In the last few months, there have been celebrations and joy, sadness and parting.
Dewey Lee Taylor, age 92, went to his eternal rest on October 17, 2017. Dewey leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Elizabeth Herdt Taylor. Dewey had two daughters, Linda Moore (Rick) and Betty Lariccia (deceased). He had two Grandchildren, Ryan Elfers and Leslie Leach (deceased). Dewey also had four Great-Grandchildren and four Great-great Grandchildren. He is survived by a sister, Patsy Gause, and had two other sisters June McKee and Helen Scott who are now deceased. Dewey was born in Science Hill, Kentucky and moved to Cincinnati when he was a young boy. He spent his formative years in Northside and Winton Place. Dewey joined the United States Navy during World War II at the age of seventeen. He spent two and a half years in the South Pacific on an LST, making thirteen D-Day style landings under enemy fire. He was extremely proud of his service during World War II. Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1946, he went to work at the only company he ever applied to, or worked for, Kahn's Meats. Dewey spent 40 years at Kahn's, rising from entry level laborer to become a Superintendent at Sara Lee's Florence Alabama plant. He and his wife Elizabeth retired to West Palm Beach Florida, where they spent the past thirty years before moving to Cincinnati to be close to family. Dewey and his wife loved to travel and took many cruises and well-earned vacations around the world. Dewey's proudest accomplishment after retiring from Kahn's was helping to bring a vintage World War II LST (no. 325) back from Greece in 2001. He was one of twenty-eight veterans, (Known as the Gold Crew) whose average age was 72, to refurbish the ship after retrieving it from the Greek Navy scrap heap. They sailed it across the Atlantic despite being told by the US Coast Guard that the ship was unseaworthy and may not be allowed to land in the US. Tom Brokaw made the comment on the National Evening News that men like these were why we won World War II. After arriving to a hero's welcome in Mobile, Alabama, Dewey worked on the crew that sailed the ship to various sites around the United States allowing everyone to view the ship as a museum and a testament to those who sailed on LST's in World War II and Korea. On one of his adventures on the ship, he and a shipmate took the LST out to sea during Hurricane Katrina off the coast of Mobile. Just the two of them were aboard the ship and rode the hurricane out while at sea. It has been commented to his wife and family many times that Dewey was a true representative of the "Greatest Generation". In addition to his immediate family, Dewey leaves behind his favorite niece Heidi Soloria, many other nieces, nephews, cousins, friends from Kahn's and old Navy buddies from WWII and the LST 325. Visitation Friday, October 20, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM at Schmidt-Dhonau-Kucner Funeral Home, 10980 Reading Rd., Sharonville, OH 45241. Funeral Service to follow at 12:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial Dayton National Cemetery. Donations may be made LST Ship Memorial, Attn: Maintenance Fund, 840 LST Drive, Evansville, IN 47713. Online condolences may be made at www.schmidtdhonaukucnerfunerals.com.
Patsy Arras, age 74, a lifelong resident of Mobile, passed away peacefully on November 10, 2017. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her husband, William Arras Sr.
Five children, son Jason (Wendy) Bedsole, daughter Tracie (James) Faessel, daughter Jo (Durwood) Boswell, son William (Terri) Arras Jr, son Orren (Norma) Arras, twelve grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and her dog Jack. Patsy was a social butterfly who never met a stranger. She ran into someone that she knew everywhere she went.
She was a giving woman and spent the last few weeks making blankets for her family, friends and residents of the nearby nursing home for Christmas. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 11-12pm at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home followed by a service in the funeral home chapel.
May Dewey and Patsy both be experiencing smooth seas and following winds. I grieve for your passing, I will miss you both!
Curtis Claude Coffee
Obituary for Curtis Claude Coffee
Curtis Claude Coffee, 93, of Mount Carmel, IL passed away peacefully on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Linda White Hospice Center in Evansville, IN. Curtis was born on March 4, 1924 in Mount Carmel, IL the son of Walter and Elsie May (Spurlock) Coffee. Curtis faithfully served his country as a United States Merchant Marine during World War II. He went to sea in the ships to assist in making a difference during the War where he sailed the merchant marine fleet carrying troops, munitions and war material to Europe. He was proud of his oath he took to serve, defend and protect our country. Curtis served on troop ships where he witnessed vessels in the convoys attacked by submarines. Curtis had a passion for history. He was a member of the Wabash County Historical Society where he was very active in the community. His greatest joy was volunteering on board the restored WWII USS Landing Ship Tank (LST) 325. His involvement with LST 325 was his way of educating others and honoring all those he served with during World War II. He was humble about his service but was sure to never leave home without wearing his WWII Veteran or LST 325 hat. Curtis also worked as a bus driver for a touring company where he made many friendships. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mount Carmel, VFW and American Legion. Curtis was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree. He will be missed by his family and friends. Curtis will be remembered by his sons, Kim (Tina) Coffee of Gainesville, FL and David (Maria) Coffee of Plant City, FL; daughter, Claudette (Jim) Hennessy of San Diego, CA; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister, Loretta Molliconi of Littleton, CO and brother, Lindy Coffee of Evansville, IN. Curtis was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Norma Chartier. In keeping with Curtis’ wishes he will be cremated and his ashes spread at sea. As each day ended, men at sea counted their blessings for a day’s work well done and to mark the end of their watch they would toll a bell; the eternal mark passing at sea. With Shipmate Curtis Coffee’s passing he has completed his final watch; now rest in eternal peace. Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Curtis’ tribute wall and leave condolences for the Coffee family, please visit www.KeepesFuneralHome.com.