Remembering Private Fred W. Limper

Remembering Private Fred W. Limper:
Remembering Private Fred W. Limper

For Memorial Day ~ Remembering Private Fred W. Limper: The Remains of Private Fred W. Limper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Limper, Hillsboro. Returned from Iwo Jima in the Pacific where he was killed in action, is being received at the Hillsboro railroad station, enroute to Coffeen where funeral services were held Saturday. The body arrived here Thursday and was taken to the Bass funeral home here. In the group removing the flag draped casket are: Left to right (on platform): Earl Robert Price; Wesley Osborn, station employee; Carl Springer; James Conway; the train conductor and (in front) Staff Sergeant William Probst of Hattiesburg, Miss. stationed at the Kansas City depot, who was escort for the body. (On truck and in doorway on car lifting casket) Jack Solami; Ted McCracken; trainman (with white cap); Clem Cress, Reed Austin and Arthur Bass, all of the Bass Funeral Home and Elza Short.

Funeral Services were held Saturday morning at St. John's Catholic Church in Coffeen, officiating and interment was made at St. John's cemetery.

The Hillsboro post of Veterans of Foreign Wars had charge of the military rites. Pallbearers were: William Stokes, Ivan Lingle, Ed Dougherty, Earl Booher, Floyd Bray and Robert Spinner. The color guards were Arthur Weerts and Stewart Brauer. The firing squad composed of Clark Redfern, John Herman, Clifford Huber and Thurman Tilling, was led by Charles Conlee, Robert Martin was bugler and Elza Short served as chaplain.

Private Limper, son of Joe and Tessie Kaburick Limper of near Hillsboro, was born June 13, 1922 at Coffeen and was killed in action March 9, 1945 while serving in the U.S. Marines. He enlisted in the Marines on June 13, 1944.

He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Coffeen.

Surviving, besides his parents, are two sisters: Myra, wife of Robert Sherer and Mrs. Celeste Michael, both of Hillsboro.

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