USMC Bugler Recent Notices
Deceased Shipmates
USN Bugler

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

Page last updated: 6 April, 2020

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 ?
Spalding, George W. CL 92 45 - 46 April 25, 2018 Yes
Schuman III, William E. CLG 4 59 - 62 August 31, 2018 Yes
Johnson, Peter M. CLG 4 71 - 74 February 4, 2019 Yes
Cameron Sr., Clifford R. CLG 4 61 - 63 February 11, 2019 Yes
Wilson, Clifford B CLG 4 69 - 72 March 4, 2019 Yes
Edwards, Casper H. CLG 4 59 - 61 March 11, 2019 No
Portwood, Carl R. CL 92 46 - 46 March 14, 2019 Yes
Laberinto, Cosmo L. CL 92 46 - 47 March 22, 2019 Yes
Anderson III, Lane S. CLG 4 66 - 69 April 9, 2019 Yes
Dupuis, Gerard A. "Jerry" CLG 4 61 - 63 April 11, 2019 Yes
Rogers, Robert E. CLG 4 64 - 67 April 16, 2019 Yes
Rappe, James D. CLG 4 65 - 67 June 27, 2019 No
Moats, Harmon J. CL 92 48 - 49 July 8, 2019 No
Relo, Joseph CL 92 45 - 45 July 22, 2019 Yes
Sinisi, Richard R. CLG 4 75 - 76 September 2019 Yes
Beers, Harold E. CLG 4 64 - 67 December 5, 2019 Yes
Chesnulevich, Harry J. CL 92 48 - 49 December 11, 2019 Yes
Boughton Sr., Gary D. CLG 4 71 - 71 January 18, 2020 Yes
Pearsall III, Everett H. CLG 4 59 - 61 February 8, 2020 Yes
Piker, Dale R. CLG 4 59 - 61 February 14, 2020 Yes
Thibodeau, John R. CLG 4 59-64/70-72 February 26, 2020 Yes
Hutson, Kenneth T. CLG 4 70 - 73 February 27, 2020 Yes
Weaver, Edward P. CL 92 45 - 45 March 8, 2020 Yes

(Listed alphabetically)

Anderson III, Lane S.

(1945 - April 9, 2019)

Dr. Lane S. Anderson III died on April 9, 2019 at the age of 74. He was born in Charleston, WV to Lane S. Anderson, Jr. and Helen E. Sindell but grew up in Charlotte, NC where he graduated from Myers Park High School. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill on a Navy ROTC Scholarship and received his undergraduate degree before being commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer during the Vietnam War era. After serving four years active duty, he transferred to the naval reserve intelligence program, served 21 years, and retired as a captain.

He also served 33 years in K thru 12 Education as a teacher, coach, and principal of three schools. Dr. Anderson was selected as a Wells Fargo Principal for Guilford County Schools, went on to become the NC Principal of the Year, and was designated a National Distinguished Principal by the U. S. Department of Education. Concurrently, he received a master's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a doctorate from UNC-Greensboro in addition to four years of post-doctoral work there in psychology, sociology, and counseling.

He was the owner of The Anderson Center for Marriage and Family Therapy in Greensboro and Mebane for over 25 years and published two best-selling books entitled: “Care Enough To Discipline-Raising Children for the 21st Century” and “Answers To Questions About Life, Livin', and Lovin' ” which was a compilation of his monthly “Ask Dr. A” columns featured in Alamance Magazine for over seven years on topics of faith, family, marriage, parenting, life, and love. Dr. Anderson was President of Real World Consulting for over 15 years which specialized in helping “high risk” schools improve discipline, increase academic achievement, and close test score gaps among various ethnic groups of students.

He was president of the Humane Society of Guilford County for eight years and also served as president of the Greensboro Civitan Club as well as being an active member of several veterans' organizations. Dr. Anderson was a member of the St. Francis Episcopal Church in Greensboro and the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Burlington.

Dr. Anderson is survived by his wife, Dr. Deborah Owens Webb Anderson, formerly of Macclesfield, NC as well as her son Chad Webb and his family (wife Lauren, Jett and Annalyse) of Greenville, NC. He is survived by his daughter, Julia Anderson Steele and husband Joey, of Greensboro and her daughter Avery Anderson Cox. Surviving siblings include his sister, Peggy Anderson Mathis (wife of Jim Mathis) of Wilmington, NC, brother, Phil Anderson, his wife Ellen, and their son Christopher of Charlottesville, VA, his brother, Roy Anderson of Leland, NC and sister and brother in law, Sharon and Ernie Poling.

A Celebration of Life service, including military honors, will be conducted at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. The committal service will immediately follow the service in the Memory Garden of the church. The family will receive friends prior to the service in the church parlor from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, individual contributions should be made to any organization or charity which helps animals or people in need, especially children and their families.

(Posted on Little Rock website 5 May 2019)

Beers, Harold E.

(May 5, 1934 - December 5, 2019)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 26 January 2020)

Boughton Sr., Gary D.

(April 29, 1949 - January 18, 2020)

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 wasan avid Yankees, Bills, and Sabres fan, and a proud Naval veteran serving on the U.S.S. Little Rock. Condolences at

(Posted on Little Rock website 23 January 2020)

Cameron Sr., Clifford R.

(March 23, 1928 - February 11, 2019)

CAMDEN — Clifford Richards Cameron, Sr., passed away February 11, 2019.

Born in Rockland, Maine on 23 March 1928 to Evelyn and Seymore Cameron, Cliff spent his boyhood days growing up with friends in the Midcoast. His early times were spent on the waters of Penobscot Bay as a bosun of the Rockland Sea Scouts, and Lake Megunticook with family, forming a passion for the water that he would carry throughout his life.

A graduate of Rockland High School 1946 and then Maine Maritime Academy 1949, he served 24 years as a U.S. Naval officer, with duties on Patrol Craft, Ice Breaker Burton Island, the 6th Fleet Flagship Cruiser Little Rock, and Defense Intelligence tours in Vietnam, Iceland, and at the U.S. Pentagon.

He married Betty Stetson of Camden in 1950 and they shared a busy life with the military and then with the local Camden community when he retired at the rank of Commander in 1974.

Upon retirement he worked for the Allen Agency and then ultimately started his own insurance business, Maine Life and Health Services. He was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars, a passionate member of Maine Maritime Academy Alumni Association and the Academy Board of Trustees, The Propeller Club, and Camden Lions Club.

He was known as a wonderful soul, quick with a joke and a friendly word.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Diane Paul and Sally Wylie.

He leaves behind his wife of 74 years, Betty, his sons Sandy and Ben; daughter in-laws Kari and Cindy; grandchildren Matthew, Eli, James, Sadie, Greg, Noah, a great grandson Declan; a sister Suzie Cameron of Orange, CA; and several nephews and nieces as well as longtime friends from the academy, local clubs, and community.

A private memorial service will be held for the family with interment in the Mountain View Cemetery in Camden.

A service with military honors will be announced in the spring.

If desired, memorial gifts may be made in his memory to the Maine Maritime Class of 1949 Scholarship Fund, c/o MMA Development Office, 1 Pleasant St., Castine, ME 04420.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.longfuneralhomecamden. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.

(Posted on Little Rock website 11 March 2019)

Chesnulevich, Harry J.

(August 16, 1928 - December 11, 2019)

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

(Posted on Little Rock website 06 Apr 2020)

Dupuis, Gerard A. "Jerry"

(December 31, 1937 - April 11, 2019)

Gerard A."Jerry" Dupuis, 81, of Inlet, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at his home. He was born on December 31, 1937 in Berlin, New Hampshire, the son of Phillip and Marie (Mercier) Dupuis. Jerry graduated from Indian Lake High School and then received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and then earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He proudly served his country in the US Navy from 1960-1972, during the Cuban Missile Crisis and was honorably discharged with the rank of Full Lieutenant. Gerard was an attorney and practiced Corporate Litigation for several Wall St. law firms in New York City. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Inlet, USS Little Rock Association, American Bar Association and the American Legion.

Jerry was an exercise enthusiast and did so daily for at least a half hour prior to work and this routine continued in retirement. He also enjoyed many outdoor activities including, gardening, skiing, snowshoeing and golf. Jerry was very involved with groups that surrounded the Adirondacks, especially the Fulton Chain of Lakes Performing Arts Council.

Surviving are his brother, Roger; daughters, Laura Caruso and Amy Dupuis-Katz; sons, Michael Dupuis and Jonathan Dupuis and 8, soon to be 9, grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, May 10 from 6-8 pm at Dimbleby Funeral Homes, Inc., 128 Fern Ave., Old Forge. Funeral services will be on Saturday, May 11 at 1 pm from St. Anthony of Paduas Church, Inlet, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery.

Remembrances in Gerard's name may be made to the scholarship fund of the USS Little Rock Association or the Fulton Chain of Lakes Performing Arts Council, Inc.

(Posted on Little Rock website 09 May 2019

Hutson, Kenneth T.

(January 6, 1951 - February 27, 2020)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 05 March 2020)

Johnson, Peter M.

(December 14, 1947 - February 4, 2019)

SIDNEY - Peter Michael Johnson, 71, passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer at MaineGeneral Rehab and Nursing at Glenridge, Comfort and Care, on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, with his wife, Judith, by his side.

Peter was born in Bath, Maine, on Dec. 14, 1947, the eldest son of Kenneth B. and Pauline (Smith) Johnson. He attended Williams High School in Oakland and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in education and from the University of Maine at Augusta in 1984, with a B.S. in public administration. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1974, and his last duty assignment was on the USS Little Rock.He was employed for 32 years, and retired state service in 2008, from the State of Maine, in the Department of Labor and DHHS.

He enjoyed working part-time after retirement as a driver for Daniel's Auto Body and then for Charlie's Motor Mall.Pete was an active member of the Masons, Rural Lodge in Sidney for many years. He was a member of the Sidney Historical Society and was proud to call Sidney his home. He was intelligent, had a great sense of humor and never met a person he couldn't talk to about anything. He was generous, forgiving and was lovingly known to be the glue that kept his family together. He loved people, had long and lasting relationships with friends from Williams High School, his Navy buddies from the USS Little Rock, his coworkers and many others.

He enjoyed traveling and many cruises with his wife, Judith; turkey hunting in Vermont with his brother, Paul; golfing and motorcycling with Dale and spending time with his brother from another mother, Jeffrey Campbell.

He was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth Johnson and Pauline Tibbetts. He is survived by his adoring wife, Judith M. (Austin) Johnson, and his children whom he considered dear to his heart and as his very own: Stepdaughter, Rebecca Hosley of Chicago, Ill.; stepdaughter, Sarah and husband, Mike Turner, of Turner; stepdaughter, Lea and husband, Joe Studholme, of South China; and stepson, Scott and wife, Erin Kendall, of Gassetts, Vt.; grandchildren, Dylan, Garrett, Wyatt, Cayden, Blaine, Abigail and Sabrina will sadly miss their Papa Pete. Also surviving are his younger and cherished siblings, sister, Teddy and husband, Don Doyon of Augusta; brother, Paul and wife, Brenda Johnson, of Nantuckett, Mass.; sister, Mary Johnson of South Pari; and stepsister, Michelle and husband, Ron Rudnicki, of Amhurst, N.Y. Uncle Pete was survived by nieces, nephews and their children.

Pete did not wish to have a funeral service; however, a celebration of his life will take place this late spring/early summer at his favorite place at Reid State Park. Cremation arrangements were by Mid Maine Cremation Services. We would like to thank the nurses and CNA's at Comfort Care at Glenridge, Dr. Kumar and staff at the Alfond Cancer Center, Dr. Gene Cheng and his staff, the Hospice Home Care team (especially Chelsea), Minister Tim, his sisters and brother, our friends and our family for taking part in Pete's journey and allowing him to experience dying with dignity and grace.

(Posted on Little Rock website 18 Feb 2019)

Laberinto, Cosmo L.

(March 1, 1928 - March 22, 2019)

LABERINTO, Cosmo L. Of Middleboro, formerly of Somerville and Medford, passed away peacefully at his home on March 22.

He was a devoted husband, father, and friend who will be sorely missed. He leaves an incredible void in the hearts of those who loved him. Born in Somerville, on March 1, 1928. He was the son of the late Vincent and Mary Laberinto.

Cosmo proudly served his Country in the United States Navy aboard the USS Little Rock. He worked many years as an electrical engineer.

He is survived by his beloved wife Rosina (Antetomaso) for 57 years. Father of Lisa Pasquale and her husband Anthony of Middleboro and Vincent and his wife Laura of Raynham. Cherished grandfather of Michael, Dante and Gianna Pasquale, Nicholas, Jaiden and Lilah Laberinto. Brother of Louis Laberinto of FL and the late John and Elizabeth. Cosmo is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Above all Cosmo valued his family, always available to help and support the ones he loved.

Cosmo's Funeral Service will be held in the Beals- Geake- Magliozzi Funeral Home, 29 Governors Ave., MEDFORD, on Wednesday, March 27th, at 12:30pm. Relatives and friends are most welcome to attend. Visiting Hours prior to the service will be held from 10:30am until 12:30pm. Interment Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Donations in Cosmo's memory may be made to the Bayada Home Health Care of Plymouth, 20 North Park Avenue, Suite 1200, Plymouth, MA 02360.

(Posted on Little Rock website 14 June 2019)

Pearsall III, Everett H.

(January 27, 1940 - February 18, 2020)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 06 Apr 2020)

Piker, Dale R.

(September 26, 1940 - February 14, 2020)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 21 February 2020)

Portwood, Carl R.

(June 23, 1923 - March 14, 2019)

Carl Robert Portwood, 95, years young, went to be with the Lord March 14, 2019. He died at home in Fosterburg, IL

Carl was born in Garden City, Oklahoma on June 23, 1923 to Robert and Verna Portwood, of Eldred, IL.

He married Eva Rink on April 12, 1952. She preceded him in death in 1994.

Carl was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Fosterburg, IL.

He graduated high school from Carrollton High School in Carrollton, IL in 1941. He was an avid athlete, lettering in track, basketball and football.

Baseball scouts from the former St. Louis Browns (today known as the St. Louis Cardinals) came to pursue him for the team, but he was actively enlisted in the Navy, serving his country.

He served in the U.S Navy and Army. In the Navy, he was a WWII Veteran and was on the U.S.S Birmingham and the U.S.S Little Rock as an Advanced Gunners Mate.

He fought in the Korean War in Amidong, Korea, and other areas of the peninsula, earning a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He served as Sgt. 1st class, 1st platoon, B battery, 15th Anti-Aircraft in the 7th Infantry Division.

He helped to start the American Legion in Eldred, IL and was a charter member there. He was also a Lifetime member of the Wood River VFW, serving in many officer positions. He also held positions on the Veterans Assistance Commission in Madison County, IL. He was a board member of the Shell Wood River Federal Credit Union Board.

He worked at Westerner / Olin Corporation in East Alton, ILL from 1941-1942. He then became an operating engineer at Shell Wood River Refinery in Wood River, IL and retired in 1978. He also co-owned, P&H Sanitation Co. and pursued Wastewater Treatment Operators License from LCCC and worked at the Rosewood heights Sanitation District.

He was an avid gardener and sold and gave away produce that he grew, to the less fortunate. An avid baseball fan, reader, history, genealogy and geography lover, he truly loved his family and epitomized a true patriot's heart. He will be forever remembered for his wisdom, love of country and gentlemanly ways.

Some words of wisdom he loved to impart were “You can carry on, but don't get carried away”. “Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his friends”, yet the Lord Laid down His Life for His enemies”.

He is survived by his two daughters, Beverly (Dennis) Bolton and Bonnie (Ralph) Reynolds of Fosterburg; brother, Richard Portwood and his wife Lois of Carrolton, IL.; 7 granddaughters, Kellie (Greg) Wadlow of Oxford, MS, Kim (Bilejo) Henson of Fosterburg, Joy (Jared) Brueggeman, Alyssa (Tanner) Cope and Cynthia Rogers all of Bethalto, Crystal Reynolds Barrera (Javier) of Corpus Christi, TX and Alexus Conway of Bethalto; 10 great grandchildren, with one on the way in June, Bekah Dedear, Devin Rogers, Carson Cope, Reese and Mia Brueggeman and Kara Janssen Alyssa, Mondo, Mia and Keith Barrera and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his beloved wife of 42 years, Eva and a brother and sister in law, Kenneth and Dorothy Portwood of Carrolton.

Visitation will from 10 a.m. until the time of services at noon on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Wounded Warriors or BJC Hospice.

(Posted on Little Rock website 29 March 2019)

Relo, Joseph

(January 19, 1927 - July 22, 2019)

Joseph Relo, 92, passed away Monday, July 22, at Chestnut Hill Senior Living in Gahanna, OH where he had been a resident for 2 years.

Joe was born on January 19, 1927 in Hillsville, PA to parents Phillip and Josephine (Startari) Relo. He graduated from Struthers High School and immediately enlisted in the US Navy, proudly serving his country during World War II on the USS Little Rock. Joe continued his service to the community as a Struthers Firefighter for over 30 years, retiring in 1983. Always working a 2nd job, he was also employed at the Federal Wholesale Company in Hubbard, OH. He was an avid golfer and played regularly at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Pulaski, PA.

He married the former Josephine Merlino of New Castle, PA on February 27, 1960. She passed away on January 17, 1997. In addition to his parents and wife, Joe was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Triveri as well as several brother and sister in laws.

Joe will be deeply missed by his daughter, Sue Ann Hufford, son in law Larry, and the light of his life, granddaughter Abigail, all of Johnstown, OH as well as several nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass will be held, officiated by the Reverend Michael Swierz, on Saturday, August 3 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Our Savior St. Nicholas Parish in Struthers. Friends may call at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Joe will be buried next to his wife at St. John's Cemetery in Coitsville, OH.

(Posted on Little Rock website 26 August 2019)

Rogers, Robert E.

(? - April 16, 2019)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 01 February 2020)

Schuman III, William E.

(June 28, 1938 - August 31, 2018)

William Edward Schuman, III, age 80, a resident of Riviera Beach for 43 years, and previously of Baltimore, passed away on August 31, 2018 after a long illness.

He was born on June 27, 1938, in Baltimore, to the late Gertrude and William Schuman, Jr. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving from 1958 until 1962, earning the good conduct and sharpshooter medals. After the service, he remained active as a member of the US Naval Institute, the American Legion, and the USS Little Rock Association. He worked with the IUEC Local #7 as an elevator mechanic for more than 28 years. During his free time he enjoyed collecting trains and lighthouses.

Along with his parents, Bill is preceded in death by his son in law Stephen C. Trageser.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years: Pat Fraley Schuman; his loving daughter Kimberly A. Trageser, of Riviera Beach; his devoted son William E. Schuman, IV and his wife Julie; of Grasonville; his grandson Philip Schuman, of Chestertowne; his three granddaughters: Katlyn Zecchin, of Easton, and Rebecca and Noelle Trageser, both of Riviera Beach; his great granddaughter Mackenzie; his brother Dennis Schuman, of Linthicum; his sister Jean Montgomery, of Port Orange, Florida; and numerous nieces, nephews, and in laws.

Family requests friends visit the Gregory J. Gonce Funeral Home, 169 Riviera Drive, Pasadena, on Tuesday from 4 to 8 PM. His funeral service will begin on Wednesday at 11 AM at the funeral home, with Father Tim Dore officiating. Those who wish may contribute to the American Cancer Society at – and feel free to express your condolences below as well.

(Posted on Little Rock website 22 Feb 2019)

Sinisi, Richard R.

(? - September 2019)

Richard passed away in September 2019. Richard was a 1975 graduate of Altoona Area High School and joined the U.S. Navy, where he served as a Boatswains Mate 3rd Class. A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Axe and Santella Family Chapel, 1534 Fourth St., Altoona, with full military honors.

Comment from shipmate Michael O'Hearn: I served with Richard on the USS Little Rock CG 4 in Gaeta Italy. We were thick as thieves. I am heart broken to hear of his passing.

(Posted on Little Rock website 06 January 2020)

Spalding, George W.

(July 27, 1926 - April 25, 2018)

George Spalding of Hatboro died Wednesday, April 25, 2018. He was 91. He was born July 27, 1926, in Philadelphia, and spent over 59 years living in Hatboro. He was the son of the late Charles Spalding and Gertrude (Koch) Spalding. George was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, who passed away in 2009.

George and Ruth were married for 58 years. Their wedding service was held at Lehman Church. Throughout the years, both George and Ruth were very active members of Lehman church. George proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked for Catalytic Inc. in Philadelphia as an Engineer for 37 years. He was a member Shiloh Lodge #558 in Lansdale for over 63 years. He retired in 1988 and later moved to Wesley Enhanced Living in Hatboro.

He enjoyed being involved in actitives and helping fellow residents during his time there. George was a jokester who loved to make others laugh. He was well known for his friendly, outgoing personality. George had an easy smile, a huge heart, and was always willing to help whenever needed. He was full of life and belonged to Derby's Square dancing group. He enjoyed camping, the outdoors and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his sons, George Spalding Jr. (Barbara), Gerhart Spalding (Shelly), Glenn Spalding (Donna), Grant Spalding (Barbara); 15 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to attend his visitation beginning at 10 a.m., Friday, May 4, at Lehman Memorial Methodist Church, 300 S. York Rd., Hatboro, where his memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. His interment will be held privately in Whitemarsh Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Lehman Methodist Church. To share a memory of George Spalding, please visit the funeral home's website listed below. Baskwill Funeral Home, Hatboro

(Posted on Little Rock website 22 Feb 2019)

Thibodeau, John R.

(February 6, 1935 - February 17, 2020)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 21 February 2020)

Wilson, Clifford B.

(December 28, 1947 - March 4, 2019)

Cliff Wilson, age 71, of Knoxville, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Cliff's wishes were to be cremated. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville, beginning at 10:00 A.M. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M, followed by military honors. After military honors, a luncheon will be held at the Church.

Those left to cherish Cliff's memory include his wife, Joyce Wilson; children, Scott (Candi) Wilson, Jeff (Whitney) Wilson, and Jenny Geery; four grandchildren, Sara (Jesse) Burrier, Tyler Wilson, Elli Geery, and Liam Geery; one great-grandson, Michael Burrier; sisters, Cathy May and Erma Kirish, brothers, Robert Stretch (Kathy) Wilson, Jr.and Karen (Tom) Eagleson; step-mother, Karen Wilson; sister-in-law, Julie (Larry) Lockwood; brother-in-law, Dave (Renae) Dunkelberger; also several extended family members.

Cliff is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Dora Wilson; brothers-in-law, Arnie May and Jay Clausen; and sister-in-law, JoAnn Clausen.

Memorials may be given in Cliff's memory to his family and will be distributed with love on a later date.

(Posted on Little Rock website 07 Mar 2019)

Weaver, Edward P.

(? - March 8, 2020)

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.

(Posted on Little Rock website 19 Mar 2020)

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