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Death of a Classmate - Lieutenant Colonel Donald P. Bowen, U.S. Marine Corps (retired) - 23rd Co.

Donald Paul Bowen  (November 19, 1931 - April 23, 2017)


Lieutenant Colonel Donald P. Bowen, 85, U.S. Marine Corps (retired), died peacefully at Hospice House in Ft. Pierce, FL on Sunday, 23 April 2017, after a lengthy illness.


He was a native of Pennsylvania, PA second of the six children of Joseph D. Bowen and Marie F. Bowen.


He was a graduate of Roman Catholic High School, the U.S. Naval Academy, George Washington University, and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.


He served in combat in Vietnam and commanded a Marine Corps jet fighter squadron there in 1970. His combat decorations include the Legion of Merit with "V", the Distinguished Flying Cross, 25 Air Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.


After retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1974, he was employed as a Marketing Manager by Sundstrand Aerospace Corporation in Washington, DC, New York City, and in St. Louis, MO. He again retired in 1990 and moved to Ft. Pierce, FL, where he enjoyed scuba diving, boating, and flying.


He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Gerald L. Bowen, Esq., and Rev. Joseph D. Bowen. His survivors include his wife, Carole A. Bowen, his sons, Gregory S. Bowen and Mark C. Bowen, his daughter Susan L. Nelson, grandson Ryan D. Welsh, and stepdaughter Paige E. Estes. Additionally, he is survived by his brothers John B. Bowen, Paul C. Bowen, and sister Rosemary Wachinski, all residing in the Philadelphia area.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Treasure Coast Hospice, 5000 Dunn Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981.


Services: At his request, Colonel Bowen wished to be cremated and his remains transported to the Arlington National Cemetery for inurnment in the Columbarium. No services are planned.


Haisley Funeral & Cremation Service
3015 Okeechobee Road
Fort Pierce, FL, 34947
Tel: (772) 461-5211
Toll: (800) 822-7374
Fax: (772) 461-5282!/Obituary


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Death of a ClassMate - Capt. Leon G. Wood Jr - 18th Co.

I received the following from ​
Sherry Wood

Capt. Leon G. Wood Jr., retired USN, died peacefully at home in Odenton, Md., with his wife by his side on March 22, 2017. He was 86. A 1954 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, his dates of service are 1948 to 1985. He spent 10 years on sea duty, 2 1/2 years in the destroyer USS Taylor, and 7 1/2 years in four diesel electric submarines. Of that, six years were Pacific and four years Atlantic. His remains will be interred Monday, March 27, at 10 a.m. at the USNA columbarium in Annapolis, Md. He is survived by his wife, Hakima Sebane Wood, and seven children, Jeffrey, Scott, Dale, Leeanne, William, Christopher and Zachary Wood.


Death of a classmate - Colonel Olive J. Hines - 4th Co.

Colonel Olive J. Hines, 84, of Belleville, IL, born in Alma, IL on June 22nd, 1932 passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at St. Louis University Hospital.

Colonel Hines was a highly decorated officer who served 43 years in the United States Air Force, 18 of which as a pilot. He was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross and The Silver Star for extraordinary achievement and gallantry while piloting unarmed reconnaissance aircraft over North Vietnam. In the words of one of his commanding officers, he was "a true warrior who never turned down a mission." The remaining 25 years of service comprised five different posts within NATO, plus various academic assignments including department chair, professor, and ROTC instructor at Purdue and the University of Maryland. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Olive was a most loving, generous, and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Proceeding him in death are his parents, Carl L. and Mary E. Hines (nee Britt), sister; Elizabeth Lucille Johnston.

Olive is survived and dearly missed by his wife, Annemarie I. Hines (nee Hammerstingl); daughters, Christa L. Hines, Maria E. Hines, son, John V. Hines, grandchildren, Sarah I. Stromsdorfer, Oliver M. Codd, Jaimie M. Hartmann; sisters Patricia Ann Miller, Louise Annette Humble and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Flowers or Masses may be sent to St. Teresa Catholic Church. Condolences may be extended to the family online at

Visitation will be held from 10:00 am – 10:50 am Thursday February 16, 2017 at St. Teresa Catholic Church 1201 Lebanon Avenue Belleville, IL 62221.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am from the church with Fr. James Thomas officiating.

Burial will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday February 16, 2017 at Alma Cemetery in Alma, Il with full Military Honors.
Schildknecht Funeral Home
301 South Lincoln Avenue
O'Fallon, IL 62269
Phone: 618-632-3713
Fax: 618-632-3732


EODA Luncheon Wednesday, 5 April 2017, at 1200

​Don't forget to send Fitz $24.00 for a place at the End of The Dark Ages Luncheon​


Death of a Classmate - Theodore Keith Graves - 6th Co.

Theodore Keith Graves  (1930-24 February 2017)

Ted died of complications from an infection he had been fighting since October 2016.

He was born in Cherokee, Iowa, to James and Pearle Graves, the youngest of eight children.

His early years were filled with happy boyhood memories of growing up in a small Midwestern town surrounded by a large family. During his high school years, he was an accomplished athlete, playing all types of sports and earning 11 letters.

This was the time of World War II, and five of his older brothers and one sister left home to serve in the Armed Forces. In his junior year, he met Senator Guy Gillette of Iowa and was offered an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Following graduation, he worked for the senator as a doorman in the U.S. Senate Gallery. The McCarthy hearings took place during his time in Washington, D.C., and he developed an interest in politics that continued through his life.

In June 1950, he entered the academy. The next four years of academy life instilled in him a love for his country, a devotion to the ideals taught and a true patriotism as a proud American.

After graduation, he accepted a commission in the Air Force. During his service years, he received a master's degree from the University of Southern California, also compleademy.

Teaching was his gift. He used wit and humor to keep his students at ease with the learning process. He retired from the Air Force in June of 1974 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

After retirement, he taught economics and computers at Peninsula College, where he was later approached by City Hall to convert the utilities billing system to computer processing. He then was employed as a contract instructor for the federal government (OPM) on the West Coast, mostly on military bases.

His faith and service to others were central to his life. He volunteered with seniors, shut-ins, Kiwanis and many others. He was a member of ANA, a large group of retired military people with whom he shared his love of country. He was dedicated to his church family, loved his Bible studies with the men of the church and enjoyed Saturday morning men's breakfast.

Sunday fellowship and worship services: It was all vital to his happiness. He loved the part he played.

Ted was a devoted family man who loved his wife and children with a passion that made each of us feel valued. He shared those feelings with many others in his life who were very dear to him. We will miss his warmth and his ever-present smile beyond words. Rest with God.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen; his six children, Mark (Jackie), Audrey (Jim) Tyson, Paul (Mae), Phillip (Amal), Penney Hewlett and Jennifer (Cam) Graves; 13 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be at Faith Lutheran Church, 382 West Cedar Street, Sequim, this Saturday, March 11, at 2 p.m.

Linde Price Funeral Service
170 W Sequim Bay Rd
SEQUIM, WA 98382
(360) 683-1649
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Mar. 8, 2017ting his post-graduate work at the University of Washington.

The highlight of his military career was the 5½ years on the faculty at the USAF Ac


Death of a Classmate - John B. Burcham, Jr., -12th Co.

John B. Burcham, Jr., 85, a resident of Charles Town, WV for 10 years and previously of Germantown, MD, died of heart failure on February 26, 2017 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Born on September 6, 1931 in Jonesville, NC, John was a graduate of Anacostia High School, and the U.S. Naval Academy. He also attended the George Washington University. John served in the U.S. Air Force and in the U.S. Naval Reserves. During his career, he worked for NASA, the Planning Research Corporation, was a Prince George's County Commissioner, served on the Metro Board, was the Chairman of the Maryland Park and Planning Commission, and was the Executive Director of the National Association of Beverage Retailers for 30 years. He also taught night classes at the University of Maryland and was a member of the Jaycees. John enjoyed golf, baseball, flying and being involved in politics in Prince George's County and Charles Town, WV as well as at the national level as a two-time U.S. Congressional candidate. John is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dolores Dame Burcham; his daughters, Jody Burcham Kilmer of Charles Town,WV, Kelley Burcham and Jan Burcham Wisooker, both of Edgewater, MD and Constance Burcham Almony of Elkridge, MD; his sister, Kathleen Land and grandchildren, Tyler and Jordan Almony, Samantha Thomas and Nikki Kilmer. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to celebrate John's life on Thursday, March 2 from 6 to 8 pm at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD. His memorial service will be held on Friday, March 3 at 12:30 pm at Chesapeake Christian Fellowship, 377 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, MD. Inurnment will follow at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium in Annapolis, MD. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.


Death of a ClassMate - Rear Adm. Charles Bryan "Charlie" Hunter, USN (Ret.) - 3rd Co.

Rear Adm. Charles Bryan "Charlie"  Hunter, USN (Ret.), 86, of Gulfport, passed away Feb. 24, 2017. Admiral Hunter was born in Jasper, FL and served for over 30 years in the United States Navy. Admiral Hunter graduated from the US Naval Academy in May 1954 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1956. During his career he served multiple tours of duty as a pilot in Viet Nam, including Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron Eighty-Five. He also served as Commanding Officer of the USS El Paso (LKA-117) and Commanding Officer of the USS Saratoga (CV-60). After a tour assigned to US Naval Forces Europe in London, England, Admiral Hunter served as Commander Medium Attack Electronic Warfare Wing at Whidbey Island, Washington. His last duty Station was MacDill AFB, as Chief of Staff, Joint Deployment Agency. Admiral Hunter's decorations include the Navy Cross, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal. Charlie is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Xandra; son, Bryan; and granddaughter, Laura. He was predeceased by his son, Tim. He was a longtime member of the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm Saturday, March 4 at the David C. Gross Funeral Home in St. Petersburg. Interment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery.