Atkins, Edward Douglas "Doug"

Doug Atkins 



Edward Douglas "Doug" Atkins died July 3, 2013 after a lengthy illness at the age of 52. He was born April 12, 1961 in Newport News, VA and lived most of his adolescent and adult years in the Williamsburg area. He worked in the building construction and maintenance field and stated his last work status as 'retired'. He was predeceased by his grandparents, W.E. and Peggy Atkins of Hampton, VA and Lenny and Ruby Foster of Richmond, VA. His passing is grieved by his mother and father, Barbara F and W.E. Atkins, Jr. of Williamsburg, VA; a sister, Suzy (Vern) Orrell of Chesterfield, VA; sons, Christopher Mayne of Bermuda; and Edward Austin Atkins of Gloucester, VA; uncle, Ernest (Tami) Atkins of Hampton; aunt, Anne (Maurice) Duke of Richmond, VA; and long term companion, Kelly Johnson of Williamsburg, VA.

Doug was buried in a private family service. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 11 at 6:00

PM. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed at after July 10th.

BARTRAM, Monica M. (Wife of Fred D. Bartram)
MNC (Ret.) Fred Daniel Bartram and Monica M. Bartram both of Fort Gay, WV. Monica passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013 at her home in Fort Gay, WV. and her beloved husband Dan joined her in their journey on  Sunday, June 30, 2013. Dan passed away at the Emogene Dolin Hospice House in Huntington, WV.   

They both have went to be with their beloved son; William Thomas Bartram.

Monica was the daughter of Mary and Joseph Grady of Yonkers, New York. She was born August 20, 1938. Dan was born July 7, 1934 the son of late James Bartram and Mae Salmons Bartram.

Surviving is a loving son; James Daniel Bartram of Seattle, WA. and a daughter-in-law; Jo Ellen Bartram of Hampton, VA. Grandchildren; James D.T. Bartram of Seattle, WA., who was a care giver for both in their final months of sickness, Mathew Joseph Bartram of Seattle, WA., Katy Bartram of Washington, D.C., Kelly Jo Bartram of Hampton, VA., and Chelsea Bartram Barry of Charleston, S.C. and one great granddaughter; Indy Bartram of Everett, WA.

Dan and Monica are also survived by brothers and sisters; William H. (Susan) Bartram of Grove City, Ohio, Sally (John) Wilson of Louisa, KY., Ella Bert (Rolla) Wagner of Thorton, CO., James N. (Judy) Bartram of Fort Gay, WV., Lexie Mae (Donald) Proctor of Chillicothe, OH., and David (Jane) Bartram of Huntington, WV. Dan was preceded in death by a brother; Glen R. Bartram, but his loving wife Peggy was a sister to Dan and Monica. Monica's sister; Rosemary preceded her in death along with brothers; Frank Grady, Thomas Grady, and Joseph Grady, her step-brother Billie Denehy survives them.

Dan and Monica is also survived by a loving family of many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews, and many friends and wonderful neighbors. Both were always looking forward to visits from family as well as friends and all were welcomed into their home. The entire family extends a special thanks to nieces; Beatrice Bartram-Dahl and Glenna Bartram who helped guide both in their medical care the past few years. Family also wishes to thank the staff at Cabell-Huntington Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center for the care they received in their final weeks.

Funeral services will at 2p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Randy Ratcliffe officiating.

Visitation will be Tuesday 6-9 at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Damron Cemetery, Fort Gay, WV. on the property owned by Dan and Monica.


 SMITH, Hideko (Michi)

She was born in Kumamoto Japan on 14 June 1948 and has been a resident of Lynn Haven, Florida since 1995.  She is survived by husband of 45 years, Leo Smith of Lynn Haven; daughter Margie Ogo and husband Ray of Virginia Beach Va.; granddaughter, Kaelani Ogo of Virginia Beach Va; grandson, Andrew Ogo of Virginia Beach Va.; and great grandson, Adam Ogo.

Notes and calls of condolence may be made to Leo at (904) 271-9172 or to his address at 328 Porter Drive, Lynn Haven, FL 32444-4618. His e-mail is <>

SPORTELLI, Michael Paul

Bill Johnson writes: I learned yesterday that LT Michael Paul Sportelli, USN, Retired, passed away on 05/27/2013 from an apparent Heart Attack.  He was 57 years old and living in Myrtle Beach, SC.  I confirmed this with Mike's ex-Wife, Terry, who now resides in Rhode Island.  They had three grown children, Joe, Leanne and Nicholas.  Mike was my XO at Momag Unit 3 when I was the CO and he relieved me as CO when I retired in October 1990. Mike was cremated and will be interred in The Veterans Cemetery either in Rhode Island or New Jersey. I passed my condolences to the family and as expected, they are in shock. Such a loss at a really young age. May he rest in peace."


From: Don Jones - Former Mineman Joel J. Gallagher was born 12-24-1934 in Buffalo, NY & died 11-21-1999 in Newnan, GA. Joe Gallagher and I went through Navy boot-camp at RTC, San Diego, CA, in late 1953 and NSMW, Mineman "A" School at Yorktown, VA, in early 1954. We also served together at NAD, Hawthorne, NV. In 1955, Joe was transferred to NOF, Atsugi, Japan. Gallagher got out of the Navy in 1957

LOONAM Lawrence (Larry) J

Loonam, Lawrence (Larry) J., 54, passed away April 15, 2013 from natural causes. Born in Malta in 1958, son of John F and Barbara E Loonam (deceased) is survived by his father John, daughter Heather Velders of Barnegat, NJ and two grandchildren Lisette and Christopher, brothers:  Michael of Mauldin, SC; John Jr. of Greenville, NC; Gregory of Port Royal, VA; sisters: Kathleen of Williamsburg, VA; Diane Parker and Sandy of Gloucester, VA.  Larry, a 1976 graduate of York H. S. served in the U.S. Navy (PR) during the Vietnam era; worked in construction field holding various positions. He was an avid fisherman always looking for that big one. A family memorial service was held on April 27th near the Avalon pier in the Outer Banks of NC, a favorite fishing spot where his ashes were dispersed in the Atlantic Ocean during the service. 

POLLAND Donald, Jack
[From Bill Roberts] I came across an old shipmate from Hawthorne ca. 1951, Donald "Grumpy" Jack Polland,
1932-2003, He was an MN3 when I left Hawthorne in April of 1953, I don't know where he went from there, however I do know that he didn't
stay in after his initial cruise. The internet article indicated that at the time of his death he was a preeminent western
sculptor and painter.

(As of 04/25/13 Donald's art work is being auctioned on the internet) 

BECK, William Henry

TOANO, VA - William Henry Beck, 82, passed away on March 29, 2013.

William was a retired Naval Chief Petty Officer, and retired from Yorktown Naval Weapons Station. He attended Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church. William is survived by his loving wife, Leatizell Beck; son, Charles Robert Stone and daughter-in-law, Sue. He also leaves two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 2:00 PM in Williamsburg Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, 7801 Church Lane, Toano, VA 23168-9110. Online condolences may be offered at <>

[Published in Daily Press on March 31, 2013] To sign the guest book, go to:

BON, Michael, MNCS

MNCS Michael Nelson Bon, age 63, died at Whatcom House Hospice in Oak Harbor, Washington on Monday, January 28, 2012, 4:45am, following a tragic with colon cancer. He was born in  Cleveland, Ohio on November 15, 1949 to Nelson and Dorothy Bon. He married Norma Cristina Bon in Olongapo, Philipines on September 10, 1971. He served U.S. Navy for20 years and retired in 1989 as Mineman Senior Chief. Following retirement he served as the naval base theater manager, retiring 17 yearsd later, in 2006. He saw duty in the  Philippines, Japan, Guam and Italy. Among his enjoyments in life were camping, traveling, trains, movies. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Norma Cristina, children: Ofelia Ann and husband John Doney, Jennifer Ann and husband Jeff  Zwiers, Daisy Ann and husband Ryan Hays; grandchildren: Nathan, Zacharie, Joshua and Samuel and a sister, Barbara Ann Bon Ames. The family wishes to thank St. Joseph's Hospital in Bellingham and the Whatcom House Hospice in Oak Harbor for their warmth and sympathetic care. 

Mike's family recognized him for his simple philosophy in life that could be summed up in three words: "smart, loyal and a pillar to the family". His table blessing was equally simple: "Good bread,  Good meat. Good God. Let's eat."  [thanks to John Doney, Mike's son-in-law for the information.] 

The service will be held Saturday, February 2, 2013 beginning at 1100 (viewing) and Funeral Mass at 1200 at Saint Augustine Catholic church in Oak Harbor Wash.,

Dawson, Victor D "Vic" MN1

DAWSON, VICTOR D. "Vic"; of Waterford; age 61; peacefully at home on January 1, 2012. Devoted husband of Sue Dawson; father of Derek (Cheryl) Hill; brother of Donald (Phyllis) Smith, Jack Dawson, and Jayne Dawson. Victor was a proud Veteran of the US Navy, having served in Vietnam in the reserves for a total of 27 years. While in the reserves he served with the MOMAG 1913. He worked at the Bulk Mail Center for the US Postal Service in Allen Park. Funeral Service Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 10 a.m. at COATS FUNERAL HOME - WATERFORD. Interment and Military Honors will follow at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. Family will receive friends Tuesday, 3 to 8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research To send a private condolence, go to   Published in The Oakland Press on January 2, 2012

 Carlsen, Irma (Wife of MNCS Bill "Swede" Carlsen)

Irma died on Tuesday, January  22, 2013. Viewing will be at Giordanos' Funeral Home located at 1727 Crosby Ave, Bronx, NY10461. Phone # (718) 829-5580,  Thurs. 6:30pm-8:30pm & Fri. 2:30pm-8:30pm. Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 11:00am at St. Theresas' Church located on St. Theresa Avenue, Bronx, N.Y. 10461.The funeral home does not have a web site or the option of a guest book. Those who choose to send a card of condolence are urged to send one to Bill Carlsen at 1925 Pilgrim Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461.

 Fortner, William Swain

William Swain Fortner, LCDR, 69, Sand Rock, Died Saturday, Jan 5, 2013.  He is survived by his family. A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Collinsville Baptist Church.  Perry funeral home directing. Published in the Gadsden Times on January 10, 2013.  [Memorial Page]

LOVELAND, Robert Harry "Bobby"

Robert Harry "Bobby" Loveland, 48, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and formerly of Janesville, died peacefully at his home, September 3, 2011, following a courageous
battle with pancreatic cancer which was diagnosed in April of 2010. Bob was born on December 31, 1962, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa, the
son of Vern Byron and Phyllis Ann (Decker) Loveland. He attended school in Janesville and Waverly, graduating in 1980 from Waverly-Shell Rock High School.
Bob then entered the U.S. Navy, where he spent twelve years (1985-1997) and was a veteran of the Persian Gulf War (Desert Storm) and served as a MN during
that time. He was also stationed at MOMAG 9 in Subic Bay. On July 21, 1990, Bob was united in marriage to Karen Marie McDade in Yorktown, Virginia. In 1999,
Bob became employed with Mediacom until ill health forced him to stop working in November of 2010. In his spare time Bob enjoyed NASCAR, the outdoors and his dogs.
Bob was also an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and truly loved spending time with his family and friends. Bob is survived by his loving wife of over 21 years, Karen Loveland of Cedar Falls, Iowa;
one daughter and her husband, Kristy (Cory) Roberts of Janesville, Iowa; six sisters, Colleen (David) Jacob of Denver, Iowa, Mary Loveland of Yuma, Arizona, Donna (Bill) Simonis of
Cedar Falls, Iowa, Jennifer (Bob) Jans of Clarksville, Iowa, Shelley (Kevin) Casey of Waterloo, Iowa, Brenda (Steve)Stokes of Janesville, Iowa; two brothers, Jim Loveland of Mason City, Iowa;
Wayne (Dee) Loveland of Palo, Iowa; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis on January 13, 2000.


Louis G. Godeaux III, 51 died Tuesday November 20th, 2012 at his home in Panama City Beach Florida. Louis was born January 30th, 1961 in New Albany IN. He was son of Louis Godeaux and Betty Godeaux Collier. He graduated from Rockville IN High School and attended Vincennes University and Indiana State University. Louis joined the Navy in 1984 and retired in 2004 as a Mineman Chief Petty Officer. In 1986 he was awarded Junior Sailor of the the year while stationed at MOMAG Det Ten, Okinawa, Japan. He served in Okinawa Japan, Saudi Arabia, New Jersey, Kingsville, Ingleside and Corpus Christi Texas. Surviving are his Mother Betty ( Godeaux ) Collier and husband Bill, three sons, Louis G. Godeaux IV, of Virginia Beach, VA, Anthony and Jeremiah Godeaux of Corpus Christi, TX. Two sisters Pamela, and her husband Paul Morgan, and Janet Donovan, of Vincennes, three nieces, Amie Halter, Bridget Donovan and Anna K. Donovan of Vincennes. Three great nieces, Hallei Halter, Courtney Halter and Madison Halter. The funeral (grave side service) will be at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi, TX and is expected to be held on Monday, December 17th, at 2:00pm. The Cemetery is located at 9974 IH-37 Access Road, Corpus Christi, Texas. The cemetery entrance is on the westbound access (Up River Road) east of Carbon Plant Road and west of Rand Morgan Road.

Vehicles should exit Rand Morgan Road. Further details may be obtained from the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery, between 8:00am and 5:00pm at Tel: 361-248-4830

BROTON, Chester Francis

Lt. Commander Chester Francis Broton, US Navy (Ret.), 85, of Hollywood, South Carolina, widower of Christine Prentiss Broton, entered into eternal rest Sunday, December 2, 2012.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, December 7, 2012 in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 4255 Highway 165, Yonges Island at 11:00 am. The Prayers of Final Commendation
and Farewell will be held at Christ-St. Paul's Cemetery, Yonges Island with military honors. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5:00 until 7:00 pm with a Fleet Reserve
Two Bell Ceremony at 7:00 pm in J. HENRY STUHR, INC. WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway, Charleston. Chester was born December 2, 1927 in Syracuse, New York,
son of Eugene E. Broton and Mary Jaroszewicz Broton. He was a retired Lt. Commander with the United States Navy and served in World War II, Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a Life member of
American Legion Post 112, Branch #50 Fleet Reserve, V.F.W. 5091, Military Officers Association of America, Soloman Lodge #1 AFM, Scottish Rite Shrine and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

He is survived by his son, Chester F. Broton, Jr. and his wife Holly; two grandsons, Michael C. Broton and Travis M. Broton both of Charleston; a brother, Philip E. Broton of Syracuse, N.Y. A memorial message
may be sent to the family by visiting our website at <> Visit the guestbook at

Toby Horn adds: "Chester Broton was the CO of the USS Perigrine (Experimental Fleet Minesweeper, EMSF-373 ) that was used in a lot of our projects when Bill Roberts and I were at Key West Test & Evaluation Detachment. Chester was a designated MNSN when he first went in the Navy and was selected for the Officer Integration Program, which was a 'straight line' program. I don't know where he may have served as an MNSN before going off to OCS.


Terry Michael Charnecki, 65, passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2012 after a brief illness. He was born on April 10, 1947 in Fairmont, Minnesota,
a son of the late Michael Louis and Marie Theresa Korolewski Charnecki; A resident of Newport News for 28 years, Terry retired from the US Navy as MNC,
where he was an Explosives Specialist.
Aside from his parents, Terry was preceded in death by his sister Barbara Charnecki. He is survived by his wife of 4 years, Alfreda Townes; sons Michael Charnecki and wife Theresa and Anthony Charnecki and wife Jennifer; daughters, Kathryn Wilson and husband James, Susana Charnecki and Kristina Charnecki; grandchildren, Brandon, John, Isabella, Sophia, Jocelyn, Patricia, Ashley and Zachary; brother, Gary Charnecki of Fairmont, MN; sister Karen Brammer of Saukville, WI.
A celebration of Terry's life will be held Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 11:00 am at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be directed to Disabled American Veterans organization, Roanoke VA,
Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666.
Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.
The guest book may be signed at:

CUSHMAN, John Robert

John Robert Cushman, MN2, 46, of South Portland Maine passed away

on 2 Jun 1958 and is survived by his wife Marjorie. He was a US Navy

veteran, enlisting on 15 Mar 1951. He served on Mine Sweep Boats and

was stationed on Azuma Island, Yokosuka in 1955 before his discharge

on 4 Mar 1955. He waqs laid to rest at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Hebron, Maine.

AMMERMAN, John Henery

John Henry Ammerman, MN3, 74, of Brick, NJ, passed away Monday, April 7, 2008 at his home. Born in Plainfield, he resided in Montville
before moving to Brick in 1992. He was a draftsman for Gammon Technical Products Inc., Manasquan, for 12 years. John

enlisted in the US Navy on 22 Aug 1951 and served on the USS Kearsarge during the Korean Conflict. He was discharged on 10 Aug
1955. John was a member of the Toms River Seaport Society, and a lifetime member of the VFW. Surviving are his wife, Frances; two

daughters, Debbie Frassinelli of Highlands, and Jennifer Wright of Westborough, Mass.; a sister, Zoe Ford of Phillipsburg; and three

grandchildren, Olivia Frassinelli, and Tyler and Riley Wright. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at

Silverton Memorial Funeral Home, 2482 Church Road, Toms River. A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of the

Visitation, Brick; arrive at 9 a.m. at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Toms River.

Gagnier, David Patrick

David Patrick Gagnier, MN2 was born 29 May 1950 and died on19 Aug 1993, at the age of 43. He was survived by his wife
 Rose Lee (Wilson) Gagnier of Peru, New York whom he married June 18, 1975 in S. Hero, Vermont. 
He received a military marker and was laid to rest at St. Augustine's Cemetery, Peru, NY.

Oxendine Vera

Vera Oxendine, 76, of Hanahan, a retired self-employed merchant and wife of MNC George W. Oxendine, (USN, Ret.) died Monday, October 15, 2012.
Arrangements by James A. McAlister Funeral Home of Charleston.  ( The graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, October 19, 2012
at the Florence National Cemetery.

A guest book may be signed at:

Cards of condolence may be addressed to George at:  George W. Oxendine, Sr., 2 Otranto Club Circle, Hanahan, SC 29410-8653

Opocenskey, John P.

 Monday, April 04, 2011 John Paul Opocensky, 85, of Ladson, husband of Alice "Catherine" Williams Opocensky, passed away Monday, April 4, 2011. Born in Prince George, VA, he was the son of Paul Opocensky and Emily Rusnack Opocensky. Mr. Opocensky served our country proudly in the United States Navy, where he retired as a Master Chief Mineman after 30 years. After retiring, he attending Lake City Community College in FL and received his degree in Golf Course Management. He then worked as a superintendant as Jeckyl Island, Georgia Golf Courses. He was also a member of the American Legion, VFW, Fleet Reserve Association, and Association of Mineman. Mr. Opocensky is survived by his wife of over 64 years, Alice 'Catherine" Opocensky; one son, Joe Opocensky (Ina) of Tucson, AZ; two daughters, Betty Crosby (Bannon) of Ridgeville, SC and Cheryl Gillyard (James) of Ocala, FL; one brother, Donald Opocensky (Margaret) of Hopewell, VA and one sister, Elizabeth Brockwell of Hopewell, VA. He was also survived by eight grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda May Opocensky. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 7, 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek Chapel, 869 St. James Ave. Funeral service will be held Friday, April 8, 2011 11:00 am, also in the Goose Creek Chapel. Burial will be on Saturday, April 9, 2011, 1:00 pm Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, VA. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Association of Mineman, c/o William Carlson, 1925 Pilgram Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461. Online condolences may be made by visiting

Egelhoff Ernest F

Maurice Horn wrote: Ernie was my (and former wife, Barbara) sponsor when we arrived in Japan for my tour at Atsugi in 1956 (I was an MN2).  He and his wife met us in Yokosuka as we (and new son) debarked from the Frederick T. Fungston, and in typical Kamikaze fashion (scared the hell out of us as it was all horn and no brakes) drove us to Atsugi where he guided us through the incoming process.  Housing was not available, and he helped us get a rental via a momma-san he knew.  We served together there in Mine Project SIX under WO-4 John O’Brien and  Harry Cocker as LPO.  He and I collaborated on making up a list of all the questions each of the MNs could remember being on the advancement exams.  We’d fire those questions off to each other while working, standing watch, and any other opportunity we had.  The MN rate was frozen, but in the first year after making up that list, I was the only MN promoted (to MN1) after scoring a near-perfect exam.  They held an investigation for possible cheating, but all the other MNs had passed in the 90 percentile level in their respective ranks due to the questions list we had created.  Ernie was totally “gone Asiatic” – no doubt about it.  I remember him fondly.  Toby

Cecil H. Martin wrote: I knew Ernie (Washie) during my second tour at Baka Shima (Azuma)  in 1966 and 1967 and if memory serves, he was still there although planning to retire, until Feb. 1968 when I left for Vietnam. We played many rounds of golf together. He had suffered a stroke like affliction but not a an actual stroke and was slightly handicapped by having trouble with one eye and a hand that was numb but was still able to play golf better than I could!! I was able to re-connect with Ernie a few years back when he called me early one morning. I had attended a River Patrol Force Reunion and had met the Japanese wife of a fellow PBR Sailor. When the PBR Sailor and his wife returned to Florida his wife was talking to Ernie's wife, Hiroko, about the reunion. Hiroko mentioned that she had a friend that served in PBRs. It turned out that Hiroko and the lady that I met at the reunion worked together.  Ernie may have been "Asiatic" but I too considered him to be a true friend.

 Williams William Gore
    William Gore Williams, 77, went to be with the Lord Aug. 7, 2008. He served his country during the Korean War and fought in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V"; he was also a member of ILA Local 1624. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Annlee and daughter, Cindy and her husband Ken. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Virginia Beach SPCA, 3040 Holland Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23453.

Houston David Michael

David Michael Houston

David Michael Houston, 57 of Clarksville, died November 5, 2010 at his residence.
A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2011 at McReynolds-Nave & Larson Chapel, with Rev. R.H. "Mickey" Richaud, Rev. Dorothy Chatham Hartzog and Ralph Conklin officiating. Committal services with military honors will follow at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West, Hopkinsville.
He was born April 29, 1953 in Calloway County, KY and was preceded in death by his father, Joe Rob Houston and his mother, Novie Louise Cole Wylie. Mr. Houston was employed by OME Tube Assemblies, Clarksville; a
U.S. Navy Desert Storm Veteran, and a member of First Baptist Church, Clarksville.
Survivors include his daughters, Vanessa Ann (John) McMillion, Amelia, VA, Keileigh Tuckett, Linden, UT; son, David Michael Houston II, Helensburg, Scottland; brother, Bob Houston, Clarksville; grandchildren, Shelby and Ryan and Kian.
Arrangements in the care of McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home, (931) 647-3371. Online condolences may be made at

Saralyn Mason-Born wrote:
I was reading through the Mineman news. Didn't know about Sammy Houston having passed.  Jimmy, thanks for letting us all know.  Craig and I think of him often.  Just this past week talking of staying up all night playing darts. He had an infectious silly grin.  Paul Chitwood's sister Dana will never forget meeting his son when she visited Scotland.  He will be remembered very fondly and how fitting to just hear of his passing today.  Fair winds and Following Seas Sammy and God bless.

Horton Paul

Paul Horton, MNCM (USN, Ret.) passed away on September 22, 2012 following a long and painful decline in health. He was born June 9, 1945, the son of the late Charley Fay and Lucille Blackwell Horton. He is survived by two sisters, Helen Horton Johnson of Redding, CA and Joann Horton Koller of Little Rock, AR. His late brother, Lawrence Winston Horton, who passed away in 2002 was a Chief Aviation Machinist Mate in the U.S. Navy. Paul enjoyed his retirement with his wife Ann Horton before her decease in 2009, and with his family and many friends. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Interment for Paul will be at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery, Igo, CA, west of Redding, at a later date.

Stryker Lyal Maurice

CDR Lyal Maurice Stryker, US Navy, Ret., 82, of North Charleston, SC, died Wednesday, September 19, 2012. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 22, 2012 in the J. HENRY STUHR, INC., NORTHWOODS CHAPEL, 2180 Greenridge Road at 3:00 pm. A visitation will be held from 1:00 pm until the time of the service. Interment will follow at Riverview Memorial Park with military honors.

Mr. Stryker was born July 27, 1930 in Ontario, Canada, son of the late Norman Stryker and the late Lena Wilson Stryker. He was a retired Commander after 30 years in the US Navy in logistics for mine warfare and a member of Midland Park United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his son, Norman Stryker of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA; daughters: Susan (Ronnie) Westbury of Givhans, SC, Sandra (David) Felkel of Pawleys Island, SC, Norma S. (Tom) Stever of Charleston, SC; grandchildren: Casea Stever, Sam Stever, Lauren Herring, Gabe Felkel, Jenna Westbury and Celia Westbury. Lyal was preceded in death by his wife, Doreen Stryker.

Barfield Auburn

ELLAVILLE, GA --- Mr. Auburn Barfield, age 83, of Ellaville died unexpectedly, Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at his home.

Mr. Barfield was born September 12, 1928 in Macon County, GA, the son of Ruby Hendricks Barfield and Paul Barfield. He owned Hendricks Scrap Metal in Americus, GA. Mr. Barfield was retired from the U. S. Navy after serving 20 years and was a member of the American Legion, Post 191. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

Mr. Barfield is survived by his wife, Harriet H. Barfield; three daughters and sons in law, Barrie Norton and husband Jack of Americus, GA, Michele Sevy and husband Mike of Carrollton, GA, Barbara Perry and husband Mac of Leslie, GA; three sons and daughters in law, Paul Barfield of Ellaville, Tony Spears and wife Michele of Blairsville, GA, Andy Flemmons and wife Glenys of Plano, TX; three brothers and sister in law, Joe Barfield of Americus, GA, Henry Barfield and wife Bonnie of Americus, GA, Daniel Barfield of Rochelle, GA. Eighteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren also survive.

 The guest book remains in place for those who would care to leave a condolence message:

Baldt, Schafer Carol Mae

Carol Mae Baldt, Schafer, 38, died Sunday, March 27, 1994.
Born in Philadelphia, PA; Mrs. Schafer was a Navy veteran who served for eight years as the first Navy female Mineman.  She was a former volunteer worker for the Navy Relief, the AVALON Woman's Shelter, and had attended the Community College of Philadelphia as an engineering student.  She worked at the Holiday inn 1776 for two years as an assistant maintenance supervisor.
Mrs. Schafer is survived by her husband, Mark E. Schafer, one daughter, Sarah M. Schafer, four sons; John L. Bach Jr., Kevin C. Bach, Michael D. Bach and Mark E. Schafer Jr. of Williamsburg; four sisters, Patricia Marcinkiewicz of Philadelphia, PA, Dorothy Riviezzo, Theresa Sanchez and Angela Slackus Connors of Broad Axe, PA her father, George F. Baldt of Toms River, NJ and twelve nieces and nephews.

Notgrass Bobby J.C.

Bobby J.C. Notgrass, 74, of Asheville, North Carolina passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2012.Bobby was born September 20, 1937 in Cisco, TX.
A native of Abilene, TX, he was the son of the late Herman and Ida Mae Thomas Notgrass. He was also preceded in death by sons Timothy and Tommy Notgrass.
Bobby was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Vietnam War and Korean Conflict. He later retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer with the Minemen's Division.
He was a member of the Masons and of the VFW while he lived in Texas.
Bobby is survived by his two daughters; three sons; eleven grandchildren; his sister, Lea Alexander (husband Bill) of Abilene; two nieces, Cheri Hines and Nan (husband Stan) Egger of Tuscola; three great nephews; one great niece; four great-great nephews; and his companion, Sue Hird.
Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. in Asheville, NC is assisting his family, and the online register is available to sign at

Manzie  Frederick N. "Fred"

WILLIAMSBURG - Frederick N. "Fred" Manzie, 89, died Feb. 18, 2012. He was born 22 May 1922 in Newport News, VA, and enlisted in the Navy on
19 June 1940. He mustered on board his first duty station, the battleship USS Texas (BB-35) on 17 September 1940 and continued to serve on active duty
for the next 20 years. Following his Naval service, he worked for the Department of the Navy for the next 30 years. He was preceded in death by his wife,
Agnes (Mansico) Manzie who passed away on 27 Jan 2008. A memorial service was be held at St. Bede Catholic Church and interment took place in Arlington National
Cemetery, alongside his wife.   [Published in Hampton, VA Daily Press from March 26-27, 2012]

Coffman Anita Jeane

Anita Jeane Coffman, 81, of Mount Dora, Florida, passed away on June 14, 2012. She was born on March 20, 1931 in Richwood, Ohio.
Anita is survived by her loving family: husband James (Jim) Coffman, son James R. Coffman Jr. (Luz), Son Thomas O. Coffman,
Son Ronald S. Coffman (Gale), grandchildren Thomas Michael Coffman, Mika K. Coffman,Timothy Kirk Coffman, and Kristina Coffman, and 3 great grandchildren. 
Mrs. Coffman enjoyed camping, arts & crafts, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the women's society at her church, the
Tangerine Community Church in Mount Dora
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Dane Frederick C.

Frederick C. Dane

June 27, 1931 - May 15, 2012 -  Resident of San Jose, CA
Frederick age 80, passed away on May 15, 2012 while in the hospital.
He had been battling multiple issues from Renal Failure, COPD, and since April 12, Pleural Effusion, Hypoxia and an undiagnosed problem associated with Mesothelioma.
His daughter, Lorraine was present at his bedside aiding him as he went peacefully from this world to the next.
Frederick was born on his grandparents farm in the town of Pendleton, OR. Old friends and new also knew him as "Fred."
He is survived by his two sisters Joanne Lovelace (Willard) of AR, and Kathy Oberholtzer of OR; step-daughter Catherine Hardin of HI;
three children Ramona of CA, Lorraine Boyer (Rodney) of PA, Frederick Jr. (Yolanda) of NV. And, during his retirement Frederick found
great joy visiting his grandchildren: Marie-Cathleen (PA), Michelle Giovengo (Michael) of PA and five great-grandchildren: Alex, Cassie, Dom, Crystal, and Catalina (all from PA).
He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife Mary J. Dane. Frederick enlisted with the US Navy in 1948, at the age of 17. His career took him to Alaska, Virginia, Hawaii,
California, Japan and finally Charleston, SC. He attained the Naval rating of MN1 (Mineman First Class) and retired in 1968 with an Honorable discharge. After retirement, Frederick
attended San Jose City College and received an Associate in Arts Degree: Electronic Technology. He later attained a job at the college and retired after 15 years of service. 

In his personal time, he enjoyed working outdoors and helping those in need. He also had a passion in the development of a Mineman Association web page which is located at
<> Other interest included being a member at the local Senior Center. His hobby was flying remote control airplanes.

Cremation services are being provided by Neptune Society of San Jose, CA. Frederick's remains will be taken to his daughter's home in Pennsylvania for future burial in the Veteran's National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
Like my father, I'm painfully stubborn to accept help And, I would like to extend my deep appreciation to visitors, and care helpers during this time.

Engberg LeRoy R.
LeRoy (Lee) Robert Engberg Resident of Hayward May 18, 1921 - March 24, 2012 A decorated US Navy veteran of 30 years, LeRoy Engberg passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 24, 2012. Lee was born in Atchison, Kansas on May 18, 1921 to Harry and Myra Engberg. He married Pauline (Combs) Engberg, on April 12, 1946. Throughout his navy career, Lee was stationed in Sicily, Guam, New Jersey, South Carolina, Virginia, and California, finally settling in Hayward California. After retiring from the Navy in 1971, Lee worked for Fruehauf Trailers in Oakland, CA for 15 years. Lee continued his passion of old war birds as a member of the Commemorative Air Force since 1990. Lee is survived by his wife of 66 years, Polly, their children, Ann Marie Simas (Joseph), Starlene Falkenberg (Sparky), Michael Engberg (Janice), grandchildren, Jessica Sinclair (Kevin), Michael Simas, Kevin, Brian and Derek Engberg, great-grandson, David Castillo, his sister Natalie Majors, several nieces and nephews. Lee will be dearly missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1pm at Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd. in Hayward. Chapel of the Chimes Hayward (510) 471-3363

LeRoy R. Engberg, USN (Ret.), Petty Officer 1st Class Veteran Combat Aerial Gunner, Aviation Ordnance Expert, WWII, KOREA & Vietnam
[Navy Biography]

 * Born 18 May 1921 in Atchisen, KA, but grew up in Boone, IA
* Enlisted in NAVY July 1941, after earlier time in National Guard
* Trained as an "AO", Aviation Ordnance, but selected as aerial gunner on SBD and TBF
* Left Long Beach, CA March 1942 aboard USS Lexington, enroute to Pacific War, but soon transfered to the USS Saratoga in VT-12 flying in SBDs and TBMs
* First aerial combat in Battle of Santa Cruz, added to Bonis Islands, Solomons, Rabaul, ...
* Shot-down two Japanese Zero fighter planes; completed fifty-four (54) combat missions
* Bailed-out twice; first time picked up by a destroyer; second time by a British submarine after many days alone (ten to eighteen days--records lost) floating in tiny raft
* After two combat tours in Pacific, spent last year in FL training aerial gunners
* Aircraft he flew-in included the SBD, TBF, SB2C, PBY, PBM
* Retired from NAVY in 1969; received Navy Certificate for 30 years of active service
* Served in WWII, KOREA and Vietnam and almost entirely on aircraft carriers
* Following Navy career, served 15 more years with Fruehauff Trailer Corp. in Oakland
* Elected in 2006 to the prestigious American Combat Airman Hall of Fame! 

Lee Engberg, Navy Combat Veteran of Three Wars, Patriot, Valued Member of GGW-CAF!

Note: Lee last spoke to the GGW back in October, 1993!

West Sr. Frederick "Freddie" D.
From: Derrick Hartshorn:
I have been notified by Dick Schommer that Frederick ("Freddie") D. West, Sr. recently passed away. Fred was born 30 January 1933 and died 11 December 2011 at Crystal Manor Care Center in Adrian, MO.
Fred's wishes were to be cremated and remembered with fond memories. Pre-deceasing Fred was his daughter Casandra Lynn West Wood who passed away 31 July 2011. He is survived by his wife, May Lou (Stannard) West.
Bill Roberts reports that "Freddie and I were in the MK 18 Torpedo / MK 27 Mine Shop at the Sub Base Pearl, in 1953, he was in the gryo shop and I was doing mine after bodies. He was a good shipmate. "

Fred was an AOM member (#636) and belonged to the Fleet Reserve Assn., Chapter 161 and resided at 40 W 3rd Street, Adrian, MO 64720-9608

Kleckner Kent F.
From Frenchy:  A little background on Kent. In 1963 Kent  and several Minemen were "drafted" to supplement the missile technician ranks and to go to school

at Damneck, VA. for a crash course on maintenance/building of the A-1 Polaris Missile ,then go to the Polaris Missile Facility, Atlantic

(POFLANT) for a three year tour to do the building/maintenance of the missiles. Some of the mineman were JJ Sbei, Frenchy Lemieux, Robert

Flowers, several electricians, gunner's mates. At this time I don't remember any other Minemen. Kent later changed his rate to MT, went on to

submarine status and made his dolphins on his first deployment. He latter made MT1 and  and retired. Don't know the date He then went to

work for Lockheed Missile and Space unit at Kings Bay ,Georgia, and this is where I lost contact with him and his family. His wife Elizabeth "Libba"

passed on 12 June 2004

Santa Maria Myrtis Day
Myrtis Day Santa Maria, 84, died April 1, 2012, at her home in Barefoot Bay. She was born in Detroit and lived in Barefoot Bay for 11 years, coming from Nipomo, Calif. She was employed by various companies in California as a purchasing agent in the electronics field. She was a life member of the VFW Auxiliary Post No. 2417 in Atascadaro, Calif.; member of the American Legion Auxiliary No. 136, Arroyo Grande, Calif., Women of the Moose No. 1767 in Sebastian, life member of the Italian-American Club of Sebastian and member of the Homeowners Association of Barefoot Bay. Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Guilio Paul Santa Maria of Barefoot Bay; daughters, Lori Gottlieb of Woodland Hills, Calif., Tracey Valencia of San Luis Obispo; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund, 4450 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32934. Services: Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. April 3, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Interment will be at Templeton Public Cemetery, Templeton, Calif. A guestbook is available at

Nelson Hilding "Hank"
Hilding "Hank" Nelson, 69, of Panama City, passed away February 29, 2012 in his home, after a brief battle with stomach cancer. Hank was born on a farm near Greeley, Colorado in 1943 and was always working from a young age. In his senior year, he served as the class president, won a prestigious science award from the National Science Foundation, participated in athletics and graduated Valedictorian from Ault, CO in 1962. He then went to Colorado State University, and graduated, with highest Honor, in Physics. After graduation in 1965, he moved to Panama City, FL and started his 38 year career at the Navy Mine Defense Laboratory, where he became an expert in acoustic detection of underwater mines and mine counter measures. Throughout his career Hank represented the Panama City Navy Lab and the U.S. on both national and international panels, often to Brussels, Belgium for talks with NATO. He had a passion for sailing, with adventures to Port Charlotte, the Keys, and the BVI. He also loved Disney World, Belgian chocolate, classical music, Broadway musicals, NFL football, and conservative politics.
Hank is survived by his wife of 42 years, Susan Nelson of Panama City; his two children, William and wife Jenny of Columbia, SC, Ingrid of San Francisco, CA; grandchildren, Claire and Henry; sister, Adele Ramstetter and husband Joe of Greeley, CO and large extended loving family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Lillie Nelson. A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the Holy Nativity Episcopal Church with Father Steve Bates officiating. He will be interred March 22 in Greeley, Colorado. Those who wish may make a donation to Covenant Hospice, 107 West 19th Street, Panama City, Florida 32405, in Hank Nelson's memory. He was a man of a few words, quiet and caring. He will be remembered for his strong work ethic, beautiful blue eyes, kind heart, and quick wit. Hank and his family thank all for their love and support.

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Stultz James L.

James L. Stultz 80, of Indianapolis, passed away February 9, 2012.  He was born September 17, 1931 in Monroe County, IN, to the late William W. and Lois L. Arnett Stultz.  Jim served his country in the U.S.  Navy where he flew airships, retiring as Chief Warrant Officer.  He married Martha Jewel Stultz, and she preceded him in death.  After retiring, Jim was employed at Sears Roebuck & Co., Washington Square Mall, as the Men's Store Manager.  He was a member of Mineman Association of America, an avid golfer, and loved spending time with his family.  Visitation will be Sunday, February 12, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Fishers Castleton Chapel , 9900 Allisonville Rd., with funeral services Monday at 11:00 a.m.  Jim is survived by his children, Richard (Susie) Stultz and Nanci (Bob) Miller; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Don Stultz and Judy Burgess.  A son, William Stultz, also preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Pricer Robert Jr "Bob"

Robert "Bob" Pricer, Jr., 68, of Williamsburg, died on February 10, 2012.  He was born in Pittsburgh, PA, March 30, 1943, to the late Robert Pricer, Sr. and Frances Pricer.  Bob joined the U.S.  Navy at age 17, proudly serving as a mine ordnance specialist.  He retired after 29 years of service at the rank of CWO 4. Bob considered himself quite the computer geek who greatly enjoyed technology.  He loved birds and wildlife and enjoyed woodworking and building things.  He was also an avid hunter.  Bob loved spending time with his family.  He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Margie Pricer; children, Mark Allen Pricer (Jeane), Robert Doyal Pricer (Angela), and Sheline Lampart (Carl); grandchildren, Connie, Sean, Kayla, Kateland, Haley, Remee, Chealsey, Amanda and Troy Jacob; and six great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his son, Troy Shawn Pricer.  Bob's family welcomes guests to visit the home of Robert and Margie Pricer on Thursday, February 16.  Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made in Bob's memory to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O.  Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, Attn:  Gift Processing or

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Hildreth Ernest S.

MORVEN, NC – MNCM Ernest S. Hildreth (USN RET), 81, died Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.  Ernest was born January 16, 1930 in Anson County, NC a son of the late Julius Seabern and Sarah Margie Broadaway Hildreth. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, retiring after 22 years of service with the rank of Master Chief Mine Warfare Instructor. Following his naval retirement, he enjoyed working as an agriculture instructor for Anson Technical College, for the bowling alley in Monroe and most of all being a farmer. He was an avid farmer, gardener and bowler. A devoted husband to Myrtle Lee Gaddy Hildreth for 49 years, she preceded him in death May 17, 2000. He was also a loving father, grandfather and brother. Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Cyndi and Chris Shumaker of Concord; his grandchildren, Jason Maness (Shelley) of Morven, Melissa Maness (Daniel Mower) of Peachland and Christopher Shumaker (Krissy Karr) of Concord; and his great-grandchildren, Josie Maness and David Furr. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters, Clayton Hildreth of Monroe, Laura Pope, Virginia McSwain and Linda Hildreth all of Polkton, Thelma Carpenter of York, SC and Jewel Deese of Rockingham and his sister-in-law, Emma Jean Lowery of Lake Tillery and his nieces and nephews and their families. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Coy, Harrell and Sylvia Hildreth and Mildred Johnson. Memorials may be made to New Hope United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, % Mrs. Lib Tucker, 1338 Mayesville Rd., Morven, NC 28119.

Whipple Frank Edward
Frank Edward Whipple, II, MN1, USN (Ret.) COLUMBIA, SC - He entered into eternal rest on Tuesday morning, 15 November 2011.  Petty Officer First Class Frank Edward Whipple, II, US Navy (Ret.), was the husband of Kum Yim Kim Whipple of Columbia, South Carolina. The relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Edward Whipple, II are invited to attend his funeral services, Friday morning, 18 November 2011 at International Church of God, 1560 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29407, at 11 am. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Live Oak Memorial Gardens (3903 Ashley River Rd., Charleston, SC) with military honors. Born on February 19, 1952 in Jacksonville, Florida, Frank was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Edward Whipple, I. He was a retired Navy veteran and attended Northeast United Methodist Church. He was a member of the VFW, DAV, and the American Legion. Surviving are his wife Kum Yim Whipple of Columbia; a son, Frank E. Whipple, III of Charleston; two brothers, Harold Whipple of Phoenix, Arizona and David Whipple of Alabama.

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[Published in Charleston Post & Courier on November 17, 2011]

Harder Kenneth Edward

 Kenneth Edward Harder, 78, of Charleston, SC, the husband of Sadie Rosalie (Martinez) Harder, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, November 3, 2011. Mr. Harder was born in New York City, NY on September 8, 1933, a son of the late Elizabeth Rose (Kiss) and Robert Charles Harder. He honorably and faithfully served our country as a Mineman in the U.S. Navy for over 33 years, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 4. Mr. Harder was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fleet Reserve Association, Association of Minemen and the Military Officers Association of America. He is survived by his loving wife, Sadie R. Harder; daughter, Linda J. Braecklein; son, John K. Harder; nine granddaughters, Nichole Graybill, Elizabeth Grant, Melanie Underwood, Ashlie Harder, Danielle Graybill, Theresa Braecklein, Destinee Harder, Christine Harder and Jane Harder; grandson, Tracy C. Braecklein, Jr.; great granddaughter, Valarie Underwood; two great grandsons, Israel Grant and Camden Parker; two sisters, Betty Box and Mitzi Garvey. Mr. Harder is preceeded in death by a daughter, Valarie A. Graybill; a son, Raymond J. Harder; a sister, Virginia Snyder and a brother, Robert S. Harder.

Monday, Nov. 7, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
 James A. McAlister Funeral Home
1620 Savannah Hwy.
 Charleston, SC 29407
The family will receive friends from 5pm - 7pm, with a Rosary at 6:30pm

Funeral Mass:
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 11:00am
St. Joseph Catholic Church
1695 Wallenberg Blvd.
Charleston, SC 29407
Following the mass, the family will gather with friends at the Family Life Center next to the church.

Committment Service:
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 12:00pm
Beaufort National Cemetary
1601 Boundary Street
Beaufort, SC 29902
(no procession--we are just all meeting there).

 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
The American Cancer Society
269 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Association of Minemen Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 510519
Punta Gorda, FL 33951

Mr. Harder's guest book may be signed online at Arrangements are by JAMES A. MCALISTER Funerals & Cremation, (843) 766-1365.
A memorial message may also be written to the family by visiting the Post & Courier guestbook at

Arnett Linda Haru

Linda Haru Arnett, 75, of Goose Creek, passed away October 7, 2011. Born in Okinawa, Japan, she was the daughter of the late Koshin and Naba Sakihara Tamashiro and wife to MN1 George Arnett. Mrs. Arnett enjoyed bowling, gardening, and cooking meals for her family. She was loving, caring, and most of all, giving. She will be missed by all of her family and friends. She and George enjoyed visiting church's and sharing her love for God. Her last words where, "I'm not afraid to die, because I know where I'm going." She is survived by her husband of 48 years George Arnett, five sons, Sakae Arnett of Goose Creek, Kenichi Tamagusuku of Ladson, Douglas Arnett of Dearing, GA, Francis Arnett and wife Rachel of Columbia and Lamonte Arnett and wife Darlene of Columbia; sister, Sue Johnson of Hawaii. Mrs. Arnett is also survived by eleven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and her first great-great grandchild on the way. The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 9, 2011 from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. in McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek Chapel, 869 St. James Avenue. Funeral service will be Monday, October 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek Chapel. Interment to follow in Plantation Memorial Gardens, Moncks Corner. [Published in Charleston Post & Courier ( on October 9, 2011]

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Barker Leroy

Mr. Leroy Barker, husband to Juanita, father of Roger and Linda, passed peacefully at Carson Tahoe Hospital in Carson City Thursday. Sept. 22, from respiratory failure. 

Leroy was born in Anderson, S.C., to Arthur and Mary Barker on Dec. 22 , 1920. He was born premature and nick-named "Teenie” by his parents and siblings as he started the first few months or his life being incubated on the back of an old wooden cook stove, inside a shoe­box that was filled with  chicken feathers and us­ing his daddy's hankies for diapers. He was one of 14 children (9 boys and 5 girls).In January, 1941 Leroy took an oath to serve his country in U.S. Navy. Leroy entered the Navy with only a fourth grade education and served his country proudly as a Gunner's Mate on the battleship. U.S.S. New York (BB-34) until October1942 and provided escort support to ships between the east coast and Greenland. From October 1942-October 1943 he served on a mine sweeper aboard the U.S.S. YMS-4 and was also a deck captain. 

 From November 1943 to November 1944 he was at the Mine Warfare School in Yorktown, VA. Upon completion he was stationed at The Navy Ammunition Depot (NAD) in Hawthorne, which is where he found his beautiful soul mate, Juanita Faye Stone, a young woman from Texas, who ventured north with her sister, Mary Francis(Sue) Stone-Owens, in search of a job. In 1946 he transferred to Navy Ammunition Depot at Oahu, Hawaii where he spent about a year and returned to Hawthorne and was then honorable discharged in January 1947. In 2009, he was sent a letter asking him to join with others in the commissioning of the new U.S.S. New York (LPD-21), but he was unable to attend. 

In 1944, when Leroy was stationed in the bustling, small town of Hawthorne, he worked as a Mineman 1st Class, for Louie Delamonica who offered him a job back in Hawthorne, He packed up everything he owned in an old 1940 Buick and returned to Hawthorne where be worked in the Civil Service for 27 years. During his employment at the base, he assembled mines and depth charges from 1947-1962. 

During the last half of his career, he transferred into a Planner/Estimator position. He retired in the early 1970's at only 52 1/2 years of age. 

NOTE: This is an abbreviated obituary. For the full account of Leroy's life, see

Nicklin Charles

Charles Nicklin of Silverdale, Washington  passed away peacefully in his sleep August 16th at the age of 81 from Kidney cancer and Renal failure. Chuck gave his career a giant boost by graduating from 2nd class Deep Sea Divers School (Hard Hat) in 1951. He retired as a Chief Mineman from the U.S. Navy in 1968 after having served for many years on the USS Thomas E. Fraser (DM 24). He then worked on many aspects of torpedoes at NTS Keyport, retiring in 1985.

Chuck was born in Loup City, Nebraska, March 7, 1930 and grew up in Junction City, Oregon; the oldest of eleven children. He lived for over 50 years in the Bremerton, Port Orchard and Silverdale area. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping and traveling with his wife, Viola Nicklin, who had preceded him in death.

Chuck is survived by his two children and four grandchildren: Sandra Jenkins, Daughter, Richmond, VA, Terry Lee Nicklin, Son, Bullhead City, AZ, Cory Nicklin, Grandson, Bullhead City, AZ, Ryann Nicklin, Grandaughter, Silverdale, WA

Amanda Jenkins, Grandaughter, Richmond, VA, Alicia Jenkins, Grandaughter, Richmond, VA. Along with many loving brothers, sisters and extended family and friends. He will be missed! No services will be held per his request.

Becker Reynolds Gates

RICHMOND - Reynolds Gates Becker, 91, passed away Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. Reynolds was a native of Petersburg, Va., and was a former resident of Yorktown before moving to Richmond in 2000. He was a graduate of Virginia Tech, class of 1943. He was a veteran of the  Army Air  Corp, serving his country during WWII. He was employed as an engineer at the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station until his retirement. He was a member of the York Lions Club for 35 years.

Reynolds was preceded in death by his wife, Marian. He is survived by his daughter, Joan Cope of Richmond; and a sister, Virginia Heffner of Spartanburg, S.C. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at Peninsula Memorial Park. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at <>

Smith Robert O   
Robert O. Smith was born in Olive Hill, Tennessee on July 9, 1930 the son of the late James Benjamin Smith, Sr. and Bertie Isabell Hurst Smith. He graduated from Tennessee Polytechnical Institute (what is now Tennessee Tech) in Cookeville and, on September 7, 1951 was united in marriage to Elizabeth Ann "Libby" LeCroy, who survives.

 From 1950 - 1953, Robert served in the United States Navy working as a mineman during the Korean War. His responsibilities included not only riding a minesweeper searching for mines, but also constructing them. During this time he and Libby resided in Hawaii. From 1957 until 1962, he worked as a food inspector for the United States Department of Agriculture and resided in Oregan and Idaho. Once he and Libby returned to Olive Hill, he began farming, raising Angus cattle, and for 30 plus years worked as the Post Master Relief at the Olive Hill Post Office. Robert was a member of Woodman of the World, served with District 9 of the Hardin County Volunteer Fire Department in Olive Hill, Tennessee and was a member of the Association of Minemen.

 From 1962 til present, Robert continued to operate the family store, H. O. Smith and Sons, with his brother Jim until Jim's death 2 years ago. He and Libby ran the store until his sickness. An excellent fisherman who loved the sport, Robert fished everytime he had the chance and always claimed to have taught his son Billy everything he knows about the sport. He also enjoyed entering different sweepstakes that were offered in a weekly newsletter he received. He entered often and over the years won everything from bicycles to cash to basketballs, most of which he gave to his granddaughter, Jo Ann.

Robert departed this life on September 21, 2011 at the age of 81 years, 2 months and 12 days.

In addition to his wife, Libby of Olive Hill, Tennessee he is survived by one daughter, Ann Smith Franks and husband Joel of Savannah, Tennessee; one son, Billy Smith and wife Vickie of Olive Hill, Tennessee; one grandchild, Jo Ann Franks Schumann and husband Keith; 2 step grandchildren, Brad Freeman and Blake Freeman; one step great grandchild, Maddox Freeman.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother, James Benjamin (Jim) Smith, Jr.

Funeral service will take place at Shackelton Funeral Services on Friday, September 23rd, 2011 1:00 PM Shackelford Chapel - Ph. (731) 925-4000 450 Church Street, Savannah, Tennessee. Interment will be at Memory Gardens, Savannah, Tennessee.

Walker Robert (Bob) Broughton

Kelly Shelly J.

MNCM Shelly J. Kelly, U.S. Navy (Ret.), 75, of Goose Creek, husband to Yoshie U. Kelly, passed away July 30, 2011. Born in Lynn, AL, he was the son of the late Millard and Ruby Colburn Kelly.
Mr. Kelly retired as a Master Chief Mineman after serving thirty one years. He served in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star during his service in Vietnam. Mr. Kelly worked at the Naval Weapons Station after his retirement from military duty. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 166, Fleet Reserve Association, Low Country Branch 269, VFW Post 10256, and The Association of Minemen. Mr. Kelly is survived by his wife of forty eight years, Yoshie U. Kelly; one daughter, Naomi Fortner of Hanahan and one grandson, Andrew Brian Fortner. He is also survived by many lifelong friends. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. in McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek Chapel, 869 St. James Avenue. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial in Whispering Pines Memorial Gardens, Moncks Corner. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society , 267 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401. Condolences can be sent to the family at Visit the guestbook at   [Published in Charleston Post & Courier on August 1, 2011] Yoshie may be reached at:
108 Clay St,
Goose Creek, SC 29445

SEVIER, Gerald F

Mr. Sevier passed away on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 in a Lake Charles hospital. He is preceded in death by his parents, Russel and Mercedes Sevier; and two brothers, Danny and Chris Sevier. Mr. Sevier retired from the

United States Navy after serving his country for 27 years. He was a Mines Warfare Instructor and served as Master Chief in South Carolina. Mr. Sevier was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church and spent his retirement traveling with his wife, enjoying his family and spoiling his grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife, Presentacion Sevier of Carlyss; seven children, Carol Breaux and husband Kevin of Houma, Louisiana, Reni Myers and husband Brent of Carlyss, Rose Cospolich and husband Stephen of Dallas, Texas, Anthony Sevier and wife Christy of St. Louis, Missouri, Rachelle May of West Monroe, Lori Gates and husband Joe of Bossier City, Debbie Hardin and husband Jon of Alexandria; eight grandchildren, Aidan and Gillian Myers, Madeline and Isabelle Cospolich, Brandi and Jordan Breaux, Rebecca and Glen May; two great grandchildren, Braxton and Bailey Breaux; god daughter, Victoria Reale; three brothers, David Sevier and wife Sybil of Vidor, Texas, Terry Sevier and wife Lynn of Ragley, and Kembo Sevier of Lake Charles; two sisters, Gail Reale and husband Sebastian of Lake Charles, and Jill Sevier of Pineville, Louisiana. You may share your condolences with the family at <> | <>Visit Guest Book Published in Southwest Daily News from January 27 to February 3, 2011

Knight Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis Knight  of Corvallis, Oregon passed away February 1,

2011 at age 73, with Lung Cancer. He was a resident of Humboldt County for 30 years. His wife Julia preceded him in death in 2003.

Richard was born in Los Angeles, CA on July 5, 1937 to Curtis Knight and Lucille Knight-Sheraske. As a youth, Richard enjoyed scouting and had attained its highest honor as an "Eagle Scout." After graduating from San Dieguito high school in Encinitas, CA in 1955 he joined the U.S.Navy and served his country until he retired in 1974. Later, Richard worked for "Lazio's and Pacific Choice Seafood" for over 25 years before retiring in 2005. Richard loved his family and friends and particularly enjoyed fishing and camping together with them. Richard is survived by four children: son, Mickey Johnston, of Meriden, CT; daughter, Rhonda Greek of Augusta, GA and husband Brad Greek; daughter, Sherrie Warnow of Fortuna, CA and husband Steve Warnow; daughter Cindy Ostlund of Nice, Ca. His eight grandchildren: Jeremy, Barbara, David, Lance, Lisa, Brian, Brittney, Nicholas and Mandy Ostlund who preceded him in death. His four great grandchildren:

Shane, Brody, Kimberly, and Simonne, his brother Gene Knight and wife Jan of Leaburg, Or. There will be a celebration of life memorial service at the Marina Yacht Club at 1 Marina Way, in Eureka adjacent to the Pacific Choice Seafood Co. on July 9th, Saturday at 11 am with Pastor Gene Knight, brother of Richard, of Leaburg, OR to officiate the ceremony. Please sign the guest book at <>, click obits.

Newton Marion Edith

Marion Edith Strohmetz Newton, 82, passed away March 3, 2011. She was born April 14, 1928 in New Jersey and was a long-time resident of Jacksonville. A member of Evangel Temple Assembly of God, she sang in
the choir for several years. She was a member of the Eastern Star for 50 years and involved in real estate in the Jacksonville area. Marion was the loving wife of Ted Newton and the mother of Ronald E. Wilson
of Tampa and Joseph E. Wilson, Jr. of Alaska; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at noon Tues., March 8, 2011 at Evangel Temple Assembly of God, 5755 Ramona Blvd.,
Jacksonville, with Pastors Garry and Cecil Wiggins officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the church. Interment will be in Jacksonville National Cemetery. In lieu
of flowers, please send donations to The Community Hospice Foundation, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257. Arrangements by Giddens-Reed Funeral Home, 904-387-0055, .
[Published in the Florida Times-Union on March 6, 2011] 

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MNCM Ted Newton, USN (Ret.)
7887 Bristol Bay Lane,
W. Jacksonville, FL 32244-6931
(904) 777-5690

Krupczyk Donald


Donald Krupczyk - Navy Master Chief of 30 years. He retired from Naval Weapon Station.

He was a member of Mason Lodge and Fleet Reserve Association. He was married to the late Loretta Frances Krupczyk, who passed away April 3, 1997. In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Richard Krupczyk. Survivors include his children, Timothy Fulcher (Maui, HI), Christopher Krupczyk (Orlando, FL), Margaret Krupczyk Ramage (Richard) (Weldon, IL), Donald Peter Krupczyk (Kim), Eutawville, SC; his siblings, Robert Krupczyk (Helga) (Myrtle Beach, SC) and sister Lorraine Dabney (Dale) (Buffalo, NY) and eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family is asking a donation be made to the Leukemia Foundation.

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Loonam Barbara

Barbara Loonam, 73 of Gloucester, VA, quietly passed away at home surrounded by her family on March 31, 2011 after a long battle with colon cancer; born in Hasty, Arkansas, raised in Hollywood and San Diego, CA.  Barbara traveled and lived all over the world with her family during her husband’s 30-year Navy career before settling down in Gloucester, VA, 29 years ago.  Barbara was a full-time homemaker until her seven children left home when she then worked in home healthcare and as a seamstress at Colonial Williamsburg costume shop.  She was a member of St Therese Catholic Church and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 75 in Gloucester. 

Barbara, daughter of the late Garland and Tabitha Morris, was a devoted Wife, Mother to all and Fighter until the end.  Survived by her husband of 57 years, John Loonam;  sons Mike, (Greenville, SC), John, Jr., (Beaufort, NC), Larry, (Greenville, NC), Greg, (Front Royal, VA); daughters, Kathy Sillery, (Williamsburg, VA), Diane Parker, (Newport News, VA), and Sandy Loonam, (Gloucester Point , VA); brothers Harold Morris, (Viola, KS), Denny Johnson , (Ridgley, TN); sisters, Bonnie Gerlach, (Viola, Kansas), Pat Maher, (San Antonio, TX), Gheri McDonald, (Charlotte, NC); 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren and many extended family and friends. 

McPherson Alexander James 'Mac'

Alexander James 'Mac' McPherson, passed way on Monday, May 23, 2011, after a courageous fight with cancer.
Born July 22, 1937, he was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander James McPherson Sr. and Mary O'Dowd McPherson of Toomebridge, N. Ireland and his wife of 30 years, Frances Allen McPherson.
Mac served proudly in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and the Naval Reserve and also retired from Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown. He was a member of VFW Post 8252, Moose Lodge # 886, American Legion Post #83, and the Minemen Association.
He is survived by his children, Mary Kay McPherson Edgar and her husband, Ed, Dana McPherson Kohlhorst and her husband, Daryl, and Mark Alexander McPherson and his wife, Stephanie; his stepchildren, William Peterson McLean and his wife, Jenn, Richard Allen McLean and his wife, Holly and Suzanne Elizabeth Wood; his brother, John McPherson. Mac was Grand-daddy to 14 grandchildren, David, Kathryn, Erin, Benjamin, Kasey, Alex, Elizabeth, Madison, Hunter, Parker, Pete, Fox, Michael and Isabelle.
A memorial service in his honor will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2011, in the chapel of Andrews Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to DAV, P.O. Box 58, Gloucester, VA 23061.
Andrews Funeral home, Gloucester, Va., is in charge of arrangements.
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Tresley Julius James (Jim)

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The decorations and medals Jim received for his service were the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal W/V Device and the 24th Award, Distinguished Flying Cross, Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Silver and 1 Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Silver Star and Palm, Armed Forces Honor Medal 1st Class, 4 Over Sea Service Bars, Senior Army Aviator Badge



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Jim Tresley formally known as Julius James Tresley was born in Hot Springs, SD to Ben and Rena Tresley. Jim lived in Sturgis, SD and his parents divorced when he was approximately 2 years old. His older brother Charles left SD with their father for California where his father worked with polo horses for most of his life and Jim was bounced around between his mother and grandmother until his beloved grandmother passed away.

Then he moved to Everett, WA to live with his fathers sister Aunt Adeline and Uncle Guy. Then back to live with his brother Charles and his father in Lawndale, CA. They moved around southern CA a lot until his brother moved out and joined the military.

Jim started supporting himself around age 16 and worked grooming show horses. The last stop on the show circuit was Bakersfield where Jim's boss knew that Aunt Adeline and Uncle Guy lived. Jim was fired and encouraged to finish High School at Bakersfield High School where he won many medals on the diving team and enlisted in the Navy reserve. Jim took a course or two in college then enlisted in the Navy and served 4 years and spent a tour of duty in the Korean War. Jim's last station was in Hawthorne, NV and settled there for several years. He was married for a few years and had a son Eric and a daughter Elaine. He worked his way up to manager for Safeway Stores and met the love of his life Dee. In 1959 they moved to Sparks where they raised their 3 children, Pam, Mark and Jimmy.

Jim was always passionate about flying and received his private airplane license while still in Hawthorne. In 1964 after the Stead Air force Base opened a flying academy he enrolled in the helicopter and fixed wing flying course, his love was flying helicopters. When he completed the course, Jim enlisted in the United States Army. He spent two tours of duty in Vietnam. After the first tour he was stationed in Baumholder, Germany where he met and flew for General Harry Heistand. The second time he was deployed to Vietnam it was at the request of General Heistand he was ordered to stay an extra month to personally pilot the helicopter for General Heistand. Jim was one of the last Army aviators out of Vietnam at the end of that war.

The decorations and medals Jim received for his service were the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal W/V Device and the 24th Award, Distinguished Flying Cross, Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Silver and 1 Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Silver Star and Palm, Armed Forces Honor Medal 1st Class, 4 Over Sea Service Bars, Senior Army Aviator Badge.

Jim loved serving his country flying helicopters in the US Army. The only thing he was truer to was his family. After the loss of their son Mark in a tragic drowning accident in Fort Benning, GA, Jim felt it best to move his family back to Sparks to be near the extended family for emotional support. Jim resigned from the Army in 1975.

After that he worked for Boomtown for over 20 years as purchasing director. No matter what he did, he did it with the utmost honesty and integrity to the best of his ability.

Jim's family was his heart and soul. He was always there to encourage his children to get their educations and was committed to raising them with the same honesty, integrity and discipline that he had. He supported them emotionally in whatever direction their hearts led them and he was truly respected for his wisdom. That great support and generosity continued to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Whether it be giving them money for their good grades, supporting them at every sporting event or school function, teaching them to ride horses, taking them fishing or to profession wrestling matches, he was always there cheering them on and spending the time to show them that what they did mattered. He was so filled with pride, not with what he did but with who his family was. He continually spoke about how blessed he was with the family he had.

Jim is survived by his wife Dee of nearly 52 years, his brother Charles (Gayle) Tresley, his sister Leona Flowers, his daughter Pam (Dennis) McCoy, his son Jimmy (Shelly) Tresley, daughter Elaine (Mike) Medlin, son Eric Harris (Debi). His Grandchildren Christine Pierce (Kyle Baumel), Daniel (Tracey) Tresley, Nicolle Tresley (Don Conner), Tommy (Brandi) McCoy, Karen Hamilton, and Ben and Dan Medlin, Casey Esteves (Ryan) and Leslie Keane (Justin). Great-Grandchildren Brayden Tresley, Anthony Barrera, Dareon Jones, Baylee and Dexter McCoy, Jersie Conner, Tatem and Ryder Esteves and Ava  Keane .

Jim and Dee have been members of Sparks Christian Fellowship for over 20 years, have enjoyed being part of many Bible Study Classes. They were also members of Christian Motorcycle Association and after the loss of their Grandson Brian Pierce, he became a founding member of Alliance for Victim's Rights and was a voice for survivors and contributed to many projects and events.

Jim will be sorely missed by our country, our community and especially his loving family.

We love you Dad!

McGrain Ronald J.


Ronald J. McGrain, 76, of Banning, CA passed away peacefully in his home on the morning of April 7, 2011 as a result of Leukemia.

Ron was born July 20, 1934, in Sandusky, OH raised as one of three children to parents William and Florence McGrain.  Ron attended grade school locally, leaving Sandusky High School early to join the United States Navy.  As a Seaman in the Navy, Ron traveled the world and was a decorated soldier in the Korean War.  After being discharged, Ron returned to Sandusky where he met his first wife, Joyce Smith.  In 1958, Ron and Joyce welcomed daughter Ronee’.  After a brief residency in Milford, IN, in 1962 Ron relocated his family to Anaheim, CA for a career in Operations Management.  After the passing of his wife Joyce in 1994, Ron met and married current wife Dianne McGrain; in 1996 they were married and relocated  to Banning, CA to enjoy their retirement, electing to serve as a member of the Riverside County Grand Jury from 2009 through January 2011, and a Member of the Association of Minemen. 

Ron, predeceased by first wife Joyce, parents William and Florence, and sister Mary, is survived by wife Dianne, daughter Ronee’, step children, Darla, Bobby, and Jennifer, brother Dick, 9 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.

Services will be held May 1, 2011 at Weaver Mortuary in Beaumont, CA, with a private service held at Riverside National Cemetery.  In lieu of sending flowers the family is requesting  donations be made to San Gorgonio Hospital, located in Banning, CA.  

Arrangements entrusted to Weaver Mortuary and Crematory, Beaumont, CA.

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