Deceased


Join us as we say goodbye to those we have loved and lost.


Raymond Unger

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Deceased | 0 comments

Raymond Unger

Raymond M. Unger, 85 years, Army Korean War Veteran. (Ex P.O.W.). Beloved husband of Elsie for 60 years. Devoted father of Mary (Greg) Williams and Joseph. Cherished grandfather of Thomas (Lauren) and Michael (Kristin) Williams and Rachel Unger. Dear brother of Al. Visitation Monday, April 6th, 3-9 P.M. Funeral Tuesday, 9 A.M. from the Becvar & Son Funeral Home, 5539 West 127th Street, Crestwood, to Incarnation Church for a 9:30 A.M. Mass. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL. Member of Korean War Ex P.O.W. Association, Windy City Veterans and the V.F.W. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. 708 824-9000 or www.becvarfuneralhome.com

Donald Francis Ryder

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Deceased | 0 comments

Donald Francis Ryder, 85 of East Harwich, passed away at home on March 9, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Edith M. (Lowe) Ryder, two daughters Donna Ryder Kelley, and Michele Ryder. He also leaves five stepchildren Kathleen DeLalla and her husband Eugene, Joanne Miller and her husband Raymond, Rober Parr and his wife Kimberly Conley, Daniel Parr and his fiancé Deborah Devaney, and Kevin Parr and his wife Kelly, a brother Jesse Ryder, 25 Grandchildren and 27 Great Grandchildren.

Donald was the son of the of the late Louise (Chase) and Everett Ryder, and brother of the late Mary Ellis, Phyllis Stevens, and Everett, Roland and Kenneth Ryder.

Born in Barnstable, he was a lifelong resident of Harwich. In his youth he aspired to become a jockey but was told he was too tall. He was educated in the Harwich School System and served with the United States Army Special Tactical Unit. He was captured in North Korea and held as a POW for 28 months.

Following his military service he returned to Harwich and worked as a commercial fisherman and following work in the Harwich Water Dept., he went to work for the Natural Resource Dept. Don served as assistant natural resource officer, assistant fish and game warden and assistant harbor master prior to his retirement. He was instrumental in starting and maintaining the quahog seeding program and the Saquatucket Harbor docks, bubbler system.

Don served as the first Commander of the Dennis Port VFW post 8074 and was a life-long member of the Chatham VFW. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading National Geographic, and had a life-long love of animals and wildlife. He enjoyed traveling with Edie to Japan, Canada and throughout the United States, as well as attending POW reunions in Kentucky, Tennessee and Colorado.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday April 17, from 10 am – 12 noon at the Morris, O’Connor & Blute Funeral Home 678 Main St., Harwich Center. A service with military honors will follow at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA.

In lieu of flowers gifts in Donald’s memory may be made to the Cape Cod Hospital, Cardiac Care Unit, 27 Park St., Hyannis, MA 02601

John Toth

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Deceased | 0 comments

John Toth
John F. Toth, 83, of Arvada. Husband of Dorothy Toth. Father of Mike Toth, Frank (Mary) Toth, Margaret Toth & John P. Toth. Brother of Olga Riola. Also survived by 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
John served his county in the U.S. Army in Korea 1950.
Visitation Tuesday February 24th, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM., followed by Rosary, 7:00 PM., both at the Archdiocese of Denver Mortouary. Funeral Mass Wednesday February 25th, 11:30 AM., at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 12735 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Services will conclude at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s name to the Wonded Warriors Project.
obituary from the Denver Post

John Melvin Hilgart, Jr.

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Deceased | 0 comments

John Melvin Hilgart, Jr.

April 28, 1931 – Jan. 6, 2015

John Melvin Hilgart, Jr. was born in Park Falls on April 28, 1931 to Alice G. and John M. Hilgart. After graduation from Lincoln High School in Park Falls in 1950, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean War. He was captured by the enemy there and spent twenty-eight months as a prisoner of war in North Korea. Upon his discharge from the Army in 1953, John moved back to Park Falls and worked as a machinist at the Flambeau Paper Company. He met the love of his life in Park Falls, and married Ilomay B. Hoffman on September 25, 1954 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. John and Ilomay were blessed with four sons whom they raised in Park Falls. John was a life-long member of the American Legion, the VFW, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Knights of Columbus.

John and Ilomay loved to travel, so they sold their home in Park Falls after their sons were grown and John retired from Flambeau Paper Company to make their home in a 5th wheeler RV. Traveling across the country, they settled again in Mission, Texas where it never snows and eventually built another home. There, they were members of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Time passed and it became important to live closer to their sons, so they moved again to Leander, Texas. They became members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lago Vista, Texas. John loved working in his yard and shop and always had a new project to invent. He lost Ilomay after a long illness on December 19, 2013.

John joined Ilomay in Heaven after a short illness on January 6, 2015. He will be interred with her this summer in Park Falls in Nola Cemetery where there will be a graveside service.

John is preceded in death by his mother and father, Alice and John Hilgart, and his sisters: Hazel Hanson, Dorothy Pritzl, Donna Lind, and Berniece Yunk. He is survived by brothers: Dennis and Charles (Chuck) Hilgart; and sisters: Annabelle (Annie) Brandt and Linda Abel; his sons, John and wife, Dora, of Point Blank, Texas, Jeffrey and his wife, Karen, of Leander, Texas, Joseph and his wife, Grace, of Montesano, Washington, and James of Leander, Texas; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and his beloved German Shepherd, Jake.

Andy Viscuso

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Deceased | 0 comments

Andrew J. Viscuso, 86, husband of Helen M. (Geigus) Viscuso, of Phoenixville, PA, died on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 in Coatesville VA Medical Center.

Born in Phoenixville, PA, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Frances (Brignola) Viscuso. Andy attended Phoenixville Schools, and he earned his Associates Degree from the Pottstown Business School.

He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War, and was a POW for two and a half years from October 23, 1950 until August 31, 1953. He returned to the Valley Forge Army Hospital in Phoenixville, where he was a patient for one year. He was the Recipient of the Purple Heart, Korean Presidential Medal, Korean POW Medal and the United Nations Medal. He was a member of the National Ex-POW Chapter.

He worked as a Technician for the Williams Company and after 29 years of service, he later worked for McNeil Pharmaceutical in the Sales Department for 5 years. He was an original member of St. Basil The Great Catholic Church in Kimberton, where he served as Head Usher, and a member of the new church Building Committee. He was President and Vice President of Tyrone Farms Civic Association, and earned his merit award from the association in 1965. He was the Charlestown Township Auditor for 14 1/2 years, and was the Charlestown Tax Collector for 20 years. He was a Fourth Degree member of The Knights of Columbus St. Basil Council, and a member of Malvern Retreat League.

Surviving in addition to his wife are sons, Thomas J. Viscuso and wife Linda of Emmaus, PA, and Gregg S. Viscuso and wife Joan of Downingtown, PA; daughters, Jayne A. Scamuffa and husband James of Coatesville, PA, and Carol L. Usnik and husband Timothy of Georgia; nine grandchildren, and a brother, Nicholas Viscuso and wife Judy. He was preceded in death by his brother, Dominick Viscuso, and sisters, Raffealla Savastana and Mary Yanetta.

Information from legacy.com

Gilbert Tritt, Jr.

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Deceased | 0 comments

Gilbert Tritt, Jr., 86, of Katy, Texas, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away on December 26, 2014. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Born May 28, 1928 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Gilbert and Mary Jane Tritt.

Gilbert served with the U.S. Army. He was held as a Prisoner of War after he was captured during the Korean War on 18 May 1951 and was held until his release on 20 August 1953 after the signing of the Armistice. He received the Prisoner of War Medal and Purple Heart Medal along with numerous other awards for his service. Following his service with the Army, Gilbert worked at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill in the Beaver Falls east works. After retiring to Katy, Texas, Gilbert was active in the VFW and American Legion. He enjoyed traveling the United States with his family.

Gilbert is survived by his wife Joanne Foley. They recently celebrated their 61st anniversary on November 26th, 2014.

Survivors also include his son, Scott (Cheryl) Tritt of Katy, Texas; his daughter, Terri (Steve) Campbell of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren, Ian (Erin), Andy, Marlyse Tritt, Cory and Justin Campbell. The apples of his eyes, his two great-grandchildren, twins Brian and Taylor Tritt. His two sisters Mary Jane LeRoy of Ellwood City and Norma Jean Carothers of Florence, Kentucky; brothers-in-law, Robert (Phyllis) Foley of Ellwood City and Joseph (Dolly) Foley of New Castle; and many nieces and nephews.

Military rites will be conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard, Houston National Cemetery at a later date.

Info from Ellwood City Ledger

Bill Allen

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Deceased | 0 comments

Bill Allen

Bill Allen passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014.

Bill Allen

Catherine Klein

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Deceased | 0 comments

Catherine Klein, Joe Klein’s wife, passed away around the beginning of December 2014.

William Harold Mann Sr

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Deceased | 6 comments

William Harold Mann Sr., 77, joined Our Heavenly Father Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008 at his residence in Bandera. He was born to the late Herman and Elsie Mann of San Antonio. William was an United States Army veteran and also an ex-POW of the Korean War. He retired from Civil Service at Brooks Air Force Base in 1997.
Submitted by his daughter, Melanie Mann Jewell through our Facebook group.

Wayman Elliott Simpson (Big Simpson)

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Deceased | 0 comments

Wayman Elliott Simpson (Big Simpson)

Wayman Elliott Simpson (Big Simpson) was promoted to Glory on 12 October 2014 at Lawton Oklahoma. He was 94 years of age and the oldest or the Tiger Soldiers. He was born in April of 1920.

Simpson was assigned to B Battery of the 63 Field Artillery Battalion of the 24th Infantry Division during the Occupation. He went with his unit to Korea in Early July 1950. He was further assigned as a Forward Observer with L Company of the 34th Infantry Regiment of the 24th Division. He was captured on 7 July 1950 and released on 30 August 1953. He was interned with the Tiger Survivors in North Korea.

During WW 11 he was assigned to the British Army in North Africa.
He was probably the tallest POW in our group and was known as Big Simpson.

Submitted by Shorty Estabrook