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Gulf War Desert Storm Veterans Deaths Continue

By Denise Nichols


The Taps Roll Call for Gulf War Veterans/Desert Storm Veterans.July ends and yet more deaths of our Desert Storm Veterans continues as they remember August 1991 only 20 years ago but so many have died since the war.  We continue to post in order to remember them.

We went to the Gulf War to do our duty as called, the question is Has our country fullfilled its sacred oath to us, the Desert Storm Veterans?  Have we had truth and honesty in telling us much less the public of what really happenned?  Have we had accountability?

Have we had assistance fast tracked to help the veterans be compensated as they should be?  How many have been denied unjustifiably?  How many have been denied and are trapped in appeals even after 20 years?  How many of the cases that are backlogged are Gulf War-Desert Storm Veterans?  How many have died without VA benefits?  How many spouses and children have been denied survivor benefits?

How many are still being told it is all stress?  How many are being denied to see neurology, endrocrinology, immunology, infectious diesease specialists?  How many per week get referred to WRIIS?  How many are attempting to get to WRIIS and been denied?

13 more deaths of these 5 Navy, 3 Airforce, 1 Marine, 4 Army and there ages 5 in their 40’s, 3 in their 50’s, 3 in their 60’s, and 1 70’s.  We had a pilot CW4, A nondeployed DR, a LTCOL pilot(commersical pilot too), and a First Sgt among them.  We had a cancer death, and one with multiple falls and subdural hematomas and 3 brain surgeries.  One listed natural cause, 1 sudden, 1 unexpected, 1 in hospice, 3 at hospital, and 1 at home.  We had at least three that served in OIF/OEF in addition to Desert Storm.  Several had served in other conflicts. One had served in Army and Navy.  These are all in addition to the other July Deaths the writer has previously covered.

This is the War After the War that appears to be unending.   So we pause as we read their obituaries and say a prayer that corrective actions will be made in their honor!  WE ask that the article be posted widely and distributed widely so maybe their buddies that served with them will be made aware and reach out to their survivors.


 Miguel Mendez

Our brother, uncle, father, son and friend, MIGUEL “MIKE” MENDEZ, JR., 57, of Las Cruces rejoices in his eternal life with our Heavenly Father. He was born November 28, 1953 in Hobbs, New Mexico to Miguel and Susana Mendez. Mike served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps and served during the Persian Gulf War, experiencing life in his travles as a Marine. He retired in 2008 after 30 years of service.

Mike attended Las Cruces First Assembly. His travels allowed him to see the many wonders that God created. Mike lived loving everyone and helped those he could and had a calling of taking the Good News of God’s promises to all who would listen.He is survived by his father, Miguel Mendez, Sr.; two brothers, Joe Mendez and Ruben Mendez and wife, Diana; five sisters, Magdalena Orosco, Graciela Barron and husband, Ernesto all from California, Susan Lopez and husband, Chuy, Sylvia L. Garcia, Linda Aceves and husband, Johnny all of Las Cruces; two daughters, who were the apple of his eyes, Cynthia M. Mendez of Las Vegas, Nevada and Ashley Helzer from California.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Susana Mendez; a brother, Edmundo Covarrubias, his grandmother, Teodora Delgado and numerous uncles.special thanks to Nuffie, Joe and Ernest, who opened opportunities to win lives for Christ. Also, to all his brothers and sisters in Christ. God Bless You All.

Visitation for Mike will begin at 6 PM, Monday, August 1, 2011 in Baca’s Chapel of Prayer, 300 E. Boutz Road, where the Evening Service will begin at 7 PM. The Funeral Service will be held at 10 AM, Tuesday, August 2, 2011 in First Assembly of God, 5605 Bataan Memorial West. Concluding Service and Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery where he will be laid to rest. Full Military Honors will be accord by a Marine Corps Honor Guard.

Serving as casket bearers will Joe Mendez, Ruben Mendez, Israel Ray Lopez, Pablo Garcia, Joe Michael Mendez and Nuffie Hernandez. Entrusted to Baca’s Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces, 527-2222 To send condolences online log onto Exclusive providers for “Veteran’s and Family Memorial Care.”

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on July 31, 2011

WHITE, Dawn Lee, formerly of Tampa, and Decatur, Ga., died unex-pectedly in Stuttgart, Germany, the week of July 3, 2011. Dawn, 48, was a highly-decorated and airborne-qualified U.S. Army veteran of the Cold War, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism.

She was working in Stuttgart as an intelligence expert for Booz Allen Hamilton, a contractor for the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM). Dawn always sought jobs providing what she desired most: to see the world, protect and serve her country and those in need, have extraordinary adventures, meet new friends, and to entertain everyone. Dawn White was born October 3, 1962, in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.

She lived in Austin, Texas, and in Miami, Fla., during her childhood, and enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating from high school. Trained as an intelligence interceptor and analyst, Dawn returned several times to active duty as a reservist. In addition to her military service, Dawn served ten years as a police officer and detective, first at Georgia State University, then at East Point, Ga. She also spent time as a United Nations Police Monitor in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

After returning to Atlanta, she became a security manager at the Atlanta History Center. In 2003, just days from discharge from the reserves, Dawn was ordered to active duty and assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Dawn returned to the U.S., but in 2006 went back to Djibouti as a civilian. She moved to Stuttgart in 2009.

A celebration service will take place at 1 p.m. August 28, 2011, at the Atlanta History Center. Dawn Lee White will receive military honors and burial at 10 a.m. August 29, 2011, at Marietta National Cemetery.

Published in on July 31, 2011


LANEXA – Chief Stacy Allen Parker, U.S. Navy Ret., 41, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2011. Born in Decatur, Ala., he retired from the US Navy in 2009 after 20 years.Service to his country took Stacy all over the world, including the Middle East with Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Stacy loved his country and loved riding his Harley.

He is survived by his wife, Alethea M. Parker; children, Jeffrey Sterlachini of Kaneohe Bay, Hawii, Stacie Marie Parker and Nicholas Aaron Parker at Home; sister, Tracy Parker of North Carolina; brother, Phillip Parker of North Carolina; special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and all of his friends in the US Navy that served with him.

A memorial service will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Grace Fellowship Church, 609 Aberdeen Rd. in Hampton. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall.
The family wishes in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to any organization in support of POW MIA veterans.
Arrangements are provided by Berceuse Funeral and Cremation Traditions, in Hampton, 757-825-8070. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from July 24 to July 25, 2011

Buford Wayne Glover Jr.

July 11, 1953 – July 23, 2011


Buford Wayne Glover, Jr., 58, of South Guyton, died Saturday, July 23, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

He was born in Dublin, Ga., and was a graduate of Richard Arnold High School, and was a veteran, having served in both the U.S. Army in Desert Storm, and also the Ga Army National Guard.He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and worked as a Painter for First Choice Staffing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Buford Wayne Glover, Sr., and Buena Durden Glover, and a daughter, Susie Glover.He is survived by his wife, Amy Watson Peth Glover of South Guyton, Ga; a daughter, Abigail Nicole Glover of South Guyton, Ga; a son, Brandon Glover of Ellabell, Ga; 2 stepsons, Alex and Benjamin Peth both of South Guyton, Ga; brother, Jimmy Glover of Soperton, Ga; 2 sisters, Donna Portner of Savannah, Ga; and Pamela Bunch of Springfield, Ga; and grandson, Taylor Michael Glover of Ellabell, Ga.

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Fairhaven Funeral Home & Crematory.

Funeral Services: 4 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Fairhaven Funeral Home, with Rev. Kevin Steinbach and Eulogist Richard Steinbach, officiating.

Remembrances: Abigail Nicole Glover Education Fund, in care of 4993 Highway 17 South, South Guyton, Georgia 31312.

Fairhaven Funeral Home and Crematory
2794 West US Highway 80
Garden City, Ga 31408

Gary Atkinson

Dr. Gary Leigh Atkinson of Lafayette Hill passed away Friday, July 22, 2011 at Mercy Suburban Hospital in East Norriton surrounded by his loving family, he was 59. He was the loving husband of Nancy (Donaghy) Atkinson. Gary was a physician with Temple University Hospital. He served as an Anesthesiologist with a Fellowship in Pain Management. Born at Temple University in Philadelphia on march 29, 1952, he was a son of the late Herbert and Frances (Stiglich) Atkinson, Jr.

He attended Russell H. Conwell Elementary School and John P. Jones Jr. High School in Philadelphia. Gary was a 1969 graduate of Frankford High School of Philadelphia and received a AB at Temple University in 1973. He was a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO 1981. He attended Palmer Theological Seminary (Eastern College). He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserves, Medical Corps from 1978 to 1991.

He served at the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia and aboard the USS Nassau, LHA-4, Lebanon 1982. He was activated for Desert Shield/Storm in 1991, Naval Hospital in Long Beach, CA. Gary served with honor, receiving the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

He was a member of the Conshohocken United Methodist Church, National Rifle Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologist, Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association and the American Society of Anesthesiologist. Besides his wife, Gary is survived by his children, Jennifer (Michael) Kelso of Wilmington, David (Jennifer) Atkinson of Norristown, and Mark (Madeleyne) Atkinson of Lafayette Hill; sister, Sharon (Bob) Schraedley of Sewell, NJ; brother, Glenn (Sonya) Atkinson of Princeton, NJ; grandchildren, Kaitlin and Christopher Atkinson and Alary Kelso; sister in laws, Anna (Robert) Quinn) and Ruth (Leonard) Rajkowski.

Also survived by many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Gary on Saturday, July 30 at 1 p.m. at Conshohocken United Methodist Church, Sixth Ave and Fayette St, Conshohocken with Pastor Ricky Ayala officiating.

Friends may call Saturday from 12 Noon to 1 p.m. at the church. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Dr. Gary L. Atkinson Memorial Fund, Conshohocken United Methodist Church, 20 West 6th Ave., Conshohocken, PA 19428. Funeral arrangements are with Moore & Snear Funeral Home of Conshohocken and East Norriton.

Published in The Times Herald on July 26, 2011

Ret. CW4 Scott W. Hedstrom

Retired CW4 Scott W. Hedstrom of Madison, AL, born June 22, 1963 died at the age 48 in Madison, AL, July 9, 2011, of natural causes.Scott was 1 of 3 children born in Elmhurst IL to Jackie M. Wilson and the late John A. Hedstrom.He is survived by his brother, John Hedstrom and sister, Jill (Rodney) Woods and many cousins.

He attended Wheaton North H.S. and graduated in 1981. As a young man he worked at Cantigny then joined the U.S. Army in August 1981. He served 27 years and retired in 2007 honorably as Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW4), US Army rotary wing aviator with 15 years of flight experience and 11 years of enlisted service in the US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC).

He severed several missions and tour of duties in his career in locations such as Grenada, South America, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.His call name was Thug and before his fellow comrades would fly they would rub him like a “Buddha” for Luck.After retiring he was employed with CAS-ITT, as a classified briefer until Feb 2010.

He was confirmed at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Winfield, IL. His hobbies were fishing, antiques, yard sales, flying, and gun enthusiast, huge Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and Bears fan, enjoyed the love of camping with family and friends and was always the life of the party.

Scott’s remark who’s the best pilot you ever saw would always put a big smile on girl friend Pam’s face and she would respond “you” you dork.He was a great provider, proud and loving father and is survived by his children, Justin Robbins of Wheaton IL, Karen, Heidi and Sarah Hedstrom of Clarksville, TN.Scott recently said he has had a colorful and exciting career and life and has accomplished every goal he had set for himself.

You will be missed.Remembrance Service will be held 16 July 2011 at the Soldiers Chapel bldg 5875 Desert Storm Ave, Ft. Campbell, KY from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. (270)798-2352.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Disabled American Veterans Fund at

Published in The Leaf Chronicle on July 15, 2011

May 12, 1945 – July 9, 2011

Bruce Werner Markus, age 66, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2011, unexpectedly at David Grant Medical Center. He was born in Bellevue Hospital in New York on May 12, 1945. Bruce resided in the Bronx as a youth and was educated in the New York City Public School System where he excelled as a student and an athlete.

Bruce also attained the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout of which he was very proud. He earned a football scholarship to Georgia Tech University where he was coached by the legendary “Silver Fox”, Bobby Dodd and he received his degree in Chemical Engineering. Upon graduation, Bruce enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was trained as a pilot and earned his wings. He had a distinguished military career and worked his way up to Lieutenant Colonel. He received numerous decorations and accolades. Bruce served three tours in South East Asia during the Vietnam War and another active duty tour in the Middle East during Desert Storm.

Bruce also enjoyed an exemplary career as a commercial airline pilot flying for Air Cal, World Airlines and American Airlines where he retired as a Captain in 2005. He now soars with the eagles.

Bruce’s many interests included traveling, entertaining friends, golfing, art and attending sporting events. He was affiliated with numerous veteran and pilot organizations, Napa Elks, Sirs, Benicia Yacht Club and Green Valley Country Club.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. Bruce will receive full honors.

Bruce leaves behind his loving partner, Donna Charles, his adopted family, Sue, Frank, Bill and Betty Siciliano and many loyal friends.

Published in The Reporter on July 17, 2011

1St SG US Army Retired Ralph Edward Pruden

April 24, 1951 – July 14, 2011



Gathering of Family and Friends

Sunday, July 17, 2011 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Fairhaven Funeral Home & Crematory


Tuesday, July 19, 2011 | 2:00pm

Florida National Cemetery

6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513 | (352)793-7740

1st SG US Army Retired Ralph E. Pruden

Ralph Edward Pruden, 60, of Ellabell, GA died Thursday, July 14, 2011 at Hospice Savannah, Inc.

He was born in Elizabeth, N.J. He was a member of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, American Legion Post #27 of Richmond Hill, GA, the “Over The Hill Gang “, the Outlaws Car Club, and worked at OMI, Inc. for eight years.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1976 until 1998, and retired as a 1st Sergeant. He served during Desert Storm and the Somalia conflict. He loved to fish, race cars, and was an avid Jeff Gordon fan and avid Pittsburg Steeler fan.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Pruden of Ellabell, GA; two sons, Ralph E. Pruden, Jr. of Savannah, GA and Charles Joseph Pruden of Ellabell, GA; two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Allen (Michael Keith) of Richmond Hill, GA and Donna Marie Vicchiullo (Mario) of Las Vegas, NV; three grandchildren, Michael Allen, Anthony Allen and Christa Vicchiullo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fisher House (war veterans) 111 Rockville Pike Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850, or the Building Fund, in care of American Legion Post # 27, Richmond Hill, GA

Gathering of Family & Friends: 5 – 7 pm Sunday, July 17, 2011 at Fairhaven Funeral Home & Crematory.

Mass of Christian Burial: 2:00 pm Monday at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Interment: 2:00PM Tuesday, July 19, 2011 Florida National Cemetery Bushnell, FL.

SHEPHERD Donald E., 46 of West New York, NJ passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, Don was a veteran of the United States Air force serving his country proudly during Desert Shield/Storm, he worked for Vanguard Health Care at H.U.M.C as a certified E.M.T., he also volunteered for Pet Smart and the Bergen County Animal Shelter.

Don loved playing his guitars and supporting his beloved NY Yankees. Beloved husband of Kelly L. Niemi. Dearest brother of Marsha Zurowski, Karen Exlos and Cynthia Poe. Don also leaves behind many close and personal friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, July 17, at 4:30 PM at the G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Home, 397 Union Street, Hackensack. The family will receive friends on Sunday for visitation from 2-6 PM. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to the family, c/o Gentile Funeral Service, 397 Union Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. To send condolences, directions or further info rmation visit

Published in The Record and Herald News on July 16, 2011

Thomas Shelton Spear, 61, of North Las Vegas, Nevada, died Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Thomas was born November 17, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio. He was a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United Sates Air Force and serviced during the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and Iraq. Thomas was preceded in death by his daughter Kristy Lynn Spear-Grider. He is survived by his wife of 35 years: Linda Marie Spear; his son: Sean Thomas Spear; his son in law: Michael Grider; his sister: Terry Rush and her husband John; his brother: Richard Spear and his wife Cathy; and 2 grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 25, 2011 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am at Palm Mortuary – Northwest at 6701 North Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89131. Graveside services will be held on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm at Southern Nevada Veterans’ Memorial Service at 1900 Buchanan Blvd, Boulder City, NV 89005.

Arrangements under the direction of Palm Northwest Mortuary, Las Vegas, NV

To Lt. Col. Thomas Shelton Spear, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Thomas, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Thomas really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

Thomas was born on November 17, 1949 at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. His parents were Shelton Gillespie Spear and Nora Eleanor Spear. Thomas was raised in Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio; Little Rock AFB, Arkansas; and San Francisco, California. Even as a child, Thomas had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.

Always a good playmate, Thomas was easygoing and fun loving. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Thomas managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Thomas was raised with one sister, Terry Spear Rush and one brother, Richard Spear.

All of Thomas’s playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Thomas experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He took part in cross-country running. He was a member of the Boy Scouts. In his spare time he liked to make rockets. One of Thomas’ memorable moments was when he blew a roof off of a house at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas.

Thomas simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. He enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Thomas graduated from Lincoln High School in San Francisco, California in 1967. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was math. He will be remembered by his accomplishments in cross-country running.

Thomas reveled in his college years, where his imagination could run free. He was viewed by many of his classmates as being a creative, artistic person. Thomas was usually found at the center of things, whether it was during class or in extracurricular activities. He was a jovial person who loved to share his passion for fun with others. But for Thomas, life was not a case of all play and no work. Thomas relished the task of putting his imagination to work in class. He was able to discover new and different ways of answering problems and creating unusual and different solutions. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Accounting; and a Masters Degree in Education. His favorite course was accounting.

The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Thomas very easy to approach. On September 25, 1976 Thomas exchanged wedding vows with Linda Marie Morbeto at McDill AFB in Tampa, Florida. He tried hard not to impose on his spouse. He was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

Perhaps the reason Thomas related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped him in raising his own children. Thomas was blessed with two children, one daughter, Kristy Lynn Spear-Grider and one son, Sean Thomas Spear. They were also blessed with three grandchildren, Tyler, Zaine, and Thomas. Thomas had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of his attention was directed. Thomas’ compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian, and he could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Thomas had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

At work, as in life, Thomas was a real “people person. ” he had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Thomas liked to see himself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Thomas was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Thomas’ talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Thomas as an excellent problem solver. His primary occupation was flying F-4 Phantoms and teaching. He was employed for 26 years in the US Air Force.

Thomas was an Air Force veteran. He was stationed at Mather AFB in Sacramento, CA; George AFB and Norton AFB in CA, and retired from Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, NV. Thomas served during Vietnam, Persian Gulf War and after 9/11. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel. He received several awards including a National Defense Service Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal.

Thomas enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were restoring classic cars such as a 1955 Studebaker President and a 1967 Plymouth Satellite. Thomas was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Thomas felt excited and challenged by sports. In high school, he ran track. Recreational sports included coaching Little League. Thomas was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list was baseball.

Thomas had an endless appetite for new and different activities. He was always ready to join in the fun and add his flair and energy to an organization. Because of his personality, his humor, and his ability to get along with everyone, Thomas’ service was greatly valued by the organizations to which he belonged. In college, Thomas taught Junior ROTC. Throughout his later years, Thomas was an active member of the Studebaker Club.

A generous person who often wore his heart on his sleeve, Thomas often found himself involved in activities he deemed important. He was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made him a natural volunteer. Outspoken in his beliefs, yet tactful in his dealings with others, Thomas was a member of several community groups, such as serving on the committee for the Neigborhood Watch. Politically, Thomas’ favorite quote was “Vote for the Candidate, not the Party”.

Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Thomas recognized that his faith was important to him throughout his life. He was a member of the Catholic church in San Francisco, CA and served as an alter boy.

Living life in the fast lane suited Thomas just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included trips to Hawaii.

Thomas was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. Thomas’ favorites were Pader and Maverick, Golden Retrievers; and Romeo and Juliette, Arctic Siberian Huskies. They were best friends for at least 10 years for Pader and Maverick; and 3-10 years for Romeo and Juliette.

Thomas believed that you had to experience life, and his life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 1996, Thomas took it in stride as one more way to have fun. Thomas retired from the Air Force; however he was called back to serve from 2001-2004. His second retirement was from the Clark County School District in 2005. With his boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Thomas remained busy with people and projects. Even in retirement, Thomas continued to stay in touch with his old friends and, since he’d never met a stranger, he made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

Thomas passed away on July 13, 2011 at Centennial Hills Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thomas fought a brave battle from repeated hospitalizations due to falls and subdural bleeds causing three brain surgeries in total. He is survived by his wife, Linda; son, Sean; and grandson, Thomas; and our new son, Michael; sister, Terry and brother, Rick. Services were held at Palm Mortuary Northwest. Thomas was laid to rest in Boulder City, NV at the VA Cemetary.

Thomas brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Lt. Col. Thomas Shelton Spear lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.

KUBOVCHIK COMMANDER JOHN F. KUBOVCHIK JR. (U.S. Navy – Retired), age 70, of Virginia Beach, VA., passed away peacefully at home in the presence of his family on July 20, 2011. He was born on July 19, 1941 to the late John and Mary Elizabeth Kubovchik Sr. of Lakewood, OH. He retired from the United States Navy as a Commander and Veteran of the Persian Gulf War after serving proudly for 32 years, mainly in the submarine force. Upon retirement from the United States Navy John began his second career following his passion for music. He was instrumental in creating the band program for St. Gregory the Great Catholic School where he served as the band director for the last 12 years. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 45 years, Mary; his son, Michael; his daughter-in-law, Paula; his two grandchildren, Krista and Katarina, all of Virginia Beach, VA.; and his two sisters, Clare Kubovchik of Fairview Park, OH., and Joanne DeMars of Colorado Springs, CO. A VISITATION WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, JULY 24 FROM 6-8 P.M. AT THE ALTMEYER FUNERAL HOME-SOUTHSIDE CHAPEL, 5792 GREENWICH RD., VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Monday, July 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Virginia Beach, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the ‘American Cancer Society’
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Norman Elliott Brown

Norman Elliott
Brown, 58
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. — Norman Elliott Brown, 58, USN Retired, of Green Cove Springs, Fla., passed away peacefully on July 20, 2011, at Kindred Hospital.
He was born in Hackensack, N.J., on May 14, 1953. Norm grew up in Maine and attended schools in SAD 6 in Buxton. He faithfully served his nation in the Army and Navy from 1970-1993, and was a Gulf War veteran.
A memorial service will be held later in Maine.


Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday

Frank R. Bynum, 42, of Chillicothe, Ohio, formerly of Fairview Heights, Ill., born May 28, 1969 in Belleville, Ill., passed from this life on July 8, 2011 in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Frank proudly served his country for 22 years in the United States Navy. He was a Veteran of the Gulf War serving during that time on the USS Curts. After retirement, Frank was employed as an electrician by USEC Inc., at the American Centrifuge Plant, Piketon, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his father, Russell G. Bynum; his grandparents, Frank & Mildred Pencak and Gaylon & Marguerite Bynum; an aunt Ora Dean Bynum and three uncles, Richard Pencak, David Pencak and Jerry Bynum.

Surviving are his wife, Jamie Bynum; his two loving children, Julia and Jake Bynum; his mother, Patricia nee Pencak, Dietrich; sister, Elizabeth (Arthur) Oppermann III; a nephew, Arthur A. (Ashley) Oppermann IV; a niece, Amanda Oppermann; an uncle, Robert (Maggie Wilson) Pencak; an aunt, Flora Jean Bynum; as well as numerous cousins. Also surviving are his dear friends, Jarrod and Dorothea Davis of Okawville, Ill., and their children, Kendra and Matthew.

Memorials may be made to the Karla Smith Foundation.
Condolences may be offered at

Visitation: Friends may call from 11:00 A.M. -3:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, July 17, 2011 at Lake View Funeral Home with Father Ray Schultz officiating. Upon Frank’s request, cremation was to be held. A life celebration will be held privately in New Hampshire with Frank’s wife and children at a later date.


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