Hospice honored late WWII vet


Hospice of Miami County, “We Honor Veterans” volunteers had the privilege to pin World War II Naval aviator, John Headapohl. From left, Wayne Melgaard, Larry Blackmore, Mareta Headapohl, John’s wife, honoree, John Headapohl, Bill Sharp, and Bob Allen.

For the Troy Daily News



Hospice of Miami County, “We Honor Veterans” volunteers had the privilege to pin World War II Naval aviator, John Headapohl. From left, Wayne Melgaard, Larry Blackmore, Mareta Headapohl, John’s wife, honoree, John Headapohl, Bill Sharp, and Bob Allen.


MIAMI COUNTY — On July 22, 2015, a recognition ceremony took place at the new Hospice of Miami County In-Patient Unit located inside of Upper Valley Medical Center, to honor John Headapohl.

A World War II Naval aviator, Headapohl volunteered for the United States Navy when he was 18 years old. Having just begun a year at The Ohio State University, they let him finish the year before heading out to active duty. He took naval aviation training and flew the TBM Avenger Torpedo Bomber. He served in the Navy until 1945. After serving his country, John returned to The Ohio State University to earn a bachelor’s of science in engineering.

The “We Honor Veterans” program presented John, in the presence of his family and friends, with a pin in the shape of the State of Ohio, with the United States flag on it, as well as the flag of the National Hospice Organization. They also presented him with a United States Flag donated by the American Legion Post 184, a thank you card made by Hospice of Miami County volunteers, and a card acknowledging veterans, sponsored by the Korean War Veterans’ Association.

Headapohl passed away on July 25, 2015.

Hospice of Miami County is a level four partner in a national program, “We Honor Veterans.” We Honor Veterans is a national awareness campaign conducted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hospice of Miami County is committed to serving all veterans with respect, integrity, and dignity as they provide superior care and service to patients and families at the end of life.

“It is an honor to serve our patients by paying special tribute to them in the recognition ceremonies. We consider it a privilege to have the chance to express our appreciation for their service,” said Krissy McKim-Barker, Hospice of Miami County volunteer coordinator.

Currently, there are nine Hospice of Miami County volunteers who serve in the “We Honor Veterans” program. These volunteers have served in the following eras: WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and Afghanistan/Iraq.

Hospice of Miami County is the only local, non-profit Hospice in the area and has served the community since 1983. Their mission is to “celebrate the lives of those we have the privilege of serving by providing superior care and superior services to each patient and family.” For further information on patient services, or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please call 937-335-5191.

Hospice of Miami County, “We Honor Veterans” volunteers had the privilege to pin World War II Naval aviator, John Headapohl. From left, Wayne Melgaard, Larry Blackmore, Mareta Headapohl, John’s wife, honoree, John Headapohl, Bill Sharp, and Bob Allen.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_veteran_photo_cmyk.jpgHospice of Miami County, “We Honor Veterans” volunteers had the privilege to pin World War II Naval aviator, John Headapohl. From left, Wayne Melgaard, Larry Blackmore, Mareta Headapohl, John’s wife, honoree, John Headapohl, Bill Sharp, and Bob Allen.
Hospice of Miami County, “We Honor Veterans” volunteers had the privilege to pin World War II Naval aviator, John Headapohl. From left, Wayne Melgaard, Larry Blackmore, Mareta Headapohl, John’s wife, honoree, John Headapohl, Bill Sharp, and Bob Allen.

For the Troy Daily News

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