Obituary, Arthur D. Gratnz

Grantz-ArthurArthur D. Gratnz, 90, of Jackson, passed away on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Sanford Jackson Medical Center. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 beginning at 2p.m. at the Osterberg Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Lance Isaacson officiating. Burial will take place immediately following the service at Riverside Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 4th, from 5-7pm at the Osterberg Funeral Home, and on Thursday, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arthur Duane Grantz, the son of George and Esther (Fisher) Grantz, was born on February 1, 1924 on the North Shore of Loon Lake in Middletown Township, Jackson County, Minnesota. In 1929 the family moved to Spirit Lake, Iowa before returning to Jackson in 1934. Art attended school in Spirit Lake and Jackson, later graduating from Jackson High School in June of 1943. On March 24, 1937, Art was baptized and confirmed at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson; he also survived a bout with lockjaw in the same year. On July 4, 1943 Art entered the US Navy and served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Franklin, until it was hit off the coast of Japan on March 19, 1945. After his honorable discharge on March 6, 1946, Art returned to Jackson and began working at the Farmers Exchange. On May 2, 1948 he was united in marriage to Beverly Ann Tweedt in Fairmont, Minnesota with the Reverend Walter Mondale, Sr. performing the marriage. After marriage Art became a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Art continued to work at the Farmers Exchange until 1952 when he joined the Jackson Police Department. He served three years as Deputy Sherriff before returning to the Jackson Police Department, where he enjoyed working with the School Patrol. He retired from the Police Department in 1972, at which point he went to work for The First National Bank, now Bank Midwest, until his retirement in 1985. He enjoyed sports, fishing and gardening in his spare time. Art passed away at the Sanford Jackson Medical Center on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the age of 90 years, 11 months and 30 days.

Art is survived by his wife of 66 years, Beverly, a sister Betty, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Art was preceded in death by his parents, his four brothers, a sister, and an infant son.

Blessed be the memory of Arthur Duane Grantz.

Obituary, Eugene P. Higgins

HIGGINS – Eugene P., of Bay Shore, LI, on October 20, 2015 at the age of 94. Beloved husband of the late Margaret. Cherished father of Gregory (Linda) Higgins, Susan Hickey, Capt. Paul (Mary Liz) Higgins, U.S.N. and Matthew (Beth) Higgins. Cherished grandfather of nine and great grandfather of six. Eugene attended Manhattan College and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942. He earned his wings at Pensicola and joined the Fighting Squadron VF-13. He flew fighters from the deck of the USS Franklin and participated in battles from Guam to the Phillipines. He returned to Long Island and worked in Newsday’s Advertising Department for 36 years retiring as Vice President and Advertsing Director. He was a tutor and Vice President with Nassau Literacy Volunteers. Reposing at The Fredrick J. Chapey & Sons West Islip Funeral Home, 1225 Montauk Hwy. (1/4 mile west of the Robert Moses Cswy.). Celebration of the Liturgy of Christian Burial Saturday 8:45 AM at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Bay Shore, LI. Cremation is private. Visiting Friday 2:00 PM until 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM until 9:30 PM.

Published in Newsday from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2015– See more at:

Obituary, George Harris

Geoorge was born on August 26, 1927 and passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

George was a resident of Parkersburg, West Virginia at the time of his passing.

He served two years in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Franklin Aircraft Carrier.

He was married to Jacqueline.

Funeral services will be conducted at the convenience of the family with burial in the Mount Calvary Cemetery near Morgantown WV.

In lieu of flowers please contribute to the charity of choice.

Obituary, John T. Shelley Sr.

John T. Shelley Sr. passed away on November 8, 2015, at Marlborough Hills Healthcare Center, at the age of 89. He leaves his devoted wife of 64 years, Grace M. (Nathercote) Shelley; his two sons, Christopher P. Shelley of Springfield and John T. Shelley Jr. His daughter Maureen Sanchez died in 2005. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Megan Shelley, Kristen and Bobby Sanchez, Bridget and Nicholas Shelley; a great-granddaughter Kelsie; nieces and nephews. Born in East Boston, he was the son of John and Elizabeth (OConnell) Shelley; Mr. Shelley graduated from Wilmington High School in 1943 and attended Wentworth Institute in Boston. A U.S. Navy veteran during WW II, he served aboard the U.S.S. Franklin. John owned and operated Twin Brook Industrial Cleaning Inc. in Waltham for 45 years retiring in 1995. Dedicated to his business, John was hardworking man with a solid work ethic. He enjoyed sailing and skiing. After living in Waltham for 35 years, John and Grace moved to Northborough in 1996. They became members of St. Bernadette Parish. Calling hours will be held Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 4-6 p.m. in Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St. Northborough. Johns Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Bernadette Church, 266 Main St. Northborough. Burial with military honors will follow in Howard St. Cemetery. To share a memory or to leave the family a condolence, please visit http://www.haysfuneral

Published in MetroWest Daily News on Nov. 10, 2015– See more at:

Obituary, Robert Lee Tice

Robert Lee Tice

Robert Lee Tice, age 91, passed away July 30, 2015 in Bigfork, Montana where he had

made his home with his devoted wife Eve. Six days after Bob passed away Eve also

passed away in Bigfork. They were married May 22, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. They

had been married for 72 wonderful years. They lived in southern California for many

years prior to moving to Montana.

Bob was born in Detroit on January 3, 1924. His wife, Eve Olkkonen, was born in Florida

Location, Michigan on August 7, 1924,

Bob was so proud of the United States Navy and of his service aboard the USS Franklin.

He spoke fondly of being a “Plank Owner” of the Franklin. He enjoyed the camaraderie

of his shipmates throughout the years after the war.

He owned many books and videos of the Navy and in particular the USS Franklin. He

was pleased to contribute his experiences in the book “Inferno” written by Joseph A.

Springer so that others would know of the ultimate sacrifice given by the sailors who

perished and of the heroism of those who remained to make the Franklin seaworthy and

sail her home.

May God Bless S1/c Robert Lee Tice.