6 May 2017

Francis “Frank” Bernard Mlsna, QM 2/C, USS Ahrens,

He passed away at the age of 92.  He was born in Cashton, WI on April 3, 1925 the son of Edwin and Magdalen (Butzler) Mlsna. Frank was a Cashton High School graduate and later joined the US Navy. He was a WWII Veteran, discharged in February 1947. One of his greatest joys was being able to participate in The Honor Flight Program. Truly believing “Every Day Is A Bonus”.

On June 14, 1947 he was united in marriage to Beverly L. Perkins at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Cashton, WI.  They farmed for five years near Cashton and moved to Sparta in 1952. Frank had worked for the Sparta-La Crosse Truck Line. Later he worked for Gateway Transportation, later becoming Maislin Trucking.

Frank and Bev spent many summers vacationing in Canada and winters in Florida, Texas and Arizona; making many friends along the way. He was also very involved with the USS Block Island Reunion Group. Frank was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and later Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Newburg, WI.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Margie (James) Burgett and a daughter in law, Elizabeth Mlsna; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is further survived by two brothers, Ira Mlsna of Cashton and Richard Mlsna of Sparta, and one sister in law, Imogene Hanson of Coon Valley. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beverly; brothers, Charles and Thomas; and a sister, Elma Mae Hohn; infant son, Mark; and son, David.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 12 noon on Friday, May 12, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father Todd Mlsna officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by VFW Post 2112 followed in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Sparta.

Online condolences may be offered to the Mlsna family at www.schanhoferfh.com.

Sympathy cards may be sent to his daughter, Mrs. Margie Burgett, 3965 Blue Goose Road,   West Bend, WI  53090-9417.


16 Apr 2017

Richard E. Carter, PNA 2/C , CVE 106

He was a former Director of the USS Block Island Assn.  He was born in 1927. His daughter, Pamela shared the following:  “I still have dad’s watch that he purchased aboard the ship after it left port when he first joined the Navy at 17 years old!  It is the watch I remember him wearing all during the years I was a little girl, and even tough it is self-winding, it still runs!  I treasure this piece.  My dad had great respect for the US Navy and officers.  He fondly remembered his years in the Navy, the work and friendships he made there.  One story he told was when a trainer pilot took him up for a leisurely ride in a trainer plane so the pilot could get in more hours.  It was an open-cockpit plane, and the pilot proceeded to fly in steep dives, nearly touching the ground then flying the plane in circles and upside down in loop circles.  Their seat belts were the only thing holding them in the plane!  It may have been one of the few times in his life when dad was left speechless!  Another story was while assigned to the Block Island, working in Personnel, the cook came in, desperately needing shore leave to see his fiancée but did not have leave time available.  Dad told him to go ahead and take the leave; dad would ensure his paperwork was signed by an officer.  As good as his word, dad placed the paperwork in the middle of a stack of papers that needed signature after signature after signature by an officer.  It was done!  After the cook returned from leave, he would periodically send down to Personnel, dad’s favorite pie – chocolate – as a thank you!  He spent the last two years of his life at the Nevada State Veterans Retirement Home in Boulder City, NV where he continued making friends, telling Navy stories and listening to military stories as he was lucid to the end.  On November 5th he will be laid to rest at Wolf Creek.  In 1973, Dick supervised the construction of the Wolf Creek Golf Course in Cayuga, Illinois and Dwight Country Club in Dwight, Illinois in the 1960s.  Dick enjoyed working on both golf courses, as he loved to golf.  On building the two, he always said:  “Not bad for a little barefoot kid from Kentucky!”  Sympathy cards may be sent to Pamela Carter at 2375 E. Tropicana Avenue, Suite 218, Las Vegas, NV  89119 


15 Feb 2017

Robert "Bob" Joseph Mathis, AOM 1/C, CVE 21/106

He was born January 5, 1925 in Warren, PA and was a long-time resident of Acadiana. His legacy of the following positions will forever be remembered by his family. Bob was a member of the American Legion Post 69 of Lafayette, as a dedicated member for over 30 years, serving as the current Senior Vice-Commander and was a Past Post Commander. Bob was currently serving as First Executive Vice-President of the board for the American Legion Post 69 and was a director of several committees. He was a member and Commander of the VFW Post 2103 of Lafayette and was currently a member of the VFW Post 9822 of Judice. Bob was a dedicated member of the Elks Lodge #1048 in Opelousas and served the organization with dignity and honor. He was the Past Exalted Ruler, Past District Deputy, Past Trustee and was respected as Elk of the Year, all four of the highest honors. Bob belonged to The Cooties, who are honorary members of the VFW, The Forty and Eight for 33 years serving as a Past Chef De Gar, who are honorary members of the American Legion, the Association of Officers of the Military (AOOM) and the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). He was also currently serving as the President of the USS Block Island Association.

Bob joined the United States Navy at 17 years old during World War II. He became a First Class Aviation Ordinance Man, Petty Officer with six stripes after the sinking of the aircraft carrier, USS Block Island on May 29, 1944. Bob joined the National Guard for a period of 7 months. When it was activated, he became a member of the United States Army, where he was a Master Sergeant in the infantry. After finishing his schooling in the Army, Bob was promoted to a Helicopter Warrant Officer. He was honorably discharged after 13 years of flying as a pilot of airplanes and helicopters, during many combat operations, including World War II, the Korea Conflict and the Vietnam War. Bob was a decorated veteran having been awarded the Victory Medal in the Navy, a Senior Aviation Badge, the National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, all in the Army. He flew in the private sector for many years after his discharge, retiring at the age of 64

Bob is survived by his beloved wife of nine years, G. Leona W. Mathis of Abbeville; seven children, Bonnie Mathis Reynolds and her husband, David, R. James "Jim" Mathis and his wife, Anne , Kathleen "Kathy" Mathis Baughman , Linda Mathis Clemente and her husband, Michael, Sheryl "Sherry" Mathis Allende and her husband, Gloria Mathis Rausch  and Sandra Mathis Trosclair and her husband, Elliott; three stepchildren, Charlotte Ann Moore and her husband, Harry , Luther Winch and Quentin Winch; one sister, Mary Mathis Civitano and her husband, Joseph; 25 grandchildren, four step grandchildren, and numerous dear great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Frederick and Genevieve Bertha Kerr Mathis; his daughter, Amy Mathis Rihanek and his grandson, Jessie Evans.

Online obituary and guest book may be viewed at www.fountainmemorialfuneralhome.com.


26 Feb 2017

Victor Merenuk , S1/C, CVE 106

He passed away at his home in Georgia. He is survived by his wife Nancy and five children. Sympathy cards may be sent to  Mrs. Nancy Merenuk, 2202 Brookfield Drive, Lawrenceville, GA  30043-2503.


10 Feb 2017

Clancy E. Fishero, USS Ahrens

He married the love of his life, Kathleen on February 21, 1948.  Clancy was a driver for Anderson Motor and OK Trucking in Indianapolis for 41 years, retiring in 1990.  He was a long-time member of Kingsway Christian Church and most recently attended Camby Community Church.  He was a member of DESA (Destroyer Escort Sailors Assn.), USS Block Island Assn. (attending reunions), and Teamsters Local #135.  He loved traveling all over the world and reminiscing with WWII veterans.  Amongst his travels, going on an Honor Flight was the highlight of his life.  He lived in Indianapolis for most of his life.  Clancy is survived by his wife of nearly 69 years, Kathleen and his five children:  Clancy (Cheryl) Fishero Jr., Michael (Miley) Fishero , Jennifer (Mike) Horner, Stephan Fishero, and Lori (BJ) Nichols; 14  grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, a brother and three sisters.  He is preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Carol Adams, a son, John Fishero; two brothers; and two sisters.  Sympathy cards may be sent to Mrs. Kathleen Fishero, 8102 Alan Drive, Camby, IN  46113-9427.  Her daughter, Lori Nichols, who attended numerous BI Reunions with her parents resides at:  11554 Willow Springs Drive, Zionsville, IN 46077-7828