William Henry Hamilton, Jr.
CAPT. William H. Hamilton, Jr. US Navy (Ret.) passed away in Virginia Beach, VA 23 November 2016. He was born in San Diego, CA 13 August 1927 the son of the late RADM William H. Hamilton, Sr. and Marjorie P. Hamilton. Known as Bill to family and “Bone” and “Hambone” to football teammates and later to Navy friends, he starred in football and swimming in high school, and was a top graduate of Greenbrier Military School. This was followed by being All- Prep in football and swimming while at Bullis Prep in Washington, DC. Bill qualified for entrance to the US Naval Academy in 1945 on a Presidential appointment.
During his 4 years as a midshipman he continued competing in football and swimming and added lacrosse to his list of competitive sports. He graduated with the Class of 1949 earning a BS degree and being commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy.
Bill completed flight training earning his wings and served as a Naval Aviator during the Korean War. His swimming ability and a need by the Navy for Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) members influenced him to volunteer for training at the UDT Training Center in California in his old home town. This was followed by Bill becoming Officer-in-Charge of the Norfolk based UDTs. His next assignment was in the Pentagon organizing a special warfare operations group, which became known as SEALS, and earning him the title as “Father of the SEALS.”
Bill was recruited by CIA for certain operations requiring skills possessed by SEALS. He resigned his regular commission 1 December 1962, transferring to the Reserve Navy. He spent 6 years with CIA before he returned to active duty in the Navy. Bill retired as a captain May 1986 in Virginia Beach, VA. Only one ADM, two VADMs and one RADM in the Class of 1949 served in the Navy longer than Bill.
Bill has written a book “Night Fighter,” which was recently released that covers his life from Korea to SEAL team 6.
He is survived by: wife Barbara; children Jean, Bill and Jan; 6 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren. Services will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.
H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Laskin Rd. Chapel is handling arrangements and online condolences may be offered to the family at hdoliver.com.
James Francis Murphy
CAPT James F. (Jack) Murphy, U. S. Navy (Ret), 90, of Springfield, VA passed away on 19 November 2016 in Springfield, VA. Jack was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on September 3, 1926 to James Richard Murphy and Emma Murphy. He enlisted in the Navy in September of 1944 and while at Boot Camp in San Diego, responded to the call for sailors to apply to the U.S. Naval Academy. After a shortened 6 month NAPS at Camp Perry, VA, he became a member of class of 1949.
Jack married Lotus Annette Allbee, of Arlington, VA, in June 1950 in Pensacola, FL. He was designated a Naval Aviator in May 1951. After flying duties in Key West, FL and Bayonne, NJ, he next served as 1st LT to USS Toledo (CA-133) and Ops Officer of USS John Hood (DD-655) during the Korea Conflict. In 1956 Jack attended General Line School, and then served as 1st LT and Navigator to USS Elokomin (AO-55).
He received a Masters Degree in Physics through work with University of California Berkeley and Lawrence – Livermore Radiation Laboratory where he invented the solid-state neutron detector that would be used in future missions with NASA. Jack then served as XO in USS Ingersoll (DD-652), during the Cuban Missile crisis and XO in USS Mahan (DLG-11) before returning to USNA in 1964 as an instructor in the Weapons Department where he also was an early instructor in computers. Upon detachment, he became CO of USS Gurke (DD-783). Following Gurke, he took his family to Pearl Harbor where he became Commodore of Destroyer Escort Squadron Seven and commissioning Commodore for Destroyer Escort Squadron One. He was Commodore of the largest squadron of ships in the Navy. His major shore command was Commanding Officer of the Fleet Combat Direction Systems Training Center, Pacific. Jack would return to Washington to finish his career leading Surface Warfare R&D efforts, before retiring from the Navy with more than 30 years of Naval Service. His parents, James Richard Murphy and Emma Murphy, and his sister Cecile Burkhardt precede Jack in death. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lotus Annette Murphy, brothers Jerry and John Murphy, and children CAPT James Carl (Cynthia) Murphy ’73, and Michael Allbee (Fran) Murphy. They have 5 grandchildren CDR James H. Murphy ‘97, CDR Micah Murphy ND’00, Amanda Murphy Huson, Autumn Murphy Codinha and Caroline Murphy Turco, along with nine great-grandchildren.
Posted: 30 November 2016
Andrew Jenkins Owens
CAPT Andrew J. Owens, SC, US Navy (Ret), age 90, passed away in Jacksonville Beach, FL November 23, 2016, following a long illness, and joined his Father in Heaven, whom he knew and served from boyhood. Andy was born in Avondale, NC, to Hollis Monroe Owens and Virginia Jesse Owens. He married the love of his life, Virginia Bailey Winn in 1950, and they enjoyed a special union until her passing in 2005. He is survived by Jane Lewis Owens Bryson (daughter), a son, Andrew Jenkins Owens Jr. (Angela), and Virginia Winn Owens (daughter), four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Andy retired to Jacksonville in 1985 following a distinguished career in the US Navy, and the defense industry. He was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, (Class of 1949), the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, DC. Prior to entering the Naval Academy, Andy attended Davidson College for 3 years, where he captained the varsity basketball team.
In a 26-year Navy career, Captain Owens was posted worldwide at major supply and logistics commands, and at sea aboard several different ships. He was an early leader in the computerization of defense supply and logistics, and throughout his career spearheaded initiatives modernizing these systems. He is the recipient of numerous campaign, unit commendation, and personal awards appropriate to his rank, including the Legion of Merit, with Combat V, for service in Vietnam.
After leaving the Naval service, Andy held several senior consulting project management positions, notably with Computer Science Corporation in Tehran, Iran, and with Diversified Systems Research Corporation, under contract to the Department of Energy in Bartlesville, OK. Andy loved his community and church. He was a former President of the Jacksonville Beaches Sertoma Chapter. As a member of both Beach United Methodist Church, and Ponte Vedra UMC he was actively involved as the Lay Leader at Beach, as a Stephens Minister and, also in coordinating and serving the Walk to Emmaus. Andy loved music dating from his childhood, where he served as the Drum Major for his high school band. He weekly trekked from church service at Beach to Ponte Vedra to sing in both choirs. For 25-years he was active in Singers by the Sea. Services will be announced shortly once they are confirmed. Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home Posted:30 November 2016
Elizabeth Van Houten Sprague
Elizabeth "Betty" Van Houten Sprague of Maplewood, NJ, died peacefully on Friday, December 16, 2016, surrounded by family, following a severe stroke, having suffered prolonged hospitalizations and never a cure. She was 83 years old.
Born in Flushing, NY, Betty attended St. Catherine's School in Richmond, VA, and Finch College in New York, NY. She married LTJG David Hayes Sprague, USN, at St. Bartholomew's Church, New York, NY, in 1954.
A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend, Betty was a 60-year resident of Maplewood, NJ. She loved traveling and spending time with her family and was always up for a lunch date with any of her numerous friends. In her travels, she enjoyed visiting Russia, France and England and summer vacations on Grand Isle, VT, and Martha's Vineyard, where she could often be found engaged in berry picking, beach walking, ice cream eating, or in heated board games with her beloved grandchildren.
Betty was predeceased by her brother, Erskine B. Van Houten, Jr., of Richmond, VA. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, David H. Sprague, her three children, Lawrence Sprague of Andover, NH, Gordon Sprague of Clements, CA, and Susan Sprague MacGregor of Princeton, NJ, her niece, Dr. Margaret Van Houten Blanchard of Newport News, VA, and her eight grandchildren, Samuel, Elizabeth (Lily), Duncan, Graham, Ethan, Emily, Charlotte and Isaac.
To have known Betty was to love her. It follows that she was loved by everyone, whether family member or friend, or the shopkeeper at the local grocery. Who can ever forget the gorgeous twinkle in her eyes when she spoke with you, or that unique, angelic laughter that pealed from her lips like carillon bells - uniquely hers, and we hear it still and always will. There was a quality about Betty that defies description, but relates to her presence and the way she made you feel as she listened and responded to everything that was being said. She made you feel ten feet tall. There's no other way to put it. We say good-bye to her now, but are putting her on notice, "you will be with us always."
A memorial service is planned for early spring, 2017
Jacqueline Ann Meyer Bartholomew
Jacqueline Ann Meyer Bartholomew (Jackie), age 86, died peacefully on December 16, 2016 with family members by her side. She is survived by her loving children Steve (Robin), Chuck (Mairim), and Joanne (Chris); and grandchildren Ben, Kathy, Adam, Chris, Chelsea, Becky, Tom, and Stephen. She is also survived by her sister Joan Cooksey, sister-in-law Ann Lee, and brother-in-law Charlie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron (Bart) Simpson Bartholomew (Oct 2015).
Jackie was born on January 29, 1930, to John Linden and Elizabeth Franklin Meyer at the Old Sibley Hospital, in Washington D.C. Raised in Washington, D.C., and then in Alexandria, VA, she attended St. Alban's Parish church in Washington, D.C., and then Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA. Jackie was a 1947 graduate of George Washington High School in Alexandria, VA and loved to attend football games, sock hops, and formal dances, including dances held in the lobby of the old Washington National Airport.
Before celebrating her sweet sixteenth birthday, she met the love of her life, Bart, who, while attending the US Naval Academy, would visit his cousins who lived across the street from Jackie. On June 4, 1949, the day after Bart graduated from the Naval Academy, they were married at the Academy's chapel.
As a Navy wife, she and Bart lived on both coasts, with Jackie traveling back and forth across country while he was at sea. While back home, Jackie would pick up where she left off, working for the Army Judge Advocate General's office at the Pentagon.
Bart and Jackie finally settled in Northern Virginia, where she focused on raising her three children. Raising a family was her number one priority and she did so superbly. A lifelong Episcopalian, Jackie was a member of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Springfield, VA, where she and Bart and the children worshipped. She was active in Church life at St. Christopher's and later at Christ Episcopal Church in Old Town Alexandria, serving on its Chancel Chapter. She loved the rich heritage of the Episcopal Church and its integral history with the Commonwealth of Virginia. Jackie was quite busy tending to her three children and all of their school and extracurricular activities including volunteering at swim meets and soccer games. In addition to planning all the daily activities, she orchestrated many family vacations – usually to the beloved Outer Banks of North Carolina in the summer, and to the mountains for ski vacations in the winter. Throughout all this activity, Jackie also maintained not only her home in Springfield VA, but a ski house in Massanutten, and a summer home on the river in the Northern Neck.
Once the nest was empty, Jackie took up the game of golf at the Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington, where she earned a huge trophy for sinking a hole-in-one on one of their challenging courses. Throughout retirement years, Jackie and Bart remained avid supporters of both the Naval Academy Class of 1949, and the GW class of ‘47. You could always find them at one reunion or another, or at the annual Army-Navy football game. Jackie and Bart remained young at heart during their entire 66 years of married bliss.
Although her accomplishments were many, her greatest joy was her family who will all miss her dearly.
Memorial services will be held at Christ Church 118 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314 on January 7, 2017 at 2 pm. Inurnment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.
The Family Posted: 31 December 2016
George Lawrence Siri, Jr.
George L. Siri, Jr. peacefully passed away at his home in Reno, on December 31, 2016. He was born at his home in Reno on June 25, 1926 to Lawrence Siri and Katie Carano Siri. He lived in Reno all his life except while attending the U. S. Navy Academy and serving for 5 years in the Navy after graduation. He attended the Southside Elementary School, BD, Billinghurst Junior High School, Reno High School, one semester at University of Nevada, Reno, two semesters at University of California, Berkeley, and finally the U. S. Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1949, receiving a BS degree and being commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy. He served in the US Navy from 1949 to 1954 during the Korean War. He received the Bronze Star with Combat Distinction for action in Wonsan Harbor while serving as Gunnery Officer aboard the USS Duncan (DDR 874). He also received the Presidential Unit Citation while serving as Repair Officer aboard the USS Philippine Sea (CVA 47).
On September 7, 1952, he married the love of his life, Susan Broadbent. June 1, 1954, he resigned his commission as a lieutenant and was honorably discharged from the US Navy. He returned to Reno and became a part owner of the Reno Frozen Food Lockers with his uncle, William Carano. In 1973 he was one of the original partners that founded the Eldorado Hotel and Casino which was built on property originally owned by his father, and his grandfather, Ben Carano. In 1974 he returned to the Reno Frozen Food Lockers and, with his partners Don O'Day and Bruno Mastelotto, founded Ponderosa Meat Company of which he served as President.
Throughout his life he was very active in the Reno community; he was a member of the Reno Elks Club, the Reno Lions Club, and the Reno Men's Golf Club at Washoe County Golf Course where he served as president in 1968. For many years he was a ski instructor at the Reno Junior Ski Program. He enjoyed outdoor activities and was an avid fisherman, bird hunter, and snow skier.
His wife, Susan, predeceased him in 2006, and his daughter Sally Siri predeceased him in 2007. His survivors include his son Dan and his wife, Denise Siri, his son Jeffery and wife Sherry Siri. He had nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren: Dan's children Stephen and Jane; Jeff's children Brandon (great grandchildren Sutton Mae and Holden George), Justin, Ryan, and Logan; Sherry's children Nicholas, Francesca, and Jessica; Sally's children Kacie Salas (great-grandchildren Tucker and Finn), Melissa (deceased in 2009), and Kyle.
A service will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at 1:00 pm at Walton's Funeral Home Sierra Chapel located at 875 West Second Street in Reno.
Online condolences may be left in George's Book of Memories at: www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com.
Reno Gazette-Journal from Jan. 6 to Jan. 8, 2017
Martha Wynn, 88, died 30 October 2016, in Black Mountain, NC. She is survived by her devoted husband of 66 years, Capt. James H. Wynn, III, USN (Ret.), and their children: Motsy, Jim, Sarah, her partner Dan White, Bob, his wife Jeri, and their son Dylan. Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Harold E. (Hal) and Martha Hyde, Sr., and her brother, the Rev. Dr. H. E. (Hal) Hyde, Jr. Martha was born and primarily raised in Atlanta in a loving extended family. She attended 10th Street School, O'Keefe Junior High, and North Avenue Presbyterian School. She graduated from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. At each school she formed very dear friendships that lasted a lifetime. Martha was a lifelong Presbyterian. She grew up in North Avenue Presbyterian Church, where her parents and grandparents had married. In high school, she met Jack at North Avenue, married him there five years later, and had three of their four children baptized there. As a naval aviator's wife, the Presbyterian and Military Chapel congregations and women's circles she belonged to around the country nurtured her faith, especially during the Vietnam War. Possessing a true servant's heart, Martha faithfully cared for family, friends, and other Navy wives and families, touching many lives through her tireless Christian example. Her final church home was Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, where she also served as a Stephen Minister. She was a woman of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ's love and the beauty and peace that would await her after death. Martha was well suited to Navy life; she had an adventurous and curious spirit, a joyful sense of humor, and a strong organizational ability. Martha and Jack lived in eight states and Washington, DC, moving eighteen times. She enjoyed travel, loved to cook, and was a creative needlepoint artist. A private burial and memorial service was held in Atlanta. Martha's family and friends rejoice in the adventurous life she was privileged to live, and feel grateful to have been loved by such a gracious human being.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dec. 22, 2016
VIRGINIA M. WILSON
Virginia Marie Wilson beloved wife of Captain Ralph E. Wilson Jr. USN (Ret) passed peacefully in Dana Point, CA on January 5, 2017. Virginia was born in Coos Bay, OR on September 10, 1922. She was raised in San Francisco where she attended Catholic schools. Shortly after graduation she became the executive secretary to the Commander of the Army’s 9th Signal Corps at the Presidio. She moved with the Corps to Salt Lake City for the duration of WWII After the war she returned to Los Angeles and married Marvin Kudroff and raised their son, Gary.
Virginia was active in the North Hollywood Women’s Club and as Club President, sponsored a cleanup effort in North Hollywood. She was also active in the Structural Engineers Auxiliary. She and Kudroff divorced and she moved to Palos Verdes Estates where she held Real Estate and Public Relations positions until retiring.
In 1991 she married Wilson. She was active in the PVE Women’s Club. Ralph and Virginia moved to The Fountains at Sea Bluffs in Dana Point in 1999 and continued to enjoy life with their many new friends. Her ashes will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Ralph’s gravesite. Virginia is survived by her husband, son Gary Kudroff and his wife Laurie, granddaughter Alex, and step granddaughters Meredith and Laura Greenberg. Her grandson, Kiel Kudroff, pre-deceased Virginia in 2002.
William David Collins Jr.
William David Collins, Jr., born April 6, 1927 in Amarillo Texas, the eldest of seven children of William D. Collins and Florence Kelly Collins, passed away on February 1, 2017 at home in St. Helena, CA. He is survived by his wife Kathy, children Dave (Chris), Kitty, Hank (Nicky), Kelly, Peter (Sue), Mike (Karen), Kathleen (Leo) and grandchildren Davy, Katie (Tom), DeeDee, Erica, Sofia, Ryan, Christopher, Oran, Maja, Gabriel (Kyrie), Dominic, Mariah, Teresa, Isaac, Peter and great-grandchildren Connor, Clara, Rebecca.
Raised in Denver, Colorado, he graduated from Regis Jesuit High School in 1944 and then attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, graduating in 1949 with a degree in electrical engineering. He married Helene Hoeffer in 1949 and served on the USS Buck (Asst. Gunnery Officer), USS Mt. McKinley (Group Electronics Officer) and the LST 819 (Executive Officer). He attended Submarine School and served as a Lieutenant on USS Menhaden, USS Mingo and USS Besugo. He served as Staff Engineer and Superintendent, Submarine Overhaul at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard and managed control system development for the Regulus, the first US submarine-launched missile.
Bill resigned from the Navy in 1957 as his wife was gravely ill. They settled with their five children in Los Altos Hills. He founded an engineering firm, Collins & Hyde in Santa Clara, which was later called Collins Electronics. He represented some of Silicon Valley's early computer pioneers. Following Helene's death in 1959, he married Kathleen Kelly, with whom he had two children (Mike and Kathleen). Bill and Kathy raised their seven children on Byrd Lane in Los Altos Hills.
In 1967 they purchased a vineyard in St. Helena and he learned all he could about grape-growing from local growers and UC Davis. He named the rock-strewn ranch, "Collins Holystone Vineyard," a nod to "Holystone," a sandstone block used to scrub the teak decks of ships. Bill became an expert in 'holystoning' during his plebe summer at Annapolis, working on the decks of the battleship USS Washington.
After founding Conn Creek Winery in 1973 and developing a successful brand, they sold it in 1986, retaining the Collins Holystone Vineyards.
Bill's passion, after his family and faith, were his vineyards and a love of history. He sponsored the Collins Chair in the Naval Academy's History Honors Program; he enjoyed reviewing submissions and meeting the prize finalists.
Bill was a modest man of vision with a large presence, who cared deeply about his community and the welfare of vineyard workers. A founder of Napa Valley Family Homes, he served on the Board of Directors from 1990 until 1996, raising seed money among Napa Valley's vintners and growers for low income housing projects. A member of the Napa Valley Grape Growers, he was one of the early proponents of the Grape Crush Report. As Secretary-Treasurer of the Napa Valley Vintners and one of the founders of the Napa Valley Wine Auction, he was instrumental in expanding their support to include Ole Health. A wine journalist once described Collins as an 'endearing curmudgeon,' and he enjoyed that title.
Services will be held on February 11 at St. Helena Catholic Church at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow. Donations are suggested to Ole Health (1141 Pear Tree Lane, Napa, CA 94558, Foundation@olehealth.org). Memories may be sent to email@example.com.
San Francisco Chronicle Feb. 7 to 9, 2017 Posted: 7 February 2017
Willard Wallace Martin, Sr.
Willard W. Martin, Sr., 90, of Raleigh, NC passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016. A private memorial service will be held Saturday, October 8 in Asheville, North Carolina. He was born in Swain County, North Carolina to the late Willard and Sarah Martin. Wallace served in the US Navy and attended the Naval Academy where he played football and participated on the track team. He served in the North Carolina Legislature as a representative from Swain County and then moved to Pfeiffer College where he was a professor and coached tennis and wrestling. After 20 years at Pfeiffer, Wallace moved to the coast where he served as the Town Manager for Sunset Beach, NC, and later Bald Head Island, NC. He retired to a farm in southern Virginia where he and his wife Ann enjoyed their time restoring the old farm house and tobacco barns. He also loved his dogs and his early morning rides with them around the farm. Wallace was preceded in death by his wife Ann Bryson Martin, brother Earl Martin and sister Dorothy Williams. He is survived by daughter Carolyn Martin of Baton Rouge, LA, sons Willard Wallace Martin, Jr. of Washington, NC and Richard E. Martin of Raleigh NC, and four grandchildren. Memorials may be sent to Companion Animal Alliance, 100 North Street, Suite 900, Baton Rouge Louisiana 70802, or to another animal rescue of your choice. The family may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TheAdvocate.com Sep. 28 to Oct. 8, 2016 Posted: 18 Febuary 2017
Robert Joseph Kelly
Robert J. "Bob" Kelly, 91, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016. Born in Chicago but a resident of Maryville, TN, he was a member of 1942 Leo High School Championship team, a member of 1943 National Championship team at Notre Dame, and he attended the U. S. Naval Academy in 1945. He played one year on the Navy football team and resigned in 1946. He played with the Los Angeles Dons from 1947 to 1948 and the Baltimore Colts in 1949.
He had a great sense of humor and love of life. He was loved and adored by his family and friends. He is survived by son, Robert B. Kelly and wife, Miki; son, Kevin E. Kelly and wife, Deborah; daughter, Beth A. Kelly; brother, Edward Kelly; sister, Rosemary Morrissey and husband, Edward; five grandchildren; one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mae (Wrede) Kelly; father, U.S. Congressman, Edward Austin Kelly and mother, Rosemay Kelly. The funeral service will be held later this year in Chicago.
Posted: 18 February 2017
William Edward Wynne
CAPT William E Wynne, CEC, U. S. Navy (Ret) passed away at 91 at home Sunday 12 February 2017 surrounded by his family. Friends and family are welcome to visit at Bradley, Brough & Dangler Funeral Home at 299 Morris Ave, Summit, NJ on Friday February 17th between the hours of 2- 4 pm and 7 - 9 pm. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 18th at 11 am at the Central Presbyterian Church at 70 Maple Street, Summit NJ. A reception at the church will follow. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.
William was born and grew up in Passaic, NJ, the son of Michael and Rita Wynne. He volunteered to join the U.S. Navy in 1943 at age 17. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949 with a degree in electrical engineering. In 1950 he began 66 years of marriage with his beloved wife Emma Marie Heuer (Mickey Wynne). Following their marriage, he completed graduate work in civil engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1951.
During his 33 years on active duty he was a Company Commander with ACB-ONE in Korea, AOICC for a catapult and arresting gear test facility at Lakehurst NJ, Project Officer for the Pressurized Water Reactor and Surface Ship Reactors for the Naval Reactor Office in Pittsburgh, served as AOICC in Vietnam, Executive Officer of the Construction Battalion Center at Davisville, RI, was OICC Thailand and was Commanding Officer of the Public Works Center at Pearl Harbor. He retired with the rank of Captain in 1976. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star with Combat V.
After retirement from the Navy he began a second career with Ebasco Services and Raytheon Engineers. He was the project manager for the Tokamak Fusion test reactor. He also worked on projects at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Tennessee Valley Authority facilities and multiple department of engineer facilities. In addition, he managed U.S Embassy security upgrades globally. He was responsible for Department of Energy Security Regulations. He continued to work for Raytheon until September 11, 2001.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Emma Marie (Mickey) Wynne, son Michael Wynne, and his wife Louise, daughter Melissa Wynne and her husband David Foster, daughter Alison Wynne and her husband John Nerges, and son William Wynne, Jr and his wife Grace Ellen. He is also survived by his four grandchildren Michael Jr and Brian Wynne, Matthew and Caroline Foster. He is survived by his sister Eileen Kellner.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society (nmcrs.org) and the USO.
obituarydata.com Posted: 23 February 2017
Charles Richard Johnson
Charles R. Johnson “Dick” (Age 91) passed away in his home in Silver Spring, MD on March 1, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Ann (Whitcomb) Johnson; son, Richard D. Johnson, of Baltimore, MD, sister, Rosalie (Johnson) McGrath, children Kathy Pitman, Judy Blood, Robert Hessler, Peggy Moore, and five grandchildren. Dick was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Helen (Horvath) Johnson in 1991.
Dick was born in New York City, NY, a graduate of Blair High School (‘42), attended the US Naval Academy, Georgetown University, and served in the US Navy. Dick was a transportation executive for 50 years in the Baltimore/Washington area, having worked for truck lines Time-DC, Transcon, and ANR Advance before retiring to Sarasota, FL in 2000. After retirement, Dick was instrumental in working with elected officials in Sarasota to attract the Baltimore Orioles to their current spring training location.
A private internment was held March 9 at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium, MD. A memorial service was held March 10 in the Interfaith Chapel in Leisure World, 3680 S Leisure World Blvd, Silver Spring, MD 20906, followed by a reception. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Hospice (www.holycrosshealth.org/hospice).
obituarydata.com Posted: 10 April2017
ROBERT LUTHER SMITH
Dr. Robert L. Smith, CDR U. S. Navy (Ret) was born on February 18, 1927 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania and died on March 13, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Canda; three daughters Kimberley Smith-Kidd, Valerie S. Eudy, and Alexandra S. Edwards; five grandchildren Carter Schildknecht, Cecily Kidd, Lt. Claire Eudy, Alex Kidd and Chris Kidd; and three great grandchildren.
Bob graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1949 and served in the Submarine Service. He served a command tour of the USS Grouper. After retiring, Bob attended George Washington University, graduating with his MS in Administration in 1975 and a DBA in 1984. He taught at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore; he also formed his own consulting firm. Bob was active in Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Alexandria Scottish Rite, the Huguenot Lodge in Pennsylvania, and Alexandria Kiwanis where he served a term as president. He also worked on the committee for the USS Alexandria. He enjoyed golf, photography, reading and spending time with family.
A private memorial service will be held at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church with interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia or the INOVA Alexandria Hospital Foundation.
The Washington Post on Mar. 22, 2017 Posted: 28 March 2017
Raymond Wright Hargrove Jr.
Mr. Raymond Wright Hargrove, Jr., 92, husband of the late Loyce Hargrove, of Murrah Road, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Trinity Hospital.
His memorial service was held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Grace United Methodist Church with Rev. James D. Dennis, Jr. officiating. A Private inurnment at Pineview Memorial Park will follow at a later date.
Mr. Hargrove served in the Navy during WWII. He attended the U. S. Naval Academy and was a graduate of the University of Georgia. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and remained committed all his life. He was a loyal member of Grace United Methodist Church. Mr. Hargrove had a lifelong passion for music and was a member of the Glee Club at Annapolis and at UGA and of the Grace United Methodist Choir. He retired as a bookkeeper from Koger and Walters Oil Company. He was a devoted husband to his late wife and was committed to his family, and especially loved interacting with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by his son, David Hargrove (Martha); a daughter-in-law Polly M. Hargrove; three grandchildren Travis Hargrove (Heather), Ashley Bean (Uriah), and Chris Hargrove; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Rick Hargrove; a grandson Michael Hargrove; and a brother Richard Hargrove.
Memorials may be made to the Michael Hargrove Scholarship Fund, the Landscape Maintenance Fund, or the Choir Fund of Grace United Methodist.
Please visit the online register at www.rowlandfuneralhome.com.
The Augusta Chronicle on Mar. 22, 2017Posted: 28 March 2017
Edward Wheatley Page
LCDR Edward W. Page, USNR (Ret.), of Jacksonville, FL, peacefully passed away on 26 October 2016 with his family by his side. He was 90 years old. “Ed” was born in Baltimore, MD, on 13 March 1926 and was raised in Great Neck, NY. He graduated in 1949 from the United States Naval Academy, where he was known for his great sense of humor and athletic talent in wrestling, football, and lacrosse. As a Midshipman, he dated Jane Lawrence of Manhattan, NY, and they married on 26 June 1950.
Ed was stationed in Key West, FL, then the Naval Submarine Base, New London in Groton, CT. He resigned his commission in 1952 and returned to civilian life in Massachusetts.
Ed was a well-respected and accomplished engineer in the plastics industry and was instrumental in designing the original plastic milk container.
On 9 June 1988, Jane, his soul mate and co-captain in life, passed away after 38 years of marriage. Ed then retired and started the dream he and Jane had—to live on a sailboat and sail the Caribbean seas. For the next 16 years, he sailed his 45' Irvin, BABYCAKES, which had been his affectionate name for Jane. Ed had a legendary reputation as a sailor, especially for his navigation skills. He had many adventures, including a transatlantic crossing with four other sailors in a 35' sailboat.
In addition to Jane, Ed was predeceased by his parents, Helen (Wheatley) and Edward Lewis Page; and his brother, Robert Page ’47. He is survived by five children; Gary Page (Clements, CA), Pennie Page (Farmington, MN), Leslie Wright (Humarock, MA), Jody Olson (Jacksonville, FL) and Tracy Camp (Mission Viejo, CA); nine grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
A private family memorial service will be held in Humarock, MA, this summer as Ed joins his best friend and loving wife, Jane.
The Page Family
Gerald Albert McNeely
Gerald A. McNeely, 92, returned home to his Lord and Savior on March 12, 2017. He was born December 14, 1924 in Louisville to the late Clifton Coleman and Estelle Lawrence McNeely. He was preceded in death by brother, William McNeely and sister, Dorothy Schmitt.
Gerald served in the US Army (paratroops) in WWII and then attended US Naval Academy in Annapolis before being called to Christian ministry. He graduated from Georgetown College in Kentucky and later received his Master's degrees in Divinity, Theology and Religious Education and a Doctorate of Education degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville KY. He served as pastor to three churches in Kentucky: Ewing Baptist Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church (Dry Ridge), and First Baptist Church of Carlisle. He then served as a missionary to Spain with the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention for 33 years. In Spain he was professor, vice president and president of the Spanish Baptist Theological Seminary in Barcelona and later Madrid. He also founded the Alcobendas Baptist Church in Madrid. Upon retirement, Gerald worked with the Long Run Baptist Association in Louisville as Director of Mission Development. He was brilliant, funny, strong, courageous, and most of all devoted to June Hall McNeely, his wife and partner in ministry for almost 70 years. Since meeting in college they shared a life-long passion for missions education and ministries to women and children through Woman's Missionary Union and Sunday School programs. They have been active members of St. Matthews Baptist Church in Louisville. Gerald enjoyed playing piano and researching genealogy, and he played on a competitive tennis team even until last October.
He is survived by his wife June, daughters Linda Hoffman (Rusty) and Marsha Smith (David) and grandchildren Lisa Hoffman (Rob Shrader), Matthew Hoffman (Meg), Joel Smith (Joie) and Nathan Smith (Alicia), and nine great grandchildren Mariah, Caroline, Elijah, Lydia, Shane, James, Talia, Samuel and Jordan.
A celebration of life was held at St. Matthews Baptist Church on Saturday, March 18 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the REIMAGINE campaign at St. Matthews Baptist Church or the WMU Heritage Fund (www.kywmu.org).
Courier-Journal from March 15-17, 2017
Jean Eaton died peacefully in her Lake Oswego, OR, home March 10, 2017, surrounded by loving family. Jean Muzzey was born April 30, 1927, and raised by her parents, Norman and Marion, in Medford, MA. She had one older brother, Norman. She follows her parents and Norman in death.
Jean married William "Bill" T. Eaton, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, in 1949, in Winchester, MA.. Their marriage was a happy 56 years long.
Jean was on the move with her family during her husband’s Navy career until they settled in Saratoga and then Monte Sereno, CA, where she raised her children, was a substitute teacher, owned and ran a retail store, and was a wonderful, tireless home-maker, mother and friend to all.
Jean and Bill moved to Bandon, OR in 1981 when they retired. During the next 24 years, Jean was active with her grandchildren, volunteer work with the Lionesses, the Chamber of Commerce, and St. John’s Episcopal Church, while maintaining an active schedule of travel and social life until Bill’s death in 2005. Jean soon after joined her daughter, Libby, and her family in Lake Oswego. She lived contentedly and independently in her own cozy cottage by the lake for the next 10-plus years in what would become her final home.
The World, Coos Bay, OR 25 March 2017