Frank Pacino was born on July 19, 1932 in Delagua, Colorado,
and passed away on July 1, 2011 at The Mission Care Center in
San Gabriel, California. Frank is survived by his loving wife,
Ellen, of 54 years; his two children, Frank (Connie) and Ann
Stefano; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his
sisters Josie Miccichi and Mary Hidalgo ( Joe); and many nieces
He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean
War where he was a forward observer in a mortar company, in
combat on the Nevada Cities outposts from mid 1951 to late 1952.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Parkinson's
Disease Association,1250 Hylan Blvd., Ste.# 4B, Staten Island,
Page, Jack S.
My father, Jack S. Page, passed away 30 December 2006 from complications due to lung cancer. During the
Korean War he served as a clerk with HHC, 2nd Infantry Division in 1952, in Chunchon. Prior to the army he
received a BA from Kansas University. As to any friends he had in the 2nd ID, I do remember him
referring to a Dutch-Indonesian from the Dutch Bn by the name of Jentz, or something similar. - Regards,
Michael Page, email@example.com.
Page, Kenneth E.
Kenneth E. Page, 69, of Sunset View Avenue, died Thursday, February 7, 2002 at Samaritan Hospital,
Troy, New York. Born in Potsdam, New York, he was the son of the late Arthur Page and Mabel Houle
Page, and the loving husband of Margaret Connor Page for 35 years. They were married on May 7, 1966.
He was a Troy resident for the past 32 years.
Mr. Page was a graduate of Syracuse University in 1959 and the Syracuse University School of Law where
he received his jurist doctorate degree in 1962. In 1962 he was appointed, through the honors
program, as an assistant attorney general for the State of New York. He retired in 1990 as chief of
the Litigation Bureau.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran during the Korean War from 1951-1955. He was the chapter director of
the Northeast New York Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association, Inc. He also served as the
group's attorney for all legal affairs and was the editor and compiler for the book, "Rensselaer County
Heroes: Korean War 1950-1953, The Forgotten-Remembered" on behalf of the association, printed in January
2000. He was a member of the Amphibious Forces Association and a life member of the Veterans of
Lansingburgh (VFW #1019). Ken was active in genealogy research and was a communicant of Our Lady of
Victory Church, Troy.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, Margaret, include a daughter, Kathryn E. Lane and her husband Flint
of Princeton Junction, NJ; a son, Paul K. Page of Malta; three brothers, Stanley Page of Rochester and
Ronald and Larry Page of Parishville, NY; two sisters, Evelyn Campbell of Timberville, VA and Beatrice
Chappell of Plattsburgh; two granddaughters, Amanda and Kacy Lane; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held from the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, 109th St. and Third Avenue,
Lansingburgh and in Our Lady of Victory Church. Entombment was in St. Mary's Mausoleum, Troy.
Pallazola, Baptiste J. "Busty"
Baptiste J. "Busty" Pallazola
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Baptiste J."Busty" Pallazola, 84, husband of the late Angela J. (Lovasco) Pallazola, of Gloucester,
Massachusetts, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2015, at the Golden Living Center.
Born in Gloucester on July 2, 1930,
he was the son of the late Vincenzo and Grazia (Ciaramitaro) Pallazola. He had attended Gloucester High
School and had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he was awarded three Bronze Service
As a young man, Baptiste went to work fishing with his father for several years and then worked for
many years as a machinist for Varian and Gloucester Engineering. In later years, Baptiste was a fish cutter
at Empire Fish and Ipswich Shellfish Company. In his retirement, he also worked part-time at Freddie's
Throughout his life, Baptiste loved music and going dancing with Angela. He was an
accomplished guitar and harmonica player. He was also an avid New England Patriots fan and he enjoyed
playing cards with his friends and watching Western movies. Baptiste was a very kind and gentle man, beloved
by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his daughter Andrea and her husband John Brisbois of
Gloucester; his son Jon Baptiste and his wife Mary of North Andover; his grandson Jason Brisbois and his
children Bethany, Ella and Lucas, grandson Eric Brisbois and his wife Mislene and their son Nathan;
grandchildren Christian Pallazola, Jonny Pallazola and Jacqueline Pallazola; his sister Grace Straccia; and
many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Nina Finazzo and his brother Frank Pallazola.
His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Thursday, April 9th
at 8:45 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in St. Ann's Church on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Extended family and friends
are cordially invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to
Autism Speaks, Attn: Autism Speaks U, 1 East 33rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016 or at autismspeaks.org.
RD Palmer, 82, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully on
March 19, 2014 at his home in Pocatello. He was born on the 29th
of June, 1931 to Jesse Earl and Stella Roylance Palmer. RD lived
and attended schools in Inkom, Idaho, where he enjoying fishing
on the creek with cousins and siblings. He attended Rapid Creek
Ward in Inkom as a child. He attended ISU where he played
basketball and also earned his Bachelors, Masters and six-year
Specialist Degree in Education. He enlisted in the Navy during
the Korean War and was a Communications Officer working as a
cryptologist on a naval ship. While on leave from the Navy, RD
met his eternal sweetheart, Carole Ann Hansen, of Pocatello and
they were married on November 18th, 1954. Their marriage was
solemnized in the Idaho Falls temple on November 18th, 1958. He
and Carole were blessed to have five children: Craig, Renee,
Eric, Todd, and Lisa. Carole passed away in 2004 and RD later
married Madaleen Andrew, who passed away in 2013. RD continued
to have a cherished relationship with Madaleen's children and
Education was a vital part of RD's life and he thrived in
teaching others. He never missed the opportunity to educate. He
was employed as a Teacher, Principal, and Superintendent. He had
a deep desire to enhance the Education of students in rural
areas of Idaho. RD was also employed with the State Department
of Education on campus at Idaho State University. He served as a
Superintendent of Schools in Grace, Challis, Mackay, West
Jefferson and North Gem. He was named Superintendent of the Year
for the state of Idaho. He also loved to bowl. He co-built and
operated Challis Lanes and Eric Lanes bowling alleys with
RD loved to travel the scenic routes of Idaho on road trips with
Carole. He loved the Big Lost River Valley and passed down a
playful competitive spirit of fly fishing with his sons and
grandsons. RD followed in his father's footsteps by playing the
musical saw. He enjoyed playing gigs with his band, The Saw Dust
RD was involved in and enjoyed the raising of rabbits,
particularly in the last decade of his life, where he earned the
title of "Rabbit Man" in the community. The raising of rabbits
taught his children and grandkids the work ethic and
responsibility that was so important to him. On any given
weekend throughout his life, RD along with Carole could be found
traveling to outreached areas to watch their Children and
Grandchildren's ballgames and activities. They were his pride
and joy. Grandpa RD loved family get-togethers, and receiving
love from his little pets and his grandchildren, Eric, Jessica,
Sandy, Jason, Heidi and Heather, Spencer, Megan, Timothy, Loren,
Karlee, Karson and Sophia. He also had 18 great-grandchildren
whom he loved dearly. RD was an active member of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many different
callings such as Home Teacher, Elders Quorum President, Bishop
and High Councilman.
RD was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years,
Carole. His son Eric who died in an automobile accident at 17.
Both of his Parents. His sister Marilyn. And by 2 great
grandsons, Brittan Charles Potter and Jett William Whitaker.
Survivors include his Children, Craig (Melody) Palmer,
Bountiful, Utah, Renee (Laverne) Masanque, Sherwood, Oregon,
Todd (Kristi) Palmer, Kaysville, Utah, Lisa Lindsay, Pocatello,
Idaho. His siblings Earl (Myrna) Palmer, Lorianne Briggs, and
Robert (Judy) Palmer.
Funeral services will be held at 2pm, Monday, March 24, at
the Tyhee Stake Center, 12146 W. Tyhee Road, Pocatello, ID
83201. A viewing will be held at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S.
4th Avenue, Pocatello, ID, Sunday, March 23 from 6-8 pm and from
12:30 to 1:30 pm at the Tyhee Stake Center. Military rites will
follow at the Inkom Cemetery.
Pappas, Nicholas J.
Nicholas J. Pappas, age 85, of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015. He was
a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Army and retired from the federal government.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Janet M. Pappas; two daughters, Helene Saylor and Nikki
Pollard and her husband Steve; granddaughters, Missy and Megan; step-granddaughters, Kate and Sue; his
brother, John J. Pappas and his wife Sherri Lou; two nephews, Peter and Alex Pappas; and former son-in-law,
A visitation was held Thursday, April 9th from 11:00 to 12:00 Noon at the Long Neck Chapel
of Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Road in Millsboro, DE 19966. The interment followed at 1:00 p.m.
at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro, DE 19966. In lieu of
flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.
Parchen, John W. "Jack"
John W. (Jack) Parchen Died on June 29, 2009. He is survived by his wife of over 55 years of
marriage, Ruthie, of San Jose, California, his two sons, John and Michael, and four granddaughters.
Donations in his memory to Marine Corps Historical Foundation, Building 58, Washington Navy Yard,
Washington, D.C. 20374 or to Opera San Jose, 2149 Parragon Drive, San Jose, California 95131. Semper Fi.
Parker, Robert L.
Robert L. Parker, 93, of Shiloh, Illinois, passed away
peacefully on Friday, June 4, 2021 at his home. Robert
enlisted in the Air Force (Army Air Corps) in 1946, at the age
of 17. He proudly served at Chanute AFB, Illinois, Upper
Heyford Air Base, England, Scott AFB, Illinois, Ladd AFB,
Alaska, Prestwick AFB, Scotland, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota,
and Offutt AFB, Nebraska, and retired in 1968 after nearly 23
years of service as a Senior Master Sergeant. He continued
in government service as a civilian for almost 20 additional
His heart of service for his country and for his Savior, was
apparent in all aspects of his life. As a family, we will
forever be grateful for both Robert and Elsie, his wife of 72
years, demonstrating what a joy it is to serve the Lord.
Robert was born January 14, 1928 in West Stewartstown, New
Hampshire, to Edwin F. and Ida Rose (Libby) Parker. He was
the 7th of 11 children. He married Elsie Piercy on January 23,
1949. Together, they shared 71 1/2 years of marriage
before her passing on September 22, 2020.
He was also preceded in death by one son, Michael Robert
Parker; brothers, George Parker and Harley Parker; and sisters,
Lydia Haynes, Virginia Stanton, Josephine Estabrooks, Jeannette
Kimball, Neicie Lyons, Phyllis Mosher and Rachel Langlais.
Surviving is his daughter, Debra (Jack) Hook of Fairview
Heights, Illinois; grandchildren, Tami (David) Wolfson, Kayle
(Bob) Surrey, Joy (Jim) Siegrist and Jennifer (Ben) Adams;
great-grandchildren, Mykel, James, Parker, Anyka, Nathian,
Lincoln, Jonah, Emilia, Ruell, Kulani-Kai, London, Nylah, Emily,
Libby, Parker Grace and Hattie; one sister, Edwina Adair, and
many loving nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 10 a.m.
at the Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.
Interment was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St.
Parr, Col. Ralph S.
Col. Ralph S. Parr Jr., 88, who was the only American pilot
to receive both the Distinguished Service Cross and the Air
Force Cross, passed away December 7, 2012, at an assisted living
facility in New Braunfels, Texas.
Joint Base San Antonio will honor the legacy of one of the
Air Force's most celebrated pilots and a former 12th Tactical
Fighter Wing commander at a funeral service planned for 11:30
a.m. Monday in the JBSA-Randolph theater. Interment will follow
the funeral service at 2 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National
Parr was born in 1924 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He enlisted in
the U.S. Army Reserve November 4, 1942 and was accepted into the
Aviation Cadet Program Feb. 2, 1943, earning his wings and a
commission in the U.S. Army Air Forces February 8, 1944. Parr
was forced to retire in 1976 after sustaining a back injury
while inspecting a roof for hurricane damage at Eglin Air Force
During his career, he flew 641 combat missions with more than
6,000 hours and received more than 60 decorations, including a
Silver Star, Bronze Star, 10 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 41
Funeral services will be held at the Old Movie Theatre behind
the Taj Mahjal at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, Monday,
December 17, at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Ft. Sam
Houston National Cemetery with full military honors at 2 p.m.
Parr is survived by his wife, Margaret, and three
Pate, Lloyd W. Sr.
Retired First Sergeant Lloyd W. Pate, husband of Juanita B.
Pate, entered into rest Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Trinity
Hospital, Augusta, Georgia. Visitation will begin at 12:00 with
funeral services following at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 22, 2013,
in the Bellevue Memorial Gardens Chapel. Interment will follow
with full Military Honors accorded.
Mr. Pate was born in Columbia, SC to the late Carson and
Evelyn Pate. He was a retired US Army 1SG with foreign service
in the Korean War, Vietnam and Germany. Mr. Pate, a former POW,
was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations including
the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart,
Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the
Combat Infantryman Badge with star.
Survivors include his wife Juanita Pate; three sons, Lloyd W.
Pate, Jr. of Kentucky, Richard D. Pate, of Pennsylvania and
Michael T. Pate, of Martinez; one daughter Terry Pate Thigpen,
of Camak; three grandchildren (Sheila Sparkman, Teresa Taylor
and Elizabeth Buff) and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be members of the military. At the family s
request, memorials may be made to the Korean War Ex-POW Assn.
909 Wisperwood TR. Cleveland, TN. 37312
Starling Funeral Home, Harlem, Georgia.
Patterson, Lyle R.
Retired Naselle teacher, principal and coach Lyle R.
Patterson passed away October 19, 2013, after a long illness.
He was the son of Joseph and Florence Patterson, born January
11, 1929, in a log cabin north of Spokane. Both of his parents
died while he was young, and Lyle was raised by an aunt and an
older brother. He graduated from South Haven High School in
South Haven, Michigan, in 1947.
Lyle joined the military in 1947 and served in the occupation of
Japan. During the Korean War he flew 31 combat missions and
received the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross for
downing a MiG. He spent a total of 50 months in the Army Air
Corps and the Air Force. He enjoyed traveling to reunions of the
Air Force gunners and was a member of the American Legion and
Veterans of Foreign Wars. He proudly wore his Korean War ball
Lyle married the love of his life, Elaine, August 19, 1955.
Together they had three boys, Wade (Kathy), Gordon (Carrie), and
Dwight (Dana). Gordon was killed in 2009 in a bicycling
accident. They had 11 grandchildren.
Lyle earned a bachelor of science degree from Wisconsin State
University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, in 1955 and a master's degree
from Western Michigan University in 1960.
Lyle taught at two schools in Michigan and moved to Naselle in
1962, where he stayed for 41 years. He taught math and coached
basketball, track and football. Lyle received the Washington
Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year award for the 1985-1986
season. He later became principal of Naselle High School. He
retired from the Naselle School district in 1997. Lyle was
honored by the Naselle community in 2005, with the naming of the
"Lyle Patterson Gym" at Naselle High School.
After his retirement, Lyle coached two years at Knappa High
School in Oregon and took them on to win the state championship
both years. He also coached women's basketball for a year at
Lower Columbia College. In 2002, Coach Patterson was elected to
the Washington State Boys' Basketball Hall of Fame for his
outstanding record of 623 career wins (the second-highest total
for a Washington coach at the time of Lyle's retirement) vs. 220
He was an active member of the Congregational Church in Naselle
until 2003, and the First Baptist Church in Longview since that
time. He was active in the Gideons and was a Sunday school
A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. November 9 at the First
Baptist Church in Longview. Arrangements are by Columbia Funeral
Service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lyle's honor may be
made to Gideons International or the Naselle Comets Booster Club
for the boys' basketball team.
Patterson, Ralph V.
Independence, MO — Ralph V. Patterson passed away Friday, March 23, 2012, at Centerpoint Medical Center
Ralph was born in Newton, Kan., the son of Virgil and Ada (Falk) Patterson. The family moved from the
farm to the city as jobs were available in those times. Ralph joined and served in the Marine Corps from
1951 to December 1953, then again from December 1953 to March 1960. He served in the Korean War. Following
the death of his father in 1955, Ralph brought his mother out to San Diego, where he was stationed. After
taking a college course on computer programming, he moved to Kansas City, Mo., in the late 60’s to work
for TWA. Ralph met and married his wife, Barbara, in June 1969. In 1980, Ralph was recruited to Omaha,
Neb., for a job and then to Miami, Fla. Later after coming back to Independence, Mo., Ralph rejoined TWA
in Kansas City.
Ralph belonged to a gun club and had won many ribbons for pistol shooting. Ralph enjoyed the history of
old houses and bought one that was built in 1849 in Independence to restore. He became acquainted with and
joined a group of “Confederate soldiers” who shot targets with black powder pistols and rifles. He enjoyed
being with the group, wearing the Confederate uniform and shooting with black powder. He also enjoyed
sailing in his boat and scuba diving. Ralph took a trip with some buddies and panned for gold. Ralph was
preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Judy Ritoch, and his nephews, Alan Lowe and Kirk Davis.
He leaves his wife, Barbara Patterson; stepchildren, Connie Rockley of Kansas City North, Stephen Jones
of Port St. John, Fla., and Gary Jones of Independence; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren;
and his nieces and nephews, Terry Lowe of Covina, Calif., Melody Weaver of Springfield, Mo., and Gary
Davis of Yates Center, Kansas.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Newcomer’s Noland Road Chapel, 509 S. Noland
Road, Independence. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the funeral home; with
burial in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Pees, Alan Lee
Alan Lee Pees, 92, of Belleville, Illinois, born August 11,
1928, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021 in St. Louis,
Missouri. Alan proudly served his country in the United
States Army during the Korean War. He was a faithful
member of Christ United Church of Christ in Belleville. He
was a lifetime member of the Korean War Veterans Association,
Imjin Chapter 95 and the VFW Post 1739 in Belleville. He
was active with the Boy Scouts of America and was a Cub master
and Scout leader. He was a member of the Henry Raab PTA,
Central Junior High PTA, and an honorary lifetime member of the
State of Illinois PTA. He retired as a Stove Mounter from
Peerless-Premier Appliance and was a member of the International
Brotherhood of Boilermakers Union Local 482. Alan also
volunteered his time to the Christ UCC's food pantry. He
was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother who
will be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Louisa
Peter Pees; a sister, Elsie Jean Tsao, brother-in-law, Thomas Ki-Cheng
Tsao, and his nephew, Michael Eli Tsao. Surviving are his
loving wife, Dixkie Mae Smithe Pees of Belleville; his children,
Jesse Alan Pees of Evansville, Illinois, Glenna Mae (William
Allen) Curtis of Belleville, and Joseph Henry (Rachel Stephanie)
Pees of Belleville; his grandchildren, Isaiah Alan Curtis,
Jeremiah William (Casandra) Curtis, Nathan Glenn Pees, Robert
Alan Pees, and Emma Mae Marie Pees; his sister, Lois Ann Pees,
of Belleville; and many other extended family, in-laws, nieces
and nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials are appreciated to the Illinois Veterans Home of
Anna, 729 N. Main Street, Anna, Illinois 62906 or to the
Community Interfaith Food Pantry, 1218 W. Main Street,
Belleville, Illinois 62220. Due to Covid-19 mitigation,
services are being held privately with Valhalla Gaerdner Holten
Funeral Home in Belleville. Interment will follow in
Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville.
Penrod, Calvin F.
Calvin F. “Sonny” Penrod, age 85 of New Douglas, Illinois,
went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 30,
2022. He passed on at the University Care Center in
He was born on Thursday, June 25, 1936 in Granite City,
Illinois. Calvin was one of eight children born to Calvin and
Julia (Henry) Penrod. He was first married to Betty Lou
Mitchell on April 3, 1957. They had five daughters and a son. He
was later married to Alma L. Mueller on March 15, 1986 at the
United Church of Christ in Mascoutah, Illinois.
Calvin served our country in both the United States Marine Corps
from January of 1954 to February of 1957 during the Korean War
and the United States Navy from November of 1957 to November of
Sonny was employed with the Granite City School Systems as a
Custodian and then at the Bi-State Bus Company as a Mechanic. He
was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Worden, IL. He
was also a Union Member while working at the Bi-State Bus
Company. Sonny was also a Beekeeper and a member of the St.
Clair Beekeepers Association.
Sonny was a life long Chicago Cubs fan. He was very proud that
he was able to see the Cubs win the World Series Championship in
2016. He loved spending time with his wife and family, church,
gardening, hunting, fishing, and bee keeping.
Calvin is survived by his wife, Alma L. Penrod; his children,
Tina Widman, Peggy (Gary) Penrose, Julia Boster, Regina (George)
Odorizzi, Stewart Mueller (his fiancee, Paige Lemann), and
Melissa (Sean) Markham. He is also survived by 48
grandchildren and great grandchildren, and two great-great
grandchildren; brother, Danny (Jennie) Penrod; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Julia
Penrod; his first wife, Betty Lou (Mitchell) Penrod; one son,
Henry Thomas; one daughter:, Betty Wells; two grandchildren,
Matthew Penrod and Rachel Odorizzi; and Calvin’s six sisters.
A visitation for Sonny Penrod will be held on Saturday, June 4,
2022 from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM at the New Hope Baptist Church
located at 222 Ahrens Avenue in Worden, Illinois 62097.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11:00
AM at the New Hope Baptist Church in Worden with Rev. Randy
Davis officiating. Military Honors will be conducted outside the
New Hope Baptist Church following Sonny’s services. They will be
provided by the Staunton Area Veterans Honor Guard and their
It was Calvin’s wishes and that of his family that his body be
cremated after his services. Memorial Contributions in memory of
Calvin Penrod can be made to the New Hope Baptist Church or to
the St. Clair Beekeepers Association.
Perkins, Henry Ford
Retired Sergeant 1st Class Henry Ford Perkins, 80, of Dickson, TN, died on Saturday, August 9, 2008.
SFC Henry F. Perkins, US Army, served two combat tours in Vietnam and a tour in Korea. He was a member of
VFW Post 4641 of Dickson and was very active in the VFW Honor Guard in assisting families with military
rights at the graveside. He is survived by his wife, Patsy Perkins, two sons and three daughters.
SFC Henry F. Perkins
A Soldier's Soldier
We have lost another great one
Who can never be replaced
He will be missed here on Earth
Though, he's gone to a better place.
Everybody who met Henry
Knew, they'd met a special man
Always helping, when he could
With Veterans always, in his plan.
He was selfless in his Service
For all others, who had Served
And he always tried to make sure
They got all he felt, they deserved.
A true Patriot in every sense
Sergeant First Class in the Army
And as their famous motto says
He was always, all that he could be.
Two combat tours in Vietnam
And one tour in Korea, too
A lifetime member of the VFW
When his Active Duty, was through.
A member of the Honor Guard
Assisting Families of those passed
Doing all he could to ease their pain
Because that's how, his die was cast.
Survived by, loving Wife Patsy
Three Daughters and two Sons
As he leaves on his journey
To that voice above, that hearkens.
Now, the time has come to Honor him
With all the praise that he deserved
So, the memory of this Great Man
Will, for now and always be, preserved.
Rest In Peace, Henry
Del "Abe" Jones
Perrault, Raynold Paul Joseph
Raynold Paul Joseph Perrault, 84, Concord, New Hampshire,
died Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at Concord Hospital.
Born June 03, 1930, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean
War, where he served as an artillery forward observer. Survivors include his wife, three daughters, one son,
seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family
with Bennett Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Perry, James F. Sr.
James F. Perry Sr. (LTC Inf-R) died from the complications of a heart attack on Good Friday, April
18, 2014. He lived in Bettendorf, Iowa.
He was a member of the 9th Infantry Regiment during the Korean
War. He was awarded two Silver Stars, 2 Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts and three ARCOMs during his 20 years
of service to our country. Both Silver Stars, Bronze Star with V, and Purple Hearts were awarded during his
time with the 9th Infantry.
He entered Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division (early 1950) and fought up and down the peninsula. He was
with the 29 Infantry when the Regiment fought through the Gauntlet at the Kuni-Ri pass. He served as the
2-9’s Assistant S-3, S-3, XO and BNCO during his time with the battalion. He spent 18 months in combat with
his battalion. He retired from the US Army in 1962, and went to work for DOD at the Rock Island Arsenal.
He retired from there in the early ‘90s.
He was a great guy and will be missed by his friends, family, and
church. He is buried in the Rock Island Arsenal, Veterans Cemetery, in Rock Island, Illinois. (Source:
July, 2014 Manchu Dragon Tales)
Perry, Brigadier General Miller O.
Miller O. Perry (Delta Six), nickname "Moppy" was born June 16, 1907 to Horace E. and Lulu M. Perry of
Susquehanna, PA. He died March 20, 2010 at the age of 102. He attended Penn State College and
graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, Class of 1931. His military
schooling included the Artillery School, the Command and General Staff College, and the Air War Colleges.
Later in his career he was an instructor in all three schools.
Upon graduation from West Point in 1931, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Field Artillery.
His military career included 20 different stations in the U.S., the Far East, and Europe. Miller
served with the First Army in England and France during World War II. He commanded the 52nd Field
Artillery Battalion--the first American artillery unit that entered the Korean War in support of the 21st
Infantry Regiment. This unit was known as Task Force Smith and they were part of the 24th Infantry
Division that fought a six-hour battle on 5 July 1950 just north of the city of Osan, Korea. He was
wounded by a crewman from a T-34 tank that the 52nd had knocked out during this battle.
Awards during his 30-year career included Distinguished Service, two Legions of Merit, three bronze
stars; a Purple Heart and numerous others. A memorial service was held on Monday, March 29, 2010 at
1100 hour at all Saints Episcopal Church, Lansing, MI, the Rev. Katherine Ann Carlson officiating.
Interment took place at the US Military Academy Cemetery on 20 April 2010.
Petcavage, Daniel D.
Daniel Dominic Petcavage, age 80, of Massillon, Ohio was
brought home by the Lord on November 21, 2012 after a long
illness in which he put up the fight you would expect of a proud
Marine. Dan left this world to be with the Lord with his wife at
his side and surrounded by a large loving family at his home in
Born April 26, 1932 in Pennsylvania, he was preceded in death
by his parents, Bruno and Helen (Naruczweiz) Petcavage, four
brothers Harry, Felix, Albert and Bro. George OFM; two sisters
Bernice Kamie and Josephine Schuster and two grandsons, Abram
Brown and Noah Maxin.
He was a Marine veteran of the Korean War where he was one of
the 'Frozen Chosin' in the 1st Marine Division. He was awarded
the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his brave service. He
returned from the war to marry his beautiful wife, Leona (Smith)
Petcavage and settled in Massillon. They celebrated their
fifty-ninth anniversary in August.
Dan is survived by his wife and seven children. Deborah
(Peter) Rink, Rita (Mark) Burger, Michael (Jane) Petcavage,
Christine (Todd) Klinger, Victoria (Richard) Brown all of
Massillon, Daniel (Sarah) Petcavage of Las Vegas and Theresa
(Greg) Maxin of Canton; his sister, Sister Margaret Petcavage,
SSC of Chicago, as well as thirteen grandchildren and seven
In addition to his family, a large part of Dan's life was the
community in which he lived. He was the Grand Lodge President of
the State of Ohio Sons and Daughters of Herman and President of
the Massillon Sons of Herman Lodge. He was a loyal member of the
Knights of Columbus #554, VFW, FOE and other fraternal
Pezzella, P. Michael
P. Michael (Mike) Pezzella, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on November 12, 2016,
at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born January 08, 1930.
He was a proud
veteran of the Korean War, and was awarded the Purple Heart medal. He served in the US Marine Corps with the
11th Engineer Battalion, US Marine Corps Reserve Unit and was active in several military organizations,
including The Chosin Few.
Mike retired as an administrator for Baltimore City Public Schools and later worked as a Cost Analyst for
the Department of the Army at APG. He was proud of his Sicilian/Italian heritage and was also active for
many years with the Order Sons of Italy, Harford County Lodge, where he served in several leadership roles
over the years.
He was the beloved husband of Christine Brown Pezzella and devoted father of Michele Brady
(Garry), Kathleen Novak (Kenneth), Martin Pezzella (Deanna) and Robert Pezzella (Terry). He was the
cherished grandfather of seven grandchildren, Ryan Turpin, Michael Turpin, Shelly Pezzella, Justin Pezzella,
Kyle Novak, Jennifer Pezzella and Madison Zimmet. He is also survived by his wife's children, Jennifer,
Robert, and Thomas Brown. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the late A. Patricia Pezzella (nee
Relatives and friends may call at the Schimunek Funeral Home of Bel Air Inc., 610 W. MacPhail
Rd., Bel Air, Maryland 21014, on Wednesday from 3-5 and 7-9 PM. A funeral service will be held on Thursday
at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Highview Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests
that memorial donations be made to the Jarrettsville Young Marines, 1714 Morse Rd., Forest Hill, MD 21050.
Online tributes may be left at www.schimunekfuneralhomes.com.
I just wanted to let you know that my dear husband, Mike Pezzella, died on Saturday,
November 12 (2016), after a fall at home. Although it is heartbreaking to have lost him, we were happy that we could
be with and support him as he passed from this life. He was such a good man and was loved and respected by all who
Most of all he was a proud Marine who was glad to have served his country. He was especially proud to
have been involved in the Battle of Chosin, one of the most gruesome battles in Marine Corps history. His health had
begun to deteriorate in the last couple of years - much of it brought on by the frostbite suffered during his time
During his last hours in the hospital, I read aloud from his Korean War history and his kids were
impressed to learn things about his experience that they had not known about their dad before. Thank you for your
participation in this educational project to document this important part of history.
Phegley, Harold Eugene
Harold Eugene Phegley was born in Sullivan County, Indiana,
on June 15, 1934, a son of Alpha Alvan and Pauline Opal Robbins
Phegley. He died July 30, 1989 in Vincennes, Indiana, and
is buried in the Vincennes City Cemetery, Vincennes.
He was a Private in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea during
the Korean War. He was the brother of: Junior Phegley,
Ruth Horn, Helen Anderson, William Henry Phegley, James Robbins,
Jimmy Phegley, Earnest Edward Phegley, Ronald D. Phegley, and
Phelan, Michael J. Jr.
Michael J. Phelan Jr, LTC, US Army (Ret), passed away March
14th, 2013 at Mercy Hospital Northwest in Rogers, Arkansas. Mike
was born on December 3rd, 1932 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
He enlisted in the Army during the Korean War. After the war
he attended Language School (Chinese Mandarin) and was further
assigned to 1st Special Forces Group on Okinawa. While assigned
to 1st Group, he served several TDY tours in Vietnam with
Combined Studies. Mike also served with the 1st Bn, 503rd, 173rd
Airborne Brigade, and the MACV-J3 Office. During the period 1969
– 1971 he was assigned as Senior Advisor to the Republic of
China Special Forces. His other major assignments were with 3rd
Special Forces Group, 11th and 101st Airborne Divisions. His
many awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, CIB,
Bronze Star and the Vietnam Service Medal with nine campaign
He was preceded in death by his wife of 22 years, Patricia,
and brother James Phelan. He is survived by his beloved partner,
Joan McDermitt, of Havasu City, Arizona, a former US Army Nurse
who Mike met in Vietnam; two daughters, Kelly Bellers and her
husband Mike of St Louis, Missouri; and Heather O’Dell of
Lebanon, Missouri; and three grandchildren, Helena O’Dell and
Alex and Maddie Bellers.
Burial was on 19 March, 2013, with full military honors at
the Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri.
Phillips, John Taylor
Judge John Taylor Phillips died on June 15, 2012 and left
this world to fly to worlds unknown to meet his Savior.
J. Taylor Phillips was born in Greenville, South Carolina on
August 20, 1921. His wife, the former Mary Elizabeth Parrish of
Eastman, Georgia, survives him, as do his three daughters, all
of Macon, Georgia: Mary Susan Phillips, Linda Lea Phillips
Dannelly (Lee), Julia Taylor Phillips Manard (Tom), and his two
grandchildren, Ben and Ryan Manard. His son, John Allen
Phillips, is deceased, and his parents, Walter Dixon Phillips
and Mattie Sue Taylor Phillips, are also deceased.
J. Taylor Phillips graduated from Miami High School in Miami,
Florida, but spent most of his adolescence in Americus and
Augusta, Georgia. After serving in the Marine Corps during World
War II and the Korean War, Taylor graduated from Glenville State
College in West Virginia, and earned his Juris Doctor degree
from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in
Macon. Later in life, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws
degree from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, for his
exemplary service in both the legal profession and church
Judge Phillips also served in the Georgia House of
Representatives two terms from 1959 to 1962, and in the Georgia
State Senate one term from 1963 to 1964, where he was
instrumental in crafting laws conducive to furthering education
and fostering better living conditions for Georgians. Before
assuming his seat as judge of the State Court of Bibb County,
where he served thirty-five years from 1964 to 1999, Judge
Phillips practiced law in Macon for ten years.
During his lengthy tenure as judge, he also was actively
involved in educating law students at the Walter F. George
School of Law, and from 1968 to 1999 he served as director of
Trial Practice Procedure. He was president of the State Court
Trial Judges and Solicitors Association of Georgia from 1972 to
1973 and a member and chair of the Judicial Qualifications
Commission for ten years from 1982 to 1992. He was a member of
the Macon Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia.
After his retirement from the bench, he served as Senior Judge
for the State of Georgia up to the time of his death.
Not only was Judge Phillips active in the legal sphere, but
his service to his community and his church was extensive. He
was a member of the Lions Club and a Scottish Rite Mason and
Shriner. He served as president of the United Cerebral Palsy of
Macon and Middle Georgia and National Vice President of United
Cerebral Palsy from 1971 to 1973. He was president of the
Georgia Council of Moral and Civic Concerns for over twenty
years. He provided financial support to the United Methodist
Children's Home in Macon, and he sponsored children in need
around the world. He gave generously to the United Methodist
Church, not only with faithful giving to Mulberry Street United
Methodist Church, his local church, but also to two United
Methodist retreat centers--Epworth-by-the-Sea on St. Simons
Island in Georgia and Lake Junaluska in North Carolina. Judge
Phillips also served as a trustee for Epworth and Lake Junaluska,
as well as Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and Magnolia
Manor in Americus.
He provided leadership to Good News Television, serving as
president of Macon Urban Ministries of Good News TV. He served
as a lay leader, Chairman of the Administrative Board, certified
lay speaker, and adult Sunday School teacher at Mulberry United
Methodist Church. He was lay leader for the Macon District of
the United Methodist Church from 1972 to 1980 and South Georgia
Conference Lay Leader from 1980 to 1988. He was president of the
Southeastern Jurisdictional Lay Leaders from 1983 to 1985. He
was a delegate to the General and Jurisdictional conferences of
the United Methodist Church ten times, rendering forty years of
dedicated service, and was a member of several general boards of
A memorial service will be held at Mulberry Street United
Methodist Church in Macon, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012,at 2:00
p.m. with Rev. Tommy Mason and Rev. John Carroll officiating.
Visitation immediately follows in the Fellowship Hall. Burial
will be private. Donations may be made to any charity, but for
those who wish, a scholarship account in his name exists to help
students enrolled in Mercer's law school. If interested, direct
your donation to the J. Taylor Phillips Scholarship fund at the
Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, Macon,
Picciano, James Daniel
James Picciano, 88, Boca Raton, Florida, died of coronavirus
on April 1, 2020. The native New Yorker was born on July
15, 1931. He was a Korean War-era veteran, retired iron
worker, and baseball buff. He and his wife of 46 years,
Elise Picciano, both fell ill on March 15, 2020. She
recovered from coronavirus, but he died.
Pickering, Lonnie L.
Lonnie L. Pickering, 81, of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, passed away
Sunday, March 17, 2013 in Fort Smith. He was born July 12, 1931
in Cameron to Floyd and Dile (Archey) Pickering, was a veteran
of the U.S. Army and served in Korea, worked for Felt Mills in
Kansas City and attended Calvary Assembly of God Church in
Services are Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Evans Chapel of Memories
in Poteau with Rev. Lynn Bullard officiating. Interment will
follow at Fairhill/Knothole Cemetery in Cameron, under the
direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy Aldridge, of
the home; four sons, Ed Pickering and wife Ruth of Bokoshe, Eric
Pickering and wife Terry of Oklahoma City, Charles Pickering and
wife Wanda, Brian Pickering and wife Sheila of Wister; seven
grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Lyles and husband Jerry of
Waldron and Betty Graven and husband Bill of California; and a
brother, Pat Pickering and wife Mollie of Kansas City.
Pike, William "Bill"
William “Bill” Pike, 91, long-time resident
of New Canaan, Connecticut, died on March 18, 2020 at Norwalk
Hospital. He was the second victim of coronavirus in the State
of Connecticut. Bill was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, in
1929. He enrolled in the US Naval Academy in Annapolis,
Maryland, and then served in the US Navy as a lieutenant on the
USS Collett during the Korean War. After his military
service he attended Harvard Business School, following which he
had a 30-year career at J.P. Morgan and Company. He eventually
became an executive vice president of the company. The retired
Wall Street businessman and his wife Cathie were parents of
three children. He was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
in New Canaan.
Ping, Cleo Edwin "Bud"
Cleo “Bud” Ping, 88, of Sloan, Iowa passed away Monday,
October 5, 2020 at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center, Sioux
City, Iowa. A Public Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
Thursday, October 8, 2020 at the Skien Lutheran Church, Albaton,
Iowa. (Due to Covid-19 family will not be present at the
visitation.) (Social distancing measures must be followed- Due
to Covid -19 restrictions masks are encouraged.) A Private
Family Memorial Service will be held with Pastor Craig Bock
officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Township Cemetery with
Military Honors provided by the United States Army and the
Smith-Rhodes American Legion Post #295 of Sloan, Iowa.
Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care
Service, Onawa, Iowa.
Cleo Edwin Ping was born June 26, 1932 in rural Sloan, Iowa the son of
Cleo Henry and Pearl Marie (Wright) Ping. He grew up in Compton,
California and Whiting, Iowa and graduated from Whiting High
School in 1951. Bud joined the United States Army October 15,
1952 and was honorably discharged September 27, 1954. He worked
as the Whiting School custodian until the early 60’s. Bud and
his brother, Clifford purchased Dahl Brothers Oil in Sloan, Iowa
in the mid 1960’s. They opened as Ping’s 66 Service and operated
until 1993. Bud worked for the City of Sloan in the maintenance
department until his passing. Bud and Ila Jeanette (Foss) Ping
were united into marriage July 12, 1959 in Soldier, Iowa. To
this union two children were born, Michael and Carla. Bud loved
his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing,
boating, traveling, the outdoors, and socializing with friends.
He was an avid Hawkeye Fan and loved reading westerns and
historical events. He especially enjoyed attending metal
detecting events. Bud enjoyed many family trips to the Black
Hills. Bud was a member of the American Legion. Survivors
include his children, Michael (Patricia) Ping of Salix, Iowa and
Carla (Bruce) Tevis of Hornick, Iowa; granddaughter, Aryn Ping
of Des Moines, Iowa; grandson, Aric (Katie) Ping of Omaha,
Nebraska; great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Skylar Ping; sister,
Lanette Reitz of Correctionville, Iowa; brother, Clifford (Kay)
Ping of Sloan, Iowa; brother-in-law, Gordon (Barb) Foss of
Soldier, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, other
relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents,
Cleo Henry and Pearl Marie (Wright) Ping; his wife, Ila Jeanette
(Foss) Ping; parents-in-law, Oscar and Edith (Johnson) Foss;
brother, Dan (Peggy) Ping; brother-in-law, Lawrence Reitz; and
sister-in-law, Janet (Ulven) Foss.
Angelo Piro, 87, died of Coronavirus on Staten Island on
March 30, 2020. He was born in Manhattan and graduated
from Seward Park High School. During the Korean War he
served in the US Air Force (1951-55) as a supply specialist at
the air base in Pusan, Korea. After the way he was a
pressman for the Journal American until the paper went out of
business in 1966. He then became a pressman for the New
York Post and was active in the pressman's union. In 1958
he married Concetta D'Antonio, and they had three daughters:
Mrs. John (Connie Piro) Mazella, Laura Piro, and Mrs. John (Lea
Piro) Vischio. He was active in his parish, St. Ann Roman
Catholic Church, where he was past president of Father's Club
and a longtime softball coach. He was a volunteer for
hospice care at the Staten Island University Hospital, and a
fixture in Staten Island's community theatre. He was a
member of the North Shore YMCA and the Glee Club. He is
survived by his wife, his daughters, six grandchildren, and one
Pitruzzello, Salvatore Joseph
Salvatore Joseph Pitruzzello (Tootie) of Portland, husband of
the late Santina (Milardo) Pitruzzello - his childhood
sweetheart - passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 with his
daughter and granddaughter by his side. Tootie was born in
Portland on May 6, 1927, son of the late Vincenzo and Uliana (Emanuele)
Pitruzzello. Born to immigrant parents, Tootie learned to speak
English when he was in the first grade. He attended local
schools. He joined the Navy the day he turned 18, serving in
World War II and the Korean War on the USS Burlington, PF-51.
He was very proud to be a veteran and always said the "dough
boy" should get the most praise as they put their lives on the
line. He always told us that if he hadn't been in the Navy, he
would have never seen the world. Tootie retired from the State
of Connecticut Department of Transportation in 1989. He was a
member of the Portland Volunteer Fire Department, Company 2,
since 1953. He proudly served as Assistant Chief and department
training officer for 20 years and was treasurer for 25 years.
Tootie was a member of the United States Navy Memorial in
Washington, DC, the Connecticut State Employees Retirees Chapter
406, the American Legion Post #69 of Portland, the Freestone
Council #7 Knights of Columbus of Portland, the Middlesex County
Fire Chiefs Association, the Connecticut State Fire Chiefs
Association, the East of the River Antique Fire Apparatus Club,
the Cellar Savers Association, and the Connecticut Chapter of
SPAAMFA. He also spent many years lovingly restoring a 1946 Mack
fire truck. Tootie leaves a daughter, Rosella Stevenson of
Portland; a son, John C. Pitruzzello of Glastonbury,
Connecticut; his grandchildren: Rachel and Michael O'Connor of
Belmont, Massachusetts, Emily Stevenson and her fiancé Nicholas
Foley of Portland, and Jonathan and Jordan Pitruzzello, both of
West Hartford, Connecticut. Tootie was also blessed with a
great-granddaughter, Fiona O'Connor. He leaves his sister Anna
Fairbank of Middletown. He also leaves his "beloved cat,
'Kitty'" and his "lady friend" Margaret Stumbers. He was
predeceased by his sister Mary, and brother Jimmy. He also
leaves many nieces and nephews. Tootie had many friends,
especially his "brothers" - all the firemen that had a chance to
get to know him. He was a humble and kind man and a friend to
everyone. He used to say, "Treat everyone as you would want to
be treated." A friend had said Tootie was a 60-year-old man in a
92-year-old body! Donations in his name may be made to the
Portland Volunteer Fire Department Company 2, PO Box 132,
Portland, Connecticut 06480 and to St. Mary's Parish, 51
Freestone Avenue, Portland, Connecticut 06480. Tootie will truly
be missed. Private graveside services will be held at the State
Veterans Cemetery, Middletown. The Portland Memorial Funeral
Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
Plaisance, Ralph R.
Ralph R. Plaisance, 87, formerly of Old Bethpage, New York,
passed away on April 1, 2020 from the coronavirus. He is
survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Gloria. Cherished Dad
to his children Linda, Stephen (Susan), Suzanne and Richard
(Stacy). Beloved Poppie to 8 grandchildren Alex, Cassie, Greg,
Richie, Michael, Chloe, Stephie & Carly & great-grand- child
Arianna. Survived by his sister Phyllis Lawrence. Ralph's life
was all about service to both his family and his com-munity. He
served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He worked for the
New York Police Department for 32 years. He was the founding
Grand Knight for the St. Pius X Council of Knights of Columbus.
He served as President of VFW Post 5942 of Plainview for many
terms. Ralph touched many lives and will be missed by all.
Services will be held at a future date.
Plasters, Joseph Elsworth
Joseph Elsworth Plasters, 81, of Springfield, IL, died on Friday, April 1, 2011 at his home. Mr.
Plasters was born on September 25, 1929, in West Frankfort, Illinois, the son of Elan Plasters and Ethel
Elzina (Jenks) Plasters. He married the former Phyllis Osburn on August 14, 1955 and she survives.
Joe graduated from Thompsonville Community High School in 1948 and Southern Illinois University with a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with Business and Industry focus in 1955. He completed his Master
of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Illinois Springfield in 1975. Joe worked for
Illinois Bell Telephone/Ameritech from 1955-1990 retiring as Labor Relations Manager. He was instructor of
business and management courses at Lincoln Land Community College from 1980-1991.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1948 to 1952 during the Korean War. Joe attained the
rank of Staff Sergeant and also received five bronze service stars. He served as a wire chief with the
13th Signal Company, 1st Cavalry with MacArthur’s unit in Korea from July 1950 to June 1951. At one time
his unit was only 50 miles from the Yalu.
Joe attended Westminster Presbyterian Church and Hope Evangelical Free Church. Joe was a patient,
fun-loving, devoted family man and loyal friend who always appreciated good times with others. He valued
hard work, education, health and fitness, personal growth, and appreciation for the simple things in life.
He enjoyed good conversation, fishing, traveling, beauty in nature, music, laughter, jokes/magic
tricks/pranks, hiking/camping/outdoors, reading, writing, current events and story-telling. He was an
intelligent, good-natured, down to earth, personable and diplomatic man whose sound and exemplary wisdom
will always be remembered and whose loving presence will be sadly and greatly missed.
Surviving relatives include his wife Phyllis Plasters, Springfield, Illinois, three daughters, Rebecca
Lynn Merten and husband Matthew, Effingham, Illinois, Loretta Kay Goddard and husband Julian, Columbia,
South Carolina, Marcia Jo Plasters, Springfield, Illinois, one son, Eric Ellsworth Plasters and wife Dana,
Glen Carbon, Illinois, six grandchildren, Sarah Jo Goddard, Jacqueline Michelle (Currie) Perdomo and
husband Andrew, Julianne Kay Goddard, Dalton Joseph Homolka, Ethan Joseph Plasters, Addison Christine
Plasters, one sister, Shirley Klein, Springfield, Illinois, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Mr. Plasters was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Jason Lynn Currie, two sisters, Dorothy
Bangert and Lois Fuhr, and one brother, Robert Plasters. A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday,
April 5, 2011 with Rev. Julian Goddard officiating. Burial was in the Plasters Grove Cemetery,
Thompsonville, IL with military honors conducted by the Thompsonville American Legion. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Plasters Grove Baptist Church, Thompsonville, IL, the Crecer Ministry to
Boma, Dominican Republic (in memory of grandson Jason Currie) or the Alzheimer's Association.
Pleasant, George Carlton
George Carlton Pleasant, 90, of 630 Mt Cross Road, Danville,
Virginia., passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at his
residence. He was born in Leasburg, North Carolina, on February
13, 1928, a son of the late Malcom Monroe Pleasant and Lottie
Stephens Pleasant Walker.
Mr. Pleasant was a member of Task Force Smith during the
Korean War. He was an assistant BAR man in the first
platoon, company ‘B’, 21st infantry Regiment of the 24th
infantry division. He was assistant to BAR gunner, Cpl. Norman
V. Fosness who was from Minot, North Dakota. They were among the
first 400 of the 24th infantry division to arrive in Korea.
Mr. Pleasant worked for Holsum Bakery and was a farmer.
He later retired from Dan River Mills. He was a member of
Shermont Baptist Church. On October 11, 1952, he married,
Mildred Parsons Pleasant, who passed on October 3, 2013.
Surviving are his four sons, Bobby Pleasant Sr. and wife,
Norma, Larry Pleasant, Terry Pleasant and wife, Jackie, and
Roger Pleasant and wife, Lisa, all of Danville, Virginia.; four
grandchildren, Bobby Pleasant Jr. and wife, Jamie, Amanda Crews
and husband, Roger, R.J. Pleasant and wife, Brooke, and Danielle
P. Wyatt and husband, Matthew; three great-grandchildren, Kayla
Pleasant, Andrew Crews, and River Pleasant; a sister, Janie P.
Sitt; a brother, Leon Pleasant; two sisters in-law, Jetti Riddle
and Helen Clark; many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition
to his wife, he was predeceased by two brothers, Henry and
Malcolm Pleasant; and three sisters, Pauline Webster, Frances
Adams, and Irma Wiles.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2 p.m.
at Shermont Baptist Church with the Reverend Ryan Riley
officiating. Interment followed in Danville Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Danville Life
Saving Crew or to the Shermont Baptist Church Building Fund.
Poell, Joseph M.
Joseph M. Poell, 92, of Belleville, Illinois, born Friday,
November 14, 1930, in East St. Louis, Illinois, passed away
Monday, March 13, 2023 at Benedictine Living Community At The
Shrine in Belleville.
Joseph retired as an Electrician for IBEW Local #309
including 20 years at Stag Brewery. He was a member of Our Lady
Queen of Peace Church in Belleville. He was a proud veteran,
serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his pride and
joy. He took pride in his faith and hard work, which he
instilled in his family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Maxine, nee
Maxwell, Poell; parents, Joseph John and Theresa, nee Lehner,
Poell; daughter, Karen Paulson; son-in-law, John Hoerner; sister
and brother-in-law; Lorraine (Forrest) Buesking and nephew,
Surviving are his children, Kathy (Steve) Odenwald of Saint
Louis, Missouri, Joe (Marla) Poell of Libertyville, Illinois,
Kay Hoerner of Belleville, IL; son-in-law, Al Paulson of
Belleville;11 grandchildren, Andy (Leticia) Odenwald, Matt
(Maureen) Odenwald, Stephanie (Brandon) Matthies, Stephanie
Uliks, Sydney Poell, Olivia Poell, Danny Paulson, Robby Paulson,
Jenny Paulson (fiancé,Tom Henderson), Jonathan Hoerner and Sarah
Hoerner; 2 great grandchildren, William Odenwald and Theodore
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Our Lady
Queen of Peace Church in Belleville. Visitation was held from
4:00 - 8:00 pm, Friday, March 17th, 2023 at Kurrus Funeral Home
in Belleville, and from 9:00 - 10:30 am on Saturday, March 18th,
2023 at Kurrus. A funeral procession left Kurrus at 10:45 am on
Saturday, March 18th, 2023 for a 11:00 am Mass of Christian
Burial at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Belleville, with Father
Matthew Elie officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel
Francis Vernon Polette, ;91, of Collinsville, Illinois,
passed away June 30, 2021 at his residence. Francis was
born February 5, 1930 to Martin and Emma (nee Portel) Polette in
Granite City, Illinois. He married Joan Bartos on March
12, 1950 in Collinsville. Francis and Joan were married 61
years and had two daughters, Laurie and Lynn. He served in
the United States Navy, a veteran of the Korean War. He
worked for Norfolk and Southern Railroad for 35 years and was a
member of Brotherhood & Steamship Clerk Union.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Martin
Harold Polette; sisters, Martha Mugridge, Mildred Kuhn, Hilda
Jacxkson; brother-in-law Willie Clay; son-in-law Dean Woods.
Francis is survived by his wife and daughters; sister, Gerry
Graham; grandchildren Melissa (Andy) Gaa, Amy (Brian)
Courtwright, Taylor Woods and Ethan; and great grandchildren,
Karsten Gaa and Mia Gaa.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, July 9, 2021, 10:00
a.m. at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Collinsville.
Pollard, Odis Latemore "Lat"
My dad Odis Latemore “LAT” Pollard served in the Korean War, 578th Combat Engineer Battalion, Company A
from December 1950 to January 1952. He died 2 March 06. He was preceded in death by his father
(Bud), mother (May), and brother (Harvey). He is survived by his wife Doris; sons Stanley, Tony (Cheryl)
and Scott (Glena); and grandchildren Brian, Brad, Joshua, Mandy, and Levi. He was a lifelong resident of
Ballplay, Alabama. He was a great man and I’m proud he was my dad and served his country. If you know
where I can find some information about his service or reunions of his unit please feel free to send me an
email. - Tony Pollard, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ponzetti, Paul Jr.
Paul Frank Ponzetti, Jr., age 91, passed away at his
residence, Safety Harbor, Florida, November 9, 2021. He
was born February 14, 1930 to Paul and Emma Ponzetti, Chicago,
Illinois. He served as a Navy aircraft mechanic on the
Valley Forge during the Korean War. He lived in Fairview
Heights, Illinois for many years before retiring to Safety
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elizabeth (Betty) and
two brothers Robert and Jack Ponzetti of Chicago, along with
daughters, Cindy Horn, Rosemarie (Don) Adair, LuAnn (Pete) Masem,
Betsy Arfmann and Paula Pearson, 7 grandchildren and six
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
parents, his brother Bill and his granddaughter Monica.
A Mass was held November 19th at Espiritu Santo Catholic
Church in Safety Harbor. In lieu of flowers, donations may
be made to the American Cancer Society or Wounded Warriors or a
charity of your choice.
Poston, George O.
George O. Poston passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2009. He
was 80 years old. George was born on a farm near Roscoe,
Missouri, on November 1, 1928. He was the second son and fifth
child of Benjamin and Anna Poston. In the 1930s, Ben and Anna
moved their family to Anaconda where George spent most of his
George commenced his military service in a special officer
candidate school for high school seniors toward the end of World
War II. When this program was discontinued after the end of the
war, George enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After 18 months' service
in the Navy, he transferred to the U.S. Air Force where he
served for over 20 years. During those years of service, George
was awarded many commendations, citation, and medals including
the Air Medal. While serving during the Korean War as an
enlisted man, George received the Distinguished Flying Cross for
his participation in combat action. Later in his military
career, as an officer, he again received the Distinguished
Flying Cross for covert work he did while stationed in West
Germany. While he was stationed in West Germany, George met and
married his wife, Shirley Washburn Poston, a fellow officer in
the U.S. Air Force, on May 2, 1962. They were married for over
George's final duty was as a safety range officer at
Vandenberg Air Force Base where he assisted in the testing of
intercontinental missiles. After retirement from the Air Force
in 1967, George attended Montana State University in Bozeman.
Upon graduation, he worked for several construction companies in
a managerial capacity and ended his work career with the Montana
Department of Transportation.
George enjoyed his retirement with many hunting and fishing
trips. His hunting camp in the Madison range became well known
amongst his hunting buddies where George was head man and chief
cook. George hunted throughout the world and was very active in
the hunting conservation community. He participated in several
organizations including Ducks Unlimited and the Boone and
Crockett Club. George and his wife, Shirley, and Shirley's
brother would spend many a summer day fishing off the coast of
Oregon. When he went ice fishing, however, Shirley tended to let
him go by himself.
George also dedicated much of his time to veterans and their
families. He was a life member of the Disabled American
Veterans, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He
worked tirelessly to improve the environment for the patients at
Fort Harrison. He was the original and a significant contributor
to Liberty House at Fort Harrison, a home where veterans'
families can stay while the patients receive treatment. George
also worked diligently to create the State Veterans Cemetery at
Fort Harrison. He was named the Montana Disabled Veteran of the
Year and he was nominated as the U.S. Disabled Veteran of the
Year. At the time of his death, George was the adjutant for the
Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 3, treasurer for Disabled
American Veterans Chapter No. 3, State Veterans Cemetery Board
chairman and Veterans Administration volunteer service
coordinator for Montana, which worked with the Disabled American
Veterans Service Transportation.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Anna
Poston; his brother, Ben "Buster" Poston; and his wife, Shirley
W. Poston. George will be missed by his sisters, Jeanette Pope,
Alice Stearns, May Martin; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Ted
and Maxine Poston and John and Joan Poston; 14 nieces and
nephews; more than 30 great-nieces, great-nephews,
great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and his many friends
and fellow veterans.
A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, July
28, at Hagler Anderson Funeral Home. Burial with military honors
will follow the services at the Veterans Cemetery at Fort
Harrison. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to
Disabled American Veterans, DAV Transportation, or Liberty
House, P.O. Box 25, Fort Harrison, MT 59636.
Powell, Rudy Devohn Sr.
Rudy Devohn Powell, Sr., 71, was born on June 02, 1933 and passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2004.
Mr. Powell was a resident of Highlands for over 30 years. He was a member of North Side Baptist
Church in Highlands and he enjoyed working outdoors, fishing, traveling. He really loved his
grandchildren and enjoyed helping people. He had served in the Air Force during the Korean War in the 18th
Rudy is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Powell of Highlands; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Rudy
Devohn Powell, Jr. of Highlands, Montie and Jayna Powell of Baytown and John and Jill Powell of Highlands;
mother, Ruby Powell of Baytown; 3 grandchildren, Joel Powell, Elizabeth Powell and Jake Powell, all of
Highlands; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. For those desiring, memorials may be made
to North Side Baptist Church of Highlands, TX.
Powers, Charles W.
Charles W. Powers died on April 26, 2020 of coronavirus.
He and his wife Lorraine G. Powers were parents of three
children: Charles, Laurie, and James Powers. He was
retired from the Long Island Railroad as Chief Transportation
Officer. After his retirement he was a consultant for the
redevelopment of Woodside Train Station, Secaucus Train Station
in New Jersey, and the refurbishment of New York's Penn Station.
He and Lorraine were involved in the worldwide travel
organization SKAL. They traveled to all seven continents.
An Army veteran who served in Korea during the Korean War, he
was also the grandfather of two grandchildren.
Primm, Raymond "Ray"
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Raymond “Ray” Primm, 72, of Russellville, Arkansas, died peacefully in his sleep on the evening of
Friday, March 24, 2006 at his home, following illnesses of several years.
Raymond was born July 17, 1933, in Alix, Arkansas, the fifth child of James (Jim) and Maggie Burchfield
Primm. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Roger, who died in 1974. Roger
(William R.) was also a Korean War veteran.
Ray is survived by his wife, Virginia Shaffer Primm; four children, Terry Day and husband Mike, of
Arlington, Texas; Donna Lang and husband Larry, of Westford, Massachusetts; Shari Melillo and husband
Stephen, of Smithfield, Virginia; and son James Primm and wife Kathy, of North Little Rock, Arkansas;
eight grandchildren, Melissa Day, Jinny and Ryan Lang, Spencer and Raymond Shaffer Melillo, and Madison,
Raydan, and Kennedy Primm; and six brothers and sisters, Eileen Primm of Mt. Vernon, Missouri; Imogene
Wiederkehr, of Independence, Missouri; Ruth Wasson, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Gerald (Jerry) Primm, of Mulberry,
Arkansas; Marilyn Primm, of Fort Smith, Arkansas; and Sharon Coffey, of Russellville, Arkansas.
Raymond served in two branches of the United States military. He enlisted in the Army at age 16 and
served in Korea from November 1950 to June 1951 as part of the 7th Infantry Division, X Corp, 8th Army. A
combat infantryman. Raymond fought in the battles of Operation Thunderbolt, Operation Killer, Chinese
Spring Offensive, the Hwachon Reservoir campaign, and the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Raymond earned
several medals and citations for courage under fire and for physical disabilities incurred in battle. At
the time of his death, he was an active member of “The Chosin Few”, an organization of the survivors of
the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
Following a total of four years in the Army, in April 1954, Raymond enlisted in the Air Force and
trained at the Airborne Radio Operator School, in Biloxi, Mississippi. After graduating with distinction,
he received the Atomic Energy Commissions “Q” Clearance and was assigned to the 4928th Test Squadron of
the 4925th Nuclear Test Group, with which he served from December 1954 through August 1956. Raymond’s home
base was Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was a crew member on B-50 and B-36
Bombers. In early 1955 and again in 1956 he participated in the Operation Tea Pot Atmospheric Nuclear
Tests at Indian Springs AFB in Nevada. From August 1955 to August 1956, he served in Eniwetok, in the
Marshall Islands Pacific Test Area, where he participated in the atomic and hydrogen bomb tests known as
Operation Redwing and Operation Firecracker.
After leaving the Air Force, Raymond worked with Crown Engineering and Data Technologies companies in
Albuquerque, under contracts with Sandia National Laboratories. While with Crown, he was part of a two-man
team which solved an engineering failure that enabled NASA’s first Lunar Lander project to continue. He
worked for many years with companies in Albuquerque, providing engineering support to both Sandia and Los
Alamos National Laboratories.
In 1972, after developing and patenting an improved photo-electric eye for elevator and material
handling uses, Raymond and three partners founded Innovation Industries, Incorporated, in Roswell, New
Mexico. Innovation produced the electric eye developed and patented by him, which they dubbed the model
1004. The Innovation Model 1004 Electric Eye became the world standard for safety in elevator door
controls and also led to work in other control systems that protect people all over the world. One project
of interest handled by the company, in conjunction with Disney Imagineering, was the development of a new
control system for Disneyland. Many of Innovation’s photo eyes were used throughout the park to trigger
motion, light, and sound systems in such attractions as the Pirates of the Caribbean.
In 1983, Raymond left Innovation Industries and founded Keyswitch, Inc. Keyswitch produced another of
his patents, which was an improved key operated switch, used to control elevators from both inside and
outside the elevator car. Raymond’s keyswitches are now in such places as The National Institutes of
Health, and the elevators leading to the justice’s chambers of the New York State Supreme Court. After the
first bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City, Keyswitch received a contract for switches to
monitor all the elevators and security stations of the center. One of Raymond’s proudest moments was when
he was able to visit the World Trade Center and see the security stations with all 168 Keyswitches on
line. After selling and retiring from Keyswitch Inc. in 1999, Raymond enjoyed traveling, spending time
with his children and grandchildren, and participating in local activities around Russellville. In
addition to membership in “The Chosin Few”, Raymond was a member of the Russellville VFW and the
Russellville Eagle’s Club, the latter of which he had served four years as president.
A rosary service was held on March 29th, 2006, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Russellville, Arkansas.
A Celebration of Raymond’s Life was held the following evening, Thursday, March 30th, also at St. John’s
Catholic Church, in Russellville. Members of the Russellville VFW held a military honors ceremony and
fired the volleys. The body was cremated and, on July 17th, Ray's birth date, during an honors ceremony,
the cremains were inurned in the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
Pritchett, Robert F.
Robert F. Pritchett, 93, of Mascoutah, Illinois, born
February 1, 1929, in East St. Louis, Illinois died Saturday,
April 30, 2022, at Freeburg Care Center.
Robert was a retired aircraft electrician for McDonnnell
Douglas and retired from the Missouri Air National Guard. He was
a member of the Machinist Union 837 and was a U.S. Army Korean
He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas F. and Marie,
nee Skach, Pritchett, daughter, Carol Jean Pritchett, brother,
Donald (Catherine) Pritchett, and brother-in-law, Heardy P.
VanOver. Surviving are his wife, Helen L., nee VanOver,
Pritchett whom he married on April 5, 1953 in Cutler, Illinois;
five children, Robert (Susan) Pritchett of Shiloh, Illinois, Dr.
Kevin (Annette) Pritchett of Swansea, IL, Karen (Jeffrey) Nash
of Belleville, Illinois, Barbara Ernst of Mascoutah, Illinois,
Dr. Steven (Joan) Pritchett of Mascoutah, Illinois; 11
grandchildren, Lisa (Sean) Daily, Emily Pritchett, Ryan (Maryl)
Pritchett, Lauren and Shannon Pritchett, Jessica and Rachel L.
Baker, Amber (Zack) Green, Austin Ernst, Alex and Nickolaus
Pritchett; seven great grandchildren, Elijah, Alivia, Evelyn,
Ari, Leo, Harper, Lukus; half-sister, Jeanne Hayes; three
sisters-in-law, Earlene VanOver, Ruth Jeremiah,Gertrude
Kaemmermann; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be donated to the Mascoutah Food Pantry, 17
West Main St., Mascoutah, Illinois 62258. Condolences may be
shared with the family by visiting mollfuneralhome.com
Visitation: From 6 to 8 PM Thursday, May 5, 2022, and from 9 to
10 AM Friday, May 6, 2022 at Moll Funeral Home in Mascoutah,
Illinois. Funeral: A funeral service will be held 10 AM Friday,
May 6, 2022 at Moll Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Martha
Thierheimer officiating. Burial will follow in Looney Springs
Cemetery, Campbell Hill, Illinois.
Published by Belleville News-Democrat on May 3, 2022.
Putnam, James H.
Jim Putnam of Fenton, Michigan, died on Monday, March 13, 2006, of complications from cancer. A
former member of the United States Marine Corps, Jim served in Korea in 1952-53 with 2nd Battalion, 7th
Marines machinegun section attached to Dog Company. His memoir appears on the Memoirs of the Korean
PUTNAM, James Harold, age 75, of Fenton, died Monday, March 13, 2006 at home. Funeral Services will be
held 1PM Friday, March 17, 2006 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Rd., Fenton.
Interment will follow at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, with military honors performed under the
auspices of Marine Corps League, Flint Detachment #155. Visitation will be held 5-8PM Wednesday and 2-4
and 5-8PM Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Genesys Hospice. James was
born January 19, 1931 in Durand, the son of Clifford and Grace (McCully) Putnam. He was a 1949 graduate of
Owosso High School, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as SGT in Korea. James married
Jacqueline Wilson at St. Joseph Church in Owosso on August 14, 1954. He was employed by Farm Bureau
Insurance Company until retirement in January of 1996. James was active in the lives of his 3 sons,
coaching hockey in youth leagues and at Lake Fenton High School. He was an avid hunter, of all types of
game, and trained English Setters in the sport. In addition, he was a member of the Senior Slowpitch
Softball League. More than anything, James loved his family; spending time with his wife, children and
grandchildren brought him the most joy. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Jacqueline; 3 sons, Jeffrey W.
Putnam and wife Christine of Birch Run, Christopher J. Putnam and wife Ann of Davison, Patrick J. Putnam
and wife Kelly of Swartz Creek; 6 grandchildren, Alicia, Michael, Andrew, Jenny, Ashley, James;
mother-in-law, Oda Wilson of Parker, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family extends
special thanks to the staff of Genesys Hospice for their tender care, and to all the wonderful neighbors,
and friends who have shown unconditional love and support. Those desiring may share online condolences or
post a tribute at www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.
Visitation Hours: 5-8PM Wednesday and 2-4 and 5-8PM Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral Services will
be at: Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, Fri. March 17, 2006 1:00 PM. Special Services: Military honors
performed under the auspices of Marine Corps League, Flint Detachment #155. Interment will follow at Great
Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. Family suggests memorial gifts to: Genesys Hospice.