Friday, November 28, 2008

Kenneth E. Hubble

Kenneth E. Hubble/Hubble

26 Jan 1951 Traverse City Record Eagle
Pfc. Kenneth P. Hubbell, 19, former Elk Rapids High School football star, is now being treated at Percy Jones Hospital in Battle Creek, recovering from injuries received when the truck in which he was riding was struck by enemy.

Pfc. Hubbell,, who enlisted in the army in November 1949, was stationed with occupation troops in Japan prior to going into Korea with the 25th Infantry Division.


The death index of the GT County Clerk Ken's last name is spelled:


Obituary: Traverse City Record Eagle Feb 2004
Traverse City-- Hubble, 73, of Traverse City, died on Friday, Feb 6, 2004, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Born on July 9, 1931 in Ypsilanti, he was the son of Harvey and Lillian Hubble. He married his wife, Beverly Stites on March 10, 1975, in Traverse City.

As a truck driver, Ken drove for Michigan Milk Producer's Assoc., Chef Pierre and Peninsula Asphalt Company before retiring. He served our country in the U. S. Army in the Korean War.

He truly enjoyed life and being raised in Elk Rapids. One of his fond memories was being the kicker on the old six-man Elk Rapids High School team.

Playing the guitar and singing were special moments to Ken. The band he played with the "Over the Hill Gang" performing various sites around Traverse City and entertained the residents of the Grand Traverse Pavilions as well. He found relaxation from traveling and camping.

Surviving Ken are his wife, Beverly, of Traverse City; three daughters, Janice (Larry) Hockin of Williamsburg, Susan (Terry) Stuart of Grawn and Linda Hubble of Williamsburg and William (Becky) Hubble of Lafayette, Colo; eight grandchildren, Heather, Ryan, Nathan, Shannon, Rachele, Branden, Katie and Anna; one sister, Sandy Pervis of Traverse City and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and three brothers.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Feb 9 2004, from 5 to 8 p. m. at the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes. A funeral service will take place at 11 am.m on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, also at the funeral home, with additional visitaion one our prior to the service. the Rev. Gary Gladfelter from the Elk Rapids Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Elk Rapids.

Memorial contributions in the honor of Kenneth may be made to the Elk Rapdis Baptist Church or the Immanuel Baptist Church of Traverse City.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Elk Rpaids Chapel of Covell FUneral Homes.

George Duane Hingston

George Duane Hingston
Traverse City Record Eagle
May 2004

Traverse City-- George Duane Hingston, 73, of Traverse City, formerly of Mackinaw City, died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at his home after and extended illness.

He was born in St. Ignace on Feb. 15, 1931, the son of George W. and Helen L. (Moran) Hingston. On Nov. 30, 1957, he married Joyce Stafford in Traverse City.

Mr. Hingston was a steward with Great Lakes Freighters, retiring in 1988. He was a member of the Cherryland VFW Post #2780, American Legion, and the Eagles. George served in the U. S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. He enjoyed cooking, gardening, and riding his bike around town, especially to the Farmer's Market. In his earlier years he liked to get out and snowmobile.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Hingston of Traverse City; daughter, Sandy Hingston of Traverse City; two sisters, Yvonne Bourrie and Nancy Wilkie of Florida; special nephew, Jeff Hingston of Mackinaw City; niece, Susan Rose of Grant; and many other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Duane Hingston; three brothers, Francis, Gilbert and David; and a sister, Irene.

Visitation will take place Monday, May 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, under the auspices of the Cherryland VFW Post #2780 at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. Chaplain Ken Thomas will officiate.

The family asks those wishing to give memorials please remember Munson Hospice, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Vasalia 'Charlie' Nickita

Vasalia 'Charlie' Nickita
Traverse City Record Eagle

Traverse City-- Vasalia 'Charlie' Nickita, age 82, of Traverse City, died on Sunday, Jan 11, 2004. He was born on Dec. 10, 1921, in Cass Lake, Minn., the son of Lena Bater and Basala Nechita. On July 10, 1944, in Marysville, Calif., he married the former Alberta 'Birdie' Walden.

Charlie served in the U. S. Army during WWII, and was enlisted throughout the Korean conflict. He retired from the military in 1965. He and his wife owned and operated the Torch Riviera Bar and Restaurant until the later 1960's. He then went to work as a U. S. postal mail carrier, delivering mail in the Rapid City area, where he retired again. He and Alberta then moved to Brimley where they opened and operated Fishermans Wharf R. V. Park.

Charlie was a member of the Kalkaska Post and the Moose Lodge.

He enjoyed traveling throughout the world with his wife. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors of Charlie include his loving wife, Alberta 'Birdie' of Traverse City; sisters, Rose Moyer and Sylvia Twork, both of Detroit; brothers Nick Nechita and George Nechita, both of St. Clair Shores; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City. A funeral service will take place at 11 a. m. on Friday, Jan 16, 2004, also at the funeral home.

The family asks those wishing to give memorials to please remember the American Heart Associaiton or the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.

George H. Rohde

George H. Rhodes
Traverse City Record Eagle
January 2004

Traverse City-- George H. Rohde, 75, of Traverse City, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at home. Born on Feb. 8, 1928, in Muskegon, he was the son of Herman L and Anna (Enkleman) Rohde.

On June 9, 1956, in Traverse City, he married the former Dorothy M. Smith, who survives.

George was a member of the VFW Post #2780 of Traverse City, and the American Legion Post #436 of Kingsley. He served in the United States Army honorably during the Korean Conflict, from 1950 to 1952.

George was formerly employed by Ralstan-Purvis, M. J. MacIntosh and Co., Builders Plumbing and Supple, and Stromberg-Carlson, from which he retired.

George loved to work in the garden, ice fish, help anyone in need and spend time with his extended family.

He is survived by his special family, Dennis, Donald, Pete, Dwayne Morton and Dorothy Fifarek; his nice, Patti Ritsema; his special little friends, Tabitha, Amanda, David, Logan, Tyler, Hannah, Griffin and Dillon; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Hilda.

Memorial services will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church on Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 11 a. m. with the Rev. Father Gerald Micketti as celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice, St. Patrick Catholic Church, or to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by the Reynolds-Jonkoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pfc. Charles L. Ruggles

Traverse City Record Eagle
Traverse City, Michigan
1950 March 21 pg 3

Completes Course--serving with the 545th Military Police Company of the First Cavalry Division, Pfc. Charles L. Ruggles, 20, so of Mr. and Mrs. B. D. Ruggles of Kewadin, recently completed a training course. He received his basic military training at Fort McClelland, Alabama, and prior to his assignment with the First Cavalry division he served in Korea and China. Pfc. Ruggles is a graduate of the radio repair schol at Eta Jima, Japan. Prior to entering the service on September 5, 1946, he was a student at Elk Rapids.

Social Security Death Index:
Charles L. Ruggles b. 19 Apr 1929 and d. 2 Aug 2000 Traverse City, Grand Traverse, MI

Death Notice: Traverse City Record Eagle, Wednesday 2 Aug 2000. Visitation will be held Saturday from noon to 1 p. m. Celebration of Life service at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.

Charles L. Ruggles
Died August 2, 2000
TRAVERSE CITY - Charles L. Ruggles, 71, a resident of Birchwood Nursing Home of Traverse City, died Wednesday. He was a resident of Traverse City for the past 28 years, previously of Centerline and Bay City, where he was employed by the State of Michigan.

Born April 19, 1929, in Hazel Park, he was the son of Beryl D. and Christina B. (Munroe) Ruggles.

Charles served in the Korean War with the 1st Calvary Division, U.S. Army. He was in the Korean Combat Zone from July 7, 1950 to Nov. 3, 1950, where he was wounded near the Chosin Reservoir also known as "Frozen Chosin." He received the Japan Occupation Medal, Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars, United Nations Service Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Purple Heart. A participant with the VFW Post No. 2780 and the Disabled American Veterans, he was a long standing member of the VFW Post No. 485 in Bay City. Charles was an avid reader and enjoyed music, baseball and most importantly the Detroit Tigers.

He is survived by his sisters, Mary Ruggles of Hazel Park and Margaret L. "Meg" (Leslie) Walton of Traverse City; brothers, Glenn I. (Margee) Ruggles of Union Lake and Eugene G. Ruggles of San Francisco; his uncle; many nieces and nephews; and a close friend, Mary Rancour of Bay City. He was preceded in death by his parents, Beryl D. and Christina B. Ruggles.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes with Rev. Bill Haggard officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the VFW Post No. 2780. Visitation will be from noon Saturday at the funeral home until the time of service. Interment will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, MI 48307.

Name: Clarence L Ruggles
Birth Year: 1922
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Michigan
State: Michigan
County or City: Oceana

Enlistment Date: 24 Nov 1942
Enlistment State: Michigan
Enlistment City: Kalamazoo
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life

Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Geographer
Marital Status: Married
Height: 64
Weight: 117

Burial Place:

Name: Charles L Ruggles
Service Info.: PVT US Army Korea
Birth Date: 19 Apr 1929
Death Date: 2 Aug 2000
Cemetery: Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens
Cemetery Address: 3575 Veterans Drive Traverse City, MI 49684

Monday, November 24, 2008

Jackie Miller

Traverse City Record Eagle
Editorial: Cheers: 11/24/2008

-- To Jackie Miller, of Grawn, who the Grand Traverse Area Veterans Coalition named Veteran of the Year for 2008. The organization of 23 area veterans and ladies auxiliary groups surprised Miller with the award during a Veterans Day dinner at the Elks Club. The 76-year-old former U.S. Army staff sergeant did two tours of duty in Korea and three tours in Vietnam before retiring in 1972. He later worked 22 years at Munson Medical Center. Miller founded the local chapter of the Korean War Veterans, chartered in 1989, and for years has helped out at VFW Post 2780.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Harvey Louis Dubois

Harvey Louis DuBois was born 11 May 1916 (?1917) in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan to Harold J. Dubois (1896-1958) and Adelaide Henrietta Bloom (1898-1977) and died 24 July 1989 Greenwood, Wexford, Michigan. Harvey is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Kingsley, Grand Traverse, Michigan. He had 2 marriages; first to Ruth Olson in Detroit (d. 1994) and Cynthia Featherstone.

Records Researched:
Social Security Record
Michigan Death Index

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Men in Korea from Grand Traverse, MI

Some men found in the Grand Traverse County Cemeteries... If there is a post on them it will say 'posted' if not, (red font) I have not researched or perhaps found anything on that person.

Eugene Kropp was KIA 1952 in Korea (St Paul Lutheran Cemetery)
Robert E Miller Korea (Oakwood) 25 May 1992 GT Death Record?
Walter Tobin Jr Korea MIA 1950 (Tobin Cemetery)

Albert D. Woodcox d. korea 1950 'posted'
Leonard G. Lyon Korea 1951 'posted'
Harold A. Otis Korea 1951 'posted'
Richard R. Majszak -- Korea 1951 'posted'
James B. Walling Germany 1950 Unk Korea
Charles J. Benak d. US 1951
Raymond D. Stefaniak d. US 1951
Ralph B. Balantine ----- 'posted'
Robert G. Gilbert - Korea 1951
Frances Carmody -'posted'
David A. Feriend ---'posted'
Charles Lawler ----'posted'
Johnie Donkers --- 'posted'
John McGarry d. US 1954

Found mention of Bill Gleason 17 Jun 1950 pg 9; stating if he had not been in Okinawa he would have been on the senior class trip. Also found where brother Leonard went to Korea 1951 Feb 22 pg 17. See separate post for these boys.

blurb about a couple of the 'boys' of Korea
4 May 1949 pg 12 Traverse City, GT, Michigan
Williamsburg News
Wednesday evening, May 4, the 4-H tractor maintanence boys plan to attend the supper given by Mr. Olsen for all Grand Traverse 4-H club tractor members. Ed and Charles Benak, Peter Watson, Bill Gleason, Keith Malcolm, Lyle Ashmore, Donald Lichty, Allen Goodman and Will Garland are local members.

Death for _A_ William M. Gleason d. 16 Oct 1983GT - check obit to see if this is the same 'Bill' as above. No marriage in GT county. No death or marriage in GT county for Leonard brother of William. Parents are Mr/Mrs Leonard Gleason

Make a post for:
Jan 7 1953 pg 3
Traverse City Record Eagle
Local News

Research obits/data for the following for serving in Korea: Same newspaper as above.
Spent furlough-A/3c Hal J. Tuller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Tuller of Mayfield, has returned to his base at Biloxi, Miss., following a 15-day furlough with his parents.

Returns to Base: A/1c John F. Pleva left today to return to his base at Alexandria, La., after a Christmas furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pleva of Cedar.

Leaves for Biloxi--After spending a 30 day furlough with Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Korn, 1125 East Eighth Street, S/Sgt. Albert Korn left Monday morning to go to Biloxi, Miss., where he will be stationed as an instructor in radar.

Return to Selfridge--A/1c and Mrs. Lloyd Hermel returned to Selfridge field on Sunday they had been guests for New Year's Day and the weekend of the former's parents Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hermel of Elmwood Avenue.

Richard Majszak

MAJSZAK Richard Data

Headstone: 5 Oct 1952 Age 27y. d. in KOREA
Catholic New Section at Catholic Oakwood in Traverse City, MI

Military Data

Corporal Majszak was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on October 5, 1951. Corporal Majszak was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.

Korean War Veterans Honor Roll

Name: Richard F Majszak
Birth Date: 1927
Gender: Male
Race: Caucasian
Home City: Grand Traverse
Home State: Michigan
Citizen Status: US Citizen

Death Date: 5 Oct 1951
Processed Date: Nov 1979
Casualty Country: Korea
Casualty Type: Hostile - Killed
Casualty Cause: US Army - No Information Available
Casualty Air: US Army - No Information Available

Service Branch: US Army
Component: Z
Rank: Corporal

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Donald J Barton

26 Jan 1951

Pfc. Donald Killed In Korea
Another local boy has made the supreme sacrifice for his country and as we look down the long roster of those who have given their lives for the principle of America, the price seems almost too heavy.

Mr. and Mrs. Harwood
Barton who operate the I. J. Mosher Service Service Station in Kalkaska, received word Sunday night from the War Dept. in Washington, D.C., informing them that their only son Pfc. Donald James Barton, age 19, had been killed in action in Korea on December 4, 1950. Young Barton was a member of the 31st Regiment of the 7th Division, and had been in service better than two years. He was sent overseas in March 1949, and stationed at Camp Crawford, Hokkaido, Japan until the Inchon invasion.

Besides the parents he is survived by his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Orpha Barton of Kalkaska.

Military Data:

Name: Donald J Barton
Inducted From: Michigan
Rank: Private First Class
Combat Organization: 31st Infantry 7th Division
Death Date: 4 Dec 1950
Monument: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Last Known Status: Missing
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal

Private First Class Barton was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on December 4, 1950. His remains were not recovered. Private First Class Barton was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.