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

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Page last updated: 11 June, 2024

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 Click ✔ for Obit
Suter, John H. - FTG2 CLG 4 59 - 62 September 1, 2022
Robinson Jr., Hobart K. - LTJG CLG 4 59 - 62 January 25, 2023
Albert, Alfred M. "Marty" - HTFN CLG 4 73 - 76 February 7, 2023
Miller, Robert E. "Bob" - FTM3 CLG 4 63 - 66 March 24, 2023
Boyte, Joseph F. - ETCS CLG 4 70 - 72 April 15, 2023
Sebright, Glenn E. - MM3 CLG 4 74 - 76 May 18, 2023
Griffin, James E. - AMS2 CLG 4 61 - 64 July 15 2023
Hall, Alan H. - FN CLG 4 61 - 64 August 11, 2023
Ford, Adam E. - SN CLG 4 71 - 73 October 13, 2023
Hoover, Harold "Skip" D. - MR3 CLG 4 66 - 67 November 11, 2023
Howard, David "Curly" J. - SN CLG 4 62 - 64 December 5, 2023
Poston, Michael E. - FTM2 CLG 4 69 - 73 January 4, 2024
Weiler, Terrill K. "Buz" - MM2 CLG 4 59 - 62 January 23, 2024
Kinnee, Merwin L. - SA CLG 4 60 - 62 February 24, 2024
LaTone, Joseph F. - FN CLG 4 65 - 67 April 5, 2024
Tarta Jr., John V. "Skip" - LCpl CLG 4 64 - 65 May 28, 2024

(Listed alphabetically)

Albert, Alfred M."Marty"

(July 24, 1956 - February 7, 2023)

ALBERT, Alfred M. "Marty", 66, of Alderson went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center following a sudden illness.

Alfred was born July 24, 1956 in Pulaski, VA.

He was a retired construction worker and a U.S. Navy Veteran. Alfred started Radford Memories on Facebook. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and spending time with his family and friends.

Alfred was preceded in death by four sisters, Patty, Virginia, Kathy and Linda.

Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife, Sandra Presock Albert; one daughter, Shanea Gravely; one granddaughter, Charlea Albert; one stepson, Neil McLellan; one sister, Diane; two special nephews, Chris Viers and John Orange as well as several other nieces and nephews and special friends, Tom Bobbit, Chester Parker and Joe Baisden.

At Alfred's request there will be no services and his body has been cremated.

( Posted on Little Rock website 8/20/2023 )

Boyte, Joseph F.

(July 29, 1940 - April 15, 2023)

BOYTE, Joseph Flynn, age 82, of Yuma, AZ, passed away on Apr. 15, 2023 at Yuma Regional Medical Center.

He was born Jul. 29, 1940 in Ward, AR.

Joseph was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was an Engineer for U.S. Government .

Arrangements and cremation were entrusted to and handled by Desert Valley Mortuary & Crematory.

( Posted on Little Rock website 5/4/2023 )

Ford, Adam E.

(June 19, 1950 - October 13, 2023)

FORD, Adam E., age 73 passed away peacefully after battling frontal temporal dementia for several years. Although he kept his memory, sense of humor, and his personality throughout his journey, he finally lost his battle with this debilitating disease.

Throughout his life, Adam was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, and dear friend. I met Adam over 22 years ago in 2001. He had fond memories from all 5 eras of his life including his early life with his parents and siblings, his 2 years in the Navy, his life with his first wife Janet and the early life of his children Kim and Adam Trevor, his life with Paige and his son Cole, as well as teenage Kim and Adam Trevor, and finally the past 22 years with me, his children: Kim (Carlos), Adam Trevor (Jenny), and Cole, 3 granddaughters: Sasha, Lera, and Jocie, his siblings: Regina (Alan), Priscilla (Jack), Joe, and Toni (Eddie), his numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and of course our dog, Scooter.

Adam loved to travel. He often spoke fondly of his time in the Navy aboard the USS Little Rock, travelling throughout the Mediterranean 50 years ago. We were fortunate to be able to travel widely throughout Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, and Africa. Adam truly enjoyed the adventure of visiting new places. He was also quite happy sitting on a cruise ship veranda drinking a beer and smoking an expensive cigar.

Adam was a visionary, when it came to buying, renovating, and selling property, even if he didn't always possess the funds to execute all of his visions. He truly enjoyed our time in Florida for the past 15 years, but his favorite property was our cottage in Maine at the Nubble Lighthouse. Adam also enjoyed improving and running New Harbor View Cottages for 16 years.

Adam was a salesman most of his adult life with Friend Lumber, Drummond American, and NYTEC/NexKem and was successful due to his exceptional listening skills. Adam enjoyed his many friendships with his clients, as well as his fellow sales colleagues: Marvin Keyser, Mike Zboray (Deb), and Steve Colletta (Suzanne).

I fell in love with Adam for his self-deprecating humor, his compassion, his generosity, his romantic nature, loyalty, and also his good looks. Adam was always easy going and accepted numerous tragedies and setbacks in his life with grace. He never worried about things he had no control over and believed that every problem would work itself out, as it should. Adam believed that family was very important. He deeply loved and was devoted to his family and truly enjoyed spending time with his parents, children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, as well as my entire family.

Adam loved to drink and party with his friends including: Jacques and Fong, Mary and Michael, Jimmy and Joyce, and Chris, but gave it all up, when he discovered he was ill. As his disease progressed, he missed travelling and spending time with family and friends. Over the past 22 years, I don't remember him being sad during difficult times. He felt that his disease was just "bad luck." However, he never gave up hope. Adam recently told me that he was still hoping for a cure, so he could walk again.

Adam loved deeply, was loved by many, and will be greatly missed! I am convinced that he has met Scooter, they have walked together over the rainbow bridge, and are awaiting my arrival. Thank you for being a part of his life. He loved you all!

( Posted on Little Rock website 11/10/2023 )

Griffin, James E.

(? - July 15, 2023)

GRIFFIN, James E. "Grif" passed on July 15, 2023, after an extended illness.

Born the fifth of nine children in Auburn N.Y


Jim started his military career while in high school serving in a PBM seaplane squadron in Trinidad and the Panama Canal Zone with the Navy. After serving in a helicopter squadron in N.J., Jim served on the guided missile cruiser USS Little Rock. In Vietnam, Jim served with a three-helicopter detachment in support of the Marine Corps. He then transferred to NAS Key West, Florida where he eventually retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 1975.

A celebration of life will be held on August 13, 2023, at 1PM, at the American Legion Post 69, 1301 West Bell Street in Avon Park.

( Posted on Little Rock website 7/27/2023 )

Hall, Alan H.

(November 6, 1941 - August 11, 2023)

HALL, Alan H., 81 of Ashville, OH passed away at home on Friday, August 11, 2023. He was born on November 6, 1941 to the late Harry and Gladys Hall in Akron, OH.

He was raised in Barberton and was a 1960 graduate of Barberton High School. He served in the US Navy 1961-1963 on the USS Little Rock during the Cuban Missile Crisis. On December 4, 1964, he married the love of his life Diana M. Eddleman in the Southwest Church of Christ by Pastor Daryl Swearingen. He retired from Commercial Parts and Service working for 15 years in sales. He had also been a past service tech for Hobart and Wasserstrom and drove school bus for Teays Valley for 12 years. Alan was a member and elder of Pickaway Church of Christ, a member of The Lighthouse Singers and the Circleville Men's Barbershop group.

Besides his parents, Alan is preceded in death by brother Joe Hall; aunt Glenna (Bill) Winkle; his dog Sammy.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Diana; children Terri (Branko) Petrovich and Michael Alan (Miranda) Hall; grandchildren Alana Petrovich and Tori Wilson; great grandchildren Lila, Gracie and Bentley; sister Glenna Marie (Ron) Ross; nephews Rob, Rick, Ryan, Ray and Donald; beloved dog Buddy.

( Posted on Little Rock website 11/4/2023 )

Hoover, Harold "Skip" D.

(May 1, 1941 - November 11, 2023)

HOOVER, Harold Duane, commonly known as "Skip", of New Paris, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at Reid Health at the age of 82.

He was born on May 1, 1941, in Gilmore County, West Virginia, to the late Harold Duane Williams and Helen Pearl (Lamb) Hoover.

In addition to his birth parents, Skip was also preceded in death by his adoptive father, Kenneth E. Hoover.

Skip is survived by his wife of 21 years, Patricia "Pat" (Spiller) Hoover, who he married on May 11, 2002; his children, Christal (Mark) Ranes of Kalida, Ohio, and Joseph (Jona) Hoover of Greenville; his grandchildren, Catherine (Blayne) Dickerson, Cassaundra (Alex) Shreve, Coy (Alicia) McConnell, JohnRey Abao, and Emma Hoover; great grandchildren, Ember, Silas, Jordyn, Elijah, Jai; and 6 step-grandchildren. Skip is also survived by Pat's children, Henry (Janet) Spiller, Michael (Vanessa) Spiller, Christopher Spiller, Mary (Trent) Gibson, and her 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Skip was a graduate of New Madison High School. In his youth, he was an active Boy Scout and earned the Eagle Scout rank. He then joined the United States Navy, where he served for 6 years active duty and retired from the Navy Reserves after 24 years of total service. Skip worked for D.A. Fitzgerald and then FPE, where he retired as a tool and die journeyman.

Skip was a Master of the Fort Black Masonic Lodge and a current member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge. He was also a very active member of the New Madison American Legion Post 245, where he served as Commander and was also a past County Commander. Skip was a Master Gardener in Wayne County and loved to tend to his vegetables garden. Aside from his many activities, Skip was most proud to be dad, grandpa, and great grandpa.

A graveside service, with full military honors, will take place at 12:00 PM on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at Greenmound Cemetery, New Madison.

( Posted on Little Rock website 5/24/2024 )

Howard, David "Curly" J.

(February 4, 1943 - December 5, 2023)

HOWARD, David "Curly" J., 80, of Kenosha, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee.

He was born on February 4, 1943 to the late John and Anna (Baxter) Howard in Milwaukee. He was educated in the schools of Milwaukee and graduated from South Division High School.

David entered the US Navy on July 11, 1961 thru July 10, 1967.

On April 23, 1963 he married Carol E. Anderson at Ascension Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. She preceded him in death on October 19, 2012.

David worked at Allis Chalmers as a machine operator for 19 years and then as a tool room attendant at WE Energies for 26 years, retiring in 2013.

David loved going on road trips to visit family, music, karaoke, cars, carving and woodworking.

David is survived by his children Evan (Denise Shantry) Howard of Racine, John Howard of Kenosha, Dorinda (Jesus) Aldridge of (NC), Breck (Virginia) Howard of Denver, CO, Todd (Kelly) Howard of Kenosha, Elden (Michelle) Howard of Fredonia, WI and Tammy (Gene) Cruz of Kenosha, his 12 grandchildren: Alberto, MaryLou, Xavier, Justin, Charese, James, ThomasJay, Linsey, Jacob, Gene Elden, Morgan, Madelyn, and his ten great grandchildren Johnny, Alyssa, Anabella, Isabella, Rowan, Lillianna, Analisa, Johanna, Emery, Lena, and his siblings Phyllis (Harold) Struck of Racine, Gloria (Don) Ratz of So. Milwaukee and Harold Howard of Theresa, WI, a brother-in-law LeWayne Tiedke (Susan) of Medford, WI, brother in-law Richard (Jenefher) Anderson of the Philippines, and many dear nieces and nephews. David is also survived by his companion of 10 years JoAnne Daniels.

He is preceded in death by a sister Evelyn (Chuck) Wharton, and his in-laws Susan (Micheal) Rantanen, Patricia Tiedke, and Arthur Anderson.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 16th at the Bruch Funeral Home. Visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park. Due to allergies the family would request no additional flowers to be sent. Donations to family, animal shelter or cancer center are appreciated.

( Posted on Little Rock website 12/9/2023 )

Kinnee, Merwin L.

(May 3, 1941 - February 24, 2024)

KINNEE, Merwin "Mickey" Lee, 82, of Superior, died Saturday, February 24, 2024, at his residence surrounded by his family.

Mickey was born May 3, 1941, in Superior, son of Orville and Evelyn (Culliton) Kinnee.

From 1958 to 1962 Mickey honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy.

On July 11, 1970, in Superior, Merwin Kinnee and Dianna Johnstad were united in marriage.

His work history included the Burlington Northern Railroad and Superior Wood Systems retiring in 2006. Some of his interests and hobbies included bowling, softball, golf, watching his grandchildren's sports and activities, and spending time with his wife and family.

Preceding him in death were his parents. Survivors include his wife, Dianna (Johnstad) Kinnee; children, Richard (Lisa), Rodney, and Tammy (Allan); 9 grandchildren, Kimberly, Dustin, Cody, Adam, Evan, Zachary, Nicholas, Amber, and Jonathon; and 14 great-grandchildren.

( Posted on Little Rock website 2/21/2024 )

LaTone, Joseph F.

(September 13, 1946 - April 5, 2024)

LATONE, Joseph 5., 77, of 324 Colfax St., passed away Friday, April 5, 2024 at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

He was born Sept. 13, 1946 in Silver Creek, NY, a son of the late Anthony 'Steve' and Genevieve Ferrau LaTone.

A graduate of Jamestown High School, Joe was a very proud veteran serving in the Navy from 1965 to 1967 and was aboard the USS Little Rock that responded to the USS Liberty incident during the Six Day War. He was a life member of both the Jamestown Vietnam Veterans Assoc. and the AMVETS, instrumental in the chartering the former Thomas G. Stone AMVETS Post 1996.

Joe was a heavy equipment operator for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 17. He worked on many large local highway and building construction projects over the 30+ years prior to retirement, including the Chautauqua Lake Bridge.

In earlier years an ice skater, Joe enjoyed and competed in barrel jumping, winning awards and setting records at the former Allen Park ice rink. He enjoyed riding snowmobiles with friends and spent many years at Stateline Speedway in the pits, on the wrecker crew and in the stands.

He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and had been a member of the Brothers By Choice, Patriot Guard Riders, Knights Templar and the War Dogs motorcycle clubs. He loved riding and over the years took many trips on the bike with friends including to Sturgis, Laconia, Rolling Thunder-Ride to the Wall and several NASCAR races. Joe loved to sing and entertain — evidenced by his years of karaoke. He was a member of Stage Door Canteen, Troop 1996 — performing in local nursing homes, AMVETS conventions and NYC's Central Park.

Joe was always willing to lend a helping hand and will be remembered by many. He treasured the many friendships he had with his donut shop buddies and those from many years of participating in area pool leagues and riding motorcycles. Joe loved his family deeply, was very proud of his daughters, and especially loved being a Papa.

Surviving is his wife, Dawn Farnham LaTone whom he met on a blind date February 14, 1976 and married December 2, 1995; two daughters: Michelle LaTone and Stephanie (Michael) Norrod, both of Jamestown; four grandchildren: Nicole (Tylar Grimes) Armentrout, Jazmyn Rollinger-Norrod, Gemmalyn Norrod, and Kaine Norrod; his five siblings: Mary Margaret LaTone of Lakewood, A. Richard (Rita) LaTone of Jamestown, Cynthia (Ronald) Williams of Jamestown, Michael (Pamela) LaTone of Bemus Point, and Stephen (Karen) LaTone of Jamestown; sister-in-law Jody Farnham of South Dayton and brother-in-law, Dane Farnham of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, P. Scott LaTone, and great-nephew, Christopher Brawdy.

( Posted on Little Rock website 4/8/2024 )

Miller, Robert E. "Bob"

(November 22, 1940 - March 24, 2023)

MILLER, Robert E. "Bob", age 82, of Greencastle, PA, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2023, at the Chambers Pointe nursing home. Born November 22, 1940, in Waynesboro, PA, he was the son of the late Melchor D. "Meck" and Edith M. (Berger) Miller.

Bob was a 1958 graduate of the Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School. He went on to serve honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1962-1966. Bob was the owner and operator of the former Miller's Jewelry Store from 1967 – 1979. After Bob sold the store he went to work at Letterkenny Army Depot, where he retired after 23 years of total government service in 1998. He was a member of Antrim Brethren in Christ Church, where he was a part of the Berean Sunday School Class. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 373 and the Greencastle Sportsman's Association. Bob enjoyed gardening, spending time with his dog, Buddy, Saturday morning breakfasts at Family Diner, and any type of outdoor work.

Bob is survived by his wife of 28 years, Ellen Louise Rotz Miller, whom he married February 14, 1995; three children, Donald Miller (Alisa), Richard Miller (Robin), and Karen Gibble (DeRay); four step-children, Kathie Small (Troy), Tim McCulloh (Deb), Patti Nowell (Roger), and Mark Michalsky (Sheri); seven grandchildren, Andrew (Emily), Alan, Ashley, and Aaron(Danielle) Miller, DeRauk (Haleigh) and Tanner Gibble and Natasha Picard (Jake); seven step-grandchildren, Rebecca McCulloh (Curt Grice), Kaitlin Stouffer (Colby), Heather, Holly, Christopher, and Caleb (Danae) Nowell, and Bryce (Dana) and Rachel Michalsky; multiple great grandchildren; and 12 siblings, Connie Keller (Harold), Jeannie Blubaugh (Norm), Larry Miller (Barb), Ronald Miller (Linda), Kim Miller (Bonnie), Betty Ann Miller, Pam Wingert (Dwayne), Doug Miller, Bonnie Overend, Mark Miller (Angie), Jeff Miller (Connie), and Lori Ensminger (Mike). In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy; a brother in infancy, Brian Miller; a brother, Richard "Dick" Miller; and a sister, Deb Layton.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 31, 2023, at 11 AM at Antrim Brethren in Christ Church, 24 Kauffman Rd., E., Chambersburg, PA 17202, where Pastor Casey Hurst will officiate. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 30, 2023, from 6 – 8 PM and one hour prior to the service at the above church on Friday. Interment will follow the service in Brown's Mill Cemetery, Kauffman, PA. Arrangements are entrusted to the Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, Inc., Greencastle, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Antrim Brethren in Christ Church's Benevolent Fund. Online condolences may be offered on Bob's page at

( Posted on Little Rock website 5/27/2023 )

Poston, Michael E.

(November 11, 1948 - January 4, 2024)

POSTON, Michael E. In 1948, Michael Edward Poston, fondly known as "Mike," was born in Garden City, MI, where his journey began. The family later moved to Nashville in the '60s, where Mike graduated from Glencliff High School in 1966 before joining the U.S. Navy, serving from 1967 to 1973.

Music was Mike's heartbeat. Onboard the U.S.S. Little Rock, the flagship in the Mediterranean, he started a rock band, Barful's Backwater Boys, making waves with their tunes. It was reported that Barful's Backwater Boys even played loudly (and proudly!) on deck when pulling into some ports.

Upon leaving the service, Mike returned to Nashville on his Norton motorcycle, delving into the world of audio recording at Studio Supply Company. Working in recording studios, Mike honed his skills, becoming an independent audio engineer. His credits include collaborations with notable artists like Chet Atkins with whom he did several albums, both solo and as duos with Jerry Reed, Lenny Breu, Mark Knopfler, Suzy Bogguss, Tommy Emmanuel, and Roger Whittaker.

In the 80s and 90s, Mike's expertise extended beyond the studio. He founded Audio Services Group, representing renowned brands like Sony Pro Audio, Brysyon, PMC Speakers, and Merging Technologies. A true audio pioneer, he introduced the first Mitsubishi X800 digital 32 track tape machine to Nashville in the early 80s!

Mike had a passion for sharing knowledge and shaping young minds. As an active member of the local Audio Engineering Society, he was a mentor to many through the years. In addition to the music field, in the early 1990s, Mike helped found the WWBA (West Wilson Basketball Association) and spent several years coaching and supporting youth sports, including the teams of his own children. Further continuing his love for teaching young people, Belmont University's Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business became Mike's teaching ground in the early 2000s. What began as a few courses turned into a full-time gig that he loved. Though Mike retired as a professor in 2018, his passion for teaching kept him connected, advising and supporting his students.

Outside of his professional achievements, Mike's most cherished role was that of a family man. Son, husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, and "Pops" to his two beautiful grandchildren, Evan and Brooklyn Welkley, he radiated love and warmth to everyone around him. Mike's family will forever hold close those memories they created with him. He is survived by wife Kathy, daughter Rachel (Jacob) Welkley, son Jon (Kimberly) Poston, older brother Jerry W. Poston, and younger sister Sherra M. (Winn) Schwartau, along with nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents, Edgar L. Poston and Marie H. Poston, and older brother Raymond L. Poston, Mike's final note echoes in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. While his melody may have ended, the resonance of his spirit lives on in the memories shared with family and friends.

In keeping with his proud military service, Mike has requested to have his ashes interred in the Columbarium wall at the Nashville National Cemetery on Gallatin Road, with military honors. There will be a casual drop-in gathering of friends and family on Sunday, February 4, from 4:30 to 6:30pm at The American Legion Post 88, 2717 McCampbell Avenue, in Donelson.

( Posted on Little Rock website 1/13/2024 )

Robinson Jr., Hobart K.

(October 10, 1937 - January 25, 2023)

ROBINSON Jr., Hobart K. "Bart" died peacefully in Ponte Vedra Beach, on Jan. 25, 2023, with his family by his side. He was born on Oct. 10, 1937, in Quincy, MA to Charlotte Robinson and Hobart K. Robinson Sr.

He was a talented three sport athlete at Quincy High. He earned his BA from Williams College, served in the Navy, and earned his MBA from Columbia. He and Ingela married in 1964, and they had three children, Steven, Karina, and Peter. Bart spent the majority of his career with McKinsey & Co. in NYC, Copenhagen, and Stockholm. He retired in 1998, splitting time between Williamstown, MA and Ponte Vedra Beach, where he and Ingela wore out a lot of golf shoes and together sang in choir and he in barbershop. He will be remembered for his competitive spirit, warm heart, and his storytelling of a life well lived.

Bart is survived by Ingela, their children Steven, Karina, Peter, and their spouses Dana, Paul, and Liz, six grandchildren, and his sister Karla Dunham of Ponte Vedra Beach.

A celebration of life will be held in PVB on Feb. 23rd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Transplant Foundation.

Please visit his online Tribute at

( Posted on Little Rock website 5/26/2023 )

Sebright, Glenn E.

(August 12, 1949 - May 18, 2023)

SEBRIGHT, Glenn Edwin was born on August 12, 1949 to Bernice and Nelson Sebright In Allegan, Michigan. He was the second youngest of six children.

After graduating high school like his father and older brother before him he enlisted in the United States Navy and served two enlistments in Vietnam. He served on the USS Boston and the USS Little Rock. He then went on to serve on the Hanover Park Fire Department for 30 years. He was a member of the Sycamore sportsman club where he had the honor of serving as a range safety officer.

Ed was always willing to lend a helping hand and he was a loyal and devoted friend a brother to many in the Navy, fire department and church.

He is survived by his wife, Sue; his sisters, Norine, Lee (Dave) Bernie and his brother, Joe (Kirsten). His children, Fred, Kelly (Ryan), Brooke, Justin and Katie. Grandchildren, Nickolas, Dominick, Dylan, Desirae, Tianna, Taylor and J.J. and great grandsons, River and Roman.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Viola (Jessie) and Bill (Bernie).

A member of Cathedral of Praise he served on security and counsel to Pastor Brandon Nelson.

A generous and caring man he was nick named "Superman" because of all the life challenges he survived. A terrible motorcycle accident in 1989, Mesothelioma in his chest wall in 2016, "The widowmaker" heart attack in 2021. A stroke on Thanksgiving of 2022, which took his peripheral vision on his right side.

He was involved with many charitable events, like raising $100,000 for Easter Seals, $250,000 for the MDA and he was fund raising chairman for the Fire Dept. Union.

He had a celebration of life on April 22, 2023 where he blessed all the people in his life. The outpouring of love that filled the place was undeniable. Throughout the years he held himself to the highest standards with honor and dignity.

"Growing Old Is Not for Sissies" Jimmy Buffett

His memorial service will be on Saturday, June 10th at 2:00 PM at the Butala Funeral Home, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL. The visitation will be from 3:30-5:00 PM at the funeral home.

A memorial has been established for his family in care of the Butala Funeral Home, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL. 60178.

( Posted on Little Rock website 6/4/2023 )

Suter, John H.

(May 1, 1938 - September 1, 2022)

SUTER, John Harry, 84, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2022;Loving husband of Jane Suter for 36 years.

John is survived by his son Michael D. Suter and his wife Mary; beloved father of Laura Gerafentis and her husband Spiro, Jane Wanex and her husband Chad; dear brother of the late Charles William Suter, Mary Louise Chandler, James Granville Suter, and Richard Joseph Suter; cherished grandfather of Laura Maria, Georgia Eva, Cameron, Hannah, Olivia, Caroline, Chase, and Sophie; Papoose of George and Spiro Jr. Adored by many nieces and nephews; former spouse of Virginia Tewey.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, October 1st, 2022 at Mays Chapel United Methodist Church, 11911 Jenifer Road, Timonium, MD 21093.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be directed in Mr. Suter's memory to Mays Chapel United Methodist Church.

( Posted on Little Rock website 1/6/2023 )

Tarta Jr., John V. "Skip"

(December 2, 1944 - May 28, 2024)

TARTA JR., John V. "Skip", husband of Joyce Ann (Eicher) Tarta, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was a native of Hawthorne, New Jersey and was the son of the late John V. and Iris Tamar Tarta.

John was a 1963 graduate of Hawthorne High School. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he faithfully served for 6 years with time served in Camp Lejeune, NC, 2nd Force Recon, NCOIC, 2nd Division DEAR Center and aboard the USS Little Rock, reaching the rank of Sgt. E-5. He worked for the Kirk Family YMCA of Roanoke for 16 years, as well as part time at Second Presbyterian Church for at least 17 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and was a lifetime member of the NRA, as well as a member of Trout Unlimited, a volunteer for Project Healing Waters and a member of the Glock Sport Shooting Foundation where he participated in both indoor and outdoor competitions. John's hobbies included hunting, fishing with his wife Joy, handgun shooting, kayak fishing, hiking, 4-wheeling, traveling and just being in the great outdoors, reading and playing "Mr. Fix It" for his daughters.

John will be missed and remembered by his wife of 58 years; daughters, Heather Tarta Balsley and Holly Marie Tarta; grandsons, Jake Balsley and Emmet Alexander, Jr.; sister, Iris Tarta "Penny"; nieces, Kim and Patricia; friends, Stacy Moore, Scott Franzak and Tom Schaaff, whom he will meet on the 18th hole.

A private Celebration of Skip's Life will be held at a later date.

( Posted on Little Rock website 6/11/2024 )

Weiler, Terril K.

(June 3, 1940 - January 23, 2024)

WEILER, Terrill K. On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, loving husband, father, friend, and retired City of Williamsburg Fire Chief T.K. "Buz" Weiler answered his last call and returned to quarters. Chief Weiler was a dynamic and forward-looking leader with 43 years of dedicated service to the citizens in The City of Williamsburg and surrounding communities, bringing the Williamsburg Fire Department into the new millennium with his steadfast dedication to "His Troops" and through the preparation and training of the department for whatever challenges they might face. In addition to his years in the fire service, various awards, certifications, and honors received, Buz was also proud of his veteran status having served his country in the United States Navy aboard the USS Little Rock.

Being a man of great faith, Buz was a member of Saint Bede Catholic Church. After receiving the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) he served as a lector, Eucharistic Minister, and later a teacher of RCIA. More recently Buz also attended CrossWalk Church in Norge where he became active in the men's ministry with his son and found a new walk with his faith.

He was preceded in death by his father Henry Benjamin Weiler and his mother Thelma Heckman Weiler, his first wife Audrey Robertson Weiler, and brother-in-law and "Amigo" Thomas Joseph McGrann Jr. Left to honor his memory are his best friend and loving wife of 44 years Margie, his devoted children Heather (Mauri), Steve (Lizzy), and son-in-law Dale (Tami); grandchildren Killian, Madison, Mollie, and Bailee; brother Greg (Jean), sister-in-law Barbara, brother-in-law Mike, and many extended family members. He is also survived by a daughter Hollie and granddaughter Kenna.

In addition to his family, those left to cherish Chief Weiler's memory are the many friends and colleagues of the organizations and fraternities locally and nationally of which he was a part and the many Brothers and Sisters of the Fire Service worldwide. In lieu of flowers, we ask that memorial donations be made to The Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department (, CrossWalk Church-Norge Men's Ministry (, or the Williamsburg House of Mercy ( Expressions of sympathy may be shared at

( Posted on Little Rock website 2/6/2024 )

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