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2018 Reunion Hosted by: Christina & John Urbank
Date: 19-20 October 2018 Location: Coral Gables, Florida

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Reunion 2018

The Seventeenth Bentwaters Buds Reunion
Hosted by John and Christina Urbank
Cape Coral, Florida
October, 2018

March 12, 2018


The 2018 reunion will be at Cape Corral Florid an on the19th and 20th of October. Christina and I are in the process of selling our Home in Hallandale Beach Florida and moving to Cape Corral. Our daughter Trudie will be the Physical host of the reunion so no need to fear sitting around a moving truck or a storage locker. Her address is 2604 SW 29th Ave, Cape Coral FL, 33914.

We have booked rooms at the Dolphin Key Resort for the two nights at the rate of $122.00 per night including taxes. So the total for the stay will be $244.00. We have 18 rooms on the ground floor near the pool and a short hobble to an Old Florida Tiki Bar with Music, food and a Continental Breakfast.

There is a Pancake House across the Parking Lot for the heartier appetite. There is a Military museum a few blocks from the resort that we will try to use for the Friday meal and get together.

So, thats it for now. We will give updates as things progress.

Best Regards.
John and Christina

Reunion 20172017

The Sixteenth Bentwaters Buds Reunion
Hosted by Pat and Dean Burgstahler
Tonawanda, New York
August 11th-13th, 2017

August 27, 2017

Dean and Pat Burgstahler hosted the 16th Annual Bentwaters Buds Reunion on August 11-12, 2017 in Tonawanada, NY.  It was held at their daughter Karen, husband Jim and granddaughter Jennifer’s home. (The Pritchards)

In attendance were: John & Chris Hoover, Ray & Jane Zeigler, Larry & Jeanne Bourque, Frank & Suzy Kauczka and granddaughter, Alex, Mike & Eileen Nissley, Gary & Debbie Roberts, Steve & Lydia Seymour, John & Christina Urbank, Erv & Carolyn Zimmerman, Dave Redetzke and Pat Baldo, Dick & Shelley Peach, Rick Lawrence & Charlotte Taylor, Norm Krasula and first timer, Doug Robison.

Everyone gathered at Karen and Jim's Friday evening for dinner and drinks. Since this year's theme was “the flavors of Buffalo” and the beauty of Niagara Falls, those who came had the chance to try chicken wings, Buffalo style ordered directly from the home of the original wings. Some were even the suicide variety. Photographs were taken this evening prior to the next day’s drenching at the Falls.

Saturday morning we boarded a bus at the motel which took us to the Falls. We saw the Falls from the Maid of the Mist, and the Cave of the Winds. Just ask Mike and Dean about their time spent on the hurricane deck. A picnic lunch was provided at a stop on Goat Island. It was a delight to see the power and majesty of the Falls up close and very personal. All expenses and transportation were generously paid by the hosts.

After a brief stop at the motel everyone returned for supper and stories at the Pritchard’s. The main course for dinner was roast beef Buffalo style, served on salty Kimmelweck rolls (unique to WNY) with locally made Miller’s horseradish and all the usual sides. Dessert was a great tasting cake shaped like a bomb. Following the tradition of previous reunions, the men and women exchanged gifts. The men toasted fallen Buds. This year we added Phil Rouviere who passed in August.

Special thanks to Jim, Karen and especially Jennifer (for providing a musical welcome to each attendee) for opening their home to the Buds. They had a few friends who helped get everything together while we toured the falls.

At the Buds meeting, next year's reunion was discussed, no hosts were named.

Thanks to everyone who attended and all who continue to support the reunions. This is a very special group and we wish these reunions will continue for years to come.

Stick & Chris Hoover

December 12, 2016

Hello 91st Weapons alumni………

Sorry this is a bit late, but we have finally gotten our act together, and are happy to say that the 16th annual weapons loading reunion in 2017 will be held in Tonawanda, New York, on the weekend of August 11th thru the 13th.

The local area is surrounded by many colleges and universities; so during this time of year things tend to get rather crowded with activities relative to the upcoming school calendars and freshman invasions. Therefore, it can be really difficult to obtain reasonably-priced accommodations.

We have managed to get a block of rooms at a nearby Comfort Inn, located in Amherst, NY. It is only 10 minutes from the location of the reunion here in Tonawanda. Driving is simple as well, because it is virtually a straight run down the local road into our township from the location of the motel.

Rooms are $129 per night, which will include a hot breakfast down in the lobby area. No…….it is not the Savoy. But after looking at other options, we found this motel to be the best choice for price and convenient location.
This is the motel contact information: Comfort Inn

1 Flint Road
Amherst, NY, 14226
716-688-0811 Call them direct

When reserving a room, tell them it is for the 91st Tactical Fighter Sq.

More information will be following.
Any questions, please e-mail or phone us.

Pat & Dean

Reunion 2016

The Fifteenth Bentwaters Buds Reunion
Hosted by Jane Á Ray Zeigler
Rincon, Georgia
At the Zeigler plantation
September the 23rd-24th 2016>

December 12, 2016

The Zeiglers and the Hoovers would like to thank every one who came to the reunion. The weather cooperated and was very nice, no unexpected thunder showers or here in the South," torrential rain".

In attendance were: John & Chris Hoover, Ray & Jane Zeigler, Larry & Jeanne Bourque, Dean & Pat Burgstahler, Frank & Suzy Kauczka, Mike & Eileen Nissley, Gary & Debbie Roberts, Steve & Lydia Seymour, John & Christina Urbank, Ervin & Carolyn Zimmerman, Dave Redetzke & Pat Beldo, and our new member Jim Askew. Owing to family illness Lewis & Janet Poley, Richard & Shelley Peach had to cancel. We are all thinking of them at this trying time.

Everyone gathered Friday afternoon at the Zeiglers for snacks then a Southern Fried chicken meal that night from Simply Southern. Saturday the men enjoyed the Mighty Eighth Museum. The tour guide was very good, making the tour interesting. The ladies went to Savannah for a trolley tour, then lunch at the Old Pink House, which was enjoyed by all. The ladies also enjoyed shopping in Savannah, then back to Rincon to finish up at the Curiosity Shoppe for more shopping and some refreshments.

Photos were taken of the group back at Ray's that afternoon. All the Buds and women wore beards for the photos to look like Ray, creating lots of laughs and fun for all. The ladies exchanged gifts and the men toasted fallen Buds with an Irish Blessing by Miie Nissley.

A southern Bar-b-que from The Rusty Pig was served for the evening meal. To finish the meal, a homemade cake with the Spook iced on it was served. Most of the Buds left the motel on Sunday leaving behind the construction that was going on, which made for quite some talking points.

We would like to thank everyone for the gifts they brought and also the people that helped: Ryan & "Mike" O'Conner, Dawn Snipes & Christopher Zeigler.

We are looking for someone to host the 2017 Reunion. Having two couples host this year made it a lot of fun and sharing the work load helped so much. Please contact John Hoover if you think you can host the 2017 Reunion.

Thank You all again for coming and making it another great REUNION. ( SEE Y'ALL NEXT YEAR)

John & Chris
Ray & Jane

Simoly Southern


Just a reminder to all Buds, the reunion is coming up fast, so if you have
not made your reservation it might be time to do so.

This will be the FIFTEENTH REUNION so we are hoping for a great turnout.
A good time for all is being planned by John, Ray Chris and Jane.

Friday: Meet at Rays at 4:00 p.m. if you are early arrivals,
y’all come, light refreshments will be available.

Evening meal at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday: breakfast at hotel,
then the men will go to the Mighty Eighth Museum
leaving hotel at 9:30 a.m. Tour at the Museum will start at 10:00 till 12:00
then back to Rays for lunch.

Ladies will leave hotel at 9:30 for a tour of Savannah.
Lunch on the river front at 11:30 then some shopping till 2:00.
Back to Rays by 4:00.

Evening meal will be served at 6:30 p.m.

We are planning a very southern menu.

P.S it would be good to know as early as possible how many
are planning to attend, so we can get everything planned.

We hope to see Y’all September 23rd and 24th

August 24, 2015

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

Call 912-966-2000
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!

Reunion 2015

The Fourteenth Bentwaters Buds Reunion
Hosted by Pat and Dean Burgstahler
Tonawanda, New York
September 18 - 20, 2015

2015 BWBuds Reunion Is History!

September 26, 2015

The 14th annual Bentwaters Buds reunion began on Friday, Sept. 18 in Overland, MO at Frank and Suzy Kauczka's home. Twelve Buds and eleven ladies gathered in the lovely garden for a fabulous homemade dinner of grilled pork steaks, brats, toasted ravioli, potato salad. A special treat of scotch eggs was enjoyed by all.

Saturday morning the Buds were driven to Anheuser-Busch Brewery for a tour and tastings. Then on to The
Museum of Transportation to explore the many trains and cars on display.

The ladies traveled to the Butterfly House and Carousel. Lunch was in St. Charles at the Mother-in-law House Restaurant. The specialty was peach cobbler.

The Buds held the annual meeting where a tribute was made to fallen Buds. The Irish blessing was read by Stick with Mike Nissely on the phone. The traditional Jameson toast was made. The staff was passed from Frank to Ray Zeigler, next year's host. Gifts were exchanged, thank you to all.

Ladies met in Suzy's living room to exchange gifts. Janet Poley displayed 2 table runners made from 6 quilt squares sent to her from several ladies. These will be passed on to future hostesses.

Everyone enjoyed another wonderful meal of grilled chicken, BBQ ribs, salad bar served by many friends and family.

Special thanks to Frank and Suzy for opening their home and hearts to the Buds and for continuing this tradition.
Supported by the following: John Pavia, Marrianne Pavia; Josie Kauczka, Alex Kauczka; Kyra Luther, Brian Luther; Laura Musser; Susan Luaders, Dave Luaders; and Neal Steinbach. Everyone went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed for a successful event.

Couples and group photos were taken and the party continued into the evening.

Attending this year were: John & Chris Hoover; Lewis & Janet Poley; Erv & Carolyn Zimmerman; Gary & Debbie Roberts; Larry & Jeanne Bourque; Dean & Pat Burgstahler; Larry & Bernie Kuepper; Dick & Shelley Peach; Dave Redetzke and Pat Beldo ; Steve Gunderson; Ray & Jane Zeigler; Frank & Suzy Kauczka.

Thanks to all for making this another successful and memorable reunion.

2016 Bentwaters Buds Reunion will be in Rincon, Georgia, hosted by Ray & Jane Zeigler  with John & Chris Hoover as co-hosts. Date will be announce later.

2015 BWBuds Reunion Details

September 26, 2015

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.

314-680-3992 (Frank)
314-680-3991 (Suzy)

Reunion 2014

The Thirteenth Bentwaters Buds Reunion
Hosted by Carolyn & Erv Zimmerman &  Lydia & Steve Seymour
Green Cove Springs, Florida
October 10h-12th, 2014

2014 BWBuds Reunion Details

January 10, 2014


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

Motel arrangements 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 reunion site.

Reunion Agenda:

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

Telephone 904-531-9388
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

Reunion 2013

The Twelth Bentwaters Buds Reunion
Hosted by Dave Redetezke and Pat Belko
Menahga, Minnesota
September 13-15, 2013

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.

WNG Museum
101 Independence Dr.
Volk Field
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

2013 Reunion Photos

September 16, 2013

Hello Everyone,

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 members however.

Attendees were:

Larry and Jeanne Bourque
Dean and Pat Burgstahler
Steve Gunderson
John and Chris Hoover
Frank and Suzy Kauczka
Larry and Bernie Kuepper
Charles Levine
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!

Reunion 2012

The Eleventh Bentwaters Buds Reunion
Hosted by Eileen Á Mike Nissley
Felton, Pennsylvania
September 8-10, 2012

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 Carolyn Zimmerman.

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 members.

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 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
Ph. 717-246-3771

Hampton Inn Shrewsbury
1000 Far Hills Drive
New Freedom, Pa 17349
Ph. 717-235-9898