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Louis A. Yanez

Birth
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Death
6 Dec 2008 (aged 85)
South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA
Burial
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown Add to Map
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LOUIS A. YANEZ
Jan. 6, 1923 - Dec. 6, 2008
SOUTH BEND - Louis A. Yanez, 85, passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2008, in
Regency Place, South Bend. He was born on January 6, 1923, to the late Joseph and
Virginia (Calderon) Yanez. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph
Romeo and Frank. He is survived by his daughter, Linda (Charles) Henry; and
granddaughter, Shelby. Also surviving are his sister, Virginia Leonhard; nieces and
nephew, Denise (Brian) Craft, Romeo (Kathy) Yanez, Jimmy (Terry) Richards, Alicia
(David) McMurtie, Dale (Paula) Leonhard, Felice (Gary) Moberg, Roger (Peggy)
Leonhard and Nina (Marty) Lightner. Shortly after birth, in Topeka, Kansas, the Yanez
family moved to South Bend. Louis graduated from South Bend's Riley High School. In
1941 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and trained as a B-17 engineer and ball turret
gunner. On May 10, 1944, his B-17, "El Kobar," was shot down after bombing Winer-
Neustadt. The crew survived and was captured in the town of Otterthal, Austria. Yanez
spent 17 months in Stalag Luft 4. In February 1945, he was one of 8,000 prisoners
force-marched 600 miles across Poland and Germany. Following repatriation, he
married Lucille Danielowicz, also of South Bend, and became a sheet metal worker. He
was part of the crew that gilded the Notre Dame Golden Dome. He was an avid
fisherman and longtime member of the P.N.A. Fisherman's Club. In 2004 the mayor of
Otterthal contacted Yanez to invite him and his surviving crewmates to Austria. The
town wished to give them the proper welcome they did not receive in 1944.
Unfortunately, none of the crew could undertake the trip. The mayor then hiked up a
mountain to the B-17 crash site, retrieved some remnants of the aircraft and sent
them to Yanez. Louis has been cremated per his request. ST. JOSEPH FUNERAL HOME,
824 S. Mayflower Road, is assisting the family. Condolences for the family may be
made at www.sjfh.net .
Published in the South Bend Tribune on 12/21/2008

LOUIS A. YANEZ
Jan. 6, 1923 - Dec. 6, 2008
SOUTH BEND - Louis A. Yanez, 85, passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2008, in
Regency Place, South Bend. He was born on January 6, 1923, to the late Joseph and
Virginia (Calderon) Yanez. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph
Romeo and Frank. He is survived by his daughter, Linda (Charles) Henry; and
granddaughter, Shelby. Also surviving are his sister, Virginia Leonhard; nieces and
nephew, Denise (Brian) Craft, Romeo (Kathy) Yanez, Jimmy (Terry) Richards, Alicia
(David) McMurtie, Dale (Paula) Leonhard, Felice (Gary) Moberg, Roger (Peggy)
Leonhard and Nina (Marty) Lightner. Shortly after birth, in Topeka, Kansas, the Yanez
family moved to South Bend. Louis graduated from South Bend's Riley High School. In
1941 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and trained as a B-17 engineer and ball turret
gunner. On May 10, 1944, his B-17, "El Kobar," was shot down after bombing Winer-
Neustadt. The crew survived and was captured in the town of Otterthal, Austria. Yanez
spent 17 months in Stalag Luft 4. In February 1945, he was one of 8,000 prisoners
force-marched 600 miles across Poland and Germany. Following repatriation, he
married Lucille Danielowicz, also of South Bend, and became a sheet metal worker. He
was part of the crew that gilded the Notre Dame Golden Dome. He was an avid
fisherman and longtime member of the P.N.A. Fisherman's Club. In 2004 the mayor of
Otterthal contacted Yanez to invite him and his surviving crewmates to Austria. The
town wished to give them the proper welcome they did not receive in 1944.
Unfortunately, none of the crew could undertake the trip. The mayor then hiked up a
mountain to the B-17 crash site, retrieved some remnants of the aircraft and sent
them to Yanez. Louis has been cremated per his request. ST. JOSEPH FUNERAL HOME,
824 S. Mayflower Road, is assisting the family. Condolences for the family may be
made at www.sjfh.net .
Published in the South Bend Tribune on 12/21/2008

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