Steven John Daczkowski, 50, of Leonardtown, MD passed away on June 15, 2022 at his home with his loving family by his side.
He was born on August 28, 1971 in Inglewood, CA to the late Richard Daczkowski and Katherine Daczkowski (Richards).
Steve graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering and commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy. Upon completion of Undergraduate Naval Flight Officer training in Pensacola, FL he reported to the E-2 Hawkeye Training Squadron in Norfolk, VA and earned his "Wings of Gold". He then reported to the "Golden Hawks" homeported at Naval Air Station Miramar, CA. After quickly earning his E-2C Combat Information Center Officer qualification he served as a trusted Mission Commander where he accumulated over 1000 E-2 Hawkeye flight hours. After two aircraft carrier deployments (USS JOHN C STENNIS & USS NIMITZ) and his successful Fleet tour, Steve reported to Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD where he made significant contributions in Research and Development for the E-2 Hawkeye Community. During this time he earned his M.A. from The George Washington University. In 2003, after completing 13 years of dedicated Naval service, he was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant. He then began his civilian career at NAVAIR Patuxent River, culminating with his current position as Senior Vice President of Vectrus Corporation.
On August 1, 1997 Steve married his beloved wife, Christina Daczkowski (Joyce), in Doylestown, PA at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Together they celebrated over 24 years of marriage filled with love and laughter. Steve was a devoted husband and a proud father, spending time with his family was his greatest joy. He loved having morning coffee and chatting together, family dinners and movie nights, and finding ways to make them laugh with his goofy sense of humor. He greatly enjoyed golfing, going to baseball games, and especially spending time at the beach. Summers spent with family in Mt. Desert Island, Maine and the Outer Banks, NC brought him much joy. He was very active within his community organizing charity golf events, coaching youth baseball, and volunteering at his children's schools and church. Steve was known for his genuine kindness and authenticity. He had a profound impact on all those around him, making everyone he talked to feel important and appreciated.
In addition to his wife, Christina, Steve is also survived by his children: Garrett Michael Daczkowski, Lindsay Grace Daczkowski, and Lila Kate Daczkowski, all of Leonardtown, MD; his sister, Lisa Catherine Poland (Allen) of Fountain Valley, CA; his brother-in-law's, Joseph Joyce, Jr. (Jennifer) of Athens, PA and Michael Joyce of Washington, D.C.; his nieces and nephews: Greyson James Poland, Laynie Katherine Poland, Caitlin Elizabeth Joyce, and Daniel Patrick Joyce; and many extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his mother/father-in-law: Joseph Robert Joyce, Sr. and Carol Ann Joyce.
Family will receive friends for Steve's Life Celebration on Friday, June 24, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with prayers at 7:00 p.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. On Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend David Beaubien at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 22800 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at hopkinscancer.org and Hospice of St. Mary's at P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.
Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.
Master Chief Theodore Hull Miller, 67 years of age; born in Buffalo, NY, however, spent his formative years in Phoenix, AZ, passed away the morning of May 12th, 2022 in Menifee, CA.
Ted enjoyed a 21-year Naval career, spending the majority of his time in various VAW squadrons including initial training at RVAW-110, followed by tours with VAW-112, VAW-114, a brief time with VAW-115 assisting in the transition from the E-2B to the E-2C Hawkeye and then an instructor tour at VAW-110 where he earned Sailor of the Year accolades. Ted was also stationed in Washington DC as the AE/AT Chief and Senior Chief Rating Assignment Detailer at BUPERS. After this tour he went to VAW-116 where he was selected for Master Chief Petty Officer. Ted spent abbreviated tours in a F-14 and EA-6B squadron as well as a sea tour with HSL-33.
Ted is pre-deceased by the love of his life, Karen Miller and his brothers, Michael, Christopher and a sister, Amy. He is survived by his daughter, Stacy Williams of Scottsdale, AZ along with his siblings, Sally, Becky and David, all of the greater Phoenix, AZ area.
Ted loved being in the Navy, often saying it was the best years of his life. He also loved music of any type, was a self-proclaimed ‘hippy’ and thoroughly enjoyed the many French Bulldogs he had over there years. Internment will be at Miramar National Cemetery at a later date.
Hyrum was born at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska on January 17, 1995 to Jim and Priscilla Hanlon. He said that his earliest memory was “looking with amazement on snowy mountains from an airplane window.” His grandpa, Samuel Richards, encouraged his interest in aviation and military service, taking him to air shows at Elmendorf Airforce Base. As a young child, his hero was Buzz Lightyear, and he dreamed of space exploration.
In 2011, he paid half his way to attend the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar in Annapolis, Maryland. This was a major turning point for him; he returned from the experience determined to join the Navy. As a result, he graduated third in the Class of 2013 from Snowflake High School. Hyrum then graduated from Arizona State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering with a focus in Astronautics in 2017.
After Hyrum was commissioned into the United States Navy on May 10, 2017, he reported to Pensacola for Aviation Preflight Indoctrination. He then reported for Primary Flight Training at Whiting Field with Training Squadron Six (VT-6) where he flew the T-6 Texan II. Upon selection into the Navy’s E-2/C-2 program, Hyrum transferred to Corpus Christi where he began Intermediate Flight Training with VT-31 flying the T-44 Pegasus multi-engine training aircraft. Hyrum finally reported to Kingsville to complete Advanced Flight Training with VT-22 in the T-45 Goshawk single-seat jet trainer. On December 13th, 2020, he successfully completed his carrier landing qualifications on the USS Gerald R. Ford. On December 17, 2020, Hyrum received his “Wings of Gold”, officially becoming a Naval Aviator. He was selected for the E-2 Hawkeye and began training in Norfolk, Virginia.
Hyrum was a well-rounded Renaissance Man who pursued excellence and self-mastery. He was outgoing and gregarious, and enjoyed reading, science and history. He was restless, disciplined, tough, goofy and joyful. He played piano and dabbled in painting. But mostly, Hyrum loved to spend time with his friends, whom he loved deeply. He worked hard, played hard, and lived life to the fullest.
Hyrum is survived by his parents, Jim and Priscilla; his siblings Saera Uí Chearnaigh (Deóis Ua Cearnaigh), Krista (Ryan) Slone, James (Katherine), Bryan (Rachel) and Isaiah; his grandmother, Mildred Richards; his nieces and nephews Riley, Samantha, Madalyn and Séadanda; and many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
Richard Lee Keefer (Dick), of Virginia Beach, Virginia passed away March 15, 2022. His death followed a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Dick was born November 25, 1939, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to Harry and Dora (Wilt) Keefer. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Harry Keefer, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Luan Keefer; children, Cherrie DeRentis (Rocky), Mari Mann (Rod) and April Orcutt; brother, Robert Keefer (Bobbie); grandchildren, Ricky Williams (Kelly), Eliza DeRentis and Ryan Debolt; great grandchildren, Kensie and Emmy; nieces, Debby Rabchenuk (Mike) and Tawna Woolstenhulme; nephews, Larry, Craig, and Brian Keefer and Bob Keefer (Angie). Dick attended West Shore High School and was a standout athlete who aspired to a career in the US Navy as an aviator. In 1963, Dick, was selected to attend college under the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP). He completed both BS and MS requirements in the Electrical Engineering discipline graduating from North Carolina State University in June 1967. Attended Officer Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island receiving his commission as an Ensign in October, 1967. He then received orders to flight training in Pensacola, Florida, earning his wings in December 1969. Dick had a notable career as a naval officer flying from aircraft carriers on oceans and seas all over the world, serving with several squadrons most notably VAW-123 Screwtops flying the Hawkeye E2-C. The proudest achievement of his naval career came with the key leadership role of Commanding Officer of the Naval Aviation Service Unit at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a well-respected and beloved leader, shipmate, classmate, and crew member; renowned for his sense of humor and quick smile. Dick's professional pursuits were balanced with hobbies and life with his family and friends. He was an avid tennis player. Dick's family extends heartfelt thanks to Erin Brewer and Affinity Hospice for their loving and compassionate care of Dick and the family. There will be a private interment at Rolling Green Cemetery at Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wounded Warriors Project, 855-448-3997.
"Lord, guard and guide the men who fly through the great spaces in the sky. Be with them always in the air, in darkening storms or sunlight fair; Oh hear us when we lift our prayer, for those in peril in the air!" The Navy Hymn
Commander Timothy (Tim) James Deehan, 62 years of age; his story began on January 29, 1959 and sadly we lost him on January 28, 2022.
Tim was born in Brooklyn, New York to his proud parents, James and Eileen Deehan. Tim was the middle child, with two older brothers, Kevin and Peter Deehan, and two younger sisters, MaryBeth McDonough and Eileen Deehan. Tim grew up in Pompton Plains, New Jersey and attended Pequannock Township High School followed by Manhattan College. Tim served as a Commander in the United States Navy as an E-2 Pilot, retiring after 20 years of service. Tim continued his passion for flying, initially becoming a commercial pilot. After starting a company, he continued to enjoy flying privately, sharing his love of flight with friends and family. Second to flying, Tim loved scuba diving.
Tim married Susan Marie (Eckel) Deehan in 1996. Tim was a devoted, loving father to Jacqueline Deehan, Ryan Deehan, Kayla Deehan, Christina Trincale and Stephen Shelby. Just when one thought Tim’s smile could not get any larger, his grandchildren, Ava, Dominic, Addison, Avery and Mia came along making life even more enjoyable. Tim’s love for his family, and their love for him, was boundless!
Tim loved his 5 dogs, Max, Molly, Maggie (Shaka-Shaka), Reagan and Rhett. Tim was a visionary who loved to work with his hands, building things, fixing things, gardening, planting trees, and creating a beautiful surrounding. Tim had a passion for protecting wildlife and supporting anti-poaching enforcement worldwide. He was the Director of Wings4Wildlife. Tim traveled to Africa three times and was really looking forward to going back someday.
After living for years in McLean, Virginia, Tim and Susan recently moved to a beautiful property in Delaplane, Virginia to what was going to be their “together forever” home. Tim was an incredible storyteller captivating everyone’s attention; one who truly embodied the quote: “Great stories happen to those who can tell them” -- Ira Glass. Tim never went on a trip or to visit someone without returning home with yet another fascinating story.
Thomas Edward Bunge, 82, resident of Aurora, Colorado passed away January 19, 2022, at his home.
Thomas was born June 12, 1940, in Cuba, Missouri to William and Edith (Paseh) Bunge. He graduated from West Platte High with the class of 1958. Later joining the Navy on July 27, 1959, serving a 20-year career. The Navy sent him to the NESP program to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Thomas married Patricia Palmiero on March 21, 1964, where he enjoyed 56 wonderful years with her. They had two children, Eric J. Bunge, and Jason E. Bunge. Patricia was always there to take care of home duties and family when Thomas was on tour duty.
Thomas is survived by his son, Eric Bunge of Aurora, Colorado, his sister, Mary (Benett) Bunge of Auxvasse, Missouri, nieces Sharon Bunge of San City Center, Florida, and Janet (Stock) Bunge of Weston, Missouri, and nephew Brad Bunge of Platte City, Missouri, and grandson Ty (Gray) Bunge Navy USN.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, brother Patrick Bunge and Joseph Bunge, and his son Jason Bunge.
May 4, 1963 – November 13, 2021
USN,CDR (RET) David R. Jazdyk passed away on November 13, 2021 after a 3 year battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Dave was born in Chicago, IL on May 4, 1963. Commander David “Jaz” Jazdyk attended the University of Houston graduating with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1987. Jaz was commissioned as a Navy officer and after flight training with the VT-10 “Cosmic Cats” at Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL and VAW-110 “Firebirds” at Naval Air Station Miramar, CA was designated an E-2 Hawkeye Naval Flight Officer (NFO) and assigned to VAW-115 “Liberty Bells” stationed at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, JAPAN flying off CV-41 USS Midway. While attached to VAW-115, Jaz participated in multiple deployments to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean in support of national security objectives, achieving qualification as a Combat Information Center Officer and Mission Commander. In October 1990, Jaz deployed with VAW-115 to participate in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, flying multiple combat missions as part of the air campaign to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi armed forces.
Following his tour with VAW-115, Jaz returned to Naval Air Station Miramar, CA for shore duty as an E-2 Hawkeye NFO instructor with VAW-110. Jaz did an abbreviated tour at VAW-110 and returned to the University of Houston for graduate school, completing his MS in Electrical Engineering before returning to sea duty in 1995.
For his second sea duty, Jaz returned to VAW-115 as a senior lieutenant, flying off CV-62 USS Independence and providing valuable insight into operation employment of the E-2 Hawkeye to train and mentor junior aircrew during multiple deployments.
After his second tour with VAW-115, Jaz reported to the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey, CA for Japanese language training. This experience was followed by assignment to the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Command and Staff College in Tokyo, JAPAN. After completing JMSDF Command and Staff College and NFO refresher training with the VAW-120 “Grey Hawks” at Naval Air Station Norfolk, VA, Jaz again reported to VAW-115 now flying off CV-63 USS Kitty Hawk and served as a squadron department head through numerous deployments.
Following his department head tour, CDR Jazdyk’s final assignment on active duty was as Regional Director and Officer-in-Charge for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Tokyo, JAPAN, coordinating advanced technical research project funding throughout Asia.
After retirement Dave landed his dream job at NASA as the Chief, Information Assurance DOD Space Test Program Human Spaceflight Payloads.
During his career he loved being in Japan which is where he met his wife Michiyo and their daughters were born. He also loved to travel and was able to take the family to many places including Guam, Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, London and Hong Kong as well as Hawaii.
He was preceded in death by his brother Peter Jazdyk and father-in-law Fumio Ichiyoshi. He is survived by his wife of 25 years Michiyo (Ichiyoshi) Jazdyk, his daughters, Keana and Teana Jazdyk; parents, Ray and Arlene (Glapa) Jazdyk; sister Susan McKay and brother LTC Michael Jazdyk Retired US Army; his mother-in-law Kazuko Ichiyoshi and his sisters-in-law Miho Inui and Mayumi Aoki.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Monday, November 22, 2021 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.
He will be cremated with interment at the Houston National Cemetery, Houston, TX. In lieu of flowers and condolences please consider donating to the ALS Association of Texas.
James (Jim) Hazzard Lamey, 79, of Virginia Beach, Va, departed this world with dignity and grace, at home, on September 4, 2021. He was born in Arlington, NJ on August 22,1942 to the late Robert H Lamey and Helen G Lamey.
Jim lived most of his formative years in Victoria, Texas. After graduating from Texas Christian University, Jim joined the Navy and served his country proudly for 20 years as a Naval Flight Officer. During this time he met and fell in love with his wife of 54 years, Julia Hoff Lamey. Together they raised two sons and a daughter. After retiring from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander, he continued to work with the Navy as a contractor during his second career. Jim lived a faith-filled life in service to God, his family, his country and his community.
Jim's memory will be cherished by his wife, Julia, his three children and their spouses James, Jr and Christy Lamey, Jason and Riley Lamey, and Hiroko and Philip Burch, his five grandchildren Julianna, Chloe, James Cael, Melissa and Michael, and his brother, Robert, his sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and many friends as well as his faithful companion, Buddy.
A visitation will be held from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Monday, September 13, 2021 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Dr, Virginia Beach. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at St Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach.
Interment will take place at a later date at Albert G Horton Jr Memorial Veterans Cemetery.
ESCONDIDO, CA — Cmdr. James E. Perry, USN, Ret., passed away on March 11, 2021, in Escondido, California. He was born December 5, 1942, in McBride, Missouri, and is predeceased by his parents, Murrel and Leola Perry, and his brother, Wayne. Jim lettered in football, basketball, and track and field at Herculaneum High School, graduated in 1960, and joined the United States Navy as an Electronics Technician.
He married his first wife, Frances Vickers (Vicki), the mother of his children, in 1963. During his 28-year naval career, Jim was a commissioned Ensign in 1970, earning a four-year Navy scholarship and receiving a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. After spending two years stationed with his family at NS Yokosuka, Japan, he earned a Master of Science in Computer Systems/Management in 1976 from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Jim also served on the aircraft carrier USS Midway and flew over 150 combat missions while in the Gulf of Tonkin. As Mission Commander in the E-2 Hawkeye aircraft, he was responsible for the command and control of naval strike groups in concert with the first major B-52 strikes in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1972.
Jim retired from the Navy and married Kathryn Smithhisler on Coronado Island, California in 1989. He earned his second master’s degree in Logistics Engineering and began a successful defense contracting career specializing in communications programs and aircraft systems. One project of which he was most proud was working with the Hunter Unmanned Air Vehicle program while with Northrup Grumman in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
He retired in 2012 and moved to Fort Mill, South Carolina where he enjoyed his Harley, RV trips, his three beloved dogs and cat, and time with his grandchildren. A dedicated veteran, he joined the American Legion Riders and the Patriot Guard Riders honoring fallen warriors and veterans with funeral escorts.
Jim was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, the Military Officers Association of America, and the Tailhook Association, supporting the Navy’s carrier aircraft operations.
He credits Knights of Columbus of Sierra Vista, Arizona with a refreshed Catholic faith later in his life. Jim loved a great pinot noir, fresh strawberries, and Starbucks coffee.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, his daughter Michele (Missy) Hardison and her husband Scott, of Escondido, California, his granddaughter Melana and her husband, Kris, and great-grandson Kade, of Murietta, California, his granddaughter Lyndsay, her husband Neal, and great-grandson Connor, of Temecula, California, his son Mike Perry, his wife Joy, and grandson Zachary, and granddaughter Kayla, of El Cajon, California, his daughter Dacia Perry-Pelletier and her husband, Adam, and granddaughters Chloe, Fallon, and Phoebe, of Rancho Peñasquitos, California, his stepdaughter Kristin Cronn and her husband, Brian, of Beavercreek, Oregon, and his stepdaughter Heidi Lumpkin, her husband Bob, and son Bobby, of Augusta, Georgia, and his siblings, Tom Perry, LouAnn Wacker, and Kathy Melichar.
Jim will be laid to rest on April 19, 2021, at MCAS Miramar in San Diego, California. Remembrances may be sent to SpecialOlympicsArizona.org.