Katelhut, Robert Sr.
My grandpa's name is Robert Katelhut Sr. He passed on January 8, 2006. His wife passed a few months
earlier. He is buried in Oregon at the military cemetery. He was a good dad, grandfather and great
grandfather. We will all miss him. - Jean Reed (granddaughter)
Robert Katelhut Sr. & Granddaughter
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Robert & Dee Katelhut
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Reunion 27 September 2003: Dolores & Robert Katelhut, Bob Robinson, and Bob Dunger
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Message from Robert Katelhut Jr.
"Just thinking about my Dad today because the Chosin Few
organization contacted me for some additional information about
his life. He was shot in the leg from a Chinese sniper bullet in
1951 while serving as a USMC forward observer in the Chosin
Reservoir with George Company 1/3.
The 'Frozen Chosin', as they would become to be known, were
surrounded by the Chinese and cut off from their supply lines in
the dead of winter below zero temperatures in North Korea with
no cold weather gear. A famous quote was made by the legendary
marine Chesty Puller who, as my dad recounted, jumped up on the
back of a truck to address the Division and said these famous
words: 'Marines, the enemy is to our front, they are to the
rear, they are on both our flanks (surrounded). We got
them right where we want them. They can't get away now.' Chesty
was an optimist. The First Marine Division could not dig in to
the ground because it was frozen solid from sub zero
temperatures and the marines only had their warm weather
It was not until I became a marine did my dad talk about his
experience with me. It seems I had earned that right of the
brotherhood. My dad recounted to me that when the dew level
dropped in the early morning and it was the coldest part of the
day. The Chinese, waves upon human waves of Chinese, would
make a frontal attack. The ones in the front would be mowed down
by the marines in sub zero temperatures, most suffering from
The Chinese troops behind those who were killed on the front
of the assault would fall to the ground, only to have their
weapons picked up by the following waves of Chinese and the
assault would continue for hours in an endless wave of humans
attacking the marines--who were outnumbered 1,000,000 to 1,000.
The First Division of the USMC was written off as wiped out
by the press and by the commander General Mac Arthur. The First
Marine Division executed the famous attack to the rear. Chesty
said, 'Hell, we are not retreating, we are attacking to the
rear.' The First Marine Division successfully broke
through the enemy rear stronghold, bringing every frozen solid
marine dead corpse (the wounded had to walk), and they brought
every piece of marine corps equipment with them, too--a
tradition carried for over 230 years. They successfully attacked
to the rear, and through countless firefights and North Korean
artillery attacks, made it back to Inchon and were successfully
I honor my father who lied about his age (17) so he could
join the USMC. He and my mom raised five children. My dad had a
9th grade education. He suffered from bone infection from his
gunshot wound, and frostbite, along with untreated full-blown
PTSD from 1951 until 1995, when he finally lost his leg from
bone infection and began full treatment for all of his wounds
with the V.A. I have no idea how he and she successfully did so.
It was to say the least--a challenge.
In 1992 my mother suffered a debilitating heart aneurism
which left her lucid, but unable to walk or speak very well at
all. For all intents and purposes, my mom should have been in a
hospice. But in true marine spirit my dad said, 'We don't leave
anyone behind,' and he cared for her. When he lost his leg four
years later, he continued with his ethic no one left behind, and
with one leg cared for my mother while both were in a
The last 12 years of his life he lived sober. He was
treated for PTSD. He came to know Christ as his Lord and
Savior, led my mom to Christ, and cared for my mom until she
passed in October, 2005. They told me that the last years of
their lives were the happiest they had known.
Two months after my mom passed after 55 years of marriage, my
dad fell dead to a massive heart attack after I unsuccessfully
attempted CPR. His heart was fine until that day. He died of a
broken heart and it was clear he had no intention of fighting to
live while he was receiving CPR. He wanted to be with my mom.
He graduated from this reality on January 8, 2006, next to
the bed that he shared with his wife for 55 years. I salute you
first as a father and also I salute Mom as one who went through
hell with you, Dad, before you got your treatment by the V.A. in
1995 and learned of the redemption of Christ--his and her God.
One of my dad and mom’s greatest joys were the yearly
anniversaries of the Chosin Few. I attended a few of them and I
was able to see firsthand what I had been taught in boot camp in
the Marine History classes. I remember the instructor telling us
that the Chosin Few are the hardest Marine veterans that the
Corps ever produced. He was right. I salute you Chosin Marines
for what you did for us, for what you did for each other, and
for the years of suffering I know most of you endured
afterwards. Semper Fi to you all. When the Army and the
Navy spy on Heaven’s scenes, they will find that the streets are
guarded by the UNITED STATES MARINES!
I know, Marine, that you are not in my past, but are
certainly in my future. I look forward to the day when we will
be posted on Heaven's streets or to whatever role we have in
eternity. I miss you both, and in case you haven't heard it on
this side of eternity, "Mission Accomplished". Your fight is
over, but your legacy lives on.
Semper Fi, Dad. Semper Fi, Mom. I am proud of you both. Thank
[KWE Note: Like his father did, USMC veteran Robert Katelhut Jr.
suffered with full-blown PTSD. He was a Sniper in the Corps
and got shot in the back. When he came back to the United
States, he was a gang investigator in L.A.]
Gentlemen and Ladies of the Chosin Few: It is with deepest sorrow that I must report to you that "our
angel of mercy", Captain Lillian Keil, USAF, Flight Nurse has passed away early this afternoon. Lillian
has been ill for the past several months and passed away quietly in her sleep with family members at her
side. Funeral arrangements are pending, however, interment will be at Riverside National Cemetery. More
details to follow.
- Bob Licker [submitted 6/30/05]
Gentlemen... As a member of the Orange County Chapter It has been my privilege to know Lillian
Keil for 20 plus years. Prior to her service in Korea she was a flight nurse in Europe during WWII.
Lillian made many evacuation flights into and from Hagaru, N. Korea. Information received indicates she
never failed to have a large basket of oranges aboard for the wounded. How and where she obtained the
fruit is still a mystery. As Bob indicates above, she wishes to be interred at Riverside National Cemetery
(among the Marines she so loved and administered to.) Go with God, Lillian. Surely the Marines guarding
Heavens gate will honor you as you enter. - Saepius Exertus, Semper Fidelis, Frater Infinitas - "Often
Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever" - United States Marines
- The IceMan, Howard Mason, Weapons 1/7, The Chosin Few,
Viewing --- 2-6 PM Thursday, July 7th --- Forest Lawn - Covina Hills
Rosary --- 7:30 PM Thursday, July 7th --- Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 314 W Workman St, Covina, 91723 -
(626) 332-3570 (just west of Citrus Avenue, east of Hollenbeck) From I-10 east, exit at Citrus Avenue, go
north to Workman Avenue, turn left. Parking behind the church.
Funeral Mass: --- 12 Noon, Friday, July 8th --- Sacred Heart Church
Military Honors: --- 3PM, Friday, July 8th --- Riverside National Cemetery
After service gathering at West Covina’s VFW Hall Post 8620, 2328 W. Merced Ave. West Covina, 91790.
626-337-2102 --- I-10 Freeway exit Puente Ave. in West Covina/Baldwin Park. VFW is on the south side of
the freeway. Any questions contact George Ogden at the Post at 626-337-2102.
Bye, Lil! A true patriot, trailblazer - She dodged death to save soldiers* lives
11:57 PM PDT on Friday, July 8, 2005 by Joe Vargo, The Press-Enterprise
A Hero Remembered - Lillian Keil, Air Force captain and flight nurse
- Age: 88
- Evacuation flights: 425, including 23 transatlantic missions
- Medals: 19, including a European Theater medal with four battle stars; four Air Medals, and a
Presidential Unit Citation from the Republic of Korea
- Died: June 30, 2005
- Buried: Friday in Riverside National Cemetery
The wounded and frostbitten soldiers she treated called Lillian Keil, "the Angel of Mercy."
Captain Keil was a pioneer flight nurse, a harrowing job that often required her to fly into airfields
under fire to pick up scores of men and evacuate them to safety. She made more than 425 evacuations
in World War II and Korea, becoming one of the most decorated and revered women in U.S. military history.
She was buried Friday with full military honors in Riverside National Cemetery. She died of cancer
June 30 at the age of 88.
Navy chaplain Norm Goodwin, who presided over the service, called Captain Keil an "outstanding
individual" who earned "many honors in service of the country she loved." In a letter read on his
behalf to the family, Governor Schwarzenegger called Captain Keil a "true patriot and trailblazer for
women in the Armed Forces." The Blue Eagles Honor Guard from March Air Reserve Base fired a 21-gun
salute and served as pallbearers. Dual bagpipers played "Amazing Grace." Lillian Keil, 88, a
flight nurse during World War II, was buried at Riverside National Cemetery. Keil earned 19 medals
in 11 battle campaigns.
Captain Keil, a longtime Covina resident, took to the air for the first time in 1938, becoming one of
the first stewardesses for United Airlines. By that time, she had already earned her certification
as a registered nurse but fell in love with aviation from the first moment she saw an airplane.
The U.S. entrance in World War II in 1941 gave Captain Keil the opportunity to make use of her skills.
By 1943, she was stationed in England, where she pulled wounded airmen from battle-damaged B-17
flying Fortresses when they returned home from bombing raids. She made the D-Day Invasion in June
1944, helping evacuate wounded soldiers from the Normandy beaches and later saw action in the Battle of
the Bulge. She often carried large baskets of oranges, which she gave to the wounded.
It was during the withdrawal from the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea that Captain Keil faced her
ultimate challenge. About 20,000 Americans were overrun by a force of 200,000 Chinese communist
troops who threatened to annihilate them. The U.s. held the airstrip at Hagaru, and American
pilots and nurses evacuated 4,690 wounded soldiers during a nine-day airlift, fighting temperatures that
fell to 35 below zero. Captain Keil flew on the last plane out. "It was a vary harrowing
flight," said Bob Licker, 74, a Korean War veteran and president of the Chosin Few, an organization of
campaign veterans. "She was a marvelous lady who calmed everyone and told them they were going to
be all right. She was a sweetheart, warm like a mother, an angel of mercy."
Most Decorated Woman
Captain Keil always downplayed her service. "It was a privilege to serve them," she said in a
2000 interview to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. "I'm a nurse. I
liked flying. I liked being needed. It was my work, what I was put on this earth for."
Captain Keil said all of the casualties shared characteristics. "They were scared, they were
wounded, they were scared they were going to die," she recalled five years ago. "They were so
happy to be out of war. I reminded them of their mothers and sisters and sweethearts."
Captain Keil served as the inspiration for the 1953 movie, "Flight Nurse," starring Joan Leslie and
Forrest Tucker. A 1961 appearance on the television show "This is Your Life" generated thousands
of letters from soldiers she cared for. She retired as a captain, earning 19 medals in 11 battle
campaigns. Many reports, including one compiled by the U.S. Air Force, listed Captain Keil as the
most-decorated woman in U.S. military history.
Milton Keller, 40th Infantry Division, 223rd Infantry Regiment, Item Company, 3rd Platoon, passed June
12,2007. Milton, also known as "High Pockets" because of his height, was one outstanding soldier. He
was always there to lend a helping hand. He was always willing to help you with your load. We lost track
of each other until around the year 2000. His illness prevented him from attending any of the 223rd
Regiment reunions until 2005 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 53 years later when he and his wife Greta
attended our reunion there. Still tall as ever but a little older. Item Company veterans will miss
"High Pockets," but I don't think that it will take another 53 years for us to "hook up" again. - J.
Kellogg, Norman R.
Norman R. Kellogg of Libertyville, Illinois, 80, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2012, at the Lovell
Federal Healthcare Center in North Chicago. He was born October 22, 1931, in Fort Wayne, Indiana and was a
member of Grace Lutheran Church in Libertyville.
Norman was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, having served at the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea and was a
BARman in 1951. He was awarded three Purple Hearts and was a member of the Marine Corps League.
Norm was a Deputy Marshall for Woodland Park, Colo. and a former U.S. Federal Marshall in Little Rock,
Ark. Surviving are his wife, Robin (nee Charles) Kellogg of Libertyville; his daughter, Cheryl (Jayne)
Amend of Des Plaines; grandchildren, Melanie Latta and Justin (Kathy) Latta; great-grandson, Jonathan; and
beloved companion, Sadie. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Renee Kellogg.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Grace Lutheran Church, 501 Valley Park
Drive, Libertyville. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home Ltd.,
120 W. Park Ave. (Route 176, one block west of Milwaukee Ave.), Libertyville, where military honors began
at 7 p.m. Contributions to the Marine Corps Toys For Tots Program, would be appreciated. For information,
Kendrick, John G.
My name is Sharon Holmes. I am the daughter of John G Kendrick. Dad passed away March 10, 2009 at the
Tucson, Arizona VA Hospital from cancer. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran. He served in the
United States Army from 1943 to 1953. He trained at Camp Shelby in Mississippi.
In 1950 he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern
Campaign Medal with 2 services stars, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany),
Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and the Bronze Star. In 1951 while serving as a
member of Battery A, 37th Field Artillery Battalion, 2d Infantry Division in Korea, he was awarded the
I would be very interested in talking to anyone who served with my dad or their families. I do have
some original pictures of his time in Camp Shelby, Germany, and Korea. A few of the pictures have names on
them but there are some that do not. I can be contacted at
At this time I would also like to say "THANK YOU" to all the men and women who have served and are
currently serving in our armed forces. We have the freedoms we do today because of your sacrifices.
Kennedy, George E.
George E. Kennedy April 13, 1924 - July 24, 2016 George E. Kennedy, formally from Ukiah and
Monterey, CA, died in Santa Rosa, CA at age 92. Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, George was
the last surviving member of 10 children born to William and Nora Kennedy. At age 19, George
enlisted in the US
where he served in active duty in the Philippines during
and in the
. Highly decorated, (Silver Star,
and Commendation Medal), George retired as a Major after 20 years of service.
After his military retirement, George went to work for the State of California Prison Systems as
a prison guard at Soledad. In 1984, he received the US National Correctional Officer of the Year
Award. George and his German Shepherd, Tara, were also one of California's first K9 Officers.
George retired from the Department of Corrections after 20 years. In retirement, George
continued playing golf at the Navy Golf Course in Monterey. Following the death of his wife,
Gracie Mae, he relocated to Ukiah where he first volunteered for Meals on Wheels, then found
great joy volunteering at the Ukiah Senior Center. In 2014, he received the Sonoma County
Humanitrian Award from the American Red Cross. George is preceded in death by his parents, his
nine siblings, his wife Gracie Mae, and his son Rick. George is survived by his daughter-in-law,
Nora, grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.
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George E. Kennedy, formerly from Ukiah and Monterey, California, died in Santa Rosa, California on
July 24, 2016, at age 92. Born on April 13, 1924, he was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. George was the
last surviving member of 10 children born to William and Nora Kennedy.
At age 19, George enlisted in
the U.S. Army where he served in active duty in the Philippines during World War II and in the Korean War.
He was highly decorated, having received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Commendation Medals.
George retired as a Major after 20 years of service.
After his military retirement, George went to work
for the State of California Prison Systems as a prison guard at Soledad. In 1984, he received the U.S.
National Correctional Officer of the Year Award. George was one of California's first K9 officers. Tara was
his German Shepherd. George retired from the Department of Corrections after 20 years.
George continued playing golf at the Navy Golf Course in Monterey. Following the death of his wife, Gracie
Mae, he relocated to Ukiah where he first volunteered for Meals on Wheels, then found great joy volunteering
at the Ukiah Senior Center. In 2014, he received the Sonoma County Humanitarian Award from the American Red
George was preceded in death by his parents, his nine siblings, his wife Gracie Mae, and his son
Rick. George is survived by his daughter-in-law, Nora, grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.
Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on July 31, 2016
Kent, Dan Sr.
Dan Kent Sr., 79, formerly of Crossville, passed away October 22, 2008. A funeral service was
held October 26, 2008, from the chapel of Crossville Memorial Funeral Home with Paul Ishman officiating.
Special music was provided by Christie Strickland. Burial was at Crossville City Cemetery with full
military honors provided by the Veterans Honor Guard.
Mr. Kent was born June 24, 1929, in Ray City, Georgia, the son of Rozzle Daniel and Myrtle Lee
Studstill Kent. He was a heavy equipment operator. He was a veteran of the US Army and Air
Force, having served during the Korean War. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Survivors include wife, Jeanette Hope Kent of Wray, GA; son, Dan Kent Jr. (Cindy), of Crossville;
daughters, Kathy Ward (John) of Rockwood and Peggy Russell (Mark) of Crossville; grandchildren, Joseph
Kent, Kris Phillips, Kevin Phillips, Karl Phillips, Jessica Kent, Chantilly Young, and Mandy Ward;
great-grandchildren, Kayla, Tyler, Hannah, Chloe, Ryan, Dylan, Pariss, Kirstan, Jaeden, Kasey, and Kayden;
sisters, Winnie Jeffries, May Beth Corbitt, both of Bradenton, FL; and Vida Pearl Ligon of Zolfo Springs,
FL; step-sons, Lonnie Paulk (Harriette) of Hinesville, GA; and Hugh Paulk (Theresa) of Wray, GA; a
step-daughter, Jane Paulk of Douglas, GA; five grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by wife, Gloria Jean Overby Kent; parents; sister, JoAnn Townsend; and
brother, Snooky Kent.
Pallbearers included Joseph Kent, Kris Phillips, Kevin Phillips, Karl Phillips, Rick Holoway and Darryl
Frazier. Crossville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. were in charge of arrangements.
Kerrigan, Evans Edward
Evans Edward Kerrigan, 81, died peacefully at his Rocky Hill, Connecticut home on November 20, 2014.
Evans (also known as "Ed" or "Eddie") was born on November 30, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York and was a
longtime Brooklyn Dodger fan. Evans married the love of his life, Betty Ann in 1955, and moved to
Stamford, Connecticut in 1960. Shortly after that, Evans and his family moved to Darien, Connecticut and
lived there until 2006, when Evans and Betty relocated to Rocky Hill.
Evans leaves his wife of 59
years, Betty, his three children: Evans and his wife Joan of Marlton, New Jersey; Lynne Given of Shreveport,
Louisiana, and Jennifer Lewis and her husband Bill of Cromwell, Connecticut. One of the great joys of his
life were his beloved grandchildren: Samantha Walgate and her husband Andrew of Marlton, New Jersey,
Stephanie Kerrigan of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Matthew Given, Christopher Given, and Nicholas Given, of
Shreveport, Louisiana, Rachel Lewis, and Rebecca Lewis of Cromwell, Connecticut. He is survived by his
sister, Bess Fassig-Bayer and her family, along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his
brother George and his step-sister, Eleanor.
Evans was a former Marine, and Korean War veteran where he
earned the Navy Cross for combat heroism and three Purple Hearts, along with many other awards. This early
exposure to the military fostered a life-long love of medals and militaria. He was extensively involved in
veterans’ advocacy at the state and national levels, including leadership positions in the Military Order of
the Purple Heart and E-2-5 Korea Association. Past president of the E-2-5 Korea Association, National Purple
Heart Magazine Editor and a National Purple Heart officer for 10 years, Evans was inducted into the
Connecticut Veteran's Hall of Fame in 2006 for his service to veterans.
Evans received his BFA from the
School of Visual Arts, and a Masters in Communications from Fairfield University. A commercial artist by
trade, Evans was also an author (of eight military history and medal books), an accomplished educator
(teaching a wide variety of subjects, from college-level Criminal Justice to Watercolors), and a beloved
story and joke teller.
Memorial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Evans'
memory may be made to one of the following organizations: Wethersfield-Rocky Hill Professional Nurses
Association (T. Cresimanni, 72 Corncrib Ln, Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067) or Hartford Hospital (https://giving.harthosp.org/tributegift).
George Kiernan, a C-1-7 Marine, died in February 2006.
Kiley, John "Jack" Sr.
John “Jack” Kiley, 73, of Oak Hill, died at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany on Friday,
November 17, 2006. He was born in Schenectady February 16, 1933, the son of the late Charles and
Elsie (Hortsmeyer) Kiley.
Jack served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War and received a Purple Heart, Korean Service
Ribbon and one star, the U.N. Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
He was a former member of the Cairo-Durham School Board and a former director of the Oak Hill Cemetery
Association. He also enjoyed his farm and working with the local 4-H clubs teaching snowmobile
Survivors include his wife, Velma (Powell) Kiley; a son, John Kiley Jr. of Kingston; three daughters,
Sissy Myhre and husband Bruce of Oak Hill, Jacqueline Pinnella of Oak Hill and Patricia Kiley of Round
Top; two brothers, James Kiley of Florida and William Kiley of Massachusetts; 13 grandchildren; four
great-grandchildren; and a godchild, BobbiLynn Cunningham of Durham.
Kilgore, Edgar Edward
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Edgar Edward Kilgore, 82, Independence, Missouri, passed away
Friday, March 23, 2012 at his home. A visitation to celebrate
Ed’s life will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at
Speaks Suburban Chapel; 18020 E. 39th St., Independence,
Missouri 64055. Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas
City Hospice and Palliative Care or Summit Grove Community of
Ed was born November 27, 1929 in Parthenon, Arkansas, the son
of Beecher and Jewel (Casey) Kilgore. He was a U.S. Army veteran
of the Korean War, serving in the 82nd AAA Battalion from August
of 1950 through August 1951. He received the Purple Heart
and the Bronze Star.
Ed retired as a supervisor from General Mills in 1994 after
42 years of service. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting
deer and mushrooms, growing tomatoes, and fishing. Ed especially
loved spending time with his large family and grandchildren.
Survivors include his loving wife, Joyce, of 36 years; his
nine children, Gayla McDowell; Randy Kilgore; Connie Dyer and
husband, Roger Watson; Kim Sturm and husband, Jerry; Tim Dennis
and wife, Pam; John O'Brien and wife, Andrea; Lisa Giroux and
husband, Moe; Aaron O'Brien and wife, Amy; Paul Kilgore and
wife, Jennifer; 25 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; two
sisters; one brother; and many others who called him Grandpa Ed.
He was preceded in death by one brother, three sisters, and his
Message from his daughter Gayla Kilgore McDowell:
"He never spoke of his experiences in Korea until I was
in my teens. At that time an incident that took place in
Viet Nam brought back memories that I am sure he would
rather have forgotten. He was wounded while driving a half
track and so had a Purple Heart. He also had a Bronze Star
with valor. He was very proud of his country and of the
service he gave it. My father, My hero. Hope that there is
someone still living who served with him and remembers him.
Interesting facts about my dad and our family is that he
had a brother who served in the Army during World War II.
His name was Roy LaFayette Kilgore and he passed away
several years before my dad did. Dad’s younger brother
Freddy also served in the Army and was stationed in Korea in
the 1960’s I think. He is still living. My son is currently
in the Army and stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. My son also
went to Korea and was in the same Indian Head Battalion as
my father had been. From Korea my son went to Iraq. He has
done two tours there and one in Afghanistan. He also has a
purple heart as well as a Bronze Star with valor. His name
is Jesse McDowell. I also have a brother and a sister who
are Army vets. I am proud of the service that my family has
given to our country."
Kimball, Stanley Jerome
Stanley Jerome Kimball
Dec. 6, 1921 - May 26, 2011
May 27, 2011
The Altoona Mirror
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stanley J. Kimball, 89, died peacefully Thursday, May 27, 2011, at
Valley View Home. He was born in La Junta, Colorado, son of the late Paul and Nellie (Grisso) Kimball,
on December 06, 1921. He married Ruth Wilson in Idaho Springs, Colorado, on May 31, 1941.
Surviving are his wife of 70 years; a son, retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Lynn J. Kimball and wife,
Dorothy (Bumar); five grandchildren: Don, Scott, Wendy, Lori and Todd; three great-grandchildren: Casey,
Jesse and Jake; and a sister, Bette Van Cleave and husband, Guy. He was preceded in death by a daughter,
Bonnie Ruth Kimball; a brother, Delmar Kimball and wife, Florence (Hart); a sister-in-law, Marjorie
(Wilson) Abbott and husband, George; and a brother-in-law, James Wilson.
Lt. Col. Kimball was a 1939 graduate of La Junta High School, where he obtained the distinction of Eagle
Scout and Koshare Chief in the Boy Scouts. He enlisted in the U.S. Army the same year after a short
stint in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He rose to the rank of master sergeant by age 22 and graduated
from Officer Candidates School as a second lieutenant in December 1943.
He served his country honorably as one of the Air Force's most recognized tropical meteorologists with
many challenging assignments worldwide for 26 years, including combat action in the Pacific Theater
where he joined an elite weather-strike group that participated in the first low-level daylight bombing
raids over Tokyo and earned aircrewman wings. During this notable career and after accruing 100 credit
hours in off-duty education, he was sent by the Air Force to St. Louis University, where he earned an
M.S. in meteorology.
Among his many awards and decorations are the Air Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal; Good Conduct
Medal; American Defense Service, American Campaign and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medals; WWII Victory and
National Defense Service Medals; Army of Occupation Medal and Medal for Humane Action with Berlin
Airlift device; Korean Service Medal; Air Force Reserve and Longevity Medals; and the United Nations
Korean Service Medal. He was also the proud wearer of the Air Force Parachutist Badge, having been one
of the first to attend the special operations warfare course at Fort Benning after WWII, and the Small
Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, with which he further demonstrated his skills as a member of the Air
Force Pistol Team while stationed in Japan. During the latter assignment, he was an active participant
in the People-to-People Program and climbed Mount Fuji.
Retiring from the Air Force in 1966, Lt. Col. Kimball was sent by the National Science Foundation to
Penn State University, where he earned an M.S. in engineering education. He joined the faculty of Penn
State Altoona in 1967, teaching in the Mechanical Engineering Department there until 1991. He served as
the team chief for the department and chairman of the Student Appeals Board and was a member of the
American Society for Engineering Education. He also was inducted into the Pi Mu Epsilon National
Mathematics Honorary Society. After retirement, he returned to the campus as a volunteer math tutor
until deteriorating health forced him into a third retirement in 2005. He never lost his concern for his
Lt. Col. Kimball's life was centered around love for family and friends, with whom he enjoyed many hours
of target shooting and fishing. He had an unwavering faith in his country. He was an avid walker and
additionally enjoyed hunting, reading and traveling, which was manifested in his visiting all 50 states.
His love for shooting followed him into retirement, and he served as a volunteer range officer for 16
years at the National Pistol Meets at Camp Perry, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to New Hope Baptist Church, Duncansville, or to the
Altoona Area Public Library.
Kingston, Robert C.
Robert Charles Kingston was born in Brookline Massachusetts,
16 July 1928. He enlisted in the US Army in November 1948 and
was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry on graduation
from Officer Candidate School on 20 December1949.
Between 1950 and 1954, he served as a Platoon Leader, Company
XO, and Company Commander in the 3rd Battalion, 32nd Infantry
Regt, 7th Infantry Division, Korea. During his second tour in
Korea he was Commanding Officer, Far East Command Special
Mission Group. This was the first of his many contributions to
Unconventional Warfare/Special Operations.
In 1954-55, he served as XO, Ranger Mountain Camp, Dahlonega,
GA, and from 1956-59, was a Company Commander and later
Assistant G2, in the 82nd Airborne Division. In 1960 he
graduated from the Command and General Staff College at Fort
Leavenworth Kansas. Later in 1960 and thru July 1961, he was an
Airborne Exchange Officer with the British 16th Independent
Parachute Group, and for nine months commanded C Company, 3rd
Parachute Battalion, British Army.
His next assignment was with the Operations Division, HQ,
USAREUR, in August 1961. He returned to CONUS in June 1963 and
served with the Test and Evaluation Group, US Army Airmobile
Test Unit at Fort Benning, GA. He graduated the University of
Omaha with a Bachelor of General Education Degree in 1965 and in
January 1966 graduated the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk,
From February-May 1966, he was Senior Advisor to the Republic
of Vietnam, Ranger Command, and then spent nine months as
Commander 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry
Division. His next assignment was with the Studies and
Observation Group (SOG) HQ Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV),
from March-September 1967.
On return to CONUS he became Chief General Planning Branch,
Plans and Programs Directorate, Office of the Assistant Chief,
Force Development, Washington, DC. From 1968-1969 he attended
the National War College and in 1969 he received his Master of
Science in International Relations Degree from George Washington
In July 1969, he returned to Fort Bragg to command 3rd
Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces and at the end of the
year returned to Vietnam to command the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry
Division (Airmobile) until September 1970 when he was again
assigned to the Pentagon. He served as Chief Coordination
Division, Deputy Secretary of the General Staff (Coordination
and Reports) until June 1971 and then as Deputy Secretary to the
General Staff, Office of the Chief of Staff, United States Army
until May 1972. During this period he also attended the Advanced
Management Program for Executives at the University of
He returned to Vietnam in June 1972 where he was promoted to
Brigadier General on 29 December and served as the Deputy
Commanding General, Second Regional Assistance Command, and
Deputy Senior Advisor II ARVN Corps and Military Region II RVN.
He left Vietnam for Thailand in January 1973 where he became
Commander Joint Casualty Resolution Center, Nakhon Phanom, until
On his return to CONUS he was assigned as Assistant Division
Commander, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS on 4 February
1974. On 1 September 1975, he was promoted to Major General
(Backdated to 1 June 1973) and on 1 October 1975, he became
Commander of the US Army John F. Kennedy Center for Military
Assistance, and Commandant, US Army Institute for Military
Assistance, Fort Bragg, NC.
On 20 June 1977 he returned to Korea as the Assistant Chief
of Staff, J3, and on 28 July 1977 he became Assistant Chief of
Staff, to the Tri-headquarters which is known today as United
Nations Command / Combined Forces Command / United States Forces
On 1 June 1979 he assumed command of the 2nd Infantry
Division and commanded the "2nd to None Division" until 16 July
1981 when he was promoted to Lieutenant General. Following his
promotion, he assumed command of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task
Force, McDill Air Force Base, Florida, on 17 July 1981.
On 1 January 1983, he was appointed Commanding General United
States Central Command, McDill AFB, Florida and was promoted to
General on 06 November 1984. General Robert C. Kingston retired
from active duty on 30 November 1985 after 37 years of
distinguished service to the U.S. Army and his country.
In May 2006, General Kingston suffered severe injuries from a
fall that incapacitated him for several months until he passed
away in his sleep on 28 February 2007. He was laid to rest 23
March 2007 in Arlington National Cemetery with full Military
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Distinguished Service Cross
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal with First OLC
Silver Star with First OLC
Legion of Merit with three OLC
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star with V Device and First OLC
Air Medal with 36 OLC
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal with First OLC
Army of Occupation Medal (JAPAN)
National Defense Service Medal with First OLC
Korean Service Medal with Nine Battle Stars
Vietnam Service Medal with Seven Battle Stars
NCO Professional Development Ribbon w/Numeral 1
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Ribbon with Numeral 2
Order of National Security Merit, Chonsu
National Order of Vietnam (Fourth Class)
National Order of Vietnam (Fifth Class)
Vietnamese Gallantry Cross w/Palm, Individual (6)
Vietnamese Honor Medal (First Class)
United Nations Service Medal
United Nations Medal
US Army Presidential Unit Citation
US Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Valorous Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross
Republic of Vietnam Civic Actions Unit Citation
Combat Infantryman Badge (2nd Award)
Master Parachutist Badge US Ranger Tab
Korean Parachutist Badge
Parachute Wings United Kingdom
Cambodian Parachutist Badge
Vietnamese Jumpmaster Badge
Vietnamese Ranger Badge
Overseas Bars (12)
Kirouac, Normand E.
Normand E. Kirouac, 79, of 111 Dumont Ave., Lewiston, Maine, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2011,
following a long illness. He was surrounded by his loving family and dedicated wife, Anna.
He was born in Lewiston, July 22, 1931, the third son of Joseph and Valeda (Pomerleau) Kirouac. He was
educated in Lewiston schools and later proudly served with the U.S. Army and the Korean War as Tech
Sergeant with Company G of the 35th Infantry Regiment, receiving numerous awards including the Bronze Star
Upon discharge from the military, he met the love of his life and best friend, Anna Freve. They were
married on May 7, 1955, recently celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary.
Normand worked for 28 years at Pioneer Plastics. After retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, traveling,
reading and walking. Prior to his illness, he worked part-time at Pinette Funeral Home. He enjoyed meeting
his friends for early morning coffee and spending time with his brothers and family on Friday.
He was a member of Holy Cross Parish and actively involved with the Veterans of Foreign War, Franco
American War Veterans and in his younger days a member of the St. Mary’s Cadet Corps.
He will be greatly missed by his soul-mate, Anna; three daughters, Rena Saucier and her husband, Steve,
of Lewiston, Elaine Caouette of Lewiston and Diane Buzzell and her husband, Curtis, of Leeds; his two
brothers, Lorenzo and Laurien Kirouac, both of Lewiston; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Thomas Caouette on April 1, 2006.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Jeff Brown and the Androscoggin
Home Care and Hospice House.
Kisten, Stuart D.
Stuart D. Kisten, of Hawthorn Woods died Saturday, January
10, 2004 in Park Ridge, Illinois. He was born on November
6, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, to Ted and Dorothy Kisten.
Following his graduation from Northwestern University in
1952, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served his country
during the Korean War. He remained in the Marine Corps Reserve
and rose to the rank of Colonel and retired in 1990.
Stu retired as a second Vice President of the Trustmark
Insurance Company after a career spanning 38 years. He lived in
Des Plaines from 1958 to 1989, where he became very active in
the community. He served on the Board of Education and was
president of Des Plaines School District 62, was a Cubmaster and
was a coach/manager and an officer of the Des Plaines South
Little League and Pony League for 13 years.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, nee Lloyd, of 48 years,
whom he married on July 30, 1955; children, Scott Kisten
(Michele) of Lake Villa, Pam O'Shaughnessy (Tom) of Bloomingdale
and Dale Kisten (Roberta) of Huntley; and grandchildren,
Tiffany, Amber, Daniel, Ryan, Rachael and Alexandra. He is also
survived by three sisters, Gloria (William) Warhurst of
Rockford, Janice (James) Campbell of Denver, and Marcia (David)
Larson of St. Louis; and many nieces and nephews.
Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be
appreciated for the American Cancer Society, Lake Co. Unit, 100
Tri-State International #125, Lincolnshire, IL 60069.
Edward Kleinerman, 85, died October 11, 2009. Mr. Kleinerman
was born in Brooklyn, New York. His family moved to Arizona in
1933. He attended Roskruge School and graduated from the
University of Arizona. Mr. Kleinerman was a captain in the U.S.
Marine Corps, first as a flight instructor during World War II
and later as a combat pilot in the Korean War. In between these
two wars, he met his wife, Joan Semilof, at the UA, and, with
his father, opened Sterling Furniture Company. Later, in his
60s, Mr. Kleinerman did two stints in the Israeli volunteer
army. He served as president of the Tucson Jewish Community
Center and on the boards of directors at Temple Emanu-El and
Congregation Anshei Israel. He was a member of the Elks and
Optimists. Mr. Kleinerman was preceded in death by his
sister, Elyse Cohen. Survivors include his wife of 61 years,
Joan; children, Ellen Rosen of Scottsdale and Arnold Kleinerman
of San Francisco, Calif.; and one grandchild. Services were held
at Evergreen Mortuary with Rabbi Robert Eisen, Rabbi Arthur
Oleisky and Cantor Ivor Lichterman officiating. Interment
followed in the Congregation Anshei Israel section of Evergreen
Knepp, Major Curley B.
Major Curley B. Knepp died of complications from pneumonia on August 05, 2010 at a South Korean
hospital, the Veterans of Foreign Wars said Friday. He was 76. A funeral service was held at the
funeral home prior to the cremation on Monday, August 9. A memorial service was also conducted on
Monday evening by VFW Post 10216, of which he was a member. Members of the post provided
military-type honors. Per Major Knepp's wishes, he was cremated and his ashes scattered in the
Yellow Sea off the port of Incheon.
Curley Knepp was born on December 26, 1933 in Curwensville, Pennsylvania, a son of Clyde and Anna
Shugarts Knepp. He grew up in a Pennsylvania mining community in the USA. Knepp was inducted
in the US Army at Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1952. He served in the Korean War in 1952 as a member of
the 5th Regimental Combat Team. He volunteered for a second tour of duty in 1953/54 and saw action with
the 15th Infantry Regiment's 122nd Signal Battalion when Chinese forces tried to break through allied
lines in the Kumsong River Valley. He returned to post-war Korea for a third tour of duty from 1967 to
He received training at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois in 1958 as part of a classified project to
track nuclear explosions world wide. He then started training as a Met observer in October 1957 at
Chanute, graduating in April 1958. He was awarded a 905.6 MOS and sent to White Sands Missile Range where
he and others underwent training prior to being formed into teams and sent to various destinations. His
team went to Africa in August 1958. He spent 13 months at Kagnew Station in Asmara, and then in 1969
reported for duty in Puerto Rico. He stayed there until mid-May 1960 as part of Special Communications
Detachment #5 at Losey Field outside the city of Ponce.
At Losey Field (later re-named Fort Allen), his duty was to launch weather-type balloons developed at
White Sands Missile Range. The balloons carried a small (about 5 pounds) payload with a paper parachute
between the balloon and the instrument which was designed to detect sound waves in the upper atmosphere.
Using sound ranging techniques and information from special teams in Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the
Philippines, they were able to pinpoint the location of an atomic explosion.
In May of 1960 he was assigned to WSMR as a technical advisor to a documentary movie producer that had
been hired by the Army to document the unit and its activities. From there he was assigned to Holloman AFB
as Army support to the Air Force doing surface readings, theodolite readings, and GMD big balloon support
for Air Force forecasters.
In May of 1961 he volunteered for balloon work at Fort Churchill, Canada. He remained there for one
year, the last part of the year doing inventory work. After leaving Fort Churchill in June of 1962, he was
reassigned to the USA Signal Missile Support Activity, where he became the general “go fer” for the
commander of the USA Electronic Research and Development Activity. He was promoted to E-7 in April of 1963
and E-8 in June of 1964.
In 1965 he was accepted to the weather forecasters course at Chanute AFB. After several months training he
returned to WSMR and was once again assigned to USA Electronics Research and Development Activity, this
time as operations NCO. He held that job until October 1966, at which time he was commissioned as a 1st
Lieutenant. He was assigned to USA Electric Command Met Team Fort Monmouth, with duty station at Belmar,
New Jersey. He was promoted to Captain on 28 September 1967 and seet to Korea as a general signal officer
with the 122nd Signal Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division.
After returning to the States, he was assigned at Ft. Monmouth as a shift supervisor at the Pictorial
Branch at the School. He became an instructor in the 93E course in June of 1969 and was then reassigned as
Operations Officer of the Radar Division.
In 1970 he was sent to Vietnam as a general signal officer. He was evacuated out of Vietnam with eye
problems and reassigned to Germany with the 143rd Signal Battalion, 3rd Armored Division, as the Radio
Officer and Assistant Division Signal Officer. In 1974 he was released from active duty and reverted back
to his permanent grade of Master Sergeant. He was sent to Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah as NCOIC of the Met
He attended college at Brigham Young University in Utah for two years, taking core account subjects. He
was promoted to Sergeant Major and retired from the Army in late summer of 1976 after eight years as an
active commissioned officer. He returned to active duty soon thereafter and served at Fort Drum in Western
New York State until he retired on 31 December 1977 as a Major. His total time in the Army was 27 and a
half years, with about ten years or so as a weatherman. In civilian life he worked as a civilian
auditor at Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire. After retiring in 1987, he was offered a position at
Osan Air Base in South Korea, and moved to that country.
Curley Knepp married Cathleen Carlos and they had three daughters: Michele, Linda and Eva. They
survive. Following a divorce, Knepp later married Mag-nai Knepp in 1994. She survives.
Knepp also leaves a sister Phyllis Bauman of Clearfield, Pennslyvania; three grandchildren Taylor, James
and Leslie; a very special grandniece, Janice Knepp, with whom he corresponded regularly; and numerous
other nieces and nephews in the United States and Canada. He was preceded in death by brothers
Harvey Alton Knepp, Robert Russell Knepp, and Jay Knepp and sisters Eva Kirby and Fay Guiher, and nephew
Major Knepp was featured in a June 21, 2010 article in Stars and Stripes about Korean War
veterans who settled in South Korea after the war. Rising from buck private in 1951 and retiring as
a major in 1977, he routinely was accorded a place of honor at various official functions, including
Korean War memorial observances. He enjoyed his trips stateside and everyone looked forward to his
visits. He fondly referred to Phyllis Bauman as his "little sister" because that was what she was in
his heart. His last visit in one of his favorite memories was visiting with his brother Alton and
just sitting by the ocean in New Hampshire and enjoying his company. He was a gentleman and a friend
to all whose lives he touched.
Major Knepp was a life member of the Korean War Educator. He was also a member of the Korean War
Veterans Association and a lifetime member of VFW Post 10216. Keith Michael, adjutant of Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 10216 in Pyeongtaek, Korea, said the VFW post plans to honor Knepp with a “draping of
the charter” ceremony in which the post’s charter will be draped in black for 30 days. The ceremony took
place on August 10, 2010, with members of the post and Knepp's friends recounting memories of him and
ending with Taps being played while they all saluted to his memory. There may also be a memorial
service at the Osan Air Base chapel.
Korchek, Robert L.
Robert L. (Bob) Korchek, LTC (Ret.), a member of Chapter
XXXIII, Special Forces Association, suffered a debilitating
stroke in late January and passed away in Hospice in
Spartanburg, SC on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. He was 81 years
A veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Bob started his
military career by following in his father’s and grandfather’s
footsteps and enlisting in the US Marine Corps at the end of
World War II. Demobilized in 1946, he applied for entrance to
the United States Military Academy at West Point, entering the
academy in 1947 as a member of the Class of 1951 where he later
achieved the distinction of being the class “Goat.”
He initially served in the 511th AIR of the 11th Abn Div,
but, along with most of the Class of ’51, he was immediately
shipped to the war in Korea, serving with the 7th Inf Regt, 3rd
Inf Div for 15 months as a Platoon Leader and Company Commander.
Returning to the States, Bob attended the regular Army
schools and then served in the 505th AIR, 82nd Abn Div for three
years as a Bn S-1 and Company Commander. In 1958 Bob joined
Special Forces, serving in the 77th (later the 7th) SFG(A) as an
A Team Leader. While assigned to the 77th, he served his first
of two tours with the White Star MTT in Laos. He next served in
the 1st SFG(A) for four years as an A Team Leader and on the
Group S-3 staff, where he once again deployed to the White Star
MTT in Laos.
Later SF assignments included one year on the USMACV (SOG)
staff; service as an Instructor in the Officer’s Special Forces
Qualification Course; and a year as the S-3 of the 46th SF Co
(A) in Thailand. Returning from Thailand, Bob immediately
deployed overseas again: this time to Panama where he served
three years as the Commander of A Company and as the Group
While commanding Company A, he earned the nickname “The Rock”
because he was fondly known as a hard, demanding, firm but fair
commander. He carried this nickname with him until he retired
from the Army. His last assignment was to the Special Warfare
Center where he served as the Course Director for the Enlisted
Special Forces Qualification Course. LTC Korchek was the
recipient of numerous awards and decorations for both valor and
He is survived by his beloved wife, Annemarie; a daughter,
Lori; and four step children: SSG Thomas P. Cronin, Tina, John
Kronenberger, John Frank
John Frank Kronenberger, age 84 years, born November 1, 1928,
in Belleville, Illinois, died 29 March 2013, at Memorial
Mr. Kronenberger was a retired house painter. He worked as a
young man in many of the Belleville foundries, later as a
Belleville Police Officer, and as a Prudential Insurance Agent.
He was known as a better than average pool player having
played over 32 years in pool leagues. He played the 3-Cushion
Billiard Woman Champion in Tokyo, Japan and "Minnesota Fats" in
friendly games. He was best known for always helping his
Mr. Kronenberger was a member of St. Clair County
Genealogical Society, Belleville Labor & Industry Museum, and
Belleville Sister Cities. He also was a Life Member of V.F.W.
Post 5165 which was absorbed into Post 805, and had been a Life
Member of the Korean War Veterans Association, to which he
devoted a large amount of his retirement days. He served as
Treasurer and Membership Chairman in the KWVA Imjin Chapter for
three years. He enjoyed writing letters to the Opinion Page of
the News-Democrat, and also wrote two books, "Short Stories by
John", Volumes I & II, about some of his interesting life
He served in the Illinois Militia in Belleville near the end
of World War II and four and a half years in the U.S. Army of
which 16 months were in the Korean War. He established the Post
Office at Redstone Arsenal, and was in charge of the Classified
Documents. He attained the rank of Sgt. 1st Class.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Edna
M., nee Depper, Kronenberger; son David Lee Kronenberger;
sisters Virginia Fey, Aurelia Smith; brothers Harold Henry
Kronenberger, Robert "Bing" Kronenberger, Kenneth Edward
Kronenberger, Sr.; sisters-in-law Mary Ann Kronenberger (nee
Rebenstorff), Betty Willhoite (nee Menn), and Katie Kronenberger
(nee Fennel); brothers-in-law Edward L. Lynch, James Bealert
Smith, Joseph Fey; and nephew Keith Robert Kronenberger.
Surviving are his wife, Sheila Smith Kronenberger (nee
Graham), of Belleville, IL whom he married 6 July 1985 Reno,
Nevada; sister-in-law Geraldine Kronenberger of Belleville;
three children from a previous marriage, Nancy Ann Perkins,
Michael John Kronenberger, and Karen Jo Kendall; granddaughter
Melissa Ann Bregante; grandson Jeremy Daniel Kronenberger;
nephews and nieces Jimmy Fey of Belleville, John (Paula, nee
Bradley) Steffan of Florida, Steven Steffan of Arizona, Harold
Dennis Willhoite, Bonnie Ann Maxwell, Carol Jean McCarty,
Michelle Marie Wallace, Wayne Kronenberger of Belleville, Ronald
Kronenberger of Belleville, Daryl (Donna, nee Kemp, Turner)
Kronenberger of New Baden, Kenneth Edward Kronenberger, Jr.,
Kurt Max Kronenberger, Vicki Lynn Laghaifarimani, Michael James
Kronenberger; many grand nieces and nephews and great-grand
nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to The Korean War Educator Foundation,
c/o Lynnita Jean Brown, 111 E. Houghton Street, Tuscola, IL
61953; or to Korean War Project, P.O. Box 180190, Dallas, TX
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April
1, 2013 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, 120 North Illinois
St., Belleville, IL 62220. Funeral: Funeral services will
be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at the funeral home.
Burial at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.
Kuykendall, Walter Dean
Walter Dean Kuykendall, 81, of East Peoria, Illinois, died at 3:09 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at
Kindred Hospital in Peoria.
Born on Dec. 14, 1930, in Decatur to Walter Lee and Addie Lee Nelson Kuykendall, he married Dorothy
Rose Olson on Nov. 5, 1950, in East Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are three children; Susan (Eric)
Benson of Washington, Janice (Brad) Jorgenson of Chetek, Wis., and Scott (Renee) Kuykendall of Metamora;
one grandson, Benjamin (Tiffany) Johnson of Metamora, and two great-granddaughters, Rebecca and Nora Rose
Johnson. He was preceded in death by his brother, Montegeau Nelson Kuykendall.
Walter was a U.S. Army veteran serving with the 313th Engineering Utility Detachment in Korea. He
earned two Bronze Stars and the Korean Service Medal.
As a teenager, Walt worked as a Pin Boy at Gillette Lanes in Creve Coeur and Bowlaro Bowl in East
Peoria. He also played clarinet and toured in a band with Gene Robards and was a radio DJ for WMBD Radio
during his senior year with Junior Achievement.
After his military service, he owned K Line Contractor in East Peoria and worked as a Master Plasterer
for Woiwodie Plastering Co. in Manito. Walter and his wife then bought West Plaza Lanes in Washington in
January of 1965 and continued to be the owner/operator of Plaza Lanes until March of 2004.
He served as president of Young American Bowling Alliance and president of the Bowling Proprietors
Association in Peoria, served as a representative of the Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association
and served as secretary/treasurer of the Illinois State Youth American Bowling Alliance.
Walter was active in activities with his children, including serving as Indian Princesses Leader for
his daughter, Jan, and Boy Scout Troop Chairman for his son, Scott, and was a registered member of the
Girl Scouts for more than 30 years.
He was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame on Oct. 17, 1985, for Meritorious Service. He also
sponsored and announced for the Supersonic Synchronized Trick Team and was a Silver Level Certified Youth
Coach, teaching others to be certified coaches.
Walter was a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Washington and East Peoria for many years, was a
member of VFW Post No. 9016 in Washington, was a Shriner and was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Washington. The
Rev. Dick Hanson will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at Deiters
Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the service on
Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery in Washington, where military rites will be
accorded by the United States Army and the Tazewell Military Rites Team. Memorials may be made to St.
Mark’s Lutheran Church Building Fund.