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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 National Cemetery.

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 Catholic Church.

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 great-grandchildren.

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 graduate courses.

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 manufacturing industry.

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 ten grandchildren.

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.

Badder, Norman

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, Nevada.

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 golf.

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.

Baldovi, Louis

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 Cemetery.

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 (Janice) Balinski.

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 aforementioned children.

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

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
about everybody.
Always has and Always will
We will miss you DAD
(Brian Ballou)

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 2008.

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 Gun Club.

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, Michigan.

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 choice.

Barrick, Darrell

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, Loretta Buckner.

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 Coast Aquarium.

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 and family.

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 Church.

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 Building program.

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 back home.

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 Parachutist Badge.

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 over Moscow.

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.

Services 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.

Bean, Wilford

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 two great-grandchildren.

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

Korea -
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 Great Hereafter.

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 05452.

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, Illinois. 

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.

Fred Beissner
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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.
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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 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 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 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 and loved.

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 below:

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 Bestow.

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 vacations.

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, Missouri.

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 Trucking Company.

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 burger day.

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, Illinois 62062.

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.

May 1991

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.

Birch, Merril

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, IL 62062.

Birnesser, Thomas

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 3345.

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 name.

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 Departments.

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.

Blackbird, Robert

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 everyone.

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.

Blaes, Cletus A.

Cletus A. Blaes, 93, of Belleville, Illinois, born May 3, 1929, in Belleville, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 4, 2023, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, with his wife by his side.

Mr. Blaes was a graduate of Cathedral High School, class of 1947. Cletus then enlisted in the Air Force in 1950, he served in the 6147th Air Tactical Squadron during the Korean War. After his service, Mr. Blaes attended Florida State University from 1954-1958. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in 1967 and a master’s in 1972, both from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. While in school, he spent his time working as the lead usher behind home plate for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cletus became a teacher and taught at St. Catherine’s Catholic School and in the Cahokia District #187 for 35 years. Mr. Blaes was an active member of St. Augustine’s parish and food pantry, and the Moose Lodge 1221. He was also an avid golfer and enjoyed his time as a T&T Senior Golf member. Cletus was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather. He was a lifelong member of Belleville and loved the community dearly. Mr. Blaes never met a stranger and was known by many for his great story telling.

Cletus was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert A. and Anita K., nee Jung, Blaes; and a brother, Frank Blaes. Surviving are his loving wife of 62 years, Gloria, nee Range, Blaes, whom he married August 20, 1960; two daughters, Donna Donahue, and Yvonne (Gary) Tillyer; a son, Daniel (Debbie) Blaes; six grandchildren, Shawn (Rowena) Donahue, Amie (Nicholas) Pulizzano, Cate Blaes, Collin Blaes, Jessica (Brandon) Phillips, and Gabrielle (Austin) Peck; three brothers, Marvin (Barbara) Blaes, Fred (Betty) Blaes, and Ronald (Sis) Blaes; a sister, Carolyn Ann (Charles) Hinson; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials may be made to St. Augustine Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, or to the St. Augustine Food Pantry, Belleville.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 9, 2023, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating. Burial with military honors was at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville.

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 Korean War.

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 officiating.

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 Home.

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.

Blank, Nathan Walter Arnold "Bud"

Born August 08, 1926, Bud died May 1, 2023.  He served in World War II in Europe, Asia, the Cold War, China service, Korean War and Vietnam War.  He was an HM1 USN (retired) and member of the USMC.  [No further information found by the KWE.]

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 him."

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 of!

Bodayle, Michael

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.

Bohlen, Harm

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 Lincolnland Hospice.

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 Korean War.

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.

Boller, Wayne H.

Wayne H. Boller, 94, of Mascoutah, Illinois, born December 29, 1928, in Mascoutah, died Monday, August 14, 2023.

Wayne was a retired Aircraft Supply Specialist for Civil Service at Scott AFB. He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Mascoutah, Douglas Lodge #361 AF & AM, American Legion Post 292, Mascoutah, former board member of First Federal Savings Bank, and a U. S. Air Force Korean War veteran.

He was a devoted husband, kind, compassionate, and generous man devoted to his family. Wayne was an aviation enthusiast who had his private pilot’s license, sharing his love of aviation with great nephew, Steven, building model airplanes with great, detail and care, having airplanes on display at Scott AFB. He loved playing poker with his brother and friends, loved bowling and even bowled a 300. Wayne looked forward to enjoying the Mascoutah Homecoming with his family.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer H. and Rose, nee Siroky, Boller, his wife, Mary E., nee Rieder, Boller and a brother, Howard Boller.

He is survived by a sister-in-law, Patty Tinoco, niece, Kimberly (Steve) Pope, two great nephews, Steven Pope, Clayton (Madison) Pope and great niece, DeAnna Lee Pope.

Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ, 55 W. Church St., Mascoutah, IL 62258, or Douglas Lodge #361 in Mascoutah. Visitation: From 9 to 10 AM Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at Moll Funeral Home, Mascoutah. A funeral service will be held 10 AM Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at Moll Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Burial will follow in Mascoutah City Cemetery.

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 step-grandchildren.

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, Italy.

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 Minneapolis.

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 his boys.

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 until 1985.

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 brother, Teddy.

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, Arizona.

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, Oregon.

Brandmeyer, Robert

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 Local 313.

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 with Dad.
Memorials may be made to Breeze Hospice, 14 Park Place, Swansea, Illinois 62226, or the National Veterans Foundation, 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 Brantner.

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 Cemetery.

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:  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 Bridgman

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 Hospital.

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 Boetger.

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 nephews.
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 or Siteman Advancement Office other designation- Patient Care Fund Shiloh.  Services: A Private family interment was held at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

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 officiating.

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 close.

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 of choice.

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 to many.

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

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 child.

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) Brown.

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 friends.

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 friends.

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 2nd Lieutenant.

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 deportation.

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 Academy.

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 Clusters
  • 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 reconnaissance.

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 and Verne.

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

Bukke, Arno

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 . 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 Cemetery.

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

Burrell, Charlie

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, Kent, Washington.

Burris, Bob

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.

Busch, Eugene W. Sr.

Eugene William (Gene) Busch Sr., 96 of Cahokia, Illinois, born September 27,1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, passed away on September 8,2023 at the Dammert Care Center in Belleville, Illinois.

Gene was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran (7th Infantry Division), member of the American Legion, and Machinist Union 777. Gene had a lifelong love of automobiles and upon returning from the service, he worked as a certified auto mechanic for Anderson Brothers Automotive and remained until retirement. He enjoyed playing 2nd base on a neighborhood softball team. He also had a passion for vegetable gardening and for many years maintained a large garden that he loved tending and sharing his produce with friends, neighbors, and relatives. He took pride in his yard and loved riding his John Deere lawn tractor. He also dabbled with the guitar, harmonica, and ukulele for his family's enjoyment. Gene remained close with his cherished boyhood friends, spending time at the casino, playing pool or just visiting and talking about the good old days. He was a loving and devoted husband of 66 years and wonderful father who will be missed beyond measure.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents John L. and Elizabeth (Ritzel) Busch, sisters Mabel and Mary Louise and daughter Janette.

Surviving are his loving wife of 66 years Berenice Busch (Lenz), children, Laura (Scott) Kish; Theresa (Steve) Gourley; Gene Busch Jr (Sherri Cumbow); grandchildren, Victoria Gourley and Scott Kish Jr.; many loved nephews and nieces, great and great-great nephews, and nieces.

Many thanks to our very dear Home Care givers, the staff at Memorial Hospital, Dammert Care Center, and Family Hospice for their compassionate and loving care at the end of Eugene's life. Memorials may be made to Greater St. Louis Honor Flight, Disabled American Veterans, Family Hospice Salvation Army or Shriners.

Visitation will be on Friday, September 15th from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Braun Family Funeral Home 265 Quarry Road Columbia, Illinois. Funeral Services will begin at 12:00pm with Pastor Roger Reid officiating at the funeral home. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis

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 others.

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 efforts.

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 pristine condition.

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 Marie Butters.

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 Carolina.

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.

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