Milford Legion Post 216

TAPS 2011
Honor Ceremonies (121) for the Year 2011
The listings below are displayed in reverse chronological order with the latest ceremony shown first.

 

Charles E. Kimble

On Saturday December 17, the Legion Honor Guard provided military funeral honors for U.S. Army and WWII Veteran Charles E. Kimble. Honor Guard members participating were Rich Chowaniec, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Joe Bishop, Skip Davison, John Robinson, Ray Chaplain, Lance Oberg, and Jerry Mantella (AMVET). Lance was the Commander and Jerry the Bugler. These funeral honors were held at the Lynch Funeral Home in Milford.

John Moore paid respects on behalf of Post 216 during the visitation.

 

George Marks

On Tuesday December 13 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for U.S. Navy Veteran George Marks at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Chuck Bowman, and Joe Bishop. Rich Chowaniec was the Commander and John Robinson the Bugler.

 

Richard Kay

On Saturday December3 the Legion Honor Guard provided Military Honors for USMC Veteran Richard Kay at American Legion Post 216. Honor Guard Members participating were Eric Baker, Rich Chowaniec, Ray Clinard, Ray Chaplin, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, Ron Nevorski and Larry Shaver. Rich commanded the firing team.

 

Edward Droptiny

On Monday November 28 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USMC Veteran Edward Droptiny at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Todd Herron, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, and Dale Feigley. Rich Chowaniec and Dale Feigley commanded the firing teams.

 

Ulyssee Coney

On Monday November 28 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USMC Veteran Ulyssee Coney at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Todd Herron, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, and Dale Feigley. Rich Chowaniec and Dale Feigley commanded the firing teams.

 

Sanders Nichols

On Monday November 28 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Sanders Nicholes at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Todd Herron, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, and Dale Feigley. Rich Chowaniec and Dale Feigley commanded the firing teams.

 

Howell Weed

On Monday November 28 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Howell Reed at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Todd Herron, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, and Dale Feigley. Rich Chowaniec and Dale Feigley commanded the firing teams.

 

Earl Smith

On Monday November 28 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Navy Veteran Earl Smith at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Todd Herron, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, and Dale Feigley. Rich Chowaniec and Dale Feigley commanded the firing teams.

 

James Parks

On Monday November 28 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Navy Veteran James Parks at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Todd Herron, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, and Dale Feigley. Rich Chowaniec and Dale Feigley commanded the firing teams.

 

Harold Hall

On Monday November 28 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Air Force Veteran Harold Hall at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Todd Herron, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, and Dale Feigley. Rich Chowaniec and Dale Feigley commanded the firing teams.

 

Robert Turner

On Monday November 28 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Robert Turner at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Todd Herron, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, and Dale Feigley. Rich Chowaniec and Dale Feigley commanded the firing teams.

 

David Caswell

On Monday November 28, the Legion Honor Guard provided full military honors for Korean War Veteran David Caswell at Oak Grove Cemetery in Milford. Lance Oberg commanded the firing team consisting of John Robinson, Chuck Bowman, and Skip Davison. John Moore and Joe Salvia folded and presented the flag. The color guard included AMVETS members Larry Shaver and Jerry Mantela. The family provided the buglers for echo taps.

 

Wesley Rice
On Wednesday November 2, the following members of the Legion Honor Guard stood a Silent Watch for WWII Navy Veteran Wesley "Wes" Rice. Those standing the Silent Watch were, Joe Salvia, Chuck Bowman, Lance Oberg, Ray Clinard, Larry Shaver, John Moore, Bear Hall and Ike Eickholdt.

On Thursday November 3 the Legion Honor Guard provided military honors at the Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville Michigan. Participating were John Moore, Skip Davison Larry Shaver (AMVET), Jerry Mantela (AMVET), Lance Oberg, Chuck Bowman, Ray Clinard, Dale Feigley and Ron Nevorski. Lance was the Commander and Jerry was the Bugler.

The Honor Guard conducted a final salute ceremony at the church prior to the graveside service.

 

Frank Rich

On Monday October 24 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Frank Rich at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, John Robinson, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Dave Horst, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Joe Bishop, Dennis Finkbeiner, Lance Oberg, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, and Chuck Bowman.

Rifle Volley and TAPS only

 

Donald Barbret

On Monday October 24 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Navy Veteran Donald Barbret at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, John Robinson, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Dave Horst, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Joe Bishop, Dennis Finkbeiner, Lance Oberg, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, and Chuck Bowman.

 

Charles Arvin

On Monday October 24 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Charles Arvin at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, John Robinson, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Dave Horst, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Joe Bishop, Dennis Finkbeiner, Lance Oberg, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, and Chuck Bowman.

 

Earl Campbell

On Monday October 24 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Earl Campbell at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, John Robinson, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Dave Horst, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Joe Bishop, Dennis Finkbeiner, Lance Oberg, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, and Chuck Bowman.

 

Billy Kirkpatrick

On Monday October 24 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Air Force Veteran Billy Kirkpatrick at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, John Robinson, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Dave Horst, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Joe Bishop, Dennis Finkbeiner, Lance Oberg, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, and Chuck Bowman.

 

James Albert

On Monday October 24 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran James Albert at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, John Robinson, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Dave Horst, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Joe Bishop, Dennis Finkbeiner, Lance Oberg, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, and Chuck Bowman.

 

William Curran

On Monday October 24 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Navy Veteran William Curran at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, John Robinson, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Dave Horst, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Joe Bishop, Dennis Finkbeiner, Lance Oberg, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, and Chuck Bowman.

 

Dennis Austin

On Monday October 24 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Dennis Austin at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, John Robinson, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Dave Horst, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Joe Bishop, Dennis Finkbeiner, Lance Oberg, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, and Chuck Bowman.

 

Paul Tyler

On Monday October 24 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Navy Veteran Paul Tylerl at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, John Robinson, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Dave Horst, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Joe Bishop, Dennis Finkbeiner, Lance Oberg, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, and Chuck Bowman.

 

Michael Robak

On Monday October 24 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USMC Veteran Michael Robak at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, John Robinson, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Dave Horst, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Joe Bishop, Dennis Finkbeiner, Lance Oberg, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, and Chuck Bowman.

 

Donald Holzhauer

On Monday October 24 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Donald Holzhauer at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, John Robinson, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Dave Horst, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Joe Bishop, Dennis Finkbeiner, Lance Oberg, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, and Chuck Bowman.

 

Delores Jewell

On Monday October 24 the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USMC Veteran Delores Jewell at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, John Robinson, Mel Easterday, Ron Nevorski, Dave Horst, Ray Clinard, Rich Chowaniec, Joe Bishop, Dennis Finkbeiner, Lance Oberg, Eric Baker, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, and Chuck Bowman.

 

Theodore Smith

On Saturday October 22, the Legion Honor Guard provided military honors for US Army WWII Veteram Theodore Smith. Participants were John Moore, Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Todd Herron, Ron Nevorski, Joe Bishob, and Dale Feigley. John Moore was the Bugler and Rich was the Commander.

 

Paul Miller
On Friday, October 7 the Legion Honor Guard rendered military funeral honors for WWII Army Air Corps Veteran Paul Miller at Oakland Hills cemetery in Novi Michigan. Participating Honor Guard members were John Moore, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, John Robinson, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, Dave Horst, Skip Davison and Larry Shaver (AMVET). Lance Oberg was the Commander and John Moore the Bugler.

 

Herben F. Helfrich
On Thursday September 29, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Navy Veteran Bert Helfrich at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, John Moore, Lance Oberg, John Robinson, and Edward Merritt.

On Wednesday evening Honor Guard members stood a silent watch at Lynch Funeral Home. Participants were, Oberg, Shaver (AMVET), Mantela (AMVET), Salvia, Feigley, Robinson, Chaplin, Chowaniec.

Commander Puente gave a Legion Eulogy.

Mr. Herben "Bert" F. Helfrich died at his home in Highland on Saturday, September 24, 2011. He was 79 years old and had been diagnosed with mesothelioma earlier in the year. Born on July 1, 1932 in Indianapolis, Bert was the only child of Herben A. and Elizabeth (Sullivan) Helfrich. He grew up in Dearborn and after graduating from high school went to work at Ford Motors and then, at age 19, enlisted in the US Navy during the Korean War. He served as a machinists mate on the USS Ticonderoga and came home in 1956, returning to Ford and taking up his courtship of Suzanne Uchwat, to whom he was married in 1958 and with whom he raised five daughters. He worked in the tool and die shop at Ford, attended their skilled building trade schools and spent 44 years with the automaker before retiring in 1995.

Bert Helfrich was an honorable veteran, a patriotic American, and faithful Catholic, proud of his German and Irish bloodlines which combined to make him curious about the way things worked, appreciative of precision tools and blessed with the gift of gab and good stories that he shared over coffee with the group of old timers he met with most mornings in his retirement. He loved animals and had a memory like a steel trap for names and places and events, a real gift for fixing and fashioning things, serious opinions about almost everything and a sense of humor that allowed him to disagree without being disagreeable. Faith and family formed the core of his life and he was grateful to see the generations rising up around him.
He is survived by Sue, his beloved wife of 53 years; their daughters Elizabeth (Don) Parker, Mary Cappeluti, Mo (Ron) Shoebridge, Carrie (Bill) Withers, Cristina (David) Zatek; grandchildren Michelle (Zach) Hewitt, Derek (Becky) Fowler, Zachary O'Neill, Caetie Shea, and Violet Zatek; great-granddaughters Lana and Kyra Fowler, a large extended family and host of dear friends who join with his family in mourning his death and giving thanks to God for his life among them.

Funeral Liturgy from St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows, 1955 E. Commerce Rd., Milford, Thursday, 11 AM. Fr. Ron Anderson to officiate. Burial & Military Honors Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Wednesday from 3 - 9 PM. Vigil Service Wednesday 7 PM.

Memorial contributions encouraged to: American Legion Post #216 or Michigan Humane Society.

 

James Edelen

On Monday September 26, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran James Edelen at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Ray Chaplin, Lance Oberg, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Dennis Finkbeiner, and Edward Merritt.

 

Clifford Moening

On Monday September 26, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Navy Veteran Clifford Moening at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Ray Chaplin, Lance Oberg, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Dennis Finkbeiner, and Edward Merritt.

 

William Kliber

On Monday September 26, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for USMC Veteran James Darnell at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Ray Chaplin, Lance Oberg, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Dennis Finkbeiner, and Edward Merritt.

Live Bugler

 

Lawrence Hollyer

On Monday September 26, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Navy Veteran Lawrence Hollyery at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Ray Chaplin, Lance Oberg, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Dennis Finkbeiner, and Edward Merritt.

 

John Bates

On Monday September 26, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran John Bates at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Ray Chaplin, Lance Oberg, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Dennis Finkbeiner, and Edward Merritt.

 

David Knight

Lance Oberg, Taps only at Shelter 2

 

Wynne Clack
 
WYNNE ROLLINSON CLACK
 
Wynne was born June 2, 1925 in Alma, Michigan, the son of Professor Robert Wood Clack and Edith (Gordon) Clack.
 
He was a Seaman First Class in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946 (World War II), serving with the Seventh Fleet in the South Pacific Theater. He was awarded the American Area Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Victory Ribbon and three Battle Stars.
 
He received a B.A. degree from Alma College in 1949 and a Secondary Teachers Certificate in 1957 from Wayne State University. He resided in the greater Detroit area most of his adult life. Wynne was a teacher with Van Dyke Public Schools (in Warren, MI) from 1955 to 1980.
 
He was married to Barbara (Lull) Clack from 1946 to 1964. They had two children, Norma and David.
 
He married Bonnie (Steel) Clack in 1969 and they adopted twin girls, Karen and Kim. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in July 2009.
 
Wynne was a member of Zion Christian Church (Clawson, MI) since 1981 where he participated in choir and drama activities, including being the “prop-master”. His special Interests were teaching, telling stories, taking and organizing thousands of photographs to give to family and friends, and sharing his Christian faith with everyone.

Wynne passed away on December 9, 2009, at the age of 84.

 

 

On Monday September 26, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Navy Veteran Wynne Clack at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Ray Chaplin, Lance Oberg, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Dennis Finkbeiner, and Edward Merritt.

 

Ernest Kelley

On Monday September 26, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran Ernest Kelley at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Ray Chaplin, Lance Oberg, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Dennis Finkbeiner, and Edward Merritt.

 

Andrew Byron Pelto
On August 29 the Legion Honor Guard stood a Silent Vigil at Lynch Funeral Home for USMC Korean War Veteran and Post 216 member Andy Pelto. Legion participants were John Moore, Rich Chowaniec, Bear Hall, Dick Woodcox, Ed Merritt, Ray Chaplian, Dale Feigley, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Joe Bishop, Joe Salvia, Todd Herron, John Robinson, and AMVETS members Jerry Mantela and Larry Shaver.

Past Commander Joe Salvia gave a eulogy on behalf of American Legion Post 216.

On Tuesday August 30 The Honor Team supported military honors at Oak Grove Cemetery by providing a Firing Team and USMC jeep escort form the Church to the cemetery. Rich Chowanic commanded the firing team which included riflemen John Moore, Joe Bishop, Lance Oberg, Ray Clinard, John Robinson, and Chuck Bowman.

The Color Guard members were Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Jerry Mantela and Larry Shaver.

Andrew Byron Pelto, a resident of Milford, Michigan for thirty-five years was received into the loving arms of Jesus on Friday, August 26, 2011. Andrew passed at home in the care of his family. He was 79 years old. Born on November 23, 1931 in Bessemer, Michigan, he was the son of Tynne Marianne Kangus and Andrew Herman Pelto.

He served our country as member of the Marine Corps during the Korean War and the historic Battle of Chosin Reservoir in Northeastern Korea. This Marine is one of the “Chosin Few.” He was a member of the Milford American Legion Post No. 216.

He graduated from Wayne State University in 1957 earning a Bachelors Degree, Mechanical Engineering. He worked at Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Hydromation Company and was a founding member of Filtra-Systems Company.

He retired in 1994 and enjoyed his family and his faith in God. He was an active attendee of South Hill Church in Milford, (Oak Pointe Church of Milford) and taught youth classes, vacation bible study and sang in the choir, church productions and Christmas Eve services. Sundays after church, family members and friends often gathered at the Pelto home in Milford for a home cooked meal and fellowship. Andrew enjoyed many family gatherings and the solitude at the family cottage on Big Wolf Lake in Lewiston, Michigan. Winter vacations in Madeira Beach, Florida were enjoyed for many years with family and friends.

Andrew is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-eight years, Marion June (Petrick) and their children, Kevin (Bridget), Janene (Glynn) Simmons, Greg (Nancy), Brian (Jill), Julie (Chris) Dahlin, David, thirteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one deceased. Also survived by his brother, Paul Pelto and sister Annabelle Casley and a large extended family on his Finnish side and his wife Marion’s Italian side. Andrew demonstrated valiant Finnish “SISU” in this lifetime on earth.

 

Norman Lee

On Monday August 22, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S.M.C. Veteran Norman Lee at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dennis Finkbeiner, Mel Easterday, and Edward Merritt.

 

James Jackson

On Monday August 22, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran James Jackson at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dennis Finkbeiner, Mel Easterday, and Edward Merritt.

 

Harry Squires

On Monday August 22, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran Harry Squires at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dennis Finkbeiner, Mel Easterday, and Edward Merritt.

 

Ruben Deloach

On Monday August 22, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran Ruben Deloach at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dennis Finkbeiner, Mel Easterday, and Edward Merritt.

 

Harold Molter

On Monday August 22, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran Harold Molter at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dennis Finkbeiner, Mel Easterday, and Edward Merritt.

 

Dennis Young

On Monday August 22, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for USMC Veteran Dennis Young at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dennis Finkbeiner, Mel Easterday, and Edward Merritt.

 

Stephen J. Kielian

On Tuesday August 9 the Honor Guard provided military funeral honors for U.S. Army Air Corps veteran Stephen Kielian at St. Mary's church in Milford. Honor Guard members participating were John Moore, Rich Chowaniec, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, Chuck Bowman, Skip Davison, Joe Salvia, and Joe Bishop. The Color Guard members were Nortie Caswell, Larry Shaver, John Moore, and Jerry Mantela. Skip Davison was the Commander and Dale Feigley was the Bugler.

 

Conrad Samson

On Monday July 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Conrad Samson at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, John Robinson, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Robert Barber

On Monday July 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Robert Barber at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Richard Cardenas

On Monday July 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Richard Cardenas at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, John Robinson, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Harold Dodson

On Monday July 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Air Force Veteran Harold Dodson at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Paris Whittington

On Monday July 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Paris Whittington at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, John Robinson, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Stanislaw Gawel

On Monday July 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Stanislaw Gawel at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, John Robinson, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Dwight Schrock

On Monday July 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Dwight Schrock West at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

James Duty

On Monday July 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for USMC Veteran James Duty at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, John Robinson, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Donald Sarney

On Monday July 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Donald Sarney at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Wallace West

On Monday July 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Wallace West at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Donald Harrington

On Saturday July 16, the Legion Honor Team provided military honors for US Navy Veteran Donald Harrington at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery at 10 mile and Beach. Honor Guard members participating were Rifle Commander Skip Davison, Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Dale Feigley, Ron Nevorski, Gerry Mantela, and Larry Shaver.

 

Fred Ellison

On Monday June 27, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Air Force Veteran Fred Ellison at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, John Moore Skip Davison, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Duane Holbeck

On Monday June 27, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Marine Corps Veteran Duane Holbeck at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, John Moore Skip Davison, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Henry Marsh

On Monday June 27, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Henry Marsh at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, John Moore Skip Davison, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Evertt Emerick

On Monday June 27, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Navy Veteran Everett Emerick at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, John Moore Skip Davison, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Joseph Mooney

On Monday June 27, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Air Corp Veteran Joseph Mooney at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, John Moore Skip Davison, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Frank Maza

On Monday June 27, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Air Force Veteran Frank Maza at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, John Moore Skip Davison, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Thomas Heise

On Monday June 27, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Navy VeteranThomas Heise at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, John Moore Skip Davison, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Mario Chiriaco

On Monday June 27, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Mario Chiriaco at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, John Moore Skip Davison, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Martha Vandenbergh

On Monday June 27, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Coast Guard Veteran Martha Vandenbergh at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, John Moore Skip Davison, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Roland Beatty

On Monday June 27, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Ronald Beatty at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, John Moore Skip Davison, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Donald Neil "Don" Stevenson
On Thursday June 9, members of American Legion Post 216 stood a Silent Watch from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, for WWII Navy Veteran and Post 216 member Don Stevenson. Participating Post 216 members included Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, Mel Easterday, Todd Herron, John Moore, John Robinson, Joe Salvia, Ray Clinard, Joe Bishop, Skip Davison, Ron Nevorski, Ike Eickholdt, Lance Oberg, Richard Woodcox, Larry Shaver (AMVET), and Rich Chowaniec.

At 7:00 pm, Commander Tony Puente, conducted a short Legion Ceremony. These events took place at the Lynch Funeral Home in Milford.

On Friday June10 team members provided funeral honors at Lynch Funeral Home in Milford and at the Great Lakes National Cemetery. These Honors included a final salute and Pall Bearer duties at the funeral home, and Pall Bearing and a rifle volley at Great Lakes. Active duty Navy personnel along with MSG Rector conducted the flag ceremony. The family provided the Bugler. Two flags were presented. One to the son and one to the daughter. Joe Salvia read the meaning of each flag fold during the folding of the second flag. Ceremonial shells were given to the daughter and son by Rich Chowaniec and Skip Davison.

Rifle team members were commanded by Rich Chowaniec, and included Ron Nevorski, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Joe Bishop, Dale Feigley, Dennis Finkbeiner and Chuck Bowman.

Mel Easterday distributed the shells to the family.

Obituary

Donald Neil Stevenson of Milford died on Monday, June 6, 2011 in the care of his family and Arbor Hospice. He was 88 years old.

Born in Detroit on April 15, 1923, he was the son of Charles and Hazel Stevenson. He grew up in Detroit, attended Cass Tech High School, and soon after that joined the U.S. Navy to serve as an Electrical Technician. He met Hazelle in 1945 at a dance in Washington D.C., and they became partners for life on and off of the dance floor. After the war ended, Don brought his bride home to Detroit to start their family. He worked as an electrician throughout the Detroit area and was recently recognized for 65 years service to the IBEW. In the 1980's he built his wife's dream home in Milford, and the couple got involved in their new community while they eased into retirement. They volunteered as poll workers on Election Days; Don served in the Oakland County Mounted Division with his horse Scholar; and, he played Taps as part of the Honor Guard with American Legion Post 216. He loved tinkering with nuts and bolts as well as computer projects. He enjoyed playing cards, bike riding, roller skating and all manner of social activities. Don Stevenson was well known for his easy smile and his gentlemanly ways. And more than anything, he loved his family, spending hours around the dinner table sharing stories - his and theirs.

Preceded in death by his beloved wife Hazelle in 2006, he is survived by his daughter Dorene (Ted) Grekowicz and his son Ron (Sheila) Stevenson; his grandchildren Paul (Megan) Grekowicz, Brian (Audrey) Grekowicz, Kari Stevenson, Kelli (Jimmy) Maxwell; his great-grandchildren Jenna, Bennett, and Kate; his sister, Joy Stevenson; and his dear friend Eleanor. Many extended family and friends will also join in mourning the death of a good man and giving thanks to God for his life among them.

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, Friday, June 10, 10 AM. The Rev. James Braid to officiate. Burial & Military Honors at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI. Friends may visit Thursday 3-9 PM. Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 216 & Arbor Hospice. For further information please call 248-684-6645.

 

Robert "Bob" Hodson
On Tuesday May 24, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at Milford St. Mary Cemetery for US Army Air Corps Veteran and Post 216 member Robert Hodson. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, John Moore, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin. Chuck Bowman was the Commander, and Mel Easterday was the Bugler.

Obituary

Robert "Bob" Hodson, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, surrounded by his caring family. He was 87 years old.

Bob was born on November 5, 1923 in Philadelphia. He spent his youth in Germantown and Merion, PA where he engaged in numerous shenanigans with his best and lifelong friend, Dutch Buckley. He received an Engineering degree from Johns Hopkins University.
He proudly served in the United States Air Force during World War II – from 1943 to 1945 - flying numerous missions over Nazi Germany and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Shortly after returning home from the war, Bob met Reggie Lubaczewski on a lucky Friday the 13th at Yale & Town where they both worked. They were married in 1948 and moved to Chicago with Yale & Town. They returned to Philadelphia where in 1952, their first daughter Christine was born and they purchased their first home. In 1953 daughter #2 Barbara came along.

Bob was a salesman, and his career took him and his family to many new places. In 1956 they moved to Binghamton, NY, then to Elmira, NY and in 1957 Kathy was born. Another move took the family to Berkley Heights NJ, where Peggy was born in January of 1964 and Tricia was born in December that same year – not an easy feat for Reggie.

In 1965, the now complete Hodson clan moved to Chagrin Falls, OH where Bob worked for Devro , a division of Johnson & Johnson. In 1971 the nomads moved to Michigan where Bob worked for Hygrade Foods, and later for Exotic Rubber and Plastics.

Over the next 20 years, all the girls married wonderful men. Bob enjoyed the company of all these men and was fortunate to get to know his eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Bob was always very involved in the church. He served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector on most weekends and chaired many groups within the church. He enjoyed debating many mysteries with the men’s group at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Alhambra was also a very big part of Bob’s life where he served a number of roles including Grand Commander.

After his retirement, Bob volunteered for SCORE in Oakland County where he shared his business expertise, helping many people start and maintain their own small businesses.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of over 63 years, Regina; daughters Christine (Tom) MacNaughton, Barbara (Mark) Gow, Kathleen (Dan) McLean, Peggy (Ken d. 2009) Bohn, Patricia (Rob) Dewar; grandchildren, Justin & Lauren Gow, Erica & Kaitlyn McLean, Patricia & Jennifer Bohn, Robby & Christopher Dewar and great granddaughter, Lily Gow.

 

Kenneth Dean
On Monday May 23, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for United States Army Veteran and Post 216 member Ken Dean at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Jeff Dean, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

Firing with the team was Bob's son, Jeff Dean. Rich Chowaniec commanded the Firing Team and Dale Feigley was the Bugler. John Moore and Joe Salvia escorted the Dean family.

 

Raymond Smith

On Monday May 23, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Air Force Veteran Raymond Smith at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Vernard Walker

On Monday May 23, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Vernard Walker at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Edward Dorony

On Monday May 23, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Edward Dorony at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Sebastian Tringali

On Monday May 23, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Sebastian Tringali at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Robert Crawford

On Monday May 23, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Robert Crawford at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Robert Roy Godwin, 1932 - 2011
On Sunday May 15, members of American Legion Post 216 stood a Silent Watch from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm, for Korean War Veteran and Post 216 member Robert Roy Godwin. Participating Post 216 members included Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, Mel Easterday, Todd Herron, John Moore, John Robinson, Lance Oberg, Joe Salvia, Ray Clinard, Joe Bishop, Skip Davison, Ron Nevorski, Dennis Powers, Richard Woodcox, Bear Hall, and Rich Chowaniec.

At 7:00 pm, Commander Tony Puente, conducted a Legion Ceremony. These events took place at the Lynch Funeral Home in Milford.

On Monday May 16 team members provided funeral honors at the Milford United Methodist Church. These Honors included a final salute in the church, and a rifle volley outside. Active duty Marines folded and presented the flag.

Rifle team members were commanded by Rich Chowaniec (USMC) , and included Ron Nevorski (USMC), John Moore, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Joe Bishop, Lance Oberg, and Chuck Bowman.

The Color Guard included Nortie Caswell (American flag), Mel Easterday (POW/MIA), Larry Shaver (State of Michigan), Ray Clinard (American Legion, and Joe Salvia (AMVETS). Bear Hall (USMC) carried the Marine Corps Colors.

Rich Chowaniec and Ron Nevorski escorted the hearse in the Marine Corps Jeep as it passed by Bob's home, and American Legion Hall on its way back to the funeral home.

Obituary

Robert Roy “Bob” Godwin, a resident of Milford for forty years, died at home on Thursday, May 12, 2011 in the care of his family of complications of pulmonary disease. He was 79 years old. Born on February 4, 1932 in Highland Park, he was the son of John and Neva (McLean) Godwin.

He grew up in a nation going to war and in a city that was the “arsenal of democracy,” during World War II. Stories of the First Marine Division’s great battles at Guadalcanal, New Britain, Pelelieu and Okinawa led him to sign up for the Marine Corp Reserves when he graduated from high school in 1949 and soon thereafter he was assigned to the First Marines as the country returned to war in Korea in 1950. A machine gunner in a rifle company, he soon saw action as part of the U.N. forces in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in northeastern Korea, in November and December of 1950, where sixty thousand Chinese troops far outnumbered the “Chosin Few” who nonetheless were able to get free of the encircling Chinese through some of the most difficult combat and miserable winter conditions the Marines ever fought in. While not among the 4400 Marine combat casualties of that engagement, Bob was among more than 7300 of the “frozen Chosin” and spent three months in hospital recovering from frostbite related injuries. His division was awarded Presidential Citations for valor by the governments of the United States and South Korea.

Later in his active duty, Corporal Godwin trained troops at Camp Lejeune, NC and in the Caribbean, returning home in 1953 with his honorable discharge. He took up his studies at Highland Park Community College where friends introduced him to Ann Hudson, the love of his life. They were married on May 14, 1954 and settled in northwest Detroit where Bob began his twenty-five years of service with the Detroit Police Department and Ann took care of their growing family. In 1971, they moved out to Milford, to the home on Union Street.

Robert Godwin was a spit and polish Marine who lived by the Corps’ motto, Semper Fi and his service extended through war time and difficult times in the City of Detroit and, after retirement, to his longtime involvement with Milford Post #216 of the American Legion where he was a faithful member of the Honor Squad providing final details for deceased veterans.

Though “once a Marine, always a Marine,” and “tough through and through” as Marines always are, Bob Godwin was a loving husband and father with a deep sense of duty and service to others and an especially tender heart for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His pride in his family shone through when he hung a U.S. Army flag from his house to mark his grandson’s active service to his country. He enjoyed woodworking, building furniture and model airplanes. He was an avid collector of military paraphernalia and a self-taught historian of war and its impact on those who serve. A man of quiet and abiding faith, he was a longtime member of Milford United Methodist Church.

Preceded in death by his son, Randy and a brother, John, he is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Ann, and their children, Cheryl (Larry) Bond, Robert, Rick (Rachel), Lora (Bill) Holcomb, Pamela (Frank) Fisher; grandchildren, Wendy Wise (Gavan) Thomson, Phillip Wise, Rob (Cassie) Godwin, Veronica Godwin, Ryan, Alex and Jordan Kidd, Frank, Audrey and David Fisher; great grandchildren, Lachlan Thomson and Michaela Godwin. Also survived by his brother, Tom (Carolyn), many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends and fellow veterans who join with his family in mourning the death of an honorable man and giving thanks to God for his life among them.

Funeral Service from Milford United Methodist Church, 1200 Atlantic St., Milford, Monday, May 16 at 11 AM with Rev. Gregg Mayberry officiating. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, Sunday 2-9PM. The American Legion will offer a service Sunday evening at 7 PM in honorable recognition of Bob's activity and service with Post 216. Following cremation, he will be laid to rest at Oak Grove Cemetery, Milford. Memorials encouraged to Milford United Methodist Church or American Legion Post 216, Milford. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

 

Ronald McNiven

On Monday April 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Air Force Veteran Ronald McNiven at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

James Carter

On Monday April 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran James Carter at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Harrrel Reaves

On Monday April 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Harrel Reaves at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Eric Petticord

On Monday April 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Navy Veteran Eric Petticord at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Simeon Maycock

On Monday April 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Simeon Maycock at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Wayne Lint

On Monday April 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Navy Veteran Wayne Lint at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Gilbert Merritt

On Monday April 25, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Navy Veteran Gilbert Merritt at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

David Thomas Korte
On Thursday April 21, the Legion Honor Guard conducted military funeral honors for US Air Force Viet Nam Veteran David Korte. Mr. Korte was a member of American Legion Post 216 and and an avid member of the American Legion Riders. Rich Chowaniec commanded the Firing Team consisting of John Moore, Chuck Bowman, Ray Chaplin, Dale Feigley, Ron Nevorski, and Dennis Finkbeiner. Don Stevenson was the Bugler.

American Legion Past Commander Joseph Salvia conducted the funeral service on behalf of the family and Post 216. A final salute by the Legion Honor Guard preceded the funeral service.

David Thomas Korte, a resident of White Lake, and former resident of Milford and Livonia, died at his home on April 18, 2011 at the age of 69. David Thomas Korte was born to Fred and Virginia (Storick) Korte on April 5, 1942, and grew up in Michigan. After graduating from Romulus High School, David would go on to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force.

He would become an engineer and worked for over twenty years with Ingersol-Rand in Farmington Hills where he designed assembly line systems. David would retire from Ingersol-Rand, but never slowing down, he went on to enjoying life with his family and friends, old and new.

In the years following his retirement, David drove a school bus for Huron Valley Transportation. He shared a mutual affection with the children he would pick up and deliver safely home every day. The children would call him “Mr. Dave” and would give him gifts. David was a gift to them also. He often arranged for children to receive a coat when they had none. This kind gesture was instrumental in David’s need to see that children did not go without.

In his spare time he enjoyed his passions--golf, and his new Harley Touring Bike. He was outgoing, sociable and had many friends. He could be found many mornings at the counter of Dimitri’s Coney Island in Milford having coffee and visiting with other customers. David never met a stranger, and was known to have a big heart.

He is survived by his daughters, Kelly (Jim) Prokes of Milford and Chris (Matthew) Navarre of Livonia; his son, David (Heather) Korte of Gaylord; grandchildren, Erika, Taylor, Nicole, April, Jack, Casey, Caroline, Conrad, and Alex; a sister, Judy (Jerry) Dupler; step-mother, Elsie Korte, and her children Susan Kon and Fred Korte; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Korte and Virginia Riste.

 

Robert L. Bob Oeschger
On Wednesday April 6, a Silent Watch was conducted at Lynch Funeral Home for U.S. Army and Michigan Army National Guard veteran Bob Oeschger. Participating in the vigil were, John Moore,
Joe Salvia, John Robinson, Chuck Bowman, and Larry Shaver. Bob was an American Legion Post 216, and AMVET Post 2006 member.On Thursday April 7, the Legion Honor Guard provided military honors at both Milford United Methodist Church and at Oak Grove Cemetery. John Moore and John Robinson were two of the Pall Bearers at the church and at the cemetery.

The Honor Guard members conducted a final salute at the church, and then provided a Firing Team, Bugler, and Color Guard at Oak Grove.

The Firing Team was commanded by Chuck Bowman, and included Ray Chaplin, Ray Clinard, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, and Rich Chowaniec. The Bugler was Don Stevenson. The Color Guard members were John Robinson, Mel Easterday, Larry Shaver (AMVET), and Jerry Mantela (AMVET).

Robert L. “Bob” Oeschger, a longtime resident of Milford, died at his home on April 4, 2011 at the age of 75. Born in Albion, Michigan on July 27th, 1935, he was one of three children born to John & Gretchen (nee Stevenson). As a young man Bob joined the National Guard and served as a Specialist Third Class until his discharge in February of 1958. His service to his country continued in the US Army Reserves as Specialist Fourth Class and he was again honorably discharged in February of 1963. While still in the National Guard he met a beautiful young woman, Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Hartman, at a ‘teen canteen’ and began courting her. They fell in love and celebrated their wedding on April 1, 1955. The ceremony took place at the Methodist Church in Milford and Bob and Betty have remained members of that church for over 50 years. They made their home in Milford and lived above the furniture store on Main Street, at a house on Franklin Street and several others before moving to the house on Panorama in 1987.

Bob worked briefly for General Motors before continuing his career as a Paint Repair Specialist with Ford Motor Company. He owned and operated a Volkswagen repair shop in downtown Milford and after 48 years with Ford, he retired from the Wixom Plant in Detroit. Always a patriot and proud American, he was an active member of the American Legion Post 216 and the AMVETS Post 2006 in Milford. Bob enjoyed classic cars and fishing and talking about fishing! A people person at heart, he was famous for his conversation and could quickly turn any stranger into an old friend simply by talking with them.

He is survived by his loving wife, Betty; daughter, Jackie (Sal) Mercado; son, Rick; grandchildren, Colten, Briana, Kyle, Kody and Crystal; brother of Nancy (Harvey) Hill and David (Mary) Oeschger. Also surviving are many loving extended family members and dear friends who mourn the loss of a good man and celebrate a life well lived.

 

Harold Molter
On Monday August 22, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran Harold Molter at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Lance Oberg, Joe Bishop, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dennis Finkbeiner, Mel Easterday, and Edward Merritt.

 

Richard Morris
On Tuesday April 5, The Legion Honor Guard conducted full military honors at Milford Memorial Cemetery. Joe Salvia, Rich Chowaniec, and John Moore, folded and presented the flag. Skip Davison commanded the firing team consisting of Chuck Bowman, Ray Chaplin, Ray Clinard, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, and Joe Bishop. Don Stevenson was the Bugler, and Larry Shaver and Mel Easterday carried the colors.

 

Laverne Patrias

On Saturday April 2 the Legion Honor Guard supported MSG Rectors team at the St. Mel's Catholic Church in Dearborn Heights. The team provided a Firing Party and Bugler for this ceremony. Participating were Rich Chowaniec, Joe Bishop, Chuck Bowman, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Skip Davison, Larry Shaver, Bear Hall and Don Stevenson.

 

Mary McMillion

On Thursday March 31, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at St. Mary's church in Milford for US Army and Korean War Veteran Mary McMillion. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, Ron Nevorski, Bear Hall, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Don Stevenson, Joe Salvia, Todd Herron, Larry Shaver,Jerry Mantela and Ray Chaplin. Rich commanded the Firing Team, Don was the Bugler, Joe and Todd conducted the flag presentation, and the colors were carried by Jerry and Larry.

 

 

Karl Heigel

On Monday March 28, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Karl Heigel at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dennis Finkbeiner, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Angelo Pellegatta

On Monday March 28, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran and Post 216 member Angelo Pellegata at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dennis Finkbeiner, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Sam Rodd

On Monday March 28, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Sam Rodd at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dennis Finkbeiner, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

John Siembor

On Monday March 28, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for USMC veteran John Siembor at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dennis Finkbeiner, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Kenneth Williams

On Monday March 28, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for USMC veteran Kenneth Williams at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dennis Finkbeiner, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

James Whitfield

On Monday March 28, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Navy Veteran James Whitfield at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dennis Finkbeiner, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Dennis Platt

On Monday March 28, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for USMC Veteran Dennis Platt at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dennis Finkbeiner, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Earl Laskie

On Monday March 28, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Navy veteran Earl Laskie at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dennis Finkbeiner, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Robert Moses

On Monday March 28, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for US Army Veteran Robert Moses at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dennis Finkbeiner, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Ira P. Gates

On Saturday March 19 the Legion Honor Guard provided full military honors for U.S. Army and WWII veteran Ira P. Gates at the Highland Cemetery. Rich Chowaniec coordinated these honors and assembled a team including Don Stevenson, Skip Davison, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, Ray Clinard, Ron Nevorski, Eric Baker, Jerry Mantela, Larry Shaver, John Robinson,Joe Salvia, and Mel Easterday. Robinson and Salvia conducted the flag presentation. Chowaniec commanded the Firing Team. Stevenson was the Bugler, and the colors were carried by Easterday, Shaver, and Mantela.

 

Robert C. Harthun

On Saturday March 12 the Legion Honor Guard conducted full military honors for WWII Army Veteran Robert C. Harthun at Faith Lutheran Church in Highland. Joe Salvia and John Moore folded and presented the flag. Rich Chowaniec commanded the Firing Team consisting of Ron Nevorski, Chuck Bowman, and Ray Chaplain. Larry Shaver was the Bugler, and Jerry Mantela carried the Army flag.

 

Donald Young

On Tuesday March 1, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at Milford Memorial Cemetery for U.S. Navy Veteran Donald Young. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Skip Davison, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, Don Stevenson, and Ray Chaplin. Skip was the commander, and Don was the Bugler. Larry Shaver (AMVET) and Mel Easterday carried the US and Navy colors. Joe Salvia spoke at the funeral and attended the burial service.

 

Paul Chuba

On Monday February 28, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for USMC Veteran Paul Chuba. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Michael Getzinger

On Monday February 28, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran Michael Getzinger. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Roger Harriman

On Monday February 28, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran Roger Harriman. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Donald Bailey

On Monday February 28, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran Donald Bailey. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Pervell Manney

On Monday February 28, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran Pervell Manney. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, and Ray Chaplin.

 

William Roland

On Monday February 28, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army and homeless Veteran William Bullock. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Anthony Bullock

On Monday February 28, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army and homeless Veteran Anthony Bullock. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Ray Clinard, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, and Ray Chaplin.

 

Bruce M. Hayden, September 7, 1939 - February 6, 2011
Bruce M. Hayden, a resident of Wixom and thirty-year member of the Milford American Legion, Post 216, passed away peacefully in the care of his family at Huron Valley Hospital in Commerce Township on February 6, 2011. He was 71 years old.

In addition to his beloved wife, Bonnie, Bruce is survived by his loving children, Dean Hayden, Jeffery Hayden, Tami (Ron) Coan, Kyle Hayden; grandchildren, Olivia and Luke Coan and Kennady Hayden. Also survived by his sister, Beverly Hayden; brothers, Robert (Susan) Hayden, Michael McDonnell; many nieces and nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Arrangements were made privately by the Hayden family.

On February 9th at the request of his brothers Robert and Michael, the Legion Honor Team provided a Rifle Salute and TAPS at the Legion Hall. A majority of our Honor Guard members were present for this tribute to Bruce. The Legion hall was filled with family, friends, Legion, SAL, Riders, and Auxiliary members to pay their respects and remember Bruce for his outstanding Navy and Legion service.

 

Robert "Bob" L. Janoska, January 1, 1938 - January 25, 2011
On Monday January 31, the Post 216 Honor Guard provided Pall Bearers, a Rifle Team, a Bugler, and a Veteran’s Branch Honor Guard for U.S. Army Captain and Past Legion Commander, Bob Janoska. The Rifle Team members were Pall Bearers at the funeral home, as well as the Firing Team at Great Lakes National Cemetery. A Branch Honor Guard consisting of Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force veterans were present as the casket was placed in the hearse and at Great Lakes during the flag presentation. These members included John Moore, Bear Hall, Don Stevenson, Todd Heron, Eric Baker and Joe Salvia.Rifle Team members were Rich Chowaniec commanding, Dennis Finkbeiner, Ron Nevorski, Joe Bishop, John Robinson, Ray Clinard, Dale Feigley, Ray Chaplin, and Chuck Bowman. The Bugler was Mel Easterday.

Robert "Bob" L. Janoska of Highland died in the care of his family January 25, 2011. He was 73 years old. Born on New Years Day of 1938 in Philadelphia, he was the son of Victor and Myrtle (nee. Gardner) Janoska. Bob was a graduate of West Point Military Academy, Class of 1961. While at West Point, Bob joined the Glee Club and often spoke fondly of their performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. At age 23, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army spending the next eight years in active duty service to his country in Vietnam. Among his many decorations for service and gallantry, were the Bronze Star and Silver Star. Captain Janoska was honorably discharged in 1969. He returned to Milford, Michigan and went to work at the General Motors Proving Grounds where he worked as an engineer with a special focus on safety, accident reconstruction and crash-testing. In his late forties he suffered his first heart attack and retired after twenty years at the Grounds. He turned his talents to volunteer work with the Boy Scouts of America, speaking at Milford High School with other Vietnam Veterans, the Holly Masonic Lodge #134 F&AM, the Knights Templar and the Milford American Legion Post # 216 where he served as Commander for years and was famous as the caller of Friday Night Bingo matches at the Legion Hall.

In May of 1991, Bob married the love of his life Hazel M. (nee McGregor) and together they shared over 19 years.

To his grandchildren, visiting with Grandpa meant imagination & adventure, "Quests" & costumes!” Often they would play with Bob's robot collection or Star Wars and Star Trek memorabilia.

In addition to his wife, Hazel, he is survived by loving children: Michael (Holly) Janoska, Jeff (Linda) Janoska, Kathy Mienkwic, and Linda Schank; grandchildren Allison, Ian, Nicholas, Elisabeth, Sean, Travis, Emily; brother Al (Dottie), also many extended family and dear friends who join Bob's family in celebrating Bob's life, mourning his death and giving thanks to God for his life among them.

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford Monday, Jan. 31st 10 AM. The Rev. Dr. R. John Harris to officiate. Military Honors & burial at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Friends may visit Sunday 3-9 PM. Masonic Services Sunday evening 7:30 PM.

 

Angelo B. Pellegata, March 3, 1934 - January 25, 2011
On Friday January 28 the Post 216 Honor Guard presented full military honors for Korean War Army Veteran Angelo Pelligata at St. Marys Church in Milford. Angelo was also a Post 216 member.Flag folding and presentation were conducted by Joe Salvia and John Moore. Joe presented the flag.

The rifle team was commanded by Skip Davison and included Ron Nevorski, Chuck Bowman, Dale Feigley, Rich Chowaniec, Ray Clinard, and Joe Bishop. Mel Easterday was the Bugler.

Color Guard members included Nortie Caswell, and Amvets members Larry Shaver and Jerry Mantela.

Angelo Pellegata, a resident of Milford for 40 years, died on Tuesday morning, January 25, 2011 at Genesys Health Care in Grand Blanc surrounded by his family who had kept vigil with him since he suffered a stroke two weeks ago. He was 76 years old. Born on March 1, 1934 near the Eastern Market in Detroit’s lower east side, he was the son of Italian immigrants Biagio and Victoria Pellegata. Angelo met the love of his life, Eileen Bolchi in the first grade. By the sixth grade she agreed to be his girl friend. Their first date was to the Rialto Theater and after college and honorable service with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, they were married in July of 1957. An engraver by trade, most of his career was spent in marketing and advertising. He held the Chrysler account with Ross Roy advertising with whom he worked for fifteen years before going with the Valeron Corporation. After a heart attack in 1995, he retired but kept himself busy with golf and good friends, indulging his life long interest in history, monthly meetings with pals from the old neighborhood, morning coffee with his buddies, nights out to dinner or the casinos with Eileen and caring for his sons and five granddaughters. “La familia” – it’s all about family – is something Angelo always believed and he had a gift for making everyone feel like family. When Meijers opened a new store in Hartland, Angelo took a job as a greeter for the pure enjoyment he took in being among people. Angelo was a man who had a deep respect for his fellow human, a fierce love for his family, a deep faith, and endearing style.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, Eileen, he is survived by his sons, Dean (Donna) Pellegata of Howell, Ken Pellegata of Hartland and Carl (Mindy) Pellegata of Algonac. Also his five granddaughters, Leah (Joe) Ohmer, Lauren, Caitlyn, Mia and Ava; a brother, Frank (Mary) Pellegata of Northville, a nephew Steve Pellegata and a host of dear friends who join with his family in mourning the death of a dear man and giving thanks to God for his life among them.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1955 E. Commerce in Milford, on Friday at 11 AM. Fr. Ron Anderson will officiate. Military honors will follow. Following cremation, burial will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

 

Robert Covert

On Monday January 24, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Coast Guard Veteran Robert Covert. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Joe Bishop, Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dennis Finkbeiner, Dale Feigley, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, and Skip Davison.

 

Glenn Reed

On Monday January 24, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran Glenn Reed. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Joe Bishop, Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Dennis Finkbeiner, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, and Skip Davison.

Special service at shelter 2. Split Squad.

 

Louis Markee

On Monday January 24, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S.M.C. Veteran Louis Markee. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Joe Bishop, Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Dennis Finkbeiner, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, and Skip Davison.

Split Squad at shelter 1

 

Julius Clark

On Monday January 24, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran Julius Clark. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Joe Bishop, Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dennis Finkbeiner, Dale Feigley, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, and Skip Davison.

 

Frank Yager

On Monday January 24, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran Frank Yager. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Joe Bishop, Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Dennis Finkbeiner, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, and Skip Davison.

 

Gerald Kielbasa

On Monday January 24, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran Gerald Kielbasa. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Joe Bishop, Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dennis Finkbeiner, Dale Feigley, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, and Skip Davison.

 

Gordon Felts

On Monday January 24, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Army Veteran Gordon Felts. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Joe Bishop, Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dennis Finkbeiner, Dale Feigley, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, and Skip Davison.

 

Albert Dawson

On Monday January 24, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Navy Veteran Albert Dawson. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Joe Bishop, Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Dennis Finkbeiner, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, and Skip Davison.

 

William Patterson

On Monday January 24, the Legion honor team provided Funeral Honors at GLNC for U.S. Air Force Veteran William Patterson. Post 216 Honor Guard members who participated were Joe Bishop, Rich Chowaniec, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dennis Finkbeiner, Dale Feigley, Chuck Bowman, Mel Easterday, Ray Clinard, and Skip Davison.

 

Frank F. Hrlic

The Legion Honor Guard traveled to at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia on January 18 to provide military honors for WWII Army Air Corps Veteran Frank F. Hrlic. Team members participating were Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, John Moore, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, Skip Davison, Ray Clinard, Joe Bishop, and Mel Easterday. Rich was the Commander, and Mel was the Bugler.

 

Alberto Rodriguez Fernandez

On Saturday January 8 the Legion Honor Guard provided funeral honors for former U.S. Army and WWII Veteran Alberto Fernandez at Milford Memorial Cemetery. Honor Guard members participating were, John Moore, Chuck Bowman, Lance Oberg, Rich Chowaniec, John Robinson, Dale Feigley, Ron Nevorski, Joe Bishop, Ray Clinard, Ray Chaplin, Todd Herron, and Skip Davison.

Rich Chowaniec commanded the Firing Team, John Moore was the Bugler, and Lance Oberg and Chuck Bowman provided the Color Guard.