Bert “Fish” Hassell, the “Hiking Viking”

see Book “”Fish” Hassell; a Viking with Wings

see Book “The Fantastic Story of the “Hiking Viking: Bert R. J. “Fish” Hassell

See Rockford Register Star article “Remember When: Rockford Aviators Return”  10/16/2009 (article can be found via

See obituary (1974) in Rockfordiana: Biography – Has

See “The Perils of the Greater Rockford,” Rockford Magazine , pp 16 – 22 and pp 52-53, February 1987

See   “Flight — Come Fly With Us” Aviation Gallery



Merle Lantz – 2016, obituary

Merle Lantz

Source: Rockford Register Star Feb. 14, 2016

Sgt. Robert Bruer – 1944


Source:  Rockford Morning Star   9/17/1944

Northern Illinois Optical – Earl Fulling

“Clear Vision; More than 60 years ago, Earl Fulling opened a eye care business and never looked back.”

by Paul Anthony Arco, senior staff writer

pp 140 – 143; 5 photos including 2 of Earl Fulling

founded optical business in 1949

Earl attended Rockford Central High until junior year when he moved to California and graduated there.

He joined the Air Force in 1942; B24 combat bomber pilot, Major.

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine, Fall 2012, Vol. 9, No. 6, pp 140-143

Libke, Marvin J.

Born in Belvidere, IL. on August 22, 1918, the son of Fred and Martha (Schilling) Libke.

Graduate of Belvidere High School.

He served in the Army Air Force in WWII.

Marvin was an Insurance Underwriter.

Died Sept. 3, 2014, in OSF St. Anthony Hospital.

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services at Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel, Belvidere.  Cremation to take place with private burial in Willwood Park.

Source: Rockford Register Star Sept. 6, 2014


Elliott, Harold G.

died April 13, 2001, after a long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Born No. 9, 1922 in Taylorville.

Son of Glenn and Ruth Elliott.

Rockford resident since 1952.

Married Lillian Musser on July 26, 1952 in Woodstock, IL.

Army Air Force Veteran, WWII.

Source: Rockford Register Star April 15, 2001