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
Timothy Raymond Mahoney
Timothy Raymond Mahoney (Papa Tim) passed away August 26, 2017 in his North Hollywood, CA home at the age of 90 after a long battle with Dementia. Tim was the firstborn son of Thomas Raymond Mahoney and Mae Burube Mahoney November 19, 1926. Timothy grew up in Detroit, Michigan with one brother Louis Mahoney. As a youth, he became an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts and later was a Boy Scout Master for eight years in Dallas. Throughout high school and college he was an avid wrestler. In 1949, Timothy graduated from the Naval Academy with a Bachelor’s Degree in general studies.
Timothy Mahoney married Marian Rose Johnston in 1950 and the two were married for 53 years until she passed in 2004. Together they had ten children. He was preceded in death by his son James Mahoney and daughter Sharon Mahoney. He is survived by eight children: Timothy Mahoney II, Michael Mahoney, Catherine Mahoney Goldstein, Mark Mahoney, Matthew Mahoney, Patrick Mahoney, Megan Mahoney and Martin Mahoney. He also leaves behind eighteen grandchildren: Erin Walter, Megan Shook, Shannon Mahoney, Colleen Mahoney, Elric Mahoney, Kyle Mahoney, Christopher Mahoney, Michael Mahoney, Lindsey Goldstein, Jennifer Monjack, Christina Rockey, Sean Mahoney, Patrick Mahoney, Logan Mahoney, Aidan Mahoney, Reese Mahoney, Jack Mahoney and Rose Mahoney. Also left behind are six great grandchildren: Conner Monjack, Aspen Monjack, Hailey Rockey, James Rockey, Bryce Mahoney and Landon Mahoney. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
In 1953, he graduated from the Naval Post Graduate School with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and in 1973 he received a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University. He served sixteen years active service and nine years in the reserves in the United States Navy. He enjoyed serving his community and his country; he called it “Giving Back.” He was a volunteer referee and coach for AYSO for over thirty years in Los Angeles. Timothy was a devout Catholic involved in many aspects of the church including Eucharistic Minister, Lector and active in many catholic charities. He loved chocolate and classical music. He was an NRA member for life and enjoyed his free time at the shooting range.
During his time in the Navy, he served three tours in the Korean conflict. He was part of the occupying forces of Japan after WWII and served with distinction in the Korean War. At 32 years old he was one of the youngest skippers of a ship in the history of the Navy. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor.
The Mahoney family would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank Edith Rinaldi and her family for the exceptional care and service given to Commander Mahoney for the past 12 years.
Services will be held Friday, September 22nd at 11 am at Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary, and he will be interred with his wife at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills.
Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary
11160 Stranwood Avenue
Mission Hills, CA 91345
Thomas F. Watkins
CAPT Thomas F. Watkins, USN (Ret) died September 26, 2017 in Tucson, AZ. Forever Navy (his father was VADM Frank Thomas Watkins ’22) “Tom” graduated with the Class of 1949, married a Navy Junior, Jane Stewart Austin (daughter of VADM Bernard L. Austin ’24)) in 1951, and raised two more Navy Juniors in Atlantic Fleet ports.
Tom served in destroyers and four diesel-electric submarines, commanding Halfbeak (SS-352). A people person, he enjoyed his submarine adventures, from torpedo shoots to ship’s parties. NATO deployments and Cold War patrols made years successful and rewarding.
A MS degree from U. S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA led to Force Electronics Officer for COMSUBLANT; Washington, DC, for development of new communication means for Polaris submarines; and the Naval Academy, to teach Engineering Electronics to midshipmen before becoming Executive Assistant and Aide to the Superintendent.
After attending the Naval War College and promotion to captain, Tom served 4 years on the Joint Staff in Omaha, NE, evaluating U. S. Nuclear Retaliation Plan via computer simulation. He briefed the results annually to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon and U. S. Fleet Commanders in Norfolk and Pearl Harbor. He was awarded the Legion of Merit.
Overseas, he commanded the Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and enjoyed SCUBA diving. Later he commanded the ROTC Unit at University of California, Berkley.
Upon retirement, Tom entered the health science field learning prosthetics at UCLA. He made prostheses for amputees, first in San Francisco and then briefly in Tucson, where both his first marriage and second career ended.
Rebounding, he hit the trails backpacking throughout Arizona and New Mexico. He bought a house, served his neighborhood association, volunteered for hospice, met Rita Jenkins and joined the Unitarian Church.
Tom lived many happy years in Tucson. Many things were built in his wood shop. Summers, he and Rita took RV trips as far away as Alaska, nova scotia, and Key West. When colon cancer led to the sale of the motorhome, they took Elderhostel cruises to exotic places like New Zealand and Australia.
Tom is survived by: wife Rita; son Jay in Palo Alto, CA; daughter Linda in Tucson, AZ; stepdaughters, Liz, Carrie, and Jo in Tillamook, OK; brother Jack in South Florida. He and Rita share 15 great grandchildren.
Tom’s hero, Will Rogers, wrote “Enjoy life! This ain’t no dress rehearsal!”
Tom wrote “Enjoyed!”
His memorial service will be 2 pm, Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85711. Wife Rita can be reached by telephone at 520-299-5632 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org . In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the above church address for the Memorial Fund.
Kurt Francis Dorenkamp '49
Captain Kurt F. Dorenkamp, U.S. Navy (Ret), 93, passed away on October 19, 2017, at The Glen at Willow Valley, Lancaster, PA. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Leo and Wilhelmina (Bonas) Dorenkamp. He is survived by his best friend and wife of 64 years, Mary E. (Doyle) Dorenkamp. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Pat Dorenkamp Reese, wife of Tim, and Peggy Dorenkamp Hebert, wife of Louis, and his son, Joseph Dorenkamp. Also surviving are Grandsons Jason Reese, LT Chris Reese USN, Marc Hebert, Jack Hebert, Kurt M. Dorenkamp and Evan Dorenkamp; and Granddaughters Sara Reese, Jennifer Dorenkamp, Olivia Dorenkamp and Skylar Dorenkamp. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Kathleen Dorenkamp; his son, Frank Dorenkamp; his Granddaughter, Alysa Reese; and his Grandson, Jeffrey Dorenkamp.
Kurt was inducted into the U.S. Navy on February 14, 1943. He achieved the rating of Motor Machinist Mate 2nd class and then successfully competed for a Secretary of the Navy Fleet appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. After graduating from the Academy in 1949 he served on the submarines USS Tusk (SS426), USS Sarda (SS488), USS Paddle (US263) and USS Bugara (SS331) and was the Commanding Officer of the USS Volador (SS490). Subsequently he was Commander Submarine Division 31. Two other interesting assignments were Operations and Plans Officer on the Staff of Commander Submarine Flotilla Eight in Naples, Italy, where they tried to keep the submerged U.S. and Soviet submarines from running into each other. The other was a 6 ½-year tour as a special projects manager on the staff of the National Underwater Reconnaissance Office, home of the “unmentionables.”
Captain Dorenkamp’s major awards were the Legion of Merit, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. After spending 33 ½ years in the Navy, Captain Dorenkamp spent another 33 ½ years in Navy RDT&E before retiring at the age of 85.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Friday, November 24, 2017, beginning at 11:00 AM at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. Private interment with Military Honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kurt’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, Lititz Pike
3110 Lititz Pike
Posted: 25 October 2017
Thomas Woods Lappley
Donald W. Lappley, 91, of Camp Hill, passed away on Wednesday September 13, 2017 at his home. Born on June 16, 1926 in Harrisburg, PA, he was the son of the late Clayton J. and Meda (Woods) Lappley.
Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marney R. (Ripple) Lappley, of Camp Hill; a son, Clayton J. Lappley, II, and his wife Anne, of Harrisburg, and their two sons, Logan and Liam Lappley; a daughter, Gwen M Lappley and her three sons, Brady, Quinn and Jay Jay Miller.
Funeral services will be private and handled at the convenience of the family in Harrisburg Cemetery.
Mr. Lappley’s family has asked kindly not to receive flowers.
Myers-Harner Funeral & Cremation Services, Camp Hill, has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Posted: 21 Nov 17
Thomas Fletcher Lechner
CAPT Thomas F. Lechner, USN (Ret.), 93, of Potomac, MD died on October 24, 2017. He was born and reared in Detroit, MI, attended Kenyon College in Ohio, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 1949). He was the 1943 Ohio Conference backstroke champion while at Kenyon, Captain of the Illinois Tech swimming team in 1945, and received All American swimming honors at the Naval Academy in 1946 and 1947. He was elected Captain of the USNA swimming team.
After completing Navy Flight School, he was a jet fighter pilot with Fighter Squadron VF-112 in the Korean War, flying the F9F Panther from the Aircraft Carriers USS PHILIPPINE SEA and KEARSARGE. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for Combat and three Air Medals. He then attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Management.
After a tour as Plane Commander in a Heavy Attack Squadron VAH-5, flying A3D Skywarriors from USS FORRESTAL, he became an Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer. He served the Navy as Engineering Officer for the A3J and RA5C Vigilante Aircraft, at the North American Plant, Columbus, Ohio; as Class Desk Coordinator for the A6 Intruder Aircraft in the Naval Air Systems Command, Washington, DC, and as the Head of the Aerodynamics Laboratory at the Naval Ship Research & Development Center, Carderock, MD.
He served on the Staff, Commander Naval Air Force, Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, VA from 1968-1970, where he was responsible for the maintenance of all the Navy attack airplanes in the Atlantic Fleet, and then became the Staff Comptroller.
As the Naval Plant Representative in the Westinghouse Defense and Electronics Systems Center, Baltimore, MD from 1970-1972, Captain Lechner administered the Department of Defense contracts for the Navy, Army, Air Force, NASA and Coast Guard.
He was the Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Engineering Center, Philadelphia, PA and Lakehurst, NJ from 1972-1975, and Deputy Commander for Material Acquisition for the Naval Electronic Systems Command (NAVELEXSYSCOM) in Washington, DC, from 1975-1977. He retired in 1977.
After retirement from the Navy, he was the Business Manager for Hood College from 1977-1987, and then served as a consumer protection specialist for the Maryland Attorney General’s office.
He competed in the Maryland Senior Olympics through his eighties and taught swimming for 10 years in Montgomery County to adults with disabilities and adults in training.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Maria-Waid “Bim” McKnight Lechner.
Survivors include children Thomas M. Lechner of Rockville, Waid V. Lechner of Silver Spring, Melinda M. “Lindy” Ramsey (Michael) of Westerville, OH; grandchildren Thomas C. “YT” Lechner, Mary Ellen Bliss (Andrew), Rachel W. Ramsey, Sarah M. Ramsey, great grandchildren Elizabeth M. Lechner, Mariah P. Lechner, and Zachary T. Conner.
Memorial Service to be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017, 1:00 PM, at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, 1500 E. Jefferson Street, Rockville, MD 20852.
Posted: 21 Nov 17
John Alfred Tickham
LCDR John A. Tinkham, U. S. Navy (Ret), 90, of Virginia Beach, passed away on November 12, 2017. He was born in Massachusetts, the son of the late Mildred and Alfred Tinkham. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Marilynn West Tinkham, and his sister, Barbara Conant. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Tinkham; her husband, Darren Provine; his three grandchildren, Carolyn, Emily, and Luke Tinkham Provine; and his brother, Donald Tinkham.
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949 and served in the Navy for 20 years. After retiring from the Navy, he wanted to study peaceful ways of crafting a just society, so he returned to school to study political science, earning a master's degree from the College of William and Mary and a doctorate from the Catholic University of America, and he became a political science professor, teaching both in the United States and for the Navy overseas.
Visitation for John was held on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Altmeyer Funeral Home (5792 Greenwich Rd. Virginia Beach, Virginia) from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM. The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., at Talbot Park Baptist Church, 6919 Granby Street, Norfolk, Virginia.
The burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyerfh.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Nov. 17, 2017
Marilynn West Tinkham passed to her heavenly reward May 2, 2010 at Bayside Sentara Hospital, Virginia Beach. Lynn was the devoted wife of John Tinkham for 56 years, devoted mother of Nancy, and devoted Grammie of Carolyn, Emily and Luke Provine of Glassboro, N.J. She was a faithful disciple of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Lynn was born Oct. 18, 1924, daughter of Albert Matthew and Dottie Coe West in Comanche, Okla., where she was valedictorian of her high school class. She was the former secretary of Talbot Park Baptist Church, Norfolk, and a member of the Thoroughgood Garden Club. A funeral will be conducted at Talbot Park Baptist Church on Friday, May 7, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Keith Martin and the Rev. Gordon Paulson officiating. The burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Talbot Park Baptist Church or the Officers' Christian Fellowship, 3784 South Inca St., Englewood, CO 80110-3405.
Obituarydata.com Posted: 21 Nov 17
Barbara Louise Higgins
Barbara Louise (McLean) Higgins, age 87, passed away early in the morning October 1, 23017 at her home surrounded by loving family members. A private memorial ceremony will be held by family members in the coming months. Her husband of 54 years, Everett Chipman Higgins (Chip) passed away in Honolulu in 2004. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the eldest of three children. She attended Hood College and then married Chip, a graduate of the Naval Academy. She lived in many places as the wife of a Naval officer, but has lived in Honolulu for the past 46 years. She is survived by her brother Bard McLean, her daughters Marjorie Higgins Nailor and Neal Higgens Walters; her son Ronald DeWolf Higgins; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Barbara had lifelong interests in the arts, in American history, and in gardening. She was a docent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery and her beloved Honolulu Museum of Art specializing in modern art. She was the past President of the Colonial Dames of Hawaii, and along time Regent of the Kenmore Plantation and The George Washington Foundation in Fredericksburg, Virginia. These foundations have preserved the boyhood home of George Washington and the home of his sister Betty Washington Lewis. She was an active member of the Garden Club of Honolulu and the Garden Club of America where she served on multiple executive committees including the Executive Board. She received the 1990 Garden Club of America Conservation Award. She was also a long time member of the Outrigger Canoe Club and the Oahu Country Club. However, her greatest interest was in her family. She sponsored family reunions in many places in the United States and Europe; and hosted many family gatherings in Honolulu during the summer and during Christmas vacations. She has passed on her love of the arts, American history, and gardening to her children and grandchildren. She is missed and will be missed, but will live on in the hearts of her family and friends. To express condolences and/or make a donation in her honor: Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 So. Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96814 or The George Washington Foundation, 1201 Washington Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 23401.
Obituarydata.com Posted: 21 Nov 17