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In Loving Memory of Anthony Saya
Thaddeus S. "Ted" Siara, 79, a retired maintenance employee, died Saturday morning, April 12, 2003, at Lowell General Hospital, after a long illness.
He was the husband of Frances S. (Wojcik) Siara for 54 years. He was born in Lowell on August 26, 1923, a son of the late John and Mary (Lula) Siara. He attended school in Lowell. He was a communicant of the Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity in Lowell.
Mr. Siara served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. He was wounded in action during World War II while participating in action at Okinawa. He was honorably discharged.
He worked in the maintenance department for many years at Lowell General Hospital and the former Suffolk Knitting. Mr. Siara was a member of the Polish American Veterans Club in Lowell, where he served as a Sgt on the honor guard and assistant chaplain, the Pelham American Legion, and the Pulaski Club in Lowell and was a lifetime member of the Dom Polski Club. He enjoyed fishing in his free time.
Besides his wife, survivors include two daughters, Mary F. "Manya" Zielinski and husband, David, of Dracut, and Marcia A. Siara-Dwornick of Lowell; a son, Thaddeus J. Siara of Nashua; five grandchildren, Tricia A., Manya F., and Kristopher G. Dwornick, Thomas R. Dion and Andrew D. Zielinski; four great-grandchildren, Corey and Trent Dwornick, and Christian and Elisha Dion; a sister, Genevieve Langlois of Dracut; and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Josephine Cepulinski, Anna Wilson and Adele LeBlanc.
Published in the Lowell Sun on April 14, 2003.
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Neil Allen Sigler of Memphis, Tennessee, was born on December 5, 1931, the son of Neil and Martha Peel Sigler,. He passed away on June 24, 2016 at his home in Shelby County, Tennessee, following a long illness.
He attended E.E. Jeter Grade School and two years of high school at Millington Central High School in Millington, Tennessee. Later he earned a GED and finished three years of college at the University of Memphis.
Neil joined the inactive reserves on May 3, 1949, and worked at International Harvester in its foundry before being called to active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He served with Charlie Company, 1st Engineer Battalion, USMC, in Korea 1951-52. His memoir is located on the Korean War Educator.
After his tour of duty in Korea, Neil Sigler and Evelyn Irene Duncan were married on June 08, 1952 and remained in Shelby County throughout their marriage. They had one child, Carolyn Denise Sigler, who died in 2011. After his active duty service in the USMC, Neil returned to work at International Harvester, where he remained until he retired in 1985. He returned to the USMC Reserves until 1959.
Neil was a member of Mt. Vernon Memorial Church for 70 years, and served the church and his God in many capacities over the years. He enjoyed working in his tool shop, fishing, volunteering at the church and church cemetery, and helping the people of his community. He was a member of the 1st Marine Division Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Neil and Martha Sigler; daughter, Denise Sigler Barnes; and sister, Dorothy Sigler Escue. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Evelyn Sigler; grandsons R.J. Whittington and Barry Allen Barnes; son-in-law, Andrew Barnes; and two nephews.
Visitation was Monday, June 27, 2016 from 10 until 11 a.m. at Mt. Vernon Memorial. Funeral services followed at 11 a.m. Interment was in Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery, 777 Fite Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38127.
Duane W. Silver, 84, of Chenoa, Illinois, formerly of Philo, Illinois, died Saturday, January 04, 2014 in Bloomington, Illinois. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, Urbana. Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, Philo. A reception will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Military rites will be conducted.
Mr. Silver was born May 25, 1929, in Urbana, Illinois, the son of Wallace and Grace Yeazel Silver. He married Shirley Helbling on June 27, 1952, in Champaign, Illinois. She survives. Also surviving are three children, Steven R. Silver of Lexington, Illinois, Michelle Kendrick of Hampshire, Illinois, and Jennifer Peterson of Wauconda, Illinois; one sister, June Gault of Bloomington; 14 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Gregory Silver, one daughter, Lisa Mohr, and one brother, John D. Silver.
Mr. Silver graduated from Philo High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a sergeant. He retired from the University of Illinois Dairy Science and was a lifelong farmer. he was a member of the Champaign County Farm Bureau, Philo American Legion Post No. 1171, VFW Post No. 630, the National Rifle Association, and the Genealogy Society. Mr. Silver was a diehard St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox fan. He loved polka and enjoyed square dancing.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bridges for Peace supporting Jewish people, American Lung Association or Cystic Fibrosis.
Laurence J. Simmons, 78, died Sept. 17, 2009. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Simmons served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. After residing in Cleveland, Ohio for over 40 years, Mr. Simmons moved to Tucson in 1994. At Patio Enclosures, he held positions as vice president of sales, vice president of the Cleveland, Ohio branch and, prior to his retirement, as the head of research and development. Mr. Simmons spent many years as an auxiliary policeman and volunteer fireman in Ohio.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Frances June Simmons; children, Ronald (Caren, M.D.) Simmons of Phoenix, Jerald (Irina) Simmons, M.D., of Houston, Tex.; and Russell (Julie) Simmons of Deerfield, Ill.; brother, Charles (Marla, Ph.D.) Simmons of Tucson; sister, Sherry Levinson of New York, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Trudy (Howard, M.D.) Schwartz of Tucson; and eight grandchildren. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary, with Rabbi Robert Eisen officiating. Interment followed in the Congregation Anshei Israel section of Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth Health Center, Cancer Fund, 140 W. Speedway, #100, Tucson, Arizona. 85705.
Frank H. Simonds Sr., 85, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps, died March 31, 2004, at the Mayfair House in Berryville, Virginia. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Colonel Simonds was born on October 01, 1918 in Sparta, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1941, the same year he joined the Marine Corps.
During World War II, he was a bomber and fighter pilot in the Pacific theater, flying out of the Solomon Islands, including Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Munda. Colonel Simonds also served in the Korean War as a night fighter pilot. He was commanding officer of several fighter squadrons after the Korean War. His decorations included the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1966.
Colonel Simonds then worked for Control Data Corp. until his retirement in 1988, when he was the eastern and southeastern regional administration manager. He lived in Annandale for 22 years and Oakton for 15 years.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Bobbie Simonds of Woodbridge; a son, Marine Lieutenant Colonel Frank H. Simonds Jr. of Woodbridge; a daughter, Kelley Simonds Hardison of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.
Fred Sinclair, Jr., beloved father, grandfather and uncle, went to be with his Lord on Monday, February 14, 2011, at the age of 85. Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Harrell Sinclair, and his parents Fred and Bonnie Bell Sinclair.
He is survived by his children, Caroline Sinclair of Del Valle, Susan Sinclair of Utopia, Bonnie Sinclair of Comfort, Fred Sinclair III (Kathy) of Windham, Connecticut, and Lemuel Sinclair (Barbara) of Boerne; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
Fred was born in Corpus Christi on September 8, 1925. He attended Herff Elementary, Poe Jr. High, graduated from Brackenridge High School in San Antonio in 1944 and attended the University of Texas and Del Mar Jr. College in Corpus Christi.
He was a direct descendent of Major Frances Triplett, commander of the Virginia Militia at the Battle of Cowpens during the American Revolution. Fred served in the Navy in World War II, was attached to the Marine Corps in the winter of 1943-44, and served as a survey sergeant in the 10th Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division of the U. S. Army in the 1951-52 winter campaign in the Korean War.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Boerne, the Sons of Hermann, the American Legion, the VFW, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, the Korean War Educator Foundation, the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, and the American Philatelic Society.
Fred received his surveyor's license under the grandfather clause in 1954 and his engineering license by examination in 1964. His large projects were as drainage and grading design engineer on that section of Interstate Highway 35 from Lytle to Devine in the early 1960s and as project engineer on 10 miles of secondary roads and a 1400 foot bridge over the Pearl River in Mississippi in the late 1960s.
Fred was proud of the fact that he hired and trained the first black construction inspector to ever work on a highway project in the State of Mississippi.
In 1981, he established Sinclair & Associates, Inc. a San Antonio engineering and land surveying company now owned by his son, Lemuel. As a residential foundation engineer, between 1973 and the present, Fred designed and supervised the inspection of over 1100 acres of slab-on-ground foundations in Central Texas. He was often heard to say, "God will punish me for that."
He was a stamp collector, an avid fisherman, bird watcher and dove hunter and loved his boats and being on Texas bays. Fred will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
The visitation was Thursday, February 17, at Vaughan's Funeral Home. The funeral service was Friday, February 18, at 10 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church with Pastor Henry Schulte officiating. Burial with military honors followed in the Boerne Cemetery. A reception was held at the home of Lemuel Sinclair, 4 Brandt Road following the committal service at the graveside. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Attn: FAMI, P.O. Box 100, Austwelo, TX 77950 (Whooping Crane Habitat), or Utopia Park Board, P.O. Box 162, Utopia, TX 78884.
Sgt. William Singerline, 1st Platoon, Baker Co., 5th Marines (Korea 16 Jan 1951-2 Jan 1952) died at 11 a.m. Eastern Time on 03 May 2005. Wake at Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home, 15 Cherry Lane, Parlin, NJ 08859; ph. 1-732-721-1290 Friday, May 6 1400-1600 and 1900-2100. Funeral Mass at St. Bernadette's RC Church, Ernston Road, Parlin, NJ, Saturday, May 7, at 0945 hours. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, South Brunswick, NJ.
Joseph James Steven Siri was born on February 5, 1934, in Portland, Oregon, and died January 27, 2009 in Portland. He graduated from Columbia Prep School and attended Portland University. He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War.
He was a construction manager. His many accomplishments included Linn County Transfer Station in Eugene, Rabanco Transfer Station in Seattle in the construction end of it as well as traveling to many foreign countries as a marketing representative. He was most heavily involved in the construction of Metro's Central Transfer Station in northwest Portland. He was responsible for the design of the first wood processing equipment. He also worked a number of years for the Oregonian.
He is survived by Jackie Alexander, the mother of his five children Jill, Jenny, Joel, John, Jason; and four grandchildren; his wife, Kelly Susanne; two stepdaughters, Sylvia and Leah (husband, Igor); three step-grandchildren; brother, Fred (wife, Rachel); sister, Annie Pappas; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in death by his parents, Antonio and Emilia Siri; brothers, James and Silvio; sisters, Sophie and Marie.
He was greatly loved and will be missed by all that knew and loved him. Service was held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2009, at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, 10955 SE 25th Ave, Milwaukie, OR 97222. Remembrances to the Oregon Humane Society.
Normand Sirois, who served in the Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953, died on January 18, 2005.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
PLAISTOW, N.H. -- Normand P. Sirois, 75, who was a construction worker and retiree from Gillette, died of cardiac arrest at his home. He was a resident of Plaistow.
Mr. Sirois served in the Korean War, where he received many awards including the Purple Heart for injuries incurred in battle. He returned home in 1952 and lived in the Lawrence, Mass., area with his wife and family until the early 1960s. He moved his family to New Hampshire and provided a loving home filled with love and laughter.
Although Mr. Sirois had a difficult life as a construction worker, he touched the hearts of many with his humor, kindness and grace. He eventually left the construction industry and was hired by Gillette. He continued to work with Gillette until his retirement. He had also previously worked as a custodian at the Pollard School and Holy Angels Parish in Plaistow. During his retirement, he looked forward to visits with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always had a new joke ready for his visitors.
He was preceded in death by his parents Eustache and Blanche; daughter Anne Marie; granddaughter Julie; his brothers Robert and Romeo; his sister Irene; and his daughter-in-law Beverly Sirois. His survivors include his wife Helene G. Sirois of Charlotte Hall, Md.; three sons, Normand J. of Bedford, Daniel J. and his wife Mary Ann of Newport and Roger J. and his wife Michelle of Gorham; his three daughters, Catherine M. Wall and her husband Harry of Charlotte Hall, Helen A. Robbins and her husband Steve of Londonderry and Therese Marrone and her husband Robert of Manchester; sister Gilberte Plouffe of Methuen; four brothers, Edgar of Florida and Maurice, Raymond and Roland, all of Lawrence; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association. Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral Liturgy to be held on Friday at 1 p.m. in Holy Angels Church, Plaistow. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Plaistow.
The passing of Mr. Sirois saddens the family. However, the joy and humor with which he blessed his children will carry them through the remainder of their lives. His memory will hold a place in each of their hearts for many years to come. So long, Konky, until we meet again.
John A. Smart, Sr., 81, of Haverhill, Massachusetts died Saturday morning, March 30, 2013, at the Merrimack Valley Hospital, Haverhill. His funeral service was held April 4, 2013 at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, Haverhill. Burial with Military Honors was in Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill.
Jack was born in Haverhill, November 15, 1931, son of the late Howell B. and Gladys C. (Boudreau) Smart and was educated in the Haverhill school system.
Mr. Smart served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He had over 12 years of active service and served in the Korean War with the 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He fought as a machine gunner in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir and was one of the very few survivors who are now known as "The Chosin Few." He earned the Purple Heart Medal, an Army of Occupation of Germany Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, and on the 50th anniversary of the Korean War he received a Letter of Appreciation and a Korean War Srvice Medal from the Republic of Korea, thanking him for his service. He also served very proudly in the General Douglas MacArthur's Honor Guard. He was a member of the General Macarthur Honor Guard Association, Combat Infantry Men's Association and the 31st Infantry Regiment Association, the American Legion and the VFW.
After the war he was employed at the former Hamel Leather and Lionel Lavallee Beef. He retired from AT&T in 1991. Mr. Smart enjoyed fishing, outdoor activies, and spent numerous hours on his computer trying to contact fellow survivors of the "Chosin Few".
He was the husband of the late Marie T. (Collins) Smart who died in 1985, father of the late Barry J. Cate, Gary A. Smart, Michael Smart, Heidi Lou Smart and John A. “Jack” Smart, Jr., and brother of the late Hildred Berard, Fay Freeman, Constance Murray and Joseph Langton. His survivors include his children, Vickie E. Tracy and her husband Robert of Haverhill, Karen L. Duval and her husband Thomas of Haverhill, George N. Cate of Lowell, Steven L. Smart of Haverhill, Lisa A. Yell and her husband George of Haverhill, numerous grandchildren, many great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
SGM Bucky N. Smith, US Army, retired, passed away 3 June 2008. Bucky served with Star 1960-1961 and the Mike Force 1968. His other Special Forces assignments included 1st, 3rd, 5th and 10 Special Forces Groups. Bucky was also a veteran of the Korean War. Among his awards and decorations are Bronze Star with four Oak Leaf Clusters and the “V” Device, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd Award) and the Master Parachutist Badge. He is survived by his wife Akiko, two sons, a daughter, four sisters, a brother, six grandchildren, and thirteen grandchildren.
See his obituary on the Dana Smith memoirs page on the KWE.
Kenneth James Smith was born December 13, 1924 in Benton county Indiana to William Edward Smith and Florence Maude Voyles Smith. He was the youngest of four children. He had two brothers and a sister.
On March 2, 1944, at the age of 19 he enlisted in the Army and was deployed to Europe in September of that year. He was wounded on January 26, 1945 in Belgium and was awarded a Purple Heart. He was captured in Hitdorf, Germany around April 6, 1945 along with the 25th others from Company "A", 504th PIR. They were liberated by soldiers from the 343rd Infantry, 86th Division on April 13 in Plettenberg, Germany and returned to their outfit on April 15. He returned to the United States on September 11, 1945. He received an honorable discharge from the Army on December 9, 1945.
On August 13, 1946 he re-enlisted and remained in the Army until he retired due to a heart condition on January 24, 1966. Upon his retirement he had attained the rank of Sergeant First Class. He also served in the Korean War and received the Korean Service Medal with three bronze service stars.
Kenneth James Smith died on July 10, 1969 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, at the age of 44. He is buried in Cumberland Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
William L Smith, Jr. born 11/01/33 in Barstow, California unexpectedly passed away on 02/16/07 in Phoenix Arizona. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Elayne, his children Raymond (spouse Debbie), Margaret (Rick), Johnny, Billie (Dale), and Rod (Lori). Three step children Kathleen (Ron), Sandy (Leonard), and Roger. He is survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Bill proudly served his country in the Korean conflict and was a prisoner of war. He retired from the Union Pacific Railroad in 1976. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by the family and many friends. His body has been donated to Science Care Anatomical and services will be held privately.
Published in The Arizona Republic on 2/20/2007.
Elbert Derwood Speegle, 68, of Odessa, a retired mechanic, died Saturday, June 5, 1999, at an Odessa hospital. Chapel services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors Chapel with the Rev. Jack Watkins officiating. Burial will be Wednesday at a.m. at Mt. Marion Cemetery in Strawn. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Strawn. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. SURVIVORS: Father, Howard Speegle of DeLeon; wife, Sue Speegle of
Odessa; daughter, Brenda Hemphill of Odessa; sons, Darrell Speegle of Burleson, and Danny Speegle of Fort Worth; sister, Kayla Sult of DeLeon; brothers, Larry Speegle of Odessa, and Butch "Jay" Speegle of Abilene; and four grandchildren.
Sgt. Albert Spicer, 4.2 mortars, 1-7 Korea, died on July 30, 2006. He was operating the Fire Direction Center on the Hook the night the company got overran. It was the same night Lt. Sherrod Skinner was killed.
Doyal T. Spinks, 81, of Wolfforth passed away on March 28, 2012. Doyal was born on August 17, 1930 to Earl Spinks and Marie Dismukes in Lynn County. Doyle served in the United States Army as an Infantryman and was awarded the Bronze Star as well as other meritorious medals during the Korean War.
On December 2, 1953, Doyal married his loving wife Betty and were together for 57 years. Doyal would help anyone at a moment's notice and was loved by so many people. His survivors include wife, Betty Spinks; mother, Marie Dismukes; son, Rick Spinks; son-in-law, Tommy Sommers; brothers and sisters, Alton Spinks, Yvonne Hammonds, Finnis Corley, Joyce Winter and their families; two grandsons, Shannon and Jason; three great-grandsons, Adam, Bryan and Christian. Doyal was preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda Sommers.
A memorial service with military honors will be held Saturday, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Wolfforth officiated by Reverend C.W. Faulkner and a eulogy by Don Hammonds.
Robert (Bob) Spoor Sr. comes home for his final rest in the Adirondack Mountains that he loved so much. On April 10, 2013 Bob passed away peacefully in Lakeland Florida with his wife and children by his side.
Bob was born November 27, 1931 in Plattsburgh, New York to Charles and Lena (LaBarge) Spoor. He lived in Piercefield and Tupper Lake as a young boy and man. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War (1953-54), he returned to Tupper Lake. On January 8, 2013 he celebrated 57 years of marriage to Christina (Robistow) Spoor.
His family is daughter Dr. Darlene Spoor, husband Martin and grandchildren Raven and Phoenix; daughter Gina (Spoor) LaMonte, grandchildren Kenneth and Danielle and great grandchildren Sienna, Evelynn and Kennedy; son Robert Jr (Bob), wife Carol and grandchild Michael; and daughter Cindy (Spoor) Hoyt, husband Wesley and grandchildren Odessa and Klarissa. We all love him and miss him.
Bob worked in the Adirondack Mountains in the logging and construction industry then spend the last 22 years of his employment as a mechanic at Sunmount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake, New York. He enjoyed living in Tupper Lake for most of his life, traveling the country in his RV and wintering in Florida.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and nature and was a great historical source for Tupper Lake and the Adirondacks. Donations in his name can be made to The Wildlife Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake, NY 12986 or 518-359-7800.
A graveside service will be held at the Gale Cemetery in Piercefield, NY.
William D. Sports, Sr., 83, died in a hospital in Effingham, South Carolina on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Funeral services were Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the National Cemetery, Florence. Interment followed. Visitation was held Wednesday evening at the Funeral Home.
Mr. Sports was born in Georgetown, South Carolina, the son of the late Charley W. and Mellie Gibson Sports. He joined the United States Marines on October 20, 1947 and became a "China Marine", serving in Tsingtao from March 11, 1948 to June 2, 1949. During the Korean War he was a member of H-3-7 and participated in the Inchon Invasion and Chosin Reservoir campaign. He joined the US Air Force in 1954 and retired in 1970. After he left the military service he worked in law enforcement and was a weigh master for the State of South Carolina.
Mr. Sports was a member of South Florence Baptist Church. He was a life member of the DAV, American Legion Post # 172 and "The Chosen Few."
Survivors are his wife of 60 years, Mary Rogers Sports, Effingham, SC; a son, William D (Dianne) Sports, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; four daughters, Jean (Harold) Rice, Seneca, South Carolina, Patricia (Jerry) Hicks, Florence, Vicky (Dale) Richardson, Effingham, Janet (George) Privette, Jacksonville, Florida; a brother, George W. (Frances) Sports; three sisters, Bertha Purvis, Mattie Calcutt, Marjie Lee; twelve grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a brother, Charley W. Sports and two sisters, Ann Graham and Margaret Hyman.
Memorials may be made to South Florence Baptist Church2720 S. Irby Street, Florence, SC. 29501. Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, 4210 W. Palmetto St. Florence, assisted the family.
Richard L. Starcher, a retired Howard County industrial arts teacher, died August 19, 2011 of complications from pulmonary fibrosis at his Severna Park home. He was 77. The son of a coal miner and a homemaker, Mr. Starcher was born and raised in Carolina, West Virginia, where he graduated in 1952 from Monogan High School. He attended college for one year before being drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1959 from Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia.
Donald Webb Stearman, born January 13, 1926 in Dallas, Texas, hero in war, hero in peace and devoted patriarch of his family, passed away peacefully at home on October 9, 2011. He was the son of Waverly and Lois G. Stearman.
Don grew up during the Great Depression and is considered an integral part of the "Greatest Generation" for his service in the Pacific Theater during World War II and the Korean War. Don graduated from North Dallas High School. Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17, PFC Stearman was first stationed at Guadalcanal in preparation for the Battle of Okinawa. As a member of the 6th Division Marines, Don was assigned the duty of flamethrower and experienced some of the fiercest and most gruesome fighting of the war on Sugar Loaf Hill. After military operations ended, Don enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin where he studied engineering, discovered his passion for Longhorn football and courted the woman he would marry, Jane Heraty.
Before completing his degree, Don was called to active duty with the 1st Division Marines to serve in Korea. Sergeant Stearman earned the Silver Star for his valiant actions at the Chosin Reservoir. The 1st Division Marines were a part of a campaign of 30,000 service members outnumbered and surrounded by 60,000 Chinese soldiers. Don fought bravely, enduring close combat, hunger and frostbite only to render all five Chinese Battalions ineffective. The members of this group became known as "The Chosin Few".
Don was honorably discharged from the USMC in 1951 and committed to starting a family and a professional career as a draftsman, hydraulic salesman, real estate agent and developer. Don was active in the community of Farmers Branch, Boy Scouts of America, Marine Corps League and the ROTC at Marsh and WT White schools. A scholarship is being set up in Don's name for the WT White ROTC.
He was preceded in death by his father, Waverly Stearman, inventor, developer of the Swallow aircraft and family member of the Stearman Aircraft Corporation; mother, Lois G. Patton; stepfather RJ Patton and brother Jack. Don is survived by the love of his life of 61 years Janie Claire; brothers Joe Patton, Tony Stearman and Mike Stearman and children Ron (wife Vicki), Mike (wife Tessa) Lynn Bass, Susan Parker (husband Gary) and Laurie Dempsay (husband Brian). He cherished his ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be held at 6 pm and tribute at 7 pm on October 12 at North Dallas Funeral Home in Farmers Branch. Mass will be held at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church on October 13 at 12 pm with interment held at 2:15 pm at DFW National Cemetery.
Richard Paul Stebbing, a retired Social Security Administration analyst and decorated Korean War veteran, died of a heart attack Thursday (March 2003) at his Perry Hall home. He was 74.
Born and raised in East Baltimore, Mr. Stebbing attended City College. When he was 16, he left school and joined the merchant marine. He was a water tender in the engine rooms of Liberty and Victory ships during the waning days of World War II. Mr. Stebbing was aboard a Liberty ship that broke in two during a storm and sank off the coast of Scotland in 1946. The townspeople of nearby Campbeltown came to the rescue of the doomed ship's crew. "He had three cigar boxes filled with souvenirs, and on their lids had written the names of the ships he served aboard," said his brother, Leroy Stebbing of Norfolk, Nebraska.
After returning to Baltimore, Mr. Stebbing enlisted in the Marine Corps and later switched to the Army. He was a radioman when the Korean War broke out in 1950 and was sent to an infantry unit in Korea. While serving with the 21st Infantry Regiment of the 24th Division in Korea, Mr. Stebbing was awarded two Bronze Stars for valor. "When enemy automatic weapons were holding up the company's advance, Sergeant Stebbing exposed himself to enemy fire and directed firing at the enemy's position, successfully destroying two enemy machine gun positions," the citation for his first Bronze Star says. His second Bronze Star recognized his participation in action near Pohang-dong, Korea, when his company was pinned down by intense enemy fire. "Utterly disregarding the heavy fire, Sergeant Stebbing repeatedly exposed himself to direct the fire of his recoilless rifles. The fierce attack continued for over 15 hours, during which time his directed fire accounted for the destruction of four of the enemy's machine guns," the citation reads. When his squad was ordered to withdraw, Mr. Stebbing provided cover fire until the company had left the position. "Sergeant Stebbing's fearless actions and complete devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the United States Infantry," the citation concluded. "He was a hell of a man," his brother, who is eight years younger, said yesterday.
After his discharge from the Army in 1952, Mr. Stebbing was a postal clerk for 10 years before taking a job as a systems analyst at Social Security headquarters in Woodlawn. He retired in 1977 after receiving a diagnosis of emphysema. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed swimming, crabbing and being near the Chesapeake Bay. "All his life, that's all he ever talked about was the bay," said his wife of 50 years, the former Mildred Holstein.
In addition to his wife and brother, Mr. Stebbing is survived by three sons, Michael D. Stebbing of Essex, and David E. Stebbing and Hal G. Stebbing, both of Catonsville; three daughters, Susan L. Stebbing of Essex, Deborah J. Stebbing of Fells Point and Donna Poljak of Dundalk; three sisters, Carol Seaman of Baltimore, and Patricia Godwin and Beverly Overbey, both of Perry Hall; and four grandchildren.
Charles M Steeneck, H&S Company, 1/1 passed away on January 26, 2006 at his residence in Germantown, NY from cancer. He was a member of the Chosin Few and received a Purple Heart for his injuries. His photo appeared in Time/Life Magazine in the January 1951 issue and also in David Douglas Duncan's book "This is War". His photo caption was "The Thousand Yard Stare". It also appears in the Chosin Few website. He is the Marine sitting on the front of the Jeep, heading out of the Reservoir. The photo also appears in the Korean War Memorial in Branson, MO. His funeral was on January 30, 2006 and he has been cremated. The family will be having a memorial with full military honors for him in the Spring, and his ashes will be buried with his wife.
He is survived by 7 children and 9 grandchildren. His daughter, Theresa Steeneck of Valatie, New York said, "He will be dearly missed by all that knew him. He was the most courageous, honorable and caring man that I have known. A true Marine until the end."
Donald W. Stewart, 79, of Oakland, California, died December 13, 2004, in his home. Born January 26, 1925 to Floyd Stewart and Anna Barrows Stewart, Don spent most of his life in Berkeley. He attended Berkeley schools then the University of California, graduating in 1949 and U.C.'s Boalt School of Law, earning a J.D. in 1951.
After marrying Berkeley classmate Nancy Haven in 1947, they raised a family only blocks from his childhood home. In retirement, they moved to the Oakland hills. He had many generational ties and deep loyalty to the University of California and to many Cal sports. Since 1932, he attended all but two Big Games until this year.
During World War II, Don was a navigator in the 20th Air Force, flying B-29s stationed in Tinian on over-water missions to Japan. He was recalled to serve in the Korean War as a navigator/ bombardier in B-26s in the 5th Air Force. Afterwards he served 17 years in the Air National Guard 129th Special Operations Group, became a squadron navigator & retired as a lieutenant colonel.
Don served as assistant counsel at Union Oil Company in San Francisco for 26 years. After retirement, he worked on legislative matters for major oil companies and for years provided pro bono legal counsel. Don's interests included travel and family, often incorporating his pursuit of genealogical roots in trips across the United States and several times to Western Europe and Russia. He deeply loved the Sierras, taking family vacations to Lake Tahoe and later organizing family backpack trips throughout the mountains of California. With a close friend, he also hiked the length of the John Muir Trail. In recent years, Don served as librarian for the Society of Mayflower Descendants. He has been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley for over 50 years.
Don is survived by Nancy, his loving wife of 57 years; three children, Kent (Patty), Jim, and Anne; four grandchildren, Lauren and Sarah Wondolowski and Alec and Sara Stewart; brothers, David B. Stewart and Allen P. Stewart; and sisters, Elizabeth Cunningham Meteer and Jean Stewart.
Memorial Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley on Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer gifts to the First Presbyterian Church Capital Campaign, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley 94704, or the U.C. Berkeley Memorial Stadium Project Campaign, c/o Bear Backers, 2223 Fulton St. 3rd Floor #4424, Berkeley 94720.
PFC Lorimer StClair, an E-2-7 Marine who served in Korea 1951-52, died June 3, 2005 in Fountain Valley, California. His body was cremated, but his spirit lives forever. PFC StClair requested that his ashes be scattered in Truckee, nearby the cities Carson and Reno. The outposts the 7th Marine regiment fought were named Carson, Reno, and Vegas.
Norman O. St. Cyr, 70, of 57 Clinton Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, died Friday, May 24, 2002, in his daughter's home after an illness.
He was born April 27, 1932, in Fitchburg, the son of Eugene and Eva (Morin) St. Cyr, and lived in Fitchburg for most of his life. He served in the Navy and was stationed on the USS Iowa during the Korean War.
For most of the past 10 years he worked at Gettens Electric of Fitchburg, where he is truly missed to this day. He worked 22 years for P.J. Keating Paving Division in Shirley, Massachusetts. He also worked for the former Weyerhauser Paper Company of Fitchburg.
Norman St. Cyr was a former member of the Joseph P. Keating Knights of Columbus Council 99 in Fitchburg, MA. He attended St. Joseph's Church and St. Francis of Assisi Church, both in Fitchburg.
He leaves a son, Navy Lt. J.G. Normand O. St. Cyr, of Newport News, Virginia; a daughter, Michelle E. St. Cyr of Fitchburg; three brothers, Alcide, Roger, and Eugene St. Cyr, and two sisters, Theresa Measles and Anita Bedard; four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Norman was a very kind, generous man who will always be missed.
Colonel James Reeve Stuart, Jr. (US Army, Retired), 81, of Laurel Point, Lancaster, died November 19, 2012 at home. He was born in Minneapolis, Minn. on November 29, 1930.
He is survived by Susan, his wife of 58 years; three children and their spouses; Richard R. and Mary Stuart Schwab of Ledyard, Conn. and their children, Kelsey and Brian; Roger K. and Blythe Stuart Norris of Alexandria; and Leisl L. and James R. Stuart, III of Arlington and their children, Lauren and Collin; and a brother, Ridley Middleton Stuart of Peru, N.Y.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the U. S. Military Academy in 1953 and later earned a masters degree in Public Administration. He was commissioned in the U. S. Army as an Armor officer and served in various command, troop and staff assignments during a military career of 31 years. He was a 1964 graduate of the Army Command and Staff College and a 1975 graduate of The National War College after which he served on the faculty. His overseas tours of duty included Korea, Turkey and Vietnam.
His interest in sailing brought him and his family to the Northern Neck of Virginia and he moved to Laurel Point in Lancaster in 1984. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church where he served on the Vestry as Junior Warden, as a teller and as an usher; Historic Christ Church Foundation as a board member and several committees. He was a charter member of the local chapter of the Retired Officers Association (now MOAA) and served on the board. He was also a member of the Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club, a former member of the Rappahannock River Yacht Club and a member of the Saint Andrews Society of Williamsburg. He also was a member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was a bagpiper and charter member of the Kilmarnock and District Pipe Band.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 a. m. Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Grace Church, Kilmarnock with interment at Historic Christ Church Burying Grounds, Irvington.
Memorials may be made to Animal Welfare League, P. O. Box 975, White Stone, VA 22578 or Grace Church Trust, P. O. Box 1059, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.
"Journeyed on into Death"
Bobby Ray Stinson, a resident of Abbeville, died late Sunday morning, July 29, 2007, at his home. He was 76. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2007, in the Abbeville Memorial Cemetery with a son-in-law, Ryan Higgins, officiating. Military honors were conducted at the graveside. Serving as active pallbearers were Randy Cummings, Kurt Cummings, David Cummings, Kenny Murray, Dr. Bruce Hall and Larry Pitchford. Holman-Abbeville Mortuary was in charge of funeral arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Wiregrass Hospice Inc., P.O. Drawer 2127, Dothan, AL 36302.
Mr. Stinson was born and reared in Henry County, near Abbeville, a son of the late Walter Eric Stinson and Willie Mae Wells Stinson. He lived in Abbeville most of his adult lifetime. Mr. Stinson served his country as a combat medic in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Occupation Medal in Japan, a Medical Badge, two Bronze Star Medals with a (V) device, which signifies medals awarded for valor, which he received for tending to his comrades in battle while undergoing enemy fire, and also the Korean Service Medal and Bronze Service Stars.
Mr. Stinson was the most decorated combat veteran from Henry County during the Korean War. He later retired from the Alabama Army National Guard Unit in Abbeville with rank of Platoon Sergeant (E-7). Mr. Stinson also retired from the United States Postal Service as postmaster in the New Brockton Post Office. He formerly served as postmaster in the Gordon, Midland City and Gulf Shores' post offices. In earlier years, Mr. Stinson was employed by the Abbeville Post Office as a city mail carrier and clerk. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Mr. Stinson was preceded in death by a son, David Keith Stinson; a granddaughter, Christina Nichole Paul; and two brothers, Arthur Grant Stinson and Charles Vickers Stinson. Surviving relatives include his devoted wife of 54 years, Ruby Nell Murray Stinson, Abbeville; three daughters, Karen Stinson Smith and husband, Randall Smith, Troy; Linda Stinson Paul, Abbeville; Lucy Stinson Higgins and husband, Ryan Higgins, Fort Worth, Texas; a son, Ray Stinson and wife, Angie Stinson, Headland; four sisters, Doris Bostick, Abbeville; Jean Culpepper and husband, Marvin Culpepper, Abbeville; Peggy Cummings Jackson, Abbeville; Patsy Clark and husband, Melvin Clark, Eufaula; five grandchildren, Anna Jetton and husband, Curtis Jetton, Andrew Paul, Allison Smith, Eric Paul and Sam Stinson; three great-grandchildren, Adelyn Jetton, William Jetton and Lydia Jetton; sisters-in-law, Guinevere Murray Hall, Dothan; Ruth Stinson, Detroit, Michigan; Myra Earlene Murray Woodham and husband, Edsel Woodham, Ozark; a brother-in-law, Nick Murray and wife, Winnie Murray, Abbeville; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Charles Mathison, Cody Crawford, Bill Skipper, Jesse T. Harpe and Hubert Givens.
Published in the Dothan Eagle on 7/30/2007.
Colonel Stone (USMC Ret.) died the 15th of April. His wife is Mrs. Kash Stone, 135 Marvin Ridge Road, New Canaan, CT 06840-6906.
Lieutenant Colonel Anthony F. Story, the personal pilot of Gen. Douglas MacArthur from 1945, when he began ruling occupied Japan, until 1951, when he was removed from command in the Korean War, died on Wednesday at New York Hospital in Manhattan. He was 75 years old. Colonel Story, who lived in Manhattan, died of complications from a stroke, a family spokesman said.
When General MacArthur returned his plane, a Constellation called the Bataan, to the Pentagon in May 1951, he expressed gratitude for "a great plane, a great crew, a great pilot." A month earlier, the five-star general had been dismissed by President Harry S. Truman because of his differences with Mr. Truman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff over Chinese Communist intervention in Korea.
Colonel Story soon left active duty to become a corporate executive in Manhattan. He was, successively, the vice president for exports of the American Distilling Company; president of the American branch of the Jaeger Watch Company, Swiss chronometer makers; an underwriter in several Wall Street brokerage firms, and a senior management consultant with Atwater Bradley & Partners. He retired in 1967. Called Tony
Tony Story, as friends called him, was born and educated in Troy, Mo., where he and friends taught each other to fly at a small airfield where they did maintenance on light planes. He became a wing walker on stunt planes at Midwest county fairs and learned navigation in a school adjoining an Army Air Corps station in Homestead, Florida. In World War II, he was a ferry pilot with the Royal Air Force and then transferred to the American Army Air Corps, transporting diplomats and other dignitaries around the Atlantic and the Pacific. He accrued more than 7,000 hours of flying time, and his awards included the Silver Star, Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross.
His wife, Judy Lane, an entertainer and later an executive with the U.S.O., died in 1979. There are no immediate survivors.
Clarence H. Strack, Post #188, Sandwich, MA, died June 14 (Flag Day), 2005. A member of the US Air Force during the Korean War, he was the American Legion District #10 Commander 1993 to 1994. Burial was in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.
Services were held at the Dawson Funeral Home for Willie B. Sturgeon, 78, of Dutchtown School Road, who died at 10:52 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at the Hospice House in Poland, Ohio. He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in March and battled this valiantly for as long as he could and with all the dignity of his great generation.
Born February 4, 1932, he was a son of Richard Edward and Bessie Margaret Sturgeon. He worked 20 years at the former TS&T Pottery and then 26 years at Columbiana Boiler Co.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in Korea with the 24th Infantry and later was in the 101st Airborne Division. He was awarded two Bronze Stars, a Silver Star and a special Certificate of Valor for his role in the Task Force Smith battle in Korea. In 1998, he visited Korea with the Survivors of Task Force Smith and was able to experience firsthand the appreciation of the people of Korea. During the revisit, he took part in the South Korean government's dedication of the Task Force Smith Memorial.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially with his grandchildren.
He met Betty Sprouse when she was also stationed at Fort Breckenridge, Kentucky. They were married on November 7, 1951, and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Billie Rae Fazenbaker, and her companion Jim, of Morgantown and Jody Edwards and her husband, John, of Columbiana; and five sons, Eddie Sturgeon of Columbiana, Ricky Sturgeon and his wife, Jackie, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, James Sturgeon and his wife, Lisa, of Hanoverton, Yancy Sturgeon and his companion, Lisa, of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, and Dana Sturgeon and his wife, Gina, of Lisbon. There are 25 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Jack Sturgeon and his wife, Faye, of Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Nichole Sturgeon, Jamie Frederick and an infant granddaughter. His daughter Jody told the Korean War Educator, "He was one of the lucky few to fight as part of Task Force Smith and survive that battle. He was a strong and courageous man and an inspiration to each of us."
Lt. Col. (USAF Ret.) Robert Gene Sturges, Melbourne, Florida, died April 04, 1985 at the age of 72. Burial was in Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida.
Robert Sturges was born March 08, 1913 in Oregon, the son of Robert and Blanche I. Sturges. He graduated from high school in Portland, Oregon and then entered the United States Army Air Corps, serving as a pilot in North Africa during World War II, after receiving his commission in 1943. In the Korean War he was the head of the 28th Bomb Group Maintenance Squadron on Okinawa and flew the B-29 "Command Decision" as Inspector Pilot with Don Covic from 1950 to 1954. During the Korean War years he was awarded the Soldier's Medal for bravery.
He was an architect in civilian life and designed his house in Newport Heights, as well as his next door neighbor's house. He also owned a cab company (Rainbow Cab) between wars in Santa Ana. He was a flat artist (pastels and colored pencils early on, then oils).
When the war in Vietnam broke out, Sturges volunteered his services even though he had officially retired from flying. Because the government was so desperate for pilots, he was accepted as a member of the 4th Air Commando Squadron based in Vietnam. He was pilot of "Puff the Magic Dragon", a C-47 gunship that flew out of Bien Thuy Air Base. He volunteered on the gunboats that patrolled the river in-between missions.
He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Melbourne, as well as the Military Order of World Wars.
He was the father of three children with his first wife, Frances Mary Sturges. He was survived by his second wife, Elaine Sturges; children, Michael, Gayle, and Linda; brother, Paul Sturges; and three grandchildren.
Albert Henry Styles passed away at home, in Windsor, California, on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the age of 83. Born in Modesto, California, Al was a resident of Sonoma County for the past 65 years. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Evelyn Styles; dear father of Albert (Selena) Styles and the late Robert Styles; and adored grandfather of James, Jeremy and Ryan Styles.
A veteran and retired Sergeant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Albert served in the military for 18 years. He served during the Korean War with the United Nations troops, earning the Presidential Unit Citation w/clusters, and with the National Defense Service, receiving the GCM 1st Award. He later worked as a Nuclear Inspector at Mare Island. He was also a member of The Chosen Few, the Marine Corp. League, 1st Marine Division, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled Veterans of America.
Friends are invited to attend funeral services on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home, 1225 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. Burial with Military Honors, will follow at Santa Rosa Memorial Park Shiloh Addition on the corner of Shiloh Road and Windsor Road. A reception will follow the services and directions will be given at the funeral. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the service begins on Wednesday at the funeral home. Daniels Chapel of the Roses 525-3730. Published in the Press Democrat from December 30, 2012 to January 1, 2013.
Edward William (Bill) Sullivan, age 80, Indiana, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Methodist Hospital in Indiana. Mr. Sullivan had a history of illness, but died from complications due to a tragic auto accident Sunday morning. He was transported to Methodist Hospital Trauma Unit in Indianapolis, IN where he never regained consciousness and passed peacefully that evening.
Mr. Sullivan is survived by his daughter, Deborah Ann (Sullivan) Martin and son in law Douglas John Martin of Bloomington, IN and son, Earl William Sullivan of Shelbyville, IN. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Matthew Timothy Oltman, Toby Michael Oltman, Jared Christopher Oltman, and Nathan Daniel Oltman all of Bloomington, IN, and five great grandchildren. A sister Doris J. (Sullivan) Voris of Shelbyville, IN and a brother Glendoe L. Sullivan of Florida, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by twin daughters, Shirley and Sharon Sullivan, a son Mark Edward Sullivan, his father, Elbert Houston Sullivan and mother, Bertha June (Burton) Sullivan.
Bill was a veteran of the Korean War, having served as a Corporal (E-4) in AUS AMEDS, 5th Army Area, Company D, 1st Battalion. His duty was with the Ambulance Company, 2nd Medical Battalion. He received the United Nations Service Medal, Combat Medical Badge, and the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars. His active duty date was 8 August 1951 to 24 July 1953.
Upon returning home from the Korean War he began his entrepreneur career in construction with his father, E.H. Sullivan and Son Construction Company. From there they designed and built family homes, Sullivan Motel, and Sullivan Restaurant. He later became an independent contractor and developed and provided surrounding counties with grave digger services. Mr. Sullivan’s passion was fishing, history, and working in his private tool shop.
Mr. Sullivan was laid to rest in a family plot at Miller Cemetery in Shelbyville, IN. Memorial contributions may be made American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278 or American Lung Association, 115 W. Washington, Suite 1180-South, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204.
Gordon William Sumner was born January 13, 1921, to John and Clara Sumner of Portland, Oregon. He died peacefully Sunday morning, September 12, 2010, in Port Orchard, Washington. Gordon led a full, happy life. He was most of all a very independent, loving, generous man. But if you crossed his path you could also depend on being teased by him. Gordon, known by his grandchildren and great grandchildren as Grandpa Doc survived the sinking the USS Utah when it was bombed at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, and the sinking of the USS Pledge during the Korean War. On October 12, 1950, he was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic service while in charge of a rescue crew in the Motor Whale Boat attached to the Pledge. After 22 years of service in the Navy, he retired as a Chief Hospital Corpsman, on February 23, 1960.
After his first retirement he worked as an Optician for Dr. Dibblee in Bremerton until about 1985. Gordon was one of the most beloved members of the Masonic fraternity in the Bremerton area. He served as the Associate Guardian on several occasions for Job's Daughter Bethels 20, 21 and 43. He escorted Mrs. Hazel Gray, past Supreme Guardian, on her tour for International Jobs Daughters in Brazil. He served as Wise Master of the Chapter Rose Croix in 1992, Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection in 1994, Master of Kadosh in 1996 and Commander of the Consistory in 1998. He was invested Knight Commander Court of Honor in 1991. Brother Sumner was asked to serve as Personal Representative in the Valley of Bremerton in September 1994. He was coroneted Ill. Gordon W. Sumner, 33 degree, Inspector General Honorary the following November and has served the Valley with distinction for the past 16 years. Gordon was Special Deputy to the Grand Master for Fraternal Relations and is a life member of Bremerton Valley as well as the Valley of Honolulu, Orient of Hawaii. Gordon has also been a member of the Scottish Rite for over 55 years. Ill. Sumner is a life member of virtually every Masonic Body with which he is associated.
ordon was a member of the Silverdale Lutheran Church and up through June of this year was still driving himself to the early morning service in his little red car. Gordon is survived by his three daughters: Patricia Cain, Everett, WA; Kathleen Lemmon (Gary). Snohomish, WA and Virginia Sumner, San Diego, CA; three grandchildren: Tina West (Dennis); Kevin Cain and Roger Lemmon (Ashleigh) and eight great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 43 years Florence Leilani Sumner. Prior to his wife's death, Gordon and Lani were both members of the Tacoma Orchid Society and loved to travel to Mexico and South America to collect wild orchids for his greenhouse.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at 7pm at the Manette Masonic Temple. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Walter Hayden Sylvester of California died Tuesday, October 27, 1987. He was 58 years old. Funeral services were held at Dopkins Chapel. Interment was at Smith Mountain Cemetery.
Mr. Sylvester served with the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Dinuba Christian Church, an honorary lifetime member of the Dinuba Veterans of Foreign Wars, an honorary lifetime member of the Terra Bella American Legion, and was a Dinuba Volunteer Fireman. Mr. Sylvester worked for Pacific Telephone for 18 years as an installer.
He received several awards, including the Eagle's Homebuilder Award in 1969 for being a good family man, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Buddie Poppy award in 1978. The Dinuba Recreation Department named the Little League Home Run Trophy after him for his many hours of involvement with Little League.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Sylvester; two sons, Monte and Mickey Sylvester; and two daughters, Connie Logan and Vikki Gillen, all of Dinuba. He is also survived by his parents, John and Jessie Sylvester of Dinuba; two brothers Junior of Oceano, and David of Jackson, Mississippi; seven sisters, Carmen Rice of Yuma, Arizona, Betty Berry of Dinuba, Sherry Cambron and Patsy Russell of Oregon, Geraldine Sylvester of Visalia, Tulare County, Suzanne Wray of Orosi, and Pam Salisbury of Paso Robles.
Newspaper article, Terra Bella, Tulare County, California, November 23, 1953:
Terra Bella Man is Wounded in Korean Fighting
Mr. and Mrs. John Sylvester of Terra Bella have received word form the department of defense that their son, Private First Class Walter Hayden, was wounded in action in Korea on November 5th. The parents said several days after receiving the official notice of their son's injury; they had a letter from him saying he was aboard a hospital ship. He wrote that he had been wounded in the leg and foot by shrapnel from an enemy hand grenade.
Sylvester wrote he had been in battle a long time as a machine gunner without being hit. On November 5th, he said, he looked out from his machine gun post and the mountain seemed alive with a horde of North Korean Reds. It was during this attack that he was struck by the grenade.
In a later letter, received Tuesday, Sylvester wrote he was in a hospital in Japan. The 22-year-old Terra Bella soldier had been stationed with the army two years in Japan before the Korean War started. He was with the first group to be sent to Korea as reinforcements in July.
Cpl. George L. Syms, 75, of Cocoa, Florida, died at Cape Canaveral Hospital on Sunday, March 25, 2007. Mr. Syms had been a resident of Cocoa since 1982, having previously resided in Broward County since 1968. He was born in 1931 and grew up in the suburban Philadelphia town of Darby, PA. He entered the United States Army in 1948, served during the Korean War, earning a Silver Star and was honorably discharged in 1951. Mr. Syms had been employed by Bordens, Trans World Airlines, and was a proprietor of several businesses, primarily as a restauranteur, having retired in 1987. He was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, Merritt Island, and had served that congregation as a deacon. He is survived by his wife Natalie; and six children, (Rev.) George Syms, Kansas City, MO, Barbara Campbell, Florahome, FL., Steven Syms, Cooper City, FL., Bonnie Uphues, Port St. Lucie, FL., David Syms, Titusville, FL., and William Syms, Cocoa, FL. He is also survived by a brother.
[See also Silver Star citations page on the KWE.]
Henryk (Frenchy) Szarek, 83 years old, of Leominster, formerly of Arlington, died Sunday, February 27, 2011 in Health Alliance-Leominster. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Jeannette C. (Levesque) Szarek, his sons Raymond H. Szarek and his wife Nanita of Newark, NY and Robert J. Szarek of Leominster, his daughter Christine M. Gamez and her husband Robert of Burlington, his sisters Christine Mokzan of France and Daniella Jawien of Poland, 9 grandchildren, Rebecca, Daniel, Timothy, Samantha, Nicole, Conor, Kelsey, Deborah and Anna, and 6 great grandchildren.
Mr. Szarek was born in Poland on July 22, 1927, son of Mieczyslaw and Jozefa (Ostrowska) Szarek and had lived in Arlington for 45 years before moving to Leominster 2 years ago. He had been an Electronic Technician, working in Research and Development for many years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in the Special Forces during the Korean War.
Frenchy was a member of St. Cecilia's Church in Leominster, the American Legion in Arlington, the V.F.W. in Cambridge and was a life member of the Special Forces Association Local 54. Many members may remember the 1951 Lodge Act 1 which granted citizenship to foreign nationals who joined the U.S. Army for a period of 5 years. Frenchy is such a soldier. In World War II while serving with the Polish-Russian Army he was wearing the four cornered Polish hat with the Polish Eagle, the emblem of Poland: acting as a motorcycle messenger Knowing Puhsh-Freneh-German and Russian he was also used as a linguist.
Frenchy was active in the anti-communist underground, forced to flee through Russian lines to the French allies. There he joined the French Foreign Legion at the age of 19 and volunteered for the elite paratrooper unit "The I-B-E-P. Frenchy fought for several years with the legion in indo-China and Vietnam. After his tour with the Legion he joined the U.S. Army under the Lodge Act and was assigned to the 10th SFGA. He got his citizenship in 1958. Frenchy could speak five languages and served on many Black Operations. He appeared in the movie Beau Geste with Telly Savalas, Guy Stockwell, Doug McClure, and Leslie Nielsen.
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