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Members of Chapter XXIX who have stood their final roll call.
"We will not forget."

Thomas Clifton Wright , 67 years old, of Overland Park, KS, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 after an extended illness. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at the D.W. Newcomer's Sons Overland Park Chapel where sharing of memories will begin at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Girl Scouts at 8383 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64133 Council Camps and Outdoor Programming Tom graduated from Rockhurst High School and Officer Candidacy School. Tom served two tours in Vietnam, where he was in the 47th Infantry. Tom was a paratrooper. Upon return, he was a Commander of a Special Forces unit in the United States Army Reserves. He was employed most of his working life by the Girl Scouts and was driven to serve his country and community. Tom was preceded in death by his father, Walter Bartlett Wright. Survivors include his wife, Mary; and their son, Walter; a son, Jeffrey, of Orlando, FL; a daughter, Victoria Gruenewald, of Mission, KS; his mother, Ruth Wright, of Overland Park, KS; a sister, Sharon Reilly, of Manhattan, KS; a brother, Jim Wright, of Phoenix, AZ; and eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at
Larry Douglas Mahan , 60, died at home, Sunday, April 27th, 2008. He was born Sept. 16, 1947 in Springfield, MO . He served as a Combat Engineer with the 173rd and 101st Airborne Special Forces, including two tours in Vietnam. He retired from active military duty in 1974 with the rank of Captain and was the recipient of seven Purple Hearts and The Bronze Star. Larry moved to Topeka in 1985. Larry is survived by his wife, Nancy, of the home; sisters Linda Johnson, Springfield, MO; Sandy Krueger, Brinham, TX; and brother Dennis Mahan, Springfield, MO; son Errin Mahan, Topeka; daughter Wendy Dixon, Kilgore, TX; two grandsons and a great-granddaughter; step-daughters Laura Morris, Peculiar, MO; Anne Zorn, Peoria, AZ; Jennifer Ross, Topeka; and step-son Russell Emerick, who is currently serving in Iraq; and four step-grandchildren.
Walter Edward Haake, Jr. , 59. The Special Forces Association Chapter XXIX is saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of one of its own, Walter Edward Haake, Jr., in March 30, 2008 in Topeka, Kansas. He had been a member of our community for several years and in passing will be a member in our hearts forever. He joined the Army young in life and served as a Green Beret in VietNam. Upon returning, he earned a business degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He later worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Topeka, Kansas. Mr. Haake was not only a soldier, he was also a husband to Patricia, a father to Matthew, Michelle, and Marshall, but also a grandfather to Ethan and Evan. We honor you, Walter Edward Haake, Jr. Our deepest condolences to Patricia and her family.
Floyd Wayne Hild , 81, passed away Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at the Shawnee Mission Med. Ctr., Merriam, KS. Funeral services were held at the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee; burial in the Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens. Wayne was born in Dennis, Labette Co., Kansas, and grew up in Cherryvale, KS, and graduated from Cherryvale High School in 1943. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Infantry in Europe. He remained active in the Army Reserve, including six years as a Green Beret in Company C, 12th Special Forces Group, Airborne. He retired in 1978 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Wayne was a graduate of the University of Kansas, and was employed by General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Hallmark Cards and the United States Postal Service.
Master Sergeant (Retired) Ronald H Brewer (M-4095) died 15 February 2000 in Belton, Missouri. Ron was a member of Chapter 29 and was Chapter Secretary at the time of his death. Services were held at Park Lawn Chapel in Kansas City, Missouri, with Miltary Honors at Green Lawn Cemetary. A private burial was conducted at Leavenworth National Cemetary, Leavenworth, Kansas.
Donald C. Ferrell (D-4536) died Monday, 2 August 1999. Donald served with the 5th SFG(A) in Vietnam from 1965 to 1969 and again in 1971 & 1972. Burial will take place in Arlington National Cemetary. Date and time unknown.
Major (Retired) John L. Swartz (A-1502) died on 27 January 1997 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Funeral Mass was at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, with burial in St. John Cemetery attended by family and friends as well as members of C-29, Special Forces Association. A military honor guard and firing squad from Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, performed the military honors. He was a past president of the Delaware Crossing Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and served as Advancment Chairman for the Boy Scouts of America. He also was the third Commander of the 1st Special Forces Battalion, 12th Special Forces Group(A). He served with the 12th SFG(A) from 1964-1966.
Donald W. Bemis (M-2960) died 10 May 1996 in Leavenworth, Kansas. 'Don' was a member of Chapter 29 in Kansas. A Graveside Service was held at the Leavenworth National Cemetery on 15 May 1996. Don served in Vietnam with A-502, CCC. When he joined the Association in 1980, he listed the following Special Forces assignments:
5th SFGA Vietnam 1969--1971
19th SFGA Colorado 1973-1974
12th SFGAA Kansas 1975
Don is buried at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Section 47, Row 24, Grave 42
First Sergeant (Retired) James R. Miller (D-770) died on 9 March 1995 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after a long illness. "Mitch" was a member of Chapter 56 and a former Park Ranger at Perry State Park. Graveside services and internment were at West Lawn Gardens Cemetery, Topeka, Kansas, on 21 March 1995 with full military honors provided by members of Chapter 29 acting as pall bearers and firing squad. "Mitch" served two tours in Vietnam and was the recipient of numerous awards to include the Silver Star, Bronze Star to include the Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Combat Medical Badge second award. Memorial contributions may be made to the Special Forces Association, Chapter 29, 17311 E Hwy 40, E-12, Independence, MO. When he joined the Association in 1972 he listed the following SF assignments:
77th SFGAA, Fort Bragg, NC 1956-1958
10th SFGA, Bad Toelz, Ger. 1958-1959
Det. A, Berlin Brigade, Ger. 1959-1961
7th SFGA Ft. Bragg & RVN 1961-1964
3rd SFGA Fort Bragg, NC 1964
Det A. Berlin Brigade, GER. 1964-19968
5th SFGA, 2nd BN 3rd Mike Force 1968-1969
Det. A. Berlin Brigade, Ger. 1969-1970