USS Franklin Reunion June 8-11 2021 Registration

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Hello Franklin Family,

We are pleased to be able to finally reschedule our Pensacola reunion.  Based on the responses from our survey most people were in favor of changing to Tuesday-Friday to hopefully see the Blue Angels.  They are scheduled to practice on June 9th.  

Finding a hotel in Pensacola to meet our needs at a reasonable price has been a huge challenge.  After much consideration we have switched to the newly renovated Holiday Inn located at 7813 N. Davis Highway.  It is 2 miles from the airport and has complimentary parking but no shuttle.  Our room rate is $129 which does include breakfast.  This rate will be honored for 2 days before the reunion.  The rate for Friday or Saturday (before or after the reunion) is $159.  To book your room please call the hotel at 850-472-1400.  Or you can click this link: 
https://www.holidayinn.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=HI&localeCode=en&regionCode=1&hotelCode=pnsnd&_PMID=99801505&GPC=USF&cn=no&viewfullsite=true

*The link will only book rooms for 6/6-6/11 at the $129 rate.  If you want to add any weekend nights please call LeAnn Collins at 850-382-8659.  Our block of 30 rooms will be held until May 8th and then the rooms will be released.  Please do not delay booking your room as it can always be cancelled.  

The reunion will begin Tuesday June 8th with Registration at 4pm.  There will be a 5pm Board meeting.

On June 9th we will board out trolleys (Big Thanks again to Tom at Beach Bum Trolley!!) and depart for the National Aviation Museum.  

***EVERYONE 16 AND OLDER WILL NEED A VALID PICTURE ID TO ENTER THE MUSEUM!!!

At the museum we will have our Memorial Ceremony, watch an IMAX movie, see the Blue Angels practice, eat lunch at the Cubi Bar Cafe and tour the museum.  

That evening, join us in the hospitality room for some entertainment and refreshments.

On June 10th we will have the general meeting in the morning and the dinner dance in the evening.

June 11th we will have the 8 o’clock Report in the morning before saying our farewells.

The dinner entree selections for Saturday are as follows:

Beef   London Broil: marinated char grilled flank steak, thinly sliced topped with a mushroom and cabernet wine sauce.

Chicken   Chicken Riesling:  sauteed chicken breast with fresh mushrooms and a reisling wine sauce.

Fish   Shrimp Scampi: Jumbo shrimp sauteed in butter and garlic with mushrooms, tomato, parsley, scallions, lemon and white wine sauce.  Served over pasta with parmesan cheese.

Vegetarian:  Same as the fish entree but without the shrimp.

We decided to try something different with the registrations this year.  Instead of everyone mailing them in I created a Google Form.  So our preference is to have you fill out the form online and submit it back to us.  It is very easy!  We would also prefer if you could send the registration fee through Zelle, PayPal or Venmo.  

The reunion fee is $155.  Children 12 and under $120.

Please fill out the online registration at the link below or print it out and send it in:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe2CvOewJtbgsp69_pZ0iYvTMKI3goXiOXdS7dlQZTlzFyEjg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0


For those of you that normally receive a paper Newsletter, we will send you a paper Registration.   


If you are unable to do the form or payment that way please print out the form and mail it to: 

April Homko

℅ Pensacola Reunion

2210 Gray Hawk Dr.

Plainfield, IL 60586-6565

*** If mailing a check please still make it out to:

USS Franklin Reunion 2020

That is the name on the bank account.  So, please use 2020!

Once I receive your registration and payment I will send you a confirmation email that it is complete!

Registration deadline is May 8th!

If you have any questions please text, call or email April at

815-685-9298 or aprilhomko@gmail.com

We hope to see you in June!

Obituary, Curtis J. Rushing

Curtis J. Rushing 1926 – 2021
Springfield, IL—Curtis J. Rushing, 94, of Springfield, died at 5:25 am, Sunday, January 10, 2021 at his home. He was born August 28, 1926 in West Frankfort, IL to Dolph Rushing and Zella (Crain) Rushing, and they preceded him in death. He married Joyce M. Baker on June 1, 1952, and she survives.
He is also survived by three sons: Brad (Robin) Rushing, James W. (Debbie) Rushing, Todd B. (Krista) Rushing, six grandchildren: Eric Rushing, Kelly Carter, Chad Rushing, Anna Rushing, Daniel Rushing, and Sophia Rushing, five great-grandchildren: Jack Rushing, Kate Rushing, Maggie Carter, Beth Carter, and Branko Rushing.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, son, Paul E. Rushing, two brothers, Kenneth Rushing and Richard Rushing, and one sister, Bonnie Gasperin.
Curtis served in World War II in the Navy on the USS Franklin Ship CV-13 and survived its bombing. He retired from Fiat-Allis and was an active member of Kumler United Methodist Church.
Private services will be held. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kumler Neighborhood Ministries.
CDC Protocol shall be followed.
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To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.Published in The State Journal-Register from Jan. 11 to Jan. 13, 2021

Obituary, John Reilly Tucker Jr

Springfield – John Reilly Tucker Jr age, 98 of Springfield (formerly St. Louis) passed peacefully December 23, 2020.

Jack graduated from the University of Kansas with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a WWII Veteran in the Navy and served on the USS Franklin. After the war, Jack started a 40-year career with ALCOA. Jack loved most all sports, especially golf. He always rooted for the underdog unless the Jayhawks were playing. He was a member of Sunset CC for 55 years. Jack was charming, had a dry sense of humor, and a quick wit. He was devoted to his family and friends and they loved him dearly. He will be sorely missed.

Jack is survived by his son John Reilly Tucker III (Terri), daughter Anne Tucker Wolf (Chip), his grandchildren, James Reilly Tucker, John Lester Tucker (Renee) and Dagny Anne Tucker, and five great grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of Jack’s life when the COVID crisis passes and it is safe to gather.

In lieu of flowers, if inclined, please make a memorial contribution to a charity, or cause of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.gormanscharpf.com.

Obituary, Frank R Sepesy

Born: August 29, 1924

Died: June 15, 2009

Services: Services will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home and 11:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church both in Struthers.

Visitation: Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.

Poland – Frank R. Sepesy, 84, passed away Monday afternoon after a six week illness.
Frank was born on August 29, 1924 in Youngstown, Ohio, a son of Sandor and Anna Petrik Sepesy. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1943. He served in the Navy during WWII and Korea as a 2nd Class cook and was a survivor of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, that was bombed outside of Toyko. That bombing was the most destructive attack on a capital ship during the war. Upon returning home, he worked at the youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. in the seamless mill for 5 years and the rest of the 40 years in the machine shop before retiring in 1977; at the same time he was also a school bus driver for St. Nicholas School and Struthers School System for 50 years.
Frank was a member of St. Nicholas Church and it’s Holy Name Society, where he was known as the Egg Man, because he prepared the eggs at the Sunday breakfast. He was also a volunteer at the church’s yearly festival and he was member of the Salem Jubilee Barber Shop Chorus. He was a member of the Amvets Post #44 in Youngstown and volunteered at the Veteran’s Booth at the Canfield Fair every year. He also purchased a brick for the War Memorial in Struthers. Frank was a part of the group of retired mill workers that went to the Whats Cookin Restaurant on Wednesdays. He was an avid bowler and loved to sing, dance and play cards. He also enjoyed baking pies and hotcakes.
Frank married the former Catherine M. Grewe on September 12, 1953; she passed away on September 5, 1992.
He is survived by his two daughters, Ann (Joe) Rouzzo of Lowellville, OH, Frank (Ralph) White of Charlotte, North Carolina; three brothers, Steve Sepesy of Youngstown, OH, Alexander Sepesy of Struthers and Richard Sepesy of Youngstown, OH and five grandchildren Nicole and Dustin McMaster, Candace (Tim) Cauthen, Marie (Jeff) Howard and Doug (Rachel) White and two great-grandchildren Jacob and Lilly.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one son John Sepesy.

Memorials: Memorial contributions can be made to Amvets Post #44, Mahoning Veterans Memorial, Mahoning County Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 2512, Youngstown, Ohio 44507

Cemetery: St. John The Baptist Catholic Cemetery (Map)

Location: Clemente Funeral Home, Struthers (Map)

Church: Christ Our Savior Parish (St. Nicholas Church) (Map)

Obituary, James Rex Dunn

Pioneer cotton breeder and agricultural businessman James Rex Dunn died Sunday, October 4, just one day after his 74th wedding anniversary to his beloved wife Vera Fielder Dunn. A long-time resident of Lamesa, he was 95 years old and living in Southlake at the time of his passing.

Rex was the founder and owner of Dunn Seed Farms and Dunn Delinting Company in Gaines County. He was one of the earliest seed breeders in the country, holding Texas licensing permit #4. He was a pioneer in developing new varieties of cotton specifically developed for the West Texas environment and changing farming techniques that produced more quantity and quality cotton fiber. He was also influential in developing state guidelines and regulations that ensured and protected the quality seed that farmers rely on. Upon his retirement, he donated the seed he had in development to Texas A&M University’s Department of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which was, at the time, the largest gift of intellectual property in the University’s history.

Rex was also a proud WWII veteran as an E-4 and Purser on the U.S.S. Franklin, an Essex-class aircraft carrier.

He is survived by his wife, Vee, son Jim and daughter Rebecca, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Source: https://www.seminolesentinel.com/content/james-rex-dunn

Obitury, Tommy Ambrose

Ambrose Tommy and Shirley Ambrose Tommy W Ambrose and Shirley Ann Ball Ambrose, married for 68 years, died eight months apart in 2020. Tommy died January 13th in Pocatello, ID, after a decline from a series of strokes. Shirley died October 2nd at her beloved farm near Pocatello, where she grew up and to which she and Tommy moved in retirement. They leave behind their three daughters Leslie, Julie, and Pamela, grandchildren Shira and Joshua, and Tommy’s sister Arlene DeMars. Tommy is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Rosemary Thornburg. Besides Tommy, Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Cynthia Guyer. Tommy was born on October 14, 1926, to Fines and Fern (Buff) Ambrose, in Jerome, Idaho. He and his sisters grew up on the family farm. At the start of World War II, Tommy enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the U.S.S. Franklin in the Pacific Theatre. After the war, Tommy earned his bachelor’s (’50) and master’s (’51) degrees in chemical engineering at the University of Idaho. In 1957, he completed his doctorate at Oregon State University. Shirley was born in Pocatello on February 13th, 1928, to Pearl and Frank Ball. She attended Idaho State University for two years, and then transferred to the University of Idaho, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in English. The couple met while attending college and married in 1951. They settled in Richland, WA, where Tommy started his career at General Electric Company at the Hanford Atomic Works. They moved to Corvallis, OR, where Tommy earned his PhD. Returning to Richland, Tommy pursued his careers with GE and Douglas United Nuclear, before moving to Battelle Memorial Institute, as director of the Seattle Research Center and then as director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. Shirley pursued her interest in the arts by teaching ballet and acting as choreographer for the Richland Light Opera. She also assumed much of the practical responsibility for raising their three daughters, instilling in them her love of the arts. The family particularly enjoyed their annual trips to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Tommy retired as a Vice President from Battelle to serve the University of California System as liaison between its president and Department of Energy’s three National Laboratories: Livermore, Los Alamos and Berkeley. Tommy received the University of Idaho’s Hall of Fame award (1980), the Oregon State University College of Engineering Hall of Fame award (2001), and the Idaho State University College of Engineering’s Professional Achievement award (2000). In 2011, Tommy was inducted into the Inaugural Class of the University of Idaho’s Academy of Engineers. In retirement, Tommy and Shirley renovated the house at their farm. By their count, they had built three houses and renovated three more over the course of their partnership. They shared a do-it yourself attitude and a strong work ethic, perhaps a result of their farm upbringings. They will be sorely missed. Donations in their honor may be made to the University of Idaho. Individual obituaries for Tommy and Shirley can be found at wilksfuneralhome.com

Obituary, Leroy Willmirth

Leroy Willmirth

Aug. 29, 1925 – Nov. 20, 2020

KNOXVILLE – Leroy Willmirth, 95, of Knoxville, IL, formerly of Decatur, passed away Friday, November 20, 2020.

Leroy was born in Decatur, IL on August 29, 1925, the son of Amos and Ruby (Gray) Willmirth.

He married Norma Jean Bertsch on May 24, 1947. She preceded him in death on September 30, 2020. He was also preceded in death by his parents; brother: George Edward; daughter: Sharon Kaye; and son-in-law: Michael Martakis.

He is survived by daughters: Linda (John) Burris of Dahinda, IL and Patricia (Bruce) Alleman of Sun City, AZ; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Leroy proudly served our country in the US Navy during WWII. He served on the USS Franklin as a Signalman. He served from May, 1943 to August 29, 1947.

He was a 50 year member of the Central Laborer’s Union. He was employed by L.E. Devore Construction for many years and he retired from Bodine Sewer, Inc.

Leroy was an avid Chicago Cubs and Illini basketball fan. One of his greatest joys was in 2016 as he watched the Cubs win the World Series. In his leisure time, he did beautiful needlework and enjoyed playing cards every night with his wife for many years. He and Norma enjoyed taking the Grandchildren on trips for their High School graduation gift.

Graveside Services for Leroy will be held at 12:30 PM, Friday, November 27, at Graceland Cemetery with US Navy military honors. Visitation will be 11:00 – 12:00 at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur. Because of current restrictions, crowd size will be limited to 10 people in the funeral home at any time, with face masks required and social distancing. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Courtyard Estates of Knoxville, 415 E. Main St., Knoxville, IL 61448.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com.

Obituary, Joseph Petraitis

Petraitis, Joseph
Aug 9, 1926 – Nov 21, 2020
Joseph Petraitis, age 94 of Nokomis Fl. and Port Hope, Michigan went to be with the Lord on November 21, 2020.
He is survived by his beloved wife Marie for 71 years and father to Gerald (Katherine), Michael (Jeannette) Petraitis , Laurie (Chris )Gougeon, Susan Henry, Anne Gongos. Joe was a grandfather to 13 and great grandfather to 8.
“Joe” was born in Detroit and was a WW11 Veteran serving in the Navy from 1944-1947 as a Motor Machinist Third Mate ,Third Class. He survived the bombing of his ship, the USS Franklin on 3-19-1945 (St.Joseph’s Day).
Throughout his life, Joseph’s deep faith in God was clearly evident.
He was a member at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice Florida.
“Joe” enjoyed many hobbies at his Michigan home with his wife Marie. He was an avid gardener, hunter, fisherman and all around tinkerer who offered help to any in need. Joe had a heart of gold with a deep love of his family. He will be greatly missed!
There will be a celebration of Joe’s life at Venice Memorial Gardens at a later date. Please visit www.toalebrothers.com to leave a condolence message.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.Published in Herald Tribune from Dec. 16 to Dec. 20, 2020.

Obituary, Richard D. “Dick” Chasse

Richard D. “Dick” Chasse, 96, of Nashua, retired Deputy Fire Chief and longtime Nashua firefighter, passed away Sunday morning, December 13, 2020 after a brief illness.

A lifelong resident of this city, he was born on September 21, 1924, one of nine children of the late Jean Baptiste and Marie (Bourbeau) Chasse. Dick grew up in the French Hill neighborhood and attended the former St. Francis Xavier Parochial School and Nashua public schools. A Navy veteran, he served during World War II in the South Pacific aboard the USS Franklin from 1943 to 1946 and held the rank of Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class.

Dick joined the Nashua Fire Department in 1947 as a call man and was appointed to permanent status in April 1952. During his long career, he was promoted to Private, Lieutenant, Captain and Deputy Chief, retiring in 1983. Dick continued his career as a licensed plumber for many years.

He served on the Board of Fire Commissioners and also served in the New Hampshire Legislature for two years.

In his leisure time, Dick was an avid reader, especially of history and enjoyed the challenge of solving cross-word puzzles. He was a Boston Bruins and New York Yankees fan.

He was a member of Nashua Lodge 720, Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks for over 50 years and held membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 483.

Dick was predeceased by his wife, Isabelle Mary (Desmarais) Chasse, who passed in June 1994; and his eight siblings, Romeo, Adelard, Philip, Paul and Robert Chasse, and Lucille Francoeur, Rita Chasse and Aurore Dionne.

Members of his family include his loving companion of 26 1/2 years, Mary Isabell (Stanley) Batchelder; five step-children, Irving Stanley and his wife Vashti, Henry Stanley and his wife Ashley, Robert Batchelder and his wife Betsy, Stephen Batchelder and his wife Josephine, and Stephanie Baker and her husband Jerome; twenty five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Theresa Chasse; brother-in-law, Edmond Dionne; also many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to the current pandemic, services will be private. Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE, 18 Lock Street, Nashua. http://www.farwellfuneralservice.com.

Source: https://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries-memorials/obituaries/2020/12/26/richard-d-dick-chasse-4/

Obituary, John Louis Dodaro

DODARO, Louis John

Louis John Dodaro, 88 years old of Boca Raton, FL, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 9, 2013, surrounded by his family who loved him dearly. Louis was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1925 and grew up in Maspeth, NY. In 1943, he was drafted in the U.S. Navy and served as a Radioman 3rd Class Petty Officer on the U.S.S. Franklin CV13 in World War II. He was very proud to have served his country. Louis joined the New York City Police Department on October 3, 1951. On graduation day, he was assigned to the Organized Crime Unit in the Brooklyn D.A.’s office on a temporary assignment. Assigned to the 92nd Precinct for payroll purposes. He played fast pitch softball for the 92nd and only lost one game in three years. Played any precinct that challenged them from the Bronx to Staten Island. This temporary assignment lasted 21 years and he retired in 1972. As a child, he loved the clouds and sky. He always had a love for flying and got his pilots license in 1958. Married Jean Amato in 1954 and they were married for 57 years. He relocated his family to Boca Raton, FL in 1972. When he moved to Florida, he became an avid golfer. He enjoyed playing golf with the many friends he made. During the ’70’s, he went to work for U.S. Customs in Port Everglades for a few years. He also helped a friend/neighbor when he opened The Red Devil Restaurant as a cook. Spent a lot of time taking care of his granddaughters. He is survived by his sister, Gloria Santacroce, three children, Kenneth, Theresa Snyder, Nancy (Mike) Adams, his three cherished granddaughters, Jeanette, Michelle and Jessica and his adored great-grandson, Jacoby. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jean and his great-grandson, Jalen. Papa will be forever in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Attention: Jalen’s Team, 3230 Commerce Place, Ste. B, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. A remembrance ceremony will be held at 10:00AM, Saturday, August 17, 2013, at the Palm Beach National Chapel, 10055 Heritage Farms Road, Lake Worth, FL. Interment will follow at the South Florida Veterans Cemetery in Lake Worth on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 2:45PM.

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2013.