During the days prior and following the Clay County Loyalty Day Parade in early May, friends and family came together to sell bracelets in his memory.
Recently, family members turned over $695 of the money collected to the Clay County Veterans Mini-Van fund.
County resident Marion "Sarge" Eveland, who has spearheaded the mini-van fundraising efforts, said the money collected from the bracelet sales will be deposited at Riddell National Bank.
In addition to the bracelet collection, The Brazil Eagles Lodge recently conducted a benefit dinner with all proceeds going to the Veterans Mini-Van fund.
Eagles' President Dave Miller said they could take in close to $1,000 and with the help of volunteers, the dinner raised $922.32.
During the benefit, an auction took place where those interested could bid on four pies to be thrown in the faces of Miller, Rick Hoke and Rick Stedman. Monies from the pie auction tallied $106.
Helping with the dinner were Jamie Miller, Harold Navel, Megan Miller, Ricky Stedman, Alyssia Miller, Val Brady, Anita Parker, Rick Moore, Anita Conway and Tracy Deahl. In addition, Karaoke volunteers were Randy, Jena and Joe Lalen, while band volunteers were Steve Boyd, Megan Palm, Larry Morley, Ray Head, Doug Paullus and Clarence Morlan.
Pork chops from the dinner were provided by Jack's Fine Foods.
The fundraising dinner was the third of four planned events, the first taking place at the V.F.W. Post 1127 and the second taking place at the American Legion Post 2.
The final fundraiser -- a hog roast -- is scheduled to take place in June at the Brazil National Guard Armory. The meal will also include baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, dessert and coffee.
The purpose of the veterans van is to help transport veterans to hospitals in Indianapolis and Danville, Ill., or other hospitals as needed.
Those interested in making a donation may do so at the Riddell National Bank drive-thru, by making checks out to the "Clay County Veterans Group," or to the Clay County Courthouse, Box 104, VA Officer, Mike Holland, 609 E. National Ave., Brazil.