Obituary, Bruce Alan Guetzloe


Guetzloe, Bruce Alan

Guetzloe, Bruce Alan 89, of Clearwater, FL, died August 14, 2013, at Morton Plant Hospital. He was born January 22, 1924, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of the late R.P. and Mildred Guetzloe. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Carden Guetzloe; three children: Douglas, of Orlando, FL; Laura, of St. Petersburg, FL; and Peter, of Clearwater, FL; a sister: Mary Buck and her husband John, of Minneapolis, MN; a daughter-in-law: Stacey Lewis Guetzloe and three grandchildren: Alexander, Jefferson, and Madison Guetzloe, of Orlando, FL; and a brother-in-law: Arthur Carden of Virginia Beach, VA. Bruce was a World War II Marine Corps pilot, who flew the Vought Corsair and was carrier-based off the USS Franklin “Big Ben”, with Squadron VMF 452, in the Pacific Theater. He also flew both Corsairs and jet aircraft during the Korean conflict. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Bruce received his Teacher’s Certification from University of South Florida and his Master’s Degree from University of Florida. He taught high school sciences for many years in the Pinellas County School District, retiring in 1985. Bruce was an avid boatman and pilot, enjoying his days aboard his motorsailer, The Teragram, and in piloting ultralight aircraft. National Cremation Society is in charge of arrangements. There will be no local services. He will be inurned, with full military honors, later in the Fall, at Arlington National Cemetery. The family has requested that no flowers be sent. Donations may be made in Bruce’s name to Personal Enrichment Through Mental Health Services at PEMHS, 11254 58th St North, Pinellas Park, FL 33782.
Internment at Arlington National Cemetery on April 22, 2014 at 0100 hours.

Obituary, Robert C. Blanchard


Father Joseph O’Callahan, performs last rites for Robert Blanchard March, 19, 1945 on the fiery deck of the USS Franklin. Robert, overcome by smoke inhalation would live to 90 years old.

WWII Navy Veteran, Purple Heart recipient, Robert Charles Blanchard has gone home to be with the Lord on April 11, 2014.  He was born December 1, 1923 in Yonkers, NY, and lived in Ocean County for 20 years.  Robert is survived by the love of his life of 72 years, Violetta Elkins Blanchard; his children Violetta Kelly, Barbara and Larry Mason, Patricia Dangler, Robert and Gail Blanchard, Donna and Larry Gliddon, Tom and Karen Blanchard, Marion and Fred Humphries, Bill Blanchard, and Michaelle and John Gaul; seventeen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren; and two brothers, William Blanchard and James Blanchard.  Viewing at Maxwell Funeral Home, Manahawkin, NJ on Monday April 14, from 6 pm until 9 pm.  Services will be Tuesday April 15 at St Mary’s in Barnegat NJ at 10am.


Obituary, Glenn Keith Davis

glenndavisGlenn Keith Davis, 89, of Shawnee, Kan., passed away December 12, 2013. The visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Lenexa United Methodist Church, 9138 Caenen Lake Rd, Lenexa, Kan., followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. Graveside burial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kan. Procession will leave from Amos Funeral Home at 10 a.m. for those wishing to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Lenexa United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice . Glenn was born to Keith and Grace (Fann) Davis on May 4, 1924, in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from Manual High School in 1943 and received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Missouri in 1950. He was a Veteran of World War II serving as an aviation machinist mate 3rd class in the United States Navy aboard the USS Franklin. The story of his harrowing experience aboard the Franklin on March 19, 1945, appears in the book, The Inferno, by Joseph Springer. He married Wanda Jean Murray in 1946 and on Dec. 22, they would have celebrated their 67th anniversary. They have lived in Shawnee Mission, Kan., since 1959. He worked eight years at General Motors, followed by 25 years at Bendix, now Honeywell. After his retirement in Feb. 1983, Glenn worked extensively on genealogy. He also began oil painting still life, scenery and portraits of his children and grandchildren. He was an active member of the Lenexa United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the Shawnee VFW Post 10552. He volunteered several years with Junior Achievement during his tenure at Bendix. Glenn was preceded in death by two sisters, Margery Reiss and Mildred Murray; and two grandchildren, Joshua and Jennifer Conyers. He is survived by three children, Steve and his wife Lelah Davis of Columbus, Ohio, Nancy Wagner, and Judy and her husband Ken Hensley of Shawnee Mission. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, 10 great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews who will greatly miss him. Online condolences may be expressed at Arr.: Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee, (913) 631-5566. The Amos Family Funeral Home, Crematory, Chapels. 913-631-5566

Published in Kansas City Star on Dec. 15, 2013 – See more at:

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Obituary, Arvel D. Snow

Arvel Snow

LEWISVILLE —, 95, of Lewisville, went home to be with the Lord, Dec. 14, 2013 surrounded by his family. He was born in Surry County, N.C., the son of Byrd Winfield Snow and Ida Victoria Snow. Arvel served his country in World War II as a marine sergeant aboard the USS Franklin aircraft carrier taking heavy fire from the enemy. His passion was the Kingdom of God and he founded and supported several churches, taking joy in seeing others follow Christ. Arvel was known for his love of God and joy of living. He established Hanes Furniture in 1952 and enjoyed a successful career as a business owner, making many friends over the years. He was an astute business man who always cared for the less fortunate. His family looked to him for guidance and encouragement. He was an awesome bass fisherman. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Tim, and beloved brothers and sisters. Surviving are his loving wife of 70 years, Edith Snow; two sons, Wes Snow and wife, Mary Jane, and Dan Snow and wife, Diana; a daughter, Joy Beaver and husband, Bob; grandchildren, Shannon Langdon and husband, Jeff, Amy Hotchkiss and husband, Brian, Derek Snow, Leah Beaver, Brian Beaver; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Mason and Lilly Langdon; and brother, A.C. Snow and wife, Nancy, of Raleigh. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with the Rev. Earl Newton, the Rev. David Stetler and the Rev. Tomas Montenegro officiating. Interment will follow in Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in Dobson. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at the funeral home. The family expresses gratitude for the many prayers, visits and acts of kindness received. They are so grateful to the staff of Hospice, who made it possible for Arvel to come home. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27013. Online condolences may be made at For I am now ready to be offered and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. — II Timothy 4:6.


Published in Mount Airy Newspapers from Dec. 16 to Dec. 17, 2013

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Obituary, Arthur Dorsey Lapole, Sr.

Arthur Dorsey LaPole, 85, of West Ocean City passed away on 8 July 2012 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. Arthur was born in Catonsville, and is the son of Charles LaPole and Irene Burall. He was preceeded in death by his wife and lifelong partner Esther. Arthur was a hardworking, simple and honest man and will be remembered by many with endearing nicknames including Reds, Art, Mr. Dorsey, Dorse, and Pike. Arthur’s satisfaction and contentment came from within; often with small anonymous and selfless deeds.

Arthur is survived by his three children and their families: JoAnn and Herb Butler, Arthur Jr., and Mark; his five grandchildren: Bradley, Todd, Amanda, Trae and Candace; and four great grandchildren: Lily, Luke, Kyle, and Zoe. Arthur is also survived by his brothers Charles and Thomas.

Arthur served in WWII aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin. Art was never one to complain about surviving the violent attack and near sinking of his ship, but clearly his approach to work, family and life were forever altered. During the war and throughout her life, he supported his single hardworking mother.

Arthur married Esther Connor in 1946, began his family and his long career in machinery design, production and servicing. He held positions at the Poole Foundry, Elicott Machine Company, and in the US federal government. Art’s passions included boating, fishing, woodworking, and teaching for the US Coast Guard.

Obituary, Karl Hausen Braddick

Karl Hausen BraddickBraddick, Karl Hausen Karl Hausen Braddick was born in Big Spring, Texas on Feb 1, 1919, the first of 12 children to Karl and Egla Louzelle Braddick. Karl grew up in Northwest Houston during the depression. The family lived on the original 10 acres settled by Karl’s grandfather, where they grew their own food, bartered, and hunted to put food on the table. Karl quit High School to work for the WPA with his father to help feed the family, and he later completed his GED to receive his High School Diploma. His aunt Hazel paid for him to attend and receive a two year degree in accounting. His first job was working in the mail room for Superior Oil in Houston. On July 11, 1941 Karl married Martha Jane Holland, his first kiss and the love of his life. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Karl enlisted in the Navy and became an optical range finder operator. In the war, he became a plank owner on two ships: The USS Saufley DDS 465 and the USS Franklin CV 13. Karl was in seven major battles and many skirmishes earning one silver and two bronze stars. On March 1945, The USS Franklin was hit with two 500 lb bombs hitting the stored ammo and blowing the ship apart killing over 800 men. After the war, Karl went back to his job with Superior Oil where he moved up accepting positions in Midland, Texas, Los Angeles, California, Caracas, Venezuela, New York, New York, and Dallas, Texas. He retired with Exxon Mobil in 1985. Karl and Jane moved to Canyon Lake where they purchased property and built a home that people would want to visit. Karl loved to have fun and share with friends. Karl died peacefully at home being cared for by Tom and Maria Braddick. Karl is survived by Sons: Karl Braddick, Tom and Maria Braddick, Wayne and Suzanne Braddick. Grandchildren: Lori Johnson, Jonathan Braddick, Michael Braddick, Omar Braddick, Ricardo Braddick, and Claire Braddick. Great Grandchildren: Mundo Braddick, Isaiah Braddick, Noah Braddick, and Christian Braddick. The Services will be held at: Brookside Memorial Park, 13401 Eastex Freeway, Houston, Tx. 77039. 281-449-2526. Visitation will be on Tuesday January 7th 5 to 8PM and the Funeral service will be Wednesday January 8th at 11AM.


Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 5, 2014
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Obituary, Howard Newcomb

Howard NewcombNewcomb, Howard “Newk”, 86 years old, peacefully went to be with the Lord, Saturday, June 1st. He was born June 11, 1926 to Howard E. and Louise (Gehm) Newcomb. He was a proud veteran of WWII, serving in the Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin. He retired from Middletown Paperboard in 1989, where he was Maintenance Superintendent and at that time discovered he had a passion for playing golf, scoring 7 “Holes- in-One”. He was a member of the Wildwood Golf Club, the American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. He was one of the original founders of Doty House facility for children with disabilities. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 65 years Ruth (Carpenter) Newcomb; sisters Barbara Warmoth and Virginia Mays; infant brother James Newcomb and grandson, Jason Newcomb. He is survived by daughters, Billie Martens of Franklin and Kathy (Ben) Cole of Middletown; sons Tim Newcomb of Franklin, Howard “Howie” Newcomb of Middletown, Paul (Pixie) Newcomb of Ft. Myers, FL, Pat (Gina) Newcomb of Corvallis, OR and Michael Newcomb of Palm Springs, CA; 11 Grandchildren and 20 Great Grandchildren. Visitations will be held 6-8 pm Thursday, June 6, at Baker-Stevens-Parramore Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Friday, June 7, at the funeral home with Reverend Claude Robold officiating. Burial will follow at Woodside Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to any favorite charity.

Obituary, Floyd Eugene “Bud” Smith

Floyd Eugene “Bud” Smith 86, of Camby, IN died on August 19, 2009. Floyd was a Superintendent for Apartment Buildings for over 30 years in Brooklyn, NY retiring in 1979. He served in the U.S. Navy serving on the USS Franklin and was a recipient of the Purple Heart medal. He is survived by his wife, Delores, children, Walter Smith, Chyrl Hill, Janet Sebai, Carol Fiorianti, 11 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Services will be today, Friday August 21 1 PM at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center- Decatur Township with visitation there from 11 AM. Burial will be at Hillsdale Cemetery in Martinsville, IN. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Obituary, W. E. Renth

W. E. Renth, 87, of New Baden, Ill., born May 2, 1926, in St. Louis, Mo., died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Faith Countryside in Highland, Ill.

Mr. Renth was a veteran of the United States Navy serving in the Pacific during World War II aboard the USS Franklin CV13. The ship was hit off the coast of Japan on March 19, 1945 and the ship ended up being towed back to the United States. Upon his return from service he attended St. Louis University and was then hired at Farmers & Merchants State Bank in New Baden as a temporary employee. He progressed to full time and finished his 60 year banking career as executive vice-president of First County Bank of New Baden. He was a graduate of New Baden High School class of 1944 and St. Louis University School of Business and Commerce. He also attended numerous financial seminars. He was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in New Baden where he formerly served on the board of trustees. He was a member of the American Legion Post 321 in New Baden where he was the longtime chief financial officer, and was a former member of the New Baden Lion’s Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, W. F. and Amelia E., nee Trippel, Renth; two sisters, Wilma P. Renth and Arline Barrow; and a brother-in-law, G. H. Barrow.

Surviving is his sister, Betty L. Renth of New Baden, Ill.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice and will be received at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden, Ill. The American Legion will visit the funeral home at 7 p.m. on Monday.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Zion United Church of Christ in New Baden with Rev. Gretchen Sterrett officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Greenmount Cemetery in New Baden, Ill.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Sept. 15, 2013
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Obituary, Gerald J.Baccardax

Baccardax, Gerald J.
88, of St. Cloud, FL and Rochester, NH died peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a recent illness October 14, 2013. Jerry was the son of the late Juanita (Perrier) and Cornelius Baccardax. He was born July 29, 2915, and raised in East Boston and graduated from East Boston H.S. A member of America’s Greatest Generation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He served honorably aboard the USS Franklin an aircraft carrier noted as the warship that endured the most casualties of any surviving ship, over 924 men died in two separate attacks. The only ship to have more casualties in WWII is the USS Arizona. During the Pacific campaign the Franklin earned 4 battle stars. Jerry who for many years made his home in Wakefield, MA worked at Chelsea Naval Hospital and retired from the Lynnfield Public Schools. He is survived by his loving wife Elayne (Baudreau) Baccardax. This past July 7th they celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. Also, survived by their daughter and son-in-law Shirley and Michael Granfield, a granddaughter Jessica Aasrud and her husband Paul, a grandson Daniel Granfield, and a sister-in-law Judy Johnson and her husband Arnold Johnson. Along with his family he enjoyed many days of boating, camping, and square dancing. Arrangements are being made by the Cremation Services of Mid-Florida. There will be no services and burial will take place at the Bourne National Veterans’ Cemetery, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The family would like to thank the exceptional care given by the Samaritan Care Hospice,1300 North Semoran Blvd., Suite 210, Orlando, FL 32807 and memorial contributions can be made to that organization.
Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 18, 2013
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