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117th Cav Association

Honor Roll

This page is dedicated to our fallen brothers, sisters and their spouses. The post will remain here for 1 year or so and then removed. Past TAPS notices can still be found in the SPUR for those who wish to review these at a later date.

We all will meet them at Fiddler's Green

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Past TAPS notices can still be found in the SPUR

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Eugene "Bink" Romanick, Jr., 69, of the Clearview Lake section of Hampton Township, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon Township.

Born in Paterson, Gene was a longtime resident of Sussex County. His education was extensive. He received his Masters from William Paterson University, graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College in 1983, graduated from the US Naval War College in 1985, and graduated from the Air University Graduate School in 1997. A Retired Lieutenant Colonel with the Army National Guard, Gene served in three Branches of the Army during his career: Infantry, Armor and Cavalry. He began his career as a tank mechanic with 3-104 Cavalry, then served the S3(Air), 3-113 Infantry, the S1, 3-113 Infantry, was Commander of Headquarters Company, 3-113 Infantry, Executive Officer with 5-102d Armor, and was a Budget Officer and United States Property and Fiscal Officer.

Gene was a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, where he was a Deputy National Director of Human Relations, a District Staff Officer -1st CG District – Human Relations, a Flotilla Commander, an AIDS Verifier, a Public Education Instructor, a Vessel Examiner and was a Qualified Boat Crew member. Other memberships included the Essex Troop Association, 5th 102nd Iron Horsemen Association, and the USABOT (USA Brotherhood of Tankers), where he served as Vice President / National Executive Officer, as well as Chief of Staff and Chief Administrative Officer. He was also a volunteer coordinator for the Sussex County Sheriff's office from 2005 to 2006, a Forest Fire Warden, a member of Masonic Harmony Lodge No. 8, and a former Newton fireman.

His most cherished awards included the Order of St. Maurice, awarded by the United States Army Infantry Association; the Order of St. George, Bronze Medallion, awarded by the United States Armor Association of the US Army; the Order of St. George, Silver Medallion, of the United States Armor and Cavalry Association, presented by USABOT; the Army Commendation Medal; and the Meritorious Service Medal.

The son of the late Eugene Romanick, Sr., and Catherine (nee Hughes) Romanick, Gene is survived by his wife of 29 years, Donna (nee Riker) Romanick; three daughters, Jennifer Adamec of Somerville, Melissa Morales of New Milford, and Rebecca Traylor of Unity, Maine; as well as three grandchildren, Allison, Daniella and Cassidy.


Sallie Davis Lee Pierce, 97, of San Antonio, TX, formerly of Blackshear, passed away peacefully with beautiful grace Saturday, October 1, 2016. A native of Pierce County, she was a daughter of Jacob Lloyd Davis Sr. and Cassie James Davis. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Captain Daniel W. Lee Sr. and her second husband, Ken Pierce; her daughter, Beverly Wanda Lee, her parents; her sisters, Mildred Hand, Audice Lee, Lois West, Cora Mae Head and Zell O’Steen and her brothers, Troy Davis, Guthrie Davis and Dewey Davis.

She lived the past 54 years of her life in San Antonio, most recently at The Madison. She was a member of Coker United Methodist Church and the John Wesley Class and she was formerly a long-time member of Shearer Hills Baptist Church.

Her life was focused on her family here and in the Southern Georgia area of Blackshear, Alma and Waycross where she was raised. She loved to be with her family, cooking for them and ensuring they were together to celebrate life. With both Dan and Ken, she experienced the joy of traveling around our great country visiting friends and family. In addition, she was a true patriot and loved her country with all her heart. Following the death of Captain Daniel W. Lee Sr, she worked tirelessly to ensure this true American hero’s legacy will be retained. She will be greatly missed by her family as her love of life and the ability to bring her family together will be difficult to replace. "We love and miss her greatly," said her family.

Survivors include her brother Jacob Davis, Blackshear; her three children, Daniel W. Lee Jr. (Ann), James Lee (Cheri) and Elizabeth Lee von Merveldt (Eric); three step-children, Barbara Stevenson (Dick), David Pierce (Sonia) and Bill Pierce (Pam); 13 grandchildren, Dr. Daniel W Lee III, Courtland Lee, Christopher Lee, Shaun Lee, Jordan Lee, Kelly von Merveldt, Corey von Merveldt, Laura Theurer, Jennifer Stevenson, Robbie Stevenson, Michael Stevenson, Jonathon Stevenson, Matthew Pierce, and Kenny Pierce and many great-grandchildren who added joy to her life.

LTC John S. Huff 1921 - July 2016 95 years old, passed away from age related reasons at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, Fort Whipple, Prescott, Arizona.

He was a remarkable man with an amazing and long life. John was born in Frankfort, Kentucky. By the time he was three, his family had moved to Tucson, Arizona, at that time a town of just over 20,000 people. In junior high school he ran around with future author Ray Bradbury, sharing their interest in reading and science fiction. He graduated from Tucson High School in 1938 where he was a member of the junior ROTC. John continued with ROTC training at the University of Arizona, graduating in 1942. The morning of graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the Army Horse Calvary and ordered to Officer Basic School at Fort Riley, Kansas where he trained in Mechanized Calvary, bridging the transition from horse to vehicle.

In February, 1943 he obtained a short leave and returned to Tucson to marry Marion Knudson on Valentine's Day. They had met in front of the University of Arizona Library. John impressed her at their introduction being dressed up in his ROTC uniform, complete with a sword! How could she resist that? In March of 1943 he was ordered to New York and the two of them drove their small car cross-country from Tucson. From New York he was ordered to North Africa, where Lieutenant Huff spent most of 1943 in Morocco and Algeria with the 117th Mechanized Calvary, C Troop.

His unit was transferred to Italy where John was part of General Clark's escort as he entered Rome, which had been declared an "open city" by Germany and the Allies sparing ruin. They continued to pursue the Germans north to Florence where they were ordered back Naples. He then became part of Operation Dragoon, invading southern France on August 15, 1943. His platoon led the landing at St. Tropez, in front of the Third Infantry Division. Malaria (contracted in Africa) soon derailed John for a few days, but he was able to rejoin his platoon in France as they continued north to Grenoble and the Belfort Gap. Just north of the town of Draguignan his platoon surprised and captured over a thousand German soldiers, including a General. John's malaria returned and he was evacuated back to Naples. By the end of 1944 he was in a hospital in Santa Fe. Recovering, John was assigned back to Ft. Riley, Kansas. From there he and Marion were sent to Tokyo as part of the post-war occupation of Japan from 1946 to 1951 when he returned to the U of A as a ROTC instructor. He was then sent on a series of assignments, moving up the ladder to Lt. Colonel: Japan & Korea 1953 - 1956, Ft Leavenworth 1957-1958, New Orleans 1959-1960, Pentagon 1960-1963 (Army Chiefs of Staff and even wound up on a ship during the Cuban missile crisis), and a final assignment to Bangkok, Thailand 1963-1964.

John retired from the Army in 1964, returning to Tucson. He worked for the University of Arizona as Assistant Dean in the Continuing Education Department, helping to set up courses all over Arizona and in Mexico. He retired from the U of A and was hired by Tucson Electric Power in their personnel division. He retired staying in Tucson until 2001 when he and Marion moved to Prescott. The two traveled for many years to Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, New Zealand and all over America. John in proceeded in death by his two sisters, Amy Lue Yordt of California and Anna Lee Markle of Texas. He is survived by his wife of 73 years and two sons, John and James.


LTC (Ret) Robert C. Sheldon Jr. of Upper Deerfield Twp., aged 69 years, passed away suddenly and unexpected on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at his second home in Lewes, Delaware. Born in Bridgeton, he was the son of the late Robert C. and Emily (nee Adams) Sheldon, and the husband of Charlotte (nee Ellis) Sheldon. Robert, or Bob as he was known, had lived in this area all of his life and was employed for over 40 years with the E.I. DuPont Chambers Works Company as a Laboratory Technician. He was a proud veteran who had commanded the 3-102d ARMOR NJ Army National Guard and also the NJ Air National Guard. He was also a proud member of both the Brearley and Elmer Masonic Lodges, where he served formerly as Deputy District Grand Master and currently as the treasurer for the Brearley Lodge. He loved reading and playing golf, and trips to Delaware with his wife Charlotte, but he especially loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren. Besides his wife Charlotte of 32 years, he is survived by his children, Kelly Corliss, Alexandra "Sandy" Sheldon, Scott Volk and his wife Cindy, Philip Volk, Amy Colaneri and her husband Jim, his sister Catherine Speziali and her husband Frank Jr., his sister-in-law Karen Sheldon, and nine grandchildren. He was predeceased, besides his parents, by a brother, Daniel Sheldon.


Thomas Harold Clews WWII Army veteran, formerly of New Jersey, geophysical-cartographer Thomas Harold Clews, 90, passed away Oct. 15, 2016, in Broken Arrow, Okla. Thomas was born on Nov. 2, 1925, in Jersey City, N.J., to Thomas Edward and Florence Irene (Van Horn) Clews. He was retired as a manager of graphics for the Marion Corporation in Mobile, Ala. Thomas was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Ruth Eleanor (Parks) Clews. He is survived by son, Mark Stephen Clews and wife, Lei An; granddaughters, Brooklyn Nicole Clews and Jennifer (Taylor) Schisler and husband, Brandon Schisler; great-grandson, Cameron Schisler, and sister, Florence Christina Clews of Cranford, N.J. Thomas grew up in rural New Jersey, and graduated from Cranford High School. He was a member of the Troop "B" 2d Squadron, Mechanized Calvary, New Jersey State Guard, his senior year in high school. Thomas enlisted in the Army during World War II, serving in combat in Europe with the 69th and 3d Infantry Divisions from the Battle of the Bulge to the link-up with the Russian forces at the Elbe River. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and French Croix-De-Geure. In 2004, he was awarded the Diplome d' Honneur and Medaille Du Cinquantenaire from the French War Veterans Association for participating in the liberation of France in World War II. He was employed as a geophysical-cartographer for Ashland, Deep Rock, Amerada-Hess and Marion Oil corporations. Thomas was a charter member of the Association of Professional Draftsman and a fellow in the American Congress on Mapping and Surveying.


LTC William "Barry" Maloney, 68, of Franklin Township, NJ passed away peacefully on August 12, 2016 in Allentown, PA. Born on March 24, 1948 in Elizabeth, NJ to the late William Sr. and Janet Maloney. Barry was a graduate of Rahway High School class of 1966. Shortly after graduation, he met and married the love of his life Barbara whom he celebrated 44 years of marriage. Barry proudly served his country in the New Jersey National Guard for 41 years. Retiring in 2005 from the NJ Army National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel. Barry devoted his life to his family, his country and his community. Volunteering for many organizations dear to his heart, such as MOAA, the Boy Scouts and the Sea Girt NJ National Guard Youth Camp. He was an avid hunter, particularly pheasant hunting. He was a member of the Echo Farms Hunting Club. Barry also enjoyed fishing. Above all, he adored his family and treasured every moment spent with them. Barry is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years Barbara, his loving daughters, Megan Moreo and her husband Cayle, Shannon Maloney and Devan Maloney. 2 brothers, Bruce Maloney and his wife Betty, Kevin Maloney and his wife Gale and his treasured grandson Cayle Jr. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother Timothy Maloney.


COL David N. Loveless, 70, of Hamilton, NJ, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, at home of respiratory complications due to ALS. Born in Trenton, NJ, Dave was raised in Lawrence Twp. and had been a long time resident of Hamilton. He was employed by the Hamilton Twp. School District for over 30 years as a teacher of biological sciences at Hamilton West and later as curriculum consultant for educational technology for the district. Dave was a retired colonel in the NJ Army National Guard, serving over 25 years, a past commander of the 2-102d Armor. All who knew Dave were influenced by his infectious passion for nature and many boating activities, with fishing being his priority. Dave was the son of the late Harry J. Loveless and uncle to the late Vincent Palombi. He is survived by his mother, Marie (Bregenzer) Loveless; his beloved wife of 37 years, RuthAnn (Palombi) Loveless; his sister, Helene Botos; his brother, Richard and wife, Dee Loveless, and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Remo and Jacqueline Palombi. Also cherishing his memory are his nieces, Sherry Botos, Kimberly (Botos) Walser and husband, Stacy Walser, and Adrienne Palombi, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.


LTC Kenneth L. Quaas, age 92, of Plainfield, IL. Passed on July 17, 2016. A WWII veteran and retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U. S. Army Reserve. Ken served in WWII - Army Medical Service as a Sergeant in the 106th General Hospital in England. In 1947 he joined Troop A, 50th Reconnaissance Battalion NJARNG in Westfield as a Private. Quaas rose to Sergeant Major, then Warrant Officer, Personnel. He was commissioned 2LT of Armor. After a series of assignments in the 50th Armored Division, Quaas retired as a LTC in the USAR. A Rutgers University graduate, he had a long career with Exxon in Linden, NJ.

Ken was the editor of The SPUR for 27 years, passing the quill in 2006. He was a founding member of the 117th Cavalry Association. He was a devout Christian, serving in many Presbyterian Church organizations and choirs, as well as many community service groups. Beloved husband of the late Dorothea Lahr; loving father of Ken (Isabelle) and beloved grandfather of Julianne, Matthew and John Quaas; treasured uncle and caring friend, always with a sense of humor, to many.


COL Howard C. "Hod" Housel, 98 of Hackettstown, NJ passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover, NJ surrounded by his loving family. Born March 27, 1918 in Phillipsburg, NJ, Howard was the son of the late Edgar R. & Myrtle Gardner Housel.

Hod proudly served his country in the United States Army. A career veteran, Col. Housel served in the Army for almost 39 years beginning in 1939. Of his many accomplishments in the service, he was most proud to have served in General Patton’s third army and having fought in the Battle of the Bulge and Utah Beach during the Normandy invasion. In addition, Hod was issued a rare "Battlefield Commission" in Krefeld, Germany to the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery Division. His NJARNG service included 695 Armored FA BN, 1-112th Field Artillery, 112th FA Regiment’ 112th FA Group, 113th Tank Battalion, 50th DISCOM and 50th Armored Division HQ. He was also the recipient of Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor. In all, he was the recipient of over 25 Medals and Military Decorations during his most impressive career from which he retired in 1978.

Colonel Housel remained very active in his community and was a proud member of Musconetcong Lodge #42 F. & A.M in Budd Lake, NJ having served as Past Master of the former Independence Lodge # 42, Hackettstown, NJ, Past Grand Chaplain, State of NJ, Past Grand Tall Cedar of the Warren County Chapter 14, Past District Deputy of the Tall Cedars and the Past President of the National Sojourners Association. He was also a member of the American Legion Blueridge Post #164 and the V.F.W. of Hackettstown, NJ.

Hod is survived by two children, a son Pat Housel and his wife Sharon of Macungie, PA and a daughter Lynda Statler and her husband Fred of Hackettstown, NJ. Five loving grandchildren, Jason, Jessica, Brett, Doug & Alicia as well as six great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Marion McNamara Housel and a sister, Doris "Pinky" Wydner.


Master Sergeant Donald F. Carlson, 68, of Newton, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Morristown Medical Center after battling cancer.

Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, Don was drafted into the United States Army in November 1966. Trained as a combat engineer, Don served for one tour of duty in South Vietnam and was promoted to Specialist 5th Class in demolitions. His next move was to Ft. Hood, Texas, where he spent the last six months of his time in Army. While serving in the Army, Don was the recipient of the Purple Heart medal.

Don then worked in various jobs in the private sector for several years, married on March 27, 1971, and moved to Newton in May of 1973. He later joined the New Jersey Army National Guard, serving in the 5th Battalion of the 102d Armored Division in Dover. After two years, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant then with more training and years, he progressed to the rank of First Sergeant of B Troop 5/117th Calvary in West Orange. During 911, Don was sent to Newark International Airport to be in charge of one of the Security shifts of the three terminals for eight months then onto the bridges and tunnels of New York for two weeks, followed by Salem Hope, New Jersey, Nuclear Power Plant for five months. Master Sergeant Donald F. Carlson was retired on May 5, 2005, after serving for 30 years in the United States Army & National Guard.

While serving in the National Guard, Don also worked in heating and air conditioning at Picatinny Arsenal for ten years. Both Don and his wife, Anne, had been active in the Town of Newton for forty years. They were Newton High School Band parents for sixteen years. A life member of V.F.W. Memorial Post 5360 in Newton, Mr. Carlson was also a Master Mason in Harmony Lodge #8 F&AM in Andover Township, a member of the American Legion in Andover Township, a member of the Purple Heart Organization, and a member of the NRA.

The son of the late Francis and Marion (nee Kane) Carlson, Don is survived by his wife of 45 years, Anne (nee Gibbons) Carlson; two sons, Donald Carlson and wife, Jean, and Sean Carlson; his daughter, Erin Carlson; his brother,

Richard Carlson and wife, Ellen; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Edna Chase and Tom and Lynn Gibbons; and many other loving family members and friends.


LTC Walter S. McCann, Jr. (June 25, 1936 - June 8, 2016) Walter Scott McCann Jr. passed peacefully on June 8, 2016 in the company of his loving family, rejoining Joy, his wife of 53 years, who had predeceased him only one short year ago. Scott was born on June 25, 1936 in Washington D.C, growing up in Bloomfield, NJ and Summit, NJ. He was a graduate of Summit High School and received his Bachelor's degree from Lafayette College in Easton, PA, where he was a member of Theta Xi Fraternity. Scott lived in Neptune, New Jersey for several years before settling in Ridgewood, NJ in 1974 with his family.

Scott was predeceased by his parents, Walter Scott McCann and Helen Clark McCann. A loving husband, proud father and grandfather, Scott is survived by his son Walter Scott McCann III and his wife, Julie and step-granddaughter, Danielle, of Torrance, CA; his son David Keyler McCann and his wife, Paige and grandsons, Connor Keyler McCann and Ryan Patrick McCann, of Fair Haven, NJ. He was especially proud of his grandchildren, often traveling up and down the Garden State Parkway or to California to support them in their various athletic endeavors.

Scott was employed over the years as an industrial design and construction administrator at Parsons - Jurden Corporation and Burns & Roe, retiring from the latter after almost 20 years. In addition, Scott spent over 30 years in the 50th Reconnaissance Squadron, 50th Armored Division and other units in the New Jersey Army National Guard, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Scott served as President of the NJ National Guard Association. Scott spent many years volunteering his time and energy to various civic and charitable organizations, as well as playing countless rounds of golf with his buddies from Hobbyists Unlimited.


LTC Howard Pitt, born in February of 1945, in Brooklyn, NY, died November 18, 2014 in Montrose, NY.

He will be missed dearly by his daughter and son, but they will remember him through all of the gifts he left them, including his ever-present sense of humor, his absolute love of books and reading, his high regard for education and achievement, his ability to talk intelligently and at length on almost any subject (especially military history and Arthurian legend), and his ability to come up with a truly awful pun to inject into any conversation. He had a deep love and pride for his children, and balanced encouraging them to aim high with being truly proud of whatever they achieved.

He is survived by his daughter and his son and their respective spouses. He leaves behind one granddaughter whom he loved to spoil with gifts of legos, cozy bathrobes, and a whole collection of animatronic singing bears. She will miss his affable personality, his generous spirit, and his resemblance to Santa.

Howard grew up in the village of Greenwood Lake, NY and deeply loved the lake. It was there that he taught his children to swim, jump off his shoulders, canoe, skull, and how to start a cookout with all manner of materials. He enjoyed hiking in the Appalachian trails that ran by the ridge near the lake and bringing his children to the Renaissance Festival in Sterling Forest. He was valedictorian of his high school and won a scholarship to Harvard College, which he attended from 1962-66.

Inspired by the example of his uncle who parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, Howard was eager to serve his country and took a leave from Fordham Law School to volunteer for Vietnam. He served in action in 1969 and was awarded a Purple Heart and a Silver Star. The military continued to be a core part of his life, as he joined the National Guard when he was released from active duty and served there for the next 20 years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served in the 3-104th Cavalry, 113th Infantry and was the CO of the 5-117th Cavalry.

Howard's military career was accompanied by his legal one, in which he worked for NY State providing legal representation to individuals with mental disabilities and later for Pathways to Housing in New York City working on behalf of the homeless.

Howard chose to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, as he always felt at home among others who had served. He lived the last 7 years of his life at the New York State Veterans Home in Montrose, NY and truly enjoyed his life there, surrounded by people who had dedicated their professional lives to serving veterans in exchange for their service. He loved the cooking club he attended and he was elected President of the Residents Council shortly before his passing.


William J. Lewis Jr., 81, of Toms River, died Jan. 16, 2016 in Toms River with his loving children
by his side. He was
born in Plainfield and had lived in North Plainfield before his move to Toms River over 30 years
ago. William was a 20 year veteran of the No. Plainfield Police Department before his retirement in
1980. He was a veteran of the US Army, also served in the NJ Army National Guard for 25 years. He
was a former member of the Italian American Club in No. Plainfield, a Charter member of the
Watchung Hills Elks Club in Warren Township, Toms River Knights of Columbus and the American
Legion, also of Toms River. Surviving are three sons, William of Bloomsbury, Matthew and his wife
Karen of No. Plainfield, Steven and wife Lisa of Belle Meade, two daughters, Kelly Lewis of No.
Plainfield, Pam Bound
Brook a brother Henry of Moretown, VT. In addition, four grandchildren, Evan, Hunter, Dylan, and
Jared.


Joe L. Ingram, Sr., 77, of Highland Park, NJ, died Friday, January 15, 2016 New Brunswick. Born in Madison, GA. A resident of Highland Park for 47 years and formerly of Jamesburg, NJ. A retiree of Brunswick Rubber Co., So. Brunswick for 26 years. A veteran of the U S Army and 5-117th Cavalry, NJ Army National Guard. He retired with the rank of Sergeant First Class. Predeceased by parents, two siblings, Willie James Ingram and Ethelene Roland. Surviving are his wife, Eva J. of Highland Park, six children, Robert Louis Cole and Demetria Cole of Atlanta, GA, Debra Jean Fulwood, Joe L. Ingram, Jr., Lisa Marie Ingram and Margaret Underwood, of Highland Park, four siblings, Larry Ingram, Carrie Sue Ingram and Eliza Bell Head, of Atlanta, GA and Eunice Goodman of New Brunswick, NJ, sixteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, multitude of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.


Harry J. Gramsammer Bells Labs senior designer, National Guardsman, of Linden SSG (Ret) Harry J. Gramsammer, 67, a lifelong resident of Linden, N.J., died on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Harry was a senior designer for Bell Labs in Murray Hill, N.J., where he worked from 1968 to 2005. From 2006 until his retirement in 2013, he worked maintenance for Genesis Eldercare in Plainfield, N.J. Mr. Gramsammer retired from the U.S. Army National Guard after serving from 1971 to 1991, Troop D (Air) 5-117th Cavalry. He was a member of the American Legion. Harry was predeceased by his brother, Jerome. Surviving are his beloved wife of 44 years, Jeanne Neylon Gramsammer; his loving children, Kristen and Eric; his sister, Cecilia Coglianese, as well as several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Heart Association in Harry's memory would be appreciated.


Ronald E. Manning Sr., 75, passed away on Oct. 17, 2015, at his residence in Plainfield, NJ. He attended Elizabeth NJ public schools, after graduating Jefferson HS, He attended and graduated from American Academy of Mortuary Sciences, NYC. He completed his internship at Smith Funeral Home in Elizabeth, NJ. In 1963, he enlisted in the US Army serving two tours in Vietnam in the infantry. He was decorated with two Bronze Stars for Valor. He continued to serve in the Army Reserves and the NJ Army National Guard, retiring in 1990 after 20 years as a Staff Sergeant in the 5-117th Cavalry. He Ronald had a long career with Merck & Company Inc. spanning 42 years. He was a pipefitter/welder, retiring in 2008. During that time, and until 2014, he was a Contracting Funeral Director. Prior to Vietnam, he married his high school sweetheart. Their son is Ronald Eric Manning Jr., a NJ Paramedic. In 1978, Ronald Sr. married Celeste Roberson. Their daughter Tia Celeste was born in 1980. She is a Pediatric ER Physician in Florida. Ron and Celeste moved to Plainfield in 1981. Ron was much loved in the neighborhood, helping with plumbing and other problems. He was ready with his snow blower helping seniors, expecting nothing in return. Ron had a great love for children, who loved him in return. He is survived by his wife Celeste, son Ron Jr. his wife Dr. Marylyn Giorgi Manning; daughter Dr. Tia Manning; four grandchildren, an aunt and a host of cousins, many grands and great grands and friends in great number.


John F. Ferguson, 94 died January 2015 Spring Lake NJ. John was born Sept. 5, 1920 in NYC. Family moved to Maplewood NJ in 1921. He graduated from Columbia HS, South Orange where he met Helen and married in 1942. He joined the 102d Cavalry Regiment (Essex Troop) in 1941. He was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Signal Corps, transferring to the USAAF serving in air-sea rescue flying in B17 Flying Fortresses especially fitted for search and rescue. These missions were flown from many bases in North America, Iceland and North Africa. John was discharged October 1945. "Essex Trooper" Jack Ferguson was proud of his service. He was an active Essex Trooper, attending meetings and luncheons until he was too infirm. Jack and his wife Helen raised their two children in Livingston. He was a bank executive retiring from PNC bank in 1992. He was active in scouting and his church. He belonged to several golf clubs. Jack and Helen moved to Spring Lake Heights where they were active in the community. An avid golfer, he played in many tournaments over the years. Jack was predeceased by his parents John and Jane, an infant daughter Penny, brother Charles, his wife of 70 years Helen, He is survived by son Gary, daughter Patricia, grandson Alexander and his wife Sarah and their children Rebecca and Elizabeth.


George James (Jim) Coburn, 95, of Sea Girt, NJ died peacefully on Friday evening, August 28, 2015. Born in Newark, NJ, Jim graduated from Milburn High School and attended Rutgers University for two years where he was a proud member of Rutgers' first varsity soccer team and the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity. Like his father before him, he answered his country's call to service and in 1939 enlisted with the 102d Calvary Regiment rising to corporal, and later transferring in 1942 to the 395th Fighter Squadron of the 9th Army Air Force where he served as a First Lieutenant in the Armaments Group. Landing in Normandy on D-Day plus five, he helped establish the first operating Allied airfield in Europe located in Cardonville, France. After his service, he began a 37-year career with the Prudential Insurance Company, rising from file clerk to a general manager in Prudential's Commercial Real Estate division where his last project was working on the development of the Gateway Plaza office building in Newark. Jim will always be remembered for his warmth, good humor and strength of character. He was a gentleman in the truest sense, an inveterate reader, a raconteur, lover of the arts and amateur historian. He certainly Showed 'em the Way!


 

Warren LeRoy Congleton WWII Coast Guard veteran Warren LeRoy Congleton, 87, of Orange, N.J., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. Born in East Orange, NJ, Warren was a resident of Orange for 18 years. He was employed as a maintenance supervisor with the Ivy Elementary School in Newark, N.J., for five years before retiring. Warren was a World War II veteran, having served with the U.S. Coast Guard, and later the New Jersey Army National Guard from which he retired, for a total of 31 years military service. Warren was a lifetime member of the Essex Troop Association. He served as a full-time employee in the West Orange Armory for many years. He was the devoted husband of Elizabeth Congleton; loving father of Jonell Congleton and Juanita Congleton; cherished stepfather of Mijanou Webb, and dear brother of Harvey Congleton. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Colonel Victor V. Arzoomanian passed away peacefully at his home on June 13, 2015 at the age of 93. He had been a resident of Hackensack for 63 years. "The Colonel," as he was fondly known, began his career in the Army as a Private, serving proudly in the South Pacific during WWII. After the war, he rejoined the NJ Army National Guard and advanced to Colonel. He was the first commanding officer of the 102d Armored Group. Upon his retirement from the Army, he became the Executive Director of Armenian Church Endowment Fund of the Eastern Diocese and assisted in its growth from $1.5 million to over $40 million. Prior to being an active member of St Leon Armenian Church he had served in many capacities for St. Thomas Armenian Church in Tenafly, NJ - Parish Council, Bazaar, and Picnic Chairman, Men's Club, Church Bowling League. In addition, Victor was Master of Ceremonies for many events pleasing crowds with his infectious sense of humor. His loving wife Alice predeceased him. Devoted father of Janet Davidian and her husband Bob, Edward Arzoomanian, Karen Garcia and her husband Carlos, and Nancy Gilbert and her husband Dennis. He was a proud grandfather to Robert and Gregory Davidian, Jennifer Sorenson and husband Chris, Michael and Lauren Garcia, and Daniel and William Gilbert. He was also great-grandfather to Rya Sorenson.


Irving K. Partelow 94, of Watchung died on Wednesday May 27, 2015 at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains. Born in Newark, he lived in Maplewood, Union, Scotch Plains, & Brick, before moving to Watchung 6 years ago. He was a diamond setter for Irving K. Partelow and Son for many years, before becoming a furniture salesman with Huffman Koos Furniture Stores in Rahway, for 35 years, retiring 34 years ago.

A veteran of WWII, he served in the US Army as a member of the 102d Cavalry Regiment (Horse-Mecz) and the 117th Cavalry Recon Squadron (Mecz) as a tank platoon sergeant, fighting in Italy and southern France. During combat in France, he received a Battlefield Commission to the 3d Infantry Division as a 2nd Lieutenant. While leading a combat patrol in northern France, he was severely wounded. He was awarded 2 Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star for Valor and the French Legion of Honor from the French Government. He also was a member of the 117th Cavalry Association, the American Legion post # 35 in Union, and The VFW Post # 8867 in Brick, NJ.

Irving was the husband of the late Hazel (nee Klepp) and the late Margaret (Peggy) (nee Mull). He is the father of Alanson R. Partelow and his wife Shirley, Patricia A. Heck and her husband Robert, and Constance J. Klenke, and her husband John, the stepfather of Bruce Watts and his wife Cindy, Brian Watts and his wife Fern, and the late Kathleen Wright. He was also the brother of the late Warren Partelow, Helen Hoffman, and Marion Knox. He is survived by 12 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.


Robert John Kling 82 Public works official in Westfield and Raritan Township, a fan of Westerns, passed away on May 1, 2015, in Culpeper, Va. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Dooley Colonial Funeral Home in Westfield, N.J. A memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. Private interment will be at Fairview Cemetery. An online guestbook and tribute wall are available at www.foundandsons.com. Born in Staten Island, Robert lived most of his years in New Jersey, where he was a dedicated member of the 50th Recon BN, the 5th Squadron, 117th Cavalry and the 1-102d ARMOR, NJ Army National Guard, retiring as Chief Warrant Officer 4, and led the public works departments of Westfield and Raritan Township. Following retirement, he moved to New York, living in Sherburne and later building a log cabin in Madison. Two years ago, he moved to Culpeper, Va., to be closer to family. He was an avid agriculturalist and a fan of Westerns. Family and community were of utmost importance to him, and he enjoyed lifelong friendships with neighbors and coworkers. He also maintained fraternal order memberships with the Atlas Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Westfield, the Corinthian Lodge Royal Arc of Westfield, Tall Cedars of Lebanon of Phillipsburg, Crescent Shrine of Burlington, Hamilton Lodge 120, and the Flemington Elks. He is survived by three generations of nieces and nephews. The first generation includes Rick Hege, Gay Lynn Hege, Terry Hege, Sandra Kling, Cynthia PreVatte, and John Kling. Please consider a donation to the Culpeper 4-H Club, 101 South West St., Culpeper, Va. 22701.


Raymond Paul Ferrante of Long Valley, NJ died unexpectedly Saturday, April 18. He was 68 years old. A beloved husband, father, son and friend, he leaves behind a family bereft—his wife Sherry, daughter Nancy and sons James and Warren. Born November 4, 1946 in the Bronx, NY to Marie (née Morel) and Ugo Ferrante, who predeceased him along with his brother Louis and stepfather James Myers. After two years at Manhattan College, he joined the Army’s 101st Airborne Division as a helicopter pilot, which would become both his lifelong passion and career with over 25,000 flight hours. In Vietnam, he completed over 2,100 hours of combat flight time and received 48 Air Medals, 3 with Valor as well as a Bronze Star. He returned to Vietnam with Air America for three years, met his wife Sherry in Saigon and then worked around the world in Iran, Mexico, the Arctic, Morocco, the Bahamas and Saudi Arabia. He joined Trump Airlines in 1984 and later served as Mr. Trump’s personal pilot. He retired from the NJ National Guard in 2006 as a CW5 Master Chief Warrant Officer, the highest rank achievable by an Army Warrant Officer, with over twenty years of service. A skilled carpenter, builder and devoted lover of all things mechanical, especially classic cars; he passed away in the 1961 Chevrolet Corvette he meticulously restored piece by piece. No man can be summed up in a single paragraph, least of all Raymond Ferrante. He was a true wealth of knowledge and possessed wisdom, wit, strength, work ethic, loyalty and integrity that was apparent to all he encountered. Raymond will be remembered as an uncommonly generous and selfless man, never thinking of himself and always willing to lend a helping hand. He will be profoundly missed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the Army Aviation Association of America, the NJARNG Yellow Ribbon Program or a national veterans charity of your choice.


James Hanna Rankin, 93, of Chatham, died on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at CareOne, Morristown. He was born on June 8, 1921 in Glen Ridge, NJ and graduated from East Orange High School in 1939. He attended Rutgers University before entering the Army National Guard in the 102d Cavalry Regiment "Essex Troop". The regiment, consisting of two squadrons, was sent to England in 1943. Jim was in Troop C, 2nd Squadron, which was sent to North Africa and later reflagged as the separate 117th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mecz), He served five years in England, North Africa, Italy and was in the invasion of southern France, Operation DRAGOON. The 117th Cavalry was among the first troops to enter Germany. He received a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for Valor. In 1949, he married Elinor Dickie Rankin whom he had known since childhood.

They moved to Chatham in 1959 where they raised their three children. His wife died in 2010. He was an officer of Fidelity Union Trust for many years, retiring in 1983. Mr. Rankin was active in the Madison Area YMCA and the Chatham Fish & Game Protective Association where he served on the board. He was an avid gardener and loved traveling. He was especially proud of his Scottish heritage and traveled to Scotland numerous times.


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