Moberly WWII veteran gets early birthday surprise

2 days 22 hours 53 minutes ago Friday, May 17 2019 May 17, 2019 Friday, May 17, 2019 3:12:00 PM CDT May 17, 2019 in News
By: Melody Cox, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

MOBERLY - A day shy of his 95th birthday, a World War II veteran had the early birthday surprise of a lifetime Friday.

Donald Kroner served at Normandy during WWII. He told his family he wanted to see bikes, specifically motorcycles, for his birthday. The nurses at Moberly Nursing and Rehab decided they could lend a hand.

The nurses and family reached out to Trustee's Cycle Shop, who posted about the early birthday surprise on its Facebook page. The post quickly went viral, bringing more than 50 bikers and their motorcycles to meet Kroner. 

"They all had commented on the post and said that they would be here," Mary Bell, a nurse at the facility who helped organize Friday's surprise, said. "It was a good thing to do for veterans. I think he really enjoyed it."

Kroner said the experience was overwhelming. 

"It was great, seeing those motorcycles," he said. "I got to shake people's hands. They all thanked me for my service." 

He was touched by what the community did to celebrate his birthday a day early. 

"To think that many people would come to see us vets," Kroner said. "This was a great way to celebrate it. Couldn't have done it better."

Bell said this was a great way to celebrate Kroner's birthday.

"We like to do everything we can for our residents," she said. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia will pay $3.4 million dollars in its settlement with the family of Gabriella Curry,... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, May 20 2019 May 20, 2019 Monday, May 20, 2019 10:55:00 AM CDT May 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department has arrested and identified the man accused of breaking into homes around Columbia while... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, May 20 2019 May 20, 2019 Monday, May 20, 2019 10:20:00 AM CDT May 20, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The CPS policy committee decided Monday to review its policy regarding the recording of meetings where special education... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, May 20 2019 May 20, 2019 Monday, May 20, 2019 10:03:00 AM CDT May 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A new statue will be unveiled on Monday in Jefferson City. The ‘Immigrants Arriving” statue is meant... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, May 20 2019 May 20, 2019 Monday, May 20, 2019 8:54:00 AM CDT May 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - House Bill 677 has made it all the way to Gov. Parson's desk and is awaiting his... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, May 20 2019 May 20, 2019 Monday, May 20, 2019 1:14:00 AM CDT May 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman said her mom woke up early Saturday morning to find a man lying naked beside... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 11:28:00 PM CDT May 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Columbia to Denver were offered thousands of dollars worth of vouchers... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 11:12:00 PM CDT May 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The debate over Missouri's abortion bill came to MU on Saturday. Protestors were dressed in white bonnets... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:15:00 PM CDT May 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Following the release of the Mueller report, Missouri election officials say keeping the state's elections secure is a... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 6:05:00 PM CDT May 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market is now open every Sunday from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 1:42:00 PM CDT May 19, 2019 in Continuous News
MOBERLY - A woman was arrested in Moberly Saturday night after a report of a shoplifting at Gordman's department store.... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:17:00 PM CDT May 19, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Avengers super-fan Jace Aitkens needs a new kidney. His mom, Kayla Aitkens, said it all started when... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 7:55:00 AM CDT May 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The 2018-2019 school year is wrapping up for students in Columbia, but they're still learning important skills. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 6:00:00 AM CDT May 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Strong storms pummeled mid-Missouri Saturday evening, leaving lots of damage in their wake. A Facebook User sent... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 18 2019 May 18, 2019 Saturday, May 18, 2019 8:54:00 PM CDT May 18, 2019 in News
KINGDOM CITY - High winds blew a tractor-trailer off the road at the intersection of Highway 54 and I-70 Saturday... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 18 2019 May 18, 2019 Saturday, May 18, 2019 7:48:00 PM CDT May 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - People who suffer from chronic pain can now turn to alternative treatments besides opioids. Dr. Amanda Alcamo... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 18 2019 May 18, 2019 Saturday, May 18, 2019 7:00:00 PM CDT May 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Thousands of customers throughout mid-Missouri lost power Saturday, according to the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. The... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 18 2019 May 18, 2019 Saturday, May 18, 2019 5:53:00 PM CDT May 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Abortion Bill has passed in the House and Senate.  Saturday, mid-Missourians gathered outside of Columbia... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 18 2019 May 18, 2019 Saturday, May 18, 2019 2:18:00 PM CDT May 18, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 65°
3pm 66°
4pm 67°
5pm 67°
6pm 65°