Dick Stemle

[31 MAY 1933 - A2 - 20574 - 12 FEB 2013]

Dick Stemle Eulogies

AOG Testimonials



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Dick Stemle
[MAY 2012]



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Dick Stemle's Lift Chair
[MAR 2012]



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Dick Stemle
[MAR 2012]



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Dick Stemle
[MAR 2012]



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Dick Stemle
[MAR 2012]



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Dick Stemle
[MAR 2012]



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Dick Stemle's Lift Chair
[MAR 2012]



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Dot and Dick Stemle
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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A-2: West's - Stevenson - Nancy Joseph - Auger - Fikaris' -
Stemle's - Spaulding's - Prater's [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Robbie Robinson and son-in-law - Dick and
Dot Stemle [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dot and Dick Stemle
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dot Stemle and Carol Thornquist
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Al and Dot Spaulding - Dick and Dot Stemle
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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West's and Stemles
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dot Stemle
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Elaine and Tommy West - Dot Stemle
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Jeanne and Jim Drummond - Dick Stemle
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Doug and Mrs. Fletcher - Dot Stemle
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dot and Dick Stemle - Nancy Prater - Elaine and Tom West -
Mike Stevenson - Nancy Joseph [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dot and Dick Stemle
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Nancy Joseph - Nancy Prater - Dot Spaulding - Dot
Stemle - Angee Fikaris - Elaine West [A-2: 55th Reunion]



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Pete Fikaris - Tom West - Dick Stemle - Tom Auger - Al
Spaulding - Dick Prater - Mike Stevenson [A-2: 55th Reunion]



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Robinson ('55 Friend) - West - Stevenson - Stemle - Joyce
Reid [Don Reid Memorial Service - AUG 2007]



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Dot and Dick Stemle - Stevenson - Moses - Pemberton - West - Brownie Pemberton - McCloskey - Henry Moses - Don and Mary Andrews - Marie Collins ('46 widow) - Judy McCloskey [Don Reid Memorial Service - AUG 2007]



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Dick Stemle - 1st Bundren Trophy Winner
[FEB 2007]



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Alva B. Bundren Jr. Memorial Trophy
[FEB 2007]



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Wray of Hope '05 - '06 Winner: Dick Stemle
[FEB 2006]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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A-2 Firsties - 1st Row: Vincent - Joseph - Stevenson - Fikaris - Prater - Stemle - 2nd Row: Freed - Adams - West - Jim Miller - Mason - Jellison - 3rd Row: Auger (CO) - Spaulding - Reid - Lucas - Rupp - Weissenborn - 4th Row: Dax - Senger - Camp - Schauer



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2012 AOG Online Register Entry

Register Glossary



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Richard Anthony Stemle

Richard Anthony Stemle was born on 31 May 1933 in New Albany, Indiana and was appointed to West Point from the 8th Congressional District of Indiana. He entered West Point on 3 July 1951 and was in Company A 2. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned in the US Army in the Infantry.


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How I got my appointment to West Point

IN THE FALL OF 1950 I ENTERED MY SENIOR YEAR AT ST XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL IN LOUISVILLE, KY. MY THREE OLDER BROTHERS HAD ALL GRADUATED FROM ST X., SO MY CHOICE OF HIGH SCHOOL HAD BEEN DETERMINED. I WAS TO FOLLOW IN THE FOOT STEPS OF MY BROTHERS. ST X WAS A REALLY GOOD HIGH SCHOOL, BUT NOT A PARTICULARLY HAPPY PLACE FOR ME SINCE I WAS ONE OF THOSE "HOOSIERS" WHO CAME TO SCHOOL FROM NEW ALBANY, INDIANA ON THE STREETCAR ACROSS THE OHIO RIVER. INVITATIONS TO SOCIAL EVENTS AND GATHERINGS WERE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN; ALMOST NON-EXISTENT. I HAD BEEN DATING DOTTIE FOR ALMOST A YEAR AND DID MOST OF MY SOCIALIZATION AT THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY CENTER CELLAR (LOCATED IN THE BASEMENT UNDER THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HALL), WHICH WAS A TEEN-AGE CLUB SPONSORED BY THE TWO CATHOLIC CHURCHES IN NEW ALBANY. IT HAD PING-PONG TABLES, A SODA BAR AND A NICE DANCE FLOOR AND ALWAYS AT LEAST TWO MARRIED ADULT COUPLES TO MAKE SURE THERE WAS NO HANKY-PANKY GOING ON.

MY OLDEST BROTHER HAD SERVED IN THE ARMY WITH THE OCCUPATION FORCES FOLLOWING WORLD WAR II , BUT SPENT MOST OF HIS TIME TOURING THE GOLF COURSES OF SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH A TEAM FROM JAPAN SINCE HE WAS A SUB-PAR GOLFER. MY NEXT IN-LINE BROTHER GRADUATED ROM XAVIER UNIVERSITY IN CINCINNATI, GOT DRAFTED AND WAS SERVING IN KOREA. THE NEXT BROTHER IN LINE WAS A JUNIOR AT XAVIER, A MEMBER OF ITS ROTC, GRADUATED IN 1953, WAS COMMISSIONED A 2ND LT AND SERVED IN THE ANTI-AIR CRAFT ARTILLERY DEFENSE UNITS AROUND WASHINGTON, D.C. THOUGHTS OF MILITARY SERVICE AT THAT TIME WERE NOT "IF" THERE WOULD BE MILITARY SERVICE, RATHER "HOW" IT WOULD BE SERVED.

ONE THING WAS FOR SURE. I WAS TIRED OF BEING "LITTLE BROTHER" AND FOLLOWING THE WELL TRODDEN PATH MADE BY MY BROTHERS; ALTHOUGH I LOVED THEM DEARLY I NEEDED TO FIND MY OWN PATH AND FIND OUT WHAT I COULD DO BESIDES FOLLOWING THEM.

I OBTAINED THE CATALOGS TO USMA AND USNA, SAW THERE WERE 3,600 MIDDIES AND 2,400 CADETS. I FIGURED THE ODDS WERE 3 TO 2 AND WROTE A LETTER TO MY CONGRESSMAN REQUESTING AN APPOINTMENT TO THE NAVAL ACADEMY. I RECEIVED A VERY NICE LETTER FROM HIM SAYING ALL HIS APPOINTMENTS HAD BEEN FILLED, BUT THAT MY LETTER WOULD BE KEPT ON FILE.

IN JANUARY, 1951 I DROVE TO CINCINNATI WITH MY PARENTS AND ENROLLED TO ATTEND XAVIER UNIVERSITY IN SEPTEMBER, 1951. STILL LONGING TO ATTEND ALMOST ANY OTHER COLLEGE, I TOOK EVERY COMPETITIVE EXAM I COULD UNCOVER. MY FRIENDS LAUGHED AT MY DESPERATION, BUT SUPPORTED ME WITH EXTRA INSTRUCTION, RIDES TO TEST LOCATIONS, ETC. IN MARCH, 1951 I RECEIVED NOTIFICATION THAT I HAD BEEN GRANTED A FULL FOUR YEAR SCHOLARSHIP TO ST EDWARDS IN TEXAS. NOW: HOW DO I INFORM MY PARENTS? TRADITION WAS (STILL IS) A BIG THING IN OUR FAMILY.

AT THE TIME I WAS DRIVING THE DELIVERY TRUCK FOR MY DAD'S GROCERY STORE. IT WAS ONE DAY AFTER I RECEIVED THE LETTER FROM TEXAS AND WHEN I RETURNED TO THE STORE FOLLOWING MY GROCERY DELIVERIES THAT DAD SAID I NEEDED TO IMMEDIATELY CALL THE PRINCIPAL AT ST. X (PRE-CELL PHONE DAYS). BROTHER JOHN JOSEPH SOUNDED VERY EXCITED THAT HE HAD RECEIVED A TELEGRAM FROM WASHINGTON CONCERNING ME. I ASKED HIM TO READ THE TELEGRAM TO ME. IT WAS A SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND THE TELEGRAM SAID I HAD RECEIVED A PRINCIPLE APPOINTMENT TO WEST POINT AND WAS TO REPORT TO FORT KNOX MONDAY MORNING (TWO DAYS NOTICE) AT 8:00 A.M. TO TAKE THE WEST POINT ENTRANCE EXAMS. MOM & DAD DROVE ME TO FORT KNOX ON MONDAY MORNING AND I TOOK THE EXAMS. I KNEW I DID WELL IN THE MATH PORTION, BUT REALLY THOUGHT I HAD BOMBED THE ENGLISH PORTION. AT THE TIME I WAS WAITING UNTIL I GRADUATED FROM ST X TO HAVE SURGERY TO REPAIR A GROIN RUPTURE, WHICH WAS A DISQUALIFYING MEDICAL CONDITION TO ENTER WEST POINT. TWO YEARS EARLIER I HAD SURGERY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GROIN TO REPAIR A SIMILAR CONDITION. WHEN THE DOCTOR SAW THE SCAR FROM MY EARLIER SURGERY HE HAD ME COUGH SIX OR SEVEN TIMES TO MAKE SURE THINGS WERE OK. THE LINE BEHIND ME HAD BACKED UP A BIT AND IN HIS HASTE HE NEVER CHECKED THE SIDE THAT NEEDED REPAIR.

BACK TO ST X TO FINISH MY SENIOR YEAR. IN MAY, 1951 MY PICTURE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE NEW ALBANY TRIBUNE WITH THE STORY OF HOW I WOULD BE ENTERING WEST POINT ON JULY 3, 1951 ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE CLASS OF 1955. IT SEEMS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RELEASE FORMS WE SIGNED AS PART OF THE ENTRANCE EXAM PROCESS BEAT THE U.S. MAIL. PROBLEM: I STILL NEEDED SURGERY AND HAD NOT TAKEN FINAL EXAMS TO FINISH ST. X. THE FOLLOWING MORNING I WENT TO BROTHER JOHN JOSEPH (THE PRINCIPAL) AND EXPLAINED THE SITUATION. HE SAID "NO PROBLEM" AND TO SIT DOWN AT THE TABLE IN THE CORNER OF HIS OFFICE. ONE BY ONE I WAS GIVEN THE FINAL EXAMINATION IN ALL THE SUBJECTS (6) I WAS TAKING THAT FINAL SEMESTER, I FINISHED AROUND 2:00 P.M. CAUGHT THE STREETCAR TO NEW ALBANY AND WENT HOME. AROUND 6:00 THAT EVENING I ENTERED ST. EDWARDS HOSPITAL AND HAD THE SURGERY TO REPAIR MY RUPTURE THE FOLLOWING MORNING. SIX WEEKS TO THE DAY FOLLOWING MY SURGERY I JOINED THE GREAT WEST POINT CLASS OF 1955. THINK MAYBE SOME THINGS ARE JUST MEANT TO BE?

DICK STEMLE
4 AUG 2010


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What Have Your Kids Done?

FIRST AND FOREMOST, THEY HAVE ALL GROWN UP TO BE RESPONSIBLE ADULTS AND PARENTS. DOT & I HAVE (5) CHILDREN, WITH THE FIRST (2) (MIKE & MALIA) BEING BORN AT TRIPLER ARMY HOSPITAL IN THE TERRITORY OF HAWAII.

MIKE IS MARRIED WITH FIVE CHILDREN, ONE GRANDSON AND IS EAGERLY AWAITING THE BIRTH OF A GRANDDAUGHTER IN ABOUT TWO MONTHS. HE MADE A CAREER PATH IN COMPUTERS AND LIVES IN CHAMPAIGN, IL AND WORKS FOR A COMPANY THAT PROCESSES MOBILE PHONE BILLS THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST. THE PARENT COMPANY IS LOCATED IN ISRAEL AND MIKE HAS MADE A NUMBER OF TRIPS TO THE MAIN OFFICE. HE REMARKED THAT AT FIRST HE WAS A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT HIS SAFETY SINCE ABOUT 25% OF THE STAFF HE WORKED WITH CAME TO WORK IN ARMY UNIFORMS COMPLETE WITH WEAPONS. HIS FELLOW EMPLOYEES LAUGHED AND SAID THEY WERE THE SAFEST COMPANY IN ISRAEL SINCE IF ANYTHING HAPPENED TO IT, THE ARAB COUNTRIES COULDN'T COLLECT THEIR MOBILE PHONE BILLS. LIKE THE SAYING GOES: "SHOW ME THE MONEY".

OUR FIRST DAUGHTER MIMI (MALIA) IS MARRIED WITH (3) CHILDREN AND IS A HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER FOR A COMPANY THAT MAKES DEBIT CARDS LIKE YOU PURCHASE AS GIFT CARDS. SHE GOT HER DEGREE IN EDUCATION, TAUGHT ONE YEAR AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL AND DECIDED TEACHING WAS NOT HER CUP OF TEA. IT COULD HAVE BEEN THE FACT THAT AS A FIRST YEAR TEACHER SHE WAS ASSIGNED TO A VERY ROUGH SCHOOL THAT HAD TEN POLICE OFFICERS ON DUTY THERE AT ALL TIMES. HER HUSBAND IS A SYSTEMS ANALYST FOR ANTHEM HEALTH INSURANCE.

NEXT IS TONY, WHO AT AGE 18 STRAPPED HIS GUITAR OVER HIS SHOULDER AND RODE A MOTORCYCLE TO FLORIDA TO FOLLOW THE GIRL OF HIS DREAMS. THAT DIDN'T WORK OUT, SO ABOUT SIX MONTHS LATER I BOUGHT A ONE WAY TICKET TO TAMPA TO MEET HIM AND WE DROVE BACK TO LOUISVILLE IN HIS PICK-UP TRUCK. TONY IS AN EXTREMELY HARD WORKER AND WORKED JOB TO JOB BEFORE BECOMING A MANAGER OF A KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN RESTAURANT. KFC HAD A STAFFING MODEL BASED ON EXPECTED SALES WHICH TONY COMPLAINED ABOUT TO ME ON A VERY FREQUENT BASIS. I TOLD HIM TO QUIT COMPLAINING AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. SEEMS HE DID. HE STOPPED USING IT AND WAS THREATENED WITH BEING FIRED, BUT WASN'T SINCE HE SET A NEW PROFIT RECORD FOR HIS STORE. ONE OR TWO PROMOTIONS LATER HE WOUND UP IN THE "HELP" SECTION OF "YUM HEADQUARTERS" WHERE MANGERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD (KFC, TACO BELL, AND PIZZA HUT) CALL HIM FOR ASSISTANCE IN SETTING STAFFING LEVELS FOR THEIR STORES. HE AND HIS WIFE HAVE (5) CHILDREN, THE OLDEST OF WHOM STARTS COLLEGE THIS MONTH. TONY'S WIFE GRADUATED WITH A PERFECT STRAIGHT "A" RECORD FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE AND HAS "HOME SCHOOLED" THEIR CHILDREN.

NEXT IS BARBARA OR AS HER SIBLINGS CALL HER: "THE ORGANIZER". BARBARA HAS A DEGREE IN ACCOUNTING AND PLANS EVERY THING IN A MOST ORGANIZED FASHION. SHE CAN ARRANGE A FAMILY GET TOGETHER ON A MINUTES NOTICE AND IT WILL COME OFF AS PLANNED WITHOUT A HITCH. SHE AND HER HUSBAND HAVE TWO SONS. HER HUSBAND IS A COMPUTER SPECIALIST AT UPS IN THE AIRCRAFT SCHEDULING AREA. BARBARA WORKS AS AN ACCOUNTANT FOR A LOCAL NON-PROFIT CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION.

Angee IS OUR YOUNGEST AND LIVED WITH US FOR SEVENTEEN YEARS. WHEN SHE BECAME PREGNANT WITH THEIR SECOND SON, HER HUSBAND TOLD HER TO GET AN ABORTION OR HE WOULD LEAVE. SHE WOULDN'T GET AN ABORTION AND HE LEFT. THE DIVORCE FOLLOWED AND SOON HE BECAME A "DEADBEAT" DAD FAILING TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT. THIS GAVE Angee THE UPPER HAND WHEN IT CAME TO REARING HER TWO SONS, SINCE SHE COULD HAVE HAD HIM PUT IN JAIL FOR NON-SUPPORT. ALL SHE CARED ABOUT WAS HER SONS, SO THERE WERE NO PROBLEMS OVER THE YEARS AND I WAS ABLE TO BE A PART OF THE BOYS LIFE ON A FIRST HAND BASIS. Angee'S OLDER SON (ZACK) MOVED INTO THE DORM AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST LAST WEEK TO START HIS COLLEGE CAREER. DANIEL IS A SENIOR AT EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL HERE IN LOUISVILLE. DANIEL IS AN EXCELLENT SAXOPHONE PLAYER AND WILL BE MARCHING WITH EASTERN'S BAND IN THE MACY'S DAY PARADE IN NEW YORK THIS THANKSGIVING. Angee RECENTLY RECEIVED HER MASTER MASTER'S DREE, BOUGHT A HOUSE AND HAS A PROMISING FUTURE AHEAD OF HER.

I THANK GOD FOR OUR FAMILY, ALL OF WHOM HAVE MADE ME A PROUD PAPA.

DICK STEMLE
1 SEP 2010


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How I met that special Her

Back in my high school days the two Catholic churches in town sponsored a club for its teenage members. One evening I met Dot and danced with her several times. When I got home I told Mom I had just met the girl I was going to marry. Since I was only sixteen at the time, Mom laughed and said I would meet many other girls along the way. That was true, but Dot was (and still is) special. We married six years after we met and will celebrate our 56th wedding anniversary next month. I was lucky to find her. She has been (and still is) the rock to which I anchor my life. God truly blest me when I met Dot.

Dick Stemle
April 2011


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Puhl From Dot Stemle

Cato and all of the football PUHL.........

Dick passed away last night at 9:00PM at the hospital. Someday, I will write our Love Story and of course, it will include all of you and West Point, which he loved. He will be buried in the Veterans Cementery at Fort Knox, Kentucky, on Friday. Love to you all, you were his joy of working on the PUHL. (He has the trophy...We have 2 copies of the trophy....

Later let us know who is taking the PUHL over...he did not want it to end.

Love,

Dot Stemle
13 February 2013


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Courier-Journal Obituary



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With great sadness I want to inform those who know my parents, Dick and Dot Stemle that my mother Dorothy "Dot" Anne, passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Dot was a teacher in the Clarksville Community School System for over 40 years. Most recently she was a tutor at Kumon Learning Center. Dot was full of life and loved her family and students.

Dot will now join her beloved husband, Richard Stemle, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her three daughters, Angee Calvin, Barbara McTeague (Rick) and Mimi Buckley (Bob); and her two sons, Tony Stemle (Dawn) and Michael Stemle (Ada). She is also survived by her sisters, Rita Schreiweis (Mike), Helen Callahan, and brothers, Bill Timperman (Kaye), Ed Timperman (Liz) and Larry Timperman (Becky), 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

My father and mother are greatly missed by all of us.

Tony Stemle
18 MAY 2014


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Dorothy Anne "Dot" Stemle

Dorothy Anne "Dot" Stemle, passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Dot was a teacher in the Clarksville Community School System for over 40 years. Most recently she was a tutor at Kumon Learning Center. Dot was full of life and loved her family and students.

Dot will now join her beloved husband, Richard Stemle, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her three daughters, Angee Calvin, Barbara McTeague (Rick) and Mimi Buckley (Bob); her two sons, Tony Stemle (Dawn) and Michael Stemle (Ada); her sisters, Rita Schreiweis (Mike) and Helen Callahan; brothers, Bill Timperman (Kaye), Ed Timperman (Liz) and Larry Timperman (Becky); 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, East Louisville. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Ascension Catholic Church, 4600 Lynnbrook Drive. A private graveside service will be held at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, Radcliff, KY.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.


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