|Birth: ||Jun. 7, 1910|
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 1942|
Obituary for Carl Funkhouser (Ran with obituary for Edward M. Funkhouser)
Staff Sergeant Carl Funkhouser of the 76th Bombardment Squadron, was born near Skedee, June 7, 1910. With eight of his buddies, he met death in the crash of an Army bomber near Boise, Idaho, January 14, 1942.
A bombardment squadron consists of 13 bombers. His squadron, the 76th, was leaving Gowen Field for actual war service at an unannounced destination, when the bomber, last in the formation, was seen to be in trouble; and after circling the field a time or two, crashed to earth killing all on board.
Carl was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Verd Funkhouser. He spent the early years of his life on the farm, graduating from Skedee high school in 1928. August 1, 1933, he enlisted in the Field Artillery at Fort Sill where he served four years. January 15, 1938 he enlisted with the air corps for two years in the Philippines, returning in March, 1940. He has since been stationed at Hamilton Field, CA, Fort Douglas, Utah, and for the past eight months has been stationed at Gowen Field, Idaho.
In 1921 Carl professed his faith in Christ and became a member of the Skedee Methodist chruch. He achieved a high type of manhood. His spirit of loyalty and supreme devotion to duty and to his country won for him the love and admiration of those who knew him.
Surviving are his parents, one sister, Mrs. Dale Welker, and two brothers, Roland and R. B., all of Skedee, together with many more distant relatives and a host of friend to mourn his going.
The body was accompanied home by Sergeant R. E. Echols of Topeka, KS. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Wheat at the Skedee Methodist church with burial in Highland Cemetery, Pawnee, OK. Taps were played by Joe Bryant and military honors were accorded by a firing squad from the Cleveland and Pawnee posts of the American Legion.
(Soldier Met Tragic Death On The Same Day His Grandfather Died) (Newspaper article)
An aged patriarch, the head of a prominent Pawnee county family, and his worthy grandson, a trusted soldier of his country, met death the same day; E. M. Funkhouser, quietly at the Pawnee hospital, the grandson, Carl, in the crash of a bomber near Bosie, Idaho.
The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Verd Funkhouser, helped arrange for the funeral of the father, not knowing of the death of their son. A telegram from the War Department announcing the son's death arrived at Skedee during the funeral services of the grandsire.
Spokane, Wash., Jan. 15 -- AP--Two officers and seven enlisted men were killed outright yesterday afternoon in an army bombing plane which crashed and burned in Sage county 13 miles southeast of Boise near the Black creek reservoir, the Second Air Force announced tonight.
The dead were listed as:
Second Lieutenant Elmer M. Munn, jr., pilot, Fort Worth, TX
Second Lieutenant Darrell Wing, co-pilot, Phoenix, Ariz.
Staff Sergeant Carl Funkhouser, Skedee, Okla.
Staff Sergeant Carmen R. Gismondi, Oliver, Pa.
Private First Class Andre A. Chisholm, Woodside, Long Island, N.Y.
Private Robert F. Adams, Vale, Ore.
Private Lloyd Knight, Thompsonville, Ill.
Private Leland Sanders, Odessa, Mo.
Private Stanley Sansenbach, Parkersburg, Ia.
The announcement said the plane was on a routine flight. A Union Pacific section workman was first to see the wreckage.
He flagged down a passenger train to notify the conductor. The latter reported the crash when the train reached Boise.
Gowen Field crash trucks and ambulances were sent to the scene.
Verd McClellan Funkhouser (1886 - 1949)
Edna May Towner Funkhouser (1888 - 1945)
Carl Funkhouser (1910 - 1942)
Viva Dale Funkhouser Welker (1914 - 2009)*
Roland Lester Funkhouser (1917 - 1998)*
R B Funkhouser (1918 - 2009)*
Created by: PAPA Ross
Record added: Apr 12, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18883584