The 13th annual Memorial Day Observance will be at 1:30 p.m. May 29 at the Uniontown Community Park on Apollo Drive, off of Cleveland Avenue and 0.7 miles south of Route 619.
The honor guard for the ceremony will be McKinley Detachment No. 277 Marine Corps League of Canton. Lora Leway will lead the guard.
The lives and accomplishments of this years honored veterans - Adam Doane, Dr. Robert Naugle, William Overlow and Gerald Tawney - will be rememberd. Taps will be played, there will be a 21-gun salute , a wreath will be placed at the base of the memorial and all veterans in attendance will be recognized.
Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
Each of the four honored veterans have a brick at the Memorial. Forms to order a brick are available online at www.uniontowncommpark.org or by calling Dennis Boley at 330-699-4510. Cost is $100 for six lines.
In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Uniontown Community Center in the park.
Adam Doane has been a resident of the Uniontown/Lake area for more than 25 years and graduated from Lake High School in 1997. He Enlisted in the National Guard in 1999, graduated from officer candidates school in 2002 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2004 with the 1st Battalion 151st Infantry Indiana Army National Guard, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2009, after serving 10 years, Doane was discharged and focused on his civilian career. He is the Vice-president of direct sales for Alpha Packaging. Doane and his wife, Lisa, live in Uniontown and have three children: AJ, Ava and Michael.
Dr. Robert Naugle
Dr. Robert Naugle was born in Cleveland and moved to Parma as a teenager where he graduated from Parma High School in 1969. He enrolled in Heidleberg College where he met his wife Nan, an Ellet graduate. After graduating Dental School at Case Western Reserve in 1977, Naugle decided to join the Air Force continuing a long family military tradition. He spent three years at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia where his daughter Jennifer was born. As a member of the first TAC fighter wing, Naugle was on alert during the Iranian hostage crisis. He separated from the Air Force in 1980 and opened his dental practice in Uniontown. He has been a member and president of Lake Rotary. Bob and Nan have been members of Grace UCC since 1981.
William Overlow was born December 16, 1925, in Suffield Twp. He graduated high school in 1943 where he met his wife, Gerry. He joined the Army on May 31, 1944, and went to Fort Benjamin in Harrison, Ind. In December, Overlow went oversees to Naples, Italy, with the 5th Army, Co. M, 4th Platoon Infantry. After the war was over, Overlow stayed in Europe as part of the Signal Service Company. In April 1946, he received a message that his mother was very sick and the Red Cross brought him home and he was discharged April 17, 1946. After discharge, Overlow married Gerry and they had three daughters, Cathy, Julie and Carol. Overlow worked at Chestnut Ridge Dairy, Reiter Dairy and Ohio Pure Foods. He passed away on March 29, 1996.
Gerald Tawney was born on December 6, 1918, in Nitro, W. Va., to John and Lucy Tawney. When he was a small boy his family moved to Akron, where he graduated from Garfield High School in 1936. He enlisted in the Navy immediately following graduation on July 7, 1936. Tawney was a Pearl Harbor survivor and was on the beach celebrating his birthday with friends when the Japanese bombers attacked. He spent his Naval career on several ships and was also involved in the Battle of Manila. Tawney ended his naval career on December 17, 1947, after 12 years with the rank of Chief Boatswain’s Mate. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Akron and worked for Toledo Scale as a service engineer. Tawney married Jo Ann Suter in 1957. In May of 1961, Jerry, Jo Ann and their three children, Bob, Mary Jo and Jerri Anne, moved to Uniontown. Tawney passed away on June 18, 1989, while on vacation in Hawaii. He is buried in Uniontown Greenlawn Cemetery.