Obituary, Kenneth Thompson

Kenneth ThompsonKenneth K. Thompson

Kenneth K. Thompson, much beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, died surrounded by those who loved him on Friday, August 29th in his home in Union (Wa).

Ken was born in 1924 in Wilson, Oklahoma and grew up during the depression in the Dust Bowl. His early hard-dash scrabble life gave him a drive to succeed.

He joined the Marines at 17 and served proudly in the famous Black Sheep Squadron. He was serving as Ships Company aboard the USS Ben Franklin when it was bombed off the coast of Japan in 1945.

After WWII, he settled in Santa Barbara, California, married, raised a family, and went into business.

Ken was instrumental in the post war building boom in Santa Barbara. He eventually joined in the development of full-service car washes and finished his career in Dallas, Texas as a sales representative and distributor of car wash equipment. He was a successful entrepreneur and owner of seven car washes in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metro-plex.

In his spare time, Ken enjoyed golf (golf, golf, and more golf!) football, flying his Cessna and a good cigar.

His memorial will be held on Sunday, September 7th at 1:00 p.m. in the Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Clubhouse in Union (Wa).

If you wish, in lieu of flowers, please remember Ken with a donation to the New Community Church of Union (NCCU) building fund- (P.O. Box 232, Union, WA, 98592.)

Obituary, Edward Loeffler

Edward “Big Ed” Loeffler

Great Falls —Edward Gene Loeffler, 87, died of chronic kidney disease early Sunday morning, August 17, 2014, at Peace Hospice.

“Big Ed” requested no services. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Born on September 17, 1926 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, he ran away from home to join the Navy in 1943. He served as a gunner’s mate on the USS Franklin during World War II. He met and married his wife Zita Guza in Honolulu, Hawaii on November 18, 1951. Ed made the Navy his career for 20 years achieving the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. After his retirement in 1963, Ed served another 10 years inactive duty in the Fleet Reserve.

In 1964, Ed and Zee moved to her home state of Montana with their two daughters, Candace and Patricia; they settled in Great Falls. Ed felt that there was no better place to live! Born with a true gift of gab, Ed worked in sales for Montgomery Ward, American Life & Casualty Insurance, and the U.S. Tobacco company. In 1975 he realized a life-long dream and bought the Tracy Bar re-naming it the “E-Z Bar” after himself and Zita. Ten years later he sold the bar and truly retired.

“Big Ed” was one heck of a card and pool player. He was an avid golfer having played the game since his early days in the Navy. When health issues took him off the course, he could be found watching the game on TV. He also loved a cold beer, a smooth cigar and a good Western … and his favorite recliner. He was a life member of the VFW, the American Legion, and the Elks.

He is survived by his daughters, Candace and Patricia Loeffler; granddaughters, Bryce Weinert and Briana (David) Gerena; grandsons Alexander (Jessica) Drew and Zachary Drew, son-in-law Robert (Candace) Drew; sister Mildred Herman of Iowa; sisters-in-law Marian Golie, Edith Guza and Opal Guza; many nieces and nephews; and that guy in the basement, Michael. We will all miss our “sweet, lovable” Ed.

Ed was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Zita; his older brother, Donald Loeffler, and most of his golf buddies.

Many thanks to the caring staff at Peace Hospice and to his home health nurses, Tawnya, Gale and Rebecca.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Aug. 20, 2014

Obituary, John F. Popola

John F. Popola

AGE: 88 • Formerly of Sayreville

John F. Popola, age 88, formerly of Sayreville died Saturday, September 6 at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Edison. Born in Newark, he resided most of his life in Sayreville, then Toms River and finally he moved to the Veterans Home about 5 years ago. John served in the Navy during World War II aboard the USS Franklin which was badly damaged by a Japanese air attack that resulted in a loss of 800 crewmen, becoming the most heavily damaged carrier to survive the war. John received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in the attack. John retired after 36 years with the South Amboy Post Office as the Assistant Post Master. After his retirement he also worked in the Mail Department of the Garden State Parkway. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, he was an avid bowler and he was a huge New York Yankees and Giants fan.

John was predeceased by a daughter, Frances Clark and a brother, Bob Popola. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Loretta (nee Flynn) Popola; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Kathleen Popola of North Hanover Twp.; a daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and Tony Cser of Amelia, VA; two brothers, Tom Popola of Florida and Pat Popola of California; a sister, Violet Bruno of Parlin; seven grandchildren, Alan John Ellison, Mary Fran Clark, Tammy Horner, Jaclyn Popola, Lindsey Popola, Steven Popola and Matthew Popola; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for John will be held on Wednesday, September 10 at 12:00 Noon at the Tilghman Funeral Home, 52 Main Street, New Egypt, NJ 08533 (, with burial to follow in the BGWCD Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown. Calling hours will be on Tuesday evening, September 9 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and again on Wednesday morning from 10:00 AM until noon at the funeral home. Due to cemetery restrictions, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans ( – See more at:

Published in Asbury Park Press & Home News Tribune on Sept. 8, 2014

Obituary, Joseph A. Filz

Joseph A. Filz, age 95 of Falls Township, PA, died on Monday, April 12, 2010, at Saint Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Filz was a resident of Fairless Hills since 1975. Until his retirement in 1977 he was employed as a steamfitter for Local #420 for 40 years. Joe was a member of St. Frances Cabrini parish and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph the Worker Council #4215 and the St. John Neumann Assembly. Mr. Filz is the beloved husband of 70 years of the late Anna L. Filz. He is the loving father of Joseph A. Filz, Jr. and his wife, Jean, Barbara A. Krasnay and her husband, Bob, and Elizabeth Kurtz and her husband, Norman, all of Fairless Hills. He will also be sadly missed by 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and many nieces. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 325 S. Oxford Valley Rd., Fairless Hills, PA 19030. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 9:30 a.m. Rite of Committal will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Levittown. There will be no calling hours at the funeral home. Mass cards or memorial contributions to St. Frances Cabrini Church at the above address would be appreciated by the family.

Obituary, Charles Ray Graves

Charles Ray Graves, 88, a native of Printess, MS and a resident of Baton Rouge, LA passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at his daughter’s home in Pride, LA. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving on the USS Franklin during WWII. He retired from the LA Highway Department in 1977, was a Shriner and an auctioneer since 1987. He joined the Masons in 1954 and continued his membership for 60 years. He was a Master Mason with the Istrouma Lodge #414. He is survived by his children: Charlene Cooksey and husband Butch, Gerald Graves and Pat Jones, Robert Graves, Tammy Lamana, and Todd Graves and wife Cindy; grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings: Johnnie Morgan, Elsie Arnold, and Edwin Graves and wife Sylvia; and sister-in-law Nina Graves. He is preceded in death by his wife Dolores Graves; son Leslie Graves; parents Walter and Eula Graves; and brother Robert G. Graves. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 10am until time of service at 12pm. Interment will immediately follow in Greenoaks Memorial Park.

Published in from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, 2014
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Obituary, George Kreider Bomberger

Retired Naval Commander

George K. Bomberger, 97, of Palmyra, PA, entered into his eternal rest on Monday, July 28, 2014, in Paxtonia at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Mary, with whom he had lived for the past two years. The youngest of five children born to the late Harry and Fannie Mae (Kreider) Bomberger (along with four other siblings who did not live into childhood), George was born on Easter Sunday, April 8, 1917, in Lebanon, PA. Raised on a farm just outside of Lebanon, George had fond memories of that time in his life, intermingled with sadness at the death of his mother when he was 12. He and his three older brothers and sister attended a one room schoolhouse, Excelsior School, also known as Snitz Creek School.
His father remarried, to Margaret, and in time five half-brothers and a half-sister were added to George’s family. Many were the stories that George recounted through the years, especially late in his life, as he recalled life on the farm.
In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his three brothers, Herbert, Christian, and Robert and his sister, Hilda (Creager); stepmother Margaret, half-brother Donald, and half-sister Barbara; a daughter, Judy, at 6 days of age (1951); his wife Julia (Rutter) Bomberger (1970); second wife Anna (Blessing Wolfe) Bomberger (2009); and a daughter, Joan Yoder (2013).
He is survived by his immediate family: son Robert K. Bomberger and wife Mary, of Harrisburg; grandson Neil Bomberger and wife Anne Coleman, and their two sons George and Moses, of Arlington, MA; and granddaughter Chloe Bomberger, of Charlotte, NC.
Also surviving are his half-brothers Ralph, Harry, William, Eddie and their families; two sons of wife Anna, Kenny and Brian Wolfe and their families; Jim Yoder, husband of Joan; nieces/nephews and families of his brothers Herbert, Christian, and Robert and sister Hilda; and nieces Barbie, Betsy, and Mert and their families, through his wife Julia.
After graduating from Lebanon High School in 1934, George headed westward, following the lead of brother Herb and sister Hilda, and eventually started college in Las Cruzes, NM. Then just before the start of WWII he joined the Navy on May 15, 1941 in Long Beach, California.
George served in the Pacific as a Navy pilot flying off jeep carriers in the Solomon Islands in 1943, where he received the Air Medal Citation Award for “meritorious service in action” against the Japanese. In the summer and fall of 1944 he flew off the aircraft carrier USS Ben Franklin, going on numerous missions in the Bonin and Mariana Islands, Okinawa, Formosa, and the Philippines. In late October 1944 George was credited with a direct hit on a Japanese aircraft carrier, which subsequently sank, in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. For this he was awarded the Navy Cross, the highest Naval award outside of the Congressional Medal of Honor. The exploits of George and his fellow crew members of the USS Franklin are chronicled in Joseph Springer’s book “Inferno”, where the testimonies of George and other heroic men who served on that ship are recorded.
After coming home to Palmyra, George completed his B.S. degree at Lebanon Valley College in 1948 while continuing to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserves. During the Korean War, George was called up to active duty as a flight instructor in Pensacola, Florida.
Always inclined to be active and on the go, George enjoyed spending time with his family, mowing his grass and working in his yard, playing golf, attending family and Navy reunions, and sharing his later years with Anna. He enjoyed travelling and just driving about town, and he never missed an opportunity to go out for breakfast. He was a wonderful Papa to his two grandchildren and it was clearly evident even in his last years that he truly enjoyed children; little ones, great-grandchildren and others, always brought a smile to his face.
Funeral services will be held on Monday August 4, 2014 at 11:00AM from the Kreamer Funeral Home & Crematory 618 E. Main St. Annville, PA 17003. Interment with full military honors will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. A luncheon will follow the interment at the Trinity United Church of Christ, Palmyra.
George’s family particularly wishes to thank the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) of Central PA for the wonderful care and support in helping them keep George in a home setting during his final years. The registered nurses, aides, and other staff of VNA, and most recently their Crossings Hospice program, have been invaluable and greatly appreciated. George’s family also wishes to thank Valerie Kaiser, of Specialty Home Care, for the many hours of assistance in caring for George, occupying his time with activities/games/ and friendship, and making his life more enjoyable.
Memorial contributions can be made to the VNA, Specialty Home Care, or the Trinity United Church of Christ in Palmyra.
Published in Patriot-News from July 30 to July 31, 2014
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Obituary, Kenneth Eugene Peltier, Sr.

Kenneth Eugene Peltier, Sr. passed away Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, at the Harrah Nursing Center. He was born January 6, 1923 in Shawnee, OK to Oliver A. and Ozetta Bourassaa Peltier. Kenneth was a very proud and humble person. He wrote his book, ‘MY DIARY OF MEMORIES’ for his family which tells many stories of special memories of his lifetime. He was very proud to obtain a copyright for this book. He attended Shawnee schools and Acme school first through 8th grade. After graduating from the 8th grade he attended Shawnee Junior and Senior high school. He participated in track and football. Ray LeCrone, his football coach, called him’ that Crazy Legged Indian! He took advantage of a NYA School to learn the welding trade at the beginning of WW2. The class met from 12 midnight until 4:00 AM. He attended the class before reporting for classes at the high school. Kaiser Shipyards needed certified welders to build ships for the US Navy. They found many certified welders to hire from the NYA schools from across the USA. Kenneth was certified and withdrew from Shawnee High School to go to California to work for Kaiser. While in California he was recruited by the Pacific Coast Professional Football League to play for the Oakland Giants. He was able to play for one year and received publicity as being the runt on the team. He wanted to serve in the Military but was told that his Draft status was 2-B Defense and could not be 1-A since he was needed more in defense than the Military. He quit his job with Kaiser, returned to Shawnee and entered the US Navy. He served on the Aircraft Carrier USS Franklin until it was hit by a Kamikaze plane. Many lives were lost and Kenneth was proud to have been one of the 704 crew members who brought the crippled ship from the coast of Japan back to the Brooklyn Shipyard. Kenneth was a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation •. He was elected to serve as Secretary of the Potawatomi Tribe during the 1980’s. He was happy to have been able to attend all the CPN Council meetings and CPN Festivals for over 40 years. He received his Indian name, Wegmanemo, which means First or Leader Wolf, during a CPN Naming Ceremony on November 30, 2008 from the CPN Tribal Chairman, John Barrett. He retired from Tinker AFB after 31 years of service in 1978 as a quality control inspector. Kenneth was a faithful member of the Star Sunday School Class at the First Christian Church for many years. He has attended the Dale Church of Christ the past few years. Kenneth married Pauline Stegall Peltier October 5, 1941 in Shawnee, OK. This union was blessed with four children Kenneth Eugene Peltier Jr, Nicki Lynn Peltier, Marsha Jane Peltier and Tanya May Peltier. Kenneth and Pauline were married for 46 wonderful years before her death in 1987. Kenneth married Lillian Hale February 9, 1990 at the Dale Church of Christ. They were happily married for over 24 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Ozetta Peltier, two sons Kenneth Eugene Peltier and Nicki Lynn Peltier. Five sisters Mildred, Ruby, Kathleen. Annetta, and Willa Lou, Three brothers Buddy, Gerald and Raymond and many other family members and friends. He is survived by his wife Lillian Peltier, daughters, Marsha (Bill) Sims, Tanya Peltier, four stepsons: John (Cathy) Hale, Rick (Cindy) Hale, Rusty (Lana) Hale and Rob (Karen) Hale. He is survived by many grandchildren: Reuben, Kanton, Kim, Billy, Vicki, Nicki, Tina, Bradley, Jeremy, Jennifer, Lindsay, Stephanie, Jeff, Jonathan, Joe, Courtney, Tacy, Jack, Kelli, Matt and many loved great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 16th at Walker Funeral Service, 201 E. 45th St., Shawnee, OK. Visitation will be all day Thursday. Bill Sims, Bible Teacher from the Meeker Church of Christ will officiate. Burial will be at the Tecumseh Cemetery with Rocky Barrett officiating. The CPN Veterans will be in charge of the Military service. The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of the Harrah Nursing Center for their loving and professional care of Kenneth the past year.

Obituary, Armard L. Swindle

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Armard L. “Al” Swindle, died January 25, 2014, at age 95.
He was born in Samantha, Alabama on May 22, 1918 to the late Will and Sally (Hagler) Swindle. He was known to many of his friends and relatives in Alabama as “Cotton.” In 1938, he joined the U.S. Navy and retired after 20 years as a Chief Petty Officer. While stationed at Pearl Harbor, he was aboard the USS New Orleans during the attack on December 7, 1941 that brought the U.S. into World War II. In 1942, he was in the Battle of Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, and was aboard the USS New Orleans when it was torpedoed in November of that year. He went on to serve on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin and was on board when it was bombed off the coast of Japan in March 1945. He left active military duty in 1958 and continued his service with the U. S. Navy as a civilian from 1959 to 1980 at Mayport Naval Station, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVeda Hill Swindle; his brother, Arnold L. Swindle; his stepdaughter, Carolyn DeLoach Avila; and great- nephew, Shane Swindle.
He is survived by his son, Rod (Jan); his daughter, Brenda Smith (Roy); stepdaughter, Jackie Dicks (Wesley), and nephews, A.L. Swindle (Neta) and Philip Swindle (Lisa); step granddaughter, Shannon Amundson; grandsons, Jedediah Smith, and Bridger Smith; step-grandchildren, Cynthia Velazquez (Frank), Sheryl Howell (David), Cary Dicks (Terrianne), Mitchell Dicks (Karen), Lisa Wallace (Michael), Lori Dutton, and many nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and step-great- grandchildren.
He was a long-time member of Parkwood Baptist Church. The family would like to thank the staff of the Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home for the outstanding care he received the last two and a half years of his life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home, 4650 State Road 16, St. Augustine, FL 30292.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, January 29, at Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 940 Cesery Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32211 from 5 to 7 p.m. A graveside ceremony with Military Honors will be at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32218 on today, January 30, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Friends and family are welcome to Westminster Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville for refreshments following the graveside service at 3:30.

Published in Tuscaloosa News on Jan. 30, 2014

Obituary, Harry F. Haller

Haller, Harry F., of Westminster, passed away on February 22, 2014 at the age of 93 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. Beloved father and grandfather, he was born in Philadelphia in 1920, got married to his wife of 57 years (who predeceased him in 2007) at age 30 and moved to California. A Navy man, he was stationed at the Long Beach Naval Yard which brought them out to Westminster where they planted their roots and stayed.

Harry served in both the Korean War and well as WWII and was a survivor of an attack by the Japanese on the USS Franklin.

He was loved by everyone who met him and if he liked you he was the consummate jokester. So, you knew that if he didn’t kid around with you, he didn’t like you!

Harry was a founding member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Garden Grove and converted to the same religions as his wife, Catholicism in his later years.

Harry’s biggest love in life was his family. Along with building his life around them, he enjoyed woodworking, the beach, ice skating (he grew up in the East playing ice hockey) and staying active.

He is survived by his three children, Keith Haller, Jane Saeman, as well as David (Lisa) Haller and 8 grandchildren. In the last years of his life, he was lovingly taken care of by Javier Avalos at his home of 58 years.

A Rosary and viewing will take place on Thursday, February 27th at 10:30am with the Funeral Mass to follow at 11:30am at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Dana Point.

Published in Orange County Register on Feb. 26, 2014

Obituary, Charles William Stroeher

Charles William Stroeher
Dec. 12, 1922-Feb. 27, 2014
Resident Of Los Gatos
Charles (Charlie) William Stroeher passed away on Thursday, the 27th of February after energetically striving to regain his independence while recovering from a stroke. His positive attitude, bright smile and twinkling eye will be remembered and missed by many.
Charles was born in Mansfield, Ohio. His family moved to Colorado and then to Casper, Wyoming. He went to Grant Elementary school in Casper and graduated from Natrona County High School in 1939. He attended Billings Polytechnic College (Rocky Mountain College) where he was able to work for his room and board until entering the U.S. Navy. During his three years of naval service he took flight training at St. Mary’s College, Norman, OK and at Corpus Christie, Texas. He earned his Wings and his Commission in April 1944, qualified for carrier landings and piloted TBM torpedo bombers on the USS Franklin at the end of the war and survived the bombing of the Franklin. He met the love of his life, Beverly Jean. They were married in April of 1945. They were married for 59 years.
After WWII, Charles graduated from Northwestern University in 1948 with a B.S. in Business Administration. His jobs as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) took him from Illinois to Montana to California. He worked as a CPA/Financial Manager until retiring at the young age of 72.
Charles was always active. He was always interested in “goings on” of friends and family near and far. He loved gatherings with family and friends during the holidays and weekends throughout the year. He was an avid jogger and enjoyed bicycling until he was 90. He loved kayaking, church activities– treasurer, choir, etc. – playing bridge, travel – in the United States and abroad – and friends. He especially enjoyed his time with friends.
Charles is survived by his devoted daughter, Shelley Slingland (Ed) and his grandchildren Greg and Rebecca Slingland, by his sister Mary Lou Ayers of Meridian, ID and his brother, Glenn Stroeher of Evergreen, CO.
Friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 16548 Ferris Ave. in Los Gatos, CA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations made out to Faith Lutheran Church with “Charlie’s Memorial Fund” on the memo line. Donations will go to a charity designated by his family in accordance with his wishes.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 21, 2014