MEMORIAL



Lloyd Nims Hoover

                                                    CAPT Lloyd N. Hoover, U. S. Navy (Ret) passed away July                                                 2, 2016 in Altadena, CA at the age of 91. He is survived by the                                                 love of his life, his wife and partner of 66 years, Betsy, his son                                                 Richard (Nancy), his daughter Barbara, grandsons Stephen                                                 (Ellie) and Christopher (Kylie), and brother Herbert.
                                                    Lloyd was born in Springfield, MA September 23, 1924 to                                                 Lloyd and Elizabeth Hoover and grew up in Wilbraham, MA.                                                     He graduated from the US Naval Academy with distinction in                                                 1949 and became a Naval Aviator. Lloyd and Betsy were                                                 married on July 1, 1950, in Springfield, MA.
    During his career, he flew most of the Navy’s front-line fighter aircraft, and was both a test pilot and a combat pilot. He commanded a squadron of fighter aircraft leading them in numerous missions over Vietnam. Lloyd also served as the Commanding Officer of USS Francis Marion (LPA-249). Lloyd’s military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 Stars, the Bronze Star, 8 Air Medals, 3 Navy Commendation Medals, 2 Navy Unit Commendation Medals, and a number of other decorations.
    After retiring from the Navy in 1979, Lloyd and Betsy settled in Altadena, and for the past 37 years Altadena has been home. During that time, Lloyd had a second career with the Northrup Corporation, playing a key role in the development of the B-2 Stealth Bomber and other advanced aircraft.  
    After retirement from Northrup, Lloyd became active in several local groups including the British United Services Club and the Yanks Air Museum. He enjoyed attending the Los Angeles Opera with Betsy, and supporting her work with the Pasadena Opera Guild and the Altadena Guild of the Huntington Memorial Hospital. Lloyd was also very proud of his children and grandchildren, and the role he played in their lives and accomplishments.  
Lloyd never stopped learning. During his career in the Navy, he earned Master Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering (MIT), Political Science (Auburn University), and an MBA. After his retirement, Lloyd earned a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree and an Engineer in Aerospace Engineering degree from the University of Southern California.
    A Memorial Service and celebration of his life was held at The Church of Our Savior (535 W. Roses Rd., San Gabriel, CA) on Saturday, July 23rd. Memorial donations may be made in Lloyd’s name to the Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) of Pasadena, CA (http://hmri.org/) or to a charity of your choice. 

                                                                                            Posted: July 23, 2016
Helen J. Brady 

                                                    Helen J. Brady, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, August                                                     16, 2016 in Annapolis surrounded by her family. She was born                                                     September 1, 1926 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania to Elmer and                                                     Sara Berkeihiser and was the youngest of six children. She                                                     attended the University of Pennsylvania Nursing School,                                                     graduating in 1948.
                                                    She married Robert E. Brady in 1955, raised two children and                                                     enjoyed the challenging and rewarding lifestyle of a     family,                                                     traveling and relocating frequently, and meeting new friends.                                                     She resumed her nursing career in 1973, serving at the Anne                                                     Arundel Medical Center until retirement in 1988.
                                                    She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Elmer, Henry                                                     and Dick, and sisters Dorothy and Bessie. She is survived by her                                                     husband, her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and May Brady, her daughter Patricia Brady, and her grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah and Kaitlyn.
Helen genuinely enjoyed people, and she had a gift for making others feel welcome and at ease around her. The essence of her life was caring for others. She did this professionally as nurse, but moreover, with family and friends, and most especially as a wife, a mother and a grandmother. She will be remembered as a bright shining light by her family, the various hospitals and communities in which she served, and by the countless lives she touched and improved.
    Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016 at 1100 at Friendship Hall in the Ginger Cove Community, followed immediately by a reception. A private inurnment will be at the Naval Academy Columbarium in Annapolis.
    The Brady family extends its deepest gratitude to all the staff at Ginger Cove, specifically those in the nursing facility for their attentiveness and loving care. Memorials may be made in Helen’s name to St. Mary’s Catholic Church/Anne Arundel Medical Center.
    Online condolences may be made at www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com.

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James Walter Beeler, Jr.

                                                    CDR James W. Beeler Jr., US Navy (Ret), passed away                                                 peacefully Thursday, September 1, 2016, at the age of 91,                                                 surrounded by his family and the many friends he had made at                                                 Brookdale Broadway Cityview, Fort Worth, TX. Jim was                                                 preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Beth, March 11,                                                 2015. Jim was born on February 9, 1925, to James Walter                                                 Beeler Sr. and Myrtle Forrester Beeler in Cabool, MO. Jim                                                 joined the Navy in 1943 and went into the V-12 program after                                                 which he went to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD.                                                 After graduation from the Academy in 1949, he married his wife, Beth, and began flight training to become a naval aviator. Jim retired as a commander after 25 years of service in 1968. 
    During his service in the Navy, Jim and Beth had four children. After retiring from the Navy, the family moved to Arlington, TX, where Jim went to work for Vought Aeronautics as a project engineer. In 1987, he retired from Vought and moved to Burleson, TX, where he became a Certified Master Gardner with the Agriculture Extension Office in Fort Worth, providing information on gardening at Home and Garden shows, giving talks to civic clubs and schools, and volunteering at the Extension Office in Fort Worth. 
    He is survived by: his son, Jim and wife, Linda; his daughters, Kathy Beeler, Karen Sulak and husband, Wayne, and Patricia Berry and her husband, Andrew. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Interment is 10 am, Wednesday September 7 in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery after a brief ceremony.
    The family would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to Brookdale Broadway Cityview 3rd floor caregivers, especially his nurse, Joe, who cared for him so well over the last few years. Thanks also to VITAS Hospice staff who assisted in his care over the past 6 months. Jim was well loved by all as evidenced by the many caregivers from both organizations who came in to say good-bye over the last few days of his life on earth.

Star-Telegram from Sept. 4 to Sept. 5, 2016            posted: September 6, 2016
Mark Bernard Lechleiter, Jr.

                                                CAPT Mark B. Lechleiter, Jr., U.S. Navy, (Ret), aged 90                                                 passed away on September 7, 2016 in Schertz, TX. He was                                                 born on June 15th, 1926 in Glendale, CA to Mark Bernard and                                                 Kathryn (Casey) Lechleiter, Sr., both of whom have preceded                                                 him in death. Mark received a congressional appointment to                                                 the U. S. Naval Academy entering in 1945 and graduating with                                                 distinction with the Class of 1949 earning a BS degree and                                                 being commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy. Later he                                                 attended the U. S. Naval Post Graduate School. He served                                                 during the Korean and Vietnam wars retiring in 1978.
Among his special achievements, the most prestigious are the Bronze Star with "V" Device, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" and Gold Star. 
Capt. Lechleiter is survived by his daughter Stephanie Lechleiter Hoehne and son-in-law John Hoehne, Sr., of Schertz, Texas; grandkids John Hoehne, Jr., and Mary Katheryn Chelidona, both of Maryland; great grandkids Zachary and Allyson Chelidona, also of Maryland. A visitation will be held on Friday, September 9th, 2016 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Colonial Funeral Home in Universal City, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to a Veteran's organization of your choice.

Colonial Funeral Home                                                     Posted: 15 September 2016
John Vernon Josephson

                                            Rear Admiral John Vernon Josephson, USN, Retired, of                                             Pinehurst, NC, died September 12, 2016 at FirstHealth Moore                                             Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. He was 89.
                                                Known as “Joe” to family and friends, he was born in Deer                                             Lodge, Montana, on March 22, 1927. He especially enjoyed the                                             Western mountains and all outdoor activities, and his roots were                                             ever present throughout his life.
                                                Joe chose a military career. After attending Virginia Military                                             Institute for one year, he was given an appointment to the U.S.                                             Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, by then Montana U.S.                                             Representative Mike Mansfield. He graduated with the Class of 1949 and was commissioned an Ensign in 1949. Earning his wings in Pensacola, FL the following year, he flew P2Vs, then P3 Orion, and later helicopters while commanding the USS Iwo Jima.
    On December 21, 1949, Joe married the love of his life Mary Ellen Allison of Washington, DC. The couple had two children, Susan and Peter, and shared almost 67 years of marriage in 26 homes, but who’s counting! He was a devoted, loving and generous husband and father. His favorite hobbies included golf, reading and sports, especially Naval Academy football and Duke basketball, and he was a member of the Country Club of North Carolina for 28 years.
    Joe had a distinguished naval career that spanned 36 years. It included commands of two patrol squadrons (VP-5 and VP-30), command of the dock landing ship USS Portland and command of the carrier USS Iwo Jima, which were all awarded the “E” award for excellence. He served as Aide to the Chief of Naval Personnel and then as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Navy, Europe, in London, UK. In 1964 he was Naval Assistant to the Military Aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson, for which he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal.
    He completed two programs at the Naval War College: Command and Staff Course, and the School of Naval Warfare, for which he was a distinguished graduate. While at the School of Naval Warfare, he also received a master’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.
    Joe went on to serve as Commander Patrol Wings Pacific with responsibility for all P3 Orion air stations on the West Coast, Hawaii and Alaska. He then served as military deputy for the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium. After finishing active duty at the Pentagon, he retired on September 1, 1982. In March 1984 he was recalled to be Director, Navy Council of Personnel Boards. He retired from that position on April 1, 1987 and then consulted for Presearch in Washington, DC.
 Joe received many decorations and awards: three Legions of Merit, two Navy Commendation Medals, Meritorious Unit Commendation, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars, United Nations Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
    He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Clara Josephson, a sister Lorna Lillis, a nephew Joe Lillis and a niece Anne Lillis. 
    Joe is survived by his wife Mary Ellen of Pinehurst, NC; a daughter Susan Josephson of Raleigh, NC; a son Peter Josephson of Atlanta, GA (Susan Hartsfield); and a nephew John Lillis of Auburn, CA.
    Family and friends will celebrate Joe's life at a memorial service at 11am on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 350 E. Massachusetts Avenue, Southern Pines, NC. The inurnment will take place at the U.S. Naval Academy at a later date.
    The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Foundation of FirstHealth, PO Box 3000, Pinehurst, NC 28374 or the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, USNAF Gift Processing, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402 or Sandhills Community College Foundation 3395 Airport Road Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Boles Funeral Home                                                    Posted: 28 Sep 2016
Lawrence G. O'Connell

                                                Lawrence (Larry) G. O'Connell passed away in Vacaville, CA                                                 Saturday, July 23, 2016 with his loving wife Fern and daughter                                                 Mary by his side. Larry was an outstanding husband, father,                                                 friend, engineer, a devout Irish Catholic, and a loyal U.S.                                                 Marine Corps Officer. Larry will be missed by all who knew him                                                 for his sincerity, fortitude, and tender heart.
                                                Larry was born in Oakland, CA November 28, 1924 and began                                                 his studies at University of California, Berkeley. He entered the                                                 Marine Corps and was recommended to attend Naval                                                 Academy Preparatory School in Bainbridge, to compete with                                                 over a hundred other marines for a Secretary of the Navy appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He was one of 10 marines to win appointments. He entered with the Class of 1949 and graduated in the upper half of his class, received a BS degree, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the USMC. He married Fern De Hart with whom he would raise five beautiful children. 
Larry’s first assignment was to Marine Corps Base Quantico. VA joining the 6th Basic Class for marine officer training. He served as an infantry officer during the Korean War, receiving a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with two clusters for his valor in combat. He resigned his commission as a Captain in the USMC. 
After leaving the Marine Corps, he transitioned into a career as an energy engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and the Electric Power Research Institute, where he became a lead investigator on atomic energy and the electric car. In his later career, he was known as a well-published expert who was called upon by the National Department of Transportation to present his finding to Congress to help promote the advancement of the electric car. 
Lawrence is survived by his adoring wife Fern; his devoted children Neil, Susan, Mary, and Nancy; his grandchildren Brian, Sean, Gregory, Megan, Jeffrey, and Patrick; and his great-grandchildren Dominic, Aurora, Madeline, Josiah, and Jordan. He was preceded in death by his eldest son Larry (III) and his younger brother Reverend William O'Connell, S.M.
His friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Saturday October 15, 2016 at 12:30PM at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette, CA. In lieu of Contributions, Larry would request that those who would like to honor his passing do so by carrying out a good deed. Semper Fi!

East Bay Times on Oct. 9, 2016

Stephen Alexander Gilles

                                                    Stephen Alexander Gilles, born December 12, 1926, in                                                 Syracuse, NY, to Stephen and Gertrude (Caldbeck) Gilles,                                                 died peacefully at his home in Utica, NY, on Tuesday,
                                                October 11, 2016, with his wife and family by his side.
                                                     A graduate of St. Mary's School in Fulton, NY, a Life Scout,                                                 and a Fulton High School valedictorian, Steve attended                                                 Cornell University as part of the Navy V-12 Program, was                                                 graduated from the United States Naval Academy, and                                                 studied Civil Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A                                                 lifelong student of history, he received the Naval Academy                                                 History Prize for the Class of 1949. A member of Mobile Construction Battalion 6, he loved his country ardently and served in North Africa, Newfoundland, Cuba, and stateside, stations including Rhode Island, Georgia, and Washington, DC, and then for many years in the Naval Reserve, as the Commanding Officer of the Utica Seabees Division 3-31 of Reserve Mobile Construction Battalion 19.
    In 1953, Steve married the love of his life, Irene Murphy, of Newport, RI. After working briefly for General Electric, he began his 53 year career with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance. Steve was a Chartered Life Underwriter, a Chartered Financial Planner, a member of the Million Dollar Roundtable, and the President/Owner of L.A. Stewart Associates, specializing in pensions. He served on the Boards of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the House of The Good Shepherd, Commercial Travelers, US Materials Handling, and St. Elizabeth's School of Nursing. He was a long-standing member of the Utica Rotary Club (and a Paul Harris Fellow), of the Fort Schuyler Club, and of the Debonair Club.
    He was predeceased by his sister, Mary E. Gilles. A most devoted husband and father, he is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rena, and their seven children: Stephen (Laurie Feldman) of West Hartford, CT, Mary (Daniel) Atwood of Woodstock, CT, Irene (Robert) Bowers of Virginia Beach, VA, Martha (Brian) Boyle of New Hartford, NY, Timothy (Jennene Mildenhall) of Melbourne, Australia, Joanne (David Hermann) of Jakarta, Indonesia, and Trudy (Nicholas) Sheldon of New Hartford, NY; as well as by twenty-seven beloved grandchildren: Daniel, Emmett, Marguerite, Carol, Eve and Isaac Gilles, Matt (Anne) Atwood, Steve (Claire) Atwood, Tom (Lexi) Atwood, Tim, Mary, Zachary and Katie Atwood, Christopher (HyunJeung) Bowers, Brendan (Stephanie) Bowers, Molly, Judy, Michael, Reenie and Sam Bowers, Molly (Jack) Brady, Maddie and John Boyle, Alex and Batleen Hermann, and Michael and Brendan Sheldon; and by twelve great-grandchildren: Peter and William Atwood, Paul, Teresa and Marian Atwood, Gabriel Atwood, James, Brian and Daniel Bowers, and Kate, Anna and Alexandra Bowers.
    Blessed with many gifts of mind and person, Steve was still more notable for his virtues: irreproachable honesty, exemplary courage and altruism, legendary generosity, tenacious loyalty, the warmest hospitality, an irrepressible sense of fun, and an adherence to the Catholic faith which shaped his entire life. A daily communicant for decades and a devoted member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society, he belonged to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish for many years and in later life to St. John the Evangelist Parish.
    The family wishes to thank all who so attentively cared for Steve in recent years, including Dr. Kevin McCormick, Oxford Homecare, and Hospice Care. In memory of Steve, you may wish to contribute to the Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, OH 44883 at www.tiffinfranciscans.org or Food for the Poor, 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073 at www.foodforthepoor.org.
    Calling hours will be Sunday, October 16, from 2-5 p.m. at Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 13 Oxford Road, New Hartford. The funeral will be on Monday, October 17, at 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 66 Oxford Road, New Hartford.
    Online messages of sympathy may be left at www.dfwefh.com.

The Observer-Dispatch on Oct. 14, 2016                        Posted: 15 October 2016

Philip Jerome Koehler 

                                                Philip J. Koehler Sr., 88, of Shannondell, PA, formerly of St.                                                 Davids, died October 7, 2016. Philip was born November 19,                                                 1927 in New York City and graduated from Loomis School. He                                                 received a congressional appointment to the U. S. Naval                                                 Academy, entering in 1949, and graduating with the Class of                                                 1949. Philip earned a BS degree and was commissioned an                                                 ensign. He served in the Korean War and was a member of the                                                 UDT team 3 (Navy Seal). Awards included: World War II                                                 Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Unit                                                 Citation, Korean Service Medal, and European-African Mideast                                                 Campaign Medal. Philip resigned his commission as a                                                 lieutenant August 1, 1956.
                                                Philip started his civilian career in New Jersey and ended his professional career as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Uniform Tubes in Collegeville Pa. 
He is the husband of Virginia (Nee Goldmark), father of the late Philip J. Koehler Jr. (Susan), Edwin Koehler (Sandra) and Carolyn Wettstein. Grandfather of Philip Koehler III, David Koehler, Gregory Koehler, Robert Koehler, Brandon Koehler, Elsa Wettstein and Benjamin Wettstein. 
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service Friday 10:30am at Joseph Levine & Sons Memorial Chapels (West), 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA, www.levinefuneralhome.com . Interment will be private. 
Contributions in his memory may be made to the National Navy UTD Seal Museum 33000 N. Highway A1A Fort. Pierce, Fla 34949.  

Main Line Media News on Oct. 16, 2016                        Posted: 15 October 2016

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Ted Max Annenberg













    Ted Annenberg died Sunday October 2, 2016 at home in New York City after a difficult struggle with stomach cancer. He was 88 years old, a native and lifelong resident of New York. Ted attended New York Military Academy, then New York University prior to receiving an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. He was a regimental sub-commander and then 9th Company commander. He graduated with distinction standing in the upper five percent of the Class of 1949 earning a BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the regular Navy.
    Upon graduation he reported to Pensacola for flight training. Receiving his wings in December 1951, Ted reported to PBM patrol squadron VP-892 (later redesigned as VP-50), based in Japan and patrolling Korean waters. He also served in the Philippines and patrolling the Formosa Straits. 
    After resigning his commission in 1955, Ted attended Columbia University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. He served in the legal department of several corporations including Union Camp Corporation and Standard Brands. Ted retired in 1993 as Vice President and General Counsel of F.W. Woolworth Company. 
    After retirement, Ted served as an American Bar Association arbitrator and volunteered as a small claims court arbitrator in New York City. He volunteered for a number of years teaching reading and math to adults at Literacy Partners, and as a mediator at The Better Business Bureau.
     He is survived by Jan, his wife of 67 years; his son Matthew and daughter-in-law Krista; and grandsons Alex and Nicholas. He has bequeathed a large box full of jokes, not always appropriate, to his grandsons. Donations may be made in Ted's memory to Literacy Partners.

The New York Times on Oct. 16, 2016                        Posted: 17 October 2016

Harvey Sydney Henning Jr. 

                                                Harvey S. Henning Jr. LCDR, USN (Ret.), 91, of California,                                                 MD died October 13, 2016 at his home surrounded by his                                                 loving family. He was born on July 20, 1925 in Mansfield,                                                 LA to the late Harvey S. Henning Sr. and Margaret Clarke                                                 Henning.
                                                Harvey proudly served in the United States Navy from                                                 1943 to his retirement as a Lieutenant Commander in                                                 1967. He began his undergraduate engineering program at                                                 Louisiana State University and Tulane, graduating from the                                                 U. S. Naval Academy in 1949. He flew some of the first jets                                                 from aircraft carriers during the Korean conflict. 
After his first wife, Rebecca, died suddenly in 1956, he chose to raise his son and stayed stateside, foregoing reaching flag rank. He earned his Master’s Degree in Nuclear Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and became a top Pentagon intelligence expert on the Soviet space program, ending his Naval career at NSA in Fort Meade, MD. As the civilian Project Manager on the High Energy Laser (HEL) Project for the Naval Ordnance Lab, he helped initiate the beginning of missile defense, leading to the end of the Cold War.
On June 20, 1959, while stationed at Point Mugu, CA, Harvey married his beloved wife, then-LT (JG) Merilyn F. Henning (née Gemme) in Pasadena, CA. His hobbies included reading science fiction, woodworking, wine making, and working with computers.
In addition to his beloved wife, Merilyn, he is also survived by his children, Harvey S. Henning III (Teresa) of Huntsville, AL, Eric Britt Henning of Laurel, MD, and Charon E. Henning (Lexie) of Gainesville, FL; his grandson, Ian Miller Mitchell Henning of Laurel Maryland; and many extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his first wife, Rebecca Haile; sister, Margaret Clarke "Peggy" Myers; and daughter-in-law, Betsy Mitchell Henning.
A Memorial Service will be celebrated by Reverend John Ball on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 11:00 am at Trinity Episcopal Church, 47477 Trinity Church Road, St. Mary’s City, MD. A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 11:00 am at St. George's Episcopal Church, 7010 Glenn Dale Road, Glenn Dale, MD 20769.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Hospice of St. Mary's County, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, and Trinity Episcopal Church's Parish Hall Fund, P.O. Box 207, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686.

Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.    Posted: 20 October 2016


Howard Baucum Parker Jr.

                                                The world lost an amazing human being on October 21. Howard                                                  Baucum Parker, Jr. passed away peacefully at home in Baton                                                 Rouge, 4 days after his 90th birthday, after a courageous battle                                                 with cancer. Known as “H.B.” for most of his life, he was born on                                                 October 17, 1926 in Haynesville, LA to Dorothy Brown Parker and                                                 Howard Baucum Parker, Sr. Howard graduated from the U. S.                                                 Naval Academy and was commissioned as an ensign in June 3,                                                 1949 and served in the Navy and Navy Reserve. 
                                                After his active duty in the Navy, Howard lived the rest of his life in                                                 Baton Rouge. He was formerly a member of the Baton Rouge                                                 Kiwanis Club and of the Knights of Columbus. He was proud of being sober for over 42 years. He found his calling later in life as a substance abuse counselor and helping others. He was a member of the Baton Rouge Spiritualist Church and enjoyed many years of attending retreats at Camp Chesterfield in Indiana with his wide group of friends. Howard was known for his positive "attitude of gratitude" and was an inspiration to all who knew him. He had a huge heart and a keen intellect - a formidable combination. He was mentally sharp until the very end, and kept everyone on their toes with his astounding memory, trove of knowledge and sense of humor. He was a history buff and also kept up with current events. He loved to play Scrabble with his family and often was on the winning team. He could outplay most Jeopardy contestants and enjoyed calling out the answers before they did. He made friends wherever he went and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. Howard was one of a kind and is dearly missed by all his many friends and family. 
In addition to his parents, Howard was predeceased by his wife Mary Ann Collens Parker and his grandson Evans Hanson, with whom he spent many happy times traveling around the country, and his best friend Frances Dodick. 
His survivors include his six children whom he loved very much: Ann Lytle Hanson (Houston, TX), Katie Augustyn and husband Robert (Westport, CT), Howard B. Parker, III and Marianne Sievers (Lodi, CA), Margaret Shrewsbury and husband Lee (Nashville, TN), Lancaster Collens Parker and wife Melanie (Dallas, TX) and John B. Parker and wife Debra (LaGrange Park, IL); Jamie Hanson, widow of grandson Evans Hanson; David Hanson, father of Evans; grandchildren Mary Claire Reynolds and Andrew Shrewsbury, Jana and Sarah Parker, and Will Augustyn; great grandchildren Janice and Alexandria Hanson and Libby Reynolds; cousins Benton Brown, Dottie Brown Reyckert, Carol Brown Trump and Scott Brown; and many other cousins on the Parker side. 
Howard and his family would like to thank the numerous people who cared for him during his illness, including Dr. Christopher Guarisco and his staff, especially Cathy, Hope, Arleen, Erica and Renee; Dr. Jay Brooks and his staff; all other doctors and staff at Ochsner; Dr. Andrew Lauve and the staff at Pennington Cancer Center; and the St. Joseph's Hospice staff and nurses. He would also like to thank Rose Thompson for her loyalty and devoted care; Art Chauvin, Ann Robertson, Sandra Badeaux, Cynthia Ponessa, Rodger Conway, John Grace, Nick Chowdhary, Steve Adams, Marie Peterson, Mira Galeano, Judy Tanner, Ted Melancon, Cricet Gentry, Maureen Joyce and everyone at MJ's Café, and Bo Champagne for their love and friendship. 
A celebration of Howard's life will be held at a future date to be announced, at Greenoaks Memorial Park. He requested donations in his name to be made to the Connecticut Association for the Gifted, a non-profit advocacy organization for gifted children and their special needs, where his daughter Katie has volunteered for close to 20 years. Donations may be made at www.ctgifted.org or mailed to CAG, P.O. Box 2598, Westport, CT, 06880. Condolences may be sent to: The Parker Family, 755 Drehr Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.

TheAdvocate.com Oct. 24, 2016 


Thomas Michael Gill

                                                    Thomas Michael Gill passed away on June 18, 2013 at Moore                                                 Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Mr. Gill was 87.
                                                    Mr. Gill was born in New York City on February 15, 1926 to                                                 Howard and Margaret Gill. A graduate of the United States Naval                                                 Academy, ’49, Mr. Gill loved his family and his country and served                                                 in the Korean War. After retiring from the Navy as a Lieutenant,                                                 he had a 33-year career with IBM, holding management and                                                 executive positions in sales worldwide. A lifelong member of The                                                 New York Athletic Club, he loved playing chess player and was                                                 an accomplished squash player.
                                                    Mr. Gill possessed a keen intellect and yet had a warm, hearty laugh and wicked sense of humor.
    He is survived by his wife Joan Ann Gill; his sister Corita Ann Gill; daughters Susan Gill Casey; Catherine Holton Gill; Nancy Gill Tattersall; son Thomas Michael Gill Jr; and grandchildren Thomas Micah Gill and Ally Chu Gill.  
    Although he lived the last years of his life in North Carolina, he always felt his home was in Northern California. A funeral mass was held June 29, 2013 at The Church of The Nativity in Menlo Park, CA, followed by a burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Richard J. Casey Foundation, 3077 Britt, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27517, for the benefit of the Thomas M. Gill Fund.

Marie Campagna Sebenius

                                                    Marie Campagna Sebenius, age 91, passed away July 19,                                                 2016. She was born October 17, 1925 in Scranton,                                                 Pennsylvania, to Erigo and Angela Campagna. Upon                                                 graduation from High School, she was selected and entered the                                                 newly created Cadet Nursing Corps. After 30 months of                                                 intensive study and training she graduated as an RN with her                                                 masters as well.
                                                     Marie met her husband-to-be, Carl “Zeke” Sebenius, when                                                 he accompanied her brother, Richard “Sandy” Campagna, a                                                 midshipman at the Naval Academy home during Christmas                                                 leave. They were engaged before returning to Annapolis.  
    After receiving her RN, Marie worked at the Scranton, PA Hospital until Zeke graduated. and they headed west on his first tour. She supervised the Emergency Room, Children’s Nursery and did Private Duty nursing.
    They were married on graduation and headed West on Zeke’s first tour of duty. enjoyed a beautiful, challenging and rewarding life together for 67 years. Marie endured the normal tours such as Sub school, PG school, Pentagon, extended deployments, and odd-ball assignments, never complaining, and always active.
    Marie was always engaged in one enterprise or another. She was the consummate Navy wife, school nurse, and general facto tem, serving her church, seeing to crew’s family welfare, and serving wherever there was need.
    Although having no children, her brother’s wife became ill following presenting him with twins and Marie’s family expanded from two and a dog to five children 4,3,2, and newborn twins! She survived was ever grateful for the wonderful experience.
    On two separate occasions, while training foreign crews for submarines being transferred to Brazil and Turkey, Marie acted as “mother hen” to the officer’s wives and whomever had need.
    At Marie’s suggestion, all Chaplins based on Oahu spent a day at sea on Zeke’s
submarine – an eventful experience. During a tour in Iceland, she opted to live on the economy. The initial reaction from the community was icy and strained, except for the family from whom they rented. As usual, Marie broke the ice and when we departed, we were attended by many of our, once icy, Icelandic friends.
    On a trip to Hawaii, Marie traveled by transport with their dog. An unusually stormy crossing made dog-walking on a wet steel deck a challenge. A young boy had a watertight door slam on his arm. Marie was called on to assist the doctors in the OR to save the boy’s arm.
    After Zeke’s retirement, Marie became very active in church enterprises. She was instrumental in preparing for installation of a new Bishop, selection of the new school principal, school activities, and spending 10 years as President of the Cathedral St. Vincent De Paul Society, organizing and directing nine annual church Appreciation Galas—she was unstoppable—and loved by all.
    Her life was interspersed with several critical medical problems, which she took in stride; however, an unusually virulent infection, coupled with toxic neuropathy took her mobility and life. Her enthusiasm for life never wavered nor her dedication to her church and serving others.

May God rest her soul!                                              Posted: 24 November 2016

Oscar Cleveland Shealy Jr.

                                                CDR Oscar C. Shealy, Jr. ("Junie" to Southern relations) died 24                                                 July 2016 in Coronado, CA. He was born in Leesville, SC, the                                                 fifth of six children born to Oscar C. Shealy, Sr. and Luda Kinard                                                 Derrick, and grew up on the family farm. When he was born,                                                 Calvin Coolidge was President, Al Jolson was performing on                                                 Broadway, and the baseball world was dominated by Babe Ruth,                                                 Lou Gehrig and Ty Cobb. Oscar was a career Navy man, a man                                                 devoted to his family, and a man who lived his life modestly and                                                 humbly. As teachers, his parents instilled an unquenchable thirst                                                 for knowledge and a love of learning in all their children. "I think I                                                 read every book in the library when I was in high school," Oscar said. He also found time to play football and baseball while in high school. He graduated in 1943, already enlisted in the Navy. He was sent to New York City to train as a reserve midshipman, and spent his free time seeing every musical production on Broadway. "I saw them all," he proudly exclaimed. "I saw 'Bloomer Girl,' 'Carousel;' I saw Rex Harrison in 'Julius Caesar,' 'Kismet.' I couldn't sing, but I loved music." He also saw both Louis Armstrong and Edith Piaf perform. Oscar continued an extensive education while in the Navy, including 4 years at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, graduating in 1949. In 1963 he attended the first computer class the Navy ever offered at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Ca. After he retired from the Navy in 1973, he earned a Masters Degree in Art History from San Diego State University. He taught throughout his naval career and into his later life, and never stopped learning. His first appointment in the Navy was as assistant navigator on the cruiser USS Salem (1949-51). During this time, while home-ported in Boston, he met his wife Anne at a party in her apartment. "She had jet black hair and the bluest eyes, and my, she was just so pretty." He left for sea duty shortly after, so their courtship was conducted through letters. They married on Dec. 29, 1951; Anne predeceased him 62 years later in Oct. 2013. During the Korean War, Oscar served as Executive Officer of the minesweeper USS Osprey. He subsequently served numerous tours of duty on a variety of ships, before moving to the Supply Corps in 1965. He was the Commanding Officer of the Data Processing Section for the Pacific (DPSePAC), headquartered at North Island, when he retired with the rank of Commander in 1973. After settling his family in town in 1969, Oscar took full advantage of every activity the climate of Coronado offered. He golfed regularly at the North Island course, fished off the jetty, and rode his bike around town numerous times a day. He could often be found in front of Bay Books enjoying a coffee and completing the New York Times crossword puzzle (a practice he continued until his last day), and was a well-known patron of most of Coronado's restaurants. Oscar's memory was a veritable library of its own. He recalled each moment of his life with color and detail, much to the enjoyment of his grandchildren. "I had a wonderful wife and we had perfect kids; I've lived a full life. I have no complaints, none at all. I've been blessed, and I know it." Oscar lived a rich full life, surrounded by family and friends who loved and respected him. He is survived by his three children: Deborah (Craig) Warriner; Robert Shealy; and Sarah (Don) Stump; his four grandchildren: Colin and Lindsey Warriner; and Andrew and Hannah Stump. He is also survived by his sister, Ernestine Sharpe of Leesville, SC, and numerous nieces and nephews. His and Anne's ashes were interred in the Memorial Garden at Christ Church in Coronado at a private family ceremony.

obituarydata.com                                                        Posted: 27 November 2016

Sylvy Dale Geraghty Titus

                                                Sylvy passed away on 23 October 2016. She was born in Ely,                                                 Nevada on 22 July 1926 to Thomas Geraghty and Helen Lidburg                                                 Geraghty. She attended elementary and high school in Ely,                                                 graduating in June 1944. In September 1944, she matriculated at                                                 the University of Nevada in Reno and became a member of the                                                 Delta Delta Delta sorority. She was a majorette for the University                                                 of Nevada marching band. In 1964 she left school and returned                                                 to Ely to work in the White Pine District Attorney office. In 1948                                                 she married Jack Kline and moved to Sacramento, California                                                 where she obtained her teaching certificate from Sacramento State University and taught at the San Juan Unified School District elementary school, Thomas Edison. After her divorce in 1963, she remained in Sacramento until she married Robert Titus in September 1966 and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. In Las Vegas, she taught at several Clark County School District schools: Ruth Fyfe, Doris Hancock and O.K. Adcock elementary schools until she was recruited to the Reading Improvement Program (RIP) and became a reading specialist. She received her master's degree in Education from Northern Arizona University. After her retirement from Clark County school system in 1989 she became active in animal rescue projects. In 1966 she and her husband, both retired, moved to the Reno area settling first in Verdi, Nevada and then finally in north Reno. Sylvy and Bob, her husband enjoyed 50 years of marriage. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Susan Geraghty and Fern Geraghty Green Dumont, her brother Glenn Geraghty and her nephews, Harry Green, Merle Green, and Thomas Geraghty. She is survived by her grand niece Velrina Geraghty of Kanarraville, Utah as well as her husband and her husband's children: Bruce Titus, Greg Titus of Reno and Patricia Titus of Las Vegas. Sylvy loved her home and intimate gatherings. She was a member of various animal rescue organizations and the auxiliary of the Military Officers Association of America. Viewing will be at the Mountain View Mortuary - 425 Stoker Ave. - on Tuesday, 1 November 2016 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM followed by a celebration of life at the home of Greg Titus, 9803 Dixon Lane, from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, any donations should be made to the ASPCA of Nevada.

Reno Gazette-Journal, Oct. 26 to Oct. 29, 2016       Posted: 27 November 2016

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 
John Kenneth Twilla

                                                     Dr. John K. Twilla, 85, of Smithville, TN passed away                                                 February 7, 2012 in DeKalb Community Hospital. John was born                                                 December 7, 1926. 
                                                     He was a doctor in the DeKalb County area for many years and                                                 a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was also a member of the Smithville                                                 Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be Sunday at                                                 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Larry                                                 Green will officiate and burial will be in Town Cemetery. Visitation                                                 will be Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from                                                 noon until 1:00 p.m. 
    Dr. Twilla was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Leonard and Rosa Jon Twilla. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jo Twilla of Smithville. Two sons, Neil Alan Twilla and John Kevin Twilla of Murfreesboro. Two grandchildren, Kevin and wife Desirae Twilla of Harrogate and Keli and husband Jared Davis of Smithville. Sister, Rose Mary and husband John Jarvis of Sparta. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested NO FOOD at the funeral home and NO FLOWERS. Donations may be made to the Lighthouse Christian Camp and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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