In Memoriam - U.S. Navy Minemen
Jimmie C. Palmer
Christine Palmer, widow of Jimmie C. Palmer, has notified us of the passing of her husband. "Jim passed away Feb 24th 2009 age 64, from complications of pneumonia. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 30 years, Christine, sons Ian and Jimmie, Jr. and daughter Cathrine."
Those shipmates who care to remember Jimmie with a note of condolence to his wife,
Christine, are urged to write her at : <email@example.com>
Vernie Alene Jones
Our compatriot, Don Jones, recently contacted us regarding his wife Vernie, who recently had a debilitating stroke. He related to us the following:
My dear wife of over 49 years, Vernie Alene Jones, had a stroke on Friday, 6 March, 2009. On Saturday, it looked like it had been a mild stroke and she would have a speedy recovery, however, by Sunday she had developed a breathing problem while in the ICU that has not improved. Please ask the members to pray for her recovery. Vernie is at the Southern Tennessee Medical Center in Winchester, TN.
... and on the 15th:
Sister Lucy Shetters, St. Mary's Convent, Sewanee, TN, performed Last Rites on my loving wife Vernie Alene Jones, age 81, today and she will be under hospice care until the end of her life. She was asleep and looked at peace. Many thanks for your thoughts and prayers. Don Jones, Sherwood, TN
My beloved wife of almost 50 years, Vernie Alene Jones, died while peacefully asleep at 8:30 PM today, 16 March, 2009. The Drs had ruled out a stroke because there was no paralysis or other signs of a stroke. She did have pneumonia and possibly lung cancer. Back pain from a cracked disc (T-5) masked other more serious illnesses since late January. It took a third trip to the emergency room before they would admit her and get serious about treatment. By then it was too late. Many thanks for your prayers, Don Jones Jodo496Usn@aol.com and PO Box 36, Sherwood, TN 37376,
John F. "Jack" Ponting
John F. "Jack" Ponting, 76, of rural Spencerville, died Saturday evening, March 7, 2009, at St. Rita's Medical Center, in Lima. He was born April 6, 1932, in Parkview, the son of Beulah (Hilyard) and George L. Ponting, who preceded him in death. On July 3, 1959, he married Ethel Rose Mox, and she survives.
Other survivors include two children, Joni McLaughlin and John E. Ponting, both of Powell.
Mr. Pontig served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, in Spencerville, with the Rev. Robert King officiating. Burial is to follow in the Allentown Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the Harry J. Reynolds Post 191, American Legion, and the Bowersock Bros. 6772, VFW, both of Spencerville. The family will receive friends from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
[Published in the Wapakoneta Daily News, 10 March 2009]
Some folks may remember Jack from Yorktown as his picture is on
While much time has passed, Jack's wife, Ethel, would probably
welcome a note of condolence, even at this late date.
Her address is:
8840 Agerter Rd
Spencerville, OH 45887-9721
George Dewey Hogge Jr.
WICOMICO, VA - George Dewey Hogge Jr., age 76, died April 10, 2009 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Gloucester County, Dewey was a graduate of Achilles High School and a member of Providence Baptist Church. He was a past member of the Abingdon Ruritan Club and a member of the Achilles Masonic Lodge AF and AM, No. 281. In every sense of the word, Dewey was a native Gloucestonion. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951, served a tour in the Phillipines. During the transfer from the Phillipines to MacDill in 1954, he married the love of his life, Patricia Ann Taylor. After his discharge from the Air Force, he was employed as a Radio Mechanic in the Mine Mechanism Branch of the Naval Mine Depot Ordnance Department. His first assignment was overhaul of the A5 Firing Mechanism. Subsequent assignments included overhaul of all the electronic, electrical and electromechanical mine mechanisms of that era. In 1957, he was promoted to Electronics Technician GS-9 in the Naval Mine Engineering Facility. He was promoted to GS-11 in 1966 and to GS-12 in 1968. In 1973, he became the Logistics Management Specialist and remained in that position until retirement in 1987. He was also a Mines Consultant with Vredenburg for three years. During his working career he received numerous awards to include Outstanding Performance, Superior Accomplishments and Beneficial Suggestion Awards and many Letters of Appreciation. He was so proud when he earned his Commercial Pilot License SEL, and flying was his favorite hobby. He also enjoyed fishing and woodworking. Dewey accomplished many things in his life span, but the most important to him were his wife, daughters and grandchildren. Being surrounded by his family gave him so much enjoyment and these were the happiest times of his life. His parents, Julia Nellie and George D. Hogge Sr; and a brother, Lawrence Hogge preceded him in death. He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Patricia Hogge; three loving daughters, Jana Burnette and husband, Dave, Lisa White and husband, Bill, Paula Williams and husband, Gregory; eight grandchildren, each having a special place in his heart, Leslie Harris, Ryan Hogge, Phillip Longest, Dustin Longest, Jacob Hicks, Joshua Williams, Michael White and Megan White; a niece, Michelle Richmond and husband, Kevin; and his feline friend, Esroh.
Funeral services officiated by the Rev. Dr. Richard Croxton, will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, at Providence Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, at Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point.
In Dewey's memory, contributions may be given to Providence Baptist Church, Building Fund, 3501 Providence Road, Hayes, VA 23072.
View and post condolences on the online guestbook at
Should you desire to send a card of condolence or call the family, the address is:
The George Dewey Hogge Family
PO Box 73
Wicomico, VA 23184-0073
Eva Eleanor Yearwood McDONOUGH
Eva Eleanor Yearwood McDONOUGH, 71, of Ladson, wife of James F. McDonough, entered into eternal rest on April 16, 2009 at a local hospital. Born April 12, 1938, in Cornwall, NY to William Yearwood and the late Bernice Carrie Ostrander Wagner. Mrs. McDonough was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, James F. McDonough of Ladson; two daughters, Liz McDonough of Ladson, Susan Hatch of Goose Creek; two sons, Tim McDonough and John McDonough of Ladson; one brother, Fred Yearwood of Middletown, NY, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Red Cross, 8085 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC. Arrangements are being handled by Carolina Memorial Funeral Home, 7113 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC. Visit our guestbook at www.postandcourier.com/ deaths.
James Michael (Mort) Moriarity
James Michael (Mort) Moriarity, was released from active duty in the 80's. He was an MN3. He was found deceased in his yard of the residence he lived in and apparently died of a heart attack. This happened on 24 Nov. 2008. Mort had no next of kin in the area, his remains could not be released by the county coroner until it was determined who, what, when, and where he came from. MNC Wallick (Ret.) handled the situation, and she provided Mort with a wake, and burial. This took place on the 1st of April 2009.
Further details on "Mort" Moriarty are not available.
Kiyoko "Nami" Kamahara Muessig
Kiyoko "Nami" Kamahara Muessig, 64, of Summerville, wife of John Edward Muessig passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at her residence. Mrs. Muessig was born November 20, 1944 in Kouchi, Shikoku Japan. She and her husband John were married in 1973 in Summerville and lived overseas during two tours of his 30 years Naval service. They returned to Summerville in 1980. Surviving in addition to her husband is her daughter, Gina K. Muessig of Washington, DC. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 24, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Plantation Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, 3345 S. Live Oak Drive (Hwy 17-A), Moncks Corner with entombment to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials, in memory of "Nami," may be made to: Hospice of Charleston, 3870 Leeds Avenue, Suite 101, North Charleston, SC 29405.
ARRANGEMENTS BY TRI-COUNTY CREMATION CENTER,
11000 DORCHESTER ROAD,
SUMMERVILLE, SC, (843) 821-4888.
Please visit the guestbook at http://www.legacy.com/charleston/DeathNotices.asp to leave a message of condolence.
Keiko Chipman, wife of MNCS Gerald Chipman, retired, passed away peacefully at Sharp Hospital in Chula Vista, CA. on 26 May 2009. They met in San Diego,CA and she was his bride for 37 years. Chip said, she will continue be his beautiful companion for years to come. He still has two daughters, Tina and Lucille who will be reminding him of her.
Ann Horton, wife of MNCM Paul Horton, USN (Retired), passed away peacefully at home in Reno, NV on 15 June 2009. Funeral arrangements are pending. Cards and messages of condolence can be sent to:
Paul Horton, 4465 Boca Way, #130, Reno, NV 89502
For further information please contact Jim Miller 858-695-1289. Additional details are not available.
Charles Lesley Hartshorn
Charles Lesley Hartshorn, 74, passed away May 4, 2009. He was born June 4, 1934 and is survived by his daughters, Beth, Evelyn, Connie, Charlie and Linda; ten grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosita. Graveside service 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2009 at Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Sierra Vista, Arizona, with Military Honors by the U.S. Navy. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway, Tucson, Arizona 85710 - Phone: (520) 296-7193. A guest book is on line at http://www.legacy.com/gb2/default.aspx?bookid=6227829575899
Rosita Vitug Hartshorn
His wife, Rosita Vitug Hartshorn She was born December 4 1931. She had passed away April 5, 2009, a month before her husband. At that time, she was survived by her husband, Charles L. Hartshorn; five daughters; ten grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Funeral 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at Fellowship Baptist Church, 712 S. Wilmot Rd. with visitation from 9:00 a.m. to service time. Burial to follow in SO AZ Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Sierra Vista, AZ at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway
The Family's former address is listed as 7838 S Hidden Stone Lane, Tucson, AZ 85756-8475 - (520) 795-9283. Charles' and Rosita's children may be at this address should you choose to send a card of remembrance or condolence or the guest book page, above. (Charles Hartshorn is not related to the AOM Chaplain, Derick S. Hartshorn)
Ann B. Cobis
Ann B. Cobis passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 27, 2009
at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.
Ann was born on March 20, 1935 in North Hollywood, California to William H. and Agnes F. Wallace. The family moved to Hawthorne, Nevada in 1942. Ann graduated from Mineral County High School in 1953.
On August 2, 1953, Ann married Julius Raymond (Rayco) Cobis. Ray was stationed at the U. S. Naval Depot in Hawthorne, and shortly after their marriage they moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, the first stop on the exciting life journey. Over the course of the next 20 plus years, they lived in Whidbey Island, Washington; Subic Bay, Philippines; Brunswick, ME; Yorktown, Virginia; Atsugi, Japan; Guam, and San Diego, California. At each stop, Ann worked for the US Navy Exchange Retail System, and in 1978, both she and Ray retired and the moved to Reno, Nevada. For many years, Ann worked alongside of Ray in their home repair and rental businesses, Rayco and Walco.
Ann adored her family and friends and had a love for adventures and life. She loved to entertain, had a flair for flower arranging, gourmet cooking and setting a beautiful table. Her family and friends will long remember the lessons she gave them in the fine art of cooking. Ray’s hunting buddies will always remember the wonderful meals she prepared for their many hunting trips – foil covered dishes with the instructions taped to the top!
Ann and Ray loved to travel and explore new places. Their trips were many and included Germany, the Panama Canal, Mexico, and China. They were as happy flying first class as they were camping in the travel trailer with friends. Ann was also an avid sports fan “Go Braves!” UNR football, and she loved to watch golf on TV. In addition to her life with Ray, she had a love for dogs and the Yorkies she raised during her journeys around the world. Ann is survived by her husband of 55 years, Ray; brother, William (Mardelle) Wallace; nephews, William C. (Jill) Wallace Craig, Bret, and Joey; Michaeel J. (Vicki) Wallace John and Glenn; Brian (Paula) Wallace Lindseysey and Scott; and niece, Susan (Bill) Richards Kellen and Kiley. Ann is also survived by a large circle of family and friends throughout the country.
A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held on Monday, July 6, 2008 at 6:00 PM. For details, please call 775-853-4045. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity. The Reno Gazette-Journal has a guest book should you care to sign at http://www.legacy.com/gb2/default.aspx?bookid=9680985455245
Should you care to send a card of condolence or express your thoughts to the family, Ray's address is: 4505 Gore Way, Reno, NV 89502-6300 - (775) 826-3582
Helen B. Segesser
Helen B. Segesser passed from this life on May 26, 2009. The daughter of Ford and Fairy Waldron, Helen was born on March 24, 1931 in Tacoma, Washington. She moved with her family to Toppenish, Washington in 1946, On January 5, 1952 she married Bill Segesser, her high school sweetheart. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 5, 2002 surrounded by family and friends.
With her husband Bill in the United States Navy, Helen lived in the Philippines, Japan and the East and West coasts of the United Sates. When Bill retired in 1971 they built their home in Keno. In Keno, Helen taught Sunday school, attended the ladle's Bible study and sang in the church choirs. She also worked in the Klamath County Tax Office for twenty years. A wonderful and compassionate woman, Helen was loved by all who knew her. She dedicated herself to her family, her friends and was very active in her church, Helen enjoyed sewing and making intricate quilts. She crocheted clothing and made stuffed animals for her grandchildren, A renowned baker, everyone looked forward to her homemade treats. She had a deep love for nature, and hung birdfeeders for the many hummingbirds in her yard.
Helen is survived by her husband Bill; daughter Laurel Feldman, her husband Steven and their daughters Melody and Shayna; son John Segesser and his wife Terri; son Bill Segesser, his wife Val and their sons Sean and Jacob; and daughter Lynda Segesser, fiance Bel Vargas and her son Jordan.
The family would like to thank everyone for coming to celebrate Helen's life today; all are invited to a reception immediately following the memorial service in the fellowship hall.
Should you care to send a card of condolence or express your thoughts to the family, Bill's address is: 11425 Hamaker Mountain Rd, Keno, OR 97627-9701
Gregg Allan Williams
(2 Feb 1952 - 17 Aug 2009)
I have received many questions regarding the surviving family of a retired shipmate who passed last Friday night. Here are the facts as I know them to be and some things in process that Misawa Chiefs and others are doing to help.
MNCS Gregg Williams, USN Retired, served as the Senior Enlisted Leader of MOMAU-12 here in Misawa until his retirement in 2007. He was a proactive and robust member of the CPO Mess and was recognized by JANAFA in 2006 for his contributions to the Japan/American alliance. Gregg was a long time resident of Japan, spoke fluent Japanese, and although Gregg was divorced from his Japanese wife, he remained in the Misawa area to be near his now 14 year old son (Nick) and continue to be a part of his life. Gregg was working as a SOFA sponsored government contractor for the US Army at the Shuriki facility here in northern Japan. Gregg was involved in a single car accident, hitting a bridge abutment on a dark country road going home after spending a week in Misawa with his son. Gregg was pinned in the vehicle which caught fire and was completely burned. Cause of death is pending autopsy and remains are being identified through DNA testing sometime this week.
Between USAF, USN and the Retired Affairs Office here in Misawa, we will figure out the who, what, and when of final arrangements for disposition of remains, funeral, etc... I have a good team getting started on figuring out what entitlements and assistance is available for his surviving son. The time-line for translating Japanese official documents (death certificate, police reports, etc..) and working them into the American system is unknown. In the interim, I am specifically requesting monetary assistance for this young man and his mother. Nicks' mother works as a cashier at Lawson's market and their income level is low to start with - now without child support, it is going to be more difficult.
Gregg had no other relatives and his 14 year old is the official next-of-kin. Nick is a good kid who was very close to his Dad and is now living the nightmare a lot of us have gone through in the sudden and unexpected death of his Dad. Add to that the worries over how to make proper arrangements and costs associated have both mother and son in a bad way.
I helped get Nick a black suit yesterday and it was one of the hardest things I have ever done both as a father and as a son of a deceased father. Nick attends the DODDS high school here on Misawa Air Base (20K tuition paid by his Dad) and is a good student and well liked by his classmates - he is taking this week off to be close to his mother. Nick still does not believe it was his Dad in the car; his grieving is just starting.
I know I am rambling in this and should get to the point but I want you all to 'know' Gregg and Nick as a Navy Chiefs' family albeit a retired family. Gregg did not opt for SBP for his son (we all know we are going to live a long time and SBP is not always a good financial option). I do not know what, if any, life insurance he carried following his retirement. I do know that Nick will eventually receive assistance through the Social Security Administration and perhaps other sources - I leave that up to the Retired and Decedent Affairs experts. For now, and the foreseeable future, he needs help.
The Misawa CPO Mess has established a fund specifically for Nick Williams under the title of "MNCS Williams Memorial Fund". This fund is run solely by the base approved and chartered private organization of "Misawa Chief Petty Officers' Association". Account is subject to audit and oversight by JAG and Supply Corps officers. Our President and Treasurer will oversee all facets of donation accounting as supervised by me. Every dollar and yen donated will go to Nick in memory of his Dad from the Japan based Chiefs from the entire region. I ask that any donations be collected and total amount sent by check made out to "Misawa CPOA" with an annotation that this is for the "MNCS Williams Memorial Fund". Every envelope I receive will only be opened in the presence of all three persons responsible for the accounting.
Command Mailing address (using MPS) is:
U.S. Naval Air Facility, Misawa
APO AP 96319-5000
Lee M. Hunt
Lee M. Hunt, 83, died 8 October 2009 at the Mt. Vernon Hospital, Alexandria, VA of complications from diabetes and heart disease after a long illness.
Born and reared in Clio, AL, Lee served in minesweepers in the Pacific during World War II and again in Korea. He was involved in economic mining (for metals) briefly, and then joined the National Research Council (NRC) National Academy of Sciences in 1960.
During his initial years with the NRC, Lee supported the Committee on Undersea Warfare and the Mine Advisory Committee until both were disbanded in 1974 to form, in part, the Naval Studies Board (NSB).
Lee served as the first Director of the NSB from 1974 until his retirement in 1995, where his interests included sea and land mine warfare and let to publication of some 70 NRC reports on mines and mine countermeasures. Since 1964, he was a proponent of measures to reduce the global accumulation of unexploded ordnance and, during his retirement, Lee served as vice president for academic affairs at the Mine Warfare Association, dedicated to raising awareness of mines and mine countermeasures.
Lee was a giant in the mine warfare community and more broadly, in the Navy R&D community. He will be sorely missed.
His obituary was listed in the Washington Post on October 11, 2009, as follows:
LEE M. HUNT - On Thursday, October 8, 2009 of Alexandria, VA. Beloved husband of 58 years to Anne Ely Hunt; loving father of Leslie Anne Hunt and Laurie Hunt Kane; grandfather of Thomas Lee and Tyler McCaa Kane. Memorial service at JEFFERSON FUNERAL CHAPEL, 5755 Castlewellen Dr., Alexandria, VA (just south the intersection of S. Van Dorn and Franconia Rd.) on Saturday, October 17 at 3 p.m. Inurnment Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, December 17 at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 825 Hammonds Ferry Rd., Suite H, Linthicum, MD 21090.
Those so choosing may leave a memorial message in the Jefferson Funeral Chapel guest book at:
James Ziegert , former Mineman and WWII veteran enlisted in December of 1942. He passed away on Wed. 21 October 2009. He was married to Elizabeth Wilcox on Dec. 31, 1942, and they had 4 children (James, Mary, Ellen, and Ann), they also had 8 grandchildren (Jill, Christopher, Laurie, Terry, Kristin, Tracy, Rachel, and Janel). Preceeding them in death was their loving granddaughter Janel Margaret Spaeth. They also have 14 great grandchildren. James and Elizabeth originally settled in West Bend, Wisconsin, and later, retiring to Kewaskum WI. After his wife Elizabeth passed away, he moved to Oak Park Ill with his daughter Ellen. After suffering a series of strokes, he resided at a nursing home in LaGrange, Ill., where he passed away peacefully. He will be dearly missed by family and friends. It is nice to know that he has joined the love of his life!"
No obituaries appeared in the newspapers and the only person I have been in contact with has been his granddaughter, Rachel. She had a very close relationship with her grandfather and in speaking to her, I think a short email condolence would let her know that the memory of a fellow mineman is held dear by all members of the Association of Minemen. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
John Judson Hughes
John Judson Hughes, 72, entered into life June 18, 1937 in Lincoln, Nebraska, and entered into rest December 14, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona, after a tragic auto accident.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory: his wife of 41 years; Ann, daughter; Melissa (Robert) Summers, son; Martin (Bethany) Hughes, 9 grandchildren; Brandon (Cheryl), Malinda, Bryson, Judson, Mikaela, Mark, Shelby, David and Colton, 1 brother; Charles (Alice), niece; Nancy (Kevin), nephew; Barry (Cathy). He was preceded in death by his parents; Judson & Florence Hughes.
He was a U.S. Navy Veteran who served from 1955-1958; most of that time he was stationed at the Naval Ordnance Facility in Yokosuka, Japan. He was a Gideon and had owned a small print shop from 1969-1985. He was a diehard Nebraska Corn Husker fan and almost never missed a game. A real talker who always saw the bright side of the world. At the time of his passing, he had been working for IntelliQuick Delivery for about twelve years. He was actively involved in his grandchildren's lives, always doing for and with them all sorts of activities. He truly loved the Lord and was a member and active participant at Desert Springs Community Church. Over ten years ago he started and continued to coordinate the Phoenix Connection, connecting former graduates of Lincoln (NE) High School in the Southwest area.
Visitation 5:00-8:00 pm, Friday, December 18, 2009 at Crystal Rose Funeral Home 9155 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson, AZ with services at 10:00 am, Saturday, December 19, 2009 at Desert Springs Community Church, 14440 W. Indian School Rd., Goodyear, AZ 85395 with interment 10:30 am, Monday, December 21,, 2009 at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ.
In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to: The Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800 or at www.gideons.org.
A guest book has been provided at Crystal Rose Funeral Home.
Please take the opportunity to sign it: http://www.crystalrosefuneralhome.com/index.cfm
Derick S. Hartshorn -