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Ruplinger at Battle of the Bulge

(Photo Story) Ralph Ruplinger of Tomahawk survived the deadliest conflict the United States military was involved in during World War II. And to this day at the age of 94, he remembers the horror and threat of imminent death. He remembers the fear and pain and can recall in graphic detail the unforgettable images stamped in his memory decades ago while serving as a young man in the European Theatre and at the Battle of the Bulge. But more importantly these days, he remembers the incredible acts of kindness, of humanity, that also accompanied the brutality of war. Read the incredible feature story about Ruplinger's first-hand accounts of the Battle of the Bulge in this week's Tomahawk Leader. There also are pictures in the Photo Album. The entire story is available with an Online Edition subscription.

Tomahawk Leader 7-20-2014 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Sunnie Mercier
Lake Series: Lake Nokomis

Don't miss the two-page spread in our Lake Series, this week on Lake Nokomis. See a lake map and stories about fishing opportunities, The Windmill, Nokomis Lake District and Lake Nokomis Concerned Citizens (LNCC), Deer Trail Lodge, the Grace Lutheran Church outdoor worship services on Lake Nokomis and Lake Nokomis invasive species. Nokomis is the third in our Lake Series. The Tomahawk Leader also has featured Lake Alice and Lake Nokomis. See the layout below and stop by our office for copies of the series.

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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Aug. 5, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**Barry W. Young, 82, born in Minneapolis, moved to Tomahawk at a young age, worked on the railroad, delivering beer, cutting meat and installing TV antennas, joined Army National Guard in 1951, active duty during Berlin Crisis 1961-62, became Executive Officer of 32nd Infantry Brigade, with rank of Brigadier General, and served as Deputy Adjutant General of State of Wisconsin, retired from military in 1987, worked at Hazelton Laboratories (now Covance), retiring in 1994, married to Nancy Lee Peck for 50 years (died 7-19-14; funeral services Friday, Aug. 8 at 11 a.m., visitation Thursday, Aug. 7 from 4-7 p.m. at Winn-Cress Funeral Home, Waunakee, and Friday at 10 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, Waunakee.

**Herbert T. "Herb" Sosinsky, 82, Tomahawk, born in Wonewoc, 1949 graduate of Hillsboro High School, married Marvalene Urban, Elementary Education degree, Masters in Administration, taught grades 7-8 at Soldiers Grove School in Vernon County 1955-57, couple moved to Tomahawk in 1957, taught grades 7-8 and served as principal at Bradley State Grade School until 1963, taught grade 8 math at Tomahawk Junior High School until 1965, became principal of Tomahawk Elementary School 1965-1990, served as alderman on Tomahawk City Council (died 7-28-14; Celebration of Life Gathering Thursday, July 31 4-7 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, graveside service at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Hillsboro; memorials to Lincoln County Humane Society and Tomahawk Food Pantry).

**Andrew "Andy" Piekarski, 68, Tomahawk, born in Necedah, married Lisa Zamzow, veteran of U.S. Navy, serving in Vietnam, earned political science and accounting degrees, couple came to Tomahawk in 1989, worked for various accounting firms before starting own business, Andy Piekarski CPA (died 7-28-14; Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation Thursday, July 31 from 4-7 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again Friday at the church at 10 a.m.

**Gerald "Jerry" Steinbach Sr., 73, Brantwood, born in Tomahawk, married Carol Heikkinen, who died in 1970, later married Sandra Pajala, worked with Tomahawk Boat Factory, then as welder with Omark Industries, Prentice, and LaFont Industries, Prentice, also a logger and welder with Gustafson Logging (died 7-29-14; funeral services at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 1 p.m.)

**Karen H. Saari (nee Peterson), 79, Tomahawk, born in Chicago, Ill., married Roy Saari, worked as registered nurse and was owner/administrator of three nursing homes in Upper Michigan, wintered in Oro Valley, Ariz., spent summers on Clear Lake in Tomahawk (died 7-29-14; funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill; visitation will begin at 9 a.m.

**Summaries of obituaries published in the July 29, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**Ralph R. "Slip" Juedes, 85, Tomahawk, born in Wausau, 1947 graduate of Wausau East High School, served in U.S. Army, married Geraldine Lang, worked at American Can and James River in Wausau, upon retirement couple moved to Tomahawk (died 7-25-14; funeral services Monday, Aug. 4 at 3 p.m. at Restlawn Memorial Chapel, Wausau, visitation 1-3 p.m., military tribute service, Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting; memorials to St. Mary's Catholic School of Tomahawk for athletic equipment).?

**Story on death of Bob Stirn, White Bear Lake, Minn., and Spring Hill, Fla., former Tomahawk School District superintendent, born in Winona, Minn., taught high school history and business education in Blooming Prairie, Minn., and Valders, Wis., master's degree in School Administration, principal at Weston High School, Cazenovia, Wis., and later Spring Valley, Wis., became district superintendent in Tomahawk in 1982 at age 39, later superintendent at Wisconsin Dells Area Schools and school business manager at Sauk Prairie Schools in Prairie du Sac, and superintendent at LaFarge (Wis.) Schools, retired in 2006, married to Mary Anne Schilling.

**John E. Bailey, 59, Bundy, born in Rhinelander, 1973 graduate of Rhinelander High School, worked at Montgomery Wards in Rhinelander then in St. Paul, Minn., while also managing bar at various establishments, returned to Rhinelander in 1987, in partnership with sister, Sally, they opened Bailey's Town and Country Inn in "Beautiful Downtown Bundy," which he owned and operated until his death, Lincoln County Board supervisor (died 7-19-14; celebration of life Saturday, July 26 from 1-4 p.m. at Bailey's Town and Country Inn, in lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his name; Carlson Funeral Home, Rhinelander, assisting).

**Yvonne M. Erickson (nee Fish), 74, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, married Rollie Erickson, in early years was a nurse's aide at Riverview Hospital, later employed with family sawmill (died 7-21-14; funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday, July 25 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Tomahawk; visitation at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, Thursday, July 24 from 4 to 7 p.m., and again Friday at the church at 10 a.m.)

**James E. Schubarth memorial service Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Tomahawk (died 11-10-13 in Naples, Fla., where he resided since 1986, formerly of Tomahawk and a summer Lake Mohawksin resident of the past seven years).

**Upcoming services:

**Sally Ann Brauer (Ungerer), 68, born in Tomahawk, attended Tomahawk High School, married David R. Darge Sr., later to Charles Brauer and had lived in Racine (died 7-8-14 at home; celebration of life Saturday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. at Northwoods Vineyard Church, Tomahawk).

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Einar Ingman honored by South Korea

Family members of Medal of Honor recipient Einar Ingman were in South Korea July 27 to receive the Order of Military Merit on behalf of their father and to take part in events recognizing the signing of the Armistice decades ago that brought an end to the Korean War. Ingman, Tomahawk/Irma, was one of just five Korean War veterans to receive the Order of Military Merit, which is the equivalent to the United States Medal of Honor. "The expressions of gratitude by this country for the sacrifices these men and all veterans of the Korean War made to help free their country has been truly remarkable," said Mary Ingman, who was in South Korea with brother, Jim. Additional family members took part in events held in Washington, D.C., over this past weekend to commemorate and honor all those who fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Korean War. Also coinciding with the Korean War Armistice, July 27, 1953, the United State Postal Service unveiled a prestige folio honoring Medal of Honor recipients from the Korean War. The folio includes a photo of Ingman and seven additional Medal of Honor recipients on the front as well as the name of all Korean War Medal of Honor recipients listed inside. A special community celebration, including a postal cancellation and stamp in his honor, is being planned to recognize Einar Ingman on his 85th birthday Oct. 6. The VFW also announced last week Ingman has been added to the post's name, which now is Wurl-Feind-Ingman Post 2687.

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Supervisor death

Lincoln County Board District 18 Supervisor, Harrison Town Board chairman and business owner, John E. "T.C. John" Bailey, 59, died Saturday, July 19 in Bundy, doing what his family said he loved, serving his customers. He and his sister opened Bailey's Town and Country Inn in downtown Bundy in the late 1980's. He owned and operated that business at the time of his death. Bailey was elected to the Lincoln County Board in April 2008 and was serving as chair of the Land Services Committee, vice-chair of the Highway Committee and as a member of the Board of Health and Forestry committees. Lincoln County has posted a supervisor vacancy notice in the July 29 Tomahawk Leader. District 18 includes the Town of Harrison and Town of King, Ward 1. Letters of interest/qualifications to replace Supervisor Bailey will be taken until 10 a.m. Aug. 6 with Robert Lussow, Board Chair, %Lincoln County Clerk's Office, 801 N. Sales St., Merrill, WI 54452. The County Board expects to approve an appointment at its Aug. 19 meeting. For more information, call 715-539-1019.

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News tidbits

**Tomahawk Pharmacy is opening its doors this week at 1208 N. 4th St., with a grand opening planned in a few weeks.

**It's a busy time in Tomahawk! We have stories on the Tomahawk National Antique Outboard Show that's at SARA Park through Saturday. Look for great shopping deals during Totally Tomahawk Thursday-Saturday (with varying dates and times; see pdfs below. The Tomahawk Leader has a subscription special among the offers!); Lincoln County and Oneida County Fairs are underway; the big St. Mary's Church Festival is this weekend and is packed with entertainment, music and fun; there's an open house Saturday at the future Out Sisters' House homeless shelter in Tomahawk, and much more. Find an extensive listing in our Community Calendar.

**Roundtable discussions with governor's director of Legislative, Local Affairs being held in Merrill and Tomahawk Thursday, July 31.

**7th Music on the River ends with nostalgia.

**THS Class of '54 reunion.

**Thrilla on Grilla to feature new teams among past winners. Got tickets?

**Brickyard School open at Lincoln County Fair: Paying tribute to Ruth Dreger.

**Ministry mom's words will catch you off-guard in national "Tip's from Former Smoker' TV campaign. Hear Amanda's message via a link immediately below.

**Little anglers land big perch.

**Food Assistance Programs can help seniors in need.

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AD CENTER link with Display, Classified Ads

Be sure to check our AD CENTER, along the left-hand column, for our CLASSIFIEDS and certain DISPLAY ads. This week's posted listings include lots of HELP WANTED ads:

**Care Partners Country Terrace Assisted Living announces its facility will open in the summer of 2014.

**Ritchie Lakeland Propane Company seeking Delivery Driver out of Minocqua office.

**Country Terrace, new assisted living facility in Tomahawk, has full- and part-time Caregiver and CNA positions for all three shifts.

**You're invited to Dr. Foster & Smith Open House Job Fair July 31.

**There's a sign-on bonus at Friendly Village Nursing Home & Rehabilitation for PM shift full-time CNAs.

**Enjoy the Sayner Street Fair Sunday, Aug 3, complete with live music, craft show, sidewalk sales, food, games and more.

**There's a sign-on bonus at Friendly Village Nursing Home & Rehabilitation for full- and part-time LPNs.

**Milestone Senior Living has an opening for a full-time PM resident care assistant in Woodruff.

**Celltech Wireless is seeking a Sales Associate.

Click on an ad itself and go right to the company's website, if available.

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Sport recap

**Don Lintereur Memorial Run remembers special man. Look for the story in this week's Leader and sign up now to participate in the half marathon, 10K/5K run, and kids' mile fun run leaving from Nokomis Park Saturday, Aug. 2. Register at and look for the 2nd annual Don Lintereur memorial run presented by Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital 2014.

**Legion Cubs' season ends at regionals.

**THS sports meeting July 31.

**Tomahawk Youth Football sign-ups set.

**New course record set at Pinewood Country Club, Harshaw. Jon Golabek fired a 4 under par 68.

**Tomahawk National Antique, Class Outboard Motor, Boat Show here.

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Links to information

Looking for things to do? Check our Community Calendar for an in-depth listing of area events. And, do some extra site-seeing with our online Town Square business directory to find places to stay, dine and shop. We also feature a 15-day forecast on our Weather link; front page Map; snowmobile Trail Report; and online Fishing Report, plus our School Calendars include student activities, sporting events and information about ACT testing and college visitation dates.

Nature items

**Hunters, trappers reminded of Aug. 1 deadline.

**Check our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board.

**See the Lake Series in the Tomahawk Leader. The July 1 segment features Lake Alice, complete with history, pictures and a map. The July 15 segment is dedicated to Lake Mohawksin. The July 29 layout features Lake Nokomis. They are definitely informative keepsakes.

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Town Square Business Directory

The Town Square is a great place to check for places to stay, shop and dine while in the Tomahawk area. For information on adding your business link with web site, call 715-453-2151 or email

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2013 Year in Review, pdf below

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