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Pacino, Frank

Frank Pacino was born on July 19, 1932 in Delagua, Colorado, and passed away on July 1, 2011 at The Mission Care Center in San Gabriel, California. Frank is survived by his loving wife, Ellen, of 54 years; his two children, Frank (Connie) and Ann Stefano; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his sisters Josie Miccichi and Mary Hidalgo ( Joe); and many nieces and nephews.

He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War where he was a forward observer in a mortar company, in combat on the Nevada Cities outposts from mid 1951 to late 1952.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Parkinson's Disease Association,1250 Hylan Blvd., Ste.# 4B, Staten Island, N.Y. 10305

Page, Jack S.

My father, Jack S. Page, passed away 30 December 2006 from complications due to lung cancer. During the Korean War he served as a clerk with HHC, 2nd Infantry Division in 1952, in Chunchon. Prior to the army he received a BA from Kansas University.  As to any friends he had in the 2nd ID, I do remember him referring to a Dutch-Indonesian from the Dutch Bn by the name of Jentz, or something similar. - Regards, Michael Page,

Page, Kenneth E.

Kenneth E. Page, 69, of Sunset View Avenue, died Thursday, February 7, 2002 at Samaritan Hospital, Troy, New York.  Born in Potsdam, New York, he was the son of the late Arthur Page and Mabel Houle Page, and the loving husband of Margaret Connor Page for 35 years.  They were married on May 7, 1966.  He was a Troy resident for the past 32 years.

Mr. Page was a graduate of Syracuse University in 1959 and the Syracuse University School of Law where he received his jurist doctorate degree in 1962.  In 1962 he was appointed, through the honors program, as an assistant attorney general for the State of New York.  He retired in 1990 as chief of the Litigation Bureau.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran during the Korean War from 1951-1955.  He was the chapter director of the Northeast New York Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.  He also served as the group's attorney for all legal affairs and was the editor and compiler for the book, "Rensselaer County Heroes: Korean War 1950-1953, The Forgotten-Remembered" on behalf of the association, printed in January 2000.  He was a member of the Amphibious Forces Association and a life member of the Veterans of Lansingburgh (VFW #1019).  Ken was active in genealogy research and was a communicant of Our Lady of Victory Church, Troy.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, Margaret, include a daughter, Kathryn E. Lane and her husband Flint of Princeton Junction, NJ; a son, Paul K. Page of Malta; three brothers, Stanley Page of Rochester and Ronald and Larry Page of Parishville, NY; two sisters, Evelyn Campbell of Timberville, VA and Beatrice Chappell of Plattsburgh; two granddaughters, Amanda and Kacy Lane; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held from the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, 109th St. and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh and in Our Lady of Victory Church.  Entombment was in St. Mary's Mausoleum, Troy.

Pallazola, Baptiste J. "Busty"

Baptiste J. "Busty" Pallazola
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Baptiste J."Busty" Pallazola, 84, husband of the late Angela J. (Lovasco) Pallazola, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2015, at the Golden Living Center.

Born in Gloucester on July 2, 1930, he was the son of the late Vincenzo and Grazia (Ciaramitaro) Pallazola. He had attended Gloucester High School and had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he was awarded three Bronze Service Stars.

As a young man, Baptiste went to work fishing with his father for several years and then worked for many years as a machinist for Varian and Gloucester Engineering. In later years, Baptiste was a fish cutter at Empire Fish and Ipswich Shellfish Company. In his retirement, he also worked part-time at Freddie's Lobstaland.

Throughout his life, Baptiste loved music and going dancing with Angela. He was an accomplished guitar and harmonica player. He was also an avid New England Patriots fan and he enjoyed playing cards with his friends and watching Western movies. Baptiste was a very kind and gentle man, beloved by his family and many friends.

He is survived by his daughter Andrea and her husband John Brisbois of Gloucester; his son Jon Baptiste and his wife Mary of North Andover; his grandson Jason Brisbois and his children Bethany, Ella and Lucas, grandson Eric Brisbois and his wife Mislene and their son Nathan; grandchildren Christian Pallazola, Jonny Pallazola and Jacqueline Pallazola; his sister Grace Straccia; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Nina Finazzo and his brother Frank Pallazola.

His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Thursday, April 9th at 8:45 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in St. Ann's Church on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Extended family and friends are cordially invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Autism Speaks, Attn: Autism Speaks U, 1 East 33rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016 or at

Palmer, RD

RD Palmer, 82, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2014 at his home in Pocatello. He was born on the 29th of June, 1931 to Jesse Earl and Stella Roylance Palmer. RD lived and attended schools in Inkom, Idaho, where he enjoying fishing on the creek with cousins and siblings. He attended Rapid Creek Ward in Inkom as a child. He attended ISU where he played basketball and also earned his Bachelors, Masters and six-year Specialist Degree in Education. He enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War and was a Communications Officer working as a cryptologist on a naval ship. While on leave from the Navy, RD met his eternal sweetheart, Carole Ann Hansen, of Pocatello and they were married on November 18th, 1954. Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls temple on November 18th, 1958. He and Carole were blessed to have five children: Craig, Renee, Eric, Todd, and Lisa. Carole passed away in 2004 and RD later married Madaleen Andrew, who passed away in 2013. RD continued to have a cherished relationship with Madaleen's children and grandchildren.

Education was a vital part of RD's life and he thrived in teaching others. He never missed the opportunity to educate. He was employed as a Teacher, Principal, and Superintendent. He had a deep desire to enhance the Education of students in rural areas of Idaho. RD was also employed with the State Department of Education on campus at Idaho State University. He served as a Superintendent of Schools in Grace, Challis, Mackay, West Jefferson and North Gem. He was named Superintendent of the Year for the state of Idaho. He also loved to bowl. He co-built and operated Challis Lanes and Eric Lanes bowling alleys with Carole.
RD loved to travel the scenic routes of Idaho on road trips with Carole. He loved the Big Lost River Valley and passed down a playful competitive spirit of fly fishing with his sons and grandsons. RD followed in his father's footsteps by playing the musical saw. He enjoyed playing gigs with his band, The Saw Dust Band.

RD was involved in and enjoyed the raising of rabbits, particularly in the last decade of his life, where he earned the title of "Rabbit Man" in the community. The raising of rabbits taught his children and grandkids the work ethic and responsibility that was so important to him.  On any given weekend throughout his life, RD along with Carole could be found traveling to outreached areas to watch their Children and Grandchildren's ballgames and activities. They were his pride and joy. Grandpa RD loved family get-togethers, and receiving love from his little pets and his grandchildren, Eric, Jessica, Sandy, Jason, Heidi and Heather, Spencer, Megan, Timothy, Loren, Karlee, Karson and Sophia. He also had 18 great-grandchildren whom he loved dearly. RD was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many different callings such as Home Teacher, Elders Quorum President, Bishop and High Councilman.

RD was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years, Carole. His son Eric who died in an automobile accident at 17. Both of his Parents. His sister Marilyn. And by 2 great grandsons, Brittan Charles Potter and Jett William Whitaker.  Survivors include his Children, Craig (Melody) Palmer, Bountiful, Utah, Renee (Laverne) Masanque, Sherwood, Oregon, Todd (Kristi) Palmer, Kaysville, Utah, Lisa Lindsay, Pocatello, Idaho. His siblings Earl (Myrna) Palmer, Lorianne Briggs, and Robert (Judy) Palmer.

Funeral services will be held at 2pm, Monday, March 24, at the Tyhee Stake Center, 12146 W. Tyhee Road, Pocatello, ID 83201. A viewing will be held at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Avenue, Pocatello, ID, Sunday, March 23 from 6-8 pm and from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at the Tyhee Stake Center. Military rites will follow at the Inkom Cemetery.

Pappas, Nicholas J.

Nicholas J. Pappas, age 85, of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Army and retired from the federal government.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Janet M. Pappas; two daughters, Helene Saylor and Nikki Pollard and her husband Steve; granddaughters, Missy and Megan; step-granddaughters, Kate and Sue; his brother, John J. Pappas and his wife Sherri Lou; two nephews, Peter and Alex Pappas; and former son-in-law, Lonnie Saylor.

A visitation was held Thursday, April 9th from 11:00 to 12:00 Noon at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Road in Millsboro, DE 19966. The interment followed at 1:00 p.m. at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro, DE 19966.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.

Parchen, John W. "Jack"

John W. (Jack) Parchen Died on June 29, 2009. He is survived by his wife of over 55 years of marriage, Ruthie, of San Jose, California, his two sons, John and Michael, and four granddaughters. Donations in his memory to Marine Corps Historical Foundation, Building 58, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. 20374 or to Opera San Jose, 2149 Parragon Drive, San Jose, California 95131. Semper Fi.

Parker, Robert L.

Robert L. Parker, 93, of Shiloh, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 4, 2021 at his home.  Robert enlisted in the Air Force (Army Air Corps) in 1946, at the age of 17.  He proudly served at Chanute AFB, Illinois, Upper Heyford Air Base, England, Scott AFB, Illinois, Ladd AFB, Alaska, Prestwick AFB, Scotland, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, and Offutt AFB, Nebraska, and retired in 1968 after nearly 23 years of service as a Senior Master Sergeant.  He continued in government service as a civilian for almost 20 additional years.

His heart of service for his country and for his Savior, was apparent in all aspects of his life. As a family, we will forever be grateful for both Robert and Elsie, his wife of 72 years, demonstrating what a joy it is to serve the Lord.

Robert was born January 14, 1928 in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, to Edwin F. and Ida Rose (Libby) Parker.  He was the 7th of 11 children. He married Elsie Piercy on January 23, 1949.  Together, they shared 71 1/2 years of marriage before her passing on September 22, 2020. 

He was also preceded in death by one son, Michael Robert Parker; brothers, George Parker and Harley Parker; and sisters, Lydia Haynes, Virginia Stanton, Josephine Estabrooks, Jeannette Kimball, Neicie Lyons, Phyllis Mosher and Rachel Langlais.

Surviving is his daughter, Debra (Jack) Hook of Fairview Heights, Illinois; grandchildren, Tami (David) Wolfson, Kayle (Bob) Surrey, Joy (Jim) Siegrist and Jennifer (Ben) Adams; great-grandchildren, Mykel, James, Parker, Anyka, Nathian, Lincoln, Jonah, Emilia, Ruell, Kulani-Kai, London, Nylah, Emily, Libby, Parker Grace and Hattie; one sister, Edwina Adair, and many loving nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.  Interment was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.

Parr, Col. Ralph S.

Col. Ralph S. Parr Jr., 88, who was the only American pilot to receive both the Distinguished Service Cross and the Air Force Cross, passed away December 7, 2012, at an assisted living facility in New Braunfels, Texas.

Joint Base San Antonio will honor the legacy of one of the Air Force's most celebrated pilots and a former 12th Tactical Fighter Wing commander at a funeral service planned for 11:30 a.m. Monday in the JBSA-Randolph theater. Interment will follow the funeral service at 2 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Parr was born in 1924 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve November 4, 1942 and was accepted into the Aviation Cadet Program Feb. 2, 1943, earning his wings and a commission in the U.S. Army Air Forces February 8, 1944. Parr was forced to retire in 1976 after sustaining a back injury while inspecting a roof for hurricane damage at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

During his career, he flew 641 combat missions with more than 6,000 hours and received more than 60 decorations, including a Silver Star, Bronze Star, 10 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 41 Air Medals.

Funeral services will be held at the Old Movie Theatre behind the Taj Mahjal at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, Monday, December 17, at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors at 2 p.m.

Parr is survived by his wife, Margaret, and three stepchildren.

Pate, Lloyd W. Sr.

Retired First Sergeant Lloyd W. Pate, husband of Juanita B. Pate, entered into rest Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Trinity Hospital, Augusta, Georgia. Visitation will begin at 12:00 with funeral services following at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 22, 2013, in the Bellevue Memorial Gardens Chapel. Interment will follow with full Military Honors accorded.

Mr. Pate was born in Columbia, SC to the late Carson and Evelyn Pate. He was a retired US Army 1SG with foreign service in the Korean War, Vietnam and Germany. Mr. Pate, a former POW, was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations including the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Combat Infantryman Badge with star.

Survivors include his wife Juanita Pate; three sons, Lloyd W. Pate, Jr. of Kentucky, Richard D. Pate, of Pennsylvania and Michael T. Pate, of Martinez; one daughter Terry Pate Thigpen, of Camak; three grandchildren (Sheila Sparkman, Teresa Taylor and Elizabeth Buff) and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be members of the military. At the family s request, memorials may be made to the Korean War Ex-POW Assn. 909 Wisperwood TR. Cleveland, TN. 37312 Starling Funeral Home, Harlem, Georgia.

Patterson, Lyle R.

Retired Naselle teacher, principal and coach Lyle R. Patterson passed away October 19, 2013, after a long illness.

He was the son of Joseph and Florence Patterson, born January 11, 1929, in a log cabin north of Spokane. Both of his parents died while he was young, and Lyle was raised by an aunt and an older brother. He graduated from South Haven High School in South Haven, Michigan, in 1947.

Lyle joined the military in 1947 and served in the occupation of Japan. During the Korean War he flew 31 combat missions and received the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross for downing a MiG. He spent a total of 50 months in the Army Air Corps and the Air Force. He enjoyed traveling to reunions of the Air Force gunners and was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He proudly wore his Korean War ball cap everywhere.

Lyle married the love of his life, Elaine, August 19, 1955. Together they had three boys, Wade (Kathy), Gordon (Carrie), and Dwight (Dana). Gordon was killed in 2009 in a bicycling accident. They had 11 grandchildren.

Lyle earned a bachelor of science degree from Wisconsin State University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, in 1955 and a master's degree from Western Michigan University in 1960.

Lyle taught at two schools in Michigan and moved to Naselle in 1962, where he stayed for 41 years. He taught math and coached basketball, track and football. Lyle received the Washington Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year award for the 1985-1986 season. He later became principal of Naselle High School. He retired from the Naselle School district in 1997. Lyle was honored by the Naselle community in 2005, with the naming of the "Lyle Patterson Gym" at Naselle High School.

After his retirement, Lyle coached two years at Knappa High School in Oregon and took them on to win the state championship both years. He also coached women's basketball for a year at Lower Columbia College. In 2002, Coach Patterson was elected to the Washington State Boys' Basketball Hall of Fame for his outstanding record of 623 career wins (the second-highest total for a Washington coach at the time of Lyle's retirement) vs. 220 losses.

He was an active member of the Congregational Church in Naselle until 2003, and the First Baptist Church in Longview since that time. He was active in the Gideons and was a Sunday school teacher.

A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. November 9 at the First Baptist Church in Longview. Arrangements are by Columbia Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lyle's honor may be made to Gideons International or the Naselle Comets Booster Club for the boys' basketball team.

Patterson, Ralph V.

Independence, MO — Ralph V. Patterson passed away Friday, March 23, 2012, at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence.

Ralph was born in Newton, Kan., the son of Virgil and Ada (Falk) Patterson. The family moved from the farm to the city as jobs were available in those times. Ralph joined and served in the Marine Corps from 1951 to December 1953, then again from December 1953 to March 1960. He served in the Korean War. Following the death of his father in 1955, Ralph brought his mother out to San Diego, where he was stationed. After taking a college course on computer programming, he moved to Kansas City, Mo., in the late 60’s to work for TWA. Ralph met and married his wife, Barbara, in June 1969. In 1980, Ralph was recruited to Omaha, Neb., for a job and then to Miami, Fla. Later after coming back to Independence, Mo., Ralph rejoined TWA in Kansas City.

Ralph belonged to a gun club and had won many ribbons for pistol shooting. Ralph enjoyed the history of old houses and bought one that was built in 1849 in Independence to restore. He became acquainted with and joined a group of “Confederate soldiers” who shot targets with black powder pistols and rifles. He enjoyed being with the group, wearing the Confederate uniform and shooting with black powder. He also enjoyed sailing in his boat and scuba diving. Ralph took a trip with some buddies and panned for gold. Ralph was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Judy Ritoch, and his nephews, Alan Lowe and Kirk Davis.

He leaves his wife, Barbara Patterson; stepchildren, Connie Rockley of Kansas City North, Stephen Jones of Port St. John, Fla., and Gary Jones of Independence; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his nieces and nephews, Terry Lowe of Covina, Calif., Melody Weaver of Springfield, Mo., and Gary Davis of Yates Center, Kansas.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Newcomer’s Noland Road Chapel, 509 S. Noland Road, Independence. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the funeral home; with burial in Mound Grove Cemetery.

Peach, William J. Jr.

William J. Peach, Jr., age 92, formerly of O'Fallon, Illinoid, born March 25, 1931 in O'Fallon, passed away September 14, 2023 at his home.

Bill grew up in O'Fallon and farmed with his parents north of town. He served in various capacities of civic leadership and community involvement. In his younger years, he participated in stock-car racing for over 20 years. He served in the Army during the Korean War in 1952-53, and in the Army Reserves through 1960. He was a Life Member of the American Legion Post 137 and VFW Post 805, and a 20+ year member of the O'Fallon Sportsman Club, serving three terms as President.

Formerly, Bill served on the O'Fallon Park Board, O'Fallon Underwater Search & Recovery team, and Board of Directors Ill. Highway Commissioners for many years. In 1989, he was elected Highway Commissioner for O'Fallon Township and served 24 years. He was a member of Int. Union of Operating Engineers, East Central Ill. Highway Commissioners Assoc., was former owner/operator of Peach Service, and former dealer with Minneapolis Farm Equipment. A lover of all animals, Bill was known for his petting zoo, and maintained and supplied the animals at the Tri-Township Park in Troy for many years. He was a strong supporter of many community events and the O'Fallon Fire Dept. and had been awarded the O'Fallon Jaycees Citizenship Award.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents William and Mabel, nee Munie, Peach; son Wayne Peach, step-son Mark Holzbach; sisters Virginia Fulford and Verna (Donald) Stock; brothers George (Mona) Peach, and Jack Peach.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, nee Gilley, (Holzbach) Peach, whom he married 9-18-1993; his children Kevin Peach, Karen Curtiss, Carol (Danny) Miller, Wanda (Tony) Walker, step-daughter Debbie (Bobby) Horvath; grandchildren Meredith, Melissa, Jamie, Chrissy, Angel, Wanda, Wayne, Jason, Jeremy, Jodi, Anthony, Larry, Donnie, Dustin; step-grandson Alec; sisters Ruth (Jack) Wise, Jean (Art) Eschman, brothers Joe Peach, Frank (Diane) Peach, Sam (Gloria) Peach, sister-in-law Ina Peach, brother-in-law Tom Fulford; and many great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations are suggested to the O'Fallon Historical Society, O'Fallon Township Senior Citizens, American Legion Post 137, or VFW Post 805. Visitation: 4-8 pm, Monday, September 18, 2023 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington Street, O'Fallon.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 am, Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at St. Clare Catholic Church, 1411 Cross St., Shiloh, with Rev. James Deiters presiding. Graveside Service with military honors will follow at O'Fallon City Cemetery, O'Fallon.

Published by Belleville News-Democrat on Sep. 17, 2023.

Pees, Alan Lee

Alan Lee Pees, 92, of Belleville, Illinois, born August 11, 1928, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri.  Alan proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.  He was a faithful member of Christ United Church of Christ in Belleville.  He was a lifetime member of the Korean War Veterans Association, Imjin Chapter 95 and the VFW Post 1739 in Belleville.  He was active with the Boy Scouts of America and was a Cub master and Scout leader.  He was a member of the Henry Raab PTA, Central Junior High PTA, and an honorary lifetime member of the State of Illinois PTA.  He retired as a Stove Mounter from Peerless-Premier Appliance and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Union Local 482.  Alan also volunteered his time to the Christ UCC's food pantry.  He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother who will be missed by all who knew him. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Louisa Peter Pees; a sister, Elsie Jean Tsao, brother-in-law, Thomas Ki-Cheng Tsao, and his nephew, Michael Eli Tsao.  Surviving are his loving wife, Dixkie Mae Smithe Pees of Belleville; his children, Jesse Alan Pees of Evansville, Illinois, Glenna Mae (William Allen) Curtis of Belleville, and Joseph Henry (Rachel Stephanie) Pees of Belleville; his grandchildren, Isaiah Alan Curtis, Jeremiah William (Casandra) Curtis, Nathan Glenn Pees, Robert Alan Pees, and Emma Mae Marie Pees; his sister, Lois Ann Pees, of Belleville; and many other extended family, in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Illinois Veterans Home of Anna, 729 N. Main Street, Anna, Illinois 62906 or to the Community Interfaith Food Pantry, 1218 W. Main Street, Belleville, Illinois 62220.  Due to Covid-19 mitigation, services are being held privately with Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home in Belleville.  Interment will follow in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville.

Penrod, Calvin F.

Calvin F. “Sonny” Penrod, age 85 of New Douglas, Illinois, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 30, 2022.  He passed on at the University Care Center in Edwardsville, Illinois.

He was born on Thursday, June 25, 1936 in Granite City, Illinois. Calvin was one of eight children born to Calvin and Julia (Henry) Penrod.  He was first married to Betty Lou Mitchell on April 3, 1957. They had five daughters and a son. He was later married to Alma L. Mueller on March 15, 1986 at the United Church of Christ in Mascoutah, Illinois.

Calvin served our country in both the United States Marine Corps from January of 1954 to February of 1957 during the Korean War and the United States Navy from November of 1957 to November of 1960.

Sonny was employed with the Granite City School Systems as a Custodian and then at the Bi-State Bus Company as a Mechanic. He was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Worden, IL. He was also a Union Member while working at the Bi-State Bus Company. Sonny was also a Beekeeper and a member of the St. Clair Beekeepers Association.

Sonny was a life long Chicago Cubs fan. He was very proud that he was able to see the Cubs win the World Series Championship in 2016. He loved spending time with his wife and family, church, gardening, hunting, fishing, and bee keeping.

Calvin is survived by his wife, Alma L. Penrod; his children, Tina Widman, Peggy (Gary) Penrose, Julia Boster, Regina (George) Odorizzi, Stewart Mueller (his fiancee, Paige Lemann), and Melissa (Sean) Markham.  He is also survived by 48 grandchildren and great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; brother, Danny (Jennie) Penrod; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Julia Penrod; his first wife, Betty Lou (Mitchell) Penrod; one son, Henry Thomas; one daughter:, Betty Wells; two grandchildren, Matthew Penrod and Rachel Odorizzi; and Calvin’s six sisters.

A visitation for Sonny Penrod will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM at the New Hope Baptist Church located at 222 Ahrens Avenue in Worden, Illinois 62097.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the New Hope Baptist Church in Worden with Rev. Randy Davis officiating. Military Honors will be conducted outside the New Hope Baptist Church following Sonny’s services. They will be provided by the Staunton Area Veterans Honor Guard and their Bugler.

It was Calvin’s wishes and that of his family that his body be cremated after his services. Memorial Contributions in memory of Calvin Penrod can be made to the New Hope Baptist Church or to the St. Clair Beekeepers Association.

Perkins, Henry Ford

Retired Sergeant 1st Class Henry Ford Perkins, 80, of Dickson, TN, died on Saturday, August 9, 2008.  SFC Henry F. Perkins, US Army, served two combat tours in Vietnam and a tour in Korea. He was a member of VFW Post 4641 of Dickson and was very active in the VFW Honor Guard in assisting families with military rights at the graveside. He is survived by his wife, Patsy Perkins, two sons and three daughters.

SFC Henry F. Perkins
A Soldier's Soldier

We have lost another great one
Who can never be replaced
He will be missed here on Earth
Though, he's gone to a better place.

Everybody who met Henry
Knew, they'd met a special man
Always helping, when he could
With Veterans always, in his plan.

He was selfless in his Service
For all others, who had Served
And he always tried to make sure
They got all he felt, they deserved.

A true Patriot in every sense
Sergeant First Class in the Army
And as their famous motto says
He was always, all that he could be.

Two combat tours in Vietnam
And one tour in Korea, too
A lifetime member of the VFW
When his Active Duty, was through.

A member of the Honor Guard
Assisting Families of those passed
Doing all he could to ease their pain
Because that's how, his die was cast.

Survived by, loving Wife Patsy
Three Daughters and two Sons
As he leaves on his journey
To that voice above, that hearkens.

Now, the time has come to Honor him
With all the praise that he deserved
So, the memory of this Great Man
Will, for now and always be, preserved.

Rest In Peace, Henry
Del "Abe" Jones

Perrault, Raynold Paul Joseph

Raynold Paul Joseph Perrault, 84, Concord, New Hampshire, died Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at Concord Hospital.  Born June 03, 1930, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, where he served as an artillery forward observer.  Survivors include his wife, three daughters, one son, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family with Bennett Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Perry, James F.  Sr.

James F. Perry Sr. (LTC Inf-R) died from the complications of a heart attack on Good Friday, April 18, 2014. He lived in Bettendorf, Iowa.

He was a member of the 9th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War. He was awarded two Silver Stars, 2 Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts and three ARCOMs during his 20 years of service to our country. Both Silver Stars, Bronze Star with V, and Purple Hearts were awarded during his time with the 9th Infantry.

He entered Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division (early 1950) and fought up and down the peninsula. He was with the 29 Infantry when the Regiment fought through the Gauntlet at the Kuni-Ri pass. He served as the 2-9’s Assistant S-3, S-3, XO and BNCO during his time with the battalion. He spent 18 months in combat with his battalion. He retired from the US Army in 1962, and went to work for DOD at the Rock Island Arsenal.  He retired from there in the early ‘90s.

He was a great guy and will be missed by his friends, family, and church. He is buried in the Rock Island Arsenal, Veterans Cemetery, in Rock Island, Illinois.  (Source: July, 2014 Manchu Dragon Tales)

Perry, Brigadier General Miller O.

Miller O. Perry (Delta Six), nickname "Moppy" was born June 16, 1907 to Horace E. and Lulu M. Perry of Susquehanna, PA.  He died March 20, 2010 at the age of 102.  He attended Penn State College and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, Class of 1931.  His military schooling included the Artillery School, the Command and General Staff College, and the Air War Colleges.  Later in his career he was an instructor in all three schools.

Upon graduation from West Point in 1931, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Field Artillery.  His military career included 20 different stations in the U.S., the Far East, and Europe.  Miller served with the First Army in England and France during World War II.  He commanded the 52nd Field Artillery Battalion--the first American artillery unit that entered the Korean War in support of the 21st Infantry Regiment.  This unit was known as Task Force Smith and they were part of the 24th Infantry Division that fought a six-hour battle on 5 July 1950 just north of the city of Osan, Korea.  He was wounded by a crewman from a T-34 tank that the 52nd had knocked out during this battle.

Awards during his 30-year career included Distinguished Service, two Legions of Merit, three bronze stars; a Purple Heart and numerous others.  A memorial service was held on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 1100 hour at all Saints Episcopal Church, Lansing, MI, the Rev. Katherine Ann Carlson officiating.  Interment took place at the US Military Academy Cemetery on 20 April 2010.

Petcavage, Daniel D.

Daniel Dominic Petcavage, age 80, of Massillon, Ohio was brought home by the Lord on November 21, 2012 after a long illness in which he put up the fight you would expect of a proud Marine. Dan left this world to be with the Lord with his wife at his side and surrounded by a large loving family at his home in Massillon.

Born April 26, 1932 in Pennsylvania, he was preceded in death by his parents, Bruno and Helen (Naruczweiz) Petcavage, four brothers Harry, Felix, Albert and Bro. George OFM; two sisters Bernice Kamie and Josephine Schuster and two grandsons, Abram Brown and Noah Maxin.

He was a Marine veteran of the Korean War where he was one of the 'Frozen Chosin' in the 1st Marine Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his brave service. He returned from the war to marry his beautiful wife, Leona (Smith) Petcavage and settled in Massillon. They celebrated their fifty-ninth anniversary in August.

Dan is survived by his wife and seven children. Deborah (Peter) Rink, Rita (Mark) Burger, Michael (Jane) Petcavage, Christine (Todd) Klinger, Victoria (Richard) Brown all of Massillon, Daniel (Sarah) Petcavage of Las Vegas and Theresa (Greg) Maxin of Canton; his sister, Sister Margaret Petcavage, SSC of Chicago, as well as thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

In addition to his family, a large part of Dan's life was the community in which he lived. He was the Grand Lodge President of the State of Ohio Sons and Daughters of Herman and President of the Massillon Sons of Herman Lodge. He was a loyal member of the Knights of Columbus #554, VFW, FOE and other fraternal organizations.

Pezzella, P. Michael

P. Michael (Mike) Pezzella, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on November 12, 2016, at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland.  He was born January 08, 1930.

He was a proud veteran of the Korean War, and was awarded the Purple Heart medal. He served in the US Marine Corps with the 11th Engineer Battalion, US Marine Corps Reserve Unit and was active in several military organizations, including The Chosin Few.

Mike retired as an administrator for Baltimore City Public Schools and later worked as a Cost Analyst for the Department of the Army at APG. He was proud of his Sicilian/Italian heritage and was also active for many years with the Order Sons of Italy, Harford County Lodge, where he served in several leadership roles over the years.

He was the beloved husband of Christine Brown Pezzella and devoted father of Michele Brady (Garry), Kathleen Novak (Kenneth), Martin Pezzella (Deanna) and Robert Pezzella (Terry). He was the cherished grandfather of seven grandchildren, Ryan Turpin, Michael Turpin, Shelly Pezzella, Justin Pezzella, Kyle Novak, Jennifer Pezzella and Madison Zimmet. He is also survived by his wife's children, Jennifer, Robert, and Thomas Brown. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the late A. Patricia Pezzella (nee McCarthy).

Relatives and friends may call at the Schimunek Funeral Home of Bel Air Inc., 610 W. MacPhail Rd., Bel Air, Maryland 21014, on Wednesday from 3-5 and 7-9 PM. A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Highview Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Jarrettsville Young Marines, 1714 Morse Rd., Forest Hill, MD 21050. Online tributes may be left at


Dear Lynnita,

I just wanted to let you know that my dear husband, Mike Pezzella, died on Saturday, November 12 (2016), after a fall at home. Although it is heartbreaking to have lost him, we were happy that we could be with and support him as he passed from this life. He was such a good man and was loved and respected by all who knew him.

Most of all he was a proud Marine who was glad to have served his country. He was especially proud to have been involved in the Battle of Chosin, one of the most gruesome battles in Marine Corps history. His health had begun to deteriorate in the last couple of years - much of it brought on by the frostbite suffered during his time in Korea.

During his last hours in the hospital, I read aloud from his Korean War history and his kids were impressed to learn things about his experience that they had not known about their dad before. Thank you for your participation in this educational project to document this important part of history.

Chris Pezzella

Phegley, Harold Eugene

Harold Eugene Phegley was born in Sullivan County, Indiana, on June 15, 1934, a son of Alpha Alvan and Pauline Opal Robbins Phegley.  He died July 30, 1989 in Vincennes, Indiana, and is buried in the Vincennes City Cemetery, Vincennes.

He was a Private in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea during the Korean War.  He was the brother of: Junior Phegley, Ruth Horn, Helen Anderson, William Henry Phegley, James Robbins, Jimmy Phegley, Earnest Edward Phegley, Ronald D. Phegley, and John Phegley.

Phelan, Michael J. Jr.

Michael J. Phelan Jr, LTC, US Army (Ret), passed away March 14th, 2013 at Mercy Hospital Northwest in Rogers, Arkansas. Mike was born on December 3rd, 1932 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

He enlisted in the Army during the Korean War. After the war he attended Language School (Chinese Mandarin) and was further assigned to 1st Special Forces Group on Okinawa. While assigned to 1st Group, he served several TDY tours in Vietnam with Combined Studies. Mike also served with the 1st Bn, 503rd, 173rd Airborne Brigade, and the MACV-J3 Office. During the period 1969 – 1971 he was assigned as Senior Advisor to the Republic of China Special Forces. His other major assignments were with 3rd Special Forces Group, 11th and 101st Airborne Divisions. His many awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, CIB, Bronze Star and the Vietnam Service Medal with nine campaign stars.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 22 years, Patricia, and brother James Phelan. He is survived by his beloved partner, Joan McDermitt, of Havasu City, Arizona, a former US Army Nurse who Mike met in Vietnam; two daughters, Kelly Bellers and her husband Mike of St Louis, Missouri; and Heather O’Dell of Lebanon, Missouri; and three grandchildren, Helena O’Dell and Alex and Maddie Bellers.

Burial was on 19 March, 2013, with full military honors at the Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri.

Phillips, John Taylor

Judge John Taylor Phillips died on June 15, 2012 and left this world to fly to worlds unknown to meet his Savior.

J. Taylor Phillips was born in Greenville, South Carolina on August 20, 1921. His wife, the former Mary Elizabeth Parrish of Eastman, Georgia, survives him, as do his three daughters, all of Macon, Georgia: Mary Susan Phillips, Linda Lea Phillips Dannelly (Lee), Julia Taylor Phillips Manard (Tom), and his two grandchildren, Ben and Ryan Manard. His son, John Allen Phillips, is deceased, and his parents, Walter Dixon Phillips and Mattie Sue Taylor Phillips, are also deceased.

J. Taylor Phillips graduated from Miami High School in Miami, Florida, but spent most of his adolescence in Americus and Augusta, Georgia. After serving in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War, Taylor graduated from Glenville State College in West Virginia, and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon. Later in life, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, for his exemplary service in both the legal profession and church service.

Judge Phillips also served in the Georgia House of Representatives two terms from 1959 to 1962, and in the Georgia State Senate one term from 1963 to 1964, where he was instrumental in crafting laws conducive to furthering education and fostering better living conditions for Georgians. Before assuming his seat as judge of the State Court of Bibb County, where he served thirty-five years from 1964 to 1999, Judge Phillips practiced law in Macon for ten years.

During his lengthy tenure as judge, he also was actively involved in educating law students at the Walter F. George School of Law, and from 1968 to 1999 he served as director of Trial Practice Procedure. He was president of the State Court Trial Judges and Solicitors Association of Georgia from 1972 to 1973 and a member and chair of the Judicial Qualifications Commission for ten years from 1982 to 1992. He was a member of the Macon Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia.  After his retirement from the bench, he served as Senior Judge for the State of Georgia up to the time of his death.

Not only was Judge Phillips active in the legal sphere, but his service to his community and his church was extensive. He was a member of the Lions Club and a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner. He served as president of the United Cerebral Palsy of Macon and Middle Georgia and National Vice President of United Cerebral Palsy from 1971 to 1973. He was president of the Georgia Council of Moral and Civic Concerns for over twenty years. He provided financial support to the United Methodist Children's Home in Macon, and he sponsored children in need around the world. He gave generously to the United Methodist Church, not only with faithful giving to Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, his local church, but also to two United Methodist retreat centers--Epworth-by-the-Sea on St. Simons Island in Georgia and Lake Junaluska in North Carolina. Judge Phillips also served as a trustee for Epworth and Lake Junaluska, as well as Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and Magnolia Manor in Americus.

He provided leadership to Good News Television, serving as president of Macon Urban Ministries of Good News TV. He served as a lay leader, Chairman of the Administrative Board, certified lay speaker, and adult Sunday School teacher at Mulberry United Methodist Church. He was lay leader for the Macon District of the United Methodist Church from 1972 to 1980 and South Georgia Conference Lay Leader from 1980 to 1988. He was president of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Lay Leaders from 1983 to 1985. He was a delegate to the General and Jurisdictional conferences of the United Methodist Church ten times, rendering forty years of dedicated service, and was a member of several general boards of the UMC.

A memorial service will be held at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012,at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Tommy Mason and Rev. John Carroll officiating. Visitation immediately follows in the Fellowship Hall. Burial will be private. Donations may be made to any charity, but for those who wish, a scholarship account in his name exists to help students enrolled in Mercer's law school. If interested, direct your donation to the J. Taylor Phillips Scholarship fund at the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia.

Picciano, James Daniel

James Picciano, 88, Boca Raton, Florida, died of coronavirus on April 1, 2020.  The native New Yorker was born on July 15, 1931.  He was a Korean War-era veteran, retired iron worker, and baseball buff.  He and his wife of 46 years, Elise Picciano, both fell ill on March 15, 2020.  She recovered from coronavirus, but he died.

Pickering, Lonnie L.

Lonnie L. Pickering, 81, of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013 in Fort Smith. He was born July 12, 1931 in Cameron to Floyd and Dile (Archey) Pickering, was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Korea, worked for Felt Mills in Kansas City and attended Calvary Assembly of God Church in Poteau.

Services are Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with Rev. Lynn Bullard officiating. Interment will follow at Fairhill/Knothole Cemetery in Cameron, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy Aldridge, of the home; four sons, Ed Pickering and wife Ruth of Bokoshe, Eric Pickering and wife Terry of Oklahoma City, Charles Pickering and wife Wanda, Brian Pickering and wife Sheila of Wister; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Lyles and husband Jerry of Waldron and Betty Graven and husband Bill of California; and a brother, Pat Pickering and wife Mollie of Kansas City.

Pierce, Weslie J.

Weslie J. Pierce, 94, of Belleville, Illinois, born Friday, October 26, 1928, in Doniphan, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at his residence in Belleville.

Weslie was a Production Foreman for Monsanto Chemical Company for 35 years and a 15 year manager of Monsanto Employees Credit Union. He was a member of Westview Baptist Church in Swansea IL, St. Clair Lodge #24 AF & AM and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia H., nee Harman, Pierce; grandson, Daniel Pierce; parents, Johnny and Zelpha, nee Largent, Pierce; brothers, Almus Pierce, A. B. Pierce and Leslie Pierce; sisters, Beulah Reeves, Edna Young and Marcella Ator.

Surviving are his children, Michael W. (Patricia) Pierce of O'Fallon, Illinois, Gregory Pierce of Kansas City, Missouri, and Pamela (Charles) Roney of Belleville; sister-in-law, Judy Braschler of Doniphan; grandchildren, Benjamin (Tina) Pierce, Abbey (Brandon) Humphrey, Lauren Roney, Bryan Roney, Amanda Pierce and Naema Pierce; six great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to: Westview Baptist Church, 2500 Sullivan Drive, Swansea, Illinois 62226 or St. Clair Lodge #24. Visitation from 4:00 - 7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville. Masonic Service will be held at 6:30 pm at Kurrus Funeral Home. Doniphan Visitation: Visitation from 12:00 - 2:00 pm Friday, April 21, 2023 at Edwards Funeral Home at 606 Walnut Street, Doniphan 63935. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, April 21, 2023 at Edwards Funeral Home, 606 Walnut Street, Doniphan 63935. Interment will follow at Doniphan Cemetery in Doniphan.

Pike, William "Bill"

William “Bill” Pike, 91, long-time resident of New Canaan, Connecticut, died on March 18, 2020 at Norwalk Hospital.  He was the second victim of coronavirus in the State of Connecticut.  Bill was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, in 1929.  He enrolled in the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and then served in the US Navy as a lieutenant on the USS Collett during the Korean War.  After his military service he attended Harvard Business School, following which he had a 30-year career at J.P. Morgan and Company.  He eventually became an executive vice president of the company.  The retired Wall Street businessman and his wife Cathie were parents of three children.  He was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan.

Ping, Cleo Edwin "Bud"

Cleo “Bud” Ping, 88, of Sloan, Iowa passed away Monday, October 5, 2020 at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center, Sioux City, Iowa. A Public Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday, October 8, 2020 at the Skien Lutheran Church, Albaton, Iowa. (Due to Covid-19 family will not be present at the visitation.) (Social distancing measures must be followed- Due to Covid -19 restrictions masks are encouraged.) A Private Family Memorial Service will be held with Pastor Craig Bock officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Township Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the United States Army and the Smith-Rhodes American Legion Post #295 of Sloan, Iowa. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.
 Cleo Edwin Ping was born June 26, 1932 in rural Sloan, Iowa the son of Cleo Henry and Pearl Marie (Wright) Ping. He grew up in Compton, California and Whiting, Iowa and graduated from Whiting High School in 1951. Bud joined the United States Army October 15, 1952 and was honorably discharged September 27, 1954. He worked as the Whiting School custodian until the early 60’s. Bud and his brother, Clifford purchased Dahl Brothers Oil in Sloan, Iowa in the mid 1960’s. They opened as Ping’s 66 Service and operated until 1993. Bud worked for the City of Sloan in the maintenance department until his passing. Bud and Ila Jeanette (Foss) Ping were united into marriage July 12, 1959 in Soldier, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Michael and Carla. Bud loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, boating, traveling, the outdoors, and socializing with friends. He was an avid Hawkeye Fan and loved reading westerns and historical events. He especially enjoyed attending metal detecting events. Bud enjoyed many family trips to the Black Hills. Bud was a member of the American Legion. Survivors include his children, Michael (Patricia) Ping of Salix, Iowa and Carla (Bruce) Tevis of Hornick, Iowa; granddaughter, Aryn Ping of Des Moines, Iowa; grandson, Aric (Katie) Ping of Omaha, Nebraska; great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Skylar Ping; sister, Lanette Reitz of Correctionville, Iowa; brother, Clifford (Kay) Ping of Sloan, Iowa; brother-in-law, Gordon (Barb) Foss of Soldier, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleo Henry and Pearl Marie (Wright) Ping; his wife, Ila Jeanette (Foss) Ping; parents-in-law, Oscar and Edith (Johnson) Foss; brother, Dan (Peggy) Ping; brother-in-law, Lawrence Reitz; and sister-in-law, Janet (Ulven) Foss.

Piro, Angelo

Angelo Piro, 87, died of Coronavirus on Staten Island on March 30, 2020.  He was born in Manhattan and graduated from Seward Park High School.  During the Korean War he served in the US Air Force (1951-55) as a supply specialist at the air base in Pusan, Korea.  After the way he was a pressman for the Journal American until the paper went out of business in 1966.  He then became a pressman for the New York Post and was active in the pressman's union.  In 1958 he married Concetta D'Antonio, and they had three daughters: Mrs. John (Connie Piro) Mazella, Laura Piro, and Mrs. John (Lea Piro) Vischio.  He was active in his parish, St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, where he was past president of Father's Club and a longtime softball coach.  He was a volunteer for hospice care at the Staten Island University Hospital, and a fixture in Staten Island's community theatre.  He was a member of the North Shore YMCA and the Glee Club.  He is survived by his wife, his daughters, six grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. 

Pitruzzello, Salvatore Joseph

Salvatore Joseph Pitruzzello (Tootie) of Portland, husband of the late Santina (Milardo) Pitruzzello - his childhood sweetheart - passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 with his daughter and granddaughter by his side. Tootie was born in Portland on May 6, 1927, son of the late Vincenzo and Uliana (Emanuele) Pitruzzello. Born to immigrant parents, Tootie learned to speak English when he was in the first grade. He attended local schools. He joined the Navy the day he turned 18, serving in World War II and the Korean War on the USS Burlington, PF-51. He was very proud to be a veteran and always said the "dough boy" should get the most praise as they put their lives on the line. He always told us that if he hadn't been in the Navy, he would have never seen the world. Tootie retired from the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation in 1989. He was a member of the Portland Volunteer Fire Department, Company 2, since 1953. He proudly served as Assistant Chief and department training officer for 20 years and was treasurer for 25 years. Tootie was a member of the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, DC, the Connecticut State Employees Retirees Chapter 406, the American Legion Post #69 of Portland, the Freestone Council #7 Knights of Columbus of Portland, the Middlesex County Fire Chiefs Association, the Connecticut State Fire Chiefs Association, the East of the River Antique Fire Apparatus Club, the Cellar Savers Association, and the Connecticut Chapter of SPAAMFA. He also spent many years lovingly restoring a 1946 Mack fire truck. Tootie leaves a daughter, Rosella Stevenson of Portland; a son, John C. Pitruzzello of Glastonbury, Connecticut; his grandchildren: Rachel and Michael O'Connor of Belmont, Massachusetts, Emily Stevenson and her fiancé Nicholas Foley of Portland, and Jonathan and Jordan Pitruzzello, both of West Hartford, Connecticut. Tootie was also blessed with a great-granddaughter, Fiona O'Connor. He leaves his sister Anna Fairbank of Middletown. He also leaves his "beloved cat, 'Kitty'" and his "lady friend" Margaret Stumbers. He was predeceased by his sister Mary, and brother Jimmy. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. Tootie had many friends, especially his "brothers" - all the firemen that had a chance to get to know him. He was a humble and kind man and a friend to everyone. He used to say, "Treat everyone as you would want to be treated." A friend had said Tootie was a 60-year-old man in a 92-year-old body! Donations in his name may be made to the Portland Volunteer Fire Department Company 2, PO Box 132, Portland, Connecticut 06480 and to St. Mary's Parish, 51 Freestone Avenue, Portland, Connecticut 06480. Tootie will truly be missed. Private graveside services will be held at the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.

Plaisance, Ralph R.

Ralph R. Plaisance, 87, formerly of Old Bethpage, New York, passed away on April 1, 2020 from the coronavirus. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Gloria. Cherished Dad to his children Linda, Stephen (Susan), Suzanne and Richard (Stacy). Beloved Poppie to 8 grandchildren Alex, Cassie, Greg, Richie, Michael, Chloe, Stephie & Carly & great-grand- child Arianna. Survived by his sister Phyllis Lawrence. Ralph's life was all about service to both his family and his com-munity. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He worked for the New York Police Department for 32 years. He was the founding Grand Knight for the St. Pius X Council of Knights of Columbus. He served as President of VFW Post 5942 of Plainview for many terms. Ralph touched many lives and will be missed by all. Services will be held at a future date.

Plasters, Joseph Elsworth

Joseph Elsworth Plasters, 81, of Springfield, IL, died on Friday, April 1, 2011 at his home. Mr. Plasters was born on September 25, 1929, in West Frankfort, Illinois, the son of Elan Plasters and Ethel Elzina (Jenks) Plasters. He married the former Phyllis Osburn on August 14, 1955 and she survives.

Joe graduated from Thompsonville Community High School in 1948 and Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with Business and Industry focus in 1955. He completed his Master of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Illinois Springfield in 1975. Joe worked for Illinois Bell Telephone/Ameritech from 1955-1990 retiring as Labor Relations Manager. He was instructor of business and management courses at Lincoln Land Community College from 1980-1991.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1948 to 1952 during the Korean War. Joe attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and also received five bronze service stars. He served as a wire chief with the 13th Signal Company, 1st Cavalry with MacArthur’s unit in Korea from July 1950 to June 1951. At one time his unit was only 50 miles from the Yalu.

Joe attended Westminster Presbyterian Church and Hope Evangelical Free Church. Joe was a patient, fun-loving, devoted family man and loyal friend who always appreciated good times with others. He valued hard work, education, health and fitness, personal growth, and appreciation for the simple things in life. He enjoyed good conversation, fishing, traveling, beauty in nature, music, laughter, jokes/magic tricks/pranks, hiking/camping/outdoors, reading, writing, current events and story-telling. He was an intelligent, good-natured, down to earth, personable and diplomatic man whose sound and exemplary wisdom will always be remembered and whose loving presence will be sadly and greatly missed.

Surviving relatives include his wife Phyllis Plasters, Springfield, Illinois, three daughters, Rebecca Lynn Merten and husband Matthew, Effingham, Illinois, Loretta Kay Goddard and husband Julian, Columbia, South Carolina, Marcia Jo Plasters, Springfield, Illinois, one son, Eric Ellsworth Plasters and wife Dana, Glen Carbon, Illinois, six grandchildren, Sarah Jo Goddard, Jacqueline Michelle (Currie) Perdomo and husband Andrew, Julianne Kay Goddard, Dalton Joseph Homolka, Ethan Joseph Plasters, Addison Christine Plasters, one sister, Shirley Klein, Springfield, Illinois, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mr. Plasters was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Jason Lynn Currie, two sisters, Dorothy Bangert and Lois Fuhr, and one brother, Robert Plasters. A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2011 with Rev. Julian Goddard officiating. Burial was in the Plasters Grove Cemetery, Thompsonville, IL with military honors conducted by the Thompsonville American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Plasters Grove Baptist Church, Thompsonville, IL, the Crecer Ministry to Boma, Dominican Republic (in memory of grandson Jason Currie) or the Alzheimer's Association.

Plata, Frank J.

Frank J. Plata passed peacefully in the presence of his family on February 23, 2019. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Joan A. (Murray), his children Rev. Gregory Plata, OFM, Daniel, James, Philip and Regina (Joseph) Wojtkielewicz. He has 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Born in North Philadelphia on November 29, 1929 to Francis Plata, Sr. and Anna Francis, he entered the Army and was involved in the Korean War. It was there he earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action and two Purple Hearts. After retirement from the Army, he joined the United States Air Force. His total time in service to our country was 22 years.

While working for Philadelphia Gas Works, he was awarded the Chapel of Four Chaplains Award for community service in North Philadelphia. A devoted and loving father, Frank was also involved in his faith community of St. Jerome parish. He was beloved by friends and fellow vets throughout the country.

Relatives and friends are invited to Frank's Life Celebration Wednesday February 27, 2019 between 9:00AM and 10:45AM at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 8100 Colfax St, Philadelphia followed by an 11:00AM Funeral Mass. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.

Pleasant, George Carlton

George Carlton Pleasant, 90, of 630 Mt Cross Road, Danville, Virginia., passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at his residence. He was born in Leasburg, North Carolina, on February 13, 1928, a son of the late Malcom Monroe Pleasant and Lottie Stephens Pleasant Walker.

Mr. Pleasant was a member of Task Force Smith during the Korean War.  He was an assistant BAR man in the first platoon, company ‘B’, 21st infantry Regiment of the 24th infantry division. He was assistant to BAR gunner, Cpl. Norman V. Fosness who was from Minot, North Dakota. They were among the first 400 of the 24th infantry division to arrive in Korea.

Mr. Pleasant worked for Holsum Bakery and was a farmer.  He later retired from Dan River Mills. He was a member of Shermont Baptist Church. On October 11, 1952, he married, Mildred Parsons Pleasant, who passed on October 3, 2013.

Surviving are his four sons, Bobby Pleasant Sr. and wife, Norma, Larry Pleasant, Terry Pleasant and wife, Jackie, and Roger Pleasant and wife, Lisa, all of Danville, Virginia.; four grandchildren, Bobby Pleasant Jr. and wife, Jamie, Amanda Crews and husband, Roger, R.J. Pleasant and wife, Brooke, and Danielle P. Wyatt and husband, Matthew; three great-grandchildren, Kayla Pleasant, Andrew Crews, and River Pleasant; a sister, Janie P. Sitt; a brother, Leon Pleasant; two sisters in-law, Jetti Riddle and Helen Clark; many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two brothers, Henry and Malcolm Pleasant; and three sisters, Pauline Webster, Frances Adams, and Irma Wiles.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2 p.m. at Shermont Baptist Church with the Reverend Ryan Riley officiating. Interment followed in Danville Memorial Gardens.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Danville Life Saving Crew or to the Shermont Baptist Church Building Fund.

Poell, Joseph M.

Joseph M. Poell, 92, of Belleville, Illinois, born Friday, November 14, 1930, in East St. Louis, Illinois, passed away Monday, March 13, 2023 at Benedictine Living Community At The Shrine in Belleville.

Joseph retired as an Electrician for IBEW Local #309 including 20 years at Stag Brewery. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Belleville. He was a proud veteran, serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy. He took pride in his faith and hard work, which he instilled in his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Maxine, nee Maxwell, Poell; parents, Joseph John and Theresa, nee Lehner, Poell; daughter, Karen Paulson; son-in-law, John Hoerner; sister and brother-in-law; Lorraine (Forrest) Buesking and nephew, Craig Buesking.
Surviving are his children, Kathy (Steve) Odenwald of Saint Louis, Missouri, Joe (Marla) Poell of Libertyville, Illinois, Kay Hoerner of Belleville, IL; son-in-law, Al Paulson of Belleville;11 grandchildren, Andy (Leticia) Odenwald, Matt (Maureen) Odenwald, Stephanie (Brandon) Matthies, Stephanie Uliks, Sydney Poell, Olivia Poell, Danny Paulson, Robby Paulson, Jenny Paulson (fiancé,Tom Henderson), Jonathan Hoerner and Sarah Hoerner; 2 great grandchildren, William Odenwald and Theodore Matthies.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Belleville. Visitation was held from 4:00 - 8:00 pm, Friday, March 17th, 2023 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, and from 9:00 - 10:30 am on Saturday, March 18th, 2023 at Kurrus. A funeral procession left Kurrus at 10:45 am on Saturday, March 18th, 2023 for a 11:00 am Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Belleville, with Father Matthew Elie officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville.

Polette, Francis

Francis Vernon Polette, ;91, of Collinsville, Illinois, passed away June 30, 2021 at his residence.  Francis was born February 5, 1930 to Martin and Emma (nee Portel) Polette in Granite City, Illinois.  He married Joan Bartos on March 12, 1950 in Collinsville.  Francis and Joan were married 61 years and had two daughters, Laurie and Lynn.  He served in the United States Navy, a veteran of the Korean War.  He worked for Norfolk and Southern Railroad for 35 years and was a member of Brotherhood & Steamship Clerk Union.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Martin Harold Polette; sisters, Martha Mugridge, Mildred Kuhn, Hilda Jacxkson; brother-in-law Willie Clay; son-in-law Dean Woods.  Francis is survived by his wife and daughters; sister, Gerry Graham; grandchildren Melissa (Andy) Gaa, Amy (Brian) Courtwright, Taylor Woods and Ethan; and great grandchildren, Karsten Gaa and Mia Gaa.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, July 9, 2021, 10:00 a.m. at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Collinsville.

Pollard, Odis Latemore "Lat"

My dad Odis Latemore “LAT” Pollard served in the Korean War, 578th Combat Engineer Battalion, Company A from December 1950 to January 1952. He died 2 March 06.  He was preceded in death by his father (Bud), mother (May), and brother (Harvey). He is survived by his wife Doris; sons Stanley, Tony (Cheryl) and Scott (Glena); and grandchildren Brian, Brad, Joshua, Mandy, and Levi. He was a lifelong resident of Ballplay, Alabama. He was a great man and I’m proud he was my dad and served his country. If you know where I can find some information about his service or reunions of his unit please feel free to send me an email. - Tony Pollard,

Ponzetti, Paul Jr.

Paul Frank Ponzetti, Jr., age 91, passed away at his residence, Safety Harbor, Florida, November 9, 2021.  He was born February 14, 1930 to Paul and Emma Ponzetti, Chicago, Illinois.  He served as a Navy aircraft mechanic on the Valley Forge during the Korean War.  He lived in Fairview Heights, Illinois for many years before retiring to Safety Harbor.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elizabeth (Betty) and two brothers Robert and Jack Ponzetti of Chicago, along with daughters, Cindy Horn, Rosemarie (Don) Adair, LuAnn (Pete) Masem, Betsy Arfmann and Paula Pearson, 7 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bill and his granddaughter Monica.

A Mass was held November 19th at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church in Safety Harbor.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Wounded Warriors or a charity of your choice.

Portinga, Raymond

Raymond Lee Portinga, 91, of Maryville, Illinois has passed away on September 23, 2023 at Liberty Village of Maryville. Lee was a man of many talents; musician, engineer, graphic artist, just to name a few. He retired from a career at IBM in 1992 and immediately started his graphic design business where he produced designs and catalogs for local businesses and his church. He continued this until shortly before his passing. He was a talented musician playing the steel guitar in his early years, performing throughout the central and southern United States and Japan.

Lee was born September 11, 1932 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, growing up in the Willmar area. He served in the US Air Force from 1950 to 1954 and the US Army from 1956-1959, receiving an honorable discharge from both. He was a member of the Troy-Collinsville Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lynda, parents, Henry and Alline Portinga, sisters Martha Johnson and Sue Thibedeau and brother Al Portinga. He is survived by son Nathan (Cherie) Portinga, daughter Susan (Ed) Sullivan, grandchildren Jonathan (Rachel) Portinga and Christian Portinga, Joe (Sara) Mikelson, Tim Mikelson, Sarah Mikelson, Caroline Mikelson and great-grandson Maverick Mikelson, sister Joan Abreu and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at a date to be determined at the Troy-Collinsville Church of Christ and a private graveside service at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Benton, Illinois.

Published by Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 1, 2023.

Poston, George O.

George O. Poston passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2009. He was 80 years old.  George was born on a farm near Roscoe, Missouri, on November 1, 1928. He was the second son and fifth child of Benjamin and Anna Poston. In the 1930s, Ben and Anna moved their family to Anaconda where George spent most of his childhood.

George commenced his military service in a special officer candidate school for high school seniors toward the end of World War II. When this program was discontinued after the end of the war, George enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After 18 months' service in the Navy, he transferred to the U.S. Air Force where he served for over 20 years. During those years of service, George was awarded many commendations, citation, and medals including the Air Medal. While serving during the Korean War as an enlisted man, George received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his participation in combat action. Later in his military career, as an officer, he again received the Distinguished Flying Cross for covert work he did while stationed in West Germany. While he was stationed in West Germany, George met and married his wife, Shirley Washburn Poston, a fellow officer in the U.S. Air Force, on May 2, 1962. They were married for over 36 years.

George's final duty was as a safety range officer at Vandenberg Air Force Base where he assisted in the testing of intercontinental missiles. After retirement from the Air Force in 1967, George attended Montana State University in Bozeman. Upon graduation, he worked for several construction companies in a managerial capacity and ended his work career with the Montana Department of Transportation.

George enjoyed his retirement with many hunting and fishing trips. His hunting camp in the Madison range became well known amongst his hunting buddies where George was head man and chief cook. George hunted throughout the world and was very active in the hunting conservation community. He participated in several organizations including Ducks Unlimited and the Boone and Crockett Club. George and his wife, Shirley, and Shirley's brother would spend many a summer day fishing off the coast of Oregon. When he went ice fishing, however, Shirley tended to let him go by himself.

George also dedicated much of his time to veterans and their families. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He worked tirelessly to improve the environment for the patients at Fort Harrison. He was the original and a significant contributor to Liberty House at Fort Harrison, a home where veterans' families can stay while the patients receive treatment. George also worked diligently to create the State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison. He was named the Montana Disabled Veteran of the Year and he was nominated as the U.S. Disabled Veteran of the Year. At the time of his death, George was the adjutant for the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 3, treasurer for Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 3, State Veterans Cemetery Board chairman and Veterans Administration volunteer service coordinator for Montana, which worked with the Disabled American Veterans Service Transportation.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Anna Poston; his brother, Ben "Buster" Poston; and his wife, Shirley W. Poston. George will be missed by his sisters, Jeanette Pope, Alice Stearns, May Martin; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Ted and Maxine Poston and John and Joan Poston; 14 nieces and nephews; more than 30 great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and his many friends and fellow veterans.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, at Hagler Anderson Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow the services at the Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Disabled American Veterans, DAV Transportation, or Liberty House, P.O. Box 25, Fort Harrison, MT 59636.

Powell, Rudy Devohn Sr.

Rudy Devohn Powell, Sr., 71, was born on June 02, 1933 and passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2004. Mr. Powell was a resident of Highlands for over 30 years.  He was a member of North Side Baptist Church in Highlands and he enjoyed working outdoors, fishing, traveling.  He really loved his grandchildren and enjoyed helping people. He had served in the Air Force during the Korean War in the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing.

Rudy is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Powell of Highlands; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Rudy Devohn Powell, Jr. of Highlands, Montie and Jayna Powell of Baytown and John and Jill Powell of Highlands; mother, Ruby Powell of Baytown; 3 grandchildren, Joel Powell, Elizabeth Powell and Jake Powell, all of Highlands; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.  For those desiring, memorials may be made to North Side Baptist Church of Highlands, TX.

Powers, Charles W.

Charles W. Powers died on April 26, 2020 of coronavirus.  He and his wife Lorraine G. Powers were parents of three children: Charles, Laurie, and James Powers.  He was retired from the Long Island Railroad as Chief Transportation Officer.  After his retirement he was a consultant for the redevelopment of Woodside Train Station, Secaucus Train Station in New Jersey, and the refurbishment of New York's Penn Station.  He and Lorraine were involved in the worldwide travel organization SKAL.  They traveled to all seven continents.  An Army veteran who served in Korea during the Korean War, he was also the grandfather of two grandchildren.

Primm, Raymond "Ray"

Ray Primm
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Raymond “Ray” Primm, 72, of Russellville, Arkansas, died peacefully in his sleep on the evening of Friday, March 24, 2006 at his home, following illnesses of several years.

Raymond was born July 17, 1933, in Alix, Arkansas, the fifth child of James (Jim) and Maggie Burchfield Primm. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Roger, who died in 1974. Roger (William R.) was also a Korean War veteran.

Ray is survived by his wife, Virginia Shaffer Primm; four children, Terry Day and husband Mike, of Arlington, Texas; Donna Lang and husband Larry, of Westford, Massachusetts; Shari Melillo and husband Stephen, of Smithfield, Virginia; and son James Primm and wife Kathy, of North Little Rock, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Melissa Day, Jinny and Ryan Lang, Spencer and Raymond Shaffer Melillo, and Madison, Raydan, and Kennedy Primm; and six brothers and sisters, Eileen Primm of Mt. Vernon, Missouri; Imogene Wiederkehr, of Independence, Missouri; Ruth Wasson, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Gerald (Jerry) Primm, of Mulberry, Arkansas; Marilyn Primm, of Fort Smith, Arkansas; and Sharon Coffey, of Russellville, Arkansas.

Raymond served in two branches of the United States military. He enlisted in the Army at age 16 and served in Korea from November 1950 to June 1951 as part of the 7th Infantry Division, X Corp, 8th Army. A combat infantryman. Raymond fought in the battles of Operation Thunderbolt, Operation Killer, Chinese Spring Offensive, the Hwachon Reservoir campaign, and the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Raymond earned several medals and citations for courage under fire and for physical disabilities incurred in battle. At the time of his death, he was an active member of “The Chosin Few”, an organization of the survivors of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

Following a total of four years in the Army, in April 1954, Raymond enlisted in the Air Force and trained at the Airborne Radio Operator School, in Biloxi, Mississippi. After graduating with distinction, he received the Atomic Energy Commissions “Q” Clearance and was assigned to the 4928th Test Squadron of the 4925th Nuclear Test Group, with which he served from December 1954 through August 1956. Raymond’s home base was Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was a crew member on B-50 and B-36 Bombers. In early 1955 and again in 1956 he participated in the Operation Tea Pot Atmospheric Nuclear Tests at Indian Springs AFB in Nevada. From August 1955 to August 1956, he served in Eniwetok, in the Marshall Islands Pacific Test Area, where he participated in the atomic and hydrogen bomb tests known as Operation Redwing and Operation Firecracker.

After leaving the Air Force, Raymond worked with Crown Engineering and Data Technologies companies in Albuquerque, under contracts with Sandia National Laboratories. While with Crown, he was part of a two-man team which solved an engineering failure that enabled NASA’s first Lunar Lander project to continue. He worked for many years with companies in Albuquerque, providing engineering support to both Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories.

In 1972, after developing and patenting an improved photo-electric eye for elevator and material handling uses, Raymond and three partners founded Innovation Industries, Incorporated, in Roswell, New Mexico. Innovation produced the electric eye developed and patented by him, which they dubbed the model 1004. The Innovation Model 1004 Electric Eye became the world standard for safety in elevator door controls and also led to work in other control systems that protect people all over the world. One project of interest handled by the company, in conjunction with Disney Imagineering, was the development of a new control system for Disneyland. Many of Innovation’s photo eyes were used throughout the park to trigger motion, light, and sound systems in such attractions as the Pirates of the Caribbean.

In 1983, Raymond left Innovation Industries and founded Keyswitch, Inc. Keyswitch produced another of his patents, which was an improved key operated switch, used to control elevators from both inside and outside the elevator car. Raymond’s keyswitches are now in such places as The National Institutes of Health, and the elevators leading to the justice’s chambers of the New York State Supreme Court. After the first bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City, Keyswitch received a contract for switches to monitor all the elevators and security stations of the center. One of Raymond’s proudest moments was when he was able to visit the World Trade Center and see the security stations with all 168 Keyswitches on line. After selling and retiring from Keyswitch Inc. in 1999, Raymond enjoyed traveling, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and participating in local activities around Russellville. In addition to membership in “The Chosin Few”, Raymond was a member of the Russellville VFW and the Russellville Eagle’s Club, the latter of which he had served four years as president.

A rosary service was held on March 29th, 2006, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Russellville, Arkansas. A Celebration of Raymond’s Life was held the following evening, Thursday, March 30th, also at St. John’s Catholic Church, in Russellville. Members of the Russellville VFW held a military honors ceremony and fired the volleys. The body was cremated and, on July 17th, Ray's birth date, during an honors ceremony, the cremains were inurned in the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

Pritchett, Robert F.

Robert F. Pritchett, 93, of Mascoutah, Illinois, born February 1, 1929, in East St. Louis, Illinois died Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Freeburg Care Center.

Robert was a retired aircraft electrician for McDonnnell Douglas and retired from the Missouri Air National Guard. He was a member of the Machinist Union 837 and was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas F. and Marie, nee Skach, Pritchett, daughter, Carol Jean Pritchett, brother, Donald (Catherine) Pritchett, and brother-in-law, Heardy P. VanOver. Surviving are his wife, Helen L., nee VanOver, Pritchett whom he married on April 5, 1953 in Cutler, Illinois; five children, Robert (Susan) Pritchett of Shiloh, Illinois, Dr. Kevin (Annette) Pritchett of Swansea, IL, Karen (Jeffrey) Nash of Belleville, Illinois, Barbara Ernst of Mascoutah, Illinois, Dr. Steven (Joan) Pritchett of Mascoutah, Illinois; 11 grandchildren, Lisa (Sean) Daily, Emily Pritchett, Ryan (Maryl) Pritchett, Lauren and Shannon Pritchett, Jessica and Rachel L. Baker, Amber (Zack) Green, Austin Ernst, Alex and Nickolaus Pritchett; seven great grandchildren, Elijah, Alivia, Evelyn, Ari, Leo, Harper, Lukus; half-sister, Jeanne Hayes; three sisters-in-law, Earlene VanOver, Ruth Jeremiah,Gertrude Kaemmermann; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be donated to the Mascoutah Food Pantry, 17 West Main St., Mascoutah, Illinois 62258. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting
Visitation: From 6 to 8 PM Thursday, May 5, 2022, and from 9 to 10 AM Friday, May 6, 2022 at Moll Funeral Home in Mascoutah, Illinois. Funeral: A funeral service will be held 10 AM Friday, May 6, 2022 at Moll Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Martha Thierheimer officiating. Burial will follow in Looney Springs Cemetery, Campbell Hill, Illinois.

Published by Belleville News-Democrat on May 3, 2022.

Putnam, James H.

Jim Putnam of Fenton, Michigan, died on Monday, March 13, 2006, of complications from cancer.  A former member of the United States Marine Corps, Jim served in Korea in 1952-53 with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines machinegun section attached to Dog Company.  His memoir appears on the Memoirs of the Korean War Educator.

PUTNAM, James Harold, age 75, of Fenton, died Monday, March 13, 2006 at home. Funeral Services will be held 1PM Friday, March 17, 2006 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Rd., Fenton. Interment will follow at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, with military honors performed under the auspices of Marine Corps League, Flint Detachment #155. Visitation will be held 5-8PM Wednesday and 2-4 and 5-8PM Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Genesys Hospice. James was born January 19, 1931 in Durand, the son of Clifford and Grace (McCully) Putnam. He was a 1949 graduate of Owosso High School, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as SGT in Korea. James married Jacqueline Wilson at St. Joseph Church in Owosso on August 14, 1954. He was employed by Farm Bureau Insurance Company until retirement in January of 1996. James was active in the lives of his 3 sons, coaching hockey in youth leagues and at Lake Fenton High School. He was an avid hunter, of all types of game, and trained English Setters in the sport. In addition, he was a member of the Senior Slowpitch Softball League. More than anything, James loved his family; spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren brought him the most joy. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Jacqueline; 3 sons, Jeffrey W. Putnam and wife Christine of Birch Run, Christopher J. Putnam and wife Ann of Davison, Patrick J. Putnam and wife Kelly of Swartz Creek; 6 grandchildren, Alicia, Michael, Andrew, Jenny, Ashley, James; mother-in-law, Oda Wilson of Parker, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family extends special thanks to the staff of Genesys Hospice for their tender care, and to all the wonderful neighbors, and friends who have shown unconditional love and support. Those desiring may share online condolences or post a tribute at

Visitation Hours: 5-8PM Wednesday and 2-4 and 5-8PM Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be at: Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, Fri. March 17, 2006 1:00 PM. Special Services: Military honors performed under the auspices of Marine Corps League, Flint Detachment #155. Interment will follow at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. Family suggests memorial gifts to: Genesys Hospice.


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