September 24, 2011

Patrick M. Keenan

Patrick M. Keenan, 66, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday June 8, 2011 at Battle Creek Health System.  He was born on June 29, 1944 in Indianapolis, IN to James H. and Norma Lee(Harrington) Keenan.

Patrick served in the U.S. Army. He married Susan M. Broughton on May 15, 1982 in Battle Creek. Patrick was employed by the Digital Equipment Corporation in Novi, MI and then EDS in Lansing, MI.

He is survived by his wife Susan, brothers, Donald Keenan Ph.D., of Paris, France and Larry (Beth) Keenan, of Dallas, TX; sisters, Marcella Champion, of Cumberland, IN and Marcia Eldridge, of Somerset, KY;  his step-mother, Ellie Keenan, of Dallas, TX; brother-in-law, John W. (Susan) Broughton, and numerous nieces and nephews. Patrick was preceded in death by his parents and a step-father Donald E. Whiteside.

He enjoyed auto racing, war gaming, miniatures, photography, and reading.

Graveside services will be held 10 am Friday at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. A “Wake” for family and friends will follow at the Irish Pub on North Ave. Memorial contributions may be given to Humane Society of South Central Michigan.

September 5, 2011

Dwight Arthur Heming

Dwight Arthur Heming (1944 - 2011)


Dwight Arthur Heming, age 66, of Warrensburg, MO, died Sunday, February 27, 2011, at Boone Hospital in Columbia after a short illness.

Dwight was born in Willimantic, Connecticut, October 20, 1944, to Alice (Gibbs) Heming and William Arthur Heming, both whom preceded him in death.

Dwight attended Tufts University College of Engineering from 1962 to 1964 and received a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Technology from Central New England College of Technology in 1976. He earned an MBA from the University of Central Missouri in 1986. He married Carol Piper in Westborough, Massachusetts, in 1965. He served in the United States Army Security Agency as a German Linguist from 1966 to 1970, most of his service in West Berlin. He has worked for Pittsburgh Corning Corporation since 1976 and was Manager, Process Control, Development, and Quality Assurance at Sedalia.

Dwight leaves his wife, Carol, his daughter Valerie Heming, Valerie's husband Raoul Kennes, and his grandson Jurgen Kennes, all of Warrensburg; his brother Martin Heming and Martin's wife Ann of Glendora, California; his nephew Edward Heming and Edward's wife Jennifer of Rocklin, California; his niece Heather Heming of Bermuda Dunes, California; and his beloved pets Alfred, Annie, and Alice.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Warrensburg Animal Shelter or the Warrensburg Food Center.

September 3, 2011

Vince Lombardo


On Tuesday, August 10, 2010, VINCENT JOSEPH LOMBARDO,
beloved husband of the late Carol S. Lombardo (nee Seidman), devoted father of Tracy Seymour of Columbia, MD and Sammy Lombardo of Pikesville, MD. Loving grandfather of Benjamin and Brittany Seymour. Dear father-in-law of Richard Seymour. Generous brother of Patricia Hough. Devoted brother-in-law of Leon Seidman of Hagerstown, MD, Cindi and Brad Schrum of Reisterstown, MD. Loving son of the late Joseph and Patricia Lombardo (nee Velardi) and son-in-law of Samuel Seidman and Lillian Cohen (nee Olschansky). Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and dear friends. The family has directed all contributions to Krieger Schecter Day School, c/o Carol Seidman Lombardo Scholarship Fund, 8100 Stevenson Rd. (21208).

July 26, 2011

Serge White

Russian linguist

Born August, 1945 Red Bank, NJ. Died April 26, 2004 Red Bank, NJ.

Graduated from Villanova with a degree in accounting before joining the Army. After discharge from the Army, Serge worked at NIH in Washington DC as an auditor and was in a PHD program in Russian at Georgetown.

[Information provided by Tom Vargo, Nyles Van Hoosen, and Chris Jones, Serge's contemporaries at Field Station Berlin. A thorough search failed to turn up a newspaper obituary]

Arthur R. Fisher


McALESTER — Arthur R. Fisher, 62, of Broken Arrow, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.

Born Oct. 20, 1947, in Talihina, he was the son of Israel and Bernice (Jefferson) Fisher. He grew up in McAlester and graduated from McAlester High School in 1965. He then attended Southeastern State College in Durant until he joined the United States Army, where he was stationed in Germany during the Viet Nam War.

After receiving his honorable discharge, he returned to Southeastern State College where he received his bachelor’s degree. He then went to work for the FDIC in the Oklahoma State Banking Commission office until his retirement.

July 21, 2011

Claude LeRoy "Lee" Crawford,Jr.


Claude LeRoy "Lee" Crawford, Jr., 64, of 6130 Fairway Drive West, Fayetteville PA, passed away, Thursday, May 14, 2009, at his home.

Born Thursday, November 9, 1944, in Hagerstown, Maryland, he was the son of Ellen E. Smith Crawford of Hagerstown, MD and the late Claude L. Crawford, Sr. He was a graduate of North Hagerstown High School and later attended Hagerstown Junior College and the University of Maryland.

After college he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the National Security Agency from 1966 to 1970. Lee was employed with Wells Fargo as a Financial Advisor for many years and was also well known for his financial report heard on WHAG Radio for over 35 years. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and enjoyed golfing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years Rosaria "Toni" Crawford; two sisters, Karen Marie Crawford of Hancock, MD, and Kaye Ellen Crawford of Baltimore, MD; step daughter, Lori C. Twiss of Waynesboro, PA; two step sons, Michael A. Twiss of Martinsburg, WV, and Timothy V. Twiss of Baltimore, MD; five grandchildren; Kayla Twiss, Michael Twiss, Christopher Twiss, Siena Twiss, and Leo Twiss

Geoffrey Hayes


GEOFFREY HAYES 1945 - 2009

Geoffrey Hays came from a long line of fighting men that dated back to the Highlands of Scotland where the members of the Hays Clan battled their bitter enemies. Geoff was born in 1945 and joined the Army Security Agency in 1963 shortly after graduating from high school.

After completing his basic 12 month Russian Course he was selected for an additional 6 month of training in advanced Russian and then sent to Vint Hills Farms for voice intercept training. Geoff was then assigned to the 78th USASA SOU in West Berlin where he worked on the Hill as a 98G until his discharge in 1968.

After his discharge Geoff returned to Cheney, Washington where he attended Cheney State University before moving to Alaska. Geoff lived a vigorous life in Alaska that included working on Artic fishing boats, the Alaskan Pipeline and the railroad. He was married for 25 years before losing his wife to cancer. Geoffrey Hayes died from cancer in December, 2009.

In addition to his language skills Geoff also enjoyed writing poetry; his poem to Andrews Barracks is below.

The Parade Ground is quiet now,

This red brick, a monument to the fallen…

Here the cream of a nation

Swore blood redemption and marched

Precisely to its death.

Now the bright banners are faded

Rags in recluse closets.

With fresh brick and new windows,

The old barracks grins down at a new generation

Like an old whore in new panties,

And in the hallways at night the ghosts

Awaken and cry like a lost puppy.