Obituary, Henry Ray Ashbrook

Henry Ray Ashbrook, age 95 years, 8 months and 17 days, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020, at his home in Stearns.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 2:00pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie King officiating. Burial was in the Silerville Cemetery in Strunk, Kentucky.

Born in Russell Springs, Ky., on August 13, 1924, to Adonis Ashbrook, and Rosa (Chumley) Ashbrook, Henry was a member of the greatest generation, living through the great depression and helping to win WWII by his meritorious service In the US Navy. He proudly served in the Pacific, aboard the USS Franklin, the most decorated ship in history. Nicknamed Big Ben, the ship was one of 24 Essex Class Carriers built during WWII.

In March of 1945, while off the Japanese mainland, the Franklin was struck by two 500 pound bombs that hit the flight deck and penetrated the hangar deck. Six months earlier, the ship had been hit by a kamikaze plane, killing or wounding 120 crew members. The second attack on the ship ignited 31 fueled aircraft as well as most of the ordinance on board. Henry, who was an aviation ordinance man 3rd class, was below when the ship was struck. More than 800 men lost their lives. Survivors who managed to reach the flight deck had to climb hand over hand on a rope across raging waters to a rescue ship. Both the U.S.S. Franklin and Henry would survive. Henry received numerous medals and commendations for his bravery and service.

Henry returned after the war and took a job in the chemical department of the Formica Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. He resided in Cincinnati and Sunbright, Tennessee, and was married to Ruby Edna Burchell for 42 years until she passed in 1991. Time and circumstance would bring him to Stearns, Kentucky, where he met and married Fay Anderson and they began their lives together. Henry enjoyed trading, flea marketing, fishing, reading his Bible, and attending family gatherings. He was a member of First Hickory Grove Baptist Church, a member of the Kinne- Slaven Post of the American Legion, in Stearns, and Wartburg Masonic Lodge, in Wartburg, Tn., for over 50 years, and was a Kentucky Colonel.

In addition to his parents, Henry is preceded in death by his wives Edna and Fay Ashbrook, son, Ray Ashbrook, step-son John, Blair, step-daughters Melissa Parr, Penny Hinchey, and Marcia Welter, two brothers, Lindell and Adrian Ashbrook, and two sisters, Adelyne Smith and Selma Stamer.

He is survived by two sons, Tom and Robert Ashbrook, step-son Joseph Anderson and Diane, step-son inlaw Steve Parr, step-daughters, Karen and Joe Clancy, Susan and Brad Hill, and Brenda and Wayne Hall, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

To know Henry was simply to love him. Henry loved the Lord, his church, and his family. He led an extraordinary life, and his testimony, faith, and memories are what we will remember of Henry.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Henry’s name to the following organizations:
First Hickory Grove Baptist Church
Stearns, KY 42647

Kinne- Slaven Post of the American Legion
1 Veterans Drive
Stearns, KY 42647

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mr. Henry Ashbrook.

Obituary, Gerard P. “Jerry” Welch, 86

Gerard P. “Jerry” Welch, 86, of Natick, passed away on June 8, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Turner) Welch and the late Reba (Himmelberger) Welch.

Born in Newton, son of the late Daniel and Mary F. (Herlihy) Welch, Jerry was raised there and attended the Newton schools and Our Lady Help of Christians school. After graduating from Newton High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy and valiantly served during WWII aboard the USS Franklin in the Asiatic-Pacific region. He was awarded the Silver Star on August 8, 1945 for gallantry and intrepidity while serving in the central Pacific waters. Upon being honorably discharged from naval service in 1945, Jerry returned to the Boston area and began his career with the United States Postal Service serving in Boston and Framingham until his retirement. After retiring from the USPS, Jerry then went to work for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority as a toll collector. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Natick and the Disabled American Veterans.

In addition to his wife, Jerry is survived by his son, Gerard P. Welch, Jr. and his wife Donna of Reading, PA; his step-children, Elizabeth Songer of Bethlehem, PA, William Songer of San Diego, CA, and Teresa Songer of Atascadero, CA; his grandsons, Daniel, Shaun, and Joseph; 4 great-grandchildren; and his sisters, Mary McMillen of Newton, Alice Patterson of Roundtop, NY, Rita Sheehy of Newton, and Joan Sheehy of Newton. He was the brother of the late Daniel Welch.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Jerry’s funeral from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St. (at Natick Common) Natick on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 9:00 AM to be followed by his Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick’s Church, Natick at 10:00 AM. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Framingham. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2012 from 3-6 PM.

For directions and online guestbook please visit http://www.everettfuneral.com

Obituary, Robert P. Grimm

Robert P. Grimm
May 5, 1925 – March 27, 2020
Robert P. Grimm, passed away peacefully in his home on March 27th.
He was born May 5, 1925 to Wendel and Julia Grimm. He is survived by his loving wife of seventy one years, Kathleen Grimm; son Richard Grimm, daughter Susan Welsh and her husband Michael, and daughter Kathy Grimm-Signorelli and her finance Michael Hausman; six cherished grandchildren, Bryan Welsh, Kathryn Welsh-Kohl, and husband Zachary, Kevin Welsh, Lauren Signorelli-Ocasio, Nicholas Signorelli, and Michael Signorelli; great grandson Jacen Ocasio and soon to be new addition of baby Kohl.
Robert served in the Marine Corps, from July 1943 to October 1945 aboard the USS Franklin CV-13 aircraft carrier. His ship was awarded four battle stars for the Pacific Theatre and one star on the Philippine Ribbon. The ship’s final action was against the Japanese at the Islands of Kyushu and Honshu where the ship was hit with two 500 pound bombs resulting in 832 shipmates losing their lives and the ship barely making it back to port.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

Obituary, David Wilkinson Leonard

David Wilkinson Leonard, 93, of Mocksville, died on Feb. 16, 2020 after a lengthy battle with dementia.

He was born July 30, 1926 in Forsyth County, a son of the late Stahle Hartman Leonard and Edna Wilkinson Leonard of Rowan County.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Edna Rae Sidwell.

He served his country in the US Navy during World War II on board the carrier USS Ben Franklin CV13 and was on board March 19, 1945, when the attack on his ship claimed more than 700 lives. After his service, he attended Pfeiffer College and later retired from Bell South Telephone after 34 years in cable repair.

Survivors: his son and daughter-in-law, David and Uka Leonard of Mocksville; his brother, Stahle H. Leonard and nephew Richard Leonard of Albemarle; grandson, Justin Kyle Leonard; and 2 great-granddaughters, Kahli and Marley Leonard.

Visitation was 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 at Davie Funeral Service. A graveside service was held at Salisbury National Cemetery at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, with his brother, Stahle H. Leonard officiating.

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Obituary, Martin Roy

Mr. Martin Roy, 105, of Manchester, formerly of Suncook, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Villa Crest Nursing Home in Manchester.

Born on Nov. 11, 1914, in Armagh, Canada, he was the son of the late Napoleon and Adelia (Boutin) Roy.

Martin moved to New Hampshire when he was 12 and attended local schools. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy until 1945. He was the former owner of Roy’s Grocery on Main Street in Suncook during the 1960s, worked in the textile mills in Manchester for 33 years and later as a thoroughbred horse racer for 13 years before his retirement. He also enjoyed gardening and held a part-time job during his retirement at a local bank, which he enjoyed.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Louise (Boutin) Roy as well as his 10 siblings.

He is survived by his children, Paul Roy and his wife Diane of Manchester and Cecile Fitts of Weare; grandsons, Henry Fitts, Jr. and Pattie of N.J., Richard Fitts of Weare and Michael Fitts and his wife Tracey of Weare; great-grandchildren, Virginia, Jacob, Madeline, Lucas, Amanda and Michael Pinizzotto, great-great-granddaughter, Abigail as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank the staff at Villa Crest for the wonderful care that was given to Martin while he was there.

SERVICES: Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Petit-Roan Funeral Home, 167 Main Street, Pembroke. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Allenstown. Interment with military honors will be held in the spring at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Martin’s memory to Villa Crest Nursing Home, 1276 Hanover St. Manchester, NH 03104.

Obituary, Walter J. DeVoss Sr.

DeVoss, Walter J. Sr. COLONIE Walter J. DeVoss Sr., 94, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2020, after a brief illness. Born in Burlington, Vt., he was the son of the late Philip and Cora (Gokey) DeVoss. Walter served in the United States Navy and was a proud World War II veteran having served in the Pacific Theatre. He often told stories of his experiences on the USS Santa Fe, a CL 60 Light Cruiser, where he and several others rescued fellow sailors off the USS Franklin after it was bombed. He worked over 25 years as a tractor trailer driver for Iroquois Millwork, retiring in 1987. Walter was a long-time member of the Zaloga Post #1520, where he spent time enjoying the activities and friendships that he developed there. He was also a past member and volunteer at the Sheehy-Palmer VFW Post #6776 for many years. Walter and his wife Jayne lived in Leesburg, Fla. for 10 years during their retirement where they enjoyed their home, golf and many good times with friends and neighbors. Walter was predeceased by his loving wife of 66 years, Jayne M. (DiBella) DeVoss; his son Walter “Buddy” DeVoss; and his siblings, Pearl Dumas, Fern Westervelt, Margaret Hatin, Marion Spaulding and Phillip DeVoss. He is survived by his cherished daughter, Patricia (Michael) Panucci of Halfmoon. Grandfather of Jason (Beth) Panucci and Christopher Panucci, Tiffany and Nicholas DeVoss, and Jennifer (Robert) Samson. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Beth Lee, Peter and Doug of Community Hospice for their amazing kindness and loving care of Walter. Relatives and friends are invited to visit the family on Wednesday, February 26, from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, 490 Delaware Ave., Albany. Funeral services for Walter will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at the conclusion of the visitation in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Walter’s name to the Community Hospice Foundation, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY, 12208. Online condolences may be offered to the family at danielkeenandfuneralhome.com.

Obituary, Gordon William Jarvis

JARVIS Gordon William June 19, 1925 December 2, 2019 Gordon William Jarvis, 94, of Salem, Va., passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019, in Bland, Va. He was born on Friday, June 19, 1925, to the late Bernie and Lillie Ruble Jarvis in Paint Bank, Va. Mr. Jarvis served in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the USS Franklin CV-13. After his time in the Navy, he began working and later retired from Rowe Furniture Corporation with over 40 years of service. He was a member of the Taylor Masonic Lodge #23 in Salem, Va., and a member of the Roanoke Scottish Rite. Lastly, Mr. Jarvis was a member of the Salem Church of Christ. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth B. Jarvis; siblings, Jeanette Caldwell, Donald Jarvis, Elwood Jarvis, Jean Arrants, and Virginia Ann Stevenson; granddaughter, Amanda J. Morehead; and great-grandson, Brogan O. Morehead. Those surviving to cherish his precious memory include his son, Larry Jarvis, and wife, Celia; grandson, Andrew Jarvis and wife, Allyson; great-grandchildren, Connor, Duncan, and Arwen Morehead, and Charli Jarvis; sister-in-law, Lois Jarvis; numerous nieces and nephews also survive. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Salem Church of Christ Mission’s Fund for Michael Flinchum (Thailand Missionary) at 401 West Main Street, Salem, Va. 24153 or to the Southwest VA Hospice of Wytheville, 1155 North Fourth St., Wytheville, Va. 24382 A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, in the chapel of John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, Va., with the Rev. Eric Evans officiating. Burial will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem, Va. Friends may visit with the family from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnmoakey.com.