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RACINE — Racine Party in the Park Committee has announced the Parade Marshals for the 2013 parade to be held at 10 a.m. on September 14.


Chosen this year were “World War II Heroes” Charles Bush, Delbert Smith and Kenny Theiss. These three men served their country with pride and sacrifice.


Bush was born on Aug. 28, 1920, the son of Ray and Connie Bush. He entered the Army in September 1942 and was discharged in October of 1945. He was a Technician 5, for the mechanized cavalry, 106th Calvary and 121st Calvary.


During his service time, Bush was at Fort Hayes, Camp Attebury, Camp Hood, Fort Hood, England, France, Germany Austria, New York, and was discharged at Camp Attebury. He was furloughed two times during his time of service. He married Marie Gainer in 1948, and they have four children, 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He worked for Marietta Truck growers, was a state inspector for fruits and vegetables, was self employed, worked for Bob Lee, and for 32 years worked for the Farm Bureau at Landmark and MGM. He has been a pastor at Fellowship Church of Lord Jesus Christ in Racine for 49 years. Charles has been a member of Farm Bureau for 60 years, and a lifetime member of Racine American Legion Post 602 and the VFW. He became a graduate of Southern High School in 2010 on his 90th birthday.


Theiss was born on Oct. 21, 1921, the son of Carl and Belle Theiss. He is a graduate of Racine High School, class of 1943. He entered the Army in July 1942 and was discharged in November 1945. He was a sergeant with Combat Engineers 115th.


During his service, Theiss was in the Hawaiian Islands, Guadalcanal, New Guinea, New Britton and the Philippines. During his service of three and one-half years, he had one, 12-hour pass. In 1947, he married Bernice Stow and they have four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Kenneth has been employed by Dupont, Rust Engineering, King Construction, Karr Construction and Wesam Construction, and was a member of Carpenter Local 650. He is a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, where he is also a trustee. He is also a member of American Legion Post 602 for 61 years, lifetime member of the VFW, member of Farm Bureau, and Racine Pomeroy Masonic Lodge.


Smith was born on Feb. 25, 1925, the son of Ernest and Ethel Smith. He is a graduate of Racine High School, Class of 1943. He entered the Army in June 1943 and was discharged in May 1946. He was a Technician 5 with the Combat Engineers and drove a 6x6 truck.


During his service, Smith served at Fort Hayes, Fort Bliss, Leesburg, Camp Poke, Fort Jordan, Camp Shanks, was in Wales, England, Ireland, and Germany with the 343 Combat Engineers. He was also in the Battle of the Bulge. He married Ruth Johnson in 1949 and they have five sons, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He has been a dairyman for 50 years, drove a school bus for 40 years, was a township trustee for 28 years, was on the Veterans Service Commission for 17 years, a member of the Farm Bureau for 63 years, a lifetime member of American Legion Post 602 and the DAV. He is also a member of the VFW, a member of Morning Star United Methodist Church, where he is also trustee.


Racine Party in the Park Committee is proud to have these local World War II Heroes serving as the marshals for the fifth annual event.


Party in the Park kicks off on Thursday and runs through Saturday evening with featured entertainment each evening.


For more information on the festival entertainment and other activities visit www.racinepartyinthepark.net.

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