William L. Werling, 77, F/394, Fort Wayne IN, died Dec. 15, 1999.
Randall E. Bobbitt, G/394, died Sept. 29, 1999. Survivors include his wife, Ada, who lives in New Orleans, LA.
Marion Miller, 79, L/393, died Jan. 5, 2000. He had attended the Nashville Convention. Survivors include his wife, Jeannine, of Davenport, IA; daughter, Alice Dupas who lives in France; brothers, sisters, and grandchildren. He and his wife were married in Paris, in 1952. He retired after 41 years as a management analyst for the Army.
Walter Swiatek, E/393, died Nov. 30, 1999, from cancer. He and his wife, Adele, were on the Battlefield Tour in 1998. She lives in Clarks Summit, PA. He was a retired engineer with Lockheed Martin Co. Survivors include his wife, three sons, three sisters, a brother, and four grandchildren.
Ray Milne, 394 Anti-Tank Co., died Jan. 8, 2000, at Port Charlotte, FL. He and his wife, Adele, were on one of the recent Battlefield Tours to Belgium.
Kenneth Lenhardt, A/324, Cleveland, OH, died June 19, 1999. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann, one son, and grandchildren.
Paul Bennett, 77, C/393 medic, died Dec. 24, 1999, at Longwood, FL. Survivors include a son, Mike.
Francis Xavier Ryan, 75, F/395, died Dec. 31, 1999, at Dallas, TX. Survivors include his wife, Sharon; two sons, two daughters, three step-children, and other relatives. He had many friends, and was noted for his Irish wit.
Arvil K. Battle, 76, F/393, died Jan. 3, 2000, in St. Louis, MO., from pneumonia. He received a Bronze Star medal for valor for a patrol on March 12, 1945, near Ginsterhahn, Germany. He was wounded March 23, 1945, by mortar fire near the Wied River. In civilian life he was an orchid grower in Tennessee and Missouri. He ran his own business, The Flower Farm, until 1982, and won many national awards. He was on the trip to Remagen in 1995, became ill and was hospitalized along with Gen. George Ruhlen of the 9th Armd. Survivors include his wife, Carol, and four children. Burial was in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery near St. Louis.
Hubert Butts, 76, A/924 FA, died unexpectedly Dec. 11, 1999, at his home in Baton Rouge, LA. He was a forward observer in combat. He received his doctorate in mathematics from Ohio State University in 1953, and taught with distinction at LSU for 35 years. Survivors include his wife, Mary, two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren.
Richard A. "Red" Edgin Sr., 77, A/924 FA, Natchez, MS, died Dec. 11, 1999. He had owned and operated a construction company, was a charter member and former president of Natchez Homebuilders Association, and former member of the board of General Contractors of Mississippi and the Natchez Housing Authority. Survivors include his wife, Sarah, one son, one daughter, four grandchildren, and a brother.
Charles Dissinger, Hq/924 FA, died at Lebanon, PA, in January of 1999. He was captured at Bullingen, Belgium, on Dec. 17, 1944.
Father Leo Browning, liaison section sergeant in the 924th FA, died during the past year. He was ordained a priest in 1954 at Bardstown, KY.
Clarence E. Kearns, F/393, Martinsburg, WV, died April 14, 1999. Survivors include a son, Gary.
John Kenney, I/394, Crabtree, PA, died Nov. 21, 1999, of diabetes and heart problems. Survivors include his wife, Marguerite, four sons, one daughter. He was a compensation judge for the state of Pennsylvania.
James L. Birch, 79, Hq/371 FA, died June 2, 1999, from cancer at Wheeling, WV.
Francis S. Goodwin, A/370 FA, Orlo Vista, FL, died Feb. 6, 1995. He is survived by a son and daughter.
Clair Hauser, C/372 FA, died unexpectedly June 8, 1999, at Snow Shoe, PA. His wife was so overcome that she died an hour later. Survivors include one daughter, Beverly Gaines of Frenchville, PA.
John M. "Max" Hilson, 80, Hq/372 FA, died Nov. 6, 1999, from kidney failure in the VA hospital at Jackson, MS. He was the senior observation pilot of the 372nd. Early the morning of Dec. 17, 1944, at Bullingen, he and other 99th pilots were nearly trapped. They rushed to their planes and took off as Peiper's tanks advanced on the road from Honsfeld. He and the other pilots received the Distinguished Flying Cross. Survivors include his wife, Chris, and three children.
Regis Grogan, 78, B/324, died April 6, 1999, at Pittsburgh, PA. A retired machinist, he was wounded in action.
Francis M. Shade, 78, Hq Co/394th Infantry, died Nov. 8, 1999, at Grenville, OH. He was retired after 30 years with GM at Dayton. A corporal, he was both wounded and captured. Survivors include his wife, Thelma, son, two daughters, five grandchildren, and others.
Oscar Miller, a sergeant in A/370 FA, died April 21, 1999, at Youngstown, OH. Survivors include his wife.
Robert W. Putnam, 78, H/393, died Nov. 17, 1999, at Ottawa Lake, MI, from cancer. He retired from Jeep in 1956 with 36 years of service. Survivors include his wife, Gaye, four sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren.
Albert Edward Rybicki, 77, 3 Bn Medics/395, died Oct. 10, 1999, at Farrell, PA. He had been a clerk in the Sharon Steel Corp. plant. m Newcastle, PA. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor.
Frederick M. Gunesch, 84, E/393, died Aug. 17, 1999, at Ferrell, PA. He had worked at the Sharon Transformer Div. of Westinghouse. Among those present for the service were Hank Russo, Carl Zappa, and Sam Ujackovich.
Charles Henry Hale, 77, Sv/370 FA, of Shiloh died Oct. 28, 1999, at a hospital in Columbus, OH. He was a retired grocer. Survivors include his wife Colleen, son, daughter, brother, sister, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. As a member of the ammunition train, he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor because he drove his truck to a captured ammunition dump, loaded it, and returned with the needed ammunition