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

Vernon Charles BLOCH , 84, passed away peacefully on October 8th, 2021. Vern was born September 5, 1937, Class of 1959 graduate and member of the 13th Company. In Annapolis, he met his soul mate, Helen, and they were married 62 years.

Vern is survived by his beloved wife Helen; three children (son Jeff and wife Dayna Bloch, daughter Laurie Watson, son Greg and wife Kim Bloch), two grandchildren (Thomas Stearns, Katie Bloch), one great grandchild (Emma Beavers), and one brother (Bob and his wife Christine Bloch).

A public viewing will be held on Friday, October 22 at 1pm
Riviera United Church of Christ
451 Riviera Dr. NE
Palm Bay FL
followed by a memorial service at 2pm.

Vern will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery on a future date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Salvation Army or the Brevard County Orchid Society.

Reference Vern'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.

Susan Legro
Classmate daughter

Stanley (Stan) Wayne LEGRO , 84, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2020, in La Jolla, California. Stan was born July 3, 1936 in Muskogee, OK. He graduated first in the Class of 1959 at the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Marine Corps. After leaving the Marine Corps, he attended Harvard Law School, and practiced law in San Diego and taught as an adjuct lecturer at San Diego School of Law. He later practiced law in Washington, DC, retiring in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
He is survived by his brother, Monta (Donna) Legro of Houston, Texas, his daughter, Susan Legro of Prague, Czech Republic , his son, Wayne Legro of Seattle, Washington, and his two granddaughters.

Stan's Memorial Service at the USNA Chapal is Monday, November 22, 2021 at 10:30AM followed by committal at the Columbarium. Details of the reception will be posted when available. A reception will then be held at the Naval Academy Club, 2 Truxton Road [formerly the Officers' Club]. If you plan to attend, Stan's daughter Susan would appreciate an email from you prior to November 1st at

Reference Stan's obituary.

Bill Wheaton
Classmate 14th Co

Russell (Russ) E. WHIPPS , 84, died on 02/29/2021.
He is survived by his daughter, Deanna Guzman, a son and grandchildren.

Russ's inurment at the USNA Columbarium will be at Monday, November 22, 2021 at 2:00PM.

Reference Russ's obituary.

Tom Lukish
Classmate 2th Co

Larry C. PIZINGER , 84, died on 10/9/2021.
The following is from Tom Lukish: I received a phone call from Larry Pizinger's daughter, Karen. She called to tell me that my roommate of 4 years, Larry Pizinger passed away at 2:15 pm, yesterday October 9, 2021. "Piz" has been in ailing health for the past several years and itt finally took him from us. Piz had a serious fall about 2 weeks ago which caused serious brain damage and he was placed under Hospice Care.
He passed away with his 2 daughters and son by his side. Piz lived in Phoenix,AZ. He will be cremated and will be inurned in the Veterans Cemetery in Phoenix, with his wife Sue who passed away 2 years ago. Funeral Service has not been announced.

Larry's inurment will be at Veterans Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ with date to be announced..

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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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