Valley, Ray Clare
Ray Clare Valley was born June 29, 1932, in West Branch,
Michigan, the son of Clare F. and Catherine M. (Craft) Valley,
and passed away very early on March 11, 2013, at the age of 80.
Ray attended the West Branch Public Schools and graduated in
1950. He was in the U.S. Army from early 1952 to late 1953 and
served with the Army Intelligence Corps in Japan. He was
assigned to Korea in November 1952 where he spent many months on
the front lines, including one of the big battles for Port Chop
Hill. He was honorably discharged in the fall of 1953.
After returning from the service, he married Emma Jean
Ouderkirk in 1954 and that fall they settled into married
housing at Michigan State University where he pursued his higher
education. On April 9, 1956, he enlisted in the Michigan State
Police (MSP) and after his graduation from training was assigned
to the Clinton Post, Clinton, Michigan.
His tour of duty with the MSP included promotions and
transfers to posts in Centerline; East Lansing (Organized Crime
Unit); Alpena; Community Relations/Juvenile Section,
Headquarters; and then closing his MSP career on April 9, 1978,
as a Lieutenant and assistant commander of the Training
Division. Over the years he completed his bachelor's and
master's degree at MSU. Ray began a second law enforcement
career in 1978 as a special investigator in Attorney General
Frank Kelly's Medicaid Fraud Unit and retired from that position
early in 1995.
Through the years, he has been actively involved in the
Community of Christ - Rose Lake Congregation. He is an ordained
minister (Seventy-which is a missionary) and has served as
pastor and co-pastor of the congregation. He has always placed a
great emphasis on the care and protection-physically or
spiritually-of the people he has been called to serve.
Ray was a loving father to Dr. Martin R. Valley and his wife
Dawn; and grandfather to granddaughters Morgan, Lane, and
Jordan. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ray is survived
by his wife, son (Dawn), and granddaughters and his brother
Dick, brother-in-law John (Patricia) Ouderkirk; aunts: Nellie
Globke and Frances Valley; nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host
of friends (some of his fellow officers and friends were "Almost
brothers and sisters" in the joys and friendships they shared).
His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday,
March 15, at the Community of Christ-Capital Area Congregation,
1514 West Miller Road, Lansing, Dr. Martin R. Valley
officiating. Interment will be at Brookside Cemetery, West
Branch, Michigan. The family will receive friends on Thursday
from 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730
E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made in Ray's memory to the Community of
Christ-Rose Lake Congregation, 14980 Upton Rd., East Lansing, MI
48823 or Outreach International, 129 W. Lexington, PO Box 210,
Independence, MO 64050.
Valvo, Frank A.
Frank A. Valvo died of a heart attack May 16, 2007 in Buffalo, New York; beloved husband of Gloria (Mazzone)
Valvo; devoted father of Pamela (Ronald) Kamphey, and Frank Valvo, Jr. (also an Army Veteran); loving
grandfather of Ronald and Amy. Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga, NY with military honors.
Mr. Valvo was an Army Veteran of the Korean War and received the Silver Star for gallantry and Purple
Heart for his actions September 16, 1950, while serving with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th RCT. In the
vicinity of Waegwan and Hill 154, Corporal Frank Valvo, seeing many of his friends killed and wounded,
charged a North Korean anti-tank nest, shouting and swearing in Italian as he fired his machine gun from
the hip, standing in full view of the enemy. He continued the assault until hit in the chest. Ordered to
the rear, he assisted in the evacuation of other wounded soldiers to the aid station. Refusing to stay out
of action, he rejoined his Company, jumped onto a tank, and began to fire the turret mounted .50 cal at N.
Korean positions a few yards to his front. Attracting intense fire he was hit again either by mortar or
anti-tank shrapnel, receiving a head wound. He spent the next two years recovering from his wounds. Valvo
was also awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Korean Service Medal,
UN Korean Service Medal, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, New York State Conspicuous Service Cross,
and the Cold War Recognition Certificate.
Vansickle, Fredrick Donald
Fredrick Donald Vansickle died March 7, 2006.
Van Syckle, Guy W.
Guy W. Van Syckle, MD of Heritage Village, Southbury and
Amelia Island, Florida, and previously of Newtown, died in
Hartford on November 25th, 2012.
He was born on May 1, 1925 in Woodbridge, New Jersey, and was
a proud member of the Dartmouth College Class of 1945, and
Dartmouth and Cornell Medical Schools. His field of specialty
was diagnostic radiology. After appointments at the Yale
School of Medicine and as Director of Radiology at Danbury
Hospital, he maintained a successful private medical practice in
diagnostic radiology in Danbury for over thirty years. During
his professional career, Dr. Van Syckle served on numerous
boards and committees at the local, state and national levels.
Among his proudest professional achievements were serving as the
President of the Connecticut State Medical Society, and Chairman
of the New England Delegation to the American Medical
Association. He served with distinction as a medical officer in
the US Navy during the Korean War.
Guy is survived by his sister, Gretchen V. Whalen of Manlius,
New York, and four children, Guy Jr. of Bethesda, Maryland,
Peter of Summit, New Jersey, Janice of Raleigh, North Carolina,
and Karen of West Friendship, Maryland, and nine grandchildren
to whom he was deeply devoted. He was predeceased by his wife,
Janice in 2004.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Janice B.
Van Syckle Nursing Scholarship, c/o Visiting Nurse Association
of Newtown, 45 Main Street, Newtown, Connecticut 06470.
Friends are invited to join the family at a reception at the
Heritage Hotel, 522 Heritage Road, Southbury from 12:00 to 2:00
pm on Saturday December 8, 2012. The Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main
Street, Newtown is serving the family.
George R. Vaughn, 76, of Champaign, Illinois, died at 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 15, 2014 at home. Burial was in
Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign, with military rites
conducted by the American Legion Post 71, Urbana.
Mr. Vaughn was born on January 9, 1938, in Champaign, the son
of George and Celeste Wilson Vaughn. He married Donna
Young on November 08, 1959, in Champaign. She survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Alan (Vicki)
Halberstadt of Champaign, Mrs. Marty (Pam) Joop of Mahomet, and
Mrs. Chuck (Julie) Twombly of Mahomet; four granddaughters,
Mackenzie Joop, Sarah Halberstadt, Celeste Twonbly and Hallie
Twombly; and one brother, Robert (Luke) Vaughn of Urbana.
He was preced in death by two sisters and four brothers.
Mr. Vaughn was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He
and his wife owned Dick Young Electric in Champaign for many
years. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church,
Champaign, where he served as a deacon. He also was a
member of Western Star Lodge 240 AF&AM, Champaign, AASR Valley
of Danville, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers,
National Electrical Contractors Association, Lake of the Woods
Golf Club and Grasshoppers golf.
He loved spending time with his girls and afternoons with his
brother Luke. He enjoyed the fellowship of his brothers in
Christ at the men's Bible study. He knew no stranger and
always had a story to tell. He also enjoyed golfing and
Guadalupe Vega, a member of the 40th Infantry Division, 223rd Infantry Regiment, Item Company, passed
away March 2004. His daughter, Martha Stickney, notified the 223rd Regt Association of his death.
Members of Item Company had not seen Guadalupe for over 50 years until he attended the 223rd Association
reunion in San Antonio, Texas, September 2002. He was his old self, had not changed too much, maybe some
gray hairs. We in Item Company will miss Guadalupe, but we had the pleasure of enjoying his
friendship one more time in 2002.
Dorothy J. Venverloh, a former lieutenant commander in the
Navy and a survivor of the sinking of the hospital ship
Benevolence, died Sunday (July 17, 2005) of heart failure at
Mary Queen and Mother Nursing Center in south St. Louis County.
She was 87 and lived in St. Louis, Missouri.
Lt. Cmdr. Venverloh was born in St. Louis. In 1941, she
graduated from the former St. John's Hospital School of Nursing,
now part of St. Louis University School of Nursing. For the next
four years, she served with the St. Louis Municipal Visiting
Nurses. In 1947, she volunteered with the Navy Nurse Corps
and eventually attained the rank of lieutenant commander.
Throughout her career she was stationed in Houston; Oakland,
Calif.; the Great Lakes Naval station; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba;
Memphis, Tenn.; the military advisory group in Taiwan; New York;
Norfolk, Va.; Philadelphia; and on the Benevolence in the
In 1950, the Benevolence was returning from sea trials when
it sank off San Francisco after colliding with the Mary
Luckenbach. Lt. Cmdr. Venverloh spent many hours floating in a
life preserver at sea before being rescued; 18 of the ship's
While stationed in Memphis in 1954, Lt. Cmdr. Venverloh had
the opportunity to assist in the first kidney dialysis performed
on a human patient. Lt. Cmdr. Venverloh spent her retirement
years caring for elderly relatives and neighbors. She was
a member of the Navy Nurses Corps Association, Catholic Nurses
Guild, St. John's Mercy Nursing alumnae and the Jefferson
Barracks Chapel Association.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Kutis Funeral
Home, 10151 Gravois Road in Affton. A funeral Mass will be
celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 5020
Rhodes Avenue in St. Louis. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks
Among the survivors are four brothers, Jerome Venverloh of
St. Louis, Louis Venverloh of Crestwood, Bernard Venverloh of
Arlington, Va., and Daniel Venverloh Sr. of South County; and
three sisters, Betty Staufenbiel and Jeanne Klebusch, both of
South County, and Susan Barrett of Crestwood. Memorial
contributions may be made in the form of Masses.
Vest, James Edward
The funeral for James Edward Vest, 83, of Eva will be
Thursday, December 13, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home
Chapel with Rev. Mark Mayfield and Rev. Roger Vest officiating.
Burial will be in Oden Ridge Cemetery with Military Honors.
Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.
Mr. Vest, who died Monday, December 10, 2012, at Huntsville
Hospital, was born March 13, 1929, in Morgan County to Henry
Virgil Vest and Mary Magdalene Thomas Vest. He was a U.S. Army
veteran of the Korean War, a recipient of the Purple Heart, the
Bronze Star. He was a sergeant with Company C, 1343rd
Engineering Combat Battalion.
Mr. Vest was a very respected man in the Eva community and
was owner and operated the Vest "u-pick-it" Farm. He gave people
opportunities when no one else would. He loved his family,
especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His
parents preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife,
Jean Vest; two sons, Tommy Edward Vest (Sharon), Moulton and
Mike Vest (Gina), Eva; one daughter, Vickie Vest Moses (Tony),
Eva; four sisters, Lucille Ball and Reba Taylor, both of
Hartselle, Judy Holland, Rogersville, and Janny Chaney,
Falkville; nine grandchildren, Carea, Chris, Kimberly, Jacob,
Jennifer, Todd, Shane, Misty and Jerry and 12
great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Chris Vest, Jacob
Moses, Todd Vest, Jeff Adkins, Keith Wallace and Brad Mayfield.
Daniel Vigliotte, 40th Infantry Division, 223rd Infantry Regiment, Item Company, 3rd Platoon, 3rd
Squad, passed June 2006. "Vic", as he was called, was from Yonkers, New York. He passed away
while living in Naples, Florida. You couldn't ask for a nicer friend and he always took care of his
squad members. We will certainly miss Vic and just wish that we could have "hooked up" again before
[Posted by Joseph Alvarez Jr., Item Company, 3rd platoon, 4th Squad]
Voelker, Jack Carl
Jack Carl Voelker, 83, of Burlington, Iowa, died at 6:58 p.m.
Sunday, May 11, 2008, at Great River Medical Center in West
Born June 13, 1924, in Burlington, he was the son
of Carl Edward and Edna C. Robbins Voelker. He married Geraldine
Wunnenberg in 1950; they divorced in 1975. He married Marjorie
Gahn, January 2, 1978, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For those who
knew Jack, his lifelong passions were his love of life, his
family, flying, the Mississippi River and the town of
Following graduation from Burlington High School
in 1942, Jack enlisted in the Army Air Force and completed
flight training in Texas and was commissioned a Second
Lieutenant in 1943. He completed advanced single-engine training
in 1944. His initial training was as a fighter pilot and was
assigned duties flying Bell P-39s. He was shortly reassigned
duties as a flight instructor at Waco AAF, Texas. We continued
to instruct new cadets until late 1944 when he was reassigned to
multi-engine training. Following this he checked out as an
aircraft commander in the Consolidated B-24 and was assigned
duty with the 380th Bomb Group (heavy) - 531st Squadron. He flew
bomb missions from Okinawa, targeting Japan. Following the
surrender, he remained in Japan for several months flying as a
Jack remained in the Air Force reserve and was
recalled to active duty in late 1950. He was stationed at March
AFB, California and Lake Charles AFB, Louisiana. In 1952 he
volunteered for service in Korea. He became a Forward Air
Controller with the 6147th Tactical Control Group. Following
Korea he was stationed at Mather AFB, California, Otis AFB,
Massachusetts, Chanute AFB, Illinois, Evreux AFB, France and
Lowry AFB, Colorado. He retired from the Air Force on March 1,
1968. His total time in service was 25 1/2 years (20 1/2 years
active) and he retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Following retirement from the Air Force, Jack returned to
Burlington and worked for Remmers-Tomkins flight service as an
instructor and charter pilot. In 1969 he set up the flight
department for Winegard Antenna Company and remained as chief
pilot until his retirement in 1988.
His return to Burlington
afforded him the opportunity to enjoy his boyhood love, the
Mississippi River. He owned a number of boats. He loved taking
people out on the river and telling them about the river, its
history and how it had changed since his boyhood.
approximately 44 years of flying he had accumulated more than
25,000 hours of flight time and had flown over a hundred
different types of aircraft (military and civilian). He
completed over 110 combat missions. His decorations include; the
Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Air
Force and Army Commendation Medal, and numerous other medals,
ribbons and citations.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie of
Burlington; one daughter, Christine Tipin (Curtin) of Boise,
ID.; one son, Craig Voelker (Kerry) of Mt. Pleasant, IA.; two
stepdaughters, Karen Glasgow (Terry) of Burlington, and Kristine
Niehause (Steve) of Peachtree City, GA.; three stepsons, Kyle
Gahn of Burlington, Craig Gahn of Cantril, IA, and David Gahn
(Susan) of Minneapolis, MN; eight grandchildren; five
great-grandchildren; two sisters, Donna Lavine and Marion
MacDonald both of Burlington and three nieces.
He was preceded
in death by his parents and an infant sister.
services will be held Thursday, May 15, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at
the Bethany Lutheran Church. Pastor Carl Engstrom will
officiate. Inurnment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery. The family
will be present to greet friends in Prugh's Chapel Wednesday
evening from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Memorials have been established for
Hope Haven Area Development Center and Bethany Lutheran Church.
Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Burlington
Area Veteran's Honor Guard.
Voetter, Joseph John "Joe" Jr.
AUBURNDALE - Mr. Joseph John "Joe" Voetter, Jr., age 80 a
resident of Auburndale, Florida passed away Wednesday,
December 30, 2009 at the Winter Haven Hospital due to COPD.
Mr. Voetter was born September 2, 1929 in Ozone Park, New
York to Joseph John and Frieda (Streier) Voetter. He was a
Polk County resident since 1978 coming from New York. He was
a retired plumber in the construction industry and a member
of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Winter Haven. Joe was a
United States Marine veteran serving in the Chosin River
Battle where he became disabled. He and his wife went to
yearly meetings for the Chosin Few Recon Division for
veteran's that served in Korea. He was a Past Commander for
the DAV Chapter 95 in New York, volunteered at the Veteran's
Hospital in New York, member of the Disabled American
Veteran's Association and was a member of the Marine Corp.
League in Winter Haven.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Susan
Voetter and sister Carol. Joe is survived by his loving
family: wife of 55 years: Irene Voetter of Auburndale, FL; 2
sons: Joseph John (Maureen) Voetter of Long Island, NY, Gary
G. (Natalie) Voetter of Lakeland, FL; 1 daughter: Denise M.
(Richard) Paquet of Cranston, RI; 1 sister: Frieda (Edward)
Cordes of Wildwood, FL; 8 grandchildren: Kate, Mary, Patty,
Joe, Jennifer, Nicole, Tabbi & Kayla; 3 great
granddaughters: Julianna, Skye & Madesyn.
A Funeral Mass will be held 10:00 AM Monday, January 4, 2010
at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 532 Avenue M Northwest,
Winter Haven with interment to follow at the Oak Hill Burial
Park in Lakeland. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 3,
2010 from 2:00 till 4:00 PM at the Kersey Funeral Home, 108
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Mr. Joseph John "Joe" Voetter, Jr., age 80, a resident of
Auburndale, Florida, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at
the Winter Haven Hospital due to COPD.
Mr. Voetter was born September 2, 1929 in Ozone Park, New
York to Joseph John and Frieda (Streier) Voetter. He was a Polk
County resident since 1978 coming from New York. He was a
retired plumber in the construction industry and a member of St.
Joseph's Catholic Church in Winter Haven.
Joe was a United
States Marine veteran serving in the Chosin Reservoir Battle
where he became disabled. He and his wife went to yearly
meetings for the Chosin Few Recon Division for veteran's that
served in Korea. He was a Past Commander for the DAV Chapter 95
in New York, volunteered at the Veteran's Hospital in New York,
was a member of the Disabled American Veteran's Association and
was a member of the Marine Corps League in Winter Haven.
was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Susan Voetter,
and sister Carol. Joe is survived by his loving family: wife of
55 years, Irene Voetter of Auburndale, Florida; two sons, Joseph
John (Maureen) Voetter of Long Island, New York, Gary G.
(Natalie) Voetter of Lakeland, Florida; one daughter, Denise M.
(Richard) Paquet of Cranston, Rhode Island; one sister, Frieda
(Edward) Cordes of Wildwood, Florida; eight grandchildren, Kate,
A Funeral Mass will be held 10:00 AM Monday,
January 4, 2010 at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 532 Avenue
M Northwest, Winter Haven with interment to follow at the Oak
Hill Burial Park in Lakeland. Visitation will be held Sunday,
January 3, 2010 from 2:00 till 4:00 PM at the Kersey Funeral
Home, 108 East Lake Stella Drive, Auburndale.