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It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that our Columbus Base shipmate and friend Jim Tolson departed on Eternal Patrol this morning. Jim joined the United States Navy in 1967. He qualified in 1971 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt SSBN-600, and also served aboard the submarine tender USS Sperry AS-12. Jim spent his Naval career as an Electronics Technician, advancing to the rating of ET1(SS) before being discharged in 1976. Jim joined USSVI National and Columbus Base in 2006 and became a Life Member of both in 2013. During his 14 years with Columbus Base, he served 2 terms as Base Commander, and 2 terms as Vice-Commander. He also served as Membership Chairman and Base records keeper. In recognition of their service to Columbus Base, Jim and Karla Tolson were jointly elected Columbus Base Shipmates Of The Year in 2011. In addition to his USSVI memberships, Jim was also a member of American Legion Don Gentile Post #532, AMVETS Post #89, VFW Post #4931, SSBN 598 Class Joint Reunion. More information, including Jim's obituary and memorial, will be shared as soon as available. As is our custom, Columbus Base will donate $100.00 to the USSVI Scholarship Fund in Jim's memory. Please keep Jim's wife Karla, and the Tolson family, in your thoughts and prayers. Fair winds and following seas, shipmate Sailor, Rest Your Oar. Tim Barker, Commander, Columbus Base
Posted by cliff Saturday, March 21, 2020 (02:56:49)
March 2020 Meeting
Photos from the March Meeting have been uploaded to our Flickr account. They are available via the "Photo Gallery" button in the Menu on the left hand side of this page. New member Richard "Dembo" Demboski was welcomed to the Columbusbase of the USSVI. He served in the Navy 1960-1966, finishing up as ETR2(SS). He qualified on USS Sabalo SS-302 in 1961, and also served on USS Halibut SSGN-587. Dembo joined as a life member and will be inducted into Holland Club at the December awards ceremonies.
Posted by cliff Monday, March 09, 2020 (02:18:14)
John E. Pendleton
I'm sad, and again surprised, to inform you of the passing of our Columbus Base shipmate John Pendleton. Sad, obviously, because we've lost another shipmate... the second such notice this week. I'm surprised, because John passed on 22 June 2015 and (again) we weren't aware!
John E. Pendleton, 81, of Lady Lake, Florida, went home on June 22, 2015. Born in Portsmouth, N.H. to Marjorie and Jack Pendleton.
John served 22 distinguished years in the U.S. Navy. He is known for being the first man in history to cross under the North Pole in both directions, first aboard the U.S.S. Nautilus's Historic Voyage in 1958 from west to east and then again on the U.S.S. Sea dragon in1960 from east to west. Achieving the rank of Lt Cmdr.; last duty commanding the U.S.S. Tringa.
John held electrical supervisory positions after his naval retirement including Fishers Island Utility, Fishers Island, N.Y. He loved volunteering in his community as an emergency responder. John was an avid fan of the Giants, boating and John Wayne. He also loved RV'ing across country with his wife, which was an adventure they enjoyed for 9 years, settling in Lady Lake, FL.
John is survived by his wife Angela of 61 years; his four daughters, Patricia Ott and Cheryl Pendleton of Lady Lake, FL; Kathleen Bourey of Willimantic, CT and Nancy Rigores of Houston, TX and his two sons John D. of Clinton, CT and William E. of Boynton Beach, FL; thirteen Grand-children and 7 Great Grand-children. Also, a brother Harold Pendleton of Ocala, FL and sister Cynthia Lemay-Werner of Bay Shores, N.Y.
John was laid to rest at Bushnell National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, with full Military Honors.
Fair winds and following Seas, Shipmate.
Sailor, Rest Your Oar.
Commander, Columbus Base
Posted by cliff Thursday, January 16, 2020 (14:48:32)
Ronald J. Waldron
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of our Columbus Base shipmate Ron Waldron. Ron qualified in 1953 aboard USS Charr SS-328. He joined USSVI National in 1999 and was brought aboard Columbus Base by Phil Philipps in 2005, and was inducted into the Holland Club in 2005. Ron served on active duty for 23 years, serving on 6 boats and 2 tenders. Sadly most of us never met Ron, since he lived in Florida for the past several years. But he was a staunch supporter of the base. Ron will be remembered and memorialized at the Columbus Base Tolling Ceremonies. Columbus Base will donate $100.00 to the USSVI Scholarship Fund in Ron's memory.
Ronald J. Waldron November 28, 1934 – January 11, 2020 LCDR Ronald J Waldron, 85, of Panama City Beach, Fl, passed away on 1/11/2020. Ronald served in the U,S, Navy for 23 years. He proudly worked on Nuclear Submarines, to include making history on the USS Seadragon, the 1st submarine to cross under the North Pole on East/West passage. Ron served on many forward technology subs, USS Nautilus, USS Charr, and USS Hardhead. He traveled the world, served his country with honor. He went on to civilian contract work for the Navy after retiring. Ron was an avid golfer, poker player, a character full of life and wit, and all around friend to all he met. He was preceded in death by his life love, Florence Coughlin Waldron. Surviving him are his children; Lynne (Robert) Carlson of Panama City Beach, Fl and Richard (Mary) Waldron of Cumming, Ga. Grandchildren Alexander, Elizabeth, Alan (Kate) Punsky, Andrea (Chris) Peters, Rick (Rose) Waldron. 5 Great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be 4:45 p.m., Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Southerland Event Center with Navy Honors. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service.
Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. Sailor, Rest Your Oar. Tim Barker, Commander, Columbus Base
Posted by cliff Monday, January 13, 2020 (14:22:00)
Larry D. Reese
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of our former Columbus Base shipmate Larry Reese. Larry joined USSVI and Columbus Base in March 2013, and stayed with us until the end of 2017 when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and moved to Florida. Larry qualified in 1971 aboard USS George Washington Carver SSBN-656. He left the Navy in 1974 as MM3 (SS). According to his obituary, a memorial service will be held in the future. As soon as we know a date/time/location, we'll pass the word. Larry D. Reese May 16, 1951 – September 26, 2019 Larry D. Reese, 68, of Lake Placid, Florida went home to be with his Lord on Thursday morning, September 26, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his family after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Larry was born on May 16, 1951 in Columbus, Ohio to parents Marilyn (Blosser) and Ivan Reese. Larry served his country with honors in both the US Navy and the US Army reserve. Larry then served the City of Columbus, Ohio as a police officer, homicide and cold case detective. After retiring, Larry moved to Lake Placid in 2017. Larry was a member of the Heartland Christian Church in Sebring. Larry enjoyed being out on the water in his boat, a good round of golf, camping, traveling, and loved to cook for his family and friends any time they could get together. Larry is survived by his mother; Marilyn Reese, loving wife of 43 years; Marita, daughters; Dyann (Phillips), Maryjo (Ryther), and Stephanie (Burlingame), brothers; Steve and Greg and twelve grandchildren. In keeping with Larry’s wishes a memorial service will be planned in Columbus Ohio at a future date. Larry will be remembered at the Columbus Base Tolling Ceremonies. Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. Sailor, Rest Your Oar. Tim Barker, Commander, Columbus Base
Posted by cliff Monday, October 07, 2019 (15:01:59)
I'm sad and surprised to inform you of the passing of our Columbus Base shipmate Sam Templeton. Sad, because we've lost another shipmate. Surprised, because Sam passed on 23 January 2018 and we weren't aware!
Posted by cliff Tuesday, September 10, 2019 (20:09:10)
William 'Bill' Edgar Wright
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of our Columbus Base shipmate Bill Wright. Bill qualified in 1969 aboard USS Henry Clay SSBN-625. He joined USSVI National and Columbus Base in 2017, and was to be inducted into the Holland Club this year at the December ceremony. Sadly we didn't know of Bill's passing so were not present at his memorial. See Bill's obituary below for memorial donation information Bill will be remembered and memorialized at the Columbus Base Tolling Ceremonies. Columbus Base will donate $100.00 to the USSVI Scholarship Fund in Bill's memory. Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. Sailor, Rest Your Oar. Tim Barker, Commander, Columbus BaseWilliam Edgar Wright September 24 1944 – August 5, 2019 Funeral services, celebrating the life of William E. Wright, 74, of Hebron, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2019, in the chapel of The Kirkersville home of HOSKINSON Funeral and Cremation Service with Clifford Mason as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Glen Rest Memorial Estates, Reynoldsburg. Bill died early Monday, August 5, 2019 in Newark following an extended illness. He was born in Lancaster, on September 24, 1944, the son of the late Edgar Howard “Doc” and Frances Rose (Grills) Wright. Bill was a member of the graduating class of Lakewood H.S., 1962, He served honorably in the US Navy during the Vietnam Era, and was retired from D.B. Roberts manufacturing. He was an active member of the Hebron Christian Church and was Post Treasurer for the Hebron Post #285 of the American Legion. He enjoyed golfing, family times and travel. He also had served as caregiver for his wife for the last several years. He is survived by his loving family: wife Judy (Crook) whom he married on June 30, 1970, children Bill (Tina) Wright of Newark, Andrea (Jeff) Bradley of Thornville, sister Maureen Skidmore of Nokomis, Fl., special honorary daughter Emmie (Peter) Verhulst of The Netherlands; grandchildren Patricia and Jessica Wright, Thomas (Cayla) Bradley and Daniel (Kendale) Bradley; along with great grandchildren Bailey, Kyleigh, Rowan, Ashton and Ayven; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home, 285 E Main Street in Kirkersville. The family prefers that memorials be directed to the foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, Ohio 43058.
Posted by cliff Sunday, August 25, 2019 (19:55:50)
Gary M Pelini
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of our Columbus Base shipmate Gary Pelini on 4 May 2019. Gary qualified in 1967 aboard USS Entemedor SS-340, and also served aboard USS Dolphin SS-555. He was a Life Member of USSVI National and Columbus Base, and was inducted into the Holland Club in 2017. Gary was born on June 14, 1948 in Peoria, Illinois to the late Merabello and Eleanora (Schott) Pelini. On May 24, 1997 he married the love of his life Deborah (Stump) Pelini who survives along with his children: Daughter Karina Krebs, Son Gary Mel (Jessica) Pelini II, Step-daughters Brandi (Tim) Diehl and Danielle McAlexander, Grandchildren Joshua Johnson, Kaitlyn (Matt) Glass, Hailey Gold, Zachary Gold, Austin Diehl, Noah Krebs, Jayna Pelini, Ethan Diehl, Jakob Krebs, Gabe Krebs, Hailey Noland, Riley McAlexander, Calli Diehl, Kiernan Yorkie, Bentley McAlexander, and Rowan Yorkie, Great Grandchildren Adilynn Bell, Axston Baker, Lily Baker, Cecilia Glass and Weston Baker, Mother-in-laws Nancy Elliott and Geraldine Stump, Brother-in-laws Chuck (Kristi) Stump and Galen (Trudy) Stump, Sister-in-law Peggy Wooddell, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Gary served his country for 6 years in the United States Navy on Diesel Submarines, the USS Entemedor and the USS Dolphin. He also served on the Chillicothe, Illinois police force and worked in maintenance at Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois. He retired from Honda of America after 20 yrs of service in maintenance, where he developed their Equipment Service Training Center. Gary was a man of many talents who loved to help everyone. After retirement, he became interested in hunting and was a trustee at the Shelby County Deer Association. Gary will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with those close to him. Condolences may be expressed to the family, but Gary will be cremated with no services, per his request. The family would like to thank Hospice of Dayton for their excellent care. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or the Shelby County Deer Association. Services are entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio. Gary will be remembered and memorialized at the Columbus Base Tolling Ceremonies. Columbus Base will donate $100.00 to the USSVI Scholarship Fund in Gary's memory. Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. Sailor, Rest Your Oar. Tim Barker, Commander, Columbus Base
Posted by cliff Thursday, May 09, 2019 (19:45:33)
John R. Palmer
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of our Columbus Base shipmate John Palmer. John qualified in 1951 aboard USS Guavina SS-362, and also served aboard USS Requin SS-481. He was a Life Member of USSVI National and Columbus Base, and was inducted into the Holland Club in 2010. The bereaved family of John R. Palmer is saddened to announce his passing on March 23, 2019. John was preceded in death by his parents Gladys and Robert Palmer and daughter Kimberly Palmer. John is survived by his wife, Gerri; his daughters Candace (Mark) Steele and Pamela (Mark) Schwab and their daughter Marlaina; step-children Kevin (Beth) Nasal and Noelle (Shawn) Adams and their daughters Avery and Emerson. The family acknowledges with grateful thanks: Dr. Douglas Scharre and the staff of Forest Hills Center, especially Eric Brown, Bella Care Hospice and Pastor Richard Birk of Redeemer United Methodist Church. Family will receive friends from 2-3pm Sunday, March 31, 2019 at SCHOEDINGER NORTHEAST CHAPEL, 1051 E. Johnstown Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230 where a memorial service will follow at 3pm. The family requests NO FLOWERS please. Visit www.schoedinger.com for complete obituary and to extend condolences. Family will receive friends from 2-3pm Sunday, March 31, 2019 at SCHOEDINGER NORTHEAST CHAPEL 1051 E. Johnstown Rd. Gahanna, OH 43230 where a memorial service will follow at 3pm. The family requests NO FLOWERS please. John will be remembered and memorialized at the Columbus Base Tolling Ceremonies. Columbus Base will donate $100.00 to the USSVI Scholarship Fund in John's memory. Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. Sailor, Rest Your Oar. Tim Barker, Commander, Columbus Base
Posted by cliff Sunday, March 24, 2019 (17:30:39)
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of our Columbus Base shipmate Bruce Rinehart. Bruce qualified in 1963 aboard USS Tigrone SS-419, and also served aboard USS Crevalle SS-291. He was a a Life Member of USSVI National and Columbus Base, and was inducted into the Holland Club in 2013. Bruce McClellan Rinehart passed away at 2:35 PM on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Lima Convalescent Home with his family by his side. He was born on May 28, 1942 in Lima to Regina and Robert Rinehart, who both preceded him in death. On September 2, 1961, he married his first wife Josephine Sylvia Ball. They had three sons, Matthew, Matthias and Michael Rinehart. Then on October 17, 1981, he married his second wife Judith C. Gilbert, who preceded him in death on January 24, 2019. Bruce graduated from St. Joe High School, Wapakoneta in 1960. He retired from RMF Industrial Contracting. Prior to RMF, Bruce worked for Tilton Corporation as vice-president of services. He was a member of LU776, an American Red Cross instructor, a former member of the Bath Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Bruce was a former president of the Society of Safety Engineers and was a former member of the Lima Area Safety Council. He was a charter member of Registered EMT's. He was a member of the Shawnee United Methodist and a former member of its board. He was a former 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He proudly served his country in the US Navy and was a dolphin holder in the submarine service. He is survived by his three sons Matt (Robin) Rinehart, Matthias (Kindra) Rinehart and Michael (Lora) Rinehart, all of Lima; his three step-daughters Linne Gilbert of Findlay, Lori (Rene) Campos of San Antonio, TX and Jody (Joe) Pinkerton of Dublin; his thirteen grandchildren; his brothers Bret (Karen) Rinehart of Minneapolis, MN and Mark Rinehart of Wapakoneta; his sisters Beverly Duff of Celina and Bonita Rinehart. The family will receive friends from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL, Lima, OH 45805 (419) 228-5474. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Shawnee United Methodist Church, 2600 Zurmehly Road, Lima, with Rev. Bryan Bucher officiating. The family will also receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at the church. Interment will immediately follow the service in Memorial Park Cemetery, where VFW Post 1275 and active duty members of the US Navy will conduct military graveside services. Memorial contributions may be made to Lima Convalescent Home. Bruce will be remembered and memorialized at the Columbus Base Tolling Ceremonies. Columbus Base will donate $100.00 to the USSVI Scholarship Fund in Bruce's memory. Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. Sailor, Rest Your Oar. Tim Barker, Commander, Columbus Base
Posted by cliff Tuesday, March 19, 2019 (15:52:22)
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