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Category Archives: Post Everlasting

Charles “Chuck” Weinberg

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past 13th District Commander, Charles “Chuck” Weinberg, of Port Charlotte, Florida on Monday, April 20, 2020 at the age of 72. 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.

Chuck was a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam War Era Veteran and a member of Port Charlotte Post 110 with 11 continuous years of membership. Chuck served as Post Commander (2012-2013) and District Commander (2016-2017).

Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in their time of grief. If you would like to send your condolences you may do so through his significant other, June Habor, at 3146 Lockwood St., Port Charlotte, FL 33952.

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Dennis Thompson

We regret to inform you that Dennis Thompson passed away February 15th, 2020 in hospice. Dennis obtained his membership in The American Legion as a US Army Combat Engineer serving a year in Vietnam.

He served several years as American Legion Lakeshore Post 137 Service Officer, Post Adjutant for three years and was selected as Department of Florida Adjutant of the Year 2013. He was elected Post Commander 2006-2008 that included Lakeshore Post 137 being selected The Most Outstanding Post in the Department of Florida in 2008. At FL. 5th District Dennis was appointed District Adjutant several years. At The Department of Florida, he served several years as Chairman of the Resolutions Committee. Dennis was awarded an Honorary Life Member at American Legion Lakeshore Post 137. He was also a member and supporter of the Sons of The American Legion and the American Legion Riders at Post 137.

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George “Bill” Hamblin

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past 15th District Commander, George “Bill” Hamblin, of Tampa, Florida on Monday, February 10, 2020 at the age of 73. Bill is survived by his wife, Rosemarie. 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.

Bill was a U.S. Air Force Vietnam War Era Veteran and a member of U.S.S. Tampa Post 5, Tampa, FL with 18 continuous years of membership. Bill served as Post Commander (2006-2020) and District Commander (2015-2016).

Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in their time of grief. If you would like to send your condolences you may do so through his wife, Rosemarie, at 4405 W. Vasconia Street, Tampa, FL 33629.

A Celebration of Life has been scheduled for Post 5 Commander and Past 15th District Commander George “Bill” Hamblin on Sunday, March 29th from 12pm to 5pm at Post 5, 3810 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL.

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Kenneth Lee Powell Sr

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Kenneth Lee Powell Sr, of West Palm Beach, Florida on Monday, November 25, 2019 at the age of 71. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Natalia, three children, Kenneth Jr, Natasha, and Austin. 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.

Kenneth was a U.S. Navy Vietnam War Veteran and a member of Memorial American Legion Post 141, West Palm Beach, FL with 27 continuous years of membership. Kenneth served as an Store Manager while in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Kenneth owned and operated many corporations and was active in Rotary International, Rotary Club and was a Life Member of the VFW as well a Paid Up For Life Member of The American Legion.

Kenneth joined The American Legion in 1994 at West Palm Beach, Florida Post 141. He served in many elected and appointed positions during his impressive career in The American Legion including 2 terms as Post Commander. On a Department level, Kenneth, served as; Department Finance Chairman (2007-20014; 11th District Commander (1998-1999); Department Historian (2000-2001); Vice Commander – Southern Area (1999-2000); and Department Commander (2001-2002). On a National level, Kenneth, served on the Department Historians Organization (2000-2001; American Legion Insurance Committee (2000-2012); National Legislative Council (2013-2015); National American Legion Press Association (2004-2008) ; and Revenue Enhancement Committee (2012-2013).

Kenneth’s wife Natalia will be receiving condolences at;

Natalia Powell
1430 Caribbean Road E
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

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Joseph A.R. Thibault

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Southern Area Commander, Joseph A.R. Thibault, of West Palm Beach, FL on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the age of 76. Funeral Services will be held Friday, October 11, 2019 at Lake Wales Cemetery, use lane 3, 630 US-27, Lake Wales, FL at 2:00 pm

Joseph was a United States Army Vietnam War Veteran and a member of Memorial Post 141, with 33 years of continuous membership.

Joseph served many elected and appointed positions during his impressive career in The American Legion. He served as Post Commander (1997-2003 & 2005-07 & 2013-14); 11th District Commander (2000-01); Southern Area Commander (2003-04), and Department Blood Donor Chairman (2004-05).

Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in time of grief.

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Paul Edward Wilson

Paul Edward Vincent Wilson, of Winter Park Florida, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of Thursday, September 19th, 2019.

Col. Wilson is predeceased by his first love, Catherine Mary Wilson. He is survived by his wife Carmen. Daughters Kathleen and Cricket. Stepson Jim and wife Sue. Grandchildren Jason, Kathrine, Marcie, Vanessa and Jessica. Seven great grandchildren, who were apples of his eye. He was also blessed with two angels to help care for him, Camila and Yves.

Born to Fran and Earl Wilson, on May 19th, 1925, Paul was the youngest of four siblings. Even as a youngster Paul was a gifted athlete, writer and singer. His fondest dream was to wear the uniform of the United States Marine Corp. Not long after graduating from high school he joined the Corps, and wore that title proudly for the rest of his days. He served with honor for 34 years. Among his many commendations , Paul served as the head of the color guard in the wedding of Grace Kelly to the Prince Rainier of Monaco. His time upon the USS Intrepid also held a special place in his heart. Paul served in WWll, the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam. His commendations and awards were abundant, and too numerous to include.

After retiring from the USMC, Paul earned a Master of Arts and a PHD in Education. He went on to become a professor at several universities.

It was during this time that he also completed his novel, “A China Marine”.

Paul championed many causes, both monetarily and through volunteerism. Among them were Veterans rights, senior advocacy, catholic charities, and Saint Jude’s Hospital.

Ever the Renaissance man, Paul was always ready to learn about new ideas in order to broaden his horizons. He always took the time to get to know people from all walks of life, and find out more about them. In turn people were always charmed by his graciousness and easy laugh.

Viewing will be held at 6:30pm-8:00pm Friday September 27 at St Margaret Mary Catholic Church ( Chapel), 526 North Park Ave. Winter Park, Florida 32789

The Wake/ Service will be held at 11:00 am at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church ( Chapel), 526 North Park Ave., Winter Park, Florida, 32789

There will be a reception following the service.

Although he will be sorely missed this is a celebration of a life well lived. Traditional somber attire is not required.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make contributions in Paul’s name to

St. Jude’s Children’s Center. www.stjude.org/donate

or

Hope For Warriors www.hopeforthewarriors.org/about/make-a-donation/

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Andrew F. Burkett

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Department Baseball Chairman, Andrew F. Burkett, of Lehigh Acres, FL on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the age of 70. Andrew is survived by his wife, Jeanie. 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.

Andrew was a United States Army Vietnam War Veteran. and a member of Lehigh Acres Post 323.

Andrew joined The American Legion in North Carolina while on active duty in 1970. He served many elected and appointed positions during his impressive career in The American Legion. Andrew served as Post Commander (2013-15 & 2018-19); 13th District Commander (2014-15); Department Americanism Chairman (2016-17); and Southwestern Area Commander (2016-17). On a National level, Andrew, served on the Americanism Council (2013-19).

Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in time of grief. If you would like to send your condolences you may do so through his wife, Jeanie, at 1623 Lee Ave., Lehigh Acres, FL 33972.

There will be a Memorial Service for Andy Burkett at 12:00pm on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at Post 323, 1124 Ashlar Ave., Lehigh Acres, FL 33936.

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John Michael “Mike” Addis

UPDATE: Funeral Services for Mike Addis, Past Department Sargent at Arms, Past Asst. Department Judge Advocate, Past Central Area Commander,Past District 16 Commander, and Past Post Commander of Post 252, Seminole will be laid to rest at Bay Pines National Cemetery on Thursday, September 12, 2019. Service will commence at 11 am with a celebration of life to follow at American Legion Post 104, Pinellas Park. Mike was not only a staunch supporter of the 4 Pillars of the American Legion but a mentor to many that took positions within the American Legion. Please attend if possible.


It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Department Sgt-at-Arms, John Michael “Mike” Addis, of Seminole, FL on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at the age of 75. Mike is survived by his wife, Caron, and a brother, Pat. 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.

Mike was a U.S. Navy Vietnam War Era Veteran and a member of Pinellas Park Post 104.

Mike joined The American Legion in 1969 in his hometown Galesburg, Illinois. He served many elected and appointed positions during his impressive career in The American Legion. Mike served as Post Commander (2005-08); 16th District Commander (2007-08); Department Americanism Chairman (2008-09); Central Area Commander (2009-10); Department Sgt-at-Arms (2009-11); Department Blood Donor Chairman (2011-12); Department Finance Committee (2018-19). On a National level, Mike, served on the Foreign Relations Council (2009-12); National Security Council (2014-16); Veteran Affairs & Rehab Council (2016-18); Legislative Council (2016-19); and Marketing Commission (2018-19).

If you would like to send your condolences you may do so through his wife, Caron, at 11372 75th Ave., Seminole, FL 33772.

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Alma Zeller

Alma L. Zeller, 1993-1994 Past Dept President

It is with great sadness to announce Past Department President Alma Zeller passed away July 17, 2019. A celebration of life is scheduled for July 27, 2019 from 2:00-5:00 pm at American Legion Post 67. The address is 14901 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, Fl. 33818.

Because of Alma’s lifelong dedication to veterans her family has chosen to have donations go to our new Department Scholarship for female veterans (The Norma Kerkow Female Veterans Scholarship). Donations can be sent to Department Headquarters at P.O. Box 547917 Orlando, Fl. 32854. Please write in the memo: Norma Kerkow Female Veterans Scholarship.

Sympathy cards and condolences can be sent to Alma’s son Jeff and his wife Cindy who have been looking out for Alma’s care since before she left North Miami Beach.

Jeff & Cynthia Zeller
18902 134th Way North
Jupiter, Florida 33478

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Dan Reffitt

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Post 321 Commander, Dan Reffitt, of Cooper City, FL on July 22, 2019. Dan was a member of the Department Finance Committee. 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.

Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in this time of grief. Condolences may be sent to, Ingrid Kerbler, at 8963 SW 53rd St., Cooper City, FL 33328.

***UPDATE (7/30/19)***

A Celebration of Life for Dan Reffitt will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Post 321, 9081 SW 51st Street, Cooper City, FL at 1:00pm.

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