Dewey L. Saunders Jr.

  • Dewey L. Saunders Jr., 72, of Mechanicsville died Nov. 2, 2006, at his residence.

    He was born March 7, 1934, in Danville, Va., the son of Lawrence Saunders Sr. and Dee Juanita Neal.

    He was an automobile salesman. He served in the U.S. Navy.

    He is survived by his wife, Jane Saunders of Mechanicsville; his daughter, Susan J. and her husband, Glenn Stymiest, of Mechanicsville; his son, William M. and his wife, Jennifer Saunders, of Prince Frederick; and his grandchildren, Christopher and Victoria Stymiest of Mechancisville, William Saunders Jr. of Prince Frederick and Nicholas Saunders of Prince Frederick.

    He was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Ashworth.

    The family received friends Nov. 7 at Huntt Funeral Home in Waldorf. A service was held Nov. 8 at Hughesville Baptist Church. The Rev. Keith Corrick officiated. Interment took place Nov. 8 at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham.

    Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of St. Mary’s County.

Orville C. Long

  • Orville Clayton Long, 92, of Front Royal, VA, formerly of Fayetteville, WV, died Sunday in Shenandoah County.

    Mr. Long was born May 14, 1915 in Caldwell, WV, son of the late William and Maggie Long.

    Mr. Long was a World War II veteran of the Navy, and retired after 42 years of work from Union Carbide, Alloy Division. He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years Martha Rachael Long.

    Surviving him are two daughters, Sharon Cales Cornwell and her husband Randy of Front Royal, VA, and Jackie Young and her husband Jimmy of Fredericksburg, VA; stepson, Ed Collins and his wife Suzanne of Madison, AL; three grandchildren, Eric Cales and his wife Laura of Strasburg, VA, Daniel Cales of Front Royal, VA, and Melissa Jo Collins Swick of Tampa, FL, and a great-granddaughter, Megan Cales of Strasburg, VA. He was also preceded in death by a son, Hugh Long.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, 207 Mosby Lane, Front Royal, VA 22630.

    Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal, VA.

Lawrence Junior King

  • My husband led a clean life, especially by today's standards. He never smoked and was brutal on anyone around him that did.

    We had so much to look forward to and had settled into a life he absolutely loved in the small town of his birth, Sandpoint, Idaho.

    He found, on a routine visit to the VA, that he had calcified asbestos in both lungs. The VA assured us there was nothing to be alarmed about; but, less than two years after the discovery my husband was dead from mesothelioma.

    The illness took a viable, relatively young and energetic man and turned him into a contorted shell unlike the man we all knew, loved and respected. This illness left me with a feeling of helplessness. The only thing I could do was to stay at his bedside and alert the doctors and nursing staff when his pain was not somewhat under control.

    Even now, some four years later, that sight haunts my every thought of him. My children by a previous marriage, whom he raised, are likewise devastated.

    I ask that anyone either remembering my husband, or having intimate knowledge of the conditions under which my husband labored on either the Mansfield or Trathen, contact me [] with any information they may have as it could help me tremendously. I didn't know him during that time. He shared some stories about the engine room where he worked and the Bay of the Pigs; but, unless you've experienced similar conditions, it is only hearsay and unusable. Thanking anyone who wants to share in advance. - Freda King 3 Sept. '07

Billie Jack Rhoten

  • Billie Rhoten[Bremerton, WA] - Billie Jack Rhoten (Oct. 15, 1929 to Oct. 19, 2007) passed away suddenly at his home early Friday morning in Bremerton. He was 78 years old.

    He was born in Borger, TX, in 1929. He moved to Calif. as a youth and where he remained until enlisting in the Navy in 1948. During his career, he served on the USS Tucson, Mansfield, O'Brien, Quincey, Northhampton and subs USS Cobbler and Cutlass. He retired in 1968 with 20 years of service.

    It was early in 1950 while stationed at Bremerton that he met and married his life-long love, who shared his same first name, Billie. Their same first names provided many opportunities for chuckles and confusion over their 56 years of marriage. His second career of his youth's dreams was a long-haul truck driver. He retired from Teamsters years later. In Dec 1988, they moved back to Bremerton.

    He had a hobby of building and flying radio controlled airplanes. He loved dining out, being a very familiar face to local stablishments. His personality was bright and fun. He'd put a smile on people's faces with his comical teasing and heartfelt concern causing them to remember him well.

    He is survived by his wife, Billie (Cole), his daughter Jacqui and Tom (Armstrong), his son Jeff Rhoten, three grandchildren, Melissa and Joe (Cobb), Christina (Armstrong) and Jordan Rhoten with 4 great-granddaughters. Preceeding him in death was his son David.

    Military Honor Services will be Friday the 26th, 2:15 p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetary, Covington, Wa.

    Following his service at at 6 p.m., please share in a Celebration of his life at the American Legion Hall, Post No. 149 on Kitsap Way in Bremerton.

    Condolence messages may be left at

Robert C. Adrion

  • [ORIOLE, MD] - Robert C. Adrion, 55, died at his home here Thursday, Sept. 21, 1995, of cancer.

    He was born in Salisbury, a son and stepson of Edwin C. and Elizabeth Adrion of Oriole.

    Adrion was a Vietnam War veteran and retired from the U.S. Navy. According to the family he loved music.

    Other survivors include his longtime companion, Peggy Battista of Princess Anne; one stepbrother, William Shockley of Berlin; one stepsister, Joyce Coleman of Salisbury, and one half-brother, Ed Adrion of Seaford

    His body was donated to the Anatomy Board of Maryland.

    Contributions may be made in memory of the deceased to the Princess Anne Lions Club, PO Box 6, Princess Anne, MD 21853; or Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802-1733.

    "I remember Bob as a sailor who worked and played hard. He served as a Machinist Mate onboard the USS Mansfield about 1962-64. Bob, for a period of time, was in charge of the evaporators. We never had evaporator problems while Bob was in charge." - John Armstrong 11.8.07

Clarence E. Cagle, Jr.

  • Clarence CagleCLARENCE EDWARD CAGLE, JR. In Loving Memory April 20, 1943 - November 10, 2007 Clarence Edward Cagle, Jr. age 64, of Marietta, GA, passed away November 10, 2007.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence E. Cagle, Sr. and Sarah E. Parker, daughter, Melissa Cagle, and granddaughter, Taylor Ogden.

    Clarence leaves to mourn his loving wife, Kathryn Dolores "Dee" Cagle.

    He is survived by his sons and their wives, Tony and Melanie Cagle, Lonny and Deanne Cagle, Jonathan Streetman and Heather Morris, James Stukey; his daughters and their husbands, Jeanne and Mark Rachels, Jaye Worley, and Beth and Dewayne Money; sisters and their husbands, Sheran and Eugene Glenn, Melanie and Jack Johnson; his brother Ray Cagle. Clarence is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Linton Flowers, Lance Flowers, Lee Flowers, Mariah Cagle, Dewayne Cagle, J.D. Money, Emily Money, Matthew Money, Cassie Bumgardner, Breanna Bumgardner, Randy Morris, Deanna Morris; and 2 great granddaughters, Abbie and Annie Flowers.

    Clarence was born April 20, 1943 in Silva, North Carolina. He served in the United States Navy onboard the USS Mansfield from 1960-1964. Clarence was a member of the USS Mansfield Association, The American Legion, and Screen Actor's Guild.

    He was known to his family and friends as a person with a big heart and a love for laughter. Clarence will be deeply missed by those he left behind.

    A memorial service for family and friends will be held on November 18th, 2007, at 2:00 PM at American Legion Post #160 in Smyrna, GA by Rev. Bernard Weaver and Pastor Melanie Johnson. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to WellStar Community Hospice, 4040 Hospital West Drive, Austell, Georgia 30106, in memory of Clarence E. Cagle, Jr. Arrangements by Cremation Society of the SOUTH 770-420-5557

    [Nov.11, '07] - "So much has happened since my last update on Clarence. I brought Clarence home on Sunday, November 4th. He was finally in a place where his pain meds were delivered on a regular basis. He was at home, in his own bed, where he wanted to be. He remained communicative up to Friday, November 9th, although his own speech was limited. On Friday evening, he stopped communicating with anyone and slipped into a coma overnight. He was quiet and sleeping all day Saturday.

    At 6:56 pm ET, Saturday, November 10th, 2007, my darling Clarence, surrounded by some of the people he loved most, peacefully made his final journey into the hands of our Lord.

    Clarence, according to his wishes, will be cremated with a memorial service later for those who wish to pay their respects.

    We would have celebrated our 12th anniversary next Sunday, November 18th. And it has been a glorious 12 years together. We started with nothing and together, with our love for each other, we saw our dreams come true.

    Thank you and God bless each of you for your caring thoughts and prayers. We both felt the love from our family in the USS Mansfield Association throughout this trying time.

    The memorial service for Clarence will be on Sunday, November 18th, at the American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, SE, Smyrna, Georgia 30080. The service will begin at 2:00 and the hall is reserved from 2–6.

    If you wish to make a donation in lieu of flowers, we are asking that they be made to the Hospice service that worked so beautifully for us during Clarence's final days at home. Please include a card or note stating that it is in memory of Clarence E. Cagle, Jr.

    Make payable to:
    WellStar Community Hospice
    4040 Hospital West Drive
    Austell, Georgia 30106

    Please visit the Notice for Clarence Cagle: Click on the link or cut and paste the url into your browser's address bar. You can also sign the guest book.

    Love to all." - Dee Cagle

Herbert J. Miller

  • Of Somerville on January 19th at the Carney Hospital. Husband of the late Eileen (Lane) Miller. Loving father of Eileen O'Driscoll of Acton, Janice Wallace of Dorcherter & Salem, NH and the late Herbert Miller. Lovingly survived by 7 Grandchildren and 9 Great-grandchildren.

    Funeral from the Brown-Flaherty Funeral Home, 261 Washington St., Union Square, SOMERVILLE on Tuesday at 10:30 am. Funeral Mass in St. Ann's Church, 251 Neponset Avenue, Dorchester at 12 noon. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours Monday 4-8 pm.

    Herbert was a member of the Somerville Post 388 American Legion, WWII Veteran and longtime member of the USS Mansfield DD728 Committee. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester. Published in the Boston Globe on 1/21/2008.

    To view guestbook, please go here.

Joseph F. Weckerly
In loving memory of SEA 1/C Joseph F. Weckerly, USS Mansfield (1944/45) submitted by his granddaughter Kristina Weckerly. 2.29.08

Louis (Lou) James Sclafani

  • Lou SclafaniLOUIS JAMES SCLAFANI, a loving and devoted husband, son, brother, uncle and friend passed away after a valiant battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme (a form of brain cancer) on February 28, 2009 in his bedroom at home. He fought a difficult 17 month fight with strength, fortitude and dignity.

    Lou absolutely loved to sail and spent a large number of days on the waters with friends in California, the Caribbean, the Chesapeake and the Mediterranean. This love is what led him to achieve a captain's license through the Coast Guard for up to a 100 ton boat. This is the world where he was most relaxed and happy. He was also an avid skier who was in love with the Rockies. Lou knew how to enjoy life.

    Lou was born in Orlando, Florida on November 20, 1943 to the late Jim and Flora Sclafani, but he grew up in South Jersey. He is survived by his devoted wife Carole Ryan Sclafani, his sisters, Vicki (Len) Orzechowski, Rosemarie Cirina and Carol (Garr) Novick. He had in-laws Mary Schryver, Richard (Suzanne) Ryan, Jim (Cindy) Ryan, Kevin (Elaine) Ryan, Regina (Ron) Wyles and Pattie (John) Steigerwald, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He also leaves behind a large number of loyal friends and fellow Naval officers.

    Lou was a graduate of Bishop Eustace High School in Pennsauken in 1961 and went onto graduate from Bradley University with a degree in Engineering. He worked in Chicago for Campbell's Soup before enlisting in the Navy. He completed OCS in Newport, Rhode Island and was attached to and served aboard the USS Mansfield as a Damage Control Officer. During the Vietnam conflict, he was awarded 2 citations for outstanding performance and leadership-one for his skill and judgment in helping the Mansfield to avoid a potential casualty off the coast of North Vietnam on February 16, 1968 and a second achievement medal for aiding the injured and taking emergency measures to restore the ship's fighting capability while the Masnfield was under fire on September 25, 1967. With this second citation, he was authorized to wear the combat 'V'.

    After the Navy, Lou worked in California as a plant manager for both Frito-Lay and Serv-A-Portion. He returned to New Jersey in 1985 and along with his cousin, Chip Sclafani, became owner and operator of Violet Packing Company in Williamstown, producer of Don Pepino and Sclafani tomato products.

    Lou was active since 1985 in the NJ Food Processors, serving as President from 2000-2001. He was recognized by the association for his 'enduring vision and dedication' with the Distinguished Service Award on February 23, 2008. He also served on the Food Products Association Board of Directors. Having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a young man, Lou found himself interested in scouting once again. He served on the local board of the New Jersey Boy Scouts, receiving an award for his dedicated service.

    Relatives and friends are invited to the visitation on Thursday from 6-9pm at the Bradley Funeral Home Rt. 73 and Evesham Rd. Marlton NJ. The visitation on Friday morning will be private for immediate family. Mass of Chrisitan Burial will be celebrated 10:00am Friday at St. Mary of the Lakes Church Jackson Road, Medford NJ. Interment New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either The Foundation for Personal Appearance (for the benefit of cancer patients) 905A West Marlton Pike Cherry Hill NJ 08002 or the National Brain Tumor Society East Coast Office 124 Watertown Street, Suite 2D Watertown, MA 02472 (
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Jackson H. Whitley, Jr.

  • Jackson WhitleyJackson H. Whitley, Jr., 83, died Friday, March 27, 2009. Mr. Whitley was a resident of Marine City since 1991 and was formerly a Macomb County resident. Mr. Whitley was born on November 8, 1925 in Half Way (now Eastpointe), Michigan. Mr. Whitley served aboard the Navy Destroyer USS Mansfield DD-728 in WW II. He was retired from J & L Steel Corporation where he had worked as a Steel Processor for 30 Years. He is a Past-Commander of the Marine City VFW Post, also a member of the Southeastern Michigan Conservation Club. He was an accomplished stamp collector beginning this hobby at the age of 10. He had a passion for gardening. He was married to his wife Leona "Lee" for 49 years with whom he enjoyed travel including visits to 49 states together as an exceptionally devoted couple.

    Jackson Whitley2Mr. Whitley is survived by his daughter, Madeline Falleti and his sons, Daniel, Jackson III, and Gary; grandsons, Salvatore (Tammy) Falleti and Jason (Rebecca) Falleti; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Maria, Justin and Alexander Falleti; sisters, Mary Scriver and Ruth Heussner. Mr. Whitley was pre-deceased by his parents, Jackson H., Sr. and Florence H. (nee: Thomas); sister, Jacqueline Hawley and brother, Alvin.

    Jackson Whitley3A memorial visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. Friday April 3, with the Port Huron Viet Nam Veterans of America leading the memorial service at 4:00 p.m., at the Southeastern Conservation Club 2402 North Belle River Road, Marine City. Arrangements by Kaul Funeral Home (586) 775-1911.

    Published on April 01, 2009.

Harry O. Wiedmaier

  • Harry Wiedmaier[The Oregonian 4.5.09] - Wiedmaier, Harry O. 81 07/11/1927 03/23/2009.

    Harry O. Wiedmaier was born in Portland on July 11, 1927. Harry graduated from Salem High School in 1945 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served in the Philippines until being discharged on Aug. 4, 1946. He then entered Oregon State College under the GI Bill and became a midshipmen in the NROTC program. Upon graduation from Oregon State with a bachelor's degree in business on June 5, 1950, he married Sara Mae Addis on June 12, 1950, and reported aboard the USS Mansfield (DD 728) in Sasebo, Japan, on July 10, 1950. After two Korean War deployments, to include the Inchon landing, he was transferred to the USS Tillamook (ATA 192) at Adak, Alaska, until he was released from active duty in October 1952.

    Harry worked for Westinghouse in Portland briefly until he went to work for Jantzen on Jan. 6,1955, retiring in 1983 as the director of purchasing. During this 28-year period, he remained in the Naval Reserve. He had three major commands, two of them in the submarine force and one in the naval control of shipping force. He also retired from the Navy in 1983 after 38 years of service.

    After retirement, Harry loved to travel with his wife, Sara Mae, making many trips throughout the world including sailing adventures to Alaska, Holland and the Mediterranean.

    Besides traveling, Harry belonged to a number of organizations including Reserve Officers Association, Oregon State Alumni, Kappa Sigma fraternity, Rotary, Oregon Military Museum and most notably the Save the PT Boat, Inc. After being a plank owner of this group, he acted as vice president and president until his passing. This group of dedicated sailors and vets overcame many great obstacles and totally restored the 78 foot PT 658 to become the only fully operational PT boat left in the world. The PT 658 is a World War II craft which had deteriorated for decades until this group spent the better part of 20 years to bring the PT boat to its current glory. You can see and hear the current crew of sailors navigate the waters of the Pacific Northwest in their living naval museum piece powered by three V-12 Packards. Harry is survived by his wife, four children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

    There will be a military funeral and a memorial celebration of Harry's life on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at 1000 hours on the Navy Operational Support Center muster deck at Swan Island. Please RSVP to Sara Mae Wiedmaier, so that your name will be available to the gate watch for admittance. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please make donations to the Save the PT Boat, Inc. at You can View/Sign Harry's Guest Book here

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