Glenn D. Risk

June 2, 2014
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Glenn D. Risk, 93, of Versailles passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born at Benham on December 27, 1920 the son of Glenn and Ida Fuehrer Risk. He was married to Helen Fields on September 11, 1951 and his wife of 62 years survives. Other survivors include his sister-in-law Mrs. Josephine Risk of Indianapolis along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Robert Risk, and his sisters Lois Bryant and Violet Elles. Mr. Risk was a 1939 graduate of Cross Plains High School. He was an Army veteran of WWII and served with the 80th Division, 106th Infantry, 424th Infantry Anti-Tank Company in Northern France, the Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. T/Sgt. Risk was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroism in action against the enemy in Eastern Belgium on December 16, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge. Other awards received included the American Theatre Ribbon, EAME Theatre Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Service Badge, and the WWII Victory Medal. While serving with the 106th, also known as the “Lion Division”, Mr. Risk drove a tank during battle while also loading and firing the guns by himself, a job usually reserved for three men. In civilian life, Glenn was a trucker having been employed with Huber and Huber, Mayflower, and retired in 1977 from Smith Transfer. He and Helen enjoyed bowling, and for his many years of driving he received the “Million miles in a Mack award.” He was a member of the Benham United Methodist Church and was a Life Member of the Versailles American Legion. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 3rd at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Sandy Becker of the Versailles American Legion officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery with military honors by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Versailles American Legion or the Holton Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

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