Army Distinguished Service Cross Medal

U.S. Army
decoration awarded
for extreme gallantry
and risk of life in
actual combat with an armed enemy force.

Please see the
memorial box for
all the medals my
dad earned.

Dad served his country well, serving one tour of duty in Korea during
the Korean War and two tours of duty in Vietnam. In Korea he was a
lineman stretching wire for communications, often being shot at by
snipers. Later he was trained as a helicopter mechanic and was part of
the Big Windy Maintenance Unit. He often would fly to a downed
helicopter in the midst of battle to repair it and get it airborne. Dad
became a Helicopter Maintenance Instructor writing many of the
instructional manuals. He retired from the Army in 1973 after
serving for 20 years.

Mom and Dad were both very active in their church, which mom still is. Mom makes beautiful quilts and pies and has served in all various ways. Dad was like a handyman, if you needed something, he was always available to help, even when he was not well.

Mom and Dad have both been inspirational influences in my life.
I know I am a better wife because of her example.

It is Well with My Soul the one he sang in the middle of the night just prior to going to be with the Lord. He told me that He felt God's presence that night as if He was sitting at the feet of Jesus singing, which, if you listen on a quiet day, you may still hear them.

Dad was able to say; It is well with my Soul because he knew he would
spend eternity with Jesus Christ.

Can you say It is well with your soul? To learn more about how you can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ like my dad, please click here.

Jesus is the light of the world and His light illuminated through dad.

If you would like to light a candle in memory of dad, please click on the candle.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles they shall run, and
not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Sergeant 1st Class

Dad went to be with the Lord on
February 6, 2007.

He was survived by
his wife, Sharon, four children and their spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren