Five Things to Know When You Donate to USS Yorktown Association

These things are important to know when you give to the USS Yorktown (CV-10) Association: We are a 501(c)(19). As a veterans non-profit, all donations made to us are tax deductible. Simply keep your receipt for your taxes. We are the veterans who served on the USS Yorktown and their families – and we’re proud of it! Let’s just say …

KEENAN, JR

1944 – 2024 James Robert “JR” Keenan passed away on Monday, June 17, 2024, at his home in Blanchard, OK. JR was born April 2, 1944 in Gaffney SC to James T. and Carrie L Keenan. JR enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1962 serving aboard the USS Yorktown during the Vietnam War until his discharge in July …

JONES, TOM

1931 – 2024 Tom was born and raised in Pueblo, CO to his parents John D. Jones and Frankie Miller Jones. He attended Mrs Mcintire’s preschool, Somerlid grade school, and graduated from Centennial HS in 1949. Tom attended junior college, then joined the Navy. While in the Navy, Tom served as a radio man on the US aircraft USS Yorktown …

BUZZELL, GARY

1949 – 2024 Gary Buzzell (Buzz), 75, passed away June 1, 2024, in Bangor at the Eastside Center for Health & Rehabilitation, where he resided since 2020. Gary was born May 9, 1949, in Bar Harbor to Fulton and Mertice Black Buzzell. Gary grew up in Bar Harbor and Hulls Cove and went to schools in Bar Harbor. He graduated …

FARMER, HOWARD EARL

1946 – 2024 Howard Farmer, age 77, of Clarksville, TN, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Howard was born on August 12, 1946, in Clarksville, TN to the late Gracey Lyle Farmer and Polly Louise Hagewood. Howard is also predeceased by his brothers, Joseph Lyle Farmer and George Richard Farmer. Howard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Linda …

CUNNINGHAM, JAMES

1932 – 2024 A light went out May 15th when Jim Cunningham passed away at the age of 92 in the Palo Alto VA Hospice Unit. Jim and his two sisters, Virginia and Margaret, were raised in Tomah, Wisconsin. He loved growing up in a small town and participated in many sports and activities. He laughed that you had to …

VRZALIK, LEE ROY

1942 – 2024 Lee Roy Vrzalik, beloved husband of Helen Rutherford Vrzalik, passed from this life on June 5, 2024. He was born on a snowy day, February 18, 1942, to Charlie F. and Julie Vinkler Vrzalik in Ennis, Texas. Lee Roy attend school at St. John Elementary and Ennis High School. It was his honor to serve the United …

ANDERS, WILLIAM

1933 – 2024 William Anders, a NASA astronaut who was part of the 1968 Apollo 8 crew who were the first three people to orbit the moon, has died in a plane crash in Washington state, according to his son, Gregory Anders. He was 90 years old. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release an aircraft …

MINCHER, DONALD LEE

1947 – 2024 Donald Lee Mincher “Gramps” passed away May 29, 2024, surrounded by his family and his faithful dog Tucker. Donnie was born in Elk City, Oklahoma, on March 18, 1947, to Wilda and JT Mincher. Soon after his birth, the family moved from Oklahoma to Washington before settling in Oregon. Donnie attended Winston-Dillard schools and graduated from Douglas …

KAPLOWITZ, HOWARD

2024 Howard served on the USS Yorktown (CVS-10) from 1956 to 57 in OR Division as an RM3. An obituary will be shared as soon as one is available.

BALOGAS, GEORGE

1943 – 2024 George Jonathan Balogas, 80, was born on July 21, 1943, to the late George and Shirley Balogas. He entered eternal rest on March 15, 2024.Beloved husband of Lynne (nee Young) for nearly 55 years; loving father of Jill (John) Grillo and Kristen (Lawrence) Daher; cherished grandfather of Joy and Justin Daher and special grandfather to his grandpup …

SCOTT, STEVEN

1926 – 2024 Scott, Steven M. “Scotty”, 98, of Plantation, formally of Citrus Springs, passed away September 14, 2013. Scotty was a proud veteran of the US Navy serving the Pacific Theater of WWII, USS Yorktown, and following his honorable discharge; he had a career in sales, retiring from Florida Bearing Co. in 1982. He was also an active member …

LAMB, MYRON

1937 – 2023 Myron “Mike” Clark Lamb, a beloved father, stepfather, brother, uncle, and devoted friend, died at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Virginia Beach on October 17, 2023, at the age of 86. Mike was born in Sacramento, California, on January 31, 1937 to Francis Arthur Lamb and Dorothy Caroline Thompson. He joined the United States Navy at …

MCCULLUM, EARNEST

1933 – 2024 Earnest Heyward McCullum, 90 of Madison, passed away peacefully at his home on April 29, 2024. Mr. McCullum was born May 20, 1933 in Machen, GA to Heyward and Herma McCullum. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1956 in the Korean conflict. Afterwards, he obtained an associate’s degree before beginning a career in welding. He worked …

DIEL, JOHN

1930 – 2024 John “Jack” Diel, 94, of Enfield passed away at Baystate Medical Center on May 15, 2024. Born on March 21, 1930 in Teaneck, New Jersey, he was the son of the late John and Florence (Earle) Diel. Jack grew up in Bogota and graduated from Bogota High School in 1949. He had resided in Enfield since 1959.Jack …

FLANAGIN, PAUL

1939 – 2024 Paul R. Flanagin, 85, of Jackson passed away peacefully with his daughter and granddaughters at his side on Friday, May 17, 2024, at Newbridge Retirement Community.He was born February 20, 1939, in Jackson to Verba and Charles Flanagin. He married the love of his life, Hulda Marie (Kimbel) Flanagin on December 27, 1958. They had been married …

SACHTJEN, RANDALL

1947 – 2024 Randall J. Sachtjen, age 77, passed away unexpectedly on May 12, 2024. Randy was born in Madison, Wisconsin. He joined the Navy right out of high school in 1965 and sailed around the world on the USS Yorktown. Randy met the love of his life, Jann, while in the service and they went on to spend the …

ROBERTS, RONALD

1935 – 2024 Ronald David Roberts, 89, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the BeeHive Assisted Living Facility in Hamilton, MT. He was born in Hamilton to Fred and Pats Roberts. Growing up on 5th Street with his older brother, Fred and younger sister, Joan, Ron worked the soda fountain at his parents Bookstore on Main Street. After graduating …

HACKING, RICHARD

1938 – 2024 Our beloved Richard “Rich” Dean Hacking passed away peacefully on Friday evening, April 12th, in Mesa Arizona surrounded by his family.Rich was born September 11, 1938, in Rexburg, Idaho, to Edna Belle Harris and Leonard Elliott Hacking. As the only boy and middle child between two sisters – Helen Howell and Marilyn Smith – he received lots …

WOOD, PAUL

1938 – 2024 Paul Edward Wood, 85, passed away at Cornerstone Hospice House on April 29, 2024. He had resided in The Village of LaZamora since 2000. A Memorial Celebration will be held at Baldwin Funeral Home, 1008 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL, on May 10 from 2-4 pm.Paul was born in Bunker, MO, on December 12, 1938 to Paul …

HALLUM, WARREN

1942 – 2023 Warren R. Hallum, 81, of Idaho Falls, passed away October 13, 2023, at MorningStar Senior Living Center after a short battle with brain cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family. Warren was born September 29, 1942, in Minnesota to Warren and Elizabeth “Beth” Hallum. In 1962, he joined the Navy. He served on the USS Yorktown, …

PINION, ANTHONY

1927 – 2024 Anthony James “Tony” Pinion, 97, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family, Friday evening, May 3, 2024, at his home. Tony was born Jan. 11, 1927, in Warren, a son of John and Catherine Spatafore Pinion. He attended Warren G. Harding High School before being drafted into the United States Navy. During his time of service, …

LASHBROOK, DURWOOD

1930 – 2024 urwood Elbridge Lashbrook passed away on May 9, 2024, at the age of 93. He was born in Algona, Iowa, on July 30, 1930. He was the son of Jess Edwin and Kathryn Nellie Lashbrook. He grew up in Algona and graduated from Algona High School in 1948. He then attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar …

ANDERSON, RICHARD L

1937 – 2024 Richard Leroy Anderson age 86 of Kittery Point Maine, passed away peacefully at home February 12, 2024. Richard was born December 29, 1937 in Springfield, Oregon to Grace and Tony Uchytil of Walton’s Mountain, OR. Richard was raised in Cottage Grove, Oregon where he graduated High School. Richard and his brother Jack joined the US Navy together …

FELLERS, RICHARD

1935 – 2024 Richard Earl Fellers, 88, of Newberry, SC, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2024, at Prisma Health Baptist Hospital. Born August 23, 1935, he was a son of the late John and Ida Welch Fellers, and widower of Rachel Lucinda Lyons Fellers.Richard was a proud Navy veteran and served on the USS Yorktown. He enjoyed working and …

BUTSKO, STEPHEN

1944 – 2023 Stephen Francis Butsko, aged 79, of Lead, South Dakota passed away together with his life partner Wendy Hartman in their home on December 9, 2023. Steve was born in Columbus OH on August 20, 1944 to parents Frank Butsko and Helen Butsko (Jacobs). Steve joined the Navy where he served in Vietnam aboard the aircraft carrier USS …

CALVILLO, MANUEL

Manuel “Manny” Calvillo, a lifelong resident of El Paso, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2024 surrounded by loved ones. Manny retired from the City of El Paso and served as the Superintendent of Senior Citizen Centers. Manny was a proud veteran of the United States Navy and served aboard the USS Yorktown during Vietnam from 1964-1967. He was a …

JOHNSON, MARVIN

1926 – 2024 Marvin Jerome Johnson, 98, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2024 at Sheridan VA Medical Center.Champion Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements. Online condolences may be written at www.championfh.com.

STRICKLAND, HARTFORD

1937 – 2024 Hartford “Ron” “Spiffy” Strickland, Jr., passed peacefully on April 3, 2024, at the age of 86 following a brief illness. Ron was born on September 2, 1937, to Hartford and Bessie Strickland in Nash County, North Carolina. A sharecropper’s son and the eldest of eight, he graduated from Rock Ridge High School in Wilson in 1955. Voted …

HANSEN, KENNETH

1924 – 2023 Kenneth W. Hansen, 99, of Ft. Myers, passed away on August 28, 2023, at home in Ft. Myers. Memorial Service will be held at 10 am, Tuesday, Sept. 5, St. Michael Lutheran Church and will be available Livestream, www.smlcftmyers.com. Service can be viewed live or at your convenience later. Ken was born in St. Paul, MN to …

VELTMAN, DEAN

1927 – 2023 Dean K. Veltman, age 95, died April 27, 2023, at his home in Penney Farms, Fla. Dean, son of Dr. John F. and Esther Veltman, was born in Winterset, Iowa, on Nov. 13, 1927. He attended Winterset schools, then graduated from Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, both in Holland, Mich. He was ordained a minister in …

GALLOP, DAVID

1940 – 2023 David F Gallop Sr., 83, passed away peacefully on May 3, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. Born January 5, 1940, in Manhattan, NY, to the late David & Evelyn Gallop, he was born and raised in NYC until he enlisted in the US Navy in 1957. After his time in the Navy, he returned to NYC, …

BOWERS, PAUL

1938 – 2024 Paul Edmon Bowers lived a beautiful life. He was born December 31, 1938, in Olney, Ill., to Max and Dorothy Bowers. He passed away on the morning of March 25, 2024. He was a hard-working man. Everything he did was out of dedication to his family. He was a Navy veteran and served on the USS Yorktown, …

STANARD, VERNON

1925 – 2024 Vernon Doyle Stanard, 99, of Bridgman, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at Peaceful Manor in Livonia, Michigan. A funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman, MI 49106, with Reverend Derek Cromwell officiating. Friends may meet with …

Reunion Registration

Dear Shipmates:We are well underway planning our 2024 Reunion. This one will be exciting and a little different than our past reunions. First, we are very pleased to announce the USS Bennington CV-20, CVA 20, CVS-20 Association Members will be joining us – so it will be a reunion of “The Lady & Big Benn”. Their Association visited the Yorktown …

MATHEWS, DONALD

1931 – 2024 Donald Mathews passed peacefully at age 93 with family by his side. He will be profoundly missed.Don graduated from UC Berkeley in 1953 and was commissioned into the US Navy. That same year he married musician Lou Young from Hollister, CA. Married 65 years, they raised 3 daughters, Robin, Carol, and Jennifer.A career Naval Aviator, Don flew …