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



LutherNelson

Luther Donald Nelson (USS Fletcher 1961 - 1965), passed away in Natchitoches, LA on January 10, 2019, at the age of 76. He was born February 18, 1942, in Marthaville, LA to Luther Nelson and Lela Aline Jordan Nelson. After graduating from Marthaville High School, he went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Navy aboard the USS Fletcher from 1961 to 1965 as a gunner’s mate third class. He later attended Natchitoches Trade School, where he obtained his certificate in welding. Over the years he worked as a millwright and welder at Willamette Industries as well as a welder and mechanic at Con Agra. He was also a 33rd degree Mason. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was an avid outdoorsman; he loved hunting, fishing, and gardening. One of the greatest joys in his later years came from spending time with his grandchildren. Obituary link


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