Obituary, James Elisha Lanier

James Elisha Lanier, 77, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003. Services will be private. Mr. Lanier was born in Rome, Georgia. He was retired from both the United States Air Force, having served during the Korean Conflict and the U.S. Postal Service. Also a veteran of the United States Navy, he served on the U.S.S. Franklin in WWII, participating in the Berlin Airlift, and was awarded the purple Heart. Mr. Lanier was a Mason in the Riverdale Lodge in Riverdale, GA. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Jerome Lula Mae Lanier, and parents, James Edward and Ada Bula Lanier. Survivors include his children, Linda J. Fuchs, Warner Robins; James E. Lanier, Jr., Georgia; Gary D. Lanier, Douglasville; and Melissa A. Bilodeau, Atlanta; brother, Larry Lanier, Roswell, GA; and eight grandchildren. Go to http://www.mcculloughfh.com to sign Online Registry for the family. McCullough Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 6, 2003

Obituary, John J. Malone, Sr.

John J. Malone, Sr. of Monrovia, Maryland
December 16, 1925 – April 15, 2019
Mr. John J. Malone Sr., 93, of Monrovia, died Monday, April 15, 2019 at The Villages of Rockville. He was the husband of Mary Malone.

Born December 16, 1925, in Yonkers, NY, he was the son of the late Walter and Cecelia (Quinn) Malone.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his children, John Malone Jr. and wife Charlotte, Veronica Malone, Theodore Malone Sr., James Malone and wife Vicki; grandchildren, Andrew Malone and Theodore Malone Jr., sister, Marge Rickerson and husband Joseph, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

John enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Notably, he was a machinist mate on the USS Franklin, an aircraft carrier the Japanese Navy thought they sank twice, but “Big Ben” lived on. After separating from the Navy in 1946, he was recalled during the Korean War and served aboard a destroyer.

John then spent almost 38 years as an engineer with IBM in New York and Maryland. While he loved his time with IBM, he embraced retirement in 1990.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00AM, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at St. Ignacius Catholic Church, 4103 Prices Distillery Road, Ijamsville, MD 21754. Father Michael Jendrek will officiate. Interment will follow

Online condolences may be shared at http://www.keeneybasford.com.

Obituary, Donald N. Garrett

Donald N. Garrett, 87, of Geneva, AL passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at his home. He was born May 2, 1925 in Defuniak Springs, Florida to T.O. & Altha Garrett Sr. He graduated in 1947 from Bay High School. He served in the US Navy aboard the USS Franklin during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and a sister. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Donna Kuhn Garrett of Geneva; 3 daughters, Linda Markham (Ralph) of Panama City; Laura Rhodes (Bill); Mary Boadwine, all of Geneva; sister, Glenna Ward of Lynn Haven and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. The family would like to give a thank you to his special grandson and caretaker, Ronnie Everett and the staff of Gentevia Hospice of Enterprise. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, May 16, at 11 a.m. in the Lynn Haven Cemetery with Rev. Nathan Carroll officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Geneva Playground Fund, 309 South Commerce St., Geneva, AL 32340 in memory of Donald Garrett.

Obituary, Henry K. Willard, II

Henry K. Willard, II (Age 92)

Died peacefully at his home in Shepherdstown, WV on December 23, 2018.
Henry (Harry) was born in Washington, DC on August 11, 1926 the son of Henry A. Willard, II and Abby Hooker Willard. A fourth generation Washingtonian, he was the great grandson of Henry A. Willard the founder of the city’s storied Willard Hotel.
A veteran of World War II, Harry served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Franklin as a young seaman and survived one of the deadliest attacks on a U.S. warship during the war. Returning from the Pacific theatre he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and began a long career as an executive with American Security and Trust Co. (now Bank of America). In 1971 he was appointed by President Richard Nixon to the District of Columbia City Council at a time when the city was transitioning to home rule and served on the board of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority as the early phases of the city’s new Metro system were being planned and constructed. He served on the board of numerous cultural and civic organizations in Washington.
He retired to Shepherdstown, WV in 1979 actively managing his beloved farm property and enjoying a quieter life in the country. He had a lifelong passion for the lore and history of the U.S. railroad industry and a keen interest and knowledge of American history particularly concerning the Civil War.
He graduated from the Choate School and Yale University. Harry was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown, the Chevy Chase Club and Metropolitan Club in Washington, DC and the Nantucket Yacht Club, Nantucket, MA where the family maintained a summer home for generations.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Louise Brooks Willard, his sister Abby Willard Northrop and brother James E. F. Willard. He is survived by two sons: Henry A. Willard, III (Jeffrey Greer) of Shepherdstown, WV and John Brooks Willard (Inci) of Waverly, GA.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Hospice of the Panhandle, Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown or The National Humane Education Society.
A graveside service and interment at the Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown will be announced later.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 30, 2018

Obituary, Fredrick ‘Doug’ LaMear

Fredrick ‘Doug’ LaMear
July 27, 1925 – Jan. 7, 2019
Fredrick Douglas LaMear was born July 27, 1925 to Fred and Dorothy LaMear. He passed peacefully Jan. 7, 2019. Doug attended Benson High and Univ. of Portland. At the age of 16, he met Patty, the love of his life, while record shopping at Meier & Frank. Doug served on CV13 in the Pacific in WWII surviving a devastating enemy airstrike that killed 1100 shipmates. Doug returned home to marry Patty in 1945, they raised Douglas Michael and Diane Shannon. Doug chose his career after being interviewed on radio about his war experience. This led to an enviable career in radio and TV where Doug became known as the best on the air as KGW’s sports director. Doug’s love of sports and the outdoors was a natural outcome of his youth in a sports-minded family that embraced everything about Oregon’s outdoors. Doug was an excellent golfer, skater, water skier and fisherman. Both on and off the air, Doug traveled to all corners of the state creating lifelong friendships and admirers. Off air he fished and played cards with a close knit group of friends with card games lasting till the wee morning hours. And on LaMear’s Outdoors he cuddled purring cougar cubs and was up close with massive birds of prey. Doug was known as harmlessly gruff but never mean spirited. Those who knew him well also knew he had a heart of gold and was there for you in good times and bad.
Doug was preceded in death by Patty; and is survived by Douglas (Nancy), Diane (Britt); grandchildren, Michelle, Shannon, Colin, Kera; and six beautiful great-grandchildren.
Services have been held. The family suggests donations to Oregon Jr Golf.
Please sign the online guest book at http://www.oregonlive.com/obits
Published in The Oregonian from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2019

Obituary, Harvey W. Dahlgren

DAHLGREN, Harvey W. April 24, 1926 March 2, 2019 Harvey W. Dahlgren, founder of Epic Products International and printing industry visionary, passed away on March 2, 2019 at the age of 92. Dahlgren was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1926. He attended Murphy High School in Mobile and after graduating joined the U.S. Navy. He survived the bombing of the USS Franklin, which in 1945 nearly sunk off the Japanese coast. In 1951, he married Mary Hunter. He joined his brother, Harold at Dahlgren Manufacturing and subsequently founded Epic Products with his wife in 1977. In 2013, Harvey was honored with PIA MidAmerica’s Lifetime Achievement Award. A true innovator and adventurer, Harvey earned his pilot’s multi-engine instrument rating at age 76. He and his wife also explored the far corners of North and Central America in his RV. Harvey is survived by his sons, Tyler and Max, his daughter-in-laws Kimberly and Mary Barnes and two grandchildren Kathleen and Ben and scores of Epic Product employees, who are grateful to the positive impact he made upon their lives. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 3:30 to 6:00pm, Embassy Suites 13131 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75243.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 19, 2019