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MEGHAN & RYAN LINDEMAN

Meghan Huntoon Lindeman, great-grandchild of long time Cedar Springs resident Betty Goller, and her husband Ryan Lindeman, recently graduated from the graduate school at Northern Illinois University. Meghan earned her doctorate in psychology and Ryan earned his master’s degree in public administration. Ryan also earned a promotion from staff sergeant to second lieutenant in the US Army by graduating from the Northern Illinois University ROTC program. Meghan’s grandfather, Max Huntoon, a veteran of the Vietnam war and Sand Lake resident, delivered Ryan’s first salute as a US Army officer.

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UK resident comments on Glen Hill story


The monument to American soldiers at Montsec. It was built during the 1930s by the American Battle Monuments Commission. The monument commemorates American forces involved in the Battle of Saint-Mihiel. Photo credit: CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=396335

By Judy Reed

Last week we ran a story on Corp. Glen Hill, the first man from our area to be killed in WWI in France, in October 2018. He is the young man that American Legion Post #287 is named for.

The story popped up online for a woman in the UK, and she decided to leave us a very nice comment.

The story talked about how Hill was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross July 12 by General Pershing for conspicuous bravery in action on April 12 and 13, and about the same time received the French Croix de guerre. He participated in the battles of Champagne, Aisne, Saint Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne.

After being decorated twice for gallantry in action, Corporal Glen Hill died of wounds received in battle in the Argonne Forest in France, on October 19, 1918.

After reading the story online, Jane Brook left a comment on our website.

“I am British but lived for several years in the Meuse department of Lorraine, actually in Saint-Mihiel itself. The sacrifices of so many thousands of brave American soldiers like Glen Hill are not forgotten there. There is a very beautiful monument to the American war dead at Montsec, just a few km from Saint-Mihiel. I lived in the street next to rue Pershing, named after the US general who led operations to free that part of France. Even if French and European politicians forget the sacrifices made by US soldiers, the ordinary people of Europe never will. Thank you to the great country you are,” she wrote.

The Post contacted Jane, and she said she came upon the story by chance in her Google alerts, since she tries to keep track of what’s happening in the small town of Saint Mihiel, though she no longer lives there. She spoke a little more of the monument there, and the role of the American troops during WWI.

“The Montsec Monument is very beautiful and very well maintained. Saint-Mihiel was occupied by the Germans for four years from 1914 to 1918 and was only liberated by General Pershing’s American 40th Division, and the town is about 20 miles from Verdun so the whole area suffered very badly. The role of the American troops is not forgotten. The town of Saint-Mihiel has a rue Pershing and an avenue de la 40ème Division, so there are daily reminders of the liberation of the town by the US Army.”

It is good to know that the death of Corp. Glen Hill almost 100 years ago, and all the others that have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, have not been forgotten. Thanks so much, Jane, for your comments!

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EDWARD J. SMITH


 

Edward J. Smith, age 89, of Sand Lake passed away at his residence on August 22, 2015.  He was born April 12, 1926 in Lakeview, the son of John and Margaret Smith.  As a teenager, Ed worked for his brother, Francis, at Smitty’s Garage in Lakeview.  He also worked delivering coal in the Lakeview area.  He served his country in the US Army during WWII and was a member of the Sand Lake VFW Post.  After the war he worked for Dohler Jarvis in Grand Rapids and Toledo as a die cast repair man, retiring after 35 years. Ed never lost his love for auto mechanics and was noted in Sand Lake for being able to fix most anything.  He was always willing to help neighbors and the Village of Sand Lake with repairs.  Many children learned how to repair their bicycles from Ed.  Ed loved to fish, hunt and camp. He enjoyed riding motorcycle and fast cars. He also loved to restore old cars and tractors.  Ed and his wife Laura could often be found sitting on the swing in their front yard.  In his senior years Ed rarely missed Friday music at the Howard City Senior Center. Surviving are his wife Laura; children, Dan (Jane) Smith of Pierson, Margaret Merritt of Sand Lake, Sandra (Harold) McConnell of Sparta, Edward (Karin) Jr. Smith of Ohio, Randy (Roxie) Smith of Texas, John (Cheryl) Smith of Sand Lake, Lori (Scott) Wesche of Howard City; 23 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; one sister Dorothy Briggs of Muskegon; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Francis and Ray Smith and one sister Charlotte Rogalewski. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, August 29th at 11 am at the Heckman Funeral Home in Howard City with burial in the Pierson Cemetery, where Military Honors will be conducted by the Howard City VFW Post.  The family will greet friends on Friday, August 28th  from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and prior to services on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Howard City Senior Center, 132 E. Edgerton, PO Box 399, Howard City, MI 49329  Attention Delores Becker.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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JOHN J. GOLLER


C-obit-GollerMr. John J. Goller, aged 89, formerly of Rockford passed away Friday October 17, 2014. He was born June 16, 1925 in Solon Township, attended the former Briggs School and Cedar Springs High School. During WW II he served with the 35th Division, US Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the Rockford United Methodist Church, V.F.W. Post 3946 and Glenn Hill American Legion Post 287. Surviving are his wife Peggy; his sons and their wives John M. (Debra) Goller and David (Deborah) Goller; his grandchildren Andrea (Erich) Staman, Lynee’ (Pete) Buhl, Aelise Goller, Amy (Steve) VanBeekom, John D. Goller, Kathleen Goller; he was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Funeral services for Mr. Goller were held on Tuesday October 21, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Rockford United Methodist Church. Visitation was held on Monday, October 20th from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Pederson Funeral Home. Those desiring an expression of sympathy are asked to consider with the Rockford United Methodist Church or the Michigan Home for Veteran’s, 3000 Monroe N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

 

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Hometown Hero


Felicia Collins and Spc. Kyle Kelley

Spc. Kyle Kelley

Spc. Kyle Kelley, a 2005 Cedar Springs High School graduate and a 2009 graduate of Ferris State University, has completed his basic training in the U.S. Army. He received the Commanding General Award of excellence, which is the highest honor.
He will continue at Fort Leonarwood, Missouri, with his advanced training in transportation and airborne.
Felicia Collins (his significant other), parents Bob and Joyce Kelley, and his brother, Sgt. Korey Kelley (U.S. Marines), are extremely proud of him.

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