Cady, Leon Ashley
Ashley Cady, 77, of West Hartford passed away peacefully on Friday (September 2, 2005) surrounded by his
family. He was born on December 6, 1928 in Sayville, Long Island, New York, the son of Paul Revere and Ivy
Rose Cady. He lived most of his live in West Hartford. He graduated from Hall High School in 1946.
He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in September of 1946. He fought with his fellow Marines of
"I" Co., 3rd Battalion, 1st Division in the battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. He
received the Purple Heart in March of 1951. He was discharged from the Marines in September 1951.
He was a journeyman tool and die maker by trade. He worked most of his career at Nielsen Tool & Die
Company in Hartford/ He was interested in photography and had great knowledge of military history.
He was also fascinated by aircraft history. In 1943, he received a commendation from the U.S. Navy for
building hand-made models used for aircraft spotting during World War II.
Leon was married to Sarah (McAnearney) Cady in 1954 and remained devoted to her until his passing.
Besides his wife Sarah of West Hartford, he is survived by his son Bruce Cady of Canton, his daughter
Lynne Purcell, his son-in-law Tim Purcell, and his grandson Daniel of Alta Loma, CA. He is also survived
by his older sister, Jean Doughty of West Hartford, and his younger sister, Barbara Cady of Lake Elsinore,
CA. He was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Diane.
Those who knew him will dearly miss his kind, gentle nature. He was an active member of the Korean War
veterans organization, The Chosin Few. He will sincerely be missed by everyone whose life he touched. Rest
in eternal peace. A funeral service was held on Friday, September 9, at 10 a.m. at the St. James Episcopal
Church, corner of Farmington Ave. and Walden St., West Hartford. Burial with full military honors followed
at Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. Calling hours were held on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Taylor &
Modeen Funeral Home, 136 South Main St., West Hartford. Memorial contributions can be made to the Veterans
Cahill, Alden K. "Bud"
Alden K. "Bud" Cahill, 78, of Algonac, Michigan, died Friday,
April 28, 2000, in Mercy Hospital. He was born November 23,
1921, in Detroit. He married Rebecca "Beck" Cartwright on
January 26, 1943, in Algonac.
He was a 1st lieutenant in the 24th Infantry Division. In
Korea, he was awarded the Bronze Star for 'heroic achievement.'
After securing positions on a key hill and seeing that a nearby
unit was being attacked, he exposed himself to direct support
fire. When his unit was ordered to withdraw, with complete
disregard for his own action, he remained to man a machine gun
until his men had cleared their positions. He also was awarded
the Silver Star, the nation's third highest combat decoration.
At the awarding, his unit came under attack wounding a key
platoon leader. Lieutenant Cahill immediately took direct
command and led the men into combat. He also received the Purple
Heart for being wounded in combat. He also served in World War
"Bud" Cahill was a very dedicated and loving husband, father
and grandfather. He was a lifetime member of the Fred Quandt
Post for Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a retired member of
the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca "Becky;" his daughter,
Lesly Cahill; his granddaughters, Bryanne (Joseph Bassett)
Bremerkamp and Cortney Bremmerkamp; twin sister, Aliene Jones;
and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his
mother and father, Leslie and Freida Cahill, and a sister, Mary
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2000,
in the Gilbert Funeral Home, Algonac, with Fr. Krotkiewicz
officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery. Visiting hours
are 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday." [Source: The Times Herald,
Caldwell, Benny Leo
Benny Leo Caldwell, 76, died on March 24, 2012, at home. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7
p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Iles Funeral Homes-Brandt Chapel in Woodward. Cremation will follow
visitation and burial of the cremated remains will be at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at a later date.
Benny was born on September 27, 1935, in Woodward to Carrie (Lint) and Edward Caldwell. He grew up in
Woodward and married Marjorie Maxwell on August 1, 1953, in Charles City. Benny served in the U.S. Marines
during the Korean War. He worked for Elevator Contractors and later sold produce and pies at farmers
markets throughout central Iowa.
Benny is survived by his wife, Marge, son, Donald E. Caldwell of Stuart, his grandchildren, Jason
Caldwell, Steven Caldwell, Thomas Caldwell and Teresa Olivas; great-grandchildren, Cody and Brady
Caldwell, Jason, Diego, Leslie and Gabriella Olivas; great-great grandson, Liam Caldwell, his siblings,
Willis Caldwell, Josephine Lancaster, Virginia Gomez and Frances Simpson. He was preceded in death by his
parents, great grandson, Matthew Caldwell, four sisters and one brother.
Callender, Col. James M. (Ret.)
Colonel James Martin Callender, 91, of Atlantic Beach Florida and San Antonio, Texas was taken home to
be with the Lord and with his beloved wife, Nancy, on September 24, 2010. Colonel Callender was born in
Port Neches, Texas to Pearlie and Nevada Callender on September 5, 1919.
After graduating from Beaumont's South Park High School in 1936, he entered Lamar Junior College. He
later applied for and earned an appointment to the US Naval Academy. He graduated with the Class of 1942
in December of 1941, barely two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was commissioned a Second
Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, serving in Samoa and as the Commanding Officer of the Marine
Detachments on board the USS Guam and the USS Franklin Roosevelt, participating in several notable surface
After returning home in 1945, Captain Callender met and married Nancy Mundy Baldwin of Auburn, New
York. At the start of the Korean War in 1950, then Major Callender was posted as Operations Officer of the
3rd Battalion, 11th Marines, deploying to Korea in October of 1950. Major Callender and his unit played a
key role in one of the most epic and storied events in Marine Corps history, the Chosin Reservoir
Campaign. Major Callender was awarded the Silver Star with Combat "V" and the Purple Heart for wounds
sustained during this campaign.
After returning from Korea, Major Callender was posted to the US Naval Academy, serving as a Naval
Gunfire Instructor and Company Tactical Officer. Major Callender received subsequent assignments as
Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines; Executive Officer, Marine Corps Barracks, Pearl Harbor
and Assistant Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Virginia. Upon promotion to the rank of
Colonel, he was posted to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations for two years and was then chosen to
attend the National War College.
In 1965, he returned to his military specialty, artillery, as Commanding Officer, 12th Marine Regiment,
Da Nang, Republic of Viet Nam. Upon returning, he was posted to the Armed Forces Staff College as the
Senior Marine Liaison Officer. His final assignment was at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, first as Chief of
Staff and then as Assistant Base Commander. Colonel Callender retired from active duty in June of 1971.
Colonel Callender was also awarded the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, a
Presidential Unit Citation with four Stars and numerous theater and campaign ribbons.
After retirement, Colonel Callender earned a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of
Florida. After his second retirement, he was able to pursue his lifelong love of golf through years of
volunteer service with the Florida State Golf Association. He went on to sit on the Rules Committee of the
United States Golf Association, officiating in numerous US Open golf tournaments and many other USGA and
NCAA tournaments. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Florida State Golf Association.
His wife, Nancy, was an accomplished golfer in her own right.
Colonel and Mrs. Callender lived in Atlantic Beach, Florida for many years before moving to San Antonio
upon Nancy's death in 2003. Colonel Callender is survived by his brother, William of Philomath, Oregon;
two sons, James, Jr. of Seattle, Washington and Jeffrey of San Antonio, Texas, Daughter-in-Law Linda along
with five grandchildren; Carrie of Dublin Ireland, James Martin, III of Shallotte, North Carolina, Jordan,
Jared and Jonathan of San Antonio and Allie of Seattle, Washington.
Colonel Callender will be interred at the National Cemetery at Quantico, Virginia alongside many of his
beloved fellow Marines.
Camarata, August L. "Pudge"
August Lavene "Pudge" Camarata, 90, of North Hudson, Wisconsin, formerly of Cedar Falls, passed away at
his home, after an extended illness, on Friday morning, May 13, 2011. He was born the son of Phillip and
Fern (Claussen) Camarata on December 13, 1920, in Waterloo, Iowa.
Pudge was a running back for Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa (now known as the
University of Northern Iowa) in the late 1940s. He has since been named to the institution's Hall of Fame.
He was drafted by the Detroit Lions and signed a contract, but after one and half years, his NFL career
was interrupted by the Korean War. He served with the U.S. Marines in World War II and Korea and was
awarded a Silver Star in each war. The Silver Star is the third highest award given for valor in the face
of the enemy. Ironically the first medal was recognized for action on June 11, 1945, and the second for
endeavors on June 11, 1951.
Pudge was a combat veteran of World War II. He was platoon leader of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 29th
Marines, 6th Marine Division that saw action on Okinawa. In Korea, he was a commanding officer of Company
G, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was wounded in World War II when a bullet
ricocheted off his M-1 rifle and hit his arm, earning him a purple heart. He served seven years active
duty and 13 years as commander of the Marine Corps Reserve in Waterloo. He retired as a lieutenant
Pudge was a Harvestore dealer in Waterloo and then in Foley, Minn. On April 30, 1976, he was united in
marriage to Leslee J. Fiedler in Waterloo. They moved to Hudson in 1985 and to North Hudson in 1992. Pudge
enjoyed music, dancing, fishing and playing cribbage.
He was preceded in death by his son, Ross Camarata; brother, Phillip Camarata; and stepdaughter,
Bambi-Lynn Tovar. Pudge is survived by his wife of 35 years, Leslee; sister, Margaret Taylor of India
Atlantic, Florida; daughter, Mimi Camarata of Ellsworth, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren: Jose, Kelby, and
Gabe Tovar, Damon Camarata, Dana Horn, and Barrett and Kyle Fitzpatrick; three great-grandchildren;
fishing buddy and loyal friend, Dick Prescott; canine companion, Lexi; nieces, nephews, and extended
Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery in Cedar Falls.
Campbell, Charles L.
Charles L. "Charlie" Campbell, 82, of Tuscola, Illinois,
passed away at 10:12 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at home
surrounded by his family in Tuscola.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May
14, at Forty Martyrs Catholic Church, 201 E. Van Allen in
Tuscola. Father Delix Michel will officiate. Burial
will be in the Tuscola Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5
to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Edwards Funeral Home, 221 E. Main Street,
Charles was born March 7, 1932, at Effingham, Illinois.
He was a son of Charles "Lem" and Emma Habing Campbell. He
married Leta Jane Redman on August 17, 1957 at Villa Grove.
She passed away on July 13, 2009. An infant Son, Charles
Selser Campbell, also preceded him in death.
Charles is survived by seven children: Byron Campbell and his
wife Kelli of Tuscola, Comanche Little and her husband Jeff of
Bloomington, Illinois, Melissa Campbell, Tim Campbell and his
fiancee Linda Yun and Tina Woodruff and her husband Craig, all
of Fredericksburg, Virginia; six grandchildren: Charles "Chas",
Taylor and Tanner Campbell, all of Tuscola, and Jeremy, Casadie
and Christina Little, all of Bloomington; one
great-granddaughter, Annaliese Rose Little; two brothers, Eugene
Campbell and his wife Joanne of Neoga, Illinois and Allen
Campbell and his wife Carol Jean of Dieterich, Illinois; two
sisters, Joan Lister of Altamont, Illinois and Rita Bushue of
Effingham; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Charles was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a
member of Forty Martyrs Catholic Church in Tuscola. He
retired as a pipe welder with over 55 years of service to the
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Charles was a hard worker and dedicated to his family.
He loved creating memories and adventures with them. He
loved NASCAR racing, traveling cross country with his family,
being on the water, fishing, and simply being outdoors, as long
as he was spending time with his loved ones.
Memorials may be made to Forty Martyrs Catholic Church.
I am writing to let you know, my father, Michael Cantarella of the Wolfhounds, 27th Regiment (Korean
War time frame) passed away today, Nov. 17, 2007, at 5:10 p.m. He was 79, and passed on while napping in a
nice rehabilitation facility where he was recovering from an artery blockage operation, and coping with
advanced cancer. Over the years, he told me, his only child, stories about being in the Army, and the
Korean War. He was very proud of his participation in the Army and in the war, and we, the rest of the
family are also very proud of him and all the others. His honorable discharge was always hanging on a wall
in his bedroom. He always said the Army was good for young fellows, as they learned so many good methods
and priorities right from the beginning of the service experience. I never thought to search online for a
site such as this one. If I had realized so many people were connecting here, I would have helped my Dad
enter something on this site. He was not one to adapt to modern electronics or conveniences. He married a
local girl from Union, NJ, my Mom, where he grew up and moved us to Iselin when it was just all farmland.
He owned a paving business, and for years helped lay the asphalt you see from Central Jersey down past
Freehold and out past Flemington, NJ. He gave to the local Catholic Church, and helped parishioners out by
buying whatever they were trying to sell to make a living. The 50's here in Iselin were interesting. The
Monsignor at the time often would say, "Mike, come on over here, and buy some of this from so-and-so." My
Dad would. My Dad put neighborhood men who lived on our street to work paving driveways when they were
laid off from places like General Motors or Ford. Please feel free to put a note in your columns, and
write back to me if you like. If you do anything like have members of your groups on this site raise
money, or crochet or in some way contribute to vets, count me in. Just let me know how I can figure in and
help a bit. Best regards, Patty Coleman, Iselin, NJ 08830
Eddie M. Carcamo passed away at the Loma Linda VA on 11/24/05. He was a Korean War veteran and
Nicky Carletello, 79, of Bellflower, California, entered into
eternal rest on Monday, June 9, 2014. Burial will take place on
June 27, 2014 at Riverside National Cemetery.
He was born on May 16,
1935, to Preciliana (Ceniceros) and John Carletello in Pico
Rivera, California. He worked as a Janitor for the government
for over 30 years. He was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army in
Nicky is survived by his son, Nick Carletello; daughters:
Laura, Mary, Abilene, and Belinda; sister, Josephine; parents,
Preciliana and John; 18 grandchildren; and 21 great
grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by many other family
members and friends as well. May Nicky Carletello rest in peace.
Carlock, Dale Terry
Dale Terry Carlock of Tyler, Texas, was born in Independence, Missouri, on August 28, 1929, a son of
Charles and Iva Carlock, died August 19, 2007. He joined the US Navy in June of 1948. Mr. Carlock
was one of the minesweeper 12 survivors of the sinking of the USS Magpie during the Korean War. His
memories of the sinking are available for viewing on the KWE's Memoirs page. He was discharged from
the Navy in June of 1952.
After discharge, Terry Carlock worked in an oil refinery before eventually going to an IBM school to
learn how to operate punched card equipment. He worked for two companies in that field, and then got a job
with the Mobil Oil Corporation. With Mobil, he graduated into computer programming when they came into
widespread use. Mobil Oil became his career company and computers his career vocation. He worked all over
the United States. In 1975, he was transferred to the Exploration and Producing Company of Mobil Oil and
was sent to Nigeria in a management position. His wife Iola went with him, and they lived in Lagos,
Nigeria, for four and a half years. In 1980, they were transferred to Medan, Indonesia. Medan was the
provincial capital of North Sumatra. After one year, Mobil transferred the offices to Jakarta on Java, and
Terry and Iola lived in Jakarta for five and a half years. In 1979, Mobil brought Terry back to the United
States to Dallas, Texas. He elected to retire in 1980, and returned to California, living north of Santa
Barbara at Santa Ynez and then Lompoc. In 2001, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, and later he moved to
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Evelyn Iola Carlock, his parents, and his brother Donald
Lee Carlock, He is survived by daughter Teresa Plowman and her husband Michael of Broken Arrow,
Oklahoma; his son Brett Carlock and his wife Paula of Las Vegas, Nevada; his stepdaughter Linda Tye of Oak
Grove, Missouri; his two sisters, Jo Ann Hall and her husband Jim and Wanda Rowan, all of Independence,
MO; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was cremated and buried at a later date.
Carlson, Col. (Ret.) Gerald L.
Col. (Ret.) Gerald J. Carlson completed his final mission and was victorious against cancer, passing to
a better life on November 21, 2011.
He was born in Ishpeming, Michigan on November 30, 1928 to Bill and Anna Carlson and was raised in
Marquette, Michigan. Upon graduation from high school and following a period of labor shoveling coal on an
ore boat on the Great Lakes, Jerry was appointed to West Point, graduating in 1951.
Following graduation, he went in the infantry and subsequently served in Korea in the 17th Infantry
Regiment, 7th Division from 1952 to 1953 as a platoon leader and company commander. While serving in
Korea, Jerry received the Silver Star for distinguished gallantry in action; the Bronze Star Medal (valor)
for heroism; two Purple Hearts for wounds in action; and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Following Korea, he served in the 11th Airborne Division as a staff officer and company commander at
Fort Campbell and Augsburg, Germany, the 1st Airborne Battle Group, 187th Infantry Regiment in Lebanon and
Fort Bragg, NC. He attended the Infantry School in Fort Benning, Georgia and the Command and General Staff
College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, receiving the Commendation Medal for service. Upon completion, Jerry
was assigned to Joint Military Assistance Group in Thailand where he served from 1963 to 1966 and was
awarded a second Commendation Medal for his service. He then served in the Pentagon in the Office, Deputy
Chief of Staff for Operations, Department of the Army from 1966 to 1969 and was awarded the Legion of
He served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970 as the First Brigade Executive and later Battalion Commander of
the 6th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 9th Infantry Division and was decorated with his second and third Silver
Stars for gallantry in action; a second Legion of Merit; the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism; his
second and third Bronze Star Medals (for valor) for heroism; 17 Air Medals; two additional Commendation
Medals (one for valor); and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Upon completion of his service in Vietnam, Jerry returned to attend the Industrial College of the Armed
Forces and subsequent assignment to Office, Joint Chiefs of Staff where he served from 1971 to 1974
participating in the White House briefing team of Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird and Secretary of State
Henry Kissinger. He received a third Legion of Merit for his service while with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He then served as the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Basic Combat Training Brigade from 1974 to 1976.
Jerry's last military assignment was to the Staff and Faculty of the Command and General Staff College,
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where he completed a distinguished 30 year military career as the Deputy
Commandant of the School and as a Colonel.
Upon retirement, Jerry and his wife, Jeanne, started their civilian life and moved to the El Paso,
Texas area where he was appointed as the Executive Officer of the El Paso Apartment Association. Jerry
served the Association for 28 years until his second retirement at the age of 80.
He was active in the community and served in the local community through his involvement in the
Military Order of the Purple Heart, Lone Star Chapter 393; the Polar Bears; the 31st Airborne Division;
the West Point Society; Laubach Literacy Council of El Paso; Regular Retired Officer Wives Club; Discover
El Paso; and District 9 Garden Under the Pink Umbrella. Jerry was an extraordinary man, soldier, hero,
husband, father and friend to many.
He was preceded in death by Doris (Jeanne) Carlson, his wife of 38 years. He is survived by his
brothers Thomas Carlson (Barbara) and James Carlson (Patsy), and his 3 children, Anna Routledge (Neil),
LTC (Ret) Susan Carlson (dear friend Melissa Miller), and Gerald J Carlson, Jr. (Anne), five
grandchildren, Joe Williams (Andrea), Joseph Carlson, Katherine Carlson, Ellen Carlson and Mary Carlson,
and 2 great grandchildren, cousins Aileen Lundy and Beca Stamp (Al) and many devoted nieces and nephews.
Jerry enjoyed many events, commitments and time with Patsy Zimmerman, his companion over the last 17
Celebration of his life will be Tuesday, November 29, 2011 with a Visitation from 5 P.M. to 9 P.M. at
Sunset Funeral Home, 4631 Hondo Pass, El Paso, TX 79904. Funeral Mass will be held at Ft. Bliss Chapel #2
on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 9:30 AM. Graveside service will follow at Fort Bliss National Cemetery
at 10:30 AM with Full Military Honors. Services entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home Northeast. Please visit
online register book at www.sunsetfuneralhomes.net. In
lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice El Paso (1440 Miracle Way, El Paso, TX 79925-7102), the
Military Order of the Purple Heart - Lone Star Chapter 393 (P.O. Box 640751, El Paso, TX 79904), or the
EPAA Gerald Carlson Scholarship Fund (5730 E. Paisano, El Paso, TX 79925).
Published in El Paso Times from November 26 to December 4, 2011.
Carlson, R. Wayne
R. Wayne Carlson, 74, of Ottawa, Illinois, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, in San Diego, California.
Funeral services will be a 11 a.m. Monday at Mueller Funeral Home with the Rev. James Crone of Epworth
United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Memorial Park with full military
rites. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Mr. Carlson was born January 09, 1930, in
Ottawa, to Hugo and Esther (Klein) Carlson. He married Shirley Anne Christiansen on October 14, 1951,
at Grand Ridge United Methodist Church. He was a 1948 graduate of Ottawa Township High School.
was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a medic in the 15th Infantry Regiment and tended the
wounded in the Battle of Outpost Harry.
He graduated from Rockford School of Business. He was
president of Carlson Motor Sales until 1972 and retired from the auto business in 1995. He was a
member of Epworth United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 33, Ottawa VFW, Outpost Harry Survivors
Association, Society of the 3rd Division, Infantrymen's Association and Ottawa Elks Club.
He is survived
by his wife; two sons, David Wayne (Rebecca) of Marseilles and Gary Lee (Diana) of Ottawa; and a sister,
Beverly Hinkey of Los Angeles, California. He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey, in infancy.
Carson, Lowell S. "Corky" Jr.
Lowell S. "Corky" Carson Jr., age 88 years, Mantua, New
Jersey, died Friday October 6, 2017 in Cooper Hospital Camden.
Lowell was born and raised in Paulsboro and served as a Postal
Carrier in Billingsport for 32 years. He was a veteran serving
in the United States Army during the Korean War. Mr. Carson was
a member of the George D. Patton V.F.W. Post No. 678 and coached
Paulsboro Little League Teams for 13 years. He was an avid Red
Raider Fan and a long time "Gray Raider" supporting teams during
their practices and games.
He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Gladys and Emma,
Ethel, Bernice, Rachel, Ernest, Edward, Marjorie and Nancy and
many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents,
Ethel and Lowell Carson Sr., his brother, William Carson and his
sisters, Elizabeth Collins and Barbara Elliott.
A graveside service will be held at 12:30 PM Tuesday October
10, 2017 in Eglington Cemetery, Kings Hwy, Clarksboro.
Arrangements by McBride - Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. In lieu
of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to Feed My
Sheep, c/o St. Paul's Church, PO Box 209, Paulsboro, NJ 08066 or
Paulsboro Wrestling Assoc., 662 N. Delaware St., Paulsboro, NJ
Case, Bernard Lee
Bernard Lee Case died in 1988 at the age of 53. He served in the Korean War.
Castille, Robert J. "Bill"
Robert J. "Bill" Castille
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A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 pm, on
Monday, March 26, 2012, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breaux
Bridge, Louisiana, honoring the life of Robert J. 'Bill'
Castille, 81. Bill passed away peacefully, surrounded by his
family at his home in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana on Friday, March
Fr. Donald Pelous officiated at the Funeral Mass. Readers
were Howard Wood and Angela Castille. Gift Bearers were Fred and
Gladys Coy. Interment followed at St. Bernard Cemetery No. 1 in
Breaux Bridge. Pallbearers were Michael Castille, Ricky
Castille, Michael Joe Castille, Ira Patin, Shawn Calvit, Austin
Wood and Chandler Calvit. Honorary pallbearers were Lee
Robinson, Whit Patin, Howard Wood and Ory Huval.
Mr. Castille, a Korean War Veteran served in the U.S. Marine
Corps, 1st Marine Division, from 1950 to 1953. After boot
camp training at Parris Island and advanced training at Camp
Lejeune, he served with the 3rd Battalion of an Engineering
Company, 1st Marine Division in Korea. He was a recipient
of the Korean War Service Medal. He was a member of the VFW and
the American Legion.
Mr. Castille attended SLI and pursued studies in mechanical
engineering. He retired from Southern Pacific Railroad, where he
was employed for over 40 years. He enjoyed traveling,
walking outdoors and was an avid reader. He loved visiting with
friends and spending time with his ever-growing family and
grandchildren. He was a member of and regularly attended the
local UTU Supper Club.
Mr. Castille is survived by his wife, Mary Ella Bourque
Castille; two sons, Michael Castille of Breaux Bridge, and Ricky
(Sonia) Castille of Henderson: four daughters, Judy (Lee)
Robinson of Jennings, Brenda (Whit) Patin of Breaux Bridge,
Melissa (Howard) Wood of Lafayette, and Angela Castille of
Lafayette; a special family friend, Tiny Castille; fifteen
grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and two
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mitchell and Terzile
Guidry Castille; one grandson, John Robinson; a
great-grandchild, Caleb Sawyer Gonzalez, and a son-in-law, Mark
Pellerin Funeral Home of Breaux Bridge, 211 Berard St.,
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana 70517 was in charge of arrangements.
Robert J. "Bill" Castille
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Duane W. Cekander, 84, of Champaign, Illinois, passed away at
9:35 p.m. Sunday (November 25, 2012) at Provena Covenant Medical
Center, Urbana, after a short illness with lymphoma.
He was born July 21, 1928, in Sadorus, Illinois, to Albert
and Ida Kamradt Cekander and was the youngest of six children.
He married his high school sweetheart, Betty Gerth, in Sadorus
on June 17, 1951, and she survives.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
He attended the University of Illinois and was the founder of
Allied Title Services in Champaign for many years until it was
sold in 1984 and then was able to spend many weekends camping
and spent 20 winters at their home in Estero, Florida.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was
stationed in the European Theater. He was a member of St. John's
Lutheran Church in Champaign and the American Legion Post No.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday,
Nov. 29) at Mount Hope mausoleum, where entombment will take
place. The Rev. Jeff Caithimer will officiate. Morgan Memorial
Home, 1304 Regency Drive, West, Savoy, is in charge of
arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the St. John's
Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.
Cervantes, Joseph Romero "Joe"
Joseph Romero "Joe" Cervantes, 81, of Asheville, NC went to
be with his Lord on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at his
residence. Mr. Cervantes was a native of San Carlos Apache
Indian Reservation and had resided in Western North Carolina for
the past 20 years.
He retired from the U.S. Army where he served in the Special
Forces with the rank of Sgt. First Class and also retired as a
Patrolman with the Fayetteville Police Department with the rank
of Sgt. He was a veteran having served during the Korean War
with the U.S. Marine Corps and the Vietnam War with the U.S.
He was a son of the late Atanasio Servin Cervantes and
Saladad Estebani Morales Cervantes. Surviving are his wife,
Carol Rose Winarsky Cervantes; daughter, Marie C. Smith of
Columbia, SC; son, Tracy Cervantes of Fayetteville; grandsons,
Bryant Johnson of Columbia, SC and Tyrone Smith of Seekonk, MA
and 4 great grandchildren.
Chaponis, Sylvester J.
Sylvester J. Chaponis, 80, a resident of South Windsor for
over 55 years, died early Saturday morning, (September 19,
2009), at Manchester Manor surrounded by his loving family. He
was born and educated in Manchester, a son of the late Charles
and Anastasia (Wiedner) Chaponis, and brother of the late
Sylvester was a veteran of the Korean War serving with the
U.S. Army. He was employed for 16 years as a mechanic/technician
of the print shop at Traveler's Insurance Company from which he
retired in 1991. A part time farmer, he raised tobacco,
potatoes, sweet corn and most recently co-owned and operated the
Chaponis Brothers Strawberry Farm of South Windsor for 30 years,
with his brother Charles.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Helen A. (Pollansky)
Chaponis and leaves two loving children, Sylvester Chaponis, Jr.
and his wife Cindy Mae of Manchester, and Cheryl Dinse and her
husband Paul of Ellington; a brother, Charles C. Chaponis of
South Windsor; a sister, Anna Kildish of Manchester; five
grandchildren, Helena Doorn, Steven and Julianna Chaponis, and
twins Eric and Matthew Dinse; as well as several nieces,
nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Chambers, Lomer R.
Brigadier General (Ret.) Lomer R. Chambers went to be with
his heavenly father on Monday, 28 April, 2014 at the age of 81.
He was the oldest of ten children, born in Mena, Arkansas on
August 6, 1932. He was a member of First Baptist Church of
Gravel Ridge Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer R. Chambers,
Catherine (Williams) Chambers and Loren (Ellison) Chambers, his
grandparents, Samuel E. Chambers, Catherine (Manasco) Chambers
and Gene and Buela Williams, two brothers, Clarence "Butch"
Chambers and Dale Edward chambers, one sister, Ima Jean
Chambers, his first wife, Lillie (Berry) Chambers, and his
father-in-law and loyal friend, Samuel E. Cates.
General Chambers served his country and the state of Arkansas
for over 42 years. During this time he rose through the
ranks from private to Brigadier General. He was a Korean
War combat veteran and received numerous medals and awards,
including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal,
Arkansas Distinguished Service Medal, Korean Presidential Medal
and the Korean Service Medal with four battle campaign stars.
He served with many great leaders and considered some of them
as heroes during his military career. His real hero, however,
was his dad. He often commented that the most gratifying
part of his life was knowing that no matter how bad he messed
up, his dad would be right there beside him.
He felt blessed that God had placed him in a career where he
could provide for his family and at the same time he could serve
his country and state. General Chambers' life was devoted
to his faith, his family, and his country. He was
especially loyal to his family and friends with a special place
in his heart for the enlisted members of his commands.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 39 years,
Regina (Cates) Chambers; three sons, Mike (Debbie) Chambers of
Jacksonville, Chad Chambers of Dubai United Arab Emirates, Shane
Chambers of Austin, Texas; one daughter, Valerie Chambers of
Saratoga Springs, Utah; two grandchildren, Jason (Laura)
Chambers of Ft. Smith and Rachel Chambers of North Little Rock;
two great-grandchildren, Austin and Madison Chambers; five
brothers, John (Rosemary), Homer (Sharon), Tim (Laurie), Chuck
(Cindy), and Steve (Lee), who all reside in Phoenix, Arizona;
two sisters, Pat (Mike) McWha of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Kay
Reed of Phoenix, Arizona; and his dearly loved in-laws, Opal
Cates, Jennifer Miller, Wayne Cates, and Sammy (Diana) Cates.
The family would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to
DaVita Springhill, North Little Rock Baptist Health Medical
Center and Baptist Health Hospice for their tender and loving
care that was extended to Lomer.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 1,
2014, at First Baptist Church of Gravel Ridge. Burial with
full military honors followed at Arkansas State Veterans
Cemetery, North Little Rock.
Chance, Clarence Earl
Clarence Earl Chance, born October 29, 1933 to Robert and Mary Chance, passed away in Merced,
California on October 27, 2014, just two days shy of his 81st birthday.
He served in the United States
Air Force as a tech sergeant for 20 years. He was a veteran of two wars--Korea and Vietnam. He loved
that he was in the military and would gladly tell you stories of his service.
He was a very easy going
man, known as a Mr. Fix It to all, especially on his cherished 1980 Datsun truck. He enjoyed watching
bowling and recently the Giants play on television. Also he enjoyed westerns and The Three Stooges.
Clarence is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Barbara Chance; their children, Clarence Jr., Dexter,
David, Sandra and Teresa; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his twin
boys: Kevin and Devin Chance.
Graveside services will be Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM at San
Joaquin National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Wilson Family Funeral Chapel of Atwater.
Merced Sun Star on November 1, 2014
Chandler, Richard Edwin
Richard Chandler, 87 of Albany, passed away at his home early
Tuesday morning, February 28, 2012.
Richard was born on October 11, 1924, in Albany to George and
Laurel (Pugh) Chandler; he attended Pine Grove School graduating
from Halsey High School in 1941 he attended Oregon State
University and L.B.C.C. He joined the Air Force in 1944 and
married Mary “Lee” Ericson on July 3, 1946 at Chanute A.F.B.,
Illinois. Richard retired a Colonel from the Air Force in 1973
after 31½ years of serving in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and
the Cold War. He was a member of the American Ex-Prisoners of
War and The F-86 Sabre Pilots Association.
Richard was decorated with the Silver Star, Legion of Merit,
Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal and the Navy
Gold Star. He lived in 11 states, as well as Little Walden,
England; France; Belgium; Okinawa; Philippines; Korea; Japan;
and Saudi Arabia. His professional education included Air
Command, Staff College and pilot training.
He is survived by his children, Catherine Swallow, Janice
Ranne, Richard Chandler, Charles Chandler, George Chandler and
Mary Ellen Chandler; brother George Chandler and sisters Flora
Jincks and Marilyn Chandler; 11 grandchildren and 4 great
grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and
A memorial service will be at 10:00am Monday March 5th at
Fisher Funeral Home; private family graveside will follow at a
later date. Memorial contributions to Evergreen Hospice may be
made in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. SW,
Albany, OR 97321.
Chase, Wilton L. Jr.
Mr. Wilton L. Chase Jr. of Matamoras, Pennsylvania, died Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at Bon Secours
Community Hospital. He was 84. He was born November 28, 1927 in Port Jervis, New York, the son of
the late Wilton L. Chase, Sr. and the late Debby Hapersberger Chase.
Wilton retired as a Laborer in
the Local 17 Union in Newburgh, New York. He and his wife Frances were members of St. Joseph's R.C. Church
He proudly served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War and was
honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. His courageous service earned him several medals that include
the Army of Occupation Medal, Japan Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Combat Infantry
Badge, United Nations Service Medal, Korean War Service Medal, and the Purple Heart Medal.
his loving wife of 60 years, Frances Chase, at home; his son, Gary M. Chase and his wife Marjorie of
Milford, Pennsylvania; his daughter, Lynn M. Burns and her husband Robert of Huguenot, New York; his sister,
Betty Decker and her husband Robert of Sparrowbush, New York; a sister-in-law, Stella Chase of Milford,
Pennsylvania; grandson, Raphy Perez; great granddaughter, Vyvyan Perez both of Huguenot, New York; and
several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Wayne and Warren Chase.
blessing service was held on Saturday, December 31st at 10:00am at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home.
Burial with Military Honors was at St. Mary's Cemetery, Port Jervis, New York.
Memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, New York 12550.
Chosin Reservoir veteran John Christiansen died in Huntington Hospital in San Marino, California, on
December 14, 2005. He was surrounded by family and will be missed.
Christopherson, Robert Glenn
Born December 17, 1930, Robert Glenn Christopherson died April 17, 1975. He was in the United
States Marine Corps and served in the Pusan Perimeter, where he lost his right leg in September of 1950.
After he returned to the states he was a drill instructor and range sergeant at Parris Island.
Frank Chumley, 78, of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, died Sunday, March 2, 2008 after a short illness.
He was born in Maury County, Tennessee on June 12, 1929. Frank was a devoted Christian, husband, father
and grandfather. He is survived by Jean Chumley, his wife of 62 years; daughters, Mrs. Jimmy (Dawn)
Czermak and Missi Dodge; granddaughters, Jamie and Maggie Czermak; one brother; three sisters; numerous
nieces, nephews and friends. Frank served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He was a member
of Chapter 86, Nashville, TN. He preached at congregations throughout the southeast for over 50
years. A celebration of his life was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at the Forest Lawn Chapel
with Stacey Durham officiating. Graveside service was held at 1 p.m. following the service at Rose Hill
Cemetery, Columbia, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to faithful gospel
preachers who are working to spread the Gospel.
Clark, E. Boyce
Earl Boyce Clark, a loving husband, father, grandfather and
friend passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. He was born in
Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 24, 1927 to Al and Ruth Clark.
His brother, Boyd, and sister, Beverly, predeceased him.
The Clark family moved to Seattle in August 1927. He attended
several Seattle grade schools, as well as Briscoe School located
in the Kent Valley. A graduate of O'Dea High School, he also
attended Seattle College (now Seattle University).
From 1945 to 1948 he served in the United States Marine
Corps. He was recalled to active duty at the outbreak of
the Korean War in 1950. While serving with the 7th Marine
Regiment, 1st Marine Division, he was wounded and twice received
the Purple Heart, along with the Korean Service Medal with three
bronze stars. Boyce was proud of his service to Country and
After his discharge in 1951 he was employed by the Washington
State Department of Social and Health Services and devoted the
next 27 years working on behalf of the Developmentally Disabled
at Fircrest School in Seattle.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Charlotte, of
Edmonds; sons, Michael (Barbara) and Dennis of Edmonds;
daughter, Diane of Edmonds; and proud grandfather to grandsons,
Taylor Michael Boyce Clark of Phoenix, Arizona and Spencer
Patrick Clark of Edmonds; and granddaughters, Eilea Noelle Angus
and Daydra Jane Angus of Edmonds.
He was very active in a number of Marine Corps and Veterans
related activities. These included the Marine Corps Heritage
Foundation, Life Member of the 1st Marine Division Association;
Military Order of the Purple Heart; and the Disabled American
Boyce lived the motto of the United States Marine Corps –
Semper Fidelis – he was "Always Faithful."
Final committal with Military Honors were held on Friday,
July 5, 2013, at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. A Memorial
Service to honor and celebrate his life will be held at Westgate
Chapel, 22901 Edmonds Way, Edmonds, on Saturday, July 20, 2013,
at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations would be
appreciated in Boyce's name to the Semper Fi Fund,
Clark, Jim L.
Jim L. Clark, Vet Korean War, died November 19, 2004, beloved husband of Beverly, nee Foxx; dear father
of Nicole (Tom) Fritsch; loving grandfather of Jordan; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Resting at
Beverly Ridge Funeral Home, 10415 S. Kedzie Avenue, where services will be held Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.
Interment Abraham Lincoln Cemetery. Member of AL Post #854 and Oak Lawn Lodge #1166 A.F. & A.M. In lieu of
flowers, memorials to Mt. Greenwood United Methodist Church, 11000 S. St. Louis, Chicago, IL 60655,
appreciated. Visitation Monday, 3 to 9 p.m. 773-779-4411.
Published in the Chicago Tribune on 11/22/2004.
Clarke, Warren J.
Warren Julian “ Sweet Pea ” Clarke, 80, of Lancaster,
Virginia, passed away peacefully on November 13, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Julia C. Clarke and
James A. Clarke, and three of his eleven brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his dedicated wife of twenty years, Joyce B.
Clarke; his children, Edward W. Clarke and his wife Melissa of
Williamsburg, Virginia, Judy C. Fay of Irvington, Tammy G.
Clarke of Callao, Virginia, Michael T. Clarke of Richmond,
Virginia, Stanley B. Bartlett and James A. Bartlett and his
wife, Jayme; grandchildren, Kirk and Jared Clarke, Jessica and
Chelsea Fay, Tyler Kipp Pinkard, Genevieve and Mackenzie
Bartlett; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Clarke served in the army during the Korean War and he
was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church in Alfonso, Virginia. He
was a self-employed building contractor who built over 100 homes
in the local area, and he was a loving husband and father who
enjoyed life and talking with everyone he met.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 17,
2013 at Currie Funeral Home with interment at Lebanon Baptist
Church in Alfonso, Va. The family will receive friends from 6:00
until 8:00 p.m. Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Currie Funeral
Home in Kilmarnock, Virginia.
Cleary, Thomas J. Jr.
Col. Thomas J. Cleary Jr., 84, of Lower Gwynedd Township, a
decorated Army career officer and a stockbroker, died Tuesday
(April 2000) from complications of pancreatic cancer at Overlook
Hospital in Summit, New Jersey.
When he retired from service in 1968, he had been awarded
four Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, an infantry badge with a
star, and two Purple Hearts, plus oak leaf clusters for his
Silver and Bronze Stars. After retirement, he was a
stockbroker with Merrill Lynch & Co. in Morristown, New Jersey,
A native of Philadelphia, Col. Cleary lived throughout the
world during his military career. Later, he resided in Denville,
New Jersey, and Boonton Township, New Jersey, until moving to
Lower Gwynedd in 1982. He also maintained a home in Plantation,
His career began in 1941 as a second lieutenant with the 25th
Infantry Division in Hawaii, and he reached the rank of major
after serving as an operations officer and battalion commander
with the 165th Infantry at Guadalcanal and in the Philippines
during World War II.
After the war, he served as governor of a Japanese town. He
attended the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort
Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1949 and served again as a battalion
commander during the Korean War. He spent three years as
military assistant, then special assistant to the secretary of
the army at the Pentagon, then was senior aide to the
commander-in-chief of the U.S. Army in Europe. Later, he
commanded the first battalion of the Sixth Infantry in Berlin.
He attended the Army War College and served as an instructor,
and he was promoted to colonel in 1961. He held various command
posts and, after getting a master's degree in journalism, became
chief of information for the Continental Army Command at Fort
Monroe, Va., and head of the thesis department for the war
A graduate of Northeast Catholic High School, he attended
Temple University and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy
at West Point, N.Y., in 1941. He held a master's degree in
international affairs from George Washington University and a
master's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin.
He was an avid runner and former handball champion.
For 33 years, he was the husband of Adeline Davies Cleary,
who died in 1979. He is survived by his wife of 17 years,
Catherine Fidelo Cleary; children Gina Cleary Moran and Lt. Col.
Thomas J. 3d; a brother; a sister; and six grandchildren.
A funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. May 5 at
Holy Trinity Chapel at the U.S. Military Academy. Burial, with
full military honors, will be in the post cemetery. The
family suggests contributions to the Pancreatic Cancer Action
Network, Box 4809, Palos Verdes, California 90274.
Clemens, Harold Arnold
Harold Arnold Clemens, born 02/04/1929 in Biloxi,
Mississippi, having relocated to Knoxville from the New Orleans
area after Katrina, passed away quietly at age 83 on Thursday
(August 2012) after a brief period in Respite Care.
"Clem", a Gunner's Mate aboard the USS Wiseman, DE 667 during
the Korean War, served as President and Treasurer for the
Chalmette Lions Club, and retired from IBM after 25 years of
service. He was instrumental in making The Barry Academy
possible in St. Bernard Parish.
Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Elizabeth
"Betty" Clemens; son, Barry Michael Clemens, Vashon Island,
Washington; daughter, Susan Clemens Wolfe, Knoxville, Tennessee;
and sisters, Betty Jean Williams, Atlanta, Georgia and Ruth
Clemens Ward, Scottsboro, Alabama. Harold was preceded in death
by his parents, George Arthur and Bertha Byrd Clemens, both of
Biloxi, MS. He will be laid to rest in the family cemetery in
Covington, Louisiana. In lieu of flowers, family has requested
donations in his honor to Lewy Body Dementia Association.
Cline, George Willis
I would like to notify the Korean War Educator web site of the death of my dad, George Willis Cline Jr.
He died on July 21, 2005 at his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He had spent close to 12 years in the Army
and left as a Sergeant 1st Class in the First Calvary Division. He very seldom spoke of things that
happened in the actual war, but he did open up to me and my nephew about some terrible things that had
happened to them. He was VERY proud to have served his country, and taught all four of his children to
love it and defend it whenever necessary. He did attend the appreciation ceremony in our home town a few
years ago, and was deeply touched by the gratitude of the Korean people he met.
Posted by Larry Cline, Christmas Eve 2005
Funeral services for Alvin (Pa) Clouse, age 85, of Silver
Point, will be held Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the
Chapel of Presley Funeral Home with burial to follow at Crest
Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday,
February 10th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Presley Funeral Home and
Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the services at Presley
Mr. Clouse passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014 at NHC
Healthcare, Cookeville. He was born May 18, 1928 in the Fredonia
community, near Manchester, TN., to the late Alvin L. and Sarah
(Sallie) Jones Clouse.
Mr. Clouse and his late wife, Lorretta Thomas Clouse were
married June 22, 1951 in Rossville, Georgia, and remained
married 54 years until her death.
Mr. Clouse was a member of Bussell Church of Christ. He was a
Veteran of the Korean War, where he was a member of the 32nd
Regimental Tank Company, the 77th Infantry Division, and a
member of The Chosen Few. He is also, a member of American
Legion Post #46, and VFW Post #6296. Mr. Clouse enjoyed
gathering information to help Pat Franklin publish a genealogy
book on the Clouse Clan. In addition to his wife and his
parents, he is preceded in death by: 2 brothers, Clifford and JC
Clouse; 2 sisters, Magdalene Teal and Elease Arnold.
Mr. Clouse is survived by: 1 son, Alvin Aaron Clouse, of
Cookeville; 2 daughters, Gloria Clouse and Nancy and Dennis Gaw,
all of Silver Point; 10 grandchildren, Joseph and Samantha
Clouse, of Cookeville, Justin Clouse, of Hermitage, TN, Joanne
Clouse, of Cookeville, Jeff and Melody Tollison, Jennifer
Tollison, Jeremy and Kayla Tollison, George Joshua and Angie
Tollison, Melissa Tollison, all of Cookeville, Solomon and Karen
Alcala, of Greely, Colorado, and Shane Buckley, of Cookeville;
10 great grandchildren, Joslynn Clouse, Isaac Clouse, Kalie
Buckley, Bianca Tollison, David Tollison, Corey Tollison, Easton
Tollison, Zack Tollison, Caleb Tollison, and Justus Alcala ; 1
great-great grandson, Colton Matthews, due May of this year; 1
sister, Ruth Reed, of Manchester, TN; 2 sisters in law, Jane
Clouse of Manchester and Freida Boyd of Cookeville; 4 brothers
in law, Clay Thomas, Austin and Paulette Thomas, all of Baxter,
Ralph and Oleda Thomas of Smithville, Clater and Stella Thomas,
of Cookeville, and a host of nieces and nephews. Also, a family
“Pa” adopted, Jeff, Kathy and Reid Null.
Bro. Stanley Gantt and Jeremy Tollison will officiate the
services. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary
pallbearers will be, Jeff Null, Zack Tollison, Caleb Tollison,
Easton Tollison, Corey Tollison, and Isaac Clouse.
Richard M. Cole
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Cole, Richard M.
My dad, Richard M. Cole died November 21, 1977 in Spain from cancer. His body was flown back for burial
at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. He was born February 12, 1931 in Portland, Oregon
to Albert and Tropha Cole. He lived in Oregon until his death. He always wanted to visit Spain and did
just that. He died peacefully in his sleep.
My dad served in Korea from April 22, 1951 to March 31, 1954. He was a map maker in Korea and got out
of the military as a TSGT. Dad married Barbara Carson in September of 1958 and they had three wonderful
daughters. Candy, Cindy and Deirdre. He was a favorite for all his nieces and nephews and especially us
kids. He now has 5 grandkids and 3 great grandkids. I know that wherever he is, he is watching all of us,
from his wife to his kids. We miss him lots and love him lots.
If anyone knew my dad, I would appreciate any and all stories and/or pictures of him while he was in
Korea. He never talked much about the war, but then again, we didn't ask. If I only knew then what I know
now.... We are proud of our dad, and all veterans. He knew that Candy and her husband are veterans of the
Navy, and I know that he knows his youngest daughter and her husband are proud veterans and retirees of
the Coast Guard.
So to all Korean Veterans, you are all heroes to me and my family, and to dad. I salute you and love
you! If you know my dad, please send any stories to
email@example.com. Thanks! [Deirdre L. (Cole) Alheim]
Melvin F. "Mel" Coleman
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Coleman, Melvin F. "Mel"
Melvin “Mel” F. Coleman passed away in the
Claremore Veterans Hospital near his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma on December
15, 2012. Mel served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Zellars during the Korean War's
Chosin Reservoir campaign. He was an electrical design engineer by
profession, retired from Rockwell International (now Boeing).
Mel was an active member of Christ United Methodist Church in
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Barbara, as well as
his children: Diana Harper, Mrs. Micheal (Suzanne) Hicks and
Todd Coleman and wife Melissa; stepchildren: Mrs. Jim (Sharon)
Bailey, Mrs. Michael (Susan) Davis and Christine Doshier.
He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 9
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 28,
at the church, 35th and Harvard in Tulsa. Contributions in Mel’s
memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the
American Heart Association.
Collingsworth, Raymond Edward
Eulogy of Raymond Edward Collingsworth
(deceased Thursday, March 9, 2006)
Raymond Edward Collingsworth
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Raymond Edward Collingsworth was born on October 24, 1930 in Portsmouth, OH, the oldest of four
children born into the home of Thomas Edward and Leona Nichols Collingsworth. Most of his growing-up years
were spent in the Wheelersburg, OH area. He would tell stories of both his Grandpa Collingsworth and
Grandpa Nichols, recalling times when their families visited back to the old home place in Kentucky. He
was the big brother to three fun-loving sisters, Ruby, Patsy and Janice, also born to Thomas & Leona.
Raymond only completed schooling through the 9th grade, then left home at a very young age to join the
United States Army. He was immediately trained and shipped to the Asian Theater, where the Korean War was
already in progress. Raymond always spoke with great love and respect of the years he spent in service to
his country. Matter of fact, just recently, he had told his son Phillip that he highly regretted that he
did not make a complete career of his Army service. He felt those years were the best years of his life
and in retrospect, had wished he had given all his years of strength to his country. Nothing roused
greater emotions or a livelier argument in him, than when issues of his nation, the military and politics
were mentioned. He loved to debate and would do so in a very lively exchange with anyone who disagreed
with his beloved Democratic Party.
On August 13, 1950, at just 19 years of age, Raymond was granted the 3rd highest medal available (among
more than 200 medals) to a soldier in the US Army. It might also be interesting to know that this medal is
only granted to 1 in about 500,000 soldiers and only 1 Silver Star has been awarded since the current
conflict with Iraq has ensued. This gives you some idea of its extreme significance.
The following is a synopsis of the actual presentation of the award made on August 13, 1950:
By direction of President Harry S Truman, the Silver Star (which you can see on display here tonight)
for gallantry in action is awarded to the following named officers and enlisted men: Private First Class
Raymond E. Collingsworth, RA15412586, Field Artillery, United States Army, a member of Battery B, 52nd
Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, is awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on
16 July 1950, near the Kum River, Korea. The 19th Regimental Combat Team, to which the 52nd Field
Artillery battalion was attached, had been overrun by overwhelmingly large enemy forces. The enemy had
also succeeded in placing a roadblock between the withdrawing American units and safety. Several
attempts had been made to clear the block. Private Collingsworth approached the senior officer present
and volunteered to undertake any duty assigned to him. In the face of withering enemy fire, he assisted
in rallying drivers, in overturning wrecked vehicles blocking the road, and in moving unattended
vehicles that were impeding progress. He assisted in leading the wounded on operable vehicles and
volunteered to man a machine gun that was mounted on one of them. With the approach of dusk, it was
determined that a last effort should be made to clear the roadblock since, at that time, enemy fire
would be less accurate. Just before the signal to move was given, the driver of a quarter-ton truck
abandoned his vehicle, thus blocking all behind him. Private Collingsworth coolly took over. He secured
an automatic rifleman and a rifleman to assist himself and the convoy started. Private Collingsworth
drove skillfully and courageously, refusing to stop even when other vehicles did so. He drove through
three islands of enemy resistance in his break for safety. By his daring coolness and gallantry, Private
Collingsworth assisted materially in extricating a group of completely surrounded men from certain
annihilation. His actions brought high credit to himself and to the military service. He entered the
military service from Dayton, Ohio.
This extraordinary display of courage and valor brought many accolades from home and he was the subject
of several newspaper articles both in the Dayton, OH and the Portsmouth, OH areas. Raymond was later
wounded in action and was transferred back to US soil where he was stationed at the Pentagon in Washington
DC. He was given a high security clearance, where it was his job to destroy and burn secret intelligence
documents relating to the War in Korea. By this time, he had been promoted to the classification of
Sergeant in the US Army. Raymond received a Honorable Discharge upon completing his time in the US
Army and he returned to Dayton, OH, where his parents now lived. He was able to obtain work right
away at Delco Moraine, a division of The General Motors Corporation, in Dayton and he remained employed
there for 37 years as a jobsetter, retiring in 1988.
On June 5, 1954, Raymond married his bride of 51 years, Billie Jacqueline Sparks. To their marriage was
born three children: Connie Rae, Rena Joy, and Phillip Brian. His wife Billie proceeded him in death by
just 14 weeks, after fighting a 6 year valiant battle with ovarian cancer. Just last week, a day or so
before he died suddenly and unexpectedly, he told his housekeeper that he was going to see Billie again
real soon and that he was ready to go. Raymond very rarely dressed up and to see him in a tie was almost
non-existent. But when those rare occasions came along and Billie coaxed, pleaded, and begged him into
putting on a tie and suit, he would always wear a tie clip, as he thought this was a part of the unusual
event of finally putting on a tie and it was only to be worn for a very special occasion. So it was with
much surprise that his Son-in-Law, Dave Hilligoss noticed that his tie clip was laid out on top of his
entertainment center just a day or so before he passed away. When Dave asked him why the tie clip was
laying out, in a reply that was the personification of Ray’s outlook on life, he told Dave not to worry
about it, that it was none of his business. He must have thought that seeing Billie again was a VERY
special occasion. So, he is dressed with that rare tie & tie clip tonight, as his daughter Rena ran out
and bought a new tie to go with the tie clip, after the rest of the family learned of this incident.
Raymond was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Billie J Collingsworth. He was also proceeded in
death by his parents, Thomas Edward Collingsworth and Leona Gebhart, and one sister, Patsy Storey. He is
survived by his children: Connie Rae and her husband, David Hilligoss of Arcadia, IN; Rena Joy and her
husband, Lowell Lavy of Versailles, OH; and his only son, Phillip Brian and his wife, Kimberly of
Burlington, KY. Also surviving are his two sisters, whom he loved dearly: Ruby and her husband, Bob
Linville of Dayton, OH and Janice and her husband Rob Mahoney of Columbus, IN. Ray and Billie had 11
grandchildren: Janella and her husband, Jonathan Thompson of Indianapolis, IN; Brandon and Justin
Hilligoss of Arcadia, IN; Regina and her soon-to-be husband, Jason Baker, of Erlanger, KY; Danette Lavy of
Erlanger, KY; Brent and Allyson Lavy of Versailles, OH; and Brooklyn, Courtney, Phillip & Olivia
Collingsworth, all of Burlington, KY. Also, surviving are a host of nieces and nephews, some of which are
present here tonight.
Raymond will always be remembered as a man who was very diligent in his work ethic, rarely missing a
single day of work in his 37 yrs of employment at General Motors Corp. Even when a terrible blizzard hit
the Dayton, OH area in 1977 and everyone else in the neighborhood was inside, trying to stay warm, Ray was
outside, alone, trying to get his car started, planning to head out for work, until he found out that even
his shop was closed, due to the weather. He always faithfully provided for his family. His children will
never forget those Hershey Candy Bars and Matchbox Cars he brought home every Friday, when he stopped to
cash his paycheck at Diamond Drug Store, on his way home each Friday evening.
Raymond forged some close friendships with neighbors who lived in the neighborhood where he & Billie
lived in the same home for 49 years. When Ray & Billie bought the home at 5355 Haverfield Road, Dayton, OH
in December 1955, they had only been married for 1 ½ years and the home was brand new. They were its only
occupants. Charles & Sue Blackwell, Dan & Pat Votaw, and Harold & Mary Brown were long-time nearby
neighbors who became close friends with Ray & Billie and all helped out many times when their health
failed. Ray knew he could call any of these friends to simply walk across the street and help when he and
Billie could not do things for themselves. Their children wish to express their sincere thanks to these
three couples for the support and friendship you gave to Ray & Billie in their declining years.
Raymond will be remembered for his love of nature, as he always had bird feeders filled with food and
watched with great interest as the different species of birds flocked to the feeders. He loved gardening
and always kept both an abundant vegetable and flower garden at his home. Many of you here tonight have
enjoyed the samples of tomatoes he was so proud of, coming from his own garden. His children will never
forget the experiences of their mom & dad canning tomatoes from the garden, then having the jars explode
all over the pantry closet. They’ll also never forget the crooked Christmas Trees that were picked out by
the children, then brought home for him to try and set up. The scene will forever be in their minds of
Raymond, trying to get them to stand up straight, and his signature response to such crazy situations.
He’ll also be remembered for his love of working with his hands. Both he and his sisters Ruby & Janice
loved crafts and would work together on projects, a lot of them built by Raymond’s own hands by spending
many hours in the workshop in his garage. The beautiful Oak Casket that is the final resting place for
Raymond was chosen by his children to signify his love for working with wood and he would have so loved
and appreciated the artistry and craftsmanship that went into making the casket.
To each of you that have joined his family tonight to remember Raymond, thank you for coming. You have
honored Raymond, just by being present.
Collins, Edward J.
1LT Edward J. Collins, US Army, passed away 2 December 2007.
Edward served in the 8240 AU during the Korean War. Among his
awards and decoration are the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Korean
Service Medal w/two bronze stars and the United Nations Service
Medal. Edward was a member of the Special Forces Association,
Combat Infantryman’s Association, VFW, American Legion and
Korean War Veteran’s Association. He retired from GTE after
thirty years of service. He is survived by his former wife
Elinor Collins; daughter Kathleen Kermarrec; two grandsons,
James Collins and Kane McGee of Billerica; two sisters Mary
Winters and Irene Spellman of Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Collis, Clifford E. Sr.
Clifford E. Collis Sr. died of cancer in January 1998.
Conde, Gabe "Moose"
Member of Stable Able 1/7, Gabe "Moose" Conde of St. Louis, Missouri passed away 1/25/2006 in St.
Gabriel Clarence Conde 'Moose' age 79, Tuesday January 24, 2006. Beloved husband of the late Virginia
E. Conde (nee Winkler); Loving father of Mary Rae (Greg) Hunt and Martin Conde; Dear grandfather of Trevor
(Katie); and great grandfather of Tyler; Dearest brother of Marie Faulkner, James Conde and the late
Noralee LeBrun, Cortez, Harrison, Percy and John Conde. Our dear brother in law, uncle, great uncle,
cousin and friend. Services: Visitation at KUTIS South County Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd. (Butler Hill)
on Sunday January 29 from 3-9pm then taken to Trinity Lutheran Church, 812 Soulard (63104) for Funeral
Services Monday January 30 at 10 am. Interment St. Trinity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions to
Trinity Lutheran Church appreciated..."
From: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Newspaper online edition
Published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on 1/28/2006.
Conway, John Leonard Jr.
John Leonard "Johnny" Conway, Jr., age 83 of Danville, Virginia, and formerly of Patrick County, passed
away Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Danville Regional Hospital.
He was born in Patrick County on May 24, 1929 to the late John Leonard Conway, Sr. and Delsie Jessup
Conway. In addition to his parents, Mr. Conway was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Conway. He served
in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Korean Happy Warriors where he
served as Treasurer, and was a member of the Poquoson Red Man Club, American Legion Post 325, and of the
J.W. Oakes Sunday School Class at North Main Baptist Church. In 1956, he began working with APAC (formerly
Thompson Arthur Paving Company), retiring in 1993 as Division President.
Mr. Conway is survived by his wife, Virginia Hylton Conway of the home; one son and daughter-in-law,
Leonard and Leslie Conway of Greensboro, North Carolina; one daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Gary Warren
of Blairs; one grandson, David Warren; and one great-grandson, Brandon Warren.
Funeral services for Mr. Conway will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with
Rev. Greg Palmer officiating. Burial will follow in Patrick Memorial Gardens with military rites by the
Patrick County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m. at the funeral home, and at other times at the home. If desired, memorials may be made to the
Danville Cancer Association, 2323 Riverside Drive, Danville, Virginia 24540.
Vernon W. Cook, 81, of Westville, Illinois, passed away at
12:46 p.m. Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Carle Foundation
Hospital Urbana. Burial was in Sts. Peter and Paul
Cemetery, Westville, with military rites by Westville American
Legion Post 51.
Vernon was born June 7, 1933, n "Belgium" Westville,
Illinois, to George and Elizabeth Nier Cook. He married
Ernesta Bahamello on August 14, 1954, at St. Mary's Catholic
church, Westville. She survives. Also surviving are
one son, Brian Cook; three grandchildren, Daniel Cook, Jessica
Cook and Jacob Cook; and several nieces and nephews. He
was preceded in death by two sons, Carl Cook and Glen Cook; two
sisters, Gwendolyn Cook and Shirley Ferber; and one brother,
Vernon graduated from Westville High School in 1951 along
with his wife of 60 years. He served in the U.S. Navy
onboard the USS Chukawan during the Korean War. He was an
Illinois State Police officer, serving in District 10, from 1956
until he retired in 1983. He later served as a federal
court security officer for the U.S. Marshal Service at the
federal courthouse in Danville, Illinois.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 51 in Westville,
as well as St. Mary's Catholic Church in Westville.
Cooper, Lt. Gen. Charles G.
Lt. General Charles G. Cooper, (USMC Ret.) passed away on 26 April 2009, at National Naval Medical
Center in Bethesda, at the age of 81, surrounded by his loving family. "Charlie" was born on 24 December
1927, in Clarksdale, MS, where he graduated from Bobo High School in 1945. An All-State tackle in high
school, he went on to play varsity guard and tackle at the University of Mississippi and the Naval
Academy, where he graduated in 1950. In September 1950, he married the love of his life, Carol Edgerton at
the Naval Academy Chapel.
After completing The Basic School in March 1951, Charlie was assigned to Company B-1-5, First Marine
Division in Korea as a rifle platoon commander. Seriously wounded in the Korean counter-offensive of 1951,
he received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart Medal (two awards). Overcoming the prognosis of
career-ending injuries, he returned to full duty in early 1953, eventually commanding infantry units at
every level. He served twice as battalion commander (2/8, Second Marine Division and 1/7, First Marine
Division in Vietnam), was CO of Marine Barracks-Washington DC, CG 1 Marine Amphibious Force/ First Marine
Division, CG MCRD-San Diego, and CG Marine Corps Base, Camp LeJeune. He also served as Marine Corps
Congressional Liaison, and Director of Manpower, USMC. Charlie retired as Commanding General, Fleet Marine
Forces Pacific, in 1985.
Throughout his 35 year career, he was recognized as an inspirational leader who passionately fostered
his "Band of Brothers" concept. After leaving active duty, he consulted on defense related issues, was a
guest lecturer on leadership and political/military affairs, and remained devoted to and active in Marine
Corps affairs. In 2004, he received USNA's Distinguished Graduate Award.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Carol; children, Captain Charles G. "Chip" Cooper III,
USN (Ret.) and Linda Cooper Thompson and husband Steve; former daughter-in-law, Maria Cooper; sister,
MaryAnn West; and brother, "Bill" Cooper.
To his adoring family, Charlie Cooper was a beacon of love and a hero who illustrated to all how to
live life to the fullest. Funeral services will be held at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA on
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 1 p.m. with friends and family gathering at the Chapel at 12:30 p.m.
Interment with Full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery will follow. Arrangements by Murphy
Funeral Home of Arlington.
Published in Washington Times from August 10 to September 8, 2009
Cooper, Rudolph William
SGM Rudolph William Cooper, US Army retired, passed away 25
April 2008 at the VA Hospice Center in Washington , DC . Rudy
was assigned to CCS, MACV-SOG. His other Special Forces
Assignments included the 5th (RVN & CONUS, 7th and 10th (CONUS)
Special Forces Groups and two tours with 46th Special Forces
Company. Rudy was one of the few Special Forces Soldiers to have
received the Combat Infantry Badge 3rd Award for Combat Service
in WW II, Korea and Vietnam . Also among his many wards and
decorations are the Silver Star, 10 Bronze Stars and 3 Purple
Hearts. He is survived by two daughters, three grandsons, a
brother and four great-grandchildren
Corkill, Lee J. Jr.
Lee J. Corkill, Jr., 78, a resident of the Armed Forces
Retirement Home in Washington, DC, died Saturday, October 13,
2007. Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1929 and lived during his
youth in San Antonio, Texas. He attended Jefferson High
School and later graduated in 1950 from St. Mary's University,
where he served as editor of The Rattler newspaper from 1949 to
1950. Lee received his masters of science and journalism
at Northwestern University in 1959.
Lee served during the Korean War with Baker Company, 15th
Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, and was awarded the
Purple Heart and Silver Star for valor. When not dodging
bullets Lee reported for the Army's Public Information Office (PIO)
while in Korea.
His business career spanned 30+ years as an associate editor
with Morrison Knudsen Corporation in Idaho; in Houston, Texas as
Editor at Exxon Oil Company (Humble Oil & Enco) and Gulf
Publishing Company. Later in life Lee earned his license
in counseling where his career included Director of Herman
Hospital Alcohol Rehabilitation Center in Houston, then private
practice and work with area halfway houses. Lee was an
avid art painter with a special focus on oils and was a member
of SRF Church.
He is survived by sons Kevan and Vann Corkill, daughter Nan
Sutherland, granddaughter Stephanie Sutherland, stepdaughters
Tralene Vassilopoulos and Joy Welch, and step-granddaughter
Cornish, Robert J.
Robert J. Cornish, 73, of Fairmount, died Thursday, April 7, 2005, at Community Hospital. Born in
Ogdensburg, NY, he was the son of the late Harold and Lena Cornish. He served in the United States Marine
Corps during the Korean War. He retired from Onondaga Beverage and T. J. Sheehan, where he worked for over
33 years. Robert was past commander and a lifetime member of the Tipperary Hill Post #1361, and a past
member of the Salt City VFW and Korean War Veterans. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Marion (Brigandi);
daughters, Debbie (Alvin) Burch of Weedsport, Judy (Roma) Miller of Baldwinsville, and Wendy (Randy)
Bochino of Fairmount; seven grandchildren, Alvin and Christie Burch, R.J. and Erica Miller, Randy,
Chelsea, and Bobbie Bochino; two sisters, Shirley Parhow of Weedsport and Joanne Morrison of Solvay; and
several nieces and nephews. Services were held at the Edward J. Ryan & Son Funeral Home and 10 a.m. in
Holy Family Church. Burial was in Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Published in the Syracuse Post Standard on 4/9/2005.
Corrick, Leslie Roy "Les"
Leslie Roy "Les" Corrick, 78, of Walker, Minnesota, passed
away peacefully at his daughter’s home in Bemidji while
surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, October 26, 2013.
The family will have a private memorial service and time of
remembrance at a later date.
Leslie Roy Corrick was born July 23, 1935, in Walker,
Minnesota to Clarence and Anna (Rittinger) Corrick. He attended
the Walker Elementary and Walker High School through the 11th
grade. He was drafted into the US Army in 1958 and served our
country honorably as an artillery truck driver in Korea. He
obtained the rank of Army Specialist.
In 1971 Les started a family with Esther Nelson in the Walker
area. He worked as a logger for over 45 years, where he was
cutting and trucking logs for the lumber industry. Les loved to
spend time with his family and friends. He had a great sense of
humor and at times could be quite a jokester. He loved the
outdoors and some of his favorite activities included hunting,
fishing, gardening, harvesting wild rice, and boat building.
Les is survived by his two daughters, Cristy (Darrin Sr.)
Blanchette of Howard Lake, Minnesota and Cheryl (Donald) Carlson
of Bemidji, Minnesota; one son, Curtis (Megan) Corrick of
Guthrie, Minnesota; two brothers, Larry (Ardith) Corrick of
Walker and Clayton (Diane) Corrick of Spearfish, South Dakota;
and three sisters, Mary Louise Johnson of Minneapolis, Eileen
(Ed) Pattson of Park Rapids, Minnesota, and June Head of Meringo,
Iowa. Les is also survived by a very special friend, Marcy Buck
of Walker, as well as 14 grandchildren and many nieces and
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Anna
Corrick, a sister, Barbara Gunther, and one brother, Earl
Counts, Charles W.
Charles W. Counts, veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, died November 2003.
Covel, Hubert K. Jr.
H.K. Covel Jr. was born July 9, 1933 and died March 24, 2001. He was serving as a PFC in the Army
in the 1950s when he lost his right eye in a jeep windshield accident during a training combat mission.
He lived in Oklahoma and worked in the oilfield business for 35 years. He was killed in a traffic
accident near Goldsby, Oklahoma on March 24, 2001 when his vehicle was bumped by another vehicle. He
was buried in Sunset Memorial Park, Cleveland County, OK.
Hubert Covel is survived by his wife Carolyn Joan Ross Covel, sons Tracy Covel and country music artist
Toby Keith Covel, and daughter Tonni Covel.
Cox, Bobby Joe
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Bobby Joe Cox of Almont, age 76, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 27, 2006, at his home
after an extended illness. Bobby Joe was born April 19, 1930 in Dickson, Tennessee, the son of
Alfred and Rosa Mai Cox. He later served in the Korean War, where he earned many honors, including a
Purple Heart. However, due to his humble nature, Bobby Joe refused the Purple Heart, saying there were
others who were more deserving than himself. Likewise, his family, knowing the amazing person he was,
believes he was truly deserving of the Purple Heart he left behind. He was a Staff Sergeant in
Company M, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.
On October 12, 1978, Bobby Joe married Pauline Ann Wegner in Lapeer. The two enjoyed many family times
together, traveling, bingo, gambling, hunting, and fishing from their boat called “The Little Brown Jug.”
Later, in 1995, Bobby Joe retired from the Chrysler Corporation after many years of dedicated service.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Pauline Cox of Almont; children, Kevin (Kathy) Cox of
Metamora, Darrell Cox of New Baltimore, Debra Wegner of Imlay City, Kimberly Wegner of Lapeer, Karen (Ron)
Ruzycki of Goodland Twp.; grandchildren, Kevin (Heather) Cox, Samantha and Jessica Cox, Heather Moore,
Crystal (Ed) Guerrero, Nicholas and Tifani VanDenBerg, and Kristole Ruzycki; great-grandchildren, Cameron
and Corey Cox, Madison Lowe, Dominik and Aden Guerrero. His parents, and his only brother, William
Cox, preceded Bobby Joe in death.
Visitation was at Kaatz Funeral Home in Capac. A military funeral service was held Thursday, August 31,
1 p.m., at the Funeral Home in Capac. Burial took place at West Berlin Cemetery in Berlin Township,
followed by a luncheon in the Berlin Twp. Hall in Allenton. Heartland Hospice Chaplin Burt Davis
officiated over the service.
Cox, Jack H.
Jack H. Cox, veteran of World War II and Korea, died September 1989 and was buried in Lithia Springs,
Coxen, Richard K.
Richard K. Coxen, 84, of Fitzgerald, died Friday, November
15, 2013, at the Carl Vinson V.A. Medical Center in Dublin.
Funeral services will be held at 3 PM, Monday, November 18,
2013, at First Baptist Church in Fitzgerald with the Rev. Dr.
Mike Ruffin and the Rev. Robert Couey officiating. Rick Ellis
will give the eulogy. Interment will follow in Evergreen
Cemetery with full military honors. The family will receive
friends from 7-9 Sunday evening at the funeral home in
Mr. Coxen was born March 5, 1929, in Red Lion, Pennsylvania
to the late Jacob Eugene Coxen and the late Bertha Malehorn
Coxen Stough. He was raised by his mother and stepfather:
Chester Stough. Mr. Coxen joined the Army and later the Air
Force, retiring as a highly decorated Tech Sergeant, after
honorably serving our country for over 26 years. He served
during three different conflicts including World War II, Korea,
and Vietnam. He was a prisoner of war during the Korean War and
during his career received many awards and commendations
including: a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, and
the Air Force Commendation Medal. He was a member of the Mars
McDonald Post 99, American Legion.
Following his retirement, Mr. Coxen moved to Fitzgerald in
1973 from Blytheville, Arkansas. He also retired from civil
service as a hazardous materials manager at Robins Air Force
Base. He formerly worked as a patrolman for the Fitzgerald
Police Department and served as the building and grounds
maintenance supervisor for First Baptist Church for many years.
A longtime member of First Baptist Church, Mr. Coxen was a
deacon, a member of the Baracca Sunday school class and served
on the American Red Cross Disaster Response Team. He loved to
fish and landscape, especially flowers.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years: Shirley Reeves Coxen
of Fitzgerald; children and their spouses: Laurie & C.A. Smith
of Magee, Mississippi, Sherry & Rick Ellis of Irwin County,
Kenneth & Janet Coxen of Dublin, Cyndee & William Smallwood and
Stephanie & LaRue Stanfill, all of Fitzgerald; grandchildren and
their spouses: Stephen (Jennifer Serafin) Coxen, Lindsay & Shane
Conger, Ryan & Leslie McDonald, Dr. Tiffany & Tyler Thomas,
Whitney & Michael Wallace, Katie & Tyler Griffin, Christy & Ben
Jacobs, Brittany & Marc Milton, Jessica Stanfill, and Jacob
Stanfill; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister: Esther & George
Prouse of Kannapolis, North Carolina; and sisters-in-law:
Barbara Coxen of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Betty Sims of
Fitzgerald, Martha & Fred McDowell of Eagles Landing, Vicki
Harris of Fitzgerald, Peggy Reeves of Marietta, and Dot Reeves
of Louisville, Kentucky. He is also survived by several aunts,
uncles, and cousins in Pennsylvania. In addition to his parents
and step-father, he was preceded in death by a brother: Gene
Coxen and a grandson: Austin Smith.
Craig, Norman Charles
Norman Charles Craig, a Marine who fought in the Korean War, died in his sleep Monday at his West
Baltimore home. He was 73. Born and raised in West Baltimore, Mr. Craig graduated in 1949 from Frederick
Douglass High School, where he had been a member of the school's boxing team. He enlisted in the Marine
Corps in 1951 and, after completing basic training, was sent into combat with the 1st Marine Division in
Korea. During his tenure in Korea, Mr. Craig participated in some of the most furious fighting of the war,
including the assault on Pork Chop Hill. [article dated 2003]
Crain, Dennis Felbert
Mr. Dennis F. Crain, 79, entered into rest Tuesday, April 18, 2006. Mr. Crain was born in East
Lake, North Carolina, the son of the late John Will and Martha Jane Bateman Crain. He was pre-deceased by
a son, Rex Allen Grover. Mr. Crain was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Army in World War II and
from 1955-1956 with Co C, 13th Armored Infantry Battalion and Headquarters Co. CCA 3 AD. He enlisted at
Ft. Bragg, North Carolina in 1945, and was a Chief of Police for 23 years. The "Guitar Man" as he was
known to many, sold guitars and stringed instruments in the area. Mr. Crain is survived by his wife Irma
Jo Bishop Crain, daughter and son-in-law Lynn and James Holton of Midway, Georgia, a sister Ina McGowan,
and a niece Ginger Mackel, both of Bellhaven, North Carolina.
Cronin, Edward Joseph
Edward Joseph Cronin, Jr. died on June 21, 2012 at Colonial Oaks on Vista in Pasadena, Texas. He was
born on October 30, 1925 in Norristown.
After graduation from Norristown High in 1943, he enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II.
When Edward was discharged, he attended and received his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from
the University of Notre Dame. He worked for Philadelphia Electric until he returned to active duty in the
Marine Corps during the Korean War.
He lost a leg in Korea while serving as a platoon leader of Company B, First Battalion, First Marines,
First Marine Division (Reinforced). He received the Purple Heart and was presented with the Silver
Star by Admiral Nimitz on December 13, 1951. The citation for his Silver Star is posted on the
Korean War Educator's Silver Star page.
Edward married Betty Jean Padgett in Natchez, Mississippi on October 4, 1952. He worked as a mechanical
engineer for General Electric until his retirement in 1985. Edward was a member of Mount Carmel Catholic
Church in Houston, Texas.
Survivors include his son Edward and his wife Jayne, daughter Ellen and her husband Scott Moreland, two
grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and sisters Frances Harris of Creamery, Pa and Ruth Cronin of
Plymouth Meeting, Pa. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Jean in 2007 and his son Michael in 1981.
A mass and memorial service will be held in Laurel, Ms where he will be buried with his wife of 55
years. Memorial contributions can be made to Wounded Warriors.
Crowl, Phillip Lyle
Funeral services for Phillip L. Crowl, 82, of Humboldt, Iowa
will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 9, at the Zion Lutheran
Church in Humboldt with burial at the Indian Mound Cemetery,
rural Humboldt. Graveside military rites to be performed by
Sathers-Odgaard VFW Post 5240 and American Legion Adams Post
#119. Visitation with the family will be Friday, Feb. 8, from
4-7 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the
service on Saturday. The Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home of Humboldt
is in charge of the arrangements.
Phillip Lyle Crowl was born March 20, 1930, in Goldfield,
Wright County, Iowa. He was the youngest of four children to
Herbert and Lenore (Debord) Crowl. He was baptized June 8, 1930,
at the Goldfield Methodist Church by Pastor D. M. Simpson and
was confirmed April 8, 1945, by Rev. Fred M. Schultz of the
Goldfield United Methodist Church.
He attended school in Goldfield and graduated with the class
of 1948. Following graduation, Phil served in the U.S. Navy from
December 10, 1948, to December 9, 1949, aboard the escort
Carrier USS Bairoko CVE 115; Naval reserves from December 10,
1949, to May 7, 1952; served as a seaman during the Korean War
from May 8, 1952, to December 18, 1953; and was in the inactive
reserves from December 19, 1953, to December 18, 1957.
He was united in marriage while on leave from the Navy to
Wilma Loretta Lehman on November 2, 1952, at the bride’s home.
The couple then made their home in San Diego, Calif., while Phil
was serving in the U.S. Naval Beach Group One Coronado. The
couple resided in Dakota City, Iowa, from 1954-1956, and then
from 1956 to present in Humboldt. Phil worked for W & H Co-op
Oil Company for 27 years, Hy-Capacity, Garrison Ford, Humboldt
Community Schools for 13 years and retired in June 1995. He
worked other various jobs after retirement including John’s Ag
Service and working with his son at Bruce’s Funeral Home, Fort
Phil was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, had
participated in the Humboldt and area barbershop choruses,
volunteered for the Food Share Program and was a member of the
American Legion Adams Post 119. Music was always an important
part of Phil’s life and he shared that love with his family. He
enjoyed bus trips with Wilma, spending time with family, working
in his woodshop and meeting and joking with friends several
times a week at Hy-Vee.
Survivors include his children: Bret and Candace Crowl, of
Ackley, and Colleen Lundgren and Bob Petersen of Sutherland;
seven grandchildren, Ryan, Stefan and Ian Crowl of Fort Dodge,
Kara Rewerts of Waverly, Matthew Rewerts of Ackley, Drew Green
and Allie Lundgren of Sutherland; five great-grandchildren, Emma
Mathis and Bentley Green of Fort Dodge, Vernon Gebers III,
Sariah Lee and Emmett Green of Sutherland; one brother, Ray and
Ruby Crowl of East Dubuque, Illinois; sister- in-law, Bonnie
Crowl of Waterloo; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded
in death by his parents; his wife of 57 years and best friend,
Wilma; his sister, Dorothy Pletcher Jones; and his brother,
Phil died Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Humboldt North
Care Center with his family by his side after a lengthy battle
with end-stage renal failure. He was 82 years, 10 months and 11
days old. Phil’s family and friends who love him will forever
miss his kindness, guidance, generosity and his infectious sense
Crowne, Frank J. "Bud"
Major Frank J. "Bud" Crowne (USA Ret.), 76, Annaplis,
Maryland, who served in the Army for 20 years and later was a
management analyst with the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, died
of kidney failure August 17, 1998 at Walter Reed Army Medical
Center. He lived in Annapolis.
Mr. Crowne served as an armored division captain in Europe
during World War II, and participated in the invasion of
Normandy. He also served in Korea during the Korean War. His
honors included a Silver Star and Bronze Medal.
He taught military science at the U.S. Military Academy at
West Point and Princeton and Cornell universities and was
assigned to the American embassy in Brussels. He retired from
the Pentagon in 1961, with the rank of master sergeant, as a
noncommissioned officer chief administrator with Army
intelligence. In retirement, he was a major with the Army
After leaving the Army, he was a management analyst with the
Agriculture Department. He retired from the bank board in 1983.
He also founded Bowieland Inc., which developed a service center
of rental and repair shops in Bowie.
Mr. Crowne wrote a tourist guide to Europe that was published
His marriage to Alice Marshall ended in divorce. Survivors
include his wife, Barbara Meisnere Crowne of Annapolis; six
children from his first marriage, Frank Crowne of Laurel, Jim
Crowne of Bowie, Jeff Crowne of London, Kathy Kuhn of Sterling,
Shari Corley of Chester, Md., and Greg Crowne of Manassas; four
stepchildren, Steve Meisnere of Bowie, Robert Meisnere of
Washington, Jeff Meisnere of Knightdale, N.C., and Karen Nast of
Dallas, Pa.; a brother, a sister; and 14 grandchildren.
Services will be held on Monday, August 31, 1998 at St. Pius
X Catholic Church, 14720 Annapolis Rd., Bowie, MD. at 11 a.m.
Interment Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
In Memory of Frank J. Crowne, memorial contributions may be made
to Project Excellence, an inner city educational fund, 3251-C
Sutton Pl., NW, Washington, DC 20016.
Bill R. Crum, 86, of Newman, Illinois, passed away on Monday,
October 06, 2014 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
Funeral services were held at the Joines-Appleby Funeral Home in
Newman. Burial was at the Highland Memorial Cemetery in
Mount Carmel, Illinois.
Bill was born on December 08, 1927, in Mount Carmel, a son of
George and Bernice Bishop Crum. He married Joella Imbler
on December 28, 1946, in Mount Carmel. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, Debbie (James) Ingram of
Metcalf, Steve (Theresa) Crum of Eddyville, Kentucky, and Kevin
(Angie) Crum of Mount Carmel. Grandchildren Amy, Ross,
Nicole, Erin, Logan and Tanner and great-grandchildren Jared,
Ella, Graham and Lucy also survive.
Bill was a former teacher and football coach in the area.
He was a Korean War veteran, a member of the Newman American
Legion, and a member of the Newman United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Newman (Illinois) United
Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society or the American
Cundiff, John H. Jr.
Mr. John H. Cundiff, Jr., 84, of Johnson City, passed away
Wednesday, December 31, 2014, in the John M. Reed Nursing
Mr. Cundiff was a native of Johnson City. He spent his
working years in Orlando, Florida and returned to Johnson
City after he retired. He was the son of the late John
Harrison and Ruby Mae Vaught Cundiff.
Mr. Cundiff was a U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean War.
He retired from Boone High School in Orlando, Florida.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by
one sister, Verna Wayman and one brother, Wayne Cundiff.
Survivors include his wife of sixty-four years, Mary
Gordon Cundiff; two daughters, Kathy Adair Herington and her
husband, Tom, and Mary Lee Cundiff; two sons, John Alan
Cundiff and his wife, Karen, and Gary Steven Cundiff and his
wife, Becky; nine grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren.
The family of Mr. John H. Cundiff, Jr. will receive
friends from 12 to 2 PM Saturday, January 3, 2015, in the
Morris-Baker Chapel. The graveside committal service will
follow at 2:30 PM in the Monte Vista Memorial Park. The
Boone Dam Post # 4933 and the Tennessee National Guard will
accord military honors.
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Mr. John H. Cundiff, Jr., 84, of Johnson City, Tennessee,
passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2014, in the John M. Reed
Nursing Home, Limestone.
Mr. Cundiff was a native of Johnson City. He spent his
working years in Orlando, Florida and returned to Johnson City
after he retired. He was the son of the late John Harrison and
Ruby Mae Vaught Cundiff. Mr. Cundiff was a U.S. Marine veteran
of the Korean War. He retired from Boone High School in Orlando,
Survivors include his wife of sixty-four years, Mary Gordon
Cundiff; two daughters, Kathy Adair Herington and her husband,
Tom, and Mary Lee Cundiff; two sons, John Alan Cundiff and his
wife, Karen, and Gary Steven Cundiff and his wife, Becky; nine
grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren. In addition to
his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Verna
Wayman and one brother, Wayne Cundiff.
The family of Mr. John H. Cundiff, Jr. will receive friends
from 12 to 2 PM Saturday, January 3, 2015, in the Morris-Baker
Chapel. The graveside committal service will follow at 2:30 PM
in the Monte Vista Memorial Park. The Boone Dam Post # 4933 and
the Tennessee National Guard will accord military honors. In
lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions
be made to the charity of your choice.
Curtis, Robert W.
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Robert Whitman Curtis, born June 9, 1918 in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully Christmas
Morning, December 25, 2011, at the age of 93, surrounded by his family.
Bob grew up in Menomonie, Wisconsin. He had a highly decorated career in the U.S. Army beginning at age
16 when he entered the National Guard as an enlisted man. As a member of the Wisconsin National Guard and
the 32nd Division in 1939, Bob was sent to Australia. His division fought its way to the Philippines, and
while in battle he received a direct battlefield commission. Bob was wounded eight times in World War II.
He received a Combat Infantry Badge with two Silver Stars, the Army’s third highest award for bravery. He
also received two Bronze Stars and his first Purple Heart for getting wounded in combat.
Bob also served in the Korean War with the 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, where he
received his second battlefield commission at the age of 32, and in September 1950 was awarded the Silver
Star. He fought in the battle of Chipyong-ni and is mentioned in several historical accounts of that
In both World War II and Korea, Bob fought in the front line. He retired as a Major in 1964, and later
commanded a reserve post in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where he concluded his career as a Lt. Colonel.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ingrid, and their children, Richard (Paula) Curtis, Pat (Mike)
Denzer, Mary Curtis and Cathy Curtis (Andy Rebsamen); his sister Peg Boettcher of McLean, Virginia, and
seven grandchildren – Aaron, Brooke, Bob, Michelle, Amanda, Dan and Michael.
He will be fondly remembered for his kindness and love of all people. Bob was extremely proud of his
military career and his ability to lead and gain the respect of his fellow soldiers. He was loved and
respected by his soldiers because they knew he would always watch out for them, just as he did his family.
A lover of animals, especially his and other dogs, he always carried dog treats in his pockets and handed
them out to every dog he came across. He was a peaceful man, even though he was a distinguished soldier,
having risen from private to a Lt. Colonel in his career.
A memorial service will be held at Soldiers Chapel, Fort Lewis, WA on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at
10:00 am; graveside services will follow at 1:15 pm at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. Memorial Gifts
may be made to: Army Wounded Warriors
Cuthrell, Jack L.
Jack L. Cuthrell, 80, of West Salem, Ohio, died April 22, 2010. He was buried in the Ohio Western
Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. Born October 22, 1929, he served in the Army during the Korean War.
He retired in 1990 from NASA Lewis.
He is survived by his wife Elisabeth (Burger) Cuthrell; five children, Andre, Harald, Mark Cuthrell,
Sheila Behnke, and Vicky Cuthrell; 12 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; and a sister Pauline
To let fellow comrades know, Sgt. William Cyr who served with the U.S. Army's Third Infantry Division
in Korea, died June 2, 2006, at home.