[Daily Journal, Saturday, 3 Feb 1945]
ROSHOLT SOLDIER IS KILLED ON GERMAN SOIL
Parents of Luther J. Bestul Notified by Wife in South
Sgt. Luther Jerome Bestul, 23, was killed in action in Germany on Jan. 12, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Bestul of Rosholt, were notified last Monday. Sergeant Bestul's wife, who resides at Macon, Ga., received a message from the war department last Monday announcing his death and she immediately notified his parents. She arrived Friday to visit them.
Memorial services will be held Sunday at the Concordia Lutheran church at Rosholt. Rev. W. A. Johnson will officiate.
Sergeant Bestul, a member of an infantry regiment, was born on Nov. 26, 1921, in the town of Alban. He received his education at Rosholt where he was graduated from high school with the class of 1939. After completing his high school education he attended two successive courses at the citizens' military training camp at Fort Snelling, Minn.
Sergeant Bestul enlisted in the army air corps on Oct. 14, 1942, while he was employed in Milwaukee. After he was in service six weeks he was promoted to corporal and five months later received the sergeant's rating. The soldier was married on Sept. 3, 1944, to Miss Betty Wooten, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wooten of Macon. He was last seen by his family while on furlough last October.
Sergeant Bestul was transferred to the infantry on Sept. 7, 1944, and went overseas, reaching England on Nov. 28, 1944. After a brief training period there he served in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. The last letters received by him were written in Germany on Jan. 4.
Surviving are his wife, his parents, two brothers, Cpl. Neuman Bestul on the Hawaiian islands and Sgt. Russell Bestul with the Third army in Germany, and four sisters, Norma at home, Thelma and Evelyn of Chicago and Mrs. Irving Wogsland of Iola.
[See also photograph of Sgt. Bestul on 6 Feb.]