Obituaries

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

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Eli Joseph Bourgeois, Jr., USS Fletcher veteran (1956-58) and New Orleans native, passed away at the age of 82 on October 13, 2020. He served in the Navy for six years and was a manager at Entergy for a 39 year career. He was a member of Toastmasters International, serving as Lt. Governor and Governor; the Fletcher Reunion Group for the Fletcher DD-445, serving as secretary; and worked with Junior Achievement and spent time as a girls' coach at St. Angela Merici. He was also a member of the American Legion, a Holy Cross Alum and a former Delgado Trade School instructor. He is preceded in death by: his parents, Eli Joseph Bourgeois, Sr. and Mary Priola Bourgeois; his two sons, Darryl and Dwayne; his sister, Gerri Watson, and his brother, John Bourgeois. He is survived by: his wife of ten years, Linda P. Bourgeois; his son, Derrick Bourgeois; his grandson, Brock; and many relatives and friends by whom he will be sadly missed. A private Funeral Mass was held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home followed by a public graveside service in St. Patrick Cemetery on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Obituary Link

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Gerold (Jerry) William Guffey, USS Fletcher DD-445 (1952-55) passed away March 4, 2020, at age 86 at his home in Syracuse Utah, with his family by his side. Jerry was born in Salt Lake City Utah on Aug. 12, 1933 to William and Josephine Guffey. He was raised in Woods Cross and got is education in Bountiful. After high school Jerry served in the US Navy, as a machinist mate aboard the USS Fletcher, and served in the Korean War. Jerry married Norma Jean Hargis on May 25, 1956 and they were blessed with 4 children, Richard, Kathy, Kenneth, and Clint. Jerry owned and operated G&R Winch service throughout his life. Those mourning his passing are children Richard (Rauni) Guffey, Kathy (Wally) Wood, Carrie Guffey, Clint (Jodi) Guffey, James (Karol) Newman, 15 Grandchildren and their spouses, and 20 Great-Grandchildren, sisters Alice (Garry) Anderson and Sharon (Kevin) Swenson,. Jerry is preceded in death by his wife Norma Jean, son Kenneth, his parents Bill and Aunt Josie, three sisters Margie, Fern, and Jean, and brother Leroy. A celebration of his life was held Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the VFW in Layton, UT and he was interred in the Tabiona Cemetery.


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Roger William Clark of USS Fletcher DD- 445 (1943-46) passed away on July 11, 2020, of natural causes, he was 96. After his years in the Navy, he married Jean Wood in 1950. They moved to California where he worked as a mechanical engineer in the cotton ginning business and later as a safety engineer. They raised three children Mark, Claudia, and Toby. After his retirement, he enjoyed being part of part of his church choir and serving as a trustee of his church, and a touring Choir (The Master Works Chorale), bowling, and charity work, as well as his reunions with the USS Fletcher alums. His wife, Jean, passed away in 1996. He is survived by his children Mark (Marge Markovich), Claudia (Steve Siglin), and Toby (Keith Harter), 5 grandchildren, and 2 lovely great-grandchildren. Though reluctant at times to talk about his war experiences, we are thankful to have some of his stories recorded, his granddaughter’s favorite story is about GQ, the mascot chicken. The family will have a small service in San Jose, CA and live-stream through his son’s church.


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Charlotte O. Faubion, 73, passed away in Norman, OK on April 16, 2020, after a brief battle with cancer. She was born in Salinas, CA on November 20, 1946 to Perry and Odean McCauley, and is survived by her husband, Earl Faubion, two siblings, Catherine McCauley and Danny McCauley, and five sons Bryan Ruiz, Scott Ruiz, Mike Norman, Jon Faubion and Tony Faubion. Also five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters plus one on the way. Her family was her everything. Her Celebration of Life was held at her youngest son, Mike Norman’s rural home near Goldsby, OK on May 2, 2020, and her cremains were buried beneath a lone tree surrounded by purple wildflowers on top of a hill overlooking a valley. 


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