PAUPORE Harry J., Jr.
Oct. 28, 1925-June 10, 1995
T.Sgt. US Air Force, US Navy
Buried Kasson Cemetery, Leelanau County, Michigan
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
PAUPORE Harry J., Jr.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Men I have found to be in Korea from Wexford and Benzie Counties, Michigan. If anyone has obituaries, photographs or data on ANY of the men on this blog.
If anyone knows of anyone male or female that was in Korea from Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, or Wexford counties, please write me at email@example.com.
Joseph Bak age 21
Dale E. Ball age 26
Earl G. Dow age 31
Douglas J. Laurent age 28
Jack L. Barron age 29
Frank VanSickle age 25
Richard G. Cox age 32
William Williams age 17
James W. Herdon
Monday, July 27, 2009
Traverse City Record Eagle
James VanEver Yates
10 May 2002
TRAVERSE CITY - James VanEver Yates, 69, known to his friends as Jim or Jose, died at his home on Tuesday. Jim was born Nov. 2, 1932, in Milwaukee, Wis., the son of James V. and Norma Yates, and had lived in this area for about seven years, moving here from Illinois.
Jim had been employed in industrial sales prior to his retirement, and most recently was employed by the Little River Casino. He was very fond of the people he worked with at the casino. He also enjoyed planting and maintaining fir trees, enjoyed kayaking, collected art work and in his younger years had learned everything involved in papermaking and cardboard container manufacturing, as his father owned a paper manufacturing company.
Jim was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the U.S. Army in Europe, maintaining large equipment.
Jim is survived by his wife Katherine, "Kit", whom he married Dec. 31, 1969, in Wheaton, Ill.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will take place this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to The American Cancer Society.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Died June 1, 2003
TRAVERSE CITY - Claude C. Comrie, 75, formerly of Traverse City, died Sunday June 1, 2003, at the Martha T. Berry Hospital, Mt. Clemens, Mich. Claude was born Feb. 10, 1928, in Manistique to Thomas Leo and Elsie (Butler) Comrie.
He was employed at Parts Manufacturing in the Traverse City area. Upon the closing of this plant he moved to the Mt. Clemens area and worked for General Motors Cadillac Division.
Claude was a veteran of the US Army, serving in the newly-formed ski trooper division for two years. Leaving Germany while in route home, he received orders to report to Korea for an extended one year of service prior to his discharge.
Claude Comrie is survived by three brothers, Patrick (Barbara) of Kingsley, Gary (Mary) of Traverse City and Robert (Carol) of Green Bay, Wis.; two sisters, Billie Jeanne Comrie of Traverse City and Dora Stockton of North Carolina. He also is survived by several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his beloved parents, six brothers and three sisters.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2003, at the Traverse City Chapel of the Covell Funeral Home. The Rev. Dr. Daniel Herlein will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Full military honors under the auspices of Cherryland VFW Post 2780 will be held at Yuba Cemetery prior to burial.
Orville Clifford Shelder
Died July 30, 2004
INTERLOCHEN - Orville Clifford Shelder, 74, of Interlochen, passed away on Friday, July 30, 2004, at Munson Medical Center. He was born in Muskegon to Bert and Maude (Buck) Shelder on Aug. 27, 1929. He married the love of his life, Evelyn D. Rhodes of Bendon, on Oct. 28, 1950.
Orville was employed by Setwell Company of Traverse City for 20 years, by Long Lake School and Traverse City West Junior High School, from which he retired in 1993. He will be remembered fondly by the kids at school as the "ice cream man."
In 1947, at the age of 17, he entered the U.S. Army, where he served his country in Korea, as well as in Japan, for three years. In 1954, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Le Jeune in North Carolina. He was a charter member of the Bendon Eagles #3503 and the Marine Corps League Yagle Brothers Detachment #165. He was also a member of the Interlochen VFW Post #7493.
Orville enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed attending baseball games with family and friends. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and as "the big strong man with the big strong hands." He will be missed by many.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; three sons, Clifford (Sharon) Shelder, Donald (Tina) Shelder and Thomas (Valeda) Shelder; nine grandchildren, Christy (Scott) McLemore, Christopher, Lillian, Thomas, Rachael, Ashley, Sarah, Michael and Olivia; one great-grandchild, Madylin McLemore; two brothers, Lloyd Shelder of Interlochen and Frank (Edna) Shelder of Honor; and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. Orville was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dorothy Gage of Muskegon; and a brother, James Albert Shelder.
The family wishes to thank everyone who dedicated their time to Dad's wonderful care with a special thank you to: Munson Medical Center staff, the kidney dialysis family, the Tendercare family, Munson Home Health and the BATA bus health care drivers. The family would also like to thank everyone for their many thoughts and prayers. The family will be receiving friends on Monday, Aug. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the funeral home, with Pastor Tom Shelder and Pastor Daniel Biteeman officiating. Interment will be in Inland Township Cemetery, Interlochen. Memorial contributions may be considered to the American Diabetes Association, the American Kidney Fund or to a charity of one's choice.
Dr. Robert H. Chase
Died July 23, 2001
TRAVERSE CITY - Dr. Robert H. Chase, 77, died Monday at Munson Medical Center after a brief illness. Born Oct. 30, 1923, in Evansville, Ind., he was the son of John R. and Hildegarde (Moutoux) Chase.
Dr. Chase was a dentist for 54 years, most of those years in Traverse City. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and as a Lieutenant JG, he served his country honorably during World War II and Korea in his field of Dentistry. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; Knights of Columbus; President of Immaculate Conception PTA; Traverse City Kiwanis Club, where he was one of the founders of the Rotary-Kiwanis Ryder Cup golf matches; a former member of the Lions Club; past president of the Resort District Dental Society and a member of the American Dental Association; Fellow of the American College of Dentistry; Fellow of the International College of General Dentistry; Fellow of American College of General Dentistry; former member of the Michigan State Board of Dental Examiners; a member of the Board of Trustees for Northwestern Michigan College; former member and past president of Grand Traverse Area Right to Life; former Traverse City Mayor and Commissioner in the 60s; and founder and chairman of the Carmelite Golf Tournament, now the Chase-Carmelite Golf Tournament in honor of Dr. Chase. He was also very active and a passionate member of the Parents Television Counsel. A member of the Traverse City Golf and Country Club and was an avid golfer, Dr. Chase also enjoyed playing golf in many different countries. He enjoyed traveling, snow skiing, scuba diving, photography, music, especially singing in his church choir, was an avid reader, and had a deep appreciation for the arts. He believed in life-long education in his profession and in his hobbies.
Survivors include his wife, the former Marian "Tink" Frederico; children, Sue Holthaus of St. Paul, Minn., Claudia (Denny) Calus of Broomfield, Colo., Terese Soliman of Charleston, S.C., Brigid (Jerry Kesler) Chase of St. Paul, Minn., Heidi (Kris) Skogen of Alabama; brother, Jack (Gaynelle) Chase of Palm Desert, Calif.; sisters, Irene (Robert) LeBlanc of Los Angeles, Calif., and Anne F. Sanregret of Los Alamotios, Calif.; 13 step-children, Tom Lane, Mike Lane, Bob Lane, Dick Lane, Bill Lane, Jack Lane, Katie Karczewski, Janice Lane Burton, and Julie Leep, Mike Wildman, Liz Wildman, Rick Wildman and George Wildman; 13 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; many step-grand-children; and his pet "Joy."
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, the former Geraldine Campbell in 1970; second wife, the former Betty E. Krause in 1997; a brother, Paul Chase; and a sister, Mary Ford.
Friends may call at the Immaculate Conception Church in Traverse City on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., where a Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Friday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Father James Hayden serving as celebrant. Burial will be in Oakwood Catholic Diocesan Cemetery. In remembrance, memorial contributions may be directed to the Carmelite Monastery or Northwestern Michigan College. Arrangements are being handled by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
Traverse City Record-Eagle Newspaper
**FLAG** Robert H. Klooster
Died August 25, 2002
CHARLEVOIX - Robert H. Klooster, 69, of Charlevoix, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, at the Charlevoix Area Hospit Bob was born Oct. 21, 1932, in Atwood, the son of Conrad and Catherine (Smith) Klooster. He graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1950, and then served as a medic in the U.S. Army infantry during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. Bob was a lifelong resident of Antrim and Charlevoix counties. On April 19, 1952, he married the former Eloise Marie Batchelder, in Atwood.
He was co-owner of Klooster Equipment in Atwood, retiring in 1979. Bob was a member of the Community Reformed Church of Charlevoix, and was named to the National and Michigan Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame in 1996. He was a loving and faithful son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend to so many throughout his 69 years and will be greatly missed.
From working on his father's farm to the frozen bloody battlefields in Korea, Bob was there. Coming home from the war, he helped raise four beautiful daughters with his wife, Eloise, and worked the family business. Bob could always be counted on. Many have cheered him on, whether on the mound or at bat, and many more had prayed for him, believing, as Bob did, that prayer and a belief in God could enable a person to cope with any crisis, as Bob battled heart disease.
A big man, Bob knew where his real strength came from. From testing in war, in business, and in life with family and health concerns, Bob knew his source of strength was Jesus Christ and the promises of our Lord in His Word. Bob was a gentle giant, a brave fighter and a fierce competitor. A real salesman always ready with a quick quip, Bob always left us laughing. Kind, compassionate and a quiet spirit, he allowed his life to be used by God as a "conduit," a pipe through which others may know the Lover of his soul. "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith." II Timothy 4:7.
Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Eloise M. of Charlevoix; daughters, Roberta (Marrles) Moore of Denver, Andrea (David) Eakes and Brenda (Michael) Washburne, all of Charlevoix, and Melinda (Scott) Lankford of Traverse City; grandchildren, Andrew Klooster, Samuel and Jameson Eakes of Charlevoix, Blair and Morgan Moore of Denver and Jack Lankford of Traverse City; brothers, James D. (Esther) Klooster, of Cedar Springs, Conrad L. (Carolyn) Klooster of Charlevoix and Henry I. (Jacqueline) Klooster of Norwood; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Community Reformed Church in Charlevoix. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 29, at the church, with the Rev. Larry Grooters officiating. Burial will be in Atwood Cemetery, Banks Township, in Antrim County. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charlevoix Volunteer Firefighters Association and EMS-Ambulance Fund, the Charlevoix Area Hospital, or to the Community Reformed Church Music Department.
Traverse City Record-Eagle Newspaper
**PHOTO** **FLAG** Jacky Eugene Hays
Died August 25, 2002
TRAVERSE CITY - Jacky Eugene Hays, 72, passed away Sunday morning at home surrounded by his brother Bobby Hays, sister Martha (Fehley) Hays, niece Cindy (Hays) Pearson and devoted daughter Chris (Hays) Assenmacher. Jack was born Nov. 29, 1929, in Pampa, Texas, the son of Edgar L. and Maude M. (Goodman) Hays. He married Joan C. Benda in Detroit, on July 29, 1950. They created their home in Southgate where they remained until 1976, when Jack accepted a transfer from Michigan Bell and moved his family to Traverse City, later retiring after a 38 year career with them in 1992.
He was a member of the VFW, AML and the Eagles. Jack was a highly decorated Marine who served in the Korean War, receiving numerous decorations including the Silver Star and several Purple Hearts. Jack enjoyed bowling, fishing, canoeing and was a highly skilled baseball player. He was active in league softball in both Southgate and Traverse City. Jack loved sports of any kind but was best known and loved for his sense of humor and his unending knowledge of useless trivia. He was, however, most respected and loved for his dedication and love for his family.
Jack is survived by his daughter Christine M. (Hays) Assenmacher of Traverse City; his brother, Bobby R. (Sandy) Hays of Miles City, Mont., and his sister, Jymee (Marvin) Walker of Eustis, Fla.; and his much loved honorary sister, Martha (Fehley) Hays of Traverse City; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; his parents Edgar and Maude; and a brother, Eddy.
Visitation will take place Friday, Aug. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, where a rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with the Rev Father Jerry Mickettie serving as celebrant. Burial will take place in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens with military honors. Family and friends will have an opportunity to share memories immediately following the committal ceremony at Jack's home. Memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice.
Traverse City Record-Eagle Newspaper
Charles Henry Edwards, Jr.
Died January 16, 2000
AUBURN, Calif. - Charles Henry Edwards, Jr., 79, of Auburn, Calif., died Sunday.
Charles was born Sept. 29, 1920, in Traverse City, Mich. He married the former Betty L. Stowe on Sept. 1, 1942, in Jackson, Miss.
Charle served in the U.S. Air Force from 1941 to 1971 and retired as a chief master sergeant. Chief Master Sergeant Edwards served as a flight crew chief during most of his career, which encompassed World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a 32nd degree mason and a member of the Eastern Star with the Masonic Lodge of Tokyo, Japan. Charles was an active member of the U.S. Air Force Chief's Association at McClellan Air Force Base. Additionally, Charles was active with Boy Scout troop No. 22 serving as a committee member.
He is survived by his wife, Betty L. Edwards of Grass Valley, Calif.; son, Charles H. Edwards III of Riverside, Calif.; two daughters, Mary Jo Brown of Antelope, Calif. and Paula N. Ballard of Grass Valley, Calif.; sisters, Agnes Elbode and Suzanne Sheridan of Traverse City, Mich. and a sister Lucille Basbaro of Anchorage, Alaska; three grandsons; four granddaughters; five great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter also survive Charles.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in the Hooper & Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City, Calif. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. L. William Loveland officiating. Burial and graveside services will be at the Sierra Memorial Lawn of Nevada City, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Arthritis Foundation and the National Leukemia Association.
Traverse City Record-Eagle Newspaper
Edward C. Marshall, Jr.
Died January 28, 2000
EAST LELAND - Edward C. Marshall, Jr., 71, died quietly Friday in his home on Lake Leelanau of complications resulting from lung cancer. The son of Edward C. Marshall, Sr. and Edith Durrell Marshall, he was born on June 4, 1928, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He is survived by his loving wife of forty years, Mary Allen (Mallie) Marshall; daughter, Elizabeth Collier Marshall of Ann Arbor; two sons, Edward Clark Marshall III of Greenville, S.C. and John Durrell Marshall of Seattle and Patagonia, Chile; two grandsons, Edward Clark Marshall IV and Joseph McKean Marshall of Greenville, S.C.; and his sister, Ann Whitley of Amherst, Va.
Ed attended Culver Military Academy of Culver, Ind. and is a 1945 graduate of Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. He graduated in 1951 from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. with a bachelor of science degree in forestry. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953, fighting in Korea with the 1st Marine Division. Once a Marine, always a Marine.
He began his career with Champion Paper Company and was selected as their first sales trainee. He worked in sales in their Hamilton, Ohio, Houston, Texas, Philadelphia, Pa. and Canton, N.C. divisions. Later he worked for Lee Paper Company in Kalamazoo, Mich. In 1961 he returned to his home of Cincinnati and became a sales associate with Herron, Hansen and Rebhun Realtors.
He first came to Leelanau County, Mich. as a child in the 1920's, returning every year until he moved his family there permanently in 1966. He worked for the planning department of the City of Traverse City until he opened his own business, Edward C. Marshall and Company in Suttons Bay in 1967. He was a real estate broker, licensed appraiser, building contractor and registered forester. He retired in 1997.
In 1971 Marshall joined the Suttons Bay Rotary Club, serving as its president from 1974 to 1976. He started the Rotary Youth Exchange program in 1974 and participated locally until his death. He also served on the Rotary International District 6290 Youth Exchange Committee for 21 years. He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow by his club in 1991 for his work on behalf of students everywhere. In the 1980's, he was one of several Rotarians who worked to keep the Suttons Bay Grange open and preserve it as a meeting place for the club.
Marshall was a member of several boards, clubs and organizations, including Traverse City Board of Realtors, Leelanau County Construction Board of Review, Leland Township Board of Review, American Society of Foresters, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Cadillac Sportman's Club, Snug Harbor Hunting Club, Military Vehicle Collectors Club and the Leland Yacht Club. Through 4-H, he taught Hunter Safety for many years. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association.
He was quietly passionate about improving zoning in Leelanau County and early on helped members of the Odawa tribe secure their right of access across private lands to ancestral burial grounds. After single-handling his sailboat from the Atlantic Ocean to Charlevoix, Mich., Ed operated one of the first charter yacht services in the northern Great Lakes. He always said that a "part of your pay is a view of the bay." Ed cared deeply about the land and his community, but his family always came first.
A visitation celebrating Ed will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Martinson Funeral Home in Suttons Bay. Memorials may be directed to the Suttons Bay Rotary Club Youth Exchange Program.
Traverse City Record-Eagle Newspaper
Died January 16, 2000
A retired supervisor, Bob had been employed by the Iron Works and also by Cone Gear prior to working at the Iron Works. For a short time after high school he had worked for Wolverine Express and had also been employed by Linder Tire Co.
Bob had been a veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific, and was stationed at Grosse Isle during the Korean War serving with the U.S. Navy as a mechanic.He was a member of St. Johannes Lutheran Church in Kingsley.
On Jan. 24, 1943, he married Martha E. Benser at Christ Lutheran Church in Boyne City.
He is survived by his wife, Martha; two nephews, John Taylor and Allison Taylor; and a niece, Mary Ann Taylor of Grand Rapids. He is also survived by two nieces and a nephew in California. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Walter Taylor, and a sister, Marion Kehoe.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City and from 10 until 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Johannes Lutheran Church in Kingsley. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church; Pastor Kelly Todd will officiate. Because of Mrs. Taylor's asthma, she requests no flowers but does ask that memorial contributions be directed to St. Johannes Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.
Source: Traverse City Record-Eagle Newspaper
Henry F. Dunklow
Died January 5, 2000
TRAVERSE CITY - Henry F. Dunklow, 68, of Traverse City, died Wednesday at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Born May 9, 1931, in Lake Leelanau, he was the son of Henry and Katherine (Egeler) Dunklow. On Sept. 3, 1955, in Traverse City, he married the former Mary Bopry.
Henry served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. He was employed in the cherry processing industry for nearly 35 years, including Kroupa's, Inc. for 25 years and eight years at Underwood Orchards, retiring in 1994. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and enjoyed spending time with his family and working outdoors.
He is survived by a son, Douglas (Tamara) Dunklow of Ludington and Traverse City; two daughters, Kathleen (Scott) Beiser and Kristin Dunklow - both of Traverse City; two grandchildren, Kevin (Jennifer) Dohm of Lake Ann and Kelli Beiser of Traverse City; two brothers, Orville (Cecelia) Dunklow and Donald (Lucie) Dunklow - both of Lake Leelanau; three sisters, Dora Runge and Betty (Bernard) Belanger - both of Lake Leelanau and Edna Meslowski of Muskegon; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Dunklow, also of Lake Leelanau; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes with Rev. Donald Engebretson officiating. The family will greet friends Friday at the funeral home from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran School, the American Cancer Society or Cherryland Humane Society.
Traverse City Record-Eagle Newspaper
Died December 31, 1999
ELK RAPIDS - Melvin Streeter, 83, of Elk Rapids, died Friday at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Born Aug. 8, 1916, in Milford, Mass., he was the son of Nathan and Eda (Raymond) Streeter. On March 18, 1943, in Toledo, Ohio, he married the former Lois Rohrbacher.
Melvin was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1953, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He served in the North Africa-Europe Campaign, receiving five battle stars, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, receiving one battle star. While attached to the USS Knight, he was involved in operation "Bikini," evacuating natives, etc., in preparation for "A" Bomb testing in March of 1946, Realm of Golden Dragon, crossing the International Date Line and Realm of Neptunus Rex, crossing the Equator. A retired office manager, he was employed at Martin Brothers Container in Toledo, Ohio from 1953 to 1985. He also volunteered at the American Diabetes Association in Toledo and did all their computer work. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, St. Paul's Mens Club in Toledo and attended Calvary Lutheran Church in Elk Rapids. Melvin enjoyed gardening and was an avid bird watcher.
He is survived by a daughter, Susan (Don) Ziesmer of Elk Rapids; a son, Daniel Streeter of Toledo, Ohio; sisters, Mary Stanley, Dora Gaskill, Mildred Lakeman, Ruth Streeter and Eleanor (Arthur) Ward - all of Mass. and Barbara Hodson of Calif.; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a stepson, James Rohrbacher; two brothers, Nathan and Raymond; and two sisters, Jane Rhodes and Ethel Elliot.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Elk Rapids, where visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. David Mellor will officiate. Burial will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Toledo, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or Lutheran Social Services.
Traverse City Record Eagle Newspaper
Newspaper Date: 5 Dec 2004 Traverse City Record Eagle, Traverse City, MI
FRANKFORT - Carleton W. Voltz was born in Oak Park, Ill. on Jan. 30, 1937, to Edna M. and Carleton E. Voltz. He attended Oak Park High School.
A distinguished military graduate from Ripon College in Wisconsin, he entered the United States Army in 1959 as a 2nd lieutenant in the Armored Division. Subsequently, he completed flight school and was a fixed wing pilot at Fort Rucker Army Aviation School. Carleton was sent to Korea in 1962. As an observer passenger in a helicopter checking boundary markers, the helicopter was shot down. He and the pilot were held as prisoners from May 17, 1963, to May 16, 1964. He returned to Frankfort upon his release. After a year at Fort Sheridan's Fifth Army Post in 1965, he joined American Airlines, where he was a commercial pilot for many years.
Having summered at Crystal Lake since childhood, he was able to realize his dream and moved to Frankfort in 1977. He retired from American Airlines in the early '90s and was able to pursue his many hobbies, including his passion for his Lionel Train collection, tinkering and rebuilding classic car engines, woodworking, and occasionally hunting and fishing. Bill was creative and mechanically inclined and had a reputation among his many friends of being able to help fix almost anything from plumbing to car problems.
Bill suffered a stroke three years ago and another recently.
Surviving are his son, Carleton W. "Bill" Voltz of New Orleans; a brother, James W. Voltz of Texas; nieces, Julie and Lisa; his mother-in-law, Alice Long; and former wife, Suzanne of Frankfort. He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Bob Long; and his beloved dog, Lionel.
A memorial service is planned for June. Memorial donations may be made to the Paul Oliver Hospital Foundation for Long Term Care or the charity of one's choice. The Benzonia Chapel of McElduff Funeral Home and Cremation Service is handling the arrangements.
Don Heming lived most of his life in Traverse City, enjoying several entrepreneurial successes, one of them Traverse City's very first car wash. A native of Southern Michigan, though born across the Detroit River in Sarnia Ontario, Don moved to Traverse City with his new wife in 1952, after being discharged from the U.S. Army.
Don served his country honorably in the Army for four years in Japan as a military policeman and later in Korea when war broke out. Don, as a part of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, advanced as far as the Yalu River on the Chinese border. Although he, like many veterans, did not often choose to discuss the war, when encouraged, Don would describe the long march north in winter with summer issue uniforms brought from Japan. He served two years in Korea, returning unharmed to Michigan where he met and married the former Jean F. Kane.
Professionally, Don has owned several businesses in Traverse City associated with automotive care, and sold insurance as an independent agent. His last business, his snow removal service, coexisted with many of his other interests, finally being sold at his retirement a few years ago. Don is fondly remembered for his dedication to the Masonic Lodge.
Having originally taken degrees in 1957, Don, a lifelong member of Traverse City Lodge No. 222, was affiliated with all York and Scottish Rite bodies, Saladin Temple, AAONMS, and the High Twelve Club of Traverse City. Don served as Master of Lodge 222 in 1964, and president of the Cherryland High Twelve Club in 1967. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, and enjoyed his proudest moment on becoming Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge of Michigan in 1987.
Mrs. Heming survives him after fifty years of marriage in June of this year. Together, they raised five children, Jeffrey (Kathy) Heming of Southlake, Texas, Donna Marie of Mason, Ohio, Pamela (Thomas) Park of Traverse City, Paul (Kathy) Heming of Mason, Ohio, and Valerie (Chris) Leach of Alexandria, Va.; brother, Wallace (Connie) Heming of Port Huron; and twelve grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held for Don at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St., Traverse City, on Friday, July 26, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. The service will feature a Masonic candlelight ceremony conducted by Richard Sands, past Grand Master of the Michigan Masonic Lodge, followed by a service officiated by the Rev. John Ellinger. Memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684, or the Masonic Foundation, 233 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3270. The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
Traverse City Record Eagle, Travese, Michigan
A.L. "Al" Miller
Died September 22, 2005
AURORA, Wis. - A.L. Miller, 87, of Aurora, Wis., went to be with his Lord on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005. Born in Oak Forest, Ark., on Oct. 11, 1917, A.L. was the youngest of four children. He was born to William and Elizabeth Miller.
Mr. Miller grew up in Oklahoma, but because of his Army career, was able to live in several places during his adult life, including the Philippines, Texas, Michigan and Arizona. He visited several other places, including Australia, Korea, Japan and Vietnam. He moved to Aurora, Wis., in 1997, and resided with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Miller was a lover of life. He was a loving and caring individual who easily made friends. He always had a story to tell. Once you heard one of his stories, you were hooked, and couldn't wait for the next one. Football season was always exciting at the house in Aurora, Wis. Al was rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, while the rest of the house was pulling for the Packers! He watched his Cowboys often and was an avid fan, no matter how they were doing for the season. He will be missed this next season.
Al had two children, stepson, Orville Tuck Sr., who preceded him in death in 1986; and daughter, Delores (Dennis) Coddington of Frankfort, Ind. Besides his son, he was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Janie; sisters, Mae and Jewel; and one brother, A.C.
He is survived by grandson, David Tuck Sr. and his wife, Julie of Aurora, Wis., their children, David Jr., William and Ashley; daughter, Delores (Dennis) Coddington of Frankfort, Ind.; stepdaughter-in-law, Linda (Dennis) Conway; grandchildren, Danial (Lois) Tuck, Cindy (Tim Laukhart) Tuck, Orville (Kay) Tuck, Belinda (Ron) Way, Mary (Smoke) Skillern, Delores Marie (Travis) Strain, Danny (Lisa) Arnold; many nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; plus many other friends and extended family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Visitation will be held at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Kalkaska on Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m., also at the funeral home, with visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Pastor Robert Lanning from the Rollins Christian Fellowship Church will be officiating. Great-grandsons, David Tuck Jr., Bill Tuck, DJ Tuck, Joshua Tuck, Jesse Krumlauf and Noah Williams are honored to be pall bearers. Interment will be in the Antioch Cemetery in Wexford County. Arrangements were made by the Wolfe Funeral Home of Kalkaska.
Kenneth 'Ken' Leroy Darrow
Died February 16, 2000
TRAVERSE CITY - Kenneth "Ken" Leroy Darrow, 70, of Traverse City, died Wednesday at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Born May 8, 1929, in Traverse City, he was the son of Kenneth W. and Opal I. (Kellogg) Darrow. On Dec. 18, 1960, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Traverse City, he married the former Rose Mary Melichar. Kenneth was born again on Jan. 26, 1999.
Kenneth served in the Korean conflict from 1949 to 1952. He was employed as a sales representative for Sentry Insurance. He was also city secretary of the men's bowling association for many years and two bowling leagues. He was an avid golfer at the Traverse City Golf and Country Club and a member of the Optimist Club. He enjoyed playing cards with his family and family get togethers.
He is survived by his wife; a son, William K. (Patricia Fehrenbach) of Grawn; daughters, Patricia G. (William D.) Draper of Grand Rapids, Suzanne M. (Paul) Wise of Boyne City and Christina K. (Michael) Majszak of Traverse City; brothers, Matthew (Janet Welsh) Darrow of Ypsilanti and Jon (Linda Atkinson) Darrow of Alma; sisters, Jacquelyn (Ronald) Flynn of Northville and Barbara A. (Richard) Graham of Las Vegas, Nev.; 13 grandchildren; and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City, where visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday until the time of service. Rev. Paul Wise will officiate. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association.
Alfred T. Fry
Died July 24, 2000
EMPIRE - Alfred T. Fry, 89, of Empire, died Monday morning at home. Born September 10, 1910, in Empire, he was the son of John and Anna (Alpers) Fry.
Alfred served in the U.S. Army with the No. 1302 Engineers regiment during World War II and the Korean War, retiring in 1967. He was a member of Empire Masonic Lodge No. 590 and the Empire VFW No. 2262. Alfred was a carpenter and loved to tinker around his house. He is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Geisert of Empire. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth; his parents; and a sister, Leota Nowicki.
Visitation will be at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. Masonic Services will then be on Wednesday, July 26, at 3 p.m. conducted under the auspices of the Empire Masonic Lodge No. 590. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Empire conducted by the Cherryland VFW Post No. 2780. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Masonic Crippled Childrens Fund.
Theodore Wells Swift
Died February 25, 2000
LANSING - Theodore Wells Swift died Feb. 25, 2000, of an apparent heart attack.
Born June 8, 1928, he was the son of Leland and Frances Swift of Battle Creek. He received his undergraduate degree from DePauw University. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corp. during the Korean War, he earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Theodore married Anne Robson Gilbert in 1953 and joined the Lansing law firm of Foster, Foster & Campbell. He was a lifelong Lansing area resident, practicing at the same firm, which now bears his name, Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C., for 45 years.
A man of great wit, class and grace, he had an impeccable reputation as a lawyer and civic leader. Ted was a member of the American Bar Association and the Michigan State Bar Association. He was a member and past president of the Ingham County Bar Association. He was the former chair of the committee of Professional and Judicial Ethics, State Bar of Michigan and was appointed by the Governor to serve as the chair of the Michigan State Board of Ethics. Despite these and other distinctions, to the end he claimed he was still trying to find his niche. Listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1987, among his many roles was serving as a visiting Professor of Law at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, in 1986.
Mr. Swift was as renowned for his community involvement as his professional accomplishments. He was a current member of the Dean's Community Council of Arts and Letters for Michigan State University. He remained active in the Lansing Rotary club where he served as president in 1974 and 1975, but was best known as the perennially incompetent master of ceremonies at the Annual Rotary Club Christmas Celebration held for the orthopedic and hearing impaired children, families and staff of Walnut and Woodcreek Schools, Lansing. The children of Walnut and Woodcreek Schools will miss their beloved Uncle Ted. He was a toast master, poet, off-key singer, sometime actor and semi-professional public speaker.
Most recently he served as the Eighth District Congressional Coordinator for John McCain, and his victory in that race avenges his only other foray into Michigan Republic politics, a failed bid for the Republican nomination to the Michigan State Senate in 1962. He was an active, if agitated, member of the Republican party.
Ted loved northern Michigan, and especially Leelanau County, where he owned a lake cottage on a small point of land he fondly dubbed "Point-less." He was known locally for his role as the lead attorney representing the Michigan Sports Fisherman in the long running dispute over the use of gill nets in the Great Lakes. He will also be remembered for his donation of bright red English phone booths to the community of Suttons Bay.
Surviving are his loving and patient wife, Anne Gilbert Swift; his sister, Ruth Swift Wilcox of Greensboro, SC; his son, Timothy Warren Swift and wife Lynn Elizabeth Vaughan of Geneva, SW; his daughter, Sara Swift Morgan and husband Christopher Lewis Morgan of Austin, Texas; his son, Thomas Wainwright Swift of San Francisco, Calif.; and four beautiful and rambunctious grandchildren, Clayton Morgan and Eliza Morgan of Austin, Texas and Leland Swift and Frances Swift of Geneva, SW.
Memorial services were held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lansing on March 3, 2000. The family suggest donations be made to the Leelanau Conservancy.
Theodore "Ted" Swift
Husband, father, advocate,
A wit that never ceased,
You've touched us, Ted,
and filled our hearts,
And now we wish you...peace.
Peter D. Wilson
Died July 17, 2000
BATTLE CREEK - Peter D. Wilson, 72, of Battle Creek, died Monday at his home. Born April 18, 1928, in Detroit, he was the son of Arthur W. and Grace (Henderson) Wilson. On Aug. 2, 1958, in Detroit, he married the former Mildred M. Miller, who preceded him in death on March 2, 1994.
Peter moved to Battle Creek in 1963 from Empire. He served during World War II and the Korean Conflict as a U.S. Marine. He also served during the Vietnam War with the U.S. Air Force. He was employed at the American Fibrit Co. in Battle Creek for eight years, retiring in 1990 and also worked for HB Sherman Eaton's & Clark Equipment Co. in Battle Creek. Peter was a member of the VFW Post 565 and American Legion Post 298 in Battle Creek.
He is survived by two sons, Thomas J. Wilson of Battle Creek and Jimmie R. LaForest of Suttons Bay; four daughters, Diana M. Kohler of Suttons Bay, Carrie M. Girod of East St. Louis, Ill., and Sandy M. Oakland and Cindy M. Barney - both of Battle Creek; 19 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Grace Standke.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. today at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home in Battle Creek. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Glenn Huisinga of First Baptist Church of Springfield officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the American Legion Post 298. Burial will be in Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Good Samaritan Hospice in Battle Creek.
Gilbert Arthur Dodge
Died July 12, 2000
TRAVERSE CITY - Gilbert Arthur Dodge, 73, of Traverse City, died Wednesday at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Born Feb. 5, 1927, in Detroit, he was the son of John G. and Gladys E. (Collins) Dodge. On Dec. 27, 1969, in Detroit, he married the former May Atkinson of Kendal Cumbria, England.
Gilbert was a university campus director at Wayne State University, retiring April 25, 1984. Prior to that he had worked for the Santa Fe Railroad in Los Angeles. He served with Army Transportation Corp during the Korean War, completed active service in 1955 and resigned his commission in 1965. Gilbert was a member of the American Institute of Planners, Michigan Group of Planners and Theta XI Fraternity University of South California, where he received his BA. Master of Urban Planner was received at Wayne State University. He brought his lovely wife from England where she was a head mistress. Gilbert became a member of Grace Episcopal Church in December, 1998. He is survived by his wife, May Dodge, of Traverse City; mother, Gladys E. Dodge of Detroit; brother, Neil G. Dodge of W. Bloomfield and a nephew, Robert M. Dodge of Denver.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City with Rev. Catherine Woods Richardson officiating. Friends may call from 10 a.m. Saturday at the church until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the Dodge family has suggested that memorials be directed to either Interlochen Public Radio or a charity of one's choice. The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
Robert A. Dohm Sr.
Died July 9, 2000
TRAVERSE CITY - Robert A. Dohm Sr., 71, of Traverse City and Manistique, died Sunday in Manistique as a result of an allergic reaction to a bee sting. Robert was born May 24, 1929, in Traverse City to Anthony and Alta (Widdis) Dohm. On June 7, 1941, on the Old Mission Peninsula, he married the former Corene Sheldon who survives.
Robert, along with his father, owned and operated Tony Dohm and Sons garage on Old Mission Peninsula before going to work for J.I. Case as a district representative. He worked for J.I. Case for 25 years and retired in 1984. He then became co-owner and president of Northern Michigan Equipment of Traverse City, retiring in 1996.
Robert served in the Korean War as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division. He was a member of the Traverse City Elks Lodge No. 323, the American Legion Post No. 4007 and was a member of the Harley Owners Group. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his Harleys.
Besides his wife, Corene of Traverse City and Manistique, Robert is survived by a daughter, Toni (Cecil) Nye of Kingsley; two sons, Jeffrey (Kathe) Dohm and Ronald (Peggy) Dohm Sr. - both of Traverse City; six grandchildren, Kevin (Jennifer) Dohm of Lake Ann, and Zachary (Crista) Ligon, Dijon Dohm, Kaili Dohm, Kaatje Dohm, and Ronald Dohm Jr. - all of Traverse City; and three great-grandchildren, Madison Dohm of Lake Ann and Paige and Alexa Ligon of Traverse City. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert A. Dohm Jr., in 1981, and his parents.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
A 'Celebration of Life' service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home; the Rev. Jack Steenbergh will officiate. Interment will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens with full military honors under the auspices of Veterans of Foreign Wars Cherryland Post No. 2780. Memorials may be directed to the Peninsula Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Weldon L. 'Wally' Pojar
Died July 1, 2000
SOUTH BOARDMAN - Weldon L. "Wally" Pojar, 67, of South Boardman, died Saturday at his home. Wally worked for several years as a meat cutter and then spent the remainder of his career as a mud engineer in the oil industry. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of Gardner-Neihardt American Legion Post in South Boardman. He had resided in Kalkaska County since 1972 and was a member of the South Boardman United Methodist Church and the National Rifle Association.
Wally was born in Norfolk, Neb., on Aug. 28, 1932, the son of the late Herman and Rose Kucera Pojar. On Aug. 24, 1958, in Omaha, Neb., he was united in marriage with Marilyn Stahr.
He was a loving and unselfish husband, father and friend to those who survive who include
his wife, Marilyn; two daughters, Kellie Pojar of South Boardman and Debra Pojar of Kalkaska; six brothers, Bob, Patrick, Thomas, and Larry Pojar - all of South Sioux City, Neb., Duane Pojar of Minneapolis, Minn., and Virgil Pojar of Sioux City, Iowa; seven sisters, Adeline Evans of Foster, Neb., Engeline Bradish, Vada Coan, and Charlyne Snyder - all of South Sioux City, Neb., Marguerite Roberts of Pender, Neb., Lois Luenhagen of Boise, Idaho, and Caroline Angerman of Silt., Colo., three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Leo and John Pojar, preceded him in death.
A service of appreciation for the life of Wally Pojar will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Kalkaska. Pastor Howard Seaver will officiate. Interment will be in Boardman Township Cemetery, Kalkaska County. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Col. Albert J. Brey
Died June 27, 2000
EMPIRE - A love for his faith, country and family was the passion which shaped the life of Colonel Albert J. Brey. A native of Caspian, Mich., Col. Brey lived in both Empire, Mich. and Port Richey, Fla. He also lived previously in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He died peacefully of cancer at the age of 83.
Col. Brey served in World War II during the European Campaign as commander of an Army Corps of Engineers engineer battalion. He was decorated with a Battle Star three times. He left the military in 1946 and opened a confectionery store with his wife and best friend, Bette Jo. "A.J. was a friend to all and a protector and provider," said Bette Jo.
In 1948, at the onset of the Korean conflict, he was recalled to active duty. Attached to the 1st U.S. Marines, he participated in the Inchon landing in September, 1950, and earned a U.S. Presidential Citation. Continuing to serve in Korea until 1953, he received numerous other decorations including the Bronze Star, two commemorative ribbons, the Korean Presidential Citation and six more Battle Stars.
After the Korean War, Col. Brey became a military attach at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France. An avid photographer, he was often praised for his vivid photographs of Paris at night. His military career continued at the Pentagon between 1958 and 1962 where he was Chief, Intelligence Branch Mapping Division, Office of the Chief of Engineers. Later, he was assigned to Iran where he oversaw the building of a small city for Iranian soldiers and their families.
After his return from Iran, Col. Brey was Professor of Military Science at the University of Detroit. He concluded his military career between 1969 and 1971 in Fort Lee, Va. at the U.S. Army Quartermaster Center and Fort Lee where he served as Director of Facilities Engineering. As a result of his service, he was awarded the Legion of Merit.
Throughout his life, Col. Brey was a devoted and practicing Catholic and served as an usher at St. Philip Neri in Empire, Mich. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 2, at the church, where a vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, July 3, at the church.
Col. Brey is survived by his wife, Bette Jo; daughters, Ingrid K. Brey and Sonya Yvonne Stanz; one grandchild, Zachary Stanz; five sisters; and two brothers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Cherryland Post 2780 and the Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Pasco County, Fla. The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
Milton George Hays
Died December 30, 2000
TRAVERSE CITY - Milton George Hays, 80, lifelong resident of Traverse City, died Saturday afternoon at his home.
He was born on June 29, 1920 in Traverse City, son of George and Edith (Peaslee) Hays. On March 17, 1948, he married the former Florence M. Kiviniemi in Traverse City.
Milt was retired from the State Hospital, where he was an upholsterer, a trade he learned from his father and then taught to his son. A veteran of World War II and Korea, he served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the VFW Cherryland Post 2780, as well as the Michigan Retirement Association and the Landing Craft Support Association. In his younger years. Milt enjoyed swimming, skating and boating.
He is survived by his wife, Florence; children, Linda Scheele of Traverse City, Dawn (Jeffrey) Ameel of Tokyo, Japan, and George Hays of Traverse City; grandchildren, Leah Hays, Shanna Scheele, Corinne Ameel, Caitlin Ameel, Alexandra Ameel, Tiahna Hays and Matthew Hays; and his brother, Bill (Darlene) Hays of Traverse City. Milt was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Perry and Fred.
Visitation will be on Wednesday at 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. Graveside services will be conducted in June, under the auspices of the VFW Cherryland Post 2780. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be directed to the VFW Cherryland Post 2780.
SUWANEE, Ga. - Rense Henry Joldersma, 76, of Suwanee, Ga., formerly of Traverse City, passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 7, 2003.
He served proudly in World War II and Korea.
Mr. Joldersma is survived by his wife, JoAnne Joldersma; sister, Margarie Michael; children, Michael, Lori, Doug and Nancy; and seven grandchildren. No services will be held. Arrange-ments were handled by Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel.
November 11, 2004, Traverse City Record Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan Record-Eagle/Doug Tesner
Gene Dixon, a Traverse City resident and U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, has his memoirs of the Korean War on an educational web site. The site, The Korean War Educator, is an educational resource to teach students about the war.
By TOM CARR Record-Eagle staff writer
TRAVERSE CITY - Gene Dixon served his country in the "forgotten war" more than 50 years ago. Lately, though, he's finding that more people remember it. Dixon, 75, fought in the Korean War in 1950 and '51. He has been interviewed so his memoirs could be posted on the Web site "Korean War Educator." His memoirs are among those of more than 75 veterans listed on the site. Site founder Lynnita Brown said more than 400 veterans have participated in interviews lasting from three to nine hours. Dixon lauded her efforts. "The whole idea is to let them know today there was a war fought in 1950 and we lost a little over 50,000 men doing it," he said.
While the memoir includes chapters on his life both before and after the war, the highlight is his telling of the brutal conditions under which he and fellow soldiers fought. "Combat in Korea was probably about as bad as it gets," he said.
In his year there, temperatures ranged from 115 degrees Fahrenheit to 35 degrees below zero. The higher temperatures were "not good for climbing mountains," he said. In lower temperatures, his memoir states: "I can recall chipping away at a can of frozen franks and beans, one bean at a time. "In the extreme cold, soldiers' weapons did not function well and they had trouble maintaining an adequate water supply.
That was during the worst part of his tour, the Chosin Reservoir campaign, he said. He was one of about 20,000 Marines who had waged a northward campaign into North Korea. Once at the reservoir, though, they found themselves surrounded by more than 200,000 Chinese. That campaign demonstrated for the first time the vast numbers of troops the Chinese had committed to the war, he said.
"The entire First Marine Division was cut off," Dixon said. Seeing they were surrounded and outnumbered, the American troops ended their northward push. They turned around and attacked the southern part of the Chinese line so they could withdraw. They fought for 13 days while trudging 35 miles on a mountain supply road, hearing that the Chinese had orders to kill the entire First Marine Division.
Cargo planes dropped supplies. Those wounded and killed in action were evacuated as well as possible by air, with some of the dead being taken out by truck. At one point, engineers used air-dropped materials to repair a bridge that had been blown up by the Chinese so the U.S. troops could continue their travel.
"On December 10, 1950, I 'celebrated' my 21st birthday by walking out of the Chosin Reservoir alive," Dixon said in the memoir. "I have to believe it was God and good leadership that prevailed. It was a miracle that so many Marines and their equipment survived the ordeal and that they managed to bring so many KIA's (killed in action) out with them."
Some 6,000 American troops were killed, wounded or captured at Chosin. Thousands of others suffered frostbite. Dixon said he still has trouble with his feet in the cold. While the Chinese won the battle, Marine records say they lost 25,000 soldiers.
Brown called Dixon's memoir an "excellent" contribution to the site. "Gene has a good memory of his personal participation," she wrote in an e-mail. "He has done extensive reading and research about what was happening in his company during the war, and he was willing to talk about it."
Dixon has printed and bound a copy of the narrative from the Web site. It totals about 60 printed pages, including the photos he supplied and maps to illustrate battles. After the war, Dixon continued a 20-year military career, during which he received several citations. He came to Traverse City in the 1950s as a Marine recruiter and met his wife Verna here.
He made it to gunnery sergeant and in 1966, was offered a promotion to master sergeant. However, he declined and retired. "Our kids had reached school age," he said. The Korean education site is not the only place to read about Dixon's experiences in Korea on-line. He had already posted it in another form on his own Web site, including music on every page and a slide show of war photos. He was recently approached by an author in Idaho for a chapter in a book titled "Heroes Among Us."
"I said, 'I'm no hero,'" Dixon said. "I feel the heroes are the ones that didn't come back."
Marvin Joseph Ance
Died June 19, 1999
LAKE LEELANAU - Marvin Joseph Ance, 60, of Lake Leelanau died Saturday at his home.
Born April 26, 1939, in Leland Township, he was the son of Francis and LaVader (Ward) Ance. On June 28, 1959, in Almont, he married Valeria E. Friedenstab, who survives.
He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He worked at the Traverse City State Hospital, retiring in 1992. He was a member of Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. He loved to hunt and fish. Marvin always greeted everyone with a hearty hello and a strong handshake.
He is survived by his wife; six children, Ginger (Bryan) Hardy of Bellaire, Kay Frances Ance of Pauls Valley, Okla., and Penny (Mark) Tunnicliff, Ellen (Jeff) Peek, Barbara Ance and Christine Ance - all of Traverse City; brother, Richard (Barbara) Ance of Louisiana; and sisters, Eleanor Brownell, Debbi McCalop and Diana Ance - all of Florida; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Rachel Campbell.
Funeral services were held Monday evening at Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society.
Arthur Junior Baldwin
Died December 15, 1999
PESHAWBESTOWN - Arthur Junior Baldwin, 68, of Peshawbestown, died Wednesday at his home. Born Sept. 20, 1931, in Leelanau County, he was the son of William and Margaret Agnes (Sands) Baldwin. On June 24, 1972, in Peshawbestown, he married the former Catherine C. Harris, who survives.
Arthur served in the U.S. Army in Japan and Korea. He loved his family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Arthur was a member of Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church and Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
Besides his wife, he is survived by seven stepchildren, George Yannott, Jr., Sandra Sue Yannott, Florine Marie Yannott - all of Suttons Bay, Richard Arnold Yannott-Hart of Grand Rapids; Loi Ellen Chambers of Suttons Bay and Gail Lynn Yannott-Woods of Grand Rapids; a brother, Lavern Scott of Thompsonville; a sister, Mary Zubler of Houston; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and a nephew.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today and Saturday at Martinson Funeral Home in Suttons Bay. Friends may also call after 4 p.m. Sunday at the Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with Rev. Andrew G. Buvala officiating. Burial will be in Kateri Tekakwitha Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church.