Gaddie, Paul Ray,
68, of Taylorsville, KY, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, KY.
Burial service took place on Aug. 18, 2016, at Evergreen Funeral Home and Cemetery located at 4623 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY. A time to gather with family and friends for food and fellowship will be 2-5 pm Sunday, Sep. 11, 2016, at the Eastwood Recreation Center located at 16300 Eastwood Cutoff in Eastwood, KY.
Paul was born on Dec. 11, 1947 in Louisville, KY, to the late John Ben and Anna Faye (Yopp) Gaddie. Paul never married and had no children. Paul had a BEE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville, a Masters in Systems Analysis and Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Louisville. He was nationally-known for his engineering knowledge and capabilities to teach, especially in the areas of human factors and engineering associated with airplanes and flight. He taught Masters-level classes at the University of Louisville and Embry-Riddle University, where he was Director of Academics of the ERAU Worldwide Louisville Campus from 2006 to 2010. Much of his practical knowledge had come from his many years flying in the US Navy attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander and from being Assistant Director of the Center for Advanced Research at the Naval War College in the mid-80's.
Paul is survived by his brother John Philip Gaddie, and his sisters Sherri Lynne Porter and Jodi English and a very close cousin, Lola Faye Yopp, who grew up with the family as a sister. He was preceded in death by his sister Anna Marie Huffman.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6, 2016
Terrill J. Wendt, age 74, of Virginia Beach, Virginia passed away on March 31, 2020.
He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Charles and Helen Wendt on December 3, 1945. He is survived by his wife, Jean Wendt, two children - daughter Tina Trinidad and son Matt Wendt (Amber) - eight grandchildren - Meagan Carloss (Justin), Matthew Wendt, Jr, Sarah Newbill-Wendt, Rayna Trinidad, Ashley Wendt, Quinten Trinidad, Mykah Trinidad, and Kiersten Murphy, sister Marilyn S. Dempsey (Dennis), sister Mary Sheldon (Chris) and brother-in-law William del Valle. He was predeceased by his parents Charles and Helen Wendt, his brother Charles Edward Wendt Jr. and his sister Jean del Valle.
Upon graduation from US Naval Academy in 1967, he was selected for the Immediate Master's program (24 graduates) to the US Naval Postgraduate School. After nine months (March 1968) he was awarded an MS in Aeronautical Engineering. He served 28 years in the US Navy as a Naval Flight Officer including four long deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and three long deployments to the Western Pacific. One deployment in 1972-1973 was to Vietnam. He was Commanding Officer of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW-121 Blue Tails) from 1983-1984. He served as the initial Program Manager of the Common Avionics Program (PMA-209). He retired from the US Navy in 1995 as an O-6 (CAPTAIN).
He was diagnosed with MS in August 1985 at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Since the conventional medical community had little to help him, he developed alternative capabilities to help in dealing with MS. He was a Reiki Master and a practicing dowser.
A memorial will be held at the US Naval Academy at a later date. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.
Posting from Commandant, Corps of Cadets, Texas A&M.
It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that I share with you the passing of Lieutenant Commander Dennis (Lee) Hassman.
Lieutenant Commander Hassman served as a Cadet Training Officer (CTO) in the Office of the Commandant's staff following his retirement from the United States Navy in December 2008. Lieutenant Commander Hassman served 20 years in the Navy and was a Naval Flight Officer. During his time in the Navy, he served as a Remote Control Mission Commander and E-2C Airborne Mission Commander. Lieutenant Commander Hassman was also an Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer for the Navy. He received an MBA from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2005.
As a Cadet Training Officer, Lieutenant Commander Hassman worked closely with cadets, providing guidance and direction to cadets at the unit, major unit, and Corps levels. He was well respected and well-liked by all who got the opportunity to work with him and know him. Lieutenant Commander Hassman's loss will be deeply felt by all of us who knew him so well. He was a valued team member in the Office of the Commandant, and he will be missed.
Lee Hassman was a great American and a great Aggie. He served our country, he served his university, and he served the Corps of Cadets. On behalf of the Corps of Cadets and the Office of the Commandant, We offer our sincere condolences to Lee Hassman's wife, Marianne, and his entire family. God bless them all.
Lieutenant Commander Hassman leaves behind to cherish his memories, his father Dennis Lee Hassman and step-mother Donna Hassman; His brother David Joel Hassman, and sister in law Kristy Hassman, and his nephew, David Joel Hassman.
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