Matt J. Radas Jr., 92, of Collinsville, Illinois,
passed away on June 6, 2021, at Eden Village
Retirement Center in Glen Carbon, Illinois.
Matt was born January 21, 1929, in Granite City,
Illinois, to Matt and Emma Krauser Radas. He
served as a Corporal in the United States Army from
1951 until he transferred to the Army Reserve in
He was the owner/operator of Triangle Auto Supply
in Collinsville for over 35 years. There
wasn't anything that Matt couldn't make or fix.
He was very talented and a hard worker. He
loved his business, and he put his life into it.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife,
Jane Radas; and brothers Robert Radas and Al Radas.
Survivors include his daughters, Sandi Locus and
husband Lenny of Collinsville, Illinois, and Karen
Gibson of Collinsville, Illinois; grandchildren Lisa
Halbrooks and husband Gene, K. Michael Martin Jr.
and wife Jamie, and Corwin Gibson; great
grandchildren Madison Halbrooks, Matthew Halbrooks,
Emma Martin, Gage Martin, Noah Martin, Aiden Gibson,
and Evan Gibson.
A celebration of life will be held at a later
date. Memorial contributions may be made to
Meals on Wheels America Donations can be made
online at www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.
Rado, Daniel V.
Daniel V. Rado, former New Brunswick resident,
Galloway Township resident for 22 years, West
Milford resident for 11 years and most recently a
resident of the New Jersey Veteran's Home in
Paramus, New Jersey, died Saturday, May 2, 2020 of
was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey and was the
son of Frank Rado and Rose Solinardi Rado. He is
predeceased by sisters Angela Figlo, Rose Furino,
Sisters Johanna and Helen Rado both of the Fillipini
Sisters, Joseph Rado, and beloved son Frankie Rado.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Irene (Kady)
Rado, son Daniel B. Rado of Lore City, Ohio and his
wife Kathy Rado, daughters Rosemary Rado of West
Milford, New Jersey and Lisa Severino of Clinton,
New Jersey and her husband, Matthew Severino, four
grandchildren, Tara Marie Severino, Jessica Lynn
Severino, Daniel Matthew Severino and Danielle Rose
Russell. He is also survived by sibling Marie
Miller, brother-in-law John Miller of Milltown,
sister-in-law Arlene Rado and several loving nieces
and nephews. Mr. Rado graduated from New Brunswick
High School in the Class of 1946. He played
football, basketball and fast pitch softball
throughout his high school years and was also on
many local teams during the 1950's and 1960's. He
was an Army Veteran and proudly served his country
during the Korean War. Daniel worked at Triangle
Conduct Cable Company for 35 years and served as
IBEW President for 10 years. He was very active with
the Union and served as Treasurer for the Credit
Union for several years. When he relocated to
Galloway Township he worked as a Shipping Manager
for Hussey Copper in Pennsylvania. He made a choice
to "slow down" a bit and began his retirement while
becoming a part time school bus driver, where he
continued to work for the next 12 years. He fully
retired at the age of 80! Daniel loved to vacation
and travelled extensively with his wife Irene
throughout their married life. He enjoyed sports
immensely and his favorite teams were the New York
Giants and the New York Yankees. He was an avid Joe
DiMaggio fan. Dan was very social and was blessed
with many wonderful friendships throughout his life.
He remained close to his lifelong friends from back
in the "neighborhood" in New Brunswick. He was a
dedicated family man and loved celebrating birthdays
and holidays with his children and grandchildren. He
loved to laugh and was great at telling a joke or a
good story. He will be missed immensely by all those
that knew and loved him. Memorial gifts can be made
to the Wounded Warrior Project. A memorial mass will
be held at St. Mary's Mount Virgin Church, New
Brunswick New Jersey at a later date.
Alfred Radz died on March 6, 2006, of cancer at the age of 75. He died very peacefully
at home surrounded by all of his loved ones. Six days prior to his passing his family
was able to have an Army representative come to the house and present him with the medals he
did not receive years ago. Alfred was very alert and knew exactly what was going on.
He even found enough strength to salute the Lieutenant.
Ramsey, Glen A.
Glen A. Ramsey, 82, of Monticello, Kentucky, died
Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Wayne County
Hospital, in Monticello. Interment was in Elk
Spring Cemetery, Monticello.
He was born May 14, 1930, to the late Joseph
Vernon and Hattie Mae Dick Ramsey. He was a
veteran of the Korean War.
On June 26, 1954 he united in marriage to Helen
Evelyn Corder Ramsey, who passed away Thursday,
March 7, 2013. To this union one son survives:
Paul Duglas and his wife Jeanie Ramsey. Also
surviving is his sister, Doloris Clark, and one
grandson, Christopher Paul Ramsey.
Brother Ramsey had accepted Christ as his Savior
many years ago and served faithfully as a minister
for many years. He was serving his Lord as a member
of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Raymond T. Randall, 81, of Danville, Illinois,
passed away at 11:38 a.m., Saturday, January 24,
2015, at his home surrounded by his family.
Ray was born May 26, 1933, in Danville to Raymond
D. and Leona L. Thirion Randall. He served his
country in the U.S. Navy as a second class yeoman
during the Korean War.
He married the love of his life, Phyllis Varner,
on April 16, 1955. The two enjoyed 52 years of
marriage before her passing on December 15, 2007.
Ray worked sales at Thirion Glass Company for
several years and later at Hyster NACCO. He
served as Danville parks commissioner for 12 years.
Ray was a member of American Legion Post 210, the
Knights of Columbus, the Danville Rotary Club, UCT,
and the Danville Elks. He loved to volunteer
his time and help others. Ray was a Red Vest
volunteer at Presence United Samaritans Medical
Center with more than 12,000 hours of community
service from 1993 until 2014.
He enjoyed bowling in the Elks bowling league and
was active in Little League baseball with the
Danville American Legion. Ray was an avid St.
Louis Cardinals fan. He loved sports.
You could find him in the stands at all his
grandkids' sporting events. When he was not in
the stands cheering on their team, you could find
him in the announcer's booth, as he was The Voice of
the Toppers for Schlarman High School for several
years. Ray was a kind and giving man who will
be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his son, Rick (Mary) Randall of
Danville; daughters, Mrs. Larry (Terri) Jaggers and
Mrs. Scott (Cherri) Drews, both of Danville;
grandchildren, Mrs. Dusty (Christin) Randall-Murray,
Cory Randall, Mrs. Zack (Tara) Holycross, Travis
Jaggers, Blair Drews and Brock Drews;
great-grandchildren, Caden Billingsley, Jaycie
Jenkins, Cooper and Cruze Murray and Easton Drews;
sister, Mrs,. Roman (Jackie) Wagner of Wisconsin;
special niece, Pat Cunningham; as well as many other
nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his
parents, Raymond d. and Leona Randall; his loving
wife, Phyllis; and his son, Mick Randall.
Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorials in Ray's name can be made to St. Paul's
Catholic church, Schlarman Academy or Carle Heart
Rankin, Marion William "Buddy"
Marion William "Buddy" Rankin, 83, beloved widower of Kathleen Allen Rankin, passed away
peacefully on Thursday, December 27, 2012. He was born July 15, 1929 in Harrison County,
son of the late Marvin and Lillian Roberts Rankin. He was an honorably discharged P.O.W.
veteran of the Korean War and recipient of three Purple Hearts.
He worked and retired from Lexington-Bluegrass Army Depot, Avon Activity. After retirement,
Buddy spent time traveling and fishing. He was a member of the Ruddles Mill Christian
He is survived by a daughter, Sharon Lynn Rankin, Paris; son, Garey (Mitzi) Allen, Paris;
three grandchildren, Christopher Todd Allen, Ashley Allison Allen, Brock Woodford Allen; three
great grandchildren, Alexandria Mae Allen, Kelsi Brook Allen, Haley Jane Allen; aunt, Alma Lee
Kearns; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Rankin; and two nephews, Gaylen F. Rankin and Michael W. Rankin.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Hinton-Turner Funeral Home
by Rev. John McGuire with burial in Evergreen Memory Gardens. Casket bearers will be Mike
Kearns, Ronnie Eads, Wayne Stocker, Doug Buchanan, Richard "Dickie" Rankin, Michael W. Rankin,
and Gaylen F. Rankin. Honorary bearers will be Johnny Wyatt, Mike Williams, Walter Link,
Will Rich, and Carl Toomey. Visitation will be after 11:00 a.m. Wednesday.
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Marion W. "Buddy" Rankin
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Buddy's Korea Trip
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Ratay, John Andrew
John Andrew Ratay (AKA Rataj) was born June 24,
1932 in E. St. Louis, Illinois to Andrew Thomas
Ratay and Josephine Ratay (nee Leszkowicz). He died
January 8, 2023 at age 90, at Spring Hills Hunters
Creek Senior Community in Orlando Florida.
He is survived by a brother, Gene Ratay, and a
sister, Sharon Ratay Sturgeon. John attended Central
Catholic High School in East St. Louis, Illinois and
graduated from SIU Edwardsville, Illinois. He joined
the Navy at age 19 and spent 31 years serving,
including in Korea during the Korean War.
John enjoyed all things Polish, especially the
food and dancing the Polka. He was an avid reader
and historian. His greatest passion was watching
professional soccer and he often arranged vacations
around attending games in various parts of the
world. He was a very thoughtful person, who in
healthier times, sent a yearly birthday card to
everyone he loved.
Rathgeb, Lawrence "Larry"
Lawrence "Larry" J. Rathgeb, Detroit,
Michigan, died March 22, 2020, at Henry Ford West
Bloomfield Hospital at age 90, a victim of COVID-19.
He was cremated.
He was born February 12, 1930, in Harrison, New
York. His family later moved to nearby New
Rochelle, and he worked as a mechanic at a local
garage. In 1948, he joined the Army and was part of
Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s motor pool. He also
became a member of the general’s honor guard,
serving in the Korean War, Jeff Rathgeb said.
He noted that his father kept an autographed photo
of the general in his home office.
Rathgeb and his wife married after he got out of the
Army. He later came to Michigan and Chrysler through
the Chrysler Institute of Engineering after
attending what was then the Missouri School of Mines
and Metallurgy. Larry was the lead engineer
for the car that on March 24, 1970, broke one of
racing’s most significant milestones, the 200 mph
closed-circuit track lap.
By the mid-60s, he was head of Chrysler’s “Special
Vehicle Group,” according to the Hall of Fame
listing. The effort that led to the
ground-breaking Charger Daytona was spawned by a
battle to outdo Ford and its Torino Talladega,
driven by Richard Petty, in the 1969 NASCAR season,
according to Mopar.
Larry was a good family man who was a friend to
everyone and apparently a bit humble about his
contributions. His son said those included
convincing Dale Earnhardt Sr. to stick with racing
after Rathgeb hired him to test the Chrysler Kit Car
and his dad’s work as a suspension and alignment
consultant on the Dodge Viper.
Ray, John W.
Senior Judge John W. Ray passed peacefully on
September 03, 2016 at age 85. He is survived by
Geniel, his wife of almost 66 years, 3 children, 3
grandchildren and his sister, Peggy. "Jack" grew up
on ranches in Colorado and Kansas and served in the
Navy during the Korean War. After the Navy he drove
cattle trucks and served as a Police Officer in
Pueblo, CO; moving his family to Carson City in
1965, where he worked in law enforcement for the
State of Nevada before becoming Special Master of
the Juvenile Courts. Jack was first appointed and
then twice elected as Justice of the Peace in Carson
City. He always said that he was lucky to have been
elected with majority votes as being the Judge meant
"he could only make half of the people happy at any
one time". He was subsequently appointed as a Senior
Judge for the State of Nevada. The Nevada State
Supreme Court recently acknowledged his work with a
special commendation for his years of service and
reputation for empathy and fairness. Jack was a
member of the LDS church and when not working, was a
"hands on" father before it was the norm. He enjoyed
working with the Eagle Scouts, family camping and
four-wheeling trips, working with the Coast Guard
Auxiliary, working as a Trustee for the local
library, participating in the local Masonic Lodge,
and reading mystery novels. He retired to a quiet
life with family and close friends in 2005.
Services will be held Saturday, September 10, at
1pm at the LDS Stake Center in Carson City, 411 N.
Saliman Road, to be followed by graveside service at
Lone Mountain Cemetery.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on
September 8, 2016
Reed, Harry H. Sr.
M Co., 19th Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, 75mm Recoilless Rifleman, Driver 3/4 ton Dodge
Weapons Carrier, Outstanding Dad. Passed away February 21 1990. - Thanks, Harry H. Reed
Harry H. Reed, Sr.
Reed, Joel Melvin
Joel Melvin Reed, Manhattan, New York, died April
14, 2020 of coronavirus in a hospital in Queens.
He was born December 29, 1933 in Brooklyn, a son of
Albert and Gertrude Harris Reed. He was
survived by brothers Elliott and Michael.
After completing high school he served in the US
Army in Korea. Mr. Reed gained fame as a
soft-core porn and then splatter-horror filmmaker.
His most famous film was the misogynistic film,
Reed, Milo L.
Milo L. Reed died July 9, 2007. He served with the 160th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry
Division, Heavy Mortar Company in Korea during 1951 -1952. His friend, Yukinubo Ito, was killed
on Heartbreak Ridge on October 28th, 1952. According to his son Rod Reed of Illinois, "My understanding
is that Mr. Ito and my father were forward scouts(?) up on Heartbreak Ridge when the Chinese
overran the hill, Mr. Ito was killed, but my father survived. He never spoke of it, but had
been searching for others that had served with them for more information.
Milo L. Reed, age 73, of Savanna, Illinois, died Monday, July 9, 2007, at his home. Funeral
services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 13, 2007, at First United Methodist Church,
Savanna, Illinois. Reverend Larry Thomson officiated. Burial was in Savanna Township Cemetery,
Savanna, Illinois. The Savanna VFW Post #2223 accorded military rites. Memorials may be
made to the Savanna Ambulance Association or the Savanna Fire Department in Milo’s Honor.
Milo was born August 22, 1933, the son of Leo and Florence (Gombert) Reed, in Maquoketa,
Iowa. He attended Savanna High School. On September 12, 1954, Milo married Rose Marie “Rosie”
Aitken in Savanna. Milo served with the United States Army Paratroopers during the Korean War
and received three bronze stars.
Milo worked as a cable-splicer for the local phone company, retiring after forty years of
service. He was a thirty-three year Veteran of the Savanna Ambulance Association, and one of
Savanna’s first EMT’s. He served for forty years on the Savanna Fire Department, achieving the
rank of Captain and past President of the Savanna Fireman’s Association. Milo was a lifetime
member of the Savanna VFW Post #2223; the Savanna Moose Lodge #1095 and a past member of the
Savanna Zoning Board. Milo very much loved spending time with his family, especially his
grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling and doing just about anything in
Milo will be dearly missed by his two daughters, Ronda (Terry) Koser of Savanna and Darcy
(Randy) Holland of Hanover, IL. three sons, Richard Reed of Moline, IL. Milo Scott (Diane Holder)
Reed of Holland, Michigan and Rodney (Kelly) Reed of Albany, IL.; one sister, Brenda (Joe) Mish
of Phoenix, AZ; eighteen grandchildren and fourteen great grand children. Milo was preceded
in death by his parents; wife, Rose Marie; and special friend, Joanne Lindeman and a brother,
Richard Gene Reed.
Reeves, H. Edward
Edward Reeves went to be with his Lord on June 17, 2010, at the Prescott, Ariz., VA Hospice
facility - Heroes Way, where he received loving care until he was called to his eternal home.
Born Oct. 23, 1931, in Joliet, Illinois, Edward had lived in Prescott, Ariz., since 1980.
He served as a private first class in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a 1958 alumnus
of the University of Illinois; taught for 25 years in AWANA; was a retired computer programmer
at APSA, Joliet, Illinois; was an evangelist with South American Crusades from 1976-1989; attended
Alliance Bible Church; worked with the Korean War Memorial project in Phoenix and Washington,
D.C.; was a proud member of his cherished Veterans of the Chosin Few, Chapter 608-Military Order
of the Purple Heart; and was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association H. Edward Reeves,
Chapter 311, which was named for him.
Edward's legacy is his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Beverly Jean
Reeves; his children, John and Ann Reeves, Michelle and Dennis Stewart, Melody and Bill Fisher,
Kelly and Steve Lambourne, Kim Reeves, and Cindy and Randy Garman; his 16 grandchildren and
13 great grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Grace Tonge, Dick Reeves, James Reeves and
Dorothy Hall. Preceding him to heaven were his children, Deborah and Michael Reeves; his parents,
Hubert and Wannetta Reeves; and his sister, Louise Studer.
A celebration memorial service of Edward's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 25, 2010,
at Harvest Bible Chapel, 6711 N. 2nd St., Prescott Valley, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, the
family suggests donations to The JESUS Film Project, Adam Jones, #0630312, P.O. Box 628222,
Orlando, Florida, 32862-8222.
Interment will be at Prescott National Cemetery, Prescott, Arizona.
Reeves, Paul William
Paul William Reeves died April 19, 1996, in
Watonga, Oklahoma. He was born September 30,
1932 in Steelville, Missouri, a son of Patrick
Edward McCoy and Evelyn Louise Stringer Reeves.
He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, having
served in the Korean War in the 5th Special Forces. He was the recipient
of a Silver Star and Purple Heart.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty
Louise Malaney Reeves (1942-1976). His
siblings were Catherine Margaret, Elsie Marie, Alva
Harrison, Virginia Bell, and Norma Faye Reeves.
His half-siblings were James Curtis, Zelbert Wiley
and Addie Lee Elizabeth Stringer.
Lt. Colonel Reeves is buried in Watonga IOOF
Reinker, George Richard
George Richard Reinker left this earth to join
his beloved wife, Brooks, on June 9, 2011. He was
born February 22, 1928 to Sylvester and Esther
Reinker in Akron, Ohio. He married Ethyl Brooks in
Fukuoka, Japan on January 8, 1952.
He was a decorated U.S. Air Force pilot and
intelligence officer. His career included combat
tours in Korea and Vietnam and assignments at the
Pentagon and NATO in Naples, Italy. His final tour
of duty was as Chief, Academic Training Division,
USAF Special Operations School, Hurlburt.
After retirement he managed Niceville Paint and
Decorating/Florida Door Sales for many years. He
attended Kent State University, received his
Bachelor of Arts from Stanford, and a Master of
Public Administration and a Master of International
Relations from Troy State University.
He was preceded in death by his parents,
Sylvester and Esther and his wife, Brooks. He is
survived by his daughters, Stephanie Fiore, and sons
Matthew (Kelly) and Anthony (Amy); Carol Gruber
(Brian) and son Richard (Marla), and daughters Sara
and Casey; Kathryn Laster (Clifford) and daughters
Jennifer and Christine, and son Timothy; Susan
Reinker (Michael Lomenzo); and a great-grandchild
Max Fiore; brother Leonard Reinker and family;
sister Phyllis Gaines and family; and several nieces
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m.
Monday, June 13, 2011 at Good Shepherd Lutheran
Church, Shalimar, Fla. A reception will follow at
Rendina, Pete Eugene
Pete E. Rendina, 79, of Selbyville and Venice,
Florida and formerly of Northeast Philadelphia, died
Wednesday April 10, 2013, with his beloved wife and
son by his side. Born in Masontown, Pennsylvania, he
was the son of the late Riccardo and Rose (Eppolito)
Pete had been a truck driver for the
Oscar Meyer Company prior to his retirement. He was
a member of the Marine Corps League, First State
Detachment. During the Korean War he joined
the Marine Corps in Philadelphia and saw combat with
Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. He was
a member of the Olde Tymers Softball League and had
been a player/manager with the Delaware Diamonds. He
was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean
City, Maryland, and had been active in youth sports
and in high school sports at Archbishop Ryan High
School in Philadelphia, touching the lives of
hundreds of young people.
Pete is survived by his
wife, Barbara M. (Scherer) Rendina; three children,
Peter R. Rendina (Rebecca), Kathryn Rolle (Walt),
and Geraldine Nielson (Terry); seven grandchildren,
Tyler, Tessa and Tayah Rendina, Stephanie Johnson,
Walter Rolle, Holly Rosten and Eric Nielson; two
sisters, Theresa Childs and Julia DiLella and many
beloved family members.
Mass of Christian Burial
will be on Friday April 19, 2013 at 11 AM at St.
Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City where friends may
call after 10AM. Burial, with Marine Corps Honors,
will be at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in
In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to the Marine Corps League, First State
Detachment, PO Box 434, Ocean View, Delaware 19970.
Rettig, Richard Louis
Richard Louis Rettig died on Friday, April 10th,
2020 after reaching 86 years of age. He died
peacefully at West River Health Care Center in
Milford, Connecticut, with his beloved wife
Catherine by his side. He was born August 9, 1933 in
Butler, Pennsylvania to the late Norman and Leona (Schnur)
Rettig. As a boy he lived on a farm, enjoying
childhood with his three brothers and two sisters –
a time he would share fond memories from throughout
his entire life. He left the countryside in 1950 at
the age of 17 to join the Unites States Navy. He,
along with all three of his brothers, proudly served
in the Korean War.
In 1952 he met the love of his life, Catherine
Talnose, at a bus stop in New Haven, Connecticut.
They married in the same year and lived inseparably
for 68 years. They settled in West Haven,
Connecticut living on Richard St. and then later on
Central Avenue. While in West Haven, he worked for
the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier,
and he and Catherine, a nurse, raised their four
beloved children Richard, David, Judy and Cathy. He
was also proudly a West Haven volunteer fireman for
While his central focus was always his family, he
was also a passionate sports fan devoted to the
Pittsburgh Steelers. He enjoyed playing golf and in
1988 he retired from the Postal Service after 35
years of service. He and Catherine later spent 25
years of their lives in Zephryhills, Florida before
returning home to Connecticut in 2011. He was a good
and loving father, grandfather, and
great-grandfather and he was a great friend to many.
He was a genuine, kind and honest man and his quiet
strength and gentle demeanor touched many. A man of
the highest integrity, he will be deeply missed by
his loving family as a tremendous husband, father,
"Poppy" to his grandchildren, and "Opie" to his
Surviving are his wife, Catherine Rose (Talnose) who
he married December 1952. Two daughters, Judy
(Chris) Rettig of Orlando Florida, Cathy (Larry
Abrams) of Milford, Connecticut. Two sons, Richard
(Ellen) Rettig of Houston Texas, Dave (Laurie)
Rettig of Branford Connecticut. five grandchildren
and eight great-grandchildren, a sister Margaret
Hackett of Butler. He was preceded in death by his
sister Norma Jean (Rettig) Cumpston and his brother
Norm "Dutch" (Nan) Rettig, Lloyd (Peg) Rettig and
Wayne (Natalie) Rettig.
The family would like to thank the staff and
caregivers at West River Health Care Center for
their love and support over this difficult time. Due
to the current pandemic, a private memorial service
will take place. In lieu of flowers contributions
can be made to: American Parkinson Disease
Association, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island,
New York 10305
Rexin, Ernest A. "Ernie"
Ernest "Ernie" A. Rexin, 81, of Ocala, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 24, 1931 to Ernest and Henrietta Rexin. He was raised
in the Yorkville section of Manhattan.
Ernie was a U.S. Navy and U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Following his military service,
he became a licensed Second Mate in the U.S. Merchant Marine where he sailed as a Second Mate
and earned a Chief mate endorsement. During his sailing days, he visited 64 different islands
and countries making lifelong acquaintances everywhere he went. Between his sailing commitments,
he put his talents to further use as a Marine Surveyor and a Port Captain supervising the leading
and discharge of containerized and bulk cargo at the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten
Island, NY and at other major ports along the east coast. He was also instrumental in introducing
modern cargo handling operation in Mexico, Brazil and El Salvador.
Ernie was an extremely loving husband to his wife and best friend of 38 years, Florence Rexin,
whom he met at the Howland Hook Container Terminal. He is survived by his wife Florence and
by two nieces, Margie Rosa of Johnstown, New York and Diane Sargeant of Boliver, Ohio.
Ernie's favorite saying was Ego Sum Pauper Nihel Habeo Cor Meum Dabo which in Latin means,
"I am poor, I have nothing, I give my heart." A visitation will be held at Hiers-Baxley
Funeral Services, 910 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, on Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 2 pm until
3 pm. A funeral service will also be held at the funeral home on Sunday at 3 pm.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from November 30 to December 1, 2012
Rheault, Robert B.
Rheault, Robert B, COL (Ret), 87, passed away
peacefully at home in Owl’s Head, Maine on 16
October, 2013. Bob worked as a cowboy on ranches in
Wyoming when he was just 14. He graduated from
Phillips Exeter Academy and attended the US Military
Academy, West Point.
He first saw combat in Korea earning a Silver
Star and rising to the rank of Captain. He returned
to West Point and taught French for several years.
He attended the Special Forces Officer Course in
1960 and was assigned to the 10th Special Forces
Group in Germany. In 1964 he served with the 5th
Special Forces Group in Vietnam. He served on the
Special Operations Division, Office of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff in 1966. He took command of the 1st
Special Forces Group on Okinawa in 1968 and
commanded the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam
until his retirement in 1969.
After his retirement Bob worked for the Hurricane
Island Outward Bound School for 32 years. He started
as an Assistant Watch Officer and rose to President
of the school. During the last 19 of those years he
started and ran an Outward Bound Program for Vietnam
Veterans suffering from PTSD.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Andre
and his first wife, Nan. He is survived by his wife
of 36 years, Susan; five children, Susanne, Meesh,
Robert Jr, Nicholas and Alexis. He is also survived
by many loving in-laws, nephews and nieces,
grandchildren and one goddaughter. The family
requests memorials be made to The Hurricane Island
Outward Bound School, 39 Mechanic St. Suite 310,
Camden, ME 04843.
Ribera, Vernon Ray
Vernon Ray Ribera, age 94, of Rockwall, Texas,
passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, in
Dallas, Texas, on August 6, 2022. He was born
January 13, 1928, in Boswell, Oklahoma, to Adeline (Angelly)
and Ralph Ribera. Vernon grew up on the family farm,
raised by his older sister and an uncle, after being
orphaned at six years of age.
He graduated from Boswell High School in 1944 at
the age of 16 and joined the Merchant Marine, making
supply runs across the Atlantic during the last year
of World War II. In February 1946, he enlisted in
the U.S. Army Air Forces. After the war, he returned
home and earned a bachelor's degree from
Southeastern Oklahoma State University and joined
the Oklahoma National Guard. He was recalled to
active duty during the Korean War and served at the
rank of master sergeant as acting platoon leader of
a rifle company with the 45th Infantry Division, the
"Thunderbirds", and saw combat in the Chorwon Valley
during the bitterly cold winter of 1951-52. He
received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the
Combat Infantry Badge. He continued to serve in the
National Guard until 1962 and rose to the rank of
On March 21, 1958, Vernon married the love of his
life; Rose May (Clesi) Ribera. He received a
Master's degree in Mathematics from Rutgers
University. He moved his family to Oklahoma City and
then finally settled in Edmond, where he taught
Computer Science at the University of Central
Oklahoma, retiring in 1990 as Professor Emeritus.
Vernon was very social and loved spending time with
family and friends. He was a master woodworker and
was an active member of the Terry Fisher American
Legion Post 117 in Rockwall. He will be missed
Vernon is survived by his son: David Ribera and
wife Andrea; daughter: Leslie Ledda, and husband
Francesco; grandchildren: Allison, Tyler, Calvin,
and Rose; and a host of extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife: Rose May
Ribera; his parents: Adeline and Ralph Ribera;
brothers: Oscar, Henry, Martin and Marcus Ribera;
and sister Mary Darnell.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 am, Saturday,
August 13, 2022, at First United Methodist Church in
Rockwall. Visitation will take place at the church
one hour prior to the service from 9:00 am to 10:00
am. Family and friends will gather for fellowship
after the service. Interment will take place at
11:00 am on Friday, August 19, 2022, in DFW National
Cemetery, Dallas. - Published on August 11, 2022
Rice, Jerome Michael "Jerry"
On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Jerome (Jerry) Michael
Rice passed away peacefully at 86 in the presence of
family at Overlook Medical Center after battling
COVID-19. Jerry was born on September 13, 1933 in
Elizabeth, New Jersey to John & Genevieve Rice.
From 1952 to 1955, Jerry served his country as a
Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. During
the Korean War, he flew with the 1st Marine Air Wing
as a radar operator and was one of the ‘Frozen
Chosin: The Marines at the Changjin Reservoir’
during one of the greatest Battles in Marine Corps
history. During this battle, American forces were
surrounded, vastly outnumbered and facing mass
slaughter in brutally cold mountains near the
Chinese border. Jerry was part of the flight crews
on supply transports that ferried in desperately
needed supplies which helped the Marines battle out
of the trap bringing with them all their wounded as
well as the Army wounded from the same area. It was
a tactical marvel, and one that is held in the
highest regard throughout the Marine Corps! In 1957,
he was Commandant in the Marine Corps League with
the Elizabeth Detachment. Jerry was honored as the
Marine of the Year in 2018 with the Central Jersey
Leathernecks Detachment and received a Proclamation
from the Mayor and Council, Boro of Mountainside.
His Marine Corps ribbons, medals & badges include:
Marine Corps Combat Air Crew Wings; Air Medal
Ribbon; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; National
Defense Service Medal; Korean Service Ribbon;
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation; United
Nations Service Korea Medal; United Nations Medal;
Republic of Korea War Service Ribbon; as well as the
Expert Riflemen's Badge and the Marksman Pistol
Following in Jerry’s footsteps to serve their
country, son, James Richard served as a Sergeant
with the United States Marine Corps; his grandson,
Michael Jerome Rice is an active Staff Sergeant with
the United States Marine Corps and his grandson,
James Michael Rice is an active Sergeant with the
United States Army.
After his service in the United States Marine Corp,
on February 5, 1962 Jerry joined the Mountainside
Police Department as a patrolman. He was promoted on
December 19, 1967 to Detective Sergeant, a position
he held for over 34 years until his retirement on
April 30, 1996. Throughout his career, Det. Sgt.
Rice received numerous awards and recognitions for
exhibiting his high degree of professionalism,
integrity, and dedication that went above and beyond
the call of duty. The most prestigious award he
earned was attending the FBI National Academy 98th
Session through the US Department of Justice, where
he completed 12 weeks of training on September 12,
1975 in Quantico, Virginia.
Jerry served as the 13th President of the New Jersey
Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association (NJNEOA)
during the 1977-1978 term. He rose to that position
after serving as a member of the Board of Directors,
and as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice-Presidents, he was
active with the Association until 2017. He also
completed the US Department of Justice Bureau of
Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs course on November 8,
1968. In addition, he served as the President &
Treasurer of the Municipal Investigators Association
of Union County and was a respected Life Member.
Jerry was so proud of his family, and several
generations served or are serving New Jersey as
first responders. Among those were his predeceased
brothers, Lawrence A. Rice, Chief of Middlesex
County, NJ College Police Department; John S. Rice,
Captain of the Elizabeth, NJ Fire Department. Son,
John R. Rice Sr., (retired) Sergeant of the Summit,
NJ. Police Department; son-in-law, John J. Shimansky,
(retired) Port Authority of NY & NJ; and grandson
John R. Rice Jr., Patrolman of the Piscataway, NJ
Police Department. Jerry often was described as a
true, “Cops-Cop” that left imprints of ‘on the job’
memories in the hearts of so many.
Jerry was a member of several organizations that
included: Central Jersey Leathernecks of the Marine
Corp League; Union County Emerald Society;
Mountainside Honorary PBA#126; Mountainside Elks
Club; Mountainside VFW; Union–Somerset County Police
& Fire Association; American Legion of Scotch Plains
and many other charitable organizations. He also
supported the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
throughout the years. Jerry was proud of his Irish
Heritage and enjoyed the St. Patrick’s Day
celebrations, as well as eating corned beef and
listening to Irish music!
Jerry's love for his country and the American flag
was only overshadowed by the love and pride for his
family. On April 30, 1966, Jerry married the love of
his life, Audrey Rose, whom he endearingly referred
to as ‘Red’. Together they built a life of love, and
he lived for the moments he was able to be in the
presence of his large, boisterous family that
included the many, many grandchildren and great
grandchildren he adored.
If he wasn’t with family you'd find Jerry at the
pool hall ‘shooting the breeze’ with friends, having
what he referred to as his "medicine" – a rum & coke
– at Chrone's or Publick House, or having his cup of
coffee among dear friends at the Mountainside Deli.
He also loved TV and Jerry could often be found
sitting in his chair with his TV guide watching
anything with cops, guns, cowboys or comedy. He
loved his music too and could often be found
listening to Irish tunes, Jimmy Buffett, and ABBA.
Jerry was tough as nails and a fighter until the
very end. He will be deeply missed by all. ‘Jer,
Pop, Dad, Grandpa, Pop-Pop, Sarge, Mr. Rice’ – you
will always, and FOREVER be our fiercely loving
patriarch, hero, warrior, teacher, listener, best
friend, father, grandfather and loving husband. We
love you. We already miss you so much – until we
Jerry is survived by his wife, Audrey Rose.
Daughters, Karen Ann Shimansky (John); Eileen
Veronica. Sons, Joseph Robert; James Richard
(Barbara); John Raymond; 21 grandchildren; 22
great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews. He
was preceded in death by his brothers, Lawrence A.
Rice; John S. Rice, granddaughter, Kellie A.
Shimansky and great granddaughter, Hope E. Rice.
Sadly, due to the current national pandemic, Jerry's
"Celebration of Life" gathering will be determined
at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his
memory to: Wounded Warrior Project,
P.O. BOX 758517, Topkea, Kansas 66675
Rice, Thomas E.
Thomas E. Rice, 79, O'Hara, formerly of Glenshaw,
died Wednesday, October 10, 2007, in Good Samaritan
Hospice, Wexford. He was born November 8, 1927, in
Crowder, Mississippi, to D.L. and Nannie Burnett
Rice. They preceded him in death. He was
also predeceased by his brother, Joel D. Rice, and
sister, Bennye Maude Chatem.
Mr. Rice was the owner-operator of Custom Glass
Corporation, Kittanning. He was a Korean War
Army sergeant who served in the 313th Engineer
Utilities Detachment and received two Bronze Stars.
He was a member of Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church
and the VFW.
He was the husband of Marion Cate Rice, and
father of Thomas E. Rice Jr., of Overland Park,
Kansas, Cynthia Jean (Clay M. Pickard, M.D.) Rice,
M.D., of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Amanda Margurite
Ingram, of Louisville, Kentucky; John M. (Heidi)
Rice of Fox Chapel; and Robert L (Kathy) Rice, M.D.,
Ph.D., of Finksburg, Maryland. He was
also the brother of Richard E. Rice, M.D., of
Huntsville, Alabama; David L. Rice Jr. of Tanner,
Alabama; Walter R. Rice, D.V.M., of Cookeville,
Tennessee; Elizabeth V. Bryant, of Maryville,
Tennessee, and Marian Nell Meade, of Starkville,
Mississippi. He is also survived by
eleven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in
the Kyper Funeral Home, 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd., Shaler,
where services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the
chapel with the Rev. Dr. Dirk Lesnett officiating.
Entombment will be in the Allegheny County Memorial
Park Mausoleum, McCandless.
Rich, Eulie B.
Eulie B. Rich, 88, of Granite City, Illinois
passed away at 7:45 p.m. on Monday, May 24, 2021 at
his home with his family by his side. He was
born May 26, 1932 in Swainsboro, Georgia. He
married Wilma "Jeanie" (Markham) Rich on August 10,
1951 in Granite City and she survives.
He retired in 1995 as an Assistant General
Foreman over maintenance after over 45 years of
dedicated service with American Steel Foundry in
Granite City. The Korean War combat veteran
proudly served his country with the United States
Army. Eulie loved God and his family and was a
longtime faithful member of Calvary Life Church in
Granite City. He was always an encouragement
to others and wanted peace throughout the world.
He was always tinkering with a project, could fix
anything and was an expert with plumbing and was a
talented machinist. Eulie will be remembered for
caring completely, giving quietly and loving so
In addition to his beloved wife of nearly 70
years, he is survived by two daughters and
sons-in-law, Debbie and Dan Brimer of Glen Carbon
and Elizabeth and Jeff Connor of Granite City; five
grandchildren and their spouses, Gregory and Mandy
Brimer, Aaron and Elisabeth Brimer, Adam and Carolyn
Connor, Rachel and Andy Ribbing and Hannah and
Steven Trask; nine great grandchildren, Emma Brimer,
Nora Connor, Blake Brimer, Amelia Brimer, Hudson
Ribbing, Scarlett Trask, Beau Brimer, Bryan Connor
and Esther Ribbing; many nieces; nephews; other
extended family, his church family and a multitude
of special friends. He was preceded in death
by his mother and stepfather, Macbelle (Rich) and
Walter Curtis; a son, Dennis Rich; three brothers,
James, Arlie and Charlie Rich and a sister, Myrtice
Burial with military honors was held at Sunset
Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon on May 29,
2021. Memorials may be made to Calvary Life
Rigsby, Cecil Harding
Cecil Harding Rigsby, Col. USAF (Retired) took
his final flight November 7, 2011 from Non-Hodgkin's
lymphoma. A loyal patriot, he served his country in
the USAF for 33 years flying 339 reconnaissance
combat missions in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
He retired as an expert and consultant in all
aspects of tactical reconnaissance with 7000 flying
A man of strong personal values, he devoted
himself to his wife and family and was known as a
mentor, counselor, favorite uncle and beloved
husband, father and grandfather. Cecil loved to
entertain his friends and attend reunions. He was an
avid runner, who ran in cities all over the world,
and a regular at the gym, inspiring many by his
example. An active citizen, Cecil wrote numerous
letters to Presidents, candidates, Governors and
other officials offering his advice and pleading his
causes. He was a founder of the North Austin Civic
Association. He was honored by Governor Rick Perry
when the Texas World War II Memorial was dedicated.
Born September 1, 1922 in Tallassee, Alabama, the
youngest of eight children, Cecil became a Texan in
1924. He grew up in Dallas, graduated from Dallas
Technical High School in 1940 and received the Best
Citizenship Award. He enlisted in the 112th Cavalry
Texas National Guard, transferring to the Army Air
Corps in 1941 where he became one of the first
Flying Sergeants. He received his officer's
commission while serving in New Guinea during World
War II with the 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron
where he flew 91 combat missions in the P-38. On
January 9, 1946 he became one of the first jet
pilots in the U.S. Army Air Forces.
Cecil left military service briefly to do aerial
photography for oil companies and the U.S.
government in Midland, TX where he met and married
Lorrenne Crisp on December 7, 1947. He
returned to the USAF in 1948. Cecil flew 100 combat
recce missions in the RF80 and RF-86 in Korea in
less than 4 months. He flew the first F-100's to
Germany in 1955 where he was stationed at Bitburg
for three years while flying reconnaissance missions
over Soviet territory. From 1959 to 1964, he served
at the Pentagon and earned a B.A. from University of
Maryland and a Masters in International Affairs from
George Washington Univ. He was a distinguished
graduate of the Air War College in 1965 in
Montgomery, Alabama. Cecil was stationed in Ramstein,
Germany 1965-68 with 4 ATAF and at Shaw AFB in
1968-1970 where he served as Vice Commander. He flew
148 missions in the RF-101 and RF-4C in Vietnam in
Cecil retired in 1973 at Bergstrom AFB, Austin,
Texas. His military awards include the Silver Star,
two Legions of Merit, five Distinguished Flying
Crosses, the Meritorious Service Medal, 12 air
medals, two Commendation Medals, and many other.
Cecil worked for Northrop Corporation following
his military retirement. He spent 4 years in Al
Khobar, Saudi Arabia in operations and training, and
traveled extensively to other countries while
working in marketing. He lived in Austin, TX until
September 2010 when he and Lorrenne moved to the
Army Residence Community in San Antonio.
He is survived by his daughters, Toni Rigsby of
Atlanta, Georgia, Lisa Rigsby of Austin, Texas, and
Lori Millner of Dallas, Texas; his grandsons,
Russell Wilson, Michael Meyer, and Britt Little; and
granddaughter, Claire Rigsby. He was preceded in
death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Lorrenne
Crisp Rigsby, who left us on June 7, 2011; his twin
sons, Ensign Ronald Cecil Rigsby and Russell Claude
Rigsby (infant); parents Mary Josephine and Calvin
Rigsby; and his seven brothers and sisters.
A memorial service will be held at the Army
Residence Community chapel, Saturday, November 19 at
1:00 PM . A graveside service will be held at Austin
Memorial Cemetery on 2800 Hancock Drive, Austin, TX
78731, Sunday, November 20th at 2:00 PM. If any
desire to give donations in his name, please give to
either the charity of your choice or to the Christus
St. Mary's Hospice office, 4241 Woodcock Rd. #A100,
San Antonio TX 78228.
Riley, Charles A. "Chuck"
Charles A. "Chuck" Riley, LTC USAF (Ret.), age 83
of 23 Hamburg Mtn. Road died Friday, April 30, 2010.
Charles was born August 8, 1926 in Sullivan County,
Tennessee and was a career military officer before
retiring to Weaverville in the 1970's. The officer
was the son of the late Charles Andrew Riley and
Marian Lee Null Riley.
Col. Charles A. Riley, USAF Retired, served with
the Navy Amphibious Forces in the Pacific Theater
during World War II (Iwo Jima) and the Army's 82nd
Airborne Division after the war. He then transferred
to the US Air Force in 1949 to attend Pilot School.
He flew aerial combat in Korea with the Air
Rescue Service, then two tours in Vietnam in Air
Commando Squadrons. He was a Master Parachutist and
a Command pilot. After retiring from the military he
worked with photography and was an alcohol and drug
Surviving are his wife of 6l years, Vera "Kit"
Young Riley; daughters, Sallye Riley Fox and husband
Martin of Fairview and Kathryn Crawford and husband
Chip of Sarasota, Fla.; son, William D. 'Bill" Riley
and wife Pat of Bradenton, Fla.; sister, Ruth Ann
Latham of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Sloan
Brigman, Kelly Waldrop, and Bridget Riley and great
granddaughter, Haley Brigman.
Risher, Robert L. Sr.
Robert L. Risher, Sr., 78, of Linton, Indiana,
passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at the
Bloomington Hospital. Bob was born on December 26,
1931, in Linton to George and Beulah (Risher)
Wautelet. On July 1, 1955, he married Barbara D.
Bob served in the US Army during the Korean War.
He later worked for the General Electric Plant in
Linton as a foreman and security guard, accumulating
over thirty years of service before retiring in
1991. He was a member of the Frank Courtney American
Legion Post #22.
Survivors include: a daughter, Pam (Bobby)
Houston of Linton; three grandchildren, Haylee
Houston, Cain (Tomi) Cooksey, both of Linton, and
Zachary Risher of Bloomington; one brother, Dave
Wautelet of Mesa, Arizona; and one sister, Sue
(Dale) Goddard of Linton. His stepmother, Dolores
Wautelet of Linton, also survives.
Bob was preceded in death by: his parents; his
wife, Barbara Risher, in 1996; his son, Robert
Risher, Jr., in December 2009; one grandson,
Jefferson Robert Risher; and one sister, Nancy
Funeral services will be held at the
Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel on Saturday, April
24, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. David Tyra
officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview
Cemetery with Frank Courtney American Legion Post
#22 giving honor with full Military Graveside Rites.
Rivali, John Frank
John Frank Rivali of Raton, died on February 24, 2012. A golden heart stopped beating and
hard working hands were laid to rest. Our Heavenly Father and the angels from above summoned
our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle to a life that would
change but to a life that would never end.
Frank was born in Raton to Clarence Rivali, Sr. and Celestina Casias. In 1950 he joined the
US Air Force and after training at Lackland AFB in Texas and Forbes AFB in Kansas and Lowrey
AFB in Colorado he was assigned to Korea to The 49th Tactical Fighter Wing and served in Korea
and Japan, he was honorably discharged in 1954. While in Korea he received the Korean Service
Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and The Republic of South Korea Service
Frank was a member of the St. Patrick's/St. Joseph's Parish, the Knights of Columbus and
served as Grand Knight of the Third Degree and Faithful Navigator of the Fourth Degree. He was
a life member of the VFW Post 1793 and served four years as Post Commander and served as State
Commander in 2000-2001.
Frank was always ready and willing to help people in need, he will be sadly missed by all
he came in contact with. Frank was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Carmen and grandson
Ryan Kelly. He is survived by his wife Barbara Ann of the family home; son Kelly (Peggy) of
Clovis; daughters Roberta Niemi (Bob) of Albuquerque, Barbara Ramirez (Wendall) of San Antonio,
TX, Antoinette Rivali of Salida, CO and Lorena of Colorado. Also surviving are five grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren; mother-in-law Isabel Ortega; step-daughter Isabel Atencio; sons-in-law
Mario (Brina) and Fernando (Crystal), all of Raton, NM; brothers C. Morgan (Gladys) of Albuquerque,
Richard of San Antonio, TX, Eugene (Linda) of Fremont, NE, Robert (Helen) of Victorville, CA;
sister Mary Frances Duffy of Torrance, CA. Also surviving are numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
Rosary will be held on Tuesday, February 28th at 7:00 pm and the Mass will be at 10:00 am
on Wednesday, February 29th, both services will be held at St. Joseph-St. Patrick Parish. Interment
will be at a later date. Arrangements by Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home in Raton, NM, 575-445-3757,
Roberson, Guy C.
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Guy C. Roberson entered into eternal rest Friday, August 6, 2004. A memorial service was
held at J. Henry Stuhr North Area Chapel, North Charleston, South Carolina, Friday, August 13,
2004 at ten o clock. Internment followed in Beaufort National Cemetery at two o clock.
Born August 28, 1927 in Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Roberson was the son of the late Henry David
and Rose Lee Petty Roberson. He was preceded in death by his sister Joy R Sellers.
He was a veteran of the US Marine Corps and served during World War II and the Korean War.
Mr. Roberson was a member of The Chosin Few, the VFW and was awarded the Purple Heart, a Bronze
Star, a Silver Star and numerous other awards and citations. He was also a member of the Shriners,
Scottish Rite, and was a 32-Degree Mason. Surviving Mr. Roberson are a daughter, Joy Cornelius
of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; two grandchildren, Ashley Cornelius of Tuscaloosa, AL, Brandy Strickland
and husband Ben Strickland of Oxford, AL; two great grandsons, Andrew and Adam Strickland; a
sister, Ann Collins of Oxford, Alabama; and several nieces and nephews.
He was always proud to be a Marine and hung the Marine Corps flag on the front of his home
every day, including the day he passed away. He is deeply missed by his daughter and granddaughters.
Roberts, Joseph N.
Joseph N. Roberts, 78, a longtime Wilbraham resident, died Saturday, March 13, 2010, in Baystate
Medical Center. He was born in Ludlow, Massachusetts on June 3, 1931, son of the late
George and Alice (Talbot) Roberts. During the Korean War, Joe proudly served his country as
a Private E-1 in the United States Army. He was the recipient of several awards for his service
including the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, and
the United Nations Service Medal.
Following his military service, Joe worked for Monsanto Chemical Company, first as a chemical
operator, and then retiring as a shift supervisor for the company. He also served the Town of
Wilbraham as a Commissioner for Glendale Cemetery and as a member of the Wilbraham Cable TV
Advisory Committee. He was also an avid gardener, and loved to work the land that was such a
part of his life.
He was the husband of the late Margaret G. "Peggy" Roberts, his loved and cherished wife
of over 50 years, who died March 8, 2010. He is survived by his children, Joseph M. Roberts
of Voluntown, CT, James Roberts of Ludlow, MA, Greg Roberts, Michael Roberts, and Sharon Lee
and her husband Chuck, all of Wilbraham, MA. He was the cherished grandfather of four
and brother of Diane Farley of East Longmeadow, MA.
Funeral services celebrating his life will be Tuesday, March 23 at 10 a.m. in Grace Union
Church, 10 Chapel St., Wilbraham, MA. Rev. David Hurst will officiate, followed by military
honors. Family and friends may call at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St., Ludlow,
on March 22 from 5-8 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to The Korean War Educator Fund
C/O Lynnita J. Brown, 111 E. Houghton St., Tuscola, IL 61953, or at
www.koreanwar-educator.org. For further
information, directions and on line guest book, please visit
Letter from Sharon Roberts Lee to the Korean War Educator, May 12, 2010:
Thank you so much for the correspondence concerning my dad, Joe Roberts. When looking
at the 78 years he lived, his wartime was a mere speck. Yet the memories never went
away. Some remember high school locker combinations, while he remembered his rifle
serial number. Some see Veterans Day as a day off, but he saw it as a time to remember
those lost in the wars. Some take America for granted, while he never did. Over
the years he must have put thousands of hours into thanking, remembering, and speaking to
veterans, placing flags at the graves and helping in the ways he could. He never forgot.
I have heard many stories but two have stayed with me, will never leave, and will always
remind me how lucky I am to have people like my dad there to protect us. Over 30 years
ago Dad was in an explosion at work. He was in a doorway and was blown out--the only
way he could have survived. While that would normally be a traumatic experience, he
never really mentioned that moment. All he spoke about was the grenades in Korea--how
the blast sounded like one.
The other was about his hate for JuJuBees. He said candy of all types would be
given out to the troops but by the time they made it to the front line only those were left.
The men who should have had filet mignon candies received the chuck steak ones instead.
He never ate that candy again.
The horror these men and women went through is beyond my comprehension and I thank you
and all others that help them find solace and peace. Thank you, Sharon Roberts Lee.
Robertson, Rev. Wilbert David
The Rev. Wilbert Robertson, a pastor and member
of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Sioux tribe who based
church buildings on Indian reservations in South and
North Dakota, died on November 25, 2020, at an
assisted dwelling middle in Roslyn, South Dakota. He
was 86. The trigger was Covid-19, his daughter Ruth
Hopkins mentioned. Mr. Robertson turned a
born-again Christian within the Air Force whereas
stationed in Thailand throughout the Vietnam War. He
returned to South Dakota in 1972, to the Standing
Rock Indian Reservation, the place the Standing Rock
Bible Church in McLaughlin wanted a pastor; they
took Mr. Robertson on regardless of his lack of
expertise. Having discovered his calling, he went on
to attend Mokahum Indian Bible School in Cass Lake,
Minnesota, and Midwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. A Baptist
missionary in search of a Native American pastor to
begin a church within the Lake Traverse Reservation
in Sisseton, South Dakota, had heard a couple of
Sioux pastor with a present for preaching — Mr.
Robertson — and recruited him. Along together with
his spouse, Judith, whom he married in 1961, he
opened a church in Sisseton in a cellular house in
1979. He helped construct a everlasting constructing
together with his personal arms, and the church, now
referred to as the First Baptist Church of Sisseton,
remains to be going robust. Mr. Robertson
established two extra Baptist church buildings on
reservations over the following decade — Dakota
Baptist on the Spirit Lake Nation Reservation and
Bethany Baptist, additionally in Lake Traverse.
After main the two church buildings for almost 30
years, he retired from the ministry in 2018. He
additionally served as a tribal choose and district
chairman for the Sisseton-Wahpeton tribe.
Wilbert David Robertson was born on March 21, 1934,
in Fort Totten, North Dakota, the son of Jeremiah
and Mabel (Keeble) Robertson. His father, a World
War I veteran, discovered odd jobs throughout the
Great Depression, and his mom raised seven
youngsters. When he was four, Wilbert, like his
siblings, was pressured to go to a boarding college
in Fort Totten. Many Native American youngsters have
been forcibly taken to such faculties with the
purpose of assimilating them into white tradition.
Children had their hair lower and needed to converse
English. Those caught talking of their native
tongues have been punished. Beginning within the
late 19th century, the federal authorities operated
about 100 of those faculties; they final closed in
1973. When Wilbert’s lengthy hair was lower, he
developed a cow lick. The cow lick earned him the
nickname Jiggs, after a personality, whose hair
stood straight up, within the fashionable comedian
e-book and flicks “Jiggs and Maggie.” “He was very
vivid, an avid reader,” his daughter mentioned in a
telephone interview. “He needed to be to outlive the
boarding college.” Graduating a year early, in 1952,
he hitchhiked to Grand Forks, North Dakota, and
enlisted within the Air Force, the place he turned a
fighter jet mechanic. He finally turned a crew chief
and served in East Asia towards the top of the
Korean War; he served in an analogous capability
throughout the Vietnam War. After leaving the
service, he labored at a leper colony in Cambodia
for a time earlier than returning to the United
Along with daughter Ms. Hopkins, he’s survived by
his spouse; one other daughter, Linda Miller; two
half sisters, Brenda Azure and Barbara Robertson;
six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
“My life is crammed with reminiscences of him
sacrificing for others,” Ms. Hopkins mentioned.
“Children from our prolonged household have been
taken in, and he and my mom helped increase them. I
keep in mind folks coming to the home asking for
recommendation. If they have been in hassle, they
might go to him.” - Posted on LightlyNews.com.
Rockwell, Lloyd H. "Diddy"
Col. Lloyd H. "Diddy" Rockwell (Ret.), 80, of
Paso Robles, California, died Tuesday, July 27, 1982
at the Vandenberg AFB, California hospital. He
is buried in the Paso Robles District Cemetery, Paso
He was born on July 16, 1902 and raised in
Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was working in the
city engineer's office when he enlisted in the early
1930s in the National Guard. He was nearly 40
years old when he entered Army duty in World War II
with the 34th Division when the National Guard was
mobilized. He was sent to Ireland, Scotland
and England for schooling. He took part with
other Iowa troops in the invasion of Africa and
fought throughout the African campaign, then in
Sicily and Italy. He became a lieutenant
colonel in a battlefield promotion at Benevento,
In 1949 he was attached to the U.S. Military
Advisory Group (KMAG) in Korea for the second phase
of his military career and served there two tours of
duty. His contribution to the war effort in
Korea earned him admiration from the South Koreans.
They honored him with a monument bearing his name in
Chanju, Korea. It was the first monument
erected to a foreign soldier. He was also the
recipient of the Legion of Merit award which is
second only to the Medal of Honor. He had
aided the 11th ROK First Division in a guerilla
He rose from the rank of private to full colonel
during his span of service. He retired in
1960. After his retirement he resided for many
years in Paso Robles.
An article about Rockwell and "Rocky's Ridge
Running Raiders" appeared in the Council Bluffs
Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Wednesday,
November 17, 1943, page 5.
Word about the passing of Paul Rodarte ("C" Company, 7th Marines, Korea) this week came from
Charles McKellar (7th Marine website) on August 31, 2005. Paul's last known address was
P.O. Box 482, Fallon, NV 89407-0482. Phone 775-423-5494. Paul's funeral was scheduled
for September 1, 2005.
Rodriguez, Frank Jr.
Born in Brighton, Colorado, Mr. Rodriguez died March 23, 1988. He was a career U.S.
Army soldier and Korean and Vietnam War veteran. Upon retiring he resided with his family
in Trinidad, CO. He is survived by his wife, four sons, and three daughters.
Rogers, Guy S.
My grandfather, Guy S. Rogers passed away February 8, 1999 in South Carolina. He was a great
man, who loved his family dearly. He also believed in the power of the United States Marine
Corps and everything they stood for on this earth.
[Posted 12/24/06 at the request of his very proud granddaughter, Christy
Rodney Rogger, 89, of Belleville, Illinois,
passed away Friday, November 29, 2021 at Memorial
Hospital. Private cremation services were
Rodney was born October 21, 1934 in Belleville,
the son of William and Anna Sarlouis Rogger.
He was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife
of 50 years, Joyce Cannady Rogger; and infant
daughter, Tracie Rogger.
Rodney served in the Korean War in the US Army's
25th Infantry Division (Tropical Lightning),
receiving a Bronze Star for valor and a Purple
Heart. As an educator, Rodney taught 31 years
at Cahokia School District 187.
Surviving are his son, Michael (Shelley) Rogger;
two daughters, Sheri (Phil) Tadlock and Nancy (Greg)
Brooks; four grandchildren, Brad (Tanya) Tadlock,
Rebecca (Jeff) Tadlock-Marlo, Eric (Holly) Brooks,
and Katie Brooks; and three great grandchildren,
Carter and Ella Tadlock and Rogger Jackson Marlo.
Romano, William J. "Bill" Jr.
William (Bill) J. Romano Jr. of San Jose,
California, sadly passed away on December 24, 2022,
at the age of 92. He was surrounded by his loving
Bill was born on October 12, 1930, in San Jose to
William Joseph Romano Sr. and Alice Savory Romano.
He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in
1949. After high school, Bill joined the Air Force
and proudly served for four years during the Korean
War. Later, he went on to graduate from Santa Clara
University with a bachelor's degree in English.
In 1961, Bill married Donna McGann in San Jose,
and together they had two children: William (Bill)
Romano III and Lauren Romano-Brethauer. He is
survived by his wife, Donna; son Bill and
daughter-in-law Sue; daughter Lauren and son-in-law
Tim; and four grandsons who truly adored him: Matt
Romano (29), Colin Romano (27), Gabriel Brethauer
(24) and Jack Brethauer (20). His grandsons were his
pride and joy. Bill was preceded in death by his
parents, William and Alice; his brother, Edward S.
Romano; and his sisters, Wilma Blinn and Jane
For 39 years, Bill was a dedicated reporter for
the San Jose Mercury News, covering local
crime and captivating his audience with detailed
updates on high-profile cases in the courts. In
1986, he received awards, along with two colleagues,
for his groundbreaking work on a series of articles
called "No Place to Die," which exposed longstanding
abuse and 126 deaths in numerous nursing homes.
Bill was not one to be idle. Whether it be
working in the yard, playing tennis, traveling,
going to the movies or enjoying the family cabin in
Boulder Creek, he liked keeping busy. After retiring
from the Mercury News at the age of 71, Bill went on
to work at Smythe European and Enterprise Rent-A-Car
as a courtesy driver. He charmed his passengers with
his cheerful personality and engaging conversations.
He finally officially retired at the age of 89 in
March of 2020, but only with reluctance due to the
COVID pandemic. He spent his last few years enjoying
quality time with family. He will be remembered for
his incredible sense of humor and for being one of
the nicest guys anyone could ever meet. He is surely
Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4,
at St. Clare's Church at 725 Washington St. in Santa
Clara. In lieu of flowers, the family requested
donations be made in Bill's name to Bellarmine
College Preparatory, 960 W. Hedding Street, San
Jose, California 95126.
I am trying to locate a Korean War buddy (or his family members) from Tokyo who was in the
"Corn Tones" band that I was in and performed with 1951-52 in hospitals, orphanages, and for
fellow soldiers. We were members of the 71st Battalion during this time. David was
older than me and a Lieutenant with the Special Services at the time. He was a World War
II veteran and was from San Luis Obispo, CA. His nickname was "Pappy." Our band
played what was then called "Hillbilly" music. I have a picture of our band.
Contact: John (Jack) A. Diamond, Savannah, GA. E-mail
Rowan, Carroll Glen
Carroll Glen Rowan, 93, of Millstadt, Illinois,
having led a productive and honorable life, boarded
a heaven-bound train on Monday, April 18, 2022,
departing his Millstadt residence for the last time.
Carroll never wasted one God-given breath of life
upon his entrance to the world on Thursday, December
27, 1928, in Makanda, Illinois. He counted himself
more than lucky to grow to adulthood and marry the
love of his life, Mary Violet Burris, on January 21,
1956. Sixty-four years of building a life together,
creating a home and raising their family represented
the best of life for Carroll.
Familiar with hard work and a desire to carve out a
family oasis, Carroll was an avid gardener who was
able to grow anything and everything. He literally
had two green thumbs! Farm to table before it was a
fad, a good cup of coffee, endless bird-watching,
petting his favorite dog, and beautiful daily views
of changing seasons fed his body and soul. If you
had a question about Nature, he knew the answer and
was delighted to share it. Carroll also loved
fishing, especially on the Mississippi River or at
To his children, Becky and Steven, Dad or Daddy,
was a character larger than life. He was there to
bathe, feed, cuddle, and entertain them as babes. As
they grew he took them fishing, on Florida
vacations, and even bought a woods and creek for
their playground. Known as “Poppy” to his grandkids
and family, he was always quick with a joke or a
prank, or a tidbit of advice. All children gathered
around Poppy. They loved his stories, gentle teases,
his funny made up songs, and best of all – his
listening to their stories and dreams. They also
knew if he said “no,” he meant it; though most kids
knew instinctively to be on their best behavior in
his company. He found ways for his own children’s
dreams and his dreams to mingle and grow through the
horses, cattle, rabbits, and other adventures on the
farm. A friend to all animals in the area, it is no
surprise that if there was a toad trying to get away
from the lawn mower, Poppy stopped and rescued him;
a baby bird out of the nest, Poppy put him back in;
or a turtle crossing the road – not to worry if
Poppy was around. When he wasn’t with his family, an
animal or in the garden, he worked his job, retiring
as a clerk for Missouri Pacific Railroad and Union
His grandsons, Alex and Brendan, benefitted from
Poppy’s lifelong commitment to nurturing positive
character traits in children, teaching useful skills
and imparting the idea to work hard and play hard.
And Carroll felt himself exceedingly rich to be a
father and a grandfather, leaving a beautiful legacy
of love behind. In addition to such a full life,
Carroll also served in the U.S. Army during the
Korean War, and was a member of First Congressional
Church in Dupo, IL.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Violet
Burris Rowan; parents, Heber Lee and Myrtle Ferrill
Rowan; brother, Robert Rowan; and sister, Louise
Surviving are his sister, Ginny Stone of
Greenville, Illinois; children, Steven G. Rowan of
Saint Peters, Missouri, Rebecca (Joseph) Androff of
Belleville, Illinois; and grandchildren, Alex
Androff and Brendan Androff.
Memorials: Parkinson’s found Carroll to be a
formidable opponent as a valiant warrior in battle
against this disease. Memorials may be made to the
Parkinson’s Foundation to continue the fight for him
and many others. Funeral: Private family interment
at Rowan Cemetery, Makanda, Illinois will be
officiated by Rev. Janice L. Ringenberg, who called
Carroll “Dad,” as he and Mary thought of her as a
second daughter. Services: Public celebration of
life will be held at a later date.
Rowell, Kenneth George
Life time resident of the Nyacks, New York, Kenneth George Rowell, died peacefully on June
27, 2012 surrounded by his family at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York after a lengthy
illness. Ken was 79 years old. He was born on October 28, 1932 to Helen M. (Goldbach Phillips)
and Mervin L. Rowell in Central Nyack.
Ken attended Liberty Street Elementary School in Nyack and Nyack High School. After his high
school graduation in 1950, he enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean War. Ken
served three years until he was honorably discharged in 1953. Upon return from the service,
he began a thirty-four year career with the Nyack branch of the United States Postal Service.
In addition to his career as a letter carrier, Ken simultaneously earned his Associates Degree
and began a second career as a computer operator at Becton Dickinson and Company in Orangeburg,
New York until he retired in 1992.
In April of 1958 he married the love of his life Rose Marie Barone. Ken is survived by his
wife Rose, his son Kenn of NYC, his daughter Jennifer of Nyack, his daughter Marirose and son-in-law
Fred of Tappan and his two beloved grandchildren Emily and Freddie and many loving nieces and
nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Mervin K. (Bud) and his sisters Muriel,
Inid, Virginia, Adele, Jean and Wanda. Ken also maintained a life-long correspondence with his
many beloved cousins in Iowa.
Ken was a loving husband, an exceptional father and a phenomenal grandfather. While not doting
on his grandchildren, he enjoyed (endured) watching the Mets and Jets. Ken was an avid music
fan with his favorites being cool jazz and big bands. He was a cross word puzzle enthusiast
and a life-long American History buff.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, July 1st from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm at Hannemann Funeral
Home, Inc. in Nyack. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Ann’s R.C. Church in Nyack
on Monday, July 2nd at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the
American Lung Association of the Northeast, 460 Totten Pond Road Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451.
Rowley, Arden Allen
Arden Allen Rowley, age 89, touched the lives of
thousands as a father, brother, soldier, teacher,
veteran, and grandfather. He was born 9 June 1930 in
Phoenix, Arizona, the third child of Edwin Jesse
Rowley and Rosilla Allen. He passed away peacefully
in the sunroom of his beloved home of 56 years on 14
June 2019. (All who knew Dad will understand the
significance of his passing on Flag Day.)
Arden's family moved back to Mesa soon after he
was born, where he resided the rest of his life. He
graduated from Mesa Union High School in 1948, and
soon after enlisted in the US Army. Arden's unit was
sent to Korea when war broke out there, and he was
taken prisoner 30 November 1950, spending 33 months
in several Communist Chinese prison camps. His time
as a POW was perhaps the second-most defining
experience of his life.
The first-most began eleven days after his return
to Mesa when he met Ruth Martin, and they married
two months later on 25 November 1953. They
celebrated 57 loving years together, criss-crossing
this country they so loved, attending family and
military reunions, visiting religious and national
historic sites, and doing family history research,
before Ruth's untimely death from cancer in 2011.
Arden was preceded in passing by both parents,
his sisters Lois Shepherd, Elaine Baker, and Joanne
Adair, his brother Duane Rowley, and his beloved
daughter Kristi Rowley Sherwood. Arden is survived
by his youngest brother Lynn Tenney, his sons Steven
Arden Rowley, Bradley Martin Rowley, and Scott Allen
Rowley, and by 18 grandchildren and 28
Arden was active in several veterans'
organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign
Wars, the 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion Association,
the Korean War Veterans Association, and the Korean
War ExPOW Association, and was inducted into the
Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame in 2004. He published
five books about the Korean War, including his
autobiographical Korea-POW: A Thousand Days With
Life On Hold. He made eight return trips to
Korea from 1994 through 2017.
Nearly all the furniture in Arden and Ruth's
much-loved home was built in his legendary workshop,
and he enjoyed serving in many and varied callings
in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He also retired from teaching 31 years in the Mesa
Public Schools in 1989.
Minutes after Dad's passing, his family lowered
to half-mast the American flag which has flown over
his front yard veterans' memorial for many years; it
will remain so for the duration. Arden will be laid
to rest with full military honors in Mesa Cemetery
on Saturday, 22 June after a 10 AM farewell service
at the LDS Solomon chapel, located at 977 E.
Broadway in Mesa. Visitation will be the evening of
Friday, 21 June, from 6-8 PM at the Bunker's Garden
Chapel at 33 N. Centennial Way in Mesa, and the day
of the service from 9-9:30 AM at the Solomon
building. Any veterans and active duty personnel can
join his honor guard in pausing at 12:00 noon
Mountain Standard Time and offering a silent salute.
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who
died. Rather we should thank God that such men
lived." (George S. Patton).
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jun.
Roy, Laurence J.
Laurence J. Roy (Army) passed away in Atlanta, Georgia, September 17, 2005, nineteen days
after he had evacuated New Orleans, his home since birth.
Ruelle, Rose Joan
Rose Joan Ruelle, a decorated Korean War Veteran, passed away peacefully on January 25, 2012
at the age of 80. She was the beloved wife of the late Barney who predeceased her in 1999.
Loving mother of Bernie (Cindy) Ruelle and Jerry (Lisa) Ruelle. Dear grandmother of Neil, Scott,
Mark and Brandon Ruelle.
The family will receive friends for a Visitation on Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 3-8pm at
the Harry J. Will Funeral Home - Redford Chapel which is on the north side of Plymouth Road
just east of Beech Daly.
The funeral service will be at 11 am Monday, January 30, 2012 with a final viewing from 10-11
am at Grace Lutheran Church on Grand River Avenue east of Beech Daly in Redford where she and
her family have been active members since 2000.
Rose will be laid to rest next to her husband with Committal Prayers and Funeral Honors from
The United States Army and The American Legion funeral honors teams in Glen Eden Lutheran Memorial
Park Cemetery, Livonia, Michigan. The services will be led by Reverend Timothy P. Halboth and
Reverend Dr. Victor F. Halboth.
Memorial Donations may be made in Rose's honor to:
Grace Lutheran Church
25630 Grand River Ave.
Redford Twp., Michigan 48240
Rusk, Dr. Richard A. (Lt. Col. USA Ret.)
Dr. Richard A. Rusk, Lt. Col. US Army (Ret.), of
Highlands Ranch, Colorado, died peacefully at home
on February 21, 2019, holding the hand of Elizabeth,
his wife of 55 years. He was 88.
Rusk was born in June of 1930 in Kansas City,
Kansas. He was the son of Harold A. Rusk and Bess
(Wynn) Rusk Lawson. Early hardship shaped his later
resilience, his father died of a brain tumor when
Rusk was barely a year old. He grew up during the
Great Depression, had a goat for his first pet,
fished, flew kites and played the accordion.
Bess married Herbert C. Lawson when Rusk was four
and they moved to Independence, MO. Richard “Dick”
attended William Chrisman High School where he
excelled as a student and a rifle marksman in ROTC.
He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at age 17 and
was a member of the tribe of Mic-O-Say.
After graduation, Dick joined the army and began a
long and distinguished career that included the
Korean War and two tours of Vietnam. He was a
paratrooper in Korea and fought in the pivotal
battle of Wonju. He then attended flight school and
was a pilot from 1951 to 1968, flying single engine,
twin engine instrument and his favorite -
helicopters. He made Captain by age 23, married,
moved to Europe and had his first child. Three more
children followed while the family moved from
Germany to Fort Riley, KS; Fort Bragg, NC; and Fort
Monmouth, NJ. He was married to Louise Slyter from
1952 to 1961.
He had not heard of Vietnam when he received orders
to go there. After returning stateside, he went back
to school and was part of “Operation Bootstrap”
where he was given a year off duties to complete a
college degree. At the University of Nebraska Omaha,
he met army nurse Elizabeth “Liz” Sandness, who was
also completing a degree. They were married just
before Christmas, December 14th, in 1963 and took a
honeymoon cruise ship to Europe. Stationed in
Frankfurt, Dick was engaged in flying operations in
support of theater level intelligence functions and
took classes at night through the University of
Southern California in Aerospace Management. He said
it was a major breakthrough in his intellectual
Dick returned to Vietnam in 1966 as a Lt. Colonel
with a new approach to intelligence collection and
people-oriented management applications. There he
commanded an aviation unit of 200 pilots, 1300
technical specialists, and over 80 aircraft located
at five airfield complexes. The unit was cited for
the significance of its contribution with a
Meritorious Unit Commendation. Rusk also received
the Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit, Air
Medal with Seven Oak Leaf Clusters, and Commendation
Medal during his time in the service.
He retired from the army in 1968, completed his
masters (Systems Management) at USC, and turned his
talents to the aerospace industry for five years,
working for Lockheed on the L-1011 Tri-Star and
anti-submarine aircraft that his son later flew in
the Navy. But his quest for learning continued and
Dick entered the doctoral program at Case Western
Reserve University becoming the first Ph.D.
(Organizational Behavior) in the family in 1980. He
went on to teach graduate level courses as an
Associate Professor for USC Systems Management, Case
Western in the Department of Family Medicine, and
the University of Denver. Rusk retired from teaching
Dick and Liz enjoyed a life rich in travel and
experience, lived in California and overseas for a
considerable time and settled in Denver in the early
1990s. They joined Saint Peter Lutheran Church and
were active members. Dick loved to fish, tied his
own flies, was a member of the High Plains Drifters,
and took annual angling trips to Minnesota, even
appearing on the brochure for the resort. He was
happy to share his love of fishing with family and
friends, so teaching continued with tips and tricks.
He volunteered for the American Red Cross and taught
55 Drive Alive courses. He also liked golf, coin
collecting, growing roses and college football.
Richard Rusk was preceded in death by his parents,
an infant older brother and his sister, Bonne R.
Lawson. He is survived by his wife Liz of the home,
three daughters: Rachel (Brian) Kaslaitis, Eudora,
KS; Ramona (Bob) Kessel, Greenbelt, MD; Rebecca
Rusk, Atlanta, GA; and one son: Randy (Laurie) Rusk,
Exeter, RI. Dick had nine grandchildren: Austin
(Carrie) Roberts, Manhattan, KS; Todd Roberts
(Michelle Meyer), Columbia, MO; Sarah Kessel (Nick
DeLong), Washington, DC; Ellen Kessel (Nick Day)
Portland, OR; Marie Carroll (Matt), Atlanta, GA;
Xander Lim, Atlanta, GA; Olivia Lim, Denver, CO; Roy
and Ellie Rusk, Exeter, RI. There are two great
grandchildren: Carl Roberts, Manhattan, KS; and
Lawrence Richard Carroll, Atlanta, GA. Dick also is
survived by his cousin Dorothy (Wynn) Bissell,
Independence, MO, who was like a sister to him,
cousins and extended family, plus his cat Rascal.
Services will be held at 9 am at Saint Peter
Lutheran Church, 9300 East Belleview Avenue,
Englewood, CO on Tuesday March 5th, with burial
following at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Lakewood,
CO. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests
donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, Boy Scouts
of America, Saint Peter Lutheran Church or a charity
of your choice in his name.
Rust, Robert Page
Robert P. Rust, a longtime Greensburg [Indiana]
resident, died March 28, 2020 at his home in Morning
Breeze Retirement Center and Health Care. He was 88.
He was among Decatur County's first victims of
COVID-19. Rust was diagnosed with double pneumonia
days before his death. He was treated with
antibiotics and improved briefly before his
condition worsened. He was tested for the novel
coronavirus the day before he died. The results of
the coronavirus test came back positive after his
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rita
(Navarra) Rust, also a resident at Morning Breeze.
Robert was born Aug. 20, 1931, in Greensburg to
Oskar D. and Zita Mae (Scheidler) Rust. Robert moved
with his family to Cincinnati in 1938, attending St.
Catherine's grade school while his father worked
various sales jobs during the Great Depression. His
family moved to the farm owned by Zita Mae's mother,
Mrs. Frank (Christina) Scheidler, just outside the
old Greensburg city limits, in 1946, a year before
he departed for prep school. Robert attended high
school at his father's alma mater in northwest
Arkansas, Subiaco Academy, operated by the
Benedictine monks of Subiaco Abbey.
ROTC training at Notre Dame, Robert served in the
Army starting in 1953, with basic training at Fort
Benning (Georgia). He was commissioned a Second
Lieutenant and served in the infantry at Fort
Leavenworth (Kansas) before returning to Greensburg
with an honorable discharge in 1955, joining the
family retail and wholesaling businesses. After his
father's sudden death in 1965, Rust took over the
family businesses: Rust and Sons, a wholesale
supplier to retail stores from Iowa to Tennessee,
and the Fair Store, a variety retailer. His brothers
and sister-in-law later joined him at Rust and Sons,
eventually renaming it Rust Wholesale in 1985.
Robert retired in 1998.
At Subiaco, Robert excelled
at sports. He led Subiaco's football team to an 11-1
season as its star fullback, losing only in the
final state championship game to Little Rock High,
the state's largest high school. He graduated in
1949. Following his first year at Notre Dame in
1950, he met Rita Marie Faith Navarra, the daughter
of Philip and Prudence Navarra. They married in
September 1953. At Notre Dame, Robert continued to
play sports, competing on the interhall tackle
Robert was a lifelong member of
St. Mary's Parish in Greensburg. He helped found the
St. Mary's Parish Council in 1968, serving on it for
several years, as well as teaching classes into the
In 2012 he won the Indiana Right to Life's
Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with Decatur
County Right to Life, where he also served as
president. Robert was a man of great faith, and he
was also a dedicated philanthropist. He was
president of the holding company set up to finance
the $4.5 million required to complete the
construction of Greensburg High School. From 1973 to
1988 he served on YMCA's board of directors,
co-chairing a capital campaign that netted $750,000.
In addition to Rita, he is survived by his four
children: David, 65; Diane, 64; Mark, 62; and
Martin, 61; as well as 10 grandchildren and seven
great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his
brothers, Richard, J. Gregory and Joseph, all of
Greensburg, and his sister, Christine Renée Yarmuth,
of Louisville, Kentucky. His sister, Suzanne Croy of
Greensburg, died in April 2016. Donations in Robert
Rust's name may be made to Decatur County Right to
Life or Catholic Charities USA. - Copied from the
Frederick Allen Rutherman
Frederick Allen Rutherman was born April 25,
1927, in Olmsted, Illinois, and passed away April
11, 2022, in Fort Myers, Florida, his home since
2011. His parents were Jesse Allen and Myrtle Wise
Fred grew up in Olmsted, where he developed an early
and lifelong love for the outdoors and became known
as Boone. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and
explorer and was as happy on his dad‘s pond in
Olmsted as he was fly fishing on the Yellowstone
River. Fred was a Boy Scout and achieved the rank of
Eagle Scout, which was awarded to him in 1943 by St.
Louis Cardinals team captain Jimmy Brown, then in
wartime spring training in Cairo, Illinois. With
that ceremony began a lifelong love for the
Cardinals, and Fred thought mlb.com was one of the
greatest inventions in his lifetime. He graduated
from Mound City Township High in 1945 and served in
the U.S. Navy at the close of World War II and the
U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in Japan, during the
Fred attended the University of the South in
Sewanee, Tennessee, in the Navy V-12 Unit and
graduated from McKendree College in Lebanon,
Illinois, in 1949 with a degree in mathematics. He
began his career as a math teacher at Mounds
Township High School, then served at the First
National Bank in Harrisburg and retired from the
accounting department at Electric Energy, Inc. with
over 30 years of service. He often told humorous and
affectionate stories of co-workers. He and his wife,
Dorothy, also owned a custom picture framing
While at McKendree, he met Dorothy Jean Sheets, a
student at Lebanon High School, who lived a block
from the McKendree campus. Their first date was to a
St. Louis Symphony concert. Dorothy told of a duck
hunting trip on the Mississippi River when they were
dating. She described the day as bitter cold and
said that as they slid back to Olmsted in an ice
storm, she told herself that if she ever got him to
marry her, she would never go duck hunting again.
She did - and she didn’t. They were married April 7,
1951, at the Harrisburg Methodist Church and moved
from Harrisburg to Metropolis in 1954. They came to
love Metropolis, where they were active and devoted
members of the First United Methodist Church. They
made many long-lasting friendships there, and he
held dear his relationships with members of the
Fidelis Sunday School Class, of which he was a
participant for over 50 years.
Travel was a major part of their lives with many
trips to Dorothy’s birthplace in Montana and nearby
Yellowstone National Park. They explored all 50
states and much of Europe; he recently remarked that
his favorite places, other than where his family
was, were Hawaii, Alaska and Yellowstone. Fred loved
the hills and rivers of Southern Illinois and never
forgot them. After his move from Metropolis, he
enjoyed the tropical birds, flowers and sunsets of
Southwest Florida when he wasn’t watching a Cards
game on his iPad.
He was a student of history and his extensive
library included books on the Civil War, World War
II and many other subjects. The great joy of his
later years was savoring his role as a loving
Double-G-Dad to his great-grandchildren, three of
whom are named after him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death
by his beloved wife of 55 years, Dorothy, and her
parents, George Harold and Christine Karnes Sheets.
He said his in-laws were his best friends and that
he never thought mother-in-law jokes were funny
because he had the best one in the world.
He is survived by daughters Katherine of Paducah and
Owensboro, Kentucky, Janet (Sheldon) Church of Ft.
Myers; Laura (Robert) Rowe of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin;
grandson Ben (Elizabeth) Horner and children
Abigail, Henry, Frederick and Charles of Hot
Springs, Arkansas; granddaughter Jessica (Jason)
Green and children Anna, Russell, Jordan, Joshua and
Madelyn of Ft. Myers; grandson Kevin (Megan) Rowe
and children Emma, Josephine and Harrison of
Madison, Wisconsin; granddaughter Katherine (Travis)
Bischoff and children Page, Ainsley and Charlotte of
A graveside remembrance service for family and
friends took place on April 30 at noon at College
Hill Cemetery, on North Alton Street, directly west
of the McKendree University Intramural Gym in
Lebanon, Illinois. Rev. Robert Edwards, the
Ruthermans’ former pastor, will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Sheldon Church, Robert Rowe, Ben
Horner, Kevin Rowe, Travis Bischoff and Jason Green.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Wise and Victor
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist
Church, 100 E. Fifth St., Metropolis, Illinois,
62960; McKendree University, 701 College Road,
Lebanon, Illinois, 62254, or to a favorite charity.