Horace 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.
Born 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.
We have rescheduled our USS Lloyd Thomas Dayton 2020 Reunion for Tuesday, October 6th to Saturday, October 10, 2020, so you can mark your calendars now and save the date.
As of this time, we plan the same schedule of events on the same days of the week as the original May dates, but we won’t put out the signup sheet until August, to give the current situation time to settle. If it looks like we will be unable to have the reunion in the Fall, we will try again in the Spring.
A big “Thank You !” to everyone who took time to respond to the Mail Chimp message earlier this year. We still have a number of messages that were unopened, but your responses assured us that most of you were getting the word.
If you are in touch with a shipmate who is not getting our newsletter, please encourage them to sign up for the Mail Chimp list on DD764.org .
Here’s hoping everyone stays safe this summer, and we hope we will be seeing you in Dayton in October.
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 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.
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 www.earlefuneralhome.com
Nancy and PJ hosted our 4th reunion in 1985 in Philadelphia. They were a vital part of our LT Family.
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, 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.
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.
Captain (USN) John Philip Cromwell, Jr., passed away on the evening of December 17, 2016 surrounded by his family in his home in Annapolis, MD. He was 88 years of age.
John Cromwell Jr., or Jack as he was commonly known, was born in San Diego, CA on July 22, 1928 to Captain John P. Cromwell Sr. and Mrs. Margaret Robertson Cromwell of Henry, Illinois. During his formative years, he and his sister Ann traveled with their parents to various duty stations and were in New London, Connecticut during the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, and then in Honolulu during the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. After graduating from Palo Alto High School in California in 1946, Jack attended the US Naval Academy where he was nicknamed “Duke” by his classmates of the 21st Company.
Upon graduating with the class of 1951, his first assignment as an Ensign was aboard the USS Radford based in Honolulu. It was in Hawaii where he won the heart of Louanne Hoffheins. They were married on March 7th, 1953 at the Pearl Harbor Chapel and spent their honeymoon watching the erupting volcano while staying at the Kilauea Military Camp on the Island of Hawaii. Over the course of their 63 year marriage, they had the opportunity of calling many places their home, including Lanikai, Aiken, San Diego, Paris and Annapolis. His distinguished 30 year naval career included notable assignments as C.O. of the USS Meadowlark (1955), Naval Attache to France (1957), X.O. of the USS Lloyd Thomas (1960), U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (1967), X.O. of the USS Ponchatoula (1968), C.O. USS Earnest G Small (1969), C.O. Naval Station Treasure Island, CA (1975), C.O. Naval Ammunition Depot Lualualei, HI (1977).
Jack is survived by his wife Louanne and children John Cromwell (wife Donna), Carolann Horton (husband George), Susan Earls (husband Dennis), Elizabeth Woznicki (husband Anthony), and James Cromwell (wife Cindy). His eight grandchildren are Margaret Horton Harr (husband Steve), Katherine Horton Noel (husband Stephen), Michael Horton, Christopher Eichstedt, Louanne Woznicki, Sara Woznicki, William Woznicki, James Cromwell Jr and two great grandchildren, Alexis and Mia Harr. He was predeceased by his sister Ann Brenner (Alan). He is remembered by his family and friends for being a true gentleman, having a warm smile and a quick wit. He was always glad to see old friends, drink martinis, and watch Navy football, win or lose. As a father and grandfather he provided guidance and wisdom on countless occasions, and he will be genuinely missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held at the US Naval Academy in early spring. Donations in his name can be made to the US Naval Academy Foundation.
Robert J. Kelley, age 83, of Washington Township, formerly of Stratford and South West Philadelphia, passed away at home on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Florence M. (nee Mocarski); devoted and proud father of Linda, Bob (Debbie Dodge), Ken, Diane (Walt) Stumm, Kevin and Greg; cherished, loving and goofy Pop-Pop of Lyndsy, Erin and Tyler. Predeceased by his father Thomas, mother Elizabeth, and brother Thomas.
Bob was born and raised in South West Philadelphia. He served in and is retired from the U.S. Navy. He married the love of his life, Floss, in 1956, and they moved to Stratford in 1962, where they raised their family. He retired from the Defense Industrial Supply Center after 38 dedicated years. Bob enjoyed the beach, especially “the nicest time of the day”, yearly month long trips to Hawaii, the Phillies, reminiscing about his childhood summers in West Wildwood, and spending time with his large, loving family.
Relatives and friends were invited to attend his viewing and visitation with the family on Monday, May 1, 2017 from 10:30-11:45 AM at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 362 Ganttown Rd, Turnersville, NJ 08012. Funeral Mass was held at 12 noon. Burial immediately followed at Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 240 North Tuckahoe Road, Williamstown, NJ 08094.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations were requested for Vets Helping Vets with checks mailed to: Veteran’s Affairs, Gloucester Co. Veterans Advisory Council, PO Box 337, Woodbury, NJ 08096.
Services under the direction of Eugene J. Zale Funeral Home, Inc. of Stratford. (856) 783-5100. Condolences were shared at www.ZaleFuneralHome.net
Published in Courier-Post from Apr. 28 to Apr. 30, 2017
Jerry Kitchen, 70, of Caney, Kansas passed away Monday, April 3, 2017, at Jane Phillips Hospital, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Jerry Lee Kitchen was born September 24, 1946 in Wichita, Kansas. Born the second oldest of seven children to William R Kitchen and Wynona (Rouse) Porter. He was raised in the Wichita area, attending schools and completing middle school there. He joined the Navy and served his country honorably.
On December 31, 1985, in Miami, Oklahoma, Jerry married Janice Patterson. Jerry and Janice raised their two sons, James and Chris, in Caney.
Jerry retired from the City of Caney, Kansas, after 25 years of service. In retirement he enjoyed traveling with Janice to Branson, watching Western films, especially those starring John Wayne, the music of Dolly Parton, enjoying breakfasts with friends, and spoiling his grandchildren. He will be remembered for his patriotism and his humor.
He was an avid and active member of the American Legion, serving several terms as Caney Commander, as well as District Commander. He also served as State Vice Commander and State Commander for Kansas.
Survivors blessed by his memories are brothers Robert Porter of Longford, KS; Ricky Porter of Lindsborg, KS; James Porter of Gypsum, KS; Edward Porter of Wellington, KS; sister Betty Enright of Solomon, KS; sons Allen Kitchen of Salina, KS; James DeGood (and wife Jennifer) of Olathe, KS; Chris DeGood (and wife Cassandra) of Dearing, KS; and daughter Tisha Wood of Caney; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by wife Janice, his brother Terry, and his parents.
Celebration of Life services were scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, April 7, 2017 at Potts Chapel of Caney, with Pastor Jonathan Schultz of Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. Interment followed at Sunnyside Cemetery. Friends were invited to sign the register and greet the family on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Chapel from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Online condolences were shared at www.pottsfuneralhome.com. Family suggested donations in honor of Jerry Kitchen to the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, www.legion.org/scholarships.