Herman F. Schuster – Brigadier General, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

Brigadier General (Army National Guard retired) Herman F. Schuster, 91, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at a West Siloam Springs nursing home.

General Schuster served in the 35th Division in Europe throughout World War II and saw action in all engagements from the D-Day landing in Normandy to engagements in France with General Patton's Third Army, the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhine Crossing and the conquest of the Ruhr.

As a colonel he was the commanding officer of the 195th Engineer Group with headquarters in Iola, Kansas, and he was promoted to general and became the commanding officer of the 35th Division Artillery of the Kansas National Guard. He also worked for Kansas Power and Light Co. for many years, dating back to 1929, and he retired as KPL vice president in Topeka.

He was born November 8, 1908, in Hope, Arkansas, the son of John Schuster and Ella Taylor Schuster. He graduated from Kansas Wesleyan School of Commerce at Salina, and the Command Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

General Schuster was a member of First Baptist Church in Siloam Springs, where he served as the chairman of the financial committee and church treasurer. He also served as church custodian for a time. And he was known in Siloam Springs as the “Rose Man of Siloam Springs,” having raised and given away more than 10,000 roses in the area. He also was a former member of the Lions Club and the Gage School Parent-Teacher Association in Topeka, Kansas.

He married Henrietta Bates on January 30, 1936. She died August 7, 1985.

Survivors include two daughters, Jean Ann Tevis, Topeka, and Mary Gayle Diaz, Siloam Springs; a grandchild; and three great- grandchildren.

Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

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