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Date Posted | Source Classmate or spouse
Timothy Woodbury USNA-AA Memorials

Shirley Steele BILLINGS, wife of Thomas Billings, 6th Company, died November 12, 2019.

Shirley's inurnment service will be held at the Naval Academy Columbarium on Wednesday, 2 June 2021 at 2:00PM.  Reception immediately following at 2:45 PM at US Naval Academy Officers' Club.

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.

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.

Captain Truax's Memorial Service 10:30AM Thursday, June 3. 2021 at US Naval Academy Chapel followed by inurnment at US Naval Academy Columbarium. Reception to follow at the N* Room, USNA Stadium. Bus transportation to the stadium is being negotiated to be announced when finalized.

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

Captain William (Bill) G. CLAUTICE, USN (Ret.) , 83, passed away on June 14, 2020, at 83 years of age. Bill was born April 4, 1937 in Baltimore, MD. He graduated from Loyola High School in 1955 and was a proud alumnus of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1959. He met his beautiful bride Joyce Reilly Clautice in 8th grade and they were married for 61 wonderful years.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; their three children Kimberly Badgett, Susanne (husband Mark) Openshaw, and James (wife Abigail) Clautice and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 1:00PM, Church of Our Saviour, Cocoa Beach, FL.

Captain Clautice's Memorial Service 10:00AM Mass Monday July 26. 2021 at US Naval Academy Chapel Annapolis MD immediately followed by inurnment at US Naval Academy Columbarium. Reception at 11:30AM Monday July 26 at US Naval Academy Officer Club. RSVP required by July 1 to or text/call (m) Jim at 703-587-9667.

Memorial contributions may be via check to:

Brevard Parkinsons Alliance 
126 Celemente Drive
Satellite Beach, FL 32937.
Reference Bill's obituary.

Timothy Woodbury
USNA-AA Memorials

Donald SHELTON, 85, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Donald was born on June 20th, 1934 in Salado, Texas. He attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating as a distinguished graduate in 1959. Prior to the Naval Academy, he served in submarines as an enlisted quartermaster for four years.

He is survived by two sons, Justin Scott Shelton, and Christopher V. Shelton. Donald chose to be cremated and his ashes inurned at Arlington National Cemetery. A memorial service is scheduled at the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Palm Coast on 20 June 2020.

39 Old Kings Road N
Palm Coast, FL 32137
Reference Don's 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) Doelger of 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 with the family and USNA.

Linda Rhodes
Classmate spouse

Hugh William (Dusty) RHODES, age 84 of Centerville, Ohio passed peacefully Friday, October 2, 2020 with his family by his side. Dusty lived a full and adventurous life and was known as an avid golfer, soccer coach, military veteran and businessman. Dusty served 10 years in the Navy after graduation, flying F9F-8 Cougar fighter jets, serving aboard surface ships and eventually being recruited to become a member of the first group of men to serve on nuclear submarines in the famed “41 For Freedom”. Few men have traveled the world, flown fighter jets and travelled to the North Pole in a submarine. Dusty is survived by his wife Linda (Hingle) Rhodes, sister Karalee Vint, two children Sandra Guthrie and Hugh Rhodes and six grand-children Gretchen Rhodes, Emma Haas Rhodes, Dean Rhodes, Will Rhodes, Madison Guthrie and Bridget Rhodes. His ashes will be interned at the United States Naval Academy and a Celebration of his life will take place at a later date when the Covid situation is under control.

NOTICE: Due to CoronaVirus situation, Mr. Rhodes' services date will be announced when confirmed with the family and USNA.

Reference Dave's obituary.

Al Lawyer, USNA 1967
& Ed Hill - 24th Company
Shipmate Coordinator

Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Robin "Bob" Lee STARCK , 83, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021, with his beloved wife of 58 years, Carol Starck (nee Lentz), at his side.  A member of the 12th Company, he graduated from the Academy with the Class of 1959 and went on to serve on submarines, retiring in 1982. Upon retirememnt, he earned an MBA and worked as a defense contractor.  He is survived by his wife Carol, a daughter, two sons, eight grandchildren and four sisters.
A private family memorial service will be held, with inurnment at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium at a future date.

NOTICE: Due to CoronaVirus situation, Cmdr. Starck's services date will be announced when confirmed with the family and USNA.

Reference Bob's obituary.

Update the website Service notification as required Pete Stout (Data Administrator - c: 703-201-2466 ) and Elaine Stout (web architect --
Reference the Process (pdf) for Notification and Posting of classmate or spouse death.
Memorial Affairs Director Anthony C. Whalen, CFSP Memorial Affairs Director United States Naval Academy 101 Cooper Road Annapolis, MD 21402 410-293-1101 FAX 410-293-4809
Death Notifications Timothy Elizabeth Woodbury, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Memorial Affairs 410-541-6506 || 410-295-4064
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