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).
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
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
York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Feb. 7, 2016
Faith Annette Sand
Faith Annette Sand, wife of Rev Albert G. Cohen, died peacefully at home in Pasadena, CA August 5, 2015. Faith was born May 13, 1939 to missionary parents. She graduated from Hampton Dubose Academy, a short distance north of Zellwood in Central, FL, then Wheaton College in Illinois. After marrying George Pidcoke in her early 20s, Faith joined her parents at their mission in Brazil. She lived there 15 years and had daughters Heather and Heidi after adopting eight Brazilian children, to round out the family of 12.
Faith worked for Dr. Kilby on Wheaton’s C. S. Lewis collection while in Brazil, typing a thousand of Lewis’ letters. They form the basis of C. S. Lewis memorabilia and works on collector’s shelves. Dr. Kilby lauded Faith as the world’s expert in deciphering Lewis’ almost unintelligible handwriting.
Concerned for Heather and Heidi’s educational future, Faith returned to this country in 1977, settling in Pasadena, where she attended Fuller Seminary. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Intercultural Studies. She assisted Dean Arthur Glasser in the publication of the academic quarterly Missiology. She married Rev Cohen in 1984 and took full advantage of the rich religious and cultural life of Pasadena and Los Angeles.
Books were always a major part of Faith’s life. In the early 1980s, continuing work she started in Brazil, she founded Hope Publishing House with herself as editor and publisher. Her breadth of interest in religious and social issues is attested to by the 120 titles listed with Amazon.
Faith lived the life of her name. Always a feminist, Faith loved her Scandinavian heritage and used her family name Sand. She was intelligent, creative, resourceful, knowledgeable of the Bible, and a formidable opponent in theological debate. Her faith in Christ and commitment to God’s church was the foundation of her life. She will be welcomed into one of the many promised mansions that have been prepared for us.
Lee Orville Rensberger
Lee Rensberger died February 10, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Lee was born in Sioux Falls, SD on April 19, 1926. He attended Washington High School where he was an exceptional athlete lettering in basketball, track, and football. Upon graduation he entered the Navy V-5 program at Northwestern Missouri State Teachers College. He received a senatorial appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945, where he was a captain of the baseball team and earned a “N*” on the basketball team. Lee graduated with a BS degree and was commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy in June 1949. Lee served as a general line officer during the Korean War resigning his commission June 1, 1954.
Lee was an astute businessman. He enjoyed traveling and dining in the best restaurants. He is survived by his wife Stania, three children Karen, Bill and Jeff, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 17, 2016
Robert Clay Needham
Colonel Robert C. Needham, USMC (Ret) passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. In Marietta, GA. Born July 25, 1927, the Navy junior son of Henry Parke and Jane Needham, Bob received a senatorial appointment from California to the U. S. Naval Academy. Bob attended Baltimore Poly Tech having no trouble with academics and becoming a star in lacrosse. At USNA Bob was a mainstay player on Navy’s varsity team earning two “N’s.” He graduated in 1949 receiving a BS degree and was one of 55 graduates commissioned 2nd lieutenants in the Marine Corps. He later received a MBA degree from University of Rochester.
COL Needham served in both infantry and field artillery units of the Marine Corps earning two Legion of Merit awards, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Naval Unit Commendation, and a variety of area and combat ribbons. He retired June 30, 1975 after 26 years of service, including combat tours in Korea and Vietnam.
Funeral Services were held Thursday, February 11, 2016, at West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory in Marietta. He was preceded in death by: his parents Henry and Jane Needham; wife Jane Keyser Needham; and daughter Katherine Needham. Bob is survived by three children: Kyle McCarthy, Leila Needham, and Pete Needham; four grandchildren: Kaitlin Theberge, Timothy McCarthy, Katherine and Sarah Needham; and two great-grandchildren: Elin and George Theberge.
Details of burial at Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, VA will be provided when finalized.
John Emery Draim
John E. Draim, CAPT, USN (Ret) Pilot, Aeronautical Engineer, and Inventor died on February 17, 2016, at age 88, following a cardiac arrest in Ashburn, VA. He is survived by: his wife of 64 years, Patricia Sanford Draim; four children, Julia Rogers of College Station, TX, Robert Draim of Mt. Vernon, VA, Kenneth Draim of Taos, NM, David Draim of Dixon, CA; five grandchildren, Evan Draim, Kyle Draim, Zak Draim, Laura Rogers and William Rogers; and a sister, Carolyn Vallieres of Wethersfield, CT. John was born on September 12, 1927 to CAPT Nicholas Draim, USN, and Marie Draim. After graduating high school in Vincennes, IN as valedictorian, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with distinction in 1949. Following a year aboard the destroyer USS Damato, he entered flight training at Pensacola, FL, earning his pilot wings in 1951, while flying the Grumman F8F Bearcat fighter. He then received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. During the course of his naval career, he received two more graduate degrees in Aerospace Engineering from MIT.
John served as a pilot and aircraft maintenance officer in several jet fighter and heavy attack squadrons, piloting the F9F-6 Cougar fighter, the supersonic FJ-3M Fury, the A3-D Skywarrior bomber, and the supersonic RA5-C Vigilante bomber. During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, he was aboard the USS Forrestal in the Mediterranean, prepared to launch against the Soviet Union should the crisis lead to nuclear war. Asked years later by a grandson during an oral history project what happened, John answered, "Nothing, fortunately." Following the end of the Cold War, he met a former Soviet general who had served in Soviet air defenses, and the two toasted that their paths had not crossed before.
In addition to his flight assignments, CAPT Draim served in a number of prominent posts in Navy research and development. From 1958 through 1961, he was Director of the Space Research Division at the Naval Missile Center, Point Mugu, CA. In that post, he originated and managed the Navy's Project Hydra, developing new technology and receiving a number of patents for water-based vertical floating launch of rocket vehicles. From 1965 to 1967, he was Director of the Naval Armaments Division, US NATO in Paris, France, and helped oversee several NATO weapons programs, including the NATO Sidewinder, NATO Bullpup, and NATO Maritime Patrol Aircraft. He also piloted the French Navy's Brequet Atlantic prototype aircraft during its test phase. In 1969, CAPT Draim reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and served as Deputy Director of the Navy Space Program. In 1970 he reported to the Undersecretary of the Air Force as Director of Programs in the National Reconnaissance Office, for which he was awarded the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal.
After retiring from the Navy in 1972, John was an aerospace engineer for various government contractors, primarily working on missile and space systems. He continued to invent, and by the time of his death held more than 30 U.S. and foreign patents.
CAPT Draim became known internationally for his contributions in the field of satellite constellation design, presenting numerous technical papers at conferences throughout the world. In recognition of this work on orbits and satellite constellation design, he received the 2003 Randolph Lovelace II Award from the American Astronautical Society, and the 2004 John V. Breakwell Memorial Award from the International Astronautical Federation.
CAPT Draim was a long-time resident of Vienna, VA, before he and Pat moved to Ashby Ponds retirement community in the Summer of 2014. For many years, John was a member and usher at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Vienna. One of his favorite activities was swimming, and he enjoyed swimming laps up to the final days of his life. He also enjoyed fishing, sailing, mathematics, reading and travel.
Burial at Arlington National Cemetery, with Military Honors, will be scheduled. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Fisher House at donate.fisherhouse.org, or the charity of your choice .Burial at Arlington National Cemetery, with Military Honors, will be scheduled. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Fisher House at donate.fisherhouse.org, or the charity of your choice .
Published in The Washington Post
William Stanford Knoble
William S. Knoble died peacefully at the age of 89 at his home in San Antonio, TX on March 16, 2016. Bill was born August 26, 1926 and grew up in the Mississippi River town of Helena, AK. The son of William Derrick & Norine Meek Knoble, he attended Marion Military Institute and The Citadel before appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1949 with a BS degree and was one of 55 graduates commissioned second lieutenants in the Air Force. He was ordered to Randolph Field for flight Training. While training to be a pilot at Randolph Field, Bill met his wife of 65 years, Nena Elizabeth (Betty) Moore in San Antonio. They were married on December 22, 1950 in Beaumont, Texas.
Bill completed flight training and flew 52 missions in Korea as a bomber pilot, being awarded an Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross in the summer of 1952. Of course, his proudest "award" that summer, was the birth of his first son that "hit the deck" (his Dad announced in a telegram) in July 1952. Bill resigned his commission and was honorably discharged in July 1, 1953.
After his military service he accepted a Sales Engineer position at Mobil Oil Refinery during the day and worked a second job at night teaching math at Lamar University. In 1960 he joined the sales force of Rawson & Co., a distributor of oil refinery equipment, and remained with them until his retirement as Sr. Vice-President in 1990.
Bill and Betty had two more children, their second son, John Derrick in 1956 and proudly, their daughter Katherine in 1964, thus completing the Knoble family. A consummate family man, Bill took the family on many vacations and spent time and effort to record these and other family events with photos and home movies. In addition to raising a family, Bill's other passion was hunting and fishing. This hobby started with his Dad and close friend Bobby. As a family man, he always offered the hunting and fishing invitations to his kids first, and if there were no takers, he would find a couple of adult friends he enjoyed going with. He loved to hunt all types of fowl, especially turkey.
Bill will be remembered lovingly for his traits of unwavering fairness, devotion to family, appreciation of quality, sound advice, attention to details, and protecting his family from financial hardship by his following survivors: wife, Betty Moore Knoble, son, William Moore Knoble (both from San Antonio), son, John Derrick Knoble (Palmer, Alaska), daughter Katherine Knoble Wilhelm, son-in-law, John Arnold Wilhelm, and grandsons, James and Stephen Wilhelm (all from San Antonio).
Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Knoble Heard, and grandson, Timothy Elisha Wilhelm.
A Memorial Service will be held for family and friends Saturday, March 26, 2016 at
11:00 am in Leon Springs Presbyterian Church, 23943 I-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257. A reception will follow in the church's Fellowship Hall.
Published in Express-News on Mar. 20, 2016
Posted: 27 March 2016
Barbara Maloney Jenks
March 25, 1926 – March 28, 2016
Barbara “Bobby” Maloney Jenks (spouse of Captain Albert L. Jenks, USNA ’49) passed away peacefully due to congestive heart failure on the morning of March 28th in Fairfield, CA after having celebrated her 90th birthday three days prior.
Bobby was born on March 25th, 1926 in Chicago, IL to James Loy Maloney, managing editor at The Chicago Tribune, and his wife, Hilda Gladys Blackburn, a World War I bride from England and homemaker. Bobby was quite close to her mother, and always had a confident respect for her professional father. Bobby had two older sisters, Betty Jean, who died during childhood from scarlet fever, and Patricia – as the Irving Berlin song goes, “There were never such devoted sisters” as Bobby and Pat. Bobby was a tomboy growing up in Flossmoor, IL, and was rambunctious enough as a teenager to skip school one day and catch a train to a Frank Sinatra concert in Chicago.
Mr. Sinatra was not the only apple of Bobby’s eye: in seventh grade, she met another dashing, more age-appropriate fellow, also with a swoon-worthy crooning voice. His name was Al Jenks. He was Bobby’s age and lived across Butterfield Creek from her house. They began signaling in Morse code using their flashlights across the creek at night, and passed love notes in class written in a code they developed together. One day, he took her on a hayride, sang her a song, kissed her, and became her “one and only” for the next 75 years.
After graduating from Thornton Township High School in 1944, Bobby majored in sociology at Smith College. Meanwhile, Al enlisted in the Navy before attending the Naval Academy Prep School. Bobby graduated in 1948 and returned to Chicago, where she attended Katherine Gibbs School. Al graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy one year later. One week after Al’s graduation, Bobby and Al were married at the Flossmoor Community Church.
Al and Bobby had two sons, Peter and Tim (USNA ’77). The family traveled the world with Al’s various assignments in the Navy. Wherever the Navy sent them, from McLean, VA to Naples, Italy to Yokosuka, Japan, Bobby made a warm home for her family. Bobby and Al moved over ten times during Al’s Naval career, and made friends around the globe. When Al was stationed at the Naval Academy as the Division Director of Engineering and Weapons, Bobby was a popular hostess for social gatherings between midshipmen and women from local college as well as father afield; in fact literally hundreds of friends signed their guestbook during those three USA years. Bobby volunteered with the Navy Relief Society for many years, a non-profit organization created in partnership with the Marine Corps to provide financial, educational and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States.
After retiring from the Navy, Al and Bobby returned to San Diego where Al headed J. J. Henry, a naval architecture firm, and later founded a consulting firm. When Al retired, they remodeled their San Diego home: they were a handy couple that worked as a team to remodel and upgrade almost every home they lived in, with Al crafting beautiful woodwork and Bobby color-coordinating the interior aesthetics. They decided that retirement was a good time to reconnect with their friends and family scattered across the country, so, in 1980 they acquired the first of three motorhomes in which they traversed the USA dozens of times for more than 20 years.
Bobby and Al divided their time between residences in San Diego, which they really considered to be home, and Venice, Florida: Bobby’s father, being a Chicago “snowbird,” had purchased a condo there in 1963, which the family still visits. They continued to live in San Diego until 2013 when they relocated to Paradise Valley Estates in Fairfield, CA, near Travis Air Force Base, to both downsize and to be closer to their son, Tim, and his family.
Bobby and Al celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2014. Sadly, after 65 years of marriage and 75 years together, Al passed away on February 1, 2015. They kept their romance alive for all 75 years: while walking to the dining table for Thanksgiving Dinner in 2014, they were still holding hands.
Bobby will be remembered for her infinite love, which she showed by always offering her guests more of her delicious signature dishes and by waving in her driveway in San Diego until after her guests’ cars had disappeared from sight. She will be remembered for her humor and for her penchant for Manhattans, both of which she kept until the end. Her son will remember her being at every wrestling match, swimming meet and band concert for the lives of her kids and grandkids. Her niece will remember her for treating her as a daughter when her mother, Bobby’s sister, passed away. Her daughters-in-law will remember her for being the best mother-in-law a wife could ask for. Bobby’s granddaughters will remember her for letting them play dress-up in her incomparable nightgown collection, for cutting out paper snowflakes at Christmastime, and for letting them eat three popsicles each on one particularly sweltering day. She taught her loved ones how to find a “keeper,” how to crochet and write in cursive, how to out-sass one’s own teenage son, and how to make someone feel unconditionally loved. She could share immense wisdom, and then with just the raise of a carefully groomed eyebrow, turn a moment of internal reflection into an belly laugh.
Bobby will be laid to rest alongside her husband across the Severn from Rickover Hall, the construction of which Al oversaw while serving as Dean of Engineering at USNA. Her funeral will take place on Monday, June 20th at 1400 at St. Andrew’s Chapel. A committal at the Columbarium will take place immediately afterwards.
Bobby is survived by her son, Timothy Jenks (USNA ’77), and his wife, Atsuko Jenks; her daughter-in-law, Margaret Jenks; her niece, Michel Robertson; and three grandchildren, Saya Jenks, Kathryn Jenks, and Hana Jenks. She was preceded in death by her elder son, Peter Jenks, and her loving husband.
In lieu of flowers memorial gift donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1834, Merrifield, VA 22116-8034, or at www.diabetes.org.