USS Current Memorial
Captain James B. Duffy 1942 - 1945
CM 1/c ( DV ) Charles Cockrell 1943 - 1945
CWO-4 Peter Kowalchyk 1943 - 1945
SF2 ( DV ) John R. Barfuss 1943 -1945
EM1 Thomas Groody 1943 - 1945
EM1 Ralph Greenough 1943 - 1945
MM2 ( DV ) Albert Chakmak 1943 -1946
S 1/c Luther Gray 1944 - 1946
MM2 Floyd "Curley" Dyer 1944
CSC Willard Warwick 1944
Ensign Phillip Criblet 1944
Lieutenant Donald M. Ryan 1944
S / 2c Richard Eakin 1944
W / O Lysle Riley 1944
SF2 James B. Maxwell 1944 - 1945
MM2 ( DV ) John J. Wohlfit 1944 - 1945
MM1 ( DV ) George A. Skrivanek 1944 - 1946
QM3 Carl Green 1945
MOMM3 Bill Beach 1946
SF3 (DV) Robert Toombs 1945 - 1946
EN3 Larry Leighty 1945 -1949
Captain Howard F. Gindling 1946 - 1948
GM1 Robert Shaw 1951 - 1953
EN3 Leslie Smith 1951 - 1955
SN Jack Koby 1952
SN Johnny Welch 1952
EN2 B J Newby 1951 - 1953
LTJG Frank Zwolinski 1952 - 1954
EN3 Leslie Smith 1952 - 1954
Captain Milton R. Hill 1953 - 1954
MEG1 Donald Rohwedder 1953 - 1955
CWO1 Benjamin Turner 1955
EM2 Percy Lacour 1954 - 1956
IC2 Elmer Schnittker 1954 - 1957
BMC (DV) Henry Tierno 1956
HMC (DV) Donald Aanerud 1956 - 1960
BM3 Robert G. Bryan 1956 - 1960
FA Donald Brooks 1957
BT3 Clayton C. Cox 1957 - 1958
LTJG Victor Stevens 1957 - 1959
GM1 (DV) Charles F. Stewart 1957 - 1959
BMC (DV) Robert Dodson 1957 - 1960
Captain Harold R. Minard 1958 - 1960
HM1 Harold "Doc" Canfield 1958 - 1960
B'osn Jerry Monagahan 1958 - 1960
BMSN Gary Kelley 1958 -1961
XO Joe Ramseyer 1959
BT3 Jack Courtney 1960 - 1962
EN3 Jerry Spickler 1960 - 1963
BT1 Kenneth Byng 1960 - 1963
Captain George Evans 1960 - 1963
EN3 Anthony Ostroski 1960 -1963
ENCS Vernon Walters 1960 - 1963
BMSN Bill White 1960 -1964
EM2 Walter Beckman 1960 - 1964
EN3 Eldon ( Ozzie ) Osmun 1961 - 1964
EN2 Ron Bromley 1962 - 1966
BMC (DV) William Bokanoski 1963 - 1964
EM1 Richard Sansaver 1963 - 1968
DC1 (DV) Jerome 'JJ' Fox 1963 - 1968
SFM2 Daniel "Ace" Acfalle 1964 - 1969
CWO Richard Jugar 1964 - 1967
HMC (DV) Richard "Doc" Nuttall 1964 -1968
BM2 (DV) John "Jack" Steffens 1964 - 1969
SN Tom Rasinski 1964 - 1966
CWO Allen "Tom" Hill 1964 - 1966
EN3 Richard Pappe 1965 - 1968
LTJG Kenneth Bryant 1965 - 1968
BMC Camiel Dezutter 1965 - 1969
QM1 (DV) Warren Wilson 1965 - 1970
SN Troy "Seaweed" Jordan 1966
SN Ken Boyette 1965 - 1967
ENC Ellis Ferguson 1966 - 1970
FN James Roebuck 1967
RM3 Charles Trainer 1967 - 1968
Captain George Giganti 1967 - 1969
HMC (DV) William "Doc" Thomas 1968 - 1969
EN2 Mark Kjelsrud 1968 - 1970
BMC ( DV ) Larry Manini 1969
LT Paul Foltz 1969 - 1970
SN Dana Sucha 1969 - 1971
HTC George Johnson 1969 - 1971
Captain Joe Bradshaw 1970 - 1972
MR3 Noel Kessler 1970 - 1972
EM1 Walt Trahan 1962 - 1964
QM2 Vernon Sallie 1965 - 1968
SKC Pedro " Pete " Banayad 1964 - 1969
CWO3 Kenneth Seaman 1969 - 1971
EM3 Richard Shugert 1966 - 1970
GM3 Ted Guthrie 1957 - 1959
RM2 Arnie Ferrel 1964 - 1967
Captain Jerry Stangl 1956 - 1958
YN1 Ed Waycaster 1964 - 1967
QM3 Jerry Meggison 1962 - 1966
ETN2 Neil Kauffman 1964 - 1967
SFC Robert Karl 1951
SN Walt Marvin Dyer 1965-1966
SN Thomas May 1967 - 1969
Captain Milton Hill 1953 - 1954
EN3 Jerome Bahnsen 1956 - 1960
RM2 Jeff Jugar 1965 - 1968
EN2 ( DV ) Ron Warbis 1956 - 1958
SKCS Walter Blansett 1964 - 1967
ENC Raymond Haas 1964 - 1967
EM3 Erik Nelson 1967 - 1970
HT3 Richard Wray 1971 - 1972
BMSN Mike Rieker 1966 - 1967
EN3 Anthony Baumbach 1966 - 1968
EN2 ( DV ) Richard Hightower 1965 - 1968
CM3 Ora "Pete" Irvin 1945 - 1947
EN3 George Hartnagel 1960 - 1963
EN2 Steve Hastings 1971 - 1972
|Ensign Phillip S. Criblet|
On October 20, 1944, USS Current conducted diving operations
to save the severely damaged heavy cruiser USS Canberra
from sinking after a Japanese torpedo attack. Current's assistant
salvage officer Ensign Philip S. Criblet , 30, drowned when his air
supply was severed during shoring efforts in the
flooded engine room of the Canberra
A memorial and burial at sea was held on the morning of
October 21, 1944 from the USS Canberra. Ensign Philip S. Criblet
was posthumously awarded the Navy and Marine Corp Medal
for heroic diving on board the USS Canberra CA-70
Philip S. Criblet, 30, was born September 12, 1914 in Scranton, Pennsylvania
to Louise Sylvester of Scranton and Paul Louis Criblet, originally of
Geneva, Switzerland. His father left the family and moved to Papeete, Tahiti
when Philip was 6 years old. Philip's school years were spent in Maryland
and in 1935 he graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore
with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
After graduation, Philip began working at Worthington Pump and
Machinery Corporation in Harrison, New Jersey. In 1938 he married
Louise H. Kraft and in 1940, his only child, Elaine Louise was born.
In December 1943, Philip enlisted in the Navy, attended Officers
Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign. After completion
of diver training, he was assigned to the USS Current as the ship's
assistant Salvage Officer. He died on October, 20, 1944.
|MOMM2 (DV) John J. Wohlfit|
| Motor Machinist's Mate Second
Class John J. Wohlfit, United States Naval Reserve, was awarded
the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in
action and the Navy Commendation Medal while serving aboard the U.S.S. CANBERRA (CA-70), from 18
October to 27 October 1944.
The ship was under continuing threat of enemy air and submarine attack, and rolling deeply and machinery spaces were encumbered by debris from the torpedo explosion. His efforts contributed materially to the ship being removed from dangerous enemy waters to a safe anchorage.
His utter disregard for his own safety was at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
|CM1 (DV) Charles Cockrell|
| Carpenter's Mate First Class
Charles Cockrell, United States Navy, was awarded the Silver
Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action and the
Navy Commendation Medal while
serving aboard the U.S.S. CANBERRA (CA-70), from 18 October to
27 October 1944.
The ship was under continuing threat of enemy air and submarine attack, and rolling deeply and machinery spaces were encumbered by debris from the torpedo explosion.
efforts contributed materially to the ship being removed from
dangerous enemy waters to a safe anchorage. His utter disregard
for his own safety was at all times in keeping with the highest
traditions of the United States Naval Service.
|CWO-4 (DV) Peter Kowalchyk|
|CWO-4 Peter Kowalchyk, United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action and the Navy Commendation Medal while diving aboard the flooded USS CANBERRA (CA-70), in the Phillippine Sea, from 21 to 27 October 1944.|
|Peter Kowalchyk, 81, was born on June 26, 1917 and died on September 1, 1998. He was a recipient of the Silver Star Award for heroic efforts to save the cruiser USS Canberra from sinking in World War Two. He is intered at the Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida.|
|SF2 (DV) J. R. Barfuss|
| Shipfitter 2/c J.R. Barfuss,
United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous
gallantry and intrepidity in action and the Navy Commendation
Medal while Diving aboard the damaged U.S.S. CANBERRA (CA-70), from 18 October to 27 October 1944.
The ship was under continuing threat of enemy air and submarine attack, and rolling deeply. The machinery spaces were encumbered by debris from the torpedo explosion. His efforts contributed materially to the ship being removed from dangerous enemy waters to a safe anchorage.
His utter disregard for his own safety was at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
|LT Paul R. Foltz|
President of the United States of America
takes pride in presenting the Silver Star
(Posthumously) to Lieutenant Paul Raymond
Foltz, United States Naval Reserve, for
conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in
action while serving with friendly foreign
forces engaged in armed conflict against the
North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist
aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam, on 21
As Officer in Charge of Harbor Clearance Unit One Combat Salvage Operations in the U Minh Forest, Quang Nam, Vietnam, Lieutenant Foltz courageously led and directed two Navy salvage craft from HCU-1 and twelve men in salvaging a Vietnamese river craft which had been sunk by Viet Cong mines, rockets and swimmer sappers.
Lieutenant Foltz was in an exposed position in the lead craft calmly directing the progress of his convoy when the enemy launched a vicious mortar attack. Without regard for his own personal safety, he remained at his station courageously directing the defense. His outstanding performance of duty contributed significantly to the saving of other lives and to the United States Navy combat effort in the Republic of Vietnam.
Lieutenant Foltz's exemplary professionalism and outstanding devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Lieutenant Foltz is interred at Lebanon Cemetery in Midland, Indiana.
Lieutenant Foltz was on his third tour of duty
in Vietnam when he was killed by a B-40 rocket during the ambush on
his salvage craft on the Trem Trem River.
|SF2 James B. Maxwell|
|EM1 Ralph Greenough|
|Greenough, Ralph M., 95, born on June 10,
1918 in Royal Oaks Michigan passed away December 23, 2013. Ralph
grew up in Michigan and moved to California as a result of
employment as an accountant with GM in Van Nuys and retired after 30
He was a proud World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Current ARS-22. He is survived by his wife Gloria (Gigi); daughter, Zandra (Steve Gastelum; grandchildren: Veronica Rosati, Preston (Devin) Ball, Nicholas (Mary Pryor, prides of his life great-grandchildren: Avery Rosati, Deegan and Savannah Ball, brother Robert Greenough and sister June Greenough.
A Celebration of Ralph's life will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. Interment is at the Bakersfield National Cemetery, Arvin, California.
|EM1 Thomas Groody|
|Thomas J. Groody, 85, passed away on
May 12, 2010. A U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II and
Korea, he served on the rescue salvage ship USS Current ARS-22.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 1023, Elmont, N.Y. and the Knights of Columbus of the Memorare Council). He was the loving husband of Alice A., beloved father of Thomas M. (Deborah), Edward F. and William A., cherished grandfather of two and great-grandfather of two. He was survived by many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Saturday and Sunday 2-5 and 7-9 PM
at the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Hicksville Chapel, 47
Jerusalem Avenue (corner of West Marie St.) Hicksville, New
York. Funeral is Monday 9:45 AM at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic
Church. Interment will be at Nassau Knolls Cemetery, Port
Washington, New York.
|Captain James B. Duffy|
|For outstanding achievement in
the line of his profession while in command
of the Naval salvage vessel USS Current in a combat area in the Western Pacific.
Lieutenant Commander Duffy assisted in salvage and towing operations which resulted in removing two damaged warships from the danger area and into a safe port at Uliti Atoll.
During the slow and hazardous journey, the task group was in constant danger
of attack from enemy aircraft and later from enemy submarines known to be
operating along the route. The highly efficient salvage work done by the men
under his command on both every service which could possibly be undertaken
to assist the crippled ships under the most trying circumstances contributed
greatly to the eventual success of the mission. His conduct was in keeping with
the highest traditions of the United States Navy.
William F. Halsey
United States Navy
|Lieutenant Donald M. Ryan|
|LT Frank J. Zwolinski|
|Frank J. Zwolinski 86,
passed away March 23, 2005. Born November 15, 1918
in Rochester, N.Y. and reared in Penn Yan, N.Y. A
resident of Sunnyvale, California he passed away in
Mountain View, California. He was a Pearl Harbor
Survivor, serving on the USS Raleigh, and active in
the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Chapter 2.
His Navy Career spanned 30 years, serving during
Word War ll, Korea and Vietnam. He attained the rank
of Commander before his retirement in 1968.
After retirement from the Navy he went to work for the County of Alameda. he retired a second time in 1980 from the position of Emergency Services Coordinator for the Alameda County Office of Emergency Services. He was a San Lorenzo resident for 45 years and was very active in his community. He was a volunteer at Hayward's Historical Museum, active in the San Lorenzo Homeowner Association and a bingo caller at St. Joachim's Catholic Church. he also served as Fire Commissioner for the San Lorenzo Fire Protection District.
He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Agnes Leona (Zubris) Zwolinski, whom he went to school with in Penn Yan, N.Y. He is survived by his son Frank J, Zwolinski and his partner, Jim Mulligan, of Santa Rosa; his son Paul M. Zwolinski and his wife, Billie of Sunnyvale; his daughter, Donna J. Madeira and her husband, Lou, of Folsom; and his daughter Carol Z. Fairchild of San Jose. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Matthew Zwolinski of San Diego. Paul Madeira of Arcata, Anna Madeira of Folsom, and Peter Madeira of Folsom. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Sunday April 3, at 1 p.m. at Machado's Hillside Chapel, 1051 Harder Road, Hayward. A private interment with full military honors will take place Monday at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California.
|HM1(DV) Harold Canfield|
|Harold De Vern Canfield, 83, passed away
February 8, 2006 after a long illness. Born November 23, 1923 in
Brigham City, Utah. Retired from the U.S. Navy after 29 years of
service. Member of UDT (Underwater Demolition Team Three).
A Pearl Harbor Survivor attached to the U.S. Naval Hospital, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Served in WWII in both the Asian and European Theaters of war. Participated in the invasion of Normandy and served in Korea.
He was a loving family man and is survived by his wife of 34 years, Charlotte Canfield; a daughter, Kathleen Andrews; stepson, Donald Baird; two grandchildren, Jason Andrews and Francheska Anderson; two stepchildren, Don Jr. and John Baird; a great-grandchild, Ethan Anderson and a step-great-grandchild, Simon Baird. Memorial services will be held in California.
|CWO (DV) Jerry Monaghan|
|Retired U.S. Navy Chief Warrant Officer
Jerome Allen "Jerry" Monaghan, 82, of Kittery ME, died surrounded by
his family at the Edgewood Center on Oct. 21, 2004, after a period
of declining health. Born in Bridgeport CT on Jan. 23, 1922, he was
raised in Gardiner ME, where he attended local schools.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in September of 1942 and retired in June of 1971, after serving his country for 31 years. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. His Naval career took him from the South Pole to the North Pole. He was also USS Current's salvage diving officer and taught salvage theory at the diving school in Bayonne NJ, where he met his wife Rose Mary, to whom he was married for 51 years.
He received many commendations and campaign ribbons during his career. He received the Antarctic Expeditionary Medal. While in Vietnam, he was attached to Harbor Clearance Unit 1, officer in charge of the YLLC-5 boat that patrolled the My Cong River Delta, where he earned the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. As a bosun, he was plank owner of the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington DC. He was also docent at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Historical Museum. He was a member of the Navy League, the Retired Officers Association, and the U.S. Naval Institute; and he was a life member of the Frank E. Booma Post of Portsmouth and the American Legion Post 188 in Eliot ME.
He enjoyed delivering the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for the Eliot Lions Club with his grandchildren. He was a quiet man with a dry sense of humor and enjoyed having family and friends come to visit. Even though he traveled extensively with the military, he still enjoyed family vacations across the country. He also enjoyed cruises.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Mary (O'Donnell) Monaghan; son Timothy of Baltimore MD; daughter Cissy Furbish and husband Bruce of Kittery; grandchildren Jeffrey Monaghan and Michael and Amanda Furbish; brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Alice O'Donnell of Cary NC; brother-in-law George Kiefer of Beachwood NJ; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother Alice Beatrice Monaghan in 1964.
He will be sadly missed by the people whose lives he has touched including his many friends and neighbors, as well as friends at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Historical Museum, Compass Care, and Edgewood Center.
|LCDR (DV) Harold R. Minard|
|Harold Raymond Minard, 93, of Winnabow,
North Carolina died Saturday, February 5, 2011, at New Hanover
Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m.
Wednesday at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial will be
at Sea Lawn Memorial Park, Hampstead. Andrews Mortuary, Market
Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Apr. 4, 2011
|HMC (DV) Richard D. Nuttall|
On the 26th day of March, 1997, “Freeman” Dave the Kanabite returned to his Father in Heaven.
Born Richard David Nuttall on October 26, 1931 in Park City, Utah to David Verl and Hilda Ingrid Sutherland Nuttall. He was raised and educated in Utah County. He entered the United States Navy in 1949 as a medic attached to the U.S. Marine Corp. During the Korean Conflict his bravery and skill earned him the respect of his superior officers and peers. He was awarded many medals, two Silver Stars, Three Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart for wounds received in the Battle for Pork Chop Hill.
He continued his military career through the Vietnam era serving on USS Current ARS-22 where he received numerous awards for his gallantry and accomplishments. He retired from the Navy in 1969 with 20 years of honorable service to the country he loved.
He fell in love with and married Carol Ann Williams on December 26, 1953. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He is survived by his sweetheart, pal and good buddy, Babbett (Betty) Reisler Nuttall; his sister Gloria Gay Neeves; his children David Arthur (Teresa), Richard Verl (Karen), Stephen Joseph (Renay), Erika Ann Evans, Crystal Gay (Brad) Brown, Heather Ingrid Kealoha (David) Yarbrough, Nancy Ellen Durrant and William Ephraim (Gabriella); 84 grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his sweetheart of 37 years, Carol Ann Nuttall; one daughter, Mary Carol Nielsen, and three grandchildren: Daniel Justin Nuttall, Aimee Elizabeth Nuttall and Amanda Benevento.
“Freeman” Dave’s hero was Captain Moroni in the Book of Mormon and he truly believed in the Title of Liberty…our God our religion and freedom.
Graveside services were held in Deer Springs, Utah on March 29, 1997 under the direction of Mosdell Mortuary.
|Richard Eakin S 2/c|
|EAKIN, RICHARD GORDON, 85, formerly of Vestavia Hills, passed
away on Friday, November 23, 2012. He was preceded in death by his
wife of 54 years, Marie Britt Eakin. He graduated from Atlantic
Christian College in Wilson, NC where he met and married his wife
Marie. Richard served in the Navy during WWII. He worked for the
Economy Book Company for 25 years, and then did consultant work
He was an avid fisherman and Alabama Football fan. He is survived by his daughter, Lynn Murray (Charles), of Dora, AL; his brother, Tom Eakin and his sister, Eileen Harrison (Ed) both of New Castle, PA; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 12 to 1 PM at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home in Hoover. Graveside service will follow at 1 PM in Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South with Dr. Al Moore officiating. Special thanks to the West Wing staff of Golden Living Nursing Home for their love and care.
|BMC (DV) Larry Manini|
|Lawrence Keanu Manini, 56, was born August 28, 1937 and died February 2, 1994. He was U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran attaining the rate of Boatswain Mate Chief and serving on the USS Current ARS-22 as a Master Diver. He is survived by his wife and six daughters. He is interred at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe, Hawaii.|
|EM2 Percy LaCour|
|Percy Michel LaCour, 65, a retired
instrument technician at Exxon Chemical Co. and a resident of
Prairieville, died Sunday, March 4, 2001, at his home. He was a
native of Mansura. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd. Religious services at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, conducted by the Rev. Miles Walsh and eulogy by Pastor Ken Nelson. Interment in Port Hudson National Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Maurine B. LaCour; two sons, Kevin LaCour and wife Jean of Houston, and Monty Lacour and wife Reneé of Port Allen; four grandchildren, Nicholas, Tucker and Tanner LaCour and Dillon Couvillon; a sister, Gladys Francois of Cottonport; a brother, Allen LaCour of Des Allemands; a niece and husband, Elaine and Van Michel of Destrehan; two other nieces, Kaffie Cunningham and Linda Chant; six nephews, Terry and Bobby Francois, Joe Dufour, Larry and Rodney Ducote and Kurt LaCour. He is also survived by the following sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and their families, George and Joyce Nelson of Seattle, Philip and Ann Bordelon of Clinton, and Victor and Carol Cashio and Ray and Mona Gaspard, all of Greenwell Springs.
He was preceded in death by his father, Sydney S. LaCour, and mother, Edine B. LaCour, who were of Mansura; a sister, Ivy Rose Ducote, who was of Chalmette; and a half-brother, Ryan LaCour, who was of Bogalusa.
He was a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Men's Club and Cajun Clickers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to American Heart Association, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.
|BMC (DV) William Bokanoski|
|BOKANOSKI, WILLIAM JOHN, 67, of Floral
City, Florida died Monday (March 4, 2002) in Inverness. Born in
Hazleton, Pa., he came here in 1991 from Pinckney, Mich. He
retired from the Navy in 1977 with 27 years of service. He
achieved the rank of Boatswain Mate Chief Petty Officer and was
a Master Navy Diver serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Joslyn; three sons, Pastor Raymond E. Joslyn, Albuquerque, N.M., Jerry L. Joslyn, Prattsburgh, N.Y., and Ronald E. Joslyn, Belleville, Mich.; two daughters, Sharon E. Ferguson, Ypsilanti, Mich., and Shelia E. Calvin, Garden City, Mich.; several nieces and nephews; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inverness.
|HTC George Johnson|
|George A. Johnson, 76, born January 20, 1931 passed away February 25, 2007. He was a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran. He is buried at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California|
|HTC (DV) Jerome J. Fox|
|Jerome J Fox, 56, born July 28, 1935 passed away June 23,
1992. He was a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran attaining the rate of
Hull Technician Chief and was a Master Diver. He is buried at the
Fort Snelling National Cemetery in South Minneapolis, Minnesota.
|HT1 Daniel C. Acfalle|
|Daniel "Ace" Acfalle, 64, born August 22,1936 in
Asan Village, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, passed
away September 20, 2000 in Vallejo, California. He was a
U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran, retiring from the Navy after
20 years of service.
|ENCS Vernon Walters|
Walters, Vernon E., 54, a retired U.S. Navy veteran, attaining the
rank of Engineman Senior Chief
Petty Officer, died Friday, Nov. 29, 1996. Services will be held at 10 a.m.
Wednesday at the Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, Hutchinson, Kansas.
Survivors are his wife, Jane; son, Vernon Jr. of Riley; daughter, Victoria Schuckman, mother, Addie Paulk, brothers, Ira, Gary, all of Hutchinson, Kansas.
|LTJG Kenneth Bryant|
Kenneth D. Bryant, 70, died April 8, 2004 at his home.
He had been a resident of Jacksonville, Florida since
1970. He had retired from the United States Navy as a
Lieutenant Commander in 1975. He was also a retired
engineer from Jefferson Smurfit.
He was married to Joan (East) Bryant for 50 years.
He is survived by his wife, one son, Steve Bryant and
wife Georgette of Boys Ranch, Florida, two daughters,
Jo Lynn Curtis of Lake Wales, Florida and Dee Ann
Morehouse of Waco, Texas; six grandchildren, Joshua
Steven Bryant, Sarah Rebecca Klinkenberg, Jennifer
Gail Bryant, Danielle Nicole Morehouse, Hannah Marie
Morehouse, and Margaret Caitlin Curtis; one great
granddaughter, Sydney Lauren Bryant.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa and
brother-in-law. He was a faithful committed Christian
and a member of Highlands UMC until his death. He
previously held membership at New Life Community
UMC and Avondale UMC.
|BM2 ( DV ) John "Jack" Steffens|
|A Tribute to John Steffens|
|STEFFENS, JOHN ALVIN NICHOLAS
John passed away on December 24, 2007 at the age of 67. His home was Metamora, Michigan, formerly of Lake Orion. Beloved husband of Carol of 35 Years. Loving father of Denise Marie Rupp and Annette Lucille "Annie" (John II) Gorney. Dear brother of James (Edyie) and Sharon (Terry) Lang. Grandfather of Melissa, Jessica, Joshua, Jarred and Jennifer. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. John Steffens had an Associates Degree in Law Enforcement and Criminology both from Oakland Community College. He also attended the Institute of Applied Science in Chicago where he finished courses in Crime Detection. He worked In Lake Orion as a Police Officer for 25 years, worked in Animal Control and he was a Security Officer at St. Joseph Hospital. John was a Veteran of the United States Navy serving on USS Current ARS-22 as a diver during the Vietnam War. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, wood carving and Ham Radio (Ham Radio Name KJ8S) He was a member of the Frankenmuth Wood Carvers Association and the Flint Carvers Association.
Funeral services, Saturday, December 29, 2007, 11 am at St Joseph Catholic Church 715 Lapeer Rd. The Family will receive friends 3-5 & 7-9 PM Friday, December 28, 2007 at the Lake Orion Chapel of the Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home. Rosary service is Friday 7:30 PM. Interment is at Eastlawn Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers family wishes memorial contributions to Brian's House 1515 Cal Drive, Davison, MI 48423. A Guest Reflection can be made @ www.sparksgriffin.com
|EM1 Richard Sansaver|
|Richard Sansaver, 51, born on February 28, 1936 passed away November 14, 1987. He was a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran. He is interred at Evergreen Cemetery, Everett, Washington.|
|BT1 Kenneth Byng|
|A memorial celebration for Kenneth W.
Byng of Oakland, Ark. was held noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Oakland
Community Center, with Tony De Weese officiating. Byng died
Thursday, March 5, 2009, in Mountain Home at age 70. He was born
Thursday, June 9, 1938, in Oconto, Wis., the son of Jerry Byng,
Sr. and Ruth Fye. He married Elaine Johnson Nov. 3, 1968 , at
Reno, Nev., and worked as a mechanical engineer for Military
Sealift Command for 28years. Byng lived in Oakland, Ark. since
1988, moving from California.
He was a proud American citizen and a patriotic naval veteran who was passionate for fishing, wildlife, the outdoors and gardening. He was a world traveler, experiencing many beautiful places and was a dedicated family man. Byng is survived by his wife Elaine; son, Bernard (Yvette) Byng of Tracy, Calif.; daughter, Pamela Byng of Charlotte, N.C.; brother, Jerry (Carol) Byng of Abrams, Wis.; two sisters, Shirley Earley of Pestigo, Wis., and Carol Owens of Milwaukee; numerous nieces and nephews; grandchildren Andrea and Jessica Byng; and special friends, Corky, Jim and Chuck. Memorials may be made to Gail's Pets Second Chance, P.O. Box 83, Oakland, AR 72661.Arrangements were by Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www. kirby and family. com.
|EN2 Ron Bromley|
|RONALD BROMLEY, 66 of Tomball, Texas passed away September 23, 2009. Survived by daughters Andra Bromley and Tanya Miller as well as 5 grandchildren and numerous other special relatives and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Magnolia Funeral Home. Tributes can be left at www.magnoliafunerals.com|
|CWO Rick Jugar|
|Richard Frank Jugar ("Rick") 69, was
preceded in death by his father, Frank H. Jugar
and his mother, Dolores Javier Cage. Rick was the first district
court administrator to serve DeKalb and Rockdale Counties Superior
Courts. He served in that capacity from 1982 through 1999. Rick
was a proud U.S. Navy veteran serving from 1959 to 2001.
Survivors include his wife, Ellen Westermann Jugar of Atlanta; his children, son, Steven Brenner and wife Katie; daughter Heather Brenner; son, Eric Jugar; grandchildren, Julian Jugar Hawkins , Olivia Grace Brenner and Jackson ("Jack") Steven Brenner; his brothers Alan Jugar of Lake City, Fl and Jeff Jugar and wife, Lisa of Montana, and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church,
Tucker with Pastor Ray Borchelt officiating. Inurnment will be in
Floral Hills Memory Gardens on Saturday, prior to the service. In
lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mark Lutheran Church,
2110 Brockett Rd., Tucker, Georgia 30084. Please visit our online
tribute at www.floralhillsfuneral.com. Arrangements by Floral Hills
Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Tucker 770-491-3021.
|RM3 Charles Trainer|
|Charles E. Trainer, III, 65, of Port
Arthur, Texas passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2011. Charles was
born December 10, 1945 in Maywood, California to Charles E.
Trainer, Jr. and Jennie Gahagan Trainer. He was as resident of
Port Arthur for 61 years and retired as a Supervisor in the
Power Department of Motiva after 32 years of service. He was
also a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran. Survivors include his wife of
41 years, Linda Bryan Trainer of Port Arthur, TX; two daughters,
Kasey Trainer of Nederland, TX, Rebecca Ward and husband, Daniel
of Lumberton, TX; son, Jeremy Trainer of Georgetown, TX; two
sisters, Janice Butler and husband, Bob of California, and
Cheryl Dotson of Idaho; two grandsons, Carter Ward and Jackson
Ward. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August
27, 2011 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, Texas with
Reverend Steven Hays officiating. Military Graveside Honors will
follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Nederland. A visitation for
family and friends will begin Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. at
the funeral home. The family request casual dress for the
visitation and services.
|EN2 Mark Kjelsrud|
|SN Dana Sucha|
|Dana Sucha, 61, of Schuyler, Nebraska was
born November 23, 1949 and died Tuesday, August 23, 2011. He was a
U.S. Navy veteran.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Friday, August 26, 2011 at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Schuyler. Visitation: 3-5 p.m., Thursday at Kracl Funeral Chapel and 6-8 p.m at the church. Rosary Service: 7 p.m, Knights of Columbus and Parish St. Augustine's. Burial with Military Honors at Holy Cross Cemetery in Schuyler. Memorials to Holy Cross Cemetery or to donor's choice. Lunch at St. Augustine's Parish Hall. Arrangements by Kracl Funeral Chapel of Schuyler.
|ENC Ellis Ferguson|
Ellis B. Ferguson, 75, passed away March 1, 2013 in Port Orchard, Washington. Ellis was born Nov. 1, 1937 in Monroe, N.C., to parents Loree (McManus) Ferguson and Carlton Odell Ferguson. Ellis graduated from Monroe High School then began his tour in the Navy, receiving the rank of Engineman Chief and serving in the Vietnam War. He served from 1955 to 1975. During that time, he met Sadako "Reiko" Imada and they married May 18, 1960, in Fukuoka, Japan. After his time in the Navy, Ellis worked and retired from Bangor as a crane operator for 19 years.
He is preceded in death by both his parents and sisters, Jan and Barbra. Ellis is survived by his wife, Sadako; his daughter, Sandy (Mark) Cain; and three grandchildren: Kyler, Colby and Kelsy Cain.
Ellis enjoyed watching baseball, working in his yard and spending time with his family and grandchildren (who he took great pride in).
At the family's request, no services are scheduled. Arrangements entrusted to Lewis Funeral Chapel.
|LTJG Victor Stevens|
WORCESTER- Cdr. Victor B. Stevens, Jr., 75, of Worcester, died
Saturday, August 22 at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis surrounded by
his godchildren, Mary and Tom McGreevy and close friends. He was
born in Worcester, the son of the late Victor B. Stevens, Sr. and Statia (Michalak) Stevens. His brother Richard predeceased him in
Victor graduated from St. Stephen’s High School in 1952, from Holy Cross College with a BA in English in 1956 and was awarded a Master’s and Advanced Degree in Guidance and Psychology from Assumption College in 1967 and 1972. Victor had a distinguished career in the US Navy and was most proud of his assignment as 50th in Command of “Old Ironsides”, the USS Constitution from 1960-1963.
Victor taught English and eventually was Director of Guidance at St. Peter’s Central Catholic High School in Worcester. He was particularly successful in his coaching of several winning varsity basketball teams while at St. Peter’s High School. Victor was founder of the 400 Clubs of Harwich Port and later in Marlborough and Worcester. He will be sorely missed by his many friends, former students and athletes who have known and loved him for his dedication, his love of the arts, the Cape, and his humor and wit.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday, August 25 from CALLAHAN & FAY BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 61 Myrtle St. with a Mass at 11:00 AM in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 34 Ward Street. Burial in Notre Dame Cemetery will be private. A visiting hour will be held on Tuesday, August 25 from 9:30-10:30 AM in the funeral home. For directions and online condolence book please visit www.callahanfay.com
|Captain George Giganti|
|May 16, 2014|
|George Maurice "Shaka" Giganti, 90, of
Aiea, passed away in Aiea on May 16, 2014. A retired Navy marine
surveyor and Commanding Officer of USS Current ARS-22.
He was born in Lee, Massachusetts. He is survived by his daughter Linda A. Devore and two grandchildren. Private services. No Flowers. Donations suggested to Immaculate Conception Church, Ewa.
|BT3 Jack Courtney|
Jack Courtney, 73, born July 22, 1941, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 2, 2015 at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was a beloved father, devoted electrician and a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was preceded in death by his mother, Minnie Floyd; sister, Jane Brooks.
He is survived by his wife Sharon Courtney; sons, Michael and wife Sydney, Brian, Matthew, and Lee; grandchildren, Kristina, Jameson, and Bree; great-grandson, Mason Douglas; brothers, Thomas and Douglas, several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Saturday, March 7 at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm with funeral services to follow at 2:00 pm with Dr. Michael Thrasher officiating. Interment service will follow at Edgewood Cemetery. Online obituary may be viewed and condolences extended at www.rosemortuary.com
|BMC Camiel Dezutter|
|BM3 Robert G. Bryan|
|Robert Gordon Bryan, 85, was born on May 16, 1931 in
Kansas City, Missouri. He passed away on June 4, 2016 in
Union City, California where he was a resident. Bob was a Korean War Veteran. He served on the
USS Current ARS-22, a rescue salvage ship from 1956 to 1960.
His last Navy assignment was aboard the ammunition ship USS
Mount Baker AE-4.
Bob worked for Icon Construction Company as a drywall installer. After retiring, he joined the Masons at the Masonic Siminoff Daylight Lodge # 850. On March 14, 2013 he was presented the Masonic Hiram Award honoring him for exceptional service.
Bob is survived by his loving wife Joan, two sons, James of Clovis, California, and Michael J. of Pendleton, Oregon and three grandchildren.
Bob's final resting place is a shrine at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, California.
|MR3 Noel Kessler|
| CLYO, GEORGIA - Noel B.
Kessler, beloved father, grandfather, brother and uncle,
went to be with the lord on June 22, 2016. Noel was a
lifelong resident of Effingham County. He faithfully served
his country as a veteran of the US Navy and the Vietnam War
serving aboard the rescue salvage ship USS Current ARS-22.
Noel had previously served his community as fire chief for the City of Springfield. Noel was most recently employed as a building inspector for Effingham County. Noel was also very active with the In Country Motorcycle Club, and participated in numerous charitable events to benefit veterans. He was also active in the American Legion. Noel was proceeded in death by his parents, Clarence J. Kessler Sr., and Christine Carr Kessler and his brother Brian E. Kessler. He is survived by his sons, Blake Garrett Kessler and Ashley Kliff Kessler (Libby); grandson, Gavin; brother, Jerry Kessler (Gayla); sister, Marla Tant (Kenny); sister-in-law, Sheila Kessler as well as several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel. Interment will follow in Springfield Cemetery Annex. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Wounded Warriors Project. Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel 912-754-6421.
|EN3 Jerry Spickler|
|Jerry David Spickler, 75, Monrovia,
passed away August 13, 2016. Mr. Spickler was born January
11, 1941, in Indianapolis to the late William Dewey and Dora
Lee (Willock) Spickler.
Jerry graduated from Arsenal Technical High School and promptly entered the United States Navy. He proudly served for four years and recently enjoyed coordinating a yearly reunion for his shipmates of the USS Current. Jerry retired from the United States Postal Service and previously owned Lake Valley Masonry Company. Jerry was also a member of the American Legion Post 707. He was an avid Indianapolis Colts fan and also had served as the president of the Hoosier Trail Blazers 4-Wheel Drive Club. Above all, Jerry was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He had a special bond with his three sons-in-law and simply adored all of his grandchildren. He will be missed by a loving family and many friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Janet Lee Kidwell.
Survivors include his wife, Lavone (Welch) Spickler, to whom he was united in marriage August 29, 1969; daughters, Michelle Gladstein (Bob) of Monrovia, Dawn Hicks (David) of Greencastle, and Autumn Riggan (Josh) of Camby; grandchildren, Taylor Hicks, Zac Gladstein, Tyler Hicks, Connor Gladstein, Justice Riggan, and Jude Riggan.
Friends and family will gather on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 4 to 8 p.m., in the chapel at Carlisle – Branson Funeral Service & Crematory, Mooresville. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., Thursday, August 18, 2016, in the funeral home. Burial will be in West Union Cemetery, Monrovia. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Indiana Chapter. Visit website www.CarlisleBranson.com to share a favorite memory or to sign the online guest registry.
|EN2 (SS) Bill Beach|
|BEACH - William John, 88, of Bethpage, NY on July 28, 2016. Proud Retired Detective Lieutenant with 32 years of service with the Nassau County Police Department. Served 8 years in the US Navy, Submarine Division aboard the USS Catfish and USS Current ARS-22 Past Commander of the Long Island based US Submarine Veterans. Beloved husband of the late Julia Beach. Loving father of John, Bonnie Beach-Gadigian (Joseph), Susan Klemm (Chris) and Thomas (Traci). Cherished Grandpa Whitey of DJ, William (Jacalyn), Kevin, Julia (Gene), Samantha, Christina, Ryan, Jennifer, Lia Rose, Eric, Brianna and Carly. Also survived by his siblings Harriet and Roy. Was loved and will be missed by many friends. The family will receive visitors Saturday 7-9 pm and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Arthur F. White Funeral Home, Inc., 234 Broadway, Bethpage. Funeral Service Monday 10 am at the funeral home. Interment with military honors following at Pinelawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please make donations in William's memory to United Service Organizations at www.USO. org/Donate or the LI National Multiple Sclerosis Society at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsday/obituary.aspx?|
|SF3 (DV) Robert Toombs|
Bland Toombs was born November 9, 1923 at Webster Groves, MO to
James Madison Toombs and Sarah (Bland) Toombs. He passed away
December 12, 2010 at Jefferson Barracks VA Center in St. Louis,
MO at the age of 87.
|EN3 Larry Leighty|
|Lawrence E. "Larry" Leighty of
East Lackawannock Township passed away Tuesday evening,
Feb. 14, 2017, in Countryside Convalescent Home, Mercer,
Pennsylvania. He was 88 years old.
|QM2 Vernon Sallie|
|My Vern rolled out of this life and
stepped into Glory on the morning of October 20, 2015 and is walking
by his Savior's side. Vern fiercely fought a lung disease for
months, but the Lord saw how battle-weary he was and called him Home
The love of my life was a Navy Vietnam Veteran who served aboard the USS Current ARS-22 from 1965-1968 and spent some time in the Naval Reserve.
He is survived by his wife, son, 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 sisters, nieces and nephews.
Vern's wish was not to have a memorial service, but simply to be remembered as the guy in the wheelchair who loved to share God's Grace with everyone.
You ran the good race and fought the good fight Vern. It's been a good ride! Fair winds and smooth sailing.
|SKC Pedro "Pete" Banayad|
|SCHERTZ, TX - Pedro Ilagan Banayad passed away on October 9, 2017 at
the age of 86 years. He was a generous, proud, family-oriented man and
a passionate storyteller. Pedro, commonly known as Pete – or
affectionately as Lolo Pete – was born in Lemery, Batangas, Philippines,
on October 19, 1930. Two years after his birth, his family moved to Taal,
Batangas, where he spent his childhood and survived the Japanese
occupation of the Philippines during World War II.
Those who knew him surely heard how he became the self-proclaimed youngest horse and buggy driver and youngest jeep driver in Taal. He embarked on a 20-year career with the US Navy on June 24, 1955 and was stationed in Japan, California, Hawaii, Scotland, and Wisconsin. Pedro married the love of his life, Zenaida de las Alas, on April 8, 1956 – after years of courtship where she kept declining his marriage proposals until he had a job. Together, Pedro, Zenaida, and their three children traveled the world with the Navy – including road tripping across Europe – before settling in Racine, Wisconsin in 1974. He retired from the Navy in 1975 and then worked at SC Johnson & Sons until his final retirement in 1992.
Post-retirement, one of his long-running jokes was that he had been jobless for 25 years and that everyday is a Saturday. Pedro and his wife lived in Racine for 40 years before moving to live with their son and daughter-in-law in Schertz, Texas in 2014. He was an avid fisherman and often took his boat out on Lake Michigan, continued his fondness for cars and driving by being a longtime Lexus customer, and enjoyed his favorite drink, Johnnie Walker Black, while telling stories to anyone who would listen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Macaria Ylagan and Luis Banayad, siblings Lydia Banea, Simplicio Banayad, and Victor Banayad, and infant sons Joseph and Paul. Pedro is survived by his adoring wife of 61 years, Zenaida; children: Zoraida (Chris) of Cincinnati, OH, Antoinette (Fredrik) of Stockholm, Sweden, and Gerard (Linda) of Schertz, TX; grandchildren: Meghan (Brad) , Courtney, Aaron, Con, Mallory, Morgan, and Oliver; great-grandchild: Lark; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives – including the furry, four-legged family dog who loved sharing Pedro’s ritual breakfast of Cheerios.
Funeral services will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Schertz on Thursday, October 19, 2017, which would have been his 87th birthday, with visitation starting at 1:00pm and Military Honors followed by the Rosary and Funeral Mass at 2:00pm. Private interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:45 am. You are invited to sign the electronic guestbook at www.schertzfuneralhome.com
|CWO Kenneth Seaman|
|Kenneth J. Seaman, 77, passed away on December 27th 2017.
|EM3 Richard Shugert|
Indianapolis - Richard L. Shugert, 70, passed away January 28, 2018. The family will announce services at a later date.
|GM3 Ted Guthrie|
|Ted Allen Guthrie, passed
away at the age of 78 on March 31, 2018 at 12:30 pm. He was
born on November 19, 1939 in Yakima, Washington and was a
resident of LaPlace, LA for the past 25 years.
He was a US Navy veteran and served from 1956-1960 on two ships, The USS Current (ARS-22) and the USS Firedrake (AE-14).
He attended college in Oregon and held a private pilot's license. He worked for Navy contractors in Guam, San Diego and New Orleans and retired from Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, as an electrical engineer.
He is survived by his wife, Densita Guthrie and nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Drive in Metairie, LA. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm. The online guestbook is available at www.gardenofmemoriesmetairie.com.
|RM2 Arnie Ferrel|
Arnold Wayne Ferrel, 73, of
Burlington, Iowa died at 7:00 PM Wednesday, February 8,
2017, at his home.
|Captain Gerald Stangl|
G. Stangl, a U.S. Navy combat veteran of WWII
and the Korean War, passed away peacefully on
April 22, 2016, just a month before turning 102
years old. “Jerry” was born May 25, 1914 in
Roselle, Iowa. He was one of 13 children and
grew up on family farms in Iowa, and later in
Manitoba, Canada. He learned to drive a team of
horses by the age of 8, and loved reading and
playing baseball. In 1936, Jerry made a
spur-of-the-moment decision to join the U.S.
Navy. He was visiting his cousins in Iowa and
accompanied two of them to their Navy
pre-enlistment physical. Neither of his cousins
passed, but Jerry walked out enlisted in the
Jerry had never seen the ocean before, but he soon did as a seaman on a seaplane tender and then on destroyers. He was briefly discharged in 1940, but quickly reenlisted after visiting his parent’s farm in Canada and realizing the military paid better than farming. Jerry went into submarines when he reenlisted and eventually became Chief-of-Boat on the R-1, his first submarine, and later earned a wartime commission as an officer. He was then transferred to the Pacific where he served on the USS Bugara. Jerry met his future wife, Dorothy E. Thomas, on leave in New York. They were married after the war in 1946 in Hawaii.
Jerry continued in submarines after the war as Commanding Officer of the USS Tarpon, based in New Orleans, during which time Jerry and Dorothy’s first child, Stephanie, was born. He was then transferred to surface ships and eventually became Commanding Officer of the USS Takelma, a fleet tug, and USS Current ARS-22, a rescue/salvage ship. During his time on surface ships Jerry survived typhoons, mines and enemy artillery fire in Korea, and ice floes and arctic conditions while re-supplying the Distant Early Warning radar stations in Alaska and Canada. Interspersed with ship assignments, Jerry also had shore duty in Sasebo, Japan, Hunters Point, and Mare Island.
Jerry and family eventually settled in Napa, CA, where Jerry and Dorothy’s second child, Dorothy (“Dolly”), was born. He retired in 1961 from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander with 25 years of service while Chief of Security, Mare Island Shipyard. Jerry then began a second career as a State of California Driver’s License Examiner in Napa. He once said he was injured more seriously in accidents while administering driver’s license tests than in two shooting wars. Jerry retired from the Department of Motor Vehicles in 1979.
Jerry and Dorothy loved living in Napa, where they raised their children and were surrounded by long-term neighbors and friends. They enjoyed gardening, traveling and cross-country family trailer trips. Jerry was a member of St.. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church throughout his years in Napa.
Dorothy passed away in 1991 after 45 years of marriage. After Dorothy’s death, Jerry continued gardening, participating in travel clubs, taking brisk morning walks, and building and fixing things.
|YN1 Ed Waycaster|
Bernie Edward Waycaster, 76, of Hickory, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018.
Born July 19, 1941 in Crossnore, NC, he was the son of the late Bernie Waycaster and Ruth Buchanan Derreberry.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Hoyle Waycaster; and two step-children: Wilbert Wesley Cook, Jr. and Nora Sue Cook.
Mr. Waycaster was a 20 year Navy Veteran and had retired from Kenworth Trucking Company, where he worked as a Corporate Warranty Manager. He enjoyed deep sea fishing and playing golf.
He is survived by three children: Edward Joseph Waycaster and wife Amy, Dennis Robert Waycaster and wife Patience, all of Washington, Ashley Nicole Sousa of Alaska; brother, Dennis Ray Waycaster and wife Betty of Morganton, NC; grandchildren: Kayla, Samantha, Isaiah, Kylie Waycaster, Ashyln and Jason Avelson, all of Washington; step-son, Earl Lee Cook of Lincolnton, NC; step-grandchildren: Haley, Chelsea, and Leah Cook.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in the chapel at Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service from 2 - 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to Burke County Hospice, 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Bernie Edward Waycaster.
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|QM3 Jerry Meggison|
|Jerry Joseph Meggison, age 76, of Red
Oak, Iowa, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Montgomery
County Memorial Hospital. Jerry was born July 14, 1942 in Iowa
City, Iowa the son of Edward and Daisy (Hinkle) Meggison. He was
raised in Carbon, Iowa, and Red Oak, Iowa, graduating from Red
Oak High School in 1962. He served in the United States Navy on
the USS Current ARS-22 during the Vietnam War and returned to
Red Oak where he lived his entire life.
Jerry was united in marriage to Jo
Alice Rold on April 29, 1967 in Wales, Iowa. They made their
home in Red Oak. Over the years, Jerry worked for Union Carbide
Corporation until it closed, White House Lawns, Dan Phelps
Farms, KRC Farms, and the rock quarry north of Red Oak. He also
had been a paid fireman and a volunteer fireman for the City of
Red Oak. Jerry loved to have fun with friends, fishing, yard
work, gardening, swimming, and spending time with his family,
especially the grandkids and great grandkids.
|SFC Robert Karl|
|Robert "Bob" Karl (Bushdiecker),
of Saint Charles, Missouri, passed away Monday, May 20, 2019
at the age of 89.
Cherished son of the late Charles and Melissa Bushdiecker; beloved husband of the late Nancy
Lorraine Karl; devoted father of Vicki (Big T) Custer,
John Buschdiecker, Patrick Bushdiecker and Michael Karl.
He was also survived by Special Sister Wanda Williams
one of a kind. He was a unique individual who had a
great sense of humor. Bob was a devoted family man
bringing stability to his children. He enjoyed traveling
with his wife and adored his grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. A man of Faith, he was a devout
Christian and never wavered from his Christian values.
|SN Walter Dyer|
Walter Marvin Dyer, 72, of Cuba, Alabama passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. He was born April 23, 1946, in York, Alabama, to Thurston Arvin Dyer and Savannah Viola Thomas Dyer. He was a U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran serving onboard the USS Current ARS-22
|SN Thomas May|
|Thomas Lee May, age 72, of Orlando,
Florida passed away surrounded by loved ones on Monday,
September 30, 2019 at the VA medical center in Lake Nona from
complications of COPD & CHF.
Thomas was born on March 16, 1947 in Freeport, IL; son of the late Robert Eugene and Genevieve Clara (Schadle) May. He graduated from Aquin High School and Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois. He honorably served his country as a member of the United States Navy serving on USS Current ARS-22 from 1967 to 1969.
On March 11, 1982, he married Young
(Maria) Oh. Thomas worked as a mechanical engineer for Lockheed
Martin before his retirement. He was an avid sportsman and
sports fan; he enjoyed fishing and watching whatever sport was
|Captain Milton Hill|
|Ron "Bud" Warbis|
|Ronald David Warbis, 85, known as Bud or
Buddy by friends and family, was born in North Fork, NE, on July 8,
1935, to Joe and Lois (Cimmer) Warbis.
He passed away at his home on December 25, 2020, where lung cancer quickly took him away physically but gave his family time for poignant conversations and loving goodbyes, powerful memories we will cherish.
Bud was a farm kid that started working at a young age. He joined the Navy just out of high school and served on USS Current for four years as a Deep-Sea Rescue Diver and Diesel Mechanic. Bud had a quick wit and would often say he was a Deep-Sea Diver because he could walk better on the bottom of the ocean than he could swim. During his service, he served in the Korean War and became a member of the Forty and Eight, American Legion, and the VFW.
Bud met his lovely bride, Ellen Baroni, in 1956 during his return to the Navy from leave. They met on a bus, where Ellen was headed back to her Catholic Boarding School to finish her last two years of high school. After two years of long-distance courtship, they married on September 6, 1958. Over 61 years together, they raised two biological kids, Rusty (Sarah) Warbis and Annie (Mike) Price, along with countless other kids, as their door was always open to anyone that needed it.
Dad was happy to be the cheerleader on the sidelines for countless family events and kids' sports but shyed away from the spotlight himself. Dad loved taking long drives (to just about anywhere), shuttling grandkids to school and events, studying military history, hunting, fishing, and golfing with old buddies.
We feel blessed to have had him as our Dad, Grandpa, and Pa.
Bud is survived by his wife Ellen and their two children, Rusty (Sarah) and Annie (Mike), as well as nine beloved grandkids; Courtnie (Nathan) Dawson, Pacifique Price, Kylee Price, Mikayla Price, Kendal Collins, Viyora Price, West Price, Joe Warbis and Jessica Warbis. He is also survived by his loving sister, Lynda Kenneally.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers. True to Dad's desire to cheer from the sidelines, he asked to be cremated and for no celebration of life or funeral.
Walter Thomas Blansett, Jr., age 83, of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018. He was born on November 13, 1935, in Houston, Mississippi, the son of Walter Thomas Blansett, Sr. and Nesya Hollis Blansett. On June 11, 1959, he was married to Katharine V. Phillips.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ernest H. Blansett, John R. Blansett and Thomas E. Blansett; two sisters, Opal Goodwin and Clara Dendy. He was a United States Navy veteran retiring as a Storekeeper Senior Chief. He served on USS Current and was severely injured during the LCM-6 salvage operation at Cap Mia, Duc Pho, Vietnam in May 1967 and was airlifted off of Current. He served our country for over twenty-four and a half years. He also worked for the Corp of Engineers at Narrows Dam, for Carroll Building and Supply, and in his later years was self-employed until he suffered his first stroke.
He was a member of the Amvets Post 27 of Murfreesboro and enjoyed the outdoors. He is survived by his loving wife of over 59 years, Katharine Blansett of Murfreesboro; three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael W. and Lil Blansett of Chesapeake, Virginia, James C. and Cheryl Blansett of Little Rock and Douglas E. and Sheri Blansett of Murfreesboro; two grandchildren, Valrie F. Blansett and Kyle E. Blansett, both of Montrose, Colorado; two step-grandsons, Chris Wakefield of Ridgeway, California and George Ross of Roseville, California; two great-grandchildren, Gavin Ross and Kensi Ross, both of Roseville, California; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and a host of wonderful friends.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 5, 2019, in the Murfreesboro Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Navy Honors Team. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood, Arkansas.
Raymond Ross Haas, 83, passed away on October 31, 2020. He was born on September 18, 1937, to Clifford Andrew and Zelpha May Haas.
He served in the US Navy for 22 years and retired as an Engineman Chief Petty Officer. He was also a Deep Sea Diver serving on USS Current. He served his country with pride, and his service sent him around the world.
He graduated from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, became an ordained minister, and pastored a church in Wolsey, SD. He enjoyed his garden every year and was always busy working around his place. He was a history buff and played beautiful music on his dobro. He was strong and wise; he could fix anything; he was an amazing person. He enjoyed the ocean and would have been content living on a houseboat. He volunteered with The Texas Baptist Men involved in church planting and disaster relief. More than anything, he loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and miniature horse Dottie. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed; the world has lost an angel.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years Patricia Haas; daughters Ramona Porter and husband Marty, Renae Steelman and husband Dwight, Victoria Haas, Charlotte McNally, Leilani Triest and husband Tim, and Jasmine DeVore and husband Richard; grandchildren Talitha, Stephen, Henry, Ezekiel, Johnathan, Wendall, Bradley, Christopher, Spree, Badlands, Olen, and Coraline; great-grandchildren Chandler, Ethan, Emma W., Leah, Delilah, Hannah, Elizabeth, Bridger, Ellie, Emma C., and Grayson; sisters Alberta (Pete) Sweat, Helen Payne, Juneitta Kuhlmann, and Veradean Lewman.
He is preceded in death by his parents; son Clayton Wayne; brothers Frederick and Norman; sisters Waneita, Norma, and Darlene.
|Erik Thomas Nelson Sr., 73, of
Phoenix, AZ passed away in his home of 32 years on
February 27th, 2021 after battling stage IV lung
Richard Wray, 68 of Glenwood, IA, passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.
Celebration of Life Gathering will be held
on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 10:30
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bloom Senior
Center in Glenwood. Inurnment in the Omaha
National Cemetery will be held at 2:00 p.m.
on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Loess
Hills Funeral Home in Glenwood is caring for
Richard and his family.
Richard served in the
United States Navy (1970-1974) and served as
a Hull Technician on USS Current ARS-22 during the
Vietnam War. Following his discharge, he
worked over 40 years as a welder, fitter,
and inspector for several companies in the
steel fabrication industry.
Rieker born of Margaret A. and Edward P.
Rieker was born in Lancaster
Pennsylvania on September 7, 1946, he
passed on May 12th, 2022.
Baumbach passed away on July 26, 2022 at the
age of 77 after a courageous 2 ½ year battle
with esophageal cancer. He kept his family,
friends, and nursing staff in stitches until
the end with his silly shenanigans and
eye-rolling jokes, always confirming he was
“fine as frog’s hair” and answering the
question of “How do you feel?” with the
answer of “with my fingers.”
Born November 7, 1944, Anthony grew up in Ellinger, TX, and was the oldest of three siblings. He was known as a bit of a prankster as a child--a reputation that followed him well into adulthood. He joined the Navy and served for 4 years, three years as a EN3 serving as a crew member on USS Current ARS-22, and 1 year in Vietnam.
Shortly after his return home, Anthony met the love of his life, Marilyn Dale Glueck, and they married shortly thereafter, raising three children, Monica, Kevin, and Karen. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last August.
Always mechanically inclined, Anthony spent 17 years in construction at Drymalla Construction and another 25 years working in maintenance at Columbus ISD, which also gave him the added benefit of keeping close tabs on his kids (much to their dismay).
Anthony obtained his insurance license and put his people skills to use selling home and liability insurance for RVOS. He thrived as an agent, always taking the time to get to know his customers personally. He had a great love for people and never met a stranger.
Anthony loved all things outdoors, and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and family. He was a member of St. Roch’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and CCFPPA (Columbus Coaches and Friends Poker Playing Association). He loved the Astros and followed their games daily on TV and the radio, even during his last weeks in the hospital.
Anthony is preceded in death by his parents, Sidonie and Alton. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his children and their spouses, Monica and Greg, Kevin and Sheri, and Karen and Sonny; his grandchildren Zachary, Brendan, Makenna, Tanner, and Logan; and his brother Jerry and sister Margie.
Visitation will be held Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, TX. A parish prayer service and rosary will follow at 7:00 PM. A funeral service is scheduled for Friday, July 29, 2022 at 11:00 AM at St. Roch’s Catholic Church in Mentz, TX with Fr. Bob Knippenberg officiating. Visitation at church will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Roch’s Catholic Church, 1600 Frelsburg Rd., Alleyton, TX 78935 or the American Cancer Society, 2500 Fondren Rd., Suite 100, Houston, TX 77063.
|EN2 (DV) Richard Hightower|
|1965 - 1968|
|Richard O. Hightower of Alto, Ga passed away
on November 6, 2022.
Born January 23, 1948 to his parents, Willie D. and Annie Sue Hightower. Richard served in the United States Navy and was a crewmember on USS Current ARS-22, and was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad.
Memorial services will be held at
Lakewood Baptist Church, 2235 Thompson Bridge Rd, Gainesville Ga,
30501 on December 10, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
|CM3 Ora "Pete" Irvin|
Ora "Pete" Irvin, age 94, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2022. Born March 18, 1928 the son of Carl Irvin and Fern (Johnson) Irvin in Wichita, Kansas. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
He learned silversmithing, rock tumbling and making jewelry. Pete made necklaces, earrings, bolo ties and belt buckles. Later, he started to put eyes on rocks and called them bugs so he became known as "the bug man." Pete loved riding motorcycles. He started riding in 1952 and continued until March 2022 until his fall. He has had 14 different bikes with the last 3 being trikes. Pete and Audrey took many trips on the bikes and later after Audrey passed away he met Barbara Mesnier and they took several trips on his trike. Pete also loved to go dancing which he did with Audrey and later with Barbara. He and Barbara went to all the senior dances until COVID shut everything down. He told corny jokes and was always making people smile and laugh. Pete brought so much joy to everyone he met.
|EN3 George Hartnagel|
|George A. Hartnagel, 81, of
Millersburg, IL, passed away on Wednesday, March 29,
2023, at St. Elizabeth Hospital after a long battle with
Inclusion Body Myositis.
George was born on June 4, 1941, in Belleville, IL, to Albert Hartnagel and Mildred (nee Lucas) Hartnagel Knecht. He married Sharon Ann Haberer on September 26, 1964, at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, IL.
George graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1959. He enlisted in the Navy after graduation and served until 1963 on USS Current ARS-22 After his marriage to Sharon, George worked with the local 100 Labor Union for many years. He then became part owner and machinist at Edwardsville Machine and Welding until he retired in 2010.
George was a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Jamestown, IL and the American Legion Post 1106 in Pocahontas, IL. He served as the President of the St. Louis Auto Racing Association for many years, and belonged to the Hug Cemetery Board in Millersburg, IL.
George enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, attending yearly reunions with his USS Current shipmates and traveling the country. He was especially fond of photography, being the track photographer at Highland Speedway and Fayette County Speedway for several years, and traveling to various parts of the country taking pictures for ARCA, NASCAR, USAC, Silver Crown, and the World of Outlaws.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Hartnagel and Mildred Hartnagel Knecht; stepfather, Phillip Knecht; sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Westley Haberer; sister-in-law, Sharon Kay Haberer; granddaughter, Amber Hartnagel.
George is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sharon Hartnagel, Millersburg, IL; sons, Ronald (Tina) Hartnagel, Bradley Hartnagel, both of Millersburg, IL; grandchildren, Trevor (Haley) Hartnagel, Cale (Cortney) Hartnagel, Amara (Justin) Knackstedt, Brianna (Dallas) Hopkins, Kenley Hartnagel; great grandchildren, Weston Hartnagel, Ronnie Hartnagel, Jace Knackstedt, Dallas Hopkins, and one on the way; siblings, Richard (Cay) Hartnagel, Suzann Rizzi, Kathleen Luna; brother-in-law, Duane Haberer; special friend, Shelby Mann; numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to Hug Cemetery Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation or donor’s choice.
Celebration of Life Service: Sunday, April 16, 2023, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm, at the Greenville VFW.
|EN2 Steve Hastings|
|Steven W. Hastings, 75, of
Fostoria, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2023, at his home
surrounded by his family.
He was born June 25, 1947, in Bryan, to Iris "Jean" (Lombard) Hastings of Florida, and the late Wade Hastings.
Steve graduated from Fostoria High School in 1965 and attended Bowling Green State University for one year before joining the US Navy. Steve served on board the USS Current ARS-22 as an Engineman 2nd Class from 1970 to 1971. After serving in the Navy proudly for four years, he returned home to marry the love of his life, Margaret Benner, on June 26, 1971, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. She survives in Fostoria.
Steven is also survived by a son, Gregory (Kate) Hastings of Columbus; daughter, Laura (Eric) White of Magnolia; five grandchildren, Ella White (deceased), Ava White (deceased), Colin Hastings of Columbus, and Elaina White and Lincoln White, both of Magnolia; brother, Dr. Stan (Jan) Hastings of Florence, Kentucky; and sister, Shirley (Roger) Williams of Wewahitchka, Florida.
Steve worked as a machine repairman at Atlas Crankshaft of Fostoria for 30 years before he retired. He also shared his talents by working with Cub Scouts Pack 450 for five years as a den leader. He dearly loved his family and cherished spending time with them, especially with his grandchildren. His hobbies were fishing, wood working, playing cards, camping, and traveling.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2023, and 10-11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023. Steven's funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Hoening & Son Funeral Home, 133 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria, Ohio, 44830. Deacon Dave Schiefer will officiate. Burial will be immediately following at St. Wendelin Cemetery with United Veterans of Fostoria Honor Guard providing military honors. A luncheon will then take place at the funeral home reception area.
Memorials are suggested to St. Wendelin Catholic Church or ProMedica Hospice in care of the funeral home.
Online expressions of sympathy and shared memories may be made by visiting www.hoeningfuneralhome.com.
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