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general malony Major General
Harry J. Malony
Commanding General 
94th Infantry Division
9/15/1942 - 5/21/1945
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Floyd H. Teague, Jr., 91, G/376 of Waskom, Texas died November 8, 2017

The 94th Infantry Division Historical Society has been advised by daughter Kathy Penfield, of the passing of her father. Following obituary:

Floyd H. Teague, Jr., 91, of Waskom, Texas died November 8, 2017 in Shreveport, LA. He was born November 14, 1925 in Young County, TX. He is survived by two daughters.

Floyd H. Teague, Jr. G376 Inf Regt. proudly served with the 94th Infantry Division in the United States Army in Germany during World War II. After VE Day, he was attached to the Office of Military Government, Munich. He is a Bronze Star recipient, a Memorial Medal holder for the 60th Anniversary Czech Liberation medal, and in 2015 was presented the Bell Helicopter Award for valor under fire in WWII combat.

After PFC Teague's return home and his honorable discharge, he raised a family, working in Texas and Louisiana as a farmer, welder, machinist, oil field production superintendent and an industrial machinist/inspector until retirement.

At home in Waskom, TX he worked constantly in his home shop, where he built projects and assisted family and friends. He enjoyed vacationing in Lake City, Colorado, his second home after retirement. He liked camping, fly-fishing, and jeeping. He was honored to have his 1943 Willys MB Jeep on display in Gunnison, CO at the Pioneer Museum.

The family recognizes his beloved friend Bettie Wade of Waskom, TX. Special thanks to Garden Park Nursing, and Overton Brooks VA Hospital in Shreveport, LA.

Services with military honors will be at Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery on November 17, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2017
From: eruffenn@aol.com
Subject: Edward C Ruffennach 94th Band passed October 2, 2017 at the age of 96

It is with deepest sorrow that I inform you of the death of my father Edward C Ruffennach on October 2, 2017 at the age of 96.

Dad was a member of the 94th Infantry Division Band and served from December 5, 1942 to December 25, 1945 both in the United States and in Europe.

In most recent history he served as the bugler for many of the reunion ceremonies including playing TAPS at General Mahoney's grave site in Arlington and at the WWII Memorial. He continued to honor his fellow veterans as a bugler with several honor guards dedicating both the Korean War Memorial in Pittsburgh and the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies'.

He continued his music career after discharge playing with many of the Big Bands in the Pittsburgh area. Ed also distinguished himself in the fire service as a firefighter and sales engineer for National Foam. He was considered an expert in flammable liquid fire suppression and taught those techniques all across the country.

He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret and son Ronald and survived by his children Edward C. Jr, Geraldine Giles, Constance Dicker, Patricia Sawyer, Margaret Fees, and Richard, twelve grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.

Respectfully submitted by,

Edward C Ruffennach, Jr.

Jerome Louis Massey HQ 302 Passed Oct 17, 2017 age 95

Lt. Colonel USAR (Ret.) Jerome Louis Massey, of Fairfax Virginia, died on Tuesday October 17, 2017 at Fair Oaks Hospital in Oakton Virginia.

Jerome MasseyHe was 95. He was born on July 27, 1922 in Norfolk Virginia. He trained with the 94th Infantry Division, but was pulled out to be added as a replacement to the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas National Guard. He and the 36th were transported across the Atlantic in 1942 by Liberty Ship to Casablanca, Morocco to train for the invasion of Italy. They were first put under the British and had to be re-trained in British tactics and procedures.

After training they were taken by truck to Oran Algeria and onto troop carriers to invade Italy. While entrenced in the mountains of Italy, Jerome's suffered frostbite on his feet and was placed in the hospital. After recovering he was added to the 1204 Engineer Firefighting Platoon where they worked through Italy, France and Germany.

As WWII was ending in Europe, consentration camps were liberated by the Allies and when General Eisenhower discovered how terrible the detainees were treated he ordered at least 2 men from every company to go and see the conditions of the camps.

Jerome was of the men from his company to be sent. The smell of death and inhumane condition stayed with him to the day he died. The camp that he went to went by the name of "Dachau Concentration camp."

Jerome Massey in 1942After the war had ended, In 1945, he married Bernice Siegel, and together they had four children.

He was a man of great accomplishment, some of his notable accomplishments while in the US Army Reserves (USAR) included:

  • He completed Command and General Staff College and many other Department of Defense schools.
  • He invented a way to allow doctors and nurses in operating theatres to eliminate static electricity by putting a special plate in their shoes. This technology was used in various military hospitals.
  • He participated in the design and testing of the military combat boots and the design of shoes worn on aircraft carriers.
  • He also participated in designing shoes worn by women of the armed forces.
  • He was awarded the Meritorious service metal as a Major for breaking up a black market theft ring at a military reservation. His life was at risk in this challenging affair.

He was an entrepreneur in the retail shoe industry. Massey's Johnston & Murphy Store in Washington DC became a world-renowned men's retail shoe store.



  • Fine Woodworking (from furniture to religious articles)

Preceding him in death was his beloved wife Bernice and his Sister Shirley. He is survived by his children who are Ruth Leichter (Harry) of Grand Forks North Dakota, Hedy Osmunson (Ozzy) of Virginia Beach Virginia, Harriet Van De Riet (Jack) of Herndon Virginia and Mark Massey (Kathy Kleiman) of Falls Church Virginia, as well as eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Congregation Olam Tikvah, 3800 Glenbrook Road, Fairfax Virginia 22031.

Brill, Donald M. HQ/301   Died September 13, 2017 age 95  Chippewa Falls, WI

Donald BrillDon Brill got his promotion from this life on September 13th at St Joseph's Hospital, Chippewa Falls, WI., dying peacefully with his wife Meredith at his side.  He was a resident of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls, WI. since 2015. He is survived by his four children, seven grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and family mostly in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.  Don was third of four children of the late John J. Brill and Grace (Mayo) Brill, born September 8, 1922 in Elk Mound WI.  In winter 1927 their rural home and farm burned down, losing everything. In 1929 the depression took the rest. His family without their home or farm subsisted with farm labor for others, hunting, trapping, freezing in winter. This experience and skill with a rifle was to come in handy later. Don still excelled as a student, top in his high school and prewar college studies.

Donald Brill 1942Reporting for duty in December 1942, he was selected for the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) in Engineering.  In late 1943 the ASTP program was cancelled and he and his classmates sent mostly to combat infantry.  Pfc Brill served in every battle of the 301st infantry, as a field lineman HQ/301, runner and sharpshooter. Following combat, he served in the occupation force in Germany and Czechoslovakia until his discharge December 1945. Don earned two Bronze Stars, four battle stars, five other medals, unit commendations, and later was awarded the French Legion of Honor.

Postwar, he finished a bachelors degree  in 1947 and masters at the University of Minnesota in 1949. In 1955 he married the love of his life, Meredith Wright of Eau Claire, WI. They moved to Madison WI in 1958 and there raised four children. In 1970 he completed his PhD at University of Wisconsin-Madison while working his fulltime job. His work from 1958 through the 1970s was to redesign and activate a network of trade schools for the citizens of Wisconsin.  He was an advocate for the needs of students in the trades, in a time when academia dominated budgets, attention, and state politics, and resisted expansion of technical schools.

Don loved to build things - including cars, furniture, pontoon boot, trailers, a 60-foot dock off a steep hill using telephone poles (he had a couple laying around). With his family, he spent much time in the northern woods where he grew up, and farmed his property in southern Wisconsin (until all his angus got rustled). He loved family, animals and plant life, his trade school students, his farm equipment - and his country. Between them all there was always something to be happy about.

As a father Don lived what he taught -faith, integrity, kindness to all, humility, diligence in work, and patriotism- service to Lord, others, and country above self. He was from a long line of veterans from every American war back to Jamestown and the colonies, including many American Revolution soldiers from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. 

Until age 88, Don did not  say much about the war,  though keeping his medal box safe. He grieved over the loss of men he knew, including many outstanding  ASTP scholars he had been in school with, and felt blessed to have survived.  One of the high points of his last years was his 2010 Freedom flight to the WWII Memorial in Washington DC. Another was In 2015 when he was awarded the French Legion of Honor, and also accepted into the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls, WI near his original home town. He was happy and blessed to spend his last days with other veterans, 'treated like royalty' at this fantastic facility.

The family wishes to thank all who helped, honored, and appreciated our father in this life and the many who were his friends.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Don Brill's memory be made to the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls WI, or to the Chippewa Valley Technical College Foundation in Eau Claire WI.

Lesley Shelburne Sr. K/376 Passed March 19, 2017 age 98

Abilene, TX

Lesley Bryan Shelburne, Sr., beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away March 19, 2017, at the age of 98, welcomed into Heaven by his Savior and the loved ones who have gone before him.

Lesley Shelburne SrLesley was the third child born to Thomas E. Shelburne and Ittlean Caudle Shelburne in Eastland, TX, on October 4, 1918, shortly after the death of a two-year-old brother. The family moved to Hamlin, where another brother and two sisters joined the family, although the younger brother also died tragically when Lesley was 10 years old. Lesley attended Hamlin schools and met the girl who would one day be his wife, Betty Myrle Routh. He was eleven when Betty enrolled in the Hamlin school at age 10. After graduation Lesley attended John Tarleton College for a year and a half, although the Depression made advanced education difficult to pursue. He returned to Hamlin to work with his father and brother building homes, schools and other buildings.

As war approached Lesley pursued Betty Myrle, outlasting all competition. They married on April 21, 1940. The next year their first son, Lesley Bryan, Jr., was born and Lesley moved the young family to Ft. Worth where he worked as a riveter in the aircraft industry. Lesley was called up for military service, and while in Army training, he and Betty became parents of a second son, Thomas David.

Lesley landed in Le Havre, France with a mortar squad in the 94th Infantry Division, which was absorbed into General Patton's 3rd Army as they neared the German border. During the fighting he was wounded by shrapnel and spent time in the hospital. After his recovery from his wound and infection - thanks to the new drug Penicillin - he eventually served in Czechoslovakia with the Army of the Occupation before returning to his family in Hamlin.

In 1947 twin daughters, Sarah Lynne and Sharon Anne joined the family, followed by a second set of twins, Judith Kay and Janice Gay, on the same day six years later. Son James Marshall was born in 1955 and youngest daughter Linda Carol in 1959 completed the family. In 1960 he moved the family to Snyder, where they lived until 1979, when they moved back to Hamlin to care for Betty's elderly mother.

Lesley was a stern but devoted father to his large family and set an example of devotion to his faith as well. Often on Saturday night he would line up numerous pairs of little shoes to be polished to be presentable for Sunday School the next day. He regularly sat with the younger children while Betty sang in the choir. He also served as a deacon in the church for many years.

As his family grew up and moved away, Lesley and Betty enjoyed traveling to visit them, whether in Tennessee, Virginia, Arizona, New York or even Germany. He enjoyed family reunions, playing "42" or Chicken Foot with whoever visited.

Lesley was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Delma, Harold, and James, and sisters Clara Sellers and Frances Phipps, as well as his youngest daughter Linda Carol Shelburne, grandson Aaron Teer, and great-grandson Zeb Montgomery.

Lesley is survived by his loving wife, Betty; seven children, Bryan and wife Sareta, Tom and wife Sally, Sarah Darnell and husband Larry, Anne Russell and husband Doc, Judy Montgomery and husband Rick, Jan Teer and husband Mike, and Jim and wife Ronda. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren: Kerri Thompson (Doug), Darren Shelburne (Robin), Tom Shelburne, Jr, (Lesli), Sarah North (Barrie), Elizabeth DeMichele (Mike), Rev. Will Shelburne (Sara), Jason Williams (Kim), Jeremy Williams, Jennifer Imboden (Shea), Chris Russell, Layne Johnson, Dana Russell, David Montgomery (Ronna), Daniel Montgomery (Laura), Jeffrey Montgomery (Valerie), Eric Teer (Wendy), (Amber Teer, Aaron's widow), Dr. Bethany Teer Norberg (Jeremy), Andrew Teer (Lauren), Lindsay Holland (Ben), Nathan Shelburne (Avery), and Adam Shelburne. Also surviving are 4 step-grandchildren, Jeannie Darnell, Jennifer Fox, Jimmy Darnell (Lisa) and Paul Darnell (Kacey). Additional survivors include cousins, nephews and nieces, and 65 great-grandchildren.

Betty and the family would like to give heartfelt thanks to all of the wonderful caregivers and staff at Northern Oaks Nursing Home, who did so much to make Lesley comfortable and happy during his last months. Also many thanks go to Kinder Hearts Hospice Care.

Visitation will be 5:00PM to 7:00PM, Friday at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South, Abilene. Service will be 1:00PM, Saturday at Southwest Park Baptist Church, 2910 S. 20th, Abilene, officiated by Bro. Mike Woodard. Graveside service will be 3:30PM at Hamlin Memorial Cemetery in Hamlin. All services under the guidance of Adams-Foster-Ray Funeral Home.

If preferred in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church, Hamlin, TX (www.fbchamlin.com); Southwest Park Baptist Church, 2901 S. 20th, Abilene, TX; or to the Zeb's Foundation (zebstrong.com), which provides soccer balls to disadvantaged children around the world in memory of great-grandson Zeb Montgomery; or to a charity of one's choice. Published in Abilene Reporter-News on Mar. 24, 2017

Haden McIntosh 94th QM, Age 95 of Middletown, Ohio
passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016

He was born May 6, 1921 in Irvine, Kentucky to Betty and Lusby McIntosh. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII as a member of the 94th Infantry Division.

He was employed at Packaging Corporation of America, retiring in 1983.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Thelma McIntosh; his parents; three brothers, Lewis, Arvin and Lamon McIntosh; and three sisters, Ena McLemore, Bessie Brady and Millie Roberts. He is survived by daughter, Cindi (Stan) Peltier; son, Kevin (Tessa) McIntosh; grandsons, Dylan McIntosh, Alex and Jordan Peltier; one great-grandson and many nieces and nephews.

Private services were held. Burial, with military honors by the U.S. Army, was Wednesday at Woodside Cemetery.

emorial contributions may be made to the Dayton VA Hospice. Please visit www.breitenbach-anderson.com to leave a memory or condolence. Published in Dayton Daily News on Dec. 29, 2016

Clooney, Vincent P. HQ2/302 of St. Charles, MO,
died on Friday, December 9, 2016, at the age of 91

Vincent ClooneyBeloved son of the late Patrick and Veronica Clooney; loving uncle of Mary Lee (John) Sonderman, Frances Hahn, Geraldine (the late William) L. Bass, Kathleen (Richard) Anconetani, Patrick Clooney, Mary (Bob) Jentsch, James (Vicki) Clooney, Joseph Clooney, and Thomas (Marilyn) Clooney; and also survived by many greatnieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Al (Margaret) Clooney, Leo (Catherine) Clooney, Gerard (Grace) Clooney and Joseph Clooney, and his nephew, Michael Clooney. Beloved cousin and dear friend to many.

Vincent proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII in the Battle of the Bulge, landing on Normandy beach, serving under General Patton.

He was the Past Commander of Post #338 A.L.; Post #9731 VFW; Post #3060 VFW, and 13th District VFW. Vincent was past president of the Ozark Chapter of the 94th Infantry Division Association. Vincent was currently a member of VFW #2866 St. Charles, MO. Vincent was a member of NARFE #112; White House Retreatant; Camp #65 Sons of Union Vets of the Civil War; AMVETS #55; Post #404 A.L. Auxiliary; VFW #3206; 10th Dist A.L. Guard of Honor; St. Louis Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge; member of Legion of 1000 Men West and North.

Member of the 94th Infantry Division Association and member of the 75th Infantry Division Association. In June of 1987, Vincent received recognition as an inductee of the Order of Distinguished Older Missourians from the Missouri Department of Social Services, Division of Aging, and was presented with a plaque by Janet Ashcroft, wife of Governor John Ashcroft. Services.

The family is being served by the BAUE Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 1424 First Capitol Drive South, St. Charles, MO 63303 on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 10:00-11:00 am. Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 am. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the VFW Post of your choice or VA-PTSD clinic, 400 S. 18th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103.

Source: www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?pid=183051561#sthash.8yCGu3br.dpuf

Brigadier General Ronald R. Woodin C/356 FA 1923 - 2003

HARLAN - The funeral for Brig. Gen. Ronald R. Woodin, Retired, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, 80, of Harlan will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Harlan with the Rev. Lester Moore officiating.

He died September 3 at Myrtue Memorial Hospital. He was born in Essex. He attended Goff Country School, Shenandoah and Mt. Pleasant High School, Iowa State University and Army Service Schools. He served in the Army National Guard as deputy adjutant general. He was a teacher and retired military. He was a member of Parian Masonic Lodge, Order of Eastern Star, Abu Bekr Shrine, National Guard Association, 34th Infantry Division Association, 94th Infantry Division Association, Iowa Geneology Society, Sons of Union Veterans.

Mr. Woodin and his wife, Beulah "Boots," were married 61 years.

Survivors in addition to his wife include son, Dennis Woodin and wife, Carol, of Harlan; daughter, Diane Woodin, of Vernon Hills, Ill.; sisters, Rosemary Moore and husband, Rev. Lester, of Ames, Jean Graham and husband, Darwin, of Red Oak, Ruth Dorr and husband, Glen, of Weslaco, Texas; grandchildren, James Lotko and wife, Gabrella, of Round Lake Hts., Ill., Kathleen Lotko of Gurnee, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Blake Woodin and Bailey Woodin, both of Orlando, Fla. and Zachery Lotko of Mundelein, Ill.

Charlie G. Dolinger G/302

Remembering the life and legacy of a WWII veteran. Charlie G. Dolinger, age 94, of Manassas, VA, died on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at Manassas Nursing and Rehab Center. Born in Smyth County, he was the son of the late Avery and Mollie Dolinger(Baldwin).

Charlie DolingerMr. Dolinger is survived by his wife of 35 years, Ruth Ann Dolinger, three stepchildren: Gay Nell Cantrell, Mollie Kloth, Brenda Taylor and two children: Wilma Carol Henderson and Breece A. Dolinger. He was predeceased by his son, Stanley Dolinger. He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. 

At the young age of 17, Charlie left home to join the Civilian Conservation Corps in Virginia, a public work relief program, to earn money for his family. While there, he planted trees and constructed trails within Hungry Mother State Park.
Shortly thereafter, Charlie joined the U.S. Army. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in Company G, 302nd Infantry Regt, 94th Infantry Division as a Private First Class and rifleman. On March 16, 1945 in Germany, Charlie was injured when his regiment was involved in the push to the Rhine River, just before the Battle of the Bulge. Charlie earned the Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign and World War II Victory Medals for his service.

Prior to his retirement, Charlie worked as a general contractor, building homes in the Virginia area for more than 50 years. Charlie was known for his strong work ethic and was a kind and loving man. We will miss him dearly.
A huge debt of gratitude to the wonderful staff at Manassas Nursing and Rehab Center that so tenderly cared for him in his final years.

The family will receive friends from 10:00-12:00pm Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, VA where funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon with Rev. Randy Hayes officiating. Interment will follow at Stonewall Memory Gardens with military honors.

Delbert Francis Barnes I/301

February 18, 1924 – July 15, 2016

If success can be measured by happiness, then Delbert Barnes was a very successful man. He lived a long, productive life filled with the love and companionship of family and friends. He was a self-made man who lived the American Dream.

Delbert BarnesDelbert Francis Barnes was born on Saturday, February 18, 1924 in Keokuk, Iowa, to Frances Viola (Clinton) and Earl Mariner Barnes. He was the seventh of ten children. Surviving the Great Depression made him extremely self-sufficient and fostered his strong work ethic. He attended a one-room country school and spent his nights and weekends helping his father with their family truck farming business. He loved working outside and tending his large garden throughout his lifetime.

In 1940, at the age of 15, he left Keokuk with his best friend to work in the shipyards in Sausalito, California. He enlisted in the army in June 1943 and was assigned to the I Company of the 301st Regiment of the 94th Infantry Division. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was wounded on February 22, 1945 after crossing the Saar River from France into Germany. He was awarded a Purple Heart and two Bronze Campaign Stars and honorably discharged in September 1945.

Delbert met the love of his life, Edythe May Slater, on April 27, 1946, the night before her 23rd birthday. Five months later they were married and moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where Delbert was a Civil Engineer apprentice for the City. The following year, they returned to Keokuk and Delbert began working for R.L. Patton Construction Company as a construction foreman. It was there that he learned finish carpentry skills from German craftsman, James Copenhaver, and those skills became the foundation for his lifelong passion of woodworking. In his retirement years, he created Amish quality furniture for his wife, daughters and grandchildren.

In 1961, Delbert, along with Francis Enderle, George Smiley and Clyde Testman, started BEST Construction Company. During his construction career, Delbert was responsible for building many Keokuk landmarks…..Keokuk Senior High School, Wright Fieldhouse, Calvert Stadium, Keokuk Municipal Swimming Pool, Keokuk Municipal Water Works, and both State Central Bank branch buildings….as well as many other schools, businesses and industries in the Tri-State area. In 1982, he also formed Illiamo Construction Company which he owned and operated until his retirement in January 1989. He thoroughly enjoyed his work as a commercial contractor.

Delbert and Edythe enjoyed their nearly thirty years of retirement together. They traveled throughout the United States in their motorhome spending their fall months in Seattle with their daughter, Bonnie and her family; wintering in Arizona, Florida, and Texas with friends and family; and taking special trips including their six week adventure through Alaska. To celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary, he and Edythe spent three weeks in Hawaii where they visited all seven major islands. On their fiftieth anniversary, they cruised through the Panama Canal and the Caribbean. And, in February 2008, thirty-five years after their last family vacation, Delbert, Edythe and their daughters embarked on their final family vacation spending three weeks in Australia and New Zealand. Delbert loved to travel. He was an adventurer, extremely inquisitive and a life-long learner.

Delbert was a member of Keokuk and Jappa Masonic Lodges; Kaaba Shrine; Royal Order of Jesters; Carpenter’s Union; and Trinity United Methodist Church.

Delbert passed away at his home on Friday, July 15, 2016 at the age of 92. He will be deeply mourned and lovingly remembered by his wife, Edythe; his daughters, Debbie and her husband Tom Marion of Keokuk, IA; Bonnie and her husband Tom Odegaard of Issaquah, WA; his four grandchildren whom he adored, Jennifer Marion of Keokuk; John and his wife Jenna Marion of Urbandale, IA; Megan Odegaard of Grand Rapids, MI; and Mackenzie Odegaard of Issaquah, WA. He will be greatly missed by his two surviving sisters, Juanita “Bonnie” Berry of Moline, IL; and Dorothy Barnes of Keokuk, IA; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George, Robert, James, Earl Jr, Dallas; and sisters, Etta Jairl and Jeanette Barnes.

Delbert was a loving husband, father and grandfather who cared deeply for the wellbeing of his wife, Edythe, with whom he would have celebrated 70 years of marriage on October 4, 2016. He was a wise and humble man; a great teacher planting seeds of wisdom and generosity.

The family will receive friends on Monday, July 18th from 5-8 p.m. with a Public Masonic Funeral Service to be held at 7:30 p.m. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, July 19th, at 3:00 p.m. at DeJong-Greaves, 917 Blondeau Street in Keokuk with his niece, Reverend Sherri Swanson, presiding. Military Rites will follow at the Keokuk Veterans Memorial. Family and friends are invited to 801 Hazelhurst Circle after the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Keokuk Area Community Foundation for a Delbert Barnes Scholarship to Southeastern Community College’s Industrial Technologies Training Center, or the Keokuk Union Depot Foundation.

Aaron Kupferschmidt HQ2/302

aaron KupferschmidtAaron Kupferschmidt, 94, of 903 Stone Ridge, died Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at the home of his son, Brian, in Pensacola, Florida. 

A memorial service will be at 10:30 am on Monday, January 11, 2016 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church at 3200 Asbury Rd.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date.  The family will meet relatives and friends after services at the church.  The Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Rd, is in charge of arrangements.

Aaron was born on July 13, 1921, in Dubuque, son of Edward and Rose (Schoff) Kupferschmidt. 

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1939.  He was then employed at the Dubuque Packing Company before entering the Army in World War II.  He spent two years overseas with the 94th Infantry Division in France and Germany.  During this time he was awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars for bravery in combat.  He was discharged in 1945. 

He married Geraldine Hoffman on Feb. 9, 1946 in Dubuque.  They were married for 59 years.  

He worked for the United States Postal Service for over 30 years during which time he served as a clerk advancing to assistant postmaster in Dubuque.  In 1981 he retired as postmaster in Decorah, Iowa. 

He was a member of the Iowa National Guard for 32 years during which time he commanded the 34th Infantry Brigade of Iowa.  He retired with the rank of Brigadier General. 

After retirement he was a volunteer income tax preparer for the American Association of Retired Persons for 23 years.  He was a member of the American Association of Retired Federal Employees and the American Legion, post 6.

He spent over thirty happy summers with his family at his cottage on Duck Lake in Park Rapids, MN.  He was a golfer and enjoyed playing bridge and euchre for many years with different groups in Dubuque. 

He is survived by his five children, Richard (Diane) Kupferschmidt, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Pam (Von) Vold of Punta Gorda, FL; Kim (Steve) Rich, of Prairie Village, KS; Scott (Lisa), of Dubuque; and Brian (Christine) Kupferschmidt, of Pensacola, FL.  Also surviving are six grandchildren, Kelly Kupferschmidt, Lindsey (Noah) Voltz, Nicholas and Madeline Rich, Katie (Joe) Sadewasser and Alex Kupferschmidt.  There are four great-grandchildren, Adalissa, Maxton and Eliden Sadewasser and Soren Voltz.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Geraldine and his nine brothers and sisters, Edward, Francis, David, John, Paul, Mark, Rachel, Ruth and Doris as well as their spouses.

We are grateful for the many years that Brian and Christine took care of our father after our mother died. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Peter's Church In Aaron's name or to a favorite charity.

James W. Butler, E/302 Colonel, US Army (Ret.)

James W. Butler, age 95, died on July 26, 2016, in Fairfax, Virginia.

col james w butlerHe is survived by his daughter, Katharine S. Butler and her husband, George H. Beazley; his son, James W. Butler Jr. and his wife, Leigh A. Sisk; his grandson, James Frank Butler; and his nephew, Ralph Butler and his wife, Angela. He was predeceased by his wife, Hazel Blanche. He was born and raised in Macon, Georgia, and attended Mercer, Princeton, and George Washington Universities and the Army War College. He was a highly decorated officer in the US Army, whose numerous awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Purple Heart. After military service he worked for the Georgia Department of Industry and Trade, and led the Coastal Plains Regional Commission and the Stafford County, Virginia Department of Industrial Development.

He loved his family, the Army, the 94th Infantry Division, and Christmas. He will long be remembered by his family and friends for his kindness, his generosity, his integrity, his wisdom and his determination. He lived life to the fullest and never, ever gave up. His wisdom, patriotism, humor, and loyalty will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

His family extends its heartfelt appreciation to his caregiver, Phyllis Awuku-Hayes, who gave him devoted and compassionate care, and to his friend and neighbor, Nelson Miller, who was always there to lend a helping hand. And this tribute would not be complete without mentioning his lifelong friend, Ralph Cheatham, whose friendship and advice he cherished.

Services were held on December 30 at 1:00 p.m. in the Post Chapel at Ft. Myer, Virginia, followed by burial with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

Lawrence C. Wood G/376 January 9, 1926 - November 24, 2016

Lawrence was a resident of Oak Hill, West Virginia at the time of his passing.

Lawrence graduated from Montgomery High School in 1944. enlisted in the US Army, serving in the 94th Infantry Division of the Third Army in Germany and Czechoslovakia during World War II. Following the war he was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, with the Occupation Forces.

He was married to Carrie Evelyn Claypool Smith.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 3:00 PM at Jones Avenue First Church of God in Oak Hill with Pastor Vondie Cook and Rev. Patricia Franklin officiating. Entombment will be at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

Marion E. Archinal M/302

March 6, 1913 - March 15, 2017

Marion E. Archinal passed away on March 15, 2017; he was 104 years old. 

Marion was born March 6, 1913, in a log cabin on a 50 acre farm between Dover and Zoar, Ohio to Jacob and Catherine L. (May) Archinal. Marion was raised speaking German until his family moved to Dover proper in 1918. 

Marion ArchinalMarion attended Dover public schools. He played right guard and tackle on the 1931 Dover High School football team. He was proud that team beat the rival New Philly Quakers and the acclaimed Massillon Tigers. Regarding the latter game, he recently chuckled and noted "I made some really good tackles!" Marion also participated in track and played tenor saxophone in the band and orchestra. He graduated in 1932 at the height of the Great Depression and was fortunate to get a job on Andrew Espenschied's dairy farm. He worked there until early 1941 when he landed a position as a clerk with the Veterans Administration and moved to Washington D.C. 

Marion was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942, assigned to the 94th Infantry Division, trained in Kansas, Tennessee and Mississippi, obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant and commanded a mortar platoon. The 94th shipped out to England in August 1944 on the SS Queen Elizabeth. On D-Day +94, Marion landed at Normandy, France on Utah Beach and then entered combat in Brittany. In early January 1945, the 94th and Marion were attached to General Patton's Third Army, saw action in the last part of the Battle of the Bulge and in numerous other battles as the Third Army pushed across southern Germany that spring. Marion's battalion was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation and Marion was awarded a Bronze Star, in recognition of their roles in repulsing a series of fierce enemy counter attacks in order to maintain a bridgehead on the east bank of the Saar River near Lampaden, Germany. The 94th spent 209 days in combat. Marion commented: "... I was glad to serve. I was glad to be able to do a decent job". 

Returning to Dover in late 1945, Marion found employment at the post office. Marion courted Donna Mae Rausch and they married in 1950. Together they raised two sons, participated in community events, enjoyed their gardens and were active members of St. John's Church. At various times, Marion served as an officer for the local postal union. Marion retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1976 after 34 years of Federal service. He then worked part-time for Baker Florist and as a handyman. He and Donna were active members of NARFE, traveled together to numerous destinations in the U.S. and Canada, and frequently visited their sons. Donna passed away in 2012. 

After residing in Dover for 99 years, Marion moved to The Woodlands, Texas to be close to family. He appreciated the interaction with and the friendship of the residents and staff at Brookdale Place, where he resided. Marion participated in poker and blackjack games, numerous music programs and other events, and particularly enjoyed his recent elaborate and musical 104th birthday party. He walked extensively; his motto: "Keep moving!". 

Marion is survived by sons Bruce (Mary Ann) and Brent (JoAnne) Archinal, grandsons Andrew (Stephanie) and Brian Archinal, and great grandson Andrew James Archinal. Marion's brother, Herman, preceded him in death. 

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 21 at 2:00 pm in the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home and Crematory at Dover with Rev. Thomas Dunkle officiating. Interment will be at the Dover Burial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Those wishing to express their fondest memories of Marion may do so by visiting the online obituaries and flowers link on the funeral home's website

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Marion's memory to St. John's United Church of Christ, 409 N. Wooster Ave., Dover, Ohio 44622.

James R. Jester Sr

November 3, 1922 - January 10, 2017
Resided in North Canton, OH

jesterJames R. Jester Sr., age 94, of North Canton, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at The Windsor Medical Center.

A lifetime resident of North Canton, he was the son of the late Otis and Helen (Willigmann) Jester. He is a 1940 graduate of North Canton High School and attended Ohio University where he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity.

He served in the U.S. Army as a Captain in the European Theater of Operations with the 94th Infantry Division HQ1 of the 302nd Infantry Regiment where in fought the Battle of the Bulge.

Jim joined the family business, The Jester Insurance Agency in North Canton after an honorable discharge until his retirement in 1988.

His memberships included being a founding member and past president of North Canton Jaycees, treasurer and past president and a Paul Harris Fellow recipient of the North Canton Rotary Club, American Legion Post #436, VFW Post #9904, William Hoover Lodge F&A.M., North Canton Elks Lodge #2029, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Canton, Oakwood Country Club, and Brookside Country Club. He was a lifetime member of North Canton Community Christian Church. 

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife of 40 years, Lucille. 
Jim will be greatly missed by his wife, Mary Lou; daughter, Nancy (Jack) Hartley; sons, James R. Jester Jr., Mike (Whitney) Keyes, and Kerry Keyes; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim's memory may be made to the North Canton Community Christian Church Scholarship Fund.

The family wishes to express appreciation to the wonderful nurses and care givers at The Windsor Medical Center and Crossroads Hospice for their love and care for Jim. 
Please visit www.reedfuneralhome.com to sign the online guestbook.

Leon Pate Johnson

Col. Leon Pate Johnson, U.S. Army retired, died May 12, 2008, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

He was the only son of the late Leon P. and Berta P. Johnson of Clio, S.C. Born in Fayetteville, N.C., he grew up in Clio. In September 1940 he entered The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston. Called to active duty with his class in June 1943, he was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry at Fort Benning, Ga., in November 1944. He joined the 94th Infantry Division in Europe in January 1945 as a platoon leader and served with the Division until October 1945. Assigned to the 1st Infantry Division in Nuremburg, Germany, he was on duty at the Nuremburg War Crime Trials. Returning to the United States in July 1946, he reentered The Citadel, from which he was graduated in June 1947.

While employed as a salesman in Charlotte, N.C., he met and married his loving wife, Betty Moose, on Sept. 10, 1949.
Recalled to active duty as a captain in December 1950, he served on active duty with tours in Korea, Japan, West Germany, the U.S. and two tours in South Vietnam. He retired in January 1973. Following retirement, he was an Executive Director with the for 13 years.

He was an active member of Shalimar United Methodist Church, and past commander of the Fort Walton Beach Chapter of Military Order of the World Wars. Other memberships include his being a life member of The Citadel Alumni Association, life member of the 94th Infantry Division Association, member of the Fort Walton Beach Kiwanis Club, Post 7674 of the VFW, Association of the U.S. Army, and the Retired Officers' Association. In 1996 he was elected as an honorary life member of the Florida Division of the ACS.

He is survived by his wife Betty; and three children, Mary Jane Robertson of Shalimar, Fla., Michael Eric of Golden, Colo., and Margaret Ann of Chantilly, Va.

Services will be held at Shalimar United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 15, with the senior pastor officiating. Burial will be in Beal Memorial Cemetery.

James G. Edelen Jr., furniture company executive, HQ 94th

James EdelenJames G. Edelen Jr., a retired furniture company executive who enjoyed working as an extra in television shows, died Jan. 18 of heart failure at his Mount Washington home. He was 94.

The son of James G. Edelen Sr., founder of the J.G. Edelen Co., and Genevieve Hilton Edelen, a homemaker, James Gough Edelen Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on Eldorado Avenue.

A 1940 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Edelen was attending the Johns Hopkins University when he was drafted into the Army, where he served in intelligence with HQ 94th Infantry Division in Europe. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of technician third grade.

After leaving the Army, he joined his father's furniture and hardware business, which was founded in 1923 and was then located on Commerce Street in downtown Baltimore. The business later moved to Erdman Avenue and is now located on Kelso Drive.

Michael John Romanelli B/301
of Aberdeen died Thursday, January 19 at Perry Point VAMC. He was 94.

romanelliFormer chief of the Computation Branch at Aberdeen Proving Ground and a decorated World War II veteran, died of cancer Thursday at Perry Point VA Medical Center. He was 94.

The son of Joseph Romanelli, an anthracite coal miner, and Carmela Mente Romanelli, Michael John Romanelli was one of 14 children and was raised in Tresckow, in the coal fields of eastern Pennsylvania.

After graduating in 1941 from West Hazleton High School in Hazleton, Pa., he took a railroad job in New Jersey.

He was drafted into the Army Signal Corps in March 1943. After completing basic training, he was promoted to sergeant and joined the 94th Infantry Division, B/301st Infantry Regiment. He was sent to Europe, arriving in Scotland in 1944 after a voyage aboard the Cunard liner RMS Queen Elizabeth.

"Unlike others, he found Army chow to be great," said his daughter, Carmella Walls, who lives in Bel Air.

Mr. Romanelli fought in the Battle of the Bulge and, in January 1945, he and his unit were surrounded by the enemy at the heavily fortified city of Orscholz, Germany. This proved to be a tactically important battle for the Siegfried Line, which Gen. George S. Patton Jr., who commanded the 3rd Army, sought to penetrate.

Mr. Romanelli was shot in the arm and was in a pillbox with three other wounded soldiers, unable to break out of the trenches and retreat into the nearby forest. German medics carrying machine guns approached the group the solders wanted Mr. Romanelli to close the door but he was afraid they would open fire if he did and kill them all.

"He was the only one ambulatory, and when he stood up, he collapsed from loss of blood," his daughter said.

He and his fellow soldiers were marched to a farmhouse. He took off his boots, and the next day his feet could not fit back into them. Mr. Romanelli was taken to a hospital, where they placed his feet in water and wrapped them in paper bandages.

"I am forever grateful to the German doctors and nurses for saving my feet," he told The Morning Call in a 2006 interview.

After a week in the hospital, he and hundreds of other prisoners of war began a more than 300-mile, two-month trek that took them from Belgium to southern Germany during one of the worst European winters in memory.

They walked in single file on either side of the road, endured strafing from Allied aircraft and the unrelenting snow and bitter cold, subsisting on daily rations of a single slice of dark bread. At night, they slept in open snow-covered fields without blankets or shelter.

In "We Regret to Inform You The Stories of Twelve Former Prisoners of War," published in 2006, Mr. Romanelli told author William F. Rutkowski that the men slept together in the fetal position to keep warm.

"It's amazing what the human body can endure," he told the author.

He was liberated in April 1945 and discharged at the war's end.

"It's unbelievable what he went through, but he told me he always remained positive and said he knew God would send him home," his daughter said.

Returning to Pennsylvania, he learned that his family had been notified by the War Department that he was missing in action.

"I know my mother and family prayed hard for my safe return," he told The Morning Call. "But many other mothers and families prayed just as hard for their sons' safe return and they didn't make it. Why I was spared, I don't know."

In 2014, Mr. Romanelli and three other World War II veterans were awarded the Order of St. Maurice, presented by the Georgia-based National Infantry Association and the U.S. Army Chief of Infantry.

Other decorations included the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, POW Medal, European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with four Battle Stars and the Good Conduct Medal.

As a consequence of exposure to the cold during the war, Mr. Romanelli suffered for the rest of his life from the effects of frostbite.

"I remember when I was a teenager we were shopping one day and I said my feet were cold," his daughter said. "He said he couldn't feel the cold in his feet."

Mr. Romanelli met and fell in love with Antoinette Catino. They married in 1946.

"His older sister worked with her in a shirt factory and set him up on a blind date," his daughter said. "It was a blind date that worked."

Mr. Romanelli enrolled at Penn State University on the GI Bill and earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree in mathematics.

"He graduated on Saturday and started work on Monday at Aberdeen Proving Ground," his daughter said.

He began his career at APG as a mathematician and later was promoted to chief of the Computation Branch of the Ballistics Research Laboratory.

He worked on the development of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer � ENIAC � one the country's pioneering computers.

He retired from APG in 1980, and continued to live in Aberdeen after his wife's death in 2008. In 2012, he moved to Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm.

He was a member of Toastmasters International. He coached youth sports and was a longtime board member of the John Carroll Athletic Association.

He was an avid reader and enjoyed bowling, golfing and "walking miles through Aberdeen," his daughter said. He also was a fan of the Orioles and the Washington Nationals.

He was a communicant of St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church for 64 years, serving as an Eucharistic minister and as a member of the Welcoming Committee.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at his church, 222 Law St., Aberdeen.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by three sons, Richard Romanelli of White Marsh, Dr. Ralph Romanelli of Falls Church, Va., and Dr. Michael Romanelli of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; a brother, Joseph Romanelli of Belleville, N.J.; a sister, Mildred Domin of Harrisburg, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Robert L. Prokopec K/302 passed on 25 December 2016

The 94th ID HS received a call from Roger Prokopec advising of that his uncle Robert Prokopec K/302 passed on 25 December 2016 in Big Flats, NY. Robert was a LIFE member of the 94th ID Assn.

PROKOPEC , ROBERT age 92 formerly of Elmira Heights , NY and Big Flats , NY passed away on Sunday December 25 , 2016 at The Chemung County Nursing Facility.

Robert was born November 19,1924 the son of the late James and Anna Stejskal Prokopec. He was a graduate of Thomas A. Edison High School .

Robert was a Veteran of World War II serving his country with The U.S. Army and a longtime member of The Clarence R. Oliver American Legion Post # 154 in Elmira Heights, NY .

In addition to his parents , Robert was pre-deceased by his brothers and sister-in-law Charles & Evelyn A. Egan Prokopec and James Prokopec.

He received his Bachelor's Degree in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University . Robert was employed by Ball Brothers in Muncy , Indiana prior to working for Corning Glass Works where he travelled world-wide for Corning . He was an avid golfer and bowler for many years.

Robert is survived by his sister-in-law : Roseanna (Mrs. James) Prokopec of Danville , Kentucky ; nephews and nieces : Robert C. Prokopec of Colorado Springs , Colorado , Gary B. & Inas Prokopec of Wellsburg , NY and their children Michael & Jennifer Prokopec and Christy Prokopec Sabback & Raul Ortiz all of Elmira , NY , Randy Prokopec of Lexington , KY , Richard Prokopec of San Diego , CA , and Diane Prokopec ; several grand nieces , grand nephews , cousins , and many friends. It was Robert's wish that there be no prior calling hours . Mr. Prokopec's Gravesite Services will be held on Thursday December 29 , 2016 at 11 AM at Woodlawn Cemetery 1200 Walnut Street Elmira , NY where Full Military Honors will be accorded to Mr. Prokopec.

The family would like to thank the entire staff of The Chemung County Nursing Facility 6th Floor for their excellent care and the kindness and compassion given to their uncle during his stay.

In Memorium
George J. Morris F/302
Saratoga Springs, NY

gmGeorge J. Morris passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017. He was 91. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on September 12, 1925, he was the son of the late Albert R. Morris and Mary (Pfirrmann).

George attended Taylor Allderdice High School and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Business Administration.

gmHe served in World War II as a mortar man with the F/302 of the 94th Infantry Division. Earning the rank of Staff Sergeant, George received  the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for service during the Battle of the Bulge.

After his honorable discharge, George was employed by Alcoa Aluminum as a District Sales Manager in Washington, DC, Boston, MA and Hartford, CT. In his retirement, he and his wife Norma, settled in Conneaut, OH where they enjoyed growing fruits and vegetables, and for a while, beef cattle.

George also enjoyed playing golf and was an avid reader. He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Conneaut and was a member of Lodge 45 of the Free and Accepted Masons of Pittsburgh, PA.

In addition to his parents, George was predeceased by his wife Norma, his brother Robert P. Morris and his sisters, Mary Louise Morris and Elsa M. Cameron. Survivors include his three Sons, Richard C. (Margaret) Morris of Saratoga Springs, NY, Jeffrey D.(Susan) Morris of East Stroudsburg, PA and Ronald E. (Susan) Morris of Saratoga Springs, NY; 6 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held in Conneaut, Ohio at a later date(May) at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be made to the Conneaut Public Library 304 Buffalo Street, Conneaut, OH 44030.

Arrangements are under the direction of the William J Burke & Sons/ Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518-584-5373) On line remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com

In Memory of
William L. Bird Sr. K/376
July 14, 1925 - December 24, 2016

Bill BirdWilliam L. (Bill) Bird, Sr., 91, an engineer who worked for the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) from 1949 until he retired in 1991 as Telephone Program Director, died December 24.

Mr. Bird, who lived in Galesville, Maryland, was born in Greenup, Kentucky on July 14, 1925. At age 2 months he moved with his family to Washington, D.C. where he attended public schools and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1943.

Following graduation, Mr. Bird enlisted in the Army and was inducted at Fort Meade, Maryland. After training at Fort Benning, Georgia he was assigned to the 94th Infantry Division, landed at Utah Beach in September 1944, and subsequently saw combat action in France and Germany. Mr. Bird was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and held as a prisoner of war until the American forces liberated him. He was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, among other military honors.

Soon after his return home to Washington, D.C. following V-E Day, he entered The George Washington University School of Engineering from which he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1949. While in school, Mr. Bird was inducted into the Sigma Tau Honorary Engineering Fraternity. After graduation, he began a 42-year career in government service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s REA. He was active in the 94th Infantry Division Association, which he served as both National President and President of the local Chesapeake Chapter.

Mr. Bird was a man of strong faith and an active member of the United Methodist Church. He was a Charter Member of Christ United Methodist Church in Landover Hills, Maryland, where he held many administrative positions and taught Sunday School. More recently, he was a member of Galesville United Methodist Church.

A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he was thoughtful, caring, and precise. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, whether bicycling through Rock Creek Park as a boy or camping with his children and grandchildren. He was known for his endless ability to build, repair, or improve any item in the home.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Lois Ann (Ehlers) Bird, in addition to four children: William Lawrence Bird, Jr. (Mary) of Bethesda, Maryland; Janice Bird (Scott Eden) of Edgewater, Maryland; Mark Bird (Susie) of Annapolis, Maryland; and Jeanette Curry (Matt) of Catonsville, Maryland. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren: Katherine, Emma, Caroline, Natalie, and Billy Bird; Suzanne (Jon Schnaars), William, and Andrew Eden; and Daniel, Christian, and Molly Curry, in addition to two great-grandchildren, James and Lucy Schnaars.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Galesville United Methodist Church at 4825 Church Lane, Galesville, Maryland 20765. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to West River Center, 5100 Chalk Point Road, West River, MD 20778 or Galesville United Methodist Church.

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