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Radz, Alfred

Alfred Radz died on March 6, 2006, of cancer at the age of 75.  He died very peacefully at home surrounded by all of his loved ones.  Six days prior to his passing his family was able to have an Army representative come to the house and present him with the medals he did not receive years ago.  Alfred was very alert and knew exactly what was going on.  He even found enough strength to salute the Lieutenant.

Ramsey, Glen A.

Glen A. Ramsey, 82, of Monticello, Kentucky, died Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Wayne County Hospital, in Monticello.  Interment was in Elk Spring Cemetery, Monticello.

He was born May 14, 1930, to the late Joseph Vernon and Hattie Mae Dick Ramsey.  He was a veteran of the Korean War.

On June 26, 1954 he united in marriage to Helen Evelyn Corder Ramsey, who passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013.  To this union one son survives: Paul Duglas and his wife Jeanie Ramsey. Also surviving is his sister, Doloris Clark, and one grandson, Christopher Paul Ramsey.

Brother Ramsey had accepted Christ as his Savior many years ago and served faithfully as a minister for many years. He was serving his Lord as a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Randall, Raymond

Raymond T. Randall, 81, of Danville, Illinois, passed away at 11:38 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family.

Ray was born May 26, 1933, in Danville to Raymond D. and Leona L. Thirion Randall.  He served his country in the U.S. Navy as a second class yeoman during the Korean War.

He married the love of his life, Phyllis Varner, on April 16, 1955.  The two enjoyed 52 years of marriage before her passing on December 15, 2007.  Ray worked sales at Thirion Glass Company for several years and later at Hyster NACCO.  He served as Danville parks commissioner for 12 years.

Ray was a member of American Legion Post 210, the Knights of Columbus, the Danville Rotary Club, UCT, and the Danville Elks.  He loved to volunteer his time and help others.  Ray was a Red Vest volunteer at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center with more than 12,000 hours of community service from 1993 until 2014.

He enjoyed bowling in the Elks bowling league and was active in Little League baseball with the Danville American Legion.  Ray was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.  He loved sports.  You could find him in the stands at all his grandkids' sporting events.  When he was not in the stands cheering on their team, you could find him in the announcer's booth, as he was The Voice of the Toppers for Schlarman High School for several years.  Ray was a kind and giving man who will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his son, Rick (Mary) Randall of Danville; daughters, Mrs. Larry (Terri) Jaggers and Mrs. Scott (Cherri) Drews, both of Danville; grandchildren, Mrs. Dusty (Christin) Randall-Murray, Cory Randall, Mrs. Zack (Tara) Holycross, Travis Jaggers, Blair Drews and Brock Drews; great-grandchildren, Caden Billingsley, Jaycie Jenkins, Cooper and Cruze Murray and Easton Drews; sister, Mrs,. Roman (Jackie) Wagner of Wisconsin; special niece, Pat Cunningham; as well as many other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond d. and Leona Randall; his loving wife, Phyllis; and his son, Mick Randall.

Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery.  Memorials in Ray's name can be made to St. Paul's Catholic church, Schlarman Academy or Carle Heart Center.

Rankin, Marion William "Buddy"

Marion William "Buddy" Rankin, 83, beloved widower of Kathleen Allen Rankin, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 27, 2012.  He was born July 15, 1929 in Harrison County, son of the late Marvin and Lillian Roberts Rankin.  He was an honorably discharged P.O.W. veteran of the Korean War and recipient of three Purple Hearts.

He worked and retired from Lexington-Bluegrass Army Depot, Avon Activity.  After retirement, Buddy spent time traveling and fishing.  He was a member of the Ruddles Mill Christian Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Sharon Lynn Rankin, Paris; son, Garey (Mitzi) Allen, Paris; three grandchildren, Christopher Todd Allen, Ashley Allison Allen, Brock Woodford Allen; three great grandchildren, Alexandria Mae Allen, Kelsi Brook Allen, Haley Jane Allen; aunt, Alma Lee Kearns; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Rankin; and two nephews, Gaylen F. Rankin and Michael W. Rankin.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Hinton-Turner Funeral Home by Rev. John McGuire with burial in Evergreen Memory Gardens.  Casket bearers will be Mike Kearns, Ronnie Eads, Wayne Stocker, Doug Buchanan, Richard "Dickie" Rankin, Michael W. Rankin, and Gaylen F. Rankin.  Honorary bearers will be Johnny Wyatt, Mike Williams, Walter Link, Will Rich, and Carl Toomey.  Visitation will be after 11:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Uncle "Bud"
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Marion W. "Buddy" Rankin
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Ray, John W.

Senior Judge John W. Ray passed peacefully on September 03, 2016 at age 85. He is survived by Geniel, his wife of almost 66 years, 3 children, 3 grandchildren and his sister, Peggy. "Jack" grew up on ranches in Colorado and Kansas and served in the Navy during the Korean War. After the Navy he drove cattle trucks and served as a Police Officer in Pueblo, CO; moving his family to Carson City in 1965, where he worked in law enforcement for the State of Nevada before becoming Special Master of the Juvenile Courts. Jack was first appointed and then twice elected as Justice of the Peace in Carson City. He always said that he was lucky to have been elected with majority votes as being the Judge meant "he could only make half of the people happy at any one time". He was subsequently appointed as a Senior Judge for the State of Nevada. The Nevada State Supreme Court recently acknowledged his work with a special commendation for his years of service and reputation for empathy and fairness. Jack was a member of the LDS church and when not working, was a "hands on" father before it was the norm. He enjoyed working with the Eagle Scouts, family camping and four-wheeling trips, working with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, working as a Trustee for the local library, participating in the local Masonic Lodge, and reading mystery novels. He retired to a quiet life with family and close friends in 2005.

Services will be held Saturday, September 10, at 1pm at the LDS Stake Center in Carson City, 411 N. Saliman Road, to be followed by graveside service at Lone Mountain Cemetery.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on September 8, 2016

Reed, Harry H. Sr.

M Co., 19th Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, 75mm Recoilless Rifleman, Driver 3/4 ton Dodge Weapons Carrier, Outstanding Dad.  Passed away February 21 1990. - Thanks, Harry H. Reed II

Harry H. Reed, Sr.

Reed, Milo L.

Milo L. Reed died July 9, 2007.  He served with the 160th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division, Heavy Mortar Company in Korea during 1951 -1952. His friend, Yukinubo Ito, was killed on Heartbreak Ridge on October 28th, 1952. According to his son Rod Reed of Illinois, "My understanding is that Mr. Ito and my father were forward scouts(?) up on Heartbreak Ridge when the Chinese overran the hill, Mr. Ito was killed, but my father survived. He never spoke of it, but had been searching for others that had served with them for more information.


Milo L. Reed, age 73, of Savanna, Illinois, died Monday, July 9, 2007, at his home. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 13, 2007, at First United Methodist Church, Savanna, Illinois. Reverend Larry Thomson officiated. Burial was in Savanna Township Cemetery, Savanna, Illinois. The Savanna VFW Post #2223 accorded military rites.  Memorials may be made to the Savanna Ambulance Association or the Savanna Fire Department in Milo’s Honor.

Milo was born August 22, 1933, the son of Leo and Florence (Gombert) Reed, in Maquoketa, Iowa. He attended Savanna High School. On September 12, 1954, Milo married Rose Marie “Rosie” Aitken in Savanna. Milo served with the United States Army Paratroopers during the Korean War and received three bronze stars.

Milo worked as a cable-splicer for the local phone company, retiring after forty years of service. He was a thirty-three year Veteran of the Savanna Ambulance Association, and one of Savanna’s first EMT’s. He served for forty years on the Savanna Fire Department, achieving the rank of Captain and past President of the Savanna Fireman’s Association. Milo was a lifetime member of the Savanna VFW Post #2223; the Savanna Moose Lodge #1095 and a past member of the Savanna Zoning Board.  Milo very much loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling and doing just about anything in the outdoors.

Milo will be dearly missed by his two daughters, Ronda (Terry) Koser of Savanna and Darcy (Randy) Holland of Hanover, IL. three sons, Richard Reed of Moline, IL. Milo Scott (Diane Holder) Reed of Holland, Michigan and Rodney (Kelly) Reed of Albany, IL.; one sister, Brenda (Joe) Mish of Phoenix, AZ; eighteen grandchildren and fourteen great grand children. Milo was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rose Marie; and special friend, Joanne Lindeman and a brother, Richard Gene Reed.

Reeves, H. Edward

H. Edward Reeves went to be with his Lord on June 17, 2010, at the Prescott, Ariz., VA Hospice facility - Heroes Way, where he received loving care until he was called to his eternal home.

Born Oct. 23, 1931, in Joliet, Illinois, Edward had lived in Prescott, Ariz., since 1980. He served as a private first class in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a 1958 alumnus of the University of Illinois; taught for 25 years in AWANA; was a retired computer programmer at APSA, Joliet, Illinois; was an evangelist with South American Crusades from 1976-1989; attended Alliance Bible Church; worked with the Korean War Memorial project in Phoenix and Washington, D.C.; was a proud member of his cherished Veterans of the Chosin Few, Chapter 608-Military Order of the Purple Heart; and was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association H. Edward Reeves, Chapter 311, which was named for him.

Edward's legacy is his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Beverly Jean Reeves; his children, John and Ann Reeves, Michelle and Dennis Stewart, Melody and Bill Fisher, Kelly and Steve Lambourne, Kim Reeves, and Cindy and Randy Garman; his 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Grace Tonge, Dick Reeves, James Reeves and Dorothy Hall. Preceding him to heaven were his children, Deborah and Michael Reeves; his parents, Hubert and Wannetta Reeves; and his sister, Louise Studer.

A celebration memorial service of Edward's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 25, 2010, at Harvest Bible Chapel, 6711 N. 2nd St., Prescott Valley, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The JESUS Film Project, Adam Jones, #0630312, P.O. Box 628222, Orlando, Florida, 32862-8222.

Interment will be at Prescott National Cemetery, Prescott, Arizona.

Reinker, George Richard

George Richard Reinker left this earth to join his beloved wife, Brooks, on June 9, 2011. He was born February 22, 1928 to Sylvester and Esther Reinker in Akron, Ohio. He married Ethyl Brooks in Fukuoka, Japan on January 8, 1952.

He was a decorated U.S. Air Force pilot and intelligence officer. His career included combat tours in Korea and Vietnam and assignments at the Pentagon and NATO in Naples, Italy. His final tour of duty was as Chief, Academic Training Division, USAF Special Operations School, Hurlburt.

After retirement he managed Niceville Paint and Decorating/Florida Door Sales for many years. He attended Kent State University, received his Bachelor of Arts from Stanford, and a Master of Public Administration and a Master of International Relations from Troy State University.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester and Esther and his wife, Brooks. He is survived by his daughters, Stephanie Fiore, and sons Matthew (Kelly) and Anthony (Amy); Carol Gruber (Brian) and son Richard (Marla), and daughters Sara and Casey; Kathryn Laster (Clifford) and daughters Jennifer and Christine, and son Timothy; Susan Reinker (Michael Lomenzo); and a great-grandchild Max Fiore; brother Leonard Reinker and family; sister Phyllis Gaines and family; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2011 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Shalimar, Fla. A reception will follow at the church.

Rendina, Pete Eugene

Pete E. Rendina, 79, of Selbyville and Venice, Florida and formerly of Northeast Philadelphia, died Wednesday April 10, 2013, with his beloved wife and son by his side. Born in Masontown, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Riccardo and Rose (Eppolito) Rendina.

Pete had been a truck driver for the Oscar Meyer Company prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Marine Corps League, First State Detachment.  During the Korean War he joined the Marine Corps in Philadelphia and saw combat with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. He was a member of the Olde Tymers Softball League and had been a player/manager with the Delaware Diamonds. He was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City, Maryland, and had been active in youth sports and in high school sports at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia, touching the lives of hundreds of young people.

Pete is survived by his wife, Barbara M. (Scherer) Rendina; three children, Peter R. Rendina (Rebecca), Kathryn Rolle (Walt), and Geraldine Nielson (Terry); seven grandchildren, Tyler, Tessa and Tayah Rendina, Stephanie Johnson, Walter Rolle, Holly Rosten and Eric Nielson; two sisters, Theresa Childs and Julia DiLella and many beloved family members.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday April 19, 2013 at 11 AM at St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City where friends may call after 10AM. Burial, with Marine Corps Honors, will be at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marine Corps League, First State Detachment, PO Box 434, Ocean View, Delaware 19970.

Rexin, Ernest A. "Ernie"

Ernest "Ernie" A. Rexin, 81, of Ocala, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.  He was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 24, 1931 to Ernest and Henrietta Rexin. He was raised in the Yorkville section of Manhattan.

Ernie was a U.S. Navy and U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Following his military service, he became a licensed Second Mate in the U.S. Merchant Marine where he sailed as a Second Mate and earned a Chief mate endorsement. During his sailing days, he visited 64 different islands and countries making lifelong acquaintances everywhere he went. Between his sailing commitments, he put his talents to further use as a Marine Surveyor and a Port Captain supervising the leading and discharge of containerized and bulk cargo at the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island, NY and at other major ports along the east coast. He was also instrumental in introducing modern cargo handling operation in Mexico, Brazil and El Salvador.

Ernie was an extremely loving husband to his wife and best friend of 38 years, Florence Rexin, whom he met at the Howland Hook Container Terminal. He is survived by his wife Florence and by two nieces, Margie Rosa of Johnstown, New York and Diane Sargeant of Boliver, Ohio.

Ernie's favorite saying was Ego Sum Pauper Nihel Habeo Cor Meum Dabo which in Latin means, "I am poor, I have nothing, I give my heart."  A visitation will be held at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 910 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, on Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 2 pm until 3 pm. A funeral service will also be held at the funeral home on Sunday at 3 pm.

Published in Ocala Star-Banner from November 30 to December 1, 2012

Rheault, Robert B.

Rheault, Robert B, COL (Ret), 87, passed away peacefully at home in Owl’s Head, Maine on 16 October, 2013. Bob worked as a cowboy on ranches in Wyoming when he was just 14. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and attended the US Military Academy, West Point.

He first saw combat in Korea earning a Silver Star and rising to the rank of Captain. He returned to West Point and taught French for several years. He attended the Special Forces Officer Course in 1960 and was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group in Germany. In 1964 he served with the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam. He served on the Special Operations Division, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1966. He took command of the 1st Special Forces Group on Okinawa in 1968 and commanded the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam until his retirement in 1969.

After his retirement Bob worked for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School for 32 years. He started as an Assistant Watch Officer and rose to President of the school. During the last 19 of those years he started and ran an Outward Bound Program for Vietnam Veterans suffering from PTSD.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Andre and his first wife, Nan. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan; five children, Susanne, Meesh, Robert Jr, Nicholas and Alexis. He is also survived by many loving in-laws, nephews and nieces, grandchildren and one goddaughter. The family requests memorials be made to The Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, 39 Mechanic St. Suite 310, Camden, ME 04843.

Rice, Thomas E.

Thomas E. Rice, 79, O'Hara, formerly of Glenshaw, died Wednesday, October 10, 2007, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Wexford. He was born November 8, 1927, in Crowder, Mississippi, to D.L. and Nannie Burnett Rice.  They preceded him in death.  He was also predeceased by his brother, Joel D. Rice, and sister, Bennye Maude Chatem.

Mr. Rice was the owner-operator of Custom Glass Corporation, Kittanning.  He was a Korean War Army sergeant who served in the 313th Engineer Utilities Detachment and received two Bronze Stars.  He was a member of Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church and the VFW.

He was the husband of Marion Cate Rice, and father of Thomas E. Rice Jr., of Overland Park, Kansas, Cynthia Jean (Clay M. Pickard, M.D.) Rice, M.D., of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Amanda Margurite Ingram, of Louisville, Kentucky; John M. (Heidi) Rice of Fox Chapel; and Robert L (Kathy) Rice, M.D., Ph.D., of Finksburg, Maryland.   He was also the brother of Richard E. Rice, M.D., of Huntsville, Alabama; David L. Rice Jr. of Tanner, Alabama; Walter R. Rice, D.V.M., of Cookeville, Tennessee; Elizabeth V. Bryant, of Maryville, Tennessee, and Marian Nell Meade, of Starkville, Mississippi.   He is also survived by eleven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Kyper Funeral Home, 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd., Shaler, where services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel with the Rev. Dr. Dirk Lesnett officiating. Entombment will be in the Allegheny County Memorial Park Mausoleum, McCandless.

Rigsby, Cecil Harding

Cecil Harding Rigsby, Col. USAF (Retired) took his final flight November 7, 2011 from Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A loyal patriot, he served his country in the USAF for 33 years flying 339 reconnaissance combat missions in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He retired as an expert and consultant in all aspects of tactical reconnaissance with 7000 flying hours.

A man of strong personal values, he devoted himself to his wife and family and was known as a mentor, counselor, favorite uncle and beloved husband, father and grandfather. Cecil loved to entertain his friends and attend reunions. He was an avid runner, who ran in cities all over the world, and a regular at the gym, inspiring many by his example. An active citizen, Cecil wrote numerous letters to Presidents, candidates, Governors and other officials offering his advice and pleading his causes. He was a founder of the North Austin Civic Association. He was honored by Governor Rick Perry when the Texas World War II Memorial was dedicated.

Born September 1, 1922 in Tallassee, Alabama, the youngest of eight children, Cecil became a Texan in 1924. He grew up in Dallas, graduated from Dallas Technical High School in 1940 and received the Best Citizenship Award. He enlisted in the 112th Cavalry Texas National Guard, transferring to the Army Air Corps in 1941 where he became one of the first Flying Sergeants. He received his officer's commission while serving in New Guinea during World War II with the 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron where he flew 91 combat missions in the P-38. On January 9, 1946 he became one of the first jet pilots in the U.S. Army Air Forces.

Cecil left military service briefly to do aerial photography for oil companies and the U.S. government in Midland, TX where he met and married Lorrenne Crisp on December 7, 1947.  He returned to the USAF in 1948. Cecil flew 100 combat recce missions in the RF80 and RF-86 in Korea in less than 4 months. He flew the first F-100's to Germany in 1955 where he was stationed at Bitburg for three years while flying reconnaissance missions over Soviet territory. From 1959 to 1964, he served at the Pentagon and earned a B.A. from University of Maryland and a Masters in International Affairs from George Washington Univ. He was a distinguished graduate of the Air War College in 1965 in Montgomery, Alabama. Cecil was stationed in Ramstein, Germany 1965-68 with 4 ATAF and at Shaw AFB in 1968-1970 where he served as Vice Commander. He flew 148 missions in the RF-101 and RF-4C in Vietnam in 1970-71.

Cecil retired in 1973 at Bergstrom AFB, Austin, Texas. His military awards include the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Meritorious Service Medal, 12 air medals, two Commendation Medals, and many other.

Cecil worked for Northrop Corporation following his military retirement. He spent 4 years in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia in operations and training, and traveled extensively to other countries while working in marketing. He lived in Austin, TX until September 2010 when he and Lorrenne moved to the Army Residence Community in San Antonio.

He is survived by his daughters, Toni Rigsby of Atlanta, Georgia, Lisa Rigsby of Austin, Texas, and Lori Millner of Dallas, Texas; his grandsons, Russell Wilson, Michael Meyer, and Britt Little; and granddaughter, Claire Rigsby. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Lorrenne Crisp Rigsby, who left us on June 7, 2011; his twin sons, Ensign Ronald Cecil Rigsby and Russell Claude Rigsby (infant); parents Mary Josephine and Calvin Rigsby; and his seven brothers and sisters.

A memorial service will be held at the Army Residence Community chapel, Saturday, November 19 at 1:00 PM . A graveside service will be held at Austin Memorial Cemetery on 2800 Hancock Drive, Austin, TX 78731, Sunday, November 20th at 2:00 PM. If any desire to give donations in his name, please give to either the charity of your choice or to the Christus St. Mary's Hospice office, 4241 Woodcock Rd. #A100, San Antonio TX 78228.

Riley, Charles A. "Chuck"

Charles A. "Chuck" Riley, LTC USAF (Ret.), age 83 of 23 Hamburg Mtn. Road died Friday, April 30, 2010. Charles was born August 8, 1926 in Sullivan County, Tennessee and was a career military officer before retiring to Weaverville in the 1970's. The officer was the son of the late Charles Andrew Riley and Marian Lee Null Riley.

Col. Charles A. Riley, USAF Retired, served with the Navy Amphibious Forces in the Pacific Theater during World War II (Iwo Jima) and the Army's 82nd Airborne Division after the war. He then transferred to the US Air Force in 1949 to attend Pilot School.

He flew aerial combat in Korea with the Air Rescue Service, then two tours in Vietnam in Air Commando Squadrons. He was a Master Parachutist and a Command pilot. After retiring from the military he worked with photography and was an alcohol and drug abuse counselor.

Surviving are his wife of 6l years, Vera "Kit" Young Riley; daughters, Sallye Riley Fox and husband Martin of Fairview and Kathryn Crawford and husband Chip of Sarasota, Fla.; son, William D. 'Bill" Riley and wife Pat of Bradenton, Fla.; sister, Ruth Ann Latham of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Sloan Brigman, Kelly Waldrop, and Bridget Riley and great granddaughter, Haley Brigman.

Risher, Robert L. Sr.

Robert L. Risher, Sr., 78, of Linton, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at the Bloomington Hospital. Bob was born on December 26, 1931, in Linton to George and Beulah (Risher) Wautelet. On July 1, 1955, he married Barbara D. Hubble.

Bob served in the US Army during the Korean War. He later worked for the General Electric Plant in Linton as a foreman and security guard, accumulating over thirty years of service before retiring in 1991. He was a member of the Frank Courtney American Legion Post #22.

Survivors include: a daughter, Pam (Bobby) Houston of Linton; three grandchildren, Haylee Houston, Cain (Tomi) Cooksey, both of Linton, and Zachary Risher of Bloomington; one brother, Dave Wautelet of Mesa, Arizona; and one sister, Sue (Dale) Goddard of Linton. His stepmother, Dolores Wautelet of Linton, also survives.

Bob was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife, Barbara Risher, in 1996; his son, Robert Risher, Jr., in December 2009; one grandson, Jefferson Robert Risher; and one sister, Nancy Wautelet.

Funeral services will be held at the Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. David Tyra officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery with Frank Courtney American Legion Post #22 giving honor with full Military Graveside Rites.

Rivali, John Frank

John Frank Rivali of Raton, died on February 24, 2012. A golden heart stopped beating and hard working hands were laid to rest. Our Heavenly Father and the angels from above summoned our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle to a life that would change but to a life that would never end.

Frank was born in Raton to Clarence Rivali, Sr. and Celestina Casias. In 1950 he joined the US Air Force and after training at Lackland AFB in Texas and Forbes AFB in Kansas and Lowrey AFB in Colorado he was assigned to Korea to The 49th Tactical Fighter Wing and served in Korea and Japan, he was honorably discharged in 1954. While in Korea he received the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and The Republic of South Korea Service Medal.

Frank was a member of the St. Patrick's/St. Joseph's Parish, the Knights of Columbus and served as Grand Knight of the Third Degree and Faithful Navigator of the Fourth Degree. He was a life member of the VFW Post 1793 and served four years as Post Commander and served as State Commander in 2000-2001.

Frank was always ready and willing to help people in need, he will be sadly missed by all he came in contact with. Frank was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Carmen and grandson Ryan Kelly. He is survived by his wife Barbara Ann of the family home; son Kelly (Peggy) of Clovis; daughters Roberta Niemi (Bob) of Albuquerque, Barbara Ramirez (Wendall) of San Antonio, TX, Antoinette Rivali of Salida, CO and Lorena of Colorado. Also surviving are five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; mother-in-law Isabel Ortega; step-daughter Isabel Atencio; sons-in-law Mario (Brina) and Fernando (Crystal), all of Raton, NM; brothers C. Morgan (Gladys) of Albuquerque, Richard of San Antonio, TX, Eugene (Linda) of Fremont, NE, Robert (Helen) of Victorville, CA; sister Mary Frances Duffy of Torrance, CA. Also surviving are numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Rosary will be held on Tuesday, February 28th at 7:00 pm and the Mass will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 29th, both services will be held at St. Joseph-St. Patrick Parish. Interment will be at a later date. Arrangements by Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home in Raton, NM, 575-445-3757,

Roberson, Guy C.

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Guy C. Roberson entered into eternal rest Friday, August 6, 2004. A memorial service was held at J. Henry Stuhr North Area Chapel, North Charleston, South Carolina, Friday, August 13, 2004 at ten o clock. Internment followed in Beaufort National Cemetery at two o clock.

Born August 28, 1927 in Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Roberson was the son of the late Henry David and Rose Lee Petty Roberson. He was preceded in death by his sister Joy R Sellers.

He was a veteran of the US Marine Corps and served during World War II and the Korean War. Mr. Roberson was a member of The Chosin Few, the VFW and was awarded the Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, a Silver Star and numerous other awards and citations. He was also a member of the Shriners, Scottish Rite, and was a 32-Degree Mason. Surviving Mr. Roberson are a daughter, Joy Cornelius of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; two grandchildren, Ashley Cornelius of Tuscaloosa, AL, Brandy Strickland and husband Ben Strickland of Oxford, AL; two great grandsons, Andrew and Adam Strickland; a sister, Ann Collins of Oxford, Alabama; and several nieces and nephews.

He was always proud to be a Marine and hung the Marine Corps flag on the front of his home every day, including the day he passed away. He is deeply missed by his daughter and granddaughters.

Roberts, Joseph N.

Joseph N. Roberts, 78, a longtime Wilbraham resident, died Saturday, March 13, 2010, in Baystate Medical Center.  He was born in Ludlow, Massachusetts on June 3, 1931, son of the late George and Alice (Talbot) Roberts. During the Korean War, Joe proudly served his country as a Private E-1 in the United States Army. He was the recipient of several awards for his service including the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, and the United Nations Service Medal.

Following his military service, Joe worked for Monsanto Chemical Company, first as a chemical operator, and then retiring as a shift supervisor for the company. He also served the Town of Wilbraham as a Commissioner for Glendale Cemetery and as a member of the Wilbraham Cable TV Advisory Committee. He was also an avid gardener, and loved to work the land that was such a part of his life.

He was the husband of the late Margaret G. "Peggy" Roberts, his loved and cherished wife of over 50 years, who died March 8, 2010. He is survived by his children, Joseph M. Roberts of Voluntown, CT, James Roberts of Ludlow, MA, Greg Roberts, Michael Roberts, and Sharon Lee and her husband Chuck, all of Wilbraham, MA.  He was the cherished grandfather of four and brother of Diane Farley of East Longmeadow, MA.

Funeral services celebrating his life will be Tuesday, March 23 at 10 a.m. in Grace Union Church, 10 Chapel St., Wilbraham, MA.  Rev. David Hurst will officiate, followed by military honors. Family and friends may call at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St., Ludlow, on March 22 from 5-8 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to The Korean War Educator Fund C/O Lynnita J. Brown, 111 E. Houghton St., Tuscola, IL 61953, or at  For further information, directions and on line guest book, please visit

Letter from Sharon Roberts Lee to the Korean War Educator, May 12, 2010:

Thank you so much for the correspondence concerning my dad, Joe Roberts.  When looking at the 78 years he lived, his wartime was a mere speck.  Yet the memories never went away.  Some remember high school locker combinations, while he remembered his rifle serial number.  Some see Veterans Day as a day off, but he saw it as a time to remember those lost in the wars.  Some take America for granted, while he never did.  Over the years he must have put thousands of hours into thanking, remembering, and speaking to veterans, placing flags at the graves and helping in the ways he could.  He never forgot.

I have heard many stories but two have stayed with me, will never leave, and will always remind me how lucky I am to have people like my dad there to protect us.  Over 30 years ago Dad was in an explosion at work.  He was in a doorway and was blown out--the only way he could have survived.  While that would normally be a traumatic experience, he never really mentioned that moment.  All he spoke about was the grenades in Korea--how the blast sounded like one. 

The other was about his hate for JuJuBees.  He said candy of all types would be given out to the troops but by the time they made it to the front line only those were left.  The men who should have had filet mignon candies received the chuck steak ones instead.  He never ate that candy again.

The horror these men and women went through is beyond my comprehension and I thank you and all others that help them find solace and peace.  Thank you, Sharon Roberts Lee.

Rockwell, Lloyd H. "Diddy"

Col. Lloyd H. "Diddy" Rockwell (Ret.), 80, of Paso Robles, California, died Tuesday, July 27, 1982 at the Vandenberg AFB, California hospital.  He is buried in the Paso Robles District Cemetery, Paso Robles, California.

He was born on July 16, 1902 and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  He was working in the city engineer's office when he enlisted in the early 1930s in the National Guard.  He was nearly 40 years old when he entered Army duty in World War II with the 34th Division when the National Guard was mobilized.  He was sent to Ireland, Scotland and England for schooling.  He took part with other Iowa troops in the invasion of Africa and fought throughout the African campaign, then in Sicily and Italy.  He became a lieutenant colonel in a battlefield promotion at Benevento, Italy.

In 1949 he was attached to the U.S. Military Advisory Group (KMAG) in Korea for the second phase of his military career and served there two tours of duty.  His contribution to the war effort in Korea earned him admiration from the South Koreans.  They honored him with a monument bearing his name in Chanju, Korea.  It was the first monument erected to a foreign soldier.  He was also the recipient of the Legion of Merit award which is second only to the Medal of Honor.  He had aided the 11th ROK First Division in a guerilla cleanup campaign.

He rose from the rank of private to full colonel during his span of service.  He retired in 1960.  After his retirement he resided for many years in Paso Robles.

An article about Rockwell and "Rocky's Ridge Running Raiders" appeared in the Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Wednesday, November 17, 1943, page 5.

Rodarte, Paul

Word about the passing of Paul Rodarte ("C" Company, 7th Marines, Korea) this week came from Charles McKellar (7th Marine website) on August 31, 2005.  Paul's last known address was P.O. Box 482, Fallon, NV 89407-0482.  Phone 775-423-5494.  Paul's funeral was scheduled for September 1, 2005.

Rodriguez, Frank Jr.

Born in Brighton, Colorado, Mr. Rodriguez died March 23, 1988.  He was a career U.S. Army soldier and Korean and Vietnam War veteran.  Upon retiring he resided with his family in Trinidad, CO.  He is survived by his wife, four sons, and three daughters.

Rogers, Guy S.

My grandfather, Guy S. Rogers passed away February 8, 1999 in South Carolina. He was a great man, who loved his family dearly. He also believed in the power of the United States Marine Corps and everything they stood for on this earth.

[Posted 12/24/06 at the request of his very proud granddaughter, Christy Thornsberry]

Rounds, David

I am trying to locate a Korean War buddy (or his family members) from Tokyo who was in the "Corn Tones" band that I was in and performed with 1951-52 in hospitals, orphanages, and for fellow soldiers.  We were members of the 71st Battalion during this time.  David was older than me and a Lieutenant with the Special Services at the time.  He was a World War II veteran and was from San Luis Obispo, CA.  His nickname was "Pappy."  Our band played what was then called "Hillbilly" music.  I have a picture of our band.

Contact: John (Jack) A. Diamond, Savannah, GA.  E-mail

Rowell, Kenneth George

Life time resident of the Nyacks, New York, Kenneth George Rowell, died peacefully on June 27, 2012 surrounded by his family at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York after a lengthy illness. Ken was 79 years old. He was born on October 28, 1932 to Helen M. (Goldbach Phillips) and Mervin L. Rowell in Central Nyack.

Ken attended Liberty Street Elementary School in Nyack and Nyack High School. After his high school graduation in 1950, he enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean War. Ken served three years until he was honorably discharged in 1953. Upon return from the service, he began a thirty-four year career with the Nyack branch of the United States Postal Service. In addition to his career as a letter carrier, Ken simultaneously earned his Associates Degree and began a second career as a computer operator at Becton Dickinson and Company in Orangeburg, New York until he retired in 1992.

In April of 1958 he married the love of his life Rose Marie Barone. Ken is survived by his wife Rose, his son Kenn of NYC, his daughter Jennifer of Nyack, his daughter Marirose and son-in-law Fred of Tappan and his two beloved grandchildren Emily and Freddie and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Mervin K. (Bud) and his sisters Muriel, Inid, Virginia, Adele, Jean and Wanda. Ken also maintained a life-long correspondence with his many beloved cousins in Iowa.

Ken was a loving husband, an exceptional father and a phenomenal grandfather. While not doting on his grandchildren, he enjoyed (endured) watching the Mets and Jets. Ken was an avid music fan with his favorites being cool jazz and big bands. He was a cross word puzzle enthusiast and a life-long American History buff.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, July 1st from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm at Hannemann Funeral Home, Inc. in Nyack. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Ann’s R.C. Church in Nyack on Monday, July 2nd at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the American Lung Association of the Northeast, 460 Totten Pond Road Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451.

Roy, Laurence J.

Laurence J. Roy (Army) passed away in Atlanta, Georgia, September 17, 2005, nineteen days after he had evacuated New Orleans, his home since birth.

Ruelle, Rose Joan

Rose Joan Ruelle, a decorated Korean War Veteran, passed away peacefully on January 25, 2012 at the age of 80.  She was the beloved wife of the late Barney who predeceased her in 1999. Loving mother of Bernie (Cindy) Ruelle and Jerry (Lisa) Ruelle. Dear grandmother of Neil, Scott, Mark and Brandon Ruelle.

The family will receive friends for a Visitation on Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 3-8pm at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home - Redford Chapel which is on the north side of Plymouth Road just east of Beech Daly.

The funeral service will be at 11 am Monday, January 30, 2012 with a final viewing from 10-11 am at Grace Lutheran Church on Grand River Avenue east of Beech Daly in Redford where she and her family have been active members since 2000.

Rose will be laid to rest next to her husband with Committal Prayers and Funeral Honors from The United States Army and The American Legion funeral honors teams in Glen Eden Lutheran Memorial Park Cemetery, Livonia, Michigan. The services will be led by Reverend Timothy P. Halboth and Reverend Dr. Victor F. Halboth.

Memorial Donations may be made in Rose's honor to:
Grace Lutheran Church
25630 Grand River Ave.
Redford Twp., Michigan 48240

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