Jon Vanden Bosch

[12 AUG 1933 - I2 - 20254 - 12 JAN 2016]

Jon Vanden Bosch Eulogies

AOG Testimonials

Arlington Burial



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Baker's - Dienst's - Woody Black and Carol Gilbert - George Kennebeck and Emily Vasquez - Dorothy Crancer - Campbell's - Blahuta's - Ofelia Vanden Bosch - Maren Palmer - Tom Weaver - Nancy Joseph [CENTEX Mini - JAN 2017]



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Ofelia - Cato and Jon Vanden Bosch
[DEC 2013]



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Ofelia and Jon Vanden Bosch - Jan and George Kennebeck - Jack
and Paula Campbell - Maren Palmer [Austin FDD - MAR 2012]



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Paula Campbell and Ofelia Vanden Bosch
[Austin FDD - MAR 2012]



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Jon Vanden Bosch
[Austin FDD - MAR 2012]



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Cooper - Dinwiddie - Kennebeck - Geran - Baker - Black -
Vanden Bosch - Campbell [Bob Blitch Services - JAN 2012]



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Weaver’s - Vanden Bosch’s - Kennebeck’s - Roberta Stone - Campbell’s - Dienst’s - Maren Palmer - Dinwiddie’s - Cooper’s - Fleeger’s - Nancy Joseph - Baker’s [CENTEX New Year's Day Gathering - 1 JAN 2012]



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Weaver - Vanden Bosch - Campbell - Dienst - Kennebeck - Dinwiddie - Cooper - Fleeger - Baker [CENTEX New Year's Day Gathering - 1 JAN 2012]



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Roberta Stone - Sue Weaver - Ofelia Vanden Bosch - Paula Campbell - Lo Dienst - Jan Kennebeck - Pat Dinwiddie - Carol Baker - Maren Palmer - Mary Helen Cooper - Jo Fleeger - Nancy Joseph [CENTEX New Year's Day Gathering - 1 JAN 2012]



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Jon and Ofelia Vanden Bosch
[CENTEX New Year's Day Gathering - 1 JAN 2012]



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Jon Vanden Bosch - Bill Brown - Hank Meetze
[I-2 Mini - MAR 2011]



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Vanden Bosch's - Meetze's - Brown's
[I-2 Mini - MAR 2011]



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Bill Schrage '56 and Ofelia Vanden Bosch
[Chuck Roades Funeral - AUG 2010]



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Hank Meetze - Jon Vanden Bosch - Phil Gibbs '58/'59
[Chuck Roades Funeral - AUG 2010]



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Jon Vanden Bosch - Zach Hagedorn - Ray Gunderson
[Chuck Roades Funeral - AUG 2010]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Jon and Ofelia Vanden Bosch
[50th Reunion]



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Ofelia and Jon Vanden Bosch
[50th Reunion]



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Jim Fiscus - Jon Vanden Bosch - Alverta Fiscus
[50th Reunion]



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Ofelia and Jon Vanden Bosch - Fralen
[50th Reunion]



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Harvill - Wells - Vanden Bosch - Fralen -
Meetze - Jeter [I-2: 50th Reunion]



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Chuck Roades and Ted Gay
[50th Reunion]



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Harvill - Wray - Fralen - Roades - Jeter - Fiscus -
Vanden Bosch - Wells [I-2: 50th Reunion]



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Wray - Jeter - Roades - Harvill - Wells - Meetze - Brown -
Fralen - Vanden Bosch - Fiscus [I-2: 50th Reunion]



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Jon and Ofelia Vanden Bosch
[JUL 2003]



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Ofelia and Jon Vanden Bosch - Dave Wheeler (getting a beer) - Katherine Jeter - Nancy Joseph - Jack Jeter - Jan and George Kennebeck [JUL 2003]



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Jon and Ofelia Vanden Bosch
[1999]



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'55 Engineer Officer's Basic Course
Ft. Belvoir - NOV 1955

Row 4: Lathrop - Hagedorn - Craven - J Campbell - Bazilwich - Gay - Vanden Bosch - Staudaher - Domeck - Row 3: Sietman - Sloan - Norvill - Maurer - Bates - Muller - Ginter - W Brown - Horst - Schow Row 2: Auer - S Johnson - Bishop - Gray - Polly - Sanderson - Fontaine - Gallup - L Warner - J Strickland - Row 1: Wheeler - JRC Miller - DeMaris - Carpenter - J Franklin - Guthrie - LaFrenz - Schauer - McKinney - Ludwig

Larger Size



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I-2 Firsties - 4th Row: Gray - Fralen - Donald (CO) - Fiscus - 3rd Row: Vanden Bosch - Schow - Hamilton - Jeter - Campbell - 2nd Row: McCarthy - Brown - Wells - Roth - 1st Row: Macdonald - Harvill - Wray - Roades - Wallis - Meetze - Sims



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I-2 Cows



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I-2 Yearlings - 4th Row: Dilts - Donald - McCarthy - Brown - Roth - 3rd Row: Campbell - Hamilton - Wells - Meetze - 2nd Row: Vanden Bosch - Fralen - Macdonald - Gray - 1st Row: Roades - Berg - Wanderer - Harvill - Jeter - Fiscus (not pictured: Sims)



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I-2 Plebes - 4th Row: McCarthy - Munsch - Roth - Roades - 3rd Row: Campbell - Fralen - Vanden Bosch - Macdonald - Wanderer - Berg - Wray - 2nd Row: Meetze - Hamilton - Harvill - Dilts - Wells - Donald - Fiscus - 1st Row: Gray - Jeter - Charles Parks - Brown - Schow - Sims



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Stan Harvill - Bill Brown - Jon Vanden Bosch
[1954 - Juarez



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Tommy West and Jon Vanden Bosch
[Signal Corps Movie -1951]



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Jon Vanden Bosch and Dick Hargrove
[Signal Corps Movie - 1951]



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2012 AOG Online Register Entry

Register Glossary



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I-2 Wives

Plebe: Walt Campbell, Tom McCarthy and Jon Vanden Bosch

Yearling: Doc Schow, Jon Vanden Bosch, Bob Wray

Cow: Jon Vanden Bosch

Firstie: Bill Roth and Jon Vanden Bosch


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Jon Conrad Vanden Bosch

Jon Conrad Vanden Bosch was born on 12 August 1933 in Chicago, Illinois and appointed to West Point from the 5th Congressional District of Illinois. He was in Company I 2 and graduated on 7 June 1955. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army in the Corps of Engineers.


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Colonel Jon Conrad Vanden Bosch (USA Ret)

Colonel Jon Conrad Vanden Bosch (USA Ret), died peacefully at his home in San Antonio, Texas, on January 12, 2016, after a long illness. Jon was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 12, 1933, to Marguerite and Johan Vanden Bosch. He is survived by his wife Ofelia Saenz Vanden Bosch, daughter Anne V. Dowling, son in law Brendan Dowling, granddaughter Elizabeth Dowling, brother Robert Vanden Bosch and sister Marguerite Freidheim. He was predeceased by his son Jon lll.

In 1951, Jon graduated with first honors from St. Ignatius College Preparatory and then entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Jon's academic achievements continued with a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from Princeton, followed with post graduate work at Penn State University, Harvard University and the Wharton School of Business.

Graduating near the top of his 1955 West Point class, he went on to lead an exemplary military career. He attended Airborne and Ranger Schools, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army War College, and the Foreign Service Institute. Jon had command postings in Europe, Korea and Vietnam. In Vietnam, when the cease fire was negotiated, he was adviser to the Province Chief in his negotiations with the North Vietnamese team. During Jon's 24 years in the U.S. Army, he served in managerial, advisory and instructor positions. Jon's last military position was as District Engineer in the Galveston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

During Jon's military service, some of his awards were: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, and Army Commendation Medal. From the Republic of Vietnam, Jon was awarded the Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star.

Upon his retirement from the military in 1979, Jon worked several years for private consulting firms in Houston, Texas. He was recruited by the City of Houston in 1984 as Director of Public Works where he managed all phases of the administration and operation of the city's largest department at that time. After five years at the City, Jon returned to the private sector and eventually joined the Construction Industry Institute at the University of Texas. In 2002, he was persuaded to return to the City of Houston Public Works Department for an additional two years.

Plans are pending for a memorial service to be held in Houston within the next few months. Inurnment with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.

The family has requested that donations be made to either: Army Resident Community Kiwanis Club, 7400 Crestway, San Antonio, Texas 78239, or West Point Class of 1955 Fund, 698 Mills Road, West Point, New York 10996, or to a charity of their choice.


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Jon Conrad Vanden Bosch

Services will be held for Jon VandenBosch at Arlington National Cemetery on September 21st. The Services will commence at the Chapel at 1:00pm. Attendees should arrive at the Chapel 30-45 minutes before the beginning of the services. There will be a reception at the Officer's Club following the ceremony. Classmates and friends are invited to attend.

If you plan to attend, please let Jon's wife, Ofelia, know by either phone or email.

713-213-3445 or osv1@aol.com

*Grip Hands...

~jackC
Jack Campbell
6 September 2016


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Jon Conrad Vanden Bosch

Arlington National Cemetery Services

21 September 2016

I am pleased to report that there were seven classmates and two wives present, as follows: Bill Roth, USAF, I2, who delivered the Class Tribute on behalf of '55, five Engineer classmates – Ted Gay, K-2; Zach Hagedorn, B-1, w/wife, Carolyn; Rich Miller, K-1; John Sloan, C-1, w/wife, Ruth; Dave Wheeler, H-1; and Carl McNair, E-1, Infantry/Aviation. Demographically, five were from Virginia, two from Maryland, one from Kansas and one from Florida – a nice representation across the class, the Corps and the US. Ofelia and the family asked that I gather all our classmates together just before the service began and have their photographer get a picture of them. The first stained glass window on the right side of the Chapel at the front is dedicated to West Point and we chose to have the picture done there.

The Services were conducted by Reverend Canon Mark Scheneman, Pastor of St. John's Episcopal Church in Carlisle, PA, friend and Pastor of Jon and Ofelia from their Army War College Days. As noted in the program, the WP Alumni Glee Club did their specialty Introit Hymn “Mansions of the Lord” which was originally written for the closing music in the 2002 movie, ”We Were Soldiers Once and Young”, AND sung by the West Point Glee Club for the sound track of that movie. It was also featured as the recessional hymn at President Reagan's funeral in 2004. Bill Roth delivered some warm and personal remarks on behalf of Company I-2 and the Class. Since Protestant services are limited to 30 minutes in the Old Post Chapel to accommodate another funeral which will follow in about an hour and the horses, caisson, band and troops must be rested and turned around for the next service, Eulogies are limited to three minutes, or so, as a guide, so as to leave time for the Minister to render the Homily immediately after the Eulogy/Tribute.

After the Closing Prayers of the Congregation, all sang the Commendation Hymn, “Amazing Grace” followed by the Commendation and Blessing, at which time the Honor Guard soldiers entered and stood at attention to retrieve and remove the beautiful mahogany case with the Army Seal which contained Jon's ashes and the accompanying tri-corner folded flag. The Alumni Glee Club then sang the Alma Mater as the Recessional Hymn and then saluted, as the Minister led the Honor Guard Pair carried Jon's flag and his cremains out of the Chapel followed by the family and other mourners. As the Band played softly, the troops saluted and the Container with the ashes was placed in a hidden drawer built into the rear of a special ceremonial casket configured to carry the container and the cremains and covered with the US Flag. Once all of the mourners and family reached their cars and joined the procession, the Arlington Funeral Director's car led the processional through the Arlington Cemetery Gate. The family had reserved a limo and large bus for the family and others followed in cars. As some mourners do, a few chose to walk, however some of those who chose to walk were not aware of the total distance. Section 1 of Arlington where the earliest graves were placed is just inside the Cemetery gate almost 150 years ago, and Jon's grave is in one of the very newest sections of the Cemetery. Only recently opened, Section 76, is just a bit over 1.5 miles through the Cemetery. Luckily, it is almost all downhill. Needless to some of the early walkers slowed down a bit and accepted rides as the procession moved along. Section 76 is within 1,000 feet of the Eastern wall of the Cemetery and has a perfect view of the Washington Monument and the skyline of Rosslyn. It is also very near the main gate to Arlington, the Visitors Parking Garage, Visitors Center and the DC Metro station, for those who may choose to visit there one day. When the caisson bearing the flag covered casket reached Section 76, the burial site was within a few yards of the road and two of the Honor Guard Members removed the Cremains and the Tri-cornered flag from the casket and marched proudly to the ceremonial awning and placed the cremains on a small table in front of the family's seating area, as the Band played a most fitting tribute to the deceased, “Army Blue.” The Honor Guard members then stood alongside the table.

As the ceremony proceeded under the awning in Section 76, the family was seated and the graveside committal commenced with the Minister's opening words and blessings. The Third Infantry, Old Guard casket bearers unfolded the tri-corner folded flag and stretched it tightly above the Cremains in the Mahogany Case. All were asked to rise for military honors to be rendered, first with the three volleys fired by the seven soldier firing party, followed by TAPS, as all saluted. The casket bearers then refolded the flag in tri-corner fashion, after which the Commander of the Honor Guard Company received the flag from the senior NCO on the casket bearer team and faced Ofelia to present the flag. Following that, the Army Arlington Lady, one of whom attends every Army funeral , was escorted by a member of the Honor Guard to a position in front of Ofelia to express the condolences of the Chief of Staff of the Army to the widow and family and the nation's gratitude for Jon's service followed by a personal note from General Mark Milley, currently CSA. As the Arlington lady was escorted away, the Arlington Funeral Director came forward and pointed out the exact gravesite just forward and left of the awning area where a newly prepared grave awaited. He pointed out the precise spot where Jon's cremains would be placed so that the mourners could pause there if they desired. He thanked all for attending and indicated this concluded the formal part of the service and attendees were welcome to visit for a while or return to their cars. Ofelia and the family had ordered long-stem yellow roses which were given to each of the family members. The Yellow Rose of Texas was a living symbol for the home state Jon had served as a District Engineer in Galveston, then Director, Public Works for the City of Houston for seven years, and finally their retirement home in San Antonio, where he passed away on January 16, 2016.

As the celebration of life and committal to the grave were concluded, attendees lingered at the gravesite whereupon Bill Roth had arrived fully prepared to offer a final toast to his company-mate and our classmate. He brought forth a small paper package wherein was a small bottle of exquisite Brandy and some small cups to render that final farewell. Benny Haven would have been proud and we were confident that Jon was smiling down upon us as he marched through the “Pearly Gates”.

All then adjourned to the Fort Myer Officers' Club where the family and guests enjoyed a lovely reception with stories of Jon and West Point abounding. The family had brought many picture of Jon and placed them about the room for all to see and admire. In sum, the Funeral Services brought closure and a final opportunity for comradeship for all who knew and admired Jon Conrad Vanden Bosch.

Faithfully submitted,

CARL
Carl H. McNair, Jr.


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The West Point Glee Club was absolutely wonderful and they made Jon's service even more poignant than I thought possible. My family, Jon's family and guests were deeply affected at the glory and beauty of Jon's final farewell. I cannot begin to express my admiration for all that the Arlington National Cemetery staff does - from the schedulers to those who lead the bereaved step by step - assuring only the best that can possibly be offered to our dearly departed and to those who mourn them. My heartfelt thanks to those from West Point who attended and to all who sent condolences.

With appreciation and gratitude,

Ofelia Vanden Bosch


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