While stationed in Viet Nam, Tony says out of the blue one day he ran into his old buddy, Spence Gilmer, who had graduated a couple of years ahead of him. Holton had a student body of only 100 kids, so the odds were stacked against seeing someone you knew from high school, in the Marines, thousands of miles away from Indiana. But there he was, and here he is years later with Tony and Willie on the bus.
Spence Gilmer, Willie and Tony
Here are the Gilmer girls, Audie and daughter Shannon. who later wrote in and said, “Honestly one of the best nights of my life with my Dad. Thank you for being a part of it.”
Speaking of Holton, Indiana, on March 2nd a series of tornadoes ripped through town leaving miles of destruction and devastation. R
Rebuilding has been slow but steady. On Saturday a fundraising benefit was held to raise money for the city services that have been strapped for cash since the tornado. Tony made sure his home town had a signed guitar from Willie to have for their silent auction, and today we heard they raised $2,300.00 for the guitar.
The winning bid went to Calvin Ballmer. Congratulations!