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This page contains  memorials to deceased retired  Military Police officers and their spouses, both RMPOA members and non-members. Every effort is made to report these memorials in a timely manner.  Unfortunately, in some cases, the Association does not learn of the death of a retired Military Police officer or spouse until long after after the death.  In these cases, this fact will normally be identifiable by the reported date of death of the individual involved.   Memorials normally remain posted for a period of 30 days and the page will be updated as needed.  success of this page is dependent upon information received from members of the RMPOA community.  

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Major General Eugene Rufus Cromartie




Major General Eugene R. Cromartie was born in Wabasso, Florida on October 3, 1936. His parents were Ulysses and Hanna Cromartie; he was the seventh of nine children. Eugene attended and graduated from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee Florida in 1957. While attending the university he was the Class president as well as the ROTC battalion commander and became a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Also while attending FAMU he met and married the love of his life/college sweetheart, Joyce B. Mims. They have four sons whom all served the community in various careers. For all that have known him he has gone by his nick name Gene Cromartie.

Gene’s distinguished career in the US Army lasted 33 ½ years. He has held a number of different 

positions/assignments during his tenure with the military: Student of Infantry at Fort Benning, Georgia; Commander of the 59th Military Police Company in Bremerhaven, Germany; Executive Officer, later Commander for the Headquarters Detachment, 95th Military Police Battalion in Vietnam; Instructor, United states Army Military Police School at Fort Gordon, Georgia; Chief, Electives Branch, Office, Director of Graduate Studies and Research, United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Commander of the 503rd Military Police Battalion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Airborne Paratrooper and Provost Marshal of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Commander, First Region, United States Army Criminal Investigation Command; Deputy Provost Marshal, later Provost Marshal of the United States Army Europe and Seventh Army in Mannheim, Germany; Community Commander in Mannheim Germany; Commanding General United States Army Criminal Investigation Command at Falls Church, Virginia.

After retiring from the Military Gene became the Deputy Executive Director/Chief of Staff of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He remained in this position for sixteen years, before retiring again. Throughout his various assignments and career paths, he has touched the lives of many through mentoring and friendship. His impact on society will never be matched, nor will it ever be forgotten.

Services and inurnment will be held at Fort Myer's chapel in Arlington, Virginia at a later date.
Posted 24 Mar 2017
MAJ Robert Roy "Roy" Hazelwood

Robert Roy Hazelwood, 78, of Fredericksburg, died peacefully doing something he really loved to do, napping in the sun, on Monday, April 18, 2016.

Roy was born in Pocatello, Idaho on March 4, 1938. He was the son of the late Luella and Earl Hazelwood, and was also preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy, and a sister, Earlene. He is survived by his wife Peggy Driver Hazelwood, children Robert Hazelwood, Jr. (Jaide), Keith Hazelwood (Gail), and Kevin Hazelwood (Kim), stepchildren Cheryl Alderman (Ron), and Stephen Driver (Melissa), two dog babies Bandi and Sassy, thirteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and his children’s mother, Joan Hazelwood.
Roy served 11 years in the U.S. Army, obtaining the rank of Major. He also served 22 years in the FBI, 16 of which were in the Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy. He held a B.S. degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance, with a one-year fellowship in forensic medicine. During Roy’s time in the Bureau, he consulted on the Bosnia War crimes, lectured in all 50 states, throughout Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean. Roy has written several books and articles, and contributed to textbooks. He also testified as an expert witness in civil and criminal trials in city, state, and federal courts, as well as committees of the US Senate, US House, and Presidential Commission.

Roy was a member of the Hope Presbyterian Church of Spotsylvania, where he has held the office of elder and deacon, and has taught several Bible studies as well as Sunday school classes. He was known for visiting the shut-ins and the hospital patients of his church. Roy also served on several church committees. He gave talks and provided consult to Empowerhouse and helped counsel young students towards the field of criminal justice. Roy was well-respected in the community, having worked with the criminal justice system and mental health organizations.
Roy served as a faculty member of the FBI Academy and the U.S. Army Military Police CID School. He received numerous awards from academic, mental health, and law enforcement communities. Roy was awarded the “Distinguished Alumni” from Sam Houston State University, and in 2005, was inducted into the Sigma Chi Fraternity Hall of Fame and was recognized as a “Significant Sig” in 2002. Roy was twice awarded the prestigious “Thomas Jefferson Award” for research from the University of Virginia and has also appeared on numerous TV programs.
Roy’s favorite vacation was sitting in a beach chair with a book and a cup of tea, enjoying the ocean’s surf. In his spare time, he liked to read, sit in the sun, watch cowboy shows on TV, and cheer on his favorite team, the Washington Nationals. Sometimes he liked to watch the Dallas Cowboys, but since he was surrounded by Redskins’ fans, he watched in silence.

There will be a visitation of friends and family from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 at Covenant Funeral Service, 4801 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA.

A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 25 at the Hope Presbyterian Church, 11121 Leavells Road, Fredericksburg VA. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26 Quantico National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hope Presbyterian Church, Capital Campaign Fund, 11121 Leavells Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22407.
Posted 3 Apr 2017
LTC Alfred F. Grande, Jr

On Thursday, March 23, Lt. Colonel (Army Ret.) Alfred F. Grande, Jr. completed his last mission on this earth and entered into the glory of Heaven. Born June 21, 1936 in Dover, NJ, "Al" attended Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ and graduated as a Distinguished Military Student/ROTC from Bucknell University in 1958. He was commissioned into the US Army and served with SHAPE in Paris, France, a variety of posts in the US and two tours in Vietnam. Awarded the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit, he finished his career as a member of the Military Police and continued to be active with them as a retiree. 

Following his retirement from the military, Al founded ASAP Printing and Mailing, Co. Inc. and located it in a long neglected part of Alexandria. He immediately set out to become active in the community-joining the Chamber of 
Commerce, working with law enforcement to provide a safe environment and encouraging other small businesses to locate to the area. He often printed business cards and letterheads at no charge to help new start ups and provided free resume printing for the unemployed.

In 1996, Al was honored by his peers in Alexandria when he was nominated-and selected-to carry the Olympic Torch around the circle at Mount Vernon Estate. It was his 60th birthday. In 2012, Al was honored once again, named "A Living Legend of Alexandria" and recognized at a banquet held in the city. Among other service as a member of the Alexandria Police Foundation, he worked to raise funds for the care of retired police dogs. Even in post-retirement, Al continued to serve. At Greenspring Retirement Community, he chaired the Marketing Committee and served on the Home Health Committee among other activities.

He will forever be missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Claire Grande, his children, Donna Grande Spann (Greg) and Dean Grande (Michelle) along with his sister, Kim Rusinow. His legacy includes deep and loving relationships with his 9 grandchildren (and spouses), Helen Spann Hogan (Tyler), Linzy (Spann) Westman (Dan), Cassidy (Spann) Montalvo (Sam), Sheila (Spann) Avellino (Arel), Shannon Spann, Star Spann, Taylor Grande, Nathan Grande and Ashley Grande. Gratefully, he had the opportunity to know his great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Avalon, Sierra and Aiden Hogan, and hold the hand of his newest great-grandson, Peyton Westman. To his family and friends, he leaves a legacy of service-teaching all to "leave a place better than you found it."

The end of Al Grande's journey on this earth was executed in the same manner in which he lived. He was in charge. When he received the prognosis in the hospital, his mission became finishing well. And that he did. In six days under hospice care at home, he communicated as best he could his deep love for each of his family members and many friends who visited, called, emailed and Facebook messaged. He left this earth knowing that he was loved and respected.

For those of us temporarily left behind, there is a new journey. We must now choose to continue his legacy by living well, loving much and moving forward. To do any less would be to dishonor his memory. Al entered Heaven with a humble heart, with the love and respect of all who knew him and a legacy that continues to impact this earthly plane. A journey has ended. A new journey begins.

Memorial Service will be at Greenspring Chapel, 7420 Spring Village Drive, Springfield, VA 22150 at 10 am, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. There will be a reception following in Hunter's Crossing. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Benevolent Care Fund, c/o Greenspring Philanthropy, 7410 Spring Village Dr., Springfield, VA 22150.

Arrangements under the direction of Demaine Funeral Home, Springfield, VA. 


Following provided by LTC (Ret) Thomas D.. Blain:


When Al Grande decided to open a business in Del Ray in the 1970s, Mount Vernon Avenue was hardly “Where Main Street still Exists,” as it’s known today. Instead, it was what some might call a “sketchy” part of Alexandria. But it was affordable for the Vietnam veteran, so undeterred, Grande opened ASAP Printing & Mailing and set about building both a successful business and a thriving community.

“No question Al was a real fixture in Del Ray,” said longtime friend Shawn McLaughlin. “He was in Del Ray before Del Ray was cool.”

Grande is credited with helping transform Del Ray into the vibrant community that exists today. In 2012, he was recognized for his many efforts throughout the city when he was named a Living Legend of Alexandria. On March 23, Grande died after a brief battle with lung cancer. He was 80 years old.

Born June 21, 1936, in Dover, N.J., Alfred F. Grande Jr. graduated from Blair Academy and Bucknell University, where he majored in sociology and psychology. He was later commissioned as a Regular Army 2nd Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. After serving 20 years of active duty, Grande moved to Alexandria and opened ASAP Printing & Mailing Co. in the Del Ray neighborhood. 

He joined the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and was later recruited to serve on the chamber's board of directors. He also was elected chairman of the Potomac Trade Association, now the Del Ray Business Association, and was subsequently elected to its board of directors. 

Grande donated time and resources to local schools by serving as a volunteer reader at the Mount Vernon Community School teaching children how to read the English language, donating materials to local art programs and establishing a relationship with T.C. Williams High School which allowed seniors in the printing program to receive hands-on experience with ASAP's presses and binding equipment. 
#Grande was elected chairman of the Alexandria Small Business Development Center and was a founding member of the Alexandria Police Foundation. In retirement, he and his wife Claire moved to Greenspring in Springfield, where Grande served as a resident ambassador and a member of the Greenspring Resident Advisory Council's Marketing and Publicity Committee.

Grande is survived by his wife, Claire, son Dean, daughter Donna and several grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in the coming weeks and a funeral with full military honors will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Demaine Funeral Home in Springfield.

“I feel very fortunate,” said McLaughlin, who had nominated Grande for the Living Legends honor. “Al and I spoke on the phone often but our visits had become less frequent. But just before Christmas, before his diagnosis, we spent a wonderful afternoon together. Little did either of us know what was to come. I am lucky to have had that time with Al and to be able to remember him at his best.” 
Posted 11 Apr 2017


LTC Clarence Lamar "Billy" McKinney 

Funeral service for Lt. Col Clarence Lamar "Billy" McKinney U.S Army (Ret) will be held at Murray Brothers Funeral Home Cascade Chapel, 1199 Utoy Springs Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30331 on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11:00 am.

He was born on January 4, 1941, in Thomaston, Georgia, to Otis C. Walker and Ethelyn C. Handford, who preceded him in death. 

During his childhood, he was an active member of Macedonia Baptist Church, where he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. 

Clarence received his early education at Thomaston Training School and Drake High School in Thomaston, Georgia. He followed the path laid by his father and attended a historically black university, Florida A & M. Upon his graduation, Clarence was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. A highly respected military officer, Clarence completed a tour of duty in the Vietnam War and continued to rise through the ranks, receiving numerous accolades and awards. After 23 years of dedication to the US Army, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1985. After retiring from the US Army, he embarked upon successful careers at Eastern Airlines and The State of Georgia where he retired in 2006. 

He was intellectually humble and enjoyed salon talks of varying topics. Clarence believed education was the cornerstone of success and ensured that each of his children attended institutions of higher learning in order to provide them with the foundation needed to thrive and be successful in their individual endeavors. 
​Posted 13May 2017
Mrs. Setsuko Gidion 
Wife of CW4 Hans M. Gidion

Mrs. Setsuko Gidion went to be with the Lord on 4 April 2017 at the young age of 85. She passed away peacefully surrounded by family at her daughter's home in Wilmington, NC.

Setsuko was born in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. She was a long-time resident of Augusta, GA and is survived by her husband and six children. Setsuko will be greatly missed by her children, grand- and great-grandchildren, and grand cats and dogs. 

A celebration of her life will be held at a private family gathering.

"It's a beautiful day Setsuko. It's a beautiful day!"
Posted 9 May 2017

COL James Donovon, “J. D.”, Smith

Colonel James Donovon, “J. D.”, Smith, US Army, Retired, passed away on April 27, 2017 at the age of eighty-seven in San Antonio, Texas.

J. D. was born on July 20, 1929, in Dallas, Texas to Stanley Archie Smith and Opal Lucille Smith. He graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Political Science. He later obtained a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Alabama. He married Hallie Nanette “Nita” Huffman on January 31, 1953. Afterwards, the two embarked on a sixty-year adventure together beginning in the United States Army. J.D. saw service throughout the continental United States as well as Germany, Korea and Viet Nam. Over a twelve-year period, the couple welcomed three children into their home. His children remember him as a strong father with a kind heart who encouraged them to pursue their education and goals.
 J.D. was predeceased by his wife and “Sweetheart”, Nita Smith in May 2013. He is survived by his children, LeAnne Christensen and husband Charles of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Gray Donovon Smith and wife Judy of Kerrville, Texas; and Stanley Scott Smith and wife Paula of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kathryn Michelle Williston and husband Greg of Collinsville, Oklahoma; Captain Derek Donovon Smith, U.S. Army, and wife Magan of Monterrey, California; Anna Elizabeth Bollinger and husband Brian of Clarkston, Georgia; Justin Cody Smith and wife Alex of Richardson, Texas and Christopher James Smith of Austin, Texas. His great grandchildren are Cash and Lydia Williston, Everett and Calvin Smith, and Simon and Samuel Bollinger. He is also survived by his half brother Steve Smith of Blytheville, Arkansas.

To honor both J.D. and Nita, a graveside service is scheduled for 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Live Oak Cemetery, 10739-10799 Twin Creeks Road, Manchaca, TX with reception to follow. Remembrances can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org. Arrangements made by Colonial Funeral Home, 625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, TX 78148. www.dignitymemorial.com 
Posted 12 May 2017
J.D. was a child of the depression and the war years, with strong beliefs of family, duty, honor, and hard work. He often shared childhood memories of hunting squirrels at the Trinity River bottoms with lifelong friend Everett Thompson. A young man of limited means, J.D. worked the Texas oil-fields to pay his way through the University of Texas. While there, he gathered an amazing group of friends who would stay by his side to the very end. Given his avid interests in reading, firearms and all things outdoors, he focused his efforts at the University of Texas on the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). He excelled in that endeavor and earned his commission into the United States Army. He then began a long and rewarding adventure in the Military Police Corps. During his career the two assignments he enjoyed the most were his service in Garmisch, Germany (1958-1960) and serving as Provost Marshal at the United States Military Academy (1971-1974). J.D. retired from the Military in 1974 while Provost Marshal assigned to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Upon retirement, J.D. and Nita retired in Manchaca Texas, just outside of Austin. He then taught Criminal Justice at Southwest Texas State University for ten years. He and Nita also co-owned and operated the local water utility company. In 2012, J.D. and Nita moved to San Antonio, Texas and lived at the Army Residence Community.​

Mrs Stefania Feher

Stefania Feher ,88, of Port St Lucie, passed away on Tuesday April 18, 2017 at Treasure Coast Hospice in Fort Pierce, FL. Stefania was born in Romania to parents Nicolei and Rosa Andronek

Before retiring Stefania was a vice president in the banking Industry. She was proceeded in death by her loving husband Andre C. Feher. Stefania was a member of the Port St Lucie Womens Club, Holy Family Council of Catholic Women, an auxiliary member of MOAA in Port St Lucie, a firm supporter of the Omer Brunner Council of Knights of Columbus at Holy Family Catholic Church in Port St Lucie.

Survivors include sister Vera Andronek Lehnert her husband Joseph and their children Joseph Lehnert, Anne Marie Lehnert, Marienetta Misela, a cousin and many friends.
A Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church in Port St Lucie, FL. Entombment to follow at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Royal Palm Beach, FL. There will be no viewing.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Stefania's honor to Holy Family Catholic Church in Port St Lucie, FL or a charity of donor's choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, 1504 SE Floresta Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983. www.aycockportstlucie.com.
Posted 12 May 2017
George Herbert Braxton

Colonel (U.S. Army, Ret.) George Herbert Braxton was born to Herbert and Lillian Braxton on April 3, 1938 in Newport News, Virginia. Upon receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in 1961, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps.

George's military education included the FBI National Academy, United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College. Awards included the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Bronze Star. His civilian education included a Master of Science Degree from American University in Washington, D.C.

During his military service from 1961 to 1989, George held a number of prestigious positions in military law 
enforcement, including supervision of an enemy prisoner facility during the Vietnam Conflict; Commandant of the 11th Military Police Battalion at Fort McClellan, Alabama; Commandant of the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and Chief of Army Law Enforcement at the Pentagon -- the U.S. Army's "Top Cop."

After his retirement from the military, George served as Assistant Secretary for Facilities, Department of Juvenile Services, State of Maryland. He was a teacher in the Prince George's County Public Schools, a Deputy Superintendent, Support Services, at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in Annapolis, Maryland, and the Citizen Services and Community Liaison for District Six, Prince George's County Council.

George faithfully served his community of Prince George's County upon moving to Mitchellville, Maryland in 1986. He was the co-creator of the Holmehurst South Civic Association, served as President of the Kiwanis club of Mitchellville, served as a member of the Governor-appointed Citizens Review Board for Children of Prince George's County, and was a proud member of the Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He also served as the music director for Highland Park Baptist Church and later as a choir member of Largo Community church.

George was preceded to his eternal home by his wife Sandra Loretta Braxton and is survived by his sons David and Jonathan Braxton, and his brother Stephen Braxton.

Arrangements under the direction of Robert E. Evans Funeral Home, Bowie, MD.

Visitation: Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Robert E. Evans Funeral Home, 16000 Annapolis Road, Bowie, Maryland 20715

Visitation: Thursday, May 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Funeral Service:  Thursday, May 25, 2017, 11:00 a.m. Largo Community Church, 1701 Enterprise Rd, Mitchellville, Maryland 20721, 

Interment:  Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, at a later date.                                              
​Posted 22 May 2017
COL Richard A. "Dick" Fitzgerald

COL Richard A Fitzgerald, former Clearwater City Commissioner, died Friday, February 17, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Urith. His cremains will be entombed in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Locally, in honor of Dick's memory, a reception for friends and colleagues was held Wednesday, March 15, from 2-4 pm at Countryside Library.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 5, 2017 
Posted 22 May 2017​


Mrs Helen Saylor Buchman

Mrs Helen Saylor Buchman, 96, died peacefully at home in Atlanta on April 24, 2017. Born in Naperville, Illinois, a place that she loved and always called home, she loved her life as a military wife traveling and living all over the world. She put family above all else and loved doing for others. She is preceded in death by her husband, Major Robert Arthur Buchman, Retired and her sister, Dorothy Saylor Kercher. She is survived by her children, Thomas Buchman (Barbara) of Boulder, CO, Sue Hampton of Cumming, GA, and Carole Gaillard (Ted) of Atlanta, GA, her grandchildren, Christopher Buchman, Brian Hampton (Christine), Andy Gaillard (Kristi), Sarah Mink (Eric), Bobby Gaillard, Paige Gaillard, and great grandchildren, Caleb Gaillard, Mackenzie Gaillard, Addison Hampton, Avery Hampton and Holton Mink. Funeral services and a celebration of Helen's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cancer Research Institute. 

Published in the Naperville Sun on Apr. 30, 2017
Posted 14 June 2017

​MAJ Robert Arthur Buchman

Marietta National Cemetery
Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia
CW2 Ramon M. Seda


Ramon M. Seda passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the age of 76 with his wife and daughter at his side. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and will be greatly missed. He was a Veteran of the United States Army as a Criminal Investigator and after the Army with the Insurance Crime Prevention Institute, and the Internal Revenue Service. He is survived by his wife Milagros Seda, his adult children; Carlos R. Seda and his wife Lucinda Lacelle, Francisco E. Seda, Carmen Seda, his beloved grandchildren; Francis Carlene Seda Zalace-Leger and her husband Wilfred Joseph Leger, Violeta Seda Lacelle and her husband Donovan Perras, Alex Seda Lacelle, David Seda Lacelle, great-grandchildren; Daniella Milagros Zalace, Gwendolyn Rosalie Zalace, Charlotte Patriza Leger, his siblings; Diana Seda de Cheverre, Milta Seda-
Feliberti and Lolo Seda-Feliberti. Gathering of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM at Sunset Funeral Home-West. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a veteran’s organization of your choice. Services entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home-West, 480 N. Resler Dr. Please visit our online guestbook at www.sunsetfuneralhomes.net
Posted 14 June 2017
LTC Robert William Gee

LTC Robert William Gee died June 12, 2017.

He was born Sept. 21,1950, in Gulfport. He was the son of Vida and Brooksher Gee.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Anne Louise Bullard Gee; and sons, Nathaniel Brooksher Gee of Huntsville, Ala., and Todd William Gee of Washington, D.C.

He will be fondly remembered by his family, friends and colleagues.

He graduated from Gulfport High School as senior class president, was Eagle Scout Order of the Arrow and was governor of Boy's State in 1967. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Arts from George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi.

He served with distinction in the United States Army Military Police Corps for 22 years. His assignments included the 82nd Airborne, Fort Bragg, N. C.; Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Langley Air Force Base. Va.; and Taegu, South Korea.  He erved as commander of the 14th Military Police Headquarters Company in Stuttgart, West Germany, and he retired on the field after command of the 701st Military Police Battalion in Fort McClellan, Ala.

He will be buried with Military Honors at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Tim Brown officiating.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service.
Published in the Vicksburg Post 14 June 2017.
Posted 17 June 2017.
Mr. David E. Wilson


David E. Wilson, 83, of Brook, Indiana passed away May 6, May 6, 2017 at Francisian Rensselaer Hospital, Rensselaer, IN. He was born June 26,1933, in Morocco, IN to the late Claude Milton and Cleo LaVone Archibald Wilson, a graduate of the Brook High School, class of 1951.

 Dave enjoyed hunting and boating but his real love was military vehicles. David served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police in the Korean War from 1953 -1954, and was awarded the Order of Marechausse Award for outstanding dedication to the Military Police Corp. He was a member of the following: 25th Infantry Association, Association of the United States Army, Disabled American Veterans, V.F.W., Korean War Veterans and the American Legion.
His first marriage was to Janice A. Whaley, November 9,1952 in Brook, IN and she preceded him in death August 30, 2003 in Brook, IN. He married Judith Kindig Wilson, August 18,1995 in Brook, IN and she survives. Also surviving are his 2 daughters,Gail Maclntyre, (husband, Richard), West Lafayette, IN and Becky A. Craig, (husband, Curt), Dayton, IN, and one son; Mike Wilson, (companion, Lou Anne Watt), West Lafayette, IN. Grandfather of 8 and Great Grandfather of 13. 2 brothers, Tom Wilson, (companion, Pat Knepp), Jerry Wilson, both of Brook, IN, one sister, Judy Wollin, (husband, Don) El Cajon, CA, and a sister-in-law, Georgia Mae Wilson, Brook, IN.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, May10, 2017, at the Brook United Methodist Church, Brook, IN from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Funeral services will be on Thursday, Mayll, 2017 in the church at 11:00 a.m., with Revs. Evan Guse and Rose Woodke, officiating. Guest speakers will be Brigadier General David Glaser and Lt. Col. E. Volkman. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery, Brook, IN.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in his name to the David E. Wilson Memorial Fund. Gerts Funeral Home, Brook, IN in charge of local arrangements.
Published in the Layfayette, IN Journal & Courier on May 9, 2017
Posted 18 June 2017
LTC Paul Major Curry, Jr. 


Lieutenant Colonel (LTC), retired, Paul Major Curry, Jr. was born in Joliet, Illinois on May 25, 1944. He was the last child and only son of Willeen (Buchanan) Curry and Paul Major Curry, Sr. He passed away peacefully at home in Huntsville, Alabama on July 7, 2017. 

Paul gave his life to Christ at an early age, baptized at Clark Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Camden, Mississippi. The family moved to Salina, Kansas in 1952 where Paul became an active member of the St. John's Baptist Church. He attended Sunday School and sang in the Youth Choir. He had a beautifully rich voice, loved to sing and sang solo selections quite often. He was a member of Progressive Union MB Church where he was a member of the choir.

Paul graduated from Salina Central High in 1962. He was an avid sportsman and the catcher on his high school baseball
team. After high school Paul attended college at Kansas Weslyan University in Salina, Kansas and worked at the Holsum Bakery and Dillon's Supermarket part-time.

In June of 1967, Paul was drafted into the US Army, earned the Parachutist Badge shortly after, and deployed to Vietnam. After completing his tour, he redeployed and completed the Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, GA, and then deployed again to Vietnam. After completing a successful tour, he then returned to the USA to attend college and obtained a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE. Throughout his military career, he was awarded several medals to include: the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and the Legion of Merit. During his service in combat operations, Paul earned the Purple Heart. After retiring from the US Army, in 1988 as a LTC, he pursed a second degree and graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He worked for several years in the states of Alabama and Mississippi as an engineer.

During his early military career, he met and married Deloris (Westbrook) Curry, who preced-ed him in death. Her son, James Charles (deceased) became an integral and immediate member of the new Curry family. To this union, two children were born, Carletta and Paul Johnathan (PJ) Curry. Later in his career, Paul was stationed at Redstone Arsenal where he remarried a loving woman, Mary L. Curry. Through this marriage, he became a dedicated father to Inger Carlisle and Dameon Finley.

He was preceded in death by his sister Paulette Woods. He leaves to cherish his memory– children: Carletta Curry (Everett, WA); LTC Paul J. and wife Nicole Curry (Ft. Stewart, GA); Inger and husband Michael Carlisle (New Market, MD) and Dameon and wife Lassandra Finley (Raleigh, NC). Grandchildren: Joshua and wife April Curry; Jamie Curry (Brandon, MS); Paul Edward (Tampa, FL) and Paul Marcus Curry (Navarre, FL); Adrienne and David Carlisle (New Market, MD); Dameon, Jr. and Brooklyn Finley (Raleigh, NC); Kennedy, Carter and Camden Rankin (Ft. Stewart, GA). His step-father, Jessie L. Heath (Salina, KS); sisters: Levone Curry (Denver, CO), Evone and brother-in-law Walter Murray (Denver, CO) and Gloria Jean York (Los Angeles, CA). Nieces: Jackie, Rhonda, Terry, Lynn, Tiannah, Tiarrah, Vicki, Glenda, Savannah, Nickole and Kim and nephews Reginald, Bobby, Craig, John David, Timothy Joe, and Tony. Special cousin/brother Claude M. Curry and former spouse Mary L. Curry.

A very dedicated, aggressive, and compassionate leader of Soldiers in support of our great Nation, Paul was a kind-hearted man who enjoyed barbequing, tennis, and the Blues. He loved his Family and was a friend and mentor to many people throughout his life.
Posted 14 Jul 2017​