DESERT STORM OBITUARIES

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US Navy Operation Desert Storm- Timothy John Avazian(USS Tarawa)  52 Another Salior Passes too Soon:

Timothy John Avazian, 52 of Gallatin, died suddenly at home on January 12, 2011. He was formerly from Red Oaks Mill.

Tim was born in Kingston, NY on April 30, 1958 to the late John F. Avazian and Jean (McCarthy) Avazian. He graduated from Roy C. Ketcham HS in 1977 and went on to Dutchess, New Paltz, Marist and Hudson Valley CC to receive his degrees in Accounting and Machinery (CAD). He served in the US Navy during Desert Storm on the USS Tarawa proudly. He was also a member of the K of C in Wappinger Falls. He was employed by Stanfordville Machine as a Tool and Die Maker, a C & C operator and machinist.

Tim pursued a plethera of hobbies including, but not limited to, raising animals, motorcycle riding, car repair, volunteer work, bartering and trying new things with adventure at heart. He was a partner in the Avazian/Baccomo sausage company. His family past and present meant the world to Tim. He was indebted to his friend Bill for 19 years of sober living. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to all!

On June 14, 1997 he married Colleen McGhee. Mrs. Avazian survives at home. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters Anita McGhee, Megan, Erin and Heidi Burch. He was the very proud grandfather of JayAnn Burch. Timmy is also survived by brother Daniel Avazian , sisters Karen Andersson and husband Ron, Kimberly Baccomo and husband Phil. Nephews, Keith and Eric Hanford along with nieces Eva Andersson and Stephanie Hanford, Cousins Pamela Mosher and Cindy and John Buckley. Many more cousins in Florida and Down Under in Australia. He was predeceased by both his parents and a brother Michael Avazian in 2004.

A memorial service will be held in Timothy’s honor on Monday January 17, 2011 at Peck & Peck Funeral Home, Pine Plains, NY from 4 to 7 pm. All are welcome to come celebrate his life. Following the service the family will hold a gathering at their home.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from January 15 to January 17, 2011
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Navy Veteran – Desert Storm Veteran William R Owens III- 46 years old, PA
William R. Owens III, 46, of Island Heights, passed away Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa. Born in Toms River, he was a lifelong resident of Island Heights. He was a supervisor for Vontage Holding, Holmdel. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during Operation Desert Storm.

He is survived by his mother, Barbara Owens of Island Heights; his father, William R. Owens Jr. and his wife Norma of Toms River; a twin brother, Richard and his wife Nadia of Island Heights; a sister, Patricia Vogel and her husband Daniel of Beachwood; and a stepsister, Christina Castro and her husband Michael of Neptune City. Also surviving are two nephews, Iman and Aidan Owens; two nieces, Elizabeth and Evelyn Vogel; and a grandnephew, Jayden Vogel.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 and from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at the Carmona-Bolen Home For Funerals, 412 Main St., Toms River. Burial will follow at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River. In lieu of flowers, donations in William’s name may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 will be deeply appreciated. Condolences can be sent to carmonabolenfh.com.

Published in Asbury Park Press on January 18, 2011

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Harold F. Frey, 46, died Jan. 16, 2011, at Parkland Medical Center in Derry.

He was born in Edmonds, Wash., Nov. 7, 1964, to Malcolm Frey and Virginia (Gillard) Clark.  He had lived in Sandown for the past two years, formerly living in Epping.

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He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Gulf War, serving in Beirut.

He was employed as a paramedic for Care Plus, and was also a volunteer firefighter with the Sandown Fire Deptarment.  He had volunteered previously with the Epping Fire Department.  He loved anything to do with firefighting and paramedics.

He enjoyed motorcycling, and was an active member of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club.  He enjoyed playing computer games and was a Civil War enthusiast.

IN HIS LIFE: He is survived by his mother, Virginia Clark of Elwood, Ill.; three daughters, Marlena Frey of Mississippi, Lauren Bundy of Louisiana, and Tabitha Frey of Sandown; five grandchildren; two sisters, Lori Hunter of Baxter, Tenn., and Kari Frey of Joliet, lll.; and his girlfriend, Michelle “Mimi” Pare of Sandown.

SERVICES: Calling hours will be held Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry.  A graveside service will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.  Memorial donations may be sent to Sandown Volunteer Fireman’s Association, P.O. Box 73, Sandown, 03873.

For more information visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com.

Published in Union Leader on January 18, 2011
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Army Desert Storm Veteran Medical Corp Dies at 42 of Cancer Memorial Service 1/22 PA

HUGH M.

DORSEY, III, 42

Army Medical Corp.

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA. – Hugh Dorsey, III, a veteran of Desert Storm, died 12/31/10 of cancer. Memorial svc. 4pm Sat. 1/22 at Ariana Beach Clubhouse, Auburndale.

Published in Ledger on January 18, 2011

METTS, Terry Ray 51, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. He was born in Morehead City, NC, a 1977 graduate of Shelbyville High School in Shelbyville, IN and attended St. Petersburg Jr. College in St. Petersburg. He was a Deputy Sheriff for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department and was also a Desert Storm U.S. Army veteran. Survived by mother, Helen Ray Wilson and her husband, Jim Wilson; brother, Charles Rodney Metts Jr. and sister, Kellie Anne Prigian. Predeceased by son, Nicholas and father, C.R. Metts Sr. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Memorial Donations are suggested to the Gold Shield Foundation of Tampa: P.O. Box 271791 Tampa, FL 33688 or visit their website at goldshieldfoundation.com.

Published in the St. Petersburg Times on January 18, 2011
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Please join us at VT a salute to a special veteran.Knew this dyanmo personnally and I give him a final salute!

Vietnam and Desert Storm Veterans please join me in that Final Salute

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Stephen Nelson

LOGAN, Utah – Stephen Jefferson Nelson CW04 USN Ret, 56, passed away quietly Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at Logan Regional Hospital in Logan, Utah. He was a man of honor, a Naval Officer who always remained dedicated to his country, his community, and his family.
Born a twin on August 10, 1954, in Mena, Arkansas, he was the son of Stephen and Josephine Reed. Upon his mother’s passing in 1961, Steve and his twin sister were adopted by Dick and Gladys Nelson of Bancroft, Idaho. He graduated from Bancroft high school in 1972 and just days later reported for duty with the United States Navy in San Diego, Calif.
Steve was a veteran of both the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars, having served 28 years of active duty. He was a leader and promotions came quickly. In 1985 Steve earned the Pacific Fleet Sailor of the Year, beating out 113,000 other sailors. Steve also trained and led 12 highly specialized men on 79 hostile boarding’s in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq. Steve earned ten separate decorations for service above and beyond. He was proud to say he had met Presidents and Medal of Honor winners. He brought the watch words of the U.S. Navy, Honor, Courage and Commitment, into reality and defined them time and again for those who loved him.
Steve married Cynthia Ann Loeffler December 20, 1977. His wife was not only his partner but his competition. It was said on many occasions that his toughest competition in many situations was his wife. Steve and Ann had one son, Stephen Andrew Nelson. Upon learning that Ann was terminally ill Steve retired from the Navy in order to care for her full time. Ann passed away in 2001.
Shortly after the passing of his wife, Steve moved to Washington, D.C., to work as a contractor for the Department of Defense. Never one to miss out on the action, Steve narrowly missed being caught in the Pentagon on 9/11.
Steve moved to Pocatello, Idaho, in 2005 to be near his mother who still lives in the family home in Bancroft, Idaho. Steve was introduced to Rebecca Low of Smithfield, Utah, the following summer. Rebecca and her three children all fell in love with Steve. Stephen and Rebecca were recently married.
The courage Steve showed throughout his life, specifically through the last fourteen months was Heroic, in its purest form. Steve was, is, and shall always be one of our Hero’s. Well done, my love.
Steve is survived by his wife, Rebecca, Hyde Park, Utah, and his son, Stephen A. Nelson (Sylvia), Horseshoe Bay, Texas. He is also survived by his mother, Gladys Nelson, Bancroft, Idaho, and his twin sister, Beth (Jurgen) Hixon, Nashport, Ohio, as well as his step-children, Brianne, Emily, and Ashton Shirley, Hyde Park, Utah, and a very special granddaughter, Ashlyn Nelson, Horseshoe Bay, Texas.
A memorial service will be held Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at 1 p.m. Friends may call an hour prior to the service at Nelson Funeral Home, 162 E 400 North Logan, Utah.  Stephen’s final resting place will be in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, Calif.
The family wishes to express a special thank you to Dr. Ali Ben-Jacob and his staff as well as Dr. Karl Brown and the nursing staff on the medical floor at Logan Regional. During our extended stay you became more than caregivers, you became friends. That will not soon be forgotten.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.nelsonfuneralhome.com

Published in Idaho State Journal on January 18, 2011

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