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: 10 March, 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
Perri, Anthony J. CL92 46-48 January 15, 2015 Yes
Dinkelmeyer Robert P. CLG4 66-68 February 4, 2015 Yes
Neithamer, Calvin D. CL92 48-48 May 24, 2015 Yes
Walser, Charles C. CLG4 66-68 July 29, 2015 Yes
Stamm, Lewis E. CLG4 60's August 4, 2015 Yes
Howe, Harold B. CLG4 60 - 60 April 17, 2017 Yes
Enrico, Roger A. CLG4 60's June 1, 2016 Yes
Lewis, Ogden L. CLG4 70-72 June 25, 2016 Yes
Steffen, David A. CLG4 68-69 August 24, 2016 Yes
Sheridan, Thomas L. CLG4 70's August 31, 2016 Yes
Gay, Roy H. CL92 47 - 49 November 16, 2016 Yes
Small, Paul E. CL92 46-47 December 3, 2016 Yes
Zembroski, Joseph S. CLG4 64-65 December 11, 2016 Yes
Berg, Vance J. CLG4 60's December 27, 2016 Yes
Manuel, Claude A. CL92 46-47 January 5, 2017 Yes
Hartzell, Charles W. CLG4 62-65 January 30, 2017 Yes
Ives, Charles K. CL92 46-47 February 15, 2017 Yes
Picani, Louis F. CL92 46-48 February 15, 2017 Yes
Cunningham, Patrick J., Col. USA Naval Park 1993 - 2017 March 24, 2017 Yes
Martin, William W. CLG4 62-63 March 27, 2017 Yes
Raecek, Ronald J. CLG4 59-62 April 12, 2017 Yes
Curran, Michael F. CLG4 70 - 71 May 14, 2017 Yes
Latham, Ralph L. CLG4 64 - 66 May 15, 2017 Yes
Keefer, Wayne L. CL92 47 - 48 May 21, 2017 Yes
Baker, Robert M. CLG4 69 - 72 June 24, 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

(Listed alphabetically)

Baker, Robert M.

(August 16, 1949 - June 24, 2017)

Sharpsburg, MD – Lieutenant Commander Robert Merle “Bob” Baker, U.S. Navy (Retired), 67, of Sharpsburg, MD passed from this life on Saturday, June 24, 2017 after a lengthy and gallant battle with cancer.

He was the son of the late Merle C. Baker and Betty L. (Stottlemyer) Baker.

He is survived by Carol G. Baker, his loving wife of 40 years; son Staff Sergeant Ryan Christopher Baker, USMC of Jacksonville, NC; stepdaughter Tracy Niedzielski (Mark) of Marlborough, MA; stepson P. Wesley Caldwell of Florida; sister Judith Baker of Hagerstown, MD; sister Nancy O’ Sullivan of Washington, D.C.; sister Susan Baker of Sterling, VA; and five step grandsons.

Born and raised in Smithsburg, he was a 1967 graduate of Smithsburg High. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a radioman aboard USS Little Rock (CLG-4) in the Mediterranean. After his enlisted service, he obtained an Associates’ degree from Hagerstown Junior College and subsequently received a BA in International Studies from American University. He entered U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School in 1977 and was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer. Over the next 16 years, he served in a variety of billets, including Communications, Navigation, Operations, and Executive Officer on a variety of ships, and was a Piloting and Celestial Navigation Instructor at Officer Candidate School. He retired from active duty in 1993. He was a veteran of the Gulf War, and was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon for participation in minesweeping operations in Kuwaiti waters. Following his naval service, he was instrumental in establishing a Navy Junior ROTC Program at Annapolis High School, and served on the faculty as the Naval Science Instructor for the next 18 years, retiring in 2011. During his tenure, the Annapolis unit was judged as number one in the nation by the U.S. Navy League in 2008. Following his second retirement, he returned to Washington County and settled near Dargan.

He was a member of Williamsport United Methodist Church Williamsport, MD, where he volunteered with the Clothes of Hope, the Shepherd’s Table, and was an active member of the church choir, the Adult Fellowship, and the United Methodist Men.

He was also a frequent volunteer at the Williamsport Community Food Bank. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for the USS Little Rock Association, and was active with the Association’s scholarship program for many years, most recently chairing the Scholarship Committee.

He was also a member of the Military Officers Association of America, The Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 24, and the Williamsport American Legion Post #202.

Bob loved music, and in addition to singing with his church choir he sang with WitnesSing for many years, a group of Christian singers based in Anne Arundel County.

He was a songwriter, who loved to play his guitar and perform at various church venues.

A celebration of life will be held at Williamsport United Methodist Church 25 E. Church St. Williamsport, MD at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 30, 2017, officiated by Rev. Susan E. Boehl.

Family and friends may pay their respects in the church sanctuary 1 hour prior to the service on Friday from 1:00-2:00 pm. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob’s name to the John R. Marsh Cancer Center 11110 Medical Campus Rd. Suite 129 Hagerstown, MD 21742 or Hospice of Washington County 747 Northern Ave. Hagerstown, MD 21742 or the USS Little Rock Association Scholarship Fund c/o Frank Berglas 63 Barnes Rd. Stamford, CT 06902-1201.

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(Posted on Little Rock website 26 Jun 2017)

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)

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)

Cunningham, Patrick J. Col. USA (Ret)

(April 2, 1938 - March 24, 2017)

Col. Patrick J. Cunningham, director of Naval & Military Park, guided park through lean times

By Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich, and Lou Michel
Published: Fri, Mar 24, 2017)

On Saturday, the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park will open for the season. But it won't be the same as it has been, for more than two decades. The man who guided the park from lean years into a major Canalside tourist attraction - sometimes refusing to accept a paycheck while secretly paying other workers' salaries - will not be present.

Retired Army Col. Patrick J. Cunningham, the park's executive director, died Friday after a long illness.

"He was an extraordinary gentleman with a vast knowledge of military experience gained over 30 years," said Donald A. Alessi, chairman of the Naval and Military Park's board of directors.

A major figure in the Western New York military community and an advocate of fellow veterans, Cunningham had embraced the opportunity to take the helm at the park 24 years ago.

"He went so far as to loan the park money to meet payroll," Alessi said. "He did this without telling anyone or expecting any thanks. He had a real passion for the park and considered it a labor of love."

On Friday, the American flag on a ship mast situated at the entrance to the park, and another next to the gangway on the USS The Sullivans, were both lowered halfway in Cunningham's honor.

The 78-year-old Cunningham would have turned 79 next week. His wife, the former Sheila Shivens, died on June 12, 2014.

Cunningham died surrounded by his five children and his brother, Bishop Robert J. Cunningham of the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst.

Cunningham, a Williamsville resident, died from a respiratory illness attributed in part to his exposure to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War.

"For the last eleven years, Col. Cunningham was not only my commanding officer, but my friend," said John M. Branning, a retired Navy senior chief petty officer who serves as the park's superintendent of ships.

In addition to his war service, Cunningham later supervised the Army's budget while he was assigned to the Pentagon. He returned home to the Buffalo area in 1989, after serving three decades in the Army.

When he was offered the top post at the park in 1993, Cunningham eagerly accepted it and the challenges of "continuing the military heritage and legacy of the park," Branning said.

"We have seen a historic rise in attendance and have been visited by people from over 100 countries and all 50 states last year," Branning said. "Because of Col. Cunningham's strategic vision in approving displays and updating existing displays, he truly advanced the visitor experience here."

Knowing that he was in failing health, Alessi said, Cunningham provided the board with a succession plan. And in fact Thursday night the board appointed Retired Coast Guard Capt. Brian Roche as the new executive director, with the intention of having Cunningham stay on as executive director emeritus.

"They were going to work side by side in the transition period and had been looking forward to it," Alessi said.

Cunningham's devotion to this region went beyond the military. He had also served with the Boy Scouts of America, Greater Niagara Frontier Council, and in previous years as a youth football and basketball referee.

Cunningham frequently spoke at veterans events and served on committees to nominate local high school graduates for the country's military academies.

In addition to his brother, survivors include three sons: Michael, Sean and Patrick; two daughters, Colleen Burns and Kathleen; a sister Eileen Korn, and 14 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday by Bishop Cunningham in St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1700 N. French Road, Getzville.

Burial with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

-Lou Michel

(Posted on Little Rock website 25 Mar 2017)

Curran, Michael F.

(March 13, 1951 - May 14, 2017)

MISSOULA — Michael “Smick” Curran, 66, of Missoula passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017, on the USS Little Rock, of natural causes.

He was born on March 13, 1951, in Bedford, Ohio, to Ray and Kathleen Curran. He lived on the “Curran Hill,” until age three, when the family moved to Glendora, California. In 1970 he joined the Navy, and was stationed on the USS Little Rock in Europe. Following his Naval service, Mike and a couple friends embarked on a memorable Caribbean sailing adventure. After a brief stint at sea, he returned to the U.S. and in 1973 moved to Missoula, where he met the love of his life on Halloween, Sarah McNerney.

They married on Feb. 29, 1988. Mike loved to joke that he only had to buy an anniversary gift every four years.

He was a member of the Laborers Union for over 40 years. Always willing to lend a helping hand, he took great joy in helping anyone and everyone he met, and throughout his career he mentored many at Missoula Sheet Metal. Upon retirement Smick dedicated his time to various charitable organizations. He loved volunteering at Meals on Wheels, DAV (Disabled American Veterans), the Missoula Senior Citizens Center, and served as an Missoula County Election Judge.

A fearless dreamer, he marched to the beat of his own drum. You’d never see him without his signature bandana, or flashing the peace sign, and he had an affinity for vibrant Hawaiian shirts.

He was passionate about many unique and varied pursuits. He enjoyed sailing, gambling, watching the Griz, taking walks, building haunted houses, winning blue ribbons for baked goods at the county fair, and traveling. A true Pisces, he made sure to check his horoscope everyday. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

Mike is survived by his wife Sarah, a son, Aiden, and a daughter, Reilly. He is also survived by many siblings and a large extended family.

Visitation will be on Monday, May 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home, followed by a celebration of life at The Public House (130 E. Broadway St.) from 3 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please send donations to Missoula Meals on Wheels.

(Posted on Little Rock website 19 May 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)

Dinkelmeyer, Robert P.

(February 4, 2015)

DINKELMEYER, Robert P., 67, passed on Wednesday, February 4,2015 of Westwood, NJ.

He served in the US Navy from 1966 to 1972, participated in the Arab-Israeli 6 Day War, was certified as Licensed Boiler and Pressure Vessel Engineer - Blue Seal during his time in the Navy. Robert was a member of the National Association of Power Engineers, a member of the U.S. Navy Cruiser Association and member of U.S.S. Little Rock Association.

He was a graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. A former President of St. Joseph Regional High School Touchdown Club, avid fan of Ohio State Football and a former coach of the Westwood Baseball Association. He worked for Ingersoll Rand as a Sales Manager for 24 Years then was the Owner/Manager of Industrial Resources, LLC in Westwood, NJ.

Cherished son of the late Robert and the late Josephine. Beloved husband of Dolores (nee Piano). Loving father Robert P., Timothy O. and his wife Jennifer and Christopher R. and his wife Wilma. Grandfather of Kayla Lynn and Sommer Grace .

(Posted on Little Rock website 18 Jul 2017)

Enrico, Roger A.

(November 11, 1944 - June 1, 2016)

Roger A. Enrico was born on November 11, 1944 to Italian immigrants in Chisholm, MN. He attended Babson College where he studied business administration. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam era.

Enrico began his business career with General Mills as a brand manager for Wheaties. In 1971 he joined PepsiCo, and later served as brand manager for Cheetos and Fritos before heading operations in Japan and South America. In 1983, at the age of 38, he was appointed CEO . That year he signed Michael Jackson, and later sugned Lionel Richi to a multimillion-dollar marketing deals.

He was the Chairman of PepsiCo from 1996 to 2001, and Chairman of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc from 2004 to 2012.

Roger served on the Board of Directors of the National Geographic Society, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Solar Electric Light Fund, and the American Film Institute.

He died June 1, 2016, aged 71, while snorkelling in the Cayman Islands where he had a home.

(Posted on Little Rock website 18 Feb 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)

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)

Hartzell, Charles W.

(June 7, 1941 - January 30, 2017)

Charles “Charlie” W. Hartzell age 75, a lifelong Cameron, WV resident, died January 30, 2017 in Marietta Memorial Hospital after battling Alzheimer’s Disease for several years.

He was born June 7, 1941 in Cameron, the son of the late John William and Lucy Keenan Hartzell.

He graduated from Cameron High School in 1960 and married the love of his life, Joanne in 1962; was a US Navy Veteran, having served aboard the USS Little Rock with tours in the Mediterranean Sea and the Honor Guard in Washington, DC; and was a retiree of PPG Industries, Natrium, WV where he retired in 2001 after 35 years of service.

Following his retirement, he took several camping trips out West, treating his grandchildren with an opportunity of a lifetime seeing the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, thunder snow in June at Jackson Hole, WY, and fished the Snake River; and he loved to hunt, fish, and camp with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie Hartzell, a sister, Betty Sue Hartzell Ernest; and a daughter, Laurie Hartzell Murphy.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Joanne Stephens Hartzell; his children, Tim (Leslie) Hartzell, Tracey (Michael) Anderson, and Heather (Brent) Clark; a sister, Carol Ann Hartzell Stern; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-9pm at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 400 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville where funeral services will be held Friday at 4pm with Evangelist Steve Fuchs officiating.

Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to WV Alzheimer's Association at

(Posted on Little Rock website 11 May 2017)

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)

Ives, Charles K.

(Mar. 18, 1928 - Feb. 15, 2017)

Charles Kenneth Ives longtime resident of Guilford, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Beloved husband of Penelope (Penny) Parker Ives.

Charles was born on March 18, 1928 in New Haven, son of the late Joseph and Stella Vendetti Ives. He was the loving father of Clifford Ives of Key West, FL, Cynthia Ives of Prudence Island, RI, Laura Jean Ives of Live Oak, FL, Joseph Ives and Adams Ives both of Guilford. Loving grandfather of Cara, Kat, Autumn, Trinity and Parker and great grandfather of Adrian.Predeceased by a sister Rita Ives Cassella. Also survived by several nieces and nephew.

Prior to enlisting in the Navy and proudly serving his country during World War II, Mr. Ives was attending West Haven High School. Owned and operated numerous hair salons throughout the New Haven area for over 25 years. He last owned and operated Charles Hair Fashions in Guilford from 1966 until 1978.

Condolences may be sent to:

Mrs. Penelope Ives
2180 Boston Post Rd
Guilford CT 06427-4342

(Posted on Little Rock website 30 Mar 2017)

Keefer, Wayne L.

(October 1, 1927 - May 21, 2017)

MANSFIELD: Wayne L. Keefer, age 89, of Mansfield and former Shelby resident died Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Wedgewood Estates in Mansfield in the company of his wife and children.

He was born October 1, 1927 in Lucas County, Toledo, Ohio the son of the late Tim L. and Ardella M. (Robertson) Keefer. He was a 1945 graduate of Willard High School. Wayne served in the United States Navy and was a Veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict. Wayne was a 36 year employee of Fisher Body in Mansfield retiring in 1992. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Shelby where he sang in the choir, UAW Retirees where he was past vice chairman. He enjoyed Shelby genealogy and singing for many years with the Fun Center Chordsman. He was an avid sailor on Clearfork Reservoir and enjoyed many Windjammer voyages on the coast of Maine.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 69 years, whom he wed on October 3, 1948: Doris L. (Smith) Keefer, of Mansfield; 2 daughters: Norma M. Keefer (Michael Iding) of Centerville, Ohio and Pauline L. (Samuel) Patton, Jr. of Mansfield; a son: Kevin A. Keefer (June Jeffers) of Stony Point, NY; 2 grandchildren: Katie (Miguel) Resto and Nick Keefer; 2 sisters: Elaine Martin of Sandusky, Ohio and Beverly Jean Yoha of Florida; Many step grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.Friends and family are welcome on Friday, May 26, 2017 from 10-11 AM at Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be held on at 11 AM. Rev. Carl G. Beighley will officiate. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby with military honors. Memorial expressions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio or to the charity of the donor's choice.

(Posted on Little Rock website 30 May 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)

Lewis, Ogden N.

(? 1943 - June 25, 2016)

LEWIS - Ogden Northrop , known as "Denny," of New York City and Quogue, NY died on June 25 at age 73 after several years of declining health.

He was predeceased by his adored only child and namesake, and is survived by Susan, his devoted wife of 42 years; brother William Hall Lewis, III (Barbara); nephew W.H. Ramsay Lewis (Julia) and great-nieces Amelia and Cecily; sister-in-law Margaret High.

He was a litigation partner of the New York firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. Denny received gratification as Chair of the Pro Bono Committee, especially when a capital case sentence was reversed. When of Senior Counsel status, he became a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School from 2004-2010. Civic-minded in both NYC and Quogue, he sat on numerous boards as director and president. Denny was a graduate of the Buckley School, Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College (Phi Beta Kappa), Christ Church, Oxford (Keasbey Scholar), and Harvard Law School.

A lover of the sea, he served as Navigator on the "U.S.S. Little Rock."

He will be remembered as a keen scholar of history and the law, a wise mentor with an open door, and a respected consensus builder of gentle temperament. He was known for his immeasurable benevolent heart.

The family requests no flowers. Those who desire to honor Denny may consider a contribution to the American Friends of Christ Church, Inc., 3900 NYS Rt. 22, Willsboro, NY 12996, or Saint Thomas Church Choir School, 202 West 58th St., NYC, NY 10019. In fulfillment of his wishes, a private graveside service is being held in the Quogue Cemetery.

(Posted on Little Rock website 19 Feb 2017)

Manuel, Claude Ashton

(Aug. 24, 1928 - January 5, 2017)

Claude Ashton Manuel, 88, husband of Annie Harvey Manuel, died Thursday, January 5, 2017 in Fairfax.

Claude was born in Sycamore on August 4, 1928 and was the son of the late Asbury C. and Lizzie Mae Mixson Manuel. He was a member of the Fairfax First Baptist Church and an active member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans where he served as treasurer, the current chairman of the board at Water Holidays in Santee, served the town of Fairfax for 17 years as a member of the town council, served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Little Rock from February 1946 to December 1947, performed contract work for Exxon and was a member of the Jaycees and was a Masons.

Claude was a maintenance supervisor for the Allendale Correctional Institute during their early years, served as maintenance supervisor for Scotsman Ice Systems and owned and operated Manuel's Supply and Equipment for many years before retirement. After retirement he enjoyed many hours in his shop repairing golf carts.

Graveside funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Mrs. Annie Harvey Manuel; a son, Larry (Lynn) of Fairfax; a daughter, Claudia (Tim) Medlin of Sumter; two sisters, Mrs. Ralph (Jean) Ferguson of Fairfax and Mrs. Sherrill (Faye) Cochran; and four grandchildren, Miss Collins Medlin of Salt Lake City, Utah; Miss Ashton Medlin of St. Augustine, Florida; Miss Anissa Manuel of Bluffton; and Miss Claire Manuel of Fairfax.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 9, 2017 at Keith Smith Funeral Service, 128 Water Street, Allendale, S.C.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Fund at P.O. Box 1025, Fairfax, S.C.

(Posted on Little Rock website 03 Feb 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)

Martin, William W.

(January 18, 1937 - March 27, 2017)

William "Bill" W. Martin, 80, died March 27, 2017 at his home in Eastham, MA after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer.

He was born to the late William H. and Mildred (Toomey) Martin on January 18, 1937, in Boston, MA. He was pre deceased by his parents, and a sister, Maureen Martin Helms. Bill graduated from Greenfield High School in 1956, Cushing Academy in 1957, and received a B.S. Degree from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT in 1961. At UConn, he was a member of the varsity football team.

Following college, Bill joined the US Navy and completed Officers Candidate School in Newport, RI. Bill retired from the Navy Reserve as Lt. Commander. After his full time naval service, Bill had a long career as a Sales Manager and Manufacturers Rep.

Bill was a long time resident of Foxboro, MA, where he and his wife of 50 years, Stephanie Chad Martin, raised their family, and where he volunteered for many years as a youth sports coach, including baseball and CYO Basketball. He was a long-time enthusiastic fan and season ticket holder of the New England Patriots.

In addition to his wife, Stephanie, Bill is survived by four children: Maryanne M. (Robert) Roy of Aldie, VA; William H. (Candice) Martin of North Attleboro, MA; Christine M. (Kenneth) Kerr of Leesburg, VA; and Chad M. Martin of Foxboro, MA. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Nicole and Michael Roy; Brieanna, MacKenzie, William and Baillie Martin; Caitlin, Dylan and Lauren Kerr; and Tristian Martin DeWitt of North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to VNA Hospice, 434 Route 134, Suite D-3, South Dennis, MA 02660.

A viewing will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 30th at Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA. A funeral Mass will be at 11 AM on Friday, March 31st at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 61 Canal Rd., Orleans, MA, followed by burial at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Ave., Bourne, MA at 1:15 PM.

For online condolences, please visit

(Posted on Little Rock website 21 April 2017)

Neithamer, Calvin D.

(May 12, 1926 - May 24, 2015)

Calvin D. Neithamer, age 89, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015 at St. Vincent Health Center, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Erie on May 12, 1926, the son of the late Walter E. and Marian Pinches Neithamer.

During WWII, Cal graduated from Academy High School (1943) and was admitted to the Navy V-12 program at Yale University. He graduated as an ensign with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He was recalled to active duty in the Korean War, and ended his naval career as a Lieutenant. Cal had a 40-year career in marketing with General Electric.

He traveled to many countries, including China, Japan, South America, India, Scotland, and Italy. He served as the local and national president of the Elfun Society. Upon his retirement from GE, Cal became the Executive Director of the Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System (ACES), a position he held for 13 years. He received their Outstanding Citizen Award in 1998. Cal was an exceptional amateur golfer, and won several championships, including many at Lake Shore Country Club, where he had been a member for 65 years. He was a proud member of the League of the Lower Lakes, the oldest amateur golf league in the United States. He was inducted into the Erie District Golf Association Hall of Fame in 1994, and the Erie Metropolitan Chapter Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 51 years, Grace Tarno, and his brother, Dr. Richard W. Neithamer. Cal is survived by his wife of 14 years, Mary Lou Reslink Neithamer, his children, Heidi Rees and her husband Tom, Dr. Calvin D. Neithamer and his wife Susie, all of Virginia, and Dr. Julie Lewis and her husband David of Erie. He is further survived by eight grandchildren, Lee, Elizabeth and Brian Rees, Jason and Gregory Neithamer, and Henry, Grace and Emma Lewis, as well as five great-grandchildren.

(Posted on Little Rock website 28 June 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)

Perri, Anthony J.

(1929 - January 15, 2015)

Anthony J. "Smacky" Perri, 86, of Carbondale died Thursday, January 15th at home. His wife, the former Mary Willis, died in 2011.

Born in Carbondale, son of the late Thomas and Adelaide Smith Perri, he was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. He was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, class of 1946. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, having served on the USS Little Rock. He was a member of the American Legion Albert H. Crane Post 221, Carbondale, and the USS Little Rock Association. After his stint in the Navy, he also served in the Merchant Marine. Before retirement, he was a self-employed contractor.

He was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan, who with his wife and son, Anthony, enjoyed traveling to Florida for spring training.

Surviving are three sons, Anthony Perri Jr. and wife, Jamie, Melbourne, Fla.; John Perri and wife, Joanie, Carbondale; and James Perri and wife, Debbie, Carbondale; six grandchildren, Trace, Luke and Dillon Perri, Melbourne; Camryn J. and Kyle Perri and Samantha Rogowski, all of Carbondale; three sisters, Alberta D'Nicoula and husband, Peter, Easton; Anna Mae Morack, Carbondale; and Madalin Jacques and husband, James, Virginia Beach, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Jerry, Thomas, Vincent and Donald Perri; and two sisters, Rose Reznak and Theresa Morris.

A funeral was performed by Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home Inc., 55 Lincoln Ave., Carbondale, preceded by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. Entombment at Our Mother of Sorrows Mausoleum, Finch Hill.

Memorial donations may be made to the Darren Daulton Cancer Foundation, 1339 Chestnut St., Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 17, 2015

(Posted on USS Little Rock website: 07 Mar 2017)

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)

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)

Small, Paul E.

(March 7, 1928 - December 3, 2016)

Virginia Beach - Paul Edward Small died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on December 3, 2016. He was born in Monroe City, IN on March 7, 1928 to Elizabeth Snyder and Bernard Small. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1946 and retired as a FTMC in 1968. He married the love of his life, Alice Joan Standley in Springfield, OH and moved shortly thereafter to the Tidewater area. They lived in Aragona Village and raised their three children there until 1979 when he took a retirement position in Naples, Florida. He was a lifelong member of the Springfield Lions Club and VFW Post 1031. They returned to Virginia Beach in 2015.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, his children Teresa Tignor (Carl), Larry Small (Carolyn) and Alice Knehr, 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. By his request no services will be held. He was a loving and faithful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be sorely missed by everyone who had the privilege to know him.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Dec. 4, 2016

(Posted on Little Rock website 24 Apr 2017)

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)

Steffen, David A.

(November 11, 1942 - August 24, 2016)

David Allen Steffen born November 11, 1942 to Walter and Bertha (Wienke) Steffen.

David graduated from Woodstock High School in June, 1960. He attended Coyne Electrical School in Chicago and graduated from there on May 5, 1961. He worked at Admiral Corp. in Harvard for four (4) years and then joined the US Navy on May 10, 1965. He was stationed in Norfolk, VA aboard the USS Sierra AD-18 and then was in the Mediterranean Sea, off Gaeta, Italy aboard the USS Little Rock CLG4 as an Electrician's Mate Petty Officer 3rd Class. He was separated Honorably on April 30, 1969. He served 2 years In-Active Reserves and was discharged May 9, 1971.

He began working for Illinois Bell Telephone Co. on August 28, 1969. He retired from the Telephone Co. on November 30, 1994.

He is survived by wife, Connie (Pedersen) who he married February 28, 1970 and one son, Randal D. Steffen (Elizabeth Williams) and one grandson, Wm. Quin Steffen.

He was preceded in death by his parents (Wlater & Bertha Steffen) and brothers Wm. and Donald.

Dave was an avid modeler, first with control line airplanes, then moving to gas powered and eventually radio control airplanes. He also flew radio control gliders, as well as built and flew kites from which he took aerial pictures. He also enjoyed plastic truck models. After retirement he started building cenent lighthouses with flashing lights.

Dave worked on achieving an Amateur Radio License and holds an Extra Class License with the call letters of AK9X.

Dave was always an avid bicycler accumulating over 250,000 miles. Riding across the United States (California to Florida) the first time in January 1995. He joined the McHenry County Bicycle Club in 1995. He remained active until 2012 when medical issues started to take its toll.

He enjoyed car trips, first with a tent and his VW Bug. Then a small camper after starting his family. They visited many State Capitals, National Parks, and other places of interest. He has hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon Twice.

(Posted on Little Rock website 17 Mar 2017)

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)

Walser, Charles C.

(October 7, 1942 - July 29, 2015)

Charles Callaghan Walser, 72 of Canon City, Colorado, died on July 29, 2015.

Known as Chuck or Charlie, he was born to Charles B. Walser and Dorothy Lou (Callaghan) Walser on October 7, 1942. After spending his early childhood in Littleton, Colorado, he moved to Canon City where he resided for over 60 years, until the time of his death. Chuck graduated from Canon City High School in the class of 1961. While at CCHS he was on the color guard and worked, during the summer months, at the Royal Gorge. Chuck attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, where he was in Navy ROTC and was on the drill team. Chuck married Judy Minor in 1965.

Chuck served honorably in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1968 aboard the USS Littlerock stationed in Gaeta, Italy. In 1968 Chuck returned to Canon City to operate the family business, the Fremont County Abstract Company, with his grandfather, Ralph Callaghan. Later, he founded the Custer County Abstract Company. Chuck was President of the Land Title Association of Colorado and was actively involved in the local community serving as President of Rotary Club, the Canon City-Valdai Russia Sister City Association, Fremont Center for the Arts, and the Music and Blossom Festival. He served on the Board of Directors of the St. Thomas More Hospital. He was also active in Jaycees, the Fremont County Republican Committee, the Maserati Club of Colorado, and the Other Dino club. He founded the Moretti Club of America.

Chuck had a life-long passion for travel. He traveled extensively with family and friends in Russia, Europe, North Africa, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the United States. Along the way, he developed life-long friendships around the world. He was an advocate for cultural exchange programs, including the Rotary student exchange and the Canon City-Valdai Sister City Association exchanges of Russian students, businessmen, and other professionals. He believed that people around the world could be friends, even when their governments were not.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his two sons, Nikolaus Broughton Walser, of New York City, New York, and Alex Christian Walser, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the Canon City-Valdai Sister City Association, the Valdai Orphanage, Fremont Center for the Arts, Rotary International Exchange Student Program, or the USS Littlerock Foundation.

(Posted on the USS Little Rock website 07 Feb 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)

Zembroski, Joseph S.

(November 12, 1930 - December 11, 2016)

First Sergeant USMC Retired

Joseph Stanley Zembroski, age 86, of Erie, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Manchester Commons. He was born on November 12, 1930, in New Haven, Conn., the son of the late Joseph ("Jake") and Mary Casner Zembroski.

Joseph enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps and served with pride for 20 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War where he received two Purple Hearts and the Korean Service medal with 3 Bronze Stars and also served in Vietnam where he received the Vietnam Service medal with 3 Bronze Stars and the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat along with 2 Combat Action ribbons with gold star. Following a highly decorated career with the Marines, Joseph retired from there in 1968 and then took a position with the Yale University Police department. He worked there for 20 years until retiring in 1988, and then returned to Erie. Joe was a life member of several military organizations, including the National Board of Directors for the Marine Cadets of America, Marine Corps League - Lake Erie detachment, Marine Corps Association, Order of the Purple Heart and the Military Order of Devil Dogs (Pound 20). He also belonged to the VFW Post 4789, Elks Lodge 1414, American Legion Post 11, and Siebenbuerger Club, along with the Knights of Columbus, where he was a Fourth degree.

Besides his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by a sister, Jean McDermott.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Forrester Zembroski; a daughter, Cindy Zembroski of Erie; and a son, Gregory Zembroski of Portland, Ore. He is the brother of Helen Hitzfeld (Floyd) of San Antonio, Texas; Mary Cylke (Kurt) of Great Falls, Va.; Margie Savino of New Haven, Conn.; and Anthony Zembrowski of Branford, Conn. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call at the John J. Quinn Funeral Home, West 9th and Liberty St., on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and are invited to attend Prayer Services there Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial, with military honors, will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Marine Cadets of America, c/o Quinn Funeral Home, 728 W. 9th St., Erie, PA 16502.

Published in the Erie Times-News from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15, 2016

(Posted on Little Rock website 28 June 2017)

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