Elizabeth Hartley Beeler

    Elizabeth "Beth" Beeler, 90, wife of CDR James W. Beeler, U. S. Navy (Ret), passed away peacefully after a short illness on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Interment will be in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery after a private family ceremony. Beth was born Feb. 2, 1925, to Eleanor Hafer Hartley and Ralph Hartley in Irvington, Ill. She lived in Kirkwood, Mo., during her school years, graduating from Kirkwood High School. She received a BS in home economics from the University of Missouri and did a year's internship in Hospital Dietetics at the University of Michigan Hospital. 
    She later returned to the University of Missouri as a dietitian in the dormitory system. She met her future husband, Jim, as a freshman at the University of Missouri at the beginning of World War II. They were married after the war and after Jim graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in 1949. The first part of her married life was spent traveling from one naval station to another with her husband, Jim. During that time, they had four children, all of whom were born in different states. 
    After Jim retired from the Navy and the family settled in Arlington, she devoted her time to volunteer work, starting as a Girl Scout leader and later becoming an officer in the Circle T Girl Scout Council. After moving to Burleson in 1987, Beth volunteered at her church and at Harvest House. 
    Survivors include: her husband, Jim; her son, Jim and his wife, Linda, her daughters, Kathy Beeler, Karen Sulak and her husband, Wayne, and Patricia Berry and her husband, Andrew; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Published in Star-Telegram                                     Posted: March 15, 2015

             Richard Waring Sheppe

   Richard Waring Sheppe, Lt. Col, USMC, Ret., died peacefully on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Windward Gardens in Camden. Dick Sheppe had a full military career as a naval aviator in the United States Marine Corps and served his country in three conflicts around the world. Following his retirement from the service, he worked for Westinghouse Electronics in Baltimore and in a number of businesses on the coast of Maine. He fully retired in 1988 but remained active in the Rockland area as a community leader and volunteer, as a private pilot, sailor and skier. He and his beloved wife Muriel have resided in Owls Head for over 35 years.
Born in Wheeling, W.V., on Aug. 31, 1926, Richard Sheppe was the son of Dr. William Marco Sheppe and Olive Harris Sheppe. He attended the Severn School in Maryland and the University of Richmond in Virginia before enlisting at age 17 in the Navy where he served aboard the USS Washington in the final year of World War II. Appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, he graduated with his class in June, 1949, and took his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. After basic training in Quantico, he completed flight training at NAS Pensacola and obtained his wings in 1951. Thereafter he had a rich and accomplished career: he was a fighter pilot, and radar engineer, missile and electronics warfare specialist, and NASA Mercury program candidate. During the Korean War, he flew Corsairs from land and sea; a decade later, it was F-4 Phantoms from the Marine Air Base in Da Nang, South Vietnam. In 1967, he was appointed Naval Attaché to the US Embassy in Kinshasa, D. R. Congo. In addition to his many diplomatic duties there, he also flew transports in support of the United States mission in the Congo and Gabon. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1970.
    Richard Sheppe and Muriel Bruning grew up in Wheeling and were married there in 1950. Military life took them to a series of postings in California and on the east coast. In 1970, they and their four sons moved to Ash Point, Owls Head, a place where he considered himself most at home. He worked for Educasting Ltd., in Rockland, before a stint at Coastal Engineering in Camden and a few years with Seapro in Rockland. After several years in a senior position at Westinghouse he moved to his present house in Owls Head in 1988. 
    In retirement he gave much of his time and expertise to a number of causes and organizations around Knox County, especially to those concerned with the development of the airport, the Transportation Museum and local health facilities, including Quarry Hill, Bartlett Woods and the Methodist Conference Home in Rockland. 
    He took great pleasure in driving for Meals on Wheels every Wednesday for more than 25 years, stopping only recently when his own health began to decline. In all of these activities and in all the friendships he made through them he took the greatest pleasure and pride. 
Predeceased by a brother, Dr. William M. Sheppe, Jr. of Charlottesville, Va.; Dick is survived by his wife Muriel of Owls Head; his sons, Richard Sheppe, Jr. of Post Mills, Vt., David Sheppe and his wife Sabine of Riverside, Conn., Andrew Sheppe of Champaign, Ill., James Sheppe of Owls Head and Shrewsbury, England; his five grandchildren Sarah, Andrew, Nathalie, Lauren and Adrian, and their spouses; and five great-grandchildren, with one due in May. 
    A Celebration of Richard Sheppe's life will be held at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Camden, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 10 a.m. Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. To share a memory or condolence with the Sheppe Family, please visit their Book of Memories at
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from May 1 to May 2, 2015

                                                                                    Posted: May 8, 2015
Mary McManus Reddick

    Mary M. Reddick went to join our Lord and her beloved husband, Jim, on April 19, 2015, 2 months after her 87th birthday. She was born in Omaha, NE to George and Lola McManus and had one wonderful sister, Alice. When 3 years old, her family moved to Denver, CO. They lived on Filmore Street very near beautiful City Park. She attended St. Philomena Grade School, Cathedral High School and went on to Loretta Heights College with several life-long friends. Carol Powell of Broomfield and Beverly Nichols of Englewood share our loss. Mom loved ice-skating at City Park and there she met Jim Reddick. She knew his sister Bernice (Beeni) who now lives in Hilton Head, SC with her spouse, Edwin (Ned) Wood. In 1947 Jim asked Mary to the Class of 1949 Ring Dance at the Naval Academy to dip his ring in waters from seven seas and placing it on his finger followed by the traditional kiss passing through a 10 foot ring inscribed with the USNA crest and that of the Class of 1949. Mary wore a beautiful pink-tiered gown and with Jim in yachting dress of that day. This initiated an engagement preceding their marriage lasting 65 years.
    Following Jim’s graduation and commissioning in June of 1949, they began their Navy life and family in Pensacola, FL where they will be interred together forever at the Barrancas National Cemetery. We as a family traveled overseas to Malta in the Mediterranean Sea where our family still has wonderful friends. When Dad retired from the Navy and the family moved to Florida they enjoyed trips "rediscovering" the Amazon, Australia and all through Indonesia.
    They lived happily in Pelican Bay and were parishioners of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church. Mom loved music, she sang and performed with The Sweet Adeline’s and was Treasurer of the PEO.
    She is survived by three children, Mary (Terry) and husband Paul Hammond, Dr. Pat and husband Bob George and Jim Reddick and Rene; three grandchildren, Christie and great-grandson Ian Henderson; Allison Hammond and Wesley and wife Brittney Ackley. Mom’s sister Alice’s daughters Diane and husband Mark Carlson and Mary and husband Tim D’ Amato both live in Colorado. She was blessed with several wonderful sister and brother in laws, nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
    A Celebration of Her Life will be held on Saturday May 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Jim and Mary Reddick at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church - P.O. Box 290216, Port Orange, FL 32129 -

                                                                                    Posted: May 9, 2015
Elsie Vladessa

    Elsie Vladessa, 86, of Tinton Falls, passed away on Friday March 27, 2015 at Seabrook Village Renaissance Garden, Tinton Falls. She was born in Stueben Falls, New York, lived in Venice, Florida for 22 years and has been a resident of Seabrook Village since 2012. Elsie worked as an Accountant for Sharp Electronics in Mahwah, New Jersey for 15 years.
    Surviving is her beloved husband Philip Vladessa, four loving daughters; Karen Mahoney and her husband Daniel, Ellen Velazquez and her husband Edgar, Teresa Caprio and her husband Neal, Christine Augenbraun and her husband Michael. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren; Daniel, Elizabeth, Philip, Amy, Michael, Melissa, Tessa, Susan and Jacqueline.
    At the family’s request there will be no services. Donations in her memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

​                                                                                                                       Posted: May 15, 2015 
DeEtte Bryan Swanson
Homemaker and Spiritual Environmentalist

July 4, 1927 - May 8, 2015

    DeEtte Bryan Swanson was born 4 July 1927 in Pocatello, Idaho. She was raised there and graduated from high school in 1945. She was accepted at the University of Washington where she enrolled in Far Eastern Studies. After attaining her Bachelor's Degree in 1949, she was employed by American Express in Seattle. In 1951, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency and was transferred to Washington DC. In 1953, she married Navy Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Peter S. Swanson at her mother's home in Pocatello. During the next several years, two daughters and a son were born. She and her children underwent a series of moves taking them to Annapolis, MD, Pearl Harbor, HI, Santa Clara, CA, Virginia Beach, VA, Alameda, CA, and Monterey, CA. In 1968, the family came to the Washington, DC, area at which time they moved to Annandale, VA,
    DeEtte supported many emerging causes in the interest of deepening and making more understandable the innate spirituality in people. These efforts included: being Fellowship President of Spiritual Frontiers; a founding member of the Center for Attitudinal Healing (now Institute for Advancement for Service) and an early coordinator of its Facilitator training; holding workshops in "Drawing as a Psychological Tool to Study Self"; being a Trustee of the Tibetan Meditation Center; actively participating in the Consciousness Frontiers educational organization; facilitating classes in the Course in Miracles from 1975 on; and serving as a volunteer for Haven of Northern Virginia from 1997 to 1999.
    In addition to her husband, Pete, she is survived by her two daughters and son: Mrs. Kathleen Swanson Smith of Silverdale, WA; Mrs. Carrie Ann Edwards of Oak Hill, VA; and Mr. Peter J. B. Swanson of Centerville, VA; also her sister: Mrs. Pauline Struckman of Grand Junction, CO; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her remains will be cremated and entombed in the U. S. Naval Academy’s Columbarium. 
    Any expressions of sympathy are requested to be sent in DeEtte Swanson's name to your favorite charity.

                                                                                    Posted: May 18, 2015
John Weber Donaldson

    John W. Donaldson passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, after a yearlong battle with cancer on April 26, 2015. John was born October 13, 1926 to Fred and Esther (Combs) Donaldson. John graduated from Lebanon High School in 1944 where he was freshman class president, finished 2nd in his class, was the first recipient of the Neumann-Messick Award, and played with the 1943 State Championship Finalist basketball team. He enlisted in the Navy V-5 Flight Program after turning 17. He was assigned to DePauw University for pre-flight training in 1944, then to Norman Field, OK and the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945. His military career was cut short when he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He went back to DePauw to finish his A.B. degree in 1951. John attended the Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington.
    Visiting his father in the hospital, he met a beautiful nurse, Sara Rudolph, his future wife of 61 years. They were married in the fall of 1953 and built their life in Lebanon with three children and countless lifelong contributions to the community. John began his law career of 50 years with an office in Lebanon. He practiced with several attorneys, including Michael Andreoli and David Truitt.
    He was elected as a State Representative in 1956 and served 17 terms in the House of Representatives. At retirement, he had served in more sessions of the General Assembly than anyone in the state of Indiana and is the only State Representative to serve in five decades of the General Assembly. He sponsored many pieces of Legislation including No Fault Divorce and the first No Smoking Bill. Six times he was a delegate to the Republican State Convention, a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, a Senior Member of General Assembly and Dean of the House for 20 years, and served as president of the Boone United Fund For You (BUFFY).
    After retirement, John and Sara moved to Zionsville where he worked 10 years as a driver for Boone County Senior Service. A lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lebanon, he was an elder, deacon, and sang in the choir. John was a diehard IU basketball and football fan and was known for his IU red jacket. He held season tickets for years and was at every major playoff and championship game.
    John is survived by his loving wife Sara, daughters Carmen Donaldson and Cathy Donaldson-Kelly (Dan) of Indianapolis and son Brad (Tina) of Seattle, WA. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren Bill, Kendra, and Sara Yanney, Maryanne Streer, Megan Skidmore (Jason), Josh Buckallew (Sara), Taylor Buckallew, Patrick Buckalew (Megan), and Michelle Buckallew, along with 5 great grandchildren, his brother George Donaldson and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Frank Donaldson.
    His Funeral Services were held May 2, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church, 128 E. Main, Lebanon. Interment services were at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. 

                                                                                                                        Posted: May 19, 2015
Allen Horace Balch 

    CAPT Allen H Balch, U. S. Navy (Ret) passed away May 5, 2015 in Green Valley, AZ. Al was born in Abilene, Texas on March 10, 1927, the son of Amos Henry and Barbara Allen Stone Balch. The family later moved to Tyler, Texas where he and his sister, Ruby Virginia “Sunshine” Smith grew up.
    Known for his wonderful speaking voice, Al gained his first radio experience at age 16 in Tyler where before school he opened KGKB, a 250-watt radio station, and broadcast the evening drive, music, and closed the station. On weekends he was announcer for his high school sporting events and football games.
    Al was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945 and graduated with distinction in June, 1949. He married his first wife, Jean Roach, in June 1949, before reporting to NAS Pensacola for flight training. He completed training in multi-engine aircraft, earning his wings at NAS Corpus Christi, TX and was ordered to VP-4 and flew P-2V NEPTUNE aircraft during the Korean War. Al served during three deployments, rising from navigator to PPC, earning the China Service medal. During the Vietnam conflict, Al served as Commander of a P3-A ORION squadron, earning the Vietnam Campaign Medal and an Air Medal. Duty afloat included service aboard the aircraft carrier USS INTREPID. Other awards included World War II Victory Medal, the Naval Unit Commendation, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Ribbon – Cuba. 
    Duty ashore included General Line School in Monterey, CA, Army War College in Carlisle, PA, and 5 years in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, where he was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and a Legion of Merit. Al retired from the Navy in 1973.
Working for KRLD in Dallas, he interviewed Senator John Tower (R) from Texas who invited him to return to Washington, DC, as his Communications and Press Secretary. Allen accepted the position, and while there married his second wife, Lindsay.
    Following his political days, Allen avoided the beltway rush by living aboard a 55-foot houseboat in the Washington Marina, just below the Jefferson Memorial, and he became a full-time anchor on WTOP, a CBS affiliate station in the Washington area, for 6 years. During this time O’Connor Productions was producing the syndicated pre-presidential Reagan spots, and approached Allen about creating and syndicating a series of interviews to be entitled “The Senators,” as he was becoming a “voice on the hill,” respected for his professional handling of important issues of the day.  
    In 1992 he and Lindsay discovered Green Valley, AZ, and built their dream home. He became active in the Coordinating Council of Green Valley, tried to incorporate Green Valley several times, and then joined the Ross Perot bid for the Presidency, which took him back to Dallas for a time. 
    His third career began in 2005 when his health began to fail, and he and Lindsay joined a great new life at La Posada. He not only MC’d “The Allen Balch Show” for 6 years, but he also joined the La Posada Singers, became their manager, and discovered his beautiful solo bass voice. You can find him on Facebook, if you are so inclined.
    He is survived by his five children from his first marriage: Paulanne Balch, MD of Boulder, CO, Deborah LaCivita of Greenwich, CT, Patricia Tracy of Manassas, VA, Allen (Skip) Balch of Austin, TX, and Karen Sue Pittman, of Rustin, LA, and Lindsay’s two sons George R. Miller of Los Gatos, CA and Col. Randolph P. Miller USAF (Ret) of Washington, DC, plus 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, and his sister, Ruby Virginia Smith, of Dalhart, TX.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Green Valley Mortuary. A Memorial     Celebration of his Life will be held at La Posada on Saturday, June 6th at 10:00 AM. A burial service with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors.

                                                                                          Posted: 12 June 015
Karl Frederick Cook

    Captain Karl F. Cook, U.S. Navy (Ret), died 8 June 2015 at his home near Scottsville, VA CAPT Cook was born in Niles, MI 7 December 1927. He was the son of Sheridan and Margaret (Schmidt) Cook. He was a graduate of Niles High School and enlisted in the Navy in December 1943, retiring in February 1979. He was married to the former Mary Rita Grundy of South Bend, IN.
    Karl attended Western Michigan University and Iowa State University in the V-12A program prior to his appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy from the 4th Congressional District of Michigan and graduated in 1949. He earned his Naval Aviator wings in 1950. He studied Operations Research at the Navy Post Graduate School and received a Masters Degree from George Washington University. Karl’s naval career covered 36 years. His tours included aviation duty on both the east and west coasts, surface ship, Iceland, Sicily, Japan, Vietnam, and three tours in the Pentagon. He and Rita raised nine children, moving 18 times from Maine to Hawaii. After retirement from the Navy Karl was a Project Manager at Computer Sciences Corporation before retiring to his Christmas Tree Farm in Buckingham County, VA in 1991. Karl was a member of St. George Catholic Church in Scottsville, VA. He was a member of the Knight of Columbus, U. S. Naval Institute, Navy League, Military Officer Association of America, and the Operations Research Society of America.
    His wife of 59 years, Rita Grundy Cook, preceded him in death in July 2008. Survivors include seven sons, Patrick, Timophy, Kevin, and Dennis of Richmond, VA, Terrance of Mesa, AZ, Michael of Buckingham Co., VA, and Edward of New Baltimore, VA; two daughters, Kathleen Zurfluh Scott of Tacoma, WA and retired Senior Chief Petty Officer Maureen Cook Hanna, USN, Pace FL; five sisters and 23 grandchildren and one great grandson. 
    Services will be at 1100 Saturday 18 July 2015 at St George Catholic Church, 7240 Scottsville Road, Scottsville, VA.  A Committal Service for Rita and Karl will be at 1130 Monday 20 July 2015  at the U. S. Naval Academy Columbarium.

                                                                                Posted:  12 June 2015

Thomas Barkley Wood

    Captain Thomas Barkley “Pooley” Wood, USN (Ret.), 88, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on June 11, 2015 at his home in Ashburn, VA. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Peggy Stenzel Wood, son Brian Wood (USNA ‘80) (Terrise), daughter Alison Wood, son Eric Wood (Nancy) and six grandchildren: Taylor Wood, Danielle Wood, Daniel Giovinazzo, Jack Giovinazzo, Nathan Barkley Wood and Elise Orloff.
    Born March 1, 1927 in Joplin, Missouri to Tom Barkley Wood and Frances Ellen Bell, Barkley was raised in Big Spring, Texas. He was student body president, captain of his high school football and tennis teams, and an Eagle Scout (as are his son Brian and grandson Jack).  
    He was a member of the USNA J.V. Football team when he earned his nickname, “Pooley,” based on a cartoon character who always landed in a heap at his coach’s feet. Navy Coach Tom Hamilton commented after Barkley did just that, “Well, Pooley, get up and try again.” (The coach never found fault with his sideline duties as a goat-keeper, however.) J.V. players were referred to as “Pooleys” for years.
    After graduation from the Naval Academy in 1949 (“nothing could be finer than to be a 49’er”), he attended flight training in Pensacola, FL, earning his wings in 1951 (His father had been a student pilot in the Army Air Corps at the end of WWI).  
Barkley made five carrier deployments with 500+ arrested landings. He was awarded two Air Medals during the Korean War (F9F-Panther, VF-24). After one mission, a spent round from a North Korean gun was found lodged next to his fuel tank. He also flew the F4U-Corsair and F9F-Cougar during that tour.
    He transferred to Beeville, TX in 1954 where he was a flight instructor for three years (NAS Chase Field). During a port visit in Waikiki, Barkley met Peggy in front of the Banyan tree at the Moana Hotel. They were married in 1956 in Palos Verdes Estates, CA.
    Barkley served aboard USS YORKTOWN (CV-10) in the operations department. LCDR Wood was then assigned to fly the A3D-Skywarrior out of NAS Sanford, FL with Heavy Nine (VAH-9 Hoot Owls). During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, VAH-9 was on alert for strikes against Cuba.  
    He commanded an RA-5C Vigilante squadron (RVAH-12) in Sanford, leading them on a successful deployment to the Med, where Peggy met him in several ports of call.
Other tours included VAH-9 Operations/Maintenance Officer; NPS-Ops Research student (Monterey); CINCPAC staff in Hawaii; Pentagon; NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy; and CINCUSNAVEUR/NATO in London, England (where his parking space sign was wider than his car: COMSTRKFLTLANTREPEUR).
    While living in London, he and son Brian played 11 golf courses in Scotland in 6 days, including 7 courses that were on the British Open rotation, with a low career score of 89 at Glen Eagles.
    His final tour was Adjutant General at the Washington Navy Yard, where he retired after 30 years of active duty. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and Joint Service Commendation Medal. Post-Navy he was a Project Manager for EG&G.
    He was a trustee of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, a member of the NATO Defense College Anciens, active in USNA class events in the Washington, DC area, and a Navy football season ticket holder for 36 years.
    A Celebration of Barkley Wood's Life will be at 1:00 pm Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the Club House in Ashby Ponds, Ashburn, VA. Should any classmates wish to attend and don't have transportation we will make every effort to provide that for them. I can be reached or 703 447 7512. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery at a later date.
    Please consider the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation (in Barkley’s name, ’49): 
Athletic and Scholarship Programs: 25 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401-8001 or online:

We hope there is an O'Club in Heaven where classmates gather, have a beer, and tell lies. GO NAVY, BEAT ARMY!

Wood Family                                                                    Posted: June 24, 2015
Robert William Selle

    Robert W. Selle (USNR) of Chestnut Hill, MA entered into rest June 17, 2015 at 1900 at the age of 89. He was the dear son of the late Emma (Hoeck) Selle and Harry William Selle of Minneapolis, MN. He was the beloved husband of Katharine (Haffenreffer) Selle for 65 years. Devoted father of William and Deborah Selle of Marseilles, France; Dr. Ben and Kathy Selle of Wolfeboro, NH; Anne and Michel Spitzer of Jamaica Plain, MA; Janet and Hal Grant, Harrisville, NH; Helen Selle and Peter Anderson, West Roxbury, MA; Joe Selle of Concord, MA; 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Eleanor (Selle) Albe of Bonita Springs, FL. 
    Bob entered the U. S. Naval Academy in June 1945. With the ending of WWII he departed the Naval Academy in order to enter Harvard University to study for his civilian career. He never forgot friends he met as a midshipman and remained a member of the Class of 1949 throughout his life. Bob graduated from their Harvard School of Business in 1950.  
    His many passions included the James Monroe Memorial Foundation (where he served as Chaplain), USS Constitution Museum, The Navy League, patriotism for his country, and boundless love for his family. 
    A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 10:00AM at Lutheran Church of the Newtons, Newton Centre, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the James Monroe Memorial Foundation (James Monroe Memorial Foundation, 9630 Sloman Place, Richmond,VA, 23238 or or the VNA Hospice Care (100 Trade Center, G-500, Woburn, MA 01801 or 

Arrangements by Mann & Rodgers Funeral Home, JAMAICA PLAIN.

Elle Calhoun . 

Frithiof Norris Sagerholm Jr.

    Frithiof N. “Sag” Sagerholm Jr. died from cancer at home in Ocean City, NJ, on 19 July 2015. Born in Uniontown, PA, he was 90 years old. Sag graduated from St. John’s High School in Uniontown just 2 months past his 17th birthday, having skipped the 5th grade. He was the valedictorian of his class.
    Sag moved with his family to Baltimore, MD, in June, 1942, and worked at the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Co. building PBM Martin Mariner aircraft for the Navy. Shortly before his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the Navy in April 1943, and after attending various schools, was assigned to a VPB squadron where he was flight engineer on a PBM. His squadron participated in the Marianas Campaign, during which Sag was awarded the Air Medal.
    He entered the Naval Academy Preparatory School at Bainbridge, MD, in 1944 and received a fleet appointment to the Academy with the Class of 1949. Upon commissioning, he went to flight training at Pensacola, and in 1951 was assigned to a VP squadron, flying the PBM. His squadron deployed to Iwakuni, Japan, for operations in the Sea of Japan during the Korean War. Sag was the pilot flying a recon mission in the Sea of Japan when his aircraft was attacked by several MIG fighters. Sag took evasive action and eluded his attackers, an action for which he received a second Air Medal.
     When a medical condition grounded him in 1954, Sag was assigned to NAS Atlantic City as the base maintenance officer. He resigned his commission in 1957, and having married a girl from Ocean City, NJ, he and his family took up residence there. A year or so later, the Federal Aviation Administration took over the decommissioned NAS Atlantic City, and it became the National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center. Certified as a professional engineer, Sag was the first person hired at NAFEC, and was placed in charge of base maintenance, construction, and installation of equipment. He was known as “the mayor of NAFEC” and served in that position until retiring in 1979.
    Sag was an avid sailor, and eventually acquired a J-35, in which he and his crew won numerous trophies, including the prestigious North American Rolex championship.
    Sag was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Anne Monihan of Ocean City, and his son, Eric. He is survived by his second wife, Florence, his daughter, Karen Heist (Thomas H.) of Ocean City, his son, James (Debbie) of Annapolis, MD, his son, Mark of Mandeville, LA, two grandsons, and his brother, Vice Admiral James A. Sagerholm, USN (Ret.). 
Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

JAS                                                                                Posted: 23 July 2015
Margaret Nelson Harding

    Margaret "Peggy" Nelson Harding, 85, an active outdoorswoman, mother, grandmother, Christian, volunteer, and CPA, died June 2, 2015 at The Jefferson retirement community in Arlington, VA. She had lung cancer. Peggy was born in Norfolk, VA, graduated from Granby High School and earned a BA degree at Sweetbriar College graduating in 1952. She and some Sweetbriar friends spent a few weeks touring France that summer. 
    Peggy joined the Navy and was serving as a communications officer in San Francisco when she met Navy LT Norton “Nort” Harding, a graduate of the Naval Academy. Peggy and Nort married in June 1955 and were together until Nort's death in April 2011. As a lifelong outdoorswoman Peggy learned to ski and ice skate when living and raising three kids in NH/ME from 1963 to 1968. The family bought a Starcraft tent trailer and spent summers camping at Swains Lake, NH. During a move from Arlington to San Diego the family spent 6 weeks camping its way across the US, visiting many National Parks. As a teenager in Norfolk she learned to sail, a skill she passed on to her teenage children while living in San Diego. From 1979 until 1987, Peggy studied and practiced accounting and became a CPA in April 1987. As a private CPA, she did taxes for friends, Jefferson residents, Trinity Presbyterian Church members, and small businesses. 
    Over the years Peggy would actively bicycle or hike and tried hang-gliding on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Later in life she learned to windsurf and kayak continuing both into her 70's, even bicycling and kayaking until summer 2014 (at 84!). Volunteering at her senior living community, The Jefferson, and through her church, Trinity Presbyterian, Peggy participated in leadership and non-leader roles. At both Trinity and The Jefferson, as well as reaching out to the Arlington community through Meals on Wheels, she was always engaged and helping out wherever she saw a need. 
    Peggy's survivors include two sons and a son-in-law and their families (five grandchildren): Lawrence Harding and wife Teri and daughter Courtney and son Tyler of Hampstead, NC; Craig Harding and wife Jan and daughter Jane of Springfield, VA; Steve Bogdanoff and wife Shern of Fairfax, VA and son Steve Jr and wife Jessica of Charlotte, NC and son Shawn of Falls Church, VA. Her daughter, Claire Bogdanoff, died in 1998 from leukemia. 
    A Memorial Service will be held on June 13th at 2 p.m., at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5533 N 16th Street, Arlington Virginia. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society ( to aid in cancer research.

The Washington Post, June 10, 2015                            Posted: 19 June 2015
James Bruce Risser 

    CDR J. Bruce Risser, USN (Ret.) passed away Monday evening, August 3, 2015, at Ingleside at King Farm in the company of his wife and daughter. Bruce was born in Lima, OH September 18, 1926. Later the family moved to Bay City, MI. The history of the Risser family goes back to 1739 in Elizabethtown, PA where Reverend Peter Risser was a Lutheran Pastor. Following high school graduation, Bruce was an embryo electrical engineer in the Iowa State V-12 Unit before attending the US Naval Academy. He became a temporary "St. Johnnie" where he studied humanities. Bruce took a special 2 year course in Russian while there. He played company soccer. Bruce graduated from the US Naval Academy in June 3, 1949 receiving a BS degree and being commissioned an ensign. He married Elizabeth Peck after graduation. Later he received a masters degree in Naval Architecture at Webb Institute and also a masters degree in Nuclear Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bruce had a 30-year career in the Navy, working in Naval Engineering, specifically in the Reactors Program. 
    After retiring from the Navy, he became a church board member of Christ Lutheran Church in Bethesda, MD. For 32 years he served as President of the Board for The Bethesda Fellowship House, an Adult Day Care Center. In retirement Bruce pursued multiple interests including biking, woodworking, gardening, music and Book Club. In 2006, Bruce married Carol Bridgers, with whom he enjoyed 9 years until his passing. He is survived by his dear wife, Carol, and his daughter, Pam Risser Derebey; granddaughter, Shannon Derebey Levitt (husband, Sean Levitt); great-granddaughter, Olivia; and great-grandson, Logan; granddaughter Lauren Derebey Garza (husband, Josue Garza) and great-grandson, Ben. 
    A Memorial Service will be held at Ingleside at King Farm, Rockville, MD, 701 King Farm Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850 on Friday, August 14 at 11 a.m. If you wish, memorial gifts may be made to: The American Parkinson's Disease Association, 135 Parkinson's Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10305. 

Washington Post on Aug. 9, 2015                            Posted: 12 August 2015

Betty Louise Hammer

(picture to be added)


 Mrs. Betty L. Hammer, wife of the late Theodore J. Hammer, passed away August 15, 2015. She is survived by: her three sons, Theodore, Paul, and Lawrence; her daughter, Margaret Creamer; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
    At 90 years, she had lived a full life and is surely missed by her family. There is a family-only viewing on August 27.
    Her friends and neighbors in Kilmarnock area are invited to a small reception from 6 to 8:30 pm Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the house, 134 Pirates Place, Weems, VA.
    The burial service will be at 1 pm Friday, August 28, at Quantico National Cemetery. All are invited to attend a reception held by the family after the burial service and near the cemetery.
    The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Ave. New York, NY 10001-5004, or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23056-5216. 

Ted F. Hammer                                                        Posted: 28 August 2015

Elizabeth Ann Haller Guthrie

    Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Haller Guthrie, 87, died Sunday, November 3, 2013 in her residence in Ashby Pond, Ashburn, VA. Betty was born in New York August 8, 1926 and grew up in Garden City, New York, graduating with honors from Garden City High School in 1943. She attended Hood College in Frederick, MD and graduated in 1947 with a degree in Home Economics.
    After college, she obtained a position with Vogue (Conde Nast) in New York City and worked as a Fashion Assistant for the Vogue Pattern Magazine. She worked there for 5 years, attending fashion shows in New York and Paris. The role included working with the Designers to decide which fashion ideas, accessories, and colors would be displayed in the upcoming issues of the pattern magazine.
    In June, 1952, she married William (Bill), whom she had met while on a blind date at a Naval Academy function during their college years. She immersed herself into the role of a Naval Officer's wife, joining the Naval Officer's Wives Clubs and keeping active with the various and increasing responsibilities. Betty was involved for many years with the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) organization. Active also in the many churches they attended (most recently the Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, Va.), she served various roles with the Vestry, the Altar Guild, church outreach programs, and capital improvement programs, including leading the program for the stained glass window behind the altar of the Church of the Holy Comforter.
    Betty worked at the Wolftrap Farm Park in the summer programs. Initially the work was in a volunteer capacity, she later became the Assistant Program Director for the 'Theater in the Woods', and for the annual International Children's Festival.
    Betty enjoyed many hobbies over the years; the game of bridge, painting, decoupage, cooking, quilting, and doll making. During their retirement years, she and her husband enjoyed traveling and attending opera performances.
    She is survived by her beloved husband Bill, her husband of 61 years, and by their children Melinda Adams of Williston, SC, Susan (Pete) Spaulding of Hollywood, MD, Mitchell Guthrie of Virginia Beach, VA, Kimberly (Ace) Russell of Sellersville, PA, Caroline Guthrie of Reston, VA, and by seven grandchildren.
    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Road NE Vienna VA 22180, or the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Post Office Box 1776, Williamsburg VA 23187-9910.

                                                                                    Posted: September 3, 2015

George Sprague Schuchart

    George S. Schuchart died peacefully in his home on Saturday, August 22, 2015. He was born in Everett, WA May 19, 1926 to George J. Schuchart and Myrtis M. Wright. He attended Everett High School and the U. S. Naval Academy, graduating June 3, 1949 with a BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the Navy. Upon graduation he married Julia (Judy) Jones, a girl he said he met waiting for the school bus to Everett High School, June 28, 1949.
    George’s first duty assignment was aboard destroyer USS Brush. Operating off Korea, it survived hitting a floating mine September 27, 1950. His next assignment was basic flight training in Pensacola, FL, followed by advanced flight training in multiengine aircraft at NAS Corpus Christi, TX. Receiving his Naval Aviator wings, George and Judy moved to Brunswick, ME where he joined a patrol squadron. George resigned his commission as a LT in July 1955.
    George and Judy returned to the northwest where he began his career in the construction company founded by his maternal grandfather, Howard S. Wright. With a degree in Engineering, George concentrated his efforts on the industrial side of the business, expanding beyond local pulp and paper mill construction and maintenance to the national level with projects throughout the country. His company participated in the construction of power plants as well as the fabrication of countless oil refining modules sent to the north slope of Alaska in a project known as the "Sealift."
    George had a genuine interest in people. His affable approach and natural ability to connect provided him with years of enriching work and friendships. The enthusiasm he brought to his business and social activities was evident in his passionate commitment to many charitable organizations.
    During the early years of their 66-year marriage, George and Judy had five spirited children. A generous and devoted father, he made having fun a high priority. The family enjoyed summers at Mission Beach, skiing at Crystal Mountain, and sailboat trips north to Desolation Sound. In 1971 they bought a home in Palm Springs, CA. The house grew with the family over the years and became the site of many happy times shared with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
    George is preceded in death by his beloved son, Jomie. He is survived by: his wife, Judy; his children, George and Laurie Schuchart, Barb and Charlie Wright, Sally and Jon Raymond, Migs and Bing Wright, and Jomie's wife, Patty Schuchart. He was loved by his ten beautiful grandchildren, Casey and Allison Schuchart and sons Jomie and Gregor, Amy and Scott Stonehocker and children Sophie, Emma and Cooper, Mary Schuchart, Sally and Tim Johnston and boys Cole, Gray and Bo, Cole Wright, Judy and Nick Anderson, Jomie and George Raymond, Sam and Sally Wright and Bagley and Merion Wright.
    The Schuchart family wishes to thank Jeff Hochadel, who has been an integral part of our family for the past nine years. His creative care-giving has enhanced all of our lives and his dedication to George was unparalleled.
    A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 on Tuesday, September 1 at St. Mark's Cathedral.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to The Museum of Flight or to a charity of your choice.

Published in Seattle Times Posted:

Carolin Troesher Janson

    Carolin (Colby) Troescher Janzen, age 88, passed away peacefully on August 28, 2015, at Loving Residence in Red Wing, MN. She was born on November 3, 1926, to Franklin and Mildred Colby in Lima, OH. In 1950, she married Fred Troescher, Jr., a Class of 1949 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy. They had two sons, Scott and David, before Fred was killed on a naval air mission December 16, 1953. 
    Carolin moved to Kingsburg, CA where she married Jake Janzen in 1954. They had a daughter, Melissa, in 1956. She was a farm wife, small business manager, and part time newspaper Society reporter. Very involved in the local Methodist church, she held several important Lay positions through the years. A lover of culture, she painted and worked to become a writer. Carolin assisted several South East Asian families who settled in Kingsburg. Retirement found the couple moving to Fresno. Her interest in genealogy sparked travel with Jake to New England and Europe. Later, she wrote two historical novels about her ancestors. Carolin stayed in Fresno after Jake passed away in 1996, later joining her daughter and family in Bend, OR and finally Red Wing. Her greatest joy was her growing family, and she embraced modern technology to stay connected with all of them. 
    Carolin was preceded in death by her parents; brother, David Colby; and husbands, Fred Troescher, Jr., and Jake Janzen. She is survived by children Scott Troescher and wife Maggie of Clovis, David Troescher and wife Marcy of Carson City, NV, Melissa (Janzen) Ramberg and husband Anders of Red Wing, MN; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A Burial will take place in the Kingsburg District Cemetery on November 6, 2015. Remembrances may be made to, which was one of her favorite charities.

Fresno Bee on Sept. 20, 2015                                Posted: 22 September 2015