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: 16 October, 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 ?
Spoto, Victor S. CLG 4 73 - 76 June 4, 2012 Yes
Seymour, Kenneth W. CL 92 48 - 49 June 23, 2017 Yes
Fortin, Frank C. - SFM3 CLG 4 68 - 72 January 6, 2018 Yes
Peterson, Robert A. - S1c CL 92 46 - 48 March 9, 2019 Yes
Laberinto, Cosmo L. CL 92 46 - 47 March 22, 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 No
Boccio, Felix J. CL 92 46 - 47 October 8, 2019 No
Biser, Maurice G. - SH3 CLG 4 60 - 62 November 16, 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
Barnard, James B. CL 92 44 - 46 February 7, 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
Gunderman Jr., Roy A. CLG 4 66 - 68 April 11, 2020 Yes
Caldwell, Rolland H. - FTG2 CLG 4 59 - 62 April 11, 2020 Yes
Reinhardt, John A. - MUCS CLG 4 74 - 76 April 22, 2020 Yes
Miller Sr., James H. - F1c CL 92 45 - 48 May 30, 2020 Yes
Strickenberger, Benjamin J. - MM3 CLG 4 60 - 62 June 14, 2020 Yes
Linkous, Jeffery E. - ENT3 CLG 4 67 - 68 June 25, 2020 Yes
Schlosser Sr., Alan F. - BT3 CLG 4 60 - 62 July 13, 2020 Yes
Gittins, Melvin H. CL 92 45 - 46 September 1, 2020 Yes
Vanderhorst, Oneil CLG 4 59 - 63 September 24, 2020 No

(Listed alphabetically)

Barnard, James B.

(October 29, 1927 - February 7, 2020)

Mr. James Bryant Barnard, formerly of Winston-Salem, passed away Friday, February 7, 2020 at the North Carolina State Veterans Home in Fayetteville.

A native of Iredell County, Jim was born October 29, 1927, a son of Hobert McKinley and Nizzie Renigar Barnard. He attended Harmony School before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1944. He served aboard the U.S.S. Little Rock, a light cruiser, until 1946.

He also served in the U.S. Army beginning in 1948 during the Korean Occupation Forces and then in Japan for 15 months. Soon after the start of the Korean War, he went back to Korea and was wounded in the battle for Bloody Ridge in August 1950, earning a Purple Heart for his bravery, and spent a year in hospitals, including the Walter Reed Medical Center.

In December 1950 he married his long-time sweetheart, Nellie Octavia Dalton, and in 1952 they returned to Winston-Salem and lived in Clemmons since 1964.

He was a long-time member of Clemmons First Baptist Church where he served as deacon, member of the Senior Choir and on various committees. He was a member of Clemmons Masonic Lodge No. 755, A.M & F.M., the Winston-Salem Scottish Rite Bodies, Oasis Shrine and Clemmons Chapter #373, the Order of the Eastern Star.

For more than 25 years, Jim was employed at Modern Chevrolet Company.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Nell; sisters, Catherine B. Kinder, Lucille B. Wagner, and Darlene B. Holcomb; and brother, Hobert Edwin Barnard. He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

A Masonic graveside service with military honors will be held Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 11 AM at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. Memorials may be made to Clemmons First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 279, Clemmons, NC 27012.

Online condolences may be made to Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel 3315 SIlas Creek Parkway Winston-Salem, NC 27103

(Posted on Little Rock website 27 April 2020)

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)

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)

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)

Caldwell, Rolland H.

(September 11, 1937 - April 11, 2020)

Rolland H. Caldwell, 82, of Bumpass, VA passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020 at his residence after battling Alzheimer's.

Rolland joined the U.S. Navy, and later was recruited by IBM as a Customer Engineer. Coaching youth sports gave him great joy.

Rolland is preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Lakie Caldwell; his wife Margaret G. Caldwell. He is survived by two son's Bart and Russell Caldwell; one daughter Elise Conrad.

A family memorial celebration of life service will be held at a later date in Coeburn, VA.

(Posted on Little Rock website 22 Apr 2020)

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)

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)

Gunderman Jr., Roy A.

(1946 - April 11, 2020)

Franklin, NJ: Roy Albert Gunderman, Jr., 74 years old, passed away peacefully at Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center on Saturday, April 11, 2020. Born to Roy A. Gunderman, Sr. and MaryLouise, he was a lifelong resident of Franklin, NJ.

Roy served with the United States Army and Navy during Peacetime and then worked in demolition and construction at Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, NJ for many years retiring in 2011. Roy was a member of the Franklin American Legion Post # 132 and enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting.

Roy is predeceased by a sister, MaryLouise Hanshaw and a brother, Donald Gunderman, Sr. and is the beloved husband for 53 years of Patricia Gunderman(nee Stoll) of Franklin, NJ. Devoted father of Elisa Curlis and her husband, Robert of Quinton, VA, Roy A. Gunderman, III and his wife, Cynthia of Gordonsville, VA and Carol Ann Miller of Franklin, NJ. Loving grandfather of Robert, Jonathan, Brandon, Ashley, Skyla, Damien, Paige and Brooke. Great grandfather of Kiera, Bradley, Asher and Aiden. Dear brother of Rich Gunderman of Hardyston Twp., NJ.

(Posted on Little Rock website 17 Apr 2020)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Alan F. Schlosser Sr. please visit our Tribute Store.

(Posted on Little Rock website 16 July 2020

Seymour, Kenneth W.

(August 13, 1932 - June 23, 2017)

Colonel Kenneth W. Seymour (U.S Army RET), age 84, entered into eternal rest on June 23, 2017 at the home of his daughter Rebecca ,under the care of Hospice of Savannah and surrounded by his family. He was a loving husband, Father, grandfather and great- grandfather. He is the son of Luther Doyle Sheriff and Bertha Lee Seymour Jones of Orangeburg, SC. He was born August 13, 1932 in Charleston, South Carolina. He grew up in Orangeburg, SC.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps as an E-1, Pvt. on February 25, 1947. After serving three years in the Marines, he joined the U.S. Army. With four years in the Army and a total of seven years enlisted with the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7) he was then was sent to Officer Candidate School in June 1953 at Fort Riley, Kansas. Upon successful completion he was commissioned Second Lieutenant, Ordnance Corp. After 33 years of military service he retired from the military with the rank of Colonel.

He is survived by his four daughters: Nancy Seymour Solomon (Craig Trabeaux) of Boca Raton, Florida, Karen Seymour (Russell Block) of Daphne, Alabama, Rebecca Rodriquez of Savannah, Georgia, and Joanne Seymour (Murray Klugman) of Tybee Island, Georgia; two sisters: Betty Mae Jones Brandenberg of Pensacola, Florida and Betty Sue Sheriff Sutton of Rockledge, Florida; six grandchildren: Carlin Conleay Dixon (John) of Ft Meade, Maryland, Gary Michael Conleay (Katie), of Savannah, Georgia, Kenneth A. Conleay (Erika) of Macon, Georgia, Kasey Varnado (Ryan) of Baton Rouge, La, Rachel Rodriquez of Loranger, La. and Ashley Rodriquez of Kennessaw, GA, and ten great- grandchildren: Hunter and Hailey Wingrove, Ava Grace Dixon, Brody Dixon, Audrey Dixon, John Luke Dixon, Cordyn Conleay, Campbel Conleay, Riley Clark, Wyatt Mounce and soon to arrive Caroline Elizabeth Conleay.

Proceeded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Seymour; daughter, Suzanne Seymour; parents, Bertha Lee Seymour Jones andLuther Doyle Sheriff; brother, John Seymour; Paternal grandmother, Nancy Statham and grandfather, Edgar Clarence Seymour.

Some of Ken's civilian volunteer work and awards:

  • 2008 U.S. President: Presidential Volunteer Service Award Recipient
  • Volunteer USA Freedom Corps
  • Volunteer USO
  • Volunteer Red Cross
  • Georgia State Comanander: Veterans of Underage Military Service
  • Past Chatham County Military Liaison
  • 2003 & 2004 Chairman Veterans Council of Chatham County
  • 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 & 2000: Chairman, Reviewing Stand, Veterans Day Parade Member . The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council Member. Domicillary Care Homeless Veterans Program. Past State Judge Advocate, Department of Georgia Military Order of the The World Wars, Master FreeMasonry 32 Degree for 60 years.
  • 2010, 2011, & 2012 Chairman Flag Day Celebration, Masonic Scottish Rite, Valley of Savannah, GA. Alee & Tybee Shriners Club
  • Marine Corps League Detachment #564

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 o'clock on Monday, June 26, 2017 at Gamble Funeral Service - 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 6 o'clock in the chapel conducted by Pastor Michael Locklear. Interment will be held at 11 o'clock Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Orangeburg, South Carolina, conducted by Gary Vance Conleay.

Pallbearers are Gary Michael Conleay, Kenneth Allen Conleay, Hunter Wingrove, John Dixon, Michael Meto Allen, Gary Shot Allen, Joey Brandenburg, Charlie Pace, Ladale Thompson and Daryl Roberston. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Allen.

The family would like to honor "The Colonel's" special caregivers that have become part of the family: Michelle Chisholm, Tanesa Smith, Diane Bruce, Betty Faggin, and Melissa McGinn. The family would also like to thank Liz Maher and staff of Hospice of Savannah.

(Posted on Little Rock website 20 May 2020)

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)

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)

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)

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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