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In Memory of our Fallen UGSOA Officers

Officer Rich Dixon 
Passed December 24, 2014
President of Local 79 & Int'l CSO VP

Richard E. Dixon passed away on December 24, 2014 at the age of 72. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and Beloved Husband for 49 years to Elizabeth "Liz" nee Slater. He was a loving Father to Laura (Stephen) Price, Heather Knade, and Catherine "Kate" Dixon and a proud grandfather to Zack, Stephanie and Adam and a Dear Brother to James Dixon.

Rich was an active Member of UGSOA for more than twelve years and held the CSO Vice Presidents position on the International Executive Board. He was an asset to the Organization, a friend to many, and he will be greatly missed for many years to come.  

Officer John Dace
Passed June 28, 2012
Member of Local 275,
Ann Arbor MI (DHS)

John Adam Dace, a resident of South Lyon and a member of Local 275 (Ann Arbor M-DHS), died suddenly, on Thursday, June 28, 2012. He was 46 years old.

Born in Detroit on September 26, 1965, John grew up in Southfield with sisters, Jeanine, Jennifer, his twin sister Juliet, and April. He graduated from Southfield Christian School where he lettered in Cross Country and went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma.

John later entered specialized training to become a Security Guard and enjoyed the profession and friendships made within the field. 0ver the past several years he had turned to dedicate his life to Christ and strengthening his relationships with family and friends. John attended Christ for the Nations Bible College in Dallas, Texas and was re-baptized on April 2012. In following the path the Lord had laid for him, John's shining personality, warm heart and love for people was quite apparent. He was quick to offer help, especially to those most in need, could always be counted on and saw problems as opportunities for improvements. He loved kids and never lost the sense of wonder and imagination that made him such a joy to be around. In connection with his focus on spiritual strength, John also believed in maintaining his physical strength and health, making a routine of long distance walks, volleyball and biking.

A Funeral Service was held at Bright moor Christian Church, 40800 West 13 Mile Rd., Novi, Tuesday, July 3, at 10 AM with Pastor Dr. Jamie Kjos officiating. Burial Oak Grove Cemetery, Milford. Memorials may be made to Life Challenge, 17667 Pierson Street, Detroit, Ml 48219 or to Brightmoor Christian Church.

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Officer David 'Bruce" Matson
September 11, 1952 - May 28, 2012
Member of Local 206

Bruce Matson, age 59 of Albion, Michigan passed away Monday, May 28, 2012 at Bronson Battle Creek, Michigan. Bruce was a lifelong resident of Albion. He worked as a Public Safety Officer for Albion for 25 years before he retired in 2000, then he worked in Campus Safety for Albion College for several years, in 2001 he went to work for the Federal Center where he had worked for the past 10 years as a member of UGSOA Local206.

He was a Past Exalted Ruler for Albion Elk's Lodge #1798, Treasurer for Albion Moose Lodge #406, member of Eagles-Aerie #1265; he enjoyed bowling, golf and traveling. Assistance with Memorial Contributions to the Elk's Crippled Children or American Cancer Society is available at the funeral home,

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Officer James 'Jim" E. Lewis
Acting President of Local 68

Lewis, James "Jim' E.-age 77 of Savannah, TN, passed away Thursday, April 12,2012. He was retired from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Dept. following 29 years of dedicated service and was also employed as a court security officer, U.S. Marshall’s office in Knoxville, TN. Acting President of Local 68.
Officer Larry Erickson
President of UGSOA Local 134

Larry Erickson was born June 19, 1951 in Kalispel, Montana; and passed away unexpectedly at home on March 14, 2012. He is survived by his wife of almost 40 )ears, Susan, of Chattaroy; his children, Melanie (Joe) Walters and Josh (Kalee) Erickson; and his seven grandchildren, Gabble, Asher, Jalden, Braysen, Maycie, Kyler and Hudsen, all of Spokane. He was predeceased by his parents, Bob and Winnie Erickson; father-In-law, Ed Haeger, his granddaughter Gracie; and two nephews. He is also survived by his sister, Donna (Allen) Shilliam of Deer Park: his in-laws, numerous nieces and nephews, and relatives in Washington and Montana.

Larry spent his childhood in Montana, North Dakota, Airway Heights, Spokane, and then the last 35 years in Chattaroy. He graduated from Shadle Park High School; and worked several jobs, including Spokane County, the oil fields In Alaska, and the Spokane City Pollee Department as a Patrolman and firearms instructor from 1974 until his retirement in 2002. While on the Police Department, Larry received a Medal of Merit Award for "going the extra mile". For the last 10 years,
He has been a federal court security officer at the United States Courthouse in Spokane and during his time there held the position of President of UGSOA Local 134.

Larry loved many things, including talking, hunting, camping, talking, cooking/BBQing, "tinkering" in his shop, talking, inventing "a better mousetrap•, welding, building, his dog Stuart, RVing to soccer tournaments, talking, reading, solving all the world's problems In his garage over a beer, and last but certainly not least, the lights of his life, his grandkids.

Our husband, father, and friend were certainly a one-of-a-kind man who touched so many lives. He taught us how to love and how to live, and how to work hard at everything. He was always "just peachy" and showed us how fulfilling life can be when you live it selflessly, and invest in the lives of others.

In keeping with Larry's wishes, there will be no formal funeral or memorial service, but an informal "celebration of life• at a later time. Riplinger Funeral Home and Crematory
Spokane, WA assisted the family. Online guestbook at

Officer Raleigh J. Barnett, Jr.
Raleigh Jackson Barneit, Jr., age so of Florence, K.Y passed away on Sun., Apr.10, 2011 at St. Elizabeth health care in Ft. Thomas, K.Y from a massive heart attack. He was a Federal Security Officer with the E.P.A, was the Chief Steward of UGSOA Local 251. He was also a 4th degree black belt in martial arts.

He was laid to rest on sat April 16TH, 2011 in Arlington memorial gardens in Cincinnati, OH. Memorials to: Raleigh Barneit children's fund P.O. Box 15093 Covington, KY 41015. Online condolences may be sent to:
Officer Richard G.Pinchoff
Richie Pinchoff, 28, was an avid scuba diver who worked in security at DTE'S Fermi Nuclear. Power Plant in Monroe County and was a member of UGSOA 'S Local 39. Richie was about 10 minutes from home after visiting a friend in Novi when his car was hit at 1:18 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2011.

He was hit by a Virginia man driving northbound in the southbound lanes on l-275 in Van Buren Township, MI and alcohol appears to be a factor in the head-on crash. Pinchoff will lie in state at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Baptist Church before mass at 11 AM., with the Rev. James Smalarz officiating. Burial will be in Rose lawn Memorial Park in LaSalle MI.
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Officer Ronnie Thomas Kinman

Ronnie Thomas Kinman passed away Sunday evening, Sept. S, 2010, in a hospital in Butte. He was born in Butte on April 24, 1941.

Ronnie attended butte schools and graduated from Whitehall High School in 1959. He served in the United States Air Force and upon his discharge went to work for the Anaconda Company for eight years.

Ronnie joined the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency and retired Sergeant in 1992 after 20 years of service. For the past 12 years, he has worked security at the Federal Building in Butte. He was a member of the UGSOA Local 128 and the National Rifle .Association, was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, black powder shooting, motorcycles and riding snowmobiles.
Officer Don Browne

U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant (RET.) Donald A Browne, Age 58 passed away Sunday. October 3, 2010. Born on August 22. 1952, he was son of the late Charles and Elizabeth Pawue Browne.

Officer Browne grew up in Chesapeake City, MD and was a graduate of Bohemia Manor High School In 1971 he entered the U.S. Marine Corps in Elkton MD, and followed with 26 years of distinguished service. He served in Vietnam during the Vietnam conflict, Moscow, USSR, and London, England. As an Embassy Marine Security Guard. He served the last
20 years as a Marine Corps Recruiter. Officer Browne was also a member of UGSOA 20. A loving father, he provided support and guidance to his son and daughter. Mr. Browne loved his family and was proud to serve his country. He will be greatly missed.

Officer Dan Kromer

At approximately 2100 hours on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 54-year-old Auxiliary Police Lieutenant Dan Kromer of the Taylor (MICH.) Police Department was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Westbound I-94. Kromer had stopped to assist a stalled vehicle. A passing car reportedly hit the disabled vehicle and struck Lieutenant Kromer. Who was standing nearby. Kromer was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Kromer was a 20-year volunteer with the Taylor Police Department who had recently been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He is the second officer to die in the line of duty in the past two months in that city. Corporal Matthew Edwards was shot and killed while responding to reports of a burglary in progress at an apartment complex on July 23, 2010. Kromer was a member of UGSOA Local Union 289 in Detroit MI.

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Officer Teresa Lynne Cole

Teresa Lynne Cole was born February 11, 1961 in Decatur. IL and passed away on September 6, 2010. She was a twin. Timothy passed away June 18, 1991. Teresa never fully recovered from her loss.

Teresa leaves family and many friends behind who loved her dearly. Her passions were swimming with the dolphins and lucky, boating at LlakeFolsom and Wynona Judd concerts. However, her law enforcement positions were her greatest passion.

Teresa worked for Richmond Police Department from 1986 to 2004. She at the Sacramento Sheriff Department as a process server for a short time before being hired in 2007 as a Court Security Officer under The US Marshall service where she also held the position of Secretary Treasurer of the UGSOA Local Union No. 57.

Officer Frederick Walter Dantagan, III

Frederick Walter Dantagnan III, on Saturday, July 24, 2010, was taken into Lord's arms at the age of 65. He retired from the New Orleans Police Department in 1987 after serving the New Orleans community in varying capacities for 22 years. He was a member of The Fraternal Order of Police, The Emerald Society. and a founding member of the Our Lady Of Divine Providence council # 9347 of The Knights Of Columbus in Metairie, LA

He was currently employed as a Court Security Officer for Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. Stationed in the Hale Boggs Federal building in New Orleans, LA Officer Dantagnan was also the Vice President of the UGSOA Local Union 111. Proceeded in death by his father. Frederick W. Dantagnan, Jr. and mother. Bertha Seruntine Dantagnan.

Officer Vincent Charles Mason

Vincent "Vince" Charles Mason was born in Wilkes-Barre on Aprils, 1963, a Son to Jacob "Buddy" Whiti, of Wilkes-Barre, and the late Brenda Joyce Mason. He entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Vince Graduated from G.A.R. Memorial High School IN 1981. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1990. Once leaving the military, he became a Correctional Officer and was employed 1990 to 1997 at SCI-Dallas, 1997 TO 1998 at SCI- Graterford, and 1998 to 2008 at SCI-Chester. Since 2008 he has been employed at the Allentown Community Corrections Center. He was also employed as a customs Protection Officer at Wackenhut Corporation since 2007 and was a member of UGSOA Local Union 285.

Vincent enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies in earlier years included karate, where he became a black belt, DJ'ing, dancing, and nightclubs. More recent hobbies included salsa dancing, playing the electric piano. and Vince didn't mind working. At one time or another he had three jobs. He had always strived to achieve.

Officer Ausencio Perez

Weslaco/Raymondville - Ausencio Perez. Jr., 42, of Weslaco, entered into rest Thursday, May 13, 2010.

He was born on November 4, 1967 in Hearne, TX. Son of Ausencio and Victoria Perez, Sr. of Raymondville. Ausencio worked as a Security Officer at a Federal site in La Feria, TX for Wackenhut Services and was a Chief Steward in the UGSOA Local Union 211.

Officer Joel Beck
Joel Robert Beck, 31, of Homosassa, FL, died Saturday, May 8, 2010, as the
result of a vehicle accident. Born July 20, 1978, in Orlando, FL

Joel's passion and dream was singing. He enjoyed sports of all kinds and a huge Georgia Bulldog fan. He enjoyed being out on the water. He Employed as a Security Officer at the Crystal River power plant and was a member of UGSOA Local Union 37, where he dedicated 10 years of his life. He was a member of the Lecanto High School class of 1996 and served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Officer Stanley W. Cooper

Special Deputy Marshal Stanley Cooper was shot and killed when a man entered the lobby of the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse IN Las Vegas, Nevada
and opened fire with a shotgun on Monday, January 4, 2010. He was born Sept. 30, 1937, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was a resident of Nevada since 1964. Stanley retired as a Sergeant from The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department after 26 years of service. He was a special Deputy with the U.S. Marshal’s Office and a member of the U.S. Marshals Service since July 19, 1994 and was a member of UGSOA Local Union 76. Stanley was also a member of The Church of Christ, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Zelzah Shrine.

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