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

25 March, 2017

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)
Date of Death
Perri, Anthony J.
CL 92
Jan. 15, 2015
Reiker, Raymond N.
Feb.8, 2015
Olszewski, Francis D.
May 20, 2015
Walser, Charles C.
Jul. 29, 2015
Mitnik, Andy Jr.
Aug. 14, 2015
Ballard, Edwin R.
Dec. 17, 2015
Mol, Steven J.
Dec. 29, 2015
Rutherford, Stanley M.
Jan. 7, 2016
Kwiatkowski, Dolores A.
Naval Park
Jan. 11, 2016
Berry, Frederick E.
Mar. 29, 2016
Siegel, Kent R. (CO)
May 5, 2016
Berna, Karl D.
May 24, 2016
Rose, Alvan N.
May 30, 2016
Enrico, Roger A.
Jun. 1, 2016
Lewis, Ogden L.
Jun. 25, 2016
Steele, Richard A.
Jun. 26, 2016
Noyes, Arthur L. Sr.
Aug. 15, 2016
Steffen, David A.
Aug. 24, 2016
Guthrie, George H. Sr.
Sep. 9, 2016
Demers, Robert M.
Oct. 6, 2016
Perillo, Nicholas "Nick" J.
46-48 Oct. 22, 2016
Janis, Henry C.
Nov. 25, 2016
Manuel, Claude A.
Jan. 5, 2017
Cunningham, Patrick J., Col. USA
Naval Park
1993 - 2017
Mar. 24, 2017

(Listed alphabetically)

Ballard, Edwin R.
(? - Dec. 15, 2015)

Buck was involved in many volunteer activities throughout his life: a Board officer and baseball coach at Oaks Dads Club Little League, basketball coach at Northwest YMCA and Junior Achievement, all in Houston, Texas. He also served his churches for many years in deacon and elder positions at Oaks and St. Giles Presbyterian churches in Houston, First Presbyterian in Tyler, and Grace Presbyterian in Lafayette. In retirement he enjoyed being in the Krewe of Triton during Mardi Gras season, spending time at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette, golfing with friend Ed Zamadics, and just being with family in Austin, Ponchatoula, Hammond, Baton Rouge and his favorite place - the Ballard Fishing Camp in the swamps north of New Orleans. He was also very fortunate in being able to travel the world with wife Marguerite to many countries in Europe, and to Russia, China, northern Africa, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and the entirety of the US. The last five years of his life were spent close to family in Austin at Gaines Ranch Retirement Center and The Cottages Memory Care.

Buck was preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite; his parents, Margie and Horace; and his brother, Al. He is survived by brothers, Rudy and wife Edna (Holden, La.), Harold and wife Marian (Baton Rouge, La.), Jerrell and wife Gloria (Jackson, Miss.); and sisters, Peggy and husband Clift Martin (Hammond La.), Gail and Eugene Baham (Ponchatoula, La.), and Brenda Ballard (Ponchatoula, La.). Buck had two children with families that he loved dearly, his son, Howard and wife Tami and granddaughters Kelsi and Kylie; his daughter, Beth and husband Scott Spann; and grandsons, Austin and Scott "Sonny"; and granddaughter, Alexi and her husband Agustin Magruder; and great granddaughter, Ayven.

A memorial service will be held at Brandon Thompson Funeral Home in Hammond, Louisiana on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. with interment to follow in Loranger Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Edwin "Buck" Ballard to Grace Presbyterian Church, 518 Roselawn Blvd., Lafayette,
LA. 70503 or the Alzheimer's Association.

Without a doubt Buck is now involved in a heavy game of boo-ray with Marguerite, Arvil, Bobbie, Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Shirley with a pot of gumbo and red beans and rice on the stove. Their laughter is contagious and evidenced by his great love for family. Laissez les bon temps roulette!!!!

(Posted on Little Rock website 22 Mar 2016)

Berna, Karl David
(Dec. 27, 1946 - May 24, 2016

Karl David Berna, age 69, U.S. Navy Vet.; Beloved husband of Peggy Berna (nee Neligan); Loving father of Karl (Candy), Peter (Nicole) Berna and Elizabeth (Brian) Kovick; Cherished grandfather of Zach, Caitlin, Dwight, Teegen, Zoe, Orion, Ahron and the late Alex; Proud son of Manetta and the late Karl A. Berna; Dear brother of Jerry (Beverly), Robert (Connie) Berna, Renee (Shorty) Corman and Jimmy (Lona) Berna; Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Interment private.

(Posted on Little Rock website 11 Jun 2016)

Berry, Frederick E.
(Feb. 25, 1940 - Mar. 29, 2016)

Frederick E. Berry, 76, of Xenia, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Hospice of Dayton. He was born February 25, 1940, in Connersville, Indiana, the son of Hastings and Florence Lauer Berry. He was a longtime member of Memorial United Presbyterian Church, and was a veteran of the United States Navy. He retired as a firefighter / paramedic with the City of Xenia. He was the past commander of American Legion Post # 95, was a member of VFW Post # 8312, Beaver- creek, and Xenia Elks Lodge, 668.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie S. (Cox) Berry, whom he married, September 3, 1961, two daughters, Beth Berry, Fairborn, and Becky (Phillip) Pruitt, Victoria, TX, two grandchildren, Corey Smith and Paige Smith, two sisters, Frances Cook, his twin sister, Connersville, IN, and Carol Sue (Jan) Keller, Kokomo, IN, by several nieces and nephews, and by many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Diane Berry, and by a half-brother, Albert Fache.

Services will be held at 10am, Saturday, April 2, at Memorial United Presbyterian Church, Xenia, with Rev. Kelley W. Shin officiating. Visitation will be held from 6-8pm Friday at the church, followed by an Elks service at 8pm. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Xenia. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Memorial United Presbyterian Church, 343 W. Ankeney Mill Rd., Xenia, OH, 45385, or to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmingt

(Posted on Little Rock website 01 Apr. 2016)

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)

 Demers, Robert J.
(September 20, 1941 - October 6, 2016)

Dracut, MA - Robert J. Demers, 75, a longtime Dracut resident passed peacefully on Thursday, October 6, 2016, with his loving family at his side. He was the husband of Judith Ann (Mullin) Demers with whom he shared 52 years of marriage.

Born in Washington, Vermont on September 20, 1941, he was a son of the late Willie Joseph and Alice Noella (Tousignant) Demers. Bob proudly served in the United States Navy from May of 1960 through March of 1964. He served aboard the USS Little Rock CLG-4, now a museum located on Lake Erie in Buffalo, NY, which toured the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, Black Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea. He later worked for RCA, GE, and Martin Marietta for 30 years, all in the same location. After his retirement from Martin Marietta, he worked part-time for 17 years at AG Hardware in Lowell.

Bob held Life Membership in the Dracut American Legion Post 315, Dracut Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9307, Franco-American Veterans Post 4, USS Littlle Rock CLG-4 Association, and the United Sates Navy Cruiser Sailors Association. He greatly enjoyed gardening and traveling in his spare time, and was known as a handyman who could fix everything. Everyone that knew him loved him immensely.

Along with his wife, Judith, Bob is survived and will be deeply missed by his two daughters, Denise Merkh and her husband Jim of Dracut, and Cheryl Arsenault and her husband Kevin of Dracut; three grandchildren, Scott Garcia, Sara Arsenault, and Tim Arsenault, all of Dracut; six brothers-in-law, Roland Demers of Dracut, Richard Mitchell of Illinois, David Ayotte and his companion Ellen of Lowell, Donald Ayotte and his wife Pam of Lowell, Danny Ayotte of Lowell, and Dale Ayotte and his companion Bambie of Lowell; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Bob was the last of ten children, brothers, Clement and Lawrence Demers, and sisters, Beatrice Frechette, Claire Bellefuelle, Cecile (Gendron) Scheys, Florence London, Rita (Demers) Demers, Mary Allen, and Jeanne Mitchell.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on TUESDAY, October 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave, Dracut. Robert's service will be held from the funeral home on Wednesday, October 12, at 9 a.m. with his Funeral Mass to follow at 10 a.m. in St. Marguerite D'Youville Church, Dracut. Burial will be afterwards at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Chelmsford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dracut American Legion Post 315 P.O. Box 7; Franco-American Veterans Post 4 P.O. Box 304; or the Dracut Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9307 P.O. Box 126. For directions, or to leave an online condolence, story, or message, please visit, or find us on Facebook under "Dracut Funeral Home".

(Posted on Little Rock website 18 Oct 2016)

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)

Guthrie, George Henry Sr.
July 14, 1942 - September 9, 2016

RAWLINGS - George Henry Guthrie Sr., 74, passed away Friday, September 9, 2016, at his home in Rawlings, MD.  Born July 14, 1942 in Allegany County, MD he was the son of the late Donald Raymond and Etta Hazel (Flanagan) Guthrie. He was also preceded in death by his sister Rosalie Jane Tevalt.

George was a 1960 graduate of Allegany High School, served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Little Rock, and retired from the Laborer's Local 616. He was a member of the Keyser VFW Post #3518.

He is survived of by his wife of 52 years, Lorraine Mildred Llewellyn Guthrie; two daughters Vicki Lynn Wharton and husband David Perry, and Dawn Etta Groves; one son, George Henry Guthrie Jr and fiancee Carrie Powell; ten grandchildren, Justin David Guthrie, Brooke Ashley Guthrie, Lexi Nicole Guthrie, Hannah Elizabeth Lowery, Sarah Nicole Lowery, Jessica Brooke Wharton, Jade Lynae Wharton, Holly Nicole Wageley, Adam David Wharton, Troy Daniel Baker; eight great-grandchildren Aiden David Guthrie, Paisley Rose Guthrie, Charles Robert Spiker, Ella Grace Aronhalt, Mason David Swanger, MaKenna Jane Wageley, Brennan Allen Wharton, Gracelynn Ann Wharton; and three nephews Frederick Roy Lee, Donald Ray Lee, his wife Alesia, and Dennis Rex Lee, all of Rawlings and many great nieces and nephens.

Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A. is assisting the family and services will be private at Rocky Gap Vetrans Cemetary.
Those wishing to honor George's memory can do so by making contributions to the Rawlings Volunteer Fire Department, 18900 Volunteer Dr SW, Rawlings, MD 21557.

(Posted on USS Little Rock website: Sept. 15, 2016)

Janis, Henry C.
(Sep. 5, 1936 - Nov. 25, 2016)

Henry was born on September 5, 1936 and passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016.

Henry was a resident of Sumter, South Carolina at the time of his passing.

Mr. Janis retired from the U.S. Navy with over 24 years of service and while in the Navy he was under five commands.

He was married to Arlene.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday December 1,  2016 in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel with full military honors. Interment will be private.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday November 30 2016 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Bullock Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corp 601 W. Hamilton Street Allentown PA 18101 or to a charity of one's choice.

(Posted on Little Rock website 28 Nov. 2016)

Kwiatkowski, Dolores A.
( January 11, 2016 )

Dolores A. (nee Felski)  January 11, 2016, of Buffalo, NY, became one of God's angels joining her parents, Walter and Julia Faber, sister Rosalie Gray and brother Walter Faber; former wife of Daniel Kwiatkowski. 

She will be greatly missed by her son Wayne (Patti) and daughter Fay M. Kwiatkowski; cherished and loved Nana of Craig Kwiatkowski, Andrea (Joseph) Todoro, Shawna (Luis) Marrero; great-grandmother of Jackson Kwiatkowski and Luciano Todoro; Baba to her sunshine, Nola Marrero; sister of Patricia (Richard) Makarowski, Frank (June) Faber; survived by nieces and nephews. 

Funeral service from the BARRON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3025 William St. near Union Rd., Cheektowaga, Friday at 8:15 AM and in Queen of Martyrs Church at 9 AM. Family present Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 PM. 

USS Little Rock Assoc. Webmaster's note:  Dolores was the Ship's Store manager at the Buffalo Naval & Servicemen's Park from its opening in 1979  until her sudden death.  She was known and loved by the crews of the USS Little Rock, USS The Sullivans, and the USS Croaker, as well as the staff of the Naval Park.

(Posted on Little Rock website 07 Feb 2016)

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)

Mitnik, Andy Jr.
(1929  -  August 14, 2015)

On Friday, August 14, 2015, Andy Mitnik, Jr., age 86, of North Versailles, passed away suddenly.

Son of the late Andrew and Anna Mitnik. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years, Mildred Mitnik; also brothers, George, Albert, Mike, Bob; and sisters, Florence and Anna; loving father of Karen (Dominic) Cicco, Kenny (Darlene) Mitnik, both of N. Versailles, Kevin (Beth) Mitnik of Level Green, and the late Mary Ann Mitnik; grandfather of Phillip (Rebecca) Cicco, Valerie Cicco, Megan and Emily Mitnik; great- grandfather of Colin and Adeline Ciccol; survived by brother Al; sisters, Mary (Jimmy) Sljva, Pauline (Joe) Korotko; and sisters-in-law, Inge Mitnik and Barbara Mitnik; and brothers-in-law, Ronald (Jackie) Belyan and Richard (Cathy) Belyan; also numerous nieces and nephews.

A proud WW2 veteran, Andy served two years in the Navy and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer (W4) after 40 years in the U.S. Army. Andy also spent 40 years as an electrician with US Steel Edgar Thomson Works and 16 years with the East Allegheny School District.

Friends received Saturday 6-8 p.m. and Sunday 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the JAMES F. KUTCH & FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Hwy., East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Mass of Christian Burial Monday 10:30 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Entombment will follow with full military honors in New St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16, 2015

(Posted on Little Rock website 23 Jan 2016)

Mol, Steven J.
(October 21, 1945  -  December 29, 2015)

Steven J. Mol passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 in York, Pa. He was 70.

He was the husband of Patsy L. (Reigle), to whom he was married for 46 years.

Mr. Mol served his country in the United States Navy on the USS Little Rock during the Vietnam War.

Born Oct. 21, 1945 in Philadelphia, Steve was a son of the late Stanley S. and Florence (Zawadzka) Mol. He grew up in Andalusia and graduated from Father Judge High School in Philadelphia in 1963.

Steve was a member of the PCA Train Collectors Association and the USS Little Rock Society.

Steve loved hunting, fishing and building model trucks. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, Patsy, Steve is survived by a son, William Mol and his wife, Cory, of York; two daughters, Sandra Howard of York and Stephanie Gregory and her husband, Jon, of North Carolina; six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Bruce Mol and his wife, Janet, of Bensalem and their sons, Michael and Kevin. Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., York, Pa.

(Posted on Little Rock website 12 Mar 2016)

Noyes, Arthur L. Sr.
July 1, 1926  -  Aug 15, 2016)

Virginia Beach - Arthur L. Noyes (Art), Sr, 90, passed away on Aug 15, 2016 at Sentara Virginia Beach General. He spent his last days surrounded by his loving family. Art was born on July 1, 1926 in Kane, PA. He is predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Mary Hussey Noyes. Left to cherish his memory are his children Arthur L. Noyes, Jr (Charlotte), Pamela Williams (Jerry), and Christina Zotto (Michael); his grandchildren Tom, Jessie, Geoff, Lauren, Rachel and Amanda; and great-grandchildren Quinn, Alexandra, Oliver and Lucas.

Art served his country in the US Navy for almost 30 years. As part of the "Greatest Generation," he joined the Navy at the age of 17 during WWII. His naval career took him all over the world and eventually to Newfoundland, Canada where he met and married the love of his life, Mary Hussey.

Art was a truly remarkable man of many talents. He loved reading about how things worked and could fix almost anything. His favorite projects included working on cars, woodworking and puzzles of all kinds. Most of all, Art loved his family. He will be greatly missed.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, August 19, 6:00 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside located 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach.

Art and Mary will be interned at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Aug. 17, 2016

(Posted on Little Rock website 17 Aug 2016

Olszewski, Francis D.
( May 20, 2015)

SOUTH DEERFIELD - Francis D. Olszewski passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at his home on River Road in South Deerfield. His loving wife of 63 years, Elaine (Rogalski) Olszewski was by his side.

Born Oct. 1, 1928, at his family home on River Road, Francis was a son in a family of eight children. Francis was predeceased by his parents Stefania (Mioduszewski) Olszewski and Jan Olszewski, as well as his brothers Anthony, John and Theodore and sisters Helen, Anne and Genevieve. Francis attended Deerfield Elementary, Deerfield High School and graduated from Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton.

Fran enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1946 and served on the USS Little Rock until 1948. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal. After discharge from the U.S. Navy, Fran worked for William E. Gass and honed his skills as a carpenter doing restorations in Old Deerfield and Ashfield. Francis was a licensed pilot and co-owned an Interstate airplane at that time. In 1958 he began teaching carpentry at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School where he was a mentor to and well respected by area tradesmen. He retired as department head of carpentry in 1990.

Francis was a member of the Deerfield Lion's Club and the American Legion. He served the town of Deerfield as assessor and zoning board member. Francis enjoyed his family and many family gatherings. He enjoyed making furniture for family, doing his yard work, working in his garden and golfing.

He is survived by his loving wife Elaine, his brother Ralph of Whately, and his three daughters, Kathleen (Paul) Jagodzinski of Hatfield, Nancy (Alfred) Haskins of Sunderland, and Joann (David) Vachula of Orleans. Francis is also survived by four grandchildren, Kara, David Francis, Kimberly and Lauren, and four great-grandchildren, Alexa, Sophia, Grayson and Weston. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, May 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, May 27, at 9 a.m. from Wrisley Funeral Home to the Holy Family Church at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Greenfield, MA 01301, the Renovation Fund at the Holy Family Church in South Deerfield, or the South Deerfield Fire Department.

(Posted on USS Little Rock website: Aug. 04, 2016)

Perillo, Nicholas "Nick" J.
(1928 Oct. 22, 2016)

Nicholas James Perillo, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather

Nicholas James Perillo of Gillette, NJ, formerly of New Providence, passed away on October 22, 2016, at the age of 88.

Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 in the Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial, 646 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ.  The funeral will take place on Wednesday, October 26, beginning in the funeral home at 10AM followed by the Funeral Mass celebrated in Our lady of Peace Church South Street, New Providence at 11AM. Interment in St. Teresa Cemetery Passaic Avenue, Summit.

Nicholas was the founder and president of Perillo Motor Lines in New Providence, NJ for over 60 years.

As a proud WWII Navy Veteran, he was the Assistant Director and Past President of the USS Littlerock Association, Commander of VFW Post 190, Head Usher at Our Lady of Peace Church, member of the American Legion, and honorary member of the Paca Club.

As a highly recognized WWII veterans' advocate, he was instrumental in creating Veterans Memorial Park in New Providence, where annual memorial services continue to be held to recognize past and present US service men and women.

Nicholas will always be remembered as being the family jokester, a kind-hearted soul to both family and strangers, alike. He and Grace could always been found lighting up the dance floor for their 66 years of marriage.

He is survived by his wife, Grace, his children, James, Warren, Jo-Ann, and Connie, grandchildren William, Warren, Daniel, Jamie, Joseph, James Jr, Kelsey, Roxanne, and Bryce. In addition, he leaves 4 great grandchildren, Nicholas, Sofia, Matthew, and Hayden.

He will be truly missed.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider donations to the USS Little Rock Association Descendant Scholarship Program at or to c/o Frank Berglas 63 Barnes Rd., Stamford, CT 06902.

(Posted on USS Little Rock website: Oct. 25, 2016)

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 March 2017)

Reiker, Raymond N. , Sr.
(August 7, 1924 - February 18, 2015)

Retired Lt. Commander Raymond N. Reiker, Sr., 90, entered into rest on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Gettysburg Lutheran Nursing Home. He was the husband of the late Olga (Iannucci) Reiker.

Born August 7, 1924 in York, Raymond was a son of the late George and Mabel (Drace) Reiker. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II,  serving on the battleship, USS Massachusetts and the cruiser, USS Little Rock. Raymond later joined the Hanover Army National Guard. He was also a retired U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Lt. Commander. Raymond had 35 years of service for Caterpillar where he was a stationary engineer and served as a Union Steward. He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and the York Council of Knights of Columbus. Raymond was also a member of the Vikings Club; Victory Social Club; Shiloh American Legion Post 791; the Reserve Officers Association; and a life member of East Berlin VFW Post 8896. He served as past commander of the VFW in Dover. Raymond also was a former Dover Borough Council member and a former Dover Borough Commissioner for Northern Regional York County Regional Police Department.

He is survived by two children, Raymond N. Reiker, Jr. of Dover, and Donna M. Ebersole and husband, Steven of Hanover; two grandchildren, Angela Sharrer and Ryan Ebersole; two great-grandchildren, Annie and Matty Sharrer; and two sisters, Jolene Thoman of Dover and Mabel Gurreri of York. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, George, William and Stanley Reiker; and four sisters, Frances Moore, Evelyn Anstine, Phyllis Knaub and Janice Busia.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Raymond's funeral at 11 a.m. and the viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, February 16, 2015 at Emig Funeral Home, 47 N. Queen St., Dover. Burial will follow in Mount Rose Cemetery with his Pastor, Father Daniel Mitzel, officiating. Veteran's honors will be presented by York County Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Gettysburg Lutheran Nursing Home for their compassion, kindness and never-ending care given to Commander while he resided there.

(Posted on USS Little Rock website: Mar. 28, 2016)

Rose, Alvan N.
July 8, 1940 - May 31, 2016

Alvan "Al" Nathan Rose, 75, of Brunswick, OH passed away Tuesday May 31, 2016 at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland after a battle with skin cancer. He was born July 8, 1940 to the late Harriett and Donald Rose.

He served on the USS Little Rock as a YN3 (1959-1961) in F Division.

He is survived by his loving daughter Deborah, son-in-law Brian, and his grandchildren, Jacob and Amanda.

He is preceded in death by his parents Harriett & Donald Rose and his wife Barbara.

Friends may join the family for visitation on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 1642 Pearl Road, (1/2 mile south of Route 303) Brunswick, OH 44212. A Funeral Service will be held Friday, June 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home.

There will be a visitation one hour prior at 10:00AM. Interment will follow at Hope Memorial Gardens in Hinckley, Ohio.

Memorial contributions to American Melanoma Foundation, would be appreciated.

(Posted on USS Little Rock website: 17 June 2016 / Modified 08 Sept 2016.)

Rutherford, Stanley M.
(January 10, 1927 - January 7, 2016)

STANLEY M. RUTHERFORD- Age 88, of Silver Springs, NY died January 7, 2016 at South Buffalo Mercy Hospital.

He was born January 10, 1927 in Bethany, NY son of the late John and Bessie Seymour Rutherford. Stanley was a proud veteran of the US Navy having served during World War II. He was employed for 43 years with the Wyoming County Highway Department. He retired in 1988 having been maintenance supervisor for many years.

Stanley was a long time member of the Bates-Courtney American Legion Post in Silver Springs; the USS Little Rock Association and the Castile Historical Society. He attended the Rock Glen Baptist Church and served for over 20 years as historian for the Town of Gainesville and the Village of Silver Springs. Stanley was a former member of the Gainesville Town Board and was a past trustee of the Pioneer Association at Silver Lake. He was proud of his plank ownership for the USS Little Rock and that he was the surviving member of a family of thirteen children.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Judy Van Slyke Rutherford whom he married on September 6, 1947; his children, Deborah (John) Vosburg of Silver Springs, Rebecca (Gary) Purpura of Las Cruces, NM, Scott (Melanie Curry) Rutherford of Silver Springs; his grandchildren, Bradley (Gail) Vosburg, Lindsay (Enis) Ocal, Melissa Purpura, Jason (Jessica) Purpura; great grandchildren, Audrey and Eli Vosburg and Jacey and Jade Purpura; brother in law, Lawrence Kelly of Castile; sisters in law, Irene Rutherford of Castile, Pauline Myers of Silver Springs; many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Tim, Frank, Harland and Wesley Rutherford, Merle Handy, Evelyn Laney, Mildred Charles, Marian Jones, Meta Kelly, Doris Ash, Neva Boothe Everett and Jeanne Rutherford.

Friends may call Saturday, January 9 from 11 AM at Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home, 246 N. Main St., Warsaw where his funeral service and American Legion service will be held immediately following visitation at 2 PM. Burial with military honors will be in East Koy Cemetery, Pike. Memorials may be made to Gainesville Public Library, PO Box 321, Silver Springs, NY 14550 or Rock Glen Baptist Church, Rock Glen Rd., Silver Springs, NY 14550. Online condolences at

(Posted on USS Little Rock website: Jan. 22, 2016)

Siegel, Kent R. (CO CLG4)
(1935 - May 5, 2016)

On Thursday, May 5, 2016, he passed away with loved ones by his side. Born in Wausau, WI he had lived in Alexandria, VA for the last 30 years. He was a U.S. Navy Captain who served his country, community and family. He is survived by his loving wife Adelaide Hall; daughters Gretchen Giannelli, Jennifer Siegel, and Julie Siegel; six grandchildren; and many extended family members and dear friends.

Upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin in 1957, Captain Siegel was commissioned in the U.S. Navy and was trained as a deep-sea diver and submarine officer.  Navy service included seagoing and shore assignments. Of note were command of the submarine USS Pickerel, amphibious ship USS Cleveland, and assault ship USS Tarawa, experiencing afloat deployments around the world. He taught at the U.S. Naval Academy and directed Navy recruiting efforts. He received continuing education at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and the Royal College of Defense Studies in London, England.

After the Navy, Captain Siegel worked for 15 years at a naval architecture and marine engineering firm, performing contract work on Navy and Coast Guard logistics programs. He remained committed to serve in his community and church. He led the Neighborhood Watch Program, and served as a national officer of the Naval Order of the U.S. and as a director of the USS Little Rock Association.

A memorial service will be held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd, Alexandria, VA 22308 on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM. Interment to be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Aldersgate United Methodist Church or the U.S. Navy Memorial fund. Arrangements are being handled by, DEMAINE FUNERAL HOME, Alexandria, VA.

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(Posted on Little Rock website 08 May 2016)

Steele, Richard A.
(April 2, 1939 - June 26, 2016)

Richard A. "Dick" Steele passed away June 26, 2016 at the Washakie Medical Center after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Dick was born April 2, 1939 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to H.R. "Bud" and Dorothy (Meston) Steele. He moved to Worland with his family in 1952,  graduating from Washakie County High School in 1957.  While in school he worked for Triangle Meat Packing.  Following graduation, he joined the US Navy where he served for 23 years, retiring in 1980.

After his retirement, the family moved to Worland, where he worked for the Washakie County School District for several years.

He married Maria Armenta on October 21, 1967 in San Diego, California. To this union one son, Richard was born.

He enjoyed model trains and the Big Horn Mountains. He was a member of the American Legion Post #44 and the VFW. He was a board member of the Worland Fire Department for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Maria, son, Richard J. (Anna) Steele of Lincoln, Nebraska; grandchildren, Kathleen (Kyle) Elmore, Ryan Steele; great-grandchildren: Aria and Parker Elmore, brother, David Steele of Rancho Mirage, CA; sister, Peggy (Jay) Mangus of Worland and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2016 at the Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Orona officiating. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post #44. Memorial donations may be made to the Worland Fire Department or Relay for Life in care of Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 524, Worland, WY 82401.

Online condolences may be made at

(Posted on Little Rock website 16 Feb 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)

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 7 Feb 2017)

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