Milo enlisted and was sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio, and after a short time there was sent to France in 1918. Soon after his arrival there he was taken sick and the sickness developed into pneumonia from which he died. His body was laid to rest in the government cemetery there, and later the government sent back home all those bodies whose parents requested their return. Milo's body arrived in New York on December 18th, and arrived here last Thursday evening.
Funeral services were held at the Christian church Sunday at 2 p.m., and the church was filled to its capacity with loving friends who gathered to pay their last respects to one of our soldier boys who made the supreme sacrifice. Rev. Harry Hamilton, pastor of the church, officiated at the funeral services, assisted by Rev. C.A. Brown, pastor of the M.E. church. Mrs. Raymond McCarthy and Mrs. Harry Sanger sang several appropriate songs.
The service was in charge of Lowell Post 101 of the American Legion and after the ceremony in the church the column of fifty former service men was formed and the column marched to the cemetery where the post conducted a military burial. The ceremony was a very impressive one. Harold Strickland, acting as Chaplain, read the service, after which the buglers sounded the call. The firing squad fired three volleys. The column was then formed and marched back to town.
The pall bearers were Andrew Culter, Claude Craft, Delbert Hayden, Max Ragon, Harold Brownell, and Cordie Kenney. Buglers, Otto Kurach, John and Peter Sauer; Firing Squad, Clayton Davis, Orlo Alyea, Clayton Belshaw, Edward Berg, George Hayden, Leslie Peterson, Edward Minninger and Chester Wood; Color Bearer, William Surprise; Guards to Colors, Fred Minninger and John Hepp. Flower Bearers, Cecil Kenney, Floyd Hamilton, Glenn Surprise and Warren Spearin. Interment was made in the Lowell cemetery with Undertaker Weaver in charge.
Go to Milo A. Thomas, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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