James T. Girtman of Buckingham, Pa. passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. He was 77. Tom was born in Leesburg, Fla. Upon graduation from Central Florida College, he entered the Naval Aviation Training Program as a Naval Aviation Cadet. He retired as a Commander with 20 years of active service and four years of Reserve service. During a break in Naval Service, he began another career with Trans World Airlines and retired at age 60 as a TWA Captain flying the B767. He was an avid racquetball/tennis player and enjoyed his retirement playing at the Philadelphia Sports Club and his Saturday Morning Men's Tennis Group. He was a member of the Willow Grove Naval Flight Club and Covenant Presbyterian Church. Tom was a true gentleman who lived to honor God, his family and friends, faithfully and thoughtfully. He enjoyed his career as a pilot, a great laugh, and his furry friends. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte (Cooper), his daughters, Wendy Geisler of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Rebecca Girtman of Denver, Colo., and grandsons, Grahm Geisler and Wynn Geisler of Colorado Springs. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4000 Rt. 202, Doylestown, PA 18902. Relatives and friends are invited to arrive at 10 a.m. for time with the family and refreshments prior to the service. To send condolences to the family, please visit the funeral home's web site listed below. Scanlin Funeral Home, Chalfont www.scanlinfuneralhome.com


Holmes Rolston "JR" Hansel Jr.

Holmes Rolston Hansel, Jr. of Virginia Beach, Virginia passed away peacefully on August 4th at home with his family by his side.He was born on September 20, 1943, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late Eloise (Taylor) Hansel and Holmes Rolston Hansel, Sr. Lieutenant Junior Grade, United States Navy. He grew up in South Charleston, West Virginia and graduated from South Charleston High School with the class of 1961. He attended Marshall University. He enlisted in the United States Navy, proudly serving as an Aviation Electronics Technician Third Class Petty Officer and given the nickname of JR...for his own protection! While stationed in Brunswick, Maine he met and married the love of his life Louise. After leaving the Navy, he began his lifelong career as an airplane pilot. He had many adventures piloting as a corporate pilot, private charter services, medical ambulance, aerial surveying, FedEx, and skydiving. What he loved most was his wife Louise and raising their family together in Maine. He was an avid sailor, enjoyed reading, NASCAR races, and spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to Louise, his wife of 54 years, he is survived by his daughters Katheryn Hansel and her partner Charles Bunker Sargent, United States Marine Corps veteran of Greene, Maine and grandchildren Joseph and Meaghan Spagnolo; Kirsten Sala and her husband RJ of Glastonbury, Connecticut and grandchildren Dylan, Cameron, and Andrew; and Keri Estabrooks and her husband Dale Aviation Ordnanceman First Class Petty Officer (Retired), United States Navy, of Virginia Beach, Virginia and grandchildren Derek and Taylor.

The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Princess Anne Chapel on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. The funeral service will follow in the funeral home chapel at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research, Shriners Hospital for Children, Autism Awareness Foundation. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Aug. 6, 2019


William F. Grimm

Capt. William Francis Grimm, USN (Ret.)

May 18, 1927 - June 29, 2018

Capt. William (Bill) Grimm passed away from natural causes in his home on June 29, 2018 at the age of 91 with his three children and caregiver Maria at his side.

Bill was born May 18, 1927 in Centralia, Washington to Washington Huskies Elizabeth and William H. Grimm, where he lived until the age of 14 when both parents contracted tuberculosis. His mother did not survive, and his father was moved to a TB Sanitarium near San Francisco. At that time Bill and his sister Mary moved to Piedmont, California under the care of Philip and Julia Hindley. He graduated from Piedmont High School in 1944 and then enlisted in the Navy serving through the end of World War II. In 1946 Bill was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with the class of 1950.

Ensign Grimm’s first tour of duty was aboard the aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea in Korean waters. In 1951, during flight training in Pensacola, Florida, he earned his Naval Aviator designation and wings. It was at this time his first letter from Edith (Ede) Huggins arrived. She claimed that after seeing his photo she was the president and founder of the “Bill Grimm Fan Club.” After months of correspondence Ede was invited to Christmas dinner in San Francisco, where Bill would be home on leave. It must have been love as Bill and Ede were married one week later on New Year’s Eve, 1951 and remained together until Ede’s passing in 2010.

Capt. Grimm’s Navy career spanned 32 years. He flew in Patrol Squadron VP-21 flying Martin Mercator P4M’s and Lockheed Neptune P2V’s. He attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and from 1956-1959 taught at the Naval Academy. He served in aircraft squadrons VS-37 and VS-35 flying S2F carrier based ASW aircrafts with deployments on the USS Hornet. Bill earned a postgraduate degree in Science from San Diego State. From 1962-64 he was Flag Secretary, Anti-Submarine Warfare Group 3. He was Training Officer for VS-41; EO and CO of ASW Squadron VS-38 with two seven-month deployments to Vietnam. Bill was Commander, Carrier Anti-Sub Air Group 53, flying S2E Tracker, E1B Tracer and SH3A ASW Helicopters. From 1969-1972 he was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington D.C. with his final duty station at NAS North Island serving as Personnel Officer CNAF, Pacific Fleet. He retired July 1977 with the rank of Captain, accruing 3900 career flight hours, and 490 carrier landings, 175 at night.

The Grimm family moved to Coronado in 1964 and would from that time on call it home. Bill’s hobbies included fishing and he was a member of the B.A.S.S. Masters Association. He also enjoyed gardening, and tinkering in his garage repairing anything electrical. After retiring from the Navy, Bill attended Maytag Repair School and opened Grimm T.V. & Appliance in Coronado with fellow USNA graduate Eugene Wisenbaker. After years of selling and fixing appliances, he retired to golf, and was a fixture at the Coronado Golf Course serving as secretary and publicity chair for the Men’s Club. In his later years Bill enjoyed his monthly USNA Class of ’50 luncheons and family gatherings.

Bill will be remembered as a loving father, and as “the nicest man,” who will forever be loved and missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his children William P. (Dave) Grimm, Martha (Christopher) Workman, Elizabeth (Steve) Patten; grandchildren Sean Michael, Jennifer, Abbey, Grace, Sean Lerin, and Joe; eight great- grandchildren; and his sister Mary Rudow and family,

Capt. Grimm will be interred at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting your local Hospice.

John Edwin Horsefield

John Edwin Horsefield ObituaryJohn Edwin Horsefield, CDR,USN Retired, 1933-2013
The world lost a kind, decent man today. My husband, Jack Horsefield, died peacefully in my arms with his priest nearby. Jack loved the Lord and his family more than anything. He delighted in being with his children and grandchildren, playing with them, taking them boating and hitting the Katouches (big waves), taking them to parks and for ice cream (you may have any flavor except bubblegum!). He loved taking them in the pool (but you better shower first!). He had a finely tuned sense of humor and used it often. He cared very deeply for his longtime buddies and loved being with them especially in his workshop in Grande Lagoon. He enjoyed making toys for our grandchildren and they will be enjoyed by our great-grandchildren one day. He had his ROMEO lunch every Thursday with his buddies and they hit every odd little restaurant from Pensacola to Mobile swapping lies as only Navy pilots can and having a ball doing it!

He was the first "Big Brother" in the area and his "little," Ashley Chauvin was very dear to him. Jack gave recruitment talks to marines and sailors at NAS Pensacola and was very successful in gaining more "Bigs" for the program. He was like the pied piper in our neighborhood; the children would come knocking at our door asking if my "Daddy" could come out and play and he most always would. He was especially close to Chris Clark and loved helping him.

Jack was a lector and Eucharistic Minister in the Catholic Church and he relished each job. He was so sad that his health prevented him from carrying on in those positions. I was so pleased that Fr. James of Little Flower was with him when he died, taking special time with him and with me. Good friends came during that dark hour and buoyed my flagging spirit. We are blessed with exceptional friends.

He came to Pensacola in 1957 for flight training after graduation from the United States Naval Academy. We met shortly afterwards and we married in 1958, almost 55 years. Our children came along about 5 years later and he delighted in them from the get go; changing diapers, bathing and feeding them and just in general enjoying them his whole life. He said they were the best "toys" of all and they loved their Dad. We all went around the world a few times, hitting all the states and having a great time of it.

He loved flying for the Navy and we were stationed on both coasts and overseas during his tours of duty. He flew multi engine (P-2's and P-3's). He took a bit of friendly ribbing from his jet jock friends but he didn't mind and told them he loved walking back to the little "kitchen" and having a nice hot cup of soup while he waved to them as they went by. So many sea stories and each time I heard them, I laughed even harder. What a great life we had!

Jack was born in Hoboken, NJ and grew up on Indian Lake in Denville, NJ. He was the son of C.R. and Madeleine Horsefield and had one sister, Nancy Covington and an aunt and uncle, Dick and Sarah Horsefield. He graduated from Mountain Lakes High School and went on to Stevens Institute of Technology for 2 years, and finally to the United States Naval Academy. He married Janice Sims of Pensacola in 1958 and fathered 2 children, Capt. Michael Horsefield, USN who is married to Marilyn and Susan Horsefield Putnam who is married to Cdr. John Putnam USNR. We have eight grandchildren, Jeremy Putnam, Jessica Horsefield Lynn and her husband, Spencer, Aaron Putnam, Mackenzie Horsefield, Gabrielle Putnam, Jack Putnam, Luke Putnam and Sarajan Putnam. He had 5 brothers-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack often said he was a southerner by choice. He lived a full, happy, wonderful life and he fought the good fight til the end. Rest in peace, my Darling, you will always remain in our hearts.

Trahan Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Little Flower Catholic Church on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 10:00 am. Reception to follow in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Florida.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on June 2, 2013