Charles W. Meyrick
CDR Charles Walter Meyrick, U. S. Navy (Ret) died at home in Sarasota, FL January 22, 2014 following a 2-year battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s. Charley was born July 18, 1925 and raised in Green Bay, WI. He joined the aviation cadet program during WWII. However, before seeing an airplane he received an appointment to the Naval Academy, entering with the Class of 1949 in June of 1945. Academics were no problem and he joined the crew squad plebe year earning a seat in the “first boat” which he held all 4 years, the highlight being winning the Poughkeepsie Regatta in 1947. Charley was a distinguished graduate earning a BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the regular Navy June 3, 1949.
Charley had a delay in reporting to his first duty station to allow him to row in his last regatta at Poughkeepsie. The shell was re-rigged to give Navy a better chance of winning with Charley as stroke. Navy didn’t win, but made a good showing. A second delay reporting occurred July 2, 1949 when he married Vivian (Viki) Dale his Navy wife, helpmate, and companion for almost 65 years. Charley went through flight training at fields in the Pensacola and Corpus Christi areas, becoming a Naval Aviator in 1951 starting a long career in aviation. Following temporary duty in White Sands, NM working in the early stages of Navy drone development, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School earning a BS in Aeronautical Engineering. Then to MIT, where he earned his MS in Aeronautical Engineering in 1956. With his expertise more beneficial to the Navy as an engineer than a combat pilot, Charley agreed to be re-designated an AEDO. Subsequent duties performed in program management areas were in California, Florida, and Washington, with an interesting tour in Paris, before retirement in November 1967. Moving to New England Charley pursued his lifelong dream of sculpturing. One of his marks is the Bicentennial memorial for Bedford, MA. He handed down his love of sculpturing over the years to many students, some proclaiming themselves as “Charley’s Angels.” His engineering and management skills were used by Raytheon Corp in the Sparrow Missile Program and then at John Hopkins, Applied Physics Laboratory in satellite and biomedical engineering work, as well as drone and GPS technologies. Charley is survived by wife, Viki; children, Charles and Dale; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and God-children Jesse and Nicole Wong. A memorial service was held at Covenant Life Presbyterian Church in Sarasota February 2, 2014. Inurnment will be at the U. S. Naval Academy Columbarium at a later date. Donations may be made Navy Crew Excellence Fund in memory of Charles W. Meyrick, ’49 at USNA Foundation (Attn: Rusty Yeiser) 291 Wood Road, Beach Hall, Annapolis, MD 21402. Charley will be missed – his Head for his intellect, his Hands for his Artistry, and his Heart for his courage.
Posted: March 8, 2014
Shepherd M. Jenks
On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Reverend Shepherd Martin Jenks, CAPT, U. S. Navy (Retired), passed quietly from this world after a prolonged illness and complications related to Alzheimer's disease.
Shep was born in 1926, son of Christopher Martin Jenks and Frances (Phillips) Jenks. He was a person of great congeniality and humanity who dedicated his life to the service of others; first as a career naval officer, then as a deacon in the Episcopal Church. As a young man, he epitomized in deportment and performance the classic conceptions of American youth dedicated to their country and the military service. An element in the network of world history, significant to the security of our country - a young man who dedicated his life and abilities to millions of Americans. In 1958, he was selected by the National Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of the country's top ten young men.
He graduated from St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., then graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949 then served on USS BAYFIELD in the Korean War. In 1951, he attended the Naval Submarine School and qualified on USS BLACKFIN. In 1954, he received nuclear power training and served on the USS NAUTILUS.
In 1958, Shepherd was the navigator on NAUTILUS when it made history as the first submarine to reach the North Pole. He masterfully navigated the nuclear powered NAUTILUS from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic via the North Pole, travelling over 1,800 miles under the ice pack without benefit of celestial, visual, or other external aids to navigation.
He was the commissioning engineering officer of USS GEORGE WASHINGTON and was aboard during the first Polaris missile firing from a submarine and the first Polaris patrol. He served: as commanding officer of USS SKIPJACK (then the world's fastest submarine); commander of the USN Nuclear Power Training Unit in West Milton; commanding officer of USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN; and commanding Officer of USS FULTON.
In 1971, he retired and moved to California to work for Bechtel Corporation. He was generous with his time and knowledge, speaking to innumerable veterans groups and other civic groups. He renewed his amateur radio license in 2010 and was active in the Benicia Amateur Radio Club. He enjoyed sail and motor yachting. He sailed a 27' boat from California to Hawaii with his wife, Nancy.
Always active in the Episcopal Church, Shep was a member of the Knights Templar and Hospitaller and was ordained as a deacon in 1981. He served at St. Stephen's in Tiburon; Christ the Lord Church in Pinole; St. Andrew's in Honolulu; and St. Paul's in Benicia. For many years, Shep served on the board for the Fund for the Diaconate providing support for deacons facing financial distress. He also served on the Commission on Ministry of the Diocese of California, and the Board of the School for Deacons. He was a respected and beloved mentor for many working towards ordination. Not content to merely be a leader, he was actively engaged in convalescent ministry, pastoral ministry, and worked at homeless shelters in San Francisco and Hawaii.
From 1954 to 1982 he was married to Barbara (Hayes) Jenks (d. 2003). He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Nancy (Luard) Jenks; his daughter, Deborah (Jenks) Reichhold; and his son, Shepherd Jenks Jr.; his step-sons, Jim, Steve, Peter, and Sam Wallis; his grandchildren, Chris Reichhold, Perry Jenks, Zosia Jenks; and step-grandson, Julien Bittel.
Services were held Friday, May 2, 2014 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Benicia, Calif. His ashes will be scattered at sea.
Published in The Day on Apr. 13, 2014 Posted: April 22, 2014
John H. Koach
Jack Koach passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Sarasota, Fl. He is survived by: his wife, Beverly; and two sons, Randy and Brad. Jack was born June 20, 1925 and graduated from Sarasota High School in 1943 and went immediately into the Navy Aviation Cadet Program. He received an appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy and graduated in 1949. Jack became a Navy carrier pilot, becoming commanding officer of the oldest fighter squadron in the US Navy, during which time he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions during the Vietnam War.
After 33 years on active duty, he retired in Washington, DC. and became an officer in an investment firm. He was currently living at Glenridge.
His memorial service was held April 14, 2014 at 1st Presbyterian Church, Oak St., Sarasota. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Dial Hope Foundation, Inc., PO Box 49992, Sarasota, FL, 34230.
Published in Herald Tribune from Apr. 6 to Apr. 7, 2014
David R. Rice
CDR David Reagan Rice USNR (Ret), born May 31, 1927, died April 15, 2014 of natural causes in Morristown, NJ. Reagan grew up in State College, PA, graduating from State College High School in 1945. He received a congressional appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD where he was called “Dave” by classmates. He graduated with distinction with the Class of 1949 receiving a BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the regular Navy. Later, he received a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) in 1956.
After graduating from the Naval Academy, he went ti flight training and became a Naval Aviator piloting multi-engine seaplanes. His first duty was flying MARS JRM transport aircraft between California and Hawaii. His second duty was teaching math back at the USNA.
Resigning his regular commission from full-time Navy duty, he became an active member of the Naval Reserve, where he retired as Commander after completing the regular 20-year stint. In 1959, he began a 42-year career with AT&T/Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies. He lived in Chatham, NJ, for nearly 30 of these years. He and Marjorie moved to Morristown, NJ, in 199l, where he retired in 2001.
Reagan was always an active member of the Church of Christ, first in Chatham, NJ, and then briefly in Bend, OR, where he moved in 2012. Singing with and directing the congregation were among his volunteer contributions to the church, as well as building maintenance and handyman support. Reagan continued to pursue his interest in vocal performance with a Morristown-based barbershop quartet from 2005 - 2008, appearing with the group on several occasions.
Surviving family members include his wife, Marjorie; sons, David, Philip, James, and Thomas; and eight grandchildren, Mary, Jason, Kimberly, Meghan, Phillip, Adrienne, Reagan, and John. Reagan was predeceased by his brother Randall. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Baird Funeral Homes. Donations may be given to Hospice House in Bend.
obituarydata.com Posted: May 10, 2014
Albert A. Schaufelberger
CAPT Albert Arthur Schaufelberger Jr., U. S. Navy (Ret) died May 16, 2o14 at his home in Fripp Island, SC. Al was born March 24, 1927 in Detroit, MI to Albert A and Lillian Kristine (née Larsen) Schaufelberger. Al received a congressional appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy, entering in 1945. Dubbed as “Shoes”, he was an All American soccer player and excelled in academics. He graduated with the Class of 1949 June 3 with a BS degree and was commissioned ensign in the regular Navy.
Al married Virginia Long Robinson of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. "Shoes" became a Naval Aviator in 1951. One night in 1952 he had just launched from USS WASP when it collided with USS Hornet. Told simply "to conserve fuel," he flew for hours wondering if they were going to be able to land him back aboard or have him ditch in the ocean in darkness. His was the first plane to land back aboard WASP because he had two observers on board, observers whose flight deck celebrations were cut short by “Shoes” ordering them below, pointing out that eight other planes, all critically low on fuel, needed to land now. His career with the Navy consisted of several assignments at the controls of combat aircraft. Al completed three combat tours during the Viet Nam War. His skill, courage and leadership were recognized with a number of awards including a Bronze Star and Legion of Merit citing "Heroic service in connection with operations against the enemy while attached to and commanding Attack Squadron VA-146, embarked in USS RANGER (CVA-61) from February to August 1966. Under the leadership of Commander SCHAUFELBERGER, his squadron led all others embarked in numbers of combat missions and combat hours flown. During this period his extensive knowledge was repeatedly called upon in the planning, weaponeering and selection of tactics for a wide variety of targets. The best measurement of his judgment and outstanding leadership is that in well over 2600 combat sorties flown under his command not one pilot was lost, and only one aircraft was lost to enemy action. He personally led over 170 combat missions, more than any other pilot embarked."
In 1975, Al and Virginia retired to Fripp Island, a place like no other. Al served as a member of the Fripp Island Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years and was active in both the Fripp Island Public Service District and the Fripp Island Marine Rescue. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Virginia, his daughters Margaret (Pat Conniff) and Kristine (Dennis Adams), his son Thomas (Joanne Kyros), and his six treasured grandchildren, Lisa, Laura, Craig, Katherine, Nicholas, and Lindsey. He is predeceased by his son, CDR Albert A Schaufelberger III, a U.S. Navy Seal. He will be remembered for his intelligence, quick humor, courage loyalty and love of his family and the sea.
A memorial service was held on Friday, May 30th at 3 p.m. at the All Faiths Chapel 205 Tarpon Blvd. on Fripp Island, followed immediately by a reception.
Published in The Island Packet May 28, 2014 Posted: May 30, 2014
JOHN F. AND FLORENCE BARROW
John F. Barrow quietly passed away at home on March 22, 2014. Born August 23, 1926 to Franklin and Ardis Barrow, John was raised, along with his brother, Charles, in Oak Park, IL. He was an outstanding student and athlete, captaining his high school football team to a State Championship in 1943 before matriculating at Yale University in January of 1944. In June of 1945 he received an appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy. In his time at the academy he distinguished himself as a Company Commander and graduated with the Class of 1949 receiving a BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the regular Navy.
He entered flight training at Pensacola and earned the gold wings of a Naval Aviator in September 1951. Assigned to an all-weather night-fighter squadron flying the McDonnell F2H Banshee, John was a carrier qualified fighter pilot who served tours of duty on the USS MIDWAY, among others. He resigned his regular commission as a lieutenant in August 1955 serving thereafter in the Naval Reserve.
John commenced a successful career in sales and marketing. He spent much of his civilian career with IBM where, in 1970, as part of the firm's Data Processing Division, he was named Salesman of the Year. He retired from IBM in 1988 following a 23-year career. Spending time with his family, pursuing his love of golf, traveling abroad and staying involved with the USNA Class of '49 (serving two terms as President) kept John vibrant during his retirement years.
Preceding John in death was the love of his life, Florence "Flo" Barrow who passed in August 2012. John met Flo in 1947 while attending the Naval Academy. They were married November 19, 1949 and enjoyed 63 years together. John and Flo brought their family to Severna Park, MD in 1963 where both remained active in the community for over four decades. Born in Linthicum Heights, MD on September 16, 1928, Flo graduated from the Peabody Institute and Mary Washington College where she majored in voice. During her time in Severna Park she was involved with important work in the health care, political, and fine arts arenas. Not only did she serve as Vice President of the Anne Arundel General Hospital Auxiliary but she was a founding member and past President of the Severna Park Republican Women's Club, an assistant to Maryland State Senator John A. Cade and a volunteer White House Executive Office assistant under both Presidents Nixon and Reagan. Flo was an accomplished vocalist who offered her voice to numerous local events and musical theater productions, most notably as Maria in the Park Players production of "The Sound of Music" and in the title role in the Chartwell Players rendition of "Mame." Flo and John lived and traveled abroad extensively. Following World War II, Flo, lived in Israel with her mother, the late Florence Duvall Archibald, and her father, the late Col. E.P. Archibald who was a military attach‚. She succumbed to the travel bug at a young age and subsequently shared many overseas adventures with John. They developed a special fondness for England and Switzerland and, later in life, spent many wonderful winter seasons in Hawaii. They, and their family, also enjoyed annual summer travels to the family cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan, a tradition that has now spanned more than 75 years. John and Flo are survived by John's brother, Charles (Patricia), Flo's sister-in-law, Frances Archibald, son Scott (Karen), daughter Lisa (Jack), son Gregg (Krissy), grandchildren Ardis, Rebecca, Jack and Brooke, nieces Fran, Paula, Carla and Barbara and nephews David and Stephen. They will be remembered as a warm and loving couple, wonderful parents and grandparents, and great friends to all who knew them. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrews Chapel at the United States Naval Academy on June 9, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., followed by committal of both to the United States Naval Academy Columbarium.
CapitalGazette.Com Posted: June 1, 2014
Dorothy H. Wilder
Dorothy Houghton Wilder, 82, beloved wife, and mother, a 6-year resident of Gainesville, GA, went to be with her Lord May 24, 2014, following a long battle with Alzheimers. She was a native of Jacksonville, the daughter of the late James N. and Marie Cloaninger Houghton, a graduate of Andrew Jackson High School, and Jacksonville Business College. She was a secretary to the Commanding Officer and Administrative Officer of NAS Jacksonville. There, she also served as choir director for the NAS Chapel Choir. That is when she met and married then LTJG Fred J. Wilder, U.S. Navy, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, her husband of 60 years.
When her husband was stationed at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1955, she graduated from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, majoring in choir direction. After her husband transferred to the Naval Reserve in 1955, they resided for 47 years in Belleair. Dorothy "Dot" Wilder was active for many years in numerous leadership positions in the Belleair, and Clearwater, area (often as president of the organization) including a paralegal in her husband's law practice (certified in real property and estates and trusts, by the National Association of Legal Assistants), the Clearwater-Dunedin Junior League, Parent Teachers Association, Footlight Theater Inc. (local productions of Broadway Shows), director of youth choirs at Calvary Baptist Church for 25 years, Belleair Garden Club; and of great assistance to her husband during his tenure as chairman of the Charter Review Committee, and subsequent mayor for the town of Belleair, etc.
She is survived by her husband, Fred J. Wilder, a retired Naval officer and retired attorney, residing in Gainesville; three children, Attorney Gregory F. Wilder (Susan K.) of Tampa, Dr. Stephen M. Wilder (Debra S.) of Albany, GA, and Airline Captain Diane W. Coe (John T.); three granddaughters, Whitney, Brooke, Rachel; two grandsons, Andrew, Chris; and one great-grandson, Asher. The family requests donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, www.alzfdn.org, in lieu of flowers. The family plans a private memorial service. Those wishing to send online condolences to the family may do so at littledavenport.com. Little & Davenport Funeral Home, 355 Dawsonville Highway SW, Gainesville, GA. 30501, is in charge of the arrangements.
Tampa Bay Times, June 1, 2014 Posted: June 2. 2014
Sidney S. Cox
CDR Sidney Stuart Cox USN, Retired, of Sarasota, Florida passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the age of 89 after a short illness. Born February 24, 1925, Sid grew up in Independence, KS and joined the U.S. Navy in 1944. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1949 receiving a BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the regular Navy. October 1, 1949 Sid married the love of his life, Arden Marie Heim, of Baltimore, MD, to whom he was a devoted husband until her death in 2011. Together they went to Pensacola, FL where he earned his Wings of Gold, becoming a naval aviator. He was assigned to Carrier Air Group Eleven and saw action on two separate deployments during the Korean War. Upon returning to his ship (USS PHILIPPINE SEA) following one mission, a flight-deck crewman pointed out to Sid several bullet holes from enemy anti-aircraft guns that had pierced his F-4U Corsair, including one in the pilot's canopy only three inches above his head. Sid went on to attain a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Navy Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA in 1955, and a MS in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT in Boston, MA, in 1957. His military career spanned 20 years, during which he participated in NASA's early space programs, as well as in the development of prototypes of drones adapted to military use, and later to the design of the F-4 Phantom jet with targeting and weaponry systems newly developed for the Vietnam War. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1968. At Sid’s request, there will be no local services. The family wishes to express their appreciation to his many friends and neighbors for all of the love and affection shown to Sid through the years. Inurnment with full military honors will be scheduled at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. Sid is survived by three daughters, Cathie Cox of Austin, TX; Claudia Holman and husband Jim of Coronado, CA; and Carla Cox Handly and husband Marshall of Beverly, MA.; twelve grandchildren: Nate Holman, Michael Holman, Emily Holman, Claire Holman, Monica Holman, Mary Holman and Tom Holman; Jenny Ehrenkranz, and Scott Ehrenkranz; and Ellen Handly, Anne Marie Handly, and Laura Handly; and two great-grandchildren, Ella Holman and Cecilia Holman. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Claudia Stewart of Ft. Myers, nephew Bill Tucker of Mt. Airy, MD, and niece Tracy Tucker Kozar of Safety Harbor, FL. His brother Sam Cox of Claremore, OK, preceded him in death in November 2013. A special word of appreciation is given for Sid's two caregivers, Elli Cole and Lynnette Moore.
Herald Tribune June 8, 2014 Posted: June11,2014
Charles P. Cecil
Charles Purcell Cecil, 87, of Greenville, SC, died June 16, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his four children: Cynthia, Charlene, Pamela and Chuck; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Charles was living in Charleston, SC when he received a congressional appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy, entering in 1945. He graduated with the Class of 1949 receiving a BS degree and being one of 55 graduates commissioned second lieutenant in the fledgling U. S. Air Force. After a successful career in the USAF, Charles settled here in Greenville where he pursued a second career in banking. Commercial banking became one of his life-long passions. A graveside service was held June 20, 2014 at Saint John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church. The family would like to thank Father Mike Flanagan and all their friends for their kindness and support. The Greenville News, June 26, 2014 Posted: June 27, 2014
Mary-Sue Dunaway Jones died on July 3, 2014 in Irvington, Virginia. She was born on August 4, 1926 in Fort Myers, Florida, the daughter of Roy Salisbury Dunaway and Rosalie Chapman Dunaway. She grew up in Savannah, Georgia and graduated with the class of 1948 from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia. In 1949, she was united in marriage with Gerald Robert, ENS, USN upon his graduation from the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.
She was a charter member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Kilmarnock, Virginia and for the last seven years of her life, she resided at Rappahannock Westminster Canterbury in Irvington, Va. She is survived by three children and their spouses, Jeryl-Sue McDuffee (Jim) of Mechanicsville, Va., Nanci Leigh Gissler (Dean) of Aurora, Colo. and Glenn “Chip” Reppard Jones (LeMoine) of Virginia Beach, Va. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Jennifer McDuffee, Taylor Jones and Courtney Jones and a brother, Colonel Roy S. Dunaway of Ga. She was preceded in death by her husband, Captain Gerald R. Jones and their son, David Hayward. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 10 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Kilmarnock. Interment will take place at will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery beside her husband and infant son. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 1366, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.
Family Posted: July 8, 2014
Theophil P. Riegert
LCOL Theophil Paul Riegert, USMC (Ret) died of heart complications in Colorado Springs, CO April 25, 2014. T. Paul, as he was called, was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Marion (Mimi), by 6 months. He was born in Cincinnati, OH November 13, 1925, the third of seven Swiss-German immigrant children. He grew up during the depression working at many jobs before graduating from high school in 1944. He enlisted in the Navy during WWII, received a congressional appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy, and entered in 1945. T. Paul graduated with the Class of 1949 with a BS degree and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps.
He was a well-decorated Marine, serving 26 years as an Infantry Officer with four combat tours: Korea, Vietnam (twice), and the Dominican Republic. Additionally, he served as: Operations Officer for the Joint Military Assistance Group in Thailand; officer with Ceremonial Unit at Marine Barracks, Washington, DC; Instructor at Basic School, Quantico, VA; CO reserve unit in Huntington, WVA; multiple staff positions Camp Lejeune, NC; EEO Officer HDMC; and Commander, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. Upon retiring, T. Paul entered civil service as Inspector General for the Merit Systems Protection Board. He earned a MS degree from University of Oklahoma in Human Relations and a MS degree from Georgetown University in International relations. Yet, with all his accomplishments he remained humble, graceful, adventurous and faithful. With quiet strength and a twinkle in his eye until he died, T. Paul showed a deep source of strength, peace, and purpose. Surviving are four children: Glenis Pittman (Ken), Jamie Riegert (Karen), Dolly Woodruff (Joel), and Paul Riegert (Aimee); 16 grandchildren – Andrew and Adam Pittman; Elizabeth, Philip, Kenneth, Suzanne, and Joseph Riegert; Noel, Idan, Gloria, and Esther Woodruff; Emma, Paul Joseph, Abigail, Robert, and Lydia Riegert. He also is survived by four of his six siblings and their families. Services for T. Paul were held May 29, 2014 in Alexandria, VA. Burial services will be at Arlington National Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. September 3, 2014. Family Posted: August 8, 2014
Randall Wayne Young
CAPT Randall Wayne Young, USN (Ret.) passed away peacefully at his home in Sun City, Texas on Sunday, August 11, 2013, surrounded by loving family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Shizuko, a daughter, two sons and two granddaughters; and a special family friend, Jack R. Smoot of Yorktown, VA.
Randy was born October 26, 1924 in Indiana. He enlisted in the Navy and served 2 years aboard a destroyer as a Fire Controlman 2/C before going to NAPS for training for the competitive exam for one of 200 Fleet appointees by SECNAV. Despite leaving high school before receiving his diploma, Randy ranked high on SECNAV list of appointees.
Randy stood in the upper third of Class of 1949 at the Naval Academy graduating with a BS degree and being commissioned in the regular Navy.
His 30 years service was highlighted by his work in the ordnance field, having postgraduate degrees in both Ordnance Engineering and Materiel Management. He was Commander, Naval Weapons Center, Yorktown, VA at the time of his retirement March 31, 1976.
Randy and his family lived for some time in Williamsburg, VA before moving to Sun City in Georgetown, TX.
Posted: August 8, 2014
Raymond L. Miller
CAPT Raymond (Ray) Lee Miller, USN (Ret) passed away peacefully, July 23, 2014, at The Fairways at Brookline, PA. His wife for 55 years, Norma, preceded him in death in 2006. Ray was born July 26, 1926, the son of Clyde and Goldie Miller, and was raised with his brother William in Berkley, MI. Ray was a career Navy man enlisting in the Navy V12A program in 1944. He received a congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy entering in September 1945 and graduating in 1949 receiving a BS degree and being commission an Ensign in the regular Navy. He later attended U. S. Naval Postgraduate School followed by the University of Michigan where he received a MS degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1955.
Ray served as a navigation instructor at USNA until reporting to Pensacola August 1949 for basic flight training. He finished advance multiengine training in Corpus Christi and was designated a Naval Aviator in February 1951. He attended Navy Photographic School prior to returning to Corpus Christi to marry Norma before reporting to VP-61 for duty. Ray enjoyed a long and successful career flying P2 and P3 aircraft in VP-26, VX-1, VP-11, and finally VP-6 where he was Commanding Officer. Duty on FLTAIRWING TWO preceded consecutive tours in the NAVAIRSYSCOM and NAVMATCOM before retirement in September 1974. Ray worked as a senior analyst and manager for Navy warfare programs with Vought Aerospace Corporation until 1984. He then began his long career of volunteering with the Dallas County Court system and Police Department in Texas. Ray moved to State College, PA in 2006 following the death of Norma and joined the Brookline retirement community. Ray, and his family, are extremely proud of his life-long service to this country. In the words of President John F. Kennedy, spoken August 1, 1963 at the U.S. Naval Academy graduation, "I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: 'I served in the United States Navy'.” Ray was an exceptional father, role model, and human being. He lived his life with, integrity and humility. He will be sorely missed by his family: daughters, Pam (Mark) McLaren of Boalsburg and Jan (John) Kleindl of Midland, VA; three grandsons, John, James, and Jake; and three great-grandsons, Brody, Jaxson, and Gannon. Ray will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. Ray's family would like to thank the staff at the Brookline retirement community where Ray received loving and compassionate care for the past seven years.
Family Posted: August 9, 2014
William Gresham Lawler Jr.
William Gresham Lawler Jr. (Bill) died of natural causes June 21, 2014 in Bend, Oregon. Bill was born on October 24, 1926 in Lancaster, PA, the only son of Margaret Grube and William G. Lawler Sr. While living in various locales in his younger years, Bill attended Sewanee Military Academy. He received a congressional appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1945. Upon graduation in 1949, he received a BS degree and was commissioned ensign in the regular Navy.
He married Paula Havemann and attended flight training in Pensacola, FL and Corpus Christi, TX pursuant to being designated a Naval Aviator. Bill flew F4U conventional fighter aircraft before transitioning to FJ-4B jet aircraft. During the Korean conflict he was awarded the Gold Star in lieu of a second Air Medal 1953 for completing 20 successful missions. In 1959, he was instrumental in orchestrating the Navy's last "Air Weapons Meet" in Yuma, AZ, the pre-cursor to the Navy's Top Gun Fighter Weapons School. While living in Annapolis, MD and LaJolla, CA, Bill and Paula had their daughter Gretchen (1957) and son Mark (1962). Bill resigned from active duty in 1962 as a Lieutenant Commander. The family moved to South Bend, IN where Bill attended Notre Dame Law School (but he was always a Navy man when it came to football!). He was in private law practice in New York in 1966 when Paula died. Later Bill married his second wife Jeanne Prasse, who had one daughter, Sandra, from her previous marriage whom Bill adopted. Settling in Old Greenwich, CT, Bill & Jeanne had their youngest child William III. In 1969 they moved to the Chicago area where Bill was an attorney for Brunswick Corporation, eventually becoming their Chief Patent Counselor. In the 1980s he went on to obtain an MBA from the University of Chicago Business School. Bill was an avid golfer, tennis player and sailor, racing the Bermuda races while attending the Naval Academy. He loved to be on the water, be it the Atlantic, Green Lake, or Lake Michigan. He shared his love with all of his family and many fond memories are from times racing on the water with “Captain Bill.” They seldom lost. He is survived by his children Sandra of Baltimore, MD; Gretchen Tolsma of Lily, WI; Mark of Palatine, IL and William III of Bend, OR as well as many loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren from coast to coast. A celebration of Bill & Jeanne's lives (Jeanne passed away in 2007), will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Sunday August 24th and their ashes will stay together when they are spread in the Atlantic later in the year. Deschutes Memorial Chapel in Bend, Oregon is honored to serve Bill's family.
Chicago Tribune, Aug. 8 to Aug. 10, 2014 Posted: August 13, 2014
Emir J. H. Armstrong
Emir J.H. Armstrong of West Chester passed peacefully away in her sleep on July 31, 2014 at the age of 88 after a long life filled with love, children, and tenderness. Born during a snowstorm on Jan. 14, 1926, Emir proved her sassy Dutch-tough roots from the moment she came out of the womb. She left knowing that her five children were together with her, surrounding her in love.
Emir, nicknamed "Cutie Tootie", grew up in the barren country of Fargo, North Dakota, where she had a list of chores longer than most millennial's shopping list - collecting eggs daily, milking at dawn, and gathering cow pies off the plains to keep her family warm during the long, cold winters to name just a few. She went to school in a one-room school house and received Depression-issued government baked potatoes for lunch, her biggest meal of the day. Orphaned at five (her father died when she was two and her mother a few years later), Emir grew up with her extended family on a working farm. But she whisked herself out of the cold of North Dakota to New York City at the age of 18, where she was a teletype worker in 1944, handling notifications for families of soldiers fallen in the war. Later, she set her sights on sunny San Diego, CA where she met her future husband William (Bill) Armstrong, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1949, on the other side of a Naval Supply Corps sales desk. They wrote letters back and forth while he was on ship and married September 1, 1951 after he returned from deployment. When asked what she did well, Emir would say, "having babies." She was true to her word; Emir gave birth to five children in the space of five years, two months, from April 1953 to June 1958. In her thirties, she was in her glory following her tall, dark and handsome Navy husband around the country and beyond on his assignments to Virginia Beach, Memphis, Panama, Boston, St. Louis, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Marino and then on to settle in Pennsylvania, where she was usually called on to fix the plumbing, paint the walls, lead the Girl Scout troupe, plant the garden in whatever house the family landed. She supported Bill in his reserve duty, where he rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. She also helped in the ongoing challenges of the family computer consulting business -- Alice Lessors and Data Funding. This was a time (in the 60's) when computers were a novelty. Emir was also a dedicated volunteer with the Trading Post, showing up to serve customers every Wednesday morning for 20 years. Everyone always loved the Devon Horse Show fudge she made each year. More importantly, she was the neighborhood deputy in charge of ad lib comfort care, delivering homemade casseroles, cookies and kindness and doing tasks for those less fortunate and in diminished health with heartfelt goodwill. Emir was the activity center of her big family, with all its confusion and all the love that comes from a family that bumps into each other in sometimes close quarters and sometimes through the distance that comes from five children and fifteen grandchildren eventually living in 12 different locations. Emir's "just do it" spirit lives on in her children and her grandchildren. In her prime, there was no task too daunting - even the conversion of an upstairs walk-in closet to a wired cage to house the adopted capuchin monkey, or the care of a myna bird that squawked in the kitchen, or the goat that needed corralling, or the menagerie of animals, kids and many others who called her, "Mom" and who regularly passed through her door. All of these and more comprised the life of Emir Armstrong, which she embraced with a spirit that she instilled in those around her. As much as she loved her children, the true darling in her life in the last few years was her dog, Fargo, named after her birthplace. Fargo was white as snow and a feisty, protective addition to Emir's life. It was her faith in God that carried her through so many struggles and hard times; her resolute belief in the Word of God is captured in John 11:25: "Jesus said unto her,' I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, even though he dies, yet shall he live.'" Emir survived a long illness for a long time with the help of Christ Community Church, tireless friends and neighbors, and the diligent and unflagging support of her nearby daughter, Lyn, who was at her side throughout her fight against ovarian cancer. Emir is survived by five children; Alisa Armstrong (Lee Goldstein), Lesli and Tim Sheehy, Marc Armstrong (Kristen Armstrong), Lyn and Ron Graham and Liane and Brian O'Donnell; her fifteen grandchildren: Alexandra, Grace, Erin, Emily (Cameron), Christiana, Kathryn, John, Nigel, Peter, Whitney (Jeff), Devyn, Kate, Chelsea, Fabio, and Connor; as well as her brother Charles Houtkooper. She was preceded in death by three brothers: Richard, Peter, and Mark. Relatives and friends are invited to her service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 16th at Christ Community Church, 1190 Phoenixville Pike West Chester, PA 19380. Internment will be private. Donations in Emir's memory may be made to Fox Chase's Joan Harad Goodis Fund for women with ovarian cancer, which you may find at:
Daily Local News on Aug. 10, 2014
Charles Elliott Martin
CAPT Charles E. (Chuck) Martin, USN (Ret), of Fuquay-Varina, NC, died on Saturday, September 13, 2014, following a brief illness. He was 88 years old. Born the first son the first son of Ida and O. E Martin, Jr., he was raised in Fremont, NE, graduating from Fremont HS in 1944. Chuck went to the United States Naval Academy in 1945 on a Congressional appointment and graduated with the Class of 1949 earning a BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the regular Navy. In 1955, he received a MS degree in Electronics Engineering at U. S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. After graduation, Chuck married his longtime girlfriend, Marilyn "Lynn" Douglas, also of Fremont June 8, 1949 who predeceased him in 2003. He served on surface ships on both coast, including one tour as Operations Officer of USS HYMAN. He was designated an EDO in 1956 followed by service at the Radiological Defense laboratory, San Francisco Naval Shipyard, COMSERVRON Sasebo, NAVSEC Radar Branch, INSURV, back to NAVSEC as Radar Branch Head, Deputy Head Ship System Engineering and Design, and OinC NAVSEC Norfolk Division until retirement in 1976. Chuck joined RCA (now General Electric) managing installation of AEGIS system in DDG-47 and CGN-42. After many years working in New Jersey, Chuck and Lynn moved to Fairfield Harbor, New Bern, NC, where they enjoyed time on their boat, the Wandering Star. After Lynn's death, Chuck moved to the Holly Springs area to be closer to his daughters and grandchildren. In addition to his wife Lynn, he was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Cindy, and his brother, Bill. He is survived by his daughters Claudia (Robert Kilmer) and Jenny (Don Mizelle), grandchildren Sara Costello and Alex Carr, sister-in-law Sandy Martin, and nieces and nephews. The family received friends on Monday, September 15, 2014, at the Bass Lake Retreat Center, Holly Springs NC. Interment will be in Fremont, NE, at a later date. If desired, donations may be made to Transitions LifeCare in Chuck's name. The News & Observer, Sept. 15, 2014 Posted: September 17, 2014
Malcolm Eugene Phares
Malcolm (Mac) Eugene Phares passed away in Fort Myers, FL on August 6, 2014 after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of years, Peggy (maiden name) Phares, and two sons; MacGregor Phares of and Bruce Phares (Donna) of . Mac was born to Henry and Gertrude Phares on December 27, 1925 in Central City, Nebraska. He received a congressional appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy, entering in 1945. Mac had no difficulty with academics and in remembered by classmates for his service on extracurricular committees, especially the Ring Dance Committee. He graduated with the Class of 1949 earning a BS degree and was commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy. He began his service aboard USS WRIGHT (CVL-49) operating in the Atlantic qualifying pilots. He was qualified as OOD and duties in several of the ships departments. Following Korean War service, Mac resigned regular Navy commission as a lieutenant July 1, 1957 transferring to the reserves. He attained the rank of lieutenant commander qualified in surface warfare before ending his military service. Mac’s post-Navy career began at Boeing as an aeronautical engineer. During this time, he increased his knowledge and qualifications in the civilian business world with postgraduate studies at Stanford University in their Executive Program and later earning a MBA at Seattle University. He worked at Paccar as director of dealers for Peterbuilt and Kenworth. (living in Bellevue, community/church service, activities) (living in Nashville, same, is this where he had his business?) Mac owned his own consulting business until retiring to Florida. For the past 20 years Mac and Peggy have been residents of Fort Myers. A Service of Remembrance was held on Friday, August 15 at 10:30 A.M. at Covenant Presbyterian Church on McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL. (burial?) In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lee Memorial Health System Foundation.
Posted: September 17, 2014