Department of Florida

Category Archives: Post Everlasting

Peter Bluto

It is with sincere regret that we announce the passing of Peter Bluto, Post 6 Commander, on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

A memorial service will be held on September 12, 2018 at 1:00pm at the Lankford Funeral Home located at 220 East New York Ave; Deland, FL. 

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Lawrence E. Strainge Sr.

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Department Commander, Lawrence E. Strainge, Sr., of Delray Beach, FL on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at the age of 82. Lawrence is survived by his wife, Lillie, and two sons, Lawrence E. Strainge, Jr. and Michael L. Strainge. There are no details regarding services at this time, but any new information will be communicated to you through email as well as posted on the website.

Lawrence was a U.S. Army Korean war veteran and a member of Sherman Williams Post 188, with 44 continuous years of membership.

Lawrence served many roles during his impressive career in The American Legion. Lawrence served as Post Adjutant (1991-93, 2005-14); Post Commander (1982-86, 1995-99, 2014-17); 11th District Commander (1987-88); Department Vice Commander for the Southern Area (1993-94); Department Commander (1998-99); and National Executive Committeeman Alternate (1999-00).

If you would like to send your condolences you may do so through his wife, Lillie Strainge, at 312 NW 10th Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444.

Update 08/28/18:
The Viewing will be held from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Mont Olive Baptist Church, 40 NW 4th Ave., Delray Beach, FL with Funeral Services immediately following.

Interment will be held at 9:15 AM on Monday, September 3, 2018 at National Cemetery Lake Worth, 6501 SR 7, Lake Worth, FL.

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Kirk Miller

It is with deep sadness that we report that Kirk Miller, Past Detachment Commander for the State of Florida and Member of Squadron 275 and ALR Chapter 275, passed away this morning at approximately 1:32 am from complications of pneumonia, a lung infection and COPD. He was admitted to Mease Dunedin Hospital last night around 9 pm. Please keep his wife Cheryl Miller and his family in your thoughts and prayers. A celebration of Life will be scheduled for a future date and will be announced when the date is set.

UPDATE 08/15/18:
Squadron 275 in Dunedin will be hosting a celebration of life for Past Detachment Commander, Kirk Miller, who passed away last week. The celebration of life will be held at American Legion Post 275 on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Information is listed below for your review and consideration.

Date
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Time
1:00pm

Location
American Legion Post 275
360 Wilson Street
Dunedin, FL 34698

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Arthur Lowes

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Post 57 Commander, Arthur “Art” Lowes, on Monday, August 6, 2018. There are no details regarding services at this time, we will update when the information becomes available.

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David “Dave” DeLong

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Department Commander, David “Dave” DeLong, of Tampa, FL on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the age of 83. Dave is survived by his wife, Ann. Funeral Services will be held at American Legion Post 5, 3810 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 12:00pm.

Dave is a U.S. Army Korean war veteran and a member of Post 138, with 43 continuous years of membership.

Dave served many roles during his impressive career in The American Legion. Dave served as Post Adjutant for eleven years in 1979-82, 2003-08 & 2011-14. He served as Post Commander in 1981-82 and with his leadership the Post reached an all-time high in membership. In the year 1986-87 he served as Department Membership Chairman. That year the Department of Florida rose to a figure higher than 100,000 for the first time in its history and was the first Department to reach 100% in membership. He served as Department Vice Commander for the Central Area in 1991-92, where he again reached an all-time high in membership for the Central Area.  In 1995-96, he served as Department Commander.

If you would like to send your condolences you may do so through his wife, Ann, at 4711 W. El Prado Blvd., Tampa, FL 33629.

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Lawrence “Larry” E. Carpenter

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past 1st District Commander, Lawrence “Larry” E. Carpenter, of Ft. Walton Beach, FL on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the age of 70. Larry is survived by his wife, Patricia. There are no details regarding services at this time, but any new information will be communicated to you through email as well as posted on the website.

Larry was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran and a member of Post 221, with 33 continuous years of membership. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in this time of grief. Condolences may be sent to his wife, Patricia, at 31G Alder Ave., SE, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548.

UPDATE:

A memorial service for Past 1st District Commander, Lawrence “Larry” Carpenter, will be held at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 363 Miracle Strip Parkway, SW Fort Walton Beach at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 followed by a celebration of Life at the Niceville American Legion Post 221, 444 John Sims Pkwy E., Niceville, FL 32578. The family request in lieu of flowers that donations be made in honor of Larry to the American legion post 221 for “PROJECT:VetRelief” 444 John Sims Pkwy E, Niceville, FL 32578.

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Lindsey Morris

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Northern Area Commander, Lindsey Morris, of Daytona Beach, FL on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the age of 82. Lindsey is survived by his wife, Myra, and two sons, Kyle and Kevin.

There are no details regarding services at this time, but any new information will be communicated to you through email as well as posted on the website.

Lindsey was a Korean Air Force Veteran and a member of Post 204, with 29 continuous years of membership. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in this time of grief. Condolences may be sent to his wife, Myra, at 747 Lotus Ln., Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

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Gerald “Jerry” Clark

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Central Area Commander, Gerald “Jerry” Clark, of Holiday, FL on Monday, February 26, 2018 at the age of 91. Jerry is survived by his wife, Doris, of Holiday, Florida; son, Philip (Marianne) Clark of Washington, Massachusetts; granddaughter, Rev. Linnea Clark of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; daughter, Marlene (Jerry) Ungerleider of Holiday, Florida; two grandsons, Eric Clark and Corey Ungerleider along with three great grandchildren, Tyler, Ashley and Kayla Clark. He is also survived by a second daughter, Virginia (Timothy) Leason of Chandler, Arizona; three grandsons, Adam, Joseph and Ryan Leason; and four great grandchildren, Blake, Autumn, Adaline and Skylar Leason.

Jerry Clark was a WWII Army Veteran and a member of Post 173, with 52 continuous years of membership. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in this time of grief. Condolences may be sent to his wife, Doris, at 1839 Mary Ln., Holiday, FL 34690.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, with Military Services at 3:00pm at Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, 4910 Bartelt Road, Holiday, FL 34690. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Southeastern Guide Dogs for Veterans. https://www.guidedogs.org/

See more at – http://www.dobiesfuneralhome.com/obit.php

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Roy R. Mahoney

Roy R. MahoneyIt is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Department Commander, Roy R. Mahoney, of Delray Beach, FL on December 23, 2017 at the age of 86. Roy is survived by his wife, Marie, and two children, Stephen Mahoney and Lisa Mahoney Datz. There was a private family service held for him.

Roy is a Korean United States Air Force veteran and a member of Post 65, with 56 continuous years of membership. Roy entered the United States Air Force in May 1952. He received his honorable discharge in May 1956. His prior service included over 4 years duty with the New York National Guard as a communications technician. Roy was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration at the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Miami, Florida from June 1956 thru January 1988. He retired after completing 35 years of dedicated and meritorious service for the United States Government.

Roy also served many roles during his impressive career in The American Legion. Roy was former Post Adjutant (1992-2010); Post Commander (1991-93 & 2006-10); Department School Medals Chairman (1977-79); 10th District Commander (1989-90); Department Historian (1980-82 & 1997-99); Vice Commander – Southern Area (1992-93); and Department Commander (1999-2000). On a National level, Roy served on the National Membership & Post Activities Committee (1964-66); National Distinguished Guests Committee (1966-67); National Security Council (1967-70); National Foreign Relations Council (1978-80 & 2001-07); National Legislative Council (1987-94 & 1999-2013); National Public Relations Commission (1980-2001); and National Historian (1984-85).

If you would like to send your condolences you may do so through his wife, Marie Mahoney, at 15193 E. Tranquility Lake Drive, Delray Beach, FL 33446.

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Harland Cady

It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Post Commander Harland Cady, Post 358 in White City. Commander Cady passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018.

A memorial service will be held at Post 358 on Saturday, February 3, at 1:00pm.

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