Wagner, Thomas J. "Beaver"
Thomas J. "Beaver" Wagner of West Seneca, New York and
Daytona Beach, Florida, died March 17, 2018, at the age 87.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 8, 2018 with interment
in Forest Lawn Cemetery's Veterans Field of Valor.
Tom was a proud US Marine Corps Veteran who fought valiantly
for his country during the Korean War. He was one of "The Chosin
Few" at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. For his
selfless service he was honored with the Silver Star and Purple
Heart. Tom was a lifetime member of the International Union of
Operating Engineers and worked out of Local 17 Buffalo, New
York, for over 40 years.
He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy J. (nee Reese)
Wagner; beloved partner of Dea McKenna McAuliffe; dear father of
Daniel (Michelle), Valeri (Wayne) Bolduc, April (John) Ring,
William (Carol), Robert (Robin), Matthew (Nicole) and Nancy
(Charles) Geiser; father-in-law of the late Alice Brylinski;
loving grandfather of Bridgett, Philip, Autumn, Lea, Harmony,
Cari, Brittany, Matthew Jr., Chas, Sara and Kaelyn and eight
great grandchildren; brother of Eleanor Cipollone and the late
Robert, Doris Crabb and June Klenke. He is also survived
by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Tom's unique sense of humor, wondrous passion for life and
love of music, will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made in Thomas' memory to the Disabled American
Veterans Charity, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Kentucky
Waldo, Gayland R.
Gayland R. Waldo, 91, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away
at 8:01 a.m. on Monday, July 26, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in
Maryville. He was born October 28, 1929 in Dover,
Arkansas, a son of the late Roy and Martha (Boley) Waldo.
He married Patricia L. "Pat" (McKinney) Waldo on July 10, 1954
in Hillsboro, Missouri and she passed away on May 13, 2017.
Gayland retired in 1992 from Granite City Steel after 39 years
of dedicated service as an electrician. The United States
Army veteran proudly served his country during the Korean War
and had served with the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital 8063rd
Unit 301. He was the recipient of the Korean Service Medal
with three service stars, a Meritorious Unit Emblem and several
other medals and recognitions.
He enjoyed sports throughout his life and was a longtime
member of the Mitchell Athletic Club, played softball with the
Old Rookies team, competed in the Mud Mountain Run in
Edwardsville, and participated in the Two Mile Running with the
Senior Olympics. He was a jack of all trades, had built
two of his own homes, and was an avid fisherman and hunter.
He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with
his family and friends.
He is survived by three children and their spouses: Gail and
Dan Minjus of Glen Ellyn, Mike and Diane Waldo of Moro and Kathy
Pease of Granite City; seven grandchildren and their spouses,
Sam and Angie Waldo, Adam Waldo, Jeff and Laura Minjus, Kevin
Minkus, Derek and Sarah Minkus, Matt and Candi Johnson and
Kelsey Pease; six great grandchildren, Ellie, Nico, Tilly, Ryn,
Marty and Noah; a sister, Virginia Anderson of Flushing,
Michigan; three sisters-in-law, Mary McKinney, Jane McKinney and
Sandy McKinney, all of Hillsboro, Missouri' many nieces and
nephews; and other extended family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded
in death by two brothers and a sister-in-law, Bill and Butch
Waldo and Leroy Waldo and three brothers-in-law and a
sister-in-law, Arthur Anderson, Charles McKinney and Maurice and
In celebration of his life, funeral services were held on
Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Burial with full
military honors followed at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen
Carbon. Memorials may be made to St. John's Community
Care, 222 Goethe Avenue, Collinsville, Illinois 62234.
Wallace, Harry L. Jr.
Harry Wallace died August 31, 2005. He was #37 of the original members establishing the Korean
War Veterans Association. He was the 2nd Vice President in the national association serving under
Presidents Dick Adams and Nick Pappas. He served as membership chairman and reunion co-chairman in
the 1980s and early 1990s. He was a charter member of Maryland Chapter #33, KWVA--one of the six to
form the chapter in 1990. Memorial service September 7 at 8 p.m. at Duda-Rick Funeral Home, 7922
Wise Ave., Dundalk, MD.
Ted Wallace, age 80, of Duncanville, Alabama, was called home
by God September 30, 2012, at Hospice of West Alabama. Services
will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel with
Chaplain Drew Dockery officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset
Memorial Park with Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial
Provider, directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to
services at the funeral home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Amon and Minnie
Upton Wallace; his brothers, Vernon and Cecil Wallace; and his
stepson, David O. Faulkner.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth Wallace; his
daughters, Gwen Stewart (Frank), Star Bell (Tommy), and
Elizabeth Harris (Phillip); his sons, Teddy Wallace (Vickie) and
Robert Vaughn (Shannon); his grandchildren, Tonya Asarisi,
Britton Tanner, Jamie Griffin, Jessica Bell, Robert Vaughn III,
David Vaughn, Brandon Harris, April Wallace, Mary Glen Wallace,
and Ethan Wallace; and three great-grandchildren.
Ted was beloved by his family and friends. He was well-known
for his love of music and cars and for being a great salesman.
His favorite pastimes were traveling with his wife and spending
time with his loved ones. He was a U.S. Army veteran (Field
Artillery) of the Korean War.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Harris, Tommy Bell, Frank
Stewart, Robert L. Thomas, John Paul Smith, and Fred Asarisi.
The family would like to thank the employees and staff of
Hospice of West Alabama.
Wallace, William David "Bill"
William "Bill" David Wallace, 90, of Manchester, Iowa, passed
away because of complications of COVID-19 on Friday, October 9,
2020, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. A private family
graveside service will be held Saturday, October 17, at Oakland
Cemetery in Manchester with military honors provided by the
United States Air Force and Masonic honors. A Celebration of
Life will be held at a later date. Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral
Home & Cremation Service, Manchester, is assisting the family.
Bill was born April 23, 1930, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of
Walter "Wally" and Bertha "Birdie" (Gray) Wallace. He graduated
from Manchester High School and attended the University of Iowa.
He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Bill served
in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. In 1957, he married
the love of his life, Constance "Connie" Joan Burke. Together
they had two children, Dana and David. Unfortunately, their
marriage ended in 1968. In 1986, he married Karen Klaus.
along with his brother and father, owned and operated Wallace's
Inc., a General Motors and John Deere dealership, for more than
40 years. He also farmed and raised Black Angus cattle with his
son, David. Bill was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge No. 165
of Manchester, Scottish Rite, El Kahir Shrine, Manchester Lions
Club and the Jaycees. His favorite Shrine activity was driving
the area children and their families up and back to their
appointments at the Shriners Hospital in Minneapolis, spending
many hours waiting and getting to know the families. He also
loved driving and riding the Shriners firetruck in many parades
around northeast Iowa. He served his community quietly, wanting
no accolades, and did many good deeds anonymously.
flying and was one of the earliest private licensed pilots in
the Manchester area along with his wife, Connie, who was the
first woman in Manchester to be a licensed pilot. He loved to
hunt and especially loved his fishing trips to Canada with all
his friends. Bill was an adamant Iowa fan, who never missed a
chance to watch his beloved Hawkeyes.
Bill is survived and
lovingly remembered by daughter, Dana Wallace; son, David (Lori)
Wallace of Waverly, Iowa; grandchildren, Sarah (Chidi) Ewelike,
Burke, Jack, Daniel and Allison Wallace; great-grandsons, Silas
and Sawyer Ewelike; and his brother, Larry (Judi) Wallace of
Port St Lucie, Florida. Bill was preceded in death by his parents;
his first wife, Connie; and his second wife, Karen. Memorials in
Bill's memory may be directed to the Shriners Transportation
Fund or Masonic Lodge No. 165 of Manchester. - Published in
The Gazette on October 13, 2020.
Leonard Wallach, BG (Ret) passed away May 30, 2010. He was a
highly decorated Army officer who also served as a director of
major running events, including the San Francisco Bay to
Breakers race and the marathon races in the 1984 Olympics.
Mr. Wallach served in three wars and received three Purple
Hearts, three Bronze Star medals for valor and 52 other medals
for heroism, outstanding service and for military campaigns. He
enlisted in World War II as a private and was promoted to
brigadier general when he retired from the Army Reserve more
than 40 years later.
Mr. Wallach was a soldier and an athlete - and later, a
director of athletic events, particularly running. He was a
varsity swimmer and gymnast at what was then called San Jose
State College and captain of the Army's marathon team. He
competed in swimming in the 1948 Olympics and was swimming coach
for the Army in the 1964 Olympic Games. He competed in
triathlons and ran in over two marathon races. In 1976, when he
was voted San Francisco's Running Man of the Year, he ran over
Mr. Wallach was a third-generation soldier, born on a
military post in Honolulu. He graduated from San Jose State and
did graduate work at the University of Oregon. He joined the
Army in World War II as an enlisted man and attended officer
candidate school. He served in the Philippines during that war
and then served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, where he had
duty in special operations. He was also a member of airborne
units and had 122 parachute jumps. His Army career spanned over
43 years on active and reserve duty.
"He left a legacy of honesty and integrity," said his widow,
Diana Wallach. He is also survived by two daughters, Lea Sassone
of Santa Rosa and Bonnie Stowell of Washington, D.C.; two sons,
Tim Wallach of Amsterdam, and Jeff Wallach of San Francisco.
There are two stepsons, Scott Chronert of Ross, and Stephen
Chronert of Greenwich, Connecticut; and seven grandchildren.
Walton, Eldon "Walt" Lloyd
Eldon Lloyd Walton, age 90, better known as Walt, entered
into rest with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 8th after
a brief and courageous battle with COVID-19 with his wife of 48
years at his side.
He was born in Newberg, Oregon on December
30, 1929 and eventually moved as young boy outside of Parkdale,
OR where his parents Maurice and Lucille tended a Pear Orchard
on the slopes of Mt. Hood. Walt graduated from Hood River High
School and went on to attend community college until the Korean
War broke out. He served in the US Army from 1951-1954 were he
joined the Army band as a French horn player. He was shipped
over to Korea at the height of the war and served in a support
position as a typist.
After his service in the Army he returned
to Oregon, eventually marrying and had his first son, Kelly. He
held a number of jobs in his early years until he found his gift
in sales. One of the early jobs he spoke most fondly of was his
time with the "railroads" were he was assigned to a remote depot
up in the Cascade Mountains near the Willamette Pass outside
Oakridge, Oregon. This would often become a destination on
"family drives" where we would end up off a remote logging road
in the Willamette Pass hiking along the railroad tracks.
years later, once again a single man, he looked up his former
girlfriend Lois who he had at the age of 15 and was the daughter
of the pastor of the church he attended in Parkdale, Oregon. By
this time she had 6 boys of her own and had been raising them as
a single mom for the past six years. They soon began dating,
were married, and he moved his new family to Eugene, Oregon.
Walt worked in sales for the trucking industry and eventually
moved back to Spokane, WA where he retired from his position as
a branch manager at Airflow Systems. Not one to sit still he
decided to become an independent sales representative for many
trucking industry products and finally settled more closer to
home as a parking garage attendant for the historic Davenport
Hotel and Spokane Lincoln Building. He worked until he was 80
years old until the care of his wife at home necessitated his
continual presence. Anyone who knew Walt would say he was a
kind, generous and thoughtful man who was quick to tell you a
joke or offer you a piece of gum or candy. His wife Lois wrote
in a letter at Christmas one year in part, "you are a special
guy and I wish every woman could have a wonderful person like
you as a husband and friend. Thank you for being the caring dad
you have been to my sons. You have been steady and have always
been there for them as well as me, helping and quietly steadying
all of us. Such a blessing you are and always have been".
was preceded in death by his parents Maurice and Lucille, Sister Myrtl Bell and Brother John and daughter-in-law Kathy. He is
survived by His wife Lois; sons Kelly (Terri) Walton, Steve (Jo
Ann) Roll, Robert Roll, James Pederson, Mike Pederson (JD),
Larry (Cathy) Pederson and Jerry (Laura) Pederson along with
numerous grandchildren and great -grandchildren.
sends their heartfelt thanks to the compassionate and caring
frontline workers at the Spokane Veterans Home and the Mann-Grandstaff
VA Medical Center. A special thank you to Dr. Thai for her
loving, compassionate and comforting guidance for both Walt and
our mother during this difficult time of family being unable to
personally say our goodbyes. Walt will be laid to rest at a
small gathering at the Spokane Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In
lieu of flowers we request Memorial donations to be sent to:
Wellfare and Betterment Fund, Spokane Veterans Home, E 222 5th
Ave., Spokane, Washington.
Warila, James B.
Former Worland City Councilman, three-term Washakie County
Sheriff, and Worland Police Chief James B. Warila died on
Thursday, April 11, 1996 at Washakie Memorial Hospital.
He was born on July 19, 1935 in Red Lodge, Montana, a son of
Benhardt F. and Margaret Ellen (Brown) Warila. He was raised and
educated in Red Lodge, and graduated from Carbon County High
School. He then entered the U.S. Army where he served as a
military policeman. He was stationed in South Korea in 1952, was
captured on December 30, 1952, and was held as a POW until July
10, 1953. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
He married Juneko "June" Miyata in Tokyo on September 6,
1955. Mr. Warila was stationed in West Germany, China, and Japan
before his discharge from the Army in 1957. He returned to Red
Lodge briefly, then moved to Worland, where he was employed by
the Wyoming Industrial Institute, and policeman. In 1961 he
became the police chief. He was elected Washakie County Sheriff
in 1967 and served three terms. He then served as a Worland City
Councilman for eight years. He operated the Warila Trailer Court
for many years.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing, boating, shooting
skeet, and woodworking. He was a member of the Wyoming Peace
Officers Association, National Rifleman's Association, the
Worland Hunters Range, Elks, Eagles, American Legion, and the
Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served for many years with the
Washakie County Search and Rescue Squad, and had been the
Washakie County Civil Defense Manager for many years. He had a
heart transplant in Utah in 1991.
Warner, Volney Frank
Gen. Volney Frank Warner of McLean, Virginia, died on
November 13, 2019. The husband of Belva Janice Warner and
father of Victoria Warner, Volney James Warner, Jerry B. Warner,
and Valerie Walker, General Warner's memoir is located on the
Korean War Educator. Memorial services will be held at Ft.
Myer Memorial Chapel, Ft. Myer, Virginia, on December 02.
Volney's granddaughter, 1Lt. Laura Walker, gave her life for her
country while in the military service. Memorial gifts for
General Walker are suggested to Laura's memorial fund at West
Warren, Bennie L.
Bennie L. Warren, 85, of Belleville, Illinois, passed away on
January 21, 2022 at Belleville Memorial.
He was born to Elmer and Maxie (nee Powell) Warren on April
23, 1936. Ben enjoyed fishing and watching Westerns. He married
the love of his life, Alice, on July 15, 1954 in Belleville. Ben
worked as a police officer and as manager of the Belleville
swimming pool and Nichols Community Center. Prior to his
retirement from the city, he served in the U.S. Air Force and
was a Korean and Vietnam War veteran.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Jeannie
of Midwest City, Oklahoma; and his siblings Thomas and Evelyn of
Savannah, Georgia. He is survived by his loving wife of 67
years, Alice S. (nee Agne) Warren of Belleville; his son, Steven
K. (Cathi) Warren of Belleville; his sisters, Delores, Betty Joe
and Jackie; and his dog, Shadow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Belleville
Area Humane Society. Funeral services were held at 12 p.m. on
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral
Home in Belleville, with entombment to follow at Valhalla
Gardens of Memory.
Born February 18, 1931, Walter Wasilewski died August 18, 1986.
Watkins, George C.
Capt. George C. Watkins, a record-setting Navy test pilot in
the 1950s who later served as a White House social aide to three
presidents, died of a heart attack September 18, 2005 at a
hospital in Lompoc, where he lived. He was 84.
Captain Watkins, who had no intention of becoming an aviator
when he entered the Navy during World War II, had a dashing
career as a test pilot, setting records for speed, altitude and
number of landings on aircraft carriers. Late in his military
career, he was an adviser for the 1970 World War II movie "Tora!
Tora! Tora! "
After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1943, he planned to
be a shipboard naval officer, and he served in the Pacific
during World War II as a battery turret officer on the
battleship Pennsylvania. But when the Navy, finding itself short
of pilots, issued a call for aviators, Captain Watkins quickly
volunteered. He received his pilot's wings just after the end of
In 1950, he entered the Navy's test pilot school in Patuxent
River, Maryland, where two classmates were future astronauts
John Glenn and Alan Shepard. Captain Watkins served in the
Korean War as a fighter pilot before resuming his career as one
of the leading test pilots of the fearless and swashbuckling
generation chronicled by Tom Wolfe in the book "The Right
Stuff." His fellow aviators called him "Gorgeous George."
Captain Watkins was the first Navy pilot to exceed 60,000 and
70,000 feet in altitude. On a single day in 1956, he set a speed
record of 1,220 mph and an unofficial altitude record of 73,500
feet. In April 1958, he piloted his Grumman F11F-1F Super Tiger
to two altitude records in three days, topping out at 76,939
feet and returning the record to American hands after an absence
of 14 years.
When Glenn and Shepard were chosen for the Mercury astronaut
program in 1959, Capt. Watkins was left behind because he was an
inch taller than the 5-foot-11-inch height limit. In 1961,
according to Captain Watkins' widow, he was asked to command the
Navy's precision flight team, the Blue Angels, but his orders
were canceled when the Cuban Missile Crisis heated up.
For much of the 1960s, Captain Watkins was stationed at the
Pentagon in the Strike Warfare Division. Among other duties, he
was a social aide at the White House under Presidents Kennedy
and Johnson. He helped at White House functions, organized
reception lines and assisted in other preparations, including
plans for Kennedy's funeral in 1963.
In 1965, when Captain Watkins became commanding officer of a
supply ship off the coast of Vietnam, he promptly ordered the
helicopter supply drops to be made at night, which soon became
common Navy practice. He later worked at the Navy's information
office at the Pentagon and resumed his duties in the White House
under Johnson and President Nixon.
One of Captain Watkins' more unusual military assignments came
in 1969, when he provided technical support for the making of "Tora!
Tora! Tora!," which re-enacted the 1941 Japanese attack on
Pearl Harbor. He led efforts to find Navy ships and vintage
propeller planes for the movie and recruited Navy pilots to fly
the old aircraft. He appeared in the film as a Japanese pilot
landing a fighter (actually an American plane refitted in
Japanese colors) on an aircraft carrier.
During his 30-year career, Captain Watkins had an unrivaled
record of aviation achievement. In 1962, he became the first
Navy pilot to make 1,000landings on aircraft carriers, and eight
years later, he was the first to log 10,000 hours behind the
controls of Navy aircraft.
By the time in retired in 1973, he had flown more than 200
aircraft models, made 1,418 fixed-wing landings on 37 aircraft
carriers and accumulated more than 16,000 hours of flight time.
He had to eject only once, when his fighter plane skidded off
the edge of a carrier ' s deck. His decorations included the
Distinguished Flying Cross and the Meritorious Service Medal.
George Clinton Watkins was born March 10, 1921, in Alhambra, and
grew up in nearby Pasadena. He attended a military prep school
in San Diego and the Citadel in South Carolina before entering
the Naval Academy. (He was a member of the class of 1944, but
graduated a year earlier in an accelerated wartime program.)
After his Navy career, he operated a landscaping company in
Virginia Beach, Va., and became drawn to the sport of gliding.
In 1982, he returned to Patuxent River to pursue his interest.
He lived in Arizona from 1985 to 1987 before moving to Santa
Monica, where he ran a school for glider pilots. In 1998, he
moved to Lompoc in Central California, where he taught glider
aerobatics and flew his custom Fox glider in competitions, once
taking second in a national contest. A heart condition grounded
Capt. Watkins in 2003, after he had spent more than 21,000 hours
in the air on more than 26,000 flights.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Monica Watkins of
Lompoc; and two brothers, John Watkins of Pasadena, and retired
Navy Adm. James Watkins of Annapolis, who was chief of naval
operations from 1982 to 1986 and secretary of energy under
President George H.W. Bush.
Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on October 21, 2005.
Watson, Troy Sam Jr.
Troy Sam Watson Jr. passed away in his sleep on Friday, January 21, 2011. He was born August 4,
1933 in Kaufman, Texas, and on his death at the age of 77, he lived in Dallas, Texas.
Troy was the creator and point man in establishing the E-2-7 1st Marine Division website in 2003.
This outstanding Marine was a machine gunner during the Korean War and a recipient of the Purple Heart
medal. Always upbeat, Troy had been suffering from cancer for the past several years, yet had the
initiative to put together annual reunions for his Marines.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Jennie. Troy Watson was a proud Marine, brother,
husband, father and friend who will be sadly missed--gone but not forgotten.
The family will gather at the home of son Tim Watson following a memorial service on February 4, 2011.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to E-2-7 Marines in order to maintain Troy's legacy, the E-2-7
website. Please send donations to: E-2-7 Marines, 5705-Harvest Road #1029, Dallas, TX 75230.
Watterson, Walter Lloyd Jr.
Walter Lloyd Watterson Jr., age 59, died
on Sunday, July 27, 2008, at Phoenix Baptist Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
Born October 27, 1948, in Pontiac, Illinois, he was the son of the late Walter Lloyd and Olive May
Williams Watterson. Walter grew up in Phoenix, graduating from Washington High School in 1966, and then
completing his education at Glendale College in Glendale, Arizona.
A veteran of the United States Army, he served in Vietnam and Korea during the late 60’s and early
70’s. He worked as a chef most of his life and was employed by Café Eden at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist
Church in Phoenix at the time of his death.
Walter is survived by his brother, Jack Watterson and his wife Linda of Hughesville, Missouri; two
aunts, Kathleen Wasson and Motie Callans of Illinois; three nephews, Brad Watterson and his wife Crystal
of Hughesville, Brett Watterson of Lees Summit, Ryan Watterson and his wife Angela of Hughesville; one
niece, Sara Watterson of Hughesville; three great nephews and two great nieces, Britten Mergen, Rylee,
Carter, Dillon & Hanna Watterson all of Hughesville.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Advantage Colonial Chapel in Phoenix, Arizona, with burial in
the Veterans National Memorial Cemetery. The American Legion will conduct military rites and a graveside
service later this fall. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Walter’s memory to the
Center for Human Services - Children’s Therapy Center in Sedalia, Missouri.
North Augusta, South Carolina .... Mr. Carl Weatherman, 89,
beloved husband of the late Betty June Weatherman, entered into
eternal rest on Monday, September 6, 2021.
The family welcomes friends for a visitation on Friday September
10, 2021 at Rowland-Ford Funeral Home from 6:00 PM until 8:00
PM. A funeral service for Mr. Weatherman will follow on
Saturday, September 11, 2021 in the Rowland-Ford Funeral Home
Chapel at 11:00 AM with Rev. Limuer Myers officiating. Interment
with Veteran's Honors will follow in Pineview Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Weatherman, born in Ivanhoe, Virginia, was a North Augusta
resident since 1971. He was a decorated Army veteran. During his
service in the United States Army he served in the Korean War
where he was held as a POW for 33 months. He then served in the
Vietnam War. Summarily, he was awarded several medals of honor:
National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two
Bronze Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and was
a celebrated Sharpshooter in his career as an Army serviceman.
Along his Army career, he maintained his dedication to veteran
affairs by being a devout member of the Ex-POW Association. Mr.
Weatherman was of the Methodist faith. After his military
service, he was known in the North Augusta community as the
owner of the Sweetwater BP. He was noted to care for stray
animals in his lifetime.
Mr. Weatherman is survived by his sons, Dennis (LeeAnn)
Weatherman, Dwayne (Lynn) Weatherman, Kenneth (Molly) Grubb; his
two daughters, Cathy (Art) Moseley, Annette (Terry) Thompson,
his sister, Fay (Sam) Bowers as well as nine grandchildren and
Pallbearers will be Ben Moseley, Cliff Weatherman, Blaine Grubb,
Chris Hyder, Trent Turner, and Grant Kirkendohl. The
family requests memorial donations be made to the Aiken SPCA,
199 Willow Run Rd. Aiken, SC 29801.
Weekly, Dean Vincent
Dean "Poppa Dean" Weekly was born April 27, 1925 in Myrtle Point. He died November 16, 2001 in
Eugene, Oregon. Mr. Weekly was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a sergeant
in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a tank commander. .His
service to our country included the invasions of Saipan and Iwo Jima. He served with the 1st Marine
Division, 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion, Company C in Korea.
Mr. Weekly graduated from Myrtle Point High School and attended Oregon Technical Institute, where he
was a star linebacker on the football team. He was employed as a millwright for Norply and Westbrook
Wood Products until his retirement in 1990. Dean was a member of the Coquille Valley Elks Lodge and
the Coquille Eagles Lodge. As an avid sports fan, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling, but was
most passionate about golf. He will be remembered as a faithful and loving father, a proud
grandfather and a dedicated and loyal friend. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his sister, Ann Perry and her husband, William of Marysville, Washington; sons and
daughters-in-law, Chris and Julie of Oregon City, Ray and Delores of Kaiser, Kent and Lorena of Murietta,
California; daughters and sons-in-law, Robin Moon and Steve of Myrtle Point, and Mary Sue Oldham and John
of Pleasant Hill; eight grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Coos County Logging Museum, P.O. Box 325, Myrtle
Point, Oregon 97458; or the Coquille Valley Elks Lodge Christmas Basket Fund, 54942 Maple Heights Road,
Coquille, Oregon 97423.
Wehinger, Sgt. Major
Sgt.Maj. Edwin Wehinger died at his home in Rocky Point, North Carolina, on November 15, 2006. He
is survived by his son, Edwin Jr., daughters Janeen Crawford, Colleen Wehinger, and Edana Davis.
Burial in Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
Wehmeier, Clyde H.
Clyde Wehmeier was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, on April
1, 1930 and died at Memorial Hospital August 17, 2021.
Throughout his 91 years when Clyde gave April 1st as his
birthday, he loved hearing, "Oh, you are an April Fool's Day
baby" and proceeded to make the person smile and laugh.
Clyde's education started at LePere, a one-room school on
Highway 163, followed by Belleville Township High School,
Summers Business College in East St. Louis and Ranken Technical
College in St. Louis, Missouri. Clyde served in the U.S.
Navy during the Korean War. He retired in 1996 from Cerro
Copper in Sauget, Illinois, where he was known as "Computer
Clyde first met his wife Loy on a double date. He was
the one-time blind date for Loy's friend. Three years
later Clyde met Loy again by a chance meeting. After a
one-year courtship they were married in February 1957 at
Winstanley Baptist Church in East St. Louis by Rev. Purdue.
To their marriage was born a daughter Tierney, and sons Ron and
Clyde was a homebody. He enjoyed having a beautiful
vegetable garden, keeping an immaculate yard and helping Loy
with her many flowers. It was not all work and no play as
he took his family on many vacation trips before they left the
nest. After Clyde and Loy both retired, they set out on
many adventures visiting 48 states. They never made it to
Minnesota or Alaska. They traveled to the West and East
coasts of Canada and places in the middle, ventured to the
Yucatan Peninsula and journeyed across the pond. Their
favorite place was their own back porch watching hummingbirds
and looking at the moon at night. Clyde was blessed with a
wonderful sense of humor. He was kind and caring. I
was proud to call him my husband and our children loved to call
Clyde was preceded in death by his beloved son Ron and his
beloved daughter Tierney. Clyde is survived by Loy, his
wife of 64 years; his son and daughter-in-law Eric and Lisa
Wehmeier of Connecticut; brother and sister-in-law John and
JoAnn Wehmeier of Millstadt; brother-in-law Chuck Tidwell of
South Carolina/Florida; special friend Scott Sarkesian of St.
Louis; and special nieces Stephanie West of Texas and Teresa
Tidwell of Florida.
Clyde's funeral was held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 26,
2021 with Pastor Doug Hargrave officiating. A graveside
service was held on Friday, August 27, 2021 at Valhalla Gardens
of Memory. Clyde's wishes were to be cremated and his
ashes to be buried next to his son Ron and daughter Tierney.
For those who wish, a memorial will be made in Clyde's memory to
the Ronald McDonald House. - Published by Belleville
News-Democrat on August 24, 2021
Welling, Neil A. Sr.
Neil A. Welling, Sr., beloved father and grandfather, passed away suddenly Tuesday, February 28, 2012,
at the age of 79 years. The son of the late Clarence and Glennie (Post-White) Welling, Neil was born May
17, 1932 in Wheeler, Michigan.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of V.F.W. Post #1859. He married Gail
Ann LaFramboise on July 10, 1954. She predeceased him October 25, 2010.
Neil was employed at General Motors Corporation for 30 years until his retirement in 1992. He was a
member of St. Matthew Catholic Church and the Eagles Club. Neil enjoyed fishing, camping and gardening and
loved being with his family.
Surviving are two sons, two daughters and their spouses, Neil Welling Jr., Zilwaukee; Kevin and Kristi
Welling, Holland; Kari Breece Zilwaukee; Kris Welling and Danelle Pashak and Garrick, Bay City; eight
grandchildren, Brandon (Holly) Schaffner, Jordan and Sommer Welling; Alyssa; Charles, Andrew Matthew and
Autumn Breece; a great-grandson, Braeydon Schaffner; one brother and three sisters, Phillip and Jane
Welling, Midland; Lillian Keinith, Yuma, Arizona; Mary Fisher, Hudson, Florida; Catherine Ferguson,
Holiday, Florida; and many nieces and nephews. Neil was preceded in death by three sisters and two
brothers, Harriet, Frank, Beatrice, William and Louise.
Funeral Liturgy will take place 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012 at St. Matthew Catholic Church in
Zilwaukee. Rev. Fr. Ronald Dombrowski will officiate. Military honors, presented by V.F.W. Post #1859,
will follow the funeral liturgy. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd., (between
Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at St.
Matthew Catholic Church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. There will be a Vigil Service 7:00
p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials
to the Aleda E. Lutz V.A. Medical Center.
Kennard W. Wellons was born in Laurel, Mississippi on
December 15, 1933, to John Clifton Wellons, Sr. and Patsy Watson
Wellons. He is predeceased by his brother John Clifton Wellons,
Jr. and sister, Joy Wellons Wiltshire. The family relocated to
Jackson, Mississippi, where he was an academic and sports star
in football and baseball at Central High School. After
graduation in 1952, Kennard enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and
served in the Korean War. He then returned to Jackson in 1954,
graduating from Millsaps College in 1958. He then earned an MSW
from Tulane University in 1961. After graduation, he married a
fellow Tulane MSW student, Pat Blankenship and they moved to
California where Kennard worked for Sonoma State Hospital. In
1967, they moved to Arizona where Kennard was a professor of
Social Work at Arizona State University. Their only child,
Bradley Wellons was born there on 11/2/68. Kennard returned to
California in 1969 to do a Ph.D. in Social Work at University of
California - Berkeley and graduated 1973, specializing in
Gerontology. The family then moved to Lexington Kentucky, where
Kennard took a position of professor at the University of
Kentucky College of Social Work. He was instrumental in helping
Dr. William Markesbury and Dr. David Wekstein to establish the
Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. Dr. Wellons also taught courses
in human development, human behavior and personality theory in
addition to research methods and Aging. He was passionate about
teaching advising and mentoring thousands of students over the
years. He was promoted to full professor in 1988 and retired to
emeritus in 2000 after 27 years at the University. Dr. Wellons
was also a co-founder and later President of the Kentucky
Association of Gerontology and served on the board of the
Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and numerous State Boards for the
Kentucky Department of Aging & Independent Living. The Wellons
family lived at 424 West Third Street a historic 1700's
Federalist style house that they renovated. This house became
one of the homes of their beloved "Third Street gang" and the
historic Northside neighborhood. Kennard was known in the
neighborhood as a wonderful, gregarious, outgoing person with a
wry sense of self deprecating humor. He had what friends and
family have called "Kennardisms" funny sayings that made
everyone laugh. Kennard loved sports, particularly University of
Kentucky Basketball and Football. He loved his dogs, hunting,
fishing, and photography. Kennard passed away on April 13, 2020
after a long battle with Alzheimer's and short but fatal battle
with COVID-19. He is survived by his son, Bradley,
daughter-in-law Rachel, and his grandson Jackson and multiple
nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests
donations to the Pat B. & Dr. Kennard W. Wellons Scholarship
Fund at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. This
fund will benefit social work students who are the first in
their family to go to college.
West, Robert "Bob" L.
Robert "Bob" L. West, 80, cowboy, soldier, father, contractor, philanthropist, was finally at peace
March 5, 2011 with family at his side after a valiantly-fought battle with multiple health issues for many
years. He kept a sense of humor even in his final hours, often joking with his nurses and, true to
character, directing the goings on around him.
Bob was born in Ashue, Washington and raised in a family of 12 children. His pattern of hard work and
determination began early. His large family lived for some time in nothing but an army tent. The family
moved to Seattle in 1942. Bob left home at the age of 12 to work on a ranch in Eastern Washington. He
returned to Seattle on occasion to be with his family.
He joined the Army at age 17 and was in the 82nd Airborne Division. He volunteered for duty in Korea.
During combat operations in Korea he was severely wounded. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star
with a V for valor. He was medically retired because of his war wounds.
Rejecting all the obstacles in his path, he lived some time on Adak with his wife Betty and their
children, David, Rhonda, and Bradley, constructing some of the major buildings there. He built his life
from the ground up and went on to start Construction and Rigging Inc. which grew to become one of the most
successful and well-known construction firms in Alaska. The company's focus was building bridges and
docks. One of his last projects was the curved pedestrian overpass at Tudor near Elmore Street which won
an award. Bob was known for his sharp business savvy, no excuses for himself attitude, steadfast
work ethic, creative use of language, and willingness to give second chances and reward hard work.
He retired in Sequim, Washington after building his dream home, his pride and joy for a life of hard
work and discipline. He was truly an inspiration for all who came into contact with him and left a legacy
for his family to follow.
He is survived by his son and best friend, Brad West and wife Renee of Anchorage, AK; daughter Rhonda
Gallagher, who cared for him regularly during his final years and was with him as he took his last breath,
her husband Stan, of Anchorage, AK; brothers Jerry West, wife Anne, Paul West, wife Judy, sister Florence;
grandchildren Matthew, Roxanne, Lily, Aubrey and their spouses; as well as great grandchildren River,
Kaden, Luna and Adeline; stepdaughters Patti and Donna and families; also many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service were held on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 2:00 PM in the Evergreen Washelli Chapel. A
Celebration of Life was held in Anchorage, April 10, 2011 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Petroleum Club.
White, Charles "Charlie" Bryson Jr.
Charles Bryson “Charlie” White, Jr. passed away on Thursday,
November 4, 2021 at his home in Katy, Texas and is finally at
peace and without pain. He was born on March 19, 1932 in
Wappapello, Missouri to Charles Bryson White and Ida Irene
Dodson White. He graduated in the Class of 1950 from Dupo High
School, in Dupo, Illinois. He served his country proudly in the
U.S. Army during the Korean War rising to the rank of Sergeant.
Along with his service medals, he was awarded the Ambassador for
Peace Medal from the South Korean Ambassador.
Charlie then began what would become a long career of service to
his community when he joined the police department of the
Village of Sauget, Illinois as a patrol officer. He worked his
way up through the ranks and became the Police Chief and then
the Director of Public Safety over both the police department
and the fire department. While working with the Sauget Police
Department, Charlie also worked with the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) assisting with training,
bomb scene investigations and disposal.
He served on the Cahokia Unit School District 187 School Board
for 22 years, including serving as President and Secretary.
Charlie married his beloved wife, Barbara on July 28, 1987 in
Honolulu, Hawaii. They enjoyed traveling and Charlie especially
loved seeing Civil War battlefields. In 1987, Charlie retired
from Sauget and went to work for the St. Clair County Sheriff
serving as a bailiff in the criminal courts. When his wife
retired in 1999, they moved to Katy, Texas to be closer to their
Charlie is a life member of the Katy Elks Lodge #2628; a life
member of the American Legion Post #0164, in Katy; and a life
member of the Katy V.F.W. Post 9182. He was also a member of the
Emeth Lodge #1030, a Masonic Lodge in Cahokia, Illinois, where
Charlie became a Master Mason.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Barbara (Kuehner) White;
daughter, Michelle Reese and her husband Kendall; grandsons,
Kyle Reese and his wife Ashley and Travis Reese and his wife
Kristin; great grandsons, Bryson, Easton and Tyler;
brother-in-law, Dennis McMullan; sister-in-law, Kathy Kuehner;
nephews, Tom Cates and his wife Cindy, Tim Cates and Dennis
Meuren; niece, Sherry Cates Straub and her husband Mike; and
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles B. White, Sr.;
his mother, Ida Irene Dodson White; and by his sisters, Doris,
Dorothy and Charlotte.
The family wishes to offer their sincerest thanks to Kacey,
Jackie, Kevin and Rasa with Tradition Health Hospice in Tomball
for their kindness and exceptional care. A graveside service
with full military honors was held in Houston National Cemetery
at a later date. Those wishing to make a memorial gift may do so
to the Katy V.F.W. Post 9182, P.O. Box 37, Katy, Texas 77492.
White, Harry Edward
Harry Edward White, 81, of Salisbury, Maryland, passed away
on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at his residence. Born in
Salisbury, he was the son of the late George Reynolds White and
Mary Elizabeth Elliott White.
Harry received a medical discharge and retired from the US
Air Force in 1954. His career continued as a teacher at the
Wicomico County Vocational Tech Center in Salisbury for many
years. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans, Korean War
Veterans, American Legion, Post 64, Lifetime member of VFW,
Redmens Lodge and Nutters Crossing Golf Club. He was a
compassionate gentlemen, raising money for various charities.
Harry enjoyed photography; fishing, automobile mechanics and
home repair, and was an avid golfer.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Barbara Etta
Crouch White; two grandchildren, Lindsay Parker and Matthew
Parker; two great grandchildren, Matthew Jordan and Shelby Lynn;
a son in law, Geoff Parker of Salisbury; and many cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a
daughter, Deborah Lynn Parker in 2002.
A graveside memorial service with military honors will be
held at a later date in Allen, Maryland.
Contributions in his memory may be made to American Legion,
Post 64, 1109 American Legion Road, Salisbury, Maryland 21804
and or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Maryland
White, Neal C.
Neal was born on December 18, 1931 in Madison, Wisconsin and
found peace on Monday, January 14, 2019, at the age of 87 years.
Neal served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War. He
worked for the Cudahy School District for over 30 years, first
as a teacher then as a principal. After retirement Neal worked
part time as an instructor at MATC. He was very involved in the
community, serving as a longtime member of the Cudahy Kiwanis,
Board of Health, and as a volunteer for many organizations.
He was the loving father of David (Lori), Kathleen (Paul)
Schroeder, and Michael (Lisa), and the dear grandfather of
Brandon, Kevin, Kelsey, and Nathan, who survive. He was also
survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Neal was preceded in death by his wife Eileen of 57 years,
parents Francis and Helen, and siblings John, Gerald, and Mary.
Visitation was held on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Nativity of
the Lord Catholic Church, 3672 East Plankinton Avenue, Cudahy
from 9:00 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM.
Interment followed at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery.
Wilke, Norman B.
Norman B. Wilke, 90, of Shiloh, Illinois, born May 9, 1932,
in St. Libory, Illinois, passed away peacefully at home
surrounded by his family on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at his
Norman, founder of the long-standing metro east window and
door company, Wilke Window & Door, Inc., grew up in the small
town of St. Libory. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on November 4,
1952, at age 20, and was a veteran of the Korean War. Norman was
honorably discharged from the Army in 1954, after serving two
years in the 4th platoon as a 114th Graves Registration
Quartermaster, to go home and marry his sweetheart, Dorothy, on
January 11, 1956.
In 1962, Norman started a small, one-man operation installing
screen doors in addition to his full-time job at Swift Packing
Company in East St. Louis, ILllinois He eventually grew his
sideline business into one of the largest window and door
dealerships in the Metro St. Louis area – Wilke Window & Door
Norman decided to semi-retire in 1991 but continued to work
alongside his son at the family business. Later, he started a
separate division of Wilke Window & Door called Norm’s Bargain
Barn, selling discount windows, doors and cabinetry. He oversaw
the operations of Norm’s Bargain Barn, often working 40+ hours
per week into his 90’s.
Norman loved his family. He was dedicated to hard work and was
genuinely interested in the needs of his customers and
employees. He was well known in Shiloh and the surrounding areas
both for his character and his “pet” Clydesdale horses that he
raised and displayed at many area parades and events through the
years. Norm was also a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, the
Shiloh Eagles 545, the American Legion – St. Libory Post 683,
the Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge 1221, and the local area
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerhard and Martha, nee
Sandheinrich, Wilke; his sisters, Lorraine Weber, Laverne
(Jerome) Schoenherr; his brother, Roman (Doris) Wilke; his
father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Christine Schulte;
and his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Alvina (Aloys)
Albers, Leo (Clara) Schulte, Lawrence (Delores) Schulte, Joseph
Schulte, Ray Michels, Ray Schwaegel, Ralph Tonnies, Hugo
(Arlene) Schulte, Leo Speichinger and Clara Kohrmann.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Dorothy, nee Schulte, Wilke;
his children, Carolyn (Joe) Wilke-Wojtal, Steven (Ruth) Wilke,
and Lisa (John) Wilke-Lee; ten grandchildren, Alexandra
(Zebulon) Holder, Nicholas (Alyssa) Wojtal, Christina (Matthew)
Smith, Michelle Wilke (Brendan Wrubel), Matthew (Katie) Wilke,
Samantha Wilke, Victoria (Connor) Wiley,
Mitchell (Marissa) Lee, Hayden Lee, and Tessa Lee; five
great-grandchildren, Ezekiel Holder, Arabella Smith, Ethan Wilke,
Oliver Wilke, Lawson Wiley, and baby Smith, due in March;
brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Vernon Weber, Bob Kohrmann,
Helen Tonnies, Alice Speichinger and Loretta Kuderna; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Nina Dorsey for her assistance
and exceptional nursing care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Teresa School
in Belleville, Illinois or to ProMedica Hospice. Visitation:
Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2022,
and from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2022, at St.
Teresa Catholic Church, 1201 Lebanon Avenue, Belleville 62221.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, December 17, 2022, at St. Teresa Catholic Church,
Belleville, with Fr. Jim Thomas and Msgr. David Darin
concelebrating. Burial with military honors will be held at Mt.
Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh.
Member of 1-7 Marines, Roger Wilken died of cancer of the esophagus on August 20, 2005. His wife
Phyllis said, "He gave it his all and although he was surrounded by the enemy, he went down fighting like
a true Marine."
Wilkins, Van Court
Van Court Wilkins, a retired Army colonel and veteran of World War II and the Korean War, died
December 23, 2013, at a hospital in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He was 87. The cause was complications
from Alzheimer’s disease, said his daughter Michelle Cardillo.
Colonel Wilkins served 31 years in the
Army and in American-occupied Japan after World War II. During the Korean War, he received the Silver Star.
His other decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
final active-duty assignment, he was an administrator at the National War College at Fort McNair in
Washington. He then was financial officer with the Association of American Colleges and Universities from
1975 to 1983, followed by editing work at transportation-oriented publications including Passenger Train
Journal and Motor Coach Age.
Van Court Wilkins was born in Chevy Chase and raised in Lebanon, Ohio. He was
a 1959 graduate of the University of Maryland, where he also received a master’s degree in business
administration in 1962. He received a master’s degree in political science from George Washington University
in 1968. He moved to Shepherdstown, West Virginia, from Alexandria in the mid-1980s.
Survivors include his
wife of 63 years, Demaris Forsythe Wilkins of Shepherdstown; five children, Kristen Brown of Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania, Sharron McCoy of Litchfield, Connecticut, Jennifer O’Neill of Milmont Park, Pennsylvania, John
Wilkins of Jefferson, Maryland, and Michelle Cardillo of Union, New Jersey; and 12 grandchildren.
Williams, Edward Lamar Jr.
Edward Lamar Williams, Jr. died Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m.,
Friday, June 11, 2010, at Juliette United Methodist Church Cemetery, Juliette, GA. The Reverend Sandra
Fendley officiated. The family greeted friends from 6 until 8 p.m., Thursday, June 10, 2010, at Monroe
County Memorial Chapel.
Mr. Williams, the son of the late Edward Lamar Williams, Sr. and Lillian Harrison Williams, was born
June 4, 1930, in Bolingbroke, Georgia. His wife, Barbara Holt Williams preceded him in death. He attended
Middle Georgia College and retired from Southern Natural Gas Company. Mr. Williams was a veteran of the
United States Army, serving during the Korean War.
Survivors include his devoted companion, Delores Molton of Macon; children, Edward (Debbie) Lamar
Williams, III of Macon and Ernest Holt Williams of Juliette; sister and brother-in-law, Lorena and Judge
John Peach of Jasper, Florida; brother, Robert M. Williams of Juliette; grandchildren, Alison (Dave)
Wallace and Edward Lamar Williams, IV.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Salvation Army, PO Box 13386, Macon, GA 31208.
Wills, John Broddus Jr.
John Broddus Wills Jr., 84, of Spotsylvania County passed
away on Monday, May 13, 2013, at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh,
North Carolina. A service will be held at 2 p.m. on
Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Flat Run Baptist Church, Locust Grove.
An additional service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 20,
at Fairfax Baptist Church, Fairfax. Interment will follow in
Fairfax Memorial Gardens.
John was born on January 4, 1929, in Lovingston, the son of
the late John B. Wills Sr. and Pattie Thompson. He attended
Fairfax High School and graduated in 1946. John married Bernice
M. Cobb on April 18, 1949, at Centreville Methodist Church. They
were happily married for 64 years.
John's career began as a store manager in Centreville and the
Torpedo Plant in Alexandria. In 1948, he entered the United
States Marine Corps Reserves and then served on active duty as a
sergeant in the Korean War from 1950-1952. Sergeant Wills
was a member of the 1st 90mm AAA Gun Battalion in the U.S.A. and
Korea. He was the company's lead carpenter and a fine
Upon his return to Virginia he was employed as a building
foreman at May Properties, a residential custom homebuilder in
the McLean area, where he worked for many years. In parallel, as
an entrepreneur, he applied his passion for architecture and
established a building business known as Clingenpeel and Wills,
with a family friend.
Following his departure from May Properties, he worked for a
company known as Cherrydale as an executive sales representative
for several years, selling building materials. John's final job
until retirement in 1992 was for a national builder at Trammel
Crow, serving as a quality-control associate for the East Coast
John was a lifetime member and very active Christian serving
his local church as a deacon and youth counselor. He enjoyed the
outdoors and traveling within the United States. In his spare
time, he enjoyed farming, fishing, hunting and time with the
Paul Wilson of Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home in Oregon
died March 29, 2020 of coronavirus. He was born January
16, 1929 in Tidewater. He joined the U.S. Navy on July 9,
1948, and then reenlisted for a second tour of duty in 1951
during the Korean War. He served aboard the USS Furse
and USS Carrier. He was a Navy mechanic 1948-1957.
He primarily worked as a long-haul truck driver and was co-owner
of William and Paul Wilson Trucking Company, Philomath. He
and his wife June were married 54 years before she died in 2014.
They were parents of Robert Wilson and Mary Ruth Wilson.
Wisnasky, Clarence Roy
Clarence Roy Wisnasky, age 89, lifelong resident of Shiloh,
Illinois, born July 23, 1933 in Shiloh, passed away September 8,
2022 at Keystone Place, O'Fallon, Illinois.
Clarence grew up in Shiloh, attended O'Fallon schools and
joined the Army at a young age. He served honorably two years
during the Korean War, and an additional six years in the Army
Reserves. He was a mechanic for Goodyear for 18 years before
coming onboard with O'Fallon Gas & Oil Supply, where he
delivered heating oil to homes throughout rural St. Clair
County. Clarence later earned his CDL and drove a fuel tanker
truck and delivered gas and diesel fuel to various gas stations
and fuel depots in the metro-east until his retirement in 1992.
He was a member of Teamsters Local 50.
He enjoyed his retirement taking sightseeing bus trips with
his wife Rose. Clarence was honored to replace his late
father-in-law Eugene Braun and to serve in various positions for
nearly 60 years on the Catholic Knights and Ladies of Illinois
Country Club (CK&LofI) Board of Directors. Clarence was a
lifelong parishioner at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, an avid
Cardinals' fan and NASCAR fan and member of O'Fallon Sportsmen's
He was preceded in death by his mother Edna Wisnasky, and his
sister Alberta Moles.
Surviving are his beloved wife Rose Marie, nee Braun, Wisnasky,
whom he married November 3, 1956 at St. Peter's Cathedral in
Belleville; his children Susan L. Wisnasky of Belleville,
Michael G. (Brenda) Wisnasky of Troy, Illinois, and Steven R. (Marlena)
Wisnasky of Edwardsville; brother Don (Margaret) Wisnasky of
Lombard, Illinois; grandchildren Gregory Wisnasky, Courtney
(Caleb) Marsh, Elliott (Bre) Wisnasky, Brian (Jill) Baglin,
Allan Baglin, Savanah (Josh) Newman, Travis (Kim) Wisnasky,
Shelby (Jordan) Grammer, Annaniya Wisnasky, and Grayson Wisnasky;
great-grandchildren Brooklyn, Jonathan, Brayden, Breanna, Enzo,
Abby, Caleb, Caroline, Charlotte, Cameron, Ryker, and Riley; and
goddaughter Marylu (Steve) Liley.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at
Visitation will be 5-8 pm, Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at
Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington Street. O'Fallon.
Visitation will continue at 9 am, Wednesday, September 14, 2022
at the funeral home. Procession will depart Wolfersberger
Funeral Home at 9:40 am, Wednesday for a Mass of Christian
Burial to begin at 10 am, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 205
Rasp Street, Shiloh, with Fr. Paul Wienhoff presiding. Burial
with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Catholic
Herbert Louis Woehlke, 89 years of Millstadt, Illinois,
passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at St. Paul's Senior
Community, Belleville, Illinois. He was born June 12, 1933, in
He proudly served in the United States Air Force as
Communications Security during the Korean War. He was a member
of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, Telephone Pioneers of
America, AARP, 4H and was a previous member of St. Paul's
Lutheran Church in Columbia. When he wasn't working he enjoyed
carpentry and building furniture, working on his computer,
gardening, watching sports, especially the St. Louis Cardinals
and any football game that was on.
On December 19, 1953, in East St. Louis, at St. Peter's
Lutheran Church he was united in marriage to Margie Marie
Sauerbrunn and to this union three children were born. They
shared sixty-nine years of marriage together.
He is survived by his wife, Margie Woehlke of Millstadt; his
three children, Doyle (Cindy) Woehlke of Millstadt, David
Woehlke of Millstadt, and Vicki (John) Pajda of Fairview
Heights; his seven grandchildren, Ryan (Jaime) Woehlke of
Millstadt, Shaun (Chelsi) Woehlke of Wentzville, Missouri, Kelly
(Mark) Riemann of Columbia, Illinois, Stacy Woehlke of Columbia,
Marcus (Kiersten) Pajda of Belleville, Alicia (fiancé Stephen
Cunningham) Pajda of Atlanta, Georgia, and Candice Pajda of
Belleville; his five great-grandchildren, Josephina, Alessandra,
Asher, Gray and Ryker; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives
and many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Emil Woehlke; his
mother, Selma (nee Wendling) Woehlke; his two sisters, Dorothy
Woehlke and Esther Woehlke; his three brothers, Clarence Woehlke,
Lawrence Woehlke and Herman E Woehlke; and his daughter-in-law,
Visitation will be held on Monday, January 9, 2023, 3:00 pm -
7:00 pm, at Leesman Funeral Home - Millstadt, Millstadt, IL, and
on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, at Trinity
Lutheran Church, Millstadt, IL. Services will be held on
Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church,
Millstadt, IL with Pastor Peter Ill officiating. Interment will
follow in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Columbia, Illinois. In
lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with
gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to Trinity
Lutheran Church 503 East Washington St., Millstadt, IL 62260, or
Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis 9370 Olive Street Rd.,
Olivette, Missouri 63132.
Wood, Joseph Solomon Sr.
On Friday, October 23, 2020, Joseph (Joe) Solomon Wood Sr.
departed this life at Gilchrist Center in Columbia, Maryland.
Joe succumbed to arrhythmia related heart disease after a short
hospitalization. He was 86. Joe, the youngest of 12, was born in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 12, 1934, to Albert Bryant
Wood and Rosa Elaine Rhem Wood. Joe's grandfather, William Wood,
was a former slave who fought for his freedom during the Civil
War in the US 20th Colored Troops Infantry.
As a child, Joe received his education in the Philadelphia
school system and his religious training in the Presbyterian
Church. Joe served as a paratrooper and received the Purple
Heart during the Korean War. Afterwards, Joe finished night
school, graduated with a degree in accounting from Temple
University in 2.5 years, and then completed business school,
while working as a postal employee. Later, Joe became one of the
first African-American Systems Engineers at IBM, completed
executive education programs at Stanford and Harvard, worked at
Princeton, and became an owner operator of multiple McDonald's
franchises while pursuing his pilot's license. Joe was also a
life member of both Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the
NAACP, as well as, a lifelong jazz enthusiast.
Joe was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Elaine
Robinson Wood, his second wife, Vera Marlene Ethengain Wood; and
three sons: Joseph Jr., Lawrence, and Stephen. Left to cherish
his memory are: his sons Stanley and Albert, and his daughter
Stephanie, as well as, a host of relatives, and friends. -
Published in Baltimore Sun on November 11, 2020.
Wood, Morton "Pete"
[The following obituary appeared in the Washington Post.]
Morton Wood, 86, a mechanical engineer who owned his own engineering firm, died August 10, 2009, of
pneumonia and sepsis at the nursing facility of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington.
He was a Bethesda resident.
Mr. Wood was born in Washington and was a graduate of the old Western High School. He served in
the Army during World War II and survived the December 24, 1944, sinking of the troopship S.S.
Leopoldville. An estimated 800 servicemen died in the ship's sinking.
He was recalled to active duty in the Korean War and was severely wounded by machine-gun fire in 1951.
After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1947, Mr. Wood joined the engineering firm of H. Walton Redmile
Associates. He later became the owner of the company before retiring in the 1970s. He then
worked as a consulting engineer with the Montgomery County public schools until the 1990s.
He enjoyed singing with the Old Line Four barbershop quartet and was a member of the Society for the
Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. He also enjoyed golf and
owned a driving range in College Park in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He was a member of Bradley
Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Ella Boothe Wood of Bethesda.
Morton Wood, Jr. "Pete"
"Mr. Wood was born in February 1923, in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. He spent his
childhood in Washington, never leaving except for college and military service. After graduation
from Western High School, he attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI), which was a full 24-hour
military academy. When World War II broke out, he was about one-third through his senior year of college.
He immediately went to Officer Candidate School and was assigned to the 66th "Black Panther" Division.
On December 24, 1944, he boarded the SS Leopoldville in England. The ship was torpedoed in the
English Channel that cold, dark, choppy night, taking the lives of about 800 men.
After time, and Europe, peace finally came. He elected to remain in the reserves.
He took a summer job with H. Walton Redmile, Consulting Engineers and returned to finish his education
at VPI in the fall. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and returned to H.
Walton Redmile and Associates as a part of the organization. It was there that he met Ella, his
future wife of 55 years. Mr. Wood loved golf and in his spare time, he and Carl Rasnic, a fellow
student from VPO, purchased a driving range. Pete worked weekends and Mr. Rasnic all the time. Mr. Wood's recall to the military came in January 1951. He left a successful
business and sold his part in the golf range to Carl Rasnic. He had one foot on the gangplank,
headed to Korea, when orders came from General Parker in Washington to report immediately to the 3rd
Infantry Regiment at Ft. Myer in Virginia. After a short time, he was once again ordered to Korea via the West Coast where he was
assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division. His training in World War II served him quite well, he said
but his stay was short. After a very short time of intensive fighting, he was severely wounded in
the right hip, resulting in a lacerated sciatic nerve. He received immediate attention, was picked
up by a M.A.S.H. helicopter, stayed for three days, and then flown to Japan and subsequently to Walter
Reed in Washington, D.C. He was awarded a Purple Heart. Though the wound was severe and efforts to rehabilitate took a long time, he returned to
his engineering career and became the owner of H. Walton Redmile and Associates from which he eventually
retired. He finished his career doing consulting work with the Montgomery County School Board of
Maryland. He was a lover of poetry, enjoyed the frustrations of golf, mountain hiking, and
barbershop music. He was a member of SPEBSQSA, sang in the chorus, as well as in the "Old Line
Four" quartet. He was in the Honor Society of Tau Beta Tau and a member of Bradley Hills
Presbyterian Church of Bethesda, MD. Mr. Wood cared deeply about those of both wars that served with him and kept in touch
with many of them, including his rescuer from the English ship, the Brilliant."
Woods, Jack Crayton
Jack Crayton Woods, 92, of Belleville, Illinois, born June 2,
1929, in Eldred, Illinois, died Monday, December 06, 2021, at
St. Elizabeth's Hospital, O'Fallon, Illinois. He grew up
in Eldred, and wrote a book about it.
His fourth year of high school was in Carrollton, Illinois,
where he met Carrol Reno, and they were married for 70 years.
Jack and Carrol were partners in many adventures, including
sailing the Caribbean and the Chesapeake Bay with CSA friends.
They belonged to the Carlyle Sailing Association for over 20
years. He loved to cruise as well, and took the whole
family on a cruise in 2011 to celebrate their 60th wedding
anniversary. He also enjoyed spending time with very
special friends at the Red Coconut in Ft. Myers Beach.
Jack worked for many years as an attorney before his retirement.
He was a United States Army Korean War veteran and served
more than 42 years in active duty and the United States Army
Reserve combined. Jack was a member of Union United
Methodist Church, Belleville, Illinois, and a lifetime member of
the Masons. He was proud of his military service, and he
loved his family very much. He was a great storyteller and
martini maker. Jack will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by a son, Bradley Woods; his
parents, Colonel Crayton "CC" and Nina Chapman Woods; and a
sister, Lora Woods. Surviving are his wife of 70 years,
Carrol J. Reno Woods, whom he married on September 22, 1951; a
daughter, Barbara J. Woods of Edwardsville, Illinois; a
daughter-in-law, Nancy Turner Woods; four grandsons, Bryan
Woods, Bruce (Crystal) Woods, Bryce Woods, and Benjamin Woods;
six great-grandchildren: Matt (Mindi) Weik, and Joe, Kiley,
Braeden, Parker, and Presley Woods; and a sister-in-law, Barbara
The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors, and staff
at HSHS St. Elizabeth's ICU for the kindness and care shown to
Jack and the family. Memorials may be made to Union United
Methodist Church, Belleville, or to the National Federation of
Funeral service was held December 13, 2021 at Union United
Methodist Church, Belleville. Burial with military honors
was held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis,
Woodworth, Jason Tamasese "Woody"
Jason Tamasese "Woody" Woodworth, MSG, US Army, retired,
passed away 15 January 2009 in Hawaii. Woody’s Special
Operations assignments included: FOB2 (C&C), OP 34A & 35A, and
Liaison Bureau. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving with
Co G, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. Prior to the Korean
War he served with the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th
Airborne Division in Japan. Other assignments included 2nd
Airborne Battle Group, 503rd Infantry, Okinawa, 1st, 3rd and 5th
Special Forces Groups, MACV Recondo School and the Pathfinder
Platoon, 25th Infantry Division. He also was attached to 1st
Special Forces Group SCUBA Detachment twice: once as a medic and
once as an interpreter. After retiring from the US Army, Woody
went to work with Vinnell Corporation in Saudi Arabia and then
went to work for Civil Service at the US Army Range Control
Center at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Pohakuloa Training Center,
Hawaii; Range Control, 2nd Infantry Division, South Korea. His
many awards included the Silver Star for Heroism during the
Korean War, Combat Infantryman Badge (2nd Award), Pathfinder
Badge, Master Parachutists Badge. Woody founded Chapter 43 of
the Special Forces Association. Woody is survived by his beloved
wife Jean, Hilo, Hawaii.
Woolbert, Alexander Joseph
My father was Alexander Joseph Woolbert. He served two tours of duty in the US Army. He passed away on
October 24, 2002. First service dates Mar 1946 – Jan 1950 in the 78th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, A
Battery in Germany. His second tour included Korea and Occupational Army in Germany. That tour was Feb
1951 – January 1954 in the 229th Field Artillery Battalion, Battery B. Given that he was in Korea, and the
229th was not, I believe based on some pictures that he was in Korea from approximately Mar 51 to January
1952 in the 176th Armored Field Artillery Battalion. His total overseas duty time was 4 years, 9 months.
What details would you like for the obituary?
My father served in an extraordinary time. To my mother’s knowledge, he was in Germany and was rotated
onto guard duty of a prison that held SS Soldiers and also may have been a guard at some of the prisons
where the Nuremburg Trial prisoners were held. In Korea, we believe he was debarked from a ship and was
trucked directly to the front lines somewhere on some river. There are a couple of stories that include
him going into direct combat against the Chinese at the river and then ended up shooting a young (15 or so
years old) Chinese boy. It changed his life forever. Dad was in the Field Artillery virtually at all times
for most of his service duty. I think the river battle was one of those emergency needs to hold and
everybody on the boat was pushed up to the front to hold.
What I've been trying to do is reconstruct to some degree where he was ad when. That in itself is a
large task given there are few records that I have and getting information has been sketchy at best.
Wright, Vernon Kenneth
Vernon Kenneth Wright, 74, of Denton died Sunday, September 9, 2007 at his residence. He was born
December 28, 1932 in Mineral Wells to Vernon and Charlotte Wright. He married Theresa Gail McNatt in Fort
Worth. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was retired from American Airlines as
Supervisor/Manager of Ramp Services at Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport after 37 years. He was a member of
Military Order of the Purple Heart, VFW, 3rd Infantry Division and First United Methodist Church of
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Gail Wright; daughter Cecilia Kim Wright Martin and husband,
Edward; daughter Cynthia Lou Wright Brown and husband, Joe; and son, Charles C. Wright and wife, Louanne,
all of Denton; grandchildren, Andrew Martin, Eddie Martin, Jr., Toni Chism, Shelby Brown, Annie Wright,
Lauren Watkins and Justin Watkins; and four great-grandchildren. His parents preceded him in death.
A memorial service was held Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 11 a.m. in the Cole Chapel of First United
Methodist Church. The family requested that donations be made to American Cancer Society in memory of
Kenneth Wright in lieu of flowers.
Wymore, Robert Warren
Robert Warren Wymore, 88, of Mayville, North Dakota, passed away
peacefully on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Luther Memorial Home
Bob was born October 14th, 1928 in Swift County, Minnesota to
Ray and Thelma (Lowry) Wymore. He grew up in Rock Lake, North
Dakota, where he graduated from Rock Lake High School. He was
drafted into the army in 1950 and served a tour of duty in
Korea. He received a bronze star for the longest continuous
combat on record.
After an honorable discharge, he returned home to Rock Lake.
He married Luella McPherson in Leeds, North Dakota, in June of
1952. He attended and graduated from Mayville State Teachers
College in 1957. He went on to teach science at Larimore High
School and completed his Masters of Science degree. He returned
to Mayville State, this time as a professor. During this time,
he pursued his Ph.D. at Texas A & M and University of Northern
Colorado Greeley. He taught at Mayville State until his
retirement in 1992.
Bob had many interests and hobbies. He enjoyed traveling,
fishing at their lake cabin, woodworking, photography,
gardening, serving as a national weather service observer, and
flying after obtaining his private pilot's license. He was also
an active member at Mayville Lutheran Church and served in many
Robert is survived by his wife Luella, Mayville; children -
Steven (Carolyn) Wymore of Nisswa, Minnesota; Bruce (Mindy)
Wymore, Alexandria, Minnesota; Rebecca (Mark) McLain,
Bloomington, Minnesota; Linette (Duane) Kangas, Moorhead,
Minnesota; Ann (Kurt) Mack, Knoxville, Tennessee; fourteen
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived
by his sister Geraldine (Elmer) Bierman, Minot, North Dakota.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ray; his mother, Thelma;
three sisters, Edith Ziegler, Bertha Anton, and Betty Shreiner;
and four nieces.
Visitation: Will be from 5-7 PM on Thursday, November 10, 2016
with a 6:30 PM Public Prayer Service at the Luther Memorial Home
Chapel in Mayville, ND and resumes one hour prior to the service
at the church.
His funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 11,
2016 at Mayville Lutheran Church in Mayville. Burial was in the
Mayville Cemetery, Mayville.
Wyrick, Col. William E.
Funeral services for Col. William E. Wyrick, U.S. Army (Ret.), will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, December
21, 2006, at Greenlawn Funeral Home , 845 Leesburg Road, Columbia, SC 29209, with burial in Greenlawn
Memorial Park Northeast with full military honors. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 20, 2006, from 6
to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. 1501 N.W. 9th
Avenue/Bob Hope Road Miami FL 33136-1494 or Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens, 500 Wildlife Parkway Columbia SC
William E. “Bill” Wyrick, also known as “Chief” by his comrades in arms, died at his home Sunday,
December 17, 2006. He was born December 20, 1924, in Skiatook, Oklahoma, to the late Elmer F. “Bill”
Wyrick and Mildred Stevens Wyrick. He graduated from Will Rogers High School in Tulsa in 1942. He attended
Oklahoma Military Academy Junior College before entering the service. He received his Bachelor of Science
degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1963 and his Master’s of Education from the
University of South Carolina in 1975.
Colonel Wyrick entered the Army June 17, 1943. He completed the Officer Candidate Course at Fort
Benning, Georgia, in 1945; the Advanced Infantry Course, Fort Benning, in 1954; and the Associate Course
at the Command and General Staff College in 1964. In addition, he completed the Airborne course and the
Spanish Language Course at the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey, California. Among his assignments
were: from 1949 through 1952 served as a platoon leader and then Company Commander of C Company 21st Inf.
Regt. 24 Inf. Div. (part of Task Force Smith); from April 1956 to April 1957, served as Chief, Ground
Defense Branch, Headquarter, 12th Air Force at Ramstein AFS, Germany; from June 1957 to September 1960,
was the Executive Officer for Evaluation, Infantry OCS, Fort Benning, GA; from January 1963 to July 1964,
was at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, as Commanding Officer of the 2nd and 3rd Battalions, 2nd Basic Combat
Training Regiment. In September 1965, he went to Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he served as
Chief, Army Section, MAAG; from July 1967 to July 1969, was Division Advisor, Iowa Army National Guard, in
Des Moines Iowa. From August 1969 until July 1970, was Senior Advisor, ARVN Infantry School, and Inspector
General, XXIV Corps in Vietnam. In September 1970, Colonel Wyrick came to Fort Jackson where he served as
the Deputy Director, DPT and Executive officer, Basic Combat Training “BCT” Committee Group and later
served as the Commanding Officer of the BCT Committee Group. Col Wyrick retired from the Army July 1,
1973, after serving 30 years.
His awards and decorations include the Silver Star, awarded in Korea in 1950; the Legion of Merit,
awarded in Vietnam in 1970; Bronze Star with Valor with three Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Commendation
Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; the Air Force Commendation Medal; Good Conduct Medal; American Campaign
Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal for Germany
and Japan; National Defense Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; Korean Service Medal; UN Service
Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Dominican Republic); Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam
Campaign Medal; Distinguished Unit Emblem; Presidential Unit Citation and the Korean Presidential Unit
Citation. He was also awarded the Combat Infantryman and Parachute badges and in 1972, he was inducted
into the Infantry Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, GA.
Colonel Wyrick and his late wife, Nina B Murphy, continued to live in Columbia after his retirement. He
earned his Master’s of Education in Secondary Education from the University of South Carolina in 1975 and
worked at the South Carolina State Department of Education for several years. He then became the primary
caregiver for his mother. He served as Past President and the Historian for the 21st Infantry Regiment
Association and was a Life Member of the 24th Infantry Division Association. He was a member of the Osage
tribe and the Hillside Cemetery Association. He was a 32 degree Mason affiliated with the Skiatook Masonic
Surviving are his son and his wife, Vance and Sandra Wyrick of Leesburg, FL; his daughter and her
husband, Debbie and Bobby Havens of West Columbia; his daughter and her husband, Laurie and Robert Taylor
of Columbia; his seven grandchildren, Matthew Wyrick, Maryann Wyrick, Krista Sanderlin-Bunnell, Brandan
Clark, Stacey Taylor, John Taylor and Sarah Beth Taylor; two great-grandchildren, Emily Wyrick and Allison
Driggers; special friends, Debbi Coker and Kathryn Bascom. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in
death by his wife, Nina, his brother, Philip Wyrick and his son, Marty Sanderlin.
The family would like to thank Dr. Dale Hamrick and the staff at Palmetto Health Hospice and Comfort
Keepers, Inc. for their loving care.
Wyant, Pearl Edward "Junior"
Pearl Edward Wyant
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Pearl Edward "Junior" Wyant was born November 19, 1919, in Odin, Illinois. the son of Purl and Rosa May
French. His father was a coal miner and his mother was a teacher. He moved to Colorado when he was give
years old and spent his youth in Colorado Springs. His mother died of tuberculosis in 1924, and his father
was killed in a construction accident in 1936, when Junior was 16.
He joined the U.S. Army when he was 17 and served for over 20 years. Junior was stationed at the Pueblo
Army Depot during World War II, and was a front-line medic in the Korean War. On June 15, 1941, he married
Ruth Vetterling at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital. Junior and Ruth led the nomadic military life for over 12
years, until they settled in Colorado Springs in 1953 after he returned from Korea.
His son Rick was born in 1954, and Robert Joseph"Rob" was born in 1957. After he retired from the Army
in 1958, Junior focused on raising his family. He was devoted to the educational success of his sons, who
both graduated from high school and the University of Colorado, Boulder.
In 1973, Junior and Ruth moved to Denver. In 1978. Rob was injured in a windstorm accident, and Junior,
along with Ruth, spent the rest of their lives devoted to Rob's care. Junior and Ruth moved to East
Boulder in 1985. In 1991, Junior and Ruth celebrated their 50th anniversary. All total, Junior and Ruth
were married for 59 years.
Rob Wyant died October 13, 2003. Edna Ruth Vetterling Wyant died February 19, 2007. Pearl
Wyant died September 20, 2000. Pearl and Ruth are buried in Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver,
Junior had four sisters (Lucille, Ida Fay, Lorene, and Betty Lou) and four brothers (John, Joe, Paul,
and Dale). Paul, Lorene, and Betty Lou survive him. Junior had three grandchildren., Michael 0 'Neal, Jeff
O'Neal, and Stephanie 0'Neal, and also had 20+ nieces and nephews.
Junior was generally considered the patriarch of the Wyant family and committed himself to helping his
brothers, sisters. nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews to become better people. Junior
also was a surrogate father and brother for many of the families he was close to, including the Pattons
(Patti, Sharon, Roger, Harry, and Sugar) and the Smiths (Vern and Phil).
Junior was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and National Rifle Association.
He was a true "American Patriot" and spent enormous energy throughout his life protecting the rights that
we Americans enjoy under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Wyscarver, Richard L.
Richard L. Wyscarver (How Company, 1st Marine Regiment, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division) served in
Korea in 1950. He was born August 20, 1931 and died August 2, 2002. A message from his
daughter, Vicki Blazick, tells the Korean War Educator, "My father received the Purple Heart, Silver
Medal, and the Presidential Citation. He was a disabled war veteran all of his adult life due to his
injuries sustained in the battle of the Chosin Reservoir in November 1950. He was 19 years old at
the time. He was a wonderful man and father and I miss him tremendously. He is survived by
myself and his two sons."