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Soldiers' memory lives on in fund

Sunday, September 9, 2012

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Spc. Arronn David Fields
Through the efforts of several members of the Knightsville community, a scholarship fund is growing.

Spc. Arronn David Fields, 27, Knightsville, died May 21, in combat while serving in Afghanistan with the United States Army.

Upon learning of Fields' death, Knightsville Clerk/Treasurer Charlotte Reyher contacted officials with Riddell National Bank with the interest of setting up a fund in his memory.

While some money has been placed in the fund, family members hope to see it grow into more.

"Money is there already," Fields' mother Jackie Pilkin said. "But I'd like to see this grow. It doesn't have to be a large amount. We won't turn anything away."

Pilkin said she and her husband, Bill, oversee the fund with help from her daughter, Calie Cavanar.

Cavanar recently told The Brazil Times the fund is under her name.

"People have been putting money into the account," Cavanar said, adding she hopes to expand it and eventually set up an annual scholarship for persons interested in joining the military while going to college.

Initially, funds were not growing like the family had hoped. However, the fund has increased in recent months.

Cavanar and Jackie Pilkin both told The Times they hope to establish the scholarship fund in Fields' memory in the future where the money would be used by college students who are also in the military.

Cavanar added she wants to include an annual essay contest for those interested in applying for the possible scholarship money.

Riddell National Bank officials informed The Brazil Times those interested in placing money into the fund may do so at any of the bank's four locations, including two in Brazil, one in Center Point, and one in Terre Haute.

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Did you know?

Those interested in donating memorial contributions in memory of United States Marine Cpl. Gregory Stultz may do so through the YMCA of Clay County, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil, Ind., 47834, or the United Service Organization, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1200, Arlington, Va., 22201.


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time to set up a GoFundMe account instead. Get the word out nationally, not just locally.

-- Posted by Congibbs on Tue, Apr 7, 2015, at 10:23 PM


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