Hellcat News (Garnet Valley, Pa.), Vol. 65, No. 6, Ed. 1, February 2012 Page: 4 of 32
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Page 4 HELLCAT NEWS February 2012
Hellcats at the North Central Reunion, possibly in 1991.
Back in 1996 the New York Times called them the best
Include your children when baking cookies.
Police begin campaign to run down jaywalkers.
Prostitutes appeal to Pope
Teacher Strikes Idle Kids
Chef Throws His Heart into Helping Feed Needy
Local High School Dropouts Cut In Half
17TH ARMORED INFANTRY
William "Bill" Funke
1312 Alford Street, Ft. Collins, CO 80524
It is still a bother to write, “can you believe it? Here it is the
second month of 2012 already, when it really isn’t. It is just
the 31st of December 2011, so you will have to forgive me if
things get a bit discumbobulated. That is a very expressive
word that describes your rep very well. The Funkes were
home for Christmas for the first time in years and we were
not too thrilled about the prospect since the boys and their
families are scattered far and wide, but we were spared being
alone by son David (many of you know him since he and wife
Karen have been to several reunions) who came with his wife
to be with us. It was a great week with visits to a dinner play
house to see White Christmas (it is different without Bing
Crosby and Danny Kaye), Christmas Day with three great
grandchildren, a cold picnic in Poudre Canyon with the snow
scooped off the picnic table and benches (don’t ask why), and
“baby sitting” the dog Bailey while his “humans” were off
to the High Country. Hope you all had some good moments
Now it is back to the “same ole, same ole.” Oh yes, a great
big thanks for all the lovely cards and notes. How about an
HHO to all of you? This past year a couple of you good folks
had to be reminded that HHO stands for Hellcats Helping
Others. Now you know. Hope there are a lot of HHOs in 2012,
and there will be if you are not shy about letting us know what
is going one in your life.
One Christmas card that was both bitter and sweet was
from Julie McCarty [Hatt] that let us know her Dad, George
Hatt [A] was laid to rest on the 27th of December. George
had brain surgery in November and never really came out of
that experience. As Julie wrote, “It has been a difficult two
months.” She also wrote that Jacque was very strong and doing
OK. As you all know, George was a pillar of strength for the
association and gave more of himself to it, and the museum,
than we can even imagine. Our condolences to Jacque and the
whole Hatt family. In the next issue you will be given some
fond memories of this buddy.
Harold and Elizabeth Wrenn [B] have for some time been
living in an assisted living facility, but now Elizabeth is in the
skilled nursing unit at that facility. They had been long time
attendees at the reunions until health and mobility problems
prevented their coming. You may recall from past news about
them that Harold never really retired after he retired, but kept
going back to the office to keep abreast of what was taking
place in the company where he worked for a good number of
The Roberts, Ed and Barbara, used the August reunion
as a starting point for a visit to Durham, NC, to see Barb’s
daughter and family. That was not enough for this family
on the move, so it was back to Sliver Springs to his brother
Frank and nephew Frank Jr., who retired from the air force
but stayed on as a civilian consultant and helped move all the
records out of the old Walter Reed Hospital to a new location.
Sounds like a tough job Ed.
The communication from Merle and Dorothy Wood
reminded us we don’t know where they are. They bought a
house in San Diego, still have their house, which they are trying
to sell, in Novato, CA, so until they do they are enjoying both.
That is a long commute from breakfast “up north” to dinner
“down south.” Are there any of you readers who would like to
move to Novato?
It is always nice to hear from Pat Helton, wife of Col.
Helton [A] - we knew him as captain. She is a loyal reader
of the HCN and always interested in the association and the
museum. One of the strange things in the lives of the Heltons
and the Funkes is the address. We live at 1312, and Pat’s
address is also 1312. Finding out about that was one of the
weird things that happened at our first reunion in 1985.
In going through the cards this year, we always looked
to see where they are made, and much to our chagrin, most
of them come from China, even those from that American
tradition Hallmark. Next year the place of origin will be
checked before we buy. Maybe that is being overly upset by
the lack of American goods, but hopefully most of you feel
Just had to interject that little sermon as a lead-in to the one
from Chuck and Connie Heinis [B]. Chuck is a computer
person and he and Connie developed their own cards and
they were lovely. Hope to see that couple soon when we get
time to travel to Lola’s family in northeast Colorado, which is
not far from Ogallala, NE, and easy to find despite what the
Comphers [A] might think. That is an inside joke between
the Comphers and the Heinis duo. If you want to know more,
you will have to ask them or come to Abilene. Something is
sure to keep the “feud” going.
Here is a man after my own heart. JD Cleveland, son
Here’s what’s next.
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