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At random: The USS SEAWOLF join the Electric Boat built USS NAUTILUS and SKATE in writing new chapters in the achievements of man when the nuclear powered submarine came to the surface at 11:45 a.m. on October 6, 1958 after being continuously submerged for 60 days.
Tuesday Obits

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Posted 2023-09-26 11:13 AM (#104138)

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Subject: Tuesday Obits

From Groton USSVI:
We recently received word from his wife Deb of the passing of Master Chief Bruce Selby who passed unexpectedly on Thursday 14 September. His obituary is here
Master Chief Selby joined the Navy in 1976. After Boot Camp, Submarine School and MM “A” Training Bruce was assigned to USS TINOSA (SSN 606) where he initially Qualified in Submarines in 1978. Additional Submarines that Bruce served aboard were USS JACK (SSN 605), USS TREPANG (SSN 674), USS ALBUQUERGUE (SSN 706), USS PITTSBURGH (SSN 720) and COB USS MIAMI (SSN 755). Shore Duty Assignments included Naval Submarine School Code 70 Advanced Engineering Department and Naval Submarine Support Facility. Master Chief Selby retired in 2001 with 25 years service. 
Master Chief Selby joined Groton Base in March 1997 and upgraded to Life Member in September 2004. Bruce supported Groton Base for many years as one of the founding members of the Thanksgiving Committee. Also Bruce supported the House Committee as one of two members of the Sunday Steak and Eggs Breakfast Team.
Bruce let his membership at Groton Base lapse, but maintained membership in USSVI as a Member at Large and through the Sub Veterans Silent Service Motorcycle Club. There will be an Honors Detail Presentation Saturday 30 September at Woyasz & Son Funeral Service 141 Central Ave. Norwich, CT.

From Groton USSVI:
We recently received word of the passing of Captain William “Wild Bill” McGonegal on September 11 2023. His brief obituary is here
Captain McGonegal joined the Navy in 1954. Tom initially Qualified in Submarines onboard USS GUARDFISH (SSN 612) in 1968. Additional Submarines that he served aboard were USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER (SSBN 656), USS SKATE (SSN 578) as XO and USS GEORGE C. MARSHALL (SSBN 654) as CO. Shore Duty Assignments were several tours at Naval Submarine School as Director of Weapons Division Officers Training Department, Director of FBM Training Department and Executive Officer. Captain McGonegal retired from Active Duty in 1986 with 32 years of service.  
Captain McGonegal joined Groton Base as a Life Member after attending the USS GEORGE C. MARSHALL reunion in 2016 and was inducted into the prestigious HOLLAND CLUB in 2018. Captain McGonegal often attended the monthly HOLLAND CLUB Luncheon and was respected by all in attendance and his company was enjoyed by all as well.

EARLING Norwich - Michael David Erling was born April 13, 1949, in Billings, Mont., and left this world too quickly September 23, 2023, Michael David Erling was a loving husband, proud father and grandfather, U.S. Navy veteran, and businessman. He began his career in the U.S. Navy Submarine service in 1967, serving on the Nuclear Research Submarine USS Tullibee (SSN 597) as communications supervisor. The U.S. Navy afforded Michael the opportunity to travel the world, but perhaps the greatest naval experience happened where he was initially stationed in Groton. As a young 20-year-old sailor in November 1969, Michael and a few of his friends went to a local disco close to the subbase - a place that Michele now describes as "a place with lots of flashing lights" - and had a chance encounter with a raven haired, blued eyed, Upper East Side of Manhattan-raised, 27-year-old Michele Roberta Troniar. And with that chance encounter more than 53 years ago, one of the greatest love stories of all time began. Given Michael's young age at the time, state law required permission from Michael's parents for Michael and Michele to get married. And with their approval finally won over, Michael and Michele were married on February 28, 1970. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Michael, Michele and newborn daughter Lisa moved to a small farmhouse in Canterbury, where Michael began a long career at Pratt & Whitney. Following his tenure at Pratt & Whitney, in 1989, Michael became president of Carlton Precision Machine, supplying the Electric Boat and Newport News shipyards with parts to support the U.S. submarine fleet. From 1997 until retirement, Michael was vice president at Precision Machine and Gear in Worcester, Mass.
During his full-time work, and full-time fatherhood with the birth of their second daughter Christina in 1973, Michael found time to get his A.S. in manufacturing technologies from Manchester Community-Technical College; and a B.S. in industrial technologies and business management from Central Connecticut State University. Michael's priority was taking care of his family above all else. The family never wanted for anything, even during the hard times. He enjoyed taking care of his grandson Brian Jr., spending time with his sisters, nieces and nephews, his cousins (who are well known in wedding circles as the "party table") and spoiling the family dogs Corky, Dakota, Buddy and finally Nico and Oscar, all of whom were merely "big boned" and never, ever overfed table scraps. His only regret in life was no matter how much he yelled at the television, his beloved Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots never took his advice.
Michael is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Michele; daughters, Lisa (Brian) and Christina (Michael); grandkids, Brian Jr. and Rylei; sisters, Dianne and Debbie; nieces, Tricia and Paula; nephew Adam; and many fun-loving cousins.
Please join us for a Celebration of Life from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at Church & Allen at 136 Sachem Street, Norwich. Following the celebration, there will be a funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Church & Allen followed by burial with military honors at Maplewood Cemetery, 184 Salem Turnpike Norwich. 

WATSON John Watson passed away peacefully at home with family on Friday, September 22, 2023. Born February 28, 1942 in Birmingham, AL. to John RF and Vera Marie (Lowery) Watson. After graduating Woodlawn High School in 1960, he went on to join the US Navy where he served 3 years. He served on the USS Sea Cat SS-399 submarine stationed at Key West. He was a police officer for the City of Birmingham for 28 years, he earned the rank of Sergeant and served as a burglary detective. His next 17 years were spent at Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.  In 1964, he married his wife of 57 years, Helen "Marie" Garrett Watson. He was the installer for her drapery business, Marie's Draperies. This time she was waiting on him for a change. 
He is survived by their children, John Vynson Watson, Melissa Marie Watson Boshell (Tony Mullet), and Samuel Sherman Watson (Alisha). 
His favorite title was Papa to Daniel Wayne Baker (Crystal), William Levi Baker (Sarah), Garrett Warren Baker (Michelle), Matthew Ryan Watson, Julia Marie Watson Hushour (Ethan), Benjamin Samuel Watson, Elizabeth June Watson. Great grandchildren, Isabella Grace Baker, Anna Marie Baker, Mason Garrett Baker, John Michael Hushour. His bonus daughter, Deborah Lee Davis and 4 bonus grandchildren, Connie, Mina, Tiffany and Macy. The family extends heartfelt gratitude to Aveana Hospice, Sean and Chasity will forever hold a special place in our hearts. A special thank you to Tony for being there for Daddy in every possible way, your compassion was boundless. 
Family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm with a service to follow in the chapel at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville.

GLASER Leland Leonard Glaser, our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on Sept. 1, 2023. He was born Aug. 2, 1931, to John and Martha (Miller) Glaser in Britton, South Dakota. He grew up in Loyola, South Dakota where he attended Loyola High School along with his three brothers, Vern, Curt and Francis and his two sisters, Helen and Norma who all are with him now in heaven. He joined the Navy in 1948 and served with distinction for 30 years, through the Korean War, three combat tours in Vietnam and the Cold War. He was a “mustang” officer, serving most of his enlisted time in the submarine service. He was a junior warrant officer in Vietnam, assigned to River Section 541 and ended his Naval career as a Senior Warrant officer in the Pacific Fleet. Lee met Jacqueline “Jackie” Justice in 1962 and they were married in 1963. He adopted her two young sons, Monte and Marlo. Lee retired from the Navy in 1978 and moved to Wishkah Valley, Washington where worked at the Hoquiam Water Department for 20 years, retiring in 1996. Lee and Jackie both became members of Wishkah Valley Church soon after moving to the valley, where he served as an Elder for many years. He considered everyone in the church and the valley as part of his family and often had friends stop by to visit. After his son Monte and his family moved to Wishkah in 1983, he enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and being involved in their many activities and gardening. He was often found riding his tractor around the property.
Following the death of his beloved Jackie in 2005, Lee moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2019 with Monte and Kathy, where he lived at the Winslow. He had many friends at the Winslow and enjoyed many of the activities, especially bingo. Having his grandchildren and great-grandchildren living around him and going to baseball games, track meets, football games and attending church with all of them were great joys of his life. Lee loved sports, especially baseball. His favorite teams were the Chicago Cubs and the Mariners. If he wasn’t at a sporting event, he was watching them and would have long discussions with his grandsons and great-grandsons about the Mariners chances in the playoffs. Lee is survived by his son Monte (Kathy) Glaser, Fort Collins, Colorado; his grandchildren, DeAnna (Charles) Meredith, Grand Junction, Colorado; Don (Wilma) Cory, Kansas City, Missouri; Beth (Bill) Leonhardt, Fort Collins, Colorado; Gwyn (Sam) Eliason, Fort Collins, Colorado; Nick (Marianne) Glaser, Hoschton, Georgia; Jay (Kristina) Glaser, Lacey, Washington; Michele (Mike) Newton, Pittsburgh, Kansas; Lindsay (Brent) Schultz, Grand Junction, Colorado; Michael Meredith, Grand Junction, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews and great-grandchildren. His son Marlo Glaser preceded him in death in 2022. A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023 at Wishkah Valley Community Church ( 4281 Wishkah Road, Aberdeen, WA 98520). In lieu of flower please make donations to the St. Judes Children’s Hospital.
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