Part 1(follow the posts to see other Deaths of Gulf War 1 and Desert Storm Veterans):
We Remember that these veterans died too young. Many suffer the effects of gulf war illness just like our Vietnam brothers and sisters still suffer and die from Agent Orange, just like the Atomic Veterans that sufferred for years, and we all wait for our government to remember these veterans that died after being exposed to toxins while serving bravely. These veterans deserve full honors as do their survivors. They deserve answers now! They deserve care and compensation Now. They deserve the benefit of the doubt they gave their all.
The nation’s civilians should scream and help their veterans and not just the ones killed on the battlefield, or the ones with obvious wounds. This nation nust wake up to the full effects. Not just PTSD. These veterans are overlooked every year, their families are not included. These veterans deserve special attention. No longer should we ignore toxins in war and the lingering life long effects. These families and their veterans suffer every day while they die a slow and unrecognized death. These veterans and their families suffer a huge and lasting disservice by this country as the DOD and VA ignore and downplay the true physical effects and try to make it a mental PYSD, stress, psychosomatic problem. Shame on them. It is up to the citizen and their elected officials to make this finally stop! Make your voice heard and support these veterans, too.
Death notices Part 1 for Gulf War 1 Veterans-Desert Storm Veterans Follows:
FORT MILL – Jeffrey Lawrence “Jeff” Haire, 42, of 2000 Haire Road, died Friday, May 28,
2010, at Carolina’s Medical Center.
Memorial services will be 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at his home. Internment will be at
a later day and time.
Born in New Kensington, Pa., Jeff was the son of Christine Slicker Venus and the late Larry
Dean Haire. He was a past warehouse operations manager and a Navy veteran of Operation
Desert Storm. He was a member of the VFW 9138, American Legion Post 43, and the Apollo Hose
Co. #3, Apollo, Pa. He was also an avid NASCAR and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Jeff was a
loving husband and father who loved all his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Haire; two daughters, Dena and Savannah; stepson, Nathan;
his mother, Christine; stepfather, John Venus; a sister, Melissa and husband, Eric Stiver;
and a brother, David and wife, Diane Stevens.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the home and request that
friends dress in NASCAR, Steelers and Panther attire in honor of Jeff.
Memorials may be made to the Jeffrey Haire Memorial Fund, 2000 Haire Road, Fort Mill, SC
Condolences can be sent to www.fortmillfuneralhome.com.
Philip Neil Hefner |
HEFNER, PHILIP NEIL, 44, of Dublin, GA, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2010.
Mr. Hefner was a member of Buckhorn United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the United
States Air Force, serving in Desert Storm. He was also an active member of the 165th Air
National Guard Unit in Savannah, GA.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lenard Hefner.
Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Hefner of Dublin; three daughters, Hayley Hefner of
Centerville, GA, Brittany Woodard and Christin Woodard, both of Dublin; mother, Sharon
Thompson and father, Garnett Thompson, both of Louisville; sister, Leda (Steve) Sneed of
Macon, GA, mother and father-in-law, Marcia (Wayne) Salyer of Dublin; sister-in-law,
Kimberly Salyer (Greg) Dumas of Macon, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and
Service will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Buckhorn United Methodist
Church. Burial will follow in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Macon at 1:30 p.m. Reverend
Tim Faulk and Reverend Billy Warren will officiate.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 25 from 6-8 p.m. at Townsend Brothers Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mr. Hefner’s memory to Serenity Hospice at
1202-C Hillcrest Pkwy. Dublin, GA 31021 or the American Cancer Society at 216 Waverly Dr.
Dublin, GA 31021. Please visit www.townsendfuneralhome.com to sign the online memorial
Published in The Courier-Journal on May 25, 2010
William M. Sheldon
MANSFIELD, Texas – Navy and Desert Storm veteran William M. “Bill” Sheldon, 51, who was
raised in Conrad and Missoula, and enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys, NASCAR and doing
woodcraft, died of cancer May 7 in Texas.
Services took place at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve base chapel in Fort Worth, with
burial at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Sheldon of Mansfield; children, Jaime Sheldon of
Missoula, William Sheldon Jr. and Angela Sheldon of Post Falls, Idaho, and James Williams
and Dena Harper of Mansfield; his mother, Marilyn Lanthier of Everett, Wash.; his father,
Earl Sheldon of Vaughn; a sister, Laura Williams of Snohomish, Wash.; brothers Warren
Sheldon of North Bend, Wash., and David Sheldon of Washington, D.C.; six grandchildren and
many relatives in northcentral Montana.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 20, 2010
Scott S. Evers |
FAIRFIELD — Scott S. Evers, 38, died May 13, 2010, at the Oak Grove Center in Waterville
following a long illness.
He was born in Waterville, April 23, 1972, the son of Stephen R. and Judith A. (Hoxie)
Evers. Scott was a graduate of Lawrence High School. He married Star Ross on April 30,
1999, in Waterville. He was a veteran of Desert Storm, serving in the U.S. Army from
1990 to 1994. Scott worked 10 years at Maine Track Maintenance in South Portland. He later
worked at Poland Springs in Auburn until 2008. Due to ill health, he resided at the Maine
Veterans Home in Augusta for the past two years.
He was a member of the Waterville Elks #905, American Legion Post #14 of Fairfield.
Scott loved barbecuing, being outdoors, Maine Hockey, the New York Yankees and being with
his friends and family. Most of all he loved trips to Old Orchard Beach and vacationing in
the Caribbean. Scott enjoyed spending lots of time with his wife, Star, and best friends
Ross and Evie Hall. He enjoyed taking the time to plan the next trip or activity. He
enjoyed laying in the pool and working on his tan. Scott was extremely social, talked to
everyone, and loved to meet new friends. He enjoyed visiting his friends at the Elks and
American Legion. He also enjoyed fun times through out his life with friends Jeff and Kelly
Alley and Jen and Joel Littlfield. He will be sadly missed by all of his friends and
Scott is survived by his wife, Star Evers and a daughter, Felicia Ross, both of Fairfield
and his loving dog Cooper also of Fairfield; two sisters, Lori Patrie and husband Brian of
Olathe, Kansas, and Tammy Oakes and husband Brian of Fairfield; a brother, Jeffery Evers of
Waterville; his parents, Stephen and Judith Evers of Fairfield; many nieces, nephews and
aunt Carol Gilbert of Winston-Salem, N.C., and uncle James Evers of Benton.
A graveside memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Friday, May 21, at the Maine Veterans
Cemetery on the Mount Vernon Road in Augusta. There will be a celebration of Scott’s life
after the service at the Elks Banquet Hall in Waterville. Scott’s preference would have
been casual attire. At Scott’s
request there will be no visitation hours.
Friends wishing may make donations in his memory to HealthReach HomeCare & Hospice, 10
Water St., Suite 307, Waterville, ME 04901.
Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445
Waterville Road, Skowhegan.
Published in Morning Sentinel on May 17, 2010
Philip Neil Hefner |
Gregory P. Boughman |
Gregory P. Boughman
Age 42, of Massillon passed away Friday, May 21, 2010 at his residence with his loving
family at his side following a 14-year battle with a brain tumor.
Greg was born in Massillon on September 21, 1967, the son of Gene P. and Sharon (Wolfarth)
He was a Veteran of the United States Army and served during Desert Storm.
He was a foreman at Everhard Products and was employed there 20 years.
Greg was a very active member of Richville United Church of Christ.
He enjoyed rebuilding tractors, and loved spending time with his family. He will be sadly
missed by his aunts, his uncle, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and co-workers.
On June 1, 1991, Greg married Kimberly (Border). During their 19 years of marriage they had
four children: Kayley, Brandon, Jonathan, and Dustin; also surviving is his mother, Sharon
(Robert) Woods of Coshocton; sisters, Lori (Scott) McPeak of Dennison, Ohio, and Anita
(Steve) Lovell of Wooster.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gene P. Boughman.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 25th from 6-8 p.m. at Paquelet Funeral Home, 1100 Wales Rd.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with visitation
from noon until the time of service. Pastor Bert Ambrose and Chaplin Jim Scalf will
Interment with military honors will follow in Brookfield Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a special ‘thank you’ to the staff and employees of
Everhard Products, the members and friends of Richville United Church of Christ and the
staff of Stark County Hospice for all of their support during Greg’s illness.
Messages of comfort and support may be sent to:
A Golden Rule Funeral Home 330-833-3222
Published in The Repository on May 24, 2010
BRADLEY SCOTT VIED
AGE: 41 UNION BEACH
Bradley Scott Vied, 41, of Union Beach, passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at home. He was
born in Flint, Michigan. He worked as a lineman with Verizon. He was a member of the Union
Beach Fire Department and has been a volunteer fire fighter for over 20 years. He served
his country in the U.S. Navy, during the Persian Gulf, from November 1986 through April
1991. He was a Desert Shield Storm veteran.
Bradley was predeceased by his twin, Gregory Sean Vied. He is survived by his parents, Roy
and Mary Vied of MI; three children, Alysa, Gregory and Gillian, all of Union Beach; two
sisters, Pam Gaggin of MI, and Vicky Polk of NY; his loving companion, Michele Risley of
Tinton Falls; and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 21, with a
service at 8 p.m. at Day Funeral Home, 361 Maple Place, Keyport. Cremation will be private.
To submit online condolences to the family, visit www.dayfuneralhome.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on May 21, 2010
Randal J. Bell
Randal J. Bell -WARNER ROBINS – Randal J. Bell, 49, entered into rest on Friday,Ê May 21,
2010. -Born on October 13, 1960, he served his country in the United States Air Force and
participated in Desert Storm. He was a computer programmer employed by ARINC and a member
of Southside Baptist Church. -His memory will forever be cherished by his wife, Bonnie
Bell, Warner Robins; sons, Clark and Scott Bell, Warner Robins; daughter, Jessica Bell,
Warner Robins; granddaughter, Josalynne Bell, Pineview; father, Robert Bell, Plymouth,
Ohio; mother Bernice Brocklesby, Silver Springs, Florida; brothers, Robert Bell, Bucyrus,
Ohio, Tom Bell, Orlando,. Florida; sister, Deb Parker, Mansfield, Ohio; and a number of
nieces and nephews. -Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2010,
in the chapel of McCullough Funeral Home with interment following in Magnolia Park
Cemetery. Visitation will precede the service from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. -In lieu of
flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations to the American Cancer Society
, 5962 Zebulon Road #359, Macon GA 31201 or the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 152 N Crest
Blvd #C, Macon GA 31210. -Go to www.mcculloughfh.com to sign the Online Registry for the
family. -McCullough Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. Randal Bell
Published in The Telegraph on May 24, 2010
Krager Martin (Kraig) Blow |
BLOW EN1 (SW) Krager (Kraig) Martin Blow USN (Ret), 43, of Jacksonville passed away April
20, 2010 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Krager was born on May 17, 1966
in Burlington Vermont. Krager joined the Navy to be onboard a ship and always said he could
never live anywhere that he couldn’t smell the salt air. Krager served on a number of sea
duty assignments to include the USS Fulton AS-11, from 84 to 90, the USS Theodore Roosevelt
CVN-71 from 90 to 92, the USS LaSalle AGF-3 from 92 to 93. He served on shore duty at NAS
Whiting Field in Milton, FL from 93 to 96. Then, Krager did an unaccompanied tour at NS
Diego Garcia 96-97. He took his family to LaMaddalena, Italy and served aboard the USS
Simon Lake AS-33 from 97 to 99 and the USS Emory S Land AS-39 from 99 to 01. He served his
final duty at SIMA Mayport from 2001 to his retirement on August 30, 2004. He was involved
in the Gulf War and Desert Storm and many peace keeping missions during his Naval career.
Krager also worked at Home Depot, Budweiser’s Metal Container Corp, where he was a member
of the United Steelworkers Union Local 8461. Most recently J.A. Moody Marine. He loved
golfing, fishing, watching NASCAR and most importantly the Yankees and Patriots play ball.
He is survived by his family: Jill Van Zant-Blow, sons, Joshua C. Van Zant, and Trenton C.
Blow all of Jacksonville. His daughter Amber L. Blow of New London, CT. His Parents,
Raymond and Esther Blow of Grand Isle, VT. Brothers Roger (Patty) Blow of Colchester, VT
and Bradley (Cindy) Blow of Grand Isle, VT. Krager will be missed by many. Fair winds and
following seas Shipmate. You are now the salt of the ocean you so loved. Please join us in
a celebration of Krager’s life on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at the American Legion Post 283
located at 9459 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225 at 2pm. Please Sign the
Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union from May 14 to May 16, 2010
Stephen Michael Booth
Stephen Michael Booth, 55, passed away April 7 in Council Bluffs. He was born June 29, 1954
in Estherville to Kenneth and Marion (Elwood) Booth. He grew up in Pisgah, attended Pisgah
School and graduated from West Harrison in Mondamin. He worked a year in construction and
contracted cement poisoning in one hand and foot which bothered him from then on. He
enjoyed hunting and fishing. In 1975 he joined the Marines and spent 17 years serving his
country. After boot camp he was put in the paratroops, but had to quit because of a knee
injury from football. While stationed in Ft. Meade, Md., he married Kathi Dempsey in 1978.
They had one son, Kenneth Jay. He worked in recruiting in Moline, Ill., then was
transferred to Twenty-nine Palms, Calif. He did two hitches in Okinawa and served in Desert
Storm. While in California, he and Kathi were divorced.
In 1992, he was discharged with the rank of GySgt, USMC. He moved to Omaha where he worked
for Olson Brothers Roofing for 15 years. He retired and went on disability due to a heart
On Feb. 26, 2003, he married Kathy Harris in Omaha. After a long battle with cancer, he
died quietly in his sleep at his home in Council Bluffs.
Survivors include his wife Kathy, son Kenneth (Kammy) Booth of Council Bluffs,
step-daughter Danielle (Jose) Sevella, two stepsons Donald (Jackie) Harris and David
(Laura) Harris all of Omaha, Neb.; three grandchildren, Tyler, Marie and David Jr.; sister,
Marcia Booth of Papillion, Neb.; and parents Kenneth and Marion Booth of Gassville, Ark.
Daniel and Darlene Devlin |
COL Daniel D. Devlin, Sr. (USA RET)
Darlene “Dee” D. Devlin
VIRGINIA – COL Daniel D. Devlin, Sr. (USA RET), 62, most recently of Bristow, VA, passed
away January 26, 2010 at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. His wife,
Darlene “Dee” D. Devlin, 63, followed him in death 17 days later, passing away at their
Virginia home on February 12, 2010.
Born April 21, 1947 in Northwood, ND, Dan was the son of Robert and Marion Devlin. Dee was
born January 16, 1947 in Williston, ND to Roman and Ardell Daniel. Both graduated from Ray
High School in 1965 and North Dakota State University in 1969; Dan with a Bachelors degree
in History Education; Dee with a Bachelors degree in Home Economics. After dating for six
years, the high school and college sweethearts married in Ray, ND on June 4, 1968. They
were married for nearly 42 years. Both were lifelong members of the Roman Catholic Church.
Dan served for nearly 35 years in the United States Army – 31 years on Active Duty preceded
by several years as Enlisted Reserve – commanding at every rank from Second Lieutenant to
Colonel. His career began as an Armor Officer, followed later by time as a Foreign Area
Officer. Dan commanded the 6th Psychological Operations Battalion and served in the Panama
invasion as well as Desert Shield/Storm before being assigned as a Chief of Psychological
Operations and Civil Affairs (“Everything is PSYOP!”) at the Joint Staff. Dan’s career
culminated in serving as the commander/ commandant of the Defense Language Institute
Foreign Language Center (from which he graduated in Russian in 1979) as one of the longest-
serving commanders in the institute’s history. After military retirement in 2000, Dan
worked as a consultant before being hired as a Department of Defense Civilian. He was a
strong supporter of language training throughout his career. Dan was regarded as a
consummate and compassionate leader, and was active in teaching at the Panetta Institute as
part of their Leadership Seminar series. He held two Master’s degrees, from the Naval
Postgraduate School (NPS) and the University of Southern California, and was a graduate of
both the U.S. Command and General Staff and U.S. Army War Colleges.
Dee’s first career was as an Army wife, but she held many positions in Civil Service as she
accompanied Dan in his military career both at home and abroad. Dee first served as a
library technician in Garmisch, Germany, where she helped establish a dedicated library
facility on post. She later worked in supply at Munich American Elementary/High School
before shifting her focus to Human Resources. After moving to Monterey, Dee first worked in
the Human Resource Office at NPS. Her position for the past decade was as Administrative
Officer for the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) at NPS where she was involved in
budgeting and travel coordination, but also enjoyed preparing dishes for CCMR’s receptions.
Dan and Dee were known as warm, wonderful people who shared their happiness, laughter, and
zest for life with family and friends alike. They had a tremendous partnership; loved their
home state of North Dakota; and enjoyed entertaining, traveling, listening to country
music, and dancing the two-step together. Dee delighted in gardening, cooking, sewing,
spoiling her grandkids, and watching Jeopardy nightly. Dan loved music, movies, showing off
photos of his grandkids to everyone, and was a voracious reader; often being referred to as
a man who seemingly knew everything.
Surviving Dan and Dee are son, Daniel Devlin, Jr., his wife, Tara, and their daughters,
Reilly and Elliott, and son, Robert Devlin and his wife, Lara – all of Marina, CA. Dan is
also survived by his mother, Marion Devlin of Hope, ND; brother, Michael Devlin and family
of Lawrence, KS; and sister, Mary Devlin of Washburn, ND. Dee is also survived by sister,
Carolyn Perdue and family of Ray, ND; and sister, Bev Aslakson and her husband of
Joint funeral and interment services, with full military honors, will be held on May 19,
2010 beginning at 10:45am at the Memorial Chapel on Ft. Myer, later moving to Arlington
National Cemetery. A rosary service will be held the night before, May 18, 2010, at 7:00pm
at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, VA. A “Celebration of Life” event on the
Monterey Peninsula is tentatively scheduled for Summer 2010, with details to follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, St. Jude Children’s
Research Hospital , or a charity of your choice.
For more funeral details and to offer online condolences, please visit www.bakerpostfh.com.
Published in The Monterey Herald from May 6 to May 16, 2010
Steven Edwards |
Steven Wayne Edwards, 47, passed away May 22, 2010 in Yukon, OK. Born September 24, 1962 to
proud parents, W.M. (Dub) and Gail Edwards. Steven served time in the U.S. Navy and the
U.S. Army. While in the Navy, he served in
Desert Storm. He is survived by Amy Niehues, longtime friend and companion; his daughters:
Zoe Edwards, age 4, of Yukon, OK and Marissa Wilson, age 12, of Mustang, OK; his sister,
Teresa Jones and husband Mike of Piedmont, OK and one niece, Whitney Bruce of Piedmont, OK.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2010, at 4:00 p.m., in Yukon, OK.
Guest book signings and condolences may be made at www.corbettfuneral .com
Published in The Oklahoman on May 30, 2010
Stephen A. Gilliam |
Stephen A Gilliam Stephen A Gilliam, 45, of Esmont, departed this life on Sunday, May 23,
He was born on December 22, 1964, in Charlottesville, Virginia, a son of the late Robert M.
and Annie Parrish Gilliam.
Mr. Gilliam served in the United States Army in Panama and Desert Storm.
For over 10 years, he was a devoted hard worker at Ivy Industries. He enjoyed building
things and was a handyman who took pride in the details. He was a member of Chestnut Grove
Baptist Church. He was a good dad who loved his family.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Gilliam; two sons, Brett and Darryus Gilliam; two
daughters, Asia Washington and Maegin Polite; one stepson, Emmanuel Anderson; three
brothers, Robert M. Gilliam Jr., Jerrema Gilliam, and Glenn Carey and his wife, Linda, of
Charlottesville; three sisters, Kaneyko Burton, and McShanna Jackson and her husband, Jon,
of Gordonsville, and Angela Morris of Charlottesville; eight aunts and three uncles, the
Reverend Irma Gilliam Morris and her husband, Floyd, Wyatt Gilliam of New Jersey, Ruby Rush
and her husband, Eugene, Dorothy Martin of Baltimore, Maryland, Cora Smith of South
Carolina, Barbara Parrish of Scottsville, Margaret Rush, Josephine Feggans and her husband,
Jackie, and a special devoted aunt, Catherine Pennycooke of Esmont,; four devoted nephews
and nine lovely nieces, three grandchildren, two great-nephews, three great-nieces, and a
host of other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Chestnut Grove
Baptist Church by the Reverend Dorn H. Lewis.
The viewing will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Thacker Brothers Funeral Home in Scottsville is handling the arrangements.
Family and friends may share memories at www.thackerbrothers.com.
Published in the Daily Progress on May 27, 2010
Richard A. Holcomb |
HOLCOMB, Richard A. Of Nashua, NH, and Madrid, ME, formerly of Newton, MA, died at 63 Years
of age on May 25th, 2010 from a long battle of cancer. Born November 5, 1946 in Portland,
ME. Devoted husband of Nancy (De Young) Holcomb, for 37 years. Son of the late Rev. Robert
and Mildred Holcomb. Loving father of Rebecca (Holcomb) Stratton married to Joshua
Stratton. Proud grandfather of Marley and Joshua Jr. Stratton. Brother of Judy (Holcomb)
Myers, Priscilla (Holcomb) Barter, and Betsy (Holcomb) Jackson. Uncle to many nieces and
nephews. Was a proud Marine who was honored to serve his country during Vietnam, and Desert
Storm. Visiting Hours: May 31, 2010 from 5-7 PM, Davis Funeral Home, One Lock St, Nashua,
NH. Funeral: June 1st at 11 AM, Main St. United Methodist Church, 154 Main St, Nashua, NH.
Burial: June 3rd at 2 PM, Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA. Donations: St. Jude
Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. “Semper Fi” The Davis
Funeral Home, One Lock St., Nashua has been placed in charge of arrangements. An online
guestbook is available at www.davisfuneralhomenh.com, (603-883-3401) “One Memory Lights
Published in The Boston Globe on May 30, 2010
Dr. Joseph F. Slade III, MD
1953 – 2010
In Yale New Haven Hospital, Friday, May 21, 2010, Dr. Joseph F. Slade III, MD of Guilford.
Loving fiancé of Kathleen. Joseph was born Jan 4, 1953, in Washington, DC, son of Alma
Slade of Stratford and Joseph A. Slade II and his companion Rose Goldstein of Milford.
Father of Joseph Slade IV and his wife Kimberly of VA and Andrew Slade of VA. Brother of
Carol Rebecca Slade of ME and Veronica Ann Slade of NM and he was a soon to be grandfather
of, Charlotte Rose Slade. Joseph was Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation (with a
joint appointment in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) at Yale University School of
Medicine and Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Service. He joined the Yale full-time
faculty in July 1993 following his distinguished educational training at Columbia
University, BA, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, MD, Duke University
(Orthopedic Surgery Residency) and the University Miami / Jackson Memorial Medical Center
(Residency and fellowship in Hand and Reconstructive Surgery). Dr. Slade then served his
country in US Air Force during Desert Storm. During his professional career, Dr. Slade made
many contributions to clinical care including the development of new approaches to
treatment of hand and wrist fractures, teaching at Yale and lecturing around the world,
along with scholarly research. He also authored numerous scientific articles. Mass of
Christian burial will be celebrated in St. George Church, 33 Whitfield St, Guilford on
Monday, May 24 at 11:30am. Burial with military honors will follow Mass in Westside
Cemetery, Three Mile course, Guilford. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dr. Slade’s
memory may be made to the Joseph Slade III, MD Memorial Fund, c/o Department of Orthopedics
and Rehabilitation, Yale University, PO Box 208071, New Haven, CT 06520. Arrangements in
care of the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St, Guilford. For more information or to send
an online condolence for the family, please visit www.GuilfordFuneralHome.com
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Craig Weaver |
CRAIG LEE WEAVER, 36 ROCKTON – Craig Lee Weaver, 36, of Rockton died at 2:15 a.m. Sunday,
May 16, 2010, in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born July 7, 1973, in Rockford, the son of
Jerry and Darlene Weaver. He was raised in Rockton, graduated from Hononegah High School
and attended Southern Illinois University. He later enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where
he studied electronics and was responsible for testing electronic jet-control panels. He
was awarded Airman of the Month during his service in Saudi Arabia, post-Desert Storm.
Member of the Professional Golf Association and had worked at Aldeen Golf Club in Rockford
and more recently at Vitense Family Sports Center in Madison, Wis. Craig loved all people,
especially his children Riley Weaver of Sycamore and Tyler Weaver of South Beloit. Most of
all he loved the Lord and read his Word every day. Survivors include his parents and
children; sisters Tina Vance of Rockford and Catherine (Stephan) Siciliano of Western
Springs; cherished nephews and nieces Jacob and Drew Moseley, Nicholas Siciliano and
Isabella and Gabrielle Siciliano; grandmothers Florence Swinson of Rockford and Kathleen
Swinson of Durand; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Craig also leaves many faithful
friends and his church family at Daystar Christian Fellowship in South Beloit, plus special
family in faith, Tony and Linda Ross and sons. Predeceased by paternal grandparents, Lionel
(Curley) and Marilyn Weaver, and maternal grandfather, Lawrence Swinson. Memorial
ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 20, in Rockton United Methodist Church, 102 W Chapel
St., with Pastors Tom Kingery and Phillip Allen co-officiating. Burial in Rockton Township
Cemetery, 600 West St. Visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Wed-nesday, May 19, in McCorkle Funeral
Home, 767 N. Blackhawk Blvd., Rockton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to
Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State St., Rockford, IL 61102; or First National Bank &
Trust, 300 E. Main St., Rockton, IL 61072, in the name of Riley and/or Tyler Weaver. To
send online condolences, visit mccorklefuneral home.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from May 18 to May 19, 2010
Francis KEENAN |
KEENAN, Francis Francis “F.X.” Xavier Keenan, 55, of Enfield passed away unexpectedly on
Thursday (May 20, 2010) at home. Frank was born December 26, 1954, in Harford the son of
Elizabeth (Dunne) Keenan of Granby and the late John C. Keenan, Sr. He was born and raised
in Granby and graduated from Granby Memorial High School. Frank proudly served his country
in the United States Army and served in Iraq during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was
a member of the American Legion John Maciolek Post 154 of Enfield and was employed with the
United States Postal Service in Enfield as a postal carrier. Frank enjoyed playing sports
especially softball, golf, flag football, and his favorite teams were the Boston Red Sox
and Green Bay Packers, but most of all he loved his family. Frank will be deeply missed and
loved by his family and numerous friends. Frank is survived by three children, Erik Adler
Keenan, Mackenzie Antoinette Xavier Keenan, and Siobhan Noel Keenan all of Enfield. He is
also survived by six brothers, Michael, Joseph, James “Cronin”, William, Edward and Davitt
Keenan; four sisters, Mary Terese Williams, Elizabeth “Toni” Harder, Margaret Seery, and
Bridget Smith; many nieces and nephews, several friends. In addition to his father he was
predeceased by two brothers, Mark and John Keenan, Jr. Relatives and friends are welcome to
join the family on Monday (May 24, 2010) from 4-8 p.m. at the Leete-Stevens Enfield
Chapels, 61 South Rd., Enfield, CT. A funeral procession will gather at 10 a.m. on Tuesday
(May 25, 2010) at the funeral home for military honors to honor Frank in West Suffield
Cemetery in Suffield. Memorial donations in memory of Frank may be made to the Hole in the
Wall Gang Camp, 565 Ashford Center Rd., Ashford, CT 06278-1720. For online expressions of
sympathy or directions please visit www.leetestevens.com
Published in The Hartford Courant from May 22 to May 23, 2010
Diana Antionette Braun-Polintan |
Diana Antionette Braun-Polintan, died at the age of 61 from breast cancer at the Veterans
Administration Hospital in Decatur, Ga. on May 22, 2009. Diana was born in Bridgeport to
Mr. Willard H. and Mrs. Flora (Danise) Braun on February 9, 1948. She attended schools in
Danbury, and graduated in 1975 from Hill Bert College with a degree in Nursing. Ms.
Braun-Polintan worked as a private nurse coordinator for Eleanore Roosevelt Developmental
Center in Albany, N.Y. from 1971 to 1981. Ms. Braun-Polintan joined the Air Force in 1981,
including serving in Operation Desert Shield/ Storm from August 1990 to October 1996.
During her 15 years in the Air Force, Diana received the Air Force Commendation Medal, the
Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award, the Air Force Overseas
Long Tour Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Diana
set some of the highest standards for women in the Air Force to achieve. After retiring
from the Air Force, Diana went to work for the IRS until her death. Diana enjoyed life to
the fullest including scuba diving, cross-country skiing, motorcycling and world travel.
She, however, always put her family first. She is survived by her mother, Flora D. Hubert;
brother, Billy Braun; and stepfather, Donald Hubert. Diana will be missed dearly by all. A
Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter Church, Saturday at 9:15 am. Interment will
be held at St. Peter Cemetery at 10:15 a.m. A luncheon will follow from 11 am to 3 p.m. at
Anthony’s Lake Club in Danbury.
James Cappini |
On Sunday, May 16th James passed away as the result of a fatal heart attack. He will be
greatly missed. A loving husband, father, son and brother, he was active in the community,
including numerous positions and volunteer work with the Sun Valley Babe Ruth baseball
program. James was an active member of the Army National Guard, as well as a proud veteran
of the Gulf War. Also, he was employed by Sherman Williams for several years.
James was preceded in death by his father, Jim Cappini; brother, Frank Cappini; sister,
Kimberlee Mickel; and daughter, Rebecca Adams. He is survived by his mother, Helene Rose of
Nevada; father, Kent Niles (Renee) of Nevada; wife, Molly Cappini of Nevada; sons, James
and William Cappini of Nevada; daughter, Elizabeth Cappini of Nevada; brothers, Michael
Bryant of Washington; Ted Niles (Becky) of Montana; John Cappini (Dawn) of Nevada; Ron
Niles (Stacie) of Nevada; sisters, Judy Williams of Montana; Katherine Parman of Montana;
Kelly Short (Scott) of Nevada; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members
and many friends.
A visitation will be held on Friday, May 21, 2010 from noon to 3 pm at the Walton Funeral
Home, 875 West Second Street, Reno. The funeral service will take place on Saturday, May
22nd at 10 am in the Ballroom at the Ramada Hotel, 1000 E. Sixth St., Reno. Interment with
military honors will follow at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery, Reno.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on May 21, 2010
Alan C. Cummings
MASON CITY – Alan C. Cummings, 59, of Garner, died Saturday (May 22, 2010) at the Muse
Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at the
Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E. Mason City, with Pastor Ed Bard
officiating. Inurnment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery where military honors will be
conducted by members of the Mason City Veterans Memorial Association.
Visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. until Alan’s service on Wednesday at the funeral
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Alan C. Cummings Memorial
Alan Cummings was born on April 7, 1951, in Kansas City, Mo.; he was one of six children.
Alan enlisted in the U.S. Navy and also served with the 1133rd Division of the National
Guard during the Gulf War.
Alan always liked to have a good time. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and going on
“road trips.” He was also a crafty man and made many decorations over the years. Alan
enjoyed spending time with his best friend, Benji and cherished the company of his two
cats, Maggie and Ki.
He is survived by his children, Georgia “Jo” O’Dell and Sean O’Dell, both of Mason City;
Georgia and Sean’s mother, Sandy Cummings, of Mason City; his best friend, Benji Hanson, of
Garner; and siblings, David, Rusty, Gloria and Mark.
Preceding Alan in death are his parents and a brother, Jeff.
Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 641-423-2372.
Published in Globe Gazette from May 23 to May 25, 2010
Gary H. Green |
Gary H. Green, 47, a Barstow resident since 1955, succumbed to cancer on April 7, 2010, in
his home surrounded by loved ones after a five month heroic battle with the disease.
Gary was an 11 year Air Force veteran who served in the first Gulf War. Gary worked at
Denny’s in Lenwood as a server since arriving in Barstow.
He is survived by his wife, Camille; two lovely daughters, Haley and Geriann;
step-children, Samantha and Joey; his father, Halsey Green of Garden Grove, Calif.; and his
brother, Chuck Green of Mission Viejo, Calif.
Gary was an avid reader and enjoyed keeping up with world and national politics, and he
enjoyed sharing his point of view and discussing these subjects.
Gary will be missed greatly by his family and friends. Published in the Daily Press on May
JAMES VINCENT “VINCE” HAHN |
HAHN, JAMES VINCENT “VINCE” August 1959 – May 2010. After a courageous battle with an
undiagnosed service-related illness, Vince passed away peacefully with his loving family by
his side at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Vince was born and
raised in New Carrolton, Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland. He proudly
served his country as a pilot in the United States Air Force for 10 years and is a Veteran
of the Gulf War. He moved to Colorado, making Denver his home as a Real Estate Developer
and Philanthropist. He was the eldest of three children born to James and Joyce Hahn. Vince
will forever be remembered by his devoted and loving family, parents James and Joyce,
brother Michael (wife, Wendy and nephews Shane and James), sister Robin (husband, Mark
Guthrie and nephew Travis and niece Meagan), along with countless friends whom were blessed
to know him. Most important to Vince was his family, charitable work and travelling the
world with his friends. Vince touched the lives of many people with his smile and
generosity, and always maintained his trademark sense of humour. Friends and family are
invited to attend a funeral service on Saturday, June 5, 2010, at 11am at St. Andrews
Episcopal Church, 2892 Route 97, Glenwood, MD 21738. The family requests in lieu of
flowers, please send donations to Brent’s Place at 11980 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80010
or www.brentsplace.org in memory of Vince Hahn.
Published in Denver Post on May 26, 2010
Larry David Bailey |
Larry David Bailey, age 48, a life long resident of Jacksonville , died on May 11, 2010. He
was a professional truck driver, and served with the US Navy during the first Gulf War. He
was an avid fisherman on the St. Johns along with his best friend, Marty. A man who always
gave to those in need, he had a great sense of humor. Larry David leaves behind his beloved
and heart broken children; Crissy, Jessie, and Craig. 2 Sisters; Lisa and Donna. and
brother-in-law Lee, 3 nieces and 1 nephew. He was entombed at Beaches Memorial Park ,
Atlantic Beach , FL , on May 15, 2010. BAILEY Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on May 30, 2010
Mark Kenney |
Mark M. Kenney VIRGINIA BEACH – Retired U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mark
Myles Kenney passed away the morning of May 26, 2010 at the age of 81. He was a resident of
Virginia Beach. Mr. Kenney was born in Chicago Jan. 18, 1929 and grew up in Joliet, Ill.,
where his father was warden of the Joliet Prison. He graduated from Lockport High School
and enlisted in the Marine Corps on May, 17, 1948. He served his country honorably for 30
years. He was one of the first Marines to land in Pusan, Korea in 1950. Mr. Kenney was also
a survivor of the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, which is still used today as a motivating
example of selfless bravery and endurance for U.S. troops in theatre around the world. As
one of the remaining Chosin Few, Mr. Kenney was recently filmed as part of an inspirational
message from the commandant of the Marine Corps to be delivered around the world. Mr.
Kenney also served in the Vietnam War, where he earned a Purple Heart as well as the Bronze
Star with the V device for valor, which was awarded for bravery in saving the lives of his
men through his actions. Throughout his distinguished career as a Marine, Mr. Kenney earned
dozens of other medals, citations and awards. A petroleum engineer, Mr. Kenney spent a
decade after retirement helping the Saudi Arabian Navy and Saudi National Guard modernize
their fuel processing and delivery systems. While there, he served as a civilian liaison to
the U.S. military during the First Gulf War and as an advisor to the Pentagon during the
Iran Hostage Crisis. In his last two decades, Mr. Kenney opened a family business with his
wife and two sons, owning several Jackson Hewitt Tax Service franchises in Northern
Virginia. Mr. Kenney was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and an active member of
the Bulk Fuel Association, where he had just returned from a national reunion in Baton
Rouge, La. At the time of his passing, he was also the vice president of the Mid-Atlantic
Chapter of the Chosin Few. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Thelma Bunch
Kenney; son, Mark Myles Kenney II and daughter-in-law Lilla A. Kenney of The Plains, Va.;
son, Michael Clifton Kenney of Centreville, Va.; daughter, Cynthia Kenney Link and
son-in-law Ross-boy Link of Evanston, Ill.; grandson, Justin Myles Kenney, a film student
at Columbia College in Chicago; granddaughter, Chelsea Sky Link, a cognitive science
student at Harvard University; and three siblings: brother, Thomas W. Kenney of Pinehurst,
N.C., and sisters, Agnes R. Stubler and Mabel Ann Plese of Joliet. He was preceded in death
by his dear parents, Mabel Myles and Thomas W. Kenney Sr. and three sisters, Lorraine
Kuchta, Frances Johnson and Alice Robustelli. Mr. Kenney’s life will be celebrated with a
Mass held at the Church of the Holy Family at 1279 N. Great Neck Road in Virginia Beach at
10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 5. Family and friends are invited to a reception immediately
afterwards at the family home. Flowers may be sent to H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, 2002
Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454. Also, donations can be made to the National Museum
of the Marine Corps via the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation at 3800 Fettler Park Drive No.
104, Dumfries, VA 22025 or online at www. marineheritage.org. In keeping with Mr. Kenney’s
wishes, he will be interred in the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery with full
military honors. www.hdoliver.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot from May 30 to May 31, 2010
JON CARY FINDLAY Jr. |
FINDLAY, JR., JON CARY Findlay, Jon Cary , Jr. born November 23, 1965 and passed away on
May 15, 2010 in Birmingham, AL. He was a student at UAB studying to be a teacher. He had
served in the U.S. Army from 1988 until 1992 receiving various service medals including the
Southwest Asia Medal with 3 bronze stars for his service as a tank commander in the first
Gulf War. After his military service Jon obtained a J.D. degree from Samford University and
an LLM from Georgetown University. He is survived by father and step mother, Cary and
Konstance Findlay of Sarasota, Florida and his brothers, Thomas Andrew of Birmingham and
Scott Campbell of Sarasota. A graveside service will be held Friday, May 21, 2010 at noon
at Jefferson Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Trussville, Alabama.
Published in The Birmingham News from May 20 to May 21, 2010
Col. John Michael McHugh |
Col. John Michael McHugh went home to God on May 18, 2010, while serving with the United
States Army in Afghanistan. Funeral services will be held in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on
Thursday, May 27, at 11 a.m. A Memorial Mass celebrating his life will be held on Saturday,
June 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Aloysius Church in Caldwell, N.J. Born in West Caldwell, N.J.,
John attended St. Aloysius Grammar School, graduated from James Caldwell High School in
1982, and was a member of the graduating class of 1986, United States Military Academy at
West Point. John was the loving husband of Connie (Jensen), and the devoted father of Chief
Warrant Officer 2 Michael McHugh, U.S. Army, and his wife, Angela, Kelly Rose, Kristen,
Maggie, and David, and grandfather of Abigail Lynn. He also leaves behind his parents,
James and Mary Ann McHugh of West Caldwell; his sister, Mary Kate Edwards; brothers, James
B. McHugh and Frank McHugh; in-laws, Jeff Edwards and Donna McHugh, and loving niece and
nephews, Jim, Tom, Tim, Katie and Brian. John began his military career by attending the
United States Army Aviation School at Fort Rucker, Ala., where he graduated as a UH60
Blackhawk Helicopter pilot. He served in the first Gulf War in 1990, and distinguishably
served for 24 years at numerous bases throughout the United States and overseas, most
recently being deployed for 15 months to Udairi Army Airfield in Kuwait. He was the
recipient of numerous awards and decorations from the United States Army, including the
Legion of Merit Award, the Purple Heart, and a second Bronze Star. A natural born leader,
John was the head of his athletic teams, both at Caldwell High School, where he excelled at
soccer and baseball, and at West Point, where he was goalkeeper for the Army Soccer Team.
He continued his love of sports throughout his life, volunteering to coach soccer for his
children. A true American hero, John will always be remembered as a man devoted to God, to
his country, and to his friends and family. “Whether therefore ye eat or drink or
whatsoever ye do, do all to the Glory of God.” 1 Cor 10:31
Published in Star-Ledger on May 24, 2010
Joey “Toolman” O’Toole |
Joey “Toolman” O’Toole, 44, of Panama City, Fla., passed away Monday, May 17, 2010.
He served during the Gulf War and had retired from the U.S. Navy as a chief petty officer
after 25 years of service.
Joey enjoyed riding his Harley, bowling and golfing. His family was the most important
thing in his life. He attended Lynn Haven United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph O’Toole. He is survived by two sons, Ryan
Flowers and Andrew O’Toole; parents, Robert and Anita Watkins; two brothers, Eddie O’Toole
(Colleen) and Christopher O’Toole (Christine); three sisters, Noreen O’Toole Hemmis (Ron),
Cathy O’Toole Morrow (Mike) and Wendy Watkins Funches (Ross); 14 nieces and nephews; and
three great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2010, at the chapel of Kent-Forest
Lawn Funeral Home. The family will receive friends beginning at noon Friday at the funeral
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed at www.kentforestlawn.com.
2403 Harrison Ave.
Panama City, Fla. 32405
Published in Panama City News Herald from May 19 to May 21, 2010
Thomas W. Rizer
Lieutenant Commander Thomas W. Rizer May 19, 2010 Plainfield – Lieutenant Commander Thomas
W. Rizer passed away early Wednesday morning at his home in Plainfield surrounded by his
loved ones. He was born in Putnam a son of Gloria Rizer and the late Clarence Rizer. Tom
proudly defended his country for 23 years serving in Vietnam and the Gulf Wars. He retired
from the United States Navy in 1995 after earning numerous medals and awards. Besides his
mother Tom is survived by his children, Thomas Rizer II and his fiancé Kristin Hewitt;
Crystal Dionne all of Killingly; Theodore Rizer of Plainfield; a stepson Matthew Fournier
of Plainfield; 2 grandsons, Austin & Aaron Dionne; Siblings, Clarence, Daniel, Doug and
Donna. He was predeceased by a sister Marlene Beausoleil. The family would like to give
special thanks to Tom’s uncle Arthur St. Jean, Tracy Martel and her family and Frank
DiRuscio for all of their help and support. The funeral will be held Saturday at 9:00am
from Dougherty Bros. Funeral Home 595 Norwich Rd. Plainfield followed by a mass of
Christian burial at 10: 00am in St. John the Apostle Church, Plainfield. Burial with
military honors will follow in St. John cemetery. Visiting hours are Friday 4-8pm. In lieu
of flowers memorial contributions may be made to South County Dialysis C/O Christine
Schuler, 336 Thompson Rd. Webster, MA. 01570.
Ronald Wayne Culver Jr. |
Major Ronald Wayne Culver, Jr.
EL DORADO, AR. – Major Ronald “Wayne” Culver Jr., age 44, of El Dorado, Arkansas, was
killed on May 24th 2010 near Numaniyah in southern Iraq when an Improvised Explosive Device
struck his vehicle. Major Culver was second in charge as the Executive Officer of the
Louisiana Army National Guard’s Shreveport-based 2nd Squadron of the 108th Cavalry
Regiment, assigned to the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The 256th Infantry Brigade
Combat Team mobilized on January 5th, 2010 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This
deployment was Culver’s second to Iraq with the 256th Brigade. The mission for this
deployment is to conduct force protection and convoy security throughout the multi-national
coalition during the responsible draw down of U.S. Forces in Iraq. Popularly regarded as a
“Soldier’s Soldier”, Major Culver never asked his troops to do anything he would not do
himself. When struck by the Improvised Explosive Device he was leading his troops back to
base after a successful three-day mission.
“Wayne”, as his friends knew him, was born April 28th, 1966, the son of Ronald W. Culver
Sr. and Betty Culver, both of Shreveport, Louisiana and was a brother to Shane Culver of
Haughton, Louisiana. Wayne graduated from Northwood High School in Shreveport, LA in 1984.
Throughout High School he played baseball, was member in his church’s youth group, and was
an active member in the Boy Scouts where he achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Wayne
joined the military in 1988 and graduated from LSUS in 1989 with a Bachelors Degree in
Accounting. Major Culver served a majority of his 22-year career with 1-156th Armor
Battalion and 2-108th Cavalry Squadron in Fort Humbug in Shreveport, LA. He served one tour
during Desert Storm in 1990-91 and two tours in Iraq from 2004-05 and again in 2010. Wayne
also responded numerous times for State emergencies to include Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
in 2005, and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008. Wayne was promoted to Major on August 28th,
Wayne was very active in his community. Before his latest deployment, he was employed by
AmerCable as the Accounting Supervisor. Wayne’s Selfless sense of community ensured the
continued growth of top-notch youth organizations in El Dorado such as the Boy Scouts of
America, Camp Fire Girls, and the 4H club and is a testament of his devotion to his
children. His commitment to El Dorado’s “Main Street” initiatives and the Veterans of
Foreign Wars’ service programs for the community directly helped to preserve the rich
character and history that makes El Dorado so treasured and unique.
Wayne always wanted to be involved in his children’s lives; they meant the world to him.
Wayne loved taking his son and daughter camping and deer hunting and teaching them the
rules of gun safety and marksmanship. He also taught them how to respect nature and
animals. Wayne enjoyed showing Wayne Jr. the fellowship amongst his deer hunting buddies
while at deer camp. This is where Wayne taught Wayne Jr. to play cards and to listen to his
elders. He attended all of Wayne Jr.’s football games and would always assist the coach.
Wayne loved taking Michelle to campfire formal dances when she was younger to let her know
how special she was. He also enjoyed watching Michelle perform drama shows at Southern
Arkansas Arts Center and at her high school.
Wayne wanted to instill respect and discipline in his children, so he and the two children
enrolled in Tae Kwon Do. Wayne and his children were moving up in ranks and their goal was
to become a black belt. During their training, Wayne was deployed for Operation Iraqi
Freedom in 2004, and he asked the children to continue during the deployment. Michelle and
Wayne Jr. honored their father’s wishes and earned their black belts.
Wayne also shared his love for NASCAR with his family. He enjoyed going on his “guys only”
trips for the fellowship with his buddies but he also wanted his children to experience the
thrill of NASCAR races so he packed his family up and took them to the NASCAR race in
Dallas. The children had a great time and loved it while Tracey had to wear earplugs. Wayne
also wanted to share his love for music by taking his wife and the children to concerts. He
encouraged his son to play guitar and wanted him to learn the long version of the Star
Spangled Banner. He was a strong family man and believed that his family and extended
family should spend as much time together as possible.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Tracey Culver, and two children, Michelle Francis Culver,
15, and Ronald Wayne Culver III, 13; his mother, Betty Culver; his father and his wife,
Ronnie and Billie Jo Culver; his brother and his wife, Shane and Lauren Culver, their
children, Solon, Hudson, and Landry; Tracey’s father, Michael Quinlan; Tracey’s mother,
Sherry Quinlan, Tracey’s sister and her husband, Christina and Darrell Thornbrugh, their
children, Caitlin and Justin; Tracey’s sister, Elizabeth Quinlan, and her daughter, Tamara;
and Tracey’s Aunt, Sandra Whistler.
Tracey Culver is the kindergarten and day care director for the First United Methodist
Church of El Dorado where she finds comfort with her assistant’s, co-workers, and church
members. Wayne Jr. attends Barton Junior High School and Michelle attends El Dorado High
Major Culver received numerous military honors and awards during his 22 years in the Guard,
including the Combat Action Badge, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal with one oak
leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf
clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Reserve
Components Achievement Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service
Medal with campaign star, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Army
Service Ribbon, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device, numeral three and bronze
hourglass, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two
campaign stars, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Louisiana War Cross with two fleur-de-lis,
the Louisiana Cross of Merit, the Louisiana Commendation Medal, the Louisiana Emergency
Service Medal with one fleur-de-lis, and the Louisiana Longevity Ribbon with three
fleur-de-lis. Major Culver also was a member of the Order of Saint George and recipient of
the Order of Saint George Medallion, which is the top award given to the most deserving of
members of the Army’s mounted force by the United States Armor Association and the United
Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on May 31st, 2010 at Young’s Funeral
Directors of Distinction located at 508 Champagnolle Road, El Dorado, Arkansas. Funeral
services will start at 9:00 am on June 1st, 2010 at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium
located at 100 West 8th Street in El Dorado. Graveside service will be conducted at
approximately 1:30 pm on June 1st, 2010 at Hillcrest Cemetery located at 601 Highway 80,
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a trust fund set up for
Wayne’s children. The trust fund is named The Major Wayne Culver Trust Fund and is located
at Simmons First Bank of El Dorado at www.simmonsfirst.com or at 870-862-8161.
An online guest book is available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com. Young’s Funeral Directors
El Dorado, AR 870-863-7121
Published in Shreveport Times on May 31, 2010
B. Scott “Jez” Jeznach |
B. Scott “Jez” Jeznach, 50, of Westminster, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 22, 2010, at
the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Born March 2, 1960, he was the son of Peggy
and Charles Kuehne, of Cambridge. He was the husband of Josie Jeznach, his wife of 11/2
years. He was a graduate of South Carroll High School in Sykesville and of Western New
England University in Massachusetts. He served in the Army, sergeant 1st class, as a
military intelligence agent and was a jump master in the 82nd Airborne Division and Special
Forces. He served his country in Desert Storm, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and also in
Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Continental United States. He was the code enforcer for
the City of Westminster and in investigations for the Department of Labor. He was a member
of the Hillsboro, N.C., Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed history and was a re-enactor with
Congresses Own Revolutionary War units, Royal Marines, Star of 1812 and World War II.
Surviving, in addition to his parents and wife, are sister and brother-in-law Cheryl Anne
and Jeffery Phillipe, of Eden; nephew and godchild Russell Charles Phillip, of Eden;
step-children Jose Jr., Daniel and Clarissa Velazquez; aunts and uncles Pat Kelly, Diane
and Jack Folger and Terri and Ken Kuehne; many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and
numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at
the Westminster fire hall, 28 John St., Westminster. In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be sent to the Westminster fire company, 28 John St., P.O. Box 357,
Westminster, MD 21158; or to the Clarissa Velazquez Education Fund, 450 E. Green St.,
Westminster, MD 21157. Online condolences may be made at www.prittsfuneralhome.com. Sign
this guest book online at www.carrollcountytimes.com.