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KUBECK, Donald John 'Don', 86 - (1931-2017) of Meppershall, Bedfordshire, England passed away on April 5, 2017 at Benslow Nursing Home in Hitchin. Don was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1931.

He graduated from North Catholic High School, Pittsburgh and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1949. He completed a Polish language course at the Army Language School in Monterey, CA and was assigned for a tour at Chicksands, England, (1950-56) where he met and married Jean . Also at Chicksands from (1958-1959).

He next served {1959-1963) with the 6913th RSM at Bremerhaven, Germany as a Radiotelephone Controller on Baker Flight and later assigned to the Traffic Exploitation Section of Operations.

Don retired as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1969 and began a civilian career in Meppershall, England where he owned and managed a farm, growing mostly vegetables until the mid 1980s.

His wife, Jean (nee Taylor) died in 2005.
 

ROSE, Vincent 'Vinny', 72 - (1944-2017) of Covington, Louisiana passed away, in his sleep on June 20, 2017 after a months-long struggle with cancer.

Vincent was born on August 25, 1944 and raised by Sicilian immigrant parents in Brooklyn, NY. He was an orphan by age 12, and was raised by his oldest brother and wife.

He served with the U.S. Air Force in communications in Germany and Japan during the Vietnam War. He was stationed at Bremerhaven, Germany with the 6913th RSM on Baker Flight from 1963-65.

He moved from Watertown, NY to Louisiana and ran Pools by Vincent for 17 years after working as a salesman for several other local pool builders. He designed and constructed backyard s and some country club pools around the Greater Metropolitan New Orleans area.

Vinny had the special gift of hospitality and with his amazing cooking abilities often entertained family and friends. He was a generous man to those less fortunate than himself, and ran a prison ministry program at the St. Tammany Parish Prison. He spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to these men. He began his family on a Christian farm co-op in Kingston and Watertown, NY where 4 of his daughters were born.

Vinny is survived by his wife of 48 years: Inalyn Payne of Massachusetts; 5 daughters: Cherith, Selah, Eden, Judea and Tirzah, and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held at E.J. Fielding Funeral home in Covington, LA. Committal service and miliatry honors will be at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery; Slidell, LA.

Memories may be shared on the Tribute Wall at www.ejfieldingfh.com

 

HINE, Joseph L., 83 - (1933-2017) of Austin, Texas passed away on January 31, 2017. He was born on May 15, 1933 in Catawissa, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Catawissa High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951. 

Joe was trained to be a ground radio communications equipment repairman, and served with the 6193th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1963 to 1966. He was a S/Sgt and also an OJT supervisor for the Radio Maintenance unit of Materiel. He was also stationed at Shu Lin Kou Air Station, Taiwan; Berlin, Germany at Tempelhof and Malmstrom AFB in Montana.

Joe retired from the Air Force as a Master Sergeant in 1977, and moved to Austin, Texas. His first wife, Ellen Anna (nee Van Oven) died in 1986; his 2nd wife was Rosemarie Claire (nee Chapman), died in 2007. They were living in Covington, Louisiana and had major damage to their home when Hurricane Katrina struck.

He enjoyed music and gardening and was a master wood crafter.

He was preceded in death by his wives: Ellen and Rosemarie. He is survived by his 4 children: Kirk and Judi Hine; Vickie and Russell Metcalf; Roberta and John Wright; Scotti and Mickey Beam; his 4 stepchildren: Len Knorr, Cheryl and Eric Short, Deb Knorr Lawrence and Karen Knorr and 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and 8 nieces and nephews.

Services were held at All Faith's Funeral Home; Austin, Texas and interment with full military honors at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.
 

OUELLETTE, Emile Richard,  'Rick' 86 - (1930-2017) of Orlando, Florida passed away on May 28, 2017.

Rick was born September 17, 1930 in Fort Kent, Maine. He began his 23-year Air Force career in 1948 serving in the U.s., Japan, Marshall Islands, Germany, Italy and the Philippines.

He was stationed with the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany on Baker, Charlie and Personnel from 1958 to 1963.

Rick's military career included an assignment in 1950 to 'Project Greenhouse', a nuclear test pilot in the Marshall Islands of Japan. He participated in conducting 4 nuclear bomb tests from the island of Enewetak to targets 25 miles away. During the 4th test shot a wind shift blew the atomic cloud back over the island where Rick and the U.S. soldiers were located resulting in significant atomic fallout and subsequent serious health problems for many of the participants, including Rick.

He also commanded his own Guardpost in Korea along the heavily armed border with North Korea where the U.S. soldiers were deployed. Guardpost Ouellette was the northernmost deployment of U.S. forces in South Korea, only 20 yards from the barbed wire demarcation line separating Communist run North Korea and Capitalist South Korea.

At the end of the Korean War. May 1953, Rick returned to Maine and met his wife Lucille. They married in 1954 and had 4 children.

in 1971 Rick was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by President Dwight D. Eisenhower for exemplary service in the U.S. Air Force Security Service.

Rick retired from the Air force in 1971 and they moved to Orlando, Florida. His favorite pastime was flying planes, and he was an avid pilot of many types of small aircraft.

In 1973 he began his 2nd career in Financials and worked as an investment banker for 20 more years.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille Y. Ouellette; daughter: Vera Strickland (Glen) of Madisonville, TN; sons: Don Ouellette of Tucson, AZ; Dave Ouellette and wife Tracey of Orlando, FL; Dean Ouellette and wife Michelle, and grandsons: Steve Van Dyke; Cole Strickland of Madisonville, TN; Dylan Ouellette.

A funeral mass was held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Apopka, Florida.
 

SETSER, Luther P. 'Luke', 76 - (1940-2017) of Corbin, Kentucky passed away on January 20, 2017 at Baptist Health in Corbin. 

Luther attended Syracuse University where he learned Russian language and was stationed in Turkey. He also served with the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1960 to 1962. He was also stationed in Alaska and California and retired after 25 years in the Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his former wives: Helga (Tappe Martin) and Pam. He is survived by long-time friends: Carole Lancaster and Judy Wessendorf; several nieces and nephews, including niece Teresa Bartlett, and great nieces and nephews.

Services were held at the Vankirk-Grisell funeral Home, with burial at the Setser Cemetery, Moore Hill, Corbin, KY. Military honors were conducted by the American Legion Post #88 of Corbin.
 

EMDY,Thomas Ruchard, 76 - (1940-2017)  of Bloomington, Minnesota passed away on April 26, 2017.  He was born on November 20, 1940.

After high school in 1958, Tom joined the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1958-1966. Tom was a Russian Language specialist and was trained at Syracuse University. He was in another barracks when a tragic fire destroyed building M-7 killing 7 airmen and insuring many others.

Although Tom was never stationed at Bremerhaven, many of us new him from our days at Syracuse University.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol and children Gregory (Ellen) Braatz and Anita (Joe) Harper; grandchildren: Alex, Elizabeth and Lili Braatz.

Services were held at Portland Avenue United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Minnesota, with interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis
 

FRICK, Carlos Wayne, 80 - (1936-2017) of Columbia, South Carolina passed away on March 31, 2017.

Carlos was born on August 11, 1936 in Lexington County, South Carolina.

He served with the U.S. Air Force 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1955-58 on Able Flight.

Carlos was a Project Manager for Boren Clay Products in Pleasant Garden, NC: General Manager for Pee Dee Ceramics, Pee Dee, SC; Plant Manager at Salisbury Brick of Summerville, SC; Plant Project Engineer at Carolina Ceramics, Columbia, SC; Consulting Engineer for the Ceramic/Brick industry (including Canada and Mexico); and opened Home Inspection Consultants of Columbia in 1978.

He was a previous member of St. Peters Lutheran Church, Lexington, and Trinity Lutheran Church, Columbia and an active member of Lutheran Men's Group.

Additional memberships include: American Ceramic Society; National Institute of Ceramic Engineers; National Society of Professional Engineers; Charter Member of the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers and IPTAY "Go Tigers!"

Carlos enjoyed his family, hunting, fishing with his 2 sons, reading , talking politics, sharing family history and watching his Clemson Tigers play sports.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Carolyn; sons: James Starney (Cindy Elaine) Frick; Bryan Michael (Michelle Evans) Frick; daughter: Katrina Elaine Frick; grandchildren: Julie Marie Taylor, Jonathan Paul Frick, Abigail Sterling Frick and Taylor Raine Frick; and great-grandchildren: Sean Taylor and Jayden Taylor.

Services were held on April 6 at Shives Funeral Home; Columbia, SC.

Memorials may be made to Clemson University Foundation; PO Box 1889; Clemson, SC 29633-1889; or American Heart Association; 190 Knox Abbot Drive; Suite 301; Cayce, SC 29033; or the American Diabetes Association; SC Division; 107 Westpark Blvd,; Suite 220; Columbia, SC 29210.
 

SPICER, Karrel Allen, 80 - (1936-2017) of New Baden, Illinois passed away on February 26, 2017, at his residence. Karrel was born on October 19, 1936 in Georgetown, IL.

T/Sgt Spicer traveled the world while he served in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic before retiring from Scott AFB after 20 years of service. He was an A/2C while assigned the Adjutant's office of the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany in 1955-56. He worked in the Orderly Room because he was not approved for access to Cryptographic material. He was earmarked to be assigned to one of the Tricks as a Morse Intercept Operator.

In retirement, he spent his time fishing and gardening and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Donna L. (Holmes) Spicer; his children: Michael A. (Gail) Spicer of Trenton, IL; Donald W. Spicer of Tulsa, OK; and Donna E. Spicer of Charleston, IL; 4 grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Memorials may be made to the St. George Building Fund or HSHS Hospice and received at the church or Nordike Funeral Home; 15 E. Hanover; New Baden, IL 62265.

Services were held at St. George Catholic Church in New Baden followed by full military honors at Resurrection Cemetery in New Baden, IL.
 

SEIGEL, Jules Paul, 85 - (1931-2017) - of Englewood, Florida passed away on February 16, 2017.

Jules "Yussi" Siegel was born on October 10, 1931 in Liberty, NY where he grew up raised by relatives as he was orphaned at a young age and only spoke Yiddish until attending kindergarten.

He served with the  U.S. Air Force 41st RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany on "Baker" flight from 1952 to 1954 as a Morse Intercept Operator (AFSC 29352). He was active in the sports program playing on the '52 'B' Trick basketball team and softball team ('52 squadron champions). in 1953 he was catcher on the 41st RSM softball team, and guard on the 'B' Trick basketball team.

When he returned to the States, he earned a B.A. Degree at SUNY, Cortland and an M.A. and doctorate (English Literature) at the University of Maryland. He worked as a Professor of Literature in the English Department of the University of Rhode Island. He was also a renowned writer.

A man of many talents, Jules was and educator, activist, nationally-recognized Schutzhund dog trainer, avid cyclist, competitive tennis player, gourmet cook, master gardener, mechanic, published author, prolific reader, music enthusiast and always spoke his mind and stand up for what he believed in.

He and Cathy had a strong social conscience and actively participated in civil rights demonstrations, anti-nuclear demonstrations and many other causes including the grape boycott protesting unfair labor practices towards the pickers and housing discrimination against people of color in his own community.

Jules is survived by his wife of 58 years, Catharine (Fressie) Seigel and his 3 children: daughter Jessica Hilliard Spearman of West Kingston; grandchildren Samuel Noah Slom, Luke Francis Slom, Sean Paul Seigel, Jr., Rachel Alexandria Seigel, Jared Michael Seigel, and John (Jack) Andrew Spearman.

Memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders; WFP (Witness For Peace), SANA (Scientists Against Nuclear Arms), and the South Kingstown Animal Shelter.

 

PICCOLI, Geno 76 - (1941-2017) - of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away on January 30, 2017 of Pancreatic Cancer. Geno was born on January 24, 1941 in New Britain, Connecticut. .

He served with the  U.S. Air Force 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany on "Dog/Easy" flights from 1959 to 1963. While in Bremerhaven he married Ingrid (Tunie), and they had a daughter: Theresa.

In 1988, Geno retired , after 30 years in the Air Force, at the rank of CMSgt. 

He has been past International president of the Air Force Sergeant's Association and then Senior Advisor.

     
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; and daughter: Theresa (Terry) Piccoli Dearth, sons: Geno (Gail) Forman, Tony Piccoli (Paula) and Joseph; 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and friends.

Funeral will be with full military honors at Luke AFB, Glendale, AZ on Thursday February 2, 2017.

(When we see a copy of his photo, obituary and other information, we will post it here.)

 


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DAMP, Edward 'Ed', 85 - of Warrensburg, New York passed away on December 27, 2016. Ed was born on December 10, 1931 in Albany, New York. Following graduation from Albany High School, he enlisted the the U.S. Air Force serving with the 41st RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany.

He worked for the Operations Officer and the Intelligence OIC/briefer as a draftsman (AFSC 99350) - developing specialized maps, displaying the tracking of aircraft, mapping antenna fields, creating circuit drawings and other graphics for radio and technical personnel.

He served with the  U.S. Air Force in Bremerhaven, Germany on "Comm" flight from 1955 to 1958.

After returning to the States, Ed was employed with the NYS Thruway Authority as a draftsman in the engineering department - he retired after 30 years.

Ed was very community minded and volunteered his services wit the construction of Blister Hill, the 4-H Fair and Richards Library.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Alice Damp of Warrensburg; 3 daughters: Susan Sawn of Queensbury; Kathleen Wright of Sandy UT and their son Tyler of Greenfield MA; and Linda Damp of Greenfield, MA.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Company or Warrensburg Volunteer EMS; Richards Library, or Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Program.

 


THORSON, Erling "Dick", 80
- of Hibbing, Minnesota passed away on December 17, 2016 . Dick was born on May 24, 1936 in Spring Valley, Wisconsin. He moved to Farmington, MN and attended middle and high school in Faribault, Minnesota before joining the U.S. Air Force.

Dick served with the  U.S. Air Force, 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany on Dog Flight in 1956 and 1957, as a communication specialist working with Morse code and listening to Russian broadcasts.

After 4 years in the Air Force, he continued to work in communications as a journalist, including being sports editor of the Hibbing Daily Tribune. He also worked as a professional photographer for several years, and later in retail for Fleet Farm stores.

Dick enjoyed many hobbies: trap shooting, bowling, archery, snowmobiling, HAM radio and traveling throughout the Midwest. He retired to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 2006 and often met for Friday morning Bible study and fellowship with the same group.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Barbara; 5 children: Jay (Beth); Tamara (Kim) Bredson; Scot (Jill), Michelle Rieb; and Renee "Beep" Thorson; 15 grandchildren: Peter, Rowena, Liza, Tyler, Samuel, Carter, Cole, Krista, Amanda, Alisa, Makayla, Kyle, Dakota, Joshua and Anthony and 3 great-grandchildren: Bria, Piper and Kirara.

Funeral services were held at United Lutheran Church in Bella Vista, Arkansas.
 

FEIT, Donald L., 78 - of Santa Fe, New Mexico passed away on December 25, 2016 . Don was born on June 30, 1938.

Don served with the  U.S. Air Force, 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany on Baker Flight from 1962 to 1965.

He is survived by his wife Linda, 3 children: Randy, Timothy and Andrea; 3 step-children: Daniel, David and Michael; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Survivors also include his ex-wife, Corlene "Corky".

Services were held at Legacy Church in Santa Fe, NM, with burial at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

(Thanks to his friend Jim Seiberling for this brief obituary and other information)

 

CAVE, John Benny "J.B", 80 - of Mount Airy, North Carolina passed away on March 6, 2016 at Northern Hospital of Surry County, North Carolina. J.B. was born on March 4, 1936 in Surry County, NC (one of 10 children).

J.B. served with the U.S. Air Force with the 6913th RSM, at Bremerhaven, Germany from 1956-58. He retired after 21 years of service. Following his discharge, he worked a WXII12 in Winston-Salem, NC as the chief engineer, retiring in 2000 after 22 years.

Mr. Cave was a dedicated Christian and a member of White Plains Friends Meeting.

He his survived by his wife of 59 years, Jesquer "Jackie" Atkins Cave; daughter: Kara Westmoreland of Mount airy; son and daughter-in-law: Steven and Sandy cave of King, NC; grandchildren: Austin and Ann Marie Westmoreland of Kernersville, NC; Adam Cave and Belle Cave, both of King; and Caroline Westmoreland and John Westmoreland, both of Mount Airy; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral was held on March 9, 2016 at White Plains Friends Meeting.

Memorial contributions may be made to White Plains Friends Meeting; 849 Old Highway 601; Mount Airy, NC 27030 or the Gideons International, Memorial Bible Program; P.O. Box 791; Dobson, NC 27017.

 

DORAN, James Vilas 'Jim', 85 - of Joplin, Missouri passed away on October 1, 2016. Jim was born on November 9, 1930 in Maryville, MO. He graduated from Horace Mann High School in 1948, and was a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity while he was attending Northwest Missouri State University in 1951.

He served with the  U.S. Air Force in Bremerhaven, Germany with the 41st RSM Squadron as a Morse intercept radio officer on Dog Trick from 1951-1954. Hi played on the 1953-54 "D" Trick basketball team.

Jim married Esther Marie Roth in Kansas City, MO in 1956.

He retired from a career in sales with the Del Monte Foods Corporation in 1985. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and golf throughout his life as well as watching his three sons participate in sports.

Jim and Esther ("My Es") were members of St. Mary's Catholic Church and recently members of St. Peter's Catholic
Church - both in Joplin, MO.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years: Esther; 3 sons: Steve Doran (Denise and their 3 children: Ashley, Austin and Avery); Brian Doran and his wife (Kris and their 3 children: Kaitlyn, Kelsie and Kenzie); Kevin Doran and his wife (Toni and their daughter Addison.)

Funeral services were held in Joplin, MO and a graveside service was held in Westphalia, Kansas.

OnLine condolences may be left on Mason Woodard's Website: http://www.masonwoodard.com

Memorial donations can be made to the Joplin Area Catholic School System; 930 S. Pearl; Joplin, Missouri, 64801.

 

VOGEL, Paul K., 83  - of Duryea, Pennsylvania passed away on July 21, 2016 at Riverside Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Paul was born in 1933 in Rochester, New York. He graduated from Duryea High School in Pennsylvania.  He served as a Morse Intercept Operator with the U.S. Air Force in Bremerhaven, Germany on Able/Trans flights from 1953-1956 with the 6913th RSM. He enjoyed sports and was a member of the '55 Able Trick "Old Salts" football team; the '55 Hotshots and the '56 Mox Nix bowling team.

He finished his Air Force career after serving for 22 years and retired as a Master Sergeant, having served in the Vietnam War.

After retirement, he served with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township of Luzerne County. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, working in his yard and dancing.

Paul is survived by his wife of 61 years, Linda 'Lina' (Weers); son: Ronald Vogel and his wife, Bonnie (Exeter); son: Randy Vogel and his wife Robin; Son: Rick Vogel and his wife Pam; daughter: Wendy McCawley and her husband William; and 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services were held and Interment with full military honors took place at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carveton.

OnLine condolences may be made at the funeral home's Website:   www.piontekfuneralhome.com

 

RODMAN, Glenn, 75 - passed away from cancer (he had both Chemo and Radiation) on May 26, 2016 at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah.

He was born in 1941 in Twin Falls, Idaho. Glenn served with the U.S. Air Force in Bremerhaven, Germany with Team 329 (attached to the 6913th RSM) from 1961 to 1963.

Returning to the USA, Glenn worked as a civil service electronics mechanic in Alameda, California and in 1967 moved to Southern California and worked for AAI Pacific manufacturing integrated circuit testers. The company moved to Maryland in 1969, and Glenn worked as a test supervisor for a division of Republic Corporation building burglar alarm equipment.

In 1971 he worked for Spacelabs, Inc., which manufactured biological patient monitoring equipment as a test supervisor. In 1977 Glenn moved back to Richfield, Idaho and went into mining with his dad.

From 1984 to 2001 he worked on reactor spent fuel, storage casks, and testing for the Idaho National Engineering Lab.

Glenn enjoyed play golf and built his own clubs in 1994, that turned into a small business with too many demonstration clubs.

Glenn is survived by his wife Janice (Mackey, Idaho) sons: Craig and Paul (Joan); daughter Sheila Machado (Manuel); and 5 great-grandchildren.

Cremation was Glenn's request, and no services were held.

(Thanks to Paul C. Chandler, Plymouth, MN, who is also in the photo above and was Glenn's cribbage partner.)

 

DAGGETT, Ronald L. 76'  - of Mesa, Arizona passed away on October 4, 2016. Ron was born in Denver, Colorado in 1940.

He lived in St. Francis, Kansas where he graduated from high school and was a noted football, basketball and track athlete.

Ron served with the U.S. Air Force with the 6913th RSM Dog Flight, at Bremerhaven, Germany. He met the love of his life and wife of 52 years, Annemarie.

They settled in Longmont, Colorado and raised their family. in 1997 they moved to Mesa, Arizona and enjoyed a great retirement life at the Las Palmas retirement community.

Ron was active in many things, including the Las Palmas chapel, the pool team, and the softball team.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Annemarie, his sons: Roger and Jaci Daggett, and Ron and Jennifer Daggett, and grandchildren: Christina, Scottt, Janalyn, Rimmy, Ryan, Cathryn and Calvin.

 

JASPER, Ralph Edward, 80 - of Mississippi, passed away on August 9, 2016, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Ralph was born on October 11, 1935.  

Ralph served on Charlie Flight from 1954-1956 at the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany. His 2nd tour was on Able Flight from 1958-1961. His other USAFSS assignments included Yokota, Offutt, Pleiku, DaNang and Ubon as Airborne Op.

We found only a very brief obituary. If anyone has any additional information or photos, please send me a copy.

 

                                                                      

 

JAMES, Herschell Morgan Jr, 82 - of Grapevine, Texas, passed away on October 10, 2016. Herschell was born in 1933 and attended Sherman High School before continuing on to Texas Tech University. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting. 

He joined the U.S. Air Force and served in Bremerhaven, Germany with the 6913th RSM as a Russian Language translator from 1954-57, on Baker Flight.

After returning to the States, Herschell continued with his career at the U.S. General Accountability Office for 11 years, and the Office of Inspector General Department of Health & Human Services for 19 years.

Herschell is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jean; sons: Stephen Michael James and wife Amber of Dallas; Gregory Paul James and wife Deborah; daughter Shelley Annette James Cox and husband David of Grapevine, TX; grandchildren Sydney, Kenneth, Kevin, Matthew, Rachel, Quinn, Sean Avery and Serena; Great-Grandchildren: Cooper and Caiden.

Funeral services were held on October 14 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Grapevine with burial at Grapevine Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like y ou to please make a donation to your charity of choice.

 

MASSENBURG, Isaac "T.I." Winfred, 80 - of Mitchellville, Maryland, formerly of Disputanta, Virginia, passed away on April 3, 2016, at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD.

T.I. enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1954, and after completing tech school at Keesler AFB, Texas, he served as a Morse intercept operator on Able flight from 1955-1958.

He played tailback on the 1956-57 Mox Nix football teams and catcher on the 1956-57 Mox Nix baseball teams. Several friends remember him very well: Jim Reusch, Carl Roberts, Ben Candelaria, Paul Reihms, Charlie Brown, Tex Matthys and Twitch Wimmer.

Later in his career, he served a tour of duty at Karamursel, Turkey in the early 1960s. He retired in 1976 and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 22 years, retiring in 2000.

Isaac is survived by his wife of 54 years, Anne Marie (Dillard) in Mitchellville, MD and their three children: Tyrone, Tonya M. Tayler (Brian), and Bettye "Nikki" M. Latimer (Darrick); and his grandchildren: Bethany and Trent.

Services were held on April 12 at First Baptist Church of Highland Park; 6801 Sheriff Road; Landover, MD.
 

JONES, Dennis Rex, 81 - of Texas, passed away on July 12, 2016, Dennis was born on March 15, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan. 

At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served in Bremerhaven, Germany with the 6913th RSM as a Russian Language translator. In Bremerhaven, he met and married his first wife Erika Krause.

After returning to the States, Dennis received a B.S. in Business from the University of Denver, and worked for IBM. Next he worked for the Army and Air force Exchange Service, and traveled extensively to "serve those who serve".

Dennis retired from AAFES and married Anne Harrington and began another career as a Sales Representative selling to the Military Resale Systems. He retired again in 2001 and traveled extensively in the United States and Mexico. In 2008 he married Martha Bradley, and shortly after was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Bradley-Jones, son Russel and daughter-in-law Marybeth Jones; daughter Kirsten and son-in-law Paul Spencer; grandchildren: Gabrielle, Benjamin, Shelby, and Chase.

 

KNUDSON, Dennis Eldo, 78 - of Castle Rock, Colorado passed away on December 6, 2015.  Dennis was born on June 15, 1937 in Pingree, North Dakota.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1960. His first tour was in Hakata, Japan (6918th RSM) as a radio operator (AFSC 292x1). He had a one-year tour at the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany, as a Morse intercept operator on Charlie Flight.

In 1963 Dennis worked as a computer engineer for Control Data Corp. During his retirement years, he enjoyed leisure time at the family cabin in Arrowhead Ranch, near Gunnison, CO. He enjoyed the outdoors, wildlife and collecting sports cars.

Dennis is survived by his wife of 52 years, MaryBelle Knudson; 4 children: Kerstene (Loomis), Kendra (Fleck), Kyle Knudson and Laura Belle (Sires); 9 grandchildren: Dillon and Brody (Loomis), Alexis and Cameron (Fleck), Kade Knudson, Annabelle, Adelyn, Ainsleigh and Aniston (Sires).

Memorial donations may be made to: Dennis E. Knudson Memorial Fund; c/o Wells Fargo Bank; 747 Genoa Way; Castle Rock, Colorado 80109.
 

BOWERS, Joel c., 71 - of Glendale, Arizona passed away on March 2, 2016. After several years with a blood disease which weakened his body, he died of Pneumonia. Joel was born on July 31, 1944 in Lebanon, Oregon.

He served with the U.S. Air Force in Bremerhaven, Germany as a non-Morse operator in the Radioprinter Section of the 6913th RSM from 1964 to 1966.

Other overseas assignments were in England, Japan and the Philippines. He was discharged from the Air Force in 1971.

He earned his B.A. degree in Christian Education at Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon. He taught and was active for  30 years in leadership in churches in Portland, Medford and Salem, Oregon. He also worked in management at a Christian book wholesaler 'Harry and David' and Mitsubishi Slicon America.

Joel received his M.A. Degree in Pastoral Studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary in 2005.

In 2006 Joel and Carol moved to Phoenix where he worked with PhD students arriving from Iran to attend ASU. In 2010 he was invited to join the ministry of Pinnacle Community Church in North Phoenix where church services in Farsi for the Persian community.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years: Carol and 2 sons: David and Timothy, and 8 grandchildren.

 

GREENING, Donald D., 79 - of Palm City, Florida passed away on January 17, 2016 Don was born on March 24, 1936 in Yuma, Arizona, and later moved to San Francisco, CA.

He served with the  U.S. Air Force in Bremerhaven, Germany on "Comm" flight from 1955 to 1958.

After returning to the States, Don worked in sales with Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, California. He also managed sales for a computer company until his retirement in 1985.

Next Don qualified as a captain of an ocean-going vessel and sailed across the Atlantic.

Survivors include his ex-wife, Traute (whom he married in Bremerhaven), and two children: Rebecca and Mark.

(When we see a copy of his photo, obituary and other information, we will post it here.)

 

ARP, Merl, 84  - of Silver Springs, Maryland passed away on March 23, 2016 . He was born in Iowa on September 3, 1931.

Merl served with the  U.S. Air Force in Bremerhaven, Germany on "Charlie" flight from 1952-55.

He graduated from the University of Iowa, and was a career U.S. diplomat. He and his wife, Jean lived in Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, Sweden, the Philippines and Germany. After his retirement he continued traveling and exploring cultures and actively participating in German-American cultural organizations. 

Survivors include his wife Jean; sister, Ardelle and family; Erin and husband, Dan Alderon; granddaughter: Lauren; Kristin and husband Lalit Rai; Heidi and husband Keith Muckler and grandson Ronan.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 16, 2016 at 2 PM at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church; 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814.

 

SIDES, M/Sgt Albert 'Neil' 'Pop'  - of Highland, California passed away on January 24, 2016

Neil served with the  U.S. Air Force in Bremerhaven, Germany on "Able" flight from 1964 to 1967. He was an excellent football player and was on the 1967 base championship team. He was also involved in other sports.

(We received this information from Bill DeCamp who was part of the closing of the 6913th Squadron in 1968).

 


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VOELKER, Robert Lee 'Bob', 77 - of Enid, Oklahoma passed away on June 3, 2015. Bob was born on December 2, 1937 in Enid, OK.

He graduated from high school in Pierce City, Missouri in 1955 and joined the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in several states and a 2-year tour with the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany (1956-57) as a crypto operator (29250).

Bob married Shirley Hinds in 1956. He worked for Pepsi Cola as plant manager, and for Continental Baking company in Enid and Joplin, Missouri for 29 years, retiring as plant manager. In 1997 he worked for Jumbo Foods and retired in 2014.

Bob is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley; daughter: Kim Brittain (Larry) of Enid; son: Michael Voelker (Ann) of Fairview, Oklahoma; 5 grandchildren: Lauren, Cheyenne, Stefan, J.T., Kierstyn  and several nices and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted in the Garden Chapel of Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home (Henninger-Hinston Funeral Home; 601 W. Broadway; Enid, Oklahoma 73701) to American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or St. Jude's Children Research Hospital.
 

REYNOLDS, Horace Herman III. 80, - of Bellevue, Nebraska, passed away on June 19, 2015. Lt. Col. Reynolds ("The King") was born in El Paso, Texas on February 28, 1935.

He served in the U.S. Air Force at Bremerhaven, Germany at the rank of 1st Lt. until September, 1964 when he was promoted to Captain. He was the Document Security Officer from May 1962-June 1963, when he was named Admin Officer. When the 6913th was upgraded from Squadron to Group, he was given the position of Commander Hq SQ Section. He served in the Air Force for 23 years.

He began his career as an Airman in 1956 and completed Officer Candidate School. He was assigned to bases in California, Louisiana, Texas, Germany and North Dakota where he was a Missile Commander. He also graduated from the Photo Imaging School, Korea where he served with the Joint Allied Command, and finally at Offutt Air Force Base where he served in the Intelligence Division. While in Texas, he was assigned to the Security Service as liaison to the Consul General of Mexico.

After his retirement he attended Creighton University School of Law, and was admitted to the Nebraska State Bar in 1984. He was a longtime instructor of Business and Real Estate Law at Metropolitan Community College He enjoyed the special occasions of judging Moot Court at Creighton School of Law.

King met his wife Bev while attending the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained his Degree in Public Administration while in the Air Force from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Reynolds is survived by his wife of 59 years, Beverly (nee Tuoto); three children: Mark, Horace H. IV and Robin (who was born in Bremerhaven).

Funeral services was held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Bellevue, NE. Interment at Anderson Grove Cemetery with Military Honors by Offutt AFB Honor Guard and American Legion Post #331

Memorials are suggested to Wounded Warriors Project; Creighton University School of Law, or Midlands Humane Society of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

 

ELANDER, Frank Edward Jr. 74, - passed away on September 8th, 2015, in Cary, North Carolina.  Frank was born on August 10, 1941 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and graduated from North Andover High School in 1959. He attended Merrimack College.

He served in the U.S. Air Force with the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany as an Airman First Class.

After he left the Air Force, he worked as a project manager at Lockheed Martin prior to retiring.

He married his wife of 46 years, Marcia Janine Rosinski Elander. Frank enjoyed singing in the church choir, hiking, traveling, Boston Pops Concerts and rooting for the Patriots and Red Sox.  He also enjoyed bocce ball and spending time with his family and many friends. He was always a gentleman and known for his kindness, sense of humor, humility, generosity, loyalty, and love for his wife and daughter: Katy.

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After living in North Andover for 40 years, they moved to Raleigh, NC to be near their daughter and family.

Frank is survived by his wife Marcia, daughter: Kathryn Elander Samuel and her husband Jesse Evan Samuel; and grandsons: Aden Jesse Samuel and Bryton Elander Samuel, as well as several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Triangle Community Church of Apex, NC (www.tcc.org).
 

FOOSHEE, Graydon Lee, 83 - of Paris, Texas, passed away on April 1, 2015.

Mr. Fooshee was born on March 1, 1932 in Clinton, Oklahoma. He moved to Lawton, OK and was a grauate of Lawton High School class of 1951.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955 with the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany.

He attended school at Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, Colorado, and married Yvonne Aucoin on April 7, 1955 in Lawton, OK.

He spent 41 years as a music merchant, retiring in 1996 as the owner of Frontier Music Company. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, shooting sports and gardening. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Ardmore, OK and had been a member of First Baptist West in Lawton.

Graydon is survived by his wife Yvonne; 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Kathy and Bob Fentress, Broken Bow, OK; Tammy and Charlie Bancroft of Lutz, Florida; a son and daughter-in-law: Michael and Misty Fooshee of Ardmore, OK; 4 grandsons: David Fentress, Andrew Bancroft, Matthew Bancroft, Steven Fooshee; 2 granddaughters: Gina Prater of Goodwater, OK and Haley Fooshee of Ardmore, OK; and a great-grandson: Silas Bancroft; and great granddaughter: Alice Bancroft, and many nieces and nephews.
 

KNUDSON, Dennis Eldo, 78 - of Castle Rock, Colorado passed away on December 6, 2015.  Dennis was born on June 15, 1937 in Pingree, North Dakota.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1960. His first tour was in Hakata, Japan (6918th RSM) as a radio operator (AFSC 292x1). He had a one-year tour at the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany, as a Morse intercept operator on Charlie Flight.

In 1963 Dennis worked as a computer engineer for Control Data Corp. During his retirement years, he enjoyed leisure time at the family cabin in Arrowhead Ranch, near Gunnison, CO. He enjoyed the outdoors, wildlife and collecting sports cars.

Dennis is survived by his wife of 52 years, MaryBelle Knudson; 4 children: Kerstene (Loomis), Kendra (Fleck), Kyle Knudson and Laura Belle (Sires); 9 grandchildren: Dillon and Brody (Loomis), Alexis and Cameron (Fleck), Kade Knudson, Annabelle, Adelyn, Ainsleigh and Aniston (Sires).

Memorial donations may be made to: Dennis E. Knudson Memorial Fund; c/o Wells Fargo Bank; 747 Genoa Way; Castle Rock, Colorado 80109.
 

HAND, Charlie Byron "Sarge" 77, - of Woodruff, SC, passed away on January 12, 2015.

Sarge served in the U.S. Air Force at Bremerhaven, Germany as an Able Trick Ditty Bopper from 1955-56.

Back in the states, he was a retired U.S. Air Force Recruiter in Spartanburg and Greenville, SC. He was a member and past Commander of the American Legion Post 33; past Commander of the VFW Spartanburg Chapter 9539 and a member of Converse Masonic Lodge #343.

He is survived by his wife: Ernestine "Teeny" (Brownlee) Hand; daughter: Beverly Hand of Cross Anchor and 3 grandchildren: Jason Tucker, Alesha Blakely and Samantha Baldwin; and two great-grandchildren: Carson Tucker and Ava Kate Tucker.

Funeral services were conducted an interment followed in Greenhaven Memorial Gardens in Woodruff, SC..
 

DOROBIALA, James 'Jim' 80, - passed away on December 5, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jim was born in 1935 at Erie, Pennsylvania and graduated from Strong Vincent High School. He continued his education at the University of Maryland and Bellevue College.

After high school, Jim enlisted in the Naval Reserve. He later joined the U.S. Air Force and after 20 years retired as a Master Sergeant. His military career took him to numerous locations including: Montana, Nebraska, England, Texas and Bremerhaven, Germany where he married Irmgard. Jim and Irmgard established 19 homes during their military life.

While stationed in Omaha, Nebraska he excelled in commission sales at the J.C. Penney Company and was offered a position at any store in the country when he retired. He moved to Colorado Springs in 1973. He also worked for the Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES). In 1980 he opened Aspen Leaf Landscape Maintenance, and started Aspen Leaf Outdoor Power Equipment.

He was active in the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC), Building Owners and Management Association (BOMA) and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).

Jim was an avid reader, animal lover, and Denver Broncos fan. He was very supportive of his children's activities and seldom missed their concerts or sporting events.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years (Irmgard); 3 children: Gary Dorobiala (Victoria), Eric Dorobiala (Tanya) and Heidi Smith (Curt); adopted son: Greg Hodges and daughter: Carmen Dye; 8 grandhildren: Garrett Dorobiala, Dayna Watts (Coby), Bobby Dorobiala, Keenan Maxwell, Tai Borgman (Bill), Sean Dorobiala, Gracie and Noah Smith; 4 Great-grandchildren: Landon and Austin Dorobiala, Tariana and Kehlan Watts; Brother Leon Dorobiala (Marge) of Melbourne, Florida; nephews: Jeff and Brian Dorobiala and Niece: Christiana.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pikes Peak Humane Society or the Wounded Warrior Project. Condolences OnLine at:  ShrineOfRemembrance.com

                 A memorial service was held on December 11, 2015.
 

BEACH, David Ellsworth 80, - passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2015, after living with heart disease for over 35 years. Dave was born in Hutchinson, Minnesota and moved to Osgood (now West Fargo), North Dakota on July 16, 1935.

A 1953 graduate of Fargo Central High School, he attended the University of North Dakota before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1956. He graduated from the 6-month Russian language course at the Army Language School in Monterey, California. He served with the 6913th RSM at Bremerhaven, Germany, on Charlie Flight from 1958-61.

After his honorable discharge in 1961, as a S/Sgt, he completed his University of North Dakota education in accounting and business administration. He was employed by the Ryan Potato Company as an office manager from 1963-1980, then self-employed in property management until his retirement in 1998.
                               

Dave's interests were multiple, often comprising genealogy, history, and politics. He served on the Grand Forks, North Dakota City Council from 1985-1998; Grand Forks Masonic organizations: Malta Lodge to the KEM Shrine; Grand Forks Historic Preservation Commission. He also had memberships in Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of Union Veterans (U.S. Civil War).

He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and enjoyed choral singing.

Dave is survived by his wife of 52 years, M. Jean (Morton) Beach and they enjoyed many winters in Casa Grande, Arizona. He is also survived by 2 daughters: Elizabeth (Michael) Bryant; grandsons: Thomas and David Bryant (of St. Louis Park, MN); Roberta (Schroeder)  Beach of St. Paul, MN. He is also survived by two sisters and many nieces and nephews. Both daughters thank him for encouraging and modeling a lifelong life of books and libraries.

Memorial services, on December 2, 2015 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Grand Forks, ND. Military honors provided by the North Dakota Army National Guard funeral honors, and Interment at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University of North Dakota Chester Fritz Library (Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections) or the Wesley United Methodist Church of Grand Forks.

 

David E Beach was interred at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery at Minneapolis, MN on May 16, 2016.

As an amateur genealogist, Dave wanted a headstone for future generations to find. If anyone is interested in viewing this headstone at Fort Snelling, It is located at Section 37, Site 1324. Dave requested that his headstone mention the USAF Security Service because he considered his years in Bremerhaven some of the best in his life.

Anyone visiting Minnesota may wish to view this headstone at the location above at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

(Thanks to his daughter, Roberta M. Beach - St. Paul, MN)

 

 

 

JAMESON, Benjamin F., 81, - passed away on November 13, 2015, at his home in Oklahoma City, OK. He was born on March 21, 1934 in Brewer, Maine.

Ben enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1952, completed radio intercept operator training at Keesler AFB, MS and was assigned to the 41st RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany. He was on Dog Trick but later assigned to Squadron DF Sites in Bremerhaven, Fassberg and Schleswig. After his marriage to Marlene (Wulf) in 1956, he was assigned to squadron mail room duty.

He played for the Dog Trick basketball team.

After 21-years in the Air Force, Ben retired in 1973, and worked for U.S. Civil Service for 18 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Hampton, VA and also a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Community on Tinker AFB in Oklahoma.

Ben is survived by his wife, Marlene; two sons: Ronald F. and Benjamin F. Jameson; daughter: Debra L. Dean and husband, Paul; seven grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter: Karen D. Jameson on Feb. 1, 2015.

 

 

 

Services are planned for a later date at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.

 


SERAFEN, Richard Maurice, 'Dick', 84, of Henderson, Nevada - passed away on March 11, 2015, He was born in Elk Creek, New York on January 13, 1931, but resided in Norwich, NY. He and his family moved to Henderson, NV in 2005.

Dick joined the U.S. Air Force in 1949 and after training at Keesler AFB, MS, in 1951 was assigned to the 41st RSM at Bremerhaven, Germany, as a Morse Intercept Operator (29352).

He graduated from SUNY, Cobelskill and was a lifetime member of the Elks Club. He and his wife, Louise, owned and operated many area Beauty Salons and real estate rentals.

Dick is survived by his wife of 60 years, Louise; two sons: Steve and Robin of Cooperstown, NY, Andy and Jan of Atlanta, GA; daughter: Elaine and Doug Marchant of Norwich; daughter-in-law Lisa (Eddy) and Gregg Pinney, Oneonta, NY; 8 grandchildren: Nathan, Lauren and Captain Glenn Cameron, Chris, Allison, Alyssa, Steven, Katie and Elizabeth; and 3 Great-grandchildren: Layla, Landon and Avery.

Donations in Memory of Dick may be sent to Wounded Warriors; St. Jude's or Hospice..


 

TALLEY, Gene Warren 86, - of Akron, Ohio passed away on September 15, 2015, He was born on May 15, 1932 in Keokuk, Iowa. In 1952 he joined the U.S. Air Force. After Tech School at Keesler AFB, Mississippi, he served a three-year tour of duty at the 41st/6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany, as a Morse Intercept Operator on "D" Trick. He enjoyed sports and was on the Vikings basketball team

He left the Air Force in 1956 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Back in civilian life Gene was a district manager for F.W. Woolworth and also a driver for Enterprise. He was a member of the Community Church of Portage Lakes and served as Brigade Leader and Sunday School Teacher.

Survivors include is wife of 29 years, Carol; sons: Kevin (Adrienne) Talley; Craig (Christy) Talley; daughters, Deborah (Kevin) Bates; Kim (Bill) Huxhold and grandchildren: Brett, Samantha, Payten, Braylee, Austin, Mason, Cadie, Ashley and Jordan; and Great-Granddaughter Tia.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven of Rest Ministries; P.O. Box 547; Akron, Ohio 44309.                
 

SNIVELY, Jackie L., 86, - passed away in Lorton, Virginia on 25 June 2015, He was born on January 9, 1929 in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Jackie joined the Army Air Forces in 1946, and after Basic Training at Lackland AFB he married Betty Delores Keefauver. His first overseas assignment was with the Far East Air Forces Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. He was assigned to the 2044th AACS (Airways and Air Communications Service) Squadron at the Pentagon.

Jackie served 4 years with the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany (1957-61) with the Communications Branch as NCOIC of Cryptographic Operators. He retired from the Air Force with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.

In the early 70s he worked for the Defense Communications Agency (DCA) as a Communications Management Specialist in the Data Operations Support Branch.

Jackie is survived by his wife Son T. Thai; children: Jackie Taylor, Xuan Mai, Anh Mai, Truc Mai, Ngoc Mai and Bich Mai as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice, or to the Wounded Warrior Project; P.O. Box 758517; Topeka, Ks 66674, or OnLine at www.woundedwarriorproject.org
 

Barbara (Baerbel) 76, - passed away recently, 2015, after several years with liver issues. We call her an 'Honorary Member' as she joined us at several Reunions: (Washington D.C.; Las Vegas, and Sacramento. )

She grew up in Bremerhaven and was a good friend to many of us.

                 No other information is available. Her good friend Karin Matthys gave us this information.
 

VICKERY, Max 'Vic' 81, - passed away on August 20, 2015 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center after a brief illness.

Vic was born on July 15, 1934 at Rutherford, Tennessee. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force when he left the family farm after high school. Max served two tours at Bremerhaven, Germany with the 6913th RSM (1957-60 and 1963-66).

He completed his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Maryland while on active duty, and was proud of his 20 years of service as a civilian at the National Security Agency (NSA).

When he retired he moved to Stanardsville, VA where he worked with Stanardsville United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lillian "Betty" Vickery; son: Scot Vickery (Jennifer) of Severna Park, MD; daughter: Alicia "Lisa" Jacuzzo (Peter) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; grandchildren: Matthew Vickery and Melaney Vickery.

A memorial service will be held on September 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Stanardsville United Methodist Church; 25 Court Street; Stanardsville, VA 22973.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greene Alliance of Church/Community Efforts (GRACE) Inc.; PO Box 513; Stanardsville, VA 22973.


 

TURGEON, Donald E. 'Pidge' 'Old Don' 'The Legend'  79, - passed away on June 29, 2015 at Las Vegas, Nevada. Don was born on March 23, 1936 in Manchester, NH. He attended St. Marie's schools, and joined the U.S. Air Force, serving with the 6913th RSM at Bremerhaven, Germany from 1956-58 on Charlie Trick. After he returned to the States, he moved to St. Louis, MO to work for TWA. Looking for warmer weather, he moved his family to Las Vegas, NV.

Don retired from TWA after 35 years of service, and then worked part-time as a driver for Enterprise Car Rental for 16 years retiring again, due to illness.

Don enjoyed playing poker with the same group of guys for 40 years and often traveled together for drag racing (his passion).

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Janet, and two sons: Todd and Bob, as well as nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held on July 13 at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, NV.

Donations may be made to Nathan Adelson Hospice.

 

CROUT, Donald Gwynn 'Don' 83, - passed away on Thursday July 20, 2015 at Brightview Commons in Wakefield, Rhode Island. He had serious fall last year and broke his femur/hip, resulting in pins and a rod inserted into the length of his femur, and moved to rehab. He learned to walk again and his fracture healed nicely. He was moved into an assisted living apartment, but had another bout of anemia and another minor heart attack.

Don was born in Baltimore, Maryland and was married to Carol A. (Cerny) Crout for forty-three years, before she passed away in 2008.

Don served with the U.S. Air Force with the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1954-57 on Baker Flight and then later on Easy Flight.

Mr. Crout was a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, and earned  Bachelor of science and Master of Education Degrees from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He also pursued graduate studies at the State University of New York in Albany.

He loved jazz music and his collection of model trains, and firefighting apparatus. Always staying active, he also enjoyed camping and genealogical pursuits. Don was a member of the Sampson Air Force Base Veteran's Association; the 41st/6913th Radio Squadron Mobile (RSM); Camp Yawgoog Alumni Association; YMCA; the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Springfield Alumni Association. He was a former deacon and elder of the Edgewood Congregational Church of Cranston and a member of Greenwood Community Church Presbyterian, Warwick, RI.

He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America for over 60 years, serving in numerous volunteer and professional positions in Maryland, Germany, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. and retired as a Boy Scout executive. He received many Scouting awards: Scouter's Key, District Award of Merit, professional Circle and the Silver Beaver for "distinguished service to youth". He was also a former officer of the Rhode Island Association of Camps.

He was also a former college administrator, and served as an admissions officer at Springfield College and Ulster County Community College (NY) and a Dean of Students at Ulster Community College; Worcester Junior College (Mass) and Columbia-Greene Community College (NY). He also served as Executive Director of the Charlton School in New York State.

Don started on Hospice care for his chronic heart condition. His daughter-in-law, Kerri Costa, shared information that there would be a great Reunion in heaven as he is reunited with his wife Carol (she passed away in 2008). Kerri said Don was in good spirits and still cracking jokes and has a great attitude.

Don is survived by his son, Gregory P. Crout, and wife Kerri Costa and granddaughter Addyson of Wakefield, RI.  The world lost a great man today... truly a man of stellar values, a zest for life and strong conviction.

A 'Celebration of Life' is planned; committal service, with military honors, on Friday August 29 at 10:00 AM in the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery; 301 South County Trail; Exeter followed by a Memorial Service at 11:30 AM at Greenwood Community Church Presbyterian; Main Avenue; Warwick, RI.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Don's memory be made to: Narragansett Council BSA; P.O. Box 14777; 10 Risho Avenue; East Providence, RI 02914. www.narragansettbsa.org  or to Greenwood Community church Presbyterian; 805 Main Avenue; Warwick, RI 02886. Remembrances may be shared OnLine at: www.carpenterjenks.com

 

  REED, William P. 'Bill' 83, - passed away on July 16, 2015 at Lane Purcell Hospice House. He was born on June 10, 1932 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Saxton Liberty High School in 1950 he moved to Michigan and worked for Consumers Power Company.

Bill joined the U.S. Air Force in 1952 and served with the 6913th RSM on Baker Trick from 1954 to 1956 at Bremerhaven Germany.

Returning to the States, Bill resumed his career with Consumer Power Company where he worked for the next 37 years. While there, he attended Michigan State University (1957-63) and graduated with a degree in Personnel Management. Bill married Patricia 'Pat' Jean McPeek and they raised 3 children. Bill and Pat were avid golfers and bowlers and spent many hours donating their time to community service.

After retirement, they relocated to Orange Blossom Gardens in "The Villages" in Florida, where he became involved in politics and served as Town Commissioner and then Mayor of Lady Lake.

    

Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia Jean Reed; two sons: John William Reed (Mary) of Negaunee, Michigan; Jeff Reed of Hudson, Florida; and one daughter: Judith Lynn Rose (Randy) of Bridgman, Michigan; and grandchildren: Jessie Moore (Dan); Erin Sandberg-Reed, Bryan Rose, Kevin Rose; and great-grandchildren Madeline and Sophia Moore all from Michigan as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

Services will be held at North Lake Presbyterian Church; 975 Rolling Acres Road; Lady Lake, Florida on Thursday July 23 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to: Operation Homebound. Checks can be made out to North Lake Presbyterian Church with 'Operation Homebound' on the memo line. Mail to NLPC; 975 Rolling Acres Road; Lady Lake, Florida 32159

OnLine condolences may be left at:   www.beyersfuneralhome.com

 


FOWLER, Wilton L. 'Wes' 79, - passed away on Thursday June 4, 2015 at Brownsboro, Alabama. He had Progressive Superanuclear Palsy (a form of Parkinson's). Wes was born January 4, 1936.

Wes was stationed with the US Air Force at Bremerhaven, Germany with the 6913th RSM on Dog Trick from 1957 to 1960.

Wes is survived by his wife: Myrle McKinney fowler and a sister, Mamie Johnson of Mississippi.

                 No services are planned.
 

GAUTHIER, Earl 'Goke' 78, - of Harwinton, CT passed away on Tuesday March 10, 2015 at Charlotte Hungerford hospital.

Earl was born in Winchendon, MA on April 12, 1936. He had the nickname "Goke" during his high school years and throughout his 20-year Air Force career. He was stationed at Bremerhaven, Germany from 1955 to 1959 with the 6913 RSM on Able Flight. He retired in 1974 and moved to Harwinton to begin a second career in drilling and blasting. He retired at the age of 72.

Goke was an avid golfer and ball player, both in high school and the U.S. Air Force. when he retired he played with several local ball teams and was a faithful Red Sox and Patriots fan. He also enjoyed and was successful at fishing too.

    

Click HERE for more photos on his Personal Photo Album Webpage.

Earl is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty (Parks) Gauthier and children: Wendy (Keith) Gauthier, Christy Boulay, Robin (Jay) Reid and 4 grandchildren: Ashley Boulay, Amanda Boulay, Paige Reid, Jenna Trudi Gauithier and 2 great-grandchildren: Sharon Boulay and Robert Boulay; his brother Roger Gauthier and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation and a private Military Funeral will be held at East Cemetery in Harwinton, CT in the spring.

Memorials may be made, in Earl's memory, to: The Harwinton Ambulance; Burlington Road; Harwinton, CT 06791.

  
 

TAYLOR, Jerry L. 73, - passed away on Sunday February 8, 2015 at his home in Ellaville, Georgia. Jerry was born on April 16, 1941 in Columbus, GA.

He served in the U.S. Air Force at Bremerhaven, Germany from 1960-63 on Dog Flight in the RP Shop. he was a member of American Legion Post 191.

Jerry retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad where he worked as a Signal Foreman, Construction.

He was an avid fan of the University of Alabama Sports teams. 

Jerry is survived by his wife Sandi, son Lance Taylor and wife, Rebecca of Carrollton, GA; 2 grandchildren: Macie Taylor and Jeremiah Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Phoebe-Sumter Hospice; P.O. Box 1434; Americus, GA 31709 or Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes - Attention: Development Division; P.O. Box 1000; Stockbridge, GA 30281.


 

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