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ACKERMAN, Eugene B. 11 FEB 2016

ACKERMAN EUGENE B. ACKERMAN Captain, USN (Ret.) On February 11, 2016 in Aldie, Virginia, Eugene B. Ackerman of Burke, Virginia died at Capital Caring Hospice (Adler Center) after a long battle with complications from cancer. Loving husband of Nan Ackerman for over 50 years; son of George Ackerman Sr. and Ida Lee McGuire of Teaneck, NJ; and father of Steven Ackerman (predeceased). He is survived by a brother, George Henry Ackerman, Jr. of Ridgewood, New Jersey, a dear cousin Dolores McAvoy of Washington, Georgia and many nieces and nephews.

Captain Ackerman was born 21 January 1929 and was commissioned upon graduation from New York State Maritime Academy in 1949. After duty in USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CV-47) and USS BALTIMORE (CA-68) during the Korean War, he served as Engineer Officer in USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DL-3). Captain Ackerman then attended the U.S. Naval General Line School followed by duty with the Bureau of Ships. In 1957 he was assigned to the Naval Reactors Office at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Schenectady, New York. Following consecutive tours as Damage Control Assistant in USS CONSTELLATION (CVA-64 and as Executive Officer, USS BARTON (DD-722), Captain Ackerman received his Master''s Degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1965. During the Vietnam War he served as Engineer Officer, USS RANGER (CVA-61) and commanded USS GURKE (DD-783). After attending the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1970, he was assigned as Current Operations Officer to the staff of Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Prior to assignment as commanding Officer of USS WAINWRIGHT (CG-28), Captain Ackerman served as Deputy Director, Surface Warfare Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. The USS WAINWIGHT was the review ship for the 1976 international naval review and the bi-centennial/operation sail. He served as Chief of Staff, Commander Carrier Group Four from August 1976 to June 1979. His last tour of duty was an Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Material for Fleet Readiness and Support, Headquarters, Naval Material Command from July 1979 to June 1980. Upon retirement from the U.S. Navy, Captain Ackerman was employed by RAM Corporation. Captain Ackerman has been awarded two Bronze Star Medals with combat V, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Naval Distinguished Service Medal in addition to unit commendations and Korean and Vietnam Service Medals. He was awarded the Legion of Merit in 1979 and the Legion of Merit (Gold Star in Lieu of the Second Award) in 1980.

Captain Ackerman was graduated from Teaneck High School in 1946. His father George was a naval officer and before that his grandfather, Berthold was a merchant marine officer. Captain ACKERMAN married Nancy Louise Smith in 1965 in Troy, New York. Services will be held at St. Mark''s Lutheran Church on Saturday, February 20 at 11 am with a reception to follow in the church at 12 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to a charity of your choice or to St Mark''s Lutheran church. Interment will be at Arlington National cemetery at a later date.

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BURGESS, Billie J. 28 SEP 2015

Billie J. Burgess, 74, passed away Monday evening at 6:15 p.m. at his home with his loving family by his side. Bill was born on October 23, 1940 in Montrose, Arkansas to Timothy J. and Martha S. (Abernathy) Burgess. The family moved to the Marshall county area when he was in the 7th grade. He graduated with the class of 1958 from Bremen High School. He loyally served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 until his Honorable Discharge in 1971 in aircraft electronics. Bill served as the Chief of Navy and was aboard the U.S.S. Constellation, the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, and the U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard. He then attended the College of Great Falls in Great Falls, Montana, graduating with his Bachelors in Business and Accounting in 1978. While going to college in Great Falls, Bill was on a bowling league with a gentleman, who had a daughter that just had to meet Bill. Needless to say, on January 22, 1975 Bill took as his bride this young lady, Paula A. Rhodes. Bill worked as an accountant for many car dealerships, mainly Ford. This lead to Paula and him moving and seeing many places. The states included: Montana, Idaho, Washington State and California. He would retire in 2005 and the couple would move to Plymouth to be near his family. In their younger years, Bill and Paula were on bowling leagues. He was a member of the V.F.W. in Bremen and the American Legion in Plymouth. He enjoyed fishing, panning for gold, and hunting and camping in the mountains. He loved reading anything and everything he could get his hands on. He liked to tend to his vegetable garden and mowing his lawn. Bill treasured visits from his son and grandkids. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Paula of Plymouth, and their son, Matt (Stephanie) Burgess of Washington State; his grandchildren: Kyle, Austin, Sebastian and Benjamin Burgess, all of Washington State; his mother, Martha Burgess of Plymouth; his siblings: Beverly (Edward) Kokoszki of Palm Coast, FL, Robert (Brenda) Burgess of Plymouth, Linda (Gene) Piper of Plymouth, and sister in laws, Eileen Burgess of Plymouth and Debra Rhodes of Great Falls, MT. Bill was preceded in death by his fathers, Louis and Timothy, his son Andrew “AJ” Burgess in 1995 and his brother, John Burgess in 2009. Family services will take place.

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COBB, Robert Lee 28 MAY 2009

A resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Frankfort, Ind., he died Thursday, May 28, 2009, at his home. He was 65 and a retired sergeant major in the U.S. Marine Corps with 30 years and 7 days of service. Visiting will be at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, on Tuesday, June 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until service at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Jack Varnado. Sgt. Maj. Cobb started his career as a U.S. Marine on Aug. 24, 1960. He served honorably at all his duty stations which included San Diego, Concord, Calif., Iwakuni, Japan, Camp Lejeune, N.C., USS Springfield, Republic of Vietnam, Camp Pendleton, Calif., USS Constellation and Tallahassee, Fla. He was promoted to sergeant major in June 1982 and served as sergeant major of Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465. sergeant major of the 11th Marine Amphibious Unit, sergeant major of the 11th Marine Regiment and sergeant major of the 4th Marine Division. His awards and decorations include the U.S. Navy Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal with eight awards, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Overseas Deployment Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm, Republic of Vietnam Civic Action Medal with palm and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he served as a lieutenant colonel at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center for 12 years before retiring. He was a life member of the Marine Corps. League, the VFW, Fleet Reserve Association and the Moose Lodge. He is survived by a sister, Glenda Sheets, of Avon, Ind.; sister-in-law, Dora M. Cobb, of Frankfort; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Isabel Cobb; parents, Thelma Louis and Forrest R. Cobb; and brother, Phillip Cobb.

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CUNNINGHAM, Richard Leo 12 MAR 2011

On Saturday, March 12, 2011 of Berwyn Heights, MD. Beloved husband of Connie Cunningham; sons Richard L. Jr., and Robert N. (Nazy) Cunningham, one daughter, Leslie Cunningham; two grandchildren, Cameron and Arianna; parents Leslie and Norma Cunningham; brothers James and Joseph Cunnings and sister Renee Underwood, and many family and friends. Richard served country in the Navy aboard the USS Constellation CVA-64 during the Vietnam War.

Friends may call at Gasch’s Funeral Home, P.A., 4739 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD on Tuesday, March 15, from 2 to 4 and 6-8 pm. Services of the Resurrection will be held at Berwyn Road, Berwyn Heights, MD in Wednesday, March 16th at 9 am. Internment Crownsville Veterans Cemetery, Crownsville, MD. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the Washington Transplant Community, 7619 Little River Turnpike, St 900, Avondale, VA 22023 or the Berwyn Presbyterian Church.

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DeTIENNE, Richard Lee 19 OCT 2003

Richard Lee DeTienne, of San Diego, passed away suddenly on Oct. 19, 2003.
Born in Culbertson, Mont., on Sept. 25, 1954, to Eli and Sarah DeTienne of Bainville, Mont.,
he moved to Billings in 1964 with his family after the death of his father. After graduating from Billings Senior High in 1973, Richard began his initial tour of duty in the Navy at the age of 17. He then entered the Naval Reserve and attended Miles Community College in Miles City, Mont., where he graduated with an associate degree in applied science in 1978.

Richard married Linn in 1978. In 1982, he returned to active duty in the Navy and relocated to
San Diego. Chief DeTienne served aboard the USS Constellation, USS Thomaston, USS Leahy,
FACSFAC NAS North Island, USS Long Beach, NAVCOMTELSTA NAS North Island, USS Boxer, FACSFAC NAS North Island, USS Valley Forge, and TACRON 12. While in the service, he received many awards.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Linn; daughter and
son-in-law June and Ryan Ashley; daughter Jan; and son Daniel. He is also survived by sisters, Helen DeTienne, Phyllis DeTienne and Jessie (Kelly Soelter); and brothers Ted (Karla), Sherman (Yvonne), Martin (Maxine) and Jonathan (Lynette); numerous nieces and nephews.

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ELMORE, Jams H. 07 OCT 2012

Services for James H. Elmore, II, 64, of Willoughby, will be at 11 AM Friday, October 12, 2012 at Willoughby United Methodist Church, 15 Public Square, Willoughby. The Rev. Donald R. Perks will officiate at the service. Mr. Elmore passed away Sunday, October 7, 2012 at his home. Born February 26, 1948 in Painesville, he has lived in Willoughby for the past 52 years. Jim was a member of Willoughby United Methodist Church and the Greater Cleveland Soccer Officials Association, where he served as an official and game assignor. He was a member of RSVP of Lake County and was also a former announcer at Willoughby South High School basketball games. He served as president of the Willoughby Soccer Club and the Willoughby Stingers Swim Team. He enjoyed family gatherings, soccer, traveling, music and visiting casinos. Jim served in the United States Navy from 1967-1971 in the Tonkin Gulf aboard the USS Constellation during the Vietnam era. Mr. Elmore earned his Associates Degree in Fire Technology at Lakeland Community College and served as a Lieutenant for the Mentor Fire Department. He retired in 2002 after 30 years of service. Survivors are his wife of 45 years, Marilyn (Gittings) Elmore; children, James H. (Joyce) Elmore, III of University Heights and Kristin (Rich) Smith of Willoughby; grandchildren, Megan and Vincent; brother, John Elmore of Peculiar, MO and sister, Candy (Doug) Sulzbach of Painesville. He also leaves his brothers-in-law, Bob (Sandy) Gittings and Mike Gittings; sister-in-law, Susan Acton and mother-in-law, Sally Gittings; nieces, Pam, Jessica, Mallory and Emma; two great nieces and three great nephews. His parents, James H. and Betty (Neely) Elmore, brother, Dennis Elmore and father-in-law, Howard Gittings are deceased. The family will receive friends from 1-3 and 5-8 PM on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Davis-Babcock Funeral Home, 4154 Clark Avenue, Willoughby. Private family burial will be at Western Reserve Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to Hospice of the Western Reserve, Inc., 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110-2602 or The Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation,201 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. James also gave the Gift of Sight through eye donation.

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HAY, Donald George 28 AUG 2014

Captain Donald George Hay, United States Navy (Retired)

Captain Donald G. “Don” Hay, USN (RET) passed away August 28, 2014 at the age of 80 in Kennewick, Washington, finally succumbing to a combination of impairments and terminal diseases acquired during his years of service in the United States Navy and while working at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State. Don was born July 31, 1934 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Mildred Maud (Sidlinger) and George Christian Hay. Don attended a two room country school until the fourth grade in Bertram, Iowa; elementary school in Marion, Iowa, and Marion High School. In 1956 he graduated with a B.A. from Iowa State Teachers College, now the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. In 1955 Don married his high school sweetheart, Joan Alice Petrusch and they remained married for thirty one years. They were divorced in 1986. Don joined the United States Navy in 1956 through the Officer Candidate School Program and subsequently served in the Navy for thirty years. His Naval service saw him on most of the World’s oceans and seas and he came to love being at sea. Over fourteen of his thirty years were spent where he loved to be, at sea. He served in various capacities on numerous ships: Engineer Officer aboard USS EVERETT F. LARSON (DDR 830); Operations officer aboard USS MASSEY (DD778); Spike and Plank Owner, and Engineer Officer of USS WADDELL (DDG 25); and Executive Officer aboard USS TURNER JOY (DD951). His at-sea staff commands were USS JOHN S. MCCAIN (DDG 36) and DESTROYER SQUADRON SEVENTEEN. His at-sea staff positions were Chief Staff Officer for COMMANDER DESTROYER SQUADRON ELEVEN and Chief of Staff for COMMANDER CARRIER GROUP EIGHT/NATO CARRIER STRIKING FORCE ATLANTIC. Don was a Surface Warfare and Anti-submarine Warfare Specialist, with other specialties in steam propulsion system engineering and ship maintenance and material management. He made eight deployments to the Western Pacific and Viet Nam aboard various ships, and two to the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Arabia with Battle Group BRAVO [USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)]. He also made two NATO Cruises to the North Atlantic, including operating in waters off the northern coast of Russia. Shore duty service saw a tour as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Kansas teaching naval engineering and management; Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he studied engineering sciences; Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (Surface Ordnance Logistics) in the Pentagon; Officer in Charge of the Navy’s Surface Effect Ship Test Facility in Patuxent River, Maryland and Contracting Officers Technical Representative for the Surface Effect Ship Program Manager; Senior Examiner, Commander in Chief United States Pacific Fleets Surface Propulsion Examining Board; Commanding Officer of the Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity in San Diego, California; and Assistant Chief of Staff for Warfare Requirements and Tactics for the Commander, Surface Forces, Pacific. His last tour of duty before retirement involved standing up the new Force Performance Division in the SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS COMMAND (SPAWAR). Captain Hay received many awards and recognitions during his Naval Career, including; two Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation, the Navy Expeditionary Medal (Quemoy), the Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze stars, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorius Unit Citation and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. After retirement Don was hired by Honeywell Incorporated’s Underseas Division and took a job as manager of Honeywell’s Mark 50 torpedo Testing Facility in Keyport, Washington. He later found employment at the Department of Energy’s Hanford of Nuclear Energy Site in eastern Washington, working in several different managerial and senior consultant positions for a variety of companies: Westinghouse Hanford, Kaiser Engineers Hanford, and DynCorp Incorporated. Don met his soul mate, Sandra Lee Stumpf, in church in Richland, Washington in 1989. They were married July 27, 1991. Sandy and Don often said that they married to learn each other’s fly fishing secrets, but there really never was any contest because Sandy always out-fished Don. What they truly shared was a deep and growing passion for the Lord and His Word and Ways. Don finally retired in July 1999. That fall he took his Walk to Emmaus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sponsored by his brother, Robert E. Hay of Marion, Iowa. Don experienced an Epiphany during his Walk that significantly influenced the rest of his life, the change he had been looking for. This was reinforced when he was baptized as an aware adult November 11, 2007 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Sandy and Don had become full-time RV-ers following his retirement and traveled the Western United States, Canada and Alaska for two years. They dropped anchor and resided for ten years in Hereford, Arizona where they made many friends and enjoyed the diversity of both the environment and the cultures. They returned to the Tri-Cities of Washington State and settled in Pasco, Washington in February 2012. Don continued to keep his Faith growing during his final, trying months, knowing the Lord’s plan for him was working out exactly as the Creator intended. Don is survived by Sandy, his loving wife of twenty three years, and his children: son John Christian (Martha) Hay, granddaughter Allison Christine Hay in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; grandson David Wegner Hay of St. Paul, Minnesota; son James Daren (Melinda) Hay, granddaughter Darcey Dawn (Dusty) Land, great-grandsons Rayden and Ramzey, all of Albuquerque, New Mexico; daughter Meagan Elizabeth Hay Moore of Iowa City, Iowa; granddaughter Victoria Joan (Lucas Smith) of Parnell, Iowa. He is also survived by his older sister, Leota Marie Kassler of Chariton, Iowa; niece, Barbara Kassler (Mike) Wells and their son Ben of Storm Lake, Iowa; nephew, David Kassler, of Rochester, Minnesota; younger brother, Robert Edward (Joyce) Hay of Marion, Iowa; nephews Thomas Allen Hay of Hutchinson, Kansas; Michael Edward Hay of Emporia, Kansas; Stephen Douglas Hay of Marion, Iowa; niece Laura Jean McLain of Eldridge, Iowa. Don also lovingly claimed as step children Sandy’s progeny – her son J. Jay (Ketra) Stumpf; grandson 2nd Lt. Brandon Stumpf in the United States Army; grandson Devyn Austin Stumpf of Pasco, Washington; Sandy’s very special daughter Annette LaSandra Cobb (Millege Stacy) of Kennewick, Washington; grandson Kelly Raven (Chancy); great granddaughter Kaylee Elizabeth Cobb of Finley, Washington. In due course a Veterans Administration Headstone will be set for Captain Hay at the burial site in Marion. It will be inscribed “PRO ARIS ET FOCIS” (“For God and Country”). Don requested that any memorials be directed to the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy, 2108 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336, whose very caring and compassionate people helped both Don and Sandy navigate the last few course settings of his final voyage through life. May you have fair winds and following seas, Captain Hay.

A memorial service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Service, 9353 W. Clearwater Ave, Kennewick, at 3:00 pm on August 30, 2014.

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HOLTER, Steven 25 FEB 2011

STEVEN HOLTER was born to Hans and Marilyn (Johnson) Holter on July 10, 1959 in Pipestone, Minnesota. He attended public school in Pipestone where he graduated from Pipestone High School in 1977. Later that same year, Steve joined the U.S. Navy and devoted 15 years of faithful service on the USS Constellation. After his discharge from the service in 1992, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Memphis, Tennessee from 1995-1998. In 1998, Steve returned to Pipestone to live with his family. On Friday, February 25, 2011, he died at the Pipestone County Medical Center at the age of 51 years, seven months and 15 days.

Steve was a summer athlete, and he enjoyed baseball, softball, football, wrestling, bowling and fishing. He also liked watching the Minnesota Vikings, WWE Wrestling and Nascar on television.

He is lovingly remembered by his children, Tarra and her husband Tom Sherrill and Chad Holter, both of Hanford, California, and Ryan Holter of Nashville, Tennessee; two sisters, Lianne Buckmiller and Helen Holter, both of Pipestone, Minnesota; one niece, Tammy and her husband Dave Downing of Danbury, Iowa; two nephews, John Buckmiller and his special friend Jenae of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Sean Holter of Pipestone, Minnesota; his uncle, Charles Holter of Jasper, Minnesota; and his aunt, Mary Ann Sanchez-Holter of California. He was preceded in death by his parents and one uncle, Henry.

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HOPKINS, George Robert “Bob” 18 NOV 2015

A memorial service with full military honors for Robert George “Bob” Hopkins, 73, of Gainesville, was held Nov. 23, 2015, at St. William’s Catholic Church in Gainesville. Mr. Hopkins died Nov. 18.

He was born June 15, 1942, in Wilmot, South Dakota, the son of William and Mable Davis Hopkins. He graduated from Wilmot High School and then joined the Navy in February 1963. He proudly served his country for four years aboard the USS Maury and the USS Constellation and was stationed in the Great Lakes.

In August 1965, he married Margaret “Marge” Van Stralen.

After his honorable discharge, Mr. Hopkins began working at Dakota Granite in Milbank, South Dakota; later he opened his own business, Bob’s Motor Repair. After moving to Riverside, California, he worked for Neumann Construction for several years.
The couple moved to the Ozarks in 1996 and settled just south of Gainesville. Mr. Hopkins worked for Creative Paint in Mountain Home, Arkansas, until his retirement. Since retirement, he and his wife have enjoyed spending time together at their Howards Ridge home.
Survivors include his wife, Marge Hopkins; three children, Dennis Hopkins of Keller, Texas, Julie Hopkins of Hurst, Texas, Bill Hopkins and wife Karen of Fairfield, California; two grandchildren, Joe and Sara Hopkins; one sister, Judy Hopkins of Plymouth, Minnesota; four sisters-in-law, Carol Hopkins, Marrianne Lantis, Pat Van Straley (and Ed Hart) and Charlotte Calvin; three brothers-in-laws, Frank Van Straley (and Cathy), Mike Van Stralen and Steve Van Stralen; many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jeffrey Hopkins; one sister, Marjorie Huebner; one brother, Irvin Hopkins; two brothers-in-law, Dale Lantis and Dan Van Stralen; and two sisters-in-law, Rose Van Stralen and Rita Van Stralen.

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HORTON, Steven Robbins 19 APR 2014

ELIOT, Maine — Steven Robbins Horton, 67, of Beech Ridge Road in Eliot, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, at York Hospital.
Born Jan. 23, 1947, in Portsmouth, N.H., he was a son of the late Charles and Ruth (Robbins) Horton. He attended Eliot public grammar schools and graduated from Austin Cate Academy in Center Strafford, N.H., in 1966.
Steven enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1967, serving aboard the USS Galveston CLG-3 and the USS Constellation CVA-64 with three tours in the Tonkin Gulf off Vietnam. He was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War being discharged as a damage controlman third class in 1970.

He graduated an apprentice of the Quincy General Dynamics Shipyard as a shipfitter in 1974. He transferred to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and retired after 30 years of faithful service.

Steven is survived by his loving family and friends, son Charles J. Horton of Alpine, Wyo.; daughter Katherine S. Horton of Tempe, Ariz.; brothers Dan Horton of Belfast, Maine, and Jack Horton of Prescott, Ariz.; companion Judy O'Brian of Eliot; and nieces and nephews.
SERVICES: A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 16, in the JS Pelkey Funeral Home, 125 Old Post Road, Kittery. Care for the Horton family has been entrusted to the JS Pelkey Funeral Home.

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HUELSMAN, Kenneth John 02 AUG 2006

Huelsman, Kenneth J., 63, Relator with Plaza Real Estate, former director of Safety & Security at St. Joseph Medical Center and a former Saint Louis Police Officer died Wednesday, August 2, 2006 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Ken died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Ken proudly served un the US Navy aboard the USS Constellation. Rosary: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Funeral Mass 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Church of the Magdalen.

He is survived by his wife, Lynda Huelsman, and children Deborah (George) Dent, Kelly (Jerry) Gosvener, Kenneth “KJ” (Jennifer) Huelsman, Chad (Tracy) Huelsman, Christopher “Chris” and Linda Huelsman. His two brothers Hoppy (Sue) Huelsman, and Rodney (Maureen) Huelsman and three sisters Sheila (Wilhelm) Baeres, Mary Jo (Richard) Weller and Patricia (John) Kelemen. Beloved son-in-law Frank and Mary Lynn Priest, brother-in-law Frank (Laurie) Priest, Sara (David Feldmiller), Alice Joyner and Amy (Bill) Little. Adored by eleven grandchildren, six great grandchildren, nieces and nephews all of whom he loved very much.

Memorials have been established with the Cancer Center of Kansas, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Victory in the Valley and Church of the Magdalen

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JONES, Barry Clive 22 SEP 2015
Barry Clive Jones died suddenly on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. He was born August 24, 1942 in Chicago to George C. Jones, a member of the Squadron responsible for delivery of the A-bomb, ending WWII, and Geraldine Goodman Jones, a well-known and respected artist.

He joined the Navy at age 17, and during his time in service taught survival swimming, won many competition swim meets and served on the U.S.S. Constellation.
After leaving the Navy, he continued his education, earning undergrad and Master degrees and completing classwork for his PH.D. at the University of Illinois School of Arts and Medical Science, where he was on the Dean's List, was graduated Magna Cum Laude and was President of his Junior class.
He was a member of American Hospital Radiology Administrators, The American Society of Radiologic Technologists and The Illinois State Society of Radiologic Technologists.
He received his pilot's licenses in the late 70's, was a member of the Midwest Ki Society, attaining his black belt in Tae Qwan Do, and attended many schools to perfect his love of cooking.

After leaving the medical field, he and his wife, Eva, operated a small seasonal business on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Although Chicago remained their primary place of residence until they moved to Eva's family home in Kent, Ohio, in June of this year, they enjoyed spending many winters in Mexico and, in later years, at their Venice, Florida, home. They enjoyed travelling throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe, taking their mothers along on a ten-country tour.

He leaves his wife of 35 years, Eva (nee Gretchko) filled with sorrow; brother, Kirk Jones of Fruita, CO; sisters, Kim Garrison of Sandpoint, ID and Wendy Draper of Meridian, ID; good friend and brother-in-law, Tom Gretchko of Euclid Heights, OH; sister-in-law, Marie Campbell of Mansfield, OH; brother-in-law, John Lazar of Akron, OH; and very special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kevin Jones; first wife and their infant; mother and father-in-law, John and Esther Gretchko; and brother-in-law, Andrew Gretchko.

He will be remembered for his generosity, keen wit and curiosity, hospitality, sense of humor, reassuring attitude and laughter. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Private services will be held Monday, September 28, 2015, officiated by Father Edward Gretchko with burial at Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Bissler and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory are handling the arrangements.
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KNOLLMULLER, James Herman 07 FEB 2013

James Herman Knollmueller passed away peacefully at home in Grants Pass, Oregon on 7 February 2013. He was 72 years old. He was born in Chicago, IL in 1940, the third son to emigrant parents from Germany. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1958.

LT Knollmueller USNR served as a Navy A-4C pilot during the early-to-mid-1960's. He served in VA-146 (Blue Diamonds) and had combat cruises on USS CONSTELLATION and USS RANGER. In 1964 he flew combat sorties in support of Operation PIERCE ARROW in the wake of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. He later flew 139 combat missions over North Vietnam while stationed aboard USS RANGER. He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross, 14 Air Medals, a Navy Commendation with Combat "V," and several unit and campaign medals/ribbons during his active duty service.

After his tour of active duty in the Navy ended in 1967, he was hired by Pan American World Airways; and remained with the company as a 707 (and later 747) pilot, co-pilot, and flight engineer. After Pan Am ceased passenger operations in 1991, he remained in Miami, FL with the training division of the company as a simulator instructor for new pilots until illness forced him to retire in 1997.

James is survived by Connie, his wife of 44 years - as well as their three children and four grandchildren.

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MILLER, Dale Gordon Jr. 07 NOV 2010

Dale died on Sunday, February 7, 2010, in Selma. He was 57. Dale was born on August 17, 1952, in Jersey Shore and raised in Foxburg. He graduated from ACV High School in 1970 and attended Fresno State. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1970, during the Vietnam War and was released from active duty in 1974, after reaching the rank of Yeoman 3. During his tour of duty he served aboard the USS Gallup, a patrol gunboat where he was a member of Attack Squadron 147. Dale also served aboard the USS Constellation, an aircraft carrier. Dale was honored with a National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with five Bronze Stars, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Dale decided to make the San Joaquin Valley his home when he met his future bride, Rosemary Galvan of Selma, CA. The couple married on November 20, 1976, and made their home in Selma. The couple celebrated the birth of their only child, Jennifer, in May of 1977. Dale was employed by Foster Farms, Belgravia Plant. Dale will be remembered for his outstanding character, he would not hesitate to lend a hand to anyone. Dale was an avid fan of Penn State football and the Fresno State Bulldogs. He enjoyed weekend outings with his golfing buddies, walking his dog Lola and spending time with his granddaughter Allison . Dale is preceded in death by his father, Dale Miller Sr. Dale is survived by his wife Rosemary of 33 years; daughter, Jennifer Miller-McColm, her husband Michael McColm, their daughter Allison, of Fowler; parents William J. and Sally Myers of Pleasant Gap; sister, Jolene Mussey and her fiance William Carbone of Port Matilda; brother David Myers and his wife Jenn of Homer City; and a niece Ashley Mussey of Port Matilda. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Along with his father he was preceded in death by his grandparents George and Florence Reidell. Friends will be received on Sunday, February 21, 2010 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Thomas Osif officiating. Burial will be at the Floral Memorial Park in Selma, CA. Local arrangements are under the direction of Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home, Milesburg.


ROBERTS, Ronald “Ronny” Habrin 27 NOV 2014

Ronald Harbin Roberts Loving Husband, Father, and Papa. Ronald Harbin, Ronny, Roberts, age 73, passed away at his Belton home on Thursday, November 27, 2014, with family by his side. As a child of God, he has gone to be with our Heavenly Father. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, December 2, at HarperTalasek Funeral Home formerly Heartfield in Belton, Texas with Rev. Stephen Vaughn officiating. A visitation will be held Monday, December 1, 68 p.m at the funeral home. Born January 14, 1941, in Belton, Texas, to Winnie and Claude Roberts he was their second child and oldest son. He graduated from Belton High School and honorably served from 19591963 in the U.S. Navy. During his time in the Navy, he served on the U.S.S. Ranger and U.S.S. Constellation. Notably, he was a plank holder of the U.S.S. Constellation and was awarded many medals including 2 medals of Good Conduct for his time in service. Ronny will be especially remembered as a faithful and active member of Elm Grove Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, including serving as the most recent Chairman of the Deacons, Pastor Search Committee Chairman, Building Committee, and Mens Sunday School teacher. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Betty Boales Roberts three daughters: Tamara Rodriguez, married to Louis Rodriguez, Roberta Kimble, and husband Jerry Kimble, and Shirley Moore, married to Bobby Moore 7 Grandchildren: Louis Rodriguez and wife Tiffany Wolf Rodriguez, Megan White and husband Clint White, Amanda Roberts, Olivia Lopez, A.J. Lopez, Bobby Moore, Sharde Taplin, and Milton Moore 17 GreatGrandchildren 3 brothers: Dwight Roberts, Gerald Roberts, and Steve Roberts 1 preceded in death by his parents, Winnie and Claude Roberts, and youngest brother, Randall Roberts. A memorial contribution may be made to Elm Grove Baptist Church P.O. Box 1267 Belton, Texas.

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KILMER, Robert Jayson 31 OCT 2015

Robert Jason Kilmer passed away peacefully at home in Mountlake Terrace, WA on Saturday, October 31st, after a two-year battle with cancer. Rob was born June 10th, 1979 in DuBois, PA, but spent most of his young life in the Gettysburg area. He graduated in 1997 from Northern High School, then joined the Navy in 1998. He served for five years aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64) based in San Diego, sailing all over the world, including multiple tours to the Persian Gulf. Rob left the Navy in 2003, but still loved to keep in contact with many of his shipmates, whom he considered brothers.

After visiting family at home, Rob embarked on a new adventure, moving to the Seattle area. Drawn to the Pacific Northwest's big mountains and many outdoor activities, he perfected his snowboarding and mountain biking skills while pursuing a career in IT. Meeting through their mutual friend, Zohra, in 2006, Rob taught future life-partner, Lauren how to snowboard that winter. Their instant connection was soon friendship and then love. Rob having just adopted Loki, and Lauren with her Bubba dog, their little family adventured all over, hiking, camping, fishing, snowshoeing, and rafting with friends. Rob continued his IT education from the Navy into college, earning his degree in Information Systems in Edmonds, WA in 2009. Only weeks later, his brother Jason passed away in a car accident, compounding the grief from losing his younger sister Amy to cancer several years earlier.

Rob fought back through grief and anger, finding solace with his family, he started laughing and smiling again, determined to live life to the fullest. He found a job and a second family with SWAT systems in 2010, a great group of like-minded people who loved to share in his adventures outside of work also. "Go big or go home," was one of his favorite sayings and he lived it. He loved to go fast and fly high, almost as much as loved to laugh. From skydiving to scuba diving, racing motorcycles, riding bikes and snowboards off of cliffs, and anything in between, he showed no fear.

Rob’s twinkling blue eyes and sweet dimples were only part of his youthful charm. He had a big smile that could turn from mischievous to innocent in a second and light up the room, and he had an even bigger heart. He had a special way of relating to kids and animals, and they were drawn to him, just like everyone else. Penguins were his favorite animals (except dogs, of course, they are family). He loved to laugh and make others laugh. He was great at impersonations and making up comic song lyrics, and he loved music. He loved building and fixing things with his dad and brothers from an early age. Rob and Lauren loved to go on adventures, exploring different cultures and discovering nature's diverse wonders, even after he was diagnosed with late stage germ cell cancer in September 2013. For two years he continued to live and fight, enduring countless painful procedures and treatments, yet inspiring many on his way and always managing to find his sense of humor or smile in the roughest times. He loved sharing stories and pictures from the road with his mom, almost as much as he loved her lasagna and gentle hugs, and he was always on the lookout for the perfect gift to bring back for her.
Besides his longtime partner, Lauren Rogers, Rob is survived by his loving parents; Betty & Doug Arentz, Dave & Bonnie Kilmer, his paternal grandparents, Ivan & Edith Kilmer, his siblings and their partners; Steve & Vickie Kilmer, Chad & Kim Smith, Josh & Laurie Arentz, Spring & Terry Cromer, Lindsey & Eric Wildasin, Levi & Christina Arentz, many beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends. He is predeceased by his maternal grandparents, George and Betty Lou Williams, his brother Jason Smith, his sister Amy Angell, and his childhood best friend, Nathan Anstead.

At Rob's request, there will be no funeral services, but his ashes will be spread in his favorite mountain spaces privately. A party celebrating his life will be held at a later, more joyful time. Live well, love each other, don't forget to laugh, and “stay awesome!”
In lieu of flowers, please consider a life-giving blood donation or donor registration with Be The Match, or alternatively, a monetary donation to one of Rob's favorite organizations in his honor: ASPCA, WWF, Sierra Club, the National Parks, Cancer Research Institute, or the ALS Association.
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REZAC, Richard L “Dick” 11 NOV 2012

Richard L. “Dick Rezac died on Sunday November 11, 2012 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 62.

A visitation will begin at 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and a Liturgical Wake Service at 7:00 pm. A funeral service will be at 10:30 am Thursday, November 15, 2015, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Internment will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery with military honors extended by the US Navy and VFW Post #628.

Dick, the son of Leo and Ruth (Mikolash) Rezac was born in Dante, South Dakota. He graduated from Wagner High School in 1969. Dick then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Constellation as an electrician during the Vietnam conflict. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Dick attended Mitchell Technical Institute to earn his Electricians Certificate.

On December 22, 1973, Dick was united in marriage with Allene Wiechmann in Wagner, SD. They were married for 17 years. He was employed as an electrician for various companies while the family lived in Mitchell, Yankton, and Sioux Falls.

On October 25, 2002, Dick was united in marriage with Reva (Pew) in Sioux Falls. He retired from Otis Elevator in 2010, but had gone to work for Rain and Hall as a crop adjuster for the past two years.

Dick was very involved with the Sioux Falls Soccer Association, and served as Vice President and Director of Fields. In fact, he was scheduled to be inducted in the Soccer Hall of Fame the weekend after he died. Dick was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was very proud of his grandkids, and was also very fond of garage sales.

Grateful for having shared his life are a son, Jamie Wiechmann of Sioux Falls; three daughters Danielle Rezac, Kelly Rezac and Kari (Josh) Westtenkircher, all of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren, Burkley, Emily, Makenzie, Jack, Josephine, and Austin; his wife Reva Rezac; two step-daughters, Ashley Johnson and Rosa (Travis) Nordstrom; and step-grandchildren, Isaac and Elijah, all of Sioux Falls; his mother Ruth Rezac of Sioux Falls; a brother, Randy (Jackie) Rezac of Mitchell, SD; two sisters Kathy (Reed) Forster of Sioux Falls, Lorie (Dennis Blaha of Rapid City, SD; his former wife Allene (Jerry) Rezac Toupal of Sioux Falls; and nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Leo.

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ROBERTS, Keith 09 MAY 2015

Our Keith passed away Saturday May 9, 2015, He was 71. Keith was born January 31, 1944 in Oakland, California. Is parents Nelle and Glenn Roberts had a farm in the Capay area so he grew up a country boy.

Keith attended school in Capay and went to High School in corning, graduating with the class of 1961. In February 1962, Keith enlisted in the US Navy, serving 3 years as an electrical technician on the aircraft carrier USS Constellation. After his military service Keith returned to the Corning/Orland area and attended Shasta Jr. College for a time. It was at this time that he met his wife, Barbara Seavers from Orland. They married in 1968 and together has two sons, Mark and Craig.

In 1970, Keith worked for AAA insurance as a salesman, moving to Yreka for 4 years. In 1977 the family moved back to Capay to the family farm and returned to a life in the country. Keith began working for Crawford and Company in 1978, staying with them until retiring in 2009, as an insurance adjuster, then becoming the AIC until retiring in 2009. He went to work at CRBR here in town, working until he got ill.

During the many years back in Capay, Keith was active in the Capay Volunteer Fire Department enjoying the friendship and Companionship of all the members of the Capay FD and also getting to better know the members of the community.

Keith was preceded by his parents, Glenn and Nelle. He is survived by his wife Barbara; sons Mark (Liz) and Craig (Felicia); his grandchildren Colin and Emily; his sister Linda (Babe) and extended family.

A memorial service will be held on September 16, 2015 at Canyon Oaks Country Club at 2 pm.

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SCHILKNECHT, Ronald L. 04 MAR 2014

Ronald L. Schildknecht, age 62, of Carpentersville passed away on Tuesday at Sherman Hospital in Elgin. Ron was born in Estherville, Iowa on October 31, 1951, the son of Walter T. & Betty (nee Albright) Schildknecht. He was a resident of the area for the past 29 years. Ron was a 1979 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison having earned a Bachelors degree in History and International Relations. He also earned an Associates degree in Accounting from the Madison area Technical College. Ron was a former 30 year agent with the Internal Revenue Service. He was a very proud, United States Navy Veteran and had served aboard the USS Constellation. Ron was an avid member of Lifetime Fitness in Algonquin.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years: Marjorie, whom he married on October 11, 1980. His daughters: Allison (Ryan) Cavis and Rebecca Schildknecht. Ron is also survived by his parents Walter & Betty, his brothers: Walter T. III (Robin) and Richard (Barbara) Schildknecht, his sister: DeeAnn (Richard) Layton, his mother in-law: Margaret DeVault, his father-in-law: James Amundson, a large extended family, including nieces, nephews and countless good and faithful friends. Visitation will be held on Friday from 5-8 PM in the Miller Funeral Home, West Dundee. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fisher House for Veterans, The Nature Conservancy or any veteran or environmental organization of your choice. For info, please call (847) 426-3436.

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SOLDANO, Antonio 02 NOV 2014

Antonio Soldano passed away peacefully Nov. 2 2014 at his home. He was 93.
He was born in Key West on March 1, 1921 to Baldassare and Angela Soldano, who had moved to Key West from Licata, Sicily in 1901.

Antonio grew up in Key West and attended Key West High School. He loved playing basketball and was voted "most athletic boy" when he graduated in 1941.

Antonio and three of his four brothers enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After the war, Antonio remained in the Navy traveling the world on U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. In 1954 he married Carmelina De La Cuesta, with whom he had grown up with on Solares Hill. They later had two sons, Daniel Joseph Soldano and Louis Giovanni Soldano.

Antonio was for many years stationed on many carriers that included the U.S.S. Enterprise CVN-65, U.S.S. Intrepid CVA-11, the U.S.S. Forrestal CV-59, U.S.S. Constellation CV-64, U.S.S. Shangri CV-38 and the U.S.S. Lake Champlain. He was awarded the WW2 Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the American Defense Service Medal and the Korean Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and eight good conduct awards. Antonio started his career as a propeller mechanic and retired as Chief Petty Officer and an airframe and power plant jet engine mechanic. Retiring in 1973 with the VF-101 Fighter Squadron Grim Reapers at Boca Chica with 32 years of military service.

Antonio loved the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country. He also loved to attend Key West High School's basketball and football games and he rarely missed a game and faithfully attended up until his mid-eighties. He was also an avid reader, and read daily. He was a good husband, father and grandfather. He also loved to help anyone in need, always contributing to countless charities.
Antonio is preceded in death by his wife, Carmelina Soldano, father, Baldassare Soldano, mother, Angela Soldano, brothers, Louis Soldano, Joseph Soldano, William Soldano, Henry Soldano, sisters Louise Barroso, Mary Kemp and Angela Domenech.

Antonio is survived by his sons Louis Giovanni Soldano and David Joseph Soldano, granddaughter Lauren Anastasia Soldano and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the organizations and individuals who helped take care of Antonio in many ways, hospice and the visiting nurses, Island Home Care, Key West Health and Rehabilitation, Dr. Bruce Boros, Dr. Robert Loeffler, Dr. Mehrnet Atilla, Dr. Leo Sullivan and Dr. Mark Morihige, Dr. Michael Klitenick and Julie Floyd. Our family will never forget the doctors, nurses and nurses aids that fought to help Antonio against all odds.

Services will be held Friday, December 19, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea. Burial to follow in the Key West City Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Castillo and Thurston's Key West Mortuary.

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