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Faber, Cordelia Hanner

Mrs. Cordelia Hanner Faber, 82 of Greensboro, North Carolina, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at Moses Cone Hospital. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Chapel of the First Baptist Church of Greensboro. Interment will follow at the Level Cross United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Faber was born on October 9th,1929 in Toledo, Ohio to the late Julius C. and Bernice Lam Hanner. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church and a Graduate of Greensboro College. Cordelia was a school teacher for many years and was owner of "The Book Trader" book store in downtown Greensboro. She was a US Navy Nurse during the Korean War and was a former member of the local W.A.V.E Chapter. She was a devoted Mother and Grandmother and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her children, Lisa & her husband, Dr. William Brand of Richmond, VA, Charles Thomas McLees JR and wife Terri of Liberty, Michael B. McLees of Greensboro, Dr. Wendy McLees Camp and her husband Jim Camp of Greensboro, step children, Susan Faber Barrett and husband Andy of Pfafftown, and Scott G. Faber and wife Beth of Greensboro. Sisters, Lucille Hill of Asheboro, Carolyn Smith of Garner, Linda Hylton of Oak Island, and brother, Rosco Hanner of Gastonia, 19 grandchildren, six great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband John Albert Faber.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Forbis & Dick North Elm Street Funeral Home. Flowers are welcomed but memorials may be made to: the SPCA of the Triad, PO Box 4461 Greensboro, NC 27404 or the First Baptist Church of Greensboro, PO Box 5443, Greensboro, NC 27435.

Falco, Louis J.

Louis L. Falco, 75, of Latham, formerly of Clifton Park, died on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at the Albany Medical Center Hospital. Lou was born in the Bronx, New York, on September 23, 1932 and was the son of the late Louis and Linda Battista Falco.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was a member of the American Legion Post 927 in Green Island, the McNulty-McCutchen Post VFW and the Cohoes-Waterford Elks. He was a communicant of St. Ambrose Church in Latham and St. Mary's Church in Halfmoon.

Lou retired in 1995 from Honeywell, formerly the Bendix Corporation in Green Island, after 33 years. He served as vice president of Local 1508 for two years, committeeman for two years and then president for 23 years.

He is the beloved husband of Rose Maldonado Falco; devoted father of Laura (John) Farron of Latham; loving grandfather of Keith (Sarah Zerrenner) Farron of Latham; and brother in law of Robert Badillo of Germany. Lou loved life and will be missed dearly by his family and friends. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be private. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Lou's memory to the charity of one's choice.

Falcon, Rudolph "Bud"

Rudolph "Bud" Falcon of Goucester City, New Jersey (formerly of Bellmawr and Camden) died on September 7, 2012 at the age 75.  He was born on April 17, 1937.

He was the beloved companion of Jo Ann Zanetich, loving father of Kevin, Daren (Vonda), Sherri and Scott Falcon, cherished grandfather of five grandchildren, and dear brother of Charles and Ralph Falcon.  He is also survived by his pals from Dunkin Donuts in Brooklawn.  He was predeceased by his sisters Marla and Jeanne.

Bud proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 noon in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rudolph Falcon Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 358, Gloucester City, New Jersey 08030.

Faris, Bob

Bob Faris died February 12, 2012 in Arizona.  A memorial service and reception were held in Scottsdale, Arizona on February 29, 2012.  On that date over 100 of his friends gathered to pay tribute to him.  His surviving family includes a wide circle of friends who have the same interest in weaponry and armaments as Bob.

Born on March 30, 1930, he grew up on a farm near Perkasie, Pennsylvania.  After graduation from Perkiomen Prep School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, Bob attended junior college in Trinidad, Colorado beginning in 1949.  He majored in gunsmithing.

A member of Pennsylvania State National Guard, he worked as a civilian gunner at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland until joining the Army during the Korean War.  His military specialties included tanks and small arms repair.  As a member of the armed forces in Korea, his job was small arms repairman.  He was first assigned to the 73rd Heavy Tank Battalion HQ maintenance company, but was later reassigned to B Company, 707th Ordnance Battalion, 7th Division, as a small arms repairman.

After serving from December 1952 to spring of 1954, he returned to his civilian job at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and worked his way up to test director.  When the Aircraft Armament Testing Mission moved from Aberdeen to Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona in 1970, he volunteered to relocate.  His status with this program advanced to GS12 in the early 1980s.  He retired in December 1985.

He was a collector of military firearms and accessories all of his life.  In addition, he was an historian and researcher and is listed as a contributor in at least 25 books written by other authors.  He loved his work with small arms and was a regular shooter.  According to Small Arms Review magazine, his funeral service "was attended by a virtual who's who of the machine gun community in the Southwest, from across the country, and even Europe."

Farley, Thomas John

Thomas John Farley died in his cherished home with his beloved family on March 10, 2006, at the age of 89.  He was born January 20, 1917. He loved his family above all else.

A Captain with the US Army, Parachute Infantry, World War II and Korea, he was awarded the Silver Star, Purple Hearts and other distinctions. Clearly understanding the founding principles of the United States, he was a true patriot who served his country selflessly with honor and courage during two wars. He had occasion to serve alongside the Navajo Code Talkers and the All Black 555 Parachute Infantry Battalion. He gave fully of himself, without prejudice of any type. Through his unceasing efforts and tireless energy, many lives were saved during the most dire circumstances. He always fully rose to the occasion during crises.

Following World War II, as Company Commander during the Occupation of Japan, he became a true friend to the Japanese people. As witness to their devastation and starvation, and especially moved by the plight of the children, he directed his efforts to feeding and clothing the populace, and was vital in directing the rebuilding of Mitsubishi. As a result, the Japanese Royal Family, along with the government and private industry, awarded him honors never received, before or since, by any westerner. Severely wounded in Korea, his military career ended.

He then attended and received his masters degree from Marquette University and became a registered dietitian and Director of Milwaukee Public School System's School Lunch Program. There, he continued his path of excellence and directed unceasing effort toward quality nutrition, fundamental for the welfare of thousands of children. He was awarded the IFMA Gold Plate, the highest distinction in the food industry. Recently, he was a contracted writer with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. His articles appeared seasonally on the front page of the Crossroads section.

An historian and philosopher by nature, a descendant of American artist Charles Willson Peale and Elizabeth de Peyster, he came from a long line of artists, scientists, philosophers, and explorers. Proud of his Irish heritage and fond of the German language, his wit and wisdom will be missed by many. He led an outstanding and exemplary life.

His parents were Thomas A. and Marie Farley. He was especially beloved by his grandparents, John Kern and Magdelina Wolfe (Kohler).

He is survived by his loving family, wife Jean Edith Farley (Ball), son, Thomas Michael Farley, MD, and daughters, Eileen Claire and Jeanne Marie Farley.

Visitation Tuesday, March 14 at the funeral home from 5pm until 8PM. And visitation Wednesday at St. Mary's Visitation Parish, 1260 Church Street, Elm Grove from 10AM until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM, followed by Graveside Services at St. Mary's Cemetery, Elm Grove.

"May the wind be at your back and God hold you in the palm of his hand."

Farnholz, Harold James

Harold James Farnholz, age 59, Warsaw, New York, died on September 18, 1989 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, following a brief illness.  Burial was in St. Michaels Cemetery.

He was born on December 27, 1929, the son of Harold J. and Marian Wickes Farnholz, Sr. He was a 1948 graduate of Warsaw High School and also attended the Rochester Institute of Technology.  He was a PFC in the Army stationed in Korea during the Korean War.

He married Gloria Fasano of Retsof, New York.  He was a sales representative for BOK Industries in LeRoy.  He was a member of St. Michael's Church and the American Legion in Dexter, NY.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Fasano Farnholz; a son James R. Farnholz of LeRoy and several nieces and nephews.

Farnum, John Lenox

John Lennox Farnum served in World War II and Korea. He was career Army National Guard after Korea.  He is the father of 11 children, grandfather of 27, and great grandfather of 16. He died April 2, 1985 of a heart attack. His service was instrumental in two of my brothers joining the Guard, one brother joining the Navy, and the baby of the family (a girl) joining the Marines. He is greatly missed by me and my siblings. To all others who have served or are serving their country and therefore us--your fellow citizens, I just want to say Thank You. - Lisa

Farwell, Charles R.

Mr. Charles R. Farwell, aged 77, of Grand Rapids, a decorated veteran of the Korean War, passed away Saturday April 19, 2008. Surviving are his sisters, Rose (Richard) Fliearman, Alberta Hodges, Carol (John) Keenan; numerous nieces and nephews, special friends, Lisa and Paul Siebert and family, Duane DeRoo, Jennifer and Sylvain Stym-Popper. He was preceded in death by parents, Reuben and Agnes; brother, Martin; and nephew, Christopher Fliearman. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, 10 a.m. at the Arsulowicz Brothers, East Mortuary, 937 Michigan St. NE, where the family will accept visitors one hour before the service. Interment Fort Custer National Cemetery where full military honors will take place. Memorial contributions to Midtown Neighborhood Association will be appreciated. Arsulowicz Brothers, East Mortuary, www.arsulowiczbrothers.com.

Published in the Grand Rapids Press on 4/20/2008.

Feld, Allen A.

Major Allen A. Feld of Laguna Woods, California, was born 20 December 1920 in New York and died 23 April 2009.  He served in the 3rd Marine Division, Guam, in 1944 and also in the 1st 90mm AAA Gun Battalion in Korea 1951.  He retired in December of 1980 in California.


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Fento, Stephen F. Jr.

Stephen F. Fento Jr., 72, of 26 Plum Street, Oil City, Pennsylvania, died at 6:35 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2007, at UPMC Northwest in Seneca. He was surrounded by his family.

Born August 24, 1934, in Oil City, he was a son of Stephen F. Fento Sr. and Harriett Swartzlander Fento.  Mr. Fento served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  On August 30, 1958, he married Sandra Beach.  He retired from Oilwell Supply where he was a crane operator.  Mr. Fento was an active member of the Free Methodist church of Oil City.  He enjoyed playing golf.

He is survived by his wife Sandra; his five children: Steve Fento and wife, Colleen, of Oil City, David Fento and wife, Carolyn of New York, Tim Fento and wife, Danielle, of Oil City, Kaylene Cartney and husband, Patrick, of Titusville, and Terry Fento and wife, Carolyn, of Oklahoma; and 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are two sisters, Janet M. Haniwalt of Franklin and Wanda McDaniel of Maryland; four sisters-in-law, Linda Miller, Lori Bly and her husband, Fred, all of Oil City, Diane Worley and husband, Bo, and Joan Sanford, all of Louisiana; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rose Tarr, and three brothers-in-law, Tim Beach, Bob Miller and Daniel Beach.

Funeral services were held at the Free Methodist Church of Oil City with the Rev. T. Christopher Hill officiating.  Interment was in Rockland Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Free Methodist Church of Oil City.

Fenton, Col. Francis Ivan "Ike" Jr.

Colonel Ike Fenton died of natural causes on 11 October 1998.  Captain Fenton at the time, he commanded Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Provisional Marine Brigade.  As commander of Baker Company, he was involved in the action along the Pusan Perimeter in the early days of the Korean War.  He was well known within the Marine Corps.

Obituary:

F. I. Fenton of Peachtree City, Georgia, died Sunday, October 11, 1998, at the age of 76. Colonel Fenton was a combat veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. His many decorations included three Legions of Merit, three Bronze Stars, both the Army and Navy Commendation medals and several commendation medals for gallantry from the Republic of Vietnam and the South Korean Governments.

Following his military career, he was the Director of National Cash Register's World Wide Parts Center in Dayton, Ohio and Peachtree City, Georgia. For the past 19 years, he has served as one of the Directors for the Georgia State Golf Association and has been very active as an official in the administration and operations of Georgia Golf.

He is survived by his wife, Eloise R. Fenton; daughters, Michalene Nolan, Atlanta, Patricia Schoolfield, Shreveport, Louisiana; sons, Frank Fenton, Scotts Valley, California, Colonel George Fenton, USMC, Fredericksburg, Virignia and Russell Fenton, Buffalo, New York; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Family will receive friends at Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home in Peachtree City, Georgia, from 6 to 8 p.m. on October 13, 1998. Funeral Mass will be said at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Peachtree City on October 14, 1998. Rev. Fr. James Sexton will serve as celebrant. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations to the 1st Marine Division Scholarship Fund, 14325 Willard Rd., Chantilly, VA 22021-2110.

Fenwick, Elmer A. Jr.

Elmer A. Fenwick Jr., 83, passed away July 15, 2013, at Golden Plains Rehabilitation Center, Hutchinson, Kansas.  There will be no public visitation as cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Corner Stone Baptist Church, 1028 E. 16th Street, Hutchinson, with Larry Wedel and Jerry Fenwick presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made to Corner Stone Baptist Church. Burial will be at a later date at Fairlawn Burial Park. Old Mission-Heritage Funeral Home, Hutchinson, is in charge of local arrangements.

Elmer Fenwick was born November 5, 1929, in Rice County, Kansas, a son of Elmer Fenwick Sr. and Laura Fenwick. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Fenwick saw combat duty in Korea, earning three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, and a Silver Star for his service.

He spent his adult years working in the oil fields as a driller and pumper. He also was a member of the American Legion Lyle Rishel Chapter, and, Corner Stone Baptist Church. He is survived by two stepsons, Ronnie and Henry Cox; a stepdaughter, Raelene Wedel; a brother, Jerry Fenwick; two sisters, Mary Melton and Ruby Smith; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Fifer, John E. Sr.

John E. Fifer Sr. was born on December 1, 1932 in Saunders County, Nebraska, and died on October 1, 2020 in Omaha of coronavirus.  For 37 years he was the controller for Builder's Supply Company.  He was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan and proud 52-year member of the Ralston Lion's Club.  He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a founding member of KWVA Chapter #1.

He was preceded in death by parents, John and Fern Craige Fifer; brother, Earl; and sister, Verna Rockenbach. He was survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Helen; children, John E. Fifer Jr., Kim Overton (Mark); grandchildren, Rachel and Max Overton; sister, Marjorie Brown; and niece and nephews.

Private graveside services with Military Honors were held at Resurrection Cemetery, Omaha.  Memorials are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans.

Fischer, Edward H. Jr.

Edward H. Fischer Jr., 92, of Belleville, Illinois, born Monday, April 7, 1930, in East St. Louis, Illinois, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Thursday, December 8, 2022.

Ed took great pride in his family and in the service of his country. He served in the United States Army from October of 1951 through October of 1953. He retired from McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company in April of 1987. Ed was an avid supporter of animals. He loved all his dogs and picked up many off the street.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lida, nee Miller, Fischer and sister, Bernice Heller Whiteside. Ed is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 71 years, Wilma, nee Strautz, Fischer; sons, Michael Fischer of Belleville, and Douglas Fischer of Saint Louis, Missouri; three granddaughters, Candace (Michael) Dori of Swansea, Illinois, Tracey (Andrew) Junker of Cody, WY and Lindsay Fischer (Tony Fogarty) of Arnold, Missouri; one grandson, Ryan (Andrea) Fischer of Mascoutah, Illinois, and ten great grandchildren.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Benld Adopt A-Pet in Benld, Illinois or Unity Hospice. Visitation: Visitation from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Saturday, December 17, 2022 at Kurrus Funeral Home in BellevilleL. Funeral: Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, December 17, 2022 at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Father Clyde Grogan officiating. Interment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Fischer, Herbert F.

Herbert F. Fischer, 89, of Stockholm, New Jersey, formerly of Tottenville, New York, passed away peacefully on May 3, 2020 at the House of Good Shepherd in Hackettstown, New Jersey.

Herb was born on November 20, 1930, in West New York, New Jersey, to the late Frank and Elizabeth Fischer.  Herb proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. He married the love of his life Joan (nee Gallagher) in 1954. Upon his return from active duty he went on to finish his education, earning his Bachelor's degree in Personnel Management from Rutgers University in 1958.

Herb dedicated 38 years of service to International Nickel Company and retired in December 1985 from his position as Director of Human Resources.  He served on the boards of Richmond Memorial Hospital, The Conference House Association, the International Personnel Association and the National Foreign Trade Council personnel committee. Herb was a member of numerous organizations including the Knights of Columbus, N.Y. Human Resources Associates, American Council for International Personnel, Boy Scouts of America Troop 21, NY Compensation Association and the American Society of Personnel Administrators. A former resident of Lake Tamarack, Herb was also active on the Lake Committee and planning board.

He was a devout catholic and served in a number of capacities at Our Lady Help of Christians Church while living in Staten Island. Most recently he was a member of St. John Vianney Church and served as a Eucharistic Minister and committee member there in Stockholm. Of all his accomplishments in the business and outside world, Herb's greatest success story is the one he shares with his bride Joan; raising, nurturing and providing for their children, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law and granddaughter-in-law. Their complete devotion to each other and their family for 66 years of marriage will always be a lesson for all who knew Herb. The many, many requests of "How is your Dad doing?" that his family has heard from friends in recent months is and always will be a loving reminder of how Herb touched and affected the people fortunate enough to know him.

Herb is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Joan Fischer; his loving children, Carol O'Hehier and her husband Glenn, Paul Fischer and his wife Donna, Nancy Mullin and her husband Bernie, Mary King and her husband Rob. He was Granddad to Paul and Marc Mullin, Anthony and Gianna Fischer and Ryan and Tara King, spending many joyful summer family vacations in Wildwood Crest with them. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sisters; Helen Casper, Florence Kelley and Dorothy Dilger.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Herb's name to a charity of one's choice.
A celebration of Herb's life will be announced at a later date.

Fisher, Myles E.

Myles E. Fisher passed away January 21, 2012, in Battle Creek, Michigan. Born January 5, 1931, in Monroe County, Michigan, he was a son of Harry W. and Irene E. (Collier) Fisher.

A veteran of the Korean War, Myles proudly served his country in the US Army. Myles was listed as MIA, and was a POW, earning a Purple Heart, a Silver Star, and the Combat Infantry Badge.

Myles enjoyed fishing and hunting, but most of all he loved planting trees and farming. He was a self-employed logger and operated a dredging business. For many years he worked at the Battle Creek Veterans Administration where he was a groundskeeper, a job he enjoyed.

On July 15, 1958, he married Patricia “Dee” Corbiere, who preceded him in death of August 10, 1995. Myles is survived by sons: Daniel (Pat) Fisher, Dennis Fisher, and Douglas (Lorrie) Fisher, daughters: Patricia (George) Gomez, Liz Soliz, Debra Fisher, and Kimberlie (Steve) Skidmore, a sister Luretha Cousino, fourteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Myles was also preceded in death by his parents and six brothers and two sisters.

His family will receive friends, Wednesday, 2;00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at the Williams-Gores Funeral Home, Delton, where a funeral service will be conducted Thursday, January 26, 2012, 11:00 AM, with Pastor Steve Olmstead, officiating. Burial will full military honors will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Orangeville. Memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project will be appreciated.

Fishman, Dr. Elihu Israel "Elly"

Dr. Elihu Israel Fishman passed away peacefully on May 8, 2020 due to complications from Covid-19. Elly was born in Fairfield, Connecticut on August 3, 1927, the third of four children of the late Aaron and Rose Fishman. As a young boy, Elly worked at his father's movie theaters, The Fishman Theater Corp. with locations in New Haven and Fairfield. He skipped sixth grade and at the age of 16, entered the University of Connecticut where he played trumpet and varsity football, graduating in 1949. Elly served honorably in the U.S. Navy where he was a medical assistant. He met the love of his life, the late Myrna Beth Seicol, when they were counselors at Camp Laurelwood in North Madison. They married on June 8, 1952, while he was in dental school at Temple University in Philadelphia. After graduating from dental school in 1953, he and Myrna settled in West Hartford to establish his dental practice in Elmwood, and raise their daughter JoAnne and son James. He worked long days at his dental office, but never missed an opportunity to support and cheer on his children in their numerous athletic and academic pursuits. Elly provided exceptional care for his patients until he retired in 1981 at the age of 54. Athletically inclined, he played pick-up basketball and volleyball until he was 49 and then took up jogging well into his 60's. He coached West Hartford youth basketball for many years, winning awards for his service. Elly was a devoted husband and father, caring about and for his family above all else. Elly and Myrna retired to Heritage Village in Southbury in 1982 and then moved to Seabury in Bloomfield in 2004. Elly held leadership positions on the boards of his synagogue when his children were young. He was an active member of the Woodworking and Metal Crafts Club at Heritage Village as well as an EMT on their ambulance service. At Seabury Retirement Community, he was a tireless fundraiser for the Seabury Charitable Foundation. Elly was a hands-on do-it-yourselfer, with a talent to fix anything for his family and others. In retirement, Elly became a prolific and talented gardener and woodworker, making furniture for his children's growing families, intricate inlaid wooden bowls, lathe-turned vases, creative whirligigs and birdhouses. Elly and Myrna traveled the world with Appalachian Mountain Club where they back-packed the Grand Canyon, hiked in Costa Rica and Norway, canoed the Allagash Wilderness Waterway in Maine and the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. They kept their minds active traveling to over 50 Elderhostels in China, Greece, Alaska, Canada and Prince Edward Island. They were happy to settle down, finally, in their cozy cottage at Seabury. Elly took great satisfaction and comfort in his children's well-being, and he took attentive and tender care of Myrna as her health declined until she passed away in August 2012. Elly led an honorable and moral life. He expressed gratitude for everything that came his way. He left a quiet footprint on the earth, except for his delightful laugh which was his unique signature. Elly will be lovingly remembered by his daughter JoAnne and husband Jack Kloppenburg, their daughter Shalako and husband Michael Thomas, son Micah and wife Carrie Breunig and their daughter Isla, and daughter Kestrel; and his son James Fishman and wife Diane and their daughter Julianne and husband Austin Slitt and their sons Grayson, Cameron and Lincoln, daughter Christina and husband Alex Steckel and their daughter Surrey, and son Ross. Elly's family expresses their deepest gratitude to all the special people who cared for him at Seabury, especially the staff at Brewer. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made in Elihu Fishman's name to the Seabury Staff COVID-19 Gratitude Fund, 200 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002.

Fitzgerald, Jeremiah P.

Jeremiah P. Fitzgerald, age 85, Ohio, died October 6, 2013.  He was the beloved husband of Grace (nee Ballou), loving dad of Linda Fitzgerald, Helen Fitzgerald and Judith Matej (James), dear grandpa of Kristin Helsley (Matthew) and Michael Matej, brother of the late Larry Fitzgerald and Mary Katherine Dumont.

Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 250 Kraft Street, Berea, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grace Hospice, 16600 Sprague Road, Suite 35, Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130.

Fitzpatrick, R.L.

R.L. Fitzpatrick, 94, passed away after waging the war against Covid-19; he bravely lost the battle on April 10, 2020. He was born in Cherokee, Alabama and has resided in Cuyahoga Falls since 1967. RL married Florence, the love of his life, on August 8,1953. Mr. Fitzpatrick was a highly decorated Marine veteran serving in both WWII and the Korean War receiving a purple heart for injuries sustained on Iwo Jima. He retired from Massey Ferguson in 1982 after 22 years of service. Mr. Fitzpatrick was a member of Broadman Baptist Church and the VFW Ralph Huff Post 1062. He enjoyed golfing, woodworking, playing pool, bowling, playing guitar, singing, and loved spending time with his grandchildren. ​ He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Florence; children, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Linda (Todd) Keim, Gary (Linda) Fitzpatrick, Patti (Bill) Ghrist and Sandy (Brad) Mouser; grandchildren, Christina, Lindsey, Jennifer (Todd)Valerie, Timothy (Laura), Lauren (Nelson), Laurel (Danny), Shannon (Henry), Christopher and Sean; greatgrandchildren, Gaige, Mason, Rylie, Joseph, Liam, Levi, Cuyler, Selah, Olive, Silas, Samuel and Grady; siblings, Bertha Nanney, Jerry Fitzpatrick and Lee Ella Land. ​

​The family will be having a private graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Broadman Baptist Church 350 E. Bath Rd. Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. ​

Flanagan, Robert Joseph

Robert Joseph "Bob" Flanagan died peacefully at St. Elizabeth's Hospital on June 21, 2021, in O'Fallon, Illinois, at the age of 92.  Bob was born on April 11, 1929, in Peoria, Illinois, to Francis and Emma Moutier Flanagan.

He graduated from Spaulding High School in 1948, and St. Ambrose College in 1952, with a B.A. in Philosophy.  Bob excelled in sports, especially football, where he earned first team All-State honors as halfback in 1946 and 1947.  He was named Peoria Athlete of the Year in 1948.  Bob began his college career at Notre Dame, then transferred to Bradley University.  He then enrolled at St. Ambrose in 1951 to enter the Seminary.  Bob earned All-American honors in football at Bradley and St. Ambrose.  He was inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.  He is also a member of the sports halls of fame at Spaulding High School (now Peoria Notre Dame), Bradley University and St. Ambrose University.

Growing up, Bob was always passionate about his Catholic faith.  He decided to enroll at St. Ambrose seminary school to pursue the priesthood.  His calling was derailed when he met Mary Watson, who soon became the love of his life.  They married in 1955, which Bob often noted was the "best decision I ever made."  The couple welcomed four children: Mark, Ann, Rob, and Mary.  Bob was a very devoted father and a constant presence in their lives.  He especially enjoyed supporting his children with a variety of sports, scholastic and spiritual endeavors.

Bob served in the Army during the Korean War, which led to a position with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent.  Bob spent 30 years in the FBI, stationed in Philadelphia, Detroit, Bay City, Michigan, and finally, Belleville, Illinois.  During his FBI career, Bob participated in a number of notable investigations, including as a member of the task force assigned to the Kent State shootings in 1970.  He remained active in the Society of Retired Special Agents of the FBI for over 35 years.

Bob remained steadfast to his Catholic faith throughout his life.  He rarely missed a day of mass at Holy Childhood Parish and served in many volunteer roles for the church, including Eucharistic Minister and instructor for the RCIA and the CCD.  He was also a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 4380.

Bob is survived by his loving wife Fran; his children, Mark of Mascoutah, Ann (Joe) Flanagan Petry of Kirkwood, Missouri, Robert (Lisa) of Winnetka, Illinois, Mary (and Mark) Flanagan Dean of Chesterfield, Missouri.  He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Noah, Alex, and Natalie Flanagan and Jack and Audrey Dean.  He was preceded in death by his parents Emma and Francis Flanagan of Peoria, Illinois, and his brother Tom (Mary) Flanagan, also of Peoria.

His funeral was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home.  Burial followed at Friedens St. John's Evangelical Cemetery, Blackjack, Illinois.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Freeburg Care Center, St. Elizabeth's Hospital and the Moll Funeral Home.  Their dedication, compassion and support over the past several weeks is deeply appreciated.

In lieu of all other gifts, memorials may be made to Holy Childhood School, 215 North John, Mascoutah, Illinois 62255 or The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 13 Vieux Carre Drive #2, East St. Louis, Illinois 62203.

Fleischer, Gerald V.

Gerald V. Fleischer, having to be separated from his loving family, and in spite of excellent care at the nursing home, lost his life to COVID-19 on December 17, 2020.  Gerald was a Korean War combat Marine.  He was the beloved husband of Joan (nee Zeller) Fleischer; dear father of Karen (Richard) Wahowski and Paula (John) Mis; loving grandfather of Kimberly, Joel (Candice), Daena and John (Rachel) and the late Andrew; great-grandfather of seven. Predeceased by several siblings; survived by nieces and nephews. Private services will be held.

Fliegel, Berton Sumner

Berton Sumner Fliegel, a social worker and activist from Newton who devoted his career to fighting on behalf of the poor, died April 16, 2020 at the Belmont Manor nursing home from complications related to coronavirus. He was 90 years old. Fliegel is survived by his wife Susan, his son Joshua who lives in Seattle, daughters Lisa of Jamaica Plain and Janie (Fliegel) Howland of South Natick, and three grandchildren. His daughter Dina Fliegel-Bocian died in 1989. Born in Lynn during the Great Depression and raised in Beverly, Fliegel was the son of William and Marian Fliegel. His father was the barber at Danvers State Psychiatric Hospital and young Berton worked as an aide there from the age of 15, getting an early start to a long and storied career in human services. Fliegel attended Hebrew School and played basketball at Temple B'nai Abraham in Beverly, leading his team to a league championship. He was graduated from Beverly High School and briefly attended Syracuse University, where he majored in English. A lover of poetry, Fliegel was known to recite verses that aptly captured special moments. "My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky," he was known to muse. As a soldier during the Korean War, Fliegel served as a psychiatric aide at a stateside Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. He attended Boston University, receiving a Master's from the Boston University School of Social Work in 1954. A year later, he married Beverly Rebecca Ross, a fellow student from Portland, Maine. She died in 1972. Fliegel earned his Ph.D from the Florence Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University. He married Susan Davis of Newton the following year. Throughout his life, Fliegel was known as a champion of social justice. He attended the 1963 March on Washington and heard Dr. Martin Luther King deliver his "I Have a Dream" speech. Earlier, he became the first social worker in the country to provide support services to residents dislocated by urban renewal. The position, which required congressional approval, was created in 1959 at the initiative of the West End Neighborhood Council and with the cooperation of the Boston Redevelopment Authority. In the forefront of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, Fliegel participated in Boston's creation of a Model Cities program, which aimed to develop affordable housing and social service programs with community organizations. Under the initiative, Fliegel worked with community activists and rallied poor residents to demand better social services with access to primary and preventative health care. The pressure from community leaders he helped generate led Boston hospitals to align themselves with their home neighborhoods and support formation of community clinics. Opening Boston's Columbia Point Health Center set off a grassroots movement in the city that with his involvement, led by 1971 to the opening of 18 additional health centers in Boston. In 1969, Fliegel was appointed assistant professor of preventive medicine by the Tufts School of Medicine and became the administrative director of the Columbia Point Community Health Center. He later was appointed its director of community planning and development. In that capacity, he mediated between University of Massachusetts-Boston and the residents of the Columbia Point Housing Development and the Community Health Center. In 1972, he became field coordinator for UMass Boston's Year for Action. Under the federal initiative aimed at producing a corps of 25,000 students across the country with special training to help alleviate poverty, he supported the admission of underserved students from the surrounding communities to receive a college education. Fliegel went on to teach courses in psychology and social sciences at the university. He cherished his students and strived above all to instill them with hope. Once at a campus lecture when Fliegel saw a troubled student pull out a knife, he managed to disarm the young man, saying, "You don't need that. You have me to protect you." In 1981, Fliegel shifted to clinical practice, based at the Family Counseling and Guidance Center in Braintree. Upon retirement Dr. Fliegel continued to strive for social and environmental justice. He rallied in support of the Bottle Bill to promote recycling and supported his wife Susan's work in a variety of Democratic political campaigns and advocacy for those with multiple sclerosis. Fliegel is remembered by family and friends as a born feminist who valued every human being with whom he came in contact. At the Belmont Manor nursing home, as in his whole life, he knew everyone by name, always asking for the health and wellbeing of their families. He deeply loved and cherished those around him. When asked what legacy he hoped to leave for the next generation, Fliegel said: "It is so important that we listen to each other. People need to listen." Alongside his wife, son and daughters, Fliegel is also survived by his sons-in-law Brian Howland and Arthur Bocian, and brother-in-law Louis Tanzer of Beverly. Fliegel had three beloved grandchildren: Russell Bocian, Davis Howland and Julian Howland. He was predeceased by his sister Roslyn Fliegel Tanzer of Beverly and brother Dr. Norris Eli Fliegel, who lived in New York City. - Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 17, 2020

Flood, George Grattan

Our loving father and husband, George Grattan Flood, passed away peacefully Monday, July 5, after battling cancer for the past two years. George was a devoted family man whose children and grandchildren flocked around him to benefit from his love, advice and humor. Next to his family and his religion, George was dedicated to the United States Marine Corps in which he served for 31 years. He was born in Seattle on April 9, 1927, attended Seattle Prep, then graduated in 1949 from Seattle University where he was a member of the basketball team. He also attended UW Law School 1949/1950.

George and Phyllismary Young began their 61 years of marriage in 1949 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Seattle. After enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1945, he completed his tour of active duty aboard the USS Shangri La. He later completed USMC Platoon Leaders Class while attending Seattle U, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1949. He was called to active duty in 1950 and participated in combat operations in Korea as a platoon and company commander in the2nd Battalion, Seventh Marines throughout 1951. George was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star Medals for action at Hongchon and at the 38th Parallel. He served in World II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He continued to serve in Marine Corps Reserves and after 34 years he retired to the rank of Full Colonel.

George raised a family and worked in the insurance business in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. He enjoyed 27 rewarding years with PEMCO Insurance retiring in 2000. Since retirement he has been an active volunteer with the Bellevue Police Department. George was involved in many community and military organizations. He held leadership positions with American Legion Post #1, the American Legion Foundation, USMC Reserve Officers Association, Marine Corps Council Northwest, Seattle U Alumni Association, the Knights of Columbus, Providence Mount St. Vincent, and church organizations supporting St. Mathew and St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic churches. He was also a fervent supporter of Seattle U basketball, played fast-pitch softball into his 60's, and loved to relax on the shores of Brown's Bay. George is survived by his wife, Phyllismary; his children, Mike (Marty), Maureen Belcher-Pal (Yoram Pal), Kevin (Joan) and Brian (Noreen); 11 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren; sisters, Diane Gustaverson, Brigid (Bruce) Laing, Chadene Flood Gong; brother, Tim (Mary) Flood, also many nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be today, Thursday, July 07, at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, July 10, at 11:00 a.m., ALL at St. Madeleine Sophie Church, 4400 130th Pl. SE, Bellevue. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence Mount St. Vincent Foundation, 4831 35th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126-2709, or Somerset Women for Medic One, c/o Bellevue Fire Dept, PO Box 90012, Bellevue, WA 98009-9012. Hoffner Fisher & Harvey.

Published in The Seattle Times from July 7 to July 8, 2010

Flores, Belisario J.

Brigadier General Belisario J. Flores, USAF (Ret.) born in Eagle Pass, Texas and raised in San Antonio, Texas, passed on to eternal life with the Lord on February 19, 2018, at the age of 91. He was known as Bel by his friends and colleagues and Beli to his family. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife from his first marriage, Josephine Guerrero Flores, his parents Jose Hector Flores and Felipa Hernandez Salinas de Flores and his brother Jose Edmundo Flores. He is survived by his beloved wife from his second marriage, Adelina Greco Flores, two stepchildren, Frank (Anne) Greco, and Anna (Glenn) Maples, seven step grandchildren and nine step great grandchildren as well as numerous cousins and relatives. General Flores was frequently recognized for his forty-one years of military service to his State and Country which included two years of Army stateside duty during World War II and three years of Army service during the Korean War of which ten months were served in combat. His active duty tours were followed by thirty-six years of service with the Texas Air National Guard which included the start and the end of the Vietnam War. He entered the service on the 10th day of January 1945 and retired on the 31st of July 1986. In 1971, he was appointed to serve as Assistant Adjutant General for the Texas Air National Guard where he served until his retirement. In 1974 he was promoted to flag rank making him the first Hispanic of that rank in the Air National Guard of the United States and the second of two flag officers from the State of Texas. In 1986, General Flores was brevetted with the rank of Major General in the military forces of Texas by then Governor of Texas, The Honorable Mark White. In 2008 he was inducted into the Texas National Guard Hall of Honor at Camp Mabry in Austin. His military education included certificates from the Command and Staff University, The Air War College, The Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Defense Strategy Institute of the United States. He was a graduate of St. Mary’s University and was honored on the 16th of February 2018 for his and Adelina’s generous contribution to establish an on campus Veterans Center. Following his retirement, General Flores remained very active in public and civic affairs. Bel was an active member of St. Pius X Catholic Church where he served many years as usher.

Fly, Ralph David

On March 2nd, 2019, Ralph David Fly, veteran of the Korean War and master of the Argentine Tango, passed away peacefully in his South Hill Puyallup home of 50 years. He was 86 years old and preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Eleanora Medina.

He was born April 8, 1932 in the front room of a three-room shack of a house located in Cox’s Woods near Joplin, Missouri. He was the only child of Ralph Walter Fly and Agatha Florence Reynolds. A child of the Depression, he ate beans and cornbread for dinner, pretended he was a worker for the WPA, and collected tin cans for the war effort.

Ralph Fly attended Washington Grade School, located on the east side of Joplin. He attended Central High School at Tulsa, Oklahoma, for two and a half years, but he finished his senior year at Stadium High in Tacoma, Washington. Immediately after graduation from high school, Ralph David Fly enlisted in the Navy at Tacoma, Washington. He and a group of naval enlistees were sworn in on the stage of a movie theater in Seattle in June of 1951. The theater was having a premier of a Gary Cooper movie called, "You’re in the Navy Now."

He was a US Navy corpsman in Korea from November of 1952 until November of 1953, serving with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. For three months he was with the Marines on the Main Line of Resistance, followed by three months with Battalion Aid, with the balance of his duty in Korea in Easy Med. He took care of Marine casualties from Vegas, Carson, and Reno outposts.

The same month that he was discharged from the Navy, he married Eleanora (Cookie) Medina from Puerto Rico on June 26, 1955 at Blendville Christian Church in Joplin. He graduated from Joplin Junior College (now Missouri Southern State University) with a degree in Chemistry.

He was an avid reader of science and politics, but the Tango was his passion.

He is survived by his three children, Ralph Jr of American Falls, Idaho, Bonita Ross of Puyallup, Washington, and Alan (Michelle) Fly of University Place, Washington; grandchildren Angela Shaw, Joshua Ross, Danielle (James) Cole, David Fly, Victoria (Evan) Alkhas , Shannon Fly, Allyson Fly, Natasha Fly, Nina Fly, and Joshua (Alina) Peters; and great grandchildren Emelia Cole, Asher Fly and Parker Cole. There are numerous nephews and nieces, as well as his half brother Allison Fly of Parsons, Kansas.

Services will be Wednesday March 6th, 11 a.m. at Power's Funeral Home in Puyallup, followed by a short service at 1 p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.

Flynn, John M. "Jack"

John M. "Jack" Flynn, age 85, of Pembroke, formerly of North Quincy, and a retired supervisor for the Boston Edison passed away April 12, 2020 at South Shore Hospital from Covid-19. Jack was born and raised in South Boston and graduated from South Boston High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served during the Korean War. He loved playing golf, and he and Terry spent winter months in Naples, Florida, where he enjoyed golfing with his friends from South Boston. Jack also enjoyed spending time with his family, watching his grandchildren play sports, and gardening.

Son of the late Patrick and Catherine Flynn. Beloved husband of 61 years to Theresa "Terry" (McCormack) Flynn. Loving father of Maureen Lynch and her husband, Dr. Timothy Lynch of Kingston, Kathleen Weiler of Hanson, Bryan Flynn and his fiancee, Kimberly Small, of Pembroke, and John Flynn and his wife, Kristine, of Abington. Brother of Ruth Flynn of Quincy, Patricia Kiely of Weymouth, and the late Catherine Doucette, William Flynn, and Paul Flynn. Papa to Timothy, Meaghan, Stephen, Nicole, Allison, Holly, Christopher, Casey, Cally, Matthew, Lauren and Katelyn. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Jack's life will be held at a later date. Normally, the Funeral is an opportunity for the community to gather in support of one another. Although we cannot gather together with John's family at this time, friends may still offer their support by visiting www.Keohane.com and sharing a special memory or message. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, Massachusetts 02452. - Published in The Boston Globe on April 15, 2020

Folmar, Emory

Emory Folmar, a successful shopping center developer who served as Montgomery mayor from 1977 to 1999, has died, the Montgomery Advertiser and WSFA are reporting tonight. He was 81.  He died November 11, 2011.

Folmar ran for governor at the top of the evolving Alabama Republican ticket in 1982 but lost to George Wallace. Many credit Folmar's leadership with building a real two-party system in Alabama.

Folmar continued in public life after losing to the mayor's office to Democrat Bobby Bright, and ran Alabama's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board from 2003 until Gov. Robert Bentley took office in January.

He led the Alabama Republican Party from 1985 to 1989. He was first elected to the Montgomery City Council in 1975, and launched to the mayor's office from the position of council president.

Folmar was a decorated veteran of the Korean War, receiving the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He served as a company commander. During his tenure as mayor he served in a largely ceremonial role as a special assistant to the secretary of the Army and ran the Alabama campaigns of President George H. W. Bush.

Folmar took a law-and-order stance as mayor, sometimes carrying a pistol, and ordered police to so staunchly oversee music concerts that few played the city in some years. He battled with the ACLU and Democrats of all stripes, including long-time Alabama Democratic Party and Alabama Education Association official Joe Reed (a 24-year member of the Montgomery City Council).

But Folmar's police department also saw controversy, including the 1983 Todd Road incident in which white police detectives entered the home of a black family gathered to mourn a lost relative. The detectives were beaten, other police arrived, and there were claims of police abuse during questioning afterward.

Former Prattville Mayor Jim Byard Jr. told the Montgomery Advertiser tonight that Folmar’s death was “the passing of a senior statesman.” The newspaper quoted Folmar's son-in-law as saying the city's long-time leader died at home about 7 p.m. Friday night.

He and his wife, Anita, are parents of three children.

Folmar, Jesse Gregory

Maj. Jesse Gregory Folmar, 83, died Friday, July 30, 2004. Folmar joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1939 at the age of 18 and became involved in Marine aviation just before World War II. During the war, he spent 17 months in the Central Pacific, where he flew several missions with Charles A. Lindbergh, his family said.

Folmar returned from combat during the Korean War and became the only American pilot credited with shooting down a Mikoyan-Gurevich MG-15 jet fighter with a piston-powered aircraft, a Vought F4U-4 Corsair, said his family. It was revealed later that the MIG had been piloted by a Russian pilot.

In addition to receiving the Silver Star for his fight with the MIG, Folmar also won the Purple Heart and five air medals during his service with the Marine Corps. Following his retirement after 20 years of military service, Folmar moved to Foley where he bought a small farm and began working at Naval Air Station Pensacola as a jet engine technician.

He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Folmar of Foley; three daughters, Kathy Becker of Montrose, Danielle Combee of Atlanta and Marsha Slater of Alexandria, Va.; one son, Gregory Folmar of Charlotte, N.C.; and six grandchildren.

Visitation will be held tonight, from 6 to 8, at Pine Rest Funeral Home in Foley. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Pine Rest Memorial Park in Foley. The family suggests memorials be made to the Berean Baptist Church, 24070 U.S. 98, Elberta, AL 36530. Funeral arrangements are by Pine Rest Funeral Home in Foley.

Folsom, Alva J.

Alva J. Folsom, 75, of Georgetown Sun City, Texas passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2009. Visitation will be held at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel, 393 North IH 35, Georgetown, Texas on Monday, January 19, 2009 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30PM on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at St. Helen’s Catholic Church, 2700 East University, Georgetown, Texas 78626. Interment will follow at Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery. Alva was born June 12, 1933 in Canby, Minnesota to the late Harry Eugne and Helen Christina Somes Folsom. He is also preceded in death by his son, Scott Folsom in October 14, 2003 and sister, Agnes Schmichael. Alva served his country honorably in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He met his wife Joyce E. Goerdt while dancing on the Lawrence Welk Show. They both loved to dance and made a great team. Alva and Joyce married February 11, 1956 in Los Angeles, California. He was an avid outdoorsman, loving to hunt and fish. Alva worked as a dispatcher for the Southern California Gas Company, retiring 16 years ago. Alva and Joyce moved to the Georgetown area about two years ago, they spent many years in Phoenix, Arizona. While in Phoenix, Alva worked with the Korean War Vets. He served as Chaplain for the State of Arizona and was very honored and proud of his work. Alva leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 53 years, Joyce E. Folsom; son, Steve Folsom and wife Ginger; brother, Harvey Folsom and wife Pauline and Frank Folsom and wife Betty; granddaughters, Sage and Larkin Folsom and Jennifer Odem; along with many other loving family members.


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Ford, Lt. Col. Jim Gibson

Lt. Col. Jim Gibson Ford, United States Air Force Retired, of Oceanside, California, passed away, Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at Mount Vernon, Washington.

Born December 9, 1919 in Sherrill, Arkansas, he began life as a Southern country boy, joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1939, and then became a commissioned officer in 1942. A 27-year career officer in the Air Force, he served in Europe and the South Pacific in World War II. He also served in the Korean War. He completed his service at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona working with NORAD. After his retirement from the military, he worked as a software engineer for G.E./Honeywell Corporations. Beyond his second career, he was active in retirement through his church, as an ombudsman for residents in local retirement homes while living in Arizona and as a Pastoral Minister for prisoners in the CA Penal System. He was a firm and constant believer in God, family, and country and an eternal optimist. "Hopefully, the story I tell may enrich your life, strengthen your will to stand tall and show that you can change the world, at least that around you." (My Life As I Lived It, Jim Gibson Ford, 2005).

At the rank of Captain he was awarded the Legion of Merit for his extraordinary service to his country for his leadership on the "The Voice of the United Nations" Psychological Warfare campaign during the Korean War.
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Survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Shirley K. Ford, his six children and sons-in-law/daughter-in-law; Christie Ford, Carol and Tom Hecker, Marian and Steve Webber, Ann and Dennis Hoins, Julie and Doug Kays and Margaret and John Ford, and his 13 grandchildren. Surviving sisters and brother: Helen Ford Swindle, Dorothy Lee "Jane" Kennedy and Robert Franklin Ford, Jr. We will all miss his smile, his laugh, and his love of life and of us. Services to be held Monday, August 22nd, 10:30am at the Church of St. Thomas More, 1450 South Melrose Dr., Oceanside, CA. Internment will follow at the Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery, 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside; reception after at the Church of St. Thomas More.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of St. Thomas More Building Fund.

Ford, Lindon Walton

Lindon W. Ford died January 19, 2011, aged 86.  He was born January 21, 1924, the son of Adley Grady and Annie Lee Thrasher Ford.  He served in the Navy during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.  He was married to Evelyn Marie Wells Wight in 1945, and later married Sonya Henderson.  His son were Robert James "Bob" Ford and Chris Ford.  Lindon was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Marjorie Ford Wolfe.  He is buried in Fayetteville National Cemetery, Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas.

Foree, Frank W.

Frank W. Foree, age 90, of Cadiz, Kentucky, passed away Thursday, December 23, 2021, at Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky.

Born June 24, 1931, in Belleville, Illinois, he was a son of the late Fred Warren and Otillia Sauer Foree.  He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War and an industrial electrician by trade.  A 63-year member of IBEW Local 309 in Collinsville, Illinois, he served on the executive board, as well as negotiating committees, and was a founding member of the retirees committee.  He was a tireless worker for members' rights and was always willing to join forces for the cause. 

He retired in 1990 and settled into lake life with his wife on Lake Barkley in Cadiz.  He enjoyed fishing and gardening and loved to mow his lawn.  He was known for his helpfulness and generosity, always willing to lend a hand to his neighbors and share his garden bounties.  An avid antique car enthusiast, he was most fond of Model A's and was a member of the Model A Restorers' Club.  With a great sense of humor, Frank was never without a joke and always seemed to have one for every occasion. To his beloved family, he was known as Grandpa and Big Pawpaw, and he never ended a visit with them without saying, "Call me when you get home."

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pansy Louise Joyce Foree; and brothers, Bob Foree, David Foree, and Billy Foree and Charles Foree, both in infancy.  He is survived by his son, Brian (Sandy) Foree of Troy, Illinois; daughters, Kathleen (Bobby) Joyce of Saint Louis, Missouri, and Konnie (Jeff) Gordon of Smithton, Illinois; 12 grandchildren, Matt Foree, J.D. (Sylvie) Foree, Brandon Charles Jones, Courtney Elizabeth (Daniel) Olson, Clayton Patrick (Alisa) Jones, Samantha (Glenn) Davis, Taylor (Cody) Adams, Christina Jackson, Amanda Stapf, Michael (Ally) Maschhoff, Jessica Gordon, and Addison Gordon; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Ann Klingel of Belleville.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville.  Interment followed at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Belleville.  Memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607.

Forness, Donald "Don" T.

Donald “Don” T. Forness, 92, of Belleville, Illinois, born February 26, 1930, in Belleville, died Saturday, August 20, 2022, at Four Fountains, Belleville.

Mr. Forness served in the United States military as a former Navy service member in Korea from 1948-1953. He was a former supervisor test technician for Emerson Electrical-ESCO, where he worked for 33 years and later retired from.

Don was a loyal member of St. Mary Catholic Church and belonged to the St. Mary Athletic Club, the St. Mary Men’s Club and served as a former president and treasurer. Don was involved in SAVE (St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises, Inc.) Boosters Club for 30 years. He was a lector for St. Mary since 1964 and money counter since 1970. Don was a member and former president of the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Middendorf Forness, whom he married on November 24, 1955; his parents, Nicholas and Marie Ewald Forness; a sister at birth, Virginia Forness; and a sister-in-law, Audrey Forness.

Surviving are his two sons, Michael (Jan) Forness and Daniel (Karen) Forness; a daughter, Donna Marie Forness; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, Nicholas J. Forness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SAVE (St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises, Inc.) or St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Funeral: A memorial mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 25, 2022, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Burial will be held at a later date.

Fothergill, John Bruce

John B. Fothergill, Oregon, died November 23, 2005.  He was born in Ferndale Oak, Michigan on August 15, 1930, the son of John Elgin and Beatrice Edith Rolston Fothergill.  He served in the US Navy during the Korean War.  He was survived by his wife, Karen; sons Michael and Jeffrey Fothergill, and brother William Fothergill.  John is buried in Lone Oak Cemetery, Stayton, Oregon.

Fournie, Laurence "Larry" F.

Lawrence "Larry" F. Fournie, age 93, born Tuesday, May 8, 1928, in Belleville, Illinois, died Friday, December 10, 2021, in his beloved home, surrounded by his loved one.

Larry was a 1946 graduate of Cathedral High School and remained great friends with his schoolmates throughout his life.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.  Upon returning to Belleville, he began his life-long career, using his brilliant mathematical mind as a civil engineer until he retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation in 1995. During that time he met another Belleville native, Janice Mercurio.  They married in 1967 and remained happily together until her death in 1998.

Larry was a member of Belleville Moose Lodge 1221 and a founding member of the Retired Old Men Eating Out (ROMEO) gang.  Larry lived a full life and was known and admired by many for his generosity.  The streets of Belleville will never forget Larry in his beloved blue Austin Healey.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Laurence D. and Olinda Daubach Fournie; his wife, Janice Fournie; and his sister, Anna Mae Johnson of Lewes, Delaware.  Surviving to miss him are his daughters, Amy (Paul) Hyde of St. Louis, Missouri, and Angela (Roper) Bainter of Belleville; his closest friend, Greg Coates of Belleville; and his grandchildren Lila Rose Hyde and namesake, Henry Laurence Hyde.

Cremation burial was held at Lake View Memorial Gardens, and although there wasn't any kind of official service, Laurence requested that "instead of flowers I hope that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone in need" in his name.

Frahm, Willis E.

Willis Eugene Frahm, 85, of Tuscola, Illinois, passed away at 2:21 a.m., Thursday, December 25, 2014 at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 30, 2014 t the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola, with the Rev. Mike Zylstra and Rev. Kenneth Roedder officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, December 29, 2014 at the funeral home.  Burial with military graveside rites accorded will be held at the Tuscola Township Cemetery, Tuscola.

Willis was born on June 06, 1929 in Tuscola, Illinois, the son of Everett and Gertrude Huckleberry Frahm.  He married Della Mae Foss on June 06, 1970 in Mattoon, Illinois.  She survives.  Other survivors include several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Glen E. Frahm.

Willis was a Master Sergeant in the United States Army, serving with the Illinois National Guard prior to the Korean War and then as a platoon sergeant with the 45th Infantry Division in Korea from 1952 to 1953.  He received a Bronze Star for meritorious service while leading his platoon into combat at Heartbreak Ridge and other locations in Korea.

He worked as a general contractor, building many homes in the Tuscola area.  He attended the Christian Church.  Willis was a member and past governor of the AMBUC's and a life member of the Museum Association of Douglas County.  Willis enjoyed gardening.  He and Della Mae enjoyed volunteering and spent 25 winters traveling and doing mission work around the country.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Oblong Children's Home, Douglas County Museum Association, or a mission of the donor's choice.

Francis, Joseph Emanuel

Joseph Emanuel Francis of Bushnell, Illinois, died at the age of 91 on March 11, 2023 at The Oaks Manor in Oakland, Illinois. He was born in Canton, Illinois to Grace L. (Custer) and Ray Francis. He married Mary A. Havens on June 20, 1952 in China Lake, California. They were married for 69 years.

Joe served his country in the army during the Korean War. He worked as an electronic technician and later an engineer on our country’s missile defense systems. He also worked for Sperry Rand Corporation and UNIVAC. Changing career direction, he managed Lake Wildwood Haven near Bushnell. His career also included teaching the electronic technician program at Spoon River College in Canton for many years.

Joe loved fishing and spending time working on his farm. He loved old Western movies and reading Western novels. He was quite the handyman, being able to fix most anything. Buying, restoring, and flipping houses took up much of his “retirement” time.

Joe is survived by his daughters, Marijo (Eric) Eisbrenner, Rhonda (Steven) VanSpeybroeck, Cheryl (Greg) Speer, Lisa VanNatta; three siblings, Alric (Roberta) Miller, James Miller, and Daisy (Lloyd) Corbett;13 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins across this country from California to Maine. “Papa Joe” will be sorely missed.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; daughter, Melanie Francis; five siblings, Bettie Isonhart, William, Robert, and Ray Francis, and Rosie Bristow.

Graveside services will be held at a later date in Prairie City Cemetery, Prairie City, Illinois. Shrader Funeral Home, 204 N. Locust Street, Arcola, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude PL, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Frank, Hal T.

I am writing to report that my father, Hal T. Frank, about whom I vented in a distressed letter to the Korean War Educator several weeks ago, died on Saturday, December 18, 2004. He was buried with full military honors at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on December 23, 2004. The ceremony was profoundly moving. We were able to celebrate his life in a very meaningful way. He would have liked all the things people said about him, and the piper, and the beautiful songs and hymns sung by an Irish tenor. (I wish he could have heard it all!)

Hal Thurston Frank was born on March 30, 1928, to Geneva (Thurston) and Leroy Winslow Frank, in Poland, Maine. He was the first-born of eight brothers and sisters, including the late Gertrude M. Frank of Vassalboro, ME, the late Timothy Frank of Poland, ME, and the late Philip Frank of Hanover, MA. He is survived by two sisters, JoAnn Frank of Auburn, ME, and Sally Belisle of Lewiston, ME, and two brothers, Freeman Frank of Melrose, MA, and Royal Frank of Poland, ME.

He was a member of the 1946 graduating class of Edward Little High School, Lewiston, ME. In July, 1946, he enlisted in the United States Army, and, according to his discharge papers, arrived at Fort Banks, MA, on August 7, 1946. He wanted to be a medic, and had dreams of becoming a doctor someday. He quickly became fluent in German, and was sent to Germany to serve after the war. He was stationed in Germany for three years. Told he would be stationed stateside if he "re-upped", he did just that--and then conflict broke out in Korea. He was deployed there where he served as a medic in combat with a unit that put up power lines (or the equivalent). He was discharged from the Army at Camp Kilmer, NJ, on July 25, 1951.

He studied at Boston University, Northeastern University, and Boston College for several years. While in college, he worked at Metropolitan State Hospital and Boston State Hospital. He met a young nurse, Kathryn Ruth MacKay, at Met State, in 1953. They married in October, 1953. I was born in September, 1954. My parents had two more children after me--my sister Sara (born in 1956), and my brother Tom (born in 1961).

My father's ambition to become a doctor died on the battlefields of Korea. For thirty years, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service, but the passion of his life was always books--He loved poetry, history, science, philosophy. He loved Irish music and folk music. He was brilliant and humble, never accepting that he was special in any way. He passed on his love of learning to his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed conversation with all kinds of people. He was tolerant of everyone, but detested "braggarts, liars, and windbags".  He enjoyed the camaraderie of many people, and loved good pubs, good food, good stories, good music, and Guinness Stout—not necessarily in that order! He loved parades, historic sites, museums, New England Autumns, Spring, Poland, Maine, libraries, bookstores, all the Holidays--and all occasions of family celebrations and dinners.

My anguish is all the greater because he suffered so much in the end, and his death was the result of a doctor's tragic mistake; but I am so grateful I was blessed with extra time with him, and was able to tell him how much I loved him. My sister and I held his hands until his heart beat for the last time. I am so glad we were able to be with him at the end of his final battle. (Death may be a necessary part of this life, but this pain is almost unbearable. How do people get through it? I can't do his paperwork or sort through his things. I miss him so much.)

Thank you for writing to me, Lynnita, and for your reassuring words about my father being in the arms of the Savior. My greatest fear has been that he would go to a Christ-less eternity and that I would never see him again. In the end, I know, and throughout this ordeal, my father's life has been in God's hands alone. I knew once he left this life, there was no point in continuing anxious prayers on his behalf. My hope was and is that he did meet Jesus again, and embraced him as he did once as a little boy. If this is the case, I know he is experiencing a peace and a joy greater than anything he could ever have had if he stayed in this life on Earth, and that I will see him some day in Heaven.

I am so glad for your website, the Korean War Educator. It has been such a comfort. It is extremely important to my siblings and me that my father's life is not simply "erased". We want the world to know he lived, loved and was loved, and that this world is a better place because he was once apart of it. The inscription on his grave marker comes from one of his favorite poems: "...Gentle sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over." Thank you, Lynnita, for all your support. May the good Lord continue to bless you and all those you love in the coming year! - Brenda Charrier

Franklin, Finnis E. (Frank, Bud)

Bud Franklin died July 04, 1994.  He was buried in the National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.  Husband of Joan J. Finnegan Franklin, he was also survived by his children: Mark Franklin, Dennis Franklin, and Mrs. Mike (Patricia) Chenot.  Other survivors include six grandchildren, brother John Franklin, and sisters Joyce Schroeder and Carol Morrow. 

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, arriving back in the States in San Francisco in March 1954 on the Gen. E.T. Collins troop transport.

Frankville, Frederick P.

Frederick P. Frankville, 84, of Milan, Illinois, died Friday, December 6, 2013 at his home.  Services were held at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home in Rock Island, Illinois.  Burial with full military honors was at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island.

Mr. Frankville was born April 11, 1929 at Rock Island.  He graduated from Rock Island High School, Class of 1948.  He entered the United States Marine Corps and served in the Korean War with Dog Company, 7th Regiment, 1st Marine Division.  He was the recipient of the Silver Star medal and Purple Heart medal.  His Korean War memoir is on the Memoirs page of the Korean War Educator.

Fred married Sherry A. Perkins on July 24, 1956, in Galesburg, Illinois.  He was employed with the Rock Island Line railroad and retired from the Sioux Line railroad following 44 years of service.

He was a member of the Milan American Legion, Rock Island VFW, NRA, and in earlier years, the Moline Elks Club.  He was a voracious reader, loved history, and could talk intelligently about almost any subject.  He also loved collecting and restoring antique cars and tractors.

Fred was loved dearly by his family and friends and treasured them all as well.  He will be remembered for his quick-wit sense of humor and upbeat personality.  He was fierce and fearless in all aspects of life.  He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sherry, of Milan; son Dr. Richard Frankville, his wife Sandy, and their children Alex and Austin, all of Brazil, Indiana; daughter Susie Schmidgall of Morton, Illinois, and her children, Julie (Paul) Quiram of Benson, Illinois, and Cindy (Shane) Zimmerman of Bellflower, Illinois; great-grandchildren Erin Quiram, Michael Brooks and Cheyenne Zimmerman; great-granddaughter, Ellie Brooks; sister Rosemary Schlegel of San Antonio, Texas; and many nieces and nephews, including special nephews, Mark and Bill Schlegel, and special niece, Pamela Yackovich.

Mr. Frankville was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John and Domenic Frankville, and sister Josephine Ryan.

Frederick, Robert

Robert Frederick, a Washington native, died July 30, 2014 at a hospital in Maryland. Born at GW Hospital on March 7, 1932, he was 82 and resided in Leisure World in Silver Spring, Maryland.

He was a graduate of Wheatley Elementary, Eliot Jr. High School, and Eastern High School, Class of 1950. He was a member of the Southeast Boy’s Club club members gathered old keys “Scrap Metal”, purchased war stamps and then buying war bonds, and collected newspapers from 1941-1945 as part of the WWII effort. As part of this club, he was on the 12 and under baseball league written up as “The Classiest Team in DC”, where his pitching helped them to win 8 out of 12 games in one season and later earned him the honor of being called the best Southpaw in DC then breaking records at George Washington University in baseball. He pitched for the Bunker Hill Junior American Legion team known as THE TEAM winning the city championship ten years in a row.

He attended the University of Maryland when he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War as a Sergeant in the 8th Calvary Regiment APO 201, awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Metal, and also pitched for the Army Team in Japan. He served in the Army Reserve until his final discharge in 1960, then earning his Bachelor of Commercial Science at Strayer’s College of Accountancy, a B.B.A., and an MBA at Southeastern University.

He started his career at the Washington Gas Light Company in DC for ten years in accounting and became the Athletic Director Baseball and Basketball teams that he put together. He then managed several personnel agencies in Bethesda and Silver Spring, eventually, opening his own firm. He lived his adult life in North Bethesda, Maryland.

A lifetime member of the American Legion, he was Post Commander at Post 44 from 1961-1964, then Executive Board Member Post 44 and transferring to Post 86 remaining an active member in the organization until his death.

For fifty years, Mr. Frederick was an umpire for the Metropolitan Baseball Umpires Association in the DC Metro area, providing services to all ages and levels of baseball. Frequently awarded the 100-200 Game Club award until 2003, the Commissioner’s Award, and granted Lifetime Membership for Outstanding Contribution in 1999. In the last 10 years holding training camps and clinics for up and coming umpires and providing customer service for the MBUA. He also refereed basketball and volleyball for the Montgomery County Recreation Department for fifty years and for the City of Rockville until 2010.

During his time with the City of Rockville he dedicated his time to work in the Sports Division working with the Youth in Basketball and Baseball. He supported the sports division by helping out in other varies sport related jobs. Bob was very dedicated to helping the youth boys and girls that participated in sports leagues. He was eventually inducted into the Umpires Hall of Fame.

In the early 70’s the Industrial Baseball League invited him to accompany the team to Korea to enrich the total baseball exchange program between the two countries. This was known as the American Bicentennial project and was sanctioned by the U.S. Baseball Federation as the U.S. National team. He was the game official for all ten games between the two national teams played in six different cities.

Mr. Frederick served in the Peace Corps, first in Western Samoa and then in Dominica, West Indies. In Samoa, he completed their first profit and loss statement which was the first one to be made to the Automatic Telephone Exchange. He also set up a commercial accounting system and a Customer Credit Card System, the first of its kind in Western Samoa. In his spare time he was the Director of the Softball Association of Western Samoa consisting of 21 teams. In Samoa, sports became, in time, synonymous with Bob Frederick. He started the first tackle football season with 4 teams. He was made executive board member of the Sports Federation of Western Samoa. In Dominica he served as a Business Advisor assigned to the Cooperative Training Unit. He was called upon to act as an accountant, management counselor, catalyst, motivator and general all around advocate for the people who joined the cooperatives movement or were considering doing so.

Heavily involved in obtaining monies through various grant programs available to third world countries, he obtained grant monies for 13 different cooperatives involved in agriculture and fisheries. He provided on-the-job training for cooperative society personnel, participating in training activities, auditing cooperative societies, and giving management seminars to the various cooperatives that included basic financial management courses and lengthy discussions concerning Credit and Collection policies. Suggesting he be able to formulate a standard accounting system for all the Cooperatives, the system was completed and is now being used by all the Cooperatives in Dominica. From these experiences, upon his return, Mr. Frederick founded a consulting firm writing proposals for monies for third world countries.

In 1994, Bob became a CASA Volunteer sharing his expertise with the new recruits and giving of himself and what he uniquely brought to CASA.

Awarded the George Sullivan Award in 1995 by the Montgomery County Government for dedicated volunteer service to sexual assault victims, his efforts improved the quality of life of the citizens of Montgomery County. He served as an Outreach Volunteer for the Sexual Assault Service logging over 900 hours in one year filling shift gaps in outreach coverage, worked to train volunteers, and acted as a lobbyist to State Legislators. He was considered one of their most responsible and dependable volunteers giving consistently with enthusiasm and dedication to the victims that are served. His willingness to meet the needs of the services to victims of sexual assault exceeded all expectations and requirements. He doubled the amount of required hours. His service hours helped serve 34 members of the community during sixteen outreaches to hospitals and police stations. He was known to have a zealous attitude and take-charge personality which worked to the benefit of the clients. His knowledge of the community worked to coordinate a team approach, leaving more than one person asking, “Who was that man?”

Every election year, Mr. Frederick volunteered at the polls. At Thanksgiving he helped serve dinner to the homeless at different schools in Baltimore city. At Christmas he would get the name of a family in need in Montgomery County Social Services and purchase Christmas gifts for the family and a Christmas meal.

His final altruistic act was the donation of his body to science to Georgetown University Medical School.

Fregelette, Donald D.

Donald D. Fregelette, 88, Eden, New York, died of coronavirus on April 8, 2020. He was the beloved husband of the late Annamarie (Castiglia) Fregelette. Loving father of David (Kathleen), James (Julie), Donald (Kathleen) Fregelette, Cathy Fregelette-Schneider (Kevin Schneider), and John Fregelette (Michelle Noack). Cherished grandfather of Nicole (Matthew) Moyer, David (Caitlin), Mark, Michael Fregelette, Kate Schneider, Alyssa Fregelette and Luke Schneider. Papa of Meegan and Camden Fregelette. Son of the late Dr. James V. and Florence (Reed) Fregelette. Brother of the late James (Ann Marie) Fregelette and Marilyn (Raymond) Detzel. Brother-in-law of Barbara (late Jerry) Castiglia and Mae (late Ralph) Jeswald. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donald was an Army veteran of the Korean War who served in Germany.  He graduated from Canisius College and began his education career as a social studies teacher in 1955.  He was principal of Eden High School for 14 years and then became superintendent of Eden Central School District from 1984-1990.  He was an active parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church, Eden. Arrangements by Wentland Funeral Home North Collins, New York.

Freitas, Edward

Edward Freitas of 14275 Shiffy Lane, Casterville, CA 95012, died on Wednesday, February 1, 2006.  He was a member of the Outpost Harry Survivors Association.  He served in Korea in Company G, 15th Regiment, 2nd Battalion.  Cause of death was cancer, lung infection, and pneumonia.

Friedle, Merlin Walter "Merl"

Merl Friedle, 79, of Midland, Michigan, died unexpectedly, Sunday, December 3, 2006, at his home. He was born September 21, 1927, in Midland, the son of the later Walter and Lena (Badder) Friedle. He was married to the former Helen Little who preceded him in death in August 2002. He then married the Former Anna (Kisser) McCrary on August 9, 2003, at the Hope Baptist Church. Merlin served in the U. S. Navy for 21 years (World War II, Korea and Vietnam) as a chef and then in the maintenance department of the Midland Public Schools. He also owned and operated Friedle Appliance for three years. He was a member of the Hope Baptist Church and was an avid fisherman who loved traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Anna; stepsons and daughters-in-law James and Rosanne Little of Sanford, Dennis and Jane Little of Midland, and James McCrary of Fort Wayne, Indiana; stepdaughter and son in law Shannon and James Cay of Hope; four step-grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; sister Hazel Badder of Hillman; brother-in-law Frank Shillair of Tawas, and Don Kisser of Hope; and sister-in-law Sherry Babcock of Dayton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his brother Russell Friedle; and sister Irene Shillair. Merl is buried in Midland City Cemetery, Midland, Michigan.

Published: Midland Daily News December 4, 2006

Fries, Paul E.

Paul Elmer Fries, 93, of Belleville, Illinois, born March 29, 1928, in Belleville, passed peacefully from this life on Monday, January 10, 2022.

Paul was born to Cecelia Kling and Elmer Fries, the youngest of three children. He grew up in Belleville and attended St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated from Belleville Township High School. Paul served with the Army's First Cavalry Division during the Korean War both in Korea and Japan.

When he returned home, he worked for the United States Postal Service.
Before departing for Korea, Paul married the love of his life Elizabeth (Betty) Appel. When he returned, he and Betty settled in Belleville and raised their family. He was very proud of his children: Judith (Leonard) Starling, Diane Fries, and Paul (Ann) Fries. He delighted in his grandchildren: Gabriel Fries, Rachel Starling, and Libby and Paul Fries. He loved his many nieces.

After his retirement, Paul and Betty enjoyed traveling and socializing with family and friends until her passing in 2008. In his retirement, Paul enjoyed woodworking, his weekly pinochle games and breakfast outings with friends. These activities infused his life and were the highlights of his week. Paul was a devout Catholic and an active member of St. Augustine of Canterbury parish. He and Betty were members of the choir. Paul was a member of the Holy Name Society and a faithful worker at the Friday night bingo for many years.

Paul was preceded in death by his beloved wife Elizabeth (Betty) Appel; parents, Cecelia Kling and Elmer Fries; and sisters, Helen Fries and Delores Wilhelm. Paul is survived by his children, Judith (Leonard) Starling, Diane Fries, and Paul (Ann) Fries. He is also survived by his grandchildren Gabriel Fries, Rachel Starling, and Libby and Paul Fries. He is survived by many nieces and nephews, as well.

The family would like to thank the nursing and hospice staff at Belleville Memorial Hospital for their kind and compassionate care of their father. Memorials may be made to St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, January 17, 2022, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh, Illinois.

Frye, Worley

Worley Frye, 91, of New Athens, Illinois, born March 22, 1930 in Wears Valley, Tennessee, left this earthly life on Friday, September 3, 2021 to be with his Lord and Savior and join his beloved wife Arlene in Heaven for all eternity.

He was a retired book binder.  Mr. Frye honorably served God and Country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a helicopter rescue pilot.  He was stationed around the world in Asia, Australia, Africa and the Philippines.  He was of the Catholic faith and had been a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, Illinois.  Worley was also a member of Graphic Communications International Union Local 6-505.  In recent years, Worley thoroughly enjoyed spending time at Jefferson Barracks VA Center in St. Louis where he was always treated with honor, respect and gratitude for his service.

Mr. Frye was preceded in death by the love of his life--the former Arlene M. Niemeyer who he had met at St. Louis Union Station in 1952 and married on April 12, 1957, and happily spent the next 51 years at her side until her death on December 22, 2008.  He was also preceded by his parents Jim and Pauline (Jenkins) Frye; two sons, John Frye and James Douglas Frye who died in infancy; and siblings Nell, Lucy, Bessie, Hugh, Jimmy, Evelyn, Maggie and Oliver.

Worley is survived by his son Michael (Dawn) Frye of Ballwin, Missouri; two sisters, Lottie Ogle and Patsy Henry of Wears Valley, Tennessee; one sister-in-law, Shirley Frye and her daughter, Connie Frye, both of Sevierville, Tennessee; one daughter-in-law, Susie Frye of Freeburg, Illinois; four grandchildren, Aaron Frye, John Andrew Frye, Amie (Kyle Wachtel) Frye and Tonya (Brad) Hudson; two great grandchildren, Wyatt and Whitley Hudson, and many nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by Bill (Tonya) Dunigan, a very special person Worley enjoyed spending time with during Bill's formative years.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, Illinois.  Interment followed at St. Agatha Catholic Cemetery in New Athens.  Memorials in Mr. Frye's honor may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Fuller, Gene A.


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Gene A. Fuller, 75, of Chesapeake, Ohio, husband of 51 years to Janet Curry Fuller, died on Friday May 4, 2007, in St. Mary's Medical Center. Graveside service were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday May 8, 2007 at Rome Cemetery, Proctorville, Ohio by Rev. Richard Black. Chesapeake American Legion conducted military graveside rites.

Gene was born September 4, 1931 in Huntington, WV, son of Ora and Gladys Weaver Fuller, who are also now deceased. He was also preceded in death by brothers Gary and Forest, and sisters Verna Lee, Lucille, and Evelyn. In addition to his wife, Gene is survived by five daughters: Gina (Harley Jr.) Finch, Kelly (John Jr.) Skeens, and Kristi (Philip) Wilson of Chesapeake, Karen Leslie (Roger) Dillon of Scottown, and Dianna Fuller of South Point; ten grandchildren: Katie, Brady, and Bailee Wilson, Adam and Seth Skeens and Jennifer Finch all of Chesapeake, Mindy (Will) Breeden of St. Albans, WV, Jessica (Talmadge) Bacon of South Point, John (Kelli) Finch of Morehead, KY, and Josh Murdock of Scottown, OH; three great grandchildren Alycia and Jordan Bacon and Nicholas Finch; brothers Bill (Betty) Fuller and David (Blanche) Fuller of Seneca, SC; brothers-in-law Mike, Buzz and Bob Curry; and sister-in-law Sue Vickers all of Chesapeake, OH; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


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He was a Marine Corps veteran and served his country in the Korean War. He was a retired steel worker and served as a union steward for the United Steel Workers Local Union 37. He enjoyed working the last seven years of his life at Sam's Club of South Point, Ohio, where he had made many friends and loyal customers. Gene loved working, and in Sam's Club he found an employer who appreciated his hard work and treated him well.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the Children's Miracle Network, which can be done at any Sam's or Wal-Mart.

Note to the Korean War Educator:  "My father passed away suddenly on May 4, 2007, at the age of 75 years old. He died of a massive heart attack with severe three vessel coronary artery disease.  My father had no idea he had heart problems. My father was an excellent father, husband, brother and friend to many. He was also a proud Marine and served his country with pride and dignity.


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He is was in the First Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, F.M.F., 1st Marine Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Anti Tank & Assault Company, attached to I Company. The major battles he did talk about most often were the battle of the Hook and the battle of Bunker Hill, also known as Hill 800 . My father was a true Marine and served his country with pride. He never forgot any of his buddies he served with and was able to re-connect with a few of his buddies or their families before he died. I am forever grateful to Steve Alves who is the son of William Lux Alves who served with my father in Korea. Steve talked to my dad, and with Steve's dad’s memories, they were able to talk about things in Korea. My mother passed away a week ago on Thursday morning, February 7, 2008, after a battle with renal cell carcinoma of the kidneys. I promised my mother I would re-connect with Steve again since she had lost contact with him in 2001. I am sad to say I didn’t find him until after Mom’s death after going through many papers. But I am happy to say I fulfilled what she had asked of me to do. Steve will be getting in contact with me soon. I appreciate everything this website does to bring other vets together and their families."

Karen Leslie Fuller Dillon, the third daughter of Gene and Janet Fuller

Futrell, Robert Frank

Dr. Robert Frank Futrell, of Montgomery, died Wednesday March 17, 1999, at Baptist Hospital in Montgomery. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21, 1999 at Byrd Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Randy Woodham officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park with Byrd Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 p.m. tonight. Those remembering Frank may choose to do so through their church or a favorite charity.

A veteran of three wars (World War II, Korea and Vietnam), he was a senior historian at the Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center. He holds bachelor of arts and master or arts degrees from the University of Mississippi and a PhD from Vanderbilt University (1950). During World War II, he served as historical officer of AAF Tactical Center, Orlando, Florida, and assistant historical officer of Headquarters Far East Air Forces in the Philippines.

After World War II, Dr. Futrell joined the United States Air Force Historical Office, which was moved from Washington, D.C. to the Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL, in 1949. At the Air University he was professor of military history and became emeritus professor upon his retirement from the U.S. Civil Service in 1974. He also retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Air Force Reserve.

He is a co-author of "The Army Air Forces in World War II" and the author of many air history books and articles including "The United States Air Force in Korea, 1950-1953", and "Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine: A History of Basic Thinking in the United States Air Force, 1907-1964".

Dr. Futrell received the Meritorious Civilian Service award in 1970 and the Exceptional Civilian Service Award from the Secretary of the Air Force in 1973.

Over the years, he was an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the Retired Officers Association, the Alabama Historical Association, Sons of the American Revolution, Southern Historical Association, Air Force Historical Foundation, Institute of Military Affairs, Montgomery Capital City Club, Kiwanis Club of Montgomery, Phi Eta Sigma, and Pi Kappa Pi. His many contributions were recognized in "Who's Who in South and Southeast", "Who's Who in America", and "Who's Who in Finance and Industry".

Dr. Futrell is survived by his wife, Jo Ann McGowan Futrell, Montgomery; a sister-in-law, Bernice V. Futrell, Knoxville, Tennessee; a niece, Jean Futrell Lindsey and her husband, Joseph B. Lindsey, Greensboro, North Carolina; two great nieces, Kristan Lindsey, Atlanta, Georgia and Alexandra "Muffin" Lindsey, Greensboro, North Carolina.


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