Machcinski, Dr. Victor A.
Dr. Victor A. Machinski Sr., surgeon, musician, athlete and
family man, passed peacefully from this earth while in the
loving arms of his family on Thursday, May 11, 2006. Known
affectionately as ''Dr. Vic'' by his Hospice aides, Dr.
Machcinski gracefully and courageously lived with cancer for
several years until age 82. He is survived by his beloved and
dedicated wife of fifty-eight years, Barbara Weeks Machcinski.
Dr. Machcinski was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 8,
1923, son of the late Stephen and Charlotte Machcinski. An
all-around athlete, vice president of the Class of 1941 and
Colgate Cup recipient for excellence in scholarship and
athleticism at Poly Prep School in Brooklyn, he went on to be a
Dean's List student at Yale University where he was a star
pitcher of the baseball team. Dr. Machcinski pitched exhibition
games for Yale against the Philadelphia Phillies, Brooklyn
Dodgers and Boston Braves, played semi-pro baseball, and was
scouted by major leagues. However, medicine was the stronger
After accelerating his study at Yale because of World War II,
he graduated with the Yale College Class of 1945 and then from
Yale Medical School in 1947. Following his internship at
Grace-New Haven (Connecticut) Community Hospital and a surgical
residency at New Britain (Connecticut) General Hospital, he
served in Korea with the U.S. Army, Medical Corps, 32nd
Infantry, attaining the rank of Captain.
While in Korea he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for
meritorious service, Commendation Ribbon with Metal Pendant, and
Combat Medical Badge. His enjoyment of every moment of life, his
calmness under pressure, and his ability to handle medical
traumas inspired all who knew him. He saved many lives while in
Korea, working ahead of the MASH Units to stabilize patients for
During thirty-one years of medical practice at Danbury
Hospital (Danbury, Connecticut), he earned the highest regard of
his peers and love of his patients. He was a Fellow of the
American College of Surgeons, and held several prominent offices
and chairmanships, including Chairman of the Medical Staff at
Danbury Hospital and President of the Fairfield County Medical
Association. He pioneered new methods of surgical stapling and
was the doctor to whom all the most difficult burn victims were
sent. More than once he resuscitated someone on a tennis court
or a sidewalk. He showed endless patience and compassion
treating the injured and sick.
He was also a devoted and generous husband, friend and
father, who was wise with his counsel, eternally optimistic and
strong in spirit, with a quick wit and keen sense of humor. He
was always a man you could count on, both in his professional
and private life.
Born into a musical family, where his parents and brothers,
Stephen and Richard, each played the piano or violin, Victor
became an accomplished pianist as a teenager. He performed
difficult solo pieces in concert at Poly Prep, including the
Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor, and he was known to liven up
many school meetings with his brilliant playing. He might have
become a concert pianist if medicine had not captured his
interest. Instead, he used music as his release and inspiration.
Chopin was his first love and lifetime muse, but he also loved
jazz, show tunes and ragtime, as his playing days with the
Dixieland ''Band Aids'' will attest. Vic could play endlessly
from memory and delighted his family and friends with countless
hours at the piano. No gathering was complete without his
passionate and seemingly effortless playing.
Dr. Machcinski retired in 1985 and lived in West Chatham,
Massachusetts with his wife, Barbara, for more than twenty
years, most of which saw him active and engaged in local
activities. He enjoyed golf and tennis, his membership in the
Retired Men's Club (for which he served as pianist for many
years), and his volunteer work for the Town of Chatham,
including service as Town Representative to the Regional Transit
Authority, and Director of the Council on Aging.
He was an avid reader who enjoyed both current events and the
classics, and in recent years he became skilled with his home
computer and use of the Internet. His primary joy, however, was
his home and family. He regularly traveled to visit his four
children and eight grandchildren, and he was tireless and
selfless in his devotion to them.
In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his loving
son, Victor A. Machcinski, Jr. and his wife Mary Ellen, of
Stamford, Connecticut, and three loving daughters, Robin M.
Prechter and her husband Robert, of Gainesville, Georgia, Katja
Machcinski of Ashland, OR and Lauren M. Mazur and her husband
Richard, of Dublin, Ohio. He has four grandsons, Elliott
Prechter, Richard and Stephen Mazur, and Scott Machcinski, and
four granddaughters, Dana Prechter, Meaghan and Caitlin
Machcinski, and Victoria Mazur. He also has one nephew, Stephen
A. Machcinski, III, and three nieces, Donna Petersen, Carol
Santora, and Victoria Brenha.
He will live forever in our hearts, in the beautiful example
he left us of an extraordinary life well-lived. A Mass of
Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, May 16, 10:00 A.M.
at Holy Redeemer Church, Highland Avenue, Chatham, MA, with
burial to follow at 12:45 P.M., Bourne National Cemetery,
Bourne, MA. The family will receive friends at the Nickerson
Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Road, Chatham on Monday, May 15, from
5-8 P.M., with a memorial tribute at 7 P.M. The family requests
that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Dr. Machcinski's
name to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, 270
Communication Way, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601 (www.hospicecapecod.org)
Mackenzie, George R.
From the Seventh Marines message board 12/27/05: "Roger King reports that George Mackenzie suffered a
massive heart attack and died instantly." George was an A/1/7 veteran of the Chosin Reservoir
campaign. The family address is 10218 Cemetery Road, Pecatonica, IL 61063-9013.
Macy, Jack Edward
Jack Edward Macy, born December 6, 1929, died February 11, 2009. He was a resident of Oakland,
CA. Jack, born to Arthur and Anna Macy, was the youngest of seven and is survived by his sister
Bobbie Reginato and pre-deceased by Edna (Lane), Harold, Dorothy (Cronin), Charles and Arthur. He married
Jean Mickleburgh, the love of his life, on June 12, 1955. Jack was the beloved father of Anna (Crvarich),
Kevin, Matthew, Nancy (Levey) and Mark. He was a devoted, adoring and loving grandfather to Timothy, Lisa,
Jack, Miles, Neil, Jacquelynn, Brian, Janie, Maggie, Reed and Riley. He was a wonderful father-in-law to
John, Clare, Melanie, Bill, and Kirstin; a grandfather-in-law to Maura; and a caring uncle to many nieces
and nephews. Jack was a surrogate father, mentor, and loyal friend to so many and all brought such joy and
pride to his life. He attended Saint Mary's College High School and remained an active alumnus until his
Jack was an honored member of the United States Marine Corps, listed as one of the most decorated
soldiers of the Korean War, receiving a Purple Heart, Silver Star and Distinguished Service Cross.
He was a member of the Legion of Valor and former member of G-3-5 Marines in Korea.
Jack was the owner of Macy Movers (founded by his father in 1915), where he worked six days a week
until his death. Jack was a past president of the California Moving & Storage Association, the National
Defense Transportation Association, and the Oakland Traffic Club and an active agent of Atlas Van Lines.
Jack was very active in the community with benefactors including Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of
America, the American Heart Association, the Alameda Community Food Bank, the Cerebral Palsy Center, the
Alameda County Blood Bank, and St. Lawrence O'Toole, just to name a few.
Jack was a man that dedicated his life to the service of country, family, friends, community and
through all, found time to have fun and enjoy life to its fullest until the very end. He will be missed by
so many. A mass will be held at St. Lawrence O'Toole Church, located at 3725 High Street in Oakland on
Friday February 20th at 11 a.m. and a celebration in honor of his life immediately following. Those
wishing to donate in his memory, please do so to your favorite charity or Hanna Boy Center, Sonoma, CA.
Maglione, Ralph J.
Major General Ralph J. Maglione, director of Legislative
Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, died July 15,
General Maglione was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1926; attended
Kent State University from 1946 to 1949; received a bachelor of
arts degree from the University of Maryland in 1964, and a
master's degree in international affairs from The George
Washington University in 1968; and graduated from the National
War College in 1968.
He entered the aviation cadet program in July 1949 and was
commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and
received his pilot wings in 1950, upon graduation at Williams
Air Force Base, Ariz. General Maglione was named a distinguished
graduate and awarded a Regular commission for his outstanding
performance during the training program.
His first assignment following pilot training was with the
27th Fighter Escort Wing, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas. In
November 1950 his wing deployed to Korea, where General Maglione
flew 104 combat missions in F-84E aircraft.
General Maglione returned to Bergstrom from Korea and in 1956
set an overwater distance record for single-engine fighter
aircraft when he flew his F-84F nonstop from Royal Air Force
Station Sturgate, England, to Austin, Texas. That same year,
General Maglione was selected to be a member of the Strategic
Air Command's gunnery team in the annual United States Fighter
Weapons Meet at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
In 1958, when the 27th Fighter Escort Wing converted to the
F-101A Voodoo, General Maglione demonstrated the aircraft at the
International Air Show in Liege, Belgium, after flying nonstop
from Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, to Liege. This nonstop
flight set an unofficial world speed record.
In January 1959, General Maglione was assigned to the 81st
Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Station Bentwaters,
England, where he flew the F-101 as flight commander and
operations officer with the 78th and 92d tactical fighter
squadrons. From November 1962 to July 1965, he was assigned as
an action officer in the Officer Assignments Division, Office of
the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters U.S. Air
Force, Washington, D.C. During this assignment, he completed
requirements for his bachelor of arts degree in economics at the
University of Maryland.
He was commander/leader of the U.S. Air Force's Aerial
Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds, from July 1965 to July
1967, during which time the team performed throughout the world.
In August 1967 he entered the National War College, Washington,
D.C., and received his master's degree from The George
General Maglione was chief, House of Representatives Liaison
Office, Office of Legislative Liaison, in the Office of the
Secretary of the Air Force, from July 1968 until April 1971. He
then became commander of the 3525th Pilot Training Wing,
Williams Air Force Base, Arizona.
General Maglione was assigned as director of personnel,
Military Assistance Command Vietnam from September 1972 until
March 1973, and assumed duty as chief, Operations and Plans
Division of the Defense Attache Office, Saigon, Republic of
Vietnam, after the disestablishment of MACV. He was
assigned to the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force as
deputy director of Legislative Liaison in June 1974 and became
director in August 1974.
He is a command pilot with more than 5,500 flying hours. His
military decorations and awards include the Distinguished
Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with oak leaf
cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Air
Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation
Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army
Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation
Emblem, and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with oak
He was promoted to the grade of major general September 1,
1974, with date of rank May 1, 1972. He retired February
Mainiero, Michael R.
Michael R. Mainiero, 92, passed away on April 19, 2020 after
contracting COVID-19. Michael was the adoring husband of the
late Wanda L. (King) Mainiero. A loving father to Sharon and
James Wood of Chester, Vermont, John and Evelyn Mainiero of
Oxford, Connecticut, Michael and Devin Mainiero of Torrington,
Connecticut. He was grandfather to Shawn (Sue), Danny (Iris),
James (Faye), Jesse (Danielle) Wood, John Mainiero, Jr, Kelley
(Jim) Cooney, Leah (Jon) Breslin and Michael Mainiero III; along
with 12 cherished great grandchildren; his twin brother, Joseph
Mainiero of Bridgeport, Connecticut; and many nieces and
nephews. Michael was born in Port Chester, NY on April 14, 1928,
son of the late John and Elizabeth (Lucian) Mainiero. He
attended schools in Port Chester and earned an Associate Degree
from Champlain College. Michael proudly served his country in
the United States Army during World War II and the Korean War.
He was a member of the Port Chester, New York VFW. A native of
Port Chester, New York, he moved to Monroe, Connecticut where he
and his wife, Wanda, raised their three children. Michael worked
as an engineer for several major companies and later held
positions in Senior Management and Vice President, before
owning, operating, and retiring from his own successful
companies, Man Barrier Corporation and MRM Security. Michael
loved baseball and the Yankees, dancing with Wanda, and was
proud of his years singing in his Barbershop Quartet. But most
of all Michael loved being with his family. He loved to
entertain at his beautiful lakeside estate where family and
friends would always gather for every occasion and Sunday
dinners. Michael was very generous and although it was yearlong,
it was very apparent on his favorite holiday, Christmas Eve. The
family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful staff,
including Nurses, Aides, and Administration at Shady Knolls in
Seymour for their extraordinary care. Arrangements: Due to the
social distancing a service and military honors will take place
at a later date. A private graveside service will be held at St.
Peter's Cemetery in Plattsburgh, New York. Chase Parkway
Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway,
Waterbury, Connecticut has been entrusted with Michael's funeral
Malandrinos, Harry P. (Bob)
Harry P. (Bob) Malandrinos, age 89, passed away on April 20,
2020 at Holyoke Medical Center. He was born on September 16,
1930 in Chicopee, the son of the late Paul H. and Bessie (Coscore)
Malandrinos. A longtime resident of Chicopee, Harry was a member
of Sts Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church and later
Living Gate Community Church. He served in the United States
Navy during the Korean War and later graduated from American
International College. Harry and his wife owned and operated The
Pyramid Luncheonette in Springfield, and then he worked for over
40 years as a teacher for Chicopee Public Schools and retired
from Chicopee Comprehensive High School. An accomplished
drummer, Harry traveled throughout the United States with George
Kent Orchestras. He is survived by his loving wife Katherine (Varvaky)
Malandrinos of Wilbraham; sons, Paul H. Malandrinos and his wife
Cheryl of Wilbraham and Stephen A. Malandrinos and his wife
Shelagh of Marlborough. He also leaves his beloved
grandchildren: John Duval Jr., Katherine Malandrinos, Sarah
Malandrinos, and Harry Malandrinos. He also leaves behind
numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. All services
will be private. The Grise Funeral Home is entrusted with
arrangements. Burial will take place in Fairview Cemetery.
Donations in Harry’s memory may be made to Wounded Warrior
Project or American Legion Post 452 in Chicopee.
Maloy, Curtis Raymond Sr.
Graveside services will be held for Curtis Maloy Sr., 86,
Clinton (Oklahoma) businessman for more than 70 years, at 11
a.m. Saturday at the Arapaho Cemetery. He died Wednesday,
August 15, 2018, in his Clinton home.
Curtis Raymond Maloy Sr. was born November 30, 1931, to Ted
Maloy and Bernice (Hardin) Maloy in Clinton. He was raised in
Clinton and attended Clinton schools. He enlisted in the U.S.
Army National Guard in 1948 during his junior year of high
school, and also worked with his father in the heating and air
business while in high school. He graduated from high school in
After graduation Maloy enlisted in the U.S. Army and served
two years in Korea. He earned the rank of sergeant before
receiving an honorable discharge in September of 1952. He
received numerous honors while in the military including the
Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal with Bronze Star,
Army Occupation Medal in Japan, the United Nations Service
Medal, and he was one of the very few to receive the Soldier’s
Medal for Heroism.
In 1968 he married Lorretta Ann (Horrel) Wells in Clinton,
and later married Treva (Isabel) Williams in 1979, also in
After his military service Maloy returned to western Oklahoma
and settled in Clinton, where he continued his career in the
heating and air business. He was still servicing customers in
western Oklahoma up until his death.
Maloy was an active member of the American Legion and served
in many capacities. His hobby was his work. He was a longtime
member of the Custer Avenue Baptist Church, where he helped lead
singing. Along with others in the church he sang at many
funerals and at local nursing homes and at the Clinton Veterans
Maloy was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a
step-mother, Zella Maloy; and a brother, Ted Maloy. Survivors
include his son, Curtis Maloy Jr., and wife Lori, and their son
Cole, all of Shawnee; a step-son, Robert Williams and wife
Euridice of Saint Croix, Virgin Islands; a step-daughter,
Cylinda Nonast and husband Rodney of Cordell; and two brothers,
Lynn Maloy and wife Louise of Arapaho and Bob Haney and wife
Sharon of San Antonio, Texas. He is also survived by eight
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Maloy, Ted Lyle
Ted Lyle Maloy, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, 87,
passed away on September 13, 2017 in Texas, due to complications
from vascular dementia. He was born on April 24, 1930 in
Clinton, Oklahoma, a son of Ted and Bernice Hardin Maloy. He was
a devoted husband, father, brother, and grandfather.
Ted grew up in Clinton as "Ted Jr." with his younger brothers
Curtis, Lynn and Bob. They loved to get into any kind of trouble
possible and were very good at it. Ted spent time at the family
farm in Arapaho and summers at the local swimming pool where he
was a lifeguard. He became an accomplished platform and
At age 17 after high school, he enlisted in the US Army 45th
Infantry Division and was deployed to the Korean War. Having
served as a frontline artillery commander and receiving numerous
merit awards, he finished his active duty and came back to
Oklahoma. He went to college on the GI Bill at Southwestern
Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and it was
there that he met his future wife of 62 years, Paula.
Soon after their marriage they moved to Ponca City, where Ted
worked for Conoco Oil. Meanwhile, Ted remained active in the
45th Infantry Reserve Guard unit. Ted and Paula had two
children, Mark and Kittie, and during summers the family spent
vacations visiting relatives in Oklahoma or Albuquerque, New
Mexico, where Ted instructed Army reserve training. In 1974, Ted
transferred to Houston with Conoco, where they remained.
He loved being with his family, whether it was rebuilding their
classic Ford Mustangs with Mark in the garage, or listening to
Kittie practice the piano. He helped Mark start his lawn care
equipment business and, with Paula, spent many years doing
whatever was needed at the shop. He could fix anything and it
wasn't uncommon to find him in the garage at midnight working on
a car engine.
Retiring from Conoco in 1985 and from the Army reserve in
1990, he stayed active in the Korean War Veterans
Association--Lone Star Chapter, participating in the Color
Guard, representing them at numerous military funerals held at
Houston National Cemetery. While he accomplished many things
over the years, his life was defined by his military service and
it was his proudest achievement.
Ted will be loved forever and never forgotten. He endured his
long struggle with PTSD and dementia with courage and dignity.
Ted was preceded in death by his wife, Paula, in January
2017, and by his parents and his beloved stepmother, Zella Maloy.
He is survived by his son Mark Maloy (Dianne); daughter Kittie
Gugenheim (Kevin); grandchildren Eric Maloy (Mimi), Paige Maloy,
Chase Gugenheim, and Jordan Gugenheim; brothers Curtis (Treva),
Lynn (Louise), and Bob Haney (Sharon); and brother-in-law Ron
He was buried in the Houston National Cemetery with full
military honors. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation
to the Alzheimer's Association or the Wounded Warrior Project in
memory of Ted L. Maloy.
Mancuso, James E.
James E. Mancuso, age 78, of Reedsville, West Virginia passed
away on Thursday, July 6, 2006 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in
Morgantown. Cremation services will be provided by Field
Funeral Home in Masontown. A graveside service will be
held at the Veterans National Cemetery in Pruntytown, West
Virginia at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 10, 2006 with full military
He was born February 29, 1928, in Smithfield, Ohio, a son of
the late Antonio and Grace Huff Mancuso. He was a member
of the Calvary Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army
where he served in the Korean War with the 25th Infantry
Division. He was honored with the a purple heart, 5 bronze
stars, one silver star, Expert Infantry Badge, and the Korean
Service Medal. He was a member of the American Legion and was
very active in veteran affairs. He was employed by West Virginia
University and the Huffy bicycle manufacturing company in
He is survived by two sons and spouses; Tony James and Maria
Mancuso of Kingwood and John Robert and Denise Mancuso of
Arthurdale; one daughter, Rhoda Grace Mancusco of Baltimore,
Maryland, one step-son, Richard L. Hormann of Pisgah; one
brother, Robert Mancuso of Covina, California; four sisters,
Nancy Adams of Miami, Florida, Macy Varner, Harriet Osbourne,
Rose Turner, all of Warren, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Gregory
Mancuso, Amanda Feather, Domenica, Breonna and Antonio Mancuso,
Jeremy Adili, John Mancuso, Jr., and Jessie Mancuso; and his
first wife, Rhoda Keifer of Arthurdale.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ingrid Emily Stark
Mancuso on November 29, 2002; a brother, William Mancuso; and a
sister, Dorothy Weister.
Mammarella, William Carmen
William Carmen Mammarella, 92, died peacefully among family
at his Bethany Beach home Friday, February 26, 2021. The Korean
War veteran, federal attorney, tennis, chess and pinochle player
was much loved. Born October 10, 1928, in Wilmington, Bill was
the middle child of Dominick and Margaret (née D’Onofrio); his
brothers Ernest and Raymond predeceased him. The Class of 1950
University of Delaware grad taught public school in Delaware
City. Relaxing by Dolle’s on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, Bill
met Shirley Ann Hatch; the two wed December 26, 1953, after his
Army service as a first lieutenant in the 50th Anti-Aircraft
Artillery AW Battalion in Korea. Via the G.I. Bill, he earned a
1957 law degree from George Washington University. This
led to 30 years at federal agencies, including Health Education
& Welfare, where his team enforced school desegregation, and the
Interstate Commerce Commission. After residing from 1961 in
Tenleytown, D.C., and North Chevy Chase, Maryland, Bill and
Shirley moved in 1990 to the house they built at their beloved
summer retreat. He is survived by his wife and four kids: James
Joseph of Astoria, New York, Nancy Ellen of Davis, West
Virginia, Shirley Ann of Alexandria, Virginia, and Martha Louise
(Cusick) of Richmond, Virginia; four grandsons: Max, Leo, Wyatt
(Powell) and Lucas (Cusick); five nephews and seven nieces--all
of whom recall Bill’s engaging sense of humor and knack for
storytelling. Bill’s ashes will be interred at Arlington
National Cemetery in a ceremony later this year; the family will
host a memorial gathering to coincide. In lieu of flowers,
please make donations in Bill’s name to Amnesty International.
James Mandeville, 83, died of coronavirus on April 14, 2020
in Holyoke Medical Center. He was transferred there from
the Soldiers Home in Holyoke. He was a Navy veteran of the
Korean War. He was visited every day for 17 years by his
daughter, Laurie Mandeville Beaudette.
Manz, Charles Anthony "Chuck"
Charles "Chuck" Anthony Manz, 90, of Jupiter, Florida,
formerly of Rural Ridge, Indiana Township, died Friday, January
12, 2018. He was born February 11, 1927, in Pittsburgh, to the
late Joseph and Anna Marie (Thomas) Manz.
Chuck enlisted in the Army in 1948 and served with the 73rd
Tank Battalion at the start of the Korean War. He married
Elizabeth "Betty" Reid on July 11, 1950, just before leaving for
Korea. Chuck and Betty lived in Garfield until 1968, when they
moved to Rural Ridge, Indiana Township. He was a member of the
Sheet Metal Workers Local 12 for more than 60 years, retiring in
1986. They moved to Jupiter, Florida, in 2013 to be closer to
Chuck was a member of the Knights of Columbus John F. Kennedy
Council, Russellton, and the Queen of Angels Council, Wexford,
and then with St. Peter Catholic Church Council in Jupiter.
His hobbies included racing pigeons, which he inherited from his
father; creating wood crafts to donate to church events; and
watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; son, Louis (Therese) Manz;
brother, John (Mary) Manz; sister-in-law, Ann Manz;
grandchildren, Louis (Heather) Manz Jr., Jennifer (Ryan) Theis,
David (Kristin) Manz and Stephen (Kristen) Manz;
great-grandchildren, Madison, Grayson, Matthew and Kellen Manz,
Carter, Caleb, and Colby Theis. Besides his parents, he was
preceded in death by his sisters, Regina, Dorothy, Anna,
Victoria and Cookie; and brothers, Joseph, Robert, Raymond, and
Family and friends are invited to attend a committal service
at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Lakewood Memorial Gardens
Mausoleum, 943 Route 910, Indiana Township, Cheswick, PA, with
the Rev. James P. Holland officiating, Chuck will be buried with
full military honors. Local arrangements were entrusted to the
Siwicki-Yanicko Funeral Home, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Southeast
Florida Honor Flight, PO Box 1503, Stuart, Florida 34995.
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on January 18,
Marsalis, Ellis Jr.
Born in New Orleans on 14 November 1934, Ellis Louis Marsalis
Jr., pianist and jazz educator, died from complications of
Covid-19 in his home town on 1 April 2020. His father, Ellis
Marsalis Sr., who died in 2004, owned the segregated Marsalis
Hotel (whose guests included Ray Charles, Adam Clayton Powell,
Jr., and Thurgood Marshall) and was active in the civil rights
movement. Marsalis, an accomplished pianist who eschewed the New
Orleans “traditional” style, began as a tenor saxophonist, but
after switching to piano played with such modernists as the
Adderley brothers, Ornette Coleman and drummer Ed Blackwell, as
well as trumpeter Al Hirt. He gained a bachelor’s degree in
music from Dillard University and after military service, an MA
in music education from Loyola University. He later taught at
Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of New
Orleans – where he spent 12 years as director of its jazz
studies programme. Among his pupils were Harry Connick, Jr.,
Nicholas Payton and Terence Blanchard.
Although he performed locally from the 1950s with Ed Blackwell
and clarinetist Alvin Batiste, appearing weekly at Snug Harbor,
one of New Orleans’s most prestigious jazz spots, Ellis
ironically achieved international recognition as the founding
father of a jazz dynasty with the emergence of his sons –
trumpeter Wynton and tenor saxophonist Branford – later joined
by trombonist Delfeayo and drummer Jason. On August 2001, to
mark the occasion of Ellis’s retirement from the music faculty
at the University of New Orleans, they recorded a live
performance (The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration, which
included a sprightly bop-inflected version of The Surrey With
The Fringe On Top, by the celebrant. In 1979, Ellis had appeared
at Carnegie Tavern in New York, and critic John S. Wilson
observed: “Unlike the widely accepted image of jazz musicians
from New Orleans, Mr. Marsalis is not a traditionalist” but was
rather “an eclectic performer with a light and graceful touch
[and] an exploratory turn of mind”. His well-received latter-day
albums include Father And Sons (with Wynton and Branford (1982),
Duke In Blue (1998), Ruminations In New York (2005), An Open
Letter To Thelonious (2008) and a solo album, On The First
During his lifetime Ellis’s musician sons paid fulsome tributes
to their father. In 2004 Wynton remembered ”My father never put
pressure on me. He’s too cool for that kind of stuff”. On his
talents as a teacher, Branford observed that “Learning has
always been more important to my dad than the sense of
established order. His quest with students was all about taking
them to a better place intellectually, not teaching them to know
their place”. And their father returned the compliments: “I do
have a lot of pride in my sons. They were able to make music
work as a profession by playing what they chose to play”.
Immediately after his father’s death, Branford quoted from a
text he’d received from David Wilkins, a Harvard Law professor:
“We can all marvel at the sheer audacity of a man who believed
he could teach his black boys to be excellent in a world that
denied that very possibility, and then watch them go on to
redefine what excellence means for all time”.
Fittingly, the Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, issued
this statement: “Ellis Marsalis was a legend. He was the
prototype of what we mean when we talk about New Orleans jazz.
He was a teacher, a father, and an icon – and words aren’t
sufficient to describe the art, the joy and the wonder he showed
In addition to his jazz playing sons, Ellis is survived by two
non-musician sons, Mboya and Ellis III, a sister, Yvette, and 13
grandchildren. His wife of 58 years, Dolores Marsalis, died in
Martel, Norma M. Fascendini
A one-of-a-kind, courageous, independent and beautiful soul
has been called home. Norma M. (Fascendini) (Damian) Martel
entered eternal peace on April 24, 2020. Norma will be
remembered for her infectious laugh, wit, and charm. She was the
definition of unconditional love, ready to lend a compassionate
ear, a friend to all she met and always up for a good time. A US
Navy Veteran, mother of 8, grandmother of 20, great grandmother
of 28, aunt, sister-in-law and friend, Norma truly did it her
way leaving many precious memories and a lasting legacy. Norma
was born in New York on May 8, 1934 to Andrew and Mary (Cerri)
Fascendini and raised in Kensington and New Britain. Determined
to become a nurse, Norma joined the Hospital Corps and served
from 1952 – 1956 during the Korean War. While stationed at US
Naval Hospital Portsmouth, VA she met the love of her life,
Anthony N. Damian, Jr. Together they had two children before his
untimely death. She later married Paul A. Martel, eventually
moving to Plainville to raise the family. Norma is survived by
her children: Tony Damian, Mary (Damian) Reynolds, Joseph,
David, Richard, Carol Martel Hall, James and their families;
brother in-law Moe; sisters-in-law Simone, Dallas, Juanita,
Jackie, and Charlene along with many cherished nieces, nephews,
and adopted members to the Martel clan. She was predeceased by
her son Michael; husbands Tony Damian and Paul Martel; brother
Andy; sister-in-law Irene; and brothers-in-law Louis, Leo, Roger
and Walter. The family wishes to thank the Apple Valley Rehab
Annex Team for their constant care and courage during this
pandemic, true heroes on the front line of a deadly virus. May
we find peace knowing that Norma is now 100%, free of pain,
zip-a-dee-doo-dah-ing along to the golden gate. Her cloud was
ready, heaven could no longer wait. A memorial service will be
held at a future date. Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St.,
Plainville extends their appreciation to the Martel family for
Martenhoff, James II
James Edward Martenhoff II died June 2, 2005 at the age of 85. He was an Associated Press war
correspondent during the Korean War. He took a photo of Richard Coate that became famously known as "The
Soldiers Watch." The image is etched on the surface of the Rensselaer County Korean War Memorial in Troy,
New York. The monument was dedicated in May of 1996. The image was taken early in March of 1951 for
AP release during the Easter Season, 1951.
Martin, Charles Elwood Sr.
From the Indianapolis Star, May 25, 2007:
Charles Elwood Martin, Sr. 75, Indianapolis, passed away May 23, 2007. A veteran of the United States
Marine Corps, Charles served his country with distinction during the Korean War. He worked as a bus driver
for the Indianapolis Transit Company for 15 years, prior to becoming the owner and operator of two Shell
service stations at 16th and College and 34th and Keystone for ten years. He then worked as a truck
driver. Charles lived at the Mozel Sanders Homes in the Meadows for twenty years, where he worked as the
Maintenance Supervisor. He retired in 2001 from Consolidated Freight Trucking Company and was a member of
Teamsters Union Local #135. Charles was preceded in death by five of his brothers and sisters, Otis
Martin, Julia Bradley, Will Martin, Jesse Martin and Ethel Fowlkes, and a grandson, Benjamin Martin.
Services will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 1 p.m. at Stuart Mortuary Chapel with calling from 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stuart Mortuary. Interment will be at Crown Hill Cemetery. He leaves to cherish his
memory his daughters, Karen E. Martin and Sharon D. Martin; sons, Charles E. Martin, Jr. and Tony (Cheryl)
Martin; grandchildren, Kimberly M. Martin, Erin D. Martin, April N. Martin and Charles E. Martin, III;
great-granddaughter, Ji'Aire A. D. Martin; brother, John (Frozeen) Martin; sisters, Blanche Evans, Georgia
B. Jackson, Susie Dartis and Lolita Thompson. Final arrangements have been entrusted to Stuart Mortuary.
Martin, George S.
George S. Martin HAMILTON SQUARE George S. Martin, 89, of
Hamilton Square, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at
RWJUH at Hamilton, Hamilton, NJ, from complications of the
COVID-19 virus. Born in Hamilton, he was a lifelong Hamilton
Township resident. Mr. Martin was a graduate of Hamilton High
School West, Class of 1949, and attended Christ Presbyterian
Church with his wife, Joyce. He was an honorably discharged U.S.
Air Force veteran having served during the Korean Conflict and
later served in the New Jersey Air National Guard. Mr. Martin
was employed with Globe Porcelain Company for nine years before
establishing Joseph Steinert & Company in 1959 where he held the
position of president until his retirement in 1995. In his spare
time, George enjoyed boating, golf, and antique cars. George was
always extremely involved in the Hamilton Township community and
served on numerous boards and committees. He was the past
treasurer of the Hamilton Township Lions Club, longtime member
of the Hamilton Township Rotary Club, former member of the Board
of Directors of the Consumers New Jersey Water Company, former
member of the Board of Directors of Yardville National Bank, and
a member of the American Legion Post #31 of Hamilton Township.
For many years, he has been an active member of the Masonic
Fraternity and Gothic Fraternal Lodge #270 where he served as
Master in 1977. On the state level, George served the Grand
Lodge of New Jersey as Grand Marshal from 1983-1984, Grand
Master of the Masons of the State of NJ from 1992-1993, as a
trustee on the Board of the Masonic Charity Foundation from
1984-1995 and was president of the Board of Trustees in 1986. In
addition, he was also a member of the Washington Association of
Masons of NJ, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Central
Jersey, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Trenton Forest #4, Crescent
Temple Shrine, A.A.O.N.M.S., of Westhampton, NJ, the York Rite
Bodies of NJ, St. Stephen's Conclave of the Red Cross of
Constantine, Delaware Valley High Twelve #593, O.E.S.
Morningstar Chapter #22, a past trustee of Acacia Lumberton
Manor Inc., and a member of the Air Force Association, Chapter
#293. Predeceased by his parents, William R. and Ida (Steinert)
Martin; his wife of 67 years, Joyce M. (Nicholas) Martin, and
his sister-in-law, Shirley Ann Latham Smith, he is survived by a
dear sister-in-law, Dorothy M. Wood; two dear nephews, Scott
Turner and his wife, Carol, of Bridgewater, NJ, and Keith Turner
of Cumberland, RI; a nephew, Anthony Latham; a niece, Andrea
Latham and her daughter, Gianna; his cherished great-nieces and
great-nephews, Devon, Aidan, Emme, Patrick, Phoebe and Sydney,
and many cousins and dear friends. A Celebration of Life service
will be held at a date to be announced. Please continue to visit
our website for service details. Due to the current temporary
regulations in our state and nation, a private graveside service
will be held at Greenwood Cemetery.
J.W. Martin died in November of 2005. No further details are available for the KWE at this time.
He served in "C" Company (Seventh Marines) in World War II and in the Air Wing in Korea.
Martin, Robert E.
Robert E. Martin, Sr., 82, of Lincoln, passed away at home
with his family by his side on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. He
was, for 53 years, the husband of the late C. Heléne (Masso)
Martin. He was born in Providence, a son of the late George and
Dorothy (Walsh) Martin.
He was an air conditioning and refrigeration contractor for
many years, and also worked as a HVAC technician for various
companies before retiring in 1992 from GTECH, where he was a
maintenance supervisor. He was a sergeant in the Marine
Corps, serving in Korea during the Korean War. While stationed
in California, he attended classes at UCLA.
A loving husband and father who had many close friends, he
was an especially devoted grandfather who umpired, coached,
cheered for and encouraged his grandchildren, who will always
remember his wonderful sense of humor and constant presence at
their baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, swimming, tennis,
cross-country, dance and theater events. He was also passionate
about reading, current events, and sports, and was a fervent Red
Sox, Bruins, Patriots and Celtics fan. He played several sports
in his younger days, and was always proud of the one homerun he
hit at Cranston Stadium. He was a former member of the Junior
Chamber of Commerce in North Providence, where he lived for 40
years before moving to Smithfield in 1994, and then Lincoln in
He is survived by three sons, Robert E. Martin, Jr. and his
wife Diane of Smithfield, Michael R. Martin and his wife Karen
of Foster, and Thomas G. Martin and his wife Lisa of Lincoln;
two daughters, Stephanie H. Armstrong and her husband Charles of
Moodus, CT. and Carol D. Redfield and her husband David of
Marlborough, NH; eleven grandchildren, Elana and Hannah
Redfield, Michael, Jessie, Daniel, CJ, Andrew, David and Laura
Martin, Katie and Bill Armstrong. He was the brother of the late
Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours in the
TUCKER-QUINN Funeral Chapel, 643 Putnam Ave (Rt.44) Greenville,
Saturday from 9-12noon with a service to follow at 12pm. Burial
will be private.
Martin, Vincent Paul
Vincent Paul Martin, 84, died of coronavirus on April 04,
2020 in Hollywood Premier Health Care Center in California.
The Army veteran was born August 31, 1935. He was survived
by his wife Emma Martin and daughters Elizabeth Gagliano and
Kathryn Sessinghaus. Mr. Martin had a passion for painting
Martineau, Horace W. "Marty"
Col. Horace W. "Marty" Martineau, a Korean War B-29 Combat Crew Pilot, passed away on April 28, 2012.
Marty had an illustrious Air Force career flying B-29s over North Korea just out of Pilot Training in
1951, then B-57s on special recon operations over the North Sea and Soviet and Baltic countries during the
Cold War (per Friend's Journal, page 21, Vol. 31, Fall 2008 Deployment To Brize-Norton 1959), and
RC -135s over Vietnam.
Marty and his wife Carole remained on Guam, raising their family of six children, while operating an
international jewelry business throughout southeast Asia. They later established and operated
"Marty's Mexican Cantina" in Tamuning, Guam, known far and wide by Air Force Combat Crews who have served
their country since the 1980s.
According to Air Force veteran Frank Farrell, "I remember Marty so well for so many sterling facets of
his character, but particularly his marvelous sense of humor, and foremost, for having saved our crew's
bacon singularly and certainly on several--but particularly two, occasions. And now I know I, and his
family members are comforted that 'he has reached out and touched the Face of God'!
Carol Martineau advises that his ashes will be held on a special plaque that will state: "This is old
Marty on his final approach...Mission accomplished."
Mastropietro, Thomas Gabriel
Thomas Gabriel Mastropietro, age 91, North Bergen, New
Jersey, died in the New Jersey Veterans Home in Paramus, New
Jersey on April 11, 2020. He was born in Jersey City, New
Jersey, on February 07, 1929, son of Michael and Minnie
Mastropietro. He was married to Mary Marano Mastropietro
and they had three children: Thomas, Stephen and the late
Michael Mastropietro. Thomas G. Mastropietro was a retired
boiler maintenance man for Benedix in Teterboro, New Jersey.
He was a Korean War veteran who sustained nerve damage while
serving in the Army. He was a parishoner of Sacred Heart
Church, North Bergen, and St. Matthews Church in Ridgefield, New
Jersey. Private services were held at Holy Cross Cemetery
in the family plot. Mr. Pastropietro was one of dozens of
veterans who died of the coronavirus in the New Jersey Veterans
Mathews, Carl A.
Graveside service for Mr. Carl A. Mathews, 92, of Opelika,
Alabama will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, May 16, 2020 at
Memory Hill Cemetery. Rev. Monique Summers will officiate. Mr.
Mathews passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Bill Nicholas
State Veterans Home in Alexander City, Alabama, after testing
positive for coronavirus. He was a member of St. Luke AME Church
where he served as the church’s musician. In 1946, he graduated
from East Street High School. He furthered his education at
Alabama State College earning a BS Degree in Music. Mr. Mathews
served his country in the US Army during the Korean War and was
honorably discharged. As a Music and English teacher, he taught
at East Street High School, Harper High School (Jackson,
Alabama) and JW Darden High School. The accomplished organist
and pianist played at many churches for decades, taught students
to play the piano, and served as a choir director well into his
90s. He is survived by a beloved sister, Carrie Jones of
Opelika, Alabama; a niece, Wisteria (Lorinza) Williams of Fort
Mitchell, Alabama; a nephew, Tani L. (Katrina) Jones of Auburn,
Alabama; adorable great nieces, great nephews and a great-great
nephew; several cousins and friends.
May, Charles William
Col. Charles William May, Lansing, Michigan, served in the 1st Marine Division in Korea. Colonel
May commanded the 1st 90mm Anti-aircraft Battalion, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. On December 21, 1951, he
was a passenger on a TBM-3R Avenger patrol bomber when his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft
fire and crashed near Chorwon, North Korea. His remains were not recovered. He was awarded the
Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.
Mayville, Donald Glen Sr.
Donald Glen Mayville Sr., age 80, Westland, Michigan, died
September 23, 2012. Don was born on January 29, 1932 in
Detroit, Michigan and was the second son of Frank and Myrtle
He joined the service at age 17 in 1949, which he retired
from in September of 1973. He was a member of the Chosin Few of
the Korean War, having served in the 3rd Battalion
Communications Platoon of the 57th Field Artillery, 31st
Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He also spent
three tours in Vietnam, where he attended college in Bangkok,
Thailand in Radio Communications. He was a retired Master
After his retirement from the service he also retired as a
Union Teamster Truck Driver in 1989. Don loved bowling,
attending Veteran Reunions and traveling. Don is survived his
sons, Don Mayville Jr., and Michael Mayville. His sisters
Shirley Crandall and Sandra Marcum, along with 5 grandchildren
and many nieces and nephews.
John Meade of Gillette, New Jersey, a loving husband, father
and grandfather, passed away on Friday, October 12, 2012, at
home surrounded by his family. He was 83 years old. Born
in County Clare, Ireland, he emigrated to the United States in
1949. He lived in Maplewood and Union before moving 13 years ago
Mr. Meade served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He
was employed by the township of Maplewood as a firefighter and
building inspector for more than 30 years.
He will be remembered for his compassion, his work ethic, his
garden, his love of people and laughter, and his warm and ready
smile. He will be greatly missed by all.
He was a communicant of St. Michael’s Church in Union and St.
Vincent de Paul Church in Stirling.
Mr. Meade is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary, of
Gillette; his children, Patricia Sherman and husband Richard of
Vacaville, California, Maureen Meade and Rahul Kumar of Basking
Ridge, Kathleen Vogel and husband Theodore of Millington, Susan
Mullen and husband Timothy of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Brian Meade
of Vacaville. He was the cherished grandfather of Claire, T.J.,
Caroline, Jack and Tara. He will be joined in eternal rest with
his beloved son, Johnny.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7
to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, at the Valley Memorial Home,
1012 Valley Road in Gillette. A Mass of Christian burial will be
held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17, at St. Vincent de Paul
Church on Bebout Avenue in Stirling. Interment will follow at
St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may
be made to the Rosary Memorial Garden at St. Vincent de Paul
Church, Bebout Avenue, Stirling, New Jersey 07980.
Medlin, Clarence J.
Clarence J. Medlen, 77, of Tolono, IL died February 21, 2008. He was born December 9, 1930, in
Tolono, the son of William and Clara Butz Medlen. He married Marlene A. Goddard on May 22, 1954, in
Arizona. She preceded him in death on November 29, 1997.
Surviving are two sons, David W. (Laurie) Medlen of Tolono, and Donald J. (Kim) Medlen of Catlin, IL;
two daughters, Diane E. (Mike) Lieb of Champaign, IL and Donna L. (Craig) Rosson of Tolono; nine
grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; brothers Edgar, Carl, Walter, and Jimmy
Medlen; and sisters Joann McGuire and Flossie Nugent. He was preceded in death by his parents and
Mr. Medlen was the Fire Chief of Tolono Fire Department, a member of VFW Tolono Post 1237, Masonic
Lodge A.F. & A.M. Post 391, and was retired from Alltel. He was the past president of the Community
Workers of America Local 5070.
He was a veteran of the Korean War and a proud veteran of the United States Navy Seabees. He
loved fishing, woodworking, hunting, and his grandchildren.
Melby, Robert A.
Robert A. Melby, 90, of O'Fallon, Illinois, passed away on
Sunday, May 30, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville,
Illinois. Robert was born March 3, 1931 in Chicago,
Illinois. After high school, Robert joined the Air Force
and spent many years serving as an aviation mechanic before
retiring as Chief Master Sergeant. Robert was a member of
the O'Fallon VFW Post 805, he enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading
the newspaper daily, and he loved his family. Robert will
be missed by all those he loved.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and
Gudrun Nygaard Melby, and beloved wife, Audrey Wright Melby.
Surviving are his two children, Alan (Susan) Melby of Boise,
Idaho and Mrs. Rory (Cheryl Kinney of O'Fallon, Illinios; three
brothers, Donald (Janet) Melby of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Kenneth
(Ruth) Melby of Decorah, Iowa, and Earl (Cecilia) Melby of
Morgantown, West Virginia; three grandchildren, Stephanie
Buckingham of Boise, Mrs. Adam (Chelsey) Wyant of Boise, and
Geoffrey (Ashley) Kinney of Weisbaden, Germany; and four
great-grandchildren, Lorelai Kinney, Ellasyn Kinney, Logan
Kinney, and Emma Buckingham.
A memorial visitation took place on June 6, 2021 at
Schildknecht Funeral Home in O'Fallon. Burial took place
June 7, 2021 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer
Societ and the Alzheimers Association.
Samuel Melendez, 86, died May 17, 2020 of coronavirus.
Originally from Puerto Rico, he served in the Army during the
Domingo Menchaca, age 78, of Bakersfield, California, passed
away on June 1, 2013. His funeral service was held on June 6 at
Tulare Christian Outreach Ministries in Tulare, and interment
was June 6 at North Tulare Public Cemetery.
Pastor Menchaca was born in Edna, Texas, on August 12, 1934,
and shepherded in the Tulare area for 25 years. After
serving his country in the United States military during the
Korean War, he also served the community of Tulare and its
surroundings in different ways for many years. He was much
loved by many people who knew him. He will be forever
remembered in their hearts.
He was a Translator. Visitation will be held Wed., June 5,
2013 from 5:00pm to 8:30pm at Sterling & Smith Funeral Home, 409
N . K Street, Tulare. Service will be held Thurs., June 6, 2013
at 10:00am at Tulare Christian Outreach Ministries, 160 N. N
Street, Tulare. Interment will be Thurs., June 6, 2013 at
12:00pm at North Tulare Public Cemetery, 4572 N. J Street,
Tulare. Remembrances and Condolences can be made at http://www.sterlingsmithfd.com/.
Services have been entrusted to Sterling & Smith Funeral Home,
409 N. K Street, Tulare.
Angelo Menna in CFC Position
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Angelo Menna, 79, of Basil Crossing, Cranston, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2012 surrounded by his
loving family. He was the devoted and cherished husband for 56 years of the late Barbara L. (Greco) Menna.
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Agnello and Antonetta (Verdecchia) Menna.
Angelo was Owner and President of Quonset Cities Service, Inc., an automotive repair facility in North
Kingstown for 40 years before his retirement in 1997.
He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving from March 1951 to October 1953. On October
23, 2004, Angelo was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross medal by Senator Jack Reed in recognition of
his heroic efforts as a B-29 Central Fire Control Gunner in the 93rd Bomb Squadron. While en route to
North Korea, during an aerial mission on November 26, 1952, his aircraft experienced a major and
near-catastrophic malfunction of the autopilot gyro causing the aircraft to suddenly dive. The resulting
instant weightlessness caused the equipment and crew to be thrown about the aircraft. All of the bombs,
with the exception of four, had broken loose from the racks and had fallen through the bomb bay doors. One
500-pound bomb and three other armed, photoflash bombs loosened but were hanging from the forward bomb
rack. Angelo, without regard for his own safety and without a parachute, managed to release the four bombs
and pushed them out of the bomb bay doors into the sea. Because of his extraordinary courage and
exceptional skill, Airman Menna ultimately saved the lives of the eleven-member crew.
His selflessness and devotion to duty and responsibility were his guiding principles in his later roles
as an extraordinary, husband, father, and grandfather.
Angelo is survived by his adoring daughters, Karen L. Menna with whom he lived, and Jamie G. DiMaio and
her husband Leo of Cranston. He was the proud and cherished grandfather of Stephanie Grace, Angelica
Marie, and Leo Angelo DiMaio. He was the brother of the late Katherine Oliver, Emma D'Ambra, Gaetano Menna,
John Menna and Elaine DeMatteis. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Merna, Richard G.
Posted by the Merna Family:
"Our wonderful Brother Richard left us today [July 04, 2006], at 1:55 p.m. He
was 71. We were with our Rich since 1:00 o'clock this afternoon after getting a call that he was
"not doing so good." He went into the hospital on June 2. He was there for four weeks, three of them in
the CCU (Critical Care Unit) where he had three operations. He never knew we were there; we knew we were
there. He lived a devout Catholic life. He was one of the nicest guys you would ever hope to meet.
He never married. He's with God tonight; we know that for a fact! We lost a brother... We lost a
Marine... today. He served his country on two tours in the Marine Corps, including almost 15 months in
Korea. He joins Roger Stanaitis, the brother of another St. Agnes Alumni, who died yesterday,
as they travel together to their just rewards. We miss him already... badly. Please pray for
both of them! We lost a Marine today." Richard Merna is pictured at right.
On Tuesday, July 4, 2006 of Clinton, MD. Beloved brother of Gerald F. (Dorothy) of Potomac Falls, VA,
Robert P. of San Jose, CA, James E. (Suzanne) of Annapolis, MD and Locust Grove, VA, and Vivian Renoes
(Al) of Sun City West, AZ, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother,
George, killed in action in WWII, and a younger brother, Thomas.
In his youth, along with his five brothers and a sister, Richard was raised
at two Catholic institutions, St. Dominic's Home for Boys and Girls, Blauvelt, NY, and at St. Agnes Home
for Boys, Sparkhill, NY. He graduated from Tappan Zee High School in Piermont, NY in 1953.
He served two tours in the U.S. Marine Corps, from 1953-1958 and 1961-1962, including 15 months in Korea
with the First Marine Division. Upon his discharge, he attended the University of Maryland for
three years where he was a member of the Newman Club and the Economic Discussion Club. His
part-time and subsequent full-time employment included the U.S. Post Office Dept., the Statler Hilton
Hotel, the Interstate Commerce Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service. He was a 100 percent
Friends may visit with the family at LEE FUNERAL HOME, Branch Ave. and
Coventry Way, Clinton MD. on Monday, July 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Prayers will be
offered at 7 p.m. Interment Tuesday, July 11 at 11 a.m. at Quantico National Cemetery. In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters, 175 Route 340, Sparkhill, NY 10976,
Attn: Sr. Peggy Scarano.
Merna, Robert Paul
Robert Paul Merna, 75, a retired
California court reporter and Korean War navy veteran, died of cancer December 22, 2006, at his home in
San Jose after a lengthy illness. A long-time California resident, he previously lived in San
Francisco, Moraga, and Walnut Creek.
He was born in New York City in 1931. Along with five brothers and one sister, he was raised in
two Dominican-run Catholic homes, St. Dominic's Home for Boys and Girls, Blauvelt, New York, and at St.
Agnes Home for Boys, Sparkill, New York. He attended Tappan Zee High School in Piermont, New York.
After completing high school in New York City, Mr. Merna enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May 1951.
He served five years on active duty, including 16 months in the Korean War. He served aboard the
destroyer escort USS McGinty (DE-365) on blockade and patrol duty in Wonsan Harbor, conducting numerous
shore bombardments of Communist-held positions. For his service, he was awarded the Korean Service
Medal with two battle stars, the China Service Medal (extended), the United Nations Service Medal, the
National Defense Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. Upon his discharge from the navy, he
moved to the Bay area. He was an avid sports fan and traveler.
Survivors include his brothers Gerald F. Merna, of Potomac Falls, Virginia, James E. Merna, of
Annapolis, Maryland, and a sister, Vivian Rendes, of Sun City West, Arizona. He leaves behind
numerous nieces and nephews, including Karen Hennessy and Roberta Moretti, both of San Jose.
Preceding him in death were his brothers George C. Merna, of New York City (killed in action in World War
II), Richard G. Merna, of Clinton, Maryland, and Thomas G. Merna, of San Francisco.
A memorial mass will be offered for Mr. Merna at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 28, at Saint
Christopher Parish, 1576 Curtner Avenue, San Jose. Interment Friday, December 29 at 11:00 a.m. at
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 West McCabe Road, Gustine, California. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters, 175 Route 340, Sparkill, New York 10976, Attn:
Sr. Peggy Scarano.
Meteer, James W.
James William Meteer, Sr., 85, of L'Anse, Michigan, died Tuesday morning, March 6, 2007, at Baraga
County Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness. Interment was in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery
in Hilliard, Ohio.
He was born April 7, 1921 in Columbus, Ohio, a son of the late William F. and Julia Ann (Kerns) Meteer.
He attended Hilliard High School in Hilliard, Ohio. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in 1944 and a Masters
degree in Forestry in 1947 from the University of Michigan.
Jim served in World War II and he was a Korean War veteran. He was a captain in the Marine Corps.
He was stationed in the Pacific Theatre and China, serving in Guam with the 3rd Marine Division during
World War II.
In 1944, he married the former Olympia "Lee" Capaldi on the Marine base in Quantico, Virginia.
Jim was employed as an assistant professor with the Ohio State Agricultural Experiment Station before
taking a position as professor of Forest Research and Forestry at the Ford Forestry Center at Michigan
Tech University. He earned Professor Emeritus status with MTU in 1984. Following retirement from MTU, he
served as president of Forest Restoration, Inc., a company that worked towards the development of the
forest-based economy in the Western Upper Peninsula. He also owned and operated Superior Forest Systems, a
His professional activities included a fellowship and 50-year membership with the Society of American
Foresters. He helped organize the Michigan Forest Association and served as its director for ten years.
Jim was a member of the Baraga County Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, chaired the Baraga County
Committee for Overall Development and Planning, served on the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and
Development Commission, member of L'Anse Village Industrial Committee, vice chair of Baraga County Senior
Citizens Board, was an original organizer and trustee of the Baraga County Community Foundation, former
president of Baraga County Kiwanis for two terms, member and chair of the Public Library Advisory Board,
trustee of the Copper Country Intermediate School District, member of the the American Legion, VFW, Marine
Corps League, Lions, U of M Club of the Copper Country, Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent DePaul Society
and Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. He was also selected Baraga County Citizen of the Year in 1997.
His leisure activities included genealogical studies, computers, American history, Sons of American
Revolution, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Olympia "Lee" Meteer of L'Anse; sons, James (Elizabeth) Meteer, Jr. of St.
Louis, Missouri and Philip Capaldi (Nancy) Meteer of Townsend, Massachusetts; daughters Antoinette Lee
(John) Shepich of New Berlin, Wisconsin and Julia Ann (Mark) Antiel of Coon Rapids, Minnesota; a sister,
Florence Summy of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by his parents and a brother, Charles L. Meteer.
Meyer, Rolland Joseph "Rolly"
Rolland J. "Rolly" Meyer, 76, died at 8:25 p.m. July 22, 2007, at
his residence. He was born July 9, 1931, in Minster to Norbert B.
and Alvera E. Hunstead Meyer, who preceded him in death. On July 16,
1955, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos, he
married Adeline "Ady" Nicholson, who was from Vancouver, British
Columbia. She survives in Lima, Ohio.
Mr. Meyer retired in 1989 as a packaged soap sales representative
from Proctor & Gamble, Cincinnati, after 30 years. He had also
worked at The Lima News and the Lima Citizen. He was a
member of St. Charles Catholic Church, where he was co-director of
bingo and was appointed as committee chair of Visitation Sunday by
Father Walter T. Hanley, founder of St. Charles. He had served as
president of the PTO at St. Charles school and of the Lima Central
Catholic Band Boosters. He was a member of American Legion Post 96
and a 3rd degree knight with Knights of Columbus Loyalty Council
2661. He was secretary of the local chapter of the United Ostomy
Group. He was a licensed high school basketball official in the
1970s and coached Catholic Youth Organization basketball.
He was a graduate of Minster High School. He was an Air Force
veteran of the Korean War, serving as a sergeant first class. He was
a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was actively
involved in his family and loved them dearly. His brothers and their
families gave him and his wife additional love and care. He could
tell a story or two.
Survivors also include two sons, Greg (Lisa) Meyer, of Pensacola,
Florida, and David (Becky) Meyer, of Chatham, New Jersey; two
daughters, Cathy (Scott) Felver, of Jefferson, Georgia, and Ann
(Chris) Fisher, of Lima; nine grandchildren, Emily, Bryan, Jessica,
Lauren, Jonathan, Megan, Amanda, Ben and Elizabeth; and five
great-grandchildren, Amber, Peyton, Michael, Nolan and Britni; and
two brothers, Robert (Marcia) Meyer, of Bellbrook, and Tom (Judy)
Meyer, of Jackson Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at St.
Charles Catholic Church. The Rev. Stephen Blum will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Augustine Cemetery, Minster, with military
rites by the Minster Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Michael, Thomas Wayne
Thomas Wayne "Tom" Michael, 82, of Stewardson, Illinois, died
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Effingham, Illinois. Funeral
services will be held at 10:30 a.m., March 14, 2014, at Grace
Evangelical Lutheran Church, Strasburg. Visitation will be
from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 13 at Howe and Yockey Funeral Home,
Strasburg, and one hour before services Friday at the church.
Burial will be in Grace Lutheran Church Cemetery, Strasburg,
with military rites by Strasburg American Legion Post 289.
Mr. Michael was born on October 2, 1931, in Woodbine, Iowa,
the son of Charles T. and Mabel Ruth Hinkle Michael. He
graduated from Stewardson-Strasburg High School. Tom
served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean
He was a building operation engineer for the University of
Illinois, owned and operated Michael Small Engine Repair in
Stewardson and later worked for York Bin Company in Strasburg
until his retirement. For the last nine years, he
assembled bicycles for Wal-Mart in Effingham.
Tom was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and
Strasburg American Legion Post 289, both in Strasburg.
He married Donna Berniece Brandt on July 18, 1958, at Grace
Evangelical Lutheran Church, Strasburg. He is survived by
his wife and sons Gary Wayne Michael and wife Maura of
Champaign, Illinois, and Larry Thomas Michael and wife Nena of
Urbana; two granddaughters, Marissa Michael and Jessica Michael
Devore, and one great-granddaughter, Madelyn Jane Twine.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mabel;
brother, Charles J. Michael; and sister, Helen
Memorials may be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church,
Strasburg, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Michie, George Anderson Sr.
George Anderson Michie Sr., 77, of Fairfax, Virginia, died Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at Washington
County Hospital, Hagerstown, Maryland, after a short fight with lung and brain cancer. Born February 23,
1932, in Fairfax, he was the son of the late Thomas and Susan Wolford Michie. He was a decorated Korean
War veteran of the U.S. Army. He was employed in the HVAC Industry in the metropolitan D.C. area for more
than 35 years. He leaves his loving wife, Mary E. Newton Michie, whom he married, July 21, 1979; three
brothers; three sisters; one daughter; two stepdaughters; two stepsons; and 10 grandchildren.
Millatti, Ross "Zottie"
Ross Anthony "Zottie" Millatti, 73, of Belleville, Illinois, died Thursday, June 30, 2005, at Jefferson
Barracks Veterans Administration Hospital following a long illness.
Mr. Millatti worked for many years at National City Stockyards and farmed in St. Clair County,
Illinois. He was the past vice president of the Imjim Chapter of the Korean War Veteran's Association and
was a U.S. Marine and a combat veteran of the Korean War where he served as an infantryman with E Company,
Second Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment. Mr. Millatti participated in the Chosen Reservoir campaign, where
he was wounded twice by enemy fire. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and several medals.
Discharged from the Marine Corps, Mr. Millatti returned to the metro area where he married Sandra Knapp
on July 3, 1955 and raised a family of five children. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Millatti of
Belleville; his children, Debra Ann Millatti of Ouray, Colorado, Ross Anthony Millatti Jr. of Maryland
Heights, Karen Louise Martin of Lake St. Louis, John Knapp Millatti of Belleville, and Lisa Evelyn Anne
Meyer of Columbia, Missouri; and four grandchildren, Jonathan and Farrah Reed of Valdosa, Georgia, Sarah
Louise Wiest and Andrea Louise Wiest of St. Louis, Missouri. Mass of Christian burial was held on
Wednesday, July 6, 2005, at St. Henry's Catholic Church, Belleville. Interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery,
Miller, James Woodrow
James Woodrow Miller, age 66 of Dayton, departed this life Tuesday, January 6, 1998 as a result of
complications from surgery. James was born in Hazard, Kentucky, February 10, 1931. He was
retired from Harrison Radiator and was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
He was proceeded in death by his father and mother, Galielo and Easter; father-in-law and
mother-in-law, Pearl and Mary Woods; two brothers, Marvin and Arlas; a sister Edith; and a daughter
Janice. He was survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Lois; one daughter and son-in-law, Theresa
and Dennis Brewer; sons and daughters-in-law, James and Kim and Mike and Linda; son, Roger; six
grandchildren, Sara, Joshua, Benjamin, Greg, Sean and Glenn; sister and brother-in-law, Pearl and husband;
brothers and sisters-in-law, Dennis and Jeannie, Rufus and Dema, Thorton and Janice, and Earnest and
Maxine; sister-in-law and husband, Fannie and David Henderson; brothers-in-law and wives, Clarence and
Mamie Woods and Carl and Osie Woods; and numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
We miss you and love you forever.
Miller, Paul "Leon" Sr.
Paul "Leon" Miller Sr. of Falls Creek, Pennsylvania died February 15, 2007. Born October 18,
1932, a son of Robert Ivan and Bertha Gaynelle (Potts) Miller, he was married to Shirley Connor Miller.
She preceded him in death July 6, 2006. He was a graduate of the Falls Creek High School. He was a
graduate of the National Radio Institute of Washington D.C. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War,
serving with the 28th Infantry Division, A Battery, 229th Field Artillery from 1950-1952. He was deployed
to Germany with the European Pact during the war. He owned and operated Miller Electronics for 50
years. He was a 50-year member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and a 50-year member of the James J.
Patterson Post 813, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed hunting, antiques and bottle digging.
Survivors include three sons: Lee Miller, Brian Miller, and Mark Miller; one daughter, Vicki Bundy; 12
grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and two brothers, John Miller and Arman Miller.
Millet, Lewis L.
Col. (Ret.) Lewis L. Millet, Medal of Honor recipient of
Idyllwild, California, died Saturday morning Nov 24, 2009 at
Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda. He was
88. "He had a brief hospitalization. He came in the day before
Veterans Day," said hospital spokeswoman Annie Tuttle. Col.
Millett had various health problems over the last three to five
years, including diabetes, said Mike Goldware, a family
spokesman. A cause of death was not announced. Funeral
arrangements were pending. Col. Millett was a regular at
patriotic events locally and across the country. In April, Col.
Millett served as grand marshal for the Salute to Veterans
Parade in Riverside. Earlier this year, a park in San Jacinto
was dedicated in his name. "He was a regular at the (Riverside)
National Cemetery," Goldware said. "If he could get on board a
military transport, he would go anywhere for the troops." Col.
Millett was born in Mechanic Falls, Maine, on Dec. 15, 1920. He
enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940 and served as an air
gunner, then joined the Canadian Army when it appeared the
United States would not enter World War II. "He joined the Royal
Canadian Army after President Roosevelt said in a speech that no
American boy would fight on foreign soil," Goldware said. He
returned to the U.S. Army in 1942 upon the United States'
entrance into World War II and served in the 1st Armored
Division. After making sergeant, he was awarded a battlefield
commission. According to his Medal of Honor Citation, then-Capt.
Millett distinguished himself "above and beyond the call of duty
in action" in Korea, after he and his men came under heavy enemy
fire on Feb. 7, 1951. He ordered and led a bayonet counterattack
up the hill, killing enemy soldiers in hand-to-hand assault
during which he was wounded by a grenade blast. But by early
afternoon, his company had taken the hill. He was presented the
Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman in July 1951. He
retired as a colonel in 1973 after a 31-year career in which he
served in World War II, Korea War and the Vietnam War.
Minnicks, Charles J. "Skip"
Minnicks, Charles J., passed away on 31 August, 2013, in
Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Skip served during the Korean War and
joined Special Forces serving in the original 77th Special
Forces Group in 1954. He also served with the 7th and 3rd
Special Forces Groups. He went to Vietnam with the 5th SFG in
1962 and served continuously until 1969 in various assignments.
He was assigned to I, II and III Corps, Delta Project and was at
Khe Sanh during the Tet Offensive of 1968.
After retirement he belonged to the Shidle Lodge 601, Syria
Shrine of Pittsburgh, Syria Shrine Gun Club, the Coudersport
Consistory, VFW Post 8427, American Legion Post 945, several Rod
and Gun Clubs, the Khe Sanh Veterans Association and the Special
Forces Association. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Hall
of Valor at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann; a son, Charles;
three grandchildren; Charles, Margaret and Patricia; and his
brother, James. Masonic services were held at the Shidle Lodge
601. Interment with full military honors was in the Westmorland
County Memorial Park.
Missey, Charles H. "Charlie"
Charles H. "Charlie" Missey, age 91 of Saint Jacobs,
Illinois, died peacefully Tuesday, June 01, 2021, at his
residence in Saint Jacob, Illinois. He was born on
Wednesday, December 25, 1929, in Fertile, Missouri, the son of
Joseph and Belle Sonsoucic Missey. On Saturday, September 03,
1955, he married Lola (Tootie) M. Reding, at Hope Lutheran
Church, Highland, Illinois. Charlie was drafted into the
US Army in 1951, serving two years during the Korean War.
He was later employed with BFI, Acme, and he retired from
Mississippi Gas Company. Charlie was a faithful member of
Hope Lutheran Church, Highland; American Legion; and former
member of the Teamsters Local 50, Belleville.
Throughout his life he enjoyed softball, bowling, fishing and
golfing. His later hobbies included collecting scrap,
playing cards, and sitting on the swing visiting passersby.
Charlie knew no strangers and this applied to the birds,
squirrels and rabbits that seemed to know him. But
Charlie's wife, three children, six grandchildren and ten great
grandchildren were the greatest source of his pride and joy.
His light will continue to shine in their smiles. His
loving family is comforted by Charlie's personal relationship
with his Lord and Savior.
Survivors include: wife Lola M. "Tootie" Missey, Saint Jacob,
Illinois; son Joseph M. (Pam) Missey, Highland; daughters Karen
S. (Karen) Missey, Cynthia L. "Cindy" Missey, Belleville,
Illinois; grandchildren Jennifer M. (Michael) Durbin; Joseph C.
(Brian Bartling) Missey; Joshua S. (Melissa) Missey; Jared M.
(Lauren) Missey; Jordan D. Missey; Benjamin T. "Tyler" Ellis;
great grandchildren Noah Durbin, Allyson Durbin; Caleb Durbin;
Lillyann Durbin; Aubrey Missey; Audrianna Lugge; Brynlee Missey;
Jaxon Missey; Bryson Missey; Karsyn Missey; brother Donald
(Dorothy) Missey; sisters-in-law Sylvia Pendergraft; Janet
Ripperda; Sherry (Charlie) Bresnahan; brothers-in-law Darwin
(Cheryl) Redding; Scott (Lynn) Novak.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Kyle Missey
(died 05/31/1980), mother, Belle E. Sonsoucie Missey (died
01/28/1975); great grandchild, Isaiah Durbin (died at birth
2008), sisters Floretta Bequette and Fern Bequette (died
6/18/2001); brothers Wallace Missey, Emmett E. Missey (died
7/30/1970), Joseph Hollis Missey (died 07/12/1988), Joseph Roy
Missey (died 07/15/1983); half sister Leona Pendergraft; half
brothers Robert J. Sonsoucie (died 08/03/1987); brothers-in-law
Leo Bequette, Raymond Bequette, Orville Pendergraft;
sisters-in-law Mary Ellen Missey, Virginia Missey, Mabel
Sonsoucie, Pat Missey, Marianne Schulte; brothers-in-law
Clarence Reding and Alphonse Ripperda.
Funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 07,
2021, at Hope Lutheran Church in Highland, with Rev. Scott
Busacker, officiating. Interment was at Keystone Cemetery,
Saint Jacob, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made
to Hope Lutheran Church Building Fund or BJC Hospice.
Mitchler, Lawrence "Larry"
Lawrence “Larry” Mitchler passed away at his home in Fall
River Mills on December 14, 2012, at the age of 79. He was the
son of Lawrence J. Mitchler Sr., and Margaret Constance McMahon
who preceded him death, as did his sister Marcia Arnold and
nephew John W. Mitchler. He is survived by his loving wife
Marilyn Miller Mitchler, brother John, nieces, nephew,
grandnieces and grand nephews.
Larry was raised in San Francisco, graduating from Sacred
Heart High School. He served in the Army during the Korean War
and returned to study and graduate as a member of Tau Beta Pi
Honor Society from U C Berkeley. He received his masters degree
from Brooklyn Polytechnic. As an aerospace engineer, his early
career was with Lockheed Sunnyvale. For most of his career he
worked with TRW in Redondo Beach, California in space systems,
terrestrial systems and international relations.
For the past 21 years, he was treated at the UC Davis
Comprehensive Cancer Center. During that time he participated in
seven clinical trials for possible new cancer medicines. Two of
the medicines he tested are presently FDA approved. He felt
strongly that he was helping other men in the future who
developed his type of cancer.
Larry and Marilyn sought rural life when he retired. They
chose to move to Lassen County in Northern California where they
grew alfalfa and organic wheat. They eventually moved to Fall
River Mills choosing to stay in the area because of many
wonderful friends who live in this mountain area, including the
supportive fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.
A private family disposition will be held at the family plot
at St. Patrick’s in Murphys, California. In lieu of flowers the
family would prefer donations to the Intermountain Hospice or a
charity of choice.
Moliterno, Carmine "Mel"
Carmine "Mel" Moliterno, age 81, of Southbury, Connecticut,
formerly of New Rochelle, NY died on October 19, 2012.
The son of the late Felice and Louise (Crocco) Moliterno, he
served his country in the United States Army during the Korean
War from 1951 - 1953 where his bravery and valor earned him many
distinctive honors including the Bronze Star and the Purple
Mel married Evelyn (Iannuzzi) Moliterno of New Rochelle, NY
in 1954 and joined REC Corporation as VP of Manufacturing. In
1987 he and his son co-founded MJS Contracting Corp. where he
continued to work even after his unofficial retirement.
Mel had a true love of life and his family above all. He is
survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Evelyn, and their
children: Valerie (and Tony) Vanadia, Mindy (and Steve) Chanelli,
and Stephen (and Michele) Moliterno, in addition to his seven
grandchildren: Jessica (and Kyle) McEvily, Noelle (and Rick)
Spidalieri, Daniel, Gregory & Candace Chanelli, and Alyssa &
Robert Moliterno, as well as one great-grandson, Ryan McEvily.
He is also survived by his sister Phyllis (Moliterno) Gagliardi
of Coral Springs, FL.
Visiting Monday, October 22 from 2 - 8 pm at Fox Funeral
Home, Larchmont. Funeral mass Tuesday, October 23, at Holy
Family Church, New Rochelle at 10:30 am
Monarch, Richard L.
Richard L. Monarch, of Greenwood, died Thursday, January 12,
2012 at Self Regional Medical Center. Born in L’Anse, Michigan,
he was a son of the late Ida (nee Rober) and John C. Monarch and
stepson of the late Orin Nollinger.
Richard was a hard worker, whether he milked cows on his
family’s farm, set bowling pins or sold newspapers on the
corner. As a Purple Heart veteran, he served his country in the
US Army and fought in the Korean War. He trained as a
sniper in Australia in October of 1950 and then joined the 3rd
Battalion, 31st Regiment, 25th Infantry Division in Korea in
January 1951. He was wounded in March 1951.
He received his BS degree in Industrial Engineering and an
MBA. He managed factories and negotiated contracts for ITT –
Bell & Gossett. He was the original “most interesting man in the
world.” Richard was a loyal fan of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit
Lions and the Chicago Cubs. If you ever met him, you would not
forget him and, if you were his friend, he would give you the
shirt off of his back. He possessed a strong personality, was
gregarious, vibrant and never subtle. He loved and was proud of
each and every one of his children, grandchildren and great
grandchildren. Richard was a man who loved life, his wife, his
family, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darrin, and a good brandy
Richard was preceded in death by his brothers, Jesse, Carl,
James, Gene and Alvin, and his sister, Lorraine. Richard is
survived by his wife of thirty years, Mary Anne (nee Zazula);
two sons, Curtis L. Monarch (Margaret) and John Cullen Monarch;
three daughters, Cheryl Salaiz, (Oscar), Karol Creech, (David),
and Connie McCarthy, (Pete, deceased); four wonderful
grandchildren and three beautiful great grandchildren.
Howard A. Monical Sr., 88, of Gibson City, Illinois, died at
6 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at the Veterans Affairs
Illiana Health Care System in Danville, Illinois. Mr.
Monical was cremated and his remains scattered at sea by the
Mr. Monical was born February 4, 1926, in Bellflower,
Illinois, a son of Alva and Grace Vinson Monical. He
married Sumiko Tani in January 1955 in Japan. He later
married Cathy Apperson on April 8, 1978, in Bellflower,
Illinois. She survives in Gibson City.
Also surviving are three sons, Howard A. Monical Jr. of
Sibley, Illinois, William R. Monical of Fisher, Illinois and
Travis Monical of Gibson City; his grandchildren, Justin Roy
Monical of Fisher, Nicholas (Myriah) Monical of Bloomington,
Illinois, and Rheanna (Jacob) Gassaway of Leroy, Illinois; two
great-grandchildren, Gavin David Monical and Tanner Jacob
Gassaway; two sisters, Louise Swearingen of Gibson City and
Shirley Franklin of Farmer City. Illinois; as well as many
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl; brothers,
Delmar Wayne, Harold James, Walter, Floyd and Loyd; and sister,
Dorothy Wolf Bono.
Howard enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and served
in the Armored Guard during World War II in the North Atlantic,
Philippines and Japan. He also served in the Korean War
and the Vietnam War at various stations: Long Beach, Monterrey,
Sasebo, Yokosuka. He was discharged in 1966 and returned
He worked at various jobs, including Tucker's, Cornbelt
Hatchery, Day Drainage, McCord's Tire Service, Gibson Bowl and
Harry's Bart & Grill.
He received his high school diploma in 2010, a proud moment
for him and his family. He was able to partake in "The
Honor Flight" in October 2010, another proud moment. He
recently received an honor from the American Legion for being a
Three War Veteran.
He loved his family and was proud to have served his country
that he so loved. Memorials may be made to the Palliative
Care Unit at Illiana Health Care.
Mooney, Frederick T.
Oakfield, New York – Frederick T. Mooney, 75, a Korean War Veteran, an avid airplane enthusiast and a
cartoon artist died Saturday, March 10, 2007. He was born July 23, 1931, in Stafford, a son of the
late William H. and Pearl Valkenberg Mooney. Fred was employed with Lapp Insulator, in Le Roy, New York,
for 42 years and was a member of the VFW of Oakfield. He served four years as a Navy corpsman and
approximately 15 months of his corpsman duty with the 1st Marine Division in Korea as a front line Field
Medical Technician. While in the Navy, Fred was awarded a "Letter of Accommodation" for his
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Florence A. Brumsted Mooney; two daughters, Roxanne Mooney of
Oakfield and Rhonda (David) Waters of Albion; two sons, Robin (Linda) Mooney of Port Orange, Florida, and
Ryan (Noreen) Mooney of Oakfield; a brother Jerold (Sue) Mooney of Penfield; a sister, Carol (Nelson)
Stamp of Byron; eight grandchildren, Sara Rose, Zachary, Ryan, Patrick, Staci, Lisa, Michelle and Amy;
several great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was brother of the late William H. Mooney
Jr. And Edmund, Richard "Jack" and Jerome Mooney.
Moore, Oscar L.
Oscar L. Moore, 86, died Wednesday, December 12, 2012.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 am at Wilkerson
Funeral Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 3 pm at
Sunnyside Cemetery in Scotland Neck.
Mr. Moore was born in Halifax County near Scotland Neck, one
of 15 children, the son of Frank and Lizzie Moore. He graduated
from the Scotland Neck High School. Immediately after graduation
he joined the U. S. Marines and went to “Boot Camp” at Paris
Island, South Carolina. Later he returned there to “get even,”
as he laughingly referred to his nearly two years there as a
drill instructor. While attending drill instructor’s school, he
graduated second highest in his class of 96 Marines.
A veteran of World War II and Korea and being retired on
disabilities received in combat, he was a much decorated Marine.
Twice he was awarded the Silver Star Medal for Gallantry in
Action, three times decorated with the Bronze Star for Bravery
and four times awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received. He
received three Presidential Unit Citations and Letters of
Commendation for excellence in performance of duties. He was
awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal with four battle
stars, the American Theater Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit
Citation (two awards), the Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service
Medal (four battle stars), National Defense Medal, and the
Philippine Liberation Medal (two battle stars). He also received
the United Nations Medal, the National Defense Medal, the
Philippine Liberation Medal with two battle stars, the
Occupation Medal (Japan), World War II Victory Medal and the
European Theater Medal.
Each of the Silver Stars (the third highest medal that can be
awarded a Marine) carried a citation with them and one of them
reads in part, “For conspicuous gallantry and Intrepidity while
serving in Company ‘F’, Second Battalion, First Marines, First
Marine Division (Reinforced) in action against enemy aggressor
forces in North Korea on October 8, 1950, when his company was
delayed by hostile machine gun fire during an assault against
Chinese forces in North Korea. Sgt. Moore courageously charged
the hostile positions, killing nine machine gunners at three
separate gun positions and capturing 17 supporting infantry
troops.” The citation was signed by Frances P. Matthews,
Secretary of the Navy—for The President.
He led quite an interesting life while a Marine. His travels,
via troop ships and submarines, took him through both the Panama
and Suez Canals, circling the globe about three times. In 1955,
with the wars behind him, he worked as a deputy sheriff in
Halifax County, met Shirley Harris of Enfield and married her in
that year. They set up residency in Roanoke Rapids where she
taught in the high school there and he became the manager of
Dixie Oil Company. Mr. Moore then became a Veteran Service
Officer for NC, retiring in 1990. According to a citizen of
Halifax County, he was “the very best service office that
Halifax County ever had.” During their residence in Roanoke
Rapids, he was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of
Foreign Wars Department programs. He also donated to the
American Red Cross Blood Program many times. Later, during his
years as Service Officer of District 8 (which covered eight
counties) he served as assistant State Service Director.
He had fond memories of some assignments while in the
Marines, including the experience of having one of the most
decorated Marines as his regimental Commander, Colonel Lewis
“Chesty” Puller, who was soon promoted to General. Mr. Moore
served at Key West in the Presidential Honor Guard during the
term of former President Harry F. Truman and also served in the
Embassy of Pakistan. Other Civilian Honors included an award of
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the State of North
Carolina. He also received over 25 plaques in appreciation of
his services performed for veterans from the various veterans’
organizations such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign
Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and Viet Nam Veterans.
Recently he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary
International, and was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in
Mr. Moore was preceded in death by a son, Christopher L.
Moore in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Harris Moore.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 pm at
Wilkerson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to
the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, Inc., P.O. Box
3968, Gaithersburg, MD 20885-3968 or to the memorial fund at
Immanuel Baptist Church, 1101 S. Elm St., Greenville, NC 27858.
Moran, William J. (Der Kaiser)
Fortified with the Sacraments of the Holy Mother Church,
William J. Moran died on February 13, 2022, at the age of 95. He
was the beloved husband of Joanne Bugel Moran, dearest father of
Kathleen (Tom) Schutz, cherished Opa of Jay Mollet, Mia (fiancé
Patrick Murphy) Schutz, Patrick Schutz, Andrew Schutz, dear
brother-in-law of Thomas (Shirley) Bugel, and dear brother of
the late Lois Moran. He will be greatly missed by his family and
Bill proudly served in the US Navy during World War II and
the Korean war and served in the US Air Force during the cold
war. He was an Eagle Scout, member of the Order of the Arrow,
Deutscher Maennerchor, and was an NHL official for 25 years. He
retired from the NGA after 52 years. Bill enjoyed traveling, and
a good German beer. He loved God, his family, and his country.
In lieu of flowers Masses preferred, or Memorial donations
may be made to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, or James S. McDonald
USO. Mass was held at 9:30 a.m. Monday February 21, 2022, at St.
Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Church. Interment was at
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Morazzini, Anthony J.
Anthony J. Morazzini 86, of Orange, son of the late David and
Angela Bonnetti Morazzini and husband of Phyllis Florio
Morazzini, passed away peacefully on October 2, 2012 at his home
surrounded by his family.
He was the father of Vanna (Vincent) Guarino of Orange and
Anthony (Jamie) Morazzini of Woodbridge; grandfather of Michael
and Evan Morazzini and Victoria Guarino; and brother of Lena
Vecchio of West Haven, Rose Capobianco of New Haven, Dominic
Morazzini of Orange, and the late Mary Evangeliste and Frank and
Prior to his retirement in 1988 Anthony was a truck driver
for the Department of Transportation and also a Army veteran of
the Korean War.
Friends may call at the Porto Funeral Home, 830 Jones Hill
Road, West Haven on Thursday from 5pm to 8 p.m. His
funeral procession will leave the funeral home Friday morning at
9:15 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy
Infant Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in All Saints
In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to
Connecticut Hospice, 2 Trap Falls Road, Suite 408, Shelton,
Moretti, Lawrence Joseph
Lawrence “Lance” Joseph Moretti, 90, of Indiana, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Indiana
Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his family. The son of Nazzareno and Limbania Campana Moretti, he
was born November 18, 1925 in White Township.
Mr. Moretti was a lifetime resident of Indiana County
and was employed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad for 43 years and retired in 1987 as a Track Foreman. He
also operated his own farm for over 40 years. At one time, he had as many as 70 head of beef.
He served in
the active reserves of the National Guard during the Korean War. He was a member of the Ernest Church of the
Resurrection. Mr. Moretti was also a lifetime member of the Railroad Workers Local 6 of the BMWE. He was a
member of the Punxsutawney Eagles Club for many years as well.
Mr. Moretti (Lance to his family & friends)
enjoyed polka dancing and music, farming, gardening and having the company of family and friends. He also
enjoyed making wine in his home and did so, well into his eighties. Mr. Moretti had an exceptional singing
voice and had once auditioned in Pittsburgh in the late 1940’s and came in first out of 50 contestants. He
was even offered a contract, but wanted to remain in the area with his family. He could be heard by many
area residents singing in the fields to pass the time while he farmed.
He also enjoyed many PBS programs
including “The Lawrence Welk Show” and the “Danny O’Donnell Specials” and would often call family and
friends to tell them who was performing. Mr. Moretti spent many a Saturday night laughing with his son over
episodes of the British comedies “Are You Being Served” and “Keeping Up Appearances”.
He is survived by
his son, Lawrence Lee Moretti, of Indiana; four step-children, David Speranza and wife Kathy of Clarksburg;
Jeffrey Speranza, of Shelocta; Barbara Speranza, of Indiana; and Sherri Morgan and husband Donald of Kingsland,
GA; Ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive him. In addition, he is survived by his sister,
Louise Pacconi, of Indiana, his special friend, Mario Andrie and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded
in death by his parents; brothers, Vincent, Raymond, William and Robert; Sisters Minnie Cerovich, Evelyn Starry
and Leona Frech, as well as three infant siblings.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8PM Sunday,
February 7th at the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home, of Indiana. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at
10AM the next day at the Ernest Church of the Resurrection with the Rev. Tony Klimko, as celebrant. Interment
will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to: WQED
Multimedia, 4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, VNA Hospice, 850 Hospital Road, Suite 3000, Indiana, PA 15701
or to Four Footed Friends, 220 Beck Road Indiana, PA 15701.
The death of HM2 Hospital corpsman Phil Morin took place on August 16, 2006. Phil served in Korea
through the battle of the "Hook" and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was buried on the 21st in
Moroney, William J.
William J. Moroney, 74, of Wenham, Mass., died Dec. 16, 2003, following a brief illness.
Mr. Moroney was a native of Auburn, N.Y., and attended Port Byron Central School. He
earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Niagara University, a bachelor's degree in chemical
engineering from Syracuse University and a master's degree in physics from Northeastern University.
Most of his professional career was in engineering and management.
In the Korean War, he received
a battlefield promotion to first lieutenant and was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star.
Mr. Moroney was predeceased by his parents, John and Frances Moroney; his sister, Marie C. Fox;
and his brother, John (Jack) Moroney. He is survived by his wife, Josephine Balloni Moroney, also of
Auburn; his sons, Dr. Paul (Jean) Moroney, Encinitas, Calif.; John (Sandra) Moroney, Esq., West
Peabody, Mass.; his sister, Frances (Clark) Whited, Brockport, N.Y.; his sister-in-law, Mary Jean
Moroney, Morgantown, W. Va.; and his grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
liturgy was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church, Topsfield, Mass., on Dec. 22, 2003, with burial
in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Fleming, N.Y.
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William J. Moroney, 74, of Wenham, Massachusetts, died December 16, 2003, following a brief illness.
Mr. Moroney was a native of Auburn, New York, and attended Port Byron Central School. He earned a
bachelor's degree in chemistry from Niagara University, a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from
Syracuse University and a master's degree in physics from Northeastern University. Most of his
professional career was in engineering and management.
In the Korean War, he received a battlefield
promotion to first lieutenant and was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star. He served in the 45th
Mr. Moroney was predeceased by his parents, John and Frances Moroney; his sister, Marie
C. Fox; and his brother, John (Jack) Moroney. He is survived by his wife, Josephine Balloni Moroney, also of
Auburn; his sons, Dr. Paul (Jean) Moroney, Encinitas, Calif.; John (Sandra) Moroney, Esq., West Peabody,
Mass.; his sister, Frances (Clark) Whited, Brockport, N.Y.; his sister-in-law, Mary Jean Moroney,
Morgantown, W. Va.; and his grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
His funeral liturgy was celebrated
at St. Rose of Lima Church, Topsfield, Massachusetts, on December 22, 2003, with burial in St. Joseph's
Cemetery, Fleming, New York.
Morris, David Gambrell
On September 4, 2011, decorated Korean war veteran and schoolteacher David Gambrell Morris passed away
at the age of 82. He was survived by 5 children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.
He was born on October 7, 1928, in Vian, Oklahoma, and spent his early life in Muskogee. The summer
after he finished high school, he went down to Texas to work the oil fields. His Texas excursion was cut
short when his sweetheart, Mary, wrote him a letter saying things weren’t going to work out. Unwilling to
let the girl he met at Baptist dance night go, he immediately returned to Muskogee and convinced her
otherwise. When she asked why, he said her cooking was just too good to pass up. Using the funds from the
pawning of his most expensive possession, his trumpet, he eloped with Mary and married her that same day.
The night after the ceremony, they each returned to their own family’s houses, undoubtedly full of new
Soon enough they had enough money to get the trumpet back, and their own place too, and the future
looked rosy. But when the Korean War broke out, David was shipped off to the Far East. Mary was left at
home, an event that caused her to hold a grudge against President Truman for the rest of her life.
David shipped out as part of the 45th Infantry Division of the Oklahoma National Guard in September
1950 at the age of 21, and served as a field radio operator until May 1952. He earned the Combat Infantry
Badge, the UN Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with one bronze service star, and the Army
Occupation Medal (Japan). The 45th Infantry Division spent most of its time during the war defending an
area of the front lines called Old Baldy Hill from Chinese forces. Old Baldy Hill is today located in the
demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, 80 km due north of downtown Seoul. David said that he spent
most of his time in Korea camped out in a line of foxholes, listening to distant artillery fire. He came
back with frostbite and impaired hearing, but otherwise fine.
David Morris in South Korea on deployment as part of the 45th Infantry Division.
After he returned from the war, David got his Master’s degree in education and taught high school math and
science courses for the next 40 years. The reunited couple quickly produced five children and a million
stories. One of their daughters, Kathy, went to school and became a teacher herself. She married a man who
had served as an Air Force intelligence officer monitoring the Korean DMZ for suspicious activity.
Eventually they had three sons. The oldest traveled to Korea as well to do some writing. He also learned
to play his grandfather’s trumpet, and hopes to pawn it some day too.
David Gambrell Morris was well-known in his later years for his skill at the piano, the trumpet, and
the harmonica. He and his wife Mary could, and did, give impromptu concerts on many occasions. He was also
a well-known math tutor in the town of Muskogee after his retirement. He knew a lot of good stories, and
I’m going to miss him.
Morris, Ralph D.
Ralph D. Morris
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Ralph D. Morris
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My dad, Ralph D. Morris, age 66, died on August 22, 1999, after an eight-year battle with cancer. He
served during the Korean War 1950- 1953 with the United States Army. He joined the Army when he was 17
years old out of Bloomington, Indiana. Upon discharge he got a ride with a buddy and came up to
He got a job in West Bend, Wisconsin, where he met my mother, Geraldine Vujnovich. They married and had
five children. Ralph was owner of Morris Radio & TV for many years. In the 1960's he moved to California
were he was a long-haul truck driver until service-related problems forced him to choose other employment.
He moved to Texas and was a landscaper and an animal control officer. In 1991, he was diagnosed with
Prostrate Cancer. Ralph was very involved in the VA. He volunteered for several experimental
drugs for his cancer.
He moved to Fond du Lac by Wisconsin to be with his daughter and grandchildren. He lived the last
7 years of his life with his children and grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. He was the greatest
Dad and Grandfather in the world. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him dearly. - Deb Schuette
Morrisey, John C. Jr. "Bud"
Captain John C. Morrisey
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Lt. Col John C Morrisey
After the Korean War
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John "Bud" Morrisey Jr. of Orlando, Florida, passed away
peacefully on September 9, 2014, comforted by his wife. "Bud'
was 97 years old, and is survived by his wife Margaret, daughter
Janet, two sons John and Bill, seven grandchildren, and eight
A retired army officer, he fought in World War II and the
Korean War, earning twp Silver Stars, a Bronze Star, and a
Bud loved his family, his fishing, and a good poker game. He
was a constant in his family's life, always supportive and
encouraging them to be their best. The love Bud had for his
grandchildren and great-grandchildren assures that his legacy
will live on.
Mosley, Raymond F. Sr.
Raymond F. Mosley, Sr., 82, of Campobello, South Carolina,
passed away on August 24, 2014. He was the son of the late
Charles Hubert and Louise Finch Mosley and husband of Elizabeth
Newman 'Dolly' Mosley.
He was a member of Blue Ridge Baptist Church, was a paint
contractor for 44 years, and an avid hunter and fisherman. He
served with the 57th Field Artillery Battalion in Korea while
serving in the US Army, and was one of the Chosen Few who fought
in the historic Chosin Reservoir campaign.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Ray
Mosley, Jr. of Inman and Scott Mosley of Lancaster; a brother,
J.L. Mosley; three sisters, Viola Burns, Emma Ravan and Avalon
Medley; three grandchildren, Jason Mosley, Caleb Mosley and
Holly Reid; and a great-grandson, Ian Mosley. He was
predeceased by brothers and sisters, Wesley Mosley, Jim Mosley,
Elizabeth Poteat, Muriel Oliver, and Ethel Sloan.
The family received friends at Petty Funeral Home and then
funeral services conducted by Rev. Reggie Parker followed at
2:00 PM in the funeral home chapel. Burial was in Evergreen
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills,
130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, NC 28722 or to Blue Ridge
Baptist Church, 330 Oak Grove Road, Landrum, SC 29356.
Mossman, Dallas Wayne "Red" Jr.
Dallas Wayne "Red" Mossman, Jr. died July 17, 2015 in Saginaw, Michigan. He is buried in the
Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, Michigan.
Mr. Mossman was born October 21, 1928 in Flint, Michigan, a
child of Elijah and Leona Powell Mossman. He married Constance Ruth "Connie" Dupont (1931-1998) on
December 10, 1955. Mr. Mossman served in the US Army from 1946-1948 and from 1950–1954. He was taken
prisoner during the Korean War in May 1951 and held in captivity until he was released to freedom in August
1953. Dallas received a Purple Heart, along with several other medals.
Dallas was a truck driver with
Anchor Motor Freight, retiring from Complete Auto Transit. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion,
VFW, Eagles and the ex-Korean POW's. Dallas enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing and traveling.
He was also
preceded in death by his wife Connie; daughter, Sandra Lynne (1956-1993); and siblings Gerald, Russell,
Audrey, Madalyn and Francis.
Mosson, John Glen
John Glen Mosson, 82, of rural Penfield, Illinois, passed
away January 15, 2014 in Urbana. Visitation will be from 2
to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Lux Memorial Chapel, 1551
E. Grove, Rantoul, Illinois. Funeral services will be at
10:30 a.m. Monday, January 20, at the funeral home. Burial
will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Penfield.
John was born October 14, 1931, in Ellsworth, the son of
Lawrence and Helen Neal Mosson. He married RoseMary Early
on September 27, 1958, in Penfield.
Survivors innclude his wife, RoseMary; sons, Alan (Marty)
Rasmussen of Penfield and Tim (Nancy Leath) Rasmussen of
Gifford; daughters, Coletta (Steve) Grussing of Effingham and
Helen Mosson of Rantoul; nine grandchildren and seven
great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Donna of Florida and
Darlene of Arizona. His parents, infantry daughter, three
brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.
John served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1957 during
the Korean War. Following his service, he worked at the
University of Illinois as a construction laborer for over 30
years and he also farmed north of Penfield.
John loved spending time with his family, especially his
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed hunting
and fishing and was an active member of the Penfield I&I Antique
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations can be
made to the Champaign County, Illinois Historical Society in
Moultrie, Mary Lucy
Mary Lucy Moultrie, age 97, Deltona, Florida. Born April 30,
1914 went to heaven on November 4, 2011. Mary lived most of her
life in Woodbury, Georgia. She became a U.S. Army nurse and
served her country during World War II and the Korean War. In
1942, she was stationed on the island of Corregidor. She and 12
other nurses escaped the island aboard the U.S.S. Spearfish just
before the island fell to the Japanese. She rose to the rank of
Major before retiring from service in the Army. She remained a
nurse by trade until her retirement. Mary was predeceased by her
parents, Jeptha and Elizabeth Walton Moultrie, four brothers and
three sisters. She is survived by four nephews and six nieces
and many more family members who loved her. She is also survived
by her extended family and friends at Water's Edge Assisted
Living Center, Deltona, Florida. Viewing to be held on Thursday,
November 10, at Smith-Steele-Meadows Funeral Home, Woodbury,
Georgia from 6-8pm. Mary will be laid to rest on Veteran's Day,
Friday, November 11, 2011 at 11am in the Woodbury Cemetery,
Mudd, Dr. Richard Dyer
Dr. Richard Dyer Mudd, 101, who spent 80 years of his life
fighting to clear the name of his grandfather, died May 21,
2002, of respiratory failure at his home in Saginaw. His
grandfather was Samuel A. Mudd, the country doctor sentenced to
life in prison after setting the leg of John Wilkes Booth,
assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. Unfortunately, Richard
Mudd didn't live long enough to see Samuel Mudd exonerated.
He was born at home January 24, 1901, one of the four
children of Dr. Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Hartigan Mudd of the
Anacostia section of Washington, D.C. He graduated from Gonzaga
College High School and earned four degrees (BA, MA, PhD, and
MD) at Georgetown University. During his last year in medical
school he interned at Tuberculosis Hospital in Washington. After
graduation he joined the staff of Henry Ford Hospital in
Detroit. It was there he met a nurse from Nebraska, Rose Marie
Krummack, and married her on June 20, 1928 in Ravenna, Nebraska.
In May 1928 he ventured into industrial medicine, a virgin
field at that time, and was appointed physician for Ternstedt
Manufacturing Company. He was associated with other General
Motors plants, including Fleetwood Body Corporation, Fisher Body
and the Chevrolet Division in Cincinnati. In 1936 he was
transferred to Saginaw as Medical Director of Chevrolet-Grey
Iron Foundry and two other divisions of Chevrolet.
His military career dates to his days in ROTC at Georgetown.
In 1926 he was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Army
Medical Corps and he continued to serve in the reserves, took
courses in aviation medicine, and served on active duty during
World War II and the Korean War. He retired from the service in
1966 as a lieutenant colonel colonel in the Air Force, and was
awarded the Legion of Merit.
For 30 years following retirement he gave physicals for FAA
and Coast Guard pilots, substituted for Saginaw area physicians,
served on the consulting staff of several Saginaw hospitals, was
active with the Saginaw Medical Society, and served on boards
and committees in such fields as public health and industrial
medicine. He founded the Saginaw County Medical Society Bulletin
and continued as contributing editor until well into his 90's.
He is known as the Father of Saginaw Industrial Medicine.
As a young man he began the crusade to clear his grandfather.
He made trips to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas where Dr.
Mudd was imprisoned, and he traveled throughout the country, and
beyond, speaking on the assassination and Sam Mudd, petitioning
Presidents and Congressmen, giving interviews, appearing on such
shows as Good Morning America and To Tell The Truth. In 1992 the
case of Dr. Samuel Mudd was heard at the Pentagon, and again in
District Court in Washington in 1998. In 2002 the case went
before the Court of Appeals where it is today. In the 1930's
Richard Mudd took on the genealogy of the Mudd family. In 1951
the first of four editions of The Mudd Family of the United
States was published. He also published six editions of Dr.
Samuel A. Mudd and His Descendants. In his home office he has
thousands of files on the Mudds and on the Lincoln
He has had a lifelong love of exercise, particularly handball
which he played wherever he traveled, but especially at the YMCA
in Saginaw. He finally brought his handball gear home from the Y
when he was 90 but his spirit lives on in the annual Dr. Richard
D. Mudd Handball Open at the YMCA in November. He has been an
active member, and sometimes president of a number of
organizations, including the Saginaw Hall of Fame, Saginaw
Historical Society, Saginaw YMCA, Reserve Officers Association,
St. Mary Cathedral and many other medical, historical, military,
and religious organizations.
In 1985 Saginaw Valley State College conferred on him the
degree Doctor of Humanities. Georgetown University named him
Doctor of Humane Letters and Gonzaga College High School
presented him the coveted Gonzaga Medal. In 1994 the Hoyt Public
Library dedicated its Dr. Richard D. Mudd Lincoln Collection,
which includes about 750 books from his private library. In 1995
the Michigan State Medical Society named him Doctor of the Year.
His wife Rose passed away in 1998, one day after their 70th
wedding anniversary, and his son, Lt. Col. Joseph F. Mudd, was
killed in a helicopter accident in Korea in 1973. Survivors
include six children and their spouses: Mary and John McHale, of
Washington, D.C.; Richard and Marilyn Mudd, of San Antonio;
Rosemary Mudd, of Satellite Beach, Fla.; Johanna and Frank
Vargas, Rose Marie and John Nickodemus, Stella and George Thelen,
and Thomas B. Mudd, all of Saginaw. He had 35 grandchildren and
58 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian
Burial will take place 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2002 at
St. Mary Cathedral, 615 Hoyt St. Rev. Ronald F. Wagner will
officiate with entombment in Mt. Olivet Mausoleum. A military
service will be conducted by American Legion Post #439. Friends
may call at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Rd. (off
State) on Friday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A
prayer service will take place 7:00 p.m. on Friday. Dr. Mudd
will lie in state at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m.
until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers those planning an
expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St.
Mary Cathedral, Heartland Hospice or the Saginaw Community
Foundation, in care of the Mudd Family Historic Preservation
Mulcahey, Vincent D.
Vincent D. Mulcahey, 79, passed away peacefully at
Champaign-Urbana Rehab in Savoy, Illinois, surrounded by his
children, on December 26, 2013. The funeral service will
be at 10 a.m. Monday, December 30, 2013 at St. Matthew catholic
church, 1303 Lincolnshire, in Champaign. Burial will be at
St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Bongard, Illinois.
Vincent was born in Allerton, Illinois, on May 20, 1934, to
Edward and Ruth Mulcahey. He married Dorothy June Ramsay
on August 8, 1965. They shared more than 42 years of
He is survived by his children, Joseph Mulcahey of Dunlap,
Illinois, John Mulcahey of LeRoy, Illinois, Mrs. Chris (Connie)
Woodford of Geneva, Illinois, Mrs. John (Julia) Hansen of
Champaign, Mary Mulcahey of Urbana and Mrs. Sam (Martha) Stearns
of Bloomington, Illinois. He is also survived by 16
grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Bud (Jean) Kaufman; sisters-in-law,
Patricia Mulcahey, Kathleen Vancauwelaert, and Nancy Ramsay; and
numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by
his wife Dorothy, his parents, and brothers Edward, Leo and
Vince attended Allerton High School, St. Bede Academy in
LaSalle-Peru, and was a graduate of Schlarman High School.
He served in the Army during the Korean War.
After Korea, he returned to the family farm in Allerton.
He spent many years farming with his brother Edward. In
1969, Vince and Dorothy oved their family to Champaign. He
retired in 1999, after working more than 30 years, from the
University of Illinois, where he had worked at the Water Station
and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Vincent was a devoted member of St. Matthew Catholic Church.
He attended daily Mass and found peace praying in the church's
adoration chapel for many years. He had a special devotion
to Mary, Our Blessed Mother. He fulfilled a dream of
visiting holy sites in Lourdes, France and Assisi and Rome,
Italy, in October 2010.
Vince spent many years coaching Little League and
volunteering for his church and local men's shelters. He
also enjoyed playing cards and watching a good game. Vince
loved being surrounded by his family, spending time with his
grandchildren and attending their games and activities. In
addition to his family, Vincent loved the Chicago Cubs, Chicago
Bears, Notre Dame football and everything Irish. His
favorite day of the year was St. Patrick's Day.
In lieu of expressions of sympathy, please make a donation in
Vince's name to either St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1303
Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign, Illinois 61821 or Schlarman
Academy, Development Office, 2112 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL
Mullens, James George "Moon"
Huntsville — James George "Moon" Mullens was born Oct. 8, 1918, and passed away on June 16, 2010, at
the age of 91.
He is survived by his son, Ronnie Mullens of Baytown; former wife, Bernice Pumphrey Mullens of Houston;
sister, Nina Wotipka of Highlands; brother, Neal Morris Mullens and wife Mildred of Huntsville; two
granddaughters, Tracie Mullens and Tahnee Cornelius (husband Kyle) of Baytown; four great-grandchildren,
Cody Mullens, Cole Mullens, Baylee Cornelius and Lawson Cornelius all of Baytown; and a number of nieces
George was a member of Baytown (formerly Goose Creek) Masonic Lodge for 35 years. He was in the
National Guard in 1941, and when war broke out, and the National Guard was turned over to the Army,
Mullens served until the war was won in 1945. He then joined the Reserves in 1945 and served in the Korean
War from 1951 until the war was over. He was a Master Sergeant and received an Honorable Discharge.
After his service to the military, George went into the Exxon service station business in Baytown,
working in that field for approximately 40 years before retiring and moving to Huntsville. George was a
member of Calvary Baptist Church. He loved his church and his church friends and also loved his friends at
the Senior Center, where he played dominoes.
A memorial service was held at Calvary Baptist Church on FM 190, Huntsville, TX at 2 p.m. Thursday,
June 24, 2010.
Murphy, Cornelius "Connie"
Cornelius P. "Connie" Murphy, retired Boston Police Sergeant
of West Roxbury, Massachusetts, died at the age of 91 on April
5, 2020 after a brief illness with COVID-19. Cornelius was born
in Jamaica Plain, son of BPD LT Det. Patrick J. Murphy and
Christina Mueller (deceased). Widower to Janet H. Murphy
(deceased), survived by his only son Michael S. Murphy, MD and
daughter-in-law Lori Farnan, MD. Loving grandfather of Michael,
Jr. and Matthew Murphy of Chestnut Hill. Also survived by his
brother Sgt. Joseph Robert (BPD ret.) and younger brother
Patrick Joseph, and his nieces and nephews including Patricia
(Murphy) Campbell, Timothy Murphy, Paul Cannata, Stephen Cannata
and Diane Cannata.
A World War II Army Veteran who also served in Korea, Connie was
a lifetime member of the Boston Young Men's Christian Union,
where he was an avid handball player. He served the citizens of
Boston on BPD for 43 years and retired as a Sergeant. He
dedicated a lifelong career to the BPD and its true mission to
help people. His police career included working as a detective
on the Boston Strangler case, serving in District 16, 4, 1, and
he ended his career at Suffolk Superior Court.
Dedicated to family, Connie worked diligently to assist his only
son achieve the goals of graduating from college and medical
school. He continued with the next generation being active with
his grandsons participating in long card games, laser tag and
sledding (coasting), among other activities. He was known for
his infectious smile and sense of humor and loved to tell
stories. He was a storyteller! He enjoyed family celebrations
and holidays, many dinners at Legal Seafoods, and would often
take his grandsons for an afternoon outing to IHOP. An
enthusiastic sports fan, he would cheer for his grandsons from
the sidelines or from the front row at the rink. As a child he
once dreamed of being a sportscaster and loved all sports
activities, especially our Boston home teams and the Red Sox.
Always an optimist, regardless of the score of a Red Sox
baseball game, he would always say "Don't worry they are going
to win!" He was also a disciplined walker and would often be
seen walking on the VFW Parkway, or doing his shopping at Roche
Summers were spent in Humarock with family and friends. Connie
frequently enjoyed holidays with his brothers and their
families. After the death of his wife Janet to a brain tumor in
2004, Connie initiated an annual scholarship in West Roxbury in
conjunction with the Art Association for graduating seniors in
memory of Janet. During the last few months of his life, Connie
and the Murphy family were indebted to the love and kindness of
those caregivers who assisted him.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, and with genuine
concern for the people we love, a private family Burial will
take place at this time. A gathering to celebrate his life and
true love of family and friends will take place at a future date
to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the National Brain Tumor Society, the Boston Police Relief
Association, or the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Published in The Boston Globe from Apr. 8 to Apr. 12,
Mulligan, Dean E.
Dean E. Mulligan, 82, of Tuscola, Illinois, passed away at 3:52 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 29, 2011) at his
residence surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the Immanuel
Lutheran Church, 600 E. Northline Road, Tuscola, with the Rev. Jason Braaten officiating. Visitation will
be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 S. Main Street,
Tuscola. Graveside services with military rites accorded will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the
Gridley Cemetery, Gridley.
Mr. Mulligan was born on Jan. 26, 1929, in Gridley, the son of Edward and Mary Kent Mulligan. He
married Joan Wright on June 5, 1955, in Chenoa. She survives. Other survivors include his children, Cheryl
(Dave) Bozarth of Tuscola, Jody (Mark) Furlong of Milwaukee, Wis., Terry Mulligan of Kelso, Wash., and
Mindy Mulligan of Portland, Ore.; five grandchildren, Jordan Bozarth, Justin (Aja) Bozarth, Ryan Furlong,
Lauren Furlong and Caitlin Furlong; one great-granddaughter, Isabel Bozarth; brother, Ronald Mulligan of
Marysville, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and
brother-in-law, Eileen and Lyle Todd.
Dean was the manager of Tuscola Cooperative Grain Company for eight years before starting with
Principal Life Insurance Company. He was with the agency for 40 plus years, retiring in 2003.
He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Tuscola, where he served as an Elder and on
various boards and committees. He was a member of both the Tuscola Rotary Club and Gridley VFW. He was
also a past Tuscola city council member. He was a longtime supporter of his children and grandchildren's
high school and college activities and events.
Dean served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Dean went to Korea as a
buck private and through battlefield promotions was honorably discharged as a sergeant first class. He
received numerous commendations and medals. He was a survivor of Outpost Harry, which was a nine-day
battle in which the defenders of Outpost Harry were outnumbered by the Chinese 30 to 1. Throughout the
bitter battle, hand-to-hand fighting ensued in the trenches surrounding the Outpost. For the first time in
the annals of U.S. military history, five rifle companies received the prestigious Distinguished Unit
Citation for the outstanding performance of their shared mission.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, 11350 McCormick
Road, Executive Plaza III, Suite 906, Hunt Valley, MD 21031, Immanuel Lutheran Church of Tuscola, 600 E.
Northline Road, Tuscola, IL 61953 or Provena Hospice Group, 1499 W. Park, Urbana, IL 61801.
Muren, Wayne C.
Wayne C. Muren - 92 years old of Belleville, Illinois - Had a
Wayne was born on November 3, 1929, five days after the stock
market crash. He was the third son of Allen and Virginia L. M. (Schmale)
Muren. Wayne and his wife, Joyce Ann (Spacher) Muren, were
happily married for sixty-four (64) years and were blessed with
five (5) children, eleven (11) grandchildren and five (5)
great-grandchildren. He passed away at his home surrounded by
his family on January 20, 2022.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers,
Allen Muren and Donald Muren.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Joyce Ann (Spacher) Muren, and
their children, Julie (Edward) Grubb, David (Cynthia) Muren,
Jill (Joe) Sisko, Robert Muren, and Pamela Striegel. He is
survived by his grandchildren, Elizabeth (David) Israelitt,
Edward Jr (Alaina) Grubb, Dr. Christine Grubb, Laura Muren, John
Muren, Emily (Zak) Wampler, Dr. Brett (Christina) Jones,
Nicholas (Lily) Jones, Joseph Muren, Sarah Striegel and Matthew
Striegel. He is survived by his great-grandchildren, Aurora and
Lincoln Israelitt, Kalani Grubb, Hannah and Holly Jones. He is
also survived by his sister-in-law, Valeria Spacher and her
close friend Jackie Taylor, as well as numerous nieces and
Wayne and Joyce were married at St. Peters Cathedral Parish
on August 7, 1957, where they were both members. After marriage,
they moved to the west end of Belleville, and became active
members of Our Lady Queen of Peace parish for 61 years. Growing
up, Wayne had a paper route and worked in his father's corner
grocery store in downtown Belleville. He went to St. Peter's
Cathedral grade school and Cathedral high school, for his
college preparatory work. He attended Belleville Area College
and Washington University in St. Louis, where he received a
Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from
Washington University in 1952.
Wayne was a Veteran of the Korean War and served in US Air
Force from 1952 to 1955. After the war, Wayne had a 41-year
career in the Savings & Loan and Banking businesses. He started
his career at Greater Belleville Savings & Loan, where he worked
his way up to become Vice President. Wayne received Graduate
Diploma for completing Advanced Studies in Savings Association
Operations in 1972. Wayne worked at many Savings & Loans and
Banks, including Citizen Savings & Loan, American Savings,
Illini Federal, Mercantile Bank, retiring in 1996 from Bank of
Alton. Wayne's career did not end here, as he assisted his wife
with her successful real estate business for 18 more years,
until she retired in 2014.
When his children were young, Sunday was family day. It
started with mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace church, followed by
a stop at Mister Donut or Mallo's Bakery for pastries. Sunday
was not complete without Dad's "Look it up Club" discussion,
where he would pick new words in "The Random House Dictionary of
English Language", for all of us to discover and learn. He also
liked to play chess with his children. Wayne played sports with
his children when they were young in the backyard. Over the
years, he planted many trees in his yard and loved roses. He had
one rose bush for each of his children. He coached Belle-Clair
boys' soccer team and cheered his children on during their high
As his children got older and left for college, Wayne always
made time to keep them up to date on family and local events. On
Sunday afternoons, Wayne would sit down at his old hammer-key
typewriter and prepare two-to-four-page double spaced letters.
These letters discussed recent family activities, local events,
and included news clippings and cartoons from the Belleville
News Democrat and The Wall Street Journal. His
children looked forward to receiving those letters, once a week,
as there were no cell phones and long-distance calls were too
expensive. His children's college friends also enjoyed reading
After his children returned from college, and started their own
careers, Wayne's letters became rhyming poems for graduations,
birthdays, and anniversaries. These poems were a labor of love
for him. They became treasured parts of each event, as he would
take center stage, and read the poems to everyone present.
Wayne was active in various civic organizations. He was a
member of the Board of Governors of Southwestern Illinois
Chapter of American Savings and Loan Institute from 1958-1963.
He was a member of Belleville Junior Chamber of Commerce,
Belleville Jaycees, and Treasurer of the United Fund of
Belleville in 1958. Wayne was an active member of the Lions Club
of Belleville, installed as President in 1958, and continued as
a member for many years. He was chairman of Lions Club Empty
Stocking Fund in 1969, which provided many families with gifts
of food, clothing, and other essentials, plus toys. He received
Lion of Year Achievement award in 1967 and 1973. Wayne also
volunteered at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church picnics and was an
usher during church mass for many years.
Wayne enjoyed playing tennis with his friends at Dorchester
Swim and Tennis Club, where he was president for several years,
and at St. Clair Tennis Club. He also enjoyed taking long walks
in the neighborhood and around the west end of Belleville. In
his later years, he would frequent Belleville Health & Sports
Center to exercise and visit with his friends.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church,
Belleville, in memory of Wayne C. Muren. A Mass of Christian
Burial was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 29, 2022, at Our
Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, with Father
Matthew Elie and Msgr. Jack McEvilly celebrating mass. Burial
was at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville.
Murray, John Francis "Jack"
On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, John Francis Murray of
Philadelphia, passed at the age of 88 from coronavirus
complications. . Jack was preceded in death by his loving
wife of 54 years, Jean Murray (nee Ward). He will also join his
sister, Suzanne Nilsson, among other cherished family and
friends. Jack is survived by his daughters, Jo-Ann Schluckebier
(Fran), Colleen McKenna (Dave), and Kathleen Barrett; his
grand-children, Mary Beth (Bridget), Megan (Owen), Sean, Matt
(Kathleen), Ryan, Maura, Jake, and Grace; his great-grandson,
Owen; and a loving extended family.
Born on February 9, 1932, in Philadelphia, Jack was a proud
graduate of St. Joseph's Preparatory High School Class of 1949
and LaSalle University. He served in the U.S. Air Force during
the Korean War. Jack spent his career as an account-ant and
controller and has been a member of the Lafayette Redeemer
community for the past ten years. He will be remembered for his
faith, laughter, love of life, and relent-less optimism, even
when it came to Philadelphia sports. He will be missed dearly by
his family and friends.
The family is grateful to the dedicated staff at Lafayette
Redeemer and Holy Redeemer Hospital for their compassionate and
competent care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
Holy Redeemer Lafayette in memory of John Murray, c/o Holy
Redeemer Development Office, 521 Moredon Road, Huntingdon
Valley, Pennsylvania 19006. The family will have a private
burial, and a Funeral Mass and celebration of life will be
planned as soon as COVID pandemic restrictions allow.
Myers, Joseph Arnold
Joseph A. Myers, 87, of Roscoe, Illinois, passed away Monday,
June 10, 2019 in his home. Joseph was born in Chicago, son of
John and Genevieve Myers. He was married to the love of his life
Joann for 54 years. He retired from ELCO Tool after 37 years of
service working as a header department supervisor. He attended
Grace Lutheran Church.
Joe as a veteran of the Army, serving in the Korean War where
he received a Purple Heart and Silver Star. After retirement Joe
and Joann enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Texas where
they had fun square dancing and golfing. He was a very talented
person playing the guitar, piano and woodworking.
He was a life member of the American Legion Post, Past
Commander of the Rockford Area Korean War Veterans Association
Chapter 272, and a strong supporter in building and preserving
of the Korean War Memorial in Loves Park.
He will be loved and missed by his son Joseph (Jean) Myers;
daughter Lori Anderson (Jerry Griffin); grandchildren Michelle
(Frank) Mylonas, Joseph Myers Jr, Christopher Gunther, Brandi
(Luke) Olson and Nathan (Ashley) Anderson; great-grandchildren
Summer, Franchesca, Joanna, Nicholas, Oliver, Emily, Phallen and
Blake. He was preceded by his parents, wife, one brother and
four sisters. A special "thank you" to his many wonderful
friends and fellow Veterans. A very special "thank you" to his
neighbor Joyce Mershon for her kind love and friendship of our
Graveside service to celebrate Joseph's life will be 1:00 pm
on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Sunset Memorial Gardens 8800 N.
Alpine Road in Machesney Park. Military Honors will be conducted
by the Korean War Veterans Organization of Loves Park. Sunset
Funeral Home is assisting the family with cremation rites.
Published in Rockford Register Star from June 15 to June
Myers, Loren Merle (Deke)
L. Merle (Deke) Myers, 90, died June 23, 2020, at a hospice
home in Gilbert, Arizona, of COVID-19. He was a resident of
Brookdale North retirement home in Scottsdale and former
resident of Melrose Meadows in Iowa City. Loren Merle Myers was
born June 29, 1929, in Abingdon, Iowa, the son of Clyde and
Mildred (Wilson) Myers. Shortly after he graduated from Packwood
High School, he headed to Washington, D.C., to work for the FBI.
That opportunity came after he struck up a conversation with a
stranger one day at the Packwood depot. Before reboarding the
train, the man - a government recruiter - gave him his business
card and told him to give him a call if he was interested in
working for the FBI.
He promptly started filling out the paperwork so he could move
East. Merle's first day in the office, he saw the gentleman and
asked: "Why me? Why offer me a job?" His answer: You had a
strong handshake, looked me in the eye and could carry on a
For the next eight years, Merle worked for the FBI, where he met
his wife, Jean, a young woman from Tennessee who also moved to
the big city to pursue a better life. They married nine months
later on Sept. 30, 1950, in Washington, D.C. The following year,
he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a medic during the
Korean War through 1953. Merle and Jean moved to Packwood in
1955, and he partnered in business with his father buying and
selling local livestock at the Clyde A. Myers & Son Stockyards.
After selling the stockyards in 1971, he went to work as a gas
hauler for Dickey Transportation in Packwood. He also drove for
Indianhead Truck Lines and Ruan Transport in Coralville. In
1973, Merle and Jean moved their family to Iowa City, where they
lived for 44 years. In 1991, Merle officially became a retired
Teamster and gladly traded his seat in the 18-wheeler for a golf
cart. He loved golf and played regularly with many family
members and friends. For 20 years, his summers were filled with
foursomes at Fairview Golf Course and his winters were spent
playing cards with golf buddies in the clubhouse. Another
favorite activity was entertaining his grandchildren throughout
the year on weekends and in the summer. All four grandkids have
great memories of hanging out in Iowa City with their
grandparents. More than one has said it was better than going to
Disney World. They loved riding the Cub Cadet lawn mower and
Grandpa's golf cart, fishing at Lake McBride, going to the
tractor pulls at the Johnson County fair and learning how to
play cribbage. Staying with Grandpa Merle and Grandma Jean also
meant eating to your heart's content. Highlights included
homemade ice cream that Grandpa cranked by hand, trips to the
truck stop to pick out favorite candy, and, of course, the late
evening snack of freshly made popcorn - a daily staple at
Grandpa's house - chased with Pepsi on ice. Spending time with
Grandpa Merle was not going to be anything extravagant, but it
was going to be filled with outdoor activities, love, hugs and
lots of laughter.
A lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, he attended many games with
his parents, wife, daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren,
including a World Series game in 1968. He moved to Scottsdale
after Jean died in 2017. Merle worked hard and made sure his
daughters had a better life than he did. That work ethic also
allowed him to enjoy retirement for 29 years, almost a third of
his life. We should all be so lucky. He leaves us with great
memories of a life well-lived. He was a longtime member and
deacon at the First Christian Church in Packwood; a member of
First Christian Church in Coralville; a member of the Johnson
County commission for veterans for several years, and a member
of the Veterans of Foreign Wars along with several other Korean
War veteran organizations. His surviving loved ones include two
daughters, Vickie Barnhouse (Bob) of Scottsdale, AZ; and Melody
Myers (Ken Offenberg) of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Kim
Koogler-Franklin (Sean Franklin), J.D. Koogler (Cindy), Ben
Offenberg and Sam Offenberg; and two great-grandchildren, Zane
and Alanna Koogler. Merle was also very close to the Found
family: Ernie, Ellyn, Gregg, Catharine and Caroline. He was
preceded in death by his wife, Jean; his parents; and two
sisters, Marvalene Hendrickson and Marilyn Mercer. His two
daughters ask you to honor Merle's memory by wearing a mask to
help stop this awful pandemic. Scientific evidence shows masks
save lives. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the
Found Family Foundation, in care of West Bank, 401 10th Ave,
Coralville, Iowa 52241. A memorial service will be held in Iowa
City in 2021.