Gehred, Paul, Major USAF (Ret.), a man incapable of
unkindness, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on February 21, 2015
at the age of 57, at his home in Dayton, OH. Paul, a meteorologist and
solar scientist at AF Research Station, loved his family, friends,
science, music, literature, cycling and the whole wide world with
uncommon enthusiasm. Paul is survived by his wife Patti Gehred (nee
Smith); his children Alison Paige Gehred (Mark Ingles) and Kathryn
Irene Gehred; his mother-in-law Karen Smith, and by siblings, Stacey
Gehred, Anne (Rick) Gehred Schultz, John (Ann) Gehred, Clare (Marco)
Matranga, Larisa Gehred, Beth Gehred, Meg (Dean) Hoornaert, and Bob
(Angie) Gehred; brother-in-law Todd (Tracey) Smith; twenty nieces and
nephews; dozens of cousins; and much extended family and friends. He
is predeceased by his parents, brothers Mike and Jim, father-in-law,
Robert Smith, grandparents Anthony and Rose Ingrassia and Jerome and
Rose Gehred. Paul was born in Milwaukee on July 20, 1957 to Thomas and
Rita Gehred, the second of nine children. He graduated from the
University of Wisconsin in 1979 with a degree in Meteorology and
worked as a high school science teacher until joining the United
States Air Force in 1987. He received a master's degree in Space
Physics from Utah State. He rose to rank of Major before retiring from
the Air Force Weather Unit in 2006. He greatly enjoyed his
post-retirement career as an atmospheric weather researcher at WPAFB.
On November 13, 1982, he married the woman who had knocked him off of
his feet, Patti. Together they raised two bright and beautiful
daughters, who were the most important part of their lives. Paul was a
devoted husband, and a singular character known for his unique
perspective on the world; a trait that made him both an intuitive
scientist, and a delight to spend time with. He shared his zest for
life genuinely with everyone he met. He was love and light and will be
sorely missed. Visitation will be held at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100
E. Stroop Rd. Kettering, OH on Thursday, February 26th from 4 – 7:00
p.m, with a Memorial Mass the following day, scheduled for 10 a.m. on
February 27th at Queen of Apostles Church, 4435 E. Patterson Rd.
Beavercreek, OH with Fr. Chris Wittmann officiating. In lieu of
flowers the family requests that donations be made to
foodbankdayton.org. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting
Perl, Wolfgang Age 73 Survived by his wife of 50
years, Hannelore Perl of Bellevue, NE; son: Andrew Perl and wife Lisa,
granddaughter, Megan Lamken and husband Mac, grandson, Zachary Perl
and wife Britany, and grandson Christopher Perl, all of Blue Springs,
MO; and son: Michael Perl and wife Ann, and grandsons, Matthew and
Alex Perl all of Papillion, NE; sister-in-law and brother-in-law,
Irene and Karl-Heinz Hornikel; nieces, Christiane and Constanze, all
of Germany; sister-in-law, Marion Perl of Boca Raton, FL; and many
good friends. Wolfgang was preceded in death by his parents, Walter
and Irma Perl; and his brother Guenter Perl. A MEMORIAL Luncheon for
Wolfgang will be at 1pm Saturday, January 17, at Bellevue Eagles Club,
209 W. Mission Ave. Donations to: Nebraska Humane Society; or Lydia
House are preferred. CHAPEL OF MEMORIES 9001 Arbor Street #111
Luxner, Richard M., of Stow, MA, died on Dec. 24,
2014. Born in Newark, New Jersey on September 29, 1923 he was
the son of the late George and Bertha (Fleisher) Luxner.
During World War II, Mr. Luxner served in the U.S. Army Air
Corps as a Sergeant with the 18th Weather Squadron supporting
the 8th Air Force. He was a 1948 graduate of Franklin and
Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and received his
MLS from Rutgers University in 1968. He retired from his
career as an area consultant in prospect research for
development at various non-profits in the area. A 20 year Stow
resident, for many years he tutored children in language arts
at the Randall Library in Stow. Mr. Luxner was the producer,
editor and publisher of Vapor Trails, the semi-annual
publication of the Massachusetts Branch of the Eighth Air
Force Historical Society. In addition to his wife Ann, he is
survived by a son, Michael David Luxner and his wife Karla of
Decatur, IL and their daughter Rebecca "Bec" Luxner; a
daughter, Laurie Luxner Raisher and her husband Eric of North
Merrick, LI, NY and their children Benjamin "Ben" and Susanne
"Susie". He was also the brother of the late David "Dave"
Luxner and his late wife Heidi of Manchester, VT and Uncle "R"
of Bryn Wood and her husband Tom of Waban, MA and their
children, Phoebe, Katie and Macy; and Alison Luxner and her
husband Craig Keller of Newton Centre and their daughter Willa
Keller. Service was held December 29th, 2014 at the
Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Avenue, Bourne, MA.
Donations in his memory may be made to Eighth Air Force
Historical Society, P. O. Box 956, Pooler, GA 31322. For
online guest book please visit www.deefuneralhome.com
MacFiggen, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), died Friday, October
10, 2014 in Charlottesville, VA. Born in Erie, PA on August
21, 1925, he was the only son of the late David and Frieda
Schmidt MacFiggen. In 1944 David joined the Navy where he
served in the South Pacific during WWII as an aerographers
mate analyzing meteorological data and developing weather
forecasts for virtually any locale in the world. David
furthered his military career after separation from the Navy
by joining the Air Force. His Air Force career as a pilot and
meteorologist was decorated by the Korean Service Medal, UN
Service Medal, Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the
Distinguished Flying Cross Medal. David completed 50 combat
missions. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in
1970. David’s aviation devotion originated at the age of 16
when he began flying. His passion for flight was passed to his
children as he had each of his children learning to fly before
they received their automobile driver’s licenses. David’s
reverence for flight was noted as he became a fully rated
pilot, pilot instructor, and aerobatic instructor. He also
worked for the UVA Medical Center’s flight operations as the
fixed wings Chief Pilot. He would continue to fly until the
age of 75. David attended Syracuse University where he
received his degree in physics. He married the love of his
life, Jean Marie Dudley, on December 28, 1946. Together, David
and Jean had three children: Debbie, David, and Dale. David
retired from his civilian career from the General Electric
Company in 1987 where he worked in international sales. He was
a member of the Masonic Lodge and Shriners, AWA AFA and MOAA.
David is survived by his wife, Jean, of 67 years; his
daughter; Debbie Parmelee and husband Vic of Charlottesville;
sons, Dale H. MacFiggen and wife Ella of Alabama and David D.
MacFiggen of Ohio; daughter-in-law, Jan MacFiggen of
California; grandsons James, Scott, and Jason MacFiggen of
California, Daniel Parmelee of Charlottesville, and Brad
MacFiggen of Alabama; and great-granddaughters, Lorelei
MacFiggen of Alabama and Skylar MacFiggen of California. “Hov’ring
there, I’ve chased the shouting wing along, and flung my eager
craft through footless halls of air… And, while the silent
lifting mind I’ve trod the high untrespassed sanctity of
space, put out my hand and touched the face of God.” A private
service was held at Monticello Memory Gardens,
Charlottesville, VA with full military honors. In lieu of
flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be
made in David’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX
758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Wintergreen Adaptive Sports,
11 Grassy Ridge, Roseland, VA 22967.
Wayne “Jim” Reel, Sr., age 86, of
Marion, has claimed the promise of Eternal Life and is now with his
Lord and Savior, having cast off the burdens of this life for the
Heavenly rewards he strove for on this side of eternity. He was in the
loving company of his dear family on the evening of Wednesday,
September 10, 2014 when he passed at the Hospice House of Rutherford
County. A native of McDowell County, Jim was born on February 2, 1928
to the late James Zed Reel and Bonnie Henline Reel, his biological
mother who lost her life in childbirth. His second mother, Bertha
Curtis Reel, who took him as her own to raise, came into his life when
he was just a toddler and gave him much love and affection as she
nurtured him into adulthood. He served his country nobly in the U. S.
Army and also in the U. S. Air Force, where he was assigned to the
53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron known as the “Hurricane Hunters”.
An avid reader, he was a lifelong scholar and absorbed knowledge with
great ease. Jim enjoyed the fellowship of his Lodge brothers at the
Marion Moose Lodge where he was a life member and also served as a
former Governor. He was a true blue Tar Heels fan. A member of New
Horizon Baptist Church, his Christian nature was exemplified in the
way he showed his love for his beloved family and friends. His
cherished wife, Annie Elizabeth Butner Reel, a daughter, Ruth Reel,
and a brother, Dan Reel, preceded him in death. Jim leaves behind two
children, Margaret Reel Roper and her husband Timmy and Jim Reel, Jr.,
all of Marion; a brother, Melvin Reel and his wife Carolyn of Marion;
two sisters, Lucille Toney and her husband Carroll and Sarah Roper and
her husband Gil, all of Marion; five grandchildren, Jamie Reel and his
love Sarah of Las Vegas, NV, Jonathan Reel and his wife Caroline of
Morganton, Josh Hardin and his wife Crystal of Marion, Bryan Radford
and his wife Nina of Union Mills and Tina Stevens and her husband
Scotty of New Orleans, LA; and eight great-grandchildren, Hannah,
Zane, Cherish, Acacia, Katelyn, Liam, Tanner and Lauryn. He also
leaves his beloved canine companion, Princess. A service in
celebration of his life was held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 in
the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion with the Rev. Ray
Davis officiating. Burial, with military rites rendered by the U. S.
Air Force, will follow in the Bethlehem Community Cemetery. Memorials
may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County at PO Box 336, Forest
City, NC 28043. The family wishes to extend special thanks for the
professional and loving care that was given to Jim during the time he
spent at Hospice House of Rutherford County.
Wohlman. The much loved Richard Arthur "Rick" Wohlman went
home to the Lord on Friday, May 9, 2014. He was born on September 22,
1952 to the late Marion Schaffrick Wohlman and Richard L. Wohlman. He
leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Patricia (Peterson) Wohlman; son,
Richard Jackson (Katie) Wohlman; daughters, Kelly Dean (Eric)
Pilarczyk, Kayce (Nate) Keane; sister, Debra (James) Hendryx; and
precious grandchildren, Jackson Wohlman and Penelope Pilarczyk. Rick
attended the United States Air Force Academy and then served his
country as an aerial weather reconnaissance officer, chasing typhoons
in the Pacific and hurricanes in the Atlantic. He received a
distinguished service award for locating a crippled 47ft. sailboat
with 6 souls aboard in the Pacific during Supertyphoon Tip, when the
ship lost communications. All aboard were successfully rescued. His
adventures took him to North Carolina where he taught classes at a
university, Huntsville, Alabama where he worked for NASA and finally
retiring to Parker, Colorado where he worked as a real estate broker
with his wife Patricia. Rick loved airplanes, the mountains and
politics. But most of all he loved his family. He will be deeply
missed. Service and interment were held Friday, May 23, 2014 at 1 p.m.
at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
L. Mazzella of Colorado Springs, CO and wife of CMSgt
John Mazzella USAF (Ret.) died on 18 August 2013. She was born on
18 December 1921 in Bavaria, Germany to Franz and Anna Mueller. An
only child, she attended both formal and vocational schools. Upon
coming to the United States in 1950 she enjoyed working in women's
wear at various department stores for many years. Jenny married
Air Force SSgt E. John Mazzella June 17, 1950 in her hometown. She
enjoyed the next 26 years of Air Force life both in Germany and in
the United States. Proudly, she became a US citizen in 1953.
Traveling was a priority. Among the high points was walking the
streets of Helsinki, Finland during the June midnight sun, then
going on to Stalingrad and Moscow, Soviet Union, in 1974. No
matter where she lived, Jenny enjoyed walking the family dogs
throughout the neighborhood. Though she played Bridge, she was an
"expert" Canasta player, "sandbagging" John again and again. She
was an excellent teller of jokes. No matter where stationed, the
couple enjoyed ballroom dancing, often dancing three or more times
a week. Costume balls were at the top of their list. For Jenny,
voluntarism was the heart-warming thing to do, it gave her a lift.
On several air bases she joined the NCO Wives Club, holding varied
positions and received awards for good work. Here in Colorado
Springs Jenny and John often cooked for the weekend dinner dances
at VFW Post 4051. Several times on New Years Eve the couple cooked
dinner for 235 members and guests and then dance the night away.
She did this until her illness started in 2000. The Mazzella's
recently celebrated their 63rd anniversary. They have a daughter,
Carmen Jennings of Elizabeth, CO, two grandchildren, Cari and
Jamice. Cari lives in Fort Collins with Jenny's
great-grandchildren, Collin and Kassidi. Jamice lives in Nashville
with Jenny's great-grandchildren Devin, Faith and Grace. Jenny
will be missed by relatives and her many friends throughout the
USA and Germany. The family wishes to thank the Life Care Center
of Colorado Springs, and Interim Home Hospice for the very good
care and compassion they gave to Jenny and her family. Memorial
services were held at VFW Post 4051, 430 E. Pikes Peak Ave,
Colorado Springs. The family suggests donations be made in Jenny's
name to Alzheimer's Association , 2315 Bott Ave, Colorado Springs,
CO 80904 or to the Humane Society of Colorado Springs, 610 Abbott
Lane, Colorado Springs, CO 80905.
Crowe, Lorraine Geraldine Bitz, age 90, passed
away Thursday, January 3, 2013. She was born October 5, 1922 in Brady
MT. Lorraine graduated from Brady High School in 1939 as
Valedictorian. She received a Civil Service appointment to the
Veterans Administration in Washington, DC. In 1944 Lorraine enlisted
in the WACS and served as secretary to the colonel, chief of the War
Crimes Group in Wiesbaden, Germany, earning a Bronze Star. Following
her military service, she was secretary to the General Manager of
American Fruit Growers in Los Angeles, CA. In California, she met
Herbert C. Crowe and they were married on July 19, 1952. They lived in
Great Falls, MT, Minneapolis, MN, Cincinnati, OH, and ended up in
Dallas, TX in 1971. Lorraine was interested in oil painting and water
color and was an avid bridge player and teacher as well as being a
voracious reader. She received her Associate's Degree in 1983, showing
a lifelong love of learning. Lorraine is preceded in death by her
parents, Sebastian and Sophia Bitz; her brother, Melvin Bitz; her
sister, Leona Fuhrer and her son-in-law, Don Armstrong. She is
survived by her husband of 60 years, Herbert Crowe (veteran of AWS and
an AWA member); daughter, Yvonne Armstrong; son, Jeff Crowe; sister,
Katherine Forsman; nieces, Connie Skiftun and Thelma McKay (Norlis);
nephews, David Forsman (Gay) and Richard Fuhrer (Judy); and many great
nieces and nephews. Services were held Thursday, January 10 at 12:30
in the Wildwood Chapel at Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery, 9920
Restland Road, Dallas TX. Memorials may be made to the Greater
Lakewood Shepherd Center, 6306 Kenwood Ave, Dallas, TX 75214.
Donald R. Hawkes passed away on July 10, 2013, at
age 93 in Victor, NY. He was predeceased by his son, Thomas. Donald is
survived by his wife, Madeleine; son, John (Donna) of Fairport; and
grandchildren, Emmett and Maddy Hawkes. He was an Air Weather
Association member, a retired National Weather Service meteorologist,
and a proud former Eighth Air Force Weather Observer (he served in
England in World War II). Donald's funeral Mass was celebrated at St.
Patrick's Church, 115 Maple Ave., Victor, NY. Interment was in St.
Patrick's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory
may be made to the Thomas Hawkes Memorial Scholarship, c/o Victor
Central School, 953 High St., Victor, NY 14564.
Boudreau, Robert D. (1931 - 2012). Robert was born on March
9, 1931 in North Adams, MA and died on March 2, 2012 in Wheat Ridge,
CO. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran meteorologist, Metropolitan State
College-Denver Emeritus Professor, devotee of música de romance, avid
golfer and held multiple FAA ratings including ATP and was fluent in
Spanish. Teaching, even in death, Robert has donated his body to The
Anatomical Board of the State of Colorado. He is survived by his wife
Sharon Shin of Denver; daughters Spring Propst of Harrisburg, VA; Dawn
(Robert) Thresher of Aberdeen, MD; son Aaron Boudreau of Westminster,
CO; sister Annette Boschetti of Fort Lauderdale, FL; aunt Lola Madsen
of Wichita Falls, TX; and nieces, nephews, cousins and beloved friends
everywhere. Donations in Robert's name may be made to the Disabled
American Veterans at http://www.dav.org/ or First Tee, a youth golf
organization, at http://www.thefirstteeofdenver.com/.
Richard ‘Dick’ Royal Hoopes, (MSgt/GM14) 76, passed away
early on June 18th, 2006 Father’s Day morning in his sleep at home by
his wife’s side. He succumbed to esophageal cancer. He was born June
11th, 1930 to Eldridge and Mary Hoopes in Ventnor City, near Atlantic
City, New Jersey. He was the youngest of three boys: eldest Harry and
middle brother Tom. He graduated from Atlantic City High School in
1948, and joined the US Air Force. In the service, in part inspired by
his brother Tom’s work as a meteorologist, he studied meteorology at
The University of Oklahoma. He was then stationed in Greenland and in
London, UK, as a weather observer. While in London, he met his Finnish
bride Talvikki ‘Taija' Lindell and married her there in 1952. He left
the Air Force and completed his degree in meteorology at Florida State
University in Tallahassee, in 1960. Richard then took his young family
to Shannon, Ireland for three years, where he was a meteorologist for
the Irish Meteorological Service, on loan from the US National Weather
Service. The family had a wonderful time there enjoying the friendly
Irish and their beautiful green country. His career included
assignments with National Weather Service, National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, twice in Alaska, for a total of twenty six
years. We lived in Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage. Alaska was a great
adventure for him. Dick flew his Cessna for pleasure and work all over
the state. He was a founding member and President of the Interior and
Arctic Alaska Aeronautical Foundation, which built the Alaskaland
Pioneer Air Museum in Fairbanks. In 1992 he was instrumental in
organizing and coordinating the historic first ever visit to the
United States (to Fairbanks, Alaska) of the Russian Knights, a Russian
Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet demonstration team. He was a member of the
Civil Air Patrol performing many search missions looking for lost
aircraft. Richard was an active member of the Fairbanks Rotary Club
and a lifelong member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
He work also took our family back to Europe, to Frankfurt, Germany,
for a seven year extended assignment for the Air Force. From there the
family enjoyed many summer vacations in Mom’s homeland of Finland.
Richard retired as the Deputy Meteorologist-in-Charge of the National
Weather Service, Alaska Northern Region, in 1995. Richard and Taija
then moved to Salinas, California were they lived, since 1997. He
enjoyed boating, fishing and leadership in the local Air Force
Association chapter, as well as active participation with the Quiet
Birdmen club. Dick was president of the Bay Area Mercedes Club. He was
a very patriotic American and instilled in his sons a respect and love
for Finland as well. He taught us how to drive, sail and fly, and took
us camping and on wonderful travels across Alaska, Canada, the US and
Europe. Richard loved classical music, had a great voice of his own,
was an avid photographer, and was a racing and rallying enthusiast. He
inspired son Erik to achieve numerous motocross and car racing
championships. He was a wonderful Dad and devoted husband for over
fifty one years. Richard leaves a legacy of great integrity, honesty,
and a love of adventure. He never shied away from taking the road less
traveled. He leaves behind his wife Taija; sons Kaarl, Rick, Erik and
Mark, brothers Harry and Tom, daughters-in-law Karen, Barbara, Scherri
and Karen, grandchildren Kris, Carl, Rick, Talvi, Ryan, Erik, Shannon
and Erika; and two great-grandsons Elijah and Daniel, as well as
extended family in Finland and friends all over the world. We miss
you, our beloved Dad and Husband! A celebration of his life was held
at Cypress Community Church, Salinas on Saturday June 24th, 2006.
Joseph Michael Kovac, Jr., Major, USAF (Retired), passed on January 5, 2015 in Colorado Springs, CO. He was born March 26, 1935 in Latrobe, PA, son of Joseph and Margaret Kovac. After graduation from Derry Township HS in 1951, Joe enlisted in the Air Force as a meteorologist. He joined the Army of Occupation in Germany and later transferred to England, where he married Janet Mary Westnutt. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and commanded weather stations in the US, Turkey and Thailand and retired from NORAD Headquarters in 1978. He ran the weather station in Thule, Greenland. He oversaw the construction of Denver International Airport. He served on the staff of the Lions Camp, and was a Melvin Jones Fellow of Lions Club International. His love of airplanes was seen through his construction of model airplanes and his talks to schools. At the National British Wives Reunion, he donated B-17 models of "the Memphis Belle", and his riveting talk put you in the cockpit for that final combat mission. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association. He is survived by his wife Janet of 60 years, children Karen and Neil, their spouses, Jean Michel and Charity, grandchildren David, Bryan, Ian and Austin, great grandchildren Logan and Wyatt, and his sister, Rose Marie Kovac of Greensburg, PA., and many nieces and nephews. A memorial ceremony with full military honors will be held at Mountain View Mortuary, 2350 Montebello Square Drive, Colorado Springs, CO., at 1pm, on Tuesday, January 13. Family flowers only. Donations to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. The family would like to give special thanks to the Penrose Hospital medical staff to include Doctors Adams, Murk, Mitchell, Hammers and Call.
Mary Sandra “Sandy” Harra, nee Austin, 73, of Trenton, died Thursday,
January 1, 2015 at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, IN.
Mrs. Harra was born April 16, 1941 in Evansville, IN to Hubert and Mary
(Shrote) Austin; they preceded her in death.
She married William Harra on July 29, 1961 in Kansas City, MO; he
preceded her in death on January 26, 2013.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death
by a brother, James A. Austin; a sister, Barbara D. Bullderback; and a
brother-in-law, Norman Bullderback.
Surviving is a daughter, Angela (Jon) Hensley of Indianapolis, IN; 2
grandchildren, Austin William Hensley and Samantha Nicole Hensley; and
sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Peggy Austin of Evansville, IN and
Una (George) Brzon of Prairie Village, KS.
Sandy retired from performing data entry at Scott Air Force Base.
Funeral Service will be Monday, January 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the
Moss Funeral Home in Trenton. Interment will follow in Trenton,
Cemetery, Trenton, IL.
Visitation will be Sunday, January 4, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and again
on Monday, January 5, 2015 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home
Memorials can be made to the donor’s choice and will be received at the
Charles F. van Rossum, captain USAF (retired), 66, of Lincoln, passed peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 surrounded by his family. Born Sept. 18, 1948 in Surabaya, Indonesia to Pieter and Lydia van Rossum, he was the oldest of four sons. Chuck spent his childhood in Holland and then in 1960 the family immigrated to Boston. After serving 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, Chuck began working as a university administrator. He moved to Lincoln with his family in 1997 and worked at UNL until having to medically retire in 2007.
Chuck was a compassionate man with a strong faith and deep sense of service. He served as a mentor to many and took pride in serving students towards accepting diversity and bridging U.S. and international students.
Chuck is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carol Thorp van Rossum; daughter, Natalie (Rory) O'Connell of Joliet, Ill.; daughter, Kira van Rossum (Gabrial Bencker) of Omaha; grandchildren, Kyler and Karli O'Connell, and Liam Bencker.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Lincoln Community Foundation, 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 100, Lincoln, NE 68508; designated to "The van Rossum Fund for Youth Education and Leadership."
Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, at Saint Paul UMC in Lincoln. Chuck will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Clinton, Ill. Condolences online at www.aspenaftercare.com.
Retired Lt .Col. Ralph Richmond Ruyle, Jr.
age 91 of Fort
Walton Beach, Florida passed away December 12, 2014 at Fort
Walton Beach Medical Center. Mr. Ruyle was born October 24,
1923 in Randsburg, California to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Richmond
Ruyle, Sr. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church
having served as a deacon and elder in the church. He loved
crossword puzzles, fishing and piloting glider planes. He was
a volunteer at the VA Center and was a member of MENSA. He
received his degree from UCLA in Meteorology and Mathematics.
His true love, other than Libby, was the pursuit of knowledge
and tutoring young people.
Predeceased by his parents and
four children; Eric, A.J., Bobby and Herman A., he was
survived by his wife of 58 years, Mrs. Elizabeth (Libby) Ruyle
of Fort Walton Beach, two brothers, Adriane Ruyle and Dr.
Eugene Ruyle, and one special niece, Janny Morgan all of whom
reside in California.
A memorial service will be at 11:00
A.M. on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Westminster
Presbyterian Church in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Ralph was a WB-50 pilot and AWS meteorologist during his
long USAF career. He was a charter member of the Air
Weather Association and the Air Weather Reconnaissance
Association and held many volunteer positions in the
AWRA. He was still serving as the AWRA Chairman of the
Board of Directors at the time of his death.
Colonel Walter Marvin Dale (Retired Air Force), age
82, of Troy, MO, passed from this world into the heavenly kingdom
on November 4, 2014. He was born on January 16, 1932 in Memphis,
Tennessee, and lived in Houston, Texas until enlisting in the
United Stated Air Force in 1952. He married Anne Lee Brewer in
1953. Colonel Dale quickly moved through the ranks becoming an
distinguished pilot and leader. As a 1st Lieutenant, he became a
member of the Mach Buster’s Club in 1954 after exceeding the speed
of sound in a F-100 Super Sabre. He obtained a Master’s Degree in
Meteorology in 1968. Major Dale was awarded the Air Medal (7th Oak
Leaf Cluster) in 1969 for safely diverting and landing a C-130B
cargo plane exposed to a hostile rocket attack in Vietnam. He
received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1970 for safely landing
a C-130B Aircraft after an engine became engulfed in flames. Lt.
Colonel Dale received the Air Force Commendation Medal in 1973 for
his accomplishments with global weather support at Offutt Air
Force Base, Nebraska. Colonel Dale was awarded the Meritorious
Service Medal in 1976 for his contributions of pioneering a
concept of enhanced and effective communications of weather
conditions to the Army troops. Colonel Dale was awarded the Legion
in Merit in 1979 for exceptionally meritorious conduct and
outstanding contributions in designing an entirely new computer
simulation model to upgrade the analog weather facsimile system to
a digitized high speed facsimile system. Colonel Dale retired in
1979 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Colonel Dale moved to the
mountains of Colorado where he designed and built the first Solar
Envelope Home in that state with no auxiliary heat. He was a
talented musician, singer, and song-writer. He wrote over 50
Christian songs and traveled to churches spreading God’s love
through his music. He was greatly saddened by the loss of his
beloved wife, Anne, in 2010 when she went to heaven. Colonel Dale
moved to Troy, Missouri in 2011 and became active in the local
Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as District Chaplain. He
attended several churches in the area and desired to be used of
God in any way. He was a loving husband and father and will be
greatly missed. Colonel Dale is survived by his son, James Dale,
and daughters JoAnne Ramsey, Nancy Harris, and Natalie Dale. He is
also survived by 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Colonel Dale is also survived by his wife, Carry Jane Dale, whom
he married in 2013, and stepson William Thomas Webb.
visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, from 8:30 a.m.
until 11:30 a.m. at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home & Cremation
Center in Troy, MO. A memorial service will also be held on
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at 11:30 a.m., at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral
Home & Cremation Center in Troy. Rev. Mike Ryan to officiate.
Interment to follow in National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks, MO
with full military honors. Memorial donations may be made to the
Alzheimer's Association c/o McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home & Cremation
Center, 1304 Boone Street, Troy, MO, 63379, 636-528-8244. Family
and friends are invited to sign our guest book at: http://www.mccoyblossomfh.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2802215&fh_id=10842
Lt. Col. USAF (Retired), 94 of Melbourne, Florida, passed away
peacefully in his sleep on 11/10/2014. He was born in Atlantic
City, NJ, on April 15, 1920 and he cherished the beach, the ocean,
and the back bays of his beloved South Jersey. He spent his
summers there and so enjoyed the ocean that he became an
accomplished body surfer, a passion that he continued to do with
his sons into his early 90s! In the offseason, he played sandlot
baseball near the beach and football on it with his many local
friends. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1942 with a
degree in chemistry which would subsequently lead him to an
amazing career as an Air Force Meteorologist. He began his Air
Force career enlisting in the USAAF in 1942 as an aviation cadet.
He was trained as an aerial navigator and served in the CBI
Theater "flying the hump" with a B-24 Bomber Group flying 50
missions over Burma (Myanmar) and Siam (Thailand). He left the
service in 1945 but was recalled in 1947 and sent to MIT to train
to become a meteorologist in the newly formed US Air Force. He
then became a B-29 weather observer and was posted in Bermuda from
1948 -1951 where he became one of the original Hurricane Hunters
flying weather reconnaissance missions into Atlantic Hurricanes to
provide data for early storm warnings. While serving in Bermuda he
was put on detached service to Wiesbaden, Germany, to support
weather reconnaissance for the Berlin Air Lift. In 1951 he
returned to MIT and received a Masters in Meteorology which led to
his assignment to the Joint Numerical Weather Prediction Unit near
Washington DC from 1952 - 1957 which was the first organization to
make weather forecasts using electronic computers. In 1957, he was
transferred to a Forecast Center in Morocco which provided
forecasts to B-47 Cold War alert units and in 1958 he was assigned
to Torrejon Air Base near Madrid, Spain, and as Commander of the
Forecast Center he helped to establish support for Cold War
operations from bases in Spain. In 1960 he was transferred to
Offutt AFB, near Omaha Nebraska, where he was a consultant for
Strategic Air Command weather units. Four years later, his final
USAF assignment took him back home to the FAA Technical Center
near Atlantic City where he directed instrumented aircraft into
thunderstorms while taking simultaneous radar data. This was part
of the NEXRAD project to provide air turbulence forecasts for
aircraft from ground radar data alone which was a precursor of
today's sophisticated weather forecasting systems. He retired from
active duty in 1968 but continued with the FAA as a Research
Meteorologist until he retired in 1984.
On the personal
side, he married his beloved green eyed wife and perfect partner
Constance (Connie) Marshall in 1946. They had 3 children, Susan L.
Bolitho of Anthem, Az. Peter "Lips" Lewis of Nosara, Costa Rica,
and Paul R. Lewis of Melbourne, Florida. Bill and Connie moved to
Melbourne, Fl in 1990 becoming members of Indian River Colony
Club, a retirement community for military officers, where they
became very proficient square dancers and Bill developed an
affinity for good beer. Bill's beloved Connie passed away from
Alzheimer's disease in 2011 after 65 wonderful years of marriage.
Bill's journey through life took him from the Roaring 20's days of
Prohibition and bootlegging along the shores of South Jersey
through the Great Depression into World War II and then through
the Cold War yet he liked to often say that next to the late NY
Yankee legend Lou Gehrig that he was the 2nd luckiest man on the
face of the earth for marrying his best friend and lifelong
partner Connie and for having such a wonderful life with her and
their children. Bill is survived by their 3 children, 6 grand
children, and his 7 great grand children who rise up to honor him.
Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to The IRCC
Foundation at 1936 Freedom Drive, Melbourne, Fl 32940 or to a
charity of your choice . Col. Lewis will be cremated and his
remains, along with those of his beloved Connie, will be mixed and
distributed in locations near and dear to both of their hearts. A
Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 AM on
Monday, November 24th at The Life Event Center at Florida
Memorial, 5950 South US Hwy 1, Rockledge, Fl, 32955. - See more
Donald R. Hawkes
passed away on July 10,
2013, at age 93. He was predeceased by his son, Thomas. Donald is
survived by his wife, Madeleine; son, John (Donna) of Fairport;
and grandchildren, Emmett and Maddy Hawkes. Donald's funeral Mass
will be celebrated on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church,
115 Maple Ave., Victor. Interment will be in St. Patrick's
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be
made to the Thomas Hawkes Memorial Scholarship, c/o Victor Central
School, 953 High St., Victor, NY 14564. Arrangements are by
Jarmusz Cotton Funeral Home, Victor.
Richard T. McQuown
, 41 of New Cumberland, passed away Saturday,
November 1, 2014. Mr. McQuown was born July 29, 1973 in
Punxsutawney, a son of Thomas B. McQuown of Punxsutawney and
Sheila M. (Hoffer) McQuown and Thomas Murphy of Weedville. He was
a veteran of the US Air Force during the Iraq War. Rich was a 1991
graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School, a 1996 graduate of IUP
where he received his BS in Regional Planning and was a member of
Theta Chi and earned his Masters in Environmental Science from
Shippensburg University. He was an Environmental Planner in the
Airport Engineering & Planning Division at PennDot for 11 1/2
years. Richard loved the outdoors and kayaking, reading, politics
and most of all his two nieces. In addition to his parents he is
survived by a sister; Christine Phillips and husband Andy of
Westerville, OH., his aunts and uncles; Mary Jo Bush and husband
Tom, Cheryl Mussleman, Sharon Smith and husband Pete all of
Punxsutawney and Shelley Niver and husband John of Big Run, two
nieces; Abigail and Caroline Phillips of Westerville, OH., and
several cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his
grandparents; Richard T. and Lillian (Bleich) McQuown, George and
Shirley (Keller) Hoffer, his aunt; Deanne Bosak and uncle; Wayne
Hoffer. Friends will be received from 6-8 pm Thursday, November 6,
2014 at the McCabe Funeral home in Punxsutawney. A funeral service
will be held at 11 am Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Kyle
Yates officiating. Interment will be private for family. Online
condolences may be made at mccabefuneralhomes.com www.pennlive.com/obits
Donald Samuel McReynolds
passed away on
October 26, 2014. He was born on March 11, 1918 on the family
cattle ranch north of Montrose, CO. His parents were John
Micajahia McReynolds and Nellie Rose Young. He graduated from
Canyon City High School in 1937 and attended Denver University. In
Denver he met the love of his life, Lois June Schaefer. They
married in 1942 and had three daughters, Jean, Judy, and Rosalee.
Don and Lois raised their daughters in Louisiana, Japan,
Greenland, and Kansas during his over 20-year career in the US Air
Force. Lois passed away in 1998 and his daughter Rosalee died in
2003. Don joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and went to North
Africa as a navigator in a B-25 bomber. He flew 48 combat missions
and returned to Louisiana in 1943 to train other air crews. During
the Korean War he served as a weatherman, forecasting weather for
air strikes into North Korea. He received the Bronze Star and Air
Medal among other decorations. Don retired from the Air Force in
1964 and returned to Denver. He and Lois were long-time volunteers
at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He was an avid (if not
proficient) golfer and fisherman. Don is survived by his
daughters; Jean and Judy; three grandchildren; Suzi, Amber and
Stephany; and five great-grandchildren; Madison, Cecilia,
McKenzie, Owen and Wyatt. A Memorial Service will be held at St.
Luke's Episcopal Church, 1270 Poplar St, Denver, CO, on Thursday,
October 30 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made
to St. Luke's Episcopal Church Outreach Program or The Denver Dumb
James Anthony DeGiovanni
was born on December 16, 1934 in
the small town of Roanoke, Illinois to Aldina and James "Red"
DeGiovanni. Jim attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois
where he received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.
He joined the United States Air Force after earning his degree.
James met his wife, Constance Ann Foster, on a blind date when
he was stationed at Custer Air Force Station in Battle Creek, MI.
They were wed on September 7, 1963. The two left Michigan and
headed to Madison, Wisconsin where James earned a Master's Degree
in Meteorology at the University of Wisconsin. The couple had
three children - Catherine, James, and Mary. The family lived in
the Philippines, Seoul Korea, Nebraska, and Illinois.
serving his country for 22 years, Jim retired and began a second
career in Colorado working for Lockheed Martin as an Aerospace
Engineer. James worked at Martin for 18 years.
time, his family blossomed as he welcomed two son-in-laws – Thomas
Price (husband of Catherine) and Michael Rybarczyk (husband of
Mary ) and a daughter-in-law Keirsy Sealock (wife of Jimmy). A
loving grandfather, James had 5 grandchildren: Erika (age 24) and
Matt (age 21) Price, Garrett (age 20) and Nicholas (age 17)
Rybarczyk, and Alex DeGiovanni (age 8). James is survived by his
brothers, Joe Degiovanni (Jane) and Tony Degiovanni (Marion);
sisters, MaryJo Short (the late Richard), Betty Degiovanni,
Theresa Elwood (Bill), and Margaret Cassidy (Bob).
enjoyed traveling the world, photography, playing bridge, skiing,
fishing, riding rollercoasters, watching and participating in
sports, and meeting culturally diverse people.
lost his battle with Parkinson's disease and died at home on
October 19, 2014. He will be greatly missed by all who loved and
knew him as he was truly an amazing man
Lois Estelle Harsh
(nee Sheaffer), beloved wife and mother passed away peacefully from this physical life on October 1, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, She was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on March 28,1926 the only child of Herbert and Mary Sheaffer.
Lois graduated from Paradise High School in 1944 and from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education in 1948. She taught vocal music at Penn Manor High School, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and several grade schools from 1948 to 1958. While at Penn Manor, she directed the Glee Club and Girls Chorus. Her musicians performed annual Christmas Concerts and operettas both of which were attended by hundreds of students and families.
In 1957, she married Lieutenant Eugene Harsh, USAF, and in 1958 accompanied him to an assignment at Niagara Falls, New York. She taught vocal music in North Tonawanda, New York schools until 1960 when their first son Douglas was born in Buffalo, New York. A second Son Jeffrey was born in 1964 in Colorado Springs. In the following years she accompanied her husband to Air Force assignments at The Pennsylvania State University and in Colorado, Mississippi, Alabama, Republic of the Philippines, and Nebraska. Her deep love of music led her to participate in church choirs at every location. In Colorado Springs, Lois sang with the First Presbyterian Church choir for 35 years and made many friends who respected her kind, loving spirit. She was a First Presbyterian Church Deacon and taught children's Sunday school classes. Throughout her life, music was her joy through which she witnessed her faith.
Lois leaves behind devoted husband, Eugene Harsh of 57 years and loving son Jeffrey Harsh. She was preceded in death by son, Douglas Harsh, and parents Herbert and Mary Sheaffer.
Visitation will take place Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Swan-Law Funeral Directors, 501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 Hancock Expressway, Colorado Springs. A Memorial Service is scheduled for Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 219 East Bijou Street, Colorado Springs followed by a reception in the church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church Music Ministries or the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region
Carol Ann (Albert) Klein,
age 67, beloved wife,
mother, sister, grandmother, and friend, passed away quietly on
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at her home in Colorado Springs,
Carol Albert Klein was born on July 5, 1947 in San
Angelo, Texas and lived in many places as a military daughter and
then military wife, from Japan to California, from Washington DC
to Hawaii. She was passionate about travel and loved to visit
friends and family all across the globe. She graduated from Cooper
HS in Abilene, TX and attended Texas Tech University and Washburn
University. She was a professional travel agent working in
Virginia, Nebraska, Colorado, and Hawaii. She was an accomplished
bridge player, enjoyed dancing and travel, and commanded a
dazzling array of card tricks.
Carol is survived by her husband
of 47 years, Colonel (Ret) Thomas Kelly Klein, USAF; her four
children Karen Elizabeth Heinzle , Katherine Ann Brady, Kristina
Noel Klein, and Thomas Kelly Klein, Jr.; her three grandchildren
Ryan Brady, Logan Brady, and Thomas Kelly Klein III; her brother
Thomas W. Albert, and a loving extended family. She is predeceased
by her parents Lt Col (Ret) Warren Charles (Bud) Albert and Maxine
Imogene (Tweedle) Albert, and her brother, Johnny Albert.
will be a private service on Saturday, September 27, followed by a
small reception. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service with
family and friends is planned for 8 November 2014.
contributions may be made in Carol’s name to the Pikes Peak
LARRY K. GILCHRIST, Major USAF (Ret.)
was born November 10, 1937 in Freeport, IL, the son of Leslie and
Virginia Gilchrist and passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014 in
Norman, OK. He graduated from Freeport, IL High School in 1955,
Knox College, IL in 1959 with a degree in Mathematics, Texas A&M,
TX in 1973 with a Master's degree in Meteorology and the
University of Oklahoma in 1997 with a Master's degree in
Mathematics. He was united in marriage to Nadine A. Ehlers June 3,
1962 in Lahoma, OK at Zion Lutheran Church. He was a member of
Trinity Lutheran Church, Norman.
Larry served in the United
States Air Force for 20 years where he was a meteorologist and
instructor. He was stationed at Mt. Home Air Force Base, ID;
Vietnam, where he served as a Detachment Commander; Bryan, TX;
Chanute Air Force Base, IL; Scott Air Force Base, IL; Patch
Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany; and Tinker Air Force Base, Midwest
City, OK. During his service he graduated from several military
schools including National Security Management, Air Command and
Staff College, and Air War College. He also received The Air Force
Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service and a Bronze Star for
distinguishing himself my meritorious service as chief Forecaster
and Detachment Commander in Vietnam while engaged in support of
air and ground operations against an opposing armed force. During
these periods, while exposed to the constant threat of hostile
fire, he established and maintained a very vital weather service
in support of military operations. He demonstrated outstanding
planning ability, versatility and managerial techniques. Larry
retired as a Major in 1982.
Larry also taught at Phillips
University, Oklahoma State University, Rose State College and the
University of Oklahoma. He was a member Pi Mu Epsilon, an honor
society for mathematics and Chi Epsilon Pi, an honor society for
He was a member of the American Volksport
Association and has volksmarched in places around Europe, the
United States, and 77 counties of Oklahoma. He was also a member
of the Air Weather Association.
Survivors include his wife,
Nadine; daughter Leda of Norman; and son Carl of Oklahoma City.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Larry's name for a pipe organ,
may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church at 603 Classen Boulevard,
Norman, OK 73071.
Online condolences may be left at
www.primrosefuneralservice.com.Colonel Castor (Cas) Mendez-Vigo,
Jr., 83, of
Columbus, GA died Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Midtown Medical
Graveside Services will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday,
September 2, 2014 at Ft. Benning Main Post Cemetery according to
McMullen Funeral Home, 3874 Gentian Blvd. Columbus, GA 31907.
Colonel Castor (Cas) Mendez-Vigo, Jr. was born in Tampa, Fl (Ybor
City) to Castor and Luisa Mendez-Vigo, immigrants from Spain and
Cuba October 24, 1931. He was the last surviving child of their 5
children. He attended Ybor Elementary School, Washington Jr. High
as well as Jefferson High School, all in Tampa. In his senior year
he won the prestigious Florida State Medal for Mathematics. During
high school he was a member of the band, playing trumpet and later
went on to play French horn with the Tampa Symphony Orchestra. Cas
received his Bachelors of Arts in mathematics from The University
of Florida in 1952 and a Masters of Meteorology from Florida State
University in 1959. He entered the US Air Force in 1952 and rose
to the rank of full colonel, retiring after 26 years of service.
During his Air Force career he served our country in the Vietnam
War and held numerous positions. He was one of the world’s early
meteorological satellite researchers. His final duty assignment
was that of Deputy Chief of Staff for Automation for Military
Airlift Command. He was awarded numerous medals and citations for
his service including; The Bronze Star and The Legion of Merit
with Oak Leaf Cluster, The Airmen’s Medal, First Class twice (from
Spain and South Vietnam ) to name a few. During Cas’ military
career he was also an adjunct mathematics professor at several US
Following retirement Cas went on to work for
Harris Corporation where he led a team of over 280 software
engineers developing state of the art software for the defense
sector. Cas retired from Harris after 15 years. During his
retirement he volunteered for the American Red Cross as well as
Project Emeritus at Patrick AFB. He received numerous awards and
citations for his volunteer work. In 2004 Cas relocated to
Columbus, GA where he resided until his passing. He was actively
involved in The First Presbyterian Church of Columbus as well as
helping Spring Harbor residents with computer issues and training.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Ida (Gijon), 3
children, sons Dr. Mark (Pam) and Dr. Luke (Tracy), and daughter
Ava, as well as 6 grand children and 5 great grand children.
was called home by our Lord Jesus Christ on August
14, 2014. Born in Inglewood, CA, on November 19, 1942, he was the
son of Virginia Madura and the late Ted Madura of Cerritos, CA. He
is survived by his daughter, Tiffany Madura and her partner
Richard Toro, Jenna Madura former wife of 38 years and mother to
Tiffany, sister, Marilyn Ruzicka, brothers, Tim, Robert, and James
Madura, and many loving cousins.
John attended St. Francis
Cabrini grade school and Mt. Carmel High School. He graduated from
Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor in Physics and was in
the ROTC program. John received a Masters Degree from USC in
International Relations and a Masters Degree from University of
Michigan in Meteorology. He did post graduate work at UCLA John
retired from the United States Air Force after 29 years as a
Colonel. He had tours in England, Viet Nam, Thailand, Ohio,
Michigan, California, Alabama, New Hampshire, Illinois, Texas,
Nebraska, and then Florida as part of Space Shuttle Program.
then went to work for NASA in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center
in 1993 as Chief of Liaison Office. It included the Kennedy
Weather Office and NASA/Air Force Management Office (NAMO) for the
last 21 years. This provided the weather support for the Shuttle
Program and the NASA payload launches. John was very active in the
Catholic Churches in the areas where he lived. John was a member
of of the Knights of Columbus. John was very active with the Pro
Life community, volunteered at Hospice, help in the "Run for Life"
and many other great causes.
John received many awards for
his service in the Air Force and NASA. John received NASA's
Distinguished Service Medal, the highest recognition awarded to a
government employee who by distinguished service, ability, or
vision, has personally contributed to NASA's advancement of United
States interests. He also was awarded the Silver Achievement
Medal. John was a member of the American Meteorological Society,
The National Weather Association, Retired Officers Association and
many other groups.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to equalrightsinstitute.com. Services will be held Monday,
August 25th at 10:30 a.m. with internment and reception to follow
at Our Savior Catholic Church, Cocoa Beach. You may sign John's
guestbook at www.beckman-williamson.com.
Colonel Eugene D. Wallace, USAF Ret.,
away at the age of 94 on the morning of May 4th 2014 in his Laguna
Beach home with his family at his side.
He is survived by his
sister, Lavinia Carlton, his four daughters Linda Wallace, Fran
Wallace, Janet Schafer and Barbara Jensen, his seven grandchildren
and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
parents and his three brothers, Neil, Gordon and Rollin Wallace.
Also preceding him was his true love and devoted partner in life
Eileen Wallace, his infant daughter Ann Elizabeth, and beloved
sons Kendall Eugene and Scott Alan Wallace. Kendall graduated from
USC and entered the Air Force. In 1981 at age 25 he was on a low
altitude training flight in Colorado when his B-52 crashed killing
all eight members of the crew. Three weeks later his younger
brother Scott died in an off-road motorcycle accident.
was born in July of 1919 in Toppenish, Washington, the second son
of Herman and Mae Wallace who managed an apple growing business.
The family relocated to Southern California and in the following
two decades he and his siblings experienced an evolving and
fascinating Los Angeles. The hallmarks of hard work, kindness,
accountability, sense of adventure, and love of learning that so
identified him in later years were established then. As a kid he
sold papers in the streets of Los Angeles, prospected for gold in
his father's mining claim, built a home-made hot air balloon with
Captivated by the concept of flight, he and a few
of his Los Angeles City College classmates (among them Gene
Roddenberry) formed an aero club. He earned a private pilot's
license in 1940 at the age of 21. In the spring of 1941 he entered
the Army Air Corps Flying Cadet program and was commissioned as a
2nd lieutenant pilot. His 22nd Bomb Group was given "Go to War"
orders the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. They deployed to
Australia and commenced bombing runs against the Japanese held
islands of New Guinea. On May 24th, 1942 he co-piloted a low level
air attack on the bomber base at Rabaul, New Britain Island. His
two engine B-26 Marauder aircraft was damaged by ground fire
resulting in a nearby water crash landing. The crew of eight was
declared "missing in action" for the next ten months. Two died in
the water landing; two others evaded capture for three months
until captured by hostile natives and executed by the Japanese;
one died of hunger and sickness in the jungle. Col. Wallace and
two others were rescued at night by a heroic Australian Catalina
seaplane crew March 25, 1943 despite the presence of nearby
Japanese troops. Gene received three combat medals: the Silver
Star, the Soldier's Medal and a Purple Heart.
the ill effects of living in such harsh circumstances he was
hospitalized intermittently from 1943 to 1945 at Santa Ana Army
Air Base in California. During this period he was assigned to
promote the war effort. As an early returnee from combat he gave
many talks at war industrial plants to encourage full production
and was a "war orientation" lecturer and flight safety officer. On
temporary duty at 20th Century Fox he functioned as the technical
advisor for the film "Purple Heart". He was selected as commanding
officer of Women Army Corps (WAC) recruiting units for Hollywood,
Beverly Hills and the San Fernando Valley areas. Health regained,
smiling images of young Capt. Wallace were used in public
relations brochures. His biggest smiles, however, were reserved
for a somewhat shy, sweet natured, pretty blonde girl from Upland,
CA. He had met Eileen Kendall while training as a cadet. She had
written him steadfastly all the ten months he had been on the
island. They married in July of 1944, raised four daughters and
two sons, traveled the continents and lived in Japan, England and
several U.S. states. In her quiet way Eileen was his "rock of
Gibraltar". His nickname for her was "Island".
His 28 year
service in the air force included many duties including: pilot,
personnel, meteorologist, public relations, recruiting, Transport
Squadron Commander, Group Inspector General, Deputy Commander
Operations Heavy Transport Wing, Senior Advisor to Reserve
Transport Wing, Weather Station Commander Korean War and Transport
pilot in Vietnam. He logged over 7000 flight hours in 19 aircraft
models built by 12 companies. He piloted propeller planes with
one, two and four engines and jets with one, two, and six engines.
This flying took him all over the world including most European
countries and U.S. states plus more than two dozen other countries
and islands. He had interesting experiences such as Soviet atomic
dust collecting and a weather mission from Alaska which led to a
flight over the North Pole.
Gene was a member of several groups
over the years. He joined the Masonic Lodge in 1944, became an
early member of the Adventurer's Club of Los Angeles having been
invited due to his harrowing war experience which was chronicled
by Life Magazine. In later years he became active in the Freedom
Committee of Orange County through which he gave speeches at high
schools. He also attended weekly breakfast meetings with other
World War II pilots.
Upon retirement in 1970 as a full Colonel,
Gene decided to embark on another career…as an elementary school
teacher. He returned to college and completed his B.A. at Chapman
University and his Masters at Pepperdine University. Over the next
23 years he taught over 700 children in Yorba Linda, CA. in grades
from 3rd to 6th. A born story teller he captivated the students
and had many "my favorite teacher" notes. Periodically the family
has been contacted by ex-students who as adults expressed
gratitude for the life changing impact of his teaching.
and Eileen were devoted to their six children. He was an
exceptional role model. When asked, those who knew him would
describe him as: kind, good-hearted, wise with a remarkable
reservoir of knowledge in all
things historical, mechanical or
aeronautical, generous, deliberative and thoughtful, safety
conscious, good-natured with a sense of humor, dutiful to both
country and family, admired and respected, steady, considerate,
caring to animals, principled. He had a broad and practical
perspective of history and an intuitive understanding of human
nature. He was greatly loved and will be missed.
Be sure to
view the Tribute of Honor slideshow produced by McCormick & Son
Mortuary at: http://videos.lifetributes.com/496588
ALLEN, RALPH W. Lt Col USAF (Ret.)
Age 96, passed
away Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community,
Cranberry Township, PA. Born January 23, 1917 in Coraopolis, PA he
was the son of the late Harvey and Ida (Farrell) Allen. He married
Louise Kellum on December 15, 1945 in Cincinnati, OH. They resided
in Mt. Lebanon for 30 years before moving to Sherwood Oaks in
1985. His beloved Louise preceded him in death on October 29,
2005. Ralph received his Bachelor of Business Administration from
the University of Cincinnati and his Master of Science in
Meteorology from California Institute of Technology. Ralph proudly
served during World War II in the 3rd Air Division of the 8th Air
Force Weather Headquarters in England, Elveden Hall. After 34
years of service, Lieutenant Colonel Ralph W. Allen honorably
retired from the United States Air Force in 1977. Following WWII,
he was employed at Alling & Cory in Pittsburgh until retirement in
1982. He is survived by his son, David B. Allen (Sandra); his
daughter, Margaret A. "Peg" Rychcik (Rev. Dr. Joseph); five
grandchildren, Holly Cook (Stephen), David S. Allen, Jennifer May
(Charles), Philip Rychcik (Charissa), and Mark Rychcik; two
great-grandchildren, Shawn and Emma Cook; his brother-in-law, Lee
Kellum (Ruth); his niece, Linda Smith; and his nephew, Richard
Kellum. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in
death by his sister, Mary Margaret Allen; his brother and
sister-in-law, Junius F. and Zella Allen; and a nephew, James M.
Allen (Gayle). Ralph was laid to rest with military honors on
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Jefferson Memorial
Park, 401 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. A memorial
service was held in celebration of Ralph's life at 3:30 p.m. on
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in the Auditorium at Sherwood Oaks
Retirement Community, 100 Norman Drive, Cranberry Township, PA
16066, with Rev. Dr. Daniel M. Corll and Rev. Dr. Joseph S.
Rychcik, officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be
made in Ralph's honor to the Sherwood Oaks Resident Association,
100 Norman Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066, or the Mt.
Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 670 Pleasant Hills Road, Wexford, PA
Bernard (Barney) Pusin, USAF (Ret.), born
June 29, 1916, passed away peacefully Friday, April 11, 2014.
Barney was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up there after
spending his early years in Powers Lake, North Dakota, and a short
time in Long Beach, California. He
thoroughly enjoyed his military career with the Air Weather
Service, where he served in and commanded many squadrons including
the 6th Weather Squadron (mobile). He retired in Austin, TX as
the 25th Weather Squadron Commander in 1974. He
also served in Korea and such exotic locations as Kapingamarangi,
Micronesia, and Enewetak, Pacific Ocean. He moved to San Antonio 4
years ago, settling in at Air Force Village, where he and Elinor
benefited from tremendous services and care. Retirement has been
well spent with family and travel, and spiritual time within the
Jewish communities. Both in service to his country and as a family
man, he was a "true hero" who will be celebrated and kept alive in
our memories. Barney recently lost his wife, Elinor, with whom he
shared the past 21 years. He was preceded in death by his previous
wife, Brita, his son Steven, brother, Herman Pusin, and sister,
Minn Sidley. Barney is survived by his daughter, Barbara (John)
DeLoach; Elinor's daughter Linda (Lew) Barnett; Elinor's son,
Steven Golding and grandson, David Golding; Barney's nephews and
niece, Norman (Carol) Sidley, Michael (Sharon) Pusin, and Marla
(Merle) Levitt; and other beloved friends and relatives. A
Graveside Service was held on April 17, 2014, at Ft. Sam Houston
National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Condolences may be
offered at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either Congregation
Beth Am, P.O. Box 780304, San Antonio, TX, 78278-0304, or
Congregation Beth El, 8902 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX, 78759.
Elinor Pusin (spouse
of Col (Ret.) Bernard Pusin) was born in Tokaj, Hungary on March
16th, 1926. Both her parents contracted tuberculosis and died
before she was six. She was smuggled out of Europe onto a boat to
America, where she was adopted by her aunt and uncle in
Pennsylvania. Elinor had a thirst for learning. She acquired a
bachelor's degree from New York University and a Masters in social
work from Rutgers University. She worked as a social worker
administrator in Greystone Park N.J. She met her first husband,
George Golding at the YMHA in Washington D.C. They had 2 children,
Linda and Steven. George Golding passed away in 1990 after over 50
years of marriage. Elinor remarried Colonel Bernard Pusin with
whom she was united until her passing on January 22nd, 2014.
Elinor was a "people person". She never met a person she didn't
like. Elinor was warm and hospitable to everyone. She was a member
of Beth Isreal and Beth El Congregation. Funeral services were
held at the Colonial Chapel of Cook-Walden Funeral Home. Rabbi
Eliezer Langer officiating, with interment at Cook Walden Capital
Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas.
Frank J. Brusca,
91, of Columbia, MD died on
March 25, 2014 of complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. Born in
Baltimore, he moved to Glen Cove, NY shortly after birth and
remained there until he was 14 years old. The fourth of seven
children, he had three older brothers: Louis, Richard and Thomas,
all deceased, and three younger sisters: Stella Turek, Mary Klima
and Edie Macchietto who survive him. Educated in Baltimore, he
attended Baltimore City College High School. In 1942 he enlisted
in the Army and served in the Army Air Force as a weather observer
in the South Pacific. In his later years, he was an active member
of the Air Weather Association, helping to organize bi-annual
reunions in various locations in the US. After discharge from the
Army Air Force, he attended Loyola College (now Loyola University)
in Baltimore where he earned a degree in Business Administration.
He pursued post graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University. In
the mid 1950’s he was in one of the first commercial classes
conducted by IBM to introduce computers in the business world.
Frank was employed for ten years by the Martin Aircraft Company,
both in Baltimore and Denver. In 1963, he went to work for the
Westinghouse Corporation in Baltimore and remained there until
1983 when he retired. During the uncertainty of what may happen in
a computer driven world when Y2K took place, Frank was on call for
businesses because he was a computer pioneer who understood
several early computer languages. A man of many talents, Frank
began an amateur singing career in his mid 40’s, studying voice
with some of Baltimore’s leading vocal coaches. He sang with
groups as diverse as the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, the Baltimore
Comic Opera, Baltimore Actors’ Theater and Goucher College’s
theater department. Frank had a lifelong interest in languages.
Bilingual as a child growing up in an Italian family in America,
he learned to speak Spanish, French and rudimentary German. After
he retired, Frank studied art and became an accomplished painter
and sketcher. In 1954 he married his wife, Anne R. Brusca, who
survives him. He is also survived by his five children, Frank X.
Brusca (KC Canada), Raymond J. Brusca (Laura), Angela Michel (
Thomas), Kathleen Wynn (Patrick) and Stephen A. Brusca; cherished
grandfather of Joshua, Timothy and Andrew Brusca, Dan Michel,
Brian Wynn, Erin Burns, Katie Michel, Colleen Wynn, Elaine Brusca
and Victoria Brusca. Donations may be made to Winter Growth, 5460
Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044 or to Gilchrist Hospice Care,
5537 Twin Knolls Road #434, Columbia, MD 21045.
that remember Lt Col Walter Burgmann who passed in 1993. His widow
Kay S. Burgmann
, nee Powers, 75, of O'Fallon,
Ill., born July 22, 1938, in Fort Smith, Ark., passed away Friday,
April 25, 2014, in Belleville, Ill.
Mrs. Burgmann proudly
served her country in the United States Army as an OB Nurse. Upon
discharge, she continued her career as an OB nurse, eventually
providing care to chemically dependent patients. Her attributes as
a caring and selfless nurse, carried over into her personal life.
She was a loving mother and grandmother, who absolutely adored her
four grandsons and was the "adopted" mother and grandmother to
many other family members and friends. She was a member of the
First Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star, both in
O'Fallon, Ill. She was an avid crafter, creating mosaic art, which
highlighted her patience and caring nature. She will truly be
missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her
husband, Walter S. Burgmann; and her parents, Moultie and Wilma,
nee Hunter, Powers.
Surviving are her two sons, Jay (Betty)
Burgmann and Jon (Michelle) Burgmann, both of O'Fallon, Ill.; her
four grandsons, Tristan, Joshua, Samuel, and Jacob; her brothers,
Tom (Barbara) Powers of Las Cruces, N.M., and Boley (Sandra)
Powers of Hot Springs, Ark.; a step brother, David Powers;
"adopted" mother and grandmother to, Bobbie Moriarity, Courtney
Dietrich, Chloe and Cian Moriarity; and many other relatives and
Memorials are appreciated to the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation or the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of
America. Condolences may also be expressed online at
Visitation: Friends may call from 10
to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Lake View Funeral Home,
Fairview Heights, Ill.. Funeral: Funeral service will be
held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Lake View Funeral
Home, Fairview Heights, Ill. Interment will follow in Jefferson
Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
Ret. Col. Herschel "Jack" Suits
, 83, of
Monroe, NC, died March 12, 2014. He was born October 3, 1930.
Memorial services to celebrate his life will be held on Monday,
March 24th at 12:PM at Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel
4431 Old Monroe Rd. Indian Trail, NC, US, 28079. The family will
receive friends 1 hour prior (11 AM - 12 PM).
Jack was a
Retired Colonel from the US Air Force after 38 years of dedicated
Jack is survived by his wife, Jean Wolfe Suits; son,
Gregg Suits, MD of Portland, OR; daughter, Cindy Woolley (Ed) of
Monroe; grandchildren, Austen and Ryan Suits and Madilyn and Ellis
Woolley. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Arrangements are in
care of Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel. Online
condolences may be left at www.heritagecares.net.
CWO-4 Lawrence F Sanders (Larry)
age 94 of
Dunedin, FL passed away Saturday February 15, 2014 in Duluth,
GA. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen Scribner Sanders, daughter Sharon L
Clukey and grandson Lawrence Clukey and 8 brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his daughter Alison Sanders (Martin Thomas)
of Lawrenceville, GA, great granddaughter Amber Clukey of
Omaha, NE, one brother Robert Sanders of Phoenix, AL, and two
sisters - Betty Boone of Ashfork, AZ and Edytha Tiedemann of
Manistee, Ml and two step great grandchildren - Jessica Peck and
Jaymie Domino and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Lawrence
was born January 29, 1920 in Grand Rapids, MI to Joel and Edith
Sanders. He had a 30 year military career becoming a weather
forecaster and teacher joining the Army/Air Corp in 1941 and
becoming part ofthe Air Force in 1947. He retired at MacDill
AFB, Tampa, FL in 1971. He had assignments all over the world
to such places as Greenland, Germany, Saudi, Alaska and many
other locations. He will be buried with military honors with his
wife Helen at Florence National Cemetery in Florence, SC on
March 28th. Donations in memory of Lawrence can be made to DAV
(DAV.org) and Fisher House (www.fisher house.org).
Abram "Chuck" Lesher,
93, passed away peacefully at
Chambersburg Hospital on March 3, 2014, with his family by his
side. He was born May 4, 1920, the first of six children of
Charles Reiff and Eunice ShefflerLesher. He is
survived by his wife of 72 years, Marion I. HepferLesher, sons
David C. Lesher (Nancy) of Davis, West Virginia and C. Wesley
Lesher of Harrisonburg, Virginia, brothers Glenn Lesher (Mary
Ellen) and Alan Lesher (Pat), sister Janet Lesher Brindle,
grandchildren Christopher Lesher of Lafayette, Colorado, Dianne
Lesher Borghese (Paul) of Ashburn, Virginia, Timothy Lesher of
Mechanicsville, Maryland, great-grandchildren Robert, Jonathan,
Nathan, P. Matthew, and Simon Borghese, his ex-daughter in law and
good friend, Margaret Rusk, many nieces and nephews, and many
friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by
his brothers, Ralph Lesher and Carl Lesher. Charles was seven
generations descended from his ancestor Sebastian Lesher who came
to America from Germany in 1734 and whose descendents eventually
settled in Franklin County around 1800. As a youngster Charles
spent most of his growing-up years in New Franklin, attended the
two-room New Franklin School and graduated from Chambersburg High
School, class of 1938. He was proud to point out that he attended
the 75th reunion celebration of his class in 2013. After high
school, Charles worked in a factory in Shippensburg at a salary of
$7 a week but recognizing this didn't have much of a future, he
enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1939. Charles' first
stationing in the Air Corps was at Bolling AFB in Washington DC
where he was trained to be a weather observer and then was sent to
Chanute Field, Illinois where he graduated as a certified weather
forecaster in the fall of 1941. His next assignment was at Bangor,
Maine and it was there a few months later he married Marion Hepfer,
a New Franklin girl he had known since the first grade at New
Franklin School. The start of World War II sent him to a variety
of military assignments including Goose Bay, Labrador and the
Azores. Charles decided to leave the service after the war and got
a job as a weather forecaster for Trans World Airlines on Long
Island. They soon asked him to transfer to a forecasting job in
Europe which he declined to do and rejoined the US Air Force as a
weather forecaster once more. Charles and Marion, now with two
boys, Dave and Wes, lived in Springfield, Mass. until 1950, then
Stephenville, Newfoundland until 1953 and then Washington, DC for
the balance of his military career. He retired in 1960 with the
rank of Captain, USAF. After retiring from the Air Force, Charles
was a high school math teacher in the Washington area for the next
14 years and he took up running, eventually running and finishing
the Boston Marathon and other marathons as well. He became a
serious bridge player and was soon a life master. Retiring once
more, he and Marion moved back to Pennsylvania and built a new
home in the village of New Franklin. For the next twenty years,
Charles pursued his activities of running, becoming one of the
founding members of Chambersburg Road Runners, gardening and
gradually becoming a proficient user of home computers. He also
joined several friends and bicycled across America from the
Pacific to the Atlantic. In 1996, Charles and Marion moved to a
simpler life in a home in Chambersburg and ten years later to the
independent living campus at Menno Haven. In 2012, they moved to
the assisted living center at Menno Haven where they lived
together until Marion moved to a nearby room in the nursing center
in 2013. Charles and Marion were members of First Evangelical
Lutheran Church of Chambersburg for many years. A funeral service
for Charles will be held at First Lutheran on Thursday, March 13
at 12 o'clock noon officiated by Pastor Richard Seaks. A private
burial will follow at Grindstone Hill Cemetery. There will be no
viewing. In lieu of flowers, donations in memoy of Charles Lesher
may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 43 W. Washington
St., Chambersburg, PA 17201. Online condolences may be expressed
It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of
, 94. He was born on October 4, 1919
in Port Arthur, Texas and departed on December 24, 2013 in
Colorado Springs. Jimmy served in the United States Air Force for
30 years as a meteorologist and after retirement worked as a
Jimmy is survived by his loving wife of 70 years,
Dorothy, his son Norman and daughter Vicky. He had four
grandchildren: Jason, Becca, Allen, and Aaron and six great
grandchildren: Devon, Sierra, Jessica, Dominick, Timmy and Jase.
At Jimmyâ€™s request a private committal service is planned.
Warren Hill, Jr. April
3, 1920 â€“ December 21, 2011 Following a break of one year from the
service, Warren reenlisted in August 1946, trained and graduated
from Air Force Weather Schools as a Meteorologist and
Climatologist and was stationed in Germany for the Berlin Airlift,
London, and Tokyo. While serving in Japan, he was awarded the
first Air Weather Service Zimmerman Award for Outstanding
Application of Climatology information developed by Warren which
resulted in the U.S. Army Med. Corps Unitâ€™s (Camp Zama, Japan)
ability to be the first in medical history to establish proper
laboratory conditions which resulted in the successful controlled
breeding of the specific culex (mosquito) responsible for
transmitting the Japanese encephalitis disease â€“ a vital step
necessary to develop the means for eliminating that specific
Having served in all grades from Buck Private to
Chief Warrant Officer, Warren retired from the U.S. Air Force in
1965 with 23 years of service. Shortly thereafter he began his
second career with the Central Intelligence Agency as an
Operations Officer in the Pentagon and serving his country another
23 years before retiring in 1984.
Prochaska Born Aug. 27,
1949. Died Feb. 22, 2014. Physicist, 22-year Colorado
Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Reyne; three sons, Andrew
Robert, Matthew Thomas and Daniel Eric; a daughter, Stephanie; a
brother, Steve; and three sisters, Kathy Prochaska-Cue, Linda
Clark and Karen Lauersdorf. Visitation, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 East Fountain Blvd. Rosary, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home, 1730 East Fountain
Blvd. Funeral service, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Corpus Christi Catholic
Church, 2318 North Cascade Ave. Burial, Evergreen Cemetery.
Dr. Duane S. Cooley
(Age 88) On Monday, July
11, 2011 in Fairfax, VA. Beloved husband of Lillian Feneley Cooley
of 62 years; devoted father of Diane L. Sharpe and Joanne E.
Richards; loving grandfather to Daniel P. Veltri, Andrew L.
Richards and Madelynn J. Richards. Also survived by his brother
LaVerne C. Cooley, Jr. of Batavia, NY. Dr. Cooley received his
B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He devoted his 40 year career as a Meteorologist to atmospheric
research with an emphasis in improved warning and forecasting
systems. He was a Fellow of the American Meteorology Society.
Funeral Services will be held at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home,
9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032 on Saturday, July 23, 2011.
Visitation begins at noon, memorial service at 1p.m., followed by
burial. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to MIT for the Duane
Cooley (1948) Memorial Fund. Checks should be payable to MIT and
mailed to Bonny Kellermann, Director of Memorial Gifts, 600
Memorial Drive, W98-500; Cambridge, MA 02139. Please include a
note stating that your gift is in memory ofDuane Cooley '48.
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CMSgt. (Ret) age 84, of Crestview, Fla., passed
away Friday, July 19, 2013, at North Okaloosa Medical Center. He
was born April 20, 1929, in Lulu, Fla. Curtis served his country
faithfully in the United States Air Force for 29 years before his
retirement. He was Baptist by faith and a member of Woodlawn
Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. He had a special
love for his granddaughters and was especially excited when he
learned he would become a great-grandfather. Curtis also enjoyed
spending time with all his friends at Uncle Bill's restaurant. He
was such a familiar face at Uncle Bill's that they officially
named one of their hamburgers after him. Featured on their menu,
one can now enjoy the Curtis Burger.
He is preceded in death by
his wife of nearly 50 years, Thelma Lord; two sisters, Nellie
Carroll and Ella Will Markham; and one brother, Russell Lord.
Curtis is survived by one daughter, Pam Quigley and husband, Jim,
of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; one son, Curtis Lord and wife, Jan, of
Jacksonville, Fla.; three granddaughters, Beth Mars and husband,
Matt, of Denton, Texas, Meredith Wang and husband, Walter, of
McKinney, Texas, and Kristin Anderson and husband, Travis, of
Alexandria, Va.; one great-granddaughter, Lillian Wang; special
friend, Mack Brooks; caretaker, Joy Uhl; housekeeper, Janeil
Middlebrooks; lifelong friend from England, June Clark; and his
caring neighbors he was so blessed to have.
A time of
visitation will be held Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Davis-Watkins
Crestview Memorial, 492 East Pine Ave., Crestview, Fla. 32539,
from 6 until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July
25, 2013, in the chapel of Davis-Watkins Crestview Memorial
beginning at 11 a.m., with the Rev. George Katzman officiating.
Committal services will follow at Live Oak Park Memorial Cemetery
with full military honors provided by the United States Air Force.
Flowers are being accepted, or in lieu of flowers, donations may
be made to the American Heart Association , P.O. Box 841125,
Dallas, TX 75284 or American Diabetes Association , P.O. Box
11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Memories and condolences may be
shared with the family at www.daviswatkins.com.
and services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Crestview
Lester Ruthven Ferriss
, Jr., 85, United States Air Force
(Retired), and a veteran of three wars, passed away in Oak Hills,
Calif., Saturday morning, June 23, 2007, with his beloved wife
Florence at his side.
Col. Ferriss was a resident of Oak Hills
for 29 years. He was born in West Hartford, CN, on July 19, 1921,
to a family with roots that predate the Revolutionary War.
Col. Ferriss grew up in Livonia, New York, where he excelled at
sports, was an Eagle Scout and graduated as valedictorian of his
senior class in 1939. With the outbreak of war, Col. Ferriss left
the State University of New York in Geneseo to join the Army Air
Corps in 1942.
He went on to serve as a flight instructor and
a command pilot who directed pioneering weather reconnaissance
missions over the North Pacific. He flew through the harshest of
conditions, and participated in missions that detected and
measured Soviet nuclear explosions. Piloting B-29 aircrafts, he
was at times required to fly through atomic bomb residue to gather
Col. Ferriss also became one of the architects of
the Air Force's transition to its modern global military airlift
structure, and he was instrumental in bringing the C-141
Starlifter aircraft into the skies.
He met and married
Florence Ward Ferriss, a nurse in New York, in 1948. Together they
made their first home in Alaska, where they began to raise a
family and Col. Ferriss served as executive officer of 59th
Weather Reconnaissance Squadron.
Col. Ferriss subsequently
became chief of the Air Weather Service's Reconnaissance Division
at Andrews Air Force Base, and served in aerial combat in support
of ground forces in the Korean War. He was stationed at Yokota Air
Base in Japan as commander of the 56th Weather Reconnaissance
Col. Ferriss obtained a bachelor's degree in
Military Science from the University of Maryland, completed the
National War College and obtained a master's degree in
International Affairs from George Washington University.
also served in the Air Force Headquarters' Directorate of
Transportation, where he became an expert in military airlift
During the Vietnam War, he was vice commander of the
315th Air Division at Tachikawa Air Base in Japan and the chief of
staff of the 22nd Air Force at Travis Air Force Base. He flew
frequent missions to Southeast Asia, and published critiques on
airlift strategy published by military journals.
retired in 1970 after more than 28 years of service and 6,000
flying hours. His decorations include the Legion of Merit with
three Oak Leaf Clusters; the Air Force Commendation Medal; the
Army Commendation Medal; the World War II Victory Medal, the
Korean Service Medal with three Battle Stars, the United Nations
Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze
Service Star and the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service
He was a member of the Retired Officers Association,
the National War College Alumni Association, the Air Weather
Association and the Air Weather Reconnaissance Association.
Upon retirement, Col. Ferriss became assistant vice president of
operations at Overseas National Airways, a charter airline based
in New York City. He and his wife moved to Oak Hills in 1978 to be
near their grown children in California.
Col. Ferriss was an
avid golfer, and he enjoyed traveling worldwide and reading
history, biography and fiction. He frequented libraries at Fort
Ord and in Castroville, where he enjoyed talking about books with
Col. Ferriss was preceded in death by his first
grandson, David; a brother, Frank; and two sisters, Virginia and
He is survived by a brother, William; his wife of 57
years, Florence; his children, Kathleen, Lester and Susan; his
sons-in-law, Tom and Ricardo; his daughter-in-law, Vikki; and
grandchildren, Alex, Liam and Sofia.
A funeral service was
held at Fort Ord Chapel and burial took place at San Joaquin
Valley National Cemetery.
Larry Earl Nye
March 22, 1940 â€“March 26, 2003
of Valrico, Fla., formerly
of Monroe (Oregon) died Wednesday in Florida. He was 63.
born in Junction City to Orrin B and Alice E Brock Nye. He grew up
in Alpine and graduated from Monroe High School. After four years
of college, he served 28 years in the Air Force, retiring with the
rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He then worked for the Environmental
Protection Commission of Hillsborough County. He enjoyed golf,
fishing and family life. Survivors include his wife Edith;, father
and stepmother, Ruth, of Junction City,; sons, Keith of Valrico
and Bryan of Riverview, Fla.; daughter Betsy Kushner of Tampa,
Fla.; sister Melba of Euless, Texas; and five grandchildren. He
was preceded in death by his mother.
A service will be held
Sunday, March 30 at Stowers Brandon Chapel, Brandon, Fla. Burial
will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.
1502 Holleman Drive, Valrico FL, 33594
e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
A personal note â€“ Larry
was a great guy â€“ he was the kind of troop that just put his head
down and did the job â€“and he had some tough ones â€“and a lot of
Army support. He also had a tough hook shot in basketball that I
never could block.
Charles K. Nevins,
Every day he woke up was a
good day. Not one to sit still, he played his harmonica for family
and friends the day before he passed. He boasted of his long happy
marriage of 65 years and his blessed family which he called the
most important thing. Charles K. Nevins, 95, Overland Park, KS
reunited with his beloved wife, Evelyn on Friday, March 15, 2013
at Park Meadows Senior Living surrounded by loving family.
Born Casriel Neviasky on March 31, 1917 in New York City, Chuck
lived most of his adult life in Overland Park where he was active
in community and church. He volunteered at SM Medical Center, the
Village Food Pantry and was a deacon at Countryside Christian
Church. His hobbies included travel, photography, folk dancing and
playing his harmonica for pleasure and entertainment.
served in the US Army Air Corps in WWII and subsequently worked as
a hydrologist responsible for flood control in the River Forecast
Center of the US Weather Service. He was honored with a silver
medal of commendation and voted outstanding forecaster by industry
He is preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn. He is
survived by his children, Duane Nevins, Baldwin City, Ks, Ken
(Betty) Nevins, Merriam, Ks. Charlene (Curtis) Cage, Lakeville, Mn.
Marlys (John) Fitzsimmons, Lenexa, Ks. Laurel (Mark) Green,
Shawnee, Ks. 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at the
Amos Family Funeral Home and Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the
family suggests donations to Village Church Food Pantry.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.amosfamily.com Jimmy P. Hayes
, CWO4, Retired, Born Oct.
4, 1919. Died Dec. 24, 2013. Meterologist, U.S. Air Force,
longtime Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Dorothy;
a son, Norman; a daughter, Vicky Beisch; and four grandchildren.
Services private. Cappadona Funeral Home.
THOMAS JOSEPH DRAUS
SR., 79 HAZEL GREEN, WIS.
- Thomas Joseph Draus Sr., 79, of rural Hazel Green, Wis., for 19
years, previously in Davis Junction, Ill., for 25 years, died at
home Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, of pancreatic cancer. Tom was born
Aug. 26, 1933, in Chicago, son of Andrew and Anna (Opyt) Draus. He
attended St. Salomea Polish grammar school and graduated from
Chicago's St. Rita High School in 1951. He enlisted in the U.S.
Air Force in September, 1951. After basic training at Sampson AFB,
New York, Tom completed basic weather school at Chanute AFB,
Illinois. After completion, he served two years at Elmendorf AFB
in Alaska and 18 months at Offutt AFB, Omaha. Upon honorable
discharge, Tom returned to Chicago and met the love of his life,
Jeanette A. "Chick" Elliott. They married May 4, 1957, at
Annunciata Catholic Church on Chicago's south side. Jeanette and
Tom lived for a brief time in Lowell, Ind., where he worked as a
carpenter. Then, he gained employment with the U.S. Weather
Bureau, assigned to Alaska. Later assignments were at U.S. Weather
Stations in Spokane, Wash., St. Cloud, Minn., Flint, Mich., and 21
years in Rockford, Ill., retiring in 1988. Tom's passions in life
were his family, faith and opportunity to make new friends. He was
a master "family historian," compiling extensive genealogies of
his own family and doing research for other family and friends. In
retirement, he worked as a researcher for the Dubuque Historical
Society Archives. He loved traveling with the family, camping and
visiting historical or cultural sites. Tom was an avid reader with
a tremendous memory. He was an enthusiastic member of the
Platteville Library book club and frequent patron of many area
libraries. Tom was never afraid to take a calculated risk. Tom and
Chick left Chicago to build their own home in Indiana, sold it
soon after to move to rural Alaska, and later bought a farm in
Minnesota. Survivors include wife, Jeanette; children, John
(Sandy) of Cottage Grove, Wis., Tom (Pat) of St. Donatus, Iowa,
Anna Kennay of Rockford, Andy (Carolyn) of Bellevue, Iowa, Frank
(Rebecca) of Evanston, Wyo., Kathryn (Larry) Ruppert of Machesney
Park, Ill., Alice (Duane) Sprank of Springbrook, Iowa, and Mary
(Erik) Gulbrantson of Rockford; 21 grandchildren, Jessie and Rosie
Draus, Katy, Andy, Rebecca, Tommy and Tricia Draus, Jason Kennay,
Elizabeth, Peter and William Draus, Matthew, Jacob and Jonathan
Draus, Susanna and Mark Ruppert, Erin, Tony, Luke and Brooke
Sprank, and Jeannette Hoch; one great-grandson, Leo Hoch; two
brothers, Richard of South Holland, Ill., and Bernard "Pete"
(Diana) of Matteson, Ill.; and sister, Virginia "Betty"
Schassburger of Lansing, Ill. He was predeceased by parents;
granddaughter, Lisa Kennay; brother-in-law, Mike Schassburger; and
sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Draus and Jewell Draus. Thank you to
Mercy Hospital, nurses, doctors, housekeepers and dietary, who Tom
found so caring, and to Dubuque Hospice. In lieu of flowers,
memorials can be made to Marquette Catholic Schools in Bellevue,
Iowa. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at St. Mary
Catholic Church, Galena, Ill., with Fr. Max Lasrado officiating.
Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. There
will be no public visitation. Burial will be at a later date.
Military honors will be accorded at the church by the Galena
Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Club. The Furlong
Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. Condolences may be
submitted by visiting furlongfuneralchapel.com.
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Purdy, Douglas C., Colonel,
Winter Park, Florida, died on January 23, 2014. He was Catholic
and a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Winter Park,
Florida. He was born in Athens, Wisconsin on April 4, 1918. He was
an Eagle Scout. Following graduation from McKinley High School in
Marshfield, he studied engineering at the University of Wisconsin
in Madison, Wisconsin.
During World War II, he was an aviation
armament officer at Lowry AFB, Colorado, until separation from
active duty in 1946. He was recalled to active duty in 1947 to
attend meteorological training at New York University, N.Y. The
reminder of his career was as a meteorologist.
He returned to
Lowry AFB as Weather Operations Officer and then was reassigned to
Offutt AFB, Nebraska, as Weather Inspector for the 3rd Weather
Wing.. While there, he completed the requirements for a degree
from the Municipal University of Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska.
assigned to Fuerstenfeldbruck Air Base, Germany, in 1954 as
Weather Plans Officer. He was then assigned to Bitburg AB,
Germany, due to the end of the American Occupation of Germany.
Upon returning to the US., he attended the Air Force Command and
Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama, and was then selected to
remain on the faculty there for four years.
He was assigned to
the Pentagon in 1962 as Assistant for Weather and a member of the
Air Staff. While there, he was promoted to colonel and reassigned
to Ramstein Air Base, Germany as Staff Weather Officer. 17th Air
Force was the Air Force component of the NATO Central Air Force
during the Cold War. He was also Commander of the 31st Weather
Squadron which provided combat weather support to the 17th Air
Force at its bases in West Germany, Italy, France, and The
Upon returning to the United States, he became
Staff Weather Officer to the Military Air Command, Scott AFB,
Illinois, which provided airlift support to all U.S. forces
world-wide with trans-Pacific support being a priority during the
Vietnam War. He was also Commander of the 7th Weather Wing during
this period. He was soon selected to be the Air Weather Service
Deputy Chief of Staff/Operations overseeing world â€“wide
forecasting and observing functions at more than 400 locations
around the world. He completed his Air Force Career as Chief of
Staff, Headquarters Air Weather Service at Scott AFB until his
retirement in 1972.
He held the Air Force Commendation Medal
and twice was awarded the Legion of Merit. He served during World
War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a member of the
American Legion, Post 286, Pinecastle, Florida, Veterans of
Foreign Wars, Military Officers Association of America and a
charter member of the Air Weather Association.
He moved to
Orlando, Florida, in 1972 upon retirement from the Air Force and
then to The Mayflower Retirement Community, Winter Park, Florida,
in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and two daughters,
Michele Noullet, Spartenburg, S.C., and Susan Marlatt, Nanoose
Bay, B.C. Canada, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral Service will be held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church
in Winter Park, FL on Wednesday, 29 January. Details at:
was born in Rushville, Illinois
to Lloyd and Margaret Moore. He retired from the Air Force after
22 years as a CMSGT. He worked for the National Weather Service
for 19 years and served as the official in charge before retiring
Herbert was an avid camper, a loving husband,
father and grandfather. He is survived by wife Delores Moore of 61
years, daughter's Karen Moore, Debbie Peterson (Tom) of Omaha, NE
and grandchildren Jen of Dallas, TX and Matt of Omaha, NE. - See
Col. Herbert A Million
USAF (Ret.) passed away on December 12, 2013. He was a Santa Maria resident since 1989. He was born in Berry, Kentucky on January 25, 1928 to Harry and Geneva Million. He is survived by his sister, Marinanne Smiley, his wife, Mary Kathleen Million (nee Borders), his children, Lisa Million Horowitz, Jay Million, Kody Million Eakin and Kelly Grady. He also is survived by his grandchildren, Geneva Million, Spencer Kent, Mary Kate Grady, Dylan Kent, Savannah Million and Claire Grady. He loved his step-grandchildren as his own and is also survived by Benjamin, Hannah and Dylan Eakin, and Taylor Horowitz. Col. Million was distinguished by a 25 year career as an officer in the United States Air Force. When he retired in 1976, he was Commander of the Air Force Global Weather Central stationed at Offutt Air Base in Omaha, Nebraska. He was decorated over a dozen times for his service, including the Bronze Star. His innovative work in computerizing weather monitoring advanced more accurate forecasting to be considered in military strategy. After his military service, he continued on in the field of Aerospace and held leadership positions with Ford Aerospace and Unisys before retiring to Santa Maria, California in 1989. He spent his retirement years in his workshop creating beautiful furniture for his family, playing golf, enjoying his time with the Menâ€™s Newcomers Club, the Santa Maria Elks and the Gourmet Club. He traveled extensively during that time with his beloved wife of 63 years, Mary Kathleen (Kathy), and loved any excuse for a family get-together. He had a wonderful life and will be remembered, and truly missed, by all who knew him.
Harold "Bud" Hartel
Lt Col USAF (Ret.) was born August 11, 1924 in Buffalo, New York. He joined the U.S. Air Force at 18 and spent 28 years as a meteorologist and navigator reaching the rank of Lt Col. After retirement, Bud was a math teacher and coach in Northern California schools, later a resident of Mountain View in Ashland, Ore. until his death on September 29, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Hartel; and by his daughters, Diana and Patti Hartel of Ashland, Ore., Carol Lindsay of Truckee, Calif., and Susan DaSilva of Surrey, B.C., Canada; along with six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Interment with an Honor Guard occurred on October 4, 2013 at Eagle Point National Cemetery. There was a memorial gathering of family and friends at Ashland First Congregational United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd. on Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A Mass was offered for Harold Hartel at Our Lady of the Mountain, Hillview Drive, Ashland, Ore. by Father Angelo Te on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm. The family wishes donations be made to Weed-Lake Shastina Kiwanis Foundation Fund via Nancy Wallace, 5441 Duck Walk, Weed, CA, 96094. Tel: 530-938-2218.
Grisinger, Donald G. "GRIZ''
80, passed away in
Asheville, NC, on March 7,2012. Loving husband of the late
Grisinger. Survived by his devoted son Sean, grandfather of
beautiful Avalyn Grisinger, loving sister Judie Sweet, niece
Beth (Earl) Liban, nephews Greg and Douglas, great-nieces
Amanda, Savannah Sweet, and cousin Barbara Jean Horn. Don spent
many years seeing the world with the U.S. Air Force Air
Weather Service, his final tour was Vietnam. After that he was
a meteorologist with the National Climatic Data Center in
Asheville, NC. During the past few years all he wanted was to
come home to see all the familiar faces and places. Hopefully now
he will. Memorial services and burial were private.
Ira McCure Taylor, Jr.
76, passed away Monday,
August 5, 2013. Ira was born on June 17, 1937 to the late Ira and
Mattie Taylor in Lyons Kansas. He retired from the U.S. Air Force
Air Weather Service and the NOAA/National Climatic Data Center. He
was a veteran of Vietnam and attended Seacoast Church. He was
President of the Air Force Sergeants Assoc., Commander of VFW Post
9939 and a member of the Buncombe County Veterans Council. He is
survived by his wife of 55 years, Sheila Kay Taylor; one son, Mark
Taylor and his wife Oksana and two grandchildren. A celebration of
life service was held on August 9, 2013 at Groce Funeral Home at
Lake Julian with military honors and Pastor Alex Johnson
officiating. Donations may be made to ABCCM Veterans Shelter, 1329
Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805. Lt Col Hugh B.
USAF (Ret.), 95, died in Hampton, VA, November 23, 2013. Hugh was
born July 22, 1918 in Pensacola, FL. He graduated from high school
in 1936 and in 1941 joined the US Army Air Corps where he became a
pilot. He married the love of his life, Manilla Dixon, in 1946.
Hugh later joined the US Air Force as a meteorologist, retiring in
1973. After retiring, Hugh and Manilla moved home to Pensacola. He
stayed very active with church activities, volunteer work, golf,
fishing, bridge, and enjoying friends and family. They moved to
Hampton, VA in 2004. Hugh was pre-deceased by Manilla and siblings
Caleb, Joe, Tom, and Ann. Hugh is survived by 5 sons and their
families: Hugh B. (Bernie) Anderson III and wife Karen King, John
Eric (Rick) Anderson and wife Cherlyn, Gary Anderson, Dana
Anderson and wife Bonnie, Mark Anderson, 13 grandchildren, and 11
great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brother Peter Anderson and
sister Frances Walker. The family gives special thanks for Hugh's
caregivers, Drina Osborne, Pat Smith, and Brenda Mutz, for their
unfaltering devotion to his care as he battled Alzheimer's
disease. A service to celebrate Hugh's life was held on Monday,
December 2, in the Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home Chapel in Hampton.
Interment followed the service in Parklawn Memorial Park. Friends
are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories
and words of condolence with the family.
Wayne H. Pennypacker,
CWO4, USAF, (Ret.), Wayne Herbert Pennypacker, known to his friends as "Penny," born April 14, 1920, died at home in Vienna, Virginia, following a brief illness on Sunday, October 20, 2013 in the company of loved ones. Blessed with a sharp mind and an unfailing sense of humor, he lived to be 93 years strong. Wayne was an intelligent, humble, fun person who had the gift of connecting with people at all levels. He loved his family, his many friends, the military, sailing, and football. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wayne attended Overbrook High School and had a summer job working on the SS Gatun, a banana boat that operated between the Caribbean, Central America, and Philadelphia. After high school, he attended Drexel Institute of Technology for Business, and then enlisted in the Army on November 4, 1940. Wayne worked as a Meteorologist for the Army Air Corps. In World War II, he was
the Warrant Officer in charge of the weather station at Bovingdon Airfield outside London, England, where he forecasted weather for reconnaissance and bombing missions over France and Germany. He was selected for and completed special training in Advanced Weather at the School in Chanute AFB in Illinois and was supposed to go to the Pacific, but the war ended. After working briefly for Capital Airlines, Wayne was recruited by the Commander for the Forecast Center for the USAF at the Pentagon. It was at the Pentagon, he met a secretary, Opal Marian Bueide, who would soon become the love of his life. On December 31, 1946 at the Pontoppidan Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND, they began a 66-year marriage full of devotion, joy, and adventures. His military career took him to forecast centers in Washington, DC; Korea; Tokyo, Japan; and Riverside, California. Wayne was selected to be a weather forecaster for nuclear weapon tests in the Central Pacific (Bikini Atoll). His last active duty was at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska where he worked in a classified environment. He rose to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer W4 and retired in 1961 to Vienna, Virginia. During retirement, he and Opal enjoyed sailing, traveling, and hosting the many friends and family who visited them. Wayne was predeceased by his parents Herbert Deweez Pennypacker and Marion Armstrong Pennypacker, and his sister Muriel Pennypacker who died in childhood of diphtheria. He is survived by his beloved wife Opal, as well as family, friends, and neighbors. He left us with memories of many laughs and many words of wisdom. Opal would like to thank the many hospice and health care professionals who helped Wayne through his final days. His chapel service and ceremony will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences and fond memories are available at
Floyd McDonald Parton
, SMSgt USAF (Ret.), age 60, of Clarksville, TN passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013 at his residence. Sykes Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements. A Graveside Service was held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery.
He was born March 24, 1953 in Bangor, ME to the late Hoyt and Tommie Thompson Parton. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Terri Letsch. He was retired from the US Air Force with 26 Â˝ years of service. He was also employed by the TN State Treasurers Office as a Service Counselor. He is survived by his wife â€śBimâ€ť Parton; daughter, Wendy (Shane) Tillekeratne; grandson, Adam; brother, Robert Parton; sister; Linda Hibner. Contributions may be made to the TN Chapter of the ALS Foundation, P.O. Box 40244, Nashville, TN 37204. Online condolences may be made at
Robert Adam Schlidt
, "Bob" Died in peace at his home on Lake Keesus, WI June 24, 2013, at the age of 75. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Jean (Jeanette Jung), children Diana (Steven) Susa, Debra Ragan (fiancĂ© Robert Krier), Robert (Cindy), Joseph (Katy) and Donald (Karen); grandchildren Elizabeth (Dorman) Gill, Kate, Mary and Adam Susa, Eric, Timothy, Brian, Kevin, Matthew, Joseph and Adam Schlidt; great-granddaughter Pearl Gill. Brothers Norbert (Roberta) and Richard (Nina); sister-in-law Joann Weise and brother-in-law Jerome (Betty) Jung and many other relatives and friends. Bob was proud to serve in the U.S. Air Force and had a 40 year career in banking retiring as Vice President, Regional Sales for Associated Bank. He loved the outdoors and traveling with his wife. He was a hunter, fisherman, scuba diver, sailor, wood carver, and Boy Scout leader. He was happiest when he was with his family and when he was "Captain" of his pontoon boat. He will be remembered and missed by all he loved and who had the pleasure of knowing him. A profound thank you to his many health care providers at the Milwaukee VA Hospital, to his caregivers from Lending Hands Healthcare and Allay Hospice and to his personal "guardian angel" for the past 4 years, Jeff Bula. Visitation was held July 1, 2013 at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church in North Lake on Hwy 83 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial.
William W. Harra, CMSGT U.S. Air Force, Ret., 73, of Trenton IL, died Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Clare Bridge of Carmel, Carmel, IN. Chief Harra was born April 29, 1939 in Kansas City, KS to Kenwood and Ollie (Allen) Harra; they preceded him in death. He married Mary Sandra on July 29, 1961 in Kansas City, KS; she survives in Trenton, IL. Also surviving is a daughter Angela (Jon) Hensley of Indianapolis, IN; 2 grandchildren, Austin William Hensley and Samantha Nicole Hensley; brothers, Keith Lee Harra of Lamar, MO and Terry (Faye) Harra of Grandview, MO; a sister, Una (George) Brzon of Prairie Village, KS. William retired from Scott Air Force Base as a Chief Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force (1957-1989) and later worked as an Associate in the Menâ€™s Department at JC Penny in Fairview Heights. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton, IL. Interment will full military honors will take place in Trenton Cemetery, Trenton, IL. Memorials can be made to the donorâ€™s choice.
Mary Kathryn Accola (spouse of Col USAF (Ret) Jake Accola and Mother of Col USAF (Ret) Tom Accola, was born December 13, 1922 in Swansea, S.C. She passed away January 10, 2013 at her home in Colorado Springs. She was the first child of parents Walter Derrick and Linnie (Bachman) Derrick. She attended grade school and high school in Swansea until her senior year, graduating from Columbia High School in Columbia, S.C., in 1938. In 1942 she graduated from Columbia College in Columbia and thereafter taught at Brooklyn-Cayce Grammar School in West Columbia for three years until her marriage to Jacob (Jake) Accola on Aug. 9, 1946. To the union were born three children: Tom in 1947, and twins John and Robin in 1950. During a 25-year military tenure, the family enjoyed tours in Illinois, California, England, Nebraska, Hawaii and Illinois. It was from Scott Air Force Base, IL that the family retired to Colorado Springs in 1971, primarily because of the medical and athletic facilities available at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Throughout her adult years, Mary was active in officer wives' activities including gardening and pottery. After retirement, she developed an interest in politics and served as a precinct committeewoman in the Republican Party for many years. She was an active member of the Colorado Springs Garden Club and never failed to win prizes with her flower entries in community and county competitions. She enjoyed playing all forms of bridge. She is preceded in death by son John Accola; sister Miriam Beversdorf; brother Walter; and brother-in-law Robert Accola and wife Olga. Surviving are her husband Jake, son Tom and wife Brenda, daughter Robin, John's widow, Marlene, and five grandchildren: Tom's sons TJ and Paul, Robin's daughters Mary and Elizabeth, John and Marlene's son Jacob; and Marlene's children from a previous marriage, Brian and Andrea Joslyn. Interment was at the Accola family plot at the cemetery in Cedaredge, CO. Son Tom adds: A Southern Belle from
Columbia, SC, Mary met Jake, on a blind date arranged by Nolan
Herndon, a fellow navigator whom Jake met when he was assigned to the
'Doolittle's Raiders' unit after the famous raid. Herndon was on the
B-25 that ended up landing in Vladivostok (vs crash-landing in
occupied China like the other Raiders) following the famous 1942 Tokyo
attack. The result was a 66-year love affair that was filled with much
adventure, many dear friends.....and.....my brother John, my sister
Robin, and.....me! Some of our more senior ROWF members will remember
Mom for her smile, sense of humor, hospitality, bridge-playing talents
and many other fine qualities. Thanks much to those that have
expressed their condolences via cards, letters, and visits.....they
have really sustained Dad during this traumatic time.
Neumann, Clarence William, 91, of DeBary , FL passed away after a short illness on Jan . 20, 2012 at Central Florida Regional Hospital . Born Nov . 7, 1920 in Detroit , MI , he was the youngest son of Harry and Minnie Dreyer Neumann . Bill enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1942, served in Africa and England with the 93rd BG of the 8th AF, and flew 25 combat missions over Europe as a B-24 navigator . Following the war, he was trained as a meteorologist by the Air Force and flew 50 B-26 missions over Korea as a weather observer . He retired from the USAF as a Lt . Col . in 1964, having served as a weather forecaster on assignments in Japan , France , Germany , and 5 stations in the US . Bill then served an additional 22 years as a forecaster for the DOD at Pease AFB in Portsmouth , NH . He retired from civil service in 1986 and lived in NH until moving to DeBary in 1999 following the death of his first wife, Dolores . Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Swanson-Neumann of DeBary; his only son, Jeffrey R . (Patricia) Neumann of Ed isto Island, SC; and his brother, Ed ward Neumann of Taylor, MI . A funeral service was held on 25 Jan 2012 at St . Ann's Catholic Church, DeBary FL . Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery .
Amnie Louise Vance, 81, of Robinson, Texas passed away January 22, 2012 at her residence surrounded by her family. Mrs. Vance was born January 26, 1930 in Aquilla, Texas to Samuel Archie Parks and Sallie (Scott) Parks. She married Bobby J. Vance December 23, 1950 in Waco, Texas. Together, they celebrated 61 years of marriage. She was a homemaker her whole life. Mrs. Vance was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and five sisters. She is survived by her husband, Bobby J. Vance; three sons, James and wife Martha, Douglas and wife Barbara, Alan and wife Miriam; one daughter, Carol Palmer and husband Mike; six grandsons, Clint and wife Mandy, Shane and wife Crystal, Sean and wife Kristi, Andrew and wife Monica, Joshua Palmer and Seth A. Vance. Also surviving Mrs. Vance are her three great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters; as well as her two sisters, Hazel Dunn and her husband Dink and Ethel Chandler. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Methodist Childrens Home 1111 Herring Avenue Waco, Texas 76708
Crispin D. Nissen died of natural causes June 5, 2011 at 97 years old. A celebration of life honoring him was observed Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m. at Morning Pointe Assisted Living in Greeneville, Tennessee. Friends of Mr. Nissen attended and took part in this time of remembrance. Mr. Nissen was a longtime resident of Lakeland, FL before he moved to Tennessee to be with relatives. He was a World War II veteran and of the Baptist tradition of faith.
Touart, Chankey N. 90, a scientist and longtime civilian employee of the Air Force, died peacefully on October 14, 2010 at his home in Lexington, MA. He had cancer. Mr. Touart, well known in the international scientific community, was a 1976 recipient of the U.S. Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service - the service's highest civilian honor - for weather support to the Advanced Ballistic Reentry Systems Program. He was cited by the Secretary of the Air Force for scientific cooperation in atmospheric physics and outstanding research achievements involving major meteorological programs, which had far reaching effects on air force missions and missile development and operations. Mr. Touart served for 11 years as Director of the Atmospheric Sciences Division of the Geophysics Research Directorate at Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA, beginning in 1951, and subsequently as a Senior Scientist of the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory. Following his retirement from the Air Force in 1980, he worked as a Principal Investigator and Senior Scientist for Hughes STX Corporation. He was a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and a member of various scientific societies, including the American Geophysical Union, the American Mathematical Society, Sigma Xi, and the Boston Computer Society. He also served for a term on the Town of Lexington Capital Expenditure Committee. Chankey Nathaniel Touart was born on November 29, 1919 in Orlando, Florida, the son of Colonel Clarence Nathan Touart who served in both WWI and WWII and Halleen Barnes Touart. He enrolled in the University of Chicago at age 16 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an SB in Physics. In 1940, he enlisted as an Air Corps Cadet at the Institute of Meteorology of the University of Chicago and in 1942 led the original cadre of U.S. Army Air Corps weather personnel to Great Britain, where they helped direct bombing missions over Germany during World War II. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel while serving as a weather officer in the 8th Air Force. Following the war, he did graduate work at the Courant Institute at New York University before rejoining the Air Force as a civilian scientist. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary Louise (Chorley) Touart, daughters Ellen Touart-Grob and her husband Larry Grob of Weston, MA and Katherine Touart and her husband Kinsey Wilson of Chevy Chase, Maryland, a son, Douglas Touart and his wife Kathleen Byrnes of Lexington and five granddaughters: Caroline, Erika and Anabel Grob, and Eliza and Susannah Wilson. Interment is at Westview Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to The American Meteorological Society Scholarship Fund, 45 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108.
Robert Edward Guthland, Lietenant Colonel, USAF,
Retired, departed to join his wife, Lillian Isabelle Guthland, and his son, David Edward Guthland in a heavenly home coming on September 23rd, 2013 in Independence, MO at his home. Bob, as he was known to family and friends, was born October 19th, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri was adopted by Elizabeth Bernadine Guthland, and Edward Guthland at 18 months of age from the Childrenâ€™s home of St. Louis, MO. In 1945, he joined the US Navy, was posted to the USS Columbus out of Long Beach, California. In 1947, he was honorably discharged from the Navy and began his university studies at Northwest Missouri State Teacherâ€™s College. On February 2, 1951 he was united in marriage to Lillian Isabelle Sickels of Mount Ayr, Iowa. Upon receiving his Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Math, he was commissioned into the Air Force in August of 1952 and attended Meteorology Officer training at Florida State University. His military career highlight included flying 27 missions through the eye of Typhoons when stationed at Anderson Field, Guam, US Pacific Territories. In July of 1973, Lt. Colonel Guthland retired from active duty service after numerous duty assignments at the squadron, wing and command level. His decorations include the; Meritorious Service Medical, Air Force Commendation Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. Moving his family to Maryville, Missouri and receiving a Masters in education, he became the Director, Horace Mann Laboratory School which is part of and on the Northwest Missouri State Universityc campus. He served in that role for 8 years. During his tenure at Northwest Missouri State University, he also was nominated by Maryville City Council, and served his as Municipal Court Judge, Maryville, Missouri. Bob was a member of Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association, and served as the Director for over 16 years. Bob was a member of the First Christian Church of Blue MO. He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian Isabelle, son David Guthland and his parents, Edward and Elizabeth Guthland.
In addition, he is survived by his sons, Rex Guthland and wife Gayle of Waconia, MN; Scott Guthland and wife Tammy of Sykesville, MD; daughter, Christine Johnson and husband David Scott Johnson of Blue Springs, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren
Visitation will be September 28th, 2013 at First Christian Church of Blue Springs, 701 Northwest 15th Street, Blue Springs, MO. Funeral services will follow visitation at the church. Burial with military honors will be at Miriam Cemetery in Maryville, MO on the 28th of September. Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to First Christian Church of Blue Springs. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com
Gulliver, Gertrude Arlene
Sep 8, 1922 - Sep 3, 2013
Arlene Gulliver died September 3, 2013 surrounded by family in Elkhorn,
NE. Gertrude Arlene McDermott was born on September 8, 1922 in Moville, IA,
to parents Fred Leonard McDermott and Charlotte Day McDermott. Her great
grandfather, John B. McDermott, founded the town of Moville, named after his
hometown, Moville, Ireland. She attended Wayne State College and graduated
from the University of Iowa, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an
English major. During WWII, she taught High School Biology and English classes
in Perry, IA. She later worked as a supervisor of Proof Readers at
Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. After her three children were grown, she taught
preschool in Ralston, NE.
On her first day as a member of the Wayne State College band, she met a
young clarinet player named Art Gulliver. Four years later, she married
Arthur William Gulliver on September 9, 1943, at the First United Methodist
Church in Moville, IA. They were married for 69 years, during which they shared
together the joys of music, gardening, travel, wonderful friends, church,
Mrs. Gulliver was an accomplished needlework artist, and a member of the
Needlework Guild of America. She earned her first blue ribbon for needlework
at the age of 9 in 1932 at the Woodbury Iowa County Fair, for an
embroidered child's quilt. She earned her last blue ribbon at the Douglas County
Nebraska Fair in 1997. Her Christmas tree was decorated with handmade
needlework ornaments she made each year, one for each of her ten grandchildren. She
also enjoyed oil painting, and studied with local teachers for many years.
Arlene was a member of the Ralston United Church of Christ for over 50
years, and a member of the Chancel Choir and Circle groups, and served as
volunteer Church Librarian. She collected antiques, and was a member of the
Quester's Club. She also served as a Camp Fire Girls leader, and participated
in the Douglas County Extension Clubs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, who died February 11,
2013; her parents; and her sister, Florine McDermott Riehm. Arlene is
survived by her three children, Jeanne Kros (Mike) of Crescent, IA, Judy Burch
(John) of Lawrence, KS, and Bruce Gulliver (Deb Habel) of Portland, OR. She is
also survived by her 10 grandchildren, Tomi Cole of Glenwood, IA, Jonathan
Pearce (Kate) of St. Paul, MN, Tyler Pearce (Maria) of Olathe, KS, Lauren
Pearce of Lawrence, KS, Jenna Stanley of Ralston, NE, Evan Stanley (Layna)
of Glenwood, IA, Melissa and Charlotte Burch of Lawrence, KS, and Ian and
Kirk Gulliver of Portland, OR; and her 4 great grandchildren, Taylor,
Trygve, Aiden, and Deagan.
VISITATION will be on Sunday, September 8, 3-5pm at the West Center
Chapel. Private Burial will be Monday, September 9, in Evergreen Cemetery,
followed by a MEMORIAL SERVICE at 11am at Ralston United Church of Christ, 7638
Maywood in Ralston. Memorials to: the Ralston United Church of Christ.
MORGAN, Randolph, A., Sr. (Randy) MSGT. (RET.) USAF, Our Father, our Mentor, our Friend, Randolph joining his parents, Arthur and Stacia; his brothers, Lance, Geronimo, and Don in heaven on November 5, 2006. Loved and missed by his brother, Bruce; three children, Randolph, Jr., Denise, and Maya, the mother of his children, Hannah; he will also be missed by his friends and family. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Ema. A native of Brooklyn, NY age 56 years. He made an impression on so many people throughout the years. He was always there to share his wisdom and advice to anyone that asked. He offered his support to many of his family, friends and the friends of his children. He was always the "go to guy." Words cannot describe the loss we feel now that he is gone. Knowing that his suffering has ended is a blessing. He was always the life of the party, and made all that graced his door welcome. Those who knew him loved him and will miss him dearly. Visitation was held November 14, at George L. Klumpp Chapel of Flowers and the Funeral Service was at 11:00 a.m., November 15th at Klumpp's Chapel. Graveside Service was at Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd., Dixon, CA.
Dr. Frederick N. Stewart, LT.COL. USAF, RET. passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2013 following a brief illness. Born April 20th, 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. Stewart graduated from Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania, and earned advanced degrees from Texas A & M University, the University of Illinois, and an Ed.D. from the University of North Texas. He spent 22 years in the USAF and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. After his military career, he was Vice-President at TSUM. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Sylvia, and brother, Donald L. Stewart (Anne). He is also survived by his six children: James (Kristi) Stewart, Virginia (Mike) Masters, Janice Williams (Don) Campbell, Sandra Stewart (Mitchell Watkins), David (Kim) Stewart, Patty (Randall) Calloway; his 12 grandchildren: Aubrey and Aaron Stewart; Stephen, Jon and Jason Masters; Sandy Martin, and Jimmy and Patrick Williams; Tyler and Madison Stewart; Blake and Brandon Calloway; and seven great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania. Visitation Wed., May 8th from 5:00-7:00p.m. Service Thurs., May 9th at 11:00a.m. Leak-Memory Chapel. Burial at Alabama National Cemetery, Montevallo at 2:45p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.LEAK-MC.com
Arthur William Gulliver
, 91, died on February 11, 2013 surrounded by his family and the music he loved. A musical celebration of his life will be held February 18, 11am, at the Ralston United Church of Christ, Ralston, Nebraska. Mr. Gulliver was born on Sept. 22, 1921, at the family home in Wayne, Nebraska, to parents Arthur Francis Gulliver and Florence McQueen Cone Gulliver. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1942 from Wayne State College and taught vocal and instrumental music before beginning a career in meteorology. In 1942 he entered the US Army as a meteorology cadet, training at the Army Technical Training Command Center in Grand Rapids, MI. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1943 and served in Mississippi and Florida before joining the 18th Weather Squadron in England in 1944. He also served in the 21st Weather Squadron in Germany in 1945. After cessation of hostilities in Europe he was assigned to the HQ 9th Air Force Weather Central at Bad Kessingen, Germany. In April 1946, he was discharged from the Army and accepted a position as Senior Meteorologist with Mid-Continent Airlines, Kansas City, Missouri. In April, 1949, he accepted an appointment as a civilian meteorologist at the USAF Weather Central, Andrews AFB, Maryland, and in September, 1949, he was assigned to the First Weather Service Special Projects Section. In 1955 he was appointed project officer for the move of the Weather Central from Andrews AFB to Suitland, Maryland. There he served as Chief of the Data Processing, Integration and Analysis Branch of the Weather Central. In November, 1957, the functions of the Air Force Weather Central were moved to Offutt AFB, Bellevue, Nebraska. He served as Chief Technical Adviser to the Commander and as Assistant to the Operations Officer of the Air Force Global Weather Central until his retirement in 1987. During that time, the center grew from 65 employees to 700, becoming the largest real-time environmental data processing center in the U.S. Upon his retirement, the Arthur W. Gulliver Heritage Hall was dedicated in his honor, and is now located in the new Air Force Global Weather Agency building at Offutt Air Force Base. While serving in the Weather Service Special Projects Section, he was selected to be a supervising meteorologist in the newly formed classified "Cold War" unit. He worked on top-secret projects and became the Air Force's expert in forecasting Soviet and Arctic weather. He made the critical two-day cloud forecast of clear skies for the first U-2 reconnaissance aircraft flight over the Soviet Union on July 4, 1956. Mr. Gulliver continued his involvement in weather support for many top-secret National programs which were assigned the highest priority by the President of the United States. Some of these were the U-2 and SR-71 reconnaissance programs, the Department of Defense Meteorological satellites, and the overhead reconnaissance satellites. His military decorations include the European Theater Ribbon with three battle stars, the WWII victory medal, the Army of Occupation Medal, the US Army Commendation Medal, the USAF Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and the AFGWC Commanders Award. Mr. Gulliver had been a member of the American Meteorological Society since 1945 and was a charter member of the National Weather Association. He sang with the Omaha Symphonic Chorus and served as a board member. He was a member of the Lions Club International, was active in Boy Scouts of America, and was a member of the Ralston United Church of Christ where he served as chancel choir director for 30 years. He was a member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society, founded the 18th Weather Squadron Historical group and wrote their newsletter. He also served as the weather consultant for the WWII English Airfield control tower built by the 8th Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by parents, Arthur F. and Florence Gulliver, stepmother Stella Traster Gulliver, brothers Henry and Robert Gulliver and sisters Mary Marx and Dorothy Hanks. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Arlene McDermott, whom he married on September 9, 1943 in Moville, Iowa. He is also survived by his three children: Jeanne Kros (Mike), Crescent, Iowa; Judy Burch (John), Lawrence, Kansas; and Bruce Gulliver (Deb Habel), Portland Oregon. He is survived by ten grandchildren: Tomi Cole, Glenwood, Iowa; Jonathan Pearce, (Kate), St. Paul, Minnesota; Tyler Pearce, (Maria), Olathe, Kansas; Lauren Pearce, Lawrence, Kansas; Jenna Stanley, Ralston Nebraska; Evan Stanley (Layna), Glenwood, Iowa; Melissa and Charlotte Burch, Lawrence, Kansas; and Ian and Kirk Gulliver, Portland, Oregon. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren: Taylor; Trygve; Aiden and Deagan.
The family will receive friends Sunday, 3pm to 5pm at the West Center Chapel. MEMORIAL SERVICE Monday, 11am, Ralston United Church of Christ. Private interment, Evergreen Memorial Park with military rites by Ralston American Legion Post 373 with Millard American Legion Post 374 and VFW Post 8334. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Omaha Symphonic Chorus Endowment Fund or to the Gulliver Scholarship Fund at Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska.
Carter Rowe, of Logan, Utah, wife of the late BGen Berry
Rowe, AWS Commander (75-78), passed away Monday, May 31, 2010.
Alta was born May 17, 1923, in Logan to Mary Pond Carter and B. E.
(Nick) Carter. Alta spent her summers in Lewiston on the family
farm. She graduated from Logan High School in 1941. She attended
USU before joining the Navy during World War II. After the war,
she returned to USU to finish her schooling. She graduated in 1948
with a degree in clothing and textiles. While attending USU, she
met and married her husband, Berry Williams Rowe, of Las Vegas, on
Sept. 25, 1948. After he graduated in 1949 with a regular
commission in the United States Air Force, they left Logan for the
next 29 years. They moved 28 times, living in Japan; Hawaii;
Illinois; Washington, D.C.; Alabama; Florida; Nebraska; Nevada;
and Utah, while raising their family. In 1978, they retired and
moved back to Logan. Alta spent many years as a volunteer for the
American Red Cross, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Youth Sports. She
received the Claire Barton Medal from the American Red Cross in
recognition for 25 years of service. She organized and started the
volunteer program for Sunshine Terrace in 1980 and was awarded the
Silver Bowl 1983 by the State of Utah. In 1987 She was awarded
Women Over Sixty-Five by USU. Alta is survived by her three
children, Eric, Mark and Victoria. She has four grandchildren.
Alta was preceded in death by her mother, Mary P. Carter in 1987;
her husband Berry in 1993; and her sister Joan C. Bowden in 2000.
Walton F. Perrine, Jr., Lt Col USAF (Ret.),
89, of Viera, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2012
at Wuesthoff Hospice House in Rockledge. He was born in Newburgh,
New York and a graduate of Texas A&M University. He was a
meteorologist in the USAF and retired as a Lt Col. Walt moved to
Brevard County in July of 1993 from Homestead, FL to live in The
Indian River Colony Club in Viera. They arrived after rebuilding
their home, which was damaged in Hurricane Andrew. Homestead was
home for 16 years after Walt retired from a 30 year career in the
military. Walt has been a legal resident of Florida since 1956,
but lived in many locations. Walt was assigned to Tampa, Sarasota,
and Venice during WW II. His overseas duty was in the Pacific
theater, after his marriage to Helen in 1950, they were assigned
to Panama City. They lived in Tallahassee while Walt was in
graduate school at F.S.U. in 1951. Homestead was their home while
assigned to Homestead A.F.B., 1956 to 1960. Walt and Helen worked
in the polling place in every election since moving to Brevard.
They were active in St. Mary's Catholic Church and took part in
many activities at The Indian River Colony Club. He is survived by
his wife of 62 years, Helen; and four daughters, Debbie Nerland of
Anchorage, Alaska, Patricia Vaughn of Colorado Springs, Colorado,
Jan Marie Bolasky of Tucson, Arizona, Elizabeth Christensen of
Cary, North Carolina; and two sons, Walton Francis Perrine III of
Torrance, California and John Eric Perrine of Costa Mesa,
California; and sister Virginia E. O'Connell of Durham, North
Carolina; 13 grandchildren and 5 1/2 great grandchildren. Walt's
guestbook is at at www.
Lt Col (retired) Frank Joseph Schmidt, Jr. Of
Fredericksburg, Texas passed away in the Hill Country Memorial
Hospital in Fredericksburg on Monday, October 15th, 2012 at the age of
Franks is survived by his wife, Frances Loth Schmidt of
Two daughters, two sons and spouses, Jodi and Michael Langert of Bridger, Montana Frank
(Joe) and Diane Schmidt of San Antonio
Jennifer and Curtis Buckles of Springfield, Virginia Jeff and Jennifer
Schmidt of Round Rock, Texas.
Nine grandchildren and seven great
His mother, Marie Moritz Schmidt of Fredericksburg.
Brother in law and spouse, A.J. and Irene Loth of Fredericksburg
Sisters in law, Pat, Mrs. Franklin Loth and Shirley, Mrs. Robert A.
Loth, Jr. both of Fredericksburg.
Vigil services will be held on
Wednesday evening at 6:00 P. M. in the Schaetter Funeral Home in
Fredericksburg, with Deacon Pat Klein officiating.
resurrection will be celebrated on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at
11:00 A. M. in the St. Marys Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, with
Monsignor Enda McKenna officiating.
Graveside services and
interment with full military honors will be held on Friday, October
19th, at 9:45 A. M. in the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San
Those who so desire may make memorial
contributions in his memory St. Marys Capital Campaign Fund, Wounded
Warriors Fund or to the charity of their choice.
Frank Schmidt, Jr. will be Wednesday evening from 4 to 7:30 P. M.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.schaetter.com.
Theodore (Ted) Gibson
Aug 8, 1920 - Sep 23, 2012
Ted Gibson was born in Worcester, MA on August
8, 1920, the only son of a college math professor. His mother Helen
died of pneumonia when he was only 6 years old. Ted initially attended
high school in New Hope, PA but finished in Hopewell, NJ, graduating
in 1938. For part of his childhood during the Great Depression, he
earned spending money by delivering a newspaper to rural customers for
12 cents a week. He also developed a lifelong fascination with
railroad steam locomotives, as the main Reading Line track between
Philadelphia and New York City ran near his house.
From 1938 to
1941, Ted attended Wagner College in Staten Island, NY, where his
father 'Prof Gibson' was chairman of the math department. Given credit
for summer courses, he was granted a Bachelor of Science in Math in
1942. Just four months after the beginning of WWII, Ted became an
Aviation cadet in the US Army Air Corps. He attended nine months of
weather forecasting training at M.I.T. and became a Second Lieutenant.
He received additional training at Ft. Monmouth, NJ specializing
in the use of radar for weather forecasting purposes. He was then
assigned to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, stationed first
in Algiers in North Africa and later in Naples, Italy with the 12th
Weather Squadron. Ted was promoted to Captain while in the
Mediterranean theater. His primary mission was to capture and process
upper air data to enhance the accuracy of Allied anti-aircraft and
artillery gunfire. After the war, he remained in the US Air Force
He taught at Wagner for a year while earning a Master's
degree in Meteorology at New York University in 1948. With his
knowledge of radio operation, he gained a class "A" Amateur radio
License and a Commercial second class license.
After finishing his
MS in 1948, he became a Senior Engineer in TV design at Philco, a
company that pioneered early battery, radio, and television research
and development. At that time, Philco was a pioneer in the radio and
TV industry, having sold over 30 million radios. He married Lucille
Bradshaw in 1949, a relationship that lasted 56 years; they had no
children. He was honorably discharged from the USAF in 1952.
early 1950's, Ted spent time in Philco's Communications department,
and coordinated several major installations in both Japan and Korea.
After several years in Asia, he returned to the U.S. He was initially
assigned as a Regional Service Manager in the Boston office of
company's TV group, overseeing the New England area. In 1956, he was
relocated to Ann Arbor, MI. Within a few years, Philco was acquired by
Ford Motor Company.
Leaving Philco-Ford soon thereafter, he started
an automated telephone-based weather forecasting system called Weather
Dial, which predated the National Weather Bureau's deployment of a
similar capability by several years. It was a major technological
achievement for that timeframe.
In 1965, he joined Zenith Radio
Corporation in Chicago as a Field Engineer, specializing in repairing
the state-of-the art television systems - color TV - throughout the
Michigan and Ohio area. He also handled training of new field
engineers, covering the same territory.
By 1974, Ted and Lucille
decided to relocate to Kailua, HA. He initially taught color TV
servicing classes at the Electronics Institute in Honolulu. Following
his retirement from there, he became a teacher for the Hawaii Pacific
University and taught math at local military bases.
One item was he
proud of creating is a new way to learn basic math and even
copyrighted a book called "Math to the Max."
When not playing
bridge, he and Lucille were very active in local community affairs. At
various times, they held key offices with the Kailua Navy League, the
Kailua Historical Society, the Hawaiian Railway Society, the Kailua
Urban Design Task Force and the Civilian Military Council with the
nearby USMC base at Kaneohe.
Lucille passed away in mid-2005 and
Ted moved to the San Francisco bay area to be near his nephew Bob Fish
and niece -in-law Jennifer Fish, where he remained until his death on
September 23, 2012. Ted is survived by two younger sisters, Margaret
(Peggy) Fish, who lives in Reno, NV and Georgia May Sovern, who lives
near New York City, NY
"Dick" Howard Stanley, Major USAF (Ret.), 89, of Englewood,
FL, died on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at Mount Carmel East Hospital.
Born September 26, 1922 in Marietta, Ohio to the late Howard and
Elizabeth (Wilking) Stanley, Richard was a former meteorologist with
the U.S. Air Force and was a Hurricane Hunter and member of the Air
Weather Association. He was a longtime member of Groveport United
Methodist Church and was a past president of Groveport Lion's Club. He
was preceded in death by his beloved wife Annie (Lillie) Stanley. Dick
is survived by his son, Bob (Olivia) Stanley; and daughter, Barbara
(Jerry) Sommer; grandchildren, Krysta Sharpe (James Martin), Rob
(Sarah) Stanley, Kylene Stanley, Kalynn Ferrell, Bill (Rebecca) Sommer,
Dan (Samantha) Sommer; and great-grandchildren, Trey, Tarynn, Bailey,
Bryce, Brynna, Jake, Ben, Brady, Mara, Claire, Addyson, Jack, and
Isla. Friends who wish may contribute to Groveport United Methodist
Church Endowment Fund, 512 Main Street, Groveport, OH 43125. Online
Yesterday, I received a call from a daughter of Richard Stanley, also
a Hurricane Hunter. She had been left a note from her father stating
call AWA with my obit.
Otha Cleo Spencer, Major
USAF (Ret.), a charter member of the Air Weather Association passed
away peacefully on a Friday morning, June 1, 2012, at Briarcliff
Health Center in Greenville, TX â€” wearing his ever-favorite World War
II cap, proudly decorated with his 65-year Masonic pin. He left the
world with a smile on his face and memorable smiles within the hearts
of everyone who had known him and loved him during his 10 months at
Briarcliff. His compassion and humor deeply touched everyone who knew
him. Otha was
born on April 27, 1920, in Lone Oak to Barney Byron Spencer and Flora
Rudd Spencer. He grew up in Greenville with his brother Ollie Leo
Spencer, until he moved to Commerce in 1938 to attend college.
young student Otha met his
wife and best friend of 66 years at the boarding house of Mr. and Mrs.
Claude Abernathy in Commerce, where he worked his way through college
washing dishes. He always told the story of enlisting the then-17 year
old Abernathy daughter, Billie Ermine, to help with the final rinse so
they could hold hands under the water. He would conclude the tale of
how he started with a job and ended up with a wife. On Jan. 28, 1943,
Otha married Billie in Columbia, S. C., before he headed off for his
tenure in World War II. During World War II, Otha served in the U. S.
Army Air Force. He was assigned to the China-Burma-India Theater,
where he flew supplies over the Hump (the eastern end of the
Himalayas) from India to China. Otha was also a B-25 instructor, a
weather reconnaissance pilot in the North Atlantic, and a hurricane
reconnaissance pilot in the South Atlantic. Otha graduated from East
Texas State Teachers College (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) with
a B.S. in 1941 and an M.S. in 1946. In 1955, he earned his Ph.D. from
the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia. After the
war, Otha returned to Commerce and joined the ETSU faculty in 1948,
where he taught photography and journalism until his retirement in
1978 with the title of Professor Emeritus. He is recognized and
remembered for establishing the universityâ€™s photojournalism program,
one of the top programs in the university system at that time. Soon
after his arrival back in Commerce, he and Billie had a son, John and
a daughter, Mary who both attended Texas A&M University Commerce.
After retiring from teaching, Otha continued to write and work as a
commercial photographer. He and Billie also ran the Country Studio, a
wonderful cozy whimsical shop, which sold unique gifts, antiques and
collectibles, as well as custom picture framing. People came to The
Country Studio from all around East Texas to shop for unique gifts and
enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation in the storeâ€™s scenic and
peaceful setting within the oak trees of the Spencer Compound and
among the wide array of various dogs, cats, horses, and wildlife.
Active in the Commerce community, Otha was named Citizen of the Year
by the Commerce Chamber of Commerce in 1991. He also founded the
Commerce Public Library Literacy Program in 1991, which is still in
operation. In both 1996 and 2006, Otha was presented with the Texas
A&M University-Commerce Spirit of Mayo Citation, given to individuals
for exemplifying the credo of founder William L. Mayo, for unselfish
service to others. He also received the universityâ€™s Distinguished
Alumnus Citation in 2007, which recognizes career achievements that
bring honor to the university. Otha was a member of the First United
Methodist Church in Commerce for over 60 years. He taught Sunday
School classes and was instrumental with the FUMC Foundation in
building the new church on Highway 50.
He was also a member of the
Masonic Lodge in Commerce, and in 2011 received his 65th year Masonic
Otha wrote over 300 magazine articles and 12 books, including
Flying the Hump: Memories of an Air War relating his experiences as
a Hump pilot and Flying the Weather about his experiences as a
weather reconnaissance pilot. Otha and Billie also co-edited the
Commerce Handbook, an encyclopedia of people and events of Commerce
and the university. Othaâ€™s last book was That Lonesome Whistle: The
History of the Cotton Belt in Commerce. For many years, Otha also
wrote the Bits & Pieces weekly column in the Commerce Journal. Otha
is survived by a son John Spencer and his wife Joanne of San Jose,
Calif., daughter Mary Spencer of Dallas, grandson Will Spencer and his
wife Janyce of Concord, Calif., granddaughter Gwendolyn Spencer of San
Jose, Calif., and great-granddaughter Emi Elyse Spencer of Concord,
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, and
his beloved wife Billie Spencer in 2009.
Memorial donations can be
made to the Commerce Public Library or the First United Methodist
Church in Commerce. An online register and condolences are available
Visit and sign the guest book at
Captain Harry Wayne Brown, Jr. passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2007 in
Galveston, Texas. He was born on a cold and frosty morning on a
plantation near Dixie, Louisiana, December 3, 1927 to his parents,
Lucille McGuffey and Harry Wayne Brown, Sr. He attended and
completed elementary and high school in New Orleans, La. After
graduation he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, took training in
Meteorology and spent two years in the Tropics doing Harbor
Research and Tracking. After his service in WWII, he attended
Centenary College earning his B.S. degree and Louisiana State
University earning his M.A. degree. In 1951, while attending
college, he was called to active duty in the U.S. Air Force.
Following college he became a Safety Engineer for an oil company
working over a period of 35 years to Assistant Chairman of the
Board of Penzoil Exploration and Production Company. He became an
officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, attending schools and
assignments while employed. From 1977 to 1980, he served as
Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of RTU Galveston. During
this period he volunteered to bring "Elissa" back to Galveston and
assisted in her restoration. He served as an Adjunct Professor at
Centenary College of Louisiana and Galveston College. In 1982, he
was asked to return to active duty with responsibility for
Offshore Fund Management and Base Operations. While on base, in
New Orleans, he was honored by his Chief Petty Officers by being
made an Honorary Chief Petty Officer 27 Chiefs signed his
appointment. Medals while in service: WWII victory Medal, American
Area Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Coast Guard
Achievement Medal, Coast Guard Humanitarian service Medal with
Bronze Star, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with "O"
device and two Bronze Stars and Coast Guard Medals Rifle and
Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with Bronzes. He retired in 1985 and
moved back to Galveston to help bring "Elissa" to Texas. In
addition to volunteering on "Elissa", he served on the Galveston
Wharves Board, Appraisal Review Board, Traffic Commission and
Charter Review Committee, Prevent Blindness Texas Board, President
of Texas Navy Association, Chairman of the Galveston Council of
the Navy League, Off Shore Energy Center Board of Directors,
Commissioning Committee "USS Ross", and "USS Texas". He was
appointed by Governor Anne Richards to the Oil spill oversight
Committee and by Governor Bush and Perry to the Galveston Texas
City Pilots Commission serving 8 years as Chairman. He also served
as Chairman of Galveston Wharves Advisory Board and Past Chairman
Galveston Military Affairs Committee. He is a member of the US
Naval order, The Great Houston Council of the Navy League, Master
Mariners of America, Coast Guard Officers Club, The Yacht Club of
Galveston, American Legion, Sunday Morning Coffee Club and
American Society of Safety Engineers. He played a prominent part
in bringing the Flight Museum and the Offshore Energy Rig to
Galveston. He made arrangements through Council General of Denmark
to bring the "Christian Radick" to Galveston for a day sail to let
people know what "Elissa" would be like. One guest of the sail,
got off and donated "1,000,000.00. He made arrangements to have "Elissa"
berthed at the Old Southern Pacific Docks for her initial repairs
on her arrival from Greece. She remained there for 18 months with
water, electricity and port-a-cans provided by Duval Corp., a
company he was affiliated with. Appointed as Honorary Ambassador
of Galveston, he was responsible for acquiring the highly sought
return of "USS Galveston" Silver Service from Washington, DC. He
was presented with the Silver Service polished and preserved and
selected the Rosenberg Library for its display. He served on
Advisory Boards at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, La.,
University of Southwestern Louisiana at Lafayette, La., Texas A &
M at College Station, Tx., Baylor College at Waco, Tx., and
Advisor to Kincaid School at Houston, Tx. He was preceded in death
by his parents and daughter, Rebecca Brown Dokken. He is survived
by his wife Francis Austin Brown; son Harry Wayne Brown, III;
daughter Jennifer Anne Patton and husband Mark; grandchildren Eric
Wayne Brown, Kare'lia Brown, Krystal Brown, James Dokken, 2nd Lt.
Christopher Dokken, Rachel Patton and Chase Patton; great
granddaughter Larissa Larae Brown; close nephew Ken Greaf;
numerous other nieces and nephews; step-children Patti Morningstar
and husband Michael, Dee Austin, Julia Church, Leisa Austin;
step-grandchildren Nicole Morningstar Mathews and husband Russell,
Alexander Morningstar, 2nd Lt. Micah Morningstar, Jessica
Alexander and husband Shane, Jaclyn Austin, Dara Austin; great
grandson Riley Mathews; and numerous nieces and nephews. He will
be truly missed by his many friends whose lives he touched and
influenced through the years. Needless to say, he loved Galveston,
Texas and served her well. The family extends a special Thank You
to all the nurses, doctors and staff for their care of Harry
Brown, and their kindness and support to his family during his
long stay at John Sealy Hospital. In lieu of flowers, please send
donations to "Elissa", Offshore Energy Center, Prevent Blindness
of Texas, The Heart Foundation.
Clark, Col USAF (Ret.), 84, of Tulsa, passed away Friday, June 15,
2012. He was born February 7, 1928 in Midland, MD, son of the late
James Kirkwood and Mary Etta (Johnson) Clark. He attended Carnegie
Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, PA where he studied
Aeronautical Engineering withdrawing in 1946 to enlist in the Army Air
Force serving as a weather technician in a B-29 Weather Reconnaissance
Squadron based in Guam. He was called to service again in 1952 during
the Korean War. The same year he married his beloved wife of 55 years,
Madeline Feucht Clark. She passed away in 2008. Norman was assigned by
the Air Force to Texas A&M University for graduate training in
Meteorology and was awarded a Master of Science degree. His final
assignment was as Commander of the 6th Weather Squadron located at
Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City. Norman retired from the Air
Force with the rank of Colonel on June 1, 1978 with 30 years of
service. He volunteered with the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. In Oct of
2009 he married Wilma Brakey, she preceded him in death a few months
later. He is survived by his son, Doug Clark of Euless, TX and
daughter, Debbie Milberger and husband, Mark of Tulsa; three
grandchildren and two great grandchildren; two sisters, Helen LaPrade
and Evelyn Burdette.
Ronald Joseph Kraus,
73, local businessman, philanthropist, educator, retired US Air Force
Vietnam Veteran, of Nashua, New Hampshire died on Wednesday, July 11,
2012 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, New Hampshire.
Mr. Kraus was born in New York, New York on January 16, 1939, a son of
the late Joseph W. and Alice (Schwagerl) Kraus. He was the husband of
Donna (Varney) Kraus whom he married on October 8, 1989. They shared
22 years of marriage. Education was a driving force in Mr.
Krausďż˝ life and as such he completed many avenues of study including
his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Manhattan College in New
York, NY, Certificate in Atmospheric Physics from Mass Institute of
Technology, Boston, MA, MBA in Business Management from Webster
University, St. Louis, MO, Master of Education in Educational
Psychology from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, and a Ph.D. in
Organizational Behavior from Boston University.
Mr. Kraus was CEO
of Bausch Articulating Papers, Inc. from August 1997 to the present.
He also was former vice president of institutional advancement at
Rivier College, which recently became Rivier University on July 1. He
played a key role in the schoolďż˝s decision in 1990 to become a fully
co-ed institution. Rivier allowed men into its undergraduate day
program starting in September 1991 and increased enrollment has helped
the school thrive in Nashua and expand its national and global reach.
He, as well, lectured at Rivier College and Daniel Webster Colleg and
Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. Mr. Kraus was President and served
as Executive Director of New England Colleges Foundation from May 1990
ďż˝ present and President of Tufts University Foundation in Andover, MA
from September 1997 to present. Mr. Kraus was President and served on
the Board of Directors for Nashua Education Foundation from June 2009
to present. He served on the Board of Directors for several years of
The Front Door Agency, (formerly The Care Center) including serving as
President. He also led their Endowment Campaign and Strategic
Planning. He was a member of Rotary Club of Nashua, West. Mr. Kraus
was a Chairman of the Board for the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce
and received the Presidentďż˝s Award from the Chamber in 2007, and was
instrumental in the development of the Leadership Greater Nashua
program. He was the consummate student, always learning and passing on
his knowledge. He had the talent of connecting people to people. He
was a 20 year United States Air Force veteran who served in the
Vietnam Era and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
retiring from the Air Force, he spent 20 years in higher education
spending most of that time at Anna Maria College.
Mr. Kraus had a
zest for life that was contagious. He enjoyed boating, travel,
reading, writing, music, fishing, and at one time was a runner. Mr.
Kraus was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Parish in Nashua, and
was instrumental in the construction of the present church building.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Virginia Kraus Moughan who died
in September 2004.
In addition to his wife, Donna of Nashua,
survivors include five children, Ronald J. Kraus, Jr. and his wife
Rachel of Medfield, MA, Kevin J. Kraus and his wife Kerri of San
Rafael, CA, Heather M. Kraus of Worcester, MA, Ethan E. Kraus of
Nashua and Allison P. Kraus of Nashua, NH; his son-in-law, Thomas
Moughan of Leicester, MA; seven grandchildren, Sarah Moughan, Emily
Moughan, Ryan Kraus, Emma Kraus, Dylan Kraus, Ava Kraus and John
Kraus; a brother, Joseph D. Kraus and his wife Geralyn of State
College, PA; former wife, Virginia A. Kraus of Shrewsbury, MA; his
mother-in-law Patricia Varney of Springfield, MA, sisters-in-law and
brothers-in-law, Linda and Rudolph Brooks of Standish, ME; Dale and
Amy Varney of E. Longmeadow, MA and Kevin and Regina Varney of
Wilbraham, MA; several nieces and nephews.
Hours will be held at Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street, Nashua on
Sunday, July 15, 2012 from 4:00 ďż˝ 8:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be
held at Immaculate Conception Parish, 216 East Dunstable Road, Nashua
on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. Friends are invited to attend.
Interment Prayers, Military Rites, and Burial will follow in Edgewood
Cemetery, Nashua. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked
to consider a donation to: Nashua Education Foundation, c/o Greater
Nashua Chamber of Commerce, 142 Main Street 5th Floor, Nashua, NH
03060, or Home, Health & Hospice Care, c/o Development, 7 Executive
Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054, or The Front Door Agency, 7 Concord
Street, Nashua, NH 03064. Arrangements are in care of the DAVIS
FUNERAL HOME, One Lock Street, Nashua, www.davis
(603-883-3401) ďż˝ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER.ďż˝
Lt. Col. Norman C. Cox, USAF (Ret.) was
born August 19, 1921 at Shady Ranger Station, near Mena, Arkansas -
third son of a Forest Ranger. The family moved to Louisiana in 1937
and Norman graduated high school in Leesville, LA. He attended
Northwestern State College until 1942, when he enlisted in the Army
Air Corps at Barksdale AFB. He was commissioned in 1944 at Selman
Field and was assigned to the 91st Bomb GP as a Navigator on a B-17
crew in England. After WWII, he was assigned to Chanute Field, IL to
Weather Officer School. While at Chanute he was married to Jacqueline
Nell Myers, of Shreveport, LA on August 4, 1946. Upon graduation from
Weather Officer School he was assigned to Air Weather Service, where
he served until retirement in 1964. These assignments included duty as
Weather Instructor at AOB School at Mather AFB, Weather Reconnaissance
Representative on the Pacific Typhoon Board, Aerial Weather Recon
Officer with 54th WRS on Guam, 57th WRS at Hickam AFB, Squadron
Weather Officer and Exec 53rd WRS in Bermuda, and finally Recon
Liaison Officer to TAC HQ until retirement in August 1964. Stateside
assignments included Weather Station duty at Barksdale, Randolph, and
Palm Beach AF Bases. While at West Palm Beach he completed
requirements for a B.S. Degree at Florida Southern under Operation
Bootstrap. After retirement, Col. Cox enrolled in graduate school at
Louisiana Tech University and was employed to establish and serve as
Resident Coordinator of a program of education at Barksdale AFB. In
this capacity he completed the requirements for his MBA and the
coursework for the DBA degrees. After five years at Barksdale, he was
employed as Assistant Professor of Marketing at Stephen F. Austin
University in Nacogdoches, Texas where he remained for 14 years until
his retirement again in 1985. The Coxes moved to Air Force Village I
in December 1990 and to Village II in July 1991. Col. Cox was preceded
in death by his parents, Guy Cox and Fannie Head Cox; daughter,
Catherine Thompson, sister, Irene Cox Martin and two brothers, Edwin
Austin Cox and Reuben Dean Cox. He is survived by his wife of 65
years, Jackie Cox; son, Norman G. Cox and wife, Diane: daughter,
Connie Cox; son-in-law, Charles Thompson; grandchildren, Casey
Thompson and Debbie Thompson and great-grandchildren, Sebastian
Thompson and Tori Thompson.
Clayton DeWitte Forbes,
87, of Midland, Texas, passed away on September 30, 2006. He was born
in Kalamazoo, Michigan on March 4, 1919 to Francis Henry Forbes and
Florence Louella Wisher Forbes. Clayton married Jeraldine Schwander on
May 21, 1943 in Ft. Worth, Texas.
During WWII he served in the
European theater and participated in the Normandy invasion. As a
career Air Force officer, Clayton and his family were stationed in
various parts of the U.S., Bermuda and France. In Bermuda, he was a
After his military career, he worked as an
Earth Scientist at the Johnson Space Center in Houston during the
Clayton was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, a
constant seeker of adventure and knowledge. He was admired and
respected by all who knew him. His family will miss his considerable
He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years,
Jeraldine (Jerry); two daughters, Sandra Desmond and husband, Jim, of
Fairbanks, Alaska, and Michele Yost, of Midland, Texas; one son,
Douglas Clayton Forbes, of Santa Monica, California; three
grandchildren, Marla Yost, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Paul Yost,
of Houston, Texas and Katie Eberts, of Midland, Texas; and one
great-grandchild, Clayton Brodie Eberts, of Midland, Texas.
was a member of the Church of Christ for 60 years and served as a
Dean William Terlinden died October 31, 2011 from pneumonia.
He was born February 20, 1921 in Pewaukee Wisconsin. He grew up on a
farm there with parents Charles and Emma and older brother Carl, older
sister Fern, younger sister Olive and younger brother Glenn. (A
younger sister Ruth died in infancy.) There he began his lifetime
habit of going to bed and rising early. He got a bachelor's degree
from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin, helping pay his way by
working as a janitor. In 1943 he joined the United States Army Air
Corps which would later become the United States Air Force and served
in World War II. Denied his wish to become a pilot because of his
color-blindness, he completed a special course of study at UCLA and
became a weather forecaster. While he was at UCLA, good friend and
classmate Ned Boyer invited him home for a Christmas meal at his
Beverly Hills home. There he met Ned's sister Jane, destined to be his
wife. He traveled to England where he helped forecast the weather for
the D-Day invasion of Normandy and landed in Normandy the day after,
when enemy artillery fire was still heavy. Later he served in France
after its liberation, at the Potsdam conference in Germany, in Japan,
and back in Germany as part of the Berlin airlift. In 1950, he married
Jane Frances Boyer. He and Jane moved around the country following
various military assignments. While stationed near Boston, he took
classes at M.I.T. They settled in Long Beach, California, where they
had their first son David in 1952. In 1959, they had their second son
Don. Their sons grew up in a household that valued learning and
reading. Every Saturday morning, Dean and Jane took their sons to Ruth
Bach branch library to load up on books. In 1960, Dean bicycled across
the United States from east coast to west. After his ride, he
consulted current record books and determined that he unofficially had
the third fastest time. After retiring from the Air Force Reserves as
a lieutenant colonel, he received a master's degree and teaching
credential at California State University Long Beach. He then became a
substitute teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District and
routinely bicycled to his assignments in San Pedro and South Los
Angeles. Dean used his long teacher's summer vacations to treat his
family to car trips that covered over 35 states, including Alaska and
all the provinces of Canada. They spent lots of time in his home state
of Wisconsin, sometimes living on the farm where he was raised. In
1980, he retired from teaching and enjoyed traveling with his wife
Jane around California, staying at various military bases. He was an
avid gardener and grew his own vegetables, fruits and flowers for many
years. He enjoyed playing solitaire, solving crossword and cryptogram
puzzles, and reading. He liked history books most of all, especially
histories of World War II. Until the middle of this year he was able
to live at home with his wife thanks to the dedication of caregivers
Janet Terrenal, Paul Masiclac and others. He is survived by sons,
David and Don; daughter-in-law, Katy; and grandchildren, Elizabeth and
William; who was named after Dean's middle name. He took great pride
in the achievements of his children and grandchildren.
Dr. Clifford Dalton Kern, PhD
Resident of Aromas, CA
My dad, Dr. Clifford D. Kern, 84, died on April 26, 2012. He was born on
January 28, 1928 in Alameda, CA. to the late Arthur and Blanche Kern. He
married the late Constance Joyce Kern on February 21, 1951 and had three
children, Michael, Janice and Michelle. They were married for 50 years until her
death on July 18, 2001.
Cliff had two PhD's one in Physics from UCLA and one in Meteorology from
the University of Washington. He served 27 years in the United States Air
Force and retired in 1973 with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was employed by SRS
(Dupont) from 1973-1978 and Lockheed from 1978 until his retirement.
Survivors are his three children, three grandchildren Holly, Alex and
Mikey and two grandsons John and Lyric.
A Military memorial was held on April 28, 2012 with full honors and he was
laid to rest in Colma on May 11, 2012 next to his wife Joyce.
He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association and a member of its
board of directors and treasurer from 94-04.
Kathleen Crosby St. Clair (widow of Col Eugene St. Clair who died in 1981)
Eldorado, TX - Long time area rancher, Kathleen Crosby "Kat" St. Clair died Tuesday, June 5, 2012.
She was born October 12, 1923 to John Christie and Lillian Hannie Crosby. Kathleen was raised in Eldorado and on her grandparent's Middle Valley ranch in Schleicher County, Texas. She was a 1945 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and a lifelong Longhorn fan.
She met and married Eugene Christian "Gene" St. Clair in 1948 and they had one child, a daughter, Christie St. Clair.
Kathleen and Gene, a career USAF officer, traveled the world for thirty years until his retirement in 1977 when they returned to Schleicher County to live on the ranch that her grandparents, Gratten Christie and Cordelia Crosby, had homesteaded in 1901.
Kathleen's proudest accomplishment was that she was able to keep the ranch intact and to improve the land. In 2002, the G.C. Crosby Ranch was designated in the Texas Department of Agriculture's Texas Family Land Heritage Program as a registered Texas Century Ranch, having been a continuous working ranch operated through the same family for at least one hundred years. Additionally, Kathleen continued to run livestock on University of Texas land that her family has leased since the mid-1930s.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by her daughter, Christie, and numerous cousins on both sides of the border, including Eduardo Garza Crosby, Roberto Garza Crosby and Patricio Garza Crosby. Additionally, she is survived by each of her long time ranch managers and trusted friends, Juan Muďż˝oz, of Middle Valley and John Nanny, of Barnhart and their respective extended families.
Kathleen loved her family, loved her friends, loved her land, loved her livestock, loved her life and loved a good laugh. She will be greatly missed by those who were fortunate enough to have known her.
Her funeral service will be held Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM at St. James Episcopal Church in Fort McKavett . In lieu of flowers her family requests that donations be made to the Volunteer Fire Departments of Fort McKavett, Eldorado, Sonora and/or Barnhart.
Raymond Casimir Wanta, 90, of Cambridge, formerly of Belmont and Concord died Thursday, January 26, 2012
at Neville Manor Nursing Home in Cambridge. He was the beloved husband of Lorna J. C. (Devlin) Wanta. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
on March 3, 1921 he was the son of the late Nicholas J. and Emily M. (Makowska) Wanta. He graduated from Pio Nono High School in
Milwaukee. He attended Marquette University of Engineering and Canisius College for undergraduate study. He received a B.S. in
Physical Sciences from the University of Chicago in 1943. He attended The Johns Hopkins University for graduate study in
mathematics and physics and received a Masters in Meteorology from New York University. During World War II, he served in the
U. S. Army Air Force as an Aviation Cadet and retired as Captain. He headed a unit of the American Army of Occupation in Japan
consulting on air pollution problems. For many years, Mr. Wanta worked as an Environmental Consultant and Meteorologist. From
1979 until 1980, he was a visiting professor of Meteorology at the University of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Wanta was the
author of several publications regarding Meteorology and Air Pollution guidelines. During the 1940s and 50s, he served as a
Research Meteorologist for the U. S Weather Bureau in Washington, D.C. and later worked at the U.S. Public Health Service in
Cincinnati, Ohio, the Tennessee Valley Authority in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the Sperry Gyroscope Company in Ronkonkoma, New York,
and the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York. From 1960 until 1963 he worked as a Senior Meteorologist for
Aracon Laboratories, Allied Research Associates, Inc. in Concord, from 1965 to 1968 was Chief Meteorologist for Singco, Inc. in
Burlington and from 1968 to 1969 Senior Consultant for Bolt, Beranak and Newman, Inc, in Cambridge. In 1967 Mr. Wanta was an
Associate Editor of the publication, ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT, and later was an affiliated member of the D-22 Committee on Methods
of Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres, the American Society for Testing and Materials, and a sub-committee member for Medical
and Biologic Effects of Environmental Pollutants for the National Research Council. His memberships include, the Air Pollution
Control Association, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Mu Epsilon, Sigma Xi, the Society for
Natural Philosophy, Tau Beta Pi, the International Platform Association, the Amateur Radio Relay League. He tutored many high
school students in Concord, Carlisle and other public and private schools in the area. In addition to his beloved wife, Lorna,
he is survived by his children, Karen W. Hillis of Lawton, Oklahoma, Paul G. Wanta of Wendell Depot, MA, Stephen A. Wanta of
New York City, NY, 3 grandchildren, Ivy Wanta and Violet Wanta, both of New York City, NY and Katherine E. Carver of Dallas, TX.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 4th in St. Annes in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 147 Concord Road, Lincoln
at 11 AM. Burial will be in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord where officers of the U.S Air Force will present military honors.
Concords town flag will fly at half-staff on Saturday in recognition of Mr. Wantas service to his country during World War II.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, 980 Memorial Drive,
Cambridge, MA 02138. Arrangements are under the care of Susan M. Dee and Charles W. Dee, Jr., Directors, Dee Funeral Home of
H. Stuart Muench, 81, died May 26 at the Mereoint Nursing Center for Brunswick.
He was born in Stamford, Conn., on Sept. 23, 1930, the son of Harry Edward Muench and Elsie Locke Muench. He attended Hinckley Elementary School and graduated from Darien High School in 1948. Inspired by his seventh-grade earth sciences class, he majored in meteorology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his bachelor's degree in 1952.
After graduation he spent two years in the U.S. Air Force as a weather observer and forecaster, returning to Massachusetts Institute of Technology for graduate work in 1954 and received his master's degree in 1956. Before he graduated, he began working as a civilian employee for the U.S. Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory.
On Jan. 3, 1959, he married Elizabeth Gilmore Holt in Davos, Switzerland. They met through their inter-collegiate outing club activities including camping, hiking and skiing. They continued these activities throughout the rest of their lives. In 1961 they bought a house in Lexington, Mass., and lived there until moving to Maine in 2006.
Muench was offered an opportunity to complete a doctoral degree in meteorology while serving as an instructor at the University of Washington in Seattle, and took a leave of absence from his work with the U.S. Air Force to do so. He completed his thesis on heat transfer processes in the stratosphere and he spent a summer on the coast of Maine working on airport visibility instrumentation, laying the foundation for later civilian development of highway ground fog warning systems.
His work developing computer programs that could recognize the radar signatures of developing thunderstorms and tornadoes is among the ancestors of today's graphics on the Weather Channel.
After his children were grown, Muench and his wife went further afield for their camping, hiking and climbing adventures in places like the Canadian Rockies, Denali National Park, New Zealand, the Khumbu region of Nepal, China, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Cape Horn, Patagonia and Scotland.
He was a member of the American Meteorological Society, the Appalachian Mountain Club and Sigma Xi.
He was predeceased by his brother, John.
Muench is survived by his wife, Betsy; daughters, Susan, Cynthia and Joanna and her husband, Craig Lee; foster daughter, Renae Owens; one granddaughter; and one foster granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 24 at the Durham Quaker Meeting House. A committal service for his ashes in a family plot will be held at 2 p.m. July 28 in Georgetown.
Paul Dean Halloran, USAF (retired), age 73, of Oďż˝Fallon, born
June 16, 1938 in Hastings, Neb., passed away June 6, 2012. Paul served
in the US Air Force for 21 years, retiring in 1983. He was a
meteorologist, serving as commander of the weather unit at Scott AFB
from 1969 to 1973, and retiring as Commander of Air Weather Service,
Army Garrison Ansbach, Germany. His awards and decorations included
the Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Force Commendation Medals,
and the Army Commendation Medal. After his military retirement, he
worked in various local management positions. His recent years were
shaped by the lives and activities of his three grandsons, to whom he
was very devoted with his time and energy, particularly Boy Scouts
Troop 13. He enjoyed his mornings at the Oďż˝Fallon YMCA, with a quick
work out, followed by social time with several cups of coffee. Mr.
Halloran was preceded in death by his wife, Dianne, nee Hankenson,
Halloran; and his parents, John Leon Halloran and Christine, nee
Helzer, Halloran. Surviving are his children Michael Halloran of
Oďż˝Fallon and Tammy (Gregory) Murphy of Belleville; his three grandsons
Kevin, Kyle, and Kurtis Murphy; brother Richard (Connie) Halloran of
Hastings, Neb., and sister Carolyn Rants of Sioux City, Iowa. Memorial
donations are suggested to American Heart Association. Visitation:
Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 8, 2012 at
Wolfersberger Funeral Home. Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the funeral
home. Burial will follow at Oďż˝Fallon City Cemetery, Ill., with
Earl Adam Shaefer, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010,
in San Antonio, Texas. He was born on March 20, 1919, in Fort Wayne. After graduating from Elmhurst
High School in 1937, he attended General Electric's machinist-toolmaker apprentice program for 3 1/2
years before entering the Army Air Corps in August of 1941. Upon completion of the Aviation Cadet program
and being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant Pilot, he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Ruth Seidner
on March 16, 1942 in Phoenix, Ariz. He was then assigned to the 92nd B-17 Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force and
sent to England in August of 1942. He served in the European Theater of Operations where he completed a combat
tour of 25 missions, culminating in the deadly Schweinfurt raid in October of 1943. His many assignments
included tours of duty in Air Weather Reconnaissance units. He commanded the 513th Reconnaissance Squadron
(49-50). He spent a total of 28 years in the United States Air Force during which he held many posts in
places such as Alaska, California, Greenland, Guam, and even Ottawa in an exchange program with the Royal
Canadian Air Force. Throughout his career, he was especially thankful for his beloved wife, Ruth, and
although he greatly credits her for their care and upbringing, he was a strong and steady influence in the
lives of their six loving children. When he retired from the Air Force in 1969, he had attained the rank
of Lieutenant Colonel and earned several medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal
with four Oak Leaf Clusters. He was also a named member of the Order of Daedalians, America's premier
fraternal organization of military pilots. Even after he retired from military service, he continued to
fly for a private charter service based out of Fort Wayne. He is survived by his loving daughters, Kathleen
Shaefer of Bloomington, Jennifer (John) Quinlan of Manassas, Va. and Nancy (Robert) Havens of Denver,
Colo.; son, David (Theresa) Shaefer of Fort Wayne; brother, Robert Shaefer; seven grandchildren; and nine
great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Anita Shaefer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret
Ruth Shaefer; daughter, Wendy Cox; and son, Jack Shaefer. Graveside service was on Dec. 6, 2010, at
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, with full military honors.
Barbara Collens, wife of John W. Collens III, MGen USAF (Ret.), died on April 27, 2012. Funeral services are pending. John and Barbara Collens formally co-founded the Air Weather Association in
1987 with camaraderie amongst all who identify with Air Force Weather as a
goal. Their untiring and unselfish work resulted in a large membership, biennial
reunions and outreach "to care for our own." The AWA John and Barbara Collens
awards are presented each year to the outstanding individual Air Force
Weather personnel chosen by the USAF Director of Weather.
Clifford Adams "Bud" Spohn, Col USAF,
(Ret.) 96 of Solomons, MD died on Wednesday, April 18,
2012 at Asbury Solomons Retirement Community in Solomons,
MD. Born on December 21, 1915, in Reading, PA, he was the
son of the late Clifford Spohn and Margaret Rankin.
May 23, 1942, Bud married his beloved wife of 69 years,
Laura Ella Hoeltzel. He earned his doctorate degree in
Meteorology from MIT. He was a career Officer in the
United States Air Force. During his decorated career he
was the Commander of the 6th Weather Wing at Andrews Air
Force Base. In 1966, he retired from the Air Force as a
Colonel. After retiring he went to work for the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as the Deputy
Director of the National Environmental Satellite Service.
Bud was a member of many clubs and organizations, which
included the Military Officers Association of America,
Retired Officers Association, National Association of
Retired Federal Employees, American Meteorology
Association, World Meteorology Association, and many
international meteorological committees. He was a long
time active member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church.
He was also a long time active resident of Asbury Solomons
Retirement Community. His hobbies included volunteering
with the many organizations he belonged to, reading,
singing and playing bridge.
In addition to his wife, Bud is survived by
his children, Clifford Spohn II (Sandra) of Albuquerque,
NM, Katharine Kettler (Ronald) of Columbia, MO, Barbara
Spohn of Bowie, MD, Sally Lowe (Fran Welsh) of Arnold, MD
and Michael Spohn (Jill) of Reston VA; 12 grandchildren,
and 8 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents he
was preceded in death by his grandsons, Clifford Spohn III
who died tragically while serving his country in Iraq and
Brian Spohn; and his siblings, Katharine Miller and John
Memorial contributions may be made to
Asbury Solomons Benevolent Fund, 1110 Asbury Circle,
Solomons, MD 20688 or Mount Zion United Methodist Church,
27108 Mount Zion Church Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.
Condolences to the family may be made at
Arlington National Cemetery, Wednesday August 8th, 2012 at
1 PM with full military honors.
Morrow, Lt Col USAF, (Ret.), 87, of Fort Walton
Beach, Fla., passed away Saturday, May 7, 2011. He was
born on Oct. 6, 1923, in Hammon, Okla.
He leaves behind
his loving wife of 63 years, Hazel Rose Morrow; two sons,
Blair Morrow and wife, Brenda, and Brad Morrow and wife,
Catherine; granddaughters, Lauren and Morgan Morrow; and
grandsons, Ryan and Nathaniel Morrow. He is also survived
by his sister, Sue Finley.
Tunis proudly served his country
for 25 years in the U.S. Air Force, and was a member of
the Order of Daedalians, Seagull Flight No. 161.
laid to rest with military honors at Barrancas National
Cemetery, Pensacola, Fla., at 1:15 p.m. Monday, May 16,
James Martin Priest, Col.
USAF (Ret.), 84, passed away at the Utah Valley Regional
Medical Center of pneumonia on June 9, 2011. He was born
February 19, 1927 in El Paso, Texas to Gilbert C and Anna
Mae McMillan Priest. They moved to Searchlight, Nevada in
1930. He graduated from Las Vegas High School at age 16
and entered the US Army Air Force in 1944. After a brief
stay at the Army Camp in Kearns, Utah he was sent to
Alaska for duty. He remained in Alaska a short time and
was chosen to go to Officers Candidate School. He
completed his training in San Antonio, Texas as a 2nd
Lieutenant and returned to Salt Lake where he met Pauline
Bonham. They were married May 3, 1947. This marriage was
later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. He received his
Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from the
University of Utah. His 30 years of military service
required him to spend many years overseas and he served
two tours of duty in Japan. He was the navigator for
special envoy fights servicing embassies in the Far East
and Middle East. His whole Squadron in Japan was
transferred from Japan to Germany for the Berlin Airlift
in 1949. He considered the Berlin Air Lift one of the most
important humanitarian services of the United States. In
addition to his overseas assignments in the 1950s, he was
also stationed at March AFB, California, McGuire AFB, New
Jersey. In the 1960s and 70s he was stationed with his
family in England, Offutt AFB, Castle AFB, Frankfurt,
Germany (where he was promoted to full Colonel), and
Heidelberg, Germany, at that time he also received his MBA
from Boston University. His last assignment was at the Air
Force Accounting Center in Denver, Colorado where he
retired from the Unites States Air Force in 1974 after
surviving a heart attack. He was advised to move to a
lower altitude so the family moved to Modesto, California
where he continued to recover from a heart attack. After
his recovery he worked as the Business Manager for the
elementary schools and high school in Turlock, California.
After 10 years he retired again and served a mission for
the Church at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City
for 18 months. He found this very rewarding and later
continued his service at the BYU Family History Library
for 10 years. He and Pauline moved to Springville, Utah in
2001 and have since enjoyed traveling and have visited
many exotic places including the Antarctic, Swalberg, and
the Amazon. He is survived by his wife, Pauline, and three
sons, James Jr. (Gail) Jeffrey (Linda) and Andrew (Carol),
15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Interment
was in the Evergreen Cemetery where a military service was
given by the Springville American Legion. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart
Association or the American Lung Association.
John L. Wolfe, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), of
Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on May 29, 2010. Born in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin May 17, 1926 to Doris Lang Wolfe and
John Stanton Wolfe, he attended Holy Rosary Grade School
and North Division High School. He enlisted in the U.S.
Army in 1943 during World War II for training as a B29
gunner. Utilizing the Gl bill after the war, he graduated
from Marquette University with a B.S. in Mechanical
Engineering. On August 3, 1946, he married the love of his
life, Jeanne Marie Sheeley. As the Korean War loomed on
the horizon, Jack decided to serve his country as a career
officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was commissioned as a
2nd Lt. in 1951, obtaining a Masters Degree in Meteorology
from the University of Washington. The wild adventures
began as an Air Force family to New York, French Morocco,
Rhine Maine, Germany and back to Washington. Five children
later and duty stations which included Ohio, Puerto Rico
and Massachusetts, Lt. Col. Wolfe retired from the Air
Force. Nearly 30 years of honorable service to his country
was recognized with countless medals, ribbons and awards.
In 1970, the Wolfe pack trekked across country to their
new home in Phoenix. Jack taught physics, math,
photography and yearbook at Tolleson Union High School for
18 years. For the last 22 years, he enjoyed his retirement
building his beloved ultralight airplane, discovering
computers, the internet and spending time with his entire
family. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Doris
and John. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jeanne,
his sister, Betty Ann Mares.of Milwaukee, WI, and his 5
children: Jeanne Stape (Jim), John Wolfe (Nancy), James
Wolfe (Laurie), Jill Wolfe (Alan Derrick) and Joy Gillies
(Jonathan). He was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 3
great grandchildren. His wit and intelligence were present
to the very end. Dad was a patriot, a role model and our
hero. Burial was at the National Memorial Cemetery of
Arizona with full military honors at 23029 N. Cave Creek
Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024.
Dutro, Jr., died on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at his
residence in Washington, DC. Husband of Nancy P. Dutro;
father of Sarah Cormier (Gil), Christopher Dutro (Joanne)
and Susan Dutro (Will); brother of Robert Dutro and Jean
Dutro; grandfather of Jennifer, Erin, Kevin, Rebecca and
Rachel. Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of
flowers, contributions may be made to The Paleontological
Research Institution, 1259 Trumansburg Rd., Ithaca, NY
14850 or Capital Hospice, 4401 Connecticut Ave. N.W.,
Washington, DC 20008. He trained at Denison Univ., and
served as a weather observer in Greenland in WWII.
Roland Foss Harvey, Maj USAF (Ret.), passed away
at the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home on July 7,
2009. He had just celebrated his 87th birthday on Father's
Day. Roland was born on June 21, 1922, in Duxbury,
Vermont. In December 1942, he enlisted in the United
States Army Air Corp and became a Commissioned Officer in
September 1945. In 1948, while stationed on the Island of
Guam, he met and married a young Civil Service employee
from Waukesha, WI, named Olive Martha Siewert, the love of
his life. Together, with their growing family, they were
stationed at bases in California, Louisiana, Japan and
Spain, before returning to Barksdale AFB for the Major's
final assignment and retirement in January 1963. For the
next 6 years, Roland managed Manpower, Inc in Shreveport
while teaching next door at Shreveport Draughn Norton
School of Business. He then went to work as General
Manager of Foster Mobile Home Sales on Greenwood Road
until his retirement in June 1990.
Major Harvey was
preceded in death by wife, Olive Martha Siewert Harvey,
his parents Harold and Terrace Harvey, brother and
sister-in-law Harold and Yvonne Harvey, and his sister Ann
Roland and Ollie
celebrated 54 years of marriage before her passing in
November 2002. Major Harvey is survived by six children:
his sons James (Kathy) Harvey of Lexington, KY; and Chief
Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret) Tommy (Paulette) Harvey of
Bossier City, LA; his daughters, Susan Cornette of Fort
Worth, TX; Patti (Kavin) LaCaze of Bossier City, LA; Maria
(Tommy) Starkey of Lexington KY; and Laura (Mike-Master
Sergeant, USAF Ret) Bratcher of Hooks, TX. He is also
survived by his grandchildren, James Harvey, Jr.; Scott
(Kristy) Cornette; Belinda (Shawn-Major US Army) Bault;
Chasity (Marty) Owen; Chris (Sarah Faith) Cornette; Adam
(Amy) Bullock; Technical Sergeant, USAF Jason Harvey; Clay
(Karen) Harvey; Staff Sergeant USAF Jonathan Bullock; Kari
Harvey; Travis Starkey; Austin Starkey; Hannah Starkey;
Sarah Bratcher and Martha Bratcher. And his great
grandchildren: James Harvey III; Christian Cornette;
Kaleigh Timmons; Luke Cornette; Grant Cornette; and
Savannah Bullock. Also, celebrating his life is
sister-in-law Elly Siewert Parry of WI, and nieces and
nephew Jeanne (Tim) Stien of IL; Jill (Mike) Woodford of
WI; Jim (Karla) Parry of WI; Karen (Skip) Lata and Sheila
Trombly both of CT.
Major Harvey was a member of St.
Jude Catholic Church, the Retired Officers Association,
and VFW Post 5951 where he was formerly the Chaplain and
Blood Drive Chairperson. Roland volunteered for many years
with LifeShare Blood Centers and the Overton Brooks VA
Medical Center. The family would like to express their
appreciation to the following: Dr. Robert McCoy, Dr. Roy
Fleniken, Mr. Byron Hines, and the staff of the Northwest
Louisiana War Veterans Home where he resided for the last
months of his life.
A service celebrating the life of
Major Harvey was held at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel with
interment with full military honors in Hill Crest Memorial
Robert L. Kane, Col. USAF (Ret.), age 89, of
Carsonville MI, died Thursday, April 5, 2012 in
California. He was born January 2, 1923 in Carleton,
Michigan son of the late Edward T. and Nellie (Corcoran)
Kane. He and Mary V. Watson were married June 12, 1944 in
Marine City. Bob attended the Hall of the Divine Child in
Monroe, MI and was a graduate of Carleton High School. He
was attending the University of Michigan when Uncle Sam
called and he immediately entered the Meteorological
Program at UofM and then the University of Maryland.
Robert served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942 - 1973 where
he attained the rank of Colonel. He was a Military
Officer, Pilot, and Meteorologist. During the Vietnam War
he was commander of the 54th Weather Reconnaissance
Squadron (66-67) at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. He also
later commanded the 7th Weather Wing (70-73), Scott AFB,
IL. After retiring, he taught AF JR ROTC at Anaheim High
School in Anaheim, CA. He was a member of St. Mary
Catholic Church in Port Sanilac MI, V.F.W. Post 8872, Port
Sanilac, the Air Force Association, The Retired Officers
Association (MOAA), Air Weather Association and American
Meteorological Society. He attended Eastern Michigan State
College, University of Michigan, and earned his Bachelor
Degree at University of Maryland. Bob was an inspiration
to all of his family including his many nieces, nephews
and friends for his compassionate kindness, help in
difficult situations, and scrupulous integrity. One of his
occupations in his retirement was driving senior citizens
in the county to doctor and hospital appointments which
was a source of deep satisfaction to him. Survived by his
wife, Mary; daughters, Anne, Julia, and Mari; son, John; 9
grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by his daughter Cynthia in 1999. Mass of
Christian Burial was at St. Mary Catholic Church, Port
Sanilac, MI. Burial was in the Old St. Mary Cemetery.
CMSgt Bobby W. Luker, 82, Schreveport , Louisiana
, died from a series of health issues on 29 Aug 2011. I first met
Bobby at Beale AFB back in 1964 and did not get a chance to visit
with him until Jul 02 when I stopped in to visit him on my way
back from Texas . He was a weather observer and a Chief Observer
when that position still existed. I do not believe he was a member
of the AWA, but I know there are people out there who knew Bobby.
Submitted by Francis Flesch.
David W. Saxton, Col USAF (Ret.) died of
natural causes on March 30, 2012 in Charlotte Hall, MD. Born in
Holton, Michigan, David attended a one-room schoolhouse. After
graduating as class valedictorian, he received a scholarship to
Hope College in Holland Michigan. In his junior year, he joined
the army and finished his degree in New York University as a
cadet, graduating in 1944 with a degree in meteorology. During the
Second World War, Colonel Saxton was stationed in England in 1944,
where he met Patricia Margaret Brown and married in June 1945. He
received a BS in Mathematics in 1947 from the University of
Michigan and an MS in Meteorology in 1956 from the University of
Chicago. As an Air Force officer, the Saxtons traveled around the
world from Washington, DC, Japan, Nebraska, Illinois, Alabama,
England, and Hawaii. Colonel Saxton retired as Chief, Operations
Division, HQ 1st Weather Wing, Hickam AFB, Hawaii in 1974. He
joined NOAA that same year and retired as Chief, Basic Weather
Branch, National Meteorological Center, National Weather Service,
in 1984. Col. Saxton celebrated his 90th birthday with his family
on March 17th. He is survived by his beloved wife Patricia
Margaret Brown, and his seven children, Anne Bristow and Amanda
Saxton of Anchorage, AK; Louise Thelen of Hilo, HI; Barbara Saxton
of Arlington, VA; Michael Saxton of McLean, VA; Ronald Saxton of
Leesburg, VA; and Charles Saxton of La Plata, MD; thirteen
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A life celebration
gathering will take place on Friday, April 6, 2012 from 10 am
until time of Memorial Service at 11 am at the Arehart-Echols
Funeral Home, P.A. Pastor Dave Huffman will officiate. Interment
will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Charlotte Hall Veterans Home 29449 Charlotte Hall Road Charlotte
Hall, MD 20622
James A. Kuhn, 80, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at Pepper Hospice, Barrington. He was born
June 12, 1931, in Chicago. He had worked in auto sales and leasing. He was veteran of the Korean Conflict,
serving in the Air Force. He was a member and treasurer of the Rolling Meadows Historical Society, member
of the Citizens Police Academy, helped build the library, and member of the Veterans Commission and the
Arlington Heights American Legion. He was the husband of the late Janice; father of Karen (Mark) Abruzino,
James (Laura), Robert (Kristine), Deborah (Daniel) Sonoda, William (Loriann), Terese (Roy) Olson, Jamie (Gregory)
Molnar, Thomas (Tracy) and the late Michael Kuhn; grandfather of 18; great-grandfather of three; brother of
Philip (Janet), John (Marian), Dr. William (Jeanette), Robert (the late Maureen) and the late Thomas (Maureen)
Kuhn; and dear friend of Marge Serritella. Visitation will be Monday, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Meadows Funeral Home,
3615 Kirchoff Road (ďż˝ block east of Route 53), Rolling Meadows. Services will be Tuesday, at 9:30 a.m. at the
funeral home, proceeding to St. Colette Church, for Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery,
Des Plaines. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road,
Suite 300, Jacksonville FL 32256. For information, 847-253-0224.
David Eugene Bayless, 87, a native of Longview, Texas, and 17-year resident of Yorktown, Va., died peacefully at St. Francis Nursing Home, surrounded by his family on Jan. 23, 2010.
He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force during WW II, and retired as a SMSGT after 26 years, in 1967. After the military, he taught at New Horizons and retired in 1987, from the Hampton School System. He was a member of Niles McKinley Lodge No. 0794, the Army and Navy Lodge No. 306, and Scottish Rite. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary T. Bayless; sons, Gary B. Bayless and wife, Jackie Bayless, and David L. Bayless; granddaughters, Amy B. Dayton and husband, Brian Dayton, Lia Bayless, and Sarah Bayless.
Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.
A memorial celebration of David's life will be held at 11 a.m., Jan. 28, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 2510 N. Armistead Ave., in Hampton. Interment will be private.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.
Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Hiram Pierce "Bill" Bilyeu, Col USAF (Ret.)
ID, passed away Thursday afternoon, Jan. 5, 2012, at a
local medical center.
A complete obituary will be in a
future edition of the Idaho State Journal. Arrangements
are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home,
431 N. 15th
Ave., Pocatello, 232-0542. Condolences may be sent
to the family online at
Published in Idaho
State Journal on January 7, 2012
Lt Col Bilyeu was the Commander of the 55th Weather
Reconnaissance Squadron 15 Jul 67 - 20 Nov 69.
Col Bilyeu was the last Air Weather Service Deputy Chief
of Staff Directorate of Air Operations Reconnaissance
Division from 20 Nov 72 until that function was abolished
on 1 September 1975 when weather reconnaissance and air
sampling resources/missions were transferred to ARRS
ending over 33 years of continuous organized aerial
weather reconnaissance in AWS.
His wife died in August 2011
Patricia Downing Bilyeu, 86, Pocatello, passed away on Monday, August 1,
2011, surrounded by a loving family.
She was born May
15, 1925, in Pocatello, Idaho to Judge Jay Linoel Downing
and his wife Marie Pettygrove Downing. She graduated from
Pocatello High School in 1942 and earned a Bachelor's
Degree in History in 1951 from Idaho State College. She
married H. Pierce (Bill) Bilyeu on May 10, 1952 in
Pocatello, Idaho. As an Air Force wife, she spent the next
twenty-three years living in various locations throughout
the United States and Bermuda. During this time her two
youngest children were born in the Territory of Alaska.
Patricia enjoyed singing in various choirs, serving as the
president of the Air Force Officer's Wife's Club in
Savannah, Georgia, working on family genealogy, and making
life-long friends. Patricia continued to pursue her love
of traveling by taking numerous vacations with friends and
family throughout the world.
Patricia also enjoyed
serving as a Governor of Idaho for the Mayflower Society,
being active in the Daughters of the Nile, Daughters of
American Revolution, American Legion Auxiliary, National
Society Colonial Dames, and the Order of the Eastern Star.
She was a member of the First Congregational United Church
of Christ in Pocatello.
She is survived by her husband,
Pierce: two sons, Jay Downing Bilyeu (Judy), Aiken, South
Carolina and Chip Bilyeu (Pam), Pocatello; one daughter,
Anne Marie Bilyeu Dirks, San Diego, California: eleven
grandchildren, Jason Bilyeu, Jeff Bilyeu, Sean "Sarah"
Bilyeu, Robby Bilyeu, Nic Marshall (Jenn), Neil Marshall
(Karen), Natalie Vaden, J. Pierce Bilyeu, Tahnee Dirks,
Keegan Dirks, Shannen Razumovsky (Aleks) and four
great-grandchildren. Patricia was preceded in death by her
parents and two sisters. No public services will be held
as per Patricia"s request.
In lieu of Flowers Patricia
would request a donation to the charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank the staff at Ridge Wind
Assisted Living for the kind, loving, and quality care
provided for our loved one.
(September 8, 1932 - December 11,
WILLIAMSBURG - Nancy Lee Try, 79, of the
6800 block of Arthur Hills Dr. passed away on Sunday, December
11, 2011 in her residence. She was born on September 8, 1932
in Norfolk County, VA to the late Hersey and Nellie Ferguson;
and retired after many years in the banking industry.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 37
years, Paul D. Try; and their children, Harold ďż˝Jackďż˝ Beaver
and his wife Shea, Beth D. Anderson and her husband Bill, and
Julie Lynn Try and Tom Platt; a sister, Nell Ewell; four
grandchildren, Charlotte Lee Anderson, William A. Anderson
III, Jacob C. Beaver, and Kelsey L. Daughtrey; and Nancyďż˝s
loving cat, Bucky.
A graveside service will be held at 1 PM Thursday, December
15, 2011 in the mausoleum chapel at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens
by Mr. Keith Lewis. The family will receive friends at
Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel on Wednesday
evening from 6 - 8 PM and at the home of Jack and Shea Beaver
immediately following the funeral service on Thursday. In lieu
of flowers, donations may be made to Cat Rescue, Inc.,
Chesapeake, VA online at www.catrescueinc.org . Condolences
may be made to the family online at
Richard "Dick" Mizgorski July 14, 1941 -
October 17, 2011, Resident of San Jose,CA.
Played his last
game of racquetball on Monday, October 17, 2011. He leaves
behind his beautiful wife Carol of 49 years, 3 children:
Richard (Rick) Mizgorski III (Lila), Marc Mizgorski (Brenda)
and Robyn Klitgaard (Mark), 3 grandchildren: Connor Sven,
Sophie Elizabeth, and Madeline Claire, 2 sisters: Rita Jean
Mizgorski Renee Jeanette Gentile, and his nephew and niece:
Ernie and Jeana Gentile. Richard John Mizgorski was born in
Pittsburgh, PA, July 14, 1941. He was the devoted son of
Richard John Mizgorski Sr. and Mary Rita Werries Mizgorski. He
was raised in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, PA. He
attended Central Catholic High School and upon graduation
enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was a true
patriot with an undying love for his country. In 1962 he
married Carol Adelaide Rakow who lived on the next block in
Lawrenceville. He was stationed in Washington DC, Rantoul IL,
Verona Italy, Gwinn MI, and State College PA. During those
early years and with 3 young children he also managed to
attend the University of Maryland and Northern Michigan
University and obtained a BS in Mathematics in 1971 from
Pennsylvania State University. Upon graduation he was
commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and was
assigned to the Satellite Test Center in Sunnyvale, CA where
he worked on classified special projects for the Secretary of
the Air Force. Although he expected his assignment in
Sunnyvale to be longer than the others, he and Carol grew to
love the area and decided to put down permanent roots in San
In 1981 Rich retired from the Air Force, but
continued his work in aerospace, ultimately retiring from
Lockheed on August 31st of this year. Rich sang with his wife
in the Mission Santa Clara Choir for the past 15 years, was an
avid Sharks fan with season tickets dating back to the Cow
Palace days, a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, a
model rail roader enthusiast, loved traveling and being
Pap-Pap to his 3 adoring grandchildren. He will be greatly
missed. He was a gentleman, amazing father/father-in-law,
outstanding grandfather, loving husband, supportive brother
and friend to many.
Visitation will be October 23rd
4:00-6:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m., with a 7:15 p.m. Prayer
Vigil at Darling Fischer Mortuaries, 231 E. Campbell Ave.,
Campbell, CA 95008. A funeral mass will be held on October
24th at 10:00 a.m., St. Joseph's Cathedral, 80 South Market
Street, San Jose, CA 95113. Richard will be laid to his final
rest at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either
San Jose Airport
1701 Airport Blvd. #B1240
San Jose, CA
Palo Alto VA
c/o Pen Fed Foundation
2930 Eisenhower Av., 6th
WILLIAM P. MOORE, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret.)
On September 8, 2011, at the age of 91. Preceded in death by
his first wife, Dorothy J. Moore and his second wife, Rita L.
Moore. Proud father of Mary Kay Kelly, Barbara Jacobs, Susan
Moore, Elizabeth Hanczaryk and Maureen Warner. Adored by his
numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Colonel Moore
was born in East St. Louis, Illinois and graduated from the
University of Illinois. He served his country as a
meteorologist for the Air Force through WWII and the Korean
and Vietnam Wars. After military retirement, he forecast for
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration followed
by nearly two decades of volunteer work at Andrews Air Force
Base. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, September 12
at the Lee Funeral Home in Clinton, MD. A Catholic Mass is
scheduled on Tuesday, September 13 at 12 noon at St. John the
Evangelist Catholic Church, also in Clinton. A military
interment in Arlington National Cemetery will be held within a
Shawn T. Sankey, 55, of Commerce City, passed away
July 16, 2011. He is survived by wife, Kristen; daughter, Carra
and brother, Bruce Sankey of Colorado Springs. Preceded in death
by his parents, James & Carra Sankey. Shawn was a veteran of the
Air Force where he received a medal of commendation. His greatest
passions in life were meteorology, car tuning and athletics. He
was an adoring father and was very discerning with his
friendships. He cherished those he kept close and treated all with
respect & dignity. Funeral Service, Tues., 10:30 AM, Horan &
McConaty Family Chapel, 11150 E. Dartmouth Ave., (at Parker Rd),
Aurora with burial following at Ft. Logan National Cemetery.
Donations for the education of Shawn's daughter may be made by
following this link:
Share condolences at HoranCares.com.
Mary (Ginger) O'Neil, author, piano teacher
and life-long community activist passed away quietly on Wednesday,
June 22, at Regent Care Center of League City, TX at the age of
Ginger's beloved Aunt Kathryn once told her that to
make the most out of life, one must "show a little enthusiasm."
These words would resonate throughout her life. Ginger remained a
dynamic and creative person, quick to put ideas into action, ever
curious about the world around her and indeed, a woman with
Ginger fell in love with the written
word at a young age and continued to write for the rest of her
life. Her poems, short stories and articles appeared in various
publications. Among her later works are the novels, A Touching
Performance (2001) and Forever Granada (2011) and the non-fiction,
Merging With Martha in a Microchip Age (1990).
Ginger's greatest joys was sharing her passions for learning,
music and art with young people. An accomplished musician, Ginger
dedicated 18 years of weekday afternoons teaching piano to scores
of young people from her basement music room. Many of those piano
students came to appreciate Ginger as not only a valued mentor,
but also a champion and friend. In addition, she and her husband,
Hugh spent several years hosting and leading monthly church youth
Ginger always believed in the
value of remaining an active member of her community and was a
tireless volunteer. Among the numerous organizations for which she
gave countless hours were Strategies to Elevate People (STEP) and
the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. She was an active
member of Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax, VA, participating and
often spearheading church activities. In recent years, she was a
member of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in League City.
Born Mary Margaret Garvin on October 16, 1930 in Milwaukee,
WI, Ginger was the first child of James T. and Anne Garvin.
Shortly thereafter, they moved to the family home in Schenectady,
NY, where she and her younger sister, Gail grew up.
attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, where she met,
Hugh M. O'Neil of Watertown, NY. She graduated from St. Lawrence
in 1952 receiving a Bachelor of Arts with honors in English.
Ginger would remain a lifelong student, completing a Masters
Degree program at State University of New York in Albany in 1956.
Ginger and Hugh were married in Schenectady on June 6, 1953,
soon after his commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the US Air
Force. Over the next few decades, they had six children and lived
in Texas, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Following Hugh's
retirement from the Air Force, the family moved to 5003 Fleming
Drive, Annandale, VA, where they would remain for nearly 25 years.
Ginger suffered a major stroke in 2004 and her health
continued to decline throughout the following years.
and her family were blessed to have received such loving care and
support from the staff at Regent Nursing Care in League City
during her final months of life.
Ginger's survivors include
her husband, Hugh M. O'Neil; her sister, Gail D'Angelo (Brookline,
MA); 6 children and their spouses, Elizabeth (Betsy) and Paul
Thomas (Lubbock, TX), Garvin and Janet O'Neil (League City, TX),
Hal and Cynthia O'Neil (Ft. Worth, TX), Phyllis and Tony Syme
(Chantilly, VA), Shirley and Paul Owen (League City, TX), and Dan
O'Neil (Washington, DC); 13 grandchildren; Alexander, Cassandra
and Andrea Thomas, Jessica and Shannon O'Neil, Jaclyn and Jeremy
O'Neil, Matt, Kate and Molly Syme, Erin, Rachel and Dan Owen and 1
great granddaughter, Natalie Thomas.
On Sunday, June 26 at
3:30 p.m., the family will hold a memorial service at the Crowder
Funeral Home Chapel, 111 East Medical Center Boulevard in Webster,
On Thursday, June 30 at 10:00 a.m., the family will
receive friends and hold a memorial service at Fairfax Memorial
Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road in Fairfax, VA.
If you are
inclined to make a memorial donation, please choose from among
those charitable organizations you feel would be suitable.
William R. Martinez of Woodbourne NY
passed away on June 21, 2011
Sally and Don Hyde of Colorado Springs CO have passed away. Their daughter Martha Bundrick sent me a note about it. Her mom passed away June 15th; and her dad, April 23rd. Sally and Don were regulars at AWA reunions. Don was a retired SMSgt with wartime service in the 21WS.
Donald W. Messecar Born in Waterford, Ontario, Canada on October 2, 1924 Passed away on Mon. June 30, 2008 and resided in Mount Vernon, WA
Donald Wesley Messecar was born in Waterford, Ontario, Canada on October 2, 1924, the second child of Clayton William and Laura Schooley Messecar. He died as the result of a sudden illness on June 30, 2008. Mr. Messecar served as a reconnaissance pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force for three years during and immediately after World War II. He then became an American citizen and joined the United States Air Force, serving in occupied Japan, Greenland and London. Shortly after joining the Air Force, he began training as a meteorologist, becoming a senior forecaster for the Air Force Strategic Air Command. His duties included forecasting flight plans and briefing pilots for Air Force One. He served 20 years in the Air Force, retiring as a senior warrant officer (CWO4). He then worked an additional 20 years as a civilian meteorologist continuing his career as a head forecaster at Air Force Global Weather Central, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska. He retired to Sudden Valley, Washington in 1983, where he lived for 20 years.
Mr. Messecar married Jean Kennedy Johnson, of Kenora, Ontario, Canada, in 1944, and the couple had two sons. She preceded him in death in 2004. Mr. Messecar is survived by his sons, Derek Messecar, of London, England and Bruce Messecar, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; his granddaughter, Caroline Messecar of Moscow, Russia; daughter-in-law, Lisa Messecar; and siblings and their spouses Bonnie and Gus Andre of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Albert Messecar of Westland, Michigan; Carol and Gordon Allardyce of Orchard Lake, Michigan and Gail and Bob Pacos of Newport Court, California. He is also survived by his dear Mary Frances and all her family, all of whom felt privileged to know this kind and thoughtful man.
Mr. Messecar was an avid aviator, golfer, and fisherman, and he enjoyed ballroom dancing. He was a member of several dance groups, including the Hillcrest Thursday dance group in Mount Vernon. He was a member of the Elks and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to Mr. Messecar's favorite charity, The Salvation Army.
Walter Bickett, SMSgt USAF Ret.,
81, passed away peacefully at home on June 1, 2011.
He was born
Sept. 9, 1929, in Farmington, Mich., to Kendrick and Rose Pauline
Bickett. At the age of 17 he joined the Army Air Corps and served
in the military for 28 years as a meteorologist in such places as
Seoul, South Korea;
and Langley Air
Force Base as NCOIC, 5th Weather Wing. After retiring from
the Air Force, he obtained a data programming degree, Magna Cum
Laude, from Thomas
Nelson Community College where he later worked as a
computer programmer. Kenneth then worked for the
United States Postal
Service for 14 years. He was a member of St. Joseph's
Catholic Church, Air Weather Association and the
Air Force Sergeants
Association. His lifelong hobbies included photography,
reading, traveling to historical sites and woodworking.
survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Eileen; brother,
Richard; and sister, Barbara Farrell; children, Kenneth Jr. and
wife, Susan, David, John and wife, Elisabet, Robert and wife,
Kumpio, Kathryn and husband, Mike Ford, Jeffrey and wife, Mia,
Mary and husband, Preston Thorton, Joseph, Patricia and husband,
Mark Bassett, Daniel and wife, Courtney; 20 grandchildren; and
Donations may be made to St. Joseph's
Catholic Church, 502 Buckroe Rd., Hampton, Va., or to the
A Mass of
was celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2011, at St. Joseph's
Catholic Church. A private burial service was held following mass.
Air Force Col. Robert A. Jacobs, 91, died on
Monday, March 14, 2011. A resident of Hampton since 1969 and later
of Williamsburg, he was a longtime volunteer at the V.A. Medical
Center and the Mariners' Museum.
Inducted into the Army from
his home in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1941, he later flew as a
navigator in the 8th Air Force, England, on B-24 aircraft during
World War II. It was there that he met and married his wife,
Col. Jacobs' 31 years of service included tours of duty
in England, Korea, and Germany. His final assignment was as
Operations Officer of the 5th Weather Wing at Langley AFB.
graduate of UCLA with a bachelor's degree in meteorology, his
professional military education included the Air Command and Staff
College and the Air War College.
Decorations awarded included
the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak
leaf cluster, the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
After his Air Force career, Col. Jacobs attended Christopher
Newport University and obtained a Virginia State Teaching
Certificate. He taught mathematics and communications at the
Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School for almost 11 years.
Professional affiliations included the American Meteorological
Society, the Royal Meteorological Society, the Air Force
Association, Air Weather Association and the Military Officers'
Association of America.
He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy.
He is survived by their son, Peter, daughter-in-law, Lynn, four
grandchildren, Holly, Peter Jr., Patrick, and Daniel, six
great-grandchildren, and his sister, Audrey, and brother-in-law,
Interment with full military honors will be held
at Arlington National Cemetery on June 8, 2011.
condolences may be expressed at
Command Financial Services as a Financial Advisor in June 2005,
following a 22-year career in the United States Air Force. There, he
served as a communications technician and meteorologist, attaining the
rank of major.
A graduate of Texas A&M University with Bachelor of
Science degrees in Computer Engineering and Meteorology, and the Air
Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) with a Master of Science degree
in Meteorology, Troy held Series 6, 63, and 65 securities licenses
plus state life, health and property-and-casualty insurance licenses.
He was a Certified Financial Plannerďż˝ certificant, and a member of the
Financial Planning Association and the Omaha, Bellevue and Sarpy
County chambers of commerce.
Troy passed away on Friday, 29 April
2011. His memorial service will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, 3 May, at 2
pm at the Trinity Lutheran Family Life Center, 520 W. Lincoln St., in
Papillion. There will be an opportunity to share your memories of Troy
at the service. A member of the Heartland Harmonizers barbershop
chorus, Troy enjoyed singing, reading, and traveling with his family.
He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
Lt. Col.(Ret) Richard Charles Suehr, 91, of
Fayetteville, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at North
Carolina State Veterans Nursing Home, Fayetteville. He was born May 4,
1917, in Crafton, to the late Harry C. Suehr and Ethlenna Roehrig
Suehr. He served his country for more than 28 years in the Air Force
and was a veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War. During his
military career, he was the recipient of the numerous commendations
and medals including two Purple Hearts, the Silver Star and the
Distinguished Flying Cross. He was preceded in death by a son, Ralph
T. Suehr. He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth Suehr, of the home;
one son, Richard "Rick" C. Suehr II, of Raleigh, N.C.; one sister,
Nell Bull, of Nescopeck, Pa.; and a grandson, Richard Charles Suehr
III, of Long Beach, Calif. Funeral services were conducted at Main
Post Chapel, on Fort Bragg, with Father Micheas Langston officiating.
He was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, July 9, 2009, with
the rendering of full military honors. We appreciate your thoughts and
prayers for the family of Col. Suehr. Our family is truly thankful
that he has completed his final mission and has flown back into the
sun to meet his squadron and go back the final time to his home base
and be with his supreme commanding officer eternally. In lieu of
flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the
Knights of Columbus, 1220 Fort Bragg Road, Fayetteville, NC 28305.
Frederick C. Thompson, 90, of
Dunkirk, N.Y., passed away at Erie County Medical Center on March 5,
2011, after a short illness. He was born on September 3, 1920 to
Gordon W. and Anna B. Thompson. He was a life long resident of the
Dunkirk/ Fredonia area and graduated from Dunkirk High School, class
He received a master's degree in metallurgical
engineering from Case University (Case Western Reserve) and a degree
from New York University in Meteorology. He was a veteran of World War
II, serving in the Army Air Corp. as a meteorologist technician and
observer in the Pacific Theater, he attained the rank of Captain.
Following World War II, he was a metallurgical engineer traveling
throughout the United States for Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation
until 1972. Mr. Thompson was a member of the Dunkirk Chamber of
Commerce, Dunkirk Rotary Club, Masons, Shorewood Country Club, St.
John the Baptist Episcopal Church and supported the North Chautauqua
County Development Corporation. He is survived by his wife of 61
years, Jessie Murray Thompson, daughter Barbara "Bobbie" and
son-in-law Kenneth Tonis, of West Palm Beach, FL, son Frederick C.
"Rick" Jr. and daughter-in-law Ellee of Cockeysville, MD, grandson,
Frederick C. III, granddaughter-in-law, Leona and great-grandson
Frederick C. IV, of Pittsburg, PA and granddaughter, Merryman Lee
Thompson of Baltimore, MD. A celebration of his life will be held in
the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to
the Gow School, 2491 Emery Road, PO Box 85, South Wales, N.Y. 14139.
Lt Col (Ret.) Gordon Roy Hammond, 64, a resident of
Guilford, VT, died on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, following a long
illness. He was born June 3, 1946, in Wayne, Michigan, son of the
late Crispen and Eleanor (Wood) Hammond. Gordon graduated from
Northville High in 1964. He received a BS in Meteorology from the
University of Utah and a MS in Meteorology from the University of
Oklahoma. After 20 years of honorable service, Gordon retired from
the U.S. Air Force as a Senior Scientist at Hanscom AFB, MA in the
rank of Lt. Colonel. He was awarded four Meritorious Service Medals
and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He also graduated from Air
Command & Staff College and the coveted Industrial College of Armed
Forces. Gordon continued working for the Department of the Air Force
as a civilian contractor. He supported the Air Force as a Program
Manager overseeing the acquisition and installation of weather systems
worldwide. Gordon enjoyed his ďż˝retirement farmďż˝ in Guilfordďż˝cutting
and splitting firewood; building stone walls; brush-hogging ; caring
for his three pet sheep, Patience, Peppermint and Patti; and watching
his neighbor ďż˝Farmer Normďż˝ work the hay fields. He designed and built
a 2-story garage with the help of a friend. He loved to watch the
wildlife on the hillsides and around his newly dug pond. Gordon was
happiest when he was predicting weather for friends and family.
Gordon is survived by his wife and best friend, Nancy; his eight
childrenďż˝Tamara West and Crystal Akagi in UT, Tonya Towler in NC,
Megan Hammond and Jen Sanborn in CA, Alaina Hammond and Tim Sanborn in
Vermont, Kendra Hall in NH; his sister Peggy Meyer in NC; his
brothers, James in WI, Edgar in MI; 14 grandchildren, and his
mother-in-law, Mary Ostrowski.
Gordon was preceded in death by his
parents, his sister, Julia and his brother, Crispen.
services will be held at Hanscom AF Base in MA in March and in
Guilford in late spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
may be made in his name to the Grace Cottage Foundation, PO Box 1,
Townshend, VT 05353 or to the Gordon R. Hammond Memorial Scholarship
at Brattleboro Union High School, c/o Kathy Rouleau 131 Fairground Rd.
Brattleboro, VT 05301.
Gordonďż˝s family would like to thank the many
caregivers for their help and supportďż˝Dr. Robert Tortolani, Guilford
Cares, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital staff, Grace Cottage Rehab and
Hospice staff, and so many dear friends.
Philip Thornburg Boucher died
February 22, 2004, in Tempe, Arizona. He was born January 14, 1920, in
Rolette, North Dakota, to John B.Boucher and Nina Ruth Boucher, nee
Thornburg. He spent 30 years in the U.S. Air Force as a meteorologist,
achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer before his retirement in
1970. After his retirement, he earned a degree in accounting from
Arizona State University, and worked as an accountant in Pinetop,
Arizona until 1994. He is survived by his wife, Frances Ellen Boucher,
nee Fry, of Tempe, Arizona; a step-son, Philip M. Burger, of Olathe,
Kansas; 5 step-grandchildren: Charles Burger of Mesa, Arizona, Michael
Burger of Charleston, SC, Mijanou Burger, of Lawrence KS., Antoinette
Burger of Olathe, KS., and Peter Burger of Castine, ME; and 4
step-great-grandchildren. Memorial Service will be held at 3PM Friday,
Feb. 27, 2004 at Friendship Village 2645 E. Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ.
Arrangements by Lakeshore Mortuary.
Published in the Arizona
Republic on 2/25/2004.
Lloyd L. Behrendt, Lt. Col. , USAF (Ret) passed away on February 2, 2011. Born in 1920 in
Milwaukee, Lloyd served his country by joining theArmy Air Corps in 1942. After training as a meteorologist and a brief
stint at the Pentagon, where he briefed General Hap Arnold, 2nd Lt. Behrendt set off for Elmendorf, Alaska in May 1943.
He was a Weather Officer, 11th Weather Region, for key weather stations in the Aleutians, invaded in 1942 by the Japanese.
After the successful Aleutian Campaign, Lloyd transferred to Kodiak, Alaska, where he fell in love with a beautiful wartime
telephone operator, Mary Vester.
Lloyd and Mary left the Alaska wilderness behind in 1946, marrying in
Orlando, Florida. They enjoyed their U.S. Air Force tours in Jamaica (where their son, Lloyd, was born at Guantanamo Bay),
and at Patrick AFB. At Patrick AFB in the early 50's, Lloyd served with the 30th Weather Detachment, 6th Weather
Squadron, forecasting the first launch of the space age for America with the V-2/WAC Corporal at Cape Canaveral and later
the first H-bomb test in the Pacific. Assignments that followed included Clark AFB, Philippines, and Ramstein AFB, Germany.
At Ramstein in 1954, Lloyd worked as Weather Officer in the "Kindsbach Cave", the bunkered Air Defense
Operations Center for the European theater. Lloyd, Mary and family set out to see all of Europe, particularly enjoying
summers in Spain along the Costa Brava.
After retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1960, Lloyd joined the
Aerospace Corporation as a tech writer. He soon returned to his beloved Patrick AFB, serving as the Base Real Property
Officer with his dear colleagues and friends in Base Civil Engineering until his retirement in 1997. After the passing
of his wife, Mary, he moved to California in 2004.
Lloyd loved and was loved by his family, especially his three
grandchildren. Lloyd was a man of humility, generosity, integrity, practical wisdom, and, especially, gentle humor.
While he will be dearly missed, we know he is already sharing his one-liners and quips in Heaven, with his Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ.
The family would like to thank Lloyd's friends for celebrating Lloyd's life with us.
Those wishing to make donations are asked to consider Great Commission Ministries, P.O. Box 7101, Winter Park, FL
32793-7101, with reference: Memorial Gift for Lloyd Behrendt.
(Ret.) James W. "Bill" Hall passed peacefully January 31,
2011. He was born January 29, 1935 in Lancaster, PA. Bill was a
graduate of the University of Arizona, Penn State and George
Washington University. He spent 30 years in the USAF. A devoted
husband, father and grandfather, he enjoyed golf, swimming and fly
fishing, and was an active member of the Santa Catalina Corral of
Westerners International and First United Methodist Church. He is
survived by his wife, Marilyn; sons, Kenneth and James;
daughter-in-law, Helene; grandchildren, Christopher, Andrew and
Rebecca and brother, Joseph (Shirley). Family Services will be held in
Tucson in the summer. Donations may be sent to Mayo Clinic (for Cancer
Research), 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55902-9813; First UMC; or
charity of your choice. Arrangements by PHOENIX MEMORIAL PARK AND
Marion "Skip" Waldorf, 89,CWO4(Ret)
of Prescott, Ariz., born April 12, 1921, passed away Jan. 8, 2011.
A private cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory in Prescott Valley.
Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with final arrangements.
Jack Norman was born on January 25, 1924 in Vancouver,
British Columbia. He was the son of Violet Gladys and Ernest Leslie
Norman. He died Thursday, August 5, 2010, in Oklahoma City at the
age of 86. He grew up in San Francisco, Hawaii, and Seattle. On July
25, 1953, he married Gwinn Pattee Allenberg, and together they had
seven children. Later in life he married Suzy Case. At age 18 he
became a naturalized American citizen and joined the US Army Air
Corps. He navigated 35 missions in a B-17 in WWII. He also flew
numerous search and rescue missions during the Korean conflict, was
a chief meteorologist for the Strategic Air Command, and was awarded
Bronze Star and
Purple Heart. He graduated with a
meteorology degree from Texas A&M in 1962. While working for the
National Weather Service in Tampa, Florida, he became a television
meteorologist. He worked as the chief meteorologist for KOCO channel
5 from 1972 to 1987. He was preceded in death by Gwinn; Suzy;
daughter, Kathleen; and grandsons, Roger Flippo Jr. and Benjamin
Gray. He is survived by daughters: Maryanne Flippo of Broken Arrow,
OK; Nancy Gray of Duncan, OK; sons: Dr. Charles Norman of
Williamsburg, VA; Lloyd Norman of Edmond, OK; Bryan Norman PHD of
Pittsburgh, PA; Dale Norman of Houston, TX; 16 grandchildren; and
his dog, Snoopy.A memorial service with full military honors will be
held at Vondel L. Smith & Sons Funeral Home (13125 N. MacArthur) at
2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 7, 2010. Viewing will begin at 1:00 p.m.
CMSGT HAROLD CALVIN HOFFMAN JR. USAF
Chief Master Sergeant Harold Calvin "Sonny" Hoffman, Jr.,
U.S. Air Force (Retired), passed away January 13, 2011, in Seattle,
WA. He was 79. Chief Hoffman was born September 1, 1931 in Tiffin,
OH to Genevieve Hoffman and Harold Calvin Hoffman Sr. Raised in
Ohio, he was a 1949 graduate of Central Catholic High School,
Toledo, OH. After his graduation from high school he began his
military career which spanned 28 years, first in the U.S. Navy but
transferred into the U.S. Air Force serving as a meteorologist. He
served one tour of duty in Vietnam. His military awards included an
Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air
Force Longevity Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, and other
decorations. Upon retiring from the USAF he worked for 10 years as a
civilian weather forecaster at Gray Army Airfield, Fort Lewis, WA.
His interests were varied but he received the most delight from his
woodworking hobby, becoming an accomplished furniture maker and
skilled wooden boat builder. Harold is survived by his wife
Hildegard Hoffman, his three sons, Charles Hoffman of Tacoma, WA,
Michael Hoffman of Renton, WA and Peter Hoffman of Tacoma, WA, and
six grandchildren. Services are at 2:15 PM on January 19, 2011 in
Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. Fir Lane Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.
Lewis N. Chittock, Lt Col USAF (Ret.). longtime
Durango, Colorado resident, died in his sleep Wednesday, Jan. 12,
2011, in Alexandria, Va., at the home of his daughter Judith Fraine.
He was 92. Col. Chittock was born June 9, 1918, to Edward and Anita
Francesa Chittock in Bendigo, Vitoria, Australia. By 1928,
he had moved with his family to Salt Lake City, where he
began his lifetime love affair with skiing, still a
primitive sport at the time. Joining the ROTC at the
University of Utah at age 16, he began a 28-year military
career riding the lead horse pulling a caisson with a
French 75-millimeter artillery piece. Soon after joining
the Army Air Corps in 1937, Col. Chittock became a charter
member of the Air Weather Service ďż˝ the determining factor
for a lifelong career. Most interesting to him was
developing early papers about radiation carried aloft by
prevailing winds. In 1941, Col. Chittock met Eleanora
Beitz while attending an air weather school in Illinois.
On Nov. 3, 1941, they were married in Alaska. Their first
home, immediately after Pearl Harbor, was a tent in
Alaska. The next 56 years were spent traveling the world
in service to their country from Albuquerque to Honolulu,
Tokyo to Arizona, Saudi Arabia to Amarillo, Texas. In
Amarillo, Col. Chittock completed his career ensuring that
the Strategic Air Command remained airborne at all times.
In 1965, the Chittocks retired to Durango. Here they
pursued a busy retirement schedule of skiing, square
dancing, traveling with extensive Wally Byam Airstream
caravans, skiing, more dancing and more skiing. Col.
Chittock groomed the early Purgatory ski runs, working off
the family lift tickets. Achieving an age to get senior
lift tickets, he continued the sport until he completed
his last double-black-diamond run at age 86. In Durango,
the Chittocks were regular luncheon participants at the
ďż˝55 Center,ďż˝ now known as the Senior Center, enjoying
their friends and neighbors. St. Paul Lutheran Church was
the center of their family life and where Col. Chittock
maintained the building for many years. In the early days
on Durangoďż˝s in-town slope, ďż˝The Red Baronďż˝ Chittock aided
many a little skier to find their way down their first
runs. Col. Chittock moved in May 2007 to Alexandria, Va.,
to live with his daughter Judith Fraine. He was preceded
in death by his wife, Eleanora Louise Chittock. He is
survived by daughters Judith Fraine and Nancy Lasley, both
of Alexandria. Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. Jan.
17, 2011, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in
Springfield, Va., and at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at
St. Paulďż˝s Lutheran Church, 2611 Junction St. in Durango.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lutheran
Womenďż˝s Missionary League in care of St. Paulďż˝s Lutheran
Church, 2611 Junction St., Durango, CO 81301.