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Major General Eugene Rufus Cromartie
Major General Eugene R. Cromartie was born in Wabasso, Florida on October 3, 1936. His parents were Ulysses and Hanna Cromartie; he was the seventh of nine children. Eugene attended and graduated from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee Florida in 1957. While attending the university he was the Class president as well as the ROTC battalion commander and became a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Also while attending FAMU he met and married the love of his life/college sweetheart, Joyce B. Mims. They have four sons whom all served the community in various careers. For all that have known him he has gone by his nick name Gene Cromartie.
Gene’s distinguished career in the US Army lasted 33 ½ years. He has held a number of different
positions/assignments during his tenure with the military: Student of Infantry at Fort Benning, Georgia; Commander of the 59th Military Police Company in Bremerhaven, Germany; Executive Officer, later Commander for the Headquarters Detachment, 95th Military Police Battalion in Vietnam; Instructor, United states Army Military Police School at Fort Gordon, Georgia; Chief, Electives Branch, Office, Director of Graduate Studies and Research, United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Commander of the 503rd Military Police Battalion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Airborne Paratrooper and Provost Marshal of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Commander, First Region, United States Army Criminal Investigation Command; Deputy Provost Marshal, later Provost Marshal of the United States Army Europe and Seventh Army in Mannheim, Germany; Community Commander in Mannheim Germany; Commanding General United States Army Criminal Investigation Command at Falls Church, Virginia.
After retiring from the Military Gene became the Deputy Executive Director/Chief of Staff of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He remained in this position for sixteen years, before retiring again. Throughout his various assignments and career paths, he has touched the lives of many through mentoring and friendship. His impact on society will never be matched, nor will it ever be forgotten.
Services for MG Cromartie will be at Arlington National Cemetery 28 December 2017. Additional information will be provided when
Posted 24 Mar 2017
COL James Donovon, “J. D.”, Smith
Colonel James Donovon, “J. D.”, Smith, US Army, Retired, passed away on April 27, 2017 at the age of eighty-seven in San Antonio, Texas.
J. D. was born on July 20, 1929, in Dallas, Texas to Stanley Archie Smith and Opal Lucille Smith. He graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Political Science. He later obtained a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Alabama. He married Hallie Nanette “Nita” Huffman on January 31, 1953. Afterwards, the two embarked on a sixty-year adventure together beginning in the United States Army. J.D. saw service throughout the continental United States as well as Germany, Korea and Viet Nam. Over a twelve-year period, the couple welcomed three children into their home. His children remember him as a strong father with a kind heart who encouraged them to pursue their education and goals.
J.D. was predeceased by his wife and “Sweetheart”, Nita Smith in May 2013. He is survived by his children, LeAnne Christensen and husband Charles of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Gray Donovon Smith and wife Judy of Kerrville, Texas; and Stanley Scott Smith and wife Paula of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kathryn Michelle Williston and husband Greg of Collinsville, Oklahoma; Captain Derek Donovon Smith, U.S. Army, and wife Magan of Monterrey, California; Anna Elizabeth Bollinger and husband Brian of Clarkston, Georgia; Justin Cody Smith and wife Alex of Richardson, Texas and Christopher James Smith of Austin, Texas. His great grandchildren are Cash and Lydia Williston, Everett and Calvin Smith, and Simon and Samuel Bollinger. He is also survived by his half brother Steve Smith of Blytheville, Arkansas.
To honor both J.D. and Nita, a graveside service is scheduled for 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Live Oak Cemetery, 10739-10799 Twin Creeks Road, Manchaca, TX with reception to follow. Remembrances can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org. Arrangements made by Colonial Funeral Home, 625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, TX 78148. www.dignitymemorial.com
Posted 12 May 2017
J.D. was a child of the depression and the war years, with strong beliefs of family, duty, honor, and hard work. He often shared childhood memories of hunting squirrels at the Trinity River bottoms with lifelong friend Everett Thompson. A young man of limited means, J.D. worked the Texas oil-fields to pay his way through the University of Texas. While there, he gathered an amazing group of friends who would stay by his side to the very end. Given his avid interests in reading, firearms and all things outdoors, he focused his efforts at the University of Texas on the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). He excelled in that endeavor and earned his commission into the United States Army. He then began a long and rewarding adventure in the Military Police Corps. During his career the two assignments he enjoyed the most were his service in Garmisch, Germany (1958-1960) and serving as Provost Marshal at the United States Military Academy (1971-1974). J.D. retired from the Military in 1974 while Provost Marshal assigned to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Upon retirement, J.D. and Nita retired in Manchaca Texas, just outside of Austin. He then taught Criminal Justice at Southwest Texas State University for ten years. He and Nita also co-owned and operated the local water utility company. In 2012, J.D. and Nita moved to San Antonio, Texas and lived at the Army Residence Community.
Mrs Helen Saylor Buchman
Mrs Helen Saylor Buchman, 96, died peacefully at home in Atlanta on April 24, 2017. Born in Naperville, Illinois, a place that she loved and always called home, she loved her life as a military wife traveling and living all over the world. She put family above all else and loved doing for others. She is preceded in death by her husband, Major Robert Arthur Buchman, Retired and her sister, Dorothy Saylor Kercher. She is survived by her children, Thomas Buchman (Barbara) of Boulder, CO, Sue Hampton of Cumming, GA, and Carole Gaillard (Ted) of Atlanta, GA, her grandchildren, Christopher Buchman, Brian Hampton (Christine), Andy Gaillard (Kristi), Sarah Mink (Eric), Bobby Gaillard, Paige Gaillard, and great grandchildren, Caleb Gaillard, Mackenzie Gaillard, Addison Hampton, Avery Hampton and Holton Mink. Funeral services and a celebration of Helen's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cancer Research Institute.
Published in the Naperville Sun on Apr. 30, 2017
Posted 14 June 2017
MAJ Robert Arthur Buchman
Marietta National Cemetery
Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia
CW2 Ramon M. Seda
Ramon M. Seda passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the age of 76 with his wife and daughter at his side. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and will be greatly missed. He was a Veteran of the United States Army as a Criminal Investigator and after the Army with the Insurance Crime Prevention Institute, and the Internal Revenue Service. He is survived by his wife Milagros Seda, his adult children; Carlos R. Seda and his wife Lucinda Lacelle, Francisco E. Seda, Carmen Seda, his beloved grandchildren; Francis Carlene Seda Zalace-Leger and her husband Wilfred Joseph Leger, Violeta Seda Lacelle and her husband Donovan Perras, Alex Seda Lacelle, David Seda Lacelle, great-grandchildren; Daniella Milagros Zalace, Gwendolyn Rosalie Zalace, Charlotte Patriza Leger, his siblings; Diana Seda de Cheverre, Milta Seda-
Feliberti and Lolo Seda-Feliberti. Gathering of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM at Sunset Funeral Home-West. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a veteran’s organization of your choice. Services entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home-West, 480 N. Resler Dr. Please visit our online guestbook at www.sunsetfuneralhomes.net
Posted 14 June 2017
LTC Robert William Gee
LTC Robert William Gee died June 12, 2017.
He was born Sept. 21,1950, in Gulfport. He was the son of Vida and Brooksher Gee.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Anne Louise Bullard Gee; and sons, Nathaniel Brooksher Gee of Huntsville, Ala., and Todd William Gee of Washington, D.C.
He will be fondly remembered by his family, friends and colleagues.
He graduated from Gulfport High School as senior class president, was Eagle Scout Order of the Arrow and was governor of Boy's State in 1967. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Arts from George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi.
He served with distinction in the United States Army Military Police Corps for 22 years. His assignments included the 82nd Airborne, Fort Bragg, N. C.; Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Langley Air Force Base. Va.; and Taegu, South Korea. He erved as commander of the 14th Military Police Headquarters Company in Stuttgart, West Germany, and he retired on the field after command of the 701st Military Police Battalion in Fort McClellan, Ala.
He will be buried with Military Honors at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Tim Brown officiating.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service.
Published in the Vicksburg Post 14 June 2017.
Posted 17 June 2017.
Mr. David E. Wilson
David E. Wilson, 83, of Brook, Indiana passed away May 6, May 6, 2017 at Francisian Rensselaer Hospital, Rensselaer, IN. He was born June 26,1933, in Morocco, IN to the late Claude Milton and Cleo LaVone Archibald Wilson, a graduate of the Brook High School, class of 1951.
Dave enjoyed hunting and boating but his real love was military vehicles. David served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police in the Korean War from 1953 -1954, and was awarded the Order of Marechausse Award for outstanding dedication to the Military Police Corp. He was a member of the following: 25th Infantry Association, Association of the United States Army, Disabled American Veterans, V.F.W., Korean War Veterans and the American Legion.
His first marriage was to Janice A. Whaley, November 9,1952 in Brook, IN and she preceded him in death August 30, 2003 in Brook, IN. He married Judith Kindig Wilson, August 18,1995 in Brook, IN and she survives. Also surviving are his 2 daughters,Gail Maclntyre, (husband, Richard), West Lafayette, IN and Becky A. Craig, (husband, Curt), Dayton, IN, and one son; Mike Wilson, (companion, Lou Anne Watt), West Lafayette, IN. Grandfather of 8 and Great Grandfather of 13. 2 brothers, Tom Wilson, (companion, Pat Knepp), Jerry Wilson, both of Brook, IN, one sister, Judy Wollin, (husband, Don) El Cajon, CA, and a sister-in-law, Georgia Mae Wilson, Brook, IN.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, May10, 2017, at the Brook United Methodist Church, Brook, IN from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Funeral services will be on Thursday, Mayll, 2017 in the church at 11:00 a.m., with Revs. Evan Guse and Rose Woodke, officiating. Guest speakers will be Brigadier General David Glaser and Lt. Col. E. Volkman. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery, Brook, IN.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in his name to the David E. Wilson Memorial Fund. Gerts Funeral Home, Brook, IN in charge of local arrangements.
Published in the Layfayette, IN Journal & Courier on May 9, 2017
Posted 18 June 2017
LTC Paul Major Curry, Jr.
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC), retired, Paul Major Curry, Jr. was born in Joliet, Illinois on May 25, 1944. He was the last child and only son of Willeen (Buchanan) Curry and Paul Major Curry, Sr. He passed away peacefully at home in Huntsville, Alabama on July 7, 2017.
Paul gave his life to Christ at an early age, baptized at Clark Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Camden, Mississippi. The family moved to Salina, Kansas in 1952 where Paul became an active member of the St. John's Baptist Church. He attended Sunday School and sang in the Youth Choir. He had a beautifully rich voice, loved to sing and sang solo selections quite often. He was a member of Progressive Union MB Church where he was a member of the choir.
Paul graduated from Salina Central High in 1962. He was an avid sportsman and the catcher on his high school baseball
team. After high school Paul attended college at Kansas Weslyan University in Salina, Kansas and worked at the Holsum Bakery and Dillon's Supermarket part-time.
In June of 1967, Paul was drafted into the US Army, earned the Parachutist Badge shortly after, and deployed to Vietnam. After completing his tour, he redeployed and completed the Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, GA, and then deployed again to Vietnam. After completing a successful tour, he then returned to the USA to attend college and obtained a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE. Throughout his military career, he was awarded several medals to include: the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and the Legion of Merit. During his service in combat operations, Paul earned the Purple Heart. After retiring from the US Army, in 1988 as a LTC, he pursed a second degree and graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He worked for several years in the states of Alabama and Mississippi as an engineer.
During his early military career, he met and married Deloris (Westbrook) Curry, who preced-ed him in death. Her son, James Charles (deceased) became an integral and immediate member of the new Curry family. To this union, two children were born, Carletta and Paul Johnathan (PJ) Curry. Later in his career, Paul was stationed at Redstone Arsenal where he remarried a loving woman, Mary L. Curry. Through this marriage, he became a dedicated father to Inger Carlisle and Dameon Finley.
He was preceded in death by his sister Paulette Woods. He leaves to cherish his memory– children: Carletta Curry (Everett, WA); LTC Paul J. and wife Nicole Curry (Ft. Stewart, GA); Inger and husband Michael Carlisle (New Market, MD) and Dameon and wife Lassandra Finley (Raleigh, NC). Grandchildren: Joshua and wife April Curry; Jamie Curry (Brandon, MS); Paul Edward (Tampa, FL) and Paul Marcus Curry (Navarre, FL); Adrienne and David Carlisle (New Market, MD); Dameon, Jr. and Brooklyn Finley (Raleigh, NC); Kennedy, Carter and Camden Rankin (Ft. Stewart, GA). His step-father, Jessie L. Heath (Salina, KS); sisters: Levone Curry (Denver, CO), Evone and brother-in-law Walter Murray (Denver, CO) and Gloria Jean York (Los Angeles, CA). Nieces: Jackie, Rhonda, Terry, Lynn, Tiannah, Tiarrah, Vicki, Glenda, Savannah, Nickole and Kim and nephews Reginald, Bobby, Craig, John David, Timothy Joe, and Tony. Special cousin/brother Claude M. Curry and former spouse Mary L. Curry.
A very dedicated, aggressive, and compassionate leader of Soldiers in support of our great Nation, Paul was a kind-hearted man who enjoyed barbequing, tennis, and the Blues. He loved his Family and was a friend and mentor to many people throughout his life.
Posted 14 Jul 2017
Survivors include his wife of 70 years Sarah Kimmig of Sparta
Five daughters: Sherrie Dawne (Ken) Eliasen of Panama City Beach, Florida, Sally Anne (Hank) Doom of Louisville, KY, Susan Lynne (Paul) Buse of Shepherdsville, KY, Shawn Lisa Kimmig Morgan of Sparta, Sara Lee Kimmig of Casselbury, FL
Son: Charles Eugene (Rose) Kimmig, Jr. of Sanford, FL
Sisters: Beverly Kay Compton of Dayton, OH and Joann Grierson
Funeral services will be conducted 9:00am Friday, May 19, 2017 from North Sparta Church of God. Interment services will be conducted 2:30pm est Friday at Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors presented by the U.S. Army Honor Guard.
Jonthan Morgan, Joel Morgan, Micah Buse, Heath Doom, Uriah Kimmig, Josiah Kimmig will serve as pallbearers.
Posted 22 Jul 2017
CW3 Charles Eugene Kimmig, Sr
CW3 Charles Eugene Kimmig Sr. age 91 of Sparta passed away Sunday afternoon May 14, 2017 at St. Thomas Highland Hospital.
CW3 Kimmig was born August 16, 1925 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Louis & Elizabeth Saunders Kimmig. He retired as a criminal investigator with the United States Army. Charles served his nation for 28 1/2 years. His military career began in the U.S. Marine Corp. and he later joined the Army during Korea. His military career spanned from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. After military retirement, he had a 12 year career as a land fraud investigator for the State of Florida. Upon his final retirement, he loved to travel domestically as well as abroad, and do things alongside his wife Sarah. Charles was affectionately known by his family as "Poppy". He was a member of North Sparta Church of God. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by grandchildren Matthew McCormick, Megan Hope Eliasen, Luke Zander Kimmig; brothers Robert and Frank Kimmig; sisters Betty Sortman and Marlene Rambo.
Colonel Harris Emmons II
Colonel Harris Emmons II, US Army, Retired, age 95, of Seattle, devoted husband and father, died at home on 18 April 2015. Known as "The Colonel" to many in his Madison Park neighborhood, he was a kind man and a sterling example of our 'Greatest Generation.'
Col. Emmons' grandfather Ralph W. Emmons was a prominent pioneer Seattle attorney, arriving in Seattle from Portland, Oregon, prior to Washington becoming a state. His father, also a Seattle attorney, died at the young age of 38, on the eve of The Depression. Harris and his mother, Margaret Emmons (nee Brand), a smart businesswoman, survived tough times by running a drugstore and a collection agency.
Harris returned from the Shawnigan Lake School to help his mother, and graduated from Garfield High School. He attended the University of Washington and was a member of the Oval Club, Malamutes, and President of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity, graduating in 1941. He next went to Notre Dame Law School.
Harris was at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on a summer job, when it was bombed by the Japanese on June 3rd and 4th, 1942. He put aside his goal of becoming a lawyer to fight in World War II, giving the next 30 years of his life to the defense of his country, commanding at multiple levels, and seeing action in WW II, Korea, and Vietnam. During this time he also earned a Masters of Arts (Government) from Georgetown University and was one of 11 members of the Army's PROVN Study Group. Among his medals and decorations are the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal, battle stars for WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
Harris returned his family to Seattle in 1979 and reunited with his close friends, known as "The Vineys," finished raising his children and travelled the world with his wife. He belonged to The Sons of the Revolution, Seattle Tennis Club, and has been President of the Pacific Northwest Society of Alpha Delta Phi.
He is survived by his wife, June Emmons (nee Bubier) of 64 years, a son, Harris "Chip" Emmons III and his wife, Deanne Ederer Emmons, a daughter Leslie Emmons Moschner of North Ridgeville, Ohio, and her husband, Larry Edward Moschner, grandsons Harris "Hap" Emmons IV and Arthur Ederer Emmons, and granddaughters Michelle Beatrice Moschner Santoro, of Sheffield Lake, Ohio and Nicole Madeleine Moschner.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 26, 2015
Posted 30 Jul 2017
Mrs June Bubier Emmons
June Bubier Emmons, age 87, a long-time resident of Seattle's Madison Park neighborhood, died at home Thursday, 15 December 2016.
Born June 1929 in Boston, MA, to Frederick C. Bubier, (a Harvard educated stockbroker and Army Officer) and Beatrice Blossom Bubier, June grew up in Marblehead and graduated from Edgewood Park HS, Briarcliff Manor, NY in 1947. She next attended West Hill School in Boston and later worked for Capital Airlines. While visiting her parents in Germany, she met Captain Harris Emmons II of Seattle. They were married In Alexandria, VA in 1951.
June became a devoted Army wife and eventually, after adopting and then beating Endometriosis, a devoted full-time mother of two. She taught her children many things including her New England 'Yankee', Depression-survivor, values and manners which included thrift and consideration for other people. She also led by example, volunteering for organizations including Army Community Services, and Meals on Wheels. In Seattle she was a member of the Dr. Charles B. Ford Guild of the Children's Hospital.
June is preceded in death by Harris, her husband of 64 years (1919-2015). She is survived by a son Harris "Chip" Emmons III and his wife Deanne Ederer Emmons, a daughter Leslie Emmons Moschner of North Ridgeville Ohio, and her husband, Larry Edward Moschner, grandsons Harris "Hap" Emmons IV, Arthur Ederer Emmons, and granddaughters Michelle Beatrice Moschner Santoro of Sheffield Lake, Ohio and Nicole Madeleine Moschner.
Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 25, 2016
Posted 30 Jul 2017
Mrs Gwendolyn Durham
Gwendolyn Durham, 78, died on August 5, 2017.
Funeral service will be Friday, August 11, 2017, 11:00 A.M., at Bethel A.M.E. Church with burial at Tallahassee National Cemetery Wake Service will be held today from 6-7pm at Strong & Jones Chapel.
Survivors include her son, Marcellas Durham, Jr.; daughter, Elise Durham; sister, Barbara Webber; grandchildren, Markai Gweniece Durham, Samarra Kieann Durham; great grandchildren, Zakaria Worsham, Cornelius Pringle II and a host of relatives and friends.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat 10 Aug 2017
Posted 13 Aug 2017
COL Anthony Joseph DiGregorio
Anthony Joseph DiGregorio, COL, USA, Ret., age 79 of Fairfax, Virginia on Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Adler Center for Caring. Beloved husband of 52 years to Mary; devoted father of Deanna DiGiovanna and Amy (Todd) Hutcherson. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Jessica, Matthew, Ryan, Megan, Luke, and Michael. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anna DiGregorio. Friends may call at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Rd. Fairfax, VA 22032 on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, 5222 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax, VA 22032 on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Interment services at Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Alzheimer's Association
Posted 13 Aug 2017
LTC June Wolfe, Jr.
Graveside service for LTC June Wolfe, Jr., 81, of Belton were held Wednesday June 21, 2017 at Bellwood Memorial Park in Temple with Allen Lowe officiating.
LTC Wolfe died Sunday, June 18, 2017 in a Temple hospital.
LTC Wolfe was born November 11, 1935 in Mount Olive, NC, the son of June Elmer Sr, and Lela (Miller) Wolfe. He married Dorothy Matthews on March 13, 1960 in Augusta, Georgia.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in General Science and Sociology from Wake Forest University and a Masters of Criminal Justice from American Technological University. He was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi Criminal Justice Honor Fraternity.
He served 21 years in the United States Army and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Following his military service he was a Texas parole officer for 17 years.
He is preceded in death by his son, John Julian Wolfe.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Wolfe, a son June Wolfe, III and wife Cynthia of Belton; a daughter Lisa Cantacuzene of Morgans Point Resort; his twin brother, Gene Wolfe of Surfcity NC; three grandchildren, Matthew Wolfe, Grant Wolfe and Rody Cantacuzene and two nieces, Allene Batchelor and Susan Sartip.
Visitation will be Tuesday June 20, 2017 from 6 to 8 at Dossman funeral home in Belton.
Obituary published online 20 Jun 2017 by Dossman Funeral Home, Killeen, Texas
Posted 13 Aug 2017
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.
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