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1. Glenn, John D. Jr.  - (d. 12 January 2010) -  (B'Haven 1953-55)
2. ELSTON, Ken
'Snoopy' - (d. 12 January 2010) -  (B'Haven 1959-63)
3. BURGESS, Raymon Nance
'Ray' - (d. 02 January 2010) -  (B'Haven 1956-58)
4. Quigg, Albert H. -
(d. 07 February 2010) - ("A" - B'Haven 1956-60)

5. Peck, Neil - (d. 04 February 2010) -  ("C" - B'Haven 1961-63) 
6. Price, William M. Jr., 69 -
(d. 07 April 2010) -  ("B/A" - B'Haven 1960)                  
7. Hartwick, William L. Jr., 69 - (d. 22 June 2010) -  ("C" - B'Haven 1959-61)  -
Walsh, William J., 76 - (d. 02 August 2010) -  ("D" - B'Haven 1953-56)    
9. Pine, Conrad Gene, 77 - (d. 15 August 2010 ) -  ("A" - B'Haven 1953-56)
10. Hardin, Dr. Robert Joseph, 80 - (d. 16 August 2010) - ("B" - B'Haven 1952-55)
11. Stevenson, Benjamin 'Ben', 92 - (d. 03 October 2010) ("?" - B'Haven 1955-56)
12. Cullison, Mack - (d. 08 October 2010) - ("A" - B'Haven 1954-56)
13. ANTONIK, Carl M., 71 - (d. 24 October 2010) - ("A" - B'Haven 1960-62)
14. Stairs, Robert E. 'Step', 86 - 
(d. 19 February 2010) -  (B'Haven 1951-53) 

15. Mason, Willard L., 70 - (d. 05 Dec. 2010) -  (B'Haven 1959-63)
16. Kibler, William Lee
'Bill L.'
, 80 - (d. 12 October 2010) - ("A" - B'Haven 1952-54)
17. Derks, Cletus Gregory 'Duke' , 71 - (d. 27 April 2010) - ("D" - B'Haven 1962-65)
18. Geigel, Rev. Francis, 98 - (d. 29 April 2010) - ("Chaplain" - B'Haven 1953-55)
19. Alley, Stephen Blaine, 69 - (d. 23 Decemberl 2010) - ("Opns" - B'Haven 1962-64)

MASON, Willard 'Will' L., 70, of West Barstable, MA, died of complications due to cancer on Sunday December 5, 2010, at home. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Margrit Maria Luise (Rinke) Mason and their sons Reid of West Barnstable; Kevin L. and his wife Donna (Brabazon) Mason and their son Andrew of Medway; and Eric J. Mason and Alison Berry of New York.

Will was born and raised in Patchogue, Long Island, New York.

Will served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958-1979, attending Syracuse University, NY with your Webmaster, Ron, and also stationed with Ron at Bremerhaven, Germany from 1959-1963.

After completing his Air Force career, reaching the rank of Captain, he resided in Chelmsford, MA. He was a professor at Lesley College and Boston University and was a management consultant until moving to Cape Cod in 2000.Will was an accomplished distance runner in New England.

Burial will be private. A celebration of his life was held today, December 11th at Scargo Cafe in Dennis, MA. Memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.  Or at:

Condolences to Margrit and family on our Condolences WebPage.

ANTONIC, Carl M., 71, of State College, PA, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Born July 26, 1939, in Luzerne County, he was a son of the late John and Helen Fundalewicz Antonik.

One Sept. 21, 1963, he married Nancy Julia Kotz, who survives. He is also survived by three children, Carl Antonik, Jr. and his wife, Dena, of Navarre, Fla., Pat Antonik and her husband, Rick Webb, of Antioch, Ill., and John Antonik and his wife, Cindy, of Altoona; two sisters, Diane Shock and her husband, Joe, of Nanticoke, and Debbie Ent, of Wilkes-Barre; a brother, Leonard Antonik of Virginia; and six grandchildren.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant. He then worked for HRB for 10 years in Security Defense. Carl was Catholic by faith. He was a ham radio operator whose call signal was KC3PD. He loved photography, and golfed, bowled and painted. He enjoyed shooting. Carl attained his pilot's license at 18 years of age. He was a member of the State College American Legion Post #245 and an avid patriot.

KIBLER, William Lee 'Bill L.', 80, passed away on October 12, 2010. Bill is survived by his widow, Jessie L. (nee Murphy); and three children with his first wife, Janet (nee Cook); son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Sandy Kibler; daughter, Kathi Kibler; stepchildren, Mike and Angela Murphy of Herrin, IL,; and David and Donaa Murphy of Franklin, TN; grandchildren Chelsea and Johann Tang of Seattle; Jonathan and Amanda Kibler and Alexandra Kibler of Marion, IL.; stepgrandchildren Jesse, Johnny and Nick Murphy of Franklin, TN; SIUC student Gavin Murphy and Natalie Murphy of Herrin; two sisters, Betty Thomas and Olive Pavelonis of Harrisburg and as well as several nieces and nephews. Bill and Jessie (21 years of happiness) lived in Marion, Illinois where he is buried.

Bill was born January 20, 1930 in Harrisburg, IL to Harrison and Luetta (Mick) Kibler, and was active in all Harrisburg H.S. sports. He attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL before enlisting in the Air Force.

Bill Kibler served as a Morse intercept operator on "A" Trick at the 41st RSM at Bremerhaven, Germany from February 1952 to December 1954 (S/Sgt). He was very active in the Bremerhaven sports program, and was the coach of the 1953-'54 "A" Trick basketball team. He also played guard and forward (Jersey #5.) on the 1952-53 Squadron team which was crowned "B.P.E. Champs" that year.

Bill was instrumental in the development of Southern Illinois Power Co-op, and worked with Western Fuels Power Company and mine operation in Galatia, IL. He was also an independent businessman, owning and operating his own coal business. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Marion where he taught Sunday School and served on various committees. He was also a member of the Marion School Board and was an active booster of Marion Sports and also a little league coach.


CULLISON, Mack Duane, passed away on October 8, 2010. Mack is survived by his companion Mary Ellen of 6 years; his children: Butch, Mike, Julie, Jennifer, Jane, and Michelle; 13 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; 2 sisters; and 1 brother. -- Parker, Colorado.

HARDIN, Dr. Robert Joseph, 80, of Denton passed away Monday, August 16, 2010 at Presbyterian Hospital in Denton.

Dr. Hardin was born on December 18, 1929, in Ralls, Texas to J.B. and Mary Nell (Bryant) Hardin. He attended then North Texas State College (now University of North Texas), where he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in French. Upon graduation he received a Fulbright grant for study at the University of Pau in France.

While serving in the U.S. Air Force he studied Russian at the Monterey Language Institute in California. He received a Ph.D. in French at the University of Illinois, Urbana, after which he returned to Denton, where he taught French in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of North Texas from 1959 until his retirement in 1995.

Bob Hardin enlisted in the Air Force on 13 Jul 1951. After completing the Russian-language course presented at the Army Language School at Monterey, he began his tour of duty in Bremerhaven in mid/late 1952, working as a 203x0 on Baker Flight. He departed for CONUS and separation in mid June 1955.

Dr. Hardin is survived by many close friends including caregiver Don Vidrine, a colleague also retired from the Department of Languages and Literatures.. There will be no services. Bob was not married. He lived in Denton, Texas for most of his life.

Pine, Conrad Gene, 77 - (d. 15 August 2010 ) -  ("A" - B'Haven 1953-56)

Conrad Gene Pine, 77, of Paris, Illinois passed away at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, August 15, 2010 at his residence. He was retired after thirty-nine years with Illinois Cereal Mills.

He was born September 15, 1932 in Edgar County, Illinois. He married Ruth Craig on November 22, 1956 in Paris, Illinois and she survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Debi Pine of Paris, Illinois; a son, Keith (Tammy) Pine of Avon, Indiana; four grandchildren, Matt (Sarah) Silverman, Shawn Pine, Tabitha Pine, and Holly Hollingsworth; a great-grandson, Brayden Lee Hollingsworth; in-laws, Katherine Camp, Ray and Wreatha Craig, Lois and Jim Bogle, Wayne and Kathy Craig, and Susie Jones; and his faithful dogs, Jake and Bear. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Pine and Louise Jewell; a sister-in-law, Lucille Craig; and his mother-in-law, Florence Craig.

Mr. Pine was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Connie loved the outdoors, camping, and mushroom hunting. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

HARTWICK, William L. Jr. 'Bill', age 69, of Billerica, MA, died tuesday June 22, 2010 at Cambridge Hospital after a long illness. 
He was born January 9, 1941 in Passaic, NJ, the son of Emeline E. (Post)        Hartwick of Hyde Park and the late William L. Hartwick Sr., and lived in Dorchester before moving to Billerica in 1968. He spent his summers at Saquish Beach.

Mr. Hartwick served in the Air Force in the 6913th RSM, Charlie Flight (1958-1961) at Bremerhaven, Germany.

He was employed at the Boston Naval Ship Yard and had retired as a Marine Engineer from Supship Boston 19 years ago.

He is survived by his wife, his mother, and his son, William C. Hartwick of Hudson, NH, his brother Kenneth Hartwick of Clinton, CT; his sister Sharon Vilkras of Marshfield and his grandchildren Bryan and Brad Hartwick.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gurnet-Saquish Association; c/o Joyce Durnin; 804 Orchard Ct.; Middleboro, MA 02346.

GEIGEL, Rev. Francis, 98, of Wabeno, Wisconsin passed away on April 29, 2010. Father Geigel was born February 6, 1912 in Saint Nazianz, Wisconsin and was ordained on May 28, 1938.

In 1942 he began serving as a Chaplain in the United States Army. Rev. Geigel, assigned to the 7011th Personnel Support Squadron and served as the Catholic Chaplain for all U.s. military personnel assigned to units based at the Bremerhaven Port of Embarcation (BPOE). He arrived in Bremerhaven in 1953 and departed in 1955 when he began an assignment as Chaplain at Smoky Hill AFB (renamed Schilling AFB in 1957) in Salina Kansas.

After his 1962 retirement from the Air Force as Lt. Colonel, he lived in Wisconsin and served Catholic parishes at Marinette, Wabeno and Goodman.

He retired from priesthood in 1979.

He was buried with military honors at Wabeno, WI.

DERKS, Cletus Gregory 'Duke',71 passed away on April 27, 2010. Mack is survived by his partner Bob Sabatini, his 2 sons: Mark and his wife Kathy; Mike and his wife Shari; 4 grandchildren: Brendan, Alexa, Jacob and Justin; and the mother of his children and loved one, Pat, all residing in the Seattle area and siblings: Dolly Ciemiega in St. Joe, MO; Mary Ann Meyer in Stanberry, MO; Rita Wallace in Mesa, AZ; Alfred Derks in Great Falls, MT; Father Joel Derks in Conception, MO; Irvin Derks in Valier, MT; Wilfred 'Ted' Derks in Maryville, MO; Dianne Wilmes in Strasburg, CO: Chris Derks in Arvada, CO; and Tina Wendle in Ravenwood, MO.

Duke began his  tour at Bremerhaven in 1962 as a radioprinter intercept operator. He was a member of the 1963-64 Vikings basketball team and the-63-65 volleyball teams.

After separating from the Air Force, he set up a real estate development enterprise in Seattle, and retired in 2001. Duke and his wife Patricia (Hoffman) raised two sons: Mark Andrew and Michael Anthony (both born in Bremerhaven). They divorced in the late 1970s, and he and Bob Sabatini became life partners.

STAIRS, Robert E. 'Step' 86, passed away on February 19, 2010. Lt. Col. Robert E. Stairs, Ret. USAF has been a resident of Pensacola for over 60 yearws. He was a pilot in the USAF, and served during WWII. until his retirement. While in the service, he was stationed with his family overseas and all over the United States until retiring in Pensacola. He worked for Taylor Hardware after he retired, attended Grace Lutheran Church with his wife and attended their Sunday School Classes. He loved to play golf and reading to keep up with current events. His passions included traveling with his family.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Jean Husted Stairs in 1991. He re-married and was preceded in death by his second wife Barbara Keim Stairs in 1908. One son, Robert Preston Stairs also preceded him.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Stairs; daughter-in-law Karen Stairs of Wichita, KS; 3 grandchildren: Michaela Jean Stairs, Santiago William Stairs and Mandy Stairs.

Capt. Robert Stairs was a member of the original cadre of the 42st RSM as it was formed at Brooks AFB, Texas in 1951, arriving in Bremerhaven on December 11, 1951, and served as RDF Officer, and later as Charlie Trick Commander.

BURGESS, Raymon Nance 'Ray', age 73, of Charlotte, NC, died Saturday, January 2, 2010 at his home.

He was born on February 26, 1936 in Lancaster County, South Carolina, the son of the late George Nance Burgess and the Late Ruth Clementine Helms Burgess.

Raymon is survived by his wife, Doris Ann Broome Burgess of Charlotte, NC; one son Jeffrey Raymon Burgess and wife Mandy of Charlotte, NC; one brother Marvin L. Burgess of Wilmington, NC; one sister, Mrs. Donnie B. Haigler and husband Don of Sunset Beach, NC; also several nieces and nephews.

Kenneth Dean Elston, 69, AUGUSTA, GA     Ken's Photo Album

Entered into rest Tuesday, January 12, 2010, Mr. Kenneth Dean Elston, 69, husband of Renate Elston was a native of Spencer, IA. After high school he served in the U.S. Air Force for 8 years, (Bremerhaven from 1959-1963).

He then spent 12 years in the U.S. Army retiring in the rank of Major. He worked at Savannah River Site for several years. Mr. Elston was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church.

He is best known as a loving father and husband who enjoyed the outdoors and living by Lake Thurmond. Family members in addition to his wife include his daughters: Tanya Burnette (Larry) of Atlanta, Stefanie Newhall ( David) of Augusta; brothers: Theodore Elston, David Elston, Richard Elston; and sister: Julie Elston.

Memorials may be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 4232 Evans to Locks Road, Evans, GA 30809, or Columbia County Cares, Appling Harlem Highway, Appling, GA 30802.

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