Veterans Who Have Passed: James L. Hughes

Source:  Rockford Register Star, July 25, 2019.

Bennett, John R. – from 1958 obituary

John R. Bennett, 41, 311 West Gate Pkwy., died June 14, 1958, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Born Feb. 15, 1927, in Rockford, son of Jack and Jacki Bennett

Married former Penne Caporali in Waukegan

Served as lieutenant in Army ordnance corps in WWII

Survived by widow and 3 daughters:  Jill, Jan and Jinx

Fred C. Olson Mortuary, Trinity Lutheran Church, Willwood Burial Park

Source: Rockford Morning Star, June 17, 1958, 8 B

Wortham, Horace M.

Horace M. Wortham

46, a leader in Rockford social, business, and industrial activities for 2 decades died Thursday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Long lake, Wisconsin. Rockford home 905 Ridgewood Road. Rev. John Gordon, of the 2nd Congregational Church will officiate. Burial at Willwood
Cemetery had been in ill health and had operation for appendicitis recently. At the cottage at the time of death were his widow and daughter.  Son of late Horace L. Wortham, Rockford pioneer merchant. Began leasing business 4 years after father’s death in 1932. Married Annette Hogland in 1917. Later was associated with Shell Oil and with Anderson Brass Co. Member Forest Hills Country Club and Rockford Elks Club

Source: Rockford Morning Star 9/15/1944

WW II Army Air Corps Soper, Second Lt. Harold A.

24, fighter plane pilot who was killed Saturday in a plane crash at Fort Sumner, N.M. army air field P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane, burial in Willwood Cemetery

Lieutenant Harold Soper

Source: Photo of Second Lt. Harold A. Soper and obituary from Winnebago Sesquicentennial 977.331 W776 p. 51

Willwood Burial Park – dedicated 1923

Willwood Cemetery

Source of above:  “Willwood Burial park” 7111 West State St. Rockford, IL     R929.5 I205 W776w

Willwood Dedication

Source of news article:  The Rockford Republic Sept.24, 1923


Ewald, Harold C.

Passed away February 21, 2015 in his home.

Born Feb. 15, 1916, in Byron, Wisconsin, son of Herman and Martha Ewald.

Graduate University of Wisconsin Stout.

Served in the U.S. Army at Fort Warren, Wyoming until his honorable discharge in 1941.

Advantage Funeral Home, Burial with Military Honors at Willwood Cemetery.

Source: Rockford Register Star Feb. 26, 2015

Schmidt, Robert N,

88, passed away in his home, Rockford, Dec. 30, 2013.

Born Aug. 6, 1925, in Indianapolis, IN, the son of Albert and Henrietta (Crombie) Schmidt.

A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and Air Force, serving from 1943 – 1949.

Advantage Funeral Home. Burial in Willwood Cemetery.

Source: Rockford Register Star January 1, 2014