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Tuesday Obits and some catch-up

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Posted 2017-09-12 6:40 PM (#85031)

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Subject: Tuesday Obits and some catch-up

ANDERSON, Robert (n), 77, of Farmerville, went to his heavenly home on September 9, 2017. He was a lifelong resident of Union Parish and a member of Farmerville First United Methodist Church. Bob had a great appreciation for the outdoors and really enjoyed being a talented fisherman and hunter. He especially liked woodworking and spent countless hours in his shop. He was a great husband, father and PaPa. He served his country in the United States Navy for 5 years as an Engineman 1st Class. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor and spent time on board the submarine USS Sabalo. Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond & Lois Reeves Anderson; father and mother-in-law, Jim & Madoline McMaster Grier; and grandparents, Levy & Mae Anderson; and sister-in-law, Linda Grier Barron. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 46 ½ years, Peggy Jane Grier Anderson of Farmerville; two sons, Carey B. Anderson & wife, Holly of Farmerville and Patrick Grier Anderson & wife, Melody of Bernice; sister, Brenda Anderson Albritton & husband, Danny of Farmerville; three brothers-in-law, Jimmy Grier, & wife, Joyce, Bobby Grier & wife, Toni, and Dwain Barron; five grandchildren, Reece, Rhett, Ragan, Riley and Micah; and many other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Buddy Fisher, Joe Harper, Marcus Grier, Scotty Booth, Dean Smith and Stein Baughman, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Marvin McAdams, Fred Young, Gary Ezell, Jon Yelton and Bobby Knickerbocker. Visitation will be held Monday, September 11, 2017 from 5:00pm-8:00pm at Farmerville First United Methodist Church. Funeral will be held at 10:00am, Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Farmerville First United Methodist Church with Bro. Hank Hamilton and Bro. Rubin Weaver officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville. Any planned memorials can be sent to Farmerville United Methodist Church, Trail Life Troop 16 or Antioch Baptist Church Junior Youth/Youth Group. Online memorials may be left at

BLACKFORD, Clarence, 82, passed away Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. The son of the late Jesse and Royal Blackford, Ray was born in Grayville, Ill., on August 3, 1935. He joined the Navy at 17 and spent 20 years with the Silent Service on diesel and nuclear submarines ("boomers") as a cook, including tours during the Korean War and Vietnam, then further serving as part of the Nuclear Triad. He retired from the Navy after 20 years as Senior Chief Petty Officer, last serving as a member of the Food Service Management Team in Norfolk, Va., before moving to Mountain Top. He found time to meet Marlene LaManna on a blind date, with whom he shared 56 years of marriage and fathered two wonderful daughters, Pamela and Patrice. His work ethic was matched with a sense of humor that would make the most vulgar sailor blush. If you knew him, you were as good as family. If you had a problem, he made it go away. He also hated seeing a good watermelon go to waste. Ray is survived by his wife, Marlene; his sister, Lillie Zimmerman; his daughters, Pamela Van Scoy and husband, Thomas; Patrice Martineau and husband, Jonathan; his grandsons, Edward Cywinski and wife, Mallory; Raymond Cywinski; and Joshua Wynn; his great-grandson, Cade Cywinski; and his soon-to-be great-granddaughter. In lieu of flowers, Ray's family requests donations made in his name to the SPCA. The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's, Our Lady Help of Christians, Roman Catholic Church, Dorrance Twp. Interment to follow in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. The family requests those attending the funeral to assemble in the church. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Condolences may be expressed at Published in Citizens' Voice from Sept. 9 to Sept. 12, 2017

BUTTERMORE, Robert Eldon, Jr., Waterford, CT, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, his 70th birthday, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, with his wife by his side. Bob was born in Chincoteague Island, Va., to his predeceased parents, Robert "Doc" Eldon and Marion (Deane) Buttermore on Sept. 5, 1947. Bob grew up in Noank with his two brothers, Sid and Dennis Buttermore. He graduated from Fitch Senior High School in 1965. After graduating high school, Bob started at Electric Boat as a clerk/draftsman in 1965. Bob worked at Electric Boat for 37 years and retired in 2002 as a ship's superintendent. He left his work constantly saying, "I won't miss the work, but I will miss the people" which was evident by the way he kept up with so many people in person and on the phone as his condition worsened. Bob had two boys from his first marriage; Brent Buttermore, born in 1972 and Craig Buttermore, born in 1975. Bob married Patricia "Patty" Buttermore in 1979 and had two more boys; Keith Buttermore, born in 1985 and Robert Buttermore, born in 1987. In 1965, Bob joined the Naval Reserves for a short stint until he was medically discharged. Bob served on the submarine USS Piper (SS-409) during his service. Bob grew up fishing and lobstering with his father and brothers on his father's boat the "SeaWitch" which was docked in Noank. As well as being on the water, Bob enjoyed camping with his family at various local campgrounds, gardening in his backyard, cutting/splitting firewood for his home, watching the Red Sox, scratch lottery tickets, playing golf, and spending winters down at Plantation Estates in Fort Myers, Fla. as a snow bird. Bob is survived by his wife, Patty Buttermore (Maynard) of 37 years who lives in Waterford; Bob's brothers, Sid Buttermore with Melissa of Groton and Dennis Buttermore of Stonington; Bob's sons, Brent Buttermore with Stephanie of Clifton Park, N.Y., Craig Buttermore with Cassie Adam of Mystic, Keith Buttermore with Jessica of Uncasville and Robert Buttermore with Nina of Waterford. Bob also has two grandsons, Tyler and Parker Buttermore; two granddaughters, Auddie Buttermore (predeceased) and Lennox Buttermore, and two more on the way. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the Disabled Veterans at to support the family. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. Published in The Day on Sept. 10, 2017

GREENE, Darold P., LCDR, USN, Ret., 78, of Pittsfield died, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Springside Nursing & Rehabilitation Center after complications of Alzheimer's Disease. Darold was born in Grand Junction, Colorado, the son of the late Clarence A. and Esther L. (Price) Greene. He was a 1957 graduate of Grand Junction High School, and a 1959 graduate of Mesa Jr. College. Darold then went on to begin his naval career in the fall of 1959 where he was sworn in as a Naval Reserve Officer Training Candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. In Feb. of 1960 he entered boot camp in San Diego, CA and was assigned the position of RCPO for his company. He graduated in May 1960 as a Seaman Apprentice. Following boot camp, Darold was assigned to Treasure Island, CA where he attended Class A & C Schools for Electronics Technician. He graduated as an ET Radar Striker Seaman Apprentice. In January 1961, he was sent to Groton, CT for Basic Submarine School, and graduated in March. His first sea assignment was to USS Cobbler (SS-344) out of Submarine Squadron Six in Norfolk, VA. Here he served in the Seaman gang for the next eight months where he qualified in submarines and was advanced to ETR3(SS). Returning to Groton in Jan. 1962, he began the six-month Basic Nuclear Power School where he graduated as ETR2(SS). It was then on to prototype training at the S1C facility in Windsor Locks, CT where he served first as student, then as instructor, until Apr. 1963. Following training at Westinghouse in McKeesport, PA, he reported to the USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) (Blue) at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock in May on 1963. He was just in time to catch the launching and was fortunate enough to ride her down the ways. He was onboard Calhoun until Aug. 1964, where he accepted the NESEP commissioning program. He attended the Navy Preparatory School in Bainbridge, MD before transferring to the University of Texas in Austin. Darold graduated May 1967 with his Bachelor of Engineering Science Degree with a Nuclear Option. His next assignment was to the four month long Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as Ensign. In Oct. 1967, Darold reported to the USS Sablefish (SS-303) at New London for his first tour as an Officer. He was assigned as First Lieutenant and served until Jan. 1968. He then attended Officer Submarine School, then in Aug. it was off to Dam Neck, VA for the Polaris Weapons Officer Course. In Nov. 1968 he reported to USS Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) (Blue) for a two year tour as Assistant Weapons Officer. He was promoted to LTJG during this tour. In Nov. 1970, he was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred back to Dam Neck where he served as an officer instructor. In Nov. 1972, he returned to sea duty; this time to USS Henry Clay (SSBN-625) (Blue) out of Pearl Harbor, HI where he served as a Weapons officer. The staff of Submariner Squadron Fifteen was Darold's assignment beginning in Nov. 1974 where he served as staff Weapons Officer. He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander during this tour. Darold was transferred to USS Trout (SS-566) in San Diego as the Navigation and Operations department head. During this tour, the boat transited the Panama Canal to overhaul in Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Darold also served as Executive Officer during this tour. In 1978, he was assigned to USS Oakridge (ARDM-1) as the Commanding Officer in Squadron Sixteen out of Rota, Spain. In July 1980, Oakridege and CSS-16 transferred to Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Georgia. In March of 1981, Darold was transferred to the Naval Plant Management Office at GE where he served as the Executive Officer/Technical Officer until his retirement in 1984. In November of 2004, he retired for a second time from General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. Darold's military medals and awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2 Awards), Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 Awards), Battle "E", Good Conduct (2 Awards), Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (2 Awards), and the Sea Service Ribbon. Darold married his wife of 54 years, the former Mary Elizabeth Tarbox, on March 31, 1963 at the Immaculate Conception Church of Newburyport, MA. He was a great handyman who could fix anything, and was always ready to help the neighbors or anyone else who may have asked. Darold was committed to his work with Habitat for Humanity and the reStore. He was also a US Navy League member and a National High School Academic Decathlon volunteer for many years. He loved to do woodworking, was quite fond of golf, and was an avid Boston Red Sox and University of Texas Longhorns fan. Mr. Greene is survived by his wife, Mary Greene of Pittsfield, their three children, Laurie Ann Shuttleworth and her husband Steve of North Adams, and Paula Marie Kostyun and her husband Michael of Pittsfield, and Eric Price Greene and his soulmate Tonya Courtney of Pittsfield, his granddaughter, Emma Rose Kostyun, and his great granddaughter, Isabelle Davis. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Frances Reslewic of FL, and Kathleen Baker and her husband Alan of FL, his brothers-in-law, Harold Tarbox and his wife Barbara of CT, Robert Rose of NH, and Ron Miller of CO. He was predeceased by his parents, by his two sisters, Roberta Miller and Rosemary Power, his sister-in-law Eleanor Rose and his brother-in-law Henry Reslewic. Ashes scattered at sea. In Lieu of Flowers, memorial donations in Darold's memory may be made to Soldier On, The Navy-Marine Corps. Relief Society or the Alzheimer's Association- MA/NH Chapter, in care of the Funeral Home. Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sept. 7, 2017

KRISTIAN (Kostyna), Robert Chistopher, 92, of Abington, MA, died after a brief illness on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at South Shore Hospital surrounded by his family and friends. Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, on October 12,1924, he was the son of Michael and Stella Kostyna. Bob graduated from Brockton High School in 1943. He entered the Navy during World War II and was a decorated combat veteran. He was assigned to the submarine USS Sea Owl which distinguished herself during 3 combat patrols in the Pacific. Her crew sunk 2 Destroyers, 1 Patrol Boat, 1 Submarine ,1 Schooner, destroyed a radio station on a surface raid and recovered 6 downed aviators and took 2 POWs. Her crew also miraculously survived a 14-hour long attack in which 84 depth charges were used. Bob was a plank owner of the USS Sea Owl and was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Medal, Asia Pacific Theater Medal with 4 stars, Admirals Commendation Ribbon and the Combat Action Ribbon. After the war, Mr. Kristian attended college on the GI Bill. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, graduating with honors. He owned and operated Lynchs Pharmacy in Abington for many years. He loved his customers and would often fill prescriptions in the middle of the night if someone needed their medicine. After his "retirement" he worked for Wal Mart in their pharmacy section until his death. Bob had a love of photography and took many pictures of his son’s high school and college sporting events, creating lifetime memories for many of their teammates. He also took many pictures of his customers and loved taking pictures during holidays and different events around Abington. He enjoyed being with his family. Bob enjoyed golfing and would still get a round in when he was able. He also had some interests earlier in his life from riding motorcycles to playing the guitar. He had a deep love of his country and was a devout Catholic. Bob was inducted in to the Holland Club in 2014. He was also a member of the USS Sea Owl Association and enjoyed the camaraderie of the sailors that served after him at their annual outings. Bob was a communicant of the Light of Christ Collaborative and Holy Family Parish where he served as a lector. Bob was predeceased by his wife Jacqueline "Jackie" (DeCarli) Kristian [7/6/1984] and her sister Lenore DeCarli Ginsberg. He is survived by his sister Virginia Jarvis of Hingham, his three sons, Christopher and his wife Martha of Hanover, Paul Kristian of Abington, and Neil Kristian and his wife Kathy of Ipswich, his brother-in-law Harold DeCarli and his wife Vincent of Wilmington Delaware. He was grandfather of Nicole, Jack, Chloe and Nate. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and his dear friend Nancy Surette. Funeral from the Quealy & Son Funeral Home 116 Adams Street, Abington, Thursday, September 7 at 8 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in St. Bridget Church, Abington, 9 a.m. Visitation Wednesday 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in St. Patrick Cemetery, Rockland. Please sign our guest book Published in The Patriot Ledger on Sept. 5, 2017

OWENS, Donald Lamar, 93, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2017. Donald was born August 23, 1924. He leaves behind to cherish his memories his loving wife of 72 beautiful years, Veronica Owens; two beloved children, Donald (Ruth) Owens of South Riding, Virginia and Marian (Wayne) Wiltshire of Fredericksburg, Virginia; five adored grandchildren and eight loving great-grandchildren. Donald was a proud Veteran of the United States Navy, who served on the submarines USS S-16 (SS-121), USS Dolphin (SS-169), and USS Thornback (SS-418) during World War II. He qualified in submarined in Dolphin in 1945 and was SC3(SS) when released by the Navy. He worked for the United States Department of Treasury for over 33 years. Donald was also past President of the Mended Hearts Inc., Chapter 200, of Annandale, Virginia. Donald will be laid to rest at National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Virginia, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Mended Hearts, Chapter 200 (Mended Hearts Inc., Chapter 200 P.O. Box 897, Annandale, Virginia 22003 ( Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 5, 2017

RAMOS, Steve Lacroix, died June. 23, 2017, near Smithfield, VA. He was born September 30, 2932. Steve reported aboard USS Archerfish (SS-311) from NavSubSchool on 12/31/1957. During his tour, he served as Supply Officer, qualified in submarines, and was Engineering Officer. He was transferred to NavSubSchool NLon 12/14/1959. Steve will be interred at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD October 2, 2013 at 1300. His daughter, Laura, has made arrangements for his services.

STOPEN, Dennis Charles, 76, of Deerfield Dr,, Gowanda, NY, passed away unexpectedly Sunday Aug. 27, 2017. Dennis was born Aug. 24, 1941 in Niagara Falls, the son of Theodore and Anna Patricia (Maley) Stopen. He graduated from Wayland High and then attended Indiana Tech before enlisting with the U. Navy. Dennis honorably served his country during the Vietnam War. His was stationed at the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., where he was aboard the USS Francis Scott Key, one of the more notable commissions of his military career. Once discharged, Dennis finished his education and received his bachelor of science degree in food science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was one of only a very few Master Cheesemakers in the state of Wisconsin. Dennis went on to work in the food service field until his retirement, working for Sorrento Foods in Buffalo and Mico Welding Food Equipment in Chaffee, to name a few. Dennis was currently employed as supervisor for the Town of Perrysburg, a position he held for several terms. He was an active member of American Legion Post 409 in Gowanda and could be seen cooking hot dogs at the club's annual picnic, a tradition he maintained for many years. He was also a life member of the James Cruden VFW Post 5007, also in Gowanda, and was a life member of the USSVI and the Holland Club. Survivors include his wife, the former Catherine A. Zemlicka, whom he married Aug. 1, 1966; along with their children, Todd (Debbie) Stopen of Fond du Lac, Wis., Trina P. Stopen of Gowanda, and Kristin A. Stopen of Madison, Wis. He is also survived by six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Suzanne Stopen and Karen (Tim) Stothers, all of Warsaw. Friends may call at the Schindler Funeral Home, 44 Center St., Gowanda, from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday (Sept. 15, 2017). A memorial mass with full military honors will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 16, 2017) from the St. Joseph's R.C. Church, East Main Street, Gowanda. Dennis will be buried in the Bath National Cemetery to join his brethren who have fallen before him. If desired, memorials may be made to a local charity of one's choice. Catherine and her family would like to thank all who have sent prayer, kind words or the many acts of kindness bestowed upon them during this time. A special thank you to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff Department, and the Fire Department and Rescue Co. for their assistance on the day Den passed. Your kindness did not go unnoticed. Published in The Salamanca Press on Sept. 7, 2017

STOVER, John Henry, Jr., 70, of Yorktown. died on Monday, September 4, 2017. John was a lifelong peninsula resident. He served in the Navy on the submarine USS Remora. He had worked at Hutchen's Chevrolet, Montgomery Wards and Lowes. Survivors include his wife, Alicia E. Stover of Newport News; 4 children, Frances A. Church (Wally) of Yorktown, John H. Stover, III (Derek) of Newport News, Thomas Kelly Stover (Allison) of Yorktown, and William B. Stover (Nikki) of Newport News; and granddaughter, Ashly Church. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Monday, September 11, 2017 at Newport News Park , Shelter #19. Please leave condolences at Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. Published in Daily Press on Sept. 7, 2017

Bob Mahon
Posted 2017-09-13 5:49 AM (#85034 - in reply to #85031)

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Subject: RE: Tuesday Obits and some catch-up

Clarence (Ray) Blackford was a member of the USS Scranton Base of USSVI. The Scranton Base Honor Guard will salute Ray at 1800 this evening with a traditional memorial service at the Desidario Funeral Home.

Edited by Bob Mahon 2017-09-13 5:51 AM
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