Saturday, December 13, 2014
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|John and Diana Robeson were married 45 years ago today.|
|Gregory and Christina Jackson were married 45 years ago today.|
Sunday, November 9, 2014
MOLINE – A Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient will be inducted into the Moline High School Hall of Honor after being denied because he didn't officially graduate.
Master Sgt. John F. Baker was voted into the Hall of Honor last month, The Moline Dispatch reported. Baker died in 2012 at age 66.
Ray Hamilton is a member of the Hall of Honor committee and Vietnam Veterans Chapter 299. He helped lead a nearly decade-long effort to induct Baker, along with Bill Albracht of the veterans chapter and retired Moline High School principal Bill Burrus. [And mentioned on the Moline Memories blog four years ago - see below.]
"It was a chance to right a wrong," Hamilton said. "Sure, it took too long, but we are where we are."
The induction ceremony will be in February at Moline's Wharton Field House. Donnell Baker, John Baker's widow, will be invited to the event, Hamilton said.
"It would have been nice for this to happen when Johnny was alive, but this is the way it has to be," he said.
John Baker was born in Davenport, Iowa, and raised in Moline. He attended Moline High School from 1963 to 1966, leaving to enlist in the Army. He received a Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for valor in combat, for saving the lives of eight fellow soldiers in a 1966 firefight with the Viet Cong.
Hamilton and other supporters used a state veterans' diploma initiative to argue Baker should be inducted into the hall. The initiative grants diplomas to people who dropped out of high school to enlist in the armed forces.
"Former [Moline] superintendent Ben McAdams had a brother benefit from this," Hamilton said. "That's how we found it. His brother was a World War II veteran, who served honorably and used it to receive his diploma from Rock Island High School."
Seven people were nominated for the Hall of Honor and Baker received the most votes.
"He served so honorably that he received our nation's highest military honor," Hamilton said. "He went on to serve and represent his country in so many positive ways after he left active duty."
Saturday, April 17, 2010
MHS Hall of Honor - Anyone Missing?
John Baker, Medal of Honor, Viet Nam, the highest honor bestowed on any soldier, awarded only for conspicuous bravery in combat.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Linda DeLathower, Jorja Hepner Beert, Kathy Colberg-Holmgren, Ruth Durham Harrison, Beverly Epplin Wagner (her sister/ Val) , Sonja Ingram Hanneman, Ruth Stewart, Barbara Hawotte, Sherry Perrine Brummet, and Linda Nelson Pearson.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
| Starting at the far left: Marsha Anderson Harvey, Kris Streed Crawford, Pam Nystrom Soma, |
Joanne Oakleaf Soma, Kym Dennhardt Whatley and her daughter-in-law Candice.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
|Jim and Jorja Beert|
Obituary for James J. Beert
Coal Valley, Illinois
James J. Beert, 70, of Coal Valley, Illinois, died Friday, September 26, 2014, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa.
Services are 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Coal Valley, with The Reverend Jim DeBisschop officiating. Burial is in Rock Island National Cemetery, where the Moline American Legion Post #246 will present military honors. Visitation is 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday at Trimble Funeral Home, Coal Valley, where there will be a Prayer Service at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Robert R. Jones Library in Coal Valley.
James Joseph Beert was born October 27, 1943, in Moline, Illinois, the son of Albert David and Bertha (Wulffaert) Beert. He served in the United States Army, and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. He married Jorja L. Hepner on September 21, 1968, in Moline.
Jim worked for Coal Valley State Bank, starting in 1971 when it was just a trailer in the corn fields. He worked for the bank for 17 years until it was sold. He then worked as a mail carrier for the Bettendorf Post Office for 16 years, retiring in 2010. After retirement, he enjoyed working part time for Milan Auto Auction.
He was a member of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Coal Valley, was Past-President and served on the board of the Robert R. Jones Library for over 28 years, and had been a member of the Coal Valley Lion’s Club and coached softball for Dad’s Club.
Jim collected 1950’s and 1960’s die cast classic and muscle cars, and memorabilia. He also loved his chow-chow dogs over the years.
He is survived by his wife, Jorja, of Coal Valley; a daughter, Jamie Beert of Salt Lake City, Utah; a son, Jason Beert of Rapid City, South Dakota; grandsons, Logan and Hudson Beert; his mother, Bertha Beert of East Moline, Illinois; a son-in-law, Brad Garrison of Salt Lake City; one nephew; and five nieces including Amy Beert of Fort Wayne, Indiana, who donated a kidney to Jim in 2007. He was preceded in death by his father, and brothers, Ronald and Gerald Beert.
Visit Jim’s personal tribute page at www.TrimbleFuneralHomes.com to share stories and condolences, and light a free candle in his memory.
|Honored for his service to the library.|
|Forty-seven years of marriage.|
Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Monday, September 15, 2014
|This is one of those priceless family photos,|
Lawrence and his mother.
Salem honored her seven years ago for turning 80.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Check out today's Moline Dispatch!!! Page B3. Great shot titled "Flood of 1965." A bunch of fellows catching a ride from the Moline Water Works. You can clearly see John Delarosa, Don, Ackley, Jim Haney, Gary Allen, John Danner,Maybe Tim Cook, Duddly Blunt and Guy Dyer. There's a few I don't recognize. What a great photo!
Thank you Guy Johnson, for finding and posting this.
Gary Allen sees - Gary Allen I see...... Larry DeClerck, Malcolm Tribble,(hidden behind Larry),Bill Sheets, Bill Briesch, Jerry Gerard, ??(squeezed in the middle) Tom Westcott, ???, Jim Haney, Greg White, Don Ackley, Dave Rowell, and Gary Allen.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
|Harriet Paschall, mother of Ann (MHS66) and Sara,|
widow of Dr. Ron Paschall, died at the age of 95.
Her funeral will be at Wendt Funeral Home.