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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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COL Zane Vincent Kortum

Colonel Zane Vincent Kortum (US Army Ret.), who rose from Private to Acting Provost Marshal of the US Army, died peacefully in Washington, DC, on August 11, 2017, just short of his 92nd birthday. Zane was born on September 15, 1925 in Presho, South Dakota, to a farming family. At age 19, he joined the US Army, driving a tank in General Patton's invasion of Italy. In 1946, in Rome, Zane received a field promotion as Military Police Corp Lieutenant, thus beginning a distinguished career of 31 years in the US Army Military Police. Following combat duty in Korea, in 1950, Zane served in Army command and staff positions in the US and overseas, including the Pentagon, Orleans, France, and with NATO in Verona, Italy. In Vietnam, Zane commanded a MP Battalion, MP Group, and served as the Deputy Provost Marshal. Subsequently, Zane served as Deputy, The 
The Provost Marshal General at the Pentagon, and then as Commandant of the US Army MP School, Fort Gordon, Georgia. Prior to his retirement, Zane returned to the Pentagon to serve as Acting Provost Marshal of the US Army. Among Zane's numerous military awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, and Army Commendation Medal. The University of Maryland, the USA Command and Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College, Defense Language Institute, and the USA War College are among the many schools from which he graduated. After retiring from the Army in 1975, Zane served as an executive with the Equitable Life Assurance Company for 18 years. While Zane traveled the world, he never forgot his rural roots, staying in close touch with family and friends in South Dakota. Throughout his life he loved sports, from baseball to basketball, and was an avid golfer, playing courses around the globe. Zane is survived by his wife, Emma Ruberti Kortum, whom he married in Rome in 1946; daughters, Renée Kortum Gardner of Washington, DC, and Countess Simonetta Kortum Brandolini d'Adda of Florence, Italy; three grandchildren, Emilio and Polissena Brandolini d'Adda, and Kevin Kortum Gardner; three great-grandchildren; his sister, Betty Fernandez, and companion, Patricia Windsor. Zane will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors at a future date.

There will be a Remembrance Ceremony at the Military Police Memorial (burial section 55) at 0900 followed by a Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery at 1000, 27 October 2017.
Washington Post 5 Sep 2017
Posted 7 Sep 2017
COL Reginald King Fansler

Reginald King Fansler, age 100, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 3, 2017. He entered this world on October 18, 1916 in St. Cloud, Missouri. 

As a child he lived on a farm in Greenfield, Illinois with his parents, Lloyd and Lucille, and his brothers Norbert, Kermit and Carroll. He decided early that farming was not his calling. He wanted to see the world, answering the Army Recruiter's call in 1936, and took basic training on Corregidor Island in the Philippines. He later left the Army and rejoined in 1940 and was commissioned as an officer in 1943. A founding member of the Military Police Corps, he served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. 

He met Avis, his wife of 59 years, in Germany after WWII where she was part of Special Services. Reg retired from the Army as a Colonel in 1971 after 34 years of service. He received the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit and many commendations. 

Following his Army career, he was the Chief of Law Enforcement for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources until his second retirement in 1978. 

In retirement, Reg and Avis moved to Honolulu, and enjoyed many years with his Fansler Ohana (family). He later moved to Gainesville, Florida to live at Oak Hammock in 2007. Reg's beloved wife Avis passed away in 2009. He continued to enjoy life. 

He is survived by his children Marilyn (and Andy), Susan (and Jim), and Mark (and Cheryl); grandchildren Katherine (and Kevin), Blair, Jay, Matthew, and Sarah; great grandchildren Sophia, Nathan and Mackenzie. His close friend, Bette Archard, also survives him. 

Burial services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. The Florida Memorial Service will be held at Oak Hammock on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM. 

This loving, generous, gentle man will be missed by many people. The family would like to thank the wonderful, caring staff and residents of Oak Hammock. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to Transitions of Pennsylvania, a center serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking at www.transitionsofpa.org or PO Box 170, Lewisburg, PA 17837. Please visit his memorial page at www.williamsthomas funeralhome.com. 
Posted 14 Sep 2017



COL Stanley J. Lobodinski 

Colonel Stanley J. Lobodinski passed away October 17th at age 94. He is survived by Nanette Lobodinski, his wife of 66 years; daughters, Denise Lobodinski, Janet Scobie and Jeanine Flint; sons-in-law, Gary Scobie and George Flint; and grandchildren, Allison (Captain US Army Reserve), Meghan and Brian Scobie, Alex and Anne Specht and Marsh and Duncan Flint. Neighbor Jeannie Spencer holds an esteemed position in the hearts of the family. Stan was preceded in death by his daughter; and son-in-law, Renee and Randy Specht.

Stan began his Army career as a radio operator in WWII. He graduated from San Jose State in Police Sciences and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and outstanding ROTC cadet upon graduation. Stan earned his Master's Degree from Illinois Institute of Technology and received numerous medals and decorations for his service. While 
in the Military Police, Airborne held a special place in his heart. He was paratrooper qualified in 1956 with the 82nd and served with the 101st "Screaming Eagles" in Vietnam. Stan served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam and was Provost Marshall of Fort Knox, Fort Sill, Fort Benning and Southcom, Panama Canal Zone. Prior to his retirement and move to Tampa Bay in 1980, he had obtained the rank of Colonel. Nanette moved the family 18 times during Stan's service including Alaska, Paris, two postings in Germany, the Panama Canal Zone and stateside postings. Stan loved the Tampa Bay area, playing tennis with Bayport Tennis Club and riding his bike into his nineties. He and Nan attended Tampa Bay Downs weekly, enjoying horse racing and the friendships formed there. Stan was a devout Catholic, attending Incarnation Catholic Church. He was also a lifelong fan of Notre Dame football. 

Stan had a gift for humor and language, never letting facts constrain his shaping of a good story and never settling for adequate when he could make something "Outstanding!" or "Number 1!". His aphorisms and mottos will live on. Why just say you are hungry when you can be a "Starvin' Marvin" and why just control your spending when you are young when you can develop the mantra "If you can't eat it, you don't need it"'. 

Stan showed gratitude for all of life's blessings and wanted to particularly thank the staff at St. Joe's Hospital. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery in lieu of a local service. In lieu of flowers, consider a veteran's or Catholic charity or say an extra "thank you" to those you come across in life. Online condolences can be made at www.blountcurrywest.com

Published in the Tampa Bay Times from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2017
Posted 23 Oct 2017
MAJ Roger "Mark" Crassweller

MAJ Roger "Mark" Crassweller of Elkridge, MD passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth "Liz" C. Crassweller; loving father of Elizabeth "Beth" M. Crassweller and her husband Kristopher Weaver; brother of Robert Crassweller; and grandfather of Evelyn Weaver. He is also survived by his niece Kristine Crassweller and nephew Michael Crassweller.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Inc., 7250 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge, MD 21075 ( exit 6 off Rt. 100 south) on Tuesday from 2 to 4 pm 

and 6 to 8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 5976 Old Washington Road, Elkridge, MD 21075 at 10:00 am. Mr. Crassweller will be interred and receive full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Army Emergency Relief or Hero Dogs, Inc., Brookville, MD.

Webmaster's note:  MAJ Crassweller was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart from an action in Vietnam on May 5, 1968 while serving with the 4th MP Company.  
Posted 23 Oct 2017
Mrs Arlene Finley Billings

Arlene Finley Billings, age 83, wife of CW4 Josh Medford Billings (deceased) passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017 at her home in Clarksville.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 12 noon Friday, October 20, 2017 at the chapel of McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home with the Rev. John Franklin officiating. She will be laid to rest at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

Arlene's family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home.

Arlene entered into this life on June 6, 1934 in Cookville, Tennessee to the late Arnold and Jesse Castleman Finley. She was retired from a career in which she served as the Chief of Security for the Ft. Campbell Exchange. Arlene was a member of the church family at Northeast Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Arlene was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Josh Billings. Survivors include her daughters, Vickie Edwards and Pamela Maiberger; grandchildren, Courtny Edwards, Dustin Edwards (Constance), and Benjamin Maiberger; great grandchildren, Angel England, Benjamin England, and Hailey Edwards; and her siblings, Linda Watts and Arnold Lee Finley.

Serving as pallbearers are Ron Wilson, Robert Williams, Jewel Jayrow, John Suiter, Steve Thomas, and Ed Jefferies.

Condolences may be made at NaveFuneralHomes.com.
Published in The Leaf Chronicle on Oct. 18, 2017
Posted 10 Nov 2017

CWO Dietzel Morris "Dick" Miller

CWO Dietzel Morris "Dick" Miller, 71, of Sun City Center, Florida passed away at home on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. He was born on October 25, 1946 in Vincennes, Indiana to Albert C. and Mary W (Knight) Miller and raised in Bicknell and Terre Haute Indiana.  

Dick graduated from Gerstmeyer High School in Terre Haute in 1964. He joined the U.S. Army in 1965 and served as an admin specialist, Military Police, Criminal Investigation Division (CID) agent (investigating felony level crime) and Protective Services on the Secretary of Defense (Dick Cheney) detail. During these 28 years, he attended ISU at Terre Haute to get a degree in Criminology. He served in many U.S. Army Bases both in the United States and overseas including Vietnam, Korea, Germany and Italy. Additionally, he traveled with the United States Secretary of Defense to many other countries around the world. After retirement in 1993, he joined various corporate and 
government security agencies and retired from the FBI as a consultant security analyst in 2011 when he left the Washington, DC area to become a Florida resident.

Dick met Elda Guajardo in Schweinfurt, Germany in 1980, became engaged in Paris, France and married in Basel, Switzerland on April 20, 1982. They resided in Germany from 1980-1989. He was reassigned to Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, retired in 1993 and then again in 2011 to move to Florida and get away from the bad winter storms. He enjoyed biking, swimming and writing his book, Army Detective by Dick Miller (currently at publisher).

He is survived by his wife, Elda Guajardo Miller; his son, Chris D. Miller (Nichole Jones); granddaughters, Sydney Marie Miller and Lauryn Raye Miller. Also surviving are two sisters, Rachel Miller Groves (Edward) and June Miller Harlan (Fred), many nieces, nephews and cousins whom he visited yearly at the Miller Family Reunion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Clarence and Mary W. Knight Miller, brothers John Miller, and Roy J. Miller and sisters, Nora Mae Miller McAtee (Hubert) and Inez Ruth Miller. 

A Celebration of life is planned for Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 2-4 pm at National Cremation and Burial Society, 308 E. College Avenue, Ruskin, Florida. 33573. Per Dick’s wishes he will be interred at Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C. Arrangements and details for this celebration will follow at a later date to meet their extremely busy schedule. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dick’s memory to any of the following charities; American Diabetes Association http://donations.diabetes.org, American Heart Association www.heart.org, or Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation www.arthritis.org.
Posted 14 Nov 2017
COL John F. "Fitz" Fitzsimons  

The family does not plan to publish an obituary, but the death announcement and service details by posting this web address in your browser:

 http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=John-Fitzsimons&lc=4855&pid=187196840&mid=7633153





CWO Harry Willis Kinsella

CWO Harry Willis Kinsella went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 15, 2017 at the age of 76.

Harry is survived by his wife, Nancy, son Gary, his wife Denise, daughter Stacey, her husband Peter Millingen, and grandchildren Paige, Ryan and Gregory.

Harry was a warrior that always put God, family, and his country first. He was a decorated military officer that devoted his life to law enforcement. Some of his incredible life 
achievements include overseeing the signing of the Berlin Peace Treaty, serving as the Assistant Inspector General for Health and Human Services of Florida, and spending his post-retirement years as a federal hearing officer.

A celebration of Harry's life on Monday, September 18th at 2 P.M. at the Faith Viera Lutheran Church located at 5550 Faith Drive, Rockledge, FL 32955. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org
Posted 14 Nov 2017
CW4 James Eugene “Jim” Mayo


CW4 (U.S. Army, Ret) James Eugene "Jim" Mayo passed away 22 November 2017 at age 74 at the VA Hospital in Richmond, VA. For the past couple of years Jim had suffered from dementia. After a fall that broke his arm a couple of months ago he had to be hospitalized, and he passed away very quickly after that.

Jim honorably served in the U.S Army from 1963 to 1988 and retired as a USACIDC CW4. He was a prominent polygraph examiner, and his expertise was sought regarding evidence collection, chain of custody, preservation, and accountability. Jim transferred his Army service to become a Military Intelligence Civilian Excepted Career Program (MICECP) professional from 1999 to 2013, when he retired from Army civil service.

Jim had a deep love for and devotion to the Army enlisted soldier and served in several positions with the VFW over the years. Jim sought many avenues to volunteer for soldier and veteran causes. He was never self-centered, only thoughtful on how he could improve any soldier's situation.

Jim is survived by his wife Jennifer and two daughters. Jim was liked by everyone who knew him, and he will be missed. To honor Jim’s wishes, his family kept the memorial service private. Jim was being cared for at the Covenant Funeral Home in Fredericksburg, VA. No formal obituary has been published.

On 29 November 2017 Jim was honored at a private memorial service at Spotswood Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, VA. Following the service, Jim was interred with full military honors at Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Road, Triangle, VA 2217.
Posted 19 Dec 2017

Mrs Joyce Timbrook Sneed

Joyce Sneed, 70, Centralia, passed away Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at her home. She was born Jan. 2, 1947 the daughter of the late Albert "Sam" and Corine (Bryant) Timbrook. On Aug. 1, 1965 she was united in marriage to Edward Sneed.

In addition to her husband Ed of 52 years, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by one sister Clara Jo Slater of Moberly; nieces and nephews Randy Slater and his wife Diann, Candice Roark and her husband Jeff, Erin Sneed, Sam Sneed, Jade Sneed and Jill Sneed; eleven great nieces and nephews; several great great nieces and nephews; other relatives and many dear friends.

Joyce graduated from Moberly High School in 1964. She received an A.A. Degree in Business and English from Jacksonville University. Joyce worked in the medical profession all of her life. She served as a Medical Transcriber for several hospitals, an Administrative Assistant for Emory University in Atlanta, GA, she managed a OBGYN Clinic in Anniston, AL, an Administrative Assistant at the Harry S. Truman VA Hospital in Columbia, MO and finally as an Administrative Assistant in the Internal Medicine Department for the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, MO. She was a member of Centralia United Methodist Church, P.E.O, Anniston Alabama Chamber of Commerce and the Officer's Wives Club. Joyce loved to read and took pride in her home, decorating, entertaining, and cooking. She loved spending time with her family especially her nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at the Oliver Funeral Home in Centralia. Interment was in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the P.E.O. Star Scholarship, c/o Oliver Funeral Home, P.O. Box 125, Centralia, MO 65240. Condolences may also be made to the family at www.oliverfuneralhome.net 
Published in Centralia Fireside Guard on Dec. 13, 2017
Posted 19 Dec 2017
COL (Ret) Lawrence Allen “Larry” Pippins

Colonel (Ret) Lawrence Allen “Larry” Pippins, age 65, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday 2 December 2017 following an 18-month battle with ALS. Larry was born in Pensacola, Florida, on 25 December 1951.  

Larry was a graduate of Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton, FL, and received his BA and MA degrees in criminal justice and urban police administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Following his graduation, Larry attended the Florida Police Academy and served as a civil police officer before joining the U.S. Army in 1976.  

After receiving his Army commission, Larry served as an Infantry platoon leader and company commander. He later transferred to the Military Police Corps where he served as an installation law-
enforcement officer, a battalion training officer, an operations officer, and an executive officer at Fort Hood, Texas. He also served in the Pentagon, in the 3rd Army G3 Plans section, as a brigade-level S3, and in Korea as commander of the USAG Troop Command. Larry commanded the 92nd MP Battalion in Panama and was a joint staff officer in the U.S. European Command. He then commanded the 1st Military Police Brigade at Fort Lewis, Washington. His final assignment was as the Inspector General for the Louisiana National Guard, where he served until his retirement in 2006.  

In his more than 30 years of distinguished military service Colonel Pippins served abroad in Germany, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Panama, and in Desert Storm in Iraq. His career carried him to more than nine stations throughout the U.S.  

Colonel Pippins was a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, MP Officer Basic, Airborne School, Ranger School, the Recruiting Commander’s Course, Combined Arms Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Army War College, and Army Inspector General’s Course.  

Colonel Pippins’ many awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (3 OLC), Bronze Star (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Humanitarian Service Medal(1 OLC), various foreign service awards, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and Army Staff Badge.  

Larry is survived by his wife Linda Bogan Rose Pippins; sisters Peggy Pippins Dyer (Reese), Patti Pippins Gilmore (Reggie), Mary Pippins Fuller (Stephen), and Sandra Jumonville Brown (Gregory); brothers Joe Pippins (Cheri) and Francis Jumonville (Robin); father-in-law Robert Bogan, Jr.; brothers-in-law Wayne Melvin, Patrick Bogan (Tammy), and Robert Bogan III (Virginia); sisters-in-law Ellen Bogan Lee (Stephen) and Paula Bogan Drone (Donald); and many nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his mother Idell McCart Pippins, parents Francis and Mae Jumonville, brothers Phillip Pippins and James Pippins, and sister Debby Pippins Melvin.  

Special thanks to the Ochsner ALS Clinic team, the Veterans Administration ALS Clinic team, the ALS Association Support Group, and his personal caregiver Pam Pichon who all provided wonderful and compassionate care and support.  

Services will be held Saturday 16 December 2017 at the E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 West 21st Ave, Covington, LA. Visitation is from 1200 until 1400, followed by the memorial service at 1400. Memorials may be made to the ALS Association, LA/MS Chapter, 11725 Industriplex Blvd., Suite 3, Baton Rouge, LA 70809 or to The Paralyzed Veterans of America, www.pva.org. Share a memory on the tribute wall at www.ejfieldingfh.com.  
Posted 19 Dec 2017​

LTC Keith Scott Wettig

LTC Keith Scott Wettig, 63, of Louisville, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

Born in Cincinnati, OH, he was an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Culver Military Academy. Keith retired from the US Army as Lieutenant Colonel and served as Military Police. He earned his undergraduate from WKU (where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity) and his Master's from the University of Southern California.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Sandra Duerr Wettig; sons, John Patton Wettig, Theodore Bradley Wettig, and Richard Grant Wettig, Sr.; and grandchildren, Harrison James Wettig and Richard "Grant" Wettig, Jr.
His memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Rabbouni Catholic Community (@ Springdale Presbyterian Church) 7812 Brownsboro Rd. Memorial visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017 at church.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Rabbouni Catholic Community or Culver Military Academy, Culver, IN.
Posted 20 Dec 2017
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CW3 John Richard "Rich" Bowen

CW3 John Richard Bowen, of Alexandria Virginia, passed away November 27, 2017. He is the beloved husband of Lynn M. Bowen and father of Anthony Bowen, and Rachel Gassen (Andrew); brother of Everette Bowen (Lisa), Steven Bowen (Trina), Janet Bowen Maiden (Bob). 

Retired from the US Army and Florida Highway Patrol. 

Relatives and friends may call at Jefferson Funeral Chapel, 5755 Castlewellan Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22315 on Monday, December 4, 2017 from 6-8PM. A funeral will be held Tuesday, December 5 at Engleside Baptist Church, 8428 Highland Lane, Alexandria, VA 22309 at 9:30AM. Interment Quantico National Cemetery at 12noon. 

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Posted 20 Dec 2017​
LTC Donald Sternoff "Buck" "Don" Beyer, Sr 

On Saturday, December 23, 2017 America lost one of her greatest, most colorful characters, Don "Buck" Beyer, Sr., Army Lieutenant Colonel, Volvo dealer, race car driver, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and cherished friend.


Born January 6, 1924, in New York to Clara and Otto Beyer, Don spent his childhood on Spring Hill farm in McLean, VA. He graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1946 and served as an Army officer in many places around the world for the next 21 years.
A Car Guy from the beginning, Don founded Don Beyer Motors in 1973. He continued to attend Nascar events until his 80's.


Don's beloved wife of 51 years, Nancy McDonald Beyer, died in 1999. Their precious daughter, Kathy, died in 2014. Don is survived by five children, Congressman Don Beyer Jr. (Megan) of Alexandria, VA, Sherry Beyer of Falls Church, VA, Weetie Hill (Wayne) of Vienna, VA, Sandy MacArthur of Menominee, MI, and Mike Beyer (June) of Falls Church, VA. In addition, Don leaves behind 15 grandchildren who adored him, 18 great-grandchildren, and his devoted companion and love for the last seven years, Betty Knight.


The Colonel will be sorely missed yet celebrated for his long, happy, productive life. The memories of his love, warmth, humor, wisdom and integrity live on.


In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Langley Residential Services, 2070 Chain Bridge Rd #G-55, Vienna, VA 22182. There will be a Life Celebration on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Westwood Country Club.
Washington Post on Jan. 4, 2018
Posted 6 Jan 2018