Obituary, John Elliott Norman

Former Lake Crystal Mayor John Elliott Norman, 86, passed away on March 14, 2007 at the Lake Crystal Health Care Center after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He will be marked in death by the life he brought to so many people. His passing serves as a reflection on a world
that changed profoundly during his short stay. A memorial service will be held at 10:.30 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2007 at the United Methodist Church in Lake Crystal, with Rev. Debbie King Quale officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Lake Crystal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2007 at Lake Crystal Mortuary. John is survived by wife, Beth of Lake Crystal; seven children, John (Mary) Norman Jr. of Waconia, Tom Norman of Lake Crystal, Joyce (Charlie O’Connell) Norman of Hoffman Estates, IL, Judith (Jim) Hepworth of Lake Crystal, James Norman of Ramsey, Diane (Michael Flaherty) Norman of McFarland, WI, Robert (Leatha)
Norman of North Mankato; 17 grandchildren; 7 greatgrandchildren; three siblings, Ralph (Thelma) Norman of Lake Crystal, Joan (John) Roth of Lake Crystal, Mary (William) Mensing of Mapleton; nieces and nephews. He and his wife of 64 years, Beth were the cornerstone of life for his large family. John Elliott Norman was also mayor of Lake Crystal for 14 years – a responsibility he took extremely personally for a community that he loved and in which he spent his entire life. As mayor, he was committed to building a Lake Crystal for the future, helping build support for a new water treatment plant, road and highway improvements, and a number of community development projects. His weekly newspaper column, simply called “Mayor’s Column”, was his blunt reflections on life in Lake Crystal and his assessment of Lake Crystal’s progress and challenges. Born in Lake Crystal in 1920 in the farmhouse in which he was raised, John Elliott Norman began farming before electricity, harvesting corn by hand, tossing the ears into a
horse-drawn wagon. He milked cows by hand in lantern light, fought many cold winters and drought, and remembered fondly the county fairs and the 4-H competitions in which he participated. He saw America struggle through — and survive – the Great Depression, a World War, many downturns and upturns in the farm economy, and the modernization and mechanization of America. John Elliott Norman married Beth Mather in 1942 on her family farm in Madelia, just before leaving to enter the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific in World War II. He was
nearly killed when his aircraft carrier, the USS Franklin, was bombed, killing nearly 1,000 sailors and Marines. Norman survived and returned to spend the rest of his life farming and raising children on his farm near Lake Crystal.

Obituary, Riley H. Nestor

Riley H. Nestor, 78, of Portsmouth, OH, died March 5 2005. He was bornMay 7, 125 in St. George, a son of the late Alec Nestor and Ina Shahan Nestor. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Marjorie Lee Oppenhiemer; a son Jim (and Melinda) Nestor of Chillocothe, OH; a daughter V. Sue Nestor (and Neil) Meisner of Taos, NM; six grandchildren Christina (and Michael) Burnright, Emily (and Eric) Walsh all of Wilmore, KY, Ben, Nathaniel, Zachary and Lily Meisner all of Taos, NM; two great-grandchildren Jacob and Megan Burnright; two brothers Ellis Nestor of Richmond, VA and Ira Nestor of Canton, OH; brothers and sister-in-law Joe (and Beulah) Carroll, Lillian Brisker and Bill (and Gloria) Oppenheimer; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sister, Ruth, Elsie, Ruby and Bertha Nestor; two brothers Woody Nestor and Asa Nestor.

He was a 1942 graduate of Parsons High School.

He served in World War II, in the Navy aboard the USS Franklin. He was an active member of the Temple Baptist Church, a deacon and he lead a Bible Study group at Riverview Retirement Center. He was in business in Portsmouth for 45 years, owning and operating the Riley Nestor Company. He was a member of the Portsmouth Lodge of Elks and James Dickey Post 23 of the American Legion.

Services were held at the Temple Baptist Church, Portsmouth with Pastor John Gowdy officiating. Interment followed in Scioto Burial Park with graveside military rites by James Dickey Post 23 American Legion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Ohio, 1248 Kinneys Lane, Portsmouth, OH 45662; or to Temple Baptist Church, 1148 Gallia St., Portsmouth, OH 45662.

Obituary, E.J. Nangle Sr.

Saturday, December 13, 2003

E.J. Nangle Sr., 77, of Berwyn

Edward J. Nangle Sr., 77, of Berwyn, died Nov. 30 at Montgomery County Hospital in Norristown from injuries suffered when his car collided with a pickup truck in West Norriton Township, 15 days after his wife’s death. He was a former member of the Lower Providence Township police force and a retired SEPTA bus driver.
His wife of 52 years, Claire Lauth Nangle, 73, died Nov. 15 of heart failure at Montgomery County Geriatric Center in Royersford, where she had been a resident for six years. He visited her every day.
“They were devoted to each other,” their daughter Trish Luberda said. “The nurses would find them napping together every afternoon.”
Mr. Nangle grew up in Ardmore. At 15, he lied about his age and enlisted in the Navy. During World War II, he served on the USS Franklin and other aircraft carriers in the South Pacific. After his discharge, he was a bus driver for what was then the Schuylkill Valley Bus Co. in Norristown. His future wife was one of his passengers. She was commuting from Norristown to her job at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. The couple were married in 1951.
In the 1950s and 1960s, he worked for Montgomery County as a radio dispatcher in the District Attorney’s Office, and as a guard in the Montgomery County Prison. From 1964 to 1971, he was a police officer in Lower Providence Township before going back to work as a bus driver for SEPTA. He retired in 1992. Mrs. Nangle, who grew up in Jim Thorpe, worked as a sales clerk for Sears Roebuck & Co. in Norristown and at other part-time jobs after her children were grown. She loved to play Bingo, Luberda said, and to go bowling and dancing with Mr. Nangle.
Mr. and Mrs. Nangle were longtime residents of Trooper before moving to Berwyn in 1992.
The couple are survived by another daughter, Barbara D’Antonio; sons Edward Jr. and Craig; and 11 grandchildren. Mr. Nangle is also survived by three brothers.
A Funeral Mass for Mrs. Nangle was Nov. 19 at St. Colman Roman Catholic Church, Lancaster Avenue and Argyle Road, Ardmore, Pa. 19003. A Funeral Mass for her husband was said Tuesday at St. Colman’s. They were buried in St. Denis Cemetery in Havertown.
Memorial donations may be made to the church.

Obituary, Charles B. “Chick” Mosier

Charles B. “Chick” Mosier
Charles B. “Chick” Mosier, 88, of North Platte passed away Dec. 17, 2007, at Sutherland Care Center. He was born June 28, 1919, to Bradley and Rena Kelin Mosier at Blanca, Colo. Charles graduated from York High School and married Hillys “Sally” Dodds on Dec. 21, 1941, at South Mills, N.C.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, the Korean War and in the reserves for more than 34 years. He worked for NPPD for 32 years, retiring in 1981. Charles enjoyed woodworking, and building and refinishing furniture for his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. Survivors include his wife Sally of North Platte; sons Gary (Linda) of Santa Ana, Calif., and Charles of Orange, Calif.; daughters Marge (Chuck) Stone of North Platte and Laura (Jay) Williams of Meridian, Idaho; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Kenneth, three brothers, a sister and daughter-in-law Linda. Online condolences may be shared at Services will be 10:30 a.m. Dec. 22 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in York with military honors graveside. Arrangements are with Carpenter Memorial Chapel.

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Obituary, Donald R. Mockrud

Donald R. Mockrud, age 85, died Saturday, May 26, 2007, at City View Nursing Home, Madison. Donald was born on March 28, 1922, in Westby, the youngest child of Oliver and Sara Mockrud. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Stanley, Arthur, Lee, Paul and Harry and a sister, Alice Nimz. He is survived by his special friend of many years, Mary Loui and his guardian, Diane Loui, both of Madison. He is further survived by two sisters-in-law, Mary Mockrud of Viroqua and Carmen Mockrud of West Bend; as well as nieces and nephews. Don served his country honorably as a Navy fighter pilot in World War II. He entered active service on Dec. 15, 1942, in the V-5 Program, Madison. He was commissioned on Feb. 19, 1944, as a fighter pilot. He served on the U.S.S. Franklin from Feb. 9, 1945 to March 19, 1945. His date of separation was May 16, 1946. He piloted one of the Hellcat fighter planes based aboard the U.S.S. Franklin carrier when it was attacked by Japanese bombs on March 19, 1945, off the coast of Japan. He was awarded the Victory Ribbon for World War II, American Theater Ribbon and an Asiatic Pacific 1 Star. He attained the rank of Lt. j.g. A1 in the U.S. Navy Reserves. In later years, Don participated in the Voluntary Service Program at the VA Medical Center in Madison. He was honored in 1998 by the Department of Veterans Affairs in appreciation for his 10 years and 4081 hours of service to fellow veterans. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2007, at 11 a.m. at the CRESS FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL, 3325 E. Washington Ave., Madison, with the Rev. Bryan Peterson officiating. A time of gathering will be held on Thursday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Private burial will be held at a later date in Westby. In lieu of flowers, donations made in Don’s memory to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3325 E. Washington Ave (608) 249-6666

Obituary, Earl E. Miller

Earl E. Miller, 88, died Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at Concord Hospital. He was born in Chicago, the son of Randolph and Gertrude (Seaman) Miller. He was a 1935 graduate of Concord High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving on the USS Geneva and the USS Franklin. He worked for Rumford Press from 1935 to 1956 and for St. Paul’s School from 1965 to 1972. He also worked for Concord Public Library for two years, the Professional Building for three years, the New Hampshire Historical Society for two years and Concord National Bank for four years. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dean E. and Donna Miller.
Services will not be held.
Bennett Funeral Home in Concord is in charge of the arrangements.

Obituary, Claytus E. Melcher

Claytus E. Melcher, 94, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly Clear Lake, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006 at the Laurellwood Nursing Home, St. Petersburg. Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church with the Rev. Diana Hoover officiating. Interment was in the Clear Lake Cemetery with military honors by the Clear Lake V.F.W. Family suggests memorial to the Claytus E. Melcher memorial fund.
Claytus Eben Melcher was born June 19, 1912 in Garner, Iowa, the son of Lewis R. and Mattie M. (Johnson) Melcher. He graduated from Garner High School.
He and Ferne F. Brooks were married in East Orange, N.J. on June 13, 1934. Early in their marriage he was a salesman for the Peoples Gas and Electric Company in Mason City, Iowa. In the opening years of World War II, Claytus worked on the Al-Can Highway in Alaska and on U.S. military construction projects in the Hudson Bay area of Canada.
When he returned to the United States, he joined the Navy and served as an electrician on the USS Stephen Potter in the South Pacific for almost two years. During this time, his ship was engaged in several large naval battles with the Japanese forces in the South China Sea. His ship was in the task force near Okinawa when the USS Franklin and the USS Enterprise were hit by kamikazes in March 1945 and later was engaged in the rescue of survivors from the USS Bunker Hill when it was hit in May 1945.
During his lifetime he was a finish carpenter and a cabinet maker, working for many contractors in the area. He also worked as a millwright on the ICBM missile sites in South Dakota. When he retired in 1979, he and Ferne began spending their winters in St. Petersburg, moving there permanently in 2001.
Claytus was one of Clear Lake’s best known and most successful fishermen for many years, a hobby he later pursued with considerable zeal in Florida. He was also an avid hunter. He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family. He and Ferne spent many years traveling with their Avion trailer throughout the Midwest. He was a charter member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Clear Lake; a 62-year member of the Masonic Lodge, including a stint as Worshipful Master of Verity Lodge in Clear Lake; a member of El Kahir Temple of the Shrine in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a member of the Order of the Eastern Star; and a member of the United Methodist Church of Clear Lake.
Claytus is survived by his wife of 72 years, Ferne; their daughter, Linda M. Neese, St. Petersburg; a son, Mark L. (Ivy) Melcher, Mt. Jackson, Va.; five grandchildren, Julia Schipper, Thomas Schipper, Mark (Carol) Melcher, Paula (Mark) Johnson, Deborah (Michael) Murphy; and seven great-grandchildren.
Claytus is preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Mattie Melcher; sister, Leota DeVary and granddaughter, Marsha M. Schipper
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake. was in charge of arrangements.’06obits/sept_06.html

Obituary, Walter McCormack

Walter McCormack
Saturday, July 22, 2006

EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. — Walter Mack McCormack, 83, of the Dogwood community died Thursday, July 20, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
He was born June 18, 1923, in Trimble, Tenn., son of Robert and Wava McCormack Spelling. His parents died when he was 18 months old and he was adopted by C.P. and Mollie McCormack. He first married Elsie Pauline Watts Feb. 6, 1947. She died Jan. 16, 1971. He later married Carol Johnson Miller-Spangberg.

McCormack was a member and deacon of First Christian Church at Matthews, Mo.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a gunners mate third class on the USS Franklin McVeigh, USS San Bruno and USS Sutherland.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Kenny McCormack of Cape Girardeau; two daughters, Linda Pearson of Pittsburg, Kan., Johnnie Thompson of San Diego, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie, with Brian Smith officiating. Burial will be in Dogwood Cemetery.