Brian Joseph JamesMarine Corps majorA Mass of...


Brian Joseph James

Marine Corps major

A Mass of Christian burial for Brian Joseph James, 34, a U.S. Marine Corps major who died July 20 in the crash of the V-22 Osprey aircraft into the Potomac River, will be held at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Chapel, Fort Meyers, Va.

Burial with full military honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery.

A Baltimore native, Major James graduated from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1975. He received an associate of arts degree from the Community College of Baltimore in 1977. In 1979, he received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Maryland.

He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1980 and married Deanna Lynn Batton in 1982.

In 1988, Major James was reassigned to the Naval Air Station at Whiting Field in Florida as a flight instructor. He earned a master's degree in mathematics from the University of West Florida in 1989.

He later was assigned to the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River, where he graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, class 99, in June 1991 as an engineering test pilot.

In 1984, he served in operations in Beirut, Lebanon. He was serving with the Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Directorate when he died making a landing at the Marine Corps Air Station at Quantico, Va. He also had been selected by the Marine Corps. as an astronaut candidate.

Major James' military decorations include the Naval Aviator Insignia, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Naval Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Air Medal Strike/Flight #4.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children: Christy Marie, Erin Colleen, Kyle Joseph and Kathryn Noon James, all of Lexington Park, Md.; and two sisters, Karen J. Gailey of Mechanicsville and Susan A. James of Bel Air.

John A. Menton

Perry Hall resident

A Mass of Christian burial for John Aloysius Menton, who worked for a Baltimore machine manufacturer for more than 40 years, will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Church, 8420 Belair Road, Fullerton.

Mr. Menton, a resident of Perry Hall, died Thursday at Maryland General Hospital after a stroke. He was 82.

He was born in Wilmington, Del., where he attended Roman Catholic schools. He moved to Baltimore as a young man, taking a job as a delivery boy for L.A. Benson Co., a manufacturer of industrial fasteners, machines and supplies.

Mr. Menton retired from the company in 1974 as vice president of purchasing.

For 37 years, he belonged to the Dundalk Moose Club.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Serio Etzel of Perry Hall; three sons, John J. Menton of Glen Burnie, and Anthony F. Etzel Jr. and Michael C. Etzel, both of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Richard G. Oberg

Started insurance firm

A Mass of Christian burial for Richard G. Oberg, a retired insurance executive who founded a company in Baltimore, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Cockeysville.

Mr. Oberg, who was 73, died yesterday at St. Joseph Hospital of a heart condition .

The Timonium resident was born in Omaha, Neb., and attended schools there. He studied business at Princeton University and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

World War II interrupted Mr. Oberg's college career; he served as a U.S. Army captain. He later settled in Baltimore with his wife, Dorothy Ruth Balazik.

Mr. Oberg worked for Aetna Casualty and Surety Co. for more than 20 years, then founded an insurance agency in Towson, the Center for Insurance Inc.

After retiring in 1983, he was a consultant to the Maryland Home Builders Association and as executive director of the Maryland International Trade Association.

He also was a member of the Service Corps of Retired Executives.

Mr. Oberg was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Texas, in Cockeysville.

He is survived by his wife and six children: Richard G. Oberg Jr. of Ellington, Conn; Barbara Lee Reber of Jacksonville, Fla.; Phyllis Jean Friend of Monroevile, Ala.; Harriet Anne Myers of Charleston, S.C.; Marilyn Oberg-Olmi of Waynesboro, Va.; and Christopher Stuart Oberg of Towson. He also is survived by 14 grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Heart Association of Maryland, 415 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21202, or St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville 21030.

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