Obituary, Richard Clement Fink

Richard Clement Fink, 90

Muncie – Richard Clement Fink, age 90, of Muncie, went to Heaven to be with the Lord, on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Morrison Woods Healthcare Campus, Muncie.

Born on April 17, 1925 in Licking County, Ohio, he was the son of H. Russell and Helen (Loughman) Fink. Richard has been a Delaware County resident since 1941, when he moved here with his family, at age fourteen.

Richard attended Harrison Township High School and graduated with the Class of 1947, after having served in the U.S. Navy during WW II from September 1943 to May of 1946, when he was honorably discharged.

Richard was recalled to active duty in September of 1951 during the Korean Conflict, and served at Great Lakes, Illinois, until October of 1952, when he was honorably discharged again from the Navy. He served in the South Pacific on the U.S.S. Franklin CV-13 and was a plank owner. He also served on the U.S.S. Lexington CV-16 and was in Tokyo Bay on August 7, 1945 when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

Richard worked as a manufacturing engineer at Borg Warner Automotive for forty-one years, until his retirement in 1994.

His memberships include Warner Gear Sympathy Club and Ball Memorial Hospital Volunteer, where he accumulated over 15,000 hours of service. He also attended North Side Church of the Nazarene in Muncie.

Richard and his wife Wanda were presented with the VIVA award in 2015. He also went on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with his son Bill in April of 2015.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-six years, Wanda E. Fink of Muncie; a son, William (Gale) Fink of Yorktown; daughters, Gloria Randall of Sevierville, TN and Brenda Webster of Muncie; ten grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Richard Russell Fink; grandson, Allen Webster; brothers, Kenneth and Robert Fink; and sons-in-law, Jim Webster and James Randall.

Friends may call on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Garden View Funeral Home, 10501 N. Indiana 3, Muncie.

Funeral services for Richard will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at the funeral home with calling one hour prior to service.

Burial will follow in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Muncie, with military graveside rites conducted by the Delaware County Honor Guard and U.S. Navy.

Memorial contributions in memory of Richard may be made to I.U. Health Ball Memorial Cardiac Unit or to North Side Church of the Nazarene.

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Obituary, Otis W. “Pete” Pickett

Otis W. “Pete” Pickett

94, passed away in Bradenton, Florida on Monday, August 24, 2015, where he had resided since 2006. Otis was born and raised in the Indianapolis area. During WWII, Otis proudly served his country in the US Navy. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13) and was aboard during the kamikaze attack of March 19, 1945.

In 1959, Pete founded Precision Balancing Company in Indianapolis. The company would later be owned and operated by his son, Robert Pickett, and currently by the third generation of the Pickett family, his grandson, Joseph Pickett.

Otis is survived by his son, Robert (Sandra) Pickett of Indianapolis; his daughter, Patricia Pickett Lindstrand; 3 grandchildren, Steven (Mary) Pickett, Joseph (Lisa) Pickett and Charlene (Richard) Jones; and 6 great-grandchildren. Otis was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 70 years, Julia Plew Pickett.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th Street, Sheridan, Indiana 46069, with visitation from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Burial with military honors will follow at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan.

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Obituary, William Coker, Sr.

William Coker, Sr.Concord, TNWilliam A. (Bill) Coker, Sr., of Concord, was born August 25, 1926 and passed away on Friday afternoon, August 14, 2015. Bill was a World War II Navy Veteran, served on the USS Franklin, and was a member of the 704 Club. He was a Past Master of Chota Lodge #253 F&AM. Bill Retired from Union Carbide.

He is survived by his three sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Pattie, Jim and Debby, Phil and Candy; several grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Family and friends will gather at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Concord Masonic Cemetery for graveside services. Masonic services will be conferred by Chota Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association , 4708 Papermill Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37909., or Chota Lodge #253, 11019 2nd Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Coker family.

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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Aug. 18, 2015

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Obituary, Albert Thomas Ostheimer

OSTHEIMER, Albert Thomas Passed away August 1, 2015. He was born in New Jersey June 10, 1925 to Frieda and Joseph Ostheimer. Al served in the Navy during World War II as a radio man and gunner on dive bombers. He was on the USS Franklin, an aircraft carrier, when it was hit by two bombs off the coast of Japan. Al met his wife, Janice Jones at a dance when he was stationed in Santa Rosa. Dancing was an activity our parents enjoyed; Jitterbug and Square Dancing. Al was a hardworking and creative individual who instilled those attributes in his children. He worked as a butcher for Purity Stores and Safeway. He also helped run the Jones Christmas Tree Farm on Vine Hill Road in Sebastopol. Our parents liked to camp and fish. They took us all with them on family vacations; kids and grandkids. They traveled the world. Al and Jan had a vacation home in Deer Lake, Washington. He enjoyed gardening. We grew up with lots of animals; pets and livestock. He was a fan of the 49ers, Giants and Warriors. Al was fortunate to live to 90 years of age. He remained independent, living on his own, driving his car (he loved to drive), spending time with family and friends. His life was capped off by a surprise birthday party held July 12. All his family and many friends were in attendance. He loved it! Al was dedicated to his family. A kind man, he took loving care of his in-laws when they became elderly. We were all blessed by his ongoing love and support. Al was preceded in death by his wife, Janice, and his grandson, Aaron Ostheimer. He is survived by his daughters, Karen (David) Jones and Johanna (Rob) Klinker; his son, Terry (Sharon) Ostheimer; his eight grandchildren, Paul (Michelle) Ostheimer, Jocelyn (Seth) McKay, Nathan (Tidawan) Ostheimer, Ashton Ostheimer, Kelly (Dillon) Olivas, Sunny (Scott) St. Germain, Shiloh (Dawn) Klinker, and Summer (Andrew) Supinger; twelve great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Johanna Carlisle; and numerous nieces and nephews. We will all miss his sense of humor and his stories. Contributions in Al’s memory may be made to the Humane Society or the charity of your choice .
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Aug. 14 to Aug. 17, 2015

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Obituary, Edwin MacCulloch Stephens, Jr.

Edwin MacCulloch Stephens, Jr.Virginia Beach – Edwin MacCulloch Stephens, Jr. passed away peacefully with his wife at his side at Westminster Canterbury on August 2, 2015.

“Mac”, as he was known, was born on June 4th, 1918 in Norfolk, Virginia, and had recently celebrated his 97th birthday. He was predeceased by his parents, Marie Elrod Stephens and Edwin MacCulloch Stephens.

Mac grew up in Ocean View and graduated from Maury High School in 1936. He went to work for his aunt’s husband, Earl Duke, at the Investment Corporation of Norfolk, where he remained for many years. Mac attended the College of William & Mary.

During World War II, Mac enlisted in the US Navy. He attended flight school at the University of North Carolina, and was designated a Naval Aviator, Lt. J.G. in 1947 at NAS, Pensacola, Florida. Mac was a torpedo pilot, flying a VT 47, and served as a land and signal officer aboard the USS Nassau and the USS Franklin. He received a purple heart for his service when the Franklin was attacked in the Pacific.

Mac was an officer in the Investment Corporation of Norfolk, the Investment Corporation of Virginia, and United Virginia Bankshares, which became Crestar Bank. He was a vice president and treasurer at Crestar in Richmond, and took an early retirement from the bank. He returned to Norfolk, and went to work for George Kaufman when he was developing the Guest Quarters Residence Hotels. Mac retired again in 1998, and enjoyed playing golf and swimming in the ocean.

Mac served as president of the Exchange Club of Norfolk, the Norfolk Boys and Girls Club, and was on the board of the local chapter of the Lupus Foundation. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, where he served many times as a deacon and elder.

Mac is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Ellen Riley Stephens also of Westminster Canterbury, three children, James Edwin Stephens II (Judy) of Portsmouth, VA, Anne Stephens Dickinson (John), of Windsor, VA, and Susan Stephens Edwards (Scott) of Tiburon, California, and three grandchildren, Amanda and Damon Stephens of Portsmouth, VA, and Alexander Edwards of San Francisco, California. Mac is also survived by a niece, Katherine Rivers of Raleigh, NC and two nephews, Michael and R. Patrick Gomez, of Virginia Beach, VA, and several great nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the hospice staff at Westminster Canterbury, and special nurses Candy, Rachel, and Nadine, who Mac called his other daughters.

A memorial service will be held in the Holy Trinity Chapel at Westminster Canterbury on Thursday, August 6 at 2 pm. HD Oliver Funeral Apts., Virginia Beach Chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Memorial contributions in Mac’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice .


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Obituary, Russel E. Cole

Russel E. “Bucket” Cole, 88, of Harmony Township, NJ passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Lopatcong Center in Lopatcong Township, NJ. Russel was born in Still Valley, Pohatcong Township, NJ on August 1, 1926 to the late Edgar and Addie Rush Shoemaker Cole. Russel was a self-employed Dairy Farmer for 25 years, retiring in 1976. He was a graduate of Phillipsburg High School, Class of 1944. Russel served in the US Navy on the Aircraft Carrier USS Franklin CV13, which was known as the ship that will not die, “Big Ben”. Russel enjoyed traveling the country for his ship’s reunions. Russel was a member of Stewartsville Presbyterian Church in Stewartsville, NJ. He was also a member of the American Legion Mecsey-Bishop Post #456 of Stewartsville, NJ; VFW Post #6701 of Washington, NJ; the Stewartsville Grange #121; Sunny Seniors of Phillipsburg; the Stewartsville Area Seniors; The Museum Association USS Franklin CV13;and the Pohatcong Valley Semi-Wild Club. Russel is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret Paff Cole; daughters, Donna Diehl and her husband, Larry of Phillipsburg, NJ and Debra Cole of Phillipsburg, NJ; a sister Ethel Bischoff of VA; grandchildren Chelsey and Jesse Diehl; a great-grandson; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Sarah Crouse; and half-brothers, Harry, Donald and Heston Shoemaker. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 10am at the Rupell Funeral Home, LLC; 465 Memorial Pkwy; Phillipsburg, NJ 08865. A visitation of family and friends will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Stewartsville (Presbyterian) Cemetery; Stewartsville, NJ. In Lieu of Flowers, memorials may be made to Stewartsville Presbyterian Church; 550 N. Main Street; Stewartsville, NJ 08886. Online condolences may be submitted at – See more at:

Obituary, Robert A. Gray

Robert A. Gray, 92, passed away Friday, June 19, 2015, at his home in Lakewood, Colo. Robert was born March 2, 1923, in Kansas City, Kan., to George and Adis Gray. He was a graduate of Wyandotte High School. Bob was a Veteran of WWII serving in the United States Navy. He was a member of Bomber Squadron VB 13 aboard the USS Franklin. He married Betty Jean (Ashmore) on June 14, 1941, in New Orleans, La., who preceded him in death after 68 years of marriage on Feb. 10, 2010. He was in the automotive industry most of his adult working life, retiring as an Auto Service manager for Dick Smith Ford in 1977. Bob was an avid aviation enthusiast, having obtained his pilot’s license at age 22, flying until he was 76 years old. He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen. In addition to aviation, he was involved in midget car racing in the Kansas City area in the 1950’s. He was a member of Victory Hills Baptist Church. He is survived by his daughter, Jeanne and her husband, Jay Dewey of Lakeood, Colo. In addition, he leaves two granddaughters, Kristen (Jeff) Sanders of Edmond, Okla., and Nicole (Pat) Dolezal of Wray, Colo. He is also survived by five great grandchildren, Tyler, Bryce and Sydney Sanders of Edmond, and Jessica and Jaden Mast of Wray. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 26, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 North 94th St., Kansas City, KS 66112. Condolences at: Arr.: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, Kan., (913) 438-6444. Porter Funeral Homes and Crematory
Published in Kansas City Star on June 24, 2015
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Obiutuary, Alfred E. Amos

AMOS. Alfred E. Amos, 93, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Hospice in Stockbridge, GA. He was the beloved husband of the late Shirley E. (Miller) Amos for 47 years and the late Ruth (Young) Amos for 21 years, Ruth passed January 27, 2015. Al was born February 18, 1922 in Hartford, the son of the late William A. and Alma (Vorhaven) Amos. He served his country during WWII on the USS Franklin and also in the Korean War. Upon returning from the service he worked for Underwood Typewriter then Remington Typewriter in their design departments. He was a longtime Masonic member. He leaves his son, William H. Amos of Locust Grove, GA; a daughter, Cheryl Morgan and her husband Michael of Windsor; a son Alfred Amos, Jr. of Groton; three grandsons; one granddaughter-in-law; three granddaughters; one grandson-in-law; four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Howard V. Amos; a daughter-in-law, Toni Amos. His family will receive friends Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 10-11 AM at Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807Bloomfield Ave., Windsor with a Masonic Service at 10:45 AM followed by a memorial service at 11 AM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Roberts Presbyterian Church, 2716 Highway 187 South, Anderson, SC 29626.

Published in The Hartford Courant on May 31, 2015 – See more at:

Obituary, Robert Stiffler Waddington

Robert Stiffler Waddington
age 89, of New Philadelphia died Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Union Hospital at Dover. A son of the late William E. and Erma (Stiffler) Waddington, Bob was born in the family home at New Philadelphia on Nov. 14, 1925. He attended New Philadelphia High School until his Junior Year when his family relocated to Washington D.C. and became a 1943 graduate of Roosevelt Senior High School. Following graduation, Bob entered into the United Marine Corps and proudly served aboard the USS Franklin during World War II. In March 1945, Bob was on board ship at the time The Franklin was bombed and 800 Marines and Sailors lost their lives. An ever proud Marine, Bob enjoyed being a part of the Marine Corps League and loved traveling to their various functions throughout the United States. Professionally, Bob worked for the United States Postal Service for 34 years having served in the D.C, Dayton and Williamsburg, Pennsylvania offices. Following his retirement, he began traveling to Yellowstone National Park, where for 14 summers he enjoyed working in one of the stores near the Old Faithful Geyser. Bob was a member of the Goshen Community Nazarene Church and also found joy in reading and watching television.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann whom he married on July 7, 2007; his children, Glenn (Gwen) Waddington, Sandra (Peter) Waldren all of Shelter Island, N.Y., Katrina (Robert) Pennell of Raleigh, N.C., Ward (Cathy) Waddington of Williamsburg, Pa.; his grandchildren, Morgan, who is currently serving in the USMC, Christopher, Alexandra, Rachel, Eddie, Trisha, Jacob, Amyjo and Arianne as well as numerous great-grandchildren. Completing the family are his step-children, Mary (James) Davis of Apple Creek, and Sherry (fiancé, Rodney Lohr) Depinet of Mansfield; step-grandchildren, Nicole, Amanda, Morgan and Matthew and four step-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Waddington and his daughter, Kris LaFerney.
The family will greet guests one hour prior to services on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 1-2 p.m. in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia where Pastor Lee Randolph will lead a service celebrating Bob’s life at 2 p.m. in the funeral home’s chapel. Burial, with military honors, will follow in the East Avenue Cemetery at New Philadelphia. Memorial contributions in Bob’s memory may be directed to Goshen Community Church of the Nazarene, 2501 Davis Road SE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.
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Obituary, Billy Lee Jones

Shelmerdine –Billy Lee Jones, 88, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015 at his home. A graveside service will be conducted Monday at 2pm in Mack Smith Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the cemetery where there will also be a viewing.
Billy, born July 28, 1926 to the late Roy and Mayme Jones in Bomarton, TX, was raised in Keystone, OK. He joined the US Navy during World War II, serving on the USS Franklin, also known as “Big Ben,” in the Pacific Theater. He moved to North Carolina in 1948 and met and married Reba Haddock on November 10, 1948. He worked as a farmer and a butcher before becoming a carpenter, working for Daniels Construction and Eastern Omni before retiring in 1991. He loved to hunt, fish, watch baseball and basketball games with his grandsons, and gardening, but spending time with his family always came first.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Reba Haddock Jones; son, Billy Wayne Jones; grandson, Brian Gray; sister, Lily Jones; father and mother-in-law, Spencer and Mertie Haddock; and in-laws, Amyle Peterman, Joyce Jones, George Meigs, Wilbur and Gracie Haddock, Lyman and Lucille Haddock, Jessie Haddock, Estelle Ham, and Roy Lee Fillingame.
Billy is survived by his children, JoAnn Jones Gray and husband, William of Independence, LA and Randy Jones and wife, Joy Cannon Jones; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Jones Williams and husband, Ernie, all of Shelmerdine; grandchildren, Tonya Cabaniss and husband, Jeff, Justin and William Gray, Roxanna Ford, Alan Jones and wife, Jennifer, Casey, Jason, Michael, and Cody Jones; great grandchildren, Joseph Puckett, Brianna, Edith, Mary, and Jacob Gray, Rachel and Jesse Ford, and Zachary and Matthew Jones; brother, Ray Jones and wife, Betty; sisters, Wanda Peterman and Shirley Bunyard; sisters-in-law, Rena Mae Haddock and Betty Jo Fillingame; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.