It’s Time to Sign UP for Dayton 2021 Reunion

It’s Time to Sign UP for Dayton 2021 Reunion

The rescheduled 2021 USS Lloyd Thomas Reunion will be held in Dayton, Ohio from Tuesday, September 28th through Saturday, October 2nd. Carl and Donna Roberts (1969-70) of Washington, Indiana, have graciously volunteered to continue as our local hosts.

When we voted to go to Dayton, we were aware of the Wright Brothers connection, and that the Air Force Museum was located there. But after visiting Dayton to check out the city, we were surprised by the amount of technological innovation the Dayton area has contributed to our lives. Many advances in aviation, automotive and electronic engineering originated here. The Dayton Project was an important part of the World War II Manhattan Project. Wright Patterson Air Force Base, located near our hotel, has a long history of research and development, and is home to the Naval Medical Research Unit – Dayton. The Air Force has also recently established a Cyber Defense Research Facility there.

The reunion hotel remains the Holiday Inn, Fairborn at 2800 Presidential Drive, Fairborn, Ohio 45324. The hotel is located in a Northern suburb of Dayton. We encourage you to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible, as the more desirable rooms and any special requests will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The hotel will furnish a complimentary breakfast for those staying at the hotel under the reunion rates. They are also offering complimentary Wi-Fi, Business Center Services, and Parking.

The Holiday Inn will honor our rate of $114 per night, plus taxes, for three days before and after the reunion. However, if you will be arriving before Sept. 28th, or staying after Oct. 2nd, the USS Lloyd Thomas Reunion online reservation link will not accept those dates at our negotiated rate. In that case, you will need to make reservations directly through the hotel at (937) 426-7800. When you make reservations with the hotel, please be sure to mention that you are with the USS Lloyd Thomas Reunion, so you will receive our contracted rate, and also be counted toward our room/night minimums, even if you are staying on points or have another arrangement.

If you have not attended our reunion before, and would like to check us out, we would really love to see you. There are no registration fees, and all of the tours and events are optional. You can attend as many events as you wish, or you can just drop by and visit us at our hospitality room each evening, just to say hello. If you are a regular reunion attendee, please talk to a shipmate you correspond with who has not attended, and ask them to come to Dayton.  We are not getting any younger – even if our mind tells us that we are still 19 and 20 year old able-bodied sailors.

The hospitality room is our base of operations at the hotel, and it will be open from when we return from the day’s tours until the last group decides it is bedtime. Our reunion is family friendly, so your relatives and friends are definitely welcome.

We would like to have your hotel reservation made as soon as you can, and your sign-up sheet returned to us by August 18th. We can always handle a late sign-up or two, but the earlier you can submit the sheet, the better it will be for all, considering the need to reserve busing and hospitality and banquet room capacities. You can always cancel, if your schedule does not work out.

There is a space on our sign-up sheet to indicate if you are interested in sharing a room with a fellow shipmate. If you mark that box, we will put you in touch with others willing to share the cost of a room. If you are experiencing mobility issues, we have contacted a company that will deliver rental wheelchairs or other mobility equipment to the hotel. Please check the block on the sign-up sheet if this is of interest to you.

Dayton International Airport (DAY) is located 19 miles, or about 30 minutes West of the Holiday Inn. For ground transportation, Uber/Lyft and taxi services are available.   The hotel does not have an airport shuttle, and there is no AMTRAK service to Dayton. If you need transportation help, please give us a call.

The Event Schedule for the 2021 Reunion is:


Day 1, Tuesday, September 28th

Arrive, check in (Hotel check-in time is 3:00 PM), get reacquainted and swap sea stories. There will also be a Welcome Buffet served at the hospitality room from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. You are welcome to sign up for this event if your arrival time allows.

The Steak and Potato Bar Welcome Buffet choices will include: Market Garden Salad, Pasta Salad, Freshly Baked Rolls, Grilled Strip Steak, Grilled Chicken Strips, Beef and Vegetarian Chili, Idaho Baked Potatoes with assorted toppings, and dessert, featuring a selection of Cookies, Lemon bars, and Brownies.

Day 2, Wednesday, September 29th

We will start the Dayton tours off with an introduction to the Wright Brothers at the Wright Brothers National Park Museum in downtown Dayton. which includes a visit to the actual Bicycle Shop where it all began. We will watch a short video on Orville and Wilbur, then divide into smaller groups to tour the Museum and Shop. The bus will then take us to the Carillon Brewing Company. Lunch will be on your own.  After lunch, it will be a short walk to the Carillon Historical Park , a 65 acre campus containing buildings and displays documenting the Dayton area’s contribution to our history. We recommend that right after you enter the museum, you should view the anima-tronics presentation to get an overview of the history of Dayton’s innovations. The National Cash Register display, the Carousel of Dayton Innovations, and the original Wright Flyer are also items of interest you will want to see.

An optional 90-minute (12:30 to 2:00 PM) guided tour of Hawthorn Hill, the Wright family mansion, will be offered on a space available basis. This is an extra cost option, and involves taking a short ride in a 15 passenger van from Carillon Park, since the area where the home is located is not accessible by tour bus. Please note that Hawthorne Hill is not handicapped accessible (there are stairs), and there are no restrooms available there.

We plan to be back at the hotel by 5:30 PM. Dinner is on your own. (A list of local eating places will be provided in your welcome packet.)

Day 3, Thursday, September 30th

We will spend the day at the National Museum of the United States Air Force . The museum is located on a public part of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, with more than 360 aircraft and 6,100 artifacts on display. There are four major buildings and a missile gallery. There are also several IMAX films shown throughout the day for you to purchase tickets to see, if you are interested. The museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm, and lunch will be on your own at either of the two cafes within the buildings. Wheel chairs and scooters are available at no charge. Although the museum is large, there are plenty of places to take a break. There is a Virtual Tour that you can use to plan your visit so that you can see what most interests you. It would be good to do some research before getting to the museum to plan to see what is most important to you. Most folks who have been there tell us there is not enough time in a day to see all the airplanes and displays. The museum itself is free, but there are charges for the IMAX films and other activities there.

The Memorial Service will be held at the Legacy Data Plate Wall of Honor outside of the Air Force Museum entrance at about 4:30 in the afternoon. We have purchased Legacy Data Plates to be placed on this wall to honor the memory of Ltjg Lloyd Thomas, and our three Vietnam casualties. The online versions of these plates are now available, and can be viewed at View a Plate. If you search for “Lloyd Thomas”, our plates will be the first four found. Due to the generous amount of donations received for the memorial bricks at the San Antonio Reunion, we did not have to solicit additional funds to accomplish this memorial.

After the Memorial Service we will take a short bus ride to the Huffman Prairie Flying Field to see where the Wrights practiced their flying, before we return to the hotel. Evening dinner and visiting will be on your own.

Day 4, Friday, October 1st

Friday begins with a morning bus tour of the city of Dayton, followed by lunch on your own at the New York Style Deli “Flyboys.”

We then plan to visit America’s Packard Museum, a restored 1917 Art Deco former Packard Dealership featuring displays of famous Packard automobiles.

Returning to the Holiday Inn, we will hold our reunion business meeting in the Hospitality Room at approximately 3:00 PM. This is when we will choose the location for our next reunion.

In the evening, we will enjoy our Farewell Banquet in the Hospitality Room. Happy Hour will start at 6 PM, dinner at 7 PM.

Banquet menu choices are:

Fish – Seared Atlantic Salmon, with Lemon and Brown butter, Rice Pilaf and French Green Beans.

Vegetarian – Portobello Stack, with Spinach, Mozzarella Cheese, and Tomato Basil, and Garlic Mashed Potatoes and French Green Beans.

Beef –  8 oz Slow Roasted Prime Rib, served with creamed horseradish, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and French Green Beans

Chicken – Baked Chicken Breast with Tuscan Cream Sauce, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and French Green Beans.

Dessert Choices will be New York Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberries, or Carrot Cake.

Day 5, Saturday, October 2nd

Departure – Hotel check out time is 12:00 PM. Farewell until next year!

We fund our Hospitality Room with money raised by a raffle drawing held at the Friday evening banquet.

We will provide items from the Ship’s Store, and some Dayton area items for the raffle. If you have any items you would like to donate to our raffle, please bring them with you to the reunion.

Would you consider hosting a future reunion in your hometown, or in an area you know well? All it takes is a familiarity with the local geography, and an idea of some interesting events and attractions that you feel your shipmates might enjoy. We can provide advice on hotel selection and negotiations, and do all of the paperwork to make it happen. We just need ideas, and a little groundwork on your end.

This schedule and the events themselves are subject to adjustment, but we will do our best to keep to the plan. We hope to see you in Dayton!

Scott and Nadine Sheffer, Carl and Donna Roberts,
Reunion Coordinators Local Hosts
PO Box 37, Lamartine, PA 16375 330-931-7088 cell
814-797-5458 H  
412-951-0588 cell  
Contact Scott by email  

Please complete the signup form and return it to us

with your payment by August 18, 2021.

 Click here to download the signup form.

Ramona Hendricks (Harry) passed away Thursday December 3, 2020

Ramona and HarryRamona Frances Hendricks was born Dec. 13, 1930, in Wendling, OR, to Carl and Frances Baxter. She passed away Dec. 3, 2020, at Ray Hickey Hospice House after a short and unexpected illness.

Growing up during the depression was a challenge for many families. Ramona’s was no different. In 1936, Ramona’s mother had to make an incredibly difficult decision. Ramona and sister Betty would live for the next five and a half years at Christie Home, a Catholic orphanage for girls on the grounds of what is now Marylhurst in Lake Oswego, OR, her brother, Carl, went to St. Mary’s, a Catholic orphanage for boys, in Beaverton, OR, for a time and sister, Joanna, to their grandparents.

World War II eventually brought the family back together. First Carl, who would go off to the Merchant Marines; then Joanna, followed eventually by Betty and Ramona, reunited with their mother and her new husband, Earl “Van” Vandemark. Ramona would call Van “daddy” for the rest of her life. On returning to Vancouver, WA, Ramona attended McLoughlin Junior High School and would graduate from Meadows High School in 1948.

Ramona’s first job was at Rapp’s Baby Clothing Store in downtown Portland which required a long trip by bus and streetcar. That was followed by a stint as an operator for Bell Telephone in Vancouver which she spoke about often and fondly.

While Harry and Ramona went to Meadows High School at the same time, she was not impressed. It was not until Harry was home on leave from the Navy, they were brought together on a date arranged by a mutual friend, Alyce (Dahl) Mattox. They were married Oct. 28, 1950, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Alyce was Ramona’s maid of honor and remained her best friend for life.

After spending their first years in “Heights Housing,” Harry and Ramona built two houses for their growing family. The first in 1957 clearing several acres of land mostly by hand. The second in 1965 which would be their home for the next 53 years in which she took enormous pride. Ramona passionately embraced “home is where the heart is.” Her experience as a child no doubt serving as significant influence in that regard. That was certainly underscored by her commitment to her husband, sons and ultimately their families. All have shared fond memories of family get togethers, vacations from Canada to Mexico, California to Washington DC, the annual winter trips to Bend and 60th anniversary to Hawaii. All four grandchildren recently shared detailed and fond recollections of their time with their grandma. Most of all, what they learned from her; attention to detail, kindness, organization and for her granddaughters, “how to be a lady.”

Ramona was a homemaker extraordinaire, focusing on her family. She volunteered at schools and as a Cub Scout assistant den mother. She was an outstanding cook and also enjoyed genealogy, sewing, reading, and, for a time, dabbled in pottery. For 20 years, Ramona was a member of the Hooky Ice Skating Club at Lloyd Center, always participating in the annual Christmas performance which her grandchildren loved to watch. Ramona knew about healthy eating long before most. Even after two heart attacks and beating cancer twice, she never slowed down. For many years, she enjoyed working out at the Firstenburg Center and later at The Bedford.

Harry and Ramona traveled extensively including an extended trip to Europe to visit Eric, Nikki and newborn Erin while Eric was serving in the United States Army. They enjoyed many adventures across the United States eventually visiting 49 of 50 states. Trips were on their own, with family or on occasion with Bill and Alyce Mattox. Oftentimes those trips were with their trailer in tow or in 1993 after Harry’s retirement, in their motor home.
Ramona and a group of “girls” who attended Meadows High School together met for lunch just about every month until COVID-19 kept them from carrying on the tradition. Those lifelong friendships were important to Ramona. Two other ladies from the group passed in the last six weeks: Louise Backstrom and Jackie Zanotto.

After six decades in the house that became their home, Harry and Ramona sold and moved into The Bedford, a local independent senior living community. They enjoyed spending time with their growing family whenever possible at barbecues, birthday parties, holidays and oftentimes Sunday dinner with their sons and their wives. Ramona will always be remembered as a caring, kind, funny, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She is missed every day.

Ramona was preceded in death by her mother, Frances Vandemark; stepfather, Earl Vandemark; brother, Carl; and sisters, Joanna and Betty. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Harry; sons, Greg (Janette) Hendricks and Eric (Nikki) Hendricks; grandchildren, Nathan (Saryna) Hendricks, Kelsey Hendricks, Erin (Tyson) Reed, Katie (Mark) Hawley; and great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Bennett, William, Waylon, Sawyer and Emerson.

The family would like to thank staff at The Bedford, The Vancouver Clinic, PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center and Ray Hickey Hospice House for their care and support.

At her request, there was no service, but there are many fond, loving, and lasting memories.

Published in The Columbian on Jan. 24, 2021.

John “Jack” C. Malady passed away Friday May 8, 2020

John (Jack) C. Malady

John “Jack” C. Malady passed away on Friday, May 8 at the age of 90. He was the loving husband of Angela Costantino Malady, with whom he enjoyed 66 years of marriage; cherished father of Kevin Malady, Barbara (James) Blake, Richard (Peggy) Malady, and Carol Malady; caring grandfather of Deirdre, Siobhan, Richard, Joseph, Annemarie, Sean, Christopher, Brian, Nicholas, and Jessica; great-grandfather of Laura, Aiden, Ian, and Jack; brother of Terrance Malady, the late Helen Sullivan, and the late Thomas Malady.

Jack was a Lieutenant on the USS Lloyd Thomas stationed in Newport, RI, where he met his beautiful wife Angela. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame as an electrical engineer and became a design engineer for Westinghouse, during which time he travelled to Europe, China, and South America. Jack enjoyed golfing and curling with friends and family.

Upon retirement, he took up his passion for winemaking, and his “Knob Hill Estates” label graced many of his friends and family’s tables. Jack will be remembered always for his kind smile, contagious laughter, and of course his famous tin roof sundaes. Due to the COVID-19 situation, services and interment were private. A celebration of Jack’s life held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions were asked to be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pgh, PA 15212. Arrangements by Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry.

Jack was reunion treasurer for a long time; he and Angela hosted the Pittsburgh reunion.

Phyllis Keener (wife of Paul) passed away May 7, 2020

Phyllis Keener, wife of Paul

Phyllis Keener, of Catawissa, Missouri, was born May 9, 1930, in Spring Lake, New Jersey and entered into rest Thursday, May 7, 2020 in Fenton, Missouri at the age of 89 years, 11 months and 29 days.

She is preceded in death by, her parents, and six siblings, Lester Reynolds, May Parisi, Harry Johnson, Arther Bubadaias, Robert Bubadaias and Nancy Michaelson. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Paul Keener of Catawissa, Missouri, ten (10) children, Lester Starnes of Red Back, New Jersey, Wanda Starnes of Masauan, New Jersey, Reginald “Freddy” (Sharon) Starnes of Parma, Ohio, Annmarie Starnes of Maryland, Sherry McDonald of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Eileen Jernigan of Dale, Texas, Heidi Wier of Dale, Texas, Edith Eddelton of Lockhart, Texas, Walter (Catlin) Demming of Fenton, Missouri and Andrea Demming of Catawissa, Missouri, nineteen (19) grandchildren, twenty-six (26) great-grandchildren, three (3) great-great-grandchildren, one (1) sister, Shirley Fetzer of Brick, New Jersey, two (2) sisters-in-law, Donna Heisler of Cedar Hill, Missouri and Charlene (Jerry) Walden of Afton, Missouri, and many other family and friends.

Phyllis grew up in New Jersey, and was such an amazing lady. She had a heart of Gold and would give the shirt off her back to anyone in need. Phyllis loved painting, traveling, thrift store shopping and going to garage sales. She will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation was Friday, May 15, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. until time of Service at 3:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Mortuary 6300 Highway 30, Cedar Hill, Missouri. Interment followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations were asked to be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, Tennessee 38148-0412.  Family and friends can review and share stories, photos and condolences online at

Horace Carroll “Pete” Peterson passed away April 25, 2020

Pete PetersonHorace Carroll “Pete” Peterson, 90 of Durand, IL died peacefully at 8:37 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2020 in his home.

Pete was born March 20, 1930 in Chicago, IL the son of Mr. and Mrs Harold C. and Margaret (Thorderson) Peterson. Many of his childhood years were spent in Merrill, WI. He graduated from Broadview Academy in the class of 1950. Upon graduating, Pete joined the US Navy during the Korean War where he served on the USS Lloyd Thomas. After his years in the Navy (1951-1954), he attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI, graduating with a BS degree in 1961. He was employed as a 6th grade teacher by Mannheim Schools, District #83 in Franklin Park, IL. Pete retired after teaching for 33 years, all at Scott School. He married Frances Panos on November 7, 1953 in Washington DC. and Jean Waring on October 8, 1977 in Niles, IL.

Survivors include sisters Helen Schourup; Thelma (Norman) Baptist, nephew Stephen (Edna) Baptist, nieces Kathe (Tom) Miller, Holly (Jeff) Beal and many great nephews and nieces; daughter Katherine Reed; daughter-in-law Brenda Peterson, grandson Brian (Marilyn) Mertz, granddaughters Jennifer (Jesse) Kleinsasser, Michelle Peterson, great-grandchildren James, Brendan, Bryce, Emily, and great-great grandchildren Aria and Maliki.

Predeceased by his parents, his wives, and son James Randolph Peterson.

Cremation Rites were Accorded. Private ceremonies were held. McCorkle Funeral Home – Durand Chapel assisted the family.

Pete was a regular attendee at our reunions.

Richard C. Fuhrmann passed away April 30, 2020

Dick FuhrmannBorn and raised in North Brunswick, NJ, he had been a resident of Florida since 1972 coming from Colts Neck, NJ.

He was a devoted husband to his late wife Grace H. Fuhrmann for 42 years, loving father to their 4 children and hardworking businessman for many years. His passion in life was family and boating and was well known for his sense of humor. He was a Navy Vet who served as a Signalman on the USS Lloyd Thomas during the Korean War.

Survivors include his loving partner of 15 years, Patricia Van Wie; 3 daughters, Lynne (Mike) Corcione, Ginny Lubinski and Janet (Sam) Anderson; 1 son, Ken Fuhrmann; 9 cherished grandchildren; 10 precious great-grandchildren and many loving friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made in his memory to Wounded Warriors, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Hospice.

Visitation was held on Saturday, May 23, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at Aycock-Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center, 1112 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458. A Committal Service followed at Riverside Memorial Park, 19351 SE County Line Road, Tequesta, FL 33469.

Dick was a regular attendee at our reunions.

Barbara Ann Hokans passed away January 29, 2020

Barbara Ann Hokans

Barbara Ann Hokans, age 66, of Glendale, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. She was born on September 20, 1953 in Amherst, Ohio to Donna and Anthony Meyer. Barb is survived by her husband, Rickard Hokans; daughter, Sharon (Brian) Coffey; son, Jeremy Plunkett; grandson, Caelum Coffey; sisters, Patricia Breno, Janet Douglas, and Christine Seles; several nieces and nephews; and many additional beloved family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter Donna Plunkett and her husband Robert Maglio, M.D.

Barb grew up in the Toledo, Ohio area and graduated from Rogers High School in 1971. She deeply enjoyed being a mother to her three children. In Toledo, she worked many years for the Therma Tru Corporation in accounts receivables and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo. She moved to Glendale, Wisconsin in 2005 where she has worked at the Next Act Theatre, volunteered nurturing infants, and volunteered in an elementary school helping children develop their reading skills.

She was a devoted friend and she cared deeply about her family. Barb was a passionate bibliophile and enjoyed her book club. She loved to laugh, take care of others, spend time with friends and family, take walks, learn, create, talk with everyone, and travel.

The family received relatives and friends on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at the funeral home from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the Celebration of Life Service at 4:00 P.M.

Memorials in lieu of flowers were directed to Barbara’s favorite charities.

Rick and Barb were regular attendees at our reunions.

Richard H. Needham passed away May 29, 2019

Richard H. Needham
Richard H. Needham

Richard Hale Needham of Shelter Island, New York died Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at home on Country Club drive. He was 89 years old.  Richard was born to Elizabeth and Basil Needham on February 6, 1930 in New York City.  An avid sailor who grew up in Bayside, New york, he sailed Comets on Little Neck Bay. He continued sailing in high school, attending Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts.

After graduating from Tabor, he attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, leaving to join the Navy during the Korean War. There he spent four years as a radarman aboard the USS Lloyd Thomas.

In later years he thoroughly enjoyed traveling to his ship’s reunions and keeping up with surviving shipmates, his family said.  Richard worked in sales for several years at the National Industrial Conference Board in New York City before joining Continental Radiant Glassheat Corporation in 1974 that was founded by his father in 1951.

He enjoyed working and keeping busy and continued to service heating customers even after the company was sold in the mid 1990’s, his family said.

Predeceased by his brother Basil and sister Cynthia, he is survived by his younger brother, Robert, who resided with him on Shelter Island; his daughter Cynthia Leduc and her husband, David, of Hingham, Massachusetts; and sons Richard H. Needham II of Leesburg, Virginia and Todd Needham and his wife, Elizabeth, of Concord, Massachusetts.

In addition he leaves behind his children’s mother, Joan Needham of Plymouth, Massachusetts and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to East End Hospice, 481 Westhampton-Riverhead Road, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.

This obituary information was obtained from the Shelter Island Gazette.

Nancy E. Miller passed away May 4, 2019

Nancy E. Miller, May 19, 1933 – May 4, 2019

Nancy E. Miller of Deptford, NJ, passed away on May 4, 2019 at the age of 85 years. Beloved wife of sixty years to the late Phillip J. Miller, Jr.

Loving mother of Philip J. Miller, III of FL, Diane Miller of Deptford, NJ, the late Glen Miller, Ron Miller (Lisa) of Feasterville, PA, and Joanne Spickler of NJ.

Proud grandmother of Philip IV, the late Mark, Heather, Lisa, Jessica, William, James, and Samantha; and great grandmother of Seanna, Jordyn and Liam.

Dear sister of Kenneth Jackson (Ann) of Glassboro, NJ, the late Charles Jackson (Edna is surviving, of Philadelphia, PA), and William Jackson (Barbara) of Voorhees, NJ.

Nancy was a longtime member of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Bellmawr, NJ. She was a loving grandmother and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had a love for all animals.

Viewing was Friday, May 10, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at Earle Funeral Home, 122 W. Church St., Blackwood, NJ 08012 where a service  immediately followed at 10:30 AM. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Park in Feasterville-Trevose, PA. Condolences were shared at

Nancy and PJ hosted our 4th reunion in 1985 in Philadelphia. They were a vital part of our LT Family.

Paul A. Lyter, 79, passed away December 15, 2018

Paul A. Lyter, QM – 1958-60. He and Natalie hosted our 2013 reunion in Gettysburg.

ELIZABETHVILLE, PA – Paul A. Lyter, 79, passed away December 15, 2018 at home.

He was born September 17, 1939 in Fisherville, PA. He was the son of the late William Alton and Ethel Jane (Paul) Lyter.

Paul married Natalie (Geyer) Lyter on October 20, 1962.

He retired as an Supervisor from AT&T Harrisburg Office.

Paul enlisted in the Navy and was honorably discharged after serving on the USS Lloyd Thomas, and in the Naval Reserves.

He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Elizabethville, a member of Ashlar Lodge No. 570 F&AM, Lykens, Sons of the American Revolution Ft. Halifax Chapter, a charter member of the former Upper Dauphin Area Lions Club, and a member of the Elizabethville Historical Society.

In addition to his wife Natalie he is survived by his daughter Amy and her husband Jim Sellman of Limerick, PA, and grandchildren Ryan and Nicole.

He was preceded in death by a sister Ruth (Lyter) Herb.

The family received friends on Thursday, Dec. 20th at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes Inc., Elizabethville from 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM. Masonic Services were held Thursday evening at 7:30 PM. There was another viewing on Friday, Dec. 21st at Salem Lutheran Church, Elizabethville from 9:30-11:00 am, with funeral services at at 11:00 am. Burial with military honors followed at Maple Grove Cemetery, Elizabethville.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc. handled the arrangements.

William Edward Duvall II Passed Away September 6, 2018


William Edward Duvall II, 74, of Goose Creek, passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2018. He was born October 3, 1943 in Washington, DC to the late William Duvall Sr. and Isabelle Smith Duvall. He married April Best on April 25, 1972, in Honolulu, HI, and they spent 46 wonderful years together before his passing. He loved his family and his country, he served for 30 years in US Navy, and wished he could have served more and was always ready to answer the call if his country needed him. He will be dearly missed by his family.

His survivors include his loving wife April J. Duvall, of Goose Creek, his daughter, April Renee Stile of Linden, VA, two sons, Lance Duvall of Goose Creek and Justin Duvall Jr. of North Charleston, three grandchildren, Gabrielle Stile, Jazilynn Duvall, and Justin Duvall Jr. Along with his parents, William was preceded in death by a grandson Christian Stile.

The family received friends Tuesday evening, September 11, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm followed by a funeral service, with Military Honors at Carolina Memorial Funeral Home, 7113 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston. Inurnment was held for October 3, 2018 in Beaufort National Cemetery.

A video tribute to William Duvall II:


This obituary information was obtained from the Dignity Memorial website.

CAPT Carter B. Conlin, USN (Ret.) passed away August 19, 2018

CAPT Carter Barry Conlin, USN (Ret.) ‘Crossed the Bar’ 19 August 2018

From the Naval Order 2018 Autumn Edition:

Carter served as our Commander General from 2005-2007 and was extremely dedicated to our entire organization but most notably, the Texas Commandery. Carter was a key figure in establishing and administering the Nimitz Leadership Award and innumerable other initiatives in Texas. I know that I will miss his sage advice and wise counsel; he was a true gentleman of the finest order.  We often say that the most important part of a person’s life is the ‘dash’ between the day an individual was born and the day they perish; for Carter this truly was an extraordinary sprint!

Carter was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He was just 17 on 7 December 1941 when the Japanese carried out the surprise attack on the U.S. Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and the United States entered World War II.

Carter enlisted in the Navy on 30 October 1942. He reported for active duty in the Navy’s V-12 college program at the University of Southern California (USC) on 1 July 1943 where he graduated with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering in June 1945. After graduation Carter attended Midshipmen’s school (officer’s training program) at Columbia University in New York City. He was commissioned an Ensign on 2 November 1945 and assigned duty in USS Horace A. Bass (APD 124), a high-speed destroyer transport operating in the Pacific. In June 1946, Carter was separated from active duty to continue his Naval service in the Naval Reserve.

In April 1951, as part of the Korean Conflict actions, the Navy recalled Carter to active duty. During his recall to active duty he served as Combat Information Center Officer (CICO) on USS Lloyd Thomas (DD-764) and as Operations Officer (OPO) USS Jack Wilke (DE800). While aboard the Wilke he was promoted to be her Executive Officer. In April 1953, Carter was released from active duty to resume his inactive duty service in the Navy Reserve.

While serving in the Naval Reserve, Carter earned a M.S. degree in chemical engineering at USC and embarked on a long career with Texaco. 1982 was a milestone year for Carter when he retired from Texaco after 35 years of service and from the Navy after 40 years of service.

Then Carter began his third career as a consulting chemical engineer for small oil companies and other clients. He continued to be an active supporter of the sea services as a member of the Navy League and Naval Order, as well as a strong advocate for the USS Houston CA 30 Survivors Association and Next Generations.

Carter was a past Commander of the Texas Commandery and a Commander General of the Naval Order. In his service to the Texas Commandery, he was a key member on the committee of the Texas Commandery that brought the ship’s bell from the USS Houston (CA-30) to Houston to be placed atop a memorial to that ship and the other ships of the American-British-Dutch-Australian Command (ABDA) in the early days of WW II. Carter served as the Chairman of the TCNOUS’ Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Leadership Award selection committee, a position he held since the inception of that award.

A renaissance man, Carter had many loves:  first and foremost, God, his family and his country. His many interests included playing the piano, reading, Bible study, photography, tennis, gymnastics, woodworking, and flying as a licensed pilot.

Carter is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nancy Conlin, and his five children, John, Carter Barry Conlin, Jr., Kevin, Brian, Ann Conlin Sommerfeld, and three grandchildren.

Members of the Texas Commandery, including CAPT Chuck Hewell and CDR Jim Sterling, both past Commanders of the Texas Commandery, served as Pall Bearers at CAPT Conlin’s internment at the Houston National Cemetery on 14 September 2018. CAPT Conlin’s service was marked by the rendering of full military honors where his widow, Nancy, was presented the National Ensign that draped his casket.