Baca, Joseph B.
Joseph B. Baca of Denver, Colorado, a custodian, died
December 17, 1999. He was 70. Services were December 22 at
St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Interment was in Fort Logan
He was born June 22, 1929, in Vineland. He served in the Army
during the Korean War. On July 19, 1956, he married Rebecca
Espinoza in Mora, New Mexico. He was a member of St. Joseph's
He is survived by his wife; a son, Ruben, Washington; six
daughters, Alice, Geraldine, Gloria, Josephine, Becky Ortega and
Tina, all of Denver; four sisters, Adeline, Louise and Mary, all
of Pueblo, and Frances, Denver; 13 grandchildren; and five
Bachelor, Donald M.
Retired Army Lt. Col. Donald M. Bachelor, 88, of Tilbury
Avenue, West Nanticoke, died Tuesday, January 15, 2002, at Manor
Care Health Services, Kingston.
He was born on December 15, 1913, in Petoskey, Michigan, son
of the late Claude and Myra Carpenter Bachelor. He
graduated from Petoskey High School in 1931. He received a
Bachelor of Science degree in chemical and metallurgical
engineering from the University of Michigan and took post
From 1936 to 1940, he was employed by Campbell Wyant & Cannon
Foundry Company, Muskegon, Michigan, and later managed foundry
operations at General Railway Signal Company, Rochester, New
York until 1941.
He was an Army ordnance officer from 1941 to 1963, serving
during World War II in China, and was on the ordnance staff of
General Douglas MacArthur in Japan from 1947 to 1950. He
established the current quality assurance program for the Atomic
Energy Commission for the manufacture and storage of all nuclear
weapons; established and technically administered the nationwide
quality assurance program for all small arms and aircraft
armament; and pioneered the development of the first quality
program for the Department of Defense. He retired from the
military after serving 29 years.
After retirement from the Army, he was employed as manager of
quality control at Foster-Wheeler Corporation, Mountain top,
from 1963 to 1968. From 1968 to 1973, he was division
manager of quality at Rockwell International, Dubois. He
was also a self-employed quality control consultant for the
He was a member of First United Methodist Church,
Wilkes-Barre; American Legion Post 350, Nanticoke; American
Management Association, American Society for Quality Control,
where he was past chairman of Northeast Pennsylvania; American
Ordnance Association; and Triangle Fraternity of Engineers.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Donald John MacDavitt;
and brothers, Norman and Walden. Surviving is his wife of
54 years, the former Lillian Cunningham; daughters, Mary Tencza,
Hanover Township, and Lynda MacDavitt, Rochester, New York; and
Funeral services will be Friday at 9 from First United
Methodist Church, 47 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, with Rev.
Wesley Kemp, associate pastor; Rev. James Wert, former pastor;
and Rev. Dr. Gordon Weightman, United Methodist minister, Beach
Lake, officiating. Interment will be Indiantown Gap
National Cemetery, Annville, with full military honors.
Badder, Kenneth Burt
Kenneth Burt Badder, 81, of Ionia, Michigan, passed away
quietly in his sleep surrounded by the hearts and souls of his
loving family on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Spectrum Health
Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Kenneth was born in Ionia on October 13, 1931, the son of
Murl and Mildred (Minier) Badder. Ken was a decorated
Korean War veteran serving in the US Army from January 1949,
achieving the rank of Corporal and being honorably discharged in
1952. He was a member of the American Legion in Saranac,
Belding VFW Post #4406. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horse races
and was an accomplished horse trainer.
Ken is survived by the mother of his children, Ruth Badder of
Ionia; his children, Donald Badder (Carolyn Fox) of Muir, Mary
Badder Holford of Belding, Kenny Badder (Windy Gardner) of
Ionia, Lisa (Steve) Lahr of Ionia, Michael Badder (Holly Zeller)
of Orleans and Robert (Ashley) Badder of Ionia; grandchildren
Pamela, Bobby, Tennile, Brandon, Laura, Mitchell, Dakota;
several step grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one sister,
Ellen Carter of Ionia; one brother and sister-in-law, Ray (Sue)
Badder of Belding. Ken was preceded in death by his
parents, brothers Melvin, Lauren, Dale, Daryl and Douglas, Murl
"Lee" and Harold "Polly".
Badder, Loren Duane
Loren D. Badder, 52, Ionia, Michigan, died August 04, 1987.
He was a son of Murl and Mildred Minier Badder. He served
in the US Air Force during the Korean War.
He is survived by his mother, Mildred Badder; seven brothers,
Melvin of Lyons, Ray of Belding, Kenneth, Dale, Daryle, Lee and
Harold, all of Ionia; one sister, Ellen O'Bryant of Ionia;
several nieces and nephews. He is buried in Balcom
Cemetery, Ionia County, Michigan.
Badder, Melvin Charles
Born July 03, 1930, in Ionia County, Michigan, a son of Murl
E. and Mildred Minier Badder. His spouses were Helen
Louise Bryans Blossom (1935-2004) and Nellie Dorothy Marratt
Stadel. Melvin C. Badder died September 27, 1998.
He was a private in the US Army during the Korean War. He
is buried in Balcom Cemetery, Ionia, Michigan.
Born February 13, 1936, Norman started his Air Force career
on July 17, 1953. He served as a Staff Sergeant in Korea
and Vietnam. He died August 21, 1991 and is buried in
Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City,
Baird, Jerry Phillips
Jerry Phillips Baird of Greenwich died December 7, 2012.
He was 74. Baird was born in 1938 in New Albany, Indiana.
Raised in Clarksville, Indiana, his family moved to Greenwich
when he was 12. He attended Boston University before enlisting
in the Seventh Infantry Division of the Army and serving in
Korea from 1960 to 1962.
He married his high school sweetheart, Janice Reese, on
September 10, 1960. He worked in the textile division of Johnson
Industries in New York City for 20 years. He later became
president and CEO of Rotunda N.A. and Baird Associates in
Greenwich. Baird led a full and active life with many hobbies,
his family said. His favorites were auto racing, fly fishing and
He was a member of Belle Haven Club, serving on several
committees as well as on the board of directors from 1984 to
1988. He also founded the Belle Haven Golf and Shotgun Committee
and was a member of the Campfire Hunting and Fishing Club in
Chappaqua, New York.
Baird is survived by his wife; two children, Lisa Baird
Lomanto and Jerry Phillips Baird Jr.; a brother, Ronald C.
Baird, of Woodstock, Connecticut; a sister, Joan-Katherine G.
McCord, of Denver; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Wednesday at Christ Church in
Greenwich. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a
medical research charity.
Louis Baldovi, 74, died July 9, 2006 in Honolulu. Born in Kahului, Maui and raised in Haiku, he
lived in Kane'ohe at the time of his death. He is survived by wife Valerie; children Elise Karr,
Renee Nani, Michele Andrea and Joshua and Keoni Baldovi; brothers and sisters Ramona Aguirre and James and
Sylvestre Baldovi and Jane Nikaido, Mary Ayres and Rita Nordquist; and two grandchildren.
While studying at Maui Technical, Baldovi was drafted into the Army. He served as a rifleman with
the 45th Infantry Division in Korea in 1952 and reenlisted in 1953, serving as a drill sergeant at
Schofield Barracks. He was a school teacher and retired principal of Waimanalo Elementary and
Intermediate School in 1985. In 1989 he revisited Korea as a guest of the South Korean government.
He and others then founded the Korean War Veterans Association of Hawaii. He was the editor of "A
Foxhole View: Personal Accounts of Hawaii's Korean War Veterans" and he was instrumental in creating the
Korean and Vietnam War memorials on the State Capitol grounds in Hawaii.
Baldwin, Donald Robert
Donald Robert Baldwin, 71, died February 23, 2002, in Arizona. Don served in the US Navy during
the Korean War from January 13, 1948 to January 4, 1952. Service vessels: USS Titania (AKA-13) and
USS Seminole (AKA-101). He was a Boatswain's Mate Third Class. He is buried in Riverside National
Balinksi, Daniel J.
Daniel J. Balinski, Chicago, Illinois, was born on December
16, 1928 and died January 12, 1967. He was the dear
husband of Gertrude (nee Urban), who survived him. He was
also survived by five children: Anne (Edward) Mueller, Kathy
Schumacher, Roy (Grace) Balinski,Barb (Ron) Kotch and Mark
PFC Daniel Balinski, RA16287863, served in the US Army
Infantry with the Military Occupation Specialty 04812. He
was in the 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry, in Korea. He
was seriously wounded in action by a missile in South Korea on
July 16, 1950.
Ballew, Clarence Jackson "Jack"
Clarence Jackson "Jack" Ballew, died April 08, 2020, of
coronavirus. He was born August 5, 1935, a son of George
and Gladys Breeden Ballew, and lived in Knoxville, Tennessee at
the time of his death. He enjoyed woodworking, turkey
shoots, and feeding birds and other animals. He was a
member of the Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church and attended
church every Sunday. He served from 1954 to 1957 as a
paratrooper. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances
Ingle Ballew. His siblings were brothers Curtis and LeRoy
Ballew, sisters Patsy Maples and Alice Hall, sister-in-law Mrs.
Wayne (Liz) Justice. He was the father of children Mrs.
Jay (Donna) Buckner, Mrs. Kent (Mary) Tharp, Mrs. Carl (Jackie)
Shelton, Cathy Wilson, and Michael Ballew. He was the
grandfather of 18 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and one
great, great granddaughter. He was survived by multiple
nieces and nephews.
Ballou, Norman Lee
Norman Lee Ballou was born December 10, 1931 and died in June of 1987. He served in the US Navy during
the Korean War aboard the USS Essex. He returned to Detroit, Michigan, where he married and had six
children. He completed his education, obtaining a Masters in Education from Wayne State University.
He worked at Detroit Public Schools until 1977, when he moved to Waterford Public Schools. There he
rose to the position of Assistant Principal at Waterford Mott High School, He was still at this
school at the time of his death from cancer. He has an adopted son, three sons, a daughter, one
step-daughter, and 10 grandchildren. He is survived by his second wife Elaine, and five of the six
Ballou, Stuart L.
Stu Ballou died at 09:30 a.m., February 8, 2008, in Missouri.
To my friend and family: We will be having a memorial service celebrating Stu's life, on Saturday,
February 16 starting at 1:00 p.m., with a family and friends visitation at noon. The Service will be held
at Hutchens Mortuary, 675 Graham Road, Florissant, Mo. 63031. He is being cremated, and in lieu of
flowers, we would appreciate any memorials be sent in the form of a donation to the St. Louis Veterans
Home Committee, 10600 Lewis & Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63136. - Mollie
STUART L. BALLOU
AUGUST 29, 1927 - FEBRUARY 8, 2008
Wonderful, Humble, Caring, Supportive
Husband to Mollie and Dad to Doug and Brian
and Grandpa to Lyndsey and Matthew
Florissant Veteran of the Year 2007
State Commander for the Korean War Vets
He is Blessed to be in God's Hands
and NOT suffering, but looking
upon ALL of us now, because
he has a big heart and cares
Always has and Always will
We will miss you DAD
Banker, Sturgiss "Bear"
Sturgiss "Bear" Banker, 91, died on November 03, 2020 in
Robbinsdale, Minnesota, from Covid. Bear was born April 29, 2029
in Preston, Minnesota. He graduated from Chatfield High
School, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He
was married to Carla Jackson for 39 years. Sturgiss was a
Crystal Police Officer, Troop 406 Scoutmaster, foreign exchange
student host, and mentor to many youth. He is survived by his
four children: Michael (Denise) Banker, Steven (Jill) Banker,
Cheri (Mike) Herbst, and Mark Banker, fourteen grandchildren:
Matt (Kara), Kelly, Nate, Lara, Nick, Heidi, Amy, Jonathan,
Andrew (Emily), Alyssa, Daniel Banker, Kirsten and Kaitlin
Herbst, Anna (Bryant) Banker-Scannell and six great-
grandchildren. Bear was preceded in death by his parents and all
six of his siblings. A private interment will be held at Preston
Veteran's Cemetery. Memorials can be sent to family members.
Arrangements are being handled by Evans-Nordby
Barbadora, Frank Poncho
Frank Poncho Barbadora, 83, of Alpha, New Jersey, passed
away, September 13, 2012 at Arden Courts Manor Care, Allentown,
Pennsylvania. Born July 19, 1928 in Alpha, he was the son of the
late Attilio Barbadora and the late Mary Paialunga Barbadora.
He was the husband of Dora Dota Barbadora, who passed away in
He was employed at G. J. Oliver in Alpha for 51 years. He was
with the US Army during the Korean War. He was a member of
St. Mary's Catholic Church, Alpha, John Dolak American Legion
Post, Alpha, Alpha Volunteer Fire Company, and the SIM Rod and
He is survived by a son, Michael Barbadora and his companion
Terri Carpenter of Phillipsburg, New Jersey; grandchildren,
Bruce Rambo and his wife Jessica of Pohatcong Township, New
Jersey, Michael Rapatski of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania;
great-grandson, Luke Rambo; and a sister, Betty Boice of
Pohatcong Township. He was predeceased by a daughter, Linda
Rambo in 2002; and a sister, Anna Barbadora.
The funeral will begin at the Finegan Funeral Home, 924
Second Avenue, Alpha, on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass
of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 10 a.m. The
entombment will be at St. Mary's Mausoleum. Calling hours will
be held at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at
Barber, George E.
George Barber was born November 06, 1931, a son of James and
Grace Dubay Barber. He was a corporal in the US Army in
Korea. His siblings were Robert Eugene, Max L. Delbert R.,
Ernest Glenn, Lyle Arthur, Beaulah Mae (Homminga), Floyd Austin,
Dorothy M., James Harold, and Ellis M. Barber. George is
buried in Heavenly Rest Cemetery, Kawkawlin, Bay County,
Barghaan, Robert W.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Robert
W. Barghaan, a loving husband, brother, uncle and cousin as well
as a dear friend and neighbor. He was affectionately known as
Uncle Bob. He passed on April 5th, 2020 at the age of 88 due to
Covid-19 complications. Robert was born in Connecticut on
January 6th, 1932. He was brought to the island as a child and
resided in Richmondtown. He was preceded in death by his parents
Dorothy and Walter Barghaan. The love of his life Inez Barghaan
(Balzarini) passed away in February of 2019. They were married
June 7th, 1959 and never spent a day apart. They were married
almost 60 years. His father died when he was young and he was
fortunate enough to find work at the famous island bakery Buda
Bakers. He loved making their famous rolls. Robert's other great
loves were his dogs and boating. His first dog was a German
shepherd named Shep, but after a trip to Alaska both he and his
wife fell in love with Siberian huskies.. He had several dogs
over the course of his lifetime including both Timbers, Busters
and his last companion was Rocky who passed in 2018. He was an
avid boater. He and his wife loved taking trips with his dogs in
their boat to Block Island. He had a great many hobbies and
could fix almost anything. He was also of great service to his
community. He served in the U.S. Air Force and worked for IT&T
as a supervisor for 35 years. Robert is survived by his
Sister-In Law-Grace Barghaan, Brother-In-Law Theododre Mrozinski,
his nieces Patricia Kushina (Bill), Barbara Mazza (Robert),
Elizabeth Borguno (Brian), nephews Walter Barghaan (Peggy),
James Barghaan (Angela) as well as cousins Bert Barghaan (Kathy)
and Dennis Barghaan (Barbara).There were four great nieces and
nephews and three great great nieces and nephews. Due to current
restrictions, a simplified viewing will be held at Hanley's
Funeral Home on Thursday morning, April 16th at 9:30 a.m.
followed by a graveside service at 10:30 a.m. at Moravian
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Staten
Island Dog Companion Training Club or to a charity of your
Darrell Marvin Barrick, 81, of Hobson, Montana, a farmer/rancher, died on Friday, July 20, 2012 at
Benefis East of heart failure. Visitation will be held at 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at
Hobson Methodist Church, Hobson, Montana. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Schnider
Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Darrell Marvin Barrick was born on May 20, 1931 in Lewistown, Montana to Orlo and Anna (Remington)
Barrick. He was raised on the family farm north of Moccasin, Montana. He graduated high school in 1949 and
attended college at Montana State University where he completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal
Husbandry in 1953. He completed two years of mandatory ROTC in college and joined the Army National Guard
as a Corporal. He went active duty in the US Army as a Sergeant First Class in 1954, hitchhiking his way
to Fort Ord, California for basic training. He was shipped by boat to Korea with pal Colin Dover in which
they encountered a memorable typhoon. Darrell spent 18 months on the DMZ in Korea. His brother, Carl died
in 1955 while he was there. He finished his National Guard Service after returning from Korea.
He then worked for his brother Raymond, on the Green Ranch in Buffalo, Montana where he met his future
wife Veda. He then moved to Bozeman where his future father-in-law, Bob got him a job delivering
fertilizer to the potato fields all over eastern and southern Montana. He then went to work for Veda’s
uncle, Joe Stransky, building lockside houses.
He married Veda Eleanor Mullica on December 28, 1956 in Bozeman on Bridger Road at June and Joe
Stransky’s home, Veda’s aunt and uncle. When Darrell’s father Orlo retired, he moved home to farm the
family place in April of 1958. He retired from farming in 2002 and in October of 2009 he and Veda moved to
Hobson. He also drove school bus for Moccasin and Hobson schools for a total of 38 years.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Benchland Community Club, PTA and a lifetime member
of FFA. He belonged to the Montana Wool Growers Association, Benchland Farmers Co-op, Moore Farmers Oil
Co-op, and attended Hobson Methodist Church where his father was a charter member. His grandparents, John
and Carrie Barrick homesteaded near Philbrook where they built a home ordered from the Sears Roebuck
catalog. Carrie was the founding member of the Hobson Women’s Club.
Darrell is survived by his wife, Veda Barrick of Hobson; daughters Paula (Barrick) Kohrt of Houston, TX
and Marianne (Barrick) and her husband Greg Frank of Tracy; son Dean (Connie) Barrick of Casper, WY;
daughter-in-law, Jean Barrick of Billings; brother Leo (Marilyn) Barrick of Lewistown; sisters-in-law
Shirley Barrick of Lewistown and Ella Barrick of Missoula; seven grandchildren; two great –grandchildren,
and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Orlo and Anna (Remington) Barrick; sister, Lorraine Barrick
Reynolds and brothers, Carl, Raymond and Larry.
Barth, Donald Leonard
Donald “Don” Leonard Barth, 79, of Newport, Oregon, died of Alzheimer’s on March 27, 2012. He was born
August 10, 1932 to Clarence and Teresa Barth in Butte, Montana. He graduated from Albany High School
in 1950 and graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington in 1973.
He married Yolande Ettinger Vaughan on December 3, 1958 in Brookings, Oregon. They raised five
children, Dave, Linda, Debbie, Lisa and Brian. Don served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War.
Don and Yolande moved to Newport in 1976. Don had a career in banking of more than 37 years with nearly
15 years as president of two locally owned Newport banks, The Bank of Newport (now West Coast Bank) and
Yaquina Bay Bank (now a branch of US Bank). He retired from banking in 1991. He served as chairman of the
Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and served on the board of the Yaquina Bay Economic Foundation. He was
a founding board member of the Oregon Coast Aquarium, board member and treasurer of Pacific Communities
Hospital, a member of the board of directors of Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation, and was a member and
chair of the Oregon State University Sea Grant Advisory Council.
He was a member of the Newport Nazarene Church, Rotary Club and Newport Lodge of BPO Elks. He enjoyed
walking on the beach with his wife collecting agates and polishing them, gardening, and watching all
sports especially those his grandsons were involved in. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather
and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Teresa Barth; and sister,
He is survived by his wife, Yolande Barth of Newport; sons, Dave (Pam) Vaughan of Redmond, Ore. and
Brian (Karen) Barth of Newport; daughters, Linda (Fred) Robbins of Olympia, Wash., Debbie (Ken) Marquess
of Creswell, and Lisa (Troy) Smith of Black Butte, Ore.; sisters, Freida Nyquist of Hillsboro and Claire
Drake of Eugene; 15 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Newport Church of the
Nazarene, 227 NW 12th St. in Newport. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Oregon
Bateman, Marion Dale
Marion Dale Bateman, 85, of rural Monticello, Illinois,
passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday evening, October
19, 2014. A private graveside service for family was held
on October 24, and a Celebration of Life Service was held the
next day in the Monticello United Methodist Church for friends
He was born August 12, 1929 in Mansfield, Illinois to Leslie
and Mary Bateman. He attended Mansfield, Illinois High
School, then earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the
University of Illinois in agricultural education. Dale
served in the military during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954,
with 18 months in Korea. He married Margaret Jean Bortell
on October 3, 1954 in Peoria, Illinois.
He served as an agricultural Extension adviser in Hancock,
Clay and Douglas Counties, Illinois, retiring in 1992. In 1981,
he received the Paul A. Funk Award for innovative Extension
programming and his major contributions to agriculture in
Douglas County and East Central Illinois
Dale enjoyed ice cream, horses, gardening, refinishing
furniture, and everyone he met. He loved being "dad" and
grandpa" not only to his children and grandchildren, but also to
a large number of international students. His friendliness,
wisdom, generosity and the love of Christ connected him to
everyone he met. Dale was involved in Habitat for
Humanity, Midwest Mission Distribution Center, Faith in Action,
the Ecumenical Food Pantry and the Monticello United Methodist
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Cindy (Ken)
Einselen of Amboy, Indiana, Linda (Al) Simonson of Urbana,
Illinois, Ann Wilson of White Heath, Illinois, and Ron (Lynda)
Bateman of Caulfield, Missouri. He is also survived by 16
grandchildren, John, Mark, Lisa, Lydia, and Matthew Einselen,
Garry Wright, Alan and Amy Simonson, Sarah, Emily, and Carrie
Wilson, and Zachariah, JoHanna, Joshua, Aaron and Abigail
Bateman. His living siblings are Gene Bateman, Dorothy
Eddings and Janet (Rodger) Marshall. He is also survived
by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by
his parents and his sister, Joanne.
Memorials can be made to Piatt County (Illinois) Faith in
Action or the Monticello (Illinois) United Methodist Church
Beach, Jack Richard
Jack R. Beach, 80, of Belleville, West Virginia, passed away April 30, 2006, at his residence.
He was born April 3, 1926, in Belleville, W.Va., a son of the late Lon and Minnie Beach. In 1943, at the
age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. At that time no 17-year-olds could be placed
in active combat, so he was assigned escort duty and spent the next two years bringing World War II deceased
He joined the Army with the 82nd Airborne in 1946. His skill with a rifle led him to join the
82nd's Rifle Team, which in turn led to his selection for the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. This
combat team was sent to Korea. In the 18 months he served in this unit, he would be awarded both the Silver
Star and the Bronze Star with "V" Device, obtained the Purple Heart, received a recommendation for a
battlefield commission and had two combat jumps behind enemy lines. He returned to the 82nd Airborne in
1951. During this period of his military career, he made over 100 parachute jumps and earned the Master
His skill with a rifle was so impressive that when America became involved in
international competition in 1958, he was transferred to the unit as a coach at the world matches in Moscow,
Russia. His shooters placed first in the high power rifle event. When the winning flag was raised and the
National Anthem played, it made another first, for it was the first time that the American Flag had flown
In 1960, he received orders to report to Berlin, Germany. He served as Command Sergeant Major
of Berlin Allied Staff. This position was held until his European tour of duty ended in 1963. He retired
with the rank of Command Sergeant Major with a commission as Captain, Infantry in the United States Army
Reserve at Fort Benning, Ga., in 1963.
After his retirement from the Armed Services, he was a rural mail
carrier at Belleville for 18 1/2 years. Jack was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, guns and riding around
in his Kubota.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Clara Isabelle Stanley Beach of Belleville; one
daughter and son-in-law, David and Sherrie Padden of Belleville; two grandchildren, Eric R. Ward of Williamstown
and Randi E. Ward of Belleville; one sister, Geneva Beulah Carter Beach Lett of Dunbar, W.Va.; one
sister-in-law, Mildred R. Stanley of Vienna; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he
was preceded in death by two sisters, Florence Irene Beach Lemley and Eva Lucille Beach Townsend.
will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial will be in Sunset Memory Gardens,
Parkersburg, W. Va. with full military rites provided by the American Legion Post 15. Visitation will be from 2-4
and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Beaird, James G. "Jim" Sr.
James G. "Jim" Beaird Sr., 92, of Fairview Heights, Illinois,
born Sunday, September 15, 1929, in East Saint Louis, Illinois,
passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at his residence in
Fairview Heights, Illinois.
James was a retired officer for the Terminal Railroad
Association of St. Louis, Missouri. He was a member of
First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville, Illinois, life
member of VFW Cypress, Texas, Gothic Lodge 852 AF&AM, Scottish
Rite Bodies, Ainad Shrine (Director's staff) and Southern
Illinois Court 86 ROJ. He was a veteran that served in the
U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally T. Thornell
Beaird; parents Thomas T. and Thelma Dunn Beaird; brothers,
Thomas R. Beaird and Edward G. Beaird; and sister, Estelle Moise.
Surviving are his son, James G. (Debi) Beaird Jr. of Cypress,
Texas; sisters, Mary N. Indermark of Collinsville, Illinois,
Thelma L. (Larry) Mueller of Fairview Heights, and Betty H.
(Gary) Hilton of Ellington, Missouri; grandson, Robert James
"Robbie" (Marcella) Beaird; great- grandson, William James
Beaird and great-granddaughter, Olivia Maria Beaird.
Funeral services were held at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 19,
2022, at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville with Pastor Rob Dyer
officiating. Interment followed at Valhalla Gardens of
Memorial in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the First
Presbyterian Church in Belleville.
Wilford Bean was born December 11, 1931. He served in
the US Army from February 26, 1952 to January 20, 1954. He
died April 05, 2004.
Behrens, Roy S.
Roy S. Behrens, 77, died October 15, 2009. Mr. Behrens
was born in Brooklyn, New York. His family moved to Springfield,
Illinois, where he graduated from Springfield High School. Mr.
Behrens served in the Korean War as a photographer in the 4th
Signal Battalion X Corps. He later became a Certified
Professional Photographer of America in Lincoln, Ill., where he
owned and operated Continental Studio for over 30 years. During
this time, Mr. Behrens and his brother Morty also owned and
operated Edwards Jewelry. The Behrens family moved to Tucson in
1986. Mr. Behrens founded the Telephone Jack Specialist company
before retiring. Mr. Behrens was preceded in death by his
brother, Herb Behrens. Survivors include his wife, Barbara
Behrens; son, Michael Behrens of Gilbert, Ariz.; and brother,
Morty Behrens of Springfield, Ill. Services were held at Temple
Emanuel with Rabbi Samuel Cohon of Temple Emanuel officiating.
Interment followed at All Faiths Cemeteries. Arrangements were
made by Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery.
Bender, George John
George John Bender, 88, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, died
of coronavirus on March 30, 2020. He was born in
Bellflower, California, to John and Marie Bender who immigrated
from the Netherlands in 1917. They settled in Venice,
California, where George and his four siblings were raised.
George met his high school sweetheart and the love of his
life, Shirley Morris, at Venice High School, where they both
graduated in the class of 1950. They were married in 1952, and
after living in Hawthorne, California, they moved to Rancho
Palos Verdes in 1963 and raised their four children.
George was a good son, brother, husband, father, friend, and
neighbor. He took great pride in serving his country as a
mechanic in the Air Force during the Korean War, working as a
firefighter for the Los Angeles Fire Department for thirty-one
years, and establishing George Bender Plumbing in 1958. George
enjoyed being an active member of the Palos Verdes Community by
helping the Las Candalistas, serving on the Board of the
Peninsula Symphony, and was a trained CERT volunteer
Throughout his life, George enjoyed various physical
activities, fishing, boating, scuba diving, water skiing,
running marathons, playing tennis, and hiking, to name a few. He
hiked Mount Whitney, and in August 2006, he hiked to the top of
Yosemite's Half Dome. One of his greatest joys was hiking the
trails, cliffs and shores of Palos Verdes, he truly loved and
appreciated the natural beauty that surrounded him. After
Shirley's passing in 2004, George's 'neighborhood family' was
his special family! They walked together every day, they loved
spending time together, and they loved, cared for, and looked
out for one another! George had been in declining health over
the past couple of months, and unfortunately, in the end, was
compromised by the COVID19 virus. George passed peacefully,
knowing he was loved, admired, and appreciated. He is
predeceased by his wife, Shirley, who died in 2004, and his
daughter, Debbie, who died in 1992. He is survived by his
youngest sister, three of his children, eight grandchildren, and
Benson, Roy M.
Roy M. Benson, 88, passed away on Monday April 6, 2020 at the
Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. He was born May 24, 1931 to Roy B.
Benson and Helen C. (Anderson) Benson in Hartford CT. Roy is
survived by his wife of 64 years, Marlene; his daughter Robin
Wilson (husband Donald), three granddaughters, Jennifer Conti
(husband Angelo), Susan Ghiloni (husband Mark), Christine Devlin
(husband Liam) and a beautiful great-granddaughter Abigail
Ghiloni. Roy was predeceased by his parents, brother, sister
Shirley Williams and brother-in-law Larry.
Roy served his country in the United States Army during the
Korean War. Upon his return, he met and married his adored wife
Marlene (Wipple) and lived in West Suffield CT for 22 years.
They moved to Southwick in 1977 and, in many ways, Roy made
Southwick his hometown. He served on the Board of Appeals,
Cemetery Commission, and Council on Aging as a board member. Roy
was honored with The Hebert Pace Good Citizen Award in 2019. He
was a 32nd degree member of Mount Moriah Lodge in Westfield, 3rd
Degree Scottish Rite Bodies and held several positions,
including Past President of the Southwick Rotary Club and was a
past member of the Southwick Historical Commission. Roy was a
member of the Antique Auto Club and the Western MA Motel T.
Club. He opened and operated Roy’s Trailer Service and Marlco
Products in Southwick for 30 years, and also worked part-time
for Forastiere Family Funeral Home in Southwick for 25 years.
Roy was very proud of his family and they meant the world to
him. Roy had a great sense of humor, he whistled his way through
life, and we thank him for all the memories. Roy will be buried
with a private ceremony in New Cemetery in Southwick. A public
ceremony will be held in the near future. His care is entrusted
to Southwick Forastiere Funeral & Cremation.
Bernard, Carl Franklin
Col. Carl F. Bernard (USA Ret.), 81, died at his home at Fort Belvoir on March 4, 2008. A
decorated combat veteran, he died of a stroke. He was born in 1926 in Borger, Texas. Survivors
include his wife of 42 years, Edith Jouanin Bernard; sons Hugh Bernard of Annapolis, Joel Bernard of
Alexandria, and Jacques Bernard of Vienna; daughter Mary Bernard Santos of Jacksonville, Florida; five
grandchildren; and a sister and five brothers.
He joined the Marine Corps in 1944 and served in the Pacific and china as an enlisted man. He
joined the Army in 1947. In 1948 he was made an honorary member of the 555th, an African American
parachute regiment known as "Triple Nickel." He was commissioned an infantry officer in 1949.
At the outbreak of the Korean War, he was a platoon leader with L Company, 21st Infantry, receiving the
Distinguished Service Cross for action at Chochiwon, Korea. The citation said, "Lieutenant Bernard's
aggressive attacks on the enemy tanks and machine-gun emplacement inspired the outnumbered men of his
command to fight with him, until out of ammunition, against overwhelming odds."
After Korea, his military career took him to Germany, Ranger School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and the
Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He also helped develop the curriculum
at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
In 1960 he was assigned to Laos as part of the White Star Mobile Training Teams. Colonel Bernard
In 1972 he was assigned the task of restructuring the Army ROTC program at the University of California at
Berkeley. He retired from the Army in 1978, after which he ran a consulting firm that specialized in
Army readiness and U.S./French military relations.
Comments from Volney Warner (life member 24th Infantry Division Association)
"I lost a warrior friend yesterday. Carl Bernard died comfortably in his bed reading a book on Korea.
Synopsis of our early association follows, as done for his children and in preparation for my eulogy at
his funeral. Carl was indeed the bravest combat soldier that I have ever known and a dear friend for many
years worth remembering. Great men also die! - Vol Warner
I reported in to L Company, 21st Infantry as a replacement 2nd Lieutenant fresh out of West Point at the
end August 1950. Carl had already distinguished himself in battle in July as one of the few survivors of
Task Force Smith. As 1st Lieutenant Company Exec, Carl was now tasked with fitting me and several of my
classmates into the remnants of Task Force Smith, then holding a section of the Naktong Perimeter. Carl
took one look at the lot of us and remarked, "The war is over. The ring knockers are here." We
called him "Peep Sight" because he had broken his glasses and refused to go to the rear to get another
pair. Instead, he put a thin strip of white tape across the offending lens, which obscured his vision but
improved his aim.
As for weaponry, he often carried a .45 with one round in the chamber as alternative to capture.
He wore a bedraggled World War II wool knit cap and sweater which he claimed, as did the Ghost Dancing
Sioux before him, to be "magically bullet proofed." No bullet would ever have his name on it as long as he
was so garbed. The Division MPs fined him 25 dollars in the rear area for failure to wear a steel pot, but
it took an order from Ridgeway to get him to comply. Those soldiers who survived the initial North Korean
onslaught with him worshipped the ground he fought on and the rest of us loved him for what he was and
would follow him anywhere. The company lost about 200 soldiers mostly killed/captured and some were
wounded from July 1950 to July 1951.
When Carl was sent to the rear for a break as an L-19 observer, he continued to keep track of us on the
ground like an overhead mother. When the going got tough on the ground, he came forward to join the fight,
even once arriving in a "borrowed" armored vehicle for added fire support. He adjusted "danger close"
artillery support one day on the Chinese contesting our real estate, so close that it splattered us with
hot fragments but separated their body parts and obviated our fixing bayonets.
We never had time to appropriately record his heroic efforts. Pencil and paper was in short supply in
those days and the enemy just over the next hill mass. So each year those of us in L Company, plus wives
who will listen to us, meet for three days somewhere to relive (and embellish) our exploits and discuss
who will toast the company from the "last man standing bottle," before L Company falls in again in the
While working in the White House as part of Ambassador Komer and Ambassador Leonhardt's staff, I was
dispatched at their direction to Vietnam to make and independent analysis of the effects of Tet 31 January
1968 on the Pacification Plan--presumably as requested by President Johnson.
Of course, I visited Carl at Hau Nghia as part of my tour of the Provinces. I arrived, briefcase in
hand, for a short in-brief at the Team House, reminiscing that my good friend Reed Jensen, one of Carl's
early predecessors had been killed there by the VC in 1963. After a few uncharitable, and no doubt
correct, comments about the inability of the nearby US division to control the area, Carl insisted we take
a tour of his domain. So we jumped in his jeep, with him driving, and started eastward along the
unimproved road toward Saigon---he with his pistol, me with my briefcase.
We had proceeded no more than a mile when I noticed a wide swath through the adjacent rice paddy,
crossing the road to our front obliterating past tire marks and then coursing as far as we could see
toward Saigon. Carl decided to ask the adjacent Regional Force Outpost what units had gone by them in the
middle of the night. They reported seeing nothing (but their radios has disappeared). Since the outpost
had reported nothing, Carl was immediately suspicious that a large enemy unit had "harvested the rice" by
marching through it, and threatened the locals to silence as they passed. Carl then said, "Let's go cross
country and see if we can find them." I replied, "Let's call the ARVN Regiment and let them go find them,
I'm just here on TDY!" I lost the argument so away we went.
About one mile later, we took some incoming AK rounds and had to dismount behind the Jeep for cover.
Carl dug an M-79 (shotgun 40mm) out of the rear seat and we tried to engage, at the same time calling the
Regimental Commander who appeared on the scene shortly thereafter. About four of us were standing behind
the paddy barrier talking strategy when a sniper knocked down the Regimental surgeon and an NCO standing
about four feet from us. I immediately got down behind the paddy dike and was amazed to see Carl and his
ARVN colonel counterpart remain standing and exposed despite sporadic incoming AK fire. An ARVN fire team
ran them off shortly thereafter with the Regiment in hot pursuit. Welcome to mini-Tet May 1968!
I asked Carl and the Colonel why on earth they did not take cover and get down behind the paddy dike.
The Colonel's reply was that "The VC/NVA always shoot low, so if you stand tall you only get hit in the
legs. If you get down, you will be shot in the head." The two of them were clearly playing
"chicken." As in Korea, there never was a bullet that had Carl's name on it. Next day the battle for
Cholon was begun in earnest."
Beaulieu, Dona Alfred "Don"
Dona Alfred "Don" Beaulieu, 84, passed away in Birchwood
Terrace Nursing Home in Burlington on Wednesday, November 28,
2012. Dona was born in Southbridge, Massachusetts, on September
14, 1928, son of the late Alfred and Bridget (Cody) Beaulieu.
Dona was very proud to have served his country during World
War II and the Korean War as a member of the US Navy.
He married his high school sweetheart, the former Rita
Baglioni, on February 28, 1948, in St. Mary's Church in
Southbridge, Massachusetts. He graduated from Mary E. Wells High
School in 1947, and was a Worcester County All Star Football
player. He was awarded a football scholarship to Boston
University, but declined in order to work for his father in the
family restaurant business. Dona was employed by Russell Supply
in South Burlington for 15 years and then worked part time for
Green Mountain Messenger. He fully retired in 2005.
Dona had been a member of the VFW, American Legion, Rotary
Club, St. Thomas Church volunteer, and supported the Vermont
Special Olympics in any way he could. He was also a member of
the Southbridge Recovery Scuba Diving Club. He was a man of many
skills and talents. Throughout his life he worked as an
auxiliary policeman, welder, "master" chef and restaurant owner
and salesman. Dona was a loving and devoted husband and father
and had an incredible sense of humor. His favorite hobby was
photography as noted by the thousands upon thousands of pictures
that he took over his lifetime, especially of his family. He
also loved to travel and particularly enjoyed taking the family
on trips to the zoo, the beach or anywhere there was a new ice
cream stand that he wanted to try out. Dona will be
greatly missed by his family, friends and all those who truly
knew and loved him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Rita (Baglioni)
Beaulieu of Underhill; two sons, Alfred Beaulieu and wife, Lynn,
of Holland, Massachusetts, and Jonathan Beaulieu and wife,
Elizabeth, of Colchester; four daughters, Donna Kelley and
husband, Patrick, of Milton, Natalie Aiuto and husband,
Francesco, of Underhill, Susan Lassiter and husband, Craig, of
Underhill, and Ann Horning and husband, George, of
Jeffersonville; brother, Leo Beaulieu and wife, Constance, of
Southbridge, Massachusetts; sister, Lorraine Kispert of Milford,
Massachusetts; brother in-law, Vincent Fantaroni of Southbridge,
Massachusetts; 11 grandchildren, Jeremy and Tracey, Wesley and
Dawn, Emily, Francesca, Alessandro, Smylin and James, Cody,
Chelsea, Shawn, Lane, and Kate; four great-grandchildren,
Isaiah, Aiden, Connor, and Emily; and many nieces, nephews and
friends. He was also predeceased by two sisters, Rita Radziewiz
and Doris Rusiecki.
The family would like to thank the VNA, with special thanks
to his companion, John Earhardt, and all of the nurses and
caregivers at Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home. Without all of you
this journey would have been even more difficult.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, December 3, 2012, from
4 to 7 p.m. at A.W. Rich Funeral Home - Essex Chapel, 57 Main
Street, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452. A Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at 11
a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Underhill, with the Reverend
Charles R. Danielson officiating. Inurnment will be in the
Spring in the family lot in St. Thomas Cemetery at the
convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions in Dona's memory may be made to the
Visiting Nurse Association, Home Care or Hospice Program, 1110
Prim Road, Suite # 1, Colchester, Vermont 05446, or Alzheimer's
Association , Vermont Chapter, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite
128, Williston, Vermont 05495, or Champlain Valley Agency on
Aging, 76 Pearl Street, Suite 201, Essex Junction, Vermont
Published in The Burlington Free Press on November 30, 2012.
Beil, Ralph E.
Ralph E. Beil, 94, of Millstadt, Illinois, passed away on
Monday, December 29, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville,
Ralph was born on June 01, 1927 in Millstadt to Charles and
Otillia Bereitschaft Beil, and they precede him death. He
was also preceded in death by his brothers, Walter and Charles
Beil and his sister-in-law, Bernice Beil.
Ralph proudly served his country in the United States Army
during the Korean War. Upon graduating from Washington
University School of Engineering, he began his career as a
structural engineer. He designed and built the Millstadt
VFW Post 7980 building and his own home, which is now registered
as a historic place. In his spare time, Ralph enjoyed
fishing, golfing, and doing his own yard work. Most of
all, he loved spending time with his family and friends and will
be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather,
great-grandfather and dear friend to many.
Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 72 years,
Marilyn Buerk Beil, whom he married at Zion Church of Millstadt,
on September 10, 1949; his children: Marsha (David) Davis of
Millstadt, Lois (Bill) Mayer of Naperville, Illinois, and Tom
(Debbie) Beil of Ballwin, Missouri; his sister-in-law, Laureen
Beil of Millstadt; his grandchildren: Glen (Melanie) Davis, Jada
(Aaron) Johnson, Bart (Mary) Mayer, Nathan (Lori) Mayer, Tyler
Mayer, Alex (Emily) Beil, Craig Beil and Morgan (Quinn) Schafer;
12 grand-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and extended
family and beloved friends.
Funeral services were held at Zion Evangelical Church of
Millstadt with the Rev. Darrell Weber officiating.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Millstadt VFW Post
7980 or to Zion Evangelical Church of Millstadt.
Beissner, Fred L. Jr.
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NEWPORT NEWS - Fred L. Beissner, Jr., a resident of Newport News since 1972, passed away on July
28, 2015 at the age of 87. Predeceased by his parents, Fred L. Beissner, Sr., and Lucille Smith
Beissner, and his younger brother, Kenneth C. Beissner, Fred is survived by his wife of nearly
47 years, Karen S. Beissner; his four children from his first marriage: Sherri Lynn Beissner of
California, Kenneth C. Beissner, and wife Colleen Pilliod of Virginia, Mark S. Beissner, and
wife Kim of California, and Fred L. Beissner, III (Trey) of Arizona; his three grandchildren:
Jeremy J. Beissner and Heather L. Beissner of California, and Fred L. Beissner, IV of Arizona;
and his former daughter-in-law, Sonia Beissner of Arizona. Born in Houston, Texas and raised in
San Antonio, Fred graduated from Brackenridge High School in 1946, and was accepted into the
Army Air Corps Cadet program at Texas A&M. Because of his interest in airplanes, he moved on to
Pilot training, flying B-29 Bombers. During the Korean Conflict, he was based in Okinawa and
completed over 40 missions as Co-Pilot. In October, 1951, his plane was one of many B-29s shot
down in "MiG Alley" in a battle over Namsi. After leaving the Air Force, Fred attended the
University of Texas
, earning an Aeronautical Engineering Degree, followed by a Master's
Degree from Southern Methodist University. During his working career, Fred was employed at
Convair, General Dynamics, and Ling-Temco-Vaught in Texas before coming to Virginia as a
Contractor for 22 years with LTV and Lockheed-Martin at NASA Langley. Fred donated his body to
the Virginia State Anatomical Program. At his request, no Memorial Service is planned. The
family suggests donations to
a favorite charity
if friends desire.
Published in Daily
Press on Aug. 1, 2015
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Fred L. Beissner, Jr., a resident of Newport News since 1972, passed away on July 28, 2015 at the age
Predeceased by his parents, Fred L. Beissner, Sr., and Lucille Smith Beissner, and his younger
brother, Kenneth C. Beissner, Fred is survived by his wife of nearly 47 years, Karen S. Beissner; his four
children from his first marriage: Sherri Lynn Beissner of California, Kenneth C. Beissner, and wife Colleen
Pilliod of Virginia, Mark S. Beissner, and wife Kim of California, and Fred L. Beissner, III (Trey) of
Arizona; his three grandchildren: Jeremy J. Beissner and Heather L. Beissner of California, and Fred L.
Beissner, IV of Arizona; and his former daughter-in-law, Sonia Beissner of Arizona.
Born in Houston, Texas
and raised in San Antonio, Fred graduated from Brackenridge High School in 1946, and was accepted into the
Army Air Corps Cadet program at Texas A&M. Because of his interest in airplanes, he moved on to pilot
training, flying B-29 Bombers. During the Korean War, he was based in Okinawa and completed over 40 missions
as Co-Pilot. In October, 1951, his plane was one of many B-29s shot down in "MiG Alley" in a battle over
After leaving the Air Force, Fred attended the University of Texas, earning an Aeronautical
Engineering Degree, followed by a Master's Degree from Southern Methodist University. During his working
career, Fred was employed at Convair, General Dynamics, and Ling-Temco-Vaught in Texas before coming to
Virginia as a Contractor for 22 years with LTV and Lockheed-Martin at NASA Langley.
Fred donated his body
to the Virginia State Anatomical Program. At his request, no Memorial Service is planned. The family
suggests donations to a favorite charity if friends desire.
Published in Daily Press on August 1, 2015
Village Green Loses a War Hero (8-11-15)
Neighbor and Friend Fred Beissner's bomber was shot
down during the Korean War. His American story is one of heroism and valor. A hero is a man of
distinguished courage or ability. To those who knew Fred, his abilities were many. Heroes are missed
greatly, but their legacy is a brilliant example of citizenship and friendship.
Fred passed away July
28. Village Green will miss his constant presence around here. Fred and his beloved wife Karen always
walked the Green. They smiled and waved. It was just their nature. Neighbors recall Fred's good deeds
and uncompromised friendliness. His 'Dearest Friends' were important to him. On limited occasions Fred
reminisced about his experiences in Texas as a boy or things he’d done in his several stations in life.
Fred went to college and worked many jobs, finishing his illustrious career as a NASA contractor. His
unassuming nature seemed as odds with his friendly style.
Fred was everyone's pal. He was also in
great shape. As an example, Fred frequented our park for spontaneous pull-ups. Not bad for a guy in his
80s. To Fred recognition was more suited for the self-absorbed. VG awarded Fred ‘Patriot of the Year’ a
few years back. He picked up sticks and trash. He even raked pine cones for his friends. One VG neighbor
remembers Fred fixing a lawn mower. He helped others due to selfless devotion. Fred also collected cans
to finance a friend's medical treatment.
Older folks have stories to share. Some stories are worthy of
remembering and retelling. Fred once shared his Korean War story. He didn't talk about it much though.
Heroes like Fred assume duty is more important than boasting. Fred's lifelong interest in airplanes led
to pilot training while serving in our nation's Air Force. He answered his duty call in faraway Korea.
His bird was a B-29 bomber.
1st Lieutenant Beissner was co-pilot on October 23, 1951 during a daylight
bombing raid. His Superfortress was one of 9 bombers that attacked Namsi Airfield. These WWII-era
bombers were slow. The jet age was beginning and the Russian MIG-15 was a state-of-the art example of
speed and agility. The Americans entered MIG Alley around mid-day. MIGs swarmed our planes and shot down
six. Fred's plane was lost. Ultimately he was rescued after 6 hours. It was an epic aerial battle and
published in a book called Black Tuesday over Namsi.
After the war Fred's continued interest in
planes led to advanced degrees and eventually a job at NASA Langley. He worked there 22 years. He and
Karen moved to VG in 1976 and loved this place. Fellowship included eating and drinking Fred's
margaritas, an indulgence people described as "wicked". Karen and Fred made Pepper soup together. Their
approach was pure teamwork and fun. To Fred, life was delicious and best served warm and hearty. Thanks
Fred for many years of smiling and waving. The Green lost a great American and friend.
Bencina, Louis C.
Louis C. Bencina
Louis C. Bencina, 81, of Eastlake, passed away peacefully October 16, 2011, at home. Born January
8, 1930, in Cleveland, he had lived in Eastlake for the past 55 years.
He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He served from 1951 to 1953 with the 501st Engineers, a supply
company to the 32nd Regiment.
Mr. Bencina retired in 1984 from V.R. Browning in Willoughby after 32 years of service. He also worked
at Kroger's Supermarket in Willowick.
Survivors are his children, Dianne Piraino, Ann (Bob) Schwertner, Marti Rode, Lynneann (Chris) Boulton,
Richard (Lisa), Nick Bastick, Doug Bencina and Andrea Smitherman; 14 grandchildren; 21
great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Elaine Bastick; sister-in-law, Rita (Gene) LeFever and Marilyn
Rojeck; many nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Joe Babic.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jenine Bencina; second wife, Dorothy Bencina; and sons,
Jonathan C. Bastick and Ronald R. Bastick.
Funeral services were held at Monreal Funeral Home, 35400 Curtis Blvd., Eastlake. Burial was in All
Souls Cemetery in Chardon Township.
Bernard, Charles W.
Charles W. Bernard, age 92, died on January 21, 2012. Charles
was born to Maney and Myrtle Bernard in Portland, Oregon on
March 30, 1919. His father served as a Portland Police officer
and his mother as a one time Idaho State Representative. In
1938, Charles pursued a career in theater in California and
radio in Chicago.
He met his wife, Eleanor Rose Fehr, in 1940 and married in
1942 after being inducted into the U.S. Navy. From 1943 to 1945,
Charles was on duty in the south pacific during World War II as
a Radioman 1st Class. He returned to Portland after the war and
then went to Eugene and became the first voice on the air at the
new KUGN. He also worked in radio in California until 1950. He
served his country again in the Korean War.
In 1952, he worked at KPOJ as the morning radio personality
"Scappoose Joe" and announcer on news programs and hosted
"Serenade to the Stars". He was staff announcer for KATU for
nine years during the 1960's. Charles was in over 30 stage
plays, including performances at the Portland Civic Theater, New
Rose Theater and Oregon Stage Co. He also acted in Television
and Radio commercials, locally produced Hollywood films, print
ads and Industrial films. Always to high praise; acting was his
true calling, Portland, his true home. He was a long time member
of AFTRA and SAG and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He and wife, Ellie, of 65 years, enjoyed many travels and she
passed in 2007. They were truly devoted to each other. Charles
was a true gentleman. A highly intelligent, kind, compassionate,
liberal husband, father, son and friend. He will be truly missed
He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Hodges and Andrea
Badrigian; and his sons, Doran Bernard, Devin Bernard, Brian
Bernard and Charles Bernard; their spouses and children;
grandchildren; and great grandchildren. Memorial service is
Friday, Jan. 27 at 1:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery.
Bernard, Joseph "Fred"
Fred Bernard, member of Anglico from 1948 until 1952, died on December 27. According to his
daughter, Ann Berger, "Dad was getting weaker this year and then last weekend he fell and broke his hip.
This week has been difficult but we were fortunate in that all five of us arrived in time to be with him
when he died last night." His obituary, which was published in the Chicago Tribune on 12/29/04, appears
Joseph ''Fred'' Bernard Jr., 75, of Hendersonville, NC died Monday, December 27, 2004. A native of
Larchmont, NY, he had lived in Northbrook, IL for 30 years before moving to Hendersonville ten years
ago. He was the son of the late Joseph F. Bernard Sr. and Edith Mayer Bernard. Mr. Bernard was a 1955
graduate of Iona College in New Rochelle, NY and retired in 1991 from Family Circle magazine. He was a
member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church and was a United States Marine Corps veteran of
the Korean War. Survivors include his wife, Judy Bernard; five children, Jacquelyn Barron and her
husband, Robert, of Cincinnati, Mary Jo McNeily and her husband, Kevin, of Western Springs, IL, Ann
Berger of New York City, NY, Joseph F. Bernard, III and his wife, Carole, of Short Hills, NJ, and
Margaret Koett and her husband, Kevin, of Jefferson City, TN; nine grandchildren, Kurt, Adam, Leah and
Gwen Barron, Eric, Ryan and Jack McNeily, Nicholas and Katharine Berger, Samuel and Tyler Bernard, and
Jessica and McIntyre Koett; and one sister, Lola Trefzger of Delmar, NY. A Memorial Mass will be
celebrated in Hendersonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Mainstay, 125 South Main Street,
Hendersonville, NC 28792 or to Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, PO Box 2395, Hendersonville, NC
28793. E-mail condolences may be sent to
Bestow, Roy B. Sr.
Roy Bestow, 79, died July 18, 2013. He was born August
04, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, son of George and Mary Stanley
A US Marine in the Korean War, he was employed as a Nuclear
Vessel inspector with the former Piersol Pine Manufacturing
Company of Oaks and the Selas Corporation Dresher. He was
a member of the Odd Fellows of Norristown and was a diehard
Chicago sports fan. He was a dedicated volunteer with the
Lower Perk Longhorns, Trappe.
He was survived by his wife Nancy Pedersen Bestow, and his
children: Mrs. John (Nancy) King of Prussia, Roy Bestow Jr., of
San Diego, California, David Bestow and wife Danielle of Tampa,
Florida, and Mrs. Robert (Deborah) Salm of Philadelphia.
He is buried in Whitemarsh Memorial Park.
Biehn, Curtiss J.
Curtiss J. Biehn, 88, of O'Fallon, Illinois, passed away
peacefully on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at Morningside of
Shiloh. He was born March 29, 1933, in Belleville, Illinois.
After spending time there, rural Missouri, St. Louis, and Salt
Lake City, Curt grew up in O'Fallon with his mother while his
father in the Army was stationed in Europe during World War II.
Curt was a graduate of O'Fallon High School where he was
active in student council and a proud varsity baseball player.
Drafted into the Army during the Korean War, his two-year
assignment in Panama led to adventures that enriched years of
storytelling, including memories of playing baseball with the
locals. After Curt was honorably discharged from the United
States Army, he enrolled at the University of Illinois. Two
years later, Curt answered an ad for a draftsman as a summer job
and was hired at Union Electric in St. Louis. Shortly afterward
he transferred to the Alton, IL gas division of UE and worked as
a gas project engineer then corrosion engineer until his
retirement in 1995. His work to remedy an Alton system leakage
was presented to the Senate Committee on Pipeline Safety, and
his designs and records are still being used today.
Curt married his beloved wife Mary Jean in 1962 and they
settled in O'Fallon, to raise their family. Curt was passionate
about traveling, coaching sports, and expressing his creativity.
He served as the coach for his children's sports teams and was
an active member of the O'Fallon Booster Club for many years. In
retirement, he and Mary Jean loved to travel and spend time with
family. They frequently took bus trips to see various national
landmarks. Curt's hobbies expressed his creative talents such as
woodworking. He excelled at pen and ink drawing. Curt's humor
was often expressed in his cartoons and he illustrated two
children's books in his later years. Curt loved history and was
very interested in his family's genealogy in later years.
Additionally, Curt was very involved in the lives of his
grandchildren, attending games and recitals and going on
Curt was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Otillia
Biehn (nee Bailey). He is survived by his beloved wife; Mary
Jean Biehn (nee Starr), two children; Michelle (Aaron) Jones of
O'Fallon, Missouri, and Curt (Susan) Biehn of O'Fallon,
Illinois; four grandchildren, Sarah Biehn of Columbus,
Ohio, Adam Biehn of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Lucas Biehn of
O'Fallon, Illinois, and Andre Jones of O'Fallon, Missouri; two
sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Ken) Gass and Kathy Sorenson of
O'Fallon, Illinois; one brother-in-law, Michael Starr of
O'Fallon, Illinois; and two nephews, Brett Robertson of
O'Fallon, Illinois and Doug (Sara) Sorenson of St. Louis,
In Curt's own words, "Jeanie and I fought the ups and downs
of life, worked hard without complaint and succeeded in having a
very happy life, with wonderful children and grandchildren.
That's happiness, not what money can buy." The family would like
to extend their deepest appreciation to the staff of Hospice of
Southern Illinois and Morningside of Shiloh for their wonderful
care of Curt. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of
Southern Illinois. Private graveside services will be held at
O'Fallon City Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home.
Bierman, Clyde Dale
Clyde Dale Bierman, 77, of Centralia died at 2:33 a.m., Saturday, March 13, 2010, at St. Mary's Good
Samaritan Hospital in Centralia.
He was born April 17, 1932, in Clinton County, west of Centralia, son of William Ralph and Ella Louise
Herminah (Raeth) Bierman. He married Barbara Carolyn Davenport February 5, 1955, at the Methodist
Church in Carlyle, and she survives in rural Centralia.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Bierman is survived by two sons, David R. Bierman and special friend Becky
Pate of Walnut Hill and Tim E. Bierman and wife Sarah of Centralia; three daughters, Sheryl L. Beck and
special friend Lonnie Tudor of Centralia, Diane L. Graham and husband Greg of Aurora and Linda R. Bailey
and husband Todd of Browns; a sister, Florence Roberts of Walnut Hill; 14 grandchildren; four
great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Alan Dale Bierman, on June 11, 195; a brother,
Ralph W. Bierman; and three sisters, Berniece Mifflin, Bertha McCarrey and Mary Beckmeyer.
Mr. Bierman was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Centralia and served as
a branch president, records clerk, member clerk, and auditor. He served in the U.S. Air Force during
the Korean War. While in the military, he attended the military police school, was an aide to the
camp, then an aide to a four-star general and obtained the rank of staff sergeant. He was a former
member of the American Legion Post in Bluford. He was a member of the Teamsters Union.
He enjoyed race car driving as well as watching NASCAR and stock car racing. He enjoyed being out
in his garden. He coached Little League football and assisted the Boy Scouts with their Pinewood
Derby. He lived all of his life in Centralia except for the short time he lived in Carlyle after
marrying his wife.
He will be remembered by his family and friends for the many good deeds he performed as well as his
willingness to help others. He was a school bus driver with West Bus Services for the last 28 years
and drove the Richview/Irvington High School bus route. In 2008 he was presented with the "Above and
Beyond" Award by the school district for his driving abilities and dedication to the safe transport of the
students. Later in life he ran a lawnmower repair and sales business at his home. He
previously was a truck driver and drove for Coca-Cola Company, Royal Crown Cola and later drove for McLean
Services were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Centralia with Bishop Eugene
McAdoo officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia with military rites
accorded by the American Legion Post 446 and VFW Post 2055.
Bifulk, Frank M.
Frank M. Bifulk, Korean War Marine and
Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient, age 79, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 26, 2007,
surrounded by his loving and caring family after a long bout with pancreatic cancer.
He was born on October 2, 1928 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Joseph and Philomena (Quercia) Bifulk. Frank
will be remembered for his keen wit and sense of humor. He was an avid traveler criss-crossing the country
and making friends everywhere.
Frank distinguished himself as a United States Marine serving in the Korean War. He was a member of the
"Frozen Chosin" and Baker Company, whose heroic exploits have been detailed in several books. The Purple
Heart and Bronze Star were awarded to Frank for his extraordinary valor while being attacked by hordes of
Chinese from across the border. Only eight survived the ordeal and walked out on their own, two of which
were Frank and his long time buddy from St. Paul, Merwin Perkins.
He worked for the Ford Motor Company for 10 years and the City of St. Paul for 27 years. His skills
covered a wide range. He happily volunteered his help to anyone in need. Frank will be sorely missed by
his family and friends.
He is survived by sons, Lance (Jeanne) Bifulk Albany of Wisconsin and Warren (Gloria) Bifulk of Tucson,
AZ; seven grandchildren, Daniel Bifulk of Victorville, California, Julie Bifulk of Rockford, Illinois,
Andrew Bifulk of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, Angelo, Jacqueline, and Anthony Bifulk, all of Tucson,
Arizona, and Eva Bifulk-Trauscht; sisters, Dorothy (Bill) Crockett and Angie Bethke; brothers, Phillip
(Bonnie) Bifulk and Mike (Rachel) Bifulk; one very special friend, Beverly Parkinson; and many loving
nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Philomena Bifulk; sister, Mary
Roland; brother, Archie; wife, Clare; and daughter, Ann Marie.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 31, 2007 with visitation one
hour prior at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 8260 4th St. N., Oakdale. Interment at Fort Snelling
National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Guardian Angels Catholic Church.
Biggs, Julius "Sonny"
Julius "Sonny" Biggs was born on August 27, 1931 in St.
Louis, Missouri, and passed peacefully on October 15, 2021.
Sonny was a jokester and never met a stranger. He was a
faithful follower of St. Louis Cardinals baseball and Blues
hockey. He graduated from Central Catholic High School and
enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
Sonny married the love of his life, Jo Ann, on November 30,
1953. They settled in Fairmont City where they raised four
children and operated the family business, Biggs Brothers
Service Station, for more than 60 years. Sonny, also known
as "Pops" and "Papa Sonny", was a loving and devoted husband,
father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his wife and soul mate, Jo Ann
(nee Edwards) Biggs; his parents, Joseph and Theresa (nee Palank)
Biggs; and a brother, Ronald Biggs. Surviving are their
children: Cynthia (Kurt) Cooper, Jason (Patti) Biggs, Robin
(Marcia) Biggs, and Valinda (Randy) Brandriff-Biggs;
grandchildren: Meadrith (George) Kruse, Rory (Eilly) Biggs,
Matthew (Alex) Brandriff, Amber Biggs, Amelia (Michael) Romann,
Jennifer Cooper, and Michael Cooper; great-grandchildren: G.R.
Kruse, Karalyn Biggs, Tucker Kruse, Elliot Kruse, and Oliver
Cooper: nieces, nephews and cousins. We will always
remember Pops as the "Original Wimpy". Every day is a
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at
Barry Wilson Funeral Home, Maryville, Illinois with Rev. Candice
Wassell and Vicar Brian Moeller officiating. Burial with
military honors will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery,
St. Louis, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be
made to ALS Association and donations may also be mailed to
Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 N. Center Street, Maryville,
Billen, Glenn E.
Glenn Eugene Billen, 76, of Edmond, Oklahoma, went to be with his Heavenly Father on July 22, 2006.
Glenn was born September 7, 1929 in Britton, Oklahoma. He attended Luther and Deer Creek Schools in
Oklahoma. Glenn left Oklahoma and ventured to California in 1946, where he later joined the U.S. Army and
served during the Korean War. While there, he met and married the love of his life, Dolly, on April 9,
1954. In 1971, Glenn brought his family to his Oklahoma roots. Glenn was a skilled and versatile cement
contractor for nearly 60 years, owning Billen Concrete prior to his retirement. He passed on his work
ethic and skills, love for the outdoors, and especially his sense of humor to his children. Glenn is
survived by his wife of 52 years, Dorothy (Dolly). He is also survived by 5 sons: Bob and his wife,
Colleen; Bill and his wife, Karla; Tony; David and his wife, Kathy; Matt and his wife, Helen; 11
grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, it is the family's desire that donations be
made to the Disabled Veterans of America. Glenn was a very loving and caring man that was proud of
his short tenure in the military. He will be truly missed by all.
[Submitted by Matthew Billen, Yukon, OK.]
Note from Matt to KWE readers:
My dad was a wonderful person who never bragged about his service in the military. He was a humble
and caring person. He did, however, teach me and my brothers about respect to our veterans, what they
stand for, what they fight for, and to be thankful each and every day for our freedoms that we have
because of their sacrifices.
Binkoski, Joseph J.
A Mass of Christian burial for Joseph J. F. Binkoski, an
administrator who worked for the Westinghouse Electric
Corporation for more than 50 years, will be offered at 10 a.m.
today at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Shamokin,
Pennsylvania. Mr. Binkoski, who was 69, died Sunday at the
Harbor Hospital Center after an apparent heart attack at his
home on Hammonds Ferry Road in Linthicum Heights.
He was a senior administrator and pricing analyst at the
Westinghouse plant at the Baltimore-Washington International
Airport and had worked for the company in the Baltimore area
since 1953. In 1984, he received a President's Quality
Achievement Award from Westinghouse and later a citation from
the governor of Maryland for his service with the company. He
came here after the closing of a Westinghouse plant in Sunbury,
Pa., where he started work in 1940.
A native of Shamokin, his time with Westinghouse was
interrupted by service in the U.S. Army, in World War II in
Europe, during which he received a battlefield commission and a
presidential citation, and in the Korean War, where he received
the Purple Heart. He was co-author of a history of the World War
II 115th Infantry Regiment.
A 1939 graduate of Coal Township High School, he was active
as an athlete there and later played on semiprofessional
basketball and baseball teams in Shamokin. In addition to
a bachelor's degree from Loyola College, he held a master's
degree from George Washington University. He was a member of St.
Philip Neri Church in Linthicum.
Mr. Binkoski is survived by two brothers, Stanley and Edward
Binkoski, both of Shamokin, and several nieces and nephews.
Merril E Birch, 91, of Collinsville, Illinois was born on
January 30, 1931 in Bible Grove, Illinois. He died on Friday,
June 10, 2022 at Memorial Hospital in Shiloh, Illinois.
Mr. Birch was a member of Copper Creek Christian Church, the
VFW, and Korean War Veterans Chapter #95. He was in the United
States Air Force from December 11, 1951 to March 11, 1956
serving most of his time as an Airplane Technician in the Korean
War. He worked for the US Army-AVSCOM (Aviation Systems Command)
as an Aviation Equipment Specialist for 35 years where he was
involved in the training and development of the AH-64 Apache
helicopter and its infrared night vision pilot helmet. After
retirement from AVSCOM and a few years of tinkering in his
garage, he went back to work for the government but working for
outside government contractors involved with his former
department, AVSCOM. After 5 years, he retired from the same desk
he initially retired from. He enjoyed gardening, rental and
rehabbing houses, and working on anything in his garage shop.
His main project became fully restoring his 1966 3/4 ton Chevy
pick up truck. After restoration, he had it shipped to Santa
Monica, California where he and a Korean War veteran buddy took
about 2 weeks traveling Route 66 back to St. Louis - stopping at
every ice cream place along the way. He was married to Elaine
(nee Lewis) Birch on February 19, 1955. They had 51 years
together before her death in 2006.
Merril was preceded in death by his parents, John and Josephine
(nee Wyatt) Birch; his wife, Elaine (nee Lewis) Birch, and
brothers, Darrel, Ronald, and Richard Birch.
Surviving are his children, Jackie (Richard) Wisnasky of
Collinsville, Illinois and Benton (Ellen) Birch of St. Louis,
Missouri; seven grandchildren, Kristi (Steven) Doering, Ryan
(Mary) Wisnasky, Kathryn Wisnasky, Benton, Elizabeth, Catherine,
and Mathew Birch; seven great-grandchildren, Sophia, Abigail,
and Kaleb Doering, Lucy, Jane, Daniel, and Margaret Wisnasky;
one sister, Willa Karen (Stanley) Dillman of Champaign,
Illinois; two brothers, Reggie (Jean) Birch of Bible Grove and
Terry (Carol) Birch of Louisville, Illinois; and numerous
nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Monday, June 20,2022 at Barry
Wilson Funeral Home, Maryville, Illinois. Funeral service will
be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at Copper Creek
Christian Church, 2184 Vadalabene Drive, Maryville, Illinois.
Interment will be at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon,
Illinois. Memorials are suggested to Copper Creek Christian
Church and will be received at visitation or can be mailed to
Barry Wilson Funeral Home at 2800 N. Center Street, Maryville,
Thomas Birnesser, 87, a longtime resident of East Palestine,
Ohio, formerly of Darlington, passed away April 20, 2020, at the
Hospice House in Poland, Ohio, due to complications of Covid-19.
Thomas was born May 26, 1932, in Darlington, Pennsylvania, son
of the late Peter A. and Anna Kenny Birnesser. He was a proud
veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War.
He was employed at Babcock and Wilcox for a number of years and
later operated T&S Amoco in East Palestine before retirement.
Thomas, along with his wife, was a life member of the VFW Post
#4579 in East Palestine. After retirement, Thomas enjoyed
watching the Steelers, NASCAR and westerns on TV and reading
western novels. He has always been an avid muscle car enthusiast
and had many Chevy classic hot rods throughout his life. Thomas
is survived by his two children, Timothy (Terri) Birnesser of
Leetonia, Ohio and Kathy (John) Mackall of Columbiana, Ohio;
four grandchildren, Tonya, Tim, Eric and Aubrie; twelve
great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; several nieces
and nephews; and their dog, Geo. He was preceded in death by his
wife by only three days, Shirley Haller Birnesser; two brothers,
James A. and Paul L. Birnesser; sister, Mary I. Clark; and a
grandson, Robert S. Nelson in 2018. Due to the circumstances of
the virus, no services will be held at this time. A memorial
Mass will be observed at a later date.
Bittinger, Russell J.
Russell J. Bittinger, age 86, passed away Saturday, October
22, 2016, in Ohio. He was the beloved husband of Jean, dear dad
of Michael (Deborah), and caring grandpa of Mason. A Korean War
veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart, he was a proud member
of Baker Bandits, 1st Marine Division, 5th Regiment, and Post
Russ joined the 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Baker Company on
January 21, 1951, and was severely wounded on Hill 313 on the
Korean battlefront the night of April 22-23. He was evacuated
from there and returned to his unit on July 25. Russ was wounded
again on September 06 and was rotated back to the States on
October 25th. Russ and Jean attended many of the Bandit reunions
and were often accompanied by their son, Mike. Russ and Jean
hosted the 2002 Bandit Reunion in Cleveland.
Funeral services for Russ were held Wednesday, October 26,
2016, at 6:30 p.m. in Tomon & Sons Funeral Home of Middleburg
Heights, Ohio. Interment was at Ohio Western Reserve National
Cemetery, Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 11:30 a.m.
Bivens, Jimmy "Bevo" Calvin
Jimmy "Bevo" Calvin Bivens, 85, of Caseyville, Illinois,
passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2021.
Jim was the first baby born in Saint Louis, Missouri, in 1936
to Everett and Lucille (Newton) Bivens. Jim lived a lifetime of
hard work, dedication, and fun. He was a man of service, serving
his town, country, and most importantly, his family. Jim was a
Marine Corps veteran who served in the Korean War. He then
married the love of his life, Jeanine. They recently celebrated
65 years of marriage. Jim led a dedicated career with the
Illinois State Police for 30 years. Following his retirement, he
started Jim Bivens' Investigations, which he ran for 26 years.
During his lifetime, Jim devoted his time, energy, and
talents to the Caseyville VFW, where he served as commander
(five years), as well as the Village of Caseyville (trustee 20
years). Additionally, he volunteered on numerous committees,
clubs, and organizations. In between his work, Jim enjoyed
spending time with his family and friends. He loved taking his
kids and grandchildren fishing, hunting, and traveling. He and
Jeanine visited 46/50 states and several trips abroad, though
his most cherished times were spent with his family on the beach
in Orange Beach, Alabama, a place that had his infinite love. He
was loved, trusted, and cherished by many.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, John
Bivens and Bill Bivens.
Surviving are his loving wife, Jeanine Wingerter, Bivens; four
children, Jimmy W. (Linda) Bivens, Susan Dieu, Patrick Bivens,
and David (Christine) Bivens; nine grandchildren, Jaclynn
(Steven) Moore, Ashley Bivens, Brandon (Kristen) Dieu, Brienne
(Ryan) Cason, Taylor Bivens, Brhett (Christopher) Willis, Erin
Bivens, Jenna Bivens, and Kelsey Bivens; ten
great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack (Kay) Bivens, Robert
(Martha) Bivens, and two sisters, Ioan Alms and Linda (Don)
Stallman, numerous nieces and nephews, and too many friends to
In lieu of flowers, contributions in honor of Jim can be made
to any of the following organizations: Caseyville United
Methodist Church in Caseyville, VFW Post 1117, Caseyville, or
the Caseyville Volunteer Fire Department. The Bivens family
would like to extend a special thank you to the organizations
that provided such excellent services and care throughout our
journey - Caseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Family
Hospice of Belleville, and the Caseyville Fire and Police
Bjornsen, John "Johnny"
John "Johnny" Bjornsen, 68, passed away Saturday, May 2,
2020, after a brief battle with COVID-19. John was born in 1951
to John and Lucille Bjornsen in Cedar Rapids. He attended
Harrison, Roosevelt and Jefferson schools and graduated in 1970.
Shortly after graduation, he joined the Army and served two
years in South Korea. In his earlier working years, he was
employed by Harnischfeger and General Mills. In his later years,
he did volunteer work for a few organizations, including
Horizons. John was an avid bicycle rider and enjoyed going to
garage sales, usually with Sheree. He is survived by his
daughter, Christie Bjornsen of Davenport; two sisters, Linda
Cornelius of Clinton and Sheree Bjornsen of Cedar Rapids; nieces
Hollie Bjornsen of Cedar Rapids and Cadence Cornelius (Eli) of
St. Paul; and long-term friend, Donna Miller of Marion. A
memorial of life and family gathering will be held at a later
date to be announced.
Robert "Bob" Blackbird, age 91, formerly of Eden, Wisconsin
and Green Bay, Wisconsin, passed away on March 19, 2020 in
Grafton, Wisconsin due to coronavirus complications. Bob was
born in Eden, the fifth of seven children born to Guy and
Katherine (Nee Norton) Blackbird. In 1949 Bob enlisted in the
Air Force where he went to Basic Training in Mississippi. His
tour of duty took Bob to Germany where he was stationed in Celle
and he worked as an airplane mechanic in the Berlin Airlift. It
was at the “Union” in Celle that he met the love of his life,
Stefanie (nee Simka). Bob and Stefanie married on September 1,
1951. After returning to the United States, Bob took an
apprenticeship and became a master machinist. After working in
Salt Lake City, Bob and Stefanie moved to Green Bay where he had
long career at Paper Converting Machine Company. They raised
their family in Hobart but retired in Green Bay.
Bob is survived by his wife, Stefanie, his children Callen
(Caroline Mann), Tegan (Karen), Haly, (Mike Besaw-his favorite),
his grandchildren Logan (Paulina), Erin Megenity (Charlie),
Molly (AJ), Jordan Landis (Caleb) and Ethan and his great
grandchildren Elwood Megenity, Arthur and Caylie Landis. Bob is
preceded in death by his parents Guy and Katherine, and his
siblings Allen (Barbara), James Mangan, William, Sr. Patricia,
Sr. Celesta and Betty Derus.
Bob was a passionate man who loved the Packers, sailing,
fishing. He loved living out in the country where he drove his
Ford tractor around his homestead. The animals loved Bob where
he had not only pet dogs and hundreds of cats, but a beautiful
dove that followed him everywhere. Bob loved the people around
him. He took great pride in his coworkers at Paper Converting
and cherished their friendships. He was a friend to everyone who
knew him and took time to chat with everyone he met. As dementia
took over, he became even more loving to those around them
telling everyone how wonderful they are. Bob was a man of strong
faith. He read his bible daily and shared his beliefs with
A special thanks to the wonderful staff at Village Point Commons
who have taken such good care of Bob for the last three years.
He will be missed by his many friends and family. A Celebration
of Bob’s Life will be held at a later date.
Blagg, John William
My father, John (Toot or Jay) William Blagg, was born 06 April 1931 in Butler County, Missouri, and
died 13 September 2001 in Houston, Texas. He had gone to Houston where a daughter lived for some tests. He
lived most of his life in Butler County, Missouri where he was born. He enlisted in the Army January 13,
1949 at Cape Girardeau, Missouri. His home address at that time was Box 101, Star Route, Neelyville,
Missouri. He served 3 years and 12 days, 1 of those years was an involuntary extension. He served in Korea
for 1 year 3 months and 26 days. He earned the Korean Service Medal with 5 bronze stars during that time.
He was in "A" Battery, 78th AAA Gun Battalion, APO 301. He was discharged on the 24th day of January 1952.
Dad very seldom talked about his military experiences. I came across this site and wanted to include my
father. - Sharron Blagg McElhaney
Blais, Robert E.
Robert E. Blais, of South Hadley, died peacefully on March
30, 2020 at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home after complications from
COVID-19 at the age of 90. Robert was born to Ernest & Flavia
(Raymond) Blais on March 22, 1930. Robert graduated from
Cathedral High School and enlisted in the Korean War as a Tin
Can Sailor where he was awarded an accommodation for heroism.
Robert worked as a heavy equipment operator in the local union.
He loved his family, friends, and fishing. He also enjoyed
handcrafting radio-controlled boats and aircraft. He was
passionate in life where he was always helping others and seen
with a smile on his face. Robert is survived by his cherished
wife of 68 years Jean (Pidgeon) Blais; his children Mark Blais
(Patty); Sheryl Blais (Bob Dasso); and sister Jaqueline Cislak
(Edward). He also leaves his beloved grandchildren Becky Fetty
(Matt); Kate Churma (George); Stephen Blais (Dyan); Bobby Dasso
(Katie); Gina Smalanskas (George); Nick Dasso and fiancé Ina
Ivanova, as well as 6 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by
his brother Raymond (Butch) Blais and sister Constance Sullivan.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff, who cared
for our husband and father, at the Soldiers' Home and Hospice.
You treated him with dignity, kindness, and respect. Due to the
current situation, services will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert's name can be made to
Hospice Care or to the Alzheimer's Association.
Blaisdell, Chaplain (Colonel) Russell Lloyd
Chaplain (Colonel) Russell Lloyd Blaisdell died and graduated to glory on May 1, 2007, at his home in
Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife, Sandra, at his side. Chaplain Blaisdell was a career U. S. Army Air
Corps/U. S. Air Force Chaplain, 1940 – 1964. He provided chaplaincy service in remote outposts of Canada,
Alaska and numerous islands in the South Pacific during World War II. While serving as Fifth Air Force
Chaplain during the Korean War he rescued over 1,000 orphaned children off the streets of Seoul at the
risk of his life and career until they were safely airlifted to Cheju Island, Korea, on December 20, 1950.
Fifty years later in January 2001, he was reunited with several of those same orphans and the orphanage
director, honored by the First Lady of Korea, the Prime Minister of Korea, the Korean War Veterans
Association, and given an honorary doctorate by Kyung Hee University. The First Lady, Lee Hee-ho, said he
was a true hero; the orphanage director called him their savior; and the Korean press nicknamed him the
“Schindler of the Korean War.”
On February 19, 2001, he was featured on Tom Brokaw’s NBC Nightly News. The U.S. Air Force’s Chief of
Chaplains awarded him in 2003 the “Four Chaplains Award” for his extraordinary humanitarianism during the
His other Air Force assignments included being Base Chaplain at Ft. George Wright, Spokane, WA, and at
Carswell Air Force Base, Ft. Worth, TX; Wing Chaplain for Japan Air Defense Force, Nagoya, Japan; Air
Training Command at Waco, TX; and at Wheelus Air Force Base, Tripoli, Libya; Command Chaplain for Tactical
Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Hampton Roads, VA, and for Military Air Transport Service, Scott Air
Force Base, Belleville, Illinois, before he retired in 1964.
Born September 4, 1910, in Hayfield, Minnesota, as the seventh of eight children to John Blaisdell – a
harness maker and implement dealer – and Jennie Alma (Goutermont) Blaisdell, he is a 1927 graduate of
Hayfield High School, a 1934 graduate of Macalester College (BA, Religion and Business) and a 1937
graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary. Ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1937, he had pastorates in
Coggan and Wilton, Iowa, before becoming a military chaplain.
In 1964 he retired to Syracuse, New York, and became a Representative for New York State’s Department
of Social Services, 1966-1977, supervising the work of counties in and around Syracuse before going to the
state headquarters, where his last assignment was to direct the Parent Locator Services. He and a small
team computerized the State’s program for support to dependent children.
An avid golfer until the age of 85, he also enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a Minnesota Vikings and
Minnesota Twins fan.
He had been a member of the Presbytery of East Iowa, Presbyterian Church (USA), since 1937. He was
active in the VFW Post 600, Canastota, NY, and the American Legion Post 1287, Chittenango, NY. He became a
Third Degree Master Mason, Lodge No. 167, Wilton, IA, in 1940 and maintained his membership there. He was
an eleventh generation Blaisdell descendant in America and a member of the Blaisdell Family National
Association. His life story was published as Memoirs in 2003.
Surviving are his wife, Sandra Jean (Hansen) (Deglman) Blaisdell, Las Vegas, Nevada; his children (and
spouses), Rev. Russell Carter (Anita) Blaisdell, Black Mountain, North Carolina; Marijean Blaisdell (Darrol
D.) Davis, Arnold, California; and Maj. Gen. Franklin Judd (Mary) Blaisdell, (U.S.A.F., Ret.), Clifton,
Virginia; and two stepdaughters: Danielle Darcie Leavitt and Stacie Jennifer Bollinger, both of Las Vegas,
Nevada. Also surviving are his sister, Regina “Jean” Kathryn Hansen, Las Vegas, Nevada; his first
wife, Viola Evelyn (Hagen) (Blaisdell) (Flores) Johnson, Jamestown, California; ten grandchildren: Cheryl
Fenton, Russell Davis, Jeannette Pruitt, Valerie Presdee, David Blaisdell, Sarah Dittmer, John Blaisdell,
Kimberly Turner, Jason Blaisdell, Erika Blaisdell, and two step grandchildren: Taylor Johnsen and Mason
Leavitt, 14 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
Preceding him in death besides his parents were his second wife, Dorothy Lena (Ginney) Blaisdell, his
sisters, Minnie Hagestead, Coral Hitchcock, Verda Stanton Paulson, Lois Hook, Florence Putnam, and a
brother, Howard Blaisdell.
Visitation will be at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne Ave., Las Vegas, from 10 a.m. – 12:00 noon on
Friday, May 11, with interment to follow at the Veterans’ Cemetery, Boulder City, Nevada. at 1:20 p.m.
The funeral witness to the resurrection through Jesus Christ will be at the Base Chapel, Nellis Air
Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, with Rev. Russell Carter Blaisdell
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the Korean War Children’s Memorial, 1421 Cornwall Avenue,
#B, Bellingham, WA 98225, or to ChoogHyun Babies Home Memorial, Honam Social Service, Inc., 210
Yangrimpdong, Nam-Ku, Gwangju-City, Korea 503-821, or to the charity of your choice.
Blake, Harold James
Harold James Blake, 91, died on May 10, 2020 of coronavirus
in a Manhattan hospital. He was born on April 5, 1929, in
Greenwich Village, son of Patrick and Mary Lennon Blake.
He gradued from St. Alphonsus High School in Manhattan, and then
served stateside in the Army during the Korean War. He
received a degree in business administration from New York
University. In 1952 he got a clerk's position at
Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. He left the
authority to work as the executive assistant to Robert Moses,
who headed the 1964-65 World's Fair in New York. Mr. Blake
returned to the authority as personnel director in 1971.
He retired in 1987.
Blakelely, Donald E.
Donald E. Blakeley, 80, of Thawville, Illinois, passed away
on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the Danville, Illinois VA Nursing
He was born April 30, 1934, in Thawville, the son of V.C. and
Esther Pratt Blakeley and they preceded him in death. He
married Roberta Ford on September 14, 1956, in Onarga, Illinois,
and she survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Kristy Blakeley of Thawville;
one son, Donald (Penny) Blakeley of Phoenix, Arizona; one
sister, Loralice Blakeley of Thawville; one brother, Richard
Blakeley of Utah; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren'
and two step-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Blakeley was a member of the United Methodist Church in
Thawville, NRA, and was a lifetime member of the Thawville
American Legion and Onarga VFW. He served 22 years in the
U.S. Army serving in three tours of duty--one in Germany during
the Berlin Crisis, one in Korea and one in Vietnam. Donald
was a Purple Heart recipient.
Memorials may be made to the Danville VA Nursing home.
Blubaugh, Jeryle "Gene"
Jeryle E. "Gene" Blubaugh, 88, passed away on April 26, 2020
at Bishop Drumm Care Center/ Covid-19 Wing, Johnston, Iowa.
Gene was born in Harlan, Iowa on September 22, 1931 to Sylvester
and Enid Minick-Blubaugh. He grew up and worked on the family
farm near Weldon, Iowa until he graduated from Osceola High
school in 1949. He then worked for other area farmers, and
briefly worked as a clerk in a Des Moines Department store;
prior to proudly serving in the United States Army during the
Korean War from 1952-1954. Following an Honorable discharge,
Gene worked 31 years, for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
until retirement in 1985.
Gene and Doreen Sumpter-Blubaugh were married, October 12, 1953
until May 1973; they raised two sons in Johnston, Iowa. On June
3, 1974, Gene married his childhood friend, Joann Fleming, and
they resided in Des Moines, Iowa for nearly 41 years, until her
passing in 2015.
Gene traveled extensively throughout all but one of the United
States, and Canada. He jokingly stated many times, that he would
"drive to Hawaii when they build a bridge, as flying was not for
Gene and Joann loved serving family dinners and hosting monthly
coffee events with their Lovington neighbors each month, playing
cards, and staying in touch with distant friends and family from
all over the country. Gene was a history buff and loved sharing
that knowledge with anyone who would listen. He had an
infectious and usually "corny" sense of humor, clear up to the
end! Gene loved his old time Country and Zydeco music along with
being a life-long Cleveland Indians fan. He was very involved
with his sons' school related sporting and scouting activities
as they grew up in Johnston.
Gene continued making friends during his nearly five years he
resided at Bishop Drumm. Many have stated, Gene was kind
generous, funny and joy to be around.
Gene is survived by his sons, Mick Blubaugh, of Urbandale, Iowa,
Marty Blubaugh of Nashville, TN, two grandsons and two
great-grandchildren, his sister Judy (Francis) Maly. Gene is
also survived by his extended family, and many friends and
relatives. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, wife
Joann, and sister, Mary Joan Frantz.
Following CDC recommendation on large gatherings, there will be
no open visitation or funeral service. Services will be private,
for 10 people only, who has been named by the family
representative. Burial will be at Iowa Veterans Cemetery near
Van Meter, Iowa following the service. In lieu of flowers,
memorial may be made to St Jude Children's Research Hospital at:
262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105
The family would especially like to thank the wonderful
caregivers at Bishop Drumm Care Center whom Gene grew very fond
Michael Bodayle passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020 at the
age of 91 of complications from COVID-19. Michael was born and
raised in Bayonne, where he resided his entire life until moving
to the Roosevelt Care Center in Edison where he died. Michael
served in the US Army for 18 months and was stationed in Korea.
He worked over 50 years for Best Foods in Bayonne. After this
long career, he continued to stay active by videotaping weddings
in the New Jersey/New York area. He had a great love for baseball, especially the New York
Yankees. As an athlete himself, he was an avid bowler and an
accomplished softball pitcher. He was also the founder of the
Bayonne Industrial Softball League in the 1960's. Michael was predeceased by his beloved wife Mary (née
Glowacky) Bodayle; his parents, John Bodayle and Anna (nee
Antice) Bodayle; and his sibling William Bodayle. He is survived
by his children, Michael John Bodayle and his wife Nina, and
Brian Joseph Bodayle and his wife Jing Pang; his sibling John
Bodayle; and his grandchildren, Colin Michael Bodayle and Bryn
Avery Bodayle. Michael had great love for his family, and will be missed by
all. In light of the current pandemic, a private Interment will
occur at Rosedale Cemetery, Linden Avenue, Linden, New Jersey.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Dzikowski, Pierce and
Levis Funeral Home, 24-32 East 19th Street, Bayonne, New Jersey.
Harm H. "Junior" Bohlen Jr., 84, of Neoga, Illinois, formerly
of St. Joseph, Illinois, died at 1:40 a.m. Monday, January 26,
2015, at Heartland Christian Village, Neoga, under the care of
Harm was born June 14, 1930, in Urbana, Illinois, the son of
Harm H. and Hannah M. Ennen Bohlen. He attended Urbana
schools and was an Air Force veteran, having served during the
He married the love of his life, Betty D. Warren, on November
17, 1950. She survives. He retired from Sullivan
Chevrolet in 1990 as leasing and fleet sales manager after 22
years of employment.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; a son, Stephen Bohlen of
Jeffersonville, Indiana; and a daughter Mrs. Jim (Brenda)
Luecking of rural Sidney, Illinois. Also surviving are
granddaughters, Sarah Stephens of Louisville, Kentucky, Mrs.
Nathan (Gretchen) Pendell of Alachua, Florida, and Mrs. Zeke
(Laura) Evans of Waddy, Kentucky; and two great grandsons, Liam
and Noah Evans of Waddy. Also surviving are sisters,
Hannah (Sue) Murphy, Helen Rose and Lydia Winding-White; and a
brother, Raymond. He was preceded in death by his parents
and brothers, Harold, Barney, John, Donald, and Herman.
Harm enjoyed retirement living on Lake Mattoon with his wife
Betty. In his younger days he was a noted local stock car
racer and a member of the country band The Rhythm Rangers.
He was an Illini and Chicago Cubs fan and a member of Prince of
Peace Lutheran Church, St. Joseph, where he formerly served on
the church council. Harm will be remembered for his
optimism, his sense of humor, his hard work, his laugh and
his love for fishing and family.
Memorials in Harm's name may be to Prince of Peace Lutheran
Church, 802 E. Douglas, St. Joseph, IL 61873, or Lincolnland
Hospice, c/o Sarah Bush Lincoln, 1004 Health Center Drive, Suite
202, Mattoon, IL 61938.
Boman, Thomas Francis
Retired Master Sgt. Thomas Francis Boman, 48, of
Harrisonville, Missouri, died Friday at a hospital at Lackland
Air Force Base, Texas. He was born in Muskegon, Michigan,
and had lived in Harrisonville since 1975. Sergeant Boman
was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars and served in the
Air Force for 21 years before he retired in 1976.
He was a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association, the
Harrisonville post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the
Harrisonville chapter of Disabled American Veterans. He
was a member of the Harrisonville Reorganized Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, where he was a priest.
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Norma Boman of the home; a son, Paul
Boman of Charleston, South Carolina; a daughter, Mrs. Dawn
Jones, Harrisonville; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Boman,
Independence; two brothers, David Boman, St. Louis, and Dennis
Boman, Independence; and five grandchildren. Services will
be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the church. Military graveside
services will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the National
Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth. The family suggests
contributions to the church.
Bonacci, William A. "Bill"
William Bonacci of Franklin Park, Illinois was born August
02, 1929 and died July 30, 2022. During the Korean War he
was a member of "B" Company, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry
Division. In 1951 he was the recipient of three Silver
Star medals for gallantry in combat.
He was the husband of Helene Bonacci; father of Elaina
Bonacci (Joe Sesso), Gina (Luke) O'Donnell, and Christina
Caffero; grandfather of Michelina and Alicia Caffero; brother of
the late Joseph, Peter (Sonia) and Theresa Bonacci;
brother-in-law of Michael, Charles (Karen), Barbara (Bob),
Ronald and the late Ben; and the uncle of many.
A funeral mass was held on August 04, 1922 at 11 a.m. at Holy
Virgin Martyrs Church in Schiller Park, Illinois.
Bonner, Emory R.
Obituary - Anniston Star newspaper, Roanoke, AL — Funeral services for Mr. Emory Royce Bonner, 76, of
Roanoke, Ala., will be at 2 p.m. Friday, November 24, 2006 from Quattlebaum Funeral Chapel with the Rev.
Billy Allen, the Rev. Stoney Halsey and the Rev. Rob Steinbrook officiating. Burial will follow at Forest
Home Christian Church Cemetery with Quattlebaum Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. The family will
receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 8 this evening. Mr. Bonner died Tuesday, November 21, 2006
at East Alabama Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Cowan Bonner, of Roanoke; one daughter, Nina Gibb, of Phoenix,
Ariz.; one sister, Laura Bartlett, of Rock Mills; three grandchildren, Bill Welstead, of Omaha, Neb.,
Jesse Welstead, of Omaha, Neb., Andy Welstead, of Denver, Colo.; two step-children; and five
Pallbearers will be the United States Military.
Mr. Bonner was born November 4, 1930, son of Emory Guy and Elizabeth Boyd Bonner. He served in the
United States Army, Sergeant First Class, and Green Beret Special Forces, during the Korean and Vietnam
Wars. Mr. Bonner stood at the head of President John F. Kennedy, while he lay in state in the Capital
Rotunda, at the request of Jackie Kennedy. He received the following medals; Silver Star, four Purple
Hearts, Good Conduct Medal with clasps, silver with one loop, Army of Occupation Medal with Japan clasp,
Bronze National Defense Service Medal; four bronze and one silver Korean Service Medals, one bronze
Vietnam Service Medal, United States Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Marksman
Badge with carbine and pistol bars, Expert Badge with rifle and machine gun bars.
Booth, Donald Wade
Donald Wade Booth, 80, passed away peacefully in Akron, Ohio on September 3, 2012. Don was a decorated
military veteran who served two tours of duty with the U.S. Army in Korea. Don was a paratrooper in
the U.S. Army, fighting in Korea with "I" Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team,
1951-1952. When his tour of duty was over, he volunteered to go back to Korea for a second tour of duty
with "The Battle Patrol" of 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, 1952-1954, then rotated back to
CON. U.S. He then served a tour of duty with the U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Vicenza,
Honorably discharged, his awards and decorations are: Combat Infantry Badge, Parachute Wings, Army Good
Conduct Medal, Army Occupation Medal, w/Japan bar, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal
w/4 Bronze Stars, U.N. Korean Service Medal, R.O.K. Korean War Service Medal, U.S. Army Presidential
Citation and Korean Presidential Unit Citation.
After being honorably discharged, Don served with the City of Boca Raton Police Department from
1963-1982 as a motorcycle patrolman and an undercover detective.
Don was a life member of the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team Association, Buckeye Chapter, Life
member 3rd Infantry Division Association, member 15th Infantry Regiment "Can-Do" Association, Life member
187th Airborne "Rakkasans" Association, member Combat Infantry Badge Association, Akron Chapter 138#,
Korean War Vets Association, and V.F.W. 3383# Firestone post. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order
of Police, the Masons, the Scottish Rite, Shriners, and the Grotto. Don attended the Ellet Community
Church of God.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Mildred Booth and a son, David Paul Booth.
Survivors include his loving wife, Patricia, of 48 years; sons, Michael, Barry (Suellen), and Eric;
grandchildren, Gregory, Kathryn, and Jeffrey; sister, Joanne (John) McCarty; numerous other family
members; and his many friends from the military community, including his foxhole buddy, Bill Dillon.
Services were held on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Newcomer Funeral Home in Akron, Ohio. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to the Korean War Veterans, Akron Chapter 138, Akron, Ohio.
Borchardt, Eugene Walter
Eugene W. Borchardt, 88, died of coronavirus on March 27,
2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minnesota.
Eugene was born April 5, 1931, in East Chain, Minnesota, the son
of Reinhart G. and Lillian E. (Rowley) Borchardt. He attended
school in East Chain and graduated from East Chain High School
with the class of 1949. Gene would then go on to further his
education attending the Minneapolis Business College in
On June 16, 1951, Gene was united in marriage to Ardis E. Kuenle
at the St. Paul E & R Church in Pleasant Prairie Township.
Together, the couple were blessed with six children, Cynthia,
Mike, Doug, Rick, Mark and Dan. On February 8, 1952, Gene
enlisted with the U.S. Army where he was stationed at Ft. Riley,
Kansas and served his country proudly during the Korean War. On
February 7, 1954, Gene received his honorable discharge and he
and his family returned to Fairmont.
Gene began working at Glenn Reed Tire in 1954 and in 1982, Gene
became co-owner. On March 25, 1984, Ardis passed away, but Gene
was blessed to find love again when he met and married Marilyn (Baarts)
Sweet at St. John’s UCC Church in Fairmont on May 4, 1985, and
he welcomed her son Bryan into his family. Gene continued
working until his retirement on January 1, 1994. He and Marilyn
then enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Weslaco, Texas.
Gene was very active in the community, serving as a past board
member of Lakeside Cemetery, Pack 68 Cub Scout Leader, council
member of St. John UCC, and board member of the Martin County
Historical Society and Martin County Genealogical Society. Gene
was proud of his time in the military and was an active member
of the Korean War Veterans Chapter 254 and life member of Lee C.
Prentice American Legion Post 36 where he served as chaplain
presenting the flag to the families of over 500 veterans. Family
was extremely important to Gene as he looked forward to spending
time with family and friends and especially guys night out with
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Marilyn Borchardt;
children, Mike (Debra) Borchardt, Doug Borchardt, Rick Borchardt,
Mark (Tami) Borchardt, Dan (Renae) Borchardt, and Bryan (Mary
Beth) Sweet; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two
sisters, Judy (Wayne) Frank, and Gloria Oveson; brother, Roger
(Doris) Borchardt; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended
family and friends. Gene was preceded in death by his parents,
Reinhart and Lillian Borchardt; wife, Ardis; daughter, Cynthia
Lynn; brothers, Elwin Borchardt and Gordon Borchardt; sisters,
Marcella Williams, Delores Halvorson, Lavonne Borchardt; and
in-laws, Carol Borchardt, Don Williams, and Ed Halvorson. The
family requests memorials be left in Gene’s name to St. John’s
United Church of Christ in Fairmont, Martin County Historical
Society, and Martin County Genealogical Society.
Bost, William J. "Jack"
William J. Bost, 92, of Belleville, Illinois, born Saturday,
February 15, 1930, in Gracemont, Oklahoma, passed away Friday,
December 16, 2022 at St. Paul's Home in Belleville.
Jack worked as a Field Engineer Manager for IBM and retired
after 37 years. He was a member of the United States Navy and
served in the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Willie, nee
Evans, Bost; sisters, Oneita Bost, Billie Forrester, and Alice
Jones; and brother, Doyle Bost. Surviving are his honorary
granddaughter, Chelsea Pierce and her husband, Yitzchak Palatnik
of St. Louis, Missouri; life partner, Elsie Goldenberg and her
daughter, Debra Pierce, of Belleville, IL; special nephews, Brad
Forrester of San Antonio, Texas, and Greg Jones of Virginia; and
other nieces and nephews.
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Services: Per Jack's request, his body was donated to Washington
University School of Medicine. There will be no service.
Bourgoin, Harold "Lucky"
Harold "Lucky" Bourgoin, 97, died April 25, 2020 of
coronavirus. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an
aviation cadet during World War II. He was assigned to the
376th Heavy Bombardment Group, flying 52 missions over Italy,
Romania, Austria and Germany. He was severely wounded
during a raid in Romania. After the war he married
Josephine "Jo" Baricev in 1947 and they were married 73 years.
They were the parents of five boys and one daughter who died
shortly after her birth. They had ten grandchildren and
two great grandchildren. He flew B-29s on several post-World War
II nuclear tests in the South Pacific. He flew 24-hour
airborne alerts in B-52s out of Guam during the Cuban Missile
Crisis. He retired from the Air Force in 1965 as a
highly-decorated lieutenant colonel. He was the recipient
of two Distinguished Flying Crosses, six Air Medals, a Purple
Heart, and two Presidential Unit Citations. After his
retirement he ran Lucky Mac's Resort on Lake Pend Oreille in
Hope, Idaho. He had a degree in business administration
from the University of Washington and worked in real estate
Bourland, H. Lawrence
H. Lawrence Bourland, 80, of Wallingford, Connecticut and Naples, Florida, died Friday, May 25, 2012,
at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Nancy Bartlett.
He was born June 12, 1931, a son of the late Curtice and Elizabeth Deitrich Bourland and was a U.S. Air
Force Veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Bourland was the Founder and Chairman of Insurance Programmers Inc.
and League Insurance Agency, both of Wallingford. He graduated from and served on the Board of Directors
of the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, and was the President of the Board of the U.S.S.
Battleship Massachusetts Memorial in Fall River, MA. Mr. Bourland was extremely active in the credit union
movement. He truly loved animals and was an avid N.Y. Giants fan.
In addition to his wife Nancy, he is survived by his daughter, Renee Bounds and her husband Mickey of
Salisbury, Maryland; his son, Larry L. Bourland and his wife Ann of Durham; his four grandchildren, Kyle
Bounds and his wife Kate, Matthew Bounds, Larry Bourland and Luke Bourland; his great granddaughter,
Juliet Bounds; and also Frank Gontarz who was like another son to him.
His family will receive relatives and friends in The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext.,
Wallingford, CT, on Monday, May 28, 2012, from 4-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home
on Tuesday at 12 p.m. Interment with military honors will be in In Memoriam Cemetery in Wallingford. Gifts
in his memory may be sent to the Wallingford Animal Shelter, 5 Pent Rd., Wallingford, CT 06492, or
Battleship Cove, P.O. Box 111, Fall River, MA 02722-0111.
Bowers, Carl Edward
Carl Edward Bowers was born at home in Knoxville on 13 October 1932, and passed away at 1:15 a.m. or so
on 2 October 2008 at a Hospice Home in Tampa of lung cancer.
He married Anita Heslin on 16 July 1953, who was born on 27 July, and died at the age of 65 on Tuesday,
1 January 2002 in Tampa. They lived in Plant City in Tampa, Florida. They met on a blind date while he was
stationed at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. He served in the Army as a medic and demolitions
expert during the Korean War with Co. C, 8th Combat Engineers, 1st Cavalry Division. He was the
recipient of the Purple Heart and Silver Star. He enlisted at the age of fifteen and re-enlisted with the
Air Force after Korea. Carl worked as a boom operator on KC130 and KC 135 fuel tankers or refuelers. He
saw and experienced a great deal in Korea and I‘m awfully proud of him.
Carl was named for his Uncle Carl Grant and his Uncle Edward Bowers. He had a great sense of humor, was
quiet and had a great way with words. Once he told me that that if someone didn’t like something they
could “stand on their head and count b-bs.”
Left to mourn his death are three sons, Ricky, Mike, and Steve Bowers. He also leaves two
grandchildren, Carl Bowers, Jr. and Jessica Bowers.
Bowman, Edward R.
Following a brief illness, Edward R. Bowman, 81, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday,
August 14, 2010, at Freeport (Illinois) Rehab and Health Care.
He is survived by his wife, Marie C. (McGinnis) Bowman; and his daughter, M. Theresa Bowman, both of
Freeport. Also surviving are his two sisters, Lee Etta O’Gorek of Squim, Wash., and Gilda Matthews of
Baltimore, Md., along with several nieces and nephews.
Ed was born in Kosciusko County, Ind., on July 12, 1929, a son of Sid and Carrie (Robinson) Bowman. He
lived in South Bend, Ind., until 1951 when he entered the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He married Marie on December 25, 1956, at St. Mary Catholic Church. While growing up and serving in the
Army, Ed had several cooking jobs. After the closure of the Studebaker plant in South Bend, he came to
Freeport and worked 12 at Micro Switch. He retired from Sundstrand in Rockford. Upon his retirement he
became an active volunteer of the P.A.D.S. program for several years. He enjoyed making wine, woodworking,
antiques, food and family.
He was preceded in death by his infant children, Martha and Matthew; his parents; and an infant
The funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at St. Mary Catholic Church with the pastor,
Father Howard Barch, officiating. Inurnment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday at Schwarz Funeral Home, 816 S. Galena Ave., where a Scripture service will be held at 6 p.m.
Bowyer, Bruce James
Mr. Bowyer, age 77, passed away Wednesday January 4, 2012 at
his home following a lingering illness. He was born in Bay City,
Michigan, on June 20, 1934 to the late George and Bernice
(Savage) Bowyer. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in
the U. S. Army stationed at the testing grounds at Yaca Flats,
He was a retired welder from Johnson of Flint since 1999 and
former member of the Eagles Club of Bay City. Bruce enjoyed
going to the Eagles, being with his family and hunting &
fishing. He had a special love in his life and that was farming
with his brother Mike at the farm in Rhodes.
He married the former Luella Homminga on April 2, 1953.
She preceded him in death November 2, 1999. He married the
former Shirley (McNeil) LaPan on October 10, 2002. She
survives him. He is survived by his children Susan and (Rudy)
Medina, Dody and (John) Badour, Brenda and (Cearn) Wilson,
George and (Dawn) Bowyer, Bruce Bowyer Jr., Mike and (Angela)
Bowyer and Theresa and (Roy) Werth; step children Gail and Greg
Neuman, Harland and Jane Steward, Diane and Neil Smilewski,
Colleen London and Sam LaPan; 21 grandchildren and several great
grandchildren; sisters Kathleen and (Ned) Schissler, Marcella
Hodder, Nancy and (Bruce) Barnes MacDonald, Sandi Wisnewski,
Helen and (Paul) Short and Midge and (Tom) Jarvis; also many
nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter Mary
Bowyer, three brothers Mike, Jerome, Fred "Buzz" Bowyer and a
sister Jane Rigg.
A Celebration of His Life Service will be held Saturday
January 14, 2012 at 2 pm from Rivertown Funeral Chapel with
Pastor David Dunn presiding with burial in Heavenly Rest
Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral chapel on Saturday
from 11 am until time of services.
Brady, Gerald Wayne
Gerald Wayne Brady, 75, Woodburn, died August 15, 2004.
He was born October 16, 1928 in Vashti, North Dakota. He
worked on the family farm from 1945 to 1951. He served in
the Korean War in the U.S. Army as a sergeant.
He made his home in Jamestown, North Dakota, before moving to
Woodburn in 1966. He was a member of AA for 21 years.
He enjoyed golfing, fishing, animals, and spending time with his
grand and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Edith of Woodburn; son, Kevin of
Woodburn; daughters Deborah Fraser of Salem and Brenda Binkley
of Woodburn; brothers, Eldon Brady of Jamestown, North Dakota;
five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his brother Larry.
He is buried in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland,
Robert "Bob" Gustave Brandmeyer, 93, of Belleville, Illinois,
born January 10, 1930, in Venedy, Illinois, died Tuesday,
January 17, 2023, at his residence.
Bob was born and raised in Venedy, and later settled in
Belleville. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran serving
during the Korean War. Bob worked many jobs growing up. Later in
life he became a machinist and worked for Independent
Engineering / American Cryogenics and then T.J. Gundlach,
retiring in 1994. Bob was a hard worker and always provided for
his family. He was a member of VFW 1739 and the Machinist Union
Bob loved softball. He coached and played on teams for the
VFW - Post 1739 and the men's fast-pitch softball at Southside,
winning many championships. He also enjoyed coaching his son's
baseball teams and his daughter's softball teams, which won
championships 7 years in a row! Bob also played bank pool in
many pool leagues and was known as one of "Belleville's Best".
He also loved gardening, visiting his clubhouse, board games, a
good game of pinochle, his old-time country music, and going to
bingo with family and friends. Most of all he loved his family,
and they always came first.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years,
Norma I. Brandmeyer, nee Krieber, whom he married on July 17,
1948, and who died on January 13, 2010; a son, Steven Brandmeyer;
his father, Henry Brandmeyer; his mother, Lorraine, nee Brown,
Brandmeyer Berkel; a sister, Dorothy Brasel; a brother, Eugene
Brandmeyer; and his beloved fur baby, Mac.
He is survived by a daughter, SiJo (John D.) Yedinak;three
grandchildren, Tara (Josh) Lauf, John R. (Tara) Yedinak, and
Steve Brandmeyer II; five great-grandchildren, Taylor Lauf,
Landon Yedinak, Jayda Lauf, Carlee Yedinak, and Kyla Yedinak;
his Swansea pool league family; and his very first love, Rita
Broeckling and her entire family, who loved him so much.
The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at
Breeze Hospice, especially Barb, Kip, Kim, and Candace, who were
always there when they needed them. They would also like to
thank his many doctors and nurses who always took their time
Memorials may be made to Breeze Hospice, 14 Park Place, Swansea,
Illinois 62226, or the National Veterans Foundation,
https://nvf.org/veterans-memorials-dedications/. Burial was
at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.
Published by Belleville News-Democrat on Jan. 20, 2023.
Bratner, Harold E. "Red"
Harold E. "Red" Brantner, 74, of Ravenna, Ohio, died
Wednesday at his residence. Born December 7, 1930, in
Williamsburg, Pennsylvania, to the late Paul and Florence (Vanderpool)
Brantner, Red had lived most of his life in Ravenna, and was a
member of the First Christian Church of Ravenna and the Ravenna
Moose 1234. He retired from Carpenters Union Local 639 out of
Akron, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Donna Jean (Sapp)
Brantner; brothers, Paul (Nancy) Brantner Jr. of Altoona,
Pennsylvania, and Ronald (Linda) Brantner of Texas; sisters,
Darlene (Dale) Banks of Millcreek, Pennsylvania, Mary (Ronald)
Hopper, Dorothy Hetzel, Doris (Sam) Barrett, all of Altoona, and
Jeanne (Dave) Barnes of Roaring Springs, Pennsylvania; brother-
in-law, Gene (Lois) Sapp of Ravenna; sister-in-law, Shera Lee
(Paul) Lemley of Florida; nephews, Charles Sapp of Ravenna, Mark
Lemley of Edinburg, and Michael Lemley of Ravenna; nieces, Diana
Moore of Ravenna and Lee Ann (Bear) Ferguson of Ravenna, and
many more nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by
brothers, Wayne, Mearle, Robert, Phillip, George, and John
Calling hours Sunday, December 19, 2004, 7 to 9 p.m., at
Shorts Funeral Homes, Inc., in Ravenna, Ohio, where funeral
services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, with Rev. Dr. Perry Mattern
officiating. Burial at Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna, Ohio.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Ravenna
or American Diabetes Association.
Brazile, Lionel J. Sr.
Lionel J. Brazile, Sr., a proud member of the U.S. Army and a decorated veteran of the Korean War,
passed away on Friday, March 9, 2012. Husband of the late Jean Brown Brazile. Beloved Father of Cheryl
McGee Hills (Justin), Zeola (Ken) Golden, Demetria (Leroy) Kendricks and Shelia, Chet Sr., Donna, Alesia
(Elmore) and Kevin Brazile (Erica) and the late Lionel Jr. Brother of Lucille Jones. Also survived by 14
grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
A native of New Orleans and a resident of Kenner, as well as Baton Rouge post Katrina. Relatives and
friends of the family, also Priest and Parishioners of Sacred Heart of Baton Rouge, former Sacred Heart of
New Orleans and the employees of Jefferson Parish School System are invited to attend the Visitation on
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 1908 Short Street, Kenner, LA. from 10:00 a.m until
11:00 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Interment Providence Memorial Park
Brewster, Carl Donald
Carl Donald Brewster, 88, of Kansas City, Kansas passed away
Sunday, April 5, 2020 at his home. He had been released from
Riverbend Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center two days before he
died of coronavirus. Mr. Brewster was born May 15, 1931 in
Princeton, West Virginia, to Carl Sanford Brewster and Finnie
Thomas Brewster. Carl Donald lived in Kansas City, Kansas since
1958.He served in Korea for the Army Air Corps from 1950-1953.
He graduated from Donnelly College in 1964 with an Associates of
Science degree, Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts degree
in 1981, and Webster University with a Master of Arts degree in
1983. He was a railroader for Virginian Railway Company in
Princeton, WV for ten years, General Foreman for the Union
Pacific Railroad for 30 yrs in Kansas City, and Railroad Safety
Inspector for the Federal Railroad Administration for five years
until retirement. He was married to the late Beulah Mae (Snider)
Brewster for fifty two years. Survivors include his son, Steven
Michael Brewster, wife Janis Elaine Park Brewster; two
grandchildren, Silver King Brewster and Emerald Starlane
Brewster-Given; and four great grandchildren, Mercury King
Brewster, Topaz Stardust Brewster, Scarlet Rose Given, and Jett
Canyon Given, all of Kansas City, Kansas.
Bridgman, Meade Charles
Aloha - I'm writing to post the death of my father-in-law, Meade Charles Bridgman, a brave Marine Corps
veteran who fought valiantly at the Chosin Reservoir in November/December of 1950. He died peacefully on
January 8, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., surrounded by his family and friends, in his bedroom, listening to the
ocean outside his window at Kawela Bay, O'ahu, Hawaii. We were honored to be present.
His stories of Chosin were stirring. His memories of his buddies are something special. If anyone
remembers him, please e-mail his sons, Charles (Joe) and Scott, here at this e-mail address:
firstname.lastname@example.org. We are planning a
memorial this Sunday, January 10, 2010, in the afternoon. If anyone wants to attend, even though this is
short notice, please call us at 808-638-7193. We want to give him a great celebration. - Thank you, Connie
Briggs, Capt. Ann
Captain Ann King Briggs, ret. (born Julia Ann King) passed away on July 31 at the age of 86. A
Korean War veteran, Ann was born in Williamsburg, Kentucky, on March 2, 1919. She was one of seven
siblings of Melvina and Joseph C. King. After attending Williamsburg High School, she entered nursing
school with her sisters Vera and Ruth at St. Joseph's in Lexington, KY. After completing her nurses
training, she enlisted in the Army Air Corps and soon requested assignment in the Korean theatre, where
she served during the Korean War. While
serving in Korea, she was one of the first two flight nurses to land in Pyongyang.
After the Korean War ceasefire, she was stationed in Japan at Yokoska Air Base. In 1953 she returned
stateside to Montgomery, AL, where she met her future husband, Major John Alden Briggs. They were married
in 1954. That same year, she left the armed forces to raise her family. Sons Kevin Bradford and Robert
Craig were born in 1954 and 1959, respectively. Three children were lost in infancy, Alan, Priscilla and
Hillary. After raising her two sons, Ann returned to nursing in Florida, first as a volunteer for the Red
Cross, and later, as registered nurse working at Patrick Air Force Base. Ann retired from nursing in 1989,
having spent 35 years in nursing treating soldiers and their children, at war and at peace.
In April of this year, Ann moved to Diamondhead, Mississippi, to be near son Kevin Bradford and wife
Heather. Quite unexpectedly, on July 29, Ann suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. She is survived by sister Vera
Russell (Capt., ret) and Joe C. Smith, Jr. (Capt, ret) and wife Jane of Bardstown, Kentucky; sons, Mr.
Kevin Briggs and wife Heather of Diamondhead, MS, and Mr. Robert Craig Briggs and wife Daisy of Hong Kong;
granddaughter Shane Yahn of Flanders, New Jersey, and grandson Jake Briggs of Hong Kong; and, two
great-grandsons, Zachary and Spencer.
Ann was a member of the World War II Flight Nurses and was immensely proud of serving her country.
Brill, William L.
William L. Brill, 88, formerly of Ephrata, Pennsylvania,
passed away at Lancashire Hall on Friday, April 17, 2020 due to
complications from coronavirus. He was the husband of the late
Donna M. Brill and son of the late Paul and Margaret (Sharp)
Brill. He was born July 05, 1931. He is survived by three
children: Deborah A. Brill, Kathy S. (Richard) Fry, and W.
Michael (Karen) Brill; and five grandchildren. In addition to
his wife and parents, William was preceded in death by a brother
James Brill. William was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and served
during the Korean War. He was a member of the Worship Center in
Leola, PA and worked as an Air Traffic Controller for over 50
years. Services will be announced at a future date and are under
the care of Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals, Ephrata, PA.
Bristol, Arthur J. Jr.
Arthur J. Bristol, Jr., 68, of West Street, Windsor Locks,
Connecticut, died Saturday, October 31, 1998 at Hartford
Arthur was born in Hartford and was a Korean War Army
veteran. He was employed as a truck driver for 23 years with
Savin Fuel, formerly of East Hartford, until his retirement in
1990. Arthur was a member of the Teamsters Union Local No. 559
and a communicant of St. Mary's Church, Windsor Locks.
Among his surviving relatives are his wife, Mary Ann (Rink)
Bristol; two sons, Thomas J. Bristol of Windsor Locks, David N.
Bristol of Springfield, Massachusetts; two daughters, Judith M.
Bristol of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Ann Frank of Windsor Locks;
a sister, Maryann Bristol of Vernon; and four grandchildren,
David and Amanda Bristol and Heather and Kristen Frank. Arthur
was predeceased by his son, Arthur J. Bristol, III in 1991.
The funeral was from the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441
Spring St., Windsor Locks, Wednesday (November 4, 1998), at 9:15
a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Mary's Church,
Windsor Locks, at 10 a.m. Burial followed in St. Mary's
Cemetery. Memorial donations in Arthur's name may be made
to the charity of one's choice.
Brockway, Robert "Bob" Milton
Robert "Bob" Milton Brockway, 91, of Belleville, Illinois,
born, February 17, 1931, in Hugo, Colorado, passed away
Thursday, September 29, 2022 at his residence in Belleville,
surrounded by family.
Bob worked as a vice president in the banking industry. He
was a member of St. Clair Lodge # 24 AF & AM. He was a veteran
of the U.S. Navy serving during the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Crystal, nee
Davis, Brockway; a sister Letha Boetger and a nephew Bill
Surviving are his wife, Rita Brockway of Illinois; daughter,
Jill Houba of Belleville; son, Carl Brockway of Columbia,
Illinois; grandson Austin Houba; and numerous nieces, and
Bob enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his
grandson. They were "two peas in a pod". He enjoyed playing
golf. He achieved what all golfers dream of, a hole in one. He
had a great sense of humor and always made us laugh. After
retirement Bob and Joyce enjoyed spending their winter months in
the Florida Keys. They were married for 67 years.
Memorials: Shriners Children's www.shriners.org or
siteman.wustl.edu Siteman Advancement Office other designation-
Patient Care Fund Shiloh. Services: A Private family
interment was held at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview
Broersma, Gerald "Jerry, The Barber"
Mr. Gerald Broersma, age 73, Muskegon, Michigan, died Friday,
December 30, 2005. He was born in Muskegon on January 5, 1932 to
Paul and Alice Dobb Broersma and married the former Sally
Beardsley. Mr. Broersma had served his country in the U.S. Army
during the Korean War. He had been the owner of Jerry's Barber
Shop in North Muskegon for over fifty years. He was a member of
the Don Rea VFW Post #8846.
His survivors include his loving wife, Sally; son, Lance Mary
Broersma of Norton Shores; two daughters, Tammi Jake Veltman of
North Muskegon, Robin VanderMeulen of Norton Shores;
stepchildren, Garry Julene Baars of Ludington, Lori Mark Ward of
Bear Lake, MI, Terri Charles Oyler of Muskegon, Patti Dave
McGough of Muskegon; 14 grandchildren, Jacob Veltman III, Bryana
VanderMeulen, Nathan, Taylor, Hunter & Caden Broersma, Kaci
Brian Kegler, Tyler Baars, Danielle and Cassidy Ward, Rachel and
Katie McGough, W.J. Oyler and Amy Matt Bradley; sister, Mary
Alice Martin of Florida; twin brother, Harold Phyllis Broersma
of Grand Haven; sister-in-law, Donna Broersma of Norton Shores;
many nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents,
four brothers, and one sister.
His funeral service was held Thursday, January 5, 2006, 1:00 PM
at Laketon Bethel Reformed Church with Dr. Sherwin Brantsen
Brooker, Lt. Col. David Brown (Ret.)
Lt. Col. David Brown Brooker (retired) 78, passed away June 24th at Lexington Medical Center following
a brief illness. Funeral services with full military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m.on Thursday, June 29,
2006 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1715 Broad River Road with burial to follow at Melrose Family
Cemetery in Swansea. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28th at Dunbar
Funeral Home Dutch Fork Chapel, 7600 Woodrow Street in Irmo. Honorary Pall Bearers will be Enrique Janer,
Lucius Culthbert Brooker, III, Chuck Statler, the ladies and gentlemen of the Columbia Bank of
Cooperatives and Pearson Professional Center of Columbia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the
Carolina Children’s Home.
Born in Lexington County, Lt.Col. Brooker was the son of the late Honorable, Dr. Lucius Cuthbert
Brooker, Sr, MD (Lexington Representative to the House) and Margaret Brown Brooker. He was a graduate of
Carlisle Military School, attended The Citadel where he was a pianist for the Citadel orchestra and
graduated from Presbyterian College with a BS in Biology as a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and Pi
Sigma Chi science fraternity. As a youth, he achieved the level of Eagle Scout of the Order of the Arrow
of the Indian Waters Council.
Upon graduation from college, he became a commissioned officer in the US Army, serving as a Company
Commander and Battalion Intelligence Officer with the 24th and 25th Infantry Divisions during the Korean
War where his company was recognized for heroism under fire. He was highly decorated receiving the United
Nations Service Medal, two Bronze Stars, The Korean Services Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. He
also served in the Retirement Honor Guard for General Douglas McArthur. Once separated from active duty,
he became an Army Reserve Training Officer and later was appointed as the SC Liaison Officer to the United
States Military Academy at West Point due to his natural leadership ability. He was inducted into the SC
West Point Graduate Association as an honorary member.
In his retirement, Dave found that he could not remain idle. He served as the Lead Test Administrator
for the Pearson Professional Centers of Columbia. In addition to retiring from the US Army, Dave retired
after twenty-five years as the Senior Vice President to the Columbia Bank of Cooperatives in 1986. He then
joined the SC Department of Commerce as an Economic Development Manager where he later retired after
fifteen years of service.
He was a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church and Chairman of the Board of Deacons at Rose Hill
Presbyterian Church. Prior to marrying Martha Ellen Alvoid, he was a member of the Columbia Batchelor’s
Club. Later he became a charter member and past president of the Evening Optimist Club of Columbia, past
charter member-organizer and director of the Cayce Rotary Club, past member-organizer and director of
Triangle City Merchant’s Association, past president and director of Columbia Junior Chamber of Commerce
(Jaycees) receiving the Key Member award in 1955.
Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Ann M. Brooker, children from his first marriage, Kathryn E.
Brooker and fiancé Owen Holmes, IV of Newberry, David B. Brooker, Jr and wife Dawn of Columbia, Douglas C.
Brooker and wife Ana of Atlanta, Ga; grandchildren, Graham Brooker, Haley Brooker and Dakota Brooker;
stepchildren David E. Starkey of Atlanta, Ga., Sharon S. Statler and husband Chuck of Columbia, Darryl L.
Starkey and wife Missie of Columbia as well as Step-grandchildren David Starkey, Alyssa Starkey, Robby
Statler, Susannah Starkey, Jack Starkey and Garret Starkey; sister-in-law, Millie Brooker of Summerville,
nephew Lucius C. Brooker, III of Denver, CO and niece Deborah S. Brooker of Charleston. In addition to his
parents, he was predeceased by his brother, LC Brooker, Jr. (Ex-navy WWII) with whom he was extremely
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the medical staff of the 4th floor ICU at
Lexington Medical Center for the loving care they provided to Dave during his final days. Your kindness
and support will always be remembered, with special thanks to Judy, Sam, Jenny and Erica.
To quote General of The Army, Douglas McArthur, revered by Lt. Col. Brooker, “Old soldiers never die,
they just fade away.” Although you are gone and at rest, you will never fade away in our hearts.
Brooks, Edward Payton
Edward Payton Brooks, 91, died June 17, 2014, in La Jolla, California. He was born August 10, 1922,
in Brockton, MA, where he grew up. He attended MIT, but left at the beginning of World War II to enlist
in the U. S. Army Air Corps. Though the war ended before he completed his pilot training, he
participated in the Berlin Airlift and the Korean War, where he served as commander of the 30th
Squadron,19th Bombardment Group. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for successfully piloting his
crippled B-29 home after an encounter with the enemy over North Korea.
After retiring from the Air
Force, Ed obtained a law degree from the University of Wyoming, although he never went on to practice law.
Among other things, he became a railroad man, car salesman, tax preparer, and pawn broker. He gravitated to
the west coast, spending the last decades of his life in San Diego. He took emphatic pride in his military
service, and maintained close contact with his bomber crew until he could no longer travel. He appreciated
American cars, fine dining, and the company of women. He was unfailingly courteous and gentlemanly, and,
even beset by the frailties of age, displayed enviable cheerfulness and zest for life.
Mr. Brooks was the
son of the late Edward Payton Brooks and Jane Ellen (Naylor) Brooks. He was the brother of the late Raymond
A. Brooks, and the former husband of Lois (Angelovic) Brooks. He is survived by his brother Charles K.
Brooks and his wife Mary, of Florida, his niece Cheryl Brooks of Attleboro, Massachusetts, his niece Cindy
Brooks of Richmond, Rhode Island, his nephew Raymond A. Brooks of N. Kingstown, Rhode Island, and his
beloved caretaker for the last three years, Rhoda Brown.
Brown, Dale Holmes Sr.
Dale Holmes Brown, Sr., 88, Tuscola, Illinois, died at Sarah
Bush Hospital in Mattoon on September 14, 2021.
He was born on April 01, 1933 in Monson, ME, a son of Guy T. and
Isabella M. Bigger Brown. He attended Monson schools, then
joined the Marine Corps in December of 1950. He was baptized in
the Parris Island swimming pool while in boot camp. He served
with C-1-7 Marines in Korea from 6/51 to 6/52, receiving a
Purple Heart for wounds received in combat on Hill 673. He
served in the Marine Corps for ten years.
He received a journeyman electrician’s license from Central
Maine Vocational Training Institute, and later earned a Maine
Master Electrician’s license. A member of the IBEW, he was a
licensed electrician in Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island and
Massachusetts until his mid-80’s.
Dale married Lynnita Aldridge in Urbana on September 03, 2001.
He was a significant volunteer in the Douglas County Museum for
ten years, doing electrical service, carpentry, fund-raising,
general maintenance, and cooking. He and his wife, the museum’s
director, resigned in objection to trustee activity.
Dale was an avid cross country skier and ice skater, known for
making superb ice skating rinks. He also loved animals and they
loved him. Dale was a brook trout fisherman, avid reader,
baseball, football, Ted Williams and Tom Brady fan. He was
opinionated, but he was also very gentle and kind-hearted. He
was a Republican who strongly opposed the current Democrat
agenda. He was a life-long American patriot. Dale treated
Lynnita like a lady. He brought laughter and support into her
life and the couple loved each other dearly.
He is survived by children: Dale Brown, Jr (Deborah) of Minot,
ME; Kathi (Jeff) Young, Auburn, ME; Terri Kilcollins, Peoria,
AZ; Cameron (Leslie) Brown, Cape Elizabeth, ME; Marta Kay (Ron
Beairsto), ME; Patrick Brown, AZ). He is also survived by 16
grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, brother Colby (Marianne)
Brown of Abbott, ME, many special nieces and nephews, and
step-daughter Celena Sommer of Urbana. He was preceded in death
by his parents, sisters Barbara Lary and Joyce Smith, and
brothers Gilbert, Donald, Clayton, George and Cameron Brown.
Dale was cremated and will be buried in Monson cemetery at a
later date. A memorial service will be held for him on Sunday,
September 26, at 1:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 300 E. Daggy
St., Tuscola, with Pastor Mike Wilder officiating. Memorial
gifts are suggested to the Korean War Educator Foundation, 111
E. Houghton St., Tuscola, IL; First Baptist Church; Monson
Historical Society, P.O. Box 308, Monson, ME 04464; or a charity
Brown, Dana L.
Dana L. Brown, 82, of Doraville, GA, formerly of Terre Haute, Indiana, went home to be with his Lord on
Saturday, February 18, 2012. Dana was a staff sergeant with the U S Air Force and served in Korea during
the Korean War. He held various management positions in Indiana, Ohio and Chicago while employed with AT &
T with 34 years of service.
After retirement he moved to Georgia and delivered flowers for Embry Hills Florist. He loved fishing,
yard work, baseball and was a videographer, taping weddings and the Sunday church worship services.
Dana loved the Lord and served Him throughout his life. He was instrumental in starting congregations
in Indiana including serving as minister of many new congregations. He was a member of Tucker Christian
Church for 28 years where he served as an Elder and Sunday School teacher. He was an encourager and mentor
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Phyllis Brown; daughters and their spouses, Linda & Randy May,
Nancy & Fred Ringer, Carla & Bob Lepper, Karen & Tim Tucker, Terri & Tim Marchetti, Donna & Dan Pugh;
brother, Jim & Nema Brown. Dana is also survived by his 11 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and
several nieces & nephews.
Visitation will be held on Friday, February 24, 2012 from 9 – 11 a.m. at Roselawn Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 24 at the funeral home with Mike Eaton officiating.
Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park with military rites performed by VFW Post 972. Online
condolences may be made at www.roselawnfuneralhome.net.
Brown, Robert R.
Robert R. Brown, age 78, of Jackson died Sunday, May 15, 2011
at Leisure Chateau Care Center in Lakewood. Born in Brooklyn,
New York, he spent time there and Brockton, Massachusetts as a
When he joined the service he traveled to Germany, England,
Korea, Vietnam and all over the United States. Bob lived in
Lakewood for 24 years before moving to Jackson two years ago.
Bob served in the US Army from 1951-1974 serving in both the
Korean and Vietnam Wars.
He was a scout dog handler with the 39th Infantry Platoon in
Bien Hoa, Vietnam with his dog, Budda and received many military
medals including a Bronze Star. Bob was a very talented Pen &
Ink artist, and was a guest artist for Marvel Comics, drawing
Conan the Barbarian and The Submariner. Most recently, he worked
as a Housekeeping Supervisor for Deborah Heart & Lung Center in
Browns Mills for 12 years.
Bob was a member of the Vietnam Dog Handler Association and a
Life Member of the Special Operations Association. He was a
great husband and lived a full and colorful life. Bob was
predeceased by his parents, Walter and Margaret (nee Coughlin)
Brown. He is survived by his wife, Alexa Michel; a sister,
Barbara Sheridan and several nieces and nephews.
Brown, Wilford Ray
Wilford Ray Brown, 76, of Flatwoods, Kentucky, formerly of
Eaton, Ohio, passed away June 15, 2009, in Community Hospice
Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky. He was born October 31, 1932,
in Rowan County, Kentucky, a son of George and Sadie (Clark)
Mr. Brown was a retired Master Sergeant for the United States
Air Force. He served during the Korean War and Vietnam. He was a
flight engineer on several flights for dignitaries and
high-ranking officials, and was the recipient of the
Distinguished Flying Cross. He was also retired from Brown Metal
Spinning. Mr. Brown was a member of the Greenup Christian
Church, a Kentucky Colonel, and a volunteer at the Flatwoods
Senior Citizens Center. He enjoyed working on clocks, gardening,
canning and airplanes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife,
Patsy Lee (Carter) Brown, who passed away in 2001; two brothers
Willie Brown and Ernest Brown; four sisters Grace Yoder,
Geraldine Crum, Wilma Hadwin and Flora Logan. Survivors include
his wife, Joyce Brown of Flatwoods, Kentucky; two daughters Tami
Wellman and husband Scott and Cindy Wassom and husband Jeffrey,
all of Eaton, Ohio; three brothers Harold Brown, Claude Brown
and Fred Brown, all of Morehead, Kentucky; three sisters Geneva
Whittle and Juanita Cooper both of Morehead, Kentucky and
Madeline Sewell of Muncie, Indian; grandchildren Emily Wassom,
Eli Wassom, Elaina Wassom, Ben Wellman, Daniel Wellman, Hannah
Wellman, Ruth Wellman, Nicolas Wellman, Rebecca Wellman and
Joshua Wellman; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. June 18, in the
chapel of Lane-Stucky-Gray Funeral Home, Morehead, KY, with
Homer Bradley officiating. Burial was in Clark Cemetery at
Cranston, Kentucky. Full military honors were conducted at the
graveside by the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard,
who also served as pallbearers.
Brown, William Nesbert
William Nesbert "Neb" Brown of Lipscomb, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2012 after a brief illness.
Mr. Brown was born and raised in Tallapoosa Georgia. He is one of eight children born to Wattie Walker
Brown, and Dee Brown of Tallapoosa.
Mr. Brown came to Birmingham, AL in 1948, to work for the Tennessee Coal and Iron Company. He worked in
the iron ore mines at Wenonah on Red Mountain for several years.
In 1951 Mr. Brown was called to service by the U.S. Military. He served eighteen months combat duty in
Korea, with a total of three years' service. Mr. Brown is one of five brothers who served on the front
lines in two wars.
In 1988 Mr. Brown retired from Birmingham Coca-Cola Company with thirty two years of service. Later in
life he began a new and very fruitful business at the Bessemer Flea Market where he made a great deal of
friends. Mr. Brown was an avid hunter and fisherman and had a personal love of the outdoors. He was
involved in Little League baseball, the Boy Scouts of America, and other youth activities.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife of fifty eight years, Betty Pulliam Brown and three children, Nancy
Meleia Burse and husband Budd, Michael Brown and wife Denise, David Mark Brown and wife Leigh;
grandchildren, Cory, Tyler and Tanner Brown; his brother, Cleo Brown and wife Ann, of Tallapoosa, GA,
sisters' in law, Caroline Brown, Flo Pulliam, Ida Pulliam and Helen Walker; his much loved lifelong
friend, Sharon Budnik; special niece, Joy Watts; several nieces, nephews and extended loving family and
Funeral services will be held at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 11:00
am with burial in Highland Memorial Gardens. Rev. Karl Doehner officiating. Visitation will be held prior
to the service from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Children's
Hospital, or the Boy Scouts of America.
The family would like to thank, Care First Hospice, Home Instead Senior Care and the fourth floor
nursing staff at Princeton Hospital for their love, kindness and compassion. Bessemer Brown Service
Funeral Home is honored to serve the Brown family.
Bruce, Bobby E.
Bobby E. Bruce died September 3, 1996. He served in the 24th Infantry Division and was wounded in
action May 17, 1951 in South Korea.
Bryan, Blackshear Morrison
Blackshear Morrison Bryan was born in Alexandria, Louisiana,
on February 08, 1900. He started his college career by attending
the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, but soon
received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West
Point in 1918 and thus transferred schools. American involvement
in World War I resulted in an increased demand for officers, the
academy accelerated the graduation of its cadet classes
beginning in 1917 and ending in 1924. As a result, Bryan's Class
of 1923 graduated in 1922 after completing their accelerated
course studies. He received his commission in the U.S. Army as a
Bryan's first posting following graduation was at Fort Sill,
Oklahoma, where he underwent training as an artillery officer.
He was next called back to West Point to serve as an assistant
football coach for the Academy's team for the 1925 and 1926
seasons. In 1927, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. At
some point during this time, he married Catherine DeArmand and,
following his tenure as assistant coach, he served as an
instructor at West Point from 1928 to 1929. He and Catherine
welcomed their first child, Blackshear Morrison Bryan, Jr.
(known as "Morrie" to family and friends), on October 28, 1929,
while living at West Point. Bryan served as an Academy
instructor again in 1933 and 1934. He was promoted to the rank
of Captain in 1935. He attended a year-long course of study at
the Army War College at Washington Barracks in Washington, D.C.,
from 1939-40. With Hitler's blitzkreig into Belgium and France
in May of 1940, the U.S. Army began to move to a war-time
footing in preparation for possible involvement. The Army War
College was suspended in June of 1940 and Bryan's class was the
last to graduate before the school closed for the duration of
hostilities. He received a promotion to the rank of Major that
same year and on October 19, he and Catherine welcomed their
second child, James Edward Bryan (known as "Jamie" to those
close to him).
The attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, by Japan on December 07,
1941, and the U.S. entry into World War II found Bryan serving
as Chief of the Policy Section for the War Department General
Staff in Washington, D.C. By this point in time, he had been
elevated in rank to Lieutenant Colonel. In 1942, he was again
promoted, this time to the rank of Colonel, and assigned to the
Provost Marshall General's Office which had been reactivated by
the Army in 1937. His new posting was as Chief of the Aliens
Division which monitored and controlled citizens of foreign
nations (namely Germany, Italy, and Japan) with which the U.S.
was at war who currently resided within the United States. These
individuals were required to have an "Enemy Alien" card and to
register each month with the authorities or face immediate
As the war progressed, Bryan was promoted to the rank of
Brigadier General in 1943 and placed in charge of the Prisoner
of War Division under the Provost Marshall General's Office. In
this role, he oversaw the operation of almost 700 camps housing
over 425,000 mostly German and Italian prisoners of war in all
but three of the forty-eight states. The internment camps to
which approximately 124,000 enemy aliens and American citizens
of Japanese, German, and Italian descent were forcibly removed
by Executive Order 9066 in 1942 also now fell under his
jurisdiction. Bryan continued in this role until July of 1945
when he was appointed Provost Marshall General. His command was
now not only responsible for the Aliens Division, the Prisoner
of War Division, and the internment camps (now in the process of
being shut down), but it also oversaw the Military Police,
security clearance investigations, criminal investigations, the
apprehension of deserters, and the War Crimes Division of the
Judge Advocate General's Office. With war's end, Bryan had the
task of transforming an agency that normally only existed during
wartime into one that was now charged with training and
maintaining the military police force and conducting military
investigations in peacetime.
In 1948, Bryan was reassigned to the Panama Canal Zone in the
newly created multi-service Caribbean Command. Here, he served
as Chief of Staff for General Matthew Ridgway. On June 25, 1950,
elements of the Korean People's Army (North Korea) crossed the
38th parallel and invaded South Korea. The United States joined
other members of the United Nations in defending South Korea
against Communist aggression. In March of 1951, Bryan—now a
Major General—took command of the 24th Infantry Division as part
of the first rotation of combat commanders to take place up to
that point in the war. The rotation was organized by his former
commanding officer, Matthew Ridgway, who had been placed in
command of the U.S. Eighth Army following the death of its
former commander in a freak traffic accident. Up to this point,
Bryan had not seen any actual combat command experience, but he
accepted the new posting after Ridgway pledged full faith in his
appointment. The 24th Division was at this time embroiled in the
bitter fighting of Operation Ripper (the liberation of Seoul and
the return to the 38th Parallel). A Chinese-North Korean
counteroffensive forced a retreat in late April and in September
of that year, the division was part of another U.N.
counteroffensive west of the Hwachon Reservoir in Gangwon
Province. After reaching stalemated positions, both sides began
serious peace negotiations. The 24th Division—having been the
first American division to see combat in Korea just five days
after the start of the war, having fought the initial delaying
actions against the invasion, and having suffered over 10,000
casualties in eighteen months of combat—pulled out of Korea in
January of 1952 and returned to Japan to rebuild.
Bryan's next assignment was as Deputy Chief of Staff for the
Far East Command in Tokyo. After this, he commanded the XVI
Corps in Japan. He next participated in peace negotiations at
Panmunjom as a leading member of the Military Armistice
Commission of the United Nations. With the successful
negotiation and signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement on
July 27, 1953, a cease-fire took effect and the war ended. The
Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was created along the lines last
occupied. Bryan's next command, I Corps, was tasked with the
defense of the western half of the DMZ.
Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General, Bryan was next
appointed as the 43rd Superintendent of the U.S. Military
Academy at West Point from 1954 to 1956. His son Morrie, already
in attendance at West Point, was a graduate in the Class of
1954. At the time, it was customary for certain ranks to be
prerequisite in order for an individual to hold certain
positions in the Army. Such ranks were sometimes temporary (or
breveted), given in order to place the most appropriate
personnel in the position where they were most needed. When he
became Superintendent, Bryan—as a Lieutenant General—became the
highest ranking officer to hold the post in the history of the
Academy. The position, however, did not call for a three-star
general. Secretary of the Army Robert Ten Broeck Stevens called
Bryan "a logical and wise choice." As a result, President Dwight
D. Eisenhower later designated the post to require the rank of
Lieutenant General. Bryan became only the second Louisiana
native to hold the office of Superintendent of West Point. The
first, P.G.T. Beauregard, was appointed on January 23, 1861, but
was removed five days later after Louisiana withdrew from the
Union, giving him the shortest tenure in the history of the
From July of 1956 through July of 1957, Bryan was Commanding
General of the U.S. Army Pacific, overseeing most Army forces in
the Asia-Pacific region with his headquarters at Fort Shafter,
Honolulu, Hawaii. Following this command, he served as
Commanding General of the U.S. First Army from 1957 until 1960,
headquartered at Fort Jay on Governor's Island, New York.
Following this assignment, Lieutenant General Bryan retired on
February 29, 1960, at the age of sixty (60) after serving
thirty-seven (37) years of service.
After leaving the Army, Bryan served as the first president
of Nassau Community College in Long Island, New York, from 1960
to 1965. On March 02, 1977, Lieutenant General Bryan passed away
in Silver Springs, Maryland, at the age of 77 after a lengthy
illness and was laid to rest at the West Point Cemetery on the
grounds of the U.S. Military Academy.
Lieutenant General Bryan was the recipient of numerous awards
and honors. Among them were the following:
- Army Distinguished Service Medal with two Oak Leaf
- Air Medal
- American Defense Service Medal
- American Campaign Medal
- World War II Victory Medal
- National Defense Service Medal
- Korean Service Medal
- Order of the British Empire
- Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
- Korean War Service Medal (Republic of Korea)
- United Nations Service Medal Korea
Buchanan, Hayden L.
Hayden L. Buchanan was born on October 14, 1934 and passed away on Friday, March 4, 2011. Hayden was a
resident of Hildebran, North Carolina.
He was a proud veteran of the Korean War, having served in the US Marine Corp in amphibious
The family will receive friends from 11:30 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. on Monday, March 7, 2011 at Oak Ridge
Baptist Church. A celebration of his life will immediately follow at 1:00 P.M. and will be officiated by
Rev. Darrell Webb, Rev. Mel Campos and Rev. Mike Skinner. Burial will be at Catawba Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oak Ridge Baptist Church Building Fund, Oak Ridge
Road, Connelly Springs, NC, 28612 or to Catawba Valley Hospice & Palliative Care, 3975 Robinson Rd.,
Newton, NC 28658.
Budahn, Claude Wilbur
Claude Wilbur Budahn, the son of Vernon and Myrtle (Sinell)
Budahn, died April 15, 2009. He was born March 13, 1932 in Green Isle Township,
Minnesota. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1950 and
served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
He was united in marriage to Lucille Dressen on June 22, 1957
in Green Isle. In 1959, they moved to New Ulm where they owned
and operated Budahn's International Garage with his father and
brothers for many years. In recent years, he was employed by the
New Ulm Bus Lines. He was a member of Cathedral of the Holy
Trinity in New Ulm, American Legion Post #408, Arlington VFW
Post 6031 and former member of the New Ulm Lions Club.
Survivors include his son Bruce Budahn and his wife Lori of
Cottage Grove; daughter Diane Duffy and her husband Robert of
Cottage Grove; daughter-in-law Terri Budahn of New Ulm;
grandchildren, Jennifer, Bryan, Nichole, Scott, Andrew and his
wife Andrea, Danielle Budahn, Robert, Christopher, Stephanie,
Michael, Matthew, and Megan Duffy and great-grandchild Robert
Duffy. Also surviving are brothers, Alvin Budahn and his wife
Marianne of Darwin, Earl Budahn and his wife Joan of Arlington;
sister-in-law Naomi Budahn of Courtland; sisters-in-law Mary
Dressen and Merva Ann Dressen of Fort Dodge, Iowa;
brothers-in-law Merlin Dressen and his wife Jan of Fort Dodge,
Iowa, John Cahill and his wife Ann of Kasota, William Dressen
and his wife Patricia of Roseville; and many nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
son Bob in 1999, his wife Lucille in 2002 and brothers, Lewis
Budrow, Kimber O.
SGM Kimber O. Budrow, US Army (Ret), passed away Sunday, 5
April 2009 at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh. Kim served with
C&C Det, FOB4, and CCN. He was born on May 13, 1937, in Fowler,
Ind., son of Delton and Margaret Colescott Budrow. He served in
both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. At his retirement, he had
attained the rank of Sgt. Major with the Army in Special Forces
as a Green Beret. Among his many awards were the National
Defense Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Bronze Star Medal,
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Meritorious Unit
Commendation, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and the
Combat Infantryman Badge. He also had been employed as an
archeologist for Louis & Berger in East Orange, N.J. He is
survived by his wife, Linda Lippard of Kane; four children,
Robin (Vance) Riggs of Huntsville, Ala., Michael (Carla) Budrow
of DeForest, Wisc., Sheryl (John) Maher of Buffalo, N.Y. and
Cynthia (Robert) Kwiatkowski of Stanley, N.C.; three
step–children, Louisa Lippard of Queensbury, N.Y., Thomas
Lippard of Smethport and Jennifer Lippard of Sharon; 15
grandchildren; and a sister, Oma Godina of Scottsdale, Ariz. He
was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be
held at a future date to be announced. Memorial donations may be
made to the Special Forces Association. The Cummings Funeral
Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can
be expressed at www.cummingsfh.com.
Arno Bukke, devoted husband, father, and cherished friend, peacefully left this life February 2, 1997,
while surrounded and engulfed in his family's love. He will be sorely missed.
Arno was born September 29, 1930, in Aalborg, Denmark, to Arnold Justus and Maria Baltsersen Bukke. He
immigrated to the United States in 1949, and proudly served his new country in the Korean War. As a
Sergeant in the Army's 2nd Division, he was decorated and received and honorable discharge in 1952.After
returning to Utah, Arno began his life with his true love, Ida. Their lives were filled with total
devotion and unconditional love. They were best friends and partners throughout life. They and their
"girls" did everything together. Time spent at Bear Lake, Lake Powell, and St. George, were always special
because we were together.
Arno worked hard to provide for his family and was enormously successful. As a master brick and stone
mason, Arno had a gift which gave his projects an artful quality. He loved working with stone, side by
side with Pat and Ian, and with his many many friends in the construction industry. His love of the
business shined in his work. Monuments to Arno and his honest work ethic, stand proudly in and around
homes throughout Utah and the western states.
Arno was blessed with a strong body and enjoyed a full active life. He loved camping and boating with
his family, and hunting with his friends. His passion of golf made for many, many memories at Bear Lake,
and St. George. Sunbrook won't be the same. Most of all Arno enjoyed watching his family grow and be
happy. He was intensely proud of his girls and the three angels they gave him. His grandchildren, Lindsay,
and Sara Frederickson, and Eric Coppa are the crown jewels of his life. His love for them is equaled only
by the love they have for their FarFar. He will be forever with them.
Arno is survived by his wife of 43 years; his daughters, Brenda Coppa and Linda Frederickson;
Sons-in-law, and best friends, Robert Coppa and Dave Frederickson; grandchildren, Lindsay, Sara and Erik;
sister, Inger Bukke Johansen (Christian); and many many other special friends with whom he shared his
life. He was preceded in death by his son, Ray; his parents; and his sister, Rita. Arno was unquestionably
a special man and he will be deeply missed.
Funeral services Friday, February 7th, 1 p.m. Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 1300 South 2350 East, Salt
Lake City, where friends and family may call one prior to the services. Interment Holladay Memorial Park.
"We'll miss you, Daddy. We love you."
Burgess, James Edward
James E. "Jake" Burgess, 83, of Dry Ridge,
Kentucky, died at his residence on September 12, 2011. Born April 29, 1928, he was a truck driver
for Poore Trucking, Roadway Express (1944-1951) and Stewart Truckline (1953-1981). He also did security
and delivered parts for Piles Chevrolet in Williamstown. He was a member of the Dry Ridge Baptist Church,
the Ralph Fulton VFW, the Robert P.McLachlan American Legion Post #137 and the Teamsters Local Union #100.
He served in the US Army during the Korean War.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William Edward and Jennie Catherine Evans Burgess and one
sister, Lucille Fritz. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Workman Burgess of Dry Ridge; two
daughters, Tanda Yates of Dry Ridge, Sally McMain of Hebron; one step-daughter, Kasi Lynette White of New
Castle; one stepson, Klint Bruce of Mason; one brother, Bobby Burgess of Dry Ridge; three sisters, Beulah
Hedges, Jewel Schulte and Barbara Owen all of Dry Ridge; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Burial was in the Kentucky Veteran's Cemetery-North, Williamstown, KY. Memorials: Hospice of the
Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.
Burgett, Gordon P. Sr.
Gordon P. Burgett, 88, of Newville, Pennsylvania, died on
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at Carlisle Regional Medical Center. He
was born on July 11, 1927 in Norwood, the son of the late James
B. and Esther (Collins) Burgett, and was married to the late
Donna Rae (Musser) Burgett, who died May 22, 2003.
Gordon was a 1945 graduate of the Glen-Nor High School in Ridley
Park. He served in the US Army and was a veteran of the Korean
War. . He was wounded after the armistice while cleaning up
before his unit was evacuated. Gordon retired from the Big Spring School District after 20
years of service in building maintenance. He also owned and
operated a beef cattle farm in Penn Township. Gordon attended
the Friendship Baptist Church, Newville.
He is survived by two sons, Gordon P. Burgett, Jr. and James R.
Burgett, both of Newville; three daughters, Leanna R. (husband,
Daniel) Delp, Lora J. (husband, Gary) Lebo, both of Newville and
Jennifer B. (husband, Robert IV) McNeill of Sicklerville, New
Jersey; one sister, Shirley Veacock of Mantua, New Jersey, 11
grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and many nieces and
nephews. Gordon was predeceased by one sister, Harriet Burgett.
A viewing will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015
followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. in the Ewing Brothers
Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with Pastor Richard
Black officiating. Interment with military honors by Cumberland
County Honor Guardwill be in Mt. Holly Springs Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Friendship Baptist Church,
3367 Ritner Highway, Newville, Pennsylvania 17241.
Burke, Daniel J.
Daniel J. Burke, 90, of the Poquonock section of Windsor,
beloved husband of Lucille (Walker) Burke, passed away Tuesday,
April 21, 2020 from the Covid-19 virus. He was recovering from
hip surgery, and was in a rehab facility, where we believe he
was exposed to the virus. We extend our hearts to all the
families who have lost a loved one from this terrible pandemic.
Born in Poquonock, son of the late John A. Burke and Martha Ann
(Burakas) Burke, he was a lifelong resident. Daniel served
proudly as a Medic in the US Army during the Korean War, and was
then employed by Hamilton Standard and retired in 1992 from
National Blank Book Company, Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Dad is survived by his wife Lucille (Walker) Burke married 63
years whom he leaves as well as his sons Kevin E. Burke and his
(wife) Beth A. Burke and James W. Burke all of Windsor, Michael
P. Burke and his (wife) Tina Burke of Salem; his daughters
Deborah Lynn Burke and her (soulmate) Paul Tolisano of Windsor,
(3) children Melissa, Christina, and Sean, and Laurie S.
Girouard and her (husband) Arthur Girouard of West Suffield; a
brother John B. Burke of Windsor; two sisters Anne Lemini and
late husband (Paul Lemini) of FL and Helen P. Burke of Windsor;
(9) grandchildren Erica Dickson, Michelle Dickson, Stephanie
Dickson, Daniel Burke, Jon Burke and (wife) Stephanie Pelton and
Mike Burke, Tammy (Dickson)Tate and her (husband) Kurtley Tate,
Joshua Girouard and Travis Girouard; and (7) great grandchildren
Kylie, Briana, Alanna, Alexander, Kameron, Tristan, and Grayson.
Dad had lots of hobbies / and enjoyments over the years, besides
being our father, and the love of our mother life! He loved the
N.Y. Yankees, UCONN Basketball, watching high school sports,
umpiring little league baseball, working on his cars, and
helping friends fix theirs. He also enjoyed boating,
waterskiing, dancing Polkas with his wife Lucille at weddings
and special events. He liked golfing, gardening, and growing
delicious tomatoes for the family. He also loved going to the
Mohegan Sun Casino, playing bingo, playing the accordion and
harmonica, especially, “Over the Rainbow” and “Roll Out the
Barrel” at night for mom. His favorite line about the food he
was eating, "It's alright".
Due to covid-19 guidelines, A private visitation and service
will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the Carmon Windsor
Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Avenue, Windsor. Burial Services
followed by military honors will be held in St. Joseph’s
Cemetery, Poquonock starting at approximately 11:00 AM and may
be viewed then and for 90 days thereafter using the following
link http://client.tribucast.com/tcid/24847505 . The family
would appreciate memorial donations be sent to the Connecticut
COVID-19 Charity Connection (4-CT).
Burkett, Jack Clifton
Jack Burkett, 86, died July 30, 2016, with several family members by his side in Villa Hills,
Kentucky after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Jack was a long-time resident of Florence,
Kentucky and later Fort Wright, Kentucky. He was a retired tax accountant at Western and Southern Life
Insurance Company in Cincinnati, as well as a retired attorney.
Jack was a veteran, having served as a
Marine in the Korean War. He was decorated for his action in the battle of Chosin Reservoir. He recounts his
time in Korea at the online site called: "Korean War Educator". One of his favorite memories came in 2015
when he was gifted the opportunity to be part of the Tri-State Honor Flight to Washington D.C. – a day he
said he would never forget.
He was a competitive and gifted athlete throughout his entire life and took
great pride in his accomplishments. He played football in high school, competed and won many awards for his
marathon running and body-building achievements throughout his life. He was honored to become part of the
Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
Mr. Burkett is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years,
Carol Ryan Burkett, and their four children: Karen Griffin (Tom); Peggy Burkett; Terra Clem (Wendell), and
Lora Kuechler. He also leaves behind five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of
flowers, Mr. Burkett has asked that you consider donations to one of these organizations: As an animal lover,
please consider a donation to any of the Northern Kentucky animal shelters or other shelter of your choice, or
please consider a donation to St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood, Kentucky, an organization that was a true
blessing to Jack and his family for the last seven months of his life. The family wishes to thank Scott,
Diane, Lisa, Carl and Rachelle and countless others at Hospice for their above-and-beyond loving care of Jack
and his family.
Visitation services will be held at Floral Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens on
Thursday, August 4th from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., followed immediately after by the funeral service at the
same location. Mr. Burkett’s life will be honored by the playing of Taps and a flag ceremony at the service.
Burns, Joseph P.
Joseph P. Burns, 88, of Bloomington, Minnesota, passed away
peacefully on May 5th, 2020 from COVID-19 virus, while suffering
from dementia. Joe will be fondly remembered as a loving husband
to Virginia, wife of 61 years; father to Melissa Garcia, Kevin
(Susan) Burns; grandfather to Katie, Shauna, Dylan, Joseph;
great-grandfather to Skylynn, Raelenn; brother to Patty (Gunner)
Bakken; and was loved by other close family members. Preceded in
death by granddaughter, Emily Garcia. Retired 30-year
investigator for Minneapolis City Attorney's Office. Served as a
proud Marine in the Korean War. Joe enjoyed spending time with
family and friends, and in retirement, was a happy woodworker.
He was known for his infectious laugh, which will be missed
greatly. A private funeral will be held due to COVID-19
restrictions followed by interment at Fort Snelling National
Burnside, Michael Duane
Michael Duane Burnside, age 63, of North Platte, Nebraska, formerly of Carter Lake, Iowa, passed away
May 25, 2014, at Veterans Hospital in Omaha.
Mike was born December 28, 1950, in Omaha, Nebraska, to
the late Albert and Lorrine (Spiker) Burnside, Sr. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the
Vietnam War. He fought in Korea 1970-1971. He was at Camp Pelham, and fought on the DMZ most of the
time. He was in the 8th Army A Battery, 2nd Infantry Division, 17th Field Artillery, 7th Battalion.
Mike was a self-employed fruit peddler.
He is survived by his daughters, Lacey Tapia, of Omaha and Crystal
Wenninghoff; sons, Jeremy Wenninghoff, both of Council Bluffs, Mikey Burnside, of Omaha; 7 grandchildren;
sisters, Cindy (Tim) Findeis, of North Platte, Carol (Bob) Niemann; brothers, Jack (Mary) Burnside, all of
Carter Lake, James Burnside, of North Platte; nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family Saturday, 11
a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Military rites will be tendered by
the VFW Post #737.
Burnworth, William "Bill"
William "Bill" F. Burnworth, 91, of Belleville, Illinois,
born November 29, 1929, in East St. Louis, died Friday, August
20, 2021 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Illinois. Mr.
Burnworth was the owner and operator of Peerless Furniture
Company for over 50 years. He was a graduate of Saint
Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, where he earned a degree
in business. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace
Catholic Church, Belleville. He loved playing tennis and
waterskiing and lived an active lifestyle well into his
eighties. Bill was a Korean War U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years,
Dolores J. Burnworth, nee Goetz, whom he married in 1950, and
who died on March 15, 2014; his parents, Norman and Martha, nee
Veneman, Burnworth; a son, Michael Burnworth; a son-in-law,
George "Butch" Lewis; and two sisters, Norma Jean English and
Marabeth Burnworth. Bill is survived by his children, John
Burnworth, Jeff (Geri) Burnworth, Ann Lewis, and Bill (Lisa)
Burnworth; a daughter-in-law, Belinda Burnworth; his twelve
grandchildren, J.C. (Lauren) and Chris (Kim) Burnworth and their
mother, Linda Burnworth, Allison (Ben) Carron, Maggie Burnworth,
Sara (John) Buethe, and Grace Burnworth, Rachel (Zac)
Lewis-Choate, Clay and Cole Lewis, and Brad (DeeDee), Ross (Kassy),
and Page Burnworth; four great-grandchildren; and many dear
relatives and friends.
A private Mass of Christian burial was held at Our Lady Queen
of Peace Catholic Church with Fr. Matthew Elie officiating.
Burial was at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville. Memorials
may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School or Our
Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. - Published by
Belleville News-Democrat on August 26, 2021
Charlie Burrell, 78, died April 11, 2020 of coronavirus.
He was born January 25, 1942 in Monroe, Louisiana, but grew up
in Bremerton, Washington. He attended Olympic College.
He served in post-war Korea in 1965 and in Vietnam. He
worked at Seattle's PBS station KCTS for three decades, being
promoted to a supervisory position in 1978. He had a love
of sports and coached youth football teams. He was also a
music collector who owned thousands of vinyl records, cassette
tapes, and CDs. He was survived by his wife Diane Burrell
(married in 2003), daughters Dana Diers and Shiva Bernard,
sisters Paula Clark and Augustine White, and brother Michael
Porch. Charlie was buried in Tacoma National Cemetery,
By MARISSA ALANIS / The Dallas Morning News
Former Dallas firefighter Bob Burris was a strong man who had a
penchant for helping others, including animals, family members
said. "He was the most generous person in the whole world," said
his wife, Nita Burris. Mr. Burris, 75, died of a heart attack
Friday [May 27, 2005] in Dallas. Services will be at noon
Wednesday at Restland Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, 13005
Greenville Ave. in Dallas. Family will receive friends from 6 to
8 tonight at Restland. Mr. Burris was born Sept. 2, 1929, in
Port Arthur, Texas. He was in the Marine Corps and took part in
the Inchon landing in the Korean War.
He worked at Dallas Fire Station 10 in Oak Cliff for a little
more than 19 years. "He was a real strong guy with strong arms
and a big chest," his wife said. "He really had more strength
than anybody else. Everybody depended on him." Mr. Burris also
possessed an entrepreneurial spirit. After retiring from the
Fire Department, he earned a manufacturing license and started
Burris and Associates Manufacturing, a window-making company.
For the last several years, he and his wife spent many weekends
at their lake house in Cedar Creek, where he took care of stray
cats and birds. Family members said he also would make the hour
long trek to the house during the week to feed the animals. "He
spent $100 a month for bird feed, and he fed all the stray
cats," Mrs. Burris said. Mr. Burris was generous with neighbors,
too. After learning that his elderly neighbors needed a new car,
he bought them one, his wife said.
Mr. Burris was the glue that held the family together, said his
granddaughter Jenifer Ferguson of Rowlett. Ms. Ferguson said her
grandfather always tried to help everybody, including her when
she experienced difficult times. "He said, 'If I had to get a
job at McDonald's to help, I would,' " she recalled. “He said,
'I know how hard y'all are trying. ... If y'all come up short,
you come to me.' "Ms. Ferguson said Mr. Burris took great care
of his wife. “He was the best man she ever found," she said.
"And I'm glad she did." Ms. Ferguson said family members never
grew tired of listening to the stories her grandfather shared.
She said he was telling stories during one of the last times she
saw him, and he seemed to be content with his life. "He said,
'I've done everything I wanted to do, and I feel good about it,'
" she recalled.
In addition to his wife and granddaughter, Mr. Burris is
survived by his daughter, Teresa Hall; his aunt, Wilma Jean
Devilla; three granddaughters; and five great-granddaughters.
Bushey, Donald A.
Donald Bushey, age 85, Springfield, Massachusetts, died in
Holyoke Soldiers Home of coronavirus on March 27, 2020. He was born on
August 22, 1934 in Ludlow, a son of Peter and Cora Prarie Bushey.
His siblings were Calvin, Vernon and Norma Bushey. He
served in the Air Force for 14 years (1954-68). He was a Staff
Sergeant in the Korean War and Vietnam War. He was the
recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal for outstanding
professional skill, knowledge and personal endeavors under
adverse conditions. He was a communicant of Our Lady of
the Sacred Heart Church in Springfield. He was an officer
of VFW Post 90. He had a passion for hunting, fishing, and
capturing nature in drawings that he entered in local
competitions. He was a retired pressman for Westvaco.
He was survived by his wife Jean D. Shea Bushey; daughters Mrs.
Paul (Colleen) Croteau, Cynthia Bushey, Patricia Fowler, and
Denise Begley; sons Daniel and Scott Bushey; 12 grandchildren,
two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Butters, Raymond J.
Raymond "Ray" Butters, 91, husband of Linda Butters, died
Wednesday, January 23, 2008, at McLeod Hospice House in
Florence, after an extended period of medical issues.
Born March 10, 1916, in Detroit, Michigan, he was a son of
the late Raymond Butters and the late Vera Alice Barber Butters.
He earned his pilot wings in the U.S. Army Air Corps in
California as an aviation cadet. He flew combat missions in the
European Theatre of Operations in World War II, Korea and
Vietnam. One of his most daring and difficult missions was the "Memmingen"
mission, a 15th AF strategic effort against industrial and
counter air targets in Southwestern Germany to defeat the German
military. On July 18, 1944, 167 B-17's were sent to destroy the
high priority target complex. Due to adverse weather and other
operational problems, only the 483rd Bombardment Group engaged
the original target of Memmingen, mostly unescorted by fighter
aircraft. The 26 B-17's met fierce enemy resistance from air and
ground defense, estimated odds of 17:1. The group lost 12 of the
26 aircraft and 140 officers and men of the 260 on the raid. It
was estimated that this effort resulted in 101 enemy aircraft
destroyed and damaged, numerous structures were damaged or
destroyed, and the enemy morale was significantly impacted. For
his participation and the saving of his seven aircraft formation
by employing a defensive tactic, he received the Distinguished
Flying Cross. He was also awarded the Silver Star, Good Conduct
Medal, Air Medal (five times), and several others.
Following a 20-year military career, he was hired by the
Federal Aviation Administration as an air carrier operations
inspector, working with certification of aircraft and aircrews.
He held the highest pilot rating of air transport pilot as well
as certifications as flight engineer, navigator, dispatcher, hot
air balloon and seaplane. He held foreign licenses from the
German, French, Iranian, Korean and Thai governments, among
After his career with the FAA, he was hired by Airbus
Industries and was named deputy flight crew training manager for
the Concorde, Airbus and Corvette aircraft. After seven years,
he returned to the United States and was employed by Flight
Safety International, training Citation and Learjet aircrews. He
also served as an aviation consultant and executive vice
president for Foxjet Aviation.
He moved to Bishopville, South Carolina, in 1995 and served
in various civic and government offices until his death. Chief
among these was the chairman of the Lee County Airport
Commission. His efforts resulted in the county receiving a grant
of $750,000 to pave and extend the runway. He was the mastermind
and single person who made this project realize completion.
Additionally, he implemented a five year capital improvement
program for the Lee County Airport. For his actions in making
the County Airport competitive and functional, the County
Council named the airport Butters Field in recognition of his
He served on the Lee County Council of Aging, Communities in
Schools and the Arts Council in various capacities. He was also
instrumental in maintaining The Opera House, returning it to
He was a member of the Daedalians, the premier fraternal
organization of military pilots. He was a member of the
Experimental Aircraft Association and held membership in the
Black Creek Chapter 1058, Hartsville. He was an avid supporter
of the EAA Young Eagles Program, flying youth, for which he
received numerous certificates of appreciation. Most recently,
he was inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Association's
Hall of Fame. This is an honor bestowed only on a very few.
He founded the S.C. Quilt Show, held annually in Bishopville
and now in the 11th year. For his many accomplishments in the
City of Bishopville, he was honored by being selected as the Lee
County Chamber of Commerce Citizenship Award and was given the
key to the city on September 15, 2005. He was recognized at the
state level for his work in civic and government by receiving
the Order of the Silver Crescent, the highest award to a
civilian by the governor of South Carolina.
Survivors besides his wife include two sons, James Butters
(Brenda) and Christopher Galle Wood (Tomiko); a daughter, Carol
Schminkey (Don); granddaughters, Holly Delahoussaye, Kris Alice
Pina, Jean Marie Bachelor, Kim Mason, Heather Warrington and
Sarah I. Wood; a loving companion, Annette "Lee" Engelhardt; a
special friend, Cheryl Cole; great-grandsons, Max and Ross
Delahoussaye; and great-granddaughters, Katelyn and Skylar
Bachelor. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the
Bethlehem United Methodist Church. The family will receive
friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral
Home and other times at the home, 531 W. Church Street.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Lee County Airport
Commission. Memorials may be made to the Bishopville Opera House
or the Young Eagles Program in Ray's honor.
Buttrey, Orville Sr.
Orville Lee Buttrey Sr., 70, died Monday, April 14, 2003, at
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. He was
born March 1, 1933, in Old Hickory, Tennessee. He was a retired
mechanic and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He
was a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Robinson Funeral Home
Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Alton Midgett officiating.
Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Wilmington, North
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Buttrey of West Point; three
sons, Orville Buttrey Jr . and Robert Buttrey, both of West
Point, and James Buttrey of Lebanon, Missouri; a daughter,
Patricia Reed of West Point; three brothers, Raymond Buttrey of
Madison, Tennessee, Wesley Buttrey of Dixon, Tennessee, and
Kenneth Buttrey of Nashville, Tennessee; two sisters, Sarah
Humphries of Nashville, Tennessee, and Florine Vaughn of Lavern,
Tennessee; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Byrd, William Rex
William "Bill" Byrd passed away on May 28, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas, at the age 95. He was born in
Temple, Texas on September 15, 1919. He was a longtime San Antonio resident, attended Brackenridge High
School where he was the Cadet Commander of the ROTC until his graduation in 1937. After high school Bill
worked in the ticket office of the San Antonio Missions and later moved into the business office. He was
drafted in January 1941 into the Army, where he started in the quarter master corps, and then
transferred to the aviation cadets shortly after Pearl Harbor. While working at Hondo as a navigation
instructor he met Billie on a blind date through his friend Rudy Caruso.
After World War II Bill went back to work initially as Assistant Business Manager and then Business
Manager for the San Antonio Missions baseball team. Bill was recalled into the Air Force in 1952 during
the Korean War, where he was the radar bombardier in B-29s. He frequently was selected as the lead radar
bombardier in a fleet of up to 50 B-29s where he participated in more than 30 missions.
After Korea, Bill continued his career in the Air Force, with assignments to Lake Charles, Louisiana;
Savannah, Georgia; Wichita, Kansas; Biloxi, Mississippi; Boron, California; RAF Flyingdales, United
Kingdom; and Panama City, Florida. He retired from the Air Force in 1969 as a Lieutenant Colonel and
became a bank examiner for the FDIC in the states of Texas and Oklahoma.
After retiring from the FDIC, Bill and Billie moved to Windcrest, where he started his own bank audit
and compliance business and continued to perform compliance examinations in San Antonio. Bill and Billie
were avid bridge players and among other accomplishments, won the USAFE Bridge championship while
stationed in England. They moved to the Army Residence Community in 1999. Bill loved to dance and
together with Billie won several jitterbug contests. Bill was the life of the party at ARC dances,
usually dancing every dance.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife Billie H. Johnston Byrd, who passed away in 2013. He is
survived by his son Michael Byrd and his wife Lynne Offerman Byrd of Sunrise Beach TX; daughters Deborah
Anne Byrd Johnson and her husband Larry Johnson of Oklahoma City, OK, Susan R. Byrd, Esquire, of
Barnard, Vermont; grandchildren David Clark Byrd and his wife Kathleen Byrd, of Austin, Daniel P. Byrd
and his wife Caroline Byrd, of Houston, Kimberly Margaret Jones and her husband Doyle Jones, of Oklahoma
City, Kelly Kern, of Oklahoma City, Chris Johnson, of Oklahoma City; great grandchildren Kristin Byrd,
of Austin, Texas, Katie Jones, of Oklahoma City, Keeley Jones, of Oklahoma City, Rex Kern, of Oklahoma
City, Sterling Kern, of Oklahoma City, Remy Kern, of Oklahoma City, and Conor Johnson of Oklahoma City.
Graveside services with Military Honors will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 9:30 am at Fort Sam
Houston National Cemetery.
William R. Byrd, known by all to be an honorable man, will be greatly missed.