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ROGERS, James 'Rip', 77 - passed away on December 28, 2012 at Florida Hospital Deland. A native of Deland, Rip lived here all is life except for a tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force where he served with the 6913th RSM at Bremerhaven, Germany on "C" Flight from 1955-1958.

He later attended Stetson University and continued his studies at the University of Florida Law School.

Rip worked as an attorney for the Public Defender for 25 years before going into private practice.

He was an avid golfer and an accomplished motorcyclist, which became his passion as he traveled to the four corners of the United States for a month in 2001, when he was 65.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years: Claudia (Fishburne), who unfortunately, just 6 days later, on January 3, 2013, also passed away (see her obituary below). Rip is also survived by his step-daughter: Connie Moran; niece: Valerie Fishbourne; cousins: Alexandra Hess, Shirley Scarlett, Jodi Elizabeth Long, Courtney Storm Moriarty, Michael Dougherty and Marshall Dougherty, Jr.

Memorials may be made in Jim's name to: Journey's End Animal Sanctuary; P.O. Box 220163; Glenwood, FL 32722, or West Volusia Humane Society; 800 Humane Society Road; Deland, FL 32720.

ROGERS, Claudia (Fishburne) 78, passed away on January 3, 2013 in Deland, Florida.

Both Jim and Claudia were long-time Deland residents, and a double funeral service was held on Saturday January 5, 2013.

Mrs. Rogers was born on August 26, 1934 in Miami, Florida. She was a political science major at the University of Florida in Gainesville where she worked in office management in the medical field and also a legal secretary for the Volusia County Attorney's Office.

She was an avid writer, gardener and animal lover. She enjoyed the Arts and acting with the "Shoestring Theater", where she met her husband, Jim.

She enjoyed time with her family and friends and was known for her calm and uplifting manner and her humor and warm smiles.

She is survived by her daughter: Connie Moran of Ocean Springs, MS; granddaughter Anna Magdeleine Henry, 7 great-nephews and nieces, and a brother: Charles W. Fishburne.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be considered to: The Diabetes Research Institute: or





1. HOKHOLD, Stephen T. Jr. 'Steve', 76 - (d. 03 February 2012) - 'Maint.' -  (B'Haven 1957-60) - Obituary
2. GARCIA, John Herbert, 74 - (d. 02 March 2012) - 'A' -  (B'Haven 1957-61) - Obituary
3. KOWALSKI, John, 75 - (d. 21 July 2012) - 'D' -  (B'Haven 1955-58) - Obituary
4. DURANTE, Peter G. 77 - (d. 25 February 2012) - 'A/Easy' -  (B'Haven 1957-67) - Obituary
5. STUMP, Arthur L. "Big Red", 83 - (d.17 July  2012) - 'D' -  (B'Haven 1952-54) - Obituary
6. WORTHINGTON, Kenneth Eldon, 81 - (d.13 September 2012) - 'Df/Opns' -  (B'Haven 1951-54) - Obituary
7. JENKINS, Robert E. Sr., 84 - (d. 09 May 2012) - 'A' -  (B'Haven 1950-57) - Obituary
8. TURI, Edward J. 'Ed'., 73 - (d. 24 December 2012) - 'A/D' -  (B'Haven 1959-62) - Obituary
9. BALES, Eugene 'Red', 80 - (d. 23 March  2012) - '41st RSM/Supply' -  (B'Haven 1953-55) - Obituary
10. HUNT, Roger E. 'Tank', - 72, (d. 29 April 2012) - 'D' -  (B'Haven 1961-64) - Obituary
11. Zwickert, John J. (d. 08 March 2012) - 'D' -  (B'Haven 1961-64) - Obituary
12. POOLE, Fred A. Jr. 80 - (d. 12 December  2012) - 'D' -  (B'Haven 1955-58) - Obituary
13. WOLF, James Lawrence (d. 30 June  2012) - 'A' -  (B'Haven 1955-58) -
13. TIDWELL, Leon Cyrel, 82 (d. 4 March  2012) - 'B' -  (B'Haven 1955-58) -

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 TIDWELL, Leon Cyrel, 82
, - of Nashville, Tennessee, passed away on March 4, 2012.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 33 years: Margarette Lynn Tidwell and daughter: Deborah Lee Morris.

Tidwell served in the U.S. Air Force at Bremerhaven, with the 6913th RSM on Baker Trick from 1957-60. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, and an avid golfer.

He was a member of Smith Springs Baptist Church.

He is survived by daughters: Donna (Larry) Abernathy of Pelham, Alabama and Diane (Joseph) Kronk of Nashville, TN; twin brother Leechy (Jean) Harold Tidwell of Prescott Valley, Arizona; grandchildren: Ashley and Eric Chastain, Chris and Eddie Morris and great grandchild: Maddox Land

Memorials may be made to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

 POOLE, Fred A. Jr. 80
, - of Hartford, WI passed away on December 10, 2012 at the Kathy Hospice in the town of Polk, WI.

He was born on July 31, 1932 in New London, WI.

Fred served in the U.S. Air Force at Bremerhaven on Dog Trick from 1955-58. After 22 years, he retired as a T/Sgt.

A family graveside service with military honors was held at Floral Hill Cemetery in New London.

 ZWICKERT, John Joseph Jr., 6
9, - passed away on March 8, 2012 at the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born January 2, 1943.

He served in the U.S. Air Force with the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany on Dog Flight from 1961-64.

John is survived by his wife, Judy Zwickert of Missouri, and his son Michael John Zwickert, from John's first wife Monika from Germany, and Michael's wife Gretchen and their children Andrew and Heidi.

HUNT, Roger 'Tank' E., 72  - passed away on April 29, 2012 at Hazelton, Pennsylvania. He was born in Bridgeport, Illinois, and graduated in 1958 from Batesville High School in Batesville, Indiana.

In high school he was an honor student, a varsity player in basketball, football and baseball, and was an all-conference full back in football. He attended the University of Cincinnati and Indiana University while he was in the Air Force.

He was stationed in Bremerhaven, Germany with the 6913th RSM on Dog Trick as a voice intercept operator from 1961-64.

He played on many of the sports teams at Bremerhaven (softball, football, basketball).  He also was a member (pitcher) of the squadron-level softball team in 1961.

Roger was a manager of Skate Odyssey. He was an accomplished painter/artist.

Surviving are his wife of 10 years, Sympia Hunt; sons: Scot, Christ and Matthew; stepsons: Jody, Jason, Jeremy, Joshua and Teo; grandchildren: Olivia, Breanna, Tanner and Max; brother Mick Hunt, and sister Patty Goldschmidt.


 BALES, Elwynn Eugene 'Gene' 'Red', 80
, - passed away on March 23, 2012 at the Riverview Manor in Oxford, Kansas. Gene was born on January 24, 1932 in Rome, Kansas. He was a 1950 graduate of Wellington High School, and at the age of 14 he began working for the railroad.

Red served both at Brooks AFB and in the 41st RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany as a member of the Supply Records Section under Capt. Berumen (1953-1955), and married a fraulein from Bremerhaven.

He was also a member of the first drum and bugle corps. Gene remained in the active reserves and spent some time in Korea.

Red was called back to military service during the Korean war and later retired from both the Air Guard and 49 years of service with the railroad.

He loved to tell jokes and also enjoyed animals.

Red's good friend, Dick Moore, describes Red as a fun guy to be around, and was one of the first to introduce cowboy clothes to Bremerhaven. Immediately on approval to wear civvies in town, Red had a complete outfit including boots sent to him. Dick and Red headed down to the Odeon Bar, and got a lot of attention. (Dick, said he wished he had stayed home that night).

Another good friend, Stan McCartney, tells the story of a night he and Red were 'out on the town' in Bremerhaven, when Red turned a bockwurst stand into a drive-in by pulling up on the sidewalk and rolling down the car window and placing his order. A couple of policemen stopped to see what was going on and Red gave them a few marks and directed them to "the best beer joint" in the area. They were happy and left and we avoided checking out the inside of the Bremerhaven jail.

He is survived by his son Mark Bales and wife Christy of Wellington; and grandchildren: Blake Bales and Lauren Bales of Wellington. His ex-wife, Erika C. Bales passed away in 2007.

A memorial has been established with the Wellington Humane Society or the Tom Schwinn American Legion Post of Wellington, Kansas.

 TURI, Edward J. 'Ed' 73, - passed away on December 24, 2012 in his apartment in Middletown, New York. He was found by his friend Scott. Ed died of cardio-pulmonary arrest, congestive heart failure and long term coronary artery disease.

Ed joined the Air Force and served with the 6913th RSM at Bremerhaven, Germany from 1959-1962. He took a year off and re-enlisted and retired after twenty years of service in 1980. He was stationed at Lackland AFB; Keesler AFB; Travis AFB; Sembach Air Base in Germany; Johnson Island in the Pacific Kaiserslautern, Germany and others. He served as an Automatic Tracking Radar Technician and Morse Systems Operator in the Air Force.

He earned several medals and h onors over his 20 years: Good Conduct Medal with 4 bronze loops; Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon; Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters; Air Force Outstanding Unite Award with 2 Devices; Army Occupational Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

After retiring he spent a lot of time with his son Kevin. Both enjoyed baseball and NASCAR. They also traveled to many places across the country where Kevin successfully participate the Special Olympics.

A very special eulogy was written by his brother, Steve and may be viewed at:   gifs-2Mem/Turi-Eulogy.doc

 ROGERS, James 'Rip' 77
, - passed away on December 28, 2012 in Deland, Florida.

His obituary is listed above, as his wife, Claudia, died just 6 days later in January, 2013.


JENKINS, Robert E., 84 (S/Sgt) passed away on May 9, 2012 in Bonifay, Florida. Mr. Jenkins was born October 3, 1927 in Port St. Joe, Florida.

Bob served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Bremerhaven, Germany. He was a Mission Supervisor on Able flight in 1955. He also served in Bremerhaven in 1952-53. Other tours of duty include Darmstadt, Germany, and a Squadron in Alaska, as well as Korea and Vietnam..

S/Sgt Jenkins was an assistant coach under Sgt. Boyd Carnahan's Able Flight sports teams.

Bob was the owner and operator of a fishing equipment and boat store in Bonifay, Florida for many years before he retired. He was also an avid fisherman. He was a victim of Alzheimer's and had been in a nursing home for about 3 years.

He is survived by his wife Betty Jean (Miller) Jenkins of Bonifay; and two sons: Bob Jenkins, Jr. of Ocean Springs, MS, and Jeff Jenkins and wife Kim of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; a daughter: Sandy Brannon and husband, Mitchell of Gulf Breeze, FL; one brother: Tom Jenkins and two sisters: Velma Stubbs and Thelma Hartsfield of Tallahassee; four grandchildren: Amy Jenkins, Josh Jenkins, Justin Jenkins and Zach Brannon and one great-grandchild: Carter Sky Fazzio.

Memorial contributions may be given to First Baptist Church; 311 North Waukesha Street; Bonifay, FL 32425 or Alzheimer's Association (, P.O. Box 96011; Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.

WORTHINGTON, Kenneth Eldon, 81, passed away at his home on September 13, 2012 in Lexington, Missouri.  He was born on September 18, 1930 in Longdale, Oklahoma, and spent his youth in Oklahoma and Kansas where he graduated from Girard High School.

Ken served in the US Air Force with the 41st/6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1951 to 1954, and then entered Pittsburg State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. His career was spent in the aerospace industry working for Boeing Company, where he helped develop the Saturn V Stage I Booster Rocket which was used to launch the manned Apollo missions.

He worked for Chrysler and later Martin Marietta Corporation (now Lockheed Martin) where he helped to develop the external tank for the Space Shuttle.

Ken was active in his community while living in Slidell, Louisiana and served as president of Slidell Little Theatre and won three acting awards and two directing awards. He also helped found the Slidell Art Association.

Active in the Lexington, MO community, Ken planned and organized planting of the downtown Lexington flower barrels; was instrumental in obtaining the period benches and trash containers downtown, as well as the period streetlights.He was chairman of the Lexington Pride program which offers low-interest loans to refurbish facades on downtown buildings, and served as President of the Lexington Parks and Recreation Board.

Ken was a member of the Lexington United Methodist Church, past president of the Anderson House foundation and the Lexington Community Betterment Association. He served on the board of directors of Boatmen's Bank, Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Machpelah Cemetery Board and was a member of the Lexington Rotary Club, Lexington Methodist Men and Lexington Historical Association.

He reorganized and obtained a new charter for the Lafayette County Red Cross Chapter, and was selected Chapter Manager of the Year for the state of Missouri by the American Red Cross in 1993.He was a charter member of the Live In Lexington Concert Series, and a member of the American Legion Post 60.

He is survived by his wife Susan (Shea) Worthington; three sons: Gregory Joseph Worthington, Bradley Daniel Worthington and wife, Tami; Paul Riley Worthington and wife Laura; one daughter: Roberta Kena Fanoele and husband Mark; two step children: Sheila Shea Chimento and husband Jim and Dennis Kendall Hinman and wife Lorrie. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren 3 great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren and a brother George William Cross and wife Kay.

STUMP, Arthur Lee, "Big Red" 83, passed away on July 17, 2012 in Wytheville, Virginia.

Art was a member of the Wytheville Baptist Church. He served in the US Air Force with the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany, on Dog Flight from 1952-1954. Art retired from EXXON Corporation.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian Miller Stump of Wytheville; daughters: Sandra Stump, Beth Stump (both of Roanoke, VA); son and daughter-in-law: Arthur Lee and Lee Ann Stump of Sevierville, TN; sister: Libby Ward of Zanesville, OH; brother Garland Stump of Dunedin, FL. Grandchildren: Alysa Stump, Kristen Stump and Lauren Stump.


DURANTE, Peter G. "Pete",  77, passed away at home on February 25, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born February 22, 1935 in Jersey City, NJ and served in the US Air Force for over 20 years, including a tour of duty during the Vietnam War. He also served with the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1957 to 1967, and retired as a Master Sergeant.

Peter moved to Jacksonville, FL in 1982 and founded Central Credit Services in 1987 where he was CEO and President.

He was an active parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. He loved golfing and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years: Kathy; children: Peter, Jeff, Joe, Joy and Michael; grandchildren: Rachel, Sarah D., Jessica, Sarah K., April, Angela, Peter, Jacob and Phillip; great-grandchildren: Noah, Lily, Jordan and Madisyn; sisters: Angela and Phyllis; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his first wife of 42 years: Marie.

Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project; 4899 Belfort Rd, Ste. 300; Jacksonville, FL 32256. 

KOWALSKI, John, 75, passed away at home on July 23, 2012 in Barnegat, NJ. He was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and served in the US Air Force with the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1955 to 1958. John was a Korean War veteran and a member of the American Legion Post # 471 in Iselin, NJ.

Predeceased by his wife Ingrid A. (Seefuss), he is survived by 2 sons: John, Michael and his partner Ray; 2 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; a brother: Harry and wife Cathy; a sister Maryjane and her husband Guy Nemara.

Entombment was at St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia, NJ

GARCIA, John Herbert 74, 'Steve', of Ludington, Michigan passed away on March 2, 2012. He was born on May 3, 1937, and attended Trinity Seminary in Chicago and Syracuse University in New York. He later received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Central Michigan University.

In 1957 John enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served at Bremerhaven, Germany with the AF Security Service unit 6913th RSM until 1961.

John's work experience included many years of social work and teaching throughout the state of Michigan, before his retirement. He also volunteered often with a number of organizations and his church.

John was a true Renaissance man who enjoyed the solitude of a trout stream, a Faulkner novel, a hunter, specialist in mushrooming, a sometimes-poet, part-time guitarist, one-time painter and full-time chef.

He is survived by his children: Maria (Craig) Bryson, John Garcia (Amy) , Steve Garcia (Karen) Karen Garcia and Emily Garcia, and several grandchildren: Mitchell Arnold, Alyse Arnold, Maxwell Bryson, Solana Bryson and Soren Garcia, one niece: Polly (Larry) McKillop; nephews: Barry (Julie) and Thomas (Naoka) Sherlock, sisters: Ruth Bogus of Kingwood, TX; Mary (Bill) Sherlock of Zephyrhills, FL and Cara Garcia of Los Angeles.

No Services were requested by John.

HOKHOLD, Stephen T. Jr., 76, 'Steve', of West Palm Beach, FL passed away on February 3, 2012. He was born on October 26, 1935 in Manhattan, New York City, NY.

In 1956 Steve enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served at Scott AFB as a radio operator before transferring to Bremerhaven, Germany with the AF Security Services unit 6913th RSM until 1960. He met and married his wife Silvia Beate Pohl while in Bremerhaven.

After he left the Air Force he worked as an Electronics Engineer for Grumman Corporation for over 33 years. (In the 1960s, he worked on the Apollo Lunar Module program and later on the F-14 program.)

He is survived by his second wife Anna T. Hokhold, sons: Stephen Hokhold, Mark Hokhold, Scott Hokhold and grandson: Stephen T. Hokhold IV.

Stephen will be interned at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, NY.


SKRUCH, John G.,
74, of Forest Hill passed away on April 26, 2011.

John served with the U.S. Air Force in Bremerhaven, Germany on Charlie Flight from 1957-59.

John is survived by his daughters: Donna M. O'Brien (Kevin), Mary A. Cannon and Laura Peterson (William) and 6 grandchildren. His wife, A. Diane Skruch preceded him in death.

Cremation services and a Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Margaret's Catholic Church; Interment at Bel Air Memorial Gardens.

RIDENOUR, Richard Z., 73, 'Dick', of Hagerstown, Maryland passed away on October 17, 2011 at the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Dick was born on September 21, 1938 in Hagerstown, and served in the United States Air Force on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska in 1957. And then with the 6913th RSM at Bremerhaven, Germany on Able  Flight from 1958-1960.

Leaving the Air Force, He worked in the sales and service department at Shank Surge in Hagerstown, and previously was a plumber with Fridinger and Ritchie, also in Hagerstown.

Richard was a member of the Hagerstown Bible Church as well as the North American Rod and Gun Club. He was preceded in death by his wife Norma J. (Carbaugh) Ridenour.

Survivors include his daughter, Tanya Ridenour-ten Hoope and husband Henk of Hagerstown; two sisters: Diane E. McDaid of Hagerstown; Linda C. Mikus of Keedysville and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Richard's name to Hagerstown Bible Church, 203 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

SCHWENSOHN, Herbert Roger "Herb" "Roger", 77 passed away on November 23, 2011 in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area.

S/Sgt Schwensohn enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served at several USAFSS units for about 15 years, including Chicksands, England; Anchorage, Alaska; and San Antonio, Texas before a health condition ended his military career early. Herb served with the 6913th RSM at Bremerhaven, Germany and was assigned to the Morse Section of Charlie Flight from 1956-1959.

He also worked for the Corps of Engineers in the Dakotas; for the Air force at the SAC BAse in Grand Forks, North Dakota and for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Minneapolis, MN.

Herb is survived by his wife Brenda and son Carl.

HANOUSEK, William 'Bill', 82, passed away on December 21,  2011. He was born on August 23, 1928 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and attended St. Thomas military Academy and also the University of Notre Dame. He attended the University of Minnesota where he met his future wife: Gladys.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1962 where he served in Topeka, Kansas for two years. Bill married Gladys in 1954 and they were transferred to Bremerhaven, Germany where he served in the 7011th Personnel Processing Squadron until 1955. They traveled extensively in Europe.

Returning to the USA, they settled at Palm Desert, California where he worked as a building superintendent. He also built the Pavilion Lodge Hotel on Catalina Island.

In 1958 he purchased Poolquip and in 1963 started Master Pools & Spas. He was also a founding member of the Master Pools Guild.

Bill is survived by his wife Gladys of Palm Desert, CA; sons: Bill Hanousek (Bobbie) of La Quinta, CA; Jim Hanousek (Kristi) of LaQuinta, CA; Steve Hanousek (Linda) of Indio, CA; sister, Jean Hanousek Martin of Palm Desert and four grandsons: James, Chad, Robert and Austin.

Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church; 43-775 Deep Canyon Rd.; Palm Desert, CA 92260 on Tuesday, January 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations made to the following charities: Martha's Village & Kitchen and the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission of Indio.

MURNIN, John Joseph, 82, passed away on December 16, 2011, with his wife of 31 years, Darlene, by his side. John had pancreatic cancer for the past year, and died at the Incarnate Word Residence Home.

He was born on May 12, 1929 in Moberly, Missouri and raised in Mexico, Missouri. (He was a thrifty child of the Depression). He was educated in Mexico, MO where he was an altar boy and an Eagle Scout. He received his degree in electrical engineering from St. Louis University and joined the Air Force. He rose through the ranks from 2nd Lt. to retire as a Lt. Colonel.

His international travels began in Korea, where he assisted a Catholic priest in organizing a home for abandoned boys from Seoul. John and a group of Air Force officers built an orphanage home for the boys and supported and maintained contact with this orphanage until he died. He also was stationed in England, Ohio, Maryland, Washington D.C., Illinois and Texas.

John served at Bremerhaven, Germany on Dog Flight from 1955-58. While in Germany, he and his wife adopted a child. In the 1970s he was stationed at a radar research facility on the east coast of England. After it closed, John stayed on until each one of his crew members found jobs or appointments either civilian or military.

After his military retirement, he worked as a project manager and Clerk of the Words for the Lytle, TX School District under a federal grant to build an elementary school.

He also volunteered for the Bexar County Democratic Party creating a lively and functional Democrat headquarters for four years.

John also supported many charities (including Common Cause) and civil rights organizations with his generosity of time and money.

John is survived by his wife, Darlene Clements Murnin; his children: Wendy Sanders (Weege), Brendan Murnin (Terri), Patrick Murnin (Irene), Julie Bartlett (Bob) and Crissie Murnin; and step-children Jim and Patricia Clements.

Visitation December 26 at 6 PM; Rosary at 7PM at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church; 600 Oblate. Funeral Mass is Tuesday December 27 at 10:00 AM at Blessed Sacrament and burial at Fort Sam Houston national Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to a charity of your choice.

BENNER, George Louis 77, passed away on 25 October 2011 in Sun City West, Arizona. Born in Hastings, Nebraska, George was the son of Louis and Darlene Benner.

George served as a Traffic Analyst (202) in the T/A Section of the Operations Division. Easy Flight of the 41st RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1954-1955, working straight swings.

Leaving Bremerhaven, he earned his college degree at Hastings College and then worked for Northern Natural Gas in Omaha, and some of its subsidiaries. George became a Master Mason in the Hastings Lodge A.F. & A.M. in 1961.

He retired in 1985, as the Manager of Internal Audit, and selected Sun City West, Arizona as his retirement home in 1987, where he enjoyed golf, silver-crafting, and lapidary with his friends over the years.

In 1992 he became involved in lapidary and in the Toy-ki Silvercraft Club in Sun City West, Arizona. He later learned Intarsia (An art or technique of decorating a surface with inlaid patterns, especially of wood mosaic), and made several pieces:


He also taught other members of the Johnson Lapidary Club all about Itarsia. George won several blue ribbons at the Arizona State Fair for his lapidary arts, as well as the Martin Koning Award Outstanding Lapidary Exhibit. He was also recognized by Rock and Gem magazine as Craftsman of the Month.

Mr. Benner is survived by his daughter and son-in-law: Colleen and Kelvin Moore; son, Ron Benner; sister; Jean Hurst; nephews: Jim and David Hurst: Niece Ellen Caldwell; close friend: Fran Grice, and many friends whose lives he touched along his journey.

Donations may be made, in his memory, to the Shriners Hospitals for Children: or the American Cancer Society:

SMITH, John Lattie 'Smitty', 72, passed away in Dallas, Texas on 06 October, 2011. Some remember another nickname: "Burger-Meister Schmidt".

He was born in Winters, Texas on January 2, 1939.

Smitty served in the U.S. Air Force Security Service, 6913th RSM as a Morse operator on Charlie flight in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1962-64. He also served on Easy and Able. Prior to arriving in Bremerhaven in 1961, he served as a Morse operator in Turkey.

He married Hannelore in Bremerhaven in 1964 and left the USAF in 1968. His wife died a few years ago...

After his tour in the Air Force, John worked for a year at Vought Aircraft Company, and following a layoff went to work for Southwest Bell Telephone/AT&T from which he retired.

He is survived by his son: Michael Smith and wife Lee; Granddaughter Savannah Wood; Great-Granddaughter Haven Thomas; 1 sister, Margaret Smith and Step-Mother Ruby Smith.

Visitation (2:00-2:30 PM) - Funeral 3:00 PM- Saturday October 15, 2011 - Restland Funeral Home; 13005 Greenville Avel; Dallas, TX


John, Rick Kozik and Gabriel Babin

3 friends whose wives were all from Bremerhaven:

HEISLER, Dale P., 68, passed away on 02 October, 2011 at La Porte, Indiana. He was born on August 4, 1943 in Michigan City, Indiana.

Mr. Heisler was employed as a foreman for Bethlehem Steel corporation for over 35 years until his retirement in 2000.

He served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Bremerhaven, Germany with the 6813th R.S.M. on Baker Flight from 1962 to 1964. He married Edith M. Heesemann in Michigan City, IN on July 10, 1965.

Dale is survived by his wife Edith, and two sons: Troy (Nancy) Heisler of Savannah, TN and Michael (Stephanie) Heisler of Michigan City; four grandchildren and one brother: Richard Heisler of Michigan City.

There were no services and cremation is planned. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38051.

Good Friends joining the Air Force together....                   Air Force Tech School (1962)Graduation...

SHIELDS, Gerald Joseph Sr. ' Jerry' 'Jake' 78, passed away on 06 September 2011 at Metairie, Louisiana.

Gerald was a Veteran of the Korean War and also served with the 41st RSM in the United States Air Force Security Service on Baker flight in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1953-56.

He was the Grand Knight of Marion Council 3923 and an Honorary Life Member.

Mr. Shields is survived by his wife, Idalmi and sons: Gerald J. Shields, Jr. (wife, Guili), Alexander P. Shields (wife Zenaida) and Derek R. Shields, two sisters: Patricia Miller DiGeorge, and Jane Weisfeld Furse, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to St. Francis Animal Sanctuary; Attn: Pam Perez,; #97 Obed Magee Rd; Tylertown, MS 39667.

HAGLE, Willis Robert 'Bill' 66, passed away on 12 August  2011 in Pittsburg, California. Bill was born in Gary, Indiana. After graduating from Lowell High School he worked as a disc jockey for a short time before joining the Air Force in 1965.

Bill served as a Morse Intercept Operator on Dog Flight of the 6913th in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1965-1967 when the 6913th was deactivated. He continued to serve at Bremerhaven with the newly activated Detachment of the 6950th Security Wing, which replaced the 6913th. He served as advisor to Navy personnel from July 1967 until he lost his security clearance in 1968 when he married a local Bremerhavener. His last duty was at Carswell AFB, Fort Worth, Texas.

After the service Bill worked for the FBI until his retirement in 2002 after 33 years.

He enjoyed sports at Bremerhaven, and was on the flag football team and the 1966 Squadron-level softball team. After the service he played softball, basketball, the ponies, golf, traveling, music and theater, and he was an avid Giants and Forty Niner fan.

His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Mary, and their 6 daughters: Sylvia (Grant) Spilman, Andrea (Ken) Caton, Patricia (David) Pilkington, Danielle (Ben) Wright, Kristine (Jeff) Shankle, Valerie (David) Smith; 14 grandchildren: Jeffrey Jr., Morgan, Brittany, Kasey, Kylie, Kayla, Ryan, Emily, Caitlin, Jack, Kellie, Daniel, Julia and Calvin.

He also leaves his siblings: George (Connie), Patricia (Kenny), Sandra (Jack), Darlene, Shirley (Louie); and 12 nieces and nephews.

He touched many lives with his strength and courage, his patience and compassion, his optimism and humor. No matter what life dealt him he remained strong in his faith. Friends and family remember his smile, his 'thumbs up', and his whispered 'I love you'.

Private interment was held at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery with Military Honors and donations may be made in his memory to the John Muir Pulmonary Rehab Program; 2720 Grant St.; Concord, CA or to the charity of your choice.


ELLINGSON, James Albert 'Eli' 72, passed away on 28 August, 2011 at his home in Wylie Texas. He was born in San Francisco, CA on July 27, 1939.

Jim was stationed at Bremerhaven, Germany from 1959 to 1963 where he served his country in the United States Air Force Security Service as a 202 Analyst on Charlie flight.

After earning a B.A. Degree, Jim spent over 25 years in the banking industry as a Loan Manager at Bank of America and a Vice President at Bank One.

James married Elizabeth Conrad Green on April 4, 1984 in Paducah, KY and lived in the Plano and Wylie, Texas area for the past 20 years. Jim was a member of the Presbyterian Church and enjoyed golf, bridge and various sports.

Mr. Ellingson is survived by his wife, Liz Ellingson of Wylie, TX, sister Gloria Thomas of Willits, CA and brother Donald Ellingson of Lincoln, CA.

MACKLEY, Arthur E. 75, passed away on 2 August 2011 in Deer River, Minnesota. Art was born on 01 September 1935 in Grand Rapids, MN, and was raised in Suomi, MN. He graduated from Deer River H.S. in 1953, and joined the Air Force in 1954.

Art was assigned to Charlie Flight of the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany and worked as a Morse intercept operator from 1956 to 1959.

After separation from the Air Force Art graduated from an electronics school and worked in the Erie Mines, Montgomery Ward, Honeywell, Art's TV Shop and Great Lakes Gas. Before he retired, he worked for 25 years for a natural gas pipeline company in the Duluth, MN area.

Preceded in death by his wife, Lois, Art is survived by five children: Renee (Dan) Adams of Colorado Springs, CO; Barry Mackley of St. Paul, MN; William (Val) Mackley of Grand Rapids, MN; Ellie (Jeff)  Hall of Wrenshall, MN; and Carol (Doug Ries) Mackley of St. Paul Park, MN; seven grand children: Scott Adams, Alissa (Matthew) Anderson, Amber (Andrew) Harrell, Joshua Hall, Briana Hall, Jacob (Jessica) Mackley, Shawna Mackley, Leonard (JoAnne) Mackley, Gary Mackley, and Barbara (Alvin) Herr; three brothers-in-law: Gust Saari, Aro Matt Saari and Robert Cartwright, and many nieces and nephews.

Burial was at Suomi Lutheran Church, Suomi, MN.

HUGHES, Charles 'Chuck' B. 74, passed away in Ocala, Florida on July 24, 2011. Born on March 20, 1937 in Miami, FL and moved to Ocala from Newcomerstown, OH in 1972.

He served in the USAF at Bremerhaven, Germany with the 6913th RSM. He was on Charlie Flight as a radio intercept operator from 1956-58.

He was employed in the wood industries in a variety of managerial capacities throughout his working career. After retiring from the lumber business he spent six years with the Marion County Sheriff Department as a C.A.

He enjoyed a lifetime of outdoor recreation: fishing, camping, photography, mountains and traveling the countryside with his best friend and wife, Linda during their retirement.

Chuck was a lifetime member of the Elks and DAV #149. (Disabled American Veterans)

His retirement years were busy volunteering at MRMC (Monroe County Medical Center) and with the Friends of the Silver River State Park.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, LINDA Hughes and their children: daughter Susan (Mike) Wincek of Summerfield, FL; son Barry Hughes of Coburg, OR and two grandchildren: Chuck Wincek of Summerfield, and Melissa Wincek of Fayette, MO.

Donations in his memory may be sent to Druid Hills Methodist Church in lieu of flowers.

THOMAS, Thurman 'Tom' 81, passed away on July 19, 2011. Tom was born to Lucia M. Ross and Thurman C. Thomas in Toledo, OH on April 20, 1930. He moved to Sacramento and joined the armed forces in 1947. A Korean War veteran, Tom flew Med Evac with MASH and combat cargo with troop carriers.

Tom served in the T/E section of Able flight in Bremerhaven, Germany and was assigned to Dog Flight in 1957-58, when he took over the job of TE Controller on Able and was promoted to T/Sgt. He and his wife Pat left Bremerhaven in 1960, and he retired in 1968.

He married Delores P. (Pat) Velie in 1952 at Brookley AFB, Mobile, Alabama. His residences include Maryland, California, Florida, Texas and finally settling in Washington state at Whidbey Island in 1988.

Tom is survived by his wife of 58 years, Pat, and four sons and their wives: Steve and Cathy Thomas of Mukiteo, WA; Mike and Kym Thomas of Chino Hills, CA; Joe and Gerri Thomas of Memphis, TN; Rob and Kathy Thomas of Concrete, WA. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, a sister and brother , and many cousins.

Memorials may be made to "Gideons for Bibles" in memory Thurman R. Thomas.

HINKLE, Arnin W. 75, passed away on May 30, 2011. Born and raised in Pottsville, PA, his last address was in Silver Spring, MD.

Arnin served as a Morse Intercept Operator on Charlie flight in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1954-1957. Leaving Bremerhaven, he was an instructor at Keesler AFB. In 1968 he worked for NSA until his retirement in 1990.

Mr. Hinkle is survived by his wife, Virginia, two daughters and grandchildren.

BOYER, Roy Lynn 'Denny', 78, of Chester, VA passed away on March 10, 2011. after a long battle with bladder cancer. he was born in Dickerson Ron, Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in Forestry.

Denny joined the Air Force during the Korean War, and also served at Bremerhaven, Germany in 1955-56 and was on the 1955-56 Baker Trick softball team.

He was the owner of AB Appraisals Inc. and was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #1472. He enjoyed golf and was a member of the Colonial Heights Senior Golfing Association.

Roy was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who had many friends. He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Alice Boyer and his children Jeffrey Boyer; Kevin Boyer and his wife Cindy, of Chester; and daughter Michele Cobb and her husband Mike of Prince George; and grandchildren Adam Boyer, Shannon Boyer, Ryan Boyer and Ben Barbour.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VCU Massey Cancer Center Development Office; P.O. Box 980214; Richmond, Virginia 23298-0214

MacDONALD, Bryce W. 'Mac', 76, of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, passed away on March 14, 2011 four days before his 77th birthday. Mac is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Ann, and three children: Steve and his wife Jackie of Franklin, New Hampshire; Lana Dearborn of Tilton, NH; and Michael and his wife Debbie of Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two stepchildren and five step-grandchildren.

Mr. MacDonald was born March 18, 1934, in Lincoln, New Hampshire. He graduated from Franklin High School and then enlisted in the Air Force until his retirement in 1973. He served in the Air Force Security Service and spent most of his 20 years outside of the United States. In 1970, his plane was shot down in Vietnam and Mac was the sole survivor of his crew of five.

Loving sports, Mac was a member of the International Association of Basketball Officials, as well as an avid hunter and fly-fisherman. He was a member of the Murrells Inlet Elks Club, a member for several years with the Tradition Men's nine-holers, and a parishioner of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Pawleys Island, SC.

After retiring from the military, Mac was a building contractor for the next 33 years, arriving in Pawleys Island, SC in 1993 and continued to build homes in Tradition Community of Pawleys Island. It was at that time Mr. MacDonald met his wife, Mary Ann, while building a home across the street from her. They were married in Precious Blood of Christ Church by Father Patrick Stenson.

Burial will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia where Mac will join his buddies who gave their lives for our country.

In lieu of flowers, Mac's request is to send donations to Father Pat's Kitchen; 1633 Waverly Road; Pawleys Island, SC 29585; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; 501 St. Jude Place; Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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MEIER, Frederick Craig, 82, passed away on March 14, 2011. He was born on January 30, 1929 in Washington D.C., and resided in Virginia Beach, VA.

He received a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland and a Master's in Quantitative Economics from the University of Rochester, NY.

Colonel Meier proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years. Highlights of his military career include: Chief, General Purpose Forces Branch at the Pentagon. (He was the first senior officer to learn how to operate simulation models from a remote terminal); Commander, Communications Computer Programming Center, Tinker Air Force Base, OK. (His unit provided the majority of all Air Force Communication Software support and interfacing with other Air Force Commands, Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other agencies.

He was the OIC of the 6913th RSM Charley Flight in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1955-58.

Colonel Meier also served as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Information Systems Division at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium in which he managed the installation of the first NATO-owned large scale processor that led to similar installations in the Netherlands and Federal Republic of Germany.

His last assignment was at CINCLANT Fleet, Norfolk, VA.

After retiring he started Meier's Tax Service, was an avid gardener and reader, and sports enthusiast.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia O'Brien Meier; his daughter: Elizabeth Meier of Germantown, MD; his grand-daughter: Laura and husband Kevin Mayer of Vienna, VA; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Interment was held at Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pierre Toussaint Haiti Fund: c/o the Church of the Holy Family; 1279 N. Great Neck Road; Virginia Beach, VA. 23454.

METTS, Earl Allen, 70, passed away on February 28, 2011 in San Antonio, TX. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Earl is survived by his wife Frances Boyle Metts; his children Allison Metts Reichenau; Alan Metts and Alana Metts-Smith; a sister, Sandy Metts Ritter, and five grandchildren. ;

Earl spent 21 years active duty in the United States Air Force. He did his tours through Vietnam during that war, and had many other overseas tours served in the Air Force, including the 6913th RSM at Bremerhaven, Germany from 1960-62 on Able Flight.

His next career began at Brooks Air Force Base working on the Air Force Health Study project, Ranch Hand II, and served in this capacity as a Civil servant. He completed that study, by serving another 23 years in government service.

Earl completed his career by becoming a government contractor working on the Air Force Mortality registry for another 5 years at the now Brooks City-Base, when he was medically retired after working a combined 49 years.

Earl was a Mason and lodge member, and a Shriner, and participated in the Patrol unit in support of his local temple.

Earl and Frances were known widely across the great state of Texas, and the nation, and were frequent participators in exhibitions of dance in the form of Clogging and were members of the international traveling group, the Cadence Cloggers.

Earl and Frances were also known for their square dancing, and were members of the Alamo Area Square and Round Dance Association (AASARDA) and performed at many local, and outlying areas.

Earl was social, active, and gave freely of his time, talent and expertise, and served in offices from Secretary to the position President of the AASARDA.

A Masonic memorial service was held, and donations can be made in his name to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

RANSOM, Lavene G., 81, passed away on February 10, 2011 in Plano, Texas. Mr. Ransom was born on July 25, 1929 in Denmark, Arkansas to Ira Boyd Ransom and Jennie Bell Millikin.

Lavene enlisted in the Air Force in 1952, and served at Bremerhaven, with the 41st RSM, "D" Trick, from May, 1953 to November 1954, then at march AFB, California, where he completed another 18-month tour and separated from the Air Force in 1956.

He was married to Eduth Mae Clark in 1952 and spent a career in the banking business.

He loved fishing, hunting, traveling, and being around people. He became a Christian in 1999 and was a member of Spring Creek Church of Christ in Plano, Texas.

He is survived by his wife Eduth Mae; daughter Paula Kay Kendall and son-in-law Michael Kendall of Plano, TX; and 15 nieces and nephews.

----------------------- Here's a fun story that was sent by Lavene's daughter, Paula:---------------------

"My dad kept his positive attitude all the way through eleven years of dialysis and even into his last bout of pneumonia. He remembered his USAF service fondly. I remember one time when I was a kid, probably in the early 1970s, he was asleep watching TV when someone on TV started tapping out Morse code. My dad awoke with a start and frantically grabbed pen and paper to get it all down. As he woke up, he started laughing, because he thought he was back in Germany."

BACHMAN, Royal Victor, 89, passed away on January 19, 2011. Royal was born in Santa Ana, California on July 18,1921, and grew up in Placerville CA where he had his first job as a postman. He then joined the Army Air Corps and served as an aircraft radio operator in the South Pacific during WWII.

After the war, Bachman returned to Santa Ana for college and met his wife, Marilyn Willis. He reenlisted in the US Air force, which took his family across the world from Bremerhaven, Germany (1956-59), to Peshawar, Pakistan; from Taipei, Taiwan; to Misawa, Japan.

A lover of music, he conducted the chancel choirs at several Air Force Base Chapels while his wife played the organ.

Bachman was a veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict and he retired after 26 years as a Senior Master Sergeant.

Arts and community defined Bachman's retirement years in San Antonio, Texas and San Diego, California and finally in Shreveport, Louisiana since 1999. he became an expert bread maker, conducted extensive genealogical research, and crafted beautiful needlepoint pieces. He made intricate Christmas stockings for most of his grandchildren. He loved Bible study and worshipped in a local Disciples of Christ Church wherever he lived, having a special fondness for Torres Pines Christian Church in LaJolla, California and Kings Highway Christian Church in Shreveport.

He was preceded in death by his siblings; and his wife, Marilyn Ann Willis Bachman. He is survived by three daughters: Vicki Gilbreath of Shreveport, LA; Nancy Phifer Glass with husband Randy of Elysian Fields, TX; and Karen Bunjes with husband Karl of Kileen, TX. Also five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: Jennifer Phifer Strange with husband Micah and sons Noel and Isaac, and Emily Phifer Menefee with husband Craig, all of Shreveport, LA; Loren Bunjes of Albuquerque, NM; and Andrew and Kristin Bunjes of Kileen, TX.

Memorials may be made to King's Highway Christian Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.

 ENGELBRECHT, John, 77, of New Haven, Missouri passed away on February 7, 2011 at St. John's Mercy Hospital, Washington, MO. Mr. Engelbrecht was born in Stony Hill, Missouri on October 12, 1933, the son of the late Theodore E. and Frieda (Obermann) Engelbrecht.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sandra (Rodgers) Engelbrecht; a daughter Laurie Steinbeck and husband Rick of Hermann, MO, son Dave Engelbrecht and wife Jodi of New Haven, MO; two sisters Mary Ann Carey and husband Joe of Maryland Heights, MO, and Frieda Carey of New Haven, MO; a brother Teddy Engelbrecht and wife Geraldine of New Haven and four grandchildren Eli and Hannah Steinbeck of Hermann and Emma and Jacob Engelbrecht of New Haven. He is preceded in death by a grandson Justin Steinbeck.

John proudly served in the USAF from 1953 to 1957, and was stationed in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1954 to 1957, after attending language school for German and Russian. He was a member of the New Haven American Legion.

His employment after his military service included 20 years as a sales manager at Kellwood Company, and also at Marchem Coating Fabrics. He farmed his entire life and also worked for Toedtmann-Gross Funeral Home for over 15 years.

Funeral services will be at St. Peter's United Church of Christ; New Haven, MO at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 12, 2011. Burial will be at St. Peter's Cemetery; New Haven, MO. with full military honors.


INGRAM, S. (Shirley) Lee, 79, passed away on January 23, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. A gentle soul, beloved husband, father and "Bape" retired from the USAF as Chief Master Sergeant after 27 years of service. His military career included assignments in California, Illinois, San Antonio, Germany and Thailand. He served in Personnel at Bremerhaven, Germany from 1955-58.

He was a member of St. Luke Catholic church and served as lecturer, Eucharist minister and usher. He was an active member of the Men's Club and served as chairman of the Wild Game dinner for many years.

Lee was preceded in death by four brothers. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathryn "Kay" Ingram; daughters, Kimberly Young and husband Randy; Mary Lee Weix and husband Jeff; Kristi Kepley and husband Jeff; sons Scott Ingram and wife Barbara; Brett Ingram and wife Francie; gandchildren Ryan Young, Kyle Young and wife Kelly; Britni Young, Elizabeth Morton and husband Andrew; John Weix and wife Laura; David Weix, Joshua Kepley, Jacob Kepley and wife Sarah; Kristopher Kepley, Sara Guerrero and husband Ludim; Joseph Ingram; Andrew Ingram; Anna Ingram; Mary Elizabeth Ingram; Blaine Ingram; Jeremy Ingram; Austin Ingram; Emily Ingram and Mary Kate Ingram.

He is also survived by his sister, Fern Burkhardt in Dwight, IL.

Interment will be at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors. His 12 grandsons will serve as pall bearers and the St. Luke Men's Club will serve as honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Parkinson's Outreach Program; 19126 Stonehue; San Antonio, TX 78258.

RAGSDALE, Francis 'Frank' C., 80, passed away on January 6, 2011. He was born on August 23, 1930. Frank is survived by his wife of 61 years Doris; and daughters: Valerie Erlandson, Pamela Wallin, and Kerry Gelhar and her husband, Steve; and grandson, Jordon.

Frank and Doris were in Bremerhaven from 1953 to 1956.

Frank courageously handled his lung cancer and died peacefully in his home state of Oregon.

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