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5 ¢q Ld ,~ Ulanda Scott Buckhold, age 66, of Riverton, died peacefully home, surrounded by her at her family, at 3:44 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, 2010. She was born January 29, 1944, in Riverton a daughter of Floyd Samuel and Delora May (Wilham) Scott. She married John Franklin Buckhold Jr. on June 23, 1962. She was an __~ exceptionally loving and fiercely devoted mother to, and most proud of, her greatest accom- ~.$ plishment in life, her five chil- dren: John Franklin III, Misty Ann, Betsy May, Brett Douglas and Jason Scott. She was a °member of the Riverton Christian Church. She graduated from Riverton High School and was a member of the chorus, Secretary/Treasurer. of her freshman, sophomore and junior classes, Yearbook Editor and Vice President of the Senior Class of 1961. She also attended Sangamon State University, majorirlg in Psychology. She served as President of the Riverton Board of Educa- tion P.O.S.I. Committee, Presi- dent of the Scholarship Commit- tee, President and Coach of the Girls Softball League and Presi- dent of the Community Club. Ulanda served as Assistant Manager of the Illiopolis Bowl, Secretary to the Innkeeper at Holiday Inn East, Secretary at University of Illinois Division of Services for Crippled Chil- dren, Transcribing Secretary at Sangamon State University Oral History Dept., Research Assis- tant at Sangamon State Uni- versity Research Dept., Data Input Supervisor for the State of Illinois Legislative Informa- tion System, and Medical Secre- tary at SIU School of Medicine Springfield. She enjoyed reading, bird watching, music, singing, danc- ing and especially babies and children. She will be deeply missed by her beloved dog Sassy. She played piano and guitar and sang. She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Samuel Scott in March, 1994. She is survived by her hus- band, John Franklin Buckhold Jr., of Riverton; three sons, John (Debra) Buckhold III, of Elkhart, Brett (Anke) Buckhold of Cor- dova, TN, and Jason (Rahonda) Buckhold of Omaha, NE; two daughters, Misty (Randy) Ander- son of Riverton, and Betsy (Charles) Walter, of Brentwood, TN; her mother, Delora Scott, of Riverton; two brothers, Don Scott of Riverton and Gregg (Barbara) Scott, of Rochester; fourteen grandchildren; two aunts; four,nieces; two nephews; eight great nieces and nephews~ numerous cousins• Funeral service were Satur- day, March 27 at Staab Funeral Home, with Bill Shanle officiat- ing. Burial was at Oak Hill Cem- etery, Springfield. Memorials: Ulanda Scott Buck- hold College Scholarship Fund c/o Illinois National Bank, PO Box 80, Riverton, IL 62561. Charles "Chuck" Laughery, 60, of Lin- coin, died Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at his home. Funeral Services were 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 23 at the First United Methodist Church in Lincoln, with the Rev. Mark Kaley offi- ciating. Burial was in Harmony Ceme- tery, Beason. His parents- George Rus- sell and Anna,leanette Simons Laugh- ery preceded him in death. Mr. Laughery was a musician, a teacher at Lincoln Community High School, director of the chancel choir at the First United Methodist Church, and owner of Chuck Laughery Music. He was born January 8, 1950, in Lincoln the son of George Russell and Anna Jeanette Simons Laughery. He married Laura Coombs on July 2, 1988, in Lin- coln. Survivors Include -Wife - Laura of Lincoln; Brother - David Laughery of Lincoln; Sister - Mary Ann (Gary) Cecil of Lincoln; Nieces - Holly Cecil of Pekin and Shannon Laughery of Lincoln; and Two Great- Nephews of Pekin. Mr. Laughery was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lincoln. He was also a member of the Postville Opry Band. Memorials may be made to the Chuck Laughery Music Camp Fund. So Long Chuck By Mike Lakin A good friend passed away recently. Chuck Laughery was 60 and was well known in Central Illinois as a musician. From the very beginning Chuck loved audiences and loved music. I doubt it was his first effort, but in grade school Chuck memorized the Gettys- burg Address. He was called on often to give it during assem- bles and at local clubs and organizations. Adults were fas- cinated that someone so very young could recite it in such a commanding way. Chuck and I became friends on the first day of Kindergarten in 1955. We grew up in the same neighborhood and developed a friendship that continued all the way through junior high. Reaching junior high we remained friends, just not as close as we once were. After high school, our interests drew us in different directions. Though our contacts, Until the last five years, were not frequent; we were always able to feel like the years that passed between our meetings were more like days instead 0f years. Chuck's lifelong passion was music. He was a performer, music teacher, chorus director, and owner, of his music store. He pursued music with that pas- sion all his life and that was most evident at his visitation. The pl~otos and slide show dis- played; was a 50-year history of his life in music. I was glad to see that he got to live his life just as he planned it, back when we were just kids. Robert J. Horn, 2nd Lt., US Army, WWII B-17 Command Pilot 100th Bomb Group "The Bloody 100th'' " by Phil Bertoni Robert Horn -above photo.- (9/30/1930 - 3/5/2010) served his country as a B-17G "Flying For- tress" pilot in WWII, assigned to the 418th Squadron of the 100th Bomb Group in England. sive fuselage and multi-engine damage from debris of two dam- aged B-17's that had pancaked in mid-air immediately ahead. Lt. Horn had to quickly pull the throttles back to avoid becoming Lt. Horn was the B-17 pilot (P - Aircraft Commander), with 9 other crew members: Co-pilot (CP - handled ground maneuver- ing), Flight Engineer (TTE - top turret, Engine health monitor), Navigator (NAV - determined position relative to earth), Bom- bardier (BOM - delivered pay- load on target), Radio Operator (ROP - communications), • Ball Turret Gunner (BTG - enemy fighter protection), two Waist Gunners (WG -= right and left enemy fighter protection), and Tail Gunner (TG --" most impor- tant defensive weapon). Brown- ing machine guns (50 Cal) were the installed weapons. Lt. Horn's plane was heavily damaged during its 4th mission over Munich and Augsburg, Germany - March 18, 1944. Besides taking on heavy flak damage, his "Bastard's Bun- galow II" B-17 suffered exten- Waist Gkummr ihdl Tun'it ' Tall Gurnw the ~meat of,a sandwich" which was occurring before them. His B-17 #508 was able to remain in formation in spite of the heavy damage and proceeded to bomb the Munich rail yards. On the "homeward-bound leg of their mission", their aircraft took on more flak damage and now could no longer maintain sufficient air- speed to remain airborne much longer. A P-47 fighter 101ane had been flying escort, but had to break off due to its fuel short- age -with its pilot giving a friendly salute to Lt. Horn upon departing. Soon thereafter, two German fighters: ME-109 and FW-190 aircraft, joined up with them, one on each wing. They quickly gave Lt. Horn a "thumbs down" signal, meaning to land in the field below - immediately• Lt. Horn then radioed his crew that a crash landing had to be made and commenced low- ering his landing gear to pre- vent these enemy fighters from further attacking his stricken and helpless plane - a "white flag" surrender. He managed to crash-land, with all crew mem- bers alive, near Ulm, Ger~nany - "with Lt. Horn making a super smooth dead-stick, wheels-up landing in a snow-covered field", which initially be a farm but which turned out to be the grassy edge ofDornstadt'Air Field. Horn and his crew were quickly greeted by "irate farm workers armed with pitch- forks and pistols", preventing their dash to nearby woods to avoid capture. Surprisingly, the ME-190 fighter pilot had landed next to their plane, but nosed over and crashed. The pilot was not injured, as he quickly got out and ran over to take control of the capture. Bob and his crew were held captive for 20-30 minutes until German militia- men arrived to move them to the nearby Ulm City Jail. Lt. Horn ended up for a time in sohtary confinement at Stalag Luft III, South Compound Sagan, in Silesia, Germany, following his interrogation at Dulag Luft at Frankfurt.. Just two weeks before his "passing, Bob told me that during his captivity at Frankfurt, his interrogating offi- cer showed him his wallet. Bob read the name, Lt. Robert Horn. He said they both managed a smile. Bob was liberated at Moosburg, Germany, April 29, 1945, whereupon he was pro- moted to Captain. Bob also told me that he con- tinued to put in his monthly flight hours at Rantoul Air Force Base in order to continue receiv- invasion. During the air battle of Europe, close to 8000 Ameri- can Planes and 40,000 American flyers were shot down. But the sub pens bombed out of com- mission, the marshalling yards hit and the aircraft factories blown up brought war's end years nearer and more than paid for such a great loss. The story as told in the preceding pictures and commentary is an attempt to describe how these early invaders who were forced down adapted °themselves to a mode of living completely for- eign to their natures." Much of this information, in this article, was reported by Capt. Horn and his crewmem- bers at their 100th Bomb Group reunion in Little Rock, AR., in 1993.~ "Many of these details had been previously unknown to 100m BG historians for nearly half a century." Bob's inscrip- tion included in his reunion book reads as follows: "'Property oJ Robert J. Horn, March, 1984. Shot down over Munich-Augsburg, Ger- many, Mar. 18, 1944. Liberated at Moosburg, April 29, 1945. Interro- gated at Frankfurt. Solitary con- finement. Quartered at Stalag Luft III, South Compound, Sagan, Germany.'" The Clipped Wings reunion book contains this poem: "'The fate we share as prisoners is drab and often grim, existing on such scanty fare as Reich bread, spuds and klim. Beds and books and little else. to fill time's flapping sail, she makes or loses headway all depending on the mail. Oh drab the day$ slow to pass within all the joys of living are stiU in the future tense, 5o here's to happy days ahead wh'en you and I are ing half of his flight pay for about .free to look back on this interlude a year after returning tO the and caUtthtstory• JiB. Boyle :states. By Phil Bertoni (March 26th, • The epilogue to Clipped Wings reads as follows: "Allied air men were the first invaders to break into the German stronghold of Europe and Africa. Flying over German- held positions through black clouds offlak and into swarms of yellow-nosed F.W.'s could surely be called nothing less than an 2010) - Sources: Capt. Robert Horn, Interviewed by Phil Bertoni Clipped Wings, a 100th Battle Group reunion book, published by R.W. Kimball, narrated by O.M: Chiesl, 1948• ~4 'i i !