USMC Bugler Recent Notices
Deceased Shipmates
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The Association has recently been advised of the passing on of the following Shipmates

Page last updated: 22 February, 2019

Names and information listed below have been furnished to the Association by others.
The information is deemed to be creditable, however the accuracy of the data is not guaranteed.

Obituaries, when available, are posted for informational purposes only, and will remain

posted for approximately one (1) year after receipt of notification of the shipmate's passing.

*  Individuals are listed by Date of Death.

*  Obituaries are listed Alphabetically

(Listed by date of death)

Name Ship Year(s) Date of Death Obit ?
Owenby, William E. CL92 40's November 9, 2013 Yes
Gay, Roy H. CL92 47 - 49 November 16, 2016 Yes
Boyle, Joseph M. CL92 47 - 48 February 6, 2017 Yes
Picani, Louis F. CL92 46 - 48 February 15, 2017 Yes
Perry, Donald O. CLG4 63 - 65 May 9, 2017 Yes
Oosterink, Roger CL92 47 - 48 November 22, 2017 Yes
Yoder, Allen L. CL92 46 - 49 December 29, 2017 Yes
Rubenstein, Ralph S. CLG4 64 - 66 December 31, 2017 Yes
Larmondra, Thomas A. CLG4 65 - 67 January 6, 2018 Yes
Darr, Sam L. CLG4 62 - 64 January 24, 2018 Yes
Kempf, Joseph A. CLG4 60 - 61 February 18, 2018 Yes
Gilliland, Mark D. CLG4 63 - 64 March 2, 2018 No
Swatek, Lyle H. CL92 46 - 47 April 8, 2018 Yes
Spalding, George W. CL92 45 - 46 April 25, 2018 Yes
Lenhoff, Francis "Jeff" CLG4 60 - 62 May 12, 2018 No
Southwood, Frederick A. CLG4 59 - 63 May 17, 2018 Yes
Rozumek, Dennis W. CLG4 61 - 65 May 31, 2018 Yes
Hosle, Ronald R. CLG4 73 - 76 June 13, 2018 Yes
Macari, Robert D. CLG4 64 - 66 July 11, 2018 Yes
Milam, Richard B. CLG4 75 - 76 July 23, 2018 No
Skidmore, Kenneth R. CLG4 62 - 65 August 13, 2018 Yes
Davies, Thomas J. CLG4 60's August 27, 2018 No
Schuman III, William E. CLG4 59-62 August 31, 2018 Yes
Holding, Eric J.P. CLG4 66 - 68 September 21, 2018 Yes
Santella, Thomas N. CLG4 60 / 76 September 22, 2018 Yes
Martines, Joseph A. CL92 45 - 45 October 26, 2018 Yes
Elstad, Leif A. CLG4 63 - 63 October 27, 2018 Yes
Novack, Anthony G. CLG4 60 - 64 December 4, 2018 Yes
Johnson, Peter M. CLG4 71 - 74 February 4, 2019 Yes

(Listed alphabetically)

Boyle, Joseph M.

(1931 - February 6, 2017)

Of Annandale, VA died February 6, 2017. Son of late Joseph and Agnes Boyle; and brother of Clare Boyle Kownacki of Lusby, MD. He is also survived by nieces, Mary Clare, Elizabeth and Susan; and nephew, Frank Jr.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, February 16 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston, VA. Private interment will follow at Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Herndon, VA. Information and condolences at:
Adams-Green Funeral Home
721 Elden Street
Herndon, VA 20170
(703) 437-1764

(Posted on Little Rock website 24 May 2018)

Darr, Sam L.

(July 20, 1934 - January 24, 2018)

Sammy Lee Darr, Lt, USN (Ret)

Sammy Lee Darr passed away January 24, 2018 at the age of 83. He was born July 20th, 1934 at the home of his parents in Forney Texas and was the only child of Alvie and Thelma Jean Darr. Sam retired in 1976 at the Pentagon after a 25 year career with the US Navy where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant after proudly serving his country in Korea and Vietnam. Sam began his second career with Mac Tools where he and his family moved to New Braunfels in 1979 and finally retiring in 1990. He was also a 50 year member of the Scottish Rite Free Masons.

After retirement, Sam and Carol would often be seen at watching their grandkids at the Little League fields, track events, football stadiums, one act play, and dance recitals both in New Braunfels and Brenham.

Sam is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Carol Darr and is survived by his son, Kelly and his children Ryan, Kyle and Madison, all from Brenham Texas; along with other son, Lex and his wife Anna Beth and their children Trevor and Laci, all of New Braunfels.

A visitation will be held at Zoeller Funeral home on Sunday, January 28th from 1-4PM and graveside services will be held at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery Friday, February 16, 2018 at 9:30 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope Hospice of New Braunfels.

(Posted on Little Rock website 08 Feb 2018)

Elstad, Leif A.

(December 12, 1939 - October 27, 2018)

CDR Leif A. Elstad USNR (Ret) age 78, passed away in Henderson, NV on October 27, 2018. He was born on December 12, 1939 in Story City, IA to Laura and Martin Elstad. Leif joined the United States Navy and served his country for 22 years. During his service, he was awarded numerous Medals of Honor and Valor for his heroic efforts and achievements. Leif married Audrey Gagner on October 21, 1961 in Pensacola, FL. They moved to Boulder City, NV from Apple Valley, MN in July of 1983 as he was transitioning towards retirement. Leif retired from Northwest Airlines as a Senior 747 Captain.

Leif was a member of the Lutheran church. He was a member of the Boulder City Elks Lodge, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and many other military/civilian organizations. Leif and Audrey enjoyed traveling in their motor home and Leif served as National Director of Family Motor Coach Association. He also enjoyed playing golf and being with family and friends. He will always be remembered as a master storyteller.

Leif is survived by his wife Audrey Elstad; daughter Dawn (Terry) Murphy; son Jon Elstad; and brother Erik (Glenda Marie) Elstad.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:15 AM at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City, Nevada, all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the veteran’s charity of your choice. Family and friends can sign an online memorial guestbook at

(Posted on Little Rock website 05 Nov 2018)

Gay, Roy H.

(November 20, 1928 - November 16, 2016)

Brandon, Florida- Roy H. Gay, 87, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at home with his loving wife, Blanche.

He leaves his wife of 65 years, Blanche (Rushing) Gay; his son, Wayne Hancock and wife, Tina, daughter Judy Gay, and daughter, Glenda Fahey and husband Dan, 4 granddaughters; 13 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

There will be no formal services. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your favorite charity in his honor or do the thing he loved best, be with your loved ones, hug them and let them know you love them.

Burial will be at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell FL.

(Posted on Little Rock website 10 Jan 2018)

Holding, Eric J.P.

(1945? - September 21, 2018)

HOLDING, Eric J.P., 73, passed away Sept. 21, 2018.

Born in Ireland, his family moved to Pennsylvania when he was 15. After high school, he joined the Navy where he served on the USS Little Rock and Yosemite. He was naturalized and became a proud shellback.

He was a member of American Legion #252, Amvets post 8, and Eagles 4147.

He is survived by wife, Beth; sister, Stella Clapp; sons, Patrick and David; daughter, Susan Zielinski; and five grandchildren. A Memorial service at Bay Pines Cemetery is pending.

(Posted on Little Rock website 12 Oct 2018)

Hosle, Ronald R.

(1952? - June 13, 2018)

Hosle, Ronald R., - 66, of Brigantine NJ, entered into eternal rest with his family by his side on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Ron was born in New York City and resided in Brigantine, NJ.

He is survived by his mother Julia Hosle, daughters Alison Schaffer (Brian) and Abbey Hosle. He is also survived by his brother Jeff Hosle, his sister Wendy Komski, grandson Brycen Schaffer, granddaughter Harper Schaffer and his niece Alexa Komski. He was predeceased in death by his father Fred.

Ron grew up in Dallas, PA, attended Central Catholic High School and was an avid Penn State fan.

Ron proudly served his country in the US Navy as a ENT2 on the USS Little Rock. He traveled extensively around the world as a medical sales representative. Ron enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, storytelling and being at the beach. He was a member of the Brigantine Elks. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Ron's Life Celebration and visitation on Monday, June 18 from to 10:00am to 10:50am at Saint Thomas Church, 331 8th Street, South Brigantine. Memorial Mass will follow at 11:00 am. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly request donations be made to the South Jersey Cancer Fund, PO Box 1084, Brigantine, NJ 08203. To share your fondest memories of Ron, please visit Family services by Keates-Plum Funeral Home, Brigantine.

(Posted on Little Rock website 15 June 2018)

Johnson, Peter M.

(December 14, 1947 - February 4, 2019)

SIDNEY - Peter Michael Johnson, 71, passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer at MaineGeneral Rehab and Nursing at Glenridge, Comfort and Care, on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, with his wife, Judith, by his side.

Peter was born in Bath, Maine, on Dec. 14, 1947, the eldest son of Kenneth B. and Pauline (Smith) Johnson. He attended Williams High School in Oakland and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in education and from the University of Maine at Augusta in 1984, with a B.S. in public administration. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1974, and his last duty assignment was on the USS Little Rock.He was employed for 32 years, and retired state service in 2008, from the State of Maine, in the Department of Labor and DHHS.

He enjoyed working part-time after retirement as a driver for Daniel's Auto Body and then for Charlie's Motor Mall.Pete was an active member of the Masons, Rural Lodge in Sidney for many years. He was a member of the Sidney Historical Society and was proud to call Sidney his home. He was intelligent, had a great sense of humor and never met a person he couldn't talk to about anything. He was generous, forgiving and was lovingly known to be the glue that kept his family together. He loved people, had long and lasting relationships with friends from Williams High School, his Navy buddies from the USS Little Rock, his coworkers and many others.

He enjoyed traveling and many cruises with his wife, Judith; turkey hunting in Vermont with his brother, Paul; golfing and motorcycling with Dale and spending time with his brother from another mother, Jeffrey Campbell.

He was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth Johnson and Pauline Tibbetts. He is survived by his adoring wife, Judith M. (Austin) Johnson, and his children whom he considered dear to his heart and as his very own: Stepdaughter, Rebecca Hosley of Chicago, Ill.; stepdaughter, Sarah and husband, Mike Turner, of Turner; stepdaughter, Lea and husband, Joe Studholme, of South China; and stepson, Scott and wife, Erin Kendall, of Gassetts, Vt.; grandchildren, Dylan, Garrett, Wyatt, Cayden, Blaine, Abigail and Sabrina will sadly miss their Papa Pete. Also surviving are his younger and cherished siblings, sister, Teddy and husband, Don Doyon of Augusta; brother, Paul and wife, Brenda Johnson, of Nantuckett, Mass.; sister, Mary Johnson of South Pari; and stepsister, Michelle and husband, Ron Rudnicki, of Amhurst, N.Y. Uncle Pete was survived by nieces, nephews and their children.

Pete did not wish to have a funeral service; however, a celebration of his life will take place this late spring/early summer at his favorite place at Reid State Park. Cremation arrangements were by Mid Maine Cremation Services. We would like to thank the nurses and CNA's at Comfort Care at Glenridge, Dr. Kumar and staff at the Alfond Cancer Center, Dr. Gene Cheng and his staff, the Hospice Home Care team (especially Chelsea), Minister Tim, his sisters and brother, our friends and our family for taking part in Pete's journey and allowing him to experience dying with dignity and grace.

(Posted on Little Rock website 18 Feb 2019)

Kempf, Joseph A.

(July 31, 1940 - February 18, 2018)

Joseph Allen Kempf, 77 of Holly Hill, FL passed away peacefully with his family by his side February 6, 2018 at Florida Memorial Hospital.

Joe was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 31, 1940. He served in the Navy on the USS Little Rock from 1957 – 1961. After leaving the Navy he resided in Binghamton, New York until 1973 moving to Holly Hill residing until his death.

He worked at Total Comfort Air for over 20 years. From early childhood he was a musician singing and playing guitar. He played at social clubs in New York and Florida with his band Deep South performing 50’s, 60’s, and country music. In 1977 he joined the Florida National Guard Btry. C 1/265th ADA Daytona Beach until retiring at the rank of Staff Sergeant in 1995. He was called to active duty numerous times including the Mariel Boatlift in Miami and Hurricanes David and Andrew. He was a member of the American Legion Post 120 Holly Hill, USS Little Rock Assoc., and a Past President of Holly Hill Eagles 4033.

He enjoyed reading, boating, fishing, and riding motorcycles and was a former member of the Daytona Beach HOG Assoc.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Lillian Kempf, brother Rusty, and daughter Cindy Vermilya. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Sylvia (Sue) Kempf, son Brian Vermilya (Cheryl), daughter Kelly McCabe (John), granddaughters Jessica, Taylor, Jenna, and great grandson Chase, brothers Jerry, Tom, Terry, brother in laws Doug and Tim Slater and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at Dale Woodward Funeral Home, 167 Ridgewood Avenue, Holly Hill Saturday February 17th, at 10:00 a.m. followed by a service at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

(Posted on Little Rock website 10 March 2018)

Larmondra, Thomas A.

(1947 - January 6, 2018)

STATESVILLE Thomas Andrew Larmondra Sr. (a.k.a. Tom, Tommy, Toto, Uncle Cabin, Sensei, and Bubba), who passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018 in Charlotte, NC.

If you knew anything about Tom, you know of his unending passion for, and commitment to, his family. Tom is survived by the love of his life and best friend, Susan “Susie” Anne Deegan Larmondra, whom he married nearly 50 years ago. The memories they created together are plentiful, and there is no question who Tom’s REAL pride & joy was.

Tom was the prototypical patriarch as the unquestioned leader of his tribe. Tom is survived by his children, Lisa Marie Ensalaco and husband Mike, Thomas Andrew Jr. and wife Laura, John Daniel and wife Arielle, and Lucy Deegan Schwartz and husband Dave. Tom’s love will continue to impact generations to come, as he is also survived by grandchildren Mary Grace Ensalaco, Olivia Deegan Ensalaco, Molly Anne Ensalaco, Michael John Ensalaco, Katherine Eileen "Katie" Ensalaco, Ethan Angelo Larmondra, Colette Christine Larmondra, Andrew Samuel Larmondra, and yet another expected in May ’18. Tom is now reunited in heaven with two little ones who preceded him in death much too soon; his daughter Olivia Deegan Larmondra and grandson Gabriel Thomas Larmondra.

Tom’s love for his family was only eclipsed by his love for Jesus Christ. It was evident from a young age that Tom’s calling was to live a life following Christ and to lead others to Him. Hundreds if not thousands owe their eternity either directly or indirectly to Tom’s ministries and Tom’s heart for Jesus. This began as a long time member and youth ministry leader at Centenary United Methodist Church in Bath, NY, and continued as founder of the “C.L.O.D. Squad” (Christ’s Love Opens Doors) which was a clown ministry that served children all across the country. Tom was also a youth director at Casowasco, a Christian retreat camp in the Finger Lakes region of New York. As Tom grew older, he did not slow down his drive to satisfy his eternal calling. In 2006, he brought his spiritual gift to North Carolina as a member and Sunday School teacher at Williamson Chapel United Methodist Church. Despite the people Tom has led to the Lord, Tom often claimed his proudest accomplishment was ensuring all his children knew and loved the Lord, which they undoubtedly do, already impacting multiple generations.

To complement Tom’s heart for love, peace, and grace come his passion for patriotism, structure, discipline, and the martial arts. After serving in the US Navy including deployment on the USS Little Rock during Vietnam, Tom turned his passions to traditional Japanese karate. Tom studied under several top international masters and grew to the rank of 7th degree black belt founding and leading several dojos in New York and North Carolina. Tom is fanatical about the second amendment and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police of Iredell County and the National Rifle Association.

Tom was dedicated to a career that provided for his family. It started with a newspaper route and moving lawns when he was young, and progressed into working in an autobody shop, delivering milk door to door, bartending, selling insurance, bank teller, alarm system technician, and purchasing manager at Polly-O Dairy. In 1985, Tom found his long-term niche with a career in industrial sales and engineering, culminating as one of the region’s top Hydraulic & Pneumatic Specialists. Tom’s love will be his legacy and will be felt for generations. Well Done, Good & Faithful Servant. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 1:00-2:00 PM with a service with full military honors following at 2:00 PM at Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Pitts and Rev. Jan Brittain officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Williamson’s Chapel UMC Youth Fund, 575 Brawley School Rd, Mooresville, NC 28117. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Larmondra family. Condolences may be made to the family at

(Posted on Little Rock website 09 Jan 2018)

Macari, Robert D.

(May 30, 1944 - July 11, 2018)

Robert was born on May 30, 1944 and passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Robert was a resident of Bayville, New Jersey at the time of passing.

He attended Bordentown Military Institute, a private high school, located in Bordentown, NJ.

After high school, he served his country in during the Vietnam war in the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Blackwood, the USS Eaton and the USS Little Rock.

A Memorial Gathering will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 10AM until his Mass of Christian Burial, 11AM, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ. Cremation and interment of his cremated remains will be held privately. Memorial Gathering at the St. Francis of Assisi Church from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on September 22, 2018.

(Posted on Little Rock website 28 Jan 2019)

Martines, Joseph A.

(1927? - October 26, 2018)

Joseph A. Martines Sr., 91, Carbondale, passed away peacefully Friday at Creekside Health and Rehabilitation Center. His wife of 69 years is the former Veronica Gorel.

Born in Carbondale, son of the late Salvatore and Grace Cerra Martines, he was affiliated with the shoe repair business for 80 years. He owned and operated Martines Shoe Repair for 70 years and was a well-known shoemaker.

Joe led a simple, humble life, and his greatest joy was in giving to others. His favorite holiday was Christmas, and he especially enjoyed Christmas Eve; after midnight Mass, his home overflowed with family and friends.

He was proud of his Sicilian heritage and was instrumental in re-establishing the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast in 1970, serving as chairman. Joe always celebrated St. Joseph's Day, was always smiling and tried to make people happy.

During WWII, he served in the United States Navy and was on the USS Little Rock CL-92, where he was a plank owner. He was a life member of the American Legion, DAV, VFW and Cottage Hose Fire Company.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Salvatore "Sam" Martines and wife, Jennifer, Carbondale; Michael Martines and wife, Mary Lee, Vandling; Matthew A. Martines, Carbondale, and Joseph Martines and wife, Joan, Carbondale; he was Poppy to Kristen Hodnett, Jillian Evarts, Tara Sheare, Marlie, Michaela, Malinda, Matthew, Christopher and Brian Martines; he was great grampy to Gwenevere Sheare, Adelyn Evarts and Ethan Matthew Decker; a brother, Charles Martines, Scranton, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by siblings, a young child, Michael Martines, Mary Mancuso, Jenny Cotroneo, John Martines, Matt Martines, Michael Martines and Sam Martines.

The family wishes to extend its sincerest gratitude to the nursing staff of Creekside Rehabilitation. We could not have asked for any more special care than what you all have provided for him.

The funeral will be Tuesday from Lawrence A. Gabriel Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 2 Hospital St., Carbondale, with Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at 11 a.m. Interment, with military honors, Holy Trinity Cemetery, Simpson.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

(Posted on Little Rock website 31 Oct 2018)

Novack, Anthony G.

(? - December 4, 2018)

Novack, Anthony G. of Angola, NY, December 4, 2018; beloved husband of Joanne (Rosso) Novack; dear father of Margaret (Daniel) Niles, Nancy (Jeffrey) St. George, Karen (Timothy) McCabe, Anthony and Steven (Alisa Marie) Novack; grandfather of eight grandchildren; dear friend of Marjorie Yale and her daughter Jennifer; survived by many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

A nice note posted by Jennifer Cordia, who attended the USS Little Rock LCS 9 Commissioning with her step-father, Anthony Novak.

"My Step-Father, Anthony Novack was on the original Little Rock from 1960-1964. He was the Bosun Mate at that time and he had kept his whistle and hand made lanyard all of those years. We were able to get him there last year and he had a wonderful day. We connected him with Eon Hyles, the Bosun Mate on the new Little Rock and we snapped the picture below. My Step-Dad was able to give him his whistle and was absolutely in his glory that day. Eon was nice enough to take us on the ship for a private tour after the Commissioning Ceremony. We are forever grateful for this moment and for that day since my Step-Dad passed away on his birthday this year, December 4th 2018. We thank you for the wonderful day last year, he was extremely proud of his time with the Navy and we have loved visiting his ship all of these years and were honored to witness the ceremony that day. Special thank you to Chief Eon Hyles, he made his day."

(Posted on Little Rock website 18 Dec 2018)

Oosterink, Roger

(November 26, 1927 - November 22, 2017)

Roger Oosterink, age 89, went to be with his Lord Wednesday, November 22, 2017. He was born November 26, 1927 in Grandville, Michigan the son to Jacob and Katherine (Isenga) Oosterink.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and in-laws Leon Oosterink, Dale and Marlene Oosterink, Gerald Oosterink, Esther Postma, Eleanor Oosterink, Kathy Meekhof, Jacqueline Crawford, Gertrude Becker, Elmer and Stella Buchholz, Elmer and Esther Buchholz and Patsey Sall.

Roger served as a member of the United States Navy during World War II.

Roger was a faithful husband, father, grandfather and "Papa Great" who will be deeply missed by his wife of 67 years Estella "Skip" (Buchholz); his children Sharon (Ronald) Deering, Denise (Mark) Mollenhauer, Marie (Richard) Groot, R. Douglas (Terri Clark) Oosterink, Danielle (Timothy) Smith and Bonnie (Len) Null; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; siblings Kenneth (Jane deceased) Oosterink, Lois (Chet) Lozoski, Wilma (Albert) Zandstra, Nancy Swartz, Howard (Jean) Oosterink, Gary (Pat) Oosterink, Wayne (Bonnie) Oosterink and Mark (Barb) Oosterink; brothers and sisters-in-law Wayne Crawford, Roger (Gloria) Meekhof, Henry (Elaine) Buchholz, Barbara Oosterink and Wendell Becker along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended relatives.

Roger's family will meet with relatives and friends from 2- 4 and 6-8pm Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Cook Funeral Home (East building) 4235 Prairie St. SE, Grandville, Michigan. Funeral services for Roger will be 11am Tuesday, November 28 at the Hudsonville Reformed Church - 3950 Highland Dr., Hudsonville, Michigan with visitation beginning at 10am. A private family interment will be in Georgetown Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hudsonville Reformed Church Building Fund or Faith Hospice.

The family welcomes messages and memories in their online guestbook at

(Posted on Little Rock website 02 January 2018)

Owenby, William E.

(December 10, 1928 - November 9, 2013)

UNION, SC-- Mr. William E. "Bill Owenby left us November 9, 2013 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. He was married for sixty-four years to his wife, Jane Wood Owenby.

Mr. Owenby was born December 10, 1928, a son of Inez Toney Owenby and J. F. Owenby. He was a member of First Baptist Church since 1949. Mr. Owenby was a GED graduate of Union High School and had attended Wofford College. He was a Veteran of the US Navy having served aboard USS Little Rock in World War II. Mr. Owenby was an insurance agent for Nationwide Insurance Company. He loved his church, his family, many friends and his pets. Mr. Owenby was a Wofford and Clemson fan and was happy when trying to play golf.

Surviving in addition to his wife Jane are three sons: William Barry Owenby and wife Valerie of Alexandria, VA, James Christopher "Chris" Owenby and wife Tongaa of Ulan Bator, Mongolia and John Preston Owenby of Spartanburg; two brothers: Jerry Owenby of Lancaster and Warren Ezell Owenby of Goodsville, TN; a brother-in-law, Joe Davis of Spartanburg; four granddaughters: Ruth Owenby, Rebekah Diaz, Joy Owenby and Abigail Owenby; three great grandchildren: Logan Diaz, William Diaz and Jordan Diaz and a number of nieces and nephews. Mr. Owenby was predeceased by a sister, Doris Jean Davis and four brothers, Carl "Red" Owenby, Toney Owenby, James Owenby and Arthur Owenby.

Funeral services will be held 2:30 PM Thursday, November 14, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Union conducted by the pastor of the church, Rev. Rick Pendleton and Rev. Chris Owenby. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Jim Coleman, Mickey Wingo, Neil Howell, Thad Strom, Bobby Hicks and Ben Wages. Honorary pallbearer will be Gene Logan.

Visitation will be held 1:30-2:30 PM Thursday in the fellowship hall of the church prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church General Fund, 405 E. Main Street, Union, SC 29379 or to a charity of one's choice.

SR Holcombe Funeral Home (

Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Nov. 12 to Nov. 13, 2013

(Posted on Little Rock website 11 January 2018)

Perry, Donald O.

(May 6, 1941 - May 9, 2017)

Donald O. Perry, 76, of Rittman passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at his residence.

He was born May 6, 1941 in Prichard, West Virginia to the late Rev. Otto and Ruth (Brumfield) Perry and lived most of his life in Rittman.

Don proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Meteorologist, retiring following 20 years of service.

He married Virginia “Ginny” Trogdon on March 21, 2008 and they have been happily married for 9 years. He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying, fishing, golfing, traveling, and going to yard sales and auctions with Ginny. He was an active member of West Hill Baptist Church in Wooster and loved spending time with his friends at Burger King for coffee.

He is survived by his wife, Ginny; son, Scott (Liz) Perry; daughter, Ashli Perry both of Covington, Louisiana; 13 grandchildren; brothers, Dudley Ray (Donna) Wilson of Newark and Rev. Oscar L. (Betty) Perry of Portsmouth; sisters, Wilma (Jerry) Kammer of Melbourne, FL, Sharon Sue Perry of Duluth, GA, Doris (Ron) McComas of Rittman and Lois (Don) Douglas of Duluth, GA; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Friday, May 12, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at West Hill Baptist Church, 2241 Mechanisburg Rd., Wooster with Rev. Eric Fairhurst officiating.

Burial will be held at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd., Rittman on Tuesday, May 16 at 10:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made on line to Paralyzed Veterans of America (; Disabled Veterans National Foundation (; or West Hill Baptist Church.

(Posted on Little Rock website 24 November 2018)

Picani, Louis F

(May 31, 1929 - February 15,2107)

Louis Frank Picani "Lu Lu" passed away on Wednesday February 15, 2017 in Mid Hudson Regional Hospital, Poughkeepsie NY. He was surrounded by his loving family. Louis was born in Yonkers NY on May 31,1929 to the late Luigi and Maria Picani. Louis attended Yonkers public schools and then enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served his country aboard the USS Little Rock,and was honorably discharged in 1948.

Louis became a Yonkers Firefighter, a job which he loved. He was a proud member of Yonkers Fire Department Local 628, and retired in June, 1982. He valued the friendship of his brother firefighters whom he considered his second family. Louis looked forward to going to lunch with his retired buddies and was always the first to help someone in need. Louis loved his family above anything else. They were his world.

Beloved husband of 63 years to Rosemary (Smith) Picani. He enjoyed sitting with her and singing songs in Italian. Beloved father of Jacqueline York and Louis A. (Lorraine) Picani. Dear brother of Lucy (Louis) Casagrande. Loving grandfather of Richard (Michelle) Meltz, Louis Picani Jr, Anthony Picani, and Angela Picani. Dear great grandfather of Julian and Cadence Meltz and Natalee Picani. Also survived by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. He was so honored that his grandson Louis was named after him, and that his grandson Anthony followed in his footsteps becoming a Yonkers firefighter in which he passed his badge onto him.

He was pre-deceased by his father, Luigi his mother, Maria and brother, Anthony "Whip' Picani. He taught us so much about life. He was a great man that had character, honesty, and integrity. Louis will be missed by all. God bless you Pa. GOD BLESS YOU

Friends may call at the Sinatra Memorial Home, 601 Yonkers Ave. Yonkers, NY 10704 on Friday (today) from 2pm-8pm. A funeral service on Saturday at 10am followed by his interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery.

(Posted on Little Rock website 22 Feb 2018)

Rozumek, Dennis W.

(1943? - May 31, 2018)

Dennis W. Rozumek, 75, of Middleton, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2018 at his home with his family by his side. He was the devoted husband of Patricia V. (Bishop) Rozumek with whom he shared 39 years of marriage.

Born and raised in Salem, he was the son of the late Walter S. and Rita (Caron) Rozumek. During the Vietnam War years Dennis served as a 2nd class machinist mate, overseas, aboard the USS Little Rock from 1961 to 1965 for which he earned the Bronze Man Award. Following his tour of duty he returned to Salem and worked as a tool and die maker. Over the years he owned and successfully ran several businesses, most notably Rozumek Products. An innovative man, he held several patents relating to different aspects of tool and die making.

Dennis was an easy-going and loving family man who possessed a great sense of humor and one- liners. He touched many people in his life and will be missed by family and his many friends.

In addition to his wife Pat, he is survived by his daughter Karen A. Mosman and her husband Daniel of Randolph, his son, Mark N. Melanson of San Francisco, CA, four grandchildren Bradley & Danielle Melanson and Troy & Devin Rozumek , as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sons, David Rozumek & Douglas Melanson and sisters, Patricia Swiniarski & Carole McCormick.

Relatives and friends are invited to his calling hours at the Levesque Funeral Home, 163 Lafayette St. [Route 114 / 1-A] Salem on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. All are invited to his Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday the 7th at St. Agnes Church, 22 Boston St., Middleton 01949-2199 at 10.00 AM. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to either the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Attn: Contribution Services, 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA 02445 or For additional information and guestbook please visit

(Posted on Little Rock website 11 Jun 2018)

Rubenstein, Ralph S.

( ? - December 31, 2017)

RUBENSTEIN, Ralph Sidney 83, of North Andover, MA, and formerly of North Reading, MA, passed away peacefully December 31st at High Point House Hospice in Haverhill, MA from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.

Ralph was a native of Philadelphia, the son of Louis and Hattie (Maslovich) Rubenstein. He graduated from Temple University and the Naval Postgraduate School.

He served as a Naval Supply Corps Officer for 24 years, advancing to the rank of Captain. He served on the USS Noxubee, USS Little Rock, USS Oriskany, and was the Commanding Officer at DCASR, Chicago.

After retirement from the Navy, Ralph was a financial planner for USPA & IRA. He was active in volunteer and social activities in North Reading and beyond. Ralph was well known for his sense of humor, generosity, and great enjoyment of travel and sharing meals of every kind of ethnic food with his family and many friends.

Predeceased by his wife of 51 years Mary C. (Reed) Rubenstein, for whom he was a dedicated caregiver, his brothers-in-law John Suter and Donald Reed, and his sister-in-law Anne Suter. He is survived by daughters Deborah Rubenstein (Stuart Speaker) and Suzanne (Jim) Austin, son Michael Rubenstein, grandchildren Emily Cirrone, Benjamin Cirrone (their father Jim Cirrone) and Henry Speaker, his devoted companion Zena Rosenberg, brother Donald Rubenstein and sister-in-law Nadine Rubenstein, sister Barbara Rubenstein, and seven nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, 239 Woburn St, Reading, MA on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation ( or the North Reading Veteran's Gift Account (North Reading Veterans Dept., 235 North St., North Reading, MA 01864). Croswell Funeral Home North Reading (978) 664-3031

(Posted on Little Rock website 07 Feb 2018)

Santella, Thomas N.

(1936? - September 22, 2018)

Virginia Beach - Thomas Santella passed peacefully Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the age of 82.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Margaret. He was a proud Navy veteran of 27 years who loved his country and a devoted family man.

A memorial service with full military honors will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home 5033 Rouse Road, Virginia Beach, September 29, 2018 at 11 a.m. Cremation Society of Virginia is assisting the family.

(Posted on Little Rock website 29 Sep 2018)

Schuman III, William E.

(June 28, 1938 - August 31, 2018)

William Edward Schuman, III, age 80, a resident of Riviera Beach for 43 years, and previously of Baltimore, passed away on August 31, 2018 after a long illness.

He was born on June 27, 1938, in Baltimore, to the late Gertrude and William Schuman, Jr. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving from 1958 until 1962, earning the good conduct and sharpshooter medals. After the service, he remained active as a member of the US Naval Institute, the American Legion, and the USS Little Rock Association. He worked with the IUEC Local #7 as an elevator mechanic for more than 28 years. During his free time he enjoyed collecting trains and lighthouses.

Along with his parents, Bill is preceded in death by his son in law Stephen C. Trageser.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years: Pat Fraley Schuman; his loving daughter Kimberly A. Trageser, of Riviera Beach; his devoted son William E. Schuman, IV and his wife Julie; of Grasonville; his grandson Philip Schuman, of Chestertowne; his three granddaughters: Katlyn Zecchin, of Easton, and Rebecca and Noelle Trageser, both of Riviera Beach; his great granddaughter Mackenzie; his brother Dennis Schuman, of Linthicum; his sister Jean Montgomery, of Port Orange, Florida; and numerous nieces, nephews, and in laws.

Family requests friends visit the Gregory J. Gonce Funeral Home, 169 Riviera Drive, Pasadena, on Tuesday from 4 to 8 PM. His funeral service will begin on Wednesday at 11 AM at the funeral home, with Father Tim Dore officiating. Those who wish may contribute to the American Cancer Society at – and feel free to express your condolences below as well.

(Posted on Little Rock website 22 Feb 2019)

Skidmore, Kenneth R.

(November 13, 1942 - August 13, 2018)

Kenneth Richard Skidmore, 75, of Garrison, passed away at Harbor Health Care of Ironton, Ohio, Monday, August 13, 2018, with his family by his side.

Kenneth was born at Garrison November 13, 1942, to the late Buster Kenneth and June Richardson Skidmore.

He was a retired carpenter and member of the Carpenter’s Union of Portsmouth Local 437, a veteran of the US Navy, having served on the USS Little Rock aircraft carrier as a seaman from 1961 to 1967.

Kenneth was a member and Past Commander of Monte Lewis Stamm VFW Post 5438 of Vanceburg and a member of the American Legion.

Navy He was a member of the US Navy Carrier Sailors Association and USS Little Rock Association, and was a Kentucky Colonel. Kenneth was an avid UK Basketball fan and loved to play golf with his buddies. He was also a member of DAV Chapter 120 of Vanceburg.

Survivors include four daughters, Roxane (Larry) Robinson of South Shore, Belinda Kegley of Ashland, Rachel Skidmore (Tom) Rudd of Lexington, and Kendra Skidmore of Cynthiana; two brothers, Nelson (Martha) Skidmore of Garrison and Larry (Margaret) Skidmore of Powhatan Point, Ohio; three sisters, Wilma (Delbert) Collier, Betty (JR) Bloomfield, and Cora (Ray) May all of Garrison; six grandchildren, Jacob Kegley, Kent Robinson, Brandon Robinson, Zack McKee, Breanna Skidmore, and Katie McKee, and three great-grandchildren, Kyler Robinson, Khloe McKee, and Benjamin Kegley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Skidmore in infancy; a sister, Freda Hauck; six brothers, Buster “Bud” Skidmore, Don Skidmore, David Skidmore, Homer Skidmore, Mike Skidmore, and Tommy Skidmore.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

(Posted on Little Rock website 08 September 2018)

Southwood, Frederick A.

(1939 - May 17, 2018)

Frederick A. Southwood, age 79, passed away May 17, 2018 with his wife at his side, after a long battle with lung and heart disease.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clement and Margaret Southwood; son-in-law, Bill Huntsman in October of 2017. Survived by his wife of 57 years, Judith "Judy" (Eberhart) Southwood; their son, Scott F. (Ginger) Southwood; grandson, Tyler; daughter, Lisa R. Huntsman; grandsons, Adam (Sara) Huntsman and Jonathan Huntsman; granddaughter, Jennifer (Ashton) McKelley and great-grandchildren, Adrianna, Jack and Ethan McKelley. Also survived by his sister, Marylou Cooper; cousin, Emmett Bratt; special sister-in-law, Carol Baker; nieces, Tami Parton and Tanya Burch; three great nephews and two great nieces.

Fred was a 1957 graduate of Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1963 aboard the USS Little Rock as a radioman. He received the distinguished "Honorman" award.

Fred was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Canton for nearly 60 years. He served as a Deacon, Head Usher Chairman and on the property committee as the resident locksmith. Fred was co-owner of Bierly-Litman Lock and Door Closures. He retired in 2004 due to failing health.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ in Canton. Services will be Monday June 4, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the church with Rev. Andrew Taylor Peck officiating and one hour of visitation before the service. Burial will follow in North Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Fred requested donations to St. Jude Research (, Northeast Ohio Sheltie Rescue, 63 West Case Drive, Hudson, OH 44236, or Trinity United Church of Christ "Property Support", 3909 Blackburn Rd. N.W., Canton, OH 44718. The family wants to thank the VA Benefit and Aultman Home Health and Hospice for all their care and assistance. Share a memory or send condolences to the family at:

(Posted on Little Rock website 19 Dec 2018)

Spalding, George W.

(July 27, 1926 - April 25, 2018)

George Spalding of Hatboro died Wednesday, April 25, 2018. He was 91. He was born July 27, 1926, in Philadelphia, and spent over 59 years living in Hatboro. He was the son of the late Charles Spalding and Gertrude (Koch) Spalding. George was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, who passed away in 2009.

George and Ruth were married for 58 years. Their wedding service was held at Lehman Church. Throughout the years, both George and Ruth were very active members of Lehman church. George proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked for Catalytic Inc. in Philadelphia as an Engineer for 37 years. He was a member Shiloh Lodge #558 in Lansdale for over 63 years. He retired in 1988 and later moved to Wesley Enhanced Living in Hatboro.

He enjoyed being involved in actitives and helping fellow residents during his time there. George was a jokester who loved to make others laugh. He was well known for his friendly, outgoing personality. George had an easy smile, a huge heart, and was always willing to help whenever needed. He was full of life and belonged to Derby’s Square dancing group. He enjoyed camping, the outdoors and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his sons, George Spalding Jr. (Barbara), Gerhart Spalding (Shelly), Glenn Spalding (Donna), Grant Spalding (Barbara); 15 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to attend his visitation beginning at 10 a.m., Friday, May 4, at Lehman Memorial Methodist Church, 300 S. York Rd., Hatboro, where his memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. His interment will be held privately in Whitemarsh Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Lehman Methodist Church. To share a memory of George Spalding, please visit the funeral home’s website listed below. Baskwill Funeral Home, Hatboro

(Posted on Little Rock website 22 Feb 2019)

Swatek, Lyle H.

(March 1, 1928 - April 8, 2018)

Lyle Henry Swatek, age 90 of Lake Geneva, WI passed away to eternal life on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at his residence surrounded by family and close friends.

Lyle Henry Swatek was born in Port Washington, Wisconsin on March 1, 1928 to the late Joseph and Ester (Rantz) Swatek.

Swatek's father was the local Standard Oil agent in Port Washington, WI. He was initiated into the petroleum business early in life when he started working at his father's station at the tender age of 11. Swatek's career as an oil man was briefly interrupted by his 2 years of service in the U.S. Navy during WWII, but continued when he returned home to Wisconsin and purchased his first service station. At the age of 21, he married Audrey Robel of Saukville, WI. Shortly after, he moved to Silver Lake, Wisconsin, and when a Shell franchise became available he became a Shell-branded marketer in Silver Lake incorporating three other marketerships into Swatek Sales Corporation. He grew the corporation throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois eventually encompassing branded locations with Unocal 76, Mobil, Citgo, and Marathon. Lyle Swatek's success in the petroleum business ultimately resulted in him serving as President for both the Wisconsin Petroleum Association and the National Petroleum Marketers Association of America. Swatek also represented the interests of petroleum marketers in Washington D.C. for many years.

Lyle's business interests brought him to the Lake Geneva area where he became involved with various community organizations. He served as Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and served on the Geneva Lake Development Corporation. He was one of 10 local businessmen that founded the Lake Geneva Airways and later the Community Bank of Elkhorn. His local business interests also included The Trolley of Lake Geneva, and the very popular Red Geranium Restaurant.

Swatek was very proud of his service on the USS Little Rock during WWII. He remained in contact with his shipmates over the decades attending reunions on an annual basis. He was instrumental in the creation of the USS Little Rock museum in Buffalo, New York, which is dedicated to educating area youth about life on a Naval vessel.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Dotty (Hanny) Swatek, brother Paul "Duke" (Nancy) Swatek, son Mark (Selena) Swatek; daughter, Jennifer Johnson, son James (Lisa) Johnson, grandchildren Kevin Swatek and Evan Smithson, dear nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Lyle was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey (Robel) Swatek, his son, Grant, brothers Howard, James, Fritz, Donald, Ralph, and sister, Ruth.

Visitation will take place at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church (148 Main Street, Lake Geneva) on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 p.m. Private interment will be at the Salem Mound Cemetery, Salem, WI. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Kent R. Siegel Memorial Scholarship at USS Little Rock Association, Inc., (c/o Frank Berglas, 63 Barnes Road, Stamford, CT 06902-1201).

Steinke-Lazarczyk Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Lake Geneva, WI is proudly serving the Swatek family.

‘He was a great entrepreneur and a great businessman.’

Business owner Swatek was role model for many

April 26, 2018

By Dennis Hines

Longtime Lake Geneva business owner Lyle Swatek is being remembered as knowledgeable and compassionate.

Swatek, 90, who died April 8, was a World War II veteran who later enjoyed success as a gasoline station operator and also as owner of the Red Geranium Restaurant.

“I’m sure he made some mistakes in business, and he would coach you before you made the same mistakes. He was a great entrepreneur and a great businessman.”

Born in Port Washing-ton north of Milwaukee, Swatek grew up as the son of Joseph Swatek, a Standard Oil agent. When he was just 11 years old, Lyle began working at his father’s gas station.

Swatek followed in his father’s footsteps and entered the petroleum industry with Swatek Sales Corp., which operated Shell, Unocal 76, Citgo, Mobil and Marathon stations throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Swatek had a hand in starting Lake Geneva Airways, the Community Bank of Elkhorn, and also the Red Geranium Restaurant, which still operates at 393 N. Ed-wards Boulevard.

He became president of the Wisconsin Petroleum Association and the National Petroleum Marketers Association of America.

Gene Hutter, a gas station operator in Illinois, met Swatek in the 1980s when they were both members of the National Petroleum Marketers Association. Hutter described Swatek as “warm, controlled and quite bright.”

“As president, he had the option of picking where the association’s board meetings were held,” Hutter said. “As you would imagine, he picked the Red Geranium.”

Hutter said even though he had not seen Swatek much the past few years, they still kept in touch.

“I miss calling him and visiting the Swatek home,” Hutter said. “He was really a great guy.”

Swatek is survived by his wife, Dotty, and children.

Swatek served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Little Rock. He later became a member of the USS Little Rock Association.

Jerry Dupuis, left, visits with Lyle Swatek, who served aboard the USS Little Rock during
World War II and later helped Dupuis start a museum. (Contributed photo/Regional News)

Jerry Dupuis, a fellow association member, said Swatek would often talk about his experiences on the USS Little Rock.

Swatek was instrumental in helping to establish the USS Little Rock Museum in Buffalo, New York. The museum features a ceremonial wall in honor of Swatek, which includes dog tags of veterans who served on the ship.

Dupuis said when he was soliciting funds to start the museum, Swatek offered to donate $25,000.

“That got the museum going,” Dupuis said. “It floored everyone. All of a sudden, people were giving donations of $100 and $500. It just snowballed.”

Kwiatkowski said Swatek was proud of his military career.

“He would walk around town with his military jacket, corncob pipe and sunglasses. He looked like Douglas MacArthur,” Kwiatkowski said. “He was such an amazing man.”

Swatek served as vice president of the Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Geneva Lake Development Corp.

Former Lake Geneva Alderman Bill Huntress said Swatek was a regular customer at his barbershop for at least 40 years. Huntress said Swatek would often talk politics with the other customers.

“He was a self-made man,” Huntress said. “He’s one of these fellows you don’t forget.”

Huntress said the one topic you did not debate with Swatek was the price of gasoline.

“If you complained about how expensive gasoline was, he would give you 20 different reasons why it wasn’t expensive,” he said.

Huntress said he was always impressed with Swatek’s 250-acre farm on Cranberry Road.

“It was one of the premiere farms in Walworth County, no question about that,” Huntress said. “He would never let anyone hunt on his land. He was a naturalist. During the winter, he would fl y back and forth to Florida three or four times just so he could be back on the farm.”

Huntress said he mostly remembers Swatek as a loving husband to his wife.

“I asked him why he did that, and he said, ‘Because I love my wife too much.’”

This article was republished with permission from Lake Geneva Regional News
315 Broad St. Lake Geneva, Wis

(Posted on Little Rock website 09 Apr 2018)

Yoder, Allen L.

(September 16, 1928 - December 29, 2017)

Allan “Al” Lloyd Yoder, (89) passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, December 29th, 2017. He was a veteran serving in the US Navy from 1946-1949 and had a lifetime career as a merchant sea captain. Al was a man of very few words but lived a life defined by integrity, honor and respect. He was a devoted and faithful Christian, and was an active member of Griffin Road and Hialeah Church of Christ. He was born on September 16, 1928 in Beloit, Ohio to the late Sidney and Garnet Yoder.

Al was predeceased by his lovey wife of 61 years, Della Diana Yoder. He has three living children, Patricia Yoder, Robert Yoder and Jennifer (Christopher) Augustin. He is survived by three siblings, Wilma (the late Earl) Williams, Dale (Nel) Yoder and Ruth (Tom) Charles. He was predeceased by his brother Don (Ada Mae) Yoder. He was predeceased by his daughter Jean Hall. He has four living grandchildren, Brittany, Charles, Kristen and Jade. He is predeceased by his grandchildren Max and Nicole. He has one great-grandson Colden Lloyd.

Al was loved by many and will be forever missed.

The family of Allan Yoder wishes to express our sincere thanks for all expressions of love during our time of bereavement.

Funeral services will be held on January 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Griffin Road Church of Christ. 14550 Griffin Road, Davie, Florida with a reception to follow. Graveside service at 2:30 p.m. at Lauderdale Memorial Park, 2001 SW 4th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to your favorite local charity.

(Posted on Little Rock website 22 Jan 2018)

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