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Valley of the Sun — Post 194 deeply regrets to inform the Department of Arizona and its post subunits that Comrade Ben Cypress passed away recently.A military funeral will be held on May 30, 2018, at 10:00 A.M., at the Green Acres Memorial Park, 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ. If you attend, please wear your JWV cap.
Our long time memberIzzy Lichterdied Sunday morning. He will be buried Wednesday, morning, August 15, at Green Acres Cemetery 401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257. (N. Hayden Road & McKellieps Road)
Art Sloane, a tireless and passionate voice for veterans and a longtime columnist for TheArizona Republic, died Monday. He was 83.
Sloane, who spent more than 40 years in the Air Force, Air National Guard and Coast Guard, was enshrined in the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society in 2008. His continued work on veterans’ issues earned him the honor of being a Grand Marshal in the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade in 2011.
“During the 10 years I have been working with homeless veterans in Arizona, Art Sloane has been an energetic and tireless advocate,” said Terry Araman, director of the United Arizona Veterans organization. “All of us in the veteran support community owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Art.”
Sloane’s more than four decades of military service began in 1952 when he enlisted in the Air National Guard while still in high school. It was a compromise he made with his mother, who wouldn't let him join the regular Air Force.
Once he turned 18, however, he was free to do as he pleased, and in 1954 he entered the Air Force. He stayed until 1961, when he re-entered the Guard for five more years.
In 1966, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, retiring in 1995 as a master chief petty officer and command enlisted adviser.
After the military, he embarked on another career, this time as a teacher. He combined his love of education with his passion for helping the men and women who served their country in uniform.
He helped to start the Hamilton High School Veterans Graduation Project, and worked with the VA Medical Center in Phoenix and Victory Place, which provides housing assistance and job training for veterans.
He served with Arizona Stand Down, which calls attention to the plight of homeless veterans, and was active in the Jewish War Veterans, Korean War Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other organizations.
Sloane began his Veteran’s Voice column for the Republic in 2001 and continued it even after experiencing a heart episode that nearly killed him in 2010.
“I intend to do this until I drop dead,” he told KJZZ radio in a 2012 interview.
He kept up the column until two years ago, when his health kept him from continuing.
Sloane’s column generated dozens of phone calls each week from veterans and family members needing services and from readers who just wanted to know how they could help. The calls grew so voluminous that his wife, Vivian, would no longer answer the phone.
“I build my life by helping veterans,” he told KJZZ. “If I can help somebody, why shouldn’t I do the work?”
Sloane is survived by his wife of 44 years; three children; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Sun Lakes Chapel for All Faiths, 9240 E. Sun Lakes Boulevard North in Sun Lakes.
Nelson & Kathryn Magedman announce the birth of their 19th grandchild, Grayson Charles Magedman.