The Fallen Soldier
Don't weep for me
O' land of the free
When it was my time to fall
'Twas for my country's call
'Twas for the land that I loved
That I gave my all,
And for the land that I loved
I did freely give
And in her freedom and her courage
I'll continue to live.
"In loving memory of veteran Jack Bostrack, remembered by his family
Marilyn Bostrack, Zenda & Steve Moore, Tammy & Doug Ducklow and
Tonnja & PJ Magee"
MSgt Derrick Schmitt
MSgt Derrick Schmitt served our country with Honor for 22 1/2 years in the Air Force. He joined in 1991 and was the first Minnesota National Guardsman to become a member of the Phoenix Ravens (#333), an Elite Air Force Security Forces unit trained in anti-terrorism. He participated in many operations fighting terrorism, including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Anaconda, and Enduring Freedom. He was also involved in many humanitarian efforts including Operation Joint Guard, Operation Coronet Oak, and Operation Panama Airlift. In 2003 he transferred to the Minnesota National Guard Headquarters and was a part of the Minnesota Counter Narcotics Task Force. He worked in this area in many different capacities until his retirement in 2013. His love of the military was only surpassed by his love for his family. His wife Jessica, son DJ (Derrick John II), daughter Brittani, grandson Aiden, mother Mary, and father Larry will miss him forever, like his many many friends. He had a great sense of humor and his laughter was contagious. His smile will never be forgotten.
Edward August Tronnier
Edward August Tronnier, 87, of River Falls, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2017, surrounded by his family at the Wisconsin National Memorial Veterans home in King’s Wisconsin.
Ed was born on February 6, 1930, in River Falls. His family moved to Prescott, WI, when he was entering the fifth grade. He graduated from Prescott High School in 1948. After high school, he enlisted in the Army and did his basic training in Fort Lewis Washington. Upon completion, he returned home but, was soon deployed for about 16 months during the Korean War. He was a proud American who was honored to serve his country. Ed, a talented craftsman and artist, was also a huge fan of car racing and a proud supporter of both River Falls High School and UWRF sports.
On March 2, 1957, Ed married the love of his life, LaVaughn Heilig. Aside from the fact that he was a great husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother and uncle, he was also a man who touched so many other people’s lives as well. He was blessed with an enormous caring and giving heart. He had a charismatic personality that you could not help but smile when you were in his presence. Ed was a man who was never short on jokes and stories. He always found great joy and pleasure in making others laugh. He truly lived, loved and laughed his whole way through life.
Ed is survived by his wife LaVaughn (Heilig), his five children, David (Debra) of Byron, Minnesota, Beth Tabor (Troy) of Arkansaw, WI, Mary Hamilton (Brodie) of Rice Lake, WI, Jean Delisle of Hudson, WI, Carol Shew (Scott) of River Falls, WI. 14 Grand Children: Shane, Jake, Wylie, Jesse, Alyssa, Cassandra, Jada, Heather, Colton, Jacque, August, Paris, Rachel, and Madyson. 4 Great Grand Children: Ryssa, Jude, Miles, and Frida. Brother, Dick (Rosie) Tronnier, Sister and Brother-in-law Kathy (Ken) Hoyer and John Heilig along with many beautiful nieces and nephews.