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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

BROWN, GEORGE

1933 – 2024 Mr. George Norman Brown, 91, of Linden, passed away on Friday March 15, 2024 peacefully at his home. He was born in Clifton, Tn. to the late George Washington Brown and Ethel Culp Brown.After graduating high school, from BGA in Franklin, Tn. he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was stationed in San Diego, CA on the …

WREN, GAYLORD

1940 – 2024 Gaylord Cleveland Wren, 83, of Port Orchard, WA was born August 24, 1940 in Port Orchard, and passed away in Gig Harbor, WA on February 19, 2024. Gaylord served in the United States Navy and spent time on the USS Yorktown. He belonged to the Local Laborer’s Union #252, enjoyed traveling and reading the Bible morning and …

SCHEER, LAWRENCE

1924 – 2024 Commander Lawrence Earnest Scheer USN (Retired after 25 years) was born on February 8th, 1924, on a farm near Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and went to be with his Lord on February 20th, 2024. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Geraldine Scheer, his wife of 64 years, Helen Erlene Hoppes Scheer, his wife of …

GRESHAM, PHILIP

1931 – 2024 Philip Hoke Gresham, 92, of Demorest, formerly of Duluth, died on March 1, 2024. Born Aug. 20, 1931, he was a stoic man—a U.S. Navy veteran, business owner, and an independent thinker. He grew up working a dusty farm share near Winder, the second oldest of nine children and the eldest son. In his early years of …

JENSEN, ROBERT

1926 – 2024 Robert J. Jensen passed away on February 24,2024 at the age of 98. He was born in Minneapolis and went to West High School. In 1943 he joined the Navy in May 1943 and served on the USS Yorktown as a Fireman in V-6 Division from September of that year until the end of World War II. …

ELSNER, PHILLIP

1943 – 2023 Phillip Elsner passed away September 5, 2023. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Phil served on the USS Yorktown with VS-23 during the Vietnam War as a Photographers Mate 3rd class. Phil once told us that as a kid he had a dream that he was in the Navy. He thought it may have come from watching the show, …

DEMAS, RICHARD

1945 – 2024 Richard Edward Demas, of St Johnsbury, Vt., passed away on Monday Jan. 15, 2024. Ric was born July 1, 1945, the eldest of five to Merrill Demas and Hazel (Pittsley) Demas of South Barre, Vermont. Ric grew up in South Barre and graduated Spaulding High in 1964. Following graduation, Ric enlisted in the Navy, and after training …

SADDLER, GARY

1941 – 2024 Gary Lynn Saddler was born on June 17, 1941, in Colby, KS, the son of Guy and Berta Saddler. He died Monday, January 29, 2024 at his home surrounded by his family.Gary grew up on his parent’s farm near Gem, KS, and went to grade school, jr. and sr. high school in Gem, KS. Upon his high …

BERRY, GILBERT

1948 – 2024 Gilbert “Gil” Leon Berry passed at age 75 at his home in Lyndonville, Vt. His family was by his side. Gil was born in Barton, Vt. on July 25, 1948 to the late George and Naomi (Gilman) Berry Sr. He was raised on the family farm in Sheffield, Vt. and married Frances Catanzarita on July 31, 1999. …

TARNAWSKI, MICHAEL

1943 – 2024 Michael Gale Tarnawski, aged eighty, died the afternoon of January 27, 2024, of natural causes as family members comforted him while at Morton Plan North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey, Florida at the time of his passing.Born November 11, 1943, to Mildred Beccue and Michael Tarnawski in Moose Lake, Minnesota, Mickey’s favorite activities were hunting and …

MANSFIELD, HOWARD

1938 – 2023 Howard P. Mansfield, Sr., 85, passed away at home surrounded by his family on December 28, 2023. Born in Burlington, VT on April 18, 1938, he was the son of Seth Mansfield and Ilene Gage. He married the love of his life, Marylee Mansfield on September 15, 1956.Howard served in the Navy from Jan. 1956 to Nov. …

CAMBLIN, ROBERT

1937 – 2023 Robert “Bob” Earl Camblin passed away peacefully at home on 11/29/23 at age 86. Bob was born on Jan. 6th, 1937, the son of Wayne L. and Marjorie E. Camblin. Bob grew up in Atlantic Iowa. He attended Atlantic High School where he was active with football, basketball, track and band. He graduated from AHS in 1955. …

WELLS, JOSEPH

1942 – 2023 Joe Wells, born on August 7 th , 1942 in Kansas, passed away on October 4, 2023 in Bakersfield surrounded by his family. Joe was given up for adoption as an infant, and made it to Oildale where he was adopted by Sylvester and Alma Wells. He was raised along side his two sisters Martha and Louise. …

HETRICK, BERNARD

1937 – 2024 Bernard E. “Tink” Hetrick, of Reynoldsville, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. He was born August 1, 1937 at his home in Hormtown, PA. His parents were Elmer Martin Hetrick and Kathryn Annabelle Burkhouse. He grew up on a farm with his parents and siblings, Margaret (Richard) Stover, Doris (Joe) Dickey, Robert (Sandy), Thomas, Harry (Darla), …

BROWN, HENRY

1925 – 2024 Roy was born April 5, 1925, in Great Falls, South Carolina. He graduated from Great Falls High School in 1943 and entered the Navy April 4, 1943, the day before his 18th birthday. Roy served on the USS YORKTOWN (CV-10) participating in the Philippine operation, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa Campaigns. He was part of a force that …

HEDLUND, JACK

1930 – 2024 Jack C. Hedlund, age 93, of Siren, WI passed away on Jan. 11, 2024, at Burnett Medical Center Continuing Care, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Sept. 4, 1930, in Grantsburg to the late Carl Hedlund and Mildred Peterson. Jack was a talented athlete and excelled in sports during his time at the Grantsburg …

PRATER, CHARLEY

1935 – 2024 Charley Paul Prater, 88, passed Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, at his farm doing what he loved. He was born Feb. 5, 1935, in Egypt, AR to the late William Jackson and Stella Bridges Prater. Charley graduated from Egypt High School in 1953 and served in the United States Navy during the Korean War from 1953 until 1957. …

DUFFY, DAVID

1938 – 2023 Attended Kearny High. Navy Airman on the USS Yorktown. Worked in aerospace and insurance. Loved hunting, fishing and family. Service Jan. 24 1:00PM Miramar National Cemetery. Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 11, 2024.

TRAMA, THOMAS

1946 – 2022 Thomas Steven Trama, 76, passed away on September 14, 2022 in Palm Coast, Florida. Thomas was born on April 12, 1946 in Iron Mountain, Michigan to the late Stephen and Marie Trama. He was a Vietnam Veteran that served in the Navy. He had a thirty-year career with UA 630 Plumbers & Pipefitters. He is survived by …

TOLES, WAYNE

1936 – 2024 George Wayne Toles, Age 87, of Rome, GA passed away Friday, January 5, 2024. Mr. Toles was born in Cherokee County, AL on November 23, 1936, son of the late William Taylor Toles and the late Winnie Toles.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Trapp Toles, by seven brothers, Robert, Doyle, D. C., …

LUKENS, VIRGIL

1931-2023 Virgil A. Lukens, 92, of Herrin, passed away Friday, July 14, 2023 at his home in Herrin, IL. Virgil owned and operated Lukens Refrigeration for 46 years in Herrin. He retired in 1996 from the Carbondale Clinic as the Maintenance Supervisor. Virgil was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin. Virgil was a U.S. …

2024 Yorktown Reunion

Yes we just completed our 2023 Reunion and a mini recap is in this issue. And, yes we are talking about “2024”. As you’ve probably seen in your everyday life, things are moving faster – it seems; and planning events takes longer. So here’s a snapshot.October 9 – 12, 2024. Write the dates on the calendar. Tell all your shipmates, …

WILLIAMS, CLYDE

1930 – 2023 Clyde Williams, 93, joined his Heavenly Father on November 19, 2023. Clyde was born on April 13, 1930, on the family farm in Springhill Township, Johnson County, KS. His first eight years of schooling were in a one room country school. He then attended Olathe public high school, graduating in 1948. Clyde attended Kansas University under the …