OBITUARIES numbered 0 thru 3A

IN MEMORIAM
 
NOTE: Not all published obituaries have been found yet, but those that have been found as of February, 2006 are listed below in the order they were received.  If you have any information concerning obituaries not listed here, please send an e-mail to Bruce Downey, hdowney@vt.edu and they will be included below...
 
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Obituary Number 0 __________________________________________
Kathryn (Kathy) Gail Flechsig Spannuth (1934-1992) obituary published by the Dayton Daily News, March 15, 1992 and presented to the York H.S. Class of 1952 by the Dayton Public Library (Contact:  Kathy's husband--Steve Spannuth, York '48, at 2125 Bell Oak Dr., Kettering, OH 45440 Tel: 937-434-2561):
 
SPANNUTH, Kathy, 57, of Kettering, passed away Thursday, March 12, 1992 at Kettering Medical Center.  Survived by her husband, Steve Spannuth; a daughter, Lora Hunsaker of Dayton; father, Ernest Flechsig of Kettering; grandchildren, Shannon and Michael Hunsaker.  She was a member of SICSA and the Dayton & Mongomery County Humane Society.  Funeral services 1 P.M. Monday, Tobias Funeral Home, Far Hills Chapel, 5471 Far Hills Ave. at Rahn Rd.  Pastor Pete Schwalm officiating.  Interment David's Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home 2-5 P.M. Sunday.  The family suggests contributions be made to SICSA or to Infectious Disease Research, Kettering Medical Center Foundation, 3535 Southern Blvd., Kettering, OH 45429.
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Obituary Number 1 __________________________________________
Robert V. Parrott (1934-2015).......

Steuerle Funeral Home Ltd.

Robert V. Parrott Robert V. Parrott Robert V. Parrott 
(Died April 5, 2015)
U.S. VeteranRobert V. Parrott 80, ofVilla Park, IL. Beloved father of Michael (Julie), James (Jackie), dear grandfather of Emily and Robbie,services and interment private. Arrangements by Steuerle FuneralHome 350 S. Ardmore Ave, Villa Park, IL 603-832-4161
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Obituary Number 2 __________________________________________
Ronald D. Low (1934-1997) obituary graciously presented to the York H.S. Class of 1952 by his wife, Mrs. Joan Nielsen Low, York '53, (214 17 St SE, Watertown, SD 57201 Tel: 605-882-3923). Thanks too to Punky Stevens, York '52, for making the initial contact with Joan Low:
 
RONALD LOW---Funeral services for Ronald D. Low, 63, 214 17th St., SE, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec 29, in the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer with the Rev. Paul Knudson officiating.  Don Seim will be the soloist and Marian Riddle will be the accompanist.

Ronald D. Low (1934-1997)
Ronald D. Low (1934-1997)

Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Jim Hanson, Merle Bruner, Derril Chapman, Dennis Koch, Bill Neale, Steve Mueller, Tim Steichen, Bob Kearney and Wally Brownlee.

   Visitation will be in the Wight and Fox Funeral Chapel on Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue in the church Monday prior to the services.  Relatives are requested to meet at the church by 10 a.m. Monday for a family prayer service.
   Mr. Low died on Friday Dec. 26, 1997, in a Watertown hospital.  He was born Aug. 6, 1934, at Boone, Iowa, to C. Maloy and Ruth (Fenton) Low.  He moved with his family to Elmhurst, Ill., where he attended school.  He graduated from York CommunityHigh School in Elmhurst.
   On Sept. 4, 1954, he married Joan Nielsen at Elmhurst.  He served in the U.S. Army for two years, one year in Germany. He was employed at H.F. Veghter Excavating for 10 years before the couple moved to Watertown in 1970.  They owned and operated Culligan Water Conditioning for about 12 years.  He then was employed as a driver for Jackrabbit Bus Line for about eight years and then as superintendent of transportation  for the Watertown School District.  He retired last June.
   Mr. Low was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Frank H. Adams VFW Post 750, Concord Lodge #13, AF&AM, a member of York Rite, Watertown Chapter #12 and Comannandery Council #7 and the Yelduz Shrine of Aberdeen.
   He is survived by his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, Gregory and Bambi of Omaha; a daughter and son-in-law, Jodi and Robert Meisinger of Weeping Water, Neb; his mother, Ruth Low, of Boone; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Diana Neilsen of Modesto, Calif., and Barbara and Don Bednarz of Villa Park, Ill.; and six grandchildren.
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Obituary (in the form of biographical info) Number 3 _______

Ernest Arthur Olds (1934 - 1968 MIA, 1978 KIA)  Ernie was a casualty of the Vietnam War and accordingly his name appears on the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.  Brief biographical information is presented to the York H.S. Class of 1952 by http://thewall-usa.com accompanied by rememberances, also available on-line, submitted by Bill Miller and Tom Mouhelis. Thanks too to Dave Buswell, York '52, who contributed initially by contacting the U.S. Naval Academy where Ernie graduated in 1956:
 
ERNEST ARTHUR OLDS, COL 

COL - O6 - Air Force - Regular
43 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
Born on Jul 14, 1934
From SALISBURY, MARYLAND
His tour of duty began on Mar 11, 1968
Casualty was on May 02, 1978
NORTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died while missing: 3/68 - 5/78
FIXED WING - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
Religion
METHODIST


ERNEST ARTHUR OLDS, COL

Submitted by

Bill Miller
bill.miller@mdbalt.ang.af.mil
Fellow Marylander and Airman
2701 Eastern Boulevard
Baltimore, MD21220-2899 USA
Although his braclet broke a few years back and is unwearable,I still have it to remember his ultimate sacrifice
Saturday, September 09, 2000
 
Follow-up e-mail received from Bill on April 24, 2002:
 
"Bruce: Thanks so much for the information.  I was a year old when you all graduated, but from 1974 until 1999, I wore the Colonels' POW/MIA bracelet.  Unfortunately it broke, but I still have it on display at home.  Best Regards: SMSgt Bill Miller"
 


Submitted by
Tom Mouhelis
tmouhelis@aol.com
fellow airman
1009 S. Campbell
Wheaton,IL60187USA
I wore his bracelet
Friday, September 24, 1999
 
Follow-up e-mail received from Tom on April 24, 2002:
 
"Bruce: Your email brought back memories, not sure if they are good or bad.  I live in Wheaton (IL) and am a city councilman there.  If you need any help I can be reached at 630-668-3686...Tom Mouhelis"
 


The following additional biographical information was graciously presented to the York H.S. Class of '52 by Ernie's wife, Mrs. Susan E. Nock Olds of 606 Ridge Rd., Salisbury, MD 21801 (telephone: 410-742-4148)  While Susan Olds has no e-mail address, their two sons do as follows:  Ernest W. Olds at dolds@dmv.com) and Jeff Olds at jolds@villagetavern.com Editor's note:  Ernie Olds was a true American hero, having courageously given his life for his country...his family...and his friends at York H.S., and we shall all remember Ernie as the young man he once was when he walked among us.

Ernest A. Olds--born July 14, 1934--Oak Park, IL

 

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Ernest Olds, U.S. Naval Academy, 1956

Married--Susan E. Nock of Salisbury, MD in June, 1956...Children--Ernest W. Olds, born in Tucson, AZ in 1957...Ellen Olds, born at Misawa AFB, Japan in 1959...Jeffrey Olds, born at Holloman AFB, Alamogordo, NM in 1965...Editor's NOTE: Ernie and Susan Olds subsequently became grandparents to six grandchildren... Ernie's own parents--Ernest  E. Olds--died Dec. 1980...and Virginia S. Olds--died Feb., 1980...and Ernie's brother--Larry (Laurence) R. Olds, York ' 56, a retired American Airlines Captain, and his wife, Norma (Optholt) Olds, York ' 57, reside at: 1104 Mistwood Lane, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (tel: 630-963-5987).

 Ernie's Distinguished Military Career:

  •  1956: Ernie graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy.  Upon graduation, Ernie was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the USAF.
  • 1957: Ernie went to Basic Jet Pilot Training at Webb AFB, Big Spring. TX where he received his silver wings.
  • 1958-1960:  Ernie trained at the Interceptor Advanced Flying School at Moody AFB, Valdosta, GA.  Upon completion of his training Ernie was assigned to the 4th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Misawa AFB, Japan where Ernie and his family lived on the base for three years.
  • 1961-63: Ernie and his family returned to the USA and moved to Ann Arbor, MI where Ernie enrolled as a full-time graduate student at the University of Michigan, earning two masters degrees in 1963--one in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and the other in Instrumentation Engineering.
  • 1963: Ernie was assigned to Holloman AFB in Alamogordo, NM--a USAF Missile Development Center.
  • December 1965: Ernie applied for the Pilot / Astronaut training Program at NASA.
  • 1966: Ernie was transferred to Flight Test Division at Griffin AFB in Rome, NY.  Ernie was in the final selection process for the NASA Astronaut Program when he learned that he had been eliminated from further consideration.
  • 1967: Ernie was re-assigned to McDill AFB in Tampa, FL where he received training in the F-4 Phantom jet plane.  Upon completion of the F-4 training, Ernie moved his family back to MD and Ernie left for Da Nang AFB, Vietnam in September 1967.
  • March 1968: Ernie was shot down over hostile territory and was listed as Missing in Action (MIA) from March 1968 until May 1978 when his status was changed to Killed in Action (KIA).
  • 1996: Ernie's cremated remains were repatriated to the United States and entombed in a Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery.  Ernie ended his career as a Col. in the USAF, having received the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, National Defense Medal, and other medals and awards posthumously.

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Obituary Number 3A __________________________________________
Harvey Albert Hermann, Jr (1934-2017) Obituary


 
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