He was expecting a 10th grandchild in November.

"It's so sad that he'll not get to know this baby," Woodward said.

When Johnson wasn't horsing around with the kids, he liked to visit a beach home he and his wife own in Nags Head, N.C. Ocean fishing, Woodward said, was Johnson's "nirvana."

"He was just such a big kid," she said. "You always braced yourself when John walked in the room because there was a huge bear hug coming at you."

Pandit, who grew up in Bombay and studied marine engineering in Calcutta, came to the United States in 1974. He finished his graduate studies at the University of Michigan and used his degree in marine engineering to land a civilian job at the Navy 25 years ago.

Known to his family as Kisan, he was a father to two grown children, and a grandfather.

"It's heartbreaking," M. Nuns Jain, a longtime friend, said outside Pandit's home on a leafy street in North Potomac. "He was a fantastic person, loving, caring, very dedicated. He loved his work."

No one answered the phone at Pandit's home Tuesday, but his family released a statement describing him as a "a kind and gentle man who loved his family, friends, dog and job."

The family released a photography of Pandit with a puppy.

"Kisan took great pride in being employed by the United States Navy, which he very proudly served in various capacities as a civilian for over 25 years," the family said. He "felt extremely privileged to have contributed to the superiority of the U.S. Navy and the country that he served."

Kohler lived in a large house shaded by pin oaks and pines on a wide stretch of Herring Creek in Tall Timbers. Neighbors said he and his wife had two daughters.

"Great guy, good family man, good boater," said Rick Meatyard, who owns a nearby marina.

A woman who answered the door said no one would comment and referred questions to the Navy public affairs office.

Kohler was a past president of the Rotary Club in Lexington Park, said the current club president, Jack Pappas.

"Our motto is service above self, and that's what he did," Pappas said. "He was a family man. He had two daughters and was just a nice man. You'd like him for a neighbor."

The club of about 100 members supports about 30 local charities and hands out between 20 and 30 college scholarships a year, Pappas said.

The year after Kohler served as president, he was the club's "King Oyster," in charge of organizing the annual U.S. Oyster Festival, which takes place in October at the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds.

In addition to having the organizational skill to pull together one of area's largest seafood festivals, Pappas said, the festival's "king" must be a bit of a showman.

"He gets to wear a crown and a big heavy red robe and carry a scepter, all very nautical," Pappas said. "Rotary is a charitable thing but fellowship is a big thing as well."

Dale Minson, a neighbor and former classmate of Proctor's at La Plata High School, said Proctor was happy about a recent change from the night shift to days at the Navy Yard.