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
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.
John Gregory Landers
John G. "Jack" Landers, Age 89, of Arlington, MA died March 26, 2016. Devoted husband of the late Anna "Nan" Landers. Loving father of his son John G. Landers, Jr. of Boston and his daughters Marie E. Landers and Janet M. Kurtz of Arlington, Elizabeth A. Landers of Littleton and Jean C. Landers of Maynard. Proud grandfather of Luke and Daisy Landers, Anna and Katherine Kurtz and Mary Sauer. Brother of Leo A. Landers of Amelia Island, Florida. Predeceased by his brothers Robert, Edmund, and David.
Funeral from The DeVito Funeral Home 1145 Mass Ave., Arlington, will be Thursday at 10:00 am followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 am in St. Eulalia Church 50 Ridge St., Winchester. Interment to follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Visiting hours Wednesday 4:00 to 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a church or charity in Jack's memory.
Born in Cambridge, graduated from Boston College High School, Class of 1943, attended Boston College and Holy Cross (Navy V-12 program). Appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated in 1949. After 5 years of sea service, he taught at Tufts and MIT for the Naval ROTC program.
After his Naval service, Jack attended Harvard Business School graduating in 1959. U.S. Navy Veteran of WW II and the Korean War. For directions or to send an online condolence visit: devitofuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Boston Globe
Catherine Ann Goode Minter
Catherine Ann Goode Minter, 86, of Kitty Hawk, NC died peacefully, surrounded by family, at her home, on Sunday May 8, 2016. She was born on August 31, 1929 in Martinsville, VA. Ann was a daughter of David Hurd Goode and Catherine Jones Goode.
Ann is survived by her husband, Robert “Bobby” Octavius Minter Jr., of Kitty Hawk, NC; her daughters, Pamela Ann Minter Melson and her husband, Butch, of Chesapeake, VA; Catherine Goode Minter Hammill and her husband, Marty, of Kill Devils Hills, NC; and her sister, Martha David Goode Ellerbe of Raleigh, NC. Ann is preceded in death by a sister, Loula Robin Goode Fields. Ann is also survived by her grandchildren, Adam Minter Comfort, Emily Catherine Comfort, Ann Leslie Hammill, and Catherine Martin Hammill; and by several cousins, nieces and nephews and their families.
Following graduation from Martinsville High School in 1947, Ann attended Edgewood Junior College in New York. Ann married Bobby and became a Navy wife for 5 years. Ann and Bobby then returned to Martinsville, VA to raise their family. Ann began her profession as a real estate agent in the early 1960s at Rives S. Brown, where she completed a career of more than 30 years. Ann was active in several civic and community organizations, including Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County and The Garden Club of Virginia. Ann was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Martinsville. In retirement, Ann and Bobby moved to the Outer Banks to enjoy beach life and to be closer to family. In moving, they transferred their memberships to Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church.
A memorial service will be held Thursday May 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church. The family will receive relatives and friends for a visitation at 1:00 pm in the fellowship hall prior to the service.
Donations in Ann’s memory can be made to Dare Home Health and Dare Hospice (P.O. Box 669 Manteo, NC 27954) or to the Alzheimer’s Association for future research in Dementia. (http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp).
Posted: May 15, 2016
George Alfred Phillips Haynes
LCOL George Alfred Phillips Haynes, USMC Ret), known to most as Gap, passed away peacefully in his beach home in Grayton Beach, FL, April 29, 2016 at the age of 90. Gap was born August 25, 1925 in Lexington, KY to Ella Goodwin Phillips and Arthur Earnest Haynes. He was proud of his Kentucky heritage and was commissioned by the Governor of Kentucky to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He grew up with his elder sister, Dorothy (Dottie), who predeceased him in 2013, and spent some of his early years in Mexico where his father worked, before moving back to Lexington for his school years. Gap attended Transylvania University, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity, before enlisting in the Navy near the end of WWII. He received a congressional appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy, graduating with the Class of 1949 with a BS degree and was one of 55 graduates commissioned 2ndLt in the USMC and ordered to Quantico for Basic School. Gap completed flight training receiving his coveted Wings of Gold in 1951.
Gap's travels during military service included missions in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, where he flew a variety of different aircraft and helicopters. During his 22-year career as a Marine, he received many awards, commendations, ribbons and medals for his exemplary service. Upon retiring from Active Duty in 1968, Gap held managerial positions in several aviation companies, before eventually retiring from the workforce in Dothan, AL in 1987. One of the things that defined Gap for everyone, in spite of many years away from active duty, was the saying "…once a Marine, always a Marine!"
Gap married the love of his life, Elizabeth Wells Nelson (Betty Wells or Bets) December 30, 1952 in DeFuniak Springs, FL. Bets predeceased Gap January 30, 2005. Gap and Bets were blessed with four daughters: Leslie married to Scott Provow, children, Stephanie, Elizabeth and Matthew; Kelly married to Billy Buzzett, children, Austin and Wells; Christian Haynes; and Hollister Barber, children, Sloan and Callan. Gap also had 2 nieces, Elinor (deceased) and Jane Phillips; and one nephew, Rick; as well as six great-nieces and -nephews, Marian, Graham, Virginia, Brook, Sarah, and Foster. Gap leaves lifelong and special friends: Graham and Joanne Harrison, Bill Boyd, Tom Parsons, and John Pugliese.
Gap's main interests were his family and flying. He was a devoted husband and father, loved his time in the Marine Corps, and could fix anything. He was an engineer through-and-through and kept many 4WD Jeeps operational throughout the years at the beach with his ingenuity. As a father of four daughters, Gap instilled in all of them the idea that they could do and be anything that they wanted. They are all better people because of his high expectations. While generally known as a quiet man, Gap had an amazingly dry sense of humor, and his quick wit would show up when you least expected it. All who knew him experienced the quiet brilliance of his "one-liners."
Although Gap and Bets lived many places during his military and civilian careers, Grayton Beach was the one place that held his heart and soul. Soon after they were married, he and Bets purchased an old country store, placed it on a dune in Grayton Beach facing the Gulf of Mexico, and christened it "The King Edward." It was in that rustic summer home that they created many happy memories for their family and friends and the basis of their nicknames “Gapdaddy” and “Beachmamma” within the family. Among the family's fondest memories are those of Gapdaddy flying over the beach and dropping bags of candy with a note in the bag explaining where he would be landing so they could come pick him up. Later in life, although he was a confirmed "homebody" and eschewed travel, Gap accompanied Bets on several international adventures, taking his last big trip in 2005 to Chile, accompanying his daughter, Leslie, and her family. He surprised himself by having a good time, but when people asked him where he was going next, he often quipped he was still recovering from his last trip.
Memorial services are scheduled for June 11th at 5:30pm on Grayton Beach with full military honors and a scattering of both Gap and Bet's ashes. Pastor Tonya Elmore, Senior Pastor of Enterprise First United Methodist Church will officiate with a beach bonfire reception following the services. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Covenant Hospice, Marine Corps, Heritage Foundation or any charity of your choice.
Gap's life was one of love for his family, his country and making work. He will be missed by his family and friends. Semper Fi!
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on May 8, 2016
Marion Luce Butler
Marion Butler, age 89, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, May 7, 2016 at Preston Residence in West Grove, PA. Marion Luce Butler was born March 8, 1927 to Jesse Menzies and Philip Montague Luce in Brooklyn, NY. She moved with her family to New Rochelle, NY at a young age where she met her future husband. Marion is a 1949 graduate of Connecticut College. She married Herbert Fuller Butler Jr., a 1949 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, on September 30, 1950.
Her husband, Herb, preceded her in death April 1, 2005. She is survived by her brother; Robert Luce (wife Nancy) and her children; Dr. Virginia Reef, Barbara Brenner (husband Carl), Herbert (Skip) Butler III (wife Karen) and grandchildren Charles (wife Becca), Nathan (wife Cassi), William Brenner and Veronica and Brigitte Butler.
Marion was always proud of her Scottish heritage and was pleased to have visited the castle Menzies in Scotland attending a gathering of the clan. She enjoyed numerous overseas and domestic tours of duty with her husband, including Japan, France, Germany, and Hawaii. In her younger years, Marion worked as an elementary school teacher. When her children were grown, she became interested in genealogy and parlayed that interest into a job at the Daughters of the American Revolution, in Washington, DC. On retirement she and Herb moved to Wintergreen in Nellysford, VA where she became involved in the book and investment clubs and the Nature Conservancy among other things. Marion and Herb stayed active with tennis and skiing and also enjoyed traveling around the world including trips to China, New Zealand, Norway, Alaska, San Juan Islands, Newfoundland, Italy, Galapagos, Costa Rica, and St. Lucia. She was somewhat of an adventurer throughout her life, starting with following her husband's naval ship around the Mediterranean with other young Navy wives, followed by road trips throughout Europe, to attending Outward Bound's Maine Coast Sailing adventure. When her husband died, Marion moved to Jenner's Pond in West Grove, PA where she made many friends and continued with the book and investment clubs here, as well as becoming active in the photography club. She enjoyed the cultural activities in the Philadelphia/Wilmington area, particularly the Delaware Symphony, the Delaware Theater, the REP Theater at the University of Delaware, musicals at the Kimmel Center, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Philadelphia Art museum, the Barnes Foundation and the Brandywine River museum. She loved gardening and visiting the gardens at Longwood and Winterthur. She was a loving wife and mother and a doting grandmother and shared her joy of travel with her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. A memorial service will be held at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY sometime this summer. The date and time of the memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of the following: The Benevolent Care Fund at Jenners Pond, The Menzies Charitable Trust and Friends of Castle Menzies at http://www.castlemenzies.org or The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen at www.twnf.org.
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Robert George Kuhne
Robert G. Kuhne of Northbrook, Il died May 26, 2016. Bob was born September 28, 1926 is survived by his wife of 67 years, Barbara; sons Robert, David, and Richard; 17 grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son William.
Bob graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy June 3, 1949 with a BS degree, was commissioned ensign in the regular Navy, and married Barbara that day. His duty assignments were mainly aboard surface ships – USS Eldorado, USS Rogers, CO USS PC-1078, USS Monongahela, and XO USS Edmonds. Ashore Bob was assigned to ONR, Washington. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Bob opted to resign his commission in 1958.
Bob attended University of California, Berkley, receiving an MBA degree in 1960. He joined General Electric at the Vallecites Atomoc Laboratory until 1966. He returned to the San Francisco area joining Lockheed Missiles and Space, Co. in Sunnyvale. In 1973 he moved to Chicago-headquartered architectural engineering firm.
Bob and Barbara enjoyed living in Northbrook during working years and remained during their retirement years.
Posted: 3 June 1949
John Hancock Vice
CAPT John Hancock Vice, "Jack", of Lemoyne and formerly of Shiremanstown, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at his home. Born July 10, 1926 in New Haven, CT, he was a son of the late Loren and Helen (Speh) Vice.
Jack graduated from Manchester High School where he starred on the baseball, track and football teams. While waiting for his admission to the U. S. Naval Academy, he served as a seaman in the Navy during World War II. He graduated with a BS degree in engineering and was commissioned an ensign on June 3, 1949.
Jack married his high school sweetheart, Betty A. Carrigan, the following day. He remained on active duty earning the Combat Action Ribbon during the Korean War. He resigned his regular commission June 30, 1960 and served in the Naval Reserves for a full 30 years of service, achieving the rank of Captain. He continued his education by receiving his MBA from Temple University. He also retired from the Mechanicsburg Naval Supply Depot where he managed the accounting systems department.
Jack's devotion to the Naval Academy never diminished and he served for many years as a field recruitment officer, interviewing high school students who had an interest in military. He particularly focused on encouraging high caliber female candidates and always encouraged women to pursue higher level leadership opportunities. Upon retirement, Jack took his life-long hobby of investing to a new level and became a certified financial planner with additional certificates in insurance and investments. He worked part time for Anchor Financial Services and was always willing to share his investment and tax advice with friends, family, and everyone he befriended. Jack always supported education and as a result of his influence, nine of his surviving family members have advanced degrees. Jack's generosity extended to his annual giving to countless charities. He was a generous life time contributor to the Naval Academy from his Class of 1949, and was a life time contributor to Temple University and Trinity High School. Whenever he learned of a worthwhile cause, Jack was more than willing to contribute to it, especially if it encouraged educational pursuits. Jack loved working in his garden and shared his bounty with all of his neighbors and friends. He loved to gather a group of friends to attend shows and concerts. He enjoyed traveling and looked forward every year to family vacations in the Outer Banks and St Thomas, USVI. Jack was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was a former parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church both in Mechanicsburg. John also was a member of the US Naval Academy Retired Officers Association, the Leisure Club, and the St. Joseph's bereavement group. John was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years Elizabeth. Surviving are his four children: Lynn Vice and husband Dan Reshel of Milwaukee, WI; Jackie Vice-Black and husband David of Media, PA; Betta Vice of Macon, GA; and John Vice and wife Michelle of Oceanside, NY; a brother Robert Vice and wife Dorothy of Nashua, NH as well as 11 grandchildren: Alanna, Rianna, Dave, Chris, Anthony, Jonathan, Jeremy, Max, Leann, Addison and Alexandra. He was a kind, generous, caring person who never stopped working for the good of others until the day he died. His family loved him very much and will miss him dearly.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM Monday, June 6, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Mechanicsburg. Burial with military honors will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Viewing will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 PM Sunday, June 5th at Malpezzi Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg. The family will be receiving guests on Sunday 11:30-1:30 PM and on Monday following the burial for light refreshments at 312 W. Courtland Avenue, Shiremanstown, PA.
Posted: 5 June 2016
Virginia R. Schaufelberger
Virginia (Ginia) R. Schaufelberger passed away at her home on Fripp Island, SC on May 9, 2016. Ginia was born in Valparaiso, IN on May 3, 1927 to Thomas and Margaret Robinson. She moved with her family to Detroit where Ginia met Al Schaufelberger, her future husband, at a fraternity picnic when they were both 16 years old. They married shortly after Al graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1949.
His career as a Naval Aviator required a series of cross country moves. With each change of duty station, Ginia worked to establish a sense of home for the family, which grew to include four children. When Al's squadron deployed for duty during Vietnam, it fell upon Ginia to accompany Navy Chaplains to notify families of the squadron pilots, that their men had failed to return from a mission. She handled this difficult responsibility with care, grace and compassion.
With four young children, Ginia realized that she needed to be better prepared to support her family should Al be lost. To this end, she commuted hundreds of miles a week to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Pathology from Fresno State College. She would later earn a Master of Education degree in Special Education from American University. Ginia worked for public and private schools while caring for her family and completing her own education.
Fripp Island became their home base for world travels when Ginia and Al both retired in 1975. She shared amazing adventures with Al during their fishing trips to Alaska, Canada and South America. An avid and aggressive card player, Ginia bid and made seemingly impossible bridge contracts. She also became a well-respected golfer on Fripp and a valued member of many winning foursomes. Ginia also served as a fireman and driving instructor for the Fripp Island Volunteer Fire Department. She was elevated to this post due to her fire truck driving skills, ability as a trainer and most importantly, tact.
Ginia and Al were devoted to each other for over 64 years. As she had throughout her life, she strove to maintain a sense of home for him on Fripp. He was able to enjoy the incredible vista from their living room throughout his final days. As was her wish, Ginia enjoyed her final days with the same vista.
Ginia is survived by her children Marg (Pat Conniff), Kris (Dennis Adams) and Tom (Joanne Kyros) as well as her six grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Albert A. Schaufelberger III and her husband Albert A. Schaufelberger, Jr. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to an animal shelter or rescue of your choice.
A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, June 18th in the Chapel on Fripp Island with a reception to follow at the residence.
obituarydata.com Posted: 15 June 2016