Obituaries

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Rex S. Brennan, Col.
Rex Stanley Brennan, age 68, of Manhattan, passed away on September 5, 2017 surrounded by his family at the Promise Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas.

He was born on May 20, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio to Lawrence and Shirley Brennan. His family then moved to Bonita, California a few years later to raise Arabian stallions.

At the age of 18, Rex began his military career by joining the Army. Following 4 years of service, he then went on to Kansas State University and graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.

On February 21, 1987 Rex married Rak Pun Yu.

Rex decided to continue his military career in the Air Force, where he served 18 years. He retired as an Air Force Colonel in Public Health, the highest rank in his field at the time. He loved his work. He was a natural born leader, and his ability to work with anyone allowed him to excel at his job. His generosity and kindness to all will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Rak (MiSuk), daughter Olivia, and son David.
The family will greet friends during a visitation time on Wednesday September 13, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

The funeral service for Mr. Brennan will follow the visitation at 10:00a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment with full military honors will be held at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com

Harold G. Temple, Lt. Col.
Dr. Temple (Georgia '58), 82, Dahlonega, Georgia, died June 26, 2017. Following graduation, he joined the Air Force, retiring as medical center director of veterinary services at Travis Air Force Base in California. As director, Dr. Temple supervised the care of all the military dogs, food service facilities, and subsistence inspections. He also served on the inspector general team and consulted on veterinary medicine with 22 Air Force installations. During his 21 years of military service, Dr. Temple earned a master's of public health from the University of North Carolina, became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.

His wife, Jacquelyn; two daughters and a son; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren survive him.


After a courageous three-year battle, Col. William E. “Ned” Lammers, USAF (Ret.) entered eternal rest on November 11, 2017 at the age of 76. He was born on May 16, 1941 in Topeka, KS to Walter William and Margaret “Peggy” (Morgan) Lammers. Ned honorably served in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force and retired after 35 years. He is a veteran of the Desert Storm Conflict. On October 1, 1988 he married his Forever Love, Gersey Vaughn, at Brooks AFB Chapel in San Antonio, TX. Ned was preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers-in-law; and 1 sister-in-law. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Gersey Lammers; children, Heidi Wake, Matt Lammers (Selena), Marshall Lammers, Beth Hartung (Scott), and David Wake (Melissa); 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sister, Cindy Boone (Steve); sister-in-law, Betty Vaughn; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and all the church family at La Vernia United Methodist Church. He is special to all of us and will be truly missed. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Behyar Zoghi, MD, PHD, to his support staff, and to the exceptional doctors and nurses at Methodist Hospital where they treated Ned and Gersey like family. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the La Vernia United Methodist Church.

Celebration of Life
Friday, November 17, 2017
11:30 a.m.
La Vernia United Methodist Church
210 Bluebonnet Ridge
La Vernia, TX 78121

Following the service the reception will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Family Life Building at the church. Pastor Stephen A. Curry will officiate the service. Formal procession will depart the church at 2:00 p.m. for interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ned’s name to the Methodist Bone Marrow Clinic, (BMC), 4450 Medical Dr., San Antonio, TX 78229.

William E. "Ned" Lammers
Frederick E. Becker
Dr. Frederick Earl Becker, Jr., 87, of Tallahassee Florida, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on July 19th, 2017. He was born on April 10, 1930, in Vicksburg MS, to the late Frederick Earl Becker and Willie Ruth Carwile. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Barbara Bain Becker, three children and one grandchild: Thomas Hilary, Alyson, and Andrew (Josey).
He grew up on a farm in Ashland, Alabama and attended Auburn University, and earned a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1952. He subsequently served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Veterinary Corps with a tour of duty in Korea. After his tour he moved to Miami, FL and shortly thereafter he established Bird Road Animal Hospital. Along with being a veterinarian, getting married and starting a family in Coral Gables, FL, he was also part owner of the Playhouse & Biltmore School, the Blue Grotto Italian Restaurant, GEM-B Electric Supply, all in Miami, and a Burger King franchise owner in Maine, Texas and Canada. In 1978 he started the Becker Real Estate Company in Coral Gables, and after the destruction of Hurricane Andrew, he started BEC Custom Builders, LLC.
He was a longtime member of the Rod & Reel Club, the University Club, and the Riviera Country Club. He was a lifelong football fan, a Miami Dolphin season ticket holder and Auburn University Fighting Tigers fan, WAR EAGLE FOREVER!!
He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and travelling with family and friends. He and Barbara fell in love with the Florida Keys and had several vacation homes in what he called PARADISE, his love of the Florida Keys was instilled into his family and many friends.
He was known for his humor and redneck ways, always having a joke or story to tell. He was a great husband and father and provided us with many special family trips and experiences. He will be very missed by all who knew him over his long and eventful life. As per his wishes, he will be cremated and his ashes scattered in his beloved Florida Keys. A Celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Canine Companions and the American Cancer Society. On-line condolences may be made at thebeckerfamily6@gmail.com.

Ronald L. Persing, Lt. Col

Dr. Persing (Washington State '54), 88, Springfield, Oregon, died July 28, 2017. He worked as a staff pathologist for Battelle Laboratory in Columbus, Ohio, prior to retirement in 1995. As part of the biomedical team of the laboratory, Dr. Persing participated in pathologic and toxicologic studies of chemicals and drugs. Earlier, he served in the Air Force Veterinary Corps for 20 years, retiring in 1975 as a lieutenant colonel. During that time, Dr. Persing worked at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.; the Air Force weapons laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the biomedical division of the former United States Atomic Energy Commission in Germantown, Maryland.
His daughter and son, and six grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA 99164.

James L. Sablan, SMSgt
SMSgt James L. “Spammy” Sablan entered into eternal rest on January 3, 2018 at the age of 72. He was born in Florence, South Carolina on September 12, 1945 to Larry Santos Sablan and Lillie Oma Maye.
James is survived by his wife of 27 years, Mary Cline Sablan; children, Elaina Palmer (Brent), Kirby Cline (Diane); sister, Martha Ellis (Donald); grandchildren, Amanda Sablan (Haley), Christopher Sablan, Fernando Villagran, Lila Palmer, James Cline, Elizabeth Cline; nephews, Ron Benton, Charlie Benton; fur babies, Annie and Pico Sablan.
Jim was an avid camper and loved to stay at his second home, waterfront property at Medina. He collected coins for over 60 years and constantly added to it. Jim was an animal lover and proud member of the ASPCA. He loved family and had family dinners every Sunday without fail at 5 o’clock at their house with his San Antonio family.
A visitation will begin Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. with a memorial service to be held 10:00 a.m. at Castle Ridge Mortuary. Interment to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at a later date.

Steven G. Grube, Colonel
Steve Grube, Veterinarian and retired Air Force Colonel, passed away Dec. 11, 2017 at the age of 72. He was born in Minden, Nebraska, to Albert and Laoma Grube on September 22, 1945 and grew up on the Grube farm northeast of Franklin, Neb. After grade school at a one-room Lone Star country school, he completed high school in Franklin in 1963. He went to college at the University of Nebraska for pre-veterinary studies, and to the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He also received his post-doctorate Masters of Public Health degree at the University of Michigan. After graduating from Kansas State University in 1970, he served 30 years in the Air Force, including service in the Vietnam War, and retired as a Colonel in 2000. His worldwide assignments, deployments and duties as a veterinarian, public health officer, epidemiologist, biomedical scientist, disaster preparedness officer, medical intelligence officer and many other responsibilities included Command positions at the Headquarters of four major commands… HQ Strategic Air Command, Tactical Air Command, Air Combat Command and Air Education and Training Command. Steve was Board Certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM), and he served in national offices as the Director of the Editorial Section of the ACVPM, and as the Secretary of the Veterinary Section of the American Public Health Association. With all his dedicated service, Colonel Grube received many military decorations, including the Humanitarian Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. Having been a member of the Macon Methodist Church for more than 50 years, Steve was also a member of other churches as he and his family made many moves while in the Air Force.
Steve is survived by his wife, Judy of more than 41 years, daughter, Erika, son-in-law, Eric Fortson and granddaughter, Emma and grandson, Eli, who reside in Cabot, Ark. Steve is also survived by his sister, Crystal Frerichs of Bloomington, Neb., brothers; Dick who lives in Tyler, Texas, Stan, in Kearney, Neb., and Wes and Bill Grube who are in Franklin, Neb. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Albert in 1994 and Laoma in 2007.

A memorial service will be at the Cabot United Methodist Church on Saturday, Jan 13, 2018 at 3 p.m. with a Celebration of Life reception following at the church. A military burial service will be conducted in Franklin, Nebraska at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Steve's honor to ALS in Wonderland at www.alsinwonderland.com or to the Cabot United Methodist Church; 2003 S. Pine Street; Cabot, AR 72023.

Steve also encourages everyone to continue to meet often with their own family and friends, and to understand and appreciate the service and sacrifices of those who continue to serve our nation.
Service are under the direction of Moore's Cabot Funeral Home (501) 843-5816. Please sign the online guestbook at www.moorescabotfuneralhome.com.