Richard Jay Alexander

RMA Yearbook Biography

Funeral Program

Richard J. AlexanderRichard Jay Alexander, 67, of 295 Red Fox Rd. SE, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, in St. Luke's Hospital after a sudden illness. Memorial services: 1 p.m. today, First Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Larry Hayward. Arrangements with Turner East Funeral Home and Crematory.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; and three daughters, Lisa Alexander of Phoenix, Ariz., Lauren Savell and husband John Randall

of Killeen, Texas, and Lynda Meunier and husband Pierre of Chicago. Richard was also a loving Grandpa for Russell Wildey, Kayla and Rachel Savell and Emile and Lucien Meunier. Extended family includes mother-in-law, Lois Rebholz of Waterloo; brother-in-law and wife, Jim and Carole Rebholz of San Ramon, Calif.; sister-in-law and husband, Marianne and Gary Marburger of Sherman, Texas; and many cousins, nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces and friends.

Richard was born May 1, 1935, in Chicago, to Richard J. and Ruth Smallegan Alexander. He lived in Chicago until 1938, when his _parents moved to Rock Island, Ill. Richard attended public school in Rock Island until 1947, when his father died and his mother took a job as school nurse at Roosevelt Military Academy in Aledo, Ill. He attended school from fourth grade until high school graduation in 1957 at Roosevelt Military Academy.

College years were spent at Augustana College in Rock Island and at the University of Iowa in Iowa City from which he received his M.S. degree in chemistry in 1959. On Feb. 3, 1961, he married Karen Rebholz in Chicago. For 35 years Dick's career was spent in research and development for various companies in the corn milling industry. He retired from Penford Products in 1994.

Dick started a consulting business to the grain industry after his retirement and made interesting trips to China, Japan and Korea. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church since 1987 and a faithful choir member since 1987.

Dick was a very generous .man with his love and his resources. He will be very greatly missed by his family and friends.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

---Reprinted from the Cedar Rapids Gazette

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Sommer '52 represented RMA at the services.

Walter D. Barden
July 14, 1940 – March 1, 2005

Walter attended R.M.A. 1958 -1959.  He married Joyce Ruish on May 6, 1961.  She survives him along with his mother (Irma Matarelli Barden), brother (Ronald, RMA '62), there three children Lisa Cutter, Lori (and Scot Fast) and Donald (and Stacey) He also leaves nine grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his father.  He owned and operated Barden 66 Service station and later was a commercial real estate broker. He retired as the vice president of the commercial division at Commercial National Realty.

submitted by Ronald Barden '62


SSGT - E6 - Army - Selective Service
1st Cav Division (AMBL)
21 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Aug 22, 1949
His tour of duty began on May 26, 1970
Casualty was on Aug 27, 1970
Body was recovered

Panel 07W - - Line 16


The above was taken from the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall Page.

Paul C. Boult

A memorial service for Paul C. Boult of Brimley who died Sunday, March 3, 1996 at his home will be held Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Hovie Funeral Home with Rev. George Luciani officiating

He was born March 15, 1947 in the Sault and worked as a sales representative for Grainger, an industrial and commercial equipment company.  He was also a Vietnam Veteran.

Survivors include his mother, Jean Boult of Brimley; one brother, Bruce of Maywood, Ill.; and one niece, Aimee Bout.

There will be no calling hours.  Memorials may be made to Chippewa County Hospice.

James C. Burt

James C. Burt of Tucson, AZ (formerly of Lowell, IN), born March 19, 1943, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ruthanne; daughters: Jackie Davis, Terri (Bill) Smalley and Ericka Burt (Mike Johnson). Also survived by five granddaughters, five grandsons and one sister. Preceded in death by his parents: Benjamin and Mildred Burt. Jim retired from ARCELOR MITTAL (formerly Inland Steel) #3 cold strip (mechanical east). He also golfed in the KATA group from the American Legion. He was a member and past governor of Thunder Mountain Lodge #2475 and a previous member of the Lowell Moose Lodge before moving to Tucson. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Mooseheart Child City and School, 155 S. International Dr., Mooseheart, IL, 60539. A private memorial was held on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at the Thunder Mountain Lodge, Tucson, AZ. Arrangements by Bring's Broadway Chapel, 6910 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ.

Don E. Dahl

Don Edward Dahl, age 59, of Grand Haven, passed away Sunday, August 22, 2010 at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He was born to Wesley and Maxine (Pickering) Dahl on September 7, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. Don served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp. He married Robyn Pfaff on August 16, 1985 in Grand Haven. Don worked for Sealed Power/Dana/Mahle Corp. in Muskegon for over 30 years. He was a member of the Charles A. Conklin American Legion Post #28 and coached soccer and refereed for 20 years. He was also an active member of Temple United Methodist Church in Muskegon Heights, where he volunteered much of his time. Don is survived by his wife, Robyn; sons: Wesley Dahl of Muskegon, Mark Dahl of Muskegon and Sam Dahl of Grand Haven; grandchildren: Cooper and Maggie; in-laws, Cliff (Gladys) Pfaff of Grand Haven; sisters: Sandy (Chuck) Sikkenga of Grand Haven and Janis (Hal) Garber of Mesa, AZ; and nieces and nephews: Carrie, Stacey, C.E. & Abbi. He was preceded in death by his parents. The service for Don will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 30, 2010 at Klaassen Family Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Hagens officiating. Family will greet friends and relatives from 2—4 and 6—8 p.m. on Sunday, August 29th at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to Grand Haven High School Soccer Program or Temple United Methodist Church.

Richard Harold Doering, O.D.

Richard Harold Doering O. D., was born February 17th 1920, in Chicago, IL. He attended schools in Davenport, IA. though the 9th grade, before enrolling at Roosevelt Military Academy in 1935. After graduating from RMA, he went to the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL., graduating with his degree in 1943. This of course was during the second world war and he was deferred until graduation.

He married Doris Langley, on October 17th 1942, in Davenport, IA. and was inducted into the Navy in March of 1944. He spent the next 2 years at Great Lakes Navel Base, in the Optical Department, dispensing G.I. glasses. He was discharged in February of 1946.  Returning to Davenport, IA. he opened his practice there, where we lived for the next 26 years. During these years we raised three wonderful daughters, Sue, Ann and Beth. During this time he was active in the Davenport Elks Lodge # 298 holding various offices in the organization, and was elected exalted ruler in 1951. In May of 1972 he bought the Practice of Dr. Forest in Tipton, IA. and we moved there where he served the people for the next 20 years.  While living in Tipton, he was an active member in the Rotary, and held many offices including the presidency. His greatest honor came when he was chosen as a Paul Harris Fellow. 

He became ill in 1992, with lung cancer, and passed away on June, 20th 1994. He'll always be remembered as a good husband, and father by his family and friends.

He had many fond memories of his time at RMA and would happy to know you are working hard to collect, and preserve the history of the Academy.

---Provided by Mrs. Doris Doering

Robert Arthur East

My dad, born in 1917 was an Australian ( "an Aussie at the Illinois Military School" )from Sept. 1928 to June 1930. He came to be there because his dad was a golf professional who came to America in 1922 to have a go at the USA tour and was the professional at the Elmhurst Golf Club, Chicago until his return to Australia in 1930. Dad served as a lieutenant in the Australian Army in WWII and served in New Guinea. He had 3 children and worked in golf and hotel industry until his death in 1985. He was very proud of the fact that he attended IMS (RMA) and instilled in his children the ideals and discipline of the school, whilst still being a great dad. In 1972 he returned to RMA with my mother to renew his friendship with Col. Glen Millikan, who was his house master.

----submitted by Robert East, Jr.

Colonel James G. Garvey (USA, Ret.)
???? - 2002

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for James G. Garvey, Col. USA Retired, USMA Class of 1960 was held at 11am Monday, 18 February 2002 at the Carr-Tenney Mortuary, Tempe, Arizona. Those honoring Jim were his family, West Point Classmates, West Point Alumni, former co-workers, neighbors and other friends. The space was packed with well over 250 folks. Annie with the assistance of her family, Hank Carmean and the Mortuary Staff had set up a beautiful floral display around family photos and other testaments to Jim's earthly life. The Mortuary Chaplain, James Ryan, opened the Service with kind words for the Garvey Family and a story on how to celebrate a person's life. He asked us not to dwell on the dates of birth and death that is usually imprinted on a head stone but rather to concentrate on the "dash" ( - ) between the dates.  Chaplain Ryan suggested to us that the "dash" represented how a person has lived out their life and it is in the telling of one's life story that really should be the focus. Concentrate on the "dash" events.

Four of the five classmates present, Hank Carmean, Gerry Chapman, Nat Fox, Dyke Miller spoke. Walker Flint who happened to be visiting the Phoenix area was also there with his wife but did not speak. Would you believe that Chaplain Ryan's opening remarks fit very nicely with what the four of us had planned and we had not talked to each other about what we were going to say. Hank spoke of Jim as a Cadet, his gentle spirit but warrior manner and his passage into the Long Grey Line. He had a beautiful painting the he brought from his home to illustrate his point to those not familiar with West Point tradition. Dyke (thats me) spoke of familiar times with Jim; as a fun loving man in a post honey-moon  camping trip, as a serious and determined man entering Ranger School, and a man that valued very much personal friendship. Gerry spoke about the messages that Jim, Annie and the family had received both e-mail and otherwise.  He paraphrased several using as his thesis Jim, the Mounted Warrior. Nat concluded with expressions of getting to know Jim over the past two years that Nat had lived in the Phoenix area. He also paraphrased  several classmate e-mail notes but read one stirring note from the daughter of Lyell King, Jennifer Stilson King Eldridge that really says it all about Jim Garvey. I quote in part...We were introduced at the 35th Reunion , you said "you're Lyell's daughter" and began crying. Well, we cried together and hugged each other tightly. . . and in that moment, your heartfelt compassion became forever embedded in my being.

What came through in this hour long service was that while every ones relationship with Jim was different, we all know him to be a loving husband, father, grandfather, mentor down to earth human being. In speaking to a former employee of Jim's son, Jimmy's company, she said "that after the four classmates spoke, she realized she knew the same Jim Garvey even though it was now 2002. Is that not a powerful testimony to one's life, the "dash" between the dates.  Jim's grandchildren each participated in a farewell to their "poppy". Gordon Livingston wrote Annie, "Love is never lost, not even in death." The grandchildren really made this statement live! Following this period of sharing, Chaplain Ryan presented a prayer.  He was followed by a VFW Chaplain who also offered a prayer, presented Annie with a US Flag and stood at attention while Taps was sounded. A cousin, Virgil reminded Annie that Jim's first uniform was really a dungaree jacket with a USMC logo on it that Jim had taken to it as a young boy in the '50s. He bid Jim "Semper Fidelis" - may you rest in peace.  To you Jim Garvey, your classmates say, "Well done; Be thou at peace."

Bernie Goatley

Graveside services for Bernie Goatley, 91 of Aledo, will be Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 10:30 AM at the Elmwood Cemetery, Equality, Illinois. Rev. Bob Hale will officiate. Bernie died on Monday, August 4, 2008 at the Mercer County Hospital, Aledo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Aledo Senior Citizens Center. A memorial service will be held at the Mercer County Senior Citizens' Center in Aledo on Friday, August 22, at 1:30 p.m. Speer Funeral Home, Aledo is in charge of local arrangements.

Bernie was born on October 8, 1916 in Johnston City, Illinois to James & Emma (Jones) Goatley. He was a graduate of Equality High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served from 1941 to 1945, including the invasion of Normandy, D-Day, 3 years overseas in active war. After his military service, Bernie attended Southern Illinois University, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Education and also did Graduate work in English and Special Education. Upon completion of his education he was employed with various public and military schools in Saybrook, Lake Zurich and lastly, Roosevelt Military Academy in Aledo.

Bernie also was a 1973 graduate of the Lewis-Hotel-Motel Schools for Management, Washington DC. He was also a previous member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Lions Club; Kiwanis; PTA and many other Education Associations. After his retirement from teaching, Bernie did various jobs, including Kitchen Manager for the Aledo VFW Post #1571. He enjoyed spending time with friends at the Aledo Senior Citizens Center and was active in the Aledo Church of the Nazarene.

Bernie is survived by a niece and nephew and their families: Pat & Ron Gaul of Overland Park, Kansas and Sam & Betty Morris of Dixon, Illinois. He is also survived by a special friend and his family: Bob & June Hale of Sterling, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents and 6 siblings.


Bill Hall
1946 - 2008

William “Bill” H. Hall, age, of Las Vegas, NV, formerly of Crown Point, IN, passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2008. Bill was a 1965 graduate of Roosevelt Military Academy in Aledo, IL. He was a retired Steelworker from US Steel-Gary Works and was a life member of the National Rifle Association. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Myrna and his parents, Clarence E. and Louise “Charlotte” Hall. He is survived by his daughter, Lori A. (Kevin) Strayn of Las Vegas, granddaughter, Payton Strayn, step-children, Steven (Julie) Pals of S. Holland, IL, Late Jerry (Chris) Pals of Monon, IN, Ken (Dawn) Pals of Fair Oaks, IN, Marla (Mike) Gregory of Monticello, IN; 7 grandchildren; 2 brothers, John (Judy) Hall of Hebron, IN, Richard (Barb) Hall of Magnolia, TX and 1 sister, Janet (Norm) Westforth of Crown Point. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Burns Funeral Home, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point, IN Rev. Larry Gember, officiating. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN Friends may visit with the family at Burns Funeral Home on Monday from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Louis R. Hallstrom

LOUIS R. HALLSTROM, 57, of Memphis, died Saturday, January 7, 2006 at St. Francis Hospital. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday with services following at 11 a.m. at Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel with burial in Memphis Memory Gardens. He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Mr. Hallstrom, the husband of Melissa Hallstrom, also leaves a daughter, Laura K. Hallstrom of Senatobia, MS; a sister, Ann Brewer of Danville, IL, and a nephew, Gary Brewer of Oakwood, IL. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Luke's United Methodist Church for mission projects or the United Methodist Men's Group.

reprinted from the Memphis Commercial Appeal, January 8, 2006

Robert Ketzle

Funeral services for Robert Paul Ketzle, 92, of Rock Island, formerly of Reynolds and Aledo, will be 11 a.a. Thursday at Speer Funeral Home, Aledo. Burial will be in Reynolds Cemetery. Visitation is 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hamlet-Perryton Presbyterian Church.

Robert died Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at the Mercer County Hospital, Aledo.

Robert was born to Paul C. and Eva Harbour Ketzle on Dec. 7, 1913, on the home farm in Perryton Township, Mercer County. He was one of nine children and the grandson of Henry Ketzle, a Civil War veteran. He graduated from Reynolds and Aledo High Schools and attended Roosevelt Military Academy, Aledo, and Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.

Robert and his wife, the former Jean Close, celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary, having married on June 14, 1941, in the Close home near Hamlet.

Robert managed the Hamlet Mutual Insurance Co. for 35 years, retiring in 1979. The company, the oldest business in the Hamlet-Reynolds area, was founded in 1875 by a group of men, including Robert's grandfather, Henry Ketzle, who became secretary-treasurer and was succeeded by his son, Paul, and grandson, Robert.

In the insurance field, Robert served on the Illinois Association of Mutual Insurance Companies board and on the advisory committee for Grinnell Reinsurance Co.

Robert was treasurer of Reynolds United Methodist Church for 23 years and was instrumental in building the new parsonage. Upon moving to Aledo, he transferred his membership to Aledo United Methodist Church. He was president of the Reynolds Cemetery Association for 10 years. While living in Aledo, he was a member of Oak View County Club.

Robert's interests included photography, bridge, rose gardening and sports, having played baseball and lettering in basketball at Reynolds and Aledo High Schools.

He was also a world traveler. After retirement, winter months were spent in Hawaii for 25 years, where he enjoyed playing golf on all the Hawaiian Islands. He witnessed two volcanoes erupting at the same time on the Big Island of Hawaii by flying over them at night. This simultaneous eruption had not happened in more than 100 years. His travels took him to all the continents but Antarctica. He saw the glaciers of Alaska and New Zealand; rode a mule to the top of one of the Greek Islands; traveled by camel to the Giza Pyramid in Egypt; walked in King Tut's tomb and among the ruins of Karnak, Thebes and Luxor in the Valley of the Gods. He participated in a week's safari near the Great Reef Valley; had high tea in the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong; acted as a boater on the canals of Bangkok; visited the World's Fair in Japan and Canada and rubber plantations in Malaysia; walked the streets of Heidelberg, Germany, where his grandfather, Henry Ketzle, attended the university; explored beautiful palaces in Europe; prayed in temples in Jerusalem and Rome; visited the islands of Fiji, Tahiti, Philippines, and Isle of Capri; rode in a gondola in Venice; explored the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world; drove by beautiful fjords of Scandinavia; sailed on the Nile and Danube rivers and cruised on the Queen Elizabeth II to New Zealand. Of great interest to him was the Panama Canal cruise because his Uncle Ben Ketzle served as an engineer in the canal's construction.

Robert is survived by his wife, Jean; two sisters, Mary Simpson and Ione Gobble, both Mesa, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Mary Ketzle, Schertz, Texas; five nephews and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Ralph, Clarke, Morris, Arlo and Henry; a sister, Ruth Stead; and a niece, Marienne French.

--reprinted from the Rock Island Argus/Moline Dispatch, January 4, 2006

 Abelardo "Bill" G. Lopez, Jr.
 1942 - 2009

LOPEZ, Abelardo G. Jr. "Bill" 67, of Palm Harbor, made his transition Feb. 24, 2009. Born in Northbrook, IL, he shared his journey with us through his love of family and friends. His leadership and adventure in the great outdoors was prevalent in many civic, community and church activities, (member of Highland Lakes Men's Tennis Club and Boat Association; founded Unity Hiking at: Unity Church of Palm Harbor, Unity Chapel of Hemet, CA.) His career in marketing and freelance writing took him to Chicago, Dallas, Gulfport, Tunica, Hemet, and Palm Harbor. Sailing adventures took him even further. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, of 25 years; brother, Robert Lopez of Glen Ellen, CA; 4 children, Juliana Sproles of Ojai, CA, Grant Lopez of Pensacola, Sabrina Schaper of Sydney, Australia, Derek Lopez of Mobile, AL; their mother, Jane Phillips; and 6 grandchildren, Delaney & Achilles Sproles, Garrett & Hunter Schaper, Lauren & Allison Lopez. Memorial Sunday March 1, 12:30, Unity Church of Palm Harbor. Burial/Celebration of Life Saturday, March 21, Phoenix, AZ. Memorials to the Nature Conservancy. Bill believed, "It is the journey in life that counts not the destination." Thank you for being our "Leader of the Pack." You inspire us to open our hearts and to always reach higher. You are missed on earth and now we celebrate your spirit soaring free.

reprinted from the St Petersburg Times, February 28, 2009

Ted McLeod
1930 - 2009

Theodore A. McLeod - St. Petersburg, FL - Theodore A. McLeod, 78, of 1710 Brightwaters Blvd., St. Petersburg, Florida 33704, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2009. He was born May 31, 1930 in Beloit, Wisconsin and was the son of Andrew and Florence Phelps McLeod. He graduated from Roosevelt Military Academy in Aledo, Illinois. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country in Korea. Ted married Janet L. Spitznagel on June 18, 1956 in Beloit, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in Electrical Engineering. He worked in the aerospace industry on many projects including Titan, Apollo, and the Space Shuttle until his retirement in 1992. After this, he loved to travel and spend time with family and friends. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Janet. Survivors include his children, Andrew McLeod of St. Petersburg, FL, Steven McLeod and Pam Farrington of Madeira Beach, FL, Susan McLeod Hollis of Las Vegas, NV, and Jeffery McLeod of Hudson, FL; six grandchildren; in-laws, David and Carol Spitznagel of Benoit, WI; nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held on Sunday March 1, 2009 from 1 to 2 p.m., with services following at Wylie- Baxley Merritt Island Funeral Home. A Reception and a Celebration of Theodore's life will be held at the Merritt Island Moose Lodge #2073, 1350 N. Courtenay Pkwy. Merritt Island, FL.

reprinted from Florida Today, February 25, 2009

Darrel W. Miller

Darrel W. "Sarge" Miller, 85, of Letts, Iowa, passed away on Monday, May 26, 2008, at the Muscatine Care Center. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 30, 2008 at 10 a.m. at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services. Rev. Fr. Robert Striegel will officiate the services. Casketbearers will be Rick Cooper, Ron Henderson, Kirk Edwards, Rick Shoemaker, Wayne Barns, and Luke Jordan. Honorary casketbearers will be Charles Burroughs, JD Walters, Tom Gilespie, Bill Nelson, Gary Howell, and John Craig. Burial will be in Rock Island National Cemetery. Visitation for Darrel will be held on Thursday, May 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services. Memorials may be directed to the Letts Community Center and Iowa City Hospice in Sarge's name. Sympathy notes may be left for the Miller family at
Darrel William Miller was born May 10, 1923, in Muscatine, Iowa, the son of Raymond Henry and Tena (Schweitzer) Miller. Sarge graduated from Muscatine High School in 1941. In February 1945 he married Thelda Faye Montgomery. They later divorced. On September 24, 1947, Darrel was united in marriage to Marie Naomi Johnson in Camp Halliberd, Baltimore, Md. Darrel was a U.S. Army veteran. He joined the service in 1943 and left Camp Hood to serve in the Philippines. In 1950 he served in the Korean War, where he received a Bronze Star for Valor and earned six Battle Stars to his Korean Service Medal. He was deployed from Korea, although he returned in 1953 for a second tour of duty and was then transferred to Fort Leonard Wood as a Drill Sergeant until 1955, when he was assigned to Alaska as a ski and mountain climbing instructor. From 1957 to 1963 he was stationed at the University of Toledo as a Senior ROTC instructor. After being transferred to Fort Knox, he retired from serving his country in 1964, having spent 21 years on Active Duty, including serving as Local Commander for the V.F.W. Post 1565 of Muscatine in 1977, past Iowa State Commander from 1984-1985 and Quarter Master for V.F.W. Post 1565 from 1988 to the present. He was a diehard Cubs and Hawks fan, and if he had a little more time he could have 'changed Bama.'
Sarge will be deeply missed by his daughter, Linda Lee Guest, of Dallas, Texas; one granddaughter, Christy Lynn Guest Craig; one great-grandson, Caleb Alan Craig; nephew, David Sywassink; nieces, Donna Trambley and Jackie Johnson; and cousins, Marlyn "Jack" Kirkwood and Donald and Norman Schweitzer.
Sarge was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marie, in 2004, after 56 1/2 years of a wonderful marriage, and one sister, Lucille Gorsuch.

Published in the Quad-City Times on 5/28/2008.


Glen G. Millikan

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John Preniczky

Mr. John Edward Preniczky, age 66, of Gaylord, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008. John was born in Detroit on November 7, 1942, the son of John and Frances (Flowers) Preniczky.

Before moving to Gaylord, John worked for and retired from Ford Motor Company.

He taught community education for Davenport University and North Central Michigan College, through the University Center in Gaylord. He also worked at Lowe’s. John was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the planning commission for Otsego Lake Township and served on the Michaywé Owners Association Board. He was also the Santa Claus for the Michaywé Christmas party. John was a great guy who enjoyed helping people. He had many friends, and everybody loved him.

He is survived by his wife, Thomasine; children, John (Martha) and Tom (Angela); four grandchildren, Alex, Jillian, Sandra, and Johnny; and his dog, Maggie.

reprinted from the Gaylord Herald Times (Michigan)


Colonel Eugene J. St. Marie (USAR, Ret.)

Eugene J. St. Marie, 84, died Thursday May 10, 2000, at the home of his niece, Theresa (Charbonneau) Arias in Satellite Beach, Fla. Mr. St. Marie was born in Troy, Vt., October 13, 1915, the son of the late Theophile and Rose Esma (Lajeunesse) St. Marie. He graduated from Newport High School and Johnson Normal School and later received his Bachelor's Degree from Clark University and his Master's Degree from the University of Illinois. He was a teacher and administrator for 38 years in Vt., Ill., Wisc., Germany, and Fla. A veteran of WWII, he retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves in 1975. He retired from teaching in 1978 after a 13 years association at Deland High School in Deland, Fla. He made his home in Deltona but spent the summer months in Swanton, Westfield, and Newport, Vt. areas. Mr. St. Marie was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish and sang in Church choir. He was also a member of the Reserve Officers Association, National Retired Teachers Association, American Legion, Volusia County Retired Educators Association, Deltona Civic Association, Illinois Alumni Association, Deltona Public Library Association and the Vermont Club of Deland, Fla. His survivors include two sisters, Jeanette Ducharme of Granby, Quebec and Adrienne Charbonneau of Satellite Beach, Fla., formerly of Swanton; a brother, Lionel St. Marie and his wife Yvonne of St. Augustine, Fla. and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Rene in 1985, and two sisters, Frances Douglas in 1981 and Arlene Routhier in 1967. The family wishes to acknowledge in a special way Mr. St. Marie's niece's, Theresa Arias of Satellite Beach, Florida, Mariette Guertin of Granby, Quebec, and his nephew, Maurice Charbonneau of Amarillo, Texas for the excellent care, concern and support given to their uncle during his long and difficult illness. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, May 15, 2000, at 11 a.m. in the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Canada Street, Swanton. Mr. St. Marie's nephew, Father Peter Routhier, pastor of Saint Monica's Parish in Barre will officiate. Interment will follow in the family lot in Saint Mary's Cemetery. Friends may call at the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Avenue, Swanton, Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Gifts in Mr. St. Marie's memory may be made to Saint Monica's School, in care of Father Peter Routhier, 79 Summer Street, Barre, Vermont, 05461.

----reprinted from the Burlington Free Press (Vermont)

William D. Schultz

William D. Schultz, 89, of Moline, died Monday, May 25, 2009, at Trinity Terrace Park in Bettendorf.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 28, at First Christian Church, 1826 16th St., Moline. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 246 of Moline, and graveside Masonic Rites will be provided by Doric Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Moline. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, Moline, or to the KAABA Transportation Fund for Children.

William D. Schultz was born Jan. 23, 1920, in Moline, to Harry and Zola Patterson Schultz. He married Darlene H. Liedtke on March 24, 1940, in Muscatine, Iowa. She survives.

He attended Roosevelt Military Academy, Aledo; graduated from Moline High School; and attended Augustana College, Rock Island. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, attached to the 45th Infantry Division, known as the Thunderbirds. He owned and operated Schultz Photography Studio in Moline for 35 years, retiring in 1982.

He was a member of First Christian Church in Moline, and a 40-year member of the Rock Island County Board. He was a 50-year member of Doric Lodge A.F. & A.M. Moline, and a 50-year member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Moline. He was a member of KAABA Shrine in Davenport, a past president of the Black Hawk Shrine Club, past president of Moline Hi-12 Club, past president of the Optimist Club, past president of the Moline Exchange Club, and a Golden Life member of the Illinois Photographic Association.

In addition to his wife, Darlene, survivors include a son, Michael Schultz, Moline; three grandsons, Robert Schultz, Moline, Dylan Dray, Belvidere, Ill., and Scott Schultz, Lexington, Ky.; three granddaughters, Peggy Carpenter, Rock Island, Sonya Gilmore, Miami, Fla., and Lisa Schultz, Lexington; three great-grandsons, Mitchell and Zachary Schultz, both of Moline, and Andrew Carpenter, Rock Island; and two great-granddaughters, Ashley Dray, Belvidere, Ill., and Elizabeth Schultz, Moline. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Byron Zesiger; and a daughter, Bonnie Schultz Dray.

Online condolences may be sent at

reprinted from Quad Cities Online

James Shaughnessy
1929 - 2002

Services for James E. Shaughnessy, 73, Aledo, will be 11 a.m. today at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Aledo. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Keithsburg. Mercer County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1571 will conduct military services at the burial. Mr. Shaughnessy died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Iowa City. Dennison Funeral Home, Aledo, is in charge of arrangements. He was a teacher and athletic director at the former Roosevelt Military Academy, Aledo, for 17 years. He also had managed Aledo Swimming Pool and was employed as a certified nurse assistant at Lynncrest Manor, Aledo. He was born May 28, 1929, in Chicago. He married Lorraine Henry in 1977 in Alexis.  During the Korean War, he served in the Army. Memorials may be made to the family. Survivors include his wife, Lorraine; children, Molly Boynton and Mandy Gardiner, both of Aledo, and Michelle Shaban and Martha Boyton, both of Chicago; six grandchildren; sisters, Barbara Norris, Dallas, and Mary Shaughnessy, formerly of Chicago; and brother, Robert, Nashville, Tenn.

---Published in the Quad-City Times on 2/28/2003

James Burt '61and Jerry Guinn '50 represented RMA at the services.


SP5 - E5 - Army - Regular
26 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Dec 30, 1940
Length of service 2 years.
His tour of duty began on Oct 19, 1966
Casualty was on Jun 09, 1967
Non-Hostile, died missing
Body was recovered

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The above was taken from the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall Page.

Colonel Dirk D. Spanton

U.S. Army Reserve Col. Dirk Spanton waits in his Bloomington, Ill., home for a military awards ceremony Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006. Spanton, who survived three tours of duty in Iraq died Friday, Oct. 13, 2006. He was diagnosed with cancer of the liver bile ducts shortly after returning home Memorial Day after his third tour of Iraq, where he served a total of 32 months with the Special Forces. (AP Photo/ The Pantagraph, Steve Smedley)

Roy A. Staggs
1905 - 2002

Services for Roy A. Staggs, 96, well known Aledo educator, formerly of Alexis and Sherrard, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at College Avenue Presbyterian Church, Aledo. Visitation will be 5 to ' 8 p.m. Tuesday at Trimble Funeral Home, Aledo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to College Avenue Presbyterian Church or the Mercer County Senior Citizens Center.

Roy died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Mercer County Hospital, Aledo.

Roy was born Oct. 10, 1905, in Shelby County, Mo., to John Thomas and Minnie Pearl Applegate Staggs. He married Ann Margaret Ellsworth March 26, 1932, in Shelbyville, Mo. She preceded him in death July 20, 1988. He married Florence Ann Hart April 14, 1990, in North Henderson, Ill.

Roy was a 1920 graduate of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., and he received his masters degree in education at the University of Illinois in 1942.

Roy devoted his life to teaching, serving various districts, including principal and teacher at Roosevelt Military Academy, Aledo, from 1966 until his retirement in 1972; superintendent of schools, Atlanta, Ill.; Alexis High School principal from 1950 to 1961; superintendent of schools in Nauvoo, Ill., from 1946 to 1950; superintendent of schools in Elvaston, Ill., from 1945 to 1946; teacher and coach at Clifton, Ill., from 1940 to 1945; and teacher and coach at Sherrard High School from 1928 to 1940.

Roy was a member of College Avenue Presbyterian Church and various organizations, including: past board member of Aledo Kiwanis Club; charter member of the Mercer County Senior Citizens Center; charter president of the Alexis Lions Club; organizer of the Aledo Chapter of AARP; organizer of Meals-on-Wheels program in Aledo; past Scoutmaster of Sherrard Boy Scouts of America; Mercer Township Clerk from 1974 to 1985; member of the Illinois Retired -Teachers Association, and former member of the National Education Association.

Roy is survived by his wife, Florence; a son and daughter-in-law; Thomas and Anna Staggs, Lansing, Ill.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Bertha Jane Hollenbeck, Shelbyville, Mo. Roy was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ann; sons, Richard and Roy W. "Bill" Staggs; two sisters, and two brothers.

Reprinted from the Aledo Times-Record


Richard S. Vanni

Richard S. Vanni, age 76, of Arlington Heights, passed on Aug. 4, 2008. He graduated from Roosevelt Military Academy in 1949 and DePaul University in 1953. He was an award-winning salesman and Vice President of sales at Elias Shaker & Co. for over 30 years. Then began his own highly successful sales representative business, which he ran until his retirement. Dick was an adventurous world-traveler with a charismatic personality and entertaining sense of humor. Dick was a devoted and loving husband of Joan for 56 years; proud and loving father of Donald, Robert (Mary), Christine, Karen (Bryan) Paschal, Douglas, Roxane (Kevin) Fett and Debra; adoring and doting grandfather of Eileen and Nathan Pereira, Julie and Jeffrey Paschal, Thomas and Emily Vanni and Benjamin and Samantha Fett. Dick was a faithful, active and well-loved member of St. James Catholic Church and generous member of the Sisters of the Living Word Annual Support Committee. Visitation will be Monday, Aug. 11 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Friedrichs Funeral Home, 320 W. Central, at Northwest Hwy., Mt. Prospect, IL, 847-255-7800 . Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, with a luncheon to follow at St. James Catholic Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL. Interment at St. Joseph Cemetery in River Grove, IL following the luncheon. Funeral info, 847-255-7800 or

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