Andrew Lachapelle, 87, of Southington, Connecticut, passed
away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, December 29,
2017 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut Bradley Memorial
Campus in Southington. He is now reunited with his loving wife
of 61 years, Theresa (Dubay) Lachapelle, who predeceased him 20
days prior to his passing. A true gentleman, Andrew was always
holding the door open for his wife, and this time he held the
door open for her to go to heaven first, and then he followed
Andrew was born on August 6, 1930 in Hartford, Connecticut, son
to the late Rodolphe and Yvonne (LaFrance) Lachapelle. He was a
longtime resident of Southington and a founding member and
communicant of The Church of Saint Dominic in Southington. A
proud American, Andrew served our country in the U.S. Army
during the Korean War and was honorably discharged, having
served as a medic and awarded the Bronze Star Medal. In his
earlier years, Andrew enjoyed the sport of hunting and was a
foreman in the printing business working for various companies.
Andrew was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather that will
be missed dearly by his family and all that knew him.
Andrew is survived by his children: his sons, Andrew and his
wife, Nancy, Charles and his wife, Denise, William and his wife,
Leeanne, Richard, Roy and his wife, Therese, and Alan and his
wife, Maryann; his daughters, Bernadette Vincent and her
husband, Rickey, and Celia Lachapelle and her husband, Kurt
Bergstrom; his siblings, Rodolphe Lachapelle, Roseanne Gebhart,
Noella Belliveau, and Yvonne Gonzalez. He had 21 grandchildren,
9 great-grandchildren, and another one on the way. In addition,
he leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and extended family. In
addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his grandson,
Stephen Lachapelle and his siblings, Louis Lachapelle, Gerard
Lachapelle, Theresa Bolduc, and Mary Ella Lavoie.
Funeral services in celebration of Andrew’s life will be begin
on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 9 AM from Bailey Funeral Home,
48 Broad Street, Plainville for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10
AM at The Church of Saint Dominic, 1050 Flanders Road,
Southington. Burial with full military honors will follow in the
State Veterans Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown. Calling hours
will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 2 between 5
and 7 PM. Contributions in memory of Andrew can be made to the
Alzheimer's Association Connecticut, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite
4B, Southington, Connecticut 06489.
[KWE Note: In addition to this obituary, the citation for
Bronze Star is posted on the Korean War Educator. Photos
from his time in Korea are posted on You Tube. Another great
tribute to Andrew came in the form of one simple sentence sent to
the KWE by Andrew's son Bill: "He was a hero in so many
You Tube link:
Lake, Jerome "Jerry"
Jerry Lake of Tappan, New York, died February 20, 2006 of
cancer. He was born on March 14, 1927 in New Ulm, Minnesota, the son of Ernest and Teresa Battes
Lake. He attended Ulm High School and Northwestern University before joining the US Navy in April 1945. In
June 1951, he returned to active duty and spent the remainder of his service in Japan during the Korean
War working on logistical support for Naval and Marine aviation.
He was married to Mary Jane Hillesheim of Springfield,
Minnesota, on January 12, 1950. She survives him, as does one son, Thomas Lake, and two daughters,
Patricia Melia and Debra Selkow, five grandchildren and three sisters. After the Korean War, Jerry worked
for Aluminum Co. of America and later the Zeltine Co. in Pearl River.
A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, February 24,
at St. Catherine's Church in Blauvelt. Burial will follow in Frederick W. Loescher Veterans Memorial
Cemetery in New Hempstead.
Memorial contributions may be made to United Hospice of
Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956 or to the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345.
Lambert, Gail L.
Gail L. Lambet, 77, of West Union, West Virginia, Big Flint Community, departed this life on Friday,
March 13, 2009, at the Louis A. Johnson V.A. Medical Center, Clarksburg, WV.
Gail was born on November 13, 1931, at Pennsboro, West Virginia, a son of the late James and Louella
DeMoss Lambert Bunner. He was retired after 22 years of service from the Doddridge County School
System as a school bus driver on the Big Flint route. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the
Korean War from August 12, 1952 until June 18, 1954. He was in Company B, 74th Engineer Combat
Battalion. He was a CPL(T) upon separation. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jo Davis Lambert; sons, Gail "Buck" Lambert, Jr., Greenwood,
WV, and James Lambert, East Run near Big Flint Community, WV; daughters, Lanette Davis, Pennsboro, WV,
Tammy Lowe, Greenwood, WV, and Daphne Cox, West Union, WV; half brothers Mike, Jim, Amos, Glen and Bobby
Bunner; Half sister, Patty Moneypenny; grandchildren, Athena Moneypenny, Jed David, Maranda Cokeley, KaCea
Lambert, Mikka Lowe and Destiny Lambert; and great-grandchildren, Christian Moneypenny, Samantha Cokeley
and Victoria Davis.
In addition to his parents, Gail was preceded in death by sisters, Midge Jones and Marguerite Ball, and
brothers, James J. Lambert and Rondle Lambert.
Lander, Richard "Dick"
Marine Corps veteran Richard "Dick" Lander, age 75, passed away March 9, 2005 in Mariposa, California.
Dick was born November 14,1929 in Wichita, Kansas. His family moved to California in 1938. He was a
graduate of Canoga Park High School in 1948.
Dick was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in E-2-7, 1st Marine Division. While serving in the 7th
Marines he was awarded two Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in combat. After returning to the States he
served as a Drill Instructor at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego.
Dick attended Pierce College and in 1952 married Katherine Fouts. They settled in Northridge to
raise their family. He was active as a 4-H club leader for 15 years. For 35 years he worked as an auto
transport truck driver for Pacific Motor Trucking in Van Nuys. For many of those years he served as a
steward for Local 63 of the Teamsters Union.
Dick was a life member of the VFW Post 6042 and a life member of the 1st Marine Division Association.
Dick is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Katherine; his two children, William "Bill" Lander
(Tami) and Stacy Lander Potter (Danny); and four grandchildren, Doug and Steve Lander, and Brad and Kenna
He was a fine man and a great Marine!
Lane, Fred L. Jr.
The Herald-Sun, Monday February 09, 2004, Final Edition, Obituaries Section, Page B2 [Information
submitted to the KWE by the Green family.]
DURHAM - Fred L. Lane, Jr., of 605 Stoney Creek Circle, died Friday February 6, 2004, in Duke Medical
Center. He was born in Hillsborough May 19,1932, to the late Fred Marion Lane Sr. and Sally Andrews Lane.
Mr. Lane was a restaurant manager over 35 years with Nance Cafeteria.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict and was a Prisoner of War from 1950 to
1953, where he received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He also wrote a song used at the Korean War
Memorial Dedication in Washington. Mr. Lane was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of the Chosen Few
and former member of the American Legion.
Surviving are his wife, Blanche Adams Lane; five sons, Clinnie Lane of Tacoma, WA, Freddie Lane, III of
the home, Eddie Lane (Donna) of Oxford, Sidney Lane (Melody) of Creedmoor and Gary Hamm of Durham; two
daughters, Teresa Hamm and Kim Lane Green (Greg) of Durham; three brothers, Kenny Lane, Steve Lane and
Ronnie Lane, all of Florida; four sisters, Anne Lane of Florida, Joyce Godwin and Marie Gillingham, both
of Hillsborough, and Billie Rodman of Florida; 15 grandchildren, Brandie Atkins, Eddie Lane, Jr., Clint
Hamm, Chris Hamm, Brooke Hamm, Amy Redmond, Jessica Woods, Sidney Lane, Jr., Ciara Green, Timothy Green,
Marty Lane, Caitlin Lane, Sarah Lane, Jordan Lane and LeAnne Lane; and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Lane
was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Ronald Lane.
Funeral services with full military rites will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Woodlawn Mausoleum
Chapel. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Hudson Funeral Home in Durham.
Lanier, Emmett M.
Emmett M. Lanier passed on February 1, 2017. He was born
in 1929 and raised in Washington, DC. He was a highly
decorated Korean War Veteran and noted financial authority.
In his early years, 1943-46, Emmett was the visiting team
Batboy for the Washington Senators, spent time with Metropolitan
Police Boys Club #5, playing football and boxing Silver Gloves.
He graduated from Eastern High School in 1948.
He proudly served in the US Army 1950/52 in Korea, was on
Heartbreak Ridge for nine months with the 25th Infantry Division
until his discharge. Emmett received numerous honors, including
the Bronze Star for Valour, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Korean
Service Medal, and 10 others.
After his Army service in Korea, he enrolled in Benjamin
Franklin University in Washington, DC. and earned a degree in
accounting and business law in 1957, graduating magna cum laude.
He also attended City College of New York in the late 1950's.
He worked for the Seaboard Finance Corporation of California in
the 1950's, and later for Marlo Furniture Corporation in the
Washington, DC. area.
During the "Legacy of Griffith Stadium/A Sports Symposium" at
Howard University, September 25, 2001, Emmett was a panelist
with Mickey Vernon, Harmon Killerbrew, Chuck Hinton, Buck
O'Neil, Bobby Mitchell and others, hosted by George Case,
Director of Society of American Baseball Research. The Turkish
Ambassador and Senator Warner, Secretary of the Army, honored
him in 2001 at the Turkish Embassy for his military service.
Retired in 1985 after 25 years with the Montgomery County
Sheriff's Office, he moved to Annapolis, Maryland, where he
sailed and held his United States Coast Guard Captain's license
for many years. Emmett's accomplishments were only
surpassed by the manner in which he lived his life. His generous
deeds for friends and strangers alike became legendary.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joan (Anderson)
Lanier; son, Daniel R. Lanier, Ellicott City, MD; daughter,
Susan L. Lanier of North Port, Florida, and two grandchildren,
Sean and Kelsi Lanier. Services were private. Memorial donations
can be made to charity of your choice.
LaPlant, Harvey Franklin
Harvey Franklin LaPlant, 85, formerly of Sedalia, Missouri,
died peacefully with his family and friends by his side on
February 6, 2015, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron. He
was a veteran of the Korean War, and proudly served his country
in the U.S. Navy and later in the U.S. Army.
Harvey was born in Sedalia on February 15, 1929, to Frank
Oscar LaPlant and Margaret Louise LaPlant. He was preceded in
death by wife Anna Mae Cornelius-LaPlant; sisters Lucille
Cameron, Boston, Massachusetts, and Doris Estes, Sedalia,
Missouri. He is survived by his children, Dennis LaPlant, Desden,
Missouri, and Brenda LaPlant-Chrane, Liberty, Missouri;
granddaughters Jessica Sumpter and Jena Moffet;
great-granddaughters Emma and Anna Sumpter; along with several
nieces and nephews.
He loved NASCAR, fishing, baseball, and country music. He was
an over-the-road driver and retired from the Teamsters Union in
A celebration of his life will be February 15th, 2015 at the
Wilshire Club House, 205 Belmont, Liberty, Missouri at 4 p.m. He
will be laid to rest with military honors in Higginsville,
Missouri at the Veterans of Foreign Wars cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, the family would appreciate a donation in Harvey’s name
to Missouri Veterans Home, 1111 Euclid, Cameron, Missouri 64429.
Erik Larsen, M.D., F.A.C.S.
April 8, 1922-June 6, 2016
Sixty-five years ago Captain Erik Larsen crouched in a rice paddy in North
Korea and contemplated the end of his life. This was after his infantry was ordered to fall back when they
were overrun by Chinese and North Korean soldiers. Following orders, Erik barely survived a landmine
explosion in his jeep, a scramble down a steep ravine, and a dangerous swim across a river, all while
dodging bullets. At that moment, on May 18, 1951, Erik was sure that he would die. As he said the Lord’s
Prayer two thoughts entered his mind; one-what would happen to his family, his wife and young daughter;
two-after many years of wondering about death he would finally know the truth about everything. On June 6,
2016 Erik Larsen, age 94, of Amelia Island, FL passed from this realm of existence into the uncharted; he
now knows everything there is to know.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, Chris and Esther Larsen;
his wife of 43 years, Ilse; his brothers, Kaj and Paul; and a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends,
colleagues, and dogs; all of whom he loved dearly.
Erik is survived by his wife of 27 years, Lynda; his
children, Candace, Pamela, and Richard; step-children, Cheryl and Jeanette; grandchildren, Jennifer,
Christopher, Alexander, and Kimberly; and step-grandchildren, Andrew, Megan, Daniel, Henry, Joey, and Ava.
Erik Larsen was a Danish immigrant who arrived in the United States at the age of two. He knew that to get
ahead in life he had to push for what he wanted and he did just that. With a great deal of work he put
himself through college and medical school, always with a goal of helping others. He served the United
States in the Korean War as a surgeon on the front lines and in the first M.A.S.H. unit where he received a
Combat Medical Badge and a Purple Heart. After the war he continued to assist those around him throughout
his life, obtaining an F.A.C.S. (Fellow of the American College of Surgeons) in 1958 and a knighthood, the
Ridder of Dannebrog, from the King of Denmark for services to the Danish community in Chicago, IL.
general surgeon Erik did everything from open heart massage, circumcisions, and delivering babies, to
amputations, appendectomies, and radical mastectomies; all while placing the welfare of his patients above any
Erik’s favorite things were his red Porsche, his piano, bicycling, golf, and boating-not
necessarily in that order. His only regret in life was never receiving his Eagle Scout badge. He earned all the
merit badges required for this honor, but his scout master was drafted into WWII and the program was suspended.
All of Erik’s paperwork and merit badge information were lost. He never received the Eagle Scout award that he
worked hard for, but the values and skills he learned in the program stayed with him for a lifetime.
always followed his dreams and never compromised his integrity. He died from congestive heart failure. Erik
would say he had a bad heart, but those who knew him would say his heart was good in more ways than one.
Lasco, Milton Frank "Bud"
Milton Frank Lasco, "Bud", 79, a long time resident of Traverse City, Michigan, passed away Monday,
March 26, 2012 at Munson Medical Center.
Milton was born on April 23, 1932 to the late Milton and Leila (Cook) Lasco in Powers Lake, Wis. On
November 22, 1979 Bud entered into marriage with the former June I. Burse in Ecorse.
An expert tool and die man and a highly decorated Korean War Veteran, Bud proudly served his country as
a member of the United States Army and was even awarded the Purple Heart. He was a musician with many
talents, including building guitars for left-handed people. Bud performed country music for many of the
areas local venues.
He was always a man who gave and rarely asked to receive. A gentle man who overcame countless obstacles
to become a man of honor, dedication and kindness, he will be greatly missed by many.
Bud is survived by his loving family, Roxanne (Mike) Nelson, Milton "Skip" Lasco, Sheryl (John) Hobe,
Laurie Dalzell, David (Gina) White, Wendell White, Tina Wagner, Julie (Brian) White; many grandchildren
and great grandchildren; his brother, Gary Lasco; and sisters, Shirley Ward and Sharon Rackley; as well as
other loving family members and friends.
Bud was preceded in death by his wife, June in 2006; a step-son, Kenneth White; his sister, Louise
Lasco; his parents; and his grandson, Jonathon Dalzell.
To honor the families wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral at this time.
Graveside military honors will be held in Maple Grove Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may
be directed to American Heart Association.
Lawhorn, John Henry "Hank"
John Henry "Hank" Lawhorn died March 26, 2007. Born
January 19, 1929, he is buried in Riverside National Cemetery,
22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, California. Hank was
a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force, serving at K-16 in Korea
1951-52. Following his tour of duty in Korea, he and his
Korean War buddy Jack Harned attended Pasadena City College on
the GI Bill. Hank worked for the Los Angeles Sheriff Jail
System and was also a cabinet maker.
Lawrence, James F.
James F. Lawrence; Won Navy Cross in Korean War
By Matt Schudel
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 24, 2006
James F. Lawrence, 88, a Marine Corps brigadier general who was a hero of the epic Battle of Chosin
Reservoir in the Korean War and later a lawyer and Pentagon legislative liaison, died Sept. 18 of
pneumonia at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. He lived at The Fairfax, a military retirement
community near Fort Belvoir.
Gen. Lawrence joined the Marine Corps Reserve as a student at the University of North Carolina, from
which he graduated in 1941. Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, he was assigned to
During World War II, he commanded a rifle platoon with the 1st Marine Division and took part in the
six-month Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942 and 1943, the Allies' first major land victory against the
Japanese. He later served in Australia before participating in the December 1943 Marine landing at Cape
Gloucester during the battle of New Britain Island. He was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
After the war, Gen. Lawrence did advanced work in Asian studies and the Japanese language at Yale
University before serving in China and Japan for three years. In September 1950, he was with an infantry
battalion in the 7th Marine Regiment as it landed at Inchon, Korea. In November of that year, he was part
of a U.S. force that found itself surrounded by advancing Chinese units at the Chosin Reservoir in a
mountainous region near the present-day border of North and South Korea. Outnumbered 10 to one, the
Marines fought one of the most heroic battles in U.S. military history. In temperatures of 25 degrees
below zero, the Marines climbed sheer rock faces and sustained horrific casualties as they repelled the
Chinese attack. Gen. Lawrence's commanding officer cracked under battlefield pressure and was relieved of
his duties. The deputy commander was severely wounded, leaving Gen. Lawrence, then a major, to lead the
battalion. After five days of fierce fighting, he and his unit were able to punch through enemy lines and
make their way to safety. Survivors of the battle became known as the "Chosin Few." Gen. Lawrence received
a second Bronze Star and, at the instigation of rank-and-file Marines under his command, was awarded the
Navy Cross, the second-highest honor for military valor. His role in the battle is described in the
recently published book "Empowered by Faith," by Richard G. Capen Jr., a former U.S. ambassador to Spain.
After his combat service in Korea, Gen. Lawrence returned to Washington and enrolled in law school at
George Washington University, graduating with honors in 1953. He was a legal adviser in the office of the
Marine Corps commandant at Quantico Marine Base and participated in long-range planning. Gen. Lawrence
later served as a senior legal officer in the Marine Corps Pacific command and was a military adviser to
the assistant secretary of defense. From 1966 to 1972, as deputy assistant secretary of defense for
legislative affairs, he was the Pentagon's primary liaison with Congress. He retired from the Marine Corps
in 1972. In addition to his other honors, he received two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal.
From 1972 to 1992, Gen. Lawrence practiced estate law in Springfield with the firm of Clary, Lawrence,
Lickstein & Moore. He also served as counsel to the Marine Corps Association for 20 years and, in 1979,
was one of the founders of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. He had an important role in planning the
Marine Corps Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.
He was a director of the National Association for Uniformed Services and a member of the Army and Navy
Club, the Mount Vernon Country Club and various veteran and Marine Corps groups. After the Battle of
Chosin Reservoir, Gen. Lawrence nominated one of his subordinate officers, Edward "Bud" Seeburger, for the
Navy Cross. Decades later, after learning that his nomination had been lost in a fire, Gen. Lawrence
resubmitted the paperwork. Seeburger was awarded the Navy Cross in 1995, 45 years after the battle.
James Fugate Lawrence was born March 17, 1918, in Rutledge, Tenn., and grew up in Candler, N.C. For
many years, he lived in Alexandria, where he was a vestry member and treasurer of St. Aidan's Episcopal
Church. He was a founder, board member and chairman of the St. Aidan's Day School and also served as
chairman and counsel of United Community Ministries in Alexandria. After the death of a daughter-in-law,
Gen. Lawrence and his wife raised three grandchildren in their home. Survivors include his wife of 62
years, Diana Lawrence of Fort Belvoir; three children, Darrie Lawrence of New York, James Lawrence of
Chevy Chase and Richard Lawrence of Wilmington, N.C.; a brother; and seven grandchildren.
Note from Jim Ward, President of the Aloha Chapter of the Chosin Few, Hawaii: Gen. Lawrence was our (2/7)
Battalion XO and later moved up to 2/7 CO. He came to our tent (ANGLICO/2/7) to play chess since we had the
only set available.
Lebailley, LT General Eugene B.
General Lebailly was born in 1915. He attended the U.S. Army
Air Corps Flying Training where he earned his pilot wings and
was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He was assigned as a
pilot at Mitchel Field, Panama, Trinidad and the British West
Indies. When WWII began he was on duty with the 1st Bombardment
Squadron, 9th Bombardment Group at Trinidad. He was then
transferred to Ecuador and Peru where he flew heavy bombers on
sea-search missions in protection of the Panama Canal. He served
as commander of the 7th Bombardment Squadron; deputy commander
34th Bombardment Group (1943); group commander Eighth Air Force,
34th Group (1944). He participated in five of the major air
campaigns against Germany. After WWII, He had various posts in
the U.S. and completed training and schooling. In 1952, General
Lebailly went to Korea where he flew 50 combat missions in B-26
night intruder bombers as commander of the 3d Bombardment Wing.
He was in charge of the American-Japanese Planning Group (1954);
Chief of Staff Air Force Section of the Military Assistance
Advisory Group in Japan. After returning to the U.S. (1955-1961)
he was then commander of both the U.S. Forced Azores and the
1605th Air Base Wing, Portugal (1961-1964). He held this
position until 1967 when he became commander of the Sixteenth
Air Force in Spain. He assumed duties as chairman of the
Inter-American Defense Board in Washington D.C. until his
retirement September 1, 1973. His medals include two
Distinguished Service Medals, Silver Star, Legion of Merit,
three Distinguished Flying Crosses, seven Air Medals, and awards
from France, Korea, Spain Brazil and the United Nations. He died
February 17, 1992.
Lee, Brigadier General Carlton L.
Retired August 1, 1972. Died May 20, 2003.
Brigadier General Carlton L. Lee was commander of the 1st Composite Wing, Headquarters Command, U.S.
Air Force, at Andrews Air Force Base, MD.
General Lee was born in 1919, in Eastman, GA. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology for three
years prior to his enlistment in May 1941 in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet. He completed
flying school in December 1941 and received his pilot wings and commission as second lieutenant.
During World War II, from January 1942 to July 1944, he was a flying instructor at Laughlin Army Air
Field, Texas, and then Las Vegas, Nevada. He next was a B-29 aircraft commander and in November 1944 was
assigned to the 41st Bombardment Squadron and went with the squadron to Guam.
After the war from May 1946 to September 1948, General Lee was in the inactive Reserve. In June 1947 he
returned to active military duty and was assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group of the Far East Air Forces
where he served as operations and training officer, executive officer and squadron commander. He returned
to the United States in June 1951 and was assigned to the 305th Bombardment Wing at MacDill Air Force
Base, Florida, as operations and training officer and later became commander of the 305th Air Refueling
In February 1956 General Lee became director of safety for the Second Air Force with headquarters at
Barksdale Air Force Base, LA. He was transferred to Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force
Bass, Nebraska, in February 1958, where he held the positions of deputy chief and then chief of the
Operations Division. He attended the National War College, Washington, D.C., from August 1961 to July
1962. He then went to England to command the 3919th Combat Support Group at Royal Air Force Station
Fairford and in July 1964 was transferred to High Wycombe Air Station as director of operations and later
became deputy commander of the 7th Air Division.
General Lee returned to SAC headquarters in June 1965 as chief of the Plans and Programs Division, and
later became chief, Officer Division, Directorate of Personnel. In October 1966 he was assigned to the 7th
Bombardment Wing, Carswell Air Force Base, Texas, as vice commander and became commander in June 1967. He
assumed command of the 40th Air Division with headquarters at Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Michigan, in
In March 1970 General Lee became commander of the 1st Composite Wing, Headquarters Command, U.S. Air
Force, at Andrews Air Force Base, MD.
He is a command pilot with more than 5,000 hours of flying time and flew the B-29 aircraft on 36 combat
missions totaling more than 470 flying hours during World War II and the Korean War. His military
decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldier's Medal, Bronze Star Medal,
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal,
Distinguished Unit Citation Emblem, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon and Republic of Korea
Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon.
General Lee's hometown is Atlanta, GA. He was promoted to the temporary grade of brigadier
general effective February 6, 1970, with date of rank January 16, 1970.
Lee, Hee Sung
Major Hee Sung Lee passed away on June 25, 2006. The funeral will be held in Show Low, Arizona on June
29, 2006 beginning at 11 a.m. Major Lee held very dear to the fact that he participated in fighting for
democracy for his country. His account of his experiences is posted on the memoirs page of the
Korean War Educator.
Hershall E. Lee, 81, of Danville, Illinois, passed away at
6:45 a.m. Monday (December 10, 2012) at the Veterans Affairs
Illiana Medical Center in Danville.
He was born on September 27, 1931, in Westville, Illinois, to
Lawrence and Nora Wamsher Lee. He married Marian Stockanes on
May 12, 1962, with whom he had two children, Larry Lee and
Sylvia Lee of Las Vegas, formerly of Westville, and a
granddaughter, Stephanie Hayward, also of Las Vegas. They
survive. In 1975 he married Katherine Scarlett, with whom he had
two children, Daniel Grinestaff and Jennifer Lee of Danville.
They also survive, along with many nieces and nephews.
Also surviving are a sister, Fannie Buck of Attica, Indiana and
a brother, David (Betty) Lee of Cayuga, Indiana.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, David
Grinestaff; five brothers, George, Charles, Ernie, Bob and Jack;
and four sisters, Pauline Lee, Ruby Cripe, Hazel Lamb and Wilma
Hershall attended Fairchild, Union and Lincoln grade schools
and graduated in 1946. He graduated from Danville High School in
1950, and then attended Danville Junior College and the
University of Illinois, and graduated from Eastern Illinois
University, Charleston, Illinois. He became a certified
purchasing professional in 1985. He spent most of his years in
the field of supervision and management for Allied Signal Inc.,
from which he retired in 1994.
Hershall enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and was
honorably discharged in 1954. He took his basic training at
Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and further
training at Adjutant General School in Fort Lee, Virginia. He
served at Reese in Lubbock, Texas, and in the Korean War with
the 5th Air Force Advance Headquarters near Seoul.
After the war, he served at Chanute Air Force Base in
Rantoul. A letter of commendation, the rank of staff sergeant,
four medals and two battle stars were awarded to Hershall while
in the military.
Hershall played an instrumental role in the development and
dedication of the Vermilion County Korean/Vietnam War Memorial
in Danville, as well as the Illinois Korean War Memorial in
Springfield. During the dedication of the Vermilion County
Korean/Vietnam Memorial, Hershall read the names of all of his
friends who had also served in the Korean War. As he read the
name of close friend Robert E. Wurtsbaugh, he decided he wanted
to do something in his memory. From this idea, the Illinois
Korean War Veterans was born. The first chapter in Danville is
named in Bob's honor, as is the birthplace of the Illinois
Korean War Veterans Association. At the time, it was the largest
chapter in the National Korean War Veterans Association.
He also was a key factor in the development of several other
programs for vets, including the Korean War veterans license
plate and the Illinois Korean War Vets Highway, and was heavily
involved in groups such as American Legion Post 210, AMBUCS,
POW/MIA, as well as many, many others.
A service to celebrate the life of Hershall Lee will be held
at 11 a.m. Friday, December 14, 2012, at Immanuel Lutheran
Church, Danville, of which Hershall had been a member. Burial
will follow at Danville National Cemetery, where military rites
will be performed by American Legion Post 210. The Rev. Michael
Heidle will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 13, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation
Center, A Life Celebration Home in Danville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded
Warrior Project.org. Please join Hershall's family in
sharing memories, photos and video of his life through his
tribute wall at
Lee, Kurt Chew-Een
Major Kurt Chew-Een Lee, a Chinese-American who led Marines
into battle against the Chinese in the Korean War and was cited
for bravery for helping to preserve a crucial evacuation route
for 8,000 American troops, was found dead on March 3, 2014, at
his home in Washington. He was 88.
Major Lee is believed to have been the first Asian-American
officer in the Marine Corps. Slight of build at 5 feet 6 inches
tall and 130 pounds, he brought outsize determination to the
battlefield, and his heroics have been recounted in books and a
Born in San Francisco and raised in Sacramento, he enlisted
in the Marines toward the end of World War II and learned and
then taught Japanese. He became a commissioned officer in 1946.
Chew-Een Lee was born on January 21, 1926, one of seven
children and the eldest son. His father distributed fruit and
vegetables to restaurants and hotels. Two of his brothers,
Chew-Fan and Chew-Mon, became Army officers and also served in
the Korean War. Chew-Mon received the Distinguished Service
Cross, and Chew-Fan the Bronze Star.
Major Lee used the first name Kurt as a young man and later
changed his name legally. His survivors include three sisters,
Faustina Lee, Betty Mar and Juliet Yokoe, and his brother
Chew-Fan. Chew-Mon died in 1972 while serving as a State
Department military attaché in Taiwan. Major Lee’s first
wife died. His second marriage ended in divorce. He had no
In addition to the Navy Cross and the Silver Star, Major Lee
received many other military honors, including two Purple
Hearts. Among other books, his exploits are recounted in “Colder
Than Hell: A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir”
(1996), by Joseph R. Owen.
Major Lee retired from the Marines in 1968 and later worked
for New York Life and the National Rural Electric Cooperative
Leech, Robert Ellis "Bobby" Sr.
Abilene, Texas - Robert Ellis (Bobby) Leech, 84, passed away
Friday, July 19, 2013, at a local nursing home. A graveside
service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 22, 2013, in
the Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 7457 W. Lake Road, Abilene,
with Patrick Leech and Shea Leech officiating, under the
direction of Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 North 2nd
Bobby was born on December 14, 1928, to Charles Bedford and
Winnie Davis (Sumrall) Leech in Coleman, Texas. Preceding him in
death were his parents, Charles and Winnie Leech, and his
brother, Charles Davis Leech. Survivors include two sons, Robert
Ellis Leech, Jr., and James Davis Leech; one daughter and
son-in-law, Kay and Mark Whitton; grandchildren, Patrick & Amber
Leech, and Kayla and Kyle Walker; nephews, Rodney Leech and wife
Judy, Kevin Leech and wife, Angie, Shea Leech and wife,
Courtney; and several cousins, great-nieces and nephews.
He served in the United States Army as a Corporal in Korea.
Bobby loved the Lord and had longed for Heaven for many
years! In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Jim Ned
Valley Church of Christ Children's Outreach, P.O. Box 536,
Tuscola, Texas, 79562, or other church of your choice.
Leggett, William Thomas
Colonel (Ret) William Thomas Leggett, Jr., 79, of Carlisle,
Pennsylvania, died Monday, June 9, 2008 at M. S. Hershey Medical
Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Memorial services will be
held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 14, 2008 at St. John's
Episcopal Church on the Square, Carlisle, PA with The Rev. Canon
Mark A. Scheneman officiating. An additional memorial service
will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 4, 2008 at Fort
Myer Chapel, Arlington, VA, followed by burial with full
military honors in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. A
visitation will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m., Friday, June 13,
2008 at Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 219 North
Hanover St., Carlisle, PA. In lieu of flowers memorials may be
made to the Army Emergency Relief Fund, 46 Ashburn Road, Room
126, Carlisle, PA 17013.
Born May 23, 1929 in Tarbaro, North Carolina, a son of the
late William Thomas, Sr. and Willouise Doster Leggett, he was a
retired US Army Infantry veteran of 32 years serving in both the
Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a graduate of the United States
Military Academy, Class of 1952. His most rewarding years were
the four he spent teaching at USMA and the six years at the
Tom was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal,
Silver Star with four oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit with
two oak leaf clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army
Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, and the
Parachute Badge. He was employed by Carlisle Syntec as a quality
control Manager for ten years. He was a member and past
president and secretary of Rotary Club, Carlisle.
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Patricia Ennis Leggett of
Carlisle, three daughters, Patricia Lockard and her husband,
William of Clarksville, Tennessee, Nancy McGee and her husband
Timothy of Mandeville, Louisiana, and Elizabeth Yukish and her
husband Michael of State College, Pennsylvania, one son, William
T. Leggett III and his wife, Christine of Las Vegas, Nevada,
nine grandchildren and a brother, Stanley D. Leggett and his
wife, Susan of Southern Shores, North Carolina.
Leiser, Alfred E.
Dr. Alfred E. Leiser, renowned endocrinologist and one of the original members of the Kelsey-Seybold
Clinic, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012, of natural causes at 90 years of age. Dr. Leiser will be
remembered for his zest for life, his love of medicine, traveling, music and his interest in natural
history, as well as his devotion to his wife of 67 years, Margaret Beduhn Leiser.
Dr. Leiser was a war
hero, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross during a mission over North Korea during the Korean War when
his B-29 bomber was ambushed by three M-15 enemy migs. The plane was riddled with bullets and rockets and
the pilot ordered all crew members to prepare for bail out. Instead, Dr. Leiser had to jettison his
parachute to reach his severely wounded bombardier and provide first aid, making it incapable of bailing
out. The plane made it safely to base and the bombardier survived. For this, Dr. Leiser was awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross, one of the nation's highest military honors for bravery. He also received two
Air Medals with clusters for bravery in other combat missions. Dr. Leiser was the only flight surgeon in the
Korean War to receive the DFC.
Dr. Leiser was also an accomplished violinist. Starting at the age of 5,
Doctor Leiser was practiced daily his entire life. He was a substitute violinist for the Houston Symphony
and he taught his three sons the joy of musical instruments.
Other interests included collecting
butterflies in which Dr. Leiser amassed one of the largest private collections in the country. He generously
donated rare specimens to various museums throughout Texas. He made numerous excursions to exotic locations
including Papua, New Guinea, various countries in South and Central America, as well as remote locations in
Australia and New Zealand in his quest for rare specimens.
Dr. Leiser attended primary and secondary
schools in Monroe, Wisconsin. He was awarded a BS degree at the University of Wisconsin in 1945. He was a
member of Phi Beta Sigma Honorary Freshman Society where he was awarded Senior High Honors.
attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine-Doctor of Medicine in 1946 where he was a member of
Sigma Sigma Freshman Honorary Medical Society and Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honorary Society.
He interned in
1946 and 1947 at Youngstown General Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio and continued his education in Internal
Medicine at the University of Wisconsin in Gastroenterology and Hematology, until 1950. From: 1953-1956:
Residency Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. 1954-1956: Fellowship Endocrinology,
Cleveland Clinic. 1956: Received the William D. Lower Fellowship thesis Award from Cleveland Clinic.
1956-1997: Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Houston, Texas. Internal Medicine Section/Endocrinology. 1976-1986: Chief
Internal Medicine. 1997: The Physicians Center, Houston, Texas, Medical Director.
Military: 1945-1947 United
States Navy V12 program University of Wisconsin. 1951 United States Air Force School of Aviation Medicine Flight
Surgeon Certification. 1951-1953: Major, United States Air Force, Flight Surgeon, Combat Status, Korean
Professional Appointments: Clinical Professor of Medicine (Emeritus) (Baylor College of Medicine
Outstanding Service Award 1997), Volunteer Clinical Internist-M.D. Anderson, The Methodist Hospital (Emeritus)
(Honor Certification 1997), Texas Children's Hospital (Emeritis.
Professional Organizations: American Medical
Association, American College of Physicians, American Diabetes Association, American Association of Clinical
Endocrinology, The Endocrine Society, Harris County Medical Society, Houston Society of Internal Medicine, Texas
Medical Association, Texas Diabetes and Endocrine Foundation.
Survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Margaret
Beduhn, and three sons: Thomas William, James Stephen, and Gregory Scott; daughters-in-law Kathy Grace Leiser and
Birgit Weber Leiser. Preceded in death by a brother, Godfred von Leiser and a sister, Freda Leiser White and a
daughter-in-law Renee' La Grone Leiser. Celebration of Life - January 12, 2013, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Memorial at 2:00
pm, Houston City Club, Plaza Room Ballroom. 1 City Club Drive, Houston, TX 77046. 713-840-8223. Cocktails and Hors
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 1, 2013.
Lemnitzer, Lyman Louis
Headquarters, Department of the Army
General Orders No. 6 - 26 March 1989
The death of General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer, former Chief of
Staff, United States Army, and former Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, on 12 November 1988 at 0330 hours in
Washington, DC, is announced with deep regret. General
Lemnitzer was an officer of the highest ideals. His
courage, sound judgment, and superb leadership produced
brilliant military achievements of the greatest value to his
country. With his passing the nation has lost a faithful,
valiant servant and the United States Army a commander of great
General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer was born in Honesdale,
Pennsylvania, on 29 August 1899. He graduated from
Honesdale High School in June 1917 and the following year he
entered the United States Military Academy. Upon
graduation in July 1920, he was commissioned a second
lieutenant. His assignments from that time until the
outbreak of World War II alternated between duty with troops and
service as a student and instructor at Army schools. As a
member of the Coast Artillery Rifle Team, he became known as one
of the Army's outstanding rifle marksmen, winning the National
Team Gold Medal, the First Place Gold Medal in the Philippine
Department, and the Distinguished Marksman's Badge. He
completed two tours at Fort Mills, Corregidor, Philippine
Islands; he was twice assigned to the United States Military
Academy as an instructor in natural and experimental philosophy;
and he graduated from the Command and General Staff School in
A member of the last pre-war class at the Army War College
(1940), General Lemnitzer established a firm reputation as a
thorough and imaginative planner. Subsequently, with the
expansion of the United States Army, he was recalled from duty
with an antiaircraft artillery brigade at Camp Stewart, Georgia,
in 1941 to an assignment with the War Plans Division of the War
Department. In this position, and during succeeding months
with General Headquarters, United States Army and Headquarters,
Army Ground Forces, he took part in the planning for
mobilization and training of the huge wartime Army and for the
projected landings in North Africa, known as Operation Torch.
In August 1942 General Lemnitzer went to England as the
Commanding General of the 34th Coast Artillery (Antiaircraft)
Brigade. His intimate familiarity with the plans for the
forthcoming North African operation, however, promptly led to
his assignment to General Eisenhower's Allied Forces
Headquarters. Here, although retaining command of his
antiaircraft brigade, he was designated Assistant Chief of Staff
for Plans and Operations, and charged with directing the final
detailed preparations for the landings and the operations in
North Africa. In this capacity he accompanied General Mark
W. Clark as second-in-command of the dramatic secret submarine
mission to contact friendly French officials 3 weeks prior to
the landings, helping smooth the way for the Allied invasion
forces. For his participation in this mission, he won the
Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer).
After a brief return to England, General Lemnitzer moved to
North Africa as a member of General Eisenhower's staff. In
January 1943 he was assigned as Deputy Chief of Staff to General
Mark W. Clark in Morocco during the early phases of the
organization of the Fifth Army. Resuming active command of
his brigade in late February 1943, he led it through the
Tunisian Campaign and the early landing phases of the Sicilian
General Lemnitzer's service for the remainder of the war was
as United States Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff to
General (later Field Marshal) Sir Harold Alexander, who was
first the Commander in Chief of the 15th Army Group and later
the Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean. General
Lemnitzer also served as Chief of Staff to the Commanding
General of the (United States) Mediterranean Theater of
Operations. Under Sir Harold Alexander, General Lemnitzer
took part in the negotiations with Marshal Badoglio that led to
the capitulation of Italy. He participated in the
discussions with Marshal Tito and with Soviet Marshal Tolbukhin
for the coordination of the final military operations by the
Yugoslav and Russian armed forces against the German armies in
Southern Europe. In March 1945, General Lemnitzer entered
Switzerland in civilian clothes charged with the management of
the discussions with German representatives that resulted in the
unconditional surrender of the German armed forces in Italy and
Southern Austria. In discharging these responsible and
important functions, he earned a reputation as an able
negotiator and military diplomat.
General Lemnitzer's skill as a planner was put to immediate
use following the war when he was designated as the Senior Army
Member of the Joint Strategic Survey Committee of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff in Washington, DC. His next assignment was
as the Deputy Commandant of the National War College, playing a
key part in the establishment of that agency for the highest
level of joint military education. At that time, he also
served as head of the United States Delegation to the Military
Committee of the Five (Brussels Pact) Powers in London, helping
to pave the way for the establishment of the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization. He assisted in the presentation of
the NATO Treaty to the Senate for ratification.
On the strength of his experience as a military diplomat,
General Lemnitzer was named the first Director of the Office of
Military Assistance under Secretary of Defense James Forrestal
from 1949 to 1950. In this capacity he played a key role
in establishing the Military Assistance Program which has
provided a major element in the Free World's mutual security
Returning to duty with troops in 1950, General Lemnitzer
qualified as a parachutist at the age of 51 and assumed command
of the 11th Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
In 1951 he went to Korea and commanded the 7th Infantry Division
in the Battles of Heartbreak Ridge, The Punch Bowl, and
Mundung-ni Valley and in the fighting in the Chorwon Valley.
He was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry.
General Lemnitzer returned to the United States in 1952 to
serve as the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and
Research. During this same period he was the Army's
Associate Member of the Kelly Committee to Study the Defense of
North America against Atomic Attack and a member of the
Secretary of the Army's Advisory Committee on Army Organization.
General Lemnitzer returned to the Far East in March 1955,
assuming command of the United States Army Forces, Far East and
the Eighth Army. Shortly thereafter, on the departure of
General Maxwell D. Taylor to become Chief of Staff, United
States Army, General Lemnitzer was named Commander in Chief of
the United Nations and Far East commands and Governor of the
Ryukyu Islands. In this position he maintained the
defensive strength of the United Nations forces against the
resumption of hostilities in Korea, directed the build-up of the
military effectiveness of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces and
the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, and encouraged the improvement
of economic and military stability throughout that area of the
In July 1957 he assumed new duties as the Vice Chief of
Staff, United States Army. Most notably, he played an
influential role in deciding the relationship between the
National Aeronautics and Space Agency and the space research
facilities of the Army, and participated as the United States
Military Representative at meetings in London and Karachi of the
Military Committee of the Bagdad Pact Organization. In
March 1959 General Lemnitzer was named to succeed General
Maxwell D. Taylor as Chief of Staff, United States Army, and
assumed his new duties on 1 July 1959.
President Eisenhower nominated General Lemnitzer as Chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 15 August 1960. he was
confirmed by the Senate 27 August 1960 and was sworn in as
Chairman on 30 September 1960. Following a 2-year tour as
Chairman, General Lemnitzer was named Supreme Allied Commander,
Europe. He retired from active duty in July 1969.
For his exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service,
General Lemnitzer's awards and decorations include the
Distinguished Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters); the
Silver Star; the Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer); the Legion
of Merit; the Medalha de Guerra (Brazil); the Grand Star of
Military Merit (Chile); the Grand Officer of the Order of Boyaca
(Colombia); the Medal for Military Merit 1st Class
(Czechoslovakia); the Order of Melnik (Ethiopia); the Legion of
Honor Degree of Officer (France); the Croix de Guerre with Palm
(France); the Honorary Companion of the Most Honorable Order of
the Bath (Great Britain); the Honorary Commander of the Most
Excellent Order of the British Empire (Great Britain); the
Military Order of Merit (Italy); the Cavalier of the Great
Cross, Royal Crown of Italy (Italy); the Grand Cordon of the
Order of the Rising Sun (Japan); the Order of Military Merit
Taeguk (Korea); the Order of Military Merit Taeguk with Gold
Star (Korea); the Presidential Unit Citation (Korea); the Gold
Cross of Merit with Swords (Poland); the Most Exalted Order of
the White Elephant (Thailand); the Royal Order of the White
Eagle, Class II (Yugoslavia); and the Grande Official, Order of
Military Merit (Brazil). General Lemnitzer was awarded the
Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation's highest civilian
award, by President Reagan at a White House ceremony on 28 June
1987 for his contributions to world peace and freedom.
General Lemnitzer's life was characterized by courage,
dedication, vision, and patriotism. These qualities earned
him the respect of all who knew him. The grief caused by
the death of General Lemnitzer is deeply shared by all members
of the United States Army.
General Lemnitzer is survived by his wife, Mrs. Katherine
Mead Tryon Lemnitzer; a daughter, Lois Katherine Lemnitzer; and
a son, William L. Lemnitzer.
Lentz, Earl R.
Earl R. Lentz, age 76, of Wharton, Ohio passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2007 at his residence.
Earl was born on March 30, 1931 in Hancock County to the late Paul and Florence (Coppes) Lentz. He married
Leita Buckmaster on April 18, 1953 and she preceded him in death on March 28, 2000. Earl served in the
United States Army from 1950-1952 during the Korean War. He was also a 50-year member of Marion Local 574.
He loved his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He also loved flowers, gardening, mushroom
hunting, fishing, hunting and trapshooting.
Earl was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Lentz and Mary Hartman, and grandson Jeff Egbert.
Earl is survived by his children William "Rick" (Sandy) Lentz, Jill (Steve) Egbert, Thomas (Jeannie) Lentz
and Robert (Linda) Lentz; brothers Dave (Jean) Lentz, George "Shorty" (Becky) Lentz, John Lentz, Arthur
Lentz; sister Leota Lafferty; grandchildren Anthony, Cassie, Tim, Sara, Emily, Nick, Miranda, Josh; 11
great-grandchildren Chase, Kyle, Brittney, Mckenzie, Austin, James, Austyn, Taylor, Alyssa, Mikey, and
Rylee; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at the Coldren-Crates Funeral Home and the funeral
service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at the funeral home with visitation for one
hour prior (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.) with Rev. James Williams officiating. Burial followed in Bechtel Cemetery,
Van Buren, where full military rites were conducted by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad.
Thomas Leone, 82, of Buena Vista, Pennsylvania, died Tuesday, January 15,
2013. He was born October 24, 1930, in Versailles, the son of
the late Casto and Elizabeth Borelli Leone. He was retired from
Equitable Gas Company and was a member of the Owls Club in
Industry and the Moose Club at Grass Flats.
Thomas was a Marine Corps veteran and served in the Korean
War. His service included action against the Northern Korean
Forces, assault and seizure of Inchon, Korea, capture and
securing of Seoul, Korea, operations against enemy forces in
South and Central Korea and fought in the Battle of Pork Chop
Hill. He received the Presidential Unit Citation with one Bronze
Star, the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Good
He is survived by his wife, Ethelmary Frances Leone; son,
Philip (Cindy) Leone, of Edgewood; daughters, Nina Ann (Kenny)
Miller, of Sutersville, and Michelle Leone, of Versailles;
sisters, Dolores Phillips and Josephine (Jim) Blankenship, of
McKeesport, and Mary Kostic, of North Versailles; grandchildren,
Lauren, Adam, Allie, Jared (U.S. Navy), Jonathan, Michael,
Milana, Joel and Jeremy (Kelly); great-grandchildren, Aiden,
Hannah and Hailey; and nieces and, nephews. He was preceded in
death by his son, Tommy Leone; and daughter, Gina Marie Hines.
There is no visitation. A private service and military honors
were held Thursday, January 17, in the chapel of Mt. Vernon
Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. Arrangements are by the Gilbert
Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., Boston, Elizabeth Township.
Charles "Chuck" Lindsay, 84, of Mahomet, Illinois, passed
away on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Carle Foundation Hospital,
Urbana, IL. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Urbana.
Chuck was born March 14, 1930, in Urbana, to Roscoe and Laura
Green Lindsay. He graduated from Urbana High School in
1948. He also attended Barry-Castle Business college in
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He
worked for Sullivan Chevrolet for 20 years as salesman and sales
manager. He then owned and operated the Chuck Lindsay
Chevrolet-Olds dealership in Morrison, Illinois for 34 years.
Chuck was married to Mary E. Ducey in 1975 in Champaign.
She preceded him in death in 2003. Prior to this, Chuck
was married to Jean Levitt of Sailor Springs for 20 years.
She died in 2001.
Chuck was always proud of his "overachiever" recognitions
from General Motors and the Chevrolet Motor Division. He
enjoyed woodworking and gardening and was a huge fan of
football. He was a member of Rotary Club, American Legion
and St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Morrison.
Survivors include his children, James Lindsay of Westville,
Illinois, Mrs. Herman (Jane) Baumgartner of Mahomet, Illinois,
and Debbie Mast of Champaign; grandchildren, Mrs. Steve
(Jessica) Harms, Andrew Baumgartner, Matthew Lindsay, Jacob
Lindsay and Mrs. David (Tamara) Schwartz; five
great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; sister,
Kathryn Lindsay Goers of Hampton, Virginia; and four nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Steven
Stephen Line, our beloved husband and father, passed away
August 25, 2007, surrounded by the love of his family. He had a
gentle heart and cared deeply for his family and friends.
Steve was born in Lima, Ohio on June 16, 1932. He graduated
from Vandalia High School in 1950 and enlisted in the U.S. Army,
serving two years in the Korean War with the 5th Regimental
Combat Team. After being discharged from Fort Lewis, Washington,
he moved permanently to the Pacific Northwest. Steve went to
work for The Boeing Finance Department on Minuteman and other
military programs. He retired from Boeing in 1990.
Steve is survived by his wife, Connie of nearly 39 years,
children, Stephanie Stewart of Oregon, David Line of Tacoma,
Washington, Jerry Line of Spanaway, Washington, Valerie Line of
Seattle, Washington, Judy Line of Indianapolis, Indiana, and
Patricia Nation of Spanaway. He is also survived by nine
grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He leaves sisters,
Mary Lou Hanson, Carol Ann White, Doris Suever and Denise
Huelskamp, as well as a brother, Larry Line. Memorials may be
made to Seattle Animal Shelter or the American Cancer Society.
Link, Willis H. "Wally"
Wally fought a long battle and died peacefully in his home
November 14, 2012.
He was raised on a ranch in Laramie, Wyoming, which gave him
a love for the outdoors and horses. He spent a large part of his
life with horses and roping. It became quite a passion with him.
He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Underwater
Demolition Team during the Korean War.
He later moved to Redding, California, and has a small ranch
and logging trucks. Wally was a self-made man and owned a lot of
businesses during his lifetime. He moved to Burney and entered a
partnership in a logging business, owning a fleet of logging
trucks. He soon met his wife to be, Rosemary Rentle, and
married December 16, 1941. They entered into a partnership at a
local dinner house, the Rex Club in Burney. They had been
married almost 40 years.
Upon retiring in 1981, Wally and Rosemary moved to Brookings,
Oregon. Wally became restless and started a commercial fishing
business on the boat he bought called the “Refuge.”
Wally is survived by his wife Rosemary of Harbor, Oregon,
Rosemary’s children: Laura Novoa, David Teasley and Pamela
McBroome; Wally children: Rosemary Smith and David Link. He left
behind many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Wally finally
climbed on the big Roan Mare and threw his last loop, riding
into those beautiful mountains one last time.
At Wally’s request there will be no services.
Indiana State Commander Frank Littleton of Lafayette, Indiana, died at 10:20 a.m. December 31, 2004,
after a two-year bout with lung cancer. He was a Navy veteran who also served as the first commander
of Korean War Veterans Association Central Indiana Chapter 259.
Sidney Lofthus, 71, of Silverdale died November 6, 2001, at Washington Veterans Home in Retsil. He was
born September 13, 1930, in Highlanding, Minnesota, to Oscar and Signe (Brekke) Lofthus. He attended
school in Bagley, Minnesota.
He served in the Army as a medic during the Korean War. He worked at Haselwood Buick from the early
1960s until he retired.
Sidney enjoyed music and playing the guitar.
Survivors include three sons, Scott of Lacey, Sidney Jr. and Randy, both of Silverdale; four brothers,
Thelman of Bagley, Julian of Polson, Mont., Mel of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Obert of Plains, Mont.; four
sisters, Edna Siegert of Bremerton, Violet Berentsen of Seabeck, Gloria Amunrud of Spokane and Arlene
Kegley of Poulsbo; and one granddaughter, Brittany. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Andor and
A memorial service was held November 13, 2001, at Miller-Woodlawn Funeral Home. Interment was at
Washington Veteran's Cemetery.
Lopez, Johnny C.
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Johnny C. Lopez, 81, of Eloy, Arizona, and a retired Pinal
County constable, died at home on November 4, 2013, surrounded
by his family. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at J.
Warren Funeral Services, Valley Chapel, with rosary recited at
7. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St.
Helen of the Cross Catholic Church by the Rev. Alonzo Garcia.
Burial will be in Eloy Memorial Park.
Mr. Lopez was born on June 24, 1932, in the old mining town
of Sonora in eastern Pinal County and was a son of Micaela
“Mickey” Sierra and Reynaldo Cruz. He later had a stepfather,
Michael Lopez. He was raised in Eloy and attended Santa Cruz
Valley Union High School, where he excelled in sports. He also
played American Legion softball and baseball and graduated in
1952. He attended the future Arizona State University for half a
semester before he was drafted into the Army to fight in the
Korean War. During the war he served as Battery Clerk for
Headquarters Battery, 933d AAA Battalion (AW) (MBL).
After getting his honorable discharge he helped manage and
co-owned Mickey’s Cafe and coached youth softball and baseball
in Eloy. He first was elected constable in 1966 and served for
40 years. The cafe closed in 1996. He later managed Santa Cruz
Village Apartments for more than 12 years before completely
retiring in 2012. He was a hardworking, happy and easygoing man
who loved his family very much. He was always willing to help
friends, family and anyone in need.
Survivors include two daughters, Maricela “Chela” Guillen of
Eloy and Maribel Diaz of Casa Grande; four sons, Johnny Lopez
Jr. of California, John Lopez III and Michael Lopez of Tucson
and Juan Pedro “Johnny” Lopez of Eloy; a brother, Manuel
Gonzales of Phoenix; 18 grandchildren; and 11
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers,
Pete, Xavier “Gabe” and George Gonzales.
Lopp, James R. "Bobble"
James R. "Bobble" Lopp, 79, of Coatesville, passed away
October 28, 2013, at home. He was born in Thomasville,
South Carolina, to the late Eugene Lopp Sr. and Sarah S.
Richardson Lopp and the husband of Gayle Wool Lopp.
A Korean War veteran, he served in the U.S. Air Force until
he was honorably discharged in 1956. James had been employed
with the City of Coatesville for 10 years. He was a member of
the Elks Lodge 151 and the VFW 2404 in Coatesville. A
three-sport athlete, he was inducted into the Coatesville Hall
of Fame in 2002.
He is survived by his wife, Gayle Wool Lopp of Williamsport;
children, Jamel Lopp, Travis Montgomery, Susan Jones, Cheryl
Jones and Jessica Heller, all of Coatesville, Eric Lopp of New
York, and Shaun Lopp and Christine Lopp, both of Downingtown;
one sister, Nancy Lopp Cheung of Coatesville; 21 grandchildren;
three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.
Burial with military honors will be held in the Rolling Green
Memorial Park, West Chester.
Lorette, Richard John
January 22, 1929 - January 10, 2017
LTC Richard John Lorette (USAF Ret.) of Massanutten,
Virginia, died January 10, 2017, at 87 years of age. He is
survived by his wife of 43 years, Jan; his three daughters,
Joanne Sperandio Lorette, Patricia A. Phillips (Bradley), and
Jeannemarie Lorette Levy (Gary); eight adult grandchildren,
three great-grandchildren, and sister, Shirley Osborn of Mesa,
Arizona. He was preceded in death by another daughter, Judith
He graduated in 1950 from the US Military Academy at West
Point, served combat tours in Korea and Southeast Asia, and was
a Navigator in the USAF during his 23 years in the military.
He was the recipient of two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the
first in Korea and the second in Vietnam. He taught at the
Air Force Institute of Technology after earning his Doctorate in
Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He
retired from military service and taught at several universities
for the next 15 years, including SUNY Binghamton, University of
South California, and Loyola University.
Having lived in Massanutten since 1987, he was active in the
Massanutten Lions Club and the Elkton United Methodist Church
choir. He helped create a number of local charities to support
Lions activities as well as some charities that support children
and local schools. Golf was his favorite sport, and he played
A memorial service will be at Elkton United Methodist Church
at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Burial will be at West
Point at a time to be determined. In lieu of flowers donations
may be made to the Lions of Massanutten Foundation, Inc. (LOMFI
President, PO Box 373, McGaheysville, Virginia 22840) or to
Friends of the East Rockingham Communities, Inc. (FERCC
Treasurer, 242 Kensington, Elkton, Virginia 22827).
Ludnick, Victor Francis
Victor Francis Ludnick, age 80, of Spring Hill, Florida,
passed away April 15, 2013 at HPH Hospice Care Center in
Brooksville, Florida. His wife and daughter were with him until
he passed peacefully. He was born on April 13, 1933 in
Baltimore, Maryland, the son of John and Fern (Van Nosdeln)
Victor is survived by his loving wife of 59 1/2 years, Rose;
daughter Vicky Walters and husband Ron; granddaughter Kristen
Walters; grandson Mike Walters; and granddaughter Jen Regner. He
is predeceased by his son John Ludnick who died in 1989. He is
also survived by a sister and brother -in-law, Linda and Doug
Taylor; a niece, Sydney and her husband, Eric Hubley; brother
and sister-in-law, Pat and Barbara Smallwood; and niece Jennica
and nephew, Woody all of Pensacola, Florida.
Vic was a veteran of the Korean War and was a Life Member of
the VFW Hernando Beach Lodge and American Legion Post #186.
He was a member of The Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #1676, as
well as the Brooksville Elks Lodge #2582.
Vic enjoyed travel, gardening, fishing, hunting, trap
shooting, golf and shooting pool in his spare time. He loved
cooking and enjoyed the shows on the Food Network, and enjoyed
cooking for others. He won many awards for trap shooting when he
lived in Maryland. Vic loved the water and in his lifetime owned
two boats. He was a mason and a contractor by trade, having
owned his own business at one time. He realized a life long
dream at the age of 79 by owning a racehorse named "Beat Your
There will be a Celebration of Life gathering on Monday,
April 29 from 11:00-11:30 with the service from 11:30-12:30 at
280 Mariner Boulevard. Interment will follow at Florida National
in Bushnell, Florida at 1:30. In lieu of flowers the family
requests donations be made to Hernando/Pasco Hospice.
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Luster, Herbert "Lefty"
Herbert Richard "Lefty" Luster, 80, of Casa Grande, Arizona, died peacefully on January 11, 2012, at
Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Northwest in Tucson, with his family by his side.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at J. Warren Funeral Services, Cole & Maud The Gardens Chapel.
The funeral will follow at 7, with Rick Luster officiating. A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday in National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, in Phoenix.
Mr. Luster was born on June 21, 1931, in Hearne, Texas, and was a son of Herbert C. and Margaret
Luster. He served with the 1st Marine Provisional Brigade in the Korean War and was wounded in August
1950, losing his right arm and receiving the Purple Heart Medal. He ran track at Ouachita Baptist
University in Arkansas and Mississippi College in Clinton but graduated from the University of Arkansas at
He ran the mile and tied with another runner in the Olympic Trials, losing out in a coin toss. He was a
teacher and coach for 15 years and then a pastor for 10 years.
Survivors include his wife, Romaine, with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage on Dec. 24; three
sons, Rick Luster of Casa Grande, Daniel R. Luster of Page and William R. Luster of Elizabeth, Colo.; two
daughters, Rachel McDonald of Peoria and Laura Hintze of Tucson; two brothers, Hal Luster of Carrollton,
Texas, and Lynn Zickefoose of Connecticut; two sisters, Louise McArthur of Monticello, Ark., and Rita Reed
of Benton, Ark.; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons,
Richard G. and Caleb Luster, and a sister, Barbara Ichniowski.
Lynch, James Henry
James Henry Lynch of Little Rock, Arkansas, died February 12, 2008. He was born in Washington,
D.C. on July 31, 1914. He was the grandson, son, nephew, and brother of West Point graduates. His father,
George A. Lynch was graduated from West Point in 1903 and later held the distinction as a major general of
serving as the last Chief of Infantry for the United States Army.
Jim attended schools in Washington, graduating from Western High School at age 16 and taking his
freshman year at George Washington University and the University of the Philippines in Manila. His
sophomore year was at Columbia University after which he entered West Point, graduating with the Class of
1938. His first posting was to the 29th Infantry regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he met Dee
Butler, whom he married in 1939. Jim spent 30 years in the Army. He was stationed overseas in
Germany (twice), Turkey, France, and in Korea. He fought in the Korean War and was awarded the
Distinguished Service Cross twice. For their actions, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Korean
Distinguished Unit Citation were awarded to his battalion.
In 1990 the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas established a combat leaders'
memorial to recognize one leader from each of the major conflicts in US history. Such names as Anthony
Wayne (Revolutionary War), Winfield Scott (War of 1812), and Leonard Wood (Spanish American War) are
remembered. James H. Lynch was selected as representative of field grade commanders from the Korean War.
His photograph and an appropriate narrative are on display at the College.
His stations in the United States were in Georgia (3 times), Kansas, Pennsylvania, New York, Oklahoma,
the Pentagon, and Ft. Monroe, Virginia, his last station before retiring in 1968. He and Dee moved to
Augusta, Georgia. He often said what a fortunate decision it was for both of them. They came to have many
friends and many meaningful activities. He worked with the Red Cross Board and enjoyed the fellowship of
the Kiwanis Club. As a cadet at West Point he had been captain of the cadet golf team, so naturally, he
returned to golf in his retirement and played many happy hours at the West Lake Country Club.
In 1992 the City of Augusta honored him for his accomplishments in the Korean War with a memorial on
the Heroes Overlook at Riverwalk. At the age of 92, Jim and Dee moved to Little Rock and enjoyed their
68th wedding anniversary before Dee passed away in July, 2007. James Henry Lynch died on February 12,
2008, and is buried next to Dee at Mt. Holly Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.
He is survived by his son, James Patrick Lynch and his wife, Jolynn, of Colorado Springs, Colorado;
daughter, Sherry and her husband, George Worthen of Little Rock: and grandchildren, Bryan Lynch, Emile and
Ellen Worthen. He has joined the Long Grey Line. A private graveside service was held at Mt. Holly
Cemetery. Memorials in his name may be made to Mt. Holly Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 250118, Little
Rock, 72215 or Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 W. 17th St., Little Rock, 72206.
Willie E. Lystad
Lystad, Willie E.
Willie E. Lystad, 80, of Bottineau, passed away peacefully in
his sleep at home on Thursday, June 12, 2008.
Willie was born March 18, 1928, to Hans Christian ”Christ”
and Alice (Bakken) Lystad, south of Gardena in Willow Creek
Township of McHenry County. He was raised and educated in the
In January of 1949, Willie joined the Army. He served
overseas in Korea from October 1950 to September 1951 and was a
member of the 25th Armored Reconnaissance Company. While in
Korea, he earned a Bronze Star with a “V” for Valor. Following
his honorable discharge he was a member of the National Guard
until June of 1958. He resigned from the National Guard so that
he could spend more time on his business and with his family.
His rank was master sergeant at the time of his honorable
discharge from the Guard.
During the first part of Willie’s life, he worked on his
uncle Arthur Bakken’s farm near Maddock, and also in the Vinje
clothing store in Bottineau. In 1956, Willie became half owner
of the Westland service station in downtown Bottineau. In 1972,
Willie became full owner and continued running this business for
many years until he purchased the propane and fuel oil bulk
plant on the north side of town. During the summer months,
Willie also raised wheat and cattle on the family farm. Willie
retired in 1992 but continued to farm for many more years.
Willie married Joyce Emerson on February 8, 1953, at First
Lutheran Church in Bottineau and they made their home north of
Bottineau. Willie was a proud member of the First Lutheran
Church, the Veteran of Foreign Wars post in Bottineau, and the
Color Guard. At First Lutheran, Willie ushered for funerals and
volunteered in the office by helping with the monthly
newsletter. Willie also delivered meals for Meals on Wheels.
Willie loved to read and owned all of Louis L’Amour’s books.
Willie also loved nature and spending time at his farm.
Willie is survived by his wife, Joyce Lystad; and three
daughters, Patrice (John) Donahue, Fargo, Susan (Merle) Boucher,
Rolette, and Kaye (Douglas) Lystad Kirk, Fargo. He also leaves
behind four grandchildren, Heidi (Dave) Boelke, Fargo; Megan
Wittmier, Maple Grove, MN, Emiline and Andre Boucher, Rolette;
and three great-grandchildren, Christian and Kate Boelke, Fargo,
and Jordyn Boucher, Rolette. He is also survived by a brother,
Kenneth Lystad, of Stanley; and sister, Marie (Carl) Sanderson,
Bismarck. Willie was preceded in death by his parents; and one
Funeral service: Monday, June 16, at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran
Church, Bottineau. Interment: Monday, June 16, at Oak
Creek Cemetery, Bottineau. Visitation: Today from 1 to 9 p.m. at
Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau.