The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for William “Bill” Kowalik, Jr., U.S. Army, WWII Veteran, during his final services on Saturday, 21 Jun.  Bill went to be with the Lord on 17 Jun.

Services will be at 1100 at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main St., Follansbee, WV (

Mike Whitlatch ( and Susan Whitlatch ( are the RCIC of this most honorable mission.

Staging will be at the funeral home at 0900. Ride briefing at 0915.  Flag line will be in place prior to the family’s arrival at 1000 and maintained until start of services.

Escort to Oak Grove Cemetery will be provided at the conclusion of services.  Flag line will be re-established and maintained during graveside services.

Early weather forecast is for temperatures in the low 80’s with a 30% chance of showers.  Please dress and travel accordingly, ensuring you keep yourself properly hydrated.

Please make a concerted effort to attend this most worthwhile mission as we say  “Thank You” and God Speed to another of America’s Greatest Generation.



Joe Cumblidge

State Captain

West Virginia Patriot Guard

Follansbee, WV 26037