Catherine Ann Goode Minter
Catherine Ann Goode Minter, 86, of Kitty Hawk, NC died peacefully, surrounded by family, at her home, on Sunday May 8, 2016. She was born on August 31, 1929 in Martinsville, VA. Ann was a daughter of David Hurd Goode and Catherine Jones Goode.
Ann is survived by her husband, Robert “Bobby” Octavius Minter Jr., of Kitty Hawk, NC; her daughters, Pamela Ann Minter Melson and her husband, Butch, of Chesapeake, VA; Catherine Goode Minter Hammill and her husband, Marty, of Kill Devils Hills, NC; and her sister, Martha David Goode Ellerbe of Raleigh, NC. Ann is preceded in death by a sister, Loula Robin Goode Fields. Ann is also survived by her grandchildren, Adam Minter Comfort, Emily Catherine Comfort, Ann Leslie Hammill, and Catherine Martin Hammill; and by several cousins, nieces and nephews and their families.
Following graduation from Martinsville High School in 1947, Ann attended Edgewood Junior College in New York. Ann married Bobby and became a Navy wife for 5 years. Ann and Bobby then returned to Martinsville, VA to raise their family. Ann began her profession as a real estate agent in the early 1960s at Rives S. Brown, where she completed a career of more than 30 years. Ann was active in several civic and community organizations, including Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County and The Garden Club of Virginia. Ann was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Martinsville. In retirement, Ann and Bobby moved to the Outer Banks to enjoy beach life and to be closer to family. In moving, they transferred their memberships to Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church.
A memorial service will be held Thursday May 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church. The family will receive relatives and friends for a visitation at 1:00 pm in the fellowship hall prior to the service.
Donations in Ann’s memory can be made to Dare Home Health and Dare Hospice (P.O. Box 669 Manteo, NC 27954) or to the Alzheimer’s Association for future research in Dementia. (http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp).
Posted: May 15, 2016
Marion Luce Butler
Marion Butler, age 89, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, May 7, 2016 at Preston Residence in West Grove, PA. Marion Luce Butler was born March 8, 1927 to Jesse Menzies and Philip Montague Luce in Brooklyn, NY. She moved with her family to New Rochelle, NY at a young age where she met her future husband. Marion is a 1949 graduate of Connecticut College. She married Herbert Fuller Butler Jr., a 1949 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, on September 30, 1950.
Her husband, Herb, preceded her in death April 1, 2005. She is survived by her brother; Robert Luce (wife Nancy) and her children; Dr. Virginia Reef, Barbara Brenner (husband Carl), Herbert (Skip) Butler III (wife Karen) and grandchildren Charles (wife Becca), Nathan (wife Cassi), William Brenner and Veronica and Brigitte Butler.
Marion was always proud of her Scottish heritage and was pleased to have visited the castle Menzies in Scotland attending a gathering of the clan. She enjoyed numerous overseas and domestic tours of duty with her husband, including Japan, France, Germany, and Hawaii. In her younger years, Marion worked as an elementary school teacher. When her children were grown, she became interested in genealogy and parlayed that interest into a job at the Daughters of the American Revolution, in Washington, DC. On retirement she and Herb moved to Wintergreen in Nellysford, VA where she became involved in the book and investment clubs and the Nature Conservancy among other things. Marion and Herb stayed active with tennis and skiing and also enjoyed traveling around the world including trips to China, New Zealand, Norway, Alaska, San Juan Islands, Newfoundland, Italy, Galapagos, Costa Rica, and St. Lucia. She was somewhat of an adventurer throughout her life, starting with following her husband's naval ship around the Mediterranean with other young Navy wives, followed by road trips throughout Europe, to attending Outward Bound's Maine Coast Sailing adventure. When her husband died, Marion moved to Jenner's Pond in West Grove, PA where she made many friends and continued with the book and investment clubs here, as well as becoming active in the photography club. She enjoyed the cultural activities in the Philadelphia/Wilmington area, particularly the Delaware Symphony, the Delaware Theater, the REP Theater at the University of Delaware, musicals at the Kimmel Center, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Philadelphia Art museum, the Barnes Foundation and the Brandywine River museum. She loved gardening and visiting the gardens at Longwood and Winterthur. She was a loving wife and mother and a doting grandmother and shared her joy of travel with her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. A memorial service will be held at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY sometime this summer. The date and time of the memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of the following: The Benevolent Care Fund at Jenners Pond, The Menzies Charitable Trust and Friends of Castle Menzies at http://www.castlemenzies.org or The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen at www.twnf.org.
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Robert George Kuhne
Robert G. Kuhne of Northbrook, Il died May 26, 2016. Bob was born September 28, 1926 is survived by his wife of 67 years, Barbara; sons Robert, David, and Richard; 17 grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son William.
Bob graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy June 3, 1949 with a BS degree, was commissioned ensign in the regular Navy, and married Barbara that day. His duty assignments were mainly aboard surface ships – USS Eldorado, USS Rogers, CO USS PC-1078, USS Monongahela, and XO USS Edmonds. Ashore Bob was assigned to ONR, Washington. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Bob opted to resign his commission in 1958.
Bob attended University of California, Berkley, receiving an MBA degree in 1960. He joined General Electric at the Vallecites Atomoc Laboratory until 1966. He returned to the San Francisco area joining Lockheed Missiles and Space, Co. in Sunnyvale. In 1973 he moved to Chicago-headquartered architectural engineering firm.
Bob and Barbara enjoyed living in Northbrook during working years and remained during their retirement years.
Posted: 3 June 1949
John Hancock Vice
CAPT John Hancock Vice, "Jack", of Lemoyne and formerly of Shiremanstown, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at his home. Born July 10, 1926 in New Haven, CT, he was a son of the late Loren and Helen (Speh) Vice.
Jack graduated from Manchester High School where he starred on the baseball, track and football teams. While waiting for his admission to the U. S. Naval Academy, he served as a seaman in the Navy during World War II. He graduated with a BS degree in engineering and was commissioned an ensign on June 3, 1949.
Jack married his high school sweetheart, Betty A. Carrigan, the following day. He remained on active duty earning the Combat Action Ribbon during the Korean War. He resigned his regular commission June 30, 1960 and served in the Naval Reserves for a full 30 years of service, achieving the rank of Captain. He continued his education by receiving his MBA from Temple University. He also retired from the Mechanicsburg Naval Supply Depot where he managed the accounting systems department.
Jack's devotion to the Naval Academy never diminished and he served for many years as a field recruitment officer, interviewing high school students who had an interest in military. He particularly focused on encouraging high caliber female candidates and always encouraged women to pursue higher level leadership opportunities. Upon retirement, Jack took his life-long hobby of investing to a new level and became a certified financial planner with additional certificates in insurance and investments. He worked part time for Anchor Financial Services and was always willing to share his investment and tax advice with friends, family, and everyone he befriended. Jack always supported education and as a result of his influence, nine of his surviving family members have advanced degrees. Jack's generosity extended to his annual giving to countless charities. He was a generous life time contributor to the Naval Academy from his Class of 1949, and was a life time contributor to Temple University and Trinity High School. Whenever he learned of a worthwhile cause, Jack was more than willing to contribute to it, especially if it encouraged educational pursuits. Jack loved working in his garden and shared his bounty with all of his neighbors and friends. He loved to gather a group of friends to attend shows and concerts. He enjoyed traveling and looked forward every year to family vacations in the Outer Banks and St Thomas, USVI. Jack was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was a former parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church both in Mechanicsburg. John also was a member of the US Naval Academy Retired Officers Association, the Leisure Club, and the St. Joseph's bereavement group. John was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years Elizabeth. Surviving are his four children: Lynn Vice and husband Dan Reshel of Milwaukee, WI; Jackie Vice-Black and husband David of Media, PA; Betta Vice of Macon, GA; and John Vice and wife Michelle of Oceanside, NY; a brother Robert Vice and wife Dorothy of Nashua, NH as well as 11 grandchildren: Alanna, Rianna, Dave, Chris, Anthony, Jonathan, Jeremy, Max, Leann, Addison and Alexandra. He was a kind, generous, caring person who never stopped working for the good of others until the day he died. His family loved him very much and will miss him dearly.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM Monday, June 6, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Mechanicsburg. Burial with military honors will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Viewing will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 PM Sunday, June 5th at Malpezzi Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg. The family will be receiving guests on Sunday 11:30-1:30 PM and on Monday following the burial for light refreshments at 312 W. Courtland Avenue, Shiremanstown, PA.
Posted: 5 June 2016
Virginia R. Schaufelberger
Virginia (Ginia) R. Schaufelberger passed away at her home on Fripp Island, SC on May 9, 2016. Ginia was born in Valparaiso, IN on May 3, 1927 to Thomas and Margaret Robinson. She moved with her family to Detroit where Ginia met Al Schaufelberger, her future husband, at a fraternity picnic when they were both 16 years old. They married shortly after Al graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1949.
His career as a Naval Aviator required a series of cross country moves. With each change of duty station, Ginia worked to establish a sense of home for the family, which grew to include four children. When Al's squadron deployed for duty during Vietnam, it fell upon Ginia to accompany Navy Chaplains to notify families of the squadron pilots, that their men had failed to return from a mission. She handled this difficult responsibility with care, grace and compassion.
With four young children, Ginia realized that she needed to be better prepared to support her family should Al be lost. To this end, she commuted hundreds of miles a week to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Pathology from Fresno State College. She would later earn a Master of Education degree in Special Education from American University. Ginia worked for public and private schools while caring for her family and completing her own education.
Fripp Island became their home base for world travels when Ginia and Al both retired in 1975. She shared amazing adventures with Al during their fishing trips to Alaska, Canada and South America. An avid and aggressive card player, Ginia bid and made seemingly impossible bridge contracts. She also became a well-respected golfer on Fripp and a valued member of many winning foursomes. Ginia also served as a fireman and driving instructor for the Fripp Island Volunteer Fire Department. She was elevated to this post due to her fire truck driving skills, ability as a trainer and most importantly, tact.
Ginia and Al were devoted to each other for over 64 years. As she had throughout her life, she strove to maintain a sense of home for him on Fripp. He was able to enjoy the incredible vista from their living room throughout his final days. As was her wish, Ginia enjoyed her final days with the same vista.
Ginia is survived by her children Marg (Pat Conniff), Kris (Dennis Adams) and Tom (Joanne Kyros) as well as her six grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Albert A. Schaufelberger III and her husband Albert A. Schaufelberger, Jr. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to an animal shelter or rescue of your choice.
A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, June 18th in the Chapel on Fripp Island with a reception to follow at the residence.
obituarydata.com Posted: 15 June 2016
James Otis Clark
James Otis Clark passed away June 7, 2016, at his home in Leonardtown, MD surrounded by his loving family, including some of his great grandchildren. He was born February 16, 1925 in Moorehead, IA to the late Irvin Paul Clark and Carrie Armintha Lewis. On February 10, 1943, James enlisted in the U. S. Navy. While serving, he was offered an opportunity to take the entrance exam for the U. S. Naval Academy and chose to do so with the result of a ranking of 14th from 1,000 tested. After 2 years at the USNA, his eyesight became impaired and he was told that he could not be offered a commission as an officer. As a result, he transferred to the University of Tennessee where he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering. On July 23, 1952, he married his beloved wife, Georgia Leona Crabtree in Oakridge, TN. Together they celebrated over 63 wonderful years of marriage. After all those years together, his granddaughter noted that you could still see the twinkle in his eye every time he looked at his wife. He began his career as an electrical engineer with Westinghouse and worked his way up to an executive. As a representative of Westinghouse, he was one of the first American business men to enter China when that country opened its borders to trade with the USA. Ironically, he now has two wonderful great granddaughters who were adopted from China. After 32 years of dedicated service, he retired from Westinghouse as a Vice President of the High Speed Elevator Division. His greatest joy was spending time with his wife and family. In addition to his beloved wife, Leona, James is also survived by his daughters, Sharon "Sherri" Wolf (Tom) of Leonardtown, Pamela "Pam" Scott (Craig Wasson) of Swanton, MD, and Melinda Bellafronte of Leonardtown, MD; his grandchildren: Kate Vourazeris, Lorrin Noonan, Llaen Coston-Clark, Brae Coston-Clark, Dan Bellafronte and Carrie Bellafronte; his great grandchildren: Blake Vourazeris, Caleb Vourazeris, Moriah Vourazeris, Mary Vourazeris, Abby Mei Noonan, and Bekah Noonan; and many extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, James is preceded in death by his son, Dennis Wayne "Danyaon" Coston-Clark, and his brothers Donald Clark, Paul Clark and Kenneth Clark. All services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
Herman Morris Bading
Herman Morris Bading died June 24, 2016 in Annapolis, MD. He was born September 24, 1926 in Mount Holly, NJ where he was raised by his parents, Anna and Herman Bading. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1949.
Two years later he married Dorothy Bradford (Dottie), beginning 62 years of the happiest marriage. Together they had a daughter, Julie, and a son, Casey. Herm was a warm, loving, and supportive father. After 25 years in the Navy and traveling all over the world, he and Dottie settled in the Annapolis area in 1970.
Herm loved sailing on the bay with Dottie, Navy Football, playing Bridge, and being part of the "Academy Family". He will be missed for his kindness, easy laugh, and love. The family requests that prayers be said in his name.
The Capital Gazette on July 3, 2016 Posted: July 19, 2016
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
Conrad Cope Miller Jr.
Mr. Conrad "Bud" Cope Miller, Jr., 90, died June 29, 2016, at the Seabrook Fraser Center where he was working hard in physical therapy and expecting a full recovery from a recent car accident. He was born April 13, 1926 in Macon, Georgia, the first son of Conrad Cope miller and Ruth Viola Dodd Miller. Bud was a 1949 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served 6 years in the Mine Squad IV, United States Atlantic Fleet. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Naval Occupation Service Medal. He resigned his commission as Commander, Mine Squad IV, May 21, 1954.
Bud returned to Easton, PA to join the family construction company and later became president. While living in Easton, Mr. Miller was an active member of The Easton Anglers. He also with the permission from the Daughters of the American Revolution was responsible for the exterior restoration of the Parsons-Taylor House who was a signee of the Declaration of Independence. In addition, Mr. Miller installed an 18th century garden adjacent to the house. The garden was in the memory of Kenneth Kressler. In 1976, he sold the company to his employees.
Two years later, he moved with his wife to Hilton Head Island where he became an enthusiastic amateur chef, an accomplished gardener, and an avid bridge player.
Survivors: He leaves his son Conrad Cope Miller III of Easton, PA, his daughter Emily Rowan Cronin, her husband Daniel Christopher, their son, Jared Maxwell of Wilmington, N.C. and his ex-wife, Patricia Keller of Easton, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Henry Maxwell Miller. Mr. Miller leaves the two cats he adored, Pork Chop and Gus, who have found a new nurturing home.
Services: A grave side service was held on July 15, 2016. Mr. Miller was buried next to his parents in the Greenwood Cemetery in Nazareth, PA.
Published Morning Call Aug. 15, 2016 Posted: August 16, 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.
Posted: August 18, 2016
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.
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210-658-7037 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.
J oe 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