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'Class of '59 Memorial | Committal | Funeral

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Memorial | Committal | Funeral Information
Date Posted | Source Classmate or spouse
Sandry Conley
Classmate's daughter

Carl Norman DANITSCHEK , age 83, 11th Company, passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2020. He was preceased by his wife, LaVonne who died in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine (Jerri) Maxwell Danitschek; a son, James (Jim) Danitschek of Waynesville; a daughter, Sandra Conley (Jason) of Alexandria, VA; a brother, Gene Danitschek (Paula) and a sister, Alice Schultz (Gordon), both of Wichita, KS; numerous nieces and nephews; and his fur baby, Bentley, a 10-month old Bichon Frise. He raised two wonderful and successful children, was a caregiver to family members in his retirement, and he lived his faith on a daily basis.

A private burial will take place in the Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, SC, alongside his wife of 46 years, LaVonne. A public memorial will be held at a later date.

Reference Carl's obituary.

Tom Lukish
1959 Classmate  

Ragan Thomas PHILLIPS, age 83, 8th Company, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Once available, services and obituary will be posted.

Ragan's obituary will be posted when available.

Joe Ford - Class Treasurer
Timothy Woodbury USNA-AA Memorials
Retired Navy Captain Daniel M. TRUAX, 84, died February 14, 2020 at home in Annapolis with his family by his side. Dan graduated and was commissioned on June 3, 1959. On graduation day he married Ona Marie Richardson and began their 60-plus year loving adventure together.
Capt. Truax is survived by his brother David Truax (Janet); his wife Ona; his son Tim (Susan); his daughters Christina Lindsay (ex-husband GP) and Tricia Bettick (Mike); grandchildren Daniel, John and David Truax; Jay, Tim and Chris Chellis; Garrett, Caroline and Kate Lindsay; step-grandchildren Angie Barton (Aaron); Kaitlin Kertsman (Steve); Michael Bettick (Jessica); seven step-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services, to be rescheduled, will be held at the USNA Chapel, followed by committal at the USNA Columbarium

NOTICE: Due to CoronaVirus situation, Capt. Truax's services have been postponed and date will be announced when confirmed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake or USNA Alumni Association (Class of 1959). An online guest book is available at

Reference Dan's obituary.

Reference Dan's obituary extended with Photo.

Timothy Woodbury USNA-AA Memorials

Shirley Steele BILLINGS, wife of Thomas Billings, 6th Company, died November 12, 2019.
A service of committal and inurnment will be held at the Naval Academy Columbarium.

NOTICE: Due to CoronaVirus situation, Mrs. Billings' services have been postponed and date will be announced when confirmed.

In lieu off flowers, please make a gift in honor of Mrs. Shirley S.Billings (wife of CAPT Thomas H. Billings, USN (Ret), USNA Class of 1959) to the U.S.Naval Academy Foundation, 247 King George St., Annapolis, MD 21402.

Reference Mrs. Billings obituary.

Timothy Woodbury USNA-AA Memorials

David Peter DOLELGER, age 82, of Austin passed away peacefully on December 19, 2019 at his home. He was the great grandson of Peter Doelger, the famous NewYork City brewer of the late 1800's and early 1900's. Dave was predeceased by his first wife Janet (Feit) Doelgerof Rumson, NJ who passed away in early 1988. Dave is survived by his loving wife Lynn (Russell) Doelger of Austin, TX and brother; Peter Doelger of Somerville. He also leaves behind three sons who were the joy of his life; Christopher Doelger of Dassel, MN,Paul Doelger of Columbia, MO and Richard Doelger of Austin, TX and grandchildren and great children. His remains will be placed in the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium Annapolis, MD.

NOTICE: Due to CoronaVirus situation, Mr. Doelger's services have been postponed and date will be announced when confirmed.

Reference Dave's obituary.

Timothy Woodbury USNA-AA Memorials

Frank Alexander ROESCHER, age 83, unexpectedly passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020, after complications from surgery. Frank was born in Atlanta on December 8, 1936 and grew up in Techwood, Downtown Atlanta.
After graduation in 1959, he served in the United States Air Force, where he retired in 1983 at the Rank of Colonel After retirement, he worked at GTE Government Systems, Westboro, MA and then resumed his love for teaching at Georgia Perimeter College. Frank is survived by his wife, Charlotte; his four children, Steve, Michael, David, and Dorrie. He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Sara L. Roescher and his brother, Waldo F. Roescher, Jr.
Memorial Services are pending and are in the care of Tom Wages Funeral Service. Condolences may be sent or viewed at

Reference Frank's obituary.

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Reference the Process (pdf) for Notification and Posting of classmate or spouse death.
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