91st TFS Weapons Loading 65 to '75
2016 Reunion Hosted by: Ray & Jane Zeigler and Chris & John Hoover
Date: 23-24 September 2016 Location: Rincon, Georgia
2015 Bentwaterbuds Reunion Photos
2016 Bentwaterbuds Reunion
Hosted by: Ray & Jane Zeigler and Chris & John Hoover
Date: 23-24 September 2016
Location: Rincon, Georgia
The 2016 Bentwaters Buds Reunion will be held in Rincon, Georgia on September 23 & 24 hosted by
Ray and Jane Zeigler, cohosted by John and Chris Hoover.
This will be our 15th Annual Bentwaters Buds Reunion. We are announcing this early so plans can be made to attend this special reunion.
A block of rooms have been reserved at:
Hampton Inn Savannah North
7050 Georgia Highway 21
Port Wentworth, GA 31407
Reserve rooms by Sept. 2, 2016
Must use reservation # 85010371 to book a room.
Price for rooms $81.75 a night with breakfast.
8 king and 7 two double beds all on one floor are available.
Any questions, call Ray Zeigler 912-826-5910 or John Hoover 828-595-2905.
Hope to see y'all then!
2015 BWBuds Reunion Details
The 2015 Bentwaters Buds Reunion will be held in St. Louis, MO on Sept 18 and 19 hosted by Frank and "Suzy" Kauczka
A block of rooms have been reserved at the
Drury Inn Airport
2 rooms with Queen beds
20 rooms with King beds
all rooms have one price $89.00
Call 1-800-325-0720 and refer to group number 2238497 or
Click Here to reserve a room online.
Note: Reunion will be in Overland, MO, about 13 miles from the center of St. Louis and the ARCH
If there is any problem or questions, please feel free to call or
use click on the "Contact Frank and Suzy" button below to e-mail us.
2014 BWBuds Reunion Details
Each passing day brings us closer
to the 2014 reunion on October 10 thru 12 at 3904 Randall Rd in Green Cove
Springs, Florida. This year’s hosts are Erv & Carolyn Zimmerman and Steve
Seymour. The location provides a convenient opportunity for those in the
southeastern part of the states. Please consider attending as we are always glad
to see old friends we knew at Bentwaters. Don’t forget to bring photos,
souvenirs and memories to share
are with the Sleep Inn, 1815 East West Parkway, Orange Park, FL 32003, which is
10.6 miles from the reunion site. Their phone number is 904-215-8900. They have
two types of rooms, Standard (with either 2 queens or 1 king) for $70.00 or
Suite (with either 2 queens or 1 king) for $82.00. The suites have a couch and
extra space. They will only reserve 10 rooms at a time, so it is important that
you make your reservations as early as possible so we can get another block of
10 rooms. All reservations must be made before September 7, 2014. Make sure to
mention that you are part of the group BENTWATER BUDS.
Fleming Island Sleep Inn & Suites
1815 East West Parkway
Orange Park, FL 32003
For the Ladies, we have planned a trip on Saturday to St Augustine, FL where we
have arranged a group rate for the
Old Town Trolley Tour of $16.00 per person. We will depart for St. Augustine around 09:30 and park at the
San Sebastian Winery, where we will board the trolley tour. If you wish,
you can get off the trolley at any of the numerous historical sites and shops along the way and then re-board the trolley
at any stop. St George Street is a pedestrian shopping mall. Everyone is free to see what they wish.
Tour maps of St Augustine will be
available on Saturday morning before we depart. We will meet back at the winery at about 1:00pm for lunch and a tour of
the winery and then return home. If you require more information please call.
The men will tour the Military Museum of North Florida.
The museum preserves and presents much of the rich military history of our citizen servicemen and women in order to honor
their sacrifices to maintain our freedom. Admission is on a donation basis. The museum is located about 3 miles from the
Friday, Oct 10 – Early arrivals
Arrival Time: At your convenience
All day: Refreshments & light snacks
5:00-8:00pm – Food from the grill
Sat, Oct 10
09:00 - Assemble at 3904 Randall Rd. for Continental Breakfast
09:30 – Ladies depart for self-guided Old Town Trolley tour of St Augustine
10:00 – Men depart for Military Museum of North Florida
3:00 – Ladies meet at San Sebastian Winery for lunch and winery tour.
13:00 – Men return from museum tour. – Refreshments, Snacks, War Stories, Show & Tell, Update on events since Bentwaters
6:00pm – Dinner & Presentations
Sunday, Oct 11
At your convenience – Continental Breakfast at the Sleep Inn
At Your Convenience - Depart
If you wish to extend your trip, there are numerous tourist attractions within a few hour’s drive from Green Cove
springs. Major attractions include: the Orlando Theme Parks (Disney
and Universal) are about a 2 1/2-hour drive.
Kennedy Space center is about 2 hours away.
For additional information you can contact us via
USPS: 3904 Randall Rd, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
This is an update and a reminder to book your rooms by Sept 7 for the special rates at the motel
We’re looking forward to seeing everybody in October.
Erv, Carolyn & Steve
Buds Visit Old Friend!
October 21, 2013
Rocky, Peaches and I had a very good visit with an old friend of ours. 64-0891 looked a little rough, but is due to be restored next summer. Rocky produced a pic of 891 in the training hangar taken sometime 67, 68 or 69.
As far as I know this is the only accessible F4 that we all worked on. Of course it just happens to be the one I rode in flown by
Major Knott on Sept. 12, 1969.
We met Eric Lent at the
Wisconsin National Guard Museum. He was very interested in our old stories and was very helpful. The WNG is going to restore 0891 and like most projects it is very tight on funds. If any of you would like to contribute the restoration, that would be great.
101 Independence Dr.
Camp Douglas , Wi. 54618
If you want to contact Eric his number is 608-427-1280
We also discussed the possibilty of having a reunion there in the future and Eric thought it could be done.
Enjoy the pics!
John (Stick) Hoover
September 16, 2013
Thank you to our host and hostess, Dave Redetzke and Pat Beldo for
providing a fantastic reunion in a beautiful setting. Dave and Pat
were assisted by several friends and family members:
Chuck and Deb Beldo (Pat's brother and sister in law); Chuck's
daughter, Tracy Hendricks; Tracy's husband, Jake; daughter, Colter;
Chuck's grandchildren, Kaylee, Clayton, Kiah & Dayton; Sue Beldo,
Pat's mother; Elman Becker, Dave's neighbor.
All attendees arrived on or before Friday, September 13 at the C'mon
Inn located in Park Rapids, Minnesota. On Friday evening we met at
Dave's beautiful retreat in the woods in Menahga.
Dave and Pat welcomed everyone with plenty of food and drink. Dave
made a large fire to warm everyone on a chilly Minnesota night. We
all got reacquainted as we enjoyed homemade lasagna served with
coleslaw and flat bread ending with angel food cake topped with
strawberries or blueberries.
On Saturday we ate breakfast at the motel and at 9:30 Dave led our
caravan to Itasca State Park. We walked a trail ending at the
headwaters of the Mississippi river. After much picture taking and
gift buying we were treated to a wonderful picnic in the park. After
lunch, we boarded a sightseeing boat for a cool and sometimes damp 2
hour tour of Lake Itasca. We saw a beautiful shore with several Bald
Eagles, Loons and Blue Heron as we listened to a history of the area
from the captains... We could view the headwaters again from the
boat. Once back on shore, we drove to Dave's retreat as the rain
continued. His retreat offered plenty of room for all. The ladies
gathered in the front room to exchange gifts as the Buds conducted
business around a huge, round wood table. The Buds saluted fallen
comrades with traditional shots of Jameson along with a prayer read
by Mike Nissley.
We discussed and agreed to create a dues system to offset the cost of
future reunions. Gary Roberts was appointed to oversee and collect dues. Watch for more details in a future email.
Erv & Carolyn Zimmerman volunteered to host the 2014 reunion in Florida, near
Jacksonville, date to be announced later. Many gifts were exchanged
by the men as the meeting came to an end
We were treated to a wonderful meal of BBQ chicken and ribs, smoked
salmon, baked potatoes and several delicious side dishes. Following
the traditional group and couples photos, a special cake was served
displaying the 91st TFS emblem.
The remainder of the evening was spent viewing a slide show of
pictures of the good ole days.
Gary had asked Mike Nissley to keep Stick in line and for everyone
else to keep Mike in line. Well, everyone else failed miserably.
A special thank you to Dave and Pat for hosting an outstanding
reunion, everyone had a great time. Attendance this year was good.
We had 15 men and 13 ladies in attendance. There were no first time
Larry and Jeanne Bourque
Dean and Pat Burgstahler
John and Chris Hoover
Frank and Suzy Kauczka
Larry and Bernie Kuepper
Mike and Eileen Nissley
Ron and Bonnie Novak
Richard and Shelly Peach
Lewis and Janet Poley
Dave Redetzke and Pat Beldo
John and Christina Urbanks
Ray and Jane Zeigler
Erv and Carolyn Zimmerman
Stick Hoover reporting – See you next year in Florida!
2012 BWBuds Reunion Details
September 10, 2012
Good morning everyone,
Debbie and I made it home safe and sound and hope each of you did also.
First a BIG THANK YOU to our host and hostess, Mike and Eileen Nissley. They really made everyone feel at home.
Mike and Eileen live in a very beautiful home with an enormous yard surrounded by several large trees in a very beautiful
country setting. Great for hosting reunions, but a lot to maintain.
As we all know, organizing a get-to-gether such as this is not a small undertaking so help was needed.
Another big THANK YOU to Mike & Eileen's daughter Shane Rohrbaugh, son in law Chris, granddaughter Kate,
grandson Tyler, and cousin Gina Smith who pitched in to make sure everything went smoothly.
Also to John and
Chris Hoover who arrived a day early to lend a hand. Thanks again to everyone who helped make it happen.
As usual, things got started late Friday afternoon. Most arrived around 4 PM and started renewing old friendships. Mike and
Eileen had shirts made up and distributed them to all the men. The grills were fired up around 6 PM and I could not believe all
the food. Burgers, brats, and all the side dishes. There was also plenty of liquid refreshment. Mike and Eileen asked everyone
to meet back at their home Saturday between 9 and 10 AM, as the ladies were going on a TDY at 10 AM.
Saturday, everyone arrived plenty early. There was fresh fruit and pastry along with hot coffee for those that wanted it. The
ladies departed for York, PA to take in some shopping, sight seeing and lunch. The men stayed behind to share stories and
view many pictures. It is truly amazing when you listen to the stories
that seem to have happened yesterday, but in many cases
it was over 46 years ago. Our version of the " FAB FOUR " finally got together. Mike Nissley, Jim Legg, Blaine Wotring and
Dean Varner spent their four years together, from basic, to Bentwaters.
While the ladies were gone the men drank a toast to our departed brothers: George Tarpley, Randy Baisch, Dave Boroff, Jim Tiller,
Warren Chamura, and Robert " Pops " McPartland. We know they were all with us in spirit. We also had a passing of the " staff
" from Mike Nissley to Dave Redetzke who will host reunion 2013 in New York Mills, Minnesota. Tentative scheduled for the first week in
October, 2013. Dates to be announced soon.
Attendance this year was super. We had 21 men and 17 ladies attend. I thought we were going to break last years record, but
two of the fellows had to decline at the last minute. Frank Kauczka and Jim fulfilled our tradition of getting at least one new Bud to
attend. I hope they enjoyed themselves enough to want come back. We have now had 36 Airmen from 22 different states to attend.
Those in Attendance this year were: Larry and Jeanne Bourque, Dean and Pat Burgstahler, Jim and Donna Butch, Steve Gunderson,
John and Chris Hoover, Frank and Suzy Kauczka, Steve Ketchale, Larry and Bernie Kuepper, Paul and Barbara Kuzinski, Rick and
Brenda Lawrence, Jim and Joann Legg, Mike and Eileen Nissley, Ron and Bonnie Novak, Richard and Shelley Peach, Lewis Poley,
Dave Redetzke with Pat Beldo, Gary and Debbie Roberts, Dean and Martha Varner, Blaine Wotring, Ray and Jane Zeigler and Erv and
Saturday there was several severe storm warnings in the area.
The ladies in York got hit a little harder than the guys. Mike
announced we were going to plan B, we secured the area and moved
inside for a while. We had some rain, but the storm never
happened. Things got a little wet but did not dampen anyone's
spirit. By the time the food arrived the rain had ended and we
moved back out side. Pulled pork, chicken, an assortment of
vegetables and salad items, and cake for desert. The food was
great. One tremendous job by our host, hostess, and their family
I sincerely hope everyone gives Erv Zimmerman a thank you and a
pat on the back for our tremendous web site. It is not an easy
job and the site makes all of us proud.
Please keep the buds and their wives who were uable to attend due to health problems in your thoughts and prayers.
We have a host for 2013 and a possible host for 2014. If you missed 2012 there is always next year.
God Bless Everyone.
October 10, 2011
The 2012 Reunion will be Sept. 07,08. We have reserved 25
rooms for 09/07 and 09/08 at the Hampton Inn Shrewsbury, PA.
and our group code BWB under the name BENTERWATER BUDS. You
may book your room by calling the hotel directly at
717-235-9898 or on-line at
www.shrewsbury.hamptoninn.com. The rooms will be non
smoking with Double Queen and King size beds. Any rooms not
reserved by August 7, 2012 will be released from the block.
The total rate per night is $83.93 and the Inn is located at
the Shrewsbury Exit off I 83, about 5 country miles from our
home. Check-in time is 3:00pm or later with check-out time
at 11:00am. Hope to see next year. TTFN
Mike & Eileen Nissley
3448 Millers School Rd.
Felton, Pa. 17322
Hampton Inn Shrewsbury
1000 Far Hills Drive
New Freedom, Pa 17349