In Memoriam - U.S. Navy Minemen
Leonard M. "Len" Siluk, MNCS
Our shipmate, Len Siluk, MNCS (Ret.) was hospitalized when I spoke with his son, Rick, who informed me that Len is in very serious condition. Like many of us who loved the opportunity we had to serve in the Navy, Len was quite expressive. Rick is his Dad's primary care support and drives him around. When they would pass the Navy Recruiting office, Len would ask his son to stop the car so "he could go in and re-up." Len lost his wife last year and we all can understand what it is like to be ill and without our life's companion for support. Here is an opportunity to send an e-mail of support and/or a card of cheer. Rick will pass on any e-mail message to his Dad at < firstname.lastname@example.org > Please show how much you care for the welfare of your fellow sailors and minemen. Mail can be sent to 3209 Prichard Place, Schertz, TX 78154-3904
Following Len's passing, the following appeared in the MINEMAN NEWS
sad notice to report is the passing of AOM member,
Len Siluk. Len's son, Rick, reports that his father,
MNCS Len Siluk passed away on 17 January, 2014,
after a bout with cancer. He was 83 years of age.
He was interred at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery
with full Military Honors. Rick and his sisters
expressed the depth of pride they had in their
father. Over the years, even at his advanced age,
he always talked about re-enlisting in the Navy. It
was a life that he always enjoyed, and missed
terribly after retirement.
Mildred Louise Epperly (mother of
YORKTOWN - Mildred Louise Epperly, 92, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 22, 2014. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Clarence Edward Epperly and her grandson, Robert Brian Epperly. She was born in Kinsport, TN on May 18, 1921. She was an active member at ST. Luke's Methodist Church of Yorktown, Va. She will be remembered as a loving mother who enjoyed spending time with her family more than anything. She was a dedicated and faithful Christian and loved God, nature and the outdoors. She loved working in her flower beds and watching birds. Left to cherish her memory are her three children, Barbara Davis and husband Chuck of Walker, LA., Danny Epperly and wife Brenda of Yorktown, VA., Ed Epperly and wife Charlotte, of South Mills, NC.; seven grandchildren, Dana Miller of CO., Kurt Davis and wife Debra, Mark Davis and wife Michelle of Walker, LA., Valerie Epperly and husband Patrick, Lori Ann Hogge of Gloucester, VA., Danette Huddleston of Poquoson, VA.; and many great-grandchildren. A graveside service will take place at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at Peninsula Memorial Park, 12750 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Joseph ("TJ") Hanson-Smith
Derick S. Hartshorn -