17 Aug 2015

Marvin Clark Fink, CVE 106

He passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka, IL. He was born October 18, 1930 in Ridgeville, the son of Charles and Pearl Clark Fink.

He married Sandra Lathrop in Onarga on October 15, 1955 and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Gailia and Karen; three sons, Steve, Dean, and Tim ; one sister Joyce, and fifteen grandchildren.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Wilma Claypool; two brothers, Glen Fink and Paul Fink; and one infant daughter, Nancy Jo Fink.

Mr. Fink served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict, aboard the USS Block Island, CVE 106, as a Boiler Tender, 1950-54.  He was a member of the Onarga American Legion Post #551, and belonged to the USS Block Island  Association. He was a school board member for the Onarga Schools and was a member of the Onarga Methodist Church. Marvin was a lifetime farmer in the Onarga area, was a 4-H Leader and drove a bus for Wilken Bus Service in his later years. He enjoyed drinking coffee with his friends at the Del Rey Elevator.


Sympathy cards may be sent to Mrs. Sandra Fink, 210 S. Locust Street,   Onarga, IL  60955-1255.


17 Aug 2015

Daniel DiBono, USS Barr

He passed away on at the age of 89.  He retired as a Social Studies teacher from Lower Merion High School in Lower Marion, PA.  He was awarded the Purple Heart in WWII while serving in the US Navy.  Dan was a member of the USS Block Island Association and he was a former president of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association (DESA) Philadelphia Chapter and a longtime US Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer.  He was also an active member of Queen of Peace Parish in Glenside.  He is survived by his loving wife Grace and by his daughter, Anita and her husband Dan and their three children, and grandson, Daniel.  He’s also survived by his sister, Annemarie. 


1 Aug 2015

Robert Dean Flowers Jeffs, S 1/C, CVE 106 (WWII)

He passed away on at the age of 88.  Bob resided in South Jordan, Utah. He was born December 9, 1926 in Salt Lake City, UT.  He married his wife Nancy Lee Richardson on June 20, 1948.  Bob worked for IML for many years before retiring.  He loved spending time with his wife Nancy at their cabin in Scofield, Utah.  He also loved fishing, gardening and many other outdoor activities as well as spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He will be truly missed.  He’s survived by his children Jerrie, Robert, Steven, David, Karla, 19 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.  Bob is also survived by his brother Bud and sisters Joyce, Gwen, Sharon and Sandra.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy in 2010.  


9 Jul 2015

Forest Dawley, Baker 3/C, CVE 21/106

Forest of Kent, Washington, passed away at the age of 91 on July 9th (a military service was held for him).  Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Barbara, two stepdaughters, three step-grandchildren, a niece and four nephews.  Following the war, Forest became a journeyman carpenter.  For a time, he taught stain glass lamp making at a junior college.  Forest received his pilot private’s license and would occasionally rent a plane.  Forest and Barbara had a motorhome and would travel to Arizona in the winter.


19 Jun 2015

James Frederick "Fred" Fulcher, Seaman 1/C, CVE 106

James of Lynchburg, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2015 at the Virginia Baptist Hospital. He was the loving husband of the late Dorothy Stevens Fulcher.  Born on February 16, 1927 in Lowesville, he was the son of the late Ernest Cadell Fulcher and Eunice Wood Fulcher.James served our country in the United States Navy and served during WWII and Korea. He retired from the C&P Telephone Company with 34 years of service. He was a member of Beulah Baptist Church.In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Stevens "Candy" Fulcher.  James is survived by his daughter, Susan Fulcher Hudson and her husband Thomas.


16 Jun 2015

Richard A. "Dick" Botsford, (QM 3/C, CVE 21/106)

He was from Dayton, Ohio  and passed away June 16 at the age of 89. Beloved husband of Marijane (nee Carr) Botsfordand the late Jean (nee Jureller) Botsford, loving father of John (Linda)Botsford of Cincinnati, Ohio, cherished grandfather of Lindsay Botsford (John Velasquez, Jr.) and Whitney (Ryan) Morgan of Houston, Texas and Mallory (Nicholas) Bridle of San Francisco, California, dear brother of Robert (Betty) Botsford of Arcade, New York and Lois (Lee) Williams of Scottsdale, Arizona, dear stepdaughters Karlyn Stanley (William Porter) of Washington, D.C. and Nina (Michael) Marshall. After graduating from high school in Springville, New York, Dick enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country on the aircraft carrier the USS Block Island. Upon his return, he earned a degree in Engineering from Syracuse University. Dick was retired from General Motors Corporation where he worked as the Director of Methods Engineering and Work Standards.


20 May 2015

Leander “Andy” Brod, S 1/C, CVE 21/106

He was from Edna, Texas and passed away at the age of 91. He was born in East Bernard, Texas on February 28, 1924, to the late Leander Frank and Mary Lucy.  Andy served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years.  He was also a member of the VFW Post 8556 in Lolita and the American Legion Post 346 in Ganado. Andy worked as a heavy equipment operator for Local Union 450 for several years.  Andy is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Virginia Bland of Edna; daughters, Janet and fiancé Vance of Galveston, Rose Marie and her husband Chris of Houston, Sharon of California; sons, Bubba and his wife Shirley of Edna and Joe and his wife Marsha of Victoria; brother, John of Boling; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Faye Waldrop  daughter, Linda; sisters, Tina and Julia


27 Apr 2015

Rev. Bertus West, Seaman on CVE 21/106

He passed away on April 27.  He’s survived by his wife, Agnes; stepson, Garry Usilton; sister, Estelle McCullar; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


14 Jan 2015

Ralph Northart, Sgt., VMTB 233, CVE 106

He passed away following a long illness.  Ralph was born in May of 1924 to Colletta Hoffman and Carl Northart. His early childhood was spent in Pittsburg, PA but the family (including two sisters) settled in Baltimore, MD. The Great Depression forced a division of family, the children were farmed out to relatives and acquaintances while Carl searched for work. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in March of 1943. He took boot camp at Paris Island, SC, radio school at Jacksonville, FL and aerial gunnery school at Yellow Water, FL. He was assigned to Santa Barbara, CA as a replacement airman after a training mishap killed five flight crews. There, he met a local gal at a Sunday evening church service. Her name was Barbara June. They made plans but wartime intervened. Stationed in the Pacific Theatre aboard the aircraft carrier Block Island, Ralph flew submarine patrol and provided air support during the invasion of Okinawa, Ishigaki, and Miyako-jima. After discharge, he returned to Santa Barbara, married Barbara, and they had three children., Ralph trained as a land surveyor with his father-in-law, Edwin. Later, Ralph, Ed and Ray Martin created the engineering firm, Martin, Northart and Associates. He lost Barbara to Alzheimer's in 2010. Several years later he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. He will be remembered for his generosity.  Ralph is survived by Mark and David, their spouses Jan and Meg, grand children, Susannah, Michael, Heather, Meredith, Ashlee, Sarah, Andrew, and great grandchildren, Madison, Colby, Keira, Cooper, Layla and Hallie.