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Obituary Number 0 __________________________________________
Kathryn (Kathy) Gail Flechsig Spannuth (1934-1992) obituary published by the Dayton
Daily News, March 15, 1992 and presented to the York H.S. Class of 1952 by the Dayton Public Library (Contact:
Kathy's husband--Steve Spannuth, York '48, at 2125 Bell Oak Dr., Kettering, OH 45440 Tel: 937-434-2561):
SPANNUTH, Kathy, 57, of Kettering, passed away Thursday, March 12, 1992 at Kettering Medical Center. Survived by
her husband, Steve Spannuth; a daughter, Lora Hunsaker of Dayton; father, Ernest Flechsig of Kettering; grandchildren, Shannon
and Michael Hunsaker. She was a member of SICSA and the Dayton & Mongomery County Humane Society. Funeral
services 1 P.M. Monday, Tobias Funeral Home, Far Hills Chapel, 5471 Far Hills Ave. at Rahn Rd. Pastor Pete Schwalm officiating.
Interment David's Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 2-5 P.M. Sunday. The family suggests contributions
be made to SICSA or to Infectious Disease Research, Kettering Medical Center Foundation, 3535 Southern Blvd., Kettering, OH
Obituary Number 1 __________________________________________
Robert V. Parrott (1934-2015).......
Steuerle Funeral Home Ltd.
Robert V. Parrott
(Died April 5,
Parrott 80, ofVilla Park
, IL. Beloved father
(Julie), James (Jackie), dear grandfather of Emily and
interment private. Arrangements by Steuerle FuneralHome
Ardmore Ave, Villa Park, IL 603-832-4161
Obituary Number 2 __________________________________________
Ronald D. Low (1934-1997) obituary graciously presented to the York H.S. Class of 1952 by
his wife, Mrs. Joan Nielsen Low, York '53, (214 17 St SE, Watertown, SD 57201 Tel: 605-882-3923). Thanks
too to Punky Stevens, York '52, for making the initial contact with Joan Low:
RONALD LOW---Funeral services for Ronald D. Low, 63, 214 17th St., SE, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec 29, in the Lutheran
Church of Our Redeemer with the Rev. Paul Knudson officiating. Don Seim will be the soloist and Marian Riddle will be
|Ronald D. Low (1934-1997)
Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jim Hanson, Merle Bruner, Derril Chapman, Dennis Koch,
Bill Neale, Steve Mueller, Tim Steichen, Bob Kearney and Wally Brownlee.
Visitation will be in the Wight and Fox Funeral Chapel on Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. with a Masonic service
at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue in the church Monday prior to the services. Relatives are requested to meet at the
church by 10 a.m. Monday for a family prayer service.
Mr. Low died on Friday Dec. 26, 1997, in a Watertown hospital. He was born Aug. 6, 1934, at Boone,
Iowa, to C. Maloy and Ruth (Fenton) Low. He moved with his family to Elmhurst, Ill., where he attended school.
He graduated from York CommunityHigh School in Elmhurst.
On Sept. 4, 1954, he married Joan Nielsen at Elmhurst. He served in the U.S. Army for two years, one
year in Germany. He was employed at H.F. Veghter Excavating for 10 years before the couple moved to Watertown in 1970.
They owned and operated Culligan Water Conditioning for about 12 years. He then was employed as a driver for Jackrabbit
Bus Line for about eight years and then as superintendent of transportation for the Watertown School District.
He retired last June.
Mr. Low was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Frank H. Adams VFW Post 750, Concord Lodge
#13, AF&AM, a member of York Rite, Watertown Chapter #12 and Comannandery Council #7 and the Yelduz Shrine of Aberdeen.
He is survived by his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, Gregory and Bambi of Omaha; a daughter and son-in-law,
Jodi and Robert Meisinger of Weeping Water, Neb; his mother, Ruth Low, of Boone; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Diana Neilsen
of Modesto, Calif., and Barbara and Don Bednarz of Villa Park, Ill.; and six grandchildren.
Obituary (in the form of biographical info) Number 3 _______
Ernest Arthur Olds (1934 - 1968 MIA, 1978 KIA) Ernie was a casualty of the Vietnam
War and accordingly his name appears on the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Brief biographical information
is presented to the York H.S. Class of 1952 by http://thewall-usa.com accompanied by rememberances, also available on-line, submitted by Bill Miller and Tom Mouhelis. Thanks
too to Dave Buswell, York '52, who contributed initially by contacting the U.S. Naval Academy where Ernie graduated in 1956:
ERNEST ARTHUR OLDS, COL
COL - O6 - Air Force - Regular
43 year old Married, Caucasian,
Born on Jul 14, 1934
From SALISBURY, MARYLAND
His tour of duty began on Mar 11, 1968
Casualty was on May
Hostile, died while missing: 3/68 - 5/78
FIXED WING - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
ERNEST ARTHUR OLDS, COL
Fellow Marylander and Airman
2701 Eastern Boulevard
Baltimore, MD21220-2899 USA
his braclet broke a few years back and is unwearable,I still have it to remember his ultimate sacrifice
Follow-up e-mail received from Bill on April 24, 2002:
"Bruce: Thanks so much for the information. I was a year old when you all graduated,
but from 1974 until 1999, I wore the Colonels' POW/MIA bracelet. Unfortunately it broke, but I still have it on display
at home. Best Regards: SMSgt Bill Miller"
1009 S. Campbell
I wore his bracelet
September 24, 1999
e-mail received from Tom on April 24, 2002:
Your email brought back memories, not sure if they are good or bad. I live in
Wheaton (IL) and am a city councilman there. If you need any help I can be reached at 630-668-3686...Tom Mouhelis"
The following additional biographical information was graciously presented to the York H.S.
Class of '52 by Ernie's wife, Mrs. Susan E. Nock Olds of 606 Ridge Rd., Salisbury, MD 21801 (telephone: 410-742-4148)
While Susan Olds has no e-mail address, their two sons do as follows: Ernest W. Olds at firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jeff Olds at email@example.com . Editor's note: Ernie Olds was a true American hero, having courageously given his life
for his country...his family...and his friends at York H.S., and we shall all remember Ernie as the young man he once
was when he walked among us.
Ernest A. Olds--born July 14, 1934--Oak Park, IL
|Ernest Olds, U.S. Naval Academy, 1956
Married--Susan E. Nock of Salisbury,
MD in June, 1956...Children--Ernest
W. Olds, born in Tucson, AZ in 1957...Ellen Olds, born at Misawa AFB, Japan in 1959...Jeffrey Olds, born at Holloman AFB, Alamogordo, NM in 1965...Editor's NOTE: Ernie and Susan Olds subsequently became
grandparents to six grandchildren... Ernie's own parents--Ernest E. Olds--died
Dec. 1980...and Virginia
S. Olds--died Feb., 1980...and Ernie's brother--Larry (Laurence) R. Olds, York ' 56, a retired American Airlines Captain, and his wife, Norma (Optholt) Olds, York ' 57,
reside at: 1104 Mistwood
Lane, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (tel: 630-963-5987).
1956: Ernie graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. Upon
graduation, Ernie was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the USAF.
- 1957: Ernie went
to Basic Jet Pilot Training at Webb AFB, Big Spring. TX where he received his silver wings.
- 1958-1960: Ernie trained at the Interceptor Advanced Flying School at Moody AFB, Valdosta, GA. Upon completion of his training Ernie was assigned to the 4th Fighter Interceptor
Squadron at Misawa AFB, Japan where Ernie and his family lived on the base for three years.
- 1961-63: Ernie and his family returned to the USA and moved to Ann Arbor, MI where Ernie enrolled as a full-time graduate
student at the University of Michigan, earning two masters degrees in 1963--one in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
and the other in Instrumentation Engineering.
- 1963: Ernie was assigned to Holloman AFB in Alamogordo, NM--a USAF Missile Development Center.
- December 1965: Ernie applied for the Pilot / Astronaut training Program at NASA.
- 1966: Ernie was transferred to Flight Test Division at Griffin AFB in Rome, NY.
Ernie was in the final selection process for the NASA Astronaut Program when he learned that he had been eliminated
from further consideration.
- 1967: Ernie was re-assigned to McDill AFB in Tampa, FL where he received training in the F-4 Phantom jet plane. Upon completion of the F-4 training, Ernie moved his family back to MD and Ernie left
for Da Nang AFB, Vietnam in September 1967.
- March 1968: Ernie was shot down over hostile territory and was listed as Missing in Action (MIA) from March 1968 until
May 1978 when his status was changed to Killed in Action (KIA).
1996: Ernie's cremated remains were repatriated to the United States and entombed in a Columbarium at Arlington National
Cemetery. Ernie ended his career as a Col. in the USAF, having received the Purple
Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, National Defense Medal, and other medals and awards posthumously.
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