Milford Legion Post 216

Taps 2015

Honor Ceremonies (69) for the Year 2015

The listings below are displayed in reverse chronological order with the latest ceremony shown first

Ronald Holloway

On Monday December 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Ronald Holloway at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, John Robinson, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, John Schimetz, Ron Nevorski, Rich Chowaniec and Ray Clinard.

Roy Johnson

On Monday December 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Ronald Holloway at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, John Robinson, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, John Schimetz, Ron Nevorski, Rich Chowaniec and Ray Clinard.

Anthony Bly

On Monday December 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Ronald Holloway at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, John Robinson, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, John Schimetz, Ron Nevorski, Rich Chowaniec and Ray Clinard.

Terry Weigel

On Monday December 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Ronald Holloway at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, John Robinson, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, John Schimetz, Ron Nevorski, Rich Chowaniec and Ray Clinard.

George Olshove

On Monday December 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Ronald Holloway at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, John Robinson, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, John Schimetz, Ron Nevorski, Rich Chowaniec and Ray Clinard.

Gary Stewart

On Monday December 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Ronald Holloway at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, John Robinson, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, John Schimetz, Ron Nevorski, Rich Chowaniec and Ray Clinard.

Harvey Robinson

On Monday December 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Ronald Holloway at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, John Robinson, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, John Schimetz, Ron Nevorski, Rich Chowaniec and Ray Clinard.

William Diebolt

On Monday December 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Ronald Holloway at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, John Robinson, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, John Schimetz, Ron Nevorski, Rich Chowaniec and Ray Clinard.

Thomas Evans

On Monday November 23, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Rudolp Hammerbacher at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, John Robinson, John Schimetz, Lance Oberg, Dale Feigley and Rich Chowaniec.

Rudolp Hammerbacher

On Monday November 23, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Rudolp Hammerbacher at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, John Robinson, John Schimetz, Lance Oberg, Dale Feigley and Rich Chowaniec.

Aaron Davenport

On Monday November 23, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Rudolp Hammerbacher at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, John Robinson, John Schimetz, Lance Oberg, Dale Feigley and Rich Chowaniec.

Freddie Roberdson

On Monday November 23, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Rudolp Hammerbacher at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, John Robinson, John Schimetz, Lance Oberg, Dale Feigley and Rich Chowaniec.

Steven Landrum

On Monday November 23, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Rudolp Hammerbacher at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, John Robinson, John Schimetz, Lance Oberg, Dale Feigley and Rich Chowaniec.

Billie Forsythe

On Monday October 26, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Billie Forsythe at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Skip Davison, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Eddie Samson

On Monday October 26, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Eddie Samson at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Skip Davison, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Billy Bates

On Monday October 26, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Billy Bates at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Skip Davison, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Phillip Pellerito

On Monday October 26, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Phillip Pellerito at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Skip Davison, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Leon James

On Monday October 26, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Leon James at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Skip Davison, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Patrice Primeau

On Monday October 26, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USAF Veteran Melvin Primeau at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Skip Davison, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Theofice White

On Monday October 26, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USN Veteran Theofice White at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Skip Davison, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Harold Keas

On Monday October 26, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Harold Keas at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Skip Davison, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Melvin Schupbach

On Monday October 26, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Melvin Schupbach at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Skip Davison, Dale Feigley, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Ben Morfino

On Tuesday October 20, Military Funeral Honors were rendered for US Army WWII Veteran Ben Morfino at Leland Cemetery in Hamburg MI. American Legion Post 216 provided the Honor Guard and Amvets Post 2006 provided the Color Guard and Bugler. Participating for the Legion were John Robinson (Commander), Mike Kotas, Lance Oberg, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, John Schimetz, and Joe Bishop. Amvets members participating were John Moore, Jerry Mantela, and Larry Shaver.

Warren Weber

On Monday September 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for Merchant Marine Veteran Warren Weber at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Jerry Guest, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

David Gochnour

On Monday September 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran David Gochnour at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Jerry Guest, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Harold Bateman

On Monday September 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Harold Bateman at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Jerry Guest, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Adolph Scott

On Monday September 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USN Veteran Adolph Scott at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Jerry Guest, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Douglas Johnson

On Monday September 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Douglas Johnson at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Jerry Guest, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Harry Sawka

On Monday September 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Harry Sawka at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Jerry Guest, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Parl Dewdney

On Monday September 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USAF Veteran Paul Dewdney at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Jerry Guest, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Donald Howard

On Monday September 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USAF Veteran Donald Howard at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Jerry Guest, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Willie Anderson

On Monday September 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USAF Veteran Willie Anderson at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Jerry Guest, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Clifford Studaker

On Monday September 28, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Clifford Studaker at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ed Merritt, John Robinson, Joe Bishop, Jerry Guest, Lance Oberg, and Ray Clinard.

Frank Frontier

On Monday August 24, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Frank Frontier at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, John Robinson, and Dennis Finkbeiner.

James Mitchell

On Monday August 24, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Navy Veteran James Mitchell at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, John Robinson, and Dennis Finkbeiner.

David Biskner

On Monday August 24, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Navy Veteran David Biskner at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, John Robinson, and Dennis Finkbeiner.

Jason William

On Monday August 24, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USMC Veteran Jason William at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, John Robinson, and Dennis Finkbeiner.

Tom Adams

On Monday August 24, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Tom Adams at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, John Robinson, and Dennis Finkbeiner.

Damien Moore

On Monday August 24, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Damien Moore at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, John Robinson, and Dennis Finkbeiner.

Richard Berube

On Monday August 24, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USAF Veteran Richard Berube at Great Lakes National Cemetery. The members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, John Robinson, and Dennis Finkbeiner.

Harry Lasswell

On July 11, The Legion Honors Team rendered full military honors for Korean Army War Veteran Harry Lasswell at the Lasswell residence in Waterford. Rich Chowaniec commanded the rifle team consisting of Lance Oberg, Jerry Guest, Mike Kotis, Ron Nevorski. Larry Shaver was the Bugler.Jerry Mantela carried the US Army Colors.
Joe Salvia and John Moore conducted the flag folding and presentation ceremony.

George Bickersteth

On Saturday June 22, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USMC Veteran George Bickersteh at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Dale Feigley,John Robinson, Ron Nevorski, Lance Oberg, and Skip Davison.

Edward Lattimore

On Saturday June 22, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Jack Edward Lattimore at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Dale Feigley,John Robinson, Ron Nevorski, Lance Oberg, and Skip Davison.

Daniel Basehore

On Saturday June 22, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USAF Veteran Daniel Basehore at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Dale Feigley,John Robinson, Ron Nevorski, Lance Oberg, and Skip Davison.

Jack Coleman

On Saturday June 22, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Jack Coleman at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Dale Feigley,John Robinson, Ron Nevorski, Lance Oberg, and Skip Davison.

Duane Tangue

On Saturday June 22, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Navy Veteran Duane Tangue
at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Dale Feigley,John Robinson, Ron Nevorski, Lance Oberg, and Skip Davison.

James Kalis

On Saturday June 22, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Navy Veteran James Kalis at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Dale Feigley,John Robinson, Ron Nevorski, Lance Oberg, and Skip Davison.

Jack Broadworth

On Saturday June 22, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Jack Broadworth at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Dale Feigley,John Robinson, Ron Nevorski, Lance Oberg, and Skip Davison.

Henry Mertz

On Saturday June 22, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Henry Mertz at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Dale Feigley,John Robinson, Ron Nevorski, Lance Oberg, and Skip Davison.

Edward Zapert

On Saturday June 22, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Edward Zapert at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Dale Feigley,John Robinson, Ron Nevorski, Lance Oberg, and Skip Davison.

Robert Kelly

On Saturday May 23, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Robert Kelly at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Dennis Finkbeiner, Jerry Guest, John Schimetz, Lance Oberg, and Skip Davison.

John Morrison

On Saturday May 23, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran John Morrison at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Dennis Finkbeiner, Jerry Guest, John Schimetz, Lance Oberg, and Skip Davison.

Phillip Chapman

On Saturday May 23, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Phillip Chapman at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Dennis Finkbeiner, Jerry Guest, John Schimetz, Lance Oberg, and Skip Davison.

Donald Reich

On Saturday May 23, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Donald Reich at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Dennis Finkbeiner, Jerry Guest, John Schimetz, Lance Oberg, and Skip Davison.

James Casey

On Saturday May 23, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran James Casey at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Dennis Finkbeiner, Jerry Guest, John Schimetz, Lance Oberg, and Skip Davison.

Leslie Harris

On Monday April 17, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Navy Veteran Leslie Harris at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, John Schimetz, Dale Feigley, and Skip Davison.

Kenneth Abraham

On Monday April 17, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Kenneth Abraham at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, John Schimetz, Dale Feigley, and Skip Davison.

Henry Williams

On Monday April 17, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USMC Veteran Henry Williams at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, John Schimetz, Dale Feigley, and Skip Davison.

Cleveland Watts

On Monday April 17, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Cleveland Watts at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, John Schimetz, Dale Feigley, and Skip Davison.

Owen Davis

On Monday April 17, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Owen Davis at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, John Schimetz, Dale Feigley, and Skip Davison.

Glen Franklin

On Monday April 17, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Glen Franklin at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, John Schimetz, Dale Feigley, and Skip Davison.

Donald Brandt

On Monday April 17, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Donald Brandt at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, John Schimetz, Dale Feigley, and Skip Davison.

Edwin Clark

On Monday April 17, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for US Army Veteran Edwin Clark at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, John Schimetz, Dale Feigley and Skip Davison.

Anthony Newman

On Monday April 17, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USMC Veteran Anthony Newman at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, John Schimetz, Dale Feigley and Skip Davison.

Garner Sherwood

On Wednesday April 1, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Garner Sherwood at the West Highland Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, Ray Clinard, Ed Merritt, Dale Feigley, John Schmitez, John Moore, Eric Baker, Larry Shaver, Gerry Mantela and Skip Davison.
Chuck was the Commander.

Kenneth Brooks

On Monday March 23, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Kenneth Brooks at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman, Ray Clinard, Ed Merritt, Lance Oberg, Dale Feigley, John Schmitez, and Skip Davison.

Paul McGregor

On Monday March 23, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USAF Veteran Paul McGregor at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Chuck Bowman,i Ray Clinard, Ed Merritt, Lance Oberg, Dale Feigley, John Schmitez, and Skip Davison.

Gordon Haggerty

On Sunday March 8, the Legion Honor Guard rendered full Military Honors for US Navy Veteran Gordon "Gordie" Haggerty at Lynch Funeral Home in Milford. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Jerry Guest , Dale Feigley, and John Moore. Chuck commanded the firing team. John Moore and Rich Chowaniec folded the flag, and Rich presented.

James Singleton

On Monday February 23, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran James Singleton at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski,i Ray Clinard, Ed Merritt, Eric Baker, John Robinson and Lance Oberg.

Raymond Turner

On Monday February 23, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USN Veteran Raymond Turner at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski,i Ray Clinard, Ed Merritt, Eric Baker, John Robinson and Lance Oberg.

Alexander Early

On Monday February 23, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USA Veteran Alexander Early at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski,i Ray Clinard, Ed Merritt, Eric Baker, John Robinson and Lance Oberg.

George Vanhouw

On Monday January 26, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USAF Veteran George Vanhouw at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski Ray Clinard, Ed Merritt, Skip Davison, John Robinson and Lance Oberg.

Leslie Bour

On Monday January 26, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USAF Veteran Leslie Bourl at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski Ray Clinard, Ed Merritt, Skip Davison, John Robinson and Lance Oberg.

Paul Neal

On Monday January 26, the Legion Honor Guard rendered Military Honors for USMC Veteran Paul Neal at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those members participating were, Michael Kotas, Rich Chowaniec, Chuck Bowman, Ron Nevorski, Ray Clinard, Ed Merritt, Skip Davison, John Robinson and Lance Oberg.

David Murray Burley

David Murray Burley, a lifelong resident of the Milford area, died at Huron Valley Sinai Hospital, surrounded by family, on Sunday, January 11, 2015. He was 88 years old.

Born on January 3, 1927 into the large family of James and Elizabeth (Clark) Burley, Murray and his three brothers and seven sisters were raised on the family’s farm on Tipsico Lake Rd. north of Middle Rd. in Highland and his great-grand father Asa Prior’s farm at the west end of the township near the G.M. Proving Grounds. A child of the Great Depression, Murray was raised with a deep faith, an appetite for honest labor and appreciation for the ties that bind family together, generation after generation. The Burleys planted corn and potatoes, wheat and oats, cucumbers for the pickle factory and kept cows and chickens and a team of horses. When his father and elder brothers outfitted their flat-bed truck with a box they built to deliver potatoes to Detroit, it was the beginning of Murray and his brothers’ career as Teamsters. Eventually, they drove routes all over the Midwest. Murray delivered parts for General Motors primarily between Detroit, Michigan and Buffalo, New York.

Murray was not quite fifteen when Pearl Harbor was attacked in December of 1941 and the United States entered World War II. In his junior year at Milford High School, following his brother, Harold, who’d gone into the Army Air Corps, Murray enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Navy Air Corps from 1944-1946, stationed in Guam, flying air and sea rescues throughout the South Pacific. After the war, he came home to Milford and resumed his education, graduating from Milford High School with sixty-five other classmates, a dozen of whom, like Murray were wartime veterans.

He was a proud member of the American Legion Post 216, serving as its historian for years and helping with honor teams for veteran’s burial services. He was an active member of Milford Presbyterian Church.
Murray Burley was a farm boy and Navy flier, a long distance Teamster, a John Deere aficionado and fan of big band music. He was a storyteller and cartoonist and sketch artist and talented woodworker, a loving husband and father and family man and friend and a child of God for whom the term “salt of the earth” seemed perfectly suited. Murray could always be found working on some repair project at the church, where he’d served as an elder and an usher, tinkering with an old car, tractor, or train set out in the barn. He also enjoyed having coffee with the old soldiers and sailors at the American Legion and breakfasting with old pals as he did most mornings, sketching their portraits on napkins. He had about him an abundance of goodwill, generosity and fellow feeling that made him a living exemplar of the beatitudes. His faith and family brought him through the Great Depression, a World War, life’s plentiful sorrows and abundant joys. In the end they saw him through the Alzheimer’s disease that took him from us. Through all of it, his generous spirit, ready smile, and willingness to serve made him an easy man to love and admire, to be missed and remembered.

The American Legion Post 16 Honor Guard rendered military funeral honors at Milford Memorial Cemetery on Friday January 16. The team also stood a Silent Watch at Lynch Funeral Home on Thursday January 15.

Participating in these events were Chuck Bowman, Skip Davison, Jerry Mantela, Ron Nevorski, Dale Feigley, John Schimetz, Rich Chowaniec, Joe Bishop, Ed Merritt, Mike Kotas, Joe Salvia, Lance Oberg, Ray Clinard, and John Robinson