In Memorium

28 DEC 2011

Richard Eugene Dyer

DYER - Richard Eugene 77, of Culpeper, VA, made his final flight Wednesday, December 28, 2011 from his residence. He was born December 7, 1934 in Niles, MI to the late Vernon H. and Ruth A. Young Dyer. Mr. Dyer retired as Colonel in the US Air Force. During his 31 years in the military, he was an RC-130A Pilot for the 1375th M and C Squadron, 1370th Photomapping Wing, Turner AFB, GA, in the 1960's. He was a AC-130 Gunship Pilot in SEA during the Vietnam War. Served as comtroller of the former Strategic Air Command and achieved numerous medals including a Legion of Merit and 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses. He attended Purdue University and later graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Geodetic Science. After his retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Dyer worked as a Defense Contractor. He resided in Culpeper, VA, the past 6 years after many moves during his military career, was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved and cherished his wife, children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Justine Ellen Kovacs Dyer, four children, Deborah Ann Bauers and her husband, Robert of Spotsylvania, Fr. Richard Eugene Dyer, Jr. of Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, Michael David Dyer and his wife, Heather of Avon, CT and Reneé Elizabeth Forero and her husband, Francesco of Gainesville, VA. Additional survivors include two sisters, Gladys Staniszewski and her husband, Joe, Donna Mae Herget and her husband, Bob, and six grandchildren, Victoria and Shannon Bauers, Brianna and Brendan Dyer and Juliana and Joshua Forero. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Dyer. FOUND AND SONS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 850 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, VA. A Christian wake service will be held at 7 PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, January 2, 2012 at 11 AM at Precious Blood Catholic Church, 114 E. Edmondson St., Culpeper, VA, celebrated by Mr. Dyer's son, Fr. Richard E. Dyer, Jr. Interment will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Published in The Culpeper Star-Exponent on December 30, 2011

Submitted By Jim Kyle

17 DEC 2011

JOHN W. ZEHNER, Fort Myers, FL

It is with deep sadness that I share the news of my dad's passing. He passed away on the 17th, he was 67.

He is survived by his wife Mary Zehner and his three daughters, myself, Kimberly Zehner Davis, Sandy Zehner, and Aimee Zehner Barnes - and 7 grandsons.

He passed away from acute myelogenous leukemia. He had applied for Hospice two weeks ago.

He served in the USAF as a navigation repairman with the 1370th OMS, Forbes AFB, KS.

Arrangements: Nation Cremation & Burial Society.

Submitted By


6 DEC 2011

Raymond Walter Judy

Raymond Walter Judy passed away Dec. 6, 2011, at Regency on Whidbey in Oak Harbor. He was born on March 28, 1928 in Renton to Walter and Clara (Kleven) Judy and grew up on Mercer Island.

Ray graduated from Garfield High School in 1946 and attended the University of Washington before joining the Army. He later transferred to the Air Force, serving for more than 20 years before retiring as a master sergeant. Ray was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. After retiring from the Air Force, Ray joined the U.S. Customs Service and had a second career as a customs patrol officer in Blaine.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife Maxine. He is survived by his son, Mike (Susan), and granddaughter, Christina (Luke) Boswell, of Mount Vernon, and several nieces and nephews.

Ray was an AFPMA Life Member and Number 33 on the Oldest Photo Mapper list.

Whidbey News-Times - Oak Harbor, WA

6 DEC 2011

Judy Severn

Judith Anne (Nudelman) Severn, 73, of The Woodlands, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Judy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. Everyone she touched will miss her love, laughter and zest for life.

She was born to Stanley Carl Nudelman and Frances Belle Nudelman of Whiting, Indiana on September 15, 1938. She was raised in Kankakee, Illinois and later Winter Haven, Florida. She attended Winter Haven High School where she was a Drum Majorette. During the summers she served as a volunteer lifeguard at the areas many lakes. After graduation in 1956 she went on to attend Florida Southern University where she studied Bookkeeping and Accounting. While working as an office manager near Winter Haven she met and fell in love with Lt. William C. Severn, a U. S. Air Force pilot. They were married on November 15, 1958. During their military career they lived in South Carolina, Alaska, Georgia, Kansas and Guam. They had three children, David, Elizabeth (Beth) and Carl. After retirement from the Air Force, they moved to Houston, then relocated to Saudi Arabia, then Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and finally returned to live in The Woodlands, Texas in 1999.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents and by an older brother Harry who died in infancy.

Judy is survived by Bill Severn, her husband of 53 years. Also surviving is her younger brother Richard Nudelman (Jean) of Pearland, Texas. Surviving children are David Severn (Linda) of Spring, Texas, Beth Grebe (Tim) of Spring, Texas and Carl Severn (Lea) of Lakeland, Colorado. Additionally there are nine grandchildren, Nicholas Severn (Michelle), Tanner Grebe, Morgan Severn, Conner Grebe, Andrew Severn, Hayden Severn, Olivia Grebe, Luke Severn, Lance Severn and one great-granddaughter Pearl Severn.

Judy chose to be cremated and to be interred at Forest Park-The Woodlands cemetery. Memorial service will be held at the Forest Lawn-The Woodlands chapel at 10 AM, Saturday January 21, 2012. A reception will follow immediately after interment. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Association ( or 1-800-272-3900) in the name of Judy Severn.

Submitted By

William C. (Bill) Severn

23 NOV 2011

George T. Tamanini


George T. Tamanini, 82, of Nanticoke,PA, passed away late Wednesday night, Nov 23, 2011, at the residence of his daughter in Sheppton, PA, following a six-month illness.

Born in Hazleton, PA, January 1, 1929, he was the son of the late Henry and Victoria (Daldon) Tamanini and spent the past 17 years in Nanticoke after moving from Sheppton.

He was a retired Senior Master Sergeant with the US Air Force having retired in 1968 after 22 years of service. He was also retired from the US Postal Service, Harrisburg.

He was a member of St. Fastina Kowalska RC Church, Nanticoke; American Legion Post #616, Sheppton and Post #350, Nanticoke; Air Force Sergeants Association; Disabled American Veterans; Nanticoke Senior Citizens; and the Polka Jets Club, Nanticoke. He was also a Life Member of the Air Force Photo Mapping Association, and #42 on it's Oldest Photomapper Club list. He also enjoyed completing jigsaw puzzles and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his first wife, the former Muriel Calder, who passed away in 1993; two sisters Lucy Waxman and Elsie Grant; and three brothers Frank, Anthony, and Robert.

Surviving are his wife of the past 17 years the former Maria Lautsch; three daughters--Johan Coghill and her husband Gary, Sheppton; Patty Wagner and her husband Doug, Bloomsburg; and Teresa Horrox and her companion Larry Meier, Brandonville; three stepchildren Christine Badowski, Wilkes-Barre; Richard Badowski, Plymouth; and Joseph Badowski, Nanticoke; three sisters Irene Joyner, Hazleton; Ellen Moratelli, Vineland, NJ; and Pauline Tamanini, Glendale, MD; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held Monday at 10:15 am from Harman Funeral Homes, Rock Glen, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am in St. Joseph's RC Church, Sheppton. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 or Disabled American Veterans, 305 E Diamond Ave, Hazleton, PA 18201 would be appreciated by the family.

Dad, I will love and miss you forever. I wish you were still here with us, but rest in peace, with mom at your side again.

Submitted by Johan Coghill

10 NOV 2011

Marian Woodfill

Marian Woodfill of Tucson, AZ, age 91, passed away of natural causes on Thursday, November 10, 2011.

Marian Carolyn Shultz, daughter of Edward and Amelia was born on December 18, 1919 in Waseca, Minnesota. She graduated from Waseca High School.

Marian was a natural athlete, excelling in tennis, swimming and golf. She was also an accomplished pianist. She played in skating rinks, churches and piano bars across the mid-west. Her favorite place to play was here in Tucson at The Monoco Inn. Marian was an avid golfer and a member of the El Conquistador Quails woman's golf league. She was extremely fond of all her "quails."

Marian is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Harry (Woody) O. Woodfill; stepdaughters, Beryl, Cindy and Lucy; nieces, Joan Fielding, Romayne Mosser and Mary Dalbotten; cousin, Marian Lawson also her countless friends and wonderful neighbors.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Amelia; brothers, Warren and Harvey and sisters, Evelyn and Gertrude. Services will be held on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES.

Submitted By Harry Woodfill

29 SEP 2011

Timothy Lawrence Smith

TIMOTHY LAWRENCE SMITH MAJOR USAF (RET.) Age 93, of Lake Clarke Shores, FL passed away with his family by his side on September 29, 2011.

Tim was born on March 14, 1918 in Vermont and grew up in Maine from an early age. He served his country in WW II as a bomber pilot and had a career in the U.S. Air Force after being activated during the Korean conflict. Many of his early years as a pilot were in photo mapping around the world, and he was a Life Member in the Air Force's Photo Mapping Association, and as Chaplain until this year. Tim was also 7th on the list of the AFPMA Oldest Photomapping Club, and a onetime holder of the ground speed record for the C-130 aircraft ( maybe he still is? ).

His life was defined by his faith and his family. He was active in his church, serving as a faithful elder, and was a long-time member of The Gideons, an organization devoted to bringing the Lord's word to all through the distribution of Bibles. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jewell, his son, Larry, daughter-in-law, Joan, granddaughter, Sydney, many nieces and nephews, and dear friends from his neighborhood and church. Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at QUATTLEBAUM FUNERAL HOME, 1201 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach.

Friends may visit with the family from 12:30 P.M. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 848, West Palm Beach, FL, 33402 or to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407.

Published in The Palm Beach Post from October 1 to October 8, 2011


From: John Meyer

Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2011 10:23 AM

Subject: Tim Smith's Funeral

To Photomappers and friends:

Silda and I attended Tim's viewing and funeral at 1230 and 1330 on Sunday, October 2nd. We arrived early so as to have a minute or so with Jewel to pass on the personal condolences of those who had contacted me to do so. We took the liberty to convey the sadness, condolences and good wishes of the Photomapping community to Jewel, son Larry, his wife Lois and granddaughter Sidney.

The viewing was formal, quiet and constrained. A compilation of still photos depicting Tim's life was shown on a continuous feed to two television screens on either side of the viewing room.

The photos of Tim in his early youth were particularly poignant. Jewel held up very well with a mixture of grief and that beautiful smile of hers for those who consoled her.

It became obvious that Tim led a full and productive life after his military career, built around his church and active involvement in the Gideon Society as the viewing parlor filled with well over a hundred mourners with standing room only by the end of the service.

The Reverend Dr. Bill Stepp, Tim's pastor and fishing buddy conducted a retrospective of Tim's life emphasizing his value to his family, friends, community and country. The lengthy police escorted funeral procession to Highland Cemetery followed.

Dr. Stepp delivered appropriate remarks at the gravesite on the sunny afternoon as a seven man U.S. Air Force contingent formalized the classic military ceremony with a three gun salute, presentation of the flag to Jewel and taps. The cortege departed and the mourners proceeded to Tim's favorite restaurant for lunch and reflection.

14 SEP 2011

Joffre C. David

Joffre C. David, 95, died peacefully in his residence at Westminster Towers, Orlando, on September 14, 2011. He was born November 1, 1915, in New Orleans, LA, the son of Pierre Clement David and Zoa Brauer David. The family moved to France in 1920, and to Colombia, S.A., in 1922. In 1929, he moved to Orlando with his aunt and uncle, Lily and Kenneth Knight. He graduated from Orlando High School and the University of Florida. He was married to Doris Prophitt David in 1939, until her death in 1994. He is survived by their two daughters, Cadee D. Chronaki and husband Terry, Chapel Hill, NC, and Deedee May Ruth David, Orlando, FL.

During WWII, he served in the US Army Air Corps, both as a flying navigation instructor and overseas as squadron navigator with the 91st Aerial Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. In the Korean War he served with the 3rd Air Rescue Squadron; in addition to the daily combat rescue missions, they were assigned to provide escort and cover for the photo missions of his beloved 91st. He was a Life Member, Air Force Photo Mappers Association, and was second on it's Oldest Photomapper Club List.

His civilian career was devoted to Florida Agriculture, primarily as CEO and Sec.-Treas. of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, and through participation and service on the Boards of associated state and national organizations, including Florida Agribusiness Institute, Federal Land Bank of Columbia, United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association, Florida Agricultural Council, Florida Agricultural Tax Council, Florida Agricultural Water Management and Development Council, National Environmental Development Assoc., Chamber of Commerce of the US, National Council of Agricultural Employers (Pres.), Florida Assn. of Self Insurance (Pres.), and FLAGPAC's Agriculturist of the Decade (1970s) award prior to his retirement in 1981.

Our enduring thanks are for his special friend Margaret Driggers, his caregivers Rita Copeland and Jaimette Wilson, and Dr. Lehman and Cornerstone Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 8009 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32809,

Visitation will be held at Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home, 2811 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32806, Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 4-7 p.m. A graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wed., Sept. 21st at Greenwood Cemetery.

20 AUG 2011



10 AUG 2011

Joseph (Jake) Bordelon

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - Joseph Claiborne 'Jake' Borderlon, age 83, passed away peacefully at C.W. Gerstenburg (Hospice) in West Palm Beach, on Aug. 10, 2011.

He was born on April 13, 1929, in Simmesport, La., to Clifton and Pearl Bordelon. He joined the United States Air Force at a young age where he served and honored our country. After 25 years, he retired from the Air Force and went on to work in the Palm Beach County School system where he then met his final retirement. He was an elder of his faith at Belvedere Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses'. His passion was spreading the word of the gospel of Jehovah and by informing the community of his word. He also enjoyed reminiscing on years gone by and his "left hook" with his favorite quotation being "I am 82 years old, I have no aches and no pains."

He was preceded in death by his faithful and loving companion of 48 years, Vera Vasquez.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra (Donald) Deck; four grandchildren, Jennifer Deck, Amanda Deck, Dawna Deck Micco (Charlie), and Donald L. Deck III. In addition, he is survived by five great-grandchildren, Damian Deck, Darian Deck, Jaidyn Deck, Zaidyn Micco, and Arliawna Micco, all of Okeechobee.

The family received their friends from 6 until 8 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 19, at the funeral home. A memorial service was 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, at Belvedere Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses'. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 3041 Kirk Road, Lake Worth, FL 33461.

Submitted By Marge Cronin and Sully Nutt.

2 AUG 2011

James (Jimbo) M. Chastain Jr.

James (Jimbo) M. Chastain Jr. only son of Pauline (Frazer) Chastain and. James M. Chastain Sr. passed away August 2, 2011. He was born December 6, 1918 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

A 1937 graduate of Little Rock Senior High School, Jim enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and received an appointment as a Warrant Officer in 1943. On January 11, 1947, he married Genevieve (Jean) Jerla at Mac Dill AAF, FL.

For 29 years, CWO Chastain served his country first as a member of the Army Air Corps and then with the US Air Force. He was stationed in the US, Southern Pacific, Philippines, Okinawa, Greenland, Japan and Viet-Nam. Upon retirement from the US Air Force in 1966, he entered civil service at Hill AFB and was employed there until 1981 when he fully retired. He was a member of Ogden First United Methodist Church and the following fraternal organizations: Unity Lodge No.18 F and AM, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of Salt Lake; Orient of Utah; A Nobel of El Kalah Shrine, York Rite Chapter, Council, and Commandery of Ogden; Order of the Eastern Star, Corinne Chapter No 11 and National Sojourners. Jim also served as Chapter Dad for the Order of DeMolay at Tachikawa AB, Japan, Misawa AB Japan, Sumter, SC and Ogden UT. He was also a Life Member of the American Legion, VFW, and Air Force Photo Mapping Association. For the past 6 years he served as a volunteer tour guide at the Hill AFB Aerospace museum chapel, sharing with visitors the history of the US Air Force and specifically, the chapel.

Affectionately known as Jimbo, he became a Shrine Clown in 1955 and spent the next 50+ years entertaining young and old audiences across the US as well as in Japan and Germany. In 1991 as a member of a clown delegation sponsored by the People to People program he had the privilege to entertain audiences in Poland, Hungary and Russia. He is also a member of the Utah Clown Alley of Ogden and a life member of the Utah Jesters Clown Alley of Salt Lake City. During his 92 years of service and commitment of bringing smiles to others, he received the following awards: DeMolays Chevalier, Legion of Honor and Cross of Honor; a member of the Shrines Intermountain Hospital Hall of Fame and El Kalah Shrine Temples Hall of Fame. He also received many top honors at national clown competitions for Costume and Make up. Jimbos clowning was not just for the fun and entertainment he brought to thousands but was fueled by his passion to support the Shiners Hospitals for Children. He truly lived the Shriners motto, "No man has ever stood so tall as when he stooped to help a child." In 2008, he was honored by the Volunteer Center of Weber County and the Hill AFB Aerospace Museum for his outstanding service to the museum and the county as Volunteer of the Year.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Genevieve; his mother, Pauline Lewis; stepfather, Roy A. Lewis; father, James M Chastain Sr.; brother, William Roy Chastain; sisters, Elizabeth Sloop and Donna Taylor.

He is survived by his children, Nancy Frazier of Milton DE and Michael Chastain of North Ogden, daughter in law, Kary Chastain, son in law, Robert Frazier, three grandsons, Sean M. (Jenn) Frazier, Patrick J. (Trini) Frazier and Andrew K. (Amber) Chastain and three great grandchildren, Brayden, Zoe and Ty Frazier.

The family extends its heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the surgical staff at McKay Dee Regional hospital and especially to the Navy Neighborhood Wing staff at the George A. Wahlen VA Nursing Center for their compassion, attention and care given to the entire family.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the Hill Air Force Base Aerospace Museum Chapel. A viewing will be held Friday, August 5, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to funeral services, also held at the Museum Chapel.

Entombment will be held at Leavitts Aultorest Mausoleum.


Submitted by

Thank you for all you do to preserve the memory of the great individuals who served our country and the incredible tasks they were committed to completing. I have attached a copy of Dad's obituary for your information.

Nancy Chastain Frazier

Milton, DE

27 JUL 2011



Born Oct. 12, 1941 in Germany; passed away July 27, 2011, age 69. A resident of Lincoln, CA for 5 years, she was a physical fitness instructor; a member of the choir and Daughters of the King at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Rocklin, CA; member of the bicycle, bird, photography, RV groups at Sun City. She loved gardening, fitness, crocheting, quilting and scrapbooking. Her sense of humor and enthusiasm will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, John Redmond; children, Patricia Hall or Ocala, FL, Clifford Hall of Amarillo, TX and Rebecca Redmond-Erb of Sacramento, CA; grandchildren, Kelly Hall of Bridgeport, CT, Brianna and Ethan Hall of Amarillo, TX; goddaughter Monika Kaemmer; as well as siblings, Robert Rieger, Herbert Rieger and Paul Sallach, all of Germany. Service Saturday, August 6 at 2pm at St. John's Episcopal Church in Roseville. In loving memory, please send donations to the St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church Building Fund in Rocklin, CA.

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Published in The Sacramento Bee on August 4, 2011

26 JUL 2011

Frederick Bernard Schnittker


  Frederick Bernard Schnittker, 90, passed away July 26, 2011, at Trinity Nursing and Rehab in Merriam, Kansas.

He was born April 30, 1921, in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Emil and Mabel (Lange) Schnittker. Survivors are his wife, Yvonne, a sister, Mary Jane Farmer, a brother, Frank, and many nieces and nephews.

  At an early age Fred showed a genius for radio electronics and when WWII broke out he used his skill in telemetry in the Army Signal Corps from 1944 to 1949. Photomapping was being developed as a cold war intelligence tool when Fred was in service and this became his primary career, continuing in a civil service position in the Aerospace Cartographic and Geodetic Survey after his 1959 discharge from the Air Force until his retirement in 1974.

  In 1975, he and his wife, Yvonne, chose Shawnee, Kansas, as a place to retire because of friendship with a priest at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Fred invested himself in his community being active in Knights of Columbus, Shawnee Noon Optimists, Sertoma, Shawnee Radio Amateurs Communication Team(Call Sign W0NDQ) and Shawnee Wonderscope Childrens Museum. He was honored by Governor Joan Finney for his extraordinary service and work when Wonderscope was developed.

  The family suggests memorials may be made to Animal Haven, 9800 W. 67th Street, Merriam, Kansas, or a charity of your choice.

  Entombment in Resurrection Mausoleum, Lenexa, Kansas.


EDITOR: Fred was a Life Member, AFPMA, and #15 on The Oldest Photomapper roster.


  I spoke to Fred's wife Yvonne last night and she stated that his funeral was yesterday 29 July, 2011. Fred was one of the chief civilian Geodetic advisors to the 1370th PMW, Turner AFB, Albany Georgia, in the 1960's and they later moved to Forbes AFB KS, with the PMW and ACGS. He was a real keystone during the transition from the RC-130A's to the RC-135 aircraft. In recent years Fred was in assisted living after retirement at Lenexa, Kansas.

John Reed

18 JUL 2011

Matthew Soltysiak

Matthew was born on January 25, 1919 and passed away on Monday, July 18, 2011.

Matthew was a resident of Miami, Florida.

Mr. Soltysiak was a generous benefactor of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence, RI, for many years. The long-time staff remember him fondly for delivering huge Florida oranges to the Club so that boys and girls from public housing would have fresh fruit to eat. As a child he attended the Club and it was here that he began his quite accomplished swimming career.

I personally enjoyed my many conversations with him over the years. What a remarkable man - who touched so many lives.

David Bodah

Director of Development

Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence, RI

Submitted By Nephew Edmund Plociak

My Dear Uncle Matt,

Rest in peace. You were so much fun with all your nieces and nephews at the beach house! We could not wait until you came for a RI visit! We all, plus the next generation of great nieces and nephews, admired and looked up to you. Love you always, until we meet again,

Paula Soltysiak-Weiss

13 JUL 2011

Richard W. Grundy 1934 - 2011

Richard was born on April 11, 1934 and passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2011.

Richard was last known to be living in Warner Robins, GA.

Major Grundy retired from the United States Air Force where he was assigned to 1370th PMW, 1371st M & C Squadron, and later participated in the Vietnam Indochina conflict. Richard was an AFPMA member and attended several reunions.

Richard is survived by his wife Janice.

Interment was in Magnolia Park Cemetery.

30 JUN 2011

Otto Aage Ewaldsen

Otto Aage Ewaldsen, 90, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2011. He was born October 6, 1920, in Syracuse, N.Y. He grew up on the East Coast, taking an early interest in the military in high school R.O.T.C. Living first in Washington D.C., and then in Savannah, Ga., he also became involved in competitive fencing.

Otto enlisted in the U.S. Army, October 1, 1939, at Ft. Screven, Ga. He was transferred to the Base Map Plant in 1940, to Corozal in the Panama Canal Zone. He taught fencing there on the side and enjoyed sailing his boat.

He was very proud of his military service, fondly remembering his days in the Pack Artillery with his horse, Tony, and his mule, Peaches. He developed life-long bonds to his fellow soldiers, maintaining contacts throughout the years. This friendship survives with his dearest friend, Frank Captain, of Staten Island, N.Y.

August 15, 1942, he was assigned to Camp White, Ore., with the 650th Topographic Engineers. It was there he fell in love with the beautiful little town of Medford and met the love of his life for 62 years, Phoebe Helen Swem, who preceded him in death in August 2005.

He would leave his young bride and new son, Eric Otto, in March of 1944, for Finschafen, Papua New Guinea. In July 1945, he would head for the Philippines. In August 1945, his unit had just finished a huge printing of the maps for Japan when they would learn Hiroshima had been bombed.

By September, Otto was headed for Ft. Lewis, Wash., where he would take his leave of the Army and return home. He would continue his military service in the Reserve Officers, retiring in 1980, as a lieutenant colonel, after distinguished service at the Pentagon.

Otto settled in Medford, Ore., and joined the family business, SWEM's Book and Gift Store. Phoebe and he would build it into the region's resource for fine china, books, gifts, and later, oriental rugs. In 1969, they opened Ewaldsen Galleries, exclusively to sell oriental rugs. As the business grew, so did the family. Otto also founded the first data processing center in the region in 1960, MEDPACC. This was later sold and became Rogue Valley Data Processing.

As he built his business, he also served the community in a number of roles. Member and president of the Medford School Board, a Rotarian, Toastmaster (state speech champion, 1948), Red Cross, Chamber of Commerce (president 1956), Downtown Merchant Association, Southern Oregon Historical Society, founding member of the Camp White Military Museum, and member of Zion and Ascension Lutheran Churches, where he served in many leadership roles as temporary pastor, choir member, and soloist.

Otto never lost his love for the Pack Artillery and, in 1969, he moved to eastside property where he could have his horses. His friend, Frank Bash, and he would make several pack trips down the Pacific Crest Trail, which one year included the adventure of Otto having to track down his two runaway horses in the wilderness for a week. A devastating house fire in 1990 prompted a move to the city.

After retiring from his business, he worked to build the Oriental Rug Retailers Association, and increase the knowledge and reputation of dealers. He was regarded as an authority on carpets and was frequently sought out as an expert witness. His system of classification is used to this day by many textile museums. Through their love for oriental rugs, Otto and Phoebe enjoyed many trips abroad to deepen their knowledge and network.

Otto and Phoebe moved to Port Ludlow, Wash., in 1994, and enjoyed a carefree and fulfilling retirement. During this time, Otto published a book about wartime map making, Mapping Was Our Mission. They also continued to travel extensively throughout the U.S. Their love of history, patriotism, and service to others translated to the support and membership in museums all over the country, military associations, churches, and the Medford Gospel Mission.

Otto is survived by his children, Hans (Cheryl) Ewaldsen, Karen (Frank) Callahan, and Maria (Charles) Cookson; his grandchildren, Katharine Fuller and Forrest Callahan; and five great-grandchildren.

Otto was the last of his generation of Ewaldsens, being preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Parsons; and his brother, Paul Ewaldsen.

EDITOR: Otto was a Life Member, AFPMA, and #11 on The Oldest Photomapper roster.

Interment will be at the Eagle Point National Cemetery, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Medford Gospel Mission, Zion Lutheran Church, or the Camp White Military Museum.

10 JUN 2011

Adrian G. Guerrero

July 4, 1922 - June 10, 2011

Adrian Gonzalez Guerrero passed away on June 10, 2011 in San Antonio, TX at the age of 88. Adrian was a first generation American, born in McAllen, Texas on the 4th of July, 1922. He was the 5th of 14 children.

At age 18 he joined the Army Air Corp and served as a Geodet in the First Division, mapping previously uncharted areas of Brazil, China, Africa and India. He was proud of his service, as it greatly expanded his world view. Later in life he tried to pass on his traits of tolerance and humility to his children.

He returned to be stationed in Washington, D.C., where he met his first wife, Bernice Downs. They married when he was later stationed in Denver, Colorado in 1944. A year later they had a daughter, Barbara.

When his wife died suddenly, he was discharged and moved to San Antonio, TX, where he was awarded the Watch Concession at Fort Sam Houston PX. There he had a 27 year career in watch and jewelry repair. In 1947 he married Margarita Salinas and added three sons to his family, Roland, Rene and Omar. He also opened Electra Jewelry and later Adrian's Jewelry, where he worked until he retired in his early 70's.

Margaret died in 1999. They were married for 51 years.

In 2003 he married Alice Cerda, who survives him. He was a member of the Lions Club for many years and also the CBI, the China-Burma-India Veteran's Association, Alamo City Basha where he served as commander. He was a Life Member, Air Force Photo Mapping Association. He was a deeply spiritual man and showed that in the way he lived his life caring for others. He had an infectious smile and great sense of humor.

He leaves behind 2 brothers, 5 sisters, his 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2011 in Sunset Funeral Home Chapel, with Entombment at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Sunset Funeral Home, San Antonio, TX.

21 MAY 2011

Roman G. Contos 1917 - 2011

    DFC  Purple Heart

Contos, Roman G., age 93, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

Born on Sept. 8th, 1917, on his grandfather's (Roman Delores Sepulveda) ranch, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, where he grew up.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George A. and Modesta (Sepulveda) Contos; half-brother, Arthur Newton, and wife, Veronica M. (Flease) Contos.

He served in the Army Air Corps, then the U.S. Air Force for 26 years. His first assignment was the 2nd Photo Mapping Squadron at Peterson AFB, CO, there he flew the F-7, which was a B-24 converted as a mapping bird, cameras in the bomb bay and oblique cameras at the left/right waist gunner's position. That is where he met his wife--Veronica(Ronnie).

He was awarded Gunner's Wings in WWII as the aerial photographer was also a gunner. He was awarded the DFC and Purple Heart on one mission while mapping one of the Pacific islands before the invasion. His F-7 was attacked by Zeros and many of the crew were wounded or KIA, He helped bring the aircraft home, even though he was severely wounded.

After WWII he was an RB-50F aerial photographer, 1371st M & C, 1370th Mapping Group, W Palm Beach AFB, FL. He made the move to 1370th PMW, Turner AFB, Albany, GA. Later he made the move to Forbes AFB, KS, with ACGS. His last Air Force assignment was the 601st Photo Flight, Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. He was the NCOIC of the Combat Camera section. He extended his tour over there so he could retire when he returned to the States.

Roman is survived by his children, Georgia Ann Dolphin (Tom Girard), Susan Contos, Roman Contos Jr. (Micky), Peggy (Gary) Gates; brother, Louie Contos; sister, Marilyn Amsden; grandchildren, Todd Deis, Shannon (Ben) Drake, Nicholas Gates, Roman Contos III, Rachel Gates, and Andy Gates, as well as great-grandchild, Hayden Drake. He had a lifelong passion for photography, air planes, trains, and motorcycles. He loved his family and his country.

A graveside memorial service will be held for Roman and Veronica Contos on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Dayton National Cemetery, 4100 W. Third St., Dayton, OH.

Submitted By Ron Bogard

11 MAY 2011

Marta G. Moore


Marta G. Moore, 88, widow of General Charles D. Moore, USAF Retired, of Foster City, Calif., formerly of Sutherland, died May 11, 2011, in Redwood City, Calif.

Graveside services will be noon today in Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of Gaudian-Eldridge Funeral Home in Paullina, Iowa.

1 MAY 2011

Joseph Linguiti

I just learned that Joseph Linguiti, a former member of the 1374th M and C Squadron, passed away on May 1st, 2011, in Orange County,CA. He was born 24 October, 1927. When I told his wife that I send this information on to the Photomapping website and that his name would be placed on The Wall of Honor and our TAPS Page, she was very pleased and she said that Joe would have been pleased to know that this would be done.

Earl Mahoney

31 MAR 2011

Molly Rogers


For those of you who may not know, Molly did a lot for the AFPMA. She was a huge help to Dale Kingsbury in doing all he did; e.g. preparing newsletters, sponsoring Reunions, etc. And I think she attended most of the reunions. We'll miss her friendly face at those.

Gordon Barnes

26 MAR 2011

James Edward Holcomb

James Edward Holcomb, age 78 of Frisco, Texas passed away on March 26, 2011 surrounded by his family. He was born on September 18, 1932 in Crenshaw, Mississippi to Sam and Ada (Harvey) Holcomb. Jim graduated from Ferriday High School in Ferriday, Louisiana going on to attend LSU, LA Tech University and Northwestern State University.

He served his country in the United States Air Force as a Maintenance Tech and Inspector, Bombers and Mapping Reconnaissance Aircraft. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam and Korean Wars and retired having attained the rank of Master Sergeant after 20 years service.

Jim was an Air Force Photo Mapping Association Life Member.

After leaving the service he went on to work as a Self-Employed contractor for 13 years.

Jim was very active in a Volunteer capacity including VFW; Shriners; Frisco Fire Department; Scottish Rite Hospital; Masons and was a member of the NRA.

Jim is survived by his wife, Claudia Faye Holcomb of Frisco, Texas; daughters, Janice Marie Rose of White Hall, Arkansas, Laurie Faye Vining of Frisco, Texas; grandson, James Samuel Rose of White Hall, Arkansas and his granddaughter, Ashley Elizabeth Vining of Frisco, Texas. The family will receive friends at a Visitation to be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Frisco beginning at 6:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas with Pastor Ralph Ehern officiating. A Private Burial will be held at a later date at DFW National Cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in James's name to VFW, Post 8273 Frisco Post, PO Box 2848, Frisco TX 75034.

9 FEB 2011

Elmo E. Clark

Elmo E. Clark, Grove resident formerly of Colorado Springs, Colorado, died Wednesday February 9, 2011 at the age of 88 years.

He was born on January 19, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri to his parents, August E. and Winnefred (Newman) Clark.

Elmo joined the Army Air Corps on May 11, 1941 and started his 22+ year career serving his country, where he saw much combat. He was a WWII B-17 pilot flying 25 combat missions over Europe, as a member of the 303rd Bomb Group.

He later performed Air Sea Rescue operations using PBY amphibious aircraft. Elmo was also a B-29 aircraft instructor. After serving for 22+ years he retired as a Major from the U.S. Air Force on October 31, 1962.

Upon entering the private sector, he sold insurance for Lincoln Colonial Insurance Company for over 30 years. Elmo married Ruth Cochrane in June of 1974 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Elmo was active in the Lions Club and a member of the Colorado Pearl Harbor Association. Elmo loved the outdoors, hiking and climbing in the mountains, traveling the country with his wife in their RV; they were snowbirds wintering in Texas every year. His favorite animal was the buffalo, he enjoyed collecting coins, reading books and helping people in need.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Elmo leaves many loving memories with his family, wife, Ruth; sons, Nathan Bruce Clark and wife Dianna, daughters, Cindy Hart and Melody Keane and husband Bob; sisters, Betty McMillin and Alice Marsh; grandchildren Russell, Dennis, Brian and Derek; great-grandchildren, Jade, Jasmine, Michelle, Dalton, Dameon; many nieces and nephews as well as many other loving family members.

Elmo was an Air Force Photo Mapping Association LIfe Member.

Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM Sunday February 13, 2011 at Worley Luginbuel Funeral Home Chapel with David Clark officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Tinker Air Force Base Honor Guard, and his name inscribed on the Photomapping Wall Of Honor atCLICK

30 JAN 2011

Robert Edward Schumacher

Robert Edward Schumacher was born Oct. 14, 1918, at Heron Lake, Minn., on the family farm to Edward and Josephine Schumacher. He died Jan. 30, 2011, in Kalispell, at 92 years of age.

Robert, 'Bob', was raised on the Schumacher farm, living a wholesome life through the Depression. Farming with his father, mother and older brother Russ, the family was successful in raising crops and livestock. Russ and Bob starting one of the first large production turkey farms in the U.S. Bob loved being raised on a farm. Heron Lake was known for its duck and geese hunting which was a great opportunity for Bob to hunt and fish daily. He attended Heron Lake public schools and graduated in 1936. He farmed until 1940 when he enlisted in the Army.

Bob joined the U.S. Army Air Corps on Oct. 16, 1940. He trained in Photomapping and reconnaissance geodetic work at St. Louis,MO, Lowry Field, CO, March Field, CA, Laredo, TX, and Washington, D.C. T/SGT Robert served nearly 30 months overseas in Brazil, Liberia, Nigeria French Cameroon, Algeria, and Chile with the Geodetic Unit, mapping South America and Africa. In Chile, Robert worked for Santiago offices of Land National Geographic Department. He continued working there until the war was over in October of 1945.

Robert met Patricia Minor in 1941, while serving in Denver. They corresponded during the following four years, courting through daily letters. They were married on Feb. 6, 1945, at Bradley Field, in Denver. Bob was then shipped out to Chile until the end of the war.

After the war, the newlyweds moved to Minneapolis. Bob attended the University of Minnesota, receiving a bachelors degree as a fish and wildlife biologist. In December of 1949 he attended graduate school.

He began work at the Minnesota Department of Conservation Fisheries Research Unit. He worked in Minnesota Game and Fish for 14 years.

Bob and Pat had four children while living in White Bear Lake, MN He earned his private pilot’s license and loved flying his own plane locally.

In the fall of 1965, he was offered a position and moved to Kalispell,MT, and worked for 17 years as a supervisor of fisheries of Region One for the Montana Department of Fish and Game, with Laney Hazel and Bob Domrose. Robert retired in 1983.

Moving to Montana was the best thing that happened to Bob and his family. He always said it was the best place in the world to live and raise a family. With his family, he was active in St. Matthew’s Church and school. He was a lector and ran the St. Matthew’s fair buffet with Smitty for a few years.

At the age of 47, Bob and Pat discovered their passion for snow skiing at Big Mountain and he continued to ski until age 85. It was a favorite event for Bob, Pat and family. After retiring, Bob founded the Ski Host Program with Howard Whitney on the Big Mountain Ski Resort. It gave Bob and Pat a chance to ski five days a week, he as a volunteer. He said it was the best job he ever had. He was healthy enough to ski in New Zealand with the 70-Plus Club at age 80.

Along the way, Robert became an avid stoneware potter. He studied under Flaherty and Markle in the 1970s at Flathead Valley Community College. He became a well-known local artist, selling pottery for many years in the Flathead. He also enjoyed photography, hunting and fishing. Bob and Pat traveled often with trips to Hawaii and Europe.

After Pat’s death in 1992, he was fortunate to share a home life with his daughter Lynn, and her family Jay and Jordan Engel. He had the pleasure of watching his only grandchild, Jordan, grow each day for 14 years. Bob looked forward to yearly summer vacation traveling with daughter Judy; they had many great adventures, especially in England. Son Greg visited yearly to swap hunting and fishing stories. Bob was also able to travel Europe with son Terry and wife To-Chau. He was a true lover of good food and he could tell you where he was and what he ate for every meal in his travels throughout his entire life.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and wife Patricia.

He is survived by his children, Dr. Terry Schumacher and his wife, To-Chau Tran, of Indiana; Greg Schumacher and his wife, Kim Voss, of Denver, Judy Schumacher of Tucson, and Lynn Schumacher Engel, and her husband, Jay, and his grandson, Jordan, of Kalispell; nephews, Dean and wife Judy Schumacher, and Lee and wife Muff; and many great-nieces and -nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, with luncheon following at 12:30 p.m. There will be a visitation on Friday at the Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Chapel from noon to 5 p.m., with a rosary at 3 p.m. Interment will be at the C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to Robert Schumacher Fund at St. Matthew’s in Kalispell.

Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home is caring for Robert’s family. You are invited to go to to offer condolences and view Robert’s tribute wall.

22 JAN 2011

William R. Solomon

  I wanted to put a post on this site to let everyone know that my Dad, William R. Solomon, who was part of the 7th AAF Geodetic Control Squadron, 311th Reconnaissance Wing during WWII, passed away January 22nd, 2011 at the age of 90. He leaves behind his wife Frieda, his daughter Arlene Griggs, his grandsons Jason and Brian Griggs and myself.

  Dad's years in the service and the friendships he made there were the best of his life, and ones he truly cherished. He remained in touch with as many old friends from this time as he could, including Bob Schumacher, Henry Rich, Joe Lito and Virgil [whose last name escapes me at this time]. I just noticed that a bunch of photographs on the site were credited to him from his archives, as well as seeing him in several pictures.

  He loved talking about these days, and the fun adventures & misadventures he and his fellow soldiers encountered in Africa, Italy, France and Palestine, as well as the music playing in the background. He loved bringing out his many photo albums from these periods in his life. When I was cleaning out his home, I found a 5-year diary of his which I'm currently reading, which recorded his daily adventures in the service between 1942 and 1945 which has been fascinating. Always describing what kind of plane they were flying in, where they were headed or coming from, and most importantly, what kind of food they were eating! My Dad was a wonderful man with a great outlook, personality and sense of humor. He was cut from the old cloth; a Boy Scout, a Soldier, regimented, punctual, and he always did the right thing as always. He was honest almost to a fault and not a day has gone by since he passed, that I don't think about and miss him.

  His friends from that time and the times they shared meant so much to him for the rest of his life. I just wanted to take a moment to let everyone know how much they all meant to him, and to let everyone know that he had passed away; apparently only about a week before Bob Schumacher. I am in the process of going through all his photo albums and there are many from the Army days. If anyone has any inquiries about pictures from this time period from his archives, I'm including my email address. Thank you so much for honoring his memory on this website, I'm sincerely grateful.

Richard J. Marques

Scottsdale, AZ

11 JAN 2011

Bill Mielkey

I received word today, from his niece, that William L. 'Bill' Mielkey died this morning at 0930, 11 January 2011.

He was born 19 September 1923. He had suffered a stroke and had been in a Bartlesville, OK nursing home for 3 and one half years.

He will be laid to rest on 14 January 2011 beside his wife Marty in the Elcado Cemetery, Chautauqua County, KS.

Bill served with the 66th Airdrome Squadron in France during World War II. I met him in July 1948 at Topeka AFB, KS. The 7th Geodetic Squadron had recently moved from Colorado. Bill took part in the early Projects in Cuba and Central America, followed by the North Atlantic TIE, Eastern Test Range, and Pacific ASTs. We had some long TDYs; two and one half years in the Bahamas and several six month tours until the powers-to-be saw fit to reduce time in the field to 90 days.

Bill retired as a Senior Master Sergeant in the early 60’s at Turner AFB, GA. He and his wife lived in Florida for several years and permanently settled in Oklahoma.

Roy Velvick

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