This page is devoted to the memory of Continental Country Club Veterans

Remembering Ken Owens

Kenneth (Ken) Owens passed away on July 31, 2023.
Ken joined the Army Air Corp during WWII after finishing High School. He trained as a pilot and flew B29’s in the Pacific until the war ended with his taking part in the flyover of the US Missouri in Tokyo Bay Sept 2, 1945, during the signing of the Surrender.
He earned his Electrical Engineering degree on the GI Bill from Milwaukee School of Engineering. After college Ken started his own business, Industrial Writers and Illustrators. He later served as Communications Director for several notable corporations.
He married the love of his life, Dorothy Ann Yumplot and celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary just 25 days before his death. Ken was an avid golfer and played several times a week during the 30+ years of his retirement. Second to golf was his love of playing Bridge, which he did often and well. Visiting the exercise room was his daily routine even into the last week of his life.
Survived by: his wife, Dorothy Ann Owens, sons Theodore Ralph Owens, Craig Kenneth Owens and Douglas Alex Owens, 9 grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren. Preceded in death by: son, Jeffery George Owens and daughter, Pamela Jo Kanuch. Celebration of Life will be held November 16, 2023 at the First Christian Church in Wildwood, FL, 5900 Warm Springs Ave @ 1pm to 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donate to the charity of your choice.


From Billy Schools


With a heavy heart, it’s my sad duty to report the passing of Veterans Association, Commander Rick
Whitmer. His passing was sudden and totally unexpected. Keep his wife, Lynn and their family in your
thoughts and prayers during their difficult times. It was my honor and privilege to have work with him for
the past few years. He will truly be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing Rick. Rest In Peace
friend and comrade. For Rick’s obituary, click here.

Another note of passing my friend and neighbor, Tony Mazzeo. Tony was 98 years old and a member of our Veterans Association. He was also a CCC resident for 30+ years. For of those of us who were lucky enough to know him, we know he was a remarkable man. He and his wife, Ann were married a very long time. They enjoyed golf, cooking & traveling and telling others of their travels. Rest In Peace. For Tony’s obituary, click here.

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Submitted by Randy Stegemerten

LYLE ORR JR. was born on December 26, 1942 in Youngstown, OH. Lyle served in the Army for two years then in the Reserves as a Special Forces Green Beret during Vietnam conflict. He was a business owner (Service Master) started by his father Lyle Sr. in the 1950’s. He retired at the age of 59 to do what he loved the most, serving his Lord and Savior Jesus through various ministries, Gideon’s, hospitals, jails, prisons, etc. He was known for his great smile, positive attitude and love for Jesus. He moved to Continental Country Club with his wife of 36 1/2 years, Kathleen, where he began a unique friendship with Mike Sedlak. Lyle leaves behind his wife Kathleen, two sons, one daughter, eight grand-children, four great grand-children, one brother and nieces and nephews along with an untold number of friends. Kathleen (Kathy) Orr still lives at Continental on Seminole Path (330-507-1753).

Lyle’s friend, MICHAEL SEDLAK, was born on February 19, 1925 in West Mifflin, PA. Mike joined the Navy at the age of 17 and was a WWII and Korean War Veteran on a destroyer escort. He moved to Continental in 1983 on Robin Road with his wife Joyce who passed away in April of 2006. He leaves behind one brother in PA, two nephews in CA and OH, one niece and several great nephews. He was very knowledgeable and handy. He had a rough exterior at times but big-hearted and known by many. Mike passed away on December 9, 2020 only four days after his good Continental friend Lyle Orr.

The community honored honor Ernie Meyers at the Veteran’s Memorial [2/2/2021]

Sad news: On January 15th, 2021 we lost another of our CCC Veterans. William “Bill” Gray passed away at a family residence in Pennsylvania. Bill and his wife Rita moved back to PA due to health issues and to be with family. Bill was one of our founders and a driving force in planning and forming the CCC Veterans Association. As our first Commander he was
instrumental in the planning and building of the Memorial that we enjoy today.

On the morning of January 18th, 2021, Ernie Meyers, our current Vice-Commander and good friend, passed away due to an illness. Ernie was also a member of our current CCC Board of Directors.

As I am sure that these two great men and veterans will be welcomed in Heaven with open arms; they will be truly missed here by all who knew them.


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