Lt. Col. Ralph T. Dabbs, Retired U.S. Army, of College Park died August 31, 2006. Colonel Dabbs had a
long and distinguished Army career, serving in World War II and Korea. He was honored with a Silver Star
and a Purple Heart. At one time he was Commander of the President's Honor Guard and the Honor Guard at the
Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery. Mr. Dabbs graduated from The Citadel and
Emory University School of Law, and he also taught ROTC at several schools in the Atlanta area. Colonel
Dabbs was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Lang Dabbs, and he is survived by his brother, Charles
F. and Mary Dabbs of Ann Arbor, MI; his nephew, Michael F. Dabbs of Ann Arbor, MI; his nieces, Patricia
Dabbs of Charlotte, NC and Julia Dabbs, PhD. of Morris, MN; and dear friends, Judy and Ron Cleveland of
Stockbridge, Peggy Isenburg of Snellville, and Ruby Reeves of College Park. A Memorial Service will be
held at a later date and burial will be at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. In
lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the American Cancer Assoc., 2200 Century Pkwy,
Suite 950, Atlanta, GA 30345. Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, East Point, GA 404-761-1138. Published in
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 9/3/2006.
Dauster, Elmer Lee
E. Lee Dauster, 84, Sonora, California, died January 13,
2013. He had been ill for some time and was under special
care at the Avalon Care Center, Sonora, California. A
memorial service will be held at a later date and further
details will be added to this obituary.
Lee was born December 25, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri.
After finishing high school he enlisted in the United States
Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948. He served two years as an
active reservist in a USMC fighter squadron as an intelligence
clerk for a squadron of F4U4's. In September 1950 he was
recalled from inactive Marines for duty in the Korean War,
arriving at Hungnam, North Korea in December 1950 in the 3rd
replacement draft as Marines were coming out of the Chosin
Reservoir. He joined an artillery forward observation team
assigned to George Company, Third Battalion, 1st Marines.
Lee was wounded twice in a six-week period, losing a leg to
automatic weapons fire on April 24, 1951. He received a Silver
Star for valor, as well as two Purple Hearts.
After discharge Dauster managed a drug store from 1952 until
1956 while attending college. He graduated from Washington
University in St. Louis in May 1956 and then became a
manufacturer's representative for a major work clothing company.
He and his wife Marie moved to Houston, Texas, where he worked
from 1956 until 1965. In 1965, Lee and his family moved to
California, where he later became a self-employed casualty
insurance agent and broker until his retirement.
A 100% disabled Korean War veteran, Lee Dauster was past
commander of Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) Chapter 7 in
Tuolumne County, California, past commander of Santa Clara
County Chapter No. 6 KWVA, past president G-3-1 USMC reunion
group, member of Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign
Wars and American Legion, life member of the Korean War
Educator, and KWVA National Director from June 2004 until June
He is survived by his wife Marie; brother Ed Dauster (also a
Korean War veteran of the United States Marine Corps); and other family members.
Davinroy, Joseph J. Sr.
Joseph J. Davinroy, Sr., 88, of Smithton, Illinois, born
March 14, 1933, in East St. Louis, Illinois, died Friday,
January 21, 2022, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, Illinois.
Joe graduated from Central Catholic High School, East St.
Louis. He was a veteran of the Korean War in the U.S. Army and
installed communication lines. Joe was the owner of A.S.
Davinroy P & H Inc. He belonged to Plumbers Local 360. Joe was
past president (1981) Illinois State P & H Contractors. He was a
lifetime member of the Great Southwestern P & H Contractors
Association. Joe was a founding member of Camp Ondessonk,
installing all of the original plumbing and served on the Board
of Directors for many years. Joe was a founder and president of
the FSH (Freeburg Smithton Hecker) Water Commission.
During his 26 years of retirement, he enjoyed his family farm
and raising dahlias, leading him to belong to the Greater St.
Louis Dahlia Society. He also enjoyed making stained glass
windows, lamps, and Christmas gifts for many, along with
homemade cookies and candy. Another hobby included using brass
from his plumbing business to make sculptures. Joe loved to
spend his summers going to picnics and playing bingo. He also
spent many years with The Old NewsBoys. Joe also spent weekends
peddling glass cleaner at the Flea Market in Belleville. He was
a member of the Smithton Senior Center and enjoyed Monday Night
Meals with playing cards and fellowship after the dinner. Joe
also met a long-time group of friends each Wednesday for
breakfast and companionship. One of Joe's many pleasures was
traveling the states (especially New Orleans to visit family)
and abroad. This led him to serve on the Board of Directors for
Golden Frontier. He also served on the Board of Directors for
San Damiano Retreat Center in Golconda, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Verena
Zollinger, Davinroy; his former wife, Patricia Davinroy; a
brother, Albert J. Davinroy; and two sisters, Theresa Weurz and
Mary C. Walsh. Surviving are his children, Elaine Davinroy of
Arizona, Ann (Christopher) Lintzenich of Baldwin, Illinois, Joe
Davinroy, Jr. of Evergreen, Colorado, and John (Debbie) Davinroy
of Smithton; seven grandchildren, Phillip (Kathryn) Lintzenich,
Jacqueline (Adam) Forsyth, Michael and Alexa Davinroy, and Nick,
Chris and Maddie Jones; and long-time companion, Jenene
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Joe to
Camp Ondessonk Campership Fund, 3760 Ondessonk Road, Ozark,
Illinois 62972, or to St. Stanislaus Polish Heritage Center,
1413 N. 20th Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63106. A Mass of
Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 28, 2022,
at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 1413 North 20th Street, St.
Louis, Missouri, with Fr. Marek Bozek officiating. Burial was at
Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, at a later date.
Nick Davis - born 9/30/1929 - death 11/10 2006
My father's name was Nick Davis. He was a Greek American drafted into the army from Michigan and sent
to California for quick basic training. He said as soon as they found out he was a cook he was shipped to
Alaska. I remembering him saying that the army bus in California he was in tipped off the road and he woke
up in the hospital a couple days later. He served as head cook (Sergeant) in Alaska during the Korean War.
He was in charge of feeding all the troops and USO that passed through. I remember him saying thousands of
souls passed through his kitchen daily. His favorite story was that he received a cigar from Red Skeleton
after feeding him and his USO Company. He came home and worked as a bouncer in a Detroit bar before
becoming a chef. I know he worked at Detroit Yacht Club, the Roostertail and Carl's Chop House on Grand
River during the 50's or 60's. In the mid 70's he opened D & H Tire store on Van Born road in Taylor, MI.
His family carries on his name in Bloomfield, MI. God Bless
Davis, Albert H.
MSG Albert H. Davis, US Army, retired, passed away on 27
April 2009 while in the hospital. Al was a veteran of the Korean
and Vietnam Wars and joined Special Forces in 1952. His SF
assignments included service with the 3rd, 5th, 10th, and 77th
SFG(A). He also served with SF Training Group and three tours
with MACV-SOG. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge in
Korea and Combat Medical Badge in Vietnam along with numerous
other awards and decorations. He is survived by his wife Ruth
and two children.
From the Korea Times by Jeffrey Miller, Feature Writer:
Korean War Hero Dies at 88
Raymond G. Davis, a retired U.S. Marine general who was one of America’s most highly-decorated military
officers, died on Wednesday in Georgia after suffering a heart attack. He was 88. Davis, a recipient of
the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor had an impressive military career that spanned over 33 years and
three wars--World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.
He is perhaps best known here in Korea for his valiant efforts during fierce fighting around the Chosin
Reservoir in North Korea in 1950 when he led a battalion of marines over a treacherous mountaintop to
rescue a beleaguered rifle company. For his actions he was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest
American award for heroism. During his military career, he was also awarded the Navy Cross, two
Distinguished Service Medals, two Silver Stars, two Legion of Merit awards, a Bronze Star and a Purple
Heart among his many awards.
President Richard Nixon nominated Davis to the rank of general in 1971. Gen. Davis ended his military
service as assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, the nation's second-highest ranking Marine when he
retired in 1972. After retiring from the military, Davis worked tirelessly for the creation of the Korean
War Veterans Memorial as well as his efforts in the search for the remains of U.S. service members in
North Korea. He was also a board member of the U.S.-Korea 2000 Foundation, Inc., which worked closely with
Korean War veterans and helped to promote a better understanding of the war and its legacy. He is survived
by his wife of 60 years, Willa Knox Davis, two sons, one daughter and seven grandchildren.
Davis, Virgil L.
Virgil L. "Virg" Davis, beloved husband of the late Evelyn Davis, devoted father of Shirley "Sam"
(Eric), Timothy (Pam), Dale "Tony" (Olivia), Thomas (Deb) Davis, also survived by 10 grandchildren and
seven great grandchildren, dear brother of Susan Burgess, died Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at the age of 79.
Funeral services were held at the Naegele, Kleb & Ihlendorf Funeral Home, 3900 Montgomery Rd, Norwood,
Friday, June 1 at 1:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Korean War Memorial Fund, PO Box 2372,
Washington DC 20013-1372.
Davison, Robert A. Sr.
Robert A. Davison Sr., age 81, of North Bristol, Ohio, died
early Monday evening, November 14, 2011, at his home. He
was born October 9, 1930, in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Harold
Marell and Martha Adrianne Sweeney Davison.
Bob served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War,
from 1948-52. He has been self-employed for 50 years, owning
Bob's Welding Service in Bristolville.
Bob was the current master and past master of West Farmington
Western Reserve Masonic Lodge No. 507, where he was a master
mason since 1971. He was also a member and past officer of the
Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Youngstown and a
member of the Aut Mori Grotto in Youngstown.
Bob is survived by his wife, Roberta E. Thorpe Davison, whom
he married December 10, 1953; two daughters, Roberta A. (Les)
Wildman of North Bristol and Rhonda S. (Keith) Camp of
Kingsville; one son, R. Koti Davison of Boseman, Montana; one
stepson, Russell I. Reeves Jr. of North Bristol; seven
grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three
great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Richard Davison of
Lakeland, Florida; three step-siblings, Virginia Howell of
Jefferson, David G. Cummins of Collins, Georgia, and Florence
Martie of Champion; five half-siblings, Ms. Pat Alba of Texas,
Laurel Nye of Ontario, California, Dorothy Roof and Martha
Fritsch, both of Warren and Jim Cummins of Minnesota.
One son, Robert Davison Jr.; one brother, Bill Davison; three
stepsisters, Roberta Risher, Barbara Zollac and Lois Kemmer; and
a half-sister, Marilyn Thorpe; and a half-brother, Tom Cummins,
all have preceded him in death.
The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Nov.
18th, at Shafer-Winans Funeral Chapel in Cortland, with Pastor
Fred Keener officiating. The family will receive friends from 6
to 8 p.m., Thursday, November 17, at the Funeral Home, where
Masonic Services will be conducted at 5:45 p.m. by Western
Reserve Lodge No. 507 F&AM.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to
Western Reserve Masonic Lodge No. 507, 216 W. Main St., West
Farmington, Ohio 44491, in Bob's memory.
Day, Albert Evans
Graveside Services for Albert Evans Day, age 82, of
Brownwood, Texas, will be held Friday, July 06, 2012, at 10:00
a.m. at Bangs Cemetery in Bangs, Texas with Lynn Turnbow
officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday evening at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. He passed away
Sunday, July 01, 2012, in Brownwood, Texas.
Albert was born on October 29, 1929, to Fred and Martha
(Nelson) Day. He was a lifetime member of the Bangs American
Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the VFW. He was a
member of the Masonic Lodge and involved in the Scottish Rite
and Shriners organizations. He was also a member of St. Johns
Church in Brownwood.
Albert enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1958 and took basic
training in Fort Chaffee in Arkansas. He attended several
electronic schools, and served in Korea, Vietnam and Europe. He
earned several medals and awards, including the Meritorious
Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf
clusters, a Vietnam Service Medal with two battle stars, the
Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Medal, and six awards of Good
Conduct Medals. He became an Army Recruiter in Brownwood from
1970 to 1977 and spent the last year of his military career as a
counselor at Ft. Hood. After his retirement from the military,
he served as the Brown County Veterans Service Officer for many
He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Martha Day;
a half-brother, Fred Day Jr.; and a son, Bruce Odell Day. Albert
is survived by two grandchildren, Kelly Etheredge and husband
Scott of Roscoe, Texas, and Sara Jo Newton and husband Jewel of
Lake Brownwood; five great-grandchildren, Sydny, Hunter, Vickie
Jo, Davis, and Alex; a brother, Bob Day and wife Joyce of Bangs,
Texas; and sister, Betty Bartee and husband Don of Lake
Brownwood. He is also survived by numerous nieces and
Daye, Ladais "Laddie" L. Sr.
Ladais “Laddie” L. Daye, Sr. was born April 13, 1930 in,
2022, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in Town and Country, Missouri
while surrounded by the love of his family.
Laddie was a devoted and loving husband to his wife Patricia
Daye for 55 years. Their deep commitment, friendship, and love
for one another has served as a strong foundation for the Daye
family and provides comfort as they grieve his absence from
their lives together. He was a fiercely loving and generous
father to his children and their families, and a present and
loving Papa to his grandchildren.
Laddie had a passion for outdoor activities that he expressed
on the golf course and through regular boating excursions with
family and friends. Memories of his meticulous care of his boat,
serving as “Captain” while his family shared in his love for the
water, and the love and laughter enjoyed with his grandchildren
will forever remain in the hearts of those who loved him. He
loved his family fiercely, laughed with abandon, and modeled
strength and resilience in every area of his life. His quick wit
and twinkle in his eyes were a trademark that brought much joy
to those who shared in his life. Most importantly, he was a man
of faith who devoted his life to deepening his personal
relationship with Jesus Christ which he emulated through his
love for his family, and his service to his church and
Laddie enlisted in the United States Air Force in New Orleans,
Louisiana during the Korean War, where he served as Staff
Sergeant. Laddie attended Louisiana College in Pineville,
Louisiana, where he earned a Bachelor of Science. His passion
for service to others led him to complete graduate work at The
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
He served in the role of area missionary for the State of
Indiana, assisted in organizing new churches, and pastored in
several churches in Indiana before he began his career as an
Investment Broker for Stifel. He was a devoted professional to
each of his clients who trusted his experience, wisdom and his
personal warmth and care.
Laddie and his wife Patricia have been members of the 1st
United Presbyterian Church for over 40 years where he has served
as a church elder, board member of Belleville Christian
Counseling, Sunday school teacher, and a member of the Merry
Mates fellowship group. He volunteered in the Belleville
Memorial Hospital ICU, where he brought a comforting presence to
families in crisis. He was a member of the Gothic Lodge #0852
where he served as a 32nd degree Mason, Kiwanis President in
Muncie, Indiana, and was a member of the Private Pilots Group in
Laddie was proceeded in death by his parents, Arnold L. and Ava
S. Daye; brother, Noble F. Daye; and sons Laddie L. Daye, Jr.
and Dennis Daye. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia
(nee Griffin) Daye; daughters Connie Berkowitz, Julie (Craig)
Eichholz, and Jennifer (Scott Demick) Daye; grandchildren Andrew
(Erin) Eichholz, Emily Eichholz, Nicolas Glover, Jack Cannon,
Ryan (Emily) Kingston, and Erin (Josh) Packwood;
great-grandchildren, Lucy and Emma Kingston, Lucas, Connor and
Nick Packwood; sister-in-law: Norah Griffin; many loving nieces
and nephews and their families.
A celebration of Laddie’s life will be planned at a later
date. Memorial contributions may be made to the local Fellowship
of Christian Athletes (or) 1st United Presbyterian Church of
DeArmond, John Edwin
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In case anyone has wondered what might have happened to my father since his Army days:
Cpl. John Edwin De Armond
born- 22 May 1930
died- 02 June 1995
buried- Caldwell, KS Cemetery
He was born in Byron, Oklahoma, the family moved to Amrita, Oklahoma, Driftwood, Oklahoma, and
finally settled in
Cherokee, Oklahoma when Dad was in grade school. He dropped out of school at the end of his
8th grade year to go to work. He did farm work, and was a mechanic at the Chevy dealership until he was
around 18, then moved to Wichita, Kansas and worked at a meat packing plant. He then worked at
Coleman and finally Boeing, working for the latter for 30 years. He retired at the age of 57. He
was one of the "A" Leads in Tooling and had worked assignments not only in Wichita, Kansas, but also in
Renton, Washington, Everett, Washington0, and Mashau, Louisiana.
He was married to Vivian I. Arterburn in 1953 after returning home from his U.S. Army stint in Japan
and Korea, having served with in the 45th Infantry Division's 189th Field Artillery Battalion, B
Company. They had one child, John E. De Armond II and one grandchild John E. De Armond III.
John Sr. was an avid fisherman, hunter and camper, rock hound and lapidarist. He love working with
his hands, anything from wood, metal to rock. He had the knack and skills to complete what he set
out to build. Unfortunately his life was cut short on 2 June 1995 when he was murdered in Enid,
Oklahoma at the age of 65.
I am his son, and would sincerely like to hear from anyone that served with him so I can learn more
about where they were in Korea and about the life the unit had while there. - Please contact me at
James DeBoer died July 19, 2001. He was born in
Jefferson County, Colorado on August 13, 1931, to Jacob and Ina
He served with the army's 1st armored engineers (the 'cotton
bailers') from 1950 until 1951. When they shipped him to
Korea he was in the Fox Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry
Division at Outposts King and Queen. He came home in 1952. He
was called "Tex", "Red Dog", and "Rebel". He was ranked as
a staff sergeant. He served under Lieutenant Cardoza.
He married Naomi Tucker on December 29, 1951, and they lived in
Denver. They moved to0 Hillsboro in 1976. He worked at
Marshall’s. He belonged to Bethel Full Gospel Church in Forest
Grove and was Pastor of Valley Rose Tabernacle Church for 12
years, with his wife, Naomi. He enjoyed crocheting and
sharing the gospel with others.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi DeBoer; brothers,
Jake, John and Joseph DeBoer. He was survived by his
children, James DeBoer, Pamela DeBoer, Ruth Kintz, and Daniel
DeBoer; sisters, Mary Scott and Eleanor Pierce; 11
grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Dechert, Louis Tarleton Sr.
Louis Tarleton Dechert, Sr., age 86, went to his heavenly
home surrounded by family and music on October 21, 2017. He was
born January 18, 1931 in Junction, Texas to parents Clarence and
Bea Fisher Dechert. He is survived by Marietta, his wife of 68
Deborah Jackson of San Antonio, son Louis T. Dechert, Jr. (Paula
Sue) of Perkins, Oklahoma, 6 grandchildren and 14 great
He was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1952 and retired in
1973 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During his Army
career, he served in the Korean War and spent four
tours of duty in Vietnam. He also served in South America and
Germany. He was proudest of becoming a Green Beret. He was
awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star of Valor, the
Bronze Star for Merit, the Purple Heart and awards and
commendations from the Korean,
Vietnamese and Bolivian governments. He authored numerous
articles in military and secular journals.
After retirement, he consulted with international refugee
organizations regarding relief and refugee issues following the
Vietnam War. He served as International Director of the
Christian Missionary Alliance (CMA) and National Evangelical
Associations relief project, OPERATION HEARTBEAT. He recruited,
trained and directed staffs at five refugee sponsoring offices
in the United States, Canada and Guam. HEARTBEAT located
sponsors for over 25,000 refugees, and the procedures and
techniques pioneered then continue to be utilized by the United
States’ and United Nations’ refugee and rural development
LTC Dechert was ordained as a CMA pastor in 1988. In 2004, he
was elected President, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA), a
national veterans corporation affiliated with the International
Federation of Korean War Veterans. He continued serving KWVA
He was the great great grandson of John Berry, hero/survivor
of the Battle of San Jacinto and a proud member of the Sons of
the Texas Republic. He loved the Hill Country, its hillsides
covered with bluebonnets and mesquite, and being part of a large
German clan. He was blessed to have many friends and will be
Once a soldier,
always a soldier.
Alexander Delecaris, 91, passed away January 30, 2022. Born
in Canton, Ohio on May 25, 1930, his parents were Kyriacos and
Antigone Delecaris, who were Greek immigrants that left their
homes in Ordou, Turkey and moved to Kavala, Greece. They made
the voyage to New York City and settled in Canton in the early
1920s. They moved again to Haverhill, Massachusetts when Alex
was two or three years old.
He had an older sister, Helen, and an older brother, Tasso
(Antonio). Alex learned how to speak Greek when he was four
years old because his parents would only speak Greek in the
house. He also learned how to speak Japanese when he was in the
military while stationed in Japan in the late 1940s-early 1950s.
He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1946, which officially
became the Air Force in 1947. He was only 16 years old when he
enlisted, lying about his age saying he was 18 years old. He was
bored with high school and decided to enlist in the military.
After boot camp, he was sent to Japan and then to South Korea
from 1946 until 1951, before being transferred back to the
Alex was a cryptographer in the Air Force during the Korean War.
He served in the 5th Air Force division that was led by General
Douglas McArthur of the United Nations Command Forces. While
stationed in Japan in the late 1940s, Alex was part of a select
unit of military personnel that worked specifically for General
Alex was awarded numerous commendation medals during his 20
years of service in the U.S. Air Force including several World
War II medals and the Korean War Service medal. He served in the
Air Force from 1946 until 1967, retiring with the rank of
He married Diana Avgides in 1958 in Belleville, Illinois. He was
stationed at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis in 1958, where his
first son, Karl, was born in 1959. He was transferred to
Honolulu, Hawaii where his second son, Frank, was born in 1962.
He moved back to Illinois in 1963, where his daughter Maria was
born in 1966 at Scott Air Force base, in the St. Louis area.
After he retired from the military, he was hired by Southwestern
Bell Telephone Company in 1967 and worked for SWB for 20 years,
retiring in 1987. He was a network manager and was credited with
saving the company 40 million dollars in the mid 80s with a
project that he directed and led his team. The project he
spearheaded in his department was one of his proudest
accomplishments in his life. He received an esteemed award from
the CEO of the company at the time for his innovative marketing
idea that was presented to him at a corporate awards ceremony in
Alex moved his family to Kansas City, Missouri in 1968 when the
department he was involved in with SWB transferred him there. He
was a 1974 graduate of Avila College in Kansas City, where he
earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was on the Avila Alumni
Board of Directors in the late 70s and early 80s. He was a
member of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in South
Kansas City and served on the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Board
as well. Alex was also a Jackson County Election Board judge.
After his first wife, Diana, died in 1981, he remarried in 1983
to his second wife, Teddy, and divorced in 1987.
While in Hawaii for the Air Force, Alex met Elvis Presley, who
was performing two shows in Honolulu to raise money for the
Pearl Harbor memorial in 1961. Alex was in a staging crew of
military personnel involved with setting up the concert in the
auditorium that Elvis performed in and met him during a meet and
greet event before the show. From then on, Elvis was his
favorite music artist. Alex also liked rock and country music
artists and bands.
Alex’s hobbies included photography, which he planned to do
professionally if he was not hired by the SWB. He was a
part-time NBA basketball scorekeeper at St. Louis Hawks games in
the 1960s. He knew several of the Celtics basketball players and
worked alongside the long-time radio announcer for the Boston
Celtics, Johnny Most, who was a friend of his and got him the
scorekeeper job when the Celtics played the Hawks in St. Louis.
Alex was a Boston Red Sox fan and Boston Celtics fan as well as
a Kansas City Royals and Chiefs fan. Alex was an avid coin
collector. He also had an extensive collection of movies. He
enjoyed traveling extensively. He was very skilled at building
cabinets, bookshelves, tables, desks, and other woodworking
Later in life, Alex liked to tell amusing stories about his
military past. He was extremely proud to have served in the
military, particularly the U.S. Air Force. The last few years of
his life, he would wear a U.S. Air Force ball cap everyday and
liked to salute everyone he would see. He enjoyed being a family
man and raising three kids along with his wife, Diana.
He is survived by his sons, Karl Delecaris of St. Louis, Frank
Delecaris of Kansas City, and his daughter Maria of Lee’s
Summit, Missouri; two grandchildren, Nick Delecaris of
Indianapolis, Indiana and Diana Delecaris of St. Louis,
Missouri; his niece Lynn Delecaris of St. Ignatius, Montana; his
nephew Steven Dubanevich of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and two
great grandchildren, Peter Delecaris and Sophia Delecaris of
Visitation in Kansas City was from 2:30-4:30 p.m., with a
Trisagion service at 2:30 p.m., followed by military honors on
Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251
Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, Missouri. Services in Illinois were
under the direction of Kassly Funeral Home. Visitation will be
11AM-12PM, Thursday, February 10 at Kassly Funeral Home, 9900
St. Claire Ave., Fairview Heights, Illinois, with funeral
services to follow at 12:30 p.m., at St. Constantine and Helen
Greek Orthodox Church, 405 Huntwood Road, Swansea, Illinois.
Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, 9401 W. Main St. Belleville,
Dennis, Vernon L.
Vernon L. Dennis, 90, of Fairview Heights, Illinois, born
Friday, October 21, 1932, in Eldorado, Illinois, passed away
Monday, December 26, 2022 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint
Vernon worked as a Supervisor for Monsanto Chemical Company.
He was a proud United States Air Force veteran serving during
the Korean War. He was a member of Gothic Lodge #852 AF&AM,
Scottish Rite Bodies where he received his 33rd in 1984, past
Most Wise Master - Fraternal Secretary, as well as past board of
directors and treasurer, and Ainad Shrine, Order of Demolay/Cross
of Honor. Vernon also belonged to the Elks Lodge #664 in
Fairview Heights, was the past trustee of Canteen Township, and
past chairman of Southwest Regional Port Authority.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances "Bonnie"
Kleinschnittger Dennis; son, Ronald Dennis; daughter, Kathleen
S. Collins; parents, Ezera and Ruby Hobgood Dennis. Surviving
are his son-in-law, James Collins of Belleville, Illinois;
sister, Lou Prodrasky of Chicago, Illinois; three grandchildren,
Kristin (A.J.) Scharf of Millstadt, Illinois, Joseph Holliday of
Shiloh, Illinois, Sarah (Scott) Scoggan of Quincy, Illinois;
five great-grandchildren, T.J. Scharf, Makenzie Scharf,
Johnathan Holliday, Madison Holliday and Collins Scoggan;
brother-in-law, Rich Crowe; niece, Sally Crowe; nephew, David
Crowe; and many dear nieces and nephews.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the
Children's Dyslexia Center-Southern Illinois. Visitation:
Visitation from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Friday, December 30th, 2022
at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville. Special Services: A
Masonic Service will be held at 5:30 pm, Friday, December 30th,
2022 at Kurrus Funeral Home. Funeral: A Memorial Service will be
held at 6:00 pm, Friday, December 30th, 2022, at Kurrus Funeral
Home, with Rev. Karen Oplt officiating. Interment: A procession
will leave Kurrus Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at
10:15 am for interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
in St. Louis, Missouri.
dePyssler, Steven L.
Col. Steven L. dePyssler, 101, died of complications from
coronavirus on July 25, 2020. Called the "unofficial mayor
of Barksdale Air Force Base, he was the only known American
veteran to have served in four wars.
He was born in Chicago on July 21, 1919, but considered the
military as his home. Colonel dePyssler began his military
career serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He later
transferred to the U.S. Air Force and went on to serve in the
Korean War, the French Indochina War, and the Vietnam War, as
well as at the Bay of Pigs Invasion (on loan to the CIA) and the
Dominican Republic conflict. He held every enlisted, warrant
officer and officer rank during his career from the rank of
private to colonel during his over 38 years of active duty.
After his retirement, dePyssler worked in the Retirees Office
at Louisiana’s Barksdale Air Force Base for 40 years and was the
office’s director for more than 30 of those years. Saying his
goal was to help at least one person each day, dePyssler helped
veterans get their VA benefits, as well as assisting widows of
veterans. He continued working all his life, coming to the base
to help veterans even after his 100th birthday in 2019. He
volunteered at the Director of the Retiree Activities Office,
Barksdale AFB from 1988 to 2020. His legacy including initiating
action for the Northwest LA Veteran’s Home in Bossier City, War
Memorial in front of the Bossier City Complex and the Fallen
Soldier Cross Monument in the NW LA Veteran’s Cemetery.
The colonel was an avid golfer and sportsman. Very few people
knew that he played basketball on a scholarship with Loyola
University in Chicago before going into the service in 1941. He
had a tryout with the Chicago Bulls pro basketball team in the
NBA, but was just too small. He was the Illinois State Amateur
Boxing Champion and lost in the finals of the Armed Forces
National Boxing Championships. This was his last fight and only
loss in his career. He was very proud to have played with the
March AFB basketball team that was made up of mostly the West
Point Academy Basketball team. The team won the AF Championship
and Steve was selected and played on the All-Air Force team.
Colonel dePyssler was also a past president of the Ark-La-Tex
Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).
He graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago and credits
them with giving him the right kind of education and guidance to
have enabled him to lead such a worthwhile and pleasurable life.
Colonel dePyssler is survived by his loving wife, Gloria of 75
years whom he loved deeply and who should be credited with every
worthwhile thing that Steve ever accomplished. She is a very
special person who loves her family, nature and all living
things. Other survivors include daughters Carol Wendt of Evans,
Georgia and Stephanie Hoestra of Prescott, Arizona; son Dr.
Bruce dePyssler of Carrboro, North Carolina; and two grandsons,
Kevin Wendt of Newnan, Georgia and Darian Wendt of Grove City,
The family requests memorials may be made to the “Steve
dePyssler, Mt. Carmel HS Scholarship Fund” at Community
DesPain, Robert "Bob" Lee
Robert "Bob" Lee DesPain, a lifelong resident of
Collinsville, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, February 23,
2022, at Eden Village Care Center in Glen Carbon, Illinois.
Bob was born on October 5, 1929, in Collinsville to the late
Charles and Anne (nee Guenther) DesPain. He graduated from
Collinsville High School in 1947, then attended St. Louis
University until he was drafted into the Army (Korean War) in
1951. He was honorably discharged in 1954 as 1st Lieutenant.
While both working at Swift & Company, Bob met Betty
Wilkirson, from East St. Louis. They were married on May 31,
1952. Bob was employed by New York Life as an insurance agent,
earning the designation Chartered Life Underwriter. In 1982, he
opened DesPain Investment Solutions with his son Don. He served
as the chairman of the planning commission and was the Finance
Commissioner for the City of Collinsville. Bob was past
President of the Lions Club and Collinsville Jaycees. He served
on the committee for the new high school and the opening of
Oliver C. Anderson Hospital. Bob was a champion of government
Bob was very proud of his sons and their families. He enjoyed
being part of their lives, celebrating their interest, passions,
He was preceded in death by his parents, his two sisters,
Doris DesPain and Charlene Keller and her husband, Bob. He is
survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Betty DesPain; three
sons: David (Susan) DesPain of Ladue, Missouri, Don (Peggy)
DesPain of Collinsville, and Doug (Rebecca) DesPain of Freeburg,
Illinois; five grandchildren: Bobby (Angelica) DesPain, Maggie
(Kent) Dunson, Jimmy DesPain, Donny (Miranda) DesPain and Meghan
(Josh) Klaas; five great-grandchildren: Warren, Eloise, Holty,
Emma and Ella; two nephews: Kenny (Linda) Keller and Craig
(Tina) Keller, numerous great nieces and nephews.
Upon his request, Bob was cremated and private services were
held. Donations may be made to Collinsville Faith in Action and
will be received at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 N. Center
Street, Maryville, Illinois 62062.
Dibben, Darrell Wallace "Dib"
Darrell (Dib) Wallace Dibben was born March 30, 1930, to
Esther and Wallace Dibben in Flandreau, South Dakota. He died
April 12, 2020, from complications of the COVID-19 virus.
Darrell graduated from the University of South Dakota and earned
his graduate degree from the University of Iowa. He was a proud
veteran of the Korean War. He was stationed in Korea and Hawaii
where he worked as a communication specialist. Darrell taught
high school in Emmetsburg, Iowa, for 6 years. He married
Marjorie Tesdahl Meyerholz November 19, 1960. In 1965, he began
his 30-year tenure at Dana College where he taught
communications, language arts, and education classes. He was
instrumental in starting the Dana College radio station KDCVFM
and remained the manager and advisor until his retirement in
1995. He loved teaching, but his great passion was mentoring
students. One of his proudest moments was being voted "Professor
of the Year" by the student body in 1988. He continued his
passion for mentoring by being a part of the TeamMates program
for many years after his retirement. Darrell was an active
member of First Lutheran Church for 54 years where he served on
many committees including Church Council President and the
Stephan Ministry Program. He is survived by four children:
Sherri Meyerholz Andersen, Shelli Meyerholz Mosser (Tim), David
Dibben (Jann), and Daniel Dibben (Merri). He is survived by 9
grandchildren: Scott Andersen, Brian Andersen (Lynn), Lori
Andersen Connelly (Brian), Lindsey Northwall Lind (Matt), Andrew
Northwall (Staci), Kelsie Dibben, Derek Dibben, Ryan Dibben, and
Molly Dibben. He is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and
4 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
parents; wife, Marge; sisters, Rosemary Aus and Adele Olssen;
and one grandchild, Amy Northwall. Memorials are suggested in
Darrell's name to First Lutheran Church or Open Door Mission.
Online condolences may be left at www.campbellaman.com. A
Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Diehl, Robert (Bob)
Bob Diehl died October 27, 2006 after fighting cancer for the last five years. He served in the
2nd Platoon (7th Marines) in Korea December 1951 to December 1952. His widow lives in Elgin, IL.
Dillon, William J. Jr.
William J. Dillon, Jr., 86, died Wednesday, November 30,
2016, surrounded by family at the Lebanon Medical Center Hospice
after a long illness. He taught area children chess at local
libraries and schools. He was the devoted husband of the late
June Theresa Dillon after 53 years of marriage.
William was born in Brooklyn, NY and attended the School of
Industrial Arts in New York City where he met June. He served in
the U.S. Army infantry as a Corporal in the Korean War where he
was awarded the Military Order of the Purple Heart. After his
honorable military discharge, he and June raised their family on
Long Island and later moved to Pennsylvania in their retirement.
Mr. Dillon was formerly the Facilities Manager at the Oaks
Condominiums and served on the board of directors. He retired as
a Fire Safety Inspector at the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant and
had worked most of his life in construction, including
construction of New York’s World Trade Center in the 1970’s.
Besides chess, Mr. Dillon enjoyed fishing and wood crafts.
Family includes: Deborah and Wayne Irvin of Lancaster,
Patricia Dillon of Pottstown, Thomas Dillon of Stroudsburg, and
Michael, who was stillborn. Loving grandchildren include:
Jennifer and Ralfael Contes of Lititz, PA; Rachael and Kevin
Eschleman of Leola, PA; Rebeccah Dillon of Asheville, NC; Thalia
Dillon of the Bronx, NY; Nicholas and Marcus Dillon of
Stroudsburg, PA; and Elizabeth Roberts of Lititz, PA.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM Wednesday,
December 7, 2016 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 E.
Delp Rd., Lancaster with the Rev. Dan Powell as Celebrant.
Burial will follow in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at 1:30
PM. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday,
December 6, 2016 at Charles F. Snyder, Jr Funeral Home &
Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz.
In lieu of flowers, William would be honored to have
donations made in his name to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box
4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.
Dillow, Homer "Gene"
Lt. Col. Homer "Gene" Dillow, USAF Ret., born on February 27,
1929, in Dongola, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, August 5,
2021. Gene attended Southern Illinois University,
Carbondale, Illinois, before joining the United States Air
Force. While stationed in Japan, he met his wife Jane.
He was a navigator and flew support mission in Korea, French
Indochina, and special air missions with the 89th Military
Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base during President
Kennedy's and President Johnson's administrations. Gene
also flew with Air Rescue in Hawaii, as well as support missions
for Apollo moon missions. He was the Director for the Air
Force Rescue Center in Southeast Asia and received the Korean
Service medal and a Bronze Star.
Gene enjoyed carpentry as well as furniture repair and
refinishing. He went on to teach aerospace and industrial
arts classes at O'Fallon Township High School from 1979 to 1983.
Gene loved to tell stories about his travels around the world,
golfing, and he always rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Reva "Jane"
Cuthbert Dillow; his daughter, Mary Lynn Bown; his parents,
Walter E. and Louise Dillow; birth mother, Ethel Ruth Knupp
Dillow; and his sister, Anita Ruth Mitchell.
Gene is survived by his daughter, Dee Ann (Jon) Johnson; his
son, Bruce (Kathy) Dillow; his grandchildren, Melissa, JoBeth,
Jordan, Kristina, Nicholas, Riley, and Randy; six
great-grandson; his sister, Lura Dene Parke; and his brother,
Gene and Jane's cremated remains will be interred at the Mt.
Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Dongola,
Illinois, with private family graveside services at a later
date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Mt.
Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Dongola, P.O. Box 383,
Dongola, Illinois 62926, or your favorite charity.
Dinan, Paul "Babe"
Paul “Babe” Dinan, 93, passed away on Thursday, December 8,
2022, at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey after a brief
Born in Dobbs Ferry, New York, he grew up in
Irvington-on-Hudson. He met his wife of 57 years, Susan, while
employed in Burlington, Vermont for the Kimberly-Clarke Corp. In
1973, he joined his brother’s Madison Avenue firm, Dinaco, Inc.
and moved to Westfield, New Jersey. Dinaco’s specialty was
point-of-purchase advertising for major corporations like Exxon,
PepsiCo and Titleist.
Paul was a standout athlete at Irvington High School where his
record for the 100-yard dash still stands. He received athletic
scholarships to both NC State and, later, Utah State, where he
graduated with a degree in education. At both colleges, he
excelled in football and baseball. A knee injury prevented him
from pursuing inquiries from the NY Giants, the Chicago Bears
and the San Francisco 49ers. He also had a tryout with the
Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field and played a year of
professional baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates farm team.
Paul then served in the US Army during the Korean War.
During his corporate career, he became an avid golfer and a
member of Burlington Country Club. Although he didn’t start
playing golf until his 30s, he had three hole-in-ones.
He will be remembered for his razor-sharp wit, sense of humor
and easy-going personality. His friendships were long and true.
Surviving are his wife, Susan Edwards Dinan; his sons, Paul
Dinan, Jr. and Tim Dinan (and his wife, Jill); his grandson,
Teddy; his daughter, Tracey Dinan (and her husband, Noel). He
was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Therese, and his
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Irvington
DiPiano, Rocco J. Sr.
Rocco J. Di Piano, Sr., 80, of Springfield, died at HCR Manor Care of Mountainside on Wednesday,
December 9, 2009. The visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, in Paul
Ippolito Summit Memorial, 7 Summit Ave., Summit. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday,
Dec. 14, in Our Lady of Peace Church, 111 South St., New Providence, followed by the interment in St.
Teresa’s Cemetery, Summit.
Mr. Di Piano was born and raised in Summit and lived in New Providence for 38 years before moving to
Springfield 10 years ago.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Marie (nee Renzulli) of Springfield; his sons, Rocco, Jr. and
his wife Caryl of Fanwood, Michael of Summit, and a daughter Denise Di Piano and her husband, Bob Lynn, of
Budd Lake; grandchildren Rocco, III and Monique Magness and great-granddaughter Cora Magness. He is also
survived by his brothers Jerome and John De Piano and sisters, Carol Gamba and Helen Ingaro. He was
predeceased by his siblings Adolph, Alphonso, Jr., Leonard, Jenny Fornaro and Lorraine Terhune.
Di Piano was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He served in active duty combat from 1951-53, during
which time he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. After his release from active duty he went on to
serve in the Army Reserves from 1953-57. In addition to the Purple Heart, he was also the recipient of two
Bronze Star medals and the Distinguished Service Cross, among other commendations. He was a member of the
American Legion Post 433 in New Providence, where he was a past Commander and American Legion Post 228 in
Mr. Di Piano was the owner and operator of RDP Landscaping in Summit for 44 years before retiring in
1996. He was an avid baseball fan and was a coach for the American Legion Baseball, winning a state
championship in the 1970’s. He also played for and coached in the Summit Men’s Fast Pitch Softball League
for 50 years.
In lieu of flowers please make donations in his memory to Deborah Hospital, 200 Trenton Road, Browns
Mills, N.J. 08015.
Doan, James C.
James C. Doan died August 1, 1998. He served in Korea January 9, 1951 through May 9, 1952.
Dodge, George Franklin "Sonny"
George Franklin “Sonny” Dodge, age 84, died on Tuesday,
October 23, 2012 at Norwood Hospital, surrounded by the comfort
of his loving family.
Born in Norwood on September 4, 1928, George proudly served
his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He
and Georgette, his devoted wife of 58 years, were married in
Foxborough on April 2, 1954.
George was employed for many years with the former Foxborough
State Hospital, retiring from the Maintenance Department in
1993. Known as a tireless worker, he would often serve in other
positions as well and become a familiar face as a baker at the
former Donut Kettle in Foxborough center. An avid reader in his
later years, He enjoyed history, real-life adventure and current
events. He also was a life-long NASCAR enthusiast and serious
collector of vintage die-cast model vehicles. George was a
simple man, private and humble, content in his role as a proud
and devoted, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his loving wife Georgette M. (Theberge)
Dodge, children Gerald Dodge of Connecticut, Michael and
Christopher Dodge, both of N. Attleboro and Lori Dodge of
Sandwich. George was the devoted grandfather of Gerry Dodge,
Jr., Amber Dodge-Bengston and Derek Dodge, and proud Great
grandfather of Nathan and Reagan Bengston. In addition, he was a
loving brother to Dixie Ferrini of Norton and the late Robert
Dodge, and beloved cousin of Nancy Quinn of Florida.
Dolvin, Welborn G.
he tenth child and fifth son of James B. and Lily Griffin
Dolvin, Welborn was born on the family farm on 8 February 1916
in Greene County, Georgia, where his father was a respected
“cotton and cattleman.” He died May 17, 1991 in
His early years were idyllic; he learned early to love the
land and its many products. An older sister taught him and other
farm children in a one-room school, the Dolvin School, located
on the family farm. He became an avid hunter and fisherman and
spent long hours exploring the countryside; he carried these
interests all his life. After graduating from the nearby
Greensboro High School, he went to The Citadel in Charleston for
two years, until he was appointed to West Point by Congressman
Brown of Georgia's 10th District.
The Citadel experience made life at USMA easy for Tom, as he
was soon nicknamed by his classmates; this name was then his
chosen one for life. No doubt his Georgia heritage and love of
the outdoors prompted him to select Infantry, with his first
station at Benning in Company E, 29th Infantry Regiment. Soon
bitten by the ‘armour bug,’ he transferred to the 67th Infantry,
a medium tank regiment, as a platoon leader and company
commander for 33 months, to include the Louisiana Maneuvers. In
the fall of 1941, Tom moved to a light tank battalion as both
battalion operations and intelligence officer. A year later, he
was promoted to major and ordered to Africa, where Tom became
the battalion executive on arrival at Casablanca. Fighting first
in support of the 3d Infantry Division in Morocco, his battalion
then fought with the 45th Infantry Division at Salerno, and then
to Italy, serving with the 34th, 85th and 88th Divisions at such
battles as the Liberation of Naples, the Battle of Monte Cassino,
and the Liberation of Rome.
In July 1944, Tom joined yet another battalion, the 191st
Medium Tank Battalion, as the battalion commander; they
supported the 45th Division at the invasion of Southern France.
Promoted to lieutenant colonel in October 1944, Tom’s battalion
supported the 45th Division through France and into Germany,
with the capture of Munich their last battle.
After almost three years in Africa, Italy, France and
Germany, Tom was ordered home in November 1945 to the Infantry
School, as chairman of the Armor Group. Here Tom instructed and
took some instruction himself, winning both his Parachute and
Glider Wings and, more importantly, winning the hand in marriage
of Cynthia Kent Burress, daughter of the Infantry School
Commandant, Major General Withers A. Burress. Having
demonstrated his leadership and winning ways to the FOLLOW ME
troops, Tom then transferred to Armor in 1949 and took his new
bride to enjoy student life at Leavenworth.
Graduation and the Korean War found most students on orders
to Japan; Tom was ordered to organize and take into combat a new
tank battalion, the 89th. This battalion, also soon known as
Task Force Dolvin, had all the early day experiences—the
withdrawal, holding the Pusan perimeter, the break-out and
pursuit as part of the 25th Division. Later, he supported the 1
st Cavalry Division and the British Commonwealth Brigade in the
drive to the Yalu, before rejoining the 25th Division. The
actions in covering the withdrawal of the 25th Division across
the Congchon River was a very significant one and is well
covered in S. L. A. Marshall’s book, The River and the Gauntlet.
After 11 months of hard combat, Tom was promoted to colonel and
reassigned as chief of staff of the 25th Division. Tom’s
contributions were also recognized by the awards of the
Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star (four times) and
the Legion of Merit.
Returning to the United States, he spent two years in Army
R&D, then attended the Army War College, served as G-3 of the
Armor Center, and later as director of the Command and Staff
Department of the Armor School. The Dolvins returned to
Washington, DC for another R&D tour of three years before Tom
assumed command of Combat Command A, 4th Armored Division, in
Here again, Tom’s fierce competitive spirit was evidenced in
the accomplishments of his units in tactics, gunnery,
maintenance, administration and athletics, where “Coach Dolvin”
produced the regimental-level theater championship football
team. His promotion to brigadier general in 1961 brought orders
to the NATO Headquarters, LANDCENT, in Fontainbleau, as the G-3
for two busy and happy years.
The Dolvins returned to Fort Knox, where Tom served one year
as assistant commandant before joining R&D again as the
Department of the Army Program Manager of the joint US-F. R. G.
Main Battle Tank Program, as a major general. After three years,
Tom was selected to command the 3d Armored Division in Germany,
a two year tour. Building on Tom’s European experience with both
U.S. and NATO units, the Army chose him to be the Chief of
Staff, Central Army Group.
Vietnam, and Big Abe, called, and Tom served over a year as
Chief of Staff for MAC-V, before being promoted to lieutenant
general and assuming command of the Army’s XXIV Corps
in-country. A year later, Tom moved his family to Japan and took
over as Commander, US Forces Japan before retiring in 1975,
after 36 years of commissioned service.
He continued serving in two important semi-diplomatic posts:
First as the DoD Representative and Advisor to Ambassador Bunker
on the critical Panama Canal Treaty Negotiations, and second, as
the Chairman, JCS’ Representative to the Mutual Balanced Force
Reductions Talks in Vienna, Austria. On his reretirement in
1982, Tom was awarded the DoD Distinguished Civilian Service
Award for these two concurrent positions.
Tom went back to the land, purchasing and successfully
managing three tree farms in Georgia and Virginia and winning
the title of “Tree Farmer of the Year” from the Virginia
Forestry Association in 1986.
Even in this era when we all served, Tom’s exemplary service
and accomplishments are legend. Twenty months as a battalion
commander in two wars, 70 months overseas in combat roles, and
his numerous awards, to include the Distinguished Service Cross,
four Distinguished Service Medal’s, four Silver Stars, Legion of
Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor,
the Air Medal, three Purple Hearts, the Army and JSC
Commendation Medals, the United States Distinguished Unit
Citation, plus multiple awards from France, Germany, South Korea
and South Vietnam all attest to his many military capabilities.
The final award from our government, the DoD Distinguished
Civilian Service Award, proved his versatility. Fifteen
campaigns in three wars make Tom an honored and valuable member
of the Long Gray Line. As one of his soldiers said, “What a
Tom is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mrs. Cynthia Burress
Dolvin; three children: W. G. Dolvin, Jr., Charles A. Dolvin,
and Mrs. Virginia Dolvin Peabody; two sisters, Mrs. Ann Dolvin
Rozier and Mrs. Lily Dolvin Marsh; and five grandchildren.
A tremendous competitor and contributor, Tom’s international
service and battlefield accomplishments add luster to the Class
of 1939, to the Military Academy itself, and surely to the Anny
and the Nation that we all revere.
We remember him with pride, gratitude and love. —W. D.
Donahue, James Keefe
James Keefe Donahue, former president and CEO of Industrial
Shows of America Inc. who also was producer of the International
Auto Show and Chesapeake Bay Boat Show, died June 23, 2011 of heart
failure at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Lutherville
resident was 88.
Mr. Donahue was born and raised in Arlington, Mass., and was
a 1942 graduate of Belmont High School. He enlisted in the
Army in 1943 and served with an infantry unit in Europe,
receiving a battlefield commission. At the Battle of the Bulge,
he established a roadblock that held off the advance of a German
unit. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star and was
discharged with the rank of lieutenant in 1946.
Mr. Donahue was working as a professional minor league
baseball umpire when he was recalled to active duty in 1951
during the Korean War. While serving with Company F, 23rd
Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, Mr. Donahue
led an attack on enemy bunkers, "firing his weapon with deadly
accuracy inflicting numerous casualties on the foe. Inspired by
bravery under fire, his men rose as one and resumed their attack
until the objective was secure," read the Silver Star citation
that was presented for "gallantry in action."
Discharged in 1952, he returned to Boston, where he was a
salesman for the Thomas Edison Dictaphone Co., and then
established a public relations firm in 1956. While working
for Dictaphone, Mr. Donahue met his future wife, the former Jean
Morrison, when he tried to sell her boss a Dictaphone. While he
didn't make the sale, he won the woman, whom he married in 1953.
In conjunction with the Boston Herald newspaper, he produced
numerous trade shows in the Boston area. In 1974, he moved to
Baltimore when he established Industrial Shows of America Inc.,
the International Auto Show and 25 other industrial and machine
tool shows throughout the U.S. and Mexico. At the time he
sold the business to Penton Media and retired, his company was
the largest privately owned trade show company in the nation,
said his daughter, Susan Donahue Cross of Lutherville.
He enjoyed playing golf and vacationing at a second home on
Cape Cod. He was a member of the Eastward Ho Club. Mr.
Donahue was a communicant of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart
Roman Catholic Church in Mount Washington.
There are no services. Interment will be later this summer at
Arlington National Cemetery. In addition to his wife and
daughter, surviving are another daughter, Janice Donahue of
Lutherville; and two grandchildren.
[Source: Baltimore Sun]
Donaldson, Milton H. "Mickey" (1932-2016 )
Milton H. (Mickey) Donaldson, age 84, passed away peacefully
after an extended illness on December 16, 2016 in Gaithersburg,
Maryland, his home since 2012. Dr. Donaldson was born in
Bessemer, Alabama. He was predeceased by his parents, Roy
Maxwell Donaldson and Ruby Caldwell Donaldson, of Bessemer,
Upon graduation from Tuscaloosa (Alabama) High School in
1950, he joined the US Marine Corps in 1951 during the Korean
War. He was wounded in Korea while serving as a member of
the "Baker Bandits".
He graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and
obtained his medical degree from Tulane University Medical
School in 1959. Internship in Saginaw, Michigan was
followed by Pediatric Residency at Charity Hospital (New
Orleans) and private practice. After Fellowships at the
University of Virginia he became an Assistant Professor there.
In 1970 he became an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the
University of Pennsylvania’s Children’s Hospital of
Philadelphia. While there he helped establish the first Ronald
McDonald House. From 1976 to 1980 Dr. Donaldson was Vice
President of Cancer Control, Training and Education of the Fox
Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. He then established the
Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Cooper
Hospital/University Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey. In
1983 he was instrumental in starting the 51st Ronald McDonald
House in Camden, where he served as Chairman of the Board until
his retirement to Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Dr. Donaldson held memberships in numerous local, state,
national and international medical societies and organizations,
plus was widely regarded by the many patients, families,
colleagues and students he touched throughout his medical
career. He was honored by Villanova University with its Praxis
Award in Professional Ethics in 2011 and by the Tulane Medical
Alumni Association for exemplary community service.
Dear to his heart was serving on the Session of Community
Presbyterian Church in Pinehurst. He also had the privilege of
being a member of the oldest golfing society in the country –
The Tin Whistles – and had three holes-in-one. He was a charter
member of the Sandhills Marine Corps League in North Carolina.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 63 years, Christine Orso
Donaldson; his children, Michael Donaldson (Dorothy) of
Monrovia, Maryland, and Dawn Donaldson Lowrie (Richard) of
Bethesda, Maryland; as well as grandchildren, Andrew and Matthew
Lowrie and Maxwell and Philip Donaldson.
Burial and memorial service will be at a later date in
Pinehurst. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions
to Community Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1449, Pinehurst,
North Carolina 28374; or to the Ronald McDonald House of
Southern New Jersey, 550 Mickle Blvd, Camden, New Jersey 08103.
Dooley, Martin Joseph Jr.
Martin Joseph Dooley Jr., 92 of Belleville, Illinois, and
formerly of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on Saturday,
April 23, 2022 at his home. Martin was born on September 15,
1929 in St. Louis, the son of the late Martin J. and Edna (MCabe)
Martin was a machinist for McDonnell Douglas and Boeing Aircraft
and proudly served his country in the United States Army during
the Korean War. He was a long-time and active member of St.
Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City where he was a member
of the Holy Name Society, a member of the Granite City Knights
of Columbus and the Granite City Elks Lodge 1063. Martin was a
graduate of the St. Louis University High School Class of 1948.
He was a well known accomplished athlete, excelling in swimming
and diving. He loved all sports, especially golf, where a scored
3 holes-in-one. He was a soccer coach and was always ready for a
good game of basketball, football or a baseball game. Martin
loved to be outside where he enjoyed his days of fishing or just
spending time with his family. Martin will be remembered for the
love of his family and all the special times they shared
Martin is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Helen D. (Kayser)
Dooley, whom he married on May 10, 1950; daughters, Mary and Jim
Payne of Parker, Colorado, Patricia “Patty” and Bob Gregory of
Belleville; sons, Marty and Joan Dooley of Ft. Collins,
Colorado, Daniel J. and Pam Dooley of Morton, Illinois;
grandchildren, Caitlin Dooley, Meaghan Dooley, Henry Dooley,
Matthew Dooley; great-grandchildren, Zoey Balcer, Alex Balcer,
Mazzy Balcer; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Sweeny Balcer Jochens
and many other close family members and friends.
In addition to his parents, Martin was preceded in death by his
grandson; Christian Balcer; sisters, Patricia Dooley, Jane
Dooley Smith, Rose Dooley Skillman; brother, James Dooley.
In celebration of Martin’s life, a visitation will be held on
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the
services at 12:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2300
Pontoon Road in Granite City with Fr. Alfred Tumwesigye
officiating. Memorial donations are suggested to Beverly Farm
Foundation, 6301 Humbert Road, Godfrey, Illinois 62035. Beverly
Farm Foundation is a loving, caring home for adults with
developmental disabilities, providing each individual with
physical and emotional security and a dignified quality of life,
with opportunities and challenges, within each individual’s
functional capabilities. Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in
Granite City is serving the family.
Dornfried, Robert Bertrum Sr.
Robert Bertrum Dornfried Sr., 86, of Kensington, Connecticut,
loving husband of Margaret Ann (Creamer) Dornfried, passed away
peacefully early Saturday morning, January 6, 2018. Born in New
Britain, son of the late Joseph and the late Pauline (Meyer)
Dornfried, he lived his whole life in Kensington where he
graduated from Berlin High School in 1949.
He served in the US Army in Korea in combat with the 3rd
Infantry Division as a machine gunner and Machine Gun Squad
Leader seeing action at Chorwon Valley and Outpost Harry. He
received the Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal,
National Defense, Korean Service with two stars, Combat Infantry
Badge, and a Bronze Star.
After his return from Korea, Bob began his career as a
carpenter and started his business, Dornfried Builders, and his
reputation for hard work was well known. He served on the Berlin
Veterans' Commission and the Selective Service Board. A regular
blood donor, he donated 17 gallons of blood, and volunteered for
the Red Cross as a driver, and for 18 years at The Hospital of
Central Connecticut as an escort where he was recognized as
Volunteer of the Year. A proud member of the Berlin Lions Club
for 44 years, he served as Club President, Fair Chairman, and
Memorial Pool President.
One of his greatest joys was as superintendent of the cattle
building at the fair. He was named a Knight of the Blind, and
received the highest recognition awarded to Lions members, The
Melvin Jones Award.
A true patriot, Bob was a charter member of VFW Post #10732
serving as Quartermaster and nine years as Commander, and was a
member of the Outpost Harry Survivors Association, attending
many reunions with his former brothers in arms.
Although not Italian, he was an active member of the Berlin
Italian Political Independent Club where he could often be found
enjoying a game of cards, served on the Board of Directors,
worked on the bocce courts, and the club addition, and in 1996
was named Man of the Year. He was also a very proud sponsor and
supporter of the Berlin Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball
League. In September 2017 Bob was recognized by the Town of
Berlin with the creation of the Robert B. Dornfried Lifetime
Volunteerism Award that will recognize other individuals who
demonstrate the same commitment to giving back that Bob did
throughout his life.
A loving husband, father, and grandfather, in addition to his
wife Peggy, he is survived
by his adoring children, Diane Dornfried, Robert B. Dornfried
Jr. and his wife Louise, and Joseph E. Dornfried and his wife
Donna, all of Berlin, and James P. Dornfried and his wife
Caroline of Durham, North Carolina, his grandchildren who were
the light of his life, Robert J.
Dornfried, James A Russo Jr., Patrick Dornfried, Andrew
Dornfried, and Kelsey Dornfried, his sister-in-law, Frances
Dornfried, and many thoughtful caring nieces, nephews, and
friends. He was predeceased by six brothers, Joseph, Frank,
Carl, John, Alfred, and Bill, and his sister, Mary Dornfeld.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 9am from Porter's
Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Berlin, followed by a
funeral liturgy at 10:00 am at St. Paul's Church, Kensington. A
reception will follow the service at the Casa Mia at The
Hawthorne on the Berlin Turnpike. Burial in South Burying
Ground, Kensington, will be at the convenience of the family.
Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on
Thursday from 5-8pm. The Berlin Lions Club will meet for a
service at 7pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
Berlin Lions Charities, P.O. Cox 23, Berlin, Connecticut 06037.
Bob was passionate about helping others. Please honor him by
doing something for others.
Page Doss died peacefully in his sleep at the Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oak
Bluffs, Massachusetts on October 31, 2011. He was 77.
He was born in Springfield, Mo., and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University. He served in
the Korean War in the U.S. Air Force.
Page later moved to New York city and joined the Research Institute of America, a business-oriented
publishing company where he later became its president. He and his wife, Anne, moved to the Vineyard in
1986 and joined Grace Episcopal Church. Page headed the board of trustees for Havenside Senior Living
He is survived by his wife, Anne; son, Wright, of Silver Spring, Maryland, and daughter, Brett Doss
Jones, of Plymouth. He has one granddaughter.
In place of flowers the family requests a donation to Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, P.O.
Box 1747, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.
A memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs.
Doucette, Claude Reno
Claude Reno Doucette, born in Grand Isle, Maine February 27,
1936 died from the COVID-19 virus on May 7, 2020. He was 84. A
man of few words, he was a devoted family man as well as a
devoted Catholic man. Claude leaves behind his loving wife of 62
years, Laurene (Langevin) Doucette and was predeceased by his
parents Vital and Jeannette (Chasse) Doucette and sibling
sisters Constance Daigle, Mildred Lauzon, Jeannine Albert,
Geraldine Lyman and Joan Lubelczyk, and his brother Wilfred
Doucette, all of Bristol. He is survived by a son and
daughter-in-law, Richard and Barbara Doucette of Torrington; two
daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and John Litke and Linda and
James Mastrobattisto of Bristol and two granddaughters, Sydney
Doucette of Torrington and Camryn Mastrobattisto of Bristol.
Finally, he is survived by his brother Francis Reginald Doucette
of Terryville and several nieces and nephews. Claude's family
moved to Bristol, Connecticut from Maine at the end of WWII for
the lure of plentiful factory work. He served in the USAF during
the Korean Conflict as an aircraft engine mechanic, where he
transferred those skills to Pratt & Whitney. He later retired as
a mechanic assembler from the Superior Electric Company in
Bristol. Claude was an avid Yankee baseball and UCONN Girls
basketball fan. He also enjoyed watching Jeopardy, historical
movies and other educational programs. The family would like to
thank Valerie Manor Nursing home in Torrington, CT for their
devotion and superior care given to Claude over the past three
years. Due to the limitations imposed by the current pandemic, a
Catholic mass and funeral service will be held at a TBD future
date. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, please consider
donating PPE supplies or any help you can to the brave first
responders and health care workers on the front lines battling
heroically with this COVID-19 virus. They sincerely need your
support and help!
Published in The Bristol Press from May 11 to May 14,
Douglas, Robert Gene
Robert G. Douglas of Michigan died October 01, 1995 at the
age of 63. He was born February 24, 1932 in Ashland,
Carter County, Kentucky, a son of Harvey A. and Verna Lou Moore
Douglas. He enlisted in the Army on July 26, 1950 and was
released on July 25, 1953. He married Donna Manatee Eagle
Douglas on November 09, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan. His
siblings were Carolyn Sue Douglas Fannin, Harvey Douglas Jr.,
Herman Douglas,, Barbara Douglas Shaffer, T.R. Douglas and Frank
Douglas. Robert G. Douglas is buried in Spratt Cemetery,
Pat Doyle, 40th Infantry Division, 223rd Infantry Regiment, Item Company, 3rd Platoon, passed away June
2005. Twelve of us from San Antonio, TX, served with Pat from January 1951 to April 1952 when he was
wounded while on patrol. Ruben Castro, from San Antonio also, was killed on that same patrol. Three
of us from San Antonio visited with Pat in May of 2004, during a 40th Division reunion in Schulenburg, TX.
It was great to see Pat after all these years. Pat is no longer with us, but he will always be
remembered by veterans from Item Company.
Submitted by J. Alvarez.
Drachman, Vernon "Skip" Hastings
Vernon Hastings Drachman, 52, beloved husband, father,
brother and uncle, died September 20, 1980, at a local hospital
from complications following surgery. He was born June 21,
1928 in Salt Lake City to Holger Michael and Stella Margaret
Davie Drachman. He married Marilyn Hansen on June 24, 1954
in Salt Lake City.
Skip was a member of the LDS Church. He was a master
craftsman and furniture refinisher who was an employee of
Granite Furniture Company for 25 years. He worked in
scouting programs, coached, and actively supported WBBA Little
League baseball and Ute Conference football programs. He
was a veteran of the Korean War where he served in Company F,
224th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division.
He is survived by his wife; sons Michael V. and Kevin H.;
daughter Leslie A.; and sisters Eileen F. and Stella A. Winn,
all of Salt Lake City.
Interment was in Elysian Burial Gardens.
Dulles, Allen Macy Jr.
Allen Macy Dulles, Jr., was born in 1930 in New York City. He
was the son of Clover Todd and Allen Welsh Dulles, the latter
Director of Central Intelligence from 1953 to 1961. He was named
after his paternal grandfather, a prominent theologian. Dulles
attended Buckley School, Philips Exeter Academy, and Princeton
University which he left after this third year to continue his
studies at the University of Oxford. In 1951, he graduated from
Princeton Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. His interests
included history, political science, and ancient Greek.
Dulles then joined the U.S. Marine Corps, graduating at the
top of his class in the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders basic
course at Quantico, Virginia. He was commissioned as a Second
Lieutenant in 1952, and immediately shipped to Korea where he
was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1st Marine
Division. On November 15, after two weeks at the front, he
suffered missile wounds to the head, back, and arm which left
him permanently disabled. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a
Silver Star medal for wartime leadership and bravery.
Despite his infirmities, Dulles maintained a marvelous sense
of humor and love for his family. His sister Joan Buresch Talley
eventually assumed responsibility for his care and brought him
to live in Santa Fe, aided by local friends and relatives,
including his cousin Marion Seymour.
He recently contracted Covid-19, and died on November 23 at
Christus St. Vincent's Regional Medical Center. Dulles, uncle of
the late Matthew Buresch, is survived by his sister Joan; nieces
Alexandra Buresch, Clover Jebsen Afopka, and Joana Jebsen Cook;
nephews Allen Jebsen and Per Jebsen; and numerous other cousins.
His early papers are on deposit at Princeton University Library.
Mr. Arthur S. Duncan, 83, of Thomaston, died Saturday, March
28th, 2015 at Brightmoor Hospice in Griffin.
Mr. Duncan was born in Moore, TX on October 22nd, 1931, a
son of the late Jake Duncan, Jr., and Clara Saldana Duncan.
He was a eight-year veteran of the U. S. Air Force and was
stationed in Seoul, Korea during the Korean War. Upon his
discharge in 1959 he was employed for 15 years at Robins Air
Force Base as a warehouse foreman.
Mr. Duncan was raised in the Roman Catholic Church but while
a long-time resident of Macon he attended the Bellview
Baptist Church. He and his wife, Patricia B. Duncan, moved
to Thomaston in 2009.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Duncan is survived by his
daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Steve Daniel of
Thomaston; four sisters, Velia Hoffman of Keesport, PA,
Alice Morales of San Antonio, TX, Cecelia Lopez of Ft.
Worth, TX, and Isabell (Albert) Altamirano of San Antonio,
TX; two grandchildren, Blake (Amanda) Lindsey of Lizella and
Christopher Daniel of Buckhead; and one great grandson,
The family of Mr. Duncan will receive friends at
Fletcher-Day Funeral Home in Thomaston on Tuesday, March
31st, 2015 from 5 until 7 pm. A private memorial service
will be held on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 11:00 am at
the Fletcher-Day Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Wheeler and
Mr. Horace Pippin officiating.
Contributions in memory of Mr. Duncan may be made to the
, GA Chapter, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta,
Fletcher-Day Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at
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Mr. Arthur S. Duncan, 83, of Thomaston, Georgia, died
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Brightmoor Hospice in Griffin.
Mr. Duncan was born in Moore, Texas on October 22, 1931, a
son of the late Jake Duncan, Jr., and Clara Saldana Duncan. He
was an eight-year veteran of the U. S. Air Force and was
stationed in Seoul, Korea during the Korean War. Upon his
discharge in 1959 he was employed for 15 years at Robins Air
Force Base as a warehouse foreman.
Mr. Duncan was raised in the Roman Catholic Church, but while
a long-time resident of Macon, he attended the Bellview Baptist
Church. He and his wife, Patricia B. Duncan, moved to Thomaston
In addition to his wife, Mr. Duncan is survived by his
daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Steve Daniel of Thomaston;
four sisters, Velia Hoffman of Keesport, Pennsylvania, Alice
Morales of San Antonio, Texas, Cecelia Lopez of Ft. Worth,
Texas, and Isabell (Albert) Altamirano of San Antonio, Texas;
two grandchildren, Blake (Amanda) Lindsey of Lizella and
Christopher Daniel of Buckhead; and one great grandson, Hudson
The family of Mr. Duncan will receive friends at Fletcher-Day
Funeral Home in Thomaston on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 5
until 7 pm. A private memorial service will be held on
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Fletcher-Day Funeral
Home with Rev. Larry Wheeler and Mr. Horace Pippin officiating.
Contributions in memory of Mr. Duncan may be made to the
Alzheimer's Association , Georgia Chapter, 41 Perimeter Center
East, Suite 550, Atlanta, Georgia 30346.
Duncan, James C.
Funeral services were held September 9  for a highly
decorated veteran from Whitco who died last week at the Eastern
Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard. James “Jim” Duncan, 82, who
died September 6, was a Korean War veteran who served in the
United States Army. He was a prisoner of war for more than 32
Duncan was presented with the Silver Star for his “gallantry
in action” on November 28, 1950. The citation on the award says
the Silver Star was presented to Private Duncan by the President
of the U.S “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action
against the enemy while serving with the Battery D, 15th
Anti-Aircraft Artillery (Automatic Weapons) Battalion (Self
Propelled), 7th Infantry Division, in action at the Chosin
Reservoir, North Korea, on 28 November 1950. On that date,
the Command Post of the 1st Platoon of Battery D was taken under
heavy attack by the enemy, and the personnel at the Command Post
were in grave danger of being overrun by the enemy. When the
Battery Commander called for volunteers to join a patrol to go
to the assistance of the Platoon Command Post, Private Duncan
unhesitatingly volunteered. While crossing open ground in the
attack on the enemy force, the patrol was pinned down by intense
enemy fire from one of the flanks. Private Duncan, with complete
disregard for his own personal safety, immediately ran toward
the strong point from which the enemy was firing, and with his
carbine and a hand grenade neutralized it. As a result of his
gallant act, the patrol continued the attack on the enemy and
succeeded in killing or driving off all those who remained. The
personnel in the Platoon Command Post were thus rescued. Private
Duncan’s outstanding display of gallantry on this occasion was
in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and
reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United
Mr. Duncan was on the Board of Governors of the Letcher
County Veterans Memorial Museum. He was a member of the
Whitesburg VFW post # 5829 and Whitesburg American Legion post #
152. Duncan was a member of the Graham Memorial Presbyterian
Church and attended the Old Regular Baptist Church.
Duncan was married to the late Fairy Mae Duncan. She died
July 1, 2004. A son of the late Verna Duncan, Jim Duncan is
survived by his son, Buger Duncan of Whitco; and special
friends, Pat Richardson of Mayking and Amanda Parker of Whitco.
The funeral was held at Everidge Funeral Home of Whitesburg.
Burial was in Sandlick Cemetery.
DuPont, Jules St. Martin
Jules St. Martin Dupont, 85, a native and resident of Houma,
Louisiana, died Friday, January 12, 2007. Visitation will be
from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to funeral time Monday
at Chauvin Funeral Home. Religious service will be at 11 a.m.
Monday at the funeral home chapel, with burial in Magnolia
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Louise Moore Munson
Dupont, a native of Jeanerette; two sons, Jules St. Martin
Dupont Jr. and wife, Pamela Toler Dupont, and Stephen Munson
Dupont and his wife, Beth Haydel Dupont; two daughters, Adela
(Mimi) Pratt Dupont Walker and husband, Thomas Ray Walker, and
Alice Burguieres Dupont Johnson and husband, Carlton Brent
Johnson; 11 grandchildren, Juanita Bell, Camille Garcia, Leslie
Barton, Jules St. Martin Dupont III, John Paul Burguieres Dupont,
Edward Munson Dupont, Alice Louise Walker, Thomas Ray Walker
Jr., Marisa Gabrielle Dupont, Carlton Dupont Johnson and Cameron
Brent Johnson of Houston; and three great-grandchildren.
He attended Lorton Preparatory School beginning at the age of 3.
Two years prior to graduation, he transferred to Western
Military Academy in Alton, Ill., where he received his
high-school diploma. He then attended Louisiana State University
and Tulane University undergraduate schools and graduated from
Tulane Medical School in 1945. He completed a combined residency
in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at Charity
Hospital in New Orleans through LSU and Tulane medical schools.
After World War II, he was selected to serve for a year in
residency at the reopening of the American Hospital in Paris.
Subsequently, he served in the Navy during the Korean War as
senior medical officer on board the Admiral's flagship, The
Albany, of the Atlantic fleet.
In 1954, he returned to Houma to start his practice. Over the
course of his career, he was instrumental in founding the Heart
Station, Intensive Care and Respiratory Therapy Units at
Terrebonne General Hospital.
Duquette, Richard W.
Richard "Dick" Duquette, 91, of Leicester, Massachusetts and
East Haven, Connecticut, succumbed to the Coronavirus on April
12, 2020. He lived in Leicester and was married 47 years to
Ayline G.(Anderson) Duquette who pre-deceased him.
He was born in Clinton, son of Wilfrid N. Duquette & Edith M.
(Laney) Duquette. He also had two siblings who predeceased him.
He leaves three children and their spouses: Michele(Duquette)
Corniello and Vinnie of Branford, Connecticut, Craig R Duquette
and Joanna of East Brookfield, Massachusetts, and Claudia A.
(Duquette) Lavendier and Eric of Orleans, Massachusetts.
Raised in Spencer, he was a graduate of David Prouty High
School. In 1951 he was drafted into the army and was stationed
in Augsburg, Germany during the Korean War. Mr.Duquette served
on the army's first national ski patrol in Gamache, Germany, and
competed in 1951-1952 EUCOM Championships in Berchtesgaden,
Germany as a downhill racer.
Upon discharge he attended MIT and then owned a GE franchise,
repairing televisions and radios. Later he worked in the
electrical engineering department at Worcester Polytechnic
Institute until retirement. He was an FCC HAM radio operator, an
artist and craftsman and a handyman who could fix just about
anything. He loved his family, vacationing on Cape Cod and
walking and driving around the shoreline with his son-in-law
Vinnie. A private service and burial is planned at a later date
Duran, Joe Raymond (J.R.)
Joe Raymond (J.R.) Duran, was called home by
Our Lord and Savior, Saturday, October 1, 2005 in Littleton, Colorado. He was born March 16, 1930 in El
Ojito, Colorado (near Hoehne) to Jose Emmitt Duran and Antonia Mestas. He attended Hoehne High School and
Trinidad State Junior College. He married Maria Lidia Medina on November 3, 1951 at St. Joseph’s Catholic
Church. Together, they made a home and established Duran Oil Company and J.R.'s Fuel Stops. He was the
co-founder of J.R.’s Country Stores.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1949 – 1952, 24th Infantry Division, 34th
Infantry Regiment, 63rd Field Artillery Battalion B Battery and suffered from a severe head wound. He was
awarded a Bronze Star for bravery, one Bronze Camp Star, Korean Service Medal, Army of Occupation (Japan),
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and a Purple Heart for being wounded in action. He was also
an honorary member of “Task Force Smith”, the first wave of soldiers to battle in Korea. He worked at
Couey Storage from 1952-1953. He earned a degree in auto mechanics from Trinidad Junior College 1953-1955.
He worked for Rosen-Novak Ford in 1956, Sanders Skyline Service 1956-1957 and Continental Oil Company (Conoco)
J.R.’s honesty, integrity and hard work was the foundation to starting his companies. Today Duran Oil
Company and J.R.’s Fuel Stops employ 185 people in nine different cities located in Colorado, New Mexico
and Oklahoma. His employees were an extension of his family and he would do everything in his power to
help them. His sense of humor was endless with everyone. His employees have said of J.R. and his wife that
they were the nicest people they had ever met. J.R. and Lidia promoted Trinidad, Las-Animas County and the
surrounding area on a daily basis as a great place to live. J.R. spread the word about Trinidad and the
area he loved not only in the United States, but also abroad. He will be remembered for helping many
people including complete strangers. Being a humble man, he never spoke of the many compliments he
received from people. He didn’t look for praise, recognition or expect anything in return. He felt
contributing back to his community was his duty and a privilege.
He founded the Korean War Veterans Southern Colorado Chapter with the help of area veterans. J.R. lost
many friends from Las Animas and Huerfano counties during the Korean War and wanted to honor their
sacrifice with a memorial. After a lot of hard work, the Korean Memorial came to fruition and now stands
at the Colorado Visitors Center. He also spearheaded the Coal Miners’ Memorial in downtown Trinidad to
honor the local coal miners and their families. J.R. always said the coal miners helped make the area
unique and special and they deserved recognition.
In J.R.’s spare time he enjoyed ranching, tending to his horses and cattle. When he wasn’t busy doing
that he was irrigating, raising and bailing hay on his farms while attending to all other issues that a
farmer is confronted with.
He was a member of the following organizations: Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers, Fisher’s Peak
Volunteer Fire Department, Trinidad Historical Society, Southern Colorado Korean War Veterans, North
American Truck Stop Association, Trinidad Riding Club, Trinidad Round-Up Association, Disabled American
Veterans, American Legion Post 11, VFW Post 984, Las Animas County Planning Commission. He was also the
founder, first president and board member of the Trinidad-Las Animas County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
He was Grand Marshall of the Trinidad Labor Day Parade and also the Trinidad Parade of Lights.
He was a dedicated husband, a wonderful father and grandfather and an honest family man. He is preceded
in death by his parents, his wife, his brothers Jose Florencio and John Emmitt Duran. He is survived
by his children: Veronica (Joaquin) Rivera, Pueblo, Bernadette Duran, Trinidad, Ray (Christina) Duran,
Trinidad and Corinne Duran (Fritz) Abeyta, Littleton; grandchildren Teresa Rivera, Lucita Rivera, Carson
Ortega, Steven Ortega Jr., Brett Duran, Chelsea Duran, Bethany Duran, Chanel Duran, KylieRae Duran,
Brittany Duran-Abeyta, Jayden Duran-Abeyta; great grandchildren Nicholas Ortega, Kayleen Ortega, Riley
Ortega, newborn Jamison Ortega; brother Max Duran, Trinidad, sisters Dolores (Herman) Sanchez, Pueblo,
Virginia (Tom) Valdez, Mountainaire, N.M.; sisters-in-law Corinne Arguello and Sue (Lee) Lucero, all of
Pueblo, brothers-in-law Greg (Dolores) Medina, Trinidad and Piedad (Henrietta) Medina, Pueblo; and many
members of his large extended family. Special friends Judie Matticks, Felix Chavez and especially Jim
Mangino and his family for the donation of Jim's kidney to extend the life of this extraordinary man.
Honorary pallbearers are Leandro Lucero, Ron Sanchez, Mickey Montoya, Felix Chavez, Jim Mangino,
Orlando Baca and George Mondragon, all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation will be
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005 from 2-7 p.m. Rosary will follow at 7 p.m. at the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home.
Military burial will be held Friday, Oct. 7, 2005 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 10 a.m. with Father
Bob Hagan, S.J. as the celebrant. Burial will follow at Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. After the service the
family may be contacted at St. Joseph hall. Donations may be made to the J.R. Duran Diabetes Memorial
Fund, in care of Bank of the West, located at 125 North Commercial Street, Trinidad, CO.
The family has entrusted the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home with the arrangements. A video memorial
tribute may be viewed on Thursday, Oct. 6 on local cable channel 71 at 8:00-8:30 a.m., 12:30-1:00 p.m.,
and the rosary may be heard live at 7:00 along with the presentation memorial tribute.
Duran, Ruben J.
Ruben J. Duran died August 20, 2001, in Denver. He was a U.S. Army photographer. He resided
in Thornton, CO.
Dutton, Irvin C. Sr.
Irvin C. Dutton Sr., 85, St. Joseph, died Thursday, April 12, 2007, at Heartland Regional Medical
Center. Mr. Dutton was born October 30, 1921, in Independence, Missouri. He served in the United
States Navy during World War II, the Korean War, and in Vietnam. He married Thelma L. (Sherman) Dutton
November 1, 1976. She survives of the home. He was a cook for the United States Navy and retired
after 25 years of service. He also retired from Skaggs in 1985.
Mr. Dutton was a member of McCarthy Baptist Church, American Legion Post 359, and was a V.F.W. lifetime
member. Irvin loved his family and America. He was a great American hero to his family and friends.
If you knew him the family would love to hear from you! Contact his granddaughter Kayla at: