Papa by all. He enjoyed working around the house and the saying was he could fix anything. Leslie volunteered at the Providence Veterans Hospital with his wife Mary. He was a recipient of the Marian Medal and a Eucharistic minister in the Catholic Church. He loved helping the youth and was a Boy Scouts of America leader from 1960 -1995. Leslie enjoyed traveling, he and his wife Mary traveled across the country several times following his retirement. Leslie was also the Veterans Graves Registrar for the City of Taunton, he worked tirelessly with many volunteers to make sure every veteran had a flag on their grave. He also wanted to make sure that this would continue in the future and worked to get a list of all veterans computerized. Leslie was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association, and served as chaplain for six years. He also was a member of the Military Order of Cooties, the Non Commissioned Officers Association where he was the past Grand Commander of MA, David F. Adams, Post #611 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the past commander of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #57. Above all Leslie should be remembered for his love for his family, his church and country. Leslie leaves his loving children Leslie Spousta and his wife Susan of Hobbs, New Mexico, Bruce Spousta and his wife Ann of Taunton, Joan Purnomo and her husband Djoko of Salem, MA, Joyce Terry and her husband John of Taunton, Janet Jones and her husband Clifford of Trevor, Wisconsin and Jean Pillsbury and her husband Scott of Skowhegan, ME. Leslie also leaves his 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Burial was at the Bourne National Cemetery. Donations in Leslies memory may be made to the Taunton Area Vietnam Veterans Association, P.O. Box #436, Raynham Center, MA 02768.

Harold L. "Hal" Todd, 90, of Rockford, died at 4:10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Swedish American Hospital. Born Nov. 16, 1922, in Canton, Ill., the son of Lloyd P. and Edith G. (Hoover) Todd. Hal grew up in Rockford, graduating from Rockford High School. After high school he played the piano in a ten-piece orchestra that he created. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force for three years during World War II, followed by two years in the Navy Reserves. Hal was an active member of the Air Weather Association and held many leadership positions including in the 15th and 20th Weather Squadron Association including President. He attended Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Hal worked as a reporter for the DeKalb Daily Chronicle and later the Rockford Register Star. He married his lifelong companion, Jeanne Rennels, of Charleston, Ill, in 1948. They were married in Rockton at the Old Stone Church and honeymooned in Niagara Falls. They resided in Rockford and Florida. Hal was an international insurance broker and president of Todd and Co., Inc. founded in 1959. He was a director at Illinois Blue Cross, on the advisory board of St. Anthony Medical Center, and a director of City National Bank. He belonged to the Association of Insurance Agents; Manilla Lodge #1, Philippine Islands; Masonic Lodge #166; honorary member of Ali-Shan Oasis Shrine Club, Republic of China; Post Potentate of the Tebala Temple, Rockford; and Commissioner of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department. He enjoyed being the Grand Marshall at Fourth of July parades, and the Kentucky Colonel commissioned by the Governor of Kentucky. Hal and Jeanne were past members of Forest Hills Country Club, Rockford Country Club, The University Club, Coral Ridge Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the Surf & Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale. They traveled extensively and included their family in many trips. Hal did not like to sit around too often. He was always on the go. He wrote a book in 1999, Violation of Trust, and was working on a second book until his poor eyesight made it too difficult to pursue. Hal met a group of guys for coffee every morning for years at Johnny Pamcakes. He had many wonderful friends that were there when he needed them. That was a real joy in his life until he could no longer drive. Hal and Jeanne just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Oct. 16, with a party at Peterson Meadows. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; children, twins, Judy Moyer and Jan (Ron) Pozzi, and Nanci (Vic) Mandala; grandchildren, Margaux Moyer, Todd Pozzi and Gina (Josh) Mandala Hester; and great-grandchildren, Addison and Mason Hester. Predeceased by his son-in-law, Dr. Mark A. Moyer. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Peterson Meadows and Swedish American Hospital for their care and tenderness in this stressful time.

Ralph M. Sarla, Lt Col USAF (Ret.) formerly of Upper Providence Twp. Ralph M. Sarla, 90, husband of the late Marjorie M. (Hackitt) Sarla, Orlando, FL, died July 27, 2015, at Cornerstone Hospice, Winter Park, FL. He was a former resident of Woodlyn Dr., Upper Providence Twp. Mr. Sarla was born on July 29 1924 in Hackensack, NJ. He was the son of the late Dr. Michael and Leola (Estes) Sarla. During World War Two, Mr. Sarla served as a 1st Lieutenant and weather officer with the 8th Weather Squadron, US Army Air Corps. He continued his service until he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, USAF Reserve, in 1968. Mr. Sarla earned a bachelor of science degree (Magna cum Laude) in chemical engineering from Syracuse University. He worked for Union Carbide Corp. in New York and then the Cabot Corp., Colebrookdale Twp., where he retired as a technical projects manager, in 1984, after 19 years of service. He was the inventor/co-inventor of numerous patented chemical/reactive metals processes throughout his career. Mr. Sarla was a 50 year member of the American Chemical Soc., a charter member of the Air Force Memorial Foundation, a life member of the Veterans Of Foreign Wars, and a life member of the Reserve Officers Assn. Of the US. Mr. Sarla is survived by his son, James M. Sarla, Douglass Twp. (Berks); his daughter, Lynn Sarla-Kubovetz, wife of William Kubovetz, with whom he resided; and his niece, Carol Schindhelm, Allegany, NY. He was preceded in death by his sister, Grace Schindhelm. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, Suite 700, 1120 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20005,; Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778,; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Herbert Appleman, 95, of Urbana, IL passed away at 1:45 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 21, 2013) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Mr. Appleman was born April 24, 1917, in St. Louis, Mo., to parents Milo and Emma (Faust) Appleman. He married Jane Barber April 23, 1949 in Flossmoor. She preceded him in death on April 1, 1972. Survivors include sons, John Appleman (Diane) of Rochester, N.Y., James Appleman of Grayslake, David Appleman (Sandie) of Decatur, Donald Appleman (Melody) of Bement; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Herbert was preceded in death by his parents, six siblings and one half-sibling.
Mr. Appleman was raised in Belleville until he and his family moved to Urbana, where he graduated from high school. He received his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1940.
In 1941, Herbert took a position at Chanute Army Air Force Base, teaching aircraft engineering systems. With a strong desire to serve his country during the Second World War, he enlisted in the United States Air Force Meteorology Cadet Program. This began his meteorology career that took him to various locations, including New Mexico, Saipan, Oahu and Germany. After their return from Germany in 1958, Herbert and his family set their roots in Lebanon, IL. Mr. Appleman retired to Urbana in 1973. Mr. Appleman loved his family dearly, and especially cared for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made in Herbert's honor to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Elbert O. "Bert" Peay, Sr., SMSgt USAF (Ret.) 79, of Mansfield, OH, died August 4, 2009, at his home. He was born January 12, 1930, to Aubrey and Katie (Hunt) Peay in Huntsville, Kentucky. He was raised on a farm and graduated from Rochester High School in 1948. After graduation, Bert moved to Evansville, Indiana. He joined the Air Force in 1948. His service took him to Frankfurt, Germany, where he met his lifelong love, Auguste L. Gebhardt. They were married in Germany and together shared 57 years of marriage. Bert was a Chief Meteorologist in the Air Force and served in France, Italy, Okinawa, Korea, Vietnam, and ended his career in Washington, D.C. as advisor to Air Force One. He retired from the Air Force in 1969 and served as an advisor to the 179th Airlift Group at Mansfield Lahm Airport. Bert was active in real estate sales from 1962 until his retirement in 1995. He obtained his real estate broker's license in 1970, opening Appleseed Realty in 1971. He became a certified real estate appraiser, opening Appraisal Services of North Central Ohio in 1984. Bert was a lifelong member of the Mansfield Board of Realtors and served as their President in 1990, as well as a member of the Board of Directors and other various committees. He was a member and Chief Executive Officer from 1980-1986 of Home Builders Association of Mansfield and Past President of what is now known as the Building Industry Association. Bert was honored as Builder of the Year in 1979 and recognized by the Ohio Home Builders Association for Outstanding Membership Recruitment Efforts in 1985, being tireless in his efforts to grow the Builders Association. He was a member of the Mansfield Kiwanis Club, a lifetime member of Amvets Post #26, the Liederkranz, Ontario V.F.W., Richland County Fish and Game Club and the Shadow Flight Group. Bert is survived by his loving wife, Auguste; son, Elbert (Nancy) Peay, Jr. of Pickerington; daughters, Shirley Joseph of Reynoldsburg and Sandra (Victor) Rini of Ontario. He was known as Handsome Bert to his loving grandchildren, Alysia (Brian) Sweeney of Ontario, Shannon (Andy) Springer of Lithopolis, Lynsey White (Mike) Dasher of Westerville, Morgan Peay of Ontario, Michelle White of New York City, NY and Philip Joseph of Columbus. Others left to treasure his memory include four great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Chase Springer and Jared and Taylor Sweeney; brothers, Albert (Wanda) Peay of Evansville, IN, Aubrey (Vicki) Peay of KY, Clarence Roscoe (Judy) Peay of Phoenix, AZ and Tyler (Doris) Peay of Morgantown, KY; sisters, Katie (Vinyard) Ferrell of Dunbar, KY, Annie Pearl (Shelby) Wester of Quality, KY; twenty-one nieces and nephews; and close family friend, Sarah Howard. He is also survived by grandchildren by marriage, Joseph (Connie) Rini, David (Colleen) Rini, Vicki Maloney and Matthew (Amy) Rini; and great-grandchildren, Lindsay, Allison, Joey, Margaret, Rose, Grace and Nathan Rini, Ryan, Sean and Megan Maloney, and Kayleigh and Sydney Conley. He was preceded in death by his son, Albert Peay and great-grandson, Erik Saunders. Burial with military honors was in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, OH 44805.

Gerhardt Henry Platz, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), 98, of Greeley, CO, died September 4, 2014 at Porter Hospice. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Susan Louis Platz. He is survived by three daughters, Alison L. Rodriguez, Las Vegas, NV, Hilary S. Webster (USAF Retired) and husband Michael (USAF Retired) Las Vegas, NV, and Meredith J. Brown and her husband Ron, Parker, CO; grandson Damian Pitchetrungsi and his wife Gabriela, two great grandchildren, Deeana Rose and DJ, and grandson Joshua A. Rodriguez, all of Los Angeles, CA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the UNC Libraries or to the United Way of Weld County in care of Allnutt Macy Chapel, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO , 80631.

Wendell "Windy" Phillips, Lt Col
USAF (Ret.) joined his wife Bernice, this day, May 31, 2014, at the age of 91. They were married for 32 years. He served 21 years in the United States Air Force. Upon entering the Air Force in 1943, he attended pilot training, graduating in February 1945. He became a pilot instructor and was qualified as both a transport pilot and tactical fighter pilot. His first assignment was in Africa and the Middle East. After returning stateside, he attended US Air Force Weather School and became a meteorologist and weather officer. He completed his decorated service of 21 years at Scott Air Force Base, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1965. After retiring from the Air Force, he moved his family to Washington DC and completed a second career with Unisys Corporation. Survivors include his six children from his first marriage of 38 years to Janet Booher Phillips; Nicole O'Neil and her husband Richard, Wendell G. Phillips, David Phillips, Natalie Hocknell and husband William, Kevin Phillips and his wife Marlett, and Scott Phillips; grandchildren, Shannon Lantzy and Colin O'Neil, Kim Phillips, Helen and Robert Hocknell and Jana and Hannah Phillips; great grandchildren, Odin and Calliope Lantzy. Wendell and his late wife Bernice were active members of the First Baptist Church of Niceville for 32 years. A heart felt thanks to his caring church community. We are grateful to Jim and Debora Milne for their very special friendship. He will be forever in our hearts and eternally missed. Interment with military honors was at Barrancas National Cemetery, Naval Air Station, 1 Cemetery Road, Pensacola, FL.

Howard Phillip Roudebush, 84, of the Clinton Presbyterian Home, and formerly of Foothills Presbyterian Home, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, Easley, SC. Born in Princeton, Ill., Mr. Roudebush was a son of the late Delino and Clarissa Diane White Roudebush. He received his Masters Degree from Oklahoma A&M in 1953. He retired as a Master Sgt. with the U.S. Air Force after 23 years of service, having served in World War II and the Korean Conflict. Mr. Roudebush then worked for the National Weather Service for 30 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the VFW, DAV and the American Meteorological Society, and was a member of Easley Presbyterian Church, where he was a former choir member. Surviving are a son, Tony Roudebush and his wife, Brenda, of Joliet, Ill.; a stepson, James Everett Mumby and his wife, Sue, of Ridgefield, Conn.; a stepdaughter, Jean Suzanne Reiter and her husband, Karl, of Oakdale, Minn.; a brother, Harold E. Roudebush and his wife, Constance, of Indianapolis, Ind.; two grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Betty Williams Roudebush; and his second wife of 30 years, Helen Elizabeth (Mumby) Roudebush. Entombment was in Arlington National Cemetery, VA
The great escape.

Kevin CleggMajor Kevin E. Clegg, USAF, 43, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away on March 6, 2016, at his home in Arizona. Kevin came into this world on June 12, 1972. He was born and raised in Ravenswood, W.Va. and he spent his early years growing up in the Faith Bible Church in Ravenswood. At the age of 24, Kevin enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a medic. In 1996, he jumped at the opportunity to attend school at the University of Arizona to become an officer and a meteorologist. He would later earn his MBA from the same university. Despite his deep love for his profession and serving his country, most recently as an intelligence officer, Kevin's primary focus was enjoying his time on earth with family and friends. He looked at each day as an opportunity to improve, to explore, loving a life jam-packed with adventure. He seldom stopped to catch his breath prior to launching full force into his next endeavor. Some of his passions included mountain biking, cycling, racing motorcycles, kite boarding and surfing in Hawaii, where he was stationed for several years, kayaking, trail running, traveling, skiing, hiking, camping, climbing, yoga, photography, playing guitar and dabbling in real estate. He touched thousands of lives through his pursuits, simply by being himself and sharing that overabundance of energy with others at every opportunity. Kevin's travels and influence stretched around the globe, but he also valued important and special relationships with family and friends. He was incredibly proud of his brother, Dustin Clegg and deeply loved his mother, Trudy, and his father, David, more than words can describe. He will be missed but never forgotten. He is survived by his parents, Dave and Trudy Adams Clegg; brother, Dustin Clegg; nephew, Darin Clegg; special aunts, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. The funeral service will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, W.Va., with Pastor Steve Raines officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Monday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to VFW Post 5501, Hunting for Heroes, 329A Parkersburg Road, Ripley, WV 25271. Condolences may be expressed to the family at, or on our website at

Roy LaddColonel Roy E. Everett Ladd, USAF (Retired) of Fort Myers Beach, Florida and San Antonio, Texas was embraced by his loving Heavenly Father on June 25, 2009.
Roy enlisted in the Army Air Corps May 1941 and had an illustrative career in the military in which he served for 33 years. Among his many awards and decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendations Medal and the Legion of Merit. While stationed in Tezpur Air Field, India, he flew 78 missions over the "hump" into China. Later in his career he was a "Typhoon Chaser" in Guam and participated in "Project Sandstone", the nuclear testing program in the Marshall Islands. Colonel Ladd flew 22 atomic testing missions. Upon his retirement from active duty he moved to Florida where he began his second career as a real estate broker. Throughout his life, Roy loved to play music in front of small and large audiences. He played the saxophone and the clarinet in the Edison College orchestra. He loved the music from his childhood church days and music from the 1940s. He particularly liked "It Had to Be You" because it reminded him of his beloved Patricia to whom he was married for 43 years. Roy is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia A. Ladd; his sister, Elaine Ladd Ingram,; his step-son, Mike Daus; nieces; Laddene Korhonen, Lelaine Urban, Leilani Ingram, Leann Ladd and Carlyn Ladd.
Service will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Assembly Ministries located at 4701 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, FL. A full military burial will be scheduled at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Missions through the First Assembly Ministries.

Amnie Vance was born on January 26, 1930 and passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2012. Amnie was a resident of Robinson, Texas at the time of her passing.  She was married to Bobby.  Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2012 at Pecan Grove Funeral Home Chapel, 3124 Robinson Drive with Dr. Jack Kyle Daniels officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 25,2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Methodist Childrens Home 1111 Herring Avenue Waco, Texas 76708.

Barbara Lee Brown Perry Gargiulo, 83, of Asheville, North Carolina, passed away on January 26, 2016 in the loving care of Mayflower Senior Care. Throughout her life, Barbara knew no strangers. She loved unconditionally, and lived to teach, encourage, and help anyone she met. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Barbara studied journalism at the University of Missouri. She also attended Hillyer College/University of Hartford and Drew University. She spent many years living in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Most of her years since 1979 were spent residing in North Carolina. Barbara was a long-time instructor for Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College where she was awarded "Outstanding Continuing Education Faculty Member of the Year" in 2007. She was still teaching classes a few months before her death. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Col. Alphonse Gargiulo Jr. She is survived by her sons Timothy Perry and wife Sharon, Chuck Perry, Chris Perry, Jim Gargiulo and wife Jill, and Mike Gargiulo; daughter Janet Petty and husband Tim; six grandchildren: Christilia Perry, James Levingston, Julie Brooks, Jessica Petty, Tony Gargiulo, Renee Gargiulo Pike, as well as great grandson Logan Gargiulo. She is also survived by her sister, Florence Snodgrass.
Memorial donations may be made to the Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, North Carolina, 28806, where Barbara was a volunteer.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Feb. 21, 2016.

Edward S. Gill , June 29, 1921-Feb 3, 2016. Beloved father, compassionate teacher, lover of Nature, friend to man and beast... Edward S. Gill will be greatly missed by many. As valedictorian at his local high school in Keokuk, Iowa, he won a scholarship to Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, where he majored in Chemistry. In 1942, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps for training in Meteorology, and served in various administrative posts during World War II with the 15th and 20th Weather Squadrons. While stationed at the Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia airfield, he met and married Ruth Ash in 1945. He island-hopped from Horn Island to Jacky Jacky to Biak Island to Manila and finally to the Administrative Headquarters in Tokyo. After an Honorable Discharge in 1946, Ed continued in the Air Force Reserves as a Major and instructor. His career in Clinical Chemistry began in Clifton Springs, N.Y. managing the lab at the local hospital and clinic. In the 14 years he lived in this small village with his family, he was a vital part of the community. Although he served his church in leadership roles in each town where he lived, his greatest volunteer service was to St. Johns Episcopal Church in Clifton, where he acted as Treasurer, Junior and Senior Warden, Sunday School Superintendent, chorister, and where he cranked out the weekly newsletter on the old mimeograph. He was instrumental in building from scratch the first Parish Hall there. Ed also served on the YMCA Board, was copresident with his wife of the PTA, was elected President of the Rotary Club, stayed active as counselor with the Boy Scouts, and enjoyed baseball and hot dogs with the home team. In 1962 Ed moved to East Aurora, NY to head the Chemistry Dept. at the then 1,000 bed VA Hospital in Buffalo. There he introduced a Med Tech Program for students at the University of Buffalo, who often continued on to work with him in the VA Lab. He received the coveted Somogyi-Sendroy Award for "outstanding contributions" to the clinical chemistry profession. In 1986 he retired to Hartwell, Georgia, where the State of Georgia awarded him a certificate of recognition for his work on the environment. He was very active in maintaining Hart Park and the shoreline of Hartwell Lake and owing to his passion for Nature, for years picked up litter along a 2-mile stretch of highway in that area. He was an active member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Hartwell. Above all, Edward "Poppo" Gill was a family man. As a boy he was the one to decorate the family Christmas tree. He was our family doctor, too; "Doctor Daddy" always knew what to do in an emergency; he was fix-it man, the pancake cook, the veggie gardener extraordinaire, and the patient father who returned home each eve, no matter how weary, to bring a sense of calm to a raucous household. Pop always walked his talk, and will be forever admired for the legacy he recorded in his 50th Cornell Class Reunion program, which read: "I hope I will be remembered as a good husband and father, whose choices and conduct in life have been based on truth, fairness, and service to others, with high ethical standards, good will and relationships; as friend of the earth, its people and the environment." Dear Pop, you've exceeded the mark in our eyes! Ed is survived by his son David (Barbara J.) of Clifton Springs, his daughter Kit(Jack) of Boulder, Colorado, his daughter Barbara(Mark) Parsons of Bradenton, Florida, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grands. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave W in Bradenton on Feb.21, 2016 at 1 P.M. Contributions may be made to Christ Church, or a charity of choice . - See more at:

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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