MEMORIAL




Walter Albert Schriefer

                                                    Commander Walter A. Schriefer, USN (Ret), of Virginia Beach,                                                     Virginia went to his eternal home on April 27, 2018. Walter was born                                                     July 22, 1925, in Chicago, son of Walter and Paula Schriefer. He lived                                                     life to glorify God! A sinner saved by grace.
                                                    He enlisted in the U. S. Navy V5/V12 program in 1943. He completed                                                     the "90-day wonder school,” followed by an appointment to the USNA.                                                     Upon graduation in 1949 he served briefly on the USS Wright (CVL-49)                                                     before reporting for flight training.
                                                    He was designated a naval aviator in April 1951 and he married Ellen                                                     Ruth Montgomery of Corpus Christi, Texas on December 16, 1951.
Tours of duty included Monterey; San Diego; Barbers Point; Midway; Lima, Peru; and Dam Neck, Final tour was XO of NAS Guantanamo Bay.
Following retirement, CDR Schriefer taught math at Booker T. Washington, Norfolk and at the engineering department at TCC, Virginia Beach until 1990.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years. They were blessed with 5 sons and 2 daughters; Martin, Ruth (deceased in 1958), Walter, Janet, Frederick, Herbert, William, twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild. Walter and Ruth enjoyed traveling the country to visit their children and many national parks. 
Join us to celebrate Walt's life at Prince of Peace Lutheran 424 Kings Grant Rd, VB VA on Friday, May 11th at 6pm. 
In lieu of flowers memorial donations made be made to St. Jude Children's @ STJUDE.ORG or Wycliffe Bible Translators @ WYCLIFFE.ORG . Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. 
Condolences may be offered to the family at: www.hollomon-brown.com

                                                                                                                    Posted: 23 May 2018
    Calvin Eugene Rakes

                                                    CDR Calvin E, Rakes, “Eugene,” USN (Ret) was born in Bentonville,                                                     Arkansas to Stewart and Mildred Rakes on August 30, 1925. He died                                                     in Eugene, Oregon on August 26, 2018. He was predeceased by his                                                     wife, Roberta.
                                                    Eugene served in the Pacific as a radioman in WWII. He received an                                                     appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy in 1945, entering with the                                                     Class of 1949. While there, Eugene talked of his goals of being an                                                     EDO (Engineering Duty Officer) and being a teacher. He graduated                                                     June 3, 1949 with a BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the                                                     regular Navy. Eugene later graduated from MIT with an MS degree in                                                     Naval Engineering. 
After retirement, Eugene received a BA degree from Stanford University to prepare for a career as a high school mathematics teacher. Eugene became an educator in Valley ESL Christian High School. 
He attained all the goals he had talked of as a midshipman.
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents Stewart and Mildred; his brother, John Carson Rakes; aa well as wife, Roberta. He is survived by his daughter, Carmen Stephens; his sister, Mary Louise Coberly; and several nieces and nephews. 
Services will be held at Andreason's and Buell Chapel on September 5th at 1 PM.

                                                                                   Posted​:  3 SEP 18
John Taylor Rigsbee

                                                    CAPT J. Taylor Rigsbee, U.S. Navy (Ret.), passed away quietly in                                                     Hilton Head, SC, on September 8, 2017. He was 90 years old.                                                     Taylor, as he was known, was born in Durham, NC, on February 7,                                                     1927. The only child of John and Pauline Rigsbee, he was raised in                                                     Durham and participated in the Navy V-12 program at Duke                                                     University for a year, before receiving an appointment to the U.S.                                                     Naval Academy. Graduating in 1949, Taylor began a long Navy                                                     career, primarily in the submarine fleet. An early member of the                                                     nuclear submarine program, he had assignments on both the east                                                     and west coasts, as well as in Hawaii and Guam. He served as                                                     commanding officer of the Nuclear Power School at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, USS Swordfish (SSN-579), the USS Proteus (AS-19), and Oceanographic Systems Pacific, located on Ford Island, Hawaii. 
After over 30 years in the Navy, Taylor retired and began a second career as a proposal and project manager for several defense contractors in the Washington, DC, area. Several years after retirement, CAPT Rigsbee was honored by the Navy, based on his experience in command at sea, by being selected and trained as a "Convoy Commodore" making him eligible to be recalled to active duty to command merchant ship convoys in the event of a war or national emergency. Taylor and his wife Helen lived in the same house in Bethesda, Maryland, for 40 years, before moving to Hilton Head several years ago. He and Helen would be regularly seen walking their dogs in their neighborhood. They loved to travel, but were also happy just to be working and fixing things up around their home, as well as their summer house in the Northern Neck area of Virginia. Taylor loved sharing stories with people, and had a great, distinctive laugh that made him easy to locate at parties (and even in the background of a Bob Newhart recording). He and Helen also opened their home to a large number of international students visiting and studying in the DC area, and built relationships that lasted for many years afterwards. Taylor collected stamps and covers for much of his life, and had a great eye for antiques. 
Taylor was preceded in death by his parents, John and Pauline, his first wife, Marion, daughter, Rebecca, and step-son, Bill. He is survived by his wife, Helen, sons, Peter and John, step-sons, Doug and David, and seven grandchildren. CAPT Rigsbee will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on October 29, 2018, after a service in the Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer, commencing at 1 p.m.

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 24, 2018                 Posted: 3 November 2018

    Myron Dane Gerber

Myron D. Gerber (Age 91), of Bethesda, MD passed away at home on August 31, 2018. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Robert and Rose (Cohen) Gerber; brother, Sylvan Jordan Gerber; and wife, Elizabeth (Newald). Myron is survived by his five sons, Scott (Jan) Portland, OR; Rick (Maria) Clifton, VA; Gregory (Michele) Palm Springs, CA; Gary (Jennifer) Potomac, MD; Clifford (Marni) Portland, OR. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Samantha Tuten, Justin (Coleen), Logan, Jake, Taylor, Alix, Maks, Kaleb; a great-granddaughter, Mollie Tuten; and niece, Sherry Holladay.
Myron loved sports and was an accomplished athlete. His football career began, to local acclaim, at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA. He continued playing at Bullis Preparatory School, the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Florida. After graduating from U of F, Myron came back to the area to join the family business. He was eventually Chairman of the Board at the DrugFair retail drugstore chain. During this time, he also co-owned the Ski Haus ski shop in Bethesda, MD. After the DrugFair chain was sold, he went on to co-launch the SoftSpikes brand of non-metal golf cleats. Myron loved tennis and golf. He enjoyed playing locally and taking golf trips with friends. He was also an enthusiastic skier who loved being on the mountain with family and friends.
Myron was buried on September 5, 2018 in the King David Cemetery in Falls Church, VA. A celebratory gathering will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Please contact the family for details.

                                                                                                        Posted: 3 November 2018


Mary Jennison

Mary "Sue" (Lowe) Jennison, widow of the Whitney Jennison, passed away peacefully at her home in the McLean Assisted Living facility, Simsbury, CT, on November 22, 2018. Sue was born in Lafayette, IN on November 9, 1925. She was the oldest of four siblings born to Harry and Maude Lowe. Sue attended Hood College, Frederick, MD, and later attended Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, where she received her nursing degree. It was during her college years, that she met the love of her life, Whitney Jennison, a midshipman at the Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. 
Upon graduation, they married in June of 1949. Following a tour of duty, spanning both coasts and the Hawaiian Islands, they arrived in New London, CT. Planning to start a family, they eventually settled in North Canton, CT in 1953, purchasing a historic home ca. 1760, which they renovated. It was here that they raised their 5 children. Sue was employed by the Canton Public Schools as the head school nurse, a position she held for 22 years (1968-1990). During these years, she would spend summers on Nantucket Island, MA, with her children, in a cottage built by the family. Sue remained in her North Canton, CT home, following the passing of Whitney in 2004, eventually moving to McLean in 2013. Sue enjoyed gardening, knitting, cross-stitching samplers, playing bridge, and collecting antiques to fill her North Canton home. She was an avid reader, always with a long list of books to be read. 
She was an active member of Canton Center Congregational Church. She participated in numerous community activities including, the Prime Timers, the Stich 'n Bitch group, the Madaket Ladies, a group of Nantucket Moms, known for their acronym MLBDLS (activities they regularly enjoyed together). She volunteered at the Canton Historical Museum and regularly participated in exercise classes at the Canton Senior Center. 
Sue was predeceased by her two sisters, Barbara Lentz, and Donna Thompson. She is survived by her brother, Richard Lowe of Lakeview, AR. She is survived by her 5 children, Robert Jennison (wife Maryann), Richard Jennison, Thomas Jennison (wife Lucy), Anne LeMaitre (husband Dan), and Edward "Ted" Jennison (wife Jackie), as well as numerous grandchildren, and great grandchildren. 
The family is extremely grateful to the McLean community for the excellent care and compassion they demonstrated during Sue's stay. Sue enjoyed the many activities that filled her days tremendously. "I just love it here", she would say. A private memorial celebration of Sue's life with burial in the North Canton Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family. To share memories or express condolences online, go to www.vincentfuneralhome.com.

The Hartford Courant on Dec. 2, 2018                                    Posted: 2 Jan 2019


Wilfred Harry Dearth

Wilfred Harry Dearth, 94, of Gig Harbor, died November 23, 2018. He was born June 16, 1924 in Lawrence, MA, the only child of Wilfred and Martha Hein Dearth. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1941 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August of that year. He served at Pearl Harbor following the attack by Japan in December 1941 and later on the USS Taurus, a provisions ship suppling Allied Forces in the South Pacific. Following the war, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy before transferring to Columbia University in New York City, where he graduated in 1950 with a degree in economics. It was at Columbia that he met Shirley Swayze of Tacoma, WA, whom he married in 1949. They lived in Tacoma until 1956 and then for the next 13 years in Portland, OR. He worked for approximately 20 years in steel industry sales. 
In 1969, he and Shirley relocated to Gig Harbor, WA, where they founded and operated Mostly Books for 27 years, and later No Dearth of Books. Harry was a member of the Masons and was active in numerous local organizations, including the Downtown Gig Harbor Association, Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, Gig Harbor Lions Club, Gig Harbor Historical Society, and Olympic Peninsula Travel Association. He was also a member of the Orpheus Male Chorus of Tacoma and a choir member at St. John's Episcopal Church in Gig Harbor. 
He is survived by his wife Shirley, Gig Harbor; daughters Karen (Jack) Merry, Gig Harbor, and Robin Holtz (Doug Petre), Kirkland, WA; son David (Kathy Dobler) Dearth, Gig Harbor; grandchildren Nick Jordan, Blaine, WA, Adrian Merry, Gig Harbor, Zachary Holtz, Santa Rosa, CA, Thomas Merry, North Bend, WA, Taylor Holtz, Seaside, CA, Luke Holtz, Seattle, Katie Dearth, Gig Harbor, and David Dearth, Gig Harbor; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Gig Harbor. Remembrances may be made to the Harbor History Museum or the Gig Harbor Lions Club Endowment Fund.


News Tribune (Tacoma) on Nov. 29, 2018                            Posted: 30 Nov 2018

Richard Stephen Wolford
                                                    Richard S. Wolford, Captain, USN (Ret.) (Age 92), “Dick,” of                                                     Alexandria, VA passed away on December 19, 2018. Treasured                                                     husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 63 years                                                     Helen Wolford; children Allison Niedbala (Tom), Laurie Wolford                                                     (Raymond Cline) and Richie Wolford (Maureen); grandchildren Emily                                                     and Stephen Wolford, Jake and Sam Cline, and Lucy Niedbala. He was                                                     predeceased by parents Stephen and Ethel Wolford and sister Ruth                                                     Lowry.
                                                    Born January 20, 1926 in Columbus, OH, Dick enlisted in the Naval                                                     Reserve in 1944. He received a congressional appointment to the U. S.                                                     Naval Academy, entering September 8, 1945. He graduated with the                                                     Class of 1949 receiving a BS degree and being commissioned an ensign                                                     in the regular Navy.
Shipboard tours included duty aboard USS Fox (DD-234), USS Harwood (DD-872), USS Columbus (CA-74) and USS Constellation (CV-64). He was commanding officer of USS Robin (AMS-53), USS Perkins (DD-872) and USS Washtenaw County (MMS-2). Shore duty tours included U.S. Naval Postgraduate School; NROTC instructor; Polaris Missile Program; Boston Naval Shipyard; Destroyer Modernization Program, Naval Seas Systems Command. Following his retirement from the Navy April 33, 1974, he was a consulting engineer at several area defense firms.
He was admired for his wisdom, sharp wit and devotion to family. Richard enjoyed golf, traveling, working with his personal trainer, reading Louis Lamour books, and cooking.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 12 at Demaine's Funeral Home, 520 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be scheduled for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mt. Vernon Ladies Association, Attn: Development Office, PO Box 110, Mt. Vernon, VA 22121.

The Washington Post                                                 Posted: 8 Jan 2018


Donald Lister

                                                Donald Lister, 93, a longtime Roslyn Heights, NY resident, died                                                     January 7, 2019 of kidney failure. Born in Manhattan August 21,                                                     1925, Don was 17 when he enlisted in the Navy in 1943. He served as                                                     a waist-gunner in a PBY until receiving a congressional appointment                                                     to the U.S. Naval Academy. He was transferred to the Naval Academy                                                     Preparatory School to prepare for the entrance exams, which he                                                     passed. Graduating with the Class of 1949, he received as BS degree                                                     and was commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy. 
                                                    Don trained as a carrier pilot and was awarded his wings in 1951. He                                                     was assigned to the Navy’s Attack Squadron 55 and piloted single-                                                    seat AD-1 Skyraiders on 64 combat missions from USS Essex (CV-6) during the Korean War. One of his planes limped back to the carrier so riddled with anti-aircraft fire that Navy personnel pushed it overboard. 
Don knew the prickly tension of aerial warfare. His first child was born while he flew combat missions as the Korean War raged.
“The day I went to give birth, I read in The New York Times that four planes from his squadron were shot down,” said his former wife, Ellen Lister, of Rockville Centre, whom he married in 1950 while in flight school. “I didn’t know whether he was ok or not. It was very scary.”
A 1952 mission involved flying cover for a rescue helicopter as it flew to the aid of a downed pilot some 50 miles north of what is now the border between the two Koreas. The mission earned Lister a recommendation for the Distinguished Flying Cross, which is awarded for "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight.” 
“Although opposed by intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Lister repeatedly placed his own life in jeopardy while expediting the rescue of the stricken airmen,” read his medal citation. “By successfully carrying out daring and accurate attacks from low altitudes he assisted the helicopter in making a successful rescue of the downed pilot.”
Don later wrote of being puzzled after listening to a talk given aboard Essex by Admiral Joseph “Jocko” Clark. He quoted Clark as having said: “You men have had the privilege of meeting the enemy face to face.” Lister recalled he was able to appreciate Clark’s statement only after reading an account of coping with fear written by Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl.
“How wonderful it was that there was nothing he needed to fear any more except his God,” Don wrote of Frankl in papers provided by his family. “It was only then when I understood what Admiral Clark meant.”
Don also served as a flight instructor until he resigned his commission as a lieutenant May 27, 1955.
After working in the Garment District for his father’s women’s wear company, Don went into the real estate business in 1984, most recently as a broker in the Roslyn office of Prudential Douglas Elliman. He stopped working about two years ago.
He enjoyed golf, which he played even in winter at local courses, including Eisenhower and Bethpage parks. He remained active with Naval Academy alumni activities and served on the Executive Committee as a member-at large representing the New York/New England areas. 
After his first marriage ended in an amicable divorce, he married Phyllis Schwartz in 2000.
Don is survived by his wife, Phyllis, and daughters Beth Ann Scrivano, of Freeport, and Amy Sue Axen, of upstate Lake George. 
A funeral was held January 10, with Don being buried at Mt. Ararat Cemetery in Lindenhurst.
“He came alive when he talked about the Navy and his past,” Ellen Lister said. “He had a wonderful career.”


Philip Vladessa

                                                        CDR Philip Vladessa, USNR (Ret), 93, of Seabrook Village, Tinton                                                         Falls, NJ passed away Monday January 21, 2019 at Jersey Shore                                                            Medical Center. He was born May 20, 1925 and raised in Brooklyn,                                                         New York.  
                                                     Philip enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and was assigned to the submarine                                                      school in New London, CT. Then ordered to the U. S. Naval Academy                                                         Preparatory School, Bainbridge Naval Training Center, MD to com-                                                   pete for a Secretary of the Navy appointment to the U. S. Naval                                         Academy. He was one of 200 Navy and USMC enlisted receiving                                                         appointments. Entering in 1945 and graduating with the Class of 1949, he received a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned ensign in the regular Navy.
Soon after graduation, Phillip reported a destroyer where he qualified as an Officer of the Deck (OOD) underway. He then attended Submarine School in New London, CT earning his dolphins. He served in submarines during the Korean war. He resigned his regular Navy commission as a LT(JG) in August 1954, opting to serve in the Naval Reserve. He retired as a CDR, USNR July 1, 1975. 
Philip also worked for Texaco, New York, NY as a Lubrication Engineer for 30 years. He is formerly of Venice, Florida and has been a resident of Seabrook Village since 2012. 
He is predeceased by his beloved wife Elsie Kalinovich Vladessa in 2015. Philip is survived by his four loving daughters; Karen Mahoney, Teresa (Terry) Caprio, Ellen Velazquez and Christine Augenbraun. He is also survived by his nine cherished grandchildren. 
According to the family’s wishes, all services will be private. The family requests that donations in his memory be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-9959.


Richard Ray Colvin

Richard Ray Colvin was born February 21, 1927 in Huntington Park, Calif. As a child, Rick found and attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At 12, with his mother's approval, he made the decision to be baptized, then ordained a deacon. Now he could pass the sacrament. He graduated first in his high school class, attended a year at Pomona College in California on scholarship, but left to join the Navy during World War II. He went to boot camp at U.S Naval Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill, then via Camp Peary, VA to the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD in 1945. He graduated with the Class of 1949, receiving a BS degree and being commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy.
Rick served aboard multiple ships in the Navy, one of which was deployed to Bikini Atoll where he saw a Cold War atomic bomb test. While on submarine duty in San Diego, he met and married Ann Ruplinger. To Rick and Ann were born Christiana, (and Sukey, Dana and Davy who died at early ages). 
After he resigned his commission April 8, 1955 as a lieutenant came medical school and anesthesia residency at UCLA. Then Ghia was born and a move to Thousand Oaks, Calif., where Jason and Stephen were born. Beginning in 1966 Rick worked at Thousand Oaks hospitals until he was 70. 
There were two flights of stairs between the front door and the garage. Most mornings he had been on those stairs by 6:15 a.m. Until his children were grown, his recreation was centered around them: tennis, sailing, skiing, attending many concerts in downtown Los Angeles and performing "magic" shows. The birth of their 9th and 10th grandchildren (twin girls) came along the same year (2007) that Rick and Ann moved to Longview, settling 10 minutes from their daughter, Christiana Anglin. 
Brilliance, humor, generosity, a passion for classical music, being an extraordinarily great son, husband, father - and dancer - help to describe Rick's personality. True to the church he had chosen in his youth, he accepted many callings, served 10 years as a temple ordinance worker and attended Sunday meetings until the end of his life January 10, 2019.

Obituarydata.com                                                               Posted:  23 Feb 2019


Martha Louise (Gabuzda) Cooper

                                                Martha Louise Cooper passed away October 25, 2018 peacefully with                                                 joy into God’s loving arms. Her husband, CDR Stanly G. Cooper, USN,                                                 predeceased her January 31, 1967. She was 95 years old. 
                                             Born November 28, 1922, Martha was blessed with a long full life loved                                             by family and those who knew her. She grew up with three brothers and                                               three sisters. In high school, she was involved with the Glee Club, drama,                                         a Drum Majorette, and Honor Society. She went on to train as a nurse at                                             Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia and served as a                                                 US Navy nurse from 1945-1949. 
                                            She met our father, Stanley Gibson Cooper, Sr. while stationed at the US                                           
Naval Academy Hospital in Annapolis from 1947-1949. Her life changed as a Navy wife, as my father served his country as a Naval Officer. We were blessed to live around the United States and the world, including the Philippines and Japan. After our father died, 52 years ago, our family settled in San Diego, CA.
She came to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and loved and served God for 50 years on earth.
Her love for books and reading provided her with a job she loved at Christian High School in El Cajon, California, for 12 years. In her retirement years, she kept her mind sharp and active by reading books covering her favorite topics including politics, religion, sociology, education and history. She also loved to solve cross-word puzzles and other challenging mind twisters. She was also a San Diego Padres baseball fan.
Martha leaves behind family: Daughter - Mary Cooper, Son - Stanley “Gibson Cooper, Granddaughters - Lola Cooper and Sara Cooper, Great-grandchildren - Elias Shook, Ezra Cooper and Coco Plaep, Sister - Marion Denion, Sister-in-law - Eileen Cooper Carl, and multiple nieces and nephews.

 Mary Cooper                                                                    Posted: 24 Feb 2019
 
 

William Sherrod Guthrie

                                                CAPT William S. Guthrie, U.S. Navy (Ret) died in Ashburn, VA March 9,                                                 2019, at the age of 92. He was May 19, 1926 in Punta Gorda, FL, the son                                                 of William Ezra Guthrie and Freddie Lee Roberts, who instilled in him the                                                  call to service for his country and his community. He attended Charlotte                                                High School, where he was very active in sports, music and student                                                 government. Bill was elected the Senior Class President, voted “Most                                             Likely to Succeed” (as well as “Best Looking Boy”) and graduated with                                                 Honors in 1944. He took to heart the class motto of “Within Ourselves Our                                             Future Lies”. Selected by the Navy for its V-12 college program, Bill                                             attended University of Miami for one year before receiving a Congressional                                                 appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, entering in 1945 with the Class of                                                 1949. 
Ensign Guthrie’s first assignment was to the USS Columbus, (CA 74) homeported in Plymouth, England. He then went to the USS Samuel B. Roberts (DD 823) via Electronics School in Great Lakes, followed by command of the PC 572 in Newport. After an assignment as an Electronics instructor at FADTC Dam Neck, he reported to the DESFLOT 4 Staff as Flag Secretary to Admiral Claude V. Ricketts. He attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI, both as a student and later an instructor. While there, he earned his Master’s Degree in Foreign Affairs from Boston University. His next assignment was as Executive Officer of USS Vesole (DD 872), which saw action in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Assigned for two years to the Amphibious Forces Atlantic, he later transferred to Saigon as Plans Officer on the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam staff. His next duty was as Commanding Officer of the USS Harwood (DD 861), followed by a two-year tour in the Plans Division of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From the Pentagon, he attended the National War College, followed by command of the USS Austin (LPD 4). He then returned to the PHIBLANT Staff as Force Plans Officer; when the command consolidated into the Surface Forces Atlantic Command (SURFLANT), he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans. 
His last at-sea assignment was as Commander, Amphibious Squadron SIX, highlighted by a Mediterranean tour as Commander, Amphibious Task Forces in the Sixth Fleet. During this tour, he had the privilege of serving as the Senior Officer Afloat for OPSAIL, the parade of sailing tall ships in New York Harbor to celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976. Captain Guthrie’s final tour was as an Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel (PERS-8), where he retired from active duty in 1978. 
Upon retirement, he was elected Secretary of the Navy Relief Society where he served for six years. In 1985, he was one of the founding Officers of the Surface Navy Association, and served as its Secretary for seven years. 
Active in the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, VA, he was a Vestryman, Senior Warden, and a delegate to the Diocesan Council. He later served as the parish Administrator during a decade in which the Church experienced explosive growth and a major building program. Always a fan of choral music, he sang in the Church Choir as well as the Vienna Chorale Society. He was known for his sense of humor, his ability to cut straight to the point, his strong faith, his love of family and community gatherings, and his generosity.
CAPT Guthrie and Elizabeth Ann Haller met during his Naval Academy years and were married in June, 1952. Married for 63 years, they enjoyed traveling, lectures on current events, opera performances, cooking and, during their retirement years, trying to keep up with the grandchildren. 
Captain Guthrie is survived by his sister Mary K. Cooper of Tampa, FL, and his children; Melinda Adams (Jim) of Williston, SC, Susan (Peter) Spaulding of Hollywood, MD, Mitchell Guthrie (Dorian) of Virginia Beach, VA, Kimberly (AC) Russell of Garnett, KS, and Caroline Guthrie of Reston, VA, and by seven grandchildren. 
Memorial Services will be held at Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Rd, Vienna, VA on Friday March 22 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions to one of his two favorite charities would be appreciated, or please donate to your favorite charity in his memory:


​Jack Eikel Baltar

                                                Jack E. Baltar, 93, of Merritt Island, passed away at his home on Sunday                                                 March 17, 2019. Originally from Biloxi, MS, Jack was a retired NASA                                                        engineer, who moved to Brevard County in 1961. He was a graduate of                                                 the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1949, a member of The St.                                                 Johns Episcopal Church and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and                                                 friend to many. 
                                               Jack was preceded in death by his wife Rowena. Survivors include sons:                                                  James (Catherine), William (Pamela), Robert (Dawn), David (Robyn) Baltar,                                              and 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. 
The funeral service will be Monday March 25th at 1pm at St Johns Episcopal Church, 610 Young Street, Melbourne. Memorials may be made in Jack's name to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Mar. 20, 2019

Rowena Yerger Baltar


                                                Rowena Yerger Baltar, 75, died on Sunday, November 27, 2005 in Merritt                                             Island. Rowena was born in Biloxi, Miss. and came to Brevard County in                                         1961 from her birthplace. She was a wife, mother, and former pre-school                                                 teacher at The Beach Learning Center in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. She                                                 was also a volunteer at the Genesis House and for the Pro Life Movement.                                                     Rowena was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. 
                                                Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Jack; children, Jim (Cathy),                                                 Bill (Pam), Bob (Dawn), and David (Robyn); and nine grand- children. A                                                   Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 1st, at Immaculate                                                 Conception Catholic Church. Anyone planning expressions of sympathy are asked to consider Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice of Catholic Charities. 
Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home in Melbourne is serving the family, 321-723-2345.

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