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/
It 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.
It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Central Area Commander, James “Jim” Burgess, of Safety Harbor, FL on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the age of 67. Jim is survived by his wife, Ruth. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 11:00am at Bethel Lutheran, 3166 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, FL, 33761. A celebration of life, memorial service and luncheon is planned immediately following the funeral service at American Legion Post 238, 900 Main Street, Safety Harbor, FL 34695.
Jim was a US Navy Vietnam Veteran and a member of Safety Harbor Post 238, with 17 continues years of membership.
He was a member of the Legion, Sons and Riders and during this time held numerous offices throughout the Post, Squadron, Chapter, 16th District and Central Area.
Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in this time of grief. Condolences may be sent to his wife, Ruth, at 5023 Bridgeport Dr., Safety Harbor, FL 34695.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to be made to The American Legion Post 238 renovation fund. Jim wanted his home Post to be beautiful and accessible to all.
On behalf of the Burgess family, thank you for your prayers, Jim loved you all very much.
It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past 1st District Commander, Douglass “Doug” M. Burleson, Sr., of Pensacola, FL on February 15, 2017 at the age of 70. Doug is survived by his three sons, Douglass Jr., Derek and Michael.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel, 3351 Scenic Highway 90E, Pensacola, FL 32503. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 9:30am at the chapel. Internment will immediately follow at Barrancas National Cemetery, 1 Cemetery Rd., Pensacola, FL 32508.
Doug was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran and a member of Frank Marston Post 33, with 27 continuous years of membership. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in this time of grief.
It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Southern Area Commander, George J. Rafajko, of Pompano Beach, FL on January 20, 2017 at the age of 67. George is survived by his wife, Elaine, 3 daughters, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. A Post Everlasting Ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Post 142, 171 American Legion Way, Pompano Beach, FL 33060.
George was a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran and a member of Sterling McClellan Post 142, with 25 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, Elaine, at 406 S. Cypress Rd., Apt. 324, Pompano Beach, FL 33060.
Long time Stuart resident, Terry Nolan died on January 4, 2017, after a valiant battle with cancer. He passed away peacefully with the support of his wife, Jollyn and daughter, Caroline.
Terry served in the United States Marine Corp, with the Stuart Police Department, in the State Attorney’s Office as a board certified attorney, and in the Martin County Sherriff’s Office. He was involved with the Hibiscus Children’s Center and fostered 25 children. Terry was also a member of the founding board of the Character Counts program. The American Legion benefitted from his support at the local, state and national level. Terry was also a proud to be a Kiwanian, and as a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, his faith flourished.
Terry was a noble and honorable man. He actively made the world a better place. His family was his passion and he was a perfect and amazing husband and father. Terry will be greatly missed by the community and his surviving family.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 2:00-4:00PM and from 6:00-8:00PM at Aycock Funeral Home, 505 South Federal Highway in Stuart. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stuart with a Committal service to follow at Fernhill Memorial Gardens. A reception will be immediately held following Terry’s Committal at the Nolan residence on Starfish Lane in Stuart.
It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Southern Area Commander, Edward “Ed” Joseph Miller, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL at the age of 86. There will be a service for Ed on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 5:30pm held at American Legion Post 222, 4250 NE 5th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334.
Ed Miller was a Korean Army Veteran and a member of Tomas P. Johnston Post 222, with 34 continuous years of membership. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in this time of grief.
It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Department Scholarship Chairman, Rene H. Stachelrodt, Jr., of Ocoee, FL this morning, November 17, 2016 at the age of 82. Rene is survived by his wife, Lois. 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.
Rene Stachelrodt was a Korean Air Force Veteran and a member of Post 19, with 46 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, Lois, at 1236 Russell Dr., Ocoee, FL 34761.