Lieut Charles Granville “Buddy” Koontz


Lieut Charles Granville “Buddy” Koontz

Nelson, Nuckolls County, Nebraska, USA
Death 7 May 1944 (aged 21)
Burial Nelson, Nuckolls County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Block 3, Lot 21, Grave 14
Memorial ID 20247075 View Source
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The remains of Lt. Charles Granville ("Buddy") Koontz, son of Mrs. Carl Horn of Pearblossom, California, are to be brought to Nelson in the near future for reinterment here. Lt. Koontz, a bombadier with the 8th Air Force, was killed on his second mission over Germany on May 7, 1944, and buried in a military cemetery in Belgium. The remains arrived in New York on May 2.

Buddy lived in Nelson during the greater portion of his life and was a graduate of the school her in 1940.

Mrs. Horn and her daughter, Mrs. Helene Bliven, plan to come here from the west coast for the services.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, May 12, 1949
The remains of Lt. Charles Granille (sic) Koontz, being brought here for reinterment (sic) from a military cemetery in Belgium, will arrive in Nelson sometime Saturday. Final arrangements for the services have not yet been made.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, May 19, 1949
2nd Lt. Charles Granville Koontz, better known among his friends as "Buddy," was born at Nelson, Nebraska, June 23, 1922. With his folks he moved to California in 1941, and enlisted in the Army Airforce February 12, 1942; took basic training at Santa Ana, Calif.; from there went to Thunderbird Field, on to Roswell, N.M., and to Pyote, Texas; was commissioned at Roswell as a Bombadier, May, 1943.

He embarked for oversea duty in England, March 30, 1944, and was killed in action on his 2nd mission over Berlin, Germany, May 7, 1944, at the age of 21 years, 10 months and 14 days. His body was returned to New York City May 6, 1949 and was sent from there to Nelson for reinterment.

Buddy spent his childhood in Nelson, and graduated from Nelson High School in 1940. He was active in music and sports throughout his school life. He joined the Nelson Methodist church (sic) when about eight years of age. He was a wonderful person to know and is greatly missed by those who knew him.

Buddy was united in marriage to Della Reece of Santa Ana, Calif., January 30, 1943. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles H. Koontz, September 7, 1928. He leaves to mourn his passing, his mother, Mrs. Carl Horn, and step-father, Carl Horn; his siter, Helen and husband, Dale Bliven; their two daughters, all of Pearblossom, Cal.; Grandfather Jacob Koontz, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.


He is not dead who lives
In hearts he left behind
In those whom he has blessed
He lives a live again,
And shall live through the years
Eternal life, and grow
Each day more beautiful
As time declares their good,
Forgets the rest, and proves
That he is still with us.

Services were held Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock in the Klawitter chapel with Rev. V.R. Daniels of Harvard officiating. Military services were conducted by the Nelson American Legion. Harold McGhie of Edgar provided the music, accompanied by Mrs. Ruth Mary Smith, also of Edgar.

The pallbearers were Robert Littrell, John D. Portwood, Gene Smith, Marvin Ruhga, Robert Goodrich and Lee Clabaugh. Burial was made in the Nelson cemetery (sic).

Second Lieutenant Byron D. Fannin, 2d S.S.S., Biggs AFB, El Paso, Texas, escorted the remains to Nelson.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, May 26, 1949


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