Dear Fellow Members 44th Engineer Battalion
Dear Fellow Members 44th Engineer Battalion Association
Thank you for being a member of the Broken Heart Association. Hope you and family is blessed and enjoying this beautiful spring the Lord is blessing us with.
Winter has come and gone we should consider ourselves as being blessed to see another spring. The COVID virus has hit all communities very hard. If you haven’t taken the shot(s) that is available for the virus I strongly encourage you to take it if your doctor say it’s alright for you to take.
Spring is the best because of its warmer weather and increased daylight hours make it the best season. Planting a garden, going fishing, Taking walks and seeing flowers in bloom are also part of what makes spring so great. Although there are some disadvantages pollen.
Lastly the men and women of the 44th are getting older now and we must reach out to our fellow soldiers and ask them to become members of the association. Please send me any prayer request you need for yourself, family or friends. Prayers for you, family and friends have a blessed summer.
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things endureth all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7
Rev. Dr. Johnny L. Hicks
44th Engineer Battalion Association
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Rudolph Hoffman Jr.
Rudolph Harold Hoffman, Jr. 74, of Battle Creek, MI,
Passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born March 26, 1946 in Detroit, MI the son of Rudolph Harold Hoffman Sr. and Helen Rose (Janefski) Hoffman.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963 and was discharged on 8/31/1983 at Ft Sheridan, IL. While in the Army he served 3 tours of duty, he received the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Air Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Korea, the Good Conduct Medal (the 6th award), the National Defense Service Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/ Palm, and Valorous Unit Award.
Rudolph was an avid history buff and loved watching Detroit sports, especially the Red Wings and the Michigan Spartans. His real passion was being a Veterans Advocate. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and a 4th degree black belt. He married Kathleen Marie Rockman on February 2, 1989 in Southgate, MI. He is survived by his wife: Kathleen Marie (Rockman) Hoffman of Battle Creek, MI; Two daughters: Katrina (Martin) Martinez of Battle Creek and Catturina (Scott) Jacuik. Rudy also leaves behind four Grandchildren and one Great Grandchild. He was preceded in death by his father Rudolph Hoffman Sr. and his mother Helen Hoffman.
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Richards, Walter Kentwood, Michigan
Walter L. Richards, age 88, passed away peacefully, on Thursday, April 29, 2021. Walter was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 10, 1932, and was the sixth of eight children born in the family. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, who fought in Korea with the Army Corps of Engineers, building bridges. Walter moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1956, and married, Carol Maxine Birgy, on August 23, 1957, in Kalkaska, Michigan. Walter will lovingly be remembered by his wife, Carol; children, Robin (Doug) Mellema, Brice Richards, Jamie Madaj, Staci (Ray) Lapp; grandchildren, Shyla (Zach) Dunson, Shane (Lorae) Richards, Jordan Richards, Zach Madaj, Haley (Austin) McKenna, Lexie Madaj, Travis Lapp, Maddie Lapp; great grandchildren, Arron Owen Vincent, Carson Vincent, Rylee Dunson, Stella Lapp. Due to current restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date.
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Spencer L. Holland of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Spencer L. Holland, a current and 57 year resident of Colorado Springs, passed away on 7 April 2021. A depression kid born on 6 December 1929 in a farmhouse near Anita, Iowa, to Danish immigrants, Jens and Anna Holland, he was the 4th of five children. Spencer was raised on a farm, attended a one-room country school, graduated from Anita, Iowa High School in 1947. In 1952, Spencer graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa, with an ROTC commission in the U.S. Army. A short work period with Black and Veatch Engineering in Kansas City and then reported for Army active duty on 3 August 1952 at the Engineering School, Ft. Belvoir, VA. In December 1952 embarked for Japan with three-month duty at the Army Amphibian Unit at Camp McGill, Japan. Then in early April 1953 embarked to Korea, serving in the Korean War from 4 April 1953 returning to the U.S. April 1954 and discharged at Ft. Carson, CO 3 May 1954. While in Korea, Spencer served as a Commander in the 44th Engineering Construction Battalion. This unit constructed a replacement depot, motor pool and signal corps compounds and performed road maintenance using POWs for labor.
Initial employment in 1954 was with an engineering firm in Omaha, Nebraska, where he met and married Patricia Turner of Hastings, Nebraska. They had three children. In 1957 he took Federal Service employment in Colorado Springs as a civil engineer. He worked at the U.S Air Force, Air Defense Command HQ in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This work involved building air bases throughout North America. In 1966 he took a two-year tour with family in Germany to build up air bases there. This time permitted visits to numerous relatives in Denmark. On returning to Colorado Springs in 1968, he worked as chief design engineer in the Department of Civil Engineering at Peterson Field and in 1980 at the Air Force Academy, retiring in December 1985.
Spencer enjoyed outdoor activities in Colorado, particularly big game hunting, fishing, and camping and visited places such as Alaska and Northern Manitoba Canada plus pleasure travels with his family in the Americas, Panama Canal, Northern tip of Norway, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Russia, Asia and numerous trips to Hawaii.
He was a long-time member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and a member of the Iowa State University Alumni Association, Korean War Veterans Association, VFW, Retired ADCOM Engineers, V.Z. Reed Fireman Group, Danish American Club of Aalborg, Denmark, 44th Engineer Bn Retirees, Sons of Norway, and the NRA.
Separated from his wife (Patricia, now deceased) in 1978, and married Betty W. Timmons in August 1985 in Colorado Springs.
If you do have information on a member or an associate passing or in need of prayers, please contact the Chaplain.
Rev. Dr. Johnny L. Hicks
44th Engineer Battalion Association