Edward E. Engelskirch

  • Edward Engelskirch"Remembering Edward Emil Engelskirch, a fellow radioman, great friend, and seemingly incorruptible nice guy. Eddy came on board a nonsmoker, nondrinker, who never cursed. We shared many adventures including a trip to my parents home, and I still was not able to totally corrupt his morals." - Donald Taylor, Radioman, SN-RM2 1948-1952.

  • 728 Tattoo"My father was Edward Engelskirch RMSN (Korea). I recently had the attached remembrance of him done (see photo left) of the Mansfield (from a photo on your site) and thought you and your other shipmates would appreciate it. Thank you for allowing me to get a better idea of my father's service in Korea was like and to see that there are others who remember him outside of my family. Take care," - Christa Engelskirch [12.28.07]

Henry Tabor

  • Henry Tabor(Register-Herald, Beckley, WV) - Henry H. Tabor, 68, our belov-ed husband, father and grandfather, went to be with the Lord at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2004, at Raleigh General Hospital after a valiant battle for six months fighting a brain tumor.

    He was born Feb. 22, 1936, in Washington County, Ark., the son of the late Thomas H. and Edith Tweedy Tabor.

    Mr. Tabor played football for Springdale High School in Arkansas and won many awards, and also was the Golden Glove runner-up in the Fort Smith, Ark., heavyweight boxing championship in 1953. He joined the Ar-my in 1954 and served in Germany where he also played football. In the spring of 1956, he was stationed at Camp Prince with the 100th Engineer Corp.

    This is when he met his wife Shirley. He was ultimately discharged from Fort Belvore in Virginia. After leaving the Army, he attended Arkansas State where he played on the football team.

    Henry and his wife, Shirley, were married on Dec. 1, 1956, in Beckley and moved to Memphis, Tenn., in 1964. While living there, he worked for Alco-Gravere as a printing pressman, and served as vice president of the local union.

    He was very active with the Shriners Organization, serving as past president of the Beckley Shrine Club, and as a van driver who transported sick children to Lexington, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio. He was also a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason.

    He retired from the National Park Service in 1998, working at the New River Gorge National River. After retirement, he enjoyed raising a garden and woodworking. Henry was a very outgoing, friendly and kind man who was always willing to help anyone and will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Edith Tabor of Springdale, Ark.; three brothers, Ed, Ellis and Harold, all of Springdale; two sisters, Lula Mae Tabor Nolan of Arizona and Freda Tabor, who died an infant; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rulie "Dick" and Annie Starcher, with whom he and his wife made their home for the last seven years.

    He is survived by his loving, caring and devoted wife of 47 years, Shirley M. Starcher Tabor of Beckley; three children, Cheryl D. Tabor Duncan and husband, Harry, of Horn Lake, Miss., Curt H. Tabor and wife, Rhonda, of Beckley and Timothy J. Tabor of Beckley; three grandchildren, Candice D. Duncan and James Garrett Duncan of Horn Lake and Lauren M. Tabor of Beckley; three brothers, Ralph of Missouri, Bill of Mississippi and Jim and his wife, Cookie, of Riverside, Calif.; a sister, Judy Tabor Terry and her husband, Sonny, of Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.

    Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Wanda Childs officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Masonic rites will be conducted by the Beckley Masonic Lodge NO. 95 AF and AM and they will also serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church's building fund, 700 Maxwell Hill Road, or the Beckley Shrine Club, P.O. Box 124, Beckley. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Irving Kreutchic

  • Irving Kreutchic"Irving Kreutchic, RM1, was a member of the 1943 Commissioning Crew for the USS MANSFIELD DD-728.

    He was born on 30 June 1922 and died on 27 January 1999. He is buried at the Florida National Cemetary operated by the VA as the "Arlington of the South".

    The Photo of Mom and Dad was taken during his medical leave after the Bristol , DD 453, was sunk in 1943. He was then assigned to the Mansfield commissioning crew and sailed with the Ranger Battle Group through the Panama Canal to Pearl and was transferred to the De Haven sometime after arrival in Hawaii. They were married in December of 1945 after his discharge." - Jerry Kreutchic

James Edward Schondel

  • James E. SchondelJames Edward Schondel, 65, died May 20, 2004, at his home. He was under the care of Aspen Home Health and Hospice. He was born March 20, 1939, in Maumee, Ohio, to James B. and Helen (Balloy) Schondel.

    He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years on a nuclear submarine, where he was on the first submarine to rendezvous with another at the North Pole. He retired from the Navy in 1976. He married Yvonne M. Nogosek on October 3, 1959, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

    Besides his Navy career, he worked at the Seagull Bay Yacht Club for 9 years, and owned and operated several small businesses. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He loved fishing, boating, the outdoors, and traveling in his RV. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, and was always a very loyal serviceman.

    He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Schondel of Shelly [Idaho]; daughter Debbie (Mike) Ewens of California; daughter Renae Daniels of Idaho Falls; daughter JoNell (Paul) Genest of New Hampshire; daughter Gayle Larson (Cindy Horrocks) of Idaho Falls; daughter Rhonda (Eric) Davis of Pocatello; son James W. (MeriLyn Taylor) Schondel of Firth; brother Gary (Virginia) Schondel of Michigan; sister Joyce Schondel of Missouri; brother Richard Schondel of Ohio; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Mary Schondel; granddaughter Michele Burgess; great-granddaughter Mariah Thomsen; and great-grandson Jacob Priddy.

    Memorial services [were] Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at 2:00 PM at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home in Idaho Falls. The family [visited] friends one hour before services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to:

    The James E. Schondel Memorial Fund
    c/o Yvonne Schondel
    Wells Fargo Bank
    576 E. 17th Street
    Idaho Falls, ID 83404

    Mrs. Yvonne Schondel
    431 Hummingbird Lane
    Shelley, ID 83274


  • "Enclosed is a news release of the death of James E. Schondel, (MM3), who served aboard the Mansfield during 1956-1959. I am a former high school classmate who knew Jim in childhood. He also served aboard the SSN Skate (578) when it made its historic rendevous with the Seadragon (584) at the North Pole on August 2, 1962.

    All, Yvonne has sent me Jim's Memorial Picture (above photo) from his Navy days as it appeared on his memorial service souvenir. The service was held Tuesday, May 25, 2004, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. During his service the following songs were sung: The Rose, On Eagle's Wings, America the Beautiful, and Look at Us." - Michael M. Elling

Robert A. Herner

  • [News-Herald, Willoughby, OHIO] Robert A. Herner - Services for Robert A. Herner, 79, a lifelong resident of Southington, a former steelworker, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, 533 North Park Ave., Warren.

    Mr. Herner died Oct. 4, 2004, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.

    He was born July 17, 1925, in Warren, the son of the late Ivan Herner and Mary Vaughn Herner.

    He was a 1943 graduate of Chalker High School and a member of Southington Christian Church. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of American Legion 751, S.C.O.P.E. of Warren, S.O.A.R. 2243, the Mansfield Association and a lifetime charter member of the National World War II Memorial. He was also an avid Cleveland Indians and Chalker High School sports fan.

    Mr. Herner was a former steelworker at the Copperweld Steel steel mill. Survivors are his son, Allen (Cynthia) Herner of Chardon; daughters, Suellen (Joel) Mooney of Bradenton, Fla. and Ruth (Ken Farley) Herner of Southington; grandchildren, Ian and Haley Herner, David and Bryan Iceman, Tami Sammons, Christine Stevens, Robert McAllister, Jonathon Mooney, Doug Stevens, and Stella Mahoney; and 10 great-grandchildren. He also leaves his special friend, Dorothy Anthony of Warren.

    His wife, Mary (Summers) Herner, whom he married April 20, 1946, died May 10, 1995. His parents; and step-mother, Mabel Mansfield Herner, are also deceased.

    Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today, and one hour prior to the funeral service Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Randall A. Riley will officiate at services. Burial will be at Graham Cemetery in Southington.

    The family suggests contributions may be made to New Life Maternity Home, 3653 Warren Sharon Road, Vienna, Ohio 44473.

Richard Polanowski

  • Richard Polanowski [STANDARD-EXAMINER, OGDEN, UT - Tue, Nov 2, 2004]

    Richard Polanowski, 73, died at home peacefully on October 27, 2004, with his family by his side. He was a sonar man in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War aboard the U.S.S. Mansfield D.D. 728. He worked at Hill Air Force Base until September 2004. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed fishing.

    He is survived by his wife; Georgia and four children: Wendy (Danny) Slater, Leslie (Tammy) Bibee, Lisa Stoker, and Matthew (Jenn) Polanowski. Eleven grandchildren: Joshua, Misty, Kevin, Danielle, Tony, Jennifer, Kayla, Aleksandr, Jorden, Jasmin, and Ethan. His sister Helen Heather and brother Robert (Norma) Polanowski.

    A private memorial service will be held.

    The family wishes to thank all of the friends and family who provided comfort. A special thanks to Father Ken of St. Josephs Church for his spiritual guidance.

David M. Worthington

  • [Deluth (MN) News Tribune - Tue, September 28, 2004]

    David M. Worthington, 71, of McGregor died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004 in his residence. MEMORIAL SERVICE:1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004 in the Lake Minnewawa Sportsmans Club, rural McGregor. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor.

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