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 GRANGER, Sesh Lamar 77,
- passed away on December 29, 2013 at his home in Swansea, Florida. He was born on September 20, 1936 in Auburndale, Florida.

He was a 1954 graduate of Manatee High School and served our country for 22 years with the United States Air Force as a Russian Language Specialist. He was assigned to the 6913th RSM Squadron in Bremerhaven, Germany on Baker trick in 1956-57 and again on Dog Trick from 1959-62.

Following his military discharge, he was a successful entrepreneur, business owner, and real estate broker.

He was a devoted husband to his wife of 59 years: Thelma Elizabeth Granger (Lawson) and 3 sons and their spouses: Carrol Lee (Elena) Granger; James Phillip (Trish) Granger and John Lamar (June) Granger; and grandfather to: Stacie Shinkle (Jason Schmidt) and Skylar Granger, and 2 great-grandsons: Aydin and Andrew Frazier, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sesh enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed gardening, cruising, country music, and exploring the united States through road and plane trips that took him as far as Alaska for salmon fishing.

Services were held at Bradenton, Florida and interment at Braden River Cemetery in Bradenton.

 

FLEAGLE, Benjamin 'Ben' , 88  - of Williamsburg, VA passed away on Tuesday February 8, 2013 at Pilot's Colony Convalescent Center.

A veteran of WWII and the Korean War, he served his country for 27 years, retiring at a U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant. His missions took him all over the world as an airborne radio operator. Ben was a former Charlie Trick Supervisor with the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1955-57.

One of his last assignments took his family to Taipei, Taiwan where he acted as MAAG advisor to the Taiwanese military officers in construction and maintenance of radar sites.

He and his wife Muriel enjoyed retirement in San Diego and Colorado Springs and in 1998 moved to Williamsburg, VA.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Muriel; daughters: Barbara Jill Sanders and husband Estes; Cynthia MacBlane and husband Robert (Scotty); grandchildren Jennie and Adam MacBlane, and many nieces and nephews.

He was cremated and interment at Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heritage Humane Society; 430 Waller Mill Rd; Williamsburg, VA 23185.

 

 

WILSON, Richard William 'Dick', 71, - passed away on March 1, 2013 at his home in Marquette, Michigan. Dick was born on May 22, 1941 in Port Huron, MI.

Richard graduated from the Port Huron High School (1959) and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and was initially stationed in Alaska working as a Russian Linguist. He later transferred to the 6913th RSM at Bremerhaven, Germany, on Dog Flight from 1961-63.  

After his military service he attended Alpena Community College studying political science.

Dick married Kathleen Marie Sherey of Alpena, MI on May 29, 1965 and worked for Retail Credit Co. as an insurance investigator. He worked another job as an Assistance Payment Worker at the Department of social Services in Alpena, MI.

He enjoyed sports and was a part-time referee for hockey at the Mich-Ke-Wis Park. Dick enjoyed the outdoors: fly fishing, photography, bird watching and golf. He ws a member of the Wawonowin Country Club for many years and served on its Board of Directors. he was also a member of the St. Michaels Catholic Church in Marquette.

He worked for the State of Michigan as a Fraud Auditor and retired in 1987 after 13 years. He was involved with many agencies throughout the Upper Peninsula including the Dept. of Human Services, Marquette School District, Probate Court, Pregnancy Services, the Salvation Army and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Dick was a Ward/Guardian for over 30 people and many were 'Pro Bono'. He was known in his community in Marquette for being an Outstanding Citizen and he was always volunteering.

 

Dick is survived by his wife, Kathleen Wilson of Marquette; 3 children: Tanya (Perry) Lund of Gladstone, MI; Kelly (David) Rumney of DeWitt, MI and Gary (Melissa) Wilson of Marquette; brother Charlie Wilson of Sacramento, CA; and grandchildren: Ilah and Molly-Tulip Wilson , Ben, Noah and Jonah Rumney.

Funeral services were held in Ishpeming, MI and the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #380 accorded military honors.
 

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DINKENS,  Bobby, 73, - passed away on December 3, 2013 at his home in Omaha, Nebraska.

Bobby grew up in San Antonio, TX. (His father was in the military.) He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1958 and completed the Morse intercept Operator Course at Keesler AFB, Mississippi by Mid-1959. His first overseas assignment was in the Philippines, and later as a Radio-Fingerprinter Analyst (RFP) from 1960 to 1963 in the Intercept Section of Operations on Easy Flight at Bremerhaven, Germany. (Jay Johnson replaced him as coordinator of RFP on Easy Flight.) Bobby's next assignment was to Vietnam, and lastly at Offutt AFB in the Airborne Reconnaissance Unit, where he retired at the rank of M/Sgt in 1978.

Bobby is survived by his wife LaSonja (Philmon) Dinkens, Omaha, NE; and his first wife's daughter Robin Dinkens, Corpus Cove, TX; 2 stepchildren: Christopher, and Cameron Caldwell of Omaha, NE; and 5 grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held with military honors.
 

 


BRANAGAN, John E., 82  - passed away on October 29, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in McKee's Rocks, PA on August 2, 1931.

John served in the Air Force at Bremerhaven, Germany (Maintenance) with the 6913th RSM from 1958-1961 as S/Sgt and retired at the rank of Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force, and later from civil service to the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife Helen, daughter: Karen Nanos (Jeffrey); Sons: John R. Branagan and his wife Laureen; and Christopher Branagan and his wife Joy; grandson: Jason Nanos and fiancee Victoria Fyfe; and Paul Menzies, and many nieces and nephews.

     

A celebration of his life was held in November, 2013 at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home. Interment will take place at a later date at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery

     

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org or to the American Lung Association at www.lung.org.
 

 

DAUDERT, Charles 'Chuck', 78  - passed away on November 25, 2013 at his home in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Chuck was born in South Haven, MI on June 24, 1935.

S/Sgt Daudert served in the U.S. Air force Intelligence Service at Bremerhaven, Germany with the 6913th RSM from 1955-59 on Charlie Flight.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Michigan University and received his Juris Doctor from Wayne State Law School, and had a successful career as a trial lawyer in Kalamazoo, MI.

Chuck was also an accomplished author and wrote several historical novels, as well as magazine articles and short stories.

He loved playing tennis, camping, traveling and sailing, both on Lake Michigan and on the Irish Lady in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1999, with his nephew, Jeff Daudert, they took first place in the Cock Island sailboat race, beating 217 other boats.

Chuck's great hero was Martin Luther and once said: "martin Luther died at age 63 believing exactly what his faith would bring him; and so do I... - I sincerely believe God has given e a life which is much better than I deserve."

He possessed the winning combination of intense intelligence, charm and witty sense of humor and was adored by many, family and friends alike. His contagious smile and enviable hair leave a picture in the minds of his loved ones never to be forgotten.

Survivors include his wife Carol; brothers: Richard (Janice) and James (Briana) Daudert and sister: Betty Lynn (Tom) Rysenga; children: Gwendolyn (Eric) Conarton, Renee Daudert and Charles Scott (Alexandra) Daudert; step-children: Catherine (Jeffrey) Bonnes and Gregory (Kimberly) Peterson as well as 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Kalamazoo Animal Rescue,; PO Box 3295; Kalamazoo, MI 49003.
 

 

HUNT, Roger 'Tank' E., 72  - passed away on April 29, 2012 at Hazelton, Pennsylvania. He was born in Bridgeport, Illinois, and graduated in 1958 from Batesville High School in Batesville, Indiana.

In high school he was an honor student, a varsity player in basketball, football and baseball, and was an all-conference full back in football. He attended the University of Cincinnati and Indiana University while he was in the Air Force.

He was stationed in Bremerhaven, Germany with the 6913th RSM on Dog Trick as a voice intercept operator from 1961-64.

He played on many of the sports teams at Bremerhaven (softball, football, basketball).  He also was a member (pitcher) of the squadron-level softball team in 1961.

Roger was a manager of Skate Odyssey. He was an accomplished painter/artist.

Surviving are his wife of 10 years, Sympia Hunt; sons: Scot, Christ and Matthew; stepsons: Jody, Jason, Jeremy, Joshua and Teo; grandchildren: Olivia, Breanna, Tanner and Max; brother Mick Hunt, and sister Patty Goldschmidt.
 

 

HARRIS, Henry Woodson 'Hank/Tex', 78  - passed away on October 30, 2013 at Cabot, Arkansas. He was born August 24, 1935 in Arkansas Pass, Texas.

Mr. Harris was a member and Deacon at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Cabot.

Henry served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, in Vietnam and also Bremerhaven, Germany, with the 6913th RSM, where he was on Dog Flight from 1956 until he married Edith in 1958. He later worked in Transportation (Motor Pool) until 1959.

After his retirement from the military he worked for the United State Postal Service for 10 years.

He is survived by his wife Edith (Ropke) Harris of Cabot; daughters: Sylvia (husband Tom) of Cabot; Debbie (husband Ottis) of Beebe; Barbara of Cabot. Also 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren, two sisters and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Building Fund; 10525 Mt. Pleasant Cutoff; Cabot, Arkansas 72023.
 


PARRISH, Branch Archer, 90 (SMSgt)- passed away on October 12, 2013 at his home in West Falmouth, MA. Branch was born on February 17, 1923 in Norfolk, VA.

Branch was raised as a southern gentleman in Norfolk where he began his military career in the US Army from 1941-45 and re-enlisted in the US Air Force in 1948. He retired as Senior Master Sergeant in 1965.

His extensive military service took him around the world including Japan, the Philippines (until the start of the Korean War). He then deployed to India and Pakistan where he served the United Nations in Kashmir as Radio Operator on UN aircraft until 1953. Next he flew MATS from Westover which included short stints in brazil, Florida and finally stationed in Saudi Arabia where he participated in the successful rescue of the Shah of Iran's son serving with Air Sea Rescue.

He returned stateside to Otis AFB from 1955-58 where he met his wife Barbara, whom he married only five months later. They began their adventures together in Okinawa, Japan from 1958-60 where he became a member of the USAF Security Service for the next seven years of his military career.

Branch was stationed with the 6913th RSM at Bremerhaven, Germany on Charlie Trick from 1960-63. He retired at Langley AFB in 1965 receiving numerous medals and commendations over his military span. He was a man of honor, trust, and integrity and had an unwavering moral compass. He was highly respected by his fellow comrades and continued to travel to his military reunions with his wife Barbara.

In retirement at West Falmouth, he began working for the Lilly family at Holly Acres and Sandwich Heritageg Museum where he was responsible for the historic research and implementation of the Military Battle Regimen Displays.

 

 

Always active, Branch became the owner/operator of the West Falmouth Market, beginning another career spanning from 1976 to 2001. He opened the store 7 days a week and every holiday to serve his customers and again demonstrated his commitment to a job well done. up until August 2013 Branch continued to show up at the store to run errands and catch up with old friends. His customers enjoyed his kindness, generosity, hard work ethic and always friendly smile. He truly loved the store and all the people that touched his life for the past 36 years.

 

 

Branch and his wife Barbara enjoyed many years of travel throughout Europe, Eastern Europe, USA and Canada, discovering new places together. He also enjoyed time with his family, friends and backyard bird friends. He had a passion for politics and history and always enjoyed a great conversation.

Branch is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara L. Parrish; daughter: Barbara I. Peramba and husband Jeffrey of East Falmouth; son Branch J. Parrish and his wife Colleen of West Falmouth and Son Bruce A Parrish and wife Melissa of Waquoit. He is the grandfather of Whitney, Kirsten and Jake Peramba adn Michaela J. Petersen and husband Thomas of Seattle, and Mason, Spencer and Ryan Parrish of Falmouth.

A Funeral Mass was held on October 17 with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of personal meaning.

 

 

KENNY, Terrence George 'Terry', 74, - passed away on February 12, 2013.  Terry enjoyed homes in Park Ridge, New Jersey and St. Augustine, Florida. He grew up in Bergen County, NJ and graduated from Tenafly High School.

He started college, but then joined the U.S. Air Force where he was trained as a Russian linguist at Syracuse University. He was stationed with the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany on Charlie Flight from 1957-1958 when he was reassigned to flight duty at Detachment 1, 6911th RSM at Rhein-Main, Germany. He flew in several advanced aircraft as a fighter intercept specialist and earned the nickname: "Golden Ear".

In 1960, Terry went back to college and earned a B.S. in Chemistry. He worked for Lever Bros. as a Product Development Chemist and Development Manager. Back across the Atlantic Ocean, he worked as a Product Area Manager for Unilever Research in The Netherlands.

He later worked for Roure Bertrand Dupont (a fragrance company) and retired as Vice President of Science and Technology.

Terry loved playing tennis and golf, taking his family to visit historical sites in the US and Europe, poetry, good books, listening to classical music and enjoying old friends from Lever Bros. His favorite time was enjoyed walking his collies along the St. Augustine beach or New Jersey trails.

He is survived by his wife Virginia, his son Scott and daughter Kathleen and a grandson, and his faithful collie: Jesse James.

Condolences may be sent to Virginia at:  TerryAndGingerK@aol.com   6 Cascade Ave, Park Ridge, NJ 07656.

Memorial donations may be sent in his honor to www.CollieRescue.net
 

 

SOBIK, Richard "Dick' L., 71, - passed away on August 18, 2013 at Roanoke, Virginia. He was born on May 8, 1942.

Richard served in the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed with the 6913th RSM at Bremerhaven, Germany, on Baker Flight from 1961-1964. He was a member of the 1963 'Fliegers Football team (the 1963 champions of Bremerhaven Port of Embarkation).

He also worked at NSA and retired from a retail business.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila M. Sobik; son: Douglas Harrad (Barbara); two daughters: Karen Randle (Jeff), Maureen Maule; six grandchildren: Andy and Cortney Moulas, Tucker and Cal Randle and Alexandra and Eric Maule; brother: Paul Sobik; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Colonial Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, VA. interment will be held at a later date in New York.
 

 

STROTMAN, Col. Bruce D., 81, - passed away on August 9, 2013 at Rockwell, Texas surrounded by family. He was born in Waverly, Iowa on May 10, 1932, attending Waverly High School with his future wife of 58 years, Laura Gogg.

In 1954 he graduated from Iowa State University, and spent 28 years in the Air Force. During his Air Force career, Bruce flew over 20 different aircraft and more than 300 combat hours and 75 sorties during a tour in Vietnam.

Bruce was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star (combat "V"), and pilot's wings from both the Vietnamese and Chinese Air Forces. His other Air Force awards include the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

He served in the USAF Security Service as Major Strotman, Commander of Dog Flight in Bremerhaven, Germany from January 1962 to August 1963 when he was named to be the Traffic Exploitation Officer. In December 1964 he was assigned to the position of Assistant Operations Officer, replacing Major Perry Strum. Bruce and Laura were in Bremerhaven from January 1962 to February 1965.

Bruce also served in the Electronic Security Command in the airborne collection of intelligence, and was inducted into the Freedom Through Vigilance Hall of Honor.

He was a central figure in the RC-135 Rivet Joint Modernization Program, which is credited with dramatically reducing casualties in Desert Storm/Shield and later conflicts.

In 1981, he retired from the Air Force and moved to Rockwall, Texas where he worked for E-Systems and Raytheon. He was active in Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church as a contributor, volunteer, and a member of the committee which built the new church.

His wife, Laura passed away on December 29, 2012. He is survived by six children, 3 sons: Andrew (Jane) Strotman, Daniel (Katherine) Strotman, Samuel (Margaret) Strotman; and 3 daughters: .Sally (George) Lembrick, Julie (Bill) Ohde, Mary (John) Rush; 16 grandchildren and two sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Presbyterian Hospice, 4350 Sigma Rd. #400, Dallas, TX 75244, or the FREEDOM THROUGH VIGILANCE ASSOCIATION, P.O. Box 691616, San Antonio, TX 78269-1616.
 

 


NYE, William G. 'Bill' (M/Sgt), - passed away on Sunday May 12, 2013 at Mountain View Hospital in Las Vegas, NV.

Bill was raised in Hartford, CT and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. and traveled and lived all over the world while serving his country in the United States Air Force. He graduated from Central High School in 1947.

Bill Nye served as a linguist (Russian Language) at Bremerhaven, Germany in the 6913th RSM, on Able Flight from 1957 to 1961, and again from 1963-1964. He retired after 27 years in the Air Force in 1971.


He also saw action in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant and was recognized with several awards including the Bronze Star.


Retiring in 1978, Bill worked for White Westinghouse Company in Hofuf, Saudia Arabia. He also enjoyed volunteering for VFW, American Legion, Elks Lodge and working in training centers at various military bases.

Bill is survived by his wife Pearl (Shih-Hua Sun). They were married on February 14, 1976 at the Presidio of Monterey Chapel in Monterey, California.

  Bill Nye Photo Albums:  #1.   #2. 

M/Sgt William G. Nye, 6913 Security Squadron was presented with the AIR FORCE COMMENDATION MEDAL by his Commander, Lt. Col. Wyman M. Bridges, for his outstanding military service while stationed with the 6984th Radio Squadron Mobile from May1962 to April 1963.

Burial at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder, NV.
 

ROGERS, James 'Rip', 77 - passed away on December 28, 2012 at Florida Hospital Deland. A native of Deland, Rip lived here all is life except for a tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force where he served with the 6913th RSM at Bremerhaven, Germany on "C" Flight from 1955-1958.

He later attended Stetson University and continued his studies at the University of Florida Law School.

Rip worked as an attorney for the Public Defender for 25 years before going into private practice.

He was an avid golfer and an accomplished motorcyclist, which became his passion as he traveled to the four corners of the United States for a month in 2001, when he was 65.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years: Claudia (Fishburne), who unfortunately, just 6 days later, on January 3, 2013, also passed away (see her obituary below). Rip is also survived by his step-daughter: Connie Moran; niece: Valerie Fishbourne; cousins: Alexandra Hess, Shirley Scarlett, Jodi Elizabeth Long, Courtney Storm Moriarty, Michael Dougherty and Marshall Dougherty, Jr.

Memorials may be made in Jim's name to: Journey's End Animal Sanctuary; P.O. Box 220163; Glenwood, FL 32722, or West Volusia Humane Society; 800 Humane Society Road; Deland, FL 32720.
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ROGERS, Claudia (Fishburne) 78, passed away on January 3, 2013 in Deland, Florida.

Both Jim and Claudia were long-time Deland residents, and a double funeral service was held on Saturday January 5, 2013.

Mrs. Rogers was born on August 26, 1934 in Miami, Florida. She was a political science major at the University of Florida in Gainesville where she worked in office management in the medical field and also a legal secretary for the Volusia County Attorney's Office.

She was an avid writer, gardener and animal lover. She enjoyed the Arts and acting with the "Shoestring Theater", where she met her husband, Jim.

She enjoyed time with her family and friends and was known for her calm and uplifting manner and her humor and warm smiles.

She is survived by her daughter: Connie Moran of Ocean Springs, MS; granddaughter Anna Magdeleine Henry, 7 great-nephews and nieces, and a brother: Charles W. Fishburne.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be considered to: The Diabetes Research Institute: www.diabetesresearch.org/donate or www.NationalStemCellFoundation.org

 

EASTBERG, Mervyn E. 'Merv' 73, - passed away on January 9, 2013 at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa.

Merv was born on February 17, 1939 in Dayton, Iowa. He graduated from Boone High School in 1957 and attended Boone Junior College before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He studied Russian Language at the Monterey Language School in California and served with the 6950th RSM in Chicksands, England (1959-60), and the 6913th RSM in Bremerhaven, Germany until 1962.

He moved to Denver, CO and married Diana Caywood in 1962. His career was in finance and he was elected Vice President of the Bank of Denver, later with Colorado National Bank and lastly as Regional Director of the Bank of New York.

Merv moved back to Boone, IA in 2001 where he was a safety director for Vern Thuney Trucking. He was a member of the Mirza Masonic Lodge #609 in Pilot Mound; Single Action Shooting Society; National Old West Shooters; International Association of Counter Terrorism and Security Professionals.

He enjoyed reading, cooking, and Cowboy Action Shooting.

Merv is survived by his son Bret (Lori) Eastberg of Johnstown, CO; daughter Cheri (Doug) Miller of Thornton, CO; and 5 grandsons in Colorado.

 


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