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Dennis Vincent Dougherty

December 20th, 2017

CDR Dennis Vincent Dougherty, USN (Retired) passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 in New Orleans at the age of 79. Mr. Dougherty was a native of Hoboken, New Jersey and a New Orleans resident for the last 37 years. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary Valerie McGee Dougherty. Son of the late Dr. Dennis J. Dougherty and Alma Getchas Dougherty of Middletown, New Jersey. Survived by his sons Marc C. Dougherty (Heather Bruno Dougherty) and Craig S. Dougherty. Brother Michael J. Dougherty of New York City. Grandchildren Carlin Marguerite Dougherty, Marc Christopher Dougherty, Jr., Dennis Heath Dougherty, Breck E. Dougherty, and Sam S. Dougherty. Mr. Dougherty was a graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School in Red Bank, New Jersey where he was a member of the 1954 State Champion football team and became first team All-State selection in 1955. He earned his B.S. in 1960 from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, where he also played football. He retired from the United States Navy; he proudly served his country at sea during the Cuban Missile Crisis blockade and saw more than 68 combat operations during the Vietnam War as part of the famed "River Rats." He was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V, the Navy Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon, and Vietnamese Gallantry Cross among many others. Known affectionately as Papa Den, Mr. Dougherty was a mainstay at youth recreational parks wherever he lived and he coached youth sports for many years. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Jacob Schoen and Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St, New Orleans, on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, starting at 9:30 AM, followed by a Memorial Mass in the j. Garic Schoen Chapel at 11:00 AM.

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Robert J. Cody Sr.

March 7th, 1937 - April 18th, 2021

New Brunswick - Robert J. Cody Sr., 84, of New Brunswick, NJ passed away peacefully at his home in New Brunswick on April 18, 2021. He was born on March 7, 1937 in New Brunswick, NJ to parents Margaret and Frank. He was a proud resident of New Brunswick, and lived there his entire life. Bob graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1955, and then promptly enlisted in the US Navy and proudly served aboard the USS Corry. He received an honorable discharge, and served in the reserves thereafter. Bob always credited the Navy for "making a man of him", and he loved to recount stories of his time in the service. Bob tremendously enjoyed sports, and participated in baseball, basketball, bowling and darts. He worked for several different construction companies, and enjoyed his many years as a tri-state driver with Prime Source. Bob was an active member of the Eagles AC in New Brunswick for over 30 years, and was also a proud member of the American Legion in Milltown. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Margaret and Frank Cody Sr., his brothers, Frank Cody Jr., William Cody; and his son Michael F. Cody. He is survived by his loving wife Barbara of 56 years, his son Robert J. Cody Jr. and his wife Maria of New Brunswick; his daughter Kathleen Cody Maher and her husband John of Piscataway; his daughter Ann-Margret Cody Stryker of Toms River; his sister Janice Serinese and her husband Mario of Ringoes; his sister-in-law Peggy Cody of Piscataway; ten grandchildren, one great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation celebrating Bob's life will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Boylan Funeral Home, 188 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. A Catholic Mass will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Saint Peter's Church, Somerset Street in New Brunswick with interment to follow in Saint Peter's Cemetery, Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Dolton Kenneth White

August 11th, 1940 - August 12th, 2016

Dolton Kenneth White, Sr., 76, of West Columbia, South Carolina passed away Friday, August 12, 2016. He was born on August 11, 1940 in Ranburne, Alabama to the late Roland and Mavis Stevens White. Mr. White was survived by his beloved wife, Mary Ellen Rudner White; and son, Dolton White, Jr. He was also survived by a sister, Reba Young; and brother, Edgar White. Dolton was a retired Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy for 20 years. He also served as a deputy with the Lexington County Sheriff's Office for 20 years. He was a member of St. Peter's RC Church, Naval Reserves, Elks and Moose Lodges. A Celebration of Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016 at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Woodridge Memorial Park Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Woodridge Memorial Park and Funeral Home from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.

Leonard Arthur Viehland

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Leonard Arthur Viehland Jr. (Clute, Texas), who passed away on June 27, 2021, at the age of 78, leaving family and friends to mourn. Family, friends, and shipmates are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family. He is under the care of Restwood Funeral Home. Leonard served in the USS Corry DD/DDR 817 from 1961 to 1963 as an IC3.

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Chan Clare Whitney

March 4th, 2015

Chan C. Whitney, 81, passed away on March 4, 2015. Mr. Whitney was born in Wayne, NE and resided in Virginia Beach since 1957. He retired from the U.S. Navy after twenty-six years of service as a Senior Chief Electrician. He was a charter member of Hope Lutheran Church and loved NASCAR. Survivors include his loving wife of sixty years, Dorothy Ann Whitney; six children, Lori Whitney, Linda Whitney, Deanna Gargiulo and husband Kenny, Brian Whitney, Lisa Wooten and husband Allen, Kristi Sylvester and husband Carmen; his sister, Sandra Gabica; eight grandchildren, Krystal Johnson, Michelle Brooks, Julie Harrington, Lorin Pritchard, Shelia Fejka, Nicholas Wooten, Billy Fejka and Carmen Sylvester and five great grandchildren, Tahlia Brooks, Kayla Brooks, Jalen Brooks, Jeffery Johnson and Jacob Johnson. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rosewood Kellum Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, March 9, 2:00 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church. Entombment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Lutheran School. Friends may offer condolences at www.kellumfuneralhome.com.

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John Lee Setzer

March 14th, 1927 - November 26th, 2022

John Lee “J.L.” Setzer, Sr. 95 passed away early Saturday morning, November 26, 2022 at Atrium Health Cleveland. He was born on March 14, 1927 in Hildebrand NC. J.L. grew up in Hickory, NC. He graduated from Hickory High School and North Carolina State University where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a WWII veteran , joining the US Navy at the age of 17 and serving in the Destroyer USS Corry DD-817 from 1945 to 1946. J.L. and his family moved to Shelby NC in 1960. Employed by Fiber Industries in Earl, he was one of the original employees. He retired from Fiber as the Director of Engineering in 1980. He then continued his career as a consultant in the textile industry.

J.L. was a devoted member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Shelby for 62 years. He served on the Church Council and Property Committee. His many interests included genealogy, hunting, fishing and all things needing repair or “design adjustments.”

J.L. was preceded in death by his parents Albert Lee Setzer and Carrie Ola Eckard Setzer and his wife Frankie Bolch Setzer who passed away in 2012. He is survived by a son John Lee Setzer Jr. of Sharpsburg, GA and a daughter Lisa Washburn (Rick) of Shelby, NC, grandchildren Amanda Truett (Will) of Hickory, NC, Sarah Setzer of Washington, DC and Dr. Jenna Lee Washburn of Greenville, SC. He is also survived by great-grandchildren Tristan and Tobias Truett of Hickory, NC, niece Andra Pingel (David) and great niece Kathryn  Pingel of Conover, NC.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at 11.00 am at Ascension Lutheran Church with Rev. Kris Kramer officiating. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service. The graveside service , including a US Navy salute, will be held on Monday, December 5th at 2 pm at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory, NC. The family is eternally grateful for the love and support of J.L.’s Ascension Lutheran Church family, beloved neighbors, and friends, especially during the last seven months of his life. Also Lisa and Johnny request that memorials be made to Ascension Lutheran Church 300 N. Lafayette St. Shelby, NC 28150

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Gene Monroe Miertschin

February 5th, 1935 - August 12th, 2022

Gene was born on February 5, 1935 in Waco, Texas. His family moved to San Antonio in 1946 where he attended and graduated from Page Junior High School and Brackenridge High School. He took a job with Western Electric (the manufacturing and installation arm of AT&T) and traveled all over South Texas converting local telephone systems from operator assisted to the new dial-up technology. In 1955, Gene joined the U.S. Navy and was trained as an electronics’ technician. The bulk of his Navy career was served aboard the USS Corry, a state-of-the-art Radar Picket Destroyer. After leaving active duty in 1959, Gene became a Technical Representative for Philco Corp. which later became Philco Ford Corp. In 1962, Gene entered the University of Texas at Austin where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1965. He returned to Philco Ford at the Johnson Space Center in Houston where he participated in the design and development of telemetry systems for the Apollo Program. In 1968, Gene was offered an opportunity to help start a new electronics’ firm in San Antonio, Computer Terminal Corp., which was later renamed Datapoint Corp. Gene moved his family to Kendall County and purchased 15 acres east of Boerne. Things did not work out for Datapoint and Gene decided to try his hand in private business. He founded Entertainment Properties Inc. (EPI), a company that leased, serviced and repaired coin-operated vending and gaming machines. In 1974, Gene expanded EPI to include two Night Clubs in San Antonio. Some of you older people might remember The Shadows, a “classy country” night spot, and the cozier Hidden Shadows Lounge. Having fulfilled his dream of being in the nightclub business, Gene sold all the assets of EPI in 1982 and entered the University of Texas San Antonio to pursue an MBA. In 1984, Gene returned to the Space Center in Houston with his old company which was now Ford Aerospace. He quickly rose to engineering management where he led teams of engineers in the integration and verification of software for both the Shuttle and International Space Station Programs. Gene retired from the Space Systems’ world as an employee of Lockheed Martin Corp. in 1997 (Lockheed purchased Loral Aerospace who had purchased Ford Aerospace.)

Gene’s leisure retirement lasted about five years until he became interested in the local county government in 2002. At that time, he decided to run for county commissioner. After a long, hard-fought campaign, he was elected commissioner and proudly served 12 years. Gene retired from county government in 2014 due to concerns that his battle with cancer would not allow him to effectively serve a fourth term.​

Gene was blessed with one daughter, Suzan, who passed away in March of this year with Covid. Suzan gave Gene two grandsons, Keith and Kenneth “Trey,” and one granddaughter, Tiffany. And, they gave him five great-grandsons, Gene, Levi, Sethan, Deagan and Aden. He also had the privilege of raising two amazing step-children, Karen and Jim Hurley. He also leaves behind the most wonderful wife a man could ever wish for (his words), Bonnie. Bonnie and Gene, often called Bonnie and Clyde, by friends, were always together. He was truly grateful for what she brought to his life. Bonnie has two daughters, Stefanye Froeschner and Brandi Smith Ygdivik, to help her through this time of sorrow.

Gene was raised in a very religious Lutheran family. His parents would probably not approve of his beliefs in later life. He preferred to believe that his life was liken to a light that was turned on at birth and grew brighter as he traveled through life. He hoped that his light has shown him a productive way, and perhaps was even bright enough to show the way for a few others along his path. After winning three battles with cancer he could not win the fourth. Gene’s light was turned off on August 12, 2022. Gene donated his body to the University of Texas Science Center. There will be no services held for Gene, per his wishes.

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Frederick G. Flagge

Birth Death 30 Jan 2017       (aged 74)

Tennessee, USA

Burial - Chattanooga National Cemetery

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