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In Memoriam


In Memorium



From: Esther Searcy
Sent: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 1:02 AM
Subject: passing of Daniel H Searcy


Daniel passed away July 3, 2015 of bradycardia. I understood he served on this ship sometime between Feb 69- Dec 72. Am looking for two shipmates ... Doug Modica and Dave Roehrman...who both stated in previous emails to Daniel that they were on the USS Benjamin Stoddert.

I and my mom and 2 friends will be in Branson next week for the Joseph Strauss DDG-16 reunion.

Daniel and I were married 39 years having met when he first got out of the service at Bible College in fall of 1973.

Esther Searcy

Rev. Daniel H. Searcy, 65, went home to be with his Savior and Lord on July 3, 2015. Born July 12, 1949, in Amarillo, Texas, Daniel was the second of six children born to L H and Anne Searcy. Daniel was preceded in death by both his parents. Survived by his wife, Esther; children, Sara (Dave Guin), Naomi (Jon Watson) and Joel; six precious grandchildren, Ella, Lana, Eli, Gracie, BJ and Chloe; wonderful mother-in-law, Mildred Dreessen; and siblings, Stephen (Pat) Searcy of Stinnett, Texas, Rachel (Steve) Anderson of Ft. Worth, Texas, Kevin (Sharon) Searcy of Goodwin, Okla., Jennifer (Neil) of Lewisville, Texas and Aileen (Joel) Ross of Durham, N.C. Daniel grew up in Stinnett, Texas, then joined the U.S. Navy seeing three tours in Vietnam while stationed out of Hawaii. He attended Western Bible College earning his Biblical Education degree and pastored churches in Cortez, Eckert and Pueblo for a total of 28 years. He continued to fill in at various churches and ministries until his death. The past ten years he labored at InnoTrac and looked forward to retirement, spending time with family and fishing. Celebration of life, 11 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015, at New Life Bible Church, 2320 S. Prairie Ave. Bring your special memories of Daniel. In lieu of food or flowers, donations can be made direct to New Life Bible Church, 2320 S. Prairie Ave., Pueblo, CO 81005. Online condolences,

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In Memorium

Hello, my name is Gary Hansen and I served aboard the Benjamin Stoddert from 88-92. Just wanted to let you know a fellow shipmate, FC3 George Weinkam, passed away in 2014. I just found out about it today.  He was a real nice guy that passed away far to soon. He was only 51. Sure would like to see his info on the Benjamin Stoddert web page. George would have liked that. Thanks a lot. Gary


In Memory of George Weinkam                                    

March 21, 1963 - August 20, 2014


George A. Weinkam, 51, passed away with his loving family by his side on August 20, 2014.

George will be remembered for his smile, love of family, friends, music, movies, and his country. He proudly served in the United States Navy.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Weinkam, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife, Theresa Weinkam, mother, Dorothy Weinkam, step-children; Josh Gates, Jenna Bennett, Becca Ulatowski, and Sara Chidester, sisters; Tina Weinkam, Missy Collins and husband, Harris, step-grandchildren; Landon Bennett, Hunter Bennett, and Greyson Ulatowski, niece, Lily Collins, nephew, Everett Collins.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home Chapel, 1701 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Military honors will be present.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, NC.



 From Jay Jansson 70-71
Sadly, John Stevens FTM2, passed away at the age of 66 on March 21, 2014.  He was a highly respected shipmate who served on the Benjamin Stoddert DDG-22 from 1968 to 1972.  His duty included two tours of Vietnam as well as all the other rigors he went through during his service on the Benny Sweat. John was survived by his lovely wife, Jan Stevens, their daughter Lauren and a son John Clifford Stevens from his first marriage.  He was an integral member of the F & G gang and well know for his sense of humor and near photographic memory.  That helped to make him an excellent Fire Controlman Missiles.   His love of the Stoddert and all numbers 22 was legendary.  It's too bad that he passed away on the 21st.  He did make it to 66 which is Triple 22 in the game of darts which he was passionate about. Jan and Lauren are planning on making the reunion to Pearl Harbor this coming September.  They will be bringing his ashes to be buried at sea in Hawaii which was another of his loves. Condolences can be sent to Jan Stevens 2220 New Mill Lane  Arlington, Texas 76012.


We send another sailor home

I received this message from Art Burciaga 64-67 yesterday about the passing of

Dave Dietsche 66-69

Dave Dietsche 66-69

Dear friends and family, 
I am Dave Dietsche's oldest daughter, Barbara.  On Thursday, January 30th, my dad lost the battle to cancer.  It all happened so very quick.  We will be having the funeral service on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the Schisler Funeral Home, 2119 Washington Avenue, Northhampton, PA 18067.  The viewing will be from 9am to 10am.  Funeral at 10am.  Dad will be laid to rest at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newton, PA following the funeral.  There will be a ceremony with Military Honors.  Please feel free to contact me.  Email 

Dave Dietsche 66-69 & Grandson Brad May 2011


Jimmie Kelly Leapley 66-69
(July 10, 1947 - February 26, 2013) Jim Leapley 66-69

Leapley, Jimmie K. “Jim” age 65 passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Crossroads Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Vandalia, OH following a lengthy illness. Born July 10, 1947 in Galion, Ohio to James K. and Mary {Miller} Leapley. He is preceded in death by his mother. Jim is survived by his father, James, Belleville, OH, loving wife Anna {Gates} Leapley, son; Steven and his wife Cindy Leapley, Huntington Beach, CA, sister; Sharon and her husband Don Davis, Pueblo, CO, mother in-law; Thelma Gates, Galion, OH, sister and brother in-law; Nadine (Jeff) Tomecko, TN, brother and sister in-law; Raymond (Cindy) Gates, NC, 6 grandchildren; Chelsea Wells, Jordan, Micah, Daisey Lynne, Slater and Kai Leapley along with several nieces and nephews. Jim was a Viet Nam veteran serving in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Benjamin Stoddert. He was a member of the Tipp City Nazarene Church, National Model Railroader Association and owner of the Erie Railway Depot, Troy, OH. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Tipp City Nazarene Church, Pastor Brad Warkentine officiating. Family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday prior to the service at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to FRINGS AND BAYLIFF FUNERAL HOME, 327 W. Main St., Tipp City, Ohio 45371. Contributions may be made in memory of Jim to Destiny Hospice, 4350 Glendale Milford Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45242, or Wesleyan Native Ministries, PO Box 1705, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-1705. Edit Text


The passing of CDR John R. Kint 06/65 – 07/67

webassets/Kint..jpgJohn Richard Kint (known as Dick or Richard), a 30-plus-year resident of Cape George, died on May 26, 2011, in Port Angeles of natural causes ("I am just plain wearing out"). He was 84.

Save for his last few years, ("I haven't coped well with old age"), he was characterized by a wide-ranging curiosity, a high energy level and a determined enthusiasm for the project at hand. He maintained a serious respect for public service, both personally and professionally.

He was born and reared in Bremerton, Washington, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Manford R. Kint, a prominent physician and community activist. Dick was locally active in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities.

After a year in the
U.S. Navy V-12 program, he matriculated at the U.S. Naval Academy with an appointment from then-Representative Warren G. Magnuson. As a midshipman, he was a company commander, the director of the public relations committee and an associate editor of the college magazine.

Upon graduation and commissioning in 1949, he was assigned to the USS Toledo, a heavy cruiser that had two deployments in the
Korean War.

In 1953, he was assigned to the Army's guided missile program, after which he became an instructor at the Navy's counterpart course in Pomona, California.

Here, he met, wooed and married his much-loved wife of nearly 50 years, Margaret Geddes, on Valentine's Day in 1955.

The family later had an idyllic three-year tour in London, where the small-town boy discovered the majesty and attraction of "his very own" city.

His last ship was the newest guided missile ship in the surface fleet, the USS Benjamin Stoddert, which had two deployments to Vietnam. Under his command, the ship was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation and was named the Destroyer of the Year in the Seventh Fleet in 1967.

Following this, he was ordered to the obligatory Washington, D.C., tour in the Bureau of Personnel. His final tour was at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, where he also earned a graduate degree from George Washington University. He retired from the Navy in 1973 with the rank of captain after 29 years of continuous service.

In 1974, he became a director of continuing education and community services at Northern Virginia Community College. After a five-year tour of duty, he and Margie escaped back to their beloved West Coast, settling in Port Townsend after numerous sorties up and down the coast.

He joined the American Rhododendron Society soon after arrival and was awarded the American Rose Society Bronze Medal for his efforts with the local rhododendron show during the Rhododendron Festival.

In 1980, he became manager of Jefferson County Public Utility District No. 1.

At the end of 1985, he retired, working as hard as before but without a paycheck. He spent a number of years on the board of United Good Neighbors, serving as president but more importantly as the chairman of the allocations committee.

Dick had a nearly 30-year association with Jefferson Transit and was also instrumental in getting more community college classes in Port Townsend.

He indulged in his love of travel and fine wine, often combining the two by visiting wine-growing regions around the world.
When wife Margie suffered a series of strokes, Dick became a devoted caregiver until her death in 2003. This changed his life, and he passed his experience on to other stroke-stricken families.

After a year of mourning, he knocked on the door of Dorothy Skerbeck, who welcomed and supported both his misery and need for companionship. This spiritual bond lasted until his death.

Dick wrote that "he loves his children but believes that his greatest accomplishment and joy is to have loved and had the love of two such remarkable and different women. May others enjoy the same pleasures!"

Dick is survived by son Richard (Rachel Rutledge) of Seattle; daughter Sandee Shanahan of Aurora, Colorado; sister Joan Rich of Gig Harbor; and special friend Dorothy Skerbeck of Port Angeles.

A memorial will be held Sunday, June 19, 2011, in Port Townsend. Private burial will be in Bremerton, Washington.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 12, 2011  



  CDR Edward A. Siegrist, Jr.
04/73 – 03/75
6th CDR USS Benjamin Stoddert


Captain Edward A. Siegrist, Jr. (US Navy, Retired)
Captain Edward A. Siegrist, Jr. (US Navy, Ret), 76, of New Fairfield, died February 20, 2010 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born to the late Edward and Laura Siegrist on September 6, 1933 in San Diego, California.  Ed graduated from the California Maritime Academy in 1956 prior to entering the U.S. Navy.  He married Evelyn Frances Krail in 1957.

Ed retired from the Navy in 1987, and settled in New Fairfield.  He was an active member of Saint Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the New Fairfield Veterans Association, and the Austin Healey Club of America.

Ed is survived by Evelyn, his wife of 52 years; their four children and spouses: Stephen Siegrist and wife Debby, of New Jersey; Kathleen McLernon and husband Thomas; Captain Paul Siegrist, US Navy and wife Bethany; Susan Engel and husband Peter, all of Virginia. He also is survived by seven grandchildren:  Evan and Lee Siegrist; Zachary, Jake and Connor McLernon; and Allison and Matthew Engel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the New Fairfield Veterans Association.

A viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday February 28 at Green Funeral Home.  A Mass  of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, New Fairfield at 11 a.m. on March 1.  Burial with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 10:45 a.m. beginning at the Old Post Chapel with a Mass of Christian Burial.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Bill Christensen's (75-79) wife Denease.  She attended every reunion with Bill and was the life of the party.  She will be greatly missed.  Please post condolences on the message boards to our good friend Bill.



Denease Eldeen Christensen of Bremerton, WA               

Aug. 15, 1960 to Jan. 19, 2010

Denease is survived by her husband Bill, daughter Rachel and her husband Jim, three grandsons, brother Dan, mother Claudia and grandmother Lorna.

She went to school in Central Kitsap completing her high school degree followed by college degree at Olympic College. She was a civil service accountant until she retired in 2002. She was a very special person and will be loved and greatly missed.

Donations can be made in her name to the American Cancer Society and the family would encourage the planting of trees in her memory independently through the National Arbor Day Society.

The passing of Tom O'Donnell (67-69)


Thomas A. O'Donnell of St. Charles A funeral Mass for Thomas A. O'Donnell, 60, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at St. John Neumann Church, 2900 E. Main St., St. Charles, with Fr. Donald Gantley OSM celebrant. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Geneva. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third St. (three blocks west of the Fox River, one block south of Route 64), St. Charles. Born Dec. 10, 1946, in Chicago, the son of the late John and Helen (nee Daly) O'Donnell, he passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, after a courageous four-year battle with cancer, at home with his family by his side. He was a kind and honest man, who will forever be in our hearts. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and his master's degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb with honors. Thomas served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He had been a detective with the Illinois State Police for 28 years, retiring in 1999. Following retirement, he taught at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. He served on the Joliet Diocese Committee for several years. Tom was an avid reader and enjoyed playing the guitar, gardening and hiking, especially in Colorado. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 39 years, Nancy (nee Mosebach); his beloved children, Sean (Paulina) O'Donnell of Villa Park and Laurie (Travis) Anderson of Geneva; his sister, Patricia (Thomas) Hill of Elmhurst; two brothers, Kevin O'Donnell of San Francisco and Dennis (Deborah) O'Donnell of Elmhurst; his adoring grandchildren, Steven, Camilla and Thomas O'Donnell, and Kelly and Maura Anderson, with another grandchild expected in February; his mother-in-law, Evelyn (the late Edward) Mosebach of Hillside; his brothers-in-law, Robert (the late Cathy) Schiller of St. Charles and Paul (Alice) Mosebach of Darien, his sister-in-law Jean Mosebach of Elmhurst; and many nieces and nephews. Contributions in Tom's memory may be made to Red Cloud Indian School, 100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, SD 57770-2100 or St. Labre Indian School, Ashland, MT 59004-1001. For information, 630-584-2000 or
Published in the Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on 11/30/2007.


Tom's Message 09/07

Presumptive Disability Benefits for Certain Groups of Veterans

Chester Karasinski 69-71

Chester D. Karasinski USS Benjamin Stoddert shipmate.  He was my penpal for over 35 years and I couldn't have asked for a better friend.  Chet retired as a BM2 in the reserves in Mt. Holy, NJ.  Chet passed away in April of 2008 from an operation on his back.  He'll be missed and I have lost a great friend.

Don "Bubba" Black  MAC (sw) retired 1989




Herm Chambers beloved Carmen passed from this earthly life this morning (5-15-09) at 0430.  We know that she is already planning the greatest "reunion".  Condolences may be sent to:
220 Meister Way  Sacremento, CA  96819 
Notes from Herm on Carmen's services
I am attempting to reach as many people as I can, as rapidly as I can, to provide you with information concerning Carmen's last rites.  It is addressed to many whom I know cannot attend any of the services simply for information; to the leaders and members of the many groups and organizations to which we belonged or participated with in their activities; and,  lastly--probably should be firstly, to attempt to get a head count of those who will be able to attend the reception after the church services.
For those who are unaware, C. passed away at home on May 15, after battling ovarian cancer for 8 years.  She had run through the repertoire of chemo agents available for treatment of her disease.  There was nothing left. 
Carmen Apodaca-Chambers was truly a "people person" and made many friends over the years.  Popularly known as Appy during her 36 years at Sutter Community Hospitals of Sacramento (the last 25 as the Unit Secretary of the first Renal Dialysis Unit established in central California in 1970). After our coming together, we became involved in many Scottish organizations through my lineage and actively participated in their associated activities, Scottish Highland games (Clan Cameron Association), St. Andrew's Society of Sacramento,  Loyal Scots of Sacramento, guests of the Caledonian Club of Sacramento annual Tartan Ball).  Also, a much looked forward to event, the the annual reunion of crew members and their families of the guided missile destroyer, USS BENJAMIN STODDERT (DDG-22),  my last duty station prior to my retirement from the U. S. Navy,  (C. was not my wife during my Navy days; that came much later but she enjoyed the reunion events and meeting the people, many of whom I had served with.).  Until her illness prevented it, we also belonged to and regularly attended the monthly dinner meetings as members of Placer County Council, Navy League of the United States (NLUS), in Auburn, CA.  That we traveled a lot would be an understatement. 
At her request, her remains were cremated and will be interred at a private service in the new Veteran's Aministration Sacramento Valley
National Cemetery where we shall be together again at some future date.
Arrangements for local rembrances have been made  by her daughters, Flo and Liz Apodaca and their respective families. (Carmen and her daughters retained the surname  Apodaca, though after our marriage, C. was known as Carmen Chambers to our mutual friends and acquaintences and as Carmen Apodaca-Chambers  to the U. S. and California State governments). 
One last pitch.  Breast cancer, through the Susan Komen Foundation, gets a terrific play for research funds.  Not so the more insidious ovarian cancer.  Oft-times the symptoms are mis-diagnosed, especially in older women, which it attacks more frequently.  Vague symptoms, such as persistent indigestion, bloating, etc., occur, years in advance of detection, as in Carmen's case.  By the time it is diagnosed, it's usually too late to effect a cure, again, with Carmen, this was true.  So, in lieu of flowers, if you see fit to do so, the family would appreciate a donation in memory of Carmen Apodaca-Chambers, indicated in the memo section of your check; and made payable to and mailed to  NOCC - RESEARCH,  P. O. BOX 2125, Fair Oaks, CA 95628-2125.  NOCC is the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
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