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.
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.
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 E.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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]
Jack Higgins passed away February 21, 2005. Funeral mass was held Friday, February 25 at Our Lady of the Cape, Brewster, MA.
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
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.
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
Kingdland; 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.
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]
Hopkins, John Gabriel "Birdie"
From the Daily Record, April 4, 1999
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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
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.
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.