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Updated: 11/22/2017 09:13 AM CST

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Carrol M. Kapahu, Sr.  "Bear"  78, of Waianae, died in Ewa Beach.  He was born in Kauai.  Uncle Bear had been hospitalized since May 23rd for pneumonia and complications with his diabetes. He was in ICU for several weeks and then improved enough to go to a regular floor. About 3 weeks ago he was moved to private hospice home care in Ewa Beach. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Thursday, July 20, 2017. The viewing and funeral will be held on August 25 at Diamond Head Memorial Park on Oahu. Services: 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017 at Diamond Head Mortuary chapel.  Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park.  Thank you so much, Charmaine Oyamot Rodrigues

Bina Livai Priest  Bina peacefully passed on to Jesus May 4, 2017, while in a local hospital. Her new life began after a valiant 5-month battle with multiple infections. Bina was born Sept. 22, 1957 on the island of Ebeye in the Marshall Islands. She was predeceased by her parents Otiba Jibbwa and Edison Livai, and several sisters and brothers. She leaves behind her husband Roger (married in 1995) and son Joey Aiseia (Jacqueline), and grandkids Robi D. L. Aiseia & Pierra Actelline (Aki) Aiseia, and a large extended family. Bina was proud and much admired by friends and family when she became an American citizen on Nov. 5, 2013. As much as her health and time would permit she was a very active member of the Marshallese branch of the Assemblies of God (River of Life) Church. Bina will be remembered as a loving grandmother to the kids who called her Bubu. She enjoyed cooking, fishing, travel, Bingo, and the Slots, but mostly she was a very dedicated wife. There will be a memorial service followed by a celebration of life at the Assemblies of God Church, 1890 N. Courteney Blvd., Merritt Island, FL on May 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm, please no island time.  Roger Priest - kwkwjroger@aol.com

William F. Weber  Daytona, Beach, 10/03/1932 - 02/25/2017.  Son of Albert Weber and Marion (Tippie) Weber, pass away on Saturday after a short battle with cancer.  Bill was born in Providence, Rhode Island and moved to Daytona Beach in the 50's after a short stint in the US Navy.  He proudly worked as an electronics engineer for Lockheed for over 30 years at many locations, including Cape Canaveral for the Polaris program and Kwajalein Atoll on Strategic Defense initiatives.  He is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, Patricia Smith Weber, his brothers Mickey and Warren and sister Jane, his seven children Sharon (Chuck), John (Anne), Beth (Greg), Judi, Billy (Patty), Kathy (Buck), Mike (Becky), 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.  He loved family get-togethers and was an avid golfer.  Pat and Bill also loved square dancing and traveling to exotic destinations like Thailand, Bali and throughout Micronesia.  Bill's funeral services was held Thursday, March 9th at 10:30 a.m. at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Hospice of St. Francis - hospiceofstfrancis.com.  Link > Obituary.

Bill loved to play golf and didn’t mind getting up at the crack of dawn to head to the links. One time we decided to try bicycling all the way to the tip of the island, but only made it halfway back. We were so happy when we saw a telephone to call a cab!  He worked on Meck Island for Lockheed and flew to work around 5:30 every morning.  They were working on President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, or Homing Overlay Experiment (HOE).  This was fine until all the wives decided to start their own club which ended up being the Lockheed HOERS.  We decided to bow out!  For me, I couldn’t wait to stand in line at Macy’s Saturday morning to grab all the bargains!  And then go to breakfast at the Kwaj cafe.  Then go check the mail.  Wonderful routine.  We did two tours on Kwaj 1981-84 and 1987-89.  I did a story about Kwajalein a couple of years ago. I was so happy for the opportunity to live in a place a lot of people never heard of!   I forgot to mention the sign on Bill’s door on Meck. It read “Czar of QA”.  This left no doubt as to who had the upper hand! - Pat   /   The Lockheed group during the HOE days were the best - Shermie

Guy Tarnstrom  Dear Friends  -  It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Guy Tarnstrom passed away early morning on February 28th, 2107.  He was 74 years of age.  It goes without saying how much he will be missed by his family and friends.  As many of you know, Guy had many and varied interests.  He loved classical music, climbed Mt. McKinley (now Denali), carved Celtic crosses, was an avid folk dancer, sang in any group he could find, and played trombone with gusto.  He loved and performed in Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, loved reading bedtime stories to his kids, made good beer and bad wine, and always had season tickets to the Boston Symphony.  Guy received his Ph.D. in Radio Astronomy from the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska. Before joining the staff at MIT/Lincoln Laboratory in 1978, Guy was a research academic.  He did post doc work at the Sterrenwacht Observatory in Utrecht Netherlands, he was a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Oulu in Finland, he then was a research astronomer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He worked  on Kwajalein for three tours (1980-1984, 1989-1994, and 1999-2004).  Upon his return from Kwajalein he joined Group 34 until he retired in 2008. Guy continued to support Group 34 on a flexible part-time basis until his full retirement in March 2012 and after 33.5 years of MIT LL service.  A Memorial Celebration of his life is planned on Saturday March 4, 12 PM to 2 PM - with lunch, at Concord Greene Club House, 1024 Main Street, Concord MA.  Guy was a sentimental soul.  He treasured his friends, his family, and took much pride in his work.  We will miss him, and hope you can come join his family and friends to celebrate his memory.  In lieu of flowers, his family requested making contributions in Guy’s name to:  Concord Chorus, P.O. Box 171, Concord, MA, 01742.  He was a loyal member for many years.


Patricia Kennedy Watson, of Annville, PA, born May 6th, 1944 to Clara & Robert Kennedy in Merchantville, NJ. She is survived by her spouse John A Watson of Annville, PA ; four children, Marjorie Reagan of Annville PA, Christine Hagan of Annville, PA, Mary W Smith of Sanford FL, Senior chief Petty Officer John J Watson of Owego, NY, and seven grandchildren. She attended Lebanon High School, Annville Cleona High School, Brevard Community college in Merritt Island Florida, and the University of Maryland. Patricia travelled extensively throughout the United States and in Europe as a military spouse. Patti later accompanied her husband and son John deployed to Kwajalein RMI in serving as employees of Pan American World Airways and Johnson Controls from 1988-1992. During her four years at Kwaj, she worked at the Bank of Guam, the dental clinic, and as the hospital referral secretary and air evacuation specialist. Patti loved her family and served they and her community in many ways, in Civil Air Patrol, as little league manager, girl scout leader, foster parent of her children’s friends, youth group leader, and the many church retreats. She led the first Rite of Christian Initiation class in the catholic parish at Kwaj. She loved the outings with Marshallese friends to other nearby Islands and for the World Day of Prayer services when they were held on Ebeye. She also visited Roi Namur, Majuro and especially liked one family trip to Pohnpei. She was pleased to learn Hawaiian hula from Rose Pang and along with the other three “Haole Hula Girls’ performed for friends and parties. She spent more time at museums in Hawaii than on the beach, always seeking to learn more about the culture. She was a proud patriot, serving as an Air Force wife and Navy Mom. In years when she was associated in service to her husband’s work in the Space Shuttle Program, she was an ardent follower of all things aerospace. Her childhood aspiration of travelling to the moon was later satisfied through supporting her husband’s association with launching the Hubble Space telescope and Cassini missions. These served to foster her hobby in studying the discoveries of the universe as the work of God’s hands. Her friends and family remember her consistent fervor for fun, worship and family. Aloha nui loa, Patti.

Leon Louis Petersen, 80, died March 3, 2016 in Orlando, FL. Born in Broken Bow, NE, he grew up in Cheyenne, WY and joined the United States Coast Guard upon completion of high school.  He graduated from the University of Wyoming, Laramie with a degree in Electrical Engineering and was an aeronautical engineer at Lockheed Martin (Manager, Systems Test Department) and Coleman Aerospace Corporation (Vice President, Launch Systems Group, Theatre Missile Defense Target Program).  During his career, he participated in the Sprint, Patriot, Pershing II, SLAT, MLRS-TGW and Hera missile programs.  He was also Systems Test Director of the Sprint missile program for two years at Kwajalein Missile Range in the Marshall Islands.  He was a longtime member of The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Orlando, FL where he faithfully served as Junior Warden and Senior Warden of the Cathedral Chapter, and was a member of the Endowment Fund.  He is survived by his wife, the Reverend Carolyn Petersen, brother Phil Petersen of Evanston, WY, and children Catherine Dillard, Michael Petersen and Karen Petersen, and grandchildren, Ben Petersen and Danielle and Sarah Dillard. -  We were on Kwaj from 1970-1972.  If anyone would like to reach me, my email is kpetersen88@yahoo.com - Karen Petersen

Russell E. Kees, 88, died March 16, 2016 in Phoenix. AZ.  Russ was a was a member of the Kwajalein Community Theater, known as "Mr. KCT".  Russ played Henry in Wizard of Oz. Russ was also a member of the Bridge Club for many years on Kwajalein.  He worked in Optics Section for many years as an Optics Tech for the Kwajalein Missile Range Instrumentation group.  Russell will always be remembered as a great community person on Kwajalein - definitely a "Kwaj Icon". - Shermie

The following text was received from Russ as input to the Kwaj Reunion 2008 Memory Book made for the reunion by Shermie Wiehe.

Kwajalein
1967-79, 1982-86, 1991-00

Servend Site Manager - Island Vending Services, Kentron / DynCorp / PRC / Raytheon - Senior Optics Tech at Omelek, Gagan and Wake Island. TDY’s trips to Jedda and Al Jubail in Saudi Arabia and Sr. Recruiter for Kwaj, Kentron Personnel.

Memory: Having the honor of being chosen to give the American Legion Memorial Speeches at the flag pole.

Enjoyment: Participating in theater, bridge, golf and softball.

Presently: Retired in Phoenix, AZ, golfing, darts, bowling, collecting old coins and sheet music, steamboat and ocean cruises, traveling the state in my motor home prospecting remote areas for artifacts and nuggets, doing genealogy research and keeping in e-mail contact with Kwaj friends.
 
 
 

Jim Friel  Jim was born February 6, 1934 and passed at 82 years of age on April 4, 2016 in Texas.  Jim grew up on Molokai and after high school he joined U.S. Marines Corps. He is survived by his wife Nora and his 6 children, Dora, Noreen, Puanani, James, Stanley and Ernest and 3 grandchildren, Nikki, Kamehalani and Aaron.  He was a loving father, grandfather, husband and son.  After retiring from the Marines, his last employment, where he worked many years, was at Kwajalein Missile Range (KMR), where he met his wife Nora, married and later retired in Texas where he lived out his life working on ranches and spending tranquil Sundays with his family.  He is survived by his wife Nora and their 5 kids; Noreen, Victoria, James, Stanley, and Ernest.  At a date to be determined, his ashes will be placed in the Friel family plot on Molokai. RIP  Obituary provided by Victoria Puanani Friel and family, email is vfriel92@yahoo.com.  Jimmy was a technician for many years at the Kwajalein Communications Center.

Stephenia Cousins passed away March 29, 2016 in San Antonio, TX.  Stephenia worked as a copier technician with the Kwajalein Instrumentation Computer Maintenance group in the late 1980s.

Thomas Dale Hill, born December 05, 1944, age 71 of Aurora, MO, passed away surrounded by his family March 28, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.  He was born the son of Ralph and Ruth Hill on December 5, 1944 in Mansfield, OH.  Tom graduated from Coronado High School in Scottsdale, AZ class of 1963.  Following high school he joined the United States Army where he served as a drill sergeant.  After his service, he moved to the beautiful island, Kwajalein, part of the Marshall Islands.  There he made many life-long friends and was active in the softball team “The Entertainers”.  He also earned his 32nd degree Scottish Rite as a Mason on the island.  On April 26, 1986 he was united in marriage to Kathy Lorraine Griffin.  A few months later they adopted their daughter from the Marshall Islands.  He also gained two sons. Tom will be missed by many.  He loved to do magic tricks, tell jokes, fishing and loved to play and watch sports.  He was a happy go lucky man and would give you the shirt off his back.  Even during his recent illness he would make a point to tell the hospital staff jokes.  He is preceded in death by his father Ralph Gene Hill; grandparents, George and Kate Thomas, Walter and Emma Marie Hill.  Tom is survived by his love, Kathy, of Aurora, MO; daughter, Shawnee and husband Matt Glenn of Springfield, MO; mother, Ruth Hill of Lebanon, MO; sister, Kathy Ring of Lebanon, MO; son Shannon Tipton of Springfield, MO; son Brian Tipton of Springfield, MO; nephew Brent Wilsford and wife Angie of Lebanon, MO; grandchildren, Asher, Ariya, Shelby and Dakota; a host of cousins, aunts, uncles and many friends.

Tusi Siose  December 3, 1947 - February 15, 2016.  Tusi Siose (68) passed away 15 February, 2016 in Tacoma, Washington. Tusi was a Mechanical Tech (RCA) assigned to the TRADEX , Roi-Namur, RMI in late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Outside of work he was very active in sports… softball, golf, body building and martial arts. A respected member of the community highlighted by cheerful attitude and smile. After his Kwajalein assignment Tusi relocated to the Pacific Northwest, Tacoma Washington area and retired as Maintenance Supervisor of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. Tusi Siose was born in American Samoa to Manaia and Faalai Taito on December 3, 1947. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Tavita Pedro, Tagiilima Pedro, Josefa Pedro and sister Silafaga Peko. Tusi's legacy lives on with his wife of 38 years Ferila; children Sapati Siose, Elston Siose, Christina Ikeda; grandchildren Elston Manaia Siose, Alexis Siose, Tony Lomiga and Lovelee Chance; brothers Levi Taito, Tupe Siose and Tusi Pedro; sisters Falelua Edwards, Sapati Toilolo, Luisa Pedro and a host of nieces nephews and close friends.  Service information: http://www.mountainviewtacoma.com/obituaries/Tusi-Siose/

Rudolf Hergenrother   Died July 4, 2015.  Rudy was born 3/17/1931 in Pasadena, CA, to Rudolf C. and S. Katherine.  He lived most of his youth in New York City and later in Newton, MA.  He graduated from University of Massachusetts with a degree in Engineering, after which he was inducted into the Army, serving during the Korean War.  In 1957, Rudy married Deborah Higgins and they had 4 children, Julie, Christina, Craig and Candace.  In 1970, they moved their family to Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, where, when he was not working, Rudy enjoyed spending time sailing, S.C.U.B.A. diving and underwater photography with his family and friends. In 1978 he returned to Acton, MA, and in 1982 retired from GTE.  They soon moved to Santa Barbara, CA where Rudy worked for Raytheon for several years. During this time Rudy spent time volunteering as a docent at the S.B. Natural History Museum, the Sea Center, National Park Service, therapy dogs and gave sailing lessons at S.B. Sailing Center. Rudy was a gifted artist, from a very young age, including caricatures, batik, pottery, but most especially watercolors.  His pieces grace the homes and businesses of friends and family.  Rudy also had a passion for building and flying model airplanes and won awards for design, which were featured in articles in hobby magazines.  Rudolf is survived by his wife, children and 5 grandchildren, who he loved dearly.  Rudy worked for GTE in Needham and Kwajalein and was GTE ALTAIR site manager in 1975. He became a GTE Quarter Century Club member (25 years of service) in 1980.

Ralph Edward Scheidegger, 81, passed away September 28, 2016. Ralph was born December 16, 1934, in Monroe, WA. He was preceded in death by his wife Grace. He is survived by a brother Jack Scheidegger of North Bend, WA, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Ralph was born was born in Monroe, WA on December 16, 1934, into a proud Swiss family. His mother, Lena Dolder Scheidegger, had arrived on Ellis Island in 1913, when she was 16 years old. She had traveled with her parents and three sisters from Zollikofen, Switzerland, to Bremen, Germany, and then crossed the Atlantic on the steamship Main to New York. They continued across the United States by train, arriving in Monroe, WA three weeks after leaving Switzerland. There they joined Lena’s brother, who was already living in the United States. Ralph’s father, Rudolf Scheidegger, also arrived in the United States in 1913 from Oberburg, Switzerland. When Ralph was born, he joined three older siblings, as Lena had been married to Peter Siegenthaler, who died at age 38 in 1925. Ralph’s older siblings were Hilda, age 18, Helen, age 16, and Fred, age 13. Ralph’s younger brother, Jack, joined the family two years later. Quite a group! Ralph grew up near Carnation and attended Tolt High School, where he played football and was active in the Future Farmers of America. He was becoming quite accomplished on the piano, until teasing cured him of that. He was also an active model airplane builder and operator, an activity which he continued to enjoy even as an adult. Keeping his landing fields level resulted in his becoming a master mole catcher. His interest in airplanes continued with service in the U. S. Air Force from 1957 to 1961 as an electronics technician. He maintained B-47 bombing and navigation systems, requiring him to have high level security clearances. Following his Air Force service, he joined Boeing, where, as an electronics technician, he installed and checked out ground support equipment for the Minuteman Missile Program at remote sites. Beginning in 1963, at Control Data Corporation, after training on CDC 3000 series equipment, he worked at the Lawrence Livermore Radiation Laboratory, east of San Francisco, where he helped maintain CDC3600 computer systems.  Following training on CDC 6000 series computer equipment, he became Engineer-in-Charge of both CDC6000 series and CDC 3000 series equipment at Martin-Marietta in Denver, CO, where he was responsible for the work of eight field engineers. 1968 was a big year – he married Grace Guttridge, an employee of IBM, in Boulder, CO and his adventures began in earnest. They enjoyed skiing, hiking, and entertaining, and began establishing life-long friendships. One of their biggest adventures was Ralph’s acceptance of a new CDC assignment on Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands, where he again maintained CDC computing equipment. Friendships established on “Kwaj” have lasted throughout Ralph and Grace’s lifetimes. (They have a great shell collection, too!)  Following their return to the mainland in 1977, Ralph and Grace settled in Bellevue, allowing more contact with Ralph’s family. That’s “nice-speak” for “bugging his nieces and nephews”. All who knew Ralph will remember how much he loved to give his relatives a “hard time”, but in a humorous way. Occasionally when we got the best of him, he didn’t like it and would plot his next move. After Ralph retired in 1980, they enjoyed traveling, including trips to Australia and Europe.
He especially enjoyed Switzerland, where he took great pleasure in contacting “long lost relatives”. He remained in close touch with his Swiss cousin, Carmen. He continued to enjoy the game of tennis and the comradery that came with it. Both Ralph and Grace enjoyed gardening and especially raising a prized crop of dahlia’s every year. They loved sharing the flowers with neighbors and family. Ralph was a long-time supporter of the Boeing Museum of Flight and attended many of their functions at Boeing Field. He was very knowledgeable about various commercial and military aircraft and took a keen interest in watching the Blue Angels perform in Seattle. He would venture down to Boeing Field just to watch them take off and land. He admitted doing that one day per year, but we think he went down there every day that they were in town. In his later years, Ralph dealt with Grace’s declining health. She passed away from complications of a neurological disease in 2015. Ralph seemed to be moving forward with his life, and his passing, even though he was 81 years old, was a surprise and shock to us all. We are grateful that he had a full and enjoyable life, a life that enriched many people.

Grace Scheidegger  Bellevue, Washington, Kwaj resident (1974-77), passed away peacefully Monday morning November 9, 2015, after spending over three years in a hospice care facility in Washington state.  Ralph Scheidegger, her husband, worked for Control Data Corporation on Kwajalein, Republic of the Marshall Island, Kwajalein Missile Range (KMR).  Ralph and Grace moved to Bellevue, WA after they left Kwajalein in 1978.


Ralph and Grace, along with the CDC team were a great group and I remember all the good times we all had together both at work and at gatherings and parties.  Ralph and Grace were certainly the neighbors and friends anyone would want.  Thanks for the good times fan friendship Ralph and Grace.  -  Shermie

Win Hahn (Winfield Scott Hahn), 88, of Holden Beach NC, died Friday Sept. 11, 2015, at his home after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.  On Kwajalein from the late 1960's into 1971, Win served as RCA's Administration Manager on Roi-Namur. During much of the 1970's he was RCA's liaison manager with Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts.  He is survived by his wife, Marlene; son, Jeff Hahn and wife, Meredith; and their children, Caitlin (Kyle) Johnson, Jeffrey and Harrison Hahn; daughter, Wendy Roof and her children, Christopher, Chelsea and Justin Roof; and stepson, Mike Loyer and wife, Becky, and their children, Michael, Ryan and Shannon Loyer.  He also had two great-grandchildren, Hudson Winfield and Savannah Gray Johnson. Jeff and Wendy were students in the Kwajalein school system.  Win was born in Camden, N.J., and lived most of his life in Medford Lakes, N.J. He is a graduate of Temple University and for most of his career a program manager for RCA in Moorestown, N.J. He retired at 55 and he and Marlene began a 10-year cruise of most of the Caribbean islands on his beloved sailboat, Paoti Vahine. He was a gifted mechanic and builder of all things including much of the work on two homes. He loved music, especially the concerts under the bridge on Holden Beach, and could play on a guitar or harmonica any melody he had ever heard. 

Allan Arthur Blackwell  84, of Wareham and N. Palm Beach, FL, formerly of Millis, died Oct. 26, 2015. He was the husband of the late Annette T. (Kearney) Blackwell and the son of the late Arthur R. and Gladys (Creech) Blackwell. He was a longtime employee of GTE Sylvania. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Johnny Hutchins. A graduate of Wentworth College, he saw extensive world travel in his capacity as an Electronics Engineer. He spent many years serving as Human Resources Director for GTE on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. An avid fisherman, sportsman and hunter, he was involved in the Explorer Scouts in Millis where he was also a firefighter. He wore the first pair of Herman Survivors in Alaska as a test. He was a member of the American Legion Post in Jupiter, FL. Survivors include 2 sons, Allan E. Blackwell of Hingham and David Blackwell and his wife Ruth of Wareham; 2 daughters, Sandra Staines and her husband Garry of Stagecoach, TX and Paula Blackwell of Wareham; a sister-in-law, Helen Blackwell of N. Palm Beach, FL; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 2 nephews and a niece. He was the brother of the late Edward Dean Blackwell.  Condolences


Francis Herman Serafini  (Roi-Namur 1963 - 1979)  December 8, 1915 – September 11, 2015.  May God have mercy on him and make him enter His vastest paradise.  Every soul shall have a taste of death and only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense.  Only those who are saved far from the fire and admitted to the [Garden] will have attained the object [of life], for the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception.  And such are God’s words: ‘All that is on earth will perish. But God will abide [forever], the face of your Lord, most gracious, and most generous.’  It is God that takes and it is He that gives, and He prescribes a certain destiny for every matter.  Indeed!  Whatever God gives or takes belongs to him and everything is predestined by Him.  May God in his mercy grant him rest, may his grave be an abode of light and not darkness.  May God make him pass successfully in all the stages of the life after death. 

Be sure, we shall test you through fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits [of your toil], but glad tidings [are] to those who patiently persevere, who say when afflicted with a calamity: “To God we belong and to Him we return.  They are those on whom [descend] blessings and mercy from their Lord, and they are the ones who receive guidance." (Surah Baqarah; 2:155-157)

In your life flashes in front of your eyes in that perceived final moment of peril, then do the last moments of another person’s life similarly flash?  For Dad, the end was no flash.  In fact, it was a steady continuation of an unwavering style.  Inherent traits are just that.  They do not change.  Not from the beginning and not at the end.  I was not there, but from all accounts, Dad’s last evidence of mental and muscular will was just another exhibit of every moment of his life.  After weeks of tearing away tubes, attachments, insertions, and all other attempted applications to his body (including clothes and bedding), and after continuous and repetitive efforts to get out of bed and escape.  The staff acquiesced (as everyone else ultimately did when confronting him thorough his life), and they just let him have his way.  Way to go, Dad!  Never once in your life did you ever give up, give in, or even compromise in any situation.  Congratulations for maintaining the perfect record.  Frank B. Serafini

Francis Herman Serafini - worked at Roi-Namur from 1963 to 1979.  Frank was the Roi-Namur Assistant Island Manager.  He will always be known for beautifying the island of Roi-Namur by having hundreds of coconut trees planted throughout the island.  He was a highly respected by all the island residents, the Marshallese people and by Kwajalein Missile Range (KMR) Command.  My band, Shermie & Friends, performed for the Roi-Rats on three different occasions with the help and approval of Frank and his staff.  They were some of the best yearly parties that Shermie had ever experience at the Kwajalein atoll.  Thanks to Frank and staff and to the Roi-Rats - Good times were had by all.  Frank's dedication to his improving island life at Roi-Namur will always be remembered.  Yokwe Yuk Frank - your contributions to those that knew you live on forever. - Shermie Wiehe

I met Mr. Serafini in March of 1970 when I first arrived on Island at Roi-Namur.  To me, Frank Serafini was an awesome person.  Totally up-front and honest is what I admired most about him.  I had been and stayed in telephone contact with Mr. Serafini up to about 4 - 5 months ago when the last time I called, he didn't recognize and/or remember who I was.  He is now with his wife and partner, Mabel and I'm sure they have a lot to talk about - Rest in peace, Mr. Serafini.  Joe Huard


Roi-Namur Assistant Island Manager  (1963 - 1979)
 

Robert “Bob” Ammann was born March 18, 1942, in Wellsburg, Iowa.  He passed away on March 19, 2015, at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center after suffering a cardiac arrest while working outside his home on Elk Mountain.  Bob graduated from Wellsburg High School in 1960.  He studied at the University of Iowa until he transferred to the University of Northern Iowa where he received his undergraduate degree in French, Russian, and speech in 1964.  He began his career teaching French at Osage High School, Osage, Iowa.  After moving to Ames, Iowa, he taught French and reading in the Ames Public Schools.  He completed his M.A. in guidance and counseling at Iowa State University in 1974.  He was a counselor at Ames High School until moving to Wyoming in 1983.  He was a counselor at Riverton High School for one year before moving to Saratoga where he was the counselor for Saratoga Elementary and Saratoga Middle School.  In 1993, Bob and his wife, Karen, moved to Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands where he was a guidance counselor at Kwajalein High School until retiring to their home at the base of Elk Mountain in 2004.  Bob married Karen Mennenga at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Iowa in 1961.  They grew up together and their families were life-long friends.  They spent a lifetime doing things together. They celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary with friends in Arkansas on February 18, 2015.  Bob is survived by his wife, Karen, two sons, Scott and his wife Laura of Des Moines, Iowa and Rob of Badger, Iowa, two grandchildren, Zach and Grace of Des Moines as well as his sister, Pam Hook and her husband Steve of Wellsburg, Iowa.  He was preceded in death by his parents Ed and Isabel Ammann.  Bob loved life.  He will be remembered by his family and friends as the ultimate story teller.  He was an avid golfer and loved downhill skiing.  He enjoyed watching the wildlife off his back deck.  He took great pride in his family, and he loved helping others.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A memorial fund to support Marshallese students in the Kwajalein Schools was established in Bob's honor.

John Dancy Maines  October 17, 1926 - February 22, 2015.  Mr. John D. Maines, 88, of Falls Church, VA, passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Arlington Hospital Center in Arlington, VA.  Mr. Maines was born in Statesville, NC on October 17, 1926 to the late John C. Maines and Carrie Dancy Maines.  He grew up in the Scottville, NC community.  He was a WWII Veteran inducted into the U.S. Navy on January 17, 1945 and served aboard the USS Washington (BB56) and the USS Massachusetts (BB59).  He was trained to be a radio/radar technician.  After leaving the service, he graduated from the Coyne Electrical and Radio School and the National Institute of Television in Chicago, IL.  After serving in the military and completing his education, he was employed by WIFM in Elkin, NC, PHILCO in Philadelphia, PA & South Korea, BENDIX in Canton, IL and Thule, Greenland, Western Electric in Winston-Salem, NC and eventually RCA where he retired as a radar engineer after 25+ years of service.  After retirement, he lived in Southern MD and later northern Virginia where he enjoyed his family, square dancing, and his beloved Washington Redskins.  He is survived by his son, Michael Keith Maines and his daughter-in-law, Jamie Carter-Maines of Boonville, NC; his daughter, Lynn A. Maines-Jenkins and his son-in-law, John G. Jenkins and his grandson, William W. Jenkins of Falls Church, VA; his brother, James Frank Maines and his sister-in-law, Kay of Scottville, NC; his nephews, Brad Maines of Lynchburg, VA and Barry Maines of Scottville, NC.  Online Obituary / Guest Book.  -  "A dedicated and loyal employee - Big Foot " - J. Caskey
  Leroy D. Sawyer, 83, of Meridianville, AL passed away December 25, 2014.  He was born in Birmingham, AL on October 24,1931 and is survived by his wife, Betty J Sawyer, and his two sons, David and Michael.  Serving honorably in the U.S Army from 1951 to 1972, Mr. Sawyer retired as a CWO4.  He was a long time resident on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.  He worked with Western Electric, RCA, Raytheon, General Electric and Lockheed Martin. 


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Kathleen Kay Campbell  68, June 10, 1946 - Feb. 07, 2015.  Monday, June 10, 1946, was a beautiful day in Ames, Iowa. The sun was out, the birds were singing and Kathleen Kay Campbell was born to Ethel and Richard B. Campbell.  She grew up doing what she most liked to do, teasing her older twin brothers, Bob and Dick.  In 1957, Kathy and her parents moved to Milwaukie.  She graduated from Milwaukie High School, Class of 1964. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 1968 and became a registered nurse working at Kaiser Permanente Hospital.  That was the beginning of a wonderful career and life. Kathy joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves.  One of her flights took her to the atoll of Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands.  She fell in love with the area and Kwaj became her home for the next 35 years and was a loved and respected hospital nurse, then took an occupational health position.  She was an avid scuba diver and made many dives exploring the WWII sunken Japanese ships.   She collected colorful fish for her aquarium and loved beachcombing for shells and beach glass to make shell mirrors.  Her nieces and nephews looked forward to the surprise packages they received from Auntie Kathy.  Some contained trinkets from foreign places and one contained live hermit crabs, great show-and-tells at school.  Kathy traveled extensively and gathered friends wherever she went.  On a trip to a small island, she and two other nurses were stranded when the return plane failed to arrive.  They were taken in by a group of nuns maintaining and teaching at a school for the island children.  This school became a recipient of her caring.  Over the years, she donated school supplies, sports equipment and she organized a group of her girlfriends to sew and fill a Christmas stocking for each child.  Kathy returned to Milwaukie in 2008.  Her caring was felt here also.  She volunteered at the Feral Cat Society and delivered cat and dog food with a program similar to Meals On Wheels.  She used her sewing talents to create quilts for children through the local Linus Project.  When news of her pancreatic cancer diagnosis became known to her Kwaj friends, a deluge of cards, emails and prayers began.  Mary Coughlin, a retired nurse from Florida and Jim Doll, a retired pharmacist from Puyallup, Wash., and his wife, Nancy came to monitor Kathy around the clock.  Bess Buchanan, a surgical nurse from Kwaj, flew in to take over from the Dolls.  When Bess had to leave, Marian Naretto, a retired anesthesiologist from Santa Barbara, Calif., took over.  Mary kept all Kathy's friends notified of Kathy's conditions by daily emails.  Throughout Kathy's illness, her caregivers' efforts were generously supported by the Legacy Hospice organization.  Kathy left us still expressing her gratitude for her life and friends.  She was comfortable, pain free, surrounded by love and the sun was shining.  memorial service will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in the community hall in the Dundee section of the Waverley Green Apartments, Milwaukie.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Legacy Hospice Services Good Samaritan Foundation, P.O. Box 4484, Portland, OR 97208, or at www.legacyhealth.org/hospicegivingKathy will remain in all our hearts forever.  In memory of Kathy - Tribute to Kathy Campbell



Patty R. Arnold  November 27, 1951 - January 6, 2015, of Clarion, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at her home.  The following text was taken from the Kwaj Community Website Email Directory

I worked as an RN at the Kwaj hospital from 1979-1987 and again from 1989-1994.  I moved back to my hometown of Clarion, Iowa in 1994 and have been here ever since.  My thoughts of Kwaj are of many SCUBA dives I’d made and of shelling. Kathy Campbell showed me how to make shell candles.  I also got into Hawaiian quilting and was taught by Gail Chamberlain.  I still have vivid dreams of my years there! I am looking to reconnect with Kathy Campbell, Ray Wolff, Kris Buettner Brown, and Bess Buchanan.
 
John Nathaniel Harris, age 95, of Maitland, FL, formerly of Winchester, MA, on Thursday, November 20, 20l4.  Beloved husband of Dr. Carole Ruth Harris.  Loving father of Charles R. Harris, Gary W. Harris & his wife Janet, and step-father of Heidi E. Hass & her husband Edward, and Laura M. Schulkind.  Cherished grandfather of Matthew Hass, Rachelle Smythe & her husband Zachary, and Katie Bowen and great grandfather of Isabel and Micah.  John joined Lincoln Laboratory in 1952 and made significant technical contributions during his working career.  He spent many years working on radars at the Kwajalein site in the Marshall Islands and started a square dancing club while he was there. - View Guest Book
 

Joe Taylor  Joe's last residence Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC, retired Air Force.  He worked at the Kwaj hospital and Aviation Supply.  Joe worked on Kwaj about 3-4 years. 

Richard Lee (Rick) Suggs, 69, a resident of Dothan, passed Friday night, November 7, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center following a brief illness.  A private memorial service will be held later at the family farm. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, 2346 W. Main St., Suite 3, Dothan, AL 36301.  Rick was born April 23, 1945 in Santa Barbara, California and grew up in the Dothan area.  He served in the U. S. Marines from 1964-1967 after completing high school.  Rick was employed as an installer for several communications companies for over 35 years.  He enjoyed working with leather, knives and firearms.  He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.  Rick is predeceased by his parents, Hubert and Elain Suggs.  Rick is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Suggs of Dothan; a brother, Doc A. Suggs (Marilyn June) of Thonotosassa, Florida; three children, Mandy Suggs Hampton (Robert) of Basehor, Kansas, Henry Perry and Jason Goss, both of Dothan; grandchildren, Bennett Hampton, Ian Tipton, Madison Perry, Morgan Perry, Brittany Goss, Zack Goss, Joshua Goss, Carmen Goss, Lucas Goss, Isaac Goss and Isabella Goss.   From Shermie:  Rich worked at Kwajalein Missile Range (KMR), Kwajalein, Republic of the Marshall Islands for contractor Kentron Hawaii, LTD (1972-74) and a 2nd tour in the 1980s, both for Range Communications Department.  Richard and I both flew out to Kwaj August of 1972.

Kwajalein - 1973

 June 22, 2002

Alice O. Chapman, 84, of Punta Gorda, FL passed away Saturday July 7, 2012 after a long battle with cancer.  She was born in New York City on October 11, 1927 to Floyd and Grace O’Rear. She received her early education from the Horace Mann demonstration school of Columbia University and the Leonia NJ public schools.  She received her degree in elementary school education from Trenton State College and taught school in Morristown NJ. Later when her children were older, she taught school on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands and became Director of the Morristown NJ Methodist Church Day Care Center.  In 1988, she and her husband retired to Punta Gorda where she became active in several organizations.  She has been active in the missions work of the First United Methodist Church, acting as chairman for several years.  She has also been a member of the Punta Gorda Garden Club and during its annual Historic Homes Tour, has served as docent for the church since it serves as host for the event.  For over 35 years, Alice has been a member of P.E.O., a philanthropy supporting women’s education.  In Florida, she was initially a member of Chapter GA, Port Charlotte, and then became a member of Chapter HN, Punta Gorda, serving as its first president.  She has been an active participant in the ladies Doves group of the Peace River Sail and Power Squadron, enjoying their monthly games day.  She was also active in the local Telephone Pioneers and their Red Hat Society.  She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bill Chapman; daughter, Cynthia (John) Curtis; son, Alan (Elizabeth) Chapman; son-in-law, William Armbruster; grandchildren, Jonathan Chapman, Katherine and Richard Armbruster; a sister, Elizabeth Cilwa of Ocala, FL and brother, Barrett (Virginia) O’Rear of DE.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Armbruster.

William Pelot "Bill" Strobhar Jr.  83, died June 19, 2014.  Death occurred at Lakewood Ranch Medical Hospital, where he had been treated for pneumonia and complications of pulmonary disease.  Family and friends were by his side, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.  Bill was raised in Palm View, FL, on Terra Ceia Bay, Manatee County, attended local schools and joined the Navy at age seventeen.  He continued his education in the Navy, studying missile and rocket technology.  After a distinguished career in the submarine service--first on diesel and then nuclear submarines--he retired with the rank of Chief Petty Officer.  In 1970 Bill embarked on a second career in the aerospace industry where he furthered his education in his field, accepting assignments throughout the world.  Both careers were distinguished by awards, accolades and honors.  Bill loved baseball – he was a little league coach; he enjoyed golf, reading, working outside, fixing things and being with family and friends.  Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Pelot Strobhar and Mildred McDonough Strobhar; sons, Mark Strobhar and Mike Strobhar.  He is survived by his dear wife, Judith Katherine Strobhar; daughter, Peggy Strobhar Lewis (Ray); stepsons, Kevin L'heureux, Brian L'heureux, and Robert L'heureux; brother, Whalen Strobhar (Lou); three grandchildren, Jessica L'heureux, Katey L'heureux, and Scott L'heureux; and nephews, Scott Strobhar (Cindy) and Patrick Strobhar (Vickie).  Ashes were interred with Military Honors at Sarasota National Veterans Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and our Ladies Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, Sarasota, FL.  Condolences to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.  From Claire Wittschiebe: Stro was on Kwaj 1997-2002 working for Raytheon Systems Engineering, as the Housing Services and Special Projects Manager.

Susan Elaine Kleback, age 59, a resident of Foley, AL passed away Tuesday, July 08, 2014.  Survived by her husband of 38 years, Kenneth M. Kleback of Foley, AL, mother, Dorothy Voudrie, brother, Joe Voudrie and nephew Andrew Voudrie, three children; Michael (Sunny) Kleback, Kenneth (Margaret) Kleback, Douglas (Angel) Kleback, grandchildren; Joshua (Shelby),Taylor, Logan, Michael, Henry, Chole and Kingston Kleback. First great grandchild is due any day, Grayson Allen Kleback. Susan's message to her grandkids is "143".   Guest Book
 
Gordon W. Oyamot  born January 6, 1947 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Arrived on Kwajalein in December 1972, 1972-1979 Global Associates, 1979-1993 Data Research Specialist & Security Officer at TRADEX for GE/RCA/Lockheed, 1993-2003 Field Engineer at TRADEX for Raytheon Systems Engineering, 2006-2012 Electronic Technician II at Telemetry for KRS.  Gordon was an active and contributing member of the Kwajalein sports community participating in bowling, volleyball, tennis, basketball, racket ball, softball, fishing, and golf.  When he wasn't designing, repairing, or modifying bikes for friends, he could be found at his boat shack sharing fishing tips and tales, or in his yard grooming and giving away his orchids.  He had a love of life and a sense of humor that warmed the hearts of everyone who knew him.  The family of Gordon Oyamot extends our heartfelt thanks to all those who expressed sympathy, sent prayers, and happy remembrances of his kindness and generosity during this difficult time.  Dad's funeral is set for October 16 at Our Lady of Good Counsel located at 1525 Waimano Home Road in Pearl City. 11 a.m. is visitation and 12:30 p.m. is Mass.  Thank you all for the kind words and wonderful memories that you have shared in this most difficult time.  Charmaine Rodrigues - barefootkeiki@gmail.com

LTC Frank Dunagan Sr. US Army (Ret.), of Cocoa Beach, FL died June 14, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Colonel Dunagan was born February 9, 1930 in Rutherfordton, NC. At the age of 15 Frank became an Eagle Scout. He attended the Oak Ridge Military Institute then entered the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State where he was the sports editor and social director of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He was drafted into the service with the US Army Ordnance Corps, Special Weapons Group in 1952. He was sent to serve in Korea as a 1st Lieutenant. After Korea, Frank served at Sandia Base in Albuquerque, NM where he caught the eye of a Colonel's Daughter in 1956 and married Mary Elizabeth Lockridge who was swept off her feet, in love with the young Army officer in uniform. The young couple were transferred a year later to Seneca Ordnance Depot in upstate New York. There they were blessed with their 1st son. One year later they were off to Germany where the stork blessed them with a daughter and 2nd son. They served a tour of duty at Aberdeen, MD and Fort Sam Houston, TX. In 1962, at age 32 Frank attended Airborne Training at Fort Benning, GA. He was the oldest person in his class of 600 (average age was 19.5 years). After earning his Jump Wings, he was sent back to Germany where he served with the German Army and a short tour with a British Army unit. Frank was then sent to Vietnam in 1967, he was attached to 4th Transportation Command in Saigon, where he was responsible for all supplies delivered by ships into the 3rd and 4th corps. Frank was responsible for munition ships with ammo distribution for Army, Air Force and Naval forces in the operating area. After surviving in Vietnam he was transferred to Picatinny Arsenal, NJ where his 4th child was born and he served as Inspector General. His last tour of duty overseas was at the Kwajalein Missile Test Range in the South Pacific for 2.5 years working on the Sprint Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense Systems. Frank's military decorations include Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and National Defense Medal. Frank retired from the Army after 20 years of service and settled in Orlando, FL, where Frank took a job with Martin Marietta Aerospace as subcontractor manager on the Patriot Missile Systems. Frank worked for Martin Marietta for 20 years, after which he and his bride Mary retired in beautiful Cocoa Beach, FL. They remained active throughout their retirement years. Frank was an avid tennis player. He served as leader of the Cape Canaveral Tennis Club, and Treasurer of his condo for 15 years. He was 2nd Vice President for the Brevard County Chapter of the Son's of the American Revolution. He was an active member of the Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Military Officer's Association of America, serving as Secretary, Entertainment Chairman, and Publicity. He was an Editor of the monthly newsletter the "Intercom". Frank was also a member of the Riverside Presbyterian Church. Many people know what the words Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage mean. Frank's life is a testimony to living up to them. He is a true American Treasure. During his life Frank was blessed to have 4 children, 12 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. Frank was a calm soul; he always saw the good in people and taught his children to remain positive despite the adversity this life throws you. Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Mary Dunagan and children Frank Jr., Phoenix, AZ, Debra Underwood, Jacksonville FL, Timothy, Orlando FL, and Daniel, of Cocoa Beach FL. Frank is preceded in death by his Father Stover Poe Dunagan, Mother Ruby Dunagan, and Brother Stover P. Dunagan Jr.
 
 

Ray Wolff died peacefully in his home in Portland Oregon October 21st, 2013 surrounded by friends and family.  Ray first arrived on Kwajalein in 1960 after having traveled extensively throughout the world. He had worked and lived in Spain, Morocco, Iran, and Korea and had visited many countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America.  Ray was an enigmatic and eclectic man with interest in the arts, music, the humanities and politics.  Those of us who knew him well felt fortunate that he shared his knowledge and opinions with us.  Ray retired in 2008 and moved to the NW where he bravely weathered the rain and long winters.  But his heart always remained in the warmth of the tropics and he dreamed of the warm, sandy beaches and the clear, aqua water.  The hospital staff will remember him scolding new employees if the surgical linen was not folded a certain way or supplies not kept tidy, however his standards were high and he was well respected.  (Who of us who worked with him can forget counting and inventorying instruments weekly !) He could be intimidating at times but never asked more from others than he was willing to give of himself.  However Ray did more than work at the hospital-- he was well known by several generations of children for his "girlfriend" the skeleton, and the pickled stone fish and sea snake which he kept in his office.  Mothers would roll their eyes when he asked their kids waiting in the hospital lobby if their moms were going to take them to the snack bar for an ice cream or make gecko soup for them for dinner.  We remember him riding his rusty bike to the PDR, picking up treasures at the Dempsey Dumpster and his unique and charming personality.  Rest in peace, Ray

Wally Wah Gee Hoo passed away peacefully in his sleep April 12, 2014 in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.  Hoo first moved to Kwajalein in 1972 and worked at the Yokwe Yuk Club as waiter.  Hoo briefly left Kwajalein to live in Hawaii, but returned in 1981.  He continued to work at the Yuk Club until it closed.  Then, he moved to Roi, where he became the head bartender at the outrigger Bar and Grill.  Wally was known as a favorite waiter and bartender for the three decades he worked at the Kwajalein Atoll.  Hoo is survived by his three sons Randy, Russell and Rick, daughter Laura and granddaughter Mira

It's with heavy heart that I remember Wally Hoo, everyone's favorite waiter.  I first met Wally at the old Oceanview Club lat in '74.  In fact, the club was about to close as maintenance was impossible because of the age.  Everything moved to the Yokwe-Yuk.  My favorite story with Wally is I liked Friench wine and use to purchase some at the LIberty House in Honolulu.  I would then bring a bottle to Wally to Serve at the a dinner.  He would put the French wine in the planter and when he served the wine he flourished a bottle of Cold Duck like as was normal.  Memories of Wally are abundant.  I recall a quote from Mark Train, "We go to heaven for the company to hell for the climate".  See you Wally, Yokwe Yuk, Jim Oakley
"WHEN HE SERVED THE WINE LIKE A SOMMELIER"

Thomas (Tom) Chun born on 2/22/31, in Hilo, HI and raised in Honolulu went home to the Lord on 11/10/13, at his home in Anaheim, CA. He was preceded in death by daughter, LISA CHUN (KHS '82) in 1983.  He is survived by his wife, TERRI CHUN. Terri worked for Western Electric Co. (WECO) in 1972-1974 and Kwajalein Hospital in 1974-1989, son AARON (Donna) CHUN (KHS '84) and granddaughters Abby and Caroline in Charlotte, NC.  Tom was an Air Traffic Controller with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at Bucholz Tower from 1967 - 1989.  He was a member of the Kwajalein Golf Association, Nike Flying Club and participated in the KCT production "Anything Goes" in 1974.  After retiring from the FAA in 1989, Tom and Terri lived in Los Angeles and Orange County, CA.  For a while he participated in approximately 100 movies/commercials as a " background artist" (movie extra).  Tom was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed life and usually had a joke or two to share. But most of all, no matter what situation he was faced with he always had a positive attitude.  He is truly missed.


Reginald Farris Simmons, 79, of Huntsville, passed away Wednesday. Mr. Simmons was an Eagle Scout in high school then he went on to graduate from Mississippi State with a Master's in electrical engineering. He had a short career in the Army and was discharged in 1964 with a rank of Lieutenant. He spent his civilian career as a civil defense engineer which included a three year tour, with his family, on Kwajalein Island in the Pacific Marshall Islands. After retiring in 1993, he kept busy volunteering for Friends of the Library and pursuing his passion for photography. He was a Deacon, ran the sound board for Sunday services and other special occasions, and was very active in other aspects at Weatherly Heights Baptist Church. He also served as the Inspector for Voting Precinct 19 for many years. Survivors include wife, Ruth B. Simmons; daughter, Felicia Baker (Chuck); son, Rex (Elizabeth); brother, Stacy; grandson, Sidney; granddaughter, Catherine; brother-in-law, Larry Blackstock; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Monday at Weatherly Heights Baptist Church. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with David Freeman officiating. ( www.laughlinservice.com ).

Lolita Silva Allas  Feb. 3, 2014, Lolita Silva “Lee” Allas, 71, of Honolulu, a retired Department of Defense secretary, died in the Queen’s Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Paul; sons Paul Jr., Kevin and Keith; brothers Romeo, Dennis, Leslie, Alvin, Clark and Barry Silva; sisters Miriam Maio, Yolanda Dunn, and Natalie and Edwina Silva; and four grandchildren.

More photos Lee in softball team photos can be viewed at the following link:
 http://www.shermiewiehe.com/kwajsports/sports01.html

 


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Chester Homer Shamblin  July 1, 1928 - February 1, 2014  Biography - Chester “Homer” Shamblin of Antioch, TN and Dothan, AL passed away Saturday February 1, 2014 in Dothan.  He was born July 1, 1928 in Riceville, TN to the late Earl Shambin and Tennie Benson Shamblin, also preceded in death by daughter, Frances Seal and son Jimmy Dale Shamblin.  Mr. Shamblin had worked as Director of Maintenance at Fort Rucker Alabama, then began a career with United States Department of Defense traveling the world to over 20 countries including, Germany, Ethiopia, Marshall Islands and three tours of Vietnam.  Mr. Shamblin believed in the Baptist plan of salvation by baptism. His hobby after retirement was by buying equipment for the handicap and needy from yard sales.  He was also a Mason and Shriner.  Mr. Shamblin is survived by his wife, Ellen Juanita Shamblin of Antioch; brothers, Ed Shamblin and wife Carolyn of California, Ronnie Shamblin and wife Evelyn of Jasper, TN; sister, Betty Brewster of Georgia, Gladys Oliver and husband Windle of Chattanooga, TN; granddaughters, Theresa Morton of Philadelphia, TN, Dana Goodman and husband, Denny of Dothan, Tammy Price and husband Lee of Lenoir City, TN 13 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. He used to worked in the USAKA Logistics Office on Kwajalein.

Mamoru Oka, 81, of Keaau, HI, formerly of Maui, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at his residence.  He was born in Puunene, Maui on January 5, 1933.  He was a Recreational Director and a Veteran of the U.S. Army.  A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11 am at the Wailuku Hongwanji.  The urn burial will follow at 2 pm at Maui Memorial Park.  He is survived by a son, Kevin Oka of Honolulu, HI; brother, Patrick Oka of Honolulu, HI; sister, Ellen Sasayo Okazaki of San Mateo, CA; nieces and nephews.

John F. "Jack" Hawkins was born December 4, 1931, in Hamlin, Texas to Mary Mabel (Proctor) and John T. Hawkins. He died January 4, 2014, in a local facility. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert Hawkins. He is survived by his wife Deanna Hawkins, daughter and son-in-law Rosemary and Keith Kaholokula, granddaughters Kaimi Kaholokula and Mahina Kaholokula, sister-in-law Carol Hawkins, and nieces Alisha Conkling and Laura Hawkins. The family wishes to acknowledge the loving care he received from Silverado Memory Care and Whatcom Hospice. John was a Korean War vet who held a B.A. in physics from the University of Texas and did post-graduate work in math. He was a special man with special gifts. His acute intelligence and ability to focus were a marvel. John was very creative, finding new ways to solve problems in scientific programming; he could make a computer sing and dance. He worked abstruse math problems for fun and solved the world's thorniest crossword puzzles. He lived most fully in his mind which reveled in complex challenges. But he loved poetry too. What woman could resist a man who quoted W.H. Auden: "The years shall run like rabbits while in my arms I hold the flower of the ages and the first love of the world." With poetry and a yen for adventure he wooed and won his wife. Together they traveled and worked in the USA, Bermuda and at the Kwajalein Missile Range and raised a wonderful daughter, who with her husband, is passing on the love of adventure to their daughters. John, who worked for RCA and then GE, took his family to "Kwaj" three times for a total of 12 years from 1973 to 1993. Each weekday he flew a 100-mile round trip from Kwaj to Roi-Namur to work at TRADEX, a sophisticated instrumentation and tracking radar. He made many friends at TRADEX , friends he continued to treasure all his life. These friends knew him as "Jack." He loved his family and we delighted in his company. With humor and patience, he helped his granddaughters Kaimi and Mahina with their math homework, helping them to simplify thorny problems. He was the funniest man we ever knew, with a uniquely oblique view which gave rise to dry observations of human nature that were as striking as they were hilarious. His deadpan delivery fooled many people but his straight face did not deceive his family and friends, who treasured his dry wit. He was a quiet man who loved a dark beer and a good smoke. But most of all he was a gentle man, in every sense of the word. He was a wonderful friend, husband, father and grandfather. We shall not see his like again. But as long as we live we shall treasure the many precious memories of his presence in our lives. From one of John's favorite poems comes these lines: "We thank with brief thanksgiving Whatever gods may be that no life lives forever; That dead men rise up never; That even the weariest river winds somewhere safe to sea." Rest in peace, beloved man.  Legacy.com > guestbook

Edward Wharton Jr.  (8/30/1928 to 5/1/2013) originally from Waialua, Oahu, died of cancer at his home in Ewa Beach, Oahu. He is survived by his wife, Erika Wharton.  She worked at Macys on Kwajalein in the Jewelry Dept. Also survived by his oldest son, Eddie Wharton (aka Spotsie) and his younger son, Eric Norris Wharton. He also had a daughter, Cindi Wharton (11/29/1957 to 9/26/1996). Edward Wharton Jr. was a Heavy Equipment Foreman for Global Associates on Kwajalein from 1962 to 1988. He also worked for Pan Am for several months. He passed away while living in Ewa Beach, Oahu. He enjoyed many years while on Kwaj with his family and friends. We would love to hear from any of our friends to share memories of all our good times together. If you would like to communicate with Erika, Eddie or Eric, please send an email to: debbie_willingham2003@yahoo.com. Deborah Jean Willingham, Meme's Little Angel Boutique


Doreen Matsunaga  It is with great sadness we say Aloha 'Oe to Doreen Matsunaga who left us at 4:00 AM for her next journey after a brave battle with recently diagnosed ovarian cancer. Doreen was at home with Jimmy, Serena and 'Ohana at the end surrounded with love, much aloha. Again, we say Aloha 'Oe (Goodbye) Doreen.....A hui hou (Till we meet again).  You may reach Jimmy at home 5666 Kalanianaole Hwy., Honolulu. HI, 96821 or home phone at (808) 888-0172 or cell phone at (312) 953-1258, or email:  James.Matsunaga@gmail.com


Rev. Alexander Harold McNally was born in Hamilton, Ontario on Jan. 11, 1930 and died Sept. 12, 2013. He was the first child of Thomas & Anne McNally. In 1951, after graduating from high school and working for a time, Al attended Toronto Bible College. While attending Toronto Bible College he worked as a youth pastor for the Avenue Road Church, now known as Bayview Glen Church, of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. While he was at TBC he met Ruth Wild, from Toronto, and they were married on April 30, 1955. Al earned a BS from Nyack College in 1959 and a M. Div. from Gordon Conwell Seminary in 1961, while he also pastored the Congregational Church in York Beach, Maine, where the couple’s first two children were born. Al returned to the Avenue Road Church to work as an Associate pastor with A. W. Tozer from 1962 – 1964. At Park Street Alliance Church in Peterborough, Ontario he was Sr. Pastor from 1964 – 1966. He and Ruth then planted the Fairview Alliance church in Montreal, Quebec in 1966 and pastored there until 1968. From 1969 -1970 he earned a Master’s degree in Church history from Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. He then pastored the Alliance Church of Union, New Jersey from 1970 to 1971. Al became Professor of Homiletics at Nyack College in Nyack, New York from 1971 to 1972, while also pursuing doctoral studies at NYU in Church History. He then took the position of Senior Pastor at Central Alliance Church, in Ottawa, Ontario, now renamed and relocated as Cedar View Alliance Church in Nepean, Ontario, from 1973 – 1980. He was the Senior Pastor of the Windsor Alliance Church, relocated and renamed Heritage Park Alliance, from 1980 to 1985. From 1985 to 1987 he took a well-earned sabbatical and the family moved to Michigan. In 1987 until 1994 he was the Sr. Pastor of the Ft. Wayne Gospel Tabernacle, which he helped relocate by merging with the Westview Alliance Church. Following this, Al and Ruth assumed a new role when they moved to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Central Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands where Al was Chaplain of the Island Memorial Chapel from 1994 to 1999. Upon their return to the mainland, Al began his ministry at the Monmouth Chinese Christian Church in Middletown, New Jersey, as Pastor to the English Congregation. Al just completed his service there as Pastor Emeritus earlier in 2013. Al also served the Chinese Christian Gospel Church in Naples FL up to the time of his death. As opportunities arose he also enjoyed ministry at their home church, the Village Church of Shell Point; his newest role as an elder began in 2013. Al is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Ruth Wild McNally, sister May Connelly and brother Tom McNally, daughters, Shelley Bartels, Darlene Miller, and son Thomas McNally and his five beloved grandchildren, Jordan, Colin and Trevor Bartels and Julia and Emily Miller.


Harry A. & Diana M. Pool, Peyton, CO.  Harry Pool - Kwajalein: Univac on Safeguard 1969-73 (Meck Island), Raytheon on Safeguard 1976 (Meck Island), GTE - ALTAIR (Roi-Namur) 1977-78, 1983-85, 1989-92

DEL NORTE, CO — On Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 12:00 p.m., the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) was notified of a head-on collision on Colorado Highway 160 about three miles west of Del Norte in Rio Grande County.  The crash left three people dead and one in critical condition, according to CSP reports. Diane Pool, 63, the driver of the Porsche and her husband, Harry Pool, 68, both of Peyton, were killed in the crash. Claire Real, 54, Round Rock, Texas, the driver of the Nissan was killed in the crash. Her husband, Charles Real, 64, also of Round Rock, Texas, a passenger in the Nissan, remains in a Denver-area hospital in critical condition.

Diana & Harry - August 2008
Kwaj Reunion - Colorado Springs, CO

Kwajalein Photo
Harry, Tarnya, Diana, Toni

Col. John Willis Banks, Jr. Ret., July 11, 1936 - September 10, 2013.  On Tuesday September 10, 2013 in His infinite wisdom and mercy, God took unto Himself His servant, John Banks, who died suddenly from a heart attack. The eldest son of John Banks, Sr. and Laura Sorg Banks, John was born in Greenwich, CT, but was raised in New York. He was a graduate of both Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Babson College. A career Army officer and Vietnam Veteran, John was stationed in Germany as a young man, then later Korea where he met his wife, Konny DuVal Kyhn of Richmond, Virginia, who was the base librarian. Huntsville, Alabama, became John's home in the mid 70's and remained his home until his death, except for his time as Commander of the Kwajalein Missile Range in the Marshall Islands (1982-1984). He achieved the rank of Colonel before retiring from the Army. Following his Army retirement, he worked for Nichols Research for many years. One of his greatest joys was his family. John was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. John was active in numerous civic groups and charities, foremost among them the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, and Rotary International. He held positions of leadership including president and treasurer for both the Symphony Board and the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the NDIA. John was a charter member of and major donor to the Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville. As a part of his generous spirit, he also served on the Board of Directors which planned and brought to reality the retirement community in South Huntsville known as Redstone Village. He and his wife became residents of Redstone Village in 2008 where they shared happy days with old friends and made many new ones. Following the death of his wife he became active in the GriefShare Program and deepened his relationships with lifelong friends who attended the program with him. John was a member of Central Presbyterian Church. Few things gave John more pleasure than to share the things he loved with the people he loved; his family and dear friends. His sense of fun, compassion, leadership, and guidance will be greatly missed by all who knew him. John is survived by his daughter, Caroline Banks of Houston, Texas, and his daughter, Ashley Parsons, son-in-law Robert, and grandsons, John and Michael, all of Opelika, AL.. View Sign/Guest Book


Gregory Chai Hong Kim, 85 of Warsaw, Missouri passed away April 17th 2013 at Bothwell Regional Health Center. Born August 5th 1927 in Kapaa Kauai, Hawaii the son of Ping Koo Chun Kim and Pyung Lark Kim. Survived by his family Vicki and Oni Gracia, Kathy Simpson and Celeste Kim all of Warsaw.  Sister in law Susie Barnes. 8 Grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren, and many many cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.  Married to Delores Jean Treese on January 26th 1952 in Chicago, IL. A graduate of Kappa High School, and Springfield Technical School.  He worked as an office machine engineer in Hawaii and Kwajeljein Marshall Islands until the age of 72 when he retired to Warsaw, Missouri.  He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and weight lifting.  Proceeded in death by his wife Delores Jean Kim, son Chai Kim, Great grandson Anthony, and siblings Charlie, Floyd, Mabel, Alice, and Annie.  A devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Friend who enjoyed life and shared the joy with others.  A special thank you to Dr. Kenneth Azan and the staff at Bothwell Regional Health Center.  View Sign/Guest Book

Mary Lynn Schindele “Air-Mic-Mary”, age 60, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Tolna, ND, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at her home in Dubuque, IA.  Mary was born August 25, 1952 to Duane Schindele and Ruth (Eisner) Bechard. She was raised on the family farm NE of Tolna, and graduated from Tolna High School.  She attended Aaker’s Business College in Grand Forks, ND.  After graduating from Business College she worked for Data Control in Minneapolis, MN.  Mary always had a dream of becoming an Airline Flight Attendant.  She took a position working with the Stanley Mickelson Missile Complex of Nekoma, ND stationed at Langdon, ND for 11 years.  This led to another position with Pan Am and Continental Airlines as well as working on NASA projects and testing engines for missiles while living in Picayune, MS.  She was station manager of 3 airlines in the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll located in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.  She was often referred to as “Air-Mic-Mary” by friends and colleagues as well.  Mary loved the islands, sailing, boating, and sitting on the beach, doing barbecues and watching the sunsets when airlines weren’t coming in.  Mary was a very happy, fun loving person, giving “little happies” to all of her family and friends.  She was thought of as having a heart as big as Texas.  Mary was sponsoring 2 children from Uganda whom she dearly loved.  They were “her children”.


Jack Bruce Galpin,Sr., Cocoa Beach, FL,  86, born on October 13, 1926, passed away on August 18 , 2013. Husband of Pearl Galpin of Cocoa Beach, FL.  Jack was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Cleo and Ruth Gapin.  He was the father of Bruce Galpin, Dawn Siefker and Stephen Galpin, as well as Grandfather to Aidan and Julian Galpin.  Jack was the stepfather of Helen Dolph, Skip Burns, Hind Dalrymple, Merwan Moge and Manale Jackson.  He has 4 step-grandchildren and 8 step-great grandchildren.  He entered the U.S. Navy in 1944 where he served two years active duty during World War II as a Radioman Second Class before being honorably discharged.  He graduated from the University of Missouri, where he also was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, with a Bachelor's degree and from Florida Institute of Technology with a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering.  Through the years he worked for several companies, including Great Lakes Pipeline Co., Goodyear, Convair Astronautics, as well as for RCA for over 27 years with assignments that included him living in Thule, Greenland; Yorkshire, England and Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.  He retired from GE in 1988 and spent several years after consulting at Kennedy Space Center.  After retiring, his passion was missions which took him and his wife around the world with Campus Crusade for Christ, International School Project, Jesus Film Project and Worldwide Evangelical Gospel Outreach (WEGO) Ministries.  He served as Sunday School Director and Chapel Missions Advisory Board Member on Kwajalein, was an Ordained Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and sang in the choir at First Baptist Church of Satellite Beach.  His home church was First Baptist Church of Merritt Island, FL.  Jack leaves behind his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as sisters Betty Jo Kent of Blue Springs, MO, Virginia Stephens of Aurora, IL, Shirley Wilson of Phoenix, AZ and many more extended family and friends.

Marian C. Knight, of Framingham died Saturday July 27, he was 86, and the devoted husband of Helen (Stokowski), and the beloved father of Stephen W. Knight of Marlborough, and Joanne Helen Knight and her husband Richard Charles Hills of S. Africa. He was also the grandfather of Matthew Charles Hills and Rebecca Helen Hills.  Marian worked for GTE on Kwaj. 
Mignon Donnellon  Mignon passed away to her paradise on Wednesday, 19 June 2013.  Migon was very much a part of the Kwaj scene. I, John Donnellon,  arrived on Kwaj in November of 1988, and Mignon arrived in the spring of 1989 , (when I was promoted to Kwaj Housing Manager), and we left in June of 1990. To keep herself busy along with her community activities, she worked on Roi with the MIT/Lincoln Lab group. She also helped out at the Kwaj Housing office whenever flights to Roe were grounded due to either bad weather or aircraft equipment problems, (which as you know, happened quite often) Her people to people positive attitude helped greatly when she lead the housing indoctrinations classes for the newly arrived families. She was a friend to all on Kwaj and will be deeply missed especially by me, her family and friends. In Mignon's memory, I have been informed by Momi Phillips, that a lei will be sent to sea at the 2013 Kwaj reunion."  Aloha, John.


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Kwaj Reunion 2008


U.S. Army Ranger 1st Lt. Paul M. DeMeo, 23, of Derry died unexpectedly May 14 while stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.  A cause of death has not been determined, according to a press release issued Tuesday by LTC Greg Heilshorn of the N.H. National Guard Public Affairs unit. 1st Lt.  DeMeo was serving as a rifle platoon leader for Company B, 2nd Battalion, 505th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. He was born at U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands on Oct. 1, 1989.  He was a 2011 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he received a bachelor of science degree in engineering management. He was a 2007 graduate of Pinkerton High School.  He joined the 2nd/505th in August 2012. 1st Lt. DeMeo played flute and piano.  He joined the Kwajalein swim team at age 4 and held pool records at Kwajalein. While in high school, he participated in several national young leaders conferences.  He was an active member of the Kwajalein Tennis Club and by the age of 8 was playing in tournaments including being on the youth team that played the Micronesian Cup at the U.S. Embassy Tennis Courts in Majuro, the capital of the RMI.  His performance was good enough that representatives of the RMI government asked him to play for the RMI in the Olympics.  UPDATE: Derry marks a soldier's death or view article UnionLeader.com.

Joseph Nicholas Castelli, 86, of Kailua-Kona died May 17, 2013, at his residence.  Born March 24, 1927, in Boston, he was a retired Advanced Engineering Specialist for GTE Sylvania, both in Needham, MA and at the GTE Sylvania ALTAIR Radar Site at the Kwajalein Missile Range for over 20 years.  He served on the board of directors at the Keauhou Surf and Racquet Club, was a Kona town historian active in preserving the Hawaiian culture, World War II and Korean War veteran and member of the Kona Historical Society, Kona Hiking Club, St. Michael’s Catholic Church and past director of Pulama Ia Kona.  He is survived by wife, Dawn Castelli of Kailua-Kona; sons, Michael (Julie) Castelli of Honolulu, Paul (Donna) Castelli of Medford, N.J.; daughters, Claire Castelli of Kailua-Kona, Catherine (Frank) Persello of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; hanai daughter, Mela (Larry Lindsey) Kealoha-Lindsey of Honolulu; sister, Gloria (Tom) Muscenti of Leonardo, N.J.; four grandsons; one great-grandson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to let you know that Joe passed away this morning (May 17, 2013) around 3:30.  It was a difficult night but we are thankful he is now at peace.  We thank everyone for their kindness and prayers during the past few years.  It is most appreciated. the Castelli's - jcastelli1@hawaii.rr.com  Joseph N. Castelli

Phillip Edward Havens, September 8, 1933 - May 1, 2013.  Brigitte (Havens) Ragan, babsragan@gmail.com.  In memory of my father.

Daniel John "Danny / Donato” Scioletti, March 5, 1962 - April 23, 2013.  Daniel John “Danny / Donato” Scioletti, 51, died April 23, 2013 after a 7 year long courageous battle of cancer. He was employed by Professional Builders Supply, Inc. Daniel was born in Lynn, MA to the late Mario J. and Ann M. (Frary) Scioletti. Daniel was a loving father and husband. His family was his life. He met his wife Debra on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. Dan was a Master Scuba Diver and an avid bass fisherman. He also enjoyed woodworking. He is survived by his best friend and wife of 17 years, Debra (Keiling); son Cameron (13); daughter Devin (11); Brother Thomas (Raila) Scioletti of Marblehead, MA, Sisters Jody (Kevin) Palmerino of Lynn, MA; Nancy (Ralph) Cammett of Marblehead, MA; Niece Piia and Nephews Christian, Dylan, Ian, Jordan and Nicholas; Cousins Michael, Donna, David, Sharon, Linda, Paul and Daniel all of MA; In-laws Charles Keiling (Danielle) of Kailua, HI; Scott (Laurie) Keiling of Lighthouse Pt, FL.  Also visit - Memorial Networks - In Memory of Daniel Scioletti.

Danny was hired by Johnson Controls as a Surge Electrician, which was temporary, then he moved over to Pacific International, Inc. The employees lived by Harbert near the Comm Center.  Debbie Keiling Scioletti met Dan on Kwaj in 1994 and married shortly there after. Debbie was on Kwaj from 1986 to 1995.   Debbie Scioletti, drkeiling@aol.com


Dan Scioletti, PBQ, Kwajalein


Dan


Lawrence Duckett
passed away May 2, 2013 in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, Canada. He died from pancreatic cancer and didn't even knew he had it. He owned a restaurant "Final Approach" located at local airport and was very popular with locals.

Gerald D. Calvert, 77, of The Villages, FL, died on April 26, 2013. Gerald was born in Holland, KY. He graduated from Allen County High School and received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Kentucky where he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society. He received his Masters in Systems Engineering from New Mexico State and was a member of Alpha Pi Mu Honor Society.  He is survived by his wife, Judy Calvert and children, Mark Calvert of Tampa, Shelby Calvert Morss of Boston, and Stanley Calvert of Arlington, VA. Gerald is also survived by his seven grandchildren; brother, Wayne Calvert; and sisters, Margaret Rather and Lynn Bailey. Gerald spent his career as a radar engineer. He finished his career working in Huntsville, where he lived for over 35 years. He enjoyed golfing and gardening, and was a lifelong Kentucky Wildcat fan. Gerald was also a Kentucky Colonel. A remembrance will be held in Kentucky over Memorial Day. Gerald spent most of his career as a radar engineer. He finished his career working in Huntsville, where he lived for over 35 years. He enjoyed golfing and gardening and was a lifelong Kentucky Wildcat fan. Gerald was also a Kentucky Colonel.
Phillip E. Havens, Jr. Memorial service will be held at The Summit, 2975 Esplanade, Grand Prairie, Texas 75052 (972) 237-4141, on May 17th, 2013 from 1:30 to 2:45 PM.  Burial Service with Military Honors to be held at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211 on May 17th, 2013 from 3:15 to 3:45 PM.  Phil was the Calibrations Lab Supervisor during his tour on Kwaj in the early 1970’s.

James Lee Denny, 72, of Hurricane, passed away at St. Mary's Hospital on Friday, April 12, 2013. He was retired from AFRTS Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.  He was a graduate of Hurricane High School, class of 1958, and was a U.S. Army veteran.  James is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; sons, James Lee Denny Jr. of Hurricane, Fred Denny of Barboursville and Mark Denny of Lexington, Ky.; daughter, Rose Zetta Denny of Hurricane; seven grandchildren; brother, H.P. "Billy" Nunn of Texas; and sister, Jackie Nunn Light of Pennsylvania.

Roger G. Hine Jr.  1932 - 2013,  age 80, passed away on April 3, 2013. He was born in Channing, Texas on September 15, 1932, to Grady & Nannie Bell Hine. Roger Joined the Navy and met his wife, Elaine, while stationed in Hawaii. They were married on August 24, 1954. After the Navy, he worked for the FAA as an air traffic controller in Honolulu, HI and Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. He moved to Eugene and worked at the Eugene Airport. After his retirement in 1977, he worked for Oregon Dome and then Rexius Forest By-Products. He loved the outdoors; some of his many interests included: Rodeo, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, skiing, scuba diving, sailing, camping and hiking. He also had his private pilot's license. Family was his top priority; he was an amazing father and loyal friend. Always a cowboy at heart. To Roger, life was an adventure and he took us along for the ride. Roger was predeceased by his wife, Elaine, and sisters, Ocie Hood and Betty Newton. He is survived by two brothers: Jerrel and Bob Hine of New Mexico; 2 daughters and their spouses: Cheryl and Rick Barber of Salem; and Kelly and Jack Hoeck of Eugene; 6 grandchildren: Lindsey Foltz and her husband Casey; Kacey Hijmans and her husband Scott; John Hoeck; Becca; Alex and Tori Barber; and 3 great-grandchildren.

Roger and his wife Elaine
Kwajalein - Early 70s

Kwajalein - FAA
Air Traffic Control

Roger G Hine Jr.
 
A messae from Shermie - On a personal note in remembrance of Roger - I met Roger Hine and his family in August of 1972 in Honolulu, Hawaii while awaiting a flight to Kwajalein at Hickam, AFB.  The flight was delayed due to a hurricane in the Pacific area.  Roger noticed I was apparently new and asked me if I'd like to join him and his family for a tour around Oahu.  Not having seen Kwaj, Roger was the first blessing of knowing how people were from Kwaj.  I got to know Roger and his family, which soon became family to me during their stay on Kwaj.  They even had a piano that I played when I would make my visits to Kwaj from Carlos island and Roger.  During our 3 day delay in Honolulu, I remember playing the piano at Shakey's Pizza in Pearl City for Roger and his family.  The owner gave the whole family free pizza for my entertainment and offered me to play there.  We also met a full-bird colonel from the Hickam, AFB that offer their place to stay while there.  From all that excitement, our new friendship formed.  Roger and I would go to the trap range on Kwaj, snorkeling and skiing with the family, square dancing, boat trips, family card games, and outings.  Roger will always be remembered and missed.  Roger's family came first and anyone that knew Roger, he gave his all to his daughters and wife. He was a good roll model and I learned a lot from Roger.  He will forever be remembered and missed - Shermie   

C.J. (Mac) McKim, 79 passed away February 13, 2013. Mac was born in Newport, WA. in July of 1933.  He has gone on first to be with his Savior. Mac was a man of many talents.  He learned to fix anything on the farm near Delkena, WA. Then he worked at a saw mill near Usk.  Over the years he has been a lawn mower repairman, he worked for Robinson-Thomas here in Ephrata as a mechanic and then he worked for the Ephrata Fire Dept with his friend Bob Ragan, then Bob and several people including Mac went to Clear, Alaska with the Bemus Project, then out on the Marshall Islands for the fire dept., then finally back to Ephrata to work for Jack Smith doing transmissions, then he worked for his brother-in-law Don Luddington and for Raymond and Bill Sieverkropp until for health reasons he had to retire.  Somewhere in between all of these jobs he worked at the bean warehouse out at the Ephrata Airport, and also for the cement plant on the hill above Ephrata.  He also worked for Boeing over at Larsen Air Base taking care of B-52's.  Mac is survived by his wife Donna. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Merry Luddington.  Mac never had children.  He loved life and had many friends in many places. He actually was a world traveler and had been to Saudia Arabia and Australia and other places. Mac loved growing up near Newport, Washington.  He and his wife Donna had 28 wonderful years together and he will be sorely missed.  I want to thank our church friends at Community Evan. Free of Soap Lake, our Pastor Gordon Whipps and his precious wife Nancy for all everyone did for Mac and me in our time of need.  Also a thank you to many of the churches here in this area and all over the United States that prayed for us too, all were felt and appreciated.  A special thank you to our Walmart friends who had shared our walks there and then prayed for us when Mac could no longer go walking.  A very special thank you to each and every Assured Hospice person that took such good care of Mac and also me. We Thank God too, for not letting Mac suffer.  What a blessing that was to me.

Louis W. Garman Passed away peacefully on March 6, 2013 at the age of 73.. He was 73. Lou grew up in Woodlynne, NJ. Lou was a resident of Delran for the last 12 years. To share your condolences and fondest memories of Lou, please visit http://snovergivnish.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=931244. Lou is survived by his sister and his children. On Kwaj, Lou worked for RCA on Roi-Namur, where he made travel arrangements for his co-workers and became known as 'Honolulu Lou'. He enjoyed golf, jogging and swimming. He was always ready for fun and adventure, and he was well known for sharing funny stories. Lou smiled and laughed a lot and was well liked by all who knew him. After Lou's return from Roi-Namur in the 1970s, he became a business owner. For almost 40 years he was the loving companion of the late Theresa Maderich, and more recently of Emma Verbit, with whom he attended high school. Lou is survived by his children, many grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is missed very much.  Photo at right was taken from the "RCA Group Photo


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Frank T. Kay (Ksiazek), 88, of Marlton, New Jersey passed away March 21, 2013 after an extended illness from pneumonia .Frank and family arrived on Kwajalein in May 1968 as a member of the RCA engineering team for installation, checkout and operation of the ALCOR Instrumentation Radar at KREMS, Roi-Namur. Frank was a member of the design engineering team assigned to MIT/Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA prior to site arrival working with MIT/LL for development of the system. He returned to MSRD, Moorestown, New Jersey in 1972. Frank and wife Gloria return to KREMS for a second "tour" from 1981 - 1988. During the second tour Frank was appointed RCA/GE KREMS Site Manager. Frank returned to MSRD in New Jersey retiring in 1988. During their tours Frank and Gloria were active in Kwajalein Golf Association, Frank an avid "sailor", and active in the community service organizations. Frank is survived wife Gloria, children Beverly, Thomas, James and their families. He will be missed by his many friends in South Jersey.


Josephine "Jo" Carnes, 67, peacefully left this earth March 25, 2013, after a year-long battle with cancer.  Jo was born Jan. 12, 1946, in Suva, Fiji, to John and Lilian Skeels Suckling.  She spent her childhood in the Solomon Islands and later in West Australia, where she met her first husband, an American, Jim Nelson.  They wed in Perth, West Australia, in 1964 and had their first child, Joseph, then relocated to the United States and resided in El Paso where their son Robert was born.  They later moved to Melbourne, Fla., where their daughter, Theresa, was born. Jo proudly became a United States citizen in 1973. The family moved to Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, in 1981, where she was active with the Special Olympics and received her private pilot's license.  She enjoyed flying family and friends around the islands. After moving back to the United States, she became involved in real estate in Florida and volunteered with the Red Cross.  In 1987, she married Robert "Bob" Carnes and made her home in Alamogordo.  She continued her involvement in real estate and eventually opened her own office, Total Solutions Realty.  She was Realtor of the Year in 1996.  Jo was active in the community including volunteer work with Big Brothers and Sisters, CHINS, Pink Ladies Auxiliary with the hospital, PEO, American Cancer Society and the Republican party.  She was an artistic lady and enjoyed sewing, painting and poetry. She and Bob enjoyed spending time in the mountains entertaining friends and family at their cabin getaway.  Her French Bulldog "children" were never far from her side.  She will be greatly missed by her many friends and family.
Survivors include her husband, Bob Carnes, of the family home; sons Joe Nelson and wife, Rhonda, of Palm Bay, Fla., and Rob Nelson and wife, Jerry, of Alamogordo; daughter Theresa Clements and husband, Jesse, of Blackshear, Ga.; grandchildren James Nelson and wife, Christin; Nicole Nelson, Cassandra Nelson, Kodi Clements and Tyler Clements; one great-granddaughter, Kyla Nelson and three brothers John Suckling and wife, Renata; Peter Suckling and Colleen and Tony Burns and wife, Jenny, all of Australia; and her first husband, Jim Nelson, and wife, Sandy, of Crestview, Fla.  She was preceded in death by her parents John Joseph "Jack" Suckling and Lilian Mary (Myna) Suckling.

Bruce Forbes (Dec 12,1953 - 28 Sept 2012) of Deland, Florida passed away on 28 Sept. 2012 of throat cancer after a 13 month battle.  He was a multiple member of the Kwaj community and lived there throughout the 60's and 70's.  He was on the soccer team  (soccer champ), surfer and was the youngest DJ on Kwaj. He told me of numerous "fun" things he used to do including having a pet shark.  He lived on Kwaj with his parents, Mr and Mrs Charles and Mari Forbes, both of which have passed on before their son.  I would appreciate any communications from anyone who might remember Bruce as I was with him for the past 20 years and have heard numerous great stories of the things that went on.  He lived on Kwaj numerous times throughout the late 60's and early 70's.  He was on the 69 soccer team, a DJ and surfed, scuba and any water sport.  I would love to hear from anyone who remembers Bruce or I would love to reunite with his old friends.  Thank you, email me, I loved to hear from his friends from Kwaj, Carol Forbes, email >  boac12318@gmail.com


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Bruce - Kwaj


Bruce 1967


Bruce's Parents - Kwajalein


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Bruce


Al Mitchell Kertel  Al Kertel passed away suddenly on December 3rd in Belmont, Ca. Born in Carrolton, OH on November 27th, 1947.  The Kertel Family moved to the "New" San Mateo Village in 1957 where Al attended George Hall and Abbott Middle School before graduating from Hillsdale High in 1965.  He had many jobs and incredible life experiences, including becoming the Fire Marshall on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, where he lived and worked for over 10 years.  Al always celebrated the diversity in everyone and made friends everywhere he went.  Big Al was a tough guy with a huge heart and he loved his family and friends, his Harley, Bay Meadows Racetrack and all sports.  He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all of his extended family and friends around the world.  Al is survived by his mother Rose and sister Diana Gerig of Napa, his brother Eddie of Novato, his sons, Jason of Elk Grove, and Eddie of San Mateo, his grandkids Nick and Eli, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.


Alvaro J. Amador  Aug. 23, 1933 - Nov. 30, 2012. Alvaro J. Amador, 79, passed away on Friday, Nov. 30 in Guntersville.  He was born in Barranquilla, Columbia and was a graduate of the University of Florida.  He retired in 1989 after a 35 year career with the Space and Missile Defense Command.  He enjoys life after retirement filling his spare time as a master gardener and as a volunteer with the Retired Volunteers Program, where he assisted the Hispanic community in filing taxes and helped with the Water Watch Program.  He is survived by his wife, Nellie Amador of Guntersville; three sons, Jamie Amador and wife Debbie of Waynesboro, Va., Robbie Amador and wife Linday of Kwajalein Island, Marshall Islands, Chris Amador Pensacola, Fla.; daughter, Debbie Kirby and husband Charles Kirby of Trinity; five grandchildren, Shay Mansell, Sean Kirby, Alan Amador, Allison Amador and Lauren Amador; and two great-grandchildren, Lilly and Layla.

Major Lewis I. Zeigler, Ret: USMC  April 7, 1930 to October 15, 2012 Lewis I. Zeigler, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on Monday October 15, 2012 at his home in Half Moon Bay, California at the age of 82.  Lewis grew up in Virginia and was a graduate of Washington & Lee University.  After college he joined the Marine Corp and became a pilot.  He was also a Vietnam veteran.  After serving his country for 23 years, Lewis retired and worked as an inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration.  That position took him to Frankfort, Germany and then the San Francisco area.  He retired in 2005 after 19 years with the FAA.  He has been a resident of Half Moon Bay, California for the past 17 years.  Lew's first wife of 12 years, Anne Smiley Zeigler, passed away in 1995 and his second wife of 35 years, Norma Anne Zeigler, passed away in 2003. He is survived by his two daughters, Betsy Nuckols and Kristy Rudisell; four grandchildren: Jamie Nuckols, Diana Gaylord, Matthew Lahners and Jeffrey DeWitt and 6 great-grandchildren: Caitlin, Christopher, Scott, Alex, Kali and Blaine. Military burial will take place at Quantico National Cemetary in Triangle, VA on October 25, 2012 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the National Military Family, Association.
From the Kwaj Community Email Directory - Moon Bay, CA, Lew -  I was a former Kwaj Capt. (pilot) of the DC-4's Caribou's and Electra's.  In addition to the flying I was a member of KCT and appeared in a few productions as well as being the emcee for many of them. After we left Kwaj. we moved to KY for 4 years before the FAA called and wanted to know if I wanted to go back to work.  I joined them in Jan 1986 as an Air Carrier Operations Inspector and worked for the FAA for over 19 years until I was forced to retire due to losing my voice box due to cancer.  During that time I spent 7 years based in Frankfurt, Germany where we got to see almost all of Europe, North Africa and the middle east.  The maximum allowed time overseas was 7 years so after that we returned to San Francisco where I worked in the FAA San Francisco International Field Office until I retired in 2005.  My wife, Anne passed away after a fall in 2003.  I still live in Half Moon Bay, CA. I turned 82 years old in April and have an assortment of medical issues but I am surviving, as they say.

Elaine Helen Spin  Jun. 9, 1937 - Nov. 23, 2012, Elaine Helen Spin of Gurley, AL passed away on November 23, 2012.  She is survived by her husband, William Spin Col., U.S. Army (Ret.); three daughters, Lorie Ottinger and husband Col. Maurice, Beth Spin, and Becky Arnold and husband David; and two grandchildren, Emily and Allan Ottinger.  She is also survived by her brothers Will Schmoutz and wife Joanne and Walt Schmoutz and wife Joan; sister-in-law Grace Schmoutz, and numerous nieces and nephews.
  Bernard Paul Burnett (1924 - 2012)  Bernard Paul Burnett, 88, passed away March 2, 2012, in Rockledge, FL. Bernard was born in La Grande, Oregon on February 5, 1924, to Obediah and Laura Burnett. He moved to Brevard County from Huntsville, Alabama in 1960. Bernard was the Treasury Secretary of Indian River Isles, a member of ROMEOS and the Power Squadron. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Linda; daughter, Cheryl (Roland) Burnett; son, Doug (Jean) Burnett; daughter, Patty Baccus; son, Terrell (Chris) Huggins; son, Michael (Althea) Huggins; daughter, Lori (Brian) Moser; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bernie was a software programmer on Kwaj in the mid 70s.

 

Jewell Ann “Jan” Knickerbocker, 81, died peacefully Oct. 21, 2012, at her home in Portage, Wisconsin after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Her husband, William “Nick” Knickerbocker, passed away several years earlier on March 20, 2003.  Devoted mother, grandmother and friend, she was born Sept. 17, 1931, in Mason City, Iowa, to the Rev. Jewel and Clara Pickett.  After high school, the Rev. Pickett relocated his family to Stevens Point to pastor a church.  Jan had just begun her college education when she met, in her words, her “real love,” William “Nick” Knickerbocker.  The couple later married and when Nick graduated, they moved to Portage and began to raise their family.  They relocated several times as Nick’s career in education grew, and in 1967 the family moved to Bida, Nigeria for two years.  Upon returning to the U.S., they made their home in Minnesota, then headed overseas again, this time to Kwajalein, Marshall Islands in the South Pacific.  While there, Jan worked at the Trouble Desk and was also an office manager.  She was a member of the Kwajalein Island Women’s Club and enjoyed all of the close friendships that were made on the island.  Nick was the principal of George Seitz Elementary School from 1975 – 1985 and was honored as a “Manager of the Year”.  Both Jan and Nick were avid golfers on the island and enjoyed gardening, deep sea fishing, and island life.  In 1985, Jan and Nick’s final move together was back to Wisconsin, where they settled in Montello.  Jan spent a number of years as the office manager and licensed real estate agent for Saddle Ridge Realty while Nick took the role of the Montello Elementary School principal.  After Nick passed away, Jan remained in Montello until 2010, when she moved back to Portage.  Jan and Nick are survived by their children: Bill (Judy) Knickerbocker of Chetek, Wisconsin, John (Deb) Knickerbocker of Shawano, Wisconsin, Jim (Kwaj 80-85) (Debra) Knickerbocker of Montello, Wisconsin and daughter, Jane (Kwaj Grad ’82) (Rob) Burnette of Lakeland, Florida, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jan loved to garden and this was part of her memorial service - God has a garden and He calls it praise, And He bids us to enter, to walk through the maze.  It’s like an ocean so vast and so free, And God said He made it for you and for me.  And in that garden there’s freedom from sin; There’s no condemnation to those who walk in.  Because of the keeper there’s love all around, There’s healing and blessing on His glory ground.

Gabriel Clarose Ellamar known as (GABBY) the age of 72 from Lihue Kauai Island, passed away on 10/18/12 memorial serviced was held in Huntsville, Alabama.  Mr Ellamar is survived by his daughter Moana Ellamar and 2 step-daughters Cathy Furgeson of Kwajalein Atoll and Lisa Barnes in Huntsville Alabama and 15 grand-kids and 3 great grand-kids and few of the Ellamar's Ohana from Hawaii. Gabby was a hard working man according to his friends he's a Roi-Rat legend.  He love to go out for fishing and spend time at the Shack with friends.  You will always be in our heart and we love you papa now.  I will stay strong and be glad that you are in heaven with GOD....


Elizabeth V. Dalton  Sept 14, 1935 - May 29, 2012   Bill worked at the Kwaj Hospital.  Wife: Betty.  Children: Mark, Yvonne, Dorothy, William.  In memory of Betty:  Dear Family & Friends Letter / Life Sketch > PDF

Tom Overman (Kwajalein 1967-1968, 1976-1995, 1998, 2000) - Garland Thomas Overman was called home by the Lord on August 28, 2012.  Tom served with the US Air Force in Korea.  He completed a BS in physics at the University of South Florida and an MS in Mathematics at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  He was a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, National Physics Honor Society.  Most of his professional career was spent in the aerospace business on the Eastern and Western Test Range.  In 1967, Tom arrived on Kwaj as the project physicist for GE Project Glow. Marie arrived a few months later as one of the single teachers.  It was love at first sight and remained that way for 43 years.  They were best friends, square dance partners, dive buddies, and hiking pals.  While working as a mission test director at Kwajalein Missile Test Range he was awarded the Army Contractor Test Director of the Year Award in 1994. Tom also spent a few years teaching high school and college mathematics in Naples, Florida and on Kwajalein.  Many of his students have fond memories of him.  They have sent letters and notes telling what an impact he made on their lives.  Tom was buried in Naples with military honors performed by the Honor Guard Members of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.  This was most fitting since MacDill was Tom’s last duty station when he returned from Korea.  You can contact Marie at tomoverman@hotmail.com or P.O. Box 2154, Naples, FL 34106


Tom, Kwajalein, 1994


Marie & Tom, Kwaj Reunion 2008, Colorado Springs


Janice Lundin Bunker, 71, went to be with Jesus on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Alamogordo.  She was born Sept. 29, 1940, in Worcester, Mass., to Vincent and Edith (Steele) Lundin.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Vincent and Edith Lundin.  Janice is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Warren, of Alamogordo; her sister Kay and husband, Lou Escolas, of Mountainair; her 49-year-old daughter Laura Blackburn and her husband, Sammy, of Fairfax, Va.; her 48-year-old son Warren Bunker and his wife, Whitey, and Tammie Bunker, of Alamogordo; five grandchildren, Warren (Rusty) Bunker, Devin Bunker, Courtney Bunker, David Blackburn and Audrey Blackburn; two great-grandchildren, Alysa Sanchez and Caleb Bunker; and Warren's brothers and sisters Dorothy Everett, of Castle Rock, Colo., Dick and Nancy Bunker, of Alamogordo, Marvin and Joyce Bunker, of High Rolls, and Darlene and Tom Gilmore, of High Rolls. Janice grew up in Worcester. As a young girl, she loved ice skating and basketball.  She met the love of her life, Warren, while he was stationed at Fort Devons as a weapons specialist in the Army.  They were married Feb. 17, 1962, and soon moved to Warren's family area in Alamogordo. Soon after they were married, Jan gave birth to her daughter in 1963 and son in 1964. Shortly after that,
Janice and her family began traveling with Warren's job across the country and world.  Their tours included six years on Kwajalein in the Marshall Atoll in the Pacific Ocean; Huntsville, Ala.; southern California; Dallas; Great Falls, Va.; Albuquerque and finally Alamogordo.  Janice started her career training as a legal aid in Worcester and took her first job in 1962 working for a local Alamogordo lawyer as a legal assistant.  She continued as a legal assistant in Huntsville, Great Falls and Albuquerque.  While on Kwajalein, she was the administrative director for the Kwajalein school system.  Janice was a highly admired senior administrative assistant in Dallas and Great Falls.  Janice was also on the church council at Our Savior Lutheran Church for three years.  While her children were young, the family enjoyed traveling around the country.  Favorite trips included Hawaii, Boston and Alamogordo.  Once the children left the home, Janice and Warren continued to enjoy trips across the country in their RV.  They visited almost all the RV campsites throughout the country.  Janice loved spending time with her grandchildren.  For her other hobbies, she was an avid reader of novel books and spent hours on crossword puzzles.

Jim Schilling  Jim passed away 7/15/12 from cancer.  He died peacefully.  He will entombed at the new Miramar Military Cemetery, San Diego, CA.  Jim's funeral is Tuesday, July 24, 11:30 a.m.

Jim was my first Kwaj friend when I went to work at Carlos Telemetry Site, Kwajalein Atoll, August 1972.  He treated me like family.  Jim worked at the Communication's Receiver site on Carlos island for many years then moved to Kwaj where he work at the  Communication's Center.  We enjoyed many hours of friendship through the years.  -  Shermie Wiehe


Vietnam


Remembering
Jim Schilling


Jim & Sandra Steveson


Jim & Russ Kees

Melisa, Leon, Kim

Jim & Kadien Leon Schilling


Jeffery, Leon, Kadien (Mom), Cindy, Melisa, Kimberly, Lester


Jim Bodmer - Roi resident. Jim passed away 3/31/12.  He was riding his bike from Café Roi to work when he fell off his bike and collapsed near the end of the runway.  More about Jim - KRS News Line 

In Memory of James Ellis Bodmer Jr., November 23, 1961 - March 31, 2012
James Ellis Bodmer, Jr., age 50, son of James E. Bodmer, Sr. and Janice Easley Bodmer, died Saturday, March 31, 2012 on Roi-Namur, Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific.  He was born on November 23, 1961 in Abington, PA and baptized in League City, TX United Methodist Church.  He went to James H. Ross Elementary School, Webster Intermediate School and graduated from Clear Creek High School where he played the tuba in the marching band.

2012

James joined the US Marine Corp soon after and he graduated with top honors in his class from the USMC Radar Technician School in Memphis, TN.  After James was honorably discharged, he attended the University of Arizona.  James Ellis Bodmer, Jr., age 50, son of James E. Bodmer, Sr. and Janice Easley Bodmer, died Saturday, March 31, 2012 on Roi-Namur Atoll in the South Pacific.  He was born on November 23, 1961 in Abington, PA and baptized in League City, TX United Methodist Church.  He went to James H. Ross Elementary School, Webster Intermediate School and graduated from Clear Creek High School where he played the tuba in the marching band.  James joined the US Marine Corp soon after and he graduated with top honors in his class from the USMC Radar Technician School in Memphis, TN.  After James was honorably discharged, he attended the University of Arizona while working as a telemetry technician for the US Army.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering with Honors and his Masters of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa.  He returned to working for the US Army as a Radar Hardware Engineer with Kwajalein Range Service at Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific.  James was the KRS Lead Engineer on the software development efforts for the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site Distributed Operation (RDO) Sensors Project (RSP) and also for the Environmental Monitoring System (EMS) for the Ronald Reagan Test Site (RTS) Optics Modernization Program.  These projects enabled remote monitoring and control of the radar and optics sensors and provided local and remote operators and maintainers with enhanced situational awareness of the sensor equipment.  He worked closely with MIT Lincoln Laboratories to coordinate and implement this project to give all RTS radars improved reliability and enhanced troubleshooting capabilities.  He was very much into computer technology and was interested in the development of Rich Internet Applications, Server Side Web applications and relational databases.  On a personal note, James participated in the Rustman Triathlon in 1989 and 1990.  He was an avid SCUBA diver and photographer and was a past president of the Roi-Namur Dolphin's Club. James also hiked the Appalachian Trail with his father every year.  He was a loving son and brother, a hard working engineer, a good friend, a sincerely good person and will be missed by family, friends and all who knew and worked with him.  James is preceded in death by his mother, Janice Easley Bodmer.  He is survived by his father, James Sr. and step mother, Anne Mathieson of Amherst, MA; brother, Anthony Bodmer of League City, TX; aunts, Helen Bean of Cibolo, TX and Fern McCoin of Houston, TX; uncles, Jerry Bodmer of Huntington Beach, CA and Joe Bodmer of New Caney, TX as well as many cousins.


1988-92
Completing a DEC Vendor
Training Class - Kwajalein


1988-92
Vacationing with friends
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia





Eating Mangrove Grab at the Village, Pohnpei, FSM
 
Harold Preston Alford Jr passed away. April 6 at 7:45 a.m., at the VA Medical Center in San Diego.  Harold worked for the hospital/medical area of Kwaj, 1982-84. He was much heavier than in the picture displays.  Harold lost a lot of weight after leaving Kwaj.

Irene Marie Pippin, nee Sangiolo, died in Boston, Mass. on March 25, 2012 after a long illness.  She was born on July 7, 1964 in Framingham, MA  Irene is formerly of Carlisle, Mass. and also lived for 10 years in Alexandria.  She most recently resided in Groton, MA.  Irene spent 8 years living in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands from 1968 -1973 and 1981-1984, where she entered high school as a senior and graduated in 1982.  While working on Kwajalein she met her future husband David who was working for GTE at that time.  Irene obtained a bachelor of science degree from University of Massachusetts and worked for M.I.T Lincoln laboratory in Lexington, Mass. for several years.  From 1998 to 2008 Irene lived in Alexandria with her family and contributed greatly to the community.  She enriched the science learning of students at St. Mary’s School by founding the Hands-On-Science program there.  She was a Girl Scout leader and developed several science programs at the Presbyterian Pre-School in Alexandria.  During the summer Irene ran the Summer Arts-In-The-Park program and started a basketball camp at the Waynewood Recreational Center.  Irene also catered and hosted the Mass of Remembrance at Good Shepherd’s Catholic Church for six years.  She is survived by her husband of 25 years, David Pippin, and their children, son David L. Pippin and daughter, Victoria E. Pippin.  She was the loving daughter of Thomas L. Sangiolo and the late Sylvia Sangiolo, of Groton, Mass. and sister of Valerie C. Noey of Barrington, R.I.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas M. Sangiolo. Irene was the beloved daughter-in-law of David and Judy Pippin of Lexington, Mass. and sister-in-law to Matthew and Stephanie Pippin and Karen and Todd Kadis, Eric Pippin and Robert Noey.  Irene is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Clark and Ethan Kadis and Grace Noey.


Irene Marie Pippin,
nee Sangiolo

Kwajalein, Marshall Is.
1968 -1973 & 1981-1984, Irene entered high school as a senior and graduated in 1982.


Roderick Dhu Vincent, Jr. May 13, 1938 – February 7, 2012 Roderick "Rod" Vincent, age 73, passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2012.  Rod was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on May 13, 1938, to Elma and Roderick Vincent.  After graduating from Princess Anne High School in 1956, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served a four year commitment.  Following his time in the service he attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics.  With the help of scholarships he continued his studies at the University of Virginia.  Rod began his career in computer programming and soon met and married the love of his life, Jeanne Marie Bell.  They celebrated 42 years of marriage.  Opportunity took them to the Central Pacific where he worked, with RCA, at the Kwajalein Missile Test Range as a computer engineer for five years.  After a four year period of working in Florida, he returned to Kwajalein, Marshall Islands to live for eight more years, working for GTE Corporation.  These were the golden years of his life, as he raised his children on this beautiful island.  He was an avid athlete playing both soccer and softball.  He also enjoyed scuba diving, reading (Lonesome Dove was his favorite), poetry (Wordsworth, Byron, Yeats), and he had a passion for playing the classical guitar, with a special love for J.S. Bach.  In 1987 he relocated to Mountain View, CA, working for GTE. In his retirement he lived in Utah, Virginia, and settled in Grand Junction, CO.  He and Jeanne enjoyed hiking and traveling.  His favorite pastime was golf.  Rod was a kind, loving father and a devoted husband.  He will be missed and loved by those who knew him.  Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Vincent of Grand Junction; son, Roderick Vincent III of Geneva, Switzerland, and a daughter, Valerie Vincent Gallivan of Fort Irwin, CA; his grandchildren, Rachel and James Gallivan, both of Fort Irwin, CA, and a sister, Patricia Trotter of Carmel, CA.

Jim Morris who ran the data center on Kwaj for Kentron Hawaii from 1970-1975 passed away on February 22, 2002 after suffering with a brain tumor. Jim had gone to work in Huntington Beach California for McDonald/Boeing. His children are Lori Ann Morris who was at George Seitz for 2nd through 6th grade, and now lives in Irvine, CA. Christian Kaleolani Morris who now lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. Christian was 1yr through 5 yrs old on Kwaj and Jacqueline Lillioukalani who was 3 months to 5 years old on Kwaj. Toni Morris married to Jim for 21 years now resides in Irvine Ca. We, his family, miss Jim every day!

Christian, Toni, Jim, Jacqueline - Kwaj

Jim Morris - 2001

Michael Sykos III  SALISBURY - Michael Sykos, III, 60, of Salisbury, passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at his residence.  Born Dec. 8, 1951, in Stillwater, Okla., he was the son of Michael Sykos of Texas and Nada Poole Sykos Wilson of Salisbury and stepson of Eldreld Wilson of Salisbury.  He was a graduate of Texas Christian University and Wake Forest University, where he received a Juris Doctor degree.  Mr. Sykos was employed by Best Western in Kannapolis.  In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Lonnie Sykos of Hawaii.

Kwajalein, 1968-77 - Sons of Mike Sykos, Lonnie and Michael III, graduated from Kwajalien H.S.  Mike worked for Global as Safety Director, taught first aid and glass ball net tying (macrame).

Jerry Glenn Hayes (1940 - 2012) of Mary Esther, Fla., joined his Heavenly family on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Mary Esther, FL.  Born in 1940, Mr. Hayes was raised in Enterprise, AL., where he graduated from high school in 1958.  He was enlisted in the Alabama Air National Guard until 1968.  He worked as a civilian contractor with various Department of Defense contractors over his lifetime.  With his positions he traveled quite a bit, living in Egypt, the Kwajalein Islands, and various places in the United States.  In 2008 he retired from a position with L-3 Communications doing Quality Assurance for the 6th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field.  He enjoyed antiquing and spending time with his family and friends.  He was predeceased by his wife, Iona Georgeadis Hayes; his father, Holligan Funston Hayes; his mother, Ruth Parker Hayes; and his brother, James Hayes.  He is survived by his son, Jerry Bartley Hayes; and daughter-in-law, Deborah Kelton Hayes.  He is also survived by his son, Marc Glenn Hayes; and daughter-in-law, Julie Edwards Hayes.  He is survived by his granddaughter, Erin Hayes. 

Dorothy "Jodie" Halligan, 72, of Arab, AL, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at her residence after a long illness with cancer.  Mrs. Halligan was born July 31, 1939, in Saint Paul, Minn., to Patrick and Margaret Gagliarde. She was married to Richard A. Halligan for 37 years.  She has lived in the New Harmony Community for the past 21 years and was a homemaker.  She is survived by her husband: Richard Halligan of Arab; nine children; several grandchildren; and a sister. 

William Julius Radisch, Jr., 84, died Wednesday, January 4, 2012, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, from complications of pneumonia.  Born on Flag Day, June 14, 1927, in Chicago, IL, to William Julius Radisch, Sr. and Dorothy Rosie Leipart Radisch.  Although his mother died when he was 14, stepmother Lyda Kendig Radisch loved Bill and his sisters as her own.  Bill was born in the family's Southside Chicago home.  Despite telling his children that he walked 10 miles to school in the snow, it turned out he lived across from his primary school, Altgeld.  Upon his 1945 graduation from Harper High, he entered the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1947.  He attended Baker University in Baldwin City, KS, where he excelled in math and science and graduated in 1951.  Bill then embarked on graduate studies in Physics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, but was recruited by a well-established corporation and a fledgling start up.  Texas Instruments' loss was the Western Electric Company's gain.  Over the course of his 35-year career with Western Electric and AT&T, Bill developed guidance systems for anti-ballistic missiles as part of the United States' and later NATO's missile defense systems.  His work took him across the country and around the world, with moves to El Paso, TX; White Meadow Lake, NJ; Kwajalein, Marshall Islands; Winston-Salem and Kernersville, NC; and Lessenich, Germany.  In addition, Bill's expertise also required extended trips to Saudi Arabia, and Sardinia, Italy.  During his six months in Sardinia, Bill grew to appreciate the Italian isle's embrace of life.  The experience, coupled with his 1988 retirement and the arrival of his first grandchild the following year, revealed a more relaxed side of him.  Coworkers, friends and family valued Bill's intelligence, passion for politics, and quick wit.  He was a problem-solver and knew how to do things right.  Not given to wastefulness, Bill provided for his family and was an unparalleled in-home reference for all things.  Bill was a founding and active member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry, was a lay reader and treasurer.  He also served on the Korner's Folly Board of Directors, volunteered with the Kernersville Little Theatre and with the Shepherd's Center of Kernersville, helping launch SeniorNet, and where he was a Board Member Emeritus, and was humbled to be a recipient of the Sonny Simpson Memorial.  He was a proud member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.  He held a lifelong passion for photography and also enjoyed computers, genealogy, Laurel & Hardy comedies, and dry gin martinis.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sisters Louise Ender Lange, Shirley Radisch Lexow, and Jacqueline Radisch Riley.  Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia S. Radisch, of the home; children Deborah Radisch and husband Andy Standen of Apex; William H. Radisch; and Rebekah Radisch and partner Gail Albergo of Durham; grandchildren Carolyn Penry of Columbia, SC, Kathryn Penry of Raleigh, and Malcolm Albergo-Radisch of Durham.  Bill also leaves his godson, Glenn Weeks of Cary, along with many extended family members and friends. 


 - Travel to Kwaj 1978-79 for work

Bill worked for Western Electric as Battery Control Bldg. (BCB)  Supervisor - Nike Zeus, 67-69 Supervisor of computer area at Meck Island, Safeguard.

Patricia Stonham Radisch  January 14, 1932 - March 30, 2014 Patricia Ruth Stonham Radisch was born January 14, 1932, in Montclair, NJ, to Malcolm Hugh Stonham and Winifred Hewitt Truex Stonham. She died on Sunday March 30, 2014 in her Raleigh home.  Pat was a graduate of Hendersonville High School and St. Mary’s Junior College in Raleigh, and attended Women’s College in Greensboro (now UNC-G).  While at WC, she asked a young man in the dormitory lounge for a light for her cigarette.  Back in her room, a friend about to embark on a double date needed a substitute for her beau’s friend’s blind date.  It wasn’t rocket science for Pat to realize that the fellow was the handsome young man in the lounge, who happened to be a rocket scientist.  The date was a success and the two married July 11, 1953 (and both quit smoking in 2000!).  Pat decided to forgo her final year of college to devote her energies to full-time homemaking and volunteering.  She always regretted not receiving her degree, but was a devoted wife, mother, and engaged member of her many communities.  During her 58 years with “Willie,” the family moved frequently to accommodate his work as a missile systems engineer.  Far flung homes included El Paso, TX, Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, White Meadow Lake, NJ, Winston-Salem, NC, and Kernersville, NC.  After their children were grown, Bill and Pat moved once more, to Lessenich, West Germany, for two years while Bill worked with NATO.  Not appreciated by her children until their adulthood was her full-time job of coordinating these long distance moves every two years.  Her outstanding organizational skills ensured that wherever the family landed, it was home.  Pat was a creative soul who expressed herself through several artistic pursuits, including jewelry making, oil painting, photography, poetry, and crafts. She loved traveling, gardening, warm weather and the ocean, and enjoyed the company of many good friends throughout the world.  Pat volunteered with the Micronesian Handicrafts Shop on Kwajalein, the Shepherd’s Center of Kernersville, Korner’s Folly, and Kernersville Little Theatre, where she excelled as a set designer and props master.  With Bill, Pat was also a founding member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Kernersville.  She enjoyed the daily paper’s crossword and Jumble, as well as an evening cocktail of bourbon and Seven-Up.  Pat enjoyed being a lifelong learner and avidly kept up with news, current events, and political issues.  Friends old and new appreciated Pat’s quick wit and her desire to make things better.  When Pat’s older daughter was studying botany at UNC-Chapel Hill, Pat learned about the ginkgo tree and realized there was one in the heart of Kernersville, next to the Pinnix building.  When it appeared the ginkgo might be a victim to the parking lot going in, she appealed to the town’s powers and shared the importance of the tree which still stands today, a legacy to her, at least to her children. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother, Malcolm Hugh Stonham, Jr. of Sacramento, CA.  She is survived by children Deborah L. Radisch and husband Andy Standen of Raleigh, William H. Radisch of Guilford County, and Rebekah C. Radisch and partner Gail A. Albergo of Durham.  She was a loving and proud Oma to Carolyn P. Fisher (husband Sam Fisher) of Columbia, SC, granddaughter Kathryn F. Penry of Washington, DC, and grandson Malcolm A. Albergo-Radisch of Durham.  She also leaves nieces and nephews in California, Illinois, and North Carolina, and several cousins.  Yokwe yuk.

1961-63 & 1967-69

Helen Elizabeth (Magdziak) Thomas  December 31, 2011 Helen Elizabeth (Magdziak) Thomas, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family.  Born in Syracuse September 1, 1925 to Pawel Magdziak and Barbara Wojdak, both pre-deceased.  She is also pre-deceased by her siblings John, Joseph, Peter, Lottie and Josephine.  Surviving are her beloved husband, Willard W. Thomas; daughters, Leslie C. Taylor of Hastings, NY, Sheila S. Thomas of Fort Mill, SC; sons, Leon J. Thomas of Albuquerque, NM, Willard S. Thomas of Sand Springs, OK and Lee J. Thomas of North Syracuse.  She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.


Helen & Bill - Sept 1980 - Kwaj


Helen & Bill - Aug 2008 Kwaj Reunion


Helen 2011


Donald V. O'Brien, S.J.  Peter Schineller, S.J. - Father Donald V. O'Brien S.J. died on June 14th at Murray-Weigel Hall, Bronx, New York.  He was 88 years old, a Jesuit for 69 years, and a priest for 56 years.  Born of Patrick and Cecillia (Martin) O'Brien in NY City, on 25 January, 1923, he attended Regis High School and then entered the Society of Jesus at Poughkeepsie, NY on 30 July 1942.  After his first vows on 31 July, 1944, he continued his college studies at St. Andrew-on-Hudson.  For the study of philosophy he traveled west to West Baden College in West Baden, Indiana (1946-49).  This was followed by teaching English as a seminarian at the Loyola School, NY (1949-54), and was ordained in the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises at the Jesuit retreat House at Monroe, NY (1958-59) and then for several years served as chaplain at Metropolitan Hospital, NYC (1959-62).  He retured to teach at the Loyola School (1962-64).  After offering retreats at Mt. Manresa, Staten Island (1964-66), he assisted in the Jesuit community at Brooklyn Prep (1966-70) and then was appointed to assist in the development office at Loyola School from 1970-73.  In 1973, he served in a parish in Southampton, NY and in 1976 he began a long term commitment to St. John the Evangelist Church in White Plains, NY, assisting there from 1976-82.  He interrupted this from 1982-90 when he served as Army Chaplain at the USA Test Site, Kwajalein, in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific.  Returning to the US mainland, he again assisted at St. John the Evangelist Church, White Plains, from 1990 to 2009.  In 2009 due to failing health, he took up residence on the Fordham University campus at the Jesuit Community of Loyola Hall.  Both in NY and in the Pacific, Fr. O'Brien was know for his prowess on the golf course where he made many friends especially at the Westchester Hills Golf Club.  Always kind and generous, he traveled by bicycle around the island of Kwajalein and then back in the states covered many miles in his old Plymouth with over 100,000 miles on it. 


Norman E. "Ed" Trentham  Feb. 19, 1940 - Aug. 8, 2011, 71, of Huntsville, passed away at home Monday after a long battle with heart and lung disease.  He was born in Evensville, Tenn., to Edabee and Mildred Burdett Trentham.  The family moved to Chattanooga when he was 13. He graduated from Red Bank High School in 1958. He was recently elected to their Alumni Hall of Fame.  After graduation, he enrolled at Auburn University as a co-operative student with TVA and received a B.S. degree in industrial engineering in 1966.  He was employed by the U.S. Army Missile Command in Huntsville, where he played a major role in developing reliability analyses and preparing test requirements for the Stinger, Patriot and TOW missiles.  From 1982 to 1985, he worked for the Strategic Missile Defense Command at the Kwajalein Missile Range, Marshall Islands.  Upon return to Huntsville, he transferred to NASA, where he served as mission assurance manager for the Hubble Space Telescope and also provided mission assurance for the AXAF telescope and the Chandra X-ray telescope.  In 1991, Ed was awarded the "Silver Snoopy" award for his efforts on the Hubble Space Telescope and was a Manned Space Flight Awareness honoree for his work on the Chandra X-ray payload.  After retiring in 2001, Ed enjoyed sports, Southern gospel music, his granddaughter and family.  He played baseball, softball and golf.  He was a passionate Auburn football fan and enjoyed Braves baseball.  He was a regular visitor to the Jones Valley Wellness Center and enjoyed visiting with everyone and never met a stranger.  Ed was a member of Weatherly Heights Baptist Church since 1975 and was a great help during garage sales for the Alabama Children's Home in Decatur.  Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Ann Trentham; daughter, Susan Trentham-Owens and husband Brandon of Tucson, Ariz.; son, Steve Trentham and wife Michelle and granddaughter Andrea Trentham of Huntsville; sister, Avanell Best and husband Harold of Pace, Fla.; brothers, Troy Trentham of Atlanta and Gerald Trentham and wife Donna of Pell City; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Larry Trentham; and sister, Glenna Sue Trentham.  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Weatherly Heights Baptist Church.  Visitation will be at the church at noon. Interment will follow at Hampton Cove Funeral Home's mausoleum. Memorials may be sent to Weatherly Heights Baptist Children's Home Group or a charity of your choice. 

We shared Qtrs. 469 at Kwaj and played ball together on several teams (KMR and Medicare), great guy and good ball player.  Fred & Linda Thomason


Edward Joseph (Ed) Kronick, October 3, 1925 - July 18, 2011, 85 of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away in hospice care in Las Vegas after a short battle with cancer.  Ed was born October 2, 1925 in Soudan, Minnesota.  Ed served his country in World War II in the U. S. Navy.  He was employed by RCA/GE as a Senior Draftsman/Illustrator at numerous locations on USAF Eastern Test Range and most recently at Kwajalein Missile Range, retiring to Las Vegas, Nevada.  Ed is survived by wife Mercedes of Las Vegas and brother in California.

Kevin Lynn Schorzman 2\6\60 - 5\14\11.  Loving Son, Brother, Uncle and Nephew passed away on May 14, 2011 at his brother's home in Minnville, OR. Kevin was born on February 6, 1960 in Pocatello, ID. He was the second born son to Donald Dwayne and Charlotte Faye Schorzman.  Kevin attended Idaho Falls High School and Idaho State University for two years, where he got his associates in Electronic Technology.  His love for electronics landed him a job with Pan Am on the Island of Kwajalein for about 6 years.  He then moved to Tri Cities, WA and worked for different contractors at the Hanford Reservation and other various commercial nuclear power plants.  He provided computer\and control systems expertise, including a business partnership selling, servicing and installing home PC's.  In 1997 he married Christine and they divorced in 2010. In 1998 he got a job in Albany, OR with a computer software and control systems company.  His work took him all over the nation and abroad.  In 2011 Kevin moved in with his brother Jeff in an attempt to get his feet back on the ground.  Kevin passed away suddenly and unexpectantly of unknown causes.  He had a passion for anything electronic, high tech, or anything dealing with Star Trek. Kevin had a huge generous heart and loved helping other people.  He will be severely missed. Although Kevin never had children, he loved his cats like they were his children.  He was preceded in death by his father Don, grandparents on both sides and numerous uncles.  He is survived by his mother Charlotte, brothers Matt and Jeff, neices Elizabeth (James) McPartlan, Brooke (Greg, Cody, Caden, Jake and Julia) Johnson, Emily and DeLainey Schorzman, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  Kevin worked for the Computer Maintenance Team on Kwaj.  He was my good friend & good worker. You're the best Kev!  Shermie


Ann Lucia Gianci (Sabbio) July 13, 1941 - May 05, 2011, Place of Birth: Boston MA.  Biography: Ann Lucia Gianci, of Woodstock, NH formerly of Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, and Burlington, MA, passed away May 5th, at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, following a short illness.  She was 69 years of age.  Born and raised in Boston's North End she was the daughter of the late Angelo and Concetta (Infantino) Sabbio of Medford.  Ann was an active parishioner of St. Joseph Church in Lincoln, NH where she served as a Eucharistic Minister.  She was also a Marian Helper of the Immaculate Conception. For many years Ann enjoyed doing international service work for the Catholic Church in both the Marshall Islands and Israel.  She also worked as a travel writer and as a stationary designer and publisher for several years. In addition to her late parents, Ann is preceded in death by her brother, the late Frank Sabbio.  She is lovingly survived by her cherished daughter, Sebastiana Jennifer Gianci and her husband Paul James Lafornara of Baltimore, MD.  She was the devoted Nana of Nikai Lafornara and the former wife and friend of William Gianci.  She is also survived by her sisters, Camille Piazza and Marie Chagnon, brothers, Salvatore, Eugene and Francis Sabbio.  She is further survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Rick Dargie and family came to Kwajalein October 1976.  Family included mother Marie, sisters Debbie and Lynn Dargie and father George who also has passed. George was the manager of the Yuk Club.  Rick loved Kwaj as we all did.  He just loved to fish the beautiful waters of Kwaj.  It was not uncommon to come home to see a shark on the entry way of the home.  He was only 47 when he passed,  I miss him so much.  He was a graduate of 1982.  I hope that some of the people who read this will remember him.  May he always be catching the big ones.  Rest in peace Rick.  I love you.  Your sister Lynn, graduate of 1977.

Michele Celeste Lanier died Jan. 2 with loving family by her side in Portland, OR, after a long and valiant fight against cancer.  Private services will be held.  A longtime California resident, her adult life took her to Oregon, Massachusetts, Florida and the Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, where she became an avid scuba diver.  She enjoyed traveling to the Far East, Central America and Hawaii.  She was known for her love of plants and animals, as well as her generosity and compassion toward the less fortunate.  Her charitable nature led her to volunteer at the local thrift shops where she lived.  She is survived by her two sons, James and John and their spouses; grandson, Jared; granddaughter, Jessica; and great-granddaughter Vanessa. 

Dr. Michael Edward Austin Sc.D.  AUSTIN, Dr. Michael Edward, Sc.D. Of Concord, passed unexpectedly, on February 7, 2011, at Emerson Hospital in Concord, age 70.  Beloved husband of 50 years to Patricia Biebuyck Austin. Father of Glenn Austin and his wife Donna, Cheryl Riordan and her husband Tim, Melissa Austin and her fiancé Matthew Tennyson, and the late Mark Austin (survived by his loving wife, Janice Kelliher Austin), the late Diane Austin and the late Charles Austin. Grandfather of Christopher, Anika, Timothy, and Rebekah Austin; Alicia and Michael Akusis; and Samantha Simpson.

Obituary -
Birth date: February 13, 1940, Death date: February 07, 2011


Dr. Michael Edward Austin was born 13 February 1940 in Brockton, Massachusetts.  He died unexpectedly on 7 February 2011 just shy of his 71st birthday.  He was the son of the late Raymond Francis Austin and the late Madeline Catherine Fitzgerald.  As a youngster Michael enjoyed writing and publishing, and he started a weekly newspaper at Weymouth High called The Reflector.  He and his friends also produced the only Junior Class yearbook published at Weymouth High. He was Camera Club President, Key Club Treasurer, and Math Club President.  Harvard University awarded him the Harvard Book Award, and he was class Valedictorian.


After several offers, he decided to attend Notre Dame since they offered him a full tuition four-year scholarship.  There in South Bend, he met his future wife of fifty years, Patricia Ann Biebuyck.  They became engaged after three weeks and married in the Log Chapel at the Notre Dame campus.  It was at Notre Dame he became devout in his love of the Catholic Church and discovered a faith that would last a lifetime.  He was ranked first among 308 engineering students, and he ranked 2nd in the Class of 1961 behind an English major.  He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering graduating Maxima Cum Laude. While working his way through Graduate school, Michael and his wife Pat had their first three children.  After earning his Masters, he graduated in 1967 from M.I.T. with a Sc.D. in Electrical Engineering.  After graduation, he took an overseas assignment to Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.  There he made radar measurements of reentry physics of Ballistic Missiles launched from California. Michael enjoyed Kwajalein very much, taking up snorkeling and scuba diving, among many other activities.  After a four-year tour and two more children, the family relocated to Concord, Massachusetts and Michael continued to work for M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory.  In 1974, when his eldest son asked for help to create a family tree, Michael’s interest in genealogy was sparked.  Since then, he and his wife published newsletters, books, and created the organization Austin Families Genealogical Society complete with a website.  He also held conventions with other members to further Austin-Austen research in and out of the United States.  Michael also took his family back to Kwajalein for two more tours (1975-1977) where his built his first home computer, took up tennis, built an eighty-gallon octagonal fish tank and caught an octopus for a pet.  The next tour was 1983-1990, where he enjoyed more of the laid back Kwajalein lifestyle.  When back in the states, Michael and his family enjoyed camping in their Airstream, and having many amazing vacations.  His last one was taken this past summer with all his children and their spouses to Italy to celebrate his fiftieth anniversary. Michael was known for being extremely generous and would often on a whim invite people out to do something fun and exciting.  He loved creating family traditions, completing complicated projects, and keeping his mind and body active.  Over the years he has built many items woodworking, learned how to square dance, made a darkroom for photography, participated in sports and enjoyed watching them as well (especially Notre Dame football).  He has seen countless plays, musicals, museums, and historical monuments. He enjoyed board games, books, crosswords, ski trips, movies, road trips, and amusements. He had a passion to learn all he could about the Roman Empire and in general had a love of lifelong learning. He always kept up with the latest technology and news.  Even after losing three of his six children tragically, he was upbeat and had quirky side.  He enjoying doing silly things such as buying a life size cheetah in New York and moving it around in the park to see people’s reactions, or getting a mannequin to don his newly acquired Centurian outfit. He loved friends and family and spending time with them was the most important thing to him.  He was active in Holy Family Church in Concord, loved to throw parties, go out to eat, and otherwise be active.  He wanted everyone to live to their fullest potential and had high expectations. He was such an organized person that he could tell you via flow chart what was spent on Christmas twenty years ago and what items were purchased.  He had so much left on his “to-do-list” and on his “bucket list”. We hope that over the years we can help cross some of them off that list. Michael was truly one of a kind and will be terribly missed. He was the soul mate, love and home of his wife Patricia Ann Biebuyck.  He was the beloved father of Janice Austin (wife of Mark) of Rockland, MA, Glenn Austin and his wife Donna of Mountain Home, Idaho, Cheryl Riordan and her husband Tim of Concord, MA, Melissa Austin and her fiancé Matthew Tennyson, of San Diego, CA.  He was also the father of the late Mark Edward Austin, Dianne Elizabeth Austin, and Charles Raymond Austin.  He leaves behind eight grandchildren. Christopher, Anika, Timothy, and Rebekah Austin of Mountain Home Idaho, Alicia and Michael Akusis of Concord, MA and Samantha Simpson of Concord, MA.  He will be missed by many good neighbors, friends, and family.


Betty Harvey died on Tuesday Feb 2, 2011 at the age of 88.  She had Parkinson's Disease for over 16 years which had progressed to Dementia.  We were on Kwaj for 12 years from 1967 - 1979.  She worked Kwajalein at the Tradewinds Snack Bar for a few years, then the Ten-Ten & Yokwe Yuk Club as a cocktail waitress.  She was married to Bob Harvey who worked for Global as the Manager of the Automotive Dept at Kwajalein (he had passed away in 1988).  This info and photographs were provided by daughter, Lynde Harvey


Betty & her bike, Kwajalein


Bob & Betty Harvey, 1970s, Kwajalein

Betty. age 88

Tom Riley Troutman  65, of Glenville, Kentucky died Sunday, January 30, 2011 at his home in Glenville.  Tom Riley Troutman was born November 26, 1945 in Monroe, Michigan to the late Joe W. and Sara Jane Riley Troutman.  Tom was a 1964 graduate of Valley High School in Valley Station, Kentucky, where he also served as a board member of the Alumni Association.  He retired as a lineman from South Central Bell in 1989 prior to working for the Kwajalein Range Services in the U.S. Marshall Islands.  Tom attended Glenville Baptist Church, was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, and a recipient of three bronze stars. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Moose Lodge.  Tom also enjoyed fishing, watching University of Kentucky Basketball, and spending time with both his family and friends.  In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by a brother, Joe W. Troutman, IV.  Survivors include two sons, Mike Troutman and his wife, Erica of Beech Grove, Indiana and Leon Troutman and his companion, Julie Tilden of Wasilla, Alaska; a daughter, Sara Winger and her husband, Jim of Ferndale, Washington; a granddaughter, Michaela Troutman of Beech Grove; three brothers, Dan Troutman of Augusta, Georgia, Max Troutman of North Augusta, South Carolina, and Tim Troutman of Augusta; and a special aunt, Mary “Bopey” Lee of Owensboro.
I am Tom Troutman's daughter, Sara Winger.  I wanted to let you all know that my dad passed away.  We are in process of making the arrangements for his services, but they will be held at Muster Funeral Home in Calhoun, KY, sometime next week.  Please feel free to share this information with anyone else who may have known my dad.  Thank you for being his friend.  Sara (Troutman) Winger, (808) 783-945.

Thompson Hanerg who worked at the Kwaj Hosp for many, many years.  Sad Blessings...Thompson passed away this afternoon, Sunday, October 17, at 2:38 PM Kwaj time.  He seemed very comfortable and was surrounded by family, friends and pastor Rick Funk.  Pastor Rick was called at 2:30 to come pray with the family.  He arrived at 2:33.  Almost immediately upon completion of the prayer, Thompson gently stopped breathing and slipped away.  It was spiritually poetic and very peaceful.

The Marshallese ladies are gathering now to wash the body and anoint it with coconut oil and Kirin leaves; they tell me to preserve it.  They will gather at our morgue, talk story of Thompson.... laugh, cry, eat and keep vigil until the outer island family members have opportunity to arrive.  They will then transport the body to Ebeye, Kwajalein Atoll for the funeral.

I told the family, I am so glad he did not go to Hawaii.  He could have been in some ER or hospital where he knew few people or in a hotel room or staying with distant friends and family... far away from those he was closest to.  We have felt so privileged to be allowed to care for him these last few days.  A very special thank you to the wonderful nursing staff.  It is difficult to take care of a terminal patient... it is far MORE difficult to take care of a family member whom most have worked side by side with from the first day they stepped into the Kwajalein Hospital.  One that talked story to them, patiently explained the Marshallese traditions, culture, politics and helped most of us to learn bits and pieces of the language.  It was a joy to see the love with which each one of you cared for our dear friend and coworker.  A BIG KOMMOL TATA to each one of you - as Thompson would say!  Please feel to pass on the above to all the friends of Thompson.  With much love, Bess

Ceriaco "Jerry" Ramos, born 3/14/1938 in Honolulu, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2011 from complications of leukemia.  He was a Kwaj resident in the 1970's and worked for Global Associates as a Locksmith.  He enjoyed the sports on Kwaj especially softball and racquetball.  He leaves to cherish his memory two sons, Joshua Dwayne of Wilson, NC and Jesse Darrell and wife Kristin of Rocky Mount, NC. He was "Tutu" to three grandchildren - Hailey, Brittain and Olivia.  He also leaves behind four sisters, two brothers and many nieces and nephews.


Muriel K. Newman  "I was reading my December National Bridge Bulletin and saw Muriel K. Newman of Springfield, Mo. had passed away." Russ Kees.

Posted by Shermie, Dec. 25, 2010 - Muriel was a beloved grade school teacher and a great dancer at the Yokwe Yuk Club at Kwajalein for many years. - We all will miss her.  The August 2008 picture was taken at the 2008 Kwaj Reunion in Colorado Springs, CO, August 1-4, the following was her entry into the Kwaj Reunion Memory Book:
Kwajalein: 1961, 1963-86. Hired in 1961 with T & T teaching Kindergarten, then left, taught in Denver, CO one year, and the returned with Global, started as Librarian, office worker then taught Kindergarten at Kwajalein until retirement 1986.

Memories: Love to ride the bike around the island on the weekends and picked up shells.

Enjoyment: Love to teach, enjoyed Bridge playing, dancing and square dancing. Enjoyed square dance with Max and Joan Sahl. I also like square dancing with Terry Newman.

Presently - August 2008: Retired. I’m still line dancing with a group of 12 women that visit nursing homes and fairs. We love put on a show for the folks in the area. I still play bridge and work outside in my garden. I really do miss the children I taught at Kwaj. I loved to hear from them. Drop me a letter and let me know how you are doing, maybe a picture too.

Contributing to the honor of Muriel Newman:

In the 25 years I knew her, I'd have to say she was the most soft-spoken, immaculately dressed, charming personality lady I have ever known, and a pleasure to watch her dance and perform in her beautiful square dance costumes.  A skilled bridge player, she attained the rank of Life Mastership after retiring to her Missouri home.  I often wondered how she maintained her calm demeanor after the seemingly monumental task of starting thousands of five year olds on their educational journey.  A truly remarkable woman!! - Russ Kees
 


Theodore Edward “Ted” George, Jr., age 79, of Three Rivers, California, passed away on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010.  Ted was active in the Lion’s Club, enjoyed hunting and fishing, listening to jazz, and spending time with family and friends.  Ted was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He served in the USAF during the Korean War, and after that served in the OR Air National Guard.  An engineer by trade, Ted worked at Vandenberg AFB, CA.  In the early 1970’s he spent time on range radar/tracking ships which brought him to Kwajalein, in the Marshall Islands.  In 1973, Ted and his family relocated to Kwajalein where they lived until 1981.  While living on Kwajalein, Ted enjoyed softball, scuba diving, and fishing.  After leaving Kwajalein, Ted spent time working in Ogden, Utah and then returned to California where he worked at Edwards AFB.  Ted and his wife, Joanne, retired to Three Rivers where Ted was able to enjoy his two passions, jazz music and his love of the outdoors (hunting and fishing).  Ted is survived by his wife, Joanne; his children, David, Karen, Eric and Warren; his grandchildren Candice, David Jr., Kelsey, Taylor, Steven, Emma, and his great grandson, Gaden.  We love you and miss you, Dad...you will always be with us in our hearts!


Hampton, Frank Darby "Chopper", 80, of Huntsville passed away Wednesday.  Frank was a Korean War veteran, a retired mechanical engineer, a 1954 alumni of University of Alabama and a strong "ROLL TIDE" fan.  Frank was a 54-year member of the American Legion Post 237, VFW Post 2702, and Voiture 1012 of the 40&8.  Survivors include his wife, Joyce LeDuc-Hampton; daughter, Sharmon Vickers; son, Franklin Hampton II; brother, J.W. Hampton; granddaughters, Darbi Lynskey and Brooke Vickers; and great-granddaughter, Ashley Benefield. 

From Shermie Wiehe:  I spent many evenings in the mid 1990s entertaining Chopper at the piano at the VFW Hall on Kwaj, great fan and good friend.  He and his wonderful wife Joyce treated me like family throughout the years.  I love them both.  "I'll miss you the rest of my days Chopper."


Haile "Jake" Jaekel, a Pearl Harbor survivor and rocket engineer, died Sept 14, 2010 of cancer.  He was 86.  Mr Jaekel was a 17 yr old seaman on the coal dock at Pearl Harbor when Japanese planes began attacking Dec 7, 1941.  Marine handed him a Browning rifle which he used to fire at everything that went by.  He took a 35 foot boat to rescue men from sinking battle ships and suffered a leg injury from enemy strafing. He returned the next day to his post aboard the USS Salt Lake City and fought in major WWII campaigns, including battles at Marshall, Wake and Marcus Islands.  Jake devoted his life to serving his country, recalled to active duty in the Air Force in 1953, he served in the 497th Fighter Squadron, 503rd Air Material Group and taught at Chanute Air Force Reserve in Illinois.  He later served in the Air Force reserve and retired as a California National Guard captain in 1980.  After the Soviet Union sent a Sputnik satellite into orbit Jake joined the team at McDonnell Douglas and worked on the Thor missile project.  With his family he moved to Kwajalein from 1970-1972 and helped conduct missile launches.  He also served on Apollo launch crews at Kennedy Space Center.  He retired from AeroJet in 1986.  He was a licensed aircraft mechanic and seasoned airplane pilot.  Jake is survived by his wife of 64 years Merle and daughters Pam and Kristine.

Robert Edison "Bob" Ray  August 15, 1931 - October 16, 2010.  Robert Edison “Bob” Ray, 79, of Tehuacana passed away October 16, 2010 in Waco.  Bob was born August 15, 1931 in Wichita Falls, Texas to Robert Edison and Amy (Moore) Ray. He married Emilie Trantham on August 25, 1962 in Matagorda, Texas.  Bob graduated from Texas University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, he worked a short time for the Corp of Engineer. Later, Bob joined RCA and worked in Tulie, Greenland and then worked in England on a tracking mission.  He also, spent time in Kwajalein Atoll – Marshall Islands for RCA.  He worked in California for a few years.  His last working days were in New Jersey where he was Site Manager for G. E. Operations.  Bob retired from G. E. after 30 years.  He, then, worked for 18 years in Mexia as Veteran Service Officer.  Bob was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mexia, Amateur (Ham) Radio Operator, Elfund Society, V.F.W., American Legion, Am Vets and attended Peacock Military Academy, where he served on the board Alumni Association, Inc.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter, Jo Beth Lowry.  Bob is survived by his wife, Emilie of Tehuacana; daughters, Mary Dyer of Ft. Worth and Joan Williams of Weatherford; grandchildren, Randi Williams, John Williams, III, David Williams, Nolan Lowry, Ana Lowry and Heather Dyer: and five great-grandchildren. 


Bob worked for RCA-TRADEX from early 1960's to 1970's


Richard Allen Byrd, Sr., 71, passed away October 21, 2010 at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family.  He leaves behind his beloved wife, Yong Byrd.  Born in West Virginia, Richard was the son of the late Lucille and James Byrd.  Richard retired from the United States Air Force and most recently was working security for 3D Research.  Besides his loving wife, Richard leaves behind his sons, Richard Allen Byrd, Jr. and his wife Angela from New Mexico, James Byrd and wife Sherry of Harpers Ferry, WV; daughter, Aleshya Poon and husband Willie of Suffolk; grandchildren, Richard A. Byrd, III, Melissa Byrd, Jessica Bowman, Alexis Byrd, Austin Byrd, Mekelle Poon, Craig Poon, Jasmine Poon, Noah Poon; sister, Gloria J. Hall; brothers, Thomas F. Byrd, Robert E. Byrd, Donald L. Byrd, and Alvin L. Byrd. 

Samuel Dean Redford  1935 - 2010  Sam Redford, 75, passed away from a heart attack at his ranch near Hamilton, Texas, Friday, October 15, 2010.  Sam was born to the late Tom and Elta Redford in Fort Davis, Texas October 5, 1935.  Mr. Redford grew up in Fort Davis, where he loved ranching and being outdoors.  An electrical engineer and graduate of Texas A&M University, Mr. Redford was a defense contractor overseas for many years where he was an avid scuba diver and explorer.  Mr. Redford has been a rancher in Hamilton County, Texas since the 1970s.  Sam was a devoted husband and beloved father, and is survived by his wife, Sandy; one son, Clay; four daughters, Kathy, Suzanne, Sandy and Debbi; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Tommy.   Funeral services were held Thursday, October 21st at the Fort Davis, Texas Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family has selected the Fort Davis Presbyterian Church if anyone desires to send a gift.  Sam worked for RCA Service Company at Kiernan Re-Entry Measurements Site, Roi-Namur, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Island 1971-77 in KREMS Control Center.  He was active in the SCUBA club and research of the historical wrecks in the lagoon. 

"Sam was a respected and dedicated worker …leading by example rather than edict at KREMS and previous assignment to ARIS ships“- Jim Caskey

Helen K Fangmann  WAKEFIELD, RI. - Helen K Fangmann, 82, of Wakefield, R.I., and formerly of Framingham, MA.; Meredith, N.H.; and Highlands Ridge in Avon Park, FL., died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. She was the wife of George Fangmann for 62 years.  Born in New York; N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Victor, Sr. and Dorothy (Koeper) Huggard.  Mrs. Fangmann was a volunteer for the Lakes Region Conservation Trust in Meredith, N.H. and was the church secretary for the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Laconia as well as serving on numerous committees.  Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters and their spouses, Jane and Randall White of North Kingstown, RI. and Anne Marie and Mitchell Freitas of Framingham, MA.; a grandson Jonathan R White of North Kingstown, RI.; and a brother Victor Huggard Jr. of Saratoga Springs, NY.  She was the mother of the late Robert G. Fangmann. 

George Fangmann of Wakefield, RI, formerly of Framingham, MA, Meredith, NH and Highlands Ridge in Avon Park, FL, died Sunday, February 24, 2013.  He was the beloved husband of the late Helen K. (Huggard) Fangmann. Born in New York, NY, he was a son of the late Dietrich and Beta (Behjre) Fangmann.  He attended Brooklyn Technical High School and received a degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.  He also received his Masters degree in 1977.  During his career he worked at the physics lab at Columbia University on the Manhattan project involving the atom bomb. Mr. Fangmann was employed for the GTE Sylvania Company based in Needham, MA for over forty years, retiring in 1986.  While he was department manager for GTE he spent five years at the Kwajalein Missile Range in the Marshall Islands testing intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) and working on Star Wars.  He served honorably with the US Naval Reserve during World War II and the Korean Conflict.  In his spare time he enjoyed golf tennis, bowling sailing, scuba diving and spending time at his homes in Florida and on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.  He is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Jane and Randall White of North Kingstown, RI and Anne and Mitchell Freitas of Framingham, MA; a grandson, Jonathan R. White of North Kingstown, RI; and a brother Charles Fangmann of Hendersonville, NC.  He was the father of the late Robert Fangmann.


Stephanie Africano  Stephanie Anne Africano, a 35-year resident of the South Bay, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 10, 2010 at Long Beach Memorial Hospital where she was born 38 years ago.  Stephanie was a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes Estates from Childhood baptism through life, recently teaching young children.  Stephanie attended schools in Rancho Palos Verdes, graduating from Rolling Hills High School, California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature (Cum Laude), a Masters of Arts Education in Educational Technology also Phi Lambda Theta and Phi Kappa Phi honorary societies, and a diploma in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL).  She was enrolling at CSU Domignuez Hills for a Master of Arts in Teaching, as she realized teaching young people was her life's call.  As an undergraduate, she lived in the International House at CSULB, becoming the resident and making lifelong friendships with many Asian and European students.  This lead to her extensive travel to Japan, South Korea, England, Scotland, Ireland and other European countries to visit friends.  Steph worked at Mendoza Dillon, an Orange County ad agency, CSU Long Beach in the education school in teacher placement at El Camino College, Torrance Memorial Hospital in hospice and taught TEFL briefly in South Korea with her fiancé Mitch Fader.  Mitch at 38 died suddenly in February this year of cancer.  A graduate of the L.A. Jr. Lifeguard program.  Steph played the violin, mostly classical pieces until she encountered the Scottish Fiddlers during her adult career and became passionate about that style of music.  Every few years she traveled to music camps in San Diego, North Carolina and Scotland for a week of
instruction and fiddling.  She was a member of the Los Angeles Scottish Fiddlers organization.  Her master's thesis involved mechanizing a website including an example on teaching Scottish Fiddling.  Steph often performed musical gigs at coffee houses in L.A. and Orange counties, the Orange County Fair, weddings and other occasions as a fiddler and singer.  She loved pastry baking and Korean foods.  Steph lived in the Marshall Islands on the island of Kwajalein for 2 1/2 years as a young child with her family while her father worked on a U.S. Army defense contract.  She attended a government school with the son of another engineer; this young friend (Mitch) located Steph via the Internet 30 years later in Southern California and they were engaged.  Steph had a knack of maintaining school chum friendships for a long, long time.  Stephanie is survived by her parents, Jane and Robert Africano of Palos Verdes, CA; sister, Jenna Africano of Redondo Beach; brother, Teim Africano, wife Leslie; and nephews, Austin and Ethan of Anaheim Hills.  The memorial service will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes Estates on Saturday, July 31 2010 at 1:00 p.m., followed by a reception at the parish hall.  Per her request, Stephanie's remains will be scattered at the sea off the Palos Verdes Peninsula at a later date. 

Donald Charles Elliott, 63, passed away in his Mount Vernon, Wash., home on July 29, 2010.  He was diagnosed with cancer in the spring and lived out his last days grateful for life and embraced by his family.  Don was born in Seattle on Aug. 22, 1946, to Robert Lewis and Elizabeth Enid (Watson) Elliott.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Judy (Elliott) Sawyer.  He is survived by the love of his life, Henni (Slickers) Elliott of Mount Vernon; and his three children, Rob Elliott of Lake Stevens, Wash., Dina Elizabeth Hovde of Vancouver, Wash., and Katie Hawkins of Mount Vernon.  He also leaves behind daughter-in-law Liza Elliott; sons-in-law Ryan Hovde and Wayne Hawkins; grandchildren Peyton and Bailey Elliott and Luke and Jonah Hovde; as well as beloved brother-in-law Tom Sawyer and several other family members and friends.  Don attended Seattle schools and owned a family dry-cleaning business on Seattle's Greenwood Avenue for many years.  As a young father, Don was very involved in his north Seattle church, helping lead the children's ministry.  His own children delighted in his accordion playing, his Donald Duck impersonation and his chocolate chip cookies.  He moved his family to the Marshall Islands in 1987, where Don continued to dry-clean in paradise (Kwajalein) and enjoyed deep-water fishing, island life and his boat, the Sea Witch.  In 1998, Don moved back to Washington.  He worked as a mechanic for several years and lived in Mount Vernon until the time of his death.  Don took great joy in his family, looking forward to every barbecue, the family's annual summer vacation and the Elliotts' Thanksgiving festivities.  Don was greatly loved and is dearly missed. His family celebrated his life on Earth and his entry into the heavens at a private remembrance on the Tye River.


Clark B. Gathercole - 82, of Ojai, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, after a brief illness. He was born Aug. 5, 1919, in Vermont. Mr. Gathercole was a commercial pilot, continuing his flying career after serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. He piloted a B-17 Flying Fortress with the 2nd Bombardment Group, 96th Squadron, Tunisia, and completed 50 missions over Sicily and Italy.  After returning home, he flew for several airlines and was Ventura County's director of airports in 1961. He finished his flying career in 1980 as senior captain for Global Associates at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. His interests included reading, political discussions, storytelling and NFL football. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Grace Harris Gathercole; daughters and sons-in-law Judith and Preston Plumb of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Carol and Alan Olson of Ojai; four grandsons; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter. Mr. Gathercole was preceded in death by his son, Gary.  FYI - Captain Gathercole was one of the pilots aboard the ill-fated DC-54
crash on Roi in 1977,
see photos.

Jacquelynn L. Tinsley - Titusville, FL - Jacquelynn L. Tinsley passed away at home the late evening of June 29, 2010, after a long illness.  Known to her many friends as Jackie, she was much beloved by her husband, Robert S. Tinsley, and her children.  She was born in Oakland, California on July 23, 1929 to Edmund C. Garbis and the former Ethel E. Harrington.  Jackie attended Holy Names High School, though not a Catholic, and studied fine arts at Mills College. At age 18 she married Benjamin A. Wilson, a U.S. Army sergeant, who was killed in an accident not long afterwards.  She was pregnant at the time with her son, John Douglas Wilson.  For some time she lived in Arkansas with her parents-in-law, before returning to California.  She was living and working in San Francisco when she met Robert, a naval aviator, who became her husband for the rest of her life.  She lived over many areas of the country, as well as nineteen months in Kwajalein, in the Marshall Islands.  She had also worked as a draftsman, and other jobs in defense-related companies. Her husband became an airline pilot, resulting in residences in Colorado, Illinois, Virginia, California, and Florida. Traveling with her husband also gave her access to France, Hawaii, and the British Isles.  She was a main-stay with the Titusville Garden Club, and was well-known as a gourmet cook.  She is survived by her husband, and 3 children, Lee Ann Schouten of Titusville, Robert Tinsley, Jr., of Ozark, AR., Virginia Hoppe, of Kings Mountain, N.C., and a brother, William Garbis of Jacksonville.  Her eldest son, John D. Wilson Tinsley, who served 2 tours with the Army in Vietnam, died of a heart attack four years ago.

Serrano, Anthony J. , 61, of Kansas City, Kansas., passed away Monday, January 25, 2010, at his home.  The Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, January 30, 2010, at The Cathedral of Saint Peter, 409 N. 14th, KC, Kan. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Bishop Ward High School.  Anthony was born in Milliken, CO, to Paul and Josephine Serrano. Mr. Serrano was a lifelong member of The Cathedral of Saint Peter.  He graduated from St. Peters Grade School and Bishop Ward High School. Anthony was a Vietnam Army veteran and had recently retired from Kansas City Kansas Community College, Engineering and Technology Department, after many years of dedicated service.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Ramona Lou Serrano.  He is survived by brothers Paul E. Serrano (Lynne), Thomas M. Serrano, Sr. (Kathy), James W. Serrano, Raymond Serrano (Becky) and sisters Joella Young (Jim), Pauline Carpio (Ken), Mary Serrano, along with 15 nieces and nephews and 14 great nieces and nephews.

Perhaps you remember Tony Serrano who worked in the Communications building on Kwaj.  He worked on the inter-island L6 and L600 carrier systems.  Like you Shermie, ,he was also from the KC area.  I know he spent time at the Yuk listening to your music and traveling to all of the outer islands to maintain and align the old carrier systems.   It is good to see that you are doing well.  I lived in the Reef BQ across from you for a long time.  I wish I still had the Arp synthesizer I had there.  Like Tony, I was on Kwaj from 73–78.  After living in the Overland Park area for more than 20 years, I now live in Webster, TX.  Thank you.  Dennis DeSloover, Engineering & Installation Standards, Dennis.Desloover@sprint.com

Bradley, Lewis H. (Brad) 1924-2010, passed away February 28, 2010 in McAllen, Texas after a two month hospital stay.  He will be placed at the Veterans Cemetery in Mission, Texas.  He worked for Kentron Inc. - Kwajalein Atoll and was active with the Aloha Shrine Temple on Kwajalein and later in Honolulu.  He used an artificial larynx so many people would remember him but him using one.

McAllen, Texas - Lewis 'Brad' H. Bradley, 85, died Sunday, February 28, 2010, at Comfort House.  He was born in La Feria, TX, May 6, 1924.  He survived by his wife, Violet Bradley; daughters, Linda Bradley and Denise Armstrong; son, Larry Bradley; and step children, Kristie Kanowitz and Michael Trutwin.

Gallant, Skip & Kay  (Kwaj 1980-89) - Kay passed Nov 25th, 2008 and Skip passed Oct 7th, 2009.  Skip worked for Kentron International at Kwajalein as a Senior Programmer/Analyst. Skip and Kay returned stateside to retire in a very small town, Palmer, in mid-state Nebraska.

Herman C. (Skip) Gallant passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at the age of 82/ at Mesa, AZ.  Skip was born on June 30/ 1927/ in Yakima, WA, to the parents of Walt and Minnie (Seat) Gallant. He graduated from high school in Mukilteo, Washington.  After serving a tour of duty in the Navy, he met and married Irene (Lori) Bingaman, and they separated after about 20 years. To this union were born three children, Mark, Holly, and Marcy. On October 14, 1974, Skip married Beulah '''Kay'' Clark in California.  They spent eight years overseas in the Kwajalein Islands and moved to Palmer, Nebraska, in 1988. His careers spanned being a police officer in Silver City, New Mexico, while he was in college; to teaching, which he loved to do; to the aerospace industry, including Boeing.  Skip had the privilege to work with Dr. Van Bruan at Rocketdyne, and the latter was part of the space efforts at Vandenberg Air Base.  Yes, he was a rocket scientist!  He retired from Kwajalein where his job was to develop programs to assist in reentry vehicle tracking systems, a forerunner to the "Star Wars" defense systems.

Skip worked on Kwajalein at the ICC in the Kentron days.  He could always be found with a cup of coffee, a cigarette, a big smile, and a great sense of humor.  His experience and demeanor made the ICC a very good place to work. Always willing to help out, solve problems, and teaching those lucky enough to work with him.  After hours, he could be found playing Pinochle, playing on his Commodore Pet or walking his cat Tiger.  He was a great friend and we'll miss him.  In Palmer, he returned to teaching as a substitute.  Skip and Kay were voted to receive the "Good Neighbor" award at the Palmer Fall Festival in 1991.  They both had a love for children and would often do special things for them. Skip's wife, Kay, passed away November 25, 2008.  Skip became a Catholic when he married Lori.  He was active in the church as a teacher, reader, and parish member.  When he and Kay settled in Palmer, he found his faith with the Wesleyan Church.  He believed in being part of the community and giving back and so was a Sunday School teacher and was active in his church in Palmer.  According to son, Mark: '''Dad' is a verb.  He did it well.  His support, lessons, help, and examples of and about life helped to mold us to be good Christians, good spouses, good parents, and good neighbors.  Dad did a lot of things with and for the girls, but being the boy, I got to share his love of scouting, camping, some hunting, and cave exploring in addition to the just 'guy to guy' stuff as I matured.  He was a good dad, husband, and servant of our Lord.  He will be greatly missed.  May he and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace."  Survivors include Mark (Margie) Gallant, of Beaverton, Oregon; Holly (Bryan) Huschka of Everett, Washington, and Marcy (Kent) Slater of Mesa, Arizona; a step­daughter-in-law, Mary Jo (Jody) Rasey of Yuma, Arizona; eight grandchildren, four great­grandchildren; and three step­grandchildren and five step­great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lottie Elke, of Edmonds, Washington.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Howard, Homer, Harry, and Harvey; and a step-son, Dan Rasey.

Beulah "Kay" (Clark) Gallant
, 84, of Palmer, Nebraska, died Tuesday, November 25, 2008. at her home.  Kay was in Rose HIl
i Cemetery, Palmer, Nebraska.  She was born October 10, 1924 in Merrick County to Clarence and Mina (Edwards) Clark.  She grew up and was educated in Palmer and graduated from Palmer High School.  She attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and later worked for the Civil Service in Omaha for three years.  She moved to California and lived there for 15 years. On October 14, 1974, she married Herman (Skip) Gallant In California.  They spent eight years overseas in the Kwajalein Islands and moved back to Palmer in 1988.  She was busy befriending the kids in the neighborhood.  She always made Peanut Butter Balls at Christmas which the kids were more than glad to help her get rid of.  She and Skip often walked Tiger in the evening.  Probably the only cat on island that walked on a leash.  They were voted to receive the "Good Neighbor" award at the Fall Festival in 1991.  Kay faithfully attended the Palmer Wesleyan Church.  Her hobby was searching for shells on the beach; and she loved children.  Survivors include her husband, Skip, a step-daughter-In-Iaw, Mary' Jo (Jody) Rasey of Yuma, Arizona; one step-son, Mark (Marjorie) Gallant, of Aloha, Oregon; two step-daughters. Holly (Bryan) Huschka of Everett. Washington, and Marcy (Kent) Slater of Queen Creek, Arizona, 11 step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a. step-son, Dan Rasey; one brother, Ralph; and three sisters: Leota, Florence and Emma.


Walter Benjamin Fiske II, Dec. 12, 1941 - Jan. 8, 2010: "Benny" of Huntsville, passed away Friday. Mr. Fiske was a Huntsville native.  He attended Rison Elementary School and graduated in 1960 from Huntsville High School.  He worked for 30 years for Control Data Corp., spending seven and one half of those years in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.  Survivors include his wife, Judy Hyer Fiske; children, John Walter Fiske and life partner Eric Templeton, Lisa Fiske Schrimsher and husband Jerry, and Kelli Fiske Wright and husband Alan; one sister, Mary Ann Kirkland and husband James; and one brother, Tom Fisk and wife Maria.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Katie, Ben, Jack, Taylor, Darci, Hunter and Wyatt; and several nieces and nephews.

John Naughton Melbourne John J. Naughton passed away peacefully on Monday, December 28, 2009.  He was born in Morris town, NJ on October 3, 1917, and was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Vene. He is survived by his three daughters, Nancy (Bill Fletcher) of Melbourne, Bonnie (Loren Vaughn) of Scottsdale, AZ and Peggy (Doug Broyles) of Longmont, CO, as well as nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.  John was a graduate of Rutgers University and was employed by Bell Laboratories, Inc. for 45 years prior to his retirement in 1981.  After retirement he re turned to Melbourne where his family had lived while he was assigned to Cape Canaveral. At Bell Labs, he began as a mailroom employee and completed his career as Plant Operations Manager.  He held various positions in Bell Labs facilities in New York, New Jersey, Cape Canaveral, FL, Kwajalein, Marshall Is lands, and Wales, UK all involving his exceptional skills in organization, management and staff relations.  He also served briefly in the United States Army. During their assignments, John and Vene made many lifelong friends with whom they kept in touch over the years.  While assigned to Wales, they had the opportunity to travel extensively in Europe with friends.  They also took time to see much of Asia during their stay at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.   

While assigned to Cape Canaveral, John participated in the early years of the space program and watched as Alan Sheppard made the first sub-orbital flight and continued through the first orbital flight by John Glenn.  He was then transferred to Kwajalein Island where he worked with the Nike X project.  His family, however, was always his first priority.  He was a loving, devoted husband to Vene and a very special Dad to his daughters.  He was always active in their school lives, and encouraged his girls to be active, independent, open to new people, ideas and adventures and to take ad vantage of opportunities presented to them.  All though his family was spread over the country, John and Vene traveled often to be with children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren making sure all knew they were loved and treasured by them.  In addition, they made sure their home was always a place where all family members were welcomed, and were encouraged to return often.  He touched our lives in many ways leaving all of us with wonderful memories that will remain forever and love for him that will never go away.

Konny Banks  Dec. 17, 1936 - Jan. 4, 2010.  On Jan. 4 in His infinite wisdom and mercy, God took unto Himself His servant, Konny Banks, who died in Huntsville Hospital after a long fight against cancer.  The only child of Everett Kyhn and Courtney Garland Kyhn, Konny was born in Richmond, Va.  She was a graduate of the College of William and Mary and obtained a master's degree in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She worked in libraries at all educational levels and retired as a Huntsville City Schools librarian from Westlawn Middle School.  She was a devoted wife and mother, and a career Army wife.  Konny was a member of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild for 30 years and a longtime supporter of the Huntsville Symphony.  She was a member of the Du Midi service club, as well as several other civic and church groups.  She greatly enjoyed English history and travel, but especially loved time spent with family and friends. She never met a stranger and treasured her friends.  Her winning smile and gracious manner will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  Konny is survived by her husband of 44 years,  Col. John W. Banks Jr.; her daughter, Caroline Banks of Houston; her daughter, Ashley Parsons and son-in-law Robert; and grandsons, John and Michael, all of Opelika. 

Robert & Dorothy Olds  I am a Kwaj Kid ’66 - ’72.  Daughter Joy to Robert & Dorothy Olds. My Dad ran the Yokwe Yuk Club for about 15 years.  My Mom Dorothy worked at the Power Plant with the late Billy Daniels & Ed Borgess.  While they were in Kwaj, they both loved living there and in fact, we all loved it.  After Kwaj duty, they worked with ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia for about 5 years and they retired in Hawaii and eventually moved to Las Vegas where my husband George and I now live.

My mother Dorothy passed away in 2000 at the age of 80 & Dad Bob passed away June 2009 at the age of 92. Joy Olds-Jones

Robert Olds
Yokwe Yuk Club
Manager, 66-72
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Daughter, Joy, 17 yrs. with mother
Dorothy, July 1, 1971, July 1, 1971

Dorothy 79 & Bob 85, year 2000

Mediterranean Cruise - 1983

George & Joy, 2008

Earl Coon  Titusville, FL,  Earl Everett Coon, age 87, passed away on Monday, October 26, 2009 at home.  He was born on April 19, 1922 in Cushing, OK.  Earl was raised in western New York state in Medina.  He was a Staff Sergeant in the New York State National Guard prior to World War II and served as a Navy Seal during the war.  Earl spent several years in rocket engineering with Bell Aircraft and General Dynamics Corp. in various missile programs.  The last 15 years prior to retirement were spent in the Marshall Islands of the Pacific, Kwajalein atoll, with the Vinnell Corp. on the island of Kwajalein (eight years).  The last seven years were as a self-con tractor with the Hospital Corporation of Great Britain and the Saudi Arabian government.  Earl was predeceased by Janet Coon, his wife of 47 years; son, Scott Coon, and sister, Sally Johnson.  Earl is survived by many loving family members in cluding his wife, Norma Blunk Coon; his son, Terry Lee (Kathie) Coon of Titus ville; his daughters, Nicki Lynn (Jack) Piedmont of Hilton, NY, and Patricia Jan (Jay) Parrish of Titusville; his stepchildren, Joseph (Marsha) Blunk of Melbourne, FL, Becky (Bill) Senecal of North Groves, Nordale, CT, and Vicki Hammond of Columbus, OH; 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and the church family of First Presbyterian Church of Titusville.


Meck Operations Manager for Global 1970s


Charles H. Felton Jr.  "Charlie Tuna,"  71, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009.  Charles spent his life traveling.  He worked in Washington, D.C., for Western Electric, then in Cherry Hill, N.J., for RCA, where he got to travel the world.  Then he took a job overseas in Kwajalein to work in communications. While there, he had the chance to visit the many islands and that's where he fell in love, and then retired.  He passed away in his sleep in Kolonia, Pohnpei, where he had lived out the rest of his life.  As he had wished, it will be there that he will be laid to rest.  Charles leaves many family members behind: a stepmother, Helen Felton; a brother, Edward Felton; a sister, Debbie Talley; his children, Yvonne Sudduth, Charles Felton III, Christy Jones and Lauri Bruton; and their mother, Joyce Muterspaw. He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  In Pohnpei, he leaves a wife, five children and six grandchildren.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

    In Memory of Charlie Tuna:
  • "I worked with Tuna on Roi for many years.  He will be missed. He actually started Channel 4 TV on Roi.  Hooked a VCR to a small amp, out the window of Ajax BQ.  RIP my old friend."  Bill Williamson
     
  • "Roi revolved around Charlie - to me he made Roi what it was. I can honestly say he was the most pleasant guy to be around and one of the people I missed the most when I PCSed.  He was the Mayor.  God bless you Charlie."  Dan Turney

JoAnn Helstrom born JoAnn Pennington 9-23-1935 San Antonio, Texas.  Employed at the local Air Force facility in the late 1950s.  Married and moved to Athens, Alabama; raised 3 children.  Re-entered government employment at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL ap. late 1970s.  Assigned to Kwajalein Missile Range 1981 -1993.  Served as Secretary to Deputy Commanders and Range Commander.  Returned to Huntsville to live and work; retired from Redstone in 1996.  Joann had been divorced and had remarried Ray Helstrom in 1989.  JoAnn passed away 9-1-2009 after a 3 year bout of ovarian cancer.  JoAnn was extremely well liked and deeply loved by her family and remarkable gathering of loyal friends over her lifetime.  As for virtually all alumni who ever lived and served on Kwajalein, she too was deeply steeped in its lifestyle lore and richly rewarded with treasured memories.  Among the many, "happily-ever-after" stories written on Kwajalein, JoAnn and her husband Ray Helstrom lived one of the closest and fullest. they met on Kwajalein in 1983 and filled their life with family happenings and world adventures for 26 years.  Ray testifies that he and JoAnn were truly blessed and states that there is no doubt that their good fortune greatly benefited from the opportunity to pursue a life on Kwajalein that cultivated the lasting friendships that are serving as support to this very day.  She leaves her children Donna, Gregory and Douglas, and grandchildren Amanda and Elizabeth in Alabama; her brother Eugene and extensive family in Texas; and step son Marek and step grandchildren Britt and Garrett, and Carolyn and Bruce, Ray's sister and brother and extensive family in California. Her loyal shih tsu, Spritzer, remains with Ray in Huntsville, Alabama. rayhelstrom@hotmail.com.


Lawrence Lowe Nelson  St. George, Utah - Lawrence Lowe Nelson, 78, passed away at home with home with his family on September 5, 2009.  Larry was born March 31, 1931 in Oskaloosa, Iowa to Clela Lowe and Leslie Raymond Nelson.  Larry lived in What Cheer, Iowa and graduated from What Cheer High School on May 14, 1948.  He was the lead in his high school play, "Good, Gracious, Grandma " his junior year of high school. He was the Junior Class President and Senior Class Vice President.  He played football and baseball in high school and loved to fish. After high school, Larry enlisted in the Navy in 1948 and received an Honorable Discharge on June 13, 1952.  He was a Submariner on the USS Grampus 523 submarine.  He was a Helmsman. On October 3, 1953 he married Isabelle Martire in Chicago Heights, Illinois.  Larry went to school to become a computer engineer and worked for IBM and Control Data Corp.  Larry loved to scuba dive and was a volunteer for the Cook County Rescue Squad.  He was a scuba diving and water safety instructor and lifeguard at the YMCA. He was a member and held the office of President of the Harvey Orca's Scuba Club.  Larry spent three years in the Marshall Islands on the Kwajalein Atoll where he learned to fly planes and enjoyed boating, deep sea fishing, snorkeling and sailing.  Larry was an avid hiker.  He backpacked in the Grand Canyon twice a year for more than 20 years.  He would hike from rim to rim of the Grand Canyon in one day.  Larry was a member of the Rocky Mountain Hiking Club in Colorado and was one of the original members of the Outback Hiking Club in St. George.  He served as leader for 110 club hikes and held every office.   He was one of only 11 achieving the level of "10-Star Hiker."  His outstanding hiking record and extraordinary abilities as a hike leader merited him the title of "Honorary Lifetime Member."  Larry climbed approximately 306 mountain peaks in his lifetime.  Larry always had his family with him whenever possible on his hikes.  One thing his children will always remember is what their Dad said every time they were tired of hiking and wanted to go home.  The end is "just around the bend."  The "bend" would usually be an hour or two away!


James "Jim" M. Sumter 
Jim , 67, of Keaau died August 11, 2009 at Kaiser Foundation Hospital. Born in Lompoc, California, he was
a retired high-speed photographer for Lockheed Martin. Celebration of life 11 a.m. Sunday at the Hot Ponds.  Survived by wife, Judy Sumter;
son, Trevor Sumter; daughters, Danell (Hector) Hurtado, Laurie Galbrath and Meredith (Joseph) Florita; sister, Georgia Hart; six grandchildren.
 

 


Domingo Gomez  May 4, 1931 – May 9, 2009. Domingo Gomez, Kaneohe, Hawaii passed away May 9, 2009 in Kaneohe of cardiac arrest.  Domingo was the head custodian for the KREMS Facility, Roi-Namur, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands for 30 consecutive years from 1972 until retirement in 2002.  Domingo was born May 4, 1931 in the North Kohala district of the Big Island of Hawaii.  He passed away May 9, 2009 in Kaneohe, Hawaii five days after celebrating his 78th birthday.  He will be remembered by his friends and co-workers for his cheerful and helpful attitude.  He was a friend of all and greatly respected for his dedication and work ethics.  He loved the ocean and built a little beach park behind the ALCOR Facility {‘Domingo Beach Park’} where many of his co-workers enjoyed their lunch hours.  Prior to work on Roi-Namur he served 8 years in the US Army before being honorably discharged.  He touched many people while on Roi-Namur and will be missed by his many friends.


September 2008


Timothy Persons  March 7, 1956 - March 19, 2009  Timothy Parker Persons, 53, of Huntsville died Thursday.  Born on March 7, 1956, in Birmingham, he was a member of the Alabama National Guard and the U.S. Air Force. He resided in the Kwajalein, Marshall Islands for 10 years and in Huntsville for the past 10 years. Mr. Persons was preceded in death by his father, Albert Persons; and sisters, Virginia Persons and Evelyn Persons.  He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Albert Persons of Ashville; sisters, Penelope Persons of Vancouver, Canada, Patricia Persons, and Heather Persons, both of Toronto, Canada, Melanie Persons and husband Mike Sands of Ashville; and brothers, Albert Persons Jr. of Atlanta, Mike Persons of Ashville, and John "Jack" Persons of Birmingham. 

Herb Lambert  Herb and his lovely wife, Ila, were on Kwajalein from 1976 to the early 80’s.  Herb was with McDonald Douglas.  He passed away on December 1, 2008 in Mesa, AZ.  He is survived by at least one son, Steve.  Ila will be remembered by those of us who loved and admired her as a fantastic golfer.  She gave lessons while on Kwaj.  She was also a Master Bridge player and gave duplicate bridge lessons.  She was just a really wonderful woman who succumbed to Alziemer’s in the late 90’s or early 2000.  Steve’s address is 2596 NE Linden Ave. Gresham, OR. 97030.

Steve Moore  April 4, 1958 - March 1, 2009, Steven D. Moore, 50, of Huntsville, a loving and dedicated husband, father, son and friend, was called home to be with our Lord on Sunday.  Steve was born in Coventry, R.I., to Clarence and Barbara Moore. He attended Florida Institute of Technology on an ROTC Scholarship, where he met and married his lifelong love, Maryjon Large.  The young couple traveled with the Army across the globe including a tour of Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, which produced their first son, Marshall.  They soon had two more boys, Cody, born in Texas, and Scott, born in Virginia.  After retiring from the Army as a lieutenant colonel with 20 years of service, he worked for Boeing at Kwajalein and then Miltec and Venturi in Huntsville.  Steve also was a Scout leader, avid fisherman, scuba diver, underwater photographer, airplane and helicopter pilot, and enjoyed Pop Warner football.  Survivors include his wife, Maryjon Large Moore of Huntsville; sons, Marshall John Moore, Cody Michael Moore and Scott Cornell Moore; and mother-in-law, Trudy Benson of Huntsville; parents, Clarence and Barbara Moore of Coventry, R.I.; brother, Michael Arthur Moore and his children, Torri, Jason and Sean, all of Rhode Island; and brothers-in-law, Budd Large and wife Kelly and their children, Daniel, Raynor, Caroline and Janey, all of Maine, and Andy Large and wife Belinda and their daughter Emily, all of Arizona.


2003


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Judy Kessler was full of life and you could usually hear her giggling at something someone just said.  She was on Kwaj with her family for two tours, 2/69 to 6/73 and 6/75 to 7/77.  Her husband, Alan, worked for MIT/LL on Roi Namur.  When they arrived on island, their son Jonathan was almost three years old, Steven was four and Debbie was eight. Judy took to life on Kwajalein with a passion right away. She loved tennis and played every chance she could.  You could usually see the whole family jogging around island.  Judy was very active in the Kwajalein Community Theater (KCT). She and Alan were involved in many plays, including, Fiddler On The Roof, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, The Fantastics, Man Of La Mancha, and No, No, Nanette.  During her second tour, Judy was one of the founding members that helped set up and create the Kwajalein Swim Team.  She found time to take Toshi Tanigawa’s classes on tissue paper collage, and clay.  On her first tour she became involved with Brownies as a Den Mother, Webelos, and Cub Scouts. She tried sailing with Alan and quickly decided that she would rather travel by plane.  And travel she did, to Pohnpei, Japan, Thailand, and Hong Kong.  She helped plan a trip to Majuro; combining a tennis club match with a KCT production of The Fantastics for the children of Majuro.  If she wasn’t on the tennis court you could find her at Emon Beach smoozing with her friends and watching the kids.  After leaving Kwaj, Judy and family moved to Fountain Valley, Ca., where she quickly helped to establish a local synagogue.  She later become a VP responsible for the temple youth group. Judy's full-of-life personality enabled her to make many friends in California.  Son Steven's wedding was held in the family back yard.  She saw her daughter Debbie married on Kauai.  The memories of Kwajalein were deeply ingrained in the whole family and all but Steven moved to Kauai in 2004. Judy, Alan, son Jonathan, partner David, and grandkids, Sophie and Eli all lived together in the same house in Omao.  Judy quickly joined the local tennis and yoga clubs, activities she dearly loved. Judy died unexpectedly while on a family reunion in Palm Springs, Dec.2, 2005.  We all miss her, her laugh, her warmth, her friendship and her love.

Debbie, Steve, Jona, & Judy - 1969

June 1969

The beach never stopped her - 2004.

Thanksgiving 2005

Sophie & Eli with Grandma 2005
Correspondence to:
 alankessler@hawaii.rr.com


Alisa Sawyer Edmunds passed away February 14, 2009 about 8 p.m., funeral arrangements and details:  Tuesday, Feb. 17th at Hazel Green Funeral Home, 13921 Hwy 231/431 North, Hazel Green, Alabama, viewing: noon - 2 p.m., services at funeral home: 2pm, burial following in Meridianville (the little white church on Hwy 231/431).  Some Local Flower Shops you can use:  Peggy's Log Cabin: (256) 533-7575 or Hazel Green Florist: (256) 695-4696, charities: any Cancer Charity.  Children's names: Amber & Dillon Edmunds.  Parents: Lee and Betty Sawyer, Brothers: Michael and David Sawyer.
The following message was emailed to Alisa's classmates and Kwaj Kid friends by Wanda Smith Mannahan:

I'm Free - Don't grieve me, for I'm free.  I'm following the path God laid for me.  I took His hand when I heard Him call.  I turned my back and left it all.  I could not stay another day.  To laugh, to love, to work or play.  Tasks left undone must stay that way.  I found that peace at the close of day.  If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.  A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.  Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.  Be not burdened with times of sorrow.  I wish you sunshine for tomorrow.  My life's been full, I savored much Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.  Perhaps my time seemed all to brief, don't lengthen it now with undue grief.  Lift up your heart and share with me.  God wanted me now; He set me free - by Horan & McConary

Jacob E. Starr of Peoria, AZ left us for paradise February 10 in his home by the water.  He was the youngest of four born to Jessie and Ethel Starr in Conroe, Texas, 6/16/1944. The Starr's moved to the Buckeye area when he was an infant.  Times were tough and from a young age he worked alongside his migrant working family traveling from Texas west and north to Washington State as crops were ripe and work could be had. His dad passed away when he was 8 years old.  His courage, generosity, and rare determination took root and grew in the cotton fields, classrooms, and football fields of the West Valley.  He married Marilyn Ann Webb of Buckeye, July 24, 1964 and together they brought up three daughters who gave them 7 grandchildren.  He entered the US Army as a private and courageously served two tours in Vietnam, first as an infantryman, then as a helicopter pilot. After 25 years of distinguished service, he “retired” as a Lieutenant Colonel.  With relentless determination and not enough capital, he and Marilyn built Glendale Aviation into a successful business.   He was a talented man who lived an adventurous life of: fighting wars, flying the skies, sailing by the stars, raising girls, surprising entrepreneurship, scuba diving and loving others with courage, unflinching determination, and generosity known not only in the valley but the world even unto total strangers and testy pound dogs. 


William Richard (Bill) North, III of Holliston formerly of Natick died on January 8, 2009.  Beloved husband of Patricia Everett North.  Devoted father of William Everett North and his wife Anne Elizabeth North of Holliston. Born October 19th 1930 in Plattsburgh, NY, spent his early years in Northern Vermont where his mother was born before moving to Takoma Park, MD where his father worked for the FDA Headquarters in Washington, DC.  Growing up Bill loved building elaborate wood airplanes, playing trumpet in the Lowes Theatres Cadet Marching Band and playing baseball in the Washington DC Departmental League where Harry Truman would occasionally come to catch a game.  Graduated University of Maryland, College Park, MD in 1952 at the top of the Electrical Engineering Class, BSEE Honors: Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi.  Worked at the Naval Research Lab (NRL) on High Resolution Radar from 1952-1955 before serving in the US Army Chemical Corps at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah till 1957.  Moved east to Waltham, MA and worked from 1957 to 1993 as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at GTE Government Systems Corp in Needham.  During which time worked on such projects as the Neutral Particle Beam Accelerator at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, the ALTAIR Radar System at the Kwajalein Missile Range in the Marshall Islands, the Haystack Hill LRI Radar for MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System at Clear, Alaska.  Bill authored several symposiums and books including "High Powered Microwave Tube Transmitters", and "Haystack Hill Long Range Imaging Radar Transmitter".  After GTE Sylvania, Bill continued his career consulting for many companies including Northrop Grumman, Diversified Technologies, and MIT Lincoln Laboratory.  Bill was highly regarded in the field of high-powered microwave transmitters.  He was a mentor, a real friend, and will be missed by all in the industry. In addition to his technical achievements, Bill enjoyed traveling, was an avid tennis player and cyclist and often combined the two, riding several miles to get in a set of tennis.  A model railroader, Bill created landscapes and layouts that overtook the basement. Bill enjoyed building a hot fire with the wood he had hand cut, reading the New Yorker magazine and debating politics with anyone who would listen. He loved, educated, and supported us all.  He was forgiving, generous and selfless.  He was the glue that kept all of us together.  He leaves a brother Gordon North of Rockville, MD a niece and nephew Lisa and Gary North and two grandchildren Katie & Will North.  We will miss Grampy so.

 


Larry D Hazelbaker  Rifle Resident, age 73.  Larry Hazelbaker died December 24, 2008 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, CO after suffering a stroke and related medical complications.  He was 73 years old.  Larry was born April 26, 1935 near Meeker, CO to Joe Paul Hazelbaker and Dorothy Elisabeth Warren.  Larry attended school in Meeker and graduated from Rio Blanco High School in 1953.  He attended Mesa Junior College and later joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he became a sergeant and trained as a electronics technician.  He was later employed by the RCA, General Electric Aerospace and Martin Marietta companies.  During his employment with these companies, he worked on and supervised satellite tracking system projects including being involved with NASA’s Mercury and Gemini Projects.  He traveled extensively but spent much of his working time on the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.  He retired from Martin Marietta in 1993 and then moved to the Rifle/New Castle area.  Larry was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Peggy Ivie. He is survived by his aunt - Florence Barnard Hazelbaker, cousins - Conrad Hazelbaker, Beverly Prosence and Barbara Greeley.  On his sister’s side, Larry is survived by nephew – Mark Ivie, brother in law – Lenard Ivie, grand nephews – Chad Ivie, Bobbie Albretson, Jared Ivie and Joshua Ivie. 

Harry L. Raymond  May 31, 1945 - December 31, 2008.  Harry L. Raymond is survived by his wife, Anita, and his three children, Steven, Gerald, and Melanie.  Harry lived a great life as a devoted husband and loving father.  He spent a great part of it in Socorro.  You may remember him walking the sidelines, coaching from the bench, or standing in a dugout.  He coached his sons in every sport beginning with Pinon League.  When the boys were too old to coach, he became the referee and officiated their games in high school.  He is remembered as "Mr. Raymond" to countless players and students from throughout the years.  He came to New Mexico early on when the military called him to service as an MP in the Army and assigned him to Stallion Site on White Sands Missile Range.  This is where he first met his soul mate, and son-to-be wife, Anita Gallegos.  Throughout the years they have moved from time-to-time, until most recently, when he felt a second, inner-call to service.  Harry served for the last 27 months with his eldest son, Steven, alongside Soldiers and Marines in the Al Anbar Province.  He executed numerous combat missions as a part of a classified project dedicated towards saving countless lives of military members.  His conduct and actions were part of a historical effort that will become a footnote in history in the decades to come.  He was a very quiet, soft spoken, determined man.  He was at his happiest moments in the final months serving his country and planning his retirement and ultimate reunion with Anita.  Though we lost him way too early, he will never be forgotten.  He was more than a husband and a father, he was our friend.  We will miss you Pops, Dad, Daddy.


Capt. Keith Coberly  It is my sad duty to report the October death of my late friend and co-worker Capt. Keith Coberly, skipper of the US Department of Energy's Research Vessel Liktanur 2.  I received an E-Mail from his daughter December 10 stating that he died in October in San Diego.  He was home ported at Kwajalein during the late 70's to the mid 80s. Capt Coberly was a well known employee of US Oceanography, the owner of the RV Liktanur 2.  I worked as the Kwajalein coordinator of US DOE research teams that checked for radiation related problems due to the `1950s A-Bomb and H-Bomb above-ground tests at Enewetak and Bikini as well as the radiation cleanup program in the 80s at Enewetak Atoll.  Keith and his crewmates were essential to the success of those missions.  Regards, Jim Watt, Kwajalein from '75 to '83.

Lowe H. Bibby  Captain Lowe Haydn Bibby III USN (Ret.) died 5 November, 2008 at his home in Kailua, HI.  He had been in declining health for the past several years. "Buzz" was born in San Diego, CA on 16 July, 1928 into a Navy family.  His father graduated from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1922, Buzz with the Class of 1951. Both were submariners.  At the Academy, Buzz played Battalion football and was All Brigade end his Plebe year.  His First Class year he was the Brigade middle weight boxing champion.

After graduation, Buzz reported aboard the battleship WISCONSIN (BB-64) serving with the SEVENTH FLEET and saw action in Korea providing close fire support for United Nations troops engaged in action against North Korean and Chinese troops ashore.  He later served aboard the aircraft carrier LAKE CHAMPLAIN, and destroyer GATLING before receiving orders to Submarine School in June 1955.  After Sub School, Buzz served aboard BURRFISH (SSR-312), TORSK (SS-423), and ENTEMEDOR (SS-340) before commanding BLENNY (SS-324).  He attended the Naval Post Graduate School from July 1959 to June 1961 where he earned a BSEE, and then served on COMSUBPAC Staff and CNO Staff (OP 31) before being appointed to command Submarine Division 73 in July 1970.  He next went to the COMSUBLANT Staff as Operations Officer where he served until taking command of MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC-20), his last sea duty. He served as Commanding Officer of the HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT CENTER, Pearl Harbor, HI, until his retirement in July 1981.  His service awards: Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Buzz had an active life after retirement.  He and Mary crewed on several sailboats, which gave them the opportunity to sail over 30,000 miles of Pacific Ocean visiting remote islands far off the normal tourist routes.  In 1988 he took a position with Johnson Control World Services on Kwajalein Island for six years.  After "Kwaj" Buzz settled in Kailua, HI where he lived until his death, enjoying life and playing countless rounds of golf, following the athletic teams of the University of Hawaii, and of course, the fortunes of Navy football.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Mary Faris, a daughter, Kris, a son, Lowe IV, and 2 grandchildren.  He was pre-deceased by another daughter, Patricia. Buzz was a remarkably likeable person.  To know him was to love him. Buzz was not a man impressed with the acquisition of wealth, expensive possessions, or exalted position; he measured his treasure in terms of his many friends and the love of family.  Rest easy Old Friend, Classmate, Shipmate and Messmate.  We have been graced by your friendship and warm presence. We will sorely miss you.

LOWE "BUZZ" BIBBY III  Longtime Kailua resident Capt. Lowe H. Bibby III (Ret.), whose 35-year career in the U.S. Navy included sea duty as a submarine commander and land duty as the Commanding Officer of the Navy's Human Resources Management Center (HRMC) in Pearl Harbor, died at the age of 80 on November 5, 2008, at his home in Kailua, Hawaii after several years of declining health.  Affectionately known as "Buzz," he was a 1951 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Buzz served as Commanding Officer of the USS Blenny from 1964 to 1966.  His other Navy assignments included a tour as Commanding Officer of the USS Mount Whitney, the flagship of the Second Fleet, from 1974 to 1976.  Buzz was born into a Navy family in San Diego, California, on July 16, 1928, the son of Jeanette King Bibby and Lowe H. Bibby, Jr.  His father, a 1922 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, was also a submarine captain.  He is survived by a beloved family, including his wife, Mary, of 55 years; a daughter, Kristen; a son, Lowe IV; two grandchildren; and his brother Charles.  His youngest daughter, Patricia, died in 2004.  His warmth and outgoing spirit also inspired the love of many friends over the years, both in and outside the Navy.

To Shermie - My condolences to all of the family.  I too, have very fond memories of Buzz. He was always the word of reason, and his stature and stance, gave creditability to what he was attempting to put across.  I've been studying history about the Bikini test, and learned that Buzz was in charge of placing the vessels at anchored in the Bikini lagoon, and setting up the test articles and studies on them. Little known, over 95% of the camera film available in the entire world at the time, was procured, shipped to, and used in the Bravo test.  His passing is truly a point in history.  The late - Jim Schillings

Picture of Buzz (left) and Bob
Dunn, taken when Buzz relieved
Bob as CO of MOUNT WHITNEY.
The picture was taken when Bob
was running the ship through GQ
so Buzz could see the combat
readiness of his new command.
Buzz was graced with many
friends who will greatly miss him.


USAKA Commander
1990-1992
COL John “Jack” MacNeill

COL John "Jack" MacNeill  Following a 5 year battle with Alzheimer’s disease former USAKA Commander COL John “Jack” MacNeill passed away on November 7, 2008 at his home near Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.  MacNeill served as USAKA Commander from 1990-1992, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.  As Commander, MacNeill oversaw the extensive rebuilding efforts on Kwajalein following damage caused by Tropical Storm Zelda as well as Operation Provide Refuge which involved rescuing and providing safe haven to several hundred Chinese migrants diverted to USAKA.  COL MacNeill served as a Company Commander in Vietnam with a land clearing unit and there received a Bronze Star with “V” device.  He was awarded many other decorations in his long and distinguished military career.  COL MacNeill also served two tours each in Germany and at the Pentagon.  While Kwajalein was MacNeill’s favorite assignment he also enjoyed serving on the faculty at Notre Dame University in the Military Science Department.  COL MacNeill was an accomplished sailor and ice hockey player having played the sport in his youth growing up in Rhode Island.

Judy MacNeill   Sadly, just two months prior to his death, COL MacNeill’s wife Judy passed away on September 8, 2008 following a courageous 10 year battle with cancer.  While at Kwajalein she enjoyed SCUBA diving, collecting shells and spending time with her numerous friends.  Judy taught elementary education with DODS [Department of Defense Schools] in Germany and later special education in Virginia.  She was born near Sanford, Florida and remained a lifelong Gator football fan.  She loved listening to classical music and attending plays as well as skiing and travel.  Her good nature, kindness and generosity are remembered by all who knew her.  The MacNeill’s will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
 


Judy MacNeill

 



1970

Ronald Van Barnett  Nov. 5, 1939 - Oct. 31, 2008, 68, of Union Grove passed away Friday.  Mr. Barnett received his bachelor's degree from the University of California and his master's degree from the University of California.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1978.  He received a Bronze Star for Vietnam War service.  He served many years as a missile man on Kwajalein and at Vandenberg Air Force Base.  He worked for 10 years at Science Applications International Corp. in logistics and systems analysis.  Mr. Barnett was an avid collector of vintage vehicles, both two wheeled and four wheeled. He especially loved driving the bride and groom for weddings and driving in parades.  He was active in the North Alabama region, Antique Automobile Club of America, serving as president and national meet chairman.  He was a member of the AACA board of directors for 15 years and served as president in 1991.  He was also the recipient of five national awards for service and achievement.  Survivors include his wife, Sally Dupree Barnett; sons, Kevin Van Barnett of Tacoma, Wash., Sam Dupree Barnett and wife Angela of Columbiana, and Edward "Ted" Allen Barnett of Montevallo; and grandsons, Charles Van Barnett, Austin Dupree Barnett and Carl Alexander Barnett. 

 

A message to Shermie, "In Memory of Mel Carr"  Shermie, Thank you for your kind words and I would be happy to have you post something for Mel on the website.  We will be having a celebration of his life this evening with our family.  I will have Iwalani help me write something for you with a photo.  Through your website, I have received so many condolences from friends that we had lost contact with.  It's truly heartwarming to hear from folks who have passed through our lives and have remained in our memories.  Aloha Nui Loa, Ruth Carr, Sept. 4, 2008.

Dr. Clifford C. Roosa was born at Ideal, South Dakota on September 10, 1923.  He was the son of J.H. and Rena Roosa and grandson of J.E. and Ella Roosa and S.F and Sarah Powell Schwitters, homesteaders from Indiana and Weston, IA , respectively.  He graduated as valedictorian at Ideal High School.  He attended South Dakota State College; the University of New Hampshire; Hamilton College in New York; and received his M.D. degree from The University of Rochester Medical School, New York.  He served active duty US Army during World War II and in the US Navy during the Korean War.  He was awarded the Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for his service on the USS ST PAUL during the Korean War.  Dr. Roosa was Chief Resident at St. Joseph Hospital Denver and practiced many years in Denver, Colorado.  He was elected President of the Medical Staff at Porter Hospital in Denver in 1965 and served as President of the County Medical Society from 1966 to 1967.  In 1977 he and his wife, Anne, went to Kwajalein atoll in the Pacific where he became Chief Medical Officer of an Army hospital.  Upon his return he practiced as locum tenens and was licensed in 15 states.  He retired in 1999 and he and Anne took up full time residence in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.  He was preceded in death by his first wife Audrey, his second wife Kay, his parents, and his brother Don W.  He is survived by his wife Anne, children Karen (Dean) Coffman of Arkansas, Don Paul Roosa of New Mexico; step-children Dan (Terry) Morand, Mick Morand, Marcy Smoke and Lisa Sedgwick, all of Colorado; 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Shermie - Thank you for your inquiries about my sweetheart. I will miss him terribly.  We had 32 absolutely wonderful, fun-filled, adventurous, exciting years together.  We had only been married a year when we first went to Kwaj in 1977.  I am attaching his obit and a photo.  We wanted to much to make the reunion but his health just would not permit it. I am anxious to hear all about it. Kwaj provided so many varied and wonderful memories for us and many life-long friends as a result. We did our first tour from 10/77 to 1/80 and back for a TDY in Nov. of 1980, and another tour for all of 1983.  Can it really be that long ago?  Feel free to use my e-mail address should anyone wish to drop a note, roosa@southshore.com.  Please feel free to call me as well at 870-405-3966.  Thank you again.  Annie Roosa


Mr. Davis M. VanNortwick USA RET, passed away on Monday, June 30, 2008 of lung cancer.  He was on Kwaj with the Army from 1961-1962 and 1968-1969 then returned with GTE/Sylvania from 1973-1979 and 1984-1988.  Born on June 9, 1925 in Robersonville, N.C., he joined the Army Air Corps during World War II and proudly served his country for 27 years as a pilot, artillery officer, then systems engineer.  After departing the Army he worked as a computer engineer for GTE before finally retiring to Arizona. During his careers in the Army and GTE, he lived and worked in North Carolina, Alaska, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Kwajalein Marshall Islands, and Arizona.  Mr. VanNortwick enjoyed golf, brain teasers, photography, astronomy, dancing with his sweetheart, Harriett, and he could often be found tinkering with his computer.  He will always be remembered for his big smile, his sarcastic wit, and his undying dedication to his family and friends.  His legacy to them is his passionate love for this country and the never-ending pursuit of education.  He will be deeply missed by his bride of 60 years, Harriett (Coburn) VanNortwick of Sun City West, Arizona, his three children and their families:  Eric (Debbie) VanNortwick of Dale City, Virginia, Elaine (Karl) Snyder of Jupiter, Florida, and Lt Col Amy (Sam) Arwood of Tampa, Florida; his grandchildren:  Clay and Chad VanNortwick, Karyn and Kasey Snyder, and Samuel and Christopher Arwood.  He will also be fondly remembered by his brother, Stewart VanNortwick and his wife, Georgia, of Williamston North Carolina. 

Mr. Ronald J. Pelletier  September 17, 1937 - July 05, 2008.  Ronald J. Pelletier, age 70, died of respiratory failure at St. Lucie Medical Center on July 5, 2008.  He was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, son of the late Yvonne and Andrew Pelletier.  He worked as a Systems Engineer for MIT/Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts and sites in Westford, Massachusetts, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, and Washington, DC for 28 years before his retirement in 1996.  He has lived in Port St. Lucie, Florida for 10 years, coming from Nashua, New Hampshire.  He served in the US Air Force for four years and was in the general contracting business with his family for many years.  He attended Northeastern University in Boston and in retirement he worked part time for PGA Country Club in St. Lucie West.  He was an avid golfer and tennis player. He was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church.  He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lucie of Port St. Lucie, Florida; sons, Gary Pelletier and his wife Laurie of Hudson, Massachusetts; Carl Pelletier and his wife Maria of Chico, California; four grandchildren, Christina, Conner, Brooke Pelletier and Caroline Robinson. He also leaves a brother, Richard Pelletier of Andover, Massachusetts, and a sister Yvette Vermette of Hampton, New Hampshire.  He was preceded in death by two sisters, Anita Fluet and Jacqueline Martineau. 


Jones E. Kaohelaulii  June 28, 2008,  Jones E. Kaohelaulii, 64, of Waimanalo, a Boeing Co. heavy equipment operator on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, died in Kailua.  He was born in Hawaii. He is survived by wife Brenda U.; son Jonathan; daughter Melissa Johnson; brothers Frank, Gileada, Herman, Dana, Paul and Lyman; and two grandchildren.

Remembering Jones E. Kaohelaulii

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Harold H. Gagne, 79, of College Highway, Southampton, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, in his home.  He was born in Holyoke Jan. 7, 1929, the son of the late Harvey G. and Alice H. (Kurtz) Gagne.  He attended schools in Holyoke and later enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in the Asiatic/Pacific Theater on the USS Libra AKA12.   Harold worked at the Roi-Namur Marina for years.

Clyde Ward Cato, Jr. age 67, a resident of Okeechobee, died March 3, 2008 after a lengthy illness.  He was born and raised in Ft. Pierce, Fl.; graduated from Dan McCarty High School. He was then drafted by the US Army and completed his tour of duty in Korea.  He later spent many years in the South Pacific working for RCA – Range Systems, Lockhead Martin and Raytheon Engineering where he retired.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde W. Cato, Sr. and Anne Brown Cato; and his brother, William C. Cato.  Survivors include his three sisters, Bonnie (Thomas) Peer, Jr. of Okeechobee, Betty Waugh of Tallahassee and Sandra Cato of West Palm Beach; his Aunt Marieta Raulerson Brown; Cousin, Barbara Brown, both of Ocala. He is also survived by a loving host of nephews, nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces; and his companion “Cricket”.  Clyde worked at the supply department at TRADEX for years.

Zachary Taylor Huckabay  91, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2007.  He was born in Magnolia, AR.  Zach is survived by his wife, Majorie; Sons, Warren and David; five grandchildren, two great grandchildren; and sisters Elizabeth Dozier and Valerie Attwood.  Zach Huckabay was a former employee of Global Associates (Resident Manager in Hawaii 1968 - 1980) and part of the resident management team for Global on the island during the early seventies.

Edwin Su Chull Chang  84, of Honolulu, died March 30, 2007. Born in Honolulu. Retired chief of police in Kwajalein. Survived by daughter, Edean Takumi; son Howard; a grandchild; sister, Winifred Silva.  Committal service held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Richard Sasiela of Sudbury, MA, died March 8, 2007, after a valiant battle against cancer.  He is survived by his wife Joan, his daughter and son-in-law Amy and Scott Prince and three grandchildren, Keith, Sonia and Bailey of Sudbury; daughter Dawn of Austin, TX, brothers Ronald and Joseph. 
Lanny Molica passed away in Oct 24,
2006 at the young age of 85 from cancer.
MSR Support Team Meck Island 1975 Raytheon, Kwaj 1969-71, 1974-76. Lanny is pictured 2nd from right on the front row, (double-click the following link)

John C. Szczepanski   Email message:  Subject: Another Sad News Item, Mon, received: 18 Feb 2008 10:28:13 -0500 from Randy Razook, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Huntsville, AL 35806.  -  Hi Shermie, Sad to say that Dr. John Szczepanski (Dr. Z) passed away last week here in Huntsville. He was a superb keyboard player with The Zooks and MIT Site Manager from 2004-2005.  A great person as well as a great leader.  He will be missed very much. Here is his bio:

John C. Szczepanski, Lincoln Laboratory Senior Staff Member, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), 58.  Physicist John C. Szczepanski, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, former Assistant Professor of Physics at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and Technical Staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for the past 15 years, died on February 11 in Huntsville, Alabama, after a brief illness.  He was 58.  John was born on May 19, 1949, and grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  He received his BS in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, his MS in computer science from New York Polytechnic Institute, and his SM and PhD in physics from MIT. Dr. Szczepanski retired from active duty in the Army in May of 1993, having served for 22 years.  He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During his Army career, Dr. Szczepanski served as a research staff officer for the U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command, as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and in many assignments in the Air Defense Artillery.  He joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory in June of 1993 as a staff member in the Ballistic Missile Defense Systems Engineering and Analysis Group.  He worked in the early risk-reduction phase of the THAAD and Ground-Based Radar programs until his assignment to the Reagan Test Site (RTS) at U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll in 1999.  He served in several capacities at RTS, including Site Manager, before returning to Lincoln Laboratory’s main facility in Lexington, MA, in Sept. 2004.  Upon his return, he served as Group Leader of the Missile Defense Elements Group.  The Missile Defense Elements Group supports the analysis, system development, and technology transfer needs of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) elements. Dr. Szczepanski recently served as the Technical Director for the MDA Office of Testing, Fielding and Integration.  In an address during an MDA meeting, Major General Chris T. Anzalone, deputy for Test, Integration and Fielding, MDA, said, “With saddened heart it is my duty to inform you that a great man, brilliant engineer, and devoted husband and father has passed.  was instrumental in forming the technical solutions needed to ready the missile defenses that defend our great nation.  He had the uncanny ability to bridge the very complex technical issues with the needs of the war fighters in a manner few could succeed in. John will be dearly missed by the men and women of the Missile Defense Agency and deserves the admiration of a grateful nation.”  Funeral services were held at the West Point Cemetery at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.  Dr. Szczepanski is survived by his wife, Christina; two sons, John, of Florida, and Mike, of Tennessee; and a daughter, Kristina Marie MacPherson, of Massachusetts.  He is also survived by five grandchildren with a sixth expected soon.

Edna M. Hatchell, 75, passed away on February 1, 2008 in San Jose, Costa Rica.  She was born May 21, 1932 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to the late Carl D. and Edna M. (Wappas) Frech. Edna was a resident of Colorado Springs since 1970.  She was a painter, avid bowler, and enjoyed doing crafts.  Edna was also a member of the Al Kaly Temple.  She is preceded in death by her husband Richard F. Hatchell, Sr. and a brother Carl E. Frech. Edna is survived by three children, Karl F. (Mary) Fisher of Castle Rock, Colorado, Tracy G. (Douglas O.) Bernero of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and Richard F. Hatchell III of Costa Mesa, California; one brother Calvin D. Frech of Fort Wayne, Indiana and six grandchildren, Karli Fisher, Kelly Fisher, Laura Bernero, Natalie Bernero, Griffin Hatchell, and Mackenzie Hatchell.

Hildegard Johnson, wife of SFC John Johnson died on Jan 25, 1999 from pancreatic cancer.  Hildegard was from Germany.  She is survived by her mother, Marie Koch ,and two step sisters.  She is buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Bloomington, Minnesota.   Hildegard enjoyed life and loved music.  May she rest in peace. 

Hildegard was on Kwajalein from 1987-1988.  Hildegard always volunteered to work at the post office and help with mail.  She also worked for Jim Oakley at the VFW tending bar.  She had lots of fun that year.  Shermie Wiehe was a good friend to both Johnny and Hildegard.  Shermie has provided a webpage in respect to his late friend Hildegard, In Memory of Hildegard Johnson

The picture at right was taken by Shermie during Johnny Johnson's 50th birthday party that was given by Hildegard.  Not knowing at the time the pain she was having during this party was later determined to be pancreatic cancer that took her life.  She loved her husband dearly and treated all her friends and with respect. 

Dr. Bing Potts, 61, son of the late Ralph and Esta Potts of New Martinsville, WV passed away on November 4, 2007 at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center, Kalispell, MT after a long illness.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor Witschey, of New Martinsville, WV.  Survivors include his wife Patty, son Michael of Milford, NH, daughter Jennifer of Lexington, KY, sisters Vern Hunt of New Martinsville, June Mortimer of Salyersville, KY, Nancy Goetz of Lexington, KY, JoAnn Kay of New Martinsville, sister-in-law Tammy Mallamo of Dover, DE and several nieces and nephews.  Bing was a 1964 graduate of Magnolia High School in New Martinsville, received his BS from the University of Kentucky in 1968, his Masters Degree from the  University of Kentucky in 1970, and his PhD in Electrical


Bing and his family completed three
tours at Kwajalein, totaling 13 years.

Engineering from the New Mexico State University in 1973.  Bing was an employee of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lincoln Laboratory for his entire career of 33 years during which he was a resident of Acton, MA.  His profession took him and his family on three tours totaling 13 years to Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands.  He served in the United States Air Force and the United States Air Force Reserves.  Bing was an avid fly fisherman, outdoorsman, and woodworker. Bing was a world traveler in the pursuit of the largest fish and the most beautiful places where fish live. 

Patrick Anthony Chalmers

December 05, 1974 – November 13, 2007
                             Kwaj 1989-1997

Patrick was taken from us too soon.  He lived, loved and laughed everyday to the fullest. Patrick touched many lives, and we thank the Lord for providing us with such a blessing.  Patrick was the son and best friend of George and Ok Chalmers, big brother and best friend to Shelley Chalmers-Ranney.  Today our hearts grieve for Patrick, but we remember that he would want us to celebrate his life as he did everyday. We are all blessed to have such a beautiful angel watching over us until one day we meet again. 


October 2007

From: <Choky3420@aol.com>
Subject: Re: Obit Notice - Patrick Chalmers
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 09:39:12 EST
To: <shermiewiehe@gmail.com>


Shermie:

We are still awaiting the final report on the investigation - still waiting on the truck inspector to finish his investigation.  From what we saw when we visited the site, it looks like Pat used up his air breaks avoiding a car with a blown out tire.  Pat controlled the truck through all the S-curves and was heading down a straight-away and then all of a sudden the tire tracks veer off to across the road.  What was crazy is that even when he went off the road, there was a flat clearing where if he had breaks he would have been able to stop the truck.  Unfortunately right now we can only speculate... and really we may never know.
 
Please do pass on obit and any other information to everyone.  Pat was on Kwaj 1989-1997 when the family PCS'd.  If anyone would like to send condolences, they can call 719-579-6970 (Mom & Dad's home), 602-402-1426 (me) or mail to 645 Concerto Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.
 
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.  We should all be so thankful that we had Pat in our lives... he always made sure we all had a great time and we all were smiling.  There's only one Pat... and I have huge shoes to try and fill as best I can.

Thanks and God Bless, Shelley Chalmers-Ranney


Bob & Jayne Gray

On June 22, 2007, Jayne Lillian Gray, 85 years old, died at Life Care Center of Reno. Six days later, 2 months before their 64th wedding anniversary, and just like the night they first met at the USO, 86 year old Robert Lawrence Gray Jr., escorted her home to ask for another dance.  While she played hard to get and said “No” the first time, this time we think she will say yes.
 

Happily Married

Robert Lawrence Gray Jr., born Mar 10, 1921 in New Boston, OH was the youngest son of a steelworker
that turned girl’s heads as he walked the school halls,
a pack of cigarettes in the sleeve of his t-shirt.  Jayne Lillian Gray was born in Woodbury, New Jersey Feb 20, 1923.  She had star like beauty, a quick laugh and an impenetrable desire to enjoy life.  At a USO function
during WWII, Jayne-a “Rosie the Riveter” met Robert-a handsome young submariner serving in the Pacific. 
They married shortly thereafter and began a life together filled with fun, love, and adventure.


Departing Kwaj


Toasting the many happy years

After the war, Robert transferred to the Air Force where they explored the world together, living in places such as Libya, Germany, Hawaii and Kwajalein, each place chosen with an emphasis on where their children could learn the most about the world around them.  Bob and his family lived on Kwajalein from 1965-1972 where Bob was the Kwajalein Missile Range Communication Manager for Kentron and Jayne was an administrative assistant with Global.  Wherever they were, and whatever they were doing it was “the best place they had ever been”.  Robert and Jayne finally settled in Hawaii where they developed American Overseas Employees Association, a firm that provided resources to people who wanted to relocate and gain employment overseas.  All along the way they shared their lives with hundreds of people who remember them to this day with love and admiration.  Jayne was fond of reading, and enjoyed her favorite soap opera: As the World Turns.  Robert’s passions were fishing, gardening and could always be counted on to bring a beautiful flower or two to the ladies in the office. Dancing was their greatest pleasure together, often not letting a week pass without putting their dance shoes on.  But most of all they loved each other.  Seven years ago, they both became ill with progressive dementia.  Fortunately, they were able to continue to live together, and dance whenever the music moved them.  They are survived by their children, Barbie J. Jarman, Dr. John F. Gray (Wife-Shelly), Robert Lawrence Gray III (Wife-Wendi), their six grandchildren Jimmy and Jeramy Jarman, Leah Gray (Now Guichu), Lindsey Gray, Keegan and Noah Gray, and their three great-grandchildren Zachary, Jacob, and Cole Jarman.  They were wonderful parents and grandparents and will always be loved and deeply missed.  A private Memorial Service was held at the residence of Dr. John F. Gray on July 1. Later in the company of their family, they were surrendered to the Pacific Ocean where their life together began off the coast of their beloved Hawaii.
Pictures of Remembrance

^Bachelor Beach & fishing trips in the J-boats>


Local girls of the Marshall Islands


Bob Gray enjoying the fishing trip


Kwaj Carnival - Dunk'um

The Richardson

Pictures and obituary provided by Robert L. Gray III
 


Richard F. Gibbons  Age 71, of South Carolina, formerly of East Boston died Feb. 9, 2007.  He was the beloved husband of Dorothy of South Carolina; father of Joan and her husband Eli Stillwell of Holliston; Chuck and his wife Sue of Framingham; Jim and his wife Carol of Derry, NH; grandfather of Tricia and Nicky, Michelle and Alex; and three huskies.  Also survived by a brother Bill of Arlington and many nieces and nephews.

Mero Giasolli left this world suddenly on Thursday, November 9, 2006, while on a visit to El Paso, Texas.  He was born May 22, 1937, in Chicago. Mero was a rocket scientist on Kwajalein and elsewhere, but he was also the down-to-earth son of Italian immigrants and a Purdue University bocce ball champion.  Mero loved his Italian heritage and returned to Italy frequently to visit family.  He was active in the Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.  Mero was devoted to God and to Rose Marie Giasolli, his childhood sweetheart and wife of 50 years.  He is survived by Rose Marie, their four sons, five grandchildren and many friends from Chicago to El Paso, Hawaii and Kwajalein.  Mero and Rose Marie had lived in Hawaii since 1992 because they wanted to return to island living after spending 8 years on Kwaj and 20 years in El Paso. Mero retired from First Hawaiian Bank in 2006 to spend more time with his grandchildren and help family members with their business ventures. 


Marjorie Rose Hirst otherwise known as "The Story Book Lady" while living on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, passed away on March 3, 2006. Marjorie was born in Croydon, Surrey, in England.  She grew up during the second World War and at 18 joined The Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service and was an anti-Aircraft Gunner, otherwise known as an Ack Ack girl.  After the war she entered a teacher training college and became a teacher.  She received a Fullbright scholarship to be an exchange teacher in the United States and moved to California.  She met her late husband Danny who was an Officer in the Navy and they traveled around the world.  They lived in Iran, Turkey, England, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands from 1965-1973, Germany and Yuma, Arizona.  After Danny’s passing she moved to Arroyo Grande, California.  Marjorie was a fabulous artist and accomplished opera singer.  She was involved in the Kwajalein Community Theatre and Community Theatres in Germany and was a co-founder of the Yuma Community Theatre group.  She was involved in many community activities and the Episcopal Choir in Yuma, AZ for 20 years.  She died peacefully at home after battling 2 major strokes in the past 2 years.  Her daughter and granddaughters were at her side as she went home to be with the Lord and family.  She is survived by her daughter Sandra (Hirst) Rasmussen of Grover Beach, California and granddaughters Jessica Elliott and Dana Lee Rasmussen, grandson, Aidan Dean Fitzpatrick and sister Bobby Pounder of England.  She was proceeded in death by husband Daniel Lee Hirst, son Glen William, daughters Robin Gayle and Danela Rose.  She will truly be missed by all as she had the most gentle spirit and touched every ones hearts that she knew.  For those that want more information, email Sandie (Hirst) Rasmussen at Kwajsandie@aol.com.

Edward "Ed" Claude Johnson died February 16, 2006, 47, of Soddy-Daisy, TN.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served on the USS Constitution. After serving in the Navy, he was the director of security at Kwajalein Missile Range.  In the most recent years, he had been employed by Bi-Lo. His mother, Carolyn Johnson, preceded him in death.  Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Fortune; son, Patrick Johnson; Aunt Buzz and Aunt Mag; Uncle Henry; and cousins that were like brothers and sisters, Susan Gatlin, William Roberts, Patricia Bahr and Douglas Roberts.

Lew Larsen  Dear Friends; Regret to inform you that Lew Larsen has died.  I received a letter from his brother (John) telling me that Lew died 7 April 2005.  He was buried at Oakland, CA, 11 April 2005.  The delay in informing me of Lew's death was that John did not know my address until they received a Christmas card that I sent.  I worked with and for Lew over a 10 year period.  He was one of the good ones I never remember hearing him bad-mouth anyone.  I considered him a good friends  Regards, Hollis Crowe

Yvonne Sholar  Yvonne Kessler Sholar, 68, died peacefully at home in Huntington Beach, CA on July 24 after a year long battle with cancer.  At her bedside were husband Stan, daughter Laura Roberts, and son Dan as she transitioned to a new life with her Lord and Savior.  She was born of Elsie and Harry Kessler in St. Louis, MO, on October 10, 1936.  She lived a full and productive life, raising four children in a nurturing and loving family.  As a wife she was unparalleled in raising and taking care of her family in Germany, NC, NY, CA and for 7 years on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands.  Yvonne will be greatly missed by her family and friends, as she showed a deep love for all.  Her presence shone with a light that reflected the beauty of her soul and brought comfort and joy to all who knew her.  She enjoyed many things in God's creation, people, nature, travel, cooking, music, family and worship.  She attended Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and was particularly blessed on a trip to Israel.  Yvonne is survived by her husband Stan of 50 years of marriage, daughter Laura Roberts of Huntington Beach, son Bob and wife Jane of Kwajalein, and son Dan of Huntington Beach, and was preceded in death by son Mark.  She has four grandchildren, Natalie Roberts Fleck of San Diego, and the children of Bob and Jane Sholar, John, David and Julia of Kwajalein.  She is also survived by her sister Norma Hance of St. Louis and was preceded in death by brothers Robert and Harry. 

Alden W. Beckley  Saturday, September 17, Alden W Beckley, 78 of Stockbridge died Friday, September 16 2005.  A Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends at Eagle's Landing Country Club, Stockbridge, GA on Tuesday, September 20 from 4-7 pm.  Al is survived by his wife Norma of Stockbridge; daughter Peggy of Lake Oconee, GA; son and daughter-in-law Mark and Kathy Beckley of Polson, MT; son and daughter-in-law Jeff Beckley and Scarlett Scholte of Huntsville, AL; granddaughters Shannon Stanton of Covington, WA and Meredith Turner of Orting, WA; great granddaughter Kelsie Eagon of Orting, WA; sister Helen Gottier of Rockville, CT; sister Charlene Hawley of Grants Pass, OR; and brother Bob Beckley of Fairbury, IL.  Al was a great man who lived a great life.

Thomas J. (TJ) O'Neill  Kwaj 1977-2005, passed away on August 28, 2005.  He was on Kwajalein from 1989-1992.  He is survived by his wonderful and handsome 4 year old son Jonathan, his most loving and supportive parents Steve and Vickie, his brother Stevie and his wife Yu-Hsin and his sister Tracey and her husband Chris and their 2 beautiful children Alexis and Dylan.

John B. Gallaher (WECO) of Venice, Florida passed away on Tuesday August 16th.  He was on Kwajalein from 1972-74. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He retired in 1995 and moved to Florida from Aurora, Illinois. He is survived by his wife Janet, sons, Mark and Keith all of Venice and Kathleen (Terry) Bermes (Bailey), grandchildren, Meaghan, Brendan, Colin, and great-granddaughter Madeilyn all of Montgomery, Illinois. 

Carol (Corky) Balser passed away on Saturday, June 25th, at 1:20 in the afternoon in Melbourne, Florida after a long battle with lung cancer.  She leaves behind sons and daughters-in-law, David and Sandy, and Joseph and Heather; Grandchildren (oldest to youngest) Chad, Mitchell, Joshua, Kenneth, and Hadley; and Great-Grandchild Jade."  Corky was the wife of David (Dave) Balser and enjoyed two tours on Kwajalein.  The first was from 1968 to 1978 and the second was from 1988 to 1996.  During that time she was involved in numerous activities on the island and was known for her willingness to take people into her home like family.  Like all Kwaj families and residents, she sparked friendships that lasted a lifetime and carried on to her passing."  "Corky and Dave enjoyed the sunsets, the water, the island life, and most of all, the people.  A testament to this was the many former Kwaj residents that were with her through her battle and at the funeral.  People came from far and wide to say good-bye.  Needless to say, this was an inspiration to the family."  "Corky and family want to thank all the friends that supported us through this fight and we appreciate all the was done to dredge up fond memories of yesteryears to help make her final month and days happy."  "We will all remember those that have given so much to all they encounter along the pathway of life, and for us it's a wife, mother, and friend known to all as Corky."

Ruth "Bunny" Mary Hadaller, 70, of Nanawale Estates, Pahoa, died Dec. 25 at home.  Born in South Boston, Mass., she was a homemaker, member and organist of the Pahoa Sacred Heart Catholic Church, FCE President and Beta Sigma Phi member. Friends may call 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the Pahoa Sacred Heart Catholic Church; memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire.  Survived by husband, David L. Hadaller of Pahoa; sons, David (Mirella) Hadaller Jr. of New York City, James Hadaller of Kalama, Wash.; daughter, Ruth (David) Blackwell of Wareham, Mass.; brothers, Jack Costello and Thomas Costello, both of Florida, David Costello of Massachusetts; sisters, Delores Dietrich of New Hampshire, Carol Castle of Florida, Betty Costello of Arizona; seven grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.  Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


James W. Enking, 60, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away November 18, 2004. 

Note from Shermie:  Jim Enking was Shermie's lead man for several years in the mid 1970s in the Computer Maintenance Shop working out of ICC building and later the JTO building.  Jim was very good at fabricating and installation of the 810A SEL computers for the outer island support.  I use to be at his side for several years at the Kwajalein Atoll.  She was a very good person, loved diving and going on TDY trips as I did join him on one, making my first trip to Disneyland with Jim running around like two kids would do.  I continued to stay in touch with Jim up to his death.  His smile in the picture said it all, he enjoyed life.
    Willie (Eric) Tavares, 42

Willie (Eric) Tavares, 42, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died September 30, 2004, Thursday on Ebeye of unknown causes.  Tavares was a resident of Kwajalein since 1989 and last worked as a KRS Food Services cook.  According to close family and friends, Willie always gave his 200 percent in everything he did and above all, every bit of it came from the heart.  Said a spokes-person for the family, "we, his Kwajalein Ohana (family), are saddened by the loss of our brother but he is now safely in God's palace.. hopefully preparing a big feast in heaven.  Tavares is survived by his wife, Cathy, eight month-old son Kale, daughter Marci, mother-in-law Sepe Kil, father and mother Chuck and Blossom Bishop, brothers Rex and Kale, sisters Kuulei and Tina.

William George Eric Tavares
Nov 4, 1961 - Sep 30, 2004 

Mary Alice Buck, 71, died June 28, 2004 at her home in Claremont, Calif., after a brief illness.  She was born December 24, 1932 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  She spent a lifetime of service to the people of the central Pacific, first as missionary under the United Church of Christ mission board and later as Bible translator.  She attended Phillips University in Oklahoma and graduated from Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon.  She and her husband lived on Kosrae in the Caroline Islands and on Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands. They later served churches in Honolulu and Hilo, Hawaii.  She was instrumental in completing new translations of the entire Bible into the Marshallese and Kosraean languages, under the auspices of the United Bible Societies.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Mary Ruth Hanlin and is survived by her husband, the Rev. Elden M. Buck, her children Lisa Buck Haley (Stephen), Lauren Buck Medeiros (Michael), Kyle T. Buck (Marites), her brother and sister-in-law John and Carol Hanlin, her sister Ruth Ann Hanlin, and six grandchildren. 


Pictures of Alice, PDF file, Hourglass Volume 44 Number 54


Surilda Hanks dies October 10, 2004  ST. CLOUD, Fla. - Surilda Hanks of St. Cloud, Fla., formerly of Missoula, passed away on Oct. 10, 2004, at her home.

Note from Dennis Cresswell, Kwaj 1970-73.  Surilda Hanks, who was Surilda Lanier on her last Kwaj tour that ended in 1973, died in October.  She was a key contributor to the Kwajalein Community Theater, which was going strong in the early 1970s and was offering some first-class musical theater on Kwaj.  Her last performance there was in the role of Aldonza/Dulcinea in "Man of LaMancha," which I produced and Alan Kessler directed.
 
The attached obituary below is from the paper in Missoula, where she used to live, and it also appeared in the Orlando area, where she lived for about the last 15 years.

I think it's pretty good of her - taken while she was relaxing during a rehearsal for Man of LaMancha on Kwajalein.  Fortunately this wasn't a dress rehearsal, so this is the real Surilda.  Dennis Cresswell


She was born on Aug. 1, 1934, in Johnson County, Ill.  After living in Michigan for several years she returned to southern Illinois and completed her education in the Johnson County public school system where she graduated from Vienna High School in 1951.

After high school she attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where she graduated in 1955 with a bachelor of arts degree with a major in theater arts. Subsequently she moved to Elgin, Ill., where she worked in various positions in the medical and dental professions.  During this time she was active in the local community theater and was the lead in several stage productions.  She was the recipient of several awards for her role as Sabrina in "Sabrina Fair." From Elgin she moved to Venice, Fla., where she married and moved with her husband, an aeronautical engineer, to various locations in Maryland, Alabama, Texas and the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific.  It was in the Marshall Islands that she founded the local community theater, which is still active.  Along the way she became a licensed realtor in Alabama and Texas.  In 1974, she moved to Walnut Creek, Calif., to accept a position with Sears Contract Sales, later transferring to the Allstate Insurance Co.  In 1978, she transferred to Missoula, with Allstate. During her tenure with Allstate she earned the Allstate Honor Ring with four diamonds.  In 1971, she moved to Kissimmee, Fla. and worked in hospitality sales for the Days Suites in Kissimmee and the Sheraton Lakeside Hotel. Surilda was preceded in death by her father Winfield Hundley; her mother Wanda Hundley; and her brother, W. Dion "Deac" Hundley.  She is survived by two daughters, Robin Bowers of Lafayette, Calif., and Laura Henes of Orlando, Fla.; a son, Marshall Lanier of Birmingham, Ala.; four granddaughters, Lauren, Kristen and Kimberley Bowers of Lafayette and Cassondra Harris of San Leandro, Calif.; one grandson, Nicholas Lanier of Orlando; a great granddaughter, Cheyenne Harris of San Leandro; a sister, Shirley Hundley of Richmond, Ken.; two brothers, Monty Hundley of Windermere, Fla., and Charles Hundley of Kissimmee. 

John S. Beavers  April 11, 1926 - Feb. 3, 2004  John S. Beavers passed away peacefully at home Tuesday after a long illness.  He was 77.  He was born and raised in southeastern Oklahoma, John was the third child and only son of Lece and Johnny Beavers.  He was drafted into the Army from H.S. in 1944 and served in the mounted military police in W.W.II, patrolling the Burma Rd. in China-Burma-India theater.  After the war he enrolled in college but left to sail with the US Merchant Marine in the South Pacific-China area. when the Korean Conflict began, John re-enlisted in the Army and served for the duration before returning to college.  Upon graduation from the University of CA at Santa Barbara, John embarked on a long career in government service.  His first assignment was the Pacific Missile Range at Pt. Magu, CA.  He also served at the Pacific Missile Range, Kanoehe, HI.  He came to Huntsville in 1964 with the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and served three tours at Kwajalein Missile Range as liaison to the Marshall Islands Government.  John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Virginia, three sons, John L. (Sheryl) of Oklahoma City, OK, William (Dayna) of Earlington, KY and Matthew of Huntsville; two grandchildren, Zachary and Katie of Earlington, KY: and a sister Maxine Hill of Oklahoma City, OK.

In Memory of Thomas Joseph Barclay Jr. Thomas Joseph Barclay Jr. was born on September 29,1928 in Mobile, Alabama.  His parents were Thelma Stone Barclay and Thomas Joseph Barclay Sr.  He was the second child of seven. It was there in Mobile, where he grew up and met Elizabeth (Bettye) Louise Buntyn at a high school dance. In 1947, Tom joined the United States Navy and was stationed in Port Hueneme, California. In 1950 he called for Bettye to come to California and they were married on August 12,1950 in Grassy Valley.  They had 5 children: Mary Christine, Brenda Marian, Thomas Joseph III, Lisa Marie and Beverly Miriam.  All of his adult life, Tom, was in the aerospace industry.  While working on the X-15 project, he spoke with Neal Armstrong in space and Bettye also danced with Neal.  In 1978 he was transferred to Kwajalein with Bettye and their two youngest children; Lisa 17 and Beverly 13. Tom worked for Kentron International under Don Mitchell and also for Global Associates operating the Television Repair Shop.  Tom supervised the operations of the Calibration Lab, Timing Center and the Frequency Standards Lab and monitoring van.  While on Kwaj he was a member of the Toastmasters Club and started a Commodore Computer Club. Bettye founded the Beta Sigma Phi sorority there.  Besides computers and television repairs, some of his hobbies were snorkeling, riding his bike and taking long walks. Some of his closest friends were Nadine and Russ Olsen; the Sabistons; the Hatchers; B. H. Jordan; Leo and Shirley Langford and Bill Chamberlain.  The helicopter pilot that always flew so close to the coconut tree's the blades on the helicopter were green.) and of course Shermie.  He retired in 1988 and returned home to Savannah, Ga.  He enjoyed remodeling his home and traveling to see friends and family until 1991 when he had a stroke which left him paralyzed on his left side preventing him from doing the things he loved.  But he tried to make the best of the situation.  During the year 2001 he was hospitalized many times with congestive heart failure, and suffered another major heart attack, his first was in his 30's, yet he always managed to rally back to us.  In November 2001, he was hospitalized 3 times with congestive heart failure, on his last trip he stabilized quickly and we all thought he would once again rally back to us.  A few days later, on November 30, 2001 around 5:30 pm he quietly slipped away, with Brenda and Tom III by his side.  He was buried on December 4, 2001 in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery, in Savannah, Ga.  With a beautiful view overlooking the Savannah River.  He is at peace now with the Lord looking over all of his loved ones, no longer in pain and able to walk again. Bettye was fortunate to have him as a husband, life partner, and friend. We his children were fortunate to have him as a father, great provider, and loving "daddy" who set forth a great example for all of us to live by. He touched everyone he knew in one way or another. We, his family and friends miss and love him dearly.  He truly was a great man.  "In Memory of Thomas Joseph Barclay Jr." was provided by Beverly Britton, their youngest daughter.

Tom and Bettye Barclay
Former Kwaj residents - 1985

In Memory Father Leonard Hacker

Father Hacker dedicated 50 years of his life as a Jesuit priest.  Hacker 89, died May 31, 2003, while living at Jesuit nursing home at Fordham University, NY.  He was a builder, an educator, a translator... and a musician," said Father William Sullivan, S.J.  A memorial service is tentatively set at Ebeye's Queen of Peace church, June 30.  In 1952 propeller planes brought Hacker to Majuro and cargo boats arriving no sooner than every six months was the rule.  Hacker's connection with the Pacific started 11 years before he landed on Majuro when, as a young seminarian, he was assigned to the Philippines.  Conditions in the Manila turned ugly when Hacker, along with other Americans, was imprisoned by the Japanese when the U.S. entered World War II.  From 1952 to 1978 Father Hacker built schools, church, rectory and convent and the same institutions on Ebeye from 1978 to 1992.  Father Hacker idea of keeping the kids off the street was to simply teach them a musical instrument and have them march in a band, which is no small thing, refer to Father Hacker's school band picture, taken at one of the Kwaj Carnivals in the late 70's.  After the Ebeye memorial, Hacker's ashes will travel to Majuro for a July 3 memorial ceremony at the Assumption Cathedral which he built.  The plan is to inter the ashes in the cathedral in some kind of protected view area.

Your footprints will remain on the sands of time in the Marshall Islands for an eternity


Father Leonard Hacker




Keju, a friend of Shermie's for
 years at Kwajalein along with
 playing drums in the Shermie
& Friends band in the 1970s

LTC Lark Murray
Kwajalein July 1975 - July 1977

KMR Deputy Commander as a US Army Lieutenant Colonel.  Lark retired from the Army in 1980, and then worked for Hughes Aircraft in Thousand Oaks, California and Tucson, Arizona, retiring from Hughes in 1995.  Lark passed away March 31, 2008
Frances Lillie Arnold Scott Welch
She died 10/06/03 in Canyon, TX Services were 10/08/03 at 1000am.  Burial was Friday at 1030am in Ft Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso. was born March 12, 1919 in Spur TX.  She married Jake Scott in 1933 and together they had 2 sons.  She married Jack Welch in 1962 and they traveled to Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Islands where they spent the next 12 years.  She loved the ocean & considered this to be her life's great adventure.  She loved gardening, flowers and traveling the world.  Her friends & family will miss her smile, her laughter, her generosity and her sense of fun.  She made life a little brighter by just being here.  She was preceded in death by her former husband, Jake: her husband Jack; a daughter-in-law, Linda Scott; a granddaughter, Selena Louise Scott Denmark; 6 brothers & 2 sisters.  Survivors include a friend and companion, Hub Swaringen of Canyon; 2 sons, Cleo Scott of Pleasanton & Joe Dale Scott of California, 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.


Winter, Peter - Kwaj 1961-64, from La Crescenta, CA, passed away early 2009.
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