Peggy Tidwell Tabeling - 10/16/2016
Peggy Tidwell Tabeling, age 90, joined the Lord in heaven on Sunday morning, October 16, 2016, after a brief bout with cancer. She passed peacefully in her sleep at home with her family.
Peggy, a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, was born in 1926 in Lucy, Tennessee, where her parents, Rudolph and Amanda Tidwell, lived on a farm on a road named after her mother's family, Rankin Branch Avenue, just north of Memphis. There she learned to love the land and the Lord, and became a beautiful, classy Southern gentlewoman. She always displayed the finest manners and would never say an unkind word about anyone.
As a Navy wife, she moved her young family around the country every few years before her husband, Commander Roy H. Tabeling, retired from the Navy in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Once settled in Cocoa Beach, Peggy tirelessly aided her children enjoy all of their activities, always driving them wherever they wanted to go, and spent endless hours at swim meets, surfing contests, and horse shows. She selflessly began working with the Civil Service on Patrick Air Force Base to help her children enjoy their many activities.
After Peggy's children graduated from high school, she requested an oversees transfer and spent the next 23 years living in Germany working on our Air Force bases. Her adventurous spirit led her to travel Europe playing golf and sightseeing with friends and family. Upon retiring Peggy moved back to Florida. After living in Tallahassee for a few years, she moved to the beautiful woods of Havana, where she spent years tending her yard and garden. Yearning for warmer winters, she moved back to Brevard County and lived her last few years in Titusville. There she greatly appreciated the aid of her son-in-law, Mark Schroettinger, to keep her yard tended.
Peggy is survived by her brother Duane (Paula) Tidwell, her daughters Patricia (Mark) Tabeling and LynnAnn Tabeling, 6 grandchildren and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by Roy H. Tabeling, her brother Joseph Tidwell, and her son Michael B. Tabeling.
Peggy was able to spend her last few weeks at home with family and the tender care of Hospice of St. Francis in Titusville. During those weeks, she was comforted with the prayers of her neighbors and congregation of Christ Community Church.
All friends are invited to celebrate her long, wonderful life with Pastor Dan Thompson on Saturday, October 29, at 1:00 pm, at Christ Community Church, 4295 Garden Street, Titusville, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Christ Community Church, Hospice of St. Francis, or in Peggy's name.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Oct. 20, 2016
Hubert 'Rusty' Ridens, Jr. - 9/8/2016
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 17, 1943.
Departed on September 8, 2016 in Melbourne, Florida. Rusty retired CMSGT US Air Force and after Air Force retirement he retired after 20 years with Boeing. Hubert is survived by his wife, Donna of 54 years; Son and daughter in law, Kevin and Michelle Ridens; and grandchildren Stephanie and Stevie. A graveside service will be on Monday, September 19, at 1:30pm at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. In Leiu of flowers please make a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project in his Name.
Mike McClellan later added, "Sorry to say that Rusty passed away at 5AM on September 8, 2016. He was a great friend, CSMGT, and inspiration! He will be deeply missed. We had the chance to be at the hospital on the evening of the 7th to say our farewells. I swear he knew we were there!.."
Mike wrote again, adding, "I don't know where to start with my relationship with Rusty! We were in a car pool from Palm Bay to Patrick every day with Wayne Pulliam, Rusty, And Jeff Bartow for several years. The trips are what made most of our days bearable after work. Rusty had a great sense of humor all the way to the point where he had me thinking I had a flat tire and needed to pull over, only to find out it was him pounding on the side of my car in rhythm with the rotation of my tires! While I was going to college, Rusty was instrumental in keeping me on track and continuing to finish my degree! Several times I was at the point where I thought I had enough and wanted to quit, but Rusty was always there convincing me to continue? When I finally graduated, Rusty gave me the famous "now that's what I'm talking about"! I'm going to seriously miss him and will always love him!"
Tom Eddleman provides the link to the obituary (Clark's update above) with the 'Guest Book,'
William Hemp Clarke - 8/29/2016
Col. William Hemp Clarke, (retired USAF) age 84, of San Antonio, TX passed away August 29, 2016. He was a 1954 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. After retirement from the USAF he worked for Lockheed at The Kennedy Space Center in Florida from 1984-1994. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Clarke of San Antonio: children and their spouses, Karen and BrigGen Sean Murphy of Virginia, Steven and Deborah (Arevalos) Clarke of Virginia; and 4 grandchildren. He will be buried at West Point. - See more
Jacqueline Ann Ballard Hopkins - 8/24/2016
Jacqueline Ann Ballard Hopkins, daughter of Janice Marea Price Ballard and Arthur Herbert Ballard, II entered into life on July 21, 1935 in Springfield, MA. She went home to the Lord, peacefully in her sleep on August 24, 2016 after battling cancer for 7 years. She grew up in West Hartford, CT. Most of her life she worked as a bookkeeper, retiring in 2004 from H & R Block. She was a life member of the Air Force Sergeants Association Auxiliary. She served as international president of the Auxiliary for two years. Jacqueline is survived by her husband of 62 years, TSgt, Retired, Marvin Gilbert Hopkins, 5 children, Mark Arthur Hopkins, Keith Timothy Hopkins, Russell Alan Hopkins, Allison Marie Hopkins Rathburn), and Scott Andrew Hopkins, also by her brother, Arthur Herbert Ballard, III, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She had many friends in AFSA, the Air Force, and her church Christ Community Church in Carmichael.
Alex DiSanto - 8/15/2016
Alexander John DiSANTO Colonel, USAF, Retired, who was a B17 navigator in WWII and
a B29 navigator in the Korean War, died August 15, 2016 at his home in New Market,
VA after a long illness. He was born in Clyde, NY on February 5, 1922 and was raised
in Newark, New York. He enlisted in the US Army in July 1940, was commissioned a
Second Lieutenant in July 1944. From 1944 to 1945 Colonel DiSanto flew 30 combat
missions over Germany in B17s and received the Distinguished Flying Cross for
heroism and the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters. In February 1949 he
re-enlisted in the US Air Force, and flew 39 combat missions over North Korea as a
B29 Navigator. He was awarded four additional Air Medals for his combat service.
During the 1950s He flew with the Strategic Air Command on B29, B36, and KC135
aircraft. Later he served as a commander and staff officer in AFTAC, and was
stationed in the US and overseas. He retired from the US Air Force in June 1973.
Following retirement, he did volunteer work for many years at for his church in
Fairfax City, VA; he moved to Florida in later years and volunteered at the Veterans
Clinic in Viera, Florida. Colonel DiSanto was an avid golfer, a champion bowler
and stained glass artist. He produced many exquisite works of stained glass art
over the years for family and friends. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of
52 years, Betty Smith DiSanto in October 1997. He is survived by his wife, Laurie
DiSanto (nee Bailey) of Melbourne FL; two daughters, Suzanne Ewing (Gerald) of
Orlando, FL and Nancy Staples (Wyatt) of Fort Valley, VA; a son, John Michael
DiSanto (Patti) of New Market, VA; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and
three great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and their
children, and many wonderful friends all over the world.
With sadness we're informing you and the AFTAC organization that Alex died this past
Monday, August 15, 2016 at home after a long illness.
Click here for the Obituary. He was 94. He was so proud to be associated with the
AFTAC organization, and while we were not able to attend very many of the events since his
decline in health, he read the Afterburner with interest and enjoyed keeping up with the
group even though most of his peers have long passed. Thank you for helping him receive
his newsletter. Kindest Regards, Laurie DiSanto
William Richard Osteen - 8/1/2016
William Richard Osteen, 83, died Monday, August 1, 2016 at Shannon Medical Center
surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Osteen is survived by his wife of 56 years,
Dolores, two children: Diane Janzen from Fredericksburg, TX, and Renée Beale and
son-in-law Joe Recchia from Austin, TX. He also leaves behind two grandchildren,
Autumn (JB) Byerly of Indiana, Lauren (Shay) Wilde of San Angelo, TX, along with
two great grandchildren, Brooklyn and Brynn Byerly; his brother, Gene Osteen and
two nieces, Marsha and Angie. Mr. Osteen was born April 5, 1933 and raised in
Bloomingdale, Georgia. William, better known as “Richard” was retired
Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, where he worked as an electrician,
in radio and transmitters, with the Air Force Technical Applications Center,
and Air Force recruiting. While spending the early part of his career at
Goodfellow Air Force Base, he met his wife Dolores. They spent the first 33 years
of their marriage in Aurora, Colorado, where in the high mountains of Colorado,
Richard’s love for the outdoors became his passion. He was an avid fisherman and
hunter. Both he and his wife moved to San Angelo, TX in 1996 after his retirement
from the military. When Richard wasn’t spending time with family, or casting a
line into the Concho River, he was volunteering his time with the San Angelo
State Park, and was a member of the West Side Lions Club where much of his
charitable work and easy smile will be sorely missed.
On behalf of my mother, sister, and myself, we would like to thank you. We are so
proud to know my father was part of a wonderfully supportive network with such
kind and generous people. Your assistance during this difficult time has been
appreciated. With much friendship, Renée Beale
Bob Schley - 6/5/2016
Steve McDonald just called from Texas with information that Bob Schley passed away on June 5th with a fatal heart attack." It was later reported, " ... (verified) Bob passed away on the 5th and they have already cremated him. No obituary was published and they are not sure if the family is going to have a service or not."
NOTE: No more informtion is known at this time.
Arthur Sullivan Reinhart - 5/23/2016
Arthur Sullivan Reinhart was born in the home of his great uncle and great aunt in the small west Texas town of Sabinal, Texas on December 1, 1919. He was proud of being a Texan by birth since one of his great grandparents had lived in Texas while it was still a Republic. His father owned a grocery story, and his mother taught school---he often rode to school with his mother in a horse and buggy. He attended school in Sabinal for two years, then moved with his parents to Del Rio, Texas. After graduating from high school as valedictorian, he attended Texas Tech University at 16. On receiving a degree in Chemical engineering and a commission from the U S Army, he was immediately called to active duty with the Army Air Corps at Fort Logan Colorado, and was on active duty there when Pearl Harbor was attacked and World War II began. He remained on duty with the Army Air Corps, serving primarily in the Air Training Command, and become director of the Army Air Corps School of Photography before going overseas to the Central Pacific and Okinawa.
He returned to the US in early 1946 and was employed as a hydraulic engineer by the Bureau of Reclamation Laboratories in Denver, specializing in spillway design. He met lovely Hilma Ruuttila in 1946 and they were married in 1947.
With the outbreak of the Korean war he was recalled to active duty with what had become the United States Air Force. He was one of the first officers assigned to Mountain Home Air Force base when it was reopened, and his oldest son Kevin was the first boy born in the re-opened base hospital. He competed for and was selected for a commission in the Regular Air Force in 1957 and remained on active duty until his retirement in 1974, serving overseas in the arctic and in the Middle East, primarily in photography and Special Activities (When the photographic unit he commanded went to Thule, Greenland in 1953, he and his unit were personally welcomed, by name, by "Moscow Molly" on Radio Moscow!)
He retired from active duty in 1974, and he and Hilma moved to Boise where they had bought a home. He enrolled in the BSU program in Aviation Management, and received that degree in 1977. He was active in community programs, serving on the first Ada County Air Quality Board, and later as president of the Mayor's Transit Advisory Committee. He was also chairman of the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations.
After retiring, he took up golf with enthusiasm, serving as president of the Eagle Hills Men's Golf Association and being selected twice by that organization as sportsman of the year. He joined the Idaho Golf Association and played in tournaments throughout the valley.
He and Hilma bought 25 acres on a small stream near Elk City and spent many weeks there, fishing and just observing the wildlife. They had a pickup camper, and they drove it to and from Alaska twice, as well as over much of the Northwest and southern Canada.
He and Hilma were cross-country skiers and skied regularly for many winters in the mountains around Boise.
He and Hilma also traveled widely, having been in all 50 states, in Canada, and in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and South America. He was also a dedicated photographer, and his collection of slides of his family and his travels occupied a large cabinet in his office. A highlight of their post-retirement travels was India, where he and Hilma celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in the former summer palace of the Maharajah of Jaipur.
His beloved Hilma passed away in 2000.
He continued to remain an active member of the community, participating in local organizations such as Kiwanis, and continuing to travel. He met Jan Manning in 2001, and they later became very special friends, traveling together throughout the US, Canada and Europe, as well as throughout the West, visiting friends and family members.
In addition to the two degrees mentioned above, he earned a master's degree in International Relations from George Washington University, he was a graduate of both The Air War College, and Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and was selected for, inaugurated and completed a professional program with the Air Force Institute of Technology. He was listed in three editions of Who's Who in the West, and was also proud of being a Mason.
He passed away on May 23, 2016 and is survived by: Kevin (Marlene) of Hanover New Hampshire, Lauri Anne of Reno Nevada, Robin Accinelli (Steve) now living in Dubuque Iowa, and Brian (Vivian) now living in Singapore. There are three grandchildren: Ben Accinelli (Brigit); Larkin Accinelli, and Kirsten Reinhart. There are also two 'new arrivals,' his great-granddaughters Amelia Accinelli and Anabelle Accinelli.