In Memoriam


Clif Sorenson born in Chippewa Falls in 1946, after attending UW Eau Claire for two years, where he met and later married Nancy, Clif joined the Air Force in 1970 and was deployed to vietnam and honorably discharged in 1975.  As a life member of VVA Chapter 005, Clif served and led on many committees and was the past-Secretary of Wisconsin State Council.  Clif devoted his professional ife to veterans as a VVA member, WSC Legislative Chairperson, CVSO, American Legion Chaplain, and so much more.

Clif’s infectious laugh and congratulatory look of praise and understanding will be missed by all who had the honor to know him personally and professionally.


Gary Simonson was born in Portage in 1946 and he graduated from PJ Jacobs High School in 1964. He joined the Marine Corps in 1966, served in the Vietnam War, and received honorable discharge in 1972.  He took pride in serving his country and instilled the value of patriotism in his family.  In 2016, he was honored at the Highground Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville.  He is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America.


Paul Kiefer was born in Colby, Wisconsin and graduated Fort Atkinson H.S. in 1967.   Paul served in the U.S. Army from 1967-1970 and served in Southeast Asia from June 1968 to August 1979.  Paul was a Life Member of VVA and maintained his membership with VVA Chapter 437.   Paul was a member of the Polk County VFW, Veterans of Honor, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Vets of Valor Motorcycle Club. Paul is survived by his wife, Jan, his children and grandchildren.

Alfred “Al” O. Kienast Al graduated high school and within weeks was already in the United States Army where he served his country from 1963 to 1967 and was active during the Vietnam War.  Al continued his involvement in Veterans organizations continued clear up to his passing as a member of the American Legion Post 375, Mukwonago and the Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 425 (VVA).   

Dennis Werlein was one of those veterans who went to Washington, D.C. in 1978 to organize a veteran’s organization that would become Vietnam Veterans of America.  Dennis was a dedicated activist and supporter of veteran’s rights, the cornerstone of our VVA Chapter and a friend who will be greatly missed.  He never met a veteran he didn’t consider a brother.  Thank you to those who offered Dennis’ family their condolences at his passing.  A Legacy Stone will be laid September 21st at The HighGround, Neillsville, Wisconsin honoring Dennis.

Carl W. Lindbeck (U.S. Army, ’67-69, VVA Chapter 224)  1946-2018

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