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Last updated:  07/07/2016

It is with deep regret that we must report the passing of Abraham “Abe” Illges Jr., USS Forrest Sherman DD-931 shipmate who served as a Lt.JG from 1960 – 1962.  Abe was diagnosed with advanced melanoma in May and passed away this morning, July 7, 2016.  Abe’s daughter Amanda notified us that Abe was one of the Shipmates that recently purchased one of the pieces of the Ship’s hull and he receive it in time to show it to everyone he could before his passing.  Amanda shared with us that Abe wanted to contact many of his friends, that he emailed regularly, so that he could inform them of his illness, but his decline was so quick that he could not do so.  Amanda said that anyone wishing to contact her via email or on her cell was free to do so – however, if you do not have her number or e-mail, if you will contact Kurt, he will provide it to you after we verify your membership in the Foundation.  Please keep Amanda and the family in your prayers during this very difficult time in their lives.  We will update the TAPS page in the next few days.


David F. "Dave" Rickert, 76, of Troy, Ill., born Aug. 11, 1939, in Granite City, Ill., passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Ill.

Dave was very proud of his time spent in the United States Navy. He was a member of the 
 Post 976 in Troy, Ill. He loved his motorcycle rides, camping, woodworking and travel. Dave loved his family and any occasion to spend time with them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Helen V., nee Foster, Rickert; brother, Frank Rickert; and sister, Virginia Turner.

Surviving are his wife, Katherine V., nee Bugger, Rickert of Troy, Ill.; children, David (Sophie Kwan) Rickert Jr., of San Francisco, Calif., Michael (Jan) Koonce of Terre Haute, Ind., Dot (Mike) Washburn of Greenville, Ill., Nancy Koonce of Greenville, Ill., Candi Sanders of Granite City, Ill., and Wendi West of Maryville, Ill.; grandchildren, Zachary Heilig, Guage Garmon, Tabatha DeBlois, Brandon and Kaitlyn "Grandpa's little angel", Washburn, Charlie Fiscus, Samuel Dalton, Spencer Sanders, Kiera and Morejiah West; great-grandchildren, Rylin and Kember DeBlois, Wyatt and Eli Garmon; sisters, Eleanor Sellers of Granite City and Peggy Thyer of Bunker Hill, Ill.; and his best buddy and friend, Lou Walker.


Here are three items you may want to look at:  2016 Reunion Reservation Form

                                                                        2016 Reunion Information Pages

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