John E. Katlic

Died: 12 December 2017


Harry Garrison

Died: December 2017


Craig T. Dillon

Died: 03 October 2017


Pat Campbell

Died: 2017


Phillip R. Kingsbury

Died: 07 January 2017


Allan W. Sanderson

Died: on 17 November 2016

Allan W Sanderson Deceased


Audis “Buddy” Garner

Died: on 5 September 2016

Major United States Army Retired. Company Commander Delta Co. 2/8th Cavalry “Angry Skipper” 1968 Vietnam
Buddy was buried in Centerville, TN September 10th 2016 with full Military Honors.


Claude “Big Daddy” Davenport

Died: on 8 September 2016

SFC United States Army Retired. Served in Delta Co. 2/8th Cavalry 1967-1968 Vietnam, a recipent of the Silver Star and CIB with a Star. Claude was also a veteran of the Korean War.
Big Daddy will be buried in Arlington National Cemetary, Washington DC, Date to be posted later.


Joseph Taylor

Died: on 04 July 2016


Peggie L. Miller

Died: on 26 January 2016


Frederick A. Crane

Died: on 20 February 2016


Lewis L. Watts

Died: on 8 November 2015


John D. “Jack” Burrer

Died: on 3 September 2015


Ernest J. Ritter

Died: on 22 June 2015


Leonard L. Lawrence

Died: on 14 June 2015


Robert F. Funkhouser

Died: on 19 October 2014


Jim Rowell

Died: on 24 August 2014

Charles N. Williams

Died: on 18 August 2014


John L Lorton

Died: on 17 August 2014

John L. Lorton age 84 of Mentor, Ohio for the last 47 years formerly of Mt. Zion, IL and Citrus Park in Bonita Springs, FL, died Sunday August 17, 2014 at Hospice House in Cleveland, OH. He was born May 5, 1930 in Holliday, IL.

Mr. Lorton was a Planning and Tooling Supervisor for Caterpillar in Decatur, IL and Mentor, OH for 39 years until his retirement in 1986.

Mr. Lorton was a longtime member of Mentor United Methodist Church. He was a Purple Heart recipient while serving in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of VHW Post # 109 Mentor on the Lake. John played senior softball in Citrus Park, FL for 25 years up until his 82nd birthday. He enjoyed woodworking and golf.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years Jean (Pauley) Lorton, children Barbara (Rev. Robert) Thompson of Chandler, AZ, Patricia (Warren) Pitzer of Mentor, OH, Jerry (Angel) Lorton of New Bern, NC and Robert (Diane) Lorton of Beavercreek, OH, 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, sisters Marlene O Donnell of Decatur, IL, Nell (Dennis) Petty of Beecher City, IL and Many nieces and nephews.

Preceding John in death are his parents: Roy E. and Ethel Lorton, siblings: Hilda Durbin, Ellen Scammahorn, Larry Joe Lorton and Paul Dean Lorton.

The funeral service will be 10 am Saturday at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 8466 Mentor Ave, Mentor, OH. The family will receive friends Friday 4-7 pm at the funeral home. Interment will be Mentor Cemetery, Mentor.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110 or Mentor United Methodist Church 8600 Mentor Ave, Mentor, OH 44060.

Friends are invited to offer condolences at

[Webmaster s note.] John was a member of G Company, 8th Cav Regt during the Korean War.

Carl W. Morland

Died: on 1 June 2014

Moreland, Carl W

CW4 Carl W. Moreland, United States Army (retired), 81 of Canton, OH died peacefully in the home on Sunday, June 1, 2014 after a short battle with cancer. Born in Wooster, OH on July 11, 1932 to the late Sherman and Ethel (Earl) Moreland, he is preceded in death by siblings Russell and Edward Piper, Sherman Moreland Jr, Ida Fox, Ethel Meier, and Beatrice Emory. Carl is joyfully reunited in the Kingdom of Heaven with his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, the late Polly (Thorpe) Moreland. Beloved Father to Patti O’Malley of Louisville, OH, Carl (the late Brenda) Moreland, Jr. of Louisville, OH, Cynthia (James) Brownlee of Bolivar, OH, and Russell (Tonee) Moreland of Greentown, OH.

Carl graduated in 1950 from Carrollton High School, and devoted his 20 year military career to serving his country in both Korea and Viet Nam where he was the recipient of numerous awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal. CW4 Moreland was a member of G Co, 8th Cav Regt (Inf) from Nov 1950 to Nov 1951. Carl was the embodiment of the quintessential loyal 8th Cav trooper member in doing whatever he could to build and promote; tirelessly working as a Life Member of the 8th US Cavalry Regiment Association by holding key association officer positions. He was instrumental in the forming and approval of the association’s current officially recognized and respected status.

He was the first recipient of the Association’s Davis Award for his outstanding service and support. Carl always went the extra mile to serve, and will be sorely missed by all who served with him on active duty and the 8th US cavalry Regiment Association.

Internment will be held at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, OH with full military honors. Special thanks to Dr. Randall Harris and Mercy Medical Center Hospice for the outstanding care provided to Carl during his illness.

Donald B. Williams

Died: on 4 March 2014


James M. Beard

Died: on 3 March 2014


Robert J. Bash

Died: on 14 January 2014


Larry D. Parker

Died: 2014


Carl Wohlbier

Died: on 05 January 2014


Robert David Johnson

Died: on 16 December 2013

Robert David Johnson was born on September 24, 1934 in Summersville, WV. He died peacefully at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, FL on December 16, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Doris, 4 children, Greg Stringham, Kim Barker,(Dr. Ed), Lynda Winningham (Rick), Stacie Taylor (Matt), 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, 2 half brothers, Eddie Johnson, Andy Johnson, and 2 half sisters, Becky Hill and Ruth Ellen Martineau.

Bob grew up in Charleston, WV and Dayton, Ohio where he was a paperboy and earned his Eagle Scout. He retired as a Master Sergeant E8 from the US Army, retired from Orange County Schools, and then retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier. He was a CFOA referee for football, basketball and baseball. An avid Florida State Seminole Booster, he spent many years cheering them on. He served as Past president of 1st Cavalry Division Association Fort Hood , Texas. He was an active member of Florida 1st Cavalry Division Association, Korean War Veterans Assn 173, 5th Cavalry Division Assn, VFW 2093, American Legion Fern Park, Casselberry Veterans and numerous other organizations. Bob was the ultimate volunteer and always ready to help organize people and events for any good cause. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.
Norman R. Streib,

Died: on 6 December 2013

Norman R. Streib, 93, died peacefully at his home in Apex, NC on December 6th, 2013. A native of Versailles, Ohio, Norm was born on a farm in Darke County and remained a life-long farmer and gardener. He moved with his family to Butner, NC in 1960 and resided there until 2012. When the family relocated to Butner, he became a master carpenter, working with Trout and Riggs Construction Company for many years. He was proud of the many church buildings he helped construct, including his home church, First Baptist of Butner. He was fond of fine wood and enjoyed sharing the things he made with many people, especially children. He would patiently allow them to stand by his work table and “help” while he made them toys and puzzles. As a young man he served in the Army during World War II. He was proud of his service but rarely shared his duties because of the atrocities of war. The First Calvary Division, of which he was a part, was the first American division to enter Manila, Phillipines, liberating the prisoners at Santa Thomas internment camp and re-taking the Phillipine Islands from the Japanese.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Virginia Wethington Streib; his son, N. Richard Streib and his wife Ellen; daughter, Linda S. Smith and her husband Carson; daughter, Bonnie Lane; granddaughter, Sara S. Nesbitt and her husband Peter; grandson, J. Alex Smith and his wife Sharon; and two great grandchildren, Mary Nesbitt and Hannah Nesbitt. He is also survived by loving in-laws and devoted nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Butner, 200 West D St., Butner, NC 27509 and Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh NC 27607.


Robert B. Hurd

Died: on 06 October, 2013


Harvey H. Montoya

Died: on 10 September 2013
SGT Paul A. Cattolica

Died: on 7 August 2013

Paul, surrounded by loving family, passed away peacefully Aug. 7, 2013, at home in Napa after a brief illness. He was born in 1947 to Thomas and Mary Louise (Lopez) Cattolica in San Francisco and attended schools there. He served in the 1st Cavalry Division, 2/8 (U.S. Army) during the Vietnam War, earning the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman Badge. Following his tour of duty from 1967-69, Paul became a letter carrier and member of NALC local 627

Paul is survived by his loving wife, Christine (Waldron); brothers, Thomas and Joseph; sisters, Antoinette and Dolores (Robert Moody); daughter, Carollee (Andrew) Cattolica Tittle; sons, Robert (Rosie Newton) and Thomas; grandchildren, Cierra Olivarez and Anthony Cattolica, and Gavin and Caitlyn Tittle; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made c/o of HOME, Assistance League of Los Altos, 169 State St., Los Altos, CA 94022, a worthy organization assisting families staying at Stanford for medical treatment.


Dwight E. Hurlbert

Died: on 12 January 2013


Raymond G. Davis

Died: 2013


Robert B. Collins Sr.

Died: October 2012


Wilford Clay Hayden
Died: 20 September 2012

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia to Victor and Eunice Hayden, Will shed his earthly body on September 20, 2012, at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, three sisters, one grandson, and one great grandson.

Will is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Kiyono (Kay) Hayden; daughter Carolyn (Carl) Finch; sons Russell (Erin) Hayden and Wesley Hayden; seven grandchildren; two great grandsons; a sister, Virginia Ripperger; and many nieces and nephews.

Will was very proud to serve his country for 20 years in the Army as a soldier and medic. He served in the Korean and Viet Nam Wars. He was also proud that his birthday coincided with Flag Day and the Army’s Anniversary. He retired from the Vancouver School District after 20 years.

Will touched many people during his life. He was a member of numerous carving clubs, Scottish Rite, the Masonic Lodge, and also served as the Rainbow Dad for Vancouver Assembly No. 41.

Donations made in his name to the Clark County, Washington Salvation Army or the Ray Hickey Hospice House, are greatly appreciated.

Thomas F. Conry

Died: on 28 May 2012

John T. Hodes

Died: on 09 April 2012

Robert J. Ewing

Died: on 28 September 2011
Aurelio (Roy) Salas
Died: 21 June 2011
Age: 81

Aurelio “Roy” Salas, 81, a real estate broker of Visalia passed away Tues., June 21, 2011. A Service to be determined will be held in the Whittier area next week. Visitation will be from 5-8 pm on Sat., June 25, 2011 at Salser & Dillard Funeral Chapel and to be scheduled next week in the Whittier area. Burial to be scheduled at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Whittier CA next week. Condolences may be e-mailed to
Larry K. Summers

Died: 22 May 2011

Summers, Larry K. Sunday, May 22, 2011. Dear father of Ian and Eric Summers; dear grandfather of Dominic Summers; dear son of the late Noble and Margaret Summers; dear brother of William and Wayne Summers; our dear brother-in-law, uncle and friend. Services: Funeral from KUTIS AFFTON Chapel, 10151 Gravois, Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m. Interment J.B. National Cemetery. Mr. Summers was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army and served his country in Vietnam as a member of the 1st Calvary Division and a recipient of a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Contributions to Wounded Warriors Foundation appreciated. Visitation Friday 5-9 p.m.
Mike W. (MOUSE) McGhie
Died: 20 June 2011
Age: 63

Mike (Mouse) McGhie Vice President of the 8th Cavalry Regiment an Leader of the D 2/8 Angry Skipper passed away at the 8th Cavalry Regiment Reunion at fort Benning around the people that he loved .

Funeral Service Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | 10:00 AM Palm Eastern Mortuary 7600 South Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89123 | (702)464-8500

Webmaster’s note: He was loved by all an always will be. (A friend to all who knew him)
Frank J.Andrews
Died: 16 May 2010

FRANK JOHN ANDREWS ~~ Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Mounted 1st Cavalry Division of WW II, was one of the last U.S. soldiers to have served in a horse mounted infantry division in the Pacific Theatre. He earned citations of two Bronze Stars for the Philippine Liberation Victory and WW II Victory. He was recognized for 50 years of service as a Technical Engineer for General Motors Corp. with GM Powertrain and Chevrolet Engineering. Mr. Andrews, age 86, died on Sunday, May 16, 2010 in St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Oakland Center, in Madison Heights, Michigan. He was born on December 3, 1923 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, to Joseph Andrews (Andrea) and Martha Hatty Andrews. He had been a longtime resident of Warren, Michigan, and was a former resident of Detroit. Education: Frank was a graduate of Visitation High School and attended the University of Detroit. Occupation: He was a celebrated Technical Engineer at the GM Tech Center in Warren, Michigan, for over 50 years, working at the Center when it officially opened in 1956. Military: Mr. Andrews was inducted into the U.S. Army on September 20, 1943, and was honorably discharged March 16, 1946. Surviving Wife of 54 years: Eleanor ‘Ramona’ (nee: Karas) Andrews Surviving Children: Andrea Brassert, Julie Andrews (Kelly McKinstry), Jane Andrews, and Jo Andrews Grandchildren: Aria and Bianca Brassert Surviving Sister: Marion Vasold Surviving Brothers: John Andrews (Kathleen) and Gerald Andrea (Sara) Arrangements by A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road, Troy, MI 48084 (248-362-2500 Funeral Mass: Thursday, May 27, 2010 – 10:30 AM at St. Louise Catholic Church, 2500 Twelve Mile Road, Warren, Michigan, with Rev. Msgr. Michael Dylag officiating
Thomas A. Eudaley
Died: 28 July 2010

Eudaley, Thomas A. was a member of B Troop, 8th Cav Regiment 1959-1960 Eudaley, Thomas A. died Wednesday, July 28, 2010. Beloved husband of Martha Jane Eudaley (nee Miller) ; loving father of Cheryl, Terrie, Tom and Tim; our dear father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, nephew, cousin and friend.

Services: Memorial visitation on Saturday, July 31, 5-9 p.m. at KUTIS CITY CHAPEL, 2906 Gravois, Interment was private.
David C. Dolby
Died: 6 August 2010
Age 64

SSG David C. DOLBY, 64, who received the Medal of Honor for his actions on 21 May, 1966, died August 6 in Spirit Lake, Idaho while visiting friends.

David Dolby was born 14 May, 1946 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. His father worked for BF Goodrich and was a Prisoner of War during World War II.

SSG Dolby, known as “Mad Dog” to friends that served with him was a big man who was active with Veteran’s causes and attended several Association reunions and Veterans Day gatherings in Washington, DC. He signed friends up as Associate members of the 1st Cavalry Division Association to ensure that they received the annual calendar and Saber.

He earned the Medal of Honor while serving with B Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, Jumping Mustangs, during his first tour in Vietnam. He would return to Vietnam four more times serving with units not in the 1st Cavalry Division. His other military decorations included the Silver Star, three awards of the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. SSG Dolby left the military in 1971 and has worked in a tire factory, steel mill and as a painter.

SSG Dolby was preceded in death by his wife, Xuan, whom he met in Vietnam. He is survived by his mother, Mary, and a brother, Daniel, that he was estranged from.

BG S.L.A. Marshall dedicated an entire chapter in his book about Vietnam, Battles in the Monsoon, to him. Marshall said that Dolby was “one of the rarest of warriors — a man with keen imagination who at the same time, when under fire, seems to be wholly without fear.”

A Memorial Service was held on 18 September in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. His private funeral is pending at Arlington National Cemetery in December.

First Team!

Executive Director
1st Cavalry Division Association

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For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, when his platoon, while advancing tactically, suddenly came under intense fire from the enemy located on a ridge immediately to the front. Six members of the platoon were killed instantly and a number were wounded, including the platoon leader. Sgt. Dolby’s every move brought fire from the enemy. However, aware that the platoon leader was critically wounded, and that the platoon was in a precarious situation, Sgt. Dolby moved the wounded men to safety and deployed the remainder of the platoon to engage the enemy. Subsequently, his dying platoon leader ordered Sgt. Dolby to withdraw the forward elements to rejoin the platoon. Despite the continuing intense enemy fire and with utter disregard for his own safety, Sgt. Dolby positioned able-bodied men to cover the withdrawal of the forward elements, assisted the wounded to the new position, and he, alone, attacked enemy positions until his ammunition was expended. Replenishing his ammunition, he returned to the area of most intense action, single-handedly killed 3 enemy machine gunners and neutralized the enemy fire, thus enabling friendly elements on the flank to advance on the enemy redoubt. He defied the enemy fire to personally carry a seriously wounded soldier to safety where he could be treated and, returning to the forward area, he crawled through withering fire to within 50 meters of the enemy bunkers and threw smoke grenades to mark them for air strikes. Although repeatedly under fire at close range from enemy snipers and automatic weapons, Sgt. Dolby directed artillery fire on the enemy and succeeded in silencing several enemy weapons. He remained in his exposed location until his comrades had displaced to more secure positions. His actions of unsurpassed valor during 4 hours of intense combat were a source of inspiration to his entire company, contributed significantly to the success of the overall assault on the enemy position, and were directly responsible for saving the lives of a number of his fellow soldiers. Sgt. Dolby’s heroism was in the highest tradition of the U.S. Army.
August “Gus” Gabrian
Died: 15 September 2010
Age 96

RED LODGE – August Gabrian passed away peacefully in Helena on Sept. 15, 2010, at the age of 96. Dad was born on Feb. 16, 1914, in Bearcreek and is remembered fondly for his love of ranching, gardening, his military service, his family and homemade wine.

Gus is survived by his children, Edward Gabrian of Billings, Beverely Gabrian of Red Lodge, Christine (Bob) McDonald of Tillamook, Ore., Sally (Ed) Beall of Helena, Regina (Don) Gabrian Grinsell of Helena and Cecile Gabrian Cody of Lewiston, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren.

Gus was the second son of immigrant parents Frank and Agnes Gabrian from Yugoslavia, and was preceded in death by brothers Frank, Lewis, John and Ludwig and sister Regina. Gus loved Montana and held a variety of jobs ranging from miner to helping construct the Fort Peck Dam and the Beartooth Highway before entering military service in 1942.

August served as a saddler with C Troop, First Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, beginning his training at Fort Riley, Kan., and finishing at Fort Bliss, Texas. He shipped overseas to Australia and fought as dismounted infantry in the Admiralty and Solomon Islands and the Philippines. He returned home in 1945, having earned the Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge. A life-member of the VFW Granite Peak Post, he was one of the last true horse soldiers.

He married his sweetheart, Carolyn Hudak, on April 20, 1949, in Red Lodge. They ranched and raised their family west of Red Lodge and enjoyed traveling, card games and their family.

After Carolyn’s death in 1984, Gus made several trips to attend Cavalry reunions, traveled to Yugoslavia to visit family and made an effort to see all of his grandchildren within weeks of their birth. He worked with his daughter Bev and nephew Harris Gabrian in ranching until his passing. Gus was a champion horseshoe player, gardener and could brew a mean batch of chokecherry wine, all while enjoying a dip of tobacco. He enjoyed good health well into his nineties and always sported a rancher’s tan and a positive outlook on life. He will be missed.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, at Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel in Red Lodge. Interment with military honors will be in the Red Lodge Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Senior Citizens’ Center. Memorials may be given to the DAV of Montana, P.O. Box 189, Fort Harrison, MT 59636.


By Emily Grinsell

His smile is like a shining star

His hands are warm and strong

His love stretches very far

His history is stretching on and on

He grew up on a beautiful ranch

He worked the ground as a little boy

He nurtured every straw and branch

What other people will call tools, are merely just a toy

His barn is strong and sturdy

Sheltered with a passionate soul

The walls are tattered, torn, but trustworthy

It’s like five start hotel for a new baby foal

Laughter rings through his veins

A soldier, father, and a friend

Freely he walked through many rains

His memory never seems to end
Fowler L. Hatfield
Died: 13 July 2010
Age: 77

Fowler Leon Hatfield, age 77 of Caryville Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at his residence in Caryville. Leon was born on January 13, 1933 in Campbell County, Tennessee to the late Fowler and Eliza Norman Hatfield. Leon was a loving husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather. He was a United States Army Veteran having served in Korea. In addition to his parents, he is proceeded in death by 6 Sisters. He survived by: Wife of 52 years: Carolyn Hatfield of Caryville, Tn, Daughters: Robin Testo and husband Richard of Port Huron, Mi, Lisa McCurry and husband Michael of Knoxville, Tn, Yvonne Rose and husband Darrell of Williamsburg, Ky, Linda Covert and husband Steven of Jacksboro, Tn, Brothers: John Hatfield of Canal Fulton, Ohio, Joe Hatfield of Caryville, Tn, Ben Walker of Kingston, Tn, Sister: June Robins of Lofollette, Tn, 9 Grand children and 8 Great Grandchildren. A host of other family and friends. The family will receive friends at the Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Lake City on Monday, July 26, 2010 from 2-3PM with a memorial service to follow at 3:00PM with the Rev. Billy Smith officiating.

Holly Gamble Funeral Home in Lake City is in charge of all arrangements.

Webmaster’s note: Fowler was a member of B Company 8th Cavalry Regiment during the Korean War.
William E. Pauley
Died: 24 April 2010

Webmaster’s note: Pauley was a member of B Company, 8th Cav Regiment during the Korean War. A published obituary is not available for him at this time.
Joffre Haig Boston
Died: 23 March 2010
Age 92

Colonel Joffre Haig Boston, 92, of Gainesville, Florida died Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at Haven Hospice. He is survived by his wife Beatrice Rupp Boston of Gainesville; five daughters: Barbara (James) Pritchard of Selma, Alabama, Sandra (Don) Davis of Gainesville, Laura Dearinger of Gainesville, Mary Boston of Birmingham, Alabama, April (Randy) Bidstrup of Collierville, Tennessee; one son: Joffre Thomas (Teresa) Boston of Gainesville; nine granddaughters: Alice Pritchard, Jennie Pritchard, Carrie (Allen) Bearden, Noel (Tripp) Miller, Lindsey (Michael) Franklin, Christine (Jason) Daniels, Dorothy Voorhees, Kara Bidstrup, Katie Boston; four grandsons: Jim (Christy) Pritchard, Paul Voorhees, Chayce Bidstrup and Kyle Boston and three great grandchildren: Django Pritchard, Piper Pritchard, and Jack Bearden.

As the son of a soldier Colonel Boston was born at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO to Captain Thomas Pace Boston and Mabel Claypool Boston. He graduated from Louisville Kentucky Male High School and Western Kentucky State College. After WWII he received an M.A. from George Washington University in International Affairs.

During his more than 30 years in the U.S. Army as a Career Infantry Officer, Colonel Boston served in the S.W. Pacific during WWII, in the Korean Conflict and in South Vietnam. Awards during his military service include the Combat Infantryman Badge with star, the Legion of Merit (2), the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Medal (4), and the Joint Service Medal. Foreign awards include the Philippine Liberation Medal, the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross and the Vietnamese Medal of Honor. He graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College and the US Army War College. In 1954, Colonel Boston commanded the 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry-The Presidential Honor Guard.

After his retirement he was employed as Administrator of the Gordon Glen Manor Planned Retirement Center. As a member of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville, he was for many years the Secretary of D.O.W. class. Colonel Boston will always be remembered as a loving and devout Christian, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Gainesville on Friday, March 26, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. located at 14105 NW 39th Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32606, with a reception to follow. A burial will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors by the 3rd US Infantry Regiment.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Gainesville, 14105 NW 39th Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32606 and Haven Hospice of Gainesville, 4200 Northwest 90th Blvd Gainesville, Florida 32606.

Services are being handled by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361.

Webmaster’s note – Col Boston was an Associate Member of the 8th Cavalry Regiment Association, and the son of Sgt Thomas Pace Boston that served in Troop A of our 8th Regiment from 1898 thru 1906 (Cuba, PR, and Manila).
Marvin T. Meanus, Sr.
Died: 24 May 2010
Age: 79

Webmaster’s note: Marvin was born on 22 October 1930 and passed away on 24 May 2010. He was a member of B Company, 8th Cav Regiment during the Korean War. A published obituary is not available for him at this time.

Vernon M. Moore
Died: 19 June 2010
Age 78

Vernon Mace Moore (1932 – 2010)

Vernon Mace Moore, 78, of Greenville entered into eternal rest on June 19, 2010. Mr. Moore was a son of the late Sherman Moore and Tilley Garner Moore. Mr. Moore was a supervisor for A.G. Boone Trucking and retired after 32 years of service. He also proudly served in the United States Army and was a member of Tanglewood Baptist Church. Vernon is survived by his loving wife, Reba Atkinson Moore; one son, Donnie Moore (Michelle) of Huntersville NC; two daughters, Donna Smith (Mike) of Stanley, NC and Susan Taylor of Delray Beach, FL; two step-children, Michael W. Atkinson of Taylors and Caren A. Demarest of Greenville; 16 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 6 brothers, Frank, Charles, Billy, Harold, Paul and Fred; three sisters, Mildred Duffle, Molly Keith and Martha Riddle.

He was predeceased by his first wife Shirley Moore, one son, Charles Vernon Moore and five sisters.

A Funeral Service will be held at Tanglewood Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation prior to service from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Charlotte, NC at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tanglewood Baptist Church, 2801 Old Easley Bridge Road, Greenville, SC 29611.

Condolences may be made to the family by visiting The family is at the residence. Thomas McAfee Funeral Home Northwest.

Published in The Greenville News on June 21, 2010

Webmaster’s note – Trooper Vernon M. Moore was a member of G Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cav Regt during the Korean War from November 1950 to December 1951.
Fenton L. Moore
Died: 8 August 2009
Age: 92

Fenton was born on June 6, 1917 and passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2009.

Fenton was last known to be living in Carencro, Louisiana.

He enlisted in the U.S. Eighth Cavalry in 1936 and retired after 30 years of service in the Army. He served overseas in Germany, Bolivia, Costa Rica and was stationed in Alexandria, VA and Washington, D.C. working in the Pentagon. Fenton received a Commendation Medal in 1960 for his outstanding service in Bolivia, a First Oak Leaf Cluster in 1964 for sincere devotion to duty in Costa Rica and a Second Oak Leaf Cluster in 1965 for meritorious service in Washington, D.C.

He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in Calvary Baptist Church in Lafayette. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The Rev. James Craft, will officiate at the services. The family requests that visiting hours be observed from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, please make donation to a favorite ministry, charity or volunteer organization in honor of the kind-hearted and generous Mr. Moore.

Webmaster’s note – Trooper Moore was a member of F Troop, 2nd Bn, 8th Cav Regt. Joined the 8th Regiment in December of 1936, and had been known to say that he “Was proud to have ridden those 1st Cavalry horses for six years!!”
Eugene W. Thorne
Died: 13 August 2009
Age: 76

Eugene W. Thorne, 76 of Toms River formerly of Cranford, died peacefully with his family at his side on Thursday, August 13, 2009 at Community Medical Center in Toms River. Services will be held on Monday, August 17, 2009 at 11 am at St. Michael’s Church, 40 Alden Street, Cranford. Viewing is Sunday, August 16, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. Born in Elizabeth, he resided in Cranford for 38 years before moving to Toms River. He was a retired Sheet Metal Worker Local 22 for 40 years. He served in the Army during the Korean War as a Sgt. 1st Cavalry 8th Regiment. He was a member of American Legion Post 328 Clark, Life Member VFW Post 335 Cranford, D.A.V. of Toms River Chapter 24, Scoutmaster of Troop 80 in Cranford 22 years, and Treasurer of Local 22 Retirees. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Kathleen T. (nee Kaiser), son & daughter-in-law Daniel & Stacy Thorn, daughter & son-in-law Marijean & Frank Battistella, pre-deceased by brother Russell A. DeVinney, sister Grace Napolitano, beloved Pop-Pop to Christina & Thomas Battistella and Derek & Sierra Thorn, sister-in-law Mari-Alice Kaiser, nieces & nephews and many extended family & friends. Donations in memory of Eugene W. Thorn can be made to Boy Scouts of America, Cranford Troop 80 foundation, PO Box 422, Cranford, NJ 07016.

Webmaster’s note – Trooper Thorne was a member of M Co, 3rd Bn, 8th Cav Regt during the Korean War.
Paul J. Siddens Jr.
Died: 31 July 2009
Age 78

Major General Paul J. Siddens Jr. 78, passed away July 31, 2009. He was born January 9, 1931 in Holland, KY to Paul and Lorena Haynes Siddens. He married Marjorie Joan Thacker, who survives him, on February 14, 1953. He is also survived by his son, Dr. Paul Siddens III and wife Philippa. General Siddens served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander in Hokkaido, Japan. He was a member of the Indiana Guard Reserve from 1964 until his retirement as Commanding General in 1989. General Siddens received many honors during his 25 years with the IGR including the Indiana Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Hoosier Heroes medal and Sagamore of the Wabash. General Siddens was a member of the 1st Cavalry Division Association, Association of the Third Armored Division Veterans, The Indiana Guard Reserve Retired Association, the WW II Round Table and the Clay Township Military Library and Museum. He retired from United Technologies Corporation as a Distribution Center Manager in 1996. General Siddens leaves behind many, many close family members and friends in Indiana and across the country that he dearly loved and that dearly loved him. He was a kind and generous man who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and they were always in his thoughts. General Siddens loved telling stories and writing about his youth growing up in the hills of Kentucky. A celebration of his life will be held at 7:00pm Tuesday, August 4, at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center Carmel, 325 East Carmel Drive. Calling will be from 4-7:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in General Siddens memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.

Webmaster’s note – General Siddens was a member of Tank Co, 8th Cav Regt from March 1954 to April 1955.
Edwin E. Finley
Died: 16 July 2009
Age 76

Edwin E. “Jigger” Finley, 76, passed away July 16, 2009 at St. Johns Health System, Anderson, Indiana. He was born September 29, 1932 in Flora, Indiana, and resided in Anderson. He served his country in the US Army in the Korean War.He retired from Fortville Auto Parts after many years of service.Edwin was a member of the Anderson American Legion and a lifetime member of the Fortville VFW. He loved woodworking and enjoyed making furniture such as swings, cradles, rocking chairs and walking sticks. He did not know a stranger and was always willing to lend a hand.He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn (Somers) Finley; daughters, Terri (Dwight) Wood and Sara (Gary) Mann; sister, Rose Peters; sister-in-law, Marge Finley; 5 grandkids, Kari (Ty) Boyd, Dwight Wood III, Scott (Melissa) Wood, Martin (Mandy) Mann and Christine (Kevin) Austin; 10 great grandchildren; several nieces & nephews and his dog, Sam.He was preceded by his parents, Lorena Bernice (Hughes) & Samuel Finley and brothers, Robert Finley and James Finley.Visitation will be from 4-8:00 PM on Friday, July 17, 2009 at Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes & Crematory, South Chapel; 200 W. 53rd Street; Anderson. Services will be Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 11:30 AM, at the funeral home, south chapel, with military rites by the VFW.Private burial will take place. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart

Webmaster’s note – Trooper Finley was a member of H Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cav Regt during the Korean War from June 1951 to December 1952.
Alfonso S. Gonzales
Died: 23 February 2009
Age 83

Funeral services for Alfonso S. “Al” Gonzales, 83, will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 at St. Mary Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Thomas O’Toole. His ashes will be interred in the Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, N.M.

Son of the late Petrolino and Ramoncita Lujan Gonzales, Alfonso was born in Moses, N.M. on Feb. 18, 1926 and moved here in 1994. He and the former Clorinda Ulibarri were married Nov. 21, 1948 at Raton, N.M. A member of St. Mary Catholic Church “Al” had been a member of the Knights of Columbus, served as chaplain of V.F.W. Post 4574, the American Legion and Ardmore’s Military Memorial Museum, where he was inducted into the Military Hall of Honor Sept. 5, 2005. He died Monday, Feb. 23, 2009 at the Oklahoma Veterans Center of Ardmore.

During World War II “Al” enlisted in the U.S. Army and was soon shipped to the European Theater of action. While serving in the campaigns of the Rhine Land and Central Europe from 1944 to 1946 in a mortar platoon, he and another soldier captured 228 German troops while working as the point persons in a unit assigned to clear out and capture German soldiers; a feat that was to earn him the Army’s Bronze Star for meritorious combat service. As the war in Europe wound down his unit was transferred to the Philippines for a Pacific Theatre assignment. Following his discharge from active duty in 1946 he entered the U.S. Army Reserves. Returning to New Mexico he worked there for four years before called to active duty in 1950 for the Korean Conflict and served two years active and two years reserve duty.

For his military service Sergeant First Class Gonzales was awarded the Combat Infantryman badge (2nd Award), the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army Occupation Medal with Japan Clasp, the American Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Honorable Lapel Button W.W.II and the Bronze Star Medal, Citation for Bronze Star Medal, the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Badge and the Korean Service Medal with four Campaign Stars. Upon returning to New Mexico he became employed in civil service with the Atomic Energy Commission retiring in 1983 after 32-plus years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Clorinda Gonzales of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Jane Gonzales, Ardmore; a daughter, Carol Waldman, Irving, Texas; four granddaughters, Lauren Gonzales, Shannon Steele and husband, Daryl, Cassandra Waldman and Clorissa Waldman; a sister, Elenor Lavato, Albuquerque, N.M.; and two brothers, Emanuel and Richard Gonzales of Raton, N.MA Rosary Service and time of visitation and support for the family will be tonight at 5 p.m. at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at

Webmaster’s note – Al was a member of C Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cav Regt During the Korean War from November 1950 to August 1951.

Roger Paul
Died: 4 July 2003

Webmaster’s note – Trooper Roger Paul rode on to Fiddler’s Green 4 July 2003. He was a member of Service Company, 2nd Squadron of the 8th Cav Regt (serving on Japan occupation duty) from June 1946 to November 1947.
William R. Falkoff
Died: 17 May 2009
Age 82

Richard William Falkoff, 82, of Magnolia, [AR] passed away May 17, 2009.

Richard was born May 23, 1926 in East Prairie, Mo., to Israel Jacob and Jeannette Ceclia Falkoff.

Richard was a graduate of East Prairie High School and upon graduating he joined the Army where he served with the occupation forces in Japan after World War II. When he returned home he joined the family retail business, founding in 1899 by his great-grandfather.

In 1960 he moved to Blytheville, Ark., where he was a women’s retail merchant for 26 years. During his years in Blytheville, he was active in the local business and community organizations and was a mason for over 50 years. Richard served as treasurer of Temple Israel in Blytheville for many years and sadly he and his wife oversaw its final closure. Upon retiring he moved to Magnolia to be close to his son’s family.

Richard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Edith Falkoff; his son, Dr. Mark Falkoff; his brother, Julius Falkoff of Union City, Tenn.; his sister, Shirley Friedman of Sikeston, Mo.; six grandchildren, Allison Eddleman, Catherine Starnes, Sarah, Michael, Brian and Jacob Falkoff; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 20 at Beth Shalom Memorial Gardens in Memphis, Tenn., Rabbi Aaron Rubinstein officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association.

High Point Funeral Chapel, 901-454-5795.

(Webmaster’s Note) – Trooper Falkoff served with Service Co., 8th Cav Regt from June 1945 to Jul 1946.
Robert “Bob” C. Cable
Died: 18 July 2009
Age 78

CABLE, ROBERT “Bob” C; age 78; was born September 8, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan; and died in Highland, Michigan on July 18, 2009.

Beloved husband of Carole for 56 years; loving father of Richard, Robert (Linda), Dale (Marjorie), Dawn, Jeffrey, and Margaret (Douglas) Shebby; cherished grandfather of seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral Service will be held at Highland Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home 3295 East Highland Road Highland, MI, Thursday July 23, 2009, at 11 a.m.

Family will receive friends Tuesday July 21, 2009 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday July 22, 2009 from 1 to 8 p.m. Memorials appreciated to the American Diabetes Association. To share an everlasting memorial, please go to

(Webmaster’s Note) – Trooper Cable served with Company K, 8th Cav Regt during the Korean War. He was also Quartermaster of our 8th Cav Regt Assn at the time of his death.
J.B. Blair
Died: 14 June 2009
Age 91

Anahuac, TX – J.B. Blair – age 91 passed away Sunday at his home in Conroe. J.B. was born in Dallas March 9, 1918 the son of the late Joe Jeff Blair and Buna Carr Blair.

J.B. served the U.S. Army for fifteen years. When he joined he was in the Horse Cavalry where he retained the rank of Sergeant First Class. He became a veteran of World War II and Korea, serving last on a Special Advisory Committee. He later went on to work for Chambers County as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement many years later.

He enjoyed working out in the yard, wildlife, fishing, and going to the park with his family. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his sisters, Lavern Groves and Opal Blair Ridel. He leaves behind his beloved wife of fifty-four years Ruth Blair, son Larry Wolfe and his wife Gayla of Harmony, PA, daughters Loralea McManus and her husband Hector of Conroe, Diane Blair-Stevens of Woodlands, sons Sherwood J. Blair and his wife Belinda of Anahuac, and John Blair and his wife Mary of Kountze, a brother Sherwood Blair of Hankamer, as well as sixteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5-8pm at the Sterling Funeral Home, 1201 S. Main Anahuac, Texas. Funeral services will be held Thursday 11AM at the funeral home with burial to follow in Anahuac Cemetery with Rev. Richard Hensley to officiate. Friends and family may send condolences online to

(Webmaster’s note) – 1st Sgt Blair was a member of Machine Gun Troop, 8th Cavalry Regiment, during WWII and the 1st Sgt of G Troop, 8th Cavalry Regiment immediately prior to that. Then once again 1st Sgt G Troop during the Japanese Occupation and into mid 1951 during the Korean War.

( Please see “G Troop’s Unforgettable Trooper” at http://www.8Cavalry.Org/Blair.htm )
Thomas “Bud” B. O’Donnell Sr
Died: 23 Febuary 2009
Age 78

FAYETTEVILLE – Retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Thomas “Bud” Burres O’Donnell Sr., 78, of Fayetteville, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, in the North Carolina State Veterans Nursing Home. Thomas was born May 19,1930, to the late Morgan L. O’Donnell and Leah Burres O’Donnell in Essex County, N.Y. Thomas “Bud” Burres O’Donnell served faithfully and loyally in the service of his country. He was a veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War and was the recipient of numerous medals and commendations. Thomas was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. He never knew a stranger. Mr. “Personality” would describe him, and you never knew what the next words out of his mouth would be. He was loved by all. He once was an avid sky diver and was known to have an adventurous spirit. He lived every day to the fullest, to the amusement of many. He was selected as an Honorary Golden Knight in 1978. He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Burres O’Donnell Jr.; a daughter, Tammy Lea O’Donnell; two brothers, Robert O’Donnell and James O’Donnell; and a nephew, Danny James O’Donnell. Thomas is survived by his wife, Cecile O’Donnell of the home; three daughters, Terry O’Donnell, Tracey O’Donnell and Tara O’Donnell of the home; and three grandchildren, Mariah, Machiah and Zackeriah. The O’Donnell family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home, 500 Ramsey St., Fayetteville. A memorial Mass for Thomas “Bud” Burres O’Donnell will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, in Rogers and Breece Funeral Home chapel, with Father Edward J. Kita officiating. Concluding the Mass, there will be the rendering of full military honors. Services entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home of Fayetteville.

Published in the Fayetteville Observer from 2/25/2009 – 2/26/2009

(Webmaster’s Note) – Trooper O’Donnell served with Company D, 8th Cav Regt during the Korean War.
Roy S. Fugate
Died: 19 June 2008
Age 72

Mr. Roy S. Fugate, 72, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2008, at Johnston Memorial Hospital. He was born in Indian Springs, Tennessee on November 30, 1935, and he was raised by an uncle and aunt, Charlie and Madge Patrick.

Roy graduated from Meadowview High School in 1955. He served in the United States Army in Korea and was in the Reserves for two years. Roy retired from United Parcel Service in Bristol after 33 years. He was a member of Rosedale Baptist Church in Abingdon for 32 years and a member of the Senior Adult Sunday School Class. He was also a member of the UPS Retired Drivers Breakfast Club.

Roy was preceded in death by his aunt and uncle, Madge and Charlie Patrick; by his sister, Mildred Larkins; and by his brothers, Spencer Lewis and Bill Fugate.

Roy is survived by his loving and caring wife of 40 years, Laquita Ladd Fugate of the home; his son Charlie Fugate of Abingdon; his mother-in-law, Virginia Pearl Ladd of Bristol; his brothers Jim Fugate and J.C. Fugate of Kingsport, TN; Bruce Lewis of Atlanta, GA, and Charles Lewis of Kingsport; an aunt and uncle, and several nieces, nephews, cousins. Roy also had lots of friends that cared about him.

The funeral service for Roy Fugate will be held at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2008, at the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with Rev. Carl Young, Dr. Don Paxton and Rev. John Stapleton officiating. Music will be by the Rosedale Baptist Church Choir and David White. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The burial will be on Monday, June 23, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. View Cemetery in Bristol, VA, with military graveside rites by the Highlands Veterans Honor Guard. Those attending the graveside service are invited to meet at the cemetery by 10:45 a.m. on Monday. Pallbearers will be Jack Clark, Gary Wallace, George Johnson, David White, Gene Ladd and George Hearl. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Waters, Darrell Salyers, Bobby Jones, Danny Patrick and UPS drivers.

The family would like to thank Dr. William Baker and Dr. Ernest Henry for their care of Mr. Fugate, and they also thank Roy’s special friend, Tara Salyers.

(Webmaster’s Note) – Trooper Roy S. Fugate served with Company B, 8th Cav Regt in Korea, and was the father of Charlie C. Fugate, an Associate Member of the 8th US Cavalry. Regiment Association, Inc.
Esme J. “Jimmie” Burrer
Died: 29 March 2009
Age 82

BURRER, Esme J. “Jimmie” 82, of Clemmons, NC, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, NC. She was born on October 23, 1926, Wood County, OH, to the late Arthur F. and Meta C. Henry. Jimmie graduated from Monroeville, OH High School in 1944, attended Ohio State University, and graduated from Bliss College in Columbus, OH. She is survived by her husband of over 62 years, LTC John D. “Jack” Burrer; two daughters, Benita J. Potter of Stuart, FL and Jennifer L. Librandi of Clemmons, NC; a brother, Dr. Frederic C. Henry of Stuart, FL; seven grand-children; and two great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, John D. Burrer, Jr.; and a sister, Jacqueline Henry-Roscoe. She was a career Army wife, deeply loved and devoted to her family, loved to travel, having lived and traveled throughout the U.S., Japan, and Europe. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or to the American American Cancer Society.

(Webmaster’s Note) – “Jimmie” was an Associate Member of our Association and the wife of LTC John D. “Jack” Burrer, Chairman of The Board of Directors.
Patrick J. Salmon
Died: 9 August 2008

Salmon, Patrick J. Veteran of the Korean War. Beloved husband of Dolores (nee Pabian), cherished father of Maureen (Michael) Rafalin and Christine (Paul) McCormick, adoring grandfather of Nicole, Ashley, Patrick, Sean, and Bridget, proud son of the late Philip and LaVerne Salmon, fond brother of the late Mary (Charles) Mikalauski and Phyllis (Simon) DeChristopher, loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. Visitation Tuesday, 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., from the Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home, 4950 W. 79th Street, Burbank, IL to St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, 77th and Western Ave., Chicago, IL. Mass 9:30 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Retired President and CEO of the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council.

Published: Chicago Sun Times, 11 Aug 09

(Webmaster’s Note) – Trooper Salmon was a member of Hq Co, 8th Cav Regt while serving in Japan, May 1953 – October 1955.
George J. Tinger
Died: 6 June 2008
Age 73

Tinger, George John, 73, of Sunrise died June 6, 2008. He was a veteran of Korea serving with the U.S. Army. He was a past exalted ruler of BPOE 2273, and was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose. He is survived by extended family and friends. Friends may call on Sunday August 17 from 2:00-4:00PM at the T.M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home. Fraternal services will be held starting at 3:00PM. Funeral services and interment with military honors will be held Monday 11:00AM at South Florida VA National Cemetery, 6501 N. State Road 7, Lake Worth, FL., 954-587-6888.

Published in the Sun-Sentinel on 8/10/2008

(Webmaster’s Note) – Trooper Tinger was a member of D Trp, 8th Cav Regt while serving in Korea May 1959 – Sep 1959.
Glenn G. Blackburn
Died: 13 April 2008
Age 84

Glenn George Blackburn, passed away April 13, 2008.

He was born in Freemont, Wis. Sept. 28, 1923. Glenn will be deeply missed by Eunice, his loving wife of 63 years. Glenn was a World War II Veteran in the First Calvary Division, US Army. Glenn was a pioneer in Thermoforming and had several successful Plastics Companies in the Winter Haven area since 1966.

Glenn was predeceased by two sisters and one brother. Glenn has four surviving sisters and five surviving brothers all living in Wisconsin and Florida. Glenn and Eunice have three children, Dennis of Winter Haven, Wanda Buchanan of Orlando, Wendy Booth of Auburndale. Glenn and Eunice have nine grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Winter Haven on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. Services and burial will follow. Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home Winter Haven

Published in the Winter Haven Ledger from 4/15/2008

(Webmaster’s Note) – Trooper Blackburn was a member of H Trp, 8th Cav Regt during WWII, June 1943 – October 1945.
William H. Riester
Died: 27 September 2008
Age 85

William H. Riester, Jr. went home to be with his Lord and Savior after a lengthy illness September 27, 2008 at the age of 85. William was born July 30, 1923 in St Louis, Missouri to Will and Lola Riester.

Bill received his Bachelor’s degree from Westminster College, Fulton, MO and his Masters degree from University of Northern Colorado.

He retired from the U.S. Army at Ft. Carson after 3 I years of active duty. His oversees assignments were in japan, the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, Bolivia and Ecuador. After retirement he was privileged to work for Astronaut Jim Irwin’s High Flight Ministry.

Bill also fulfilled his love of trains by working a few years as a conductor with the Cadillac and Lake City Railroad. He enjoyed his memberships with other train clubs and was a past President of the Korean War Veterans Association. He also enjoyed fellowship with his friends at Northeast Bible Chapel.

Bill was a faithful husband, father, and friend to all who knew him.

Bill leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 59 years; Grace, sons; Bill (Jill) and Carl (Kathleen), daughter; Amy Jo, grandchildren; Mandy, Alex (Kaitlyn) and Cecila.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 sisters.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 30,2008, 5:00 -8:00 pm at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home Chapel.
Graveside service will be Wednesday, October I, 2008, 10:00 am at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at Northeast Bible Chapel l722McArthur, Wednesday, October I, 2008, at 11:30 am.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to:, HCJB Global 1065 Garden of the Gods Rd. Colorado.

(Webmaster’s Note) – Cpt Riester was a member of Svc Co and Hq Co, 8th Cav Regt (Inf) during the Korean War Nov ‘1950 – Mar 1952.

Paul A. Besancon
Died: 23 May 2008
Age 78

Paul A. Besancon Born in Wayne County, Ohio on July 4, 1929 Died on May 23, 2008

FREDERICKSBURG – Paul A. Besancon passed away Friday, May 23, 2008 at Wooster Community Hospital while in Hospice care.

Family and Friends may call on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at McIntire Davis and Greene Funeral Home 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 9 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church 527 Beall Ave., Wooster. Internment will be at the Calmoutier Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County 2525 Back Orrville Rd., Wooster, OH 4691 or to the American Cancer Society 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406.

Paul was born on July 4, 1929 at his family’s farm home outside Fredericksburg to Clarence and Clara (Malcuit) Besancon and graduated from Fredericksburg High School. He married his life mate Janice I. Brown on July 7, 1957. She survives.

He was a man of true faith and he passed that faith down to his family. He received his strength from his Lord and Savior, his loving father, brothers and sisters. He demonstrated his faith through his commitment in marriage to Jan “Janny B.”, provided for his family and taught his children how to live and enjoy life. He was a true humanitarian. He was a loving father and grandfather. He read scripture daily and shared that love of reading with his grandchildren. Faith, love and loyalty were the principles he lived by. He was a storyteller and poet. One example of his kindness was shown – It would take him forty-five minutes to run to the Fredericksburg grocery to get one half gallon of milk because he would stop along the way to engage in conversation with the many friends he encountered. During his adult life he was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Community after having grown up in the French Catholic Community of Calmoutier in northern Holmes County. He worked with a very special group of friends at Petrolane Gas for 38 years, retiring in 1991, served as Trustee for the Calmoutier Cemetery Trust Fund, served as board member for the Southeast Local Schools, was awarded the Citizen of the Year by the Fredericksburg Community in 2003 and was a member of the American Legion Post 651 in Fredericksburg.

He is survived by his children, who feel honored to have had him as their father, Elizabeth Rodhe of Fredericksburg, Diane (Gary) Clark of Wooster, Susan (David) Shultzman of Apple Creek, Mary (Danny) Glenn of Dalton, Jackie (Dave) Piatt of Wooster, John (Connie) Besancon of Freeport and Ann (Don) Grove of Dover. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, his dear and loving siblings Rita Fry of Wooster, Bernadine Gallagher of Apple Creek, Mary Herr of Herndon, Virginia and Walter Besancon of Apple Creek.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Quinten, Justin and Joseph.

Dad was a simple man, a loving husband to his wife, faithful teacher to his family, kind to all and it is with immense love and joy that we thank him for the beauty of his life.

Memorial Contributions
Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County or The American Cancer Society

Obituary obtained from:
McIntire, Davis and Green Funeral Home
216 E. Larwill Street
Wooster, OH, 44691

(Webmaster’s Note) – Paul was a member of G Company, 8th Cav Regt (Inf) during the Korean War from June 1951 through Nov 1951 at which time he was transfered to Hq Co, 2nd Bn, 8th Regt.


Posted this page 21 July 2008
Thomas Chalmers Dick
Died: 4 June 2005
Age 63

Thomas Chalmers Dick, 63, Major, United States Army-retired, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 4, 2005, at his home in Fernandina Beach, ending his suffering from a lengthy illness.

A native of Linden, N.J., he was the son of the late James and Virginia Rose Kreutz Dick, and had resided on Amelia Island for the last two years, after relocating from Whitefield, N.H. Mr. Dick graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Coker College in South Carolina. Mr. Dick then entered the U.S. Army, rose to the rank of major, and saw wartime action in Vietnam. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and American Legion Post #54 in Fernandina Beach.

He was quite a storyteller, and would entertain family and friends with his many tales. Mr. Dick enjoyed dining in the many fine establishments on the island and visiting with his friends and family.

Survivors include: his three daughters, Lisa Asher, Loganville, Ga., Kathleen Kuhn, Fernandina Beach, and Laura (Todd) Earley, Buford, Ga.; two grandsons, Jackson and Seth Earley; and a sister, Denise Dick of Philadelphia, Pa.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Brian Eburn, pastor, officiating. Major Dick will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., with full military honors.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Reaching For the Stars Foundation, a charity that assists children, like his grandson Seth, who have Cerebral Palsy. Donations may be sent to R.F.T.S., Inc., 3000 Old Alabama Road, Suite 119300, Alpharetta, GA 30022, (770) 561-5950. The web site is

Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors

Published in the News Leader, Fernandina Beach, Florida June 6, 2005


Posted this page 3 July 2008
Maurice Douglas (Maury) Flowers, Jr.
Died: 30 June 2008
Age 82

FLOWERS, Mr. Maurice Douglas (Maury) Flowers, Jr., 82, of Villa Rica passed away June 30, 2008. He served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II and with the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division in the Korean War. He rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant and received numerous awards including the Bronze Star with V Device–Korea and Oak Leaf Cluster, Korean Presidential Unit citation, the Glider Badge, and Parachute Badge. He served as an Insurance Underwriter for the American Mutual Insurance Company and Southern General Insurance Company in Atlanta, and was Vice President and Underwriting Manager for Georgia Insurance Service from 1960-1966. He was founder and owner of the Insurance Mart Agency in Atlanta from 1970 until his retirement in 1981. He was an active member and deacon of Concord Baptist Church, Temple, GA. Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Carolyn Power Flowers of Villa Rica, son, Lindsay D. Flowers of Warner Robins, daughters, Charlene (Randy) Sullivan of Alpharetta and Maureen (Steve) Munoz of Kennesaw; sisters, Gloria Rasmussen of St. Simons, Jenny Holbrook of Lawrenceville, and Sue (Corman) Jordan of Alma; brother, Paul Flowers of St. Augustine, FL; 7 grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 11 AM from the Concord Baptist Church in Paulding County with Rev. Don Rackley officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with military honors by the U.S. Army Honor Guard Team. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, July 2, 2008 from 5 until 8 PM. Condolences may be made on-line at J. Hoyt Thomas Funeral Home, Villa Rica, 770-459-3676.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 7/2/2008.


Posted this page 1 July 2008
Jack M. Sharpe
Died: 7 April 2008
Age 71

Sharpe, Jack M. Ann Arbor, MI Age 71, died Monday, April 7, 2008 at his home. He was born August 24, 1936 in Tennessee, the son of Herbert and Ada (Keck) Sharpe. On August 2, 1957 he married Ethel Joyce Brown, and she preceded him in death on March 20, 2005. He is survived by one son, Ken (Judy) Sharpe of Columbia Falls, MT; a sister, Marge Brown of Monroe MI; three grandchildren, Eric, Allison, and Carolyn Sharpe. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Kermit Sharpe, and a daughter, Darlene Sharpe. Jack was a proud veteran from the First Calvary Division, Eighth Calvary Regiment of the United States Army. Jack retired after a 30 year career from MichCon. He was an avid outdoorsman and created many special memories afield with family and friends. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 11, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. Dr. Barbara Edema officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Published in the Ann Arbor News on on 4/9/2008.


Posted this page 1 July 2008
Phillip Eugene Ellis
Died: 11 June 2008
Age 76

Phillip Eugene Ellis, age 76, 1002A Circle Dr., Elizabethton, passed away peacefully at his residence on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 following an extended illness. Phil was born April 1, 1932 at the Ellis homeplace on Holston Mtn. Rd, Carter County. He was a son of the late Robert Tipton Ellis and Katherine Shell Ellis and was raised on Academy St. by the Shell family. Phil retired from the State of Tennessee Department of Employment Security. He was an avid genealogist for Carter County and the surrounding areas and was a long-standing member of the East Tenn. Historical Society. Mr. Ellis was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

In addition to his parents, Phil was preceded in death by his loving wife of fifty-three years, Shirley Rasnick Ellis on March 11, 2008, a sister: Margaret Ellis, and four brothers: Jack, infant Richard, Harold and Pat Ellis.

Survivors include two daughters: Katherine Ellis Barker, New York, Hester Ellis Honeycutt and husband Steve, Elizabethton, one son: Frederick Lewis Ellis, Elizabethton, his cherished grandchildren: Abigail LeAnne Honeycutt, Elizabethton, Pvt. Jacob Honeycutt, US Army, serving in Iraq, and Jesse Honeycutt, Elizabethton, a sister: Virginia Ellis Redford, Johnson City and his “special sister” Charlotte Wingfield Robinson, Greeneville, TN, and special family members and friends: Iris Jenkins Ellis, Lesa Sholes Blackwell, Nancy Ellis, Barbara Ellis Melton and family, Ann Smith, Evelyn Ellis Elmer, Sara and Mike Sellers, Richard Lewis, Mary Carolyn Heaton and family, Tom McCloud, Deacon Bowers, Billy and Georgia Range Pierce and family, all of Elizabethton and Linda Henry of Springfield, VA.

Phil Ellis served in the Korean War (1951-1952) in the National Guard Unit and US Army 1st Cavalry, G Company, 8th Division. Several friends from the Washington, D.C. Casualty and Memorial Affairs Center, the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, Korean War Tiger Survivors, and the Washington, D.C. Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Persons Offices expressed the following thoughts about Phil:

“In 1998-99, the TN Dept. of Veterans Affairs conducted an outreach program specifically designed to assist the United States Army Repatriation and Family Affairs Division to help locate relatives of service members unaccounted-for from the Korean War. The State of Tennessee, through the efforts of Commissioner Fred Tucker, Jerry Hill and Phil Ellis were able, by 2000, to identify and establish contact with the relatives of more than 100 service members. Phil was a non-paid volunteer that contributed immeasurably to our efforts, and was the driving force in accomplishing these milestones. By his efforts, Mr. Ellis demonstrated the true spirit of volunteers that his home state is known for.”

“Without him and his leadership, we would not have enjoyed the success we did. He certainly has the gratitude of the many families, 80% of the 150 soldiers from the state of Tennessee and many other states. Phil was a supporter of the Purple Heart being awarded to all POWs.”

The following quotes are from POW families and friends: “He was a true unsung hero. He helped me with my father who was at the Chosin Reservoir and a POW in the Korean War.”

“Tennessee is noted for its great heroes and patriots. Phil Ellis is one of them. The highest tribute that can be paid to him is that he is a SOLDIER!”

“Phil is a combat veteran from the outpost battles along the present DMZ. He has always done a wonderful service in just getting people to share information, from both government and private sources.”

“Phil helped me find my uncle along the Chosin Reservoir’s East Shore. I am very proud to have crossed his path.”

Special thanks from the family are given to Dr. Chris Sholes and staff and Dr. Michelle Davenport and staff. A special thank you is extended to the Medical Center Hospice, Kay Arnold and the entire Hospice staff for all their love and care shown to the Ellis family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Ellis to Medical Center Hospice, 101 Med Tech Park, Suite 100, Johnson City, TN 37604.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, June 13 at the residence of Mr. Ellis (1002A Circle Dr., Elizabethton).

It was Mr. Ellis’ wish to be a donor for the Anatomical Gift Program. Private disposition will be held at a later date at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, Tennessee. Memories and condolences may be shared and viewed at www/ Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, Johnson City is serving the Ellis family. 610-7171.

Source: Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, TN


Posted this page 20 June 2008
Raymond J. Jennings
Died: 20 April 2008

LTC Jennings, Raymond J., Hq 8th Cav, 1940-1945, Passed away 20 April 2008.
Researching Obit.


Posted this page 11 June 2008
Paul A. Gomen
Died: 19 August 2007
Age 84

Age 84, of Magnolia, NJ, on August 19, 2007, at Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Stratford, NJ.
Born in Philadelphia, PA. He served in WWII as a Sgt. in the U.S. Army with the 1st Cav. Div. 8th Cav. Reg., receiving the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal and Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars. He also was an Electrician at General Electric, Philadelphia, PA for 43 yrs.

Beloved Husband of the late Alice Elizabeth (nee Sheehan) Gomen. Devoted Father of Alice Wallen, Paul J. Gomen, Constance (James) Buniak, of West Berlin, NJ, John P. (Marge) Gomen, of Erial, NJ and Joan (Harry P.) Bittner, of Stratford. Grandfather of Barry (Julie), Jason (Gina), Danny, Jackie, Matthew, Haley and Alyssa. Great grandfather of Gaven and Gianna. Brother of Joan Coleman.

Family and friends are invited to attend his viewing and visitation with the family on Wednesday 9:30-11am at Saint Gregory’s R.C. Church, White Horse Pk. & Evesham Rd., Magnolia, NJ.

Funeral Mass at 11:00am on Wednesday at Saint Gregory’s R.C. Church.

Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Berlin, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospitalier Order of St. John of God, 1145 Delsea Dr., Westville, NJ 08093.

Funeral under the direction of:
712 No. White Horse Pk
Stratford, NJ
PH 856-783-5100

Publication date: 8/21/07
Courier Post


Posted this page 13 March 2008
Fred C. “Bud” Elber
Died: 13 April 2007
Age 83


Beloved Husband, Father & Grandfather Fred C. “Bud” Elber, 83, formerly of Harvard Road in Erie, passed away Friday, April 13, 2007 at Independence Court.

Born in Erie, October 18, 1923, he was a son of the late Fred M. and Rose A. Mehler Elber. Mr. Elber served with the U.S. Army, 1st Calvary Division, in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II. He participated in the famous “Flying Column” that liberated Manila and the Santo Thomas Prison, rescuing thirty-seven hundred internees. He was the recipient of the Combat Medical Badge and the Purple Heart. He was a well-known candy and tobacco salesman in the tri-state area and worked for the Arthur F. Schultz, Carl E. Schultz, and John V. Schultz Companies for fifteen years, , and retired in 1993 after thirty-seven years, from the Spaulding Company of Meadville. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church and Men’s Council. Mr. Elber was a singer with the Choristers of the Danish Club for fifty-three years, and also sang with the East Erie Turners and Knights of Columbus choirs. He enjoyed playing euchre and pinochle. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Frances Schuller Elber, April 2, 2007; and a sister, Rose Louise Kulich. Surviving are two daughters, Janet Ammer, husband James, of Mount Morris, PA and Kristine Moraski, husband John of Erie; a son, Frederick M. Elber, wife Pam, of Sewickley, PA; three sisters, Betty Noyes of Fairview, Frances Demuling, of Erie and Georgiana Lattimer of Schenectady, NY; five grandsons and nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Brugger Home for Funerals, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Boulevard, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and may attend services on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church at 1:00 p.m. Interment with military honors in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 8152 , Erie 16505 or the American Heart Association ,823 Filmore Ave. Erie 16505.


Posted this page 16 January 2008
Robert “Bob” Cooper
Died: 21 September 2007
Age 85


Robert “Bob” Cooper, 85, of Amarillo died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Cox-LaGrone Funeral Home Benton Chapel, 4180 Canyon Drive with Larry Dunlap, pastor of Valleyview Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Burial will in Memory Gardens Cemetery by Cox-LaGrone Funeral Home

Mr. Cooper was born Aug. 3, 1922, in Kahoka, Mo., to the late George and Fannie Cooper.

Mr. Cooper served with the 1st Cavalry Division as a Trooper in B Troop, 8th Cavalry Regiment beginning in 1943. He was trained as a cavalryman while the 1st Cavalry Division still had horses and was there when the division turned in their horses and deployed for service in the Pacific Theater. He trained in Australia and fought in many major battles, including the famous Flying Column in the Philippine Islands. He attained the rank of sergeant, but was the friend of many generals.

In 1955, Mr. Cooper married Janet Johnson in Rock Island, Ill. They shared a love of horses that was inherited by their daughters and grandchildren. They moved to Texas and started Amarillo Aeration and Temperature Co. in 1965. Mr. Cooper invented, designed and patented a process for drying grain that was key to his 30-year success in the grain drying business.

He was a charter member of the 1st Cavalry Division Association and attended numerous reunions. He served as president of the 1st Cavalry Division Association from 1978-1980. He was a longtime member of the Board of Governors serving from 1982 until his death. He was instrumental in the formation of the 1st Cavalry Division Association Horse Platoon and was a mentor for the troopers. He was responsible for organizing several trail rides for the 1st Cavalry Division Association, including a 1992 trail ride across Montana during a reunion in Billings.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert Cooper Jr.; and a brother, Jim Cooper. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Janet Cooper; two daughters, Robbin Ramirez and husband Marc of Amarillo and Julie Bowden of Amarillo; three grandchildren, Whittney Hoyler and husband Barry of Arlington, Nickolas Bevington of Amarillo and Jacob Bevington of Amarillo; a brother, Russ Cooper of Taylor Ridge, Ill.; two sisters, Hazel Dear of Jackson, Miss., and Zelpha Cliff of Taylor Ridge, Ill.

The family suggests memorials be to the 1st Cavalry Division Association, 302 N. Main St., Copperas Cove, TX 76522.

Amarillo Globe-News, Sept. 23, 2007


Posted this page 2 January 2008
Billy F. Bryan
Died: 31 July 2006
Age 79

Billy Bryan, a World War II Veteran, age 79, passed away July 31st, 2006 peacefully with his family by his side. His is preceded in death by parents, Tom and Sylvia Bryan; brother, Lowell. He is survived by wife, Alcie Kay; brother, Leon Bryan; children: Billy Alan Bryan, Mickey Webster, Judy Rodgers, Patricia, Peggy and Linda, as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Friday, March 16th at the Veteran’s National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona.

Published in the Daily News-Sun on 3/16/2007.


Posted this page 17 December 2007
Leroy Herr
Died: 27 October 2007
Age 76

Leroy Herr succumbed to cancer on October 27, 2007. He was born on December 07, 1931, to Leroy Sr. and Mary Herr of Lock Haven, PA.

Leroy is survived by his wife, Shirley (Cox) Herr, living in Meridian, ID; and one daughter, Lori Agnew and husband Robert of Portland, OR; two sons, Steve and wife Hilary of McKinleyville, CA, and Leonard of Meridian, ID. He was also blessed with five grandchildren.

Leroy graduated from Lock Haven High School in 1949- served in the Korean War during his three years in the US ARMY. He earned the Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, Combat Infantry Medal and the AOM Japan Ribbon, UN Service Medal as well as the National Defense Medal.

He graduated from General Motors Institute (Kettering University) in 1960 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Leroy was a member of VFW Post 2481 of McKinleyville since 1999 when it was founded. While in McKinleyville he was Quartermaster for the Post and was District Commander. He was also a member of the Honor Guard. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 455 in Erie, PA, where he served as Master for two years (1987-1988).

While in McKinleyville Leroy was also a member of the Sheriffs SCOP Program and served as Lieutenant of the McKinleyville SCOP.

Service will be held at: United Methodist Church of The Joyful Healer, 1944 Central Avenue, McKinleyville, CA, November 17, 2007 at 1:00 P.M.

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Posted this page 5 December 2007
Raymond Paul Griffiths Sr.
Died: 28 July 2007
Age 78

VIRGINIA BEACH – Raymond Paul Griffiths Sr., 78, our loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, died peacefully at home July 28, 2007, surrounded by his family. Ray was born in the Bronx, N.Y., Feb. 2, 1929. Ray is survived by his wife of 55 years, Adele Griffiths; sons, Raymond Griffiths Jr. and wife Colleen of North Carolina, Brian Griffiths and wife Lisa-Marie of Connecticut, Christopher Griffiths and Angela Keyes of Norfolk; grandchildren, Jennifer Griffiths, Brad Griffiths and Sabrina Tomlinson. Ray was the unofficial mayor of Shore Drive in the Cape Story area, often seen walking and searching for treasures with his metal detector on the beach. Ray was a member of Roma Lodge in Virginia Beach. Ray served proudly in the U.S. Army, a veteran of World War II and Korean conflict. Ray retired from Ford Motor Company and IBM. A celebration of his life will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel.


Posted this page 4 December 2007
Robert “Bob” Alan Lundeen
Died: 2 August 2005
Age 74

Robert ‘Bob’ Alan Lundeen, 72, Deer River, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005 in Deer River.

Bob was born in Fergus Falls, to Ray and Annette (Bush) Lundeen, on Oct. 18, 1932. He joined the U.S. Army in 1951, where he served in the Seventh Calvary Division during the Korean War, after which, he served in the National Guard until he retired from that in 1982. After an honorable discharge from the military, he became a forester for the state of Minnesota. In 1960 he was transferred to Deer River from Warroad. He retired from the forestry in 1977 and began working as a police officer for the city of Deer River. In 1982 he was promoted to chief of police. After retiring as chief of police in 1992, he was elected the mayor of Deer River, a position he held until the time of his death. During the years he resided in Deer River, Bob served on the volunteer ambulance service (1975 – 1998) and on the volunteer fire department (1961 – 1982), retiring from both with full honors and over 20 years service to each organization. In addition to being the mayor of Deer River, Bob was currently working part time as a police officer for the city of Deer River and as a part-time deputy sheriff for Itasca County in the summer months. The organizations he belonged to include but are not limited to: Deer River Ducks Unlimited, Deer River Jaycees, Deer River Lions Club, lifetime member to the National Rifle Association (65 years), Deer River Sportsman’s Club, West Range Old Timers Hockey League, Deer River Area Chamber of Commerce, Deer River City Council where he was currently presiding as mayor, Deer River Men’s Softball League, Blueberry Bowl, bowling leagues. He was also active in the Deer River area Masons, Minnesota Police Chiefs Association, the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, and the Grand Rapids Eagles Club. To explain the impact of leadership that Bob has had on this community, can be explained in one phrase, “He led by example.” He had a calm, steady approach to every problem, in every role he took part in, whether it was as mayor, chief of police, firefighter, EMT or as a member of the Armed Forces, he was always looking out for his neighbor before himself. Above all of this, Bob’s first priority was his family and grandchildren. Whether hunting, fishing, school activities or just out and about, they were with him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Lundeen; children, Abram (Jody) Latvala, James Lundeen, Bill Lundeen, Robyn Lundeen; sisters, Zana (Dwight) Gunderson and Shirley (Harold) Ripley; and 10 grandchildren.

Services: Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Robert A. Lundeen Ball Fields, Deer River.

Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Webmaster’s Note: Robert was a member of G Company, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division from October 1951 into 1952.


Posted this page 30 November 2007
William Robert Crawford
Died: 30 August 2007
Age 74

William Robert Crawford of Palmyra, WI., passed away 30 August, 2007. Robert served with C Company, 8th Cavalry Regiment (Inf), 1st Cavalry Division during the Korean War.
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Posted this page 28 November 2007
Joseph Ward Marks
Died: 4 November 2007
Age 87

LADY LAKE – Joseph Ward Marks, 87, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007.

Mr. Marks was born in Boston, Mass., and moved to this area from California in 1989. He was a retired Army veteran of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War; retired from the Fluor Corp. as director working on the Alaskan Pipeline and other global projects; member of the 8th Cavalry; worked at the Pentagon and attended and taught at the U.S. War College; member of American Legion Post 347, Lady Lake; the VFW; St. Timothy Catholic Church, Lady Lake, where he was active as an altar server and served on the welcoming committee; an avid golf-er, hunter and fisherman; Past Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Council No. 10034, Lady Lake; awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope Paul VI in 1966.

Survivors include his wife Reba F.; sons Joseph Matthew Marks, Houston, Texas, Michael J. Makropoulos, Roswell, Ga., Dr. Jerry Lee Swafford, Lompoc, Calif.; sister, Priscilla E. Weaver, Sarasota; brother, Robert, New Smyrna Beach; and five grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, with a wake at 7:30 p.m. Services will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the church with the Rev. Gene Weis officiating. Burial will be held at Florida National Cemetery on Friday, Nov. 9.

Beyers Funeral Home, Lady Lake, is in charge of arrangements.


Posted this page 26 September, 2007
George J. Henning
Died: 24 February 2007
Age 77

Clinton Herald
Clinton, Iowa
Published: February 27, 2007 02:49 pm

George Henning

CLINTON – George Henning, 77, of Clinton, died Saturday at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.

He was born May 17, 1929, in Chicago to Arthur and Hazel Johannesen Henning. He married Colleen Dillon on Aug. 3, 1960, in Springfield, Ill.

He graduated from Calumet High School in Chicago.

He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received a Bronze Star.

He helped design and manage the Dalton (Ill.) Bowling Alley. He retired after 30 years in the quality control department of the Chicago Assemble Plant of the Ford Motor Co.

He was a member of the U.A.W., Loyal Order of Moose, Eagle Club and AMVETS.

Survivors include his wife; four children, David (Sharon) Wurster of Manteno, Ill., Cathleen (Tim) McGinnis of Hazelcrest, Ill., Anmarie (James) Kladis of Steger, Ill., and Dawn Hall of Riverdale, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur (Dorothy) Henning of Orland Park, Ill., and James (Mae) Henning of Oak Lawn, Ill.; one sister, Francis (Allen) Fredrick of Destin, Fla.; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

Death date: Feb. 24, 2007



Posted this page 29 August, 2007
Walter James Doyel Sr.
Died: Aug 11, 2007
Age 75

Walter James Doyel, Sr.
The Porterville Recorder
August 16, 2007 2:19 AM

Walter James Doyel Sr., a resident of Porterville California died on Saturday August 11, 2007 in Fresno California. He was 75.

Military and Masonic Services will be held 10:00 AM Friday August 17, 2007 at Porterville Masonic Center on West Henderson Avenue in Porterville.

Walter was born August 9, 1932 to Joe and Pearl Doyel at home in Terra Bella California being delivered by Dr. Walter Tourtilott; hence the name Walter.

The family moved to Alta Robles where Walter started school, then to the corner of 9th and K (now Ave. 192 and Road 108), then to Zante where Walter attended Welcome School through sixth grade. The family moved to South Plano in Porterville where he was a student at Bartlett Jr. High School. He worked for Floyd Briggs at Valley Body while he attended Porterville Union High School.

Walter left school to join the Army on his 17th birthday where he served his country from August 9, 1949 until February 23, 1956. He served in Okinawa, Japan and then Korea from spring 1950 to October 1951 where he spent his 18th and 19th birthdays. He was a Track Vehicle Maintenance Mechanic in the 1st Cavalry Division, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 60th Infantry Regiment. He served in the states for a year spending time at Camp Polk Louisiana with Headquarter & Service Co. 137th Tank Battalion where he reenlisted, and went to Germany from January 1953 to February 23, 1956.

He flew home December 1954 on a 30 day leave to marry his wife Norma; he planned to take her back to Germany but couldn’t because of the Second Berlin Airlift.

Upon his discharge in 1956 he went back to work for Floyd Briggs at Valley Body and drove tractor nights for his brother-in-law. Other employment included the U.S. Forest Service, Pioneer Motor Service, Faggart Buick, Porterville State Hospital as a truck driver and Snow Irrigation concurrently; during this time his son and daughter were born. He later went to work for County of Tulare Roads Department and Kings County Truck Lines Tulare.

Walt was an owner-operator, long-haul truck driver hauling for Mojave Freight Lines covering eleven western states. During this time he managed to serve as Plano 4-H Project Leader for Rocketry, Small Engines, Rabbits and Automotive. He eventually sold his truck and went to work for Rockwell International and Morse Controls- hauling cross country for them. He worked for E.M. Tharp, Inc. for eleven years where worked his way from Service Manager to General Manager. He retired from Young’s Commercial Transfer after working as Maintenance Manager for ten years. Over the years he completed his G.E.D and numerous trade school certifications for Diesel Mechanics.

Walter joined Porterville Masonic Lodge in 1979 where he was a 28 year member. He held several offices, and was Chapter Dad for Porterville Chapter No. 842 Order of DeMolay until his job made it impossible to attend the meetings. Upon retirement, he had time to enjoy working in the Masonic Lodge and served as 110th Master of Porterville Lindsay Lodge No. 303 in 2000. He served as Worthy Patron of Palm Leaf Chapter No. 114 Order of the Eastern Star in 2002. He has served on the Porterville Masonic Properties Board for numerous years serving as Treasurer for the past 10 years, and has been Secretary of the Lodge since 2003. He served Grand Lodge as Senior Grand Steward 2003 traveling the length of the state to many cornerstone dedication ceremonies, receptions and Lodge Anniversaries. Other Masonic activities include his membership in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Fresno, and his service as Associate Bethel Guardian of Porterville Bethel No. 108 of the International Order of Job’s Daughters for many years. He was given the Hiram Award for his dedication of service to the Lodge in 2002 and was named Mason of the Year in 2004.

He is a member of The American Legion Porterville Post 20, Life member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 97 Tulare, Life Member of VFW Post 9499 Springville, and Life Member of the NRA. He has been Treasurer of the 8th Cavalry Regiment Association. He spent a number of years and many hours of service on the Springville-Sierra Rodeo Association, including two years as President.

An avid Amateur Radio operator, he is a member ARRL and Porterville Area Repeater Association, and has worked on several emergency and Field Day operations.

Walt is survived by his wife of nearly 53 years Norma Bodley Doyel, son Walt Jr. and his wife Sarah, daughter Paula Roche, and the greatest joys of his life grandchildren Stephanie Lynn Doyel, Sheriden Leeds Doyel and Daley Suzette Roche all of Porterville. Two sisters Marie Adams of Terra Bella and Lois and Ole Wickham of Fountain Hill Arizona, four brothers Dale and Helen Doyel of Marysville, Les and Earline Doyel of Strathmore, Charles Doyel of Roseburg Oregon, and John and Rosalie Doyel of Porterville. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Mae Hulse.

Walt was a friend to many who could count on his help at a moments notice.

Memorial contributions may be made to Porterville Masonic Lodge Memorial Fund, 2440 West Henderson Ave., Porterville CA 93257.The Battered Women’s Shelter of Porterville, P.O. Box 2033, Porterville CA 93258. The Job’s Daughters Foundation Scholarship Fund, 303 West Lincoln #210, Anaheim CA 92805 or the donor’s favorite Charity.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Myers Funeral Service & Crematory in Porterville is in charge of the arrangements.



Posted this page 20 July 2007
Robert M. Overhiser Sr.
Died: Jun 14, 2007
Age 86

Robert Overhiser Sr., 86, of Holland, died Thursday, June 14, 2007, at his home. Born in Allegan County, he graduated from South Haven High School, and was a retired self-employed truck driver. He was a member of Ganges United Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Eighth U.S. Cavalry Regiment Association.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Marian; children, Robert Overhiser Jr. and Betsy Slusser of Ann Arbor, Barbara and Kevin Souders of Fennville, and Constance and Dayle Harrison of Saugatuck; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta with the Rev. Jean Smith officiating. Burial to follow.

No visitation is planned.

Memorials may be made to the Ganges United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are by Chappell Funeral Home, 637 W. Main St., Fennville.

Printed 16 June 2007
Holland Sentinel, Holland, Michigan


Posted this page 13 June 2007
Herbert M. Bates
Died: 26 May, 2007
Age 76

Bates, Herbert M., Jr., age 79, of Mt. Juliet, TN died May 26, 2007. Mr. Bates was retired from the Tennessee Highway Department after 40 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Calvary, a member of the VFW#1291 and the American Legion Post 88. Mr. Bates was the son of the late, Herbert Meroney Bates, Sr. and Ella Mae Jordan Bates. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Bates.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Dacus Bates of Mt. Juliet, TN; son, Herbie (Tanya) Bates of Dallas, TX; daughter, Janice (Gerry) Summar of Mt. Juliet, TN; Brother, William J. Bates of Mt. Juliet, TN; grandchildren, Vanessa Bridge, Michael Summar, Kevin Summar, Andy Summar, Brie Bates and Kaylin Bates and 8 Greatgrandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens with Jimmie Burroughs officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Dodson, George Himes, Ray Miller, Alan Pinson, Charles Kistner, R.C. Tidwell, Vernon Tidwell and Stan Workman. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Alive Hospice.



Posted this page 19 April, 2007
John S. “Jack” Christensen
Died: Apr 16, 2007
Age 78


ADA – Services for John S. “Jack” Christensen, 78, Ada are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Smith-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, with Bud Ross officiating. Burial is 2 p.m. Monday, April 23, at Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson. The family will greet friends tonight from 6-8 at Smith-Phillips Funeral Home. Masonic Services performed by Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Christensen died April 16, 2007, at an Oklahoma City hospital. He was born Jan. 29, 1929 in Kent, Ohio to Arthur Justin Christensen and Mary Josephine Ward Christensen.

Mr. Christensen graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Ohio. He worked for Sun Oil Company for 42 years as district supervisor. He moved to Ada in 1986 from Conway, Ark., where he has lived ever since. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ada for many years. He also served in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952 in the 8th Regiment 1st Calvary Division. He was a master sergeant, a Shriner, a Master Mason and a 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason with a 50-year pin. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11194.

He married Pat L. Williams Aug. 6, 1955 at Fostoria, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur J. and Mary J. Christensen and a brother Arthur Harry Christensen.

Survivors include his wife Pat Christensen, Ada; three sons, John Sidney Christensen Jr., and wife Pat, Shawnee, Scott Allen Christensen and wife Diana, Omaha, Neb., Arthur Justin Christensen, Palm Springs, Calif.; one daughter Cheryl Lyons and husband Vernon, Conway, Ark.; three sisters, Ann Smead, Betty Davis and husband Walter, Sally Zimmerman and husband Herb, Virginia; and six grandchildren, John Sidney Christensen III, Kenneth Paul Christensen, Vernon Christensen Lyons, Carri Lauren Christensen, Caylee Taylor Christensen and Catherine Lyons.

Bearers are Jerry Walston, Jack Jones, Buck Cooper, John Christensen, Kenneth Christensen and Vernon Christensen Lyons.

Honorary bearers are Dr. Roy Maxwell, Keith Hildreth and John Cyr.

Published 19 April 2007 in the
Ada Evening News
116 North Broadway, Ada, Oklahoma 74820
(580) 332-4433



Posted this page 5 February, 2007
James E. “Pappy” Daly
Died: 22 December, 2006
Age 87

James Edward Daly, 87, of Laurel, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at Magnolia Gardens in Laurel.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Laurel, with burial at 2:30 p.m. today, in Biloxi National Cemetery in Biloxi. The Rev. Mike Thornton will officiate.

He was retired from the United States Army and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Laurel.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

He is survived by nieces and nephews, Frances Mallett, Jean Bailey, Sonny Daly and Barbara Doggette, all of Laurel, and a host of other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memory Chapel Funeral Home in Laurel is in charge of arrangements.

( Please see Pappy’s memorial page at )


Posted this page 12 November, 2006
Kenneth D. Mertel
Died: Oct 11, 2006
Age 82

WILLIAMSBURG – Colonel Kenneth D. Mertel, Infantry, US Army Retired, 82, died at home in Williamsburg, Virginia on 11 Oct 06. A veteran of 33 years in the US Army, Ken retired in 1975. Upon retirement, he devoted 20 years of public service to the Coast Guard Auxiliary, serving at every level from flotilla to national. He also served one year in the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1941. Enlisting in the Army in June 42, he graduated from Infantry OCS in 45 as a Second Lieutenant. Winning a Regular Army Commission in 46, he served two tours as a combat Infantry rifle company commander in Korea in 1952-53. During three Vietnam tours, Ken commanded both Infantry and Aviation units at battalion, group and brigade level. Two tours were with the 1st Air Cavalry Division. Ken was a graduate of Mountainburg High School in Arkansas, the University of Georgia and Boston University. His military education included Ranger, Airborne, Fixed and Rotary Wing courses as well as the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He was awarded a Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, five Legions of Merit, five Bronze Stars, and fifty Air Medals. Born in Bennett, Colorado in 1924 to Alonzo and Cora Mertel, Ken is survived by his faithful poodle, Bo; his daughter Maria Cochrane and husband Michael and their sons Graham and Wes Cochrane. He was married to the late Molli Mertel. Memorial Services will be conducted Monday, 23 October at 11 am at Patriots Colony Assisted Living in Williamsburg by Chaplain Janna Roche and Tuesday, 24 October at 11 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hampton by Ken’s niece, the Reverend Darby Oliver Everhard of Cincinnati. Committal with military honors in the adjacent cemetery will follow Tuesday’s service. A catered reception will be held in St. John’s Parish Hall. Ken deeply loved his dogs and his family. His country and the US Army were close to his heart. He wanted to be remembered as a man of courage, a warrior. His motto was DRIVE ON – ALL THE WAY. Memorials may be sent to Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Miller Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Published in the Daily Press on 10/22/2006.


Posted this page 19 August, 2006
James Perry Foster
Died: May 7, 2006
Age 86

FOSTER, James Perry JP Age 86. Died at his home at Belmont Village on Sunday, May 7, 2006. Born September 30, 1919 in Columbia, Tennessee. He was the son of Laurel and Leeanna Foster. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ann Smith Foster. He is also survived by his children, Amy Choate (Randy) of Brentwood and Todd Foster (Mimi) of Nashville; grandchildren, Laura Gillum and Carrie Choate of Brentwood, Trevor Foster of Nashville; great grandson, Christopher James Gillum of Brentwood. Services will be conducted 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at Brentwood United Methodist Church by Rev. Dot Fielder, Bishop Robert Spain and Rev. Michael O’Bannon. Interment will follow in Harpeth Hills Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Jack Elisar, Mike Kruse, Ronny Greer, Bill Hawkins, Trevor Foster and Christopher Gillum. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 til 8 p.m. at Brentwood-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home and Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Exchange Club Charities, P.O. Box 60128, Nashville 37206 or to Joe Davis YMCA, co Downtown YMCA, Attn Melanie Howard, 900 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37203. Arrangements by BRENTWOOD-ROESCH-PATTON FUNERAL HOME, 9010 Church Street, Brentwood, TN, (615) 373-3040. A Dignity Memorial Provider


Posted this page 2 August, 2006
Alfred F. Trotola
Died: July 8, 2006

TROTOLA – Alfred F., of Bloomfield, formerly of North Bergen and Nutley, on July 8, 2006, beloved husband of Lucille (nee Gazzio) Trotola, and the late Dorothy (nee Banzaca), father of Frank Trotola, stepfather of Joseph and Lisa Belas, Jude and Ann Marie Belas, Pattiann and Carmine Olivieri, brother and friend of Beatrice and Edward Dorner, brother-in-law and friend of Phyllis and Jerry Stoia, grandfather of Julianna, Jude and Cara Mia. Funeral from The BIONDI FUNERAL HOME OF NUTLEY, 540 Franklin Ave., on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. The Funeral Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Bloomfield, at 10 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to St. Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 95 Old Short Hills Rd., West Orange, N.J. 07052, would be appreciated. Published in the Star-Ledger on 7/11/2006.


Posted this page 2 August, 2006
Kenneth Verl Gordon
Died: 2 May 2005
Age: 75

Sept. 22, 1929 – May 2, 2005 Kenneth Verl “Squirrelly” Gordon died at Mercy Hospital Monday, May 2 at age 75.. Mr. Gordon was born Sept. 22, 1929 in Utah. He had been a Yolo County resident for more than 60 years. He attended Woodland High School. He served in the Army as a medic during the Korean War, receiving numerous medals, including the Bronze Star. He worked at the Rite Aid warehouse.. Survivors include Mr. Gordon’s wife of 54 years, Alice Schell.


Posted this page 2 August, 2006
Willie Odell Sanders
Died: 15 September, 2005
Age: 79

WILLIE ODELL SANDERS Willie Odell Sanders, 79, of Ellisville, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, at Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, Ala. Visitation will be held 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. today at Jones Funeral Home in Ellisville. Funeral services will be held 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Jones Funeral Home. Interment will be in Ellisville Cemetery. The Rev. Jimmy Hood will officiate. Mr. Sanders was retired from the Masonite Corporation. He was a member of West Ellisville Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Pitts Sanders; his parents, Jessie Sanders and Lula Mae Diamond Sanders; his sisters, Voncile Hood and Carleen Entrekin; and his brother, Walter Sanders. He is survived by his sons, William Odell Sanders of Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Rodney E. Sanders of Lafayette, La.; his brothers, Jack Sanders of Laurel and Jessie Sanders of New Orleans; his sister, Dot Burns of Houston, Texas; and five grandchildren. Jones Funeral Home of Ellisville is in charge of arrangements.


Posted this page 24 July, 2006
Jerry A. LaFollette
Died: 15 June, 2006
Age: 76

Dr. Jerry A. LaFollette, 76, of St. Joseph, MO, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2006 at Heartland Hospital.

He was born on April 27, 1930 to E. Ellsworth and Anna Margaret (Snyder) LaFollette in Frazier, MO, and attended Rock House School. The family then moved to Glendale, CA, where he graduated from Hoover High School. After his graduation, he served his country in the US Army in the First Cav., during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, Jerry attended Washington State University where he received his DVM in 1960.

On April 23, 1951 he was united in marriage to Dorothy D. Ramsden. After their marriage they lived in Pullman, WA and in 1960 they moved to St. Joseph, where they made their home.

Dr. Jerry was co-owner of the Country Side Veterinary Clinic in St. Joseph.

He was a member of the Moila Shrine, St. Joseph, the AVMA, and the First Cav. Association, and the American Legion Post # 359 in St. Joseph. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener, earthmover and a steward of the land.

Dr. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James E. LaFollette.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of the home, four children, David LaFollette and wife, Nancy, Amazonia, MO, Darrell LaFollette, Overland Park, KS, Robin LaFollette and husband, Keith Shuttleworth, Overland Park, KS, and Jesse LaFollette and wife, Joyce, St. Joseph, eight grandchildren, Preston, Cameron, Evan, Stewart, Jackson, Clayton, Janessa, and Jillian, one brother, Jesse Ray LaFollette and wife, Judy, Lathrop, MO other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. Monday June 19th at the Ashland United Methodist Church, St. Joseph.
Burial: Frazier Cemetery, Frazier, MO
Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday at the church
Arrangements by Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Posted this page 24 July, 2006
L. Allan Ferguson
Died: 1 June, 2006
Age: 70

L. Allan Ferguson Oct. 30, 1935-June 1, 2006 L. Allan Ferguson, 70, of Poway died June 1. He was born in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, and was a private investigator. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Council of International Investigators. Survivors include his companion, Jane Skeel of Poway; sons, Allan Ferguson of New York and Gordon and Greg Ferguson of Virginia; sister, Nancy of Los Angeles; and brother, Wayne of Texas.

Services: none announced.

Donations: American Cancer Society, 2655 Camino del Rio North, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92108.

Arrangements: North County Cremation Service. Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on 6/13/2006.


Posted this page 24 July, 2006
Thompson, Arthur Owen
Died: 28 January, 2006

Thompson, Arthur Owen Born July 16, 1919 in San Diego, CA, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2006 in Citrus Heights, CA. Art has been a Sacramento area resident with his wife for the past 65 years. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in WWII, and in the California National Guard, and worked at McClellan AFB for 31 years, retiring as a Logistics Section Chief. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary Thompson, and is survived by his wife of 67 years, Phyllis E. Thompson; son, Bill Thompson (Jeanette); daughters, Diane Ferguson (Dennis) and Patty Hogan (Roger); 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Art especially enjoyed time with family and friends, traveling with Phyllis, playing golf, and watching SF Giants baseball games. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 1pm at Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Avenue in Carmichael, CA 95608, with a reception following at the church. Prior to the memorial service, a private interment will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Christ Community Church, Called To Grow building fund. Arrangements by LIND BROTHERS MORTUARY in Carmichael 916-482-8080.

Published in the Sacramento Bee from 2/2/2006 – 2/3/2006


Posted this page 14 Jul, 2006
Rinkowski, George M.
Died: 16 Jun, 2006
Age: 93

Reverend Father George M. Rinkowski, who served the Diocese of Toledo for 65 years, died Friday, June 16, 2006, in Flower Hospital. Reverend Rinkowski was born to John and Anna (Gunka) Rinkowski in North Toledo on February 8, 1913. He attended St. Michael Parish School and Central Catholic High School, graduating in 1933. After Studying at St. John University, Desales College, St. Gregory Seminary and St. Mary Seminary, he was ordained to the Priesthood in June 1941. After ordination, Father served in parishes in Erie, Crawford, Lucas, Wyandot and Paulding Counties. He volunteered for service in the Army in 1945 as a First Lieutenant, later becoming a Captain before transferring to the United States Air Force. Father Rinkowski’s duty assignments took him to Wyoming, the Far East, the Philippines, Japan, Elgin Air Proving Grounds, Randolph Air Force Base, Warren Air Force Base, Korea and Chaunte Air Force Base. He returned to civilian life in 1956 and assisted with the Newman Clubs, lecturing on philosophy and religion for ten years. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1941, attaining the Fourth Degree in 1950 Father Rinkowski was a member of the VFW Post 587 in Paulding Ohio, VFW Post 5530 in Toledo, Catholic War Veterans Jude Thaddeus Post 1675, American Legion, AMVETS, Polish Veterans General Anders Post 74, Military order of the Cooties, and 40/8 Voiture 414 Ohio. The Toledo Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association awarded Father Rinkowski with an honorary life membership for his service and support. He was a member and chaplain of the Citizens’ Monitor Board, and also a member of the LaGrange Business and Professional Association. Father Rinkowski’s last assignment was as the Pastor of St. Hedwig’s Parish. In this position, he advised and promoted the Senior Center and worked on preserving the Public Library in the LaGrange Street neighborhood . Fr. George was also the driving force that led the neighborhood in purchasing the Ohio Theater in 1976, and was the designer of it’s unique stage. He is survived by his sisters, Lillian Knorr and Anna Rinkowski and by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Urbanski Funeral Home, LaGrange at Dexter (419) 244-4611, Monday June 19, 2006, from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where a Rosary will be prayed by VFW Post 5530 at 6:30 p.m. and a VFW State Officers Ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m.. Visitation will continue in the funeral home on Tuesday, from 2:00 p.m. until Vespers services will be held in St. Hedwig Catholic Church at 4:30 p.m. K of C St. Lawrence Council will pray the Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue until 8:00 p.m. Fr. George will lie in repose in church on Wednesday, June 21, 2006, from 9:00 a.m. until the Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00 a.m.. Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery. Military Honors will be presented at the graveside by the Lucas County Burial Corps. Contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or Lott Industries, Telegraph Road Plant.

Published in the Toledo Blade from 6/18/2006 – 6/20/2006


Posted this page 3 May, 2006
Robert A. Hill
Died: 23 November, 2005
Age: 84

ROBERT A. HILL Born Feb. 12, 1922 in Garland, Maine to Harold Hill & Hazel Colbath. Bob passed away Nov. 23, 2005 & will be laid to rest Jan. 6, 2006 at Riverside National Cemetery. Bob is survived by his loving wife Blanche, his daughters Katie, Elizabeth, Robin, Sharon, and his son Robert. Bob was a Army Veteran of WWII & Korean.

Published in the Orange County Register on 1/6/2006.


Posted this page 19 Apr, 2006
Robert F. Morrison
Died: 10 March, 2006
Age: 77

Robert F. Morrison, 77, of Marion, died Friday March 10, 2006 at Alden Court Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Center in Fairhaven. He was the husband of the late Mikako (Sekimoto) Morrison. Born in Beverly, Mass., the son of the late Clarence E. Morrison and Hazel O. (Porter) Wright, he lived in Danvers for many years before moving to Marion in 1963.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Marion.

Mr. Morrison served in the U.S. Army for 20 years until his retirement in 1967. He served with G Company of the 8th Cavalry regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division, and with E Company of the 7th Cavalry Brigade. He also was a Junior R.O.T.C. instructor at New Bedford High School from 1963 to 1988.

A veteran of the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War, he was a recipient of the Purple Heart medal for wounds sustained in battle, the Prisoner of War medal, the Good Conduct medal, the National Defense Service medal, the Army Commendation medal and the Commander’s Award for public service.

He was a member of the 1st Cavalry Division Association, the 8th Cavalry Regiment Association, the Massachusetts Retired State County and Municipal Employees Association and the Retired Bristol County Teachers Association.

Survivors include two daughters, Yuko Kawakuri McLeod, and her husband Allan, of Lincoln, NH, and Karen Correia, and her husband Carl, of Marion; a son, Kevin Morrison, and his wife Dana, of Brooksville, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday March 18, 2006 at 2 PM in the First Congregational Church of Marion, 28 Main Street, Marion. A private burial service with military honors will be held in Evergreen Cemetery. Visiting hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or the First Congregational Church of Marion, P.O. Box 326, Marion, MA 02738.


Posted this page 17 Feb, 2006
Bruno Mortiere
Died: 23 October, 2005
Age: 72

MORTIERE, Bruno – Age 72, of Clio, died Sunday, October 23, 2005 at Genesys Health Park in Grand Blanc. Funeral service will be held 3:30PM Thursday, October 27, 2005 at the Miles Martin Funeral Home. Mr. Alfred Thomas and Mr. Brinley Thomas will officiate. Burial will be in Flint Memorial Park with Graveside Military Honors. Bruno’s family will be present to receive friends on Wednesday from 9AM to 9PM and on Thursday morning from 10AM until the time of service at 3:30PM. Those desiring may direct memorial contributions to the Disabled American Veterans or the Michigan Commission for the Blind, Flint Office. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Published in the Flint Journal from 10/25/2005 – 10/26/2005


Posted this page 17 Feb, 2006
Franklin M. Harris
Died: 15 March, 2004

Trooper Harris was assigned to Co F, 8th Cav Regt, September 1951 during the Korean War. He joined our 8th Cav Regt Assn during 2001.


Posted this page 26 Jan, 2006
Arthur A. Strange Jr.
Died: 31 October, 2005
Age: 81

Retired Lt. Col. Arthur Aloysius Strange Jr., 81, of Fayetteville passed away Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, in Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 8, 1924, to the late Margaret Lande and Arthur A. Strange.

He proudly served his country for over 33 years. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division and various units in Special Forces. Service to his country included World War II, 36th Infantry Division Texas National Guard and the Salerno landings in Italy, the battle of Mount Casino at the Repito River and the battle of San Pietro. He participated in Iceland as head of the armored unit. He served in Korea. He participated in five tours in Vietnam representing the 5th Special Forces. Later in his career, he served with Combat Development Command.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Virginia Baldwin Strange, and his loving wife of two years, Gloria Gay Strange.

Services entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville.


Posted this page 6 Oct, 2005
Hewlett E. “Reb” Rainer
Died: 13 July, 2005
Age: 80

RAINER, COL. HEWLETT E. “REB”, age 80, of Vestavia Hills, AL passed away on July 13, 2005. Colonel Rainer was born in Bellamy, AL to the late Mark Ashley and Margaret Josephine Rainer. He was a graduate of the University of Nebraska. He retired from active duty after serving 30 years of service, serving in World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. During his service to his country he received numerous medals, the most coveted of these were the Silver Star, Purple Heart, and the Triple Combat Infantry Badge. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Sue Rainer; daughter, Pam and her husband Jerry Davis; son, Dean Rainer and his wife Sarita; adored grandson, Sean Rainer. Visitation will be held Friday, July 15 from 5 til 7 p.m. at Southern Heritage Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m. at Southern Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be Saturday, July 16th at 5 p.m. at York Cemetery in York, AL. Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing.

More can be found on “Reb” at http://www.8Cavalry.Org/Reb.htm


Posted this page 28 Sep, 2005
Phillip T. Garcia Sr..
Died: 20 August, 2005
Age: 71

“Pepo” Sr.
Korean War Army Vet
Ft. Snelling Honor Guard Member


12-21-33 to 8/20/05. Longtime resident of St. Paul’s West Side. Preceded in death by son Phillip Jr. and the love of his life, his precious Mary. Our comfort comes that they are together once again. Irreplaceable father to daughter, Lisa (Terry) Granlund of Woodbury; sons Richard (Jan) of Northfield, and Robert (Robin) of Woodbury. Papa to Carrie, Ryan, Jeremiah, Jessica, Paloma, Amber, Jered, and Maia. Brother to surviving siblings Cuca, Alice, and Rudy. Uncle to many and friend to everyone. He proudly served in the Korean War on the frontlines at the 38th parallel with the First Calvary 8th Regiment and was awarded a Purple Heart. He was an active member of the Purple Heart Veterans Assoc., Korean War Veterans Chapter 1 Atomic Veterans Assoc., VFW Post Mendota, Fort Snelling Rifle Squad, AMVETS Mexican American Post 5, and 1st CAV Members of MN. We are so proud that Papa was chosen to model as the lone soldier in the MN Korean War Monument on the Capital Grounds and are amazed and thankful for the artist’s ability of capturing him so perfectly. Word’s cannot express our sadness or what he meant to us. He will always hold a special place in our hearts that only he could fill as a respected Husband, Father, Papa, Brother, Uncle, Friend and Hero. Everyone turned to him and he was always there and willing to help. We will sorely miss his unique perspective, daily phone calls, jokes, visits, stories, hugs, and warmth he so freely gave to us. DQ will never taste the same. Celebration of Life 10AM WEDNESDAY, WOODBURY BAPTIST CHURCH, 6695 Upper Afton Rd., Woodbury. Visitations 5-8PM Tuesday at WEST FUNERAL HOME, 1051 S. Robert Street @ Arion, WSP, and 1 hour prior to the service. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.


Posted this page 17 Sep, 2005
Vitale, Alphonse E.
Died: 6 September, 2005
Age: 84

Alphonse E. Vitale

Age 84, September 6, 2005. Beloved husband of Constance for 59 years. He was devoted to Old St. Mary’s Church his entire life. Loving father of Paul (Donna) and Deborah (William) Heath. Loving grandfather of Anthony, Annemarie, Michael, Diana and David Vitale and Kyra Heath. Proud great-grandfather of Rachel and Dominic Vitale. Dear brother of Francis Bisesi, the late Madelyn Sondy and the late Joseph Vitale. Visitation Wednesday 5-9 p.m. and Thursday 2-9 p.m. with a 8 p.m. Scripture Service at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). In state Friday 9:30 a.m. at Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 640 Monroe Ave. in Detroit, Michigan until 10 a.m. mass. Entombment Cadillac Memorial Gardens East. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the donor’s choice. Share memories with the family at their “On Line Guest book” at

Vitale served during WWII with HHC, 1-8th CAV, ’42-’45.


Posted this page 9 Sep, 2005
Benedict, Richard J.
Died: Saturday, 4 Feb, 2005
Age: 75

Richard J. Benedict

BORN: Akron, Ohio July 29, 1930

DATE OF DEATH: February 4, 2005

SERVICES FROM: Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, Inc, Endicott, NY, 2:00 pm, Tuesday February 8, 2005

OFFICIATING: The Rev. John Martinichio

FINAL RESTING PLACE: Vestal Hills Menorial Park


Day is done, gone the sun
from the lake, from the hill,
from the sky.
All is well, safely rest. God is nigh.

Thanks and praise for our days
‘neath the sun, ‘neath the stars,
‘neath the sky.
As we go, this we know. God is nigh.


Posted this page 09 Sep, 2005
George Speer
Died: 20 Apr, 2005

Trooper Speer was a member of K Company, 8th Cav Reg(Inf) during the Korean War.


Posted this page 31 May, 2005
Nemetz, Richard
Died: Saturday, 28 May 2005
Age: 73

Richard “Dick” J. Nemetz, 73, of Swoyersville, passed away peacefully Saturday evening at home surrounded by his loving wife and family. He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia Ann Zipay, with whom he celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on May 1, 2005. Born and raised in Swoyersville, he lived there all of his life. He was a son of the late George W. and Theresa H. (Masonis) Nemetz. He was a 1949 graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Wilkes-Barre.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served as staff sergeant in the Medical Corps during the Korean War.

Prior to retirement, Mr. Nemetz worked for Bell of Pennsylvania for 37 years. Throughout his life, he worked alongside his family at Nemetz Bakery in Swoyersville.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Church, Swoyersville, and its Holy Name Society, where he served as an usher for many years.

Mr. Nemetz was a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Assumpta Council 3987, Luzerne. He was a lifetime member of Wilkes-Barre Telephone Pioneers, where he served as past president. He was active in fixing books for the Blind Association and involved in the Wyoming Valley Retreat League.

He was a devoted Catholic and was faithful to his religion and church. He will be remembered for his involvement in all of the parish’s activities.

He enjoyed reading, coin and stamp collection, gardening, and solving puzzles. He was a loving and caring husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend who will be deeply missed by all.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward Nemetz and George Nemetz Jr., and a sister, Evelyn Dougherty.

Also surviving are four daughters, Julie Filipczyk, Shavertown; Diane Romanoski, Swoyersville; Donna Bauman, Forty Fort; Valerie Zelinsky, Kingston; a son, Richard P., Wyoming; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eleanor Hudak and Dorothy Shendock, both of Swoyersville; many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Thursday from the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville, with his brother-in-law, the Rev. Michael J. Zipay, as celebrant, and the Rev. Richard J. Cirba, his pastor, and the Rev. Robert Lozinski, as concelebrants.

Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Courtdale.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Wilkes-Barre Telecom Pioneers, formerly Bell of Pennsylvania, will conduct a service at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s memory to Holy Trinity Church Festival Fund, or to Hospice Care of the VNA, 468 Northampton St., Edwardsville, PA 18704.


Posted this page 16 Feb, 2005
Thomas, Robert T.
Died: Saturday, 15 January 2005
Age: 85

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Robert Thomas Sr.
Moses Lake

Memorial service with military honors for Robert Theodore Thomas Sr., 85, will be today at 4 p.m. at Kayser’s Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake.

Mr. Thomas, who died Saturday, was born in Enid, Okla., and was raised and educated in Missouri and Kansas. During his youth he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked on several projects in the Northwest including the John Day Dam camp.

He enlisted in the Army in 1941 and was stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in the medical corps. He served in the European Theater during World War II, receiving the Purple Heart. He remained in Germany following the war and helped with the reconstruction of Germany’s new government.

He married N. Eloise Collins in 1950.

Mr. Thomas served in the Korean War, receiving the Bronze Star. He was later stationed in Japan, where he received a commendation as the company commander. He qualified for the Army national rifle competition team and as a paratrooper. He retired as a captain in the Army in 1961 at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Mr. Thomas had homesteaded in the Alaskan Territory in 1958, before statehood. Following his military retirement, he continued to live in Alaska.

He was active in the Lion’s Club, the PTA, and was instrumental in organizing parents to start a high school in Chugiak, Alaska.

He moved to Spokane in 1973 and pursued a career in real estate, receiving several awards for sales. He later opened his own real estate office.

He moved to Moses Lake in 1995. He was involved in community service projects.

Survivors include his wife; four children, Nancee Thomas of Moses Lake, Debbie Thomas of Puyallup, Wash., Pat Thomas of Naches, Wash., and Robert Thomas Jr. of Tonasket, Wash.; and three grandchildren.


Posted this page 07 Oct, 2004
Donald Winsor Shankle
Died: Thursday, 1 Jan, 2004
Age: 72

Donald Winsor Shankle
Nov. 24, 1928-Jan. 1, 2004

Donald Winsor Shankle, 75, of Oceanside died Thursday. He was born in Boston and was retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel. He was a member of the Retired Military Officers Association and the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Shankle; daughters, Kathleen Shankle of San Diego, Missy Shankle of Oceanside and Lisa Davis of Denver; sons, Steven Shankle of Kirkland, Wash., Jeffrey Shankle of Concord, Matthew Shankle of Denver, Joseph Shankle of Alamo and Zachary Shankle of Naples, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren.

Services: 1 p.m. today, St. Patrick ‘ s Catholic Church, 3821 Adams St., Carlsbad.

Inurnment: Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma.

Donations: Salvation Army, Oceanside Chapter, 3935 Lake Blvd., Oceanside, CA 92056-4657.

Arrangements: Oceanside Mortuary. Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on 1/7/2004. Donald Winsor Shankle


Posted this page 07 Oct, 2004
John McCausland
Died: 5 Dec, 2003
Age: 75


Posted this page 07 Oct, 2004
William Norman Pinard
Died: Friday, 25 Jan, 2002
Age: 72

ROCHESTER – William Norman Pinard, 72, of 316 Roberge Manor, died suddenly on Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at his home.

He was born in Bristol, Conn., on March 9, 1929, the son of William and Aldea (Rioux) Pinard and had lived in Rochester for most of his life, moving from Connecticut.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart.

He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW and also enjoyed traveling which took him around the world. One of his favorite activities was visiting with friends each morning at Dunkin Donuts and George & Ed’s Market.

He is survived by many cousins including his first cousin, Florine Dodier of Rochester, as well as many close friends.


Posted this page 30 Jun, 2004
Cyrille William “Bill” Hanssen
Died: Monday, May 31, 2004
Age: 75



Posted this page 24 Feb, 2004
Joe (Jose) Felipe Salazar.
Died: February 19, 2004
Age: 82

SALAZAR — Mr. Joe (Jose) Felipe Salazar, 82, a resident of Isleta Pueblo passed away on February 19, 2004. Mr. Salazar is the beloved husband of 44 years to Mrs. Carmel Salazar. Mr. Salazar is also survived by five daughters, Shirley Zuni and husband, Florentino, Grace Jojola and husband, Clarence, Patti Salazar, Roberta Chavarillo and husband, Jimmy, Tina Salazar-Goff and husband, Jim; one son, Robert Lujan and wife, Dolores; three sisters, Lupita Garcia, Dolorita Chiwiwi, Angelina Martin and husband, Isidor; two brothers, Esquepula Salazar; Juan D. Salazar and wife, Terry; numerous grandchildren; one great granddaughter; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Salazar was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, A veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the 91st Cavalry during World War I I and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. A visitation for Mr. Salazar will be Sunday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Isleta, N.M. with a Rosary to be recited at 2:00 p.m. by Shirley Zuni. A final visitation will be Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. by Father Hiliare. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. with Military Honors by the D.A.V. Chapter # 3. Pallbearers will be, Carl Jojola, Christian Jojola, Jonathan Lente, Terry Lente, James Chavarillo and Robert Zuni. Honorary Pallbearers will be, Phillip Goff, Alexander Goff, Mario Tapia, Dario Tapia, Leonard Garcia and Hubert Abeita. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861

Published on February 21, 2004 Electronic Edition of The Albuquerque Journal: Albuquerque, New Mexico

[Webmaster Note: Joe was a member of C Trp, 8th Cav Regt]


Posted this page 02 Jan, 2004
Thomas J. Henry.
Died: Friday, 30 Dec, 2003
Age: 80

Thomas J. Henry, passed away on 12/30/03. He was a member of the 8th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division and saw action in the Pacific during WWII.

Published in the Chicago Tribune from 12/31/2003 – 1/1/2004.
Thomas J. Henry, age 80, of West Chicago. WWII Army Veteran, serving in the South Pacific 1st Cavalry. Beloved husband of the late Shirley G.; loving father of Irene (Jerald) Warsaw, Kevin, Brian T. (Mary), James (Amy) and Mark (Pamela) Henry; dearest grandfather of nine; dear brother of John (Wendy), Bernie (Barbara), Robert (Francis) and the late Donald (Loretta) and James; fond uncle to many. Visitation Friday 4 to 8 p.m. at Williams-Woodward Funeral Home, Rt. 59 and Pine Street, West Chicago. Funeral service Saturday 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment Glen Oak Cemetery, West Chicago. In lieu of flowers memorials to Children Incorporated, P.O. Box 5381, Richmond, VA 23220 appreciated. Funeral info 630-231-1300.


Posted this page 02 Jan, 2004
Jerry William Eades.
Died: Friday, 27 Nov, 2003
Age: 85

Jerry William Eades, 85, a retired aircraft worker, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003, at an Athens Nursing Center.

Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Moore Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bobby Bridges officiating. Members of the VFW Post #6111 will serve as honorary pallbearers. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens, Arlington. Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Jerry William Eades was born Sept. 8, 1918, in Dallas.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, in the 62nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion and the 82nd Field Artillery and Cavalry. He participated in the Normandy invasion on D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Purple Heart with cluster, the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and the EAME Medal with seven stars and two arrowheads. He spoke of memorable experiences in Europe and of his fellow soldiers, and has spent much of his life honoring those memories. Jerry lived in Arlington many years until recently, and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #6111 of Arlington, where he served terms as commander and quartermaster. As a member of the 62nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion Association, he served as secretary and treasurer. He was also a member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, the American Legion, the 61st F.A. Battalion Association, and the Arlington Lodge #438, A.F. & A.M. He was retired from LTV in Grand Prairie after 37 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Mary June Eades Talbot, and his brothers, Terry and Larry Eades.

Survivors: Wife of 53 years-Helen Eades; son, Alan Eades; daughters, Gail Eades and her spouse, Gary Corn, Karen Parks and husband, Rickey, Jennifer Travis and husband, David; grandchildren, Clay Parks, Adam Travis and Julie Travis. Published in the Star-Telegram on 11/29/2003.


Posted this page 10 Dec, 2003
John Peter ‘J.P.’ Moore .
Died: Friday, Nov. 7, 2003
Age: 76

John Peter “J.P.” Moore, 76, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at the VA Hospital in Tucson, Ariz., after a brief illness.

He was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Leeper, Pa. to Thomas and Adeline Moore. John moved to Fort Huachuca in 1962 with his bride Harriette (Billie). He served in the U.S. Army for 26 years. He traveled to many countries and earned numerous decorations. John retired in 1972 as a master sergeant. As a long time resident of Sierra Vista, John was an active member in the Cochise Gun Club and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and VFW.

Survivors include his loving wife, Harriette, two stepchildren, five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Though no words can express our loss, we dedicate this prayer to a truly wonderful man.Services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at the Main Chapel on Fort Huachuca. Burial will follow at 10 a.m. at the Post Cemetery on Fort Huachuca.


Posted this page 28 September, 2003
TIFFEE, Eugene
Died: Aug 28, 2003
Age 85

Funeral services for Eugene Tiffee, 85, of Monterey, will be held at the Eva Church of God, Eva, on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Gordon Finley, Rev. Kevin Simms and Rev. Lloyd Trister officiating. Interment will follow at Eva Church of God Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home, Ferriday.

Tiffee died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at Glenwood Regional Medical Center West Monroe. He was a resident of Monterey, a retired farmer and a member of the Eva Church of God. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and participated in the Pacific Theater, after which he returned home and farmed until his retirement in 1980. He was affectionately known as “Candy”.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charlie Tiffee; mother, Virginia Tiffee; brother, Woodrow Tiffee; half-brothers, Clifton Gardner and Leo Gardner; and half-sister, Catherine Wells.

Survivors include his wife, Irene C. Tiffee of Monterey; daughter, Neeva T. Sibley and her husband, Rickey, of Monterey; brother, Charles Tiffee of Monterey; two grandsons, Richie Sibley of Baton Rouge and Stephen Sibley of Simmsport; and three great-granddaughters, Elizabeth Sibley, Madeleine Sibley and Emmaleth Sibley.

The family request that those wanting to give memorials please do so the Eva Church of God Building Fund.

The pallbearers will be Gene Wayne Tiffee, Richard Tiffee, Scott Tiffee, Jason Tiffee, Frank Calkins, Charles Calkins, Dane Paul and Billy Joe Ratcliff.

The honorary pallbearers are Terry Burley, Houston Champlin and Paul Bourke.

The family will receive friends at Eva Church of God, Eva, Aug. 29, 2003, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Posted this page 27 July, 2003
HOGUE, Gilbert C
Died: Jul 3, 2003

Hogue, Gilbert C., passed away July 3, 2003. Preceded in death by beloved wife of 31 years, Juanita. Survived by son Phillip Hogue, Brooklyn, NY, and daughters Anne Goczalk and Evelyn Day, both of Plano, TX, their spouses, and 5 grandchildren. Gil was born Aug. 1, 1919 and grew up in Terre Haute. He served in both World War II and Korean War. After retiring from Western Electric in Indianapolis, he moved to Hawthorne in Leesburg, FL, and has been a resident there for over 20 years.

Note: Hogue was a member of A Troop, 8th Cav Regt. He had attended 27 reunions. The first one was Munci, IN in 1956 and the last one was West Palm Beach in 2000.


Posted this page 25 July, 2003
MICKEL, Woodburn J. Jr.
Died: Jul 3, 2003

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Woodburn J. Mickel, Jr. of Martinez passed away on July 3. A highly decorated combat veteran, “Woody” was an inductee of The Infantry Hall of Fame. He served as an Airborne Infantryman during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. His assignments ranged from Infantry Platoon Leader and high command positions to Assistant for the Secretary of Defense in the U.S. Senate. A graduate of the Army War College, his decorations include The Legion of Merit (two awards), The Silver Star (three awards), The Bronze Star for valor (four awards), The Air Medal, The Purple Heart (three awards), and the Combat Infantry Badge (two awards). Col. Mickel was instrumental in the formation of the first U.S. Army freefall team (skydivers) while stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC in 1957. He holds one of the first free-fall instructor licenses issued by The Parachute Club of America. He is the widower of Mary Caroline Mickel. Survivors include sons Clayton Mickel of Chicago, IL; Mark Mickel of Pleasant Hill, CA; Kyle Mickel of Phoenix, AZ; daughter Pamela Huegel of Mt. Vernon, OH; stepsons John Desboeufs, Philip Desboeuf, Steven Desboeuf, and daughter-in-law Laida Desboeufs of Augusta. Son Don Mickel is deceased. Col Mickel will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetary. A local reception in celebration of his life and service to our Country will be held at the Mickel residence in Martinez on Tuesday, July 8 from 6 to 8pm. Those wishing to attend either event should contact the Mickel family.


Posted this page 24 June, 2003
HARMAN, Charles Wesley
Died: Jun 19, 2003

HARMAN, Charles Wesley , (C. W.), 79, of Floyd, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2003. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific with the First Calvary Division and was a recipient of the Bronze Star. He was a charter member of the Floyd V.F.W. Post #7854. He is a director of the Bank of Floyd, past director of the Citizens Telephone Co-op and was formerly an agent for Rockingham Mutual Insurance Company. He was the founder of C. W. Harman & Son Farm Store in 1960. Survivors include his wife, Margaret H. Harman of Floyd; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Linda Harman, Roanoke, Allen and Anne Harman, Floyd, Donnie and Susan Harman, Mount Airy, N.C.; grandsons, Brian Harman and wife Desirae of Willis, Matthew Harman, Roanoke, Kyndall Harman, Mount Airy, N.C.; granddaughter Danielle Goins, Mount Airy, N.C.; great-grandson, Chance Wesley Harman, Willis; sister and brother-in-law, Claudine and Edmund Weddle, Floyd; brother-in-law, Archa Vaughn, Jr. of Pulaski; and several nieces and nephews.


Posted this page 11 January, 2003
Michael P. Baccellieri
Died: Aug 12, 2002
Age: 79

Michael P. Baccellieri of Chambersberg, PA. passed away 12 August 2002 of cancer. He was a member of both the 1st Cavalry Division Association and the 8th Cavalry Regiment Association. Baccellieri served with A, C, and Hq Companies of 2nd Bn 8th Cav Regt (Inf) as a Lt. During the Korean War from 1951 to 1953.


Posted this page 22 August, 2002
Lloyd Earl Magee.
Died: Sunday, Jun 16, 2002
Age: 78

Lloyd Earl Magee, 78, of Ames, Iowa and formerly of Dunkerton, died on Sunday, June 16, 2002. Lloyd died from complications following heart bypass surgery at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines. A memorial service was held Wednesday, June 19, at the First Baptist Church in Dunkerton. Inurnment was in Fairview Cemetery in Dunkerton. Major Lloyd Magee served in H Troop, 8th Cavalry Regiment from 1945 to 1946.


Posted this page 1 July, 2002
William G. Samuels.
Died: Saturday, Jun 29, 2002
Age: 79

William G. Samuels
WWII Army veteran retired from Sharon Steel Corp.

William G. Samuels of 360 Richmond Drive, Hermitage, died at 3:45 a.m. Saturday (6-29-02) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System following an extended illness. He was 79.

Mr. Samuels was born April 15, 1923, in Masury, a son of Richard G. and Gladys Dando Samuels.

A 1941 alumnus of Brookfield High School, Bill served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he was part of the First Cavalry Division. He received many decorations, including a Purple Heart, for his efforts in the Pacific theater of operations.

Mr. Samuels retired in 1976 from the Maintenance Department of the former Sharon Steel Corp.’s Farrell plant after 30 years of service.

His memberships include Free and Accepted Masons Jerusalem Lodge 19, Hartford; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1338, Sharon; and Disabled American Veterans Post 55.

Survivors include: his wife, the former Ann Vasomi, whom he married Jan. 20, 1947; a niece and a nephew.

Mr. Samuels was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Marian Miller.

William G., 79, of 360 Richmond Drive, Hermitage.
Calling hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Monday (7-1-02) in MADASZ FUNERAL HOME Inc., 6923 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield.
Service: Funeral service at 10 a.m. Tuesday (7-2-02) in the funeral home, with Matthew Kujawinski, deacon of Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage, officiating.
Burial: Brookfield Township Cemetery.


Posted this page 28 June, 2002
John P. Arnot.
Died: Saturday, May 18, 2002
Age: 76

John Arnot, age 76, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2002, in his home. John attended Libbey High School and entered the Army where he served in the First Calvary 8th Regiment in the Philippines and Japan. After his honorable discharge he attended the University of Toledo where he graduated with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. Following graduation he worked for the Inter-American Geodetic Survey Program designing maps in Central and South America. Later, John became a Civil Engineer for the City of Toledo and then served as Service Director for the City of Sylvania, he then served as City Engineer for the City of Trenton, MI. Retiring in 1994. John was a lifelong student of history. He also enjoyed playing golf with his Cherrywood Thursday Morning Skins League. John was a member of the American Legion Post 335, the Public Officials of NWO, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

John is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughters, Virginia (Alan) Fullerton of Westerville, OH and Grace (Charles) Stanislav of New Albany, OH; son, Paul Arnot of Copley, OH; five grandchildren, Doug and Gary Fullerton, Alex, David and Charles Stanislav, and sister, Jane E. Arnot of Columbus, OH. John was preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Eda Arnot.

Friends may visit the family at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.) on Monday from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with a funeral service to be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment at Toledo Memorial Park. Memorials in John’s name may be made to The Memorial Fund of Glenwood Lutheran Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. .


Posted this page 30 May, 2002
Harvey R. Miller.
Died: Monday, May 27, 2002
Age: 70

Miller Harvey R., age 70, of Crystal. Preceded in death by wife, Phyllis. Survived by daughters, Susan Miller and Sandra Bloomer; son, Bradley; grandchildren, Kala, Megan and Callie; brothers, sisters, other relatives and friends. Member of the Korean War Veterans. Service Thursday, 1 pm at Gearty-Delmore Robbinsdale Chapel, 39th & W. Broadway. Interment Glen Haven. Visitation Wednesday, 5-8 pm at Gearty-Delmore. Memorials preferred to the American Heart or Diabetes Assoc. Gearty-Delmore 763-537-4511
(Published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune from 5/28/2002 – 5/29/2002.)

Harvey was a Korean War veteran and served in Service Company, 8th Cav Regt Oct 51 – Sep 52.