IN MEMORIAM
>
This month is the anniversary
of these Classmates joining
the Ghostly Assemblage
in the Long Gray Line



Reginald J. Brown, M-1
 
**
13 Feb 1940 - 17 Dec 2005



John F. Campbell, F-1
 

11 Oct 1938 - 7 Dec 2015



Dan Conner, M-2
 

5 May 1938 - 26 Dec 2016



Donald A. Couvillion, E-1
 
**
8 Dec 1939 - 8 Dec 1995



Michael Coyne, F-2
 
25 Aug 1938 - 31 Dec 1996



Gordon K. Downey Jr., D-2
 
**
30 Aug 1936 - 15 Dec 2009



William H. DuBose, D-1
 

2 Aug 1939 - 28 Dec 2011



Frank B. Eyler, I-1
 

22 Jul 1937 - 18 Dec 2006



George Fox, M-1
 
**
6 May 1939 - 12 Dec 2017



Robert S. Frix, M-2
 
**
31 Mar 1939 - 15 Dec 2011



Barry Gartrell, B-2
 
**
5 May 1939 - 20 Dec 1963



Clayton I. Grant Jr., K-2
 
**
14 Feb 1938 - 15 Dec 1972



Carl T. Hansen, F-2
 

4 Oct 1938 - 29 Dec 2019



Roger C. Lee, H-1
 
**
17 Dec 1936 - 20 Dec 2007



Alan H. Lubke
 

D-1, 29 Oct 1939 - 7 Dec 2018



Thomas H. Magness, III, L-2
  **

7 May 1937 - 28 Dec 2004



Honald N. Maidt, Jr., B-1
 

19 Oct 1937 - 14 Dec 2005



Donn G. Miller, H-1
 

9 Aug 1939 - 24 Dec 2017



Ralph E. Pollard, I-1
 

12 Jan 1936 - 28 Dec 1999



David S. Price, I-2
 

29 Dec 1938 - 16 Dec 1976



Kenneth L. Quinn, G-2
 
**
7 Dec 37 - 2 Dec 2018



Monte T. Sloan, B-1
 
**
10 Jan 1937 - 10 Dec 1966



James D. Strachan, D-2
 
**
12 Feb 1940 - 24 Dec 2017



Stephen A. Stouffer, E-2
 

12 Dec 1937 - 19 Dec 1993



William D. Yost III, A-1
 

19 Mar 1939 - 7 Dec 1996


"Well done; Be thou at peace."

Click on underlined names
to go their Last Roll Call Tribute.

  Class Business

  Class Leaders

  Profiles

  Hall Fame Inductees

  Recollections from
   the Ladies of the
   Class of 1961

  Prior Features

  55th Reunion
   13-18 May 2016

  50th Reunion
   14-18 May 2011

  Class of 2011 Affiliation Program

  45th Reunion
   28 Sep - 1 Oct 2006

  40th Reunion
   4 - 7 Oct 2001

  10th Reunion

  Cadet Days

 

Welcome to the
USMA Class of 1961
Web Site

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John B. Zimmerman
"Jack"

Company A-3
31 Jul 1939- 12 Nov 2021
Place of Death: Vestavia Hills, AL
Interment: Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jack Zimmerman, on 12 November, 2021, in Vestavia Hills, AL, as a result of an acute pulmonary embolism. 

Jack is survived by his wife, Sandy; his daughters, Julie Hohl and her husband, Kurt, and Jill Meyer; his son, Jeffrey and his wife, Kelly; his grandchildren, Christian Hohl, Carter Hohl, Cameron Hohl, Connor Hohl, Charlotte Meyer, Mackenzie Meyer, Jillian Zimmerman, and Khloe Zimmerman; and Sandy’s family.  Jack was predeceased by his wife, Joan, on 23 June 2008. 

Visitation will be 1-3 PM and 4-6 PM, Saturday, 4 December 2021 at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA  22032. 

A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 PM, Sunday, 5 December 2021 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax, VA  22032.  A reception will follow at the church.  The service will also be live streamed on the church website,
https://www.lordoflifeva.org

The funeral service will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. 

Condolences may be sent to Sandy at 1582 Panorama Drive, Vestavia Hills, AL  35216-3335, and to Jack’s children, Julie, Jill and Jeffrey, at Jack's home, 5206 Tamar Woods Court, Fairfax, VA  22032.  

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack’s memory may be made to the Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke, 4019 Olley Lane, Fairfax, VA  22032 or online at http://scfbva.org

Well done, Jack.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Jack's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Harmon R. Parmele
"Bob"

Company M-2
11 Dec 1938- 9 Nov 2021
Place of Death: Woodinville, WA
Interment: East Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield, NY, at a date to be determined.

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bob Parmele on 9 November 2021, in Woodinville, WA from a sudden heart attack.

Bob leaves no survivors.  He was predeceased by his wife, Cheryl.

Bob will be buried at East Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield, NY, at a date to be determined.

Well done, Bob. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bob's Last Roll Call Tribute

Benjaman C. Glidden
"Ben"

Company C-2
21 Oct 1938- 19 Jan 2021
Place of Death: Wichita, Kansas
Interment: Star Township Cemetery, Alba, MI

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Ben Glidden, on January 21, 2021 in Wichita, KS.

Ben is survived by his wife, Kathy; their daughter, Heather Sturtz, and her husband, Jet; their son, Lance, and his wife, Jaci; their daughter, Hope Hartman, and her husband, Wink; 10 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

Ben was buried at Star Township Cemetery, Alba, MI.

Condolences may be sent to Kathy at c/o Heather Sturtz, 7102 Laketree Drive, Fairfax Station, VA  22039. 

Donations in Ben’s memory may be sent to the Ben Glidden Memorial Fund, Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD), 2330 Robinson Street, Colorado Springs, CO  80904.

Well done, Ben.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Ben's Last Roll Call Tribute.

The Anderson Athletic Center Officially Opened 22 Oct 2021

The West Point Association of Graduates and the Army West Point Athletic Association held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Anderson Athletic Center on October 22, 2021, at West Point. The ribbon-cutting participates were LTC (R) Mark West ’91, Head Sprint Football Coach; Cheryl Milligan, Head Softball Coach; LTG Darryl A. Williams ‘83 60th Superintendent, USMA; Mike Buddie, Army West Point Athletics Director; Lee Anderson ’61 and Penny Anderson; Todd A. Browne ‘85 President and CEO, WPAOG. The three-floor, 21,000-square-foot athletic facility was made possible by the generosity of lead donors Lee Anderson '61 and his wife, Penny, as well as key donors John Drew ’78, Vaughn Vasconcellos ’78, William Sandbrook ’79, and William Spurgeon ’81, his wife, Diane, and the Class of 1981.

Click here for more details and pictures.

GEN Crosbie E. Saint Equestrian Center Opens with Hines Arena

WPAOG held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 1, 2021, to officially open the new Equestrian Center for USMA.  The center features a 17,500-square-foot indoor riding arena, viewing area, tack rooms, horse stalls, changing rooms, and coaches’ office. It provides needed space for year-round training and is accessible to the West Point community and graduates through the Rockbound Highland Home Program.

The center is named after West Point Grad and four-star general Crosbie Edgerton Saint '58.  The Hines Arena is named for mule rider at West Point, 1LT Ronald D. Hines, Class of 1961, who was killed in action in 1964 and posthumously awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart, as well as the Vietnamese National Order Medal and the Vietnamese Cross for Gallantry.

See pictures and comment from Rod Grannemann  who attended.

Howard W. Randall
"Buzz"

Company B-1

20 Aug 1939- 9 Oct 2021

Place of Death: Clermont, FL

Interment: Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Howard “Buzz” Randall, on 7 October 2021, in Clermont, FL, due to a malignant brain tumor. 

Howard is survived by his wife, Michele Gottlieb. 

Howard will be buried at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, on a date to be determined. 

Condolences may be sent to Michele at 2108 St. Ives Court, Clermont, FL  34711-6980. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Howard's memory may be sent to the charity of your choice. 

Well done, Buzz.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Buzz's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Michael Eggleston Publishes “Fire on the Water, The General Slocum Disaster”

Michael Eggleston has published the new book, Fire on the Water, The General Slocum Disaster. Over a thousand people died in less than ten minutes when the Paddle Steamer General Slocum caught fire in the East River of New York City. This history tells the story of the disaster, minute by minute from the time the fire started until the Slocum was beached on North Brother Island in the East River. The consequences of the disaster are explained. This was the deadliest inland maritime disaster in New York history and nationally it is second only to the Civil War incident, the Sultana. This book is organized to tell the story of the disaster followed by the immediate aftermath in terms of the impact on survivors and lastly the causes and consequences for those at fault. One report included in this history stands out among other references. The government established a commission to investigate the General Slocum disaster. The result of commission hearings produced findings and recommendations that were sent to President Theodore Roosevelt. He, in turn, issued directives designed to prevent such a tragedy from happening, again. This was all done in record time but one should bear in mind that 1904 was an election year and Roosevelt needed to demonstrate decisive action. Theodore Roosevelt won reelection to the Presidency. The reader will find in this history 70 maps, sketches and photographs that help understand the events and the people that influenced them.

60th Class Reunion Now Scheduled  27 Jan - 1 Feb 2022  in Orlando FL

60th REUNION UPDATE
as of 15 Sep

Reunion Survey 2 – ACTION REQUIRED BY ALL

Each person that registered as YES, MAYBE, or UNSURE in the original Registration Form must complete Reunion Survey 2.  Please do so as soon as possible.

We need current projected headcounts for selected events in order to complete agreements with the appropriate venues.  Survey 2 will collect your current inputs for participation in these events.

Read on for descriptions of Survey 2 items.

Use this link to the Survey 2 Form to submit your inputs.

Fill out SURVEY 2 form

A souvenir coin for you is free of charge and can be picked up at the reunion or mailed to you if you are not attending the reunion.

If you would like one of these coins, simply use the following link to submit your request.

 

Fill out Coin ORDER form

 

Go to 60th Main Page for details as of 15 Sep.

Channing M. Greene
"Chan"

Company K-1

14 Dec 1939- 4 Sep 2021

Place of Death: Dover, DE.

Columbarium: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Chan Greene, on 4 September 2021 in Dover, Delaware. He passed away after a 3 week battle with covid-pneumonia.

Chan is survived by his wife, Peggy; their sons, Channing, Jr. (USMA ’94) and his wife, Krista; Jeffrey; and grandchildren, Channing, Anika, Kristian, Micah, Jorie, Linnea, Austin, Kayla, Katrina, and Devin.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, 25 September 2021 at Faith Community Church, 2240 South Dupont Highway, Dover, Delaware.

Chan Greene's funeral will be at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, 3 November 2021, at the West Point Cemetery.  Those attending should meet NLT 9:30 AM at the Visitors Control Center located in the West Point Visitors Center in Highland Falls.

Condolences may be sent to Peggy at 24 Ponds Edge Way, Dover, DE 19904-1263.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Chan’s memory may be sent to Word of Life Camp Scholarships, PO Box 600, Schroon Lake, NY 12870.

Well done, Chan. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Chan's Last Roll Call Tribute.

William H. Gavan
"Bill"

Company I-2

28 Jul 1938- 6 Sep 2021

Place of Death: Greensboro, GA

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bill Gavan, on 6 September 2021, in Greensboro, GA

Well done, Bill. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bill's Last Roll Call Tribute.

 

Michie Stadium Preservation Project Spotlight: Class of 1961

A $5 million gift has been anonymously awarded to the Michie Stadium Preservation Project in honor of the United States Military Academy Class of 1961, providing substantial momentum to the most ambitious gift-funded construction project in the history of the Academy.

Since its official launch last month, West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) and Army West Point Athletics Association (AWPAA) have raised a significant amount of the proposed $95 million that will support the Academy’s vision to reconstruct the East Stands of Michie Stadium.

“This has been a great week for the Michie Stadium Preservation Project,” Director of Athletics Mike Buddie said. “We have been so fortunate to receive the support that we have from our community in the short time since we launched this effort. It’s been really exciting to see our people come together to support Michie Stadium and help us as we push to establish it as one of the finest facilities that college athletics has to offer.”

Michie Stadium, built in 1924, has become a West Point icon and serves as the gateway to the Academy for many Americans. Whether seen on a nationally televised game or experienced in- person, Michie Stadium is an established avenue for visitors to engage with, learn about and immerse themselves in West Point culture.

The proposed reconstruction of the East Stands has integrated cadet feedback into the reimagination process to reflect the Corps’ ideals of “Duty, Honor, Country”. The upgrades, which include all-new premium areas for guests with the addition of suite, loge, ledge and club- level seating, will put into action what has already been established as one of the Superintendent’s top priorities at the Academy.

See more about the Michie Stadium Preservation Project.

COL (Ret) Clarence G. Matsuda, Company
A-2, Inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame

COL (Ret) Clarence (Clancy) G. Matsuda, Company A-2, was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame on 21 July 2021 in a ceremony at Fort Benning, GA.

Read full citation here.

 

 

 

James D. Jackson
"Jim"

Company C-2
13 Feb 1939- 2 Aug 2021
Place of Death: Ocean Grove, NJ
Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Jim Jackson, on 2 August 2021 in Ocean Grove, NJ.

Jim is survived by his wife, Pat; their son, Lawrence, and his wife, Christine; their daughter, Linda DiBias; and grandchildren Katherine Jackson, Robert DiBias, Nicholas DiBias, and Mariana DiBias.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan, NJ on Saturday, August 14, 2021.  Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., with a funeral service beginning at 1:30 pm.

Condolences may be sent to Pat at 1535 Harvest Lane, Manasquan, NJ  08736-2205.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be sent to HHT Foundation, P.O. Box 329, Monkton, MD  21111.

Well done, Jim.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Jim's Last Roll Call Tribute.

New Recollections from the Ladies of the Class of 1961 Feature Here

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Class of 1961: What you may how read in our Class Website are responses to a pursuit in the making over the past few years. Aided by several of our ‘mates and Ladies, we now will include the Recollections from the Ladies or click on the Recollections from the Ladies of the Class of 1961 tab in the left column of this page.

Richard A. Buckner
"Dick"

Company I-2
2 Nov 1939 - 22 Jul 2021
Place of Death: Gainesville, VA.
Interment: West Point Cemetery on a date to be determined

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Dick Buckner, on 22 July 2021 in Gainesville, VA.

Dick is survived by his wife, Trish; their children, Elizabeth Buckner-Yordy and her husband Chris; Rich, Jr.; and Ann Marie Stulik and her husband Ken; their grandchildren, Stephen Buckner, Allison Williams and her husband Tyler, Amanda McVicker and her husband Will, Victoria Nunn and her husband Josh, Morgan Lassiter and her husband Bryan, Lauren Gizinski and her husband Adam, Alexander Trahan, Tyler Trahan, and Nicole Buckner; their step grandchildren Clare and Eli Yordy; and their great grandchildren, Benjamin, Ansel, Liam, Elise, Aiden, Charlotte and one on the way.

Friends and family will celebrate Dick's memory at their cherished home in Gainesville on August 1 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Dick Buckner's funeral will be at 1:30 PM, Wednesday, 27 October 2021, at the West Point Cemetery.  Those attending should meet NLT 1 PM at the Visitors Control Center located in the West Point Visitors Center in Highland Falls.

A reception will follow in Herbert Hall.  Please respond by reply message if you will be attending.

Condolences may be sent to Trish at 13606 Heritage Valley Way, Gainesville, VA  20155-1356.

In lieu of flowers, please celebrate your health and happiness by giving your kids and grandkids a hug.

Well done, Dick. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Dick's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Henmar R. Gabriel
"Gabe"

Company D-1
31 Jan 1936- 20 Jul 2021
Place of Death: Dallas, TX
Interment: West Point Cemetery on a date to be determined

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Gabe Gabriel, on 20 July 2021 in Dallas, Texas due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Gabe is survived by his wife of 31 years, Susan Moore Gabriel; sons, Bill (Susan) Gabriel and Paul Gabriel, Trey (Amy) Cochran, and Richard (Pam) Cochran; daughter, Carol (Scott) Davis; grandchildren, Brendan Gabriel, Ashley (Ben) DeWees, Josephine Gabriel, Hutton (Davon) Gillette, Trevor Cochran, Nick Cochran, Grace Davis, Pete Davis, Carlin (Mike) Fitzgerald, and Keara (Jordan) McCombs; and great granddaughter, Hendrix Fitzgerald.  In heaven he joins his brother, Bill Gabriel, and his granddaughter, Danielle Gabriel.

A funeral service will be at 11 AM on Wednesday, 28 July 2021 at the Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX  75204.

Burial will be at West Point on date to be determined.

Condolences may be sent to Susie at 5850 E Lovers Lane, Apt 233, Dallas, TX  75206-2922.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gabe’s memory may be sent to West Point AOG in memory of LTC Henmar Gabriel, Herbert Hall, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY  10996; the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL  60601; or the Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX  75204.

Well done, Gabe. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Gabe's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Roger W. Zailskas

Company L-1
22 Apr 1939 - 19 Jul 2021
Place of Death: Boothwyn, PA
Interment: Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, PA.

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Roger Zailskas, on 19 July 2021 in Boothwyn, PA.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia McGuire Zailskas; his children, Melanie Waldron (Andrew) and Douglas Zailskas (Hana); his grandchildren, Roman Zailskas, Benjamin Waldron, and Michael Waldron; and his siblings, Carol, Lorrie, Daniel, Lenny, Marty, Gloria and Ray.

Funeral services and burial are private

Condolences may be sent to Patricia at 4 Kings Court, Boothwyn, PA  19061-4252.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Roger’s memory may be sent to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH  45250-0301.

Click here to go to Roger's Last Roll Call Tribute.

 

Gary W. Webster

Company M-1
11 May 1939- 7 Jul 2021
Place of Death: Forest City, NC,
Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Gary Webster, on 7 July 2021 in Forest City, NC, from cancer. 

Gary is survived by his wife, Grace; his daughters, Karen (Mark) Harris and Kathryn Elder; and his grandchildren, Eliza Harris, Braxton Harris, Henry Harris, Jocey Elder, William Elder, and Kaylee Elder.  His wife, Jo, preceded him in 1994. 

A celebration of life service will be held on 24 July 2021 at 2pm at Buford Presbyterian Church, 1242 Buford Hwy NE, Sugar Hill, GA  30518. 

Burial arrangements are pending. 

Condolences may be sent to Grace at 246 Georgia Avenue, Forest City, NC  28043-3728.   

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gary’s memory may be made to Buford Presbyterian Church, 1242 Buford Hwy NE, Sugar Hill, GA  30518, or your favorite charity. 

Well done, Gary.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Gary's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Peter Boylan, Jr. Enters Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame

On April 3, The Georgia Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame honored 16 men by inducting them into their fold and unveiling the Hall of Fame portraits. Inducted was 1961 graduate. Peter Boylan, Jr. MG retired.

Peter Boylan, Jr. Georgia Veterans HOF Induction

 

West Point Society of N. Texas, Founders Day

L to R, Jan & Rod Grannemann, Vicki & Hampy Hodges and Coralinn & Mick Maus.

Coralinn & Mick Maus have let us know that the West Point Society of North Texas held its Founders Day Event on 5 June 2021 at a huge BBQ restaurant. Normally it is a black tie event, of course. But a survey of the membership voted to be informal this year, (actually counted for 2020 & 2021). Mick was quick to explain that a particularly SCARY part was that our class was the oldest in attendance. Hampy Hodges, older by a few months than Rod Grannemann or Mick Maus gave the oldest grad address. We represented the Class well. With around 200 in attendance it was a super evening. [Note that the Grannemanns observed their 50th wedding anniversary a few weeks earlier]

John L. Campbell
"Jack"

Company L-2
19 Dec 1939- 6 Jun 2021
Place of Death: Laguna Woods, CA.
Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jack Campbell, on 6 June 2021 in Laguna Woods, CA. 

Jack is survived by his wife, Judy; granddaughters, Hannah Blessen (Brian) and Sarah Campbell; step-granddaughters, Cherise Reaber and Ally Reaber Tapia; and great grandson, William Blessen.  He was predeceased by sons, Scott and Mark. 

Funeral services are pending. 

Condolences may be sent to Judy at 5311 Cantante, Laguna Woods, CA  92637-1813. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Jack's memory be sent to Mariner's Church, 5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine, CA  92063. 

Well done, Jack. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Jack's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Robert A. Montgomery, Jr.
"Bob"

Company M-1
27 Apr 1939 - 26 May 2021
Place of Death: Perrysburg, OH.
Interment: Perrysburg, OH

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bob Montgomery, on 26 May 2021, at his home in Perrysburg, OH.

Bob is survived by his wife, Anita; sons, Robert and his wife, Denise, and Michael and his wife, Erin; and granddaughters, Marianita and Elizabeth.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 PM on 4 June 2021 at Witzler-Shank-Walker Funeral Home, 222 E. South Boundary St., Perrysburg, OH 43551. A Memorial Service will follow at 6 PM. Burial will be private.

Condolences may be sent to Anita at 555 Rutledge Court, Perrysburg, OH 43551-5205.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory may be sent to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516; The Salvation Army, 144 W South Boundary Street, Perrysburg, OH 43551; or Shriners Children's Ohio, Attn: Development Department, One Children's Plaza-2 West, Dayton, OH 45404.

Well done, Bob. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bob's Last Roll Call Tribute.

George P. Yancey
"Phil"

Company E-2
5 Feb 1940- 30 Apr 2021
Place of Death: Cynthiana, KY
Interment: Battle Grove Cemetery, Cynthiana, KY

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Phil Yancey, on 30 April 2021 in Cynthiana, KY. 

Phil is survived by his wife, Carole; one son, Philip (Trish); three daughters, Debbie (Ed) Duffy, Phyllis (Jim) Cooper, and Katherine (Bill) Hanley; three step-sons, Scott Bishop, Clint Bishop, and Blake (Kimberly Rae) Bishop; eleven grandchildren, Tyler King, Lauren King, Corey Elam, Sarah Cooper, Camden Hanley, Angel Gill, Crystal Yancey, Veronica Yancey, Michael David Yancey, JD Soard, Kyla Soard; and several great-grandchildren. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 PM, 5 May 2021, at the Ware Funeral Home, 910 US Highway 27 N, Cynthiana, KY  41031. 

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 AM on 6 May 2021 at the First United Methodist Church, 302 E. Pike Street, Cynthiana, KY  41031. 

Burial will follow at Battle Grove Cemetery, 531 East Pike Street, Cynthiana, KY  41031. 

Condolences may be sent to Carole at 105 South Miller Street, Cynthiana, KY  41031-1605. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Phil’s memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 302 E. Pike Street, Cynthiana, KY  41031.

Well done, Phil. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Phil's Last Roll Call Tribute.

'61 Resumed Golfing Grads of USMA  With 33th Tournament

Golfing Grads participants taken by Stephanie Campbell, '88, daughter of Phil & Martha Sykes.  Left to right: Bill Williamson, Coralinn Maus, Mick Maus, Rod Grannemann, Brandon Conley, Gene Witherspoon, Dick Clarke, Paul Vallely, Phil Mallory, Chris Conley, Phil Sykes, Gary Hyde, Will Conley, Bob Cairns, Button Hyde and Lou Murray (Army buddy of Bill Williamson).  Mick and Coralinn's son Mike had to leave early so was not in the photo.  

After a Covid hiatus in 2020, Golfing Grads of USMA resumed with its 33th tournament at the Robert Trent Jones' Grand National golf courses near Auburn, Alabama from 26-28 April 2021. We were once again the senior class among the 10 that fielded teams for the competition. Other classes represented were 62, 63, 68, 69, 71, 73, 74, 77 and 88. Our team included 10 classmates who managed to play three straight days of golf plus three sons and one Army friend. Coralinn Maus who has played in the past was on injured reserve recovering from recent surgery and provided moral support. Gary and Button Hyde joined us in the hospitality suite and for dinner on each of the three nights after golf. Although not a golf participant, Gary has run the computer support for management of the tournament for several years. He handed off this job to several other younger grads this year but was there to make sure they didn't screw up.

Although the '61 team now excels more at war-story telling than golf, a couple of our players received a mention at the awards dinner. Phil Mallory got a "nearest the pin" prize and Will Conley won third place in his flight. The rest of us considered it a victory to finish three straight rounds without cramping up! We also excelled at chatting up the young Auburn coeds who staffed the beverage carts and worked the club house grille. The second night was reserved for class dinners and we gathered at an outstanding Auburn restaurant named "Acre." Meal and service was excellent and we were pleasantly surprised to have Paul Vallely pop for the bar tab. Thanks, PV! We missed our former team captain, Jerry White, and two who had signed up but had to withdraw -- Frank Egan and our Aggie associate, Chuck Chamberlin. Get well guys!

Suffice to say, everyone had a great time in Alabama.

Phillips W. Smith, Jr.
"Phil"

Company A-1
9 Dec 1937- 14 Apr 2021
Place of Death: Scottsdale, AZ.
Interment: Green Acres Cemetery, Scottsdale, AZ

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Phil Smith, on 14 April 2021, in Scottsdale, AZ.

Phil is survived by his sons, Tom and Rick, and his grandchildren, Kylie, Drake, Summer, Carsyn, McKenna, Tyler, and Heather. Phil was predeceased by his wife, Patty.

Visitation will be at 10:30 am on April 18, 2021 at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 11:30 am on April 18, 2021 at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.

A Graveside Service will be conducted at 12:30 pm on April 18, 2021 at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.

Condolences may be sent to Tom at 4901 E Tomahawk Trail, Paradise Valley, AZ  85253.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Phil's memory be sent to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT  84741.

Well done, Phil. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Phil's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Donald W. Sawtelle, Jr.
"Don"

Company B-1
7 Jul 1937- 14 Apr 2021
Place of Death: Braselton, GA.
Interment: Park Hill Cemetery, Columbus, GA

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Don Sawtelle, on 14 April 2021, in Braselton, GA., following a long illness.

Don is survived by his wife, Jo; their daughter, Stacy Adams and her husband, David; their son, Donald III; and their grandchildren, Tripp Adams, Ally Faith Adams, Jaylee Skains and her husband, Christian, Emily Sawtelle, and Donald Sawtelle IV.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 PM on 22 April at Perimeter Church, 9500 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 30097.

Burial will be at 2 PM on 23 April at Park Hill Cemetery, 4161 Macon Road, Columbus, GA 31907

Condolences may be sent to Jo at 6062 Allee Way, Braselton, GA 30517-6031.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s memory may be sent to Perimeter Church, 9500 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 30097.

Well done, Don. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Don's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Richard G. Yule, Jr.
"Dick"

Company C-1
6 Dec 1938 - 19 Feb 2021
Place of Death: Melbourne, FL
Interred: Ascension Catholic Church in Melbourne, FL.

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Dick Yule, on 19 February 2021 in Melbourne, FL, of natural causes.

Dick is survived by his son Rich (Katy), his grandson RG (Sophie and great-granddaughter Julianne), and his grandson Evan. He was predeceased by his wife, Janice.

His ashes were interred at Ascension Catholic Church in Melbourne, FL.

Condolences may be sent to Rich Yule at 1720 NE Aberdeen Drive, Lees Summit, MO 64061.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Dick’s memory be sent to AMIkids Space Coast, 1000 Inspiration Lane, Melbourne, FL 32934.Well done, Dick. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Dick's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Michael Skotzko
"Mike"

Company M-2
6 Sep 1935- 4 May 2020
Place of Death: Davidson, NC
Interment: Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Campbell Hall, NY. 

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Mike Skotzko, on 4 May 2020 in Davidson, NC. 

Mike was predeceased by his wife, Sophie. 

Graveside services were held on 8 May 2020 at Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Campbell Hall, NY. 

Condolences may be sent to Daniel Skotzko, Mike's son, at 749 Eastway Street, Davidson, NC  28036.

Well done, Mike. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Mike's Last Roll Call Tribute.

'61 Classmates Having Fun in the Snow

Here is a photo of some '61 Classmates having some fun. Terry Kirkpatrick, Charlie Welsh, and Jim Harmon at White Pass, WA on a sunny February 24th after 24" of new snow in the previous 24 hours. They took off helmets and masks for the shot.

John T. Baker, Jr.

Company E-2
1 Nov1935- 14 Apr 2019
Place of Death: Burnside, KY
Interment: Mount Union Cemetery, Pulaski County, KY

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, John Baker, on 14 April 2019 at his residence in Burnside, KY, as a result of pancreatic cancer. 

John is survived by his wife, Patricia; one son, John III and his wife, Stephanie; three daughters, Catherine Collins, Joan Marie Smith, and Mary Diane Lunbeck and her husband, Martin; nine grandchildren, Brian Collins, Shannon Collins, Jonathan Collins, Angela Collins, Patricia Jean Smith, Jonathan Morton, Mitchell Lunbeck, Michelle Lunbeck, and Makayla Baker; and two great-grandchildren, Mae Lunbeck and Jhonen Collins.  He was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held on Thursday, 18 April 2019 in the Chapel of the Southern Oaks Funeral Home, Somerset, KY.  Burial followed in Mount Union Cemetery, Pulaski County, KY. 

Condolences may be sent to Patricia at 465 Cave Springs Spur, Burnside, KY  42519-9555. 

Well done, John. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to John's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Nicholas C. Gilbert
"Nick"

Company G-1
2 Aug 1939- 24 Feb 2021
Place of Death: Berthoud, CO
Interment: Estes Valley Memorial Gardens, Estes Park, CO

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must inform you of the death of our Classmate, Nick Gilbert, on February 24, 2021 in Berthoud, CO after a long illness.

Nick is survived by his wife, Virginia (Ginny); their daughters, Kathleen Banister and Karyn Reed; their sons, Glenn and his wife, Kelly, and Dwight and his wife, Patty; and grandchildren, Ryan Banister, Rachel Banister, Myles Reed, Sabrina Reed, Brayden Gilbert, Alexa Gilbert, Megan Gilbert, and Andrew Gilbert. 

A graveside funeral service for Nick Gilbert will be held on Monday, August 9, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Estes Valley Memorial Gardens, 1672 Fish Hatchery Road, Estes Park, CO  80517.

Condolences may be sent to Ginny at 1875 Fall River Drive, Apt. 301, Loveland, CO  80538. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nick's memory may be made to Bristol Hospice Northern Colorado, 1605 Foxtrail Drive, STE 200, Loveland, CO  80538. 

Well done, Nick.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Nick's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Joseph F. Pesek
"Joe"

Company G-2

14 Jul 1937- 6 Feb 2021

Place of Death: Carmel, IN

Interment: Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Joe Pesek, on 6 February 2021, in Carmel, IN. 

Joe is survived by his children, Joseph, Liz (Guillermo), Michael, Kathleen (Mark), James, Anne (David), Julie and John (Megan), and grandchildren, Isabel, Jacob, Sophia, Gabriel, Joshua, Grace, Mary Kate, Caleb, Charles, Natalie, Elizabeth, Chase, Andrew, Jude, Miller and Georgia.  He was predeceased by his wife, Mary. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on February 11, 2021 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Carmel, IN. 

Joe was buried at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN. 

Donations in Joe’s memory may be made to Merciful Help Center, 1045 West 146th St., Suite A, Carmel, IN  46032. 

Well done, Joe.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Joe's Last Roll Call Tribute.

John J. Neiger III
"Johnny"

Company M-1

31 Dec 1936- 10 Feb 2021

Place of Death: Riverside Hospital in Kankakee, IL.
Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, John Neiger, on 10 February 2021, at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee, IL.

John is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children, Tracy and her husband, Jim Simon, and Jono (John Neiger IV) and his wife, Kemper Carlsen; step daughters, Julie and her husband, Robert Birkenheier, and Amy and her husband, Jimmy Turner; and his grandchildren, Timothy and Courtney Simon, Forest Carlsen-Neiger, Ryan Birkenheier, and Jaden Turner and John’s brother Henry Neiger.” John was pre-deceased by his parents, Sallie Morfit Neiger and John J. Neiger Jr., Class of 1935.

John Neiger's funeral service will at 1 PM on Wednesday, 1 September 2021, at the Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA, followed by burial with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

There will be a reception at the Fort Myer Officers’ Club following the burial.  His widow, Barbara, would appreciate you sending her an RSVP email if you will or may be attending so that she can let the officers club know how many may be at the reception.  Her email address is - bbneiger@mac.com.

Condolences may be sent to Barbara at 3115 Town Square Drive #201, Rolling Meadows, IL  60008.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to Illinois Veterans Home Manteno, 1 Veterans Drive, Manteno, Illinois 60950 — you may specify “Activities Department” which will help the many volunteers there to enrich the lives of the residents with activities, parties, entertainment, etc., or you can specify Prince Home which houses and does outreach to Illinois homeless veterans.

Well done, John. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to John's Last Roll Call Tribute.

David L. Miller, Jr.
"Dave" 

Company L-1

8 Jul 1938- 23 Jan 2021

Place of Death: UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC.
Interment: Lafayette Memorial Park, Fayetteville, NC

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must inform you of the death of our classmate, Dave Miller, on 23 January 2021, at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC.

Dave is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Debbie and her husband, Paul Gradian; sons, David III and Daniel and his wife, Kristin; and grandchildren, Rachel and husband Pat, Emma and husband Sam, Clarke, and Drew Miller.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1 pm on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at Lafayette Memorial Park, 2301 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC  28301 .

Condolences may be sent to Dorothy at 343 Colinwood Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28303-5161.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dave’s memory may be sent to the United Service Organization, PO Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077 or Haymount United Methodist Church, 1700 Ft. Bragg Road, Fayetteville, NC  28303.

Click here to go to Dave's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Class Committee 23 January 2021 Meeting Minutes Now Available

Class Committee Meeting 23 January 2021 Minutes

From Buckner through Graduation was a Group Called "The Spirits"

At West Point, the Class of 1961 members Joe Maio, John Solomon, Scooter Wildermuth, and Bob Janoska continued signing together, with Pete Boylan joining later, from Buckner through Graduation. as "The Spirits".

Here is a video of the group that should bring back fond memories to all of you who heard them then. It was developed by Terry Ryan, USMA '65, Vice President of the West Point Alumni Glee Club, as a tribute to John Solomon.

AOG Announces The Rockbound Highland Home Program Welcoming Grads Home

Who says you can’t go home again? For 47 months, West Point was your home—through Beast Barracks, Mess Hall meals, clubs and team experiences, competitions on the fields of friendly strife, the Indoor Obstacle Course, graduation, and even the gloom period.

Most alumni love to visit their alma maters, and West Point graduates are certainly no exception. However, because the Academy is on an active-duty Army post, gaining access and touring West Point present unique challenges.

To enhance services for the Long Gray Line, the West Point Association of Graduates has launched The Rockbound Highland Home Program, a new program ensuring that every graduate coming back home to the Academy is welcomed in the special way that family should be.

The Rockbound Highland Home Program was created exclusively for USMA graduates and is designed to assist you in navigating post security procedures, offer special access to select MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) facilities and services, and provide “insider” tours for you and your guests. For information on how to support the Rockbound Highland Home Program and other WPAOG initiatives, click here.  

For more information on each aspect of this program, please click below or contact:
Program Coordinator: Lindsey Eisenlohr,
Phone: 845.446.1622
Email at RockboundHighlandHome@wpaog.org  

Grad Insider Tour

The exclusive Rockbound Highland Home Grad Insider Tour includes a series of tour stops not available to the public and allows graduates to share unique experiences of West Point with their families and guests.

Depending on the chosen tour time, you could have the opportunity to visit: the Cadet Mess in Washington Hall, Jefferson Library, Thayer Award Room, Army Sports Hall of Fame in Kenna Hall/Kimsey Center, Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center (ACPDC), or the Cadet Uniform Factory.

Please LOGIN to view the link for the Rockbound Highland Home Reservation site.

You must be a graduate to access the site.

Grad Insider Tours

Grad Insider Tours will be conducted twice a day Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and must be reserved at least three days in advance. Schedule of home football Fridays varies. Please allow two to two-and-a-half hours for the tour. Please also be prepared to walk approximately two miles and maneuver stairs.

WPAOG will provide transportation for the Grad Insider Tour, which will begin and conclude at Herbert Hall (698 Mills Road). Vehicle size and exclusive arrangements with USMA restrict tour size to 10 participants. A fee of $25 per graduate and $10 per guest will be collected when reserving your spot on a Grad Insider Tour.

Please Note: At least one graduate ticket must be purchased for your group. A graduate MUST be present in your group on your tour. Tours are for graduates' leisure purposes only.

For information on how to support the Rockbound Highland Home Program and other WPAOG initiatives, click here.

Should You Be Enrolled Into The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor - Consider

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, located in New Windsor NY, commemorates Purple Heart recipients through its Roll of Honor, a database of Purple Heart recipients representing all wars for which the award has been available. All enrollments are done voluntarily and are made by recipients, their families or friends. There is no comprehensive list of recipients maintained by the US Government.

The Roll of Honor is viewable both in the Hall of Honor and on-line. The version that is viewable in the Hall allows for a total of six screens per recipient. Profiles can contain pictures as well as written narratives of the experience of the recipient. The on-line version is an abbreviated, single page commemoration for each recipient and can be viewed from any computer via the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor website, www.thepurpleheart.com

According to information gathered from the 2010 Register of Graduates and the 50th Anniversary Yearbook questionnaires, at least 50 classmates have received 64 awards of the Purple Heart. I have compared this information with that on the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor website and believe that only 5 classmates are included in the current Roll of Honor.

If you are a Purple Heart recipient, I encourage you to complete and submit the necessary enrollment information that can be found at www.thepurpleheart.com/enrollment.

50th Reunion Class Gift Presentation Given to the Center for Oral History

The West Point Center for Oral History is dedicated to archiving the story of the American soldier, in both war and peace. It will record the professional experiences of West Point graduates and other accomplished soldiers, along with others who have had a prominent role in shaping history, such as former Secretaries of Defense and State, Congressmen, and Senators.

Established in Spring 2005 and supported by leadership funding from the Francis Sehn Family and the Class of 1961 and Class of 1967. During the Class of 1961 50th Reunion in 2011 the Center for Oral History was presented a gift of $1,000,000.

Visit the COH website to watch some remarkable videos.

40th Reunion Class Gift of Reconciliation Plaza at West Point Described on Web Site

The Historical Marker Database is a web site providing information about many national monuments. Reconciliation Plaza, our Class Gift to West Point, is described in great detail. The web site is well worth viewing at:www.hmdb.org/marker.asp marker=35359

Click here for pictures of Reconciliation Plaza.

June Week 1961 and Related Activities from July 1961 Assembly Now Available Online

The USMA Library Archives office is putting ASSEMBLY Magazine and various other historical reports on a web site that allows you to access and download articles and information. Copies of ASSEMBLY from 1942-1993 are currently available.

Click here for the archived issues of Assembly

Click here for the Summer 1961 issue. You will find it very interesting. There may be a problem for some as the huge file is 72MB.

Memorial & Family Planning Documents

The Class of 1961 Memorial Article Project has now made the appropriate AOG Forms available for your use. Click here to go to the Class Web Site article that explains what is available and has links to the documents.

In Remembrance:

Classmates can send their remembrances, comments, pictures to Sam Weiss and they will be edited for inclusion with the Last Roll Call Tribute for that person.

Current Profiles

In order to create a “Current Profile” for every member of the class, graduates and former members of 1961, we need your input. If you are interested in participating, email your “vita” information to Sam Weiss with photos in "jpg" format, if you can.  If your profile is already online, check to make sure it is up-to-date and send us any changes or additions.

Prior Features

In order to keep this page more current with items of interest to the Class, after a reasonable length of time items will be moved to the PRIOR FEATURES Page (click here to go to them).

If you have any announcements of interest to other Classmates, comments, questions, or suggestions, please e-mail them to Sam Weiss.

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WEST POINT

Long ago when this Country was new
Our forefathers said here’s what we must do.

We must find a place where young men can be
Trained to serve this great country.

West Point was chosen as the place
Where they learned to serve with honor and grace.

They were taught to serve, and only then
Were they sent to become leaders of men.

Duty, Honor, Country for all time
The world is encircled by The Long Gray Line.

By Joan Seibert
in honor of the Class of 1961 50th Reunion

 

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