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Cady, Leon Ashley

CADYLEON   Leon 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 Administration, Newington.

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 II.

"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 Workers Union.

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 Ross.

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, Sunday, 30-APR-2000]

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 engagements.

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 colonel.

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 family.

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, Arcola, Illinois. 

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.

Cantarella, Michael

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

Carcamo, Eddie

Eddie M. Carcamo passed away at the Loma Linda VA on 11/24/05.  He was a Korean War veteran and former POW.

Carletello, Nicky

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 Korea.

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 Tyler, Texas.

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 Merit.

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 years.

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.

He 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 08066.

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 23, 2012.

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 great-great-grandchildren.

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 Sawyer.

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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Cekander, Duane

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. 24.

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. Army.

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 Anastasia Strimike.

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.

Published in 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 31 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 wife.

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 in Matamoras.

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.

Surviving are 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.

A 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.

Christiansen, John

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.

Chumley, Frank

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 Corps.

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 Veterans.

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, www.semperfifund.org.

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, until 1982.

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, Florida.

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 college.

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

Clouse, Alvin

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 Funeral Home.

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 ladaea@adelphia.net. 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 Tulsa.

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 great-grandchildren.

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 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. Louis.

Obituary:

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.

Cook, Vernon

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, Earl Cook.

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 Laura Welch.

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 nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Anna Corrick, a sister, Barbara Gunther, and one brother, Earl Corrick.

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, Georgia.

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 Fitzgerald.

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 Dodge.

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, Robert Crowl.

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 of humor.

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 reserve.

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 privately.

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.

Crum, Bill

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 Heart Association.

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 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, 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, Florida.

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 famous battle.

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 http://giftstoarmy.army.mil/woundedwarriors.aspx.

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 Smithers.

Cyr, William

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.


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