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Veterans Trail History

During the fall of 1988 construction was finished on the barrier free trail at Coralville Lake. The trail was constructed to accommodate wheel chair user, users with walking disabilities, as well as able-bodied users. The quarter mile trail is situated among mature maple and oak trees and features a bird observation area, various rest areas, and an 80 foot bridge.

On Memorial Day of 1989 the trail was dedicated as the Veteran’s Trail in honor of all veterans who have served in the military. During this ceremony the bird observation area was dedicated to Daniel Vickroy. Mr. Vickroy lost both legs and his right forearm in a Claymore mine explosion while serving with the U.S. Army in the Republic of South Vietnam.

In 1990 the bridge was dedicated to Richard Pelechek a W.W. II Army veteran.  Mr. Pelechek lost his right eye and leg during a battle in Germany.

A rest area was dedicated to a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient in 1991.  Ralph Neppel who lost both legs during W.W. II was honored postmortem and represented by his wife, Jean.  A flower garden was also dedicated to Donald Link a Vietnam veteran.

E. Raymond Campbell was honored in 1992.  A rest area was dedicated in his name.  Enlisted in the Navy he was injured aboard the USS Minneapolis during a kamikaze attack during W.W.II.  He also served during the Korean Conflict.

In 1993 Bill Doherty a POW of W.W.II was honored with a rest area dedicated in his name.  Mr. Doherty was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge and was a prisoner of war for over five months.

The seven Seydel brothers were honored in 1994 with a rest area dedicated in their name.  Edwin, Earl, Guy, John, Donald, Lyle and Robert had a combined 43 years of honorable service.

In 1995 a rest area on the trail was dedicated to eleven World War II veterans. Those honored were Martin Dvorak, Waunetta Stubbs, Bob Watkins, Fred Hahn, George Neitderhisar, Carl Villhauer, Leo Villhauer, David Villhauer, Louie Villhauer, Herman Villhauer, and Howard Villhauer.

In 1996 the last rest area on the trail was dedicated to William Tucker, Philip Von Stein, Richard Grell, William Bock, Robert Randall, William Meardon, Clifford Cox, Harold Cox, Louis Cox, and Donald Cox.

In 1997 a granite rock was added to the trail that will hold the names of the honorees for the next few years. That same year the rock was dedicated along with eight honorees.  Inscribed upon the rock were the names of Lauren Tonne, Dale Hostetler, Thomas Fountain, William Hutcheson, Robert Burns, Donald Farnsworth, Albert Hieronymus, and Donald Brannaman.

In 1998 the following honorees names were added to the rock: Earl Barnes, Charles Callen, Bill Crow, Willard Freed, James Lynch, Richard Martin, and Howard Stock.

In 1999 the honorees names added to the rock were: Maynard Sexton, William Knowling, Rex Flansburg, Robert Bowers, Roy McAtee, and Harry Eister.

In 2000 the following honorees names were added to the rock:  George R. Dane, Terry L. Michel, Reed Parker, David D. Patten, Earle E. Scheetz, Curtis W. Utley, and John S. Wilmoth Jr. Photo of the 2000 Ceremony.

In 2001 the following honorees names were added to the rock: John L. Beranek, Bernard D. Collins, Leo L. Embree, Louis F. Ernst, Donald M. Erusha, Daniel O. Knuckey, Leonard F. Tomash, and Gary L. Weppler. Click here for the 2001 Honorees  photo from the May 28, 2001 Dedication.

In 2002 another rock was added to the trail. The following honorees names were added to this new rock:  Dean W. Andersen, Bernard I. Aldeman, Robert L. Forbes, Harry S. McGrath, Cyrus R. Shockey, Theodore O. Spivey, Leonard F. Tepoel, Steven A. Wieneke, and Robert S. Williams.  Photo of 2002 Ceremony.

In 2003 the following honorees names were added to the rock: Richard T. Feddersen, John H. Fenstemaker, Dale M. Hill, Charles Hromidko, Victor R. Kostiw, David Mitchell, Merle J. Nevenhoven, Charles F. Plymale, Richard P. Reihman, Anthony E. Rocca, Ronald D. Schump, and Gary D. Spevacek. Photo of 2003 Ceremony.

In 2004 the following honorees names were added to the rock: Michael D. Alber, Ralph E. Baughman, Leonard J. Fuhrmeister, John E. Jones, William S. Peterson, Charles F. Pratt, Francis G. Thoman, Partrick J. Zenishek, and Gordon M. Zumwalt.

In 2005 the following honorees names were added: Garlyn R. Ash, Michael C. Bruggeman, Steven J.. Clark, Junior W. Courtney, Danny D. Curtis, Harlan E. Henely, Michael D. Hess, Clarence C. Hightshoe, Leo T. Slattery, Reno H. Walter.

In 2006 the following honorees names were added to the rock: Leroy G. Anderlik, John J. Brown, Marion L. Green, Patrick L. Moore, Jr., Orval R. Spilde, and Allen L. Young. 

In 2007 the following honorees names were added to the rock: James C. Dickerson, III, David A. Hintze, Michael E. Hull, Douglas P. Gwinn, Larry C. Rummelhart, Doran A. Williams. 

In 2008 the following honorees names were added to the rock: James L. Deegan, Deborah L. Holloway, Donald R. Lovetinsky, Kain Schilling, Jerry A. Slezak, Edward R. Swenka, Peter C. Vanderhoef, and Robert Zobeck. 

In 2009 the following honorees names were added to the rock: Gerald D. Ambrose, Michael L. Bombei, Leroy C. Lenoch, and David E. Malott. 

In 2010 the following honorees were added to the rock: Michael R. Acton, Alan W. Gerard, Paul F. Hain Jr., Delbert L. Hesseltine, Keith M. Potter, Stephen A. Roskop, and Alvin G. Schnoebelen.

During the 2011 ceremony, the following honorees were added to the rock: Robert W.Benson, Richard D. Elliott, Chester L. Laws, Thomas W. Meade, David A. Megan, Bruce A. Scheff, and Jammie L. Thompson. 

At the 2012 ceremony, the following veterans were honored and their names were added to the rock. David Brenneman, Michael Hart, William Halvorsen, P. Larry Sorensen, Gary Droll, Lawson Coapstick, Thomas Meyers, Thomas Reinier.

In 2013, the following honorees were added to the rock: John L. Bentler, Patrick R. Davis, Rudy Gorbatjuk, Palmer J. Holden, Todd M. Jacobus, John D. Kerr, Dennis M. Kline, Ronald L. LeFever, Junior H. McKinney, Dempsey J. Prappas, Joseph J. Shannahan.

During the 2014 ceremony, the following honorees were added to the rock: Kenneth W. Chelf, Paul W. Stalkfleet, James E. Zimmerman.