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 Robert Gould Lankford

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Robert Gould Lankford

Birth
Edwards County, Illinois, USA
Death
17 Jun 2004 (aged 80)
Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, USA
Burial
Albion, Edwards County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID
64641967 View Source

Robert G. Lankford, 80, of Albion, died at 4:15 a.m. Thursday, June 17, 2004, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Little Prairie Christian Church near Albion. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Ingram Funeral Home in Albion is in charge of arrangements.
Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery south of Albion.

Mr. Lankford was born on October 11, 1923, in Browns, the son of Lawson G. and Lillian (Boyles) Lankford. He married Clara Faye Saxe on December 19, 1942, in St. Charles, Mo. She survives.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a radio operator/gunner and was a POW for 11 months after being shot down over Austria. He was very active in Little Prairie Christian Church. He served one year as president of Illinois Association of Mutual Insurance and also was executive secretary and treasurer for 16 years and director for many years of Farmers Albion Mutual
Insurance.

Mr. Lankford is survived by his wife, Clara Faye Lankford, of Albion; two daughters, Tonya Brand, of Linton, Ind., and Joselyn Heidinger, of Albion; two sons, Robert E. Lankford, of Evansville, Ind., and Danny J. Lankford and wife, Teresa, of Albion; and 10 grandchildren, Rob Lankford, Danielle Lankford, Tim Lankford, Lawson Lankford, Jacob Brand, Kate Heidinger, Hilary Brand, Glenn Lankford, Sam Heidinger and Ben Heidinger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant sons, one daughter, one sister and one brother.

Memorials may be made to Edwards County Senior Citizens or Little Prairie Worship Ministry.

The Olney (IL) Daily Mail, June 2004

Contributor: B Pipher (47211947

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ACTIVITY DURING WWII
AIRFORCE BASE, 15TH AIRFORCE, 376TH BOMB GROUP, BASED IN ITALY. FLEW OUR B-24 BOMBER BY WAY OF SOUTH AMERICA, BRAZIL AND AFRICA. FLEW 1ST MISSION OVER PLOESTI OIL FIELDS, ROMANIA. SHOT DOWN, CAPTURED, TAKEN TO BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. BOMBED OUT OF HOSPITAL BY OUR OWN BOMBERS - NO AMERICAN HURT. TAKEN TO OLD PRISON IN BUDAPEST, 6 DAYS IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT. MOVED BY BOXCAR TO PRISON CAMP STALAG LUFT IV NEAR BALTIC SEA. RUSSIA CLOSING IN, MARCHED OUT OF CAMP IN A 10 INCH SNOW STORM. SPENT NEXT 90 DAYS LIVING ON ROAD, WALKED OVER 500 MILES. NOT MUCH TO EAT. LIBERATED AND SURROUNDED BY ENGLISH ARMY. CAME HOME BY BOAT TO NEW YORK CITY FROM CAMP LUCKY STRIKE, FRANCE.



Robert G. Lankford of Albion died at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.

He was born in Browns,IL, the son of Lawson G. & Lillian Boyles Lankford. He married Clara Faye Saxe December 19, 1942 in St. Charles, MO. She survives.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a radio operator/gunner & was a POW for 11 months after being shot down over Austria.

He was very active in the Little Prairie Christian Church. He served one year as president of Illinois Association of Mutual Insurance & also was executive secretary and treasurer for 16 years & director for many years of Farmers Albion Mutual Insurance.

Mr. Lankford is survived by his wife; two daughters Tonya Brand & Joselyn Heidinger; two sons, Robert and Danny; and ten grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant sons, one daughter, one sister and one brother.

Funeral services were at Ingram Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery south of Albion.

(Olney Daily Mail obituary)

Robert G. Lankford, 80, of Albion, died at 4:15 a.m. Thursday, June 17, 2004, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Little Prairie Christian Church near Albion. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Ingram Funeral Home in Albion is in charge of arrangements.
Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery south of Albion.

Mr. Lankford was born on October 11, 1923, in Browns, the son of Lawson G. and Lillian (Boyles) Lankford. He married Clara Faye Saxe on December 19, 1942, in St. Charles, Mo. She survives.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a radio operator/gunner and was a POW for 11 months after being shot down over Austria. He was very active in Little Prairie Christian Church. He served one year as president of Illinois Association of Mutual Insurance and also was executive secretary and treasurer for 16 years and director for many years of Farmers Albion Mutual
Insurance.

Mr. Lankford is survived by his wife, Clara Faye Lankford, of Albion; two daughters, Tonya Brand, of Linton, Ind., and Joselyn Heidinger, of Albion; two sons, Robert E. Lankford, of Evansville, Ind., and Danny J. Lankford and wife, Teresa, of Albion; and 10 grandchildren, Rob Lankford, Danielle Lankford, Tim Lankford, Lawson Lankford, Jacob Brand, Kate Heidinger, Hilary Brand, Glenn Lankford, Sam Heidinger and Ben Heidinger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant sons, one daughter, one sister and one brother.

Memorials may be made to Edwards County Senior Citizens or Little Prairie Worship Ministry.

The Olney (IL) Daily Mail, June 2004

Contributor: B Pipher (47211947

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ACTIVITY DURING WWII
AIRFORCE BASE, 15TH AIRFORCE, 376TH BOMB GROUP, BASED IN ITALY. FLEW OUR B-24 BOMBER BY WAY OF SOUTH AMERICA, BRAZIL AND AFRICA. FLEW 1ST MISSION OVER PLOESTI OIL FIELDS, ROMANIA. SHOT DOWN, CAPTURED, TAKEN TO BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. BOMBED OUT OF HOSPITAL BY OUR OWN BOMBERS - NO AMERICAN HURT. TAKEN TO OLD PRISON IN BUDAPEST, 6 DAYS IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT. MOVED BY BOXCAR TO PRISON CAMP STALAG LUFT IV NEAR BALTIC SEA. RUSSIA CLOSING IN, MARCHED OUT OF CAMP IN A 10 INCH SNOW STORM. SPENT NEXT 90 DAYS LIVING ON ROAD, WALKED OVER 500 MILES. NOT MUCH TO EAT. LIBERATED AND SURROUNDED BY ENGLISH ARMY. CAME HOME BY BOAT TO NEW YORK CITY FROM CAMP LUCKY STRIKE, FRANCE.



Robert G. Lankford of Albion died at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.

He was born in Browns,IL, the son of Lawson G. & Lillian Boyles Lankford. He married Clara Faye Saxe December 19, 1942 in St. Charles, MO. She survives.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a radio operator/gunner & was a POW for 11 months after being shot down over Austria.

He was very active in the Little Prairie Christian Church. He served one year as president of Illinois Association of Mutual Insurance & also was executive secretary and treasurer for 16 years & director for many years of Farmers Albion Mutual Insurance.

Mr. Lankford is survived by his wife; two daughters Tonya Brand & Joselyn Heidinger; two sons, Robert and Danny; and ten grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant sons, one daughter, one sister and one brother.

Funeral services were at Ingram Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery south of Albion.

(Olney Daily Mail obituary)


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