Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. - John 14 (KJV)


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Dennis Rae Langland passes at age 66

 Dennis Rae Langland, 66, of Monroe, MI, went home to be with the Lord, on Friday, August 4, 2017, in his home, while surrounded by his loving family.

He was born February 17, 1951 in Menomonie, WI to Norman G. and Alice M. (Barnes) Langland. Sadly, they preceded him in death.

Dennis was a 1969 graduate of Monroe High School, and on July 31, 1976 he married Lynette K. Ritter in Flat Rock.

He retired in 2014 from Leckler's Inc., after working there about 12 years. Before that he worked at J and R Farm Tractor for almost 30 years. He was a longtime member of Christ Lutheran Church, where he had served on the church council, and sang in the choir.

Dennis was a member of the Downriver Antique Auto Club, involved with 4H as a Tractor Safety instructor, a member of the Little Elk Creek 4H Club in Wisconsin, and served as a board member of Samaritas (Lutheran Home Society).

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John E. McGowan passed away April 25th, 2017

John Edward McGowan was a loved father, grandfather, citizen, friend, and neighbor.

As an only child of Theresa and Patrick McGowan, he grew up in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts where he attended the St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School and graduated from Boston English High School in 1938.

John was an alter server, went camping with friends, participated in a drum and bugle corps, was pitcher for his high school baseball team, and sang with several groups. His work experience began with delivering groceries from the Monument Meat Market, sorted wool at a wool house in Boston, and met Bob Hope while working at the Wang Theater as an usher.

John joined the Army in 1944 to serve his country during World War II European Conflict as a member of the 818th tank destroyer battalion (Company B). After the war, John returned home and went back to work as a salesman until he was in his mid-seventies. He always said to stay busy! Even then, he shifted his energy to service activities associated with the Medfield Lions Club, was an Usher at St. Edward’s Parish in Medfield, and was a member of the American Legion Beckwith Post 110 and Knights of Columbus in Medfield and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2902 in West Roxbury.

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John Rivers passed away at age 96

John Rivers (AKA) Juan Rios, Jr. age 96, of Tunnel Hill, Georgia passed away Thursday, December 15, 2016. He was born November 15, 1920 in Laredo, Texas. He retired from the US Army in 1963 with 20 years of active service and 10 years Reserve. He was a Purple Heart recipient and earned other medals including the Silver Star. He loved the army and dedicated his life to it. He served under General Patton in the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion and would love to speak of his adventures during WWII. His face would light up when he spoke of this. There was so much pride in his voice. He loved his old country music, Marty Robbins, Kitty Wells, Hank Williams and many more. He was amazing.

He was preceded in death by the loving mother of his children, Ursula E. Eichelmann-Rios; grandson, Sgt. Duane R. Rios (USMC, killed in Iraq in 2003); son, Johnny R. Rios; parents, Juan Rios and Maria Rios; brother, Horacio Rios; sisters, Amelia “Mela” Reyna and Josephine Rios Holmes.

He is survived by his daughters, E. Shirley King of Tunnel Hill, Dina R. Owens of Chatsworth; son, Marshall and Mary Rios of Griffith, IN; brother, Samuel Rios; grandchildren, Robin D. Stephens, Christopher “Todd” Stephens, Gregory “JoAnn” Stephens, Gary W. Stephens, Stephanie R. Keeler, Angel K. Lessis; great grandchildren, Tyler R. Kinsey, Hunter and Kade Stephens, Ashlyn Stephens-Schlict, Bridgette N. Stephens, Jordan and Dylan Pittman, Judy Rios, Jesse Rios and Jaime Rios; numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service to celebrate the life of John Rivers will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, December 23, 2016 at Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to The Alzheimer’s – Dementia Association in helping to find a cure for this terrible disease. Arrangements have been entrusted to independently owned and operated Dalton Funeral Home, 620 S. Glenwood Ave. Dalton, GA; 706-529-5371.

Samual Peter Arbutina passed away Nov. 9, 2016

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Of Forest Hills, age 98, peacefully in his home with his family on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

Beloved husband of Emillie G. (Kannengisser) Arbutina for 68 years; loving father of Gloria (John) Campbell and Samuel John (Marianne) Arbutina; cherished grandfather of Jordan Campbell, Kristin and Emily Arbutina. Preceded in death by his parents, Peter & Anljelija Arbutina; brothers, George "Spike" and Nick Arbutina; and sister, Helen Kukic; nephew, Theodore Kukic; brother-in-law, John Kannengisser and Joseph Hirko; brother-in-law of Henry and Verbana VanDyke; uncle of Jeffrey and John Van Dyke, Francis Kukic, Kathleen Beckman. Sam is also survived by Scott and Michael Van Dyke, Ruth Hirko and their families.

Sam was retired from Emerson Electric and was a World War II Army Veteran [818th TD Company A].

Friends welcome Friday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, INC., 700 Linden Ave., at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Blessing Service will be held on Saturday for the family and family friends at 11 a.m. Memorial donations to St. Maurice Church, 2001 Ardmore Blvd., Pgh., PA 15221.

Of Forest Hills, age 98, peacefully in his home with his family on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Beloved husband of Emillie G. (Kannengisser) Arbutina for 68 years; loving father of Gloria (John) Campbell and Samuel John (Marianne) Arbutina; cherished grandfather of Jordan Campbell, Kristin and Emily Arbutina. Preceded in death by his parents, Peter & Anljelija Arbutina; brothers, George "Spike" and Nick Arbutina; and sister, Helen Kukic; nephew, Theodore Kukic; brother-in-law, John Kannengisser and Joseph Hirko; brother-in-law of Henry and Verbana VanDyke; uncle of Jeffrey and John Van Dyke, Francis Kukic, Kathleen Beckman. Sam is also survived by Scott and Michael Van Dyke, Ruth Hirko and their families. Sam was retired from Emerson Electric and was a World War II Army Veteran. Friends welcome Friday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, INC., 700 Linden Ave., at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Blessing Service will be held on Saturday for the family and family friends at 11 a.m. Memorial donations to St. Maurice Church, 2001 Ardmore Blvd., Pgh., PA 15221. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/postgazette/obituary.aspx?pid=182467589#sthash.MMHZBhLe.dpuf
Of Forest Hills, age 98, peacefully in his home with his family on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Beloved husband of Emillie G. (Kannengisser) Arbutina for 68 years; loving father of Gloria (John) Campbell and Samuel John (Marianne) Arbutina; cherished grandfather of Jordan Campbell, Kristin and Emily Arbutina. Preceded in death by his parents, Peter & Anljelija Arbutina; brothers, George "Spike" and Nick Arbutina; and sister, Helen Kukic; nephew, Theodore Kukic; brother-in-law, John Kannengisser and Joseph Hirko; brother-in-law of Henry and Verbana VanDyke; uncle of Jeffrey and John Van Dyke, Francis Kukic, Kathleen Beckman. Sam is also survived by Scott and Michael Van Dyke, Ruth Hirko and their families. Sam was retired from Emerson Electric and was a World War II Army Veteran. Friends welcome Friday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, INC., 700 Linden Ave., at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Blessing Service will be held on Saturday for the family and family friends at 11 a.m. Memorial donations to St. Maurice Church, 2001 Ardmore Blvd., Pgh., PA 15221. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/postgazette/obituary.aspx?pid=182467589#sthash.MMHZBhLe.dpuf

Babe Stel passed away September 7, 2015

It is with much sadness that I let you know that my father Babe Stel passed away September 7, 2015. He was born October 29, 1921 in The Netherlands.

He served in company C. He was injured in the Battle of the Bulge.

He battled on and off the last 25 years with 4 different cancers. In the end, he lost his battle with cancer. Babe was 93 years old.

He is survived by his wife Patricia, his four children, Bill, Joanne(husband Eric), Kathy, And Bob. There are 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. They were married 62 years. His services were held in early October 2015

 Kathryn Stel         

Raymond J. Schildt, age 100, of Seward (NE) passes

Raymond J. Schildt, age 100, of Seward (NE), was born Oct. 24, 1914 in Malcolm, and died Dec. 17, 2014 in Lincoln. U.S. Army WWII veteran. Farmer. Survived by wife, Lola Schildt of Seward; daughters, Delta (Dan) Kovar of Seward, Margaret (Russell) Krieser of Lincoln, Lana (Randy) Capek of Tobias, and Joan (Orville) Pearson of Seward; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sister,Clara Krieser of Seward. Preceded in death by parents, Henry and Minnie (Lindner) Schildt; brothers, Martin and Ida Schildt; infant brother, Arthur Schildt; and sister, Selma Murphy.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., the Schildt family will greet friends from 6:30-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, at Volzke Funeral Home, Seward. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seward. Interment with full military honors: Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery "Middle Creek" Seward. Memorials in care of the family for later destination. Condolences, Volzkefuneralhome.com

Antoinette Buesing passed away Sept. 22, 2014

Beloved Mother, Grandmother Great Grandmother, Sister Left this world to be with the Lord on Monday, September 22, 2014 at the age of 82.A life-long Eastside resident. Antoinette was born on November 24, 1931 to Anton and Margaret Voeller.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald, and sister Mary Jane. She is survived by three sons Michael (Twila), Oakdale, William (Susan), Little Canada and James (Linda), St. Paul.

Toni is also survived by sister, Carole Kolb, grandchildren Katy Morlok, Brock Buesing, Brent Buesing, Dylan Buesing, step grandchildren Matthew Rohr, Melissa Brey, Chris Johnson and great-granddaughter Greta Morlok.

Toni married Donald Buesing (A company) on August 5, 1950.

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James Wilson Miller, 94, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

James Wilson Miller, 94, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in Plano, Texas. James was born on October 5, 1919 to William Virgil and Bessie Miller in Hunt County, Texas. James went on to service his country with honor in the United States Army in the European Theater of World War II [818th Tank Destroyer Battalion, A Co.]. Upon completing his service to his country, James met and later married Martha Mayse. To this union was born three children, Gary, Mike and Darlene.

James is preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Bessie; his beloved wife, Martha; brother, Donald and sister Jerry. Those left to celebrate his life include his sons, Gary Miller and his wife Joanne, Mike Miller and his wife Ann; daughter, Darlene Shouse and her husband Charles; grandchildren, Patrick Miller and his wife Heather, Michael Miller and his wife Cari, Lacie Stephens, Mikaela Miller and Charlie Nicole Shouse; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Roland Miller and his wife Billie; sister, Edith Bates and her husband Gene and Norma Langford; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, extended family, friends and neighbors.

A come and go gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m. at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held the same day, Friday, February 14, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at IOOF Cemetery in Quinlan, Texas.

Crispin C. Rosales passed away Feb. 8, 2014

Crispin C. Rosales entered into eternal rest on Sunday, February 8, 2014 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas.


Mr. Rosales was 92 years of age and lived in San Benito his entire life. He joined the United States Army in 1940 at the Recruiting Station in Fort Brown Texas. His courage and bravery set an example for the rest of his six brothers to follow. He was promoted to a Sergeant and was a Gun Commander, and assigned to the 818 Tank Destroyer Battalion (Recon Co.) in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He received a Marksman Badge in his military qualification with his rifle. His foreign service served was in Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe, and Normandy. Other medals, decorations, badges, commendations, citations, and campaign ribbons awarded or authorized: EAWE Campaign Medal with five Bronze Stars, Bronze Star Medal GO 31 Hq 26th Inf Div (2Feb45), American Defense Service Medal, Silver Star Medal GO 94 Hq 26th Inf Div (1May45), and a Good Conduct Medal.

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Juanita Crook passed away December 19th, 2013

Lillian Juanita Crook of Little Rock passed away on Thursday, December 19th, 2013. She was born in Benton to the late Young and Annie Mae Watson. Nita is preceded in death by her husband of over 70 years, Curtis; her brother James C Watson; her sister Murl Watson and her parents.

Nita was a long time member of Crystal Valley Baptist Church and was very active in church.

Nita and Curt spent time attending Army reunions in a lot of the states and Nita was his driver to ensure he attended. She loved her family and treasured the time she spent with them.

She leaves to cherish her memory her son Royce Dale Crook; her brother Curtis E and Mary Watson; her sister Sue and Clyde Smith and a host of extended family and friends, all who will miss her dearly.

Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 23rd, 2013 with the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of Griffin Leggett Forest Hills Funeral Home with Brother Larry Ballard officiating. Burial will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park.

Please share your memories of Nita at www.griffinleggettforesthills.com

Wally Wilken, age 88, passed away April 8th 2013

Dear Veterans, Families, and Friends of the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion – It is with great sadness that I must report the loss of another one of our 818th Veterans. Our very dear friend, Wally Wilken, of A Company passed away 8 April 2013.

Those of us who were fortunate enough to have known Wally will always remember his sparkling eyes and ever present smile. Our condolences go out to his beautiful wife of 67 years, Beverly, and his two lovely daughters, Eileen and Wendy, and the rest of his family. Wally will be very much missed by all who knew him.

In accordance with pre-arranged plans with the Neptune Society, Wally’s ashes were scattered at sea.

With Love to all - Robert

Homer H. Dale passed away Feb. 4, 2013

 

Homer Harold Dale, B Company, was born on June 26, 1920 and passed away on Monday, February 4, 2013.

Homer was a resident of Blanding, Utah.

Funeral was held February 12, 2013, 10:00 AM at the San Juan Mortuary, Blanding, Utah.  Internment was Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Blanding City Cemetery, Blanding, Utah.

He was buried with full military honors. Mr. Dale was awarded the purple heart medal. Also served in the local Blanding VFW.

John A. Micik passed away Oct. 19th, 2012

Micik, John A. JOHN A.MICIK, 92, of Byram peacefully passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, October 19th at Nathaniel Witherell. He joins his beloved wife, Louise, who recently passed away.

He was born in Jessup, PA on August 1, 1920 to the late Andrew and Susanah Mihalith Micik. At the age of 21, John enlisted in the Armed Forces and joined the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion of the U.S. Army. He served under General George Patton and was part of the D-Day invasion at Utah beach and the Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged on October 17th, 1945.

John met Louise in 1946 and married her on May 17, 1947 at St. RochChurch and they recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. He worked at Conde Nast, Elan Chemical, Clairol, New York Graphic Society, and Greenwich Country Day School. John was a member of the Byram Veterans, American Legion, Disabled American Vets, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, and Armstrong Court Garden Club. In 1996.

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Louise Micik, 89 passed away on Oct. 9th, 2012

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Louise Margarone Micik, 89, of Chickahominy peacefully passed away surrounded by her family on Tuesday, October 9th at Greenwich Hospital.

She was born in Greenwich on September 16, 1923 to the late Angelina Capuano and Dominick Magarone and lived in Chickahominy most of her life until she moved to Byram in 1980. Shortly after World War II, Louise met John, who was private first class in the 818 Tank Destroyer Battalion of the Army. They were married at St Roch's Church on May 17th, 1947 and recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

During World War II, Louise worked at S&K in Port Chester, NY making uniforms for the soldiers. She also worked at Life Savers and the Ruwe Pencil Factory. Louise was a lifelong parishioner of St Roch's Church and a volunteer for the church, school and annual feast. She was a member of St Ann's Sodality and the Women's Auxiliary of the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion and was president in 1996. She was an avid supporter of the Maryknoll and Byram Vets. She was a member of the "Chickahominy Phone Club" calling her friends and family on a daily basis.

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Mason A. Carter, 92, passed away Sep. 10th, 2012

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Mason Alfred Carter, 92, of Dallas, TX, husband of Lorena Ball, passed away Sep. 10, 2012.

Born Apr 10, 1920 in Webbers Falls, OK on the west bank of the Arkansas River, into a family that would ultimately include a total of 12 children, to William Henry and Gladiola Powell Carter. Mason was a respected and much liked resident of Highland Springs Independent Living Center in Plano, TX.

His smile and ready wit will be missed by residents and staff alike. Mason attended the Chillicothe (MO) Business College (by the late 1930's, the largest business college in America) before enlisting in the US Army for combat service in WWII.

The years from 1942 through war's end in 1945 had him in action throughout Europe with the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion, encompassing campaigns from Central France into Germany and Czechoslovakia. It was during this time he sustained an injury that would trouble him with life-long back pain.

On Oct 3, 1942, he married his high school sweetheart and except for the war years, never left her side for the next 70 years.

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Doris O. “Shorty” Dean, 94, passed away Aug 30th, 2012

Doris O. (Shorty) Dean, 94, of Monte Vista, died Aug. 18, 2012.

He was born Feb. 28, 1918 to Percy Herbert and Etta Mae Shockey Dean in Lincoln County, Okla., where the family owned and operated a cattle ranch until the Dust Bowl drought in the 1930’s brought the family to Monte Vista when Shorty was a young teenager.

Doris O. was married to Ruth Elizabeth Getz on Oct. 12, 1940, in Taos, N.M.

He served in the Army throughout Europe during World War II with the Recon Co-818 Tank Destroyers Battalion. He said they were “bird dogs.” Their job was to go find the enemies and then send in the tanks. He also served as a cook in the army. His culinary skills were so good that the generals chose to eat with the privates because the chow he helped prepare was better. Shorty worked on several ranches and cut and bailed hay throughout the Valley until he fully retired at the age of 80.

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Curtis A Crook, 93, passed away on May 2nd, 2012

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Curtis A Crook, 93, of Little Rock passed away on May 2nd, 2012. He was born in Belfast, Arkansas to the late Jacob and Ludie Crook.

Curtis proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII in the 818 TD Battlion. He was awarded five Bronze Stars and the Bronze Star Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and was entitled to wear the American Defense Service Ribbon and the European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon. He served in Normandy, North France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.

Curtis married the love of his life in 1942, Lillian Juanita and they celebrated 70 years together this past March. He was a retired auto mechanic from the City of Little Rock Police Department. He was a Master Mason at Albert Pike Lodge 714. Curtis was a member of Crystal Hill Baptist Church for over 50 years. He loved to travel, often attending Army reunions in various places.

Curtis was gifted with a green thumb and loved growing plants especially cactus.
He leaves to cherish his wife, Lillian Juanita; his son Royce Crook of Hot Springs; His sister in law Sue (Clyde) Smith; his brother in law Curtis (Mary) Watson; his nephews Curtis Nathan Crook and Steve Crook and a host of extended family and friends, all who will miss him dearly.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m, Saturday, May 5th, in the chapel at Griffin Leggett Forest Hills Funeral Home with Brother Larry Ballard officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Visitation will begin at 1:30 on Saturday.

Vonnie Olen "Buddy" Quick, 91, passed away Dec. 2 2011

Funeral services for Vonnie Olen "Buddy" Quick, 91, of Hanceville AL were be held on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Hanceville Funeral Home Chapel; Rev. Trueman Davis officiating; with interment with military honors in Hopewell Cemetery.

Hanceville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Quick passed away on Fri., Dec. 2, 2011 at his residence.

He was born in Hanceville on May 25, 1920 to Jessie and Anna Byrum Quick. He served in the US Army during WWII [Recon Co.] and was wounded in Germany on March 28, 1945. He received an honorable discharge on March 1, 1946 and was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, American Campain Service Medal and the American Defense Medal. After his discharge, he returned to Hanceville where he married Dorothy Charlene Brown and they had two children. They moved to Gardendale and then to Florida where he worked as an Aviation Mechanic for National Airlines and Pan Am for 23 years. He then moved back to Hanceville to the family farm and became a farmer. He is survived by his two sons, Donald Neil Quick and Charles Olen Quick; 6 grandchildren, Tammy Bradshaw, Barbara Poliquin, Robert Quick, Nicole Hurst, Misti Mentzer and Donald Neil Quick Jr. and 15 great grandchildren.

Dorothy E. Srock, 91, passed away on July 18, 2011

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NIAGARA FALLS — Dorothy E. (Wilson) Srock, 91, entered into the arms of her Savior on July 18, 2011. She was born on August 11, 1919, and a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, NY, until moving to Talbott, TN, seven years ago. She was the daughter of the late William and Ellen Wilson. Dorothy attended local schools and at age 15, her mother died, leaving her as "Mother" to her younger sister and brother and also helper to her father in the family business, Wilson Carting and Storage. She married Charles H. Srock, who predeceased her in 2004. Dorothy was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church, Niagara Falls, and a member of True Life Church, Jefferson City, TN, where she was baptized on July 10th. She was a life member of TOPS Club at the Duke Senior Center.  In TN, she was active with The Edsel Auto Club and car shows. Her joy was her telephone to keep in touch daily with family and friends. She is survived by her four children, Ruth (William) Gibson of Lancaster, PA, Charles H. Srock, Jr. of Lewiston, NY, Kathleen (Michael) Reading of Talbott, TN, James (Linda) Srock of Talbott, TN; a brother, William (Cordilia deceased) Wilson of Niagara Falls, NY; and sister, Etta (Gerald deceased) Smith of Kenmore, NY; twelve grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers, George (Violet) and Oscar (Margaret) Wilson. Friends may call on Friday, July 22nd from 1-4 and 6-8 PM at Lane Funeral Home, 8622 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY. Funeral will be on Saturday at 12:00 noon, with Pastor Jimmy Inman officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston, NY.

Cecille E. Wax, 94, died January 22, 2011

wax_obitCecille E. Wax, 94, of Shenandoah died January 22, 2011 at Red Oak Rehabilitation Center. Cecille Elmer Wax, the son of Henry and Nora (Wooden) Wax, was born September 2, 1916 in rural Imogene, Iowa. Cecille graduated from Coburg High School in 1934. During World War II, Cecille served three years in the U.S. Army with the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion in Europe and was awarded the Bronze Star and other citations for his service. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1945. On December 20, 1945, he was united in marriage to Hazel Margaret Nicholas in Hiawatha, Kansas. The couple farmed in the Emerson, Iowa area until the 1970s, then moved to Emerson. He worked for the Iowa Highway Commission and later for the Shenandoah City Water Department, retiring from full-time work in the 1980s. He continued to work part-time for Emerson Farm Supply until finally retiring at age 80 to spend more time with his wife and to raise tomatoes, potatoes, and rhubarb. He was active in his church and American Legion posts in Emerson and Shenandoah. For more than 30 years, he and Hazel enjoyed attending annual summer reunions of the 818th Tank Destroyers, a group of 600 men and officers who participated in five major World War II battles, including the Battle of the Bulge.

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Arthur Wilkins Hawthorne Sr. passed away Dec. 5, 2010

Arthur Wilkins Hawthorne Sr., 89, passed away Sunday, December 5, 2010. He was born in Provencal, Louisiana, on November 18, 1921, to James Frederick and Sallie Annie (Pharris) Hawthorne. He was the eleventh of twelve children born to this union.

"Papa" will be greatly missed by his sons, Gordon Lee Hawthorne of Milton, Delaware, and Arthur W. (Artie) Hawthorne Jr. and wife, Marguerite, of Jefferson; daughters, Jane Gail McBride of Gladewater and Gaye Nell Christy and husband Gary of Longview; grandchildren, Brian Lee Hawthorne of Oakland, California, Kendra Gale Hawthorne and Katherine Marvel Hawthorne of Milton, Delaware, Joseph Anthony Hawthorne and fiance Lindsey Dollens of White Oak, Elena Danielle Brown of Kilgore, Valerie Adelle McBride and Richard Gregory McBride of Gladewater, Cameron Claire Christy and Franklin Cole Christy of Longview; great-grandchildren, Breanna Nicole Brown and Daniel Anthony Brown of Kilgore, Jaxon Christopher Hawthorne of White Oak and K'loe Jane Cheek of Gladewater. Also surviving him is his brother, Cecil Hawthorne of Atlanta, Texas.

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Oscar Gingrich, 89, passed away Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

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Oscar H. Gingrich was born November 15, 1921 at home in Rural Titonka, Iowa: the son of Raleigh W, and Gertrude (Wellhousen) Gingrich. He served in the United States Army during WWII in the 818th Tank Destroyer Batallion and the General Patton’s 3rd Army Recon Co. Oscar was united in marriage to Geneva Mae Williams on April 12, 1952 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; she preceded him in death on February 26. 1999. He was employed at John Deere in the Foundry, retiring on January 1, 1977, after 31 years of service. Oscar was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Washburn. He attended Hawkeye Community College to learn Algebra so he could help Theresa and Brenda with their homework. He enjoyed rollerskating and Oscar never missed a family or Army reunion. He was a former Honor Guard Commander and Life Member with the VFW Post 1623 and American Legion Post 138 and belonged to the Moose Lodge and Polka Club of Iowa.

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Laverne Henry passed away 15 Jun 2010

Dear Veterans, Families, and Friends of the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion-It is my sad responsibility to report that Mrs. Laverne Henry, the widow of Jack Henry (C Company), passed away 15 Jun 2010. Our condolences go out to the family.

Mrs. Clara Ziebart, the widow of Walter Ziebart

Dear Veterans, Families, and Friends of the 818th TD BN-It is my sad responsibility to report that Mrs. Clara Ziebart, the widow of Walter Ziebart (B CO-deceased 2004), passed away 8 April 2010. Our condolences go out to the family.- Robert

Burley Gordon Shockey, 88, passed on Mar. 25th, 2010

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Burley Gordon Shockey, 88, of Dallas, formerly of Sweet Home, passed away Thursday March 25th, 2010.

He was born in Witts Springs, Ark., to James Thompson and Zora Elizabeth (Bond) Shockey. Burley served in the Army during World War II. He was in Patton’s Third Army in the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He served in all the major battles with Patton’s Army.

After the war, he moved to Sweet Home in 1947 and married Katholeen Elizabeth Trimble in 1949. They lived on Clark Mill Road in Sweet Home for more than 50 years. He worked at Champion Plywood in Lebanon for 33 years.

Burley was a member of First Baptist Church in Sweet Home and later Trinity Baptist in Lebanon. His church and church family were very important to Burley. He enjoyed gardening, reading and fishing. He loved baking and canning and was a great cook.

Burley is survived by his son, “Gene” Burley Eugene Shockey and wife Jean of Monmouth; daughter Judith Diane Woody and husband Jeff of Mocksville, N.C.; brothers Otto Shockey of Redmond and Loyal Shockey of Klamath Falls; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Katholeen, in 1974; and sister Maudie May.

Viewing will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mount Calvary Baptist Church. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m., also at Mount Calvary Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions can be made in his name to a charity of your choice.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements (www.sweethomefuneral.com).

Joseph A. Conneely, died May 24, 2009

Joseph was born on June 15, 1919 and passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2009.

Joseph was a resident of Sterling, Illinois at the time of his passing.

He attended St. Mary's Grade School and Community High School (class of 1937).

A veteran of World War II, he was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart while serving in five major European campaigns. He was a Captain in the 818 Tank Destroyer Battalion.

He is survived by his wife Ruth.

Prayer services will be held on Thursday May 28, 2009 at 10:30 AM in the McDonald-Allen-Grennan Funeral Home, 505 1st Avenue in Sterling followed by the Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sterling, with Reverend Jesus Dominguez, Celebrant officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Wednesday from 5-8 PM at the funeral home with the Rosary being recited at 5 PM.

Thomas J. Kamide Sr., dead at 84

kamide_obitThomas J. Kamide Sr., 84 of 611 State St., died May 6, 2009, in the Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown.

He was born Nov. 2, 1924 in Carthage, the son of Paul and Selma Bahou Kamide. 

He served in the Army from 1943 to 1945 with Company C, 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He served in Ardennes, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe.

He attended Augustinian Academy and later graduated after returning from the war. He worked at Crown Zellerbach Corp and drove cab for his cousin and brother.

In the early 50's, together with his brother Caream, they operated Kamide's Grill on lower State St. He operated his own cab service during that time.

In the mid 60's the property was sold and he opened Tommy's Restaurant in the 300 block of State St.

The business was later named Kamide's Grill until he sold the business in 1986. He married the former Rita A. Villnave on Sept. 29, 1973 in Watertown.

A previous marriage to Virginia Abdella ended in divorce.

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Cleo Alexander passed away Tuesday 3/17/2009

Dear Veterans, Families, and Friends of the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion- It is with great sadness that I must report the loss of our very dear friend, Cleo Alexander Sage. Cleo was the widow of R. G. Alexander of C Company. She passed away Tuesday 3/17/2009. Cleo had attended several recent Reunions with her son Chuck, daughter Jan, and grandson Cliff. She was a lovely lady and will be much missed by all of her 818th friends. Our condolences go out to her family.
Love-Robert

Marvin H. Goetz, Sr., 87 of A Company passes

Marvin H. Goetz, Sr., 87, of Louisville, passed on to his eternal life with God on Thursday, October 9, 2008 at Baptist Hospital East.

Marvin was a combat veteran of World War II, where he served as a sergeant in the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion in the European Theater.

He retired from Western Southern Life Insurance Company after 32 years of service. He was a dedicated member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church for 52 years. Marvin was a fourth degree member and former Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Bishop Spalding Council; a member of the St. Peter Casino Society, Knights of St. John, Highland American Legion Post 201, Catholic Golden Age Club and was a volunteer for the Sister Visitor Program.

He was preceded in death by Generose M. "Jenny" Forst, his loving wife of 55 years. Survivors include his son Marvin H. Goetz Jr. (Frances); his daughter, Ida J. Ferree (Dennis); three grandchildren, Karen Downey (Rex), Kenneth Goetz (Kristen), and Kimberly Goetz; four great-grandchildren, and his brother, William J. Goetz Jr. He is also survived by many dear friends including John Schroeder and Ed Conners.

His funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Barnabas Church, 3042 Hikes Lane, with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Sunday at Ratterman and Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hosparus of Louisville. Buried, 10-13-2008, in Calvary Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.

Steiner D. Garrett passed away on September 27, 2008

Steiner Darby Garrett, Jr., M.D. - A native of Sylacauga, Alabama and a long time resident of Mobile, AL passed away on September 27, 2008.

Dr. Garrett received a B.S. Degree in Pharmacy from Auburn University, an M.D. Degree from the Medical College of Alabama and completed a surgery residency at Old Mobile General Hospital. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Social Fraternity, Nu Sigma Nu, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.

Dr. Garrett was a Veteran of WWII, stationed in France and Germany. He served in the 818 Tank Destroyer Battalion and received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gay Jensen Garrett; two daughters, Joy (Jim) Skinner and Margaret (Mike) Jones of Equality, AL; two sons, Bruce Steiner Garrett and Gregory Lee (Fran) Garrett of Mobile, AL and two granddaughters, Alison Joy Garrett and Grace Jensen Garrett.

A private family funeral was held on September 29, 2008 at the Pine Crest Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Cottage Hill Presbyterian Church located at 4201 Cottage Hill Road, Mobile, AL 36609, or the charity of your choice. An online guestbook may be signed at www.pinecrest funeralhome.com. Arrangements by Pine Crest Funerals and Cremations, 1939 Dauphin Island Parkway,

William J. "Bill" Arnett, of Headquarters Company

u_2002-5Dear Veterans, Families, and Friends of the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion- It was with much sadness that I learned yesterday of the loss of our very dear friend, William J. "Bill" Arnett, of Headquarters Company. Bill passed away peacefully 7/18/08 of complications from congestive heart failure. He was 91 years of age. Sharon and I had the great pleasure of first meeting Bill at the 2001 Reunion in Long Beach. Bill was a regular at the Reunions until the logistics of distance and advancing age made it difficult for him to attend in 2006 and 2007. Fortunately and with the assistance of his loving daughter, Mary Lou, he was able to join us one final time in Knoxville this past year. Our condolences go out to Mary Lou and the rest of Bill's family. He will be greatly missed by his 818th buddies and friends. We are all thankful for the brief times we were allowed to spend with this extraordinary man.

Love-Robert

 

Bill Arnett and daughter Mary Lou Lantz. Taken at the 2002 Reunion.

 

James H. Mars passed away Tuesday 17 June 2008

james_mars_obitDear Veterans, Families, and Friends of the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion-It is my sad responsibility to report the loss of another of our 818th Veterans. Sunday evening I received a phone call from the Granddaughter of James H. Mars of A Company. After a prolonged illness James passed away Tuesday 17 June 2008. He was buried in his WWII sergeants uniform. James would have been 90 years old the 18th of July and was very much hoping to attending the upcoming 51st reunion of the 818th. I was fortunate enough to meet James and his son James at the 2002 Reunion in Yankton, the 2003 Reunion in Knoxville, and the 2006 Reunion in Austin. Most of you may recall that we also lost his son, James, 6 June 2007. Both will be very much missed by all of their 818th friends and buddies. We cherish the short amount of time we got to spend with them. Our condolences go out to the family.
Sincerely-Robert Bowles

 

James H. Mars and James V. Mars. Jr. Taken at the 2002 Reunion.

John T. Nupp Sr., 89, a resident of Greene Township

John T. Nupp Sr., 89, a resident of Greene Township, died unexpectedly on Thursday morning May 15, 2008 at the Manchester Presbyterian Lodge. A resident of the Erie area most of his life, he was born in DuBois, Pa. on October 25, 1918 a son of the late Thomas and Mary Christian Nupp. John worked at the General Electric for 33 years and retired in 1980. Previously, he had worked as a coal miner and for the Civilian Conservation Corp. He was an avid hunter and a gardener. He was an Army veteran of WW II serving with the 818th as a tank commander in Patton's Third Army in the European Theater. He participated in the campaign's of Central Europe i.e. Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and the Ardennes. One of his greatest pleasures was attending Army reunions of the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He served as a guard at the Nuremberg trials.

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Tony Himan of A Company

Dear Veterans, Family, and Friends of the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion- It is my sad responsibility to report the passing of another 818th Veteran. Yesterday I received a card from Veronica Himan. Tony Himan of A Company passed away 16 February 2008. Those of you who were at the 2007 Reunion in Nebraska will remember Tony and his lovely wife, Veronica. Tony had been among those 818th Veterans listed in the Roster as Last Known Address. Due to the diligent efforts of the Schildt family he had been located and attended his first 818th Reunion in Nebraska. He and Veronica were very nice folks and everyone enjoyed meeting them for the first time. We were all looking forward to seeing them again this summer. Tony will be much missed by all of his 818th friends.

Edwin Horton passed on January 12, 2008

I would like to inform everyone of the passing of my grandfather Edwin Horton of Company B. He passed on January 12, 2008. I was curious if any of you guys remember him and does anyone have any photographs or stories to tell me of him? He told my brother and I many stories when we were kids but would like to hear more.
Bless you all and thank you for service to our country! - Randy Horton Shreveport, La

Andrew R. Meitner died on December 14 2007

My father Andrew R. Meitner died on December 14 2007. He was a proud veteran of the 818th. He told me many stories of his time in service. The one I remember most is about bed check Charlie. This was a German recon plane looking for the allies during the battle of the bulge. When we were kids he would put us in bed and turn out the lights and say watch out for bed check Charlie. My father was 86 when he died.

Wayne Rogne passed away 8 Dec 2007

 

wayne_rogne_obitDear Veterans, Families, and Friends of the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion- It is my sad responsibility to report the loss of another of our 818th Veterans. Several days ago I received a letter from the son of Wayne Rogne of Recon Co. Wayne passed away 8 Dec 2007. He will be very much missed by his 818th buddies and friends. I also learned from the letter that his wife, Hennie, had preceded him in death. She passed away in 2006. I had the pleasure of spending time with Wayne at the 2002 Reunion in Yankton and the 2005 Reunion in Waterloo. Although I wish it could have been more, I am thankful for that short amount of time. Our condolences go out to the family for their loss of both Wayne and Hennie. Sincerely-Robert Bowles

Wayne Rogne. Taken at the 2002 Reunion.

 

From the Spencer Daily Reporter

Funeral services for Mr. Wayne Rogne, 89, of Spencer, formerly of Linn Grove and Hartley, will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at Trinity Lutheran Church of Linn Grove. Rev. Mark Youngquist will officiate the service. Visitation will begin at 12 p.m., Wednesday with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home in Spencer. Interment will take place at Barnes Township Cemetery of Linn Grove. Military services will be conducted by the American Legion Post 367 of Linn Grove. Wayne passed away Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, at Longhouse Residence of Spencer. Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.

 

Elmer Stewart Hindman, 87, of Worthington, PA

Elmer Stewart Hindman, 87, of Worthington, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, in Forbes Road Rehabilitation in Pittsburgh. He was born May 11, 1919, in Armstrong County, to the late Carr Stewart and Laura Jane (McMillan) Hindman. He retired from Freeport Transport in 1991 and was a member of the Worthington American Legion. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving as staff sergeant with the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion from Feb. 1, 1941 to Oct. 12, 1945. He served in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with five Bronze Stars.

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John L. Berry passed away March 15, 2006

John L. Berry, 84, of Fort Madison, died at 12:25 a.m., Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at Fort Madison Community Hospital.

He was born on Aug. 26, 1921 in Fonda, the son of Fred and Bertha (Tomson) Berry. He married Mary Parsons on Nov. 23, 1940. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during WWII where he was a sergeant with the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion (B company) and was awarded a Bronze Star. He had worked at the maintenance department for the Sheaffer Pen Co. He was also an independent truck driver. He was of the Christian faith.

 

Survivors include his wife Mary of Fort Madison; a son, Thomas (wife Wanda) Berry of Homewood, Ill.; two daughters, Joyce Brown of Fort Madison and Linda (husband Morgan) Jones of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren; one great-grandson, and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and four sisters.

Marvin W. Merritt, 88, passed away May 16, 2005

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A memorial service for Marvin W. Merritt, age 88, a resident of Sierra Vista, Arizona, was held at the Riceville United Methodist Church in Riceville, Iowa on Saturday, May 21, 2005. The Reverend Michael Carey officiated. Marvin passed away Monday, May 16, 2005.

Marvin was born July 5, 1916 in Allerton, Iowa to William and Inamay (Kimple) Merritt. He graduated from Strawberry Point High School in 1934. He attended San Bernardino Junior College in California in 1937 and 1938. Marvin served in the U.S. Army before and during WW II as an officer in General Patton's 818 Tank Destroyer Battalion.

On March 2, 1942 he married Earlene Presson. In 1948 he graduated from Henderson State College in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. From 1948 to 1951 he worked for Lion Oil Company. In 1951 he moved to a farm in Mitchell County, Iowa. He served as Director of Schools for Douglas Township.

In 1957 he moved to the home farm in Howard County and served on the County School Board from 1960 to 1969. He served on the Howard County Draft Board during the Vietnam Conflict. He worked in the Riceville Post Office from 1962 until his retirement in 1977. He taught high school Sunday school class in the Riceville United Methodist Church for many years and served on many commissions. After his retirement they lived in Arizona during the winter and summered in Iowa.

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Walter E. Ziebart, 85, passed away Dec. 15, 2004

SPEARFISH - Walter E. Ziebart, of Spearfish, South Dakota, passed away on December 15, 2004 at the age of 85. He is survived by a beloved wife of 62 years, Clara (Altenburg) and seven children - Sharon (Griffiths) of Newcastle, Washington; Kenneth of Bellevue, Washington; Bruce of Bainbridge Island, Washington; Elizabeth "Betty" (Hopwood) of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Eloise "Bonnie" (Devine) of Benton City, Washington; Steven of Hendersonville, Tennessee; and Geoffrey of Arlington, Virginia - 15 adored grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Walt also is survived by a brother, Herbert Ziebart of Parkston, South Dakota; a sister, Annetta Link of Wagner, South Dakota; and a sister, Lillian Rasmussen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.

Walt was born on a farm in Delmont, South Dakota on September 9, 1919, the seventh of ten children. In 1940, Walt joined the US Navy, where he served on the destroyer USS Talbot 114 in San Diego, California. Upon the death of his father, he was honorably discharged. In 1942, after the onset of World War II, he was drafted into the US Army, where he served in the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas. While in the Army, Walt was cadred to help form the 16th Armored Division. He received Sharpshooter status and taught aircraft identification. He married Clara Altenburg of Armour, South Dakota, on October 10, 1942 in Brownwood, Texas.

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Ted Alexander, 91, of Amarillo

u_2003_alexandersTed Alexander, 91, of Amarillo died Saturday, March 20, 2004.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jeff Conway and the Rev. Marty Lohberg, both of the church, and Dr. David Jones of United Methodist Church of Floydada officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Llano Cemetery by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Alexander was born in Canadian into a pioneer ranching family. He was the grandson of Mary Jane Alexander (the founder of the Alexander Ranch) and the Rev. C.W. Alexander, the first Presbyterian minister in the Panhandle, a graduate of Princeton University, who was sent to Mobeetie and Fort Elliot in 1884. His parents were Mae Palmer Alexander and R.T. Alexander.

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Velbert A. (Cotton) Ashworth, 82, died Jan. 6, 2004

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Husband of Mary Ashworth and Son of James Clarence Ashworth and Virgie Arbelle (Lavelle) Ashworth

He served in the Army during World War II in the 818 Tank Destroyer Battalion. His unit was in the Battle of the Bulge and other major battles. He received several medals, including the Bronze Star. He was given the Bronze Star later by President John Kennedy when he dedicated Greers Ferry Dam in 1963. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion. He donated his body to medical science

Cotton Ashworth, 82, of Charleston died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, in Van Buren. He was born Jan. 14, 1921, to James Clarence Ashworth and Arbelle Lavelle. He was a self-employed building contractor, a Baptist and a veteran. He served in the Army during World War II in the 818 Tank Destroyer Battalion. His unit was in the Battle of the Bulge and other major battles. He received several medals, including the Bronze Star. He was given the Bronze Star later by President John Kennedy when he dedicated Greers Ferry Dam in 1963. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion. He donated his body to medical science. There will be a memorial service at Smith Mortuary Chapel in Charleston on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, at 1 p.m.

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Lyle Grant Mott, 82, of Layton, Utah

Lyle Grant Mott, 82, of Layton, Utah, died peacefully at his home on July 6, 2002, of complications relating to cancer.

He was born January 3, 1920, at La Jara, Colorado. Lyle was the fourth child born to Joseph Elmer and Annie Prudence Mott and one of eight brothers and five sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes Mary Maddux Mott. They were married November 25, 1945, and the marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Lyle is survived by five living brothers, Louis (Irene) of La Jara, Colorado; Kenneth (Dorothy) of Bountiful, Utah; Troy (Doris) or Provo, Utah; Garold (Jayne) of Kaysville, Utah; Harvey (Marlene) of Thatcher, Arizona; and three living sisters, Ethel (Joseph) Hafen of Provo, Utah; Wilma (Lee) Horton of La Jara, Colorado; Jewell (William) Fox of Provo, Utah; and sisters-in-law, Lenora Mott of Spanish Fork, Utah; and Virginia Mott of La Jara, Colorado.

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Edward H. Brinley passed away Aug. 23, 2000

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BRINLEY, Edward Herman Passed away peacefully on August 23 at Memorial Hospital, Santa Rosa, CA. Born July 7, 1918 in Los Angeles, CA to Edward William Brinley and Amelia Hermann Brinley.

He is fondly remembered as a loving and giving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Beverly June Gordon Brinley, son Dana Brinley, wife Janis, and grandson Robert of Victoria, Canada, daughter Diana Edmiston, husband Richard, grandson James and granddaughter Kelly of Reno, NV, daughter Debra Brinley-Koempel, husband Herman, granddaughter Lindsay of Bainbridge Is., WA and son Daniel Brinley of Windsor, CA. Sister Mildred Peterson of TX and nephew Gary Peterson and wife Dyan of NC. Sister-in-law Virginia Mitchell of OR, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Geraldine and Bentley Harriman of Fallbrook. Also cousins and numerous nephews, nieces, and their families and many dear friends he made in his life travels and work. Ed attended schools in Pasadena, CA.

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Pfc. Oscar L. Wilson, 27 Killed In Action

Pfc. Oscar L. Wilson, 27, a former resident of Thomas, and son of Mrs. Catherine Wilson of Cassville, died in Germany, Aug. 1, 1945, as a result of wounds suffered in April while in action against the enemy.  He was born in Thomas, Oct. 10, 1917, a son of Mrs. Catherine Dawson Wilson, and the late Jacob A. Wilson.  He was a member of the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion and had been in service four years and seven months, serving with the Fifth "Red Diamond" Division, of the Third Army and had participated in most of the major campaigns in the European Theater.  He has three other brothers in service, Sgt. Homer C. Wilson, with the 35th Infantry in the Pacific Theater for 30 months; Pfc. Cecil L. Wilson with the 13th Armored Division who recently returned from the ETO, and Thomas Wilson recently granted an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army.

Pfc. Marvin Rouhier - Killed In Action - 18 August 1944

 

Private Marvin Rouhier - Recon Company - Killed In Action - 18 August 1944

 

r Rouhier - Marvin-5Private Marvin Rouhier was born at his family home in Ohio in 1924. He was the fourth of six children.

He graduated from high school in 1942.

Private Rouhier enlisted in the Army on 20 Mar 1943 and attended Basic Training at Camp Robinswon, AR with 3rd Platoon, C Company, 56th Battalion, 12th Army National Guard Regiment. Following Basic Training, Private Rouhier was processed through two replacement depots prior to being assigned to Recon Company of the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion.

In May 1944, the 818 TD BN was moved from Northern Ireland to England. On 14 July 1944 the Battalion landed at Utah Beach and was subsequently attached to the 5th Infantry Division of Third Army.

Private Rouhier participated in the capture of Cherbourg and the Normandy Breakout. The Battalion continued south through St. Lo to Angers where they turned northeast towards Chartres.

On 18 August 1944 near Allenes, France Marvin and another Recon Company soldier, Private Lyman Andrews, were at at forward listening post protecting the right flank of the 818th. As the Battalion advanced on Chartres they were approached by a column of German armor. It is believed (from accounts given by members of the 818th and the Silver Star narrative) that the radio was configured incorrectly and their position given away to the Germans when they tried to use it. Marvin was hit early in the exchange of fire and elected to remain, destroy the radio and provide covering fire so Pvt Andrews could escape and report this critical information to the Battalion. Marvin was mortally wounded in the fight and died later from his wounds after being found by French Partisans.

Marvin was initially buried in the St. Corneille - Le Mans Cemetery, France. In 1948 Marvin's remains were returned home to Ohio. His family never knew of Marvin's heroic actions.

The details surrounding his death had fallen through the war time cracks. Then, in 2010 his name along with the issuing headquarters and General Order Number was found on an internet listing of recipients of the Silver Star.

The presentation of the Silver Star (posthumous) by members of Third Army to the surviving siblings of Private Marvin L. Rouhier took place 18 August 2012 at the high school from which he graduated in Ohio, sixty-eight years on the date after the action in which he earned it took place.