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10/21/2003 - SINCLAIRVILLE - Robert L. Anderson, 73, of Hillside Estates,
died Wednesday (Oct. 22, 2003) the result of a fire. He was born April 13,
1930, in Warren, the son of Leland and Edna Madigan Anderson. A Chautauqua
County resident most of his life, he attended Jamestown High School.
He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving in the U.S. Navy as a
hospital corpsman, and in the U.S. Marines.
6/11/2003 - Michael H. Baran, 73, of 85 Summit Ave., died at 9:46 a.m.
Tuesday (June 10, 2003) in WCA Hospital. A Jamestown resident since 1956,
he was born April 1, 1930, in Youngsville, Pa., the son of the late Michael
and Pauline Stawoiski Baran. He attended Youngsville schools.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956, serving aboard the USS
GHERARDI during the Korean Conflict, and retired from the Naval Reserve in
September 1986 after 30 years of duty to his country. He later joined the
Fleet Reserve in 1996.
5/24/2003 - Henry P. ''Mike'' Butler, 70, of 117 Hallock St., died at 4:54
a.m. Friday (May 23, 2003) in WCA Hospital. An area resident since 1957, he
was born Feb. 25, 1933, in Tremont, Pa., the son of James T. and Alma
Zimmerman Butler. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving with the medic
unit in Germany during the Korean War from Sept. 7, 1954 to Aug. 23, 1956.
Buried Sunset Hill Jamestown
2/22/2003 - Gordon F. Carpenter, 73, of 129 Prospect St., died at 4:30 a.m.
Friday (Feb. 21, 2003) in WCA Hospital. A native of Jamestown, he was born
Oct. 24, 1929, the son of Ira and Edythe Pettit Carpenter.
He was a graduate of Southwestern Central School and was a veteran of the
U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War.
1/25/2004 - Clinton George Cettell, 69, of Lake Avenue, Brocton, died
Saturday (Jan. 24, 2004) in Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk. He was born
Feb. 14, 1934, in South Dayton, the son of Maynard and Myrtle Pierce Cettell.
He was a disabled veteran, having served in the Army during Korean Conflict.
burial, Union Cemetery, Westfield
FREDONIA - Robert J. ''Bob'' Chambers, 72, of 207 Eagle St., died Wednesday
(May 19, 2004) in his home. He was born Oct. 14, 1931, in Silver Creek, the son
of George and Grace Gehr Chambers. A lifelong area resident, he was a veteran
of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Army. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
JAMESTOWN - Salvatore Civiletto, 75, of 85 Hedges Ave., Jamestown died Thursday
(Jan. 29, 2004) at WCA Hospital in Jamestown. He was born Sept. 6, 1928, in Fredonia,
the son of the late James and Carrie (Giambrone) Civiletto.
Mr.Civiletto was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean Conflict.
Arrangements are by the Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg.
9/21/2003 - SUGAR GROVE, Pa. - Ralph W. Clark Jr., 72, of 108 Jamestown St.,
Box 382, died Friday (Sept. 19, 2003) in WCA Hospital. He was born May 5,
1931, in Jamestown, the son of Ralph W. and Mamie Ralph Clark.He was a
veteran of the Korean conflict serving from 1952 to 1954. He received the
Combat Infantry Badge and the Korea, United Nations, National Defense and
Good Conduct Service medals.
Burial in Wesleyan Cemetery, Sugar Grove.
6/1/2003 - Benjamin B. Herndon Jr., 74, of 49 W. 14th St., died at 8:42 p.m.
Friday (May 30, 2003) in WCA Hospital. He was born Jan. 7, 1929, in
Lincolnton, N.C., the son of Benjamin B. and Emma L. Lander Herndon.
he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a sergeant in the
tank corps.. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.
10/21/2003 - FREWSBURG - William C. Inglesby III, 69, of 181 Frew Run Road,
died at 7:30 a.m. Monday (Oct. 20, 2003) in his home, the result of a
stroke. He was born Sept. 3, 1934, in Brooklyn, the son of the late William
C. and Alice Simonsen Inglesby II.
He was a veteran of U.S. Navy, serving aboard the USS Tarawa during the
Kenneth K. Knowlton, 72, of the Lutheran Retirement Home, formerly of Old Warren Road,
Frewsburg, died at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday (April 7, 2004) in the nursing home.
A lifelong area resident, he was born Nov. 22, 1931, in Olean, the son of Lester and
Geneva Stevens Knowlton. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S.
Army from June 2, 1949, to Sept. 18, 1950. Burial will be in the Sunset Hill Cemetery.
6/5/2003 - He was born Sept. 1, 1932, in Dunkirk, the son of the late
Theodore and Helen Dobek Marczynski. A lifelong Dunkirk resident, he served
in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict with the 6th D Company, Armored
Cavalry Division. He earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Good
St. Hyacinth's Cemetery
8/28/2003 - FREDONIA - Wesley L. ''Wes'' Matteson, 67, of 376 Water St.,
died Wednesday (Aug. 27, 2003) in Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk. He was
born Dec. 31, 1935, in Perrysburg, the son of the late Albert and Mildred
A Fredonia resident since 1948, he was a veteran of the Korean War, serving
in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1953. He was instrumental in starting the
Korean War veterans participation in local and area parades.
Burial will be in Forestville Cemetery.
5/19/2002 - STOCKTON — Joseph H. McQuiggan, 70, of Bear Lake Road,
died Sunday (May 19, 2002) in Brooks Memorial Hospital. He was born May 15, 1932,
in Dunkirk, the son of George and Evelyn Hayes McQuiggan. A Chautauqua County
resident most of his life, he was a 1950 graduate of St. Mary’s High School of Dunkirk.
He was veteran of the Korean conflict serving in the U.S. Air Force as senior air
policeman from 1950 to 1953, obtaining the rank of sergeant.
Arrangements are by the Jordan Funeral Home, Sinclairville.
Allan G. Meadus, 75, of 67 E. Front St., Dunkirk, formerly of Port Orange, Fla.,
died Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 11, 2004) in the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk
He was born May 24, 1928 in Brooklyn, the son of the late Allan G. and Sarah (Bourgue)
Meadus. A Korean War veteran, Mr. Meadus served as a corporal in the U.S.
Army from 1952 to 1960. He played and coached baseball while in the service.
As a coach, he led his team to a European championship. Arrangements are by the
McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, Dunkirk.
2/10/2002 - H. John ‘‘Sonny’’ Myers Jr., 70, of 222 Winsor St., died at 7:00 a.m.
Sunday (Feb. 10, 2002) in WCA Hospital. He was born May 9, 1931, in Clarion, Pa.,
the son of Harry John and Christine Irene Hartzell Myers Sr. He was a veteran
serving in the United States Army and the National Guard during the Korean War
from 1949 to 1953 in the 28th Tank Division. Burial will be in the Cassadaga Cemetery.
8/1/2003 - Robert J. ''Bob'' Nelson, 70, of 6 Peterson St., died at 7:15
a.m. Thursday (July 31, 2003) in WCA Hospital. An area resident since 1958,
he was born March 22, 1933, in Brooklyn, the son of the late Joseph and
Viola Georgiana Nelson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the
Korean War. Burial will be in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
5/3/2003 - Durwood M. Newton, 73, of 631 Prospect St., died at 5:35 p.m.
Thursday (May 1, 2003) in WCA Hospital. A Jamestown native, he was born May
20, 1929, the son of Florence Frick Newton and the late Merle Newton.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War serving from 1952 to 1954. He
was sent to Fort Riley, Kansas Intelligence School, and upon completion was
stationed in Tokyo, Japan, as part of U.S. Army Intelligence.
Burial in LakeView Cemetery Jamestown
4/4/2003 - SINCLAIRVILLE - Luke Oleschak, 72, of Cassadaga Road, died
Wednesday (April 2, 2003) in WCA Hospital. He was born June 1, 1930, in
Edwardsville, Pa., the son of Luke and Martha Nalevko Oleschak.
A Chautauqua County resident since 1958, he attended Kingston High School in
Kingston, Pa., and was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving in the U.S.
Air Force during the airlifts from 1948 to 1954.
8/4/2003 - Lawrence A. "Larry"î Olmstead, 73, of Hidden Valley II Camp
Ground, P.O. Box 267 Frewsburg, and 402 North Willow, Port Orange, Fla.,
formerly of 1220 Norby Road, Jamestown, died at 1:52 p.m Saturday (Aug. 2,
2003) in WCA Hospital. A lifelong area resident, he was born Nov. 6, 1929,
in Sinclairville, the son of Ralph Wallace Olmstead and Lena Orance Olmstead
He attended Cassadaga Central Schools and served in the U.S. Army during the
Korean War from 1951 to 1953 in Zirndord, Germany.Burial will be in the
Maple Grove Cemetery, Frewsburg.
Oscar S. Olofson, 75, formerly of Randolph, died at 1:25 p.m. Thursday (May 20, 2004)
in Lutheran Social Services. A lifelong area resident, he was born Feb. 21, 1929,
in Jamestown, the son of Arvid and Myrtle Hills Olofson. He attended Kennedy
schools and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War from
1951 to 1952. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.
7/19/2003 - OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Robert F. Olson, 73, of Oceanside, formerly
of Jamestown, died Sunday (July 6, 2003) in his home. He was born Sept. 29,
1929, in Jamestown, the son of Fred A. and Dorothy McMahon Olson.He was a
graduate of Jamestown High School and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving
during the Korean War.
Richard J. ''Peck'' Palmquist, 75, of 23 Arden Parkway, died at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday
(April 20, 2004) in his home. A native of Jamestown, he was born Feb. 16, 1929,
the son of John Palmquist and Vaunda Spangenburg Palmquist Peterson. He was a
1947 graduate of Jamestown High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army,
serving during the Korean War from May 9, 1951, until April 22, 1953.
Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.
5/3/2003 - LAKEWOOD - Norman E. Peterson, 69, of 11 Gerald Ave., formerly of
107 Kidder St., Jamestown, died at 4:40 a.m. Thursday (May 1, 2003) in
Heritage Green Health Care Center. An area resident most of his life, he
was born Dec. 29, 1933, in Jamestown a son of the late Elmer M. and Gertrude
He was a graduate of Chautauqua High School and a veteran of the U.S. Air
Force serving in Korea.
in Magnolia Cemetery
9/17/2003 - WESTFIELD -Clarence ''Smitty'' J. Smith, 71, of Chestnut St.,
died Tuesday (Sept. 16, 2003) in Westfield Memorial Hospital. He was born
Oct. 16, 1931, in Westfield, the son of Louis and Mildred Brumagin Smith.A
Westfield resident all his life, he was a graduate of Westfield Academy, and
a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1953.
Burial will be in Westfield Cemetery.
Capt. John L. TESTRAKE, born Dec 2 1927, Ripley NY died Feb. 6, 1996
Son of Frank John TESTRAKE and Mildren KOFOED
The Bible-reading TWA pilot whose display of calm, quiet courage made him an
international hero during a 17-day hijacking ordeal between Beirut and
Algiers in 1985, died Tuesday at a hospice in St. Joseph, Mo. He was 68 and
had been suffering from cancer.
Mr. Testrake was a native of Ripley,Chautauqua Co NY., who joined the Navy
right after high school at the end of World War II and later served as a
flight engineer in the Korean War. He was a lifelong aviation enthusiast who
had spent more than 30 years flying domestic runs for TWA when he made what
turned out to be a fateful decision in the early 1980s.
With mandatory retirement just a few years away, he began signing up for
international routes, often meeting his second wife, Phyllis, for
sightseeing excursions during his overseas layovers.
She was waiting for him on June 14, 1985, when he took off from Athens,
Greece, for what should have been a short hop to Rome.
Instead, within 20 minutes after the Boeing 727 Flight 847 took off with 150
passengers and crew members, a band of terrorists armed with pistols and
grenades commandeered the plane and threatened to blow it up if Israel did
not release Arab prisoners held in southern Lebanon.
The hijacking began a peripatetic 17-day ordeal of casual torture and
gratuitous brutality during which many passengers and crew members were
severely beaten, American Navy man Robert Dean Stethem was killed and the
original hijackers were replaced on the plane by two separate radical bands.
By the time the last passengers were released with Mr. Testrake, he had been
forced to make two round trips between Beirut and Algiers.
Through it all, Mr. Testrake was as an island of calm, perhaps because of
surviving the accidental deaths of two of his five children and the loss of
his first wife to cancer nine years earlier.
Mr. Testrake, whose radio transmissions were broadcast around the world,
followed the hijackers' orders when he had to, but thought nothing of
scolding them when they made demands he felt would endanger the flight.
One of the most indelible and frightening television images of the ordeal
occurred when Mr. Testrake was leaning out of the cockpit window giving an
interview to a news crew at the Beirut airport when one of the hijackers
intervened, waving a pistol around the pilot's head.
Upon his return to the United States, Mr. Testrake was given a hero's
welcome in his boyhood home of Ripley and his hometown of Richmond, Mo.
After his retirement in 1987 he began what amounted to an airborne lay
ministry, flying the small plane he kept at his Missouri home to speaking
engagements around the country.
He also ventured into politics, gaining the Republican nomination for a
House seat in 1992 but losing in the general election.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John of St. Louis; two
daughters, Deborah Barnes of Lee's Summit, Mo., and Dianne Smith of St.
Louis; two stepsons, Russell Hiser of Kansas City, Mo., and Jeffrey Hiser of
Richmond, Mo.; a stepdaughter, Cindy Martin of St. Joseph, Mo.; two
brothers, Roger Testrake of Ripley, and Richard Testrake of Erie, Pa.; a
sister, Faith Testrake of Lakewood, N.Y.; and 13 grandchildren.
* My Family notes
John was the Grandson of John William TESTRAKE born 8/17/1867 Winterswijk,
Holland died Ripley, October 1957
Wife Della Mae PRATT b Mina, 1/29/1880 died Ripley, Aug 27, 1950 both buried
in Quincy Rural Ripley.
Memory Gardens Cemetery
Plot: right hand section
10/15/2003 - CELORON - Robert S. White, 73, of 33 Waverly Ave., died at 8:05
a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 14, 2003) in the Heritage Green Health Care Center. An
area resident most of his life, he was born Jan. 3, 1930, in Perth Amboy,
N.J., the son of George and Maryann King White.
9/6/2002 - PORT ST. LUCY, Fla. - Robert E. Witherell, 71, of 470 East Prima Vista Blvd.,
formerly of Fredonia died Thursday (Sept. 5, 2002) in Martin Memorial Medical Center,
North in Stuart, Fla. He was born Oct 5, 1930, in Dunkirk, the son of Clifford A. and
Martha A. James Witherell. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during the
Korean conflict. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
11/1/2003 - Richard L. Barr Sr., 53, of 215 W. Fifth St., died at 8:14 a.m.
Friday (Oct. 31, 2003) in his home. He was born May 6, 1950, in Jamestown,
the son of the late Russell W. and June A. Morse Barr.
A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam conflict, he obtained the rank of
Specialist 4, and was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal,
the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnam Service Medal.
9/9/2003 - WARREN - Raymond A. Bish, 52, of 1020 W. Fifth St., died at 2:08
p.m. Saturday (Sept. 6, 2003) unexpectedly, the result of a heart attack.
He was born Sept. 1, 1951, in Sherman,NY the son of the late Raymond and
Zelda Bish.He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during Vietnam.
OAK PARK, Ill. - Joseph Anthony Bucolo, 60, of Oak Park died Monday (May 17, 2004)
at home after an extended illness. He was born Aug. 6, 1943 in Dunkirk, the son of the late
Anthony T. and Mamie J. (Castellana) Bucolo. A 1961 graduate of Fredonia High School,
Mr. Bucolo received a BA degree from the University of Notre Dame (Ind.), an MS from
Loyola University of Chicago and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at
Northwestern University in Chicago. Arrangements are by the Fantauzzi Funeral Home, Fredonia.
6/18/2003 - Thomas A. Cashmore, 54, of 13 Fairwood Drive, Lakewood, formerly
of Jamestown and Randolph, died at 10:08 a.m. Monday (June 16, 2003) in the
WCA Hospital. A native of Jamestown, he was born Oct. 3, 1948, the son of
William A. and Donna R. Anderson Cashmore. He was a veteran, serving during
the Vietnam War from June 24, 1968, until his discharge on March 22, 1970.
He was a sergeant in the Alpha Company, 6th of the 31st Infantry; 9th
Infantry Division earning a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, two Army
Commendation Metals with valor, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver
Star and the Air Medal. He was a life member and past chaplain of John W.
Tiffany Post 53 VFW, a member of the Randolph American Legion 181 and the
Robert P. Illig Post 47 DAV.
Sunset Hill Cemetery
LEWISTON - Edward "Bart" Colburn, 57, of Creek Road, Lewiston, died Monday
(April 19, 2004) in his home, unexpectedly. He was born on Oct. 14, 1946 in Dunkirk,
the son of Eunice Schwertfager Colburn Swanson and the late Perry C. Colburn.
Mr. Colburn was a 1964 graduate of Cassadaga Central School and a veteran of the
U.S. Army. He graduated from flight school and served as a UH 1 helicopter pilot in the
Republic of Vietnam. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the
Army Aviator Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the
Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Air Medal with 11 oak leaf clusters, one awarded
for valor and two O/S bars. Arrangements were by the Hardison Funeral Home, Lewiston.
8/25/2003 - BRADENTON, Fla. - William Joseph Daniels, 61, of Bradenton,
formerly of Celoron, died Saturday (Aug. 23, 2003) in his home. He was born
Nov. 24, 1941, in Jamestown.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam era.
Peter W. Dennis, 57, of 15 Roland Road, formerly of Reno, Nev., died at
5:40 p.m. Wednesday (June 23, 2004) in his home.
A native of Jamestown, he was born July 9, 1946, the son of Edith L. Chase
Dennis and the late Franklin J. Dennis.
He was a 1964 graduate of Southwestern Central School and a veteran of the
U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War from Jan. 25, 1966 to Jan. 18,
1968. Besides his mother of Jamestown, he is survived by his wife, Kathleen
M. Stino Dennis, whom he married Nov. 22, 1969; and two brothers: Scott R.
Dennis of Marietta, Ga., and Stuart Dennis of Mauldin, S.C.
He was preceded in death by his father, who died July 29, 2001
Burial in Sunset Hill
8/1/2003 - James Anthony Genco, 70, of Manor Oak Life Center, formerly of
129 Allendale Ave., died Thursday (July 31, 2003) in the facility. He was
born Nov. 22, 1932, in Jamestown, the son of Paul and Rosaria Basile
Genco. He was a 1951 graduate of Jamestown High School and a veteran of the
U.S. Army serving from 1952 to 1954.
8/10/2003 - CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Bradley ''Hank'' Smith Henry, 53, of Cape
Coral, formerly of Jamestown, died Monday (July 28, 2003) in his home. He
was born Oct. 31, 1949, in Jamestown, the son of the late Fredrick and
Gladys Henry. He was a graduate of Southwestern Central School and was a
Vietnam War veteran serving in the U.S. Navy. Burial in Lakeview Jamestown
7/12/2003 - ST. CATHERINES, Ontario- Charles R. Meurer, 56, of Buffalo,
formerly of Jamestown, died Friday (July 4, 2003) in St. Catherines. He was
born May 17, 1947, in Jamestown, a son of Marguerite Moseler Meurer and the
late Leroy Meurer. He was a veteran of the the U.S. Army serving during the
7/5/2003 - CASSADAGA - Martin Walter Sauerwein, 61, of Hall Road, Charlotte,
died Friday (July 4, 2003) at Veterans Administration Hospital, Erie. He
was born Dec. 24, 1941, in Conneaut, Ohio, the son of the late O.K. and
Florence M. Wolfe Poole.
A Conneaut resident most of his life, he lived in Charlotte the last year.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam conflict and served two tours of duty with
the U.S. Navy Seabees.
4/3/2003 - SALEM, Ore. - Gerald J. ''Jere'' Caccamise, 74, died at 11:45
p.m. Friday (March 28, 2003) in Salem Regional Medical Center. He was born
Jan. 10, 1929, in Jamestown, the son of Dr. George F. and Gertrude Moynihan
He was a 1948 graduate of Manlius Military School, Syracuse, and was a staff
sergeant in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, retiring in 1970. Burial in CA
8/19/2003 - PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - John Richard Peterson, 62, of Port
Orchard, died Friday (July 25, 2003) in Belmont Terrace Skilled Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center in Bremerton. He was born Aug. 1, 1940, in Jamestown,
the son of C.G. Ivar and Caroline Peterson.
He was a 1959 graduate of Jamestown High School, where he played football.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1979, retiring as a chief
petty officer. He held supervisory positions as a hospital corpsman and in
food management Internment with military honors was held in Tahoma National
Cemetery, Kent, Wash
SOURCE: Compiled by Dolores Davidson, 2003-4. & Loraine Smith, 2004.