Memorial Day offers time to reflect on those who gave all

Linda Gallagher, Associate Editor

Courtesy photo

Sgt. William Dean Bushard, of Mancelona, offers a rare smile in Vietnam before returning to duty. This photo was taken just a few days before his death. 

MANCELONA – During the course of history, northern Michigan has lost more than a few good men and women to the scourges of war – from the Civil War to the most recent conflict in Afghanistan, many of whom now lie in graves far away from home. But they will never be forgotten by those that knew and loved them, and will be remembered for their sacrifice along with thousands of others across the nation on Memorial Day.

“I knew Bill while I was in school,” said Denny Turbin, now a resident of Gaylord.

“Played football just a little before him. Always thought he was a great kid. “

Sue Aldrich agreed.

“Bill was an awesome friend, classmate, athlete and soldier,” Aldrich said. “He was respected by all.”

A 1965 graduate of Mancelona High School, Bill Bushard was a star on the high school football team, making All Conference three years in a row, a member of the track team for four years and a Student Council member for three years.

His motto, ironically, was “Why worry? Things are going to happen anyway.”

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