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FROM THE NATIONAL CHAPLAIN
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BY REV. PHIL SALOIS, M.S.

For a long time, the treatment of obituaries in The VVA Veteran has been unsatisfactory. Because of space restrictions and the increasing number of deaths we needed to report, the listings became increasingly brief. We’ve decided to change that and to use more fully the resources available to us.
Starting with this issue, the obituaries in The VVA Veteran will be even briefer than in the past. But the National Chaplain’s page on www.vva.org will contain full-length obituaries that list both achievements and family members.

Moreover, Fr. Phil Salois has maintained a database of the full obituaries that we were forced to edit due to space limitations. These full obituaries, dating back through the last half-decade, will be uploaded onto the National Chaplain’s webpage, where they will appear with the VVA Memorial List and the Ritual Book. In time, we hope that readers will be able to go to the Memorial List and click on a name and the full obituary will appear. —Editor

Archie Adams, 63, died July 22 from cancer. He was a life member of VVA Baltimore, Maryland, Chapter 451.

Noah David Avery, 73, died February 5, 2007, from cancer. He was a life member of VVA Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Chapter 301.

Raymond Paul Avery, 72, died March 14. He was a life member of VVA Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Chapter 301.

Margaret Rita Baughn, 62, died May 24 from metastatic small-cell carcinoma of the lungs. She was a life member of Associates of VVA Tulsa, Oklahoma, Chapter 524.

Thomas L. Blair died in July. He was a member of VVA Pontiac, Michigan, Chapter 133.

Gary G. Boggs, 55, died in 2006. He was a member of VVA Enid, Oklahoma, Chapter 940.

Nancy Lee Borger, 62, died August 2 of cancer. She was a member of VVA Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Chapter 678.

Brian R. Brannon, 62, died December 28, 2006, from a seizure disorder. He was a life member of VVA Grand Junction, Colorado, Chapter 57.

Charles S. Brown, 58, died August 14. He was a member of VVA Hyannis, Massachusetts, Chapter 338.

Warren Michael Brown, 63, died August 27. He was a life member of VVA Lindstrom, Minnesota, Chapter 684.

Robert C. Bubon, 59, died December 22, 2004. He was a member of VVA Sparta, Wisconsin, Chapter 462.

Theodore T. Buderman, 64, died July 22 from cancer. He was a member of VVA Pleasantville, New York, Chapter 49.

Stanley Burns died August 10. He was a member of VVA Mount Gay, West Virginia, Chapter 308.

Randy Callison died February 5. He was a member of VVA Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Chapter 635.

Daniel Cedillos, 60, died May 14. He was a member of VVA El Paso, Texas, Chapter 574.

James S. Ciara, 63, died July 29 from multiple myeloma and congestive heart failure. He was a life member of VVA Bay Villega, Ohio, Chapter 249

Billy A. Clark, 74, died September 3. He was a life member of VVA Gadsden, Alabama, Chapter 637.

Raymond Clay, 65, died July 23. He was a life member of VVA Longview, Texas, Chapter 987.

Donald Collins, 61, died August 15, 2007. He was a member of VVA Akron, Ohio, Chapter 900.

Thomas J. Dempsey, 59, died April 7, 2005, from diabetes mellitus type II and end-stage renal failure. He was a life member of VVA Kansas City, Missouri, Chapter 317.

Robert L. Diller, 74, died recently. He was a life member of VVA Port Huron, Michigan, Chapter 284.

Karoly Dobi, 70, died August 18 from metastatic lung cancer. He was a member of VVA Negaunee, Michigan, Chapter 380.

James Edward Dollar, 60, died October 7, 2006. He was an at-large life member of VVA Washington.

Lonnie Aubrey Elkins, 62, died April 28 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. He was a life member of VVA Gadsden, Alabama, Chapter 637.

Sandra Eltzroth, 61, died August 22. She was a life member of Associates of VVA Merrillville, Indiana, Chapter 295.

Lavern Garrison Footit, Sr., 65, died April 30. He was a life member of VVA Pocono Chapter 678.

Joseph E. Foremny, 73, died May 6 from emphysema. He was a life member of VVA Negaunee, Michigan, Chapter 380.

Larry Dee Foster, 64, died April 21 from agent orange-related diabetes mellitus type II. He was a charter member VVA Nampa, Idaho, Chapter 897.

Leroy E. Ganung, 66, died June 28 from a heart attack. He was a life member of VVA Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Chapter 635.

Gerald F. Goode, 59, died August 23 from Agent Orange-related cancer. He was a member of VVA Jamestown, New York, Chapter 865.

Kent E. Hampton, 64, died August 13, 2007. He was a life member of VVA Silvis, Illinois, Chapter 669.

Phil Frederick Harris, 61, died August 28, after a motorcycle accident. He was a life member of VVA Chattanooga, Tennessee, Chapter 203.

Richard A. Hatch, 61, died August 17. He was a member of VVA Hicksville, New York, Chapter 82.

Gerald B. Heaton, 65, died recently. He was a life member of VVA Grand Junction, Chapter 57, formerly a life member of VVA Sacramento Chapter 500.

Marjorie Herrick, 87, died May 15 from a stroke. She was a life member of Associates of VVA Kansas City, Chapter 317.

James D. Holt, 67, died September 13. He was a member of VVA Ponca City, Oklahoma, Chapter 750.

Stephen C. Huggard, 57, died June 9, 2007. He was a life member of VVA Roseburg, Oregon, Chapter 805.

Tommy Earl James, 58, died May 28, 2007. He was a life member of VVA Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Chapter 301.

Michael H. Johnson, 49, died December 9, 2002, from metastatic melanoma. He was a life member of VVA Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Chapter 635.

Donald L. Jones, 79, died June 19. He was a life member of VVA Phoenix Chapter 432.

Johnny Edward Jones, 60, died August 5 from heart failure. He was a member of VVA Halifax, Virginia, Chapter 840.

Arnold Kaufman, 71, died February 6 from sepsis, lung cancer, and asbestosis. He was a member of VVA Baltimore, Maryland, Chapter 451.

H. Harrison Keppel, 59, died October 2007. He was an at-large life member of VVA Idaho.

Thomas Lee Kerley, 60, died recently. He was a member of VVA Florissant, Missouri, Chapter 794.

Francis W. Kerr, 62, died August 16. He was an at-large life member of VVA New York.

Charles Henry Kreiner, 66, died May 4, 2003. He was a member of VVA Arlington, Virginia, Chapter 227.

Winford Dewayne Lamb died August 8 from Crohn’s disease. He was a life member of VVA Yountville, California, Chapter 702.

Francis Leichey died August 2007. He was a member of VVA Marshfield, Wisconsin, Chapter 549.

Thomas M. LeMay, 61, died July 22 from renal failure. He was a member of VVA Hamilton, Montana, Chapter 938.

Charles E. Lewis, Sr., 67, died August 22 at his home from lung cancer. He was a member of VVA Chattanooga, Tennessee, Chapter 203.

Osborne Jack Marsh, Jr., 60, died August 4 from congestive heart failure. He was an at-large member of VVA Kansas.

Michael Lee Marshall, Sr., 64, died August 10. He was an at-large life member of VVA Florida.

Thomas G. Marz, 61, died July 15. He was a member of VVA South St. Paul, Minnesota, Chapter 639.

Kirk D. Mathews, Sr., 55, died July 22. He was a member of VVA Jamestown, New York, Chapter 865.

Jay C. McCormack, 52, died December 12, 2007. He was a life member of VVA Grand Junction, Colorado, Chapter 57.

Dennis R. McCracken, 61, died May 3. He was an at-large life member of VVA California.

Whillis A. McGinnis, 61, died October 10 from Agent Orange-related cancer. He was a founding and life member of VVA Preston County, West Virginia, Chapter 977.

Kenneth Howard McMillian, 67, died July 31 from lung cancer resulting from mesothelioma. He was a life member of VVA Wichita, Kansas, Chapter 934.

Daniel George McPhie, 60, died May 9, 2008. He was an at-large member of VVA Washington.

Luther Hayden Moreland, 59, died on August 16. He was a member of VVA Tupelo, Mississippi, Chapter 842.

John S. Morrison died recently. He was an at-large member of VVA North Carolina.

Robert Mowery, 63, died June 22 from hepatocellular cancer and cirrhosis of the liver. He was a member of VVA Council Bluffs, Iowa, Chapter 798.

Bruce Robert Oliver, 55, died July 22, 2001. He was a member of VVA Bel Air, Maryland, Chapter 588.

Fred J. Papenhausen, Jr., 60, died March 6, 2005, from cancer. He was a member of VVA Wichita, Kansas, Chapter 934.

Gary J. Phelan, 60, died September 29. He was an at-large life member of VVA Arkansas.

William S. Pierce, 60, died in September. He was a life member of VVA Beaver County, Pennsylvania, Chapter 865.

Horacio F. Reyes, 79, died of natural causes July 22. He was a life member of VVA Yuma, Arizona, Chapter 835.

Theodore J. Riggin, Sr., 57, died June 13. He was an at-large member of VVA Pennsylvania.

Dennis C. Robertson, 61, died June 1 in an automobile accident. He was a member of VVA Kansas City, Missouri, Chapter 317.

Eliu Rodriguez, 65, died March 19 from leukemia. He was an at-large life member of VVA Texas.

Marty F. Rowe, Jr., 64, died April 22 from cancer. He was a member of VVA Kansas City, Kansas, Missouri, Chapter 317.

Gary Paul Ryska, 69, died April 26 from heart failure. He was a life member of VVA Nampa, Idaho, Chapter 897.

John Stephen Schuder, 63, died July 9 from cancer and a heart attack. He was a life member of VVA Rockford, Illinois, Chapter 984.

Robert Allan Schwalenberg died September 22, 2003. He was a member of VVA Bel Air, Maryland, Chapter 588.

Nicholas P. Schwartz, Jr., 62, died recently. He was a member of VVA Beaver County, Pennsylvania, Chapter 865.

Howard D. Sherwood, 60, died June 20. He was a member of VVA Sonoma, California, Chapter 391.

David G. Simpson, 71, died October 27, 2007, from esophageal and lung cancer. He was a member of VVA Fort Madison, Iowa, Chapter 947.

Kenneth C. Sortor, 56, died recently. He was a life member of VVA Florissant, Missouri, Chapter 794.

Anthony Speight, 60, died August 23. He was an at-large member of VVA Maryland.

Michael F. Stejbach, 61, died February 20. He was an at-large member of VVA New York.

Will E. Stewart, 57, died recently. He was a life member of VVA Paducah, Kentucky, Chapter 337.

James D. Stroud, Jr., 66, died July 16, 2005, at his home. He was a life member of VVA Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Chapter 678.

David L. Tarr, 75, died November 29, 2007. He was a member of VVA Lawton, Oklahoma, Chapter 751.

Grove M. Taylor, 61, died recently. He was a life member of VVA Ashtabula, Ohio, Chapter 231.

Gordon Wayne Thompson, 69, died April 1 from acute coronary atherosclerosis. He was a life member of VVA Ponca City, Oklahoma, Chapter 750.

James Albert Treasure, 66, died August 4. He was a life member of VVA Baytown, Texas, Chapter 922.

Dale L. Treloar, 77, died February 8 from cancer. He was a member of VVA Rapid City, South Dakota, Chapter 463.

Charles J. Turiano, 61, died recently. He was a member of VVA-Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, Chapter 679.

Harold Louis Turner, 60, died March 31. He was a member of VVA Cumberland, Maryland, Chapter 172.

Steven Francis Varoli, 60, died March 26. He was a life member of VVA Stuart, Florida, Chapter 127.

Jimmie Glen Wade, 60, died December 25, 2007, from cancer. He was a life member of VVA Ann Arbor, Michigan, Chapter 310.

Lee Wade died in May 2008. He was an at-large member of VVA California.

John H. Warf, 63, died November 13, 2006, from metastatic lung cancer. He was a member of VVA Wichita Chapter 934.

Dale Wegman, 58, died May 9 from a heart attack. He was a member of VVA Fort Dodge, Iowa, Chapter 861.

James C. Watson, 68, died September 3. He was a life member of VVA Enterprise, Alabama, Chapter 373.

James Richmond Webb, Jr., 59, died March 26 from Agent Orange-related colon cancer. He was a life member of VVA Baltimore, Maryland, Chapter 451.

Dale Wegman, 58, died May 9, from a heart attack. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Fort Dodge Chapter 861.

Gary D. Wentworth, 58, died May 1 from colon cancer. He was a member of VVA Staples, Minnesota, Chapter 214.

John R. Wenzel, 64, died December 9, 2007, from diabetes mellitus type II. He was a life member of VVA Arlington, Virginia, Chapter 917.

Owens M. Wilson, 61 died February 13. He was a life member of VVA Wasilla Chapter 904.

Willie E. Woodward, 60, died Wednesday, October 31, 2008. He was a life member of VVA Tulsa Chapter 216.

Jerry Dyne Wright, 51, died April 13 from heart disease and lung cancer. He was a member of VVA Kansas City, Missouri, Chapter 317.

John E. Yarnell, 58, died May 15 from a heart attack. He was a life member of VVA Salem, Oregon, Chapter 271.

Thomas A. Zanetti, 60, died August 29. He was a member of the Associates of VVA Carson City, Nevada, Chapter 719.

 

 

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