The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for SPC John Edwards, Jr., U.S. Army Veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  John went to be in Lord’s Army on Friday, 24 Oct, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

John is the cousin of WV District 6 RC Mike Whitlatch. 

Services will be held on Tuesday, 28 Oct, beginning at 1100 at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger St., Wheeling, WV. 

For any who are able, there will be an unofficial flag line at the funeral home on Monday, 27 Oct, from 1800-2000. 

WV District 6 RC Mike Whitlatch (bumpnrun2462@aol.com) is the RCIC of this most honorable mission. 

Staging will be at Tractor Supply, 6 Elm Grove Plaza, Triadelphia, WV (https://tinyurl.com/lpamc9n). 

Staging time: 0915 

Mission brief: 0930 

KSU: 0940 for the short trip to the funeral home. 

Flag line will be in place NLT 1000 and maintained until start of services.  At the conclusion of services, flag line will be reset as John is moved to the hearse for his final journey. 

Escort will be provided to the Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, at which time flag line will be set and maintained during graveside services. 

Early weather forecast is for partly cloudy skies in the morning with a high of 77.  80% of afternoon thundeshowers. Please dress and travel accordingly. 

Understanding this is a work day for most, if at all possible, please make an effort to attend this most honorable mission as we say “Thank You” and “God Speed” to another of our native sons.



Wheeling, WV 26003