Obituaries

(Obituaries will remain in place for approximately one year.)

JohnJensen

John Verner Jensen (USS Fletcher 1943 - 1945), beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully January 7, 2018. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 15, 1920 and immigrated to America with his mother, Emelie and brother, Eric in 1928 where he was reunited with four older brothers and lived with them following his mother's unexpected death. In 1935, he traveled extensively and worked at the Harvey House in Barstow where he developed a lifelong love for trains. The photographs he took during that time are now on display at the Route 66 Museum in Barstow. In 1941 he married Margaret Crabtree LaBau a divorcee with two young sons, Thomas and Kingdon. They were to have three more children, Jane, John and Linda. He joined the Navy in 1942, and served aboard the USS Fletcher (DD445) for the duration. He was quite proud of that time and was an active member of the Fletcher Reunion Group. After the war, he worked for the Post Office prior to joining Lucky Lager Brewing Company in Azusa in 1952. He spent his later years with Miller Brewing in Irwindale and retired in 1982. The family moved to Covina in 1951 where he was to live in the same home until his death. John and Margaret were married 66 years until her passing July 20, 2007. They loved to travel and made numerous road trips visiting friends and family with their travel trailer. He was preceded in death by his son, Kingdon and survived by Thomas, Jane, John (Cindy) and Linda (Michael Comstock), 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was well loved by the many he knew and met. One of his favorite expressions was, "Thank you for your smile." He attended Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Covina. Obituary Link

Nelson redux

Nelson George Curtis Ferrill (USS Fletcher 1965 - 1968), passed away suddenly at his home in Kauai, Hawaii on Monday, January 1, 2018. He was born in Miami, Florida on September 20, 1947. Nelson is survived by his devoted sister, Maureen and brother-in-law William “Howard” Gregg; two nieces, Cathy and Eileen, a grandniece and 3 grandnephews. Nelson was a Vietnam veteran of the US Navy. An intimate celebration of life will be attended by Nelson’s family and friends before interment in the VA cemetery on Kauai. Obituary link


Joel "Jack” Mills (USS Fletcher 1943 - 1945), passed away peacefully in Elk Grove, CA on November 19, 2017. He was born in Rush Springs, OK on October 18, 1922 and was predeceased by his dear wife, Lillian, and son, Glenn Price (Bette). Jack is survived by his daughter, Jewel Michelson (Philip), his grandchildren, Corey and Douglas Price, Jennifer Eting (Jessie) and Kathleen Ursin (Derek), as well as great grandchildren, Emily and Eamon McNab (Carrie), Lillian and Kaitlyn Eting, Benjamin and Lucas Ursin, and great great grandchildren, Charlotte and Dominic McNab. Jack was one of six children of William T. "Tom" Mills and Minnie Lee Crow. Orphaned in 1938 at 16, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Rush Springs before he joined the Navy and was a "Tin Can Sailor" who proudly served as a torpedoman aboard the USS Fletcher DD-445 in the Pacific during WWII. He married Lillian Smith in San Francisco in 1946 and lived there for 47 years before retiring to Sonoma. A nurseryman for most of his life, he joined Pat Casey at American Seed and Nursery Co. on 26th and Taraval, first as an employee and then owner until he retired in 1985. Jack was a loyal SF Giants fan throughout his life, not even missing televised games during the 2017 season. He and Lillian enjoyed many cruises and road trips with friends and often attended the annual Fletcher reunions where he served as Historian for many years. Jack will be missed by many and remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, which sustained him and entertained everyone he met during his long life. May he rest in peace. Interment was on Nov. 28th in Cypress Lawn Cemetery in San Francisco. Obituary Link


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