Obituaries, week of May 1
Gladys Hancock Balderson
Gladys Hancock Balderson, 73, of Warsaw, passed away on April 20, 2013. She is survived by sons, James E. Balderson (Debbie) of Colonial Beach, John Michael Balderson, Montross, William Bernard Boyle Jr. (Dana) of Warsaw and Curtis Bryon Boyle of Montross, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers, John Hancock (Brenda) of Leonardtown ,Md., Ralph Hancock (Carol Ann) of Port Tobacco, MD, and sisters, Betty Ryon (Bernard) of Accokee, Md., Edna Ketchum (Phil) of Charlottesville, Va. and Janet Kay of Silver Spring, Md.
A memorial service was held on Friday, April 26 at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Montross Rescue Squad, PO Box 1174, Montross, Va. 22520
Online condolences may be made at www.welchfuneralhomeva.com
Robert Donovan Jett
Mr. Robert Donovan Jett passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013 after a series of declining health issues and complications from lung cancer.
Born in Washington D.C. on August 22, 1928, Mr. Jett joined the Marine Corps in 1945, starting his career with “The Commandant’s Own” Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps. As a member of the only musical unit of its kind serving in the United States Armed Forces, he played for bond rallies, premieres, festivals, and historical engagements throughout the United States. During his succeeding career, his many duty stations included Pearl Harbor and all west coast Marine installations, Korea, the Philippines and Japan. He transferred to the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve in 1965, and finally retired in 1975 with 30 years of faithful service. Included among his military awards are the World War II Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Prior to his enlistment, he attended Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring Maryland and Briarley Military Academy in Beltsville Maryland. He also studied music under a private instructor while working at the National Radio Institute in Washington D.C.
Following his retirement from the Marine Corps Fleet Reserves, Mr. Jett worked as a policeman for the Colonial Beach Virginia Police Department and the Indian River Sheriff’s Department in Vero Beach Florida. Before his declining health, his hobbies included tending to his horse farm in Westmoreland County and attending Blue Grass Gospel sings.
Mr. Jett lived life very much on his own terms. He could be stubborn, impatient, and at times impossible to live with but these characteristics contributed to his memorable personality and we loved him despite these shortcomings. He stubbornly pushed forward through failing health, and resulting setbacks, hitting life’s “reset button” many times and teaching us that life should be lived to its fullest with no regrets.
He is predeceased by his mother, Mrs. Grace Canon; his father Mr. Robert D. Jett, and a sister Mrs. Marjorie Stewart. His two surviving sisters include, Mrs. T.J. Cardwell (Tom) and Sharon Williams of Williamsburg; two sons Mr. Robert D. Jett III of Fort Lupton Colorado, Mr. Michael Jett of Colonial Beach and a daughter, Ms. Michele Jett Bondurant (Jay) of Williamsburg Virginia; Mrs. Patricia Rose, his former wife and true friend, who ensured his well-being for many years up until the end. A special thank you to the Colonial Beach Police Department and Rescue Squad for their tireless devotion and assistance; dear friends Diane and Andy Anderson, and Riverside Hospice.
Donations may be made to Colonial Beach Rescue Squad or Riverside Hospice. Private services will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
Ralph Euclid Johnson
Ralph Euclid Johnson, 69, of Colonial Beach went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Fredericksburg.
Ralph was born July 21, 1943, in Washington, D.C., the third child of the late Aubrey and Wilma Johnson.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years. He then graduated from the University of Maryland in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduation he worked for a furniture company in Tennessee, met and married his first wife and became the father of Ralph James Johnson. Ralph worked in various professions such as heavy equipment operation, real estate and antique dealing.
In May 1993, he came to Maryland, met and married Ella Wells and became co-owner of Timberneck Nursery in Owings, Md. They ran the nursery together until 2002, when they retired to Colonial Beach.
After retirement, Ralph started a new endeavor, doing whatever was needed at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Colonial Beach. The following year he became a member of St. Mary’s and served two terms on the vestry, was senior warden twice, and head of maintenance, finance, stewardship and Columbarium committees.
Ralph was a kindhearted servant of the Lord, a loving husband and a patient friend who never met a stranger. In addition, he was an avid yard sale patron, and loved his home, reading science fiction and detective stories, working in the yard, taking trips with his wife and soul mate and serving his beloved church.
He was predeceased by his parents; and his brothers, Ronnie and Aubrey.
Survivors include his wife, Ella; son Ralph Jr. and his wife, Lisa; grandchildren Madison and Matthew; sister Brenda Plum; stepsons Allan and James Brady; and nephews Tim and Dave Plum.
A Eucharist of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Ron Okrasinski officiating. A reception will follow in the parish hall.
Inurnment will be private at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 203 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Please sign the online guest book at nashandslawfh.com.
Jack A. Klinefelter
Jack A. Klinefelter passed away peacefully on April 26, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jack was born March 22, 1930 in Lewistown, PA to Harold P. and Blanche Elizabeth Dillon Klinefelter. Jack married the love of his life Joyce E Mauck on July 21, 1950 in Montgomery County, Maryland; together they had one beautiful daughter and three sons.
Jack was a retired Stone Mason from the Washington, D.C. area. Jack was an avid model ship builder and oil painter. He loved fishing and crabbing especially at his home along the Potomac River in Hague, and spending time on his Ham Radio, KB4LPP.
Jack is survived by his sons, Allen, Gary, Keith, 8 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
Jack is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, and daughter, Kathy Reid.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Alzheimer Association.
Online condolences can be made at www.larkincremationsociety.com
Louise Thomas Swann
Louise Thomas Swann, 85, of Kinsale, passed away April 19, 2013. She was born at Merry Hill, Windsor, N. C.. She married Harry Kirk Swann of Norfolk. She was an ever giving, loving and beloved wife and motherŠ..she will be sorely missed.
She is survived by her sons, Harry Kirk, Jr. , Christopher Kent and Winston Sterling; grandchildren, Harry Kirk III, James Christopher, Jr. Benjamin
Christin, Courtney and Tiffany, a brother and a sister.
Funeral services will be conducted at Yeocomico Episcopal Church, Tucker Hill, at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 3.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimers¹s Association, Greater Richmond Chapter, 4600 Cox Rd., #130, Glen Allen 23060.