It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our
beloved father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Don passed
away peacefully in his sleep at home, on July 16, 2023 at the
age of 92.
A lifelong resident of Santa Clara, where he graduated from
Santa Clara High in 1951. After graduation, Don joined the U.S.
Navy where he served during the Korean War from 1952-1956. Upon
returning, Don went to work for the City of Santa Clara, and
after 35 years of dedicated service, he retired. Don was a
volunteer fire fighter for the City of Santa Clara for 18 years.
He enjoyed many years of stopping in to chat and bringing donuts
to the guys at the station.
Don had a passion for classic cars, mainly roadsters. He was
a member of the San Jose Roadster Club for 14 years. Don was
happiest when he was busy. He enjoyed being surrounded by
friends and family, going on roadster runs, tinkering with his
car, going out to eat, and going to the casino. His biggest
passion was his family and he always put family first. He was so
proud of his daughter, Natalie Afflerback and her children,
Nicole Alise, Eric Afflerback, and Jennifer Jergens (Brian). He
was the proud grandfather of three and great grandfather to
Don is preceded in death by his parents, Henry Sr. and
Josephine Fonseca Tabash, and siblings, Henry Tabash, twin
brother David Tabash, Lorraine Moniz, Joyce Medeiros, Josephine
Brown, and Audrey Tracy. Don will be missed dearly and forever
remembered as a loving father, grandfather, and great
A celebration of life will be held in his honor on Saturday,
September 02, 2023.
Published by Mercury News from August 4 to August
Tambone, Louis Joseph
Louis Joseph Tambone, age 89, Danbury, Connecticut, died of
coronavirus on April 17, 2020. He was born in Tuckahoe,
New York, but lived most of his life in Danbury. He was a
coach and mentor to many bowlers and was inducted into the
Greater Danbury USBC Hall of Fame in 1996. He was an avid
New York Yankees and Notre Dame football fan. He served in
the Army during the Korean War with the 330th Communications
Reconnaissance Company. He was employed by General Motors
in Tarrytown, New York for 30 years, retiring in 1982. He
was survived by two brothers, Vincent and Joseph, and many
nieces and nephews.
Tanner, Douglas Arnold
Douglas Arnold Tanner passed away at home in Gainesville, Florida on February 26,2006 of heart
Tanner, Marvin Everett
Marvin Everett Tanner, 89, transitioned to Heaven February
26, 2023, with his family at his side.
Marvin was born October 23, 1933 in Santa Monica, California,
into a family with a legacy of blacksmiths and adventure
seekers. Marvin graduated from University High School, Los
Angeles, Class of 1951. Following graduation, he attended Santa
Monica City College, receiving an associates degree in
Machining. Marvin was drafted into the Army during the Korean
War, and served as a small arms mechanic at Fort Ord. While at
Fort Ord, Marvin and Ina were married on September 5, 1954, at
First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica. Marvin and Ina
celebrated 68 years of marriage last September.
After serving in the Army, Marv attended Cal Poly, San Luis
Obispo, graduating with his Mechanical Engineering degree in
1959. Upon graduation, the Tanners moved to Schenectady, NY,
where Marv worked as a nuclear engineer for General Electric,
while also earning a Masters in Nuclear Engineering from
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
While in New York, Marv and Ina enjoyed camping, square
dancing, sailing at the Saratoga Lake Sailing Club, skiing at
Hickory Hill, as well as several family trips to the many
historical sites along the east coast and across the United
States. Marv also enjoyed singing in church choirs and with the
Burnt Hills Oratorio Society. Marv and Ina returned to
California, settling in San Jose in 1977. In San Jose, Marv and
Ina were very active their church, and both Square and Round
Dancing with several clubs.
In retirement, Marv and Ina traveled with the Methodist
Care-A-Vanners, helping with hands-on projects in various
churches, and semi-annual trips to open and close the United
Methodist Camp at Mount Shasta. They also worked with UMCOR,
rebuilding homes after natural disasters across the United
States and Nassau, Bahamas. Marv also volunteered with a local
history club, The Argonauts, and for the New Almaden Quicksilver
Mining Museum. Marv and Ina traveled the world, and went as far
as they could go in their motor home. Marv was kind and generous
to many and will be missed.
Marvin is predeceased by his parents, Orville P. Tanner and
Mable Lewise (Lewis) Tanner. Surviving in addition to his wife,
Ina (Carter) Tanner, are his son, Michael Tanner (Cheryl);
daughters Loretta Tanner, and Julia Major (Joe); six
grandchildren, Ross Tanner, Ryan Tanner, April Vassau, Jonathan
Tanner, Christopher Major and Valerie Major; eleven
great-grandchildren, Trey Tanner, Kalli Tanner, Sally Tanner,
Tiffany Tanner, Paul Tanner, Josiah Tanner, Isaac Tanner, Levi
Tanner, Norah Vassau, Evan Vassau and Astrid Petersen Major (due
in May); his sister, Joanna (Tanner) Ballard; and numerous,
nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of life and reception was held on Saturday,
March 25, 2023 at 1:00 pm at Cambrian Methodist Church (1919
Gunston Way, San Jose, California). In lieu of flowers, the
family asked for any donations to be made to New Almaden
Quicksilver County Park Association (NAQCPA), PO Box 124, New
Almaden, California 95042.
Taplett, Col. Bob
Colonel Bob Taplett of Arlington, VA died at 0700 17 December, 2004. A Funeral Mass will be held at the
Old Post Chapel at Fort Meyer 31 January. Burial will follow at Arlington National Cemetery. He was CO of
the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, and participated in the Pusan Perimeter, Inchon
Landing, and Chosin Reservoir campaign in 1950. Following is an article written by Joe Holley,
Washington Post Staff Writer, that appeared in the Saturday, January 8, 2005 issue of that newspaper on
Decorated Marine Robert Taplett Dies
Robert D. Taplett, 86, a heavily decorated Marine colonel who led his 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine
Regiment, in the grueling strategic retreat at Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War, died Dec. 17 of
congestive heart failure at the Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church.
A running battle during the winter months of 1950, in temperatures falling to 40 degrees below zero
at night, the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir lasted three weeks, as U.S. and allied forces fought their
way back to the sea in the face of relentless assaults from Chinese forces, who outnumbered them by more
than 5 to 1. About 15,000 Marines and 3,000 Army troops took part in the battle.
"From Nov. 27 to Dec. 10, we were in almost constant combat," Col. Taplett told USA Today in 2000. "I
don't think I slept two hours the whole time. You had to keep moving, or you'd freeze. I left Yudami-ni
with roughly 1,300 men and got into Hagaru-ni (at the south end of the reservoir) with 326 effective
Marines. Better than half our casualties were caused by weather." The severe frostbite he suffered
caused Col. Taplett to have difficulties walking for the rest of his life.
A longtime Arlington resident, Robert Donald Taplett was born in Tyndall, S.D. He graduated with
honors from the University of South Dakota in 1940. He was a member of the Army ROTC in college, but in
1940, the Marine Corps corralled Col. Taplett and a number of honor graduates across the country. He
resigned his Army commission and became a Marine second lieutenant in 1940. He went through basic
training at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
He loved being a Marine, his wife, Patricia Taplett, recalled. Dark-haired, 6 feet 2 inches tall, in
his dress blues he seemed made for the Corps. "Some people called him a poor man's Gregory Peck," Mrs.
Taplett said. "I always said he was a cross between Tyrone Power and Robert Taylor."
On Dec. 7, 1941, he was serving aboard the USS Salt Lake City at Pearl Harbor. The cruiser was
escorting the carrier Enterprise, which had engine trouble and was just outside the harbor when the
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began. Unscathed, the Salt Lake City headed off in pursuit of the
Japanese fleet. He was aboard the Salt Lake City for three years and participated in the major battles
of the Pacific, including a decisive engagement in the Aleutian Islands in 1943, a battle that naval
historian Samuel Eliot Morison called "the last heavy gunfire daylight action, with no interference by
air power, submarines or torpedoes." In October 1944, the Salt Lake City provided fire support at Iwo
Jima and Okinawa.
After the war, Col. Taplett served as commanding officer of the Navy supply barracks at Clearview,
Utah, at Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay and at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, Calif. He also
served with the Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was dispatched
to Korea in 1950. "From the time he came in with the brigade, from Pusan, up through Seoul, all the way
to the Chosin Reservoir, just about every dirty job the 5th Marines had, he led the way," said fellow
Marine Frank Metersky, a member of the Chosin Few, an organization of Marines who survived the Chosin
retreat. "He, to me, is one of the finest officers in the history of the Marine Corps," said Metersky,
co-chairman of the Korean War POW-MIA committee. Col. Taplett was awarded the Navy Cross, two Silver
Stars, the Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star.
After the Korean War, Col. Taplett spent several months traveling the country lecturing to military
audiences on the importance of close-air support, a Marine concept perfected during World War II, and
then became academic director of the Basic School at Quantico in 1951 and 1952. He was at Marine Corps
headquarters from 1953 to 1956. From 1957 to 1959, he was based in Hawaii, although he spent most of his
time training troops in Okinawa and the Philippines. He was sent back to Quantico in 1959, a member of
the landing force development center. Unhappy that he wasn't working directly with troops, he retired in
1960 after 20 years of service.
In retirement, Col. Taplett and his family moved to Arlington, where he worked for several
professional associations and then for the U.S. Postal Service, where his duties included teaching
management techniques to supervisors. He retired in 1993.
He made two trips back to South Korea, the last in 1985, and while there expressed sympathy for the
North Korean people. He remembered how they sheltered Marines during that unimaginably hard winter years
earlier and how they shared whatever food they could spare.
He received his master's degree in human resource development from George Washington University,
attending class at night, and wrote a combat memoir, "Dark Horse Six" (2003), the title alluding to his
battalion's radio call, "Dark Horse." In Iraq today, the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines use the same call
sign in his honor. He also collected donations for the Arlington charity SOME (So Others Might Eat),
volunteered with the Women's National Symphony Decorators' Show House and was a monitor at the Kennedy
Center Young People's Concerts.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, of Arlington; six children, Claire Taplett and Marty K.
Taplett, both of Arlington, Christine McCarty of Charlottesville, Robert Howard Taplett of Purchase,
N.Y., Martin Ross Taplett of Pinehurst, N.C., and Margo Barbara Taplett of Park City, Utah; a brother;
and nine grandchildren.
A Taplett Tribute can be found at this website:
Col. George Tassey, US Army (Retired), 92, died Thursday,
November 29, 2012, at Riverview Nursing Home, under the care of
Hospice Savannah, Inc.
George Tassey, a native Savannahian, graduated from Savannah
Commercial High School in 1939. He earned a BA from North
Georgia College and a Masters degree from Boston University. He
was a graduate of the Infantry Advanced Officers Course and the
Command and General Staff College.
He volunteered for military service in World War II,
completed infantry basic and later attended the Officer
Candidate School at Fort Benning where he was commissioned a
Lieutenant of Infantry. He served in the Philippines during
World War II, and was granted a Regular Army commission during
the first Regular Army integration of selected AUS officers.
At the outset of the Korean War, he commanded an infantry
company. As a company commander of the 23rd Infantry, 2nd
Infantry Division, he shared the hardships and the victories of
the regiment's valiant stand again four Chinese divisions at
Chipyong-Ni in February of 1951.
Upon return to the United States he was assigned to the
Ranger Department, the Infantry School, as training officer. He
served a second tour in Korea in 1962, as Brigade Operations
officer of the 1st Calvary Division; then as the Deputy Battle
Group Commander of the 12th Calvary. His third combat duty was
in 1969, in Vietnam as Deputy Senior Advisor to the 7th ARVN
(South Vietnamese) Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta.
Other highlights of his military service: Commander of the US
Army Mountain Ranger Camp, Dahlonega, Georgia; two tours in
Germany as Infantry Battalion Operation and Training Officer;
staff officer, United States Army European Command at
Heidelberg; Deputy District Commander, North Wuerttemberg
District; Post Commander of Patch Barracks, where the European
Command Headquarters was located. His last duty assignment was
as Senior Advisor to the Maneuver Training Command in Kentucky.
His awards include: the Silver Star medal; Legion of Merit
(w/oak leaf); Air Medal (three), Bronze Star Medal; Army
Commendation Medal w/cluster; Distinguished Unit Citation;
Combat Infantryman Badge; and the ranger Tab. Foreign awards:
The Philippine Liberation Medal and the Philippine Independence
Medal; the Korean Presidential Unit Citation; Vietnamese Cross
of Gallantry; Vietnamese Staff Service Medal. He
participated in five major campaigns in Korea (five battle
stars). He was awarded two battle stars for his involvement in
Colonel Tassey retired from the US Army on March 1, 1975
after serving for thirty-two years. He was installed in the
Infantry Officer Candidate's School Hall of Fame at Fort
Banning, Georgia in 1979. He was past president and member
of the Lions Club of Savannah, member of the American Legion,
the Retired officers Association, the Military Order of World
Wars and a charter member of the World War II Memorial. Colonel
Tassey is a member of St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Dorothy
Jackson of Fort Screven, Georgia; and is survived by his two
children, George, Jr., and Cynthia Owen of Idaho; a brother,
Harry Tassopoulos of Decatur, Georgia; numerous grandchildren
and great grandchild; and several nephews and nieces and great
Trisagion Service: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fairhaven Funeral Home,
Hubert C. Baker with Father Vasile Mihai, officiating.
Visitation: 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Hubert C . Baker Chapel.
Funeral Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Greek Orthodox
Church, with Father Vasile Mihai, officiating. Interment will
follow in Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park, with Military Honors.
Remembrances: St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church, 14 West
Anderson Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401.
Tate, Richard Nelson
Richard N. Tate of Upland, California, passed away of natural
causes at age 83 on April 12, 2012. He was the eldest son of
Oscar Nelson & Adelaide A. Tate, born on October 13, 1928 in
Richard’s family was part of “Tate Cadillac” and “OraAddies”
ladies apparel business in the Pomona Valley. Richard was raised
in Pomona attending Emerson Jr. High, Pomona High School &
Pomona Jr. College. He completed his education in 1946.
Richard entered the army in December 1950 and served six
years with distinction as an Infantry Sergeant with the 3rd
Infantry Division in the Korean War. His awards and decorations
included the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Service
Medal with Three Bronze Battle Stars and the Combat
After his military service, he was employed by Rohr
Industries, Inc. in Riverside, California as a Senior Analyst.
He retired in 1992 after 33 years. Richard resided in the
Claremont and Upland areas. He was a member of the American
Legion & NRA. He had fond memories of growing up in the car
culture of the 40′s, 50′s & 60′s with pictures of all of his
cars. He loved horses and was an experienced equestrian in his
Richard is survived by a sister, Leita Joyce Tate, brother,
Wallace James Tate, and extended family. Military services are
pending at Riverside Memorial Cemetery.
Tedrow, Donald Ray
My wonderful husband, Donald Ray Tedrow, served on the front line in the Korean War. He later
went to Vietnam. He died from Agent Orange on January 27, 2005--the saddest day of my life.
Posted at the request of Ruth Tedrow.
Tefft, William Winfred
Mr. Tefft was born December 01, 1934 and died of Covid on
December 10, 2020. He was a Korean War veteran from
Johnstown, Pennsylvania. His widow is Betty Tefft.
Tellelfsen, George Merle Jr.
George Merle Tellelfsen, Jr., 53, of Warrington, died
Thursday morning, July 31, 1975 in a local hospital.
Mr. Tellefsen was a native of Michigan and had resided in
Warrington for the past 18 months. He was a veteran of
World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. He served
with the 85th Fighter Squadron of the 79th Fighter Group after
World War II. He was a member of the Lutheran church.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Agnes Tellefsen of
Warrington; three sons, George M. Tellefsen III, Thomas C.
Tellefsen of England and David M. Tellefsen of the Phillipines;
a daughter, Mrs. Linda Lumpkin of Pensacola; his mother, Mrs.
Vida Tellefsen of DeTour Village, Michigan; a brother, Thomas A.
Tellefsen of Detroit, Michigan; three sisters, Mrs. Betty Ann
Gouetz, Mrs. Patricia Walsh and Mrs. Barbara Van Ryshein, all of
Detroit; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services in the Oak Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with
Chaplain James E. Seim officiating. Burial will be in the
Barrancas National Cemetery with Oak Lawn Funeral Home
Tetreault, William Joseph
William Joseph Tetreault, age 89, Hollywood, Florida, died in
a Florida hospital on April 14, 2020 of coronavirus. He
was born September 21, 1930 in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
From 1951 to 1953 he served as a PFC in the U.S. Army. He
was a radioman who was fluent in Morse Code. He also
earned a parachute badge. After the war he married Sally
Ellen Miller in 1954 and they were parents of five children:
Catherine Ellen Tetreault, Debbie Ann Tetreault Mann, William
Brent Tetreault, Scott Allen Tetreault, and Jeanean Marie
Tetreault Calcutti. William and Sally had 14 grandchildren
and eight great-grandchildren. William was a pest control
specialist that owned his own business. He will be buried
at a later date at South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth,
Thacker, Terrell Jr.
Terrell Thacker, Jr., 82, died Friday, November 1, 2013, at Signature Health Care Nursing Facility,
Pikeville, Kentucky. He was born in Pike County, June 2, 1931, the son of the late Joel and Ella Fair
Adkins Thacker. He was a retired coal miner and proudly served this country in the United Sates Army.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Ann Thacker. Terrell is survived by
four sons, Harold Thacker and Jimmy Thacker, both of Tennessee, and Roger Thacker and Lester Thacker, both
of Raccoon; six daughters, Anna Mae Johnson of Raccoon, Brenda Gale Cantrell of Elkhorn City, Glenda Faye
Coleman of Ohio, Wanda Sue Tackett of Betsy Layne, Bonnie Lou Hensley of Brushy and Debbie Thacker of Johns
Creek; one brother, Jeffrey Thacker of North Carolina; and 20 grandchildren.
Funeral services were
conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 5, with Butch Thacker and Terry Thacker officiating. Entombment
followed in the J.U. Thacker Mausoleum, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Pikeville with military services observed
by Johns Creek DAV Chapter #166.
Thompson, Alvia Glenn
Alvia Glenn Thompson, 87, of Fredericksburg, Virginia,
formerly of Troy, Illinois, passed away at his home Wednesday,
January 12, 2022, losing his fight with Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Thompson was born March 30, 1934 in Hayesville, North
Carolina. Glenn enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951,
earning the rank of Master Sergeant and retired in 1977.
Honorably discharged with many commendations as a Manpower
specialist, he later served in the private sector for the USAF
as a computer specialist for 20 years with distinction. In his
spare time, he enjoyed traveling, gardening, music, and spending
time with his yorkie, Willie.
Glenn is survived by his son, Mark and wife Ayisha Thompson of
Merrill, Wisconsin; daughter Glenna Tate of Fredericksburg;
grandson Brent Tate of Twentynine Palms, California; brother and
sister-in-law James Ray and Margot Thompson of Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur G. and Eva J.
Mason Thompson; wife Melvadine Wilkinson Thompson; siblings
Kermit and Garland Thompson, Gwen Coleman, Anita Colucci, and
Eva Sienkiewicz; and son Steven M. Thompson.
A service will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at
Lake View Memorial Gardens, Reiss Chapel, Fairview Heights,
Illinois. Pastor Ron Habermehl will officiate.
Thompson, Lee Grant
Mr. Lee Grant Thompson, 84, passed away Thursday, November
29, 2012, at Abbott Terrace Health Center. He was the husband of
Mrs. Florence (Thomas) Thompson of Waterbury.
Mr. Thompson was born July 25, 1928, in Laurens, South
Carolina, a son of the late Albert and Bertha (Winfrey)
Thompson. He was educated in the South Carolina public school
system before moving to Waterbury, where he resided until his
He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and
four years in the Army Reserve. He was employed by Uniroyal for
33 years until his retirement in 1983. Mr. Thompson was an avid
Mets fan, enjoyed playing the lottery, reading the newspaper and
was a jokester. He loved his family, especially the
In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by three
daughters, Linda Lee (Benjamin) Rhodes, Alberta Thompson and
Trena (Chris) Reeves, all of Waterbury; one son, Lee G. Thompson
of Austin, Texas; nine grandchildren, Marc, BJ, Toya, Gregory,
Lissa, Christopher, Manny, Michael and Jamel, all of Waterbury;
five great-grandchildren, Zaria, Shya, Jurnee, Davion and
Xavier, all of Waterbury; several nieces, nephews, cousins,
extended family and friends. He was predeceased by one son,
Larry Thompson, one grandson, Michael Henry Rhodes, five
brothers and four sisters.
Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012,
at Chapel Memorial Funeral Home, 35-37 Grove St., Waterbury,
with the Rev. Thomas Mallory officiating. Burial will be in New
Pine Grove Cemetery with full military honors. Calling hour will
be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family will
receive friends at the funeral home from 10:30 a.m. until the
time of service and at all other times at the home of his
daughter, Linda Rhodes, at 111 Dikeman St., Waterbury.
Thompson, Tommy F.
Tommy F. Thompson died September 25, 2005. He was in the 1st Marine Division, 1st Battalion in Korea.
More information will follow as submitted.
Wesley Thompson, age 94, of Granite City, Illinois, passed
away on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville,
Illinois. Wesley was born on June 15, 1927 in Elco,
Illinois, a son of the late Ben Thompson and Violet Alice Tucker
Wesley was a World War II veteran who proudly served in the
United States Navy. After serving in the Navy, Wesley
enlisted in the United States Army as a paratrooper, serving
proudly in the Korean War.
On April 27, 1956, Wesley married Opal Marie Branch, the love
of his life. Opal passed away on February 24, 2016.
He was a member of Calvary Life Church in Granite City,
Illinois. He retired as a lead man from National Vendors
in Bridgeton, Missouri, after many years of dedicated service.
He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed deer hunting and fishing.
Wesley was also a sports fan, and he never missed a hockey game
that his grandson, Ryan, played in. His greatest joy was
spending time with his grandchildren, who were his greatest
joys. Wesley loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of
all he loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all
who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, Wesley was preceded in death by
one sister, Carolyn Sue Lee, and by four brothers, Billy, Jerry,
Carl and Donald Thompson. He is survived by his loving
daughter, Brenda (Bob) Murray of Granite City; siblings, Wayne
(Lois) Thompson and Carmen Williams; grandchildren, Melissa
(Richard) Reader, Cari (Brian) Palmisano, Vicki (Russell)
English, Carrie (Ed) Lemmon, Cindy (John) Grant and Bobbie
(Karan) Murray; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great
granddaughter; many nieces, nephews, extended family and
Wesley will be laid to rest next to Opal at Sunset Hill
Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Memorial
donations may be given to Calvary Life Church.
Thornton, James H.
James H. Thornton, 77, of Toledo, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2006, in his home. Born October 7,
1929, in Toledo to Francis "Pat" and Grace (Brown) Thornton, he graduated from Central Catholic High
School in 1947. Jim was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a drill instructor from
February, 1949 until he was honorably discharged in October, 1952. Jim was a member of the First Marine
Division H-3-1 and served his country in the Korean War where he earned a Purple Heart. Jim was a member
of the Catholic War Vets, Logsdon_Walla Post #639.
He worked as a tool and die maker first for the Electric Auto-Lite Company and then for the Champion
Spark Plug Company where he worked for 32 years, retiring in February 1991. Jim was a devoted and loving
husband and father. He spent many years coaching his kids and made it a point to never miss a game. He was
a member of the Men's Club of Little Flower Parish where he was very active in volunteer work. He also
volunteered his time as a ticket taker at St. John's Jesuit High School basketball games for many years
while his sons attended.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Rosemary Holliday and brother, Robert Thornton. He is
survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Nancy J. (Gozdowski) Thornton; children, David and Julie (Jordan)
and their children, Patrick and Ben; Kevin and his children, Karli (Josh) Woggon and Sam; Valerie and John
Myers and their children, Jonathan, Jeremy and Justin; Mark and Christine (Samiec) and their children,
Katie (fiance, Mike Evangelist), Betsy, Alex and Marcus; Paul and Sue (Creque) and their children, Andy
and Chris; Mike and Micki (Jobuck) and their children, Andrea, Chelsea and Jenny; Connie and Darrel Limes
and their children, Jenna and Jessica; great-granddaughter, Maggie Woggon; brother, Richard (Theresa)
Thornton; sister-in-law, Roberta Thornton; brother-in-law, Charles "Sandy" Holliday of Crystal Springs, MS
and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Thomas I. Wisniewski Funeral Home, 2456 North Reynolds Rd. (419-531-4424) from
1-8 p.m. Sunday, October 22, 2006. Scripture services will be at held at 4 p.m. and the Catholic War Vets
Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. at
Little Flower Catholic Church where friends will be received after 9 a.m. Burial, Resurrection Cemetery.
Those wishing a memorial for Jim may consider Little Flower Church, Hospice of Northwest Ohio or an
organization of their choice.
The family wishes to thank all the friends and neighbors who have been so supportive these last 13-1/2
years. A special thank you to Father Joe, Jane Paquette, the nurses from Caring Services and Hospice of
Northwest Ohio, especially nurse, Diane Braker. Dad, you will be missed!
Threet, James K.
James K. Threet, 90, of Savoy, Ilinois, passed away at 2:05
a.m., Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the Carle Foundation
Hospital, Urbana, Illinois. Private Graveside Services
will be held at the Tuscola Township Cemetery, Tuscola. Jim was
born on September 5, 1930 at Dundas, Illinois, a son of IC and
Daryl (Curtis) Threet. He married Doris Wetzel on April 13, 1952
at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tuscola.
He is survived by his loving wife: Doris “Dot” of 68+ years of
marriage, son: Mike (Jotta) Threet of Savoy, brother: Jack C.
Threet of Houston, Texas, and sister: Sue (Buddy) Petrea of
Salisbury, North Carolina. Jim was preceded in death by his
parents, dear son: Tom, and older brother: Dick Threet.
He graduated from Champaign High School in 1948 and attended the
University of Illinois majoring in Journalism before being
called to serve in the United States Marine Corps in 1951 during
the Korean War. He was editor of the base newspaper at Barstow,
California, before his discharge in 1953.
Jim was employed at USI/Quantum Chemicals plant near Tuscola for
33 years (1953-1986) as a quality control lab supervisor,
retiring in 1986. He and his wife, Doris, were members of
the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tuscola and they were also
members of the Grace Lutheran Church in Winter Haven, Florida.
He and Doris are currently members of the St. John Lutheran
Jim’s interests included playing golf, fishing in Minnesota, and
hunting Indian arrowheads along the river west of Tuscola with
his wife and sons. He enjoyed watching all sports on television
and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. John
Lutheran Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Thyng, Harrison R.
Brigadier General Harry Thyng died on September 24, 1983.
He was one of only seven Americans to become an ace in two wars,
and was a Silver Star recipient during the Korean War (his third
Harry Thyng was born on April 12, 1918, in Laconia, New
Hampshire. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of
infantry in the United States Army Reserve through the Army ROTC
program at the University of New Hampshire on May 27, 1939, and
entered the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Corps on
June 27, 1939 Lieutenant Thyng was awarded his pilot wings
at Kelly Field, Texas, on March 24, 1940, and then served with
the 94th Pursuit Squadron of the 1st Pursuit Group at Selfridge
Field, Michigan, from March to October 1940. Lieutenant
Thyng next served with the 41st Pursuit Squadron of the 31st
Pursuit Group, first at Selfridge Field and later at Baer Field,
Indiana, from October 1940 to January 1942.
He then became the first commander of the 309th Fighter
Squadron under the 31st Fighter Group, moving with the group to
New Orleans, Louisiana, in February 1942, and then deployed to
England in June 1942, flying British Spitfires.
Major Thyng led the first American fighter raids out of
England during this time, and commanded the 309th through the
North Africa invasion in November 1942, until returning to the
U.S. in May 1943. He was credited with the destruction of
five enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus two probables and
three damaged between August 1942 and May 1943. After
recovering from injuries he received in North Africa, Colonel
Thyng completed P-47 Thunderbolt training and then took command
of the 413th Fighter Group at Bluethenthal Field, North
Carolina, in November 1944.
He moved with the group to le Shima in June 1945, and was
credited with another probable air victory before returning to
the U.S. in October 1945. During this time he flew on the
long-range escort mission of the B-29 Boxcar on the second
atomic bombing mission against Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9,
1945. After the war, Colonel Thyng transitioned into the
P-80 Shooting Star jet fighter and served as a jet fighter
instructor for the Air National Guard from September 1947 to
He was commander of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing in Korea
from November 1951 to October 1952, during which time he was
credited with the destruction of five enemy aircraft in aerial
combat plus four damaged, for a two-war total of ten destroyed
in the air, three probables, and seven damaged. He shot
down most of his "damaged" aircraft, but had a practice of
giving victories to his wingmen who protected him in combat.
After Korea, Colonel Thyng served as Deputy for Operations
with Headquarters, Western Air Defense Force, at Hamilton AFB,
California, from December 1952 to June 1954, and then commander
of the 4702nd Defense Wing at Geiger Field, Washington, from Jne
to October 1954. His next assignment was as commander and
vice commander of the 9th Air division at Geiger Field from
October 1954 to July 1957.
Colonel Thyng attended National War College from July 1957 to
July 1958, and then served with Headquarters U.S. Air Force in
the Pentagon until January 1959. He next served with the
Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C., from
January 1959 to October 1960, followed by service as commander
of the Duluth Air Defense Sector at Duluth Municipal Airport,
Minnesota, from October 1960 to July 1963.
General Thyng was vice commander of the Northern NORAD Region
at RCAF North Bay in Ontario, Canada, from July 1963 to January
1966 until his retirement from the Air Force on April 1, 1966.
After retiring from the Air Force, Harry ran for the U.S. Senate
in New Hampshire, but lost to the incumbent candidate. He
also founded the New England Aeronautical Institute which later
merged with Daniel Webster Junior College and became Daniel
Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Tieman, Stanley "Spud"
Stanley E. "Spud" Tieman, 81, of Ivesdale, Illinois, passed away at 9:25 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 27, 2011)
at his residence in Ivesdale. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2011,
at Roux-Hinds Funeral Home, 348 N. Piatt St., Bement. The Rev. Larry Hallman will officiate. Visitation
will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, also at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Hammond
Cemetery, Hammond. Military graveside rites will be given by the Albert Parker American Legion Post 620,
Spud was born on July 20, 1930, in Sadorus, Illinois, a son of William H. and Essie P. Dehart Tieman.
He married Phyllis Shumard on June 29, 1958, in Bement and later renewed their vows on July 25, 2010, in
Surviving are three sons, Harry O. (Angie) Binion of Atwood, Trent W. Tieman of Russell Springs, Ky.,
and Ted (Debra) Tieman of Bement; and two daughters, Teal (Larry) Dalton of Tolono and Trea Carver of
Glasgow, Ky. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Ben Binion and Dawna Binion, Erin (Jason) Williams, Jake
Jordan, Bernie Ganley, Rachel Madden, Jacque (Matt) Clemmons, Tara Zook, Dawson Tieman, Tyler Tieman,
Megan Tieman and Brittany Tieman, 10 great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren; and five
step-great-grandchildren. Other survivors include a brother, Louie (Wilma) Tieman of Bement; and two
sisters, Bernadine Hamilton and Mary Ellen (Rocky) Brashear, both of Houston, Texas. He was preceded in
death by his parents, one great-grandson, Chase Carver; three brothers and one sister.
Spud was a Army veteran of the Korean War and he retired from the State of Illinois Highway Department.
He was a 60-year member of the Albert Parker American Legion Post 620, and he was the last survivor of the
first honor guard firing squad. His hobbies included landscaping and he loved to build model airplanes and
large doll houses. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and most loved the time he spent with
his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Albert Parker American Legion Post 620 or the Ronald McDonald
House in Louisville, Ky.
Tilk, Henry Joseph "Joe"
On the afternoon of April 29, 2023, Henry Joseph “Joe” Tilk
of Belleville, Illinois passed away peacefully at the of age of
Joe was born in Fredericktown, Missouri in 1934 to Henry and
Audrey (Dollinger) Tilk, the first of four children. The family
moved to East St. Louis, Illinois, where Joe attended St.
Patrick grade school and Central Catholic High School. Joe was a
champion boxer for Central Catholic before graduating in 1952.
He joined the US Army and served his country as a paratrooper in
the 101st Airborne and 187th Airborne for two years in Asia at
the tail end of the Korean conflict. He was extremely proud of
his service as a Rakkasan. In spring 1954, he was one of
thousands of US paratroopers sequestered on aircraft on a tarmac
in Japan for several days waiting to be dropped into Dien Bien
Phu in Vietnam, a plan fortunately that was never implemented.
He was honorably discharged and returned to East St. Louis,
where he took a job at Anheuser Busch in St. Louis, where he
would work as a Lab Technician in the Tower Lab for the next 35
years at the company he loved.
He married Judith Brokaw in 1959 and the couple had four
children, Rebecca, Monica, Gerald, and Jennifer, settling in
Belleville. To support the growing family he took on a second
job with Costello Ushering Service, eventually assuming a
position as senior manager overseeing personnel at Fairmount
Park Race Track. His first marriage ended in divorce at two
decades. Joe later remarried to Phyllis Swan, a union that
produced Virginia and Joseph Jr. Later in life Joe was highly
active in the community, at VFW Post 8677 and Elks Lodge 664 in
Fairview Heights, and he was particularly active at the Knights
of Columbus Council 592, where he served as the Grand Knight
from 1998-2000, and 4th Degree member of Council 208 in East St.
Joe was well-traveled, recalling fondly his time in Asia, and he
visited all corners of the US and took several trips to Europe.
Joe had an easy and warm personality and was loved deeply by his
family and friends. He maintained a wide circle of friends
throughout his life, kept contact with friends going back to
childhood, and easily made new close friends very late in life.
He deeply loved his six children and 12 grandchildren, doting on
them and proudly boasting to everyone their latest achievements.
He was a proud father and grandfather, brother, and uncle to a
much larger family, all of whom he dearly loved.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Audrey Tilk;
brother, Richard Tilk; sister, Donna (Tilk) Kelly; wife, Judith
Tilk; wife, Phyllis Tilk; granddaughter, Adrienne Zaiter.
Joe is survived by his daughters: Rebecca (Roger) Morrison,
Monica (Peter) Del Giudice, Jennifer (Gil) Truesdale, and Ginny
(Todd) Banta; sons: Gerald (Inga) Tilk and Joseph Tilk;
grandchildren: Ali, Dustin, Devlin, Tanner, Taylor, Roland,
Heidi, Henry, Preston, Caroline, and Hannah; and sister Susie
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors. A Memorial
Gathering will be held at 4:00 – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, May 30th,
2023 with a Celebration of Life, honoring Joe’s life at 7:00 pm
at the Knights of Columbus, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview
Heights, Illinois 62208. A private burial will be held at
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Tims, Robert E. Jr.
Robert E. Tims, Jr., 75, Safety Harbor, Florida, entered into rest Thursday, February 21, 2008, at his
home. A graveside military memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at two o’clock, at
Sylvan Abbey’s Memorial Park in the Garden of Honor, Safety Harbor, FL. Senior Paster Eric Bargerhuff,
Ph.D., of Clearwater Community Church will officiate. An Honor Guard detail will consist of members from
the Florida Suncoast Korean War Veterans Chapter 14, who will perform a three-volley salute, the folding
and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of “Taps.” The Sylvan Abbey Funeral
Director is in charge of arrangements.
Robert E. Tims, Jr. was born December. 15, 1932, to Robert E. and Marion S. Tims in Camden, NJ. He had
an older sister, Elva May, and two younger siblings, David Joel and Phyllis Ann. The family owned the Tims-Cinnaminson
House Restaurant on Route 130 where Robert worked as a young boy. He graduated from Palmyra High School in
1950 and proposed to his high school sweetheart, Wanda Bruce Wright, in 1952. Following his graduation he
was drafted into the U.S. Army Infantry. He was stationed at Camp Kilmore, NJ and received training at
Indian Town Gap, Pa and Breckenridge, KY (101st Airborne), then was sent to serve in Korea from March 1953
to December 1954. He proudly and bravely served in the 26th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons
Battalion, 24th Infantry Division in the Punch Bowl, handling half-track mounted quad .50 caliber machine
guns. He also served in Masan and Sang-dong. He was honorably discharged from the service as Corporal 1st
Class in February 1955.
When he returned home, he resumed working as Produce Manager for American Stores in Morristown, NJ. He
married Wanda Wright on March 2, 1955, and they celebrated 52 years of marriage. Robert worked for Jay
Whitman and Sons doing heating and air conditioning installation and eventually became a self-employed
contractor in the 1960’s. He personally built their dream home. He also held managerial positions
for Sears and Roebuck until moving his family to Clearwater, Florida in 1980. He retired from the City of
Dunedin after 14 years of service in 1998.
Robert enjoyed camping with is family, fishing with his best friend, Harry Wenger, a World War II
veteran, and going on numerous trips with his wife through the years. He also enjoyed celebrating
Thanksgiving and Christmas with his family, cooking, and shopping at Super Wal-Mart.
He is survived by his wife Wanda of Safety Harbor; three daughters, LuAnn Streebel and her husband
James, Virginia Johnson and her husband William, Sara Ann and her husband Francis; two sons, Robert E.
Tims III and Thomas Arthur and his wife Victoria; six grandchildren Tracey Lynn and her husband Josh
Willey, Kelly Ann and her husband Greg Kamprath, Zachary Thomas and Logan Gregory Tims, and Joseph Anthony
and Carly Ana Matera; three great-grandchildren; Shy, Moni and Bryce Willey. He was preceded in death by
his parents and two sisters.
Toce, Rocco Anthony Jr.
Rocco Anthony Toce, Jr., life-long resident of East Hartford
passed into the arms of his Heavenly Father on April 19, 2020 at
Hartford Hospital of COVID-19 complications. Born on September
18, 1932, in East Hartford, he was the proud son of the late
Rocco and Susan (Cavallo) Toce. After attending East Hartford
Schools, Rocco enlisted in the United States Army on September
20, 1949. He earned the rank of Corporal fighting proudly during
the Korean War with the 2nd division, 23rd infantry. After being
honorably discharged, he married the love of his life Joyce (Blinn)
Toce, in 1952. Sadly, Joyce passed away on July 11, 1978 after
26 years of marriage. Rocco began an over 30-year career with
the Town of East Hartford, retiring as foreman of the Street
Department in 1992. Rocco would tell you that the utmost joy in
life was his family, his greatest treasure and gift. He loved
his family well, with compassion, steadfast strength and a
wonderful sense of adventure and humor. Rocco possessed an
uncanny ability to make everyone he met feel special. He leaves
a legacy of incredible kindness and memories to keep us laughing
until we see him again. Rocco was predeceased in 1956 by a
3-month old daughter, Karen A. Toce, and in 2010, his daughter,
Joy A McLaughlin of Phoenix, Arizona. He so valued his visits
with Joy, sitting poolside, relaxing together. Rocco was also
predeceased by his brothers, Gerald Anthony and John Toce;
sisters, Elaine Plungy, Annemarie Whitaker, Rosemary Hiltgen and
Carmela Levere. Left to cherish his memory are his brother,
Ronald Toce, (Kay), whom he loved playing "Setback" with every
Sunday night; sisters, Teresa Brown (Robert) and Carol Kelly
(Jimmy) all of East Hartford, and another brother Daniel Toce of
Bristol. Remaining to carry on his legacy are his children;
namesake, son, Rocco A. Toce, III and his wife Cheryl of Amelia
Island, FL. Dad so enjoyed his many trips to the Island where he
made many special friends. When travel was not possible numerous
calls by phone kept father and son in consent contact and never
apart no matter the miles. His eldest daughter, Asunda
DiDomenico of Berlin was his favorite cook and often visited her
for amazing Italian meals and hours of conversation. Rocco lived
with his son, Dino and his wife Joann in East Hartford for the
past ten years, playfully referring to them as "Mom and Dad". He
loved playing cards with Joann while Dino repeatedly rearranged
the furniture to ensure that his Dad would be comfortable and
well cared for. Rocco's youngest daughter, Paula Liappes and her
husband Gus of Andover rounded out the cherished group. Father
and daughter lunches were a cherished event, especially if he
could persuade her to go to Augie's and Ray's for much coveted
Chili Dogs. Rocco also leaves behind his much-loved ten
grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, all shared a
special connection with their beloved Gramps or GG, each his
pride and joy and all have special memories to hold in their
hearts forever. On behalf of our Father, we would like to send a
heartfelt tank you to all the staff at the Hartford Hospital who
compassionately cared for our Dad. He appreciated all of you so
very much, as do we. Due to the current health crisis, a private
service with military honors will be held at the convenience of
the family. Memorial donations in Rocco's name may be made to
Hartford Health Care Hospice, 1290 Silas Deane Highway,
Wethersfield, CT 06109 or Hartford HealthCare, COVID-19 Fund, 80
Seymour St., P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102-5037. The D'Esopo-East
Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford has
been entrusted with the care of the funeral arrangements.
Toenjes, Floyd "Flip" P.
Floyd "Flip" P. Toenjes, 92, of Belleville, Illinois, passed
away on Friday, June 4, 2021 at Oak Hill Nursing Center in
Waterloo, Illinois, surrounded by his loving family. Flip
was born on March 06, 1929 in Waterloo, to George and Alma
Eichelmann Toenjes and they preceded him in death.
Flip lived a long life of dedicated service-first, proudly
serving his country in the Korean War in the U.S. Army, and
later working for forty-six years as a truck driver for
Vangenhen and Sons Trucking Company. Flip was a long-time
member of St. Peter's Cathedral in Belleville, Illinois, the
Millstadt VFW Post 7980, the Teamster's Local 50 and the
Flip retired in 1991. During his retirement he
continued doing what he loved most--spending time with family
and friends and making new friends with a bump of the fist.
He was famous for his fist bumps. Flip loved the St. Louis
Cardinals, the annual family vacations to Branson and playing
cards, especially poker and spades. Flip was a grill
master extraordinaire, known for his barbeque pork steaks and
smashed barbeque. But his true love was his wife Eulene,
his children and grandchildren. His legacies will be his
strength, his patience, his compassion, his positive attitude,
his resilience, his sense of humor and his kindness to everyone
he encountered. This world was a better place because Flip
Toenjes was a part of it.
In addition to his parents, Flip was preceded in death by his
beloved wife of 62 years, Eulene Brunson Toenjes, whom he
married on December 15, 1956 in Hernando, Mississippi; his
brothers: Robert (Delores) Toenjes, Wilbur "Whip" (Eileen)
Toenjes, George "Dick" (Luella) Toenjes, Donald "Knuckles"
(Luann) Toenjes; and an infant sister, Marlene Toenjes.
Flip is survived by his brother Glenn "Gis" (Joyce) Toenjes;
his dear children: Gary (Patty) Ping of Pensacola, Florida,
Betty (John) Deckard of Belleville, Illinois; Gloria (Jerry)
Behrmann of Waterloo, Darrell (Bruce Kahn) Toenjes of Chicago,
Illinois, David Toenjes of Belleville, and Daniel (Lynette)
Toenjes of Millstadt; his dear grandchildren: Stacey (Eric)
Beardsley of St. Augustine, Florida, Jamie (Ashlynn) Ping of
Panama City, Florida, Amy (John) Blankenship of Keysport,
Illinois, Jenny (Sherman) Voegtle of Belleville, Penny Mitchell
of Belleville, Kevin (Michelle) Deckard of Smithton, Illinois,
Dawn Hoffmeister of Belleville, Pamela (Michael) Hausmann of
Belleville, Jordan Deckard of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Alex
Toenjes of Carbondale, Illinois, Adam Toenjes of Boca Raton,
Florida, Celia Toenjes of Belleville, Elliot Toenjes of
Millstadt, Carly Toenjes of Columbia, Illinois, and Ethan
Toenjes of Chicago; eighteen great-grandchildren; eight
great-great grandchildren; and Kara Savio, who was like a
daughter to Flip and the late Eulene.
Flip was laid to rest next to his dear wife Eulene at Mt.
Evergreen Cemetery, Millstadt. In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions may be directed to Cambridge House of
Swansea, Illinois, or Oak Hill Nursing Center in Waterloo.
Tognoli, Thomas Rudolph (Tom)
Thomas Rudolph (Tom) Tognoli, of Sunnyvale, California,
passed away peacefully at home on May 6, 2023, at the age of 90.
Born on October 1, 1932, Tom was the third born of four children
to parents Thomas and Lena Tognoli. Tom was raised with his
siblings Pat, Mario and Rose in San Mateo, California, where he
graduated from San Mateo High School in 1951 and began a job
with Pacific Bell Telephone Company shortly thereafter. Tom went
on to serve in the US Army during the Korean War, where he
worked on operations moving ammunition and weaponry by train.
After returning from his Army service, Tom spent his entire
career with the telephone company.
Shortly after returning to California, Tom was introduced to
the woman who became his wife of nearly 67 years, Shirley
Hendrickson. Tom and Shirley were married on June 24, 1956. They
have three children (Leslie, Tom and Laura) and went on to
purchase their home in Sunnyvale, California, where Shirley
still resides today.
Tom enjoyed woodworking and other hands-on projects, tending
to his immaculate yard and tomato garden, and keeping an eye on
his large family who all reside in the area. He could be counted
on to be the first to arrive at family gatherings, the
grandkids' baseball games, dance recitals and Special Olympics
tournaments. When someone needed help or advice, he was always
the first to be called. He loved dogs and was everyone's
preferred dog sitter, and could be counted on to share treats
with his beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Dolce. When you
needed him, he could be found putting on the family room rug or
watching golf from his favorite chair.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Lena,
and eldest siblings Pat and Mario. He is survived by his devoted
wife, Shirley, sister Rose Tantilla, daughter Leslie Francavilla
(Matt), son Tom Tognoli (Lynn), daughter Laura Tognoli,
grandchildren Megan (Glen), Mathew, Tommy, Nick and his great
Friends and family are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on
Thursday, June 1 at 11:00 AM at Church of the Resurrection (725
Cascade Drive, Sunnyvale, California, 94087).In lieu of flowers,
please make a donation in Tom's name to the Special Olympics of
Northern California (sonc.org).
Published by Mercury News from May 23 to May 28, 2023.
Tolen, Delbert Franklin
Delbert F. Tolen died in Grand Junction on June 25, 2004. He was born October 20, 1930 to Elmer
Tolen and Minnie Etta Klohne Tolen in Peru, Indiana, where he grew up. Delbert moved to Montezuma,
Colorado in 1948, where he worked at Climax and other smaller mines, and he considered Colorado home
from then on.
He joined the Army in 1951 and served in the Korean War in Company A of the 5th
Regimental Combat Team. On May 02, 1953, he was wounded in the right arm by Chinese Communist (CCF)
actions. He continued to serve as an Infantry Platoon Leader until May 28, 1953 when he was appointed
Executive Officer, Company A, 5th RCT. He received both the Purple Heart and Silver Star while serving
at Outpost Harry.
During the defense of Outpost Harry by Company A, Lieutenant Tolen was responsible for
leading the counter attack platoon up the trenches to repel the enemy in the event the CCF breached the main
fortifications. The outpost's restricted size provided positions for only two plus infantry platoons.
Lieutenant Tolen organized the remaining members of the company at a medical bunker located at the bottom of
the outpost. In the early morning of June 13, 1953, Lieutenant Tolen received word that the situation
on the outpost was critical. He organized his men into assault groups and led tem through devastating
mortar, artillery and small arms fire. He engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. Lieutenant
Tolen succeeded in leading his men and repulsed the attacking enemy forces.
After being discharged he
returned to Colorado where he met and married Alice Mae Berg in 1954. He graduated from the Colorado
School of Mines in 1957 with a professional degree in Petroleum Refining Engineering. He worked at
various refineries throughout his career in Colorado and other states. Delbert and Alice returned to
Colorado where they lived in Golden and finally settled in Grand Junction.
Delbert was a member of the Breckenridge Masons Lodge #47, the Colorado School of Mines Alumni
Association, and the Elks Lodge. He had a lifelong love of the outdoors and the Colorado mountains,
and an abiding interest in mining and geology. He also had a love of history, particularly of the
Civil War. He loved to read and he thought deeply on many things and loved vigorous discussion.
Delbert is survived by his wife Alice Mae; five sons and their wives, David and Lee of Aspen, Peter and Chris of
Castle Rock, Stuart and Stephanie of Olathe, Edward and Tracey of Fruita, and Malcolm and Cathy of Golden; two
brothers, Wayne and Leon; a sister Vivian Stanton; 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Delbert
was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jim Tolen and a sister Miriam Tolen Townsend.
Among his awards
are the CIB, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, United Nations
Service Medal and the National Defense Medal. He was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation. He was
also awarded the Parachute Badge and the Republic of Korea Wharang Distinguished Military Service Medal.
Del Tolen was awarded the National Infantry Association Order of St. Maurice in June 2002.
I am writing in to say that my Grandfather Patrick Toliver of the Company M 7th Regt 3rd who served in
Korea, and lost his legs in combat on March 31, 1950. Passed away in April of 1998. I have currently have
viewed some of his military records. I know that when he lost his legs, he was a CPL and his number was RA
15232567. His mos, I believe was Mos-005. He was taken to the Tokyo Army Hospital near Wongpong, Korea.
Any information you might have or pictures, would be greatly appreciated. He was a very dear man, and many
of us miss him so. Contact: Pat's oldest granddaughter, AmyBeth1973@aol.com.
Louis E. Touchette, 90, of Belleville, Illinois, born
February 13, 1932, in Centreville, Illinois, died Wednesday, May
11, 2022, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.
As a youth, Louis worked for Kroger. He joined the United
States Navy and served from July 1950 to August 1954. On
returning home, he worked for Union Electric (Ameren) and
retired in May 1990 after 37 years of service. Louis loved to
fish, hunt, and visit his clubhouse.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Wilhelmina,
nee Schmiz, Touchette; his first wife, Roberta, nee Reid,
Touchette; seven brothers, Charles (Vaneta) Touchette, Ernest
(Jean) Touchette, Vernon (Mary) Touchette, Cyril (Mary)
Touchette, Aloysius (Teresa) Touchette, Milton (Dorothy)
Touchette, and Albert (Lynn) Touchette; five sisters, Bernadette
(Nolan) Cheatham, Albertine (Bernard) Holdener, Marcella
(Joseph) Weir, Agnes Lingnol, and Maxine (Mickey) Loucks; a
son-in-law, Allen Baum; and three brothers-in-law, Ralph and
Dale Schwaegel and Theodore Vosholler.
Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Rosella “Happy” Dahm/Touchette,
nee Schwaegel; two daughters, Denise (Billy) Thompson of
Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Cheryl (Kent) Walker of Salem,
Oregon; three stepchildren, Bill Dahm of Shiloh, Illinois, Bob
(Sue) Dahm of Belleville, and Sue Baum of Okawville, Illinois; a
grandson, Louis Walker of Salem, Oregon; five step
grandchildren, Kendra Dahm of Shiloh, Nathan, Nick, and Emily
Dahm of Belleville, and Hannah (fiancé Derek Wafler) Baum of
Carlyle, Illinois; three sisters-in-law, Norma Mueller of
Waterloo, Illinois, Connie Schwaegel of Belleville, and Joann
Vosholler of New Baden, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Randy’s Rescue
Ranch (O’Fallon, Illinois) or the USO (St. Louis, Missouri).
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2022, at
George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, with Deacon Corby
Valentine officiating. Private burial will be at Jefferson
Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.
Trachtenberg, Samuel L. "Sam"
Samuel L. Trachtenberg, 86, of Greenwich, Connecticut, passed
away on April 20, 2020 due to complications from Covid-19. Sam
was smart, kind, talented and wickedly funny.
Sam is survived by his wife, Alice McAtee of Greenwich, enjoying
32 very happy and devoted years; his daughters, Susan (Mario)
Paula of Queens, New York, Mindy (Donald) Miles of Merritt
Island, Florida and Ilene (Timothy) Grimes of Marietta, Georgia;
grandchildren, Katie Miles, Sarah (Charles) Grounds, Jack, Aidan
and William Grimes and Hillary Paula; great-grandchildren Kalea
Priester, Kayden and Charlie Grounds; nephew Alan (Shira)
Sam was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1934. At 6 years old, he
both went to school and worked to help support his family after
his father passed away. He learned to play the drums and was a
prominent drummer in a band. Sam also ran errands for Bugsy
Siegel, earning $.25 per errand, a lot of money back then. Sam
proudly served his country as a paratrooper in the 101st
Airborne Division of the United States Army during the Korean
War. An entrepreneur, Sam purchased a taxi medallion and owned
his own cab in the 1960's and 1970's in New York, an interesting
time to be a taxi driver. Sam loved to strike up conversations
with his riders, including many famous and influential people
such as Rocky Graziano, Mohammad Ali, Walter Cronkite, Mike
Wallace, Howard Cosell and Dennis Weaver, just to name a few. In
1973, Sam relocated with his family to Old Greenwich, CT to
become co-owner of beloved general merchandise store Cuff's, in
the heart of the village. In addition to building a strong
connection with the community as a small business owner, Sam was
a father figure and role model to the many teenagers who worked
for him at Cuff's, becoming known lovingly as Mr. T. Never
one to waste a minute of his time, Sam joined the Greenwich
Police Department in the Special Officers Division, spending
many hours on patrol when he wasn't at the store. He was the
recipient of several police service commendations over many
dedicated years of service, including the special police
Exceptional Service Award.
Sam was very community oriented and enjoyed being of service, so
after selling Cuff's in the late 1980's, Sam became a Vocational
Counselor, helping people with mental illness acquire
employment. In his later years, he volunteered for several
organizations in Greenwich and Stamford, including Greenwich
Hospital where he always brought a smile to the patients' faces.
Sam had many creative talents, though known mostly to his
family. He never took an art class, yet he was a talented artist
who could sketch, paint, and sculpt. He also had a beautiful
singing voice and wrote a song or two. Sam loved history and
traveled all over the world, but his greatest past time was ship
modeling. Sam was an avid model ship builder, well known in that
community all across the country. He was always happy to donate
his time, giving advice to other builders or fixing their ships
that were in disrepair, requiring a special talent not known to
many. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. He was
fiercely proud of his daughters and took great joy in teasing
his sons-in-law, all in good humor. He especially loved taking
his grandchildren to the local hobby shop to share his love of
any and all creative interests. His loss is deeply felt by his
family and he will be sorely missed. A memorial service will be
held later this summer, date to be determined. On behalf of his
family, they would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to the
doctors and nurses at Greenwich Hospital for their kindness and
for standing by him as his family was not able to physically be
with him due to the virus.
Our beloved George Franklyn Trefren was
born on September 14, 1930 in Cheyenne, Wyoming and passed April
12, 2020 (Easter Day) in Commerce City, Colorado. He died of
complications from coronavirus. George was raised in
Hillsdale, Wyoming where he completed his schooling through the
8th grade. Then he helped on the farm ranching cows, goats, pigs
and horses. Also, growing crops of potatoes, wheat and corn.
In 1951 at 21 years old, George was drafted into the Army where
he served in Japan in the 343rd General Hospital as a medic.
When returning September of 1953, George met the love of his
life Janice Elaine Walgren and they married December 27th 1953.
They had four children - Doyle, Teresa (Terry), Roger and Tracy.
George started his own construction business to support his
family. George is preceded in death by his parents Charles
Nelson Trefren and Myrtle Helen Thorne. Also siblings Ruth,
Stella, Bill, Ray, Dick, Blanche, Bernice, Jack, Jimmy and
Archie. Also wife, Janice Elaine Trefren, son Doyle Clay Trefren
and grandson Joseph Charles Dougherty Jr. He is survived by his
Children: (Lynn Trefren), Teresa (Joe) Dougherty, Roger Trefren
and Tracy (Brian) Torpy. Grand Children: Sherri, Denise, Steven,
Jennifer, Crystal, Tyler, Madison and Cooper. Great Grand
Children: Anthony, Shayla, Isaiah, Josh, Isabel, Willy, Preston,
Brynnley, Joseph III, Brandon, Jonah, Sammy, Leah Mae, Park,
Airiana, Airica and Nick. Great Great Grand Children: Isaiah
Jr., Kenneth, John V, Thomas, Nevaeh and Exaveon. Due to Covid
19 complications, services with Full Miltiary Honors will be
held at a later date.
Triantafel, Steve G.
Steve G. Triantafel, a/k/a Steve G. Trent, veteran US Army Korean War, recipient of the Silver
Star, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2006. He died peacefully at his home in Illinois. His obituary
Steve G. ''Trent'' Triantafel, Veteran US Army Korean War, Recipient of the Silver Star. Beloved
husband of the late Candice, nee Kerbs; loving father of Lauren (Vicken) Alexanian; devoted son of the
late George and Martha Triantafel; proud grandfather of Andrew and Ashley Alexanian; dear brother of Anita
Chakos; fond uncle of Michael (Katherine) Chakos; great-uncle of Ainsley and Leland Chakos. Commander of
Hellenic Post #343 American Legion and a member of AHEPA Northwestern Chapter #388 and past Supreme
Governor Order of AHEPA. Visitation Monday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N.
Cicero Ave. Family and friends will meet Tuesday morning at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 2727 W.
Winona St. Chicago for funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,
donations to the Hellenic Post #343 Veterans Memorial Monument Fund 5765 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL
60659-4730 appreciated. Arrangements by John G. Adinamis Funeral Director, Ltd. 773-736-3833.
Published in the Chicago Tribune on 7/16/2006.
True, James Edward
James Edward True, age 89, of O'Fallon, Illinois, born
January 24, 1932 in Decatur, Illinois, the only child of Willard
Edward and Mary Agnes Ryan True, passed away December 21, 2021,
due to complications from heart valve surgery at St. Louis
University Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. He was preceded
in death by his parents.
Edward grew up in Peoria, Illinois, a member of First
Christian Church and of DeMolay International. Growing up,
he was very active in numerous sports. He attended Peoria
Manual High School, where he excelled in academics and
athletics. He began his life of service in high school,
joining Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was awarded a
basketball scholarship to Bradley University where he earned a
Bachelor of Science degree in General Business. He later
earned two Master of Science degrees from USC in Education and
Ed began his active duty in the US Air Force as a Second
Lieutenant after completing the ROTC program at Bradley. He was
a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars and retired after 21
years at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Ed held numerous positions following his Air Force career. He
spent 11 years as President of Money Matic Corporation where he
introduced the electronic funds point-of-sale system to the St.
Louis area. He served as the President of the Ball Park Sports
Center for 14 years where he brought indoor soccer and softball
to the O’Fallon area. In 1996 he began a 24-year teaching career
as a professor of Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship,
Management and Marketing. Institutions included Bradley
University, Fontbonne University, Lindenwood University,
McKendree University, SIUE, SLCC, SLU, and SWIC.
Many organizations benefited from Ed’s passion to serve. Locally
they include City of O’Fallon, Ward 2 Alderman, O’Fallon
Boosters, School Board (Districts 90 and 203), O’Fallon-Shiloh
Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts (Pack 35/Troop 46), Junior
Achievement, Rotary, USO, YMCA Corporate Board, Military
Officers Association, Southwestern Illinois Senior Olympics,
O’Fallon Community Food Pantry, O’Fallon First United Methodist
Church, St. Louis Sports Commission and St. Louis Convention &
Visitors Commission. Beyond the St. Louis area they include Boy
Scouts of America, Bradley University Alumni, Leukemia Society,
Illinois Board of Education, Illinois State Senior Olympics and
Rotary International Exchange Student Correspondent.
Ed and Myrna were united in marriage on November 29, 1966 in
Basel, Switzerland. He is survived by Myrna Monday True of
O’Fallon; children Eric (Stephanie) True of Swansea, Illinois,
Todd (Jacqueline) True of O’Fallon, Lynn (Al Bernard) True of
Mora, Minnesota, Brian (Lucinea) True of Williamsburg, Virginia,
and Karol (Isadore) Rocha of Mariposa, California; eight
grandchildren Michelle (Andy) Kassing, Scott True, Kelsey (TJ
Atwood) True, Kristianne (Chris) Baumann, Ryan True, Owen Lehr,
Evan Lehr, Clayton Lehr; and five great-grandchildren Lexa Nash,
Kaelyn True, Gavin True, RJ Kassing and Lilly Baumann.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested payable to
the O’Fallon First United Methodist Church or the O’Fallon
Community Food Pantry. Funeral Service began at 11 am, Monday,
January 3, 2022, at O’Fallon First United Methodist Church, 504
E. Highway 50, O’Fallon, with Pastor Don Long, Jr., and Pastor
Brad Lewis officiating.
Don passed away on June 29, 2023, at age 90. Don was born in
Denver, Colorado, the last sibling in a family of one older
brother and six sisters. When he was 10, the family moved to
Oakland, California, where his father found work in war
industries. They lived in Auditorium Village, a housing project
developed with government funds to provide housing for workers
and their families who were moving to California.
Don graduated from Oakland High and during these years became
a car aficionado, buying his first car at age 16 for $100. His
proudest possession was a 1966 Chevrolet Bel Air green and white
convertible, although his Porsche 911 was a close second. In his
later years he enjoyed attending car shows.
Soon after high school graduation, Don was drafted into the
Army, and served from 1953 to 1955, seeing service in Korea. His
Army experiences, especially the seasick-inducing voyage from
Seattle to Korea, added greatly to his catalog of amusing
stories, all of which improved with each telling.
Using his G.I. bill benefits, he was able to attend college
and buy his parents a house upon his return. He studied for a
year in Mexico City, and graduated from SJSU in Police Science.
He began his career with the San Jose Police Department in 1959
and retired in 1987. He rose to the rank of lieutenant and
ultimately commanded the Traffic, Narcotics, and Homicide Units.
During these years he added greatly to his police stories
catalog. In admiration of his considerable archive, one
Christmas Don received a bogus "autographed by author" copy of
The Choirboys, by Joseph Wambaugh, a writer whose police-themed
fiction usually involved dark humor and outrageous incidents.
In 1983 Don and Judy Hopkins surprised six friends by getting
"Mauied" during a group Hawaiian vacation. Now he had a
stepdaughter, Johanna, whom he loved dearly, especially when she
and husband Nathan Danes later provided two charming and
talented granddaughters, Anya and Avery. He amused his Kentucky
in-laws and extended family during visits with his renditions of
Southern customs and developed a passable accent when having
early morning coffee at Hardee's with Clyde.
Don had two children, Lisa Marie and Don Phillip, both of
whom predeceased him as adults, as did his seven siblings. His
nephew Norman Lester, wife Susan, and family live in Dallas and
have their Uncle Don stories. Don loved domestic and
international travel and always liked to connect with local
cops. One such contact resulted in the Trujillos being delivered
to a local French seaside restaurant in the back of a paddy
wagon with the quirky French siren blaring. The patrons were
astonished when the officers opened the doors and formally
escorted the Trujillos into the restaurant.
The story of Don's life cannot be written without mentioning
his real estate ventures, beginning with the house he bought for
his parents in San Leandro. He was an early investor in San Jose
homes, buying his first for $16,000. For 50 years he owned a Los
Gatos property he affectionately called The Cottages. His story
catalog expanded to renters' stories, as he managed the property
himself. He reluctantly sold The Cottages in 2021 as his health
Besides his repertory of stories, some of which are repeated
verbatim by his granddaughters, Don was also a skilled if
whimsical caricaturist, and a remarkable poet. He leaves his
family and life-long and new friends with amusing and cleverly
rhymed poems of shared experiences, usually with a caricature of
his bemused self. Don was a kind and generous father, husband,
and friend who was deeply loved. As he wished, no services are
planned and he remains firmly in memories and hearts.
Published by Mercury News from August 26 to September 3,
Tadashi Tsufura, 89, died of coronavirus at Mount Sinai
Queens Hospital in Astoria, New York. He was born
September 17, 1930 in Los Angeles, California, the son of
Shosetsu Tsufura, a Buddhist minister, and Midori Kamamoto
Tsufura, a teacher. His parents were both born in Japan,
so during World War II the family was forced into the Gila River
internment camp in Arizona. The family stayed there for
two years. From 1951 to 1953 Tadashi fought in the Army in
the Korean War. After his military service he received a
bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Fenn College (now
Cleveland State University). He moved to New York, took
education courses at Brooklyn College, and taught math for
several years in two Manhattan schools. He was principal
of Public School 41 in Greenwich Village for eight years.
He then became deputy superintendent of District 3 on the Upper
West Side, retiring in 1988.
Tuka, Frank Joseph
Frank Joseph Tuka, 89 of Grant Township, passed away on
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at Corewell Health Ludington
Hospital in Ludington.
Frank was born on February 23, 1933 in Chicago, the son of the
late Frank and Sylvia (Janata) Tuka. He served our country in
the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. On May
23, 1959 he married Mary Ann Jackoviak at St. John Cantius
Catholic Church in Free Soil.
Frank was employed with Packaging Corporation of America for 44
years retiring in 1995. He was a life member of the V.F.W. Walsh
Post #4499, a life member of the Stephen T. Duchon Catholic War
Veterans Post # 1847, a member of the Manistee County United
Veterans Council Ritual Squad and also a member of the Disabled
American Veterans Salt City Chapter # 43 all of Manistee. He was
a past Mason County Commissioner as well as a past Filer Credit
Union board member. He was also a member of St. John Cantius
Catholic Church of Free Soil. Frank was an avid bowler in the
Manistee Bowling League’s and was inducted into the Men’s
Bowling Hall of Fame.
He loved the outdoors, including deer hunting, fishing and
camping. He enjoyed playing bingo, cards and attending his
children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events.
Frank is survived by his wife of 63 years Mary Ann Tuka of Grant
Township; his children Cheryl Janowiak of Manistee, Tina (Cliff)
White of Clarksville, Tennessee, Frank (Sandy) Tuka of Rockford,
Chuck (Donna) Tuka of Clawson and Jeff (Jackie) Tuka of
Scottville; his grandchildren, Joshua (Emily) Janowiak, Brooke
Janowiak, Kylie (Joshua) McWhirter, Janie White, Frank Tuka,
David (Kelly) Klipfel, Doug (Chelsea) Klipfel, Joslyn Tuka and
Carleigh Tuka; nine great-grandchildren; his sister Dolly (Gary)
Lindeman of Manistee; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and
Dawn Jackoviak of Custer; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Tim
and Betty Baer of Racine, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law
Richard and Carolyn Gagnon of Port Washington, Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by his father Frank Tuka; his mother
Sylvia Hajec; his stepfather Charles Hajec; brother Paul Posway;
sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Boo Innis, brother and
sister-in-law John and Judy Tuka; and his mother-in-law and
father-in-law John and Lorraine Jackoviak.
Mass of Christian Burial for Frank will be celebrated Monday,
February 20, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic
Church in Manistee with Reverend Daniel DePew celebrant. Burial
will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Manistee, where the
members of the Manistee County United Veterans Council Ritual
Squad will conduct military honors.
Visitation for family and friends will be at the Herbert Funeral
Home in Manistee on Sunday afternoon, from 3 to 8 p.m. where
relatives, friends and members of the St. John’s Rosary Society
will pray the rosary at 7 p.m., and also at the funeral home on
Monday morning from 10 a.m. until processing to the church at
Memorial contributions in Frank’s name may be made to St. John
Cantius Catholic Church or the V.F.W. Walsh Post # 4499 of
Manistee. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral
Turland, William C.A.
Turland, William C.A. Lifelong resident of the Detroit metropolitan area died on Monday, December 19,
2011. Mr. Turland served in the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean War. He was awarded the Silver
Star Medal for Gallantry in Action for his service in Korea. Mr. Turland was a graduate of The Detroit
Institute of Technology and worked for forty-six years at Chrysler and then for ten years at Morrison
Knudsen and its successor, the Washington Group. Mr. Turland is survived by his wife of forty-seven years,
Joyce, his daughter Kathleen and her husband Greg Berzolla and three grandchildren, Zachary, Courtney and
Andrew. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Judd, his niece Deborah Hammond and a nephew David
Judd. A funeral service will be held at Christ Church Cranbrook on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 11:00
a.m. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
Twenhafel, Robert W. "Bob"
Robert W. “Bob” Twenhafel, 89, of Mascoutah, Illinois, died
on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at Friendship Manor in Nashville,
Bob was born in Hoyleton, Illinois, on June 15, 1933, to Martin
H. and Clara, nee Kraus, Twenhafel. He graduated from Nashville
High School in 1951 and served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army
from 1951-1953 in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, where he received the
National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
On June 14, 1958, Bob married Janet Kneschke of Mascoutah,
where they made their home in 1964. Bob worked the majority of
his career as a salesman for Harvestore, from which he garnered
many awards and accolades for outstanding sales performance. Bob
enjoyed an extremely active social life with hobbies including
card playing, softball, golf, jigsaw puzzles, crafting, working
in his flower beds, and following his beloved St. Louis
Bob’s number one interest and greatest source of pride were
his five grandchildren. He was a proud and devoted grandpa who,
until he was physically unable, attended his grandkids’ many
activities over the years. Throughout his life, Bob served in
numerous volunteer organizations, including March of Dimes,
Jaycees, Mascoutah Evening Lions, Mascoutah Food Pantry, and the
Mascoutah Senior Center. His greatest service was through his
church, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mascoutah. He was a
humble servant and had many leadership roles within the church,
but the role which was his true vocation was that of evangelism;
Bob shared his faith openly with everyone he encountered and
considered it his greatest mission to show the love of Christ to
He is preceded in death by his parents, his cherished wife, Jan
Rose, nee Kneschke, who died on October 27, 2010, a brother,
Willard, and a sister, Agnes, in infancy.
Bob is survived by his children, Kathy (Keith) Woodward of
Wichita, Kansas, Terry (Beth) Twenhafel of Smithton, Illinois,
Kara (Jake) Simon of Webster Groves, Missouri; five
grandchildren, Lauren and Adam Twenhafel, Daniel Woodward, Mia
and Lola Simon; great-granddaughter, Nymeria Woodward; sister,
Pearl Twenhafel, aged 96; a sister-in-law, Marion Kneschke.
Over 75 years ago, Bob chose as his confirmation verse
Revelation 3:11, “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so
that no one will take your crown.” At the end of His life, the
disciple Paul testified that he had finished the race of human
life and anticipated the crown of righteousness as a reward from
the Lord, the righteous judge. Bob completed his race with
discipline, faithfulness, patient endurance, and has been
rewarded with the crown of righteousness.
In lieu of all other gifts memorials may be made to Zion
Lutheran Memorial Fund, 101 S. Railway, Mascoutah 62258 or Unity
Lutheran Christian Elementary School, 1600 40th St., East St.
Louis, Illinois 62204.
Visitation: From 9 to 11 AM Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022 at Zion
Lutheran Church, Mascoutah 62258. Funeral: A funeral service
will be held 11 AM Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022 at Zion Lutheran
Church with Pastor Kirk Clayton officiating. Burial with
military honors will follow in Mascoutah City Cemetery.
Tyler, Tommy Jean
Tommy Jean "Tom" Tyler, 77, of Danville, Illinois, passed
away at 12:50 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Kindred Hospital
in Indianapolis, Indiana. A service to celebrate his life
was held on March 6, and burial was followed in Spring Hill
He was born August 9, 1936, in Danville to Willis
and Mildred Wichman Tyler. He had been married to Karen
Kimball with whom he had two daughters. He later became
engaged to Rosie Moore. She survives. Also surviving
are his two daughters, Shelly Botkin of Tilton, Illinois and
Mrs. Rick (Kerry) Hulse of Gifford, Illinois; three
grandchildren, Morgan Bailey, Tony Hulse and Shelby Hulse;
great-granddaughter, Kimberlynn Neveah; a niece, Alice; and his
fiancee Rosie and her children, Mrs. Tim (Crystal) Shell and
Ricky Moore and his daughter, Tessa.
He was preceded in death
by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Kenny
Richards; a son-in-law, Ed Botkin; and Rosie's son, Eugene.
Tom had served his country by enlisted in the U.S. Navy in which
he served during the Korean War. He had been a member of
the Rossville American Legion.
Tom drove a truck for Fleming
and Weller Construction, worked in the mill at Cash and Carry
Lumber, and retired while working in the offices at NACCO.
He liked fishing and spending time outdoors, especially working
in his yard. Tom also loved to spend time with his family.