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Warren Joseph Arnault, age 88, Montverde, Florida, passed away October 15, 2017. He was born October 2, 1929 in Revere, MA son of Florence Langley Arnault & Ernest Arnault. He served in the US Air Force, Air Weather Service and was a retired union plumber. A local resident since 1990 from Raymond, NH he was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and the Men's Club at the church. His wife Virginia DeVeau Arnault preceded him in death on January 4, 2015. Survivors include his children Warren Arnault, Montverde & Karen Stager of Santa Barbara, CA; grandchildren Nicole Arnault & Maxwell & Andrea Stager.

Kenneth HadeenKenneth Doyle Hadeen, 86, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 at his residence.  He was a son of the late Caleb Samuel Hadeen and Susie Geneva Bane Hadeen. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Aline Foster Hadeen; sister, Alice Thompson; brothers: Jim Hadeen (Lura), and Richard Hadeen (Audrey); and sister-in-law, Maxine Hadeen.  Dr. Hadeen retired from the U.S. Air Force and retired from the National Climactic Data Center where he served as the Director. He was also a member of Rotary International.  Surviving are his children: Mark David Hadeen and wife Billie of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Denise Montgomery (Paul Chandler) and their dog Sparky; grandchildren: David Michael Hadeen and wife Simone, and Jasmine Hadeen; great-grandchildren: Ema Hadeen, and Madison Hadeen; brothers: Rex Hadeen of Haxtun, CO, and Norman Hadeen and wife Cheryl of Aurora, CO; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 2 PM Monday, October 23, 2017, in the chapel of Anders-Rice Funeral Home. Military funeral honors will be performed by the U.S. Air Force. 
The family will receive friends following services on Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrann Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, or online at:



Stanley L. Goodwin, 92, a longtime resident of Colorado Springs and Sun City, Arizona, died peacefully on Sept. 28, 2017, at his home with family at his side.
The son of Warren Leslie and Susie J. (Berry) Goodwin, Stan was born May 7, 1925, in North Waterboro, Maine. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the Army Air Corp/USAF and spent the next 26 years as a pilot and meteorologist. Some aircraft he piloted were the B-17, B-25, C-47, and C-54. Following his last assignment at NORAD Headquarters, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1969. He then began a second career as a realtor that continued until 1982. Stan loved to travel in the United States and around the world and continued to fly until the last few months of his life.
On November 24, 1945, Stan married his first love, Ruth Elizabeth (Anderson) Goodwin. Together, they raised four wonderful children before her passing April 17, 1982. Stan married his second love, Sue (Larkin) Lowry, on December 22, 1989, and his family grew with her four awesome children. They enjoyed their retirement years until Sue passed away on November 15, 2012. Stan moved back to Colorado Springs in 2013.
Stan was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, his brother (Dwight), two sisters (Martha Tufts and Dorothy Thyng), one daughter-in-law (BJ Goodwin), and one stepson (Jerry Davis). He is survived by his children, Steve, Pete (Donna), Becky Ure (Jim), and Mike (Theresa), and his step-children, John Davis (Connie), Sam Davis (Shirley), and Nancy Thew (Dean), along with twenty-one grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Stan's life will be held on Monday, October 9, at 3 pm in the Academy Lounge at Liberty Heights, 12105 Ambassador Dr, Colorado Springs 80921.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Stan's memory to: House in the Woods, 217 Skunk Hill Rd, Lee, ME 04455 or online at

Brigadier General Robert L. Moeller, USAF (Retired), 93, made his final takeoff on 1 October 2017. He was born in Oskaloosa, KS in 1924 (parents Paul and Bethel Moeller), graduated from High School in Omaha, NE, and attended the University of Omaha and Iowa Wesleyan College. Enlisted in the Army Corps of Engineers as a Private in 1943, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant upon completing pilot training in 1944. General Moeller served in the Air Weather Service and had a diverse flying career in many commands. His career included 126 missions flying the Berlin Airlift, hurricane/typhoon hunter missions, nuclear testing in Nevada and the Pacific, and flying military patients (including Vietnam wounded and POWs) throughout the U.S. He commanded the 58th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, a special extreme altitude reconnaissance squadron based at Kirkland AFB NM, and flew the RB-57F aircraft on worldwide surveillance missions. He held many command positions and retired in 1974 as Wing Commander of the Airlift Wing at Charleston AFB, SC flying the C-141 and C-5. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association and the Air Weather Reconnaissance Association. His numerous military awards include the Legion of Merit and Air Force Distinguished Service Medal. An accomplished civilian/commercial pilot, he won three national Formula One air racing championships, owned 4 planes, and taught his wife and son to fly. After retirement, he worked for Beech Aircraft/Hanger One in Miami, and in 1983 moved to Suntree in Melbourne as one of the original owners in Eagles Landing. Throughout his 30+ years membership at Suntree Country Club, General Moeller actively supported the club serving on the Board of Directors and as the Chairman of the Golf Course's Greens Committee. He married Coila, his high school sweetheart in Omaha in September 1944 and shared 73 happy years together. Beside Coila, he is survived by his son, CAPT Robert Moeller Jr, US Navy Retired, (wife Cindi), of Georgetown, KY and daughter Peggy Moeller Mead (husband C.J/Skip Mead) of Albuquerque, NM. Also surviving are his grandson, LTCOL Chris Moeller USMCR (Wife Shannon, and great grandchildren: Tyler, Michael, Jack, Alyce Ann, and Keegan) of Georgetown, KY, and granddaughter, Jennifer James (and late great granddaughter Corrine) of Albuquerque, NM. Florida Memorial , Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial service was held at the Advent Lutheran Church, 7550 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne FL on October 19, 2017 with full military honors. Donations may be made to the Hospice of Saint Francis (1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville, FL 32780) or Blue Skies of Texas/Air Force Village (4917 Ravenswood Dr., San Antonio, TX 78227).

David Magilavy, CWO4 USAF (Ret.), passed away at home in Tucson, AZ on 13 September 2017 at the age of 96. He had been battling cancer. He was born in Akron, OH and came into the Army Air Corps in 1938 after graduating from Akron Central High School. He was first assigned to Patterson Field as a weather observer went to Chanute for Forecaster training. During WWII he served with the 10th Weather Squadron (Regional Control) in the C-B-I theater under Lt Col Richard Ellsworth. After the war he followed Ellsworth into weather reconnaissance and flew as a weather observer (ARWO) on the B-29 and B-50 in the 308th Reconnaissance Group and then the 57th Weather Recon Squadron. When the 57th was in Hawaii, David accomplished missions related to the Atomic bomb tests on Kwajalein, In 1953, he moved to Andrews AFB in the Headquarters, Air Weather Service Operations Directorate and subsequently with the Operations Analysis Section. In 1955, he was transferred to the Aerial Reconnaissance Laboratory of the Wright Air Development Center (WADC) near Dayton, Ohio and was assigned to the Airborne Weather Equipment Development Section as an Equipment Development Project officer, then Assistant Branch Chief, Radiation Reconnaissance Branch with supervisory responsibility for the Airborne Weather Equipment Development Section and the Airborne Weather Radar Development Section.. He retired as a CWO4 in 1959. After military retirement, David graduated from the Univ of CA at Irvine and became an attorney practicing in Newport Beach, CA and later moved to Tucson, AZ. David was a co-founder of the Air Weather Reconnaissance Association ( and was Chairman of the AWRA Board of Directors for many years. He was also a charter member of the Air Weather Association. He is survived by his wife Maureen. Plans for a memorial service will be announced when published.

John E. Lein, MSgt USAF (Ret), longtime resident of North Charleston, SC, died September 12, 2017. His funeral service with military honors will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be announced. The family will receive friends Saturday, September 23, 2017 in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Northwoods CHAPEL, 2180 Greenridge Road, North Charleston, SC from 3:00 until 4:00 pm. John was born December 15, 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of the late Matthew Charles Lein and the late Dorothy Ann Officer Lein. His Air Force career was in Air Weather Reconnaissance; he served during the Vietnam War and received the Bronze Star and Air Medal. John was later a forecaster for National Weather Service. He was also active in the Air Weather Reconnaissance and Air Weather Associations. He enjoyed traveling the world. He is survived by his loving wife Ruth Ann; children Bobette, John, and Michele; grandson Jason (Brittney); great grandchildren Haylie, Kinsley and Camden; siblings Matthew (Mary) and Patricia (Lance) and many loving nieces, nephews, friends, and "Friday Nighters" (Janet, Earl, Aubrey and Harry).

Donald F. Bridenstine, 90, died peacefully on December 20, 2011 at Laurels of Greentree. He was born in Wooster, Ohio and has been an Asheville, NC resident since 1965.
Don was a meteorologist; served the Navy and Coast Guard for 20 years; and as a civilian, served the Air Force at USAF/ETAC for 20 years. After retiring, he was active in the community, serving as an Elder and Deacon at Grace Covenant Church, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and the ABCCM shelter. He was preceded in death by his wife Sally S. Bridenstine.
Survivors include a son, Donald F Bridenstine Jr.; a daughter, Mason B Nichols and husband Sidney; a son, Carl William Bridenstine III and wife, Cynthia, three grandchildren, William and wife Janette, Eric, and Elizabeth and two great grandchildren, Aiden and Claire. Also surviving are many friends, including Doug Michaels, Janet Bondurant, Cathy Zautner, members of Grace Covenant Church, and the Creekside Community. Don and his family give special thanks to these individuals for their continued support and kindness.

Kenneth Maynard Thompson, Beloved husband, best friend, and encourager of Carol for 45 blessed years, joined his Lord and Savior on July 11, 2017. Ken was born on 18 December 1931, to Sid and Cora Thompsonin Sumner, Wisconsin. “You betcha” he was a Packer fan and Chicago Cub enthusiast! From his first marriage, he loved his son, Brian Thompson, and daughter, Julie Nestico, with all his heart.
Ken was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Westphal, and is survived by his sister, Mavis Webster. Ken served his country for 22 years as an Air Force Meteorologist with unique service such as being on the first H-bomb test in the Pacific; fittingly he was quite the history buff. Ken’s favorite place: Spain! He served the Lord by loving and supporting Carol in all her outreaches for the Gospel—He embraced life through grace and died the same, ensured of his heavenly home. Ken and Carol were both members of the Air Weather Service and Air Weather Association. Ken’s life was celebrated at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church, 505 Grant Ave, Satellite Beach, FL on July 20, 2017. In lieu of flowers, Carol requests that donations be made to Holy Apostles’ outreaches. Condolences are welcome at

GerryGoodingGerald R. "Gerry" Gooding, 82, of Prattville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday August 8, 2017. He was born in Hammond, IN on September 24, 1934 to the late John Kenneth Gooding and Edna Hasselbring Gooding. After graduating from high school in Chenoa IL, he served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force maintaining nuclear weapons, radar, weather instruments, satellite equipment and a solar observatory.
After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for a short time as a freelance technical writer, earned a bachelor's degree from Chapman University, and managed a technical writing department at the TRW Defense and Aerospace Company in Redondo Beach, CA for ten years. After his second retirement from TRW, he ran a technical translation business out of his home in Huntington Beach, CA before his final retirement in 2007. Gerry was an accomplished musician who loved jazz music and enjoyed playing the trumpet, guitar and harmonica. He was also a light aircraft pilot in his early years, spoke fluent Japanese and mastered the art of sailing. Above all, Gerry loved visiting with the many members of his extended family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Aiko, daughter and son in law, Sandra and Joel Marsh; two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Gooding and Christine Costello, and Jeffery and Valerie Gooding; five grandchildren, Sean Sylvia, Lauren Marsh, Allison Marsh, April Gooding and Amy Gooding; two great grandchildren, Zoe and Owen Sylvia; three brothers and two sisters, Jack and Ruth Gooding, Dick Gooding, Beverly and Roger Weber, Sharon and Steve Kelleher, Fred and Pat Gooding; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association,

Col. USAF (Ret.) Otis Lee Rhoney, of Hickory NC, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017, at age 97. He was born Dec. 20, 1919, to his parents, William Austin and Bessie Rhoney of Vale and was a devoted son, brother, uncle and father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Lee was an Air Force officer, serving in World War II in Europe and in Korea as a bomber pilot and weather officer. He flew two missions on D-Day in his B-24 Liberator and served our country for over 30 years. As a weather officer he served in many locations and in units such as the 18th Weather Squadron. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association. He lived in several countries such as England and Germany and in states such as New Mexico, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C. He retired from the USAF in 1973, and moved back to Hickory with his wife, Peary Lea Propst, daughter of Perry Johnson and Martha Yancey Propst. He-Lee and She-Lea raised two sons and are survived by, Dale, an orthodontist, (Hickory, 1945) and his wife of 49 years, Kay Moffat who live in Portland, Ore.; Scott an EPA Scientist (Las Cruces, N.M., 1953) and his wife, Kathy Motillo live in Raleigh. Dale's children, Suzanne and her husband, Erik live in Ojai, Calif., with their two boys, Max and Hawk; Michelle and her husband, Shams and their son to be, Otis, live in Portland, Ore. Lee is also survived by his sister, Tawanna Jarrett and husband Jacob, their son, Todd and wife, Amy along with daughter, Cheyenne, all of Vale. Lee's wife Lea, whom he extremely loved and was devoted to, passed away in 2015 after being married to him for 71 years. He loved golf, flying and Cadillacs and was considered a good man by all. He and Lea attended First Baptist Church for years. Many generations of his family are buried at Beulah and Ebinezer Churches in Vale. Lee had a red Corvette that he finally gave to his sister when he got old enough, but had other sports cars in his lifetime as well, including MGTD's, MGB, Porsches, Datsuns, and TBirds. A service was held at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 22, in the Mausoleum at Catawba Memorial Park officiated by Chaplain Bruce Dayton.

Ed BeardCMSgt Edward D. Beard, USAF Ret., passed away in Aurora on July 23, 2017. Ed was born in Johnstown, PA. to William Burton and Rosella Elizabeth (Mardis) Beard on Nov. 6, 1934. At age 17, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He retired from the USAF in 1979 after 26 1/2 years service. His specialties were weather observing, weather forecasting, and space environment analysis. Ed is pre-deceased by his parents, brother Richard and Robert, sisters Emma Lou Raimer and Rosella Marie Leroy, son Ron, and daughter Bonnie. He is survived by his loving wife Dora (Witt), son Thomas, Aurora, CO. and daughter Mary Anne (Sean) Steeves, Colorado Springs. Donations may be made in his name to any local animal rescue.
Published in Denver Post on July 30, 2017

Today at 11:40 The greatest man, my beloved dad CMSgt Edward Beard (ret.), I have ever had the privilege of knowing passed away at the age of 82. He was born November 6,1934 in Johnstown PA. After a hardscrabble childhood, along with his brother Bill, sister Marie, Dick, Bob and Emma, which his father died in 1937, my dad graduated from high school 1/2 a year early to join the USAF. He went on to numerous accomplishments in the field of global and Space weather, eventually ...achieved the highest enlisted rank of C/Msgt. He then went on to a 15 year career at Hughes Aircraft where he was a Space Systems Analyst retiring in 1994. He was a devoted father and husband to Dora. In this time of personal loss a phrase keeps crossing my mind said of another truly great American, Abraham Lincoln "Now He belongs to the ages". You will be missed. God Bless and God Speed Dad.

Dad will be inurned at Ft Logan National Cemetery at 10 am on 4 August. Map is at
As per Dad's wishes, there will be no service. If you know of others that would like to attend feel free to pass this email to them. My father requested that in lieu of flowers that a donation be made to the in Florissant, CO.



Alice KerwinAlice M. Kerwin (née White) passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday, July 16, 2017. Alice was born in Stephenville, NL, Canada on September 17, 1940, her mother's birthday, and was the youngest daughter of Theresa (née Schumph) and William ""James"" White. She was a proud dual citizen of both Canada and the United States and worked as a teacher in both countries. She was an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Alice leaves behind her devoted husband of 42 years, Joe; daughter Julie (Chris), grandsons Coleman and Bennett Cumby; granddaughter Ellie Olszewski-Cumby; brother Ronald (Sandra) White; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She is predeceased in death by her parents, sister Sylvia Riling, and brothers Lawrence and Bernard White.
A memorial mass celebrating Alice's life will be held at 11 AM on Friday, July 28, 2017 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to or Alaqua Animal Refuge.
You may go online to offer condolences to the family and sign the guestbook at
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on July 22, 2017




Marjorie (Vane) Carpentier, widow of Joseph H. Carpentier, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), passed away at her apartment in Port Townsend, WA on Oct. 29, 2015. She was 94. Marjorie 'Margie' was born at Fort Mills, Corregidor, Philippine Islands, Feb. 21, 1921. Her parents were Lynn P. Vane, a captain in the U. S. Coast Artillery, and Bernice (Johnson) Vane. When Margie was only a few months old, her father was transferred from the Philippines to Fort Casey, Whidbey Island, Wash. Margie and her sisters and brother grew up near the shores of Admiralty Inlet and attended school in Coupeville. In 1930, Margie's family moved to Fort Sherman, Panama, Canal Zone, and then to Fort Sheridan, Ill. in 1933, but returned to Whidbey Island in 1934 and settled in Coupeville where Margie graduated high school in 1939. In the early 1940s, Margie and two of her sisters began nursing studies together in Bellingham, Wash. but Margie changed her career path when the U.S. entered WWII and she joined the WAACs, later the WACs. She was one of a select group of women chosen to intercept Japanese radio code as part of the Army Signal Corps at Two Rock Ranch near Petaluma, Calif. After the war, Margie re-enlisted, joining the USAF, working for a short time as an air traffic controller at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. It was here that she met and married USAF meteorologist, Joseph H. Carpentier. Margie, Joe, and their growing family lived many places around the United States and also spent a couple years in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. The family eventually numbered seven boys and two girls. In 1963, with Joe's retirement from the Air Force, the Carpentier family moved to Port Townsend where Margie was able to share her love of Admiralty Inlet and surrounding areas: trips to parks and beaches, drives to the mountains, and exploring. Even as she aged, Margie enjoyed travel, camping, concerts, and keeping in touch with family and friends, but also had deep commitment to community and country. Her many volunteer activities attest to her interests and devotion. She was a dedicated member of Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Port Townsend Senior Center, and other local organizations. She volunteered in the schools, with scouts, at Kah Tai nursing home with her dog, Scout, and for years raised the flags at the Marvin Shield's memorial. She was a blood donor, a member of the senior nutrition board, and coordinator of the DAR history essay contests for the schools. She will be missed. Survivors include: Dave Carpentier and wife, Michelle of Camano Island, Washington; Bill Carpentier of Port Townsend; Phil Carpentier and wife, Cassandra of Katy, Tex.; Ric Carpentier and wife, Ellen of Seattle, Wash.; Dorothy Westlund and husband, Mark of Port Townsend; Tim Carpentier and wife, Mary Fullerton of Renton, Washington; Virginia Carpentier of Port Townsend; Paul Carpentier and wife, Julie McGalliard of Seattle; 11 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews, and her loving poodle, Jordan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph H. Carpentier (1998); son, Joseph A. 'Jack' Carpentier (1990); parents Lynn P. Vane and Bernice (Johnson) Vane; sisters, Jessie Barnes, Ivy Williams, Ellen Vane, Eunice Wilson; and brother, Arthur Vane.
The family wishes to express special thanks and deep appreciation to ECHHO of Port Townsend, and to the staff and residents of Discovery View Apartments, and especially to the caring staff at Victoria Place. You all made our mother's final years easier. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marjorie's memory can be made to the Women in Military Service to America Memorial Fund, to the Port Townsend Senior Center, or to the Fred Lewis Scout Cabin Association

Robert William Starling MSgt USAF (Ret.) (1938 – 2017)
Heaven gained another hero as our father, Robert William Starling (Bob), passed away at home in Niceville, FL, on March 19, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, "GGpa" and friend. He leaves behind a wonderful family history and many traditions to carry forward to the new generations. Bob was born August 8, 1938 in Rutland, VT to the late Walt and Elizabeth Starling. Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force for more than 21 years as a weatherman. Bob attended Troy State University and earned two Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Computer Information Sciences. He also earned his Master's in Counseling and Human Development. Bob was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and a lifetime member of the DAV. Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife and best friend Joyce. He is survived by his three loving children, Robert Jr. (wife Rose), Alan J. (AJ) (wife Donna), and daughter Ayne Moore (husband Jeff); and seven beloved grandchildren, Josh (wife Kattie), Cody (fiancé Xzandria), Tiffaney and Robert III (Bear) Starling, Amanda Spillman (husband Dave), Aaren Moore (fiancé Sophie), and Christopher Nieft. He was also blessed with three great grandchildren that loved to make their GGpa laugh, Bodhi Spillman, Boston Cromer, and Riley Starling. It was his goal in life to instill in his children and grandchildren a passion for life and making a positive difference in the lives of others. He and Joyce showed this passion with their service by providing a loving home to many foster children, running a state group home for girls, and devoting many hours to the Senior Citizen mission at Holy Name Catholic church where they served others for over 24 years. Bob is also survived by two brothers, Walt (wife Cheryl) and Bill (wife Donna), and two sisters, Lorayne Lattrell (husband Don), and Mary DeForge. He was also blessed with numerous nieces and nephews. Interment with Military Honors was at Heritage Gardens Cemetery, Niceville, FL. Memorial donations can be made to the Knights of Columbus or Saint Jude's Children's Hospital.

Madeline HarveyMadeline Harvey, (spouse of Col USAF (Ret.) Hubert E. Harvey), one of the Lord's sweetest and most gracious souls, peacefully returned home on August 10, 2016. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, she will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, infectious positivity, selfless giving, and unwavering faith. She was 90 years old. Madeline was born on February 21, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Louis and Della Pusok. She graduated from Torrance High School in Torrance, California in June 1944. Shortly after graduation she took a fateful trip to Redondo Beach with two girlfriends where she met Hubert ("Ed") Edgar Harvey (who remembers she was the prettiest of the three); three months later they were married and remained so until her death 72 years later. Because Ed was in the Military, the family moved 33 times and Madeline was frequently tasked with raising their two children, Robert Edgar, and Susan Lee Harvey during Ed's long stints overseas. She was a loving mother who would do anything for her children. A perfect example of this occurred during a family trip to Germany at the height of the Cold War when her son asked for a piece of the Berlin Wall. Although highly illegal (and dangerous), Madeline hired a taxi to take her to chip a piece out of the wall at midnight to get her son the souvenir. Madeline was much more than just a homemaker. She received her Practical Nursing Certificate from the Chicago School of Nursing in 1954. Outside of her family life she actively gave her time to causes she believed in: she served as a Girl Scout Leader, participated in the Air Force Wives Club, volunteered with the Red Cross, taught Sunday school, participated in the CHAP (Children Have A Potential) Program, and volunteered her time at base chapels where the family was stationed. Austin, Texas became Madeline's home of 33 years following Ed's 1972 retirement from the Air Force (as HQ AWS/IG). Never one to idle, she soon earned an Associates' degree from Austin Community College and became a dedicated grandmother. Her grandchildren will testify in court that she made the best chocolate pie on earth. Deeply dedicated to spreading the word of God, Madeline served on the Texas Gideons State Cabinet for 14 years, including three years as State president and three years as Widows Coordinator. Believing that nobody was unworthy of the Lord's message, she frequently went to the Travis County jail to hand out Testaments to inmates. It is worth noting that Madeline kept a prayer book with a list of people to pray for every morning. The list included family, friends, friends-of-friends, people she had never met, and events she wished to happen. When her prayers were answered she would write "Thank You, Lord" next to whom or what she had prayed for. Madeline is survived by her husband, Hubert Harvey of San Antonio, Texas; her daughter, Susan Harvey, of San Antonio; her son and daughter-in-law, Robert Edgar Harvey and Stormy Harvey, of Victoria, Texas; her grandson, Joshua Harvey, of San Antonio, and her grandson and granddaughter-in-law Bradley and Laura Harvey of Miami, Florida. She was pre-deceased by her sister, Wilton "Totsy" Griffith. Madeline's life was the personification of love, grace, humility, and faith. Although she will be terribly missed by her family and friends, she will live on forever in the hearts of those who knew her. Her family would like to specially thank the staff of Liberty House and Hospice at Blue Skies of Texas, and her trusted friend Sheila Fontenot. She will be interred at Fort Sam National Cemetery on August 19. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Blue Skies and Gideons International. You are invited to sign the guestbook at

Donald Peter Bjornson, Col USAF (Ret.), 85, of O’Fallon, IL, born December 13, 1931 in Minneapolis, MN passed away on June 3, 2017.Donald loved his family and reveled in the role of being a father and grandfather. His true passion was his country, serving 31 years in the United States Air Force. Donald entered the Air Force through the enlisted ranks and retired as a Colonel. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his spouse, Stella Bjornson; parents, Trygve and Hannah, nee Christofferson; one brother, James Bjornson; and one sister,
JoAnne Whitman, nee Bjornson. He is survived by two children, David (Janis) Bjornson of O’Fallon, IL and Brian (Patti) Bjornson of O’Fallon, IL; grandchildren, Joshua Bjornson, Kirsten Bjornson, Cody Bjornson, Mariellen Veach, and Kelly Veach; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society ( Condolences may be extended to the family online at
Donald Bjornson
Photo of the late Donald Bjornson with his two sons Brian and David also
USAF Air Force Weather personnel.







LaDeanBuchananRose La Dean Johnson Buchanan (La Dean to family and friends), spouse of Lt Col (Ret.) John Buchanan, was born to Harvey H. and Martha Lou (Jenkins)
Johnson in Petronila, Texas, near Corpus Christi, on August 17, 1933. She lived in many Texas cities but spent her teenage and young adult years in Waco. Waco was where she met and married John, an Air Force officer, in 1959. Following their marriage, they lived in Japan as well as several places stateside. The family settled in Albuquerque in 1973 after John's retirement from the Air Force. They shared nearly 58 years together, and raised four sons. She was a great daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. Her legacy to her sons was that of a humble daughter of the Most High God. She discovered His strength and comfort that allow us not only to survive, but to triumph in the midst of trials that would cause many to abandon their faith. Through the gut-wrenching loss of two sons, she kept her hands and heart lifted to God and accepted the ministry God gave her, that of sharing the "Father of all mercies and comfort" with those who were going through similar dark times. La Dean will be missed by many. After a long period of physical infirmity, but mental acuity, she traded her ailing body for the chance to meet Jesus face to face. It makes us smile amid our tears when we think of her breathing without the aid of a concentrator and walking straight with no scoliosis nor the aid of a walker.

She is survived by her husband, John; sons, Keith and Kenneth all of Albuquerque; three grandchildren, Melody, Atlanta, GA, Kelly, Augusta, GA, and Jesse, Atlanta, GA; brother, Harvey and wife, Carol, Live Oak, TX; niece, Jennifer Dastur, Cascade, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, John Jr. and Howard; and by nephew, Brian Johnson.

Her Memorial Service will be held Monday, April 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. at Eastern Hills Baptist Church, 3100 Morris NE, Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Eastern Hills Baptist church or to National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2015 Wyoming Blvd NE E, Albuquerque, NM 87112. Please visit our online guestbook for La Dean at _www.FrenchFunerals.com_ (

Lieutenant Colonel Marion Towns, 98, died in his Turlock, California home on May 21, 2017. He was born in the small community of Hutto, Texas to Albert and Lillian (Hutto) Towns. Marion was raised in Georgetown, Texas. He was educated in the Georgetown school district and graduated from Southwestern University with a Bachelor's Degree in mathematics.
Marion was a highly decorated military officer and proudly served his country for 23 years. During World War II he flew 40 combat missions in the European Theater. He was stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict where he flew 12 combat missions over Korea. After the war was over he was trained as a meteorologist and spent the next 16 years as a weather officer. Marion often spoke of his military career and considered that time to be a very important chapter in his life. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association.
After his retirement from the military, he obtained a Master's Degree at the University of Arizona in preparation to become a teacher of mathematics. He moved his family to Corona, California in 1965. For 23 years, he enjoyed teaching at Corona Junior High and Letha Raney Junior High. He took great pleasure in his life in "Good ole Corona" which included family, friends, golf, poker, the stock market and a multitude of household projects. He remained in Corona until he moved to Turlock, CA in 2015 to be with his daughter.
Marion was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years Jean Towns and his youngest son Terry Towns (age 47). He is survived by his sons Timothy Towns and James Towns; his daughter Judith Towns; his grandchildren Melissa Shropshire, Andrew Towns, Justin Towns, Adam Towns, and Chandra Vore. He is also survived by 14 great grandchildren residing in Utah and six great grandchildren residing in Southern California.
Marion led a full life and frequently stated his was a "charmed life". He was devoted to his family, had a smile for all, would give the "shirt off his back" and never asked for anything in return. He greatly influenced the character of his family and will be deeply missed. He lived a long life, and even so, was very touched by the saying "Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away".
There will be a private burial at Riverside CA National Cemetery.

Bill BeckerWilliam Jay Becker, formerly of Manassas, Virginia, died on May 4, 2017 in Staunton, Virginia, where he was living at The Legacy at North Augusta. He leaves three daughters, Donna Shaub (Husband, Richard), Lynn Dunn (Husband, Louis), and Marcia Becker (Husband, James). He leaves six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth Puchta, and his second wife, Elizabeth Miller. Bill was born July 9, 1919 and raised in Evanston, Illinois, where he worked in the family music business. During World War II he was a member of the Army Air Corps, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and served as a member of the Army Air Corps Air Weather Service in the Southwest Pacific. For 30 years following the war he served both as an officer and civilian employee of the Air Force. He then worked for a major corporation in the Office of Senior Vice President for nine years, and was a partner in a Travel Service for two years. Bill was a member of, and served in leadership roles, in the following groups and organizations: Prince William County Board of Supervisors, representing Brentsville Magisterial District, serving for eight years; Board of Directors, Prince William County Service Authority; Prince William County Republican Committee; Prince William West Camp of Gideons International; Manassas Host Lions Club; American Legion Post 10; Air Force Association; Association of the US Army; 15/20th Weather Squadron Association. He was a volunteer at Prince William Hospital for over 10 years.
In 1995 he was privileged, as part of the Australian Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Victory over Japan, to represent the WWII Veterans of the Army Air Corps Air Weather Service in dedicating memorial plaques commemorating their services in accomplishing that victory at both Cooktown and Townsville, Australia.
Bill is a member of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manassas, having served as Council member and Chairman. For the past year, he was an associate member of Zion Lutheran Church, Waynesboro, Virginia.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8712 Plantation Lane, Manassas, VA with Pastor Jeff Wilson officiating. Interment will be held at Quantico National Cemetery with military honors at a later date.

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Ron OverbyRonald Clark Overby Col USAF (Ret.) May 30, 1934 – May 6, 2017 Age: 82
Ron was born and raised in his beloved Montana. Earning degrees from both Washington State University and the University of Chicago enabled him to pursue a career in the USAF. He served his country for 30 years with distinction and merit culminating to the rank of Colonel and last serving as Chief of Staff, Air Weather Service at Scott AFB, IL. In retirement he enjoyed life; grandchildren and their activities, hunting/fishing, a round(or more) of golf, CWS in Omaha and cooking. He loved and cherished his faith, family and friends. He’ll be missed but never forgotten.
Preceded in death by: wife Mary Ann Overby; parents Arthur and Loretta (Dore) Overby.
Survived by: wife Grace; sons Michael (Sheryl) and Brian (Vicki) Overby; grandchildren Patrick, Tessa, Rachel, Nicholas and Lauren Overby; brother Jack Overby

Visitation at Thanksgiving Lutheran Church, 36th and Highway 370, 10 – 10:45 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017 with Memorial service following.
In lieu of flowers memorials to American Cancer Society
Military Honors: Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard.

Donald R. Johnson, 87, passed into Peace Thursday, April 13, 2017. He was born to Anton Rudolph Johnson and Ethel Mae (Bergstrom) Johnson of Inman in 1930, growing up with brother Evan Rudolph, and sisters Glennis Mae and Lila Marie.
As a youth, Don loved playing with brother and sisters, cousins, and neighbor kids along with tending to the younger ones. He was very fond of caring for the farm’s animals, and eventually had a hobby farm where he taught his children that same love and responsibility. He often recounted the frequent fishing trips and otherwise being spoiled by his grandfather, Isaac Robert Bergstrom, who lived with them on the family farm. Don carried that love of fishing throughout his life.
Don always spoke fondly of attending Alpha Grade School, District 39, in Inman and attending college at Bethany College in Lindsborg where he majored in mathematics and chemistry and minored in physics and education. A continuing love of mathematics and science education was further cultivated at Bethany College by mathematics professor Anna Marm.
Upon graduating, Don took a commission in the Air Force where he studied meteorology at the University of Washington for a year, prior to three years of service in Germany and France. It was during this year of study that he met and subsequently married Dorothea Marie (Christiansen) Johnson on August 26, 1953. During their time in Europe, Don and Dorothea traveled whenever possible, beginning a tradition that was one of their great joys as a couple. Don completed 20 years of service in the Air Force Reserve, retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel.
After seven years of active duty service, Don pursued advanced degrees in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and upon completing his PhD in 1964, he joined the faculty there. During that time, Don supervised 45 master’s degree candidates and 24 doctoral candidates. Don retired from teaching at the UW in 1994. He continued his writing, research at the UW, and active roles in earth sciences and education at the national level well into his retirement. His scientific collaboration with former students and peers, at the national level, and participation in international meetings afforded Don and Dorothea the opportunity to share their love of traveling together through much of his career.
Among other awards and distinctions, Don was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) where he served as President for a year, in 1992. He served as Chief Editor of the Monthly Weather Review and as AMS Monographs Editor. In 2010, he received the Award for Excellence in Earth and Space Science Education from the American Geophysical Union, and in 2016 he was named Honorary Member of the AMS.
Don is survived by his wife, Dorothea; brother, Evan; sisters, Glennis and Lila; son, Mark and grandchildren, Michael and Sarah; son Bryan (wife Sheryl) and grandchildren, Neil, Bridget, and Kevin; and daughter, Christine (husband Dan) and grandchildren, Katherine and Nichole.
The funeral service will be at 1:30 PM Saturday, April 22, at Andover Lutheran Church in Windom Kansas, with Rev. Elizabeth Liggett presiding. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at the church, prior to the service. A brief graveside service with military honors will follow at Andover Lutheran Church Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial donations be given to Lutheran World Relief, c/o Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.

CMSgt. Ernest Edward Fisher, USAF (Ret.), 88, of Charleston, SC, widower of Rachel Matthews Fisher, died Friday, February 20, 2015. His Funeral service will be held at graveside Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Live Oak Memorial Gardens with full military honors at 11:00 am. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Pkwy.

Ernest was born August 15, 1926 in Elkton, Virginia. He was a graduate of the Navy Nuclear Power Program, a WWII Navy veteran, served as a POW in Germany, then transferred to the U.S. Air Force, supported the NASA Space Shuttle Program and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant.

He is survived by two sons, Robert Edward Fisher (Janis) of Charleston, SC and Steven Douglas Fisher (Lynn) of Chandler, AZ; two grandsons, Bryan Fisher and Shawn Fisher; and a great-grandson, Nick Fisher.

Lois ChesleyLois Chesley

Wife. Mother. Grandmother. Educator. Editor. The life of Lois Chesley contained all of those parts. Lois died on April 7, 2017, almost 77 years after she was born June 7, 1940, to James and Isabelle Mattel of Raritan, N.J.

She grew up attending local schools, where she was introduced to her love of teaching and the newspaper business. She graduated from Seton Hill College in 1962, where she majored in German and minored in English and education. Lois met the love of her life during her college years, marrying Carl Chesley in June of 1963.

The first 22 years of their 53 years of married life was spent as a loving wife traveling together to locations throughout the United States and Europe as Carl completed his career in the U.S. Air Force. They raised a family of two sons, Bruce, and his wife, Julie, live in California and have two daughters, Abbey Rose and Alexandra Grace; and Daryl, and his wife, Kate, live in Richmond with their three children, William Henry, Luke Barrington and Sidney Rose.

During the first half of her married life, Lois was an outstanding mother supporting her sons in their various activities, serving as soccer coach, score keeper and other roles. Lois also enjoyed her career as an educator, teaching in school systems in Arizona, North Carolina, Louisiana, Illinois, Virginia and overseas in several schools in the Department of Defense School System in Germany.

She became a resident of Virginia and a member of the parish of Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church when her husband was assigned to Langley Air Force Base in 1982. Here, she embarked on her next career as newspaper woman, working for the Yorktown Crier. She spent over 22 years at the paper covering all facets of the newspaper business from page design and layout to photography, writing and editing. She was recognized for her outstanding work by receiving more than 20 awards from the Virginia Press Association.

Lois is survived by her husband of 53 years, Carl; son, Bruce, and his wife, Julie, and their two daughters, Abbey and Alex; her son, Daryl, and his wife, Kate, and their three children, Will, Luke and Sidney; and brother, James Mattel of Indiana.

A funeral Mass of the resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, with Father Micheal Joly officiating services. A visitation period will start at 10 a.m.

John Allyn Behnke, CMSgt (Ret)  71, of O'Fallon, Ill., formerly of Decatur, Ill. and Bellevue, Neb., died Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Fountain View Manor assisted living facility in Granite City, Ill. John was born March 4, 1946 in Decatur, the son of Albert and Evelyn Behnke. He was baptized at Temple Baptist Church in 1953. A 1964 graduate of MacArthur High School, John attended Millikin University before enlisting in the US Air Force. He served in Vietnam and through the Persian Gulf era, retiring in 1995 in the rank of Chief Master Sergeant as an Air Weather Service Superintendent at Scott AFB, Ill. after more than 28 years of service. He was an avid bass fisherman and a good friend to many. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Sandra Behnke of Rock Island, Ill. In lieu of flowers, donations to the United Service Organizations (USO) or the Alzheimer's Association are requested. Visitation: Visitation will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Moran & Goebel Funeral Home in Decatur.
Funeral: A graveside service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Graceland Cemetery, Decatur.

 James Walton James Robert "Jim" Walton, 80, died on Friday (March 3, 2017) of lung cancer in his home in Hendersonville, N.C.
Born in Hornell on Sept. 12, 1936, he was a son of the late Richard and Virginia (Fitzstephens) Walton. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his brother, Gary Walton, and his stepmother, Mary (Swanson) Walton.
Raised in Hornell, Jim graduated from Hornell High School in 1954. While there, he was a pitcher for the baseball team and a unanimous All-Conference Center and Captain of the football team. Following graduation, Jim attended Alfred University for a short while before joining the Navy and serving for four years. After his discharge, he enlisted in the Air Force and attended the University of Utah where he earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Meteorology.
Commissioned as an officer, Jim served in the Air Force as a meteorologist at various posts until he retired to North Carolina. While in the Air Force he served in Vietnam as part of a classified task force, which interpreted satellite data that provided intelligence for American military planners during the war. For his service there, Jim earned the Bronze Star.
Jim loved golfing and he forecasted the weather for family and friends right up to the end of his life.
He leaves behind his daughter, Mary Rose Walton of Rhode Island; his son, James "Gus" Walton, daughter-in-law, Carroll Walton and grandson, James "Wade" Walton of Charlotte, N.C.; his three sisters, Martha (Walton) Reardon of Hornell, Catherine Walton and Mary Walton, both of Elmira; his brother, Thomas (Wendi) Walton, also of Elmira; his three nieces, Ann (Dan) Cook, Susan (Alan) Leclair and Patricia (Robert) Black and his three nephews, Dr. Michael (Sonja) Reardon, Thomas (Susan) Reardon and Robert Reardon.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of James Robert "Jim" Walton.
To honor his wishes there will be no public calling hours. Military honors and interment will be in Bath National Cemetery at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the United Service Organizations (USO), P.O Box 96860, Washington, D.C. 20077-7677 or
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Services for Larry Reece Bartling, 82, of Harker Heights, will be at noon Wednesday at Immanuel Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Belton. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. Mr. Bartling died Feb. 22, 2017, at his home in Harker Heights, surrounded by family. He was born July 29, 1934, in San Antonio, to Herman Henry Bartling and Vera Irma (McGill). He grew up on a small farm on 51st Street in Austin, where he helped raise his family’s chickens and calves. Larry spoke fondly of those times and his beloved dog, Sport. He graduated from Austin High School and immediately joined the U.S. Navy, where he spent four years working as an aerial photographer onboard a submarine based in Japan. After that tour, he attended Texas Lutheran College for a time to become a pastor. Before he could finish, his draft number came up so he joined the U.S. Air Force and became a meteorologist (graduated with honors). He served tours in Thailand, Korea and Germany. He retired from active duty as a master sergeant in 1975. For his excellence in service, Larry earned multiple awards and citations including the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, two Military Merits, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service from the U.S. and the United Nations, and the National Defense Medal. He was awarded the Bronze Star for outstanding service in Southeast Asia on Sept. 18, 1970. After retirement from the Air Force, Larry studied at Central Texas College (member of Phi Theta Kappa) earning an associate degree in applied science to work in technology, leading to a second career as an electronics technician at Texas Instruments in Temple until his retirement in 1993. In his early 20s, Larry was involved in the Luther League at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Austin, where he met and courted Charlene Huebel. To melt her heart, he flashed his baby-blue eyes and gave her his famous grin, which resulted in their marriage July 18, 1959. Together they have three children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Throughout his life, Larry spent countless hours volunteering in public service by being a volunteer firefighter for Harker Heights, an avid ham radio operator (N5CGX) for the MARS Net (Military Auxiliary Radio System), local ham radio clubs, and working on the Sky Warn Team with Rusty Garrett on Channel 10 in Waco. For many years, Larry and Charlene were active members of Immanuel Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Belton. There, he has served as an usher and worked on their gardening and groundskeeping committee.

Dillehay, Lawrence "Larry" age 72 of Minneapolis passed away March 5, surrounded by his family. Born to Janet and Lawrence Dillehay, Sr, and he grew up in Bellaire, OH, along with his sister Laurel, where he enjoyed sports and forecasting the weather on a local radio station. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he continued his passion for weather. While there he met his wife, Sue. The first-time Sue accepted a date with Larry was canoeing on Lake Michigan in Chicago. Ever since then he loved canoeing-and Sue! Together they spent fifty years raising a loving family, traveling the world, and going to happy hours. Larry proudly served in the U.S. Air Force doing reconnaissance weather missions. During this time he was stationed in Japan, where he and Sue had their first daughter, Cindy in 1971. Sherri was born a year later during Larry's last Air Force assignment near St. Louis. After eight years in the Air Force, Larry began a career as a business consultant with Coopers and Lybrand in Chicago. He moved to Minneapolis to work with a young technology company, CPT, and later established his own consulting firm, Dillehay and Associates. His insights into business processes and applications of emerging technologies made him a valuable asset to his clients many of whom became friends as well. Larry was an enthusiastic outdoorsman, hiking and biking around the world. His favorite place was the Boundary Waters where he spent time alone, yet also shared his love with friends and family. Larry was a kind, unpretentious, fun-loving man full of integrity. He was a man with a plan that loved to laugh, and pull jokes. His family and friends benefited from his generous ways and loyal heart. Few people have made so many friends in so many places and remained close for so long. When not out in nature, you could find Larry discussing books with friends, watching a storm from his deck, or laughing over a good beer a microbrew. Most of all, Larry was a family man. He spoiled his grandkids and always let them know he was the "yes" man. He adored his wife Sue, and two daughters, Cindy and Sherri, and loved their husbands, two Daves, as sons. His most enjoyable times were when the family was together. In lieu of flower please send donations to Wilderness Larry Dillehay's Celebration of Life Service, Saturday, March 11, 2 pm (followed by a reception), Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, 225 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55401.

Richard (Rick) Lewis Jones,TSgt(Ret) age 66, of Crestview, passed away peacefully on Monday evening, January 23, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
Richard was born October 1, 1950, in Glen Falls, New York. He was retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service. Richard then worked for the Dept. of Defense as a meteorologist. He loved being with his family and friends, and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping, motorcycles, billiards, bowling and meteorology.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold T. Jones. Richard is survived by his wife, Reba Fay Jones; his mother, Norma A. Jones, of Michigan; sons, Ricky Jones(wife, Tonia) and Rusty Jones, both of Yadkinville, NC, Ralph Nugent, of Peru, IN, and Jordan Howard of Tell City, IN; daughters, Terri Hollon, of Lexington, KY, and Jessica Nugent, of Louisville, KY; brothers, Rob Jones, of Michigan, and Dave Jones (wife, Tracy) of Florida; a sister, Donna Anderson (husband, Joe) of Michigan; nine grandchildren, one great grandchild; and his beloved dog, Rudy.
A Memorial Service celebrating Richard's life will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Eglin AFB East Chapel.
Friends who wish may contribute to the Disabled American Veterans or the American Cancer Society in Richard's memory.
Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview. Guest book and condolences are available online at

Major Wade Vernon Hilton, USAF, Retired, passed on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 84. He was preceded in death by his wife Agnes "Nan" Hodge Hilton and five older brothers. Survived by his wife Harriett Jones Hilton, sons William M. (Kimberly) Hilton and Douglas W. Hilton, grandchildren Jennifer (Chad) Holton, and Andrew Hilton, older brother Herman Hilton of Summerfield, North Carolina, as well as six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A graduate of Troy University, Mr. Hilton served as a meteorologist in the USAF. He also worked for NOAA and retired as Meteorologist in Charge of the Montgomery Weather Station.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, January 28th at Southern Memorial Funeral Home from 2-4 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Montgomery Humane Society Animal Shelter or the charity of your choice .

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Jones, Gordon Schubert LtCol USAF (Ret) Sep 30, 1937 - Jan 9, 2017 Of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away after a long battle with Inclusion Body Myositis. Born in Utica, NY, Gordon attended Penn State University, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology. Gordon served 28 years in the USAF as a meteorologist. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Gordon retired from Offutt AFB, NE in 1988. He was a member of the American Meteorological Society since 1959. Gordon was active in the Sarpy Serenaders Barbershop Chorus and several quartets. He was a 50 year member of the State College, PA Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Martha Prasse Jones, daughter Edythe Jones of Phoenix, son Christopher Gordon Jones (Melinda) of Fountain Hills, and one grandson, Mitchell. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, William and Catherine, and his sister Catherine Ann. SERVICES will be held in Bellevue, Nebraska on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 10:30am at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 104 Galvin Road North. VISITATION will be Monday, January 16, 2017 from 5-7pm at the Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel with a Masonic Service at 7pm. Following the service, Gordon's inurnment will be at the Immanuel Lutheran Columbarium with military honors by the Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Gordon's name to the Myositis Association at or to the Barbershop Harmony Foundation, 110 Seventh Avenue, North, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37203 in memory of Gordon S. Jones, member #250611. BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler 2202 Hancock St, Bellevue 402-291-5000

Col USAF (Ret.) Hyko Gayikian of Indialantic, Florida, died on Friday, 6 January 2017. His wife Faye had passed in April 1998. Hyko retired from the USAF in 1977 as Chief of Staff of the Air Weather Service.
There will not be an obituary at Hyko's request. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with honors and Tami will let us know when that is scheduled.

Elva Grace Elam, nee Carter, age 87, formerly of O’Fallon, born October 19, 1929 in Mocksville, N.C., passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Bethesda Dilworth Community, Oakland, Mo. 
Grace was born and raised in Mocksville, Davie County, NC and married her high school sweetheart. She attended Ashmore Business College, Thomasville, NC and worked as an accountant at Deaton Food Market in Thomasville. Following the Korean War she and husband moved to Fort Knox , KY , back to Raleigh, NC and then to Springfield, VA where they resided for more than 20 years. She worked at Fairfax Hospital in VA as an X-Ray Staff Manager for the majority of that time. Grace and family moved to O’Fallon, IL in 1976 when her husband was transferred from Washington, DC to Scott AFB. She remained a devoted wife, homemaker, and a wonderful mother. She enjoyed all types of crafts to include sewing, quilting, embroidery, painting and costume and clothing construction. She eagerly shared her talents and charitable good nature at numerous events benefiting the needy, the church, and community. Grace worked for over 20 years as the pastoral administrator at O’Fallon First United Methodist Church where she was active in numerous ministries. She was a proud member of PEO Chapter L J. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence B. Elam, Jr., her sister Josephine McClamrock, and her parents Hasten and Mary, nee Garrett, Carter.  Surviving are her three children Barbara (John) Richardson of Arden, N.C., Larry (Janice) Elam of Union, Ky., and Cynthia (Scott) Early of Webster Groves, Mo., grandchildren Wendy (Brian) Rush, Laura Grace (Jeremy) Miller, Christopher (Elise) Elam, Kyle Elam, Aaron Elam, Alex Elam, Grant Early, Grace Early; three great-grandchildren Olivia Grace Miller, A.J. Chua, and Madeleine Elam; her brother Lawrence (Kathy) Carter of Mocksville, N.C., and sister Margaret (Don) Bryant of East Flat Rock, N.C..
Memorial donations are requested to O’Fallon First United Methodist Church. Visitation: Friends may visit from 10:00 am – Noon, Thursday, January 12, 2017 at O’Fallon First United Methodist Church, 504 East Highway 50, O’Fallon, Ill. Funeral: Funeral Service will begin at Noon, Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the church, with Pastor Don Long officiating. Burial will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery, O’Fallon, Ill.

Florence Mae ("Flo") Westphal, age 94, widow of Lt Col (Ret.) Louis A. Westphal, died peacefully December 28, 2016 at Pisgah Manor Health Care Center in Candler, North Carolina. Florence was born to Vertice and Velma Addison in Montfort, Wisconsin, on March 10, 1922. With her sisters Arlene and Jean, she lived a happy, active life on the family's dairy farm in rural southwestern Wisconsin. She particularly liked riding her horse through the pastures and helping her dad with farm chores. After high school, she attended Platteville Teacher's College, where she met her future husband Louis in chemistry class. She went on to earn her degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin.
On May 17, 1944, Flo and Lou were married at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota, marking the beginning of Flo's life as a military wife. Lou and Flo traveled with the Air Force and raised their family of seven children in New York City, California, Washington, D.C., Texas, Bermuda, Japan, and Illinois. Flo was an accomplished seamstress who sewed many of the clothes for her children and grandchildren; she was also an excellent cook and baker.
In 1974, Lou and Flo moved with their two daughters to Asheville, North Carolina. They loved Asheville, and felt that there was no better place to have landed for their retirement years. In Asheville, Flo was an active member and the first female Elder of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. She cherished her friendships with her church family. Flo served her community by volunteering for several organizations. She sewed and curated many of the original costumes for ABCCM's "Return to Bethlehem" production and acted in the production every year 1986-2013. Flo participated in one of the first volunteer training programs for Mountain Area Hospice, and was a trained Rape Crisis Center advocate and American Red Cross volunteer. Flo was recognized by Governor Jim Hunt for her extensive volunteer efforts in her community.
When Lou fell ill, Flo faithfully and expertly cared for him until his death in 2006. She then lived on her own at home until she moved to Pisgah Manor in 2014. Flo felt happy and secure at Pisgah Manor, and her family is most grateful to all of the staff who served her with tender loving care.
Flo was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters and their husbands; and her in-laws Gertrude, Ruth, Lloyd, and Henry. She was also preceded by Lou, her beloved husband of 62 years, her sons Roger and Bruce (survived by partner Karen Jones of Seattle), and her daughter-in-law, Donna. She is survived by her son Mark of Carbondale, Illinois and his children Aaron and his wife Susan, Nate and his wife Katie, and Danny and his friend Eden Armstrong. Also her son Jim and his wife Joyce of Breese, Illinois and their children Matt and his wife Kristin, Jenny Bassler and her husband Chris, and Carrie and her friend Chris Lundeberg. Also, her son Jay and his wife Lydia of Newport Beach, California. Also, her daughter Betty Neal of Eagle, Colorado and her children Harrison and Jay. Also, Flo's daughter Ellie McCormac and her husband Doug of Asheville, and their children Rob and Claire. Flo is also survived by her grandchildren Stephen and Leslie Westphal. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Avery Westphal; Olivia, Elyse, and Bailey Bassler; and Max and Lydia Westphal; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Edward Westphal, Alvin Cook, Alvera Eckelberg, and Doris Matias, all of Wisconsin, and Carl (Carol) Westphal of Florida; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Above all else, Flo loved her big, extended family and her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Michael McFarland officiating. Interment will be in the church memorial garden. Her family will receive friends immediately following the Service. Memorials may be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund, 51 Wilburn Place, Asheville, NC 28806.

William HellkampWilliam Hellkamp age 90 of Fairfield, Iowa, passed away, Sunday, December 25, 2016 at Jefferson County Health Center. The Rosary will be 4:30 pm, Friday, December 30, 2016 at St. Mary Catholic Church. Visitation for family & friends will follow the Rosary from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm and the Wake Service will start at 6:30 pm. The Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, December 31, 2016 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Father Nick Adam officiating. Following the mass, he will be cremated. Burial of cremains will be at a later date. Memorials can be made to Fairfield Lions Club or St. Mary Catholic Church. Cards and memorials can be mailed to: Dorothy Hellkamp, 502 E. Burlington, Fairfield, IA 52556. William was born on November 11, 1926, in Cincinnati, OH to George and Lillian Hellkamp. He married Dorothy A. Hotz on June 10, 1950 in Delphos, OH. This year they celebrated 66 years of marriage.
William served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1945 to 1946. In 1949, he received a BS Degree from the University of Cincinnati along with an ROTC commission as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. William returned to active duty with the Air Force in 1949 and served as a meteorologist. He attained the rank of Lt. Colonel. William was stationed in many parts of the world including Japan, the Philippines, Hawaii, and Spain. He earned an MS degree in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and served in Fairfield, IA at Parsons College where he commanded a U.S. Air Force ROTC detachment. Upon retirement from USAF in 1977, he and his family returned to Fairfield where they have resided ever since. He was active for many years in the Lions Club, TENCO Foundation and served for 20 years as a member of the Board of Directors of Indian Hills Community College. He was also a member of the Air Weather Association.
William is survived by his wife, Dorothy; five children, Pamela Fordyce of Traverse City, MI, Nancy (Gordon) O’Neill of Marietta, GA, Joyce (Don) Smith of The Villages, FL, Tim (Joyce) Hellkamp of Orlando, FL and William S. (Kathy) Hellkamp of Shakopee, MN; 11 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and one brother Raymond Hellkamp of Scotia, NY.
He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Lillian Hellkamp; and a sister, Jean Stoehr.
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Marilynn L. Kugler, wife of TSGT (Ret) Donald K. Kugler passed away on December 2, 2016.  Marilynn was a dedicated weatherman’s wife, doing her support of her husband while his tours of duty. She traveled to Japan (1962-1965 as well as Maxwell AFB, Offutt AFB (twice), New York, Chanute, Ft. Knox, and HQ AWS at Scott AFB. She supported Don during his civilian aerospace duty at TRW, M-M, Hughes, Loc-Mart, Boeing and the FBI.  She is survived by sons Scott, Mark; daughters Kerry and Donna, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She will be missed.

Robert Frank Salm, 86, of Woodbridge VA, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by loved ones, on November 9, 2016.
He is predeceased by his parents Joseph and Amelia; his sisters Theresa Piper, Rosie Smerling and Sister Boniface Salm; and his brothers Joseph, Jerome, Alfred and Peter.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Catherine; his daughters Rosemary Casey (Larry), Virginia Halcombe (Don) and Deborah Woolley (James); his sons Daniel (Kim) and Robert (Tammy); his grandchildren Shelly, Larry Jr, Don Jr, Dustin, Celeste, Jon, Melissa, Lauren, Tim, Turner, Caroline and Kyla; and his great-granddaughter Hadley Grace.
Robert (Senior Master Sergeant) served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, working as a meteorologist. After his retirement from the military, he went on to work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a branch chief in computer operations until his retirement. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and Holy Name Society; a volunteer at Holy Family Church, Hillcrest Heights, MD; a coach for Catholic Youth Organization; and served on the board for Royal Palm Townhouses in Ocean City, MD.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 3-7pm at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd, Dale City Va. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 11am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 12975 Purcell Rd, Manassas, VA. Arlington National Cemetery interment at a later date.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (

Cecilia Walters, born May 15, 1950 in Baton Rouge, LA, passed away May 3rd, 2016 at Memorial Hospital East in O’Fallon, IL, after a lengthy illness. She was surrounded by family and friends. Cecilia was a retired Manager at the GAP and a devoted mother and grandmother who loved spending time with family and supporting her children’s activities. She also served her country as a dedicated military wife supporting her husband’s career and the men and women of the United States Air Force. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Thomas and Willie Belle (nee Austin) Shockley of Germantown, TN.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Col Thomas Walters (USAF, Ret); a daughter, Samantha Dianne Palmieri (Joseph) of Alexandria, VA; a son, Blake Austin Walters (Erin) of Longmont, CO; a deeply loved grandson, Benjamin Thomas Palmieri of Alexandria, VA; and a sister Dianne Shockley Mall (Myron) of Memphis, TN. The family would like to express its thanks and appreciation to her physicians and nursing staff at Washington University, the Center for Advanced Medicine, Memorial Hospital East, and the BJC Healthcare family for the care and compassion given to Cecilia and her family during the past 38 months.
Memorials can be made to the St Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness (SLOCA) at or to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be extended to the family online at

Charles C. Bates, Ph.D., succumbed at age 97 to the ravages of old age on July 9, 2016 while residing at the La Posada retirement complex, Green Valley, AZ. Because his parents, Carl and Vera Bates, operated a hog/dairy farm near Rockton, IL, the youth spent much of each summer observing the south end of a team of horses going north or vice versa. Nonetheless, upon graduating as a Rector Scholar cum laude (geology) from DePauw University during 1939, he joined an Exxon subsidiary's seismograph crew and helped discover the Stuttgart oil field near Phillipsburg, KS. However, early 1941 found him to be a $21-per-month "buck private" computer in the "Old Army's" 2nd Field Artillery Observation Battalion's Sound Platoon at Fort Sill, OK. Following the Japanese attack against Pearl Harbor, it was upward and onward for Corporal Bates. After being commissioned as an Army Air Corps weather officer at the University of Chicago during May 1943, a year later found him being introduced to King George V and Queen Mary of the United Kingdom while on detached duty with the British Admiralty's Meteorological Forecast Center located two floors underground within London's Citadel. Then within the month he became the Center's duty surf forecaster for the night of the invasion of Normandy, i.e, June 5-6, 1944. For this feat, the Ninth Air Force awarded the Bronze Star Medal to the now Captain Bates for "meritorious serviceagainst the enemy during June 1944." However, the global adventure continued. Within six months he was posted to the meteorological staff of the Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Fleet, in Colombo, Ceylon. But the war was moving north. Consequently, during June 1945, he led the first convoy of the 10th Weather Squadron over the famed Ledo-Burma Road between Chabua, India and Kunming, China. Once hostilities were over, Bates continued for the next third of a century in both a military and a civilian capacity with the Armed Forces. As a uniformed officer he reached the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve. In a civilian role, he held such key assignments as Chief, Vela Uniform Program, Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Defense (1960-64); Technical Director, U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office (1964-68), and Science Advisor to the Commandant, U. S. Coast Guard (1968-79). While doing so, he instigated the U.S. Navy's program for observing and forecasting ice conditions across the American Arctic, thereby meriting having an island in the Antarctic Peninsula named after him. In comparable fashion, Secretary of State Dean Rusk on Nov. 12, 1963 also designated him as U.S. Antarctic Observer #001 under terms of the Antarctic Treaty's Article VII.
Throughout Bates' professional career, he was ably supported by a life long soulmate, Pauline Barta, who passed away five months earlier in January 2016. He had wooed her while she was a perky kindergarten teacher in remote Holdrege, Nebraska and he a lowly "attached helper" on a transient seismic crew. Nonetheless, as of July 1942, they entered into 73 years of blissful marriage. Once WWII was over, the couple created and reared three beloved daughters Nancy Ann, Priscilla Jane, and Sally Jean. Upon completing college, each girl married and went her own way, Nancy to Portland, OR, Priscilla to Austin, TX, and Sally to Tucson, AZ. During 1979 their parents also left the environs of Washington, D.C. to enjoy the desert climate of Green Valley, AZ. Once there, Charles co-authored several chronicles including "Geophysics in the Affairs of Man" (Pergamon Press, 1982), "America's Weather Warriors, 1814-1985" (Texas A&M Press, 1986), "Geophysics in the Affairs of Mankind" (Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 2001), and "Hydro to NavOceano: 175 Years of Ocean Survey and Prediction by the U.S. Navy" (Cornfield Press, 2006). Survivors of Dr. Bates include his three daughters, grandsons Alexander C. Robinson of New York City and Brian B. Yanity of Fullerton ,CA and great-granddaughters, Monica P. Geniveve and Fiona Robinson of New York City. Five younger siblings also survive, namely, sisters Norma (Bates) Bloom, Lois (Bates) Peterson, and Rose (Bates) Lovejoy, plus brothers John and Roger Bates, all of Rockton, IL. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Pauline, and his grandson, David Yanity. As for the cremains, they will be interred with those of wife Pauline's in the Phillips Cemetery adjoining the Bates Sesquicentennial Farm on which he was reared in Illinois.

Tedd Lee BishopBrigadier General Tedd Lee Bishop USAF retired, passed away peacefully Sunday June 12th, 2016 in Greenville, SC at the age of 90 to join his beloved wife of 60 years, Vera Pearson Bishop (her obituary below). Gen. Bishop was born in Asheville, NC in 1926 to Herman and Helen Shelton Bishop. At the age of 13, he began his lifelong love of flying. He would carry gas and wash airplane windshields in order to earn money to take flying lessons. He soon soloed his first plane, a 40 h.p. Cub. In March 1944 Tedd entered military service under the aviation cadet program; however, the cadet program closed and he served as a B-24 aircraft flight engineer until discharged in Oct. 1945. After leaving the Army Air Corp, his first job was an aero-mechanic for Delta. He then was a fireman on the railroad and went to Asheville-Biltmore College in 1946 and Ohio Univ. in 1947. He reentered the aviation cadet program in the newly formed U. S. Air Force in Oct. 1947, and as an outstanding cadet, graduated as regular commissioned officer. He next served at Stewart AFB, TN and later at Donaldson AFB, SC where he flew C-82s, C-47s and gliders. At Tyndall AFB, FL he completed Air Tactical School in 1950. It was in Asheville, NC where Tedd met the love of his life, Vera. They were married Nov 4, 1951 at Donaldson AFB. In June 1952, he was assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Wing in Korea where he flew 50 night intruder combat missions in the B-26. Returning to Donaldson AFB where he served with the 63rd Troop Carrier Wing as operations officer and flew C-119s and C-124s, he participated in Lebanon Crisis, Suez Crisis, Distant Early Warning Line construction, Operation Deep Freeze, Congo Crisis, and other major operations. He was the major planner and flew in the joint Army-Air Force "Operation Arctic Night" which was one of the largest troop drops north of the Arctic Circle. In addition he is credited with saving four C-124 transport aircraft during Antarctic flight operations. He then served at Maxwell AFB, AL, Keesler AFB, MS, Hurlburt Field, FL, earned his bachelor's degree from Univ. of Omaha, and then assigned to McGuire AFB, NJ. In 1967 he was assigned to 56th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Yokota AFB, Japan. He was next stationed to Scott AFB, IL as deputy chief of staff for Air Operations and served as permanent chairman of the Interagency Joint Sampler Working Group and as permanent committeeman with the Interdepartmental Hurricane and Typhoon Conference. In 1971, he was transferred to McClellan AFB, CA as Commander of the 9th Weather Reconnaissance Wing. Gen. Bishop commanded the 443rd Military Airlift Wing in Altus AFB, OK. While at Altus, he was made an honorary member of the Kiowa Tribe. He served his final command as Wing Commander of 437th Military Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, SC. Gen. Bishop logged more than 20,000 military and civilian accident-free flying hours and flew more than 50 different aircraft. He also has the distinction of being one of the few people to have flown operationally over both the North and South Poles. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with six oak leaf clusters, and the Order of the Sword by the Military Airlift Command noncommissioned officers for recognition of leadership. In 1978 he was awarded South Carolina's highest honor, the Order of the Palmetto by Gov. Edwards. After retirement, Gen Bishop served as Vice President of Trident Tech, as well as an expert aviation insurance consultant. Gen. Bishop, known affectionately as D.O.D. (Dear Old Dad), is survived by his four daughters, Lynn Coy, Leigh Bishop, Allyn Hoak, and Erin Taylor; sons-in-law, Col. Gary Coy USAF/Ret , Rob Hoak, and Dr. Bill Taylor; and his seven beloved grandchildren, Sara Coy, Lara Coy White, Pearson Hoak, Robby Hoak, Ellis Taylor, Franklin Taylor, and Richmond Taylor, and great-granddaughter, Ellen Gray Hoak. A memorial will be held Saturday, June 18th at 11:00 AM at The Church of the Transfiguration, Saluda, NC. He will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
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Vera Shepard Pearson Bishop, 83, passed away August 20, 2012 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Vera was born in Melrose, NC. She was the youngest child of the late John and Margaret Pearson. Vera graduated from Brevard College in 1948. She was a member of the Mayflower Society, DAR, a lifelong member of the Church of the Transfiguration, Saluda, NC and a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
On November 4, 1951, Vera married the love of her life, Tedd Lee Bishop. They embarked on a lifelong service to our country. As the wife of a career Senior USAF Officer and through her strength of character and loving nature, she touched lives across our country and the world. She was recognized for her selfless care of wounded Vietnam soldiers and their families through her volunteer work at the AirVac Hospital in Japan. She provided counseling and friendship to all she met throughout the 33 years of dedicated military service and beyond into their retirement.
Vera is survived by her husband, Tedd and their four daughters, Lynn, Leigh, Allyn and Erin. Vera was blessed with seven grandchildren, Sara, Pearson, Robby, Lara, Ellis, Franklin and Richmond, who were the light of her life.
A celebration of her life was held at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the Church of the Transfiguration, Saluda, NC. Her final resting place will be held in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC.

Herschel H. Slater, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), November 7, 1917 - May 26, 2016, a weather officer for the US Air Force, a meteorologist and researcher for the EPA, a consultant, teacher, beloved father, husband and friend to many, passed away at Carol Woods Retirement Community, Chapel Hill, NC May 26, 2016. Hersch's work helped establish air quality standards for the U.S., as well as in Europe and Australia. Strongly civic minded, he served on the board of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, and participated in many local and statewide political campaigns. For years he wrote the popular "The Weather Down Here" column for the Chapel Hill News. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association. He was also a member of the Chapel of the Cross and served on the vestry for years. He is survived by his four daughters: Leslie Reardon (Dave); Ellen Dement; Nancy Powell (Gary); Lynn Miller (Greg); seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. His wife of 69 years, Gladys, passed away in 2012. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 24th at 11:00 AM at Carol Woods Assembly Hall, followed by a reception. Donations may be made to The Chapel of the Cross Building Fund, 304 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

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Francis (Franz) Lee House of Hammett passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, after a brave battle with lymphoma and Alzheimer's disease. A memorial service will be held in Holdenville, Okla., on or about June 5, 2016, managed by the Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville Okla. Inurnment will be in Yeager Cemetery with full military honors. Cremation was under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel. Franz was born in Yeager, Okla., to Fred and Ada Inez House on Oct. 6, 1939. He attended Yeager High School, class of 1957, and then attended East Central State University in Ada, Okla,, completing his Bachelors in Math in 1961. (Photo) Upon graduation, Franz joined the Air Force, being commissioned through Officer Training School in December 1961 and then entered the year-long AFIT Basic Meteorology program. In 1963, he became a weather officer at the Army Chemical Corps Proving Grounds, Dugway, Utah. In August 1965, Franz went overseas as a weather officer at Binh Thuy Air Base, Vietnam, in support of military operations in the Mekong Delta area and IV Corps Direct Air Support Center. Midway through his tour, he was selected to provide direct weather support to the Commanding General, 7th Air Force and his staff. Upon completion of his tour of duty in Vietnam, Franz was stationed at Headquarters Air Weather Service as a staff officer. In 1970, seeking more excitement, he trained to become an Aerial Reconnaissance Weather Officer, and was stationed at Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico, where he made aerial observations from a WC-130B airplane through hurricanes and tropical storms. In 1973, he was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., with the 53rd Weather Recon Squadron where he taught and served as the Squadron Executive Officer. In 1975, he was assigned as a Weather Service Inspector for the MAC Office of Inspector General, stationed at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. In 1978, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and was selected to be the Executive Officer to the two-star MAC Inspector General. Franz was promoted to Colonel in 1982, and in January 1983, he became the Comptroller for the 375th Aeromedical Airlift Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. After 26 years of distinguished service, Franz retired in September 1987. He was awarded the Senior Officer Aircrew Member Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. After retiring from the Air Force, Franz provided loving support and encouragement to his wife, Tamzy, as she moved through various Air Force assignments, completing her time in service of almost 27 years as the 366th SG/CC, 366th AEW, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, in 2001.
Franz was a brilliant, independent man with many talents. He loved to travel, to build things, to solve problems, to be outdoors, and to be at peace along the Snake River or back home, along Yeager Creek in Oklahoma. He was a thrifty, hard-working man with high expectations for himself and the people around him. He loved his family and his pets and enjoyed the songs of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Meryl Haggard. He loved the movies of John Wayne and to write poetry about family, life, and his Oklahoma upbringing. Franz wrote, "I'm an ordinary man, Who has worked and known strife. The calluses on my hands; Have not dulled my lust for life. I love the flowers in spring; and the crispness of the fall. Whatever this world may bring; There is beauty in it all." He maintained this outlook, with dignity and honor, to the end. Franz is survived by his wife, Tamzy of 36 years, and his three children, Jeffery of Dallas, Texas; Jeremy of St. Louis, Mo.; and Andrea House of New York, N.Y. He is also survived by two brothers, Charles of Lees' Summit, Mo., and Kenneth of Norman, Okla., and two grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Bennie, Douglas and Joel, and by his first wife of 17 years, Judy.

Paul E. Quast, Jr, 84, of Millstadt, IL, born in Bay City, MI on October 10, 1931, died on May 16, 2016 in Millstadt, IL. Paul has displayed an uncommon courage throughout his life, earning a deep respect from those who have known and loved him. Paul joined the new and burgeoning United States Air Force on December 12, 1952. Dressed in the uniform of the US Army Air Corps, Paul graduated from basic training; he then proceeded to Chanute AFB, IL where he would become a meteorologist, his life's work. Paul married the love of his life, Beverly Eager on November 8, 1952 in Bay City, Michigan. Paul retired from Scott Air Force Base, Belleville, IL as a Master Sergeant on November 30, 1969; and continued as a meteorologist on Scott Air Force Base until his retirement from civil service. His military service awards and decorations include the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, and National Defense Service Medal. Paul was an active member of the Loyal Order of Moose, and Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville, IL.He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Quast; parents, Paul E. and Helen, nee Goddard, Quast; siblings, Mary Quast, Richard Quast, Jeanie Quast; daughter, Deanna Mueller; granddaughter, Rebecca Russell. Paul was an honorable and beloved soul who will be missed by many. Paul is survived by his children, David Quast and Julie Russell; his children in-law, Anabell Ramirez, and Jack Russell; his grandchildren, Jessie Mueller, Steven and Christopher Quast, Brian, Brent, and Brittany Russell; his great-grandchildren, Kansas and Alexander Quast, Kamden Russell; sisters in law, Dawn Williams, Suzie Lent, Joyce Eager; brothers in-law, Richard "Dick" Williams, Samuel "Bud" Anderson, Danny Eager, Mike Peterson; many nieces, nephews, and friends. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 2pm – 6pm at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, 3412 Frank Scott Pkwy W, Belleville, IL.  Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016, 12pm, at Zion Lutheran Church, 1810 McClintock Ave, Belleville, IL 62221, with Pastor Brian Downs officiating.Interment will be held in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St Louis, MO.  Paul was a member of the AWA. His wife, Beverly just passed two months ago 3/6/16

Eugene Thomas Gray, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), 81, Emerson, IA, died Friday, July 17, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Society in Red Oak, IA. Gene was born Nov. 28, 1933, in Tonganoxie, Kan., the son of Russell Thomas and Margaret Elizabeth (Sparks) Gray. The family moved to Omaha when Gene was very young. He graduated from North High School and University of Omaha and was in the ROTC program. Gene married Rosemary Menges Sept. 24, 1955, in Council Bluffs. Gene served in the United States Air Force, retiring after a long career. Over the years, Gene and Rosemary lived all over the United States and abroad. They moved to the Red Oak area in 1987, where Gene worked at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Human Resources. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree, serving as Grand Knight and treasurer. Gene also helped with Meals on Wheels through the hospital. His hobbies included fishing, enjoying the outdoors, and participating in Boy Scouts. Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Lillian, Marie, and Juanita and a brother, Robert. Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Gray; children, Debra Johnson, Steven Gray, Michael Gray and wife Jolene, Dennis Gray, Stanley Gray, Monica Wright and husband Dan, Douglas Gray and fiancée, Juli, Susan Gray, Marshall Gray and wife Trish, David Gray and Diane Gray; grandchildren, Lucas Johnson, Joshua Gray, Brett Gray and wife Erin, Trent Gray, Sable Gray, Victoria Gray, Tyler Gray, Elizabeth Gray and Ryan Lawton; many step-grandchildren; sister, Nicole Gray; sister-in-law, Jane Gray; brothers-in-law, Jerry Schulkey, Francis "Bud" Murphy and Glenn Smallen; and many other relatives and friends. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association.

Boyd Edwin Quate, 89, of the 7000 block of Indian Trail, died Dec. 3, 2007, at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond after a short illness. His wife, Martha Holland Quate; his son, Boyd Edward Quate; parents, Graham and Margie Quate; and two brothers, Shepherd and Larry Quate predeceased him. He is survived by his daughter, Martha Q. Rountree and her husband Ray; a grandson, Robert Edward Quate; and daughter-in-law, Cathy Quate, all of Suffolk. Other survivors include his brother, Calvin Quate of Stanford University, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews; and Margrit Radloff of Vancouver, Canada. Boyd was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, a lifelong meteorologist, an active member of the Holland Ruritan Club and an enthusiastic and joyful member of the human race. He traveled extensively over the years and particularly enjoyed touring in his RV with his beloved companion, Margrit Radloff. He never met a stranger nor missed a chance to try something new. He will be missed by his many friends and family world-wide. He was a member of Holland Baptist Church, the Senior Circle of Southampton Memorial Hospital and a former Boy Scout leader and Sea Scout. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday by the Rev. Robert W. Bunn at the Holland Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Holland Ruritan Club for their Scholarship Fund, c/o Irving Musselman, 1549 Glen Haven Road, Suffolk, VA 23437. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the doctors and medical staff in the Neuro Science Department at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond for their outstanding care and concern for Boyd and his family.

Donald Baker, born July 20, 1923. Beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend. Passed away peacefully on March 10th, 2014. Preceded in death by loving wife Jacqueline M. with whom he shared 55 wonderful years of marriage, mother Florence K., father William E., brother-in-law Jacques Mouzel and nephew Jean Thierry Mouzel. Survived by son William G. (Mary) and beloved grandson James G., all of St. Paul. Also survived by beloved cousins Frances O’Sullivan (Michael) and Carol Papirnik of Buchanan, Michigan; sister-in-law Janine Mouzel and niece Pascale De Sparre (Eric), great nieces and nephew, and great-nephew, all of Paris, France. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, with the exception of his military service, Donald spent his entire life in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul. He graduated from Murray High School class of 1941. Upon America’s entry into the Second World War, he joined the Army Air Corps, beginning his education as a climatologist . He attended the University of Chicago and trained at several Army Air Corps bases including Rapid City SD, before being deployed to the European theater. He was stationed near Wantage, England during the war as a meteorologist, providing weather information to the Air Corps pilots and crews who flew missions over occupied Europe. Upon the liberation of France in 1944, he was stationed at Orly Airfield in Paris. A dashing Lieutenant, he met a lovely young French woman named Jacqueline Mouzel. Their romance flourished and they became engaged in 1945. Their plans were interrupted by the Korean conflict when he was re-called for service by the newly established U.S. Air Force and he served in Korea from 1951-1952, where he received the Bronze Star for Merit. After his discharge, he was finally allowed to complete his romance with Jacqueline, and they were married in Paris at the Chapel of the Hotel des Invalides on Valentines Day 1953. The happy couple returned to St. Paul, where Donald continued his education. Upon achieving his doctorate in Climatology and Soil Science in 1958, Donald began his long career as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota. He established the Climatological Observatory just north of the campus, and built it with help from his students in 1960. This Observatory has recorded subsoil temperatures for over 50 years, and has provided an unprecedented database for climate change research. Donald was a Fellow in the American Society of Agronomy and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also honored with a Governor’s Award of Recognition (Governor Rudy Perpich) in 1984 for his assessment of wind energy potential in the state of Minnesota, and he received a National Weather Service career award in 1986 for his contributions to agricultural meteorology. After his retirement as a professor, Donald was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota for contributions to teaching and research. Donald was a man of many interests including photography, railroading, archaeology, the stock market, and mentoring students. Donald spent his summers as a boy visiting his grandparents in Wellman, Iowa. From those times he gained a love of the people, natural beauty and productivity of the farm fields of Iowa that lasted his entire life. Always a true gentleman and outwardly a man of steely reserve, Donald treasured his family and friends. An only child of an only child, later in life he greatly enjoyed being part of a larger extended family through the marriage of his son. The family would like to thank the staff and management of the St. Anthony Park Home for their kind and loving care. Memorials preferred to the University of Minnesota Baker Scholarship Fund or to St. Anthony Park Methodist Church.

Russell A. Ver Nooy, age 88, of Pocasset, MA and Port Orange, FL, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 at JML Care Center in Falmouth, MA. He was the husband of Ann M. (Szalay) Ver Nooy. Born in New Brunswick, NJ, he attended Rutgers University. He served in the U. S. Air Force as a Pilot during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He flew with the 20th Air Force in Guam, the 53rd Weather Squadron Hurricane Hunters, and the 551st AEW & Con group at Otis, and retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel in 1970. He flew for regional airlines, as a private corporate pilot and was also a flight instructor and FAA Designated Examiner. He was a long-time member of the Quiet Birdmen, HYA. Besides his wife he leaves one son, Russell G. Ver Nooy and his wife, Pat of Plymouth; two daughters, Suzanne M. Robbins and her husband, Russell of E. Falmouth and Nancy Dalton and her husband, James of Portland, OR; he also leaves six beloved grandchildren and four beloved great-grandchildren. Burial at the V.A. National Cemetery of Massachusetts in Bourne.

WWilliam Dotsonilliam Leon "Colonel" Dotson passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, April 20, 2016, at Guardian Angel Homes in Richland, WA.
He was born August 10, 1921, in Murphy, OK, and later attended The Colorado School of Mines, where he earned a degree in Physics. He went into Army Air Corps pilot training in Texas and flew for them and later for the U.S. Air Force for over 25 years. He served in WWII and Korea, where he earned several citations, including the DFC, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. Flying was his passion, and he was held in high regard by those who flew with him. The Air Force later sent him to UCLA to earn an advanced degree in Meteorology. After retiring from the service, he moved to the Tri-Cities and lived here for the past 49 years, working as a research scientist for several Hanford contractors. He considered this area his home, and both his wife, Mary Ann, and oldest son, William Leon III, are buried here. His youngest son, Claude, survives him. A long-time member of All Saints Episcopal Church, he played a dedicated and active role in their mission. Well-known for his Amiable disposition and love of people, he will be missed by many. Special thanks to the staffs at Guardian Angel and The Chaplaincy for the care and understanding. Express your thoughts and memories on our online Guestbook at



William FoxWilliam Edward (Ed) Fox of Wilmington, NC died peacefully in the Lord on April 20, 2016.

Born August 12, 1918 near Cornersville, TN, Mr. Fox was the son of William Edward Fox Sr. and Hallie Clark Fox of Lewisburg, TN. After graduating in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee in May, 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps in July, 1942 as an Aviation Cadet in Meteorology. He received his military training and instruction in Meteorology at the University of Chicago, Illinois. In May, 1943, he was commissioned a 2nd Lt. Weather Officer in the 21st Weather Squadron and assigned to William Northern Airfield in Tullahoma, a training facility for fighter pilots.

In Feb, 1944, he was promoted to 1st Lt. and later traveled to England and was assigned to the 53rd Troop Carrier Wing at Greenham Commons Airfield near Newbury, England. Invasion of Europe (June 6, 1944) occurred during this time. Mr. Fox was under the command of General Eisenhower when the paratroopers were launched on the night of June 5th and his mission was to provide weather forecasts for the troop carrier pilots who were dropping paratroopers and supplies to advance troops.

During Jan – June, 1945, the 53rd Troop Carrier Wing moved to Melun, France near Paris, and Mr. Fox was instrumental in forecasting weather conditions for the aerial drops of supplies for General Patton's division. Mr. Fox was promoted to Captain in May, 1945. Shortly afterwards, he was assigned to Weather Offices in Frankfurt, Bremerhaven and Stuttgart in Germany and continued to provide weather forecasts for flights, military activities and the general public. He returned to the U.S. and was honorably discharged in March, 1946 and began working in Wilmington, NC as a Civil Engineer.

In 1947, Mr. Fox married Mary Daniel Carr of Wilmington, NC. During Mr. Fox's career as a Hydrologist, and Meteorologist, they lived in Fort Worth, TX, Washington, DC, Augusta, GA, and Atlanta, GA. His work eventually led him to serve as the Director of the Southeastern River Forecast Center for NOAA in Atlanta. After his retirement in 1980, Mr. Fox became a consultant to the United Nations working on flood control overseas, including in China and Pakistan. Mr. and Mrs. Fox moved to Wrightsville Beach in 1986 and later to nearby Wilmington, NC. Mr. Fox was a member of Pine Valley Church of Christ as well as the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Geological Society, National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Meteorological Society and a charter member of the Air Weather Association.

Mr. Fox was predeceased by his parents and his sisters, Doris Fox Cantrell of Cornersville, TN and Beverly Fox Cathey of Lewisburg, TN, and his beloved wife of 59 years, Mary Daniel Carr Fox. He is survived by his two sons: Daniel Carr Fox and wife, Tammy, of Raleigh, NC, and Dr. William E. Fox III of Raleigh, NC; and three grandchildren, Lindsay Caroline Fox, William Carr Fox, and Samuel Becker Fox.

Mr. Fox was dedicated to his family, his loving wife, his church, and to helping others, whether it was by providing tax advice to seniors or his generous donations to many charities. He enjoyed nothing more than sharing stories and laughter with his two sons. He was an inspiration to all who knew him, and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 30 at Pine Valley Church of Christ at 2:00 pm, 3601 S. College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28412. Burial at the Sunset Cemetery in Littleton, NC will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be sent to Pine Valley Church of Christ, Davis Health Care Center, or a charity of your choice . The family wishes to thank the staff of Davis Health Care Center and his dear friend Mary McLamb for their kind and loving care.

As Mr. Fox said in his retirement speech, "Old hydrologists never die, they just float away."

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Nadine Lindquist Flinders, a 17-year resident of the Air Force Village system, and a resident of Freedom House, San Antonio, TX, peacefully crossed over into eternity on March 30, 2016. She was 98 years old. Nadine was Oscar and Lydia Lindquist's only child, born in Estherville, Iowa and raised in Spirit Lake. She first met her future husband, Dale Flinders, at a high school state music contest. They'd been born and raised within two weeks and sixty miles of each other. They met, yet again, as college students at Morningside College in Sioux City. Dale recognized Nadine when he saw her from a passing street car. They both graduated from Morningside College in 1939; Nadine with a Bachelor of Music Degree with an emphasis on voice.
Nadine shared one date with Dale, and then they were separated by fate: Dale to teach high school science in Burma, and Nadine to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, where she received her Masters of Music degree in 1941, majoring in Performance and Literature with an emphasis on voice. In 1943 they were married and she and Dale moved to Boston. When Dale was reassigned to Burma in '44 with the British Infantry, Nadine continued her music teaching at what is now the University of North Texas. It would be three years before they were reunited after the war, in Japan, where Dale was assigned. As the wife of a career Air Force officer, Nadine followed her husband to Japan, Washington DC, Morocco, Spain, Vandenberg AFB, Sunnyvale CA, Washington DC (again), Massachusetts, and Scott AFB, Ill. At each new home, she became active in the officers' wives club, the local scouting organization, and in organizing and directing chapel choirs. She provided voice instruction and piano accompaniment for professional vocalists, and encouraged her own children to achieve musical proficiency on their chosen instruments. In California she enjoyed her gardens, and in Massachusetts, she enjoyed combing local shops for antiques. She was a dedicated mother to her sons. Well into her '90s, she regularly attended music performances and, as recently as three weeks before her passing, she attended her regular church service and joined in the singing, sometimes forgetting the lyrics but never losing her beautiful voice. Music was who she was, and it brought her the greatest joy. It is her grand piano that's in the Freedom House great room, donated when her husband was a resident. After retirement from the Air Force, she and Dale traveled the world – taking the Trans-Siberia Railroad from China to Moscow; up the Volga River to St. Petersburg; two trips down the Yangtse River in China; several trips to India, Burma and Thailand; to Germany, Denmark, England, Ireland, Isle of Man, Peru, Tibet, Hawaii, and many visits to Alaska. Nadine was a lifetime member of the Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity and, in 2012, was honored for her 75 year membership in the organization, having joined the Phi Zeta Chapter in Morningside College in 1937. Nadine is survived by her son, Val and his partner, Patti, of Anchorage, Alaska; and her son Bradley and his wife, Nancy, of Taos, New Mexico. She is survived by five grandchildren whom she adored: Kacie Sandoval and Kyle Flinders, both of San Antonio TX; Monica Flinders of Maui, Hawaii; Shanna Flaten of Morro Bay CA; Alexandria Flinders of Kodiak, Alaska; and nine great-grandchildren, who brought her the greatest joy simply by being happy little ones.
Mrs. Flinders was preceded in death by Col. Dale Flinders, her beloved husband of 65 years. We rejoice in the knowledge that they are again together, happily exploring the celestial heavens and the "forever" they promised to each other. Her family wishes to thank the compassionate people of Liberty House, the Care Center, Freedom House, the Mission, and Hospice for the kindness and dedication with which they cared for Mrs. Flinders as her health declined and her care needs became increasingly complicated. It is requested that, in lieu of flowers, you celebrate Nadine's life by sharing some ice cream with your loved ones. It's a simple pleasure, one Nadine enjoyed even into the last chapter of her long and happy life. May God speed you on your way, Nadine Linquist Flinders. Until we all meet again. Services for Mrs. Nadine L. Flinders were held Wednesday, April 6th 2016
9:30 am Graveside service and internment at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery 1:00 pm Memorial service at High Flight Chapel, Blue Skies Over Texas
Reception and Ice Cream Social immediately following

Modernist painter Andrew Bucci, whose work spanned nearly eight decades and appeared on a U.S. postage stamp, died November 16, 2014 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland MS after a brief illness. He was born on January 12, 1922 in Vicksburg, MS. Bucci's painting of a magnolia flower appeared on the 5-cent U.S. postage stamp issued in 1967 for the 150th anniversary of Mississippi statehood. Bucci's paintings have been featured in galleries all over the country such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, both in Washington, DC and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His work continues to be shown in galleries in Jackson and New Orleans. His best-known works are oil paintings. His painting, "Figure in Green," was the signature image on the commemorative poster for the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition. In recent years, Bucci was honored with Mississippi's prestigious arts awards. In 2009, he received the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Mississippi Arts Commission for lifetime achievement. In 2012, he received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award. He took his first art class at All Saints' Episcopal School in Vicksburg under the direction of impressionist Mary Clare Sherwood. In the 1930s, he began studying with Marie Hull in Jackson and continued to do so after he went to Louisiana State University to study architecture and engineering. When WW II began, Bucci enlisted in the United States Army and received training in meteorology at New York University. He served as a weather officer on air bases in England and Scotland during the war. When the war ended, he was stationed for several months at Orly Air Base near Paris and took life-drawing classes at the Académie Julian in 1945-46. Upon returning from the war, Bucci enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a bachelor's degree in fine art in 1952 and a master's degree in 1954. During the Korean War, Bucci was called back into military service as a weather officer at Lockbourne AFB in Ohio. He served from March 1952 to August 1953, then returned to Chicago to complete his graduate degree. He looked for work as an art instructor, but said nobody would hire him. He went to work as a meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau and served at the National Meteorological Center in Maryland from 1956 until his retirement in 1979. He moved back to Vicksburg in early 2014. Survivors include two sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. He was an Air Weather Association member since 1992.

Richard "Dick" Kolkka, SMSgt USAF (Ret.) 84, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Chicago, Ill. Dick succumbed to a heart attack and prostate cancer. Service: Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 1200 S. Davis Drive, Arlington, TX. Rosary will precede the Mass. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens. Dick was born Dec. 30, 1929, to Cordelia and Henry Kolkka in Mineola, N.Y. Following high school Dick enlisted in the Air Force and trained as a meteorologist. While stationed in Maine, Dick met the late Mabel Connell on a blind date. They were married Sept. 8, 1952, in Mabel's hometown of Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada. Following his Air Force service the young family moved to New York where Dick joined the American Airlines meteorology team. While living in New York, Dick received his B.S. degree in physics from Hofstra University. They moved to Arlington in 1981, transferring from Chicago, Ill. Dick was an active member of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church for over 30 years. As a member of the Serra Club he particularly enjoyed serving lunches and connecting with the college students at UTA's Newman Center. He moved to Chicago in May 2014 to be closer to family. Dick enjoyed going to the Maverick Club, participating in the senior aerobics and tai chi. During his retirement years his creative side was expressed in his watercolor paintings. Dick was a tall, kind, gentle man who preferred to serve his fellow men without fanfare or accolades. He will be missed by many. Survivors: Son, Robert Kolkka; daughter, Maureen Kolkka; brothers, Bob and Don; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rev. Richard Robert Ail, MSgt USAF (Ret.) 94, passed away on Sunday, December 28, 2014, at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown PA. He was the husband of Anne Oswald Ail, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage in March 2014. Born in Lebanon, on September 9, 1920, he was the son of the late Albert and Irene Glant Ail. Richard was a 1938 graduate of Lebanon High School. Following high school, he went on to graduate from the U.S. Air Force Forecasting School and later the Evangelical Congregational Seminary in Myerstown. He served proudly as a Master Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force for 23 years during WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. While in the U.S. Air Force, he served as a Weather Forecaster. Richard was also a retired Minister from the Evangelical Congregational Denomination. He pastored churches in Rock, Pine Grove, Steelstown, and Lawn. He was a member of St. John's E.C. Church in Steelstown. For over ten years, Richard was a host for the Fresh Air Program. He was an exceptional bowler (having bowled with church and military leagues), and acquired an extensive collection of trophies for the league's high average, as well as being a member of first place teams. Some of his interests included photography, afternoon drives to visit friends or family, and practical jokes and puns. He loved reading and had an extensive personal library. Richard was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team for the past 80 years. Consistent with his passion for travel and to honor his 23 years of service, Richard visited the U.S.A.F. Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, for a special 85th birthday celebration with his children. Richard had a strong commitment to, and love for his country. He was known for his letters written to the editors of various newspapers on a wide variety of topics. He loved chocolate - especially chocolate donuts and Hershey candy - and was practically unbeatable at pinochle and rummy! The family would like to send a special thank you to the caregivers at Masonic Village for not only excellent care, but also for the tender and loving care that was given to Richard by the staff of the Lafayette West Neighborhood and the Masonic Village Hospice team. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his daughter, Suzanne Ail; sons, Timothy and wife, Sharon Blauch Ail, Daniel and wife, Beth DeLiberty Ail, and Robert and wife, Ellen Eifert Ail; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a stepbrother, Leonard Snyder. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Marguerite and Betty Jane. Interment was in St. John's E.C. Church Cemetery, Annville, with full military honors. Contributions can be made in Richard's memory to his church; Lebanon Rescue Mission, 1223 Bittner Blvd., Lebanon, PA 17046; or Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services, P.O. Box 707, Lebanon, PA 17042.

Harold William Dubach, Major USAF (Ret.) 92, of Wilmington NC, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening August 21, 2013. Harold was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on Thanksgiving Day November 25, 1920 to Henry and Susan Cornelius Dubach. He was an undergraduate of St Joseph Junior College , Baker University (Kansas), with further studies at Univ of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, New York Univ, American Univ, and MIT. Harold's degrees were in Chemistry, Meteorology and Oceanography. He was commissioned to the US Army Signal Corps in 1942 and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to oversee a weather forecasting operation there in support of the US Pacific Fleet in World WarII. During a trip to Dayton, Ohio in 1944 , he met his future wife, Roberta Pauline Rose and corresponded with her while separated from the War . They were married on Sept 26, 1946 and have been married for 66 years. After leaving active military duty in 1946 , Harold worked as a meteorologist and oceanographer in multiple government agencies, including the Thunderstorm Project (1946), US Navy Hydrographic Office and helped establish the National Oceanographic Data Center (later NOAA) in 1960. In that capacity, Harold was privileged to travel all over the world to foster relationships for ocean data collection. He and his family relocated from Washington DC to Wilmington NC in 1971, and Harold was with the Coastal Plains Commission and later was Acting Director of the NC Marine Resources Center (now the NC Aquarium) at Fort Fisher. In 1980, Harold helped to establish the SURF Project at UNCW, which later became part of the Marine Science Dept there. Harold also co-authored two books on oceanography: 101 Questions About the Ocean (1968) and 1001 Questions About the Ocean (1972), along with multiple published technical papers. Among his professional awards include recognition in American Men of Science. Harold retired in 1986 but continued to be actively involved in community service. Most importantly, Harold loved his wife, family and being involved in sports, church and community activities. He volunteered with Pop Warner Football and the Wilmington YMCA basketball league. He enjoyed music, sang in the choirs for over 50 years and loved playing his violin. Harold also served on the advisory board of the State Employees Credit Union. He constantly expressed how fortunate he was that God had blessed him with such a full life in work, family and community activities. Harold is survived by his loving wife Pauline; daughters, Linda Sevilla (Tampa, FL), Deborah Dubach (Boulder, CO) and Nancy Gower (Richmond, VA) and son, David Dubach (Raleigh, NC). He has five grandchildren, Kira Headrick, Casey and Austin Gower, and Matthew and Anna Wesley Dubach. Funeral Services were conducted at Wrightsboro UMC on Saturday Aug 24th at 11am with Pastor Jerry Jackson and Associate Pastor Lynn Wall officiating. Graveside services following at Oleander Memorial Gardens with Military Honors conducted by the American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard.

Leslie A. Spousta, in Taunton, MA, May 8, 2015, age 86, passed away in Morton Hospital, following a lengthy period of failing health. Leslie was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary (Quegan) Spousta of 62 years. He was born in Raynham, the son of the late Rudolph and Mary (Smith) Spousta. Leslie was educated in Raynham schools and served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a meteorologist during both the Korean and Vietnam War. Following his career in the military, Leslie was employed at Rand McNally Company. Leslie cherished his enduring love for his family and was affectionately referred to as Papa by all. He enjoyed working around the house and the saying was he could fix anything. Leslie volunteered at the Providence Veterans Hospital with his wife Mary. He was a recipient of the Marian Medal and a Eucharistic minister in the Catholic Church. He loved helping the youth and was a Boy Scouts of America leader from 1960 -1995. Leslie enjoyed traveling, he and his wife Mary traveled across the country several times following his retirement. Leslie was also the Veterans Graves Registrar for the City of Taunton, he worked tirelessly with many volunteers to make sure every veteran had a flag on their grave. He also wanted to make sure that this would continue in the future and worked to get a list of all veterans computerized. Leslie was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association, and served as chaplain for six years. He also was a member of the Military Order of Cooties, the Non Commissioned Officers Association where he was the past Grand Commander of MA, David F. Adams, Post #611 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the past commander of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #57. Above all Leslie should be remembered for his love for his family, his church and country. Leslie leaves his loving children Leslie Spousta and his wife Susan of Hobbs, New Mexico, Bruce Spousta and his wife Ann of Taunton, Joan Purnomo and her husband Djoko of Salem, MA, Joyce Terry and her husband John of Taunton, Janet Jones and her husband Clifford of Trevor, Wisconsin and Jean Pillsbury and her husband Scott of Skowhegan, ME. Leslie also leaves his 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Burial was at the Bourne National Cemetery. Donations in Leslies memory may be made to the Taunton Area Vietnam Veterans Association, P.O. Box #436, Raynham Center, MA 02768.

Harold L. "Hal" Todd, 90, of Rockford, died at 4:10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Swedish American Hospital. Born Nov. 16, 1922, in Canton, Ill., the son of Lloyd P. and Edith G. (Hoover) Todd. Hal grew up in Rockford, graduating from Rockford High School. After high school he played the piano in a ten-piece orchestra that he created. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force for three years during World War II, followed by two years in the Navy Reserves. Hal was an active member of the Air Weather Association and held many leadership positions including in the 15th and 20th Weather Squadron Association including President. He attended Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Hal worked as a reporter for the DeKalb Daily Chronicle and later the Rockford Register Star. He married his lifelong companion, Jeanne Rennels, of Charleston, Ill, in 1948. They were married in Rockton at the Old Stone Church and honeymooned in Niagara Falls. They resided in Rockford and Florida. Hal was an international insurance broker and president of Todd and Co., Inc. founded in 1959. He was a director at Illinois Blue Cross, on the advisory board of St. Anthony Medical Center, and a director of City National Bank. He belonged to the Association of Insurance Agents; Manilla Lodge #1, Philippine Islands; Masonic Lodge #166; honorary member of Ali-Shan Oasis Shrine Club, Republic of China; Post Potentate of the Tebala Temple, Rockford; and Commissioner of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department. He enjoyed being the Grand Marshall at Fourth of July parades, and the Kentucky Colonel commissioned by the Governor of Kentucky. Hal and Jeanne were past members of Forest Hills Country Club, Rockford Country Club, The University Club, Coral Ridge Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the Surf & Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale. They traveled extensively and included their family in many trips. Hal did not like to sit around too often. He was always on the go. He wrote a book in 1999, Violation of Trust, and was working on a second book until his poor eyesight made it too difficult to pursue. Hal met a group of guys for coffee every morning for years at Johnny Pamcakes. He had many wonderful friends that were there when he needed them. That was a real joy in his life until he could no longer drive. Hal and Jeanne just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Oct. 16, with a party at Peterson Meadows. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; children, twins, Judy Moyer and Jan (Ron) Pozzi, and Nanci (Vic) Mandala; grandchildren, Margaux Moyer, Todd Pozzi and Gina (Josh) Mandala Hester; and great-grandchildren, Addison and Mason Hester. Predeceased by his son-in-law, Dr. Mark A. Moyer. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Peterson Meadows and Swedish American Hospital for their care and tenderness in this stressful time.

Ralph M. Sarla, Lt Col USAF (Ret.) formerly of Upper Providence Twp. Ralph M. Sarla, 90, husband of the late Marjorie M. (Hackitt) Sarla, Orlando, FL, died July 27, 2015, at Cornerstone Hospice, Winter Park, FL. He was a former resident of Woodlyn Dr., Upper Providence Twp. Mr. Sarla was born on July 29 1924 in Hackensack, NJ. He was the son of the late Dr. Michael and Leola (Estes) Sarla. During World War Two, Mr. Sarla served as a 1st Lieutenant and weather officer with the 8th Weather Squadron, US Army Air Corps. He continued his service until he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, USAF Reserve, in 1968. Mr. Sarla earned a bachelor of science degree (Magna cum Laude) in chemical engineering from Syracuse University. He worked for Union Carbide Corp. in New York and then the Cabot Corp., Colebrookdale Twp., where he retired as a technical projects manager, in 1984, after 19 years of service. He was the inventor/co-inventor of numerous patented chemical/reactive metals processes throughout his career. Mr. Sarla was a 50 year member of the American Chemical Soc., a charter member of the Air Force Memorial Foundation, a life member of the Veterans Of Foreign Wars, and a life member of the Reserve Officers Assn. Of the US. Mr. Sarla is survived by his son, James M. Sarla, Douglass Twp. (Berks); his daughter, Lynn Sarla-Kubovetz, wife of William Kubovetz, with whom he resided; and his niece, Carol Schindhelm, Allegany, NY. He was preceded in death by his sister, Grace Schindhelm. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, Suite 700, 1120 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20005,; Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778,; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Herbert Appleman, 95, of Urbana, IL passed away at 1:45 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 21, 2013) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Mr. Appleman was born April 24, 1917, in St. Louis, Mo., to parents Milo and Emma (Faust) Appleman. He married Jane Barber April 23, 1949 in Flossmoor. She preceded him in death on April 1, 1972. Survivors include sons, John Appleman (Diane) of Rochester, N.Y., James Appleman of Grayslake, David Appleman (Sandie) of Decatur, Donald Appleman (Melody) of Bement; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Herbert was preceded in death by his parents, six siblings and one half-sibling.
Mr. Appleman was raised in Belleville until he and his family moved to Urbana, where he graduated from high school. He received his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1940.
In 1941, Herbert took a position at Chanute Army Air Force Base, teaching aircraft engineering systems. With a strong desire to serve his country during the Second World War, he enlisted in the United States Air Force Meteorology Cadet Program. This began his meteorology career that took him to various locations, including New Mexico, Saipan, Oahu and Germany. After their return from Germany in 1958, Herbert and his family set their roots in Lebanon, IL. Mr. Appleman retired to Urbana in 1973. Mr. Appleman loved his family dearly, and especially cared for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made in Herbert's honor to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Elbert O. "Bert" Peay, Sr., SMSgt USAF (Ret.) 79, of Mansfield, OH, died August 4, 2009, at his home. He was born January 12, 1930, to Aubrey and Katie (Hunt) Peay in Huntsville, Kentucky. He was raised on a farm and graduated from Rochester High School in 1948. After graduation, Bert moved to Evansville, Indiana. He joined the Air Force in 1948. His service took him to Frankfurt, Germany, where he met his lifelong love, Auguste L. Gebhardt. They were married in Germany and together shared 57 years of marriage. Bert was a Chief Meteorologist in the Air Force and served in France, Italy, Okinawa, Korea, Vietnam, and ended his career in Washington, D.C. as advisor to Air Force One. He retired from the Air Force in 1969 and served as an advisor to the 179th Airlift Group at Mansfield Lahm Airport. Bert was active in real estate sales from 1962 until his retirement in 1995. He obtained his real estate broker's license in 1970, opening Appleseed Realty in 1971. He became a certified real estate appraiser, opening Appraisal Services of North Central Ohio in 1984. Bert was a lifelong member of the Mansfield Board of Realtors and served as their President in 1990, as well as a member of the Board of Directors and other various committees. He was a member and Chief Executive Officer from 1980-1986 of Home Builders Association of Mansfield and Past President of what is now known as the Building Industry Association. Bert was honored as Builder of the Year in 1979 and recognized by the Ohio Home Builders Association for Outstanding Membership Recruitment Efforts in 1985, being tireless in his efforts to grow the Builders Association. He was a member of the Mansfield Kiwanis Club, a lifetime member of Amvets Post #26, the Liederkranz, Ontario V.F.W., Richland County Fish and Game Club and the Shadow Flight Group. Bert is survived by his loving wife, Auguste; son, Elbert (Nancy) Peay, Jr. of Pickerington; daughters, Shirley Joseph of Reynoldsburg and Sandra (Victor) Rini of Ontario. He was known as Handsome Bert to his loving grandchildren, Alysia (Brian) Sweeney of Ontario, Shannon (Andy) Springer of Lithopolis, Lynsey White (Mike) Dasher of Westerville, Morgan Peay of Ontario, Michelle White of New York City, NY and Philip Joseph of Columbus. Others left to treasure his memory include four great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Chase Springer and Jared and Taylor Sweeney; brothers, Albert (Wanda) Peay of Evansville, IN, Aubrey (Vicki) Peay of KY, Clarence Roscoe (Judy) Peay of Phoenix, AZ and Tyler (Doris) Peay of Morgantown, KY; sisters, Katie (Vinyard) Ferrell of Dunbar, KY, Annie Pearl (Shelby) Wester of Quality, KY; twenty-one nieces and nephews; and close family friend, Sarah Howard. He is also survived by grandchildren by marriage, Joseph (Connie) Rini, David (Colleen) Rini, Vicki Maloney and Matthew (Amy) Rini; and great-grandchildren, Lindsay, Allison, Joey, Margaret, Rose, Grace and Nathan Rini, Ryan, Sean and Megan Maloney, and Kayleigh and Sydney Conley. He was preceded in death by his son, Albert Peay and great-grandson, Erik Saunders. Burial with military honors was in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, OH 44805.

Gerhardt Henry Platz, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), 98, of Greeley, CO, died September 4, 2014 at Porter Hospice. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Susan Louis Platz. He is survived by three daughters, Alison L. Rodriguez, Las Vegas, NV, Hilary S. Webster (USAF Retired) and husband Michael (USAF Retired) Las Vegas, NV, and Meredith J. Brown and her husband Ron, Parker, CO; grandson Damian Pitchetrungsi and his wife Gabriela, two great grandchildren, Deeana Rose and DJ, and grandson Joshua A. Rodriguez, all of Los Angeles, CA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the UNC Libraries or to the United Way of Weld County in care of Allnutt Macy Chapel, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO , 80631.

Wendell "Windy" Phillips, Lt Col
USAF (Ret.) joined his wife Bernice, this day, May 31, 2014, at the age of 91. They were married for 32 years. He served 21 years in the United States Air Force. Upon entering the Air Force in 1943, he attended pilot training, graduating in February 1945. He became a pilot instructor and was qualified as both a transport pilot and tactical fighter pilot. His first assignment was in Africa and the Middle East. After returning stateside, he attended US Air Force Weather School and became a meteorologist and weather officer. He completed his decorated service of 21 years at Scott Air Force Base, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1965. After retiring from the Air Force, he moved his family to Washington DC and completed a second career with Unisys Corporation. Survivors include his six children from his first marriage of 38 years to Janet Booher Phillips; Nicole O'Neil and her husband Richard, Wendell G. Phillips, David Phillips, Natalie Hocknell and husband William, Kevin Phillips and his wife Marlett, and Scott Phillips; grandchildren, Shannon Lantzy and Colin O'Neil, Kim Phillips, Helen and Robert Hocknell and Jana and Hannah Phillips; great grandchildren, Odin and Calliope Lantzy. Wendell and his late wife Bernice were active members of the First Baptist Church of Niceville for 32 years. A heart felt thanks to his caring church community. We are grateful to Jim and Debora Milne for their very special friendship. He will be forever in our hearts and eternally missed. Interment with military honors was at Barrancas National Cemetery, Naval Air Station, 1 Cemetery Road, Pensacola, FL.

Howard Phillip Roudebush, 84, of the Clinton Presbyterian Home, and formerly of Foothills Presbyterian Home, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, Easley, SC. Born in Princeton, Ill., Mr. Roudebush was a son of the late Delino and Clarissa Diane White Roudebush. He received his Masters Degree from Oklahoma A&M in 1953. He retired as a Master Sgt. with the U.S. Air Force after 23 years of service, having served in World War II and the Korean Conflict. Mr. Roudebush then worked for the National Weather Service for 30 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the VFW, DAV and the American Meteorological Society, and was a member of Easley Presbyterian Church, where he was a former choir member. Surviving are a son, Tony Roudebush and his wife, Brenda, of Joliet, Ill.; a stepson, James Everett Mumby and his wife, Sue, of Ridgefield, Conn.; a stepdaughter, Jean Suzanne Reiter and her husband, Karl, of Oakdale, Minn.; a brother, Harold E. Roudebush and his wife, Constance, of Indianapolis, Ind.; two grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Betty Williams Roudebush; and his second wife of 30 years, Helen Elizabeth (Mumby) Roudebush. Entombment was in Arlington National Cemetery, VA
The great escape.

Kevin CleggMajor Kevin E. Clegg, USAF, 43, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away on March 6, 2016, at his home in Arizona. Kevin came into this world on June 12, 1972. He was born and raised in Ravenswood, W.Va. and he spent his early years growing up in the Faith Bible Church in Ravenswood. At the age of 24, Kevin enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a medic. In 1996, he jumped at the opportunity to attend school at the University of Arizona to become an officer and a meteorologist. He would later earn his MBA from the same university. Despite his deep love for his profession and serving his country, most recently as an intelligence officer, Kevin's primary focus was enjoying his time on earth with family and friends. He looked at each day as an opportunity to improve, to explore, loving a life jam-packed with adventure. He seldom stopped to catch his breath prior to launching full force into his next endeavor. Some of his passions included mountain biking, cycling, racing motorcycles, kite boarding and surfing in Hawaii, where he was stationed for several years, kayaking, trail running, traveling, skiing, hiking, camping, climbing, yoga, photography, playing guitar and dabbling in real estate. He touched thousands of lives through his pursuits, simply by being himself and sharing that overabundance of energy with others at every opportunity. Kevin's travels and influence stretched around the globe, but he also valued important and special relationships with family and friends. He was incredibly proud of his brother, Dustin Clegg and deeply loved his mother, Trudy, and his father, David, more than words can describe. He will be missed but never forgotten. He is survived by his parents, Dave and Trudy Adams Clegg; brother, Dustin Clegg; nephew, Darin Clegg; special aunts, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. The funeral service will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, W.Va., with Pastor Steve Raines officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Monday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to VFW Post 5501, Hunting for Heroes, 329A Parkersburg Road, Ripley, WV 25271. Condolences may be expressed to the family at, or on our website at

Roy LaddColonel Roy E. Everett Ladd, USAF (Retired) of Fort Myers Beach, Florida and San Antonio, Texas was embraced by his loving Heavenly Father on June 25, 2009.
Roy enlisted in the Army Air Corps May 1941 and had an illustrative career in the military in which he served for 33 years. Among his many awards and decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendations Medal and the Legion of Merit. While stationed in Tezpur Air Field, India, he flew 78 missions over the "hump" into China. Later in his career he was a "Typhoon Chaser" in Guam and participated in "Project Sandstone", the nuclear testing program in the Marshall Islands. Colonel Ladd flew 22 atomic testing missions. Upon his retirement from active duty he moved to Florida where he began his second career as a real estate broker. Throughout his life, Roy loved to play music in front of small and large audiences. He played the saxophone and the clarinet in the Edison College orchestra. He loved the music from his childhood church days and music from the 1940s. He particularly liked "It Had to Be You" because it reminded him of his beloved Patricia to whom he was married for 43 years. Roy is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia A. Ladd; his sister, Elaine Ladd Ingram,; his step-son, Mike Daus; nieces; Laddene Korhonen, Lelaine Urban, Leilani Ingram, Leann Ladd and Carlyn Ladd.
Service will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Assembly Ministries located at 4701 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, FL. A full military burial will be scheduled at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Missions through the First Assembly Ministries.

Amnie Vance was born on January 26, 1930 and passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2012. Amnie was a resident of Robinson, Texas at the time of her passing.  She was married to Bobby.  Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2012 at Pecan Grove Funeral Home Chapel, 3124 Robinson Drive with Dr. Jack Kyle Daniels officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 25,2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Methodist Childrens Home 1111 Herring Avenue Waco, Texas 76708.

Barbara Lee Brown Perry Gargiulo, 83, of Asheville, North Carolina, passed away on January 26, 2016 in the loving care of Mayflower Senior Care. Throughout her life, Barbara knew no strangers. She loved unconditionally, and lived to teach, encourage, and help anyone she met. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Barbara studied journalism at the University of Missouri. She also attended Hillyer College/University of Hartford and Drew University. She spent many years living in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Most of her years since 1979 were spent residing in North Carolina. Barbara was a long-time instructor for Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College where she was awarded "Outstanding Continuing Education Faculty Member of the Year" in 2007. She was still teaching classes a few months before her death. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Col. Alphonse Gargiulo Jr. She is survived by her sons Timothy Perry and wife Sharon, Chuck Perry, Chris Perry, Jim Gargiulo and wife Jill, and Mike Gargiulo; daughter Janet Petty and husband Tim; six grandchildren: Christilia Perry, James Levingston, Julie Brooks, Jessica Petty, Tony Gargiulo, Renee Gargiulo Pike, as well as great grandson Logan Gargiulo. She is also survived by her sister, Florence Snodgrass.
Memorial donations may be made to the Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, North Carolina, 28806, where Barbara was a volunteer.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Feb. 21, 2016.

Edward S. Gill , June 29, 1921-Feb 3, 2016. Beloved father, compassionate teacher, lover of Nature, friend to man and beast... Edward S. Gill will be greatly missed by many. As valedictorian at his local high school in Keokuk, Iowa, he won a scholarship to Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, where he majored in Chemistry. In 1942, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps for training in Meteorology, and served in various administrative posts during World War II with the 15th and 20th Weather Squadrons. While stationed at the Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia airfield, he met and married Ruth Ash in 1945. He island-hopped from Horn Island to Jacky Jacky to Biak Island to Manila and finally to the Administrative Headquarters in Tokyo. After an Honorable Discharge in 1946, Ed continued in the Air Force Reserves as a Major and instructor. His career in Clinical Chemistry began in Clifton Springs, N.Y. managing the lab at the local hospital and clinic. In the 14 years he lived in this small village with his family, he was a vital part of the community. Although he served his church in leadership roles in each town where he lived, his greatest volunteer service was to St. Johns Episcopal Church in Clifton, where he acted as Treasurer, Junior and Senior Warden, Sunday School Superintendent, chorister, and where he cranked out the weekly newsletter on the old mimeograph. He was instrumental in building from scratch the first Parish Hall there. Ed also served on the YMCA Board, was copresident with his wife of the PTA, was elected President of the Rotary Club, stayed active as counselor with the Boy Scouts, and enjoyed baseball and hot dogs with the home team. In 1962 Ed moved to East Aurora, NY to head the Chemistry Dept. at the then 1,000 bed VA Hospital in Buffalo. There he introduced a Med Tech Program for students at the University of Buffalo, who often continued on to work with him in the VA Lab. He received the coveted Somogyi-Sendroy Award for "outstanding contributions" to the clinical chemistry profession. In 1986 he retired to Hartwell, Georgia, where the State of Georgia awarded him a certificate of recognition for his work on the environment. He was very active in maintaining Hart Park and the shoreline of Hartwell Lake and owing to his passion for Nature, for years picked up litter along a 2-mile stretch of highway in that area. He was an active member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Hartwell. Above all, Edward "Poppo" Gill was a family man. As a boy he was the one to decorate the family Christmas tree. He was our family doctor, too; "Doctor Daddy" always knew what to do in an emergency; he was fix-it man, the pancake cook, the veggie gardener extraordinaire, and the patient father who returned home each eve, no matter how weary, to bring a sense of calm to a raucous household. Pop always walked his talk, and will be forever admired for the legacy he recorded in his 50th Cornell Class Reunion program, which read: "I hope I will be remembered as a good husband and father, whose choices and conduct in life have been based on truth, fairness, and service to others, with high ethical standards, good will and relationships; as friend of the earth, its people and the environment." Dear Pop, you've exceeded the mark in our eyes! Ed is survived by his son David (Barbara J.) of Clifton Springs, his daughter Kit(Jack) of Boulder, Colorado, his daughter Barbara(Mark) Parsons of Bradenton, Florida, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grands. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave W in Bradenton on Feb.21, 2016 at 1 P.M. Contributions may be made to Christ Church, or a charity of choice . - See more at:

Wanda Jean Schroeder, 82, of Raymond, IL died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in the Montgomery Nursing & Rehab Center in Taylor Springs. She was born in Webster County, KY, on a farm near Clay, KY, on Nov. 2, 1931, to Harve and Gladys Hatley. She married Marvin J. Schroeder on Dec. 28, 1957, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 2011. Her parents also preceded. She is survived by one son, Michael Schroeder of Norman, OK, and two grandchildren, Martin J. Schroeder of Wichita, KS, and Kaylynn E. Schroeder of Oklahoma City, OK. After earning her bachelor's degree at Murray State (in Kentucky), she earned a master's degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. She taught in the Panhandle Unit School District #2 for 37 years. She attended a Community of Faith Church in Raymond IL.

Marvin J. Schroeder, 92, of Raymond, IL passed away Friday, August 19, 2011 at Hillsboro Rehab and Health Care Center. He was born in rural Bluffs, Illinois on February 6, 1919. He spent his early years in Bluffs and graduated from Bluffs High School. He was a graduate of Western Illinois University. In July, 1941 he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force, serving the 17th Weather Squadron, S.W. Pacific. He was discharged with the rank of Master Sgt. in October 1945. Marvin was a high school mathematics teacher at Raymond for 36 ½ years. Surviving are his wife, Wanda (died 2014); one son, Michael, wife Jan, Schroeder of Wichita, KS; 2 grandchildren, Martin and Kaylynn Schroeder, both of Wichita; and 3 nieces. Funeral services were at Hough Funeral Home in Raymond with Rev. Jim Wagahoff officiating. Burial was in Asbury Cemetery in Raymond, IL

Carle H. Clarke, MSgt USAF (Ret.), 76, passed away on Jan. 26, 2015, in El Paso, Texas. He was born on Feb. 13, 1938, in Augusta, Maine, to Warren and Marian (Worcester) Clarke. Carle Clarke retired as a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force in 1978. He was a lifetime member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 1897 and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7686, the American Legion, the Loyal Order of the Moose 2016 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Airie 4101. Survivors include his wife, Margret Clarke of the family home; two daughters, Jennifer Hyde along with her partner Wayne Boesch of Alamogordo; Rhonda Moreno and her husband Hector Moreno of Alamogordo; two sons Stephen Hyde and his wife Katherine of Tennessee, and Robert Hyde and his wife Tammy of Hobbs, along with 11 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.
Burial was at Monte Vista Cemetery with military honors provided by the Holloman Air Force Base Steel Talons Honor Guard. Pallbearers include Hector Moreno, Wayne, Boesch, Christopher Moreno, Daniel Moreno, Jesse Hyde and Donny Darling. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to BPO Elks Lodge, #1897, located at 2290 Hamilton Road, Alamogordo. The Clarke family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. To sign the online register book, please visit

Opal Marian (Bueide) Pennypacker
, widow of CWO4 Wayne Pennypacker, was born June 19, 1921, and died October 23, 2015, at Sunrise of Hunter Mill, Oakton, Virginia, where she had lived for the past two years. Opal was born in Hawley, Minnesota, and lived in rural Minnesota and North Dakota communities until her parents moved to Moorhead, Minnesota. She graduated from Moorhead High School and Concordia College (also Moorhead). After college graduation she taught high school business education classes in Wadena, Minnesota, before moving to Washington, DC, to work as a secretary at the Pentagon. While she was employed at the Pentagon, she met Wayne Pennypacker, a USAF Warrant Officer serving as a weatherman for the Forecast Center for the USAF, who would become her husband. They were married December 31, 1946, in Fargo, North Dakota, and enjoyed 66 years of adventures and devotion to each other. Wayne's career took them to Japan, California and Nebraska. Upon Wayne's retirement in 1961 from the Air Force, they settled permanently in Vienna, Virginia. In this area, they enjoyed camping in their Scamp, sailing, traveling and being host, hostess and unofficial Washington, DC, and East Coast tour guides for the many friends and family who visited them. For a time during these years, Opal worked for TRW (now Grumman), a defense contractor, as an administrative assistant. Opal, also known as "Toots" to her family, loved music and playing their organ and Clavinova. Often, at gatherings, after being the generous and skilled dinner hostess, she would play and guests would sing all their old favorites. Her love of music and her loyalty to her college alma mater, led her to what she called her "greatest accomplishment in life." She worked tirelessly spearheading a letter-writing campaign, and personally writing to area alumni, to bring the Concordia College Concert Choir to Washington, DC. Her reward was seeing the Kennedy Center filled to overflowing for the event. Opal has been described as being an angel. Her compassion, understanding, consideration, kindness and humility bear this out. Probably the most angry comment she ever made was, "Oh, Wayne, Dear!" Her immediate family preceded Opal in death--her husband, Wayne; mother and father, Oscar and Marie Bueide; her brother, Jerome Bueide; and her sister and brother-in-law Mary Lou (Bueide) and Thomas Anderson. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Audrey Bueide of Fargo, North Dakota; three nieces and a nephew (and their children and grandchildren); several aunts and many cousins. She will be remembered with great fondness by her family and a multitude of friends, neighbors and acquaintances. A funeral service and interment at Arlington National Cemetery will take place at a later time. Arrangements are entrusted to Money and King Funeral Home, Vienna, Virginia.

James H Greenewald (Sgt) passed away in September 2008.

MSgt (Ret) Clarence (Chuck) Miller  passed away back in Dec 2013.

Percy FloydPercy M. Floyd, Jr., retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, died of natural causes on January 19, 2016 at Falcons Landing retirement community in Sterling, VA. He was 99 years old.

Col. Floyd was born in 1916 in Jefferson City, Missouri, and grew up in Booneville, Missouri. In 1940 he received a Bachelor´s degree in Education from Central Missouri State University, and was valedictorian of his class. He voluntarily entered the Army Air Corps in January 1942, graduated from Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. During World War II he served in an aircraft maintenance squadron of the 12th Air Force in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (North Africa, Sicily, Italy). After the war he continued his military career and received training in meteorology. In 1952 he received a Master?s Degree from The Johns Hopkins University in micrometeorology. Col. Floyd served as a weather officer in many assignments including Alaska, with special emphasis in aeronautical meteorology.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1968, Col. Floyd taught mathematics for 13 years at McLean High School in McLean, Virginia.

Col. Floyd´s first wife, Frances Harris Floyd, died in 1994. He is survived by his wife Jean Sykes Floyd, brother Harold D. Floyd of Great Falls MT, three children; Maxwell D. Floyd (Karen) of Friendswood, TX, Stephen M. Floyd (Mary Jo) of Fairfax Station, VA, Sharon F. Hix (Bill), of Alexandria, VA, two stepsons, three grandchildren, and five step-grandchildren. Col. Floyd was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston, VA and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Military Officers Association of America, and the Virginia Retired Teachers Association. His interests included; reading, travel, ballroom dancing, physical fitness training, and dining in ethnic restaurants.

Memorial Service to be held February 1, 2016 at Falcons Landing retirement community, Sterling, VA. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, date still to be determined.

Frank HartranftHartranft, Frank Lt Col. USAF (Ret.) Oct 20, 1935 - Jan 14, 2016 Of Bellevue, NE. Frank was a meteorologist with the United States Air Force from 1954 through 1981. He was employed and was an instructor at UNO from 1984 – 2012. Survived by wife Shirley; daughter Jean Holtmann (Steve); son Dave Hartranft (Nancy); grandchildren, Jonathan, Grace, Justin, Joy and Faith; sister Ann Heminger; brother Charles Hartranft. Masonic Service starting at 1pm Saturday, January 23, 2016 with MEMORIAL SERVICE following at First Presbyterian Church, 1220 Bellevue Blvd. South, Bellevue, NE. Millitary Honors by Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard. Memorials to First Presbyterian Church. BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler 2202 Hancock St, Bellevue 402-291-5000



Otto JenistaJenista, Charles "Otto" Jr. Col USAF (Ret.)
91, passed away December 13, 2015, in Scottsdale, AZ. He was born in Chicago, IL, March 22, 1924, to Charles O. Jenista, Sr. and Clara Nemec Jenista. Otto graduated from River Forest Oak Park High School in 1941. He began his studies at Iowa State the fall of 1941 but was called into the Army December 1942. After being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1944, Otto served in the Army Air Corps in the China-Burma-India zone. He returned to college after the war finishing his degree in General Engineering. Otto soon afterwards completed his Master's degree in Meteorology from California Institute of Technology. In 1950, Otto was recalled into the Air Force and made the decision to make it his career. He served in Alaska; at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE; in High Wycombe, England; three tours in Germany; in Viet Nam; at March AFB in Riverside, CA; in the Pentagon, and in IL at Scott AFB. He also attended two military schools: Armed Forces Staff College in VA and Air War College in AL. In 1959, he met his lovely wife, Kaye, in Wiesbaden, Germany where she was working as a civilian for the U.S. Air Force. They had a beautiful life together lasting more than 56 years. Otto retired from the Air Force in 1979 as a Colonel having over 32 years of service. After retirement, he worked for TRW in California for 6 years. He and Kaye then settled permanently in Scottsdale, AZ in 1988. He was active in his church, Saint Barnabas on the Desert, as an usher, as a lay reader, on the Vestry, and as a volunteer in the office. Otto also volunteered at Honor Health Scottsdale Osborn Hospital for over 20 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Kaye; his daughter, Suzy Koch; two grandchildren, Darren Koch and Kelly Coracides (and her husband, Dr. Alex Coracides), and two great grandchildren, Tyler and Troy Coracides. Celebration of life will be held at Saint Barnabas on the Desert, 6715 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85253 on January 9, 2016, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley or Saint Barnabas on the Desert. Inurnment with military honors will be held privately at Arlington National Cemetery.
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We are saddened to report the passing of an AWA member Robert Felton Pipes 97. He was born December 24, 1918, in Frankston, Texas and passed from this life January 1, 2016, in Terrell, Texas of natural causes. He and his family moved to Dallas in the early 1920's where he attended Obidiah Knight Elementary, Crozier Tech High School and St. Joseph's High School, graduating from the latter in 1938. He entered the military in 1939. He served in the 112th Cavalry, the 8th Air Force of the U.S.Army Air Corps, the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard. His military career spanned nearly three decades. Twenty one years active duty and the remainder in the Air National Guard. He achieved the rank of Master Sergeant and served in many career fields including Air Weather Reconnaissance. After leaving the military he worked as a jet engine mechanic at Dallas Airmotive and Solar Turbines inc. In his retirement he served on the board of the Fort Sill Historical Association, authored a book about his experiences in WWII entitled, "The Playboy Crew 1943-1944 - The Men of B-24 Liberator 41-29399" and spent several summers in Arizona assisting the Apache Indian Reservation forest fire fighting team at Point of Pines. He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty P. Pipes, parents, John W. and Elizabeth Pipes and siblings, Cecil G. Pipes, Bernice E. Webb, Frank S. Pipes, John M. Pipes and Ruby M. Boothman. He is survived by his sister, Ann Early, his children, Robert Frank Pipes, Brian Alan Pipes and Melissa Lusera Spencer, 3 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. Robert Felton will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, Robert requested that a donation be made to The Freedom Alliance or The Wounded Warrior Project.

Willis OwingsWillis Bryan Owings, 82, of Columbus, MS, passed away Saturday, December 19, 2015, at Vineyard Court Nursing Center in Columbus, MS.
Visitation will be Monday, December 21, 2015, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM at Woodland Baptist Church, Columbus, MS. A Memorial Service will follow at 2:30 PM at Woodland Baptist Church, Columbus, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing.
Mr. Owings was born May 21, 1933, in Monroe County, MS to the late Willis Millard and Elgenia Howell Owings. He married the former Joanne Kendall on April 6, 1954, in Amory, MS. Mr. Owings was a veteran of the United States Air Force having retired in 1980 as a Senior Master Sergeant after 26 years of service. During his career in the Air Force, Mr. Owings received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Vietnam Service Medal, AF Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. His duty assignments while in service included; Austin, Texas, Omaha, Nebraska, Las Vegas, Nevada, Greenville, MS, Thule, Greenland, Montgomery, Alabama, Ubon, Thailand, Pleiku, Vietnam, Washington D.C., Kadena, Okinawa and Columbus, MS. In December of 1979, Mr. Owings began his employment with WCBI in Columbus, MS and retired in 2004 after 24 years of service as the Meteorologist. He is a member of Woodland Baptist Church, Columbus, MS, where he served as deacon, Gideon, American Meteorological Society, National Weather Association and Air Weather Association.
Mr. Owings is survived by his wife of 61 years Joanne Kendall Owings of Columbus, MS; sons- Willis Bryan (Sylvia Giannitrapani) Owings, Jr. of Nashville, TN, Dan Bartley (Linda) Owings of Columbus, MS, Bruce Kendall Owings of Columbus, MS; grandchild- Emily Owings of Nashville, TN; sister- Charlotte Moore of Olive Branch, MS.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Woodland Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class and the Gideons.
Memorials may be sent to Uncle Bunky’s Children c/o Woodland Baptist Church, 3033 Ridge Road, Columbus, MS 39705.


Arthur AndersonColonel (USAF) Arthur W. (Andy) Anderson, 97, of Corvallis, Oregon passed away peacefully Sunday 14 June 2015 surrounded by 4 generations of his family. The son of Arthur M. and Lorene D. Anderson, he was born in St. Louis, MO on 2 June 1918 and raised in Sparta, IL.
Andy is survived by his wife of 69 years, Joanne (Phillips) Anderson; brother John Anderson (Renate) of St. Louis, MO; son Jim (Lindy) Anderson of Sierra Vista, AZ; daughter Karen (Anderson) Smith (Chuck) of Corvallis, OR; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother James Anderson, who sacrificed his life for his country in World War II.
After graduating from Sparta High School in 1936 and attending Blackburn College, Andy went on to graduate from, and achieve his master’s degree in Mathematics at the University of Illinois. In 1942 he joined the Army Air Corps as a meteorologist. He was awarded the Bronze Star, and achieved the rank of Colonel in the Air Force before retiring in 1971.
Andy was an avid golfer, an expert Bridge player, and a life-long St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. He had a great love for his family, for God, and for people. Andy never met a stranger. He will be deeply missed by many.
A memorial service with full military honors will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church in Sierra Vista, Arizona where Andy was so active and loved, on 29 July 2015 at 1 PM. His remains will rest in the beautiful columbarium at Faith Presbyterian Church in Sierra Vista (2053 East Choctaw Drive).







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