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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
|Name||Ship||Year(s)||Date of Death||Obit ?|
|Spoto, Victor S. - CDR||CLG 4||73 - 76||June 4, 2012||Yes|
|Seymour, Kenneth W. - PFC||CL 92||48 - 49||June 23, 2017||Yes|
|Fortin, Frank C. - SFM3||CLG 4||68 - 72||January 6, 2018||Yes|
|Peterson, Robert A. - S1c||CL 92||46 - 48||March 9, 2019||Yes|
|Rogers, Robert E. - RM3||CLG 4||64 - 67||April 16, 2019||Yes|
|Biser, Maurice G. - SH3||CLG 4||60 - 62||November 16, 2019||Yes|
|Beers, Harold E. - MM1||CLG 4||64 - 67||December 5, 2019||Yes|
|Chesnulevich, Harry J. - FCSN||CL 92||48 - 49||December 11, 2019||Yes|
|Boughton Sr., Gary D. - RM3||CLG 4||71 - 71||January 18, 2020||Yes|
|Parrott, Louis J. - FN||CL 92||46 - 48||January 20, 2020||Yes|
|Barnard, James B. - S1c||CL 92||44 - 46||February 7, 2020||Yes|
|Pearsall III, Everett H. - SM3||CLG 4||59 - 61||February 8, 2020||Yes|
|Piker, Dale R. - IC3||CLG 4||59 - 61||February 14, 2020||Yes|
|Thibodeau, John R. - MMC||CLG 4||59-64/70-72||February 26, 2020||Yes|
|Hutson, Kenneth T. - Sgt||CLG 4||70 - 73||February 27, 2020||Yes|
|Weaver, Edward P. - EM3c||CL 92||45 - 45||March 8, 2020||Yes|
|Gunderman Jr., Roy A. - SN||CLG 4||66 - 68||April 11, 2020||Yes|
|Caldwell, Rolland H. - FTG2||CLG 4||59 - 62||April 11, 2020||Yes|
|Reinhardt, John A. - MUCS||CLG 4||74 - 76||April 22, 2020||Yes|
|Miller Sr., James H. - F1c||CL 92||45 - 48||May 30, 2020||Yes|
|Strickenberger, Benjamin J. - MM3||CLG 4||60 - 62||June 14, 2020||Yes|
|Linkous, Jeffery E. - ENT3||CLG 4||67 - 68||June 25, 2020||Yes|
|Schlosser Sr., Alan F. - BT3||CLG 4||60 - 62||July 13, 2020||Yes|
|Gittins, Melvin H. - S1c||CL 92||45 - 46||September 1, 2020||Yes|
|Noren, Dennis A. - OSSN||CLG 4||73 - 75||October 1, 2020||Yes|
|Cartier Jr., Roland C. - BM3||CLG 4||70 - 73||October 22, 2020||Yes|
|Vieira, Frank - FC3||CL 92||46 - 47||November 12, 2020||Yes|
|Grantham, Noel (Paul) - FTCM||CLG 4||72 - 74||November 10, 2020||Yes|
|Emery, Richard C. - DC2||CLG 4||59 - 64||November 16, 2020||Yes|
|Sutton, Phillip M. - RD3||CLG 4||64 - 66||November 29, 2020||Yes|
|Eichhorn, Curtis L. - BMSN||CLG 4||72 - 73||December 9, 2020||Yes|
|Doucette, Norman C. - BT2||CLG 4||62 - 66||January 3, 2021||No|
|Mitchell, John J. - CAPT/CO||CLG 4||67 - 68||January 16, 2021||No|
|Beardsley Sr., Frederick G. - EN2||CLG 4||59 - 62||January 16, 2021||Yes|
Mr. James Bryant Barnard, formerly of Winston-Salem, passed away Friday, February 7, 2020 at the North Carolina State Veterans Home in Fayetteville.
A native of Iredell County, Jim was born October 29, 1927, a son of Hobert McKinley and Nizzie Renigar Barnard. He attended Harmony School before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1944. He served aboard the U.S.S. Little Rock, a light cruiser, until 1946.
He also served in the U.S. Army beginning in 1948 during the Korean Occupation Forces and then in Japan for 15 months. Soon after the start of the Korean War, he went back to Korea and was wounded in the battle for Bloody Ridge in August 1950, earning a Purple Heart for his bravery, and spent a year in hospitals, including the Walter Reed Medical Center.
In December 1950 he married his long-time sweetheart, Nellie Octavia Dalton, and in 1952 they returned to Winston-Salem and lived in Clemmons since 1964.
He was a long-time member of Clemmons First Baptist Church where he served as deacon, member of the Senior Choir and on various committees. He was a member of Clemmons Masonic Lodge No. 755, A.M & F.M., the Winston-Salem Scottish Rite Bodies, Oasis Shrine and Clemmons Chapter #373, the Order of the Eastern Star.
For more than 25 years, Jim was employed at Modern Chevrolet Company.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Nell; sisters, Catherine B. Kinder, Lucille B. Wagner, and Darlene B. Holcomb; and brother, Hobert Edwin Barnard. He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
A Masonic graveside service with military honors will be held Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 11 AM at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. Memorials may be made to Clemmons First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 279, Clemmons, NC 27012.
Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com. Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel 3315 SIlas Creek Parkway Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Frederick George Beardsley, 81, of North Platte is now attending races in heaven with his eternal savior. Fred passed away unexpectedly at his home on Jan. 16, 2021.
Fred was born on Aug. 12, 1939, to William Melvin and Thelma I.J. Radcliffe Beardsley in Gothenburg. Fred married Donna Bruns on Nov. 12, 1963. They raised their three children, Katherine, Fred Jr. and Debra in North Platte, where they lived their entire 57 years of marriage.
Fred grew up in Gothenburg, graduating with the class of 1957. Following graduation, Fred enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he spent four years from 1957 to 1962, traveling and enjoying many wonderful places. He loved telling stories about his Navy experiences.
After his discharge from the Navy, Fred primarily worked in the grocery business. He worked at Gibson's for nine years and Safeway for 16 ½ years. He then spent 18 years as a greeter at Walmart and was remembered as the man with all the pins on his vest, who would say "Hi, Hi, Hi, fill it up," and the fact he always said he was "Super!"
Fred enjoyed life. His favorite things being His Lord and Savior, his family, classic cars, classic country and gospel music and stockcar racing. Fred owned and drove his own stock car for four years. When his family grew, he decided to sell his car and help his best friend on his pit crew. Fred had been to racetracks in many states. When planning a vacation, he would check to see where there would be races. Fred and Donna had traveled to all 50 states.
Fred was a member of Bethel Evangelical Free Church since 1989. He was also a member of the American Legion, VFW and the Fraternal Order of theEagles.
Fred was preceded in death by his son, Fred Jr.; his parents, Bill and Thelma Beardsley; brothers, Bernard, Maurice and Lee Beardsley; sisters, Sarah Jane Parker and Winona Sedlacek; grandson-in-law, Steve Scott; in-laws, Fred and Effie Bruns; sisters-in-law, Esther Beardsley, LaVonna Beardsley and Laura Mae Hunt; and brothers-in-law, Millard Parker, Louis Sedlacek and Clyde Hunt.
Fred is survived by his wife, Donna; daughters Kathy (Larry) Walker of Gering and Deb (Jeff) Foote of North Platte; grandchildren, Fred III (Ashley)] of Burleson, Texas, Jennifer (Hayden) Green of Katy, Texas, Katie (John Einfalt) Scott and Kristi Walker of Gering, Kelsey (Kyle) Bryan of Red Cloud and Kolby (Shelby Strong) Foote of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Ireland, Tucker, Macie and Maddilyn; sister-in-law, Kay Beardsley of Sterling; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce (Dan) Dolan of Omaha; and many nieces, nephews and their children. Fred loved them all.
Fred will also be missed by his non-biological son, Bryan (Christine) Herrick and their children and grandchildren: Kandy, Casey (Ben), Katrina (Corbin), Karmen, Kamryn, Corey, Colesyn, Kierstyn, Maci and Bentley, Amelia and Arthur; plus several children whom he often claimed as his own through Donnas 47 years of childcare.
Memorials are suggested to the Bethel Evangelical Free Church Project Fund or the Lincoln County Raceway. Online condolences may be shared at carpentermemorial.com.
Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Bethel Evangelical Free Church at 2700 W. Philip Ave. The service will follow all current health directives regarding COVID-19 and masks are required. The service will be livestreamed via the Carpenter Memorial Chapel Facebook page. Interment will follow the service at the Merna Kilfoil Cemetery, just west of Merna. Visitation and book signing will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with family present 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Casual dress is requested. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
Harold E. Beers, 85, Antis Township died Thursday evening December 5, 2019 at Hollidaysburg Veterans Home. He was born May 5, 1934 in Ashville, son of the late Dewey H. and Ruth C. (Hollen) Beers.
He was twice married, first to Margaret E. Frank in Hollidaysburg and she preceded him in death. He then married Deanne Hazzard in West Virginia, and she died in 2006.
Surviving are a son, Harold J. of Antis Township; two daughters, Susan M. of Antis Township and Barbara A.; a grandson and a granddaughter; a brother, Merle Beers of Fort Erie, Canada; a sister, Marie DeAngelis of Dysart; and five nieces and five nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lawrence and Paul.
Harold was a 1953 graduate of Cresson High School. In 1952, while still attending high school, he joined the Naval Reserves and then began serving on active duty in 1955 for nearly 15 years. Following his Navy career, which included being stationed on seven prestigious ships; USS Tinnerman, USS Kidd, USS Bainbridge, USS Little Rock, USS Bennington, USS Kitty Hawk and USS John F. Kennedy, he enlisted with the Army National Guard and in 1994 he earned retired status at the rank of staff sergeant after fifteen years of service.
Harold retired as a power plant mechanic at Penn State University after 29 years of service. He was also a self- employed appliance repairman for Gables Department Store, Altoona.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bellwood. He served as past exalted ruler of Tyrone Elks, past president of Fraternal Order of Eagles, Bellwood and was a life member of United Veterans Association, Bellwood. Harold enjoyed attending reunions for the first nuclear powered destroyer, the USS Bainbridge, one of the ships he served on during his Navy career. He was an avid Penn State fan and had attended the recent Penn State vs. Rutgers game.
IPP CITY — Maurice Gene Biser of Tipp City, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the age of 78, after a lengthy illness.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents Alvin and Inez Biser and siblings: Willard, Ralph, Denzel and Wayne.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol L. (Morrison); his children and their spouses: Greg (Katie Collins), Monroe, OH, Brian (Andrea Vandervort), West Milton, OH and Tammy (Zach) Biser-Sherborne, Houston, TX. Grandchildren: Wesley (Katie) Biser, Liam Biser, Shiloh and Aspen Sherborne. Great-grandchildren: Brendan, Gage and Savannah, his siblings Wilda "Toots" (Melvin) Funderburg, New Carlisle, OH Doris Deeter, Casstown, OH, Norman "Nub" (Marilyn) Biser, Maineville, OH, Ethyl Osweiler, Troy, OH and Linda (Don) Honeyman, Troy, OH and his brother in-law, Rob (Julie) Morrison, as well as oodles and oodles of cousins, nieces and nephews because, honestly, he has a huge family.
Gene grew up attending Tipp City Elementary School and graduated from Tippecanoe High School in 1960.
Gene enlisted in the United States Navy serving aboard the USS Little Rock.
Afterwards he worked for the Dayton Power and Light, Upper Valley Medical Center, Piqua YMCA and Dayton Manufacturing Company where he retired after 15 yrs. He also served as a volunteer Firefighter and Paramedic on the Harrison Twp. Fire Department for several years.
He enjoyed woodworking, yardwork, outdoor hobbies, traveling and a great practical joke. He spent his free time selflessly extending help and assistance to others within his neighborhood, local community, family and friendships. He would be one of the first people to load up his Ford truck with any and every tool he could fit into it, head off to the area in need and would not take "no" for an answer when he offered his knowledge, skills and muscles. His personality was larger than life and full of energy. If you feel a ticklish poke into your rib or an epiphany for a good joke…that's probably Gene giving you encouragement to go for the laugh.
Funeral service 10:30 AM, Saturday November 23, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church, 14 W. Walnut St. Tipp City, OH; Pastor Jeff Glawe officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Tipp City. Visitation 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, 327 W. Main St., Tipp City, OH 45371 and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. The family wishes to thank Hospice of Miami Valley and Sunrise Center for Adult Daycare for their compassionate care of Gene.
Contributions may be made in loving memory of Gene to the Alzheimer's Association-Miami Valley Chapter, 31 W. Whipp Rd., Dayton, OH 45459.
BOUGHTON - Gary D., Sr. Of Buffalo, NY, January 18, 2020. Loving father of Gary Boughton II, Kathryn (Tom) Degitz, and Emily Boughton; brother of Sharon Butt.
Funeral Services will be held privately with the family. Gary was an avid Yankees, Bills, and Sabres fan, and a proud Naval veteran serving on the U.S.S. Little Rock. Condolences at www.wendelandloecherinc.com.
Rolland H. Caldwell, 82, of Bumpass, VA passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020 at his residence after battling Alzheimer's.
Rolland joined the U.S. Navy, and later was recruited by IBM as a Customer Engineer. Coaching youth sports gave him great joy.
Rolland is preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Lakie Caldwell; his wife Margaret G. Caldwell. He is survived by two son's Bart and Russell Caldwell; one daughter Elise Conrad.
A family memorial celebration of life service will be held at a later date in Coeburn, VA.
Roland C. Cartier, Jr., age 67, a longtime resident of Lowell died unexpectedly Thursday, October 22, 2020 at his home. He was the beloved husband of Michelle L. Largay.
He was born in New Haven, CT on October 26, 1952, and was a son of the late Roland C. Cartier, Sr. and the late Eleanor (Gilson) Cartier.
An honorably discharged veteran, Roland proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.
Roland worked tirelessly throughout his life on behalf of veterans, especially those in the Greater Lowell community.
Prior to his retirement, Roland was employed as a Veteran Peer Specialist by Community Teamwork Inc. in Lowell.
He was a longtime member of the Lowell Veteran's Commission, Dom Polski Club, and the Centralville Social Club, all in Lowell, a member and acting treasurer of The Heart of a Traveling Soldier, and a member, founder, and former chairman of the Helping Hands Veteran Club.
In his free time he enjoyed collecting military coins.
In addition to his wife, Roland is survived by his two sons, Roland C. Cartier, III and his partner Heather of Spring Hill, FL and Robert Cartier of Lowell; two daughters, Renee Cartier of Manchester, NH and Kristen Karhan of Lowell; seven grandchildren, Kayla Rameriz, Katelyn Cartier, Alexis Agrella, Chace Cartier, Robert Cartier, Alaya Molina, and Alanna Molina; three great grandchildren, Adam Spooner, Jr., Abriella Spooner, and Ashton Spooner.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Roland's Life Celebration at the MCKENNA-OUELLETTE FUNERAL HOME, 327 Hildreth Street, Lowell on Sunday, November 1st from 2:00 until 4:00 pm. His Military Funeral Honors will be held on Monday at 1:00 pm at WESTLAWN CEMETERY on 215 Boston Road in Lowell.
Harry J. Chesnulevich, 91, died peacefully Wednesday morning, December 11, 2019, at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack.
Harry was born in Nashua on August 16, 1928 and was a son of the late John K. and Veronica (Owens) Chesnulevich. He was the loving husband of Dorothy (Poff) Chesnulevich of Hudson, to whom he had been married to for 66 years.
Harry was all about his family. He was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He supported his grandchildren by attending all their sport games no matter how far away they were. He also supported the Juvenile Diabetes Association and the Brain Injury Association of NH in the names of his grandchildren by participating in the walks for fund-raising.
Harry wanted to serve his community and country. He enlisted in the Navy in 1947. He was assigned to the USS Little Rock CL-92 and then aboard the USS English DD-696. While on the USS English, he was involved in action off the coast of Korea where he earned a Commendation Ribbon with Medal Pendant and Combat Distinguishing Device.
Harry served the town of Hudson in many capacities. He was a police officer for a short while but his real passion was the fire department He joined the fire department as a call firefighter in 1956. He rose through the rank and finished his service at the rank of Deputy Chief in 2000. After retiring, he continued to support the fire department by serving on the executive board of the Hudson Firefighters Relief Association. He also was the 1st Vice-President of the NH Firemen's Association for many years. Harry was known to stop by the firehouse almost everyday sit and chat with the duty crew over a cup of coffee. He received a Rescue Medal for his actions at a fatal fire in the south end of town in 1964.
Harry also supported the town by volunteering in other ways. During the winters, he would go out late at night and flood the skating rinks. He umpired little league baseball games and helped out at election time as a ballot clerk.
Being a volunteer firefighter was only a part-time endeavor. Harry was employed by Whitney Screw Corporation on Broad St. for 54 years. There he was a machine operator.
Beside his wife, Harry is survived by four sons, John Chesnulevich and his wife Cathy of Windam, Alan Chesnulevich and his wife Susan of Hudson, David Chesnulevich and his wife Cindy of Merrimack and Eric Chesnulevich of Hudson, six grandchildren; Krista Goldstein and her husband Michael, Kaitlin Bouley and her husband Charles Bouley Jr., Peter Chesnulevich and his wife Meaghan, Lauren Scurini and her husband Vincent, Charles Dent and Adam Dent and his wife Katie, seven great-grandchildren; Teagan,Quinn, Charlotte, Layla, Evan, Logan and Danielle, one sister; Carol Leigh, a sister-in-law; Joan Morse Jr, and a brother-in-law; Eugene Simard.
Harry was predeceased by a sister; Patricia Simard, two brothers; Raymond Morse Jr. and Ralph Chesnulevich and a sister-in-law; Annette Chesnulevich
Curtis Lee Eichhorn, 71, resident of Pendleton, Indiana, passed away Wed., December 9, 2020 from complications of COPD and lung cancer. He was born July 18, 1949 in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Dr. Elmer and Vera (Davis) Eichhorn.
Curt's family moved to Middletown, Indiana when he was two years old. He graduated from Middletown High School, 1967, attended Vincennes University 1967-69, and began employment at Guide Lamp, General Motors, Anderson, briefly working before being called by the U.S. Draft, which prompted him to enlist in the U.S. Navy, serving 1969-1973. Stationed out of Providence, Rhode Island, he served on the U.S.S. Hugh Purvis (WWII Destroyer, DD-709) and, later, the U.S.S. Little Rock (Light Cruiser w/ Guided Missiles, CLG-4), out of Norfolk, VA. Naval travels provided an opportunity to see the world, including two Mediterranean tours, visits to England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, with his ship, narrowly surviving the tail-end of a hurricane during an Atlantic crossing. Curt recently discovered the U.S.S. Hugh Purvis Reunion Association and the U.S. Navy Destroyer Veterans, affectionately called Tin Can Sailors. Upon re-uniting with fellow sailor buddies of long ago, he faithfully attended annual "Hughey P" Reunions, 2013-2018, at various eastern U.S. destinations.
After U.S. Naval service, Curt returned to Middletown, resumed his Guide Lamp employment, retiring in 2001 after 32 years. Curt and wife, Susie, married in 1976, first lived in Middletown before moving to Pendleton in 1985. He has been a member of Middletown Masonic Lodge, Chapter 271, since 1974. During late 1970's-to-mid-1980's, he was active in the Middletown Chapter of Indiana Jaycees, a local community service organization. After retiring from Guide, he obtained a realtor's license in 2005, was first employed with Century 21, Anderson, later Wood Realty Group, Pendleton, and most recently Re/Max Performance, Fortville.
Childhood memories included accompanying his father on veterinary calls, family pets, summers at Silver Lake, riding dirt bikes & motorcycles with his brothers, and sentimental days of growing up in the small, close-knit community of Middletown. He attended Middletown United Methodist Church, and played various saxophones and drums while a member of the Middletown High School dance band, marching band and choir.
Curt loved his corvette, playing golf and was a self-taught, avid guitarist. He purchased his first 12-string Martin in Newport, Rhode Island, 1970, while serving in the Navy, and never parted with it. His love of guitar accelerated greatly during the last ten years. He spent hours playing every day, searching-buying-selling guitars, and could typically be found quietly strumming his guitar, providing the oh-so-pleasant background music, during any occasion when family and friends gathered, and almost every evening while his wife, Susie, prepared their evening meal. He greatly enjoyed his family, was a loving father to three children, and cherished his eight grandchildren who brought a special joy. He and Susie loved spending time with many dear friends, loved to host and attend family gatherings, and enjoyed many trips with both family & friends to their Florida condo and other U.S. destinations, as well as Europe, Canada and the Caribbean. He was a beloved member of both the Eichhorn and Painter families, devoted many years to the care and keeping of the Painter family farm, and passionately believed it is one of the finest family homesteads in Henry County. Curt never complained, even while facing health challenges. His positive attitude and caring nature will be sorely missed.
Curt is survived by his wife of 44 years, Susan Jean (Painter) Eichhorn, two sons and a daughter: Jeffrey B. Eichhorn (Candice) of Middletown, Bradley C. Eichhorn of Richmond, Ky, and Jobie Lynn (Eichhorn) Zeigler (Timothy) of Fishers; eight grandchildren, Savannah, Isabella, Samuel, Logan, Lance, Lillyana, Chloe and Sawyer Eichhorn, all of Middletown; three devoted brothers: Gregory Eichhorn (Irene), of League City, Texas, Victor A. Eichhorn (Middletown), and Dr. Daniel R. Eichhorn (Carole) of Middletown, many nieces, nephews, cousins, a maternal aunt, and his beloved Painter family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Vera.
BELGRADE LAKES—Richard C. Emery passed away at Maine Medical Center in Portland on November 16, 2020, following several years of failing health.
He was born on November 11, 1939, in Benton, the son of Carroll and Marguerite (Peters) Emery.
Shortly after graduating from Lawrence High School, class of 1959, Richard enlisted in the U.S. Navy. The Navy recruiter lived next door. He served in the Navy from August 1959 to April 1979.
During his tour of duty in the Navy he served on the U.S.S Little Rock CLG 4, the U.S.S. Waldo County LST 1163, the U.S.S. Davis DD 937, the U.S.S. H.W. Gilmore AS 16 and the U.S.S. Caron DD 970. Richard retired as Chief Petty Officer and moved to Pascagoula, Mississippi where he was employed at Ingalls Shipyard until 1999, retiring as a supervisor. Then came the call of the Maine lakes and woods and he moved to Long Pond in Belgrade Lakes where he resided until his death.
Richard was predeceased by his parents; his son, Eric Emery; and his brothers-in-law, Robert King and Daniel Bacheller.
He is survived by his daughter, Carrie (Rob) Vigue; his sisters, Carolyn King and Gail Bacheller; his brother, Bernard (Dru); his daughter-in-law, Pam Harrington; his granddaughter, Sydney Emery; his grandsons, Dylan Emery and his companion, Amy, Justin (Melisa) Vigue and daughter, Raegan, Dana (Leah) Vigue and daughter, Lyla; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
"FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS CHIEF"
Please consider donations to St. Judes Children Research Hospital or the Travis Mills Foundation.
Orange – Frank C. Fortin, 69, of Tully Rd., Orange died Saturday morning, January 6, 2018 at home of congestive heart failure.
Frank was born in Fitchburg, MA on May 3, 1948, the son of Raymond W. Fortin and Theresa (Aubin) Fortin. He graduated from Fitchburg High School with the Class of 1966.
In 1968 Frank graduated from the Worcester Industrial Technical Institute in Worcester, MA with a Mechanical Technology Certificate. From 1968 – 1972 Frank served in the U.S. Navy as a ship fitter and ship fireman. He served on the USS Little Rock, based in the Mediterranean at the home port of Gaeta, Italy during the Vietnam War. At that time he was able to tour much of Europe with his best friend Harold Malone who served on the same ship as Frank. From 1979 – 1982, Frank attended Central New England College in Worcester, MA, earning an Applied Technology Associates Degree. Through the years he held numerous employments in the area as a fitter/welder, among them: C & W Fabricators, Gardner; Fitchburg Welding and Raynor in Westminster. Most recently he had worked at L. S. Starrett Company in Athol before retiring at 66 years of age.
On September 29, 1990, Frank married Rebecca Hayward and they enjoyed 27 years together. One of Frank’s favorite things to do was to go motorcycling with his wife Becky by his side on his beloved 2000 Yamaha trike. It was one of only 500 made in the world.
Besides his wife Becky, Frank leaves three brothers: Frederick Fortin of MI, Marc Fortin and his wife Linda of Fitchburg, Glenn Fortin and his wife Wendy of Plantsville, CT; one sister: Francine (Fortin) Salisbury and her husband Doug of St. Cloud, FL; many beloved nieces and nephews. Frank also leaves behind his in-laws who he spent a great deal of time with, loved and enjoyed: Lewis and Frances Hayward, Deannie and Neal Lesperance, Jean and Al (deceased) Tshudy, Deborah and Ray (deceased) Popple, Mike, Kristen and Devin Hayward, Darcy, Ed, Katie and Kyle Robbins and various nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; two brother-in-laws: Al Tsudy and Ray Popple.
Calling hours will be held Friday, January 26, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, MA. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home, with Donald Waugh of Ashburnham, MA officiating. Flowers may be sent or donations may be made in Frank’s memory to the Athol Lions Club, P.O. Box 293, Athol, MA 01331
Melvin Heber Gittins, 98, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at his home in Roy.
He was born March 26, 1922 in Smithfield, Utah to Thomas Henry and Katie Stone Gittins. He was raised and educated in Smithfield, graduated from high school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard the USS Chandler and the USS Little Rock. He was honorably discharged as a Seaman First Class. He was so dedicated and proud if his military service. We are so thankful for his commitment and sacrifice.
He married Verda in 1948 and she preceded him in death on May 28, 1979. They had a daughter Nancy and grandson, Michael. On June 21, 1989, Melvin married Carlene Andrews in Clarkdale, Arizona.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Melvin worked for many years in logistics at Hill Air Force Base. He retired at age 55 and enjoyed his life and family.
He loved traveling. He and Carlene were great snowbirds and saw it all. He was a quiet, gentle man with a well-developed sense of humor. His greatest love was his sweetheart, Carlene. Mel and Carlene enjoyed traveling in their RV across the West from Mexico to Canada and lived in Arizona for a number of years. He enjoyed camping and family reunions with his brothers and sisters. He loved sitting around the campfire in Montana with his step-family, Jerry, Chris, Roger, Sherry, Peggy, Blair, Wayne, and grandchildren. We loved and enjoyed him so.
Melvin is survived by his wife, Carlene; 15 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Odean McCann, Farr West and one brother, Odell Gittins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Verda and ten siblings.
Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
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Paul Grantham, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 78 on November 10th. He was born on June 5, 1942 in Albuquerque, NM.
Paul is survived by his wife of 55 years, Midge, son Dale (Annette), grandsons Kenny (Willow), Kevin (Kessara), 4 great-grandchildren, sister Ann Carr, brother-in-law Bill Vodarski (Kay), and numerous nieces and nephews. Paul was preceded in death by his parents William Noel Grantham and Florence May Milroy, sisters Betty Akin and Billie Hurttgam , and brother Griff Grantham.
Paul retired after 20 years in the US Navy as a Master Chief. His civilian career included Tacoma Boat and retirement from Boeing.
Past-time activities included Seattle Seahawks, dancing, USS Little Rock reunions, woodworking, and volunteering at the American Lake Veterans Golf Course.
Paul was loved by all!
Viewing will be held 3-6 pm, November 23rd at Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup, WA. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1:30 pm November 24th at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to American Lake Veterans Golf Course.
Franklin, NJ: Roy Albert Gunderman, Jr., 74 years old, passed away peacefully at Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center on Saturday, April 11, 2020. Born to Roy A. Gunderman, Sr. and MaryLouise, he was a lifelong resident of Franklin, NJ.
Roy served with the United States Army and Navy during Peacetime and then worked in demolition and construction at Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, NJ for many years retiring in 2011. Roy was a member of the Franklin American Legion Post # 132 and enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting.
Roy is predeceased by a sister, MaryLouise Hanshaw and a brother, Donald Gunderman, Sr. and is the beloved husband for 53 years of Patricia Gunderman(nee Stoll) of Franklin, NJ. Devoted father of Elisa Curlis and her husband, Robert of Quinton, VA, Roy A. Gunderman, III and his wife, Cynthia of Gordonsville, VA and Carol Ann Miller of Franklin, NJ. Loving grandfather of Robert, Jonathan, Brandon, Ashley, Skyla, Damien, Paige and Brooke. Great grandfather of Kiera, Bradley, Asher and Aiden. Dear brother of Rich Gunderman of Hardyston Twp., NJ.
Kenneth Thomas Hutson, 69, of Henrico County passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020.
Mr. Hutson was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. Survivors include his wife, Patricia; three children, Erik, Kimberlee and Bryon; and seven grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 9 at Affinity Funeral Service – Richmond Chapel, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 10 at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia.
Jeffery E. Linkous, 75, passed away on June 25, 2020. He was born on August 8, 1944 in Akron, Oh to the late Bueford and Dorothy Linkous.
He was a graduate of Ellet High School. Jeff proudly served his country in the US Navy and had retired as a Sound Technician, last working for Warwick Communications. He had a great interest in radio-controlled airplanes and was a member of the Alliance Balsa Bees and another club in the Wayne County area. Jeff was also a member of the USS Little Rock Association.
He was preceded in death by his two grandchildren, Austin and Dillon Meadows. Jeff is survived by his wife of 33 years, Gail; children, Dionna (Dennis) Moffit and Larry (Stephanie) Linkous; grandchildren, Owen, Skylar, Kaylee, Tyler, Cameron, Grady, Cameron (Jamie) and DJ; brother, Larry (Pat) Linkous; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Bill (Joyce) Peel and Rick (Joyce) Jacobs.
The family wishes to express special thanks to Dr. Andrea Cerone and the many doctors and nurses that had helped Jeff over the years. A Graveside Service will be held at Rose Hill Burial Park, 3653 W. Market St, Akron, OH 44333 on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 11 a.m. We request that social distancing be practiced and face masks be worn to protect those around you.
If desired, donations may be made to the USS Little Rock Association, Scholarship Fund, Atten. Frank Berglas, Treasurer, 63 Barnes Rd., Stamford, CT, 06902-1201, in memory of Jeff. Condolences and memories can be shared with Jeff's family at the funeral home website. Bacher-Portage Lakes (330) 644-0024
James "Jim" Harrison Miller Sr., 90, of Beaufort, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020, surrounded by his cherished family and friends at home.
A memorial service for James Harrison Miller Sr. is at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Oceanview Cemetery, with Chaplain Patrick Whaley of Community Hospice officiating.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II at an early age, celebrating his 16th birthday aboard ship in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. He served on several distinguished ships, including the USS Little Rock and the USS Wisconsin. Toward the end of the war, he sailed to ports all over the world offering humanitarian aid.
Dennis Albert Noren, 65, was called home to our Lord October 1, 2020.
He was born on January 21, 1955 in Youngstown, Ohio.
He attended St. Joseph the Provider Catholic grade school in Campbell, Ohio and graduated from Campbell Memorial High School in 1972. He joined the Boy Scouts of America and proudly earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Youngstown State University for two years before joining the United States Navy. In 1975, when the Suez Canal reopened, he was stationed on the cruiser USS Little Rock, the only American naval ship in the convoy. While based in Gaeta, Italy, he served aboard the Admiral’s flagship as a radar technician. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he joined the Army National Guard.
Dennis was predeceased by his parents, Mary Louise Lencyk Noren and Albert William Noren. He is survived by his two daughters, Rachel Lee (Ryan) Unger of New Port Richey, and Madison Taylor Noren of Largo; two granddaughters, Sabreina and Bella, and two sisters, Mary Ann (Roger) McManus of Westfield Center, Ohio and Judy Noren of West Palm Beach.
Dennis was a helpful soul and will always be remembered for his caring heart. He was a true American patriot with love for family and country. He was an avid sports fan, cheering on his Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays and Buccaneers!
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, October 24 at 1:00 p.m. at A Life Tribute Funeral Care in Largo, Florida for family and friends to gather. A military service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Inurnment will be private.
Well done, good and faithful servant!
Louis J. “Jim” Parrott – 90, of West Peabody and formerly of Lowell, died Monday, January 20, 2020 in Tallahassee, Florida. He was the beloved husband of the late Patricia A. (Ryan) Parrott.
Born in Lowell, MA on March 3, 1929. He was the son of the late Louis J. and Marion (Dube) Parrott. He was raised and attended school in Lowell. Louis was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II and served from 1946 to 1949.
Louis worked as a truck driver for many years for Capital Motors in Lowell. He has been a resident of West Peabody or over forty years a member of St. Adelaide’s Church.
Family members include his loving son Gary Parrott of Monticello, Florida; daughters, Brenda Barnard of St. Helens, Oregon and the late Ann Casey; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren; he was the brother of the late Donald Parrott.
His funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Thursday, January 30 at 11:00 AM. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Chelmsford. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.
Everett H. Pearsall, III, of Citrus Springs, FL, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2020, at the age of 80. Born in Yonkers, NY, on January 27, 1940, he was the son of Everett, Jr. and Helen (Skouse) Pearsall, both of whom predeceased him. He attended Yonkers High School before enlisting in the United States Navy, where he served honorably from 1957 until 1961 aboard the cruisers USS Canberra (CAG-2) and USS Little Rock (CLG-4). After separation, Everett worked at Anaconda Wire & Cable, Co., in Hastings, NY, Macy Westchester/Gannett newspapers as a pressman, and Jack Tracey Harley-Davidson/Honda as a mechanic.
In 1967, Everett joined the New York State Police as a Trooper and served there for 26 years, retiring in 1995 as an Investigator with the Troop K Narcotics Enforcement Unit. During his career, he was the recipient of 7 Superintendents Commendations, 7 Troop Commanders Commendations, 2 Superintendents Commendations from the New Jersey State Police, 2 Commendations from the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency and 1 letter of Commendation from the U.S. Secret Service.
In 1967, Everett married his loving wife of 52 years, Natasha, and the couple lived for many years in East Fishkill, NY, before moving to Citrus Springs, FL, in 2014. She survives him at home. He is also survived by his daughter Erena of LaGrangeville and son Everett H. IV (Jessica) of Rhinebeck, as well as a brother, J.W. Pearsall of North Palm Beach, FL. He was predeceased by his brother Charles "Chuck" (Maureen) Pearsall of Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
Everett loved riding motorcycles, whether it was around town or riding across the country. He was a past president of the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Warthogs Motorcycle Club, the Wild Pigs Motorcycle Club, and the Yonkers Motorcycle Club and he leaves behind many close friends and brothers from those associations. Additionally, he was active in the American Legion; the Antique Motorcycle Club; Hudson Valley Lodge 333, Fraternal Order of Police; Association of Former Troopers; U.S.S. Canberra and Little Rock Associations; USN Cruiser Sailors Association and a former brother of the Nepperhan Lodge A&FM in Yonkers.
Robert A. "Pete" Peterson, 90, of Osprey, Fla., died peacefully on March 9, 2019, in Sarasota, Fla.
Born in Boston, he attended Quincy Public Schools.
He joined the Navy at age 18, and served proudly on the USS Little Rock for 2 years. He loved the Navy and seeing the world. When he returned from the Navy, he worked for many years at Grass Instrument Co., in Wollaston, before retiring.
He moved to Florida in 1987. Pete loved sailing, the ocean, and the Floridian life. He was a fabulous ballroom and shag dancer, and a very talented artist and painted many pictures for family and friends.
He is survived by his former wife, Julia Peterson, whom he lived with happily for many years; his daughters, Karen (Jack) Drago of Stuarts Draft, Va., Gale (George) Valli of Quincy, Mass., Clare (Coleman) Lynch of Brockton, Mass., and Janet (Bob) Perry of Harmony, Maine. Also Julia's daughter, DeeDee (Diana) and her husband Ed Deiley of Nokimis, Fla., who his family will be eternally thankful for all their help with Pete during the last year. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was the husband of the late Madelyn Peterson of Quincy, Mass. Plan for interment at the VA Cemetery in Sarasota, Fla., at a later date.
Dale Piker was born on September 26th, 1940, to parents Milan Piker and Agnes Krejci, in the City of Grand Forks, North Dakota. He passed away on February 14th, 2020, after over a decade of fighting lung cancer. He is survived by his wife, Kim Piker, and six children, Daryl, DeAnn, Dennis (Wife- Nisa), Douglas, Denise (Husband- Dave) and Chase (Wife – Christine).
Dale was a hard-working, strong and independent man. Early in life, he was raised on a farm by his uncle and cousins, learning the work ethic he would carry with him throughout his life. Dale went to East Grand Forks for school, and was a star athlete, including basketball and football, where he played multiple positions, including quarterback. He recalled his coaches words when asked about the type of athlete he was, “I wish I had ten more just like him!”
Dale enlisted in the US Navy in 1959, working in communications aboard the USS Little Rock (CLG-4). His travels took him all over the world, including the Mediterranean. He was always proud of his service and of his country, late creating a large “God Bless Our Troops” sign in front of the house which stood for 17 years and still stands today.
In October 1959, he married his first wife, Bonnie Miller. He would have five children with Bonnie – Daryl, DeAnn, Dennis, Douglas and Denise. They were married until 1977. He later married his second wife, Kim LaFave, in 1980. Kim later gave birth to his last son, Chase, in 1990.
After the Navy, he would later continue his career working in communications at Northwestern Bell, where he worked his way through the ranks and entered management. The company would switch hands multiple times but is today known as CenturyLink. He retired after 29 ½ years, just before the birth of his last child, Chase.
In January 1994, Dale, Kim, Chase and Elva (Kim's mother) moved to Centennial, Colorado.
Kim remained employed with the phone company, and Dale became a stay-at-home father. He enjoyed every minute of retirement spending time with his son Chase, golfing as often as he could, and working on projects. He would travel back to North Dakota often, and over the years finished three basements and two decks for his children.
Dale was active throughout his life doing things he loved. He played and coached softball and was an avid hunter and fisherman. For years, he was active in the East Side Rod and Gun Club.
He was later active in Chase's Boy Scout Troop, pushing him and others to get their Eagle Scout. He had a love for classic cars and farm equipment that reminded him of his youth. Dale was a fantastic cook and could make a great meal on whim. He loved hosting parties and events at his house for the holidays, and in his backyard in the summers. There was always more food than we could finish.
Dale will always be remembered for the lives he had an impact on. As he said shortly before his passing, “I fought my battles!” He will always be forever in our hearts, and may he rest in peace.
A open house Celebration of Life for Dale Piker will be held at the Southglenn Country Club on February 22nd, 2020, from 4:00-8:00 PM. Food and drinks will be provided. Another Celebration of Life will be held in East Grand Forks, MN in the first week of May 2020. The exact date and time is TBD.
John Allen Reinhardt, 80, of Wiscasset, ME died Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Freeport ME. Born in Evanston, IL on September 5, 1939, the son of Ralph and Virginia Reinhardt.
John graduated from the University of Illinois and received a master’s degree in voice from Catholic University in Washington, DC.
John went on to serve 23 years as a Chief Musician in the U. S. Navy. John married Marie A. Mosesso in Royal Oak, MI on March 17, 1978 and together they performed with the U.S. Navy Band and the “6th Fleet Singers" in Italy, Europe, North Africa, and Asia. Marie was a teacher at the “Joshua Barney School" in Gaeta, Italy.
John and Marie moved to Wiscasset, ME in 1992 where he taught music at Lincoln Academy for one year, was chairman of the Historic Preservation Committee, past president of Stewards of the Sheepscot and a member and cantor at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Newcastle, ME.
After retirement John formed his own opera company, “The Pocket Opera Players" and presented operas in English for school children.
In addition John was a pilot of small planes. He loved flying, antique dealing, and singing. He sang professionally in Europe and in the United States.
John is survived by his wife, Marie A. Reinhardt of Wiscasset, a daughter Laura Reinhardt Steele and her husband Walter of Brentwood, CA, a son Jonathon and his partner Clint McCall of Tucson, AZ, a sister Arden Thompson and her husband Dan of South Bristol, ME, two grandchildren, Benjamin and Julia Steele and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at St. Patrick's Church at a later date.
Robert E. Rogers, 72, of Lancaster, PA, passed away on April 16, 2019 at Lancaster General Hospital, due to complications involving cancer. Born in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late James and Rita (Casey) Rogers. Robert was the loving husband of Linda C. (Massar) Rogers.
A veteran, he served in the US Navy. Robert was a retired carpenter, who built the entire second floor of their home by himself and remodeled multiple other areas. He was a member of the Amvets and Riverside Club, where he enjoyed playing in multiple pool leagues. He was in a bowling league at Leisure Lanes for many years, and enjoyed gardening. He also was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan. He will be missed by many, including his cat, Jax.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Linda, is a daughter, Lisa Jo Rogers; a son, Jeffrey Alan Rogers; grandchildren: Lylian Rose Minnich, Kylee Marie Rogers and Teagan Michelle Rogers; and sisters, Peggie Colestock, wife of Stanley, and Rita Whitebread, wife of the late Walter. He was preceded in death by brother, James Rogers II.
Friends will be received from 10-11 AM with a Memorial Service to begin at 11 AM on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 3131 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603 with The Rev. Clifton D. Eshbach. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Robert's memory may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Central PA, 101 Erford Road, Suite 201, Camp Hill, PA 17011.
Alan F. Schlosser Sr., 79, passed away at his home July 13, 2020.
He was born March 10, 1941 in Buffalo, NY a son of the late Arthur F. and Lillian (Wilson) Schlosser. Alan served in the United States Navy on the USS Little Rock and was a member of George F. Lamm Post #622 American Legion. He was a former employee of Quebecor in Depew.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Sara Schlosser & step-mother, Louise Schlosser. He is survived by his children, Alan (Annette)Schlosser Jr., Bart Schlosser and Rachel Schlosser; grandchildren, Seth, Samantha, Tori and Taylor; siblings, Lynne Vallone, Janet Lott, Nancy Blanchard and Joan Lutz; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services and interment will be private. Memorials may be made to the USS Little Rock Association.
Alan's arrangements have been entrusted to Sherrie-Bream Funeral Home 4521 Main St. Gasport.
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Colonel Kenneth W. Seymour (U.S Army RET), age 84, entered into eternal rest on June 23, 2017 at the home of his daughter Rebecca ,under the care of Hospice of Savannah and surrounded by his family. He was a loving husband, Father, grandfather and great- grandfather. He is the son of Luther Doyle Sheriff and Bertha Lee Seymour Jones of Orangeburg, SC. He was born August 13, 1932 in Charleston, South Carolina. He grew up in Orangeburg, SC.
He joined the U.S. Marine Corps as an E-1, Pvt. on February 25, 1947. After serving three years in the Marines, he joined the U.S. Army. With four years in the Army and a total of seven years enlisted with the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7) he was then was sent to Officer Candidate School in June 1953 at Fort Riley, Kansas. Upon successful completion he was commissioned Second Lieutenant, Ordnance Corp. After 33 years of military service he retired from the military with the rank of Colonel.
He is survived by his four daughters: Nancy Seymour Solomon (Craig Trabeaux) of Boca Raton, Florida, Karen Seymour (Russell Block) of Daphne, Alabama, Rebecca Rodriquez of Savannah, Georgia, and Joanne Seymour (Murray Klugman) of Tybee Island, Georgia; two sisters: Betty Mae Jones Brandenberg of Pensacola, Florida and Betty Sue Sheriff Sutton of Rockledge, Florida; six grandchildren: Carlin Conleay Dixon (John) of Ft Meade, Maryland, Gary Michael Conleay (Katie), of Savannah, Georgia, Kenneth A. Conleay (Erika) of Macon, Georgia, Kasey Varnado (Ryan) of Baton Rouge, La, Rachel Rodriquez of Loranger, La. and Ashley Rodriquez of Kennessaw, GA, and ten great- grandchildren: Hunter and Hailey Wingrove, Ava Grace Dixon, Brody Dixon, Audrey Dixon, John Luke Dixon, Cordyn Conleay, Campbel Conleay, Riley Clark, Wyatt Mounce and soon to arrive Caroline Elizabeth Conleay.
Proceeded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Seymour; daughter, Suzanne Seymour; parents, Bertha Lee Seymour Jones andLuther Doyle Sheriff; brother, John Seymour; Paternal grandmother, Nancy Statham and grandfather, Edgar Clarence Seymour.
Some of Ken's civilian volunteer work and awards:
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 o'clock on Monday, June 26, 2017 at Gamble Funeral Service - 410 Stephenson Avenue.
The funeral service will be held at 6 o'clock in the chapel conducted by Pastor Michael Locklear. Interment will be held at 11 o'clock Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Orangeburg, South Carolina, conducted by Gary Vance Conleay.
Pallbearers are Gary Michael Conleay, Kenneth Allen Conleay, Hunter Wingrove, John Dixon, Michael Meto Allen, Gary Shot Allen, Joey Brandenburg, Charlie Pace, Ladale Thompson and Daryl Roberston. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Allen.
The family would like to honor "The Colonel's" special caregivers that have become part of the family: Michelle Chisholm, Tanesa Smith, Diane Bruce, Betty Faggin, and Melissa McGinn. The family would also like to thank Liz Maher and staff of Hospice of Savannah.
SPOTO, Captain Victor S. USN (Ret) Safety Harbor, passed away peacefully on June 4, 2012.
Vic was born on August 16, 1933 in Tampa, graduated from Jefferson High School; Florida State University and received his Masters Degree from American University in Washington D.C. He was commissioned a Naval Officer in 1955, attended Flight School in Pensacola, was assigned to the Naval Intelligence School and later appointed to attend the National War College. During his over 26 year career, he was assigned to many commands throughout the world, including the commissioning of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk and other ships of the U.S. Navy Fleets, as well as serving in Vietnam. He was appointed a Naval Attache' to Sweden and was the Naval Intelligence Officer for the Sixth fleet in Gaeta, Italy.
After retiring and returning home to Florida, he became involved with Sertoma and other civic organizations and fundraisers, as well as being a long time member and Commodore of both the Clearwater Yacht Club and Island Estates Yacht Club.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Lou; three sons, Mark and wife, Andrea and their daughters, Kati and Samantha; Michael and wife, Debbie and their daughter, Mikenna; Todd and his deceased wife, Kathleen and their twin daughters, Haley and Emily; brother, Joe and wife, Joy; (predeceased sister, Connie and husband, Jim Walter); niece, Tarra Mitchell and husband, George and their children, James, Reid and Mark.
Services will be held at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church in Safety Harbor on Friday, June 8th with visitation at 10 am, Mass at 10:30 followed full military honors at gravesite, Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to be directed towards your favorite charities. Further obituary information and online guestbook may be accessed at www.Sylvanabbey.com. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater / 727-796-1992
Benjamin John Strickenberger, 81, of Oil City, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, at 8:10 p.m. on Sunday, June 14th following an extended illness.
He was born on March 29, 1939, in Marble PA, the son of Leo and Nellie (Weaver) Strickenberger.
He graduated from North Clarion High School in 1958. He then enlisted in the United States Navy. He was assigned the USS Little Rock and was a plank owner as the ship was recommissioned. He served onboard as a Machinist Mate in the aft engine room. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1962. Throughout his life he greatly treasured his time in the Navy and the relationships he forged with his shipmates. He found great joy in rekindling these friendships through the USS Little Rock Association and their annual meetings.
In 1963, he graduated from the New Castle School of Meat Cutting, PA, and began working at IGA in Oil City. On June 6, 1966 he began working for Quality Markets in Reno, PA. He remained a meat cutter with Quality Markets and Bilo in Titusville, Meadville, Union City, and Corry for 36 years, retiring in 2002. He operated Harry's Pizza in Oil City from 1968-1973.
On April 19, 1969, he married Patricia Jane Freeman at St. Stephen Church in Oil City. They celebrated 51 years of marriage in April. Together they have one son, Matthew.
Among the things he loved doing in this life was: hunting with many friends and family members; spending time at 'the country' in Dempseytown especially with his brother Ken; putting on his annual day-before-labor-day picnic for over 25 years; playing basketball, volleyball, and softball in his younger days, and later with the 55+ softball league; traveling to Idaho to see his nephew Dan; being a Boy Scout leader and helping his son earn the rank of Eagle; making maple syrup; cutting steak on 'steak night' at camp; processing deer in the basement of the house; being a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus; dabbling in home repairs and construction projects far beyond the limits of common sense; serving as an Usher for 7:30 Mass at St. Stephen's because there was no music; going to breakfast afterwards at Famoore's with his table of friends; returning to Fryburg to visit with family and friends he grew up with; eating – anything, anywhere and asking 'where are we going for dinner' at least 7 times a day; he even enjoyed (we think) going on a cruise to Alaska in 2015 to which he brought, as he did to everything that he did, his special brand of German curmudgeonliness; helping others with a sincere heart whenever anyone was in need – because that's just who he was; and any number of other odd projects and crazy ideas that he came up with at a moment's notice which simply had to be done immediately, and which always brought a smile to his face. And he loved (eventually) his cats and his grand-pug.
In a special way the family is truly grateful to the work and efforts of the doctors, nurses, and staff of UPMC Northwest, the Cranberry Dialysis Center, and the Visiting Nurses Association who provided a most kind and professional environment for him, and who cared for him with the utmost respect, patience, and compassion. May God bless you all abundantly for the extraordinary work that you do!
In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by Germaine and Freda, his sisters whom he loved staying in touch with, many nieces and nephews whom he adored, and many friends and coworkers with whom he built so many incredible memories that remained with him his entire life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ken and his wife Helen, and brothers-in-law Peter Schill and Robert Schwabenbauer.
Visitation will take place at Morrison Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen Church in Oil City on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 11 a.m., presided over by his son, Rev. Matthew J. Strickenberger.
Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the USS Little Rock Association, Attn: Treasurer, 63 Barnes Road, Stamford, CT 06902.
Morrison Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.morrisonhome.com.
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Neptune City - Phillip M. Sutton, of Neptune City, passed away peacefully, November 29,2020 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He was 75 years old.
Phillip was a State Exempt Firemen who proudly served the Neptune City Fire Department for 52 years, serving as Chief in 1980 as well as 2012. He was also proud of his services in the Navy. He enjoyed times on his boat fishing, the New York Giants and model trains.
He will be missed by all that knew him and his furry friends.
Surviving are his loving wife of 52 years Carol Sutton, his two sisters-in-law Patricia Hendrickson, Sharon Helmer and husband Don, his brother-in-law Roger Hall, and many nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing on Friday, December 4,2020 from 4pm to 8pm with a 6:30pm funeral service, and a 7pm Fireman's service at Francioni, Taylor & Lopez Funeral Home, 1200 10th Ave, Neptune. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, or Neptune City Fire Department.
Passed away on February 17, 2020. Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Winfred Thibodeau and Lottie Thibodeau.
John was humble man of few words and had a strong moral conviction. John treated everyone he met with dignity and respect. He touched the lives of many. He spent 21 years in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of Chief Machinist Mate. John was a Veteran of both Korea and Vietnam Conflicts.
John is survived by his loving family, William, John, Dawna, Debra, Blake, Taylor and Chantel. He will be missed. Our family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of the Middletown CBOC and the staff of the Providence VA Medical Center, for their support during this difficult time.
His funeral service will be held on Monday at 9 a.m. from the NARDOLILLO FUNERAL HOME & Crematory-SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL, 1111 Boston Neck Rd. (Rt. 1A), Narragansett followed by a burial with Military Honors in Newport Memorial Park, Middletown. VISITING HOURS are Sunday from 3 - 6 p.m.
Frank Vieira, 92, of New Bedford passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at his residence to join his angel, Evelyn. Frank was the husband of the late Evelyn (Cardoza) Vieira who passed away November 1st, 2015. They were married on January 12, 1946. Frank was born in New Bedford, son of the late Joseph Vieira and Mary R. (Vital) Vieira. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church.
He is survived by two daughters, Carol Machado and her husband Richard Machado of FL and Deborah Vieira and her husband John Krivak of Falmouth; two granddaughters, Charlene Vermette of FL and Jennifer Rose of FL, as well as five great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews.
He was pre deceased by his brothers, the late James Vieira, Dennis Vieira, and Gilbert Vieira.
Frank was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Navy as a third class Petty Offifer on the U.S.S. Little Rock, CL92, and the U.S.S. Donner, LSD. He served in the European Mediterranean 6th Fleet. He also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve at the rank of Sergeant. He was employed at the Paul A. Dever State School from 1957 through 1973.
He was elected Bristol County Commissioner from 1973through 1979, serving two years as Chairman, elected Bristol County Treasurer from 1979 through 1989 and served as Chairman of the Bristol County Retirement Board from 1979 through 1989. He was elected to the Massachusetts County Personnel Board, representing Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, and Dukes Counties.
Frank served on the board of Trustees for Bristol County Agriculture High School, the Paul A. Dever State School and he served on the first board of trustees for Bristol Community College. He was a member of the New Bedford Park Commission from 1962 through 1972 and the New Bedford Conservation Commission from 1969 through 1970. He was a recipient of the Community Leader of America award in 1969.
Frank retired in 1989 after 33 years of public service.
He was the former President of A.F.S.C.M.E. local #651 and served on the executive board of Massachusetts A.F.S.C.M.E. council, Boston #41.
Frank was a life member of VFW Post #3260 and American Legion Post #166, and Post Commander of the Portuguese American War Veterans Post #1.
He was a life member of the U.S.S. Littlerock Association, serving several years on the board of directors, a member of the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, DC and a member of the U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Association.
He was very devoted to his wife of 69 years and his family. He especially enjoyed entertaining his family in his home on the holidays. He and Evelyn were avid Karaoke singers and enjoyed their time singing with their friends.
Frank was very patriotic and was proud to be an American. His daily routine started with reading the newspaper and watching the TV news, being concerned about New Bedford, Massachusetts, the United States and how world events affected our lives.
His services will be held at a later date in St. Mary's Church, 343 Tarkiln Hill Rd., New Bedford. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; www.stjude.org or The Salvation Army, 619 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA 02740; www.salvationarmyma.org. For online tribute, www.rock-funeralhome.com.
Edward P. Weaver of Hatboro passed away on March 8, 2020. He was 96.
Edward was the beloved husband of Jean Weaver with whom he shared 43 years of marriage.
He was born in Bethlehem, Pa., a son of the late Dorothy and Edward P. Weaver Sr.
Edward served in the US Navy during WWII taking part in the invasion of Normandy. After the war Edward was stationed on the USS Little Rock where he took part in a goodwill tour of South America and later became an active member of the USS Little Rock Association.
He attended a number of colleges including Penn State, and earned his Bachelors of Science from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. He received a Master's degree in Science Teaching from Bucknell University.
Edward taught Physics for 25 years at the Springfield Township High School in Montgomery County. He loved football and was an avid Penn State fan. He enjoyed photography and observing wildlife. He liked reading and writing and kept a detailed journal of his time in the Navy.
Edward is survived by two sons Scott and Mark as well as two sisters Nancy Arnold and Sally Weaver.
In addition to his wife and parents Edward is preceded in death by his companion of 12 years Barbara Glueck of Abington, a brother Robert Weaver, and two sisters Margaret Novack and Lorraine Herrlinger.
Relatives and friends will be received by his family on Sunday, March 15 after 1 p.m. in Schneider Funeral Home, 431 N. York Road, Hatboro followed by his Memorial Service at 2 p.m.
His interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorials in Edward's memory may be made to the USS Little Rock Association or the United States Navy Memorial.