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Of the 26 ships I have ridden since the war started, none was finer than the Ticonderoga... ~~ Robert Sherrod - War Correspondent



Madera, California
— John (Bob) Row
John (Bob) Row was born September 25, 1926. He passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2004, in Madera, California. 'Bob' spent all of his life in Madera except for two years in the Navy during World War II, serving on the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga with the Pacific Fleet. Following the war he attended U.C. Davis. Bob farmed with his father and in November of 1950 married his high school sweetheart, Ella Rose Clare. Bob always worked in agriculture; farming, salesman, Manager of Oxy Chem., Chowchilla and for many years as an Ag. Consultant until he had the first of many devastating strokes in 1992. He was past president of the 20 -30 Club and the Exchange Club of Madera. Bob was on the Madera Camp Fire Board, active in Scouting, on the Mosquito Abatement Board, Grand Jury Foreman and an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church. He is survived by his loving wife Elly, a daughter Lezlie Hemman and husband Lloyd, and his grand-daughter Lauren, his two sons Dr. John R. Row Jr. and his wife Sharon and Michael Row, all residing in Madera. Bob also leaves many wonderful friends and his Dachshund Hansie. Bob will be remembered as one of the 'nice guys', who was always a gentleman and who liked everyone. Remembrances may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church or to a charity of choice. The Neptune Society is in charge of arrangements.




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— John Robert Demuth
John served on the USS Ticonderoga. born on December 3rd 1925. After WWll, he was a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Dept. in the late 40's and early 50's . John also served on the USS Shangri La. including the time it had been involved in the nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll. The cancer he had at age 65. Which took his life in 1991. Is believed to have been due to the radiation he was exposed to at the testing.




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— Andrew L. Herster Jr.
Easton, PA., Andy writes that after one year at Dickinson Law School, he enlisted in the Navy as an ensign. He attended Harvard to learn communications and coding as an officer. He served on the light cruiser, USS Houston. He was aboard when she was torpedoed in the Pacific and was rescued by a destroyer. Then, he and 13 other naval officers flew to Sydney, Australia, to liaison with the British Fleet. He spent one year in New Zealand with the Brits. Then he went on to become communications and coding officer on the USS Ticonderoga and later, the USS Fanshaw Bieg. At the end of WWII, he returned to law school and practiced law until 1981. He was also elected district attorney for Northampton County for four years. He built a house on Kiawah Island, S.C., spending 15 years on the beautiful island. Later, he decided to move further south and bought a condo in Bonita Springs, Fla. He and his wife now spend six months there and six in Easton.





Merle E. Snyder, of Bronson died in oct. 2004 at the Hospice Care Center in Chiefland. He was 82. Mr. Snyder was born in Chester, Pa., and moved to North Central Florida from Clearwater 15 years ago. He was a retired electrical engineer.He was a member of the Ornan Masonic Lodge in Williston and the Gem and Mineral Society of Gainesville. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Ticonderoga. He loved all types of boats and boating.Survivors include his wife, Helen Snyder of Bronson; a son, Richard Lloyd of Kintersville, Pa.; and three grandchildren.





November 7, 2005 — Nicholas W. Martines
Mr. Nicholas W. Martines, of Haverhill, passed away on Monday evening. Born in Haverhill, August 18, 1926, he was the son of the late Vasili and Vasilke (Miloras) Martines. Nicholas is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years Ethel (Gioka) Martines of Haverhill, sons, William and John, daughter-in-law, Virginia, granddaughter, Alexander and Godson Zachary. Nicholas also leaves behind his sister Angelina and a large extended family of relatives and friends. Nicholas graduated from Haverhill Trade School. During World War II he served in the United States Navy on the USS Ticonderoga. Returning from the war, Nicholas worked at Haverhill Hardware until 1965, at which time, Nicholas and wife Ethel started Nick’s Electrical Supply & Service of Haverhill. Nick’s Electric was in business until their retirement in 1995. The Martines family attended Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, Haverhill, where Nicholas was a member of the Board of Directors for many years. He was also a member of numerous organizations including Saggahew Lodge AF& AM, Elks Lodge, V.F.W., Scottish Rite Bodies of Lowell & Boston, The Order of the AHEPA and the Aleppo Shriners. Contributions in his memory may be made to The Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, 154-156 Winter ST., Haverhill, MA 01830





J.W. "June Bug" Turnage Jr., 82, of Hayti, Mo., died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005 at Pemiscot Memorial Hospital in Hayti, Mo. He was a vice-president of Caruthersville Gin Company, a farmer, a member of Hayti First Baptist Church, a World War II Navy veteran serving on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga and was present in Tokyo Bay as a member of the occupation force during the surrender of the Japanese to the Allied Powers, a member of Pemiscot County CB Club, the Motorcycle Club and the Triangle Boat Club.





GEORGE SCOTT VARGO
born in Mount Hope in 1926, died in August,2005 at Charleston Area Medical Center, following a short illness. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S Navy aboard the U.S.S. Ticonderoga. He was a former coal operator, served as a federal mine inspector and supervisor until his retirement. He was a 48 year member and president of the Mount Hope Lions Club and was in charge of the Adopt-a-Highway Program for which he received state honors, inlcuding the Leonard Jarrett award. George was an active member of the United Methodist Church where he served in multiple areas including choir director and superintendent of Sunday school. He received an Associate Business Degree from Beckley College. Survivors include his second wife, Janet Payne Vargo, a brother, Dr. John Wilson Vargo and his wife Margaret of Oak Hill, a sister, Mary Katherine Fickling of Norfolk, Virginia, a daughter, Kim St. Clair of Stafford, Virginia, and a son, G. Scott Vargo of Mount Hope. Beloved step-children , grandchildren, Step-grandchildren, one great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. George will be remembered for his love of singing, whistling, aptitude for directions, dedication to his community, and his quick-witted sense of humor, and zest for life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 302 30th Street, Charleston, WV 25304.





Berlin, CT.
Robert Michael Kusek, 78, of Berlin, CT. died peacefully Monday (January 31, 2005) at his home with his family at his side. Born in Southington, the son of the late Michael and the late Mary (Kania) Kusek, he graduated from Lewis High School, proudly served in the US Navy in WWII aboard the USS Ticonderoga, and retired from Emhart Corporation where he was Chief Cost Accountant. He was a member of St. Paul Church, V.F.W. Post #10732, and American Legion Post #68. He loved sports as a fan, but first as an athlete. A gifted running back, he attended Georgetown University on a football scholarship, and played for the semi-professional Southington Gems. Later he became a UConn fan, and especially liked to follow the women’s basketball team. Along with his beloved companion of many years, Dee Huber of Berlin, he is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Kathlene and Stephen Mizerek of Durham, and Nancy Martin of Colchester, a son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Sharin Kusek of Kensington, a brother, Edward Kusek of Kensington, a sister, Virginia Hill of Bristol, and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by his devoted wife of thirty-two years, Frances J. (Konieczko) Kusek, in 1985.






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CARL G. RITTER ,
Carl G. Ritter, 78, of Chambers Hill, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2003, in the Hershey Medical Center. Born in Butztown on March 15, 1925, he was the son of the late Lester and Bertha Hawk Ritter. He retired after 35 years of service as an Engineering Supervisor from the former Bell Telephone Company. He was a 1943 graduate of Bethlehem Technical High School. He was a Navy veteran having served in World War II on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga. He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church where he was Past President of its Congregation Council and former Knights of Zion. He was a member of the U.S.S. Ticonderoga Organization, the Bell Telephone Pioneers, and the Delaware River Shad Fisherman’s Association. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and woodworker. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Irene L. Person Ritter whom he married on November 8, 1946; one son, Carl G. Ritter Jr. of Milan, Michigan; one daughter, Debra K. Weninger of Allentown; two brothers, Daniel W. Shaffer of Bethlehem and Robert Beddoe of Nazareth; and three grandchildren. Inturnment with military honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, East Hanover Township. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 100 West Main Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036.






Royal Glen Dickens, 90 of Manhattan, died Sunday, October 30, 2005 at the Wamego City Hospital. Born on September 22, 1915 in Hill City, KS, the son of Charles Morton and Pearl Etta (Rutherford) Dickens. Royal graduated Long Island High School in 1933 and helped his parents’ farming until 1935. From 1935 – 1941, he worked for Civilian Consrvation Corps Company (CCC Camp) in Wilton, MN. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April 1942 and served as Machinist’s Mate aboard the aircraft USS Ticonderoga. After his honorable discharge in October 1945, he worked as Technician and Service Manager for Victor Adding Machine Company in Kansas City, KS from 1946-1949 and Cleveland, OH 1949-1969. In 1969, he opened his own office equipment business in Asheville, NC, retiring in 1972 and moving to Manhattan to be near his family. In Manhattan, he worked for Hulls Business Machines. He enjoyed playing pool with his brothers, dancing and playing golf. He was a member of the American Legion for the last 33 years and has been an enormous help and blessing to all of his family and friends. Survivors include two brothers, Jesse H. Dickens of Manhattan, KS and Paul R. Dickens of Lawrence, KS and numerous nieces and nephews. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.ymlfuneralhome.com. A memorial has been established for the American Legion Post 17. Memorial contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.





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Frank Joseph Martinez (Geno),
Frank Joseph Martinez (Geno), age 90 of Phoenix, Arizona, died September 29, 2005 at home peacefully. He was born In Brooklyn, New York of Sicilian immigrants, Francesco and Sebastiana Martinez. He joined The United States Navy in 1943, and served on the USS Ticonderoga from January 1944 to December 1945. He was married to Margaret (nee Balog) for 47 years, she passed in 1989, and is survived by 4 sons, John, Ronald, Thomas, and Robert, and 1 daughter Patricia Ann. His eldest son frank passed away 5 years ago. Geno joined the USN at age 30, served his country proudly, and was awarded a bronze Star, which his family only received last year.
After the war, Geno worked as a longshoreman on the docks of Brooklyn, NY.He and his wife retired to Phoenix, Arizona in 1977






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Harry Livermore Jr.,92
Harry Adam Livermore Jr., 92, of Sugarmill Woods, Homosassa, died Sunday, April 27, 2008, under the care of Hernando-Pasco Hospice surrounded by family and friends. He was born Oct. 22, 1915, in Fargo, N.D., to Harry Adam Sr. and Eva May (Montbriand) Livermore. He graduated from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, in 1938 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business. Mr. Livermore started in the accounting department at AT&T Long Lines in 1938 and retired as general manager of rates and methods in 1978. He was one of the top 200 executives in the former Bell System. Mr. Livermore graduated from Harvard Naval Training School for Indoctrination and Communications in 1943. He was assigned to the communications group on the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga and served three years in the Pacific. He achieved the rank of lieutenant JG. He was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with four Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Star, Commendation Ribbon and Victory Ribbon. He was responsible for coding and decoding messages, including the announcement of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Japan for the Ticonderoga Carrier Group staff. His memberships included: president of Hall Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers in 1967 and 1968; president of Lords Valley Country Club in Hawley Valley, Pa., from 1981 to 1985, where he also won the “A” Flight Golf Championship four times; Sugarmill Woods Country Club, Homosassa; and Suncoast Republican Club. He was a member of First Methodist Church of Homosassa. Mr. Livermore was preceded in death by Jean McFarland Livermore, his wife of 62 years; and brothers L. David Livermore and Robert M. Livermore (Monte). Survivors include his wife, Therese Smaxwell Livermore of Sugarmill Woods, Homosassa; sister, Eva Mae Wilson of Lawrenceville, N.J.; daughter, Jean Ann Waldo of Madison, Ala.; sons, James M. Livermore and Nanci of Sebastopol, Calif., and Robert H. Livermore and Judy of Milford, N.J.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.






Spokane
Chester Murray, Chester Murray, 76, a 43-year resident of Spokane, died Friday. He was born in California, Mo. In 1944 he joined the Navy and served on the USS Ticonderoga. He fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea and was present at the signing of the peace treaty in Tokyo Bay. He was discharged from the Navy in 1946. Mr. Murray worked as a pipe fitter.Survivors include his wife, Frances; four children, Betty Bayley of Spokane, Mary Bessman of Columbus, Miss., David Murray of Moses Lake and Kathy Fulkerson of Valley, Wash.; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.






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Edward Paul Spinks,
Edward Spinks , died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. He was 80. Born in Elizabeth, the son of Robert and Myrtle Foster Spinks, he lived in Union Township before moving to Pittstown 20 years ago. He was a 1944 graduate of Clinton High School. Mr. Spinks was a Navy veteran of World War II. He earned the rank of petty officer 2nd class and served aboard the USS New York in the North Atlantic and aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga in the South Pacific from 1944 to 1946. As a combat veteran, he received many medals and commendations. He was also a member of the USS Ticonderoga Association. Mr. Spinks was a conservation officer for the state Division of Fish and Game, and later was a maintenance man at the Edna Mahan state prison in Union Township. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Spinks is survived by his wife of 55 years, Norma Kroeschel Spinks; eight sons, Edward of Hampton, Paul and Grant, both of Washington, Neil of Vail, Colo., Dale of Suffern, N.Y., Glen of Annandale, Craig of Hammonsport, N.Y., and Shawn of Oxford; 22 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Interment with full Navy honors took place at Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton.






New Orleans
Lionel Francis Zylicz, Sr. Lionel Francis Zylicz, Sr., Passed Away On Saturday, July 30, 2005. Born In New Orleans, Louisiana, On October 3, 1914, Mr. Zylicz Transferred To Houston, Texas, In 1964 With Texaco, Where He Worked For 45 Years. He Served In The Us Navy Aboard The Carriers Ticonderoga And Hancock During Ww Ii. Preceded In Death By His Wives, Evelyn Schlesinger (1997) And Florine Dalier And Baby Girl (1937); He Is Survived By Two Sons: Lionel Francis, Ii, Of Columbia, Sc And Laurence Edward And Wife Diana Of Cypress, Tx. He Leaves Seven Grandchildren And Five Great-Grandchildren.A Funeral Mass was At 11 A.M. On Thursday, August 4, 2005 At All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans, La. Interment Follow In Greenwood Cemetery.




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James A. Koban,
James A. Koban, 81, of the Lester Section of Tinicum, General Electric Employee, died June 5, 2003 at home. Born in Madera, Pa., he worked for General Electric company for 27 years before retiring. He also formerly worked at Baldwin Locomotive. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the Marine Corps. He served on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga from April 1944 to May 1945 and participated in the capture and occupation of the Southern Palau Islands and assaults on the Philippine Islands. Mr. Koban was a member of Protection B.V.M. Church in Philadelphia. He was also a member of the Lester Fire Co. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved the outdoors. Mr. Koban was the son of the late Philip and Betty Koban and brother of the late Charles and Michael Koban. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Senkow Koban of Lester; sons, Stephen D. Koban of Springfield, Samuel M. Koban of Ebensburg, Pa., Walter J. Koban Sr. of Bethel; daughter, Sonya Koban-Elkin of West Chester, Pa.; brothers, Andrew Koban of Westmont, Pa., George Koban of Crystal River, Fla.; sister, Eva Vincent of New York; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Interment SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple. Memorial contributions to Protection B.V.M. Church, 6222 Dicks Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19142






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