Veterans Voices


Join a group of veterans of the armed forces of the

United States. We support each other & the greater community of veterans in the area and the U.S.A. Check out the Veterans Voices Website:

May we never forget their service to our country.


General Membership Meeting: This month’s meeting will take place on 10/7, 7 p.m., at the Orland Park Veterans Building, 10545 S. West Ave., Orland Park. There will be a short business meeting followed by a presentation.

FUMC Veterans: If you have not previously been included in the FUMC Veterans Day observance video and wish to be included this year, please contact Gary Lang as quickly as possible. “Then and now” pictures of the veteran to be added will be required.

Calling All

Korean & Vietnam



Please help us locate and enroll Korean vets and Vietnam era vets who have NOT made the honor flight to Washington D.C. Those with special situations are now in consideration! 

Applications are available in the church office or contact Allen DeNormandie at (312) 841-4883.

Honor Pavers


We raise the honor flag on the first Sunday of the month in honor of a deceased veteran. Registration forms

can be found outside Room 4.

Contact Dale Carver at (762) 218-7657 or for more information.

Walk of Honor Pavers
Veterans Voices is again
accepting orders for pavers for
the Walk of Honor. Each paver costs $65.00. These
pavers will be installed in the Walk of Honor in time
for Memorial Day, 2019. Orders will be taken
during Taste of Faith through March 31st. Order
forms are available outside of Room 4. Research
assistance may be available, depending on individual
circumstances. Questions should be directed to Dale
Carver or Darryl Wertheim.
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We raise the honor flag on the first Sunday of the month

in honor of a deceased veteran.

Registration forms can be found outside Room 4.


Contact Dale Carver at (762) 218-7657 or for more information.

Tribute to the Life of
Jerry Styrsky
(Husband of Mickey Styrsky)

In 1959, he enrolled in the Printing Management  degree program at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, PA where he participated in ROTC.  While attending Carnegie Tech, he met Michele (Mickey) Rasmussen.  They married on Feb. 4, 1964.  They had 2 children – Jerry David and Krista Jo Smerz.


Jerry served in the army in many locations throughout his career.

  • 3/1964 – attended Ordnance School at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD

  • 6/64 – attended Naval Explosive Disposal School at Indian Head, MD

  • 1965-1966 – Ft. Riley KS EOD unit

  • 1966-1967 – 13 months in Korea with the 8th Ordnance Detail EOD (captain)

  • 1967-1969 – Ft. Carson CO (major)

  • 1968-1992 – Army Reserves (retired as LTC)


After his discharge from active duty, he had a variety of careers ranging from printing management to computer management.

Jerry continued to serve his country and God throughout his life.  He was an active member of the VFW Post 2791, serving as commander for a couple years and the chairman of the family support group for many years. He was an active member of AVMRA (American Veterans Motorcycle Riders Association) Tinley Park Chapter (served as director).  He was also a lifetime

member of the American Legion.  He was in charge of the Family Support Group with the 308th Civil Affairs Group in Homewood IL, where he was awarded the Volunteer of the Year in 2009.


Jerry was an active patriot who will truly be missed by many.

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Tribute to the Life of
D. Lowell Rasmussen
(Father of Mickey Styrsky)


He married Florence Musser of Reinbeck in 1939. They had 4 daughters, Sue Bjurlin, Mickey Styrsky, Bethene Stuart and         

Paulette Rivas.


He enlisted in the Navy in 1943. He served as a Navy Sea Bee in Guam from 1943 to 1945. After his discharge from the Navy, he was in sales.


He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Kiwanis, Elks, Forty and Eight, Rotary, Lions and American Legion. He served as Department Vice Commander of the American Legion from 1953 to 1954.


He died from brain cancer in 1986.

Tribute to the Life of
Francis Leo Nicholson
(Father of Delores Reimer)

Francis Leo Nicholson was born on January 27, 1895 in Cook County, IL.  He was the son of Charles & Ellen.  He had 2 brothers & 1 sister.  


Leo served in the U.S. Army 27th Infantry in World War I as a private from 1918 -1919.  The 27th Infantry was ordered into Siberia from President Woodrow Wilson to secure war supplies on the docks of Vladivostak. Then went up the railways to pursue the communists threatening the line.  It was bitter cold.  They referred to the Americans as the wolfhounds.  Leo did not discuss his time in the military; however his younger brother, Harry said, “He did what he was told to do.”  Leo was honorable discharged on October 28, 1919, having received a bonus of $600.00.


Leo died on January 15, 1961. He is buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Lemont.

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A Tribute to the Life of
Charles Doherty
(Husband of Betty Doherty,
father of Chuck, Lynn, Nancy,
Diane & Robert)

Staff Sergeant Charles (Chuck) Doherty enlisted in the United States Air Force. Chuck was stationed at Westover Air Base in Massachusetts where he worked alongside the mechanics  maintaining aircraft for flying duty. After 3 months, Chuck was sent to Japan. The base was responsible for supplying the troops in Korea and evacuating the wounded back to Japan. When his service in Japan ended, Chuck was reassigned to the Eastern Air Defense in Youngstown, Ohio. He had the responsibility of procuring supplies for the 86th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. Chuck was honorably discharged. Chuck was humbled to take part in the honor flight to Washington DC in 2016 alongside his fellow veterans. Chuck was very proud of his service and his country.  Visiting the memorials was a highlight of his life. Chuck passed away on October 17, 2018.

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A Tribute to the Life of
Bill K. Flanagan & Gloria Aker
(dear friends of Dale & Nancy Carver)

Billy K. Flanagan was born in Van Wert, Ohio, on February 4, 1927.  He entered the Army in May 1945, as a military policeman.  After 22 years as an enlisted man, Bill accepted an appointment as a Warrant Officer Automotive Technician.  Bill served a total of 44 years on active duty.  He was inducted into the Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame in 1988, and retired in 1989.  During his career he served in Italy, Korea, Vietnam and four times in Germany.  When he retired, Bill was the last Army veteran from World War II to retire from active duty status.  


Gloria Acker was born in Binghamton, New York, on September 4, 1926.  She was a member of the Women’s Army Corps and served in the Signal Corps as a cryptographer in the occupation forces in Germany.  Gloria was honorably discharged in 1950.  She later volunteered for more than 20 years with the American Red Cross.

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A Tribute to the Life of
Charles “Charlie” Anderson
(Brother of Al Anderson)

Charles Anderson was born on Dec. 5, 1931 and passed away on Oct. 3, 2018 after a long battle with COPD.


Charlie served in the U.S. Marine Corp, Special Services, 2/18/52 to 2/12/54 on active duty & then transferred to a reserve unit until 2/17/60.


Charles received the national Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with 2 stars, & a letter of appreciation for exemplary service for operating search lights for air strikes behind enemy front lines.

A Tribute to the Life of 
George L. Pospisil
(Brother-in-law of Tom Duracka)

George served in the U.S. Army for 2 ½ years as a Pvt. MP,
1943 – 1945 in Camp Tonkawa.

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Tribute to the Life of
Joseph Angel Torres
(father of Lisa Anderson,
daughter-in-law of
Al & Meriellen Anderson)


Joe was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Joseph graduated top of his class from the Pole Linemen School. His superiors awarded him a squad leader job while at school. He was the only private in the company acting as a squad leader.

From the 523rd News, “Men like Private Joseph Torres are few and far between. The 523rd realizes it’s good fortune in having him as a member of our company. If there is a job to be done, Joe is there to take things under control. We salute you Joe, because you are our soldier of the week”.

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A Tribute to the Life of
Russell Keith Wright
(father of Linda Wright & Nancy Carver)

Russell enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 10, 1946 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, as a cook.  He was deployed to Germany in June, 1946, where he served with the Third Army.  He returned from Germany in December, 1948, and was discharged at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, on December 10, 1948.  During his time in service, Russell achieved the rank of corporal and was rated as a Tech 5, First Cook and Mess Sergeant.  His awards included the Army of Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. 

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A Tribute to the Life of
Richard Robert Piotrowski
(Uncle of Bruce B. Borowicz)

Richard joined the Navy during World War II. He received the following medals: Victory Medal issued by President Theodore Roosevelt, American Area Campaign Metal and the European African Middle Eastern Area Campaign Medal.

A Tribute to the Life of
Sergeant First Class Gerald Glenn Beaird
(Jerry and Mildred Beaird's son)

Gerald served in the  U.S. Army as a heavy wheeled vehicle mechanic.

Tribute to the Life of
Larry Dobbs
(friend of Gerry Arnott – Veterans Voices)


On Thanksgiving Day, 11/26/15, Larry Dobbs went home to the Lord. Larry was 67 years old. He died of respiratory failure resulting from anaplastic thyroid cancer, a result of exposure to Agent Orange in Viet Nam. Larry was a proud Air Force veteran who served in the Viet Nam war. He was in the Air Force from June 1967 to June, 1970 & was a weapons systems mach. He served in the Philippines, Viet Nam & Korea.

A Tribute to the Life of 
Adam Stephen Soich 

Born Dec. 24, 1914     Died Jan. 21, 2003 
ETM 3c (T) USN – I
Electronic Technician’s Mate Third Class
USN-I United States Navy 
Adam entered and served in the United States navy on May 15, 1944. His service time was spent at USNTC Great Lakes, IL, Naval Training School, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL and NT School in Gulfport, Mississippi. He was honored at the American Theater Camp with a Victory Medal. His honorable discharge took place at U.S. Naval Personnel Separation Center, Great Lakes, IL on 1/19/1946.

A Tribute to the Life of
PFC Santino “Tino” Lettieri

Beloved husband of Nancy (Kmetz); loving father of
Michelle Maxeiner, Nicole (Mark) Bishop, and Danielle Lettieri.

Tino was a United States Marine Corps veteran and served in Vietnam, June 21, 1944 – April 2, 2017

A Tribute to the Life of
Ronald “Ron” Schoenenberger

brother of Nancy Grizzle


Ronald "Ron" Schoenenberger was born in Chicago on Jan 31, 1947. He graduated from St. Rita High School in 1965 and went to work for R.R. Donnelly as a machinist.  Ron was drafted into the Army in 1966 and served as a medic in a M.A.S.H. unit in Seoul, Korea and at Fort Sam Huston, Texas. Ron moved back to Dwight, IL, where he lived until his death in June, 2017. 

A Tribute to the Life of
Andre George Broumas
(Cousin of Andy Vaveris)


Andre George Broumas was born January 12, 1932 in Youngtown, Ohio.  He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1954 and from Princeton University in 1959.  While a young Captain, Andre served as a commander of the first contingent at Camp Century, Greenland during the winter of 1959-1060.  Camp Century was a nuclear powered research center built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the ice covered surface of Greenland.  From 1962-1965, he was an engineering instructor at West Point.


Lieutenant Colonel Broumas’ second tour of duty in Vietnam and last assignment began on April 28, 1969.  He rejoined the 8th Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division as commander.  On September 3, 1969 he died when his command helicopter was downed by enemy fire.