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SCHOFFSTALL, Roy, 73
 - passed away on May 4, 2014 in Yuba City, California.

Roy graduated from Martin Hughes High School in Buhl, Minnesota in 1959

Roy was stationed with the U.S. Air Force in the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1961-1964 and served on Charlie Flight. When he married Kirsten, he was transferred to Supply.

He moved to Los Angeles where he worked for Allis Chalmers at various locations until he retired in 1972.

In 1975 he began his real estate career with Sunshine Real Estate in the Yuba-Sutter area of Calilfornia. He later worked for Yuba City Toyota as a dealer trade driver.

He was an active golfer and had a great sense of humor and a kind smile to brighten anyone's day.

Survivors include daughters: Debbie Reece (Ron) of Yuba City, and Karen Lizarrage of Yuba City; son: Michael Schoffstall of Rocklin; 3 grandchildren: Ryan and Ally Reece of Yuba City; Shawn Schoffstall of Chico; and Robert Bond of Yuba City; and numerous nieces, and nephews.
 

SHOMPANY, Alfred Joseph., 85 - of Hopewell Junction, New York passed away on June 29, 2014 at Mount Kisco, New York. He was born in Mount Kisco on July 6, 1928.

Al joined the U.S. Air Force in 1950, and after Radio Operator (Morse Intercept) training at Keesler AFB, MS he was assigned to the 41st RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany. He was also sent by the 6910th Security Group to Rome, Italy for a 90-day temporary-duty assignment.

His interests include golfing, gardening, bird watching, hunting and fishing.

Al is survived by his wife of 44 years: Suzanne (Suzie, nee Smith). They had no children.

 

 
LYONS, William C. 'Tiger', 84
 - passed away on February 9, 2014 in Laurel, Mississippi. (His wife, Jewel Dean, (Short) died in 2005).

Tiger joined the Army Air Forces in 1946, retired as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1974. He also served at the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany, on Dog Flight from 1956-59. He was a Morse intercept supervisor and later an RFP supervisor.

He was also on the Vikings softball team, and manager of the 1958 Vikings basketball team.

Tiger and Jewel are survived by 6 children: Mary Katherine (Kay), Deborah Ann, Carmen Louise, Margie Gall, William Craven Jr. and William Thomasallen; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

 

RAMIE, Paul F 'Fabian' 80 - passed away on May 4, 2014 in his home in Ogdensburg, New York. Paul was born on March 18, 1934 in Ogdensburg, NY. He graduated from St. Mary's Academy in 1952 and joined the Air Force.

Fabian served with the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany as a Y29351 in the Radio Printer Section - Dog Trick - 1953-1956.  

He worked on the St. Lawrence Seaway and Niagara Falls as a deckhand on a dredge. Later he was a technician at the inception of cable television in Ogdensburg and retired in 1995 from NewChannels Corp, after 36 years as Chief Technician.

Paul enjoyed watching sports, especially his 3 sons playing hockey and football. Also Syracuse University Athletics.

Survivors include his 3 sons: James (Sonia) Ramie of Clay, NY; Rhett Ramie of Ogdensburg and Jason (Chen) Ramie of Cicero, NY; 4 grandchildren: Hailey, Rachel, Will and Sophie as well as several nieces and nephews.

 

DAMMEIER, James W. 'Jim' 'JD' - 69 - passed away on July 21, 2014 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jim was born on January 15, 1945.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and also in Bremerhaven, Germany with the 6913th RSM on Able Flight as a non-Morse intercept operator, and was later re-located to Italy until his discharge.

After his service he worked and retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

Jim was a member of the American Legion Post 241; St. Paul Lutheran Church and CLHS-Alumni Association. He enjoyed watching football and playing golf.

    

He is survived by his wife: Sharon; Sons: Jeremy (Jennifer) Dammeier of Franklin Indiana and Justin (Betsy) Dammeier of Westfield, IN; Grandchildren: Jacob, Corin, Makenna, and Jackson

Memorials may be made to Turnstone; 3320 N. Clinton St.; Fort Wayne, IN 46805 or to Concordia Lutheran High School Athletic Department; 1601 St. Joe River Dr.; Fort Wayne, IN 46805.

 

 McCarville, Charles Athanasius 'Chuck', 'Mac', 80 - passed away on December 30,  2014 at his home in Columbus, Ohio. He was born on May 23, 1934 in Cresco, Iowa.

Chuck served in the United States Air Force at Bremerhaven, Germany with the 6913th RSM on Charlie Trick from 1954 to 1957. He married his first wife Ursula and they lived in Grove City, OH.  Prior to that he served in the Korean War.

'Mac' loved his family, friends, golf, and of course the Buckeyes. He worked at WBNS Ch. 10 TV, and was an excellent artist and designer with a great sense of humor.

'Mac' was the Chairman of the 2002 Reunion of the 6013th RSM at Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. Mac and his wife Jan put on a great show at the dinner-dance and I can't remember another Reunion where we laughed so much. When they announced the evening's entertainment, we had no idea it was really Mac and Jan. What fun!

 

One of the highlights of this Reunion was to be the guest speaker, Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets (USAF Ret.), but unfortunately he had to cancel at the last minute because of illness. However Mac did get a chance to meet him and presented him with a plaque of appreciation from our Squadron.

  

Chuck is survived by his wife of 34 years, Janet (Lewis); 3 sons: Michael (Kelly), Charles C; Robert; and daughter Mary Margaret; 2 grandchildren: Nathaniel and Sara and step-sons: Richard, Michael, and step-daughters: Bridgotte and Denise, and numerous step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held at Newcomer funeral Home in Grove City, OH.
 

 AALVIK, Douglas C. 'Doug' 72 - passed away on October 9, 2014 in his home in Stevenson, Washington. (Never married, no children). He attended Eastern Washington University at Cheney, WA.

Doug served with the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany as a Morse intercept operator from 1965 until 1968, when the Squadron was deactivated. He also was on temporary duty in Chicksands, England and later assigned to a base at San Vito, Italy, with the 6917th Security Group where he completed his Air Force service.

Doug worked in a plywood mill for 22 years and after retiring worked with the maintenance crew at a golf resort.

A Memorial Service was held on October 26th at the Hegewald Center in Stevenson, Washington.

 PURELLO, Alfred C.  86  - (1st Lt. at 41st/6913th RSM) passed away on April 6, 2014 at his home in Newtonville, NY. He was born on March 25, 1928 in Albany, New York, where he attended Albany High School and received nine letters in 3 sports: football, basketball and baseball.

He also enjoyed the saxophone and played the flute in the Albany Symphony Orchestra as a youth.

Prior to entering West Virginia University, Al was pursued by several professional baseball clubs including the NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and Brooklyn Dodgers. He entered WVU in 1948 on a full athletic scholarship and played QB for WVU. Upon graduation he served as an officer in the US Air Force and was stationed in Bremerhaven, Germany where he met his future wife, Christa.

Lt. Purello (Nicknamed: Yankee) served in the 6813th as OIC of the Mission Evaluation Unit. In 1956 he was reassigned to Able Trick as Assistant Flight Commander. He also held the title of Athletic Officer. During off-duty hours, Al was a member of the '54 Vikings baseball team and coach of the Squadron basketball team.

In 1957 he left the Air force as a Captain to attend Albany Law School and enjoyed a law career for almost 40 years.

 

An avid golfer and love of sports for many years, he loved his family and friends, and is remembered for his sense of humor, for his incredible optimism and his generosity. He provided pro bono for those in need and was a voracious reader and loved to travel.

Al is survived by his wife, Christa, son Kurtis Purello (Connie), daughter Karin Wren (David) and grandchildren: Chloe, Kylie and Jack.

Funeral services were held on April 11, 2014 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

 

 

KALINOWSKI, Raymond Charles, 72  - passed away on August 17, 2014 at his home in Durham, CT, following a valiant fight against cancer.

Ray was born on January 16, 1942 in Middletown, CT, grew up in Rockfall, and attended St. Mary's schools and Middletown High School.

He served 4 years in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Bremerhaven, Germany from 1960 to 1963 on Baker Flight:
 

Ray met his future wife, Sandi, at San Jose State University where he took classes in law enforcement. The were married at Saint Colman Church in Rockfall, CT, and returned to California for their senior year.

He worked at the Office of Naval Intelligence as a Special Agent in San Francisco and then transferred to the United States Secret Service as a Special Agent in Connecticut. During the Nixon Administration, he was selected to serve with the Presidential Protective Division at the White House. He accompanied President Nixon in the historic 1972 visit to China along with other global assignments. He later returned to criminal investigation work in New Haven, CT and served in the Defense Investigative Service until 1996 when he retired from government service.

He served three consecutive terms (2003-2009) as State Representative in Connecticut and was instrumental in his role on the Environment, Veterans Affairs, and Public Safety and Security committees.

Ray and his wife of 46 years, Sandi, relocated to Pacific Grove, CA on the Monterey Peninsula to be closer to their 3 children and 6 grandchildren: Steven and daughters: Jessie and Kate of Bozeman, MT; Carrie (Bob) Holmberg of Mountain View, CA; and daughters: Hazel Ray and Vivian and Cliff (Carrie) of Woodside, CA and their children: Piper and Dane.

Ray enjoyed playing golf and was an avid baseball fan, he played in the Little League of Rockfall; for Middletown High School; with the USAF's touring team and while in college, with the semi-pro Chicopee Tigers.

He also was a member of the Durham American Legion Post 184.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sandi and his family.

Burial with military honors took place following the mass at Mica Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Raymond Kalinowski Veteran's Memorial Fund; P.O. Box 428; Durham, CT 06422.
 


 

DeCOU, James 'JAZZ' Herbert, 85  - passed away on July 31, 2014 at a hospital near his home, just northwest of Paris, France.

Jazz is survived by his wife, Irene (Epstein); 3 children from his first marriage: Claire S. DeCou-Rizzi, Michael David and Jacques (Jack) Frederick. He was married to his first wife, Michelle (Vuillermet) from 1934 to 1978. Michelle passed away in 2013.

Jazz DeCOU was born in San Luis Obispo, CA on December 1, 1928 and grew up in Atascadero, CA earning his degree at Stanford (Class of '50), and enlisted int he Air Force in 1952.

After Russian language training school, he was assigned to the 41st RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany. (Squadron was redesignated the 6913th RSM during his tour). He served as a voice intercept operator/supervisor on Charlie Trick from January 1954 until early 1956.

After the Air Force he worked for many years as a Foreign Service Officer for the Department of State, and was with the U.S. Information Agency of the State Department.

 

IRLBECK, Floyd, 73 - of Olathe, KS passed away on May 2, 2014 at the Kansas City Hospice House. He was born on July1, 1940 in Auburn, Iowa and received his backelor's degree in accounting at the University of Nebraska of Omaha.

On July 20, 1963, he married Carol Miller and they made their home in Omaha, Nebraska where he began his career at Mutual of Omaha. He also worked at Control Data of Omaha; Omaha National Bank; First Wyoming Bank Corporation and Gateway Financial.


Floyd served in the United States Air Force Security Service and was stationed with the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1959 to 1962 on Charlie flight.

     

He was very involved in the American Legion Post 370 and the Honor Guard Post 370 in Overland Park, KS. His interests included fishing, playing cards and watching the Nebraska Huskers football team; Chief's Football, KU Basketball and Royals Baseball.

 

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol Irlbeck; son: Mark Irlbeck; daughters: Renee (Ron) Haines and Jennifer Irlbeck; brothers: Merlyn Irlbeck and Ron Irlbeck; sisters: Pat Loats, Elaine Dammann and Joyce Nelson; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
 

 

 

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, May 6 at Overland Park Chapel, 8201 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS 66204.

A Celebration of Life will follow the service at American Legion Post 370.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Legion Post 370, Honor Guard or the Kansas City Hospice House.

Condolences and Memories may be left at www.overlandparkchapel.com  

 

GARVER, Gary L., 71  - passed away on January 6, 2014 in at St. Charles, Missouri. Gary was born on September 10, 1942 in St. Louis, MO, and went to Qulin High School in Qulin, MO. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1960

His duty stations included Eglin AFB, Davis Monthan AFB, and the 6913th Radio Squadron Mobile in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1961 to 1962 when he reassigned to the 6911th RGM at Darmstadt, Germany where he met his future bride.

Gary was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1967 and moved to Cape Girardeau, Missouri where he managed a LUM's Restaurant. In 1976 he went to work for GMAC in St. Louis, MO. In 1976 he started a new career with the U.S. Postal Service, working his way up from clerk to Postmaster. He retired as Postmaster of Palmyra, Missouri in 1999.

In retirement he worked part-time as a bus driver for the Hannibal Public School system. He enjoyed boating on the Mississippi River.

Gary moved back to St. Louis in 2002 and continued driving a bus for the Fort Zumwalt School District before retiring in 2012.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge, NAPUS and became an honorary member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon national fraternity in the fall of 1994.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Helga, St. Charles, MO; 3 children: Becci (Rebecca) (Tim) Liberty, MO; Gina (J.R.) Millersburg, MO; Jared (Chelly) Liberty, MO; 5 grandchildren: Trae, Kendalyn, Brennan, Rylee and Kyla, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service was held on January 10, 2014 and burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors.
 


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