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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
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
COL John Samuel Holeman, Jr
Funeral Services for Col. John Samuel Holeman, Jr., US Army Ret., 91, who entered into rest April 25, 2018, will be conducted Saturday morning at 10 o’clock from the Posey Funeral Chapel. Dr. Gary C. Redding officiating. Interment in Pineview Memorial Gardens with Full Military Honors.
Col. Holeman was a native of Thornton, Arkansas, having made North Augusta his home for the past 50 years and was a 1943 graduate of Hamburg Arkansas High School and a 1950 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of North Augusta and the Acacia Masonic Lodge #315 AFM and Scottish Rite Bodies. Col. Holeman was retired from the US Army with 31 years of service having served in the Military Police. He was a Veteran of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam and a member of the Military Police Officer’s Association.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Nel l “BeBe” Bush Holeman; a son, John Samuel (Jodi) Holeman, III, Fort Mill, SC; two daughters, Holly (Larry) Anderson, North Augusta, SC and Missy (Cliff) Jenkins, Simpsonville, SC; nine grandchildren, Josh (Raven) Anderson, Katie Anderson, Cori (Keith) Hustedt, Taylor Holeman, Zac Anderson, Bradlee Holeman, Caroline Jenkins, Cliffie Jenkins and Samuel Jenkins; three great-grandchildren, Kason Samuel Hustedt, Layla Anderson and Scotti Lee Hustedt; two sisters, Dorothy McDougald, California and Jane Bowman, Virginia.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 5 until 7. Posey Funeral Directors of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry at www.PoseyCares.com.
Posted 6 May 2018
Mrs Renate Walpurgus Anderson
Renate Walpurgus Anderson of Burke, VA, died unexpectedly at her home in Burke, VA on April 15, 2018, at the age of 81 due to her atrial fibrillation which lead to congestive heart failure and cardiac arrest.
She was born June 22, 1936 in Darmstadt, Germany, to Norbert Gutmann (architect) and Annemarie Gutmann. She was the second and only daughter among six siblings born to the Gutmann family. In the late 1950’s, as a gracious natural beauty, she was elected Fasching queen (German version of Mardi Gras). She was a
governess for a wealthy Italian family for three years in Northern Italy. In addition to her native language, she spoke English and Italian fluently.
She is survived by her loving husband, Lt Colonel James (Jim) Y. Anderson, Jr. USA, retired. Both were married in a Catholic Church on March 30, 1963 in Wildflecken, West Germany (northern Bavaria), her hometown since 1937. They spent their honeymoon in Saalbach, Austria. Jim met Renate during December 1961 while he was serving his first two-year Regular Army tour in the Infantry as a Lieutenant. Upon transfer to Vicenza, Italy during the fall of 1962 to his first MP Corps assignment, Jim proposed to Renate to be his loving wife.
During November 25, 1963, after receiving orders to command an MP Co, at Fort Lewis, WA, Jim and Renate departed Genoa, Italy to New York City via USS Independence cruise ship with stops in Cannes, France; Barcelona, Spain; Casablanca, Morocco; and the Madeira Islands, Portugal. It was a wonderful second honeymoon.
As a loving wife, homemaker, and mother to her three children, Renate believed in the principles of honesty, decency, courage, strength, tolerance, and humility. Social events she hosted within the military and locally within Burke, VA were always superbly done which featured wonderful German food and desserts which she cooked herself. Other career assignments within the military in which Renate was instrumental as an outstanding military wife and greatly respected at military social events included the US Army MP School, Fort Gordon, GA (3 years); HQ US Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) (7 years) and Defense Investigative Service (4 years), Washington D.C.; CID District at Schofield Barracks, HI; (3 ½ years), and HQ Second Region, USACIDC, Heidelberg, Germany. While her husband spent two years unaccompanied assignments in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Renate raised the family’s children on her own.
Renate was honored to receive her US citizenship at an official ceremony during May 2007 at Mount Vernon, VA, in front of the plantation home of George Washington. The ceremony included a White House official. Renate was the only German to receive her US citizenship and was interviewed by reporters from Germany. The results of her interview were announced publicly in Germany before most of her relatives were informed by Renate.
In northern Virginia, Renate is also survived by her three children, Brian James Anderson; Michael Dean Anderson (Xiomara); and Christine Caroline Merzazada (John); four grandchildren, Brandon Anderson (26); Zachary Merzazada (23); Nick Merzazada (20); and Justin Merzazada (14). Renate was a great mother and grandmother in which she lived for her kids and grandchildren.
Renate’s father, Norbert Gutmann had a distinguished career as an architect. He designed homes on the island of Ibiza, Spain during the early 1930s. Renate’s first brother was born on the island in 1934, Due to the civil war in Spain, the Gutmann family moved to Darmstadt during the mid-30s upon which Renate was born in 1936. The Gutmann family moved to Wildflecken the following year in which Renate’s father was selected as Deputy Director and primary architect to supervise 6000 German laborers to construct the largest military training area in Germany at the time to include housing. This was Renate’s husband’s first military assignment as an Armored Infantry officer. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her two brothers, Pedro Gutmann, a chemical engineer, and Toni Gutmann.
In Germany, Renate is survived by her three brothers, Axel Gutmann (Monika); Walter Gutmann (Maria); Uli Gutmann (Gitte) and sister-in-law, Marianne Gutmann. Walter (Pizzi), the former Burgermeister (Mayor) of Wildflecken during 1979 – 2002 during the Cold War, still lives with Maria in Wildflecken, as well as Marianne. Axel, Bundeswehr LtCol (ret), lives in Schwabbruck , while Uli, a former tourist expert, lives in Landshut, all in Bavaria. Renate kept close ties with her German family members and old friends, visiting their homes as often she could. Renate and her family lived in Heidelberg during Jim’s military assignment 1983 – 86, two years before his retirement.
A memorial service to be coordinated is planned at a future date at a local Catholic Church to be announced within the next several weeks. Renate at her request was cremated on April 18. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be announced at a later date within a few months. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Renate’s name to the RMPO Digest or at the Catholic Church providing the memorial service upon confirmation.
In Wildflecken, in the church Renate was married, a catholic devine service will be held on her birthday, June 22.
Published 7 May 2018
LTC Robert Leroy "Bob" Osborne
LTC Robert L. Osborne of Laurel, MD passed away on Wednesday May 2, 2018 at the age of 82. He was preceded by his father, Robert, mother, Pearl White and sister, Marilyn. Surviving family members include his wife of 62 years Joan, daughters Valery Spriggs (James Jr.), Cheri Osborne, Robin Osborne, Carla Marshall; brother Frederick Osborne (Judith) of Georgia, sister Carol Suber of Connecticut, 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He graduated from University of Connecticut in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. He entered the Army as 2nd Lieutenant after completing ROTC. In 1977 he retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving 20 years. He completed 2 tours in Vietnam and was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, 2
Bronze Stars and 3 Army Commendation Medals. He worked as the Provost Marshal at Walter Reed from 1970 to 1975. He went to work for the Smithsonian as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist for another 20 years finally retiring in 1997.
He was a prominent participant in many sports at the Dixwell Community Center. He excelled in track, softball and basketball. His best sport was basketball where he was the star player on their state championship team in 1951. He was also the MVP on the Dixwell Panthers team. He played for St. Luke’s in the YMCA church league. He enjoyed all types of sports and played basketball in high school. He was inducted into the Hillhouse High School Hall of fame in March 26, 2011. In college, he was an exceptional player for UConn. He was subsequently voted captain of the basketball team in his senior year. He also played basketball in the Maryland Senior Olympics. He attributed his basketball skills to his mother.
He and his wife Joan are members of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beltsville, Maryland.
Services will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Friday May 11, 2018 with the viewing from 10 to 11 a.m., service immediately after and the burial to follow at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery. Repast will be St. John’s after the burial. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. John's for the Haiti Micah Project.
Published in The New Haven Register from May 9 to May 11, 2018
Posted 12 May 2018
COL George R. Kaine
COL George R. Kaine, a retired US Army Colonel, 81 of Rockingham County, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at his home.
George was born February 9, 1937 in Duluth, MN, and was the son of the late Peter W. and Elsie Elmgren Kaine. All maternal and paternal grandparents migrated to the Great Lakes region from Sweden, Norway and Finland in the early 1880, late 1890’s and early 1900’s.
The family moved to Douglas, AZ in 1947 where Kaine graduated from Douglas High School in 1954 and later from the University of Arizona, Tucson in 1958 receiving a BA in journalism and named a Distinguished Military Graduate, commissioned to the Regular Army. He retired from the Army after 30 years in 1988 and relocated to Harrisonburg. He became the 13th family in the Lakewood subdivision. His wife at the time, Daphne, preceded him in death in 1998.
COL Orville Butts
Colonel (Ret) Orville Butts, known as “Orv” passed away on June 15, 2018, with his whole family by his side. Orv began his service to his country as a police officer with the San Jose Police Department while still attending college as an ROTC cadet. He graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from San Jose State University. COL Butts began his 30-year Military career by graduating as the Distinguished Graduate from the Military Police (MP) Basic Course in 1959. Then Captain Butts graduated first in his course at the FBI National Academy in 1965 and was awarded the J. Edgar Hoover Award, by J. Edgar Hoover himself. COL Butts, to this day, is the only Army officer to achieve this honor. COL Butts’ military career included Battalion and Brigade Commands, Military Police training and development assignments; culminating as the Assistant Deputy Commandant, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at
In 1999 he married Freddie Kay Keller, originally of Strasburg, VA, she also preceded him is death in February 2015. From an earlier marriage Kaine has a daughter, Cynthia Caudell and husband, Herb of Middletown, OH and two sons, Timothy Kaine of Florida and Stephen Kaine of Ohio. In the most recent melded family there is Freddie Kay’s daughter, Leslie See and husband, Terry of Winchester. Between George and Freddie Kay there are seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews around the country. Also surviving is two of his wife’s sisters and families living in the Valley.
During his Army career which included Infantry, Military Police and Public Affairs assignments, he was stationed twice in Germany, twice in Vietnam and once in Belgium. He graduated from the Infantry Officers Leadership Course, Military Officers Advanced Course, Army Command and General Staff College (Commandant’s List Graduate) and completed the National Security Management Course from the Industrial College of the Army Forces. The Army also sent him to Michigan State University where he earned a MS Degree in Police Administration.
His decorations and awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Three Bronze Stars, one for heroism and two for meritorious service, Air Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, Join Service Commendation Medal and three Army Commendation Medals on long with several service and campaign medal to include the Vietnam Service Medal with seven campaign stars. He also wore the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.
He was awarded the Honor Medal First Class from the Republic of Vietnam, holds marksmanship awards from the German Army, and was named an honorary office in Argentina’s Cuerpo Guardia de Infanteria for work done with the Agency for International Development.
During his first tour in Germany, he was a competitive marksman in pistol, rifle and shotgun and won the US Army Europe Prix LeClerc individual pistol match in 1960 as well as leading the winning two-man team competition.
While editing for the MP Corps branch magazine in the mid-1960’s he was elected VP of the Appalachian Industrial Editor Association and served for a few months on the National Education Committee of the American Association of Industrial Editors before being assigned to Vietnam as a special zone advisor.
Working in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), he was a team leader and later head of DOD’s 1973 prisoner of war return, Operation Homecoming, public information office. The Aviation/Space Rites Association presented him one of the 1974 Awards of Excellence for that effort.
In 1982, while serving as Provost Marshal, Director of Security and Commander of the International Police Force at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), he was honored with a formal presentation to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II recognizing some nine years of promoting interoperability and combined military police operations in NATO.
Immediately prior to retirement he spent four years as Director of Public Affairs for what was then the Army’s world-wide Military Traffic Management Command.
Shortly after settling in the Valley, he began working as a columnist and editorial writer for two monthly military affairs magazines published in the United Kingdom. Eventually, he wound up writing for Jane’s, a renowned publishing house. He continued writing through the end of 1996.
As Lakewood continued to grow, he served on the Lakewood Homeowners Association organizing committee and followed as the group’s first secretary. From 2009 to 2014 he chaired the LHA architectural review committee. Also in the early 90’s he headed the organizing committee for the Central Shenandoah Valley Chapter of The Retired Officers Association (now Military Officers Association of America) and served as its Charter President. Beginning in 2010 her served on the group’s board as past president emeritus. He was a life member of American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Vietnam Veterans of America and joined the local VVA chapter in 2016.
A recreational vehicle enthusiast since the mid-70’s, Kaine became active in the state organization of the Good Sam RV Club in the late 1980’s and was a charter officer of the Blue Ridge Chapter of that group in 1989 later joining the Fox Chase Chapter. In 1990, he was appointed to the state staff and in 1993, began the first of two elected terms as state director. He retired for family health reasons at the end of 1996. Returning in 2002, he was elected twice for State Treasurer following the death of an incumbent. From 2006-12, he and his wife served as ambassadors for the Virginia organization promoting state events and travel throughout the country. From 2004-12 he also served as head of the association past state directors from the 12 southeastern states.
In 1995, Kaine commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel, recognizing his promotion of the many charitable causes supported by Good Sam Members and Chapters, Mrs. Kaine was similarly commissioned in 2007.
Travel and discovery were a passion, over the years he saw five continents, some 40 countries, all 50 states and nine Canadian provinces. While married to Freddie Kay, the pair went to England, the Maritime Provinces of Canada.
Kaine was cremated and will be laid to rest with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be announced. A celebration of life will be held at Kyger Funeral Home, Friday, March 30, 2018, from 5-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donation be made to his favorite charity, Dogs for the Deaf, 10175 Wheeler Road, Central Point, Oregon 97502.
Posted 11 June 2018
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. With his loving wife, Bianca, by his side for 61 years, Orv contributed immensely to the Military Police profession, was awarded numerous honors and built great and lasting friendships. Upon retirement from the Army in 1988, Orv and Bianca moved to Lansing, Kansas. Orv continued his contributions to the Army in leadership positions training Army units. He retired again in April 2000.
Orv was an athlete his entire life; he lettered in football and baseball in high school, played on a semi-pro baseball team after high school, and dominated on the handball and racquetball courts throughout his life. He was a gifted carpenter, handyman, mechanic, and ingenious gadget builder. Orv was the consummate military officer and gentleman, mentor, honest-broker, problem-solver. No one ever had more integrity than Orv.
Orv is survived by his wife Bianca (of 61 years), sister Evelyn Wentling, son COL (Ret) Gregory Butts, daughter-in-law Patty Butts, daughter MAJ (Ret) Jeannine Hamby (JAGC), son-in-law LTC (Ret) Joel Hamby. Orv and Bianca have five grandchildren: 2LT Kenneth Butts (AVN), Cadet James Butts (ROTC Senior), Cadet Candidate Steven Butts (USMA), Danielle Elizabeth Hamby (5 yrs), Killian Shay Hamby (2 yrs), and a variety of granddogs and grandcats.
It was a joyous and proud realization to Orv to know that his son and daughter and three grandsons all want to serve their country in the military. It was a fun fact to Orv, however, that none, so far have joined the Military Police Corps. Other than his family, two of Orv’s proudest achievements were his selection as the Honorary Colonel of the Military Police Regiment and his induction into the Military Police Hall of Fame. Orv found immense joy in seeing his children find happiness of their own.
Orv’s daughter recounts being told by a Military Judge in 1993, that when her father, then MAJ Butts, was Provost Marshal in Vietnam, and the Judge was a defense counsel, that MAJ Butts was the only Military Police officer that he could not discredit on the stand, because he had such integrity and was such a professional.
Both of Orv’s children, as young Army Officers, recall being asked many times if they were related to Orville Butts. Both would proudly reply, “Yes, he’s my Dad.”
He is missed so very, very much. We love you Orv, Dad and Granddad.
Visitation hours will be from 6pm-8pm on June 25 at Davis Funeral Chapel, in Leavenworth Kansas. Burial Services will start at 9:30 am at Davis Funeral Chapel, and the burial will occur at the Leavenworth National Cemetery at 11:00 with full military honors and the sound of bagpipes.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Fisher House Foundation. Condolences may be left on Orville’s online guestbook at www.davisfuneralchapelinc.com. Arrangements entrusted to Davis Funeral Chapel.
Posted 29 June 2018
Marguerite Anne "Marnie" Landon Matassarin
Wife of LTC Leon C. "Mat" Matassarin
Marguerite Anne ""Marnie"" Landon Matassarin, 80, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018. Marguerite was born August 7, 1937, to Florence Denham Landon and Gerald Howard Landon. She graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1955 and attended the University of Kansas, where she met her husband, Leon ""Mat"" Matassarin. She was a lifetime member of St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge. As an Army wife, she traveled with her family, living in Georgia, New Mexico, California, Germany, Texas,
Kansas, and Virginia, and finally settled back in Baton Rouge. She was an avid golfer, bowler, bridge player, and art museum lover. She was a devoted mother to her three children and pampered her beloved husband of 61 years. She is survived by her husband, Leon ""Mat"" Matassarin; daughters and sons-in law, Jeri Jo Matassarin Cullison and John of Glenwood, MD, and Keri Lynn Matassarin McGovern and Kevin of Baton Rouge; grandchildren, Leah Krause and husband Jeff, Kristin Cullison and husband Shane Lord, Jeremy Blomeke, John McGovern, Joseph Matassarin and wife Anne; great-grandchildren, John Krause, Abigail Krause, Matthew Lord, and soon-to-be twins Lord. She is predeceased by her son Michael Leon Matassarin and grandson Richard Matassarin. The family will accept guests from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm on Monday, June 25, 2018, at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd. in Baton Rouge, with a memorial service to follow at 3:00 pm. A reception will follow the service.
Posted 27 June 2018
Jacquline Adkins "Jackie" Bagwell
Wife of CWO Johnny Walker Bagwell
Jacquline Bagwell, 85, wife of 69 years to Johnny Walker Bagwell, entered into rest Sunday, May 6, 2018, at her residence.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Reverend Keith Cox and Reverend John Donaldson officiating.
Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Mrs. Bagwell, daughter of the late Eugene Haskell Adkins and Bernice Odell Cassell Adkins, was born in Easley, SC. She was a member of Burns Memorial United Methodist Church for fifty years and a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class and the Christine Scott Circle. She worked for Professional Polygraph Services for ten years and then retired from the Augusta Chronicle Classified Department after ten years.
She was preceded in death by her son, Steven Bagwell; and her sisters, Katherine A. Gunter, and Gwen Vaughn.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Julie M. Bagwell, of Augusta; and Pamela Ryles (Don), of Jacksonville, Fla., her sister, Caroline Larke, of Easley, S.C.; her grandchildren, Stevi Shaw (Patrick), Steven Cody Bagwell (Evelyn), Ashley Cornelius, Marc Cornelius (Stacy), and Tracy Miller (Geoff); and six great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 9, 2018, from 2 p.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home.
Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, GA, 30906. www.chanceandhydrick.com
Posted 26 June 2018
CW3 Randall Charles "Randy" Lovely
CW3 Randall Charles Lovely, 71, of McDonough, Georgia died on June 19th 2018. Randy was born on September 25, 1946 in Beaverton, Oregon to Charles Henry and Leora Mae Lovely. Randy spent his early years in Florida and graduated from Ocala High School in 1964. Upon finishing high school, Randy enlisted in the US Army and was dispatched to Germany, where he met his future wife, Haing Za Lee, a visiting South Korean nurse, in 1968. After a whirlwind romance, the couple wed in Ocala, Florida in 1970 and Randy, after concluding his first tour of duty, continued his studies, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida in 1973. The couple were soon blessed with two children: Lewis and Valery. Randy reenlisted in the military in 1974, rising in the ranks as a CID special agent trained in forensic photography by the US Department of Defense, while working in their crime labs at Ft. Gillem, Georgia and Frankfurt, Germany, respectively. Retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in 1993—after nearly 30 years of service—Randy continued his career as a professional photographer by opening a thriving MotoPhoto franchise in Jonesboro, Georgia, and later developing it into his own privately
held company, Southern Image Works, which operated in Stockbridge, Georgia until 2000. In 2009, Randy retired after nine years spent as the air station photographer at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. Those who knew Randy remember him best for the endless stories he shared—whether they involved a childhood pet chicken, go-kart racing, college days spent working in film/radio, crime scene investigations or his love of travel, soccer and flashy cars. Randy never met a stranger, even if the best he could get out someone meant a few groans over the latest corny joke he’d heard. He will be missed. Randy is survived by his wife Haing Za Lovely of McDonough, Georgia; his sister Rhonda Merrell of Fruitland Park, Florida; his son Lewis Lovely of Atlanta, Georgia; and his daughter and son-in-law Valery Lovely & Antonio Aguirre of Decatur, Georgia. The family will hold a private service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you take your own family out to a nice dinner instead.
Posted 28 June 2018
COL Gerald George "Jerry" Gibbons
February 22, 1932 - March 8, 2018
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.
LTC Randy Everett Hoff
LTC Randy Everett Hoff was born on October 6, 1943 and passed away on May 22, 2018 at the age of 74. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Diane Dunn Hoff who passed away in 2012. He is survived by his son: Kevin Everett Hoff and his wife, Melanie: granddaughter, Sophia Hoff, brother: Rick Hoff, and his wife, Terry; and extended family and friends. All family and friends will miss Randy dearly. Randy graduated from Davenport (Iowa) Central High School and later received a B.A. degree from the University of Iowa and a Master's Degree. He was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and the University of Iowa Alumni Association, San Antonio chapter. He married Diane on October 1, 1966. They were together during his 26-year military career. Before his retirement from the Army as a LtCol they traveled around the world as well as to many duty stations in the United States. He was active in the MOAA Alamo Chapter and was a member of Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018, 11:00 AM, at Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church, 16425 Nacogdoches Rd., San Antonio, TX 78247. Donations may be made to the church or to the MOAA Alamo Chapter
Posted in the San Antonio Express News 24 May 2018
Posted 7 June 2018
COL Thomas John McHugh
Thomas John McHugh died peacefully from renal failure, secondary to amyloidosis, on December 22, 2017, in Keizer, Oregon. Tom was born in Moultrie, Georgia to John McHugh and Mildred “Carlson” McHugh on March 21, 1943. The family later moved to Mt. Shasta, California. He excelled in both athletics and academics, graduating from high school with varsity letters in football, baseball and basketball
Tom accepted a football scholarship to the University of Oregon and began classes in the fall of 1961, majoring in Business Administration. Tom pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, played football and baseball and joined the University of Oregon Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. By December 1965, Tom had graduated with a Bachelor of Science and was commissioned into the Military Police branch of the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant.
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Tom married Susan Betty Busche in San Diego, CA on June 25, 1966 and later had three children: Kelly, Katie and “TJ,” Thomas John, Jr. Tom served honorably in the U.S. Army from January 1966 until his military retirement at the rank of Colonel on June 30, 1994. During Tom’s 28 years of service he was deployed to Vietnam and Korea, as well as filling duty stations in Okinawa, Frankfurt and the Pentagon.
During his military career Tom attended Military Police Officer Basic and Career Courses, Infantry School, the Army Criminal Investigations Course, Command & General Staff College, War College and the Inspector General Course. His honorable service was reflected in award of the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, two Vietnam Service Medals and many, many others. For his final duty station Tom and Sue moved to Tempe, Arizona where Tom ended his career as the Inspector General for the Arizona Army National Guard. In July 2017 they moved to Oregon to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Tom is survived by Sue, his wife of 52 years, and his three children, Kelly, Katie and TJ. He is also survived by his five grandchildren: Lauren, Zachary, Megan, Alexandria and Katherine; and, by Mark and Brock Ronning, his two sons-in-law.
Tom will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. at 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.
Posted 1 July 2018