USMC Bugler Recent Notices
Deceased Shipmates
USN Bugler

The Association has recently been advised of the passing on of the following Shipmates

Page last updated: 8 September, 2018

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
Stamm, Lewis E. CLG4 60's August 4, 2015 Yes
Howe, Harold B. CLG4 60 - 60 April 17, 2016 Yes
Sheridan, Thomas L. CLG4 70's August 31, 2016 Yes
Gay, Roy H. CL92 47 - 49 November 16, 2016 Yes
Berg, Vance J. CLG4 60's December 27, 2016 Yes
Boyle, Joseph M. CL92 47 - 48 February 6, 2017 Yes
James H. Goodwin CLG4 64 - 66 February 12, 2017 Yes
Picani, Louis F. CL92 46 - 48 February 15, 2017 Yes
Raecek, Ronald J. CLG4 59 - 62 April 12, 2017 Yes
Latham, Ralph L. CLG4 64 - 66 May 15, 2017 Yes
Lail, Clyde L. CL92 45 - 47 August 8, 2017 Yes
Deal, Joseph W. CL92 47 - 48 August 15, 2017 Yes
Martin, William R. Capt.(Ret) CLG4 75 - 76 August 31, 2017 Yes
Cann, Raymond V. CLG4 64 - 68 September 17, 2017 Yes
Turner, Ross D. CLG4 65 - 68 September 17, 2017 Yes
Williamson, Lawrence L. CLG4 60 - 62 October 21, 2017 Yes
Habib, Phillip CLG4 62 - 64 October 22, 2017 Yes
Yellin, Richard B. CLG4 69 - 69 November 3, 2017 Yes
Oosterink, Roger CL92 47 - 48 November 22, 2017 Yes
Vercollone, Stephen E. CLG4 65 - 67 December 5, 2017 Yes
Brown, Randy L. CLG4 74 - 75 December 12, 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
Lenhoff, Francis "Jeff" CLG4 60 - 62 May 12, 2018 No
Rozumek, Dennis W. CLG4 61 - 65 May 31, 2018 Yes
Hosle, Ronald R. CLG4 73 - 76 June 13, 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

(Listed alphabetically)

Berg, Vance J

(March 24, 1949 - December 27, 2016)

Vance Jon Berg passed away on Dec. 27, 2016 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Md., at the age of 67. Vance was born on March 24, 1949 in Rochester, to Harry and Ione Berg. Shortly after graduating from Byron High School in 1967, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served for six years. He served in the Mediterranean on the Flagship USS Little Rock.

Vance was a pioneer in the electronics field and had a long career working with computer hardware. His expertise combined with his adventurous spirit took him to places like Buffalo, N.Y., Denver, Washington D.C., Southern Calif., and Appleton, Wis. Vance was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed racing. He was also an accomplished musician, always willing to create and play a tune for family and friends.

Upon retirement, Vance pursued his dream of single handedly navigating his 27 foot sailboat, Marimba, through the Great Lakes, Erie Canal, Hudson River, and down the Intracoastal Waterway; eventually settling in Annapolis, Md. On Dec. 14, 2007, he married Carin Young. Together they enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.

Vance is survived by his wife, Carin Young; step daughter, Katy Owings and her son, Colin Bhushan of Annapolis, Md.; brother and sister-in-law, Gary Berg and Ann Palmer of Atlanta, Ga.; sister and brother-in-law, Julie and Doug Baska; and nephew, Sam Baska of Pine Island.

Vance will be laid to rest at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville, Md., on Jan. 26. The family requests that you consider honoring Vance with a donation to the Arthritis Foundation in his memory ( Online condolences may be placed at

Published in The Post-Bulletin on Jan. 5, 2017

(Posted on Little Rock website 28 Dec 2017)

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)

Brown, Randy L.

(May 18, 1952 - December 12, 2017)

LATHAM Randy L. Brown, 65, of Latham, originally from Esperance, passed away peacefully with family at his side on December 12, 2017, at The Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital.

He was born on May 18, 1952, in Schenectady.

He is survived by his two loving daughters, Heather (Kevin) Crockett and Leanne (Jeremy) Royer; his loving grandchildren, Amanda, Isabella, Alissa, Nolan and Weston; as well as his siblings, Ron (Carmi) Brown and Marlene (John) Williams.

He was drafted in the Untied States Navy in 1975, retired from the Watervliet Arsenal and Niskayuna Central Schools as a transportation driver.

A celebration of life will be held at the American Legion in Altamont on Sunday, December 31, from 12-5 p.m. Donations may be sent to the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital or the Altamont American Legion Post 977.

(Posted on Little Rock website 18 December 2017)

Cann, Raymond V.

(October 22, 1944 - September 17, 2017)

Raymond V." Sparky" Cann, 72, of Keansburg, passed away on Tuesday, September 19th, at home. He was born in Newark, lived in Hillside, prior to moving to Keansburg in 1970.

After serving a 4-year, tour of duty in the United States Navy, on the USS Little Rock. Raymond secured a position in the Outside Plant Test Set Design Department then what was Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. In 1970 he moved to Keansburg and commuted to and from work.

His interest in environmental issues led to membership in Monmouth County Friends of Clearwater (MCFC) and election to the board of directors and finally as president of the Friends. He held the position of Treasurer for 10 years, which included Head of Finance for the annual Clearwater Festival at Sandy Hook, New Jersey. In 1996 Raymond was appointed to the first Keansburg Environmental Committee and served as its chairman for 3 years. Since MCFC is a member of the Monmouth County Arts Council he was appointed by the MCFC board to be their representative with voting privileges to the Arts Council.

In June of 2000 he retired from the External Standards Department of Lucent Technologies in Holmdel, New Jersey but did not stop being active. Raymond became an active member of the Keansburg Historical Society and a volunteer in both the Tree and Beautification Committee and the Friends of the Keansburg Waterfront Public Library. This year as people talked of increasing arts related activities in town he decided to join in this project.

He is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews all over the country and his dear friends around Keansburg.

"What tomorrow brings, we can't be sure, only that what we do now; will surely influence the future.” - Raymond Cann

Family will be accepting friends on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9pm at the Jacqueline M. Ryan Home for Funerals 233 Carr Ave. Keansburg. On Friday there will be a 10:15am Mass at St. Ann’s Church, Keansburg. Burial to follow at Hillside Cemetery, Scotch Plains.

(Posted on Little Rock website 23 September 2017)

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)

Deal, Joseph W.

(August 14, 1929 - August 15, 2017)

Joseph William Deal of Upper Darby passed into eternal life on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Spring Village at Floral Vale in Yardley. He was 88.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Deal was a long time resident of Upper Darby where he was a member of St. Laurence parish. He was a recent resident of Spring Village for the past 3 years.

Joe retired 1993 from Sysco Foods and previously worked for D.J. McNichol Trucking Company. Joe also served as an Upper Darby police officer.

Mr. Deal was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy serving aboard the USS Little Rock and was trained in San Diego as a deep sea diver working with the Merchant Marines port-o-calls all around the world. He was a member of the USS Little Rock Association, he will be honored with a burial at sea.

Joe's gentlemanly and generous manner endeared him to all who knew him. His larger than life presence touched the lives of many friends, family, neighbors and co-workers alike .

Beloved husband of the late Eleanor (Brennan), Mr. Deal is survived by his loving children, Kevin J. (Eileen), Colleen M. (Michael), Sean F. (Janice) and Maureen B. Lennon (Jeff).

He is the devoted grandfather of Jeffrey (Daniella), Lauren (Miguel), Patrick, Meredith, Ryan and Bridget and the proud great grandfather of Sophia.

Joe's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the staff at Spring Village at Floral Vale in Yardley for their exceptional and loving care.

Family and friends are invited to call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Laurence Church, 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA 19082 where his funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Laurence Church Memorial Fund, 30 St. Laurence Road, Upper Darby, PA 19022.

(Posted on Little Rock website 19 Sep 2017)

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)

Goodwin, James H.

(December 21, 1944 - February 12, 2017)

James was born on December 21, 1944 and passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

James was a resident of Parkersburg, West Virginia at the time of passing.

Jim was a graduate of Wirt County High School in 1964.

He served US Navy Veteran Rank E-3 Parkersburg WV.

James was married to Deborah.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday February 15 2017 at the Independent Baptist Church in Vienna WV with Pastor Michael Elder officiating. Friends will be welcome one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.

Contributions may be made to American Legion Post 15 Baseball in lieu of flowers.

(Posted on Little Rock website 26 AUG 2017)

Habib, Phillip

(October 3, 1937 - October 22, 2017)

Phillip Habib, 80, USN OSCM retired, of Goose Creek , South Carolina, passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017. He was born on October 3, 1937. Survivors include his wife of 54 years Barbara Habib, daughter Lisa Habib, daughter Monica Lee, son Greg Habib, and five grandchildren.

A U.S. Navy Two Bell Ceremony and a toast to the 30-year U.S. Navy veteran will be held on Saturday, October 28, 1 p.m., at the Fleet Reserve Association Low Country, Branch #269, 99 Wisteria Rd, Goose Creek, South Carolina 29445.

Donations may be made in his honor to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County, South Carolina.

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted to Arrangements entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek Chapel, 869 St. James Avenue Goose Creek, South Carolina, 29445, 843-553-1511.

(Posted on Little Rock website 25 Oct 2017)

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)

Howe, Harold B.

(November 11, 1930 - April 17, 2017)

Harold Blair Howe, 85, of Solsberry, passed away at 7:35 a.m. on April 27th. He was born in Arnold, PA, to parents Dorothy Twyford Howe and Harold G. Howe. He lived the last half of his life in Bloomington and Solsberry, Indiana.

Harold was a 20-year Navy veteran who served in the Korean War. Harold served as a Chief on the USS Little Rock CLG-4, on his last tour of duty. He worked at Sarkes Tarzian and then at CRANE, before retiring.

He is survived by his wife Rosemary, daughter Susan, and sons Speedy, Harley and Philip, as well as 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Harold was known for his love of fishing, his expertise in electronics and fixing vintage antique arcade games. His HAM radio call sign was K9GE.

A funeral graveside service will be held at the Bingham Cemetery in Solsberry, on Saturday April 30th, at 1:00 p.m. He was loved and will be deeply missed by all.

You are invited to share a memory or leave an online condolence to Harold’s family

(Posted on Little Rock website 09 Dec 2017)

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)

Lail, Clyde L.

(February 11, 1927 - August 8, 2017)

HICKORY - Clyde Lincoln Lail, 90, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Trinity Village after a brief illness.

Clyde was born on February 11, 1927 in Alexander County to the late Curvie P. and Carrie Flowers Lail. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Wilma Eckard Lail and a number of brothers and sisters.

Clyde was a Navy veteran of WWII, he was retired founder, co-owner, operator and Chairman of the Board of Studio Q Furniture, and was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Clyde was named Catawba County Small Business Person of the Year in 1990. Clyde served on numerous committees of Good Hope Lutheran Church including Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, Church Council member and President of the Congregation. He also served on the Board of NC Lutheran Services for the Aging for a number of years.

Surviving are his daughter, Rebecca L. Carter of Hickory, two sons, Gary Neil Lail and wife Susan of Granite Falls, and David Clyde Lail and wife Cathy of Hickory, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a sister Hazel Lail Hubbard of Bethlehem and a brother Jack C. Lail of Asheboro.

Condolences may be made online at Online condolences can be made at Arrangements are with Hickory Funeral Home.

(Posted on Little Rock website 30 Aug 2017)

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)

Latham, Ralph L.

(August 9, 1929 - May 15, 2017)

Ralph Leonard "Jack" Latham, 87, of Marietta, passed away on May 15, 2017. He was an Atlanta native, born on August 9, 1929, to parents Ralph Ezekiel Latham and Ruby B. Lynn Latham.

Jack attended Tech High School and graduated from Brown High School in 1948. In September of 1948 he enlisted in the United States Navy and served until his retirement in 1975 at the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Following his retirement, Jack started 2 aerosol and adhesive businesses in the Woodstock community. Jack enjoyed woodworking and spending time at Lake Burton.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lucille Dorris Latham; sons, Ralph Leonard Latham, Jr. (Barbara) and Phillip Leslie Latham; grandchildren, Phillip Leslie Latham, Jr. and Emily Elizabeth Latham; and sister, Jeanette Lois Moore. He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Lloyd Latham.

A celebration of Jack's life will be held at H.M. Patterson & Son Canton Hill Chapel on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11 AM.

(Posted on Little Rock website 30 Oct 2017)

Martin, William R. Capt.(Ret)

(? - August 31, 2017)

CAPT William Raymond Martin, USN (Ret.) passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

A native of Denver, Colorado, CAPT Martin was the son of the late Hugh Martin and Claire Connell Martin. A graduate of the University of Denver and the National War College, he was commissioned in 1951 and retired in 1983 having commanded USS Farragut (DLG-6), USS William V Pratt (DLG-13) and USS Little Rock (CG-4) Ashore, he served in a variety of positions on the Navy Staff (OPNAV), the Joint Staff (JCS), the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and as Executive Assistant to the United States Representative to the NATO Military Committee. He attended the Russian Language School and was an interpreter for NATO, serving in Geneva and Moscow. Also he was the last Captain of the USS Little Rock (CG-4) which was the flag ship of the 6th Fleet and is now in a museum in Buffalo, NY. His final assignment was as Commander "Governor" of the United States Naval Home in Gulfport, MS.

CAPT Martin is survived by his wife, Joyce B. Martin; his son, CAPT Michael L. Martin, USN (Ret.) (Theodosia) of Box Elder, SD; his daughter Patricia C. Martin of Arlington, VA; two stepsons, Ernie Williams (Cathy) of Smyrna , GA, E. Cameron Williams of Dahlonega , GA, and two stepdaughters, Cheryl Dolan of Hilton Head, SC and Samantha Williams of Tryon, NC. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

A Catholic Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Tryon, NC on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Burial will follow in Polk Memorial Gardens, Columbus, NC with military rites conducted by the Polk County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m Monday evening at McFarland Funeral Chapel in Tryon, NC with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

An online guest register is available at

(Posted on Little Rock website 04 Sep 2017)

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)

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)

Raecek, Ronald J.

(October 31, 1941 - April 12, 2017)

Ronald J. Raecek, 75, of Old Saybrook, beloved husband of Toni (Bonetti) Raecek, died Wednesday April 12, 2017 at his home with family at his side. He was born October 31, 1941 in Middletown, the son of the late Joseph and Lucy ( Soklowski ) Raecek and had lived in New Britain prior to moving to Old Saybrook 20 years ago.

Ron was a Cum Laude graduate of Porter & Chester School of Design. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Radar Specialist on the U.S.S. Little Rock. Ron worked as a Machine Design Engineer most notably at Textron Aerospace and Standyne spanning over his 35 year professional career. He was a communicant at Saint John Church in Old Saybrook and was a member of the VFW Post 511 in New Britain.

Ron enjoyed fishing, boating and was a fan of the New York Yankees and New York Giants. For many years, he enjoyed his time on Long Island Sound with his fishing pole in the water.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by his sister, Rita (Hugh) Lambert of Florida, his two sons, Ed and his wife Tracey Raecek, of Florida, Jonathan and his wife Julie Raecek of Plano, Texas, and his five grandchildren, Noah, Tristan, Jack, James and J.J. Raecek.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Ron's name to the Yale - New Haven Smilo Clinic @ or to Saint John Church, 161 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475. To share a memory of Ron or send a condolence to his family please visit Arrangements by the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook.

(Posted on the USS Little Rock website 23 Aug 2017)

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)

Sheridan, Thomas L.

(February 11, 1940 - August 31, 2016)

SHERIDAN Thomas (Tom) Joseph Sheridan passed away peacefully at his home on August 31st.

Tom was born in Wellsville, NY on February 11th 1940, the son of David and Mary (Walsch) Sheridan.

He found Jacksonville, Fl. to be his home and raised a family of 5 (plus a few foster children) in South Jax Beach for over 30 years, before moving to a Crescent City Lake house to enjoy retirement.

In 1958 he joined and served passionately for 23 years in the United States Navy before obtaining his Bachelor's degree from University of North Florida. Tom then went on to work for AT&T as an accountant where he also retired. Being a Sr. Chief Machinist in the Navy, Tom enjoyed spending his free time working on anything that had a motor, especially cars, and he also enjoyed fishing and taking care of his family.

Tom was preceded in death by his beloved wife Carol Ann (Pike) Sheridan. Tom is survived by his children: Thomas Lee, Rhonda Lynn, Joseph Lance (Theresa), Sean Lamar (Kara) and Casandra Loren; brother Don; grandchildren, Amanda, Victoria (Phil), Nicole, Thomas, Peter, Payten, Kayin, Kristin, Asia, Melody and Caden; and several great grandchildren. A Military service will be held on September 15th at 12:45 pm at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32218.

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Sept. 11, 2016

(Posted on Little Rock website 15 Nov 2017)

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.

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(Posted on Little Rock website 08 September 2018)

Stamm, Lewis E.

(September 5, 1936 - August 4, 2015)

Lewis E. Stamm, 78, of Anderson died on Aug. 4, 2015 after a brief illness.

Lewis loved his children and family very much. He spent his last years ensuring his children were cared for while maintaining the close ties he had with his siblings and extended family. A man of many different facets, he will be best remembered for his quick wit, love of laughter and zest for life.

He was born in Anderson on September 5, 1936 to Floyd and Gertrude (Richards) Stamm.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

Retired from the Madison County Garage, a job he truly enjoyed. He was a member of Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge and was a Democratic Precinct Committee Member in Madison County. He also had an active role in several different civic organizations. He attended Faith Assembly of God on 53rd Street in Anderson.

Survivors include his children, Roger (Fabiola) Stamm; Bonnie Draga, grandkids, Ana, Seth Wilkinson, Sarah Wilkinson, Emma Draga; siblings Orville (June) Stamm, Virgil (Helen) Stamm; Dorothy (Jim) Farmer; and Doris (John) Kane many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by his wife, Nancy (Neighbors) Stamm, parents, siblings Naomi (Robert) Vickers, Iona Stamm, Floyd (Hazel) Stamm, Jr., Glenn (Maralene) Stamm, Norman Stamm, Verle Stamm, brother-in-law, Kenneth Nelson, several beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

(Posted on Little Rock website 25 Oct 2017)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 09 Apr 2018)

‘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

Turner, Ross D.

(July 22, 1941 - September 17, 2017)

Ross Turner passed away after suffering a heart attack at the age of 76. This was a complete surprise to Ross and to all who knew him because cardiac disease was the last thing anyone would expect to encounter in his lean frame and active lifestyle.

Ross was a true Baby Boomer. He was born 22 Jul 1941 in Indianapolis, Indiana to parents Leroy "Bud" and Lettie Turner, who named him after the 1930s' aviation pioneer and entertainer. Bud's Army duties drew the young Turner family to Northern California where Ross would grow up and learn to value innovation, hard work, and creating one's own opportunities. In 1964 he earned a degree in graphic design from San Jose State University and, more importantly, married Joan Marsh.

Right after the wedding, the newlyweds crossed the country in a black Volkswagen Bug so Ross could report to the Navy. He received his commission and was assigned to the USS Little Rock. Ross and Joan moved to the ship's home port in Gaeta, Italy where, for two years, they explored Europe in their Karmann Ghia. Ross separated from the Navy in 1968 and began his civilian career doing graphic and media design for private and government sectors. He retired in 2004, culminating with a 20-year stint helping the Port of Oakland become one of the country's largest shipping hubs.

Ross had many passions in life, most of which involved the outdoors and he frequently could be found working a farm, travelling the highway, hiking a trail, visiting a new town, riding a bike, or sailing a boat. He celebrated his Scottish ancestry. He was an active member of the church, and performed leadership roles as a church elder. Ross loved to play his trumpet for church and friends. He loved to work on the house, and collect cars and boats. He loved good art, ice cream sandwiches, and a cold beer. He was a dedicated listener of Car Talk and an avid watcher of Charlie Rose's in-depth interviews.

Ross and Joan celebrated 53 years of marriage and had three children, Hillary, Eric, and Chris. Hillary, unfortunately, lived only a few days after birth, and rests today at the Golden Gate National Cemetery. Ross is survived today by his wife Joan, sister Jann, son Eric (& Donna) and their daughters Megan and Lindsey, and son Chris and his partner Molly and her daughter Ella.

Please feel to make a donation in Ross's memory to one of his favorite places—helping the Virgin Islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. We recommend one of the charities listed on the website or through the St John Community Foundation,

(Posted on Little Rock website 30 Sep 2017)

Vercollone, Stephen E.

(December 11, 1943 - December 5, 2017)

Stephen E. Vercollone passed away on December 5, 2017 in Naples, Florida at the age of 73.

Stephen was born on December 11, 1943, in Quincy, Massachusetts. He received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Boston College in 1965. After college, he enlisted in the OCS with the U.S. Navy and completed four years of active duty service on the USS Little Rock and the USS Coral Sea as Gunnery Officer, Administrative Officer, and Officer of the Deck Underway serving in the United States, Europe and Vietnam. He advanced to Lieutenant and was assigned to the Naval Investigative Service Office as a Counter-Intelligence Analyst with top-secret clearance. He was honorably discharged in 1969 and continued on as the Special Services Director with the U.S. Navy until 1971.

Following his years with the U.S. Navy, Stephen went on to receive his Masters in Public Administration from Northeastern University. He raised his family in Needham, MA, was active in the community and loved coaching girls’ youth soccer for many years. He eventually moved to Naples, FL, in 2006. Stephen was an avid sports fan, he loved going to BC football games and never missed watching a Patriots game.

Stephen loved people, a party, and a marathon card game of “Oh Hell” with good friends. He was a mediocre golfer (often “falling apart on the back nine”), though mostly just enjoyed being out on the course laughing with friends. He was an active member of the Bonita Springs Men’s Club.

Stephen had a unique way of maintaining life-long friendships and will always be remembered as an extraordinary friend and incredible life force to all that knew him.

Stephen is survived by his two daughters, Andrea (Vercollone) Turbide and her husband Steve of Stow, MA, and Lisa (Vercollone) Vincent and her husband Chris of Ardmore, PA; his brother Carl Vercollone of Lincoln, MA, and his sister Christine (Vercollone) Slaats of Sudbury, MA. and his significant other, Barbara O’Toole of Naples, FL. He also leaves a legacy for his grandchildren, nieces and nephew.

Memorial services will be held at St. Joseph’s in Lincoln, MA, on January 20th, 2018 at 11am with a lunch to immediately follow at the home of Carl Vercollone. There will also be a service held in Naples, FL in early 2018 (date and time to be determined). Stephen’s final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery, with a military funeral with honors to be held later in 2018 (to be determined). Stephen was patriotic, proud of his military service and the military service of others. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

(Posted on Little Rock website 17 December 2017)

Williamson, Lawrence L.

(October 7, 1940 - October 21, 2017)

Lawrence "Larry" Williamson, 77, of Morton Grove, Illinois.

Veteran of the United States Navy, USS Little Rock.

Beloved husband of Ruth, nee Marra; loving father of David (Shirley), Lilianna (Bruce) Koopman, and John (Colleen); dear grandfather of Luke, Logan, Makayla, and Wyatt; fond brother of the late Bonnie (Curt) Yahr and David; cherished uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from Simkins Funeral Home 6251 Dempster St. Morton Grove, IL 60053 Friday, October 27th at 9:30 a.m. to St. Martha Church. Mass at 10:00 a.m. Interment Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visitation Thursday, October 26th from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (847) 965-2500

(Posted on Little Rock website 24 Oct 2017)

Yellin, Richard B.

(1944 - November 17, 2017)

Richard B. Yellin BALLSTON SPA - Richard B. Yellin, 73, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017.

He was born in Newark, NJ in 1944. Richard enlisted in the US Navy in 1965 and rose to receive his commission as an officer and retired as a lieutenant commander in 1991 after 26 years in the service.

Following his Naval career, Richard was a medical recruiter and a self-employed businessman.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Yellin; his children, Kelly Yellin (Steven Mergentheimer) of Grafton, MA and Jodi Edmonds (Thad Edmonds) of Green Bay, WI; grandchildren Tanner, Isabella, Emma, Clara, Sophie and Zachary.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends attending are asked to arrive by 10:15 am. Burial with military honors will follow at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Richard’s family would like to thank the staff and doctors at Wesley Health Care Center and Saratoga Hospital as well as everyone at Community Hospice of Saratoga for the care and support given throughout his illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144 or to the charity of your choice.

(Posted on Little Rock website 17 December 2017)

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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