CHARLES HECKMAN, 84, Hq/372, of Columbus OH, died March 4, 2000. He is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren, and one sister. George Leap and Harold Armstrong represented Hq/372 at the funeral.
REV. LESLIE DEINSTADT, 87, died April 3, 1999. He was a retired Congregational church minister. He served as a chaplain during World War II and conducted the first religious services after crossing the Remagen Bridge. He received a Bronze Star Medal and a certificate of award. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, two daughters, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
HUGH R. PAPY, first lieutenant of the 394th Anti-Tank Company, died Aug. 4, 1999, at Savannah GA. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne, two sons, and three grandchildren.
J. WILL LEWIS, 75, G/394, of Salt Lake City UT, died Dec. 29, 1999. He originally was assigned to the Army's ASTP program at Baylor University. When the program was disbanded he was assigned to the 99th Infantry Division. He was wounded twice. The second, at Remagen Bridge, was a shrapnel wound to the head. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Rifleman, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart with two oakleaf clusters, Belgian Fourrageres, European Theater of Operations medal with three battle stars, Good Conduct Medal, and Victory Medal. He was a retired CPA and partner in an international accounting firm. He was preceded in death by his wife and one daughter. Survivors include one daughter, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Lewis and his daughter attended the 50th reunion in Nashville in 1999.
ROBERT T. MYERS, 75, 99th Signal Co., Cleveland OH, died March 1, 1999. He was assigned to the 99th after the ASTP program disbanded. After the war he went to college and graduated. He worked at Ohio Bell and Amana where he was involved in the development of the microwave oven. Survivors include a daughter, Peg DeCabe.
FAUSTIN "TONY" SUAZO, 67, Irvine CA, died July 6, 1992.
WILLIAM "PETE" HUFF, I/395, died Jan. 30, 1999, of cancer. He had been in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, for a number of years. He is survived by three daughters.
JOHNNIE O. BUTLER, 85, A/324, died Jan. 20, 2000, at Humboldt TN. He was retired from the Humboldt Utility Department. He and his wife had celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary a few weeks before his death. He is survived by his wife Irene, one daughter, and three grandchildren.
JOHN CARMANY, 83, Manchester OH, sergeant in 99th Signal Co., died Nov. 24, 1999. He was retired from the Morton Salt Co. Survivors include his wife Marjorie, two sons, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
PRESSLEY ALEXANDER, 77, Q/371, Clarion PA, died Jan. 9, 2000. He was a member of Hq/371 Field Artillery in the Battle of the Bulge, Central Europe, and the Rhineland. He received the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three bronze stars, Good Conduct medal, Victory Medal, Overseas Service Bar, and American Theater Ribbon. He was a heavy equipment operator for IA Construction and a member of the Eagles, Moose, VFW, and American Legion. Survivors include his wife Mary, three children, and two grandchildren.
CHARLES STANGER, 81, F/393, died Dec. 17, 1999, at his home in Windsor Locks CT. he was a staff sergeant in F/393. He was awarded the Purple Heart in January 1945. He worked as a research technologist for 42 years. He is survived by his wife Constance, one daughter, and one granddaughter.
RAYMOND MILNE, 77, 394th Anti-Tank Company, died from cancer Jan. 8, 2000, at Port Charlotte FL. He had an original 1944 battle map of the Bulge area that his wife and son plan to bring to Philadelphia to be presented to the 99th for the Soldiers and Sailors Museum in Pittsburgh PA. Survivors include his wife Adele, two sons, one daughter, and seven grandchildren. Representing the 99th at the funeral were Stanley Colby, Glenn Bronson, Kurt Marburg, Alex Hossack, Howard Kuhn, Charles Whitehead, and Grant Yager.
ROBERT W. EDLER, S/394, Williamsport PA, died Feb. 16, 1999. He is survived by one daughter and two grandsons.
DR. HUBERT BUTTS, died Dec. 11, 1999, at his home in Baton Rouge LA. He served in the ASTP during World War II and later volunteered as a forward observer with the 99th Infantry Division. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and numerous battles in the Rhine River campaign, including helping to capture the bridge at Remagen. He taught mathematics at LSU, received numerous teaching awards, and was named an alumni professor. He is survived by his wife Mary.
PRESTON P. LeBRETON, 76, I/393, Seattle WA, died Nov. 28, 1999. He joined the 99th in March 1944 from the ASTP at Louisiana State University. He served as a combat infantryman and was awarded two Bronze Star Medals and left the service as a squad leader and sergeant.
HAROLD L. WALKER, 77, A/393 1st Bn. Hq. Co., died Jan. 3, 2000, at Champaign IL. He arrived at Camp Van Dorn MS, in December 1942. He was discharged in October 1943 due to an injury received in training. He was an elevator mechanic for 35 years and retired from the University of Illinois. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren.
FLOYD SCHOPPER, 83, A/324, Romulus MI, died Nov. 12, 1999. He came to the division as a replacement right before the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by his wife Eulala (Peggy), three children, nine grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
RALPH A. JARVI, 84, A/324, Floodwood MN, died Dec. 21, 1999, at Grand Rapids MN. He came to the division at Camp Van Dorn MS, in 1942. He worked for Great Northern Railroad and Burlington Northern Railroad until his retirement in 1976. Following his retirement he enjoyed wood carving, gardening, and working in the woods. He is survived by his wife Virginia, three daughters, four sons, 21 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
WILLIAM A. WICKS, 80, A/324, died Feb. 27, 1998, at Madisonville KY. He was a squad sergeant in Company A. He is survived by his wife Donna.
GLEN I. WATTS, A/324, died Jan. 20, 1999, at Muncy PA. He was well remembered in Company A as the jeep driver for Capt. Aurther Haverstick. He came to the outfit at Camp Van Dorn MS in 1942.
CLARENCE I. GSCHWIND, 78, G/394, died Jan. 23, 2000, at Toledo OH. He is survived by his wife Mary and four daughters.
STEVE PORTA, 78, M/395, died Dec. 21, 1999, in South Bend IN, due to heart and liver disease. He served as a machine gunner and was known to his M Company friends as Steve Kovachevich. He changed his name after the war. He was employed at AM General Corporation and retired in 1985. He is survived by one daughter and two grandsons.
JOHN W. ADAMS, 80, K/393, Lubbock TX, died Dec. 9, 1999, of heart problems. John joined K Company as original cadre at Camp Van Dorn as the leader of the mortar section of the weapons platoon. He left the company in August 1943 for service in India and Burma and was assigned to combat headquarters. In civilian life he was a painting contractor and had attended the Dallas reunion in 1989. He is survived by his wife Lila.
WILLIAM H. MACLAY, 74, died Dec. 28, 1999, in Dallas TX. He served in the 99th Division during World War II and was captured in the Battle of the Bulge. He worked in the travel business for airlines and travel agencies in Texas.
DANA STORER, B/393, died July 14, 1999, at his home in Odessa TX. He is survived by his wife Goldie.
JAMES RUSSELL SR., 75, E/394, of Washington, D.C., died Jan. 9, 2000, following a heart attack. He received the Bronze Star Medal during the Battle of the Bulge. He was a Washington tax lawyer and owned and raced thoroughbred horses. He is survived by his wife Doris, three children, and one grandson.
ROBERT W. NELSON, 75, Old Saybrook CT, Hq. 395th, died Jan. 4, 2000. He had been in poor health for several years following an accident in construction work. He joined the 395th as a Pfc., joining the division right after the Battle of the Bulge ended. His brother, former 99th president Al Nelson I/393, participated in the funeral services.