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Bobby Mack, a founding member of our community passed away today due to complications from a stroke.

Master Sergeant Bobby Wayne Mack of Ft. Walton Beach has flown West after suffering a series of strokes. Bobby was instrumental in establishment of the enlisted TACP school at Hurlburt Field, Florida, which resulted in yesterday’s “ROMAD” turning into the very effective JTAC of today. He was an absolutely superior NCO and helped me integrate the “junior” elements of the TACP into our officer track of the Joint Firepower Control Course at the Air-Ground Operations School in the early eighties. We later worked together at BAE Systems in Ft. Walton, along with Col. Jim Adams and Lt. Col. Jack Dorr. After retirement he later became an adjunct professor at the Northwest Florida State College and taught there for a number of years. Bobby was a gentleman and a superior Kingfish fisherman. His contribution to Volume I of “Cleared Hot”, A Terrible Day at LZ Two Bits is on p. 298. Services will be held at 2pm on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home on Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Slow hand salute to a distinguished NCO, a fine fisherman, and a great friend for many years. Chuck Johnson / Jake 73

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Colton George Drye, age 22, of Belton, TX, formally of Lena passed unexpectedly away on July 29, 2019. He was born on April 23, 1997 to Richard “Rich” and Deanna (Herman) Drye in Freeport, IL. He grew up in Lena and in 2015 he graduated from Lena-Winslow High School. Colton served his country in the United States Air Force. He was currently serving as a Special Operations TACP/ JTAC 9th ASOS in Fort Hood, TX. He had a strong love for the brotherhood TACP Special Ops. In his free time Colton enjoyed hockey and baseball; he competed in cross fit, and enjoyed working out. Most of all Colton had an infectious smile that would light up a room and had a heart of gold.

He is survived by his parents Rich and Deanna Drye of Lena, two brothers- Dustin of Bakersfield, CA and Andrew of Twenty-Nine Palms, CA; grandparents- George Drye of Lena, Robert and Tana Herman of Lena; great-grandmother Betty Raders of Lena; girlfriend Aubree Rosa of Glendora, CA; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and his brothers of the TACP.

Colton was preceded in death by his grandmother Norma “Jeanie” Drye, great-grandma Leona Grebner, and great-grandfather Frank Raders.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday August 4, 2019 at the Lena-Winslow Elementary School Fine Arts Center, 401 Fremont Street, Lena, Illinois 61048.

Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday August 5, 2019, with a visitation prior to the Funeral Service from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Lena-Winslow Elementary School Fine Arts Center, 401 Fremont Street, Lena, Illinois 61048.

Interment will take place at the Lena Burial Park with full Military Honors.

Lt. Colonel Friese will officiate the services.

Gathering to follow at Route 20 Bar and Grill.

A memorial has been established in his name.

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Zac Butcher was hospitalized for septic shock and multipe organ failure on 3/13/2019. The infection attacked his entire system, eventually killing him.

Zac Butcher Funeral Update

The viewing will be Sunday, 14 April, from 2-5 and the funeral will be Monday, 15 April, at 10:30.

The location for the viewing and funeral is:
Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home and Crematory
1221 North 16th Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Burial services will follow at 1pm at:
Omaha National Cemetery
14250 Schram Road
Omaha, NE 68138

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Rick Pratt exited to the final rally point yesterday, passing away in his sleep. Link to his obit and burial information

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/highland-in/richard-pratt-8156210

Visitation will be the 15th of Feb at Kuiper Funeral Home 9039 Kleinman Road Highland, Indiana 1600-2000

Celebration of Life 1000 hrs at the same address as above.