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This section, upon a classmate’s death, incorporates information immediately available from a newspaper obituary or other sources until such time as a complete obituary is published in Shipmate. If no information available at the outset we would list as a minimum the name, date, and location of death. Periodically check the Total Obituaries section for the full obituary. Upon hearing of a classmate’s death notify the Class Secretary who will send notice to the class with funeral arrangements. Also notify the Class Secretary of a wife’s or widow’s passing and our Shipmate Correspondent with some obit type data for our Shipmate column.


 

JACOB G OAKS (14)

 

Jacob G. Oaks, (14), Cdr (USN) died of systemic infection; Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma on Friday, October 5, of 2018. Cdr Jacob G. Oaks SC USNR was born on 19 April 1932 in Everett, Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of Everett High School, Bullis Prep School, USNA 14TH Company and Harvard Business School. He is survived by his wife Barbara L. Oaks and two daughters from a previous marriage, Victoria Lynn Maerker and Stephanie Diane Robinson and 5 grandchildren. Upon graduation from USNA he attended the Navy Supply Corps School at Athens, Ga and was then assigned to the Great Sitkin AE-17, USS Bache DD-470, Harvard Business School, Naval Supply Center P.H. Hawaii, NSA Da Nang, Vietnam, Naval Supply Systems Command, Asst. Sec. Def for I&L and Asst. Sec. Navy I&L. After 20 years service in the Navy he worked for Conrail (railroad) for 20 years as AVP Purchasing retiring again in April 1997. Cdr Oaks was cremated and will be inurned at the USNA Columbarium at a future date.

Murl Edwin Husted, Jr. (2)

 

Murl Edwin Husted Jr. (Buzz) (2) 83, of Pensacola, FL died September 25, 2018 in Pensacola FL. He was born 12/18/1934, to Murl Edwin Husted Sr. and Martha Crumpacker Husted in Unionville, Mo.

Buzz was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1956 and went through flight training in Pensacola FL, where he met and married Patricia Manders on 05/29/1957. Buzz and Pat thoroughly enjoyed the travel and experiences afforded by the Navy and the many lifelong friends made over the years. He retired after 30 years in 1986 as a Captain. Both he and Pat were charter members of the Perdido Bay United Methodist Church, and Buzz served as the President of the Warrington Emergency Aid Center for many years.

Buzz was an easy going, kind man who loved to make people laugh. He had 101 stories that made people laugh even the 50th time they heard it. He was also an artist, musician, chef and poet. He never tired of watching the sunset. He was very close with his siblings and spoke to them often. He was not a perfect man, but he was a perfect husband and father and leaves his family with a gaping hole in their hearts and lives.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Patricia Manders Husted of Pensacola, FL, daughters, Patricia A Husted of Navarre, FL and Beverly L Husted of Pensacola, Fl. brother, Dr. Frederick Crumpacker Husted (Donna) Of Springfield Mo., nieces, Martha Staggs Fast (Dennis) of Golden Co. Stephanie Staggs Fowler (Tom) of Columbia Mo. and Racheal Husted of Portland Or., and nephews, John Staggs of Unionville Mo. and Ethan Husted of Boise Id.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Murl and Martha Husted, his sister Mary Susan Husted Staggs, and his brother in law Glenn E. Staggs.

Thomas Raymond Krieger (5)


Thomas Raymond Krieger (5) was born on May 21, 1934 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and passed away peacefully on Saturday August 11, 2018, in hospice at the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Tom was predeceased by his parents US Navy Captain Keith M. Krieger and Francis Mae Krieger, and is survived by his wife of 57 years Judith (Foy) Krieger and their three sons Keith Krieger (Palm Beach Gardens), Michael Krieger (Whistler, B.C.), Christopher Krieger (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and their two grandchildren Kelly Krieger and Todd Krieger (daughter and son of Keith and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Krieger), and Judy's sister Dona Foy Proctor. Tom graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1956 with an Engineering Degree, and served 4 years. His job aboard the USS Missouri was to shine the bronze plaque on the deck where the signing of the Japanese surrender took place on September 2, 1945.

 He worked for IBM for 35 years including time in Washington, DC, Richmond, VA, Boca Raton, FL, Stuttgart Germany, White Plains, NY, Palo Alto, CA, and Atlanta, GA before retiring to northern Palm Beach County in 1994. Tom adored his wife Judy, and did everything he could for her health and happiness. Tom and Judy lived by hard work and integrity, raising three successful boys. He and Judy loved time with family, like summers at the Cabana Club in Boca, kids sporting events, and helping with grandchildren. Tom played adult-league soccer during their years in Palo Alto, and lots of golf upon returning to Florida. He liked attending car shows, watching PGA golf, and some good dry humor. Tom will be dearly missed by family and friends. No formal service is being held, but contributions to hospice at the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center are appreciated.

Nicholas J. DeNunzio (22)


Nicholas J. DeNunzio (22) CDR, USN (Ret) of Chatham Township, N.J. passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the age of 85. Nicholas was born in Morristown, N.J. to Elaine (nee Lucia) and Nicholas C. DeNunzio. He graduated from Morristown High School and attended Rutgers University before accepting an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. As a Midshipman Nicholas excelled in academics graduating with Distinction: fourth in the class.


On graduation from USNA June 1956, Nickolas reported to USS Beatty (DD756) via the Fleet Sonar School and served successively as ASW Officer, First Lieutenant and Gunnery Officer. From June 1959 to June 1962 he attended MIT, receiving a Master's Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Designated an Engineering Duty Officer he was assigned to the New York Naval Shipyard where he served for three years, first as a Ship Superintendent and then as a Type Desk Officer. This was followed by two years on Mine Force Atlantic Force staff in Charleston, South Carolina, as Force Maintenance Officer. Nickolas's next five years were spent in Washington, DC. area, three years as Assistant Program Manager for the PG's Minesweeper SHAPM at NAVSEA and the last two as member of the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). His final tour of active duty was in the Brooklyn Navy Shipyard first as Quality Assurance Officer then as Program Management Officer. In 1977 Nicholas retired from the United States Navy as a Commander after 21 years of service . Following his distinguished career with the Navy, Nicholas worked at a Naval Architect and Marine Engineering firm in NYC until his retirement in 1991.


After his retirement Nicholas continued his life of service as a volunteer in the community. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Eleanor (nee Brundo) DeNunzio, their loving children: Elayne (Paul) Mayes, Nicholas (Amy) DeNunzio and Christopher (Beth) DeNunzio. Nicholas was the dear brother of: Phil (Gloria) DeNunzio, Mildred Cazzetto and John (Aggie) DeNunzio and cherished grandfather of: Maria, Nicholas, Gavin, Ryan, Anthony and Elizabeth. He is predeceased by his parents and sister, Elaine DeNunzio. A Funeral Mass was offered on Saturday, August 11th at Corpus Christi Parish, Southern Blvd, Chatham, N.J. Entombment followed at St. Teresa’s Mausoleum, Passaic Ave, Summit.

Arthur Kimball Hovater (7)


Arthur Kimball Hovater (7) died peacefully at home on August 3, 2018. A native of Dothan, Alabama, he moved to Huntsville in 1962. He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and received MSIE at Auburn University where he was a member of Alpha Pi Mu and Phi Kappa Phi, national scholastic honorary societies. While on active duty with the U.S. Navy, he served aboard the U.S.S. Ticonderoga (CVA-14). Later, in the submarine service, he served on the U.S.S. Trutta and U.S.S. Barracuda. 

Following his service in the Navy, he worked for General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division, as a liaison between Electric Boat and the Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, NH for the construction of three nuclear attack class submarines. He came to Huntsville to work for Brown Engineering Company (Teledyne Brown). After graduating from Auburn with his Masters of Engineering, he was employed by General Computer Services and surviving companies for 27 years. He was then instrumental in the startup of a consulting group, and in the 90's he became an independent consultant, officially retiring in 2000. In Huntsville, he was active in the Acme Club and the Huntsville Kiwanis Club where he was treasurer for several years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as Sunday School superintendent, a deacon and an elder. He was one of the leaders in Interfaith Hospitality Network which provided living space and meals for homeless families. He served on the board for LIFT, and was a participant in mission teams which included Waters of the World in Mexico, as well as trips to Cuba and South Africa. He was an outdoor sportsman, and especially loved golf and fishing. Memorial services will be held at Central Presbyterian Church on Monday, August 6 at 11 a.m. with Dr. Randy Jenkins officiating. Visitation will follow at the Cooper House.  (www.laughlinservice.com) 

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Eloise "Bunny" Hovater; three children, Eleanor Hovater, Genie Hovater Cross and her husband, Thomas Hudson Cross III, Arthur Kimball Hovater Jr. and his wife, Sally Smith Hovater; seven grandchildren, Neely Hooper Minor (Will), Julia Holloway Hooper, Eloise Reynolds Cross, Thomas Hudson Cross IV, William Arthur Hovater, John Robert Hovater, Anne Elizabeth Hovater; and his sister, Alice Hovater Sherrod.

Lyell Harris (5)


Lyell Harris (5) died on 6 July, 2018. A service was held at the Oasis Church at Lakewood, Lakewood, WA.

Friends from the local area were there along with 5 classmates from the USNA: Dick Tarbuck, Karl Peterson, Jerry Masterson, Jim Bruso and Jim Kautz and their wives.


Lyell Harris was born to Elwyn and Evalyn Harris on January 14, 1934 in Madison, Wisconsin. He attended East High School and accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1952. He graduated with the Class of 1956. He remained close to the '56ers, especially those in the Lakewood area. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Dover AFB in Delaware.

In 1959, Lyell married Patricia Ann Johnson from Madison, Wisconsin in Dover. In 1960, he was accepted for a new Air Force Institute of Technology program at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio and earned a Masters' Degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1961. In 1965, the family was stationed at Hickam AFB in Honolulu, Hawaii. Lyell served in Cam Ranh Bay from 1968-1969. He finished his 20 year US Air Force career at McChord AFB in Tacoma, Washington.


His next career was as a flight test engineer for Boeing Co. He retired for the second time in 1995 and continued to meet with the crew at the Yardarm for lunch every month.

Lyell enjoyed fishing and building remote control model airplanes, but he LOVED fast cars. He raced a 356 red Porsche Speedster at Mid-Ohio Raceway while stationed at Wright Pat. He owned a 1971 push button De Tomaso Pantera, 1 of the first 60 in the USA and thoroughly enjoyed palling around with the guys from Panteras Northwest.


Family and Friends agree that Lyell was funny, generous, friendly, helpful and most of all smart. He will be deeply missed and is survived by his wife Patricia, 3 children, Melissa, Michael, Timothy, 12 grandchildren and 2 older brothers.

 

Edgar Wayne Weeks, Jr. (9)


Edgar Wayne Weeks, Jr. (9), passed away at home after a brief illness with his family by his side on June 4, 2018. He was 85. Wayne was born and raised in Thomasville, GA, to parents Edgar Wayne Weeks, Sr. and Ethel (nee Norwood). 


He won an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He went on to have an impressive career with Western Electric where he quickly climbed the ranks from engineer in the company’s Hawthorne Works in Chicago, to other top engineering assignments in Princeton, NJ, New York City, and Columbus, OH. He held various position at Western and AT&T before being promoted to president of AT&T Network Systems. 


In addition to his successful career, Wayne received a Sloan Fellowship in 1969 and attended Stanford University’s graduate course for executives. He also holds a patent, is the author of two publications on manufacturing and packaging, and was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America. Before and after retirement, he volunteered with The United Way, The Boy Scouts of America and Steven’s Institute of Technology and held positions on various boards of directors. When he wasn’t at work, he was a dedicated family man and great friend. “Big Wayne” was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener, who never strayed from the values and sensibilities instilled from his very humble beginnings in the rural south. E. Wayne Weeks, Jr. is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Linda (nee Mantell), son Edgar Wayne Weeks, III & his wife Erin, and three grandchildren; Edgar Wayne Weeks, IV, Alexandra and Lillian Weeks. A private service will be held at Bailey Funeral Home in Mendham, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation or Hilltop Church in Mendham.

Leonard George Anton (19)


Leonard G. Anton (19) died on 22 May 2017 at his daughter’s home in Fairfax, VA.The swift onset of esophageal cancer took his life in the first month of age 87. He was born on 9 May 1930, to Anthony and Mary Anton in Shenandoah, PA, where he received schooling. 

In the Navy, Len attended NAPS (Naval Academy Preparatory School) and entered the Naval Academy, where he put special effort into the crew team and shared his marvelous skills of piano playing by ear.He graduated with the 19th Company in June 1956. Len married Josephine “Jo” Dilginison 29 December 1956. Their son, Bill, was born in 1964 and daughter Susan was born in 1968.Jo died in 1985 after years of bravely fighting cancer. She is buried with family in Shenandoah, PA. After graduation, Len completed training as a naval aviator and joined Fighter Squadron VF-74.They were flying the F-4D Skyray, which broke several world time-to-height records.He ended his squadron flight duties piloting the F-4 Phantom, which established several speed, altitude and time-to-climb records.After a year at PG school, he joined plans officers developing a Navy computer system for all out mobilization. In two years, the task was completed and he was sent to Operational Intelligence School and then to duties with ASW hunter-killer groups until leaving the Navy. 

As a civilian, Len worked for NASA in the Apollo program headquarters as an engineer under a technical integration contract.He spent five years in this effort until the program closed in 1972. He later became a federal employee with the Naval Air Systems Command – ASW branch and managed the air ASW fleet support program. In retirement, Len gave his later few decades volunteering weekly for what he called “gigs” of piano playing at several local nursing homes, where he was in popular demand.He also gave abundant grandfather caring to his third generation girls, Morgan and Abbie, and his third generation boys, Ben and Nathan. 

Len was cremated and on 29 May 2017 and was buried along with Jo in Shenandoah, PA.

Donald Roben Stone (19)


Donald R. Stone, (19), Commander SC, USN (Ret.), passed away on 23 April 2018 after living courageously with a diagnosis of mesothelioma. "Don" was an accomplished athlete; a love that he pursued into his 50s. In addition to being his high school soccer team captain, he was the captain on the All-State team for the state of Illinois. Don was also the captain of the soccer team during his time at the Naval Academy. He founded the Virginia Beach Neighborhood Soccer League, where he touched the lives of many children by instilling values and sportsmanship. Always a role model to others, he continued playing in his own over 50s league for many years as well.


Don’s commitment to service is exemplified by his many years of military service in the U.S. Navy, where he honored his family tradition of military service since 1886.

He was a Supply Corps officer with many assignments at the department head and assistant department head level onboard ship and shore stations. Responsibilities included budgeting and accounting for millions of dollars of operating funds, administration of hundreds of personneland technical direction in the areas of financial management, material management, inventory control and automated data processing.Assignments included: supply officer, Naval Air Facility Sigonella (1972-1975);assistant supply officer, Independence(CVA-62) (1967-1969);ships parts control center, Mechanicsburg, PA (1965-1967);logistics officer of a headquarters staff (1975-1978), where he developed financial and material control procedures and conducted oversight inspections.


During retirement, Don contributed his many talents to the following private companies:Q.E.D. Systems, Inc.; Integrated Systems Analysts, Inc.; AIT Company; The Jonathan Corporation; andCACI, Inc.:

Don was also committed to his community. He served as treasurer ofthe Little Neck Civic League of Virginia Beachfor over 30 years.He also could be seen ensuring that the neighborhood ditches were clean by cleaning up litter and recycling what he could—even back in the 1970s, before the environmenta1 protection was adopted as a national norm.


Most important to Don was his loving wife, Laura; their four children, Jennifer, Monica, Randall (Squinch) and Brandon; and four grandchildren, Avalon, Madeline, Joziah and Noelle.


A celebration of his life was held at Lynnhaven United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Monterey, CA. Great and compassionate God, you have shared with us the life of Don.

Charles Walter MISSLER (10)

Chuck Missler (10), gained international recognition as a Bible scholar, author and teacher. Through an informal affiliation with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California, Chuck became known for his insight into the integration of scripture with science, history and prophecy. Dr. Missler received a Congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduating with honors, he received his commission in the U.S. Air Force. When he had completed his military obligations, he became Branch Chief of the Department of Guided Missiles at Lowry Air Force Base. 

Chuck had a successful business career but dedicated the last 30 years of his life to his Christian ministry and Bible studies. He founded Koinonia House and produced materials dedicated to encouraging individuals to study their Bible. Chuck was 83 years old, and passed away at his home in Reporoa, New Zealand.

Thomas A. Northam Jr. (15)


Thomas A. Northam Jr. (15) was born in the Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington DC; the son of a career WWI and WWII infantry officer and a Walter Reed Army nurse. Eventual military service was a given.

Growing up in the 1930’s and 40’s as an “Army Brat”, he lived on numerous Army Posts. This nurtured his love for travel and meeting new people. After graduating from Tennessee’s’ Sewanee Military Academy, he entered the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, class of ’53. He was destined for a lifelong military career serving his country. Sports injuries led to his academic failure and eventual dismissal from West Point after completing his “plebe” or freshman year. He then entered the U. S. Naval Academy, class of ’54. Again suffering sports injuries that led to substandard academic performance he was dismissed. This refueled his tenacious desire to serve his country. He then enlisted in the submarine fleet. There, he obtained an appointment again to the U.S Naval Academy, class of 56. Even he admitted he did things the “hard way”. Upon graduation he embarked upon a long and distinguished career both ashore and at sea. Among his assignments he served in Italy, Vietnam and Washington DC. He served on the USS Miller (DD 535), USS Sarsfield (DD 837), USS Hermitage (LSD 34), USS Thor (ARC 4) and the USS Aeolus (ARC 3). His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Combat “V”, Joint Service Commendation Medal and many more citations for meritorious service.


After retiring from the military he worked for GTE on various military contracts and traveled extensively. He participated in GTEs “Big Ride”; a bicycle ride from Seattle, WA to Washington DC. The Ride was to raise money and awareness for cancer victims. After retiring from GTE he moved to Leavenworth, WA and again became active in his community. He participated in numerous events and parades including lighting the town for Christmas and burying a Centennial time capsule. Never far from his heart was his commitment to serving his county and as such he was an active member and Commander of the Cashmere VFW post.


Tom is survived by his wife Onie, his children Thomasina Lacey (Russell), Thomas III (Cathy), Patrick and Timothy (Dee Dee ). His step-children; Laurie Branch (Sheldon) and Brian Treloggen (Julie). Eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.


Tom has always contended that his whole life was guided and successful only by our Lords grace. He can now thank Him for his guiding hand.

Franklin (Frank) Dean Smith (20)


Franklin (Frank) Dean Smith (20), of Morattico, VA, passed away in his sleep April 11, after a long illness, Born on November 8, 1932, in Cherokee Iowa, Frank was a career naval officer who retired in 1981 with the rank of Captain. Following retirement, he engaged in defense-related enterprises in the Washington D.C. area and later owned a company that focused on captioning for the hearing impaired . He attended local schools in Cherokee, and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1952. After his 1956 graduation, he attended the Navy Supply Corps School, Athens GA., and later served on a destroyer (USS Hunt) out of Newport Rhode Island.


He served two tours teaching math at the Naval Academy. The latter part of his naval career included service at the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington D.C. and at the Westinghouse Bettis Plant in Pittsburgh PA. In 1964 to June 1966 he was the supply officer on the USS Maury out of Honolulu Hawaii with deployments to Columbia and to Cam Ranh Bay, Viet Nam. In June, 1968, he received a Master’s degree from Harvard Business School, and also attended the War College in Washington D.C. Later he served at the U.S. Naval Supply Center in Mechanicsburg, PA, and at the Defense Department in Crystal City, VA. His final tour of duty was with the PAC Fleet Support Office in Honolulu.


He married Carol G. Dawson in 1986 and they subsequently moved to the Northern Neck of Virginia, settling in the historic village of Morattico.


He was predeceased by his parents, Clarence and Clara (Stier) Smith of Cherokee Iowa.

His first marriage to the former Elizabeth Peregoy ended in divorce. They had three children, Scott Smith (Teresa); Elizabeth Connolly (Michael); and Alex Delmontage. His four stepchildren, Edward Baumann (Josie); Genie Eardley (John); Vicky Winger (Dane); and James Bauman, were close to their stepfather and he treated them as his own.


In addition, he and his wife Carol had a combined total of sixteen grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

Frank was a long time member of the Fairfax Hunt in Fairfax, VA, and served as President of the Club for several years. Recently he had a business marketing jewelry at the Kilmarnock Antique Gallery. He was a member of St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Kilmarnock. Visitation will be at the Currie Funeral Home in Kilmarnock on Monday, April 16, from 4 to 7 pm with a Wake Service at 5:30 pm and a Rosary at 6:30 pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales on Tuesday at 11 am, followed by a reception at the Church Hall.


The family suggests donations to Hospice of Virginia, 1328 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, VA 22560 or to the St. Francis de Sales Building Fund, 154 E. Church St., Kilmarnock, VA 22482.


John Joseph Lally (13)


Lt Col John Joseph Lally ,(13) (USAF Retired), 84, entered heaven on Easter Sunday morning in Sacramento, CA.Born and raised in San Francisco, John was a 1947 graduate of St. Cecilia Catholic Grammar School (the Greatest, the Finest, and the Best), and a 1951 graduate of St. Ignatius (SI) College Preparatory High School, where he was a tight-end for the SI Wildcats (#15) with All-City honors. Upon graduating from high school, John attended the United States Naval Academy (USNA), where he earned a BS in engineering and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1956. 


John spent 22 years on active duty as a Command Pilot and was qualified in several aircraft, including the B-25, B-47 and B-52 Stratofortress. A few of the many accomplishments of his illustrious career include his command of deployed elements of 441st Bomb Squadron at Andersen Air Force Base (AFB) in Guam. At the end of the Vietnam War, by direct orders from U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, John led the redeployment of B-52s back to the continental United States. He culminated his career as Commander of the 441st Bomb Squadron at Mather AFB in Sacramento. 


After retiring from the Air Force and settling his family permanently in Sacramento, John became an engineer for Pacific Bell Telephone Company. When he permanently retired from the work force in the late 90's, he pursued his passion for adventure and travel, which began 40 years earlier during his years at the USNA. Baseball, football, basketball, golf John LOVED sports! He organized numerous trips to attend games across the country with family and friends, always capturing memories with his camera and generously sending them for all to enjoy. John was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Patrick Lally, and his mother, Agnes Cecilia Liguori of Forest Side Ave., San Francisco. He is survived by his cherished wife of 61 years and St. Cecilia and St. Rose alum, Rosemary D. Lally; his seven daughters: Marie K. Reilly (Michael) of Manteca, CA; M. Theresa Lally (David Van Wagoner) of Yorktown, VA; Rosemarie E. Lally of Sacramento, CA; Bernadette A. Tate (Ellis) of Omaha, NE; Diane A. Lally of Sacramento, CA; Susanne E. Lally of Walnut Creek, CA; and Christine J. Lally of Sacramento, CA. John was the greatest grandfather in the world to Maura R. Reilly Albert, Mikaela M. Reilly, Sean J. Tate, Ryan T. Tate, Olivia R. Tate, and his great-grand-daughter, Kathleen S. Albert. 


A celebration of John's life and legacy will be held Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church located at 4123 Robertson Ave., Sacramento, CA 95821. An 11:30 am Rosary will be followed by Mass at 12:00 pm. The burial will immediately follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, 6509 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA 95820. Please join the Lally Family for a celebration at 2:30 pm at Mix Downtown, 1525 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, to toast John - because he always enjoyed a good party and a stiff drink! If you would like to commemorate John's life and generosity, donations may be made in his name to the Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850 (www.fisherhouse.org) or Loaves and Fishes of Sacramento, 1351 North C Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 (sacloaves.org). GO NAVY, BEAT ARMY! Beannacht leat go bhfeicfidh m‚ ar¡s th£ (Irish Gaelic: Blessings until we meet again.


Published in The Sacramento Bee on Apr. 5, 2018

John F. Nelson (10)


John F. Nelson, (10), 85, husband of Virginia S. Nelson passed away in Spokane, WA on March 9, 2018. He was born in Wichita, KS on October 22, 1932, the son of the late Hugo & Helen Nelson. He attended grade schools in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO, Salt Lake City, UT and the Ursuline Academy and St Mary's in Great Falls, MT. He graduated in the first class of the Great Falls Central Catholic High School in 1951. He attended Columbian Prep School in Washington, DC prior to his acceptance to the United States Naval Academy. He graduated from the Naval Academy in June 1956. He accepted a commission as second lieutenant in the United States Air Force upon graduation.


In the USAF, he was stationed at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. After this he did a tour at Wheelus Field in Tripoli, Libya. He returned to the United States in 1960 to Vandenberg AFB in California where he was on the launch crew of the first Titan I missile. He resigned his commission in 1962 and went to work as a Senior Design Engineer for North American Aviation on the Minuteman II missile program. When his father passed away, he returned to Great Falls to manage Nelson-Scofield Tire Company which his father opened in 1941. He renamed it Nelson Tire Company in 1969 and moved to a new location in downtown Great Falls.

He joined the Knights of Columbus while at the Naval Academy. He worked his way up the chairs of the Knights of Columbus in Great Falls and the State of Montana, becoming the State Deputy in 1975. He was a member of the Great Falls Lions Club from 1967 to 1994. He was president of the Montana Tire Dealers Association in the late 1980s. He served on committees in the Montana Catholic Diocese. He was on the board of directors of the Eighth Judicial District Youth Guidance Home and was a volunteer for the of Montana State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). He closed Nelson Tire Company in 1994 and moved to his mountain home in Mortimer Gulch not far from Augusta, MT. He delighted in his retirement in the mountains of Montana. He and Virginia moved to Spokane, Washington in 2016.


John resided in Great Falls and August, MT for the past 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Virginia S. Nelson currently of Spokane, WA, who he married in 1987. He is also survived by his four daughters from his first marriage to Marty McGee of Eugene, OR. His daughters are Tia Nelson, DVM (Derek Brown) of Helena, MT, Trish Nelson, Attorney of Bend, OR, Christina Nye, MD (Scott) of Spokane, WA, and Diana Lawson, Microsoft Executive (Mark) of Issaquah, WA. His step children in his marriage to Virginia are Kim Gilmore and David Gilmore (Diane) of Portland, OR. His grandchildren include Luke and Kurt Fehlig, Benjamin and Patrick Heatherman, Abigail, Madeline and Joseph Nye, and step grandchild Kayla Letcher. He is also survived by his sister Anne Gannon (Jack) and his brother-in-law Richard Gannon (Debra). He was preceded in death by his sister Theresa Gannon (Richard).


A funeral Mass will be held at St Ann's Cathedral in Great Falls on April 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM with a reception following at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Memorials can be sent to Great Falls Central Catholic High School or to the donor's choice.

Stephen Ernest Gauthreaux (20)


Stephen Ernest Gauthreaux, (20) 85, passed away Feb. 25 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home surrounded by his family after a brief illness. Steve was born in Plaquemine, LA on Nov. 20, 1932, to the late Ernest Gauthreaux and Eta Blanchard. Steve graduated from Jesuit High School in New Orleans. He was appointed to the US Naval Academy and graduated in 1956 and entered the US Air Force as a 1st Lt. He became a navigator/bombardier on the B-47 Air Craft and was a member of the Strategic Air Command Div. of the Air Force. After serving, he spent his career in printing and packaging. 


Upon retirement, he spent his time making his gourmet pecan pralines, selling them at farm markets and retail stores. Some refer to him as the "Praline Man." Steve loved air planes, boats, duck hunting, fishing, golf, and travel. But most of all he loved his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers-in-law, Armand Spring and Jack Bandi of New Orleans. He is survived by his wife Barbara of 57 years, his children Jack (Sue) of Grenoble, France, Ann (Meribeth) of Winston-Salem, Tom of Phoenix, AZ, Dan (Wendy) of Hickory, NC and two special grandchildren, Sarah of Paris, France and Scott of Cupertino, CA, and his sisters Libby Bandi and Sheila Spring of New Orleans and their children. 


A memorial Mass for Steve will be held Fri., March 9 at 2:00 pm at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clemmons. Memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Frank Don Scovel (11)


Commander Don Scovel, (11) USN (Ret), passed away on 8 February 2018 at age 85, following a lengthy illness and with his family in National City, CA. Don was born on 28 August 1932. He was the son of Nancy and Frank Scovel in National City, where he graduated from high school. Don enlisted in the Navy and became an Air Controller, stationed in San Diego. While serving, he was offered an appointment to the U.S Naval Academy in 1952. He was assigned to the 11th company, ultimately the Class of 1956 Color Company. While attending the Academy, he earned membership on the sailing team, racing the Academy yawls. He was also on the pistol team, and a disc jockey for the Academy in-house radio station. When he graduated, eyesight limitations led to his selection asaNaval Public Affairs specialist. He was adept at representing naval commanders with their mediaobligations. His various assignments included leading combat camera crews onto the battlefield to filmthe front lines of combat. Don received several awards during his military career.


Don married Patsy Powell while both were serving in the Pentagon. Hewas the detailer for Public Affairs specialists, and Patsy was a secretary with the Department of the Air Force. Their lengthy marriage withchildren David, Susan and Anne, has been a joy to all.


Following retirement from the Navy on 31 January 1977, the Scovels settled in Bonita, CA. He entered the real estate profession with his former Academy roommate, and became a recognized expert in commercial and investment real estate. He then shifted to operating a sporting goods manufacturing company. Don was active in community, arts and civic affairs. He was a regular participant with his Naval Academy Class of ‘56West in San Diego County. He proved to be an excellent golfer, and managed the annual golf tournaments with his classmates, as well as frequent impromptu matches.


Don Scovel was laid to rest at the Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita, CA, with full military honors. The naval Honor Guard removed the colors covering Don, folded them and presented them to son David’s wife, Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield, USN, who in turn gave them with customary comments to her mother-in-law, Patsy. It was a very touching ceremony.


The family requests that those considering flowers of gifts instead direct their Memorials to either the American Veterans Association (AMVETS), or the Salvation Army.

Carl Alfred Nelson (10) Carl Alfred Nelson (10), 87, passed away 3 February 2018 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born 11 October 1930 in Pittsburgh, PA to Alfred and Isabel Nelson.  Following high school, Carl enlisted in the US Navy, and earned an appointment to the Naval Academy.  He was in the 10th company with the class of 1956.The day following graduation, he married Barbara Long in the Academy Chapel.  Barb died in 2004.During Carl’s 33 year Navy career, he commanded USS Worden (CG 18), USS Cook (FF 1083), and USS Cocopa (ATF 101).  He served four tours of duty in Vietnam, primarily assenior advisor to the Commander,Combat Riverine Operationsat the logistics base at Nha Be. His combat decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with combat V, two Air Medals, Combat Action Medal, and 14 others.In 1981 Carl, as captain of the USS Worden in the South China Sea, rescued 44 Vietnamese ‘boat people’ ages infant to late 20’s, who were facing dehydration, starvation, and possibly death.  Fifteen years later they blessed him as their honored parent, and they named a grandchild after him.   Shore duty included the Naval Academy and West Point, among others including PG school in Monterrey.  Carl and Barbara with three daughters settled in San Diego in 1963, leaving only for the tour in Japan.  The girls graduated from high school and moved on to college and marriage, and Carl retired from the Navy in 1989.Carl earned a DBA from USIU.  He taught international business at various colleges and universities in the San Diego area.  He authored five books on international trade, one of which is still a top seller.He also wrote fiction, and published a series of novels which roughly followed his Navy career.  Carl wrote poetry, short stories, professional articles, a play, a musical, and two memoirs.  He garnered many writing awards, and served as President of the San Diego Writers and Editors group.Carl was a member of his local Methodist Church, as well as Masons and various veterans’ organizations.  Carl truly enjoyed his family and classmates from the Class of ’56, with whom he celebrated many occasions including quality golfing.In 2006 Carl married Dolores Hansen and inherited another family.  Carl and Dolores spent 13 years traveling the world, playing golf, and fly fishing.  He leaves behind three daughters, six grandchildren,one great-grandchild, and Dolores’s extended family. Internment is at Fort Roscrans National Cemetery.  

Carl Alfred Nelson (10) Carl Alfred Nelson (10), 87, passed away 3 February 2018 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born 11 October 1930 in Pittsburgh, PA to Alfred and Isabel Nelson.  Following high school, Carl enlisted in the US Navy, and earned an appointment to the Naval Academy.  He was in the 10th company with the class of 1956.The day following graduation, he married Barbara Long in the Academy Chapel.  Barb died in 2004.During Carl’s 33 year Navy career, he commanded USS Worden (CG 18), USS Cook (FF 1083), and USS Cocopa (ATF 101).  He served four tours of duty in Vietnam, primarily assenior advisor to the Commander,Combat Riverine Operationsat the logistics base at Nha Be. His combat decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with combat V, two Air Medals, Combat Action Medal, and 14 others.In 1981 Carl, as captain of the USS Worden in the South China Sea, rescued 44 Vietnamese ‘boat people’ ages infant to late 20’s, who were facing dehydration, starvation, and possibly death.  Fifteen years later they blessed him as their honored parent, and they named a grandchild after him.   Shore duty included the Naval Academy and West Point, among others including PG school in Monterrey.  Carl and Barbara with three daughters settled in San Diego in 1963, leaving only for the tour in Japan.  The girls graduated from high school and moved on to college and marriage, and Carl retired from the Navy in 1989.Carl earned a DBA from USIU.  He taught international business at various colleges and universities in the San Diego area.  He authored five books on international trade, one of which is still a top seller.He also wrote fiction, and published a series of novels which roughly followed his Navy career.  Carl wrote poetry, short stories, professional articles, a play, a musical, and two memoirs.  He garnered many writing awards, and served as President of the San Diego Writers and Editors group.Carl was a member of his local Methodist Church, as well as Masons and various veterans’ organizations.  Carl truly enjoyed his family and classmates from the Class of ’56, with whom he celebrated many occasions including quality golfing.In 2006 Carl married Dolores Hansen and inherited another family.  Carl and Dolores spent 13 years traveling the world, playing golf, and fly fishing.  He leaves behind three daughters, six grandchildren,one great-grandchild, and Dolores’s extended family. Internment is at Fort Roscrans National Cemetery.  

Carl Alfred Nelson (10) Carl Alfred Nelson (10), 87, passed away 3 February 2018 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born 11 October 1930 in Pittsburgh, PA to Alfred and Isabel Nelson.  Following high school, Carl enlisted in the US Navy, and earned an appointment to the Naval Academy.  He was in the 10th company with the class of 1956.The day following graduation, he married Barbara Long in the Academy Chapel.  Barb died in 2004.During Carl’s 33 year Navy career, he commanded USS Worden (CG 18), USS Cook (FF 1083), and USS Cocopa (ATF 101).  He served four tours of duty in Vietnam, primarily assenior advisor to the Commander,Combat Riverine Operationsat the logistics base at Nha Be. His combat decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with combat V, two Air Medals, Combat Action Medal, and 14 others.In 1981 Carl, as captain of the USS Worden in the South China Sea, rescued 44 Vietnamese ‘boat people’ ages infant to late 20’s, who were facing dehydration, starvation, and possibly death.  Fifteen years later they blessed him as their honored parent, and they named a grandchild after him.   Shore duty included the Naval Academy and West Point, among others including PG school in Monterrey.  Carl and Barbara with three daughters settled in San Diego in 1963, leaving only for the tour in Japan.  The girls graduated from high school and moved on to college and marriage, and Carl retired from the Navy in 1989.Carl earned a DBA from USIU.  He taught international business at various colleges and universities in the San Diego area.  He authored five books on international trade, one of which is still a top seller.He also wrote fiction, and published a series of novels which roughly followed his Navy career.  Carl wrote poetry, short stories, professional articles, a play, a musical, and two memoirs.  He garnered many writing awards, and served as President of the San Diego Writers and Editors group.Carl was a member of his local Methodist Church, as well as Masons and various veterans’ organizations.  Carl truly enjoyed his family and classmates from the Class of ’56, with whom he celebrated many occasions including quality golfing.In 2006 Carl married Dolores Hansen and inherited another family.  Carl and Dolores spent 13 years traveling the world, playing golf, and fly fishing.  He leaves behind three daughters, six grandchildren,one great-grandchild, and Dolores’s extended family. Internment is at Fort Roscrans National Cemetery.  

Carl Alfred Nelson (10) 

Carl Alfred Nelson (10), 87, passed away 3 February 2018 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born 11 October 1930 in Pittsburgh, PA to Alfred and Isabel Nelson.  Following high school, Carl enlisted in the US Navy, and earned an appointment to the Naval Academy.  He was in the 10th company with the class of 1956.The day following graduation, he married Barbara Long in the Academy Chapel.  Barb died in 2004.

During Carl’s 33 year Navy career, he commanded USS Worden (CG 18), USS Cook (FF 1083), and USS Cocopa (ATF 101).  He served four tours of duty in Vietnam, primarily assenior advisor to the Commander,Combat Riverine Operationsat the logistics base at Nha Be. His combat decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with combat V, two Air Medals, Combat Action Medal, and 14 others.In 1981 Carl, as captain of the USS Worden in the South China Sea, rescued 44 Vietnamese ‘boat people’ ages infant to late 20’s, who were facing dehydration, starvation, and possibly death.  Fifteen years later they blessed him as their honored parent, and they named a grandchild after him.   Shore duty included the Naval Academy and West Point, among others including PG school in Monterrey.  Carl and Barbara with three daughters settled in San Diego in 1963, leaving only for the tour in Japan.  The girls graduated from high school and moved on to college and marriage, and Carl retired from the Navy in 1989.

Carl earned a DBA from USIU.  He taught international business at various colleges and universities in the San Diego area.  He authored five books on international trade, one of which is still a top seller.He also wrote fiction, and published a series of novels which roughly followed his Navy career.  Carl wrote poetry, short stories, professional articles, a play, a musical, and two memoirs.  He garnered many writing awards, and served as President of the San Diego Writers and Editors group.Carl was a member of his local Methodist Church, as well as Masons and various veterans’ organizations.  Carl truly enjoyed his family and classmates from the Class of ’56, with whom he celebrated many occasions including quality golfing.

In 2006 Carl married Dolores Hansen and inherited another family.  Carl and Dolores spent 13 years traveling the world, playing golf, and fly fishing.  He leaves behind three daughters, six grandchildren,one great-grandchild, and Dolores’s extended family. Internment is at Fort Roscrans National Cemetery.
John Thurber  (23) 

John Thurber, Captain, USN, Ret. passed away on January 18, 2018. 

Born in Des Moines, Iowa on August 23, 1931, John's childhood was spent in Montezuma, Iowa.  He was a proficient athlete, playing both basketball and football during his high school years.  He was the quarterback of the football team in his senior year with an undefeated and unscored-upon season record. 

He graduated from Annapolis and married Joan Norma Orr on June 1, 1956.  His accomplishments in the Navy include: Captain of the USS Mount Hood, the last Marine Director of the Panama Canal Company and the first Marine Director of the Panama Canal Commission, Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command in Panama, and the U.S. Naval Attaché with the US embassy in the country of Uruguay.  Other places he and his family were stationed include:  the Azores, Cuba, and the Philippine Islands.  He had 14 years and 3 months of sea duty.  After John retired in 1989, he and Joan settled in Tallahassee. 

John was an avid recreational scuba diver and he logged over 1500 dives in his lifetime.  He had a passion for diving and underwater photography.    He was a Master PADI instructor and passed on his love of diving to his two children- Kathryn and John-Shannon - as well as his wife Joan.  John and Joan frequented the Cayman Islands’ beautiful diving spots as well as made diving expeditions to other places.  John continued to dive until he was 80 years old.  His last dive with his children was on his 80th birthday in Antigua.  John wanted his ashes scattered in the ocean in the Cayman Islands along with Joan’s; she passed away in 2006.  His children – Kathryn (Mark) Voigt and John-Shannon (Monica) Thurber will be honoring that wish with a private service.
Vernon Allan Dander (5) Vernon Allan Dander (5), a native of Stockton, died on December 23, 2017. Vernon was born in Stockton, CA on December 22, 1934 the first born son of Vernon Sidney and Marie Evelyn Dander. Vernon was a Naval Academy graduate and member of the famous Sugar Bowl Navy football "Team Named Desire" of 1955. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant to serve in the US Air Force upon his graduation from the Naval Academy, Vern entered pilot training earning his wings in the spring of 1957 at Goodfellow AFB Texas, Randolph AFB Texas and Stead AFB Nevada. Later that same year, Vernon returned to Stockton to propose to his high school sweetheart, Claire Ann Herring and they were married in November 1957. Upon completion of advanced helicopter pilot training in Texas, Vernon and Claire deployed to Itazuke Air Base in Kyushu, Japan in the summer of 1958 for his first deployment of three years flying H-21 helicopter missions. Their daughter, Katherine was born November 27, 1958 while they were deployed in Japan. In 1961, the family returned to the United States and Hanscom AFB MA where Vernon earned an MM/EE from AFIT and was assigned to an Engineering position there. In 1966, Vernon returned to helicopter operations as an acceptance pilot at the Hughes TH-55/OH-6 production facilities in southern California. After upgrading to the Sikorsky Pave Low HH-3 long range search and rescue helicopter, Vernon deployed to Da Nang Air Base Vietnam in September 1967 as a Jolly Green Giant rescue pilot. He and his crew completed an amazing 196 CSAR missions with six combat rescues flying out of both Da Nang and Khe Sanh. Vernon's next assignment was at the Pentagon as the USAF VTOL/Rescue Systems Coordinator where he lead efforts to improve existing SAR systems and establish new criteria for advanced helicopter capabilities including night and all weather systems now in use today on the modern Osprey airframe.  Thereafter, he was assigned to Andrews AFB in 1972 where he developed programs to improve intelligence being provided to in theater tactical air forces in the European theater. This ultimately lead to his promotion in 1975 to Deputy Program Manager at Hanscom AFB where he established a multi service version of the program that began at Andrews AFB. After 24 years of military service, Colonel Vernon Allan Dander retired at Hanscom AFB in June 1980. Military honors and awards include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallanty Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Force Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with six Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Presidential Unit Citation and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.  Vernon was hired immediately upon entering civilian life by Martin Marietta Aerospace and moved to Colorado. There he became Deputy Program Manager for special intelligence systems and USAF simulation programing remaining there a decade. He retired from Martin Marietta in June 1990. After six months of retirement, Vernon was recruited to work for the Environmental Protection Agency Region Eight office Denver, Colorado. In 1992 Vernon began work in a technical capacity with the agency’s Federal Lead Based Paint Program. In 2010 he left EPA and joined Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado as an environmental instructor on their staff. Vernon retired in March 2011 and he and Claire moved to Linden Ponds in Hingham, MA. just south of Boston. Non military honors and awards include: San Francisco Chronicle All Northern California First Team Selection Tight End 1951. Sugar Bowl Championship Game Navy victory over Ole Miss 21-0 at Guard 1955. Stockton Athlete of the Year 1955. Academic All-American 1955 and the only member of the Navy team to start every single game during the 1955 season. And Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame inductee 1993. Vernon and Claire traveled extensively in retirement throughout the world to places like Switzerland, Tuscany, Hapsburg Empire, Central and South America, Alaska, Galapagos Islands, Caribbean, Baja, New Zealand and Australia.Vernon is survived by a proud family including his wife Claire and daughter Katherine of Boston, MA., nephew Craig Richard Dander of Tracy, CA and niece Heidi Ann Hawthorne of Vallejo, CA

Vernon Allan Dander (5) Vernon Allan Dander (5), a native of Stockton, died on December 23, 2017. Vernon was born in Stockton, CA on December 22, 1934 the first born son of Vernon Sidney and Marie Evelyn Dander. Vernon was a Naval Academy graduate and member of the famous Sugar Bowl Navy football "Team Named Desire" of 1955. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant to serve in the US Air Force upon his graduation from the Naval Academy, Vern entered pilot training earning his wings in the spring of 1957 at Goodfellow AFB Texas, Randolph AFB Texas and Stead AFB Nevada. Later that same year, Vernon returned to Stockton to propose to his high school sweetheart, Claire Ann Herring and they were married in November 1957. Upon completion of advanced helicopter pilot training in Texas, Vernon and Claire deployed to Itazuke Air Base in Kyushu, Japan in the summer of 1958 for his first deployment of three years flying H-21 helicopter missions. Their daughter, Katherine was born November 27, 1958 while they were deployed in Japan. In 1961, the family returned to the United States and Hanscom AFB MA where Vernon earned an MM/EE from AFIT and was assigned to an Engineering position there. In 1966, Vernon returned to helicopter operations as an acceptance pilot at the Hughes TH-55/OH-6 production facilities in southern California. After upgrading to the Sikorsky Pave Low HH-3 long range search and rescue helicopter, Vernon deployed to Da Nang Air Base Vietnam in September 1967 as a Jolly Green Giant rescue pilot. He and his crew completed an amazing 196 CSAR missions with six combat rescues flying out of both Da Nang and Khe Sanh. Vernon's next assignment was at the Pentagon as the USAF VTOL/Rescue Systems Coordinator where he lead efforts to improve existing SAR systems and establish new criteria for advanced helicopter capabilities including night and all weather systems now in use today on the modern Osprey airframe.  Thereafter, he was assigned to Andrews AFB in 1972 where he developed programs to improve intelligence being provided to in theater tactical air forces in the European theater. This ultimately lead to his promotion in 1975 to Deputy Program Manager at Hanscom AFB where he established a multi service version of the program that began at Andrews AFB. After 24 years of military service, Colonel Vernon Allan Dander retired at Hanscom AFB in June 1980. Military honors and awards include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallanty Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Force Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with six Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Presidential Unit Citation and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.  Vernon was hired immediately upon entering civilian life by Martin Marietta Aerospace and moved to Colorado. There he became Deputy Program Manager for special intelligence systems and USAF simulation programing remaining there a decade. He retired from Martin Marietta in June 1990. After six months of retirement, Vernon was recruited to work for the Environmental Protection Agency Region Eight office Denver, Colorado. In 1992 Vernon began work in a technical capacity with the agency’s Federal Lead Based Paint Program. In 2010 he left EPA and joined Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado as an environmental instructor on their staff. Vernon retired in March 2011 and he and Claire moved to Linden Ponds in Hingham, MA. just south of Boston. Non military honors and awards include: San Francisco Chronicle All Northern California First Team Selection Tight End 1951. Sugar Bowl Championship Game Navy victory over Ole Miss 21-0 at Guard 1955. Stockton Athlete of the Year 1955. Academic All-American 1955 and the only member of the Navy team to start every single game during the 1955 season. And Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame inductee 1993. Vernon and Claire traveled extensively in retirement throughout the world to places like Switzerland, Tuscany, Hapsburg Empire, Central and South America, Alaska, Galapagos Islands, Caribbean, Baja, New Zealand and Australia.Vernon is survived by a proud family including his wife Claire and daughter Katherine of Boston, MA., nephew Craig Richard Dander of Tracy, CA and niece Heidi Ann Hawthorne of Vallejo, CA

Vernon Allan Dander (5) 

Vernon Allan Dander (5), a native of Stockton, died on December 23, 2017. Vernon was born in Stockton, CA on December 22, 1934 the first born son of Vernon Sidney and Marie Evelyn Dander. Vernon was a Naval Academy graduate and member of the famous Sugar Bowl Navy football "Team Named Desire" of 1955. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant to serve in the US Air Force upon his graduation from the Naval Academy, Vern entered pilot training earning his wings in the spring of 1957 at Goodfellow AFB Texas, Randolph AFB Texas and Stead AFB Nevada. Later that same year, Vernon returned to Stockton to propose to his high school sweetheart, Claire Ann Herring and they were married in November 1957. Upon completion of advanced helicopter pilot training in Texas, Vernon and Claire deployed to Itazuke Air Base in Kyushu, Japan in the summer of 1958 for his first deployment of three years flying H-21 helicopter missions. Their daughter, Katherine was born November 27, 1958 while they were deployed in Japan. In 1961, the family returned to the United States and Hanscom AFB MA where Vernon earned an MM/EE from AFIT and was assigned to an Engineering position there. In 1966, Vernon returned to helicopter operations as an acceptance pilot at the Hughes TH-55/OH-6 production facilities in southern California. After upgrading to the Sikorsky Pave Low HH-3 long range search and rescue helicopter, Vernon deployed to Da Nang Air Base Vietnam in September 1967 as a Jolly Green Giant rescue pilot. He and his crew completed an amazing 196 CSAR missions with six combat rescues flying out of both Da Nang and Khe Sanh. Vernon's next assignment was at the Pentagon as the USAF VTOL/Rescue Systems Coordinator where he lead efforts to improve existing SAR systems and establish new criteria for advanced helicopter capabilities including night and all weather systems now in use today on the modern Osprey air-frame.
 
Thereafter, he was assigned to Andrews AFB in 1972 where he developed programs to improve intelligence being provided to in theater tactical air forces in the European theater. This ultimately lead to his promotion in 1975 to Deputy Program Manager at Hanscom AFB where he established a multi service version of the program that began at Andrews AFB. After 24 years of military service, Colonel Vernon Allan Dander retired at Hanscom AFB in June 1980. Military honors and awards include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Force Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with six Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Presidential Unit Citation and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.  

Vernon was hired immediately upon entering civilian life by Martin Marietta Aerospace and moved to Colorado. There he became Deputy Program Manager for special intelligence systems and USAF simulation programming remaining there a decade. He retired from Martin Marietta in June 1990. After six months of retirement, Vernon was recruited to work for the Environmental Protection Agency Region Eight office Denver, Colorado. In 1992 Vernon began work in a technical capacity with the agency’s Federal Lead Based Paint Program. In 2010 he left EPA and joined Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado as an environmental instructor on their staff. 

Vernon retired in March 2011 and he and Claire moved to Linden Ponds in Hingham, MA. just south of Boston. Non military honors and awards include: San Francisco Chronicle All Northern California First Team Selection Tight End 1951. Sugar Bowl Championship Game Navy victory over Ole Miss 21-0 at Guard 1955. Stockton Athlete of the Year 1955. Academic All-American 1955 and the only member of the Navy team to start every single game during the 1955 season. And Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame inductee 1993. Vernon and Claire traveled extensively in retirement throughout the world to places like Switzerland, Tuscany, Hapsburg Empire, Central and South America, Alaska, Galapagos Islands, Caribbean, Baja, New Zealand and Australia.

Vernon is survived by a proud family including his wife Claire and daughter Katherine of Boston, MA., nephew Craig Richard Dander of Tracy, CA and niece Heidi Ann Hawthorne of Vallejo, CA
Edward Andrew Zabrycki  (9)

Edward Andrew Zabrycki (9) passed away peacefully at home on December 3, 2017 following a long illness. He was born on December 20, 1932 in Manville, New Jersey to Polish immigrant parents, Andrew and Veronica Skarba Zabrycki. Ed is predeceased by his siblings Peter, Stanley, and Mary. Ed had an idyllic childhood in rural New Jersey, swimming in the Raritan River and riding his bike from dawn to dark. Ed attended Sacred Heart School and Bound Brook High School. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1956 and participated in football and wrestling all four years. Ed was a Purchasing Manager and enjoyed postings in Japan, Vietnam, Mare Island, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the Naval Postgraduate School and the Panama Canal Zone. Ed worked for Pacific Gas and Electric after retiring from the Navy. He earned a Masters Degree from Ohio State and loved teaching Supply Chain Management and Economics in the evenings at St. Mary's College, Golden Gate University and Dominican University.
 
Teaching was one of Ed's passions. He coached his boys in baseball and roamed the football sidelines taking pictures with his long lens camera. Weekends were happily spent watching and participating with his children in baseball, football, soccer, softball, and skiing. Ed never missed a Navy football game on television and sang along with the Navy alma mater following the Army/Navy game. The Giants and the 49'ers brought joy and anguish over the years. Lifelong interests included scuba diving and piloting small planes.
Ed is survived by his Wife of 42 years, Meg, and his four Children: Michael, Mark, Timothy (Kaye) and Carolyn (Jason). Grandchildren are: Kayla, Michael, Samantha, Colby, Emily and Dylan. Ed loved spending time with his devoted extended family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on January 13, 2018 at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hospice of the East Bay (hospiceeastbay.org) or Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation (sentinelsoffreedom.org).
Edward  Andrew Zabrycki  (9)

Edward Andrew Zabrycki (9) passed away peacefully at home on December 3, 2017 following a long illness. He was born on December 20, 1932 in Manville, New Jersey to Polish immigrant parents, Andrew and Veronica Skarba Zabrycki. Ed is predeceased by his siblings Peter, Stanley, and Mary. Ed had an idyllic childhood in rural New Jersey, swimming in the Raritan River and riding his bike from dawn to dark. Ed attended Sacred Heart School and Bound Brook High School. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1956 and participated in football and wrestling all four years. Ed was a Purchasing Manager and enjoyed postings in Japan, Vietnam, Mare Island, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the Naval Postgraduate School and the Panama Canal Zone. Ed worked for Pacific Gas and Electric after retiring from the Navy. He earned a Masters Degree from Ohio State and loved teaching Supply Chain Management and Economics in the evenings at St. Mary's College, Golden Gate University and Dominican University.
 
Teaching was one of Ed's passions. He coached his boys in baseball and roamed the football sidelines taking pictures with his long lens camera. Weekends were happily spent watching and participating with his children in baseball, football, soccer, softball, and skiing. Ed never missed a Navy football game on television and sang along with the Navy alma mater following the Army/Navy game. The Giants and the 49'ers brought joy and anguish over the years. Lifelong interests included scuba diving and piloting small planes.
Ed is survived by his Wife of 42 years, Meg, and his four Children: Michael, Mark, Timothy (Kaye) and Carolyn (Jason). Grandchildren are: Kayla, Michael, Samantha, Colby, Emily and Dylan. Ed loved spending time with his devoted extended family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on January 13, 2018 at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hospice of the East Bay (hospiceeastbay.org) or Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation (sentinelsoffreedom.org).

Edward Andrew Zabrycki (9) passed away peacefully at home on December 3, 2017 following a long illness. He was born on December 20, 1932 in Manville, New Jersey to Polish immigrant parents, Andrew and Veronica Skarba Zabrycki. Ed is predeceased by his siblings Peter, Stanley, and Mary. Ed had an idyllic childhood in rural New Jersey, swimming in the Raritan River and riding his bike from dawn to dark. Ed attended Sacred Heart School and Bound Brook High School. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1956 and participated in football and wrestling all four years. Ed was a Purchasing Manager and enjoyed postings in Japan, Vietnam, Mare Island, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the Naval Postgraduate School and the Panama Canal Zone. Ed worked for Pacific Gas and Electric after retiring from the Navy. He earned a Masters Degree from Ohio State and loved teaching Supply Chain Management and Economics in the evenings at St. Mary's College, Golden Gate University and Dominican University.

Teaching was one of Ed's  passions. He coached his boys in baseball and roamed the football sidelines taking pictures with his long lens camera. Weekends were happily spent watching and participating with his children in baseball, football, soccer, softball, and skiing. Ed never missed a Navy football game on television and sang along with the Navy alma mater following the Army/Navy game. The Giants and the 49'ers brought joy and anguish over the years. Lifelong interests included scuba diving and piloting small planes.

Ed is survived by his Wife of 42 years, Meg, and his four Children: Michael, Mark, Timothy (Kaye) and Carolyn (Jason). Grandchildren are: Kayla, Michael, Samantha, Colby, Emily and Dylan. Ed loved spending time with his devoted extended family and friends.
passions. He coached his boys in baseball and roamed the football sidelines taking pictures with his long lens camera. Weekends were happily spent watching and participating with his children in baseball, football, soccer, softball, and skiing. Ed never missed a Navy football game on television and sang along with the Navy alma mater following the Army/Navy game. The Giants and the 49'ers brought joy and anguish over the years. Lifelong interests included scuba diving and piloting small planes.
Ed is survived by his Wife of 42 years, Meg, and his four Children: Michael, Mark, Timothy (Kaye) and Carolyn (Jason). Grandchildren are: Kayla, Michael, Samantha, Colby, Emily and Dylan. Ed loved spending time with his devoted extended family and friends.
passions. He coached his boys in baseball and roamed the football sidelines taking pictures with his long lens camera. Weekends were happily spent watching and participating with his children in baseball, football, soccer, softball, and skiing. Ed never missed a Navy football game on television and sang along with the Navy alma mater following the Army/Navy game. The Giants and the 49'ers brought joy and anguish over the years. Lifelong interests included scuba diving and piloting small planes.
Ed is survived by his Wife of 42 years, Meg, and his four Children: Michael, Mark, Timothy (Kaye) and Carolyn (Jason). Grandchildren are: Kayla, Michael, Samantha, Colby, Emily and Dylan. Ed loved spending time with his devoted extended family and friends.
Teaching was one of Ed's passions. He coached his boys in baseball and roamed the football sidelines taking pictures with his long lens camera. Weekends were happily spent watching and participating with his children in baseball, football, soccer, softball, and skiing. Ed never missed a Navy football game on television and sang along with the Navy alma mater following the Army/Navy game. The Giants and the 49'ers brought joy and anguish over the years. Lifelong interests included scuba diving and piloting small planes.
Ed is survived by his Wife of 42 years, Meg, and his four Children: Michael, Mark, Timothy (Kaye) and Carolyn (Jason). Grandchildren are: Kayla, Michael, Samantha, Colby, Emily and Dylan. Ed loved spending time with his devoted extended family and friends.
Teaching was one of Ed's passions. He coached his boys in baseball and roamed the football sidelines taking pictures with his long lens camera. Weekends were happily spent watching and participating with his children in baseball, football, soccer, softball, and skiing. Ed never missed a Navy football game on television and sang along with the Navy alma mater following the Army/Navy game. The Giants and the 49'ers brought joy and anguish over the years. Lifelong interests included scuba diving and piloting small planes.
Ed is survived by his Wife of 42 years, Meg, and his four Children: Michael, Mark, Timothy (Kaye) and Carolyn (Jason). Grandchildren are: Kayla, Michael, Samantha, Colby, Emily and Dylan. Ed loved spending time with his devoted extended family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on January 13, 2018 at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hospice of the East Bay (hospiceeastbay.org) or Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation (sentinelsoffreedom.org).
Edward Andrew Zabrycki (9) passed away peacefully at home on December 3, 2017 following a long illness. He was born on December 20, 1932 in Manville, New Jersey to Polish immigrant parents, Andrew and Veronica Skarba Zabrycki. Ed is predeceased by his siblings Peter, Stanley, and Mary. Ed had an idyllic childhood in rural New Jersey, swimming in the Raritan River and riding his bike from dawn to dark. Ed attended Sacred Heart School and Bound Brook High School. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1956 and participated in football and wrestling all four years. Ed was a Purchasing Manager and enjoyed postings in Japan, Vietnam, Mare Island, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the Naval Postgraduate School and the Panama Canal Zone. Ed worked for Pacific Gas and Electric after retiring from the Navy. He earned a Masters Degree from Ohio State and loved teaching Supply Chain Management and Economics in the evenings at St. Mary's College, Golden Gate University and Dominican University.
 
Teaching was one of Ed's passions. He coached his boys in baseball and roamed the football sidelines taking pictures with his long lens camera. Weekends were happily spent watching and participating with his children in baseball, football, soccer, softball, and skiing. Ed never missed a Navy football game on television and sang along with the Navy alma mater following the Army/Navy game. The Giants and the 49'ers brought joy and anguish over the years. Lifelong interests included scuba diving and piloting small planes.
Ed is survived by his Wife of 42 years, Meg, and his four Children: Michael, Mark, Timothy (Kaye) and Carolyn (Jason). Grandchildren are: Kayla, Michael, Samantha, Colby, Emily and Dylan. Ed loved spending time with his devoted extended family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on January 13, 2018 at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hospice of the East Bay (hospiceeastbay.org) or Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation (sentinelsoffreedom.org).
Captain Robert A. Schade, Jr. (23) 

Captain Robert A. Schade, (23) Jr., USN (Ret.), died due to complications of a stroke in Houston, TX, on December 2, 2017. He was 83 years old. “Bob” was a native of East Rockaway Long Island, NY, where he was valedictorian of his high school prior to entering the Academy. He was in 23rd Company and graduated 13th in the Class of 1956. 

Upon graduation, he entered the Civil Engineer Corps, and earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in August 1958. While there, he married the love of his life, Cecelia McShane of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and started a family. He followed this with a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 1960. Following post-graduate school, he was the Resident Officer in Charge of Construction of a new Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi, then served a tour in Cambodia with the Army Military Advisory Group. He returned to Washington, DC, for a tour at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Headquarters.  He was deep selected for the rank of Commander before assuming command of Mobile Construction Battalion Five (MCB-5),and was deployed for three tours in Vietnam. He was the recipient of three Bronze Stars, having been shot down in helicopters in enemy territory at least twice.

In 1973, he again returned to NAVFAC in Washington, DC, as the Director of the Operational Facilities Construction Division, then attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, where he graduated in 1976. He was assigned a hardship tour (without family) in Guam as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Base Support and the Force Civil Engineer. He then returned to the DC area as the Officer in Charge of Design and Construction of the new National Medical Centerand the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, which he considered to be one of the highlights of his career. He retired as the Vice Commander of the Atlantic Division NAVFAC in Norfolk, VA, in 1983 with the rank of Captain. 

He was always extremely humble and gavelittle mention of his accomplishments, choosing to express the importanceof hard work and a “job well done” rather than the awards he received, so we will do it for him. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (3), Navy Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal. 

Upon retirement from the Navy, he was a Vice President of The Maguire Group, an architectural and engineering firm in Norfolk, VA.  In 1988, he suffered a stroke, retired from professional life, and moved to Cele’s hometown in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. 

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Cecelia McShane Schade; three daughters, Teresa Schade-Lugo (spouse David Lugo), Joanne Schade-Boyce (spouse Thomas H. Boyce (USNA ’81)), and Susan Vander Werff; his sister, Janet Schade Wefer; and six grandchildren. Bob’s daughters note that nothing rang truer about their father than what this poem expresses: 

Anyone can be a “Father.” It takes someone special to be a “Daddy.” 

A joint Memorial service will be conducted at the USNA Columbarium following the passing of Cecelia, his “Baby Doll,” wife, and best friend.