Alum is Memorial Day Parade Marshal

From: Journal & Topics Newspapers (Des Plaines, IL)

The Veterans Memorial Day Association of Park Ridge has named the Grand Marshal of the 2012 Memorial Day Parade. World War II Veteran Richard F. Smaus of Park Ridge will serve at the post for the parade planned for a 10 a.m. start on Monday, May 28.

Smaus was raised in Downers Grove and earned his bachelor’s degree at Knox College. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in early 1943 and flew 38 combat and reconnaissance missions as a B-25 pilot over Indonesia and Borneo during World War II… He has worked with the Boy Scouts for more than forty years… fundraiser for the Girl Scouts, moderator in Christian Education for Youth, on the School Board Caucus, Elder in his Presbyterian church, and a commissioner to the Chicago Presbytery. He recently received the Celtic Cross for his dedication to youth, the first time the award was given by the Park Ridge Presbyterian Church… Read more…