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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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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

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
LTC Wayne Brackett Nicoll

LTC Wayne  Brackett Nicoll passed away peacefully at Concord Regional VNA Hospice House in Concord, NH, on December 30, with his beloved wife Sally at his side.

Wayne was born in Concord on November 23, 1932 to Helen Frances Shurtleff and Maynard Wayne Brackett. His father passed away in 1935, and during his early years Wayne was raised by his adoring aunts. In 1943 his mother married Andrew M. Nicoll, a widower. Their union immediately gave Wayne an older brother, Andrew II, and a sister, Jean. At this point his name was legally changed to Wayne Brackett Nicoll.

Wayne graduated from Concord High in 1950 and attended UNH for three years, studying Geology. In 1953 he was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he excelled in track and field, becoming a four-year letterman in Cross Country. In retirement he would later serve as an Admissions Representative for the Academy. He graduated on June 4, 1957 with a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry. On that same day he married his longtime sweetheart, Sally Humphreys, in the Old Cadet Chapel. During their 60+ years of marriage they raised two children, Gregory Everett and Jemi Elizabeth Nicoll.

Over the years Wayne continued his love of distance running and later racewalking and snowshoe racing. He competed in four separate Olympic Trials as a racewalker. While stationed at Ft. Devens, MA in 1959, Wayne inspired an international competition for distance hiking when he completed a 104-mile trek from Camp Edwards on Cape Cod to Ft. Devens in 40 1/2 hours in combat gear with a rifle and full pack.
In 1961 he transferred from the Infantry to the Military Police Corps and was assigned to duty in Germany, where he served first in Frankfurt as Commander of A Company, 709th MP Battalion and afterward in West Berlin as Operations Officer for the Provost Marshal's Office at Checkpoint Charlie and along the then newly-constructed Berlin Wall. During his tour in the divided city, Wayne organized a highly successful running program for American youths. His teams excelled in German youth competitions and he was awarded the prestigious Sportabzeichen ("Sports Badge") by the Berlin Police. 

After relocating to the U.S. in 1966, Wayne settled in Augusta, Georgia. From there he was sent to Vietnam for two tours of duty (1967-1968 and 1972-1973), where he served as Deputy Provost Marshal of the U.S. Army's 23rd Infantry, which had been founded in New Caledonia and was thus known as the "Americal" Division. 

As retirement drew near, Wayne completed a Masters Degree in Public Administration at the University of Georgia, and taught Criminal Justice courses part-time for various colleges and universities in Georgia, Alabama, and the Carolinas. After 20 years of Army service he retired in 1977 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He and Sally opened a store for runners from which they promoted footrace events throughout the Southeast.​

Wayne became a pioneer in the establishment of technical standards for course measurement and accurate timing, receiving a rating of "Expert" from the International Athletic Federation (IAAF). His skills took him all over the U.S., as well as to Jamaica and Mexico, where he performed measurements, validated records, and conducted training workshops. Among the over 500 race course measurements in which Wayne participated were The Boston and New York City Marathons, the 1988 Olympic Trials, and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. In 2015 he was honored with the first Ted Corbitt Award for his contributions to the technical aspects of Long Distance Running.

After moving back to New Hampshire, Wayne and Sally spent 27 years as residents at the historic Ragged Mountain Fish & Game Club in Andover, NH, where Wayne enjoyed numerous outdoor activities. While hunting on snowshoes there during the afternoon of his 65th birthday, he dropped a 204-lb whitetail buck with a single shot from a handgun at a distance of 80 yards. A note Wayne wrote around that time includes his observation, "I am living a very full and satisfying life with a wonderful partner."

In 2015 Wayne and Sally returned to Concord, where Pleasant View Retirement became their home. Among Wayne's memberships were The Snowshoe Club, the West Augusta (GA) Rotary Club, USA Track & Field, American Legion and the Assoc. of the U.S. Army. His military decorations included the Army Occupation Medal (Berlin), Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with '60 Device, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Award, and Legion of Merit.

His family members include wife Sally Humphreys Nicoll, son Gregory Everett Nicoll and his wife Liz of Atlanta, GA, daughter Jemi Elizabeth Broussard and her husband Rick, of Concord, grandchildren Daniel Broussard of Concord, Elizabeth Broussard of Jackson, MS, and Eleanor Poirier and her husband Michael Poirier, and great granddaughter Evangeline Marie Poirier, of Exeter, NH. He was predeceased by his brother Andrew Nicoll and sister Jean Nicoll Schaller.

Interment with a graveside service will be held at the NH State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, NH in the spring. The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Concord VNA Hospice House for their kind and gentle care during his final two weeks.

Memorial donations may be made in Wayne's name to Hospice House, 240 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301 or to the Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Office, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452, where "Our Vision is a World Without Alzheimer's."

Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at https://www.BennettFuneral.com for the Nicoll family.
Posted 29 Jan 2018
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
​Posted 31 Jan 2018

Mrs Jo Margaret Busch Thomas Butler

Jo Margaret Busch Thomas Butler was born December 30, 1922 in Eugene, Missouri. She attended the University of Missouri and then married Merle D. Thomas December 22, 1943 while Merle was a student at Northwestern Medical School. They settled in El Paso in 1951 with their young family where Jo continued her studies at the University of Texas at El Paso where she earned her Master's Degrees in Counseling and Administration. Jo worked 24 years with the El Paso ISD as a teacher, diagnostician, and consultant in Special Education.

Jo married Col Frank L Butler in September 1981, where they enjoyed playing bridge, golf and extensive travel to Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Europe, and England.
Jo was very active in many organizations including Delta Gamma Sorority and the Panhellenic Council, El Paso Medical Auxiliary, Women's Auxiliary of Thomason Hospital, El Paso County Mental Health Association, El Paso Chamber of Commerce, El Paso Garden Club, the Del Norte Club, EPISD Retired Teachers Association and Retired Military Officers Wives Club.

Jo is preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Col (Ret) Frank L. Butler and her eldest daughter, Karen Jo Thomas Malen, grandson Sean Resen. She is survived by her 2 sons, Michael D. Thomas (CDR-USN) Ret (Julie) of Dallas and Mark D. Thomas, MD. of El Paso. She is also survived by Frank L Butler, Jr (Denise) and Bonnie Butler Linden (Dave).

Grandchildren include Matthew (Jennifer) and Adam (Alyx) and Hayley (Matthew). Also, Noelle Pickering (Michael), Tyne Brack (Taylor) and Hunter Varela. Great-grandchildren Connor, Eleanor and Amelia Thomas and Haddon Pickering.

Jo was a member and former elder at First Presbyterian Church and enjoyed playing bridge weekly at the El Paso Country Club with good friends. She has been a Tai Chi enthusiast for over 7 years.

Special thanks to Ramsey Hazboun, MD; Dr. David Dobrin & Dr. Alfonso Chavez and their staff, for the excellent care they provided Jo throughout the years. 

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison Dr., El Paso, TX 79902.
Posted 11 Feb 2018
LTC Gerald M. "Jerry" Gasko

LTC Gerald M. "Jerry" Gasko died 22 Jan 2018 at age 72.  He passed away suddenly of heart failure.

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jerry’s distinguished military career took him around the world. After 22 years, he retired in his beloved Colorado Springs to start a new career with The Colorado Department of Corrections as Director of Prisons. During this time, he developed and started the program, 7 Habits on The Inside, improving the prison environment and lives of prisoners and parolees. Based on “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. This program has spread to military and federal installations and other state prison systems. 
He was a visionary leader and mentor, always helping others to achieve their potential. After retirement from The Department of Corrections, he continued to volunteer with the 7 Habits program and was a long-time volunteer at Garden of the Gods.

Jerry loved hiking, the outdoors, exercise and washing his car. He was loved by all!

Jerry is survived by his wife, Jane, of 52 years; sisters, Peggy Wertz and Tina Victor; and preceded in death by his beloved son, Kurt.

Services will be at 10:00 am  at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 6455 Brook Park Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado.   

Donations can be made to Friends of Garden of the Gods.
He graduated from Gannon University in 1952 and again entered the Army and retired in 1970 as a Lt. Colonel. He served in Vietnam, Europe, and stations throughout the U.S.Army and retired in 1970 as a Lt. Colonel. He served in Korea, Vietnam, Europe, and stations throughout the U.S.

While in the military he attained his graduate degree at the University of Oklahoma and also graduated from the Command and General
Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

His service included Infantry, Special Forces, and Military Police.

He was a senior parachutist with Special Forces and saw combat action in Korea.

During his military service he was awarded the Bronze Star, two Commendation Medals, Combat Infantry Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.

He married Rose Marie Keller of Erie, Pa. on March 30, 1957.

They had 2 children - Peter John and Elizabeth Grace . Rose died on January 21, 1964.

He then married Ann Rodgers of Washington, D.C. on July 31, 1965. They had 2 children - Jennifer Lynn and Thomas Norwood.

After retiring from the U.S. Army in December, 1970, Mr. Polanski joined Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, as the Chairman of the Criminal Justice Department. Sinclair designated him "Professor Emeritus" when he retired. 

He was recognized in Ohio and nationally as a leader in the field of police education. 

After retiring from Sinclair, he and his wife Ann moved in Dec.1991 to Sunset Beach, N.C.

Mr. Polanski is survived by his wife Ann Polanski of Wilmington, N.C., sons Peter Polanski of Columbus, Ohio, and Thomas Polanski of Santa Barbara, California, and daughers Elizabeth Bencsik of Jupiter, Florida, and Jennifer Mutz of Palo Alto, California. Also 9 grand-children and 5 great-grand-children, and 12 nephews and nieces and a bunch of grand-nephews residing mostly in Erie, Pa.
Posted 14 Feb 2018​


LTC Joseph Thomas Polanski

Joseph Thomas Polanski died January 20, 2018.

He last resided in Wilmington, N.C.

Joe was born July 26, 1928, in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he
graduated from East High School in 1946.

After high school he entered the Army, served for 2 years and was honorably discharged in 1947 as a corporal. 

CPT William Hugh Thomas

William Hugh Thomas passed away August 6, 2017, at Crista Senior Living in Shoreline, Washington. Bill was born to Keziah Franks Williams Thomas and John H. Thomas on November 8, 1918, at the Seattle General Hospital, and passed away three months short of his 99th birthday. January 23, 1942, he married the love of his life, Shirley Jennings. They recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary surrounded by their large family. After his graduation from Lincoln High School in Seattle in June 1937, Bill joined the U.S. Navy on his birthday at age 17, the earliest he was eligible to enlist. During World War II, Bill worked as a carpenter's mate on several ships. Following the war, he stayed in the Naval Reserve until 1949, when he received his discharge papers. While in the Naval Reserve he also worked in the Seattle police department until rejoining the military in
1949, this time in the U.S. Army, as a Second Lieutenant. He retired from the Army in December 1963, as a Chief Warrant Officer in criminal investigation. Following his graduation from the University of Washington in June 1967, Bill established the Law Enforcement program at Shoreline Community College. He retired in 1981 after teaching at SCC for 16 years. He and Shirley spent considerable periods of time in Israel and enjoyed numerous cruises in various parts of the world. He carried out his love of gardening at their homes on Dayton Avenue North in Shoreline (1963-1973), in Kingston, Washington (1973-1995), and at Richmond Beach in Shoreline, Washington (1995-2015). A proud Welshman through and through, Bill sang in church choirs and Welsh choirs his whole life. He especially enjoyed singing with many friends in the choir at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shoreline. Bill is survived by his wife, Shirley Jennings Thomas; sons John, David (Linda), Stephen (Glennyce), James (Sandra), and Daniel (Julie) Thomas; numerous nieces and nephews; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert (Aileen) Thomas, and daughter-in-law Shelly Thomas. A celebration of Bill's life will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at Cristwood Activity Center in Shoreline, Washington, with his grandson, The Rev. Seth J. Thomas, officiating. Donations can be made to King's Schools at Crista Ministries, 19303 Fremont Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98133.

Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 15, 2017
Posted 26 Feb 2018
Carol Jean Spotts “Jean” Kennedy 
Wife of LTC David Richard "Dave" Kennedy

Carol Jean Spotts “Jean” Kennedy went to be with the Lord on 4 January 2018 after battling esophageal cancer for 5 months. She was born 24 June 1943 in Miami, Florida, and was the only child of the late Paul and Esther Spots. Jean grew up in Parkville, Missouri, where she was a 1961 graduate of Park Hill High School. She attended the University of Kansas City and later the University of Missouri in Columbia. Jean met her husband David while working as a volunteer at a blood drive in Columbia. They were married 1 September 1963 in North Kansas City Missouri, and they celebrated their 54th anniversary this past September. Jean is survived by her husband David, her son Douglas of San Antonio, and her daughter Barbara of Austin.

For the first 20 years of their marriage Jean was a military spouse traveling with David on numerous stateside assignments plus a tour in Germany, where the family traveled throughout Europe. When they returned from 
Germany they bought a house in Austin. After David’s retirement from the Army in 1981 Jean worked at Austin’s first Michaels Arts and Craft store as the head of their art department. Later she joined David in his laser engraving awards business and worked with him for almost 20 years until 2002.  

Jean took art classes in Germany under a German instructor and became a very accomplished oil painter. In 2002 after not painting for 20 years she started painting again under the instruction of the late Mary Smith. Some of her last paintings were portraits of each family member, the last one being of herself. Jean was also a talented basket weaver, tin puncher, and wood carver. Jean was an active member of Adult 3 Sunday School Class at Hyde Park Baptist Church where she took role and was a greeter leader. 

Each year Jean looked forward to the annual reunion of the 552nd Military Police Company that David commanded in Vietnam. Those soldiers and their families became some of Jean’s closest friends.  

Jean left the world having made friends with everyone she met. Her smile and hugs will be greatly missed by all. A celebration of her life will be held 19 January 2018 in the worship center at Hyde Park Baptist Church. Jean chose to be cremated. Her remains will stay with her husband and will join with his remains upon his death, when they will both be interred in Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.  
​Posted 2 March 2018

Joanne Hilts Wheeler
Wife of LTC James E. "Jim" Wheeler

Joanne Hilts Wheeler died peacefully Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Duke Regional Hospital. She was born October 28, 1938 in Elmira, NY to Catherine and Nelson Hilts. In addition to her parents, Joanne was preceded in death by her brother Tim Hilts and son Jeff Wheeler.

Joanne graduated from Elmira Southside High School, where she met the love of her life and future husband, James "Jim" Wheeler. They were happily married for 60 years.

She enjoyed travel and being a Red Cross volunteer wherever they were stationed during Jim's US Army career. Joanne never met a stranger and always saw the good in people. She was a great homemaker and 
hostess. Her contagious laughter was welcomed by all who knew and loved her. She was a very generous person who enjoyed making crafts and giving them to others.

Surviving are her husband Jim and her sister Bette Cleveland of Elmira. Also surviving are her many loved and cherished nieces, nephews and special friends. Joanne is further survived by her beloved adopted family of Reverend Laure Kalau; Wellman, Andy, William and Malaika. 

A memorial service will be held 2PM Sunday, January 14, 2018 at McMannen United Methodist Church. Internment will be later this year in Elmira, NY. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Joanne's memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, American Diabetics Association or McMannen United Methodist Church.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com

Published in Herald Sun on Jan. 7, 2018 
Posted 2 March 2018
Col. Thomas Michael Jones

Col. Thomas Michael Jones, US Army, (Ret. 1994) passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018 following an unexpected bout with illness. Thomas was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Following his military career, he served The Library of Congress as Head of Security, retiring as a civilian in 1997. He was born in Franklin, PA on June 24, 1930 to Ira T. and Margaret E. Jones; married Catherine A. Delanty on May 18, 1957.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother, James, and is survived by his son, Michael, daughter-in-law, Kim, grandson, Timothy, and sister, Margaret Scott. Also surviving are his nieces and nephews, Terri A. Eddy, Jay A. Scott, Lorimarie Crockett and her husband Thomas, all of Franklin, PA, and his great nieces and nephews, Katrina Boulant and her son, Dillon Jordan of Oroville, CA, and Eric, Daniel, and Michael Crockett, all of Franklin, PA. He was 87 years old.


The visitation will be held from 6pm until 8pm on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Demaine Funeral Home, Old Town Alexandria. The Burial Mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at The Basilica of St Mary, 310 S Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314 with the burial to follow at St Mary Cemetery, Old Town Alexandria.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Basilica of St Mary in Alexandria, VA (22314).
​Posted 8 March 2018
COL Ralph Salucci

COL Ralph Salucci,  US Army (Ret.) Jul 29, 1926 – Dec 21, 2013.  He served during WWII in Europe, Korea, and 2 tours in Vietnam. He was the recipient of the Legion of Merit, Airman’s Medal, 5th Award; Purple Heart; and numerous other awards, including Combat Infantry Badge, 3 awards; Glider Badge and Master Parachutist Badge. Survived by his wife, Rita (Drefs); sister-in-law, Mary Peterson and husband Stan; nieces and nephews. Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, National Association for Uniformed Services, and Military Association of America. VISITATION: Sunday, December 29 from 2-4pm at Bellevue Memorial Chapel, with Full Military Honors by US Army Honor Guard at 4pm. Memorials to Nebraska Humane Society.
Posted 8 March 2018
1961. Tom continued his Army career as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, KY until 1967 when he was sent to Vietnam and was assigned to Company D/16th Armor, 173d Airborne Brigade (Separate). Tom was a highly decorated soldier. He was awarded the Soldiers Medal for heroism, two Purple Hearts, and the Bronze Star medal for his service in Vietnam. He went on to earn three Meritorious Service Medals and four Army Commendation Medals during his Army career. Despite severe injuries, and nearly a year recovering from his combat wounds, Tom continued his Army career as a Special Agent with the US Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) between 1969 and 1980. As a Special Agent, Tom worked deep cover narcotics in Europe targeting foreign nationals who were supplying drugs to US Army personnel. He continued his CID career until his retirement from the Army in 1980. Tom proudly served multiple tours in Germany (Friedberg, Augsburg, Heidelberg, and Mannheim), two tours at Ft. Campbell, KY, the Republic of Vietnam, and at Ft. Bliss, TX.

Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice after retiring from the US Army. In 1983, Tom and Ingrid moved to Moore, SC and he enjoyed a successful career as the Director of Corporate Security for Calvin Klein. He continued his public service as a South Carolina State Constable.

Tom is survived by his loving wife Ingrid of 57 years; a son, Tommy (Teresa) Presley, a daughter Sandy Austin; seven grandchildren (Kristina Austin, Sarah Austin, Matthew Austin, Jennifer Payne., Thomas J. Presley, Brandi Farrington (Linc) and Jennifer Shortland); and five great- grandchildren, Taylor Payne, Breanna Oudthone, Brayden Payne, Addison Payne and Connor Goyette, a mother in-law Felicitas Deutsch (Oma), a sister in-law Ursula Peter and brother in-law Udo Peter, and many aunts and uncles. He also leaves behind a special friend and fishing buddy Henry “Chick” Parsons. Tom was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas B. and Vina A. Presley, his parents, and a sister Peggy O. Presley.

A graveside service will be held on March 13, 2018 at 2:00pm at Fort Jackson, SC National Cemetery where Tom will be buried with military honors.

Obituary & Photo Courtesy of: Stribling Funeral Home 118 West Main Street Duncan, South Carolina 29334 Tel: 864-429-5645

Additional Photo Courtesy of US Army Criminal Investigation Division Agents Association (CIDAA)
Posted 19 March 2018


CW2 Thomas Roland "Tom" Presley

Thomas R. Presley, Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CW2), US Army (Retired), 77, of Moore, SC passed in peace surrounded by family on March 9, 2018 in Spartanburg, SC following a brief illness.

Tom was born November 4, 1940 to Fred O. Presley, and Edna K. Wyatt in San Pedro, CA where his father worked for the US Government. Tom grew up in Dalhart, TX and he was proud to call himself a “Texan”.

After graduating from high school in 1959, Tom joined the US Army and his first assignment was as a tanker with Company C, 3d Battalion, 32nd Armor Regiment, 3d Armored Division (SPEARHEAD), in Friedberg, Germany. While stationed in Germany, Tom worked with Elvis Presley and he had many photographs of him and Elvis Presley together. They not only shared the same name, but shared a friendship as well. It was in Germany that he met the love of his life, Ingrid, and they married in 
COL Gerald George "Jerry" Gibbons

Born in Detroit, MI, Gerald "Jerry" George Gibbons grew up in Charlevoix, MI with 7 brothers and 1 sister. He received a BS degree in Police Admin from Michigan State and an MA in Gov't Admin from Shippensburg State in PA.

Colonel Gibbons served his country with dedication from 1954 to 1986. He saw action in Vietnam and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and Bronze Star. He commanded the 720th MP Battalion.

Jerry was an avid golfer and headed the Hawaiian Open Pro-Am Golf Tournament for several years. After his retirement, Jerry also enjoyed the complimentary privileges casinos offered him as a high roller.
Jerry Gibbons is survived by his former wife, Carol Foote; their 4 children: Jerry Gibbons, Jr. (Christine), Greg Gibbons (Jenene), Gayle Johnson (Steve), Glenda Kass and many other family members.

Mass and Memorial Reception will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Army Residence Community Chapel, 7400 Crestway Road, San Antonio, TX. All friends and family are welcomed.
Posted 23 Mar  2018