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

Page last updated: 16 January, 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 ?
Perry, Donald O. CLG 4 63 - 65 May 9, 2017 Yes
Spalding, George W. CL 92 45 - 46 April 25, 2018 Yes
Southwood, Frederick A. CLG 4 59 - 63 May 17, 2018 Yes
Macari, Robert D. CLG 4 64 - 66 July 11, 2018 Yes
Skidmore, Kenneth R. CLG 4 62 - 65 August 13, 2018 Yes
Davies, Thomas J. CLG 4 61-62 August 27, 2018 No
Schuman III, William E. CLG 4 59-62 August 31, 2018 Yes
Holding, Eric J.P. CLG 4 66 - 68 September 21, 2018 Yes
Santella, Thomas N. CLG 4 60-62/73-76 September 22, 2018 Yes
Martines, Joseph A. CL 92 45 - 45 October 26, 2018 Yes
Elstad, Leif A. CLG 4 63 - 63 October 27, 2018 Yes
Novack, Anthony G. CLG 4 60 - 64 December 4, 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 - 68 April 9, 2019 Yes
Dupuis, Gerard A. "Jerrry" CLG 4 61 - 63 April 11, 2019 Yes
Darrow Jr., Russell E. CLG 4 60 - 62 June 17, 2018 No
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

(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)

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)

Dupuis, Garard 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

Elstad, Leif A.

(December 12, 1939 - October 27, 2018)

CDR Leif A. Elstad USNR (Ret) age 78, passed away in Henderson, NV on October 27, 2018. He was born on December 12, 1939 in Story City, IA to Laura and Martin Elstad. Leif joined the United States Navy and served his country for 22 years. During his service, he was awarded numerous Medals of Honor and Valor for his heroic efforts and achievements. Leif married Audrey Gagner on October 21, 1961 in Pensacola, FL. They moved to Boulder City, NV from Apple Valley, MN in July of 1983 as he was transitioning towards retirement. Leif retired from Northwest Airlines as a Senior 747 Captain.

Leif was a member of the Lutheran church. He was a member of the Boulder City Elks Lodge, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and many other military/civilian organizations. Leif and Audrey enjoyed traveling in their motor home and Leif served as National Director of Family Motor Coach Association. He also enjoyed playing golf and being with family and friends. He will always be remembered as a master storyteller.

Leif is survived by his wife Audrey Elstad; daughter Dawn (Terry) Murphy; son Jon Elstad; and brother Erik (Glenda Marie) Elstad.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:15 AM at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City, Nevada, all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the veteran’s charity of your choice. Family and friends can sign an online memorial guestbook at

(Posted on Little Rock website 05 Nov 2018)

Holding, Eric J.P.

(1945? - September 21, 2018)

HOLDING, Eric J.P., 73, passed away Sept. 21, 2018.

Born in Ireland, his family moved to Pennsylvania when he was 15. After high school, he joined the Navy where he served on the USS Little Rock and Yosemite. He was naturalized and became a proud shellback.

He was a member of American Legion #252, Amvets post 8, and Eagles 4147.

He is survived by wife, Beth; sister, Stella Clapp; sons, Patrick and David; daughter, Susan Zielinski; and five grandchildren. A Memorial service at Bay Pines Cemetery is pending.

(Posted on Little Rock website 12 Oct 2018)

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)

Macari, Robert D.

(May 30, 1944 - July 11, 2018)

Robert was born on May 30, 1944 and passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Robert was a resident of Bayville, New Jersey at the time of passing.

He attended Bordentown Military Institute, a private high school, located in Bordentown, NJ.

After high school, he served his country in during the Vietnam war in the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Blackwood, the USS Eaton and the USS Little Rock.

A Memorial Gathering will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 10AM until his Mass of Christian Burial, 11AM, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ. Cremation and interment of his cremated remains will be held privately. Memorial Gathering at the St. Francis of Assisi Church from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on September 22, 2018.

(Posted on Little Rock website 28 Jan 2019)

Martines, Joseph A.

(1927? - October 26, 2018)

Joseph A. Martines Sr., 91, Carbondale, passed away peacefully Friday at Creekside Health and Rehabilitation Center. His wife of 69 years is the former Veronica Gorel.

Born in Carbondale, son of the late Salvatore and Grace Cerra Martines, he was affiliated with the shoe repair business for 80 years. He owned and operated Martines Shoe Repair for 70 years and was a well-known shoemaker.

Joe led a simple, humble life, and his greatest joy was in giving to others. His favorite holiday was Christmas, and he especially enjoyed Christmas Eve; after midnight Mass, his home overflowed with family and friends.

He was proud of his Sicilian heritage and was instrumental in re-establishing the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast in 1970, serving as chairman. Joe always celebrated St. Joseph's Day, was always smiling and tried to make people happy.

During WWII, he served in the United States Navy and was on the USS Little Rock CL 92, where he was a plank owner. He was a life member of the American Legion, DAV, VFW and Cottage Hose Fire Company.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Salvatore "Sam" Martines and wife, Jennifer, Carbondale; Michael Martines and wife, Mary Lee, Vandling; Matthew A. Martines, Carbondale, and Joseph Martines and wife, Joan, Carbondale; he was Poppy to Kristen Hodnett, Jillian Evarts, Tara Sheare, Marlie, Michaela, Malinda, Matthew, Christopher and Brian Martines; he was great grampy to Gwenevere Sheare, Adelyn Evarts and Ethan Matthew Decker; a brother, Charles Martines, Scranton, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by siblings, a young child, Michael Martines, Mary Mancuso, Jenny Cotroneo, John Martines, Matt Martines, Michael Martines and Sam Martines.

The family wishes to extend its sincerest gratitude to the nursing staff of Creekside Rehabilitation. We could not have asked for any more special care than what you all have provided for him.

The funeral will be Tuesday from Lawrence A. Gabriel Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 2 Hospital St., Carbondale, with Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at 11 a.m. Interment, with military honors, Holy Trinity Cemetery, Simpson.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

(Posted on Little Rock website 31 Oct 2018)

Novack, Anthony G.

(? - December 4, 2018)

Novack, Anthony G. of Angola, NY, December 4, 2018; beloved husband of Joanne (Rosso) Novack; dear father of Margaret (Daniel) Niles, Nancy (Jeffrey) St. George, Karen (Timothy) McCabe, Anthony and Steven (Alisa Marie) Novack; grandfather of eight grandchildren; dear friend of Marjorie Yale and her daughter Jennifer; survived by many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

A nice note posted by Jennifer Cordia, who attended the USS Little Rock LCS 9 Commissioning with her step-father, Anthony Novak.

"My Step-Father, Anthony Novack was on the original Little Rock from 1960-1964. He was the Bosun Mate at that time and he had kept his whistle and hand made lanyard all of those years. We were able to get him there last year and he had a wonderful day. We connected him with Eon Hyles, the Bosun Mate on the new Little Rock and we snapped the picture below. My Step-Dad was able to give him his whistle and was absolutely in his glory that day. Eon was nice enough to take us on the ship for a private tour after the Commissioning Ceremony. We are forever grateful for this moment and for that day since my Step-Dad passed away on his birthday this year, December 4th 2018. We thank you for the wonderful day last year, he was extremely proud of his time with the Navy and we have loved visiting his ship all of these years and were honored to witness the ceremony that day. Special thank you to Chief Eon Hyles, he made his day."

(Posted on Little Rock website 18 Dec 2018)

Perry, Donald O.

(May 6, 1941 - May 9, 2017)

Donald O. Perry, 76, of Rittman passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at his residence.

He was born May 6, 1941 in Prichard, West Virginia to the late Rev. Otto and Ruth (Brumfield) Perry and lived most of his life in Rittman.

Don proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Meteorologist, retiring following 20 years of service.

He married Virginia “Ginny” Trogdon on March 21, 2008 and they have been happily married for 9 years. He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying, fishing, golfing, traveling, and going to yard sales and auctions with Ginny. He was an active member of West Hill Baptist Church in Wooster and loved spending time with his friends at Burger King for coffee.

He is survived by his wife, Ginny; son, Scott (Liz) Perry; daughter, Ashli Perry both of Covington, Louisiana; 13 grandchildren; brothers, Dudley Ray (Donna) Wilson of Newark and Rev. Oscar L. (Betty) Perry of Portsmouth; sisters, Wilma (Jerry) Kammer of Melbourne, FL, Sharon Sue Perry of Duluth, GA, Doris (Ron) McComas of Rittman and Lois (Don) Douglas of Duluth, GA; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Friday, May 12, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at West Hill Baptist Church, 2241 Mechanisburg Rd., Wooster with Rev. Eric Fairhurst officiating.

Burial will be held at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd., Rittman on Tuesday, May 16 at 10:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made on line to Paralyzed Veterans of America (; Disabled Veterans National Foundation (; or West Hill Baptist Church.

(Posted on Little Rock website 24 November 2018)

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)

Santella, Thomas N.

(1936? - September 22, 2018)

Virginia Beach - Thomas Santella passed peacefully Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the age of 82.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Margaret. He was a proud Navy veteran of 27 years who loved his country and a devoted family man.

A memorial service with full military honors will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home 5033 Rouse Road, Virginia Beach, September 29, 2018 at 11 a.m. Cremation Society of Virginia is assisting the family.

(Posted on Little Rock website 29 Sep 2018)

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)

Skidmore, Kenneth R.

(November 13, 1942 - August 13, 2018)

Kenneth Richard Skidmore, 75, of Garrison, passed away at Harbor Health Care of Ironton, Ohio, Monday, August 13, 2018, with his family by his side.

Kenneth was born at Garrison November 13, 1942, to the late Buster Kenneth and June Richardson Skidmore.

He was a retired carpenter and member of the Carpenter’s Union of Portsmouth Local 437, a veteran of the US Navy, having served on the USS Little Rock aircraft carrier as a seaman from 1961 to 1967.

Kenneth was a member and Past Commander of Monte Lewis Stamm VFW Post 5438 of Vanceburg and a member of the American Legion.

Navy He was a member of the US Navy Carrier Sailors Association and USS Little Rock Association, and was a Kentucky Colonel. Kenneth was an avid UK Basketball fan and loved to play golf with his buddies. He was also a member of DAV Chapter 120 of Vanceburg.

Survivors include four daughters, Roxane (Larry) Robinson of South Shore, Belinda Kegley of Ashland, Rachel Skidmore (Tom) Rudd of Lexington, and Kendra Skidmore of Cynthiana; two brothers, Nelson (Martha) Skidmore of Garrison and Larry (Margaret) Skidmore of Powhatan Point, Ohio; three sisters, Wilma (Delbert) Collier, Betty (JR) Bloomfield, and Cora (Ray) May all of Garrison; six grandchildren, Jacob Kegley, Kent Robinson, Brandon Robinson, Zack McKee, Breanna Skidmore, and Katie McKee, and three great-grandchildren, Kyler Robinson, Khloe McKee, and Benjamin Kegley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Skidmore in infancy; a sister, Freda Hauck; six brothers, Buster “Bud” Skidmore, Don Skidmore, David Skidmore, Homer Skidmore, Mike Skidmore, and Tommy Skidmore.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

(Posted on Little Rock website 08 September 2018)

Southwood, Frederick A.

(1939 - May 17, 2018)

Frederick A. Southwood, age 79, passed away May 17, 2018 with his wife at his side, after a long battle with lung and heart disease.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clement and Margaret Southwood; son-in-law, Bill Huntsman in October of 2017. Survived by his wife of 57 years, Judith "Judy" (Eberhart) Southwood; their son, Scott F. (Ginger) Southwood; grandson, Tyler; daughter, Lisa R. Huntsman; grandsons, Adam (Sara) Huntsman and Jonathan Huntsman; granddaughter, Jennifer (Ashton) McKelley and great-grandchildren, Adrianna, Jack and Ethan McKelley. Also survived by his sister, Marylou Cooper; cousin, Emmett Bratt; special sister-in-law, Carol Baker; nieces, Tami Parton and Tanya Burch; three great nephews and two great nieces.

Fred was a 1957 graduate of Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1963 aboard the USS Little Rock as a radioman. He received the distinguished "Honorman" award.

Fred was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Canton for nearly 60 years. He served as a Deacon, Head Usher Chairman and on the property committee as the resident locksmith. Fred was co-owner of Bierly-Litman Lock and Door Closures. He retired in 2004 due to failing health.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ in Canton. Services will be Monday June 4, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the church with Rev. Andrew Taylor Peck officiating and one hour of visitation before the service. Burial will follow in North Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Fred requested donations to St. Jude Research (, Northeast Ohio Sheltie Rescue, 63 West Case Drive, Hudson, OH 44236, or Trinity United Church of Christ "Property Support", 3909 Blackburn Rd. N.W., Canton, OH 44718. The family wants to thank the VA Benefit and Aultman Home Health and Hospice for all their care and assistance. Share a memory or send condolences to the family at:

(Posted on Little Rock website 19 Dec 2018)

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)

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)

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