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Thaddeus S. "Ted" Siara, 79, a retired maintenance employee, died Saturday morning, April 12, 2003, at Lowell General Hospital, after a long illness.
He was the husband of Frances S. (Wojcik) Siara for 54 years. He was born in Lowell on August 26, 1923, a son of the late John and Mary (Lula) Siara. He attended school in Lowell. He was a communicant of the Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity in Lowell.
Mr. Siara served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. He was wounded in action during World War II while participating in action at Okinawa. He was honorably discharged.
He worked in the maintenance department for many years at Lowell General Hospital and the former Suffolk Knitting. Mr. Siara was a member of the Polish American Veterans Club in Lowell, where he served as a Sgt on the honor guard and assistant chaplain, the Pelham American Legion, and the Pulaski Club in Lowell and was a lifetime member of the Dom Polski Club. He enjoyed fishing in his free time.
Besides his wife, survivors include two daughters, Mary F. "Manya" Zielinski and husband, David, of Dracut, and Marcia A. Siara-Dwornick of Lowell; a son, Thaddeus J. Siara of Nashua; five grandchildren, Tricia A., Manya F., and Kristopher G. Dwornick, Thomas R. Dion and Andrew D. Zielinski; four great-grandchildren, Corey and Trent Dwornick, and Christian and Elisha Dion; a sister, Genevieve Langlois of Dracut; and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Josephine Cepulinski, Anna Wilson and Adele LeBlanc.
Published in the Lowell Sun on April 14, 2003.
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Louis John Siciliano, an 87-year old resident of an assisted living facility in North Hills, New York, died of complications from coronavirus on April 1, 2020. He was born in Brooklyn in 1932 and attended Pratt Institute to study architecture. He joined the Army and served in ammunition supply during the war. After his military service he worked in freight, then went to work for the Pennsylvania Railroad and Amtrak. He worked as a conductor and engineer for more than 40 years. His wife Gloria died in 2019. They were parents of Louis E. Siciliano, Suzanne Formica, and Theresa Siciliano, and grandparents of five grandchildren. Louis loved to listen to Frank Sinatra, smoke cigars, spend time with his family, and follow sports featuring the Yankees, Giants and Mets. The family plans a memorial service at a later date.
Fred J. Siddle, Jr., 89, of Germantown, Illinois, formerly of Belleville, Illinois, born June 13, 1932, in Belleville, died Friday, June 10, 2022, at Aviston Countryside Manor, Aviston, Illinois.
Mr. Siddle was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran and Bronze Star and Korean medal recipient. He was the owner and operator of Belleville Asphalt and co-owner and operator, with his wife Marilyn, of Marilyn’s Pie Pantry, Belleville, Marilyn’s Pie Parlor, St. Louis, Missouri, and Siddle’s Restaurant, Belleville. Fred attended Belleville First Assembly of God Church and Shiloh United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Marilyn C., nee Fehlker, Siddle, whom he married on April 23, 1955, and who died on August 14, 2011; a son, Perry Siddle; his parents, Fred J. Sr. and Catherine, nee Schumaker, Siddle; two sisters, Mary Ann Siddle and Kathy (Ken) Vymola; a brother-in-law, Harry Moore; and a sister-in-law, Nancy Siddle.
Surviving are four sons and a daughter, Allen (Alice) Siddle, Joe (Melody) Siddle, Jeff Siddle, Mary Lynn (Gary) Johnson, and Philip (Amber) Siddle, twelve grandchildren, Candace, Eland, Jeffery, Kimberly, Heather, Natasha, Michaela, Carson, and Chloe, Dylan, Lauren, and Brooke; many great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Lisa Siddle Meidinger; two sisters, Shirley Moore and Karen Siddle; three brothers, Paul (Lleslie) Siddle, Herb Siddle, and David (Nancy) Siddle; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit from 10 a.m to noon Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville. Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, with Joe Siddle officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.
Hyman Entered into rest on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at the age of 90 due to complications from COVID-19. Born in the West End of Boston on September 7, 1929 to the late Joseph & Rose (Kaplan) Siegal. He was a US Army Veteran on the Korean War. Graduate of Bentley School of Accounting. Hyman worked as an accountant for many years and retired from the IRS in 2005 after 18 years of service. He was affiliated with Temple Beth Sholom of Framingham and the Jewish War Veterans. He enjoyed theatre and all types of music especially opera. During the last decade of his life he enjoyed many wonderful vacations with his daughter. He will be remembered for his friendly and loving personality. For 48 years he was the beloved husband of the late Harriet (Epstein) Siegal. Loving father of Robert Siegal and Valerie Siegal. Devoted brother of Alan Siegal & his wife Pearl and the late Beatrice Fuchs and Martin Siegal. Private graveside service at Beth El Cemetery, 776 Baker St., West Roxbury. Expressions of Sympathy in Hyman's name may be made donated to American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Road, #200, 2nd Floor, Suite 200, Framingham, MA 01701 or The West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street, Suite 7, Boston, MA 02114. www.stanetskycanton.com
Neil Allen Sigler of Memphis, Tennessee, was born on December 5, 1931, the son of Neil and Martha Peel Sigler,. He passed away on June 24, 2016 at his home in Shelby County, Tennessee, following a long illness.
He attended E.E. Jeter Grade School and two years of high school at Millington Central High School in Millington, Tennessee. Later he earned a GED and finished three years of college at the University of Memphis.
Neil joined the inactive reserves on May 3, 1949, and worked at International Harvester in its foundry before being called to active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He served with Charlie Company, 1st Engineer Battalion, USMC, in Korea 1951-52. His memoir is located on the Korean War Educator.
After his tour of duty in Korea, Neil Sigler and Evelyn Irene Duncan were married on June 08, 1952 and remained in Shelby County throughout their marriage. They had one child, Carolyn Denise Sigler, who died in 2011. After his active duty service in the USMC, Neil returned to work at International Harvester, where he remained until he retired in 1985. He returned to the USMC Reserves until 1959.
Neil was a member of Mt. Vernon Memorial Church for 70 years, and served the church and his God in many capacities over the years. He enjoyed working in his tool shop, fishing, volunteering at the church and church cemetery, and helping the people of his community. He was a member of the 1st Marine Division Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Neil and Martha Sigler; daughter, Denise Sigler Barnes; and sister, Dorothy Sigler Escue. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Evelyn Sigler; grandsons R.J. Whittington and Barry Allen Barnes; son-in-law, Andrew Barnes; and two nephews.
Visitation was Monday, June 27, 2016 from 10 until 11 a.m. at Mt. Vernon Memorial. Funeral services followed at 11 a.m. Interment was in Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery, 777 Fite Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38127.
Duane W. Silver, 84, of Chenoa, Illinois, formerly of Philo, Illinois, died Saturday, January 04, 2014 in Bloomington, Illinois. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, Urbana. Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, Philo. A reception will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Military rites will be conducted.
Mr. Silver was born May 25, 1929, in Urbana, Illinois, the son of Wallace and Grace Yeazel Silver. He married Shirley Helbling on June 27, 1952, in Champaign, Illinois. She survives. Also surviving are three children, Steven R. Silver of Lexington, Illinois, Michelle Kendrick of Hampshire, Illinois, and Jennifer Peterson of Wauconda, Illinois; one sister, June Gault of Bloomington; 14 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Gregory Silver, one daughter, Lisa Mohr, and one brother, John D. Silver.
Mr. Silver graduated from Philo High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a sergeant. He retired from the University of Illinois Dairy Science and was a lifelong farmer. he was a member of the Champaign County Farm Bureau, Philo American Legion Post No. 1171, VFW Post No. 630, the National Rifle Association, and the Genealogy Society. Mr. Silver was a diehard St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox fan. He loved polka and enjoyed square dancing.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bridges for Peace supporting Jewish people, American Lung Association or Cystic Fibrosis.
Robert Ernest Simanek left us in the early morning of August 1, 2022. He was a Detroit boy, the third of four brothers born to Florence Hanson Simanek and Edmund (Edward) Simanek. He attended Mackenzie High School in Detroit.
In August of 1951, Bob joined the United States Marine Corps and traveled to Korea. On August 17, 1952, he was a Private First Class assigned to 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Thinking it was to be a fairly peaceful night at Outpost Irene during the Battle of Bunker Hill, he put a can of beer and a book in his pocket, shouldered his radio and weapon and proceeded to position. But his squad was ambushed and sought refuge. During the course of the action and after other acts of defense, Bob threw himself on an enemy hand grenade to protect the Marines with him and was gravely wounded. After recovering stateside for many months, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions by President Eisenhower on October 23, 1953.
Bob attended Michigan State University for three years, where he studied accounting and finance…and met Nancy Middleton, the love of his life. He often said he didn’t know what this perky, A-student saw in him, but she often said he was the sweetest man she’d ever met. They married on June 23, 1956. Daughter Ann (“Sam”) Simanek Clark of Traverse City, Michigan, was born in 1959.
Bob went on to graduate from Wayne State University and worked for GM, Federal Mogul, and the U.S. Small Business Association before retiring. He led a long, rich life after retirement, travelling back to South Korea, attending Presidential Inaugurations and Congressional Medal of Honor Society (CMOHS) events and raising funds for the CMOHS Foundation college scholarships. At their Farmington Hills home of 51 years, Bob nourished raccoons, squirrels, birds, deer, beautiful flowers and trees on their beloved three acres.
Bob and Nancy were married 64 years. Sadly, Nancy passed on July 4, 2020, after a sudden stroke. Bob mourned her every day.
In January of 2021, Bob received a call from General David H. Berger, the Commandant of the Marine Corps. General Berger informed him that a Naval ship would be named for him. The USS Robert E. Simanek (ESB-7), an expeditionary mobile sea base, is being built in San Diego, CA with an expected completion date of summer, 2024. Bob was extremely honored, and, not understanding that it would be some time before the ship was completed, immediately arranged to have his suits pressed. He would have loved to be able to see his ship.
Bob is survived by his daughter, Ann (Bill Fromm) Simanek Clark of Traverse City, Michigan; brother, David (Jaqui) Simanek of Boiling Springs, South Carolina; sister-in-law, Caroll M. (George) Jenkins of Sarasota, Florida; many dear nieces and nephews; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and his cherished granddogs, Gus and Sedona.
Bob is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Nancy Louise Middleton Simanek (d. 2020); brothers, William Simanek and Harry Simanek; and sisters-in-law, Doris Simanek, Donna Simanek, and Joyce Simanek.
Bob will be dearly missed by many. Cremation has occurred with caring assistance from Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington, MI. He and Nancy will be laid to rest in the beautiful Great Lakes National Cemetery in a private ceremony. A Celebration of their lives will take place at Fox Run, Novi, Michigan on August 15, 2022, from 11:30a-1:30p.
Please send donations in Bob’s memory to Forgotten Harvest (15000 Eight Mile Rd, Oak Park, Michigan 48237), Cherryland Humane Society (1750 Ahlberg Rd, Traverse City, Michigan 49696), or Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (3860 N Long Lake Rd Ste D, Traverse City, Michigan 49684).
Laurence J. Simmons, 78, died Sept. 17, 2009. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Simmons served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. After residing in Cleveland, Ohio for over 40 years, Mr. Simmons moved to Tucson in 1994. At Patio Enclosures, he held positions as vice president of sales, vice president of the Cleveland, Ohio branch and, prior to his retirement, as the head of research and development. Mr. Simmons spent many years as an auxiliary policeman and volunteer fireman in Ohio.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Frances June Simmons; children, Ronald (Caren, M.D.) Simmons of Phoenix, Jerald (Irina) Simmons, M.D., of Houston, Tex.; and Russell (Julie) Simmons of Deerfield, Ill.; brother, Charles (Marla, Ph.D.) Simmons of Tucson; sister, Sherry Levinson of New York, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Trudy (Howard, M.D.) Schwartz of Tucson; and eight grandchildren. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary, with Rabbi Robert Eisen officiating. Interment followed in the Congregation Anshei Israel section of Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth Health Center, Cancer Fund, 140 W. Speedway, #100, Tucson, Arizona. 85705.
Gerald R. "Jerry" Simonar, age 88, Luxemburg, Wisconsin, died April 13, 2020 of coronavirus. He was born September 30, 1932, a son of John Gerald "Jack" Simonar (1895-1955) and Irene A. Martin Simonar (1902-1999). His brothers were Norbert J. Simonar (1926-2001), Richard M. Simonar (1937-2018), and LeRoy H. Simonar (1940-2018). Jerry and his brothers were co-owners of Simonar Sports (a snowmobile and utility vehicle dealership) and Simonar Shell convenience store in Luxemburg. Jerry was a business icon in Luxemburg, participating in long-time business development of the community. Nicknamed "the mayor of South Luxemburg, he was named Luxemburg Person of the Year in 2018. He was very knowledgeable about the village's history and development. He was drafted in late 1952 and was sent to Pusan, Korea to serve with the 530th Service Company in charge of the motor pool. After returning to the States he was a sergeant first class with the 887 Field Artillery. He was a 65-year member of the Ralph Kline American Legion Post 262, during which he was the post's long-time sergeant of arms and was in charge of military honors at veterans' funerals. His son was Dale Simonar.
Frank H. Simonds Sr., 85, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps, died March 31, 2004, at the Mayfair House in Berryville, Virginia. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Colonel Simonds was born on October 01, 1918 in Sparta, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1941, the same year he joined the Marine Corps.
During World War II, he was a bomber and fighter pilot in the Pacific theater, flying out of the Solomon Islands, including Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Munda. Colonel Simonds also served in the Korean War as a night fighter pilot. He was commanding officer of several fighter squadrons after the Korean War. His decorations included the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1966.
Colonel Simonds then worked for Control Data Corp. until his retirement in 1988, when he was the eastern and southeastern regional administration manager. He lived in Annandale for 22 years and Oakton for 15 years.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Bobbie Simonds of Woodbridge; a son, Marine Lieutenant Colonel Frank H. Simonds Jr. of Woodbridge; a daughter, Kelley Simonds Hardison of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.
Fred Sinclair, Jr., beloved father, grandfather and uncle, went to be with his Lord on Monday, February 14, 2011, at the age of 85. Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Harrell Sinclair, and his parents Fred and Bonnie Bell Sinclair.
He is survived by his children, Caroline Sinclair of Del Valle, Susan Sinclair of Utopia, Bonnie Sinclair of Comfort, Fred Sinclair III (Kathy) of Windham, Connecticut, and Lemuel Sinclair (Barbara) of Boerne; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
Fred was born in Corpus Christi on September 8, 1925. He attended Herff Elementary, Poe Jr. High, graduated from Brackenridge High School in San Antonio in 1944 and attended the University of Texas and Del Mar Jr. College in Corpus Christi.
He was a direct descendent of Major Frances Triplett, commander of the Virginia Militia at the Battle of Cowpens during the American Revolution. Fred served in the Navy in World War II, was attached to the Marine Corps in the winter of 1943-44, and served as a survey sergeant in the 10th Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division of the U. S. Army in the 1951-52 winter campaign in the Korean War.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Boerne, the Sons of Hermann, the American Legion, the VFW, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, the Korean War Educator Foundation, the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, and the American Philatelic Society.
Fred received his surveyor's license under the grandfather clause in 1954 and his engineering license by examination in 1964. His large projects were as drainage and grading design engineer on that section of Interstate Highway 35 from Lytle to Devine in the early 1960s and as project engineer on 10 miles of secondary roads and a 1400 foot bridge over the Pearl River in Mississippi in the late 1960s.
Fred was proud of the fact that he hired and trained the first black construction inspector to ever work on a highway project in the State of Mississippi.
In 1981, he established Sinclair & Associates, Inc. a San Antonio engineering and land surveying company now owned by his son, Lemuel. As a residential foundation engineer, between 1973 and the present, Fred designed and supervised the inspection of over 1100 acres of slab-on-ground foundations in Central Texas. He was often heard to say, "God will punish me for that."
He was a stamp collector, an avid fisherman, bird watcher and dove hunter and loved his boats and being on Texas bays. Fred will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
The visitation was Thursday, February 17, at Vaughan's Funeral Home. The funeral service was Friday, February 18, at 10 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church with Pastor Henry Schulte officiating. Burial with military honors followed in the Boerne Cemetery. A reception was held at the home of Lemuel Sinclair, 4 Brandt Road following the committal service at the graveside. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Attn: FAMI, P.O. Box 100, Austwelo, TX 77950 (Whooping Crane Habitat), or Utopia Park Board, P.O. Box 162, Utopia, TX 78884.
Sgt. William Singerline, 1st Platoon, Baker Co., 5th Marines (Korea 16 Jan 1951-2 Jan 1952) died at 11 a.m. Eastern Time on 03 May 2005. Wake at Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home, 15 Cherry Lane, Parlin, NJ 08859; ph. 1-732-721-1290 Friday, May 6 1400-1600 and 1900-2100. Funeral Mass at St. Bernadette's RC Church, Ernston Road, Parlin, NJ, Saturday, May 7, at 0945 hours. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, South Brunswick, NJ.
Joseph James Steven Siri was born on February 5, 1934, in Portland, Oregon, and died January 27, 2009 in Portland. He graduated from Columbia Prep School and attended Portland University. He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War.
He was a construction manager. His many accomplishments included Linn County Transfer Station in Eugene, Rabanco Transfer Station in Seattle in the construction end of it as well as traveling to many foreign countries as a marketing representative. He was most heavily involved in the construction of Metro's Central Transfer Station in northwest Portland. He was responsible for the design of the first wood processing equipment. He also worked a number of years for the Oregonian.
He is survived by Jackie Alexander, the mother of his five children Jill, Jenny, Joel, John, Jason; and four grandchildren; his wife, Kelly Susanne; two stepdaughters, Sylvia and Leah (husband, Igor); three step-grandchildren; brother, Fred (wife, Rachel); sister, Annie Pappas; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in death by his parents, Antonio and Emilia Siri; brothers, James and Silvio; sisters, Sophie and Marie.
He was greatly loved and will be missed by all that knew and loved him. Service was held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2009, at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, 10955 SE 25th Ave, Milwaukie, OR 97222. Remembrances to the Oregon Humane Society.
Normand Sirois, who served in the Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953, died on January 18, 2005.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
PLAISTOW, N.H. -- Normand P. Sirois, 75, who was a construction worker and retiree from Gillette, died of cardiac arrest at his home. He was a resident of Plaistow.
Mr. Sirois served in the Korean War, where he received many awards including the Purple Heart for injuries incurred in battle. He returned home in 1952 and lived in the Lawrence, Mass., area with his wife and family until the early 1960s. He moved his family to New Hampshire and provided a loving home filled with love and laughter.
Although Mr. Sirois had a difficult life as a construction worker, he touched the hearts of many with his humor, kindness and grace. He eventually left the construction industry and was hired by Gillette. He continued to work with Gillette until his retirement. He had also previously worked as a custodian at the Pollard School and Holy Angels Parish in Plaistow. During his retirement, he looked forward to visits with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always had a new joke ready for his visitors.
He was preceded in death by his parents Eustache and Blanche; daughter Anne Marie; granddaughter Julie; his brothers Robert and Romeo; his sister Irene; and his daughter-in-law Beverly Sirois. His survivors include his wife Helene G. Sirois of Charlotte Hall, Md.; three sons, Normand J. of Bedford, Daniel J. and his wife Mary Ann of Newport and Roger J. and his wife Michelle of Gorham; his three daughters, Catherine M. Wall and her husband Harry of Charlotte Hall, Helen A. Robbins and her husband Steve of Londonderry and Therese Marrone and her husband Robert of Manchester; sister Gilberte Plouffe of Methuen; four brothers, Edgar of Florida and Maurice, Raymond and Roland, all of Lawrence; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association. Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral Liturgy to be held on Friday at 1 p.m. in Holy Angels Church, Plaistow. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Plaistow.
The passing of Mr. Sirois saddens the family. However, the joy and humor with which he blessed his children will carry them through the remainder of their lives. His memory will hold a place in each of their hearts for many years to come. So long, Konky, until we meet again.
Kenneth K. Skoog, 90, of Fargo, North Dakota, formerly of Wahpeton, North Dakota, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020, at Eventide in Fargo due to the COVID-19 virus. A memorial service may be held at a later date. Kenneth Karl Skoog was born October 7, 1929, to Carl and Lydia (Blumer) Skoog in Fargo, North Dakota. His mother passed away when he was an infant and he was raised by his loving stepmom, Esther Skoog. He graduated from high school in Christine, North Dakota. Kenneth enlisted in the Air Force October 7, 1947 and served in the Korean War and the Berlin Airlift. He was honorably discharged September 28, 1950. Kenneth and his wife Erlys enjoyed traveling and attending the annual Berlin Airlift reunions. In 1951, he began working for the Great Northern Railroad which later merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad. He retired in 1993, after 43 years of service. Kenneth married Erlys V. Ordahl on April 21, 1954, at Breckenridge Lutheran Church in Breckenridge, Minnesota. Kenneth enjoyed time at the lakes with family and friends, hunting, flying, woodworking, participating in and watching sports, and having beers or drinks with friends. In Wahpeton, he was a member of the American Legion VFW, Buffalo Club, Railroad Retirees Breakfast Club, Bethel Lutheran Church and for 26 years was the legislative representative and Local Chairman for the United Transportation Union. Kenneth was not shy to state how proud he was of his wife and children. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Lydia Skoog; his loving mom, Esther Skoog; and his sisters, Ruth Olson, Elsie Edenstrom, and Elvina Edenstrom. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Erlys Skoog; his children, Kurtis Skoog, Glennallen, Alaska, Kirby (Lyn) Skoog, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Karla (Tom) Dahl, Fargo, North Dakota, Kevin (Lonna) Skoog, and Kory (Tammy) Skoog, West Fargo, North Dakota; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his sisters, Elaine Wittman, Kathryn Kielb, and Sandra Breiner; and his brothers, Robert and Wayne. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in Wahpeton.
Teddy Skrabacz, age 91, of Swansea, Illinois, born September 7, 1931, in East St. Louis, Illinois, died peacefully on Friday, September 9, 2022, with the love of his family.
Teddy served in the Korean War in the United States Army. He then joined the Union Plasterer Local #90, where he worked for Phillips Co. He was a devoted husband and father, and enjoyed attending his children’s, grandchildren, and great grandchildren’s events. Teddy blessed many people with the love of his cooking and barbequing and was well known for his snoots. Wednesday mornings were enjoyed with his buddies at Breakfast Club. Teddy enjoyed fishing with all of his family and he was Notre Dame Football’s biggest fan!
Teddy was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Agatha, nee Witek; his siblings, Julia (Stanley) Papciak, Verna (Ervin) Osthoff, John (Dorthy), Walter (Emily), Ann (Francis) Robertson, Zigmund (Francis), Mary (Frank) Wojcik, Dorothy (Jessie) Mosqueda; his inlaws, AJ (Lida) Bennett his brother in law, James (Nora) Bennett; and loving niece and nephews.
He is survived by wife, Joan Bennett Skrabacz; his children, Theresa (Richard) Rickmann, Lida (Terry) Seper, Ted Skrabacz, and Jane (Mark) Artime; his grandchildren, Amy (Greg) Lippert, Julie (Jeffery) Naylor, Molly (Jon) Russo, Claire (Dennis) Martinez, Rebecca (Ryan) Corrie, Thomas Artime, Stephanie Skrabacz, and Mackenzie Skrabacz; his great grandchildren, Nicholas Lippert, Katherine Lippert, Amelia Naylor, Bennett Corrie and Emerie Martinez; his sister, Rose Vitale; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital given at the church or online at www.stjude.org. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, Illinois. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, with Fr. Bill McGhee officiating. Interment will be held in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Belleville.
Arthur "Art" Venard Smith, 93, of Belleville, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2021. He was born to Edward and Edna Smith on August 10, 1928 in East St. Louis, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward L. and Edna F. Inman Smith; grandson, Anthony Groth; and great-grandson, Avian Smith. Surviving to cherish his memory are his children, Dennis Allen (Linda) Smith, Diane Marie Groth, Steven Michael (Laura) Smith, Donna Jean (Tom) Bauman; grandchildren, Katrina Groth, Nicholas Groth, Nathan Smith, Lindsay Boggio, and Christopher Smith; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Brady, Louis, Brooks, Ella and Carson.
Art graduated from East St. Louis High School in 1947. He dutifully served his country in the U.S. Army Air Forces, fought in the Korean War and was part of the 835th Aviation Engineer Battalion. He built many roads, air strips and worked on various local projects in Fort Worth, Texas and Marietta, Georgia.
Art was a proud switchman for the Illinois Central Railroad for over 50 years and a fourth generation Illinois Central employee. He was an Illinois Central Railroad representative for the United Transportation Union. He was a conductor for Amtrak on the Illini, the Missouri River Runner and the City of New Orleans.
Art was a lifetime member of Ainad Shriners of Southern Illinois, East St. Louis, Illinois. He was the recipient of Ainad Shriners Oriental Band Shriner of the Year award presented by Past Potentate Larry Carrill and the Ainad Shriner Oriental Band. He was President of the Ainad Shriner Oriental Band numerous times, making countless trips as a Roadrunner for the Shriners Hospital for Children, Royal Order of Jesters, Court 86, a member of East Lodge 504 A.F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge, East St. Louis and Fairview Heights, Illinois, lifetime member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1221, Swansea, Illinois, and Elks lodge 664, Fairview Heights, Illinois.
Art loved the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves and Shriner parades. He was the Shriner on the streets during parades. He also enjoyed walking, dancing, traveling and spending time with his family. Art's generosity and dedication were comparable to none. He was fastidious, disciplined, charitable and loving. Art will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral service was held on December 9, 2021 at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois, officiated by Father Marvin Volk. Entombment followed at Valhalla Gardens of Memory. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Art's honor to Shriners Hospitals for Children, which was near and dear to his heart, or Family Hospice.
John A. Smart, Sr., 81, of Haverhill, Massachusetts died Saturday morning, March 30, 2013, at the Merrimack Valley Hospital, Haverhill. His funeral service was held April 4, 2013 at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, Haverhill. Burial with Military Honors was in Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill. Jack was born in Haverhill, November 15, 1931, son of the late Howell B. and Gladys C. (Boudreau) Smart and was educated in the Haverhill school system. Mr. Smart served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He had over 12 years of active service and served in the Korean War with the 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He fought as a machine gunner in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir and was one of the very few survivors who are now known as "The Chosin Few." He earned the Purple Heart Medal, an Army of Occupation of Germany Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, and on the 50th anniversary of the Korean War he received a Letter of Appreciation and a Korean War Srvice Medal from the Republic of Korea, thanking him for his service. He also served very proudly in the General Douglas MacArthur's Honor Guard. He was a member of the General Macarthur Honor Guard Association, Combat Infantry Men's Association and the 31st Infantry Regiment Association, the American Legion and the VFW. After the war he was employed at the former Hamel Leather and Lionel Lavallee Beef. He retired from AT&T in 1991. Mr. Smart enjoyed fishing, outdoor activities, and spent numerous hours on his computer trying to contact fellow survivors of the "Chosin Few". He was the husband of the late Marie T. (Collins) Smart who died in 1985, father of the late Barry J. Cate, Gary A. Smart, Michael Smart, Heidi Lou Smart and John A. “Jack” Smart, Jr., and brother of the late Hildred Berard, Fay Freeman, Constance Murray and Joseph Langton. His survivors include his children, Vickie E. Tracy and her husband Robert of Haverhill, Karen L. Duval and her husband Thomas of Haverhill, George N. Cate of Lowell, Steven L. Smart of Haverhill, Lisa A. Yell and her husband George of Haverhill, numerous grandchildren, many great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
SGM Bucky N. Smith, US Army, retired, passed away 3 June 2008. Bucky served with Star 1960-1961 and the Mike Force 1968. His other Special Forces assignments included 1st, 3rd, 5th and 10 Special Forces Groups. Bucky was also a veteran of the Korean War. Among his awards and decorations are Bronze Star with four Oak Leaf Clusters and the “V” Device, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd Award) and the Master Parachutist Badge. He is survived by his wife Akiko, two sons, a daughter, four sisters, a brother, six grandchildren, and thirteen grandchildren.
See his obituary on the Dana Smith memoirs page on the KWE.
Kenneth James Smith was born December 13, 1924 in Benton county Indiana to William Edward Smith and Florence Maude Voyles Smith. He was the youngest of four children. He had two brothers and a sister. On March 2, 1944, at the age of 19 he enlisted in the Army and was deployed to Europe in September of that year. He was wounded on January 26, 1945 in Belgium and was awarded a Purple Heart. He was captured in Hitdorf, Germany around April 6, 1945 along with the 25th others from Company "A", 504th PIR. They were liberated by soldiers from the 343rd Infantry, 86th Division on April 13 in Plettenberg, Germany and returned to their outfit on April 15. He returned to the United States on September 11, 1945. He received an honorable discharge from the Army on December 9, 1945. On August 13, 1946 he re-enlisted and remained in the Army until he retired due to a heart condition on January 24, 1966. Upon his retirement he had attained the rank of Sergeant First Class. He also served in the Korean War and received the Korean Service Medal with three bronze service stars. Kenneth James Smith died on July 10, 1969 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, at the age of 44. He is buried in Cumberland Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
William L Smith, Jr. born 11/01/33 in Barstow, California unexpectedly passed away on 02/16/07 in Phoenix Arizona. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Elayne, his children Raymond (spouse Debbie), Margaret (Rick), Johnny, Billie (Dale), and Rod (Lori). Three step children Kathleen (Ron), Sandy (Leonard), and Roger. He is survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Bill proudly served his country in the Korean conflict and was a prisoner of war. He retired from the Union Pacific Railroad in 1976. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by the family and many friends. His body has been donated to Science Care Anatomical and services will be held privately. - Published in The Arizona Republic on 2/20/2007.
Joseph S. Sniadach, 84, Holyoke Soldiers' Home, contracted coronavirus and died on April 27, 2020. He was born in Kolno, Poland, on January 05, 1936, the son of Joseph and Stefania Kowvalski Sniadach. Joseph moved to the United States as a young man and was an Army Korean War veteran. He was employed by Westinghouse Electric. He is survived by cousin Michael Sniadach and his wife Mary Jane, nephew Paul Sniadach, and niece Mary Jane Sniadach. He was buried in Saint Stanslaus Cemetery, east Hampton, Massachusetts.
Wildwood, Missouri - It is with great sorrow, yet great blessings, that we announce the passing of Robert Vernon Snyders, Sr., M.D., on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. "Dr. Bob" was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, mentor, compassionate family physician, author, brilliant inventor, and source of advice, care, endless generosity, treatment and house calls to thousands of patients, family members and friends.
Dr. Bob was born on April 4, 1930, in St. Ann, Missouri, to Leo H. and Henrietta Snyders of University City, Missouri. He graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes grade school in University City, Missouri, and graduated from Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, in 1948. Driven by an intense desire to help others, he entered St. Louis University's Pre-Med Program. In 1951, Dr. Bob entered St. Louis University Medical School and graduated 3rd in his class in 1955. He began his two-year internship as a rotating surgical resident at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, married Marilyn Palmer on November 3, 1956, and was drafted into the Army in April 1957 to serve in South Korea at the 548th dispensary of the Fifth Army Headquarters. He returned home to his wife and first child, Robert Jr., in August 1958. He entered private family practice in Cahokia, Illinois, in 1959.
Dr. Bob retired from his medical practice December 1, 1995, but never actually "retired." He was a force of nature; his mind in constant motion. Dr. Bob developed numerous heart valve technologies and cardiac therapies and approached medicine and the miracle of the human body with divine wonder, inspiration, and the never-ending quest to understand how it all worked.
Fortified with the sacraments of the Catholic Church, Dr. Bob has been called to eternal life. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marilyn Snyders, R.N. (nee Palmer), of Wildwood; his siblings, Rev. William J. Snyders, S.J., of Grand Coteau, Louisiana; Mary Ann Esson of Bonne Terre, Missouri; John P. Snyders of Memphis, Tennessee; his eight sons and daughters, Robert, Jr., D.M.D. (Lisa) Tampa, Florida; Daniel (Kathryn) of Conifer, Colorado; William of Chesterfield, Missouri; Matthew (Heather) of Dawsonville, Georgia; Carolyn, RN, BSN, (Nathan) of Bloomington, Illinois; Sarah of Dana Point, California; Emily, RN, BSN, (John, RN, BSN) of Boulder, Montana; Andrew (Taylor, PA-C) of Vine Grove, Kentucky; twenty grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by brothers Leo H. Snyders, Jr. and Edward A. Snyders, sister Dorothy Jane "Dede" Muldoon, and daughter Ruth Orta Snyders.
Services: Robert will be remembered with joy on Tuesday, December 27, with visitation at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 7148 Forsyth Blvd., University City, Missouri, to be followed immediately by a Mass of Christian Burial (also at Our Lady of Lourdes) at 11:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest in a private interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Affton, Missouri. A Celebration of Life will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Robert's name to the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, St. Louis Council, online at https://svdpstlouis.org/donate, or by mail at Society of St. Vincent de Paul - St. Louis, PO Box 795039, St. Louis, Missouri 63179-0792.
Published by Belleville News-Democrat on December 25, 2022.
Mr. Preston Farish Solomon, age 88, passed away on Friday, November 16, 2018 in Pensacola, Florida. Mr. Solomon was a native and life long resident of Walnut Hill, Florida.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in K Company of the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, United States Army. He fought in Korea from November of 1950 to September of 1951, spending two months of that time in Japan as the result of frostbite. After he returned to battle in Korea, he served with the 4th Platoon as a gunner on the 57 recoilless rifle. He was involved in the infamous May Massacre, during which hundreds of soldiers in the 2nd Infantry Division were slaughtered by the enemy. He received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star with V device for valor, and numerous battlefield accommodations.
He was a retired farmer and former employee at St. Regis Paper Company. He was a Freemason and a member of the Century Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the Purple Heart Association, former director of Escambia River Electric, and member of the Walnut Hill Baptist Church. He attended the Annie Jones United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Solomon of Walnut Hill; one daughter, Amelia Solomon (Randy) Frahm of Rockwood, Tennesse; two sons, John Preston (Stephanie) Solomon of Walnut Hill, and Joseph Michael (Denise) Solomon of Markham, Texas. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Tabitha Frahm, Jordan Frahm, John Preston Solomon, Makenna Solomon Krenek and Levi Godwin Solomon. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bartow and Jodie Solomon; sister, Juanita Solomon Pacetti; brother, Bartow Solomon, Jr.; and granddaughter, Mattie Elizabeth Solomon.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Lee Bateman officiating. Burial followed at the Walnut Hill Baptist Cemetery.
Elliott Sortillo of Cypress, Texas, died on January 1, 2021. He was 86. Surviving him are his loving wife of 60 years, Sondra, son Terry (Laurie), daughter Sherry (Gary Jones), nine grandchildren, one great grandchild, sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and Tony Watson, brother-in-law and wife Robert and Patricia Stewart, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Sortillo joined the U.S. Army at age 15. At 16, he joined the 31st Infantry Regiment and participated in the landing at Inchon, South Korea. On November 30, 1950, at the Chosin Reservoir they were surrounded and captured by the Chinese. On February 3, 1951, he arrived at the town of Pyoktong, which became Camp No. 5 and his jail for the next 31 months. After his release, he re-enlisted and eventually served in Vietnam with Company “B”, 5th Special Forces group (Airborne). Sortillo retired as a Sergeant Major in 1971. He went on to work for Bethlehem Steel from 1973-1996. Sortillo served on the DVA Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War and was active in the Korean War Ex-POW Association as President (1998-1999) and Site Selection Committee Chair. Elliott will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on a future date.
Elbert Derwood Speegle, 68, of Odessa, a retired mechanic, died Saturday, June 5, 1999, at an Odessa hospital. Chapel services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors Chapel with the Rev. Jack Watkins officiating. Burial will be Wednesday at a.m. at Mt. Marion Cemetery in Strawn. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Strawn. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. SURVIVORS: Father, Howard Speegle of DeLeon; wife, Sue Speegle of
Odessa; daughter, Brenda Hemphill of Odessa; sons, Darrell Speegle of Burleson, and Danny Speegle of Fort Worth; sister, Kayla Sult of DeLeon; brothers, Larry Speegle of Odessa, and Butch "Jay" Speegle of Abilene; and four grandchildren.
Robert Joe Speights, age 84, passed away July 30, 2015. Bob was born August 5, 1930 in Austin, Texas, to Robert Neil Speights and Vivian Webb Speights. He served as a combat engineer in the USMC for 13 years, including the First Provisional Marine Brigade in the Korean War. He fought at the Chosin Reservoir and was a member of the Chosin Few.
After being honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant, he became a contractor and married his wife, Verna Mae Dietert from Kerrville, Texas. Bob loved the Marine Corps and became a historian, publishing many non-fiction books about the US Marines in Korea.
Bob dearly loved his wife of 55 years, Verna; children Mark Todd and his wife Elizabeth, and daughter Holly Kay and her husband Kris Eckert, and grandchildren Angela, Kim, Chad, wife Krystal, Lindsey, husband Doug, and Cole. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert Neil Speights and Vivian Webb Slavin.
Military services were held at 10:00 am, August 21, 2015 at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas. - Published in Austin American-Statesman from August 16 to August 17, 2015.
James R. Spencer, SMSgt, USAF, retired, age 94, of O'Fallon, Illinois, born March 7, 1928 in Bexar, Alabama, the oldest of eight children, passed away August 19, 2022 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Illinois.
Jim grew up in Alabama, and enlisted in the Army Air Forces as a young man. When the Air Force was created in 1947, he chose to continue his military service with the Air Force, serving a total of 22 years. As an electronics and radio operator, he participated in the 1948-49 Berlin Airlift and served during the Korean War.
Following retirement from the military, he worked as a Sales Engineer at General Electric in St. Louis. Jim was proud that he came from the cottonfields of Alabama, but yet travelled the world. He was proud of his children and grandchildren and always put his family first. He met his future wife at a picnic in St. Louis, and married Vernell Clara Heins on April 7, 1951.
He was preceded in death by his parents James Austin and Willie Bea, nee Hadley, Spencer.
Surviving are his wife Vernell Spencer; son Gary (Kendrea) Spencer of Amelia Island, Florida; daughter Sherry (Bruce) Enskat of Citrus Springs, Florida, grandchildren Timothy Enskat, Nicholas (Jennifer) Spencer, Aaron (Emily) Enskat, and Cody Spencer; two great-grandchildren Joshua Spencer and Clara Enskat.
Memorial donations may be made to O'Fallon United Church of Christ or donor's charity of choice, and will be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.wfh-ofallon.com. The family will host a private service on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.
Ralph LeRoy Spencer, Jr., 92, of Swansea, Illinois, born five days after Christmas in 1929, peacefully departed for his final fishing and hunting adventure on April 24, 2022. He joined his wife, Patricia, who departed early in 2016 to make preparations for his arrival. They will also be joined there by their parents, Ralph Sr. and his wife Fairlene, and Grover and Mable Crawford, along with Pat's sister Rosemarie and her husband, Tom Brown, and many, many of their good friends.
Ralph met Pat, the love of his life, very early in their lives at East St. Louis High School (Class of February '48), and they were married in 1950, enjoying 66 years of marriage. He served three years in the Armed Forces, spending time in Korea in a M*A*S*H unit as a Medical Technician. He built them a home in 1955 in what is now Fairview Heights, Illinois, and they lived in the immediate area for the rest of their lives. During that time, they enjoyed going to the Ozarks, where they went on their honeymoon, and had a cozy vacation home they shared with friends and family, especially their Supper Club group, that included his dearest friend, Marilyn Burrelsman and her husband Frank.
Ralph began working at the C. K. Williams Company in 1954 and continued there through various company mergers until his retirement from Pfizer in 1992. Ralph was a home handyman, an expert griller, an avid fisherman and hunter. The Spencers traveled to all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, and to many countries in Europe. He was also a member of the Elks, the Moose, the Shriners and the Masons.
Ralph was a devoted father to his two children: Scott Spencer (Wilson Compton) of Washington, DC, and Julie Hamann (Melissa Maxwell) of Belleville. A loving brother to Barbara (Robert) Greaves of Las Cruces, New Mexico; G'Pa to his two grandchildren: Timothy Spencer (Stacey) of St. Charles, Missouri, and David Hamann of Orlando, Florida; and most recently he was Pop Pop to his one great-grandson, Myles Scott Spencer; a second father to his two nieces and two nephews, and a faithful cousin and friend.
Ralph's family cemetery in Roodhouse, Illinois, where the family home has been for more that 200 yrs., contains a great deal of Spencer family history and was an important part of his life. We are asking that memorial contributions be sent there to help support the effort to keep the property maintained and beautiful. Please send your memorial gift to: Martin's Prairie Cemetery, c/o Dixie Garner, 721 NE 1450 St., Roodhouse, Illinois 62082, and be sure to include Ralph's name. There will be a private, graveside ceremony at a future date at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois.
Published by Belleville News-Democrat on April 28, 2022.
Donald Eugene Sperling, 85, Sacramento, California, died of complications from coronavirus on March 22, 2020.
He was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1934 to Ruth and Carl Sperling. He came to Sacramento at age three, attended local schools, and graduated from Sacramento High School in 1952. He joined the Air Force in 1954 and spent 18 months in Japan. Upon his return, he was stationed at Hamilton Air Force Base.
After discharge he returned to school at Sacramento City College majoring in business and continued his studies at CSU, Sacramento. He went to work for the city of Sacramento in 1960 as an account clerk in the Treasurer's office, became Assistant Treasurer in 1967, and served as President of the Sacramento Retirement Association. He retired in 1994 with 33 years of services as Deputy Treasurer in charge of banking.
Don was an active member of Faith Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder and member of the Presbytery Committee of Ministry. An avid golfer, Don was a member of two local golf clubs and served on the Sacramento Golf Council from 1972 to 1997. His leisure activities also included bowling where he participated in leagues for many years.
He is survived by his wife Janice (65 years), his children Stephen and Sandy (Doug) Johnson, his grandchildren Alyson (Ryan) Sandoval and Emily Johnson, and a great granddaughter. He is predeceased by his son Bob. Celebration of life will be held at a future date.
Sgt. Albert Spicer, 4.2 mortars, 1-7 Korea, died on July 30, 2006. He was operating the Fire Direction Center on the Hook the night the company got overran. It was the same night Lt. Sherrod Skinner was killed.
Doyal T. Spinks, 81, of Wolfforth passed away on March 28, 2012. Doyal was born on August 17, 1930 to Earl Spinks and Marie Dismukes in Lynn County. Doyle served in the United States Army as an Infantryman and was awarded the Bronze Star as well as other meritorious medals during the Korean War.
On December 2, 1953, Doyal married his loving wife Betty and were together for 57 years. Doyal would help anyone at a moment's notice and was loved by so many people. His survivors include wife, Betty Spinks; mother, Marie Dismukes; son, Rick Spinks; son-in-law, Tommy Sommers; brothers and sisters, Alton Spinks, Yvonne Hammonds, Finnis Corley, Joyce Winter and their families; two grandsons, Shannon and Jason; three great-grandsons, Adam, Bryan and Christian. Doyal was preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda Sommers.
A memorial service with military honors will be held Saturday, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Wolfforth officiated by Reverend C.W. Faulkner and a eulogy by Don Hammonds.
Jay Elmer Spoonhaltz left this world due to COVID-19 on October 5, 2020. Jay was born in Des Moines, Iowa on September 22, 1930 to Willie and Ila Spoonholtz. He graduated from Lincoln High School. Jay served in the U.S. Navy from 1948-1952. Jay was preceded in death by his parents, wife Georgia, and two sisters Mary Louise Vertz and Opal Lucille Munyon. Jay is survived by his son, Wade E. Spoonhaltz; two stepchildren, Rocky Skidmore and Vicki Oliver; two brothers, Lloyd Earl Spoonholtz and Richard Lee Spoonholtz; and three sisters, Joy Ann Reinert, Helen Ione Spoonholtz, and Carol Jean Goddard. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m., Friday, October 16 at Brooks Funeral Care in Clive with private service and interment at Resthaven Cemetery.
Robert (Bob) Spoor Sr. comes home for his final rest in the Adirondack Mountains that he loved so much. On April 10, 2013 Bob passed away peacefully in Lakeland Florida with his wife and children by his side.
Bob was born November 27, 1931 in Plattsburgh, New York to Charles and Lena (LaBarge) Spoor. He lived in Piercefield and Tupper Lake as a young boy and man. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War (1953-54), he returned to Tupper Lake. On January 8, 2013 he celebrated 57 years of marriage to Christina (Robistow) Spoor.
His family is daughter Dr. Darlene Spoor, husband Martin and grandchildren Raven and Phoenix; daughter Gina (Spoor) LaMonte, grandchildren Kenneth and Danielle and great grandchildren Sienna, Evelynn and Kennedy; son Robert Jr (Bob), wife Carol and grandchild Michael; and daughter Cindy (Spoor) Hoyt, husband Wesley and grandchildren Odessa and Klarissa. We all love him and miss him.
Bob worked in the Adirondack Mountains in the logging and construction industry then spend the last 22 years of his employment as a mechanic at Sunmount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake, New York. He enjoyed living in Tupper Lake for most of his life, traveling the country in his RV and wintering in Florida.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and nature and was a great historical source for Tupper Lake and the Adirondacks. Donations in his name can be made to The Wildlife Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake, NY 12986 or 518-359-7800.
A graveside service will be held at the Gale Cemetery in Piercefield, NY.
William D. Sports, Sr., 83, died in a hospital in Effingham, South Carolina on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Funeral services were Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the National Cemetery, Florence. Interment followed. Visitation was held Wednesday evening at the Funeral Home.
Mr. Sports was born in Georgetown, South Carolina, the son of the late Charley W. and Mellie Gibson Sports. He joined the United States Marines on October 20, 1947 and became a "China Marine", serving in Tsingtao from March 11, 1948 to June 2, 1949. During the Korean War he was a member of H-3-7 and participated in the Inchon Invasion and Chosin Reservoir campaign. He joined the US Air Force in 1954 and retired in 1970. After he left the military service he worked in law enforcement and was a weigh master for the State of South Carolina.
Mr. Sports was a member of South Florence Baptist Church. He was a life member of the DAV, American Legion Post # 172 and "The Chosen Few."
Survivors are his wife of 60 years, Mary Rogers Sports, Effingham, SC; a son, William D (Dianne) Sports, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; four daughters, Jean (Harold) Rice, Seneca, South Carolina, Patricia (Jerry) Hicks, Florence, Vicky (Dale) Richardson, Effingham, Janet (George) Privette, Jacksonville, Florida; a brother, George W. (Frances) Sports; three sisters, Bertha Purvis, Mattie Calcutt, Marjie Lee; twelve grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a brother, Charley W. Sports and two sisters, Ann Graham and Margaret Hyman.
Memorials may be made to South Florence Baptist Church2720 S. Irby Street, Florence, SC. 29501. Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, 4210 W. Palmetto St. Florence, assisted the family.
Jerome ("Jerry") George Spring died unexpectedly due to Covid-19 on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Renton, Washington at the age of 85.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joan Spring, his daughters, Vickie Spring, Susan Ludwig, Sandra Spring, Sarah Spring Everett and his son Stephen Spring, his sons-in-law Mick Roe and Joseph Everett and his daughter-in-law Sarah Price Spring. He is also survived by five grandchildren. Further, he is survived by his siblings Gene Spring, Terry Spring, Linn Spring and Janet Spring, and their spouses. He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Ramona Spring.
Jerry was born on May 1, 1934 in Sioux City, Iowa and he graduated from Vancouver High School in 1952. He went on to serve in the Air Force during the Korean War, with a focus on aviation mechanics, which eventually led to a career at Alaska Airlines as an airline captain. It was at Alaska Airlines that he met his wife, Joan Freeman, after she began her career as a flight attendant. They were wed in 1976. He loved his job and especially flying to Alaska. It was the perfect job for him. He was always professional and safety came first.
Jerry eventually built the family home in Kent, Washington, a custom home wherein Jerry was intimately involved with every phase of construction. A natural mechanic, he could fix anything. Upon his retirement from Alaska Airlines, he essentially began a second career as an active advocate for the homeless, spearheading a multi-faith effort to both support and reduce homelessness in the Kent Valley. For well over two decades he worked tirelessly to establish a homeless shelter and to procure food supplies from local vendors so that every homeless person in the region could be served a hot breakfast and be sent out into the day with a sack lunch. In addition, he delivered food from vendors to The Storehouse Food Bank weekly, with the surplus going to ten plus other ministries.
His advocacy extended to international efforts, traveling twice to Guatemala with his home parish, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He spearheaded a program to construct homes and replace toxic open fire stoves within homes that were causing severe smoke inhalation. Over 350 new stoves exist in Guatemala because of his efforts. These stoves improved the overall health and welfare of families living in poverty. Jerry was deeply involved in the community of St. John's, at various times serving on the Welcoming Committee and with the Knights of Columbus, a community of men that he highly respected.
Jerry had a life-long love of the outdoors and of fishing, especially fly fishing. When he drove across a river, he'd always observe the color and condition of the water for fishing. In the mid-1970s, he christened his commercial fishing vessel Springtime and spent as much time as possible in this pursuit, with his father, father-in-law, his children, and many others.
Given this global pandemic, which took Jerry's life so suddenly and the lives of so many around the world, a memorial service has not yet been scheduled. The family plans to observe a Celebration of Life when public gatherings are once again allowed and all can come together in deep gratitude for having known and been shaped by this man, who was both loving and deeply loved. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Jerry Spring to the HOME Program (a year-round overnight shelter for adult men) through Catholic Community Services at:
The family would like to thank the extraordinary staff at Valley Medical Center for their dedication and care. Their fearless efforts to bring comfort during Jerry's final days is deeply appreciated.
Lindsey Earl Spruill, Jr., 91, formerly of Sunbury, NC, and more recently of the North Carolina State Veterans Home in Salisbury, died there on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
Mr. Spruill was born in Washington County on May 3, 1929, and was the son of the late Lindsey Earl Spruill, Sr. and Emma Jones Spruill Clifton. A retired Boatswains Mate First Class with the United States Navy, his career spanned 20 years, with service on more than eight ships in the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War. After retiring from the Navy, he owned and operated the Pungo Clearing & Drainage Company. Since moving to Sunbury nearly 25 years ago, he was a member of Kittrell’s United Methodist Church in Gates.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Lindsey Earl Spruill, III and Charlie S. Spruill; three sisters, Ruth Naylor, Mittie Clifton, and Eva Spruill; two brothers, William “Bill” Spruill and Emmett Blount; and by a son-in-law, Billy Davis.
Surviving are his wife, Hallie Turner Lewis Spruill; three daughters, Rhesa Davis of Creswell, Lisa Meiggs (Ken) of Camden, and Sharon Hinds (James) of Richmond, CA; and a son, Allen Miller of Clearlake, CA. Also surviving is Hallie’s daughter, Ellen Willard (Charles) of Mocksville; a sister, Sally Biggs of Plymouth; 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Due to restrictions and conditions caused by the Covid-19 Virus, a private burial will be in the Gatesville Cemetery. A memorial service with military honors is being planned and will be held at a later time. Those arrangements, when complete, will be announced by the family in both newspaper print and on this website.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Kittrell’s United Methodist Church, in care of Faye Freeman, P.O. Box 51, Gates, NC 27937, or to the Gates County Rescue Squad, 016 US Hwy 158 East, Gatesville, NC 27938.
Richard T. Stack, 86, of Waterbury, Connecticut, passed away due to complications from COVID-19 on Saturday, May 16, 2020, in the VITAS unit at Saint Mary’s Hospital. He was the husband of the late Nancy (McKee) Stack for over 48 years.
He was born on November 25, 1933, in Waterbury, son of the late Thomas and Anna (Bowen) Stack. He graduated from Sacred Heart Grammar School, Leavenworth High School in 1951, and Connecticut School of Electronics.
He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a design drafting checker for Eaton Corp. In his spare time, Richard enjoyed gardening, cooking and walking. He enjoyed many documentaries, but had a great passion for American history and World War II. He was an avid New York Yankees fan.
Richard is survived by a daughter, Margaret Ney and husband Fran of Watertown; two granddaughters, Amanda Ney and her partner, Dean McFarlin, of Waterbury, and Jessica Ney of Watertown; and a great-granddaughter, Meadow McFarlin. He also leaves a sister, Barbara Daddona of Waterbury; a brother, Martin Stack and wife Rosemary of Waterbury; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Donald Stack, and a sister, Marilyn O’Dea.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Calvary Cemetery. Due to restrictions, only the immediate family members will be allowed graveside. Anyone else wishing to attend must wear a mask and stay in or beside their vehicles.
Roger Alton Stackpole, 84, of Portland, Connecticut, passed away from COVID-19 on April 19, 2020 at the Grandview Nursing and Rehab Center in New Britain, Connecticut. Roger was born in West Ellsworth Maine in 1935. He was predeceased by his wife, Patsy J. Stackpole (Hinton) in 1992, a daughter, Dorothy L. Stackpole in 2001 and a stepdaughter Gretchen D. Lane in 2009. Mr. Stackpole is survived by his wife Christine Stackpole (Mudersbach) of Portland, CT, daughter and son-in-law Carolyn J. Boutin and David R. Boutin of Middletown and Kathy Richer (Stackpole) of Middletown, Connecticut, and a step daughter and son-in-law Angel and Heidi Torres of Madison, Connecticut. Roger also had several grandchildren: Melanie Boutin, Kimberly and Phillip Abram, Jessica Boutin, Casey Richer and Collin Richer, all of Middletown, and granddaughter Nina Wawrosz, her husband Jeff Wawrosz of Parma, OH. Roger also had several great-grandchildren: Olivia Rodriguez- Boutin, Ellison and Emmilyn Abram, Caleb Wawrosz and Dannica and Amelia Torres.
Roger led a long, full life including serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and retired from New Departure Hyatt in Bristol, CT in 1992. He devoted his life to spending time with family, camping, long road trips to see family, always offering advice and a corny joke. He was the life of many a party and always made everyone feel like they were part of his family. He loved Jerry Springer, Resee's Peanut Butter Cups, Sunkist orange soda, country music and classic rock.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in Roger's memory to The Alzheimer's Association at www.act.alz.org The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
John Richard Stanfield, 85, of Tuscola, Illinois, passed away at 12:10 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 29, 2019 at the Villa Grove First Christian Church, 701 North Sycamore, Villa Grove, IL, with Rev. Mike Zylstra officiating. Burial will follow in the Camargo Cemetery, Camargo, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola.
Richard was born on June 2, 1934 in Annapolis, Illinois, the son of J.B. and Effie Newlin Stanfield. He married Linda Jane Blankenbeker on June 3, 1956 in Oblong, IIllinois. She survives.
Also surviving are his son: Joe (Darla) Stanfield of Tuscola, daughter: Sara Jane (Sam) Brandenburg of Tuscola, grandchildren: Ryan (Brooke) Brandenburg, Hannah (Johnny) Marcrum, Cole Stanfield and Ty Stanfield, great-grandchildren: Corbin and Adisyn Moore, Camryn Brandenburg and a great-grandson to be born in November, Samuel James Marcum, brothers: Donald Stanfield of Annapolis and Robert Stanfield of Mt. Vernon.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Richard was a member of the US Army serving in Korea. He retired from Quantum-USI Chemical Company, where he worked as an operator in the Alcohol Unit for 40 years. Richard also owned and operated Stanfield Repair Service for over 50 years. He served as a deacon and was a member of the Villa Grove First Christian Church.
Memorials are suggested to the Carle Foundation Hospital or Villa Grove First Christian Church.
Richard L. Starcher, a retired Howard County industrial arts teacher, died August 19, 2011 of complications from pulmonary fibrosis at his Severna Park home. He was 77. The son of a coal miner and a homemaker, Mr. Starcher was born and raised in Carolina, West Virginia, where he graduated in 1952 from Monogan High School. He attended college for one year before being drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1959 from Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia.
Donald Webb Stearman, born January 13, 1926 in Dallas, Texas, hero in war, hero in peace and devoted patriarch of his family, passed away peacefully at home on October 9, 2011. He was the son of Waverly and Lois G. Stearman.
Don grew up during the Great Depression and is considered an integral part of the "Greatest Generation" for his service in the Pacific Theater during World War II and the Korean War. Don graduated from North Dallas High School. Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17, PFC Stearman was first stationed at Guadalcanal in preparation for the Battle of Okinawa. As a member of the 6th Division Marines, Don was assigned the duty of flamethrower and experienced some of the fiercest and most gruesome fighting of the war on Sugar Loaf Hill. After military operations ended, Don enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin where he studied engineering, discovered his passion for Longhorn football and courted the woman he would marry, Jane Heraty.
Before completing his degree, Don was called to active duty with the 1st Division Marines to serve in Korea. Sergeant Stearman earned the Silver Star for his valiant actions at the Chosin Reservoir. The 1st Division Marines were a part of a campaign of 30,000 service members outnumbered and surrounded by 60,000 Chinese soldiers. Don fought bravely, enduring close combat, hunger and frostbite only to render all five Chinese Battalions ineffective. The members of this group became known as "The Chosin Few".
Don was honorably discharged from the USMC in 1951 and committed to starting a family and a professional career as a draftsman, hydraulic salesman, real estate agent and developer. Don was active in the community of Farmers Branch, Boy Scouts of America, Marine Corps League and the ROTC at Marsh and WT White schools. A scholarship is being set up in Don's name for the WT White ROTC.
He was preceded in death by his father, Waverly Stearman, inventor, developer of the Swallow aircraft and family member of the Stearman Aircraft Corporation; mother, Lois G. Patton; stepfather RJ Patton and brother Jack. Don is survived by the love of his life of 61 years Janie Claire; brothers Joe Patton, Tony Stearman and Mike Stearman and children Ron (wife Vicki), Mike (wife Tessa) Lynn Bass, Susan Parker (husband Gary) and Laurie Dempsay (husband Brian). He cherished his ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be held at 6 pm and tribute at 7 pm on October 12 at North Dallas Funeral Home in Farmers Branch. Mass will be held at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church on October 13 at 12 pm with interment held at 2:15 pm at DFW National Cemetery.
Richard Paul Stebbing, a retired Social Security Administration analyst and decorated Korean War veteran, died of a heart attack Thursday (March 2003) at his Perry Hall home. He was 74.
Born and raised in East Baltimore, Mr. Stebbing attended City College. When he was 16, he left school and joined the merchant marine. He was a water tender in the engine rooms of Liberty and Victory ships during the waning days of World War II. Mr. Stebbing was aboard a Liberty ship that broke in two during a storm and sank off the coast of Scotland in 1946. The townspeople of nearby Campbeltown came to the rescue of the doomed ship's crew. "He had three cigar boxes filled with souvenirs, and on their lids had written the names of the ships he served aboard," said his brother, Leroy Stebbing of Norfolk, Nebraska.
After returning to Baltimore, Mr. Stebbing enlisted in the Marine Corps and later switched to the Army. He was a radioman when the Korean War broke out in 1950 and was sent to an infantry unit in Korea. While serving with the 21st Infantry Regiment of the 24th Division in Korea, Mr. Stebbing was awarded two Bronze Stars for valor. "When enemy automatic weapons were holding up the company's advance, Sergeant Stebbing exposed himself to enemy fire and directed firing at the enemy's position, successfully destroying two enemy machine gun positions," the citation for his first Bronze Star says. His second Bronze Star recognized his participation in action near Pohang-dong, Korea, when his company was pinned down by intense enemy fire. "Utterly disregarding the heavy fire, Sergeant Stebbing repeatedly exposed himself to direct the fire of his recoilless rifles. The fierce attack continued for over 15 hours, during which time his directed fire accounted for the destruction of four of the enemy's machine guns," the citation reads. When his squad was ordered to withdraw, Mr. Stebbing provided cover fire until the company had left the position. "Sergeant Stebbing's fearless actions and complete devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the United States Infantry," the citation concluded. "He was a hell of a man," his brother, who is eight years younger, said yesterday.
After his discharge from the Army in 1952, Mr. Stebbing was a postal clerk for 10 years before taking a job as a systems analyst at Social Security headquarters in Woodlawn. He retired in 1977 after receiving a diagnosis of emphysema. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed swimming, crabbing and being near the Chesapeake Bay. "All his life, that's all he ever talked about was the bay," said his wife of 50 years, the former Mildred Holstein.
In addition to his wife and brother, Mr. Stebbing is survived by three sons, Michael D. Stebbing of Essex, and David E. Stebbing and Hal G. Stebbing, both of Catonsville; three daughters, Susan L. Stebbing of Essex, Deborah J. Stebbing of Fells Point and Donna Poljak of Dundalk; three sisters, Carol Seaman of Baltimore, and Patricia Godwin and Beverly Overbey, both of Perry Hall; and four grandchildren.
Charles M Steeneck, H&S Company, 1/1 passed away on January 26, 2006 at his residence in Germantown, NY from cancer. He was a member of the Chosin Few and received a Purple Heart for his injuries. His photo appeared in Time/Life Magazine in the January 1951 issue and also in David Douglas Duncan's book "This is War". His photo caption was "The Thousand Yard Stare". It also appears in the Chosin Few website. He is the Marine sitting on the front of the Jeep, heading out of the Reservoir. The photo also appears in the Korean War Memorial in Branson, MO. His funeral was on January 30, 2006 and he has been cremated. The family will be having a memorial with full military honors for him in the Spring, and his ashes will be buried with his wife.
He is survived by 7 children and 9 grandchildren. His daughter, Theresa Steeneck of Valatie, New York said, "He will be dearly missed by all that knew him. He was the most courageous, honorable and caring man that I have known. A true Marine until the end."
Donald W. Stewart, 79, of Oakland, California, died December 13, 2004, in his home. Born January 26, 1925 to Floyd Stewart and Anna Barrows Stewart, Don spent most of his life in Berkeley. He attended Berkeley schools then the University of California, graduating in 1949 and U.C.'s Boalt School of Law, earning a J.D. in 1951.
After marrying Berkeley classmate Nancy Haven in 1947, they raised a family only blocks from his childhood home. In retirement, they moved to the Oakland hills. He had many generational ties and deep loyalty to the University of California and to many Cal sports. Since 1932, he attended all but two Big Games until this year.
During World War II, Don was a navigator in the 20th Air Force, flying B-29s stationed in Tinian on over-water missions to Japan. He was recalled to serve in the Korean War as a navigator/ bombardier in B-26s in the 5th Air Force. Afterwards he served 17 years in the Air National Guard 129th Special Operations Group, became a squadron navigator & retired as a lieutenant colonel.
Don served as assistant counsel at Union Oil Company in San Francisco for 26 years. After retirement, he worked on legislative matters for major oil companies and for years provided pro bono legal counsel. Don's interests included travel and family, often incorporating his pursuit of genealogical roots in trips across the United States and several times to Western Europe and Russia. He deeply loved the Sierras, taking family vacations to Lake Tahoe and later organizing family backpack trips throughout the mountains of California. With a close friend, he also hiked the length of the John Muir Trail. In recent years, Don served as librarian for the Society of Mayflower Descendants. He has been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley for over 50 years.
Don is survived by Nancy, his loving wife of 57 years; three children, Kent (Patty), Jim, and Anne; four grandchildren, Lauren and Sarah Wondolowski and Alec and Sara Stewart; brothers, David B. Stewart and Allen P. Stewart; and sisters, Elizabeth Cunningham Meteer and Jean Stewart.
Memorial Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley on Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer gifts to the First Presbyterian Church Capital Campaign, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley 94704, or the U.C. Berkeley Memorial Stadium Project Campaign, c/o Bear Backers, 2223 Fulton St. 3rd Floor #4424, Berkeley 94720.
PFC Lorimer StClair, an E-2-7 Marine who served in Korea 1951-52, died June 3, 2005 in Fountain Valley, California. His body was cremated, but his spirit lives forever. PFC StClair requested that his ashes be scattered in Truckee, nearby the cities Carson and Reno. The outposts the 7th Marine regiment fought were named Carson, Reno, and Vegas.
Norman O. St. Cyr, 70, of 57 Clinton Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, died Friday, May 24, 2002, in his daughter's home after an illness.
He was born April 27, 1932, in Fitchburg, the son of Eugene and Eva (Morin) St. Cyr, and lived in Fitchburg for most of his life. He served in the Navy and was stationed on the USS Iowa during the Korean War.
For most of the past 10 years he worked at Gettens Electric of Fitchburg, where he is truly missed to this day. He worked 22 years for P.J. Keating Paving Division in Shirley, Massachusetts. He also worked for the former Weyerhauser Paper Company of Fitchburg.
Norman St. Cyr was a former member of the Joseph P. Keating Knights of Columbus Council 99 in Fitchburg, MA. He attended St. Joseph's Church and St. Francis of Assisi Church, both in Fitchburg.
He leaves a son, Navy Lt. J.G. Normand O. St. Cyr, of Newport News, Virginia; a daughter, Michelle E. St. Cyr of Fitchburg; three brothers, Alcide, Roger, and Eugene St. Cyr, and two sisters, Theresa Measles and Anita Bedard; four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Norman was a very kind, generous man who will always be missed.
Colonel James Reeve Stuart, Jr. (US Army, Retired), 81, of Laurel Point, Lancaster, died November 19, 2012 at home. He was born in Minneapolis, Minn. on November 29, 1930.
He is survived by Susan, his wife of 58 years; three children and their spouses; Richard R. and Mary Stuart Schwab of Ledyard, Conn. and their children, Kelsey and Brian; Roger K. and Blythe Stuart Norris of Alexandria; and Leisl L. and James R. Stuart, III of Arlington and their children, Lauren and Collin; and a brother, Ridley Middleton Stuart of Peru, N.Y.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the U. S. Military Academy in 1953 and later earned a masters degree in Public Administration. He was commissioned in the U. S. Army as an Armor officer and served in various command, troop and staff assignments during a military career of 31 years. He was a 1964 graduate of the Army Command and Staff College and a 1975 graduate of The National War College after which he served on the faculty. His overseas tours of duty included Korea, Turkey and Vietnam.
His interest in sailing brought him and his family to the Northern Neck of Virginia and he moved to Laurel Point in Lancaster in 1984. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church where he served on the Vestry as Junior Warden, as a teller and as an usher; Historic Christ Church Foundation as a board member and several committees. He was a charter member of the local chapter of the Retired Officers Association (now MOAA) and served on the board. He was also a member of the Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club, a former member of the Rappahannock River Yacht Club and a member of the Saint Andrews Society of Williamsburg. He also was a member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was a bagpiper and charter member of the Kilmarnock and District Pipe Band.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 a. m. Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Grace Church, Kilmarnock with interment at Historic Christ Church Burying Grounds, Irvington.
Memorials may be made to Animal Welfare League, P. O. Box 975, White Stone, VA 22578 or Grace Church Trust, P. O. Box 1059, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.
"Journeyed on into Death"
Kenneth William Sticka, 94, of St. Petersburg, Florida, passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021 surrounded by his family He was born September 8, 1927 in Hecker, Illinois. He is preceded in death by his parents, William F. and Matilda A. (Kern) Sticka, beloved wife, Norma Jean (Isaacs) Sticka, that he married on March 26, 1954 and was happily married to for 65 years; sister, Pat (Bill) Kaphaem; and nephews, Larry Isaacs and Steve Juda.
Kenneth is survived by daughter, Lezlie (Tom) Robinson of Indian Shores, Florida; nieces, Janet Olson, Cynthia Brooks and Tracey Juda.
Kenneth served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War as a SCARWAF Engineer and later was a Lineman for over 30 years for Illinois Power and Ameren. He enjoyed vintage military aircraft, fishing, hunting, golfing, puzzles and spending tine with friends and family. Particularly his lifelong friend Alan Pees and his family. He was also an active member of the Imjin Chapter of Korean War Veterans Association Southern Illinois and lifetime member on IBEW Local 309.
His funeral was held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Valhalla Gaerdner-Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois. Interment followed in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials thru Valhalla to: Anna Veterans Home Meals Out Program or Hope Chapel, Belleville, Illinois.
Charles Edward "Bud" Stillwaggon, 90, died on April 16, 2020 of coronavirus. He was born on October 11, 1929 in Broad Channel, Jamaica Bay, Queens, son of Walt Stillwaggon. He joined the US Navy in 1946, eventually serving as a communications tech collecting intelligence from all over the world. He was married to Patricia Balcom in the Navy Chapel, Washington, DC on August 22, 1953. His family lived in several places around the world. Bud retired from military service in November of 1967 and then moved to Washington DC to work for the National Security Agency. He was a father, grandfather, and devout Catholic. His 36-year old grandson
Bobby Ray Stinson, a resident of Abbeville, died late Sunday morning, July 29, 2007, at his home. He was 76. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2007, in the Abbeville Memorial Cemetery with a son-in-law, Ryan Higgins, officiating. Military honors were conducted at the graveside. Serving as active pallbearers were Randy Cummings, Kurt Cummings, David Cummings, Kenny Murray, Dr. Bruce Hall and Larry Pitchford. Holman-Abbeville Mortuary was in charge of funeral arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Wiregrass Hospice Inc., P.O. Drawer 2127, Dothan, AL 36302.
Mr. Stinson was born and reared in Henry County, near Abbeville, a son of the late Walter Eric Stinson and Willie Mae Wells Stinson. He lived in Abbeville most of his adult lifetime. Mr. Stinson served his country as a combat medic in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Occupation Medal in Japan, a Medical Badge, two Bronze Star Medals with a (V) device, which signifies medals awarded for valor, which he received for tending to his comrades in battle while undergoing enemy fire, and also the Korean Service Medal and Bronze Service Stars.
Mr. Stinson was the most decorated combat veteran from Henry County during the Korean War. He later retired from the Alabama Army National Guard Unit in Abbeville with rank of Platoon Sergeant (E-7). Mr. Stinson also retired from the United States Postal Service as postmaster in the New Brockton Post Office. He formerly served as postmaster in the Gordon, Midland City and Gulf Shores' post offices. In earlier years, Mr. Stinson was employed by the Abbeville Post Office as a city mail carrier and clerk. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Mr. Stinson was preceded in death by a son, David Keith Stinson; a granddaughter, Christina Nichole Paul; and two brothers, Arthur Grant Stinson and Charles Vickers Stinson. Surviving relatives include his devoted wife of 54 years, Ruby Nell Murray Stinson, Abbeville; three daughters, Karen Stinson Smith and husband, Randall Smith, Troy; Linda Stinson Paul, Abbeville; Lucy Stinson Higgins and husband, Ryan Higgins, Fort Worth, Texas; a son, Ray Stinson and wife, Angie Stinson, Headland; four sisters, Doris Bostick, Abbeville; Jean Culpepper and husband, Marvin Culpepper, Abbeville; Peggy Cummings Jackson, Abbeville; Patsy Clark and husband, Melvin Clark, Eufaula; five grandchildren, Anna Jetton and husband, Curtis Jetton, Andrew Paul, Allison Smith, Eric Paul and Sam Stinson; three great-grandchildren, Adelyn Jetton, William Jetton and Lydia Jetton; sisters-in-law, Guinevere Murray Hall, Dothan; Ruth Stinson, Detroit, Michigan; Myra Earlene Murray Woodham and husband, Edsel Woodham, Ozark; a brother-in-law, Nick Murray and wife, Winnie Murray, Abbeville; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Charles Mathison, Cody Crawford, Bill Skipper, Jesse T. Harpe and Hubert Givens.
Published in the Dothan Eagle on 7/30/2007.
Samuel H. Stoltzfus, a resident of Garden Spot Village in New Holland and formerly of Terre Hill, died peacefully at the age of 90 on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, from complications related to COVID-19. Born in Morgantown on January 7, 1930, he was the son of the late Emanuel and Fannie Stoltzfus. The youngest in the family, he was predeceased by his five siblings – Stephen, Christian, Sarah Fisher, Leah, and Lydia Esh. On April 7, 1951, he married Mary Ellen Brendle, who survives him. Even as a teenager growing up Amish, Sam followed his own path. He served in the U.S. Army as a jeep driver in Korea during the war. After his discharge, he was employed by several companies until finding his 30 year niche as a truck driver for New Holland Machine Co. and its successors. Eventually, recording four million miles of driving. But that was not enough for Sam. Given his love for socializing, he not surprisingly also ventured into the auction business where he presided as an auctioneer for 34 years at local estate sales. In retirement, he gladly volunteered in many community service projects and was particularly proud of his involvement with the Garden Spot Lions and Leo Clubs. He was also a member of the New Holland American Legion and VFW. Through much of his married life, he was a member of the Conestoga Church of the Brethren and was most recently a member of St. John’s Center UCC Church in Union Grove. Despite his devotion to his ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) breakfast club, family was the center of his life, and he spent many hours enjoying his children’s and grandchildren’s activities and sporting events. He also cherished his many friends and the good times they spent together. In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children: Shirley Orfanella (Peter), Robert (Gerald Warhola), Stanley (Deborah), Kenneth (Barbara Martin), and James (Julie Hubbard), ten grandchildren (one, Jason, predeceasing him), and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his many nieces and nephews; in whose lives he has been actively involved. Given the current COVID-19 restrictions, no service will be scheduled at this time. A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date. To celebrate Sam’s life, please consider a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org. The family wishes to thank the staff of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital for their tender loving care of Dad during his recent illness.
Colonel Stone (USMC Ret.) died the 15th of April. His wife is Mrs. Kash Stone, 135 Marvin Ridge Road, New Canaan, CT 06840-6906.
Lieutenant Colonel Anthony F. Story, the personal pilot of Gen. Douglas MacArthur from 1945, when he began ruling occupied Japan, until 1951, when he was removed from command in the Korean War, died on Wednesday at New York Hospital in Manhattan. He was 75 years old. Colonel Story, who lived in Manhattan, died of complications from a stroke, a family spokesman said.
When General MacArthur returned his plane, a Constellation called the Bataan, to the Pentagon in May 1951, he expressed gratitude for "a great plane, a great crew, a great pilot." A month earlier, the five-star general had been dismissed by President Harry S. Truman because of his differences with Mr. Truman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff over Chinese Communist intervention in Korea.
Colonel Story soon left active duty to become a corporate executive in Manhattan. He was, successively, the vice president for exports of the American Distilling Company; president of the American branch of the Jaeger Watch Company, Swiss chronometer makers; an underwriter in several Wall Street brokerage firms, and a senior management consultant with Atwater Bradley & Partners. He retired in 1967. Called Tony
Tony Story, as friends called him, was born and educated in Troy, Mo., where he and friends taught each other to fly at a small airfield where they did maintenance on light planes. He became a wing walker on stunt planes at Midwest county fairs and learned navigation in a school adjoining an Army Air Corps station in Homestead, Florida. In World War II, he was a ferry pilot with the Royal Air Force and then transferred to the American Army Air Corps, transporting diplomats and other dignitaries around the Atlantic and the Pacific. He accrued more than 7,000 hours of flying time, and his awards included the Silver Star, Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross.
His wife, Judy Lane, an entertainer and later an executive with the U.S.O., died in 1979. There are no immediate survivors.
Clarence H. Strack, Post #188, Sandwich, MA, died June 14 (Flag Day), 2005. A member of the US Air Force during the Korean War, he was the American Legion District #10 Commander 1993 to 1994. Burial was in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.
Robert “Bob” L. Stuntz, 86, of Belleville, Illinois, born Sunday, March 29, 1936, in East St. Louis, Illinois, passed away Friday, June 17, 2022, at Liberty Village of Maryville in Maryville, Illinois.
Bob was an engineer for the United States government. He was a member of MAC- Mo Athletic Club, Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge #1221, and Elks Lodge #664 in Fairview Heights. He enjoyed dancing, traveling and playing cards. Bob served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Emelene L. Heisserer Stuntz; parents, John Arlington and Anna Eisiminger Stuntz; sister and brother-in-law, Justine and Jim Younger; and long-time companion, Judy Spors.
Surviving are his nieces: Anne Younger of Belleville, Ellen (Daniel ) Ritz of Effingham, Illinois,
Alice Younger (Helen Antoine) of Kirkwood, Missouri; great nephews and niece, James (Amber) Ritz of Hartland, Wisconsin; Neil (Hailey) Ritz of Dallas, Georgia; Brian Ritz of Nashville, Tennessee; and Taylor Ritz of Effingham.
Memorials may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church of Belleville, the Belleville/ Swansea Moose Lodge #1221 or the Elks Lodge #664 of Fairview Heights. Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00 am, Friday, July 1, 2022 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, July 1, 2022 at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Rev. Alexandra Lysdahl officiating. Interment will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville.
Services were held at the Dawson Funeral Home for Willie B. Sturgeon, 78, of Dutchtown School Road, who died at 10:52 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at the Hospice House in Poland, Ohio. He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in March and battled this valiantly for as long as he could and with all the dignity of his great generation.
Born February 4, 1932, he was a son of Richard Edward and Bessie Margaret Sturgeon. He worked 20 years at the former TS&T Pottery and then 26 years at Columbiana Boiler Co.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in Korea with the 24th Infantry and later was in the 101st Airborne Division. He was awarded two Bronze Stars, a Silver Star and a special Certificate of Valor for his role in the Task Force Smith battle in Korea. In 1998, he visited Korea with the Survivors of Task Force Smith and was able to experience firsthand the appreciation of the people of Korea. During the revisit, he took part in the South Korean government's dedication of the Task Force Smith Memorial.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially with his grandchildren.
He met Betty Sprouse when she was also stationed at Fort Breckenridge, Kentucky. They were married on November 7, 1951, and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Billie Rae Fazenbaker, and her companion Jim, of Morgantown and Jody Edwards and her husband, John, of Columbiana; and five sons, Eddie Sturgeon of Columbiana, Ricky Sturgeon and his wife, Jackie, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, James Sturgeon and his wife, Lisa, of Hanoverton, Yancy Sturgeon and his companion, Lisa, of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, and Dana Sturgeon and his wife, Gina, of Lisbon. There are 25 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Jack Sturgeon and his wife, Faye, of Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Nichole Sturgeon, Jamie Frederick and an infant granddaughter. His daughter Jody told the Korean War Educator, "He was one of the lucky few to fight as part of Task Force Smith and survive that battle. He was a strong and courageous man and an inspiration to each of us."
Lt. Col. (USAF Ret.) Robert Gene Sturges, Melbourne, Florida, died April 04, 1985 at the age of 72. Burial was in Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida.
Robert Sturges was born March 08, 1913 in Oregon, the son of Robert and Blanche I. Sturges. He graduated from high school in Portland, Oregon and then entered the United States Army Air Corps, serving as a pilot in North Africa during World War II, after receiving his commission in 1943. In the Korean War he was the head of the 28th Bomb Group Maintenance Squadron on Okinawa and flew the B-29 "Command Decision" as Inspector Pilot with Don Covic from 1950 to 1954. During the Korean War years he was awarded the Soldier's Medal for bravery.
He was an architect in civilian life and designed his house in Newport Heights, as well as his next door neighbor's house. He also owned a cab company (Rainbow Cab) between wars in Santa Ana. He was a flat artist (pastels and colored pencils early on, then oils).
When the war in Vietnam broke out, Sturges volunteered his services even though he had officially retired from flying. Because the government was so desperate for pilots, he was accepted as a member of the 4th Air Commando Squadron based in Vietnam. He was pilot of "Puff the Magic Dragon", a C-47 gunship that flew out of Bien Thuy Air Base. He volunteered on the gunboats that patrolled the river in-between missions.
He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Melbourne, as well as the Military Order of World Wars.
He was the father of three children with his first wife, Frances Mary Sturges. He was survived by his second wife, Elaine Sturges; children, Michael, Gayle, and Linda; brother, Paul Sturges; and three grandchildren.
Albert Henry Styles passed away at home, in Windsor, California, on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the age of 83. Born in Modesto, California, Al was a resident of Sonoma County for the past 65 years. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Evelyn Styles; dear father of Albert (Selena) Styles and the late Robert Styles; and adored grandfather of James, Jeremy and Ryan Styles.
A veteran and retired Sergeant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Albert served in the military for 18 years. He served during the Korean War with the United Nations troops, earning the Presidential Unit Citation w/clusters, and with the National Defense Service, receiving the GCM 1st Award. He later worked as a Nuclear Inspector at Mare Island. He was also a member of The Chosen Few, the Marine Corp. League, 1st Marine Division, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled Veterans of America.
Friends are invited to attend funeral services on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home, 1225 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. Burial with Military Honors, will follow at Santa Rosa Memorial Park Shiloh Addition on the corner of Shiloh Road and Windsor Road. A reception will follow the services and directions will be given at the funeral. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the service begins on Wednesday at the funeral home. Daniels Chapel of the Roses 525-3730. Published in the Press Democrat from December 30, 2012 to January 1, 2013.
Edward William (Bill) Sullivan, age 80, Indiana, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Methodist Hospital in Indiana. Mr. Sullivan had a history of illness, but died from complications due to a tragic auto accident Sunday morning. He was transported to Methodist Hospital Trauma Unit in Indianapolis, IN where he never regained consciousness and passed peacefully that evening.
Mr. Sullivan is survived by his daughter, Deborah Ann (Sullivan) Martin and son in law Douglas John Martin of Bloomington, IN and son, Earl William Sullivan of Shelbyville, IN. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Matthew Timothy Oltman, Toby Michael Oltman, Jared Christopher Oltman, and Nathan Daniel Oltman all of Bloomington, IN, and five great grandchildren. A sister Doris J. (Sullivan) Voris of Shelbyville, IN and a brother Glendoe L. Sullivan of Florida, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by twin daughters, Shirley and Sharon Sullivan, a son Mark Edward Sullivan, his father, Elbert Houston Sullivan and mother, Bertha June (Burton) Sullivan.
Bill was a veteran of the Korean War, having served as a Corporal (E-4) in AUS AMEDS, 5th Army Area, Company D, 1st Battalion. His duty was with the Ambulance Company, 2nd Medical Battalion. He received the United Nations Service Medal, Combat Medical Badge, and the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars. His active duty date was 8 August 1951 to 24 July 1953.
Upon returning home from the Korean War he began his entrepreneur career in construction with his father, E.H. Sullivan and Son Construction Company. From there they designed and built family homes, Sullivan Motel, and Sullivan Restaurant. He later became an independent contractor and developed and provided surrounding counties with grave digger services. Mr. Sullivan’s passion was fishing, history, and working in his private tool shop.
Mr. Sullivan was laid to rest in a family plot at Miller Cemetery in Shelbyville, IN. Memorial contributions may be made American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278 or American Lung Association, 115 W. Washington, Suite 1180-South, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204.
On June 6, 2020, Robert (‘Bob’) Anthony Sumbot, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend departed this life in order to go home to his Heavenly Father, loved ones, and friends gathered there to meet him. Although we will miss him sorely, we know he has more work to do. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, wife of four years, Adeline (‘Addy’) Hilton, wife of 39 years, Betty Mae Shelley, and infant son, Edward Kent. He leaves behind his wife, Donna Sue; six children: Brian Robert (Kathy), Stephen Bruce (Carey), Josanne Lee Houston (Doug), Robert Allan (Tamara), Teresa Gen Kummer (Travis), Russell Kent (Ann); and six step children. He also leaves behind 49 grandchildren, 66 great grandchildren, and two great, great grandchildren.
Bob was born the youngest of ten children in Midvale, Utah on February 9, 1930 to Luke Antoney (‘Tony’) Sumbot and Elizabeth Phillips. Bob was well known in Midvale for his athleticism and, in high school, helped his relay track teams win two consecutive State Championships. He served three full-time missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and in numerous other church callings and assignments. He had a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel, which all who ever heard it quickly recognized. He also served faithfully as a Marine for two and a half years during the Korean War. It meant a lot to him and he was very happy to have had that experience to serve his country.
He taught history for many years at Midvale Middle School and after retirement served as a supervisor of student teachers for Utah State University. Bob will be remembered by many as having a great sense of humor and being a great patriot. The family is so grateful to the staff of the Wm. E. Christofferson VA Nursing Home for their kind and considerate care of him during his waning years. Due to the pandemic, there will not be a viewing. We will celebrate his life at a future date, and will provide details when available.
Gordon William Sumner was born January 13, 1921, to John and Clara Sumner of Portland, Oregon. He died peacefully Sunday morning, September 12, 2010, in Port Orchard, Washington. Gordon led a full, happy life. He was most of all a very independent, loving, generous man. But if you crossed his path you could also depend on being teased by him. Gordon, known by his grandchildren and great grandchildren as Grandpa Doc survived the sinking the USS Utah when it was bombed at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, and the sinking of the USS Pledge during the Korean War. On October 12, 1950, he was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic service while in charge of a rescue crew in the Motor Whale Boat attached to the Pledge. After 22 years of service in the Navy, he retired as a Chief Hospital Corpsman, on February 23, 1960.
After his first retirement he worked as an Optician for Dr. Dibblee in Bremerton until about 1985. Gordon was one of the most beloved members of the Masonic fraternity in the Bremerton area. He served as the Associate Guardian on several occasions for Job's Daughter Bethels 20, 21 and 43. He escorted Mrs. Hazel Gray, past Supreme Guardian, on her tour for International Jobs Daughters in Brazil. He served as Wise Master of the Chapter Rose Croix in 1992, Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection in 1994, Master of Kadosh in 1996 and Commander of the Consistory in 1998. He was invested Knight Commander Court of Honor in 1991. Brother Sumner was asked to serve as Personal Representative in the Valley of Bremerton in September 1994. He was coroneted Ill. Gordon W. Sumner, 33 degree, Inspector General Honorary the following November and has served the Valley with distinction for the past 16 years. Gordon was Special Deputy to the Grand Master for Fraternal Relations and is a life member of Bremerton Valley as well as the Valley of Honolulu, Orient of Hawaii. Gordon has also been a member of the Scottish Rite for over 55 years. Ill. Sumner is a life member of virtually every Masonic Body with which he is associated.
ordon was a member of the Silverdale Lutheran Church and up through June of this year was still driving himself to the early morning service in his little red car. Gordon is survived by his three daughters: Patricia Cain, Everett, WA; Kathleen Lemmon (Gary). Snohomish, WA and Virginia Sumner, San Diego, CA; three grandchildren: Tina West (Dennis); Kevin Cain and Roger Lemmon (Ashleigh) and eight great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 43 years Florence Leilani Sumner. Prior to his wife's death, Gordon and Lani were both members of the Tacoma Orchid Society and loved to travel to Mexico and South America to collect wild orchids for his greenhouse.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at 7pm at the Manette Masonic Temple. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Robert A. "Bob" "Swifty" "Peanuts" "Punkin" Swift, Sr. died peacefully with family by his side on January 20, 2018 at the age of 85. Bob was born on September 27, 1932 in Waterbury, Connecticut to the late Edwin P. Swift, Sr. and Bertha (Brown) Swift. Bob attended Crosby High School where he excelled at basketball, leaving school to faithfully serve his country in the United States Army, serving a combat tour of duty in the Korean War.
After returning home, Bob met and fell in love with his future wife, Mary. Bob and Mary were married on April 7, 1956, moving to Wolcott in 1959, where they continued to live until his passing. Bob worked for State Dairy for 35 years, and afterwards for Tony-Mack Transport. Bob was a lifelong Red Sox and New York Giants fan and also enjoyed fishing, gardening and cooking. Bob and Mary were lifelong communicants of St. Pius X Church. Bob was a storyteller who loved to laugh and make others laugh. But mostly he will be remembered for his love of family.
Besides his loving wife of 61 years, Mary (Doria) Swift, Bob is survived by one daughter, Mary Beth Scaia of Wolcott, one son, Robert A. Swift, Jr. and daughter-in-law Jennifer of Orlando, Florida, three grandchildren Nikki Swift, Rachel Scaia and Michael Scaia. Bob is also survived by his sister-in-law Bettina Kelly, sister-in-law Margaret Doria and twenty-two nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Bob was predeceased by his brother Edwin P. Swift, Jr., sister Claire McCulloch, sister-in-law Theresa Galletta and brother-in-law Vito Doria. The family would like to especially thank Wayne and Eileen Oliver and the Dunn and Hamel families for the love and support they gave to Bob and Mary.
Walter Hayden Sylvester of California died Tuesday, October 27, 1987. He was 58 years old. Funeral services were held at Dopkins Chapel. Interment was at Smith Mountain Cemetery.
Mr. Sylvester served with the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Dinuba Christian Church, an honorary lifetime member of the Dinuba Veterans of Foreign Wars, an honorary lifetime member of the Terra Bella American Legion, and was a Dinuba Volunteer Fireman. Mr. Sylvester worked for Pacific Telephone for 18 years as an installer.
He received several awards, including the Eagle's Homebuilder Award in 1969 for being a good family man, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Buddie Poppy award in 1978. The Dinuba Recreation Department named the Little League Home Run Trophy after him for his many hours of involvement with Little League.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Sylvester; two sons, Monte and Mickey Sylvester; and two daughters, Connie Logan and Vikki Gillen, all of Dinuba. He is also survived by his parents, John and Jessie Sylvester of Dinuba; two brothers Junior of Oceano, and David of Jackson, Mississippi; seven sisters, Carmen Rice of Yuma, Arizona, Betty Berry of Dinuba, Sherry Cambron and Patsy Russell of Oregon, Geraldine Sylvester of Visalia, Tulare County, Suzanne Wray of Orosi, and Pam Salisbury of Paso Robles.
Newspaper article, Terra Bella, Tulare County, California, November 23, 1953:
Terra Bella Man is Wounded in Korean Fighting
Mr. and Mrs. John Sylvester of Terra Bella have received word form the department of defense that their son, Private First Class Walter Hayden, was wounded in action in Korea on November 5th. The parents said several days after receiving the official notice of their son's injury; they had a letter from him saying he was aboard a hospital ship. He wrote that he had been wounded in the leg and foot by shrapnel from an enemy hand grenade.
Sylvester wrote he had been in battle a long time as a machine gunner without being hit. On November 5th, he said, he looked out from his machine gun post and the mountain seemed alive with a horde of North Korean Reds. It was during this attack that he was struck by the grenade.
In a later letter, received Tuesday, Sylvester wrote he was in a hospital in Japan. The 22-year-old Terra Bella soldier had been stationed with the army two years in Japan before the Korean War started. He was with the first group to be sent to Korea as reinforcements in July.
Cpl. George L. Syms, 75, of Cocoa, Florida, died at Cape Canaveral Hospital on Sunday, March 25, 2007. Mr. Syms had been a resident of Cocoa since 1982, having previously resided in Broward County since 1968. He was born in 1931 and grew up in the suburban Philadelphia town of Darby, PA. He entered the United States Army in 1948, served during the Korean War, earning a Silver Star and was honorably discharged in 1951. Mr. Syms had been employed by Bordens, Trans World Airlines, and was a proprietor of several businesses, primarily as a restauranteur, having retired in 1987. He was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, Merritt Island, and had served that congregation as a deacon. He is survived by his wife Natalie; and six children, (Rev.) George Syms, Kansas City, MO, Barbara Campbell, Florahome, FL., Steven Syms, Cooper City, FL., Bonnie Uphues, Port St. Lucie, FL., David Syms, Titusville, FL., and William Syms, Cocoa, FL. He is also survived by a brother.
[See also Silver Star citations page on the KWE.]
Henryk (Frenchy) Szarek, 83 years old, of Leominster, formerly of Arlington, died Sunday, February 27, 2011 in Health Alliance-Leominster. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Jeannette C. (Levesque) Szarek, his sons Raymond H. Szarek and his wife Nanita of Newark, NY and Robert J. Szarek of Leominster, his daughter Christine M. Gamez and her husband Robert of Burlington, his sisters Christine Mokzan of France and Daniella Jawien of Poland, 9 grandchildren, Rebecca, Daniel, Timothy, Samantha, Nicole, Conor, Kelsey, Deborah and Anna, and 6 great grandchildren.
Mr. Szarek was born in Poland on July 22, 1927, son of Mieczyslaw and Jozefa (Ostrowska) Szarek and had lived in Arlington for 45 years before moving to Leominster 2 years ago. He had been an Electronic Technician, working in Research and Development for many years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in the Special Forces during the Korean War.
Frenchy was a member of St. Cecilia's Church in Leominster, the American Legion in Arlington, the V.F.W. in Cambridge and was a life member of the Special Forces Association Local 54. Many members may remember the 1951 Lodge Act 1 which granted citizenship to foreign nationals who joined the U.S. Army for a period of 5 years. Frenchy is such a soldier. In World War II while serving with the Polish-Russian Army he was wearing the four cornered Polish hat with the Polish Eagle, the emblem of Poland: acting as a motorcycle messenger Knowing Puhsh-Freneh-German and Russian he was also used as a linguist.
Frenchy was active in the anti-communist underground, forced to flee through Russian lines to the French allies. There he joined the French Foreign Legion at the age of 19 and volunteered for the elite paratrooper unit "The I-B-E-P. Frenchy fought for several years with the legion in indo-China and Vietnam. After his tour with the Legion he joined the U.S. Army under the Lodge Act and was assigned to the 10th SFGA. He got his citizenship in 1958. Frenchy could speak five languages and served on many Black Operations. He appeared in the movie Beau Geste with Telly Savalas, Guy Stockwell, Doug McClure, and Leslie Nielsen.
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