PHILIP JOHN AHNEMAN - Died at 12:15 AM on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 in the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jennings, Louisiana at the age of 72. The cause of death was Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Morris, Minnesota on February 16, 1944 to the late Gaylord and Marian (née Peterson) Ahneman. He spent 15 years in the United States Army, served in the Vietnam War and eventually settled in Lafayette, Louisiana as a corporate pilot until retirement. He was a Permanently Hospitalized Veteran Member of Vietnam Veterans of America – Jennings Chapter #1058. Survivors include his wife, Jana (née Marifjeren) Ahneman, of Lafayette; his daughter, Carrie Lynne Ahneman, of Carencro; his son, Christopher Robert Ahneman, of Lafayette; one sister, Judi Christensen, of Portland, Oregon; one brother, David Ahneman, of Eugene, Oregon; and his nine-year old grandson, Cole Hunter Ahneman, of Lafayette; Jana's sisters, Judy (Bill) Raymer, of Denver, CO and Joni (Roar) Rommesmo, of Fargo, ND and sister-in-law Kathy Marifjeren, of Chicago, Illinois. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in Mr. Ahneman's memory may be made to The Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation.
IRA D. “Ike” ARENT – Died Saturday, August 29, 2015 in Yorktown, Texas, after a courageous four-year battle with cancer. He was 68 years of age. He was born on November 4, 1946 in Greeley County, Nebraska to the late Leslie and Cleo Arent. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War as a medic. He married Nancy Warren August 22, 1969. They moved to Texas 3 years later, living in Corpus Christi, La Grange and Seadrift. He retired from Formosa Plastics, Point Comfort, Electrical Maintenance Department in 2006 and moved to their spot of heaven outside of Yorktown. He was a life member of the VFW Post #8136 Yorktown, member of the American Legion Post #272 Yorktown and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America – Yorktown Chapter #1029. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Larae "Bambi" Arent, and sisters Ardell (Wayne) Henkel, Neva (Derrel) Pendergast, and Bonnie (John) McMillin. He is survived by his wife Nancy, son Lee Arent (Brenda) and grandsons Nathan and Joshua Arent, daughter Laura Davis and grandchildren Elizabeth Marthiljohni (Brian) and D. Shay Davis, and great-grandchildren Ira and Emma Marthiljohni, all of Yorktown, sisters Gladys (Richard) Dallas of Crockett, Texas, Helen (Elmer) Druba of Superior, Nebraska, and Vivian (Tony) Nabity of Narka, Kansas, brother Carl (Carol) Arent of Aurora, Nebraska and many nieces and nephews. Visitation hours were from 6:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at the Massey Funeral Home. Funeral services were at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Seadrift, Texas. Interment was in the Seadrift Cemetery. You are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.masseyfh.com. Memorial can be made to the donor’s choice. Arrangements were made by the Massey Funeral Home, Yorktown, Texas.
JORGE ALBERTO ARMENDARIZ – Died Friday, September 9, 2017 in El Paso, Texas at the age of 72. The cause of death is unknown. He was born on April 16, 1945 to the late Joaquin and Maria Armendariz. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and will be greatly missed. He served in the United States Army as an Officer achieving the rank of Major before leaving the service. He received the following awards: National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon and Army Service Ribbon. He was also a longtime High School Teacher, El Paso High School, winning numerous local and state social science competitions. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America – El Paso Chapter #844. He is survived by his loving wife, Margarita; his children, Luis Armendariz (Faria), Adan Armendariz, Carlos Armendariz (Brittany), Jorge Armendariz, Margarita Watkins (Beau), Julio Armendariz, Eva Arcos (Luis); his beloved brothers, Joaquin Carlos Armendariz, Alfredo J. Armendariz; eight grandchildren, and; numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation hours were held on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 PM at the Sunset Funeral Home-West. The Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Jesus and Mary Roman Catholic Church, 1401 West Yandell. Interment was in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Services were entrusted to the Sunset Funeral Home-West, 480 North Resler Drive.
WILLIAM E. “Long Hair Willy” AUBUCHON, JR. - Died Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at his home in Rock Island, Illinois, at the age of 77. The cause of death was cancer. He was born on June 12, 1940 in Kansas City, Missouri to the late William, Sr. and Maxine Aubuchon. He married Rosemary Gruner on April 6, 1995 in Rock Island, Illinois. William retired as a Petty Officer First Class in the United States Navy. He was a member of Milan Lions Club, American Legion Riders and the Vietnam Veterans of America – Rock Island Chapter #299. He enjoyed motorcycles, spending time with family and friends, and displaying the flag of the United States of America. Survivors include his wife, the Reverend Rosemary Aubuchon; his brothers, Donald Aubuchon, Robert Aubuchon; his sister, Kay Aubuchon-Hansen; his children, William Aubuchon III, Bob Aubuchon and Paul Aubuchon; his stepson, Jason Gruner; and many grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews. William was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Mark Aubuchon. Graveside services for William were at 2:30 PM on Wednesday at the Rock Island National Cemetery, where the Reverend Rosemary Aubuchon officiated. Military honors were conducted by the Vietnam Veterans of America - Quad Cities Chapter #299. Those wishing to attend the services at the Rock Island National Cemetery met at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030-7th Avenue, Rock Island at 2:00 PM. There was no visitation. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.
JOHN F. BAGLEY – Died recently in 2017 in Irmo, South Carolina at the age of 81. The cause of death is unknown. He was born on April 3, 1926. He is survived by his daughter, Julia Bagley. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America – Columbia Chapter #303.
EDITH JUDY PEARL BAKER - Died Monday, June 26, 2017 at Erlanger at the age of 74. She was a resident of Rock Spring, Georgia. The cause of death was a stroke. She was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania on June 7, 1943. Judy served her country as a Captain in the United States Air Force. She attained two Master’s Degrees in Public Health and Nursing Administration and became a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Judy was a nursing educator at Tarleton State University and Georgia Northwestern Technical College. She was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America – Chattanooga Chapter #203and served as its secretary for nine years. She was active in the Mountain View Presbyterian Church. Judy was an amazing mother, grandmother and friend. She was preceded in death by two sisters and eight brothers. She is survived by her sons, Jason Baker and wife Sonia, of Amarillo, TX, and Jonas Baker, of Rock Spring, GA; her sisters, Rachael Pruitt, of Ocean City, NJ, Shirley Febinger, of Mineral Wells, TX, Lorraine Lukacs, of Greensburg, PA, and Mary Lessman, of Mt. Pleasant, PA; her brothers, Jonathan Gerstner, of Chandler, AZ, and Dean Black, of Williamson, NY; her granddaughters, Emma, Laila, and Lola, and; countless nieces and nephews. The funeral service was at 6:00 PM on Sunday, July 2, 2017 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel. Interment was in the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home was on Sunday from 3:00 PM until the time of the service. Arrangements were made by the Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home in LaFayette, Georgia.
JANE B. “Breese” BAKER – Died Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in Petaluma, California at the age of 78. She called Loveland, Colorado home. The cause of death was a perforated colon after open heart surgery. She was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on January 13, 1939. She is survived by two daughters; four grandchildren, and; 3 siblings. Breese’s oldest daughter is Dawn Richards. She served in the United States Women’s Army Corps during the Vietnam War. She served from 1967 to 1971 served as a medic at Camp Zumba in Japan. She was an instrument in the Petaluma Veterans Hall. She was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America – Petaluma Chapter #563.
MAX R. BANDY, JR. – Died Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in South Lyon, Michigan at the age of 68. The cause of death was a heart attack. He was born on June 4, 1949 in Scottsville, Kentucky. He was the beloved husband of Susan for 45 years; loving father of Christopher, 18Ryan, and the late Shawn; dear grandfather of Sydney Moore, and; cherished brother of Danny (Diane) Bandy. Max was a proud veteran of the United States Army. He was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America – Plymouth Chapter #528. He also served as a police officer and retired from the Detroit and Livonia Police Departments. Visitation hours were on Friday, August 11th from 2:00-8:00 PM at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Road in Livonia, Michigan. A VFW Service took place at 7:00 PM on Friday at the Funeral Home. The funeral service was on Saturday, August 12th at 11:00 AM, with visitation beginning at 9:30 AM at the Funeral Home. Interment was in the Glen Eden Memorial Park with full Military Honors.
MARGARET ELENA BARKER - Died Monday, July 17, 2017 in Garden Grove, California at the age of 100. The cause of death is unknown. She was born on August 28, 1917. She served in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. She was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America – Santa Ana Chapter #1024. A Visitation was held on July 28, 2017 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Dimond and Shannon Mortuary and the Funeral Service was held on July 28, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the Dimond and Shannon Mortuary, 10630 Chapman Avenue, Garden Grove, CA. Graveside Service was held on July 28, 2017 at 2:01 PM with Army Honor Guards at the Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA. Arrangements were made under the direction of Dimond and Shannon Mortuary, Garden Grove, CA.
BEN BENET – Died Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in Greenbrae, California at the age of 67. The cause of death was Agent Orange-related metastatic prostate cancer. He was born in Los Angeles, California on December 31, 1947. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War from November 4, 1966 to August 3, 1970. He served a tour in Vietnam from June 1968 to August 1970. He was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America – San Rafael Chapter #547.
WILLIAM S. “Bill” BIHN - Died Saturday, August 26, 2017 in Ivanhoe, North Carolina at the age of 68. The cause of death is unknown. He was born in Sussex, New Jersey on April 12, 1949. The world lost one of the greatest storytellers. He had a contagious laugh and a smile that will forever be remembered. He made and maintained lifelong friends everywhere he lived. Bill grew up in Sussex and also lived in Venice, Florida, Cocoa Beach, Florida and Orlando, Florida, and most recently in Ivanhoe, NC. He bravely served in Vietnam from 1968-1969 in the United States Army's 25th Infantry "Electric Strawberries." He was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America – Vernon Township Chapter #1002. He worked at Disney World in Orlando, for the first year it was open. He later worked for the New Jersey Zinc Company and was a union driller with the #472 labor union. He leaves behind his beloved fiancée, Ellen Goodson Siegel, and brother, Bruce Bihn, who were by his side up until the end. He also leaves behind his brother, Robert "Bob" Bihn; his sister, Bonny (Mike) Rich; his nieces, Erica (Ryan) Thoman, Amanda Rich and Rena Merklinger, and; his nephews, Robert (Sally) Bihn, and William "Will" Bihn. A memorial service was observed at the American Legion Post #123 in Sussex, New Jersey.
LEONARD CHARLES BLAIN - Died Tuesday, September 5, 2017 in Watertown, South Dakota at the age of 71. The cause of death was heart failure. He was born on March 17, 1946 at Middlebranch, Nebraska to the late Harold and Henrietta (née Anson) Blain. He lived on the family farm by Page, Nebraska, until he graduated from Page High School in 1964. After graduation he went to Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and received Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. After he attended Miltonvale Wesleyan College in 1966-1967, he was drafted into the United States Army and stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In December of 1967, he married Barbara Howard in Watertown. He was then stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Walters, Texas and Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he trained to fly helicopters and received his Warrant Officer Bars and Wings. He served in Vietnam in 1969-1970 where he flew troop insertions and extractions in UH-1 Hueys. Back in the states, he served one more year at Fort Walters, TX. After being honorably discharged, they moved to Bloomfield, NE, where their son, Len, was born. Their next move was Grand Island, NE, followed by Superior, NE, where their son, William, and daughter, Jeanelle were born. There he worked in construction, operating heavy equipment and aerial spraying for a brief time. They moved to Watertown, SD, in 1987, where Leonard worked driving cross-country and then for Stromseth Construction. He enjoyed operating heavy equipment, metal fabrication and driving truck until he retired in 2010. He was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America – Watertown Chapter #1054, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and the American Legion. He was very proud to have served his country! He always said it was an honor to serve! He attended the Watertown Wesleyan Church and then Cornerstone Methodist Church in 2010 and then returned to the Watertown Wesleyan Church in 2013. He loved to spend time with his family, doing crossword puzzles and visiting with people. No one was a stranger for long. Most of all, he loved the time he could spend with his sons, daughter-in-law and his grandchildren! He loved old cars and planes, motorcycles and helicopters of all kinds! Leonard loved the Lord since he was a young child!! Left to cherish Leonard’s memories are his wife, Barbara; his children, Len (Shawna) Blain, of Cawker City, KS, and William (Jill) Blain, of Ham Lake, MN; his grandchildren, Merritt Blain, of Glen Elder, KS, Jayde Blain, of Cawker City, KS, Trevor (Laura) Rothstein, of Eau Claire, WI, and Trent Rothstein, of Eau Claire, WI; one great-granddaughter, Daphne Rothstein, of Eau Claire, WI; his brothers, Wesley (Judy) Blain, of Grand Island, NE, Byron (Arlene) Blain, of Norfolk, NE, and George (Sharon) Blain, of Page, NE; his stepmother, Carol Howard, of Watertown, SD; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Linda Rahm, of Fridley, MN, Virginia (Elwood) Ramsey, Larry Niles, Kathy (Mike) Kuno, Sandy Howard, Dean (Kristi) Howard and Larry (Tonja) Howard, all of Watertown, SD, and; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Jeanelle Blain, who taught us how to love all people; his parents, Harold and Henrietta Blain; his brother and sister-in-law, Elmore and Phyllis Blain; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Dorothy and William Howard; one brother-in law, Lloyd Howard; one sister-in-law, Darlene Niles; nephews, Craig Blain & Rodney Blain; niece, Shelby Howard; and great-niece, Addysen Valley. Funeral services were at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Watertown Wesleyan Church. Pastor Donald Blain and Pastor Steve Biswell co-officiated. The music was provided by Sue Heavey as organist and Sue and Dennis Heavey as vocalists. The family requested to meet at the church on Saturday by 1:30 PM for a family prayer service. Visitation hours were at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Friday from 4:00-7:00 PM and prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial was in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Watertown. Military graveside honors were conducted by the Vietnam Veterans of America - Chapter #1054 of Watertown. Honorary pallbearers were all his VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America) friends. Active Pallbearers were his grandchildren, Merritt Blain, Jayde Blain, Trevor Rothstein and Trent Rothstein and his nephews, Jeremy Kuno and John Blain.
ALETA PEARL (née Seville) BLANCO (USA, SFC-Ret.) - Died Thursday, July 27, 2017 in San Angelo, Texas at the age of 69. The cause of death was a three-year battle with cancer. She was born on October 3, 1947 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to the late Wilty D. Seville and Pearl V. (née Bish) Myers. She was also predeceased by her stepmother, Erma L. Masterson-Seville and her daughter Dorma Fox. She is survived by her husband, William “Bill” Blanco, of San Angelo, Texas; one son, Matthew Blanco and his wife Pat, of Blythe, Georgia; a sister, Lauretta Reiker and her husband Bob, of Buffalo Mills, Pennsylvania; a half-sister, Kathryn McClair and her husband Dennis, of East Petersburg, Pennsylvania, and; many nieces and nephews. Aleta joined the United States Army in her late teens and divorced her then husband while stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. She was later selected to attend the criminal investigation (CID) School at Fort McClellan, Alabama. Bill was also scheduled to start school on the same day. They met and one year later, were married in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Both being on active duty, Aleta and Bill travelled around the world with a two-year tour in Korea and a three-year tour to West Germany. They also shared assignments to various locations within the continental United States. Finally, Bill and Aleta retired, after each completing twenty years of active duty. They continued to travel to Alaska, the Mediterranean, and across the United States, finally settling in San Angelo, Texas in 2004. Bill and Aleta are lifetime members of the VFW, DAV and Texas Veterans for Veterans. She was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America – San Angelo Chapter #457. Visitation hours were held all day on Monday, July 31, 2017 at the funeral home. The graveside service was held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in the Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene, 7457 West Lake Road (FM 600), Abilene, TX 79601. The services were under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/Sherwood Way. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Texas Veterans for Veterans, 1905 Pulliam, San Angelo, TX 76905. Online Condolences may be made at shafferpioneer.com.
PAUL LEROY BLISS, JR. - Died Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Southern Ohio Medical Center at the age of 68. He was a resident of McDermott, Ohio. The cause of death is unknown. He was born on December 4, 1948 in Chillicothe, Ohio to the late Paul Leroy Bliss, Sr. and Cora (née DeBarr) Bliss-Streitenberger. Paul was a retired engineer for the Ohio Air National Guard at Rickenbacker and from the Chillicothe VA Medical Center transportation department. He was a United States Army Vietnam War veteran, a member of the William A. Baker Post of the American Legion, and a member of the Minford Church of the Nazarene. He was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America – South Shore (Kentucky) Chapter #1006. He is survived by his wife, Virginia (née Deemer) Bliss, whom he married August 4, 1988 in Lucasville; his children, Michelle (Dottie) Franklin, of Chillicothe, Barbara (Donald) Sheppard, of Columbus, Kristy (Eric) Backs, of Delaware, Ohio, Daniel (Sandra) Moore, Kenneth (Jennifer) Moore, Jeff (Brandy) Moore, all of McDermott, Michael (Rhonda) Boyd of Lucasville, and Robert (Angela) Young, of Burlington, Ohio; 20 grandchildren, and; eight great-grandchildren. Paul was also preceded in death by one son, Chip Bliss. A memorial service was held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Minford Church of the Nazarene with Mark Bales officiating. Military rites were performed by the William A. Baker and James F. Irwin Posts of the American Legion. Arrangements were under the direction of the McKinley Funeral Home in Lucasville.
ANGEL BONILLA-BONILLA – Died Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in Yauco, Puerto Rico at the age of 88. The cause of death is unknown. He was born on December 5, 1928 in Puerto Rico. He is survived by his wife, Elba, of the home. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America – Yauco Chapter #483.
JOHN NEAL “Jack” BRADBURY (USAF, Lt.Col-Ret.) - Died peacefully early Sunday morning on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital, at the age of 82, surrounded by his loving family. He was a resident of Le Roy, New York. Jack was born in Leroy on June 2, 1935 to the late R. Ellsworth Bradbury and Mildred (née Vader) Bradbury. He is survived by his wife, Lana (née Longhini) Bradbury. Their devoted marriage of 36 years was a testament of their commitment to one another and the loving journey they shared. He was a graduate of Le Roy High School, class of 1953 and Cornell University 1957 where he earned a BS in Agricultural Economics. Upon graduation, Jack was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. During his 22 years in the USAF, specializing in air traffic control, he served in several leadership positions, including Squadron Commander in Naples, Italy assigned to the NATO Southern Region. He was stationed in: Mississippi, Maine, Morocco, New Hampshire, Vietnam, Virginia, California, Italy, Nebraska and retired September 1978 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Following a stellar career in the military, Jack and Lana moved to Montreal, Canada, where he served 12 years with the United Nations/International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He was Chief, Rules of the Air, Air Traffic Services and Search and Rescue (ROCSAR). He promoted safety of international aviation. Jack was actively engaged as a Special Consultant of the 1990 USSR breakup. In October 1991 he retired and returned to the Old Stone House in Le Roy, NY, becoming active in his home town. He was a Board Trustee of the Le Roy Historical Society, becoming Vice-President. Jack was instrumental in helping commission the Jell-O Museum; Founder and Chairman of the Oatka Creek Watershed Committee; Chairman of the Village Creek Stabilization Committee; Trustee Machpelah Cemetery Association; Le Roy American Legion member; lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving on various sessions and committees and enjoyed being President of the Le Roy Seniors Golf League. He was a member of