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JOHNSON, FREDRIC E.  
Col. Fredric E. Johnson U.S. Army, Retired Col. Fredric E. Johnson, 96, of Las Vegas, passed away Aug. 8, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 12, 1918, in Chicago, Ill., to Roy and Catharine Johnson. He attended Lake View High School, where he was Captain of the ROTC. He joined the Illinois National Guard in 1938 and mustered into the U.S. Army in September 1941, attending O.C.S. at Ft. Lee, Va. With the outbreak of World War II, he was appointed the Commander of the 3937th Gasoline Supply Company. After D-Day, his Company was in support of the 1st, 9th, and 3rd Armies. During the Battle of the Bulge, they saved a fuel depot near Liege, Belgium, after it was hit by V-1 "Buzz Bombs," needing help to fight the fires, he commandeered German POW's. For this action, he was awarded the Bronze Star and was selected as Chief Operations Officer for petroleum for the 1st, 3rd, 9th, and 8th Tactical Air Corps. After the war, he married Margaret C. Ballinger of Nashville, Tenn. From 1947-1951, he was the first permanent petroleum instructor at the Quartermaster School, Fort Lee. During the Korean Conflict, he was sent to Taiwan as part of the Military Assistance Group to the Nationalist Government. He supervised petroleum facilities for the U.S. Military and the Nationalist Government. In 1955, he was sent to France, with his family, as Chief of Operations, U.S. NATO Pipelines Europe. His first project was the construction of the NATO pipeline through France and Germany. From 1960-1964, he was the Commanding Officer, U.S. Army Pipeline Alaska, B.C. and Yukon Territory. He managed a 626-mile pipeline for the U.S. and Canadian forces. In 1964, the Great Alaskan Earthquake struck and with his troops, they re-secured the pipeline for fuel for the SAC bases. For this action, he received the Military Legion of Merit. In 1965, at the Pentagon, he was responsible for a $60 million build-up in Vietnam. In Vietnam in 1967, he was Director of Petroleum, where he supported the distribution of two and one-half million barrels of fuel monthly for the Army, Navy and Air Force. His last tour was a Acting Commander of the Defense Fuel Supply Center. There he coordinated the procurement of petroleum, for all U.S. military and civilian agencies worldwide, with an annual budget of $1.5 billion. Retiring in 1972, he was a Civil Service employee for the Federal Energy Administration as a Director of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. He worked on the SPR from concept to completion. After 38 years of public service, he and his wife moved to Los Angeles. In 1995 they moved to Seattle. Margaret, his wife, of 63 years, passed away in 2009 and he moved to Las Vegas to live with his eldest son and family. He loved to cook and his travels gave him insight into foreign cuisines. He enjoyed having a good cigar, doing his crossword puzzles and listening to Glenn Miller. He touched the lives of all his family members with his generosity and counsel. He will be sorely missed, more than words can express, but his spirit covers all who will remember him. He is survived by his children, Fredric, Michael, Margaret Ann Pyle, Penny Andrew and Kelly Clair; grandchildren, Jenifer, Barbara, Ian, Cari and Emma; his great-grandchildren, Kayla F., Kayla B. and Ella P.; brother, Donald Johnson of Rockford, Ill.; and many nephews and nieces. Colonel Johnson and his wife, Margaret, will be interred in the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery.
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LINDSEY-MARCH, JUDITH ANN  
In Loving Memory of Judith Ann Lindsey-March Sept. 17, 1964 – Aug. 31, 2014 The Lord called you home one year ago today. We knew the time had come to let you go even though you fought hard to stay. Our hearts were broken. You will always be in our hearts, we love you and miss you every day. Love You Always, Dad & Mom, Son, James, and Sister, Shelly
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PISANI, ROSEMARY  
ROSEMARY PISANI Rosemary (nee Mikulich) Pisani entered into eternal life surrounded by her children Aug. 22, 2015, following a valiant battle with metastatic cancer. Rosemary was born Jan 24, 1930, in Las Vegas, to Slava and Sam Mikulich, both original Croatian pioneers of the Valley and owners of the first Las Vegas Cafe on Fremont St. She attended Las Vegas Grammar School until the seventh grade. In 1947, she completed primary and secondary education at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, an all-girls boarding school run by the Dominican Sisters in La Canada, Calif.. Rosemary then attended Mount St. Mary's College, obtaining a bachelor of biological sciences degree. In 1950, she enrolled at the Jesuit University of San Francisco to obtain her teaching certificate. It was there that she met her "one and only," Louis "Lou" Pisani. They were married Aug. 8, 1952 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and would later welcome four children. Rosemary loved to teach, first working at Sunrise Acres and St. Anne's Catholic School before starting her own family, followed by several years of teaching at Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic School once her children were grown. Additionally, together with her siblings, a 13-year partnership was formed to own and operate the Ambassador Motel and the Ambassador East Best Western located on Fremont St. Previously, in 1953, her parents opened, operated and managed the Ambassador Motel. In 1959, Rosemary and her, husband, Lou, were one of the founding parish families of Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church. She had a lifelong devotion to her faith and especially to Mother Mary. Rosemary was very active in her parish community as a member of the Altar Society, a Girl Scout leader and as a lifelong member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Rosemary was an avid gardener, swimmer and traveler. Some of her fondest memories were of her travels with family all over the United States, to Mexico, and to over 16 European countries. She was a talented hostess and loved to throw beautiful holiday and family celebrations. Most importantly, she was overall a woman devoted to faith and family, a loving and supportive mother and grandmother. Rosemary is survived by her husband, Lou; children, Veronica Morton (Charles), Lyndalou Bullard (Bryan), Juliana and Sam; 14 grandchildren, Rosemary, Charles, Patricia, Peter, Samantha, Liliana, Joseph, Petra, Blaise, Lauren, Louis, Caroline, Dominyck and Michael; and six great-grandchildren, Victoria, Philip, Luke, TJ, Audrey, and Ethan. Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, with Rosary following, both at Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main St. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church, 3050 Alta Drive. The family asks that donations be made in Rosemary's name to the American Cancer Society.
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PURDUE, ALBERT  
ALBERT PURDUE Albert "Bert" Purdue slipped into Heaven peacefully Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at home, in Las Vegas. His immediate family was nearby and they were with him continually during the final months of his battle with multiple myeloma. Bert's family were pioneers in Nevada and helped settle Goodsprings and Las Vegas in the early 1900's, then relocated to Los Angeles in the 1920's. Bert was born in 1934, in Los Angeles, to Howell Purdue of Arkansas and Jean Nevada Fayle Purdue of Goodsprings. He spent his early years in Los Angeles, where his father practiced law and then returned to Las Vegas with his mother when he was three years old. His early Las Vegas childhood years in the 1940's were spent riding bikes and playing with what became lifelong friends. Returning to California, Bert graduated from Harvard School in North Hollywood, then went on to graduate from the University of Southern California in 1960 following a two-year stint with the U.S. Army. Both in high school and college, Bert was a serious track star. He held several state track records for decades and received the CIF Champion award for the 880 (half-mile) in 1952. He remained an active runner all of his life. Bert returned to Las Vegas in 1960 with his wife, Margy, and raised their three active children in this community. He began his career as a stock broker with Eastman Dillon and ended as a portfolio manager with Wells Fargo Bank managing Taft Hartley accounts prior to his retirement in 2000. Bert was always active in his community. He was president of the Las Vegas Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, he served on the boards of the YMCA, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army and was an active member of Christ Church Episcopal. His favorite pastime was coaching youth teams, he spent years coaching Pop Warner football, OLLV basketball and even coached girls' track. He was always touched to hear one of his former players refer to him as Coach Purdue. Bert was a thoughtful and analytical man. He loved to read, especially history books, peruse maps and always enjoyed Padres baseball and USC football games. He married Cheryl Hoffman Rogers in 1987 and they had over 28 years of devotion to one another. They loved car trips anywhere in the U.S. and traveled to Europe, Asia, and Russia. He especially enjoyed the many years they had at their home in Cedar City, Utah, and he shared many loving moments with all his dogs. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; three children, Don and Laurie (nee Abdo) Purdue, Doug and Gina Purdue and Jean and Eugene Youngerman; three stepchildren, Suzanne Rogers (Brian), Kimberly Rogers (Eugene) and Perry Rogers (Nicole); 16 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren; and several very dear cousins in Connecticut and New York. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Christ Church Episcopal, 2000 S. Maryland Parkway. Private burial following at the family plot in Goodsprings. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Bert may be sent to Nevada Public Radio, 1289 S. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89146, Vegas PBS, 3050 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121, or Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741.
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ATIYEH, FRED  
FRED ATIYEH Anees "Fred" Atiyeh, 84, a 56-year resident of Las Vegas, passed away Aug. 12, 2015, after a brief illness, at Nathan Adelson Hospice, with his loving wife, Anita, by his side. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Khalil and Aniese Atiyeh; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Harold Wilson; and his brother-in-law, Richard Mlady. Fred leaves behind his beloved wife; their three children in the Las Vegas area, Kathi (Lee) Brunson, Joanne (Tom) Crine and Ron (Valerie) Atiyeh; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Fred is also survived by his sisters and brother-in-law, Lyn Bair of Vancouver, Wash., and Jeannie and Gene Buran of Marietta, Ga.; sister-in-law, Phyllis McCormick of Nehalem, Ore.; and many nieces and nephews that looked up to him as head of the Atiyeh Clan. Fred was known and loved by many in southern Nevada through his ownership of Atiyeh Chevron and his work with youth athletics, as a coach, referee, umpire and avid, sometimes too vocal, cheerleader. Fred will be missed more than words can describe. Celebration of life will be at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at the Clark County Fire Fighters Union Hall, 6200 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children in the memory of Anees "Fred" Atiyeh.
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BOYCE, DOUGLAS  
DOUGLAS BOYCE Douglas Richard Boyce, of Las Vegas, passed away Aug. 24, 2015. Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Palm Mortuary-S. Jones, 1600 S. Jones Blvd. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at SNVMC, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City.
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BYRNES, BILL  
BILL BYRNES William T. "Bill Byrnes Jr., 73, of Dayton, passed away Aug. 23, 2015, after medical complications. Bill was born Aug. 28, 1941, in San Francisco and educated at Riordan High School. He earned his bachelor of science degree at the University of Nevada, Reno and his master's degree at Northern Arizona University. He played for the Wolf Pack football team as starting left defensive end. He retired from the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, where he taught history and government and coached soccer teams. He relocated to Dayton Valley Country Club in Dayton. Family members include Lenore Byrnes; and sons, Mike Byrnes (Shawna Ekholt) of Sparks, Patrick Byrnes of Utah and John Byrnes of Utah; grandchildren, Kelli and Braden Byrnes of Utah; and sister, Barbara McDonald of Greenbrae, Calif. He was a loyal fan of Wolf Pack teams and the San Francisco 49'ers and Giants. Bill will be buried in the Dayton Cemetery in Lyon County.
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CURRY, THOMAS  
THOMAS CURRY Thomas Gene Curry, of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully, in his sleep, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. The love of his life, Alice Mae Curry, passed away three weeks earlier July 26, 2015, and Thomas was unable to continue without her. They were married Dec. 23, 1961, after a two-week engagement and remained loving and devoted to each other until their last breaths. Thomas was born Oct. 5, 1937, in Lamesa, Texas, 1937, the only child of Thomas and Violet (nee Looney) Curry. He grew up in Texas and Nevada, and attended the University of Nevada, Reno. He was an avid golfer, a life member of the Las Vegas Elks and a retiree of over 40 years from the Nevada Test Site. He is survived by his sons, Richard Curry, Thomas Curry and Ralph Curry; daughter, Carol Brothers; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Celebration of life memorial will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Elks Lodge, 4100 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. Please come and enjoy some of Tom and Alice's favorite thingscard games and country music. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you send a donation to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, the American Cancer Society or your local Elks Lodge. "Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love."
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FLORY, MARION  
MARION FLORY Marion Flory, age 86, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. She was born May 1, 1929, in San Antonio, the daughter of Walter and Lela Gullette and sister of James Gullette. Marion was married to Joseph C. Flory in Hot Springs New Mexico, April 22, 1949, who preceded her in death March 9, 2013. She is survived by her three sons, Raymond V Flory, George A. Flory, his wife, Toni, and Frank J. Flory, and his wife, Kathy; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Services will be at 11:20 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Shriners Children's Hospital in memory of Marion.
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GARDNER, GARY  
GARY GARDNER Gary Alan Gardner, 66, passed away Aug. 23, 2015, at his home, in Las Vegas. Gary was born Sept. 21, 1948, in Oklahoma City, to Doris "Lee" and Rex Gardner. He grew up in Chickasha, Okla., later moving to Omaha, Neb. He graduated from Burke High School and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. While he earned a minor in music, it remained his lifelong passion. A drummer, he played with The Commodores, his high school band in the 60's. Gary spent a 35-year career in banking following in the footsteps of his father and beloved grandfather. He served as a senior officer for several banks in Oklahoma and Nevada. Gary is survived by his daughters, Kristen Wakley and her husband, Bo Wakley, and Courtney Gardner and her fiance, Chris Yuriar; five grandchildren; and cousins, Joe and Mike Preston, who were like brothers to Gary. Gary will be deeply missed by all his friends and family. Celebration of life will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at Canyon Ridge Church, 6200 W. Lone Mountain. Please contact servicesforgary@gmail.com for more informaiton.
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