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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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Leo R Gray

Retired Lt. Col. Leo Gray, 82, a retired Tuskegee Airman, holds a 1945 photo of himself after flying a mission over Europe. Gray is one of 300 who will were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bush on March 29 in Washington, D.C. Susan Stocker, Sun Sentinel

Retired Lt. Col. Leo Gray, 82, a retired Tuskegee Airman, holds a 1945 photo of himself after flying a mission over Europe. Gray is one of 300 who will were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bush on March 29 in Washington, D.C.
Susan Stocker, Sun Sentinel

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Leo R. Gray, (Lt. Col. Ret.), a Charter Member of Post 365. He was one of the last surviving original Tuskegee Airmen and a Red Tail Pilot in the State of Florida. He was well known throughout the state and country and traveled abroad telling the story of the “famed” Tuskegee Airmen of WWII.

Leo will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. Visitation will be 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Friday, October 14, 2016 at Dignity Funeral Chapel; 7701 Bailey Rd. , North Lauderdale, FL 33068.

A celebration of Life will be held from 10am-2pm Sat. Oct. 15th at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center,  3800 NW 11th Pl.  Lauderhill, FL  33311

Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery, date and time to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in the name of Leo R Gray, LTC USAF (Ret), to any of the following:

Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
PO Box 830060
Tuskegee, AL 36083
www.tuskegeeairmen.org

Nan Knox Boys and Girls Club
832 NW 2nd St
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311

VITAS Healthcare
Attn: Donna Borland, GM
5420 NW 33rd Ave, Ste 100
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309

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Richard Spratlin

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Post 236 Commander, Richard Spratlin of Bronson, FL.  His funeral has been arranged for Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 1:00pm at the First Baptist Church of Bronson.

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

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Cauleen Dolan

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past 9th District Commander, Cauleen Dolan, of Jacksonville, FL at the age of 67. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 4:00pm at Post 142, 171 American Legion Way, Pompano Beach, FL 33060.

 Cauleen was a Vietnam US NAVY Veteran and a member of Sterling McClellan Unit 142, with 32 continuous years of membership. Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in this time of grief. Condolences may be sent to Post 142.

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French “Frenchie” Shannon Jr.

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past 9th District Commander, French “Frenchie” Shannon, Jr. , last week at the Alexander “Sandy” Nininger Veterans Nursing Home in Pembroke Pines at the age of 88. 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.

Frenchie was a WWII US ARMY Veteran and was a charter member of Post 365, with 26 continuous years of membership. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in this time of grief.

***UPDATE***

There will be a Memorial Service and Celebration of Life for Past 9th District Commander, French, “Frenchie” Shannon, Jr. on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 3:30pm at VFW Post 8195, 4414 Pembroke Rd. West Park, FL.

Internment to be held at South Florida National Cemetery, Monday, October 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm.

This will be an all Veteran Service coordinated by the American Legion and the VFW. There will be a buffet following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to American Legion Post 365 in his honor by check or online website: www.sunrisepost365.org.

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Norman Pamplin

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Eastern Area Commander, Norman “Norm” Pamplin, of Christmas, FL at the age of 79. Norm is survived by his wife, Nancy. Norm’s celebration of life/memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 30th at 2:00pm at the VFW Post # 4228, 4411 Capron Rd., Titusville. He will be laid to rest at Christmas Cemetery, 23552 Christmas Cemetery Rd., Christmas, FL 32709 on Monday, August 1st at 9:00am. Everyone is welcome!

Norm was a Vietnam US NAVY Veteran and a member of Pine Castle Post 286, with 38 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, Nancy, at P.O. Box 154, Christmas, FL 32709-0154.

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