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James “Jim” Burgess

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.

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Douglass M. Burleson Sr.

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.

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George J. Rafajko

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.

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Terry Nolan

terrynolanLong 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.

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Edward Joseph Miller

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.

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Joseph C. McKinney

It is with extreme sadness that Post 88 reports the passing of beloved Post 88 Chaplain (Padre), S1c Joseph C. McKinney, USN WW2.

Details concerning arrangements are contained below:

Viewing   Wednesday, November 16, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home, 850 St Johns Bluff Rd North , Jacksonville 32225

Church Service Thursday, 17 November at 1:30 PM at the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 10472 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville 32246

Burial – Chapel Hills Memory Gardens – 850 St Johns Bluff Road North, Jacksonville 32225

Reception – There will be a reception back at the church after the Burial.

Please feel to contact Post 88 if additional information is needed.

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Rene H. Stachelrodt, Jr.

rene_employmentIt 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.

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Edward “Ed” Miller

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 4:00pm held at St. Henry Catholic Church, 1500 S. Andrew Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33069.

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.

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Louis Berrios

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It is deep sadness, love and respect that Post 243 announces the passing of their Past Post Commander Louis Berrios on November 11, 2016. The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Banfield Funeral Home, 420 West State Road 434, Winter Springs, Florida.  There will be a Memorial Presentation put on by Post 243 at 7PM on Wednesday night at the Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Nativity Catholic Church, Longwood, Florida on Thursday, November 17, 2016. 

 

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James E Graves, III

James E. Graves, III passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2016, in Jacksonville, Florida, at the age of 89. Born in Apalachicola, Florida to the late J.E. Graves, Jr. and Verna Eloise Marks, Jim moved to Jacksonville at an early age and it was home for most of his life. He is survived by his sons Jim, Frank and E.A. (Lynda), six grandchildren, three great grandchildren and his beloved Yorkie, Tebow. He was predeceased by his wife Betty, brother Harry and one granddaughter. Jim was a graduate of the University of Florida and a life-long Gator fan.

 He served in the U.S. Army in Korea and in various capacities as a reservist for 30 years earning the rank of Colonel. He was a graduate of the Army War College and the Naval War College.

 While Jim served as a leader for several civic and social organizations during his life, he was most honored to serve as a Lay Leader and Sunday School teacher at Lakewood United Methodist Church for many years. After a private burial, there will be a memorial service led by the Reverend Eric Williams at Lakewood United Methodist Church, Jacksonville, Florida – on Tuesday, October 25, at 11:00 AM. The family would like to thank the medical staff at Baptist Downtown for their devotion to Jim’s care in his final days.

In lieu of flowers, Jim would be honored by donations to either the Lakewood United Methodist Church Music Ministry or the charity of your choice.

Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 940 Cesery Blvd. Jacksonville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Oct. 23, 2016

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