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LTC ARTHUR ALBERT KLEKNER
LTC Arthur Albert Klekner, a WWII veteran, part of the Greatest Generation died Sunday, January 22, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Born in Newton Falls, Ohio on September 23, 1920 to Ida and Jacob Klekner the family soon move to Beaver Falls, PA, where he grew up. He entered Ohio State University in 1940 but enlisted in the US Army the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He married the late Margaret Twinem in 1947, his hometown sweetheart. He is survived by two daughters, Christine Felker and Margaret Klekner, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Art received numerous awards for his serve in the military including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
He and his wife Margie, were active in the community and longtime members of Bruen Chapel United Methodist Church. Family and friends from around the world were always welcomed in the Klekner house and they routinely opened their home to those less fortunate.
He was an avid outdoors man and known for his fishing and hunting stories. Art loved his Ohio State Buckeyes and was an avid Redskins fan. He honored God, his family and his country.
Donations: Army Historical Foundation. Internment Arlington National Cemetery at a later date
Posted 9 Mar 2017.
Mrs Margerat AnnTwinem Klekner
Of Fairfax, VA on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Fairfax Nursing Center. Beloved wife of Arthur A. Klekner; mother of Christine K. Felker and Meg Klekner; sister of Grace Marie Erath; grandmother of Stephen Felker, Emily Felker Beckmann, Alexei Segretto and Alina Segretto and great-grandmother of Mary Florence Felker and Henry James Beckmann. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at MONEY and KING FUNERAL HOME, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA on Today, Tuesday, May 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial service will be held at Bruen Chapel United Methodist Church, 3035 Cedar Lane, Fairfax, VA 22031 on Wednesday, May 18 at 11 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bruen Chapel United Methodist Church.
Posted 9 Mar 2017
CW2 John Richard Griffin, Jr.
CW2 John R. Griffin, Jr., age 67, of Sarepta, La was born on June 7, 1949 to John Richard and Vasser Catherine Singletary Griffin in Shreveport, LA and passed away on Sunday January 22, 2017 in Springhill, LA. He was a catholic, was a U.S. Veteran serving in the Army and formerly worked at Fibrebond, Inc. in Minden.
He is survived by his father, J.Richard Griffin, Sr. of Sarepta; two daughters, Jacquelyn Renee Watson and husband, Jacob of Norman OK, Maria Eason and husband, Charles of Springhill; three grandchildren, Noah Hunter Gonzales, Alston Eason and Joshua Eason: great grandson, Asher Eason; brother in law, three nieces and a nephew.
Mr. Griffin was preceded in death by mother, Vasser Catherine Singletary Griffin; and sister, Catherine G. Haynes.
Burial will be at Old Sarepta Baptist Church Cemetery.
Posted 14 Mar 2017
LTC Fred Roderick "Rick" Wilson (18 Dec 2016)
LTC Fred Roderick "Rick" Wilson Died 18 December 2016. He is survived by is wife, Sheila Sullivan "She" Wilson.
The family does not plan to publish an obituary.
Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Posted 14 Mar 2017
LTC Theodore Robert Cole
LTC Theodore Robert Theodore Robert Cole passed away on November 28, 2016 at his home surrounded by family. Born March 11, 1938 in Madison, Wisconsin, "Ted" was the son of the late Robert Theron Burr and Kathleen Hyland. When he was 14, his mother Kathleen remarried and he and his brother Michael were formally adopted by Lt. Colonel USA (Ret) Lorell Cole. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Wisconsin in 1960, receiving a Regular Army Commission in the Military Police Corps, and later earned a Masters in Criminology from California State University, San
Jose in 1972. He was also a graduate of the Naval War College, Newport Rhode Island in 1976. Ted married his high school sweetheart, Valarie Thomas, and along with his new family, spent the first four years of his military career in Germany serving as the Executive Officer for Co B 2d Armored Rifle Bn 52 Infantry and later as Bn Adjutant S1 HQ 508th MP Bn. Ted was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in Saigon in 1967 and Qui Nhon and Da Nang in 1971. In the early 80s, he chose a hardship tour to Camp Casey, Korea where he served as the Provost Marshal.
During his career, Ted was decorated many times for his service to the country, including the Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars, four Meritorious Service Medals, Vietnam Campaign Medals, Airborne Wings and numerous others. He retired from the Army in 1985 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Ted will be remembered by his beloved wife of 56 years, Valarie, sons Todd (Nancy) Cole, Michael (Mozelle) Cole and daughter Corinne (Michael) Caldwell. He will also be missed tremendously by his eight grandchildren, Aaron, Ian, Kathleen, Mickey, Teddy, Jack, Samantha and Alexandra, by his brother Michael (Shelli) Cole and sisters, Deborah Cole and Colleen Koester, as well as many other family members and friends. Family was Ted's number one priority. Ted was also a proud Green Bay Packers patron and shareholder and University of Wisconsin Badger fan. Those close to him knew better than to call during a game. A private graveside service with full military honors will be held at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia on a date to be determined. Military life can be hard at times; however the rewards far outweighed the hardships our family endured. Ted traveled around the world many times over. He saw the good and the bad, and through it all, chose to see the beauty life had to offer. Ted was truly "An Officer and a Gentleman." In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to one of the following organizations: Disabled American Veterans www.dav.org JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation www.jdrf.com Mercy Church firstname.lastname@example.org
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 25, 2016
Posted 14 Mar 2015
COL Oliver E. (Ollie) O'Kier
Oliver was born on June 27, 1923 and passed away on Friday, December 2, 2016.
Oliver was a resident of Peru, Illinois at the time of his passing.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
He served in WWII in Europe as platoon leader of an infantry company and later in Korea as a company commander and as assistant secretary of the General staff. Some of his other assignments included advisor to Puerto Rico National Guard, three years as an instructor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, two tours of duty at Department of the Army Headquarters and twelve months as a Deputy Brigade Commander in Vietnam. He retired as a Colonel.
He was married to Nellie Vitale.
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
CW4 Alan Philip "Al" Boehm
Alan was born in Sandpoint, ID to parents John & Laurene Boehm. He grew up in Clark Fork, ID and graduated from there in 1966. After graduation, he went on to attend North Idaho College and later received his BS from New York University. He enlisted in the Army, where he served for twenty-two years with the CID in the Law Enforcement division where he achieved the rank of CW4. While in the service Alan received many commendations, which included two Bronze Stars, along with the Meritorious Service Medal. He was stationed in various locations throughout his career,
including Hawaii, Vietnam and Japan. After retiring from the military he went to work for the Justice Department of Montana with the State Crime Lab in Missoula, MT. as a Firearms Examiner. His work ethic was exemplary and he was known throughout the United States for his work. He worked in this capacity for twelve years until a tragic accident forced him to retire. His friend, and co-worker, Dr. Gary Dale, called him the most thoughtful person he knew. His stepson, Chris, described him as an “Officer and a Gentlemen".
While stationed in Hawaii, Alan married his first wife, Diane, in 1970. They had two children, Alan Jr. and Heather. He always felt they were his greatest accomplishments. He has three granddaughters Samantha, Sydney, and Rylan. He was a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and mentor.
Alan enjoyed hunting, fishing, gold panning, collecting coins and Indian Artwork which he displayed in his basement "museum".
Alan lived in LoLo, Mt with his partner of sixteen years, Connie. They moved to Spokane, WA in 2015 and were married a year later.
Alan is survived by his wife Connie Boehm in their home, his son Dr. Alan Boehm Jr. (Kim) Raleigh, NC and his daughter Heather Maginn (Patrick) Duluth, GA. His step son Chris Kirsop (Karen) Flagstaff, AZ and step daughter Lori Kirsop Phoenix, AZ. His two sisters Lois Frazier, Spokane, WA, and Shirley Whitaker (Alan) Spokane, WA. His brother Don Boehm (Bonnie), Post Falls, ID. He also has ten nieces and nephews, and all their children.
Services for Alan will be held on Saturday, February 25, at Coffelt Funeral Home in Sandpoint, ID. officiated by the Clark Fork Methodist minister T. J. Parker.
Following the service will be Military Honors at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Sandpoint.
Reception following at the VFW Hall.
Posted 24 Mar 2017
MAJ Hector Lauro Lopez
Maj. Ret. Hector Lauro Lopez, 82, of Kingsville, TX passed away on January 26, 2017 in Kingsville, TX.
He was born on June 22, 1934 in Kingsville, TX.
He was a retired Military Police U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran, and a member of Christ United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Retired Military Officers Association, and a former guitar player in the groups, Alma Latina and Sol Tejano.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Noemi S. Lopez.
Survivors include two sons, Orlando (Elizabeth) Lopez of Fort Worth, and Hector Lauro (Veronica) Lopez Jr. of Kingsville; one daughter, Cindy (Howard) Garig of Conroe; two sisters, Myrthala Garcia and Victoria Tijerina; six grandchildren, Meagan, Orlando Jr., Markus, Andrew, Toni, Nicholas, and Avery; 2 great-grandchildren, Cohen and Myles; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Monday, 01-30-2017, from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Ramirez-Salinas Funeral Home.
A Religious Service will be held on Monday, 01-30-2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Ramirez-Salinas Funeral Home.
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, 01-31-2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Ramirez-Salinas Funeral Home with Pastor Harold Onwielder and Pastor Servando Torres officiating.
Burial will follow at Chamberlain Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of Ramirez-Salinas Funeral Home.
Posted 29 Mar 2017
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Shields Funeral Chapel, Oglesby with an 11 a.m. Mass in Holy Family Church, Oglesby. The Rev. Gary Blake will officiate. Private burial will be in the VA Cemetery, Rock Island Army Arsenal.
Visitation was at 5-7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Wounded Warriors or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Posted 14 Mar 2017
CW2 Allen L. "Al" Southmayd
CW2 Allen L. "Al" Southmayd was born 28 Jan 1944 and died 14 Feb 2017 at the age of 73. Drafted into the Army during the Vietnam era, Al spent his Army career as a CID special agent. Al served his country in many places, including a tour in Vietnam. He was later trained as a questioned document examiner at the U.S. Army ClD Laboratory (USACIL) at Fort Gordon, GA. Al retired from the Army and from USACIL 30 April 1985. Next, Al worked as a questioned document examiner in Dallas until he retired from that department in 2000. Al returned to work as a civilian at USACIL in 2000, staying until he retired the final time in 2007.
Al was preceded in death by his wife Janice Kristine "Kris" Southmayd 8 Jan 2016. Al was a friend to all who knew him, and he will be sorely missed.
Posted 29 Mar 2017
Mrs Jo Ann McCormick
Jo Ann McCormick October 14, 1932 ~ March 2, 2017 Monterey County. Jo Ann McCormick, a native of Silver Creek, NE, passed away peacefully.
After attending the University of Nebraska, she and her husband, Richard L. McCormick, were married on August 31, 1952. Prior to Dick's retirement, Jo spent thirty years as a military wife living in the Territory of Alaska, Germany, and eleven different states. During this time, she sang in church choirs and women's choruses and bowled in women's and mixed bowling leagues. Jo served as president of the Officer's Wives Club in Frankfurt, Germany and was chairman of the Ft. Ord Chapter of the American Red Cross. After four years at Ft. Ord, she and her husband retired forty years ago to the Monterey area. Jo enjoyed playing duplicate bridge at the Monterey Bridge Center and became a Ruby Life Master.
In addition to her husband of nearly 65 years, Jo is survived by her children, Jim (Carrie) McCormick of Black Forest, Colorado and Terri (Dennis) Bunck of Bourbonnais, Illinois and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be at The Paul Mortuary Chapel this Thursday, March 9 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. A Memorial Service will take place the next day, Friday, March 10 at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Monterey. Memorial contributions in Jo's name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Monterey, 501 El Dorado St., Monterey, 93940. Please visit www.thepaulmortuary.com to sign Jo's guest book and leave messages for her family.
Posted 3 Apr 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
CW3 James E. "Jim" Mercer
James Mercer, 87, of Chambersburg, passed away Saturday morning, February 25, 2017 at his home. Born in October of 1929 in Odum, Georgia, he was a son of the late Edmund and Annie Ring Mercer.
Mr. Mercer served in the US Army for twenty-two years, retiring in June of 1973 at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3. During his military career he was assigned as an investigator with the Criminal Investigation Command at the CID Agency Headquarters in Washington, DC and served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War as well as in Korea and Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and was twice awarded the Army Commendation Medal Following his retirement from the military he was employed for eighteen years with the former Moore's in Chambersburg, retiring in July of 1991. While living in Florida he attended the Baptist Church and then later attended Mt. Pleasant United Brethren Church in Chambersburg. He was a life member of Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW and a member of the Marine Corps League and Burt J. Asper Post 46 American Legion, all in
Chambersburg. He enjoyed fishing and traveling to Canada in the summer to fish. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and woodworking.
Mr. Mercer is survived by his wife, Betty Perry Mercer, whom he married in October of 1948; his daughter, Christina Mercer of Chambersburg; his son, Allan Mercer of Alexandria, VA; two grandsons, Dustin Ulrich of Chambersburg and Tyler Ulrich of Fayetteville; his great-granddaughter, Ashlyn Ulrich; and his niece, Jane Fatu of Jacksonville, FL. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Arnie Surrency; and three sisters, Ethel Wells, Mary Roland, and Eva Bowman.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2017 in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. Pastor Ray Seilhamer will officiate. Interment with military honors by members of the Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW Honor Guard will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Mt. Pleasant United Brethren Church, 2509 Black Gap Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202.
Condolences and memories may be shared on his Book of Memories page at geiselfuneralhome.com.
Published in Public Opinion on Feb. 27, 2017
Posted 3 Apr 2017
LTC Leon James "Lee" Rung
Leon James Rung, LTCOL, US ARMY, Retired September 20, 1931 – August 10 2016. Lee was born in Buffalo, NY. He was preceded in death by his father, Norman J. Rung; his mother Mercy Shanley Rung; his brother Norman J. Rung; and his wife Barbara Ann Rung. He is survived by his sister Eleanor Connolly; four daughters: Deborah Little(Tommy), Lisa Rung, Cheryl Blank(Howard), Glenna Miller, his wife Jackie Coleman Rung; three stepsons: Dan Coleman(Debbie), Chris Coleman(Mickey), Stephen Coleman(Diane); and 9 Grandchildren: Marissa and Seth(Lisa), Peyton and Maddie(Cheryl), Gabe(Dan), Dashiell and Chandler(Chris), and Amy and Danielle(Stephen). A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Aug 27th at 1pm at Our Lady of Wisdom Chapel located at 5600 General DeGaulle Dr., New Orleans, La. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Lee's Alma Mater: St Joseph's Collegiate Institute 845 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, New York - See more at: http://obits.nola.com/obituaries/nola/obituary.aspx?pid=181125656#sthash.Kz3SW5oD.dpuf
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
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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.
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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.
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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
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