Category Archives: Fallen Shipmates

Passing of VP-4 Vet LCDR Theodore A. Santuae USN (Ret) VP-4 1954 – 1957

Fallen ShipmateThis sad news was received by Pete Bernardin, VP-4 55-58, who passed it to Bob Davis, VP-4 62-63, of the P2V Officers group. Bob forwarded it to me so I could send it to others who may have known Ted Santuae. A quick research found that Ted became a pilot through the NAVCAD program and he served in VP-4 as an Ensign and LTJG.
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Dear Friends’

Yesterday, I got a call from Ted’s daughter Ann Marie, advising me that Ted passed away on Monday. Not entirely unexpected; he has been dealing with a number of serious health issues these past few years. Nonetheless, a very sad piece of news….he was 88.

The details of his memorial follow:

September 16th
Rosary 5PM-7PM
Crist Mortuary
3395 Penrose Place
Boulder,CO 80301

September 17th
Funeral Service 10AM
St. Martin Catholic Church
330 Table Mesa Dr.
Boulder CO 80305

September 18th
Burial 9AM
Fort Logan National Cemetery
4400 West Kenyon Ave
Denver CO 80236

The Bernardins will send flowers from “His Old Shipmates at Patrol Squadron Four (VP 4) USN”.

Sorry to be the bearer of such sad tidings…..very best, Pete and Barbara Bernardin.
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https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/boulder-co/theodore-santuae-7980356


Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager
database@vp4association.com

Passing of VP-4 Vet Robert E. Morrow VP-4 1956 – 1957

Robert E. Morrow VP-4 1956 – 1957

Robert E. Morrow, Sr., age 81 of West View, on Monday, August 20, 2018.

Beloved husband for 59 years of Norma (Hunter) Morrow; father of Kimberly (Thomas) Dering and Robert E. (Sonja) Morrow, Jr.; grandfather of Christopher (Rachel), Shannon, Kara Dering, Casey and John Morrow; brother of John W. (Jace) Morrow, Sr., the late Hazel Karwoski and Velois Lemmon.

Robert was born and raised in Kittanning, PA, a graduate of Kittanning High School, and Cambria-Rowe Business College of Johnstown, PA. He served in the US Navy as an Aviation Ordnanceman where he was a Flight Crewman in a Blimp training squadron in Brunswick, GA and also served as a Flight Crewman in Patrol Squadron VP-4 in Okinawa. He worked for United States Steel Corporation, USS Chemical, and Aristech Chemical Corporation for over 35 years until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of the North Hills Community Baptist Church. Robert enjoyed fishing and was an avid reader but mostly loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, brother, and sister.

No Viewing. Friends invited to memorial service in North Hills Community Baptist Church, 7801 Thompson Run Road, Pittsburgh 15237 on August 25, 2018, at 2 p.m. Arrangements by Schellhaas Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. (West View).

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Northland Public Library, 300 Cumberland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Passing of VP-4 Vet CDR Corwin A. Olds USN (Ret) VP-4 1958 – 1960

CDR Corwin A. Olds USN (Ret) VP-4 1958 – 1960

Corwin Anson Olds, M.D., Commander USN Ret., 92, husband of Patricia Allen Olds, died on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Sussman House in Rockport. A complete obituary will be published later. A memorial service will be held at 1 PM, Friday, July 6, 2018, at the First Congregational Church, UCC, 55 Elm Street, Camden, with the Rev. Dr. Deb Jenks officiating. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.

http://www.longfuneralhomecamden.com/book-of-memories/3542564/olds-corwin/obituary.php

In 1958 LCDR Olds served as Gunnery Officer in VP-4. Later he served as the ASW Officer and PPC of Crew 3

Passing of VP-4 Vet CAPT William Jerry Fogle, USN (Ret.) VP-4 1962 – 1965

CAPT William Jerry Fogle USN (Ret) who served as a TACCO in VP-4 from 1962 to 1965.

Capt. William Jerry Fogle, U.S. Navy (Ret.) was born October 12, 1936, in Aurora, Missouri. He was the son of Arthur A. and Marjorie Fogle. As he frequently told people, he proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy for 31 years, 8 months and 4 days, and retired as a Captain on March 31, 1989. He Jerry served on the USS Kitty Hawk, USS Coral Sea, and defended our country in Vietnam, where he received numerous medals, including a Bronze Star with Combat V and a Purple Heart. During his career, he was stationed in many places throughout the world, including Okinawa, Hawaii, Iceland, and England. He retired in Portland, Tennessee, and was very active as a community volunteer, and worked with the youth athletic soccer network as a referee for many years. He loved living in Portland and enjoyed his wide many friends in the community.

Jerry is survived by his five sons: Barry Fogle, (and his wife Angie) of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Brett Fogle (and his wife Debbie) of White House, Tennessee, Eric Fogle of Nashville, Tennessee, Sgt. Lance Fogle (and his wife Sara), currently stationed in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, and LCDR Corey Fogle, USN, (and his wife Katie), currently stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also is survived by 8 eight grandchildren: Drew, Kara, Niki, Brock, Logan, Bella, Ryder and McClane. He was preceded in death by his wife Sharon many years ago and, more recently, by his wife Maureen.

The family would like to thank the staff at NHC Place, Sumner in Gallatin, Tennessee, who took such wonderful care of Jerry in his final days.

Visitation will be at Austin and Bell Funeral Funeral Home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, He will receive a Full Honors Military Funeral at the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, located at 7931 McCrory Lane, Nashville, TN, at 1 p.m. on July 31.

You may view the obituary or offer your Condolences online at www.austinandbell.com. The family has entrusted services to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 104 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN. 615-822-4442.

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Passing of V-4 Vet CDR Samuel Bruce Walker USN (Ret) VP-4 1961 – 1963

Samuel Bruce Walker was born on December 15, 1930, in the town of Andrews, Cherokee County, North Carolina. He was the oldest child of Gerald Benjamin Walker and Margaret Everett Walker, and brother to William Hudson Walker (b.  1933), and Kathryn Louise Walker Scott (b. 1935, d. 1969). He was raised in the Presbyterian Church.

By the time he was five, Sam had decided he wanted to be a minister on Sundays who ran a filling station and garage during the week. Then one day he saw a large, single-engine biplane pass overhead carrying airmail, and the ministry gave way to the flying bug. While building stick-and-tissue flying models, Sam decided at a young age the only way he was going to be able to fly was to join the service, preferably the Navy. At some point, Sam built a crystal set radio which added an interest in electronics to his fascination with aviation.

The family moved to Savannah, Georgia for better work opportunities for Sam’s father, and it was in Savannah that Sam attended elementary through high school, graduating from Savannah High in 1947. It was also in Savannah where Phyllis Epperson, then 14 and visiting family in Savannah, first saw her future husband, then age 16, emerging from a chicken coop after cleaning it.

Sam applied for appointment to the US Naval Academy and was chosen as an alternate. At seventeen, not convinced an appointment would come through, his parents signed for him to enlist. Sam used to tell of getting on the train in Savannah that winter, wearing a light coat that that was fine for Georgia weather, and his shock at getting off the train in an Illinois winter for the last part of his trip to Great Lakes Naval Training Center. Depending on when he told the story, the snow was anywhere from ankle deep to knee deep.

While at Great Lakes, Sam received his appointment and proceeded to Annapolis by way of the Naval Academy Preparatory School at Bainbridge, Maryland. He graduated in the Class of 1952. Sam and Phyllis dated throughout his four years at the Naval Academy, marrying in 1953. USS Coral Sea, Pensacola, Jacksonville (VP-5), Monterey (Naval Postgraduate School), Washington DC, North Island, Okinawa (VP-4), North Island again, Annapolis, Norfolk, and Philadelphia. It was a Navy life. Sam and Phyllis’ son, Scott, was born in 1955, in Jacksonville. Sam’s favorite duty station was Annapolis, where he taught classes and coached the Shields sailing team.

After twenty-two years in the Navy, he retired with the rank of Commander in 1974, and Sam and Phyllis returned to Coronado. Out of the Navy, Sam worked in the computer industry at SAIC and Cubic Corporation. He became a long-time member of the Optimist Club of Coronado and volunteered as a tax preparer on Coronado and at Naval Base San Diego. Sam retired from Cubic in 1995 and he and Phyllis took the opportunity to travel to Hawaii, Alaska, the American Southwest and Pacific Northwest. Sam’s love of airplanes took them to the EAA airshow in Oshkosh several times. In 2000, their son Scott married Nancy Freeman, and in 2005 Sam and Phyllis’ granddaughter Cecelia was born. Phyllis Walker passed away in 2013, and in 2015 Sam moved from Coronado to Evanston, Illinois to be closer to his Son’s family. Sam died on March 31, 2018, after a long illness.

Sam’s family will remember him for his wide-ranging interests, voracious reading, and a rye sense of humor. He is survived by his brother Bill, son Scott, daughter-in-law Nancy, and granddaughter Cecelia. Donations in Sam’s name may be made to Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society through their website.

Visitation was at Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary, 4300 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113 on April 12, 2018, and the funeral service was at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122 on April 13, 2018.

Samuel Bruce Walker

 

Passing of VP-4 Vet AE1 Alan K. Harrod VP-4 1981 – 1984

I recently received a note that another VP-4 vet has passed away.  I located the following obituary for AE1 Alan K. Harrod who served in VP-4 from 1981 to 1984 as a Flight Engineer on Crew 1.

 

Alan Kimberly Harrod, a long time resident of Beeville, Texas passed away peacefully on May 2, 2017, at the age of 63, surrounded by family and friends.  He was born in Cherry Point, NC on June 14, 1953, to Ronald Harrod and Joy (Aucoin) Harrod.

Alan graduated from Hoover High school in San Diego CA and served his country in the U.S. Navy as a flight engineer in the field of electrical aviation. He excelled in the field of electronics and mechanics thru out his life and was considered a Jack of all trades and Master of all.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jennifer (Ramirez) Harrod; daughter Vanessa and Paul Kramer of Vista, CA; grandchildren Westley and Piper Kramer; parents Ronald and Simone Harrod; sisters Roxane and husband Arlo Anderson, Laurie Harrod and Christine Dansereau; Kareen and husband Sameer Bhasin, Sabrina Lee; Grace Vanderhagen, Javier Ramirez and family; the Butchart family and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Beeville, TX, at 3 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Saint Joseph Catholic Church Beeville, Saint Joseph’s Charities, noting “Alan Harrod’s Memorial Fund”.

Arrangements were made by Galloway and Sons Funeral home.

http://www.mysoutex.com/beeville_bee_picayune/obituaries/alan-kimberly-harrod/article_11df57ec-310b-11e7-93f1-af92a0ff5268.html

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet AMH3 Darvin E.Taylor VP-4 1962 – 1966

Darvin Taylor
(May 16, 1944 – July 24, 2017)

Darvin Edward Taylor, 73, went to be with the Lord in Heaven on Monday, July 24, 2017. He was born in Pierce County and had lived most of his life in Wayne and Long Counties. He was retired from ITT Rayonier in Jesup as a shift supervisor with 39 years of service. A US Navy veteran, he was a member of The Enforcers Motorcycle Club and a devoted, God-fearing family man. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Jesup. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanton and Lois Taylor.

Survivors are his daughter and son-in-law, Leah and Robert Hughes of Ludowici; son, Terry Taylor of Ludowici; step-daughter, Elizabeth Smith of Jesup; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Evelyn Chapman and Barbara and Eddie Dasher of Ludowici; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 27 at 1:30 PM at the Howard Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Vann Dempsey officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Georgia Veteran’s Cemetery in Glennville.

Active pallbearers will be Jim Chapman, Russ Mitcham, Lee Mitcham, Jose Fuentes, Ryan Herndon, and Zach Thorn.

Honorary pallbearers will be The Enforcers Motorcycle Club members.

Remembrances are suggested to The Enforcers Club, 32 Spaniel Trail, Swainsboro, GA 30401.

Family and friends may sign the online register at www.howardfuneralga.com

Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici.

Darvin worked in Maintenance Control in 1962 and later worked in Airframes.

Guest book available at https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?CFID=57df097d-dfb7-43bb-9b31-b9a4cecf9a15&CFTOKEN=0&o_id=4311869&fh_id=14679

Passing of VP-4 Vet CDR Earl C. Carpenter USN (Ret) VP-4 1960 – 1962

I want to let you and the VP-4 Community know that CDR Earl C. Carpenter passed away on May 19 in Norman, Oklahoma, of natural causes.  He was comfortable and surrounded by family.
Even I remember the early 60’s in Naha when Dad was in VP-4.  It was an important time for him and he treasured it for his entire life.  Dad was on Crew 4 and Crew 7 and served as the Maintenance Officer.  Your recent communications to him provided a reminder of the important work he had done and of the enduring friendships he made.
As a VP-4 Alumni myself thanks for your work keeping the squadron informed.  Please pass this information to those members you feel will be interested.
Thanks.  Carp
John Carpenter, CDR USN (Ret)
carp @ georgetown.edu
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DEATH NOTICE
Earl Chester Carpenter, Jr.
May 7, 1925 – May 19, 2017
Earl C. Carpenter, Jr., 92, of Norman, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017. Memorial Services will be at 10:00 am, Friday, May 26, 2017, at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Services are under the care of Havenbrook Funeral Home.
Published in The Norman Transcript
Havenbrook Funeral Home
Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager
database@vp4association.com

Passing of VP-4 Vet LCDR Richard S. Kure USNR (Ret) VP-4 1952 – 1954

My name is Peter Kure and I am the son of Lieutenant Commander Richard Kure who I believe was in VP4 Squadron.  I was going through his email and I came across this message.
I am sad to report my father himself passed away back on April 30.  He had a renal failure for the last several years and broke a hip in February.  He never quite recovered from that.
In any event, if I can ask you to let the rest of the VP4 group know of his passing I’d appreciate it!  Thanks in advance!
Sincerely,
Peter Kure
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Richard Svend Kure passed away peacefully on April 30, 2017, in Petaluma, CA at the age of 88. He attended Ross Grammar School, Tamalpais High School (’47) and UC Berkeley (’56). He served his country during the Korean War as a Naval Aviator; retiring as Lieutenant Commander. He is survived by his son Peter Kure (Larisa) of San Francisco, CA, daughter Nicole Kure-Hill (David) of Novato, CA, and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Depot Hotel Restaurant in Sonoma, CA on June 8, 2017, from 12 PM to 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St Vincent De Paul Society of Marin County. “Four years flying the unfriendly skies of the Western Pacific.”
Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 14, 2017

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager
database@vp4association.com

Passing of VP-4 Vet AFCM Zane F. Turgeon USN (Ret) VP-4 1957 – 1961

 

 

 

 

Zane worked in Power Plants During his tour in VP-4 he advanced from AD1 to ADC.

Zane Francis Turgeon

Birth: Feb. 19, 1929

Death: Dec. 6, 2015

Zane F. Turgeon is the ninth of ten children.

After graduating from high school in 1947, he joined the US Navy, and spent nearly 24 years serving our country. He retired as Master Chief, AFCM in 1970 with many achievements and awards.

He began a second career with Fresno County. After 14 years of employment, he retired as a Supervising Rehabilitation Specialist in 1985.

He was preceded in death by Juanita, his wife of 63 years; his parents and eight of his brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his eight children; 21 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; his sister, Beatrice LeMair, and many nieces and nephews.

A Recitation of the Holy Rosary and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Helen’s Catholic Church 4870 E. Belmont, Fresno on Monday, December 14, 2015, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hinds Hospice.

Published in the Fresno Bee on Dec. 12, 2015

 

 

 

 


Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet AOC Bill Parris USN (Ret) VP-4 1962 – 1965

Bill was the Ordnanceman in Crew 6 and was in the AO shop while in VP-4. He also served in VP-42 and VP-45.

Bill Parris, age 83, of Ellijay, GA passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017, at his home. Mr. Parris was born on July 7, 1933, in Blue Ridge, GA to the late William Lester Parris and Lillie Davis Parris. He was retired from the United States Navy and was of the Christian faith.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita Sowers Parris of Ellijay, GA; stepdaughters and their husbands, Gale and John Dover of Clarksville, GA, Judy and Maborn Worley of Cornelia, GA, Joan Burch of Ellijay, GA, Melodie Colbert of Blue Ridge, GA, Teresa and Norman Norwood of Blairsville, GA, and Glenda and Danny Crooke of Ellijay, GA; sister, Ruby Sowers of Blue Ridge, GA; nephews, Max Parris and Bill Sowers both of Blue Ridge, GA; 15 Grandchildren, 21 Great-Grandchildren, and 3 Great-Great-Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. from the Akins Chapel with Norman Norwood and Rev. Ed O’Neal officiating. Music will be by Lori O’Neal. Pallbearers will be Buck Dover, Josh Dover, John Dover, William Lee Parris, Eric Sowers, and Nathan Sowers. Honorary pallbearers will be Nick Savage, David English, Michael Grier, and Terry Davis. The family will meet with friends at the funeral home Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service hour of 11:00 a.m. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. from the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA with military honors by the United States Navy. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

 


Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet ADC William O. Tuite USN (Ret) VP-4 1978 – 1982

Bill served in VP-4 from 1978 to 1982 flying as a Flight Engineer.

TUITE, William Oliver, of Hackensack, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at the age of 69 years. He served his country in the United States Navy for 20 years and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He then went on to work for General Electric Company in Italy, France, Lynn Massachusetts and White Plains, NY as an engineer. He was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R. C. Church and a lifetime member of the American Legion. Beloved husband of Carla M. (nee Viola). Loving father of Michele Brown and her husband Tommy of Jacksonville and David Osimo and his wife Laia of Barcelona, Spain. Cherished grandfather of Kristin, Justin, Theti, Fiamma, Ona and Maria. Dearest brother of the late Thomas Tuite. The funeral on Saturday, December 31st [2016], at 9:15 AM from the G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Home, 397 Union Street, Hackensack. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM, at Holy Trinity R.C. Church, 34 Maple Avenue, Hackensack with cremation following at Cedar Lawn Crematory. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 7 – 9 PM. The family prefers in lieu of flowers that you honor his memory with a memorial donation to the John Theu-rer Cancer Center, 92 Second Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. To send condolences, directions, or further information visit www.gentilefuneralservice.com
Published in The Record on Dec. 29, 2016
– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/northjersey/obituary.aspx?n=William-Oliver-TUITE&pid=183245702#sthash.vPV4wvhE.dpuf

 

 

 

 


Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet YN2 Leland R. Glasscock VP-4 1982 – 1985

glasscock-leland-r-2 YN2 Leland R. Glasscock VP-4 1982 – 1985

Leland Randall Glasscock of Mountain View, Missouri was born November 28, 1962 in Catania, Italy and went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at his home in Mountain View. He was the son of Leland Rosco and Ruby Christine (Mullenax) Glasscock, who precede him in death.

He was united in marriage to Thresa Ann Moores on May 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Two children were born to this union, Leland Andrew and Christine Lynn.

He is survived by his wife, Thresa Ann; one son, Leland Andrew Glasscock and wife, Chelsea, of Mountain View; one daughter, Christine Lynn Kimbrough and husband, Cody, of Birch Tree, Missouri; one brother, Steve Glasscock of Washington; and one grandson, Remington Duke Kimbrough, on the way.

Leland grew up in Alabama, where he entered service in the U.S. Navy in 1982. After serving his country for five years, he was honorably discharged having received the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two Bronze Stars.

Leland was a Boy Scout Leader for his son’s troop and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #637. He was currently the manager of RNR Tire Express in West Plains, Missouri. He loved just about anything that had to do with the outdoors including golfing, camping, and woodworking.

A visitation will be held on Friday, November 25, 2016 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Masonic funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be made Masonic Lodge #637. Condolences may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.

http://www.yarbermortuary.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1880557

Passing of VP-4 Vet AEC Emmette R. Zimmerman Jr. VP-4 1979 – 1981

zimmerman-emmetteEmmette Zimmerman Jr. was an AE1 Flight Engineer flying with Crew 8 during the 1979 – 1980 VP-4 deployment.

Emmette Ray Zimmerman, Jr. (Zeke), age 73, passed away November 11, 2016. He was born on July 2, 1943 to Emmette R. Zimmerman Sr. and Mary B. Zimmerman in Salisbury, NC. He was raised in North Carolina. He graduated from James A. Gray High School in 1960. He served in the U. S. Navy from 1960-1987. He was ranked as an E7, received the National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.

He was married to his wife of 35 years on April 25, 1981. He enjoyed participation in good times and fishing.

Emmette Ray Zimmerman, Jr. is preceded in death by: his father, Emmette Ray Zimmerman, Sr.; mother, Mary Mina Zimmerman; sister, Judy Z. Byerly. He is survived by: his wife, Felicitas Frago Zimmerman; siblings, Brenda Z. Leonard, Sherry Zimmerman, Debbie Z. Tant, Ronald Zimmerman and Benny Zimmerman; grandchildren, Jacqueline, Alexandra and Scott. He is also survived by his pets Keisha and Nache Zimmerman.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-9:00PM, Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:30AM, Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Coastal Bend Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

http://www.seasidefuneral.com/obituaries/Emmette-Ray-Zimmerman-4872674951/#!/TributeWall

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Passing of VP-4 Vet AWCM Donald C. Hoosier USN (Ret) VP-4 1973 – 1976

hoosier-donald-c-2Donald Carl Hoosier, 71, passed away April 24, 2016, in San Jose, California. Don was born in Ohio and went to first and second grades in Sterling, moving to Tucson, Arizona, where he was raised. After high school graduation the family moved back to Ohio. Shortly afterward he enlisted in the Navy to pursue his interest in technology.

A U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, Don retired as a master chief petty officer after proudly serving twenty-two years. His Navy career took him around the world, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Diego Garcia, Adak, Alaska and Hawaii. In his civilian life he was a systems engineer, avid gardener, 10k race runner, indoor arena football fan (San Jose Sabercats), and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are daughters, Donnalyn (Craig) Zarzeczny and two grandchildren, and Jessica Hoosier, of San Jose, California; his mother, Ruth Hoosier of Sterling; a brother, Tom (Kathy) Hoosier of Anchorage, Alaska; and his former spouse, Linda Hoosier of San Jose, California.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Hoosier.

Private burial service will be in San Joaquin National Cemetery.

Published in the Daily Record.

 

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Passing of VP-4 Vet AD1 John J. W. Honaker USN (Ret) VP-4 1961 – 1963

honaker-john-3John J. Honaker served with VP-31, VP-4 (05/1961-12/1963) on the Line Crew and in Power Plants, Commander, Seventh FLeeT (COM7THFLT) Det “A”, VP-40 (P5M), VR-51 (1970-1972) at NAS Glenview, Illinois, VR-54 (1973-1975) at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana, NAS Glenview, Illinois (1975-1980) as an instructor (C118B Flight Simulator), VR-46 (1980-1982)at NAS Atlanta, Georgia and retired 08/1982 as AD1.

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John J. W. Honaker, 74, Green Bay, died unexpectedly Tuesday, September 27, 2016. He was born on August 28, 1942, in Winchester Center, CT to Marshall Vanmeter and Elizabeth (Bement) Honaker.

Following graduation from Oliver Wolcott Technical School, John enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served his country for 22 years and retired in 1982 with the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class. John served for four years in Vietnam and received two Purple Hearts. He survived both a plane and a helicopter crash. John visited 135 countries and had been around the world four times, including trips to both the North and South Poles.

On January 8, 1983, John was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Hindmon in the chapel at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, GA. After his military career, he worked in industrial maintenance until his retirement in 2004. John and Mary Elizabeth moved to Green Bay in 2004. He was very active in the Disabled Veterans Chapter 3. John served as past Commander and past District Commander. He was an ordained Minister and served as Chapter 3 and Wisconsin State Chapter Chaplain. John was a member of the Desert Vets, Vietnam Veterans Association, the Trench Rats, and served in the D.A.V. Honor Guard.

John is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth; son, John Joseph Wesley Honaker II; two stepsons, Alvin Leroy “Skip” Davis Jr., and Alan (D.J.) Davis; five grandchildren, Ashley Honaker, John Joseph Honaker III, Danielle Davis, Brianna (Mack) Koebach, and Tyler Davis; two great-grandchildren, Rylie and Harper; brother, Allen David Honaker; two sisters, Roberta Singleton and Susan Ruth Honaker, aka Sr. St. Paul Augustine; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Friends may also call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Gerry Mathisen officiating. Burial with full Military Honors will be in Fort Howard Memorial Park. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in John’s name to benefit the D.A.V. Honor Guard.

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Sept. 28 to Sept. 30, 2016

http://www.blaneyfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=3906951&fh_id=13215

 

Photos are from obituary, 1962 VP-4 Cruise Book and 2015 VP-4 Reunion.

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager
database@vp4association.com

Passing of VP-4 Vet Billy Webster Matthews LT VP-4 1950 – 1952

Mary Matthews, widow of Billy W. Matthews, sent me a note in response to the postcard I sent about the upcoming reunion. Unfortunately, Billy has passed away.

Billy Matthews reported to VP-4 as an Ensign in 1950. He was a pilot assigned to Crew 8 and served as Legal Officer.

Matthews, Billy W.Billy “Bill” W. Matthews, 87, of Beaumont, died Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at Christus Hospital – St. Elizabeth. He was born on October 25, 1928, in Atkins, Arkansas, to Tempie Bowden and Roy Matthews. Bill graduated from Little Rock High School and Arkansas Tech before joining the United States Navy where he became a Naval Aviator and obtained the Rank of Lieutenant. After active duty and while continuing to serve in the reserves, Bill attended Southern Methodist University where he met his wife of sixty years, Mary Prentiss. He was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Bill concluded his studies at the University of Houston where he obtained his degree in pharmacology. Bill dedicated his professional career to Walgreen’s where he served as a pharmacist and store manager for thirty-three years. He was honored by Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow. Bill was also an endowed member of the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry and a devoted member and servant of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Hamaco Sunday school class for fifty-three years. Bill’s passions included flying, which he continued privately with family and friends long after his twenty year naval service; playing bridge competitively and socially, and traveling with family and friends. He loved nurturing his two sons as they matured through scouts, sports, education, and life’s great lessons. His philanthropy was most felt in his hometown of Atkins where he supported Boy Scout Troop 228 and funded the renovation of the civic center which bears the name of his grandfather. Bill cherished his relationships established as a youth in Arkansas but even more dear, were the many Beaumont friends he and Mary came to love over the past fifty years. Survivors include his wife, Mary Prentiss Matthews of Beaumont; sons, William Whit W. Matthews and his wife, Shana Brock, of Windermere, Florida and Ross P. Matthews and his wife, Rebecca Hedges, of Houston; and grandchildren, Ellen E. Matthews and Olivia K. Matthews, both of Houston. He is preceded in death by his parents. A gathering of Mr. Matthews’ family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 12, 2016, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3430 Harrison Avenue, Beaumont, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.

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Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager
database@vp4association.com

Passing of VP-4 Vet Billy D. Fritts ADR2 VP-4 1959 – 1962

Sorry to have to pass along this sad news from Dee Perry, Billy’s daughter.

I am very, very saddened to tell you that my sweet and special Daddy passed away this morning at 0730, shortly after I told him I loved him and that it was okay to go be with Mom.  It has been a tough week and even tougher few days.  We made it to his hometown last week and once that was done, his situation declined at warp speed.  He did not suffer much and for that I am eternally grateful.  It is still a bit surreal.  Below is the link to the Obituary.  I will be giving the eulogy at the funeral on Thursday.  I plan to wear Daddy’s “birddog” cap, military ribbons and naval pin during visitation.  Daddy will have full military honors at the cemetery.  I thank you all for what VP-4 has meant to Dad and Mom and then myself.  I am a VP-4 Brat FOREVER! 
Eulogy for Billy Dale Fritts 
Billy Dale Fritts
September 8, 1935 – August 14, 2016
Fritts, Billy D.Billy Dale Fritts, age 80, of Carrollton, Georgia, joined his beloved wife in heaven on August 14, 2016. Billy was born on September 8, 1935 in Eldorado, Illinois to Geraldine Faught Fritts and William Fritts. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Raenell Williamson Fritts, his parents, three sisters and two brothers. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Randy Perry and Christy and Timothy Hawk; grandchildren Taylor Perry, Ian, Lane and Grayson Marks, and Haley Hawk; brother-in-law Bill Lawrence of Evansville, Indiana; sisters-in-law June Watson of Hiawasee and Linda Sullivan of Carrollton and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill also leaves many friends including the Breakfast Crew at Hardee’s, the Roopville High School Class of 1957, former co-workers of Southwire, lifelong friends Velma Jay, Donnie Irvin, George Bruner and Doyle Smith and fellow squadron mates of U.S. Naval Squadron VP-4 (1959 – 63). Born in Eldorado, Illinois and raised in Evansville, Indiana, Bill served 20 years in the U.S. Military, first with the Navy and then in the Air Force, serving one tour of duty in Vietnam in the mid 1960’s. He thrived in the service of his country and kept in touch with fellow service men, especially those with whom he served in U.S. Naval Squadron VP-4. After his last tour in Montgomery, Alabama in 1976, he began work at Southwire in machine maintenance, retiring in 2001. Bill loved history, baseball, westerns, reading his newspapers every day and his grandchildren. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Carrollton. In his younger days he enjoyed quail hunting with his father-in-law, Raymond Williamson and eating fried apple pies made by his mother-in-law, Bessie Williamson. Reading newspapers every day made him a trivia expert on many subjects – clipping articles that he knew others would enjoy. He also kept abreast of changes and news in the military community. Always available to help someone with a project or moving, he enjoyed being around people. He will be missed by many. A celebration of the life of Billy Dale Fritts will be conducted on Thursday, August 18, 2016, at First Christian Church of Carrollton conducted by Barry Shoemake and Jon Day. Visitation with the family will be at Martin & Hightower Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 PM and from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Interment will be at conducted by Anthony Puckett at Carroll Memory Gardens immediately following the celebration of life. The family would like to thank Wilson and Myra Knott, Elton and Virginia Lyle, Randall and Mary Ellen Wilson, Jerry and Joyce Latimer, Dwight and Peggy Riley, Buck and Karen Morton, B and Jean Daniel, Jack and Barbara Harris, and Anthony Puckett, who will serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers. A profound sense of gratitude is extended to Martin & Hightower Funeral Home for their sincere care of the family during a difficult time. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.martin-hightower.com. Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel has charge of the arrangements.

Passing of VP-4 Vet ADC Raymond F. Newhouse USN (Ret) VP-4 1958 – 1961

Fallen ShipmateI received the sad news recently of the passing of VP-4 Vet Raymond F. Newhouse.

Ray served as Plane Captain on Crew 3 in 1959/1960. After his advancement to ADC he worked in Power Plants.
After his tour in VP-4 he transferred to Attack Squadron 122 at USNAS Moffett Field and USNAS Lemoore. He retired October 1963, settling in San Jose, California. Ray then spent the next 28 years in the private sector working for FMC Corp. and ESD Corp.
Upon retiring from the private sector Ray and his family moved to Mission Viejo, California where he passed away 4/21/16

No obituary has been published. Condolence cards may be sent to:

Mrs. Raymond F. Newhouse
21952 Buena Suerte Apt 154
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688-3928

Passing of VP-4 Vet CMC Tommy J. Templeton Jr.USN (Ret) VP-4 1967 – 1969

Templeton,Tommy J.This sad news was passed to me today by Neal Rosenstrom, VP-4 1967 – 1970.

Tommy was an AE2 flying as Flight Engineer on Crew 8 in 1967 and AE1 on Crew 9 in 1968-69.

Command Master Chief Tommy Jones Templeton Jr., 73, of Lawton, went to his heavenly home on Sunday, July 10, 2016, in Oklahoma City.

A memorial service with military honors for U.S Navy, Command Master Chief T.J. Templeton will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home.

T.J. was born May 22, 1943, in Bastrop, Texas, to Evie Boatright Templeton and Tom Jones Templeton, who preceded him in death, as did his sister, Joyce Marie.

T.J. is survived by his wife of 37 years, Birdie Domebo Templeton, of Lawton; two stepchildren: Kevin Squarcia and Monica Lannon; five grandchildren of California; his son, Eric of Washington; daughter, Theresa of Texas; brother, Bob Boatright; and sister-in-law, Sharon; and many nieces and nephews.

T.J. retired from the Pacific Missile Test Center at Point Magu, Calif., as a Command Master Chief in 1992 after 30 years of distinguished service to our nation, earning many awards and medals. He was proud of his 13,000 hours of flying. His awards and medals include Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation (5 awards), Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Citation (with operational conditions service), Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), Good Conduct Medal (7 awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4 awards), Navy Artic Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Colors) and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal ( 4 awards).

T.J. never met a stranger and was a great storyteller and fun-loving person who will be missed by many.

“High Flight by John McGee:”

“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced the skies on laughter-Silvered Wings, Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung high in sunlit silence. Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.”

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Wounded Warriors.

http://www.swoknews.com/obituaries/tommy-jones-templeton

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