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Friday Obits

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Posted 2021-06-11 8:46 AM (#100739)

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Location: Gulfport, MS
Subject: Friday Obits

MAGNUS, Royal Stapleton, died June 4, 2021. He was born to a working class family in Helena, Montana on January 16, 1939. A few years later because of divorce, Royal moved with his mother to Walla Walla, Washington. While his mother worked, Royal lived with Great Aunt Alice Barrow, and she became a great influence in his life. His family moved a few more times. When Royal finished high school in Tacoma, he joined the Navy in 1957 and became a hospital corpsman, serving with the Marines and then on a diesel submarine. Eight years later, he was chosen for Officer Candidate School and became a Navy officer. While stationed in Hawaii, he married Frances Ann Bouvette and they welcomed a son, Gregory Scott Magnus, on January 16, 1971; born in Newport, Rhode Island. The Navy life involved many moves. Ann and Greg lived in Guam while Royal was Commanding Officer of USS Tacoma, a patrol gun boat. During that time Royal and his crew during a fierce storm at sea, rescued another Navy ship whose engines were flooded with storm water and got them safely to port. This earned him The Bronze Star. As the years passed, Royal and Ann parted ways. Following many more Navy adventures, Royal was Engineering Officer of Cruiser Destroyer Group 5 in San Diego. While there he met and married Marcia Moudree. Royal retired in 1984 as a Commander in the US Navy. He then obtained a masters and later a doctorate degree in organizational psychology. He and Marcia were blessed with Jessica Lynn Magnus in 1987 and Zane Gregory Magnus in 1991. Royal with two others founded El Cajon CASA, an organization dedicated to substance abuse prevention in the eastern suburb of San Diego called El Cajon. After raising their family, Royal and Marcia returned to beautiful Montana in 2015. Royal was preceded in death by his mother Dorothy Beatrice Magnus, father Edward Nels Magnus, brothers Elmer, Ed, and Don, and sister Lucille. He is survived by sisters Birdie and Vivian, children Greg, Zane, Jessica, son-in-law Rommel Yuan, and granddaughter Iris Yuan. Among his lessons were a love of the water and any vessel that floats on it, especially ones that sail on it. All who knew him know to bring a life jacket when near the water, and to have a flashlight by every door of the house, and in one pocket at all times. He will be remembered as a sailor, a pilot, a wrestler, a relentless joke teller, a friend to those needing a second chance, a lover of hospitality, and giver of a thousand life lessons that often mirrored Solomon's Proverbs. "The single most important lesson I can teach you is that Jesus loves you and died for your sins. The second most important lesson is to learn how to clearly, calmly communicate with others in a respectful way. You are never more wrong than when you're wrong at the top of your voice. If you can't explain your thoughts without swearing, it's a sign of a weak vocabulary. Don't ask me what a word means, look it up in the dictionary. While you're there, look up the word above it and the word below it. There's an R! There's an R! There's an R! It says celebrate! Not celibate! And that's how the Baby Ruth bar makes me think of all the good God has done in my life. Your attitude affects your altitude. Question authority; don't challenge it. That's the only reason I didn't retire as an admiral. I would have had a way better pension." Please visit to share a condolence to the family or to share a favorite memory of Royal. Published by Helena Independent Record on Jun. 10, 2021.

NIEUWENHUYSE, Robert Peter, 73, died due to pancreatic cancer on Friday, May 28, 2021. Bob was born in San Francisco, California, on April 2, 1948, to Pieter and Paulina M.F. (vander Peijl) Nieuwenhuyse. After graduating from Encinal High School in Alameda, CA, Bob went to the Columbia School of Broadcasting and served in the US Navy as a submarine radio operator. In his service to our nation, he received the National Defense and Vietnam Service Medals. After his service underwater, to stay high and dry, Bob moved to Havre in 1969 for a position at KOJM radio, but his calling was always one of service. In 1973, he joined the Havre Fire Department as an engineer/EMT and became a deputy state fire marshal with the Fire Prevention and Investigation Bureau in 1983. During his tenure, Bob received several commendations and awards. For the past 19 years, Bob worked passionately as a substitute teacher at Havre High School. As Bob's career was progressing, he fell in love with Janice Sue Streeter; they were married on September 11, 1976. As their family grew with their daughter Lynette, Bob and Sue's life continued to be one of giving. Bob was a proud member of the Fifth Avenue Christian Church and served as a deacon, Praise Team member, A/V technician, and of course the youth group pie auctioneer! He was a member of the Havre Elks Lodge #1201, serving four times as past exalted ruler, past trustee, Scholarship and Americanism committees chairman, district deputy, and Veterans Committee. Bob sang with the Bullhook Bottoms Barbershop Chorus and volunteered with the American Red Cross. He was a member of the HPS Education Foundation and the USS Montana Committee. Bob took delight in Lynette marrying Darren Stortz and having two wonderful grandsons, Ethan Andrew and Aaron Robert Stortz. He would do anything to spend time with the boys and made it a point to pick them up from school and instill in them the best parts of faith and life. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sue, and his parents. Left to honor Bob's memory are his daughter and son-in-law, Lynette and Darren Stortz of Havre; grandsons, Ethan and Aaron Stortz; in-laws, Andy and Jody Stortz; his Fifth Avenue Christian Church family; his Elk and fire service brothers and sisters, and many friends. Cremation has taken place, and memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at Fifth Avenue Christian Church with Pastor Rick Hodshire officiating. Burial will follow with Sue in Highland Cemetery, and a reception will follow his graveside service at the Havre Elks Lodge #1201. In lieu of flowers, Bob requested that memorial donations be made to the Havre Elks Lodge #1201 Scholarship Fund or Fifth Avenue Christian Church. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements. Please visit Bob's online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at .

POW, Joseph J., MCPO, USN, Ret., a 32-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, passed away in New London, June 8, 2021. A native of Bridgeport, Master Chief Pow joined the Navy upon graduation from Warren G. Harding High School and volunteered for service aboard submarines. Assigned first to a World War II vintage diesel sub, he quickly demonstrated the attitude and aptitude needed for far more challenging assignments. As a result, he was hand-picked to serve as a member of the elite initial crew of the USS George Washington, the world's first ballistic missile submarine. It was during his tour aboard the Washington that senior officers began to recognize his leadership potential, and he was rapidly promoted to positions of greater responsibility. He earned the prestigious rating of Missile Technician, responsible for all aspects of weapon systems readiness, including equipment maintenance and crew training. Serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets, he ultimately sailed aboard seven submarines, serving as the Chief of the Boat, the senior enlisted advisor to the sub's commander, on three of them. Between his tours of duty at sea, Master Chief Pow served as an instructor at a variety of professional development schools where he taught subjects ranging from missile guidance to leadership and management. Off duty Master Chief Pow enhanced morale and welfare among his sailors through intermural athletics. Over the years he coached a number of championship teams in both basketball and softball, and he personally exemplified the motto "fighting fit" through his own career as a long-distance runner. Upon retirement from the Navy in 1987, Master Chief Pow embarked on a new career with the Hartford Dispensary, an organization which focuses on providing a comprehensive program of treatment to individuals with substance abuse problems. After starting as a counselor, he was very quickly promoted to the position of Clinic Supervisor, where provided inspired leadership to a large staff of clinical and administrative health care professionals. He served in this capacity for over 20 years during which time his efforts had a profound impact on the lives of countless people struggling with substance abuse. He retired from this position in 2008. Master Chief Pow was an avid golfer, and an enthusiastic fan of both the New York Yankees and the Connecticut Sun. For years he officiated sporting events at the Subbase through the Dolphin Association of Sports Officials. In 2017 he was inducted as a life member of the Holland Club, an organization of former sailors who were qualified as submariners over 50 years ago. He was predeceased by his daughter Laura; and daughter-in-law Jill. Master Chief Pow is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Ann; his son Joseph; daughter Susan; son-in-law Kim; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. This wonderful family is his greatest legacy. Calling Hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. June 13, 2021, at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Service, 13 Lake Avenue, Niantic. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. June 14, 2021, at St. Matthias Church, 317 Chesterfield Road in East Lyme. Burial will be held at noon June 14, 2021, at East Lyme Cemetery, 150 Boston Post Road, East Lyme. Donations in memory of Master Chief Pow can be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, or to St. Matthias Church. Published in The Day on Jun. 11, 2021.

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