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03/08/17 - NNHS Newsletter - W.D. Dangler

William Dandridge Dangler
(04 Dec 1939 - 07 Mar 2017)

Newport News High School Class of 1957

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    There is more sad news this Wednesday.
W.D. Dangler, Class of 1957, brother of Jean Dangler Kelley of VA and of the late George Dangler, passed away in Newport News on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 at the age of 77.

 From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 03/07/17, 3:33 PM - "NNHS Class of '57 - FYI - W. D. Dangler":

Dear Classmates,

Our Classmate, W. D. Dangler, passed away today. I'm so thankful our Lord had mercy upon him, and he did not have to suffer very long. He will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be at the Peninsula Funeral Home on Friday, March 10, 2017, at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

A graveside service will be held at the Peninsula Memorial Park on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.

Hope to see you there so we can pay our Classmate the respect he so richly deserves.

Typhoon regards,

Pat Beck Letzinger

   Oh, Pat, I'm so very sorry to hear this; thank you so much. You have my sincerest condolences at the loss of your classmate.

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/07/17, 4:04 PM - " William "WD" Dangler":

Hi, Carol:

Here is my message sent to the 97th Rifle Company, United States Marine Corps Reserve, Newport News, VA.

Greetings from Tampa Bay:

William "WD" Dangler passed away on March 7, 2017. Bill served in the 97th Rifle Company while we were at Newport News High School, and he served on Active Duty after graduation. He won the "Dress Blues Award" at Parris Island for shooting high score in his Recruit Platoon.

We will miss this Marine, who has done so much for the community, and Newport News High School, Class of 1957.

Visitation will be at the Peninsula Funeral Home on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6:00 - 7:30 PM.
Graveside Service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 2:30 PM.

Semper Fidelis
Joe Madagan

Joseph Madagan

   Thank you so much for these additional details, Major Madagan. You have my deepest sympathies on the passing of your classmate and fellow Marine.

From the Daily Press - 03/08/17:

        William D. Dangler
      NEWPORT NEWS - William Dangler, 77, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

He was a native of Newport News and graduated from Newport News High School, Class of 1957.

He was also part of the Hampton Road Ship Model Society.

William was preceded in death by his parents, Georgle L. and Gertrude L. Dangler; and brother, Georgle L. Dangler, Jr.

Survivors include his sister, Jean D. Kelley of Hampton, Va; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home on Friday, March 10, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

A graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park on Saturday, March 11, at 2:30 p.m. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on March 8, 2017.
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Bill will be missed by all who knew him. He was always there as a friend and willing to help everyone in anyway he could. His support to our old high school class is unmatched. May our God give peace and comfort to his family.

~ Jim McDonald, Williamsburg, Virginia

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He will be missed. I have such fond memories of going to visit and hearing him tell stories from all his research on the family tree.

~ Bonnie Kerschner (Lutz)

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W.D., you will be missed. I remember as a little girl sitting and listening to all the fascinating stories you would tell of our family history.....

~ Amy Zuck (Lutz), Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

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W.D. was a special Classmate of the NNHS Class of '57. His dedication and hard work will definitely be missed. He was such an interesting person to talk to as he lived a very different and interesting life. He was involved in so many things. He was a good friend and I'll miss him very much. May God give him divine peace.

~ Patricia Beck Letzinger, Newport News, V

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to W.D.'s family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/09/17:

It has been so nice to hear from so many Marines from the 97th Rifle Company, USMCR, Newport News, VA with the passing of WD Dangler, NNHS Class of 1957.
WD went to Parris Island with five other Marines Recruits from Newport News and Hampton. Even identified a Marine friend in Boston who was in that Recruit Platoon.

The Corps is small, but fierce, and no doubt ISIL will find that out now that the Secretary of the Defense sent a Marine Artillery Battalion to Syria to support the U.S. Army Rangers who will go face to face with the Barbarians in Syria. Semper Fidelis.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan

Joseph Madagan

   Thanks so much, Adonis.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

 Onward Christian Soldiers

Words by Sabine Baring Gould in Church Times, 1865

Music (St. Gertrude) by Arthur S. Sullivan, 1871

Onward Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See His banner go!

Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!

2. At the sign of triumph
Satan's host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell's foundation quiver
At the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise!

3. Like a mighty army
Moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided;
All one body we
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity.

4. Onward, then, ye people,
Join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and Honor,
Unto Christ the King;
This thro' countless ages
Men and angels sing.

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Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herb Hice, one of my Famous Marines who served in WWII
Thanks, Herbie!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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