ROBERT LUTHER SMITH
Dr. Robert L. Smith, CDR U. S. Navy (Ret) was born on February 18, 1927 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania and died on March 13, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Canda; three daughters Kimberley Smith-Kidd, Valerie S. Eudy, and Alexandra S. Edwards; five grandchildren Carter Schildknecht, Cecily Kidd, Lt. Claire Eudy, Alex Kidd and Chris Kidd; and three great grandchildren.
Bob graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1949 and served in the Submarine Service. He served a command tour of the USS Grouper. After retiring, Bob attended George Washington University, graduating with his MS in Administration in 1975 and a DBA in 1984. He taught at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore; he also formed his own consulting firm. Bob was active in Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Alexandria Scottish Rite, the Huguenot Lodge in Pennsylvania, and Alexandria Kiwanis where he served a term as president. He also worked on the committee for the USS Alexandria. He enjoyed golf, photography, reading and spending time with family.
A private memorial service will be held at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church with interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia or the INOVA Alexandria Hospital Foundation.
The Washington Post on Mar. 22, 2017 Posted: 28 March 2017
Frank Orlando Roland
Frank O. Roland Jr, 90, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Veteran's State Home in Floresville, Texas, where he had resided for the past 3 years. Frank was born on October 29, 1926 to Frank and Mary Roland in Greenville, Alabama, where he was raised. Mr. Roland was preceded in death by his wife, Susie Roland, and his parents Frank and Mary Roland. Survivors include his sons Steve Roland and wife Cindy Roland, Mike Roland and his wife Debbie Roland; five grandchildren, Tori Laine Roland, Beau William Roland, Shay Lynn Roland, Clayton Tucker Roland, and Courtney Faye Roland. He is also fondly remembered by his brother Dr. Bob Roland and his wife Flora of Alabama, and their children Mary Lynn and Celia.
Frank was appointed to the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, graduating with the Class of 1949. He received a BS degree and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Lieutenant Roland served as a pilot on bombing missions in Korea, while stationed in Okinawa. That is where he met his wife, Susie Inlow Roland. They married in 1953 and lived their wonderful life together in San Antonio and Rockport, Texas. Oh, how he loved to fish!
Frank will best be known for his 20 years in Rockport by his service to others. In 1992 he started a ministry for home-bound individuals through the First Baptist Church. At one time there was a least 50 people he would keep track of: making phone calls; transporting to Corpus for medical appointments; and making pharmacy and grocery store runs among his many good deeds. He was recognized for his service by KRIS Channel 6 in Corpus as a recipient of the Jefferson Volunteer Award in 2003.
Many thanks to the nursing staff at the Frank Tejada VA Home. He was well loved while there. He will be missed by many.
A Memorial Service for Frank O. Roland Jr. will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Rockport, Texas. Johnny Melton, his former Sunday School teacher, will lead the service.
Obituarydata.com Posted: 12 May 2017
Donald Asa Smith
CAPT Donald A. Smith, U, S. Navy (Ret), of Manhattan Beach, CA, passed away on the morning of April 26, 2017 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, CA, surrounded by the love of family, friends, and a kind hospital staff. Don was born April 24, 1925 in Franklin, Indiana to Ruth and John Smith. He grew up in Roswell, NM and attended New Mexico Military Institute during high school. Five days after graduating in 1943 he was inducted into the Army where he spent two years in the Infantry. Don received an appointment to the US Naval Academy in June 1945 swapping his Army khakis for Navy blue. He was one of the few entering wearing an Army good conduct medal. Graduating with the Class of 1949 with distinction, he received a BS degree and was commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy. Don married Dorothy Armstrong, with whom he raised two sons and a daughter. He later earned his Masters Degree from Boston University in Political Science/International Relations.
During his 24 year naval career Don was a line officer serving on surface ships, and was one of 20 classmates selected for early promotion to commander. His sea duty tours included service during the Korean War, the Lebanon crisis in 1958, and the Vietnam War. His last tour of duty was as the Commanding Officer of the Long Beach Naval Station. Don retired from the Navy in 1973.
Following his Navy career, he worked with Hughes Aircraft Space and Communications Group as the Director of Administration and Operations for 15 years.
During retirement, Don kept a busy pace and pursued his bike-riding passion. He organized and led wonderful bike tours through North American Parks and he toured Europe, Scandinavia and China. Don also held leadership roles with SHAWL (Support for Harbor Area Women's Lives) and was President of the South Bay Orchid Society. He was very active at Hope United Methodist Church, where he participated in the Chorus, the Finance Committee and Community Service projects.
Five years after his wife Dorothy passed away in 2003, Don married Betty Person. Don and Betty shared many wonderful times enjoying family and friends, travelling, participating in church activities and choir and taking walks together.
Don is known for his steadfastness, stamina, quick wit and friendly smile, his generosity, intelligence and leadership. He is survived by his loving wife Betty, sons Donald and Douglas, daughter Carolyn, and grandchildren Daniel, Graham, Ariel and Luke as well as Betty's sons Kevin, Ken and Brent, daughter in law Suzanne and grandchildren, Amanda, Blake, Ben, Emily, Elizabeth, Brian and Juliana. He was a wonderful father to many in our extended family.
We are very grateful for his time with us, thank God for his long and healthy life, but miss him dearly. The celebration of his life will be held on May 20 at 10am at Hope United Methodist Church, 3405 Artesia Blvd, Torrance.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either:
SHAWL (Support for Harbor Area Women's Lives)
Attention: Laurie Whalen-Martinez
PO Box 948
San Pedro, Ca 90733-0948
Hope United Methodist Church
3405 Artesia Blvd
Torrance, Ca 90504
Published in The Beach Reporter on May 11, 2017 Posted: 12 June 2017
Robert Edward Brady
CAPT Robert E Brady, USN (Retired), passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Thursday June 1, 2017 in Annapolis at age 90. Born August 15, 1926 in Minersville, PA to Edward and Katherine Brady, he was the oldest of four sons. Upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the Navy and received a congressional appointment from Pennsylvania to the Naval Academy entering in 1945 and graduating with the Class of 1949, receiving a BS degree and being commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy. He later attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and received a Master degree from George Washington University.
In 1945, Bob married the late Helen Jean Berkeihiser and they were happily married for 61 years. They traveled together to numerous duty stations throughout the country where they met countless friends and enjoyed the challenges and opportunities of Navy life. He served 24 years in the US Navy during which he commanded three ships and was a veteran of World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He led a life full of accomplishment and adventures. His Navy career took him to numerous countries in Europe and the western Pacific. As Commanding Officer, his ships participated in the naval blockade during the Cuban missile crisis and served in combat on the gun-line during the Vietnam War. His last duty station was as Director of Admissions at the U.S. Naval Academy.
After retiring from the Navy in June 8, 1973, CAPT Brady worked 19 years for the State of Maryland's Budget and Review Division, retiring as its director in 1992.
A man of many interests, he flew and taught others to fly private airplanes, built and flew radio controlled aircraft, built and refinished furniture, loved golf, bridge and bowling, studied astronomy, raised orchids, traveled to numerous national parks, white water rafted, skied, sailed on numerous cruises, and visited the Pope in the Vatican.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and May Brady, his daughter Patricia Brady, his three grandchildren Matthew, Sarah, and Kaitlyn, and younger brothers, Joseph and Frank Brady. He will be remembered as the rock of his family whose strength, humor, wisdom, guidance, and love will be forever in our hearts.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 16 at 11:00 at Friendship Hall in the Ginger Cove Community, followed immediately by a reception. A private inurnment will be at the Naval Academy Columbarium in Annapolis.
The Brady family extends deep gratitude to the nurses, therapists, and staff at Ginger Cove for their kindness and loving care. Memorials may be made in Robert's name to the Ginger Cove Foundation.
The Family Posted: 5 June 2017
Catharine Kinnear Train
Catharine Kinnear Train, 86, passed away peacefully of natural causes on June 3rd 2017. She is survived by: her husband, Admiral Harry D. Train II USN (Ret) of Norfolk, VA; her loving daughters Louise, Catharine, Elizabeth, and Cecilia; her four grandchildren Matthew (Pete) Peters, Spencer Peters, Charles Linde of Washington DC and Catharine Linde of Philadelphia, PA; her nephews George Newstedt and his wife Stephanie of Winston-Salem, NC, Stephen Newstedt and his wife Jane of Washington DC and longtime family friends Matthew Stewart of Norfolk, VA and Phillip Kusiak of Jamestown, NC.
Catharine was educated at Holy Cross Academy in Silver Spring, MD and Sweet Briar College in VA.
Harry and Catharine married July 8th, 1950 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Chevy Chase, DC. Their wonderful relationship continued for 67 years.
Catharine was a strong and loyal navy spouse and always mentored and ensured the wellbeing of her fellow navy wives wherever she happened to be. Her four-legged family members were always appreciative of her efforts to ensure they would follow wherever she went. She strongly believed in Navy Family Life and was a lifelong advocate for its strength.
Catharine's passions were reading, education and literacy. She believed literacy and reading skills begin at home. Her family is very proud of her many years of commitment to literacy in Norfolk. She was a member of the Board of the Public Library and a major Friend of the Norfolk Public Library. During the 1980s she served as CEO of the business she and Harry started, Strategic Research and Management Service, Inc.
Catharine had a fine green thumb. She spent quality time at the Fred Hewitt Foundation for Norfolk Gardens supporting the tutoring of future young gardeners for Hampton Roads.
She was a member of the US Navy Ships Sponsors Society, having christened the USS Fletcher (DD-992) in July 1980.
She will be buried at the U. S. Naval Academy Cemetery. A Burial Mass for her will be held at the Naval Academy Chapel at 10:30 AM on June 15th followed by a private graveside burial. Her family will hold a Memorial Ceremony for her at the Town Point Club in Norfolk, VA at 11 am on June 22nd.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in her memory to Friends of the Norfolk Public Library. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hdoliver.com .
Published in The Virginian Pilot on June 9, 2017
James Waters Matheney
James W. Matheney, age 91, of Austin, TX died peacefully at his home Thursday, April 13, 2017 surrounded by his children. He was born November 15, 1925 in Wyoming to Harriett Waters and Matthew Pierce Matheney. Jim grew up in El Dorado, AK and graduated from El Dorado High School before attending Hendrix College. Joining other young men at that time, he enlisted in the Navy to serve his country during WWII. During training he was selected to attend the U. S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in 1944-45 to compete for a Secretary of the Navy appointment to the Naval Academy. Jim was one of 200 to win an appointment of about 600 candidates. He entered the Naval Academy in June 1945, as a member of the Class of 1949. He graduated June 3, 1949, receiving a BS degree and being commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy.
Jim served in the Navy from 1949-1954 where, among other honors, he was the oldest man to complete the rigorous UDT training, a precursor to the Navy SEALS. He resigned as a lieutenant junior grade June 1, 1954.
Jim returned home to El Dorado where he met and fell in love with his wife of 51 years, Barbara Ann Barton. Jim opened the El Dorado branch of Schneider, Burnet and Hickman, a securities firm, and worked in the securities business until his death.
Preceding him in death are his parents, his wife Barbara, and a brother, Matthew Pierce Matheney, Jr. He is survived by a son, James Waters Matheney, Jr. wife Sandy, of Hot Springs, AK, a daughter, Diana Balch of Caldwell, TX and a son, Clark Matheney of Austin, TX, his brother's wife Betty Clippard Matheney and children Susan, Matt and Kendall, brother-in-law Thomas Barton and wife Anne. "Boompa" also leaves nine grandchildren: Monte, Richard, Leslie, Amanda, Dustin, Sarah, Thomas, James, and Mary Hollis; ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Jim enjoyed a good meal, great conversation, dancing, hunting - especially ducks in Arkansas, golf and bridge. He didn't enjoy riding as a passenger and insisted on driving, car or golf cart, until the end. He was a one of a kind and will be missed by all.
A special thanks is extended from the family to the doctors, nurses and all the staff at Seton Central Hospital.
A celebration of his life was held Wednesday, April 19th Austin Country Club.
Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com.
Wallace Jerome Thomas
W. Jerome Thomas, “Jerry,” died June 7, 2017 in Sacramento, CA, his home of 45 years. He leaves two children, Jeff and Sally (Jim) Stevens and two grandchildren, Matthew and Tyler whom he adored. He was predeceased by his son Steven Thomas and wife Jacqueline. He also leaves behind beloved neighbors that were like family to him, as well as many friends.
Jerry was born to Clarence “Tommy” and Nellie Thomas March, 1927 in Miller, SD. He grew up on the plains of South Dakota during the Great Depression and was a member of the “Greatest Generation.” Following graduation from Madison High School, he received an appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy and was graduated with the Class of 1949 earning a BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the regular Navy.
Jerry served 5 years in the Navy, including two deployments aboard BOXER in the Sea of Japan during the Korean War. In March 1953 he married his wife Jacqueline and they shared 60 years before her passing in 2013. He resigned his commission June 1, 1954 and settled in the Bay Area working and raising his young family. At night he attended law school at University of San Francisco graduating in 1959.
After 2 years of private law practice, Jerry went to work as a lawyer and administrator for the Department of Real Estate for the State of California. He served as Acting Commissioner during the administration of George Deukmejian and his last 14 years as Chief Counsel for DRE. He retired in 1985.
During retirement, Jerry served as a volunteer – or “gofer” as he liked to be called it – at Kaiser Hospital. He became a California Master Gardener enjoying great pleasure with his 70 rose bushes which provided a constant stream of rosebuds for neighbors and friends. Jerry was everything that you would expect when you think of the Greatest Generation. His Commitment to hard work was legendary, his integrity was unimpeachable and his love of his family, friends and neighbors was unmatched. He was our rock and we will miss him greatly.
A special thanks to the exceptional and loving staff of Sunrise of Carmichael who doted on Jerry for the last year of his life. They loved him and he loved them.
Jerry was a self-proclaimed “simple man” and asked for no services or flowers. Instead a donation to Sacramento loaves and Fishes in memory of Steven Thomas would be lovely.
Sacramento Bee Posted: 2 July 2017
James Wilber Carpenter
CDR James W. Carpenter, USN (Ret), 91, of Frederick, MD passed away Sunday, July 9 with his daughter by his side. Born May 27, 1926, he was the son of the late Sprague and Inez Carpenter. Jim was born and raised in Ironwood, MI, a mining town with only two seasons: winter and summer; "when there was no snow on the ground, it was summer."
Jim played right guard #63 on the Ironwood HS football team. His senior year (1943) the team was undefeated and later was inducted into the Ironwood Area Sports Hall of Fame. Jim graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1949 and served our country for 20 years in the Navy as a marine engineer. He earned two master's degrees at MIT.
Most important to Jim was his family. He was kind, generous, and had an infectious smile and laugh. Jim, always a gentleman, would offer his seat to any lady, even when he had trouble standing. He was an avid chess player, playing weekly and then daily for many years with his daughter. He loved chocolate, ice cream, and milkshakes. Late in life he grew his hair long in protest that women no longer wear dresses. He admonished everyone who used their teeth to open anything; his father was a dentist! Anytime Jim heard someone say, "you look beautiful", he would comment emphatically, "They should say, 'you ARE beautiful.'" He did not want anyone to say "just" before their role; "Don't say 'just', it minimizes who you are!"
Jim is survived by his daughter Alice Rader (John) of Adamstown, two grandchildren Timothy Rader (Erin) of Adamstown and Lenea Stocker (Mike) of Laurel; five great-grandchildren Caitlyn Clark, Owen Stocker, Tanis Rader, James Stocker (his namesake), and Kitiara Rader (due October 2017).
Jim was preceded in death by his son James W. Carpenter, Jr.; his former wife, mother of his children, and love of his life Alice Cobb; and his two brothers Jack and David Carpenter.
Jim was happy to the end of his life. Contributing to this happiness, his daughter would like to thank all the staff, residents, and volunteers at Somerford House, Frederick and all the staff and volunteers with Carroll County Hospice.
There will be no service.
Every time Jim visited the Urbana Library, he would tell the nearest staff member, "You should have a sign posted asking for donations." Now there is a sign and card reader to make donations. In lieu of flowers, Jim would want you to make a donation to the Frederick County Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St, Frederick, MD 21704.
The Frederick News-Post July 10-11, 2017 Posted: August 1, 2017
PAUL EDWIN SMITH
Captain Paul E. Smith USN (Ret) passed away on June 8, 2017 at the age of 91 in Georgetown, TX. Born February 18, 1926 in Wheaton, IL, he graduated from Wheaton Community High in June 1943. He enlisted in the Navy V-12 Program in and attended University of Michigan for one term prior to transferring to the V-5 Aviation Program. While training at NAS World Chamberlain Field, Minneapolis, MN, he was selected to compete for a SECNAV appointment to the Naval Academy and was transferred to the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS), Bainbridge, MD to prepare for the exam. Being one of the 200 enlisted Navy and Marines to win an appointment of over 600 candidates, he entered the Naval Academy in June 1945 with the Class of 1949. Active in company and battalion sports, he also participated in the Midshipman Concert Band, as Oboist. Paul had little trouble with academics, graduated in the upper third of his class, received a BS degree and was commissioned as ensign in the regular Navy.
Paul reported to the USS Boxer (CV-21) where he served as Asst. Navigator during the Korean War Inchon landings. Following Electronics Maintenance School at Great Lakes, IL in 1952, he reported to USS Philip (DDE-498) as Chief Engineer, participating in combat operations in Korea, and in 1954, OPERATION CASTLE Nuclear Tests at Eniwetok and Bikini Atolls. Following duty on Philip, Paul was ordered to the Naval Academy where he served as 6th Company Officer. In 1958, he returned to Annapolis as Company Officer of the 13th Company which won the Brigade Colors.
During his 36+ years of active duty, Captain Smith served in six command positions: CO USS Cayuga County (LST-529) providing logistic support for COMNAV Marianas and the Trust Territories of the Pacific (56-58); USS Henry W. Tucker (DDR-875) XO/FRAM I CO; CO USS Prichett (DD-561) combat operations, Vietnam; COMDESDIV 192 combat operations, Vietnam; CO US Naval Ammunition Depot, McAlester, OK, and as Plant Representative (NAVPRO), General Dynamics Corp., Pomona, CA.
Ashore he received his BS degree in Ordnance Engineering from the USNPG School in 1962; Operations Officer, COMCRUDESFLOT SEVEN; and BUWEPS REP, Sunnyvale, CA; and a tour with the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington.
His awards and citations include the Bronze Star Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with combat “V”; two Meritorious Service awards; and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, 2nd order, plus numerous campaign and theater awards.
Captain Smith is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Susie Debes (Smith) of Wheaton, IL, their children Linda, Holly, David and Melissa, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. A Mason and Shriner, Captain Smith enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap and skeet shooting. He will be dearly missed by his family.
Thomas Paul Hensler
COL Thomas Paul Hensler, Jr., USA (Ret) passed away August 4, 2017, just shy of his 92nd birthday on August 16. Born in 1925 in Clarkston, GA to Mary Kilgore Hensler and Thomas Paul Hensler in a modest house behind Clarkston's Methodist Church, he was a lover of life and whatever it brought him, especially when it came to his family. He died peacefully at home. Tom, better known to his loved ones as "the Colonel," "Stud," or "Big H," is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bennye Jean Scogin Hensler, and their children: Thomas Hensler III and wife Katharine; Jim Hensler and wife Connie; Brooke Hensler Gunter and husband CDR Earl Gunter, Jr.; and Meridith Hensler Ford. His grandchildren are: Kenyon Hensler and wife Courtney; Rachel Hensler, Greer Gunter, Kelsey Hensler, Regan Hensler, Whitney Hensler Vige and husband David Vige; and Harper Ford. He was a great grandfather to Piper Hensler. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Kilgore Hensler.
Tom’s service to the nation began during WWII with enlistment in the Navy, becoming a combat aircrewman as a backseat gunner, before being selected to compete for a Secretary of the Navy appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy. He was sent to the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Bainbridge, MD in October 1944 to prepare for a competitive exam against over 600 Navy and Marine enlisted men. He was one of the 190 Navy and 10 Marines scoring high enough to win SECNAV appointments to USNA. Tom graduated with the Class of 1949 receiving a BS degree and being one of 55 graduates commissioned as second lieutenants in the Marine Corps.
After Basic School in Quantico, he served in the infantry during the Korean War. Returning home, he married Bennye March 11, 1952 and started raising a family while earning his ‘wings of gold’ in flight training. During his first tour jn Vietnam, he flew both bombing and close-air support missions in an A-1 Skyraider. His aircraft was heavily damaged on one mission by enemy fire but he managed to get across the DMZ crash-landing his A-1 in friendly territory. Tom was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart for his actions.
Tom transferred into the Army for his second tour in Vietnam serving in liaison with the South Vietnamese Army. After returning to the US, he served in various assignments before retiring from the Army in 1978 as a Colonel. but continued to serve the nation as a federal civil servant.
Tom's positive, "get it done" attitude guided him through life, and few people walked away from a conversation with him without laughing or learning something - usually both. A life-long learner, Tom held a Master’s Degree in education from Georgia State University. He was a lover of bourbon (good or cheap), fireside philosophy, reading, oysters on the half shell and front flips off the diving board (even at age 75). But it was his family whom he loved and cherished most. Through 91 years, he never lost his insatiable curiosity and awe of the Universe, or his astoundingly contagious sense of humor.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 8, at A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 9, at Melwood Cemetery, Stone Mountain, GA. The family wishes to acknowledge the exceptional care provided in Tom's last months by his caregivers, Lisa Bowie, Danielle Souverain and Florelle Jean Pierre. Flowers may be sent to A.S. Turner & Sons. Friends may honor Tom by donating to a charity of choice, or by simply being kind to one another. Online condolences may be made at www.ASTurner.com
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Aug. 6 - 7, 2017 Posted: August 8, 2017
Jean Smith Lacouture
Jean Smith Lacouture passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at her home in Alexandria, VA surrounded by her loved ones. Jean was born Jean Johanna Pancoski in Philadelphia, PA October 20, 1927. She attended University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in political science and graduated with honors in 1949. She soon married Ensign Homer L. Smith, a 1949 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, whom she had met while at Penn, and began her journey as wife of a soon to be naval aviator, moving to Pensacola, FL, followed by stints in Akron, OH, Monterey, CA, Pasadena, CA, Santa Clara, CA, Newport Beach, RI, Annapolis, MD, and then Lemoore, CA.
Along the way she had five children, Deborah, Steven, David (who died shortly after birth), Pamela, and Michael.
While stationed in Lemoore, Homer served as a naval carrier pilot in Vietnam. He had been promoted to Captain and received orders for transfer to Italy when on his 200th combat mission he was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese May 20, 1967, as he was seen gathering his parachute. He was listed as POW/MIA by the Navy until the North Vietnamese disclosed his death at the “Hanoi Hilton” May 21, 1967 during the Paris Peace Talks. His remains were returned in 1974 and buried in the USNA Cemetery. He was recipient of the Navy Cross, the Navy’s highest combat award, along with the Silver Star and numerous other medals reflecting his exceptional courage in combat.
During the period of Homer’s POW/MIA status, Jean went back to school to pursue her master’s degree teaching certificate while somehow managing to hold down a job as teacher and raise her four children, whom she sent to rigorous private schools and then college. Throughout these difficult time, Jean maintained an inner strength that allowed her to carry on with extraordinary determination, beauty, and grace. Her children feel so blessed to have had her heading the family.
In her later years, Jean became an ardent traveler to all parts of the globe, always with one or more of her children and grandchildren. She especially enjoyed England, Paris, and Hawaii, and visiting her children and grandchildren in California. She also was an avid reader, enjoyed English television, and had a keen interest in current affairs, both local and international.
Jean is survived by her four children, her seven grandchildren, Heather Potts and Rory Thompson, Nicholas, Teddy, and Julian Smith, and Robby and Pamela Scherer, and her brother Buddy. She was deeply loved and revered by them all. Although Jean fought courageously to the end, she died in peace knowing she was being reunited with Homer at Annapolis.
Ewing Raiford McDonald Jr.
Captain Ewing Raiford "Mickey" McDonald, Jr, USN (Ret.) set sail on his final voyage August 16th, 2017. His family celebrated his 92nd birthday the next day. On the pier, waving "Cheerio" for the last time was his beloved wife, Madelon, the woman who held his eye for nearly 70 years. Mickey arrived in Annapolis as V-J Day was celebrated in August 1945. He had come north with an appointment from his Shreveport, LA congressman, an achievement of which his mother, Lillian Ross McDonald, was justifiably proud. He attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) vying with some 600 other aspirants to be admitted to The U. S. Naval Academy. He was unwaveringly grateful to be a member of the Class of 1949.
Mickey served his nation honorably aboard destroyers and submarines and in theater during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. He commanded USS SENNET (SS-408) and inspired two generations of McDonalds to continue his legacy as USNA graduates, including aboard submarines. He loved every member of his family absolutely and unconditionally. He inspired them, no matter their vocation or calling in life, to do their best, be their best, and to make the world a better place. He always did for others - his family, his friends, his neighbors, his sailors, his classmates, his community - before he did for himself. Everyone who knew him knew that Mickey would bring peace, comfort and wisdom to any situation. For the last 20 years, each day as he shaved, Mickey happily reflected on the words of Admiral Arleigh Burke that he had hung by his mirror:
"Life has been good to me. I didn't die young and I wasn't killed in the war. I got to do most everything I wanted to and a few things I didn't. I had a job I liked and a woman I loved. Can't ask for much more than that."
Mickey was surrounded by family when he died at home. In addition to his wife, Madelon, his loving family includes: his three children, Devon Clouse and husband Paul; Brad McDonald and wife Kim; and Sheila McDonald and husband Bennett Finney; his six adoring grandchildren, LCDR Tyler McDonald, USN, and wife Mary; Holly Clouse Coutoumas and husband CPT John Coutoumas, USMC; Mallory Gill; Luke McDonald and wife Rose; LT Austin Clouse, USN; and Natalie Gill. Late in life and to his joy, he welcomed four McDonald great-grandchildren - Ava, Colin, Bailey, and to the full completion of the circle of life, his namesake, Ewing Timothy McDonald. Born this year, the younger Ewing visited twice in the last week of his Great-Gran's life, visits which brought Mickey great joy. Important to Mickey in his last years was the opportunity to develop a warm relationship with a younger brother, Carl McDonald of Maryville TN, and learn about their father, Ewing Raiford McDonald, Sr.
Fair Winds and Following Seas to our beloved Skipper, Husband, Dad, Gran, and Friend to all. All are invited to a Memorial Service to be held at Lasting Tributes at 814 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD at 3:00PM on Friday August 25, 2017 with fellowship to follow until 5:00PM. The family is forever grateful for all the wonderful help we received in the last weeks from Hospice of the Chesapeake, BrightStar Care, and True Companion Care.
814 Bestgage Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
The Capital Gazette on Aug. 18, 2017 Posted: 18 August 2017
Harry Frederick Sweitzer Jr.
Harry Frederick "Skip" Sweitzer Jr. Of Wayland, MA and Christmas Cove, ME died peacefully at age 90 on August 3, 2017. He was born in Syracuse, New York to the late Harry Frederick Sweitzer and Ruth Elizabeth (Waterman) Sweitzer. Skip was the beloved and loving husband for 64 years of the late Elizabeth "Betty" Sweitzer, who died on April 2, 2015. He was the beloved father of son H. Frederick Sweitzer, III and his wife Martha Sandefer of West Suffield, CT, and of daughter Sarah Elizabeth "Sally" Sweitzer, and her spouse Britt Howe of Maynard, MA; as well as the loving grandfather of T. Frederick "Freddie" Sweitzer-Howe; brother of Thomas Sweitzer of Sedona, AZ and of the late Richard Sweitzer of Madison, CT. Skip was a resident of Wayland for over 56 years. He received his BS from the United States Naval Academy and served his country with honor retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. He spent the rest of his career as a Quality Assurance Engineer with the Raytheon Corporation. Next to spending time with his family, Skip had a passion for the coast of Maine, especially for sailing and fly-fishing. His other great joy was music, which he enjoyed as a patron of the Boston Symphony, casually in the company of his many musical friends, as a member of the First Parish choir and during his long tenure as a member of the Sangerfest Men's Chorus. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Parish Unitarian Church, 50 Cochituate Road, Wayland Center, where Skip was a long time and devoted member. Interment will be held at a later date at the convenience of his family at the Sweitzer-Thomas family lot in the Harrington Meeting House Cemetery in Bristol, Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice House at 10 Green Way, Wayland, MA 01778. Skip spent his final days in this deeply caring and healing place. Arrangements entrusted to the care of the John C. Bryant Funeral Home of WAYLAND. For online condolences please visit www.johncbryantfuneralhome.com.
The Boston Globe on Aug. 27, 2017
John M. Frazee
Finally escaping the misery of brain cancer (Glioblastoma) on September 12, 2017, John crossed over the bar with one hand on the starboard rail. John was born in San Jose, California on January 14, 1952 and was adopted at birth by Marvin and Wanda Frazee who gave him the best life any boy could have hoped for. He was fortunate enough to spend his life along the coast. From San Jose, the family moved to Annapolis where they lived on Spa Creek. From Annapolis, the family moved to Norfolk, Virginia and then to Virginia Beach where exposure to the ocean shaped his dreams for the rest of his life.
John's mother believed that nothing was more important in life than a good education. He was fortunate enough to be a member of the class of 1970 at Norfolk Academy. John believed this class represented the best and brightest and he was honored to have been included among them. The class also brought him many strong friendships that shaped his life.
John spent over 40 years in the insurance business working for three prestigious insurance agencies, Burroughs & Watson, Flagship and Brown and Brown. Upon his retirement, he and his wife, Joan, lived their dream sailing the Caribbean. He considered many in the sailing community to be his extended family and was thankful for their friendship. Among his life accomplishments, he obtained his pilot's license, the 100-ton Coast Guard Master's License and was a licensed ham radio operator.
John leaves behind his loving wife and care-taker, Joan Scholl-Frazee, special friend, Bettie Cheek, daughter, Kelly Frazee and her wife, Selena Nuutinen, his loving grand-daughter, Amanda Slemaker, step-daughter Jennifer Sobey, grand-daughter, Jayme and uncle, Howard Ray. He was predeceased in death by his parents, Joan's parents and nephew, David Pearson. He was truly blessed with a large and loving family that included many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and two great-great nieces.
A portion of John's ashes will be spilled into Majo Bay on the Island of St. John, USVI, a place that John considered home. The remainder will be co-mingled with his wife, Joan, upon her death. The service will be held at H. D. Oliver Funeral Apartments , Colonial Avenue location, on Wednesday, September 20th at 4:00. After the service, friends and family are invited to a Celebration of John's Life at Supper Restaurant on 21st Street.
John had a passion for helping sick children. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital would be appreciated. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.hdoliver.com<http://www.hdoliver.com>
The Virginian Pilot on Sept. 17, 2017