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A Ceremony for You

1216 Mamalu Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 595-0291
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Allison Darrell C DVM

1318 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 593-2532
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Ashes To the Sea With Aloha

Kewalo Basin Slip P
Honolulu, HI 96818
(808) 596-0918
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Borthwick Mortuary

1330 Maunakea Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 522-5200
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Diamond Head Memorial Park

529 18th Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 734-1954
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Diamond Head Mortuary

535 18th Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 735-2872
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Hawaiian Memorial Life Plan Limited Sales Office

1330 Maunakea Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 522-9300
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Hosoi Garden Mortuary Inc

30 N Kukui St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 538-3877
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Jayne Alison W DVM

1318 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 593-2532
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KUU Huapala Fishing CO

Kewalo Basin Slip P
Honolulu, HI
(808) 596-0918
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Mililani Downtown Mortuary

20 South Kukui Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 538-6207
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Moanalua Mortuary

1150 Kikowaena Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
(808) 833-8811
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Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary

2233 Nuuanu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 537-5255
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Pierce National Life Insurance CO

1200 College Walk Suite 108
Honolulu, HI u, HI
(808) 536-6974
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Sunshine Hawaii Memorial

201 Ohua Avenue Suite 402
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 922-0983
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Obituary: Sheldon L. Slagel - Twin Falls Times-News

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Heaven gives us great comfort, peace and joy. At the same time, we also find ourselves grieving and missing him profoundly. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Mary; son Doug (Cherry Ann) Slagel of Honolulu, Hawaii and daughter Deb (Tim) Martens of Eagle, Idaho; grandchildren Cristy (Donnie) Sorrow, Marcus (Joanne) Slagel, Courtney Slagel, Bella Slagel, Adam (Julie) Martens, Nikki (Ryan) Peterson, Garrett (MaryJay) Martens, Brook (Cara) Martens, Aftin Martens, and Ashley (Michael) Choate; and great grandchildren Parker, Seth, Cooper, Spencer, Cayden, Brynlee, Lauren, Hattie, Austyn, Jaxon, Lincoln, Gabe, Channing, Calista, Lennie, Trey, Cameron and Jasmine. Sheldon is also survived by his sister Janet (Paul) Fisher, his brother Steve (Yu Sook) Slagel, and many more family members that he loved dearly and held in his heart a special place for each of them.Our father always wanted to be a preacher from the time he was 3 years old. At a young age while living with his parents in South Dakota, he would get up on a Sunday morning, dress himself, and walk to a nearby Reformed church. Several years later after attending Bible College, he was ordained as a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and became a pastor of his first church in Long Pine, Nebraska. His ministry then took him to pastor churches in Rupert, Idaho; Buhl, Idaho; Jerome, Idaho; Kamiah, Idaho and Elk Grove, California. He, along with Del Storey, co-founded and pastored the inter-denominational church of Christian Center in Twin Falls, Idaho. He also traveled extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand and Australia ministering at Christian retreats, conferences and missions.His other passions in life included playing and watching golf, flying his airplane, attending the Junior High and High school sports events of his children and grandchildren, and cheering for the Boise State University’s football team. His greatest enjoyment was witnessing the succ...

Obituaries for Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 - Thegardenisland.com

Monday, February 06, 2017

Pasadena California. Memorial Services for Denise will be held on Oahu and Kauai. Oahu’s service will be on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary, 1150 Kikowaena St. Honolulu, Hawaii. Visiting hours will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Kauai’s service will be on Saturday, Jan 21, 2017, at the Kauai Veterans Cemetery, 4331 Lele Rd., Hanapepe, Hawaii. Visiting hours will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Service will begin at 10 a.m. Graveside Service will begin at 11:15 a.m.Denise is survived by her husband, Rudolph O. Ballaibe; children, Noah Kaneala Ballaibe, Emma Grace Ballaibe; stepson, Daniel R. Ballaibe; along with step, wife Jenifer B. Ballaibe; step nieces, Kaya J. Ballaibe and Kailani I. Ballaibe; and step nephew, Koa D. Ballaibe. The daughter of the late Earl W. Dusenberry. Denise is also survived by mother, Sharon; stepfather, Leonard Marlin; sisters, Barbara Kermode, Lori Karle and Sandra Dusenberry; nephews, Robert Karle and Tyler Dusenberry.Momoyo MatsumuraMomoyo Matsumura passed away in Lihue on Dec. 10, 2016. Born on Sept. 15, 1924, in Lihue, she was a police records analyst.She is preceded in death by Buster Isao Matsumura; and survived by her son, Ronnie Matsumura of Lihue; daughter, Michele (Wayne) Tanaka of Lihue; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Gerald (Shirley) Ibe of Kaneohe; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.Memorial services will be held on Jan. 14, 2017, at the Lihue Hongwanji Mission. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. with services to follow at 11 a.m.Casual attire is suggested.Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.Helen L. SouzaHelen L. Souza of Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii, passed away on Jan. 3, 2017, at the age of 93She was born on Nov. 18, 1923, in Eleele, Kauai.She is preceded in death by parents, Marion and Margaret Lopes; husband, Clarence Souza; son, Francis Souza; and numerous siblings.She is survived by daughter’s, Laverne (Paul) La Fleur and Judy (Patrick) Cortez; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Private services were held.Arrangements by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.© 2017 Thegardenisland.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Ukulele legend and Honolulu original Eddie Kamae dies at 89 - Los Angeles Times

Monday, January 23, 2017

Eddie Kamae, one of the most influential Hawaiian musicians of the last half-century and a filmmaker who painstakingly documented the culture and history of the islands, has died at his home in Honolulu. He was 89.Kamae, who died Saturday, had long been the face of The Sons of Hawaii, a popular recording group and a pioneering force in traditional island music. Dressed in blue overalls and in red-and-white palaka shirts meant to evoke the working-class roots of the music they performed, The Sons of Hawaii offered listeners traditional Hawaiian songs at a time when many island musicians were serenading crowds with predictable tropical ballads and material from Hollywood soundtracks.For as distinguished a musician as he became, Kamae came into the profession nearly by accident. An older brother — one of 10 siblings in the family — brought Kamae a ukulele after finding the instrument left behind on the back of the bus he drove in Honolulu.Alone, he’d strum the ukulele and pluck the strings, trying to imitate the sounds of jazz, pop and Latin-infused music, perfecting a style that the Ukulele Hall of Fame said revolutionized the method of playing the instrument.“I just loved what I heard ...

Robert J. Foss - SaukValley.com

Monday, January 09, 2017

Camp Darby, Livorno, Italy. He was an instructor of navigation at the Italian Naval Academy. After 26 years of naval service, he retired in February 1986 as a senior chief petty officer from Honolulu, Hawaii.He and Susan returned to his hometown of San Francisco, where he went back to college and graduated in January 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from San Francisco State University. Robert was an avid San Francisco 49ers and Giants fan. He enjoyed shooting skeet, and gardening, for which he became a Master Gardener. He received a Mentor of the Year Award from the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization for the tri-city area of Virginia. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of Sterling American Legion Post 296. Robert was known as a hard worker and a caring man who always left you with a smile. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Susan, of Sterling; his son, Michael (Anne) Foss of Luthersville, Maryland; his daughter, Deborah Croft of Edmond, Oklahoma; his grandchildren, Ryan (Alexandria) Croft of Chicago, Cayla Croft, of Los Angeles, and Cathy Foss of Luthersville; sisters-in-law, Karen (Larry) Mewhirter of Rock Falls, Gail Keefer of Rock Falls, and Annette Halliday,of Sterling; many nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Jared Mewhirter of Rock Falls; and his mother-in-law, Marilyn Unterzuber of Rock Falls.He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Herbert Canton; and his two half brothers, Harold and Eugene Foss, all of San Francisco.Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 First Ave. Sterling. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tu...

Seabreeze High memorial preserves legacy of lost Army Ranger - Daytona Beach News-Journal

Monday, December 26, 2016

Adams said. His death was particularly devastating for their mother, Ellen Davis, who still lives in Daytona Beach.For Adams, now stationed in Honolulu, the process to move forward is regularly stymied by her military role in mortuary affairs, in which she processes the remains of soldiers.“So every time I’m working with a family or a set of remains, it’s always a constant reminder,” she said.As painful as the reminders are, Adams and Buckwald are more pained at the thought of their hero being forgotten by the masses he devoted his life to protecting.The memorial at Seabreeze High will at very least keep the memory of Davis intact amongst Seabreeze family members.“One kid there may look at that and think, 'Maybe I can make a difference,’” Buckwald said.

Keo Woolford, 'Hawaii Five-0' Actor, Dies At 49 - Variety

Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday following complications from a stroke. He was 49.Woolford died at an Oahu, Hawaii hospital after suffering a stroke three days prior, according to his publicist Tracy Larrua.Born in Honolulu, the late actor was also known for writing, directing and producing his 2013 independent drama “The Haumana,” which centers around the host of a failing Waikiki lu?au who goes on to teach a high school boy’s hula class. The film earned him special jury prize at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival that year.In addition, his other credits as an actor include small roles in “Happy, Texas,” “Falling for Grace” and “Godzilla” (2014). He also appeared in the stage production of “The King and I.”Friends and colleagues of Woolford were quick to pay tribute via Twitter, including his “Hawaii Five-0” co-star Daniel Dae Kim.As talented as you were, I will remember you most for your kindness. Thank you for sharing your light with us, @KeoWoolford. Rest In Peace.— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) November 29, 2016“As talented as you were, I will remember you most for your kindness. Thank you for sharing your light with us, @KeoWoolford. Rest In Peace,” write Kim.“Heart breaking for the loss of dear friend Keo Woolford, writer, director, singer, dancer, spreader of love,” wrote actre...

AP-USDA-Midwest Regional Eggs - WHIO

Monday, December 05, 2016

Malan, who was a machinist mate on the USS Preble, a mine-laying vessel stripped down for repairs in Pearl Harbor during the time of the attack.Malan said some of Preble’s crew were taking liberty in Honolulu while he and others where asleep in barracks when a racket awoke them a little before eight that morning.“One of the guys got up and looked out the window and said, ‘Them’s Japanese planes.’ And somebody else yelled, ‘Shut up and go back to bed,’” Malan said. But Malan got out of bed and climbed a ladder from a balcony and joined others on the barrack’s roof.“We sat up there and watched the circus, not believing what we’re seeing,” he said. A couple of Japanese Zeros flew so close overhead Malan could make out the pilots. They witnessed one of those enemy planes getting shot down. The top of the barracks also gave him a view of battleship row and an eyewitness account to the most devastating loss of the attack.“We looked up and saw the high-flying bombers up there. They dropped their bombs and we watched them come all the way down. They shimmered in the sunlight. Just before they hit, I lost sight of them and the Arizona blew. That was the biggest explosion I’ve seen in my life.”The explosion Malan witnessed claimed 1,177 crewmen as a Japanese bomb pierced the battleship’s forward ammunition magazines.“After that I decided to get down from there,” Malan said.Malan and his crew mustered back at the Preble. He and others tried to get ammunition from nearby ships to load the Preble’s lone working gun. But soon the Japanese attack, lasting two hours and 20 minutes, was over.The next day, while on alert and issued a rifle in case of a land attack by the Japanese, Malan listened on the radio as President Franklin Roosevelt addressed the nation in his “Infamy Speech” and asked Congress to declare war on the Japanese empire.Malan slept with the rifle by his side for the next couple of weeks. Repairs on the Preble were completed, and the task of being a “grease monkey” on a mine-layer in the Pacific resumed.“From then on it was a bit of everything. Out in the South Pacific I think we hit every island they had: Marianas, Guadalcanal, New Caledonia, and others. I didn’t know there were so many islands out there,” Malan said.America and its allies won World War II. Japan surrendered in August of 1945 and the USS Preble was decommissioned later that year, four years to the day of the Pearl Harbor attack.Malan completed his six years in the Navy and returned home — spending just enough time in his native Illinois to retrieve his seabag before moving to Fairborn. He had a long career with the U.S. Postal Service in Dayton and a 53-year marriage with wife Geneva, who died in 2010 and who he “misses every day.”As Geneva’s health faltered and she had to go to a nursing facility for care prior to her death, Malan moved into an apartment on North Third Street next door to Joslin, 66, who also is a Navy veteran, former machinist mate (serving stateside during the Vietnam era) and a retired Dayton postal worker. The two swapped war stories — including their many years sliding down icy steps and encountering unfriendly dogs and cats while working for the Post Office — over...

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Obituary: Sheldon L. Slagel - Twin Falls Times-News

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Heaven gives us great comfort, peace and joy. At the same time, we also find ourselves grieving and missing him profoundly. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Mary; son Doug (Cherry Ann) Slagel of Honolulu, Hawaii and daughter Deb (Tim) Martens of Eagle, Idaho; grandchildren Cristy (Donnie) Sorrow, Marcus (Joanne) Slagel, Courtney Slagel, Bella Slagel, Adam (Julie) Martens, Nikki (Ryan) Peterson, Garrett (MaryJay) Martens, Brook (Cara) Martens, Aftin Martens, and Ashley (Michael) Choate; and great grandchildren Parker, Seth, Cooper, Spencer, Cayden, Brynlee, Lauren, Hattie, Austyn, Jaxon, Lincoln, Gabe, Channing, Calista, Lennie, Trey, Cameron and Jasmine. Sheldon is also survived by his sister Janet (Paul) Fisher, his brother Steve (Yu Sook) Slagel, and many more family members that he loved dearly and held in his heart a special place for each of them.Our father always wanted to be a preacher from the time he was 3 years old. At a young age while living with his parents in South Dakota, he would get up on a Sunday morning, dress himself, and walk to a nearby Reformed church. Several years later after attending Bible College, he was ordained as a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and became a pastor of his first church in Long Pine, Nebraska. His ministry then took him to pastor churches in Rupert, Idaho; Buhl, Idaho; Jerome, Idaho; Kamiah, Idaho and Elk Grove, California. He, along with Del Storey, co-founded and pastored the inter-denominational church of Christian Center in Twin Falls, Idaho. He also traveled extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand and Australia ministering at Christian retreats, conferences and missions.His other passions in life included playing and watching golf, flying his airplane, attending the Junior High and High school sports events of his children and grandchildren, and cheering for the Boise State University’s football team. His greatest enjoyment was witnessing the succ...

Obituaries for Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 - Thegardenisland.com

Monday, February 06, 2017

Pasadena California. Memorial Services for Denise will be held on Oahu and Kauai. Oahu’s service will be on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary, 1150 Kikowaena St. Honolulu, Hawaii. Visiting hours will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Kauai’s service will be on Saturday, Jan 21, 2017, at the Kauai Veterans Cemetery, 4331 Lele Rd., Hanapepe, Hawaii. Visiting hours will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Service will begin at 10 a.m. Graveside Service will begin at 11:15 a.m.Denise is survived by her husband, Rudolph O. Ballaibe; children, Noah Kaneala Ballaibe, Emma Grace Ballaibe; stepson, Daniel R. Ballaibe; along with step, wife Jenifer B. Ballaibe; step nieces, Kaya J. Ballaibe and Kailani I. Ballaibe; and step nephew, Koa D. Ballaibe. The daughter of the late Earl W. Dusenberry. Denise is also survived by mother, Sharon; stepfather, Leonard Marlin; sisters, Barbara Kermode, Lori Karle and Sandra Dusenberry; nephews, Robert Karle and Tyler Dusenberry.Momoyo MatsumuraMomoyo Matsumura passed away in Lihue on Dec. 10, 2016. Born on Sept. 15, 1924, in Lihue, she was a police records analyst.She is preceded in death by Buster Isao Matsumura; and survived by her son, Ronnie Matsumura of Lihue; daughter, Michele (Wayne) Tanaka of Lihue; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Gerald (Shirley) Ibe of Kaneohe; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.Memorial services will be held on Jan. 14, 2017, at the Lihue Hongwanji Mission. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. with services to follow at 11 a.m.Casual attire is suggested.Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.Helen L. SouzaHelen L. Souza of Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii, passed away on Jan. 3, 2017, at the age of 93She was born on Nov. 18, 1923, in Eleele, Kauai.She is preceded in death by parents, Marion and Margaret Lopes; husband, Clarence Souza; son, Francis Souza; and numerous siblings.She is survived by daughter’s, Laverne (Paul) La Fleur and Judy (Patrick) Cortez; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Private services were held.Arrangements by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.© 2017 Thegardenisland.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Ukulele legend and Honolulu original Eddie Kamae dies at 89 - Los Angeles Times

Monday, January 23, 2017

Eddie Kamae, one of the most influential Hawaiian musicians of the last half-century and a filmmaker who painstakingly documented the culture and history of the islands, has died at his home in Honolulu. He was 89.Kamae, who died Saturday, had long been the face of The Sons of Hawaii, a popular recording group and a pioneering force in traditional island music. Dressed in blue overalls and in red-and-white palaka shirts meant to evoke the working-class roots of the music they performed, The Sons of Hawaii offered listeners traditional Hawaiian songs at a time when many island musicians were serenading crowds with predictable tropical ballads and material from Hollywood soundtracks.For as distinguished a musician as he became, Kamae came into the profession nearly by accident. An older brother — one of 10 siblings in the family — brought Kamae a ukulele after finding the instrument left behind on the back of the bus he drove in Honolulu.Alone, he’d strum the ukulele and pluck the strings, trying to imitate the sounds of jazz, pop and Latin-infused music, perfecting a style that the Ukulele Hall of Fame said revolutionized the method of playing the instrument.“I just loved what I heard ...

Robert J. Foss - SaukValley.com

Monday, January 09, 2017

Camp Darby, Livorno, Italy. He was an instructor of navigation at the Italian Naval Academy. After 26 years of naval service, he retired in February 1986 as a senior chief petty officer from Honolulu, Hawaii.He and Susan returned to his hometown of San Francisco, where he went back to college and graduated in January 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from San Francisco State University. Robert was an avid San Francisco 49ers and Giants fan. He enjoyed shooting skeet, and gardening, for which he became a Master Gardener. He received a Mentor of the Year Award from the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization for the tri-city area of Virginia. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of Sterling American Legion Post 296. Robert was known as a hard worker and a caring man who always left you with a smile. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Susan, of Sterling; his son, Michael (Anne) Foss of Luthersville, Maryland; his daughter, Deborah Croft of Edmond, Oklahoma; his grandchildren, Ryan (Alexandria) Croft of Chicago, Cayla Croft, of Los Angeles, and Cathy Foss of Luthersville; sisters-in-law, Karen (Larry) Mewhirter of Rock Falls, Gail Keefer of Rock Falls, and Annette Halliday,of Sterling; many nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Jared Mewhirter of Rock Falls; and his mother-in-law, Marilyn Unterzuber of Rock Falls.He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Herbert Canton; and his two half brothers, Harold and Eugene Foss, all of San Francisco.Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 First Ave. Sterling. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tu...

Seabreeze High memorial preserves legacy of lost Army Ranger - Daytona Beach News-Journal

Monday, December 26, 2016

Adams said. His death was particularly devastating for their mother, Ellen Davis, who still lives in Daytona Beach.For Adams, now stationed in Honolulu, the process to move forward is regularly stymied by her military role in mortuary affairs, in which she processes the remains of soldiers.“So every time I’m working with a family or a set of remains, it’s always a constant reminder,” she said.As painful as the reminders are, Adams and Buckwald are more pained at the thought of their hero being forgotten by the masses he devoted his life to protecting.The memorial at Seabreeze High will at very least keep the memory of Davis intact amongst Seabreeze family members.“One kid there may look at that and think, 'Maybe I can make a difference,’” Buckwald said.

Keo Woolford, 'Hawaii Five-0' Actor, Dies At 49 - Variety

Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday following complications from a stroke. He was 49.Woolford died at an Oahu, Hawaii hospital after suffering a stroke three days prior, according to his publicist Tracy Larrua.Born in Honolulu, the late actor was also known for writing, directing and producing his 2013 independent drama “The Haumana,” which centers around the host of a failing Waikiki lu?au who goes on to teach a high school boy’s hula class. The film earned him special jury prize at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival that year.In addition, his other credits as an actor include small roles in “Happy, Texas,” “Falling for Grace” and “Godzilla” (2014). He also appeared in the stage production of “The King and I.”Friends and colleagues of Woolford were quick to pay tribute via Twitter, including his “Hawaii Five-0” co-star Daniel Dae Kim.As talented as you were, I will remember you most for your kindness. Thank you for sharing your light with us, @KeoWoolford. Rest In Peace.— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) November 29, 2016“As talented as you were, I will remember you most for your kindness. Thank you for sharing your light with us, @KeoWoolford. Rest In Peace,” write Kim.“Heart breaking for the loss of dear friend Keo Woolford, writer, director, singer, dancer, spreader of love,” wrote actre...

AP-USDA-Midwest Regional Eggs - WHIO

Monday, December 05, 2016

Malan, who was a machinist mate on the USS Preble, a mine-laying vessel stripped down for repairs in Pearl Harbor during the time of the attack.Malan said some of Preble’s crew were taking liberty in Honolulu while he and others where asleep in barracks when a racket awoke them a little before eight that morning.“One of the guys got up and looked out the window and said, ‘Them’s Japanese planes.’ And somebody else yelled, ‘Shut up and go back to bed,’” Malan said. But Malan got out of bed and climbed a ladder from a balcony and joined others on the barrack’s roof.“We sat up there and watched the circus, not believing what we’re seeing,” he said. A couple of Japanese Zeros flew so close overhead Malan could make out the pilots. They witnessed one of those enemy planes getting shot down. The top of the barracks also gave him a view of battleship row and an eyewitness account to the most devastating loss of the attack.“We looked up and saw the high-flying bombers up there. They dropped their bombs and we watched them come all the way down. They shimmered in the sunlight. Just before they hit, I lost sight of them and the Arizona blew. That was the biggest explosion I’ve seen in my life.”The explosion Malan witnessed claimed 1,177 crewmen as a Japanese bomb pierced the battleship’s forward ammunition magazines.“After that I decided to get down from there,” Malan said.Malan and his crew mustered back at the Preble. He and others tried to get ammunition from nearby ships to load the Preble’s lone working gun. But soon the Japanese attack, lasting two hours and 20 minutes, was over.The next day, while on alert and issued a rifle in case of a land attack by the Japanese, Malan listened on the radio as President Franklin Roosevelt addressed the nation in his “Infamy Speech” and asked Congress to declare war on the Japanese empire.Malan slept with the rifle by his side for the next couple of weeks. Repairs on the Preble were completed, and the task of being a “grease monkey” on a mine-layer in the Pacific resumed.“From then on it was a bit of everything. Out in the South Pacific I think we hit every island they had: Marianas, Guadalcanal, New Caledonia, and others. I didn’t know there were so many islands out there,” Malan said.America and its allies won World War II. Japan surrendered in August of 1945 and the USS Preble was decommissioned later that year, four years to the day of the Pearl Harbor attack.Malan completed his six years in the Navy and returned home — spending just enough time in his native Illinois to retrieve his seabag before moving to Fairborn. He had a long career with the U.S. Postal Service in Dayton and a 53-year marriage with wife Geneva, who died in 2010 and who he “misses every day.”As Geneva’s health faltered and she had to go to a nursing facility for care prior to her death, Malan moved into an apartment on North Third Street next door to Joslin, 66, who also is a Navy veteran, former machinist mate (serving stateside during the Vietnam era) and a retired Dayton postal worker. The two swapped war stories — including their many years sliding down icy steps and encountering unfriendly dogs and cats while working for the Post Office — over...