Naolen Loudermilk Jr., age 92, died peacefully on Friday, November 4, 2016 and joins his wife, Christine in Heaven. He and Christine had made their home in Greenwood, Arkansas for 40 years before moving to Sheridan six years ago. They loved to travel together, including a 10 week trip by truck to Alaska.
Naolen, (his friends called him Len or Junior) was born in Greenwood, Arkansas May 26, 1924 and attended schools in Arkansas and Michigan. After graduating from high school and shortly after enlisting in the Navy submarine service, he married the love of his life, Christine Primeau September 5, 1943. When Christine passed away on September 3, 2013, they were just two days shy of celebrating 70 years of marriage. Naolen served aboard the U.S.S. BAYA from its commissioning until his discharge on Dec 11, 1945. His submarine participated in the following campaigns: Paula Landings, Philippine Liberation, Balikpapan, Borneo Landings and the total blockade of the Indo-China Coast.
After returning home from his World War II service, he and Christine initially made their home in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he worked as a machinist. In August of 1953 the family moved to Tucson, Arizona. He did most of the work building their home before and after accepting work as a mechanic at Banner Mining Company. Several years later, after taking an IBM electronics course in Tucson, he accepted employment at Vandenberg AFB as a missile technician with General Dynamics. The family lived in Lompoc, California until 1969 when they moved back to their farm on Mockingbird Hill, just west of Witcherville, AR. Before retiring, he worked at GE and Gould Battery.
He was a member of the DAV, Masonic Lodge, and the VFW having held offices of Jr. Vice Commander and Post Commander in Michigan. He was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Hartford, AR.
Naolen is survived by his five children, Kenneth Loudermilk and wife, Ann of Georgetown, Texas, Kathy Loudermilk of Bentonville, Arkansas, Dawn Meredith and husband, Bud of Greenwood, Arkansas, Michelle Smith and husband, Gary of Springdale, Arkansas and Teresa Goins and husband, Andy of Redfield, Arkansas; his grandchildren, Jason Loudermilk of Atlanta, GA, Rachel Loudermilk of Georgetown, TX, Chris Loudermilk of Waco, TX, Michael Tumbiolo of Sacramento, CA, Angie Doyle of Santa Maria, CA, Tina Tumbiolo of Santa Maria, CA, Barbara Berardi of Bentonville, AR, Brenda Yonnes of Bossier City, LA, Brad Woolever of Oklahoma City, OK, Ryan Smith of Russellville, AR, Ross Smith of Rogers, AR, Rebecca Smith of Prairie Grove, AR, Heath Goins of Redfield, AR and Chad Goins of Gardnerville, NV; his great grandchildren, Emery Smith, Elena Smith, Paislee Smith, Taelynn Smith, Brandon Yonnes, Taylor Yonnes, Jada Woolever, Skylar Goins, Zander Goins, Cali Doyle, Riley Doyle, Peyton Tumbiolo, Logan Tumbiolo, Marlene Loudermilk, Michael Easley, Christina Berardi and Chloe Rosales and two sisters, Francis Bunn of Greenwood, AR and Louella Koehnle of St. Paul, MN.
A family rosary will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, November 11, 2016 at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood, Arkansas with visitation following from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel. The Arkansas Patriot Guard Riders will stand in honor of Naolen Loudermilk Jr. at his services, and then provide a motorcycle escort to his interment at Valley View Cemetery, where they will stand during military honors.