On Saturday, the Dubois County Veterans Council held its annual observance of Memorial Day on the Square in Downtown Jasper. All Dubois County Veterans Organizations were represented at the event and each veteran who passed away during the past year was remembered.
Dubois County Veteran Council President Allen Bromm said prior to Saturday’s event that the most special part of the weekend is thanking those who served:
This year, veteran Linus Vonderheide of St. Anthony was the deceased veteran honored at the ceremony. Vonderheide joined the army in 1942 at 22 years old. He trained at Ft. Harrison and was assigned to the 1st Division in engaging in combat. He was wounded in the battle of El Guettar on April 1st of 1943. After recovery, Vonderheide was assigned to the European Theatre in Sicily and Normandy. He was wounded for a second time in Northern France in late June of 1944 and would ultimately be discharged from Camp Atterbury in late June of 1945. He ended his Army career with the rank of Technical Seargeant for the 47th Infantry Division.
Vonderheide passed away on December 8th of 2006. He was married to Rosetta Welp for 61 years. The couple had one daughter, Sharon Fleck (Vonderheide), and one son, Joseph Vonderheide and there were also four granddaughters. Vonderheide was a member of the Jasper American Legion Post and the Huntingburg VFW.
The event began at 10 am on the west side of the courthouse square in Downtown Jasper. Bromm served as master of ceremonies for the event and Dean Dorrell was the guest speaker for the event.