Obituary of Orlando Stallings
Orlando (Lon) Stallings, of Monroeville, NJ, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2023. He was 93 years old. Lon was a reserved and humble man who was loving and loyal. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Lon was an excellent listener, and you could always count on him for great advice. He was very loved and will be deeply missed.
Lon was born in Franklin County, NC, where he grew up on the family farm and attended Edward Best HS. He had a distinguished career in the US Navy, which led him to be stationed all over the world, including Sasebo, Japan; Da Nang, Vietnam; San Diego, CA; Quantico, VA; Key West, FL; Washington, DC; Bethesda, MD; Annapolis, MD; Portsmouth, VA; and Philadelphia, PA- where he ended his naval career. Lon spent service time on the naval ships USS Gilmore and USS Ampere.
Lon enlisted soon after high school as a Navy Corpsman in 1947 and became a commissioned naval officer (Ensign) in the US Navy Medical Service Corps in 1955.
As an officer, he served on the administrative staff in naval hospitals in Annapolis, MD, and Portsmouth, VA; in the Field Branch, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; on the faculty and staff of the Naval School of Health Care Administration; with the staff of Commander, US Naval Support Activity, DaNang, Republic of Vietnam; and with the Defense Medical Materiel Board in Washington, DC. In 1975, Lon was appointed Commanding Officer of the Naval Medical Support Command at the Philadelphia Naval Base and promoted to Captain shortly thereafter.
Lon was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal in 1968 following duty in South Vietnam, where he organized and directed a medical supply department in the Navy Supply Depot at DaNang. He was also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 1973 upon completing his assignment as Deputy Chief, Field Branch, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
While in the Navy, Lon received his BS degree from Long Island University and his MBA degree from George Washington University. After attaining his MBA, he was asked by the Navy to stay at GWU as an instructor for their Naval Health Care Administration program. At GWU, he conducted graduate and undergraduate courses in the Evening Program. He held faculty appointments as Special Lecturer in the College of General Studies, Assistant Professorial Lecturer in Accounting, and Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration.
After retiring from the Navy, Lon enjoyed his role as Business Administrator for 2 Southern NJ educational centers: the Gloucester County Vocational School and the Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC). At the EIRC, he balanced the budget and was much loved by the staff and educators as he helped them prepare their proposals for educational funding requests.
He was most proud of the family he had created, who will carry on his loving legacy. He is survived by his wife, Esther (Rohde) Stallings; his children, Carrie Lachowicz (Mark) and Jeffrey Stallings (Lithe); and grandchildren, Jake Lachowicz, Luke Lachowicz, Cole Lachowicz, Branden Lachowicz, Sage Stallings, and Everett Stallings.
Services will be held privately at the families' request.
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