EAST LIVERPOOL - Ralph A. Finley of Eagle Drive died at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday May 20, 2008, at the East Liverpool City Hospital, where he had been a patient since Tuesday. He was 85. Having lived in East Liverpool most of his life, where he was born Feb. 16, 1923, a son of the late Ralph and Hannah Finley, he also resided in Scottsdale, Ariz., from 1985 to 2005. A long-time member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in East Liverpool he had belonged to St. Barnabas-on-the-Desert Episcopal Church when in Arizona. A 1940 graduate of East Liverpool High School, he then attended Western Reserve University where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha social fraternity, prior to serving as a naval aviator in the South Pacific for the
U.S. Navy. His military career began with 18 months of training, which saw him commissioned an officer, eventually rising from the rank of ensign to that of lieutenant. He became the first pilot of a PB4Y-2 Privateer attack bomber, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross, four air medals and a personal commendation ribbon. A licensed commercial pilot with single-and multi-engine land and sea ratings, he was instrument-flight licensed. He was noted for having once looped the Chester Bridge in a sea plane following World War II. Active in all phases of community life from radio announcing, parking enforcer, tour director, and his ability to gain entrance to any event, to being a counselor at the Pine Ridge YMCA Camp, Mr. Finley knew no strangers. In addition, he organized the Better Business Bureau in East Liverpool and was a member of the East Liverpool Chamber of Commerce for many years. He was a former member and president of the East Liverpool Merchants Association and was a recipient of the East Liverpool Junior Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award, in addition to holding a Life Membership in the organization in which he had served as president and treasurer. He had served for many years as a trustee or board member for several organizations including the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Eastern Ohio, the USO National Council, the Salvation Army Advisory Board in East Liverpool, and the East Liverpool City Hospital Association. He was chairman of the Columbiana County Veterans for Dwight D. Eisenhower in his election campaign for President of the United States, and a former president of East Liverpool
Rotary.He also was active in fund drives for East Liverpool Hospital Association, the Community Fund, (now the United Way) and the Red Cross. Following World War II he became affiliated with The Smith & Phillips Co,, rising to secretary-treasurer before retiring from that position with the furniture company in 1969 with 23 years service. He was known for developing a friendly consumer credit system at the store, which served as a business model for years to come. In 1958, he became associated with Bayley Envelope, Inc. serving as secretary-treasurer from 1969 to 1979 and as president from 1979 to 1985. A former president of the Tri-State Umpires Association, he served as president of that group for 22 years. He conducted countless baseball clinics and was actively involved in Tri-State Baseball as an umpire from youth baseball leagues to high school, American Legion and college. He had officiated some 4,000 baseball games.
His family includes his loving wife, at home, Wilma Hindley Finley. They were married June 16, 1944. There are two daughters, Jill Altoft and her husband, William, of Moon Township, Pa., and Diana Jarvis and her husband, Paul, of Bayfield, Colo. There are five grandchildren: Kristen Dugan and her husband, Jeremy; Christopher Kirkham and his wife, Emily; Susan Rummer; Patrick Kirkham and his wife, Andrea; and Scott Kirkham and his wife, Amy. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren: Gavin Kirkham, Madison Rummer, Oliver Kirkham, Ryan Dugan and Adia Kirkham. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Suzanne F. Rugh, and two brothers, John Finley and William Finley.
William LeRoy Frost, (Jack) was born in Stoneham, MA, the son of CHRELEC William Henry Frost, USN. He received a Presidential appointment to the Naval Academy in 1947. Upon graduation he served on USS Bataan, (CVL 29) then received Flight Training in Pensacola, FL and Advanced Flight Training in Corpus Christi, TX. Designated Naval Aviator he received his wings in March 1953.
Subsequent assignments included tours with VP-23 in Brunswick, ME, flying P2V-5 aircraft, first as Second Pilot, later as Patrol Plane Commander with primary mission of ASW. Tour included naval exercises in Italy and French Morocco and deployment to Argentia NF After completion of a post graduate course in Aeronautical Engineering at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Jack became Engineering Division Director at the Bureau of Aeronautics General Representative, Eastern District, (BAGR-ED) in New York City, with proficiency flights out of Floyd Bennett Airfield.
He returned to Brunswick, ME for ASW duty with VP-21 as Planning Officer and with collateral duties as Cold Weather Officer. During this tour he shared Winter Survival Training in the Maine woods (Rangely) with VP-21 Veterans Association Webmaster, Frank Balogh Jr.. The squadron also deployed to Keflavik, Iceland, and Thule, Greenland, with TAD's to Labrador, Norway and Scotland, among others. Back at NAS Brunswick, MEwith Fleet Air Wing Three. Jack was Training Officer and member of Aviators Evaluation, Standardization, Instrument Flight Check and Improvement Boards.
This was followed by duty with Air Development Squadron One (VX-1) squadron in Key West, FL, and attendance for a course of instruction at the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA. He then served as Anti - Submarine Warfare Officer with the Assistant Commander for Research and Technology, Naval Air Systems Command, in Arlington, VA, was assigned to Major Fleet Escort Study, ASW Assistant t to Warfare Branch Head, Advanced Systems Concept Division, Research and Technology. At the Center for Naval Analysis Ocean Surveillance Study, (letter of Appreciation from CNO.). Jack was then assigned Commanding Officer, Antarctic Support Activities DETALPHA, McMurdo Station Winter-Over 1970, and later awarded the Antarctic Service Medal with Wintering Over clasp and disk. For his contribution to the U.S. scientific research as officer-in-charge and commander of Operation Deep Freeze, a cliff was named for him in Mary Byrd Land at the South Pole. Jack's last tour of duty was at the Center for Naval Analysis, Arlington, VA, as Operations/ Systems Analyst, Systems Evaluation Group, Study Director, ASW Sensors Study, Assistant Study Director, Future Submarine Forces Study, Study Director, Naval Air Technology Study. During his career, Jack was qualified to fly SNJ, SNB-JRE, PBM-5, P4Y-2 aircraft and was Patrol Plane Commander of P2V5, P2V7, SP2H and P3A aircraft. He was one of the few pilots (at the time) to have flown over both North and South Poles. After retirement from active duty in the Navy on 31 July 1973 Jack became a Program Director, with Operations Research Inc, a Consulting Company in Silver Spring, MD. He also did graduate work toward a Master of Engineering Information degree, George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Jack married Yolande Paquin in Montreal, PQ, Canada, upon graduation from the Naval Academy in 1951. They had nine children. There are now 23 grandchildren and 3 great-grands. Jack died in December 1981 following surgery for mitral valve replacement. He was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery..
Capt Riley T. Folsom
Riley Treadway Folsom died peacefully at home in Stanwood, Washington, on Sunday December 13, 2015. He was surrounded by the love of his family. Riley was born on September 12, 1924 in Pensacola, Florida, and was the only child of Lucile and Crawford Folsom. Theirs was a Navy family, moving frequently. Eventually, the family settled in Seattle where Riley graduated from Queen Anne High School in 1942. This is also where he met the love of his life, Eudora Isbell, and they were married in 1944. Their family grew rapidly, and Riley found himself the proud father of six daughters. Riley enlisted in the Navy shortly after his high school graduation and soon realized his childhood dream of becoming a Naval Aviator. He served in the Aleutians during WWII and was stationed all over the country during his twenty-seven year career, including tours at NAS Whidbey (VPB-131, VP-4).
After Riley retired from the Navy at the rank of Captain in 1969, he and Eudora returned to Washington State, where he began his second career. In 1970, he earned his Master's Degree in History from the University of Washington, and later began teaching at Skagit Valley College in Oak Harbor. He retired for the second time after thirteen years, and after snow birding for a time, he and Eudora moved full time to Phoenix, Arizona where Riley could indulge in his favorite pastime - golf. They returned to Washington State in 2004, to be near their daughters, residing in Snohomish County.
Riley was blessed with a large and loving family, and they will miss his sweet, funny, comforting presence in their lives. Riley is survived by Eudora, his loving wife of seventy-one years; daughters Kathleen Folsom, Carol (David) Brown, Deborah (Kelly) Koontz, Andrea (Ron) Gann, and Martha (Tim) Folsom; thirteen grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Tony Barker, and daughter Laura Lucile Folsom.
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David H. Fenker
David H. Fenker, 78, a resident of rural Churubusco in Noble County, passed away at 2 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at the Presence Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. He had been in failing health for the past year and had been a patient there for the past two months.
Mr. Fenker was born in Fort Wayne on May 24, 1937, a son of Herman G. and Bernice (Miller) Fenker, and spent his formative years there. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in Fort Wayne in 1956 and as a young man served with the U.S. Navy.
On Nov. 29, 1969, he was married in Fort Wayne to Sherran K. Schuelein. The couple spent the early years of their marriage in Fort Wayne and had lived in Green Township in Noble County since 1976.
Employed at Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne for over 35 years, he retired from their quality control department in 1999.
He was a member of the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post No. 157 in Churubusco and Churubusco Veterans of Foreign Wars Turtle Post No. 3846. In his leisure time he enjoyed his small farm, watching WWE wrestling and the Indianapolis Colts, and was a fan of Notre Dame football.
Mrs. Fenker preceded him in death on March 3, 2003. Surviving relatives include a daughter, Kris (Mark) Trabel of Auburn; two sons, Curt (Joey) Fenker of Albion and Andy Fenker of Churubusco; two sisters, Mary North and Fran Greene, both of Fort Wayne; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rita Myers, in 2001.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, with Father Danney Pinto, pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Ege, officiating. ….
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