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Obe S. Beesaw 1915-1944

BEESAW, BESAW, SCHUBERT, STELLMASH, STELLMACH, STOLLMACH, SPECER, SPENCER, LEUHRING

Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 7/5/2013 at 20:25:20

Sgt. Obe Besaw [Beesaw] Killed In Action
Wallingford Soldier Gives Life In Italy
Entered Service Three Years Ago
Sgt. Obe Besaw, 29, was killed in action in Italy July 2, it was learned this morning by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Besaw of Wallingford. Information of the young man’s death was received from the United States War department in the form of a telegram.

Sergeant Besaw has been in the armed services for more than three years, having entered the service on May 25, 1941. He was sent to Louisiana for further training. Sergeant Besaw, unmarried, has been stationed overseas for the past two years and saw action in Africa, Sicily and Italy.

Besaw attended the Cylinder and Osgood schools and at the time of induction into the service was doing farm work at Emmetsburg.

The last letter was received by his parents June 22. There is one other son in the Besaw family and three daughters. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, July 21, 1944)

Memorial Sunday for Besaw
Soldier Lost in Action Will Be Honored at Rites in Wallingford Lutheran church
Memorial services for Obe Besaw will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the Wallingford Lutheran church. Rev. L.G. Hinderaker will conduct the services.

Sgt. Obe Besaw, 29, was killed in Italy, July 2, according to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Besaw, of Wallingford.

Sergeant Besaw has been in the armed services for more than three years, having entered the service on May 25, 1941. He was sent to Louisiana for further training. Sergeant Besaw, unmarried, has been stationed overseas for the past two years and saw action in Africa, Sicily and Italy.

Besaw attended the Cylinder and Osgood schools and at the time of induction into the service was doing farm work at Emmetsburg. The last letter was received by his parents June 22.

Besides his parents, three sisters and a brother survive. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, August 3, 1944)

Scores Attend Beesaw Rites
Impressive memorial services for Sgt. Obe Beesaw, killed in action July 2 in Italy, were held at the Wallingford Lutheran church last Sunday, with hundreds of friends of the dead soldier present to pay their final respects.

An inspiring sermon “For Christ and our Country” was given by the Rev. L.G. Hinderaker, and special music was offered. The popular former Palo Alto county boy is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.d. Beesaw of Wallingford, one brother and four sisters. To them, sincere sympathy is offered in the loss of their son and brother. (Emmetsburg Democrat, Emmetsburg, IA, August 10, 1944)

Memorial Services Observed
Memorial services for Sgt. Obe Besaw, of Wallingford, who was killed in action July 2 in Italy, was held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the Wallingford Lutheran church.

A prelude to Mendelssohn, “O Rest in the Lord” was played by the organist, Mrs. Sherman Gunderson. The opening prayer was followed by a hymn sung by the congregation. Reading of the scriptures and the memorial prayer was followed by another hymn. Allen Hersleff sang two solos before and after the sermon.

Rev. L.G. Hinderaker chose as his sermon topic, “For Christ and Our Country.” Following a solo by Hersleff the obituary of Sgt. Obe Besaw was read and a hymn by the congregation, then a benediction and a closing prayer was given. “Consolation,” by Mendelssohn was played as a postlude.

Sgt. Obe Besaw was born near Emmetsburg, Iowa, June [January] 17, 1915, and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Besaw. Before entering the armed services, most of his life was spent in Palo Alto county, where he attended the public schools and church.

Sgt. Besaw was inducted into the army May 25, 1941. He saw action in Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was killed in action July 2, 1944 in Italy while serving in the infantry, according to information from the War Department.

He is survived by his parents of Wallingford; one brother, Clifford Besaw, of Ogilvie, Minnesota; four sisters, Mrs. Rita Schubert, of Jerico Spring, Missouri; Mrs. Lina Stellmash, of Terril; Mrs. Dora Specer [Spencer] of Havelock; and Mrs. Hazel Leuhring, of Ogilvie, Minnesota, and a grandfather, Charles Barnhart, of Graettinger. (Graettinger Times, Graettinger, IA, August 10, 1944)


 

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