Obituaries for Dec. 5

William E. Crater

Mr. Crater, 67, of Hermitage, died Thursday.

Services will be Saturday at 4 p.m. at Bond Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Richard O. Means

Graveside services for Mr. Means will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

Mr. Means, 85, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and master navigator, died early Tuesday, Dec. 4 at his home in the Scenic Halls retirement community near San Antonio, Texas.

Means, an infantryman at the close of World War II, was born in Lebanon on July 8, 1927, and graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy in 1944. His mother,  Mrs. Helen Means, was a long-time teacher and librarian at Lebanon High School before her death in 1968.

He was commissioned in the Air Force in 1953 after his graduation from Vanderbilt University. After earning his wings as a navigator-bombardier and serving aboard tanker aircraft, he flew B-52 combat missions from Guam and aboard AC-130 gunships in the Vietnam Theater. He was awarded eight Distinguished Flying Crosses and numerous Air Medals for his combat service in Southeast Asia.

Following his Air Force retirement in 1975, he earned a law degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and practiced law in that area for several years before relocating to Annapolis, Md., where he taught remedial mathematics to freshman students at Anne Arundel Community College. After moving to San Antonio in 1996, he continued teaching math at the University of Texas in San Antonio, retiring from there eight years later.

He was married to Judy Anderson of Corsicana, Texas, and was the twin brother of John Means of San Antonio. Other survivors include five sons, Michael and his wife, Debbie, Rob and his wife, Satsuko, Bruce and his wife Patti, Sean and his wife Leslie, and Jim; a daughter, Karalee Means; and his older brother, Clement P. Means and his wife Charlene; three stepchildren¸ numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews and three great-grandchildren.

Helen Juanita Penland

Ms. Penland, 70, of Mt. Juliet, died Monday at Summit Medical Center.

Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Bond Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday at 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

 

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