Haack, Clarence T.
Clarence T. Haake, 89, of Belleville, Illinois,
born July 16, 1922, in Germantown, Illinois, died
Saturday, January 7, 2012, at Memorial Hospital in
Mr. Haake retired from the Nabisco company after
many years of service. He was a devoted Cardinals
fan, and an avid card player. He was a member of the
American Legion, and the Belleville-Swansea Moose
Lodge 1221. He belonged to St. Teresa Catholic
Church, to the Men’s Club at the church, and was a
fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus
Council 1028. Clarence was a U. S. Army veteran of
World War II and the Korean War. He was awarded the
Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster and a Silver Star
for gallantry during the war.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold
H. and Cecilia, nee Kniepmann, Haake; two
grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas “Toby” Haake,
and Arnold “Spike” Haake Jr.; his father-in-law and
mother-in-law, Vincent W. and Catherine, nee Winter,
Albers; five brothers-in-law, Lawrence Becker,
August Lampe, Harold Albers, Edward Gramann, and
Joseph Winter; and one sister-in-law, Adele Albers.
Surviving are his loving wife of 63 years,
Elizabeth G., nee Albers, Haake, whom he married on
May 12, 1948; seven children, Sharon K. (Art)
Fahrner of Swansea, IL, Philip V. (Reatha) Haake of
Germantown, IL, Stanley A. (Bonnie) Haake of
Waterloo, IL, Mark T. (Deby) Haake of Bridgeton, MO,
Dennis R. (Jane) Haake of Belleville, IL, Mary Beth
(Brian) Kalmer of Belleville, IL; and Ginny E.
(Kevin) Bouse of Shiloh, IL; 17 grandchildren; three
step grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four
step-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Lucille
Gramann of Germantown, IL, Pauline (Norman) Dierkes
of Carlyle, IL, Delores (John) Johnson of
Germantown, IL, Mary Winter of Breese, IL; one
brother, Richard (Kathy) Haake of Germantown, IL;
and two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Haake and Ethel
Haake, both of Germantown, IL.
The Haake family would like to thank Dr. Brad
Ringhofer, Emergency Room staff, staff on 4 South
and 3 South at Belleville Memorial Hospital, Home
Instead Caregivers, and the Hospice of Southern
Illinois for the passionate care of our loved one.
Memorials may be made to St. Teresa Catholic
Church, to Hospice of Southern Illinois, or to The
American Heart Association. Condolences may be
expressed to the family online at
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m.
Monday, January 9, 2012 and from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at George Renner and Sons
Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Funeral: Funeral
procession will leave 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, January
10, 2012, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home,
Belleville, IL, for an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian
Burial at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Belleville,
IL, with Reverend David Darin officiating. Burial
will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview
Haack, Joseph R.
Joseph R. Haack of Ridgewood died on Saturday, October 9, 2010, at the age of 80. He was the dear brother of Helen Roesch. He served in the U.S. Army
and was stationed in Korea. He served in 1952 on Hill 867 with the 81st Mortar unit, Company D, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. A Mass
of Christian Burial was offered at St. Mattias R.C. Church, interment followed in St. John’s Cemetery, under the direction of George Werst Funeral Home,
A Dignity Provider, 71-41 Cooper Avenue, Glendale.
Haack, Norbert Eugene
Norbert Eugene Haake, 94, of Belleville,
Illinois, born February 4, 1926 in Aviston,
Illinois, died Tuesday, January 5, 2012, at
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.
Norbert was the last surviving member of the Henry
and Anna Haake family. He joins his parents,
seven brothers and sisters, and his wife, Jeanette.
Norbert graduated from Aviston Community High
School in 1944. After graduation he was
drafted into the United States Navy and served in
World War II and the Korean War. Norbert was a
member of St. James Catholic Church, Millstadt,
Illinois, and started the Annual Dinner Auctions
which helped to build the St. James Parish Center.
He was a member of the American Legion, the Korean
War Veterans, Carpenters Local Union 433, the Sierra
Club, and former Vice President of 4 Star Homes in
Belleville. He and Jeanette became founding
members of Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in 1969, and
they moved to the Shrine Apartment Community in
December 2015, where Norbert lived until his death.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years,
Jeanette R. Haake, nee Wellen, whom he married
February 6, 1954, and who died October 25, 2018; his
parents, Henry and Anna, nee Huegen Haake; three
brothers, Erwin (Virginia) Haake, Henry (Mary) Haake,
and Leo Haake, and four sisters, Rose (Earl) Bickel,
Alvina (Herman) Dallao, Mildred Haake, and Alice
(Orrin) Morgan. Surviving are four children,
Mary Jo (Richard) Sotiropoulos of Belleville, Mark
H. Haake of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Alan J.
(Julie) Haake of Swansea, Illinois, and Matthew P.
Haake of San Diego, California; four grandchildren,
Andy (Brooke) Sotiropoulos, Steve Sotiropoulos, Matt
Sotiropoulos, and Sam Haake; a sister-in-law,
Patricia Haake, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic
Church Parish, Millstadt, or to the apartment
community at the Esquiline. A private Mass of
Christian Burial will be held Monday, January 11,
2021, at St. James Catholic Church, Millstadt, with
Msgr. Marvin Volk officiating. Burial will be
at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville.
Haarmann, Aloysius W.
Haarmann, Aloysius W., Sr., age 79, Florissant,
Missouri, died on Friday, November 19, 2010,
surrounded by his family and fortified with the
Sacraments of Holy Mother Church.
Loving husband of Dolores (nee Busken) Haarmann;
son of the late Harry and Helen Haarmann; dear
father of Rene' (Damon) Kramer, Al (Carol) Haarmann,
Mary Jane (Kevin) Flynn, Dan (Ronna) Haarmann; proud
grandfather of Teresa, Jeff, David and Michael
Kramer, Andy (Angela) and Adam (Annie) Haarmann,
Kyle, Rita and Megan Flynn, Amber and Jonathan
Haarmann; treasured great-grandfather of Jeremy and
Taylor Haarmann; dear brother of Hildegarde
Moellering, Henry (Helen) Haarmann, Raymond Haarmann
and Melvin (Marlene) Haarmann; brother of the late
Margaret Ebbesmeyer, Bernard Haarmann, Bro. George
Haarmann, S.M., Ann Marie Goeke, Sr. Rita
Haarmann,C.PP.S. and Lambert Haarmann; dear
brother-in-law, cousin, uncle and friend to many.
Al was a life long member of Sacred Heart Parish
(Florissant, Missouri), member of League of One
Thousand Men, Past President of St. Vincent dePaul
Society, Nocturnal Adoration Society, Korean War
Veteran and recipient of the Silver Star.
Services: Procession from Hutchens Mortuary, 675
Graham Rd., Florissant, Wednesday, November 24 at
11:00 a.m. to Sacred Heart Church for a 11:30 a.m.
Mass. Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Arnold Haber died on April 19, 2020 in the New
Jersey Veterans Home, Paramus, New Jersey. He
was one of dozens of veterans in the 281-resident
home that died of the Coronavirus. A veteran
of the Korean War, he and his wife Rena were married
for 65 years. They were the parents of
children Mitchell, Loren and Paul Haber. After
his service in the Korean War, Arnold opened a
successful store, Lea's Corset Shop, on Broadway.
Prior to entering the service he worked in New York
City's lingerie industry. He was buried in a
private service in Cedar Park Cemetery, Paramus, New
Hackel, Robert Joseph
My dad passed away very unexpectedly June 14, 2009. That summer I was planning on working with him to try and document his Korean War experiences because
in the past he had not wanted to say too much about his time there and I really felt it was important to document his six years of service to his country.
The only reference he ever made to me of his experience was during a conversation when he talked about 'walking for 24 hours straight'. I naively asked
him when had he ever walked for 24 hours? His response was short and to the point. He said, "When the Chinese are 24 hours behind you, you don't stop marchin'"!
My wish is to try to find anyone who may have served with him, who may be able to help me piece together his time in the service.
My dad was the best father, role model and friend anyone could ask for. I was blessed to call him my dad. He is still so very deeply missed by
all of his children, and especially by his beloved wife of 53 years. Below is a portion of his funeral notice:
On Sunday, June 14, 2009, Robert (Bob) Joseph Hackel, age 77, died suddenly in Hastings, Minnesota. He enjoyed his summers in Hastings with family,
and spent his winters in Dunedin, Florida, following his retirement. His enthusiasm for life was evident in the many friendships he made along his life
path. For those who knew Bob, he was one of a kind. He was known for his corny jokes, his love of telling a good story, and giving unsolicited golfing
tips to perfect strangers. He was an original Packer fan and wore the Green and Gold with pride. When it came to the Vikings games, if the Pack was
not contending, he rooted for the opposing team. Bob grew up in Minneapolis and served his country in the Korean War. He met and married Kathryn Lyman
of Winsted, Minnesota in 1955. Post marriage and three (of seven) kids later, Bob graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Engineering.
He was employed with Sperry Univac for over 35 years, where he contributed to the evolution of computer technology--watching computers progress from
filling an entire building to being held in the palm of the hand.
He was a member of the Aqua Jesters Clown Club and participated in many parades and benefit events, bringing joy to the lives of thousands of children.
Some of his favorite characters he created were Yipes Stripes and The Hobo. He was also given the unique opportunity to play one of the very first Ronald
McDonald clowns in the Midwest. (Don’t tell your kids, but he was also Santa Claus.) He filled his entire South Minneapolis back yard with Dahlias,
much to the disappointment of his neighbors on 44th Avenue. Bob, ahead of his time, didn’t believe in lawns. Space that wasn’t filled with flowers
contained vegetables and herbs.
He won many State Fair awards with his colorful floral arrangements through the annual Minnesota Dahlia Society flower show. A competitor at heart,
he also entered several state fair baking contests with his creative recipes, including an original Sunflower Seed Cookie. A self-taught man, Bob was
a roofer, a plumber, an electrician and a carpenter in his spare time. A phone call away, he would gather his tools to help anyone with a construction
crisis. The last time he packed his tool bag was for a volunteer project with the People of Praise Indianapolis Action Project, returning from this
two-week trip the day before he died.
Thank you for creating this wonderful site. - Sincerely, Ellen (Hackel) Schmitz
Hackett, James M.
James M. Hackett, 82, went to heaven on Christmas
Day, December 25, 2014 in his home in Monticello,
Illinois, after battling cancer.
Jim was born in rural Tuscola, Illinois on April
23, 1932 the second son of Weldon W. and Anna Louise
(Cain) Hackett. He attended a country school for his
first eight years of schooling and graduated from
Tuscola High School with the class of 1950. He never
let us forget that he was a Tuscola Warrior. He
joined the Air Force in 1951 and served in Alaska
during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged
in 1953. He married Dorothy Parsons in Atwood,
Illinois on January 30, 1955.
Jim enrolled in the College of Agriculture at the
University of Illinois in the fall of 1954 and
received his BS degree in 1957. While a student
there he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha
Fraternity, Alpha Zeta, and Hoof and Horn Club. He
was also initiated into several honoraries: Phi Eta
Sigma which he served as President, Gamma Sigma
Delta, and Phi Kappa Phi. He considered it a great
honor to be included on the Bronze Tablet. Jim was a
proud and loyal alum of the University of Illinois
and could be seen frequently cheering on “his boys”
at Illinois football and basketball games.
After farming with his father for a few years, he
left the farm in 1960 and began his career with The
First National Bank of Chicago as a farm manager.
During his career he became manager of all farm,
city, and mineral property held in trust by the
Bank. One of his favorite accounts to visit was the
Allerton Farms near Monticello. He retired as a Vice
President in 1990 and moved back downstate to
Monticello where he was able to keep a closer eye on
his corn and soybeans.
He loved to play golf and was a member of Olympia
Fields Country Club and Monticello Golf Club. He was
also a member of Monticello United Methodist Church,
Quarterback Club, Rebounders Club, American Legion,
and VFW. Jim will be remembered forever for his
generosity and giving heart, his famous “Grandpa”
cookies, and for his deep love and support of his
family. He will be greatly missed but we know he is
smiling down on us now saying, “It doesn’t get any
better than this.”
He is survived by his beloved wife, Dorothy of
Monticello; children, James E. (Linda) of Cisco,
Sharon L. (Brian) McClowry of Naperville, and John
W. (Michelle) of Torrance, CA; grandchildren, Erin
McClowry, Megan McClowry, Molly McClowry, Kari
McClowry, Brian McClowry, Ryan McClowry, Anna
McClowry, Maggie McClowry, Emily Hackett, and Ethan
Hackett; sister-in-law Patricia Hackett,
sister-in-law Barbara Barr, and brother-in-law
Edward H. Parsons. He was preceded in death by his
parents and brother, Weldon W. Hackett, Jr.
Visitation will be Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at
9:00 A.M. followed by the funeral service at 10:00
A.M. at the Monticello United Methodist Church, 212
S. Independence, Monticello. Interment will follow
at Tuscola Cemetery, Tuscola, Illinois. Memorials to
Carle Hospice or American Cancer Society will be
appreciated. Funeral arrangements are being handled
by Mackey-Wright Funeral Home.
Hackett, Jerry R.
Jerry R. Hackett, born July 10, 1930, died January 19, 2008. He served in the United States Marine Corps in Korea with C-1-5 from August 2, 1950
to May 5, 1951.
He was employed with the Howell Township Road Department for 25 years, retiring in 1990 as the traffic maintenance manager. He was a parishioner
of Holy Family Catholic Church in Lakewood. He was a member of the Marine Corps League, and former member of the Knights of Columbus and the International
Brotherhood of Teamsters Union Local No. 560, both of North Bergen.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Loretta M. Miranda Hackett; a son, Michael A. of Palmerton, PA; three daughters, Karen Davis and her husband,
Clay of Howell, Maureen Sosville of Brick, and Amy Hackett of Hamilton; a sister, Ellen Jerkovich of Oak Ridge; six grandchildren, three great grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews.
The family requests any memorials to be made to: St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
Hadden, Stanley Edwin
Stanley Edwin Hadden, 88, of Gulf Breeze passed away Friday, February 9, 2007 at a local nursing home.
Stan was a native of El Dorado, AK and resided in Gulf Breeze for the past six years, where he attended St. Frances of Assisi Episcopal Church. He was
a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Korean War Veterans Association. Mr. Hadden served in the United States Navy during World
War II and the Korean Conflict. Stan was instrumental in the design and construction of the Korean Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Hadden was a Colonel of Louisiana Governor Earl K. Long's staff, author of numerous publications, and writer and publisher of the The Eagle and The
Angel, a weekly web newsletter. Stan was an accomplished artist of over 500 works of art distributed throughout the world, with his trademark dog, Buzzy,
and the mysterious "Lady in Brown". Most notable is "The Reading of the Declaration of Independence", hanging at the headquarters of Colt Industries.
Preceding Stan in death was his son, Timothy Delano Hadden, his daughter-in-law, Marlene Troxclair Hadden, wife of Stan II, one sister Omelia, and one
brother, Arthur. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Ruth P. Hadden of Gulf Breeze; daughter, Patricia H. Woodburn of Gulf Breeze; son Stanley
E. Hadden II of Corrigan, TX; four grandchildren, Lisa A Salom (Jaime), John P. Woodburn (Michelle), Susan G. Kacachos (James) and Kim A. Schwager (Robert);
seven great grandchildren, Justin, Katherine, Madalyn, Michael, Jordan, Sydney and Abigail; four sisters, Anna Belle Patton, Bertha Nichols, Jennie Murphy
and Laura Ward; and two brothers, Perry Hadden and Billy Hadden.
Memorial services will be at a later date in Harper's Ferry, WV with inurnment in Port Hudson National Cemetery in Louisiana.
Published in the Pensacola News Journal on 2/13/2007.
Hagelin, Burton M.
Burton M. Hagelin of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, died on October 20, 2005, after a long illness. In Korea, Burt was a member of Company A, 9th Infantry
Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He leaves his wife and four sons. [Source: Newsletter, Cpl. Clair Goodblood [MOH] Chapter, KWVA, Augusta, ME]
Haffey, Eugene H.
Eugene Haffey was the commander of Charlie Company, 7th Marines, during the Korean War. According to his widow, he died in 1990.
Hahn, Edward J. "Jack" Jr.
Edward J. "Jack," Jr., Jeffersonville, Indiana, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2012 at Clark Memorial Hospital. He served in the Korean war.
Edward was a sales representative at Sherman Williams and office manager at AFLAC. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 35 and attended Sacred
Heart Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bobby Hahn; daughters, Robin Hahn and Mary Lynn Hahn; first wife, Mary Jane Hahn; second wife, Maudie Hahn; and
his parents, Edward J. Hahn and Estella Hahn. Edward is survived by his friends and caregivers, Grant and Margaret G. Morton.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow in Walnut Ridge Cemetery. Visitation
will be 4-8 p.m. Monday at E.M. Coots' Sons Funeral Home.
Hall, Howard Ansley
On August 17, 2012, Howard Ansley Hall of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, formerly of Haddonfield, New Jersey, died. Howard was born in Merchantville, New Jersey
to the late Herbert and Fanny Hall and was raised in Enid, Oklahoma and Westmont, New Jersey.
Howard was a graduate of Collingswood High School and Rutgers University. He spent his career as an accountant for several South Jersey automotive dealerships,
including H.A. DeHart & Son, Mt. Ephraim Dodge and Cherry Hill Dodge. Howard was an Army Veteran of the Korean War and a Masonic Brother of Rising Sun Lodge
#15 F & AM for 57 years. He enjoyed gardening, country & western music and playing pinochle at the Haddonfield 65 Club.
His son Craig Hall, brother Herbert Hall, and sister Dorothy Kimes predeceased him. He was a dear Uncle to Nancy Decker (Charles) of Dunnellon, Florida,
Brian Hall (Mikki) of Ocala, Florida, Enid Kimes (David) of Woodbridge, England, and Cynthia Voss of Ocala, Florida.
A private graveside service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations in Howard's memory may be made to the Deborah Hospital Foundation, Collingswood
Area Chapter, c/o 117 Oswego Ave., Audubon, NJ 08106.
Hall, Robert McCue
Col. Robert McCue Hall, MD, died January 28, 2011, of complications
from pneumonia. He leaves behind his beloved wife of fifty-six years, Jane Carroll Hall, six children (Rowena Daniel Hall, of Vienna, VA; Michael McCue
Hall of Austin, TX; Sue Hall of Raleigh; Elizabeth Hall Champagne of Macungie, PA; Thomas Carroll Hall, of Mays Landing, NJ; and Jennifer Hall Roettger
of Tustin, CA) and twelve grandchildren.
Bob was a soldier, doctor, musician, officer, writer, historian, son, brother, father, and grandfather. He fought many good fights and specialized in
lost causes; he even won a few. He was a veteran of three different wars who felt deep pride in what he had done in service of his country.
He was born on September 13, 1917, in Spring Ranch, Nebraska, to Irving and Mary McCue Hall. The family moved to Raleigh in 1931, and he attended Needham
Broughton High School, where he played football and the clarinet in the high school band; he dreamed of being an orchestra conductor. He went to the Augusta
Military Academy, Dartmouth College, and Harvard Medical School. He married his first wife Rowena Sidbury and entered the Army, serving as an infantry battalion
surgeon with the 2nd Infantry Division as it landed at Omaha Beach in late June 1944, and made its way across Europe.
After the war he continued his postgraduate medical education in the teaching hospitals of Columbia, Duke, and Harvard. But with the Korean War looming
he returned to the military, and many American soldiers owe their lives to his spending the next two years in Korea. He served with the 23rd Regimental
Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division at the bloody turning-point battle of Chipyong-ni, and was instrumental in setting up the use of whole blood at
the front lines and helicopters to ferry the injured to safety.
He married Jane Carroll of Oswego, New York, on November 7, 1954. Over the next years, Bob served whenever the Army called. He was Surgeon of the XVIII
Airborne Corps, at Fort Bragg. He taught military medical subjects to medical officers at the British Army’s Field Medical Training Center at Mytchett.
In October 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis he was sequestered with the Army’s potential invasion force, of which he was the chief medical officer.
He was commander of the Army’s Medical Training Center at Fort Sam Houston, which trained all medical soldiers. He served in Vietnam in 1968 with the US
Military Assistance Command, and was responsible for the health and well-being of half a million US personnel. From 1973 to 1974 he ran Brooke Army Medical
Center at Fort Sam Houston.
During his time in the Army, he received Masters degrees in Public Health from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and in Health
Care Administration from Baylor University. He was a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, the Navy’s School of Aviation Medicine (where
he learned to fly a fixed wing aircraft and a helicopter), and the National War College. He was a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine
and a member of many professional societies, including the Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces, from which he received its Seale Award.
He was a highly decorated soldier--by the time he retired as a Colonel in 1976 he had earned one Purple Heart, two Silver Stars, and four Bronze Stars
(with V for "valor"). In 1979 the Halls moved to Raleigh, where Bob became the Director of the Wake County Health Department. Among his many accomplishments
was the institution of a requirement that cats be immunized against rabies in Wake County, and later, throughout North Carolina. He was ahead of his time
with his concern about development in and around Falls Lake.
Bob Hall was a loving father. He sang and read to his young children every night and played the piano and encouraged his children to do so as well. He
and Jane took many trips to France, where they indulged in one of their few extravagances: French wine. Back in Raleigh, as Jane became an increasingly
in-demand quilting teacher and traveled around the world, Bob assumed the role of the stay-at-home spouse and spent his time writing about his wartime experiences.
He became a focal point around which other Korean War veterans gathered and wrote. He was interviewed by David Halberstam and included in the author’s final
book, The Coldest Winter.
In 2010, at age 92, Bob started a blog called “Military Medical Reminiscences of Three Wars” (www.chipyongnisurgeon.blogspot.com). He wrote initially
to correct the official Army version of what happened with the medical treatment at Chipyong-Ni (a battle he had been waging with the Army since 1991),
but he also wrote about his World War II experiences, including traveling with the African-American soldiers of X Platoon of Charlie Company.
By this point he had become the patriarch of a huge family. They often gathered at the Hall home, where Bob reveled in the joyful chaos that surrounded
him. He especially loved to sit at the head of the dinner table jammed with family members and watch, listen, and talk.
Bob was a hero for his battlefield valor and his time in the military. But he was a great man for other reasons as well, among them his deep love for
Jane; his fostering in his children such values as honesty, service, and integrity; and his refusal to back down from any battle he thought worth fighting.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Interfaith Food Shuttle (www.foodshuttle.org), PO Box 14638, Raleigh NC 27620)
or the charity of one’s choice.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held on February 12 at 2pm at the Cremation Society of the Carolinas, 2205 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh. He will be
interred at Arlington National Cemetery later in the Spring. - Published in The News & Observer on January 30, 2011
Hallifax, Joseph Edward "Ted"
Ted Hallifax, 83, beloved husband of Carolyn
(Tuttle) Hallifax, passed away on the morning of May
17 due to complications of COVID 19 at the Simsbury
Governor’s House, though he had been slowly drifting
away since his diagnosis of dementia. He was born to
Mildred and Eric Hallifax in Bristol, Rhode Island,
and grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts. After high
school he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served
for 3 years in the First Division Air Wing in Korea.
He moved to Connecticut and began his career in the
automobile business rising from salesman to used car
manager to general manager in various dealerships.
After he retired he worked for Salter Express and
became a well respected school bus driver for the
town of Simsbury.
Ted’s favorite pastimes were cooking, reading and
traveling especially to Florida where he and Carolyn
spent several winters after both of their
retirements. He was a member of the American Legion,
the VFW, and the Elks.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his stepsons and
their families, Vincent Carabillo of West Hartford,
Peter and Diane Carabillo of Glastonbury,
grandchildren Jennifer Carabillo of Glastonbury,
Philip Carabillo of Manchester and Dana and Alex
Dyer of Gales Ferry, and great grandchildren Bruenn,
Peyton, and Allison He was predeceased by his
parents, his sister Delores, his daughter -in-law
Margaret Carabillo, and his first wife Maxine.
The family is grateful for the care and support
given by Arden Court of Avon and Governor's House.
Burial will be private. A memorial service will be
held this summer at a time to be determined.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Simsbury
Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury,
Connecticut 06070, or Foodshare at 450 Woodland Ave.
Bloomfield, Connecticut 06002. The Vincent Funeral
Home of Simsbury is caring for the arrangements.
Please visit Ted’s “Book of Memories” at
www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online tributes.
Hamann, Kenneth A.
Kenneth A. Hamann, 93, of Mascoutah, Illinois,
born January 30, 1928 in Belleville, Illinois, died
Tuesday, June 08, 2021 at St. Louis University
Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. Kenny was a
retired owner and operator of the former Hamann
Service Company of Mascoutah, Illinois, a member of
St. John United Church of Christ, Mascoutah, past
30-year member and chief of the Mascoutah Volunteer
Fire Department, member of the Board of Directors of
Illinois Firefighters Association, past president of
Bi-County Fireman's Association, Illinois Petroleum
Marketers Association, American Legion Post 292, VFW
Post 7682, Mascoutah Jaycees, and Mascoutah Moose
Lodge. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer
and Emma Friess Hamann; his wife Jeanine Seitz
Hamann, whom he married in Mascoutah on January 6,
1951 and who died November 8, 1985; grandson,
Matthew Hamann; sisters, Viola Tiberend and Dorothy
Elless; and brothers, Leo, Lee and Armin Hamann.
Kenny is survived by his son, Kent (Jeanne)
Hamann of Mascoutah; a grandson, Christopher (Taryn)
Hamann; three great grandchildren, Samantha Cameron
and fiance, Brendan, Hudson and Beau Hamann; three
brothers, Harold (Joyce) Hamann, Ralph (Jeanne)
Hamann, Leroy (Judy) Hamann; sister-in-law, Ethel
Seitz; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and
Memorial donations may be made to St. John United
Church of Christ, 55 West Church Street, Mascoutah,
Illinois 62258 or Mascoutah Improvement Association,
330 Grant Drive, Mascoutah, Illinois 62258.
A private funeral service was held Saturday, June
12, 2021 at St. John United Church with the Rev.
Hugh Fitz officiating. Burial will follow in
Mascoutah City Cemetery. Also, a "Celebration
of Life" will be held and announced at a later date.
Hamblin, Brian Thomas
Brian Thomas Hamblin, 73, of Providence, Rhode
Island, died December 19, 2005, after a long
illness. Born in Sandwich, Massachusetts, he was the
twelfth child of Arthur Smith Hamblin and Leone
Eleanor Thomas Hamblin. He graduated from Henry T.
Wing School where he played baseball, a life long
passion. He was Demolay at the recommendation of Dr.
Samuel Beale. As a young man, he taught Sunday
School at the Christopher Wren Church and served in
Korea as a demolition expert. A skilled craftsman by
trade, he worked for many years in renovation and
restoration, and built the Rehoboth Antiquarian
Museum in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
He is survived by his wife, Muriel Hamblin of
Providence; his sisters, Olive Hoxie and Josephine
Eardley of Sandwich, Massachusetts and Jean Horton
of Taunton, Massachusetts; his daughters, Beth
Hamblin of Port Clyde, Maine and Donna Hamblin of
Falmouth, Massachusetts; his son, Curtis Horton of
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; seven grandchildren,
eight great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces
Hamm, Walter Owen
Walter Owen Hamm, born 6/29/1932, passed away in his home on February 23, 1999.
Hampton, Theron D.
June 1, 2011 Santa Barbara News-Press
Theron D. Hampton died peacefully in his sleep on
May 27 at the age of 91. He was born in Randle, WA, on December 18, 1919, but the family moved
to Antioch, CA, in 1923. Theron attended local schools and graduated from Antioch High. In 1939,
he was employed as an appliance repairman at Claxton White Company in Pittsburg, California,
where he met his future wife, Irene Beratto. They were married in November 1942, and shortly
thereafter, Theron was called into the armed services.
He was assigned to the Army Air Corps
and flew to England as a flight engineer on a B-24 bomber to join the Eighth Air Force. He
participated in D-Day and flew a total of 32 combat missions before returning home. After his
discharge, Theron and Irene made their home in Pittsburg where their daughter, Sheryl, was born.
He was recalled for active duty in 1950 for the Korean War, was stationed in Japan, and flew 16
missions as a B-29 gunner mechanic. After a crash landing in Korea, he returned home and was
discharged in August, 1951. The family then moved to Gardena, California, where Theron was
employed by Northrop, and their son, Terry, was born.
Wanting to move from the crowded L.A.
area, Theron found employment with Aero Spacelines in Santa Barbara, and the family moved and bought
a home here in 1969. Theron continued in the aircraft industry until his retirement in 1982. He then
spent a lot of time at his work bench in the garage fixing and repairing things from watches to
automobiles, helping both family and friends with various projects until ill health overtook him.
He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Goleta and faithfully participated in various
activities there. He is survived by his devoted wife of 68 years, Irene, son Terry Hampton, daughter
Sheryl (Bill Neely), granddaughters Jessica and Juliana Neely, and sister Verla Uptegrove. A
graveside ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 1, at Goleta Cemetery at 11 AM. A celebration
of his life will be held at a later date at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, Sarah House, and to the Good Shepherd
Lutheran Church Youth Group.
Hanks, Donald Gene
Donald Gene Hanks died July 18, 2010. He was born in Jonesboro, Louisiana to Mathew Ernest and Maye Hanks. He moved to Pasadena, California as
a child and graduated from George Washington High School in 1950. He joined the United States Army in 1952 and served in the Korean War as part of the 17th
Infantry Regiment as a Signal Message Clerk at the Regiment Headquarters. He was discharged honorably in 1954 after two years of active service.
In 1957 Donald graduated from Pasadena City College and received an Associates Degree. He was hired by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory that same year and
had a long 40 year career working for various military and civilian projects including the Viking Mission to Mars, a UAV project called Aquila, a computerized
Army battle commander training simulation called the Corps Battle Simulation and the Cassini Mission to Saturn. Donald retired from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
in 1997 and lived in Santa Clarita, California until his death.
Donald is survived by his present wife, Jill, first wife Frances Anne (Nancy), four sons, Patrick, Andrew, David and Michael and 9 grandchildren.
Hanlin, James Ervin
James Ervin Hanlin died February 2, 2004 in Fairbury, Nebraska. Burial was in Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury, Nebraska.
He was born August 25, 1928 to William Wilbur and Mae F. Goeury, near Geneva, Nebraska. He had three brothers: William Eugene, Robert Moses, and John
Wesley, and three sisters: Margaret, Doris Louise, and Ruth Ann. Doris and Robert both died in infancy.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean
Conflict from May 16, 1951 to February 16, 1953. He
fought at "Old Baldy."
On March 7, 1953, he married Pauline Rudiger in Clay Center, Nebraska. They had five children, Dorothy, Jayne, Judy, Terry and Paul. They divorced in
1974. He married Viola Scherling on August 3, 1975 in Fairbury. Viola's children were Rodney and Theresa.
He was employed as head meat cutter at Safeway. Later in life he was employed at the Endicott Clay Products until his retirement. He enjoyed fishing
Hansen, Milton Warrington
Milton Warrington Hansen, born 11 May 1931 in Bear River City, Utah. Died 13 February 2006 in Pioche, NV. He served on the USS Oriskany as
a plane captain.
Hansen, Wallace C.
I have been trying to do some research to see if there are any photos of my father (Wallace C. Hansen) from his service days. He was a Korean War veteran
and his years of service were 1951- 1955. I believe he trained in Biloxi, Mississippi at Kessler's Air Force Base. He passed away on 8/14/90 from
cancer. My brother had all of the family photos, but they were destroyed many years ago in a house fire. I was hoping to find a picture of my father in
his service uniform that I thought perhaps the Air Force Base may have had from graduation. I have been unsuccessful locating any pictures at all. Can you
please post his name and date of death to your website? Thank you.
Harkless, Donald M.
Donald Melvin Harkless, 75, of Wheeling, WV, died Thursday, November 20, 2008, in Ohio Valley Medical Center.
He was born May 22, 1933, in Carroll County, Ohio, son of the late Harry P. and Anna May Burriss Harkless. Mr. Harkless was retired from the C&P
Telephone Company. He was a four year Councilman in Valley Grove, WV, and was a manger of Clearwater Travel Resort, Clearwater, FL. He was a U.S.
Army Korean War Veteran.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Douglas, and his step-mother Soprona Harkless.
Surviving are his wife, Martha Mae McCormick Harkless; a son, Donald Bradley Harkless and his wife, Beverly of Mt. Olivet; a daughter, Charlene L. Eames
and her husband, Keith of Dover, OH; two granddaughters, Charlea Ebert and her husband, Brad, and Donni Lehew and her husband, Donald all of Mt. Olivet;
four great-grandchildren, Donald Dean Lehew, Karson Payne Ebert, Emmylea Dianne Lehew, and Kurstin Everly Ebert; a brother, Greg Harkless of Delroy, OH;
four sisters, Esther Capper, Kay Elifritz and her husband, Bill all of Delroy, OH; Jean Elifritz and her husband, Jim of Leavittesville; and Jean Ann Bradford
and her husband, Don of Wheeling; a step-grandson, Josh Price; and step-great-grandchildren, Austin, Ella and Gina Price.
Friends were received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, November 24, 2008, at the Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger Street, Elm Grove, Wheeling, where services
were held on Tuesday, November 25, 2008, at 1 p.m. with the Reverend Debbie Dague officiating. Interment was in Halcyon Hills Memorial Gardens, Sherrard,
Personal condolences may be offered to the family at www.kepnerfuneral.com.
Harmon, Harold Williams "Curly"
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Harold Williams (Curly) Harmon (Captain, US Navy Ret.), 80, died Sunday, March 9, 2008 at his residence. He had been a resident of
Aiken since 1957.
Mr. Harmon was born in Lexington, South Carolina, a son of the late George Lee Harmon, Sr. and Catherine Ann Harmon. Funeral services were held at St.
Paul Lutheran Church with Pastor Robert T. Byrne officiating. Entombment followed at Southlawn Mausoleum with full Military Honors.
Harold served a hitch in the Navy during the ending days of World War II. When he got out, he went to college, earned a degree, and was commissioned
an Ensign in the Navy. He was a gunnery officer on the USS New Jersey BB-62, serving off the coast of Korea. A gun turret exploded, damaging one of his
ears, ending his active duty as a Lieutenant (JG) in the Navy. He remained in the Navy Reserves, retiring as a Naval Captain.
He was employed as an Engineer with E.I. Dupont at the SRS. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, charter member of the Sgt. Harold F. Adkison
Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 255, Naval Reserve Officers Association, VFW, and the American Legion. He served as a 1st Vice President of
the KWVA Chapter and was a Trustee from the Chapter to the Department of South Carolina. He was chairman of the Korean War Memorial Committee of the CSRA.
The beautiful black granite memorial in Augusta, Georgia, is a monument to his fine leadership.
Survivors include his wife, Retha Black Harmon; two daughters, Melinda Gay Harmon, Charleston, SC, Cindy (Ted) Groomes, Aiken, SC; one son, Michael W.
Harmon, Aiken, SC; one grandchild, Sela McGee Groomes; one sister, Betty Harmon Powell, Lexington, SC; one brother, George Lee Harmon, Jr., Lexington, SC.
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Harold Harmon Memorial Fund, 961 Trailridge Rd., Aiken, SC 29803.
Harrald, Van D. Sr.
Van D. Harrald, Sr.
Called home to be with the Lord
Monday, September 07, 2009
Born in Abbott, AR on May 26, 1934, Van was the middle son of five children born to Doyne and Rose Harrald. He learned to be tough and work hard at a
young age, whether it was carrying water on his uncle’s farm for fifty cents an hour, bagging coal for five cents a bag, or digging and selling worms for
ten dollars for 2000. At 17 he joined the Navy and served his country bravely in the Korean War on the USS Carmick DMS 33.
He completed his Navy service when he turned 21 and by the age
of 22 he met and married the love of his life, Pat Strupith. For fifty-three years they worked hard and raised their children to love God by daily example
and faithful service at the North Edwards First Baptist Church in California. Van became a machinist/electrician for the U.S. Borax Company located in Boron,
California, where he retired in 1996 after 39 years as one of the famous “20 mules.”
He had a fondness for golfing, guitar-playing and CB radios. He was well known as the “local talent” where he volunteered to provide music through playing
the guitar and singing at many local functions and at church. Van was also known for his creativity. When he was young he built a two-wheel cart and strapped
it to his sturdy dog, Troubles, to haul his two-year old sister around. In the Navy, he didn’t care much for the dungarees, so he sewed bells into his blue-jeans.
Through the years in Boron, his creativity was seen in many ways, most notably by his “Guit-jo” (combination guitar and banjo) and his home-made “Mo-ped”
(conglomerate of bicycle parts and a battery).
He was 75 years old when he succumbed to cancer and is survived by his wife of 53 years, his four children, ten grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by one brother and two sisters.
A memorial service was held on September 10, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church of North Edwards, California. A military funeral
will be held at the Bakersfield National Cemetery upon the return of his grandson from serving our country in the war on terror.
Harrawood, Donald E.
Col. Donald E. Harrawood (USAF Ret.), 84, of Fort Myers died peacefully April 28, 2010 at
Hope Hospice. Born in Illinois, Don was the son of the late Emma and Floyd Harrawood. He
entered the Army Air Corps in 1945 and served faithfully for over 33 years, retiring in 1977
as a Colonel in the United States Air Force. As a member of the greatest generation, Don
served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. His distinguished career earned him numerous decorations
and commendations including three Legions of Merit.
He is survived by his wife of 62
years, Catherine, daughters, Valerie and Kimberly and son, David, 6 grandchildren, 5 great
grandchildren and 1great great grandchild. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, May 4, 2010
at 3:00 PM at Iona Hope Episcopal Church, 9650 Gladiolus Drive, Ft. Myers. Friends are invited
to a reception following the service at Cypress Lakes Country Club. In lieu of flowers, the
family request memorials be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908.
Harris, Charles A.
Charles A. Harris 79, of Nelsonville, passed away June 19, 2011, at Arcadia Acres Nursing Home Logan. Charles was born November 13, 1931 in Longstreth,
to Edward and Gladys Harris. He was an Army veteran and served in the Korean War where he received three Silver Stars, retired in 1987 after 39 years in
forestry and attended the Longstreth Community Church.
Surviving are daughters Christi (Kevin) Viggiano of Stewart and Tammy (Mike) Gaffney of Blanchester, sons Charles (Kendra) Wilson of Logan, and David
Wilson of Logan, seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, brother Lester (Faye) Harris of Nelsonville, and sisters Kathryn Herrold of Nelsonville and
Janet (Richard) Brown of Amesville.
Harrison, John T. Jr.
John T. Harrison Jr., died Sunday, May 18, 2008,
in New York City after a period of failing health.
Born in Concord, New Hampshire, on June 28, 1931, to
John T. Harrison Sr. and Mary (Hardiman) Harrison,
originally of County Mayo, Ireland, John graduated
from UNH and was a Korean War veteran awarded two
bronze stars for his service. A world traveler
and entrepreneur, John lived in multiple locales
including New York City, Alaska, and Ecuador, where
he owned a banana plantation.
In 1964, John married Brenda Holland and worked
as a self-employed international food broker for
such companies as Wrigley and Kellogg. John
and Brenda raised their daughters in Chicago,
Highland Park, and Lincolnshire, Illinois.
After his wife's death in 1994, John retired to the
East Coast to enjoy boating.
John is survived by his three daughters: Cailin
Harrison and her husband Andrew Holmes of London,
United Kingdom; Megan Cevasco and her husband
Christopher of Brooklyn, New York; and Alana
Harrison of Brooklyn; one grandchild, Harrison
Cevasco; five sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held in August at the Blossom Hill
Cemetery in Concord, New Hampshire. Memorial
donations may be made to the Ocean Conservancy, 1300
19th Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC 20036.
Harrod, Carroll D.
Carroll D. Harrod, 88, died February 1, 2010, at
his home. He was born in Grand Ledge, Mich., and
lived in Vero Beach for 14 years, coming from Elk
Rapids, Michigan. He attended DePauw University in
Greencastle, Indiana, and later attended General
Motors Technical Institute in Flint, Michigan Before
retirement, he was employed with the GMC Oldsmobile
Division as National Owner Relations Manager and
later as the Chicago Zone Business Management
Manager. Upon leaving General Motors, he entered the
real estate business and was employed by Key Reality
Inc. in Grand Ledge.
He served in the Army during World War II and the
Korean War and was awarded the Silver Star with
cluster, Purple Heart with cluster, the Bronze Star
and Prisoner of War Medal. Captain Harrod was Battalion
Liaison officer in the 49th Field Artillery
Battalion when he was captured by the Chinese north
of Hoengsong, Korea on February 22, 1951. He
later escaped and was returned to US military
control on March 12, 1951.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of
Vero Beach. He was a member of the Retired Officers
Association and a life member of Disabled American
Veterans Association and the Masonic Lodge 179 F&AM
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; daughters,
Carol Lee Broker of Woodstock, Illinois, Catherine
Ann Draper of Tucson, Arizona, and Christine Mary
Sims of Phoenix; son, Steven Paul Harrod of Grand
Rapids, Michigan; stepdaughter, Anne Lynch of Lake
Placid; stepson, Robert Howenstine of St. Simon's
Island, Georgia; 12 grandchildren; and 16
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
first wife, Dorothy, in 1972.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. February 4
at the First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach with
Dr. G. Timothy Womack and the Rev. Dr. George
Earnshaw officiating. Interment will be in Arlington
National Cemetery in Virginia. Arrangements are by
Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory in Vero Beach.
Hartmann, Freeman Albert
Freeman Albert Hartmann, 86, of Belleville,
Illinois, born Tuesday, June 9, 1936, in Baldwin,
Illinois, passed away Friday, August 26, 2022, at
Memorial Hospital in Belleville.
Freeman worked as a meat cutter at Dehne's
Supermarket in Baldwin for many years before working
for Schnucks for 25 years. He was a proud Air Force
Veteran who served in the Korean War. He was a
member of the American Legion in Baldwin, and the
Red Bud Jay Cee's for many years. He was a huge St.
Louis Cardinal's fan who loved watching the games
both at home and in person.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and
Elizabeth Guebert Hartmann; son-in-law, Troy Guebert;
brothers, Oliver Hartmann, Gilbert Hartmann, Paul
Hartmann, LeRoy Hartmann and Richard Hartmann;
brother-in-law, Karnal Phegley.
Surviving are his wife, Nancy Elizabeth Dix
Hartmann of Belleville; daughters, Tracy (Keith)
Burmester of Red Bud, Illinois and Toni (Wayne)
Liefer of Red Bud; brother, Don (Shirley) Hartmann
of Chester, Illinois; sisters, Elizabeth Phegley of
Baldwin, Vera (Kenny) Kern of Salem, Illinois;
grandchildren, Kayla, Brittney, Keri, Trenton,
Trysta and Haley; great-grandson, William T.J.
Guebert, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Express condolences at
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the American
Diabetes Association or Emmanuel Nazarene Church.
Visitation: Visitation from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm,
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at Kurrus Funeral Home in
Belleville, and Visitation from 11:00 - 11:30 am,
Thursday, September 1, 2022 at Kurrus Funeral Home.
Hartzel, Charles J.
Our father and husband died on June 14, 1987, in Pensacola, Florida. He was a veteran of World War II and Korea. He served in the Pacific
Theater of operations from December 7, 1941 to July 1, 1944. He was attached to Company E, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He
fought in campaigns in New Guinea, where he and some of his men were cut off from their company. He and his men stood their ground and fought off Japanese
attacks while securing the position they had been ordered to take and hold. He did this without the loss of a single man. He was awarded the Bronze
Star for this action. After the New Guinea campaign, he took part in the invasion of Leyte. He returned home in 1945.
In 1952 our Dad was again asked to go to war when he was assigned to the 176th Armored Field Artillery, Battery C, Pennsylvania National Guard. After
Korea he came home to his family and tried to lead as normal a life as possible. He retired from the US ARMY in 1961 with 20 years of service. During that
time he was awarded the following citations:
- Bronze Star Medal (while assigned to the 34th Infantry regiment, 24th Infantry Division, on or about 15 February 1945)
- Combat Infantryman Badge
- Good Conduct Medal with 3 Loops
- American Defense Service Medal with Clasp
- World War II Victory Medal
- Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal with 2 service stars
- Korean Service Medal with 3 service stars
- Republic of Korea Presidential Citation
- Meritorious Unit Citation
- National Defense Service Medal
- United nations Service Medal
He was truly a hero, as all men and women who went through and suffered the pains of war are. To paraphrase a saying from the Greatest Generation, "When
these men and women arrive in heaven and meet St Peter, they can truly say, 'Another warrior reporting, Sir. I have served my time in hell.'"
May they all find comfort and rest in peace.
Sincerely, the sons of Charles J. Hartzel
Harvey, Julian Arthur
Capt. Julian Arthur Harvey, 44, died on November
17, 1961 in Miami, Florida. He was born on
March 01, 1917 in Manhattan, New York.
Before enlisting in the Air Force, Harvey worked
as a model for the John Roberts Powers Agency.
Harvey flew the B-24D, Hellsadroppin', on
Operation Tidal Wave to Ploesti, Romania, and was
forced to return to base during after suffering
engine failure 35 minutes into the mission on August
1, 1943. He flew a total of 29 combat missions with
the 93rd Bomb Group. Harvey remained in the Air
Force after the war, qualifying to fly fighter
aircraft on bombing missions. He took part in 114
fighter-bomber missions during the Korean War. He
was medically discharged from the Air Force in 1958
with the rank of Major.
He was married six times. Two of his wives
were Joan Marie Boylan Harvey (1925-1949), whom he
married in 1945, and Mary Dene Jordan Smith Harvey
(1927-1961), whom he married on July 21, 1961 in Tia
Juana, Mexico. He had a daughter, Blanche B.
Harvey, and a son.
Captain Harvey had numerous court actions against
him. In 1961 he was accused of horrifically murdering three
adults (including his wife) and two children in the
Bluebell yacht. Another child was left
to die on the sinking ship, but she was found
several days later floating on a raft and close to
death. Harvey committed suicide
after learning that the 11-year old girl had
survived. He was buried at sea.
Calvin "Cal" Lee Harwell, 93, of Red Bud,
Illinois, formerly of Cahokia, Illinois, born
February 5, 1929 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, died
Thursday, October 6, 2022 at his residence.
Cal was retired from the I. B.E.W., Local 1 of
St. Louis, Missouri. He was a Korean War U.S. Army
veteran and a member and past Commander of V.F.W.
Post 1699 of Cahokia.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia
Nachtweih Harwell and three sisters, Annabelle,
Doris, and Easter.
Surviving are his children, Karen (Ron) Morse of
Arizona, Kevin Harwell of Waterloo, Illinois, and
Susan (Donald Lange) Harwell of Red Bud, Illinois; a
brother, Donald Harwell of Washington; a sister,
Shirley Rulo of Missouri; five grandchildren,
Brittany, Whitney (Dirk), Jeffrey (Lydia), Rose
(Steve), and Carson; and nine great grandchildren,
Madelyn, Vivian, Gage, Mason, Genesis, Lucious,
Trinity, Hunter, and Brian. He was also a dear
brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, and friend.
Condolences may be expressed online at
braunfh.com. Memorials may be made to St. John the
Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud, Illinois.
Friends may visit from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday,
October 11, 2022 at Braun Family Funeral Home,
Columbia, Illinois. Funeral services will be held at
12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at the
funeral home. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks
National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.
Published by Belleville News-Democrat on Oct.
Hastings, Kester Lovejoy
Kester Lovejoy Hastings was born in Lewiston,
Idaho, March 20, 1897. He graduated from the U.S.
Military Academy on November 1, 1918, and was
appointed as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. His
first assignment was with the Infantry Machine Gun
Center at Camp Hancock, Georgia.
He joined the Third Infantry Division with the
Army of Occupation in Germany and in 1919 and later
was tasked to settle World War I claims in Paris. In
1920, he became a senior instructor for the first
West Point Preparatory School at Camp Grant,
Illinois and later was assigned to duty as an
adjutant at Fort Wayne, Michigan.
From 1925-26, Hastings was a student at the
Signal School. He then joined the Fourth Infantry at
Fort Wright, Spokane, Washington. In 1929, he was
transferred to the 27th Infantry where he commanded
the machine gun company until he became adjutant at
Kilauea Military Camp, Hawaii. He later was
assistant provost marshal for the Hawaiian
From 1931-32, he was a student at the
Quartermaster School at Philadelphia. He was then
assigned to the Army Medical Center in Washington,
DC. He was transferred to the Quartermaster Corps
August 15, 1934.
Hastings graduated from the Army Industrial
College in 1936 and from the Command and General
Staff School in 1937. He then was assigned to Fort
Douglas Utah and the Ogden Ordnance Depot as a
construction Quartermaster. In the fall of 1940, he
joined the Construction Division, Office of the
Quartermaster General, where he was in charge of the
operational construction of camps and industrial
facilities in the United States.
In October 1941, Hastings was appointed assistant
to the quartermaster at the Army War College. In
March 1942, became executive officer of the
Personnel Division in the Office of the
Quartermaster General. In January 1944, he was named
deputy director of the Military Personal Branch of
the Personnel Division and in January 1947, was
designated chief of the Personal and Training
Division in that office. During 1948, he was placed
in charge of the Memorial Division.
In May 1949, General Hastings became
Quartermaster of the Far East Command and was
stationed in Tokyo, Japan. During the Korean War he
was responsible for planning air drop of supplies to
beleaguered Allied troops, oversaw the return of
remains of servicemen and expedited the the supply
of food, clothing, petroleum and other materials to
the combat forces. He was awarded the Silver Star
for personal gallantry in Korea. His citation for
this award reads:
BG Kester L. Hastings, QM of the Far East Command
was recently awarded the Silver Star for gallantry
in action during the early stages of the Korean
Campaign. In the words of the citation, General
Hastings "voluntarily, and with complete disregard
for his safety, made daring trips through areas
under constant guerilla attack to obtain an accurate
estimate of the situation vital to solving many
complex problems that occur in logistical support
during such critical periods. His presence in the
forward areas under constant threat of enemy air
attack and fire inspired personnel of the
Quartermaster Corps to greater achievements and was
a contributing factor in resolving supply problems,
thus aiding united Nations' forces in the subsequent
launching of a counteroffensive. General Hastings
through his valor and tireless devotion to duty,
reflected great credit on himself and upheld the
highest traditions of the military service." - From
QM Review Magazine, January-February 1951 Personnel
notes, Page 64
In October 1952, he was named as the Deputy
Quartermaster General. General Hastings became
Quartermaster General on February 5, 1954. He
retired after 38 year of service in 1957 at the end
of his tour as Quartermaster General.
Major General Hastings died on May 31, 1983 and
is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Section
30 Site 530 Rh.
Lewis E. "Gene" Hastings was born on January 21,
1934, and left this earth for heaven on Tuesday,
January 27, 2015. God gave him a very full and
enriching 81 years of life.
Gene was the son of Charles and Vivian Cronkhite,
who both preceded him in death. Also preceding him
in death were two wives: Betty, to whom he was
married 10 years, and Mary, to whom he was married a
total of 43 years. Gene and Mary lost their first
child, Michael, when he was three months old.
Surviving Gene was a family who loved him very
much. He and Mary had three surviving children,
Linda (Greg) Scott, Dave (Susan) Hastings and Scott
(Kelly) Hastings. From those children there are
seven grandchildren, Joshua (Kayla) Copas, Jennifer
(Andy) Jones, Kyle (Hannah) Hastings, Kirk (Ameillia)
Hastings, Koby Hastings, Alex Hastings and Jory
(William) Gosnell. From these grandchildren there
are five great-grandchildren, Gage, Gatlin, Delilah,
Daphne and Kayden. A sixth great-grandchild is
expected in March of this year. Gene is also
survived by a sister, Sandra, and several nieces and
In 1951, Gene graduated from Danville High School
and shortly thereafter joined the U.S. Air Force
during the Korean War. He went to boot camp at
Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, then
was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver to
become a radar specialist for the F94C aircraft. As
Gene would often say, "Our job was to keep the
Communists out of our airspace, and if they tried to
enter our airspace my radar was going to help shoot
their butts out of the sky." Much of the testing of
this new radar system was conducted at Cape Cod at
the Otis Air Force Base. Gene was very humbled and
proud of his service to our country and received an
honorable discharge as an airman first class.
After his military service, Gene went to work at
the Veterans Administration Hospital in Danville
where he was a nursing assistant for eight years. He
used that job as an opportunity to wait for his real
passion as a master electrician in the maintenance
department of the VA. All who ever worked with him
admired his meticulous attention to detail in his
job. He served in this capacity for 33 years until
his retirement in 1991.
Gene had many passions throughout life, most of
which he shared with his family and his many
friends. In earlier years he was an avid fisherman,
on the bank waiting on the big catfish or in the
boat hoping for the largemouth bass. He was a legend
at card playing, amazing friends with his tricks,
especially the famous "Little Joe." His poker
buddies would bemoan him winning their money, of
which the earnings usually paid for his entire year
of golf memberships at local courses.
Speaking of golf, few people in the world can
ever say they had a hole-in-one. Gene had four! He
was perennially one of the best players at the
Veterans Hospital Course, almost always winning the
employee league he started and organized, as well as
representing the course at annual interclub contests
between local courses. But of all the golf
accolades, his most proud was the thousands of hours
spent on the course with his father and two sons. As
Scott so aptly puts it, "The man could hit a flop
shot with any club in the bag."
On a cold winter evening, just after Christmas in
2006, Gene gave his life to Jesus Christ. He and his
father were baptized together that night. Since then
Gene always believed that his hope of eternity
rested in the forgiveness of Jesus. He now enjoys
that gift. Gene was a member of the Second Church of
Christ in Danville and the Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons of the State of Illinois.
Memorials may be made to Baptist Health
Foundation - Palliative Care Fund, 4000 Kresge Way,
Louisville, KY 40207-9897. A celebration of life
will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Sunset
Funeral Home and Cremation Center, a life
celebration home in Danville. Burial will follow in
Sunset Memorial Park.
George Hatcher passed away on December 15, 2004.
Hauert, Robert K.
Robert died March 15, 2023.
Hausmann, Charles J.
Charles J. Hausmann, 81, of Urbana, formerly of Sullivan, died 5:30 p.m. Thursday (January 19, 2012) in the Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the St. Columcille Catholic Church, Sullivan with Fr. John Sohm celebrant. Rite of Committal
and Burial will be in the St. Isidore Cemetery, Bethany with military rites conducted by the Sullivan American Legion Post #68. Visitation will be from
5 - 7 p.m. Monday at the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.
Mr. Hausmann was born January 7, 1931 in Tuscola, Illinois, the son of George and Louise Karcher Hausmann. Charlie was a retired farmer and along with
his wife, Ruth Ann, they owned and operated the Sears Catalog Store in Sullivan for many years. He was a member of the St. Columcille Catholic Church, and
had been a member of the Sullivan Ambucs, the Tuscola Pinochle Club and the Arthur Group.
Charlie was an Army veteran serving from 1952 until he was injured in 1953 in Korea as Sgt. 1C with the Tuscola unit, Company 3, 123rd Infantry, 44th
Division of the Illinois National Guard.
Charlie married Ruth Ann Odum on December 26, 1953 in Tuscola and she preceded him in death on August 12, 1998. He then married Dorothy Morris on July
8, 2000 in Monticello, IL and she survives. Also surviving is his daughter, Leanne (Tom) Fitzgerald of Bethany; grandsons, J. C. (Sarah) Fitzgerald of Lovington,
Dr. Ryan Fitzgerald of Akron, OH; great-granddaughter, Ellie Fitzgerald; sisters, Irma (Ray) Wait of Urbana, Joan (Bob) Alkire of Phoenix, AZ, Paulette
(John) Kavadas of Manchester, MO; sister-in-law, Nancy Boros of Hilton Head, SC; step-children, Mike (Joy) Morris of Monticello, Richard Morris of Franklin,
TN, Connie (Dave) Thompson of Monticello, Kathy (Pat) Weber of Monticello; step-grandchildren, Megan (Devin) Shelton of Champaign, Paul Thompson of Monticello,
Tyler Weber of Monticello, Justin Weber of Monticello, Brooke (Rory) Wright of Monticello, Paul (Kali) Loggins of Champaign, Anjanette and Nicolas Loggins,
both of Champaign; step great-granddaughter, Carolina Shelton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Ruth Ann, brother Marcian and an infant brother, George.
Havelaar, Marion H. "Curly"
Marion H. "Curly" Havelaar, 86, LTC., U.S.A.F. Retired, passed away July 26, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. He passed peacefully at his home in
Arlington, Texas surrounded by his wife Patsy and close family members.
Marion and Patsy were married 66 years ago in Ardmore, Oklahoma while Marion was in training before being deployed to fly combat missions for the U.S.
Army Air Corps during WWII. Marion served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII and later with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and during the Vietnam
War. He served his country for 29 years before retiring as a Lt. Col. with the U.S. Air Force. His career was long and illustrious including assignments
flying B-17 and B-29 combat missions in Europe during WWII and over Korea during the Korean War. His career included assignments flying F-89 and F-101 fighter
interceptors while with the Air Defense Command from the 1950's through the 1960's.
George Hawkins, 89 years old, was a resident of
Unique Rehabilitation and Health Center, Washington,
DC when he was rushed to MedStar Washington Hospital
Center. He died of coronavirus on April 2,
2020. He was a Korean War veteran.
Healy, Alfred Thomas
Alfred Thomas Healy, age 91, of Holyoke, passed
away on Friday April 10, 2020 at the Holyoke
Soldiers’ Home. Al was born in Holyoke, son of the
late David and Agnes (O’Connor) Healy, and was a
1945 graduate of the former Sacred Heart High
School. He was a United States Army Veteran of the
Korean War, serving from 1950 to 1952 and was a
recipient of the Bronze Star. Al worked for the
United States Postal Service for 34 years, retiring
as Post Master of the Northampton Post Office. After
retirement, Al worked for 10 years as a Payroll
Supervisor for the Holyoke Public School System. He
was a communicant of St. Jerome Parish and a member
of Holyoke Lodge of Elks #902. Al is survived by his
wife of 67 years Connie (McCearn) Healy; two
daughters: Eileen M. Driscoll and her husband Jay of
Holyoke, and Patricia A. Creran and her husband Dave
of Holyoke; three grandchildren: Nora McMahon and
her husband Joseph, John J. Driscoll III, and
Kathleen Driscoll-Spaulding and her husband Matt;
four great-grandchildren: Lucy and Owen Spaulding,
and Erin and Connie McMahon. Al was predeceased by a
son-in-law, Robert Legnard and a brother, John
Healy. All services will be private at this time. A
Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.
Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home is handling
arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to the Holyoke Soldier’s
Home Recreation Fund, c/o Margaret Feyre, 110 Cherry
St. Holyoke MA 01040.
Heatherly, James "Jim" Sr.
M. James "Jim" Heatherly, Sr., 90, of Albers,
Illinois, born Monday, June 29, 1;931, in East St.
Louis, Illinois, passed away Monday, August 23, 2021
at his residence. Jim was a General Contractor
and a member of Zion United Church of Christ in New
Baden, Illinois; Gothic Lodge #852 A.F. & A.M.; past
Worshipful Master 1986, Scottish Rite Bodies; Past
Commander and Chief 1999-2001; received Honorary 33
Degree in 1993, Ainad Shrine, Ritualistic Cast,
DeMolay, Sword of Bunkers Hill; Past Patron Rob
Morris Chapter #98 O.E.S.; Kentucky Lake Yacht Club
Commodore 1985; and American Legion Post 1026,
Albers, Illinois. He was a Korean War Air
Jim was a great teller of jokes; loved playing
hold'em poker. His hobbies included
motorcycles, and boats. He was the Captain of
the "Classy Lady" and cruised the lakes, rivers and
Gulf of Mexico with his first mate, "Shirl the
He was preceded in death by his son, Myrel "Jimi"
Heatherly, Jr.; parents, Russell M. and Sadie
Katherine Bivens Heatherly; brother, Larry D.
Heatherly; and sister, Sharon Anderson.
Surviving are his wife, Shirlee Stimson Heatherly of
Albers; son, Russell William (Angela) Heatherly of
Naples, Florida; grandchildren, Jennifer A. (Ricky)
Conklin, Brooks (Intii) Heatherly, Darren (Julian)
Heatherly and Shelby Heatherly; great grandchildren,
Leah Conklin, Jacob Conklin and Drake Heatherly;
brother-in-law, Bill (Peggy) Stimson of O'Fallon,
Illinois; sister-in-law, Elaine Heatherly of
Columbia, Illinois; dear nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Friday,
August 27, 2021 at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Rev.
Stephen Stark officiating. Interment followed
at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights,
Illinois. Memorials may be made to the
Shriner's Hospital for Children. - Published by
Belleville News-Democrat on August 26, 2021
Heckelman, Theodore H. "Ted"
Theodore (Ted) H. Heckelman, age 79 of Bellingham, Washington is at home with the Lord. He passed on Saturday May 23, 2009 at St. Joseph Hospital with
his loving family at his side.
Ted was born June 25th 1929 in Norwalk, Ohio to the late Henry and Ella (Aust) Heckelman. He grew up attending local schools there, where at an early
age he met the love of his life Shirley Oberg. In spite of that early distraction, Ted joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1948. He was a member of the 1st
Provisional Marine Division, 1st Marine Brigade, serving in major battles in the Korean War. He fought courageously while in Korea with many meritorious
efforts, but most notably at the murderous battle of Chosin Reservoir. Ted received two bronze stars with V for valor, and for his Valor was inducted into
the Ohio Military Hall of Fame in April 2008.
Ted married his childhood sweetheart Shirley Oberg in 1951. Following his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in 1952, he attended college and
earned his Bachelors of Science degree in business accounting. A devoted family and business man, he worked for Chrysler Corporation for 31 years. Ted was
key in establishing the nationwide network of Chrysler Parts Depots, moving his family endlessly in that pursuit prior to his retirement from Chrysler in
Arriving in Bellingham in 1990, he continued his life work as Financial Controller for the Lummi Indian Business Council from 1991-1996. Finally retired,
his affection for Bellingham and his friends only increased. He faithfully served as Santa Claus each Christmas from his lighted and festive home on James
St. Court, distributing candy canes and Christmas blessings to countless children and families. Ted enjoyed gardening and yard work, playing bingo and solitaire,
local casinos, and traveling cross-country with his family. He had friends all over the country and enjoyed keeping in touch with them. Ted loved his country
as a very proud Marine and American, but especially loved his family and the Lord. He enjoyed life and never took it for granted.
Ted is survived by his wife of 58 years and family – daughters and husbands, Jodi and Scott Stewart of Norwalk, Ohio, Jill and John Lettow of Wasilla,
Alaska, grandsons Jonathan and Jacob Lettow of Wasilla, brother and wife Tom and Nancy Heckelman of Norwalk, Ohio, and sister JoAnn Flew of Norwalk, Ohio.
He was proceeded in death by his parents and sister Edith Heckelman.
A memorial service took place at Jern’s Funeral Chapel at 1 PM on Wednesday May 27, 2009. Memorial contributions may be made to the “Injured Marine
Semper Fi Fund” at www.semperfifund.org or similar charity of your choice.
Hedges, William R. "Bill"
Funeral service for LTC (Retired) William R.
“Bill” Hedges, 94, Lawton, Oklahoma, will be 10:00
a.m. Friday, October 18, in the Becker-Rabon Funeral
Home Chapel with Rev. Leonard Reimer, Chaplain,
Promise Care Hospice officiating. Burial with
full military honors will be in Sunset Memorial
Colonel Hedges died Monday, October 14, 2013 at
his residence. He was born January 13, 1919 in
Bradley, Oklahoma, to Frank E. and Esther Lee
(Yates) Hedges. He married Geneva Monkres on
November 9, 1940 at Anadarko. She preceded him in
death on February 12, 1984. He later married Dorothy
Makowski on September 5, 1991 in Lawton.
He enlisted in the Chickasha Unit of the 45th
Infantry Division in 1935 and served throughout
World War II with that unit. He enlisted in the
regular army in 1946 and received a battlefield
commission in 1950 while in Korea with the 2nd
Division. He was awarded the Silver Star and two
Bronze Stars for gallantry and valor as well as the
Army Commendation Medal. He also earned the American
Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal,
Korean Service Medal with 5 campaigns, Republic of
Korea Presidential Unit Citation Badge, Presidential
Unit Citation, European African Middle Eastern
Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal,
United Nations Service Medal, Army of Occupation
Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. He retired
from the U.S. Army as a Major in 1963 after 27 years
of service and later retired as a LTC from the U.S.
Army Reserves in 1973. In 1985 he retired from
Federal Civil Service with the U.S. Army Reserve
Center on Cache Road.
He was a life member of the 45th Infantry
Division Association, VFW Post 5263 and the DAV. He
enjoyed golf and attending OU Football games.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; a
daughter, Catherine Lynn Abercrombie and husband
Don, Lawton; a step daughter, Kimberly Hotella and
husband Vernon, Cache; two grandchildren, Erin
Darché and husband Luke, Biloxi, Mississippi, and
Marc Abercrombie, Irving, Texas; a great grandson,
Jackson Darché; two step grandchildren, Ashley
Johnson and husband Derek, Cache, and Jeremy Smith,
Oklahoma City; four step great grandchildren, Landon
and Layne Johnson and Keeley and Zayden Smith.
A son, Larry Nathan Hedges, preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to the OU
Football Scholarship Fund, VFW Post 5263 or Promise
Heerema, Wallace G.
Heerema, Wallace G. (Uncle Wally) of West
Milford, New Jersey, died on Thursday April 2, 2020
due to complications caused by COVID-19 infection.
He was 90. He grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
After graduating from Ridgewood High School he
joined the Army and served in Korea. After his
discharge, he and his parents moved to Ramsey, New
Jersey, where he lived until moving to West Milford
in 2006. He worked for Pinkerton and Ramsey Taxi. He
loved to drive and thoroughly enjoyed his fares to
the area airports. He moved to assisted living in
West Milford where he was known to everyone as Uncle
Wally. He knew everyone there and they all knew him.
He loved to watch baseball and old movies and could
remember the birthdays of his four nephews and two
nieces as well as his four great nephews and two
great nieces. He was always a part of holidays and
birthday celebrations. He spent his last two years
at Milford Manor where he was extremely well cared
for. He is survived by his brother John Heerema and
his sister-in-law Virginia Heerema, four nephews and
a niece, four great nephews, two great nieces and
two great great nephews and a great great niece.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Richards Funeral Home in
Hehner, Walter K. Jr.
Walter K. Hehner, Jr., 90, of West Frankfort,
Illinois passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April
19, 2023 at 8:01 a.m. in Marion, Illinois.
Mr. Hehner was born on August 17, 1932 in Old Du
Quoin, Illinois. He was the son of the late Walter
K. Hehner, Sr. and Lily (née Box) Hehner of
Christopher, Illinois. Mr. Hehner was a 1950
graduate of Christopher Community High School in
Christopher, Illinois. Three days after his high
school graduation, he enlisted in the United States
Marine Corps and rose to the rank of Captain after
20 of years of service. He served one combat tour in
Korea and two combat tours in Vietnam. Of the many
military decorations that he was awarded, he was a
recipient of the Purple Heart and Navy Commendation
Medal with Combat “V” (for Valor.)
After retirement from the military, he continued
his service to veterans by working at the Department
of Veterans Administration Medical Center in Marion,
Illinois. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran
Church, a founding member of the Veterans of Foreign
Wars Chapter in West Frankfort, and a 50 year member
of The Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rites.
He is survived by his loving devoted military wife
of 68 years, Irene L. (née Morthland) Hehner of West
Frankfort, Illinois, two children, son Walter Hehner
(wife Barbara) and daughter Karla Hehner, and three
wonderful granddaughters, Theresa Hehner, Jennifer
(née Hehner) Reeder (husband Robby), and Katherine
Services were held at 2:00p.m. in the Union Funeral
Home, 213 E. Oak Street, West Frankfort, Illinois on
Friday, April 28, 2023. Visitation began at 12 noon
until 2 p.m. Masonic Rites were conducted at
12:30p.m. by the Masonic Lodge 567 of West
Frankfort. Military honors were accorded by the
members of the American Legion Post 1961 of Orient,
American Legion Post 117 of Zeigler, and the U.S.
Marine Honor Guard from St. Louis, Missouri. Burial
was at Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton,
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be
made to either Wounded Warriors Project or Shriners
Children’s Hospital. Envelopes will be available and
accepted at the funeral home.
Most importantly, the family wishes that Captain
Hehner be honored by everyone appreciating this
country, respecting the American flag, and thanking
all members of the military, law enforcement, and
first responders which they may encounter on a daily
Heiligenstein, Bernard G. "Barney"
Bernard G. Heiligenstein, 93 of Carlyle, passed
away on Monday, October 3, 2022, at Trenton Village
in Trenton, Illinois.
Mr. Heiligenstein was born in Freeburg, Illinois
on October 17, 1928, a son of the late F.X. and Ida
Sintzel Heiligenstein. He married Lois A. Rix on
June 14, 1958, and she preceded him in death on May
Barney is survived by two daughters - Sarah
Buckles and husband Jim, and Muzette Heiligenstein,
all of Breese, Illinois; two sons - Joseph
Heiligenstein and wife Ann of Trenton and Steve
Heiligenstein and wife Susan of rural Carlyle; and
six grandchildren - Corinne Buckles, Wren and Piper
Heiligenstein, Alayna Brandmeyer, and Sylvia and
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois
Heiligenstein; his parents, F.X. and Ida
Heiligenstein; a son - Thomas Heiligenstein on April
23, 1994; three brothers, Rev. F.X. Heiligenstein,
John Heiligenstein, and Joseph "Toby" Heiligenstein;
and four sisters, Marie Wolf, Gertrude Shoemaker,
Helen Voellinger, and Magdalen Janssen.
Barney's wit and wisdom allowed him to tell tales
about the remarkable life he lived. While attending
Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, he
pitched for the Salukis baseball team. After a stint
in the minor leagues, he joined the United States
Air Force. Captain Heiligenstein went on to be a
flight instructor during the Korean War.
Barney graduated from St. Louis University School
of Law and worked as an attorney in Carlyle for over
50 years. He served on the Mater Dei High School
board and was instrumental in creating the Mater Dei
Foundation. He also served as a volunteer fireman
and later trustee for the Carlyle Fire Protection
District. Mr. Heiligenstein was a member of St. Mary
Church in Carlyle and Carlyle Knights of Columbus
Council 1382. He had many hobbies and interests,
including hunting and fishing, golfing, and
following Mater Dei High School sports.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at
10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at St. Mary's
Church in Carlyle, with Fr. George Mauck, celebrant.
Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in
Carlyle. Visitation will be held at St. Mary's
Church in Carlyle on Monday, October 10, 2022, from
4:00 – 7:00 PM, and on Tuesday, October 11, from
8:30 – 11:00 AM. Expressions of sympathy in memory
of Mr. Heiligenstein are suggested to the Mater Dei
Foundation. Donations will be received through
Zieren Funeral Home, 1111 Clinton Street, Carlyle,
IL 62231. Online condolences may be shared at
Published by Belleville News-Democrat on
October 7, 2022.
Hembrey, Golden Wes
Golden Wes Hembrey, age 94, of Monette, Arkansas,
died Friday, December 10, 2021, in Monette from
injuries received during a tornado. Born in Mt.
Vernon, Arkansas on March 08, 1927, he was a son of
John E. Hembrey (1884-1953) and Edna M. Taylor
Hembrey (1902-1990). He was raised in Arbyrd,
Missouri and had lived most of his life in the
Leachville and Monette areas. Golden was a U. S.
Army Veteran of the Korean War and was a retired
In addition to his parents he was preceded in
death by his wife, Virginia Garrett Hembrey; three
brothers, Charlie Hembrey, Roy Hembrey, and George
Hembrey; and a sister, Nellie Tabor. Golden is
survived by two brothers: James Hembrey of
Paragould, and Jimmie Hembrey of Monette.
A funeral service was held at 2:00 P. M. Wednesday,
December 15, 2021, in the Howard Funeral Service
Chapel in Leachville. Burial with Military Honors
followed in the Cardwell Cemetery.
Hemmer, Jerome "Jerry" O.
Jerome "Jerry" O. Hemmer, 89, of Belleville,
Ilinois, born July 27, 1932, in Belleville, died
Saturday, January 29, 2022, at Anderson Hospital,
Mr. Hemmer was a self-employed insurance broker
before retirement. He was a sergeant in the United
States Marine Corps and served in the Korean War. He
was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church,
Belleville, and treasurer of the Diocesan counsel of
Catholic men. Jerry was also former president of the
United Youth of Belleville, former president of the
Belleville Optimist Club, past chairman of the
Belleville Zoning Board, past alderman for the City
of Belleville, former vice president of Turkey Hill
Grange, and on the board at the YMCA. He enjoyed
gardening, fishing at the South 40, and coaching at
the Khoury League.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years,
Lois L. Burke Hemmer, whom he married on October 15,
1955; a son, Thomas Hemmer, in infancy; four
brothers, Clem, Roger, Joseph and Jack Hemmer; a
sister, Rita Rittenhouse; a brother-in-law, James
Burke; and Dolores Barbachem who became his second
He is survived by four sons, David J. (Susan E.)
Hemmer of Fairview Heights, Illinois, Robert N.
(Liz) Hemmer of Fairview Heights, William G. (Cindy)
Hemmer of Tuscola, Illinois, and Jeffrey C. (Ganga)
Hemmer of Boulder Creek, California; one daughter,
Nancy M. (Brian) Mayo of Collinsville, Illinois;
nine grandchildren, Natalie (Zach) Schultz, Lindsey
(Joe Faulstich) Hemmer, Sarah Hemmer, Reuben Hemmer,
Sofia Hemmer, Rebecca Hemmer, Allison Hemmer,
Christina Holland, and Clay Mayo; five
great-grandchildren, Evelyn Schultz, Cal Schultz,
Lorelei Schultz, Brodie Bieser, and Ryleigh Bieser;
a brother, James (Shirley) Hemmer; a sister-in-law,
Linda Burke of West Frankfort, Illinois; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the
Althoff Catholic High School or a blood donation or
monetary donation to the American Red Cross. A Mass
of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Friday,
February 11, 2022, at St. Henry Catholic Church,
Belleville, with Fr. Kenneth York officiating.
Burial will be at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery,
Hems, Fred Bennett
Fred Bennett Hems, Sr. age 81, BHS Class of ’48, went to meet his heavenly Father on June 24th, 2012, after a long illness, with his much loved family at
his side. He was absolutely devoted to his wife and children.
Surviving him is his soul mate, his friend, his beloved wife to whom he would have
been married for 60 years this August 10th, retired L.P.N., Irene Anna Larrisey Hems and their children; Cathy Ann Shull [Christopher], Fred Bennett Hems,
Jr., Wayne Richard Hems, Sr. [Nancy], all of Bristol; Jane H. Dugan [Leonard] of Monroeton, PA, and Renee H. Hems of Croydon. Also surviving are his brother,
WWII and Korean 6th Marine Corps division veteran Roland J. Hems of Bristol .
He will be sorely missed by his grandchildren; Amy True Weber, Rose Hems
Buckingham, Erin Dugan Borick, Jenna Hems, Kelly Dugan Hartigan, Jenna Hems, Haley Schools, Chelsea Schools, and his ten great-grandchildren.
Fred was preceded in death by his two brothers, Ellsworth C. Hems (twin) and Elwood A. Hems; a sister, June Smith; a grandson, Wayne Hems Jr.; and his
much loved son-in-law, Lucio DeVito, MD.
Marine Corporal Fred was known as a “live wire” and for his teamwork, discipline, leadership and good sportsmanship.
Machine gunner “Freddie B” was a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” recipient for heroic achievement and conspicuous gallantry, a U.S. Marine
Corps veteran of the 6th Task Fleet and Cold War 58 –59 veteran. He valiantly earned a Korean Service Medal and a National Defense Service Medal, and a
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. Fred was most proud of his USMC Sharpshooter Rifle Badge and of being an Eagle Scout, the highest advancement
rank in Scouting. He was also a longtime member of the American Legion.
After the Korean War, Fred joined the Army Reserves in Bristol and at the Nike
He was a Bristol Borough water meter reader for 27 years after achieving a G.I. Bill apprentice position as a Levittown Times printer's devil and compositor.
Fred first saw the young Irene, his future wife while she was working at the Mill Street “Strauss” soda fountain and said to himself, “I’m going to marry
Fred and Irene, both open-heart surgery patients, shared their joint hobby of researching history books, scouring graveyards and piecing together
history, and especially of his unrelenting endorsement to “Thank the Veteran”, as he selflessly boosted Bristol Borough.
“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men have died to win them.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
He had a real passion for serving his community and it was the simple things around him in life that he never took for granted.
At one time, Fred campaigned for a Borough Council position as the “Working Man’s Friend” and he was most “instrumental” in securing the $20,000 grant to
revive the Bracken “Cavaliers” Junior Drum and Bugle Cadet Corps.
The Fred B. Hems family sincerely thanks the Helping Hands and First Light and his tireless
caretakers, his son, Fred B., Jr.; daughter, Cathy Ann, and granddaughter, Amy.
Fred was a man of strong faith and firmly believed in the power and strength and the beauty and peace that would await him after his passing. He lived
and died in a small town, where everybody knows your name, and Corporal Fred B. Hems has left an indelible mark, a legacy for his family and those that
“Be sincere; be brief; be seated”. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service at 10 a.m. on Friday,
June 29 at the Carter Funeral Home, 314 Cedar St., Bristol, where the viewing will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday. Interment will be in Bristol Cemetery. Carter
Funeral Home, Bristol.
Henderson, Frank E. "Rudy"
HILL CITY- Frank E. “Rudy” Henderson died
peacefully on December 28, 2012. A passionate and
larger-than-life figure, he influenced his family,
the military, the law, and the State of South Dakota
for over eight decades.
Justice Henderson was born in Miller, South
Dakota on April 7, 1928 to Frank Henderson II, a
railroad worker, and Hilda Bogstad Henderson, a
recent immigrant from Norway. He grew to be a three
sport letterman for the Miller Rustlers and
All-State athlete in basketball, football and track.
He attended the University of South Dakota on a
basketball scholarship where he also competed in
track and field and football. He was a member of Phi
Delta Theta fraternity. He completed law school at
USD, then immediately left to serve in the United
The Korean War was to have a profound impact on
Justice Henderson. He served as an officer, and
never forgot the pain of a war which left many of
his troops behind. He received a Bronze Star.
He remained a strong patriot throughout life, with
ties to the American Legion, the Disabled American
Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Upon his return from Korea, Henderson began law
practice in Rapid City where he was a trial attorney
for several years. Later, he moved his office to
Hill City where the Henderson family came to reside.
He twice served as State Senator for Pennington
County, and served as a U.S. Commissioner. In the
seventies, Henderson became a Circuit Court Judge.
As Judge, he sat on the benches of Pennington,
Custer and Fall River Counties. In 1979, Judge
Henderson became Justice Henderson, ascending to the
South Dakota Supreme Court where he dedicated
himself to highest standards of legal research in
rendering decisions, several of which were cited by
the U.S. Supreme Court.
Justice Henderson experienced many professional
and personal associations with the native peoples of
South Dakota for whom he championed just and
equitable treatment. One of his proudest life honors
bestowed upon him was honorary membership in the
“The Judge” loved working horses and cattle, and
particularly loved Appaloosa horses. People
travelling through the Black Hills in spring and
summer often stopped to watch flashily colored
Appaloosa colts cavorting in his pastures, and he
enthusiastically told them about this passion. He
was also expressive about the beauty of the Black
Hills and felt forever blessed by his ranch, the
Hills, and the great state of South Dakota.
Most of all, Henderson appreciated his kind and
capable wife, Norma Jean Henderson, with whom he was
married for fifty-six years, and the family they
raised. Frank and Norma's eight children are Frank,
Kimberly, Patrick, Andrea, Eric, John, Anastasia,
and Matthew. The Hendersons have twenty-two
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Frank
Henderson was a faithful and reverent man, expressly
grateful to God for family and the diverse
opportunities given him to serve God’s creation.
Justice Henderson lived to the age of eighty-four.
Visitation will be from 3-5:00 p.m. Tuesday,
January 1, 2013 at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic
Church in Hill City. Christian Wake Service with a
Rosary will be at 5:00 p.m. at the church.
Christian Burial Mass will be offered at 10:00 a.m.,
Wednesday, January 2, at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic
Church with Rev. Timothy Castor presiding. Interment
will be at the Hill City Cemetery with military
honors provided by the TREA Honor Guard and the
South Dakota Army National Guard. Memorial donations
may be made to the Henderson Hill City Scholarship
Fund and the DAV Transportation Fund.
Henderson, Robert Arthur
Robert Arthur Henderson, 94, of Urbana, Illinois,
passed away at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2019,
at Meadowbrook Health Center in Urbana.
Robert was born in Oakland, California, on April 3,
1925, to parents Harold and Charlotte (Peregrine)
Henderson. They preceded him in death. Also
preceding him in death was his younger brother, Alan
On September 15, 1945, Robert married June Crawford
in San Diego, California, while on leave from the
Marine Corps. June passed away on June 17, 2003.
He is survived by three children, Barbara Kimball of
East Highland, California, Kerrie Dunn of Urbana,
and Lawrence Henderson of Urbana. Four grandchildren
and five great-grandchildren also survive him.
Robert joined the United States Marine Corps while
attending the University of California Berkeley. In
1945, he was called to active duty and reported for
training. He received a field promotion to 2nd
Lieutenant and was leading a platoon to San Diego to
board a transport to invade the Japanese mainland.
Before they arrived to debark, the war ended. He was
discharged and then joined the Marine Corps Reserve.
In 1950, he was recalled to active duty and sent to
Korea. On the day he landed at Inchon Beach, his
second daughter Kerrie was born. Robert was wounded
at the Chosen Reservoir in North Korea and sent to
Japan for recovery. He then returned to Korea,
leading a mortar platoon until he was sent home in
late 1951. Robert continued in the Reserves until
his retirement in 1974 with the rank of colonel.
After the war, Robert returned to UC Berkeley to
finish his bachelor’s degree in 1947. He then
received a master’s degree from San Francisco State
University. From 1954 to 1957, he attended the
University of Illinois and received a doctorate in
education. In 1962, he returned to the U of I and
served as a professor and department chairman for
the Department of Education until his retirement in
1994. He then served as a Professor Emeritus until
Henderson, Toliver Young (T.Y.)
Toliver Young Henderson, 1931 – 2018
Toliver Young (T.Y.) Henderson Jr. died peacefully
at age 87 on December 24, 2018 at Sherbrooke
Community Centre in Saskatoon following a stroke.
Born in 1931 in Ozark, Alabama, he was the elder son
of Toliver Young and Mary. After his mother’s
untimely death, the family moved to Evergreen,
Alabama, where T.Y. became valedictorian of the high
school’s class of 1950.
He worked in Indianapolis for an insurance
underwriter before being trained from March 1951 at
San Diego as a Personnel man by the U.S. Navy. He
was stationed in Seattle during the Korean War and
visited ports in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and the
Philippines in 1954 aboard the troopship USS
Pickaway. He was honorably discharged early from
his four-year enlistment in order to enter the
University of Washington, Seattle, in January 1955.
Having married the following March, on completing
his B.A. (1959) he moved with his wife Sandra to
Austin for his graduate study in ethics at the
University of Texas (Ph.D., Philosophy, 1964). Their
first son Paul was born there; two sons, Bruce, and
Ian, were born in Saskatoon after T.Y. accepted an
invitation to join the University of Saskatchewan
faculty in 1963.
Following the break-up of his first marriage, T.Y.
was a single father for almost two years before
marrying a U of S colleague in English, Judith Rice,
in 1976 in Denver. The new family spent a month in
Los Angeles while Judith completed her Canada
Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Huntington
Library. In Saskatoon, T.Y. and Judith raised his
children together while pursuing their professorial
careers. Through 42½ years of happy marriage they
shared their love of the arts, especially live
theatre, both locally and on travels in North
America, Europe, and Australia.
T.Y. was a long-standing treasurer of Saskatoon
Summer Players and, though lacking musical training,
performed non-singing, non-dancing roles in many of
its musicals. Bruce and Ian absorbed British history
and culture on the first of their parents’ two
sabbaticals in Cambridge, England (1978-79,
1992-93); Ian likewise shared their Oxford
sabbatical (1985-86). T.Y. retired in 1999 but
voluntarily taught a philosophy graduate course up
to age 80. He also transported donations and sorted
philosophy books for Saskatoon Symphony book sales.
He remained a stalwart supporter of his wife’s
career, in part as his family’s gourmet cook.
He was predeceased by his parents and his
stepmother Stella, his son Bruce, the mother of his
children Sandra, and many in-laws. He will be sorely
missed by Judith, Paul and Ian of Saskatoon, brother
Eugene of Florida, stepsister Barbara and other
family and friends in Evergreen and throughout the
The family is deeply grateful for the skilled and
compassionate care he received from staff of the
Health Region, Franklin Retirement Community, and
Sherbrooke as his mobility and health declined.
The family would like to invite family, friends,
colleagues, and former students to a celebration of
life in memory of Toliver. This will be held at the
Edwards Family Center (333 4th Ave N, Saskatoon),
Monday, May 27, 2019, at 2pm. Parking will be
available across the street at Saskatoon Funeral
Home. Following the service will be an interment at
Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers,
friends are encouraged to donate in his memory to a
charity of their choice.
Hendrix, Marvin Raye
Marvin Hendrix, who served with 3/5 Marines in Korea, passed away from cancer in 1980 and is resting in Milledgeville, GA. He was in Korea from
1950 until 1952, according to his family.
Herbst, Paul Edward
Paul Edward Herbst, 92, of Vernon, Connecticut,
passed away on April 22, 2020 after contracting
COVID-19. His daughters were with him in spirit at
his virtual bedside with words of love, comfort and
faith. Born June 17, 1927, Paul was the son of the
late Paul and Ina Herbst, of Mount Vernon, New York.
Paul grew up in Mt. Vernon where he attended Edison
Technical High School. He went on to receive his
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where he
was a member of Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering
After graduating, he married his
childhood sweetheart, Marie Antoinette DeCarlo, then
of Mount Vernon, New York, and enlisted as a proud
veteran in the US Air Force from 1951 to 1954,
serving as a skilled navigator in Puerto Rico and
Topeka, Kansas. After his discharge from the Air
Force, Paul and Marie moved to Vernon where they
began raising their five children. During this time,
Paul earned his Master's Degree in Mechanical
Engineering attending night school at UCONN in
Paul worked as a mechanical
engineer for Pratt & Whitney in its Fuel Cell
Division and as a Plant Operation Services
Supervisor. Paul retired in 1986 to take full-time
care of his son, Herby, disabled in a car accident
and needing round-the-clock care. Paul was the
ultimate personal aide to Herby for 38 years, a role
he lovingly assumed and did willingly with
saint-like patience and compassion. Paul managed to
find time to serve on Vernon's Planning and Zoning
Commission. He was a devout parishioner at Trinity
Lutheran Church, was adept at woodworking and
assisted in restoring his son's 1966 Corvette
Stingray. Paul also spent many hours watching his
beloved New York Yankees on television.
their 62-year marriage, Paul and Marie exemplified
complete and utter devotion, love, and friendship to
each other, evident to anyone who saw them together.
For all of their married life, Paul affectionately
referred to Marie as his "bride." Paul was the most
cheerful, upbeat, thankful person anyone could ever
meet. His response to those asking how he was doing
typically was "fine as frog hair" or "much better
now that I've seen you." He was a loving and
supportive father to his four daughters and a proud
grandfather to his grandchildren, teaching them many
useful life lessons, most notably "not to buy
something until you've saved the money to purchase
Paul was affectionately called "PopPop" by both
family and nonfamily members. He loved to plant a
plethora of trees, shrubs and plants in his yard. An
avid bird watcher, Paul was the primary caretaker of
his "fine feathered friends" who visited his many
bird feeders. He enjoyed interacting with his black
lab and his nine grand pups, many of whom fought for
a seat in his lap. Paul enjoyed spending time with
family and friends, especially Sunday pool parties,
doing impersonations (his best were Marlon Brando
and Ted Kennedy) and singing to Broadway musicals.
Paul loved to enjoy good food and, mostly, vanilla
ice cream. He firmly believed that the main reason
for eating the meal was "to get to the dessert."
After every Sunday dinner, Paul would always comment
that there is nothing better than "la familia."
Family often joked that while Paul was born 100%
German, after meeting Marie, he became 100% Italian,
including loving Italian cuisine and listening and
singing along to tapes of Perry Como, Dean Martin
and Frank Sinatra. While Paul was afflicted with
dementia in his later years, he always knew who his
daughters were and maintained a friendly demeanor,
never complaining about anything. He never forgot to
thank anyone for visiting him and brightening his
day. He remained close to all his blessed and
fortunate family members. He taught anyone who knew
him what loving another person looks like, not only
with words but with genuine actions. Paul remained a
shining example to all who crossed his path until
the day he passed and will be sorely missed by so
many people whose lives he positively influenced and
shaped for the better.
Paul was predeceased by his
loving wife, Marie, his son, Paul (Herby) and his
sister, Irma Hassett. He leaves behind his
daughters, Debra and husband Evin Ryan of Carmel,
New York, Kathryn Herbst, of Vernon, Connecticut,
Laura and husband Dominick Sanzari of Newington,
Connecticut, and Janet and husband Kyle Mansfield,
of Vernon, Connecticut. He also leaves behind seven
grandchildren, Stacey and her husband Jason Rivers,
Mackenzy Ryan, Dominick and Gregory Sanzari, and
Courtney, Olivia and Jake Mansfield, two great
grandchildren, Jackson and Jameson Rivers, a
sister-in-law, MaryAnn Gomes, and many nieces and
Heartfelt thanks to the nurses and aides on
Floor 7-7 at St. Francis Hospital who kept Paul
comfortable during his last days, were always
available to help family members speak with Paul
over the telephone, and acted as stand-in family
members at his bedside since Hospital restrictions
did not allow families to be present with COVID
patients. A memorial service in honor of Paul's life
will be held at later date when social distancing
restrictions are lifted. Memorial donations in
Paul's name may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church,
20 Meadowlark Road, Vernon, Connecticut 06066 or to
Hockanum Valley Community Council, 27 Naek Road, #4,
Vernon, Connecticut 06066. Arrangements have been
entrusted to Small & Pietras Funeral Home in
Hermes, Marvin H.
Marvin H. Hermes, born November 16, 1931, and a
longtime resident of Glen Carbon, Illinois, passed
away suddenly on March 6, 2022, at the age of 90.
Funeral services were held on March 11, 2022., with
Rev. Sharon Autenrieth officiating.
Marvin was born in Brighton, Illinois and
graduated from Granite City Senior High School. He
was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in
Germany during the Korean War. He was a retired
supervisor from Granite City Steel. He enjoyed golf,
hunting, outdoor activities, and visiting with his
dog friend, CoCo.
Marvin was preceded in death by his wife, Jean
Hermes, his brother Olen Hermes and his parents Olen
and Carrie (Hanold) Hermes. He is survived by three
daughters, Elayne (Rich) Audrain of Maryland
Heights, Missouri, Kathy McKinnon (Jim Groesch) of
Edwardsville, Illinois, and Terri Hermes of
Collinsville, Illinois. Marvin also leaves seven
grandchildren: Jason McKinnon, Tricia Audrain,
Carrie (Mike) Lonneman, Christopher McKinnon, Leigh
Anne (Jason) Maack, Kevin (Jen) Audrain, and Mark
(Julie) Audrain. He is also survived by 15
great-grandchildren: Bryce, Cole, Logan, Drew, Liam,
Griffin, Lorelei, Taylor, Callista, Gracie, Natalie,
Miles, Will, Mason and Eden. In addition, Marvin
will be missed by many nieces and nephews, great
nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and
nephews, sisters-in-law Betty Hermes and Arlayne
Milton, and brother-in-law Harold Dix.
Published by Belleville News-Democrat on
March 11, 2022.
Hernandez, Rudy (MOH Recipient)
Cpl. Rudy Hernandez, a son of California migrant
workers who fought in the Korean War and was awarded
the Medal of Honor in 1952, died Saturday at Womack
Army Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
He was 82 and had been diagnosed recently with
cancer and other ailments.
Hernandez, a fixture at Fayetteville veterans
events, was grand marshal of the city's Veterans Day
Parade last month. In August, Fort Bragg's Warrior
Transition Battalion Complex was rededicated in his
It was just after 2 a.m. on May 31, 1951, when
Corporal Hernandez felt the warm trickle of blood
from a shrapnel wound on his head. Hernandez and
other soldiers of Company G, 187th Airborne
Regimental Combat Team were holding defensive
positions on a hill near the Korean town of Wontong-mi,
during a North Korean assault. From their
foxhole, Hernandez and another soldier watched as
the enemy approached and the night erupted in
artillery, mortar and machine-gun fire.
As the rest of his platoon retreated after nearly
exhausting their ammunition, Hernandez and his
foxhole mate held their position and kept firing.
When he finally did leave the foxhole, Hernandez
charged the enemy armed only with a grenade and a
rifle with a fixed bayonet. His bravery stopped the
enemy advance and spurred his fellow soldiers to
According to his Medal of Honor citation, "The
indomitable fighting spirit, outstanding courage and
tenacious devotion to duty clearly demonstrated by
Corporal Hernandez reflect the highest credit on
himself, the infantry, and the United States Army."
The morning after the attack, Hernandez was
presumed dead after being found lying among the
bodies of six North Korean soldiers who had been
killed. When a soldier saw a slight movement of
Hernandez's hand, medics began frantically trying to
save his life. A month later, Hernandez would wake
up in a South Korean hospital. Eight weeks later, he
was sent to Letterman Hospital in San Francisco
where doctors replaced part of his skull. Hernandez
couldn't talk for months after he was injured and
had to learn to walk again. Part of his body
Hernandez was awarded the Medal of Honor in April
1952 by President Truman in a ceremony held in the
White House Rose Garden.
Rodolpho P. Hernandez was born April 14, 1931, in
Colton. When he was 17, his parents allowed him to
enlist in the Army. After the war he worked as a
veterans benefit counselor in Los Angeles and moved
to Fayetteville in 1980.
Hernandez's survivors include his wife, Denzil,
and three children from an earlier marriage.
Speaking to the Fayetteville Observer in 1986,
Hernandez said it was anger that drove him past the
pain in Korea. "I was just mad. It's all I could
think of. I was hurt bad and getting dizzy. I knew
the doctors could not repair the damage. I thought I
might as well end it now," Hernandez said. "They
gave the order to withdraw, but I didn't. My gun
jammed, so I stuck a bayonet in my rifle and threw
several grenades from my foxhole. Then I got up and
ran out to meet the enemy. "Every time I took a step
blood rolled down my face. It was hard to see," he
said. "They said I killed six with my bayonet."
Source: Los Angeles Times
Herr, Donald "Don" Francis
Donald "Don" Francis Herr, age 91, of Carlyle,
Illinois, formerly of Belleville, Illinois, passed
away on Monday, February 28, 2022. Donald was born
August 21, 1930 in E. St. Louis, Illinois, to John
W. and Josephine (nee Ziegelmeier) Herr. A
celebration honoring Don's life will be held at a
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Darla
(nee Simpson) Herr; two sons, Donald Herr, Jr. and
Dennis Herr; grandchildren, John Zeller and Maggie
Smith; and a great grandson, Silas Smith. Don is a
proud US Army veteran who served during the Korean
War. He loved spending time with his family and was
a passionate wood worker.
Published by Belleville News-Democrat on
March 6, 2022.
Herring, Donald Reed "Don"
Donald Herring died of coronavirus in Norman,
Oklahoma, on April 21, 2020, at the age of 86. He
was born June 11, 1933, in Oklahoma, a son of Donald
Jones Herring (1911-1997) and Pauline Louise Reed
Herring (1912-1995). After graduating from
high school he joined the US Navy at the age of 19.
His military career, in which he flew B-47 and B-52
bombers in combat during the Vietnam War, spanned 20
years. He retired in 1973 with the rank of
Lieutenant Colonel. He then started an auto
detailing business. His first wife, Nancy
McKelvain, died in 1982 of leukemia. They had
been married for 27 years. His siblings were
John Hayne Herring, David Lee Herring, and Elizabeth
Warren. His sons were John and Jeffrey
Hess, Col. Dean
Retired Air Force Col. Dean Hess, a fighter pilot
who helped rescue hundreds of orphans in the Korean
War and whose exploits inspired a Hollywood film
starring Rock Hudson, has died in Ohio. He was 97.
Hess died March 2, 2015, at his home in Huber
Heights, a suburb of Dayton, after a short illness,
his son Lawrence Hess said.
Hess, an ordained minister, was a U.S. Air Force
lieutenant colonel when he helped arrange the
evacuation of Korean orphans from their country's
mainland to safety on a coastal island, according to
the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
He was a significant figure in Air Force history,
and his efforts to help Korean children are a
"shining example" of the Air Force's humanitarian
airlift capabilities, museum historian Jeff
Underwood said. "What is less well-known is
the instrumental role he played in training the
fledgling South Korean Air Force," Underwood said in
Hudson, one of Hollywood's top leading men,
portrayed Hess in the film "Battle Hymn" in 1957.
"Battle Hymn" was also the title of Hess'
autobiography. He used the proceeds from the movie
and book to build an orphanage in South Korea, his
son said. "He was a humble man who loved children
and never cashed in on his notoriety," Lawrence Hess
A medal presented to Hess by South Korean President
Syngman Rhee in 1951 for his service during the war
is displayed at the museum near Dayton. Other Hess
artifacts there include a flying helmet that he wore
in Korea and that Hudson wore in the movie, which
also featured Martha Hyer as his wife and Alan Hale
Jr. as a mess sergeant.
The museum said Hess and Lt. Col. Russell Blaisdell,
a chaplain, devised a plan to transport hundreds of
orphans to refuge on the coastal island as part of
Operation Kiddy Car. U.S. planes airlifted the
children, and the men arranged food, money and
clothing contributions for them, the museum said.
Hess was born in Marietta, Ohio, in 1917. When the
Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States
entered World War II in December 1941, Hess was a
pastor with a civilian pilot's license. He joined
the Army Air Forces and flew 63 missions in Europe.
In July 1948, Hess received a telegram ordering him
back into uniform while he was studying for his
doctorate at Ohio State University. He flew 250
combat missions in Korea. He remained in the
military once the war ended, serving at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton until he
retired in 1969. He then taught high school for five
Hess is survived by three sons, a daughter and
several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His
wife, Mary, died in 1996.
[Source: Los Angeles Times]
Hewes, Arthur Joseph "Artie"
On April 16, 2020, our Beloved Arthur "Artie"
Joseph Hewes, 85, passed away at home from COVID 19,
he was surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Rangeley, ME, he was a son of the late
Arthur J. and Ethel (Wilbur) Hewes. He was the
loving companion of Joan Swann. Artie was not ready
to leave this earth, he was a young 85 who was still
looking forward to another trip to Jamaica,
returning to work when the quarantine was over and
more golf trips with his buddies.
Arthur was a loving father, friend, and an icon at
the Greenwood Inn where he worked for 46 years. He
was a graduate of Providence College, where he ran
track. He proudly served his country in the United
States Army during the Korean War. He was a huge fan
of the New York Yankees, New England Patriots, and
Providence College Basketball.
He was loved by everyone who knew him. His smile and
laugh were magnetic and contagious. Artie was a
member of Kings Crossing Golf Club (previously
Woodland Greens Country Club) for 30+ years. He
loved his “girls”, his “buddies”, Jamaica, reggae
music, golf, card night, horse racing, a Miller
light on ice, family game night and everything in
between. He genuinely loved life.
Arthur is survived by his partner of 35 years Joan
Swann. His brother Carl “Red” Hewes of Foxboro, Ma.
Daughter’s Kelley E. Hewes and partner Robin
Morissette of Warwick, Pamela D. (Bibeault)
Marchetti of Warwick, Glenna Swann and son Adam
Richard of East Greenwich, Kathy Morgan and husband
Tom Morgan of Cranston, Natalie Marano and husband
Albert Marano of Lincoln, Patricia Morin and husband
Marcel Morin of Warwick and son Arthur Colello and
wife Gail Colello of North Kingston as well as 12
grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was a
brother of the late Paul and Timothy Hewes.
He also leaves behind his entire Greenwood Inn (GI)
family, many of whom regarded him as a father,
grandfather, and best friend.
Due to current health and safety regulations, his
Funeral Service will be private. Calling Hours are
unfortunately omitted. A Memorial Service will take
place at a time and date to be announced. Funeral
arrangements are entrusted to THE URQUHART-MURPHY
FUNERAL HOME, 800 Greenwich Ave, Warwick.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Arthur’s
memory to: Kent Hospital Employee Emergency Program
(KEEP) c/o Pastoral Dept. 455 Toll gate Rd. Warwick,
RI 02886 or to Arthur’s go fund me page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-loving-memory-of-artie-hewes
We look forward to the time that businesses can
re-open so that we can celebrate Artie’s life……..
Artie Party at the GI, date TBD.
Hickey, George M.
George M. Hickey, age 87, of East St. Louis,
Illinois, born on October 26, 1933, in Alton,
Illinois, died on Friday, July 23, 2021, at Memorial
Hospital, Belleville, Illinois. George was a
theater manager for AMC-Paramount. He served
in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean
War. George was a member and Eucharistic Minister of
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights,
Illinois, Memorial Hospital and Our Lady of the
Snows Shrine Church. He was also a member of
the Knights of Columbus #592 in Fairview Heights,
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janis K.,
nee Wasson, Hickey; his daughters, Julie Hickey and
Jeanne Soucy; his parents, John J., and Margaret,
nee Mohr, Hickey, Sr.; and his siblings, John J.
Hickey, Jr., Betty Hickey, and Margaret A. Fahrig.
He is survived by his children, Betsy Null of St.
Peters, Missouri, and Jeffery Hickey of Joplin,
Missouri; and nine grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society
or Masses at National Shrine of Our Lady of Our Lady
of the Snows, Belleville, Illinois. A memorial
service was held on Friday, July 30, 2021, at 7:00
p.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights,
Illinois. Burial of cremated remains will be
at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, Illinois. -
Published by Belleville News-Democrat on July
Higdon, Wilbur Paul
Wilbur Paul Higdon of Fairview Heights, Illinois,
born July 5, 1930 in East St. Louis, was reunited
with his wife and children in eternal life on
Sunday, May 30, 2021, comforted by his three
granddaughters, Erin, Andrea, and Nikki.
Wilbur retired from the US Postal Service after 35
years, where he received numerous awards for
superior accomplishments. He served in the US
Army as part of the 813th Engineer Aviation
Battalion Engineer Aviation Battalion in Port
Richardson, Alaska, during the Korean War.
Wilbur was a sports enthusiast. He played
minor league baseball for the Cairo Dodgers and was
recruited by the St. Louis Browns prior to serving
in the Army, where he continued playing. He
was an avid "St. Louis Browns fan changed to a St.
Louis Cardinals fan", but his true passion was
watching his grandchildren play sports, never
missing a game.
Love and laughter surrounded those who were in
Wilbur's presence. Despite the pain and sorrow
of his losses, he always chose love and cherished
his time with those he held dear. Anyone who
met him was embraced by his smile, laugh, and
kindness. He has touched so many lives and
will truly be missed.
Wilbur was preceded in death by his wife of 55
years, Rosetta "Sis" Green Higdon, whom he married
on November 28, 1953; three children, Gary, Susan
Enright, and Cynthia; his parents, Earl J. and Lena
Hildebrandt Higdon; brothers, Earl and Clifford; and
his sisters, Ruth Carrico and Mildred "Mickie"
Surviving are his son-in-law Tom (Jeanie) Enright;
grandchildren Mrs. Trevor (Nikki Higdon) Jones,
James Higdon (Logan Ehlmann), Mrs. David (Erin
Enright) Perez, Mrs. Eric (Andrea Enright) Muskopf,
Tyler Enright, and Chase Enright; great grandson,
Logan, Luke and Kennedy Jones, Liam Perez, Emerson
and Auden Muskopf; his great grandpups Hank, Bentley
and Brady; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, tributes may be made to
Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center or Homers
Jack Higgins passed away February 21, 2005. Funeral mass was held Friday, February 25 at Our Lady of the Cape, Brewster, MA.
Hilburn, Billy Joe
Billy Joe Hilburn, 89 of Portia, died of
coronavirus on Friday April 3, 2020 at Walnut Ridge
Nursing and Rehabilitation. He was born September
26, 1930 in Eaton Community, AR to James Homer
Hilburn & Dora Leonia Swindle Hilburn. He served his
country in the Navy during the Korean War and was a
retired truck driver. He was a member of the Portia
Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James &
Dora; brother, Johnny Clay Hilburn; and sister,
Jeannie Hacker. He is survived by his son, Billy
Dean Hilburn of Colorado; daughter, Connie Jean
Harris of Vinson, AZ; brothers, Jerry (Sue) Hilburn
& Danny Hilburn; sisters, Sharron Turner & Reva
Doyle; three grandchildren; and many other friends
Service times and information, if intended, will be
announced by the family or by House-Gregg Funeral
Hill, Gerald E.
Gerald E. Hill, 87, of Macksburg passed away at
6:15 am, Wednesday, September 28, 2022. He was born
September 4, 1935 in Reno, Ohio, a son of Clifton A.
and Wanda May Becker Hill.
Gerald had been employed at Inter Lake Steel and
Globe Metals. He was a graduate of Lowell High
School, Class of 1953 and a veteran of the U. S. Air
Force. He attended the Waterford Church of the
Nazarene and a member of Lowell American Legion Post
750. Gerald was a wonderful father and grandfather
On May 8, 1959, he married Karen Achilles who
survives with two daughters and two sons: Gerry Lin
(Terry) Perry of Lowell, Lisa Ann (Bob) DiNocco of
New Hampshire, James D. (Tremilla) Hill of
Tennessee, Rodney L. (Marsha) Vandermay of
Minnesota, 13 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren
and one great-great grandchild and one brother and
one sister. His parents, two brothers and three
sisters preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday (October 4,
2022) at 11:00 am at McClure-Schafer-Lankford
Funeral Home with burial in East Lawn Memorial Park.
Hill, Vaughn Dixon
Born June 30, 1917, Vaughn Dixon Hill died on
April 19, 2000. Services will be at 3 p.m.
Saturday in First United Methodist Church with Dr.
Robert Allen, pastor, and the Rev. John Dillard,
associate pastor, officiating. Burial will be at 3
p.m. Monday in Stratford Cemetery at Stratford by
Hampton Vaughan Crestview Funeral Home.
Mr. Hill was born in Lipscomb County, to Melvin
Eugene and Hetty Inez Dixon Hill He had worked for
Ford Motor Company. He served in the Army Air Corps
during World War II, and in the Air force during the
Korean War and the Vietnam War. In 1971, he
retired as chief master sergeant and moved to
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the
Retirees Activity Center at Sheppard Air Force Base,
and the Sheppard Air Force Association. He had also
served as retiree representative at Sheppard Air
Force Base hospital. He was a member of First United
Methodist Church, Kay Bible Class, and the
Intentional Caring Unit.
He married Mary Styles in 1940. He later married
Elsie Pearl Spurlock in 1959 at Sunray. She died in
Survivors include three daughters, Linda Kubeczka of
Lufkin, Dianna Gwyn of Santa Fe, N.M., and Alvina
Smith of Wichita Falls; a son, Keith Vaughn Hill of
Wichita Falls; his stepmother, Mable Inez Hill of
Dalhart; a brother, Lynn Hill of Dalhart; a sister
Elva Reeves of Dalhart; and four grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials be to Hospice of
Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, TX
76308. - Amarillo Daily News, April 21, 2000
Hill, William O. Jr.
William O. Hill, Jr., 86, of Harbor Creek,
Pennsylvania, was honorably discharged into the next
life on Monday, August 2, 2010, at the VA Hospital
in Erie. He was born on November 12, 1923 in Erie,
Pennsylvania to the late William O. Hill, Sr. and
Lucy (Owens) Hill.
Bill was a graduate of East High School and
volunteered for the U.S. Army upon the bombing of
Pearl Harbor. He was initially trained as a combat
engineer at Ft. Belvoir, Va., and also successfully
completed engineer officer training. Bill was then
deployed to North Africa where he and his men
successfully fought the famous German "Afrika Korps."
Following combat against Germany, Bill
volunteered for a secret mission (code name Galahad)
and unknowingly became a "Merrill's Marauder" in the
5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), 2nd BN, I & Plt.,
BCT under Brigadier General Frank D. Merrill. This
special unit was the first U.S. Infantry unit to
fight the Japanese in the China-Burma-India Theatre
and Bill repeatedly distinguished himself in combat.
The Merrill's Marauders were the predecessors to all
modern day U.S. Army Rangers and Special Warfare.
Following World War II, Bill returned to the U.S.
where he taught Guerilla Warfare and worked
counter-intelligence throughout the U.S. and Europe
during the "denazification" of Germany and start of
the Cold War. As the Korean War broke out, Bill
again entered combat as a platoon leader with the
2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment (Airborne).
During World War II and the Korean War, Bill was
awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star (with cluster),
three Purple Hearts, two Army Commendation Medals,
American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal,
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (four
Battle Stars), Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (four
Battle Stars), World War II Medal, Army of the
Occupation of Germany Medal, Korean Service Medal
(two Battle Stars), Army Good Conduct Medal, and
Chinese Freedom Medal. Bill was also awarded Master
Parachute Wings and a Combat Infantrymen's Badge
(Three Awards), as well as several Presidential Unit
Following the Korean War, Bill returned to the
U.S. and eventually pursued a successful political
career in Erie County Government. Bill was a
progressive leader as a County Commissioner, serving
from 1963-1978. During his tenure, he was
instrumental in the establishment of many county
programs, including GECAC, Erie County MH/MR, Rape
Crisis, and the Public Defender's Office. Bill
fought vigorously to stop pollution in Lake Erie and
was also the PA State Fish Commissioner for Region
He was the President of the Erie County Prison
Board and worked with the World Health Organization
throughout his career. He was a member of the first
Erie County Council and finished his career serving
as the Director of Veteran's Affairs.
Bill was adopted by the Seneca Nation of Indians
in 1964, and maintained life memberships in the
Burma Star Assn., Combat Infantrymen's Assn., U.S.
Army Ranger Assn., Special Operations Assn. (SOA),
Special Forces Assn., Military Order of the Purple
Heart, American Legion Carl Neff Post #571, VFW Post
4789, Chapel of the Four Chaplains, U.S. Army
Counter Intelligence Corps Veterans, Disabled
American Veterans, and was a 32nd Degree Mason.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife of over 60
years, Lorraine E. (Alm) Hill; son, Joseph A. Hill;
grandson, SSgt. William J. Hill, U.S. Army;
grandson, Joseph A. Hill, Jr.; and granddaughter,
Toni Lynn Hill. Survivors include son, William W.
Hill, and wife, Diane, of Kane, Pa.; daughter, Sue
A. Vrenna, and husband, Jack, of Lawrence Park, Pa.;
son, Robert W. Hill, and wife, Ruth, of Corry, Pa.;
son, Roger L. Hill, and wife, Georgia, of Harbor
Creek, Pa.; son, Michael T. Hill, and wife, Debbie,
of Harbor Creek, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; 28
great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren;
as well as extended family.
William Delmer Hindman, age 90, of Hay Springs,
Nebraska, passed away peacefully and without fanfare
on Friday, October 14, 2016, at Pioneer Manor
Nursing Home, with his family surrounding him with
Delmer was born on March 29, 1926 at Hay Springs,
the first son to William Clyde and Ardena Janet
(Peters) Hindman. He grew up with his younger
brother Dean on the family farm that was homesteaded
by his grandfather. He attended grade school at St.
Mary's Catholic School in Rushville, Rushville
Elementary, Green Valley District #14, and Harmony
School District #19, graduating from Rushville High
School in 1943. Following high school, Delmer
briefly attended trade school at Milford, Nebraska,
studying Mechanical Drafting. He then returned to
the family farm to work with his family.
In 1945, Delmer was drafted into the United
States Army and received training as a cartographer.
His World War II service ended in 1946, after a
total of 11 months and 11 days and the rank of
Private First Class. After returning home to the
farm, Delmer was drafted a second time in 1950 to
serve in the Army in the Korean War. He served for
21 months, with nearly 10 months of that time in the
24th Infantry Division fighting in Korea, where he
was promoted to Master Sergeant. His only injury in
the war came from an exploding booby trap, resulting
in shrapnel in his nose. After his honorable
discharge from the Army, Delmer again returned home
to the diversified family farm northeast of Hay
Springs, raising livestock and crops.
On September 5, 1959, Delmer married the love of
his life, Florence Marie Nadobny at St. Mary's
Catholic Church in Rushville. They made their home
on the family farm after Delmer's parents moved to
Rushville. Here they raised two sons, Timothy
William, born June 4, 1963, and Anthony John, born
February 3, 1969.
Delmer's life of service did not end with his
discharge from the Army. Over the years, he worked
for the Farm Service Agency in Sheridan County,
Green Valley District #14 School Board for many
years, Hay Springs Farmers Co-op Grain board of
directors, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Parish Council, Rushville American Legion Commander
and part-time rural mail carrier on the route north
of Rushville, in addition to helping many neighbors
and relatives with farm and ranch work.
Delmer and Florence were blessed to be able to
live on the farm for 56 years before moving to
Parkview Lodge Assisted Living in Rushville in the
Fall of 2015. They shared a room there and were very
active in daily activities until October 12, 2016,
when health and safety concerns required a move to
Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hay Springs for
Delmer was preceded in death by his parents,
father and mother-in-law Val and Mary (Bos) Nadobny,
brother Dean and sister-in-law Lorraine,
brother-in-law Bill and Verna Nadobny, sister-in-law
Margaret and Richard Dreyer, son Tim and Toni
Hindman, granddaughters Jessica Eileen and Ardena
Pauline Hindman, niece Eileen and Butch Riggs,
nephew Jim Hindman, great nephew Mike Dreyer, and
many cousins and neighbors.
Those remaining to mourn his loss, but celebrate
his life are his loving wife of 57 years, Florence,
son Tony and daughter-in-law Amy, and grandson Sam
Michael, all of Hay Springs, brother-in-law John and
Loreen Nadobny, many nieces and nephews, and good
friends and neighbors.
A rosary was held Friday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m.
at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in
Rushville. Mass of Christian Burial was held
Saturday, October 22 at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate
Conception Church in Rushville, with burial in
Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of plants or flowers, the
family requested that donations be made in Delmer's
memory to support an upcoming Veterans Honor Flight
Donald L. Hocher, age 84, of O'Fallon, Illinois,
born September 18, 1935 on the family farm in
Collinsville, Illinois, passed away Monday morning,
June 21, 2021 at Colonnade Senior Living Center,
Don grew up on the Hocher family farm and
graduated from O'Fallon Township High School in
1953. While serving in the Army following the
Korean War, he was aboard a C-124 Globemaster that
crashed into the Han River on February 22, 1957,
killing 22 passengers. Although severely
burned, he survived and returned to the States with
an honorable discharge.
Don was a proud union carpenter and had worked at
Anheuser-Busch, retiring in 1996. As a
superintendent, he was well-respected by his
colleagues. Don was a talented woodworker,
built his own homes, and shared many handmade
wood-crafted items with his family. Don was a
former member of the Lebanon Gun Club and NRA, and
enjoyed trapshooting and quail hunting with his bird
He was preceded in death by his father, Theophil
Hocher, who was killed in a construction accident
when Don was only five years old; his mother
Florence; stepfather Carl Hocher; his sister Jan
(John) Smith; and brother Phil (Dolores) Hocher.
He is survived by his son Dan (Kim) Hocher of
Collinsville; and grandsons Danny and Drake.
Donald's funeral was held Saturday, June
26, 2021 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home. Burial
followed at Friedens St. John's Evangelical
Cemetery, Blackjack, Illinois Memorial
donations are suggested to American Cancer Society
or O'Fallon's VFW Post 805.
Hoelscher, Verle O.
Verle Osmond Hoelscher, 93, of Belleville,
Illinois, was surrounded by his loving family as he
went to his heavenly home on Sunday, May 14, 2023.
He was born November 12, 1929 in Okawville, Illinois
to Oscar and Mary Hoelscher, and grew up on a family
farm in rural Centralia, Illinois. He attended
classes in a one-room school house until he
completed the eighth grade to work on the family
farm as per his father's decision.
He proudly served his country beginning in
Platoon 243 U.S. Marine Corps, San Diego 1951
(Korean War). He worked as an auto and truck
mechanic throughout the St. Louis area. He was a
self-taught handyman, mechanic, carpenter, roofer,
plumber, avid stock investor, inventor, and
veterinarian. (At 12 years old he delivered a
breach baby calf on the family farm.) He was a
member of the Moose Lodge and Our Lady Queen of
Peace Catholic Church.
He was retired for 31 years, and his mantra was,
"Let this happen more often." He loved country
music, golfing, Crazy 13 card games, polkas,
waltzes, "wipe out", and line-dancing. He grew
prized tomatoes with his inventive irrigation
system, filmed countless nieces' and nephews'
weddings, reunions and special occasions with his
super 8 camera. He was one of Belleville Hilgards
baseball team's biggest fan. He navigated family
vacations via a roadside map visiting 49 states. He
was the BBQ pork steaks grill master, jokester, and
magician. He was activities coordinator at family
reunions/backyard gatherings (badminton, volleyball,
horseshoe, and softball games).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar
Hoelscher and Mary (nee Brinkman) Hoelscher; his
siblings, Velma (Clarence) Randoll, Virgil Hoelscher
WWII (Katherine), Virginia (Rudy) Randoll, Vernice
(Joe) Kudelka, Virdel (Roy Chesney) (George Bringle),
Vernon (Darlene) Hoelscher, Vera (Les) Rallo, Vilas
Hoelscher; and Verle's son, Brent Hoelscher.
Surviving to cherish his memory are his beloved
wife of 65 years, Matilda Ruth (nee Nadolski)
Hoelscher; son, Dale (Julie) Hoelscher; daughters,
Lisa (Vern) Gaal and Janice (Tim) Williams;
daughter-in-law Teresa (Stanley) Hoelscher;
grandchildren, April (David) Sherwood, Randy
(Jessica) Hoelscher, Bethany (Austin) Lang, Michael
(Karlie) Hoelscher, Rachel Williams, Joshua
Williams, and Hannah Hoelscher; great-grandchildren,
Kendal, Mya, Luna and great-grandson (July '23);
sisters-in-law Frieda Hoelscher, Adeline Nadolski,
Rozella Nadolski, and Lucille Nadolski; "Mr. H.
Special Daughter" Shelley Blaies Miller; and
relatives, friends, and neighbors.
Visitation will take place on Friday, May 19,
2023 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Our Lady Queen
of Peace Catholic Church, 5923 N. Belt West,
Belleville. Funeral Mass will be Friday, May 19 at
1:30 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic
Church, 5923 N. Belt West, Belleville. Interment to
follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville. In
lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to
Alzheimer's Association or American Cancer Society.
Published by Belleville News-Democrat on May
Hoffman, Frances Skiba
Frances Skiba Hoffmann, a World War II Marine
Corps veteran and one of the oldest female Marines,
died March 24, 2020, at age 96 due to the
coronavirus. She was buried March 30 at Garden of
Memories. A Memorial Mass will be held at a future
date. She resided at Lambeth House for the past nine
years and will be missed by her close knit
neighbors, friends, and the women of the Molly
Marine Chapter LA-1 of the Women Marine Association.
Frances was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1923 to
Russian immigrants. She graduated from high school
in 1941. In 1942 she answered the call for women to
take jobs in factories. Frances worked at factory
that worked 24 hrs. a day making milling machines.
In 1943, the Marine Corps opened a recruiting office
in Milwaukee. Frances wrote in a paper, "Why the
Marine Corps? Marine were known to be "Peace Time
Warriors." Marines are unique because they have been
and will always be volunteers." Boot training for
400 women was at Hunter College in New York, after
which she reported to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
for Boot Camp. Her first job as a Marine was with
the Aircraft Salvage Yard at Cherry Point, North
Carolina, assisting mechanics stripping damaged
fighter planes for parts to be used again. Frances
took classes for oversea duty, intense training with
firearms and water survival, she was off to Hawaii,
assigned to Fleet Marine Corps Headquarters. She was
an IBM systems operator for troop movements and
supplies for combat Marines. At the end of the war,
she assigned POW's and rehab patients with air
transportation to the States instead of ships. In
November 1945 she returned to California by ship,
took a seven-day train ride to Washington, D.C., and
was discharged December 7, 1945. After their
marriage in 1946 in Lyons, Wisconsin, Frances and
Hank lived in New Orleans where she worked for
Hibernia Bank for more than 30 years. She was the
first female officer and Vice-President in the small
loan department, quite impressive for a woman from
the North during the '50's in the South. Sgt.
Frances Hoffmann, Ret., volunteered at the D-Day
Museum and was later employed by them. Besides her
employment, she gave talks to the visitors about her
time in the Marine Corps, her donated uniform, foot
locker, and many pictures she had taken during her
time in the service. The Museum has on file a
30-minute. video interview with Frances about her
experiences as a Woman Marine. Frances was preceded
in death by her husband of 40 years, Henry Keating
Hoffmann, parents, Joseph and Helen Skiba,
half-brothers Tony Shook (Gladys), John Zerofsky
(Sue), and sisters Ann Zar (Ted), Mary Morgan (Jim),
and Esther Neitzke (Bud). She is survived by Michael
Hoffmann (Kitty) Glendale, Wisconsin, Michael
Neitzke (Wendy), Greenfield, Wisconsin plus nieces
and nephews scattered around the country.
Hoffman, Ronald L.
SFC Ronald L. Hoffman, US Army retired, passed away 30 March 2008 at his home in Augusta , Georgia . His death was attributed to wounds he received in
Vietnam in 1968. Ron served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. During the Vietnam War Ron served at FOB 2 as a 11 on a Spike Team. His many awards include
the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Presidential Unit Citation and Army commendation Medal. He was an active member in the American Legion, DAV
and National Order of Trench Rats. He is survived by his wife Doris Davis; five children; James Lakeman and wife Allyson of Greensboro, North Carolina,
Cathy Sors and her husband Tim of Goose Creek, South Carolina, Dan Hoffman and his wife Janice of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Wendy San Angelo and husband
Michael of Tucson, Arizona, and Jennifer Lakeman of Augusta, Georgia; brother Gerald Brainard of Detroit, Michigan; sister Norma Jean Van Schoick of Venice,
Florida; and eleven grand children.
Hogan, Gerald D.
Gerald D. “Jerry” Hogan, 80, of Kingsland, Texas,
died Friday, September 28, 2012. Graveside services
will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Mallard Cemetery under
the direction of Jerry Woods Funeral Home in Nocona.
He joined the Marine Corps on March 12, 1948 and
then served on Guam from 1948 to 1950. He was a
corporal in the 2nd platoon of B-1-7 Marines as its
fire team leader. The platoon was commanded by 1st
Lt. Chew Een Lee. Jerry served in Korea from 1950 to
April 15, 1951 and was a survivor of the Chosin
Reservoir campaign. He was discharged from the USMC
on March 12, 1952. Mr. Hogan worked at
Tradewind Airport and Pantex Plant in Amarillo
Survivors include Aaron Hogan and wife Tina of
Kingsland; Angie Wheeler and husband Devin of
Kingsland; DeeAnn Osteen and husband Buddy of
Amarillo; sister-in-law Katie Hogan of Saint Jo;
nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Holland, John Rufus
John Rufus Holland was born March 01, 1927 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, son of Emery and
Nora Mae Loomis Holland. He died July 19, 2010 and is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery,
Moores Hill, Indiana. He married Anne E. (née Lane) Holland on December 26,
1947. She predeceased him on February 5, 1995.
He retired from the United States Military having served with the United States Marine Corps
from 1942 to 1945. (He lied about his age to join the United States Marine Corps.) He served in
the United States Army from 1947 to 1970, with two tours of duty in Vietnam from 15 June 1968 to
2 December 1968 and from 25 June 1969 to 17 April 1970 and retired at the rank of Sergeant Major
(E-9). He served with the 3rd Marine Division during World War II; the 187th Regiment Team in
Korea and served four times in Vietnam with the Special Forces and was an original Green Beret.
He received the Task Force Omega award in 2004 for outstanding support and dedication to POW/MIA
efforts. In 2008, he received the Vietnam Veteran-of-the-Year and was recognized by the Indiana
House of Representatives for his dedication to the United States of America. He was recognized
at the Aurora Firecracker Festival for having written a law enacted by Congress for the humane
treatment of POWs. Among his many medals received were the Combat Infantry Medal with Star, the
Marine Corps Action Ribbon, and the Master Jump Wings with two Gold Stars. In retirement, he was
an advocate of MIA and POW groups and was one of the four founders of the Rolling Thunder
He is survived by six sons and daughters-in-law, John and Cindy Holland, of
Henryville, Indiana, Patrick and Charlene Holland, of Moores Hill, Steve and Lisa Holland, of
Jacksonville, Florida, Rob Holland, of Burlington, Kentucky, Chris and Cindy Holland, of
Clarksville, Indiana, and Eric Holland, of Texas; ; a daughter, Megan Holland, of Madison, Indiana;
his brother, Robert Holland, of Pennsylvania; his sister, Luella Brooker, of Lawrenceburg; 15
grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Hollands, Dick Taylor
Dick Taylor Hollands, formerly of Miami, Florida
and McLean and Arlington, Virginia, passed away on
April 12, 2020, at Winchester Hospital, Winchester,
Massachusetts, from complications of the COVID
virus. Dick was born and raised in Hornell, New
York, the only child of William Garfield Hollands,
Jr. and Dorothy (Dick) Hollands. He was a
three-letter athlete and valedictorian of his high
school class, graduated from Dartmouth College in
1950 and later earned his J.D. from New York
Dick married his beloved wife Elizabeth (Robinson)
Hollands (died 2006) in 1952, and together they had
four sons: Chip, Steve (died 1994), Peter, and Bill.
Dick served in the navy and was stationed in Guam
during the Korean War. Dick worked in the television
industry from its early days and throughout his
career. After starting in the mail room at NBC in
New York, his positions included: founding general
manager of NBC's first station in South America, in
Buenos Aires in 1960-61, assistant general manager
and later vice president for broadcast staff for Wometco's CBS affiliate station in Miami, Florida,
WTVJ, from 1964–1983, and vice-president of
television of the National Association of
Broadcasters in Washington, DC from 1984–1988.
Dick loved to play golf and was an active member of
King's Bay Yacht and Country Club in Miami and River
Bend Golf & Country Club in Great Falls, Virginia.
Dick was an avid traveler, visiting nearly every
state in the country and every continent except
Antarctica, accompanied in his later years by his
beloved companion, Carol Finkel. He also loved
theater, amassing a collection of hundreds of
Playbills from shows he had seen both on and off
Broadway from the 1930s through 2019. During his
retirement, Dick acted in community theater; he had
starring roles in The Gin Game, Harvey, Nuts and On
Survivors include three sons; their wives, Elisa
Kosarin and Lisa Bouchard, and husband, John Flinn;
the widow of his deceased son, Barbara Thompson;
seven grandchildren, Ali Thomas-Hollands, Hannah
Thomas-Hollands, Cooper Flinn Hollands, Gray
Bouchard, Sam Hollands, Johanna Thompson-Hollands
and Libby Thompson-Hollands; two
great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Luisa DiPierro; and
a third great-grandchild on the way, Marina
Bouchard. A memorial service will be held at a date
in the future. In lieu of flowers, please consider
making a donation to the COVID Relief entities, such
as in Massachusetts the Massachusetts COVID 19
Relief Fund supported by the Governor
(www.macovid19relieffund.org); to the Alzheimer's
Association; or to your local food pantry.
Holloway, Clarence Robert "C.R." Jr.
Clarence Robert (C.R.) Holloway Jr. passed into
eternal rest on Wednesday April 8, 2020 at the
wonderful age of 100 years.
He was born on December 22, 1919 in New Orleans, a
son of the late Clarence Robert Holloway Sr. and
Marie Francoise Germaine Lauduimiey. His first real
life experience in survival came quickly during the
Great Depression. In his early teens, even though
his father had a decent job in the lumber industry,
he learned he had to work for everything and he once
said he felt rich if he had 25 cents in his pocket.
Upon graduation from Fortier High School in 1937 he
attended Spring Hill College in Mobile for a year,
where he considered joining the priesthood. After
realizing that God had other plans for him, he moved
on the LSU. During that time, he and his brother Ken
spent hours at the Lakefront Airport watching planes
land and take off and they both became enthralled
with flight. Their mother was less than pleased when
told they wanted to be pilots. After a few years at
LSU, World War II broke out. He quit school, joined
the Army Air Corps and went to Pensacola for flight
training, fulfilling his dream. Upon graduation he
joined the 8th Air Force, then stationed in England,
to begin his war duty as a fighter pilot aboard a
P-47. CR recently expressed how proud he was to fly
air support for the D-Day landing. During his war
duty he flew 59 missions in support of General
Patton as he marched across France. In that campaign
CR was awarded the Air Medal as well as the
Distinguished Flying Cross for valor and numerous
other awards and medals.
When asked how he handled facing possible death
every day he said, “We didn’t think about it, we had
to do it so we did it.” The Greatest Generation knew
what was at stake. He said he always had his Rosary
in one hand and the stick in the other.
In surviving both the Great Depression and World War
II, CR learned how to persevere, how to look fear in
the eye, how to give it all ya’ got, and to succeed.
These experiences became the bedrock for which his
life of faith was based. All this was possible
because of his strong faith, that his Guardian Angel
would keep him safe no matter what, and that God had
more for him to accomplish in his life. After the
war he returned to New Orleans, worked for his uncle
in the lumber business and married Marion, his
sweetheart, in 1946. A little more than a year later
his first son arrived.
When the Korean War started CR was called back to
duty serving a year there aboard his trusty P-47.
Again, he flew mission after mission, rosary and
stick in hand, and returning safe and sound. Once
again God had more plans for him. He loved flying so
much that he decided to make the Air Force his
career and the next chapter began. As is normal in
the military, one doesn’t get used to any one place
for long and CR and his family had their share of
travel with 10 duty station assignments, beginning
at Pensacola, Florida, then Albuquerque, New Mexico,
Houma, Louisiana, and Carolina Beach, North
Carolina, where he commanded an early warning radar
installation and his second son arrived. This
was followed by Fontainebleau, France with NATO,
where his daughter arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, he
graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College,
Stewart AFB in Newburgh, NY, where he earned his BS
in Military Science from the University of Maryland,
one year in Unalakleet, Alaska as CO again of an
early warning radar installation, returning to
Stewart AFB a second time then finally at Gunter
AFB, Montgomery, AL where he retired as a Major in
1967 with 20 years of service. During that
entire time his faith was his compass. Nearly every
night CR could be found kneeling against his bed
praying the rosary.
Returning to New Orleans to begin another phase, CR
and Marion reunited with their entire extended
family. He worked for Clyde W. Smith Office
Furniture Company, eventually becoming the top
salesman. Settling into civilian life he never
stopped working and praying. He often said, “Pray
like everything depends on God and work like
everything depends on you.” and this became his
During these years Mimi and Pop Pop raised and
nurtured their children, enabling them to graduate
from Southeastern La. University, Xavier University
in Pharmacy and LSU School of Nursing. Easy to think
that would be it but no, CR wasn’t done yet.
Gradually the grand-children started coming along
and that’s when CR really came into his own. He and
Mimi purchased a condominium in Pass Christian known
to the family as Mimi’s condo and Pop Pop’s pier.
For years it was the family gathering place for
every holiday and special occasion. His older
grandchildren thought it was their
home-away-from-home because they spent so much time
there. Favorite pastimes were swimming in the pool,
fishing, BBQ’s, bingo, and, of course golf. CR loved
the game and played nearly every weekend with his
best friends who the family knew as Uncle Bob and
Uncle Red. Their wives, Aunt Elaine and Aunt
Audrey,were always there as well. It was only after
quite some time that his son found out they were not
blood relatives. In the evening the six best friends
would sit by the BBQ pits drinking Old Fashions
while the ladies remembered their lifelong
friendships beginning in grammar school at Holy
CR instituted a family practice of gathering monthly
to say the rosary and reflect on our faith. The
routine lasted many years and became the basis for
family prayer, again, faith was at the heart of CR’s
mission. He also lived out his faith as a long-time
active member of St. Vincent DePaul Society at St.
Dominic Parish and a fundraiser for a mission at
In CR’s later years his life changed. Mimi passed
away in 2015 and his health began to gradually
decline but he always remained true to his faith
foundation insisting, even at 98, to attend Sunday
Mass. He always had his guardian angel pin on his
shirt and had no fear of a fall saying that his
Angel, Jerry, (yes, he has a name) would look out
for him. By this time CR’s personality was his
signature. He was always happy to see anyone who
came to visit. The first question was “How you doin’”
then how was everyone individually that he
associated with the visitor. This question was asked
from his heart with great enthusiasm because he
really cared how everyone was, again rooted in
faith. The next question was “What can I do for you,
do you need anything?” and he meant it. If there was
anything needed it was just an ask away. These two
questions were really all he cared about and all CR
wanted to know.
Truly this was his faith on display through love and
generosity. As CR became less able to care for
himself a group of ladies came into his life who
loved him and cared for his every need with
dedication and kindness. Margaret, known
affectionately as “Sarge” saw to his showering and
shaving and wouldn’t take no for an answer if it was
that time. Lenora, Julie, Christian, Danette, Tinice,
Vera, and Lynette rounded out the group. Each of
these ladies loved CR and he loved them. He would
constantly comment on how pretty they were and how
appreciative he was for their care. He was never
difficult, always smiling, always happy to see them,
always complementing them and always agreeable.
Even if the TV volume had to be above 50 while he
claimed he didn’t need to wear his hearing aids. To
a person he was the nicest and kindest person they
ever cared for. Now CR’s final mission was about to
take off. Unfortunately, during this difficult time
and in spite of intensive efforts for isolation he
tested positive for COVID-19 and entered East
Jefferson Hospital but no, it wasn’t to be that
simple. As usual CR turned on his charm,
agreeability, and kind nature gaining the admiration
of all who attended him. Nurses Elizbeth, Leslie and
Amy as well as Dr. Poulet all couldn’t say enough
kind things about him. After a few days there, CR
was transferred to Omega Hospital and he continued
right where left off. When being rolled in upon
transport, two nurses in full PPE greeted him where
his immediate remark was, “They sent the two
prettiest nurses out to get me”. Of course, from
that point on he was the favorite patient cared for
by Vicki and Skyline but everybody else wanted to
care for. And that was his final mission. To bring a
smile, a laugh, some kindness and a bit of relief to
those giving care in this difficult time. This is
what CR’s faith taught him and by which he lived his
entire life and succeeded on every mission.
Soon CR fell asleep and Jerry came to greet him. He
is now with Mimi, his brothers and best friends in a
great reunion in the presence of God. Dad you will
be long missed but never forgotten. Thank you for
your love and all you’ve given us and done for us.
He is preceded in death by the love of his life
Marion Hecker Holloway after 69 years of devoted
marriage and by brothers, Kenneth (Gene) and Charles
(Inky). He is survived by Inky’s wife, Nina
Mae; three children, Bob Holloway (Alice), Rick
Holloway (Patricia) and Pam Randazzo (Manny) who
gave him nine grandchildren that affectionately knew
him as Pop Pop, Chris Holloway (Beth), Elizabeth
Davis (Kevin), Stephen Holloway, Kevin Riley
(Leigh), Erin Hurst (Bryan), Patrick (Bubby) Riley
(Mallory), Paige Riley (John, engaged), Erick
Holloway (Sarah) and Dylan Holloway who in turn
blessed him with nine (so far) great-grandchildren,
Elise, Anna, Lottie, Luke, Lillian, Collette, Riley,
Cole and Logan. CR lived a kind, loving and
extremely faith filled life.
Holt, Marvin Benton Sr.
My father, Marvin Benton Holt Sr., served in the Korean War. He passed away on September 4, 2003. He was from Newton, Georgia. - Candi Mathis
[see Buddy Search, Deceased, Holt]
Homminga, Gerald John Sr.
Gerald J. Homminga Sr. (age 55) of Michigan died
September 28, 1988 in Bay City, Michigan. He
was a private in the US Army during the Korean War.
Gerald was born February 01, 1933, a twin son of
Clarence Edward and Beulah Mae Barber Homminga.
He was married to Betty Jane Jacob Homminga and
their children were Gerald J. Homminga Jr., Duane
Homminga, and Mrs. Clifford (Penny Homminga) Popour.
The KWE's research believes (but it's unverified) that his siblings
included Mrs. Frederick Carl (Frances Grace Homminga)
Dietlein, June Homminga, Delores Homminga Reinhardt, Harold
James Homminga Jr. (Gerald's twin), Mrs. Bruce James
(Luella Mae Homminga) Bowyer, and Delene Homminga.
Gerald Senior is buried in Floral Gardens Cemetery,
Homminga, Harold James Sr.
Harold J. Homminga died March 22, 1979 (age 46)
in Frankenlust, Michigan. He was born February
1, 1933, a twin son of Clarence Edward and Beulah
Mae Barber Homminga. He was married to
Millicent Ruth Ralph and their children were Harold
James Jr., John
R., Kim, Kathy, Edward, Tammy, Tina, and Debra.
See Gerald Homminga for further information.
Harold James Senior was a corporal in the army
during the Korean War. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery and
Mausoleum, Kawkawlin, Bay County, Michigan.
Hoover, Kenneth Carl
My father, Kenneth Carl Hoover (born:
12/08/1932), was a Korean War veteran. He passed
away May 30,2021 in hospice at Morristown Memorial
Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey. He was a
Communications Specialist during the War. Later he
was employed by Mohawk Constructors, Inc. of Linden,
New Jersey and a member of the Heavy & General
Laborers Union Local #472 in Newark, New Jersey. He
retired from there at 55 years old.
He was a father, grandfather and great
grandfather to many children. His surviving spouse
is Mrs. Gail L. (Strouse) Hoover. They resided in
Frenchtown, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. His first
wife (my mother) was the late Doris Jean (Bates)
Brant. Kenneth was predeceased by Doris J. Brant,
and his oldest daughter Kathleen Elizabeth (Hoover)
( Favereaux) Deilly.
He is also survived by a son, Wade Hoover, and
his wife Mrs. Barbara Jean (Smith) (Boone) Hoover of
Quakertown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Wade is an
Active Duty Navy Cold War Veteran as well as a
Pennsylvania Army National Guard Veteran later in
life. Kenneth is survived by another daughter Mrs.
Rory (Hoover) McLeod of Florida.
Dad's brother Richard Hoover was also a Korean
War Veteran and Prisoner of War. Richard's late wife
was Mrs. Norma "Ginger" (Hartpence) Hoover. Richard
and Ginger were parents, grandparents and great
grandparents. Richard and Ginger resided in West
Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
Ginger passed away in Lambertville, New Jersey, at
the home of her son Mr. David Henry Hoover and his
wife Victoria (Allen) Hoover. They're also survived
by a daughter, Mrs. Linda Lee (Hoover) Pollock of
Ewing, Mercer County, New Jersey. - Wade Hoover
Hopkins, John Gabriel "Birdie"
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From the Daily Record, April 4, 1999
BOONTON - John G. "Birdie" Hopkins died Thursday at Crestwood Nursing Home in Whippany after a long illness. He was 69. Born in Boonton, he was
a lifelong resident.
Mr. Hopkins retired in 1985 as the assistant director of development at J.P. Stevens Co., a textile research and development company in Garfield, which
is now Westpoint Stevens.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and served in the 82nd Airborne Division. He served in the 3rd Platoon, K Co., 508th RCT, participating
in Exercise Longhorn on April 8, 1952. The exercise was the largest Airborne Heavy Equipment drop to that point in time.
Mr. Hopkins was a member and past grand knight of Walter J. Barrett Knights of Columbus Council 19545 and of American Legion Post 124; and a member of
Elks Lodge 1405 and the South Boonton Field Club, all in Boonton. He was also a member of the Peace Pipe Country Club of Boonton Township, the American
Philatelic Society and the 508th Airborne Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division.
His brothers, Gerald and Joseph, both died previously. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor (Ballard); two sons, Stephen J. and John M.; a daughter,
Carol A; two brothers, Edwin of Boonton and Charles "Buck" of South Carolina; three sisters, Eileen Maraziti, Dolores Gallagher and Lucille Scerbo; and
Hopper, Floyd M.
Floyd M. Hopper, age 90, of Hamilton, Ohio, died
Thursday, January 6, 2022 at Hospice of Hamilton. He
was born on January 16, 1931 in Winchester,
Kentucky, the son of Stanley and Iva (Wilder)
He was a 1950 graduate of Hamilton High School
and attended Cedarville College. He married Dolores
Harris in Hamilton, Ohio on September 11, 1954.
Floyd was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving as a
medic in a Mash unit in Korea. He was employed as a
graphic designer and supervisor for Monsanto
Research (EG&G) in Miamisburg, Ohio and previously
for Bendix Corporation, retiring in 1992. Previously
he was a member of the Hamilton Elks and active in
the bowling league and was an avid golfer and
He was a highly regarded high school football and
basketball referee for more than 26 years. He worked
the chains for Miami University football games for
45 years. He was a former Little League baseball
coach and played semi-pro football. He was also a
member of the Hamilton High School Hall of Fame and
Vice President of his high school class. He attended
the Honor Flight to Washington, DC in May 2017.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores; four
daughters, Cathy Duerler, Sharonville, Linda (Bob)
Reimer, Hamilton, Anita (Doug) Smith, Fairfield and
Jennifer (Tony) Hoffman, Cincinnati; one son, Gary
Hopper, Medford, Oregon; nine grandchildren, Kylee,
Megan, Corey, Shaun, Brooke, Hunter, Hope, Cassie
and Kodie; two great grandchildren and one girl on
the way. He was preceded in death by his parents;
his brother, Bentley Hopper; and his son-in-law,
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at Weigel Funeral Home,
980 N. W. Washington Blvd., Hamilton Ohio 45013 with
Mr. Jack Young officiating. Entombment will be in
Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum. Visitation will be
Wednesday from 12 noon until time of the service.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Hamilton,
1010 Eaton Ave, Hamilton, Ohio 45013 or American
Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300,
Rockville, Maryland 20852.
Horner, William "Bill" E.
William "Bill" Horner passed away on Sunday,
April 19, 2020, at age 87 from complications related
to COVID-19. Bill was a loving husband, brother,
father, and grandfather, survived by his wife of 59
years Tonia (Chickie), son Joseph and wife Liza, his
three grandsons, Matthew, Michael, and Thomas, and
his brother James. Bill was born on October 20, 1932
to William and Maybelle Horner in Parkersburg,
W.Va., and was the oldest of three children. Bill
attended Parkersburg High School and shortly after
graduating was drafted into the United States Army
during the Korean War. Post wartime, Bill moved to
New York in 1957, initially settling in Manhattan.
In New York, Bill worked for Grace National Bank, a
division of W.R. Grace & Company, before moving to
Staten Island and marrying his wife Chickie in 1960
at age 27. The couple would have been married 60
years on April 30th. Bill spent the next 25 years on
Staten Island with the majority of that time as a
Tompkinsville resident. He held a number of jobs
throughout the years before settling with MetLife in
1980 where he rose to the rank of district manager
before retiring in 1995. In 1985 Bill moved with his
family to Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he lived the
remainder of his life. In addition to his
accomplished career, Bill loved to spend his time
staying active and his love of sports was well known
by his family and friends. Growing up, Bill was a
diehard Cleveland Indians fan until his son Joseph
finally convinced him to root for the Yankees in the
1970s. He could often be found sitting out on his
back porch listening to Yankee games over the radio,
convinced by his own superstition that if they were
having a bad game, continuing to watch the game on
TV would bring them bad luck. Bill was also an avid
golfer and had the pleasure of sharing his love of
golf with his grandsons, who have some of their most
vivid memories of their grandfather spending
countless hours on the golf course together. When
not on the golf course, Bill enjoyed bowling at Rab's Country Lanes where he bowled in the Sunday
morning men's league. Bill will be remembered as a
kind and easy-going man who always had a smile on
his face and at many times, a Ralph's Ice in hand.
He always had a story to tell and always remembered
to enjoy the moment and to live life to the fullest.
Due to current circumstances, funeral services at
Matthew Funeral Home and burial services at St.
Peter's Cemetery were private. A memorial Mass will
be held at a later date.
Horton, Everett E.
Everett was born August 23, 1933 and died January
17, 2023. He served in the US Army from 1952
to 1976, serving in the Korean War. He was a
devoted husband and loving father. No further
information was found by the KWE.
Hotelling, Lewis A.
Lewis A. Hotelling, Age 80, of Hamilton, was swept from this life to life of everlasting on Monday, October 20, 2009, at Fort Hamilton Hospital. He was
born in Hamilton, Ohio, on September 10, 1929, to the late Lyall and Lila (nee Bellis) Hotelling. On December 24, 1949, in Hamilton, Lewis married his wife,
Ruth Mae Gill.
He served his country in the US Army during the Korean War receiving a Silver Star and the Purple Heart. Lewis retired from the Army as a Major. He fought
the war for his country long after the war was over for those who were forgotten. Lewis was written about in the book The 7th Infantry Regiment Combat in
an Age of Terror by John C. McManus. He was later an investigator for the Bureau of Workers Compensation for 15 years.
Lewis was a member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter #15 and a member of the Muncie, Indiana Masonic Lodge, Shriners and Order of Eastern Star. He
loved life, was adventurous and full of knowledge. If you needed an answer you called on Lou. He loved the outdoors especially fishing, camping, boating
and travel. His final travel was to the Gates of Heaven to rest in peace.
Lewis is survived by his wife of over 59 years, Ruth Mae Hotelling; daughter Rebecca (Russell) Smith of Corbin, Kentucky; two grandsons, Steven Paul
and Russell Smith, II; sister, Mary Childers of Hamilton; sister-in-law, Melba Steve of Dallas, Texas; nieces and nephews; and loving pets, Snickers and
Ceedee. Lewis was also preceded in death by son, Steve Hotelling in 1975 and daughter, Sue Hotelling in 2005.
Funeral services will be held at Webb Noonan Funeral Home, Ross Avenue at South “D” Street, Hamilton, at 1:30pm on Friday, October 23, 2009. Interment
will follow at Rose Hill Burial Park. Family and friends will be received prior to the service from 11:30-1:30 at the funeral home. “Rest in Peace Grandpa”
Memorial Contributions are suggested to Kidney Foundation of Greater Cincinnati 2200 Victory Parkway, Ste 510 Cincinnati, OH 45206 or the American Cancer
Society 2808 Reading Road Cincinnati, OH 45206.
Howard, Henry G. "HG" Jr.
MGYSGT Henry G. "HG" Howard, USMC (Ret.), passed
away at his home October 12, 2013. He was 81.
HG was the rock and strength of the many lives he
touched, was a devoted husband, father and friend.
His compassion, wisdom, strength and integrity were
in part the product of his many years in the Corps
and those of us who were a part of his life will
forever be better for knowing him. He served
not only his country, but in the true spirit of the
Marine Corps always placed others before himself and
was an inspiration to all. He truly led by
example his entire life.
HG is survived by his beloved wife Lucy, his
devoted son and best friend, Randy Eisenhauer and
his wife Barbara, many grandchildren, great
grandchildren, and friends.
Chapel services will be held in Jacksonville,
North Carolina at Jones Funeral home chapel. Sunday,
October 27th, at 1400 hours. Family and
friends gathering will be one hour prior to service.
His remains will be interred at Arlington National
In lieu of flowers, the family has established
the "Henry G. Howard Jr. Memorial Fund", Attention:
MCFU, P.O. Box 1551, Jacksonville, NC 28541.
Howes, Stanley Harold
Stanley Harold Howes, 74, died Tuesday, Aug. 27,
2002, at North Monroe (Louisiana) Medical Center.
Visitation will be Friday at Mulhearn Funeral Home,
Monroe, from 4 p.m. until the funeral at 6.
A native of Ponchatoula, he was a Merchant Marine
during World War II and a U.S. Army staff sergeant
during the Korean War where he received a Silver
Star and a Purple Heart. He was a member of Masonic
Lodge, Shrine Temple and the Disabled American
Veterans, and a former member of the Tangipahoa
Parish Sheriff's Reserve Unit.
He is survived by his children, Fritz Howes of
Homer, Kurt Howes of Shreveport, Lisa Maria Howes of
Clemmons, N.C.; one brother, Travis Howes of
Independence; seven grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
parents, Albert Edward and Olga Fischer Howes.
Memorial donations may be made to Shriners
Hospitals for Children, 3100 Samford Ave.,
My uncle, George Hronec, passed away on June 10, 1991 in Lorain, Ohio. He was the
youngest of eight children and was born on July 27, 1928 in Lorain to John and Mary Mraz
George was an Army veteran who had been stationed with the 148th Quartermaster
Graves Registration Company in Wonju, South Korea. His kind, gentle nature will always be missed
and I am very proud of his military service to our country....In gratitude, Carolyn M. Ziurys"
John B. Huckaby of Eunice died on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at the Jennings American Legion Hospital. He was 78.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 1:00 pm on Friday, March 19, 2010 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Eunice. Entombment will follow in
the St. Paul Mausoleum with Father Tom Voorhies Celebrant.
Huckaby was the owner and operator of John’s TV Service. A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he held the Bronze Medal.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Jane Young Huckaby of Eunice; five sons, Jude Huckaby and wife, Rhoda of Eunice, Jason Huckaby and husband, Michael
Schoenenberger of California, Jonathan Huckaby and partner, Wallace Bennett of Houston, Jody Huckaby and partner, Stephen Goolsby of Washington, DC, and
John Huckaby, Jr. of New Orleans; three daughters, Sister Joan Manuel, C.S.J. of Baton Rouge, Jann Hebert and Janie Huckaby both of Eunice; his sister,
Celina Williams of Church Point; 11 grandchildren, Lori Guillory and husband, Troy, Wendy Young and husband, Tracy, Dustin Huckaby, Matthew Huckaby and
wife, Sakara, Laci Byrne and husband, Jeremy, Shane Manuel and wife, Nikki, Michael Manuel and fiancé Sarah Andrus, Christopher Hebert, Aimee Hebert Thomas,
Patrick Hebert and wife, Dianna and Bryan Hebert, and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Amalie Arnaud Huckaby, and his brothers, Ned Huckaby and Alphan Huckaby.
Visitation will be held at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Eunice on Thursday, March 18 from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm and again on Friday, March 19, from 8:00
am until time of services. Deacon Gary Gaudin and Deacon Chuck Ortego will recite a Rosary at 7 Thursday evening.
Hudder, Vernon R. Jr. "Bob"
Mr. Vernon Robert “Bob” Hudder, Jr., age 79, of Mountain Home, passed away February 17,
2009 at his home. A memorial service, conducted by Rev. Dr. Sam Bailey, will be 2:00 P.M.
Sunday, Feb. 22 at Twin Lakes Baptist Church. Interment, with services conducted by his
eldest son, Rev. Dr. R. Steven Hudder, will be 10 AM Tues. Feb. 24 at Jefferson Barracks
National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO with military honors.
Mr. Hudder was born July 19, 1929
in St. Louis, MO to Vernon Robert Hudder, Sr and Mildred Adams Hudder. He married Emma Hughes on
Dec. 2, 1955 and she preceded him in death on Sept. 10, 1999. He was an Air Force Veteran and
member of the Twin Lakes Baptist Church. He was a founding member and First Commander of the
Mountain Home Korean War Veterans Association; American Legion; VFW and Society of Strategic Air
Command. He was active in the Mountain Home Youth Basketball and Football programs as a referee.
In 1996 he wrote a book detailing his Korean War combat missions.
Survivors include three
sons: Dr. R. Steven (Dianne) Hudder of Miami, FL, Terry Hudder of Columbia, SC, and Dr. Glen
Hudder of St. Louis, MO, Two daughters: Karen (Lonnie) Emard of Columbia, SC, and Laura
Robertson of Mountain Home.. Two Brothers: Dr. Jerry Hudder of Fayetteville, AR and David (Bev)
Hudder of Tuscon, AZ. Six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
are suggested to Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House.
Hummel, Sanford Clark "Stan"
Sanford Clark "Stan" Hummel, 88, died April 27,
2020 in the Huntersville, North Carolina hospital of
coronavirus. He was a resident of Autumn Care
of Cornelius nursing home. He was born
February 7, 1932 in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, son
of Chester Clinton and Della Mae Hummel. He
was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War.
While stationed overseas in 1965, he lost his leg
due to infection. After his Air Force service
he worked at Penn State University as a campus
security officer. He liked building and flying
airplanes and spending hours at the local airport.
He was the father of Mrs. Curtis (Andrea) Gorman,
stepfather of Claudia Mai, and grandfather of two
grandchildren. His siblings were Chester
Clinton Hummel (who predeceased him), Shirley Pryde,
Audrey Hammers, Richard Hummel, and Daniel Hummel.
He also was survived by nieces, nephews and friends.
Hunter, William R.
William R. Hunter, Charlie 1/7, died Friday, October 13, 2006 at 3 pm. He was buried Monday, October 16, with full military honors by 13th Force Recon
Company and I & I staff members at Mobile Memorial Gardens, Mobile Alabama.
Hurt, Raymond E. Jr.
Raymond E. Hurt Jr. passed away November 15, 2012. He was born January 31, 1931, in San Pedro, California, the only child of the late Raymond Hurt and
Marie (VanCleve) Hurt.
After graduating from Cutler Academy in Los Angeles in 1948, he joined the Navy in February 1950. He served six months in the Naval Hospital
at Bremerton, Washington, and was then assigned to the Marines as a corpsman . He served in Korea with the 1st Marine Division Company H. He was awarded
the Silver Star for gallantry. While the company was attacking a well-defended enemy position on Hill 483, he repeatedly exposed himself to enemy
fire to go to the aid of wounded personnel. He made repeated trips across open, fire-swept terrain, to carry four wounded Marines over one hundred yards
Just prior to leaving the military he married Jo Ann Vanderford of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Living in California, they raised three children. He worked
as a longshoreman/checker on the docks of Long Beach and Los Angeles for 52 years. While there he got his education at Cal State Long Beach and went on
to teach special education at Estancia High School in Costa Mesa, California, for 20 years.
He leaves behind his wife Stephany; his two sons, Raymond (Skip) Hurt of Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, and Robert Hurt of Missoula, Montana; a daughter,
Pamela Arroues of Helena, Montana; and 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
He will be interned with full honors at Arlington Cemetery in summer 2013. In lieu of memorial contributions, please give blood.