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

CLICK HERE to view the list of All Known Deceased Shipmates

Page last updated: 17 June, 2021

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

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

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

*  Individuals are listed by Date of Death.

*  Obituaries are listed Alphabetically

(Listed by date of death)

Name Ship Year(s) Date of Death Obit ?
Spoto, Victor S. - CDR CLG 4 73 - 76 June 4, 2012 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
Biser, Maurice G. - SH3 CLG 4 60 - 62 November 16, 2019 Yes
Parrott, Louis J. - FN CL 92 46 - 48 January 20, 2020 Yes
Reinhardt, John A. - MUCS CLG 4 74 - 76 April 22, 2020 Yes
Miller Sr., James H. - FN CL 92 45 - 49 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
Orlowski, Edward S. - PFC CL 92 48 - 49 December 11, 2020 Yes
Moody Sr., Paul R. - FN CL 92 45 - 49 December 14, 2020 Yes
Cunningham, John D. - SN CL 92 49 - 49 November 29, 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 Yes
Beardsley Sr., Frederick G. - EN2 CLG 4 59 - 62 January 16, 2021 Yes
Balbo Jr., Henry G. - F2c CL 92 46 - 47 January 30, 2021 Yes
Walts, Roger - GMM3 CLG 4 62 - 64 March 9, 2021 Yes
Beale, Alan M. - MM3 CLG 4 59 - 62 April 2, 2021 Yes
Stitelman, Martin - LTJG CLG 4 59 - 62 April 15, 2021 Yes
Montefusco, Joseph E. - RM3 CLG 4 72 - 75 May 10, 2021 Yes
Skay, John J. - BT3 CLG 4 66 - 70 May 22, 2021 Yes
Eddington, Dan A. - RD3 CLG 4 68 - 70 June 14, 2021 Yes

(Listed alphabetically)

Balbo Jr., Henry G.

(March 9, 1928 - January 30, 2021)

Henry G. Balbo passed away at Regency Grande Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dover, NJ on January 30, 2021, at the age of 92.

He was born in Jersey City on March 9, 1928, and proudly served in the United States Navy as a Tin Can Sailor from 1946 -1948. He married his sweetheart Suzanne (Maresca) in 1950 and they would be together for 52 years.

Henry played semi pro Babe Ruth baseball @ Pershing Field in Jersey City. He attended night school and graduated from Seton Hall University then moved out to the country to Morris Plains in 1962 where he would raise his two daughters and get involved in the community coaching baseball. He was very proud of his affiliation at MCHS Athletics Department and was instrumental in constructing the concession at the football field, he was a true Crusader. He worked for I.T.T in Clifton as a personnel manager in the Avionics Division for 30 years before retiring in 1988. In 1994 he moved to Ortley Beach with his adoring wife and loved to spend time at the beach and have close proximity to Atlantic City. In 2016 he moved to the Carriage House in Mt. Arlington, NJ where he made some wonderful friends. Henry enjoyed all types of music. He entertained his family and friends by playing the piano , organ and harmonica. Dancing to Frank Sinatra tunes were part of the joy he shared with his wife Suzanne and after her death his companion of eight years , Mary Schmid (2013)

Henry was the life of the party and like most that knew him it was a special time when you saw him. He will be most remembered for his optimism, great sense of humor, his ability to tell jokes, and of course his eggplant parmigiana. "Heaven gained a good one".

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 52 years, Suzanne (Maresca) Balbo in 2003, his sister Beatrice (Betty) Nasisi and by his son in-law Peter Lyden in 2019.

Henry is survived by his loving daughters Donna M. Lyden of Denville, NJ and Susan and her husband Joseph Addesso of Southport, NC. He is also survived by his grandchildren Monica and Eric Roman, Renee and Tim Van Oudenaren, Dayna and James Lane, Peter and Dayna Lyden, Caroline Addesso and Julia Addesso as well as his great grandchildren Leah Marie and Jenna Roman, Lyla and Luke Van Oudenaren, Ronald and Roxanne Lane and Harper and Cody Lyden.

A memorial service for Henry will be planned in the near future under the direction of Norman Dean Home for Services 16 Righter Avenue Denville, NJ 07834

Memorial donations can be made in Henry's memory to the Breast Cancer Foundation or to the Tin Can Sailors by way of

(Posted on Little Rock website 21 Mar 2021)

Beardsley Sr., Frederick G.

(August 12, 1939 - January 16, 2021)

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

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 24 Jan 2021)

Beale, Alan M.

(1958 - April 2, 2021)

BEALE, Alan M. April 2, 2021. Survived by his loving wife Bridget of 63 years; son Douglas Beale; daughter Denise Keller; granddaughters Amanda Smith and Rachel (Bassam) Haddad; great grandchildren Nikolai and Kaliana.

Alan was a Navy man and a Stationary Engineer, for many years, working at Xerox and Delco in Rochester. He was a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan who also loved crossword puzzles and jazz music. Alan and Shannon were in love with the idea of living on the water, which is why they chose to make their home on Sodus Bay, and later in Fair Haven.

A Celebration of Life will be held on June 20, 2021, beginning at 2:00 PM at the Beach Shelter Pavilion, in Fair Haven State Park. The obituary will also be published in the Sunday April 10, 2021 edition of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

(Posted on Little Rock website 26 Apr 2021)

Biser, Maruice G.

(? - November 16, 2019)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 18 Aug 2020)

Cartier Jr., Roland, C.

(October 26, 1952 - October 22, 2020)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 01 Nov 2020)

Cunningham, John D.

(1930 - November 29, 2020)

John D. Cunningham passed away peacefully on November 29, 2020 at the age of 90.

John was a proud Navy veteran that served in the Korean War and loved his country, and he later worked for US Steel as a Millwright for 37 years. He enjoyed all animals especially dogs, the Dallas professional football team, Penn State football, and was an avid hunter.

He was the beloved husband of 67 years to Catherine Louise Cunningham; loving father of Nancy Rizzo (Edward) and Jim Cunningham (Emily); grandfather of John Cunningham (Josh Berg), Edward Rizzo (Keri), Ryan Cunningham (Nicole), Jessica Cunningham, Jim Rizzo (Heather), Matt Rizzo (Rachel), J.D. Cunningham (Jaimee); great-grandfather of Lexi, Izzy, Jack, Stella, Hadley, Quinn, Ryleigh, and Ryder; brother to Cabrini Emplit (Ray).

John was preceded in death by his son John R. Cunningham and daughter-in-law Eleanor Cunningham.

Family and friends are invited to John's Life Celebration Visitation on Tuesday, December 22, from 6-8PM, at the Beck-Givnish Life Celebration Home, 7400 New Falls Rd., Levittown, PA 19055. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John's name to your local animal shelter or to Wounded Warrior Project online at

(Posted on Little Rock website 28 Jan 2021)

Eddington, Dan A.

(May 25, 1947 - June 14, 2021)

Eddington, Dan A. 5/25/1947 - 6/14/2021 Kalamazoo, Michigan Age 74, passed away at Rose Arbor Hospice on Monday evening, June 14, 2021 following a lengthy illness.

Dan was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on May 25, 1947, the son of James H. and Frieda (Buetler) Eddington. Dan dearly loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He had many passions and hobbies, including target shooting. He was quite a marksman and enjoyed rifle shooting at the Kalamazoo Rod & Gun Club, where he was a Board member for many years. Dan was an expert at re-loading and making his own ammunition.

As a family man, he and the family would spend time camping at Yankee Springs, as well. Dan was employed as a printer at the Upjohn Company and retired after 30 years of dedicated service.

On December 22, 1967, Dan wed the former Judy DeVries, and they enjoyed nearly 50 years of marriage prior to her death in July of 2017.

Besides his beloved wife, Dan was preceded in death by his parents, a baby brother, James Dennis Eddington and his uncle Ed Buetler. He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Randy Eddington and Jennifer (Jim) McCarthy, along with his grandchildren, Deanna Fagerness, Sarah (Justin Rozema) Fagerness, Elizabeth (Collin) Prideaux; and great grandchild, Asher Prideaux.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place and the family will have a private graveside service with full military honors, at Fort Custer National Cemetery where Dan will be laid to rest with his late wife, Judy.

(Posted on Little Rock website 17 June 2021)

Eichhorn, Curtis L.

(July 18, 1949 - December 9, 2020)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 30 Dec 2020)

Emery, Richard C.

(November 11, 1939 - November 16, 2020)

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.


Please consider donations to St. Judes Children Research Hospital or the Travis Mills Foundation.

(Posted on Little Rock website 25 Nov 2020)

Fortin, Frank G.

(May 3, 1948 - January 6, 2018)

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

(Posted on Little Rock website 18 Aug 2020)

Gittins, Melvin H.

(March 26, 1922 - September 1, 2020)

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.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Melvin Heber Gittins, please visit our floral store.

(Posted on Little Rock website 16 Sep 2020)

Grantham, Noel (Paul)

(June 5, 1942 - November 10, 2020)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 17 Nov 2020)

Linkous, Jeffery E.

(August 8, 1944 - June 25, 2020)

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

(Posted on Little Rock website 02 July 2020)

Miller Sr., James H.

(1930 - May 30, 2020)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 02 June 2020)

Mitchell, John J. - CAPT/CO

(1920 - January 16, 2021)

John "Jack" Mitchell, Annapolis, MD was a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 1942) when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7 1942. A week later, as a newly-minted Ensign he set out to join the fleet in the Pacific.

Jack's first assignment at sea was aboard the aircraft carrier USS Wasp CV 7. On 15 September 1942 the WASP was attacked by the Japanese. In the attack 176 WASP crewmen died and scores were injured including Jack who was badly injured. He spent a year back in San Diego recuperating.

Returning to the fray before the war ended, Jack served on the destroyer USS Moale DD 693, participating in the battles for Leyte and Iwo Jima as well as and others. After the war ended, he toured the world on the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge CV 45, and the cruiser USS Salem CA 139.

Jack continued on with his career in the Navy, attaining rank of Captain, and was notably the Commanding Officer of USS LITTLE ROCK CLG 4, a guided missile cruiser, when in 1967 the "Six Day War" broke out between Egypt and Israel, in which USS LIBERTY came under attack. Jack rushed LITTLE ROCK to the stricken ship, sailing tight circles around it to guard it from more harm until survivors could be removed.

Jack retired from the Navy in 1972, and married the next year. He and his wife Kieran moved into Westbriar in Vienna, VA and soon thereafter, and he took up a keen interest in community and county real estate development issues. For 32 years, Jack was the President of Westbriar Civic Association, promoting its interests in matters coming before the Vienna Town Council and the Fairfax County Government.

"Jack has been saying for a long while he would like to live to be a hundred," his wife Kieran related. His wish came true in August 2020. "A nice round number, easy to remember," she quipped.

Jack passed away on January 16, survived by his wife, their son Michael, two grandchildren in Winchester, VA and their daughter Heather in Fairfax City, VA.

(Posted on Little Rock website 28 January 2021)

Montefusco, Joseph E.

(September 10, 1952 - May 10, 2021)

Joseph Edward Montefusco, 68, of Belleville; formerly of Jersey City; entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 10, 2021 surrounded by his caring children. Joe was a retired mechanical engineer, but his proudest achievement was honorably serving in the US Navy during Vietnam. "Veteran" is a title he wore proudly.

Joe is the beloved son of the late Robert and Estelle Montefusco; the caring and deeply loved father and father-in-law of Angela Mercado and her husband, Ruben Jr.; Amanda Ramchandani and her husband, Dinesh; and Joey Montefusco; the most loving, proud grandfather of Elijah, Noah, Nevaeh, Bella, Rubiana, Collin and Kiran. Joe is also survived by his adoring older brother, Donald Montefusco, beloved nieces and nephews and countless extended family and friends who he left a lasting impression on. He loved all and will be missed by many.

Visitation is Friday, May, 14, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Riotto Funeral Home & Cremation Company, 3205 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City (For GPS Navigation, it is best to use our parking lot address: 14 Stagg Street). Funeral Mass is Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St. Ann's Polish Roman Catholic Church, Jersey City. Private Cremation will follow.

(Posted on Little Rock website 14 May 2021)

Moody Sr., Paul R.

(June 10, 1929 - December 14, 2020)

Paul R Moody, Sr went to be with the Lord Monday, December 14, 2020.

He was born June 10, 1929 in Morgantown, WV, a son of the late Argil and Grace (Westfall) Moody. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline (Bates) Moody, daughter Barbara Kulow, and two sisters, Hilda Ridel and Edna Marie Moore.

Paul was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Steubenville, Ohio. He was a Navy Veteran, serving on the USS Little Rock. He also served in the West Virginia National Guard. He was a truck driver for many years and also worked in construction until his retirement. He enjoyed many years after retirement going camping, fishing and gardening. He was also a member of Weirton VFD Company One.

He was blessed with 63 years of marriage with his wife Pauline, and had seven children. He is survived by his daughters, Anna Haggerty, Pam (Pete) Huzey, Patricia (Ralph Jr) Taylor, Sandra Nation, Janice (Brian) Striker, and son, Paul R. (Elizabeth) Moody ll, 18 grandchildren, 24 great- grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

(Posted on Little Rock website 03 Mar 2021)

Noren, Dennis A.

(January 21, 1955 - October 1, 2020)

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!

(Posted on Little Rock website 22 OCT 2020)

Orlowski, Edward S.

(1927 - December 11, 2020)

ORLOWSKI, Edward S. passed away Friday, December 11 while doing his morning regime. He had his routine planned out to read his morning paper from start to finish, getting his walk in and hitting his heavy bag which kept him motoring until his heart gave out at the age of 94.

He was born and raised in Boston enjoying his freedom to do as he pleased. He self-educated himself past his high school years living and learning through books. His passion for adventure led him to join the military and off he went to sea in the Navy during World War II joining the boxing team. He couldn't wait to be a part of the Marines during the Korean War experiencing the best time of his life writing about it and having his written words placed in the Marine Corps Museum in VA. He was honored with the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. The military molded his outlook on life and he brought this outlook with him while bringing up his five children.

His love for country and family meant everything to him and he liked to be heard so he decided to use the paper to form his opinions for everyone to hear. He always said, if I only had a memory. He remembered all of his military years and never stopped living until he was knocked out.

Ed was predeceased by his wife Barbara Ahern Orlowski, his Polish immigrant parents Karolina Klatha and Francis Orlowski and his sister Veronica Miller from Everett, MA. Living relatives are his three daughters, Andrea Lavitt of Ellington, Carloyn Mangiofico of Stafford, Doreen Moore of Manchester. His two sons Steven Orlowski of Ellington and Mike Orlowski of West Hartford. He has eight loving grandchildren, Michelle Simpson of Georgia, Leanne and Logan Moore of Manchester, Matt and Nicole Orlowski of Ellington, Nick, Ryan and Adam Orlowski of West Hartford and two great grandchildren, Joseph and Barbara Simpson of Georgia.

Ed was a strong independent minded proud man who loved his family and lived his life to his standards. To respect his ongoing privacy, there will be a private ceremony on his 95th birthday, December 26, with military honors at the Ellington Cemetery, Ellington CT. Burke-Fortin Funeral Home has been entrusted with Edwards care. For online condolences please visit Much thanks and appreciation to the state police and Ellington responders who did their part with dignity and respect in transporting Ed to another place in his life.

(Posted on Little Rock website 30 Apr 2021)

Parrott, Louis J.

(March 3, 1929 - January 20, 2020)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 28 OCT 2020)

Peterson, Robert A.

(? - March 9, 2019)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 24 Aug 2020)

Reinhardt, John A.

(September 5, 1939 - April 22, 2020)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 02 Oct 2020)

Schlosser Sr., Alan F. - BT3

(March 10, 1941 - July 13, 2020)

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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(Posted on Little Rock website 16 July 2020

Skay, John J.

(1947 - May 22, 2021)

On May 22, 2021, Age 74, of Laurel Springs, NJ; Beloved husband of Ruth (nee Webster); Loving father of Sherry Schlagle (Andrew) of Gloucester Twp., NJ and Kelly Gillies (Joseph) of Woolwich, NJ; Cherished grandfather of Brayden & Kylie Gillies and Dear brother of Thomas Skay and the late Margaret O'Brien & William Skay.

John proudly served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a Machinist at the Phila. Naval Shipyard for 33 years. John was a longtime member of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, an avid golfer and most importantly a dedicated family man.

John's family will receive friends on Thursday Evening, May 27th, 6-8 PM & on Friday morning 10-10:45 AM in the Sanctuary of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Rd., Haddonfield, NJ; his Service will follow at 11 AM. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of John may be made to Melanoma Research Alliance, 730 15th Street, NW, Fourth Floor, Washington, DC 20005 (Please indicate that the gift is in memory of your loved one) or via

(Posted on Little Rock website 04 Jun 2021)

Spoto, Victor S.

(August 16, 1933 - June 4, 2012)

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 Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater / 727-796-1992

(Posted on Little Rock website 30 Aug 2020)

Stitelman (Stillman), Martin - LTJG

(Sept. 1, 1936 - Apr. 15, 2021)

Martin Stillman died peacefully in his Lake Park home at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife Carol Cohen of Oakland, brother Leonard Stitelman of Albuquerque, daughter Ruth Dashiell (Dan) of Orinda, son Mark Stillman (Kate) of Boise, stepson Brian Cohen (Randy) of Beverly Hills and stepdaughter Dana Cohen (Jeff Simon) of Piedmont; and 9 grandchildren.

Stillman, known to family and friends as Marty, was born and raised in Brooklyn New York. He was a tall, wiry kid who excelled in all athletics, with his brother Len having fond memories of him playing baseball in empty lots with his friends. He attended Columbia University and received an Economics degree in 1958. After college he entered active duty in the US Navy, serving aboard the USS Lake Chaplain from 1958 to 1959, and the USS Little Rock from 1960 to 1961. During a record review, his commanding officer gave Stillman a mark of "Outstanding performance, a very fine officer" and remarked "under the leadership and guidance of Lt Stillman, the 2nd division was one of the best divisions of the Pre-Commissioning Detail at Personnel Inspection" and "…a fine subordinate who is cheerful and loyal in executing the orders of his superiors." He served in the Naval reserves for 13 years, rising to rank of Lieutenant Commander at the time of his honorable discharge in 1974.

Marty changed his name from Stitelman to Stillman (hat tip Bob Lipsyte), moved to San Francisco in 1963, married Bernice Elaine Zuckerman in 1966, and started a family in Danville and Lafayette in the late 1960s. He worked 10 years for Prudential Insurance company as Associate General Manager of Real Estate investments, and in 1973 realized his dream of founding Stillman Commercial in Walnut Creek. According to his resume, as Managing General Partner, Marty "aggressively managed properties to maintain high occupancy rates, quality tenants and maximum property values."

In 1986 Marty married Carol Cohen and started a new chapter in his life. He enjoyed traveling with Carol, visiting all corners of the world. For many years Marty shared office space with Richard Singer whose wit, charm and caring heart made him a great friend. He loved playing tennis with friends, cherishing his weekly doubles matches with Norman Licht, Chuck Batts and Rick Hazard. He always made it a priority to be involved with Ruth, Dan, Mark, Kate and their children as they raised their own families. And he embraced his expanded family, creating strong bonds with Dana, Jeff, Brian, Randy and their children. In his later years, Marty embraced learning through The Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning in San Francisco with his good friend Harry Citron.

According to his son Mark, "He was a great father with a good heart. He was always there for me, and he taught me so much. He left me with happy memories of playing tennis together, watching action movies, traveling and always cheering me on in everything I did. Over the last 5 years we spent a lot of quality time together and I am proud to be called Marty's son. I love and miss you dad! And I'll never forget you."

Contributions in Marty Stillman's memory may be sent to: The Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning, 2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117.

(Posted on Little Rock website 20 Jun 2021)

Strickenberger, Benjamin J.

(March 29, 1939 - June 14, 2020)

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

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(Posted on Little Rock website 15 June 2020)

Sutton, Phillip M.

(1945 - November 29, 2020)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 06 December 2020)

Vieira, Frank

(January 12, 1946 - November 11, 2020)

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; or The Salvation Army, 619 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA 02740; For online tribute,

(Posted on Little Rock website 12 Nov 2020)

Walts, Roger

(1943 - March 9, 2021)

PARRISH, FLA.- Roger Walts Passed away in Parrish, Fla. on March 9, 2021 at the age of 78 in his sleep.

Born in Shelbyville, Ind., he was an avid basketball player and even played for his ships team while aboard the USS Little Rock during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He would return to Indiana to attend college at Purdue.

He went on to marry and moved to Saratoga Springs where he would raise his two children Andrew and Melissa. He was active in the local Jaycee's where he regularly helped with the building of the haunted houses put on by the Jaycee's. He coached soccer and softball and was well know around Saratoga as a General Contractor who worked on many of the revitalization projects in the early 80's and 90's. He moved to Ocala Florida in the early 90's and golfed nearly every day. He recently moved to Parrish Florida to live out the remainder of his time near his son.

Roger was predeceased by his sister, Julia, and brother, Richard, and is survived by his son, Andrew, daughter-in-law, Penny, and daughter, Melissa, son-in-law, Michael and their son and his grandson, Anthony. Service will be held in April at the Sarasota National Cemetery where he will be interned with full military honors in the Sarasota National Cemetery in Florida. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Ocala Sheriff's Youth Ranch

(Posted on Little Rock website 13 Apr 2021)

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