Paul Douglas Roman
Captain Paul D. Roman, USN (Ret.) passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home in Springfield, VA on September 28, 2015 after a 20-year battle with Parkinson's. Paul was born January 21, 1927, the son of Aurelia and Paul Edward Roman, in Manawa, WI. He is fondly remembered for his strong will, fighting spirit, and "can do" attitude as he lived to "leave world a better than he found it." Paul was a natural athlete at Little Wolf High School, graduating in 1944. He attended his beloved University of Notre Dame for a year after enlisting in the Navy's V-12 program. Paul graduated with Distinction on June 3, 1949 from the Naval Academy. As a student, Paul had little trouble with academics and spent his evenings helping classmates who were less adroit with the slide rule. As an athlete, Paul excelled as halfback for the Mighty Mites the Naval Academy's 150-lb. football team that went undefeated for three years (1946-1948) winning the mythical National Championship. As a leader, Paul was well liked and well respected and ascended to Company Commander. He earned a Masters Degree in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1964.
Paul started his career as a Naval Aviator, earning his wings flying multiengine aircraft in 1951. He served in Patrol Squadron 871, re-designated 19, flying mission in the Korean War. He completed several aviation assignments, Including command of Patrol Squadrons 1 before serving at sea on the USS Floyds Bay. Paul significantly affected Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) operations and effectiveness while Technical Director on the Staff of Commander ASW Force, US Pacific Fleet (COMASWFORPAC) at Pearl Harbor and while Chief of Staff to Commander Fleet Air Keflavik (COMFAIRKEF) before finishing his career at the Pentagon in 1977. He received two Legion of Merit awards for his exceptional work in the ASW domain. Following his successful 30-year naval career Paul continued Operations Analysis work as Vice President for Summit Research in Gaithersburg, MD until his civilian retirement in May 1987. Paul so loved the outdoors, if there was a nice day you would find him in the yard. He enjoyed camping and was an avid fly-fisherman. After retiring he played senior softball around the U.S. including many World Series appearances. Paul could do it all: he hit masterfully, played shortstop, and ran the bases for almost everyone. He persevered through his Parkinson's until a broken back ended his participation at age 81. He frustratingly followed the Cubs and faithfully cheered the Fighting Irish. Paul always enjoyed the challenge of the most difficult crossword puzzle. Paul leaves behind his soul-mate of 63 years formerly Geraldine (Shonner) Laedtke of Oshkosh, WI, daughter Melissa Patterson of Lancaster, PA, sons Barclay of Clifton, VA and Shawn of Atlanta, GA, son-in-law Christopher Patterson and ever devoted daughter-in-law Gail Arnold Roman, and eight grand children the Patterson’s Timothy, Elizabeth, Maura, and Marian of Lancaster, PA and "the Roman boys" Barclay II of St. Petersburg, FL, Bradford of Baltimore, MD, Russell of Norfolk, VA, and Chance of Bagdad, AZ. Family will receive friends at The Chapel at Greensprings, Springfield, VA, October 10 at 9:30 a.m. for viewing and funeral services at 11 a.m. Burial services at Arlington National Cemetery will be scheduled at a later date. Flowers accepted or donations in Paul's honor to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (www.michaeljfox.org). For additional information visit, visit: www.fmfh.comwww.fmfh.com
Louis Edward Branch
MAJ Louis Branch, USAF (Ret), 90, a resident of The Villages passed away unexpectedly on October 20, 2015. He served in the US Army during WWII, was appointed to and graduated from the US Naval Academy and then became a pilot in the US Air Force where he served until he retired. He is survived by his wife, Eileen Branch; daughters, Linda (Bob) Finch and Lu-Ann (Eric Roecks) Branch; grandchildren, Krystina Finch, Brandon Branch and Rebecca Roecks; and his two sisters, Betty Schneider and Beverly Gobell. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, October 26th at 2 pm at New Covenant United Methodist Church (Life Center). Arrangements made by Forest Lawn Funeral Home., Ocala Florida.
obituarydata.com Posted: 30 November 2015
William David Snyder Jr.
William D. Snyder, Jr. "Bill", 88 passed away Thursday, October 22, 2015, at Well Spring Retirement Home.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 26, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Neil Dunnavant officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the Virginia Gilmer Room.
Bill was born December 13, 1926, in Monroe, NC to the late Martha and Jack Snyder. He attended Sullivan School in Washington, DC which was a West Point and Annapolis Prep School. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and went on to N.C. State and graduated in 1950 with a Degree in Engineering. That same year, he was drafted into the Army and served in combat engineers in the Korean War.
Upon returning from Korea, Bill went to Fayetteville where he met his future wife Ann. They were married on May 16, 1953. In 1954, they moved to Greensboro and founded Snyder Insurance Agency. He enjoyed golf, was an opera and history buff; especially the Revolutionary War and loved vintage cars. His pride and joy was a 1948 British Green Rolls Royce which he enjoyed driving for the brides of family and friends on their special day. As an opera enthusiast, he attended the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and was a founding member of the Greensboro Opera Company.
Bill was very active at First Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder and also as a member of the choir. He also helped found Irving Park United Methodist Church. He is the past President of the Greensboro Historical Museum, past State President and National Board Member of the Sons of the American Revolution, past President of the Carolina Association of the Professional Insurance Agents and had been a member of Gate City Kiwanis Club for 45 years. He enjoyed traveling to many places around the world.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Martha Ann Snyder. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Ann Pender; daughters, Pam Sessoms and husband Keith, Fran Jones and husband Roland, both of Greensboro; grandchildren, Keith Sessoms, Jr. and Ann Pender Sessoms, Rick Parrish, Manning Jones; cousin, Martha Adams Hopper of Boise, ID; nine nieces and nephews and special friend, Robert F. Simpson
Memorial contributions may be made to Guilford Battleground Company, PO Box 39508, Greensboro, NC 27438 or to First Presbyterian Church, 617 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.
Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is assisting the Snyder family. Online condolences may be made to www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.
Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home Posted: 30 November 2015
Byron Scott Bartholomew, Jr.
BYRON S. BARTHOLOMEW, JR. "Bart" (Age 88) Of Springfield, VA, passed away on October 25, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Jacqueline, children Steve (Robin), Chuck (Mairim), and Joanne (Chris); and grandchildren Ben, Kathy, Adam, Chris, Chelsea, Becky, Tom, and Stephen. He is also survived by a brother, Charlie, sister, Ann Lee, and sister-in-law Joan Cooksey. He was preceded in death by his brother Bill. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Bart was born in McClelland, AR, to Cleo and Byron Bartholomew, April 2, 1927. He was a graduate of Central High School, Memphis, TN; graduated second in his class at Columbia Military Academy in Columbia, TN; and was admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy on merit, graduating in the Class of 1949. The day after graduation, Jackie and Bart were married in the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel.
His many military honors included a commendation of merit. He was in command of seven LSTs during the first wave landing at Inchon during the Korean War. After separation from the Navy, he received a BS in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, and completed Master's course work at MIT. He worked in engineering positions at Hunter Fan and Atlantic Research Corporation, leading to executive positions, culminating as Senior V.P. and Corporate Officer for VSE Corporation in Alexandria, VA.
He was an avid boater, skier, country dancer and hiker. In 1974, Jackie and Bart bought a parcel of land near Massanutten Ski Resort in McGaheysville, VA. They built a ski house there, The "Shack," and were original season ticket pass holders at Massanutten. They held season passes for over 30 years at Massanutten, and Bart was still skiing black diamond slopes into his 80s. In 1989, they purchased a home, The "Sea Shack," on a tributary of the Potomac River in Virginia's Northern Neck, where they spent warm-weather weekends with their children and grandchildren, logging countless hours boating. One of Bart's favorite activities at the Sea Shack was taking his grandchildren out on the river in his boat, "Miss Jackie." Bart completed over 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia in his 70s and 80s.
He and Jackie dearly loved their grandchildren. After the birth of his eighth grandchild, he bought a 9-passenger Suburban, putting many miles on it attending their events, rarely missing a chance to cheer them on in their sporting endeavors, band concerts, theater productions and special events. He was so proud of each of them and they were blessed to have both Jackie and Bart participate in so many of their most important life moments. Bart was the go-to-guy for many friends, relatives, and neighbors, always able to solve problems, fix things and provide direction.
For many years he was an active member and popular church school instructor at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Springfield, VA, and later helped Jackie with the chancel chapter at Christ Church. Although his accomplishments were many, his greatest joy was his family, who will all miss him dearly.
Memorial services were held at Christ Church, 118 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, on Saturday, October 31 at 2 p.m. Burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to the Kidney Cancer Association or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 28, 2015 Posted: 30 November 2015
Richard Harlem Berby
Richard H. Berby was born Nov 14, 1926. He passed Nov 9, 2015 in Boulder, CO. Rick's parents Ola and Anna Berby immigrated directly to the United States from Norway and lived in Duluth Minnesota where Rick was born and graduated from Central High School in 1944. Rick was appointed to the U. S. Naval Academy in 1945 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, became an officer, and went on to serve as a naval pilot and flight instructor serving in Pensacola Florida, and Hawaii during the Korean War. Rick married Joan Luscher in 1954, and they later moved to Saratoga CA.
After his military service, Rick earned an MBA at the University of Santa Clara, worked for Kaiser Permanente, and was the Director of Government Affairs for Kaiser Cement at the time of his retirement in 1988.
Rick loved participating in outdoors pursuits. In the San Francisco Bay Area he flew his own plane, was an avid sailor on San Francisco Bay, and also enjoyed hang gliding, downhill skiing, and golf. In 1988 he retired and moved to Sun Valley Idaho where he became an active member of the community participating in the Sun Valley Ski Club, Masters Skiing, sailing at Redfish Lake, entertaining friends from out of state, and playing golf. He also actively participated in Toastmasters and bridge.
At one point he pursued the warmer climate of Florida, but after a while there he returned to his favorite place, Sun Valley. In December 2011 Rick suffered a serious stroke and was unable to pursue his favorite physical activities after that. He moved to Colorado to live near his daughter Karen. Rick was very disciplined and lovingly supported by family and friends to work at recovery, but he was never able to regain his ability to do the active physical things he loved, and unable to return to Sun Valley.
He is survived by his daughter Karen Berby; two grandchildren Johnny and Kelsea Jo Pellouchoud; his sister Ann Berby DeVogt of Lexington VA; and his brother John Preston Berby of Carmichael, CA and their families. Rick was predeceased by his parents, his wife, and two daughters, Pamela Berby and Kim Berby. Commemorative gatherings will be held in the summer of 2016 at the Madronia Cemetery in Saratoga CA, and in Sun Valley ID. Condolences may be left at the online guestbook at www.cristmortuary.com The family is grateful to Boulder Manor and Sunquest Hospice Care for their compassion as Rick went through the final stages of his life. The family suggests memorial donations to Rick be made to the American Stroke Association ( www.strokeassociation.org )
Longmont Times-Call on Nov. 29, 2015 Posted: 30 November 2015
John Easley Benoit
Ensign John E. Benoit, USN (Ret.), died on 31 October 2015. He was 89 years old. “Jack” was born on 23 April 1926 in Twin Falls, ID, to Harry Sr. and Lesley Williams Benoit, the youngest of four siblings. He graduated from Twin Falls High School early in 1944 and immediately joined the Navy V12 program at Idaho State University, then transferred for a year to the University of Colorado NROTC program. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy and entered the summer of 1945, graduating four years later with the Class of 1949. Jack was assigned to the light cruiser FARGO in the Mediterranean.
While at the Naval Academy, he met and fell in love with RoseMarie Pelton and they were married on 5 November 1949. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was hospitalized at Navy and VA hospitals. During that time, he received a medical retirement from the Navy as an ensign.
After receiving medical clearance, Jack and Rose Marie moved to Pocatello, ID, in 1951, where he worked as an engineer for the Idaho Power Company and their daughter and son were born.
In 1954, they moved back to the Washington, DC, area and Jack entered the Georgetown Law School, graduating in 1958. He began the practice of patent law and was a patent attorney for nearly 50 years before retiring.
Jack was active in ’49 class matters, including a term as class president. He was also a long time member of the Naval Academy Foundation board. He was a member of the American Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, the USNA Alumni Association and the Army Navy Country Club.
Predeceased by his wife, Rose Marie and brother, Edward, he is survived by his daughter, Debra; son, John (Barbara); four grandchildren, Samantha (Bart), Erik (Lawson), Chris and Lora; two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Blakley; sister, Joan Allen; and brother, Harry Benoit ’44.
In Jack’s words, “So, I say to you all, thanks for your friendships…and keep smiling!”
Inurnment will be at the Naval Academy Columbarium.
Memorial donations may be made in Jack’s name to the USO (www.uso.org).
Robert Edward Horne
Robert E. "Bob" Horne, Jr. of Plainview, TX, passed away peacefully on Nov. 2, 2015, in Lubbock. A visitation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, at Kornerstone Funeral Directors in Plainview. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Kornerstone with burial to follow in Plainview Cemetery. Bob was born on Nov. 13, 1926, to Robert E. Horne, Sr. and Florence Louise Lamb Horne in Plainview. He graduated from Plainview High School and attended Texas A&M University before his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy where he played quarterback on the football team and graduated in 1949. He returned to Plainview where he briefly owned and operated the Plainview Bus Company with his brother Davis E. Horne, and then engaged in farming and developing a pecan orchard over the ensuing decades. Bob was undoubtedly one of the most positive and encouraging souls to grace the Earth. His nieces and nephews, their spouses and families, and all those he encountered benefitted from his enduring examples of humility, concern, assistance, and genuine attention. Never once was he heard to have uttered an unkind word to another, and he put the interests of others before himself in every situation. While the world will miss his endearing chuckle and firm handshakes, the extended family and innumerable friends he leaves behind are better people for having known him. Through his generosity and the modest demeanor that defined him as a perfect gentleman, friend, and uncle, his legacy will live on in the countless lives he touched over the decades. Bob is survived by his brother, Davis; and his beloved nieces, nephews, and their families, including: niece, Mary Horne Eason, her husband Eddie, their daughter, Amy Eason and son, Troy Eason, and his son Braden; nephew, Scott Horne, his wife Lisa Deisher Horne, their daughter, Lindsey Horne Kalisch and husband Dominik; nephew, Mark Horne, his wife Polly Lindeman Horne, their daughter, Rachel Horne Prutzman, her husband Wade and their daughters, Katee, Mylee, and Kylee, and son, Chris; their daughter, Haley Horne Buske, her husband Eric and their son, Kaden and daughter, Landree; their daughter, Traci Jones Schmidt, her husband Jay and their son, Oliver and daughter, Eleanor; nephew, Patrick Horne and his partner Lee Smith; nephew John Horne, his wife Kim Kiker Horne, their daughter, Maegan Horne Moore, her husband Eli, and their son, Davis; and their son, Jeff Horne and daughter, Jill Horne; niece, Ann Horne Campbell, her husband John, their daughters, Angela Campbell and Julie Campbell; nephew, Joe Horne, his wife Kristy Franklin Horne, and their daughter, Margeaux Horne Ebersohn, her husband Frans, and their son, George; and their sons, Spencer Horne and Winslow Horne; niece, Carol Horne Martin, her husband Joe, and their daughters, Chandler Martin, Corinne Martin, and Celine Martin, and son, Brendan Martin. Others mourning his passing include the extended Horne and Walker families, and his dear friends in the Speck and West families in Texas and Colorado. The family suggests memorials in his honor to Snack Pak 4 Kids, 701 Park Place Ave, Amarillo, TX 79101 (specify Plainview chapter) or Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, PO Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174. Online condolences can be made at www.kornerstonefunerals.com.
Kornerstone Funeral Directors - 3605 S.W. 3rd Street, Plainview, TX 79072 806-296-0055
Kenneth Monroe Carr
Kenneth M. Carr, VADM USN (Ret) passed away November 15, 2015, at Judson Retirement Community, Cleveland, Ohio. He was the beloved husband of the late Molly Pace Carr, his wife of 66 years, who passed away in 2014. He was born March 17th, 1925 in Mayfield, KY. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Norman Carr and the brother of the late Nathan Carr. Ken enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served as a crewman on an assault landing craft in the Pacific theater before being selected for an officer candidate program at the University of Louisville in 1944, and being appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy as a member of the class of 1949.
Ken served as Assistant Gunnery Officer aboard USS Eversole (DD 789) until he entered submarine school in New London, CT in 1950. He served aboard USS Flying Fish (SS 229) and USS Blackfin (SS 322) before he was assigned to the pre-commissioning detail of the nuclear submarine USS Nautilus (SSN 571) in 1953. With the exception of a 1-year period for nuclear power training, he served as a member of the Nautilus crew until 1960. The Nautilus was the world’s first nuclear powered submarine. Ken was quoted as saying, "the Sun always shines on the Nautilus" when the clouds parted for the commissioning of the Nautilus. He was an officer on the mission that Nautilus first cross-navigated under the North Pole. This expedition was not only an achievement for mankind, it was an important milestone in the Cold War.
Following his service on Nautilus, Ken served as the Executive Officer of USS Scorpion (SSN 589) and USS James Monroe (SSBN 622) and as the first Commanding Officer of USS Flasher (SSN 613) and USS John Adams (SSBN 620) (Gold Crew).
Ashore Carr was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Research and Development) in 1968, and to the staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet in 1970, as a senior member of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board. In 1972, VADM Carr was assigned as Chief of Staff to the Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and in 1973 he assumed duties of Military Assistant to Deputy Secretary of Defense. From June 1977 to May 1980, he was Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He served as Vice Director of Strategic Target Planning at Offutt Air Force Base, NB, before assuming duties as Deputy and Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command on April 1, 1983. Among his honors are the Defense and Navy Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, Presidential Unit Commendation and the Defense Superior Service Medals. VADM Carr was appointed to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on August 14, 1986 and served as its Chairman from July 1, 1989 until he retired in 1991.
Fittingly, Ken was selected as a Distinguished Submariner at the Submarine League Annual Symposium October 22, 2015. His hospitalization at that time prevented his attendance. Nevertheless, the presentation was made in his hospital room shortly after the formal event.
The family prefers that those who wish may make contributions in his name to The Dolphin Scholarship Foundation 4966 Euclid Road, Suite 109, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462.
A funeral service will be held in Parkside Church 7100 Pettibone Road, Chagrin Falls, OH, Wednesday, December 2nd at 3 PM, with an opportunity for those who wish to gather from 2 to 3 PM for a period of visitation. Interment with full military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date to be announced.
Posted: 7 December 2015
Rita M. (Keatinge Keays) Ayers
Rita M. (Williams) Ayers of Hingham, MA died December 12, 2015. Pre-deceased by husbands Keatinge Keays and Henry Ayers, Rita was born and raised in Nebraska and was very proud of her Irish heritage and her family roots. She married Keatinge Keays, a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, who died February 1, 2009. She later married Henry Ayers.
Rita was a registered nurse and devoted her life to caring for others. Rita had a strong faith and spent much time participating in religious activities. She was a member of the nursing club at Linden Ponds, where she lived for the past six years. Rita's main passion was her family and spending time with those she loved. She will be sadly missed.
Beloved mother of Henry Ayers of Falmouth and Gary Ayers and his wife Aimee of Colorado. Devoted Grandma of Victoria and Michael. Also survived by many extended family and friends. Service will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Rita may be made to Alzheimer's Association, MA Chapter, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Visit www.Koehane.com for online condolences.
Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 15, 2015
Charles Oscar Swanson
Charles O. ("Chuck") Swanson died early Sunday morning, December 13th, after a long and brave battle with Parkinson's disease. His kindness and gentle strength will be sorely Missed. Swanson was born in Canon City, Colorado in 1927, the only child of Oscar and Beatrice Gail Swanson. He attended Bullis Preparatory School prior to the U. S. Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1949. He received a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953. From MIT, he advanced to the Naval Submarine School in New London, CT.
After serving 2 years as a lieutenant aboard the USS Croaker (SSK-244), he earned the dolphins of a certified Submariner. Service followed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, David Taylor Model Basin in Bethesda, MD, and Bureau of Ships in Washington, DC. He was then graduated from the Polaris Command School at Dam Neck, Hampton Roads, VA. An additional degree in the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School was received in 1968.
Tours on the staffs of the Commander, U.S. Pacific Submarine Force at Pearl Harbor, the Superintendent of Shipbuilding at Groton, CT, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, WA, and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, in Kittery, ME, led to his appointment as Commander, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in 1972.
Swanson retired from active duty in the Navy in 1975, becoming Deputy Director of the Department of Transportation for the state of Hawaii for 4 years, following which he served 15 years in the private sector as President/CEO of Dillingham Maritime, managing Hawaii Tug & Barge Corporation's Young Brothers. Returning to the public sector, he became Director of Transportation for the City & County of Honolulu, and served as Commissioner of Honolulu's City Transportation Commission. Additionally, Swanson served as president of the Outrigger Canoe Club.
In reflection, Swanson considered his greatest achievement to have been the realization of the Kahala Nui Continuous Care Retirement Community. "If we're lucky in life," he said, "a challenge comes before us that engages our imagination. It speaks to us of possibility, of need, and of adventure. Kahala Nui was just such a challenge for me." He spent 16 years working with a team of Island leaders to establish the $184 million center. He was honored for his efforts in 2013 by both residents and staff. The Greystone Development Company of Irving, Texas, ultimate developers of the CCRC, said, "During Greystone's 30 years in business, we have never worked with a man who demonstrated a greater selflessness in his passion to serve, whose perseverance was infectious to everyone he encountered and who could demand performance with the skillful art of a gentleman. "Acknowledging his wife's support in creating Kahala Nui, Swanson said, "I am always grateful to Anne for being a part of every adventure in my life. She has certainly been a big part of this one."
Swanson and his wife, Anne Beverley Wright, met on a blind date in 1947. He was smitten. They were married in 1950, in Richmond, VA. They have four children: Charles Beckman, William Bradshaw, Anne Beverley, and John Westwood; and, six grandchildren. In addition to being an avid and enthusiastic tennis player for the last 50 years, Swanson was involved in scouting for much of his life. He was an Eagle Scout who received membership in the Order of the Arrow, and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for exceptional character and distinguished service. He was an active supporter of Hawaii Boy Scout Troop 1 for many years, sang in numerous church choirs, and volunteered locally with Meals on Wheels providing meals for those in need.
A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at Kahala Nui on Friday, January 22nd at 4:00 p.m. Contributions in his honor can be sent to the Kahala Nui, Charles O. Swanson Endowment for Education, c/o Kahala Nui.
Obituary Posted: 15 January 2015
James Bradley Brown
CDR James B. Brown, 91, USN Ret. of Wickford, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, January 10, 2016. He was the husband of the late Caroline C. (Collier) Brown. Born in Woodstown, NJ, he was a son of the late Sherwin B. Brown and Lillian L. (Smith) Brown.
Like so many of his generation, Mr. Brown enlisted in the Navy as a teenager to serve in WWII. He rose in grade to Gunner’s Mate 3/C and was elected to compete for a fleet appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1944. He was one of 190 sailors and 10 marines entering June 1945. He graduated in 1949, completed training as a Naval Aviator, and served afloat and ashore until his retirement aboard USS Essex at Quonset Point, RI, in 1967.
Active in his community, he was a member of the North Kingstown School Committee, NK Town Council, volunteer for LINKS, member of the NK Republican Town Committee, and a member of the Wickford Yacht Club. He was the former manager of the Bonnet Shores Beach Club and worked for McKay’s Front Porch in North Kingstown.
He leaves his loving children: Mark M. Brown and his wife Molly of New York, NY, Robert S. (Win) Brown and his wife Kathleen, and Cameron C. Brown of Wickford. He was the father of the late LT James B. Brown, Jr. and Bruce D. Brown. He was the cherished grandfather of Sarah C. Brown of Norwalk, CA, Henry H. and Oscar B. Brown of New York, NY, Catherine C. and Kelsey M. Brown of Wickford and ENS Bradley S. Brown of Oakland, CA. He was the brother of R. Keith Brown of San Marcos, TX, and the late Sherwin B. Brown, Jr. and Patricia Duncan. He also leaves his partner of 20 years Betty Wagner, of Warwick, RI.
His kindness, sincerity, fairness, integrity, and honor will be greatly missed.
His funeral and burial with full military honors in the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery will be private. A memorial gathering at the Wickford Yacht Club will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 1pm, 165 Pleasant Street, Wickford, RI, and all are welcome. Calling hours are respectfully omitted.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory to the VFW, 406 West 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111, Home & Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main St. Providence, RI 02904 or a charity of your choosing will be appreciated.
Arrangements have been entrusted to THE CRANSTON-MURPHY FUNERAL HOME of WICKFORD.
Posted: 17 January 2016
Carol Rogstad Baysinger
Mrs. Carol R. Baysinger, 88, of Frederick, MD and formerly of Annapolis, MD died Friday, January 15, 2016. She was the wife of the late CAPT Reaves Henry Baysinger, Jr. (USNA Class of '49), who died on February 9, 1972 while serving on active duty with the United States Navy. Born July 14, 1927 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Florence (Schnell) Rogstad.
Carol married Reaves March 6, 1984 and was a proud Navy wife who supported her husband’s active duty career during assignments in Paris, France; Yokosuka, Japan and deployments during the Vietnam War. After the early passing of her husband, she raised her two young daughters while working at the U.S. Naval Academy in the Social Director's office from 1972-1994 becoming the Midshipman’s Social Director in 1980.
Carol had a great love of sports and was a passionate fan of Navy football, the Baltimore Orioles and the Dallas Cowboys.
She is survived by two daughters, Lisa Greene and husband, Pat, of Frederick; and Lynne Rutland of North Potomac; seven grandchildren, Patrick Greene, Ryan Greene and husband, Dennis, Michael Greene, Katie Greene; and Sarah, Greg and Bobby Rutland; three sisters, Nancy Brackett of Arizona, Mary Luell and husband, Rollo, of Wisconsin; and Judy Suessmith and husband, Len, of Iowa; a brother-in-law, Dr. Robert Baysinger and wife, Sandy, of Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Bob Brackett.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702.
Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.staufferfuneralhome.com.
Posted: 20 January 2016
James Bernard Way, Jr.
James B. Way Jr., 89, died November 20, 2015 in High Point, NC at his home of natural causes. Born August 2, 1926 in Indiana, PA, he was the son of J. Bernard Way Sr., and Margaret R. Coleman Way. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, J. Fredric Way and Agnes McElhaney Way of Port Townsend, WA; a niece, Margaret A. Massey of Oak Harbor, WA and two nephews, James B. Way II of Sitka, AK and Brian F. Way of Denver, CO.
Mr. Way was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1949. As a Midshipman he served on the following ships: Washington (battleship), Randolph (carrier), and Dyess (destroyer). As a Navy Supply Corps. Officer, he served on the Vulcan (repair ship), and the Gherardi (destroyer minesweeper). Following a tour of shore duty at the General Stores Supply Office in Philadelphia, he retired from active duty in 1954 and worked for 4 years as an applications engineer with the Syntron Company in Homer City, PA. Upon receiving his MBA degree at Syracuse University in 1960, he remained there for 2 years as a Lecturer in Marketing and then entered the doctoral program at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1964 he joined Pitt faculty members serving as consultants at the Universidad Central in Quito, Ecuador. From 1967-79 he was a staff member of the Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. From 1979-86 Mr. Way served as Director of Administrative Services at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in La Serena, Chile.
After retiring to Hendersonville, NC in October, 1986, Mr. Way became a member of Immaculate Conception Church. His volunteer work included serving as an immigrant counselor for Catholic Social Services, teacher of English as a second language, court interpreter, translator for Habitat and Hospice, and tutor for the Blue Ridge Literacy Council.
In 2007 Mr. Way moved to Pennybyrn at Maryfield, a continuing care retirement community in High Point, NC.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Maryfield’s chapel 109 Penny Road at 10 am Saturday February 6, 2016. Burial with full military rites will follow in the veterans’ section of Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 538 Tracey Grove Road, Hendersonville, NC at 2 pm Sunday February 7, 2016.
One of Mr. Way’s favorite charities was the Working Boys Center in Quito, Ecuador. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center, c/o Family Unity International, 12750 Stephen Place, Elm Grove, Wisconsin, 53122
Robert Barden, 88, passed away at home on January 23, 2016, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He is survived by four children, Jeffrey Blodgett Barden of Hatfield, MA, Robert James Barden of Huntington, MA, Priscilla (Barden) Kaufhold and Stuart McPhail Barden, both of Lancaster; PA, eight grandchildren: James, Ainslie, A. Claire, Isabella, Olivia, Curtis, Calvin, and Tessa; as well as two sisters, Virginia Gardner of Grand Junction, CO and Jane Cornett of Lexington, VA. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Barbara W. Barden; and his oldest sister, Elizabeth Carter of DuBois, WY.
Born April 21, 1927, in Medford, MA, Bob was the son of the late Mary Jane (MacPhail) and Fredrick John Barden. He received a congressional appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1949 with a BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the regular Navy. He completed flight training in multiengine aircraft receiving wings as a Naval Aviator. Assigned to a P2V squadron in Maine, he completed deployments to Iceland and Morocco, where he married Barbara Louise Watson Blodgett on July 29, 1954. Bob resigned his commission July 25, 1957 as a Navy Lieutenant. Bob received a Master's Degree from the University of Colorado in 1957. He was a professor of Geography at North Adams State College in Massachusetts and Millersville State College in Pennsylvanian and a County Planner with the York County Planning Commission.
Bob was an avid gardener and shared his love of sailing and the outdoors with his children and grandchildren. As his parents and grandparents had before him, Bob spent his summers with his family in Northwood, NH at a cabin built by his grandfather on Pleasant Lake. He enthusiastically supported his wife's dancing and theatrical endeavors, and in later years lovingly cared for her as she succumbed to Alzheimer's disease.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions in Bob's memory can be made to Pleasant Lake Preservation Association, P.O. Box 53, Deerfield, NH 03037. Attn: Treasurer www.pleasantlakenh.org
Online condolences may be posted on our Web site: thegroffs.com
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Feb. 7, 2016