Veterans Who Have Passed–Al H. Weatherer

Source:  Rockford Register Star, May 21, 2019.

Arthur G. Dobratz, 84 – 1998, obituary

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Pelsma, Robert B.

Born Jan. 4, 1923 in Oregon, IL, son of Bernard and Edna Mae (Aulls) Pelsma.

1941 graduate of Oregon High School.

Enter service March 1943 and attached to the 78th Infantry Division, 310th Regiment Medical Detachment. Later was assigned with K Company, 310th as a Medic. Shipped overseas in 1944, when division was attached to First Army in Europe.  Engaged in major battles of Hurtgen Forest, Battle of the Bulge, and Remagin Bridgehead. Made Staff Sergeant, awarded Purple Heart, Bronze Star Cluster, Presidential Unit Citation 3rd Battalion 310th Infantry.

U.S. Post Office carrier.

Member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Died Oct. 15, 2014.

Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon; St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon; Private interment in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.

Source: Rockford Register Star Oct. 19, 2014

St. Paul Lutheran Church and School

“Congregation Marks 125 Years” by Karla Nagy, Associate Editor

“In 1882, s group of nine German immigrants decided to start their own church, in order to follow their German Lutheran roots. The Rev. L. Von Schrnk led the first services, held in the basement of the Swedish-based First Lutheran Church ….in 1885.”

“….in 1888 the German St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, UAC was established.”

“The first structure was built in 1889 at 423 Chestnut St.”

“In 1903, the site of the present church, 600 N. Horsman, was purchased and a parsonage built”

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Northwest Quarterly magazine, Summer/Fall 2013 p 219