Apr 12, 2017 at 6 PM at Chatham Cafe
On Feb 8, 2017, Illinois State AmVets Commander was a guest at our Post Meeting.
I Was A Soldier, I Am A Veteran
By Colonel Daniel K. Cedusky, USA, Retired
We put it, simply, without any swagger, without any brag, in those four plain words.
and from a Flag called "Old Glory".
or gaze upon the white crosses, or tall white stones, row upon row.
and no Gestapo snooping at the door and threatening to kick your teeth in.
and the obligation to use that right, and guard it and keep it clean.
do they rise up in our memories and stir in our sentient hearts.
Lakes and Paris Island, Travis and Chanute, Bagdad, Kabul, Kuwait City,
and many other places long forgotten by our civilian friends.
They are plain words, those four. Simple words.
every sound and every syllable. If you must write them, put them on my Stone.
From: Dan Cedusky, Champaign IL, Col, USA, Ret,
Life member: Am Legion, DAV, AMVETS, MOAA, NGAUS, IL SAL, NGAIL
NAUS, IL State Director USDR
Our Post members
AmVets Post 61 sponsored a memorial brick on the Spaulding, IL Veterans Memorial Dedicated
on Sept 29, 2012
Congratulations to Bill Mackiney on his Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.
Congratulations to our Post Commander who went on the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight
Post 61's AmVet of the year, Don Butler, Awarded July 8, 2015
Post 61's AmVet of the year, Sean Connolly, Awarded in 2011
Post 61's AmVet of the year, Rose Connolly, Awarded on 7/8/09
Post 61's AmVet of the year, Jim Shaner, Awarded on 7/9/08
ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD on Feb 2, 2008
Chatham AmVets presenting calling cards to the deploying 1844TH TRANSPORTATION COMPANY—
David L. Innis, Sr., 86 of Thayer passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 at Mosaic of Springfield.
He was born Aug. 12, 1930 in Virden, the son of Robert and Pauline Hopper Innis.
David married Marion Green on June 29, 1951 in Thayer and she preceded him in death on Oct. 2, 2007. Also preceded in death by one son, David L. Innis, Jr.; one grandson, Zachary T. Innis; sister, Pauline Wilson and brother, Robert Innis; son in law, John B. Milano, Jr.
He served as ammo corporal on a 155 howitzer gun crew with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Surviving are two sons, Brian and Frank (Vickie) Innis both of Thayer; three daughters, Mary Milano of Pawnee, Sherry (Rick) Lester of Indiana and Patricia (Mike, Sr.) Curry of Dawson; special daughter, Susan Griffin and special daughter “out” law, Peggy Johnson both Springfield; 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two sisters in law, Virginia Allison of Winchester, TN and Sarah Innis of Bethalto; numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 from 9am till 10am at Bramley Funeral Home, Auburn. Procession will follow to Camp Butler National Cemetery for military honors with Auburn VFW and American Legion and committal service with Rev. Terry Turner officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Auburn American Legion or VFW.
Burdette Thompson passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015.
Burdette was a resident of Spearfish, South Dakota at the time of his passing.
He was married to Evelyn.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Spearfish. Burial, with full military honors, will be at 10:00 AM on Monday, March 2, at Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Hospice of the Northern Hills.
Earl was born November 8, 1926 in Springfield, IL, the son of the late Iva Abney Sweet. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Twanette Turley Sweet, and a brother, Paul Sweet, of Lawrence, KS.
He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. After returning home Earl drove a truck for Smith (Smitty) Trucking picking up milk at local farms. He purchased a tavern in Pawnee, Pete’s Frontier Lounge, and sold it after 26 years. Being semi-retired he cleaned the Pawnee Post Office until full retirement. Earl was a former Fire Chief in Pawnee and was a member of the Pawnee American Legion and V.F.W.
Surviving are two children from a previous marriage, Fred (Bee) Sweet of Essex, IL and Debbie Sweet Dillon of Virden; a grandson, Jeff (Gini) Jenkins of Virden; granddaughters, Dana Sweet McGary of Thayer, IL and Keri (Ryan) Lechtenberg of Essex, IL; six great grandchildren; one great grandson; and his companion, Ginger List, of Pawnee, IL.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at Bramley Funeral Home in Auburn. Services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Charles Kurfman officiating. Burial will be in Horse Creek Cemetery with the Auburn American Legion and V.F.W. conducting military honors.
Memorials may be made to the Pawnee Food Pantry, P.O. Box 304, Pawnee, IL 62558.
Earl Morrow, age 90, of Springfield, passed away on Friday, July 11, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center.
Norris Gene Hendricks. OBIT: WAVERLY, IL - Norris Gene Hendricks, 79, formerly of Auburn, Ill., passed away Sept. 21, 2014, at his residence with his wife by his side. Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Rt. 4, Chatham, IL is serving the Hendricks family.
Amvets Post 61 (Past Commander)
Died: June 21, 2014
October 28, 1937 - October 13, 2008
He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, lifetime member AMVETS and Calvary Temple Christian Center.
DIVERNON — Craig F. Bilyeu, 57, of Divernon died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, in an automobile accident near Glenarm. He was born Oct. 2, 1949, in Springfield, the on of Earl and Mary Harney Bilyeu. Mr. Bilyeu was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and attained the rank of sergeant. He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Springfield. He was a member of Chatham American Legion Post 759, Springfield Squadron 32, Sons of the American Legion, Voiture 344 of 40&8, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Chatham and National Letter Carrier Association. Survivors: mother, Mary of Curran; three sisters, Pam (husband, Terry) Eberhardt and Melissa Bilyeu, both of Springfield, and Lisa Hill of Curran; four brothers, Terry (wife, Ruth Ann) Bilyeu of Springfield, Bruce (wife, Leta) Bilyeu of Loami, Kevin (wife, Mary) Bilyeu of Curran and Rodney (wife, Aida) Bilyeu of Bartlett; five nieces; eight nephews; and several aunts and uncles. Services: 1 p.m. Friday, Sangamon Prairie Reception Center, Chatham, the Rev. Charles Duggins officiating. Burial: Chatham Memorial Cemetery. Staab Polk Memorial Home in Chatham is in charge of arrangements.