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In Memory of our Lost Shipmates

Our thoughts and prayers go to the families and friends of our fellow shipmates who are gone but not forgotten. 

If you have information on any lost shipmates, please contact the webmaster to be included in this list.

Name Rank/Rate Date
Adams, Roland "Doug" DP November 21, 2015
Adlis, Lawrence E. ETC September 20, 2000
Alexander, Erman W. PNC August 2, 2007
Asby, Peter Swinton Jr. LT November 1, 1999
Avey, Tomas TM1 May 24, 2010
Battle, Cato M. HM1 September 21, 2002
Bauer, Wayne MR1 February 8, 2010
Baxter, Ronald MR1 May 2002?
Beaton, Charles "Chip" Sr. PN3 January 10, 2016
Beauman, Bonnie (Simonek) HT September 26, 2011
Bell, Ronald Mack ? June 12, 2015
Bennett, Jeffrey A. HT3 June 27, 2011
Benton, Leroy ? November 28, 2014
Benway, Carolyn Gladys BM2 October 28, 1985
Bilodeau, Kevin ML2 December 25, 1996
Bissett, Robert L. Jr. HT September 2, 2015
Blakeley, Timothy J. DP3 February 28, 2013
Blubaugh, Gilbert L. HTCS August 3, 2014
Bodisch, Richard G. DP August 3, 2016
Borzaga, Raymond "Paul" SH3 October 2, 2014
Bowen, Philip D. MM? May 14, 2013
Brady, John (Jackson) Jr. ? November 25, 2008
Brandon, William H. ? March 14, 2013
Brennan, Michael T. ? April 21, 2011
Brown, Bernard Lloyd CPO May 24, 2010
Buck, Manuel D. MM1 May 7, 2011
Burke, Richard E. Sr. LT May 10, 2007
Burket, Ralph A. Sr. ? July 2, 2006
Burns, Cindy Ann ? February 24, 2014
Cardaro, Terry FN ?
Cardinale, Thomas A. ? January 21, 2017
Carr, Rosetta ? March 24, 2014
Clausen, Daniel R. ? January 21, 2011
Clevenger, Walter W. "Bill" DT September 7, 2015
Cochran, Mark B. SN November 3, 1979
Cook, Kenneth G. "Rusty" EN3 March 10, 2002
Crain, Steven DeWayne ? March 23, 2016
Creech, Charles Kenneth ? January 21, 1999
Cunningham, Ronald K. ? September 3, 2017
Danaher, Alan P. ? January 26, 2011
Davis, Jess Burdette III ? April 6, 2013
Davis, Paul V. SCPO January 5, 2008
DeMarco, Michael A. Jr. MR1 May 29, 2001
Dempsey, Theodore F. MMC October 14, 2009
Derringer, R. Christopher ? November 28, 2013
Devers, Holly Jo (Peters) ? January 3, 2016
Dillon, Charles Gillis BR1 January 19, 2011
Dowling, Sheila M. PO3 April 21, 1985
Eagler, Jeffrey A. HTC(SW) January 4, 1999
Edwards, Jane (Seavey) ET3 July 24, 1997
Ellsworth, Richard H. LCDR March 14, 2012
Ferrell, James W. GMG1(SW) June 6, 2007
France, Robert A. RM3 January 20, 1992
Fricks, Gary B. ? April 13, 2009
Fry, Annabelle Kelley ? September 2, 2008
Fulke, Richard Lloyd ? June 16, 2011
Gaines, Jerry L. EMFN September 19, 1970
Garza, Roberto Sr. EMCM March 12, 2011
Ghormley, Ralph M. CAPT October 7, 2012
Gischel, Ronald A. LCDR June 21, 1993
Godfrey, Thomas J. LCDR May 11, 2008
Gordon, Huey P. SKC April 27, 2003
Gradeless, David R. TM July 31, 1984
Grafford, Elmer L. "Al" CWO1 September 1, 2015
Granstra, Bryan J. ? August 31, 2017
Greene, John D. CWO2 September 17, 2016
Gregus, Paul M. MM2 July 31, 1995
Grimm, Joseph M. TMCS June 11, 2017
Grosskopf, Earl Leonard Jr. RMCS July 2, 1988
Guiao, Agustin Tuazon Jr. ENS May 4, 1980
Guzman, Ernest J. HT1 November 21, 2012
Haire, Marl C. "Marty" BMSN May 24, 2001
Harkness, Donald J. EM1 October 15, 2002
Harrington, Melissa Hackert BM2 July 9, 1991
Haslett, Brian TM July 31, 1984
Haynie, Marvin HT2 June 22, 1991
Hendricks, Gary W. ? February 18, 2018
Henry, Kirby D. CWO3 March 13, 1984
Hitesman, Joseph ? July 3, 2007
Hoffman, James A. ? May 15, 2003
Hogan, Kathleen Erin IM2 December 30, 2015
Hoogenboom, Gary TM2 December 28, 2017
Hoots, Kenneth J. CWO5 June 26, 2012
Hummer, George B. CDR February 5, 2014
Jackson, John H. ? December 1, 2011
Jackson, Sam TM3 May 21, 2017
Jarrett, Wayne A. ? August 16, 2012
Jasewicz, Deborah S. EN? January 2, 2011
Jaskiewicz, Aleksander MR3 July 2, 1994
Johnson, Craig R. TMTC/ENS February 27, 2018
Johnston, Hugh E. "Chip" Jr. EM3 January 3, 2014
Jones, Larry E. BM? June 10, 2014
Joyner, Fred T. LTJG ?
Jubert, Thomas W. MM1 January 6, 2018
Kelley, Doris J. BMSN August 10, 1986
Kennedy, James J. PH1 June 27, 2017
Killian, Cheryl ? April 10, 2014
Kinert, John H. CAPT April 25, 2003
Kinney, James DS3 ?
Kreitzbender, Robert G. YNC December 27, 2011
Kruse-Weaver, Tammy Lyn YN1 February 6, 2013
Kubovchik, John F. Jr. CDR July 20, 2011
Kurnik, Tracey L. EN3 April 20, 2016
LaFond, Paul A. CWO4 November 13, 2001
Lamay, Urban R. Jr. CDR June 14, 2007
Lance, Dean R. EN2 April 25, 2007
Lane, Hershel B. "Rocky" EN1 February 18, 2003
Larsen, Neil L. TM? January 6, 2014
Letchworth, Horace HTCS 1991
Lewis, Jerry I. HTCM December 27, 2012
Linn, John H. ? April 17, 2011
Longwell, Larry W. ? August 2, 2011
Lucie, George Rexford LT October 7, 1988
Lummen, Michael W. ? October 16, 2017
Lutz, Donald D. CWO2 March 23, 2007
Malueg, Dennis M. ? September 25, 2012
Mann, Karen L. (Smith) ? January 21, 2016
Martinez, Herman Jr. CPO March 4, 2007
McBrien, Harry T. MR1 July 31, 2011
McClintock, Malcolm "Mac" IM1 October 25, 2007
McCombs, Jerry Leland LT July 15, 2010
McNeely, Steven L. SK2 September 10, 1984
Messick, Stephen DP2 August 17, 2015
Meyer, John M. CW01 January 31, 2008
Milien, Max Sr. ET September 28, 2006
Milnes, James Jeffrey MM3 December 7, 2014
Mock-Leonard, David D. MR1 March 22, 2017
Mondschein, Francis MMC October 29, 2006
Moses, Jesse Lee HT February 4, 2004
Mumford, Richard F. Sr. ? March 5, 2016
Nahlen, Michael William ? July 24, 2015
Nazelrod, Clayton E. "Pete" SK2 April 13, 2009
O'Meara, Robert H. HM1 February 6, 2014
Olson, Leo E. EMCM June 26, 2006
Oswalt, Larry Milton ? April 16, 2010
Parry, Thomas Leighton Jr. CAPT February 10, 2016
Perez, Juan SHSN May 21, 2016
Pelzer, George OMCS June 22, 2016
Phillips, James C. Jr. EM1 November 25, 2006
Pickrell, Dennis E. SK2 April 7, 2009
Price, Preston R. HTC October 2, 2009
Pritt, Presley C. GMCM March 10, 1972
Probasco, Jan OM2 October 15, 2014
Pucci, Guy D. ? August 19, 2008
Pyska, Jerry ? September 13, 2013
Quackenbush, Harvey M. TMC(SS) February 6, 2008
Russell, Charles L. EN3 April 14, 2014
Russell, Phillip T. ET1 July 9, 2013
Russell, Wade J. ? March 6, 2014
Sage, Lloyd Arthur Jr. BM2 February 27, 1983
Sager, David N. ? November 4, 2013
Sancken, Joseph C. CPO August 21, 2005
Sanders, Rodney A. HT1 April 4, 2017
Schiesser, Andrea R. SN July 19, 2002
Seeland, A. David CDR October 23, 2009
Sellers, Jeffrey L. MLFA May 22, 1980
Shea, Joseph R. ? February 9, 2014
Sherley, Richard Andrew ENS December 11, 2015
Sims, Hollis Ellison CDR May 14, 2011
Singletary, Gregory SN July 1, 1983
Sinong, Joseph M. SH1 April 15, 1995
Snell-Fischetti, Kelly R. ? October 18, 2013
Southall, Roy DP3 September 11, 1992
Steele, Deborah Kay SA January 7, 2015
Stevenson, Jerry W. MMFN January 15, 1977
Stigsell, Gary L. TM2 January 26, 2017
Studebaker, James Lee MR2 May 24, 2011
Swanger, Gregg P. HT2 November 25, 2009
Swartfiguer, Roger A. Jr. SKC December 26, 2011
Swift, Dana ? October 30, 1976
Thomas, Cathleen M. LT October 12, 1986
Tibbetts, Daniel HT2 July 8, 2010
Toney, Carla R. "CC" ET1 May 3, 2017
Travis, Bevan E. LT September 12, 2003
Vaudo, Bruce A. BT March 26, 2007
Wakeman, MaryJo A. LT June 16, 2009
Wall, Colleen Mary ? August 19, 2015
Welch, Thomas G. BM3 December 9, 2015
West, Clyde Jennings Jr. SN June 17, 2010
Whelan, John F. Jr. CAPT September 6, 2008
Whitley, Earl T. Jr. HTC January 10, 2013
Whittaker, James F. CAPT November 2, 2016
Whitzel, Gerald "Jerry" D. DTC November 29, 2009
Wiener, Michael M. HT3 August 30, 2006
Williams, Rob BM ?
Williams, Ross N. CAPT September 18, 2011
Wood, David B. HT2(DV) April 29, 2005
Worden, Richard H. HTCS July 22, 2007
Yates, James George MM February 6, 2016

Lawrence E. Adlis

ETC (? - ?)

Strandquist - Lawrence E. Adlis, 55, died Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at the Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, N.Y.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Karlstad with Father Don Braukmann officiating. Pat Larson was the organist, and the soloist was Corienne Jacobson. Kateri Hilton was the reader. Military honors were accorded by Strandquist American Legion Post 466. Interment was in Bethesda Lutheran Cemetery in Strandquist with Collins Funeral Home of Karlstad in charge of the arrangements.

Lawrence E. "Larry" Adlis was born on April 26, 1945 at Thief River Falls, the son of Joseph and Elphie (Hegstrom) Adlis. He grew up in the Strandquist community, graduating from Strandquist High School in 1963. He served with the U.S. Navy for more than 20 years.

On October 12, 1968, he was united in marriage to Linda Wilson at Great Lakes, Ill.

Since retiring from the Navy, he had been employed by Science Applications International Corp. as a systems engineer in McLean, Va. and Riyadli, Saudi Arabia for the past several years.

On October 22, 1983, he was united in marriage to Eva Waters in Kissimmee, Fla.

He enjoyed computers, reading and hunting.

Larry is survived by his wife, Eva, and her daughter, Sarah Brown; a son, Shawn Adlis of Norfolk, Va.; a daughter, Cheryl (Paul) Litwinczuk of Union Beach , N.J.; two grandchildren; his mother, Elphie Adlis of Strandquist; one brother, Stanley of Strandquist; five sisters, Joyce (George W.) Wikstrom of Karlstad, Betty (Michael) Johnson of Warroad, Jan Hilton of Leisure City, Fla., Kim (Tracy) Kraft of Minot, N.D. and Linda Adlis of Argyle; an uncle; four aunts; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Richard and Thomas.

Thief River Falls Times, December 5, 2003

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Erman W. Alexander

PNC (197? - 198?)

CHESAPEAKE - Erman "Al" Alexander, 70, the son of the late Charles R. and Nellie H. Alexander, passed away Aug. 2, 2007. He was retired from the U.S. Navy after 27 years as a Chief Personnelman (SW) and was a member of Bayside Masonic Lodge 218. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Charles and wife Nicola and Craig and wife Sherry, all of Virginia Beach; daughters, Christina Brown and husband Jimmy, Cynthia Poorman and husband Freddy, all of Virginia Beach, Cherie Butt of Norfolk and Corinne Young and husband Tim of Tennessee; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Rosewood Kellum Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Alfred G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006. You may visit Mr. Alexander’s memorial and send tributes to the family at

From The Virginian-Pilot Sunday, August 5, 2007

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Jeffrey A. Bennett

HT3 (1976 - 1978)

Jeffrey A. Bennett, 54, of Northwood, Ohio, died Monday, June 27, 2011, in Mercy-St. Charles Hospital, Oregon, Ohio, after a very brief illness.

Jeff was born in Toledo, Ohio, on July 3, 1956, the son of Aubrey and Barbara (Dean) Bennett. He was a tradesman for the Chrysler Corp. in Toledo. Jeff was a member of the Unity UMC Church in Northwood, Ohio, and was an active member of the Lions Club in Elmore, Ohio, for many years. Jeff, with his natural good nature, made a great Santa Claus which he played in Elmore for a number of years. He also traveled to nursing homes and private residences as Santa to bring holiday cheer.

Survivors include his brother, Thomas Bennett and sister, Lisa Reed; sister-in-law, Susan Bennett; along with nieces, great nieces and nephews. Jeff was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Aubrey "Bud" Bennett. A funeral service for Jeff will be conducted at 4 PM, on Saturday, July 2, 2011, in the Unity UMC Church, 1910 E. Broadway, Northwood, Ohio 43619.

Visitation will be in the church from 2 PM until the time of service. The family suggests that memorials in Jeff's name be directed to the church. The Robinson-Walker Funeral Home, 501 West St. Genoa, Ohio, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at .

Published in Toledo Blade on June 30, 2011

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Timothy J. Blakeley

 DP3 (1981 - 1983)

Timothy J. Blakeley, 53, husband of Eileen Kelley Blakeley, of Gloucester, passed away on Thursday morning, February 28, 2013, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born in Malden on April 16, 1959, he was the son of the late Charles and Anne (Connelley) Blakeley. Tim grew up in Concord and was a graduate of Concord Carlisle High School with the Class of 1977. He then had served for 4 years in the U. S. Navy where he learned to work on computers. For many years, Tim had worked as a computer technician for several IT companies on Route 128. Approximately five years ago, he began his own business, Gloucester Bytes – repairing home computers and helping small businesses around Cape Ann. Tim loved his work and often helped local residents for little or no charge. Tim was also a member of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his wife Eileen, he is survived by two sisters, Shannon Blakeley, Patricia Blakeley; nephew Jack Horgan; nieces Addy Blakeley, Lilly Muniz, all of Gloucester; his beloved dog Bella; many cousins and a large circle of friends in Gloucester. A memorial mass will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, Manchester-by-the-Sea, on Saturday, March 9th at 10:00 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Gloucester Maritime, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930 or; or to the Gloucester Fund Inc., 45 Middle Street, Gloucester. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit

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William H. Brandon


William “Bill” Henry Brandon, 60, lost his courageous battle to cancer and passed on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Born in Tampa FL, graduated Winter Haven High School, and a student at Santa Fe Community and Polk Community Colleges, he joined the U. S. Navy in 1976. He attended Submarine School in Groton, CT and served onboard the USS George W. Carver, USS Billfish, USS Hyman G. Rickover, USS L. Y. Spear, USS Orion, and USS Emory S. Land. Additional duty stations throughout his 21 years of naval service included Recruit Training Command, Orlando and Submarine Squadron 8, Norfolk. Following his retirement from active duty, Bill continued to serve his country as a defense contractor for SFA Inc. as an IT Specialist eventually specializing in information security and completed his career at the Naval Safety Center as their Information Assurance Officer.

In his leisure time he enjoyed being outside, waxing his vehicles, and gardening. He was fascinated by American and military history and a civil war enthusiast.

Survivors include daughters Christen Brandon of Camden, NC, and Sarah Brandon; and son, Michael Brandon of Moyock NC; grandchildren, Alanna Griffin and Marlee Smith Brandon; father, Arthur “Tom” Brandon of Winter Haven, FL, sisters, Mary Brandon Air of Houston, TX, Genie Cooney McBurnett of Bend Oregon, and Sally Brandon of Winter Haven, FL.

Published in The Virginian Pilot from March 20 to March 21, 2013

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Michael T. Brennan


PLATTSBURGH — Michael T. Brennan, 56, of Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2011, at CVPH Medical Center with his loving family by his side. He was born in Plattsburgh January 4, 1955, the son of Leonard J. and Laura M. (Roberts) Brennan.

Michael graduated from Plattsburgh High School, Class of 1973 and shortly after enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served on the USS L.Y. Spear (AS-36) and the USS Josephus Daniels. After his military service, he went to work at Wyeth as a boiler technician until his retirement this year.

Michael was a kind and generous son, brother, uncle and friend. He appreciated the simple things in life and found great pleasure in spending time with family and friends and jamming on the guitar with his brother-in-law, Joe Gebo and Johnny Champagne. Michael was a lover of all creatures great and small.

Michael was predeceased by his parents, Leonard and Laura Brennan; his brother, William Brennan; nephews, Christopher Brennan and Hunter Kripling; his maternal grandmother, Amelia Roberts; as well as his beloved canine companions, Ginger, Manny and Ice Cream.

He is survived by his five brothers, Patrick (Nancy) Brennan of Plattsburgh, Jim (JoAnn) Brennan of Wichita Falls, Texas, Tom (Patricia) Brennan of South Hero, Vt., John (Dorothy) Brennan of Plattsburgh and Dan Brennan of Virginia; four sisters, Shirley (John) Bovender of Shalimar, Fla., Tina (Joe) Gebo of Plattsburgh, Dorothy (Tim) Horn of Tucson, Ariz. and Connie St. Dennis of Plattsburgh; numerous nieces, nephews; many lifelong friends; and his cat, Kiki.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, April 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh. A funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. with the Rev. William G. Reamer, chaplain at CVPH Medical Center, presiding. Interment will be at St. Peter's Cemetery.

Friends wishing may make donations to FitzPatrick Cancer Center or Eagle's Nest Veterinary Hospital. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901; (518) 561-3980. Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at

Press-Republican, April 26, 2011

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Bernard Lloyd Brown


Chief Petty Officer Bernard Lloyd Brown died Monday, May 24, 2010 at his home in Charlotte, NC with his family by his side. Born in Lillington, NC, he was the son of the late Buren Lee Brown and Annie Lee Brown.

Lloyd enlisted in the Navy on May 29th, 1957 and served twenty-one years, retiring in 1977. During his naval service he served aboard the following ships: The USS Daly, USS Bigelow, USS Northampton, USS Observation Island, USS Stallion, and USS L. Y. Spear. Ashore, he was a staff member of Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Administrative Officer, Camp David, Maryland; Naval Air Technical Training Center, Norman Oklahoma; and Instructor with Fleet Training Center, Norfolk, VA. Lloyd also served thirteen months in South Vietnam as a Navy advisor in Counter-Insurgency Operations.

Lloyd received an associate's degree from Florence Darlington Technical College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Limestone University. He was employed by Hannaco Knives & Saws and retired from Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Florence.

Lloyd was a kind and loving person. He was known for his generosity and thoughtfulness. He would never think of himself first, but what he could do for others. He had a contagious smile and a great sense of humor.

He is survived by his devoted wife of forty-three years, Sara G. Brown, in whose loving care he found great comfort; two children, Bernard Lloyd Brown, Jr. and wife Joann of Charlotte, NC and Christopher Charles Brown and wife Gwen of Charlotte, NC; and five grandchildren, Collyn, Kendall, Bernie, Gracen, and Brooks.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Sherwood Brown of Portsmouth, VA and his sister, Hazel Whiteside of Atlanta, GA. His surviving siblings are Willie Walsky of Galesville, WI; Betty Mantle of Hampton, VA; Jean Garcia and her husband Joe of San Antonio, TX; Anne Bursma and husband Ron of Sebring, FL; and Carl Brown and wife Carol of Laurinburg, NC.

A graveside service will be conducted on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in the National Cemetery in Florence, SC at 12:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, or the Florence Area Humane Society. Lowe Funeral Home of Matthews, NC is serving the family.

The Charlotte Observer, May 29, 2010

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Manuel D. Buck

MM1 (1970 - 197?)

Manuel Duane Buck, "Papa," born in Thomas, Oklahoma, on Dec. 24, 1935, passed away May 7, 2011, in Bremerton, WA.

Manuel retired after 21 years of dedicated service to his country as a Chief in the United States Navy. After retirement he worked at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as a Marine Machinist with Shop 38 from 1973-1995.

He was an avid artist and poet. Loved to fish, hunt and his Boston Terriers.

Survivors include wife Darlene Buck; daughters Kimberly Ann Levy and Robin Marie Thomas; brother Floyd Lamb; sisters Ruby Doris Stewart,Eva Pauline Curtis, stepsister Margaret Burgett; 13 grandchildren 7 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by sons George Paul Buck (1988), Vernon Duane Buck (2006), Timothy Eugene Buck (1963).

A celebration of life will be Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m. at Gorst Baptist Church. Please sign online guest book at Arrangements by Tuell-McKee of Bremerton 360-377-5179.

Kitsap Sun, May 10, 2011

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Richard E. Burke Sr.

Richard E. Burke Sr.

LT (1979 - 1982)

RODANTHE - Richard Edward Burke Sr., 63, passed away suddenly May 10, 2007, while camped at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. At the time of his unexpected death, Rich and his wife Colleen were resident volunteers at the refuge, a site that Rich especially enjoyed in all his travels. Rich was born Dec. 2, 1943, in Topeka, Kan., and was raised near Little Rock, Ark. He enlisted in the Navy in 1960 and proudly retired as an officer (LT (LDO)) in 1982, building a career as a submarine communicator. Among his many postings, he served on the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, from 1963 to 1968. Following retirement from the Navy, Rich worked another 20 years with military satellite communications systems as an employee and vice president of Sonalysts Inc., in the Norfolk area. In 2004, after much anticipation, Rich and Colleen embarked as full time RV travelers, a lifestyle they dearly loved. Rich was an accomplished athlete all through his life, most notably in tennis, and in his travels he enjoyed golfing and fishing wherever he camped. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife, Colleen; his former spouse, Nancy K. Hewitt of Virginia Beach; his children, H. Scott Cheney and wife Kelley and daughters Katelyn and Kess of San Antonio, Texas, Richard E. Burke Jr. and wife Ashley of Williamsburg, Va., Christopher J. Burke and partner Mary Oglesby of Norfolk and Allison K. Peterson and husband Jeff of Chesapeake; Colleen’s children, Kirsten L. Anderson of Denver, Colo., and Diane C. Mason of Annapolis, Md.; his brother, Larry D. Burke; three nieces; and many cherished friends. Rich was preceded in death by his parents, H. Eugene and Frances E. (Delong) Burke; and two brothers, Robert C. Burke and William E. Burke. Family members held a very small gathering May 14, 2007, to honor Rich’s life. On May 20, 2007, Rich’s ashes will be scattered in the Atlantic Ocean, in honor of his final wishes. Cremation was conducted by Twiford’s Funeral Home, Manteo. Memorial donations may be made to the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society, P.O. Box 1808, Manteo NC 27954. 

From The Virginian-Pilot, May 18, 2007, Hampton Roads Section, page 20

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Daniel R. Clausen


Daniel R. Clausen, 50, Menominee, died Jan. 21, 2011, at Bellin Hospital.

He was born Jan. 2, 1961, to Donald and Darlene (Weller) Clausen in Menominee. He graduated from Menominee High School. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years, serving on the USS L.Y. Spear. He worked for M&M Cab as a driver and courier for 20 years. He also worked at BayView Apartments as a caretaker.

He is survived by his son, Nicholas Daniel (Crystal) Clausen, Menominee; daughter, Kayla Kirt, Menominee, three grand children; his mother of Menominee; three brothers, Duane (fiancee Karen) Clausen, Menominee, Darryl (Shelly) Clausen, Vincennes, IN, and Dwight (Maylan) Clausen, Green Bay; two sisters, Deanna (Mike) Orchekowski, Cato, and Doreen (Patrick) Vanderlinden, Suamico, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.

A memorial service will be held Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. at the Assemblies of God Church, Menominee, with Rev. Herb Kolenda officiating. Memorials may be made in his daughter's name. Thielen Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The Menominee County Journal, January 27, 2011

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Alan P. Danaher


Mr. Alan P. Danaher, 60 of Brunswick, Maryland passed away on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011. He was the husband of the late Juliann Danaher who passed away in January 2007. Born March 16, 1950 in New York he was the son of the late John and Helen Danaher. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Brunswick.

Alan was a retired Commander for the United States Navy. He was the Superintendent of Public Works for the City of Brunswick. He previously worked as director of the Learning Tree day Care in Brunswick. He loved skiing and was in the 1960 time trial for the Olympics.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the VFW.

He is survived by his two children, Adam Danaher of Reading, PA and Alicia Danaher of Brunswick, MD, a granddaughter, Anna Christine Rapchinski, a brother, Paul Danaher and a sister, Janice Danaher Garske. He will also be remembered by all of his nieces, nephews, other family members and all of his special friends.

The family will receive friends at the Stauffer Funeral Home, 1100 North Maple Ave., Brunswick, MD on Sunday, January 30th from 2-4 and 7-9PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 31st at 2:00PMat St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 113 1st Ave., Brunswick with Father George A. Limmer and Rev. Mr. Lawrence P. Teixeira officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post 10421, 317 Brunswick Street, Brunswick, MD 21716.

Inurnment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.


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Jess Burdette Davis III


Jess Burdette Davis III, 49, of Gig Harbor, Washington, passed Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Puget Sound Veterans Hospital, Seattle of esophageal cancer.

He was born in San Jose, California April 20, 1963. As a military child he attended schools in California, Florida, Washington and finally Virginia Beach, Virginia. From there he continued the Navy tradition, joining the U.S. Navy training and serving as a nuclear component welder from 1981 to 1987. He served on USS Nimitz and USS L.Y. Spear.

Jess was employed by HYDRO Systems USA Inc. in Auburn, WA.

Jess is survived by his wife, Kim Leasure Davis of Gig Harbor; daughter, Arispa Davis, currently residing in Suffolk, Va; his Father Jess B. Davis Jr and wife Dana Davis of California, Maryland; his Mother, Catherine Stokoe and step-father James Stokoe of Virginia Beach, VA; sisters, Sherry and husband Dave Howard, Shelly and husband Drew Winslow; brothers, Rick and wife Machelle Davis, Decker and wife Debbie Stokoe and Chris and wife Tina Stokoe; nieces, Jennifer Haywood, Cara Davis, and Diane Stokoe; and nephews Michael Bulman, Tony Simkus, Brandon Stokoe, and Dunstan Stokoe.

Jess is known for his beautiful welded metal art work which graces many buildings around the Seattle area. He looked at a piece of metal and envisioned a piece of art, whether on a wall, a gate, or through the grace of a beautiful stairway. But his first love was the home that he and Kim made for themselves in Gig Harbor. He planted many native dogwood, apple, pear, cherry, fig, but the giant blue sequoia was his special tree. He was a kind and loving man who made a positive difference to those he came in contact with, and he will be missed so very much.

A Celebration of His Life ceremony with his family and closest friends will be held at his home so we may come together and share our personal experiences of Jess, to help us heal from our loss. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Dana- Farber Cancer Insitute in memory of Jess B Davis, III to support esophageal cancer research. By mail: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via .


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Paul V. Davis

SCPO (1986 - 1989)

Paul V. Davis, Senior Chief (USN Ret.), 60, ended his earthly tour of duty January 5, 2008. Paul was born April 29, 1947, to Vernon and Kaye (Bobb) Davis in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He proudly served in the United States Navy for 20 years. He taught at the Naval Nuclear Power School, Bainbridge, Md. (1971), the Nuclear Power Training Unit, Idaho Falls, Idaho (1971) and the Nuclear Power Training Unit, Windsor, Conn. (1983- 1986). He also served on the USS Willard Keith (1970), USS Puffer (1971- 1977), USS California (1980-83) and USS L. Y. Spear (1986-1989).

On June 5, 1983, he became a father to Allison E. Davis and raised her as a single parent until his marriage to Christine R. Robinson in 1993. Paul enjoyed NASCAR racing, golf, crossword puzzles, a good smoke and a fine drink. He was the most wonderful father and friend. Tough on the outside, but tender and loving inside, a true Navy Man, Paul will be sorely missed.

Remaining here to carry on are Paul's wife, Christine Davis, Shawnee, Kan.; daughter, Allison Davis, Lenexa, Kan., and her fiance' Alan Larsen; daughter, Laura Young, Shawnee, Kan., and her husband, Robert; son, C. Daniel Robinson, Overland Park, Kan.; son, Cliff Robinson, Kansas City, Mo., and his wife Cathi, along with seven grandchildren: Emily, Katherine, Michael, Zachary, Zane, Alexandra and Julie. Paul also leaves behind family in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho: mother, Kaye Davis, sister, Kathleen Taylor, nieces Heather Solsvik and Shannon Coles, and great-nieces Ashleigh and Haleigh Coles.

He was preceded in death by his father, G. Vernon Davis. May Fair Winds and Following Seas carry you Home. We love you. A memorial service for Paul will be held Thursday, January 10, at 7 p.m. at Shawnee Park Christian Church, 16500 Midland Dr., Shawnee, KS 66217. A memorial fund is in place at UMB Bank in the name of Paul V. Davis.

Kansas City Star,  on January 8, 2008.

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Michael A. DeMarco, Jr.

MR1 (1969 - 197?)

NORFOLK - Michael Anthony DeMarco Jr., 64, died May 29, 2001, in Portsmouth Naval Hospital.

Born in New York, Mr. DeMarco was a captain for Pinkerton Security Agency. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service and was stationed in Norfolk most of his naval career. He proudly served on the USS Fort Snelling, USS Taconic, USS Wisconsin, USS Ranger and USS L.Y. Spear and USS Canopus. He was a member of Moose Lodge No. 39 and formerly owned Plastic Signs Etc. of Virginia Beach.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sandra Anne DeMarco; a daughter, Elizabeth Goetz and her husband, Steven, of Corapeake, N.C.; a son, Michael A. DeMarco III of Point Harbor, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Justin and Aaron.

A funeral will be conducted at noon Saturday in Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel, by the Rev. Warren Wilson. Burial will be in Rosewood Memorial Park with military honors. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

From The Virginian-Pilot Friday, June 1, 2001, page B8

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Theodore F. Dempsey


Theodore F. Dempsey, 65, of Atascadero passed away peacefully on Oct. 14, 2009 at USC University Hospital in Los Angeles from a long battle with liver disease.

Ted was the fourth of five children born to Theodore and Olive Dempsey in September 1944 in Watsonville.

He grew up in Atascadero, graduating from Atascadero High School in 1961. He followed the footsteps laid by his older brother George and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1962 in Los Angeles. He quickly became a machinist mate, responsible for maintaining the propulsion machinery, auxiliary equipment and outside machinery on the various ships he was assigned to, including the USS John King (DDG-3), USS Canopus (AS-34), USS L.Y. Spear (AS-36) and USS Savannah (AOR-4). He carried the rank of Chief Machinist Mate upon retirement in 1982.

His medals throughout his 20 year service include the National Defense Service Medal, RVN Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal with first and second stars, Navy Achievement Medal and four Good Conduct Awards.

After retiring from the Navy, Ted moved back to his old hometown of Atascadero, bringing his family with him. There, he used the skills learned as a machinist mate to work in the maintenance department of Twin Cities Community Hospital and the Templeton Unified School District. He became a member of both the Loyal Order of Moose No. 2067 and the VFW Post No. 2814 where he would volunteer his time for fish fry’s, Super Bowl parties and bartending. His hobbies included watching football, especially his Oakland Raiders (he always said they would go back) and NASCAR.

Ted is survived by his daughter Laurie Lewis, her husband, Ron, and their children, Brandon and Aaron Lewis; his daughter Mandy Striegel, her husband Scott and their children, Shane, Steven and Skyler Striegel, his great-grandson Samual Striegel; his son William Dempsey; his mother Olive Ethel Hicks Dempsey Rougeot; his sister Sharon Hartzell and husband Dean; his sister Olive Dorman and husband John; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends who crossed his path through the years.

Ted was preceded by his father, Theodore E. Dempsey; his brother, Eugene L. Dempsey; and his brother George P. Dempsey.

A memorial service will be held in honor of Theodore Dempsey at a later date to be named. A Navy man to the end, he will then be honored with a burial at sea, as were his wishes.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in memory of Theodore Dempsey to the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance in honor of his grandson, Steven, at

From the Atascadero News, October 29, 2009

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Charles Gillis Dillon

BR1 (1970 - 1972)

Charles Gillis Dillon of Rockport, IN, ascended to the Lord on the evening of January 19 at Deaconess Hospital while surrounded by his natural and church family. He was born on December 30, 1932 in Williamson, WV. He was known as "Gillis" to all of his family and as "Charlie" or "Gunsmoke" to his friends.

Gillis left behind a large and loving family that will miss him. Gillis was survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara Jean; 3 sons, Ronnie (Donna) of Alexandria, Virginia; Roby of King George, Virginia, and Matthew (Amber) of Evansville, and a daughter, Nola Dillon Jackson (Kim Monroe) of Norcross, Georgia; seven grandchildren, Amanda, Stephanie, Chandale, Zoe, Iva, Cash and Reese; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Sally Standiford; 22 nieces and nephews; 25 great nieces and nephews.

Gillis was preceded in death by his parents, L. E. and Chloe Kathern, and brother Bill. He was also survived by siblings Betty Scott, Jack, Tommy and Mary Lewis and numerous nephews, nieces, and great-nephews and nieces.

Gillis faithfully served his country by enlisting in the United States Navy. He retired honorably in 1972 after serving on the USS Palan-CDE-122, USS Orion-AS-18, USS Observation Island-AG-154, and USS LY Spear-AS-36.

After retiring from the Navy, the family moved permanently to Rockport, Indiana in 1972. He worked for I&M/American Electric Power in Rockport until his retirement in 1997. At the age of 66, Gillis became the oldest employee in the AEP system to become a certified welder.

Gillis was an active member of the Baker Chapel United Methodist Church, 3495 E. State Road 62, Boonville, IN 47601-9727. He played a significant role in rebuilding Baker Chapel following the tornado of 2005. He was also a staple of the Spencer County and Rockport community. He served in Spencer County REACT; Treasurer and former President of the Rockport Lion's Club; Old Rockport, Incorporated; contributed in the restoration of the Lincoln Pioneer Village; and was a principal in Gentry's Flowers & Quaint Shop.

Gillis was an avid railroad hobbyist, devoted family man, active Granddaddy, coffee drinker, dog lover, and fan of NASCAR and Johnny Cash. Above all else, he loved his wife, Barbara.

Services will be 1:00 PM, Monday, January 24, 2011, at Baker Chapel United Methodist Church, 3495 E. State Road 62, Boonville, IN 47601-9727, with burial at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Rockport with full U.S. Navy military honors. Friends may visit 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sunday at Alexander Newburgh Chapel, 5333 State Road 261, Newburgh, IN, and 10 AM to service time at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker Chapel United Methodist Church.

Evansville Courier & Press, January 22, 2011

(online obituary)

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Sheila M. Dowling

PO3 (1979 - 1982)

Sheila M. Dowling, age 24, U.S. Navy Recruiter, fiancee of Jackie Williams; devoted daughter of Martin F. and Anne F. Dowling; fond sister of Theresa, Brian, Kathleen (Bobby) Saenz and Paul J. Dowling; dear aunt of Laura Anne Saenz; beloved niece and cousin of many. Funeral Thursday, April 25, 9:30 a.m. from Sullivan Funeral Home, 2701 W. 63rd St., at Washtenaw Ave., to St. Rita Church. Visitation Wednesday 4 to 9 p.m. 776-8300.

Chicago Tribune archives

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Richard Homer Ellsworth


Richard Ellsworth, LCDR (Retired) age 67 of Okeechobee passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

He was born September 1, 1944 in Gloversville, New York to Homer and Amy Loucks Ellsworth. He joined the United States Navy on August 29, 1964. He completed “A” School and Nuclear Power Training where he was sent to his first command the diesel submarine the USS Cubera (SS 347) where he earned his dolphins. He served aboard the US Falgot (DER 324) during the Viet Nam War. Throughout his military career he was looked upon for his extensive knowledge of not only the Nuclear Power Plant operation but also his knowledge of overall submarine operation. He worked with Admiral Rickover during the construction of the S8G Prototype in New York. His love for the military was only surpassed by his love for his family which he will carry with him.

After his retirement from the US Navy he went to work for Florida Power & Light as a Quality Assurance Engineer, he retired from FP&L after 15 years. At FP&L he would travel around the country ensuring that components used in the operation of the St. Lucie Power Plant were maintained properly. After working with FP&L he worked with Marco Migliaro developing testing procedures to ensure the operation of items developed by Vector Electronics functions as described.

He came to Okeechobee from Port St. Lucie in 2004. He was a member of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church; the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237; Amara Shrine Center; Past Patron of the Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, OES; and was the first Base Commander of the Henry Breault Memorial Treasure Coast Base, United States Submarine Veterans.

Mr. Ellsworth was preceded in death by his mother, Amy Ellsworth; first wife, Sandra Ellsworth; and sister, Amy Aline Ellsworth . He is survived by his wife of twelve years, Jerry Ellsworth of Okeechobee; father, Homer Ellsworth of Northville, NY; children, Stephanie Morgan (David) of Port St. Lucie, William Ellsworth (Samantha) of Greensburg, PA, Wendy Bennett of Hernando Beach, FL, Robin Cabrera (Robert) of Safety Harbor, FL and Jennifer LaFontaine (David) of Purcellville, VA; eleven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; siblings, Ronald Ellsworth (Sue) of Rochester, NY, Sue Trembly (Jack) of Hilton, NY and Karen Bogusz (Gary) of Broadalbin, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 10:00 am until service time of 12:00 pm in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. Services will begin at noon with the Order of the Eastern Star and Masonic services, followed by a traditional service with Rev. Loy D. Mershimer, pastor of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, officiating. Military services will follow.

In memory of Richard Ellsworth, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, 33607; Attention Development

All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida (863) 763-1994. On-line condolences may be made at .

Published in NewsZapFL on March, 16, 2012

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James W. Ferrell

GMG1(SW) (1982 - 1984)

James Warren Ferrell, 61, went to eternal sleep on Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at home after a sudden illness.

Jim was a Navy veteran, serving 22 years. He was a Vietnam veteran. Jim was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was president of the Charleston FOPA.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, George L. Ferrell; mother, Hester M. Bays; stepfather, Clarence Bays; son, Robert "Pete"; and brothers, Robert and Frank "Hap" Ferrell.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carol; daughters, Chris (Kenny) of Virginia and Timberly (Tom) of Maine; son, Jammie (Melissa) of Charleston; brother, George (Linda) of Charleston; sister, Betty (Clayton) of Cross Lanes; 10 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a special nephew, Jimmy Ferrell.

Services will be held at noon Saturday, June 9, at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jim's name to the American Heart Association, 162 Court St., Charleston, WV 25301, or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720. An online guest registry is available at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

From the Charleston Gazette (WV) Friday, June 8, 2007, Page P6A

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Robert A. France

Robert A. France

RM3 ( ? - 1992)

ROBERT A. FRANCE, 25, of Bloomingdale, formerly of Wanaque, died Saturday.  He was a U.S. Navy seaman and served in the Persian Gulf on the submarine [tender] USS L. Y. Spear, out of Norfolk, Va.  He joined the Navy in 1989.  He was a 1984 graduate of Butler High School.  Surviving are his wife, Patricia Robinson France, and his parents, Robert and Pauline De Graw France of Bloomingdale.  Mass will be said Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony R. C. Church, with burial in Mount Rest Cemetery, both in Butler.  Visiting will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at D'Agostino Funeral Home, Wanaque.

From The Record (New Jersey), January 22, 1992, Page B04

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Annabelle "Annie"  Kelley Fry


Annabelle "Annie" Kelley Fry, 59, of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, died on Sept. 2, 2008, unexpectedly. Annie was born on Oct. 23, 1948, in Mexico, Mo., daughter of Reginald Kelley and Ruby Cook. She had brothers Howard Kelley, Mike Kelley; Robert Kelley and Dennis Ward. Her children are Aaron Hagood, Deana Kelley, Paul Hagood and Traci Rindy.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Ruby and brothers, Mike and Robert.

She was "Grandma Annie" to 25 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was the beloved wife of Thomas R. Fry, and stepmother of Eric Fry and Laura Grout.

As a child, she attended school in Missouri, North Dakota and California. She attended college at Southwest Missouri State University and East Central College in Union, Mo., earning a degree in culinary arts and food service hospitality and management.

She lived the majority of her life in Missouri and had a distinguished and enjoyable career working at Southwest Missouri State University for 15 years. She enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1988 at the age of 39, and attended basic training in Orlando, Fla. She was called to active duty during Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield in 1989, and served proudly and with honor aboard USS L.Y. Spear (AS-36), a submarine tender home-ported in Virginia. She was released from active duty and honorably discharged from the Naval Reserve in 1991.

She met her husband, Tom, while in Virginia, and they were married in Horseshoe Bend on Oct. 19, 1991. They lived happily together for 17 years. Annabelle enjoyed gardening and traveling to visit her extensive family and many dear friends. She was well known in Horseshoe Bend, contributing to the well-being of her family and friends in many ways during her life there.

Visitation hours were from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, at Potter Funeral Chapel, 228 E. Main St., Emmett, Idaho. Funeral services will be held at the Ladies Club Hall in Horseshoe Bend on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, at 2 p.m., followed by interment at the Pioneer Cemetery in Horseshoe Bend. Refreshments will be served at the American Legion Hall following services.

Published in Emmett Messenger Index from September 10 to October 11, 2008

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Richard Lloyd Fulke


NORFOLK - Richard Lloyd Fulke passed away June 16, 2011. He was born in Richmond, Va., Jan. 14, 1937. Richard was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Beth; his parents, Minna and Edward Weaver; and his brother, Bobbe Fulke.

He is survived by two brothers, Edward Weaver of New Iberia, La., and David Weaver and his wife Bin of Springfield, Ohio; one sister, Sherry Rhinehalt and husband David of Charlotte, N.C.; his sister-in-law, Hattie Fulke of Richmond and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Richard proudly served in the United States Navy from 1954 to 1979. Significant duty stations included the USS Ranger CVA-61, USS Midway CVA-41, USS L.Y. Spear AS-36, Naval Security Group in Diego Garcia, COMNAVSURFLANT Support Group in Norfolk, Virginia and the Naval Support Group Saigon, Detachment Dong Tam. He received many awards including a Navy Unit Commendation, China Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Richard had a great love of art and was in fact himself an artist. He was accomplished at billiards and many in the Tidewater area and elsewhere had the opportunity to observe him in action. Richard cherished his family and his family felt the same for him. Richard was dedicated to the service of his country and always was proud to be an American.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the Advent Episcopal Church in Norfolk. A private burial ceremony for the families of Richard and Beth Fulke will be held June 24 at 2 p.m. in Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery. Donations in Richard's memory may be made to a charity of your choosing. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be offered to the family at

The Virginian Pilot, June 22, 2011

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Roberto Garza Sr.


United States Navy, Retired, Master Chief, Roberto Garza, 57 of Seguin, Texas passed away on March 12, 2011, at home surrounded by family. He was born October 30, 1953 in Seguin, Texas, the son of Antonio and Soledad Garza. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1972 to 1993 aboard the USS L Y SPEAR as an Electrician’s Mate. During his tour of duty the Navy, he held numerous positions and assignments and reached the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer E-9, and received numerous commendations and awards, including the Navy Achievement, Navy Commendation, and Navy Expeditionary medals. After he retired from the Navy, he was chief of operations at juvenile military facilities in San Marcos and Nixon, Texas.

He is survived by his daughter, Christina Garza Ponce: sons, Robert Garza, Jr. and wife Denise, and Derek Garza and wife Myra; sisters, Beatrice Salazar, Julia Tobias and husband James, Mary Toni Castillo and husband Roy, Dora Luna and husband Robert, Hope Gonzales and husband Alfred, and Barbara Barrientos and husband Ysidoro; brothers, Tony Garza, Jr. and wife Urania, and Albert Garza and wife Margaret; grandchildren, Taylor Lynn Garza, Mikey Vidal, Tiffany Ponce, Justin Ponce, Annalise and Brooke Garza, and great-granddaughter , Mia Ponce. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Ashley Lynn Ponce; parents, Antonio and Soledad Garza; brother, Joe Garza; sister, Alicia Hernandez; nephew, Rafael Salazar; niece, Erica Marie Luna; and Velia Diaz Garza, deceased mother of Christina, Robert Jr. and Derek.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2011, from 5-9 p.m. at Palmer Mortuary Chapel; Rosary; Rosary at 7 p.m. Mass will be held on Friday, March 18, 2011, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be his nephews, Rick Hernandez, Joe Angel Salazar, Roy Castillo, Jr. ,Robbie Luna, Anthony Barrientos, and A.J. Garza. Honorary pallbearers, Justin Ponce, Frank Natal, III, Christian Barrientos, Christopher Urrutia, Nathaniel Applewhite and Julian Applewhite. The arrangements are under the direction of Palmer Mortuary at 1116 N. Austin St. in Seguin, Texas. (830-379-9430). To send a message of condolence, please visit the website at

Seguin Gazette, March 16, 2011

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Ralph M. Ghormley

CAPT (1969-1971)

Rear Admiral Ralph M. Ghormley, U. S. Navy (Ret), born in Boston, MA July 10, 1927, died Sunday October 7, 2012 of a heart attack. Ralph was predeceased by his first wife, Sally. He later re-married and is survived by wife, Marlene, the widow of classmate, Frank Sherman. Also surviving are: sister, Betty Baker; children from his first marriage, daughter Ruth Hienerman, son Ralph; and two grandchildren.

Ralph entered the U. S. Naval Academy in 1945, graduated with the Class of 1949, received a Bachelor of Science degree, and was commissioned as an Ensign, USN. He served aboard USS ORLECK for 18 months before attending Submarine School. Sea tours of duty aboard SEA FOX, HARDHEAD, RATON, and BARB followed before becoming Commanding Officer of SCORPION then SAM RAYBURN. After serving as Commander, SUBDIV 53, Ralph returned to being a CO aboard L. S. SPEAR (AS-36). After 2 years on SUBLANT Staff, Ralph was selected as a Rear Admiral and ordered as Commander, Naval Base Guantanamo Bay. Later ashore, Ralph served in NAVELEX, Defense Communications Agency (a payback tour for PG training in communications many years earlier), and finally, DCNO for Logistics before retiring October 1, 1983.

Recognition of Ralph’s dedicated service the nation is reflected by his receipt of a Legion of Merit, a Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, and various other awards as well as letters of commendation and appreciation.
Ralph’s retirement years have been spent in service to the Class of 1949 as President for 5 years and the last 14 years as Class Secretary in addition to associated tasks. His other service was in: St Andrews Society, American Legion, Order of the Carabao, Returned Services League, and as a Docent at the US Navy Museum.

A celebration of life will be held at a time to be announced. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Ralph’s memory to a charity of your choice.

Published in The Washington Post on October 11, 2012

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Ronald A. Gischel

Ronald A. Gischel

LCDR ( ? - 1993)

Ronald Arthur Gischel, a Navy commander and Command Chaplain of the USS L. Y. SPEAR in Norfolk, died of a heart attack, at home, June 21, 1993.  Commander Gischel was 47.

Commander Gischel was born in Louisville, Ky.  He earned a bachelor of science degree from Georgetown College at Georgetown, Ky., and a master's of divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Gischel served in the Army as a flight officer.  He flew missions in Vietnam and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star with Oak Leaf.  Other awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal.

Survivors include his wife, Carlene Sturgill Gischel; two daughters, Erika Lynn Mitchell of Richmond and Amanda Lea Gischel; his parents, Robert William Gischel and Norma Jean Miller Gischel of Chesapeake; and a sister, Deborah Sue Lawrence.

Funeral Services will be held at David Adams Memorial Chapel, Norfolk Naval Station, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, 1993.  Friends and relatives may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Twiford Funeral Home, 929 Battlefield Blvd. South, Chesapeake, Va.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the "Retired Officer's Association Scholarship Fund," Alexandria, Va., in the name of Commander Gischel.

From The Virginian-Pilot Friday, June 25, 1993, page D2

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Thomas "Tom" J. Godfrey

LCDR (1970 - 1973)

Thomas 'Tom' J. Godfrey, 68, of Superior, formerly of West Duluth, died Sunday May 11, 2008 in St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth.

He was born in Duluth to William and Clara Godfrey on March 19, 1940. He had attended St. James School and had graduated from Denfeld High School. Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December of 1959. He received indoctrination and technical training at Naval Training Center, San Diego, Calif., attended naval Submarine School in New London, Conn., and was subsequently assigned to USS Becuna (SS 319). Lieutenant Commander Godfrey graduated from Nuclear Power School and served as Nuclear Engineering Plant Instructor at the General Electric Training Unit in Schenectady, N.Y. In January 1966 he was assigned to the Submarine USS M.G. Vallejo (SSBN 658). He then returned to the General Electric Training Unit to become the Leading Nuclear Propulsion Plant Instructor. In July 1970 Lieutenant Commander Godfrey reported to the USS L.Y. Spear (AS 36). Following a three year tour as Quality Assurance Officer, and Radiological Officer he was assigned to Norfolk Naval Shipyard as Nuclear Submarine Repair Officer. In April 1976 he reported to the Submarine Tender USS Proteus (AS 19) in Guam, for duty as Production Officer and Assistant Repair Officer. He served as Nuclear Ship Superintendent at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., for USS Long Beach (CGN) and in May 1979 he was assigned to Commander Submarine Squadron Eighteen in Charleston, S.C. as Extended Refit Program Superintendent. Lieutenant Commander Godfrey served as Executive Officer of Naval Submarine Base San Diego through December of 1982 and assumed command of Naval Reserve Center Duluth in January 1983. He served as Lieutenant Commander of the Submarine Warfare School in Bange, Wash., from 1985-1990. Lieutenant Commander Godfrey's qualifications include: Submarine Warfare Officer; Surface Warfare Officer; and Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operator. He is entitled to wear the navy Commendation Medal (three awards); Navy Achievement Medal (two awards); Good Conduct Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal and the National Defense Medal in addition to other service decorations. He had married Claudia Jacobs in 1994.

Thomas was a member of Holy Assumption Catholic Church, the West End VFW, and West Duluth American Legion, the Academy of Model Aeronautics, and was currently the President of the Duluth/Superior Radio Control Club. He had also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Annette in 1990; son, Richard in 1995; sisters, Katherine Godfrey in 2006, Carol Ann Godfrey in 1976, infant sisters Mary in 1941, Margarite in 1942, and Alice in 1946.

Tom is survived by his wife, Claudia; daughter, Debra Godfrey of Wildwood, Ga.; brother, Michael Godfrey of Duluth; sisters, Mary Ann (Gordy) Allar of Garden Ridge, Texas, Joanne (Timothy) Carroll of Duluth, Peggy Overbie of Sadona, Ariz., Alice (Daryle Warner) Thompson of Saginaw, and Julie Godfrey of Duluth; mother-in-law, Bernice Jacobs of Duluth; many nieces, nephews and cousins, and his beloved dog Ben.

VISITATION:5 to 7 p.m. Friday with a 6:30 p.m. Rosary Recitation in Hegstrom Family Funeral Homes, Foley Chapel. Visitation continues on Saturday from 1 p.m until the 2 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. James Catholic Church. Burial will be at Oneota Cemetery. Military Honors will be Accorded by the Duluth Combined Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Boy Scouts of America. Arrangements by Hegstrom Family Funeral Homes, Foley Chapel. 5405 Ramsey St.

Duluth News Tribune, May 14, 2008

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Paul M. Gregus

MM2 (1979 - 1982)

Paul Martin Gregus, of Lavesgne Lane, Virginia Beach, Va., a former resident of Larksville, died Monday in Virginia.  Born on March 2, 1957, he was the son of Genevieve and the late Leonard Gregus.

He attended Wyoming Valley West High School and served in the United States Navy. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Lake Silkworth.

Surviving are brothers, Leonard Jr., Loyalville; Ronald, Lake Silkworth; Martin, Sweet Valley; sisters, Eleanore Buzink, Plains; Gerri, Sweet Valley; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Paul M. Gregus Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 3152, Virginia Beach, Va. 23454-9252.

Arrangements are by the Kellum Funeral Home, Virginia Beach. There will be no calling hours.

Published in The Times Leader

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Agustin Tuazon Guiao, Jr.

Agustin Tuazon Guiao, Jr.

Ensign, Supply Corps (1980)

Met the SPEAR in Diego Garcia.  This was his first duty station after completing Officer Candidate School.


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Ernest Joseph Guzman


Norfolk - Ernest Joseph Guzman, 55, passed away unexpectedly November 21, 2012. He was the son of the late Jose Ernesto Guzman and Lucila De Le Rua Guzman. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy for 20 years and had a strong love for rock n roll and fishing.

Besides his mother, he is survived by his daughters, Amanda Vangrossi (Paul), Courtney Guzman, Veronica Ramos (Hiram) and Krystal Guzman; grandchildren, Layla Vangrossi and Mason Weatherby; brother, David Guzman (Geri); sister, Rose Starkweather (Doug) and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A service to celebrate his life will be held Friday, November 30, at 11 a.m. at Graham Funeral Home with Rev. Fr. Daniel Ahern officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 6-730 p.m. Please visit his Book of Memories at where you may view the service if unable to attend or leave a note to the family.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on November 29, 2012

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Donald J. Harkness

EM1 (1969 - ?)

Donald Joseph Harkness, 67, of Virginia Beach died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002 in his home.

Born in 1935 in Buffalo, N.Y. and raised in Dunnville, Ontario, Canada, he left Dunnville in 1953 to join the U.S. Navy where he served 20 years. His duty stations were Bainbridge, Md., Annapolis, Md., USS Search YAGR/AGR 4, YAGR Division 21, RADRON 2, YR 65, SSC Great Lakes, USS John R. Pierce DD 753, USS Sampson DDG 10, USS Orion AS 18, USS L.Y. Spear AS 36, Naval Station Norfolk. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, he went to work at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, from there to NAVSEACENLANT/FTSCLANT. He retired from there in April of 2001 after 27 1/2 years. He was a member of Willis V. Fentress Masonic Lodge No. 296 and a 32nd degree Mason with the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Norfolk. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association.

He is survived by his loving wife, Alyce; three children, Lisa Marie Doss of Virginia Beach, Peggy Lynn Alexander of Hampton and Charles Anthony Harkness of Virginia Beach; mother, Eleanor Harkness of Ontario, Canada; four brothers, Robert and Norman Harkness of Ontario, Canada, Kenneth Harkness of Chesapeake and Thomas Harkness of Norfolk; special grandson, Clifford Jay Williams of Newport News; other grandchildren, Shawn and Ryan Harkness and Ashley Harkness; and two great-granddaughters, Katelyn Alyse Williams and Willow Ann Harkness.

The visitation will be held Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. in Altmeyer Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with burial with full military honors and masonic rites at Colonial Grove Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2730 Ellsmere Ave., Norfolk, VA 23513.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Drs. Alberico, Hubbard, Cuiffo, Goffman and their wonderful staffs. Condolences may be shared with the family at

From The Virginian-Pilot Wednesday, October 16, 2002, page B6

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Melissa Hackert Harrington

Melissa Hackert Harrington

BM2 (1987 - 1989)

Melissa M. Harrington, 27, of the 2400 block of Spinnaker Court, a Navy petty officer second class, died July 9, 1991, in Chesapeake.  

Mrs. Harrington was born in Detroit. Survivors include her husband, Joseph H. Harrington; her father and stepmother, Ervin J. and Julie C. Hackert of Spring Lake, Mich.; two sisters, Allison L. Hackert and Andrea A. Hackert, both of Spring Lake; two brothers, Brian J. Hackert of Albion, Mich., and John B. Hackert of Ann Arbor, Mich.; maternal grandfather, Bradley Ballard of Birmingham, Mich.; and paternal grandmother, Lillian M. Hackert of Ludington, Mich.

The graveside service with military honors will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday in Forest Lawn Cemetery by the Rev. Thomas C. Marsden. Friends may join the family from 7 to 9 p.m. today in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel.

From The Virginian-Pilot Friday, July 12, 1991, page D2

Virginian-Pilot News Articles:  1991 & 1992

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Kirby D. Henry

CWO3 (1971 - 1974)

CWO3 Kirby D. Henry died March 13, 1984 in Morristown, TN . He enlisted in the US Navy June 11, 1952 and retired July 1, 1976. He is survived by wife Helga, and sons Kirby D. Henry Jr., Michael Henry and daughter Sonja Henry.


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Kenneth J. Hoots


Kenneth Jack Hoots passed away at the young age of 57 on 26 June 2012 in Diamondhead, MS. He was born in Fletcher, North Carolina on 18 May 1955 and graduated from East Henderson High School in 1973. Jack proudly serving 33 years in the US Navy where he was selected as the Navy’s first CWO5 in the Supply Corps and continued his work in government for the past five years.

He was a wonderful loving husband, father, brother and grandfather who will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Furman and Mary Sue Hoots of Hendersonville, NC.

He leaves loving memories to his wife and best friend Dawn Marie Hoots and five daughters Stephanie (Larry) Fountain and Kristie (Oscar) Meyer both of Biloxi, MS, Amber Hoots of Picayune, MS, Jennifer (Josh) Jeans of Franklin, TN and Missy (Cole) Guinn of Okinawa, Japan. He is also survived by his three brothers, Herman (Vickie) Hoots of Morristown, TN, Larry (Wanda) Hoots of Palm Bay, FL, Turner (Sue) Hoots of Englewood, FL; two sisters, Dolores (Jerry) Tyre of Lake City, FL and Lilly (Gary) Voorhees of Franklin, TN and five grandchildren, Dalton Michael Halston, Jacob Williams, Chance Meyer, Emerson Hoots and Brody Jeans.

Visitation will be Monday July 2, 2012 from 9:00 to 10:00 am at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport, Miss. Services will begin at 10:00 am in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Biloxi National Cemetery at 11:00 am with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd., Slidell, LA 70458.

To send a memorial gift to the family of Mr. Kenneth Jack Hoots please visit our Sympathy Store.

 Published in The Sun Herald on June 30, 2012

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Deborah Suzanne Jasewicz

EN? (1990 - 1994)

Mrs. Deborah Suzanne Jasewicz, 39, of Bigelow Avenue, Amsterdam, New York passed away Sunday, January 2, 2011 at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, New York.

She was born September 13, 1971 in Amsterdam, New York a daughter of Frederick J. Putkowski and the late Geraldine A. Czarnowski Putkowski. She was a graduate of Amsterdam High School - Class of 1989 and attended Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Mrs. Jasewicz served in the Navy aboard the USS LY Spear ,the USS Shenandoah and the HM 12 Helicopter Maintenance Squadron as an Engineman Third Class from 1990 - 1994 at Norfolk, Virginia.

She was last employed by the Baptist Retirement and Rehabilitation Center in Scotia, New York until the onset of illness.

She was a member of St. Stanislaus Church in Amsterdam, New York and St. Stephen's Church in Hagaman, New York.She was a former member of the Fort Johnson Volunteer Fire Department.

Deborah was an animal lover and enjoyed the company of her two dogs and two cats.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth J. Jasewicz who she married August 3, 1996, her children Andrew J. Miller and Emily Jasewicz both of Amsterdam; her father, Frederick J. Putkowski, Amsterdam; her sisters Karen Putkowski, Glenville, New York and Patricia A. Putkowski, Gloversville; her brother James Putkowski, Fort Johnson, New York; father-in-law and mother-in-law William and Beatrice Jasewicz, Perth, New York;brothers and sisters -in-law many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

The funeral will be held at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home 200 Church Street, Amsterdam, New York followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Stephen's Church, Pawling Street, Hagaman, New York. Interment will follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Amsterdam. The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Jasewicz Childrens' Fund, C/O the funeral home.

Please submit on-line condolences at .

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Aleksander Jaskiewicz

MR3 (? - 1994))

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Doris J. Kelley

Doris J. Kelley

BMSN (1983 - 1986)


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Captain John H. Kinert

John H. Kinert

CAPT (1979 - 1981))

Mr. Kinert served in the Navy for 30 years, retiring as a captain in 1983. He had been the commanding officer of the Naval Submarine Base at Bangor.

He was a charter member of Redeemer United Methodist Church in Kingston. He was a member of the Silverdale Rotary Club and a board member of both the Seabeck Conference Center and the Kitsap Literacy Council. Mr. Kinert loved gardening.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Kent Kinert of Virginia Beach, Va. ; and a daughter, Kimberly Pellack of Germantown, Md. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Silverdale United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society of Lynnwood.

Memorial donations may be made to the building fund of Redeemer United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1541, Kingston, WA 98346, or to a charity of the donor’s choice..

From the Bremerton Sun, Tuesday, April 29, 2003

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Robert G. Kreitzbender

YNC (1971-1975)

Robert George Kreitzbender, 68, of Warren, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, at Warren General Hospital.  He was the husband of Mary Welsh Kreitzbender, whom he married on February 11, 1993.  

Robert was born in Lancaster, NY on February 19, 1943, a son of the late Helen (Spitman) and Alfred  Kreitzbender. He was a graduate of Corry Area High School. After high school he joined the US Navy. He  served in the navy  for 20 years, and was deployed on the USS Eisenhower during Vietnam Conflict. Upon retiring from the Navy he attended Penn State Behrend where he graduated with a degree in Accounting. He also worked for many years at Rogers Steel in Corry and he managed Corry Central Labor Club for 7 years.  He loved Spending his time square dancing, participating in his fantasy football league and playing cards at the senior center.  He was also a member of the American Legion of Youngsville, and the Corry VFW.

In addition to his wife, Robert is  also survived by two daughters, Crystal (Frank) Kreitzbender, of Corry, PA; Kimberly  Gould; a son, Robert (Karen) J. Kreitzbender; 4 step children John (Paula) Neiswonger, Valerie (Tim) Tomcho, Christopher (Emily) Neiswonger, and Kerry (Tammy) Neiswonger, as well as 7 grandchildren,  2 great grandchildren, 10 step grandchildren, and 3 step-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his loving Aunt Rose and Uncle George Spitman.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation may do so to Hospice of Warren County, St. Joseph Catholic Church, or Emergicare of Warren. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. McKinney Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Inc of Youngsville have been entrusted with arrangements. Those wishing to sign the online guest book or leave an e-condolence may do so at


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Tammy Lyn Kruse-Weaver


Tammy Lyn Kruse-Weaver of Eaton Rapids, formerly of NC, passed away in Lansing, February 6, 2013 at the age of 45. She was born in Lansing December 24, 1967, the daughter of Bill and Marilyn (Davidson) Kruse. Tammy graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1986. She served in the U.S. Navy during the Gulf War and later in Spain and retired from the military in 2004. Tammy served as a Patriot Guard in NC. She loved to crochet and paint.

Tammy is survived by her parents, Bill Kruse of Eaton Rapids, Marilyn Kruse of FL; fiancé, Allen Prince of Charlotte; daughters, Savannah (Royce Strickland) Kosik of NC, Sarah Weaver of VA, Grace Weaver of VA; grandson, Reagan Kosik-Strickland; siblings, Tony (Becky) Lamson of Eaton Rapids, John Kruse of Lansing, Kelly (Jay) Challender of Alma, Kim (Charlie) Spiegelhalter of FL, Bill G. Kruse of Lansing, James (Pam) Kruse of Ft. Polk, LA.

Funeral services with full military honors will be 11 am Tuesday February 12, 2013 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Interment will be held at a later date. Visitation will be Monday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the VFW National Home, 3573 S. Waverly Rd. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. Please visit our website to place online condolences or sign the guest register,


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John F. Kubovchik Jr.


COMMANDER JOHN F. KUBOVCHIK JR. (U.S. Navy - Retired), age 70, of Virginia Beach, VA., passed away peacefully at home in the presence of his family on July 20, 2011. He was born on July 19, 1941 to the late John and Mary Elizabeth Kubovchik Sr. of Lakewood, OH. He retired from the United States Navy as a Commander and Veteran of the Persian Gulf War after serving proudly for 32 years, mainly in the submarine force. Upon retirement from the United States Navy John began his second career following his passion for music. He was instrumental in creating the band program for St. Gregory the Great Catholic School where he served as the band director for the last 12 years. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 45 years, Mary; his son, Michael; his daughter-in-law, Paula; his two grandchildren, Krista and Katarina, all of Virginia Beach, VA.; and his two sisters, Clare Kubovchik of Fairview Park, OH., and Joanne DeMars of Colorado Springs, CO. A VISITATION WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, JULY 24 FROM 6-8 P.M. AT THE ALTMEYER FUNERAL HOME-SOUTHSIDE CHAPEL, 5792 GREENWICH RD., VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Monday, July 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Virginia Beach, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the American Cancer Society of Hampton Roads, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Published in The Virginian Pilot, July 24, 2011

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Paul A. LaFond

CWO4 (197? - 197?)

VIRGINIA BEACH - Paul Arthur LaFond, 71, of the 2700 block of Alamance Circle, died Nov. 13, 2001, in a local hospital. Born in Winchester, Conn., Mr. LaFond served as a highly decorated chief warrant officer IV in the U.S. Navy/U.S. Naval Submarine Force for 30 years. He attended Newhope Church and was a lifetime member of the NRA and a member of Submarine Veterans Association.

Mr. LaFond was predeceased by his parents, Joseph Albert and Helen Winters LaFond. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Patricia Ann LaFond; a son, Paul Daniel LaFond and wife Donna of Virginia Beach; a daughter, Gillbette Marie Johnson and husband Herbert of Stanardsville, Va.; a son, Raymond Pierre LaFond and wife Joanna of Virginia Beach; a daughter, Renee Jeanine Irons and husband Patrick of Chesapeake; a son, Robert John LaFond of Virginia Beach; 10 grandchildren, Eric Creamer, Jeremiah Johnson, Bryan and Brandon LaFond, Chelsea Farrell, Courtney LaFond, Trae Farrell, Miranda Irons, Kelly Farrell and Hannah LaFond; a sister, Betty Marschauser of Ocala, Fla.; and a brother, Robert LaFond of California.

A funeral will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. in the chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road, by the Rev. Brent Freeland. The family will receive friends following the service in the funeral home. Interment with full military honors will be Dec. 13, 2001, 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Newhope Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 61094, Virginia Beach, VA 23466.

From The Virginian-Pilot Thursday, November 15, 2001, Local Section, page B8

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Urban R. Lamay, Jr.

CDR (1973 - 1975)

Commander Urban R. Lamay Jr., USN (Ret.), died on 14 June 2007 at his home in Camp Hilt, PA, from a sudden heart attack.  Born in Philadelphia, PA, on 22 June 1933, he was the son of Urban and Margaret Lemay.  "Urb" attended West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys and Villanova College before entering the Naval Academy.  He graduated with the Class of 1957 as a member of the First Company.

Following his initial assignment on the destroyer BRAINE, he attended Submarine School and served three and a half years aboard the submarine CHIVO prior to attending the Naval Postgraduate School and becoming an Engineering Duty Officer.  Subsequent assignments included ship superintendent and assistant repair superintendent (nuclear) at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard; Navigation equipment officer and trident navigation project officer at the Strategic Systems Project Office where he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal; repair officer on the submarine tender L. Y. SPEAR; submarine overhaul and repair project officer with the supervisor of shipbuilding and repair, Newport News, VA, where he was awarded a second Navy Commendation.

He retired in May 1977 and subsequently joined Catalytic, Inc., in Philadelphia, PA.  Initially an assistant to the site manager of the company's new project at Three Mile Island (TMI) nuclear power plant, he later became site manager.  Following the March 1979 accident at TMI he oversaw the numerous site recovery efforts.  In June 1980, he transferred to Philadelphia as director of quality assurance.  Following several mergers in the 1980s, he retired as a regional manager of nuclear construction and maintenance for Ratheon Engineers and Constructors.

In retirement, he became a volunteer tutor with the Central Pennsylvania Literacy Council and served on its board of directors.  He instructed adults in English-as-a-Second-Language with Catholic Charities and the Center for Educational, Economic and Entrepreneur Development in Harrisburg, PA.  He served the Church of the Good Shepherd, Camp Ful, as a special Eucharistic minister, a lector and an assistant in the church's RCIA program.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kathleen (Hutchinson) Lemay, formerly of Drexel Hill, PA; sons, Kenneth of Chesapeake, VA, and Gregory of Naples, FL; daughters, Barbara of Greenfield, MA, Maria Lemay of Mesa, AZ, Denise Juliana of West Chester, PA, and Anne-Marie Crossan of Newark, DE; three sisters; one brother; and 12 grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his son, Urban III; a brother and a sister.

US Naval Academy Alumni Association Magazine SHIPMATE,

September 2007, Volume 70, No. 7, page 128

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Dean R. Lance

EN2 (1977 - 1981)

OREGON - Dean Ralph Lance, age 50, passed away unexpectedly at home, of an apparent heart attack, on Wednesday, April 25, 2007. Dean was born on July 25, 1956, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, to Ralph and Beverly (Marten) Lance. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1974 and attended Madison Area Technical College in auto mechanics. Dean served in the U.S. Navy from 1977 until 1981, aboard the USS L. Y. SPEAR as an engineman. He was an ASE certified master automobile technician. Dean was currently employed as a mechanic for Fitchburg Plumbing, Madison. He previously was employed at Stark Automotive, Stoughton and was also self-employed as Lance Mechanical, Madison. Dean was a free spirit and gave generously of his time and talents. He was known for his sense of humor. Dean loved fixing cars and excelled in his work. He also loved snowmobiling, fishing, car races, motorcycles (Gold Wings) and shooting pool. Dean had an extensive model car collection. He was an excellent marksman and usually bagged his deer each year. Dean made tons and tons of jerky from the venison that he enjoyed. Dean is survived by his parents, Ralph and Bev Lance; sisters, Debra Lance and Diane Zimmer; nephew, Alex Zimmer; aunt, Jacqueline Mahoney; uncles, Tom Marten, Ron (Janet) and Don (Darlene) Lance; step-grandmother, Leona Heidemann; and many cousins, close relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Dale Marten Lance; maternal grandparents, Cyril and Mina Lance; and paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Rose Lance. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2007, at noon, at PEOPLE'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 103 N. Alpine Parkway, Oregon, with the Rev. Howard Hintzman presiding. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be at Prairie Mound Cemetery, with military rites conducted. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Dean's name to the American Heart Association or American Parkinson's Disease fund, 600 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53792-5132.

In memory of Dean, if you suffer from the health-robbing addiction of smoking, please consciously consider giving it up. Not now, but in the coming years, it may be in the better land, we'll read the meaning of our tears, and there, sometime, we'll understand. We'll know why clouds instead of sun were over many a cherished plan. Why song has ceased when scarce begun. Sometime we'll understand. Not father and son in a stern, solemn way, but chums and good partners at work or at play. Not father and son for a day or a week, but loyal companions who constantly seek to make life a happy adventure in fun, and welcome the glory of each morning sun with eager delight, for to them it extends a chance to become closer comrades and friends. Nothing could mean more to a lad then making his place as a pal of his Dad. We'll miss you Dean. God speed.

From the Wisconsin State Journal , Friday, April 27, 2007, page A4

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Hershel B. "Rocky" Lane


Mr. Hershel B. “ Rocky” Lane, USN Ret., 63, of Jacksonville, died Feb. 18, 2003.

Mr. Lane was born in Keota, OK, and has lived in Jacksonville since 1991, moving from Fresno, CA. He was a veteran, of the U. S. Navy, retiring from the USS L.Y. Spear AS 36 as 1st Petty Officer after serving on numerous ships and submarines. Mr. Lane worked with the Jax Port Authority, Loading/unloading ships during Desert Storm/Desert Shield, and started working with Allied Signal (now HTSI) as a Generator Mechanic and later being promoted to HVAC Mechanic until his illness.

Mr. Lane loved his family, which includes his devoted wife of 32 years, who affectionately called him “ My Honey” : Josephine Vera Lane; daughter: Dawn Michelle Lane; Sister: Mary Sue (Arrmon) Clay; Sistersinlaw: Irene T. (Jack) Davis & Wanda Moore; special nieces and nephew: Teresa Miller, Kimberly M. Ratliff and Garry Blair, Jr., along with other nieces & nephews and Angela Woerman, who was like a daughter to him.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 PM on Tues., Feb. 25, 2003 at PEEPLES FAMILY FUNERAL HOMES, North Jacksonville Chapel, 2220 Soutel Dr., near Lem Turner, with Rev. Doris Sherman and Rev. Michael Guerin officiating. Burial to follow in Oaklawn Cemetery with Military Honors. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 PM on Mon., Feb. 24, 2003 at the funeral home. If so desired, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Pallbearers: Sebastian Lang, Willie Cook, Gene Taylor, Todd Bishop, David Legg, Erik Smith; Honorary Pallbearers: Garry Blair, Jr., Jack Davis, Mark Woerman, Ben Zimmerman, Scott Miller and Engineers Branch at HTSI.

Published in the Florida Times-Union from January 20 to February 23, 20033

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Jerry I. Lewis

HTCM (1980s)

Chesapeake - Jerry Ivan Lewis, 70, of Hemple Street went to be with the Lord December 27, 2012. He was born in Rutherfordton, North Carolina to the late Lonnie and Ruth Lewis. Besides his parents he was predeceased by sisters, Jean Lewis and Jeanette King. He served his country for 30 years in the United States Navy retiring as a Command Master Chief.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Brenda Goode Lewis; Children, Shelia McGee (Bob), David Lewis (Sharon), Tim Lewis (Linda) and Tina Johnson (Mike); eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister, Jeanice Laughter; and brother, Lonnie Lewis (Vicki).

A service to celebrate his life will be held Mon., Dec. 31, 2012 at 1 p.m. with Pastors, David Rieke, Jonathan Carpenter and Ron Heath, officiating. He will be laid to rest at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens with full military honors. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Please visit his book of memories at to view the service if unable to attend and to leave a note to the family.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on December 30, 2012

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John Hamilton Linn


JOHN HAMILTON LINN, 61, of Huntington, W.Va., passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011, in Holmes Beach Florida. Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2011, in Forest Memorial Park, Milton, W.Va., with Pastor Jerry Chapman officiating. Burial will follow. Honorary pallbearers will include: David Rubinfeld of Siesta Key, Fla., Ed Kirn and Richard Blanch, both of Bradenton, Fla., Mark Brazier of Devon England, Gary Lucas of Huntington, and Dave Gilbert of Ona, W.Va. He was born July 30, 1949, in Charleston, W.Va., a son of Lucille Summers Linn of Huntington, and the late George Linn. He was a graduate of Marshall University, a member of the MU Alumni Association and an avid supporter of Marshall University athletics. John was a US Navy veteran, and the co-owner/operator of Benefit Wholesale Equipment. His wife of 28 years, his soul mate and love of his life, Judith Linn survives him. Additional survivors include his mother, Lucille Summers Linn of Huntington; a daughter and her husband, whom John considered a son, Holly Linn-Mann and Bob of Huntington; one sister, Jennifer Linn of Spring Hill, Fla.; a brother, Jeffrey S. Linn also of Huntington; and a host of friends in Huntington and Florida whom he leaves behind. Friends may call from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Chapman's Mortuary, Huntington. Flowers are appreciated, but those wishing to make a contribution in John's memory, may do so by sending checks to: The Marshall University Foundation, attention: Marching Thunder, c/o College of Fine Arts, Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.chapmans-mortuary.comm .

Published in The Herald-Dispatch, April 21, 2011

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Larry W. Longwell


VAN WERT, Ohio - Larry W. Longwell, 64, Van Wert, died at 11:04 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

He was born March 4, 1947, in Van Wert, to the late Virginia (Adams) Longwell and Walter Reuben Longwell. His wife, Wanda (Grieshaber) Longwell, survives of Van Wert. They were married Nov. 4, 2000.

Other survivors include his children: Larry (Melinda) Longwell of Van Wert, Lisa (Troy) Waldron of Middle Point, Ohio, Shelley (Matt) Dunham of Decatur, Ind., and Shannon Moreno of Van Wert; a sister: Carol (Kim) Army of Van Wert; 11 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was a retired welder and attended Van Wert Victory Church, Van Wert. He was a nine-year veteran of the United States Navy serving during the Vietnam War and a life member of the Van Wert V.F.W. He enjoyed his grandchildren, computers and fishing.

Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert. The Rev. Tommy Sandefer will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Military graveside services will be conducted by combined units of the Van Wert American Legion and VFW posts. Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial to the family.

Published in Fort Wayne Newspaprs, August 4, 2011

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George Rexford "Rex" Lucie

LT (1977 - 1979)

George Rexford Lucie of Queenstown, a certified public accountant, died Friday, October 7, 1988, in an automobile accident on Route 33 near Aveley Road, Easton. He was 49.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Nov. 19, 1938, he was the son of George Robert Lucie and the former Alyce Bloomgren. He married Kathleen E. Flagg on May 23, 1986.

He was graduated from Ashland (Ky.) High School and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and for 20 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in administration at the Naval Post-Graduate School, Monterey, Calif., and retired from the Navy as a lieutenant June 30, 1979.

Mr. Lucie studied public accounting at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va. He passed his certified public accounting in 1981. He worked at Western-Union Electronic Mail in McLean, Va., until 1984. He then worked for Maurice Wallace of Easton. At the time of his death, Mr. Lucie had his own practice.

He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also was a member of the Kent Island Rotary Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his father, George Robert Lucie of Fruitport, Mich.; two sons, Christopher D. Lucie, Iowa City, Iowa, and Petty Officer Eric R. Lucie, U.S. Navy of Santee, Calif.; two daughters, Rebecca E. Lucie, Ashland, and Jennifer M. Lucie, Queenstown; one brother, Dr. James R. Lucie, Fruitport; and a grandchild.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Tom Helfenbein Funeral Home, Chester. Father R. Conway O’Connor will officiate. Friends may call at the Tom Helfenbein Funeral Home on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.

From the Star Democrat, Easton, MD, provided by Mrs. G. Rexford Lucie

George "Rex" Lucie is interred at Arlington National Cemetery - Columbarium

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Donald D. Lutz

CW02 (197? - 1977)

VIRGINIA BEACH - Donald David Lutz, born Dec. 8, 1936, husband of Margaret E. Lutz, of Virginia Beach, died March 23, 2007. He leaves his son, William M. Lutz and daughters, Margaret A. Cooney and Rosemary Smith. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Laurie L. Harvey. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, of which Crystal and Tiffany Harvey deserve special note, and four great-grandchildren.

Donald was predeceased by his father, Emil D. Lutz and mother, Lillian R. Lutz. He is mourned by his three brothers, Daniel, Wayne and Roger Lutz.

Donald was born in Irvington, N.J., and raised in Spring Lake Heights. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1954 and proudly retired as a CWO2 in 1977. Among his many duty assignments, these come to mind: The USS Saratoga, The USBN Thomas Jefferson, The USS Fulton, The USS Forrestal and the USS L.Y. Spear. He then worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and retired in 2000.

In his retirement, he took great pleasure in his family, his boating and fishing. He especially enjoyed the company of his friends at the Virginia Beach Anglers Club and the Coastal Conservation Association. He will be sorely missed by his constant furry companion, Reggie. Memorial contributions can be made to either of the above organizations.

A graveside service will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Princess Anne Memorial Park with Chaplain James Fedor officiating. The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, today from 6 to 8 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

From The Virginian-Pilot Monday, March 26, 2007, Hampton Roads Section, page 25

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Dennis M. Malueg


Dennis Michael Malueg passed away on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012, in Norfolk, VA.  Born April 28, 1953, in Clintonville, WI, to Kenneth and Lois (Lust) Malueg.

He grew up in the Big Falls, Caroline WI area graduating from Marion High School, Marion, WI in 1971; Enlisted in US Navy, September 12th, 1972 Retiring January 31, 1994 as Chief Petty Office ( E8); During his Naval career his main home port was Norfolk, VA. Serving on the Sustain, AFDM-7, USS L. Y. Spear, USS Arthur W.Radford, USS Surflant Diesel, USS Dynamic, USS Shenadoa; Dennis was granted Secret Defense clearance in 1975 by the United States Government. Receiving numerous commendations for serving his country, he proudly displayed his commendation for dry docking a captured Russian sub-marine. Upon retirement from the Navy he continued to work on Naval ships for Amsec a private contractor; Maintenance at Christ The King Catholic school where he loved and was loved by the students K-8; Part time as a Locksmith for Maury Kroll. Member of the American Legion 327; Fleet Reserve; The Dramatic Order Knights Of Khorassan and The Nomads Of Avrudaka.

Survived by his Wife, Joan (Buckland) Malueg, Norfolk, VA; Father, Kenneth Malueg - Caroline WI, (2) Daughters, Melissa and Della - VA; Step-son, Jesse Buckland Jr.- Pennsylvania; Step-Grandson, Jesse Buckland III, Pennsylvania; (2) Sisters, Diane (James O.) Krueger- Caroline WI and Deborah (Elwood) Malueg/Mathewson - Tigerton, WI further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Proceeded in death by his mother, Lois (Lust) Malueg, maternal and paternal grandparents, numerous aunts and uncles.

The Rite of Christian Burial with full Military Honors will be held at 6:00p.m., Christ The King Parish, 1803 Columbia Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23509 on Monday, October 1st, 2012 with internment to be held at Saint Mary Cemetery, Marion WI . Honorary Pallbearers: Phil Lefeure, Rick Chapple, Ted Chapple, Randy Trout, Jesse Buckland III. Condolences maybe sent to Smith and Williams Funeral Home, 818 Norview Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23509 serving the family.

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Herman Martinez Jr.


NORFOLK - Herman Martinez Jr., 71, passed away peacefully March 4, 2007, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Martinez was born Sept. 1, 1935, to Hermanio and Maria Martinez in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Martinez served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy, retiring with more than 20 years of service. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 45 years, Carmen Martinez; a son, John Michael Martinez of New York City; a daughter, Michelle Marie Martinez of Norfolk; his two brothers, Anthony Martinez of Texas and William Martinez of New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Smith and Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star, March 6, 2007

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Jerry Leland McCombs

LT (1991 - 1992)

Jerry Leland McCombs was born November 22, 1945 to the late Leland Archie McCombs and the late Wilma Mae McCombs of Rushville, Illinois. He was the third oldest of 12 siblings. He was proudly married to Sharon Kay Schaeffer of Galax, Virginia. He was so proud when he became a father and enjoyed the love of his children Georgina Kay Lynn McCombs and Jarrod Robert Scott McCombs both of the home.

Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Navy September 9th, 1963 and went to boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL. He graduated from boot camp on November 22, 1963, his 18th birthday and the day President Kennedy was assassinated. During his illustrious career culminating as a U.S. Navy officer who traveled the world during his 22 ½ years of service he earned countless medals and awards. He served on the USS Lake Champlain (CVS 39), USS John A. Bole (DD 755) (Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam); USS Newport News (CA 148); USS Horne (CG 30) (Persian Gulf Iranian Hostage Crisis); USS Coral Sea (CV 43) (Gulf of Sidra, Libya Campaign); USS L.Y. Spear (AS 36) (Operation Desert Storm, Persian Gulf, Red Sea.

Along with his wife Sharon and their two children they returned to Havana, IL in 1992 to be closer to his family. Many memories were made in those four years being around the love of family and creating lasting friendships not only with his older siblings he grew up with but also the younger siblings that he didn’t really get to enjoy while growing up. Accustomed to the movement during his career in the Navy they moved to St. Petersburg, FL in 1996, where he took on jobs as hotel maintenance manager and later as a legal assistant. The years in Florida were adventuresome to say the least and again many memories were made. Finally, in 1999, one last adventure was made to Galax, VA where he created a new home for his family. During this time Jerry coached Dixie Youth baseball teams and enjoyed and loved being around and teaching the sport not only to his son, but to other young men as well. Jerry worked for five years as an E-911 dispatcher finally retiring in 2007.

Jerry leaves to mourn not only his wife and two children but also his brothers and sisters-in-law, Jeffrey and Mary Jo McCombs of St. Petersburg, FL; James and Karen McCombs, Rushville, IL; Jon McCombs, Astoria, IL; Joel and Jeanie McCombs, Rushville, IL; and Jan and Sandy McCombs, Rushville, IL; his sisters and brothers-in-law Robert and Jerris Oest, Havana, IL; Larry and Jennifer Volk, Mt. Sterling, IL; Dan and Jackie Cogswell, Meredosia, IL; Todd and Joy Mendenhall, Havana, IL; and Sam and Julia Gregory, Chicago, IL; his aunt Elizabeth Galloway, Mt. Sterling, IL and countless numbers of nephews and nieces. One sister and brother–in-law preceded him in death, William and Janet L. Lavery as well as a sister-in-law, Philda McCombs.

Family will receive friends on Monday, July 19, 2010 from 4:00-6:00pm with funeral service immediately following at Vaughn Guynn Funeral Home, Galax, VA. The burial will take place at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL.

Donations may be made to Twin County Hospice of TCRH, 818 Glendale Rd, Galax, VA 24333, or Sugar Grove Methodist Church, RR2, Rushville, IL 62681.


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John M. Meyer


MEYER, John Michael, age 69, died quietly at his home in Charles City, Va., on January 31, 2008 after an extended fight with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judith Eileen Meyer; and two sons, Kevin Lenair Meyer, 44, a registered nurse at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va., and John Michael Meyer Jr., 47, an electrical engineer at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

Born July 10, 1938 to Cleo Casper and Mary Frances Meyer of Cherokee County, Kan., and schooled in Wirtonia and Pittsburgh, Kan., he was raised on a farm where he developed a strong work ethic. Joining the U.S. Naval Reserve at age 18, he soon went on active duty and trained in metalworking. He served on the USS Howard W. Gilmore and then became a Salvage Diver / Underwater Welder on the USS Preble. In 1959, John returned to reserve status, married and started a family with Judith, and pursued farming. During this period, he served on annual two week reserve assignments during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

He pursued training and advancement to Shipfitter First Class and then returned to active duty in 1969 to serve aboard the USS Independence. John pursued further training and rank and advanced as a Hull Technician to Chief, Senior Chief, and then received his commission as Warrant Officer (Carpenter) WO1 aboard the USS L.Y. Spear. He served as Repair Officer aboard USS Nimitz advancing to CWO-2 and served as Damage Control Assistant aboard USS L.Y. Spear. John advanced to CWO-3 as the Commanding Officer of the USS Dynamic Repair Vessel. He advanced CWO-4 and served as DCA and Chief Engineer on the USS Plymouth Rock. His final duty station was at the Naval Safety Center in Norfolk, Va., where he served as a Safety Inspector until his retirement as a CWO-4 in 1986. During his career, he was awarded medals for Good Conduct and National Defense Service, two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, two Meritorious Unit Commendations and the Battle "E" Award.

John went on to a second career working as a maintenance technician, first for Interbake Foods and then Nabisco Brands, Richmond, Va. He retired from Nabisco in 2004 after 14 years of service.

John was extremely proud of his Naval service and loved the sea. His wishes were to be cremated and to have his ashes interred at sea. A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, February 8, 2008, 10 a.m., at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2631 Pocahontas Trail, Quinton, Va. 23141. He asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory be made to the Charles City County Volunteer Fire Department, 7100 Atkins Rd., Charles City, Va. 23030.

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on February 3, 2008

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Max Milien, Sr.

ET (19? - 1979)

Max Milien Sr., Senior Chief Petty Officer U.S. Navy retired, departed on eternal patrol, Sept. 28, 2006, in Hampton (VA).  Senior Chief Milien was born on Dec. 4, 1943, in Cap Haitian, Haiti, and entered the United States on Sept. 24, 1949, at the age of 5.  He became a citizen of the United States of America, September 1963, an event for which he was forever proud.  SCPO Milien grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and upon his graduation from high school enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1962.

His first naval deployment was spent in Antarctica as part of Operation Deep-Freeze, serving on the Naval Icebreaker USS Glacier (AGB-4).  SCPO Milien attended the U.S. Naval Enlisted Submarine School in 1964 and qualified in submarines in that same year.  He was a plank-owner on the USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) (Gold) and the USS Will Rogers (SSBN-659) (Gold) as an engineman.  After attending Electronics Technician "A" school and Ship’s Inertial Navigation Systems (SINS) School, he served as a navigation electronics technician for the USS Bluefish (SSN-675).  SCPO Milien also served on the USS Sea Devil (SSN-664), Submarine Tender USS L.Y. Spear (AS-36) and was a plank-owner on the USS Emory Land (AS-39).  He was selected as Sailor of the Year for the USS America in 1974.  Upon retirement from the Navy in 1982, he was employed by Newport News Shipbuilding as an engineer, contributing to the development and technical support of the Weapons System Safety programs for the Los Angeles and Seawolf Class Fast Attack Submarines.  He retired in 2002.

SCPO Milien was also the holder of Amateur Radio License WB4GUY.  SCPO Milien is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Yvonne Milien Cyrus and Reginald Cyrus; a son and daughter-in-law, Max Jr. and Lisa Milien; grandsons, Max III and Myles; granddaughters, Delores and Lauren; family matriarch, Dolores Milien; a sister, Eleanor Brickus; and a very special, caring friend and companion, Pamela Adams.  At the request of SCPO Milien, there are no services planned.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Back Door Ministry of St. Vincent De-Paul Catholic Church, 230 33rd St., Newport News, VA 23607.  Arrangements by Berceuse Funeral and Cremation Traditions in the Coliseum Central of Hampton, 825-8070.

From The Virginian-Pilot Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006

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Leo E. Olson

EMCM (1969 - 197?)

VIRGINIA BEACH - Leo E. Olson, 71, passed away June 26, 2006, at Sentara Leigh Hospital. He was a native of Pasco, Wash., born to Agnes and Inart Olson. Leo served his country for more than 27 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a master chief electrician in 1980 before working an additional 21 years with Sentara Healthcare as the building engineer at Leigh Atrium.

Leo was an active person who loved people. His family and friends knew him as a “jack of all trades and a master of 99 percent of them.” He enjoyed restoring old cars, woodworking and dancing.

Left to cherish his memory are three daughters, Monica Stock and husband David of Virginia Beach, Gigi Lopez-Tighe of Las Vegas, Nev., and Lynda McKay of Elizabeth City, N.C.; and six grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Robert Olson and wife Shirley and a sister, Gloria Riggle and husband Pete, both of Washington state and two brothers-in-law, Murl Leibrecht and wife Karen of France and Bruce Leibrecht and wife Lynne of Kentucky. Also sharing his loss are special friends, Bob and Rebecca Souders, Donna Fulcher and his pal Tig. He was preceded in death by both parents and his wife, Ada L. Olson.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel, 601 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach. Memorials may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Association or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to

From The Virginian-Pilot Thursday, June 29, 2006, Hampton Roads Section, page B8

Virginian-Pilot article - 7/8/06

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James Calvin Phillips, Jr.


James Calvin Phillips Jr., 53, Crystal Springs, died Nov. 25, 2006, in Pineville, Ark.

Mr. Phillips, a native of Jacksonville, NC, had lived in Tampa, Fla., 30 years before moving to Crystal Springs in 2005. He was a graduate of Plant High School in Tampa, Fla. He was a United States Navy veteran with 20 years of service. He was employed as an electrician at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla., before moving to Crystal Springs. He was a member of Crystal Springs United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 at Crystal Springs United Methodist Church.

Survivors are his wife, Linda Phillips of Crystal Springs; daughters, Naomi Phillips of St. Petersburg, Fla., Cari Sanchez of Sumter, SC, and Heather Page of Gulfport, Fla.; stepsons Jamie Jacks and Chris Glaser, both of Clearwater, Fla.; his mother, Alma Mary Phillips of Riverview, Fla.; brothers, David Phillips of Maderia Beach, Fla., Rick Phillips of Lakeland, Fla., Robert Phillips of Mary Ester, Fla., and Jeff Phillips of Riverview, Fla.; sisters, Lee Brock of Plant City, Fla., Debbie Ganes of Orlando, Fla., Susan Hernandez and Vicki Walsh, both of Riverview, Fla., and Phoebe Long of Seffner, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

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Dennis E. Pickrell

SK2 (1974 - 1975)

Dennis Eugene Pickrell, 56, born in Siloam Springs, AR passed away on April 7, 2009 in Jacksonville, FL. He was the much beloved husband of 33 years to Kathy Jean (Davisson) Pickrell.

Dennis spent eight years in the U.S. Navy and his fondest memories were of the time he spent on the USS L.Y. Spear (AS-36) during their Mediterranean Cruise. Dennis was employed in the Information Systems at FCCJ for 23 years. He had earned his bachelor’s degree from Jones College.

Dennis was well known in the dog show community as kennel help. He was also co-owner and breeder of several champion dogs. Dennis was beloved by many dogs; including Boxers, three varieties of Dachshunds, and the odd Curly Coated Retriever. His lap was usually occupied by at least one four legged free loader looking for a hand out and failing that, a pat and a smile.

Dennis was a big man, big hearted, loving, kind, and generous to a fault, sloppy, messy, and steadfast. His friends will know that he is heaven with some of his much loved pets; he has overcome his fear of heights. A gathering of friends and family will be held Sunday, April 19, 2009 from 2-4 pm at the home of Jim and Paula Crosby. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Take The Lead, P.O. Box 6353, Watertown, NY 13601, or on-line at in memory of Dennis.

Published in he Florida Times-Union on April 12, 2009

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Harvey M. Quackenbush


Harvey Matthew Quackenbush, 64, one of nine children of Harvey Milton Quackenbush and Dorothy Held, died in Groton, on Feb. 6, 2008 after a long illness.

He was born on Jan. 19, 1944 in Yonkers, New York. He was educated in Yonkers at P.S. 19, Nathaniel Hawthorne School and Commerce High School. He received his GED in 1965. He attended Mohegan Community College in Norwich where he received an associate in general studies in 1991.

As a young man, he was active in the U.S. Volunteer Life Saving Corps where he aided in the rescue of several dozen persons from the Hudson River

Mr. Quackenbush served in the U.S. Navy, having enlisted in 1961, as a torpedoman, aboard the USS Patrick Henry and Abraham Lincoln. He also served on the USS Fulton, L.Y. Spear, Hunley and the Orion. He retired as a chief petty officer, on July 25, 1985.

He was commended for his work on the USS Fulton and as a shop supervisor, directing the maintenance and overhaul of torpedoes on the USS Hunley. He received a citation for his work as an assistant training officer in the weapons department located at the submarine support facility in New London.

He was active in the Fleet Reserve Assoc. in Groton having served as its vice-president. He negotiated with the Naval Historical Society to obtain the torpedoes decorating the front of the "Fleet."

He was formerly employed by General Dynamics, until his retirement in 2000, where he was responsible for supplying Trident submarines.

He enjoyed nature, antiques and history. His wit, charm and easy disposition earned him many enduring friendships. Among his most cherished friends are William Fusconi, Tuuli and Philip Nahas, Richard Pesick, Charles Wahl, Debra Young, Peter and Cathy Larosa, and John and Marion Sullivan.

He often said he never realized how many nice people there were in the world until he became ill and had to rely on the services of the fine individuals who are local paramedics, 911 responders and staff of the VNA, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital and the Groton Regency Center.

He married Sandra Corchinski Kopp on Dec. 31, 1975 in Monk's Corner, South Carolina. Besides his wife, he leaves three step-children, Vincent Kopp of Ledyard, Wyatt W. Kopp of Gales Ferry, and Charles Myers of Middletown. He also leaves his beloved cat, Tigger.

He leaves three brothers; Frederick of New York, William and Walter of North Carolina. He also leaves two sisters Carol Florio of Florida, and Patricia Deshon of New York. He also leaves his beloved aunt and uncle Mr. and Mrs. August Held of New York and his cousins Claire Muzuruk and Kathy Graham. He was predeceased by his parents and three brothers, Alfred, Richard, and Robert. He has numerous nieces and nephews. Interment will be private.

New London Day (Conn.), February 7, 2008

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Joseph C. Sancken


VIRGINIA BEACH - Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Joseph C. Sancken, 53, passed away at home Aug. 21, 2005.

Born June 6, 1952, in Chester, Pa., he was the son of the late Henry J. Sancken Sr. and Penola Bailey Sancken. He retired from the Navy in 1994 after 20 years of service. Joe lived in Norfolk for 13 years before moving to Virginia Beach. He was stationed at Norfolk Navy Base for his entire naval career. He had many deployments at sea. Joe served on the USS L.Y. Spear, USS T.C. Hart, USS L.K.A. Charleston, USS Ponce and the USS Conolly. He also served as an instructor at the Atlantic Fleet Training Center for seven years. Joe worked very hard and was dedicated to his job. He received many certificates of commendation.

After retiring from the Navy, he worked for PRC and BAV. He later worked as a pipefitter for Jonathan Shipyard in Norfolk. For the last nine years he worked for Earl Industries in Portsmouth.

Joe enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking. One of his favorite things to do was to sit with his wife, Julie, on their backyard swing. He was much loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Joe was predeceased by his brothers, Thomas and John Sancken; and sisters, Florence Jones, Dorothy Tucker and MamieAnn Skinner.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Julie Takats Sancken; a son, Joseph A. Sancken and his wife Cheryl of Plant City, Fla.; daughter, Juliet C. Sancken of Virginia Beach; one granddaughter, Mena Sancken; brother, Henry J. Sancken Jr. of Marcus Hook, Pa.; sisters, Sarah Foreacre of Chadds Ford, Pa., Penola Fisher of Chester, Pa.; many nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Isolde Takats of Virginia Beach and father- in-law, Imre Takats of Bellevue, Wash.; and brother-in-law, Andrew Takats of Newark, Del.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, with a funeral immediately following at 7:30 p.m. A graveside service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Lawn Croft Cemetery in Linwood, Pa. The family requests that donations be made to the American Red Cross in memory of Joe.

From The Virginian-Pilot Friday, August 26, 2005, Hampton Roads Section, page 27

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1980 Cruise Book photo         Medical Assistant graduation

Andrea Robin Schiesser

Seaman, Deck/1st Division (1979 - 1981)

     My daughter, Andrea Robin Schiesser, was aboard the L.Y. SPEAR as one of the first contingencies of women aboard a naval vessel (non-combatant) and went along on the SPEAR when it was called up during the Iranian Crisis in 1980.

     Andrea told us that she was one of the first women to pull a lot of Captain's Masts and was first woman to serve in the brig of the SPEAR while in Diego Garcia. She also was on bread and water. She also was "punished" (ha ha she said) to serve time in the boiler room on SPEAR.  Her father is ex-Navy officer and he and I know boilers inside out and outside in - Andrea too, so she didn't consider it "punishment" to be down there. Actually, she was a good person and loved us very much, however, parents never know, unless told by their offspring, what they did . . . when. Andrea told us a lot, but not all. I still have her Shellback Certificate (framed) hanging in our family room, along with only one of her ribbons we could find, and a photo of her in Florida at boot.

     Andrea married Fred Cosier, who was also on the SPEAR. Then, they divorced, after their first baby boy was born stillborn. Andrea never got over that. She went on to marry again and had a daughter who is 13 now, and another boy, who is 5 now. We love our Andrea, no matter the "things" she pulled - she was one of the guys all of her life.

     Please pass the word:  



      Anyone who knew or knew of Andrea, please e-mail comments or whatever you knew about her to me at my e-mail. Thank you and God Bless all of you.  Trish

Submitted by her parents Trish Schiesser, Author <> and Bob Schiesser, Port Engineer (Military Sealift Command PAC)

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A. David Seeland

CDR (1983 - 1986)

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Jeffrey Sellers

Jeffrey Lynn Sellers

Moulder Fireman Apprentice (1980)

Born:  November 2, 1959           Died:  May 22, 1980

SELLERS, JEFFREY LYNN, 20, of 24 N. Onondaga, Mason, died while on active duty with U.S. Navy. Arrangements by Ball-Dunn Chapel, Mason.

From The State Journal; Lansing, Michigan; Tues. May 27-1980, page A-2.

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Hollis Ellison Sims


Chesapeake- Retired U.S. Navy Commander Hollis E. Sims entered into eternal rest on Saturday, May 14, 2011 following a long illness.

Hollis was born in Newnan, GA to the late Isaiah and Arlena Sims. At a young age, his family moved to Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Linden McKinley High School and in August 1964, he entered the U.S. Navy as an Enlistedman.

His accomplishments are numerous. They include from enlisted to Submarine Commander of the U.S. Waterford in May 1993, retiring in August 1996. CMDR Sims served 32 1/2 years of honorable service in the U.S. Navy. While serving in the US Navy, CMDR Sims earned two degrees, received his Masters Degree from Norfolk State University and he is found in the book of "The Black Submariners".

He also was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. ,a member of the Elks Lodge in New London, Connecticut and he was a baptized member of Trinity Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio.

CMDR Sims' love for his country was apparent to all who knew him or who served with him. The U.S. Navy was his life and he truly loved his work (Career). He is mourned by family and many friends. Those left to cherish his loving memories are his devoted wife, Vergie Lee Sims; stepdaughter, Valarie D. Beasley (Lewis) of Norfolk; stepson, Terrell C. Brickhouse (Melissa) of Accomac, Virginia; one sister, Gwendolyn Lawson (Nathan) of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Stanford Sims (Saundra) of Chesapeake and Terry Sims of Georgia; one uncle, Carl Simms; eight step-grandchildren; two great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, in-laws, other relatives and friends.

A service celebrating his life will be held Friday, May 20, 2011 at 12:00 noon in St. Mark RZUA Church, 1513 Colonial Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia. Burial will be Monday, May 23, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Columbus, Ohio. Fitchett Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be offered to the family at


The Virginian Pilot, May 19, 2011

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James Lee Studebaker


Jim Studebaker was born the second of four sons in Alma. The son of a science teacher and park ranger, Jim had an inherent sense of curiosity and love of the outdoors. An outstanding athlete and outdoorsman, he was twice awarded the Presidential Physical Fitness Award, and no fish in Pine River was safe when Jim had his line in the water. 1983, was a life-changing year for Jim. In a few short months he lost his father, joined the Navy and met the love of his life, Pamela Kay Davis. Jim met Pam on the LY Spear in Virginia where he was a Machinery Repairman Second Class. They married in 1985. Jim's time in the Navy prepared him well for his career, both as a machinist and a mechanical engineer. He worked for Delta Design for 21 years. Jim was a family man and a very proud papa to Kara and Lauren. He loved to hand-make things for them, everything from a Beauty and the Beast swing to a money-grabbing machine and other games for their Grad Nites at Westview HS.

He was a devoted husband and celebrated his 25th anniversary with Pam last July; the same month that he gave away his eldest daughter Kara in marriage. Jim will be missed by so many: his neighbors for whom he was Mr. Fixit and the ultimate block-party organizer; his co-workers at Delta Design (from San Diego to the Philippines); his many friends with whom he camped, fished, golfed, and played pool and volleyball; his second family, the Davises, and his beloved Studebakers. He will forever be remembered as a Loving Son, Brother, Husband, Father, #1 Son-in-Law, Brother-in-Law, Uncle and Friend. Jim will be met on the other side by his father Leonard.

He is survived by his mother Bette Le Blanc (Ken), his loving wife Pam, daughters Kara Vause (Thomas) and Lauren Studebaker, brothers Thomas (Kelli), Jon (Carolyn) and Joel Studebaker and numerous family members. A military service will be held Friday, June 3rd at 8:45 am at Miramar National Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Jim's Life at Lake Poway. An online guest book and additional info can be viewed at  

The Morning Sun, June 2, 2011

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Roger A. Swartfiguer, Jr.

SKC (1990 - 1992)

Roger A. Swartfiguer, Jr., 58, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 26, 2011, after suffering a heart attack at his home in Pensacola, Fl.

He was born July, 26, 1953 in New Hartford, NY, the son of the late Julie and Roger Swartfiguer. He was educated in New Hartford Schools and graduated in 1972.

Roger enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country for 24 years until he retired in April of 2000. He spent a few years during his career out of the Navy attending Mohegan Community College and University of Florida, until he rejoined the Navy to complete his service.

Roger had a wonderful career of 24 years in the Navy serving on several ships: the USS Canopus, Charleston, SC, the USS Orion, Sardenga, Italy, the USS Haleakala, Guam and again stateside on the USS LY Spear. He also taught Storekeeper “A “ school in Meridian, MS and served with the SEALS Unit Two in Scotland and Germany, and finally to Pensacola where he decided to make his home. While in the Navy he attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer and earned numerous awards and medals.

Roger's love of his “hometown” team, the NY Yankees, left him forever bonded to his home state and he shared that passion with his dad and brother. That kept him busy along with his memberships in the American Legion and the Fleet Reserve Association.

Roger was predeceased by his Mother in 1984 and his Dad on Nov 5, 2011. He will be sadly missed by his two sisters and a brother: Madeline Bruni of Clinton, Susan Eychner and her husband Bill of Whitesboro and Jeffery and his wife Kathleen of Rome. He also leaves two nieces, three nephews along with great nieces and nephews. Also surviving are his former-wife and best friend Diana Jackson of Tulsa, OK and his Pensacola family, Kevin and Michelle Turner and their children, whom we are eternally grateful to.

A memorial mass will be Saturday January 28,2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church,New Hartford, NY. Arrangements under the guidance of the John L. Matt Funeral Home, Chadwicks, NY.

Donations in memory of Roger can be sent to Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 North Randolph Street, suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203 or by visiting their website:

or send in care of Madeline Bruni, 7011 State Rt 5 Clinton, NY 13323.

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Cathleen M. Thomas

LT (198? - 198?)


Richmond Times-Dispatch article:  10/14/86

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Bevan E. Travis

LT (19? - 1971)

Lieutenant Bevan E. Travis, US Navy, retired, 77, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003. Born in Spur, Texas, to Ethel M. Beene and Omer E. Travis, he moved to Brevard County, Fla. over 30 years ago. Bevan is a direct descendant of Edward Travis who was sent by the Crown to establish a permanent English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia in 1607. The Travis House in Williamsburg, Va. is one of those in the Restoration Program. Both maternal and paternal ancestors participated in the Revolutionary War. He retired from the US Navy after 28 years of service. During World War II he served on the Carrier USS Saginaw Bay which earned battle stars at Palau Islands, Leyte Landings, Lingayen Gulf Landing, Iwo Jima Assault and Okinawa Gunto. He served seven years on the USS Missouri as a helmsman including two tours in Korea. He was a Navigation Instructor at the University of Wisconsin for four years. He entered the Submarine Service in 1956 serving on the USS Cobbler, USS Torsk and USS Growler, received his commission on the USS Nautilus, USS Crevalle, USS Tigerone and the USS Hunley in Holy Locke, Scotland. During Vietnam, he was Officer in Charge of the USS Richland in Guam. He retired from the USS L Y Spear in Norfolk, Va. in 1971. A baptized Christian, he was a 32nd degree mason, a member of the Yount Masonic Lodge 12 in Napa, Calif., Shrine, Scottish Rite, Disabled American Veterans, Fleet Reserve 366, Military Officers Association of America, Snug Harbor Sub Veterans, USS Missouri Association, USS Saginaw Bay Association and the USS Growler Association. For many years he was a softball and Little League coach, coaching several championship teams. His family includes his wife of 52 years, Mary Ann Reiss, formerly of Coshocton; sons, Tory Travis and his companion, Veronica Schleininger of Kansas City, Mo. and Todd Travis and his wife, Zee Snyder of Rockville, Md.; daughter, Tenley Alta Travis of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and sister, Louise Neu of Stockton, Calif. Friends may call from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the South Brevard Funeral Home, Melbourne, Fla. Private internment with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Bevan was a dedicated blood and pheresis donor, having donated over 50 gallons at the Space Coast Blood Bank. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you honor his memory by making a gift of life blood donation or a contribution to the blood bank. In keeping with his dedication to helping others, Bevan was an organ donor. Sympathies may be sent to 420 Seabreeze Drive, Indialantic, Fla. 32903. Arrangements were entrusted to South Brevard Funeral Home, Melbourne, Fla.

From The Coshocton Tribune, Coshocton, Ohio, Tuesday, 16 September, 2003

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Bruce A. Vaudo


FITCHBURG - Bruce A. Vaudo, 54, of 69 High St., died Monday, March 26, 2007, in the Veterans Homestead, Fitchburg after an illness.

He was born on Dec. 2, 1952, in Massachusetts, the son of Salvatore and Ruth (Johnson) Vaudo.

Mr. Vaudo was a United States Navy Veteran of the Vietnam Era, having served on the USS L.Y. Spear in Norfolk, Va. He earned the National Defense Service Medal.

He worked as a roofer for area construction companies.

He liked to play golf and had many hobbies, one that he liked in particular was making jewelry and Indian dream catchers.

Mr. Vaudo is survived by his son, Deric Vaudo of Virginia Beach, Va.; his friends, Tina and Charles "Chuck" Williams of Virginia Beach; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veterans Homestead, 69 High St., Fitchburg, MA 01420. To sign the guest book, light a candle or view the memorial, go to Wright-Roy Funeral Home, 109 West St., Leominster is directing arrangements.


From The Fitchburg Pride, Fitchburg, MA

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MaryJo A. Wakeman

LT (1983 - 1984)

Sanford, Maine - MaryJo A. Wakeman, loving wife, devoted mother and caring physician, was killed in an automobile crash this week in Sanford.

Dr. Wakeman, "MJ" to those who knew her well, started her life journey in Brookings, SD on July 25, 1955. She was the fourth of five children and first daughter of G. Harvey and Mary (Shinnick) Wakeman. As a youngster she had a most inquisitive mind and outgoing personality that lead her to pursue such varied activities as acting and debate, where she achieved great success, finishing as national runner-up in debate as a junior in high school.

Forgoing her senior year of high school, she went directly to college, studying the sciences at South Dakota State University and graduating with a degree in physics from the University of South Dakota. She knew her life must be spent helping others, so medicine was the natural career path for her. She studied for two years at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, and an additional two years at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine, from which she graduated Alpha Omega Alpha, in the top fifteen percent of her class.

MJ began her training at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, where she met her future husband, Kent N. Hall. After a year in Washington, she was selected to be the Medical Officer on the USS LY Spear. Her navy career took her next to Pearl Harbor, HI where she was the Medical Officer in charge of Military Sick Call. It was during this time that she discovered her calling to make a difference in workers' health. After leaving the military she finished her training in Occupational Medicine at the University of Cincinnati while simultaneously earning a Masters degree in Occupational Medicine. Throughout her career she worked hard to develop public health programs leading to a network of occupational health clinics for the greater Cincinnati area. She moved to Sanford in 2006 and was quickly given the position of medical director for occupational health. She cared for many local patients hurt on the job, worked with companies to maintain safe work environments, and helped to shape policy for public health issues. She was instrumental in writing the protocol to manage epidemics like the recent swine flu scare. She wrote articles for local papers on topics of public health.

She had a smile on her face for everyone she met and was generous with her time and knowledge. She was loved and beloved by her family, friends, co-workers, and patients. They enjoyed her dry and witty sense of humor and her unwavering practicality and stability. She had a tremendous work ethic, was professional in her demeanor and cared deeply about her patients, her coworkers and the Goodall Hospital organization.

MJ also found time to be active in her church community. She was a communicant of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Sanford and was an outstanding singer in the church choir.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Kent Hall of Sanford, director of emergency medicine at Goodall Hospital, three sons, Michael Hall and his fiancé Kara Muckley of Cincinnati, OH, Alexander "Ted" Hall and his wife Jessie of Madison, WI, Martin "Mac" Hall of Sanford, stepson Kevin Hall and stepdaughter Rachel Hall, both of Schenectady, NY, her mother of Brookings, SD, 2 brothers, Richard Wakeman and James Wakeman, both of Brookings, SD, and a sister, Julie Wakeman-Linn of Bethesda, MD. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main Street, Springvale, Maine on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11:00 AM at the Holy Family Church of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, 66 North Avenue in Sanford, Maine.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Covington Latin School, 21 E. 11th Street, Covington, KY 41011. Condolences may be expressed at Arrangements are under the direction of the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home 580 Main Street, Springvale, Maine.

The Argus Leader, June 19, 2009

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John F. Whelan, Jr.

Capt. (1983 - 1985)

VIRGINIA BEACH - Capt. John Whelan passed away Sept. 6, 2008, at his home. He was born in Whitman, Mass., Dec. 29, 1936, to John and Germaine Whelan. He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher. Capt. Whelan is survived by his wife, the former Mary Jane Sunday of Clearfield, Pa.; his sons, Richard, John Daniel and wife Suzy of Virginia Beach, Steven and wife Vivian of Powells Point, N.C., and daughter-in-law Cathy Whelan of Virginia Beach. He leaves also his grandchildren, Andrew, Hope, Skylar and Steven. He joined the Navy as an enlisted man in 1954 before entering the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1960. He enjoyed a distinguished naval career spending 31 years mostly aboard nuclear submarines including the USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Sea Devil, USS Halibut and commanding the USS Tinosa and the USS L Y Spear. He served early in his career aboard the KD Bailey. Capt. Whelan also led staff submarine operations for ComSubLant in Norfolk and Comsubpac in Hawaii. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, three Navy Commendation medals, the Navy Achievement medal, and two meritorious service medals. While having a distinguished Naval career, John's other interests included spending time out on the Chesapeake Bay fishing with his sons. He enjoyed all kinds of fishing, but especially good times were had during rockfish season. John took his family to Key West every year to enjoy the sunshine and the sea. He also spent time working diligently for the Chris Whelan Memorial Golf Tournament honoring his late son. He was a member of Eastern Shore Chapel in Virginia Beach. John was an exceptional man in his service to his country, but even more so in his love for his family. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel. A funeral will be held in Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church with the Rev. C. Christopher Thompson at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 945, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

From The Virginian-Pilot Monday, September 8, 2008

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Michael M. Wiener

HT3 (1980 - 1981)

Obituary - Michael M. Wiener

Memorial Service Program - Michael M. Wiener

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Ross N. Williams

CAPT (1973 - 1975)


RADM Ross Norman Williams passed away on September 18, 2011 [at Asbury Methodist Village] in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He was born on Friday the 13th of May 1927, in the Bronx, New York to Harry Howard and Ruth Marie (Hanson) Williams. Ross grew up in New York City and always loved the sea and sailing from an early age. He logged his first sea time taking many trips on the Staten Island ferry to study navigation while in high school. He also enjoyed summers and sailing as a youth at the family summer home on Candlewood Lake in Connecticut. He comes from many generations of seafaring men and was inspired by his uncles to take up a life on the sea. Ross then enlisted in the U.S. Navy on October 5, 1944, at the age of seventeen and thus launched an amazing career. After attending the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS), he entered the U.S. Naval Academy; via a fleet appointment, on June 17, 1947 and graduated with the Class of 1951 on June 1, 1951. His fellow classmates described him in the “Lucky Bag” as being a sailor from the time of "iron men and wooden ships". He twice skippered the USNA yawl "Royono", including winning the iconic Newport to Bermuda yacht race. Following graduation, he served on the escort destroyer USS NORRIS (DDE-859). He then attended submarine school and served on the USS HALFBEAK (SS-352). His next tour of duty was on USS ALBACORE (AGSS-569); the hydrodynamic prototype; from which all the Navy's modern nuclear-powered submarines have evolved. While stationed at the Submarine base in Groton Connecticut, he met his wonderful wife Helen June (Willis), who was the first professional librarian to manage the Submarine Base library, in Groton, Connecticut. They were married at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London (Groton), Connecticut, on the 11th of February 1955. Ross was then selected for postgraduate studies in Oceanography at the University of Washington in Seattle. This was followed by a new construction assignment as engineer of the USS BARBEL (SS-580). He then attended Advanced Nuclear Power School in New London, Connecticut, and the A1W Prototype at the Naval Reactor Facility, Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was then assigned to the USS SEAWOLF (SSN-575) and then as Executive Officer of the USS HENRY CLAY (SSBN-625)(Blue). After completing the Prospective Commanding Officer Training at NavSea in Washington, D.C., he was assigned as Commanding Officer of the USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (SSBN-640) (Gold) and Commanding Officer of the USS TECUMSEH (SSBN-628) (Blue). His next assignment was in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, in Washington, D.C., as the Undersea Long Range Missile System (ULMS)(OP-97C)/Trident Program Coordinator, Head Trident Program Coordination Branch (OP-315/-211), and then as Commanding Officer of the USS L. Y. SPEAR (AS-36), in Norfolk, Virginia. On May 13, 1975 he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral. He was then assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Military Deputy for Strategic and Space Systems, Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E/USDRE), Washington, D.C., followed by his final posting as the Oceanographer of the Navy and Deputy to the Administrator of NOAA, DOC, Washington, D.C. RADM Ross N. Williams' awards include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two gold stars for second and third award, Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, American Theater Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Medal, European Clasp, Navy Expeditionary Medal, and National Defense Service Medal w/ Bronze Star for second award. RADM Williams retired from the Navy on August 31, 1981, as an O-8. RADM (Ret.) Ross N. Williams then joined Ocean Data Systems, Inc.(ODSI) as Director of Space Programs, and then as scientific consultant/VP and GM of ODSI/Global Weather Dynamics Inc.-SA, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 1986 he joined the Ball Aerospace Systems Division as Director of the Washington Office until his final retirement, to be with Helen and enjoy their home in North Potomac, Maryland.

Ross was predeceased by his loving and devoted wife of 55 years, who passed away in April 2010 from Alzheimer's disease. He is survived by their only son: Paul Norman Williams and his wife Suellen Joan (Cattanach) Williams, and two grandsons, Harry and Lachlan. A service will be held at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel on Friday 23 December 2011, at 11:00 A.M. Interment with full military honors will follow in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Those attending are asked to assemble at the chapel, with their own transportation at 10:30 A.M.

My father had the extraordinary privilege to be able to pursue a career that he truly enjoyed and a life that was full of adventure. He was able to visit all the oceans of the world and every continent. He was a great teacher, a great leader, and a wonderful father and husband. The mainstays of his life were duty, honor, and family. He was and will always be "our anchor to windward".

Obituary provided by his son, Paul Williams

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Richard H. Worden

HTCS (1985 - 1987)

VIRGINIA BEACH - Richard Harold Worden, 47, of Revere Drive, unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord July 22, 2007. Richard was born in Holland Patent, N.Y., to Clarence and Leota Worden Sept. 29, 1959. He grew up in a small town where his core values and integrity were established at a young age and carried him throughout his life. In high school, Richard was active in football, track and skiing. Tragedy struck when Richard lost his father, Clarence, at age 12 and his sister, Jennie, at age 16. Richard learned about hard work, trustworthiness and responsibility through his childhood trials. To help support his ailing mother, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1977. Richard served his country with "Duty, Honor and Respect" for 22 years. He retired in 1999 after attaining the rank of master chief. He served on the USS Inchon, the USS Kitty Wake, the USS Emory S. Land and the USS L.Y. Spear. Richard spent many years as a diver and served as a dive instructor at Mobile Dive Unit 2, Little Creek for six years. He finished his military career at CINCLANTFLT, Naval Air Station, Norfolk.


He was an active member of Kempsville Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon. After completing his military career, Richard joined the family business, Paramount Builders, where he served as vice president of Operations. For the last eight years, he helped his family build one of the largest home improvement companies in Virginia. Richard gained the love and respect of all the many people he worked with over the years.


Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 27 years, Tammy Augustine Worden; three children, Ashlie Nicole Chase and husband Joshua, Ryan Richard Worden and wife Sarah and Alicia Brooke Worden, all of Virginia Beach; two grandchildren, Rylie Brooke Chase, 5, the apple of her Papa’s eye and Jackson Seth Chase, 14 months. Two sisters, Susan Oust and husband Tony of Keller, Texas and Doris Jeram of Clayton, N.Y., also survive him. Also surviving are father-in-law, Bethel Gene Augustine and wife Maritza of Virginia Beach and mother-in-law Judy Marie Augustine of Virginia Beach; brother-in-law, Edward Gene Augustine and wife Caren of Virginia Beach; and sisters-in-law, Robin Augustine of Virginia Beach and Victoria Augustine Stermer and husband Dawson of Chesapeake. His numerous nieces and nephews include Tyler Augustine, Alexa Augustine and Madison Augustine of Virginia Beach, Matthew and Austin Stermer of Chesapeake, Jenna Oust of Keller, Texas, and Walter Jeram Jr. of Clayton, N.Y., plus numerous aunts, uncles and cousins from upstate New York. There was nothing more important to Richard than his dedication to his wife, children and grandchildren. Anyone who was fortunate enough to have met him knew how proud he was of his family.


Visitation will be held in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, 1485 Kempsville Road, today from 6 to 9 p.m. A funeral will be held in Kempsville Presbyterian Church, 805 Kempsville Road, Friday at 1 p.m. A graveside service with military honors will immediately follow in Princess Anne Memorial Park, 1110 N. Great Neck Road.

Hollomon-Brown Memorial Page

From The Virginian-Pilot Thursday, July 26, 2007

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