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Post 162

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Day is done,

gone the sun,

From the hills,

from the lakes,

From the sky.

All is well,

safely rest,

God is nigh.


Fades the light;

And afar

Goeth day,

And the stars

Shineth bright,

Fare thee well;

Day has gone,

Night is on.


Thanks and praise,

For our days,

'neath the sun,

'neath the stars,

'neath the sky,

As we go,

This we know,

God is nigh.


2010 2011  



Robert Vandecar

Tanya Cassidy

Ralph Dennison

Alan Malz

Robert Lavendar

Brian  Honecker

2007 2008 2009
John Petti

"Smokey" Grover

Tex DeMoss

Sheila Grimes

Raymond Lockhart

 Walter J. Drewry

Paul Garber

Troy Faber

John Staub

Jim Gaphercohl

Steve McCarthy

James Beasley

Leona Jones

Connie Beverly

2004 2005 2006
John Kostro

Jim Byrne

Charles Splaine

Dick Polacheck

Charlie Moon


Jimmie Bledsoe

George Cook

Leonard Miller

Charlie Petitt

Ron Leo

Charles Bodine

Bea Kraus

Tony DaCosta

Phyllis Leo

Tim Rutherford

Lou Ricker


Alan Malz

Legionnaire Alan Malz, TSgt Retired USAF, 80, of Phenix City, AL (formerly of Woodbridge, VA) passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2011, of pulmonary fibrosis.  Alan served as the Post Commander for Lorton Post 162 for two terms as well as the Post 162 Club Manager.  He served as our 17th District Commander for Legion Year 2001 - 2002.  Alan was also a member of the VFW, DAV, Ancient Order of Hibernians, and Washington Police Emerald Society among other organizations for a limited time.  Legionnaire Alan Malz's body is being flown to the Washington, D.C. area for a Memorial Service at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, Woodbridge, at 9:45 a.m. Friday, August 12th, followed by an 11:00 a.m. graveside service with full Military Honors and burial with his wife in Quantico National Cemetery.  The family invites Alan's friends to join in a celebration of his life at the American Legion Post 162 in Lorton, Virginia, from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12th.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in the name of Alan Malz to the Lazarus Society at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Phenix City, AL



On Thursday, July 28, 2011 of Lorton, VA. Beloved husband of Jessica Honecker; father of Ashley Honecker and Bryant Decker; son of Gardajo and the late Duanc G. Honecker; step-son of Deb Honecker; brother of Kevin, Kimberly, Duane Jr., David Honecker and Linda Honecker-Lang. Relatives and friends may call at Jefferson Funeral Chapel, 5755 Castlewellan Dr. Alexandria, VA on Tuesday, August 2 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., where funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment private.





of Dumfries, va, passed away July 22, 2011. He was the widower of Dorothy Lavinder and was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 100. He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Lavinder was born in Big Island, VA on August 19, 1930, a son of the late Robert James Lavinder, Sr. and the late Jessie Irene Goff. He is survived by a son and his wife, Robert James Lavinder, III (Ruth) of Alexandria; three daughters, Brenda Watson (Jeff) of Manassas, Sandy Lytle (Kevin) of Hartwood, Kelly Chauncey (James) of Alexandria, a sister Betty Kelly of Hartwood and 10 grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be I made to the American Cancer Society or Medi I Home Hospice.


Leona M. Jones

Leona M. Jones, age 78, of Lorton, VA., died April 8, 2009 at Mt. Vernon Hospital. She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Butkewich of Sykesville, PA; and her brother, Theodore Leo Butkewich of Sykesville, PA. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Keith D. Jones; her sons, Randy Jones of Falls Church, VA and Timothy D. Jones (Melissa) of Glen Allen, VA; daughter, Becky Jones Suchy (Tony) of Virginia Beach, VA; sister, Marlene Routzahn (Stanley) of Middletown, MD; sister-in-law, Catherine Butkewich of Sykesville, PA; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Leona was a member of the American Legion Auxillary, post 162, in Lorton, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Leona''s memory to the Lorton Library for Large Print Books, 9520 Richmond Hwy, Lorton, VA. 22079.

Connie Beverly

Our post 162 American Legion family offers our deepest sympathy to Connie's family and friends.

James O. Beasley

A Korean War Veteran and member of Post 162 since 1989, James passed on 21 February 2009.

Our post 162 American Legion family offers our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. James Beasley

Steve McCarthy

Stephen Alexander McCarthy, Jr., 69, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Woodbridge, died Saturday, December 27, 2008 at Golden living Center of Fredericksburg.

Mr. McCarthy was a native of the Washington DC area and had worked as a security guard at Mary Washington Hospital.

Survivors include his four children, Michael Brendan McCarthy, Beth Allison, Jennifer Brothers, and Matthew McCarthy; ten grandchildren; two brothers, Michael and Kevin and two sisters, Clare Davis and Elaine Bellman. He was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Anne McCarthy Prezitti.

Jim Gaphercohl

Our post 162 American Legion family offers our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Jim Gaphercohl.

John D. Staub

On November 2, 2008 in Stafford, VA. John was preceded in death by his wife Betty Jean Staub. He was the loving father to Kimberley S. Staub of Fredericksburg, VA; Victoria L. Mauney of Jacksonville, FL; and Patricia A. Csicseri of Stafford, VA; and caring grandfather to Michael Mauney, Michelle Csicseri, Paige Mauney, and step-grandfather to Nicole Mauney. He is also survived by brother Douglas Staub and step-great grandson Adrian Mauney.

Paul Garber
Paul has been a legionnaire since 1981.

Troy Faber
Troy has been a legionnaire since 2006.

Walter J. Drewry

Walter James Drewry, 76, of Woodbridge, died February 28, 2008 at Potomac Hospital. Walter was born on April 4, 1931 in New York to Walter Frederick and Marie (Carey) Drewry. Mr. Drewry retired after 23 years of service with the United States Navy at the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He was twice awarded the National Defense Service Medal.After retiring from the Navy, Walter pursued a second career as an optician and manager at Sterling Optical. Walter married the love of his life on September 18, 1954 and enjoyed 53 years of marriage with his wife, Eileen. He was proud of his military career in the US Navy where he traveled the world. He loved the ocean and vacationing at the beach. Walter enjoyed watching and playing golf, football, baseball and was a true sports fan. Walter had a great love of reading and spending time with his family and friends. Walter was a past commander and member of the Lorton American Legion Post #162 and the Woodbridge VFW Post #7916. Mr. Drewry is survived by his wife Eileen Drewry of Woodbridge; two daughters: Maurine Wood and her husband Alfred Wood of Woodbridge, VA and Colleen Margaret Wood and her husband Terrence Wood of Crofton, MD. Three Grandchildren: Phillip Wood, Connor Wood, and Mitchell Wood. One Brother: Patrick Drewry of Waterbury, CT. Interment will take place on Monday March, 31 2008, 1:00 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Walter's name to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.
(Potomac News)


Raymond G. Lockhart

A member of Post 162, Raymond was a member of the American Legion for 29 years.

Sheila Ann Grimes

August 4, 1943 - December 10, 2007

Charles 'Tex' DeMoss

Fraternal Order of Police Article

Tex passed away on 16 November 2007,  He was a Life Member serving 36 years here at Post 162 and a total of 54 years overall service to the American Legion.  

Tex served with the United States Naval Reserve and the United States Army

A Ceremony for Draping the American Legion Charter will be conducted in honor of Tex and Smokey Grover at the Post on 4 Dec at 1800.  Internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery on 6 December 2007.

A long standing leader, member and friend of Post 162, we shall remember and miss him.


Harold D. "Smokey" Grover, 79

A longtime Alexandria, VA resident died peacefully on Friday, October 26, 2007 at INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital. Smokey was born in Edgar, Nebraska on March 12, 1928., After serving in the Navy during WWII, he moved his family across the U.S. following work opportunities until finally settling in Alexandria, VA in 1958. Smokey retired from Coastal Pile Driving after 20 years.

Smokey is survived by Patty Ann, his beloved wife for 60 years, along with three daughters: Suzie Stone, Mitzi Deavers and her husband Billy, Shari Stone and her husband Rickie, two sons, Benny Grover and his wife, Star and Bobby Grover; 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 29, 2007 from 7 to 9 p.m. at MULLINS & THOMPSON FUNERAL SERVICE, Fredericksburg Chapel. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 1 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Smokey was a member of the American Legion Post 162 for 27 years. Memorial contributions may be made to Post 162, 8210 Legion Drive, Lorton, VA 22079.

John M. Petti

On April 8, 2007, a member of Post 162 and a life long resident of Alexandria, VA, JOHN, was preceded in death by his wife Carol and his son Johnnie. He was the devoted father of Ron (Theresa) Petti and the loving companion of Pat Hampton. He is also survived by his sister Jean Grimm and brother Robert (Louise) Petti; several nieces and nephews and four grandchildren. (Washington Post)

Lou Ricker

A long standing leader, member and friend of Post 162 and District 17, Lou passed on 17 December 2006.  We shall remember and miss him.

Donations to Boy's State, Lou's long-standing Program, in lieu of flowers is requested.


On Sunday, December 17, 2006, of Alexandria, VA. Beloved husband of Frances Sindlinger Ricker; father of Mark Scott, Bruce T. and Eric S. Ricker, all of Alexandria, VA; grandfather of Aimee, Eric, Shane, Sarah, Katie, Zackery; great-grandfather of Tre. Memorial contributions may be made to
Virginia American Legion Boys State, c/o Larry Greene, Treasurer, PO Box 638, Montrose, VA 22520.  (WP)

Timothy V. Rutherford

A member of Post 162 for over 25 years, Tim passed on 4 November 2006.  He was 57. Tim was a Vietnam era veteran having served in the US Army from '71 through '73.  Tim was a member of the Post 162's Legion State Championship softball team.  Tim is survived only by his fellow members of Post 162.  Pictures from the service are here.

Tony DaCosta

A friend of Post 162, Tony passed 5.24.06.  We shall miss him.

Beatrice 'Bea' Kraus

Post and Unit 162 mourn the passing of our friend and comrade on 4 March 2006

Charles Bodine

A Life Member of the American Legion, Post 162 mourns the passing of our friend and comrade.

Ronald S. Leo

A member of Post 162 and father of Commander Steve Leo, Ron passed on 30 November 2005.  Post 162 mourns the passing of our friend and comrade.

Charles E. 'Charlie' Petitt, Jr.

A member of Squadron 162, Charlie passed 27 November 2005.  Post 162 mourns the passing of our friend and comrade.

Leonard Miller

A member of Unit 162, Leonard passed suddenly 15 July 2005.  Post 162 mourns the passing of our friend and comrade.

George Cook

A long standing leader, member and friend of our Post, George passed away 30 April 2005. 

Our Post has lost a valued member and good friend.


George F. Cook, age 66, of Woodbridge died on Saturday, April 30, 2005, at Fairfax Hospital. He was a special deputy with the U.S. Marshal Service for 19 years. He was a member of the Lorton American Legion Post 162. He served nine years with the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dottie Cook; his daughter, Cindy Ward; his son, David Cook and his wife, Theresa; his grandchildren, Peggy Waggy, Ronnie Ward Jr., Matthew Ward, Steven Ward, Samantha Cook and Troy Cook and his great-grandchildren, Mikey and Travey Waggy.


Jimmie D. Bledsoe

A Legionnaire since 1960, Jimmie Dee Bledsoe, 79, of Stafford County, formerly of Woodbridge, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2005.

John W. "John John" Kostro

December 25th, 2004

Jim Byrne

Jim died Wednesday night, 9-22-04, in an ATV accident. 

Post 162 mourns the passing of our comrade and good friend.  Our post has lost a valued member.


Father of Jennifer, Susan, Malila, Andrew and Adam; son of Gladys U. Byrne; brother of Edward A. Byrne III and Linda; grandfather of Lucian.


To My friend

I thought of you just the other day. I wondered how you had been. I thought ďI need to call my old friendĒ. I wish I'd made that call. I got a call today that said my friend has gone. It's a sad day for me, I've loved and known you for so long. We shared lots of memories together you and me. You were such a sweet person, a wonderful Dad.  A genuine good guy. A loving and funny man, he was my true friend. I remember long ago we went to a funeral. Jim had lost a fishing buddy. I had lost my brother. Some of you may have heard this story, some of you were there. You see we got lost that day in Kentucky.  Jim stopped to ask directions. He came out smiling from ear to ear. He said "I just met the honest to goodness Barnie Fyfe" and we laughed until we cried. Jim, you made that day a little easier for me. Today is also a sad day for me having to say goodbye to you my friend. I will always remember you smiling from ear to ear. I will cherish my memories of you. Iíll never let them die. Iíll see you again one day on the other shore. I like to think you're already fishing with the one's that went before. One day you, my friend, will see me again and we will laugh with the angels for eternity.


Charles 'Charlie' Splaine

Charles "Charlie" Thomas Splaine, age 83, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, in Arlington.

Charles is survived by his wife of 45 years Naomi; daughter Theresa Heiderschidt; and three grandsons, James Fowler, and John and Sean Heiderschidt. He is also survived by his sister Sarah Leonard.

Charles served in the U.S. Air Force and was a Veteran of W.W. II. He moved to Woodbridge in 1956 and was the co-founder of the Leonard-Splaine Company. He was a member of Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, The Elks, and The American Legion in Lorton.

Dick Polachek

POLACHECK. RICHARD A., MSG USA (Ret.)  Member Post 162, Lorton, Va

On July 13, 2004 of Springfield, va, beloved husband of Jonilynn M. Polacheck; loving father of Sheila A. McDaniel; stepfather of Katrina A. Levett and Megan B. Benanck; brother of Robert Polacheck and grandfather of Lauren McDaniel, LeAnn McDaniel, Bailey McDaniel and Abigail McDaniel.

Charlie Moon



Richard Hunter

Clifford Maxwell

Theodore D. Carr

William J. Collins

Ricardo Cruz

George A. Fryer

William R. Gregg

Louis J. Jurasits

Leonard J., Mangenello

Harold Mohaupt

Ronald L. Oaks

Vale D. Short

Robert T. Stead

Richard Buttery

Willis F. Chapman

Rodney M. Crump

Herman D. Donaldson

Allan H. Gordon

Ester V. Jones

George Makuta

Robert F. McKeon

Jeffrey F. Mosher

James J. O'Rourke

Joseph F. Stafford

Nelson Strawderman

Frank G. Vaquera




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