Ernest P. Dohrn died at the age of 85 at the VA Hospital in Lake City,
Florida on April 10, 2013. He was born in Lake City, Minnesota on
February 7, 1928 to Harry and Dora Dohrn, both deceased. Survivors
include his children, grandchildren, his two sisters, his brother, his
caring friend Hope Knox and his beloved cat, TJ. He was recently
preceded in death by his brother John Dohrn. Ernie joined the United
States Navy in September, 1945.
During his Navy career he served on eight US Naval
submarines. In the late 1960's he served as COB (Chief of the Boat) on
the USS Lewis & Clark. He retired in March, 1971 while stationed at
After retiring from the Navy, he went on to own and operate Dohrn's
Claim Service, an independent insurance adjusting company for more than
25 years in Lake City, Florida. He was a member of the Submarine
Veterans Association, American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Lake City
Shriners Club and York Rite. Ernie was also a big fan of the Florida
State University football team.
He was a loving, dedicated father to his children and like a second
father to many of his children's friends. He was a patient and caring
friend to many others. He always had the time to really listen and talk
with those around him. He was an avid reader and loved military,
western, history and crime novels.
Sailor, rest your oars.
one consolation that lives with me today.
God is near to them, in his own special way.
in all Your mercy, keep near Thyself the soul,
Submariner, still on his final patrol.
Margaret M. Sexton
M. Sexton, 76, passed away on Friday, July 20, 2012 at her home with
her family by her side. Margaret moved here in 1994 from her native
Makawao Maui Hawaii, she was a retired Escrow clerk for a title
company. Margaret was a member of the Tri County Baptist Church in Lady
Lake and enjoyed doing cross word puzzles and word puzzles, and was
active in helping the Republican Party. Margaret was the chaplain for
the Nautilus Submarine Veterans of Ocala, Florida.
is preceded in death by her husband- Isaac Sexton and son - Dale
is survived by a daughter - Mary Ward of Summerfield, Fl., son -
Richard A. Mahoney and wife Pam of Taylors, SC., sister - Roseline
Estrella of Makawao Maui, HI, with 5 grandchildren: Brian Ward, Sharon
Ward, Adrienne Mahoney, Kimberly Mahoney, Richard Mahoney, Jr., and
great grandson Tyson Ward.
family will be receiving friends at the Tri County Baptist Church,
38405 Rolling Acres Rd, Lady Lake. Margaret's celebration of life will
begin at 11:00 am with the burial to follow at Florida National
Cemetery, all are welcome to attend the service.
requested donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Hospice of Marion
Co. in memory of Margaret.
James D. Schooley
James Donald Schooley, 86, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Jim was born
in Houston, Texas, August 26, 1925, where, at the age of 17, he joined
the US Navy serving for 23 years.
Jim qualified in USS Spikefish (SS-404) in 1944 and was GM1(SS) when he
transferred to the Fleet Reserve in 1965. His last duty assignment was
on the USS Sea Lion (APSS-314) where he retired in 1982. He then served
as a merchant marine for 10 years, moving on to the Monroe County
Sheriff's Department in Key West, Fla., again retiring in November,
James (Jim) was also a long time member of the Moose Lodge in Key West.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Schooley, sons: Robert (Vicky)
Schooley of Ocala and Danny (Tabitha) Schooley of Leesburg, FL
daughters: Sonia Lozier-Brasmer of Ocala and Michelle (Conway) Kelly of
Crawfordville, FL six grandchildren: and four great-grandchildren.
Ashes will be scattered at sea off Key West.
Jim also served on SS221, SS421, SS315, AS-3, SS203, SS-0, SS299, SS404.
Ernest "Frank" Holland, 80, born in Ocala on July 27, 1930, passed away
on Friday, April 1, 2011.
After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was accepted
into the Nuclear Power Submarine Division. In 1958 he was among the
crew as the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, made its
secret voyage from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean via the
North Pole. He received the Presidential Unit Citation for this
historic feat. The hand-made postal cancellation stamp that Frank
carved while aboard the Nautilus is now in the Smithsonian Postal
He retired from the Navy in 1969, returned to
Ocala and accepted a position at Central Florida Community College
teaching Radiological Health Technology. In 1982 he moved to Cary, NC
and was employed by Carolina Power & Light Company. He retired to
the Ocala area in 1993 where he could again enjoy fishing and going to
Gator football with his longtime friend, Dr. James L. McLaughlin. He
resumed his position as Elks Club Youth Activities Chairman which included
the Hoop Shoot and Scholarship program.
He was also the Past President of the
Nautilus Alumni Association, current commander of the U.S. Submarine
Veterans Inc. Nautilus Base in Ocala, was serving on the Marion County
Veterans Council, participated in the Veterans in the Classroom
program, and was a member of the American Legion. After meeting Tommy
Needham he began volunteering his services to the Ocala Marion County
Veterans Memorial Park to ensure its completion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar
Frank and Winogene Adams Holland. He is survived by his wife of 49
years Annette Holland; three daughters: Patricia Kalarovich (Mark),
Wheatland, IA, Laura Alley, Goldsboro, NC and Karen Holland of
Belleview, FL; four grandchildren: Brandon and Samantha Kalarovich,
Daniel and Kristen Alley. Frank was devoted to his family and friends
and his life was always marked by his service to his country, his
community, and his church.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on
Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Grace Episcopal Church followed by a
graveside USSVI memorial military ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to
Marion County Hospice or the Nautilus Alumni Scholarship, c/o Dolphin
Scholarship Foundation, 4966 Euclid Rd., Suite 109, Virginia Beach, VA
rest your oars...
J. Fochtman - -
9/5/1934 - 12/4/2010
qualified on the USS Balao SS-285 in 1954 and obtained the rate of
EN3(SS) when he left the Navy.
resided in Ocala FL with his wife, Connie and was a long-time member of
USSVI Nautilus Base.
He joined the Base in 1998 and acted as the
Base Treasurer in 2002.
regular at Base meetings, Leo was noted for being a frequent winner of
the 50/50 drawing.
humor and smiling countenance will be greatly missed.
rest your oars...
Terry G. Harter
| Harold William Cook,
81, Inverness, died Saturday, Sept.
29, 2007, at the Hernando-Pasco Hospice Citrus Care Center in Inverness.
Mr. Cook was born Feb. 8, 1926, in St. Louis,
Mo. He resided in St. Petersburg from 1951 to 1962 before moving to
Pinellas Park, where he resided for 26 years. He and his wife Betty
were weekend residents of this area since 1979, coming from Pinellas
Park, and they moved here permanently in 1988.
Mr. Cook retired from Florida Power in St.
Petersburg as a switchboard operator with 37 years of service. He
served in the Merchant Marines from 1943-45 and in the U.S. Navy during
World War II from 1945-49, serving in the Atlantic and Pacific war
zones on the USS Sea Poacher SS406 and USS Torsk SS 423. He was
honorably discharged with the rank of Torpedoman Third Class.
He was a member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans
Nautilus Base in Ocala, where he served as chaplain from 2000-01. He
enjoyed volunteer work, especially with the Family Resource Center of
Citrus County, Hospice of Citrus County, RSVP, The Housing Foundation
for the Elderly, Windermere Social Club and the Salvation Army band.
Other enjoyments in his life were fishing, cooking, reading,
woodworking and traveling.
He was a member of the First United Methodist
Church of Inverness, where he served in many capacities such as
trustee, on the finance committee, lawn maintenance crew, men’s prayer
breakfast, usher, soup & sacrifice, video ministry, visitation
ministry and other areas.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Betty Cook; two daughters,
Kristy Cook of Spring Hill and Sandi Bossard of Inverness; three
sisters, Bonnie Mayfield and husband Monroe of St. Louis, Mo., Eleanor
Polizzi of Troy, Ill., and Marie Perry of Union, Mo.
Memorial Service was held on 4 October in Inverness followed by a
Committal Service at Bushnell National Cemetery with full military
Sailor Rest your oars.
Mr. Terry G. Harter, 66, passed away January 1, 2007
at Munroe Regional Medical Center. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and
moved to Ocala in 1999 from there.
He was a member of the Countryside
Presbyterian Church and the Men's Association. He was a U.S. Navy
Submarine Veteran, for 22 years.
Chief Harter was a distinguished member of
Admiral Hyman Rickover's staff, an excellent teacher and a greatly
respected member of the naval reserve. He was personally lauded on
several occasions by the Chief of Naval Operations for services above
and beyond his assignments.
He worked as a Nuclear Engineer. He also
started and operated his own Thermography Company, called Institute for
Maintenance Technology and Research.
He was an avid reader, animal lover, enjoyed
mathematics and gardening. He was a member of the U.S. Submarines
Nautilus Base Organization, a member of MENSA and the Sinker and Java
He is survived by his cherished wife Joy L.
Harter of Ocala, stepson David Hertzig of Chicago, Il and stepdaughters
Bethany and Laura Hertzig both of Cincinnati, Ohio.
A memorial service was held at on
Friday, January 5, 2007 at the Countryside Presbyterian Church.
Military interment services were held at Florida National
Cemetery on 26 Jan. 2007.
Memorial donations may be made to the American
Heart Association, the Parkinson's Association or the SPCA.
Sailor rest your oars.
| Francis R. Drake, 70, died Sunday,
Aug. 27, 2006.
Mr. Drake was born in St. Paul, Minn., and moved to
Summerfield from Woodbridge, Calif., in 2004.
He retired from the U.S. Navy, as an ENCS(SS) after
21 years of service, mostly on submarines, and was a veteran of the
Korean and Vietnam wars, joining the Navy in Sept. 1953.
He first qualified on the USS Tilefish, SS307
in 1955, leaving it in 1957. Frank later served on the USS Shark SSN591
from 1960 to 1962 before moving to the missile boats on the USS Thomas
A. Edison, SSBN610 from 1963 to 1966. He served onboard the USS Dogfish
in 1966 and 1967 before heading to a series of shore duty stations.
Retiring in 1974 after 21 years of service, Frank settled in California.
He was a member of Nautilus Base, US Submarine
Veterans and member of the Holland Club, denoting qualified status for
50 years. He was also a computer enthusiast, woodworker and home
Survivors include his wife, Betty; son, Lyle, Sao
Paulo, Brazil; daughter, Debra Kelley, Lodi, Calif.; and brother,
Lloyd, Kingman, Ariz.
Sailor, rest your oars.
R. Weitlauf, Sr.
Martin W. Huska
Born 24 December, 1932, Jim joined the Navy during the Korean War. He
qualified on submarines aboard the USS Besugo SS321 in 1953. He also
served aboard the USS Volador SS490 as a TMT2(SS) before his discharge
Jim passed away on 12 July 2006. He is survived by
his wife Kathryn.
Funeral services were held on 17 July in Belleview at
Heir-Baxley Funeral home. Nautilus Base Submarine veterans participated
in his service.
Contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation
of Florida, 1040 Woodcock Road, Suite 119, Orlando FL 32803.
Sailor Rest Your Oars.
| Martin Wayne Huska, 62, of
Leesburg died Friday, April 29, 2006 at his residence.
Mr. Huska was born on November 13, 1943 in Chicago, Ill
and moved to Leesburg in 2003. He was retired from the U.S. Navy as a
Petty Officer First Class after 28 years of service. He taught
electronics at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Ill, was the
recipient of the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal.,
the RVN Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Armed Forces Expedition Medal
He was a member of the United States Submarine
Veterans, Inc. Nautilus Base; the Great Lakes Yacht Club; the
Loyal Order of Moose in Leesburg and Zion Benton, Ill.; and the
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers #701 of DuPage County,
Ill. He enjoyed boating and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia A. Huska of
Leesburg; step daughters: Jeannie Zimmerman of Waukegau, Ill., Diane
Narloch of Fort Myers, Kim Angerman of Montgomery, Ill.; step son,
Stephen Angerman of Algonquin, Ill.; sister, Marlene Rentzschl of Villa
Park, Ill.; brother, Robert Huska of Rockford, Ill.
A funeral service was held on Thursday, May 4, 2006
at 1:00 P.M. at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell with the U.S.
Subvets Inc Nautilus Base officiating. Memorial contributions may be
made to: American Cancer Society.
Sailor, rest your oars.
| James "Mick" Mueller, 87, a
administrator for Ohio Power Co., died Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, at
Sylvia's Hospice House.
A native of Landeck, Ohio, he moved here from
Fostoria, Ohio, in 1983. Mr. Mueller was a member of Our Lady of the
Springs Catholic Church; a Charter Member of Nautilus Base, USSVI,
Ocala; Submarine Veterans
of World War II; Elks; Fraternal Order of the Eagles; Knights of
Columbus and Rolling Greens Bowling League.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II onboard the
USS Nautilus SS168, making eight war patrols. Jim was also a drummer
for Village Idiot Band.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eileen J.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of
the Springs Catholic Church Building Fund.
A Committal Service for our shipmate will be held at
a future date.
Sailor, rest your oars.
James J. Brown passed away Aug. 5, 2005 at his home in the Villages,
Fla. Mr. Brown was born June 11, 1922 in Philadelphia. He was
predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Isobel (Erickson) who died Jan. 4,
1991. She was his mentor during their years especially when he rose
from enlisted man to Lt. Cmdr. in the Navy.
He joined the Navy after leaving Northeast High in
Philadelphia and served for 26 years. He won the 1941 Navy welter
weight boxing title while serving in the submarine force where he
received many medals including the Purple Heart during WWII. During his
early Navy career, he was a deep-sea diver.
His daughter Bonita Brown of Uncasville, her son
Carl, his wife Tina and their children Nicco and Trinity and a sister,
Jean Kane of Waterford survive him. His long time late-life companion
Selma Tolzman will also miss him.
His son James J. Brown, Jr. died December 31, 2003
leaving a wife Pauline and daughters, Nadine and Nicole.
An athlete, Jim enjoyed baseball, fishing, stock car
racing, golf, bowling, boxing and football. He also coached Babe Ruth
and Little League.
After leaving the Navy he was employed at Electric
Boat for 10 years before retiring in 1976. He was a member of the Elks,
VFW, American Legion, EBAC and WWII Sub Vets. He was Life Member and
Holland Club member of the USSVI, Nautilus Base, Ocala, FL.
He qualified in submarines onboard the USS O-7,
SS-68 in August 1940.
He subsequently served in USS Runner SS-476; USS
Toro SS-422; USS Tirante SS-420; USS Bumper SS-333 and was a Plank
Owner in USS Holland AS-32.
Sailor, rest your oars.
| Julian “Mutt” Powell,
born 14 Nov 1924 in Norfolk VA, retired from the Navy as a CSC(SS) in
1964 after 22 years service.
Chief Powell saw service in WWII aboard the
battleship USS North Carolina BB-55.
He joined the Submarine Service in 1954, qualifying in USS Chivo
SS-341 and subsequently served in USS Sealion APSS-315; USS Cavalla
SS-244 and was a plankowner in USS Sam Houston SSBN-609.
Mutt was a Life Member of USSVI and a member of the
Holland Club. He was a charter member of USSVI Nautilus Base in Ocala
FL and served as its first elected Base Commander.
Julian is survived by his wife of 59 years, Peggy
and a son Kenneth, a daughter Carol and three grandchildren and four
Julian Powell died peacefully in his home at Lady Lake FL
on 4 Feb 2005.
Sailor, rest your oar.
G. (Swish) Saunders
Paul Golden Saunders, born January 12, 1918
in Richmond, Virginia. Died August 8, 2003, Dunnellon, Florida.
Paul "Swish" Saunders enlisted in the Navy
in 1936 and served for 26 years before retiring as GMGC(SS). Prior to
Paul served on the USS Raleigh CL7 and on destroyers USS McCook DD-252
and USS Sampson DD-394.
Paul qualified in submarines aboard USS R-4 (SS-81) in 1940 and
served in USS Barb (SS-220), USS Cusk (SS-348), USS Carbonero (SS-337),
and USS Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600.)
Swish Saunders distinguished himself during WWII while serving in USS
(SS-220). Paul was highly regarded as one of the most decorated
men in the Submarine Service. Paul made all twelve of Barb’s war
five in the Atlantic and seven in the Pacific and was Chief-of-the-Boat
for patrols #9-12. He was also COB for the Cusk, Carbonero and Theodore
Chief Saunders was awarded two Silver Star Medals, one Bronze Star
and a Letter of Commendation with Ribbon in recognition of his heroic
in combat during WWII. He also received the Submarine Combat pin,
Medal, American Theater medal, Phillipine Liberation medal. He was
famed in the book "Thunder Below" by his USS Barb skipper, Admiral
Post WWII found Paul working in the development of the launching
for Loon, Regulus, and Polaris missiles.
Paul Saunders was a member of Submarine Veterans of WWII and also a
of USSVI Nautilus Base.
He is survived by a step-son, Bill Hemmingway
of Panama, a former step-daughter-in-law, Emma Hemmingway, and three
grandchildren. He is further survived by a long time dear friend,
Chief Saunders received his final set of orders 09 Aug 2003 and
on Eternal Patrol from his home in Dunnellon, Florida following a
Sailor, rest your oars.
Allan R. Keeler
Allan R. Keeler of Belleview, FL went on Eternal Patrol 8 June 2003
a long illness.
Allan Keeler enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and made war patrols in WWII
while serving in USS Trigger SS-237 and USS Hackleback SS-295. He was
in 1945 as an EM2. Allan earned his dolphins in 1942 qualifying in USS
Following his Naval service Allan pursued a career in aviation and
from Pan American Airways as a flight engineer. Allan belonged to
organizations including the National Retired Pilots Association, Pan Am
Retired Pilots Association and VFW Post 8083.
He was a member of USSVI and a charter member of Nautilus Base.
He is survived by his wife Marci F. Keeler and a brother.
Sailor, rest your oars.
J. Walling went on his final patrol 26 April 2003.
Walling served in the Navy from 1951-1955 and saw service during the
War. Qualifying in USS Stickleback SS-415 in 1954, he also served in
Following his Naval service Ron enjoyed a distinguished career in
as a teacher, principal, and an administrator.
He is survived by his wife Rita M Walling, one son, two daughters, and
two stepsons. Ron was a member of Nautilus Base and a USSVI Life
Nautilus Base provided the Honor Guard at the graveside service that
conducted at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida where
Walling was laid to rest with full military honors on 29 April
port of no return, where ships
anchor for a little space
some starless night the cable slips,
eddy at the mooring place...
no longer. Sailor, rest your oar.
wreckage will be washed ashore.
Isaac Barton Sexton
“Ike” Barton Sexton, 76, received his final orders on 3 April 2003 and
is now on Eternal Patrol. Ike Sexton served in the Navy for 28 years
retired as FTCS(SS).
Ike received his dolphins in 1959 when he qualified on USS Carp SS-338.
He also served on USS Tunny SSG-282; USS Halibut SSGN-587; USS Tecumseh
SSBN-628 and USS Woodrow Wilson SSBN-624.
A native of O’Neal, Ark., he moved here from Honolulu eight years ago.
Mr. Sexton was a member of Spruce Creek South Horse Shoe League and
president of the Spruce Creek South Retired Military Club
Ike is survived by his wife Margaret, three sons, five daughters, and a
sister. Ike was a member of USSVI and a charter member of Nautilus
Ike was an active member of Nautilus Base, faithfully attending and
in meetings and events. Ike was serving as Nautilus Base Chaplain at
time of his passing.
A memorial service was conducted at Ike and Margaret’s Open Door Church
in Summerfield. Ike was laid to rest with full military honors at the
National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida on 14 April 2003.
Sailor, rest your oars.
this departed shipmate with dolphins on his chest
of an outfit known as the best.
him welcome and take him by the hand.
find without a doubt he was the best in all the land.
Father add his name to the roll
departed shipmates still on patrol.
know that we who survive
always keep their memories alive.
William R. Hughes
R. Hughes of Ocala FL received his final orders from the Supreme
22 Dec 2002.
William was a member of Nautilus Base United States Submarine
He qualified in USS Raton SS-270 and served in USS Perch SS-313, USS
Hale SSBN-623 and USS George Washington SSBN-598.
survived by his wife Theresa.
rest your oars.
Edwin W. Sharp
Edwin Woodrow Sharp Jr of Lady Lake FL made
his last port of call
29 Jul 2002.
He is survived by his wife Marguerite.
Edwin was a member of USSVI and Nautilus Base.
He qualified in USS Spikefish SS-404 and served in USS Chopper SS-342
USS Amberjack SS-522.
rest your oar.
George W. Allen
| Shipmate George W Allen of Inverness FL went on
Eternal Patrol 27 Jan
George qualified in USS Segundo SS-398. He also served in USS Manta
USS Wahoo SS-565; USS Sterlet SS-392 and USS Archerfish SS-311.
He is survived by his wife Pauline.
Sailor rest your oars.
A SUBMARINERS PRAYER
( VERSE #7 OF THE
Lord God, our power
Whose arm doth reach the ocean floor,
Divine with our men beneath
sea; traverse the depths protectively.
O hear us when we pray, and
them safe from peril in the deep.
Lord, guard and guide the
who man the submarines that guard our land.
Be with them always night
day, in quiet depths or roaring spray.
O hear us when we cry to
for those in peril on the sea.
Bless who serve beneath the
through lonely hours their vigil keep.
May peace their mission
be! Protect each one, we ask of Thee,
Bless those at home who
and pray for their return by night and day.
* * * *
John E. Baker
Shipmate John E Baker (age 66) Life Member #2050 Ocala FL received his
final orders from the Supreme Commander on May 13, 1999 after a long
John is survived by his wife Lee R Baker and daughters Wende Nelson,
FL and Rande Bennet, Groton CT; sons Craig Baker, Niantic CT and Graham
Baker, Groton CT; one nephew and three grandchildren.
He was a retired safety technician for Pfizer Chemical; a member of New
London Elks #6944, Moose Lodge #2356 and Ralph G Green American Legion
John was a founding member of USSVI Nautilus Base and had served as
John was a Navy veteran of the Korean War serving as a torpedoman.
rest your oars.