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Columbus Base John E. Pendleton
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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 served 22 years in the Navy, advancing from FN striker to LCdr. He qualified silver in 1954 aboard USS Toro SS-422, and qualified gold in 1968 aboard USS Quillback SS-424. During his Navy career, John served aboard 1 destroyer, 6 submarines, 2 sub tenders, and 2 sub rescue ships... his final station being as commanding officer of USS Tringa ASR-16.

John was a Life Member of USSVI and Columbus Base, joining National in 1999 and was brought aboard Columbus Base by Phil Philipps in 2004. He was inducted into the Holland Club in 2005.

John, like his Seadragon shipmate Ron Waldron, lived in Florida... so few of us knew, or even ever met him. But by all appearances, he had a stellar, varied, and unique Navy career. Just an example... John's submarine "nickname" was "Two Ways". Why??? Because he had the unique distinction of being one of (if not the only) submariner to cross UNDER the North Pole in both directions... first West to East in 1958 aboard USS Nautilus historic voyage, then East to West in 1960 aboard Seadragon.

John joins his USS Seadragon shipmates Phil Philipps, Ron Waldron, and Doc Morin on Eternal Patrol. May they have fair winds, following seas, zero bubble, and a green board throughout their final cruise.

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.


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.
Tim Barker,
Commander, Columbus Base



Posted by cliff Thursday, January 16, 2020 (13:48:32)
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Columbus Base Ronald J. Waldron
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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 (13:22:00)
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Columbus Base Larry D. Reese
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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)
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Columbus Base Sam Templeton
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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!

Sam served in the Navy from 1955 to 1961, leaving as MM1(SS). He qualified in 1956 aboard USS Trutta SS-421, and also served on USS Skate SSN-578 in 1957 and USS Halibut SSN/SSGN-587 from 1959 to 1961. Sam was a Life Member of both USSVI (joining in 2001) and Columbus Base (joining in 2005), and also a member of Cod Base in Cleveland. Sam was inducted into the Holland Club in 2006. As a civilian, Sam served as a deputy sheriff and private investigator, and was also a pastor with Grace Communion International church.

Chaplain Sharon Lloyd learned of Sam's death when she called to see how he was doing. A member of Sam's family advised that he had passed. However, we've not been able to find an obituary, or any records (newspaper, funeral home, etc) of a funeral or memorial service. In fact, it appears that even members of his church were not aware of his passing for nearly a month.

Sam will be remembered and memorialized at the Columbus Base Tolling Ceremonies. Columbus Base will donate $100.00 to the USSVI Scholarship Fund in Sam's memory. Fair winds and following seas, shipmate.

Sailor, Rest Your Oar.

Tim Barker,
Commander, Columbus Base



Posted by cliff Tuesday, September 10, 2019 (20:09:10)
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Columbus Base William 'Bill' Edgar Wright
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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 Base

William 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)
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Columbus Base Gary M Pelini
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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)
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Columbus Base John R. Palmer
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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)

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Columbus Base Bruce Rinehart
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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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Columbus Base Robert "Bob" Wells
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It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of our Columbus Base shipmate Bob Wells. Bob was a WWII Navy veteran and qualified in 1947 aboard USS Capitaine SS-336. He joined USSVI in 2008, was a Life Member of USSVI National and Columbus Base, and was inducted into the Holland Club in 2008.

Robert Lloyd Wells, age 91, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio.
He was born October 5, 1927 in Gallipolis, Ohio to the late Harley Wells and Helen Lloyd Wells. Bob was a 1945 graduate of Central High School in Columbus.
He was a WW II Veteran of the United States Navy, where he served proudly as a Seaman 1st Class Submariner on the USS Capitaine.

Bob was a former lumber inspector for various companies throughout his working career. He was an active and dedicated member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Wellston as well as the Knights of Columbus. Bob was a conversationalist who delighted in visiting with people and sharing life stories. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and being a volunteer fireman in McArthur for several years. Bob was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan who, along with his wife, Sue, worked at the Red's spring training in Sarasota Florida for several years. Always willing to volunteer, Bob and Sue volunteered at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the Columbus Arts Festival and the Paul Bunyan Show, to name a few. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne E. Kronauge Oths Wells; "children", Michael Oths (Susan Burke) of Boise, Idaho, Dr. Kathryn Oths (Dr. William Dressler) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Christine "Cricket" Masson (Mark) of Germantown, Maryland, Jennifer Martindill (Greg) of Danville, Illinois, and Amy Montgomery (Eric) of Xenia, Ohio; sisters, Charlene "Jo" Pruden of Oklahoma and Eileen Wolff (Dr. Bill Wolff) of Missouri; sister-in-law, Mary Wells of Gahanna, Ohio, along with 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Besides his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Scokel Wells; and his brother, Merill Wells.

Calling hours will be Friday, January 11, 2019, from 6 to 8 P.M. at the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston, where rosary will be recited at 8 P.M.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 11 A.M. at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Wellston with Father Nic Ventura officiating.
Private burial for the family will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in Bob's memory be given to the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, 227 South New York Avenue, Wellston, Ohio 45692 or Habitat for Humanity, 322 West Lamar Street, Americus, Georgia 31709-3543. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.mcwilliams-funeralhome.com.

Bob will be remembered and memorialized at the Columbus Base Tolling Ceremonies. Columbus Base will donate $100.00 to the USSVI Scholarship Fund in Bob's memory. Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. Sailor, Rest Your Oar.

Tim Barker, Commander, Columbus Base



Posted by cliff Friday, January 04, 2019 (19:12:45)
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Columbus Base Holland Club Induction / Christmas Party
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Columbus Base held its annual Christmas and Awards Dinner on 1 December 2018. Four member were inducted into the Holland Club: Tim Barker, Bill Foreman, Jim Koogler, and John Wegman. This years toy collection was for "Toys for Tots". Photos of this event are in the photo album and can be viewed by clicking either the thumbnails in this article or the "Photo Gallery" entry in the main menu on left side of page.

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Posted by cliff Monday, December 17, 2018 (14:02:24)
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