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Colonel Clarence Donald Barry
Retired Colonel Clarence Donald Barry, slipped quietly into the arms of God in the early hours of December 25, 2016. Don was born in Wichita, KS, August 30, 1925, to Joseph T. and Delphia D. Barry. He was graduated from Wichita North High School in 1943, and enlisted in the Army Air Corp until the end of WWII.
After graduating from Wichita State University, Don went back into the Army where he served for more than 30 years. He served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in both Korea and Vietnam. His last military service was in 1976, when he retired as Commandant of the Military Police School.
He was predeceased by parents Joe and Delphia Barry; sisters, Dorothy Poland & Josephine Perry; brother Floyd Barry; son David McClure, and Della Barry the mother of his children.
Don is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lee Barry; sons Don, David, Doug Barry, and Kevin McClure; grandchildren Chrystal, Charlene, Cody, Nicole and Kelly; and three great grandchildren.
After retiring to Vista, Don worked with Arnie Gieseler Realty and with Robert Realty. He was active in Rotary, and he loved to square dance with the Vista Twirlers.
Services will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, January 5 at Calvary Chapel Vista, 885 East Vista Way, Vista.
Grave site prayer with full military honors will be at 2:00 pm at Eternal Hills, 1999 El Camino Real, Oceanside.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Retired M.P. Officers, P.O. Box 701, Falls Church, VA 22046.
Posted 22 Jan 2017
Laura Ann Bracey Fetterolf
Laura Ann Fetterolf (nee Bracey), of Springfield, VA, daughter of Thomas and Helen (Toll) Bracey of Girardville, PA, died at home on Sunday, October 30, 2016. She was 79. Laura is survived by her husband (of 57 years) Robert; daughter Lisa Jones of Carson City, NV; sons Robert, Thomas and Mark; eight grandchildren; and a sister Phyllis Stroble of Shenandoah, PA.
Born in Girardville, PA, in 1936, Laura worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Assistance in Shenandoah, Pottsville and Philadelphia. More recently, she worked for 32 years with the federal government as an officer with the Defense Logistics Agency and later as a paralegal with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C.
Laura was a resident of Greenspring for six years. She was a member of the Choristers, the Greenspring Players, and the Food Council; and she participated in many other community activities. Laura was beloved by her family and her many friends, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Laura to Greenspring Hospice, 7414 Spring Village Drive, Springfield, VA, 22150.
Posted 21 Jan 2017
Mrs Patricia M. O'Niell Tynan
Patricia M. (O’Neill) Tynan, age 93, a resident of the Village at Willow Crossings in Mansfield, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, December 22, 2016.
She was the beloved wife of the late retired United States Army Colonel James D. Tynan, to whom she was wed for sixty-seven years at the time of his death on December 11, 2013.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 5, 1923, she was a loving daughter of the late Thomas P. and Agnes (Moore) O’Neill.
Pat grew up and was educated in Philadelphia. She furthered her studies at Germantown Hospital School of Nursing where she received her diploma and became a Registered Nurse. She loved working with the elderly and continued her education becoming a Certified Geriatric Nurse
Pat had formerly been employed as a Nursing Supervisor at the Marion Manor Nursing Home in Taunton and was also proud to have worked for 5 months with Mother Theresa in Calcutta. Pat lived by the words of Mother Teresa:" As a nurse, it doesn't matter what we do, where we do it or who we help, it is how much love we put into it".
Being the wife of an Army Colonel, Pat traveled and lived throughout the world. She had made her home in Mansfield for the past eight years and previously lived in Devon, Pennsylvania.
While living in Mansfield, Pat had attended St. Mary’s Church. Times spent with family were quite special to her and she was a passionate reader.
She is survived by her loving and devoted children Patricia A. Daoust and her husband Paul of Boston and Timothy A. Tynan of Pottstown, Pennsylvania. She was adoring granny of Michael Daoust and his wife Lynn, Mark Daoust and his wife Shawna, Erin Comella and her husband Greg, Brian Daoust and his wife Marzi, and Kate Borrero and her husband Gustavo. She is also survived by 11 great grandchildren and sister-in-laws Helen O’Neill and Millie O’Neill. She was pre-deceased by her brothers Joseph O’Neill and Thomas O’Neill.
Her funeral Mass, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend, will be celebrated on Thursday, December 29th at 11:00 A.M. in St. Mary’s Church, 330 Pratt St. (Route 106) Mansfield. Burial will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia along side her husband.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, December 28th from 3-4:30 at the Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home, 55 North Main St., Mansfield.
In lieu of flowers, Pat’s family has requested that donation in her memory be made to Seed Global Health/Nursing Scholarship Fund. 20 Ashburton Place, 6th floor Boston, MA. 02108
To send her family a message of Condolence, please visit www.shermanjackson.com
Posted 24 Feb 2017
LTC Wayne Lee Meeusen
Longtime Superior resident Wayne Meeusen, died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at his home. He was 64.
He was born Wayne Lee Meeusen on March 18, 1952 in Holland, Michigan, the son of Katherine (Kluck) and Donald Meeusen. He grew up in Fennville, Michigan where he graduated from high school in 1970. He went on to Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. , February 9, at 10:00 AM at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Louisville, CO
He received a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University, MA, and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, CO.
On September 8, 1973, Wayne was united in marriage to Alma Mary Weber at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Salem, Michigan. They had four children; Cynthia, Josephine, Sara and Andrew.
Wayne served his country as a Military Police Officer in the United States Army, a career that would last twenty-two years. After he retired he also worked in private security at NASA, Allutiq-Wackenhut at Fort Carson and Qwest/Inter-Con in Denver. He passed on his love of service and country as a Professor of Military Science at both the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Montbello High School in Denver.
Wayne had an itch for adventure and thrived in the outdoors. He challenged himself on the ski slopes, running, and cycling. He enjoyed hunting, camping, hiking and land navigation. He completed the last ten consecutive “Ride the Rockies” cycling events, totaling over 5000 miles on a bike conquering rocky mountain passes and the elements. He looked forward to the time spent with his grandchildren and was passionate about staying in touch with out of town relatives. He never lost the love of his upbringing on the farm and the people dearest to him. Wayne was a son, cousin, mentor, friend, grandfather, father, and husband who always had a listening ear and had a way to guide those around him to bring out the best in everyone he touched. He will be greatly missed.
Preceding Wayne in death was his father Donald Meeusen, and his daughter Sara in 2005.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of forty-three years, Alma, of Superior, CO. His mother, Katherine Jackson, of Fennville, MI. His children; Cynthia Meeusen and her husband Axel Chetail of France, Josephine Heron and her husband Matthew of Louisville, CO, and Andrew Meeusen of Arvada, CO. He is survived by five grandchildren Clara and Leonie Chetail, and Makayla, Brianna, and Amelia Heron. Surviving siblings are Allen Meeusen and his wife Leslie of Fennville, MI, and Donna Meeusen of Saugutuck, MI.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made in Wayne’s name on his memorial website: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/account/478555/ to benefit the Samaritan House Catholic Charities, PO Box 100728, Denver, CO 80250-0728. This is the team that he raised money for on his last Ride the Rockies and was looking forward to again this year.
There will be a Vigil of the Deceased and a Rosary service on Wednesday, February 8, at 6:00 PM at the Darrell Howe Mortuary, 1701 W South Boulder Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday February 9, at 10:00 AM at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Louisville, CO
Posted 24 Feb 2017
COL Warren Stillman Olin
Colonel Warren Stillman Olin (Retired), 96, passed away peacefully June 16, 2016 at home in Melbourne Beach, FL where he lived for 43 years. He retired from the US Army in 1973 after having bravely served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
He was born in Bridgeport, CT in 1919 and was the son of Ned and Emily Olin. He grew up in Oneonta and Rye, NY and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Civil Engineering where he was a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity. He
received a master's degree from Rollins College and pursued a ten year career with the State of Florida. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. Warren met his wife, Martha Estopinal, while she was attending LSU, Baton Rouge, LA, and they married in 1944. They celebrated 71 years of marriage.
Warren volunteered at Patrick Air Force Base for over 1000 hours, served on the Melbourne Beach Code Enforcement Board, and was a Keep Brevard Beautiful volunteer. He was an avid golfer and served as president of his golf association and enjoyed every opportunity he could to travel with his family. He attended for many years the Retired Military Police Association reunions.
He is survived by his daughters, Karen Olin Manno and Marti Olin; his granddaughter, Jennifer Walker Barwick and her husband Ben Barwick; great-grandchildren, May and Walker Barwick; his sister, Natalie Taylor and niece, Priscilla Creed, nephews, William and Eugene Taylor; and great-nephew, Grant Taylor. He was pre-deceased by his loving wife, Martha Estopinal Olin and devoted daughter, Kathleen Olin Walker.
In the coming months Colonel Olin with his wife Martha will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
Arrangements entrust to Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Melbourne, 321-724-2222.
Share memories and sign family guestbook at www.afcfcare.com
Posted 24 Feb 2017
CW2 Errol Aubrey Hunter
Errol Aubrey Hunter of Tampa, Florida passed away, Thursday, August 4, 2016. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, August 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Wellspring U. M. Church, 10701 Sheldon Road, Tampa, FL 33626, with Reverend Michael Freeman, officiating. The interment will be held Monday, August 15 at 2:00 p.m. at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, FL. Mr. Hunter, Sr. was a native of Bradenton, Florida and a resident of Tampa for 32 years. He was a graduate of Lincoln Memorial High School, Palmetto, FL and earned his college degree from Northwestern State University, LA. Mr. Hunter enlisted in the United States Army and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer (CW2) after 20 years of honorable service. As his second career, Mr. Hunter, Sr. retired as a Sergeant from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Yong Hunter; three children, George Hunter and wife Teresa of Riverview, FL, Pamela Barrett (Hunter) and husband Reginald of Tampa, FL and Errol Hunter, Jr. of Tampa, FL; six grandchildren, Jaaron Barrett, Devan Barrett and Trevor Barrett, all of Tampa, FL, George Duncan Hunter, Gavin Hunter and Kevin Hunter, all of Riverview, FL; brother, Walton Hunter and wife JoAnn of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; sister, Rose Williams and husband Thomas of Bradenton, FL and a host of cousins, nephews, nieces, extended family, friends and neighbors. The visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 12 at Wellspring U. M. Church and the family will receive friends. Arrangements entrusted to RAY WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, Rhodes & Northern, Owners, (813) 253-3419.
Posted 24 Feb 2017
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 email@example.com
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.
Services will be 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 will be 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
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