Gulf War Vets: Continuing the Battle in DC & “Taps” (90-91)

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by Denise Nichols

 

As the fight for funds through the Department of Defense Appropriations for Congressionally Directed Medical Research for Gulf War Illness Research Funds begins on the floor of the US House, the work goes on to remember our Gulf War Veterans that served in 1990-91.  Operation Desert Storm that was undoubtful the most toxic environment in which to fight a war continues to claim their lives after 20 years.  The VA Research Advisory Committee meets in DC on Monday and Tuesday but as usual no coverage by way of CSpan or media news to cover the fight that has now gone on for 20 years.  The Gulf War Veterans who are ill need help and answers now.

The Representatives in DC offices need to be told to give priority to Gulf War Illnesses Research on the DOD Appropriations Bill now before them on the floor of the House for Congressional Direct Medical Research for Gulf War Illness Research Program and find these veterans help in the form of true diagnostic work and treatment.  6.4 million is too low of a figure for these veterans that served their country without question! This program has NO ACCESS to other NIH, National Cancer Institute Funding, or the huge programs in the public to raise money for Cancer Research.  Neither do they have Pharmaceutical companies funding research.

The DOD CDMRP GWIRP is the only place they have to turn to enlist the very best world wide researchers and universities to help find answers in a true open peer research review process!  There has been a huge effort made to develop consortiums that is universities combining their talents to get to answers but that process will be blocked without an infusion of funds now!  As one reviews the list of CDMRP projects the Gulf War Illness Research Program definitely stands out as a program that should be given priority ranking for funds thru this Department of Defense CDMRP program.  It is definitely war related and deserves the research to find biomarkers, best diagnostic techniques, and treatment.  Research is not a cheap undertaking especially when you are looking to recruit world reknown expertise.

These veterans need a fast track on their claims, too many have already been made homeless due to the delays and denials.  The spouses and their children deserve attention.  These veterans are suffering and so are there families. Many of them have lost their families through this delay and denial by the government.

Many of the Veterans of Vietnam have asked where are the Desert Storm Veterans?  They are lost in the VA maze and suffer neurocognitive problems that has significantly affected their abilities, too many have just bunkered it in.  Their neurocognitive decline is described by many as early Althemizer’s Disease.  There ability to multi task has gone down the drain.  Their executive management skills are dramatically reduced.  For many that still have a job they find a way just to keep getting to work and not much more.  The fatigue they experience is similar to cancer patients after chemotherapy.  Talk to their spouses and find out about these veterans that the spouses are now trying to negotiate the way forward to get answers and to navigate the VA paperwork.

Take your time and review the latest obituaries :

ROCK HILL – Mr. Robert Andrew Thompson, 48, of 1628 Ashridge Road, passed away Tuesday, June 22, 2011, at Piedmont Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2011, at First Church of the Nazarene with the Reverend Ron Fite officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Park ,S. Cherry Road, with military honors provided by Shaw Air Force Base and the Honor Guard of Frank Roach Post 34 of the American Legion. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service, beginning at 9 a.m.

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A native of Rock Hill, Bobby was a son of Arthur L. Thompson Sr. and the late Myra McDowell Thompson. A U.S. Air Force veteran of Desert Storm, he attended First Church of the Nazarene and was an honorary life member of the Rock Hill High School Bearcats. He was also a former firefighter with the City of Rock Hill.

Surviving, in addition to his father, are his wife, Norma Gib Thompson, of the home; his son, Robert Joshua “Josh” Thompson; his daughter, Brittney Thompson; his brother, Arthur L. Thompson, Jr. and wife, Katherine, of Chester, S.C.; his sister, Carol McWhorter and husband, Rick, of Waxhaw, N.C.; his mother-in-law, Marlene Gib; his brother-in-law, Douglas Gib and his sister-in-law, Terri Gib Snipes and husband, Jimmy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to First Church of the Nazarene, 722 N. Jones Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29730.

Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel is serving the Thompson family.

Published in The Herald from June 23 to June 25, 2011


Jennifer Susan GARDA

GARDA Jennifer Susan, 59, retired nurse with Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, died Tue, June 21, 2011. Born in Charlottesville, VA, she was the daughter of the late William Edward and Betty Jean Garda. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, she was a CRRN with Cardinal Hill and served as the first Hospice nurse in the state of Kentucky. She was an avid supporter of the Win Olympics, The Timmy Foundation and a member of the Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte. An Army veteran, she retired after 23 years of service with the rank of Lt. Col, serving in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She is survived by her sisters, Judith (Gary) Morris, Louisville and Rebecca (Frank Brennan) Garda, Lehi, UT; nieces and nephews, Angela, Allen, Kristen and Kevin; as well as numerous special friends. A special thank you to the wonderful people of Thomson Hood Veterans Center for their love, care and friendship. Funeral services will be 12pm Mon at Milward-Southland. Burial will follow at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8pm Sun. Memorials may be made to Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital-Therapy Garden, The Timmy Foundation or the Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte. www.milwardfuneral.com

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on June 24, 2011


Retired S.C. Dept. of Corrections EDGEFIELD, S.C. – Mr. Dewey David Anderson, 59, of Edgefield, died Wednesday June 22, 2011 at Golden Living Center in Augusta. Mr. Anderson was born in Richmond, Va. He was an Air Force Veteran of Desert Storm. He was retired from the S.C. Dept. of Corrections. Survivors include 1 Daughter- Kate Anderson, Edgefield; 1 Son- Sean Anderson, Augusta, Ga.; 2 Grandchildren- Oliver Anderson and Emma June Anderson. A Private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Edgefield Mercantile Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com/obits The Augusta Chronicle-June 24, 2011

Published in The Augusta Chronicle on June 24, 2011


D’ELETTO, MICHAEL R., SR. 59, Senior Chief Master Sergeant for the US Air Force branch of the RI Air National Guard for 32 years before retiring in 2004 died June 11, 2011 in Florida. He was the husband of Cheryl (Manchester) D’Eletto. Born in Providence, a son of the late Gaetano J. and Mary C. (Lombardozzi) D’Eletto, he had been a Warwick resident for most of his life before moving to Barefoot Bay, FL in 2004. Michael served in Afghanistan during Iraqi Freedom and Kuwait during Desert Storm. Besides his wife he is survived by one son, Michael R. D’Eletto and his wife, Stacey, and his stepdaughter, Heather Edge and her husband, Thomas, and five grandchildren. His funeral service will be held Friday, June 17, at 10 am in the Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Chapel, 2435 Warwick Ave. Burial with military honors will be in RI Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Visiting hours Thursday 4 -8 pm. Information and condolences, visit TheQuinnFuneralHome.com.

Published in The Providence Journal on June 15, 2011


Jurgen Grubert
Norris City, IL — Jurgen Grubert, 72, died Thurs. in McLeansboro. He was a US Air Force veteran of Desert Storm.
He is survived by daughter, Christa Conrad; son, Cameron Grubert; brother, Gerry Grubert; and 5 grandchildren.
Services are Mon, June 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ The King Orthodox Church in Omaha. Burial in Palestine #2 Cemetery. Visitation Sunday from 5-7 pm at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi. For more information visit www.campbellfuneralservices.com.

Published in Courier Press on June 17, 2011

Sean Paul McMillan, 38, of Kirkland, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb.
Born Feb. 5, 1973, in Sycamore, the son of Robert A. and Susan Jo (Peterson) McMillan, he was a graduate of the Sycamore High School, class of 1991. Sean was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Desert Storm.
Sean was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, fishing and was always there to help people. He had a big heart and loud laugh.

He is survived by his parents, Robert A. and Susan McMillan of Sycamore; his children, Shaina Marie, Dawlton Garrett and Kaelab Allen McMillan, along with their mother, Debbey, all of Mississippi; one brother, Robert P. McMillan; one sister, Mary Katherine McMillan, both of Sycamore; his life companion, Jessica Wade; his uncle, Jim (Nancy) McMillan; one niece, Kara Marie McMillan; and two cousins, Ryan and Matthew McMillan.

A paraliturgical service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 13, at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore, with Fr. Frank J. Timar officiating. Burial will be private.

Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.

Memorials can be made for Sean McMillan in care of the local family-owned and -operated, Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For information, visit www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.

Published in Daily Chronicle from June 11 to June 14, 2011


Walter Roy McRae, 58, of Belton, Texas, died June 11, 2011 at his home with his wife Sally. He was born February 14, 1953, in San Antonio, Texas. He was one of seven siblings. On August 17, 2009 Walt and Sally were married. Walt served in the U.S. Army as a First Sergeant until 1993, when he retired after 23 years. Walt was a decorated officer whose accomplishments included meritorious service medal, commendation medal, six good conduct medals, NCO development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Expert Badge Rifle, Expert Badge Pistol, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, as well as Bronze Star for extraordinary heroism in ground combat. Walter is a veteran of Desert Storm.

After Walt retired from the Army, he opened Diamond Liners Truck Accessories in Temple, Texas and then in Killeen, Texas. He retired and closed his business in 2010. Walt had been working as a General Manager at Advance Auto Parts Store, in Temple, Texas.

Walter is survived by his wife Sally; Son and Daughter-in-Law, PJ and Stacie McRae; grandchildren, Mason and Kathryn McRae; Brothers, George McMains of Georgetown, Texas, Tommy McRae; Sisters, Cathy and John Barnett of Pasadena, Texas, Juanita and Gary Clopton of Lexington, Texas, Linda Barnhart of Douglas, Texas, and Debbie Jo McMains of Crosby, Texas.

A service will be held Thursday, June 16, 2011, at 10:30AM at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, Texas. A Precession will follow to the Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.

YORK Marshall A. Murray, 41, was called home by the Lord on Sunday, June 12, 2011, from the York Hospital. He was the husband of Cynthia (Herman) Murray. Born on August 30, 1969, in York, he was the son of the late Ruth Alice (Johnson) and Ralph Murray. Marshall graduated from York Vo-Tech, majoring in mechanics.

He honorably served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during Desert Storm. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Southwest Asai Service Medal w/3stars, Kuwait Liberation medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Joint Meritorious Service Award, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, Meritorious Mast. Mr. Murray was an 18-wheeler truck driver who truly loved his profession. He was employed by Washington & Dowling, also he was an instructor trainer with MMA Fighters and Karate students, an art he had been involved with since a young boy of nine years old. He truly loved working with the students. Family was very important to Mr. Murray, he will be deeply missed. Marshall leaves to cherish his memory, in addition to his wife Cynthia Murray of York, three children, Marshall A. Murray, II, Brittiny “Little Bit” N. Murray, and Brandon L. Murray; one grandson, Jayden Brown, all of York; three sisters, Rosemarie Divers of Baltimore, Ruth Milney and husband of Washington state, and Sheila Murray of York; a paternal aunt, Susie Haines of York; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; a friend, Sarah Dawson of York. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Murray, Jr. Services will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Emmanuel C.O.G.I.C., E. Princess St., York, with a viewing from 9 to 11 a.m. Elder Leighton McMillan, Pastor and Pastor Brenda Lewis officiating. York County Veterans Honor guard will be performing full military rites at the church. Burial will be at 2 p.m. on Friday at Indiantown Gap VA National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in care of the funeral home. Gladfelter Funeral Home, Inc., 822 E. Market St., York, Pa., 17403 is in charge of arrangements.
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on June 14, 2011


ROBERT E. NAYLOR, M.D.

Col., USAF (Ret.)
On Thursday, June 9, 2011, peacefully at Grand Oaks Assisted Living in Washington, DC. He is survived by his four siblings, Michael Naylor (Chris) of Washington, DC, William Naylor (Theresa) of Clifton, VA, Martha Naylor (Hope) of Downingtown, PA, and Mark Naylor (Karen) of Chester Springs, PA. He is also survived by 14 nephews and nieces and other extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, William R. and Mary L. Naylor, his brother Christopher R. Naylor and sister, Mary D. Fitzgerald. A 40-year active and reserve veteran, Dr. Naylor served in Vietnam and Desert Storm. Prior to his move to the Washington DC area in 2008, Dr. Naylor spent the last 25 years of his career as a cardiologist in the Sunnyvale, CA area. The family will receive friends at the Joseph Gawler’s Sons Funeral Home, 5130 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC on Monday, June 13, 2011 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. At a time yet to be determined, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Ft. Myer Chapel in Arlington, VA followed by Interment at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Heart Association .

RICHENBERG, RICHARD F. JR. Richard F. Richenberg, Jr. – “Rich” to his friends – was considered by many to be an unsung American hero. He died on or about May 21, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He was 53 years old. At FEMA/Department of Homeland Security, Rich was known for assisting disaster victims, including during the recent Midwest floods and tornados. Unknown to many, however, he was a pioneer in the fight to overturn the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy in its earliest years. During his service in Desert Storm One, where he commanded the control center aboard the AWACs aircraft and garnered numerous accolades, he was considered a top-notch Air Force officer destined to reach the highest ranks.

However, as an individual of the staunchest character and believing deeply in the military’s stated values of integrity, honor and courage, Rich honestly acknowledged he was gay. He was discharged from the Air Force with complete disregard of an impeccable service record for which he had attained the rank of captain. Rich challenged his discharge in federal court and lost his battle to overturn DADT. With the help of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, he fought within the military to have his discharge upgraded. After taking his case all the way up to the Secretary of the Air Force and generating national media attention along the way, Rich was given the honorable discharge characterization he had earned. His case marked a turning point for gay veterans in this regard.

Despite his experiences, Rich never complained or spoke ill of the U.S. military. After his discharge, he served as a lifeline for other military members targeted under DADT, first as an individual and, later, as an employee with SLDN. He was the one many turned to for help and as a result, he literally saved lives. Born February 11, 1958 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Rich spent his formative years in South Texas where he graduated from Corpus Christi’s Flour Bluff High School. After graduating from Texas A & M University with a degree in architecture, he followed his father into the United States Air Force.

After leaving the military, Rich had careers in both information technology and real estate. He lived for many years in San Diego and Rancho Mirage until his recent move to Kansas City to work with FEMA. Rich was preceded in death by his father, Richard Richenberg, Sr., and his mother, Janet Richenberg. He is survived by his husband, Rob Parker, of Rancho Mirage; sisters, Linda Richenberg of Georgia and Cathy Adkins of Oregon; brothers, James and Michael Richenberg of Texas; along with many nieces and nephews. A remembrance brunch will be held August 6, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at Coral Tree Plaza in San Diego. Memorial donations on behalf of Rich may be made to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network or to Equality California.

Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on June 19, 2011


Dale Snyder, age 61, of Baker, Fla., passed away peacefully at his home Thursday evening. Dale was a proud veteran the U.S. Air Force, serving over 20 years, including tours in Vietnam and Desert Storm

He is survived by two daughters, Heather Derrick and Sabrina Gonzalez; his father, Lyle Snyder; brother, Keith Snyder; sisters, Faith Daniels, Vicky Frankovich and Lesa Lingle; and three grandchildren, Candice Marie Derrick, Caleb Michael Derrick and Kaylee Gonzalez.

A time of visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2011, at the chapel of Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Fla.

Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview. Guest book and condolences are available online at www.whitehurstpowellfuneralhome.com.

Published in Northwest Florida Daily News on June 12, 2011


John C. Snyder

MANCHESTER, MO: John C. Snyder of Manchester, MO went to be with the Lord Sunday morning, June 5, 2011 at the age of 41. He was born January 20, 1970 in Mansfield, Ohio. He was enrolled and graduated from the Madison School System in Mansfield. After graduation John joined the U.S. Marines and went through basic training at Camp Lejune in North Carolina. He served aboard the ships, the Saratoga and the Iwo Jima as security and then served in the wars Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After four years of service, John was honorably discharged. Upon returning to Mansfield, he attended Ashland University to major in education and religion. John was married in 1996 and became book room manager at the Ashland University bookstore. In 1997 John and his wife moved to Columbia, MO to work in the IT department at MBS Textbook Exchange, INC. In 1998 he moved to St. Louis and joined Penski’s IT department. In 1999 he became employed at Genelco and later completed an Associate Degree in computer information systems. In 2005 he joined Magellon Health Services.

He is survived by his parents, Ralph and Brenda Snyder of Mansfield; brother, Michael T. Snyder; one niece; one nephew; three sons, Alex, Isaac, and Evan and their mother; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Friends may call Sunday, June 12, 2011 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Diamond St. Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond St., Mansfield. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, conducted by John’s uncle, Pastor Kenneth DeVinney. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Military graveside services conducted by the Richland County Joint Veteran’s Burial Detail will follow in Mansfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the John Snyder Memorial Fund for the benefit of his sons.

Online guest registry at www.wappner.com

ARLINGTON, Va. – Michael Nathan Kuligowski, 50, passed away Thursday, June 9th, at his home in Arlington, Va.

He was born in Farmington, N.H., Sept. 28, 1960, to Stanley and Phyllis Kuligowski, currently residing in Derry, N.H. He met and fell in love with his wife, Tina, whom he married in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 4, 2008. As a devoted and loving husband, Mike expressed his deep appreciation and good fortune for finding and spending his remaining years with her.

Mike and his family have experienced tremendous tragedy in the past few years; he was predeceased by his son, Adam Kuligowski (21) on April 6, 2009, and then his daughter, Kalia Kuligowski (26) on Jan. 6th of this year. On Aug. 24, 2010, Mike was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Mike turned misfortune and heartbreak into an opportunity to strengthen the bonds with his surviving sons, Stefan and Lukas Kuligowski of Derry, N.H. He reminded them more often than not, that they mattered so much to him and that they were loved more than anyone in the world.

Including previously mentioned family members, Mike is survived by his two brothers, Jan Kuligowski from Florida, and Stanley (Stash) Kuligowski, of Manchester, N.H.; and his sister, Stephanie Kuligowski of Derry, N.H. Additionally, he is survived by the mother of his four children, Tracie Kuligowski, as well as a large and tight-knit network of cousins throughout the New England area.

Mike joined the State Department in 1984, serving as an IT specialist at U.S. Embassies around the world. His most recent assignment was at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, where he lived with his family, to include his stepchildren, Micah and Mary Middleton. He also served in Africa, South America, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army and served from 1978-1982. In 2008, he received The Thomas Morrison Information Management Award, which recognizes outstanding and unique contributions in the information management field. This is considered the pinnacle of achievements in his field, specifically within the Department of State.

While well respected by his peers, Mike was better known by his colleagues and friends for his gifts in being able to impact their lives on a very deep and profound level. His compassion helped many when they needed it most; to guide them, humor them, restore them, help them turn a corner, pull them from the edge or just allow them to shut the world out and absorb his healing vibes.

He was a painter and a student of spirituality. He loved to hike and spent many hours climbing the peaks of the White Mountains in New Hampshire with his cousin and best friend, Luke Johnson.

Many hearts are broken, many tears have fallen, and a heavy sadness weighs on our collective soul. We love you Michael Kuligowski … we miss you, and we will never forget you.

SERVICES: A calling hour will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2011, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 50 Adams Pond Road, East Derry. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m., and burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, East Derry. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mike’s memory to Sue Rose Memorial Fund, The link to contribute is at www.lariaminfo.org. Contributions are collected via Paypal. You can view stories about Mike and Adam from that webpage.
(FAMILY NOTICE)

Published in Union Leader on June 19


HUDSON Damien Derell Hudson, age 31, a native of Grove Hill and a resident of Whatley, was born to the parentage of Ricky Earl Horne and Evelyn Ann Hudson December 20, 1979. He departed this Wednesday, June 15 in Whatley. He was a member of Mackey Branch #1 Baptist Church, Gosport. He was a 1997 graduate of Clarke County High School and was furthering his education at Columbia Southern University. He was a Gulf War Veteran and was active in the National Guard as a power generator mechanic. He received the following decorations: Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 10 year device, Bronze/Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, just to name a few. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Lewis Horne, and maternal grandfather, Walter James Henderson. Cherishing his memory is his wife, Nickie Richardson Hudson; one son, Adadrian Hudson; one daughter, Akirra Hudson, whom he loved dearly; mother, Evelyn (Eric, loving and dearly devoted) Davis all of Whatley, AL; father, Ricky (Vivian E.) Horne, Daleville, AL; mother-in-law, Jessie Richardson, Monroeville; five sisters, Dominique Davis, Whatley, AL; Erica McCaskey, Fulton, AL; Rolanda Horne, Montgomery, AL; Tymara Horne, Enterprise, AL; and Ashley Horne, Daleville, AL; two brothers, Ricky (Kawana) Horne, Jr., Columbus, GA; Eric (Sholanda) Davis, Jr., Memphis, TN; paternal grandmother, Earlean Horne and maternal grandmother, Rosetta Henderson, both of Whatley, AL. Services will be held Saturday, June 25, 2 p.m. from the Mackey Branch #1 Baptist Church, Rev. T.L. Douglas, pastor and eulogist. Viewing will be Friday, 12 noon until 6 p.m. at Andrews Funeral Home, 800 Depot Road, Jackson, Al. Viewing also Saturday at the church from 1:00 until the service hour of 2 p.m. Military rites at graveside. Burial in Mackey Branch Cemetery. As a courtesy of Andrews Funeral Home, you may visit www.viewobit.com, where you may leave a personally signed condolence to Mr. Hudson Family.

Published in the Press-Register from June 22 to June 23, 2011


BECKERS, Ralph C.

Ralph C. Beckers, 58, of Colchester beloved husband of Carol Butler Beckers of Colchester passed away unexpectedly on Monday (June 13, 2011) at his residence. He was born on September 5, 1952 in Hartford son of Mabel Loos Beckers of Stella, NC and the late Ralph Beckers. He was employed for 22 years for the Hartford Insurance Group and for the last five years he worked for the I.B.M. Ralph was a three time War Veteran serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam, Persian Gulf and the Iraqi Freedom War. He was a member of the Colchester Fish and Game Club, American Legion Post 54, the V.F.W. and a Life member of the HOG. An avid fisherman, hunter and loved riding his motorcycle. Besides his mother and his wife Carol he leaves two daughters Jennifer and her husband Andy Barter Jr. of Colchester, and Melissa Beckers of Uncasville, one brother Kurt and wife Susan Beckers of Stella, NC a granddaughter Samantha Barter and adoring cats Ally and Emma.

Funeral Service will be held on Friday, 10 a.m., at the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 85 Skinner Road, Colchester, burial will follow with full military Honors. Visitation will be held on Thursday (June 16, 2011) from 6-8 p.m. at the Belmont/Sabrowski Funeral Home, 144 South Main St., Colchester. Donations may be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon, Kanab, Utah 84741, in his memory.
Published in The Hartford Courant on June 15, 2011

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