VETERANS DAY 2015: A look at 41 Charlevoix County veterans

Allan Potter
He was born April 4th, 1920 in Barnard, Charlevoix County, Mich. and attended the …

Allan Potter

He was born April 4th, 1920 in Barnard, Charlevoix County, Mich. and attended the Warner Road School completing the 8th grade and his formal education in 1933 at the age of 14.

He went to work full time on the family farm, to help support his family during the Great Depression, and on Sept. 26th, 1942 Potter was inducted into the Army entering into active service on Oct. 10th, 1942 in Kalamazoo, Mich. and was assigned to Headquarters & Service Company, 87th Engineer, Heavy Pontoon Battalion, Camp Claiborne, Louisiana.

Following basic training Potter received specialty training in building and deploying heavy-duty pontoon bridges, to move vehicles and equipment across rivers, and operating storm boats to move infantry across rivers.

Potter received a furlough on Jan. 4th, 1944, to come home before his unit shipped over seas, and reported for duty on Jan.16th, 1944. On Feb. 11th, 1944 he departed the USA, from New York City, arriving in The European Theater of Operations on Feb. 24th, 1944 and following additional training in England crossed the English Channel into France, in July of 1944, where he participated in Battles and Campaigns in Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, The Ardennes and The Rhineland.

Potters unit built one of the pontoon bridges, across the Rhine River, to move General Patton’s Army from France into Germany and they did it in 13 hours and under the cover of darkness. With the end of the war on May 8th 1945, Potter took a furlough from Oct. 16th, 1945 to Oct. 22nd, 1945 and was authorized to visit, through a self conducted tour, France, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg reporting for duty on Oct. 23rd, 1945.

On Nov. 22nd, 1945 Potter departed The European Theater of Operations arriving in the USA on Nov. 27th, 1945 and on Dec. 2nd, 1945, at The Separation Center, Camp Atterbury, Indiana, he was awarded an Honorable Discharge having attained the rank of Private First Class and received the following decorations and citations: The Good Conduct Medal; The Victory Medal of World War II; The American Theater Medal; The European, Asian, Middle Eastern Theater Medal with Five Bronze Battle Stars and Three Service Bars (each representing six months foreign service).

Potter returned to the family farm and on March 20th, 1948 he married Hellen Mae Brown on Brown Road, Norwood Township, Charlevoix County and they bought a farm, and made their home in Banks Township, Antrim County, Mich. Potter was a farmer all his life and he enjoyed farming so much that it was also his hobby and he never really retired.

On Jan. 28th, 2012 Allan Potter answered the final call and is being honored by the Potter Family.

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Archie Henry Griffin

Born on Aug. 10th, 1913 in Saint James (Beaver Island), Charlevoix County, Mich., their family moved to East Jordan, Mich. soon after he was born where he grew up and attended school.

Griffin left school after completing the 8th grade and worked many seasonal jobs in the area. In 1932 Griffin went to work for Reid & Murdoch Canning Company in Ellsworth, Mich. serving as a double-seamer operator sealing metal containers by means of an automatic can seaming machine, placed lids in machine magazine, stopped jams, oiled and made minor adjustments to mechanisms.

On Feb. 12th, 1941 Griffin went to work at A.C. Spark Plug Division, General Motors, Flint, Mich. as a machine gun assembler putting together various parts on Browning automatic .50 caliber machine guns using electric riveting machines to fasten permanent assemblies.

On June 9th, 1942 Griffin was inducted into the Army entering into active service in Traverse City, Mich. and was assigned to Fort Benning, GA for basic training and was reassigned to Camp Blanding, FL for additional training.

On July 10th, 1943, while home on leave, Griffin married Maxine Elizabeth Stoddard, in Boyne City, Mich., who he met and worked with at A.C. Spark Plug, making their home in East Jordan.

Griffin was reassigned to Company D, 314th Infantry and on April 7th, 1944 departed the USA arriving in the European Theater of Operations on April 16th, 1944 where he participated in the Normandy Campaign.

On June 23rd, 1944 Griffin, who was a squad leader of a seven-man heavy weapons unit with a field promotion to Sergeant, was wounded by German artillery fire and woke up in an English Hospital. Griffin was later transferred to Percy Jones General & Convalescent Hospital, Battle Creek, Mich. arriving on Sept. 1st, 1944.

The doctors tried to save his right arm to no avail as his whole body was riddled with shrapnel. On March 7th, 1945 Griffin received an Honorable Discharge and was awarded the following Decorations and Citations: The Purple Heart Medal; The Combat Infantry Badge; The European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with One Bronze Battle Star; The WW II Victory Medal and The Good Conduct Medal. Returning home Griffin was contracted by the U.S. Postal Service and the Grand Rapids Press newspaper as a route delivery truck driver retiring after 26 years of service.

Griffin enjoyed delivering his wife’s bake goods to area customers, playing in the shuffleboard league, serving on the East Jordan City Counsel and was an active member of the American Legion Post 227. On April 28th, 1975 Archie Henry Griffin answered the final call and is being honored by sons David and Roger.

Gerald Roy Bell

The Veteran of the Month for December 2013 is Gerald Roy Bell. Born on Oct. 17th, 1933 in Evart, Mich., Bell moved with his family to Boyne Fall, Mich. in 1945 and worked at the family gas station, restaurant and warehouse business while attending school graduating from Boyne Falls High School in the class of 1952.

He went to work for Boyne Oil Company, Boyne Falls, working as a prospecting driller helper. On July 15th, 1953 Bell was inducted into the Army entering into active service in Detroit, Mich. and was assigned to Headquarters, 3rd Armored Division, Fort Knox, Kentucky where he completed basic training and on Nov. 15th, 1953 he was promoted to Private 2nd Class.

Bell attended a two-month specialty Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic School graduating on Nov. 20th, 1953 with a rating of Very Satisfactory. Bell was reassigned to Battery B, 52nd Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, South Korea serving as a wheeled vehicle mechanic for 1 year, 5 months and 2 days and on Dec. 22nd, 1954 he was promoted to Corporal Technician.

On June 2nd, 1955 at the Separation Center, Fort Sheridan, Ill. Bell received a Release From Active Military Service and was transferred to the US Army Reserves, 310th Ordnance Depot, Charlevoix, Mich. On July 1st, 1961 Bell received an Honorable Discharge and was awarded the following decorations and medals: The National Defense Service Medal, The Korean Service Medal and The United Nations Service Medal. Following his release from active duty, in 1955, Bell joined The Iron Workers Union, Local 340, and worked on the building of The Mackinac Bridge and Big Rock Nuclear Generating Power Plant north of Charlevoix.

On June 29th, 1957 Bell married Gladys Joann Carson in The Boyne Falls Methodist Church and in Aug. 1967 he went to work as a machinist for The Medusa Cement Company, in Charlevoix, retiring in July 1996.

Bell served his community as a volunteer fireman with the Boyne Valley Fire Department, served on the Village Council for many years and was The Grand Marshall of the Boyne Falls Polish Festival Parade in 1993.

During retirement Bell enjoyed traveling, hunting, gardening and spending quality time with his family and especially with his grandchildren. On July 4th, 2013 Gerald Roy Bell answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Joann, his children and their families.

Donald Hugh Graham

Born on March 19th, 1932 in Brown City, Mich., he later moved with his family to what would become the Graham family farm located on Graham Road south west of East Jordan, Mich. Graham graduated from East Jordan High School in the class of 1949, as class president, and attended Michigan State University becoming a dairy tester for the Michigan Department of Agriculture, in Charlevoix and Antrim Counties, working for The Michigan Department of Health Inspection of Agriculture Department, headquartered in Boyne City, Mich., where he worked until October of 1952.

On Nov. 4th, 1952 Graham enlisted in the Army, entering into active service in Detroit, Mich. On March 4th, 1953 Graham was promoted to Private Second Class and following basic training he attended the Army Security Agency School, at Fort Meade, Maryland, March through August of 1953, graduating as a cryptographer capable of deciphering, reading and writing coded messages including being a Morse Code Interceptor.

After completing his schooling Graham was reassigned to Field Station, 8609th Deciphering Unit, Clark Army Air Force Base, Luzon Island, The Philippines, east of Vietnam, serving as a Morse Code Interceptor.

On Oct. 15th, 1954 Graham was promoted to Corporal Technician and on Oct. 6th, 1955 at The Separation Center, Fort Sheridan, Illinois he received an Honorable Separation and was relieved from active military service and transferred to The U.S. Army Reserves, Michigan Military District and was awarded the following decorations and medals: The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.

Returning to Michigan Graham worked eight years for Consumers Power Company in Grand Rapids, Mich. and on May 24th, 1958, in Howard City, Mich., he married Pauline Alfreda Doxtater.

On Nov. 4th, 1960 Graham completed his military obligation and was awarded an Honorable Discharge.

In 1963 Graham moved north to take over the family farm and became a self-employed farmer retiring in March of 1994.

He served his community as a board member of the Charlevoix County Road Commission, the East Jordan Farmers Cooperative, South Arm Township Board of Review and as South Arm Township Supervisor and Zoning Administrator.

Graham enjoyed calling bingo, as a member of American Legion Post 277 in East Jordan, bowling, softball, ice fishing and fishing trips in the spring, working cross word and sudoku puzzles, Sunday morning coffee at the Harts home, but what he loved most was spending quality time with his family.

On March 22nd, 2013 Donald Hugh Graham answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Pauline, son Terry and their families.

Donald John Nowka

Born on Dec. 23rd, 1927 in Dearborn Township, Mich., Nowka grew up on the family farm where he worked with his father milking cows before and after school until he graduated from Fordson High School in the class of 1945.

Going to Lansing, Mich. he went to work at an airport and on Feb. 19th, 1946, in Detroit, Mich., Nowka enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Following basic training, where he qualified Expert with the M1 Garand rifle on Apr. 5th, 1946, Nowka attended specialty training as an Aircraft Mechanic. On Sept. 7th, 1946 Nowka departed the USA and served in the Pacific Theater of Operations, Midway Island, repairing aircraft and on May 26th, 1947 he was promoted to Corporal.

On Nov. 11th, 1947 he departed the Pacific Theater of Operations and was reassigned to Casual Company, Marine Barracks, U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. On Dec. 12th, 1947 Nowka received an Honorable Discharge and was awarded The Good Conduct Medal and Certificate of Satisfactory Service.

On Dec. 13th, 1947 Nowka reenlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve completing his military obligation on Dec.12th, 1949.

Returning to Michigan, for the next 26 years, he worked as the superintendent of maintenance at the Tireman Plant in Detroit for Burroughs Corporation and he was supervisor of skilled trades at the truck plant in Wayne, Mich. for the Ford Motor Company.

On April 2nd, 1971, in the Garden City, Mich. Presbyterian Church, Nowka married Constance Jeannette LaPierre.

Later he became the owner-administrator for the Wishing Well Manor Nursing Home in Northville, Mich. and Whispering Willow Nursing Home in Canton, Mich.

Nowka retried in April of 1988 and moved his family to the East Jordan, Mich. area where he enjoyed boating, hunting, shooting firearms and collecting antique cars.

On Nov. 18th, 2011 Donald John Nowka answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Connie, children James and Michelle and their families.

Donald William Peterson

Born Sept. 16th, 1937 in Lansing, Mich., Peterson was raised in DeWitt, Mich. and graduated in the class of 1956 from DeWitt High School. Peterson enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on Oct. 31st, 1956 entering into active duty in Detroit, Mich. beginning a 21 year, 11 month and 17 day military career.

On March 30th, 1957 in DeWitt Peterson married Ruth J. White.

On Jan.1st, 1958 Peterson was promoted to the Non-Commissioned Officer rank of Corporal and was assigned to Company “A”, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division serving as a Squad Leader with the specialty of Machine Gunner.

On April 25th, 1958, at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Peterson reenlisted and was reassigned to Guard Company, Service Battalion, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Virginia where he attended a two week Non-Commissioned Officer Briefing Course.

On Dec. 16th, 1960 Peterson reenlisted and continued his schooling in Accounting and Intro To Business Courses. Peterson served two tours of duty in Vietnam totaling one year, seven months and eleven days.

On Jan. 4th, 1969 Peterson was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and on Nov. 1st, 1972 he reenlisted in Arlington, Va.

On March 1st, 1974 Peterson was promoted to Master Sergeant and on Sept. 30th, 1976, at Service Company, Support Battalion, Quantico, Va., Peterson received an Honorable Discharge and was transferred to the Fleet Marine Corps Reserves and was awarded the following decorations and awards:

Vietnam Service Award with Four Bronze Battle Stars; Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation with Palm; Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Devise; Letter of Commendation from Department of the

Academics, USA, Trans School, Fort Eustis, Texas; Pistol Expert Badge; Rifle Marksmanship Badge and The Good Conduct Medal with Five Bronze Stars Award.

Returning home Peterson went to work for General Motors in Lansing, Mich. serving as a Security Officer retiring in 1992 and later moving to Gaylord, Mich. where he enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, drove cancer patients to Petoskey, Mich. for radiation treatments, served on the Veterans Trust Fund Board and the County Veterans Affairs Committee.

On Jan. 29th, 2015 Donald William Peterson answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Ruth and son Douglas.

Douglas Warren Daman

Born on Jan. 25th, 1937 in Monroe, Mich, Daman grew up in Monroe and after completing three years, five months of High School he enlisted in the Army on Jan. 26th, 1954.

After he completed basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., Daman was assigned to The 534th Signal Corps and was Transfer Duty to attend The Southeastern Signal School at Camp Gordon, Ga. in April of 1954 through June of 1954 graduating as a Lineman.

In 1956 he passed the High School Battery Test and received his Government Education Diploma and on June 16th, 1955 Daman was promoted to the Non-Commissioned Officer rank of Specialist Third Class Technician.

On Jan. 25th, 1957 at The Separation Center, Fort Benning, Ga., Daman was transferred to The U.S. Army Reserves, Michigan Military District and on Jan. 25th, 1962, having completed his military obligation, he received an Honorable Discharge and was awarded The National Defense Service Medal.

After completing his active service in 1957 Daman returned home and went to work for Ford Motor Company in Research and Development, Allison Gas Turbine Department.

On Sept. 7th, 1957, in Monore, Daman married Mary Ann Brown and while working full time, Daman continued his education by receiving an Associate’s Degree from Washtenaw Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State University, a Master’s Degree in Engineering Technology from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s in Business Administration Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Daman gave back to his community by teaching the Hunter Safety Program and promoted The Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Program at The Hall of the Divine Child Military Academy in Monroe.

He was a member of The Boy Scouts of America, serving as Scout Master in 1961-62, The Charlevoix Rod and Gun Club, The American Legion and The Knights of Columbus. Daman retired in 1992, as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer, built their retirement home in the Petoskey area, continued to work as an electrician, pursued his life long passion as a hunter and trapper that was a big part of his entire life and enjoyed spending time with his family.

On Feb. 2nd, 2013 Douglas Warren Daman answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Mary and his family.

Edward Stanley Petrowski

Born on Nov. 8th, 1913 in Chicago, Ill., he started school in Chicago and soon after moved with his family, in the early 1920s, to a farm near Petoskey, Mich.

Petrowski attended Petoskey Grammar School until 1925 when he left school, after completing the sixth grade at the age of twelve, going to work to help support his family.

On Feb. 10th, 1942 he was inducted into the Army entering into active service at Fort Custer, Mich. Following basic and specialty training Petrowski departed the U.S.A. on Dec. 12th, 1942 arriving in The North African Theater of Operations on Dec. 26th, 1942 and was assigned to the 351st Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division serving as a Light Truck Driver.

He participated in battles and campaigns in Tunisia, Rome-Arno, Northern Apennines and Po Valley and on Sept. 9th, 1945 Petrowski departed the European, African and Middle Eastern Theaters of Operations arriving in the U.S.A. on Sept. 25th, 1945.

He was reassigned to the Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Penn. and on Oct. 4th, 1945, at the Separation Center, Petrowski received an Honorable Discharge, having attained the Non-Commissioned Officer rank of Technician Fifth Grade, and was awarded the following decorations, citations and badges: The Bronze Star Metal (awarded, to then Private First Class Petrowski by Major General W. D. Crittenberger, IV Corps Commander, for meritorious service in direct support of combat operations of the IV Corps in pursuit of the enemy north of Rome in Lt. General Mark W. Clark’s Fifth Army Italian campaign), The Good Conduct Medal, The European, African and Middle Eastern Service Medal with Four Bronze Battle Stars, The Motor Vehicle Drivers Badge and Five Overseas Service Bars (each representing six months foreign service). Returning to Petoskey, Petrowski went to work for Penn Dixie Cement Plant and on May 17th, 1948, at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church in Elimra, Mich., he married Caroline Figiel making their home in Petoskey.

Leaving Penn Dixie Petrowski went to work for The Michigan Tanning and Extract Company, in Boyne City, Mich. and when the company closed he went to work at Chimney Corners Restaurant in Petoskey retiring on Nov. 8th, 1975.

Petrowski enjoyed fishing, hunting, wood carving, camping, gardening, mushroom picking, playing the piano, organ, guitar and harmonica, but he was always available to help his children with projects and enjoy time with his grandchildren.

On Jan. 5th, 2000 Edward Stanley Petrowski answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Caroline, his children and their families.

Robert Edwin McGeorge

Born on June 1st, 1937 in Boyne City, Mich., McGeorge graduated from East Jordan High School in the class of 1955 going to work at the East Jordan Iron Works.

In early 1956 McGeorge went to work for General Motors Corporation, Buick Division, Flint, Mich. until he was inducted into the Army on Sept. 18th, 1956 entering into active service in Detroit, Mich.

Following basic training McGeorge was assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 1st Airborne Brigade, 325th Airborne Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he completed The Basic Airborne Course on March 29th, 1957 serving as a Medical Aidman.

On Feb. 27th, 1958 McGeorge was promoted to the Non-Commissioned Officer rank of Specialist Fourth Class Technician. On Sept. 17th, 1958 McGeorge received a transfer to the U.S. Army Reserves, Michigan Military District and on Sept. 17th, 1962 he received an Honorable Discharge, having completed his military obligation, and was awarded the following Decorations and Awards: The Parachutist Badge and The Good Conduct Medal.

Returning home, after completing his active military service in 1958, McGeorge sailed for The Pringle Shipping Line in 1959 and 1960 out of Detroit.

On Jan. 7th, 1961, at the Boyne City United Methodist Church, McGeorge married Margaret Eloise Massey, making their home in Boyne Falls, Mich., and in 1964 the family moved to Williamston, Mich. McGeorge had returned to work for General Motors, Oldsmobile Division, Lansing, Mich. on Nov. 9th, 1964 and in his spare time enjoyed gardening, golfing, family fishing trips with his brothers to Canada, and traveling.

On July 12th, 1996 Robert Edwin McGeorge answered the final call, having never had the chance to retire, and is being honored by his wife Eloise, his children and their families.

Edwin Ronald Wertman

Born on Dec. 23rd, 1929, at home during a snowstorm, in Delton, Mich., Wertman moved with his family, in 1944, to a 240-acre farm on Warner Road, Marion Township in Charlevoix County where he worked as a general farm hand while they farmed and milked a dairy herd.

After completing the 11th grade in the Charlevoix High School, Wertman left school to help work the farm.

On Feb. 2nd, 1951 Wertman was inducted into the Army and after completing two months basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri he was reassigned to the 6018th Army Service Unit, Station Company, Fort Huachuca, Arizona serving as a light vehicle driver.

On Jan. 7th, 1952 Wertman was promoted to Private First Class and on Feb. 1st, 1953 Wertman was released from active duty and transferred to the Enlisted Reserve Corps, Ordnance Control Group, Military District of Michigan, receiving an Honorable Discharge on Feb. 2nd, 1958 having completing his military obligation.

Returning home, following his release from active duty, Wertman farmed along with working for Morwell Steel in Ellsworth, Mich. and the Ellsworth Canning Factory.

In 1967 Wertman went to work for the East Jordan Iron Works, in the maintenance department, and on Nov. 6th 1976 he married Nanette Ann Vander Ark making their home north of East Jordan, Mich.

In March of 1993 Wertman retired to enjoy riding his Gold Wing motorcycle, helping veterans through his membership in the Ernest Peterson American Legion Post #228 in Boyne City, Mich., spending time at their getaway place in Dublin, Mich. and maintaining their properties.

On April 7th, 2014 Edwin Ronald Wertman answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Nan, his children and their families.

Eugene William Balogh

He was born on February 14th, 1927 in Buffalo, New York, while his mother and father were there on business, and returning to their home in Detroit, Mich. he later attended Holy Cross Elementary School and All Saints High School where he became a senior at age fifteen.

Seniors at that time, with a parent’s written consent, could enlist in the military at the age of seventeen and Balogh, on Aug. 28th, 1942, and using a fabricated parents consent, enlisted in the Army in Detroit.

Following basic training, where he qualified as a marksman with the M-1 Garand rifle, and specialty training, as a Radio Repairman and Instructor, on May 1st, 1943 while serving in Headquarters Battery, 266th Field Artillery Battalion, Camp Shelby, Miss. he was promoted to the non-commissioned officer grade of Corporal.

On Oct. 8th, 1943 at Leesville, Louisiana, Balogh was given an Honorable Discharge when the Army discovered he was not of lawful age.

Returning to High School he graduated and went on to college graduating from Michigan State University, where he played football and was on the fencing team, on Aug. 21st, 1953.

While attending college he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves Officers Training Corps and on Mar. 23rd, 1951, in Detroit, he entered into active duty at the grade of Second Lieutenant and was sent to Korea serving as a Psychological Warfare Officer. On Feb. 21st, 1952 Balogh was promoted to First Lieutenant and on Jan. 24th, 1953, at Fort Custer, Mich., he received an Honorable Discharge and was awarded the following Decorations, Citations and Medals: The Korean Service Medal with Two Bronze Battle Stars, The United Nations Service Medal and One Overseas Service Bar representing six months foreign service.

Wanting to further his education, Balogh went on to get his Masters Degree and Dr. of Philosophy Degree graduating from Heed University School of Theology, Hollywood, Florida, on Aug. 20th, 1976. On Dec. 22nd, 1976, at the First Methodist Church in Birmingham, Mich., Balogh married Virginia Adell Wilson making their home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Balogh began his career working for The Ford Motor Company in Marketing and Advanced Product Planning for the T-Bird and also worked on the Edsel Ford. During his career he had been an executive in several large corporations and later he became a management consultant and never really retired, as he was always in demand, even after retirement, as a national speaker.

On Feb. 14th, 1989 Balogh retired and in 1990 moved to the Boyne City, Mich. area.

During retirement he and his wife traveled all over the world and he kept fit by climbing Avalanche Mountain in Boyne City.

Although Balogh was an accomplished pilot, on July 16th, 2011, Eugene William Balogh answered the final call, when his plane crashed on approach to the Boyne City Airport, and he is being honored by his wife Ginny, his children and their families.

Frank Ernest Kline

Born on July 8th, 1927 in Alba, Mich., Kline left school after completing the ninth grade in 1942 going to work, to help support his family following the Great Depression, as a general farm hand for Ollie Peterson of Alba where he assisted in the operation of a 200 acre farm raising general crops and livestock, operating tractors, light trucks and various other farm machinery.

On Oct. 23rd, 1945 he was inducted into the Army entering into active service in Detroit, Mich. and following basic training, where he qualified as a Sharpshooter with the M1 Grande rifle and the M1 carbine, he received specialty training as a Medical Aidman and Construction Foreman.

On April 8th, 1946 Kline departed the USA arriving in the European Theater of Operations on April 16th, 1946 and was assigned to the 1733rd Labor Supervision Company where he supervised and directed German prisoners of war in rebuilding roads and buildings, removing debris and explained and indicated the work to be preformed.

On Jan. 16th, 1947 Kline departed the European Theater of Operations arriving in the USA on Jan. 27th, 1947 and on Feb. 19th, 1947, at the Separation Center, Fort Sheridan, Ill. he received an Honorable Discharge having attained the rank of Private First Class and was awarded the following decorations and citations: The Victory Medal and The Army Occupation Medal (Germany). Returning home to work a family farm, Kline married Gertrude Opal Colter on Dec. 31st, 1949 in Mancelona, Mich. On Sept. 9th, 1959 Kline went to work at the East Jordan Iron Works and in May of 1963 he moved his family to the East Jordan area.

On Feb. 7th 1986 Kline retired from the East Jordan Iron Works and enjoyed farming, hunting, listening to polkas, woodworking, playing cards, but above all else, he loved to spend time with his grand children and family.

On Nov. 12th, 2011 Frank Ernest Kline answered the final call and is being honored by his children Ken, Donna, Alan, Karen and their families.

Frank Julius Grunow

He was born on May 11, 1928 in Detroit, Mich. and was raised in Charlevoix County, graduating from Boyne City High School in the class of 1946.

Grunow went to work as a sales clerk for The Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company in Boyne City and on Oct. 13, 1950 he was inducted into the Army entering into active service in Detroit.

Following basic and specialty training he was assigned to Headquarters Company, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Division departing the USA and arriving in Japan where he served in the Army of Occupation and later his unit was sent into combat in Korea where he served as a Munitions Handler.

Grunow was promoted to the Non-Commissioned Officer rank of Corporal on June 24, 1952 and having completed six months Korean service, departed the Korean Theater of Operations arriving in the USA. On Oct. 3, 1952 at The Separation Center, Camp Carson, Colorado, he received an Honorable Release From Active Military Service and was transferred to the Enlisted Reserve Corps, Fifth Army Area and was awarded the following decorations, citations and badges: The Army Occupation Medal (Japan), The United Nations Service Medal, The Combat Infantry Badge, The Korean Service Medal with One Bronze Battle Star and Two Overseas Service Bars (each representing six months foreign service).

On Oct. 3, 1957 Grunow received an Honorable Discharge having completed his military obligations.

Returning home, Grunow attended Lake Superior State University, under the GI Bill, for two years receiving a Bachelors Degree in Quality Assurance.

He went into business in Boyne City operating The Underwood Shoe Store and The Bar None Ranch Gun Shop, gun smithing at his home, building and restoring many unique guns.

For many years he would host “Site In Day”, before deer season, which included his famous chili, for family and friends.

In 1966 Grunow went to work for United Technology, in Boyne City, as an engineer in quality control.

On June 4, 1988 he married Shireen Marie DeNike and in 1991 Grunow retired and enjoyed hunting, gun smithing, woodworking and spending quality time with his family and friends.

On July 11, 2012 Frank Julius Grunow answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Shireen, his children and their families.

Gale Louis Murphy

Born on May 21st, 1927, in East Jordan, Mich., Murphy attended school in East Jordan leaving school to join The United States Merchant Marine Corps on March 14th, 1944 and was assigned to the Pacific Far East Steamship Company working as a Marine Fireman, passing coal for the ships boilers, while moving supplies, equipment and personnel for the war effort during World War II.

He was terminated on Jan. 21st, 1947 and returned home completing his education and graduated from East Jordan High School in the class of 1947.

Murphy went to the Detroit, Mich. area going to work for Gulf and Western Manufacturing as an Apprentice Tool and Die Maker, later becoming head of Research and Development, and was instrumental in the construction and opening of the Gulf and Western plants in northern Michigan.

On Jan. 7th, 1951, in East Jordan, Murphy married Frances Ann Sommerville and on Jan. 16th, 1951 he was inducted into the Army entering into active service in Detroit.

Following basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri he was reassigned to The 34th Ordnance Anti Aircraft Artillery Maintenance Detachment, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, where he attended a twelve-week Ordnance School graduating on June 27th, 1951 as a Heavy Artillery Repairman.

On Jan. 16th, 1952 Murphy was promoted to the Noncommissioned Officer grade of Corporal Technician and on Jan. 15th, 1953, at The Separation Center, Fort Sheridan, Illinois he was transferred to The Army Enlisted Reserve Corps, Unsigned, Michigan Military District receiving an Honorable Discharge on Feb. 7th, 1957 having completed his military obligation.

On Dec. 27th, 1968 Murphy received a Certificate of Apprenticeship Completion in the trade of Tool and Die Maker under the sponsorship of East Jordan Area Tool and Die and Machinist Trades while working at Mount Clemens Manufacturing, (formerly Gulf and Western), retiring on May 21st, 1988.

Murphy gave back to his community through working bingo at his American Legion Post #227 to enable them to give area students scholarships for college each year, for several years he taught leather craft for 4H children, served as an Antrim County Commissioner for thirty-three years and served on the Jordan River Watershed Council. Murphy enjoyed raising beef cattle and farming in Antrim County, fishing, hunting deer and rabbit, woodworking and leather craft, gardening and reading, but most of all he loved being with his family.

On Jan. 14th, 2014 Gale Louis Murphy answered the final call and is being honored by his children Mike, Donna, Karen and Tim, sisters Ethel and Shirley and their families.

George Buxmann Sr.

He was born March 22nd, 1924 in Fort Morgan, Colorado, northeast of Denver, and was the ninth of eleven children. He later attended high school, in Dinuba, California, southeast of Fresno, and after completing the 10th grade, in 1940, Buxmann left school.

Returning to Fort Morgan he worked to help support his family, following the Great Depression, and in February of 1943 he went to work for Robert Bauer, a local farmer, operating farming irrigation equipment until October 1943.

On Dec. 1st, 1943 Buxmann was inducted into the Military Inactive Reserve Corps entering into active service on Dec. 9th, 1943 in Windsor, Colorado.

Following basic training he was assigned to the US Naval Training Center, Farragut, Idaho for additional training receiving qualifications and certificates in Operations, Repair & Maintenance of Recordak & Model R Enlarger Automatic Machines and Operation & Repair of all V-Mail Machines.

Buxmann was stationed in The Pacific Theater of Operations on Kwajalein Island, in the Marshall Islands chain, serving as a Specialist Photographer V-Mail Technician with Service Pacific Administration, V-Mail Central Pacific, U.S. Group Pacific Two.

Buxmann met Violet Irene Dodds, who was serving in the Navy, and on April 22nd, 1944 they were married in Fresno, California. On Jan. 17th, 1946, at The U.S. Naval Personnel Separation Center, Shoemaker, California, Buxmann was awarded an Honorable Discharge having attained the rating of Specialist Photographer Technician Second Class and received the following decorations and awards: The American Theater Medal, The Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal and The Victory Medal. Returning to civilian life Buxmann went to work for The Eastman Kodak Company, in Rochester, New York, as an equipment manager and traveled extensively for the company doing equipment repairs.

After retiring in 1984 he moved to East Jordan, Mich. in 1986 where he served in the East Jordan Police Department Auxiliary for seven years and later as a Reserve Officer for The Charlevoix County Sheriffs’ Department for several more years. On Jan. 21st, 1992 his wife passed away and later on Nov. 15th, 2004, in Charlevoix, Mich., Buxmann married Midge (Bertha Louise Mills) Daniels, whom he had worked with at the Sheriffs’ Department.

Buxmann enjoyed talking on his ham radio equipment, visiting with his radio friends, repairing almost anything, listening to Midges’ music with her band The Backwoods Maestros, but most of all he loved God, his family, his Country and his home. On May 21st, 2012 George Buxmann, Sr. answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Midge, his children, their families and friend George T. Lasater.

George Joseph Karl Jr.

He was born on April 4th, 1924 in Detroit, Mich. and graduated from Catholic Central High School, Redford, Mich. in the class of 1942.

Karl went to work as an apprentice engine mechanic and attended Western Michigan College and on Dec. 9t.h, 1942, in Detroit, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps Reserves.

He attended Elementary Flying School, 54th Flying Training Detachment, Dorr Field, Florida, graduating in the Aviation Cadet Class 44-G on March 24th, 1944 and entered into active duty on Aug. 4th, 1944. On April 5th, 1945 Karl departed the USA arriving in the Eastern Asia Middle European Theater of Operations on April 14th, 1945 and was assigned to the 487th Air Support Group, 352nd Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, Bodney, England. Karl was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and piloted a P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft participating in battles and campaigns in Central Europe and on June 30th, 1946 he departed the Eastern Asia Middle European Theater of Operations arriving in the USA on July 8th, 1946.

On Aug. 13th, 1946, at The Separation Center, Fort Sheridan, Ill., Karl received a Separation Certificate of Relief From Active Duty returning to the Army Air Corps Reserves and received the following decorations and citations: The Eastern Asia Middle European Theater Medal with One Bronze Battle Star, The American Theater Medal, The Victory Medal, The Occupation Medal (Germany), The Good Conduct Medal and Two Overseas Service Bars (each representing six months foreign service).

On Sept. 24th, 1955 Karl received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Air Force having attained the rank of First Lieutenant. On April 3rd, 1950 Karl went to work at The Ford Motor Company, in Dearborn, Mich., working as an engineer and supervisor.

On Oct. 7th, 1977, at Saint Mary Church, Adrian, Mich., Karl married Janet Marlene Parrott making their home in Taylor, Mich.

On April 3rd, 1980 he retired and personally built his own retirement home in Charlevoix County west of Boyne City, Mich. where he enjoyed boating, hunting, snow-mobiling, building everything from bird houses to out houses, music, dancing and taking pictures of family and friends.

On July 25th, 2012 George Joseph Karl, Jr. answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Janet, daughter Brenda and their families.

Henry H Heeres

He was born May 12th, 1919 on the family farm located on the south side of the Ellsworth-Atwood

Road near Dennis Road, Banks Township, Antrim County, Mich. and attended the Bentley Hill School on Doctor Road, Banks Township, completing the 8th grade and his formal education in 1933 at the age of 15.

He went to work full time on the family farm, to help his father support their family, during The Great Depression.

In 1937 Heeres went to Chicago, Illinois going to work in a meat packing plant until Nov. 20th, 1942 when he was inducted into the Inactive Army Enlisted Reserve Corp entering into active service on Dec. 3rd, 1942 at Fort Custer, Mich.

Following basic training, where he was awarded the Sharpshooter Badge with the 30 caliber M-1 Carbine and Marksman Badge with the M-1 Garand Rifle, Heeres was hospitalized for six weeks recovering from hernia surgery and was reassigned to the 985th Air Engineer Squadron, 555th Air Service Group, Army Air Force.

He attended an Army Air Force specialty training school, in 1944, graduating as a Radar and Radio Repairman and Technician.

On Aug. 29th, 1945 Heeres departed the USA aboard the USS Baxter, APA #94 and on Sept. 2nd, 1945, V J Day ended the war with Japan.

On Sept. 18th, 1945 Heeres arrived in the Pacific Theater of Operations serving on Air Bases on the Islands of Iwo Jima and Saipan and on Jan. 29th, 1946 he departed the Pacific Theater of Operations arriving in the USA on Feb. 15th, 1946.

On Feb. 22nd, 1946, at The Separation Center, Fort Sheridan, Illinois, Heeres received an Honorable Discharge having attained the rank of Sergeant and was awarded the following decorations and citations: The Victory Medal; The American Theater Medal; The Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal; The Good Conduct Medal; One Overseas Service Bar (representing six months foreign service) and one Service Stripe (representing one term in the service).

Returning to the family farm, Heeres purchased the farm and farmed the land.

On May 16th, 1946, in Ellsworth, Mich., he married Gertrude Postmus and in 1955 he went to work for Brow Marina, in Charlevoix, Mich., working as a Chris Craft Varnish Specialist to supplement his farming income.

In 1962 Gertrude died and in 1963 he went to work at The East Jordan Iron Works while continuing to farm.

On Feb. 12, 1966 he married Martha Postmus, in Grand Rapids, Mich., and in 1977 they moved from the farm into Ellsworth. Retiring on Jan. 1st, 1981 he enjoyed traveling, working around the house, photography and spending time with family and friends. Martha died on July 2nd, 2000 and on Aug.31st, 2001 Heeres married Kathryn (Fielstra) Harthorn in Ellsworth where they made their home.

On March 12th, 2010, Henry H Heeres answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Kathryn, children Vernon, Dave, Reta, Roger, Marilyn and their families.

Howard Edwin Crozier

He was born Feb. 22nd, 1925 in Muskegon, Mich. and in 1934 moved to the family farm, in the Boyne City, Mich. area, north of Deer Lake on Crozier Road. Crozier graduated from Boyne City High School in the class of 1943 and went to work for The Michigan Tanning and Extract Company in Boyne City while working on the farm to help support their family following the Great Depression.

On April 25th, 1944 Crozier was inducted into the Army entering into active service at Fort Sheridan, Ill. and following basic training, where he qualified as Sharpshooter with the M1 Garand rifle, he completed additional training as a Light Truck Driver.

On Oct. 12, 1944 Crozier departed the USA arriving in the European Theater of Operations on Oct. 17th, 1944 and was assigned to Company L, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Division participating in battles and campaigns in the Rhineland and Central Europe.

On Dec. 4th, 1944, during operations in France, Crosier and his unit came under enemy machine-gun fire and Crozier took cover behind a wooden shed but was wounded in the leg by a 50 caliber round that came through the building requiring two months hospitalization after which he returned to his unit.

On about April 20th, 1946 Crozier departed the European Theater of Operations arriving in the USA on April 25th, 1946 and at The Separation Center, Camp Atterbury, Ind. he was awarded an Honorable Discharge having attained the rank of Private First Class and received the following Decorations and Citations: The European-Asian-Middle Eastern Theater Medal with Two Bronze Battle Stars, The Good Conduct Medal, The Purple Heart Medal, The Distinguished Unit Badge, The Combat Infantry Badge and The World II Victory Medal.

Returning home Crozier did odd jobs for a while and went to Grand Rapids, Mich. working in the automotive manufacturing industry for General Motors until March of 1948 when he returned home.

On March 27th, 1948, in the Boyne City United Methodist Church, Crozier married Lou Ann (Peg) Erickson making their home southeast of Boyne City.

Crozier worked for The Charlevoix County Road Commission for five years and in 1953 he went to work for Consumers Power Company as a lineman where he worked until he was forced to retire in 1985 following a stroke.

Crozier served his community as a volunteer fireman for over 20 years, was involved in coaching boys baseball and served his fellow veterans as a Life Member of Ernest Peterson American Legion Post 228 by being active in the drill and funeral squads.

Crozier enjoyed hunting, annual fishing trips to Canada with his friends, bowling, golfing, working in his garage, snowmobiling, gardening, traveling with his wife and being active in his church.

But what he loved most was interacting with his grand children in their sports of basketball, baseball and soccer.

On Jan. 3rd, 2013 Howard Edwin Crozier answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Peg, his children and their families.

Jack Richer Craig

Born Aug. 18th, 1921 on the family farm South of East Jordan, Mich. near Mt. Bliss, Jordan Township, Antrim County and completed the 8th grade at Mt. Bliss Public School.

He left the farm going to work at the Charles Healey Dairy Farm, Eveline Township, Charlevoix County where he bottled and delivered raw milk to Healey’s customers.

On Jan. 28th, 1941 Craig married Vernette Ruth Faust and moved to Detroit, Mich. where Craig worked for the Johnson Milk Company driving trucks and making deliveries to customers over an established route, made collections for merchandise and made contacts for new customers.

On June 6th, 1944 Craig was inducted into the Army entering into active service at Fort Sheridan, Illinois and following four months basic training and five months rifleman specialty training he departed the USA on Nov. 19th, 1944 arriving in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater of Operations on Nov. 26th 1944.

Craig was assigned to Company A, 253rd Infantry, 63rd Division, 7th Army participating in the invasion of Italy at Anzio and the Battle of The Bulge during Christmas of 1944 and January of 1945.

He served as a member of a rifle squad, acted as an automatic rifleman at different times, used hand grenades, M-1 rifle, and Browning automatic rifle, went on combat patrols to locate positions and strength of the enemy and after landing at Marseilles, France on Dec. 8th, 1944, during the Rhineland Campaign, while en-route to Northern France, Craig received a debilitating knee injury requiring hospitalization and on April 28th, 1945 he departed the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater of Operations arriving at Percy Jones Hospital Center, Fort Custer, Mich. on April 29th, 1945.

On Aug. 23rd, 1945 Craig received a Certificate Of Disability For Discharge and was Honorably Discharged having attained the non-commissioned officer rank of Private First Class and receiving the following Decorations and Awards: The European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal with One Bronze Battle Star, The Good Conduct Medal and The Combat Infantry Badge.

After recuperating a short time in Detroit Craig moved his family back to East Jordan returning to work at the Healey Dairy Farm for a short time and later going to work for Ideal Dairy Company in Boyne City, Mich.

In the early 1950’s he went to work for The Michigan Milk Producers Creamery in East Jordan and, purchasing his own milk truck, he began hauling bulk milk for the creamery.

In the early 1960’s Craig worked for The East Jordan Iron Works driving truck and after retiring he drove school bus for The East Jordan Public Schools.

He finally completely retired around 1975 and, with his wife Vernette, enjoyed many camping trips, spending quality time with their families and visiting with friends. On May 18th, 1993 Jack Richer Craig answered the final call and is being honored by his daughter Pat, his son Gary and their families.

To honor a veteran, call the program chairman at (231) 588-6067 or on Tuesdays call (231) 582-7811 between 3:30-8:30 p.m. The ceremony may be witnessed on the first Thursday of each month in front of The American Legion Post located on the corner of South Lake and Main streets in Boyne City, Mich. at 6:15 p.m.

James Arthur Wicker Sr.

He was born Dec. 28th, 1925 in Boyne City, Mich., graduating from Petoskey High School in the class of 1943 and going to work on a farm in the Petoskey, Mich. area.

On March 7th, 1944 Wicker was inducted into the Army entering into active duty at Fort Sheridan, Illinois and was reassigned to Company D, 66th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia for basic training where he qualified Marksman with the M1 Garand rifle.

Following basic training he volunteered for airborne training and during a night exercise, to experience parachuting into a water landing, wicker tripped his chute release twenty feet above the water to be free of the chute when entering the water, but either due to a miscommunication with or incompetence of the jumpmaster, they had been told to jump at the wrong time and location and what appeared to be water was actually blacktop and Wicker suffered a broken leg and hip which hospitalized him for five months.

On Nov. 10th, 1944 at the Separation Center, Fort Sheridan, Illinois, Wicker received an Honorable Discharge having attained the rank of Private and was awarded The Military Veterans Lapel Button. Returning to the Boyne area he went to work for The Penn Dixie Cement Plant west of Petoskey and in 1945 he entered into a marriage with Margaret Scott, making there home in Boyne City, that ended in 1954.

Following the closing of The Penn Dixie Plant Wicker went to work for Crain Well Drilling and on June 23rd, 1956 he married Francis Leona Reckall.

On Dec. 28th, 1990 he retired and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching sports. On Oct. 17th, 1995 Wickers’ wife Francis passed away, but he continued to be very active in The Ernest Peterson American Legion Post by participating in the Honor Guard at funerals and parades, worked Bingo for years and visited the sick, disabled and shut-in area veterans on a regular basis. On Dec. 9th, 2012 James Arthur Wicker, Sr. answered the final call and is being honored by his surviving siblings and their families.

James Healy Phalan Jr.

Born on March 6th, 1934 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, Phalan was raised in Dorchester, Mass. and attended Boston High School completing the 11th grade and going to work for Produce Company.

On May 14th, 1952 he enlisted in the United States Air Force entering into active service in Boston, Mass. Phalan was assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida and attended a service school, August through November 1952, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, completing a Wood Worker Course.

In August of 1954 he passed the GED High School Level Test and on June 1st, 1955 Phalan was promoted to Airman First Class. On June 11th, 1955, in Andalusia, Alabama, Phalan married Alma Lorraine Follette (of Boyne City, Mich.) and on Aug. 23rd, 1955, while serving with Headquarters, The 3201st Civil Engineering Group, Phalan received an Honorable Discharge for reenlistment.

On Aug. 23rd, 1961 at Eglin Air Force Base, 1965 at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama, 1969 and 1972 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas he received discharges for reenlistment and on Dec. 1st, 1973, while serving with The 3774th Instructional Squadron, Air Tactical Command, Phalan received an Honorable Discharge and retired to The Air Force Reserves having attained the rank of Master Sergeant and received the following decorations and awards: The National Defense Service Medal with One Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, The Good Conduct Medal with Four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, The Air Force Longevity Service Award with Three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, The Air Force Commendation Medal with Four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters and The Viet Nam Service Medal and The Republic of Viet Nam Commendation Medal earned through 350 days served in Thailand, Indochina in support of the Viet Nam War.

During his career in the Air Force Phalan attended schools, took college courses and served and taught as an Electrician, an Electric Power Line Technician, an Academic Counselor, Security of Instructional Systems Development, Training Supervision, Overhead & Underground Electrical Distribution Systems Installation & Maintenance.

Following his retirement from the Air Force Phalan went into the food service business with Nickerson Farms and Dairy Queen in Texas and Pizza Inn in Louisiana, he worked selling cars at Miller Terrell Buick in Baton Rouge, La. and for five years he worked as a Master Electrician for the state of Louisiana.

Moving to northern Virginia, and the D.C. area, Phalan worked as an electrical contractor for two companies and then taught the VO-Tech Electricity college level course for The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, for juniors and seniors, at Suitland High School, Maryland. Retiring, after 16 years of public school service, he moved to Walloon Lake, Mich. to be close to family and enjoyed gardening, maintaining their property, touring our state with his wife and visiting their children in the southern and western states. On Dec. 22nd, 2011 James Healy Phalan, Jr. answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Alma, their 6 children and their families.

James Perry Bennett

Born Aug. 3rd, 1916 on the family farm in Antrim County, Mich. Bennett attended the Bennett School in Antrim, County, that was built by his grandfather, during the early grades, continuing his education through the 8th grade in Rudyard, Mich. He then worked on his father’s farm until June 4th, 1934 when he enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps and was assigned to the 674th Company, Camp Hartwick Pines, Grayling, Mich. working in reforestation until Jan 17th, 1936 when Bennett was reassigned to the 2676th Company, Camp Simpson, Simpson, Ill. where he served as an erosion control worker until being discharge on Mar. 31st, 1936 receiving the project mangers report stating that Bennett was “A workman satisfactory in ability and performance.”

Bennett returned to his father’s farm doing farm work and lumbering and on Sept. 18th, 1937 Bennett, in East Jordan, married Fern Virginia Gee.

In Nov. of 1944 he went to work for the East Jordan and Southern Rail Road as a locomotive engineer firing the boiler and operating the locomotive.

On Mar. 1st, 1945 Bennett was inducted into the Army, entering into active service in Chicago, Ill., and following basic and specialty training, where he qualified expert with the M1 Garande rifle, Bennett departed the USA on Aug. 14th, 1945 arriving in the Pacific Theater of Operations on Sept. 8th, 1945 and was one of the first units of occupation in Japan following the dropping of the atomic bombs.

He was assigned to Service Unit Company, 126th Infantry Regiment serving as a light truck driver and drove trucks up to and including 2.5 tons hauling personnel, supplies, equipment, serviced, cleaned, lubricated, maintained vehicles, did minor and road repairs on vehicles, did night driving and also drove a bulldozer.

On Dec. 29th, 1945 Bennett departed the Pacific Theater of Operations arriving in the USA on Jan. 14th, 1946 and on Jan. 22nd, 1946, at the Separation Center, Fort Sheridan, Ill. Bennett received an Honorable Discharge, having attained the Non-Commissioned Officer rank of Private First Class and was awarded the following Decorations and Awards:

• The Victory Medal, The Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal and The Expert Infantryman Badge.

Returning home Bennett worked at the East Jordan Canning Factory and in 1955 went to work at the East Jordan Iron Works retiring in 1978.

Bennett was a member of the East Jordan VFW and the East Jordan American Legion Post 227 and enjoyed working bingo and serving in the Legion Honor Guard at funerals, was an avid bowler, enjoyed gardening, especially his tomato plants, sitting in the sun and spending quality time with his family and friends.

On Sept. 8th, 2005 James Perry Bennett answered the final call and is being honored by his children and their families.

John Anthony Malec

Born Aug. 19th, 1942 in Petoskey, Mich., Malec graduated from St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School in the class of 1960 and enrolled in a seminary in Ill. for one year.

In June of 1961 he went to work as a marine mechanic at a Pure Oil Service Station in Ill. and in June of 1962 he returned home going to work for Petoskey Oil Company. On Oct. 6th, 1964, in Petoskey, Malec enlisted in the Navy and following basic training he completed Enlisted Correspondence Courses for Fireman, Bosun-Mate Second Class, Machinist-Mate 3rd and 2nd Class and Military Requirement for Petty Officer.

On Jan. 18th, 1965 he attended Machinist-Mate “A” School graduating April 9th, 1965 and on Sept. 11th, 1967 he attended the Pacific Fleet Petroleum School graduating on Oct. 13th, 1967.

All the extra courses and schools Malec took gave him credit for one year of college completed. Malec was reassigned to the USS Kearsarg, Carrier Vessel Support #33, that transported him to the Viet Nam Theater of Operations where he was transferred to the USS Taluga, Attending Oilier #62, and later served on the USS Tappahannock, Attending Oilier #43, supplying and refueling ships in the fleet at sea and in port.

On Jan. 16th, 1968 Malec was promoted to Petty Officer Grade of Machinist Mate Second Class and on Oct. 5th 1968 Malec received a two- year extension on his enlistment, at the request of the government.

Later he was transferred to the USS Hornet, Carrier Vessel Support #12, that transported Malec from the Viet Nam Theater of Operations to Bremerton, Wash. where, on May 28th, 1970, he was released from active duty and was transferred to Command, US Naval Reserves, Manpower Center, Bainbridge, Maryland, on an early release, receiving an Honorable Discharge on Oct. 5th, 1970, having completed his Military obligation and was awarded the following Citations and Commendations: The National Defense Service Medal, The Viet Nam Service Medal with Two Bronze Battle Stars and The Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal with 60 Device. In June of 1970 Malec went to the Detroit area going to work for a general contractor pouring and finishing cement and in January of 1971, during a seasonal layoff, he went to work for The US Postal Service in Petoskey.

On Oct. 23rd, 1971 Malec married Karen Lee Corey at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church making their home in Petoskey.

Malec served 33 years, as primarily a letter carrier, retiring in 2004 to enjoy golfing, watching sports of all types, socializing with his friends at the Petoskey Eagles Club and interacting with his family.

On June 4th, 2014 John Anthony Malec answered the finale call and is being honored by his wife Karen, his children, his siblings and their families.

John William Harris

Born on March 8th, 1931 in Boyne City, Mich., Harris graduated from Boyne City High School in the class of 1949 and went to work for The Boyne City Co-Op as a light truck driver.

On March 6th, 1952 Harris was inducted into the Army entering into active service in Detroit, Mich. and was assigned to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Following basic training he was reassigned to the 102nd Infantry Regiment in the Army of Occupation in Germany where he served for one year, ten months and seven days.

On Oct. 22nd, 1953 Harris was promoted to the Non-Commissioned Officer rank of Corporal and on Feb. 22, 1954 he received an Honorable Release From Active Military Service at the Separation Center, Fort Sheridan, Ill. and was transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves, Infantry, Michigan Military District to complete his eight year military obligation receiving an Honorable Discharge on March 6th, 1960 and was awarded the following decorations and awards:

The National Defense Service Medal and The Army of Occupation Medal (Germany).

Following his release from active service Harris returned to Boyne City where he worked in a number of different vocations including as a builder with R.D. Brooks Construction Company. On Sept. 2nd, 1967, in Boyne Falls, Mich., Harris married Janet Marie Allison making their home in Boyne City.

Harris also worked as a delivery driver for The Petoskey Pet Gas Company, as a driver for Northland Septic Company and for The City of Boyne City Street Department retiring on March 8th, 1993. Harris enjoyed gardening, woodworking, bowling and spending quality time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

On Dec. 6th, 2012 John William Harris answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Janet, his children, his siblings and their families.

Joseph Sevenski

Born on February 4th, 1923 in Hudson Township, Charlevoix County, Mich., Sevenski attended Boyne Falls Public School and completed the 8th grade in 1936 before leaving school to go to work in a scrap yard to help his family during the Great Depression.

In 1940 he went to Lansing, Mich. going to work as a surface grinder operator for Federal Forge Incorporated. On Jan. 25th, 1943 Sevenski was inducted into the Army Enlisted Reserve Corps and on Feb. 1st, 1943 entered into active service at Fort Custer, Mich. On June 28th, 1944, following basic training and specialty training, Sevenski departed the USA arriving in the European Theater of Operations on July 5th, 1944.

He was assigned to a medical unit serving as an ambulance driver and participated in Battles and Campaigns in the Ardennes and the Rhineland.

On Jan. 22nd, 1946 Sevenski departed the European Theater of Operations arriving in the USA on Jan. 30th, 1946 and on Feb. 4th, 1946 at The Separation Center, Headquarters Detachment, 104th Replacement Depot, Camp Atterbury, Indiana, he received an Honorable Discharge, having attained the rank of Technical Sergeant Fifth Class and was awarded the following decorations and citations: The American Theater Service Medal, The European-Asian and Middle Eastern Service Medal, with Two Bronze Battle Stars, The Victory Medal, The Good Conduct Medal, One Service Stripe and Three Overseas Service Bars (each representing six months foreign service).

Returning to Lansing and his job at Federal Forge Incorporated, he worked as a hammer man and on May 24th, 1947 Sevenski married Myrtle Alice Pope in Lansing.

Sevenski served as President of Union Local 724 for 22 years and on Feb. 4th, 1985 he retired and, after a few years, moved to their 80-acre farm and log home near Elmira, Mich. wintering the first few years in Kissimmee, Florida.

When at home he enjoyed gardening and canning his homegrown vegetables, farming and plowing his fields, hunting and fishing, stopping at every garage sale he saw, reading, watching the Detroit Tigers, U of M Football and NASCAR and he became involved in The Knights of Columbus, The American Legion and The Veterans of Foreign Wars.

But most of all he loved spending quality time with his family and his two dogs Lacy and Tanner On Dec. 28th, 2011, Joseph Sevenski answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Myrtle, his children and their families.

Leo Carl Massey Sr.

Born Nov. 25th, 1924 on the family farm south of Boyne Falls, Mich., Massey attended school in Boyne Falls graduating in the class of 1944.

On Oct. 7th, 1944 Massey was inducted into the Army entering into active service at Fort Sheridan, Ill. and following basic training, where he qualified Marksman with the M-1 Garand Rifle and Thompson Submachine Gun, and specialty training, Massey departed the USA on March 7th, 1945 arriving in the European African Middle Eastern Theater of Operations on March 18th, 1945.

Massey was assigned to Company C, 260th Infantry Battalion serving as an Ammunition Bearer and participating in Battles and Campaigns in Central Europe.

On July 25th, 1946 Massey departed the European African Middle Eastern Theater of Operations arriving in the USA on Aug. 2nd, 1946. On Aug.10th, 1946, at The Separation Center, Fort Sheridan, Ill., Massey received an Honorable Discharge having attained the Non-Commissioned Officer rank of Corporal and received the following Decorations and Awards:

The Victory Metal, The European African Middle Eastern Medal with One Bronze Battle Star, The Army of Occupation (Germany) Medal, The Good Conduct Medal, The Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Two Overseas Service Bars (each representing six months foreign service).

Massey returned home to farming the family farm and attended a year of additional schooling taking courses in agriculture.

In 1946, after the Boyne Falls Public School burned, Massey worked in the construction of the new school.

On March 5th, 1949, at the Presbyterian Church in Boyne City, Mich., Massey married Betty Lou Sutliff and in 1950 they moved to

Three Rivers, Mich. to find work.

In 1953 Massey moved back to the family home and farmed as well as being employed by the local rural electric company as a lineman until he fell from a pole breaking his back.

After extensive reconstructive surgery and recuperation Massey was able to work again and entered the plumbing and pipefitting field, earning a journeymen’s license, and working in power generating plants, including the construction of Big Rock Nuclear Plant near Charlevoix, Mich., until the 1980s when he became a maintenance man at the condominiums at Boyne Mountain Lodge Resort until retiring in 1990.

Massey enjoying hunting, fishing, woodworking as an art form, helping friends and neighbors, supporting the Boyne Falls United Methodist Church and spending quality time with his family. On July 25th, 1992 Leo Carl Massey Sr. answered the final call and is being honored by his sons Carl and Robert, daughters Kathy Lou and Penny Lynne, and their families.

Lyle Dudley Green

Born June 10th, 1916 in Boyne City, Mich., Green graduated from Boyne City High School in the class of 1935 following an exceptional athletic high school career.

In Jan. of 1940 Green went to work for the U.S. Postal Service Post Office in Boyne City as a mail clerk and mail carrier performing postal duties selling stamps, money orders and other postal supplies. On July 13th, 1942 Green was inducted into the Army entering into active duty on July 25th, 1942 in Charlevoix County, Mich. and following two months basic training, where he qualified Expert with the M1 carbine rifle, he was assigned to the 342nd Ordnance Depot Company serving three months as a mail clerk, six months as a message center chief, ten month as a clerk typist.

On March 22nd, 1943, while home on leave, Green married Margretta Bolser making their home in Boyne City. On Feb. 12th, 1944 Green departed the U.S.A. arriving in Scotland on Feb. 19th, 1944 participating in Battles and Campaigns at Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe serving as an Automotive Parts Clerk, for fifteen months, where he worked in a storeroom receiving, storing and issuing spare parts and tools in connection with the repair of small arms, such as rifle, automatic rifle, heavy and light machine guns, kept stock records, took inventories and requisitioned parts to maintain stock limits.

On Oct. 22nd, 1945 Green departed the European African Middle Eastern Theater of Operations arriving in the U.S.A. on Nov. 1st, 1945 and on Nov. 6th, 1945, at The Separation Center, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Penn., Green received an Honorable Discharge having attained the Non-Commissioned Officer rank of Sergeant and was awarded the following Decorations and Citations: The World War II Victory Medal, The Good Conduct Medal, The American Campaign Medal and The European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Five Bronze Battle Stars. Having completed his military obligation, Green returned to Boyne City and the Postal Service retiring in 1978.

Green then owned and operated his own accountant service and was also employed by Northwestern State Bank in Boyne City.

Green gave back to his community by serving as Justice of the Peace and was a sanctioned athletic official and officiated at football, basketball and baseball games in the area.

Green enjoyed golf, bowling, attending Masonic Lodge and Eagles Club meetings and spending quality time with his family and friends. On Sept. 11th, 1983 Lyle Dudley Green answered the final call and is being honored by his daughter Trudy Green, stepdaughter Mindy Simmons and their families.

Norman Lee McGeorge

Born on Aug. 10th, 1934, in Boyne City, Mich., McGeorge attended school in East Jordan, Mich. graduating from East Jordan High School in the class of 1952 and went to work in construction in Plymouth, Mich.

On June 24th, 1954 McGeorge enlisted in the United States Air Force entering into active service in Detroit, Mich. and was assigned to Samson Air Force Base, New York.

Following basic training he was reassigned to The 3420th Flight, 3657th Training Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. where he attended a specialty school from Sept. 1954 to July 1955 graduating as a Ground Communication Equipment Repairman.

On Sept. 23rd, 1954 McGeorge, while home on leave in East Jordan, married Sally Kay Swafford and in Aug. of 1955 he was reassigned to Okinawa, Japan for a tour of duty of one year, five months and fourteen days. On Dec. 1st, 1956 McGeorge was promoted to Airman First Class and reassigned to The 84th Air Base Squadron, Air Defense Command, Geiger Field, Spokane, Washington and on Dec. 20th, 1957 he was Released From Active Military Service and transferred to The Air Force Reserves.

On June 23rd, 1962 McGeorge received an Honorable Discharge, having completed his military obligation, and was awarded The National Defense Service Medal. Following release from active duty in 1957, McGeorge returned home where he was employed by Penn Dixie Cement Plant near Petoskey, Mich. and later he worked for Courters Manufacturing in Boyne City.

He finished his working years as a carpenter in the Michigan Carpenter’s Union retiring on Aug. 10th, 1996.

McGeorge enjoyed being close to nature, whether he was cutting wood with his chainsaw, walking the dogs in the woods, camping with his family, fishing in Canada, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing or helping out, for many years, at the Korthase Brothers’ Sugarbush making maple syrup.

He also enjoyed traveling and in 2007 took a month long trip-of-a-lifetime to Alaska, but most of all he loved spending quality time with his family.

On June 9th, 2013 Norman Lee McGeorge answered the final call and is being honored by his daughter Stacy, sons Greg, Steven and their families.

Oliver Mitchell Jodway

Born on March 23rd, 1917, in Petoskey, Mich., Jodway graduated from Petoskey High School in the class of 1937.

On Sept. 23rd, 1940 he enlisted in Army Air Force entering into active duty at Bowman Field, Ky. and following basic training Jodway attended Signal Corps Wire Chief and Signal Corps Line Foreman communication schools at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey for six months and was assigned to the 926th Signal Battalion, Company C, 9th Army Air Force. On Dec. 12th, 1942, in Lansing, Mich., Jodway married Jennie Elizabeth Willis and on May 5th, 1943 he departed the USA arriving in England on May 11th, 1943.

On June 6th, 1944 he was in the third wave at the Normandy D-Day invasion, serving as Platoon Sergeant and an outpost observer with General Patton’s 3rd Army, and participated in other battles and campaigns in Northern France, The Rhineland, The Ardennes and Central Europe serving as a telephone and telegraph lineman.

On Aug. 15th, 1945 Jodway departed the European Theater of Operations arriving in the USA on Aug. 20th, 1945 and on Oct. 5th, 1945, at Unit B, Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Penn., having attained the rank of Master Sergeant, he was awarded an Honorable Discharge and received the following Decorations and Citations: The American Defense Service Medal, The European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 5 Bronze Battle Stars, The Good Conduct Medal, The Sharpshooter Medal with the Enfield 06 Rifle, The Marksman Medal with the Thompson Submachine Gun and 45 Caliber Pistol and Expert Medal with the 30 Caliber Carbine.

Returning to Lansing, Jodway went to work for General Motors, but after two days on the job the union went on strike and he then went to work at a neighborhood gas station until the strike was over.

After waiting several months, Jodway moved his family to Petoskey going to work for Fochtman Motors and Auto Parts Company as a field representative and salesman where he worked until 1950 when he returned to Lansing going to work for Roberts Construction Company.

He became a heavy equipment operator working on the building of I-75 and other roads in Michigan. In 1963 Jodway, wanting to be home more than weekends and holidays, went to work for the U.S. Postal Service in Boyne City, Mich. where he served as a rural carrier until retirement on March 23rd, 1979.

Not ready to sit on the front porch, and watch the world go by, he went to work as a real estate agent for Century 21 Boyne until his final retirement in 1989. Jodway gave back to his community as president of the Litzenburger Association, serving on the Boyne City Housing Commission and helped veterans through his membership in the Ernest Peterson Post 228, American Legion.

He enjoyed fishing, playing cribbage, music and singing, story telling, following and rooting for the Detroit Pistons, Tigers and Lions sports teams, but most of all he loved spending quality time with his family and friends.

On April 17, 2011 Oliver Mitchell Jodway answered the final call and is being honored by his children Nancy, Kathy, Tom and their families.

Kenneth Hubert Richards

Born on June 12th, 1930 in Alliance, Ohio, Richards moved with his family, as a child, to a farm near East Jordan, Mich. where he attended school and graduated from East Jordan High School in the class of 1948.

Richards went to work at The East Jordan Iron Works, while working on the farm, until he was inducted into the Army on Sept. 5th, 1951 entering into active service in Detroit, Mich. Richards was assigned to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and after completing basic training he attended the 6th Armored Division Training School on Feb. 10, 1952 graduating on March 10th, 1952 as a General Carpenter.

Richards was reassigned to Company A, 817th Engineers, Air Base Construction, England, United Kingdom where he worked constructing air fields for 13 months and 22 days. On August 22nd, 1953, at Camp Carson, Colorado, Richards was released from active duty and transferred to the Army Reserves completing his military obligation and received an Honorable Discharge on Sept. 4th, 1959.

Following his release from active duty Richards returned home going to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk in East Jordan for twenty years and an additional ten years as the postmaster in Ellsworth, Mich. On June 16th, 1962 Richards married Helen Emily Haney in Saint Johns Catholic Church in the Bohemian Settlement off of M32 Southeast of East Jordan.

On July 30th, 1987 Richards retired and during retirement Richards enjoyed woodworking, gardening and was very active in the local farmers markets, bowling, traveling, listening to country music, was an active blood donor, spent many years as an umpire for various youth sports, was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church as an usher and worked with church’s financial board, was the cemetery custodian and for 60 years placed American flags on the graves of veterans at the local cemeteries for Memorial Day.

Richards was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion Post 227 in East Jordan and worked Bingo for many years. On Nov. 6th, 2013 Kenneth Hubert Richards answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Helen, his children and their families.

Robert Wayne Whitbeck

Born April 24th, 1933 in Munising, Mich., Whitbeck moved with his family in the late 1940s to Ocala, Florida while his father looked for employment and later they moved to Elkhart, Indiana where he attending Central Elkhart High School for two and a half years completing high school while in the Marine Corps.

On Jan. 12th, 1953 Whitbeck enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in Indianapolis, Ind. and following basic training in July 1953 he attended Drill Instructor School graduating in Aug. 1953.

Whitbeck was reassigned to a unit in Korea serving as a Fire Control Man in an Anti Aircraft Unit during the U.S. Occupation of Korea for one year, one month and thirteen days.

On July 1st, 1955 Whitbeck was promoted to Private First Class and on Jan. 11th, 1957, at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, Whitbeck received an Honorable Discharge having attained the rank of Private First Class and was award the following decorations and awards:

The National Defense Service Medal, The Korean Service Medal, The United Nations Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.

Whitbeck was transferred to The 9th Marine Corps Reserve & Recruitment District completing his military obligation on Jan. 11th, 1961.

Returning to Elkhart Whitbeck married Delores Irene (Free) Farrell on July 19th, 1958 in South Bend, Indiana going to work at Allens Bakery in Elkhart making breads and wedding cakes while living on Eagle Lake in Edwardsberg, Mich., a short drive away.

Whitbeck then moved his young family to the Flint-Flushing area in Michigan to be near family and bought a farm in the East Jordan, Mich. area, and an ancient log cabin on Lake Charlevoix, working at the East Jordan Iron Works.

He later returned to Elkhart working in the mobile home and recreational vehicle industry and then he then became a long haul truck driver and traveled all the lower 48 States.

Whitbeck was employed at Holiday Rambler until his retirement in 1990 because of ill health. Whitbeck joined The American Legion Post 227 in East Jordan while living there and later transferred to The American Legion Post 365 in Edwardsberg.

Whitbeck enjoyed bowling and loved to sing, especially blending his “Irish Tenor” voice with those of his siblings and other relatives at family gatherings.

On May 12th, 1991 Robert Wayne Whitbeck answered the final call and is being honored by his daughters Lorraine, Delrea and their extended families.

Robert William McCullough

Born on May 7th, 1934 in Detroit, Mich., McCullough graduated from Southeastern High School in the class of December 1951.

He than enrolled in Michigan Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) graduating in the spring of 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from EMU, a Master of Arts Degree from Wayne State University and began his teaching and coaching career in the Detroit Public School System.

On Nov. 30th, 1958 McCullough enlisted in the Army Reserves and requesting active duty and following basic training, he was assigned to an Armor Regiment, Special Services Company, Fort Benning, Georgia where he coached football, track and boxing for the Army. On Nov. 30th, 1962 McCullough received an Honorable Discharge having attained the rank of Specialist Fifth Class.

Returning to teaching and coaching in Detroit and attending graduate school, after a short time, he became the youngest head football coach (at the time) in Detroit Public School history when he was assigned to Cody High School. In 1968 McCullough became head football coach, athletic director and assistant principle at Howell High School and on Aug. 17th, 1968, in Van Wert, Ohio, he married Martha Ann Wells.

In the spring of 1972 McCullough moved his family to northern Michigan where he coached football, track, wrestling and skiing at Boyne City High School while teaching physical education and English.

In the spring of 1996 McCullough retired from the Boyne City School District but really didn’t retire as he continued to coach football at Case Western Reserve University and Northern Michigan University, became Harbormaster at Boyne City Municipal Marina for a few summers, cut the greens at Crooked Tree Golf Course to cover his green fees and in the winter he taught his grandchildren to ski and enjoyed visiting Gulf Shores, Alabama.

On Jan. 19th, 2012 Robert William McCullough answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Martha, children Julia, Nancy, Robert and their families.

Roland George LaPierre

Born on June 1st, 1931 in Central Falls, Rhode Island, LaPierre grew up in Pawtucket, R.I. and attended Mount Saint Frances and Saint Aloysius schools in Woonsocket, R.I. graduating in the class of 1949.

In April of 1950 LaPierre went to work for Pinault Furniture Company in Pawtucket working as a light truck driver delivering and moving furniture. On Oct. 23rd, 1950, at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, he enlisted, and entered into active duty, in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and was assigned to Guard Company, Headquarters & Service Battalion, Marine Barracks, Camp LeJeune where he was involved with amphibious tanks and other heavy equipment.

On Dec. 7th, 1951 LaPierre was promoted to Private First Class and on May 3rd, 1952 he was released to Inactive Duty, having served 18 months and 10 days, and received a Report Of Separation From The Armed Forces Of The United States, the character of which was Honorable.

Returning home, LaPierre worked as a nursing home administrator for seven years and then went into the sales field for the remainder of his working life.

On Oct. 18, 1979 he married Elizabeth (nee Early) Long and retired on June 1st, 1993.

LaPierre enjoyed music, string art, throwing horseshoes, air balloons and oil painting. On July 17th, 2011 Roland George LaPierre answered the final call and is being honored by his sister Constance J. Nowka, his daughter Erika and family.

Ronald Duane Whitbeck

Born Dec. 2nd, 1929 in Flint, Mich., Whitbeck attended grammar and high school 1934 to 1945 in Flushing, Mich. and graduated in the class of 1947 from Elk Rapids, Mich. High School.

In Jan. 1948 Whitbeck worked as a pin-setter for Red Crown Bowling in Elkhart, Ind. and in July of 1948 he went to work for the E & W Railroad, Elkhart, Ind., as a section hand, putting in ties, laying rail, spiking ties to rail and cutting brush around the tracks.

On July 20th, 1948 at Indianapolis, Ind., Whitbeck enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps that began a career of 20 years, 8 months and 11 days ending on Mar. 31st, 1969 and included tours of duty in Korea and Viet Nam. On Sept. 22nd, 1966 in Memphis, Tenn. Whitbeck married Jeri Lou Mays.

Whitbeck received an honorable discharge having attained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and was awarded the following Decorations and Citations: The Korean Service Medal with 1 Bronze Battle Star, The United Nations Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Korean Presidential Unit Citation, The Viet Nam Service Medal with 1 Bronze Battle Star, The Viet Nam Campaign Medal with 60 Devise, The Pistol Sharpshooter Badge and The Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal Fifth Award.

Returning to civilian life Whitbeck made his home in Boyne City, Mich., and later in Bay Shore, Mich., going to work for The U.S. Postal service in Petoskey, Mich. for several years and moved to Gaylord, Mich. working at the Gaylord Post Office for seven and a half years.

Whitbeck enjoyed sports, bowling, hunting and fishing and on Jan. 1st, 1983 Whitbeck fell, suffering a head injury, and on Jan. 14th, 1983 Ronald Duane Whitbeck answered the final call and is being honored by children and their families.

Sharon Ellsworth Crego

He was born July 18th, 1925 in Grand Ledge, MI and in 1932 he moved with his family to a farm located in the Chandler Hill area, in Chandler Township, Charlevoix County, north east of Boyne Falls, MI.

Crego attended Boyne Falls Public Schools and after completing nine and a half years left school to help his family, during the Great Depression, by working on the family farm.

On Nov. 4th, 1943 he was inducted into the Army Enlisted Reserve Corps, in Detroit, MI, entering into active duty on Nov. 27th, 1943 at Fort Sheridan, Ill., and following testing Crego was reassigned to Aviation Cadet Training, Jefferson Barracks, MO. On Feb. 7th, 1944 he attended an engineering course at James Milliken University, 78th College Training Unit, Decatur, Ill. and in April 1944 the Army Air Corps determined that they had too many pilots in training. Crego was reassigned to a seven week Aerial Gunnery School at Kingman, AZ followed by Phase Training, in Alexandria, LA, after being assigned to an aircrew on a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber.

Completing their training, his aircrew was assigned to a new B-17 bomber, that they named “Wishbone”, at Lincoln, NE, and on Dec. 22nd, 1944 they departed the USA from New Hampshire to Goose Bay, Labrador, to Meeks Field, Iceland and on to Prestwick, Scotland arriving in The European Theater of Operations on Dec. 30th, 1944 and was assigned to the 526th Bomber Squadron, 379th Bomber Group, 8th Army Air Corps. Crego flew 16 combat missions between Jan. 22nd, 1945 and April 25th, 1945, participated in battles over The Ardennes, The Rhineland and Central Europe serving as an Airplane Armorer Gunner.

He was assigned to the waist guns, one 50-caliber, hand operated, machine gun on each side of the fuselage, was authorized to arm and disarm bombs and maintained the machine guns and bomb racks in the plane.

On Aug. 26th, 1945 Crego departed The European Theater of Operations arriving in the USA on Aug. 31st, 1945 and on Dec. 5th, 1945 at The Strategic Air Defense Command, Army Air Force, Personnel Distribution Command, San Antonio, TX, Crego received an Honorable Discharge having attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded the following Decorations and Citations: The American Theater Medal, The European-Asian-Middle-Eastern Theater Medal with Three Bronze Battle Stars, The Air Medal with One Bronze Cluster, The Victory Medal, The Army Air Force Air Crew Member Badge (Wings) and The Good Conduct Medal.

Returning to the farm, Crego worked the land and on Aug. 30th, 1951 he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a Rural Mail Carrier out of the Boyne Falls Post Office.

On May 7th, 1954, in Adrian, MI, Crego married Shirley Clare Jackson before a Lenawee County Justice of the Peace and he served his community as President of the Boyne Falls School Board, Hudson Township Supervisor and was active in the Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers Club.

On Aug. 11th, 1986 Crego retired and enjoyed tinkering around with old engines and tractors, attended Flywheeler shows, received his High School Diploma on June 1st, 2002, watched the Tiger and Lions games, watched his grandchildren playing sports and spent quality time with his family and friends.

On Dec. 31st, 2012 Sharon Ellsworth Crego answered the final call and is being honored by his children Leanna, Tim, Mark, James, Matt, Claudine and their families.

Sherman Otis Thomas

Born on April 17th, 1919 in a farmhouse in Eveline Orchards, north of East Jordan, Mich., Thomas, completing the eighth grade, graduated from Walker-Eveline School, the area’s one room schoolhouse, and graduated from East Jordan High School in the class of 1938.

Thomas, who had begun grafting trees at the age of 10, continued to work with his father, who was the caretaker of Eveline Orchards.

On June 30th, 1940, in East Jordan, Thomas married Veronica “Peggy” Woodcock and for a short time he worked at The Willow Run Bomber Plant.

On May 12th, 1945 he was inducted into the Army entering into active service in Detroit, Mich. Following basic training, where he qualified as a Sharp Shooter with the M-1 Gaurand rifle, and specialty training as a Diesel Mechanic, Thomas departed the USA on Nov. 29th, 1945 arriving in the European Theater of Operations on Dec. 10th, 1945.

He was assigned to the 191st Port Company in Italy where he preformed major overhaul, maintenance, and unit replacement work on marine diesel and gasoline engines used in troop carriers, landing craft, and sea going tugs.

He directed the work of 120 diesel mechanic, supply technician and laborers handling marine repair work for the port. On June 17th, 1946 Thomas was promoted to the non-commissioned officer rank of Staff Sergeant and on July 9th, 1946 he departed the European Theater of Operations arriving in the USA on July 21st, 1946.

On July 30th, 1946 at the Separation Center, Fort Sheridan, Illinois Thomas received an Honorable Discharge and was awarded the following Decorations and Citations: The Victory Medal, The European African Middle Eastern Theater Medal and one Overseas Service Bar (representing six months foreign service.) Returning home Thomas went to work for Clarence Healey’s Chevrolet Garage in East Jordan (later purchased by Al Sinclair).

In 1951 Thomas purchased and operated Sherm’s Pure Oil Service Station and AAA Wrecker Service on Main Street, south of City Hall, and also sold Oldsmobile cars and parts for the Howie Parcell Dealership, from Charlevoix, Mich., out of his service station in East Jordan.

In 1961 he became the manager of the East Jordan Co-op for the next 20 years and was a member of the Rotary Club.

He then worked for a short time for Central Oil in Gaylord, Mich. Thomas gave back to his community by serving actively for 30 years in the Fire Department, 12 of those years as Fire Chief, and 43 additional years as an honorary member.

He was a charter member of the Jordan River Action Group and the Wild Scenic River Commission.

He was an active member of The Fly Wheelers Club, near Walloon Lake, and The East Jordan Snowmobile Club.

He supported Veterans through his 69-year membership in American Legion Post 227 by participating in the Honor Guard Rifle Squad at Military Funerals.

On Oct. 8th, 2013 Sherman Otis Thomas answered the final call and is being honored by his daughter Lennie, son Russel, and their families.

Thomas Gerald Derenzy

Born on Sept. 5th, 1944 in Charlevoix, Mich., Derenzy was raised in East Jordan, Mich. graduating from East Jordan High School in the class of 1963 and going to work for Petrie Construction Company that began a career as a brick mason.

On Aug. 2nd, 1965, in Cheboygan, Mich., Derenzy enlisted in the Army National Guard of Michigan and following two months basic training at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri he was assigned to Floating Bridge Platoon, 1437th Engineer Company, Cheboygan Armory, serving as a Bridge Specialist in a reserve status.

On Nov. 28th, 1965, Derenzy and his unit were placed on U.S. Army Active Duty Status pending deployment to a riot in Detroit, Mich., should reinforcements be required to contain the civilian unrest, and on April 8th, 1966 Derenzy and his unit were released from Active Duty and returned to Reserve Status in the Army National Guard of Michigan.

On June 19th, 1971 Derenzy, while training at Headquarters, 207th Engineer Battalion, qualified Expert with the M-16 rifle and on Aug. 1st, 1971, having completed his military obligation, he received an Honorable Discharge having attained the Noncommissioned Officer Grade of Specialist 4th Class and was awarded the Expert Badge with a Rifle.

On Sept. 13th, 1980 Derenzy married Carole Ann George in East Jordan and they made their home in East Jordan. Derenzy retired from Petrie Construction Company, on Sept. 5th, 2006, after years of working on many recognizable buildings and structures both local and statewide.

During retirement Derenzy enjoyed watching all sports, bowling, cooking for his family, attending area bingos, conducting bingo and the annual scholarship program at his Legion Post #227 in East Jordan, serving dinners for veterans and working the family farm harvesting hay and corn.

On March 20th, 2014 Thomas Gerald Derenzy answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Carole, his children, his siblings and their families.

Joseph Tony Barnadyn

He was born Jan. 12th, 1921, the second of twelve children, in Boyne Falls, Mich. and attended Curfew School on the corner of U.S. 131 and Romaniak Rd. north of Boyne Falls.

In 1936, after completing the eighth grade, he left school and worked on the family farm to help support their family during the Great Depression.

In 1941 he went to Hamtramck, Mich. going to work as an automobile serviceman for Mazur Brothers and on Dec. 1st, 1942 Barnadyn was inducted into the Inactive Army Reserve Corps entering into active service on Dec. 11th, 1942 in Detroit, Mich. Following basic training, where he qualified as a Sharpshooter with the M1 Garand rifle, he attended a specialty school graduating as a cook.

On Oct. 6th, 1944 Barnadyn departed the USA arriving in the European Theater of Operations on Oct. 20th, 1944 and participated in battles and campaigns in the Rhineland and Central Europe while assigned to Company I, 179th Infantry.

He served as a second cook in an Army kitchen following daily menus while preparing meals for Army personnel and did baking and meat cutting.

On Sept. 8th, 1945 Barnadyn departed the European Theater of Operations arriving in the USA on Sept. 14th, 1945 and on Nov. 14th, 1945, at The Separation Center, Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, he was awarded an Honorable Discharge having attained the rank of Sergeant Technician 5th Grade and was awarded the following decorations and citations: The American Theater Service Medal, The European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal, The Combat Infantryman Badge and One Overseas Service Bar (representing six months foreign service).

Returning to Hamtramck Barnadyn went to work for General Motors and on Dec. 1st, 1945 he married Rose Mary Hypke residing in Hamtramck until 1948 when they moved to a farm near Elmira, Mich.

He raised crops and cattle and in 1959 specialized in raising and selling certified seed potatoes.

Barnadyn served several terms as Township Constable in the late 1950’s and in 1969 he moved to Boyne Falls working for various companies in the building trades and in 1976 he went to work for Circle M Ranch, as their construction supervisor.

Retiring in 1986, he later moved to Boyne City, Mich. in October of 2011.

He enjoyed hunting deer and rabbits and fishing and held life memberships, and participated in, The Eagles, The Knights of Columbus, was Past Commander of local The VFW Post, and was active in his church and parish, Saint Augustine.

On Nov. 30th, 2012 Joseph Tony Barnadyn answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Rosemary, his children and their families.

Vincent Richard Olach

He was born April 5th, 1928 in Charlevoix, Mich. and graduated from Charlevoix High School in the class of 1946. On June 7th, 1946 Olach enlisted in the Army, entering into active service in Detroit, Mich., beginning a career of 27 years, 2 months and 24 days of which 5 years, 10 months and 25 days were overseas assignments.

Following basic training he was assigned to Headquarters Company, V Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina serving as a General Clerk and on Feb. 6th, 1948 Olach qualified as a Sharpshooter with the 30 caliber carbine.

On July 29th, 1948 he was promoted to Sergeant and on June 6th, 1949 Olach received an Honorable Discharge for re-enlistment. On Oct. 15th, 1950, while stationed at the Munich Military Post, 7851st Quartermasters Depot Group, Munich, Germany, serving as a Vocational Advisor, he received an Honorable Discharge for re-enlistment.

On June 21st, 1951 Olach was promoted to Sergeant First Class and on April 21st, 1961 he received an Honorable Discharge to accept an appointment as Warrant Officer Grade One, while assigned to Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Personnel Center, Oakland, Calif. receiving his commission in Washington, District of Columbia.

In 1967 Olach enrolled in Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia graduating in 1971 and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in business management.

Olach did a tour of duty in Indochina and on July 28, 1967 he departed the USA, for his first tour of duty in Vietnam, returning to the USA on July 22nd, 1968.

On July 15th, 1971 he was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer Grade Four and did a second tour of duty in Vietnam from July 20th, 1971 to June 3rd, 1972.

On Aug. 31st, 1973, at the U.S. Army Personnel Center, Homestead Air Force Base, Florida, Olach retired from military service receiving an Honorable Discharge and was awarded the following Decorations, Medals, Badges, Commendations, Citations and Campaign Ribbons: The National Defense Service Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, The World War II Victory Medal, The Army Occupation Medal (Germany), The Vietnam Service Medal, The Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device, The Good Conduct Medal with Clasp and Three Bronze Loops, The Army Commendation Medal with Five Oak Leaf Clusters, The Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, The Bronze Star Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, The Air Medal, The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, The Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal, The Vietnam Armed Forces Reserve Medal, The Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, The Meritorious Service Medal and Four Overseas Service Bars (each representing six months foreign service.

Returning to Charlevoix, Olach went to work on Jan. 1st, 1974 as Executive Director of the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce until July 15th, 1975 and on Aug. 1st, 1975 he became Business Manger for the Charlevoix Public School System.

On July 15th, 1989, on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, Olach married Janice Louise (Burns) Raecke and on Aug. 1st, 1989 he retired to enjoy traveling in the United States and Europe, spending time on his boat The Bad Czech and spending time on Beaver Island.

On March 28th, 2010 Vincent Richard Olach answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Janice, son David and their families.

Walter Anthony Stahl

Born on Dec. 30th, 1924, in Detroit, Mich., Stahl attended school eleven and a half years leaving to enroll at The Henry Ford Trade School graduating in 1943 as a Journeyman Tool and Die Maker.

On April 5th, 1943 Stahl was inducted into the Army Inactive Service entering into Active Service on April 12th, 1943 in Detroit and was assigned to the Army Air Corps. Following basic training Stahl was reassigned to The Aircraft Armament School, Buckley Field, Colorado, where he qualified as Marksman with the M1 Carbine on Dec. 15th, 1943, graduating as an Airplane Armorer.

On March 23rd, 1944 Stahl departed the USA arriving in the European-Asian-Middle Eastern Theater of Operations on April 3rd, 1944 and was assigned to the 9th Air Force, 373rd Fighter Group, 411th Fighter Squadron that participated in battles and campaigns in Air Offensives in Europe, Normandy, Northern France, The Ardennes and Central Europe.

On July 25th, 1945 Stahl departed the European-Asian-Middle Eastern Theater of Operations arriving in the USA on Aug. 1st, 1945 and while at the Army Air Force Separation Base, Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana he took leave time returning home and married Kathleen Mitasky.

On Oct. 30th, 1945, at Baer Field, Stahl received an Honorable Discharge having attained the Non-Commissioned Officer rank of Corporal and was awarded the following Decorations and Citations: The Belgian Fourrague Medal, The Distinguished Unit Badge, The Army Air Force Technician Badge and The Good Conduct Medal. Returning home Stahl went to work for Ford Motor Company, working as a machine operator, and later he ran the heat treat system at B.C. Wills.

On Dec. 30th, 1986 Stahl retired from the Ford Motor Company, Massey Ferguson Division, having redesigning their entire heat-treat operation, to a retirement home in the Boyne City, Michigan area on Deer Lake.

Stahl gave back to his community by volunteering at Challenge Mountain where he assisted handicapped and terminally ill children as they learned to ski, delivered Christmas baskets for the Boyne Area Community Christmas, chaired the White Cane Committee for the Boyne Valley Lions Club to help the blind and visually impaired and worked Bingo and served in the Honor Guard at funerals and parades with the Ernest Peterson American Legion Post #228 in Boyne City. Stahl enjoyed bowling, fishing and golfing, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

On April 4th, 2014 Walter Anthony Stahl Junior answered the final call and is being honored by his sister, his children and their families.

William Duncan Bennett

Born March 3rd, 1920 in Echo Township, Antrim County, Mich. he grew up in East Jordan, Mich. graduating from East Jordan High School in the class of 1938.

He then worked with his father and brothers as woodcutters in the lumber industry and in the Civilian Conservation Corps in L’anse, Mich., in the western Upper Peninsula, cutting and planting trees and building roads.

He than worked for a short time as an assembler at the Willow Run Bomber Plant near Ypsilanti, Mich. and on Oct. 21st, 1941, in Napoleon, Ohio, Bennett married Lillian Peterson.

On Oct. 28th, 1941 Bennett was inducted into the Army entering into active duty in Detroit, Mich. Following basic training and specialty training at the School of Aviation Medicine at Randolph Field, Texas in Medical Administration (Medic), Private First Class Bennett, on May 21st, 1942 at McChord Field Air Base, Wash., was promoted to Technician 5th Grade. Bennett was reassigned to Headquarters and Base Service Squadron, 458th Service Group and departed the USA on Feb. 28th, 1944 arriving in the European Theater of Operations on Mar. 9th, 1944 where he participated in battles and campaigns in Northern France, Rhineland, Normandy, Central Europe, Ardennes and Air Offensive Europe serving with the 429th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group, US Army Air Force.

On Oct. 5th, 1945 Bennett departed the European Theater of Operations arriving in the USA on Oct. 14th, 1945. On Oct. 17th, 1945 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Bennett received an Honorable Discharge having attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded the following decorations and citations: The European Asian Middle-Eastern Medal with six Bronze Battle Stars, The Distinguished Unit Citation Medal and The Good Conduct Medal. Returning home to East Jordan Bennett went to work for several years for Al Thorsen Lumber Company and was a TV repairman on call in East Jordan.

In 1960 Bennett went to work for the US Postal Service as postmaster in East Jordan retiring in 1980.

Bennett was an avid community volunteer and was involved in many civic and political organizations including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Charlevoix County Veterans Affairs Committee and The East Jordan Fire Department.

Bennett enjoyed camping with his family and friends, hunting, the annual fishing trips to Rawhide Lake in Canada, snowmobile trips to Pine Stump Junction in the Upper Peninsula and working crossword puzzles.

On Jan. 26th, 1995 William Duncan Bennett answered the final call and is being honored by his daughters Connie, Shirley, Donna, Cindy and their families.

 

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