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Philip Adrien Charron, SMSgt USAF (Ret.) of Satellite Beach, FL died on April 6, 2019. Philip was born in Miami, Florida to Adrien Charron and Mary Wenk, on July 9, 1942. After graduating from Southwest Miami Senior High, he attended college first at Miami-Dade College, then The University of Oklahoma, then Rollins College. He married Nancy “Judy” Julia Brown at the Trinity Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida on July 31st, 1965. He joined the US Air Force and served as a Weather Observer, Hurricane Hunter, AF Weather Reconnaissance for 15 years. He was awarded the Commandant's Award for his high ranking in 7-Level School to become a Master Sergeant. He then continued his career as a 1st Sergeant for 5 years reaching the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. Within that career Philip was a vital participant in installing the AF Color Guard at Patrick Air Force Base. He was also an active member of the American Legion (Post 163). Phil’s military career took him to many different states within the US as well as foreign locations including Germany, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Iceland. Philip retired from Patrick Air Force Base in 1983 and settled down with his family in Satellite Beach, Florida. After retirement, Phil refused to sit still. He started many staple businesses in Brevard County including Fetch-It Delivery Services, Charron Enterprises, Dryer Fire Prevention, and Str8 Shot Scouriers. He was also an avid inventor and held many patents. Philip was preceded in death by his sisters Rosemary and Gale Charron, as well as his parents Adrien Charron, Mary Wenk, and his step-mother Beatrice Charron. Philip is survived by his spouse Judy; his 3 sons Tony (and his Wife, Sheila), Bryce (and his Wife Joanne), and Todd (and his Wife, Heather); his sisters Christine, Teri, Maribeth, Roberta and his brother Joe; his grandchildren Chelsea, Jasmine, and Julia as well as his Great-Grandchildren Cheyenne and Cody. Philip also has 15 other step Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren related to him by marriage. Burial was on April 14, 2019 at Fountainhead Memorial Park, Palm Bay, Florida.

David Arthur Weiner, 78 passed away April 25, 2020 in Lafayette, IN. He was born September 7, 1941 to Frederick and Edwina (Bassler) Weiner. After graduating Tomah High School he served in the Air Force from 1959-1963. He was stationed at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, assigned to the 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile). His duty assignments took him around the world, to have a once in a lifetime experiences. The bonds of those he served with lasted his entire life, they became family. He was also a member of 6WSAA. The strong sense of duty was passed on to his children. Son David J. served 6 years in the Air Force, stationed at McGuire AFB New Jersey at the 605th AMX Squadron. Son Matthew J. is career Air Force, stationed at Andrews AFB Maryland, at the 89th Air Lift Wing. Following his Honorable Discharge he pursued a career in engineering. He formed his own company specializing in architectural and mechanical design for commercial and industrial companies. He held Corporate Engineer positions in the food industry for major meat producers. In retirement he found his second calling to teach at Purdue University and Ivy Tech State College in Lafayette, IN. During his life he also dedicated his time to public service. He served on the Monroe County Board of Supervisors, and as Chairman for the Town of Grant, both in Wisconsin; as well as other non-profit organizations. Dave’s hobbies and interests included: jeeps, collecting/rebuilding Cub Cadet Tractors, gardening, travel, reading, fishing, hunting, spending winters in Alabama and most importantly spending time with his children and grandchildren. Survivors include: the love of his life, Virginia, his wife of 37 years; children David J. of South Carolina, Matthew J. of Maryland, Elizabeth A. of Indiana; grandchildren: Henry, Sullivan and Ian Weiner. He is preceded in death by his parents and beloved brother Fred. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

MSgt USAF (Ret.) Jerry D. Hunt Sr
of Lake Placid, Florida, passed from this earth on Thursday, April 2, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19. Jerry was born in Springfield, Ohio on October 9, 1937. He was able to travel the world while enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He met his bride in the Philippines and started a family. After 26 years in the service, he retired as Master Sergeant in Oklahoma City. Jerry served in 6th Weather Squadron from 1955 to 60 and he was a member of 6WSAA. Here, he began his career with The National Weather Service from which he retired after 20 years. He had a love for knowledge, music and technology. He joined 2 Big Band style orchestras and played the clarinet and saxophone. He battled and defeated cancer. He loved adventure and was always heard saying “... you can’t live in what if’s”. Jerry is survived by his wife, of almost 56 years, Rosita Hunt; 3 children and their spouses - Lisa Dunsmore, Linda & Kevin Orr, Jerry Hunt Jr & Sabrina; 6 grandchildren with their spouses and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents: George Hunt and Catherine Burns.

CMSgt USAF (Ret.) Travis Leon Greening was born to Gus and Della (Jenkins) Greening on January 2, 1936 in Camden, AR and passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 in Clinton, OK having reached the age of 84 years, 1 month and 15 days. Travis was raised and attended school in Camden, AR. In 1954, Travis joined the United States Air Force serving for 28 years, and in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile), moving numerous times before settling down in Fay, OK. Travis worked as the Postal Clerk in Thomas before retiring. He enjoyed gardening and was a “hobby” farmer. He loved sports especially Thomas football and the St. Louis Cardinals. Travis is survived by his wife, Christina of the home in Fay, OK; four sons, Gordon Greening and his wife, Nancy of Norman, OK, Steve Greening and his wife, Maria of Fay, OK, Andy Greening and his wife, Melissa of Fay, OK, and Scott Greening of Tahlequah, OK; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and two brothers, John Greening and his wife, Betty of Bryan, TX. and Jack Greening and his wife, Betty of Topeka, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents, and four brothers, Morris, Wallace, Eldrige and Orland; a son, Travis Leon, Jr.; a grandson, Jerico.

Memorial service for John Howard Hug, age 100, of Sulphur Springs will be held on April 11, 2021 at Warhawk Museum in Nampa, Idaho. Interment will be held at a later time, at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise. There will be no formal visitation. Lt. Col. Hug Ret. passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at Hopkins Place, Sulphur Springs, TX.  John was born on April 11, 1920 in Ames, IA to John and Louise Hug. He had two siblings, Harris Conrad Hug and Jean Louise (Hug) Proctor. He married Nelida Romano on April 23, 1966 in Savannah, GA. John retired Lt. Colonel from the US Air Force. He served as a pilot in WW II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. After his retirement from the USAF in 1971, John and Nelida made their home in Meridian, Idaho for 46 years. They moved to Sulphur Springs in 2018. They left behind many close friends and brought with them wonderful memories of times shared flying, fishing, trail blazing on motorcycles and sharing history at the Warhawk. He represented the best of the greatest generation and he will be missed……but never forgotten. He received his Pilot Wings in February of 1943. He flew Bombadiers at Roswell, New Mexico, then trained in B-29’s at Clovis, NM in 1944. Assigned to the 45th Sqd. 40th Bomb. Gp. At Chakulia, India. First combat mission was to Singapore, 18 hours, 25 minutes flying time with over 9.5 hours on three engines. Completed 17 combat missions. On V-J Day his crew was over Tokyo 4 hours – dodging airplanes most of the time! That day was max effort with nearly 800 B-29’s in the air. Instructed B-29 combat crews at Randolph AFB 2 years during the Korean conflict. He was assigned to Air Weather Service in 1952 as a hurricane hunter who flew typhoons and hurricanes in WB-29’s, WB-50’s, WB-47’s and WC-130’s for sixteen years. After flying C-130’s for two years in Vietnam, he retired Lt. Col. with 30 years in the service. After retiring to Idaho, he occupied his time, flying charter, back country and instructing single and multi-engine. He was a member of QB and Air Forces Flyers Club (Ham Radio). He had accumulated over 13,000 hours in 50 years of accident-free flying. If you would like to know more about the incredible history of John’s life and career, they can be found at; Library of Congress (.gov).memory John Howard Hug Collection:Veterans History Project, also, John Howard Hug\Ames History Museum and Warhawk Museum. He is survived by his wife, Nelida; children and grandchildren; daughter, Donna Baily and husband, William, their daughters, Lisa Johnson and her son, Jared Johnson of Houston, and Robin Schaefer and partner, Gregory Scott and her daughters, Baily and Abigail Schaefer of Washington, daughter, Ria Vilorio and her son, Laine Vilorio and wife, Rhonda and their children, Sklyar Blanchard, Phoenix and Corvin of Georgia. His daughter, Sharron Weatherhead, her son Tron Petersen, wife Karen and children, Willow and Jack all of Connecticut. Daughter, Jacquelyn Martin, husband Max and sons, Christopher Gibson and wife, Tera of Abilene, Michael Gibson and wife, Jenee, children, Landry and Henley of Lubbock, David McElroy (deceased) and children, Gavin and Savannah of Sulphur Springs, son, Matthew Aaron McElroy (deceased) also of Sulphur Springs, son, John Wise, wife Marilyn of Georgia and their daughter, Rachel Davis, of Kentucky.

Thomas "Tom" Corbin Robison, 72, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at his home with his family by his side. He had been a warrior fighting Neuroendocrine Cancer for five and a half years. He was born June 15, 1948 in Decatur, IN, son of the late Harold and Elaine (Smith) Robison. He was a Monroeville High School graduate and attended Purdue University prior to serving in the U. S. Air Force in the 54th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. He worked at General Electric and then worked as an electronics technician at ITT, Magnavox, Raytheon, and PPI. He was a member of the Air Weather Reconnaissance Association, Air Weather Association, Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, and the Monroeville American Legion. Tom enjoyed military Civil War & WWII history, genealogy, vintage cars, auto racing, and scale modeling. He also was a steam train enthusiast, and a C-130 expert. Surviving are his wife, Carol Robison of Ossian; daughters, Mandy (Joe) Lutz of Indianapolis and Missy (Brian) Behning of Craigville; grandchildren, Corbin Behning, Celia Behning, and Cooper Behning; brothers, Gary Robison and Max (Sandy) Robison, both of Fort Wayne; and sister, Luanne Hoffman of Monroeville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Stan Robison. A private family service will be held. A Live Stream of the service will be on the Elzey Patterson Rodak Funeral Home Facebook Page on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 12:00 PM. A public gathering for family and friends will be held at a later date. Preferred memorials to honor the memory of Tom may be made to the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at

Fedora Giovanna Saunders 72, loving wife of CMSgt USAF (Ret.) Arnie Saunders, mom, grandma, sister and aunt passed away peacefully at home on September 15, 2020 after a year-long fight to recover from several strokes. Born and raised in Pedemonte, Italy, she immigrated to the United States in 1970 with her military husband Arnie. She traveled around the world raising their children Arnold Jr (spouse Frances) and John (spouse Jaime) and supporting Arnie’s career. She was a loving Grandmother to Gabriella and Joshua. After retirement she settled down in Universal City, Texas but continued to travel around the world visiting children and grandchildren. She was a life-long learner, and both attended classes and taught classes at the Advanced Learning in Retirement center in San Antonio. Her love of languages led to fluency in five of them. She was an exercise enthusiast spending many hours at the gym walking and taking senior aerobics classes. Fedora was a devoted Roman Catholic, a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Selma, Texas. She was an active member of St Anne’s Society and participant in numerous bible study classes. She was a strong, determined and fiercely independent woman. She will be missed every day.
A private family memorial will be held in the future in her hometown in Italy.

Lt. Colonel USAF (Ret.) Alexander Steven Finta died peacefully on October 25, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the age of 81.
Alex is survived by his wife and best friend of 57 years, Carol Finta; daughters Anita (Don) Sanz and Noel Finta, son Christopher Finta, granddaughters Katherine (Tom) Hastings and Hayley Sanz; grandson Christopher Johnson; great-granddaughters Adilyn, Harper, Laurel and Dorothy Hastings; sisters Rose Velez and Erika Feher and brother Arpad; and many nieces and nephews. Alex was preceded in death by his father and mother Sandor and Catherine Finta, his older sister Katie, and his little brother Joseph. Alex was born on September 23, 1939 in Budapest, Hungary. He, his parents, and his three sisters immigrated to America in 1949. He grew up in Los Angeles, CA and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as an airman basic in 1962. In 1963 he married Carol Luckert, whom he met and fell in love with at Florida State University in 1962. He graduated from FSU in 1964 with a degree in Meteorology and was commissioned as a regular officer in the U.S. Air Force. Alex and Carol had three children with whom they were able to share the world during the 26 years he served in the U.S. Air Force. Alex was a Vietnam War veteran and a highly decorated U.S. Air Force officer, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in his 26 years in the military. After his retirement he became an independent contractor with Mutual of Omaha and earned his Certified Financial Planner designation. In the Air Force he was dedicated to helping the personnel under his command succeed in their careers and in life, and he helped hundreds of his clients secure financial security for their families and futures. He will be sorely missed by his family and all of those whose lives he touched.

George GreenlyGeorge D. Greenly Major (USAF Ret) passed away on 10/24/2020. George retired as a Major from the U.S. Air Force after serving 10 years of enlisted service as a weather observer in both the U.S. Naval Reserve, achieving the rank of Aerographer’s Mate 3rd class, and 15 years commissioned service as a USAF Staff Weather Officer. During his USAF career he served the 23rd TFW and the 381st TMW at McConnel AFB. He deployed with the 563TFS’s F-105s to Tahkli Thailand in 1965 as their tactical support forecaster. Later he was assigned to the South East Asia Weather Center in Saigon. Follow on assignments took him to AFGWC, ACSC and Space and Missile Systems Organization (SAMSO) at Los Angles Air Force Station in California. Following his Air Force retirement in 1978, he managed the Atmospheric Release Advisory Capability (ARAC), an emergency response organization, capable of worldwide response to atmospheric releases of toxic effluents. ARAC, under contract to the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), responded to the Three-Mile Island Nuclear power plant accident as well as the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident in the Ukraine and contributed to the U.S. Desert Shield and Desert Storm campaigns. Mr. Greenly was also a key planner/controller involved in exercise planning and execution for atmospheric releases of nuclear and other toxic materials and served in the role of atmospheric dispersion model liaison to the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermasten. He also engaged in forensic meteorological studies as a private consultant and served as an expert witness in cases in Alameda County, California Superior Court. Subsequent to his LLNL position, he was a Senior Program Manager, with the then International Technology (IT) Corporation, Irvine, California and Meteorological Section manager and IT Technical Associates Program member. He was responsible for technical and administrative management of air permitting, risk assessment and management projects, hazardous waste site remediation, air quality aspects of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) closures and corrective actions, client development and marketing strategies, and proposal generation. He was also responsible for agency liaison with the California South Coast Air Quality Management District and the San Diego Air Pollution Control District. Subsequently George served as Sectional/Program Scientist, Waste and Environmental Management Department, Mason and Hanger Corporation at the U.S. DOE Pantex Plant, Amarillo, Texas. He managed the Environmental Compliance and Monitoring Section, was an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Program Office member and technical liaison to the DOE Pantex Plant’s prime EIS contractor. He also served as media scientist responsible for non-radiological ambient air monitoring program, meteorological monitoring and data quality assurance, and ISO 14001 lead for the Plant. He founded the Energy Facilities Contractors Group (EFCOG) ISO 14001 working group while at the Pantex Plant. Subsequent to his work for the Mason & Hanger Corporation at the DOE’s Pantex Plant he was the Maricopa County, Arizona Air Quality Compliance Section Manager. In that position, he was charged with overseeing the Particulate matter and Asbestos/NESHAP programs, air quality compliance inspections of major and minor sources, source testing, and review of operation and maintenance plans for major and minor sources in Maricopa County. George acted as a private consultant to Honeywell Engines, Systems & Accessories in 2003 helping them to implement and certify an environmental management system under ISO 14001.

George was a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and certified by the AMS as a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM), He also held Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) Emeritus status from the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP). He held a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Florida State University, a Master of Science degree in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma and a Candidate in Philosophy (C Phil) degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of California, at Davis, CA. He is a graduate of the U. S. Air Force’s Officer Training School, the Air University’s Squadron Officers School and the Air Command and Staff College. He holds lifetime teaching credentials as a California Community College Instructor and has taught “Introduction to Meteorology and Air Quality” at Arizona State University West’s Osher Life Long Learning Academy at Sun City Grand in Surprise, Arizona. He has held Adjunct Faculty member status of the Math and Physics Department of Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale, Arizona, teaching “Introduction to Meteorology” a lecture and laboratory course. Most recently he was a member of the adjunct faculty of the Meteorology Department of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

Hruz, James Earl, SMSgt USAF (Ret.) 72, of Sun City West, Arizona, died of complications of a stroke on February 7, 2017. Mr. Hruz was born on April 22nd, 1944, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in the town of Waterford, Wi. Jim joined the Air Force in 1968, making it his career. He was trained as a meteorologist, and served in various locations, finally retiring from Falcon AFB in Colorado Springs, Co. Jim is survived by his wife, Janis Hruz, sister Judy Strong, in-laws Mr. &Mrs. John Mitchell and sister-in-law Kim Brough, Ontario, CA, aunt Virginia Steinke, Burlington, WI, cousins, nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by friends and golf buddies. No services will be held.

Thomas "Tom" Nixon SMSgt USAF (Ret.) 86, of Panama City, Florida passed away Monday, October 26, 2020. Tom retired from the USAF with 20 years of service. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Tom was a member of the ACME Masonic Lodge for over 60 years, He enjoyed baking, wine making, jewelry making, and loved driving the hot rods for the Shriners in local parades. He was preceded in death by his previous wife Evelyn Nixon; son Tommy Nixon; sister, and parents. He is survived by his loving wife Aredia "Rita" Gober; children Katrina Ward, Pam Rhodes, and Robin Calhoun (Jim) ; brother- in- law Willis "Wayne" Hines; 5 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren. Funeral service will be held 10:00 A.M. Monday, November 2, 2020 at Kent- Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 2403 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, FL with Reverend Lisa Martin officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Sunday, November 1, 2020 at the funeral home.


BobTuttleSMSgt USAF (Ret.)Robert Blackstone Tuttle
FEBRUARY 17, 1941 – AUGUST 4, 2020 On Tuesday, August 4, 2020 after a long battle with renal failure our beloved father Robert “Bob” Tuttle, passed away.  Bob was born on February 17, 1941 in St. Paul, MN to Robert and Charlotte Tuttle. Upon graduation from Hastings High School in 1959 Bob joined the US Airforce. After completing basic training and Weather Observer School Bob was stationed in Elmendorf, Alaska where he met and married his wife of 49 years Jackie Tuttle on June 15, 1967. They raised two daughters, Dee and Shannon.  Bob and family were stationed in many different places, Biloxi and Guam where two of his favorites where he was in the Hurricane and Typhoon Hunters Squadrons. It was while stationed at Elmendorf Airforce Base in Alaska that Bob attended Weather Forecaster School. After 25 years of service Bob, retired from the Airforce in Alaska where he and wife, Jackie raised their two daughters. Bob then joined the Alaska Teamsters and worked at remote radar sites around Alaska for 6 years before becoming a logistics manager located in Anchorage. Bob retired from the teamsters after 20 years in 2007. After his wife, Jackie passed away in December of 2016 Bob then followed daughter Dee to Meridian Idaho in July of 2017. He had a love for tending to indoor and outdoor plants. Bob was current Treasurer and past President of the Air Weather Reconnaissance Association and took great joy organizing and attending their annual reunions. Bob was a gruff stubborn man with a heart of gold, and would do anything for family and friends. His “extra” dry sense of humor will be missed by all.  Bob was preceded in death by his father, Robert, mother, Charlotte, brother, David, and beloved wife, Jackie. He is survived by his two daughters Dee and Shannon, daughter in-law Nadine, brother Clint, sister Kris, many children that came to know him and “Poppa Tuttle”, and Sister-laws Sandy and Pam, and various nephews. Bob didn’t wish to have a service, to honor his military service and love of pets and in lieu of flowers please consider a donation to

CMSgt USAF (Ret.) Salinda Ann Larabee, best friend and treasured wife of 40 years of Bruce Larabee, died at Covenant Place, Sumter, SC on September 14, 2020 at the age of 62. She was a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant in the weather career field having devotedly served her country for 26 years. She continued her life service after retirement as an active volunteer in the Sumter community. She was always happiest when giving back to others. She was predeceased by her parents, Barton and Lois Mayhew and her brother, Brooks. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her beloved second family of Doris, Bob and Haley Mattice of Mooresville, North Carolina and her dear friend and sister-in-law, Marge Stall of New Lebanon, New York and her husband Ralph. All contributed to some of the most special moments and memories of her life and they will be loved for eternity. She was blessed with wonderful friends of all ages. Cherished friends include Nita Shreves, Polly Bostic, Sarah Martin, Mike Mauro, Colleen Foberg, Melissa McDonnell, Joy Scyphers and Linda Coulter. All of her friends at Covenant Place, both staff and residents, held a special place in her heart. In particular, she considered Doris Graham her adopted mother after losing her own. The family appreciates the dedicated assistance of Amedisys hospice and Bobbi Pounds at the Shaw AFB Medical Group. No formal services will be held but Salinda Ann requested everyone take a moment out of their day to do something kind for someone else. You may go to and sign the family’s guest book. The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.


Colonel USAF (Ret.) Robert "Bob" Earle Julian, passed away at the age of 87 on September 7, 2020 in Goldsboro, NC. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he also commanded the 1st Weather Wing and was awarded many medals including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He retired with full honors in 1985 after 30 years of exemplary service to his country. Col Julian was born on March 23, 1933 in Norfolk, VA to Paul Revere and Maude Adkins Julian. He graduated from Maury High School in 1951 and in 1955 earned his BS degree in Mathematics from East Carolina University. He then married Dorothy "Dot" Ann Wooten and was commissioned into the United States Air Force. He is survived by Dot and their three daughters: Beth Carson (Rick) of O'Fallon, IL, Donna Nordstrom (Scott) of Etiwanda, CA, and Bobbi Hosmon (Jason) of Englewood, OH; his 11 grandchildren; and his 10 great-grandchildren. Col Julian started his military career as a weather forecaster at Keesler AFB, LA. From there he moved his family to exciting locations including Morocco, Germany, Korea, and Hawaii where he finished his career as Commander, 1st Weather Wing and PACAF Special Assistant for Meteorology. He completed Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. Bob was a lover of people both old and young. He kept very busy in his retirement years helping tutor children at Northeast Elementary School and coaching soccer at Southern Wayne High School. He was active in Seven Springs United Methodist Church leading bible studies and singing in the choir. He enjoyed working with the Golden Kiwanis gentlemen and served briefly as their President. He loved golfing with his golf buddies and giving doggie treats to all of his dog friends on daily walks around Walnut Creek. A charter member of the Air Weather Association, he and Dot were regulars at the biennial reunions. A kind and generous man, he will be greatly missed. for remembrances

Service will be held at a later date at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro.


Irene Scheeren,the wife of Lt Col USAF (Ret.) Frederick Scheeren, died peacefully in her home on September 4, 2020, two days after her 83rd birthday. Irene was born in Lille, France, the youngest of six siblings. She and her family not only suffered the hardships of the Nazi occupation but also the constant threat from Allied bombings due to the strategic importance of Lille to the Germans. Irene and Frederick met in 1961 in Paris, his first assignment after met school. They were married in France. During their almost 57 years of marriage they raised three children, Stephan, Caroline, and Christopher. They later found much pride and pleasure in their seven grand children. The family enjoyed an enviable life during Frederick's 25-year tour in the Air Force. They lived in France (Evreux AB), Spain (Torrejon AB), Germany (Wiesbaden AB), and Turkey (NATO Izmir), as well as some of the finest assignments in the USA. Irene's AWS friends (especially from their times at Scott AFB, Wiesbaden AB, and Offutt AFB) will remember her for her vibrant French personality and her love of good food, good wine, and good times. After the Air Force Irene and Frederick continued to enjoyed their travels through Europe and the Caribbean, made more pleasurable by Irene's language skills. Irene spoke English, French, Spanish, and Italian fluently so they were never just tourists. Those who wish to honor her memory may consider a donation to Irene’s favorite charity, Doctors Without Borders (Les Medicines Sans Frontier), PO Box 5022, Hagerstown, MD 21741-9804.

Martha Sterchi McElveen, 78, wife of Lt Col USAF (Ret.) Richard McElveen joined the Church Triumphant on Friday, September 4, 2020, after complications from surgery, in Tallahassee, FL. Martha was born in Washington D.C. September 27, 1941 to William Frederick Sterchi and Murray Lou Andrews Sterchi of St. Augustine, Florida. At the age of four her family moved back to St. Augustine where her baby sister and best friend-to be was born. Her parents divorced in 1947 and the “Sterchi girls” were raised and nourished by their mother. Martha graduated from Ketterlinus HS in 1959 and earned an Associate Degree from FSU, where she was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. It was the summer of 1957 that she met the young man that would be the love of her life, Richard McElveen of Hastings, Florida. Richard enlisted in the Air Force in 1958 and Martha married the young Airman on September 10, 1960 in St. Augustine. The young couple set up housekeeping in Parker FL, near Tyndall AFB, where their son was born a year later. With Martha’s encouragement, Richard applied for and received an Air Force scholarship to FSU to pursue a degree in Meteorology. Their daughter was born in Tallahassee in 1964. Upon his graduation and commissioning as a 2LT in 1965, her young family departed for the beautiful Azores island of Terceira where they were stationed for the next two years. Assignments followed to various parts of the US and Europe: Otis AFB MA, (then Vietnam for Richard), London UK, Madrid Spain, Grand Forks AFB ND, Ramstein AB Germany, Langley AFB VA, and MacDill AFB FL where her husband retired. She loved her life as an Air Force wife and the travel opportunities she enjoyed so much. They then moved to Tallahassee, where Martha continued her career as a District Director for Jafra Cosmetics Intl, a pursuit she enjoyed and made many friends for 36 years until her death. She was an ordained deacon at Lafayette Presbyterian Church, a warm and loving church family that she cherished. She made dear friends through her involvement with the Holly Circle of the Tallahassee Garden Club. She loved to travel, especially the planning part, and they returned many times to their favorite places (and restaurants) all over Europe. She also loved to go on cruises, especially with family and groups of friends. She enjoyed cooking, playing bridge and her book club. Martha is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years and their children R. Parker McElveen, (Cheetah Lea) and Murray Lou McElveen, (Roger); grandsons Trace, (Devan) Duncan and Mac; two great grandchildren, Kyleigh and Raylan McElveen; and her sister Virginia S. Douglas of St. Augustine. A celebration of her life is being planned by the family through The Neptune Society, with future internment at the Tallahassee National Cemetery. A private family viewing will be at Culley’s Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Lafayette Presbyterian Church, 4220 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee FL 32308


LaVone May Bush slipped away peacefully on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 after four years and nine months in memory care at Reflections of Fellowship Square in Mesa. Due to Covid-19, Reflections has been on lockdown since March and face-toface visits have not been possible. However, only ten hours earlier on Tuesday, July 7, LaVone was smiling, perky, talkative, laughing, singing, and throwing kisses to her family during a Duo video chat. LaVone was a dedicated mother and military wife, active church member and volunteer. She lived in Arizona for 45 years residing first at Luke Air Force Base (AFB), then in Glendale and Mesa. As an Air Force wife, she accompanied her husband to various postings including: Ohio (twice); Pennsylvania (twice, including Penn State University);Colorado; Bitburg, German; Alabama; Montana;Newfoundland, Canada; Washington; Michigan(while her husband Dave was stationed in Vietnam); Maryland; Missouri and finally, Arizona.LaVone was born on May 29, 1929 to Frank Naramor and Bernice Downer in Pontiac, Michigan.She graduated from High School in Sault Ste. Marie(the “Soo”), Michigan in 1947. In High School she was a 4’ 11” perky cheerleader nicknamed “Sparky” and a member of the 100-voice mixed choir that performed for General Eisenhower at the Pentagon, various Washington, DC churches and the Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She was also the choir Secretary and a teacher’s aide. As a youngster and teenager in the Soo, she worked various jobs including serving hamburgers and shakes at Clyde’s Drive-In, in retail at Thomas Appliance and Music store and cooking and serving in her stepfather and mother’s restaurants.In 1948, LaVone met her future husband of almost seventy years, David “Dave” Bush, at a student dance at the Sault Branch of Michigan Tech (nowknown as Lake Superior State University). She accepted Dave’s marriage proposal in below-zero temperatures, while standing in the snow overlooking the famous Soo Locks. Dave and LaVone were married in 1950 in her parents’ second floor apartment in Detroit, Michigan. While David was completing his senior year at Michigan Tech in Houghton, Michigan, LaVone took a job with the city’s Youth Department teaching Art and Music to grade school students after her school day. Her crowning success was teaching Catholic school kids, their first experience with the music and story of Christmas. With permission of the Mother Superior, kids performed the program with costumes and props in front of the other students, the cloistered Nuns and the parents. Continuing to follow her love of vocal music, she sang in the base Protestant chapel choirs. Later she taught herself to be a choir director, discovering and learning all the nuances of individual musical parts, language and symbols that determine the timing,tempo, dynamics, hand gestures and signals for conducting, and facial expressions to produce complete professional musical presentations. Many ofher participating singers were novices and inexperienced, but she worked to help them develop into accomplished choir and musical members, some performing solos. Her favorite music programs were cantatas performed for Christmas and Easter and at some of the chapels she also founded youth choirs. In addition, she directed Officer Wives Choruses that performed on and off base. At several bases, she directed and produced ‘Roaring Twenties’ musicals that included all the performers, both men and women, in authentic Roaring Twenties costumes, including flapper dresses, period hairdos and makeup, gangster wardrobe, and set decorations and props. While at Fort Ritchie, Maryland, the shows were taken off-base for performances at the local senior center. At Fort Ritchie, she also taught herself to play acoustic guitar.While at Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri, along with the base Protestant Chaplain and his wife, she formed a trio called the ‘Happy Halos’ and put on shows at many of the senior centers in the suburbs of Kansas City. At times she performed solo with a puppet dog called ‘Matthew the Methodist Mutt’. Over the years she received many commendations and letters of appreciation from base Chaplains, base commanders and the public. While stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, she became a Red Cross volunteer at Luke AFB Hospital. Her initial assignment was to provide occupational therapy projects to patients. She developed a program where the patients would paint a ceramic item, then she would then take the item away for firing and return the finished item to the patient. Some long-term patients even painted complete Christmas creches. The program was a patient favorite that helped promote recovery and rehabilitation. Later, she was assigned to manage nearly all Red Cross volunteers in the Hospital. Concurrently, she was tasked by the hospital commander to train all the volunteers and some hospital staff on how to best treat and serve patients. She was awarded letters of commendation and was selected as Red Cross Volunteer of the Year. At Red Mountain United Methodist Church in Mesa, she was Chairwoman of the Visitation Committee, whose purpose was to stay in contact with all members who were unable to attend services (short and long-term) by phone, mail or personal visits. She filled many index cards with Bible verses and other inspirational material, which she gave away during visits. For Christmas, the visitation committee members made large Christmas stockings, filled them with gifts, and then personally delivered them to such members. LaVone was blessed with outstanding sewing skills. Hand-making many of her dresses, including a red velvet formal dress, baby clothes and clothes for her adolescent children. Her hobbies included ceramics (from pouring to firing), knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, rubber stamp art, oil painting, creating felt Christmas tree decorations, baby blankets with three dimensional figures, calligraphy, playing the guitar and reading. For fun she loved to dance, bowl and play cribbage along with other card games. Travel was a true passion for both LaVone and her Dave. In 1961, while stationed at Malmstrom AFB in Montana, they purchased their first of several travel “homes” (trailers, campers, RV’s, etc.). During the next fifty plus years, they spent their vacations and free time traveling throughout the States and Canada, always on the road staying in national, state and local parks and other campgrounds. In 2000, the Highlight of all this travel was a two-week 50th Anniversary family trip that had them re-visiting memorable locales throughout their home state of Michigan. LaVone was preceded in death by her parents, her infant son, Kerry, and her older brother Dale. She is survived by her husband David, daughters, Debra Van Dusen and Terry Kaubisch, son Daryl (all residing in Arizona), her younger brother Keith Naramor, and nieces and nephews scattered throughout the United States (Arizona, Michigan, Oregon, California, Washington and New York). She will live on forever in the hearts of her husband, children, loved-ones, friends, church family and all who came to know her. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the celebration of LaVone’s life will be planned to for a later date for friends and family to gather. She will be interred at The Columbarium at Red Mountain United Methodist Church in Mesa. In lieu of flowers, donations in LaVone’s name can be made to: Mail to: Red Mountain United Methodist Church 2936 North Power Road Mesa, AZ 85215 Check made out to: Red Mountain United Methodist Church On the check memo line write: For FOOD BANK Mail to: Fellowship Square Mesa 6945 E. Main Street Mesa, AZ 85207 Attn: Tawnya Christensen (or) Melissa Opat Check made out to: Fellowship Square Mesa Donation On the check memo line write: For REFLECTIONS  


Danny W. Milner 77, retired Chief Master Sergeant USAF passed away Tuesday July 28, 2020 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville IL. Danny retired from the USAF in 1993 after 30 years of service. During his career with the USAF, Danny served in Kuwait during Desert Storm. Danny was the last Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Air Weather Service Headquarters stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, IL. After his retirement from the Air Force, Danny became an instructor of Auto Body Repair and professor of mathematics at Southwest Illinois College until 1998. Danny enjoyed camping, traveling, and motorcycle riding with his fellow service members. Danny is survived by his wife of 57 years, Annice Milner of Belleville IL, one son Scott Milner of New Braunfels TX, and 3 grand children Ashlyn, Adain, and Addison Milner all of New Braunfels TX. Danny was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Mary Milner of Batavia, IL and one sister Pam Schevirean also of Batavia. Service: There will be no public funeral services due to COVID-19 restrictions

MSgt Shawn P. Durkin, was taken from us far too soon. On July 15, 2020 at the young age of 47, he tragically succumbed to his injuries. Shawn was always giving and caring for others, even until the end. In the early morning of July 10, 2020 and on his way to work, Shawn witnessed a motor vehicle collision. He pulled over, called 911 to report the accident, and then departed his vehicle to assist the victims. Upon exiting his vehicle, he was struck by a passing vehicle. Shawn dedicated his life to serving his country. He proudly served the last 29 years in the United States Air Force National Guard, as a weather craftsman and had plans on retiring in September. Shawn was also dual-working at the Baltimore Washington International airport for the last 24 years as the senior weather observer and supervisor of the observing station. Shawn is survived by his wife, Theresa and their four children: Alexandria, Dillon, Zackery and Declan. He was the beloved son of Joan M. Durkin and the late Thomas P. Durkin. He is also survived by his brother Tommy and will also never be forgotten by those whose lives he impacted. A funeral Mass took place on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Baltimore, MD and Interment followed at Holy Rosary Cemetery.


Harrison A. Dedmond, husband of Maj USAF (Ret.) Ann Boyajian Dedmond, died on 18 July 2020 at 11:11 at the age of 90. He was a China Marine, and also served in the USAF. His civilian years were spent in the electronics field. Following retirement he joined the Marine Corps League and the VFW. His main hobby was woodworking, and made many pieces not only for the household, but also for silent auctions for military organizations to raise money to support veterans. He was most proud to participate in Military Funeral Honors, served in different positions of the MCL and VFW, and helped establish the Avenue of Flags which are flown in the Oakhurst, CA cemetery on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Military Funeral Honors are pending due to COVID-19 to be followed by burial at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA.

Kenneth F. Pineau, CMSgt USAF (Ret.) of Tallahassee FL died on 30 June 2020 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Born in Jamaica Plain (Boston, MA) on February 9, 1936, Kenneth Francis Pineau was the first-born to Agatha May Pineau (née Gallant) and Ignatius Angus Pineau - French-Canadians from North Rustico, P.E.I. who had become naturalized U.S. Citizens. North Rustico was the magical retreat where Kenny, his brother John and his sister Elaine, would spend entire childhood summers by the sea. Because of the preponderance of Pineaus and Gallants from that area, he was known locally as “Kenny Getty Jack Douse” (following the generational naming customs of the area). His father’s untimely electrocution as a repair lineman in the aftermath of the unnamed hurricane of September 1944 while working on Martha’s Vineyard was a defining moment for eight-year-old Kenneth, who from that day forward checked his childhood and began working from fourth-grade (Blessed Sacrament Parochial School, Jamaica Plain) onward in order to help his widowed mother support the family. After graduating from Christopher Columbus High School (North End, Boston) in 1954, he began his first of thirty years in the USAF Air Weather Service. He served in many overseas assignments including France, the Congo, Vietnam, Spain and Germany. Less than one-third of his 30 years were served stateside (DC, MA, NJ). While he was stationed outside of Paris in the early 1960’s, Marie-Françoise Duval (1938-2012) caught his attention and the two married in August 1964 - in advance of the October 1965 arrival of their first and only child (Daniel). The following year, Ken embarked on his one-year Vietnam tour in Phu Cat (RVN) and returned in late ‘67.The remaining years of the decade were based in Massachusetts - close to his mother. From 1970 onward, he continued to provide a great life for his family while stationed in Spain (Madrid) and Germany (Ramstein) before returning stateside and eventually retiring from the USAF in 1984. The new retiree enjoyed the easy-life for a few months before starting his 20-year career in Naples, FL - ultimately retiring as Collier County’s Emergency Management Director. His second retirement compelled him and Marie-Françoise to move out to Las Cruces, New Mexico where they would begin yet another chapter of their adventure. Lured by the idyllic year-round climate and fascinating geography - they planted roots and enjoyed what the region offered. After cancer swiftly took Marie-Françoise away in 2012, he moved to Tallahassee, FL where he could be close to his son and family. Again, he planted roots and became involved with the Tallahassee Parkinson’s Awareness Choir as well as with Good Shepherd Catholic Church. He is survived by his son Daniel, his daughter-in-law Meredith, his grandchildren David Pineau, Sophie Pineau, Mirabella Trammell, Ava-Kay Trammell and Jack-Douglas Trammell, his brother John and sister-in-law Mary, his sister Elaine and brother-in-law Buddy. He enjoyed enduring friendships spanning decades and was truly loved and respected by those who knew him. Funeral Mass will be in Tallahassee at Good Shepherd Catholic Church at noon on Saturday 4 July 2020. Full military honors internment at Tallahassee National Cemetery is scheduled for 11AM on Monday, 6 July 2020.

Carolyn CoughranCarolyn Foster Coughran, Carol was born in Dallas TX to Alva Lee Foster and Francis Estelle Foster on December 15, 1945. She passed away on March 21, 2020 in Austin, TX. Those left to treasure her memory are her husband of 39 years CMSgt USAF (Ret.) Benjamin L. Coughran, stepchildren Cindy Watson and her husband Mark, Jeff Coughran and his wife Leigh Anne and Jennifer Lawson and her husband Dwayne, six grandchildren and one great grandchild, a sister Sandye Uberbacher and several nephews and nieces. Carol was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Mike and Steve. Carol was best known for her charming and sweet disposition. She looked for and found the good in everyone she met. When you made friends with Carol, you had a friend for life. A special thank you to the wonderful staff at St. David's South Austin Medical Center and to the caring folks at Hospice Austin, Christopher House. Carol will rest in eternal peace in the DFW National Cemetery. Carol's legacy is that she treated everyone with kindness and love and her life was an example for all. She was a special lady and is greatly missed.



Kenneth Richard Walters, Sr., CMSgt USAF (Ret.) 83, of Roswell, Ga., passed away Friday, Aug 4, 2017. Service was held Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Marion, at 11 a.m. Graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain NC. His wife Linda Lee Walters, 79, passed away on Dec 24, 2017. They are survived by four children, Ken Jr., David, Elise and Keith.

Edward R. Zizulka, MSgt USAF (Ret.) age 90, passed away on March 19, 2020, at 4:24 pm, at his home in Port Saint Lucie, Fla., surrounded by family. He was the husband of Phyllis, his wife of 68 years. Ed was born in Norwich, Conn., November 25, 1929. He was the only son of Joseph and Steffa Zizulka. He graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1947 and joined the USAF in 1948. He served for 26 years, working first as a forecaster, then as an aviation meteorologist and for a short time as a climatologist which was his true passion. After retiring from the USAF in 1974, he continued his work in meteorology working as a civil servant at Point Mugu, as well as with Continental Airlines in California. He lived for a short time in Dayton, Ohio, while attending Wright State University. His last employment was with Eastern Airlines in Miami, Fla. He retired and moved to Port Saint Lucie in 1995. As a teenager, Ed was called "Easy". He was noted for being late to class and wanting to travel the world. He enjoyed writing to pen pals which carried over in later years to having many "friends" online. As a young adult he enjoyed bowling and darts. On December 31, 1950, as a newlywed, he formed a Conga line in Piccadilly Circus. That was an image his children enjoyed imagining, especially since he named himself "Grumps" instead of Grandpa. In later years he enjoyed history, walking, reading, genealogy and his computer. He loved gathering information and sharing it via email with his family and many friends. He belonged to many groups and was most proud of starting a chapter of Man To Man in Port Saint Lucie. He attended a computer club for many years, gaining knowledge which he gladly shared with others (less savvy!). He received many certificates of achievement and recognition through the years including the USAF Meritorious Service Medal. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, and their children, Jacqueline Lessard, Carolyn (Mark) McKinnon, Tina Chambers and Edward (Shirley) Zizulka II; grandchildren, Stefan (Jaclyn) Lessard, Ambha Lessard, Teresa (Derrick) Bright, Kalina Zizulka, Kesila Childers (Paul Fiebiger), Shandi (Chris) Michno, Patrick Killip (Tiffany Walker), Tiana Killip, Jim Chambers, Joey Truitt and Nick Zizulka; great-grandchildren, Diggy, Hazel, Flora and India Lessard, Kingston Johns, Tre Vaughn Bright, Tanasia Jasper, Aiyana Bright, Dalton and Emma Michno and Aryahna Stevenson. He is also survived by his only sister, Dorothy (Zizulka) Shakun, and her children, Judi (Steve) Novosad, Cindy (Father Steve) Voytovich, Sue (Gary) Lalumiere; great-nephews, Matthew, Zachary and Evan Novosad; and many cousins. He was predeceased by his first great-grandchild, Aslan Mozelle Lessard and three beloved pets, Mr. Melody, Nina and Nina II. The funeral service with full honors will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Va. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to The Salvation Army 3629 S. US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34982, or to Cats & Dogs Forever, Inc., 4600 Selvitz Rd., Fort Pierce, FL 34981.

Buddy R. Guest, Ph.D., 95 of DeKalb, Illinois passed away on June 22, 2015. He was the oldest of three siblings of Florice and Hezekiah H. Guest. He spent the early years of his life on a farm near Republican City, Nebraska. After graduation from high school, he attended Nebraska Wesleyan University where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography/Geology in 1942. Following graduation from Wesleyan he served nearly four years in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Weather Observer with the 8th Air Force in Europe. After his discharge from the service he returned to the University of Nebraska Lincoln to earn a Master's Degree in Geography/Geology. He completed his Ph.D. in Geography as a Salisbury Scholar at the University of Chicago in 1951.
After a year of teaching at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, he was employed as a Research Analyst in the Department of the Air Force in Washington, D.C. He received the Air Force Superior Accomplishment Award in 1956. In the fall of 1958 he joined the faculty of Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. During his tenure at Northern Illinois University he was a frequent visitor to the former Soviet Union and the Republic of China. Most of his visits were as a Group Leader for alumni and students. During his nearly 30 year teaching career at northern Illinois University he was cited by the U.S. Air Force Association for his work in the field of Aerospace Education and was honored by the Illinois Geographical Society with its prestigious Distinguished Geographic Educator Award. While at Northern Illinois University he held memberships in The Association of American Geographers, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The National Geography Society, The Illinois Geographical society, the US- China Friendship Association; and the National Aerospace Education Association. He was active in the Civil Air Patrol, a civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force for over twenty years. He held several positions in the DeKalb Illinois composite Squadron including Commander. He was a licensed pilot. He is survived by his daughter, Marian T. Guest-Drewitz of Lindenstwood, IL; a son, Christopher R. Guest of Minnestrista, MN; 3 granddaughters, Emilie, Julia, and Claire Drewitz all of Lindenwood, IL; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Preceded in death by parents; wife, Virginia; sister, Dorothy Hansen; and brother, W. Ren.

Sandra Jean Guest, spouse of Tommy D. Guest, Col USAF (Ret.) died on 14 May 2020 in China Spring, Texas. She would have been 84 in August. She was born in Iredell, Texas in 1936. Her parents were Foster and Lois Plummer and preceded her in death. Foster moved the family to Crane, Texas where she met a lean tall attractive man named Tommy Guest. In September 1956, they were married. Their first duty assignment in the USAF starting in 1957 was Japan and their final duty station was Scott AFB, retiring as Air Weather Service Chief of Staff in 1987. In 1962, while stationed at FE Warren, Cheyenne WY, Sandra gave birth to their only child Gregory Dean. They retired back to Stephenville, Texas. In early 2000, Tommy Guest was elected Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Texas and Mom packed up once more and moved to China Spring, Texas about 15 miles north of Waco. In 2015, Tommy Guest retired again and both he and Sandra enjoyed and loved each day together. Sandra Guest is survived by her Husband Tommy Dean Guest and their son Gregory Dean and his wife Cindy, of Annapolis, Md. A public funeral for Sandra Guest will be conducted at the Lacy Funeral Home chapel in Stephenville, Texas on Monday, May 18, at 2:00 pm. A family visitation service will be at 1:00-2:00 pm before the funeral service. Sandra will be buried at the West End Cemetery in Stephenville.

Richard N. Taylor, SMSgt USAF (Ret.) age 89, passed away in Banning, CA on April 6, 2020. He was born in Colorado on August 29, 1930 and was a resident of Banning for 29 years. Richard joined the United States Air Force in 1948 and served 21 years as a weather man in England, Africa, Germany, Korea, with multiple assignments in the United States. Following his military retirement, Richard attended college receiving degrees in Meteorology from Riverside City College and in Accounting from Cal Poly Pomona. He later worked 9 years for the California State Board of Equalization as an accountant. Keenly interested in antiques and relics, he also owned and operated his own antique business in Redlands, CA for over 20 years. Richard and wife, Linda, had one daughter, Terri. The couple later divorced. Richard met and married Bernadine (Bernie) while stationed in Germany. They resided in Riverside, CA for over 25 years before retiring and moving to Sun Lakes in Banning in 1991. After Bernie’s death in 1994, he met fellow Sun Laker, Helen Tompkins, and they were married in 1996. Richard loved to play golf and was an avid bowler. He and Helen enjoyed participating in many tournaments with other Sun Lakes residents and were members of the United Methodist Church of Banning. Helen passed away in May 2012. Richard is preceded in death by wives, Bernie, and Helen; mother, Alline Harriman; and uncle and aunt, John and Marilyn Taylor. He is survived by daughter, Terri; grandsons, Robert and Brandon; sisters, Darline (Leon) Cummings of Lindsborg, KS and Barbara Nelson of Lakewood, CO; two cousins, Jana (John) Wenzel and Ron (Genia) Taylor of Nampa, Idaho; multiple nieces and nephews; and good friend, Lisa Park of Banning, CA. Since no memorial service can be scheduled at this time, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Carol’s Kitchen, a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding the hungry in the San Gorgonio Pass in Riverside County, CA. Donations can be made on-line to or payable by check to Carol’s Kitchen, Inc., PO Box 364, Calimesa, CA 92320. Inurnment at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA.

Peter F. Abt, Colonel USAF (Ret.) 77, of Menifee, CA departed on 24 April 2020 due to cancer. Services have not been planned due to Coronavirus Pandemic restraints. His family thanks all for your prayers and sympathy.

William “Bill” Misko, 88, of Dubuque died peacefully on Friday, March 16, 2018. Visitation will be Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm at the funeral home, with military rites immediately following at the chapel at Linwood Cemetery. Bill was born on June 22, 1929 in Martins Ferry, Ohio to Sam Sr. and Tessianna (Gudza) Misko. Bill proudly served in the Air Force during the Korean War, working as a weatherman and earning the rank of Staff Sargeant. Following his discharge, Bill attended The Ohio State University on the GI Bill and graduated with a degree in Animal Science in 1957. While a student at Ohio State, he met his future wife of 54 years, Constance “Connie” Walters. They were married in Cleveland, Ohio on December 18, 1954. Connie and Bill moved to Iowa in the late 50’s and had resided in Dubuque since1963. Bill was a meat grader for the Dubuque Packing Company for over 20 years. He then worked as a meat grader for the US Government, grading and ensuring meat safety for public school lunches. After retiring, he begrudgingly joined Connie on trips to Europe, Russia and Alaska, as well as numerous bus trips around the United States, where it turned out he very much enjoyed himself. Bill was a member of the Dubuque Garden Club and was an early volunteer for what became the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, where he planted many of the trees and plants that are still appreciated today. When his children were young he enjoyed putting them to work in the garden and taking them fishing. He looked forward to taking his family on annual trips to destinations across the United States, usually pulling the family camper behind. Bill loved talking about the weather, his days in the Air Force, the best route to take to any destination, his fruit trees (especially pears) and his garden, but the great love of his life was his family, for whom he would and did do anything. Bill is survived by his four children, Aleeda (Terry) Duggan of Dubuque; Craig (Cathy) Misko of Prior Lake, MN; Doug (LeAnn) Misko of Chicago, IL and Eric (Stephanie) Misko of Dubuque; grandchildren Connor and Aleece Duggan; Kyle, Tyler and Nicole Misko and Ariel Ebersviller and Blake Misko; great-grandchildren Gracie Olsen and Owen, Evalyn and Ivan Ebersviller; a sister, Olga Heslop and companion Colleen Van Dee. He was preceeded in death by his wife Connie; his parents; four sisters, Olga Misko (in infancy), Katherine Dona, Ann Misko and Rose Yandora; and four brothers, Steve (in infancy), Sam Jr., Peter and Henry “Andy” (Doke) Misko. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s honor to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, P.O. Box 871847, Kansas City, MO 64187-1847 or the Dementia Society of America, P.O. Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901. Bill’s family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center, and especially those on 3 North, for their wonderful care of Bill for the past ten months. Bill’s family would also like to thank his companion Colleen for providing Bill with a great deal of happiness during the last part of his life.

Sad news of SMSgt Ronald H. Kellerman USAF (Ret.)
Johnny Reid Updated Info for general release
Approved by SMSgt Annie Barrett, RHK's ICE Contact and our POC with his wife Maria
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Brothers & Sisters ~
With great sadness I am informing all of you about the recent death of our Special Tactics/SOWT Friend, Teammate, Mentor, Leader and true BROTHER
Ron Kellerman - RHK
RHK was killed on 29 March 2020 at his home on Roatan island in Honduras - Details are still being compiled
Ron was a key leader in SOWT for many years, serving at Fort Bragg, Rheinmain, and Hurlburt Field. He was a Master Parachutist, Military Freefall Jumpmaster, and recognized communications expert. He was a plank holder Detachment and Team NCOIC with the 10th Combat Weather Squadron, and later served at both the 720th Special Tactics Group and HQ AFSOC. Following a full and illustrious military career, he transitioned to a civilian GS position at AVTEG and served the nation in a highly critical role there for over 15 years until recent retirement just a few months ago.
It's fair to say he directly influenced everyone in the SOWT specialty. The tributes we are seeing to him are overwhelming. The word "Mentor" is woven in to nearly every single post. I've known him since 1986 and I have never heard even one negative word said about him. He was one of the nicest guys you'd ever meet and was loved by all who knew him.
Ron's influence and expertise extended far beyond the borders of the SOWT community, and his significant accomplishments and contributions to Air Force Special Operations as a whole were recognized in 2005 when he was inducted into the Air Commando Hall of Fame.
His wife Maria is currently in Spain with her Mother - Efforts are in progress to get all the pieces and parts squared away with her movement, security of their house, etc. I have spoken with Maria, and I let her know we loved Ron and we love her - And will do everything we can to assist her however possible.
Ron and Maria's good friend SMSgt Annie Barrett is our primary POC with Maria right now. She is currently serving as the 25th Operational Weather Squadron Operations Superintendent at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.
Due to the current world situation, the flow of information and timeline for any memorial events will be slower than normal
More to follow as we learn it - This is a very sad day for all of us.
Johnny Reid
Historian, USAF Grey Beret Association

Ken Van AlstyneMSgt. Kenneth B. Van Alstyne, Jr of Seminole, Florida, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in Suncoast Hospice Mid-Pinellas Care Center of Pinellas Park, Florida. He was 79.
Ken was born May 10, 1940 in Plainfield, New Jersey: the beloved son of the late Kenneth and Helen Van Alstyne.
He served 27+ years in the United States Air Force as a meteorologist (Weather Technician, Weather Forecaster and Weather Observer) with several tours in Vietnam before retiring in 1987. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked 10 years with the United States Post Office and then spent 10+ years working with Raymond James. He graciously volunteered his time and talents with the VA at Bay Pines. Ken also volunteered with WUSF and WSMR - NPR in the Tampa Bay area.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 34+ years, Mary Eileen Van Alstyne and his twin sister, Judy Van Alstyne. Ken is survived by his son, Kenneth B. Van Alstyne III and three grandchildren; Grace, Alex and Genna Van Alstyne.
Funeral Services with military honors will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 31, 2019 in the Mausoleum chapel of Memorial Park Cemetery 5750 49th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33709. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the USO Central Florida 4100 George J Bean Pkwy #2441, Tampa, FL 33607 or online at
To share a story or photo, leave a tribute or to offer condolences to the family at this difficult time please visit Ken's memorial web-page at and sign his guestbook. Memorial Park Funeral Home is serving the family.


Kenneth Palucci Ret. Lt. Col. USAF, Kenneth J. Palucci, 76, of Belleville, IL, born November 5, 1943, in St. Louis, MO, died Thursday, March 12, 2020, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, O'Fallon, IL. Ken graduated from Bishop Du Bourg High School in 1961. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Parks College and a Master of Science degree in Meteorology from St. Louis University. Ken served his country in the Air Force for 21 years. His service included assignments with Air Force Global Weather Central, Centralized Systems Management Division and the Airlift Information Systems Division. Ken served at bases in the United States and Thailand. After his distinguished career in the Air Force, Ken went on to serve his country as a defense contractor with Modern Technologies Corporation, BAE Systems and SAIC. Ken worked hard throughout his life, one of his most memorable jobs was at the St. Louis Zoo, where he met Sue. Ken was a devoted father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. His numerous titles included soccer and baseball coach, career mentor, meteorologist, DJ, sports fan and BBQ grill master. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary, nee Zauf, Palucci; and three siblings, Lavern Schall, Donald Palucci, and Florence Dorlac. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Sue, nee Hespen, Palucci, whom he married on July 17, 1965; four children, Mary "Chrissy" (Joseph) Lamie of Millstadt, IL, Steven (Terri) Palucci of St. Louis, MO, Jennifer (Richard) Obertino, of Ladue, MO, and Jill (Jonathan) Pauly of St. Cloud, MN; nine grandchildren, Jack Lamie, Reid Lamie, Riley Obertino, Calvin Palucci, Olivia Pauly, Nathan Obertino, Tyler Obertino, Sofia Pauly, and Chase Palucci; beloved nieces and nephews, Gary Drewing, Rusty Drewing, Laura Roberson, Lynn Born, Cindy Anders, John Palucci, Joseph Schall, Mary Wingenbach, and Thomas Schall; and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Palucci, Ginny Drewing, and Lynn Hespen. Memorials may be made to HSHS Home Care and Hospice or to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020, at St. Peter's Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020, at St. Peter's Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

Dorothy A. Gottuso widow of Col Robert Gottuso USAF (Ret.) passed away on March 8, 2020 at the age of 89. Dorothy was born October 6, 1930, in Utica, NY, to George and Fabie (Sherwood) Mody. She graduated from Utica Free Academy in 1948. On September 12, 1953, she married Robert M. Gottuso. They raised two sons, Eric and Robert Jr., and one daughter Fay Marie. Dorothy was a wonderful wife and mother. She had a passion for cooking, and her favorite hobbies were crocheting and knitting. Her cooking and crafts were admired by family and friends. She was also the consummate party hostess. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Col Robert Gottuso USAF (Ret); daughter, Fay Marie; sisters, Lillian and Betty; and her parents, George and Fabie. She is survived by her sons, Eric and his wife Teri; and Robert and his wife Gayle; brother, Anthony Mody; grandchildren: Michael, Salvatore, Erica, Nichole, Kyle, Ali, Joe Jr., Vinny, Tony, Gina, Nick, Mindy, Ashley and Kaylee; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Dorothy and Bob along with the Gayikians and others, and with John and Barbara Collens leading started the Air Weather Association in 1987 for camaraderie among all US Air Force Weather personnel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, March 13, 11:30am, at St. John the Evangelist's Catholic Church, 307 E. Meigs St., Valley, NE, with a VISITATION one hour prior. INURNMENT: Saturday, March 14, 11am, at St. John's Cemetery, Bellevue, NE. Memorials suggested to VNA Hospice, 12565 W. Center Rd., #100, Omaha, NE 68144, or Josie Harper Hospice House, 7415 Cedar St., Omaha, NE 68124.

Lt. Col. James B. Near, Jr., Ret-USAF, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. He was previously employed at The Citadel in the Physics Department. Prior to teaching he was the Operating Principal for Keller Williams Charleston. Lt. Col. Near spent 20 years in the USAF working on advanced projects and weather systems. He was a crew member of the Typhoon Chasers and got his advanced degree in Atmospheric Science from NCSU with his undergraduate degree in Physics from The Citadel. He was active with St. Andrews Church and was an active swimmer with the Palmetto Masters Swim Team. Mr. Near is preceded in death by his parents, James B. Near, Sr. and Susan B. Near, of New York. He is survived by three children, James B. Near, III, of Burbank, CA; Hilary W. Near, of Charleston, SC; and Susan E. Oltmann, her husband Gregg Oltmann, their two children, Shelby & Hunter, and two great-grandchildren, of James Island, SC; two siblings, Susan K. Near, of Portland, Ore. and her life partner Diana Watson; Jean N. Rouse her husband, Charles W. Rouse Jr., and their daughter Katie Sigler and her husband Chad Sigler and their two children Bennett and Harrison, of The Woodlands, TX. A public memorial service will be held in the Summerall Chapel at The Citadel on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Andrew's Church, 440 Whilden St., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 or Hollings Cancer Center, 18 Bee Street, MSC 450, Charleston, SC 29425. The Charleston Cremation Center and Funeral Home and St. Andrews Church are in charge of the arrangements. Visit our guestbook at charleston
Statement from The Citadel on Lt Col Near that may be of interest to the AWS community:
Lt Col James (Jim) Byron Near, Jr., USAF (Ret) ‘77 passed away on March 3, 2020 after an extended battle with cancer. His passing left a distinct void in The Citadel Physics Department. Jim graduated from The Citadel in 1977 with a B.S. in Physics and earned an M.S. degree in Atmospheric Science from North Carolina State University in 1983. He served 20 years in the United States Air Force as a meteorologist working on advanced projects and as a crew member of the Typhoon Chasers. Upon his retirement, he served as a real estate salesman and real estate company owner in the Charleston Market, ending this career as the Operating Principal for Keller Williams Charleston.
In fall of 2014, Lt Col Near returned to The Citadel Physics Department as an Adjunct Professor – however, he had volunteered his time for the entire year prior, refusing to be paid. (Dr. Joel Berlinghieri finally convinced him that he could only continue working if he was paid as an adjunct.) To say that he made a positive difference in the department and in the delivery of courses to The Citadel cadets would be a major understatement of his impact. When he returned, The Citadel Physics Department was beginning to emphasize undergraduate research as part of its core mission. Lt Col Near leveraged his experience in applied research and his expertise in microelectronics, to make an immediate and forceful impact on departmental culture. His innovative work with electronics’ students and in the PHYS 101 class set a goal for each of our students to imagine applications for every topic addressed. He assumed leadership of the department’s Weather Balloon project and guided two ambitious and successful projects on solar effects on cosmic rays in the stratosphere. He guided another student in completion of a project for the state climatologist office which studied the influences of the frost/freeze period in South Carolina and recently was participating in an ongoing project to gather tidal and environmental data from multiple sites along the Ashley River.
Most recently, Lt Col Near demonstrated extraordinary generosity by providing The Citadel Foundation (TCF) with a $2.5M gift to initiate The Citadel Lowcountry Climate Center. Ever humble and not wanting to receive any recognition for his donation, he specified to TCF that his gift remain completely anonymous until his passing. Thus, without fanfare, he worked closely with Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics Dean, Dr. Darin Zimmerman and Physics Department Head, Dr. Joel Berlinghieri and many others, on the preliminary work to launch the Center. A portion of his gift established an endowed professorship in the department of physics, which will be renamed the Lt Col James B. Near, Jr Professorship in Physics, in his honor. The individual hired into this position will also serve as the inaugural director of The Citadel Lowcountry Climate Center.
Lt Col Near’s passion for inspiring students to understand and practice science as an active and vibrant endeavor has given every one of the students he touched the confidence to harness their creativity and acquire the skills to do high-quality research. Through his time, talent, and treasure, he leaves an enviable legacy and will be remembered by the faculty, students, and friends of The Citadel for many generations to come.

John P Priestle, SMSgt-Ret. USAF, passed away on February 29, 2020. He is predeceased by his parents, 8 siblings, and wife, Dorothy. John was born May 15, 1927, in Newport, Kentucky. He married Dorothy E. Connor from Cincinnati in 1952 and together they raised six children. John retired in San Antonio after serving 28 years with the USAF. He served as a meteorologist, flying weather reconnaissance with the famed Hurricane Hunters and the 1370th Aerial Photomapping. John graduated magna cum laude from SWTSU in 1980 with a degree in Criminal Justice. He worked with security at Hilton and completely retired in 1989, but continued to volunteer at WHMC on Lackland AFB and with the neighborhood Security Patrol. He and his wife were avid world travelers, cruising to nearly every continent. Survivors include his children, Dr. John Priestle, Jr. (wife Erika), Joseph Priestle, James Priestle, Debra Rosenthal (husband Bill), Doris Dunphy (husband Bob), and Donna Walden (husband Chris). Other survivors include 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Memorial Service will be 11:00am, March 11th, at Castleridge Mortuary, followed by a 1:00pm graveside service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association.  John was a member of the AWA and AWRA.

Craig LewisCraig Allen Lewis, 67, peacefully passed away Sunday, March 1, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Akron, Ohio on February 15, 1953, he was the son of Archie Gaye Lewis and the late Earline Dixon Lewis. Craig proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for twenty years. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he worked in Civil Service as a meteorological tactician for twenty-four years. Craig’s passion was the weather, he loved meteorology and relished in the opportunity to work in this field for over forty years. The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home followed by a service to celebrate Craig’s life at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel with Chaplain Jon Bravinder officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. In addition to his father, Craig is survived by his wife of 47 years, Cindy Townsend Lewis; children, Ami Alkonis and husband Jonathan of Camden, SC, Keith Lewis of Goldsboro, and April Lewis-Hoffman and husband Jason of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Cody Lewis and wife Hayley, Davin Alkonis, and Brendan Alkonis; siblings, David Lewis and wife Sharri, Tim Lewis, Terry Sommers, Phillip Lewis and wife Sharon, and Jeffrey Lewis; and several nieces and nephews. Online condolences may be sent to
From 4OSS/CC  Our 4 OSS family lost a valuable, long-serving teammate yesterday. Mr. Craig A. Lewis passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family, following a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. Mr. Lewis served on active duty for 20 years, retiring as a Master Sergeant, before coming to Seymour Johnson to serve as a Meteorological Technician for 24.5 years. He had a passion for weather and was dedicated to supporting the 4th Fighter Wing mission.
Mr. Lewis’s family would like to invite you to his memorial service on Wednesday, 4 March 2020. The service will take place at Seymour Funeral Home at 1300 and the burial will follow at Eastern Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery. The family has requested the attire be Hawaiian Shirts/business casual.

Col. Cooke Hearon Leutwyler, USAF, Ret., died peacefully at the age of 87 on Thursday, February 27, 2020. Services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 7, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, 6101 Bosque Blvd, Waco, TX 76710, with the Rev. Roy Marshall officiating. Burial will follow at Stanford Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 6, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey.Col. Cooke Hearon Leutwyler was born in Waco, and moved from the big city to the family farm near Hewitt, where he met his sweetheart, Shirley Rose Hyman, in the first grade. He was Valedictorian of the second graduating class at Midway High School and entered Baylor University after graduation. While at Baylor, he married Shirley on March 28, 1952. Cooke joined the Air Force ROTC while attending Baylor, and was offered a commission in the Air Force.  After receiving his BA degree, Cooke taught and coached at Axtell High School until called to active duty. He was deployed to Korea as a postal officer immediately after the Korean War. After returning to the States, he attended Texas A&M and received his Master's degree in Meteorology.  While serving, Cooke was stationed in Korea, England, Japan, and traveled the world where he met some of his closest friends. After spending 26 years in the Air Force, Cooke retired as a full bird Colonel at the Pentagon, where he was responsible for classified satellite meteorology. During his service, Cooke received numerous medals and awards, including the Legion of Merit and six Meritorious Service Medals.  Once he retired from the Air Force, Cooke worked at Unisystems as a chief operating office of data processing. He attended UTA and received a Master's in Accounting before ending his working career as an independent computer programmer.  Cooke enjoyed family camping and hiking. His family camped across Europe along with Diane Hyman, and climbed Mt. Fuji with his son, Larry. He took his son, Mark, and grandson, Ryan, camping across Canada and Alaska. He, his family, and Granita Hyman camped in Yellowstone. He also took a 1976 bicentennial trip through the New England States with his sister, Wanda Glaze, her husband, Kenneth, and families.  Cooke was a hero to many in his family, a kind and generous man of honor. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.  Cooke was preceded in death by his parents, Jayhugh Beecher Leutwyler and Eva Elizabeth Shaw Leutwyler; wife, Shirley Rose Hyman Leutwyler; daughter, Mary Kathleen Leutwyler Smith; and sister, Eva Elizabeth Leutwyler.Cooke leaves his son, Larry Leutwyler; daughter, Lisa Leutwyler Stewart and husband, Leighton; son, Mark Leutwyler and wife, Laura; four grandchildren, Ryan Draper, Shirley Stewart, Kai Leutwyler, and June Leutwyler; and siblings, Jayhugh Leutwyler, Jesse Leutwyler, Wanda Leutwyler Glaze, and Tommy Leutwyler. Cooke is also survived by Diane Hyman Watrous and Sandra Hyman Barber, Shirley's family, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews, and friends worldwide.  Memorials may be made to the ALS Association, P.O Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037, or online at family invites you to leave a message or memory on our "Tribute Wall" at

Harold Takashi Fukuda, Major USAF (Ret).
86, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died in Makati City, Philippines on December 5, 2018. He was born in Honolulu. Inurnment: 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

Chip AvantAvant, James R. Jr. "Chip" LtCol (Ret) February 17, 1945 - February 17, 2020 Lt. Col. (ret) James R. "Chip" Avant, Jr. passed away peacefully on Monday, February 17, after a long battle with congestive heart failure. Chip came into the world on February 17, 1944, a symmetrical occurrence that surely would have pleased the mathematician in him. Born to Doris and Jim Avant in San Diego, he would quickly earn his nickname. A "chip off the old block", Chip's father was a career California State Park Ranger; Chip's love of fishing and camping came from the days he spent with his parents and his brother, Rene and sisters, Pat and Micki, exploring the beaches and mountains of San Diego County. He attended San Diego State College (now San Diego State University); no doubt inspired by his dad's service to his fellow Californians, Chip was an Air Force ROTC cadet, and upon receiving his bachelor's degree in mathematics was commissioned as a USAF lieutenant. As part of his military training, he completed another bachelor's degree in meteorology, launching his 26-year career as an Air Force meteorologist. Chip is survived by his wife of 51 years, Bobbi; his son Jason and his wife, Kelli and their two children, Lucas and Zoe; and his daughter Heather, her husband, Bob and their three children, Kellen, Avery and Layton. A MEMORIAL SERVICE for Chip will be held 11am on Sunday, February 23 at the Braman Funeral Home Southwest Chapel. Chip's remains will be interred at the Omaha National Cemetery at 10am on Monday, February 24th. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Heart Association. BRAMAN MORTUARY - Southwest Chapel 6505 S. 144 Street, Omaha NE

WilsonPalmoreWilson Vaughan Palmore, age 94, passed away peacefully January 6, 2020, at Hillside Community with family by his side. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. January 18, 2020, at First Presbyterian Church 390 E. Second Street, McMinnville, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to Twin Rocks Friends Camp, P.O. Box 6, Rockaway, Oregon 97136, or the Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation, 2700 S.E. Stratus Ave. Ste. A, McMinnville OR 97128. A public viewing will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. January 17, at Macy & Son Funeral Home, 135 N.E. Evans St McMinnville, Oregon. Interment will be a private ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery. Wilson Vaughan Palmore (called by his middle name "Vaughan" since childhood) was born January 18, 1925, to Alice and Joe Palmore in Richmond, Virginia. His only sibling, Early, died as a child. Vaughan served in the Air Force from 1943 until 1975 as a pilot, meteorologist, airlift commander, and he retired as the Chief Staff of Logistics Air Weather Service at the rank of full Colonel. He was a veteran of WW II, Korea and the Vietnam War. Notably he was flight rated for over 20 different aircraft, from single engine prop to 4 engine jet aircraft, and he received numerous medals of service and honor. While a reservist, he also attended and graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a degree in Economics. After retiring from the Air Force, he was a Manager of Field Safety Services for Wausau Insurance in Portland. He advised businesses and manufacturing plants in safety practices and logistics until retiring from his second career in 1990. Vaughan faithfully served the Lord all his life, notably as a member of the Air Force Officers Christian Fellowship, teaching and directing Sunday school, and most recently serving First Presbyterian Church in McMinnville on the Adult Ed committee and as an Elder. For many years he was active in the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, serving as an Elder and participating on many boards, particularly Reedwood Friends Church and Twin Rocks Friends Camp. He was a volunteer Chaplain for many years at the McMinnville Medical Hospital Cancer Center, and he also provided nursing home ministry services and vespers services at Hillside Community until his passing. He served on the Hillside Community Board and on the Willamette Valley Cancer Board. Vaughan was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine V. Palmore. He is survived by his son, Richard V. Palmore; daughter, Dr. MaryKate Morse and her husband Randy; daughter, Thea P. Roeser and her husband John; son, Stephen W. Palmore and his wife Lou; and son, John E. Palmore and his wife Tanya. Vaughan has 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was a beloved gentleman who put his family and his Lord first and who gave back to his community everywhere he lived. To leave condolences, visit

JohnHewittJohn Joseph Hewitt, CMSgt. Ret. 78, of Abilene, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in Abilene. A visitation will be held Monday, February 17, 2020 from 6 to 8 PM at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 US HWY 277 S., Abilene, Tx. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11 AM at the Elmwood West United Methodist Church, 1302 S. Pioneer., Abilene, Tx. John was born on August 13, 1941 in Hillsboro, IL., to the late Robert Croxton and Norma Massey. He married Mary Helen Vivian on May 20, 1977 in Omaha, Nebraska. John retired from the US Air Force as a decorated Chief Master Sergeant after 29 years of service. He went on to teach JROTC at Cooper High School until his retirement in 2004. John was a longtime member of Elmwood West United Methodist Church and was a Lay Leader and Lay Minister for 20 years. He was also very involved in a local Kiwanis Club. He enjoyed playing golf, watching sports and reading. John dearly loved his family and spending time with his grandkids, especially attending their various sporting events. He was always their biggest fan and constant encourager. John is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Mary Helen Hewitt; his children, Christopher Hewitt, Katy Lomas and husband Jeremy, Karen Cluck and husband Randy; grandchildren, Brady Cluck, Tyler Cluck, McKenna Cluck, Joseph Hewitt; numerous cousins and dear friends. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer's Association, or Elmwood West United Methodist Church of Abilene. The family offers sincere gratitude to Dr. Anton Melnyk, Dr. Steven Sorjen, the Hospice of the Big Country, and dear friends Gary and Donna Allen.

Charles Hale Gover Sr.,LtCol Ret. 97, of Frostburg, formerly of LaVale, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at Sterling Care Frostburg Village. Born May 3, 1922, in Frostburg, he was the son of the late Charles D. Gover and Lucy (Hale) Gover. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, June E. (Ort) Gover; and his son Charles H. Gover Jr. Chuck was a 1940 graduate of Beall High School. He was also a graduate of the University of Maryland in 1954, and Davis and Elkins College in 1959. Chuck entered active duty during World War II and fought with distinction for his country in the Army Air Corp as a bombardier and radar operator guiding bombing raids in southern Europe. Chuck stayed in the military becoming a command pilot on B29 bombers after World War II and eventually retired from the Air Force with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1965 after 23 years of service in the US Air Force. He was also retired from the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company with 18 years of service. He was a member of Park Place United Methodist Church, where he was a trustee, choir member, and treasurer; life member of Frostburg Elks 470, Frostburg American Legion Post 24, charter member and first treasurer of the Upper Potomac Chapter, Parent Unit, The Military Officers Association, life member of the Western Allegany Kiwanis Club, and previously the Elkins Kiwanis Club. He was also a member of Kemp Lodge, No. 154, A.F. & A.M., 32nd degree, Cumberland Scottish Rite Bodies, and Salem Council, No. 11, R. and S.M., Ali Ghan Shrine, where he belonged to the Desert Legion and Legion of Honor Units, and Cumberland Court, No. 117, R.O.J. He had also assisted with the Meals on Wheels program from Memorial Hospital. He is survived by a nephew, Lewis Schumann and wife, Cindy; a cousin, Jean Hale; grandnephews, Erik Schumann and Scott Schumann and nieces Karen Ort, Margaret Lee Ulm, Cherie Ort and Kim Alkire. A graveside service will be held at a later date at Zion Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140. The Upchurch Funeral Home, P.A., Cumberland, is handling the arrangements.

Rosalie Cassidy, widow of Gen USAF (Ret.) Duane Cassidy died on January 31, 2020. She was born Rosalie Mosley in Mitchell County, North Carolina on September 7, 1932 to Josephine and George Mosley. When she was very young, the family moved to Aliquippa, Pennsylvania where she grew up and married the love of her life, Duane H. Cassidy. The couple began their nomadic life in the US Air Force that would see them through 32 moves around the country. She would return to North Carolina, when the couple moved to Chapel Hill in 2004. Rosalie was known for her beautiful smile, her grace, and profound organizational skills. She was the greatest partner any husband could have. Her support helped Duane reach the rank of General in the USAF. As his rank rose, her work focus shifted from family and raising her four children to ever-increasing support of military families around the world. Although she never left the country until the age of 52, in her role as the First Lady of the Military Airlift Command and Transportation Command, Rosalie would travel the world with her husband visiting those serving the nation. On any given week, Rosalie might travel to three countries and host and attend a dozen functions. She was a tireless supporter of military spouses, and worked countless hours in base thrift shops. For more than four years, Rosalie and Duane hosted and entertained world leaders and royalty in her home and around the world. She was beloved and respected by thousands serving in the US military. Rosalie was devoted to her family and generous to a fault. She raised and is survived by her four children, Diane, Susan, Michael and Patrick. In addition to a stable, loving, immaculate home, all four would receive the great gift of a love for reading and the time in which to do so. Her devoted commitment to her family saw her husband through years of night school and her children through college. When the children were grown, she became a loving and happy grandmother to eight grandchildren, proud of each as they grew up and pursued college and varied careers. At the time of her passing, she was great-grandmother to five young children. Rosalie was preceded in death by her husband, Duane; her sister, Virginia; and her brother, Hoyt. She is survived by her daughter, Diane and husband, Charlie, daughter, Susan, son, Michael and wife, Karen, son, Patrick and husband, Cyrus and daughter by love and years, Joanne. She is also survived by her beloved siblings, sister, Loretta Hoffman, and brother, George Edward Mosley and his wife, Beth; and her sister-in-law, Dolores Sasway. Her loving grandchildren, Patrick, Matthew, Adam, Samuel, Emily, Thomas and Rosalie, and their spouses Tricia, Laura, Lindsay, Liz and Kevin, also survive her. Her darling great-grandchildren, Rebekah, Eric, Ezekiel, Joshua and Benjamin brought her joy in her final years. She sadly lost her brothers-in-law, Joseph Sasway, Robert Hoffman and Leroy Greenberger in previous years.

Forrest Edward GrayForrest Edward Gray, CMSgt (Ret.) July 16, 1933 ~ Jan. 10, 2020 
Our beloved husband, father, brother, and friend Deacon Forrest Edward Gray passed away at home January 10 surrounded by his family in Bountiful after a brief illness. In your kindness, please pray for him. Forrest was born in Stockton, California, on July 16, 1933. After graduating from Castlemont High School in Oakland, California, in 1951 he enlisted in the United States Air Force serving as a meteorologist. In 1963 he married the love of his life, Maria-Cruz F. Gray, while stationed outside Madrid, Spain. Together they raised their family while he continued to serve his country in the Air Force and later in the civil service. He achieved the rank of chief master sergeant well before retiring and continued working as a meteorologist in the National Weather Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ultimately settling in Bountiful, Utah, and retiring in 1996. He was a longtime member of the American Meteorological Society. Forrest was a proper and quiet man without any enemies, a wonderful father and husband. He converted to Roman Catholicism while stationed in Japan during the Korean War. He was a member of the 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus, Marriage Encounter, the Cursillo and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. In 2004 he was ordained a deacon at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City. He served the Diocese of Salt Lake City in Saints Peter and Paul Parish in West Valley City, in the rural Utah missions, and also as the director of the Office of Deacons for the Diocese. Always innovative, he loved to build and fly model airplanes, to fish, and to work in the orchard and around the house. A scientist with an engineering mind, always thinking of ways to increase efficiency, he personally designed compact weather stations professionally and carried on in his later life by installing a solar energy array on his roof well into his 80s. He remains for his loved ones a model of industriousness and fidelity, a moving witness of the virtues of a peacemaker. He is preceded in death by his parents Virgil and Blanche Gray, and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Maria-Cruz; his children Jane of Centerville, Edward (Shaunna) of Gainesville, Virginia, and Fr. Christopher of Park City; sister Janet of Alameda, California; brother Donald of Reno, Nevada; brother-in-law Julio Pedro Fernández (María Dolores) of Madrid, Spain; aunt Kathleen Gandee of Nampa, Idaho; grandchildren Kyra and Milo; and many friends, relatives, ahijados, y compadres. A funeral Mass was celebrated January 16 at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, followed by interment at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests support of the Cathedral of the Madeleine Good Samaritan Program. Requiescat in pace.

Fred BarnesFrederic Wayne Barnes, MSgt USAF (Ret.), 1933 - 2020, died peacefully on January 7th in Fairfield, CA. Fred was the fourth child of Percy and Esther (Johnson) Barnes of Lowell, MA. Predeceased are his parents, his older brother H. Roy Barnes and older sisters Ruth Woodbury-Downing and Eileen Macheras.
Left to cherish Fred's memory are his loving wife Edna for 64 years; son Ted Barnes, Ph.D. E.E.(graduate of Armijo High School) and his wife Marjorie of Corvallis OR, grandson Connelly Barnes, Ph.D. C.S. and his wife Lin of Seattle WA, and grandson Everett Barnes a medical student of Corvallis OR. Surviving Fred is younger sister Lois and her spouse Eddie Mitchell of Parkland, FL plus many cousins, nieces and nephews. Fred and his wife, Edna, have called Fairfield, CA home since February 15, 1961. Fred served 20 Years in the Air Force retiring in 1971 as a MSgt Weather forecaster. He met Edna, at Offutt AFB Global Weather Central, NE where they served as USAF coworkers. His overseas assignments were: Thornbrough AFB, Cold Bay, Alaska; Seoul, Korea; Hakata, Japan and Frankfurt, Germany. Subsequent employments were: Manager, Beneficial Finance (Manager of the Year of Northern CA for 1978); Admin. Assistant to County Supervisor Richard Brann; Vice President CMT Federal Credit Union (Now Solano First Credit Union); Part time Sales Rep. for his close and personal friend, Lee O'Dell, at Sports Corner, Inc.
Fred was very active in community affairs. He served on the Fairfield Planning Commission, Fairfield Architectural Approval Committee, Solano County Planning Commission, Solano County Arts Commission. He was a Campaign Manager for some County and School District elections.
Fred was a member of many organizations: The Sons of the American Revolution; Past Distinguished President and Past Distinguished Secretary of the Fairfield Kiwanis Club; American Meteorological Society since 1968; Sons of Italy; Solano County Genealogical Society; Connecticut Society of Genealogists; National Assn of Uniformed Services - NAUS; Sampson AFB Veterans Assn. and Charter & Life Member of the United Veterans Memorial Assn. Life Member: The National Society of the American Colonists; Charter Member: Air Weather Assn; Freedom through Vigilance Assn. (USAF Security Service); 6918th Security Service Alumni; Non-Commissioned Officers Assn.; Air Force Assn; American Veterans - AmVets and the American Legion Post 182 where he served as Chaplain and Finance Officer. He served the American Legion 5th District for many years as Scribe and through Resolution was granted 5th District Scribe Emeritus status.
Fred graduated from Lowell High School, Lowell, MA in 1951. He attended U. of Nebraska, Omaha and Solano Community College and completed many Extension Courses with Penn. State and U. of Maryland while he was stationed in Korea, Japan and Germany. Fred was a sports enthusiast. In his youth he played baseball and basketball in and around Lowell, MA. He continued playing fast pitch softball, basketball and nine man touch football in the Air Force. The Air Weather Service teams at Offutt AFB, NE were base and district champions in softball and football many times. Additionally Fred served as a Little league Manager, Coach and Player Agent in Japan and Germany.
Fred was also a talented piano player. At age 16, he was church organist and during his assignment in Japan, he played for several Sunday School classes.
Fred and his wife Edna were family researchers. They published two books listing descendants of Thomas Barnes, an original settler in 1635 of Hartford, CT. Fred could trace his paternal grandmother's roots, Margaret Spafford, back to the year 965.
Fred and Edna, through their military travels, genealogy research and vacations, had the opportunity to visit all 50 U.S. states.
Services will be conducted at Bryan Braker Funeral Home, Fairfield, CA. Visitation will be 16 Jan from 5 to 8 pm and Celebration of Life Funeral Service, 17 Jan at 2 to 3 pm. Reception will follow at Legends and Heroes, Paradise Valley Golf Course. Private burial, with full military honors, will be at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, CA!/TributeWall

On July 17, 2019, Chestnut Drive was renamed Fred Barnes Drive. Fred was honored for his many years of service to the City of Fairfield, CA.  And Fred was also a charter member of the Air Weather Association.

MSgt. Floyd L. Brunner, retired, 89, of Paris, Texas, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, at Paris Regional Medical Center. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Oak Park United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Cook officiating. The family will have a luncheon at the church at noon, and graveside services, with military honors, will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hugo, Oklahoma. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Floyd, the son of Gottfried P. and Sadie Brunner, was born May 18, 1930, in Lincolnville, Kansas. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in 1943. He graduated as salutatorian at Herington High School in 1947, at the age of 17. Floyd joined the United States Air Force in 1948, after his 18th birthday. Following basic training he went to weather observer school at Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois, graduating top of his class in February 1949. He continued at Chanute as an instructor until 1951. He was stationed in England, France, Germany, Scotland and Greenland, as well as many U.S. bases. Retiring in April 1969, he attended Kansas State University graduating Magna Cum Laude in May 1972, with a math major in secondary education. On Aug. 7, 1971, he married Rava Brunner in Paris, Texas. He taught mathematics in Arkansas City, Kansas, Middle School from August 1972-1980, Delmar School and North Lamar Schools in Paris. He worked for St. Joseph’s Hospital for 15 years, retiring in 1997. Floyd was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters; three brothers; and a grandson, Johnny Ray Compton. Survivors include his wife, Rava; daughters, Joyce Cole and husband, Donnie, of Hugo, Oklahoma, and Vicki Compton and husband, Rickey, of Hugo, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Andrew Cole and wife, Windee, of DeQueen, Arkansas, Aaron Cole and wife, Michelle, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Lindsay Hill and husband, Jeffery, of Hugo, Oklahoma; and great-grandchildren, Klayton and Paityn Cole, Ethan and Emerson Cole, and Alexis and Jeffery Hill Jr.; along with numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit

Beverly Georgia (Hill) Miller, 97, widow of Col Robert Cecil Miller, USAF (Ret.), passed away peacefully Saturday evening November 23, 2019 at her residence in The Heritage at Shalimar Gardens in Fremont NE. She was born February 9, 1922 in Los Angeles and became high school sweethearts with her future husband. Son Michael Wesley died at age 20 in Vietnam combat just a week after arriving in country. Michael and Dad share a headstone at Fort Leavenworth cemetery. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Catherine Hill; son, Robert Lloyd (Shirley Cope); daughter, Kristin (Ray) Worcester Jones; grandsons, Toby and Joel (Louise) Miller; grandson, Ian (Lizandra) Worcester; and granddaughter, Amber Beltrand. She is survived by great-grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren Jay, Dahlia, Chloe Beltrand; Flo and Arthur Miller; Ian, Scarlett, Sebastian, Sofia, Gabriel Worcester; Courtney and Mackenzie Jones, Alyssa and Katy Jones, and Kyler Jones.
Longtime family friend and AWA member Larry Wilson added: I received Email from Kristin and she said that no funeral service is planned since her Mom believed in accentuating Life and nature rather than death. There may be a Memorial in Spring to spread her ashes when flowers start blooming. Larry continued, Beverly was a dear friend and confidante. I questioned her about details of events during and after the Tinker AFB tornado events and her answer was "I led a simple life raising my children and left tornado forecasting up to Bob and his instincts". In her later life, she was a private lady who liked to talk about ongoing or developing severe weather events. I kept her apprised of the good words that emanated from celebrations about the Fawbush/Miller first tornado forecast and she was thrilled to hear about the praise.

John M. Huck, Maj USAF (Ret.), 82, was born on December 6, 1937 and passed away on Monday, December 9, 2019 in Bellevue, NE. John, a Weather Officer, Vietnam veteran and a Bronze Star recipient, served in the United States Air Force for 20 years. After retirement he became a Deacon at St. Mary’s and St. Matthew’s Catholic Churches in Bellevue for 39 years. He was the 1997 Bellevue Person of the Year, administrator for the Bellevue Food Pantry, and a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Joseph. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Beverly; children: Pamela Hughes (Kevin), Libby Leute (Tony), Matthew Huck (Connie), Jennifer Bardsley (Greg) & Michael Huck (Eileen); 18 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. Visitation: Thursday, December 19th, 5:30-7:00 p.m., with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2302 Crawford Street, Bellevue. Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, December 20th, 10:30 a.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment: Friday, December 20th, 2:00 p.m., Omaha National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to the Bellevue Food Pantry, 1908 Hancock Street, Bellevue 68005. Memories at

CMS Jack Dow DuBose, USAF, Ret. 86, beloved husband of Dorothy Joanna "Jo" Ward DuBose, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2019 at his residence. A native of Port Arthur, TX, Jack was the son of Joseph P. and Lulu Marguerite Shoemaker DuBose. He had a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years, serving in Vietnam. After retiring from the Air Force he became Deputy Director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, where he worked for 22 years. Jack enjoyed traveling, hiking, studying history and spending time with family and friends. He and Jo moved to Aiken in 2012 and are members of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Surviving, in addition to his wife 62 years, Jo, include a son, Jeffery DuBose, Prattville, AL; daughter, Jacqueline DuBose (Fred Singer), North Augusta, SC; grandsons, J. T. Yearby, Montgomery, AL, Chad Singer (Melissa), New Bern, NC. A memorial service will be held Tuesday morning, December 10th at 10 o'clock at Cornerstone Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Cornerstone Baptist Church's Building Fund, 100 Cornerstone Dr., Aiken, SC 29801
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Harumi Reardon  September 20, 1935 ~ November 16, 2019  Harumi passed peacefully from this world and was ready to meet her God.  She is preceded in death by her parents Tetsudo and Momoe Monji.  Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, she is survived by her husband of 46 years, Jim, two sisters and two brothers in Japan, a step-daughter, Kerry (Tom) McHugh, sister-in-law Maureen (Frank) Moffett, three grandsons Joseph (Lindsay) Ferreira, Christian (Brittany) Ferreira and Chase Daniels, one great-granddaughter Sloan Marie Ferreira, a niece Jennifer (John) Trace and nephews Jason (Donna) Moffett and Jared (Stacey) Moffett, and many grand-nieces and grand-nephews in Japan and the United States.  No viewing nor visitation.  Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, December 6th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew the Evangelist Catholic Church, 12210 South 36th Street, Bellevue. 
Family will receive guests one hour prior to the Mass.  Inurnment at the Omaha National Cemetery following the church service. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the St Matthew the Evangelist Building Fund.

Lorraine JonesSenior Master Sergeant Lorraine D. Jones, USAF, Retired, passed away peacefully Saturday, November 2, 2019 in Fort Walton Beach, FL.She was born December 15, 1931 in Orange, NJ to Mary E. (Lenman) and George R. Jones. She was predeceased by her sister, Esther M. and husband, Herbert I. Wright Jr.; nephew Herbert I. Wright III of Bayville NJ. She is survived by her nieces, Janice Broadwater of Marathon, FL., Patricia and Steven Zaccaro, also Laurie and Ralph Villano of Bayville NJ. Lorraine graduated from Toms River High School in June of 1949 and enlisted in the United States Air Force in January 1950. She completed basic training at Kelly Field, San Antonio, TX. and was assigned to the Weather School, Chanute AFB, IL. Lorraine was in meteorology for over 25 years and served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. She was stationed in ten stateside bases and volunteered for duty overseas in Keflavik, Iceland, Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, and Ramstein, Germany and Korat, Thailand. Sgt. Jones earned the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 bronze oak leaf, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 3 bronze one leaf clusters, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal with 4 bronze loops, National Defense Service medal with a bronze star, Vietnam Service Medal with a bronze star, NCO Professional Education Graduate Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Award with a silver star, Small Arms Expert Ribbon and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Lorraine retired in November 1976 as First Sergeant of the 33rd. Tactical Fighter Wing from Eglin AFB and continued to reside in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Lorraine was a member of Air Weather Association, Women in the Air Force Association, honorary member of both 6th. Weather Squadron (Mobile) Alumni Association and Texas tower #4 Association. She was a Charter member of the Women in Military Service Memorial and lifetime member in both Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. She enjoyed her Women in the Air Force Reunions held all over the country and also enjoyed going home to attend her high school reunions in Toms River. While visiting her hometown in Bayville with her family and loving cousins especially Drew Furchak, she enjoyed the steamers, clam chowder and crabs from the Barnegat Bay. Lorraine also gives thanks for her friendships with Anita Boyle, Jeane Mims and Helen Andrews. Lorraine will surely be missed. Services will be private as she is reunited with her mother in the Barnegat Bay. Please visit to sign the guestbook, express condolences and share memories.
She will definitely be missed at the AWA reunions!


John Lassiter of Yukon, OK was born on April 29,1929 to Mattie and Robert Lassiter near VanBuren, Arkansas and went home to be with his Lord on September 18, 2019 at the age of 90 surrounded by family. John was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ann ( Neal ) Lassiter, the mother of his five children; daughter, Lani Leigh and husband Roger of Portland, Oregon; daughter Kathy Lassiter of Independence, Missouri; daughter Carla Chown and husband Bill of Yukon, Oklahoma; daughter Janet Lassiter and husband Kenny Weisbrod of Norman,Oklahoma; and son William Carl Lassiter of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Eunice (Bachman) Lassiter of the home, one sister, Toni Ann Emery of Perris, California; 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild and numerous other family and friends. John performed his patriotic duty by joining the Navy in 1944. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps which became the USAF in 1947 and served for 26 years and retired as a MSGT in 1973. He served during WWII, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. After his service, he worked at OPUBCO for 15 years and retired in 1988. John and his wife Eunice enjoyed traveling for many years after his retirement and they were very involved in his 6th Weather Mobile Unit. John and Eunice are members of the Western Oaks Christian Church (DOC) where John was an Elder Emeritus. John’s family has entrusted his care to Bill Merritt Funeral Service in Warr Acres (5820 NW 41st Street 405-789-5622). His family will be present at the funeral home on Sunday, September 22nd, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Services to celebrate John’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 23, at First Christian Church of Yukon (601 Maple), with burial at Moore Cemetery in Moore, Oklahoma. Memorial donations in honor of John can be made to the Alzheimer's Association Oklahoma Chapter or the charity of your choice.

WilliamTFrenchWilliam Taft (W.T.) French, Jr. (Lt Col, USAF, Ret.), 88, passed away Sept. 25, 2019. He was born April 27, 1931 in New Market, Jefferson County, Tennessee, to William Taft French, Sr. and Sara Olivia (Manley) French. .T. was a 1949 graduate of New Market High School, and a 1953 graduate of Carson-Newman College, where he obtained degrees in mathematics and history, and earned credentials in teaching and coaching. He was a member of the Carson-Newman Letterman’s Club, having lettered in football. Upon graduation from college, W.T. embarked on a career in the United States Air Force, entering the Air Force Navigator Aviation Cadet Program. After his initial assignment as a Navigator with the 310th Air Refueling Squadron, Schilling AFB, Salina, Kansas, flying KC-97 Stratotankers, French was accepted into the Air Force Institute of Technology where, upon graduation, earned the designation of Air Force Meteorologist. Assignments in the U.S. Air Force Air Weather Service included Andersen AFB weather station, Guam; Headquarters Air Weather Service, Scott AFB, Illinois; Operations, Training, Evaluating, and Advising European and Asian weather service operations; Weather Squadron Commander, Ramstein AFB, Germany; supervised eight weather stations in Europe, as well as supervised war-planning at Air Weather Service headquarters. French’s last assignment was as Commander of the Norton AFB, San Bernardino, California, weather station and Staff Weather Officer to the base commander. French earned the designation of Master Navigator having accumulated more than 4,000 flight hours in various Air Force aircraft, including 100 combat missions over Southeast Asia as Navigator with the 553rd Reconnaissance Squadron “Batcats,” flying the EC-121R “Super Constellation.” In his 22-years of service in the U.S. Air Force, French was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal (4 awards); Air Force Commendation Medal; Air Force Meritorious Unit Award; National Defense Medal (2 awards); Vietnam Service Medal (4 awards); Air Force Longevity Service Award (w/ four oak leaf clusters); Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon; the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and numerous personal achievement commendations. Lt. Col. French retired in 1975. W.T. French continued his educational pursuits while on active duty earning a second master’s degree in Operations Systems Management from the University of Southern California during his off-duty time. He, also, completed all requirements, except dissertation, for a doctorate in Leadership and Human Behavior from United States International University, San Diego, California. W.T. French’s post-military career was spent in education, teaching a variety of courses at the community college level, and coordinating the on-campus student work program at Berry College, Rome, Ga. He retired from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale after coordinating and teaching in SIU’s off-campus program aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida; Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida; Navy Base, Orlando, Florida; and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, North Carolina. French was a life member of the Air Force Association (AFA); the American Legion; the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA); Toastmasters; the Carson-Newman Alumni Association; and a 40-year member of Lions Club International. Among his interests were reading, aviation, meteorology, agriculture, history, sports, travel, friends, and family. W.T. French was preceded in death by his parents; infant sons, David and Richard; infant granddaughter, Sara Elizabeth Hand; a brother, Fred Curtis “Teezer” French; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann (Dowling) French. He is survived by wife, Betty and two children, daughter Amy (Tom) Ray, and son Brian French, both of Rome, Ga.; two step-children, Suzanne (Kevin) Morton and Johnny (Karri) Mauldin of Lake City, Fl.; five grandchildren, Ian (Amy) Hand; Megan Hand; Bob Hand; Daniel Hand; and John French; six step-grandchildren, Tegan (Katie) Ray; Scott (Lindsey) Morton; Lindsey (George) Pridgeon; Jessica (Jeremy) Hunter; Dalton Mauldin; and Kellan Snider; one great-granddaughter, Lili Hand; six step-great-grandchildren, Lucas and Caleb Morton; Gavin Pridgeon; Abbey, Olive, and Jax Hunter. A sister, Phyllis (Don) Finchum, of Strawberry Plains, Tn., also, survive, as well as nieces and nephews. W.T. was of the Baptist faith. A funeral service with full military honors to honor the life of Mr. French will be held at 10 A.M. Monday, Sept. 30,in the Chapel of Guerry Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Tatum, Pastor of Parkview Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Cemetery, Lake City, Florida. Visitation and gathering with the family will be from 5 to 7 P.M. Sunday, Sept. 29, GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, 2659 S.W. Main Blvd., Lake City, Florida.

Major General Thomas A. Aldrich died in Roseville, CA on September 13, 2019 at age 95.  He was born in Rosebud, Texas. Son of John and Opal Aldrich, he was raised in San Angelo, graduating with honors from San Angelo High School in 1941. He attended San Angelo State University and graduated from the Institute of Meteorology in Chicago where he met his wife, Ginny. He received a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and Masters Degree in Business Administration from George Washington University. He also graduated from the Air Force Command and Staff College and the Air War College.  Aldrich entered military service in 1943 and rose to the rank of Major General in the USAF before retiring in 1978. During his military career, he was an Air Force meteorologist and held the rating of Command Pilot with approximately 10,000 flying hours in 16 types of military aircraft. He organized and commanded the first USAF flying organization in Australia after WWII which provided classified aerial reconnaissance valuable to U.S. National Defense.  Among his military decorations, General Aldrich was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Portuguese Cross. He is among the few Air Force Generals to have received the Order of the Sword from non-commissioned officers. His military assignments included two Air Force Wings (one at McClellan AFB and one in the Azores Islands) plus two numbered Air Forces (the USAF Air Weather Service headquartered at Scott AFB, Ill and the 22nd Air Force HQ at Travis AFB, CA). He and his wife, Ginny, were well known in Sacramento, Fairfield and Vacaville, CA for strong community relations with the military.  Following his military service, General Aldrich was a Vice President and Corporate Representative for governmental affairs for Anheuser-Busch Companies for 16 years, based in Sacramento. He was an active board member of the California Manufacturers Association for 15 years and Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1993. He served as a board member of the California State Chamber of Commerce and was campaign director for statewide businesses in California. Aldrich helped to establish the Northern California Retired Officers Community in Fairfield, CA and served as Vice-Chairman of the Board. General Aldrich also served for many years as a board member and finance chairman of the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation in Colorado. Additionally, he was a board member of the Pacific Coast Building Products Retirement Fund.  One of his top priorities in life was his active leadership in Christian churches wherever he served, helping to establish new churches in Washington D.C. and Alaska. This culminated in his leadership at Fremont Presbyterian Church where he served as elder, finance chairman, presbytery representative, and building campaign chairman. He often said that his proudest accomplishment was his marriage of 65 years to Ginny Peterson of Alta, Iowa. He is survived by his 3 children, 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  A private family funeral service will be held. A memorial service will also be conducted at Fremont Presbyterian Church in Sacramento at a date and time to be determined.  More info as received

Glenn B. Rumley, a native of Fort Collins, passed away on June 8, 2019. Glenn graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1947 and from CSU in 1952 with a degree in Earth Sciences. He married his high school sweetheart, the former JoAnn Ellis in 1950. After graduating from CSU, he entered the US Air Force with a commission of 2nd lieutenant. He served in the North Korean war after which he entered Penn State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology. He served in Vietnam and Thailand during the Vietnam War as a squadron commander, supplying the combat forces there with needed weather information. He held a Master’s Degree from George Washington University in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree from Texas A&M University in Meteorology. Glenn served in the USAF for 29 years, retiring as a full Colonel. The next 10 years he served his church as an associate pastor in Nebraska. He and JoAnn retired to Estes Park in 1997. He is survived by his wife JoAnn, daughter Kari Mason and her husband Tim from Red Feather Lakes Colorado and his son Mark Rumley and his wife JoAnn from Liberty Missouri, 3 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He will be remembered as a kind man with great integrity who loved his God, his family and his country. He will be dearly missed. A Memorial service was held on June 20, 2019 at Good Samaritan Village in Estes Park CO at 2:00pm. A Military service was held at Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins CO June 21, 2019 at 4:00pm. Donations may be made in Glenn’s name to St. Jude’s Memorial Hospital in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517.

James J. Halbach June 16, 1943 – July 11, 2019 Jim was a very accomplished, humble man. His lowkey lifestyle, self-deprecating sense of humor, love of family, and generosity were evident to all who knew him. A person of great faith, he was a beloved brother, uncle to three generations, cousin, and friend. While serving his country in Global Weather at Stratcom, Jim worked diligently to improve the ability to track and forecast weather events. Following an honorable discharge, his private career involved technical support at various high-tech companies including more than 20 years at Honeywell. Jim was the “go-to guy” for some of their toughest problems. He had a talent for “fixing” things and established his first “Fix It Shop” in a room in his parents’ basement at the age of eight. Hobbies included maintaining a vegetable garden, building “things” and “tinkering,” computer programming (creating programs for Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry as a volunteer), keeping the family genealogy, and taking photos of his family, journeys, and adventures. He created a family newsletter and maintained it on a seasonal basis for many years. Highlights were photos of family members with updates on their recent accomplishments and adventures. A champion of healthy living, Jim swam, walked, cross country skied and rode his bike while following a healthy diet. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Alice; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Anna; oldest nephew, Mike and youngest nephew-in-law, James Quintana. He is survived by his sister Rosie; nephews: Chris (Michelle), Karl (Noreen), Pat (Susan), and Joe (Jenny); nieces, Jennifer (Bob) Little and Sheila Quintana; niece-in-law Bev; seventeen grandnephews and grandnieces; a great-grandnephew and great-grandniece. His legacy is his love of God, family and country.
Visitation begins on Friday, August 23rd at 5pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by WAKE SERVICE at 6:30pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, August 24th at 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th St. Interment: Calvary Cemetery. For memorials, the family suggests Masses or donations to Victory Noll Sisters.


Carol Ann Lavin  Carol Ann Lavin of Charlottesville, Virginia died suddenly on August 17, 2019 at the age of 78.  Carol was born on March 1, 1941 in Woonsocket, RI to Bernard Joseph and Marguerite Mary (Ginchereau) McNeil. Soon after, the family moved to Lawrence, MA where Carol attended Catholic schools and graduated from Saint Mary’s High School for girls. She met James “Kevin” Lavin of Central Catholic Boy’s High School at a holiday function in the mid-1950s and on December 30, 1961, Carol married 2nd Lieutenant Lavin, USAF. Years later, Saint Mary’s combined with Central Catholic as a coed High School. Carol and Kevin enjoyed hearing of and supporting the continued progress of Central Catholic High School of Lawrence, MA. As a military spouse, Carol embarked on an exciting 30-year adventure with the United States Air Force and with Kevin was blessed with three children. Son Keith and daughter Karen were born on Guam and daughter Kim at the now closed Chanute AFB in Rantoul, IL. The family moved over 15 times enjoying every assignment and meeting and making lasting friendships with many military and civilian families. In 1991, Colonel and Mrs. Lavin retired at Scott AFB, IL and moved to Montgomery, AL to a home they owned. Kevin became the National Weather Association Executive Director from 1993-2006 and Carol helped as a volunteer secretary and in many local church and community activities. In 1994, Kevin and Carol volunteered to Chair the all-volunteer Air Weather Association keeping camaraderie among active duty and retired Air Force Weather personnel. In 2001, they moved to Charlottesville, VA to be closer to family, continuing their Association work and volunteer activities and especially enjoying making new friends.   Throughout Carol’s life, she constantly sought to surround herself and family with happiness and joy. She was an avid painter taking classes well into her 70’s with grandchildren and friends. Her watercolors and prints are valued by all who were lucky enough to receive one of her beautiful painted flowers or seascapes. She worked tirelessly in her gardens always ensuring that wherever she lived, she had a gorgeous and inviting yard for the entire neighborhood to enjoy. She took pride in ensuring that all her grandchildren had nothing but the very best and valued every moment she had with all of them.  Her cooking skills were admired by all. From the basics of a peanut butter and fluff sandwich with M&M’s for her eldest grandchild, to racks of ribs that brought neighbors together, she was known as an ultimate hostess and caterer for any and all occasions.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Daniel O. McNeil.  She is survived by her loving husband of near 58 years, Kevin; her son Keith, his wife Roseanne and their three children: Craig his wife Jen, Jaime her husband Jarett, and Evan; daughter Karen DeSpiegelaere and her two daughters Emily and Jessica; daughter Kimberly and her son Nicholas Pilipowskyj, his wife Rebecca; and brother Bernard Joseph McNeil and his wife Gail.  A funeral mass and celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday August 24, 2019 a St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish Church located at 401 Alderman Road, Charlottesville, VA. The family will receive visitors at the church from 1:00-2:00 PM before the mass and welcome all to join them at a small reception thereafter. Her final interment will be held in the columbarium at St. Thomas Aquinas Church with an intimate family ceremony at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of the donors choosing or the St. Thomas Aquinas Church Building Fund. For more information on directions and the building fund, please see


William (Bill) A. Albro, Colonel USAF Ret., passed away on August 5th, 2019, at Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA, after losing his battle with cancer. Born in Newport, Rhode Island on September 30th, 1939, Bill was the son of the late Arthur A. and Louise (Deblois) Albro, JR, and enjoyed his childhood along with his two sisters Phyllis (Raymond) Armbrust, and the late Linda (Bob) Burkitt. He started his relationship with the military in JR. ROTC at Rodgers High School in Newport RI., and enlisted in the Army Reserves upon HS graduation in 1957, rising to the rank of Corporal. He was in Air Force ROTC at Hobart College in Geneva, New York, and received a regular commission into the Air Force in June of 1961. He married Judith (Gillam) in September of 1961 and reported to his first duty assignment as a graduate student at MIT. They raised their two sons, Thomas and Todd, on various Air Force Bases throughout the country. Bill spent the first half of his Air Force Career in Air Weather Service, serving in Vietnam from 1964 to 1965. He would later return to SE Asia for several deployments from 1970-73. He transferred into the Missile Field in 1978 and was stationed at Minot AFB in North Dakota. Serving in the 91st Strategic Missile Wing in various positions including Combat Crew Commander, Squadron Commander 740th Strategic Missile Squadron, and Director of Operations. His final assignment was to the 485th Tactical Missile Wing where he served as Vice Wing Commander and retired as Acting Wing Commander. Post Air Force, Bill worked in international business in Oman, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, before ultimately retiring in Olympia, Washington. He then fulfilled his dream of serving as a priest and was Ordained in the Anglican Church in August of 2006, and served with Judy by his side until her passing in 2010. Father Bill served as the Rector of two congregations in Olympia and Gig Harbor WA, and was active in Prison Ministries and serving the needs of the elderly in retirement homes. In addition to his ongoing service to the Anglican Church, Bill enjoyed gardening with his wife Sumi (Kim) whom he married in 2014, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife Sumi (Kim), sons: Tom (Tina), Todd (Deanna), stepsons: Ron and Randy, grandchildren: Nathanial, Kelsey (Kai), Sarah (Nick), Nicole, Luke and step grandson Ronnie. A Memorial service will be held 11:00 AM on Friday, August 23rd at St Alban’s Anglican Church (meeting in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church building), 3315 S 19th ST. Tacoma, WA 98405). Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. The family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

William Anthony Hueller, 85, was born in Mt. Vernon, IN, on October 30, 1933, to Harold Ascher Hueller and Martha Ellen Hueller (Bauer). He died of age-related causes peacefully on June 28, 2019, with his family at his side. His first wife of 47 years, Carol, passed away 17 years ago. He is survived by his wife: Jan (Kovalak) of Stayton; son Kurt (Caroll) of Lyons; daughter: Karen (Stephen) Piacentini of Portland; 4 grandchildren: Nytasha (Darin) Gerdes of Bend, Jacob Hueller of Lyons, Jennifer Piacentini of Portland, Anthony Piacentini of Portland; and two great grandchildren, Hannah and Emersyn Gerdes of Bend. William (Bill) served 22 years in the United States Air Force as a meteorologist, was stationed in many locations, and served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He moved his family to the Santiam Canyon in 1974. He enjoyed reading, gardening, studying the weather, science fiction, pets and especially spending time with family and friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Mehama Community Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice at 1015 3rd. St. NW, Salem, OR 97303, or online at Serving the family will be North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

Donald Fred Moore passed away on May 14, 2019 at Charleston, SC. Don was born on July 5, 1921 in Beloit, WI. He grew up on a dairy farm in southern Wisconsin but the family lost the farm in the Great Depression. His father died when Don was only 12 years old. Growing up during the Depression taught him solid values and a healthy dose of common sense. Other than homes, he never financed anything in his life.  Following High School, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps at the beginning of WWII and was singled out in his large class at Basic Training to attend Officer Candidate School. After the war, Don transitioned into the Air Force where he served in numerous assignments throughout his career which included the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon as well as overseas in Misawa, Japan and Wiesbaden, Germany. Unfortunately during this time his wife Patricia (nee Ryan) died in an auto accident and he was faced with raising four children, one whom was only eight months old.  Don stayed in the Air Force and without a college degree or pilot's wings, made full Colonel before the age of 40. Ironically, he took up flying after retirement from the Air Force eventually owning a couple of Cessna airplanes. Upon retirement Don became one of the top officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington D.C. and testified before Congress on multiple occasions. After a second retirement he became a very successful realtor, eventually settling in Stowe, VT.  Largely self taught, Don developed an impressive set of skills over the years. He was an accomplished mechanic, computer specialist and built three homes for his family, one in Front Royal, VA, and two in Stowe, VT.  He and his second wife Mary Ellis Moore ultimately settled on John’s Island in Charleston, SC. They traveled the world extensively and ventured out of the country more than thirty times. In 1999, suffering a stroke while playing golf prompted Don and Mary to move into Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community on James Island where he often provided computer technology assistance to the other residents.  Don passed away just a few weeks short of his 98th birthday. He was the best role model his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren could ever have hoped for. His two sons and two daughters will always be grateful that he introduced them to snow and water skiing, skydiving, flying, golf, home building, and inspired them to travel as much as possible. The world lost an extraordinary man.  Don Moore is predeceased by his wives, Patricia Ryan Moore and Mary Ellis Moore. He is survived by the children of his first marriage: Two sons, Patrick and his wife Penny of Ludlow, VT and Michael and his wife Elisabeth of Breckenridge, CO, two daughters, Jan Haslam of Nashville, TN and Kathleen Sawyer of Stowe, VT, seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and his sister Marge Miller of San Antonio, TX.  Private interment services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC. Date TBD

Kelly BurkeLieutenant General Kelly H Burke, USAF retired, passed away peacefully on July 23 at Belvedere Commons, Fort Walton Beach. He turned 90 in June. General Burke was born on June 7th, 1929 in Mobile Alabama. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Navy and served two years as an aerial photographer. Thanks to the G.I. Bill, he entered Auburn University, the first member of his family to attend College. At Auburn he met the love of his life, Denny Hosey. They were married in December 1951 and spent 65 years together. Denny passed away in 2015. While at Auburn, Kelly was a member of Lamda Chi Alpha fraternity and served as president of the Inter-fraternity council, was selected for membership in Spades and Omicron Delta Kappa and was a co-founder of the Auburn chapter of the Arnold Air Society. Graduating in 1952, he originally intended to follow a career in Law, however he was concurrently designated a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program and commissioned as a second lieutenant. As a result he joined the newly formed United States Air Force. He completed pilot training and was awarded the commander's trophy as the outstanding graduate of his class. During his Air Force career he held a wide variety of challenging assignments including commander of two bombardment wings, senior planner of Strategic Air Command and Director of Air Force operational requirements. He rose rapidly in rank, becoming the first in his year group to receive a third star. He was also the first Air Force ROTC graduate to achieve that rank. To commemorate these accomplishments, Auburn University established the Burke scholarship which is awarded annually to the most outstanding Air Force ROTC cadet.  During his 30 year Air Force Career, he logged in excess of 8,000 flying hours including 800 hours in combat. In addition, he joined meteorological reconnaissance and became a Typhoon Hunter, flying into major Pacific storms. He flew a large variety of aircraft including many experimental and foreign types. He was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, The Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, The Meritorious Service Medal, The Bronze Star and the Air Medal with oak leaf clusters. He served as Dean of Overseas Students at the Royal Air Force Staff College, Bracknell, UK., and his final position was Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Acquisition with an annual budget of $38 billion. He played a major role in shaping the Air Force of the future. As recognition of his achievements the Air Force created the Kelly Burke trophy awarded annually to the most outstanding young officer in the development and acquisition field. General Burke retired from the Air Force in 1982 and along with long time friends and colleagues, General Guy Hecker and General (Astronaut) Tom Stafford, he formed the leading aerospace consulting firm of Stafford, Burke and Hecker. He also served as director of The Singer Corporation, the airline Flying Tigers and Orbital Science Corporation. He served as a pro bono advisor to the White House Science Office, the National Research Council, The Defense Science Board, The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and others. Kelly Burke was a graduate of Auburn University, George Washington University, the Air Force Squadron Officers School, the Royal Air Force Staff College, the Naval War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. In 1993, General and Mrs. Burke established the Burke Family Scholarship Endowment at the Northwest Florida State College, which provides fifteen four-year scholarships annually to needy students. For this and other charitable activities the Burkes were named the 1995 “Benefactors of the year” for the State of Florida. Since its inception the endowment has supported over 190 students and is the second largest scholarship endowment held, currently totaling more than $1.3 million. General Burke also served as a director of the Northwest Florida College Foundation and the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. General Burke was preceded in death by his wife Denny and Daughter Patty. He is survived by his daughter Bethany Burke, son Kelly Burke, granddaughter Leigh Ackal and grandsons Burke Ackal and Mark D. Ackal. He is also survived by son in laws Martin Owen and Mark Ackal, and his sisters Helen Kirkendall and Sid Douglas. Over the past two years Kelly received incredibly sympathetic and loving care by the staff and residents of Belvedere Commons in Fort Walton Beach, his hospice nurse Sherry Lee and from his long term care giver and friend Kim Norris. A celebration of life will be scheduled for General Burke over the forthcoming weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Air Force Aid Society ( Offerings of love and sympathy may be placed online at

Captain L. Brent Lokey USAF (Retired), age 76, of Shelbyville, TN, died on Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Nashville, TN. Mr. Lokey was born in Shelbyville, TN, to his late parents, Neil Coble Lokey, Jr. and Nora Jenetta Philpott Lokey. He was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force in which he served 25 years. While in the Air Force, he served as Captain, Weather Officer, Squadron Commander, and served with the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam. Mr. Lokey was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, twice awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, awarded three times the Air Force Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Antarctic Service Medal. Mr. Lokey worked with the Epilepsy Foundation of Middle Tennessee for 12 years as regional director. Locally, he was active in the Republican Party, president of the Shelbyville Central High School Class of 1960, past camp commander for the SCV camp in 1972, baseball coach, Sunday school teacher, and was also a “Professional Big Daddy.” He was also a member of Grace Baptist Church in Shelbyville, TN. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Ricky Lokey, and a grandson, Justin Leverette. Mr. Lokey is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Carolyn Lokey, Shelbyville, TN; daughters, Christy (John) Rich, New Market, AL, Kay Lokey, Goodlettesville, TN, and Wendy Hamilton, Shelbyville, TN; brother, Neil (Connie) Lokey, Shelbyville, TN; sisters, Lydia Mittwede and Lisa Walker, both of Orlando, FL; grandchildren, Katie Taylor, Ashley Knodel, and Joshua Knodel; great grandchildren, Emerson Taylor and Ellisyn Taylor. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, from 4pm until 8pm at Lawrence Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at 2:00pm in the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with Dr. Marvin Neill officiating. Interment will follow at Cothran Cemetery in Bedford County. Bobby Lemmon, Rick McGear, Sam Mittwede, Kenny Phillips, Neil Lokey, Joshua Knodel, and Jason Leverette will serve as active pallbearers. Sam Isom will serve as an honorary pallbearer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of Middle Tennessee, 701 Murfreesboro Pike, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37210.

Gerald D. (Jerry) Boynton, died at 4:10am, Friday, June 28, 2019, at his home on the Boynton family farm in Pulaski Twp, Ohio. He was 82.
Gerald D Boynton was born in Bryan, Ohio, September 17, 1936, the elder son of Hubert and Dorothy Mae (Sackrider) Boynton. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Bryan High School in 1954. In 1958 he earned a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Michigan State University, and participated in ROTC. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force, then earned a certificate in meteorology at St. Louis University (1959). Assigned to Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, England, he met Anne Marie Wheller, whom he married, July 29, 1961 at Caterham, Surrey. Together they had four children while Jerry served assignments in Spain and around the US. He also earned a master’s degree in geophysics, again from St. Louis University. He served one year as director of the Weather Station at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. His last military assignment was at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, where he led engineers developing software for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. He served 21 ½ years, and retired in 1979 with the rank of Major. After his military retirement, Jerry worked for Harris Corp, Bellevue, NE, for 20 years. After meeting her on a blind date, he married Patricia Rowlands, August 29, 1981 in Bellevue, NE. Jerry and Pat moved to Pulaski in 1999, building a home on the family farm, and caring for his elderly father. He worked 12 years as buggy driver for Sauder Village and was known by riders for stories he told about the Great Black Swamp and the growth of agriculture in Northwest Ohio. He served as Zoning Chair for Pulaski Twp., vice-president of the Williams County Community Concert Association and was an active member of St. Patrick Church. He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, working outdoors whenever possible and playing golf with other seniors at Riverside Golf Course in Stryker. He enjoyed college sports, flying the flag for Michigan State and Nebraska, where three of his children graduated. Just before his death he was accepted into the Williams County First Families as a direct descendent of Alpheus and Charles JC Boynton, who came to Bryan in 1841 and started the family farm in 1846. Gerald was the fifth-generation owner of the farm, which was awarded Sesquicentennial (150 years) status in 2016. Son Paul will maintain the family farm as the sixth-generation owner. Family events gave him great joy, especially the July 4th family gatherings at Lake Rabun, GA, and his eldest grandson’s recent wedding in North Carolina. He never wanted to be left out of family times, even during his final illness when not feeling well. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Anne Wheller Boynton, brother, Douglas Boynton, and sister, Janet Boynton Kravatz. He is survived by Patricia, his wife of 38 years; two sons, Paul (Shelly) of Jacksonville, FL, and John (Michelle) of Nashville, TN; two daughters, Susan (Bayard) Closser of Decatur, IL and Linda (Jeffrey) Wade of Mason, Ohio; eleven grandchildren, Mitchell (Morgan) Closser, Cole Closser, Anna Closser, Nathan Boynton, John R. Boynton, Michael Boynton, Olivia Wade, Charlie Wade, Jack Boynton, Will Boynton and Molly Boynton. Also surviving are his sister, Kay Boynton Takeuchi of Lodi, California, nieces and nephews, and many whose friendship he valued. His beloved Springer Spaniel, Cocoa, misses him already. Our hearts are broken as we face the future without this upright and gentle man whom we loved so much and who loved all of us. Visitation will be Friday, July 5, 2019 from 2pm – 7:00pm at the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home and Crematory, 206 North Lynn Street. Scripture service will follow, in the funeral home at 7pm. The Mass celebrating the life of Gerald Boynton will take place at 10:30am, Saturday, July 6, 2019 at St. Patrick Church, 610 South Portland Street, Bryan, Ohio, with Father. Charles Ritter and Father David Tscherne officiating. Burial with military honors will take place at Shiffler Cemetery immediately after the Mass, followed by a luncheon at the church. The family extends their deep appreciation to the staff of the Melanoma Clinic at the Hillman Cancer Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, and to all who cared for him during his last illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to AIM@Melanoma, 5729 Lebanon Road, Suite 144-305, Frisco, TX 75034; Sauder Village, 22611 State Route 2, Archbold, Ohio 43502; or St. Patrick Church Capital Campaign, 610 South Portland Street, Bryan, Ohio 43506.

Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Richard Keith Wilson, 88, died peacefully in his sleep on June 1, 2019, in Harlingen, TX. He was born July 4, 1930, in Rapid City, SD.
He spent his first 18 years on the ranch owned by his parents, Elmer and Ruth. Keith attended South Dakota State University, where he graduated in 1952 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. On June 22, 1952, he and Darlene June Klosterman of New Underwood, SD, were married. Keith served in the Air Force as a meteorologist from 1952 to 1972. He was assigned to numerous outposts including Colorado Springs; Seattle (where he earned a Master's degree); Thule, Greenland; Riverside, CA; Tokyo, Japan; and Omaha, NE. From 1972 to 1992 he was a computer whiz for UNISYS in Omaha. Keith quickly became a Nebraskan, rooting for the Cornhuskers until his death. He and Darlene became part of a square dance group, the Mix-Masters. In 1992, Keith retired from UNISYS and he and Darlene hit the road in their RV. By 1996 they were fulltime RV travelers, eventually making Harlingen their home. Keith was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Marion; his son, Jeffery; and daughter, Dawn. He is survived by his wife Darlene, his son, Rick; daughters-in-law, Linda and Therese; four grandchildren, Jason, Randy, Jacob, Megan; three great-grandchildren; and his sister, Caroline Wilsey. The family thanks the Greater Valley Hospice Alliance, the Cano Home and the many people who cared for Keith during his last four years. Keith will be buried, with military honors, at Fort Meade National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD, in the late summer of 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Treasure Hills Presbyterian Church, 2120 Ed Carey Drive, Harlingen, TX 78550. All are invited to sign the online guestbook or leave a memory at

RobertBundgaardCol. Robert Clausen “Bob” Bundgaard, ret. USAF, born in Denver, Colorado on July 14, 1918, passed away peacefully at 100 years old with family by his side, November 9, 2018 in North Branford, Connecticut. Bob was born to Anton Christian and Nielsine Marie (Clausen) Bundgaard and grew up in Denver. He graduated from the University of Denver with a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics. An accomplished musician, he played the viola with the Denver Symphony Orchestra as a young man. Bob also played the violin for the Queen of Portugal and her consort in Paris during World War II. One of the lighter tunes he played was “Turkey in The Straw” to their great delight. In 1941 he attended Columbia University where he met his wife Charlotte Henriques and earned a Master’s degree in Statistics. He was drafted in 1942 and was accepted into the Aviation Cadet program in Meteorology at UCLA in Los Angeles. He was assigned to General Eisenhower’s Air Weather Team, serving as Chief-of-Staff of the USSTAFE (United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe) Upper Air Forecast Section where he contributed to the weather forecasting for the D-Day invasion. He was later stationed with the Allied forces in Paris and was there in May, 1945 when Victory in Europe was announced. For his scientific efforts during and after the war, the American Institute of Aeronautical Sciences awarded Bob the Losey Award. He was also awarded the Bronze Star. After 20 years of military service, Bob retired and worked for Kaman Sciences in Windsor Locks, CT, working in meteorological sciences. Ever the gentleman, Bob was known for his kindness and sense of humor. One of his talents was ad-libbing puns to groans and eyerolling all around. He loved fishing, hiking, and camping in the mountains and spending time with his grand- and great-grandchildren. In his final days, he didn’t want a priest or a pastor, but wanted to talk with a fellow meteorologist! He was a weatherman to the end. Bob will be greatly missed by his companion of many years, Alice Castelli, and her family. He was preceded in death by his brother Gordon Bundgaard, wife Charlotte Bundgaard, and granddaughter Jenny Thompson. He is survived by his children R. Michael (and Joyce) Bundgaard, Kristine B Thompson (and Joe Bachofen), James H. (and Sondra) Bundgaard, Rebecca (and Walter) Williams, Barbara (Peg) Bundgaard (and Jeff Love), 10 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and wonderful relatives in Denmark. Bob loved people and made many friends at Evergreen Woods where he and Alice moved in 2013. A celebration of his life will be held November 24, 2018, 2 – 4 p.m., at Evergreen Woods, 88 Notch Hill Road, North Branford, CT. Another celebration will be held in Colorado on November 24, 2018 at 511 W. Linden Street, Louisville CO. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Audubon Society, a Veteran’s organization or charity of your choice. With love, never to be forgotten.  Bob was a charter member of AWA - Number 2, behind #1 BGen George Chapman.  He was a historian and often helped with info especially about WWII.    He also enjoyed reunions.

Carol Ann Pfeffer, spouse of Col USAF (Ret.) Gene Pfeffer, on May 28, 2019 went to be with the Lord at her home in Monument, CO with her husband of 56 years, Gene, holding her hand. Carol was born on December 13, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri to Martin and Gladys (Kuchar) Nestor. Carol was the oldest of four daughters Maureen Nestor Jones, Patricia Nestor Flynn and Joann Nestor Sazama. The girls grew up in the St. Louis Cathedral parish and community. Carol attended Nerinx Hall H.S. and St. Louis University where she met her husband.
After being inseparable companions for four years, Carol and Gene were married on September 19, 1964 in the St. Louis Cathedral and soon departed for Salt Lake City where they began their U.S. Air Force life. Together they traveled the globe. Daughter Patricia Ann and a year later son Joseph Martin were born at Patrick AFB Cocoa Beach, FL. Son Michael Thomas was born at Scott AFB IL. The family spent time in England which was a favorite of Carol’s. She was active in the AF Wives Club throughout their 35 years of service, always providing support to other wives.
Carol was proud of her Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Southern Illinois University that she completed in 1993 after raising her children. Once she and Gene retired from the Air Force life and moved to Colorado Springs, CO they became very involved in the development of The National Museum of World War II Aviation where Carol helped catalog all the donated artifacts. She enjoyed golfing with Gene and her friends, travel, pottery and ceramics and her family.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents Martin and Gladys (Kuchar) Nestor and Sisters Maureen Jones and Joann Sazama. Carol is survived by her husband Gene, her children Patricia Ann (Rick) Leone of Fowler, CO, Joseph Martin Pfeffer of Colorado Springs, CO, and Michael Thomas Pfeffer of Luling, LA, grandchildren Gabriella and Richard Valentino Leone, Joseph “Boomer” and Alexandria “Alex” Pfeffer, Sean and Ryan Granier and Thomas Pfeffer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carol’s name to the National Museum of WWII Aviation
or Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs
Services will be held at St. Peter Catholic Church in Monument, CO on June 11th at 10:00 a.m. with a reception afterward followed by interment at the Pikes Peak National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. A memorial celebration will be held to honor Carol’s life at a later time.

Roswell L. Crozier, Jr., Lt. Colonel, USAF Ret., age 98, of Painted Post, died Saturday, April 6, 2019 at home.  Ros was a charter member of Air Weather Association and Air Weather Reconnaissance Association.   He was born on July 13, 1920 to Roswell L. Crozier, Sr. and Francis Rogers in Corning, New York.  Roz graduated from Corning Free Academy in 1938. He married Helen Tracey on February 21, 1942 in Grace United Methodist Church in Corning. Roz worked at Corning Glass Works and in August of 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, which later became the United States Air Force.
Roz graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy, where he earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Yale University and graduated from U.S.A.F. Air War College. He served in the Air Force from August 21, 1942 until April 30, 1965. Roz was a World War II veteran and member of the greatest generation. His significant military engagements included the D-Day Normandy landing, Operations Crossbow, Market Garden and Sandstone and the Battle of the Bulge, Northern and Southern France, the Rhineland, Ardennes, Italy and the South Pacific.
After the war ended, his stations included England, Japan, Guam and Philippines. Then on to Iceland, France, India and the Belgian Congo. In 1965, after many stateside assignments and keeping USAF planes, from B-17's and 19's to B-47's and 52's in the air, Roz retired. He retired with a dozen medals, including Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, EUR - /African/Middle Eastern Campaign with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, State of New York Awards, Conspicuous Service Cross and Conspicuous Service Star.
Upon returning to Corning, Roz was founding member and Executive Director of Corning Cross Roads. He served as Trustee for the Village of Painted Post, Deputy Mayor, and later as Mayor from 1996 – 2002. He was elected again in 2010 and retired from office in 2015.
In 2002 Roz was named Painted Post Board of Trade Distinguished Citizen. In 2013, he was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Roz is survived by his loving wife and life partner, Helen Tracey Crozier. Roz is also survived by sons, Kent (Cheryl) and Michael (Carole); grandchildren: Michael (Anne), Katharine and Tressa; great granddaughter, Holly; sister-in-law, Betty Crozier, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings: Norman, Donald and Alice (Bob) Chase, and by brothers-in law and sisters-in-law: Frances (Shotty) and Beverly Tracey, William (Mike) Tracey, Evelyn (Boo) and Lynn Carpenter and Carole Tracey. Calling hours will be Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 2-5 PM at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First Street, Corning, NY. The funeral will be held 11:00 AM on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the funeral home with Rev. Betty Bement officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Painted Post. Roz's family will provide flowers. Donations may be made to CareFirst/Hospice or Corning Community Food Pantry.
The family would like to thank the devoted staff of CareFirst and Visiting Angels. Special thanks go to Dr. Kathleen Hallinan and Nurse Jess.
Roz's family entrusted his care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.

Hugh O'NeilLt. Col. USAF (Ret.) Hugh M. O‘Neil, decorated military and civilian meteorologist, community activist, and loving family man, passed away quietly on Sunday, April 7th at Carriage Inn Senior Living Community in Katy, Texas, at the age of 88. Hugh’s career in the nation’s weather agencies began in 1952 and lasted 41 years. In September of that year, he entered the United States Air Force to serve with its Air Weather Service. Under the auspices of the Air Force, he completed a graduate school atmospheric sciences program at NYU and later a specialized study program at Penn State collecting his Masters in Meteorology in 1960. In addition to serving stateside, Hugh completed a tour of duty in Greenland in 1955 and earned a Bronze Star during another tour in Vietnam in 1971. Hugh considered serving as a meteorological computer specialist at the Global Weather Center at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska, as the highlight of his military career. He was one of a group of military scientists and specialists who developed the first computerized military weather program. Hugh developed a mathematical model of the atmosphere that produced wind and temperature forecasts for military flight planning. In 1961 for his accomplishments as a pioneer in numerical weather prediction, he received the USAF Merewether Award, presented annually in recognition of the most significant contribution to military meteorology. Hugh retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 1972 but continued his service as a civilian with the National Weather Service’s Meteorological Center in Suitland, Maryland. His scientific team evaluated the accuracy and effectiveness of satellite weather observation systems in weather forecasting and in 1976, installed the first nationwide National Weather Service computer system. Hugh retired from the National Weather Service in 1993. Throughout his career, he remained a proud member of the Air Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society. As his children moved away from home, Hugh dedicated more of his time to community service. He was a volunteer and the advisory council chairperson for a homeless shelter in Falls Church, Virginia, for many years. As a member of Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax, Virginia, he served in a number of outreach capacities. Born on April 18, 1930 in Watertown, New York, Hugh was the only child of Harold J. and Elizabeth O’Neil. Hugh attended local schools in Watertown before matriculating to St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science with honors in Mathematics in 1952. On June 6th, 1953, Hugh married his college sweetheart, Mary M. Garvin, of Schenectady, New York. Throughout their 58 years of marriage, Hugh and Mary (Ginger) lived in five states and raised six children. Following Hugh’s retirement from the Air Force, the family made Annandale, Virginia, their home for nearly 25 years. Hugh and Ginger moved to Texas to be closer to most of their children and grandchildren following his retirement from the National Weather Service. In 2004, Ginger suffered a major stroke, and Hugh devoted his life to being her primary caregiver. He remained her rock, her constant companion, and an unwavering soothing presence until she passed away in 2011. Following her death, he refocused his energies on leading history classes in his retirement community, rekindling an interest in astronomy, and authoring two self-published books. Hugh is survived by his six children and respective spouses (Betsy and Paul Thomas, Garv and Jan O’Neil, Hal and Cynthia O’Neil, Phyllis and Tony Syme, Shirley and Paul Owen, and Dan O’Neil); 13 grandchildren and respective spouses (Alex and Jen Thomas, Cassie and Doug Price, Andie and James Hernandez, Jessica O'Neil, Shannon O’Neil, Jaclyn O'Neil, Jeremy O’Neil, Matt Syme, Kate and Michael Dober, Molly and Chris Menzel, Erin and Dakota Walkley, Rachel Owen, and Dan Owen); and two great-grandchildren (Natalie Thomas and Emma Price).

On June 15, 2019 at 11:00 am, the family will receive friends and hold a memorial service at Cedar Run Community Church, 13560 McLearen Road, Herndon, Virginia 20171. If you are inclined to make a memorial donation, please choose from among those charitable organizations you feel would be suitable.

Ben CarrBen Lee Carr, SMSgt USAF (Ret.) 89, of Woodland, CA passed away on February 7, 2019 from complications due to a fall. A 1947 graduate of Woodland High, he frequently said he had lived a wonderful life, and looked forward to being reunited in Heaven with his beloved wife of 54 years, Dobby. They had traveled much of the world during his 20 years of service to the US Air Force ('48-'69), and lived in several states while employed with the US Postal Service. After retirement, Ben and Dobby made their home in Arizona where they pursued their many interests in archaeology, model railroading, photography, astronomy, travel and history. After Dobby's death in 2004, Ben returned to the Auburn, CA area to be near family. He became a Placer County Museum Docent, and formed new friendships at Auburn Grace Church. More recently he moved to Woodland to be a companion to his nephew, Steven Taylor, a Vietnam veteran, and became involved with the Woodland Museum of Biblical Archaeology. His love of travel never waned, and in recent years he had traveled to China, Australia, Europe and Russia, South America, the Caribbean, Jordan and Israel. Ben is survived by adoring nieces and nephews whom he referred to as his children. A memorial service with full military honors was held Saturday, March 23 at Woodland United Fellowship.




Harvey KahleHarvey Diedrich John Kahle, 95, of Hermann, Mo. died, Friday, April 12, 2019 at Missouri Veterans Home in St. James, Mo. He was born in Owensville, Mo. on February 21, 1924 a son of Benjamin W. and Clara (Schulte) Kahle. He was united in marriage to Melba M. Rohlfing on June 17, 1950 at St. Paul's U.C.C. Church in Gerald, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Clara Kahle; his wife, Melba Kahle; his special friend, Marie Brinkmann; and his brother, Marvin Kahle. His survivors include his sister; Pearl Brandenburger of Cuba, Mo., his nieces and nephews, and his great-nieces and nephews.
Sgt Kahle served his country in the Army Air Force during World War II from Oct. 1942 to Jan. 1946 in the 17th Weather Squadron. He belonged to the Owensville Lodge No. 624 AF & AM and Fraternal Order of Eagles in Alton, Ill. Harvey went to St. Louis College of Mortuary Science and to Moler School of Cosmetology and Barbering in the state of California. As a young man, he worked as a mortician in Owensville, and then later in St. Louis as a mortician. He loved to dance and go to dances. He liked to fish and take care of his property. He kept in touch with his Army Air Force friends belonging to the 17th Weather Squadron Alumni Association and the Air Weather Association and went to their reunions. He had been the secretary of the Owensville High School Alumni Assn. He was an active member of Gasconade County Bible Society and had a prison ministry of delivering bibles to prisoners. He attended Hermann Christian Church, and loved the Lord Jesus and was committed to serving him. Funeral services were on Wednesday, April 17 at Gottenstroeter Funeral Home in Owensville at 11 AM with Pastor Rick Owsley and Pastor Dave Thomas officiating.
Burial will be at St. Paul's Cemetery in Bay, Mo.
Memorials may be given to Gasconade County Bible Society or St. Paul's Cemetery.

Colonel Edward Thomas "Tom" Kubiak, 85, formally of Duluth, MN, died at his residence on April 26, 2019. Tom was born December 5, 1940 in Madison, WI. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 1963 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Air Force's Reserve Officers Training Program. Colonel Kubiak spent the next 24 years in various overseas and stateside assignments. During his military career, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, four Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals, the Air Force Longevity Ribbon with four oak leaf clusters, two Outstanding Unit Awards, and the National Defense Medal. Following his distinguished military career, Tom worked for several national companies involved with contracting emergency department services for hospitals. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund T. and Mary Elizabeth Kubiak and his loving wife, Kathleen Kubiak. Surviving are his sons, Dr. Kory Thomas Kubiak of O'Fallon, IL and Kevin Dale Kubiak of St. Charles, MO; grandchildren, Amanda Kaye Kubiak of St. Charles, MO and Craig Thomas Kubiak of St. Charles, MO; siblings, Dr. William D. (Donella) Kubiak of Duluth, MN, Robert P. Kubiak of St. Paul, MN, Mary (Dr. Hugh) Norsted of Plymouth, MN, and Dr. Elizabeth (Dr. Maury) Gloster of Sacramento, CA; and parents-in-law, H. Dale and Vivian Vance of St. Charles, MO. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project at Condolences may be extended to the family online at Visitation: The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 South Lincoln Avenue, O'Fallon, IL 62269. Service: Private graveside services will be held at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Belleville, IL. Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home.

Kathleen Jane Kubiak
(nee Vance), 72, of O'Fallon, IL., born February 12, 1946 in Belleville, IL., passed away Sunday, December 23, 2018 in Saint Louis, MO. Kathleen married Edward Thomas Kubiak and together they had two children. She is preceded by her parents Hubert Dale and Vivian (nee Davis) Vance and a brother, Clayton Vance. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of more than 50 years, Edward Kubiak; sons Kevin Kubiak and Kory Kubiak; grandchildren, Amanda Kubiak and Craig Kubiak; and brother, Carl Vance. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Cancer Society. Additional condolences may be offered online at Per the family's wishes, funeral services will be private.

George ColemanGeorge N. Coleman, III CMSgt (Ret) February 12, 1942 - April 23, 2019
George spent seventy-two years of service to the nation; eighteen as a military dependent, twenty-four as an Airman, twenty as a civil servant, and 15 years in retirement. Survived by wife, Joyce; daughter, Ann Coleman; son, George N. Coleman, IV; daughter-in-law, Rose Coleman; grandson, Jonathan Coleman. Preceded in death by parents, George and Jeanette Coleman, Jr. 
For George, the military was a way of life. It afforded him the means of finding himself. George enlisted in the United States Air Force on 3 March 1960; however, his journey began 18 years earlier, the day he was born. After high school graduation, George headed off to college but soon became disillusioned, and began searching for what he wanted to do with his life. The Air Force gave him that opportunity. It was a love affair right from the beginning. The challenge was striking a balance between three competing needs: the Nation’s, his family’s, and his own.  His goals were to become a Chief Master Sergeant, spend 20 years as a civil servant, and balance the three competing needs without sacrificing one for the other. As a loving and loyal husband, dedicated father, and honorable leader, George achieved all three goals. The only personal need he had to the very end was to keep his mind active and enjoy life each and every day.  The family will hold a private inurnment at Omaha National Cemetery.  Arrangements entrusted to John A. Gentleman Mortuaries & Crematory.
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Sharon Frederick, spouse of Col USAF (Ret.) George L. Frederick of Georgetown, Texas passed away peacefully 27 March 2019. She had an incurable auto-immune condition and had gone through several complicating pneumonia episodes in the past few months. Fortunately she was placed in hospice care the past few weeks and she was comforted by their dedicated service. She passed in the night while asleep. A funeral mass will be held at Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church, 6571 FM 970 Andice, Texas at 11:00 AM on Wednesday 10 April 2019 followed by a reception at the church hall and interment in the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen Texas that afternoon at 2:00 PM. Family asks that any memorials be in the form of a donation to Santa Rosa de Lima Church for their Food Pantry, or the Caring Place in Georgetown TX or to the Annunciation Maternity Home in Georgetown TX
Besides her loving spouse of almost 56 years (15 June) she leaves two sons Christopher and spouse Lisa of Carleton MI and Stephen and spouse Sherry Marie of Austin TX and a daughter Kimberly Roberts and spouse Rick of Fenton MO as well as granddaughters Kaitlyn Frederick of Adrian MI, Sarah Roberts and Ally Roberts of Fenton MO and grandson Nick Frederick of Carleton MI, plus sister Carol and spouse Bob Smith of Woodstock GA. George and Sharon loved their time in the Air Force and with the Weather Family and she cherished the many associations and friendships made.

William C. Christian, Lt Col USAF (Ret.) 77, of Sacramento, California passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune. Born in Jacksonville, FL he lived in Sacramento for the past 32 years. Mr. Christian was an U.S. Air Force Veteran (1953-1983). He was a commander and operations officer. He was a pilot for Southern Air Transport in Miami for 8 years, 29 years in the U.S. Air Force with world-wide Cargo and Weather Reconnaissance experience. He had 37 years active flying experience in commercial and military aviation. Mr. Christian was a member of Knights of Columbus, Council 648 of Jacksonville, FL and a member of the Daedalians, Sierra Flight # 27. He was the beloved husband for 49 years of Alfreda J. (Kaczowski) Christian, devoted father of Matthew Christian of Fort Monmouth, NJ and Kathleen Christian of Sacramento, CA. Loving brother of Dolores Salvail of Florida. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, 9:15 am at the Krowicki McCracken Funeral Home 2124 E. St. George Ave., Linden, N.J. at Elizabeth city line (908)352-9190. Funeral mass St. Adalbert R.C. Church, Elizabeth 10:00 am.

Marvin E. Hasse, 88, of Pardeeville, and formerly of Madison, passed away Monday, March 25, 2019, at the Agrace HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg.  Marvin was born Jan. 24, 1931, on the family farm near Hillpoint, and graduated from Reedsburg High School in 1949. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952 as a weather observer. After he finished basic training and technical school, Marvin met his bride-to-be, Janet Rosio, at a New Year’s Eve dance at the River View Ballroom in Sauk City. They corresponded through letters while he was away serving his country in Tokyo, Japan, during the Korean War. After returning from Tokyo, Marvin and Janet were married in 1956 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hillpoint. Throughout Marvin’s time with the Air Force, the family was stationed at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, Truax Field in Madison, Chanute AFB, Illinois, and Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. Marvin then left the Air Force to join the U.S. Weather Bureau as a forecaster, taking the family to Rapid City, South Dakota; North Platte, Nebraska, and finally returning to Madison, in 1969. He is a past commander at VFW 7591 Day Post.  Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Orlen Hasse; his brothers-in-law, Henry Bredemann, Roland (Maria) Rosio, and Eugene (Ruth) Rosio; sister-in-law, Kay Rosio; and his grandson, Spencer Zuelsdorf.  He is survived by his loving wife, Janet Hasse; his brother, Earl (Carla) Hasse; his sisters, Jean Bredemann, and Linda (Norman) Dulak; his sons, Richard (Katherine), Daniel (Althea), and David (Nicole) Hasse; his daughter, Kristi (Gary) Zuelsdorf; grandsons, James, Matthew, Vincent, and Lucas Hasse; granddaughters, Danielle Keith, Whitney Goyich, and Stefanie and Lauren Hasse; his great-grandsons, Dayton and Dominik Hasse, Nicholas Duran, Logan Mace, Colton and Lucas Marti; his great-granddaughters, Breanna Duran, Mea and Katelynn Keith; brothers-in-law, Richard, Glen and Dale Rosio; along with many loving friends and extended family.   Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2019, at Monona Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4411 Monona Drive, Monona, with the Rev. Thomas Nowak officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Highland Memory Gardens, Madison. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service Monday at the church.  The family would like to thank the staff at Agrace HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg for their kind, compassionate care.  All Faiths Funeral & Cremation Services Madison, 608-442-0477,, is assisting the family.

DaleChristieDale Paul Christie TSgt USAF (Ret) November 21, 1933 ~ March 20, 2019
Age 85 Dale was born at home, on a chilly night, November 21, 1933. He lived at that time on Keystone Avenue in the city of Chicago. Ater his birth, the family moved to Harlem Avenue, a little further out into the country. As a child, he remembered pulling over the Christmas tree; the stands used at that time were full of water. He remarked, “they say I made quite a mess.”  At the age of about five, his family moved to Bensenville, Illinois into a house that his dad had built with the help of his brother, Arthur. They stayed in that house for quite awhile. Dale attended grade school at the Elk Grove Elementary School, located on the corner of Higgins Road and Touhy Road, that area is now called Elk Grove. The city bought the land they lived on to build O’Hare International Airport. His dad had their house moved to Oakton Street just outside of Des Plaines, Illinois. His dad bought a new house with the profits and sold the old house to his sister, Elaine. The new house was only a block away, located on Lincoln Lane. Dale attended Maine High in Park Ridge, Illinois his first year of high school. The next year, the area where he lived was annexed by the city of Arlington Heights, Illinois; therefore, his next three years he attended Arlington Heights Township High School. He really enjoyed his school years because he had some great friends and they had tremendous fun wherever they went. His senior year he met his wife to be, Arlene, who lived in Chicago, Illinois.  Upon graduating from high school, Dale joined the United States Air Force. He wanted to see the world. He took basic training at Lackland AFB in Texas, and was then transferred to Chanute AFB, Illinois to complete his training in Meteorology. He was pleased to get his first choice in the field he desired. Upon completion of Meteorology School, his first assignment was to Denver, Colorado. From Denver, he was assigned to Japan for three years. When he got home from Japan, he was assigned to O’Hare International Airport…talk about luck! Arlene and Dale got married in 1956 shorly after he arrived at O’Hare and being stationed just four miles from home. While stationed at O’Hare, they had their first child, Debra in 1958. Dale remained in the Air Force and not too long after Deb was born, he got orders to relocate to Dobbins AFB in Marietta, Georgia. They lived in a mobile home so they had it moved from O’Hare to Marietta. He really enjoyed his tour while stationed at Dobbin . Next, they lived in Puerto Rico for three years. After that, he put in for Chief’s School, so, they went back to Chanutte AFB for advanced training. After the completion of that training, Dale was assigned to Duluth Air Force Station in Duluth, Minnosota (1964-1966). It seemed like they weren’t there very long and again were reassigned to Oklahoma City Tinker AFB (1966-1968). They enjoyed their tour there! But, the Air Force wanted to keep him from gathering dust so they sent him to that wonderful place called Vietnam (1967-1968). He couldn’t really say that he enjoyed that year, but their outfit kept going to the local orphanage in Can Tho, Vietnam, to help out the kids. Dale took pictures of course, and Arlene sent one of the pictures back to him and suggested they adopt the little girl in the picture. They did, and that’s how they were blessed by the daughter, MaiLyn. After leaving Vienam, he was assigned to Offutt AFB in Omaha, Nebraska (1968-1973). While stationed at Offutt, they had their second child, David. That made a cozy nest of two plus three equals five. Dale finally completed his twenty years of active duty while at Offutt. He got discharged in June of 1973. After his military career, he worked for the grocery chain, Rubacks, as produce manager but “one gets tired of sticking one’s hands in rotten lettuce”. Consequently, he ventured out on his own and opened up his own bucsiness-television, stereo and CB radio. It didn’t work out too great so he went on to work for Blevins Popcorn Company, Omaha, Nebraska as their office manager. What a FUN job! Not too much pay, but lots of fun. Then he attended a financial dinner seminar and saw something he wanted. He went to work for N.I.S. Financial Services/Ozark National Life and made a career of helping people save money for their future. It was a blessing! Dale also worked at the Base Commissary after he retired from all jobs. Not really an exciting life, but he was so thankful that God blessed him with a wonderful wife, three wonderful children, and a healthy life. What more could one ask for! Dale was preceded in death by his parents Roy & Anna Christie; sister Elaine Zicari; brother Roger Christie. Survived by his wife of 62 years Arlene; children Debbie Rogers, MaiLyn Van Sickle (Jim), David Christie (Lisa); grandchildren Andrew VanSickle, Daniel & Joshua Christie, Sarah Walters; great-grandson Kyson; nieces Cheri Proctor (Loren) & Lori, and many cousins. Reception of Friends Wednesday, March 27th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., at Bellevue Memorial Chapel. Funeral Service Thursday, March 28th, 1:00 p.m., at Bellevue Memorial Chapel. Interment: Cedardale Cemetery
Memorials will be directed by the family

HubertHarveyCOL USAF (Ret.) Hubert Edgar Harvey (95) passed away peacefully after a long illness on 8 January 2019. Ed was born September 22, 1923, the third of four children to Charles and Piety Harvey, in Warsaw, Missouri. He graduated from Montrose Missouri High School at 15, and went on to receive a B.S. with a double major in mathematics and physics from Central Missouri University in December, 1942. He immediately enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces Meteorology Program after graduating. In February 1944 he received a Professional Meteorologist Certificate from the University of Chicago, after which time he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. While stationed at Mines Field (later to become Los Angeles International Airport), Ed met and married one of the sweetest spirits the world has known, Madeline Pusok. In late 1947 Ed was awarded a Regular Commission in the newly created United States Air Force. He entered pilot training at Randolph AFB, San Antonio, Texas, in 1949. After completing pilot training at Enid AFB, Oklahoma in June 1950, he was assigned to Hq, 19th Weather Squadron at Lowry AFB, Colorado. In December 1953 he completed a M.S. in Meteorology at the University of Chicago. He was assigned to Sembach Air Base, Germany in February 1954 where he was drafted to go to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE) to complete a special study on the meteorological support of nuclear operations in Europe. Ed was then assigned to Headquarters, 9th Weather Group, at Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. in July 1955. In 1958 Ed was selected for Air Command and Staff College, and was assigned to Loring AFB, Maine after graduating. In 1962 Ed was stationed in London, England as Commander of the 3rd Air Force Headquarters Weather Center at South Ruislip. In 1965 he was reassigned to Headquarters Strategic Air Command (SAC) at Offutt AFB, Nebraska as Commander of an underground "Think Tank" which generated savings of over $100 million per year for the U.S. intelligence community. In 1968, Ed was promoted to Colonel and assigned to March AFB, California supporting the 15th Air Force, SAC. The following year he was assigned to Hickam AFB, Hawaii as Vice Commander, then Commander of the First Weather Wing. In 1971, Ed returned to Scott AFB in Belleville, Illinois as Inspector General of the world-wide operations of the US Air Weather Service. He retired from the Air Force in February 1973. He was a long way from truly retiring though. After retiring from the Air Force Ed began working with the Texas Rehabilitation Commission (TRC) in Austin, Texas. During his time there, he developed a Management Information System that saved the State of Texas over $2,000,000 per year. Ed retired from that organization as an Assistant Deputy Commissioner 15 years later. Ed was a deeply religious man whose Christian values shaped his life; he read the Bible every year from cover to cover. He lived his ideals by joining Gideons International after retiring from the Air Force. During his time with the Gideons, he traveled as far abroad as Russia, Indonesia, and Gabon to spread the word of God. Ed ultimately served three years as President of the Texas Gideons Association. Always a serious man, Ed never hesitated to say or do what he thought was necessary in order to do what was right. However, underneath the all business facade was a deeply loving and caring man who will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his wife, Madeline and is survived by his son Robert (his wife Stormy), his daughter Susan, two grandsons, Joshua and Bradley (Laura) and his great grandson William Greene Harvey. He was a member of the Air Force Village II Protestant Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Air Force Village II Chapel Fund or the Gideons International . Interment was at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. You are invited to sign the guestbook at

John CollensMajor General John W. Collens III
Nov. 14, 1924 – Feb. 25, 2019

Major General John Wharton Collens was born in Monroe, La., on Nov. 14, 1924 and died peacefully in his home in Cameron Park, Calif. on Feb. 25, 2019. John was predeceased by his wife, of 66 years, Barbara Wesbrook Collens and his son Paul Wesbrook Collens. John is survived by his daughter Janet Collens Durant (Randy Poole); his granddaughters Melanie and Melissa Durant; and his great-grandson Brandon Durant; niece and nephew Mardi and Chuck Morris; and daughter-in-law Fran Collens.

John began a career in the military in 1943 during World War II as an aviation cadet. He received his commission and pilot wings in 1944. After flying 28 B-17 combat missions with the 96th Bombardment Squadron, John entered the Air Weather Service. During the Korean War he flew 75 tactical weather reconnaissance missions in a weather-modified B-26 aircraft. John joined the 58th Military Airlift Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., in 1966 where he flew C-141’s operating into Vietnam. He was commander of the Air Weather Service and eventually became chief of staff for Military Airlift Command. General Collens was a command pilot with more than 5,600 flying hours which includes more than 1,200 hours in single jet engine aircraft.

His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters and Air Force Commendation Medal. He was a member of the Air Force Association, American Meteorological Society, National Defense transportation Association, Air Weather Reconnaissance Association, Order of Daedalians and a very active member of the Elks Lodge. He and his wife Barbara founded the Air Weather Association (, an all volunteer, nonprofit association in 1987 to keep the camaraderie going for all US Air Force Weather personnel.

At the time of his death, he was a proud resident of Ponte Palmero retirement community where he enjoyed the friendship of so many caregivers, administrators and staff who pampered and adored him. Special thanks to all who cared for him so patiently and sweetly, including Randy, Sandra, Eileen, Shira, Karen, Rodger Amber and Betsy. Services will be private. A memorial service is planned for 27 April 2019 at the Elks Lodge, 3281 Quest Court, Shingle Springs CA 95682.

Sympathy cards address:
Janet Durant
7235 French Rd. #13H
Sacramento, CA 95828

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A memorial service is planned for 11 AM, 27 April 2019 at the Elks Lodge, 3281 Quest Court, Shingle Springs CA 95682

Nancy Lea (Erickson) Joern wife of LtCol (Ret.) Jack Joern (pilot and meteorologist) Our beloved Nancy, a Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and a wife of 63 years left us to be with the Lord on Tuesday March 5th 2019. She was born in Granite City, Illinois on March 22nd, 1932 to Emil and Esther Erickson. Nancy was educated in the early years in Granite City before moving in 1948 with her family to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where Emil was a Pharmacist. After finishing high school she enrolled at Florida State University where she pursued a degree in speech therapy. After graduation, she was employed by the Ft. Lauderdale school system where she traveled among several schools instructing students and applying her knowledge of speech therapy. In 1955 she married 2nd Lt. Jack Joern and became an Air Force wife moving from base to base every 1-3 years for the next 22 years. After Jack’s retirement from the Air Force, she lived in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, Santa Barbara, California and Omaha, Nebraska finally settling in Sula, Montana in 1983 where the couple lived at Joerney’s End over the next 35 years. Nancy was a member of the AF chapter of PEO and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton. She enjoyed sewing and was an accomplished seamstress having created drapes and curtains for the homes the couple lived in over the many years. She also created an extensive array of clothing for herself and family. Above all these, Nancy’s greatest treasure and the one aspect of her life she held dearest was her family. Nancy is survived by her husband Jack, her eldest son Jeff (wife Kathy, grandchildren Jennifer and John), her middle son, Steve, her youngest son Eric (wife Becky, grandchild Kyle, wife Megan, great granddaughter Madelyn, and grandchild Jared, wife Macy). Nancy is also survived by her sister Sally Crawford of Hamilton and her children Clint, Scott, Carl, Donna (Kresse) and their families. Jeff lives in Whitefish, Montana where he is a captain with Delta Airlines flying the Boeing 777, Steve lives in Sula next to the Joerney’s End homestead working at Rocky Mountain Homes and caretaker for Jack and Nancy and Eric is an Aerospace Engineer working for Lockheed Martin in Colorado Springs, Co. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 10th at the First Presbyterian Church in Hamilton with Pastor Patti Stone officiating. Urn placement will take place at the Sula Cemetery at a later date. Anyone wishing to leave a memorial is encouraged to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers.

Thomas HarrisThomas L. Harris, Col. USAF (Ret.)  December 25, 1938 ~ February 15, 2019 Age 80 years.  Worked for USAF for 23 years, retiring as Vice Commander for Air Weather Service, worked for Harris Corporation for 16 years. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He was an avid Husker fan.  Preceded in death by his parents; sister Nancy Bryant; mother-in-law Velma Bonner; daughter-in-law Heather Harris.  Survived by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn; sons: Tom (Lisa), John (Rhonda), Steven; grandchildren Jessica Weaver (Adam), Tommy (Laine), Christopher (Caitlyn), Matthew (Ashleigh), Katie & Josh Harris; great-grandchildren Samuel, Savannah & Jay.
VISITATION Thursday, February 21 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. followed by FUNERAL SERVICE at 11:00 a.m. at LifeSpring Church, 13904 South 36th Street, Bellevue.
INTERMENT Omaha National Cemetery.
Military Honors by Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard.
Memorials to Southern Baptist International Mission Board:

Charles “Pete” Moss (ret. Col), 88 died suddenly on January 21 at his home in Fairfax, VA. Pete was born May 1, 1930 in Boone, Iowa to Charles D. and Ruth Moss. He received his degree in Mathematics and Education from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls in 1952 and his Basic Meteorology Degree from New York University in 1953 and Advanced Meteorology Degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1964. Pete joined the Air Force in 1952 and served for over 30 years.

On March 25, 1951, he married the love of his life Ruth Anne Maurer. They raised three daughters, Jacqueline, Anne and Stephanie. Pete’s greatest joy was his wife of 68 years and his daughters and their respective families. He also enjoyed traveling, gardening, playing cards and was very involved in the Neighborhood Watch program.

Pete’s service career was spent coloring in 4 colors (red, blue, purple and yellow) and making forecasts that allowed everyone to carry an umbrella when not needed or without when needed. In all seriousness, Pete left Iowa and moved to New York City to start his Basic Meteorology degree from there he and his young family began their travels. They moved to Montana and Texas. Now the family was 5 and in 1958 they headed to Casablanca to Pete’s first of many overseas assignments. His advanced degree was obtained in Norman, Oklahoma and then they moved to the San Francisco area. Once again back to Europe to Seville, Spain back to Scott AFB, Illinois bounced back to Madrid, Spain and then Ramstein, Germany. Back again stateside to Offut AFB and then on to Virginia where Pete ended his career retiring from serving with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. COL Moss served for three years as the United States Representative to the NATO Military Committee Meteorological Group (MCMG), Brussels, Belgium while serving in the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As you all know, the Air Weather Service is a relatively small group and Pete and family were lucky enough to share several duty stations with many of you. His Air Force family was important to Pete and our family would like to thank all of you for the years of service that you have given the United States of America but most of all for your friendship.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents and his Brothers-in-Law Edwin and Dave Maurer. He is survived by his wife Ruth; daughter Jacqueline Moss (Sevilla Spain) and her children Natalia (Yago), Stefan (Lauren) and Sergio (Cristina), great grandchildren Iana and Emma; daughter Anne (Matt Sobota) from Fairfax, VA and their children Matthew (Corey) and Peter (Megan), great grandchildren Mackayla and MJ; daughter Stephanie (Hester Null) from Lambertville, NJ and “great furkids” Roxie, Buster and Spike. He is also survived by his sister Shirley Biggerstaff and various nieces and nephews.

Pete will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a future date to be announced.

Richard “Dick” Zentz, 70, of Caledonia, MS, passed away Friday, September 7, 2018, at Aberdeen Hospital in Aberdeen, MS, just two days shy of his 71st birthday. A memorial visitation will be held Tuesday, September 11, 2018, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home in Columbus, MS. Mr. Zentz final resting place with be in Kansas near his parents. Mr. Zentz was born on was born September 9, 1947, to the late Robert A. and Gayle Tarvin Zentz in Beloit, KS. He attended public schools in Jewell, KS and graduated from high school in 1965. Immediately after graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and made a career of military service. His military service career let the “small town” boy see the world having traveled to Greenland, Antarctica, Brussels, Paris, Azores, Vietnam, Guam, Bangkok, Denmark, Bermuda and across the USA, just to mention a few. Mr. Zentz received several medals and awards while in the military. The biggest honors was him receiving 2 Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with Valor. His specialty was the weather forecasting and after his retirement from the military on September 1, 1988, he went to work for the Department of Defense in a civilian capacity, but still “watching” the weather. Mr. Zentz served 23 years in the Air Force (TSgt) and 23 years in civil service (GS-10). He was named Air Force Weather Civilian of the Year in 2008. He retired from civilian weatherman in 2013 at Columbus AFB MS and continued to make his home in Caledonia, MS. Mr. Zentz was an avid hunter, a love that was instilled in him as a child growing up on the farm in Jewell County, KS. He probably began by hunting rabbits with his dad and brothers and as recently as two years ago, he made a trip back to Kansas to hunt with deer. Mr. Zentz in survived by his brothers, Robert Zentz of Eatonville, WA and Ronald (Pat) Zentz of Jewell, KS; sisters, Peggy (Terry) Stubbins of Frankston, TX and Linda (Mike) Wade of Stephenville, TX; nieces and nephews; and his close friend and hunting buddy, Stephen Johnston and family. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society online at

George PetregalPetregal, George "Papa" LtCol USAF (Ret) Age 78 - January 2019 George was with us for 78 years. A man of faith who loved his family, he never flinched at the difficulties of this life. He exemplified bravery, courage and strength. He was a treasured son who grew up in upstate New York. George would have been a great lawyer but as a dutiful son of an immigrant family he followed his father's advice and studied physics. He joined the United States Air Force and became a meteorologist. He later obtained his MBA. After retiring from the military he worked at Mutual of Omaha. George was married to the love of his life, Zenobia, for over 50 wonderful years. He said that she was the only woman who could convince him not to spend his days as a bachelor at the track. George was a classic conservative thinker who was never afraid to embrace new ideas backed by solid facts. He liked technology and was always well informed about current events and world issues. Long before the era of political correctness he often thought that the best man for the job was a woman. He enjoyed taking the opposite side in a discussion to make the speaker better examine his or her ideas. George loved cold martinis, Saratoga in August, the New York Yankees, the Wall Street Journal and betting the horses. He loved the ocean but preferably from a nice balcony with a drink and the racing form in his hand. He was always at the ready to share a laugh or story about his grandchildren. He was a man who kept his own counsel yet remained a steadfast source of advice and encouragement for those around him. George has gone Home to God. Those who paved the way for him are his parents, Mary and Bill; his sister, Carol; and his son-in-law, Michael. Those who will miss him until reunited in Heaven are his wife, Zenie; sister, Jane; daughters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. SERVICE: Saturday, February 16, at 10am at Capehart Chapel in Bellevue. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice.



Charles B. Wheelock  passed away December 30, 2018. He was a resident of Tucson, Arizona since the summer of 2016, and grew up in Tucson in the 60’s. Chuck graduated from Catalina High School in 1963 and began study at the University of Arizona. He served in the 56th U. S. Air Force Weather Reconnaissance Squadron in Japan from 1967 to 1971. In 1977 he was awarded a Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona and worked with the U of A School of Nursing in Biomedical engineering.
Chuck began a new career as an aerospace engineer with NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1980, retiring after 36 years of service. His service at NASA was a life dream and he received many, MANY awards and accolades for his work. While at NASA he was the Manager, Robotics Technology Laboratories until retirement. He was very proud of his efforts on NASA’s Robonaut 2.
Chuck was born in Adrian, Michigan to George and Helen Wheelock, and had three brothers, John (deceased), James and William (Mary). The family moved to Tucson, Arizona when Chuck was starting high school. He was an avid member of the Rocket Club and a spelunker in the caves around Tucson.
In lieu of other memorials please consider donating to the Friends of League City Animal Shelter, one of Chuck’s favorite places. Please contact Monica Millican, President, Friends of League City Animal Shelter dba League City Pets Alive (LCPA), 501(c)(3) Non Profit (DLN#17053134003039), P. O. Box 2801 League City TX 77574. Monica’s contact information is (832) 536-3388 or

Walter “Dale” Meyer, Lt Col USAF (Ret.) born February 1, 1933 in St. Louis, Missouri to Walter and Luella Meyer, passed away in Prescott, Arizona on January 21, 2019 after a brief battle with melanoma cancer. Faith, church and family were very important to Dale. He is survived by his wife, Donna Meyer, his children Christian (Lisa) Meyer, Matthew (Daina) Meyer, step-children Scott (Ellen) Hummel and Christina (Corey) Noland, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Always a seeker, Dale at the age of 14 entered a Presbyterian Church by himself asking the pastor if he could participate in a confirmation class. His search, deep study, prayer and servant leadership in his Christian faith and the Presbyterian Church continued for over 70 years to his final earthly breath. He loved to learn. He enjoyed experiencing the world through travel, classical music, photography and books. He played trumpet in a community band in Webster Groves, MO and took piano lessons at the age of 85. In Prescott, he actively participated in Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and led some courses. A graduate of Ran ken Technical College, he became a radio/television engineer working at WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana. While there, he completed an undergraduate degree in mathematics at Butler University. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, the Air Force sent him to the University of Chicago to study meteorology. He embarked on a 21-year active duty career in the Air Weather Service retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He completed a PhD from St. Louis University and taught at the University of Louisiana, St. Louis University, McKendree College and Embry-Riddle. The Air Force called him back to Scott Air Force Base as a civilian Chief Scientist. He retired from government service in 1998. Dale’s legacy lives on through his children, step-children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren who will miss his guidance, humor and love. The family wishes to thank Kindred Hospice and the Visiting Angels for their care and compassion. A memorial service will be held February 4, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave., Prescott, AZ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Tom LennonFrom birth to death, Tom Lennon bore witness to and participated in the evolution of the United States Air Force. As the son of a decorated combat fighter pilot and then as a combat fighter pilot, program lead, Wing Commander, and General, Tom Lennon was present for, and led, some of the most transformational events in the U.S. Air Force in the last three-quarters of a century. While the Air Force suited Tom Lennon's sense of adventure, the call to serve was first answered by Tom's father, John Lennon. John was stationed with the US Army in Hawaii during the attack on Pearl Harbor. John attended pilot training and was sent first to North Africa and then Europe. When he returned to the United States, he had flown the most P-51 hours of any US pilot at the time. He had also acted as a flight instructor for the renowned Tuskegee Airmen. As John patrolled the skies above Europe, his wife, Alice (Ventura) took their newborn son Tom by boat from Hawaii to California, then to New York to be with John's family. This was the first time Alice had left the Hawaiian Islands. At the end of World War II, John and the family relocated, this time to Japan during the reconstruction. Tom Lennon maintained strong memories throughout his life of canned food and the scarcity existing in Japan following the War. John joined the first jet squadron and helped usher in a new era for the Air Force. During the Korea War, John flew combat reconnaissance missions in the F-86. During his father's military career, Tom attended over a dozen schools graduating from Rockville High School in Connecticut, where John and Alice had retired. Tom matriculated at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, graduating in 1965. He was dating Lynn Schweir of South Windsor, CT, who he would marry two years later. Following in the footsteps of his father, Tom had gone to pilot training (Moody AFB, GA, and MacDill AFB, FL) and then volunteered for two tours in Vietnam, completing 401 combat missions over Southeast Asia in the F-4 Phantom. Tom was later stationed in Langley, Virginia with the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing where he was selected as part of an elite cadre of F-15 pilots. After leaving Langley, Tom was stationed in at the Pentagon leading the implementation of cutting-edge Advanced Programs; to include, coordinating the activities of pilots and jets at Area 51 in a project that would later be designated the F-117. Tom left the Pentagon for Europe to transition legacy F-4s in Spain and Germany to the newly acquired F-16s. Tom became the Group Commander at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Tom then became the Wing Commander of the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, where he led 5,000 airmen and seventy-two F-111Fs. While Tom was in charge of the 48th TFW, Iraq invaded Kuwait setting off a chain of events that led to Desert Shield. Tom led the first wave of the 48th's aircraft to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In a remarkable and historic moment, Tom was in a limousine with then-Secretary of State James Baker when the final consultation with the Saudi and Kuwaiti royal families had concluded that a peaceful resolution was no longer a viable option. Secretary Baker turned to Tom and said, "Now it's your turn." The next night Desert Shield turned into Desert Storm as Commander Tom Lennon led sixty F-111Fs through the night sky to downtown Baghdad to attack airfields and bridges. The F-111F's provided pinpoint accuracy with laser-guided bombs. After decimating Iraq's airfields and bridges, the 48th moved to a new mission -- tank plinking. A February 2016 article in Air Force Magazine, titled "Flexibility in the Storm," recognized Tom Lennon's leadership during the first night of this new strategy. "By late February, the F-111F's were achieving up to 150 armor kills per night. At their peak, the F-111s were destroying Iraqi armor seven times faster than the (tank killing) A-10s." At the end of the war, the 48th was instrumental in stopping the free flow of oil into the Persian Gulf. As Saddam Hussein's armies fled Kuwait, they set oil rigs on fire. The F-111Fs of the 48th dropped precision bombs on the water-based oil platforms to stop the oil spills. The 48th ended the war as the most highly decorated Air Force unit. Following the Gulf War, Tom stood up the Military-to-Military Program, where Tom and his team worked with the former Soviet Block Countries' militaries to minimize instability and encourage democracy. The team developed lasting relationships amongst the military leadership across 20+ participating countries. Military leaders often highlight this program's success and attribute it to strengthening NATO and helping provide the lasting peace the region has enjoyed since its inception. Tom ended his military career in September of 1996 retiring as a Brigadier General with 410 combat missions. He had also accumulated 3,000 flight hours in 7 different military aircraft. Also, of note, is the F-111F that Tom flew in Desert Storm is on display at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH and bears his name. While General Lennon will always be a military hero to those who knew him, he will be better known as a world-class Grandfather. Tom got his most joy from his six grandchildren; Thomas Lennon III, Jackson Lennon, Jay Lennon, Kylie Lennon, Dailey Lennon and Leon Lennon. He loved to transfer his passions to his grandkids, like fishing, by taking them deep sea fishing or simply using a rod and reel off the dock. He always came bearing "treasures" from his most recent trips. Without fail, Tom made the effort to be there for his grandchildren's big events; birthdays, middle school graduations, or important sporting events. Whether the grandchildren were in Japan, Europe, Mexico, Wisconsin or Colorado, Tom would be there. Tom also had a passion for travel and adventure. He visited all seven continents, walking with penguins in Antarctica, riding a yak in Tibet, and hiking Machu Picchu. Thomas "Tom" J. Lennon, aged 76, passed away on September 28th, 2018, in Milford, New Hampshire of cardiac arrest. Thomas Lennon's passion for life will always be remembered by his loving wife of 52 years, Lynn, their two children, Col. Thomas Lennon Jr. (USAF Ret.) of Monument, CO and Timothy Lennon of DePere, WI, and daughters-in-law, Amie Lennon and Emily Lennon. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, sisters-in-law Karen Petraglia (Vaughn) of Manchester, NH and Barbara Gallaher of Nashua, NH and brother-in-law Leon R. Schweir Jr. of San Francisco, CA, as well as, nieces and nephew - Ellen Henningsen, Molly Boddy (Scott), Peggy Gallaher, Christina and Richard Schweir; and many wonderful and dear cousins throughout the country. Funeral services were held at Arlington National Cemetery on 30 January 2019. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to

Addendum: More on BGen Lennon's career is written in Air Force Weather (AFW) Our Heritage online at:
beginning on page 10-12. Excerpts here:

Assignments later in his career: July 1991 - August 1992, executive officer to the deputy commander in chief, Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany (Promoted to BGen 1 Jul 1992); August 1992 - May 1994, deputy director, military to military contact program, Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany; May 1994 - June 1996, director of weather, deputy chief of staff, plans and operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C..(AF/XOW) When he succeeded BGen John J. Kelly, Jr, Air Weather Service was a Field Operating Agency (Air Force Weather Agency) and most base weather station personnel became part of the host unit’s operations support squadrons.
During BGen Lennon's tenure as AF Director of Weather he emphasized weather awareness in Air Force operations. He led the charge to educate senior AF leadership on the effects of weather and the impact to mission success. Operations in South America (Joint Task Force Safe Border) and the Balkans (Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR) provided opportunity for Air Force Weather personnel to demonstrate their contribution to the fight. The Combat Weather Facility was established and it received Secretary of the Air Force designation as a reinvention laboratory. AFW now had a unit focused on improving techniques, tactics, and procedures for combat weather operations. The General obtained Chief of Staff of the Air Force approval to initiate “Weather Horizons,” an initiative to improve standardization throughout Air Force Weather, improve technical leadership in the weather function, and obtain global communications for weather operations. In addition, there was a renewed emphasis in enlisted leadership and advisory role to commanders at every level. The General’s end-of-tour report served as the impetus for future AFW reengineering efforts. He was succeeded by BGen Fred P. Lewis.

John SchumacherJohn F. Schumacher, CMSgt (Ret) 95, of La Crosse, WI passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018, at the Bethany-St. Joseph Care Center. He was born December 22, 1922, in Coon Valley to Joseph and Mary (Kaiser) Schumacher.
On his 19th birthday, December 22, 1941, 15 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, John, a farm boy from St. Joseph’s Ridge, enlisted in the United States Air Force, receiving his commission as a flight officer in February 1943. His first assignment as a pilot was transporting anti-aircraft guns to the Aleutians. Following that assignment, he transported military supplies and weapons between Canada and England. During the months of May and June 1943, he completed 17 trips back and forth, often involving German Messerschmitt air to air attacking aircraft. John’s most significant contribution to the war effort was piloting a WACO CG-4A Transport Glider, at times transporting 15 troops, and at other times 8 troops and one jeep, each landing in the cover of darkness behind enemy lines.
John piloted the WACO CG-4A Glider in 5 European invasions: Normandy, Belgium, Battle of the Bulge, Southern France, and Berlin. During the invasion of Belgium, anti-aircraft guns split the tow rope attached to the C-47 towing John’s glider. He safely landed 15 miles behind enemy lines and eventually made it back to Allied territory. John often said the successful completion of those 5 missions were his greatest accomplishments in WWII. He was truly a member of the “Greatest Generation.” John was discharged from the U.S. Air Force in September 1946, and he decided to re-enlist in April 1947. He then completed his 25-year career with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in January 1968. John served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) from 1960 to 1968 and was NCOIC of the Weather Equipment Maintenance Section at Tinker AFB, OK. During the nuclear tests at Christmas and Johnston Islands in the Pacific named Operation Dominic in 1962, John was at Headquarters Weather Reporting Element, Task Group 8.4 at Hickam AFB directing and insuring his weather maintenance troops had the support required to complete their tasks in providing the weather support for the tests. John was also a member of 6WS Alumni Association.
On September 4, 1947, John married Bernadette Frederick in Emmett, Kansas. For many years they lived in Dallas, TX, and John was active as a volunteer at the Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock, TX. They returned to La Crosse in 2000.
In addition to his wife Bernadette, John is survived by a sister, Alice Beach of Ft. Atkinson, WI, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alois (Irene) and Bud (Edna) Schumacher; two sisters, Marie (Howard) Wettstein and Betty (Charles) Hottinger, Sr., along with three brothers-in-law: Joe (Marie), Everett (Rosemary), and Roy (Marie) Frederick.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, December 29, at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, 2006 Weston Street, with Rev. Brian D. Konopa officiating. Military honors will be conducted immediately following the Mass at the church. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, St. Joseph’s Ridge. A rosary will be recited at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday at the church with visitation to follow until the time of Mass.

Dean MorssMorss, Dean Alan LtCol USAF (Ret) Mar 13, 1940 - Dec 19, 2018 Age 78. Dean was born in Brainerd, MN. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1976, and retired from the Air Force after 21 years of service. He then taught at Creighton University in the atmospheric science department, and eventually retired from Global Weather. He enjoyed roller skating and collecting air guns. Preceded in death by parents, Clyde and Molly Morss; two bothers, and five sisters. Survived by wife of 53 years, Judy; daughter, Kristin Jones (Ben); grandsons, Charlton and Lucas Jones; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Private graveside services will be held at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, MN, with military honors by the USAF Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the USO, BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler 2202 Hancock St., Bellevue 402-291-5000

Dean was a charter member of the Air Weather Association.



Douglas (Doug) Lee Jonas, Colonel USAFR (Ret.), long term Air Weather Association member, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2018 at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle after living a joyful life full of love, giving, laughter and adventure. Born on July 22, 1935 to Carl and Margaret Jonas, Doug grew up in Puyallup in a tight-knit Swedish and Welsh immigrant family that valued family, hard work and community. Doug attended Washington State University where he met the love of his life, Janette Witkowski (Jan), and became a life-long Cougar fan while obtaining a BS in Civil Engineering. After college, Doug served active duty for 4 years with the Air Force Air Weather Service, obtaining a Meteorology degree at St. Louis University and supporting Air Force pilots out of Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks, Alaska during the height of the Cold War. After completing his active tour in Alaska, Doug went on to serve an additional 26 years as a Reservist for the Air Weather Service, retiring as a Colonel in 1988. While in Alaska, Doug also obtained a Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Doug and Jan returned to the Seattle area in 1962, when Doug became an engineer for the City of Seattle. In the early 70’s he started an engineering consulting business, which he ran for nearly 3 decades, during which time he guided and managed a variety of public works initiatives in Washington State and across the country contributing to advances in transportation, road weather management and waste management practices. Doug and Jan ultimately settled on Bainbridge Island in 1966 to raise a family, becoming active community members and stewards of this beautiful island. For decades Doug was an Elder for the Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, actively involved in nurturing growth of the congregation. In later years, Doug participated in the NW Indian Fisheries seining project, helping to monitor the health of the waters surrounding Bainbridge Island. Doug was a dedicated advocate for the Seattle area YMCA Youth Camps Orkila and Colman and their work to support at-risk youth by providing access to nature, life skills and leadership opportunities. He served on the Board of Directors for years, committing weeks of his time every year to help rebuild and maintain camp facilities often recruiting friends and family to help. Doug had a genuine awe of the world and was interested in everything. He held a particular love for the Pacific Northwest and Mount Rainier. He was a passionate backpacking, boating and skiing enthusiast, passing his love for the outdoors on to his kids and grandchildren, and was constantly planning the next great adventure with family and friends. No matter where he was, Doug enjoyed the humor of every situation, and loved to tell a good story. In retirement, Doug and Jan traveled extensively, visiting both the North and South Poles and nearly every continent in between, but their most frequent and favorite travel destination was Pullman, Washington in their beloved Palouse to root on the WSU Cougars at nearly every home football game and many basketball games. Doug is survived by his wife, Jan of 61 years, brother Ronald Jonas of Reno Nevada, daughter Andrea (Phil) Pickett, sons Ken (Gwen) Jonas and Carey Jonas, grandsons Alex and Tyler Pickett, extended family and many, many longtime friends who all miss him dearly. A Celebration of Doug’s Life is planned for January 12th, 2019 at 2 pm at the Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. His extended family invites Doug’s many friends and colleagues to join them in honoring his life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in to The Doug Jonas YMCA Camp Endowment (, or to the Jonas Family Faculty Fellows Honors Endowment at Washington State University Honors College (

Peter Micale IIIColonel (Ret.) Peter N. Micale III passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on December 6, 2018. Pete was born on September 28, 1930 in New York City. He attended Cardinal Hayes High School, Fordham University, The College of William and Mary, and Loyola University. After graduating from Fordham in 1953, he joined the Macy's Junior Executive program while waiting for his commission from the United States Air Force. On April 24, 1954, after a brief nine-year courtship, he married the love of his life Josephine Nesti. His Air Force career began immediately after their honeymoon at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Pete's Air Force career spanned 27 years and one day, taking his growing family across the United States and abroad. Pete and Jo welcomed five children, thirteen grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He was a Vietnam War veteran, earning the Bronze Star Medal, and a proud member of the United States Air Force Air Weather Service. In 1978, he arrived at his final duty station, Goodfellow Air Force Base where he was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal for outstanding service as the School Commander of the 3480th Technical Training Group. He retired from the Air Force in 1981 and subsequently owned a construction company, was a Meteorologist on KIDY TV, served as a San Angelo City Councilman, and worked for the Catholic Diocese of San Angelo as the editor of The Angelus. Pete and Jo were avid members of Holy Angels Catholic Church where Pete served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. He was a 67-year member of the Knights of Columbus and served as a District Deputy and Color Corps Commander of the 4th degree. Pete had a zest for life and loved to have fun. He most cherished his roles as Dad and Nonno to his ever-expanding family. He was always supportive and interested in hearing all the latest news through phone calls, Facetime, and visits. He will be so missed. Pete enjoyed happy years with his second wife Elaine Finn Micale at Royal Estates in San Angelo. He is survived by his son Col (Ret.) Peter N. Micale IV (Diane) and daughters Rosy Hester (John), Ginamaria Micale, Paula Baierski (Chris), and Annie Webb (David); his grandchildren Dennis Hester (Alexis), Benjamin Hester (Julie), Don Hale (Genia), Capt. Peter N. Micale V (Codye), Sarah Buesing (Dave), Larry Micale, Anna Micale, PO1 Michael Baierski (Chrissy), Joseph Baierski, Christophor Baierski, Jameson Webb, Thomas Webb and Meredith Webb; his great-grandchildren Ge'Micah Jones, Ava Hester, Miles Hester, Parker Buesing, and Violet Hester; and his beloved nieces and nephew Joanne Nesti, Christine Mazziotti, and Michael Nesti, their spouses and children. Pete was preceded in death by his parents Jenny and Peter Micale, his wife Josephine Micale, and Elaine Finn Micale. The entire Micale family would like to offer our deepfelt gratitude for the wonderful care of the many doctors, nurses, office staff, and caregivers who treated Pete with love, respect, and dignity. May God bless you all, too many wonderful people to name. Visitation will be held at Johnson's Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 12th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm followed by a Vigil/Rosary service at 7:00pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10am on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Col. (Ret.) Micale will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery where he will share a final resting place with his beloved Joey at a later time. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Angels Catholic Church, 2202 Rutgers, San Angelo, TX 76904 or Fisher House at

Grace Elisabeth Wilhelm, age 52, died early Friday, June 3, 2016 at her home in Greenville. She was born June 6, 1963 to wonderful Christian parents, Rev. Alvin and Gloria (Burlew) Heumann. Grace grew up in Detroit until 1975, when the family moved to Hollywood, FL and her father took a call to pastor St. Mark's Lutheran Church. After graduating from high school in Florida and nursing school in St. Louis, she returned to South Florida, where she met and married Jeffrey Wilhelm on April 3, 1985. Grace and Rev. Wilhelm, retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, were blessed with three beautiful children who were her pride and joy. When Grace wasn't busy with her family, she was very active at church, teaching Sunday School, playing the piano, and serving as a member of the choir and the handbell choir. She worked as a nurse for 30 years in the Neonatal Intensive Care and Obstetrics and Gynecology departments, and enjoyed caring for others. Grace is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Rev. Jeffrey Wilhelm; children, Sarah Wilhelm, Mary (Brandon) Cory, and Matthew Wilhelm; mother, Gloria Heumann; brothers, David (Leslie) Heumann and Daniel (Janelle) Heumann; mother-in-law, Marlene Wilhelm; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Rev. Al Heumann and father-in-law, Ernest Wilhelm. Grace's family would like to especially thank Dr. Brett Brinker and staff for providing excellent personal care. Funeral services in Michigan will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (908 West Oak Street, Greenville, MI 48838), with Rev. Mark Pflug and Rev. Donald Vietengruber officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Hurst Funeral Home. Funeral services in Florida will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, June 9, 2016 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church (2021 West State Road 426, Oviedo, FL 32765), with interment to follow in Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, FL. Memorial contributions may be given to the International Myeloma Foundation, Gilda's Club, or Mount Calvary Lutheran Church.

Fern L.S. "Steep" Steepleton, Lt Col USAF (Ret.) of Lacey, Washington, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. He was born on April 27, 1922 in Pueblo, Colorado. He attended Centennial High School. He joined the Army Air Corps on January 3, 1943 and flew 33 missions as a B-24 pilot in the European Theater during WWII. He was shot down twice, the second time was Christmas day 1944, when he was taken prisoner by the Germans. After the war, he earned his bachelor's degree and made the Air Force a career for 23 years as a pilot and weatherman. After retiring from the military, he came to Seattle, where he had a second career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fern A. and Lois Steepleton; his sister, Roxy Thompson; and his first wife of 45 years, Helen Steepleton. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Steeepleton of Lacey; his daughters, Cassandra Fosberg (Jack) of Onalaska, Washington, and Paula Oliver (Bob) of Bellevue, Washington; his son, Scott Steepleton (Lisa) of Burien, Washington. He was Grampa to six grandsons, Brent Brower, Jeremy Brower, Seth Brower, Tony Oliver, Sean Oliver, Drew Oliver; granddaughter, Kelsey Steepleton; many great grandchildren; his brother, Glenn Steepleton (June) of Colorado; and sister, Donna Hernandez of Florida. He also is survived by family members he added to his life after his marriage to Hazel, including Christie Smith (Troy), Karen Anderson (Jim); grandchildren, Amy, Ryan, Lena, Sarah, Brad; and multiple great grandchildren. Home Depot won't know what to do without their almost daily customer stopping by to get "just that part he needed" to complete some project he was always working on. He said he had to "dope it out" to solve the problem, which he always did, including up to the last day we were privileged to have him with us. His love for his family was a joy for him, and felt by all of us. A few of his favorite things in life, which he did with gusto, were barbershop singing, traveling in his motorhome, buying treats for his dogs, going to the commissary where he got the "Good morning, Lt. Colonel," which always brought a smile to his face. Yes, his contagious smile, quick chuckle, and lasting comment as we left his presence, "Now, don't go away mad!" will be remembered with love and missed with all our hearts. Private services. Please share memories at

Carol Marie Littlejohn, age 68, passed away on Monday October 29th at Memorial Hospital, Belleville IL after a long illness. Carol, the youngest child and only daughter of Wesley and Shirley King, was born on June 26, 1950 in Sparta, WI. She grew up in Tomah, WI and attended Tomah High School graduating in 1968. Carol also attended Milwaukee School of Cosmetology in Madison, WI. While there, she met her husband to be Robert Littlejohn, an Air Force meteorologist, whom she married September 6, 1969. They had three sons, traveled some of the world together during the remainder of his Air Force career, and enjoyed 49 years of marriage before her passing. Carol devoted her life to providing a comfortable, loving, safe home for her family. As the children grew and attended school Carol reentered the work force as a contracted clerk for Civil Engineering at lncirlik Air Base in Turkey. While in Turkey she enjoyed visiting ancient Roman ruins, the market bazaars, and the Mediterranean beaches. She became a supply custodian for the Department of Defense Dependent School in Nuremburg Germany during Bob's assignment supporting Second Armored Calvary Regiment. She became assistant librarian, one of her favorite jobs, at the DODD School at Grafenwoehr Germany when Bob was transferred to support the Commanding General of 7th Army Training Command. She loved Germany for its picturesque castles and wonderful food. While there she hosted her brother Toby and wife Marilyn as well as her Mom and Dad and friends from White's Ferry Road Church of Christ. Carol continued her career as an accounting technician for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in St. Louis, Missouri when her husband was returned to the United States and Scott Air Force Base. She continued to work as an accounting technician until the death of her oldest son James, then 28, in June of 2001. She retired with disability shortly thereafter. Carol is survived by her husband Robert; remaining sons Aaron (Kristy) Littlejohn and Todd (Kara) Littlejohn; grandchildren Carli Ann and Mariah Littlejohn; Kyle, Ethan, and Kevin Littlejohn; Hannah, Andrew, and Evan Littlejohn; and sister in law Eleanor (Gary) King. She is further survived by an Aunt Carol (Leslie) Becker, many cousins, nieces, nephews, other family and friends. She was preceded in her death by her son James Littlejohn; and her brothers, Gary King and Toby (Wesley) King.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd, Fairview Heights. A Memorial Service will be on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL.

CMSgt. (Ret) John Kappert, Jr USAF, 86, of Mascoutah, IL, born March 1, 1932 in Evansville, IN to Sula Lee, nee Hood and John Kappert, was the third of seven children, he died Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, O'Fallon, IL. Chief Kappert's 30 years of distinguished military career began in 1950 after he graduated from Reitz High School in Evansville, IN. He served in the Korean War, Taiwan and Thailand, in mission roles, directly supporting the Vietnam War. He also served in numerous other overseas and CONUS assignments. He was awarded four Meritorious Service Medals; Air Force Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, and Korean War Service Medal in addition to many other medals and achievement awards. He retired from the U. S. Air Force in 1980 after 30 years of active military service. After retirement, John returned to college completing a degree in communications management. In 1982 he was selected by the Air Force Communications Command to fill a civil service management position. He served in that position for 15 years, retiring in 1998 for a total of 45 years of military service to our country. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Sula Lee, nee Hood, Kappert, his wife Ruth Ann, nee McGuire, Kappert, his second wife, Bobbie Jolene, nee Andrews, Kappert, three brothers, William, Robert, Jerry Kappert, two sisters, Marie Mead and Helen Murray. Surviving are his six children, John E.(Cora) Kappert of Stafford, VA, Linda (Mike) Richter, Connie Kappert-Knipp (Steve Knipp), Marie (Jim) Billingsley and Timothy (Lisa) Kappert, all of Mascoutah, IL, Lee Ann Wooley of Okawville, IL; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; brother, Donald (Loretta) Kappert of Evansville, IN; sister-in-law, Becky Kappert of O'Fallon, IL; numerous nieces, nephews, many friends and military comrades. In lieu of all other gifts memorials may be made to Victory Church, 233 Scott Troy Rd., O'Fallon, IL 62269. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Maurice Dean Kunkel, SMSgt USAF (Ret.), of Palmdale CA died of cancer on August 7, 2018. He was born in Duquoin, IL on July 18, 1938. He graduated from Christopher Community High School and married Judith Lorraine Prater on the same day. Maurice served 23 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant, while working at Special Operations Weather Technician (Airborne) and culminating as advisor to California Air National Guard in 1979. In that time, he spent 6 years in Southeast Asia where he became fluent in Thai and Lao languages. He was awarded two bronze stars, 6 Air Medals, a joint-service commendation medal and was a lifetime member of VFW, retired enlisted association (TREA) and lifetime member of Air Weather Association. After military service, he worked as a realtor and notary public, later brokering is firm for over 20 years, where he specialized in the Eastern Antelope Valley. He also earned Associate Degrees at Antelope Valley College. He was President of Antelope Valley Foothill Board of Realtors in 1992. Concurrently, he sat as a hearing officer for the Assessment Appeals Board at multiple locations in Los Angeles Count for 25 years. For 28 years he served on the Wilsano School District Board of Trustees and the Antelope Valley School Boards Association and served as a Board member and Treasurer of Lake Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce for 28 years. Hobbies included dual-sport motorcycling, scuba diving, where he once traversed San Pedro to Catalina in an inflatable boat, and RVing in both Class A and C. He also owned several classic Chevrolet trucks. in 1982, he hiked Mt. Baden Powell and Mt. Whitney with his youngest son, Kevin. Maurice is survived by his wife of 62 years, Judith and two sons, Rod Kunkel and wife, Linda, of Lake Los Angeles, and Kevin Kunkel, and wife Joanne, of Reston, VA. He was preceded in death by his son Rick, who passed away in 2013. He leaves 5 grandsons, 3 granddaughters, nine great granddaughters and 1 great grandson. He has two sisters, Phyllis Pearson of Sesser, Ill. and Karen Kunkel of Kissemmee, Fla. Funeral was held on August 25 at Joshua Memorial Park in Lancaster, Calif. He was laid to rest at Lancaster Cemetery with military honors.


Ronald EckhartRonald Eckhart, went to be with our Lord, September 30, 2017. He was born July 29, 1935 in Toledo to Clarence and Katherine (Gries) Eckhart.
He joined the Air Force during the Korean War in 1953 and was stationed in England until 1956. Upon his return to the U.S., Ron joined the 180th Tactical Fighter Group, where he retired as Lieutenant Colonel in 1988. While raising five children, Ron attended the University of Toledo where he received his Bachelor’s and then Master of Arts and Education Degrees in Anthropology. He was a National Honor Society member (Alpha Kappa Delta).
He was active in senior groups and enjoyed socializing, dancing and playing cards.
Ron was very patriotic and proud of his military service, and generously supported various veteran organizations. Of all of Ron’s accomplishments he was most proud of his five children.
Ron is survived by his children, Jim (Linda Rose) Eckhart, Kathy Eckhart, Colleen (Tom) Lopez and Mike (Lynn Brysacz) Eckhart; grandchildren, Kristen (Mike) Schmitt, Katy Imhoff, Tommy, Dan and Ben Lopez, Virginia Brysacz, Jackson and Riley Eckhart; great-grandson, Austin; sister Mary Badenhope; nieces and nephew, and the mother of his children, Kathleen Jeffreys. In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his son, John Eckhart and his niece, Sue Kurdys.
The family would like to thank his Alanon Family for all of their love and support for the past many years.


Robert “Bob” Eugene Miller CMSgt USAF (Ret.), an AWA Charter member, was born December 11, 1931 in St. Louis, Missouri to Kathryn and George Miller. He passed away July 22, 2018 at the VA Hospice in Boise, Idaho. Bob grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, attending school at the St. Lucas Parochial School. Bob worked at a local dime store to earn money and when he graduated high school in 1948 he went to Hadley Technical School. At age 17 he became a welder, but after burning his hands, he made the decision to join the Air Force in 1949 and was trained as a Meteorologist. Bob served three tours in Korea and he earned the Korean Service Medal and 2 Bronze stars; the Air Force Commendation Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award; and the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star. After 30 years of being a Meteorologist he retired as a Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt). He entered the civil service as a War planner in Louisiana and continued his work with the Air Mobility Command as the Command Weather War Planner. He distinguished himself and received the Air Mobility Command’s Outstanding Staff Weather Support Civilian of the Year in 1995 and again in 2001. Bob was an exceptional weather planner and war planner. He supported the 8th Air Force, NORAD’s Northeast Air Defense Sector, and Numerous Reserve Air National Guard units in Eastern United States. With his government career spanning a total of over 50 years. Bob found the love of his life, Virginia “Ginny” I. Magee, and the two were married in 1953. Ginny brought to the marriage two daughters Priscilla Ann and Cheryl Lynn. Together they had another daughter, Joanne Denise. They were married for 55 years until Ginny passed away in 2008. Bob moved to Boise, Idaho in 2010 to be close to his daughter Joanne and family. Bob is preceded in death by his Parents, His wife, Virginia, His Sister Shirley Miller Beeson, and his Brother Dick. He is survived by his Brother George, and younger brother Jim; his Daughters Priscilla; Cheryl; Joanne and her Husband Jeff; His Grandchildren: Chris, Scott, Shaun, Jennifer, Daniel, Paul and Richard, and 25 + great-grandchildren.

Dinsmore, James F., CMSgt USAF (Ret) June 3, 1948-July 19, 2018 Age 70. Preceded in death by parents Lester and Alice Dinsmore and stepmother Bonnie Dinsmore. Survived by wife of 50 years Lois; sons David, Chris (Rachel) and Steven Dinsmore; grandchildren Caitlin, Jacob and Elizabeth; sisters Diane Scott, Sandy Boggs (Bill) and brothers Chuck Dinsmore and Rick Dinsmore. Visitation will be held Monday, July 23, 2018, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Bellevue Memorial Chapel. Funeral Service held Tuesday, July 24, 2018, noon at the Bellevue Memorial Chapel, 2202 Hancock Street, Bellevue 68005
Interment: Omaha National Cemetery, at 2:00 p.m. with Military Honors provided by Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard

Thomas Albert Studer, Col USAF (Ret.), 86, of Belleville, IL, born December 23, 1931, in Farmington, MN, died Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL. Thomas was an AWA Charter member. He served as Weather Squadron Commander in Vietnam, Vice-Wing Commander First Weather Wing, Hickam AFB, HI and Division Chief Aerospace Science Shop, Headquarters Air Weather Service, Scott AFB, IL. He was a devout catholic and volunteered for over 20 years with the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St. Teresa Catholic Church. Thomas was a family man and adored by his wife and daughters. He also loved golf, gardening, reading and bird-watching. He was preceded in death by his parents, Amandus and Hazel, nee Finn, Studer; and eleven siblings. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Clair, nee Dumoulin, Studer, whom he married on January 6, 1973; two daughters, Carrie Studer of Belleville, IL, and Cathy (Kurt) Vogel of St. Louis, MO; a brother, Bill (Edna) Studer of Minnesota; two sisters, Dot (Dick) Lorentson of Minnesota, and Mary Ann Studer of Minnesota; and a sister-in-law, Cherie Studer, spouse of deceased brother, Ret. USA Col. Bob Studer of California. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Catholic Urban Programs. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018, at St. Peter's Cathedral, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating. Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Robert Gilbert Mathers, Col USAF (Ret.), 86, of Niceville, Fla., passed away peacefully on Friday, May 22, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jean (Barrie) Mathers; daughters, Linda Lyon and Barb Mathers; son, Dave Mathers LCDR, USN (ret); granddaughter, Victoria Rogers; and grandson, Brian Mathers. He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Love Mathers of Medford, N.J.; and his mother, Ruth Anna Mathers of Fitzwatertown, Pa.
Bob was born in Camden, N.J. on Aug. 4, 1928, and spent his early years in suburban Philadelphia. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1946 and later was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated in 1952, but was then immediately commissioned in the US Air Force. After attending Penn State University and obtaining a degree in meteorology, he served 29 years in the Air Force before retiring as a colonel in 1981. His assignments included being chief forecaster for the military space launches at Cape Canaveral in Florida, working for the president's task force developing missions to help justify building the space shuttle, working at the Pentagon for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and being the Director of Operations at the Air Force Global Weather Central at Offutt AFB, NE. In 1972, he was assigned to Vietnam where he was awarded a Bronze Star. After retirement from the Air Force, he taught earth science for 13 years at the Okaloosa-Walton Community College. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. He loved God, his family, his country, and Penn State football. He was intelligent, humorous, athletic, and had a zest for life. Everyone who knew Bob remarked at his incredibly positive outlook on life, even to the very end.

Jean Barrie Mathers, 84, of Niceville, Florida, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. She is survived by daughters, Linda Lyon and Barb Mathers; son, Dave Mathers LCDR, USN (ret); granddaughter, Victoria Rogers; and grandson, Brian Mathers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gilbert Mathers, who passed away on May 22, 2015; her father, John Wallace Barrie of Richmond, Quebec, Canada; and her mother, Sara Victoria Barrie of Westerville, Ohio. Jean was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, on Nov. 20, 1930, and spent her early years in Canada. She attended boarding school in Toronto, Canada, and after graduating, worked for several years in downtown Montreal. One of her favorite positions was at Morgan's Department Store, which is still there today. She met her husband of 63 years through a storybook pen-pal arrangement while he was attending the U.S. Naval Academy. They married shortly after he graduated in 1952; and together they began a lifelong adventure of traveling the world, courtesy of the US Air Force. For 28 years, Jean was a top performing Avon representative and was recognized many times with the cherished Mrs. Albee award. After spending many of their military assignments in cold climates, Jean and Bob retired in sunny Niceville, Florida. in 1984. Jean was a caring, dedicated, loyal, and fun-loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was enthusiastic about life, genuinely kind-hearted, and a true joy to be around. She had an incredible gift of compassion, both to her family and friends, and to animals of all kinds. She loved helping those in need and donated her time as a Red Cross volunteer. She had a great sense of humor, loved music and dancing, was an incredible painter, and had a beautiful voice. She always thought of other's needs before her own, and delighted in the happiness and contentment of her family. She loved Jesus, she was faithful in her Christian journey, and she will leave a legacy of her wonderful qualities for generations to come.

Richard Luke Masterson, 83, was born August 20, 1928 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the second of five children, to Luke and Helen (Kilfoyle) Masterson. There he was raised and educated until enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in January 1948. Richard served in the USMC proudly until a chance encounter with some airmen, and heard of opportunity to travel. After completing his second enlistment with the USMC he re-enlisted into the Air Force in 1956. That sent him to Kansas where he would meet the love of his life and mother of his four children, Oneta. Together they raised their family moving from base to base, he traveling alone to stops in Japan, England and Alaska until arriving at Vandenberg Air Force Base in 1966, where he would retire in 1969. Richard moved his family to Kansas upon retirement only to return to California a year later to be near family. He then began his second career at the United States Post Office in Lompoc as a mail clerk in 1971, until his retirement in 1992. It was during this time that he was given the joy of becoming a grandparent, a duty he truly cherished and enjoyed, giving each of them all the love a grandpa could. Soon after retiring in 1992 Oneta became ill and Richard became the best nurse, caretaker and true soul mate anyone could ever want. After her passing in 1994 he truly focused on grandkids. He would babysit, drop off, pick up, attend ball games, watch movies, sing with them, pretty much whatever he could do to spend time with them and help out. They were very lucky kids; he was a one of a kind grandpa. In 2002 Richard would meet the second love of his life Nancy. They would soon fall in love and marry in 2003. They spent the next nine years like kids joking, laughing, movies, vacations truly enjoying each other’s company along with their dog Bambi. Nancy became ill in October 2011, and Richard early this year. Nancy passed April 5, 2012. Suffering from respiratory issues and a broken heart Richard followed on April 28, 2012. His lifetime of love and faith in the Catholic religion has surely put him in the company of the Lord in heaven and all of his loved ones that passed before him. Richard is survived by his children, daughters Billye (Brady) Bonsworth of Ojai, California, Sandi (Steve) Conklin of Lompoc, sons Marty (Carolyn) Masterson and Steven “Sam” (Teresa) Masterson both of Lompoc, ten grandchildren, three great grandchildren, sisters Helen (Mike) O’Regan of Belmont, Massachussets and Elenor (and the late James) Ferguson of Buffalo, New York, many nieces and nephews and his dog Bambi. Richard was preceded in death by his first wife Oneta, second wife Nancy, his parents, brother Robert Masterson and baby sister Eileen Masterson and grandson John Cantrell, III. Richard had an undying love for his family, from his parents to his great grandchildren. He was truly a saint and will be dearly missed by everyone he ever crossed paths with.

Lt. Col. (ret.) Gilbert Nilsson Woods, 85, of Pomfret Center, died Saturday, (March 9, 2002) at his home. Col. Woods, his wife and son moved to Pomfret Center in 1975; he and Gil, Jr. became enthusiastic supporters of Pomfret School and Putnam High School athletic programs. Col. Woods was born March 8, 1917 in Hartford, son of the late Josiah Bridges and Hilda (Ulrickson) Woods. He graduated from Wilbraham Academy in 1936. He was a 1940 graduate of Amherst College with a degree in mathematics. While at the college he participated in sports, earning five varsity letters in soccer, basketball and baseball, he sang in the Glee Club, and was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity. After college, he worked at Connecticut General before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in April 1941. He received his assignment the evening of December 7, 1941 and in March 1942 he reported to M.I.T. to study meteorology completing the program in November. On July 10, 1942, he married Elizabeth Pope Hubbell of West Hartford; she died in 1990. During World War II, he served in England working for the 8th Air Force as chief forecaster in East Anglia, where he contributed to the weather forecast for D-Day and for subsequent B24 bombing missions over Germany. In 1945, he volunteered for duty behind enemy lines in "Operation Lusty" collecting scientific data and interrogating German scientists. He was released from the service in 1946. Col. Woods was employed for the next three years by Pan American Airways at Shannon Airport in Ireland. He was recalled to active military duty in 1950 for the Korean Conflict and was assigned to Rhine-Main Air Force Base in Germany where he was deputy weather commander for all of Europe. His subsequent assignments were, for the most part, in the Washington D.C. area. While working for the Air Force Technical Applications Center as weather commander, he was involved with analyzing data from USSR atmospheric atomic events. Another one of the center's projects was testing the transmission of data between computers over telephone lines that later evolved into the Internet. Col. Woods retired from the Air Force in 1974.

DeNardo Joseph W. "Joe" Age 87, of Moon Twp., passed away on June 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh. He was born in Martins Ferry, OH on November 27, 1930, the son of the late Mary Jane Pucci. Joe attended Duquesne University and served his country in the US Air Force, where he started his career in Meteorology when the Air Force sent him to the University of Chicago for his meteorological degree. He was the Chief Meteorologist for WTAE for over 40 years. He was the founder and chairman of Project Bundle up, worked with Special Olympics and numerous other charities. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Moon Twp. In addition to his mother, Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores J. (Wrana) DeNardo in 2009. He is survived by his sons, Joseph "Jeff" DeNardo (Karen), Moon Twp. and R. Douglas "Doug" DeNardo (Sharon), Moon Twp. Four grandchildren, Jeffrey DeNardo (Gabbie), Joseph DeNardo (Leah), Joshua DeNardo (Morgan) and Kelsey DeNardo (Stephen). A great grandson, Cooper DeNardo. Friends will be received on Monday, June 18, 2018, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the HUNTSMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES of MOON TWP. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.) Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at 10 a.m., in St. Margaret Mary Parish, Moon Twp. (Everyone please meet at the church.) Committal and entombment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Moon Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to: Project Bundle Up (
Joe DeNardo has died at the age of 87. Years before Pittsburgh was reciting “Joe Said it Would,” Joe was already a local icon. His name became synonymous with the weather. It wasn’t the Channel 4 Weather Center – it was the DeNardo weather center. As the chief meteorologist, he always kept viewers ahead of whatever mother nature was throwing their way. That sense of serving the public was always in Joe’s blood. Joe was born and raised in Martins Ferry, Ohio. He graduated from Wheeling Central Catholic School in West Virginia before going on to Duquesne University to study math and physics. After graduating from Duquesne in 1953, he earned a masters degree in meteorology from the University of Chicago, then served as an officer in the United States Air Force. Joe was promoted to the rank of commander of the weather detachment at the Greater Pittsburgh Air Force Base. Following an honorable discharge, he opened a weather service business with his Air Force friend David McFarland and began advising KDKA’s weather personalities before appearing on air himself. Joe DeNardo joined WTAE after meeting then-General Manager John Conomikes in 1969. After they met, DeNardo called Mr. Conomikes and told him he needed work. The two met at Poli's restaurant in Squirrel Hill and negotiated a multi-year contract that was written on a white linen napkin. Mr. Conomikes is now a Director of the Hearst Corporation and a Trustee of the Hearst Family Trust. Joe and news anchor Paul Long became long-time on-air partners – and the face of Channel 4. He took pride in using his math and science skills to provide accurate forecasts, and was recognized throughout his career for keeping people safe. Joe brought his love of science and weather to hundreds of thousands of students – making countless trips to schools throughout Western Pennsylvania in Sky 4. Though he was known for his forecast and campaigns, his biggest Pittsburgh legacy may have been his charity work. Joe was a passionate promoter of the Special Olympics – hosting his celebrity golf and softball tournaments in St. Mary’s. He also was the leader of the team that started Project Bundle-Up, the partnership with the Salvation Army that has raised more than $14 million and put warm winter outerwear on more than 275,000 children and seniors in Western Pennsylvania. After a lung cancer diagnosis, Joe not only successfully recovered and returned to the DeNardo Weather Watch Center, but became an advocate for cancer research. In 2002, Joe carried the Olympic flame through the streets of Pittsburgh as the torch made its way to Salt Lake City for the winter games. He passed it on to fellow cancer survivor Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux. Most important to Joe was his family. He shared the spotlight with his beloved wife Delores, his sons Doug and Jeff, and his grandchildren and great grandchildren during the annual WTAE day and parade through Kennywood Park many summers. He never missed his sons’ football games or wrestling matches. In fact, he was so dedicated to his family’s community of Moon Township that he became the chairman of the Parks and Recreation Board, where he volunteered for decades. In 2012, Moon Township supervisors showed their gratitude by renaming the road that runs through Moon Park Joe DeNardo Way. Though he officially retired from WTAE in 2005, he continued to be part of the Channel 4 family by lending his voice to help those less fortunate and continuing to mentor meteorologists. He was honored by the Mid Atlantic Chapter of the Emmys with its highest honor, the Governors’ Award, for his lifetime achievement. Joe gave a lifetime of service to his community, his country and his family. He will always be remembered for keeping Pittsburgh protected, every step of the way.


Richard L. D’Arcy, Col USAF (Ret.) age 93 of Manassas, Virginia passed away at the Georgetown University Hospital on May 31, 2018. Richard was born in Los Angeles, California on September 29, 1924 to Fred and Elizabeth D’Arcy. Richard attended St. Thomas Catholic grade school, graduated from Loyola High School both in Los Angeles. Upon graduating from high school he entered the reserve component at Loyola University and on March 17, 1943 was called to active duty. Richard served as a weatherman in World War II until 1945. He served in North Africa at El Fasher Air Field, in the 19th Weather Squadron, assisting US pilots and others using the airfield. He was called “the Kid” for being the youngest weatherman. Following his time in World War II, Richard went to Loyola University. He entered the Jesuit Seminary after one year at the University. After 12 years of being a novitiate, Richard was ordained a priest on June 18, 1958 at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Los Angeles, California. His first Mass as a priest was at St. Joseph’s Church in Pomona, California. In July 1961, Richard rejoined the Army serving in the Chaplains corps, until June of 1989 retiring with the rank of Colonel. During his distinguished career he received the Bronze Star Medal with clusters, the Meritorious Medal with clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement medal, the Vietnam Service medal, the Legion of Merit medal with clusters and the Armed Services medal. In 1989 Richard married Rochelle in Virginia. They were married for 29 years before his death. Richard is survived by his wife Rochelle D’Arcy; a sister Audrey Palmer and a stepson Michael Creegan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Clare of Assisi Church, 12409 Henderson Rd., Clifton, VA 20124 on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 12 noon. The family will receive friends at the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, VA on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 9am to 11am. A funeral with full military honors will be held at the Ft. Myer chapel followed by burial at Arlington National Cemetery at a date and time to be determined.

Longtime Big Springs resident Edward G. Vrable died on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Madrone Hospice House in Yreka. He was 89 years old.  Ed was born in Pennsylvania to John and Elizabeth Vrable. As a young man, he joined the military and was a navigator in the European Theater during World War II. After the war, he remained in the Air Force and went on to become a master navigator where, in the span of his career, he logged nearly 7,000 flying hours. He achieved the rank of major and retired after 20 years of service.  During his career with the U.S. Air Force, Ed became a member of the famed Hurricane Hunters Squadron in Bermuda. On one of his hurricane missions the flight crew was joined by CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow and his television crew to film an actual penetration of a storm for the “See It Now” show in 1954. 
Ed and his family moved to Siskiyou County in the early 1970s. Ed loved the wide open spaces and the view of Mt. Shasta. He also loved his Pittsburg Steelers and reading the financial papers.  Ed is survived by his son Ed Vrable Jr., his daughter Joanne Moreno, his brother John Vrable of Arizona, his grandson Jesse Pereira and his great-granddaughter.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Margaret Vrable.  Interment with military honors will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Ore. Girdner Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Valdo Vincent John Moncada, Lt.Col USAF (Ret.) of Asheville NC, died peacefully on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Valdo was born in Newburgh NY on Sept. 4, 1919, to the late Reverend Pietro & Emma Plavan Moncada. He attended Newburgh Free Academy (NFA), then Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN, where he majored in French and Mathematics. In 1942, after attending MIT's Meteorology program, he was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Army Air Corps and led weather units on several WW2 offensives in Africa, and Europe, including the Battle of Anzio Beach Italy. He also served in the Japan Occupation, Korean War, and the Cold War. He married Mary Howell of Asheville, on June 15, 1945. He retired from the USAF in 1962 after 21 years of service. For the next 30 years, he and Mary owned Bon Voyage Travel Agency in Newburgh, NY. He was involved in many civic activities including Lions Club (Life Member), Hudson River Masonic Lodge, UNICO and Meadow Hill Reformed Church. He and Mary retired for the 3rd time to Asheville in 1994. Again, he became involved in the Lions Club. He was a Master Mason, with membership in Lodges in NC and NY and with membership in many additional Appendant Masonic Bodies. He was an active supporter of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Valdo enjoyed his various clubs, loved to travel, seldom missed a Sunday concert at St Mathias Episcopal Church, Saturday night with Lawrence Welk, and his many friends and family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, after 71 years of marriage; his sister and brother-in-law, Clelia and Tommy Smith; sister-in-law, Joyce Howell; niece, Margaret Knooihuizen; nephew, Wayne Smith; son-in-law, Mark Goodson; and great-granddaughter, Mattie Shields. He is survived by his sister "Mimi" Emilia (Delbert) Knooihuizen, of Hudson, OH; his children, Carol Goodson, of Candler, NC, Peter (Sue) Moncada, of Bozeman, MT, John Moncada, of Hazleton, PA, Joyce Moncada, of Asheville, NC, and Beverly (Elam) Smucker, of Narvon, PA; nine grandchildren, Tim (Melanie) Goodson, Brad (Wendi) Goodson, Laura (Wes) Shields, Chad Moncada, Jarrod Moncada, Daniel Inions, William Moncada, Ashley Moncada, and Nathan Smucker; 12 great-grandchildren, Georgia, Dover, Caroline, Copeland, Carlyle, Emma, Cody, Tucker, Jackson, Cody, Harrison, and Parker. Memorials may be made to Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, NC 28804 or a charity of your choice. Interment of both Valdo & Mary's ashes were at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain.

Elbert "Carl" Bishop, SMSgt USAF (Ret.) of Moore, OK, passed away November 27, 2017, at the age of 89. He was born September 29, 1928, in Whiteville, TN, to Leo and Bertha A. (Haase). Carl proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and he served with 6th Weather Squadron from 1961 to 1968 at Tinker AFB. Following his military career, he retired from the Oklahoma State Department of Corrections, and then went on to retire from Oklahoma Publishing Company. Carl was an active member of First Moore Baptist Church. He was a member of Sixth Weather Squadron Alumni Association and served as Treasurer and on the Board of Directors. Carl enjoyed building projects, home improvements and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Anna Bishop, of Moore; 2 sons, John Michael Bishop & wife, Makiko, of Hubert, NC, and Alton Craig Bishop & wife, Melody, of Moore; 1 granddaughter, Sheridan Breann Bishop, of McComb, OK; 3 brothers, Joe Bishop & wife, Patricia, David Bishop & wife, Cathy, and Thomas Bert Bishop & wife, Cindy; 4 sisters, Elizabeth Ann Campbell & husband, Odel, Louise Murphy & husband, Carroll, Carolyn Payton & husband, Billy, and Linda Vawter & husband, Gerry; and a host of loving nieces and nephews. Carl is preceded in death by his parents, Leo & Bertha Bishop; brothers, Julius “Jupie” Bishop and William “Bill” Bishop.

Donald Lee Garbutt, TSgt USAF (Ret.) 85, died on November 12, 2017 in Midwest City, OK. He was retired Air Force, Air Weather Service and served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) at Tinker AFB, OK from 1960 to 1967 and 1969 to 1972. He was also a member of 6WS Alumni Association and served as Chairman for 12 years and was on the Board of Directors. He leaves four sons, Donald David and wife Marla of Midwest City, OK, Edward George of Richardson, TX, Lee Owen and wife Sherrie of Midwest City, OK, Gary Michael of Nicoma Park, OK. He also leaves behind 2 grandsons, 5 granddaughters, 2 great-grandsons and 6 great-granddaughters. Don is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Erika in 2012, and his son Robert Charles Garbutt in 2008.

Charles David Morris, CMSgt USAF (Ret.) 92, died September 2, 2017, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Charles David Morris, son of T.T. Morris and Phyllis Schauff Morris, was born on January 11, 1925 in What Cheer, Iowa. He was 1943 graduate of What Cheer High School in Iowa. He worked numerous jobs before joining the Army Air Corps in January 17, 1943. He was a proud World War 2, Korean, and Vietnam Veteran. After serving his country for 24 years, he retired from Tinker Air Force Base on July 31, 1967 from the 6th Weather Squadron. He served in 6th Weather Squadron from 1961 to 1967 and was a member and officer in the 6WSAA. He worked for the United States Postal Service and the Civil Service before final retirement in 1985.Charles had many friends and enjoyed bowling, fishing, camping, traveling, playing cards and watching OU Football. While raising his children, he actively participated in the Boy Scouts. Charles was a man of character and honor who left his children with a legacy to love our country and family. Charles was predeceased by his first wife, Donna G. Gibson, formally of Oskaloosa, Iowa, brother Richard Morris, and sister Elizabeth Storm. He is survived by his sons Douglas Morris and wife Valerie, Dennis Morris and wife Jordan, Dean Morris and wife Cynde, and daughter Debra Taylor and husband Mike. He was a proud grandparent to Courtney Nixon, Ashley Vogel, Logan Morris, Mitchell Morris, Cade Morris, Kory Taylor, Molly Franke and great grandchildren Eloise and Walt Vogel. He is survived by his wife Carmell Morris of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Clifford "Cliff" U. Hendricks, Jr., LT COL USAF (Ret.) age 84, of Lansdale, PA passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 16, 2014 with his family at his side. Cliff was born in Fort Smith Arkansas on October 10, 1929. At the age of 17, Cliff enlisted in the US Air Force. Through determination and hard work, Cliff earned a slot in the Air Force's Officers Training School and graduated with an officer's commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. Cliff progressed through the officers ranks and went on to serve a total of 36 years in the Air Force as a meteorologist, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. Two of Cliff's great passions in life were observing the weather and his family. Cliff is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pat and four children; Rick from Woodland, CA, Linda from Lansdale, PA, Mary Anne from Seattle, WA, and Steve from Washington, DC. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren; Andrea, Jason, Christopher, Matthew, Cameron, Leslie, Conner, and Jeffrey. Interment was in St. John Neumann Cemetery in Chalfont.

Oliver J. Muldoon, Major USAF (Ret.) of Falmouth, MA, age 68, died suddenly on Sunday, Feb 11, 2018 with his loving wife of 47 years, Susan Muldoon, at his side. A lifelong Catholic, Oliver was born in New Inn, County Galway, Ireland in 1949, the eldest of five children of Michael and Maureen (Glynn) Muldoon. He attended Coláiste Einde School and University College, Galway, where he was awarded a degree in history, a subject he was always deeply interested in. He worked his way through college performing as a piano player in Salthill. In Galway he met his future wife, Susan (Fleischman) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and they were married on January 20, 1971 in Furbo, Ireland. Later that year, they moved to Ann Arbor, and Oliver joined the United States Air Force where he had a distinguished 23-year career as a meteorologist. Oliver’s Air Force career took him and Susan to many places in the U.S., including New Hampshire, Illinois, South Carolina, Alaska, Missouri, California, Massachusetts, Louisiana and more. He was a distinguished graduate of the Officer Training School, and received a Masters in Meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He was also the Chief of Weather at England Air Force Base from 1989 to 1992.
Following his retirement from the Air Force, Oliver and Susan moved to Falmouth, MA in 1994 where Oliver began a successful second career in real estate. He also followed his passion for music, playing piano throughout the community (solo and with various groups), as well as singing with Susan for many years in the Falmouth Chorale, Woods Hole Cantata and with Susan founded and sang with Schola Cantorum of Falmouth. Oliver also loved to play tennis, a sport he had learned as a teenager in Galway and continued to play throughout his life. Oliver always kept his love of Ireland close, and he and Susan returned many times over the years to visit with friends and family alike. Oliver was well-known in Galway, Falmouth and beyond for his great wit, quick smile, patience and kindness to all. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was a good man, and he lived a full life dedicated to loving and supporting his family. Oliver was a loving and devoted husband to Susan, and a beloved father to his six children: Frank (Anastasia) Muldoon, (St. Petersburg, Russia), Peter "Pete" Muldoon (Jackson Hole, WY), Laura Muldoon (Arlington, MA), Fiona (Michael) Palladino (King of Prussia, PA), Shena (Gabriel) Rossettie (Corning, NY) and Paula Muldoon (Cambridge, England). He will be sorely missed by his sisters and brother in Ireland: Eileen (Willie) Dillon and Michael (Eibhlín) Muldoon of Galway, and Renee (Brian) Brennan of Gort, his aunt, Angela Campbell, as well as his large extended family and many friends. He was also a loving grandfather to his 16 grandchildren – Preston Rivers, Maureen McAfee, Alexander Kolbe, Audrey McAfee, Aaron McAfee, Samantha Palladino, Cyrus Palladino, Richard Rossettie, Owen Palladino, Silvia Rossettie, Lilian Muldoon, Max Muldoon, Noah Palladino, Thomas Rossettie, Mary Rossettie, Olivia Muldoon, and three more grandchildren soon to be born.
Oliver was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Maureen (Glynn) Muldoon, his sister, Mary Gamble, his father-in-law Herbert Fleischman and his mother-in-law Cecelia Fleischman. Interment was in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA

Mark J. Brown Jr. Lt Col USAF (Ret.) died at the Tamalpais Retirement Community in Greenbrae, CA on November 19, 2017. He was 98. Mark, also known as Barney, was the son of Mark and Iva (Fiske) Brown of Framingham, MA. He graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1940 where he met his wife, Bea Fairchild. He studied meteorology at MIT and earned an MBA at Indiana University. He served 22 years in the Air Force as a pilot and meteorologist and commanded the 4th Weather Squadron at Hamilton Field, CA prior to retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 1962. He was then employed for 19 years in Sunnyvale, CA by a division of United Technologies. He is survived by Bea, his wife of 73 years, two sons, Mark III of Folsom, CA, Curtis of Boulder, CO, and their wives Carol and Karen, and three grandsons, David (Jennifer) of Windsor, CA (and great-granddaughters Aurora and Valerie), Kellen of Folsom, CA and Galen (Lauren) of Boulder, CO. He was predeceased by a daughter, Susan, and his two brothers, Sherwood and Vernon. At St. Lawrence, Barney was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society. At the University of Indiana, he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor society. He was a Mason, a Shriner, and a member of the American Meteorological Society, the Military Officers Association, and a charter member of the Air Force Association and Air Weather Association. Barney believed in community service. He was involved for many years in Boy Scouts and Little League while in San Rafael, and in Los Altos volunteered for the Red Cross, United Way, and Visiting Nurses Association. At the Tamalpais, he was president of the residents association for three terms and was the Volunteer of the Year in 1997. He and his wife were chosen as Seniors of the Year for the City of Larkspur in 2007. He is greatly missed. At Barney's request, there will be no service. Donations may be made to the Tamalpais Tomorrow Fund or a charity of your choice.

Terry SaffordLt. Col. Terry Safford, 76, of Swansea, Illinois, born Tuesday, May 20, 1941, in Hartford, CT, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018 at his residence. Terry worked as a Staff Meteorologist for the United States Air Force. He was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Belleville, Illinois (Sound and Hospitality Department), American Meteorological Association, an avid snow skier, member of Professional Ski Instructors Association, and taught sailing for 20 years. He was a United States Air Force Veteran serving from 1964 to 1992. He was preceded in death by his: Parents: Arthur Truman and Elinore nee Jaynes, Safford, Jr. Surviving are his: Wife: Sharon E. nee Thomas, Safford of Swansea, IL Children Kevin (Sheri Albers) Safford of Ft. Collins, CO ,Heather (Shane) McGraw of Peoria, IL ,Christopher (Amber) Safford of Wildwood, MO, 2 Sisters, Joan (Nick) Wright of Williamstown, MA, Susan Andrews of West Hartford, CT. 5 Grandchildren, Ashley McGraw Calliope McGraw, Benjamin Safford, Lilianne Safford, Natalie Safford, Dear Nieces and Nephews
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Matthew United Methodist Church for Sound & Video Department or Hospitality Department.
Visitation: Visitation from 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Saturday, June 2, 2018 at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville, IL.
Service: A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, June 2, 2018 at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, with Rev. James Slone officiating. Private interment will be held.




Ace ShibataEichi "Ace" Shibata, Lt. Col, USAF (Ret) March 16, 1928 - July 28, 2017.  Ace, 89, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home. His last day was a good one as he woke up feeling well and enjoyed breakfast with Kimi, chatting about their granddaughter's recent engagement. Later that morning, while watching his favorite Japanese TV channel, Ace quietly passed.  Ace was born in 1928. His family lived in San Francisco until World War II when they were interned at Topaz, UT. Ace graduated from the University of Wisconsin as an Electrical Engineer and joined the USAF in 1952. He retired as a Lt. Colonel from the Air Force in 1976 after receiving many decorations for his contributions as a meteorologist.  Ace lived happily in El Cerrito with Kimi, his wonderful wife of 64 years, enjoying traveling, their favorite pastime of karaoke, and attending all the activities of their grandchildren.  Ace will be missed by Kimi; sister, Naomi; children, Craig (Nancy) and Carrie (John); daughter-in-law, Karen; grandchildren, Tracy, Emily, Eric, Sarah, Julia, Jude, and Ella; and all his nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Ichiro and Shimako; brother, Keiji; and beloved son, Richard.





Raymond J. Stralka, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), 86, passed away Tuesday January 10, 2017. He was born in Glen Lyon, PA. His career took him to Albuquerque, NM, Fairbanks, AK, Limestone, ME, Trucksville, PA and Richmond, VA before settling in Oxon Hill, MD for over 55 years. Raymond was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force through ROTC in 1952. After his active duty service, he worked as a state forester with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. In 1958 he joined the National Weather Service. Raymond also became Chief Meteorological Forecaster for the 104th Weather Flight in the Maryland Air National Guard in 1960. In addition, he had his own forestry consulting business. He was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University , (B.S. Forestry, 1952), The University of New Mexico (Meteorology), The USAF Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL and received his MBA from Auburn University in 1971. He served the National Weather Service for 30 years and the State of Maryland Air National Guard, retiring as Lt. Colonel. He received many awards including NOAA Distinguished Service, National Defense Service Medal and USAF Meritorious Service Medal. Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Wanda M., his five children, Kathleen of Centreville, VA, Stephen (Robin) of Anchorage, AK, Daniel (Judy) of Mill Valley, CA, Christine of Oakton, VA, and John (Joan) of Ellicott City, MD. Also his beloved grandchildren; Jonathan (Bridget), Jason, Matthew, Michael and Victoria, 2 nephews, Michael and Robert Pergolizzi of West Orange, NJ. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Catherine Strzalka and his sister Irene S. Pergolizzi. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of the Angels Church, Charlestown Retirement Community Campus in Catonsville MD; Inurnment later in Glen Lyon, PA. Memorial donations can be made in Raymond’s name to: Gilchrist Hospice Services, 11311 McCormick Rd, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031 or to Lustgarten Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer Research, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, New York 11714.

Clarice Marie (Kello) “Claire” Black, age 80, died peacefully on April 9, 2018, at home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She was a 20-year resident of Sioux Falls, having moved here with husband Robert in 1998. Claire was born on January 14, 1938, in Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, the fourth child of Margaret (Kasun) and Nick Kello. Claire grew up and attended both parochial and public schools in this famed mining town, graduating in 1956 from Butte High School. She attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, graduating there with a BS in June, 1966. Just prior to graduation, she married Lt. Robert E. Black of Billings, Montana, on May 28, 1966. Moving to many locations with her itinerant husband, they retired from the U. S. Air Force in Papillion, Nebraska, in 1991. During the many moves and living locations, this proud Air Force wife provided the family with three lovely children. Amidst all the moving, homemaking, child rearing, and caring for a lovely group of collies, Claire garnered the requirements needed from Troy State University Montgomery and Southwest Texas State University for a Master’s degree in Education from Troy State. Since that wasn’t enough she completed all requirements including dissertation for a doctorate in education from California Coast University in 1991. Thrown in here are teaching assignments in several subjects at a local business college and teaching teens with special needs in the local Prince George’s County school system. She held secondary teacher certification in Montana, Alabama, Texas, and Nebraska. She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi international honor society. As an accomplished classical pianist, she shared her talents and improved her techniques with multiple teaching and learning experiences. Claire moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota with husband Robert in 1998. While he was employed at EROS Data Center, Claire continued to share her musical knowledge and talent with an active Piano Group in Sioux Falls, retiring from that group in 2017. Claire is survived by her husband Robert; three children: Deanna Hutchins (Brett) of Valrico, Florida, Karen Black (Mark Holder) of Phoenix, Arizona, and Eric Black (Tanya Elliott) of Northcote, Victoria, Australia. She is also survived by her brother, Joseph M. Kello of Las Vegas, Nevada and by seven grandchildren: Nicholas Black of Sioux Falls; Brooke Hutchins of Loveland, Colorado; Shelby Jones (Levi) of Belgrade, Montana; Meghan Jeffs (Braden) of Windsor, Colorado; Morgan Hutchins of Gainesville, Florida; and Niamh and Seamus Black of Northcote, Victoria, Australia and four greatgrandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and cousins around the country. Two older brothers, John and James, predeceased her.

MAJOR ELBERT THOMAS TOWNSEND, USAF (RET) of Wilmington, NC, died Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at Trinity Grove. Tom was born March 18, 1921 in St. Pauls, NC, son of the late Lon H. and Myra Broadwell Townsend. His wife, Margrette Townsend, preceded him in death. Major Townsend began his military career with Company L, 120th Infantry, N.C. National Guard from which he and 123 others were inducted into active service in September 1940. On December 7, 1941, he was an infantry Platoon Guide Sergeant at Fort Jackson, SC, but shortly entered Aviation Cadet training, graduating as a 2nd Lieutenant in June 1942. For the next 21 years he served as combat navigator, Air Transport Command ferry crew member, Base Intelligence Officer, Provost Marshal, weather recon navigator, weather forecaster, inspector, comptroller, and management analyst. He flew 24 bombing missions over Europe in B-29's during World War II. Upon retiring from the Air Force, he returned to Wilmington, earned a Master's Degree at East Carolina College and taught at Sunset Park Junior High School and Wilmington College. Later he taught at Acme-Delco and Pender High Schools, as well as, Southeast Community College. He also served as curriculum director for a Children and Youth program with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and was a special education teacher at Acme-Delco and Pender High Schools. Major Townsend attended NC State College 1939-1940, earned an in-service undergraduate degree at Arkansas Polytechnic College and following retirement earned advanced degrees at East Carolina College and Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Major Townsend was a member of the Wilmington Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post 10, Air Force Sergeants Association, Military Officers Association of America, Reserve Officers Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Air Weather Association, New Hanover County Veterans Council, and the Wilmington Kiwanis Club. He was a founder and long-time member of the Cape Fear Literacy Council and had served many years on the Board of the Brigade Boys and Girls Club. He was a member of American Mensa, serving as area proctor and district proctor coordinator for several years. Long active in veteran affairs, Major Townsend had twice been commander of the NC Disabled American Veterans, which he also served as Judge Advocate for several years. He was also commander of the NC Veterans Council, president of the NC Retired Officers Association, commander and long-time adjutant of the Wilmington Disabled American Veterans chapter, Post Advocate and Trustee of VFW Post 2573, Judge Advocate of American Legion Post 10, a founding member and long-time Secretary-Treasurer of the New Hanover County Veterans Council, a member of the NC WWII Memorial Commission, and a member of many local and state civic and historical organizations. Recipient of several wartime military awards, Major Townsend was proudest of his selection as 1996-97 NC Disabled Veteran of the Year and 1997 New Hanover Human Relations Commission, Citizen of the Year. Also recipient of the NC Order of the Long Leaf Pine and Star News Lifetime Achievement Award. He is survived by his son, Edwin Townsend and daughter, Myra Palmeter of Wilmington, four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, Major Townsend has asked that memorial gifts be made to the Cape Fear Literacy Council or the Brigade Boys and Girls Club.

George "Rusty" Griffith Elbe, TSgt USAF (Ret.), 86, Wausau, WI, died early Monday, February 27, 2017 at the Homme Home of Wittenberg under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. George was born May 29, 1930 in Wausau to the late George and Elaine Elbe. He graduated from Wausau High School before enlisting in the US Air Force. George proudly served his country for nearly 30 years. During his service, he met and married the love of his life, Glenda Gardner in Cheltenham, England beginning 49 wonderful years together. George further served as a tail gunner of a B-29 during the Korean War and a weatherman in country during the Vietnam War finally retiring as a Tech Sergeant. George was a man with simple but very strong ideals: faith, service and family. George's faith was unwavering and was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church. His dedication to his country continued well past his years actively serving when he continued to counsel Vietnam Veterans for years following their service. George was very proud of the Elbe name and was sure to teach his children and grandchildren about their family. He loved all the time he spent with his grandchildren. In his free time, George loved to go fly fishing for trout, deer hunting and bird hunting with his dogs. George is survived by his loving children, Dean (Connie) Elbe and Sarah (Donald) Holcomb; grandchildren, Matthew and Brianna; and extended family and friends. The funeral service was held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau with committal at Restlawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be directed to Wishes for Warriors to aid in their continued support of veterans in need.

James Wesley "JW" Thompson, 89, of O'Fallon, IL, formerly of Paris, TN, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, O'Fallon, IL. James was born on April 9, 1928, in Gadsden, AL, to the late Otis and Blanche, nee Scarbrough, Thompson. He was married to Helen Louis Martin on August 8, 1954. He had over 37 years of dedicated service to the government, including active duty military (Air Force, Army, Marines) and civil service in the Air Weather Service and Military Airlift Command. He retired as deputy director of plans and management command data automation of the Military Airlift Command at Scott Air Force Base, IL. He was also the proud founder and owner of TLM Telecommunications. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association. "If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives." He loved his family with all his heart and was loved just as much in return. He was an avid golfer, loved playing the dice game "4-5-6", and enjoyed traveling the world over the course of his life. He had an infectious laugh, enjoyed talking business and politics, and always appreciated a good scotch. James is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen; a son, Robert Thompson of Fairview Heights, IL; a daughter, Di Ann Hipskind of O'Fallon, IL; three grandchildren, Lauren (Mark) Morton of O'Fallon, IL, Melissa Hipskind of Shiloh, IL, and Sarah Thompson of Smithton, IL; a great-grandson, Charles James Morton; a sister, Nita Adams of Jackson, TN; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Thompson of Jackson, TN, and Betty (Kenneth) Wentworth of Fair Oaks, CA; a brother-in-law, Dean (Buddy June) Martin of Huntsville, AL; and many nieces and nephews.

BREADY, Wilbur “Bill”, MSgt USAF (Ret.), 83, passed away on April 22, 2017 in New Port Richey, FL. Bill married the love of his life, Janet, February 13, 1960 while serving his country in both the United States Navy and Air Force, retiring from Air Weather Service as a MSgt. Bill later worked as a cross country truck driver, as a heavy equipment operator, and several various positions within the Pasco County School System (at both Ridgewood and Gulf High Schools). He was an active volunteer with Juvenile Justice and served in prison ministries. When Bill wasn’t zooming around on a motorcycle, jeeping through the woods, talking to people around the world on his ham radio or telling a joke, he could be found snacking on peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches and watching M.A.S.H.! Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janet; his children, Denise and Joe; grandchildren, Brandy Ackerman, Danelle Bready, Adam Janes, Nicole Logan, Sharaya Janes, Josie Bready; great grandchildren, Marina Ackerman, Isaiah Bready, Khloey and Calena Logan. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bill’s memory to Gulf High School to aid students in need. (Gulf High School, 5355 School Road, New Port Richey, FL 34652).

Archie D. Carpentiere Jr. CMSgt USAF (Ret), 86, longtime resident of Milford, NH died on June 21, 2017 at Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua, NH.
He was born on August 30, 1930, a son of Archie D. Carpentiere Sr. and Mary S. (Paro) Carpentiere. Raised and educated in Milford, Archie was Class President and graduated from Milford High School, Class of 1948. While in school, he lettered in baseball, basketball and track. He earned his B.S. in General Studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1969, received his teacher’s certification from Saint Anselm College and his MBA in Business Administration from Rivier College in 1980.
He was employed at Nashua Corporation in the late 1970’s as a purchaser and had been a student teacher at Milford Area Senior High School. In addition, he also worked at Garden Street Superette in Milford.
Archie served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1974 as a meteorologist and was honorably discharged with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. In addition, he received the Commandant’s Award from the Senior NCO Academy in 1970.
Archie was a member of the Ricciardi Hartshorn Post #23 American Legion, Milford and a member of the Air Weather Association.
He was an avid golfer, and scored two holes-in-one during his golfing “career”. He was a devout sports fan and also loved playing scrabble.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Connie S. Carpentiere; a son, John A. Carpentiere; a brother, Winston H. Carpentiere; and a sister, Jeanette “Nunnie” Stimson.
He is survived by his loving wife, Carla Ann (Lorette) Carpentiere of Milford, NH; a son, David L. Carpentiere of Meredith, NH; three daughters, Deborah M. Davidson of South Carolina, Laurie J. Carpentiere of Merrimack, NH, and Kimberly A. Carpentiere of East Falmouth, MA; three grandsons, four granddaughters, three great grandsons and one great granddaughter; many nieces and nephews.
Memorial visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, June 27th from 5:00-7:00pm in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford and will conclude with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Miflord Ambulance, 66 Elm Street, Milford, NH 03055.

HammerKarl R. Hammerdorfer, Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret.), of Woodbridge VA, died on April 27, 2018. He was born on June 28, 1936 in Mount Vernon, NY to the late Carl and Therese Tocci Hammerdorfer. Hammerdorfer was a career Air Force veteran who served honorably for 30 years and whose service remained the most important part of his working and social life. His service included a total of 12 years in Germany, one year in Vietnam, 3 years at Langley AFB in Virginia, 5 years at Scott AFB in Illinois, culminating in 4 years at Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska, among other postings.
In the Air Force, the “Hammer”, as everyone called him, rose to the highest enlisted ranks and was a respected leader within Air Weather Service. He had a reputation for professionalism, mentoring young, up-and-coming airmen and women, hard work, loyalty, service, and, perhaps more than anything, a great sense of humor. In his final station at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska, the young enlisted men and women in his charge dubbed him “Chief Hammer of the Yukon”. Even after retirement, the Hammer remained close to the people of USAF.
Hammer went to work for the Army’s Night Vision Laboratory at Fort Belvoir, VA, traveling widely to test state of the art equipment. Although he enjoyed that work for over 10 years, it never quite measured up to his beloved Air Force. He retired for good in 1995 and thoroughly enjoyed his retirement with his wife, Joyce, frequent visits by his 3 kids and stepdaughter, Lori, and frequent visits to his grandkids, and his many friends.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce Hammerdorfer; his three children and their spouses, Diana Hammerdorfer and William Clements of Fort Collins, CO, Carl Hammerdorfer and Kathy Lynch, currently residing in Prishtina, Kosovo, and Lance Hammerdorfer and Christy Waldron of Sanford FL. He is also survived by his step-daughter and husband, Lori and Bill Foy of San Antonio, TX. Karl loved his eight grandchildren, Andrew Hammerdorfer of Gulf Shores, AL, Christian Hammerdorfer of Denver, CO, the late Matthew Hammerdorfer, Kyle Hammerdorfer of Brooklyn, NY, Miles and Ella Hammerdorfer of Orlando, FL; David Foy of San Antonio, TX, and Brandon Foy of Rochester, NY.
Karl will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He loved to travel, cooking, fine wines, fine dining, reading history, supporting the New York Yankees, and Giants, and the St. Louis Cardinals (baseball). Karl greatly enjoyed daily life, making friends wherever he went. Perhaps most of all, he loved telling and hearing stories around the dinner table or over coffee with family and friends. He was most passionate about spending time with his wife, children and his extended family.
A memorial service and interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery pending scheduling. His beloved wife, Joyce Hammerdorfer, will announce the schedule for this event.

Peter Hill, MSgt (Ret) Peter was born on August 9, 1931 and passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Peter was a resident of Wisconsin. Peter Hill retired from the United States Air Force after 26 years of service. Visitation will be Tuesday May 2 from 6-8 PM at Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery WI. Funeral service will be held Wednesday May 3 at 2 pm at the Amery Free Lutheran Church in Amery WI. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. The family asks that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Amery Free Lutheran Church Amery WI. He spent 27 years as a weatherman in the Air Force and loved doing it and missed it greatly after retirement. He enjoyed briefing the pilots on weather. We saw a lot of our country as well as overseas tours. He also worked for the National Weather service in Duluth MN after retirement from the Air Force.

Clay WarixLt Col (ret) Clay W Warix, Jr. Feb 17, 1927 / Feb 1, 2018 Education: TCU, BA Psychology Penn State, BS Meteorology

Career: Fireman First Class USN, WWII. Lt Col USAF (ret), Meteorologist, Korea, Vietnam, AFCM
Aramco, Saudi Arabia, Atmospheric Scientist, 1975 - 1977
Overhead Door Corporation, Manager Rolling Steel Doors, 1978 - 1994
Rolling Door Engineering Consultant, 1995 until retirement

Clay passed away in the hospital on Feb 1, 2018 after suffering a stroke in his home a week earlier. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Vivian, who passed on Nov 19, 2017. They were interred together with military honors at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery on March 16, 2018. He is survived by his three children, four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

His Air Force service included: OCS, Easy Flight, San Antonio; Air Force Institute of Technology, Penn State; Aerial Reconnaissance Officer with the 56th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Yokota AFB Japan; Project Officer, Air Force Operational Test Center; Air Force Institute of Technology, Florida State; Team Leader of USAF European Weather Central, England; Chief Forecaster at NORAD, Colorado Springs; Squadron Operations Officer, 26th Weather Squadron; and Detachment Commander. His leadership of Detachment 2, First Weather Wing earned the Williams Award in 1972. He was the recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal in 1974.
He approached everything in life with enthusiasm and he lived the Air Force Code: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

Pat KilpatrickIrvine (Pat) Dennis Kilpatrick, CMSgt USAF (Ret.) a charter member of the Air Weather Association passed away on February 23, 2018. Irvine was born in Chicago, Illinois in December of 1933. He graduated from Downers Grove Community High School in 1951 and chose to enlist in the United States Air Force in 1953. Irvine, who never felt prouder than when in uniform, remained in the service for 26 years. He ultimately rose to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, one of only a handful in the Air Force’s meteorological division. With tours both stateside and worldwide, Irv ultimately became a world traveler and avid photographer, producing amazing slide shows for family viewing upon his many returns home. Stateside tours stretched from Florida to Hawaii, with Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and New Jersey in between. Worldwide tours included Germany, Great Britain, and a year in Vietnam in 1966-1967. Our father was a warm, smiling, engaging, and intelligent optimist, always living up to his boyhood nickname, Sonny. He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, and a talented baseball player in his own right, including time with the West Suburban Chicago semi-pro league. His sons have fond memories of his times as both coach and umpire during their formative years. Also a devout Roman Catholic, Irv was especially inspired by an audience with Pope Pius XII in the Vatican during his first German tour at Sembach Air Base. While a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea in Bremerton, Washington, he participated weekly in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist as an expression of his devotion. Irv is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rosemary. He is also survived by his three children, including his sons Kevin (Sarah George) and Mark, daughter Kimberly, grandson Andrew, and brother, Michael. Services will be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1513 6th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337, at 11:00 on April 5, 2018 (rosary begins at 10:30). Please join us as we pay our last respects. Interment will follow later in April at Washington Veterans Home Cemetery, Retsil, WA. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in his memory. Guestbook at:

He was a long-term friend of MGen John Collens, founder of AWA and they corresponded frequently.

Cleghorn, Maria F., 81, of Seffner, passed away on November 13, 2015. She was born February 26, 1934 in Claremont, New Hampshire. As a military wife, Maria was able to travel the world with her husband, Norman. She is preceded in death by her sister, Fay DiPiro; brothers, James Costa, and Michael Costa; and daughter-in-law, Sandy Cleghorn. Maria is survived by loving family, husband of 49 years, Norman Cleghorn; children, Cynthia (Wayne) Valenti, Michael Cleghorn, Stephen (Sandy) Cleghorn, Sarah Sahms, and Karen (Steven) Kelly; sister, Rosa Stapleton; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Maria was a loving wife, mother and nani. She gave her life to her family, laughed easily and loved fiercely. She will live in our hearts forever. A celebration of her life will be held on November 20, 2015 @ 1:30 at the Tampa Pitcher Show 14416 North Dale Mabry Tampa, Fl 33618. In lieu of flowers donations to Wounded Warriors at

Lewis, Eugene B. Lt Col USAF (Ret.), 93 years old of Glendale, AZ continued to share his cheerful disposition and humor with family and friends until his death on August 25, 2017. Born in Concordia, Kansas on March 5, 1924, he lived a full life with over 30 years in the US Air Force with his wife, Olive, by his side until she passed in 2000. He is survived by his three children, Dale (Della), Linda Chisum (Jack) and Terry Roach, eight grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren. He served in World War II, flying his 35 missions in Europe, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired from Luke AFB in 1975 and continued his connection to airplanes flying for an air ambulance service and later, working for the City of Phoenix at Sky Harbor and Deer Valley airports. In spite of his love of planes, his family always came first in his life. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America or to Hospice of the Valley. A Celebration of Life service was held September 5, 2017 at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary at 6500 East Bell Road, Scottsdale, Arizona.

DOROTHY LINDWALL SAITTA CIPRIANO, wife of retired USAF Lt Col John Cipriano, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2018. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Major Michael Saitta USAF, her parents, Rudy and Margaret Lindwall, and her brother, Richard Lindwall.
She is survived by her children, Dr. Michael Saitta (Wynn), David Saitta (Cynthia) and Laura Saitta. She is also survived by her stepchildren, Jeannette Cipriano Maize (Jay), Jennifer Cipriano (Ben), and Tony Cipriano (Sarah); grandchildren, Wayne Pearson (Ali), Colt Pearson, Jonathan Saitta, Jaclyn Saitta, Angela Saitta, Ariana Saitta, Nathan Maize, Avery Maize, Viola Cipriano, Vincent McManus, Nicolas Cipriano and Natalie Cipriano; great-grandchildren, Bobby, Tatum and Logan Pearson; along with her sister,Peggy Sorrentino, sister-in-law, Joann Lindwall and nephews, Rick Gallo (Dawn), Rich Lindwall (Lauren) and Joey Lindwall (Jaime).
Dorothy completed her bachelor and master degrees at Wright State University after which she began her civilian career for the USAF at the Air Force Institute of Technology; followed by many years for the Air Staff at the Pentagon. During her husband John's tour in Germany, she worked for USAFE in Ramstein AB. After retirement, Dorothy was an Air Force "Arlington Lady" volunteer at Arlington National Cemetery for 12 years. She was a member of the Sumi-e Society of America and a Resident Associate at the Smithsonian. Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warriors or a charity of your choice. Please view and sign the family guestbook at:

Mark Daniel Mullenax, 64, a resident of Coraopolis, died unexpectedly Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at his retirement home in Peoria, Texas. He was the son of the late William R. Mullenax and Lauri Ann Goff Mullenax Edwards. Having grown up in Bay City, Texas and Bellaire, Texas, he was a graduate of Bellaire High School, where he was proudly involved in Boy Scouts, having earned his Eagle Scout award. He attended Texas A & M, where he was a member of the FISH Drill Team that won the national championship in 1972 at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. He entered the Air Force in 1973 as a missile systems analyst specialist (319th AMMSq./CC/SRAM IMF, Grand Forks AFB.) Achieved Technical Sergeant as a Weather Forecaster, assignments to include Det. 15, 9th Weather Sq. (Grand Forks AFB-Grand Forks, N.D.); Det. 5, 7th Weather Sq. (Katterbach Army Airfield-Ansbach, Germany); Det.11, 24th Weather Sq. (MAC- Reese AFB, Lubbock, Texas); Det. 12, 7th Weather Sq. (Finthen AAF-Mainz, Germany); Det.10, 1st Weather Sq. (Lawson AAF, Ft. Benning, Ga.). He served as the unit project officer for implementation of AWDS (Worldwide) and UAWS (Weather Data Systems) for Europe with installation in all tactical vehicles for deployment readiness in support of Desert Shield/Storm. Mark's many awards while serving consisted of USAF Meritorious Service Medal, USAF Achievement Medal, Army (USAREUR) Achievement Medal, Army (USAREUR) Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon. While in the Air Force, Mark graduated with an associate degree in science from the Community College of the Air Force and went on to earn his bachelor's degree in business administration with a specialty degree in information systems at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga. Mark retired in 1993 and worked at AFLAC Insurance Co. as a claims specialist, Ruco Polymer,LLC, Columbus, Ga., Muscogee County School System-Substitute Teacher, Sizemore Security then returned to civil service in 2001 as an information systems specialist returning to Grand Forks AFB- 319th Medical Group; Information Systems Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; Army Engineer Corps, Buffalo, N.Y.; 598th Army Transportation Terminal Group, Manana, Bahrain; USAREUR Hq. 5th Signal Command, G6, Mannheim, Germany (assignment Heidelberg); and retired as an IT Specialist from the Army Recruiting Battalion in Pittsburgh. Mark is survived by his wife of 36 years, Stacie Ann Moats Mullenax; daughter, Leah Marie Mullenax; son, Zachary Marton Mullenax and wife, Danielle, of Pittsburgh; and his precious granddaughter, Arya Elizabeth Wilson, as they enjoyed watching Steelers games, reading books and playing together.
Mark's wish to be cremated has been honored, and a private family ceremony will be held at a later date with interment at Grafton National Cemetery in Grafton, W.Va.

Colonel Michael A. Neyland, USAF (Ret.) passed away on February 14, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born in Frankfurt, Germany on February 11, 1949 and was the eldest son of the late Colonel Lewis, USAF (Ret.) and Dorothy (Manley) Neyland. Mike received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Regular Air Force from the United States Military Academy in June 1971. He also held two additional advanced degrees. His Air Force career was dedicated to ensuring the success and future of the Air Force Weather Agency's command, control, doctrine and operations. He held various positions of command and responsibility throughout his 30 year Air Force career. Colonel Neyland's military decorations include multiple awards of the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation, Air Force Commendation, Combat Readiness and Humanitarian Service Medals. He was also awarded the Aircrew Member Badge and Master Meteorologist Badge. He was a dedicated participant in Officer's Christian Fellowship Bible Studies for 32 years. Colonel Mike Neyland continued service to his country for more than 17 years as a Senior Engineering Manager with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. Mike was a member of the West Point Alumni Association, and Treasurer of the Northern Virginia International Plastic Modelers Society for 21 years. Colonel Neyland is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joy (Rector) Neyland; children, Jenny Neyland and Alex Neyland (Kathy); granddaughter, Caris Neyland; and his siblings, Rob Neyland (Deb and daughter, Abbey), Dave Neyland (Sue and sons, Zach and Thomas), and Kathleen Gustad (Kirk and sons, Aaron and Taylor). Interment will follow at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station (

Joseph C. Toschik, MSgt USAF (Ret.), died on Jan. 23, 2018 from complications related to the flu. He was 71 years old. Half Moon Bay Library staff and patrons were forced to say an early goodbye to one of their long-time librarians after he died roughly two months before he was set to retire. Known by many as a soft-spoken yet friendly presence, Joseph Carmen Toschik The El Granada resident was born in Milwaukee, but grew up in Phoenix, Ariz., and attended Arizona State University. Before becoming a librarian, Toschik worked as a weather forecaster for the U.S. Air Force, where he was awarded several medals for his service. After retiring from the Air Force in 1989, Toschik studied library science at San Jose State University where he earned his master’s degree in the subject and secured his job as a reference librarian in Half Moon Bay. Half Moon Bay Library Branch Manager Annie Malley noted that Toschik lived nearly his entire life as a public servant from his time on the U.S. Air Force to his 25 years at the Half Moon Bay library. Toschik was known to have loved the Coastside. Each morning he would purchase a cup of coffee at the El Granada Hardware & Cafe before going for a stroll along the Coastal Trail. As a lover of photography, Toschik would snap pictures of the beautiful coastal surroundings. Although the back room of the temporary library has no windows, Malley said that Toschik’s posted images afforded the staff views of the surrounding ocean, mountain ranges and farmland. Malley noted that Toschik was often the first to volunteer for any community event and lent a lovely “radio personality” type voice to children’s story times. “He gave to his community,” Malley said. That was apparent even on Toschik’s last day, which was spent at Seton Medical Center in Daly City. Malley said that one of Toschik’s nurses grew up in Half Moon Bay and remembered Toschik from her younger days visiting for story time and after her school days at Cunha Intermediate School. “There’s something really wonderful about that,” Malley said. “He helped hundreds of people and on his last day he was helped by one of those patrons.” In his spare time, Toschik served as a volunteer with the Plover Watch Program that is based out of Half Moon Bay State Parks. He volunteered with the program for the last 15 years. Half Moon Bay Library Circulation Supervisor Mary Patterson attends the Half Moon Bay Methodist Church where Toschik was also a member. Patterson noted that her colleague was devoted to the church and would serve as usher each Sunday for the 8:30 a.m. service. “We’ve had so many people coming in to (the library to) share their condolences,” Patterson said. A memorial service for Toschik will take place at 11 a.m. on Feb. 17 at the Community United Methodist Church.

John Terry Gordon, 92, of Silver Spring, Maryland, passed away on January 29, 2018, peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his close family.  John was born in Dallas, Texas, on March 16, 1925. He graduated from Arlington High School and continued on to receive a degree in mathematics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  John was married to Mieko Komatsu on March 16, 1956. They were married for 62 years.  John served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot and worked as a meteorologist for more than 30 years. He enjoyed fiddling with his computer, reading, gardening, tinkering with cars, and photography.  John is survived by his beautiful wife, Mieko K. Gordon, two children, Betty F. Gordon and Janice G. Herman and her husband, William N. Herman; his two grandchildren, Deborah A. Glazer and Kimberly S. Emerson; his great-granddaughter, Natalie D. Emerson; his nieces and nephews, and the rest of his wonderful family and many friends.  John was preceded in death by his parents, Ira L. Gordon and Bettie L. Terry.  Private services will be held for immediate family. Memorial donations may be given to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at
AWA member, CMSgt USAF (Ret.) Craig Kirwin added:   John flew P-51 Mustangs against the Luftwaffe in WWII at the ripe old age of 19 years old. He came back on active service in 1949 and trained as a weather officer at Chanute before receiving orders to Japan just as the Korean War kicked off. John and his weather team were immediately shipped to Korea as one of the first weather teams into the country after the North invaded. John got checked out on the now designated F-51 Mustang in Korea so he could do weather recon. John also found himself covering retreating American forces in his F-51 and did some strafing against enemy targets as well. Capt. John Gordon was awarded the Bronze Star in Korea and many Air Medals during his career. I interviewed John a few times and we became friends. He was one heck of a guy and a true Air Force weather warrior.

ROBERT WHISTLER GANSE, April 2, 1922 – December 27, 2017, a member of the WWII 15/20WS Alumni Association and AWA. After 95 wonderful years, Bob passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 27, 2017 at his home in Redmond, WA. We are thankful that Bob experienced the joy of one more Christmas with family, even reciting his favorite Christmas poem from memory during dinner. Bob was born April 2, 1922 in Madera, California to parents Frederick and Eleanor Ganse. Bob grew up with his parents and brother, Dodd, in Madera, where he was active in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He graduated from Madera Union High School in 1940 and studied engineering at Fresno State College for two years. In 1942, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in World War II. He originally wanted to be a pilot, but upon enlisting, discovered he was color-blind, so he couldn’t fly. Upon completion of meteorology training in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he was sent to the Far East Theater. His first post was in Rockhampton, Australia, and after several months he was promoted to station weather officer. Bob then received orders to go to the weather station on Woodlark Island in Papua, New Guinea. During the Solomon Islands fighting, Woodlark was a small U.S. outpost and airstrip. Bob had many interesting stories to share from his time there. After about seven months there, Bob was sent to headquarters in Townsville, Australia until the end of the war. His next posting was in the Philippines, and then to Tokyo during the U.S. occupation of Japan. While in Rockhampton, Bob met the love of his life — Marjory “Joan” Cameron of Sydney, Australia, who was serving as a corporal in the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force. Bob and Joan were married in Sydney on August 18, 1945 and enjoyed 70 years of marriage, living a very active life together until Joan’s passing in 2015. At the end of the war, Joan joined Bob as he served in Japan. After Bob was discharged as a captain in 1948, they moved to the U.S. Bob then completed his studies at the University of California-Berkeley, where he graduated in 1950 with a B.S. in civil engineering. Bob went on to work for the City of San Mateo, Indenco Engineering, and Tudor Engineering, the latter of which he retired from after 25-plus years. He worked on the design of many hydroelectric, highway, and transit projects, including BART in San Francisco and MARTA in Atlanta. Following his retirement, Bob became involved with Habitat for Humanity, building houses for several years. Bob and Joan raised three children and primarily lived in the San Francisco Bay area. Bob’s engineering career also took them to Honolulu for four years in the 1960s and to Atlanta for six years in the 1970s. During retirement, Bob and Joan lived in Roseville, California for 13 years. In 2012, they moved to Redmond, Washington to live closer to their daughter and her family. Bob was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, sailing, backpacking and skiing — doing the latter two until age 80! He instilled his love of the outdoors in his children and grandchildren. Bob and Joan shared a passion for travel and circled the globe, taking trips to Australia, Africa, Europe and beyond. They also enjoyed the many bridge groups they were a part of over the years. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joan; his brother; and his oldest daughter, Debbie. He is survived by his son Roger Ganse (wife, Emma) of Sacramento, California and his daughter, Karen Van Til (husband, Steve Van Til) of Redmond, Washington — along with their families, which include six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He also is survived by nieces and nephews in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. Bob was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather whose love for life, sense of humor, generosity and compassion for all will long be remembered. He will forever be an inspiration to all of us who survive him. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made in Bob’s name to Habitat for Humanity, Family invites you to share your thoughts and fond memories of Bob at

Dr. Tom Utley, a retired associate professor at Florida Institute of Technology, College of Aeronautics, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer.
The family will receive friends from 12-1:00 pm followed by a Memorial Service at 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at The Crowne Plaza, 2605 N. Highway A1A, Melbourne, FL 32903. Full military honors will be bestowed by the Air Force honor guard from Patrick Air Force base.
In lieu of flowers donations in Toms' memory may be made to to the Brevard Humane Society, 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa, FL 32966.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Seawinds Funeral Home, 735 S. Fleming Street, Sebastian, FL 32958.
For directions and online guestbook please visit Seawinds Funeral Home is honored to serve the Utley family.

Catherine BirdCatherine L Bird, nee, Begley 58, of Lebanon, Illinois, born Tuesday, March 31, 1959, in Dayton Ohio, OH, passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, Illinois. Catherine worked as a Weather Forecaster for U.S. Air Force. She was in Desert Storm.
She was preceded in death by her:
Parents: Robert Begley and Barbara Ann, nee, Kuhn, Bagley
Brothers: Robert Begley, Jerry Begley Sister: Paula Begley
Surviving are her: Husband: David A Bird of Lebanon, IL,
Children: Bobbie A (Derek Donato) Bird of O’Fallon, IL
Brandon J Bird Ryan A (Sasha) Dale of Norwich, CT
Sister: Lisa Quick of Dayton, OH
Many Nieces & Nephews
Grandchildren: Breanna Bird Brooke Hilliard Alexander Dale Chase Dale
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Donors Choice.
Local Visitation: A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the VFW, 221 West 1st Street, O’Fallon, IL.

Richard G. Peer, 62 of Honesdale, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in the Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Born on February 26, 1950 in Passaic, NJ, he was the son of the late John Richard Peer and Bernice Marie (Holewinski) Peer.
After graduating from Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale NJ, Richard graduated from Stephens Technical Institute in Hoboken, NJ. While studying for a bachelor's degree at Stephens Technical Institute Richard joined the ROTC and upon graduation he was a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. His military career in the Air Force spanned from 1970-1990 when he retired. Immediately after earning his bachelor's degree, he then attended Texas A&M where he studied meteorology. He received a masters degree in meteorology from UCLA.
While serving in the military, Richard worked as a hurricane hunter in Mississippi, was involved with a solar observation in Australia, and worked with the Radar of the Horizon in Bangor, Maine. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons in Maine, the VFW, and the American Legion. After retirement from the military, Richard went to Husson University in Maine where he earned an additional masters degree in business. Richard worked for the IRS in Bangor Maine until his final retirement.
Richard is survived by a brother, Robert Peer of Honesdale; a niece, Jordan; two nephews, Kyle and Jared. He was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Lillian Peer.
A memorial service will be held in the Grace Episcopal Church, Honesdale on July 7 at 1 p.m. with Father Edward K. Erb officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 827 Church Street, Honesdale, Pa 18431.
Arrangements are attended by the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 Main Street, Honesdale, Pa 18431.

Warren Joseph Arnault, age 88, Montverde, Florida, passed away October 15, 2017. He was born October 2, 1929 in Revere, MA son of Florence Langley Arnault & Ernest Arnault. He served in the US Air Force, Air Weather Service and was a retired union plumber. A local resident since 1990 from Raymond, NH he was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and the Men's Club at the church. His wife Virginia DeVeau Arnault preceded him in death on January 4, 2015. Survivors include his children Warren Arnault, Montverde & Karen Stager of Santa Barbara, CA; grandchildren Nicole Arnault & Maxwell & Andrea Stager.

Kenneth HadeenKenneth Doyle Hadeen, 86, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 at his residence.  He was a son of the late Caleb Samuel Hadeen and Susie Geneva Bane Hadeen. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Aline Foster Hadeen; sister, Alice Thompson; brothers: Jim Hadeen (Lura), and Richard Hadeen (Audrey); and sister-in-law, Maxine Hadeen.  Dr. Hadeen retired from the U.S. Air Force and retired from the National Climactic Data Center where he served as the Director. He was also a member of Rotary International.  Surviving are his children: Mark David Hadeen and wife Billie of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Denise Montgomery (Paul Chandler) and their dog Sparky; grandchildren: David Michael Hadeen and wife Simone, and Jasmine Hadeen; great-grandchildren: Ema Hadeen, and Madison Hadeen; brothers: Rex Hadeen of Haxtun, CO, and Norman Hadeen and wife Cheryl of Aurora, CO; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 2 PM Monday, October 23, 2017, in the chapel of Anders-Rice Funeral Home. Military funeral honors will be performed by the U.S. Air Force. 
The family will receive friends following services on Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrann Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, or online at:



Stanley L. Goodwin, 92, a longtime resident of Colorado Springs and Sun City, Arizona, died peacefully on Sept. 28, 2017, at his home with family at his side.
The son of Warren Leslie and Susie J. (Berry) Goodwin, Stan was born May 7, 1925, in North Waterboro, Maine. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the Army Air Corp/USAF and spent the next 26 years as a pilot and meteorologist. Some aircraft he piloted were the B-17, B-25, C-47, and C-54. Following his last assignment at NORAD Headquarters, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1969. He then began a second career as a realtor that continued until 1982. Stan loved to travel in the United States and around the world and continued to fly until the last few months of his life.
On November 24, 1945, Stan married his first love, Ruth Elizabeth (Anderson) Goodwin. Together, they raised four wonderful children before her passing April 17, 1982. Stan married his second love, Sue (Larkin) Lowry, on December 22, 1989, and his family grew with her four awesome children. They enjoyed their retirement years until Sue passed away on November 15, 2012. Stan moved back to Colorado Springs in 2013.
Stan was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, his brother (Dwight), two sisters (Martha Tufts and Dorothy Thyng), one daughter-in-law (BJ Goodwin), and one stepson (Jerry Davis). He is survived by his children, Steve, Pete (Donna), Becky Ure (Jim), and Mike (Theresa), and his step-children, John Davis (Connie), Sam Davis (Shirley), and Nancy Thew (Dean), along with twenty-one grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Stan's life will be held on Monday, October 9, at 3 pm in the Academy Lounge at Liberty Heights, 12105 Ambassador Dr, Colorado Springs 80921.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Stan's memory to: House in the Woods, 217 Skunk Hill Rd, Lee, ME 04455 or online at

Brigadier General Robert L. Moeller, USAF (Retired), 93, made his final takeoff on 1 October 2017. He was born in Oskaloosa, KS in 1924 (parents Paul and Bethel Moeller), graduated from High School in Omaha, NE, and attended the University of Omaha and Iowa Wesleyan College. Enlisted in the Army Corps of Engineers as a Private in 1943, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant upon completing pilot training in 1944. General Moeller served in the Air Weather Service and had a diverse flying career in many commands. His career included 126 missions flying the Berlin Airlift, hurricane/typhoon hunter missions, nuclear testing in Nevada and the Pacific, and flying military patients (including Vietnam wounded and POWs) throughout the U.S. He commanded the 58th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, a special extreme altitude reconnaissance squadron based at Kirkland AFB NM, and flew the RB-57F aircraft on worldwide surveillance missions. He held many command positions and retired in 1974 as Wing Commander of the Airlift Wing at Charleston AFB, SC flying the C-141 and C-5. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association and the Air Weather Reconnaissance Association. His numerous military awards include the Legion of Merit and Air Force Distinguished Service Medal. An accomplished civilian/commercial pilot, he won three national Formula One air racing championships, owned 4 planes, and taught his wife and son to fly. After retirement, he worked for Beech Aircraft/Hanger One in Miami, and in 1983 moved to Suntree in Melbourne as one of the original owners in Eagles Landing. Throughout his 30+ years membership at Suntree Country Club, General Moeller actively supported the club serving on the Board of Directors and as the Chairman of the Golf Course's Greens Committee. He married Coila, his high school sweetheart in Omaha in September 1944 and shared 73 happy years together. Beside Coila, he is survived by his son, CAPT Robert Moeller Jr, US Navy Retired, (wife Cindi), of Georgetown, KY and daughter Peggy Moeller Mead (husband C.J/Skip Mead) of Albuquerque, NM. Also surviving are his grandson, LTCOL Chris Moeller USMCR (Wife Shannon, and great grandchildren: Tyler, Michael, Jack, Alyce Ann, and Keegan) of Georgetown, KY, and granddaughter, Jennifer James (and late great granddaughter Corrine) of Albuquerque, NM. Florida Memorial , Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial service was held at the Advent Lutheran Church, 7550 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne FL on October 19, 2017 with full military honors. Donations may be made to the Hospice of Saint Francis (1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville, FL 32780) or Blue Skies of Texas/Air Force Village (4917 Ravenswood Dr., San Antonio, TX 78227).

David Magilavy, CWO4 USAF (Ret.), passed away at home in Tucson, AZ on 13 September 2017 at the age of 96. He had been battling cancer. He was born in Akron, OH and came into the Army Air Corps in 1938 after graduating from Akron Central High School. He was first assigned to Patterson Field as a weather observer went to Chanute for Forecaster training. During WWII he served with the 10th Weather Squadron (Regional Control) in the C-B-I theater under Lt Col Richard Ellsworth. After the war he followed Ellsworth into weather reconnaissance and flew as a weather observer (ARWO) on the B-29 and B-50 in the 308th Reconnaissance Group and then the 57th Weather Recon Squadron. When the 57th was in Hawaii, David accomplished missions related to the Atomic bomb tests on Kwajalein, In 1953, he moved to Andrews AFB in the Headquarters, Air Weather Service Operations Directorate and subsequently with the Operations Analysis Section. In 1955, he was transferred to the Aerial Reconnaissance Laboratory of the Wright Air Development Center (WADC) near Dayton, Ohio and was assigned to the Airborne Weather Equipment Development Section as an Equipment Development Project officer, then Assistant Branch Chief, Radiation Reconnaissance Branch with supervisory responsibility for the Airborne Weather Equipment Development Section and the Airborne Weather Radar Development Section.. He retired as a CWO4 in 1959. After military retirement, David graduated from the Univ of CA at Irvine and became an attorney practicing in Newport Beach, CA and later moved to Tucson, AZ. David was a co-founder of the Air Weather Reconnaissance Association ( and was Chairman of the AWRA Board of Directors for many years. He was also a charter member of the Air Weather Association. He is survived by his wife Maureen. Plans for a memorial service will be announced when published.

John E. Lein, MSgt USAF (Ret), longtime resident of North Charleston, SC, died September 12, 2017. His funeral service with military honors will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be announced. The family will receive friends Saturday, September 23, 2017 in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Northwoods CHAPEL, 2180 Greenridge Road, North Charleston, SC from 3:00 until 4:00 pm. John was born December 15, 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of the late Matthew Charles Lein and the late Dorothy Ann Officer Lein. His Air Force career was in Air Weather Reconnaissance; he served during the Vietnam War and received the Bronze Star and Air Medal. John was later a forecaster for National Weather Service. He was also active in the Air Weather Reconnaissance and Air Weather Associations. He enjoyed traveling the world. He is survived by his loving wife Ruth Ann; children Bobette, John, and Michele; grandson Jason (Brittney); great grandchildren Haylie, Kinsley and Camden; siblings Matthew (Mary) and Patricia (Lance) and many loving nieces, nephews, friends, and "Friday Nighters" (Janet, Earl, Aubrey and Harry).

Donald F. Bridenstine, 90, died peacefully on December 20, 2011 at Laurels of Greentree. He was born in Wooster, Ohio and has been an Asheville, NC resident since 1965.
Don was a meteorologist; served the Navy and Coast Guard for 20 years; and as a civilian, served the Air Force at USAF/ETAC for 20 years. After retiring, he was active in the community, serving as an Elder and Deacon at Grace Covenant Church, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and the ABCCM shelter. He was preceded in death by his wife Sally S. Bridenstine.
Survivors include a son, Donald F Bridenstine Jr.; a daughter, Mason B Nichols and husband Sidney; a son, Carl William Bridenstine III and wife, Cynthia, three grandchildren, William and wife Janette, Eric, and Elizabeth and two great grandchildren, Aiden and Claire. Also surviving are many friends, including Doug Michaels, Janet Bondurant, Cathy Zautner, members of Grace Covenant Church, and the Creekside Community. Don and his family give special thanks to these individuals for their continued support and kindness.

Kenneth Maynard Thompson, Beloved husband, best friend, and encourager of Carol for 45 blessed years, joined his Lord and Savior on July 11, 2017. Ken was born on 18 December 1931, to Sid and Cora Thompsonin Sumner, Wisconsin. “You betcha” he was a Packer fan and Chicago Cub enthusiast! From his first marriage, he loved his son, Brian Thompson, and daughter, Julie Nestico, with all his heart.
Ken was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Westphal, and is survived by his sister, Mavis Webster. Ken served his country for 22 years as an Air Force Meteorologist with unique service such as being on the first H-bomb test in the Pacific; fittingly he was quite the history buff. Ken’s favorite place: Spain! He served the Lord by loving and supporting Carol in all her outreaches for the Gospel—He embraced life through grace and died the same, ensured of his heavenly home. Ken and Carol were both members of the Air Weather Service and Air Weather Association. Ken’s life was celebrated at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church, 505 Grant Ave, Satellite Beach, FL on July 20, 2017. In lieu of flowers, Carol requests that donations be made to Holy Apostles’ outreaches. Condolences are welcome at

GerryGoodingGerald R. "Gerry" Gooding, 82, of Prattville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday August 8, 2017. He was born in Hammond, IN on September 24, 1934 to the late John Kenneth Gooding and Edna Hasselbring Gooding. After graduating from high school in Chenoa IL, he served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force maintaining nuclear weapons, radar, weather instruments, satellite equipment and a solar observatory.
After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for a short time as a freelance technical writer, earned a bachelor's degree from Chapman University, and managed a technical writing department at the TRW Defense and Aerospace Company in Redondo Beach, CA for ten years. After his second retirement from TRW, he ran a technical translation business out of his home in Huntington Beach, CA before his final retirement in 2007. Gerry was an accomplished musician who loved jazz music and enjoyed playing the trumpet, guitar and harmonica. He was also a light aircraft pilot in his early years, spoke fluent Japanese and mastered the art of sailing. Above all, Gerry loved visiting with the many members of his extended family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Aiko, daughter and son in law, Sandra and Joel Marsh; two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Gooding and Christine Costello, and Jeffery and Valerie Gooding; five grandchildren, Sean Sylvia, Lauren Marsh, Allison Marsh, April Gooding and Amy Gooding; two great grandchildren, Zoe and Owen Sylvia; three brothers and two sisters, Jack and Ruth Gooding, Dick Gooding, Beverly and Roger Weber, Sharon and Steve Kelleher, Fred and Pat Gooding; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association,

Col. USAF (Ret.) Otis Lee Rhoney, of Hickory NC, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017, at age 97. He was born Dec. 20, 1919, to his parents, William Austin and Bessie Rhoney of Vale and was a devoted son, brother, uncle and father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Lee was an Air Force officer, serving in World War II in Europe and in Korea as a bomber pilot and weather officer. He flew two missions on D-Day in his B-24 Liberator and served our country for over 30 years. As a weather officer he served in many locations and in units such as the 18th Weather Squadron. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association. He lived in several countries such as England and Germany and in states such as New Mexico, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C. He retired from the USAF in 1973, and moved back to Hickory with his wife, Peary Lea Propst, daughter of Perry Johnson and Martha Yancey Propst. He-Lee and She-Lea raised two sons and are survived by, Dale, an orthodontist, (Hickory, 1945) and his wife of 49 years, Kay Moffat who live in Portland, Ore.; Scott an EPA Scientist (Las Cruces, N.M., 1953) and his wife, Kathy Motillo live in Raleigh. Dale's children, Suzanne and her husband, Erik live in Ojai, Calif., with their two boys, Max and Hawk; Michelle and her husband, Shams and their son to be, Otis, live in Portland, Ore. Lee is also survived by his sister, Tawanna Jarrett and husband Jacob, their son, Todd and wife, Amy along with daughter, Cheyenne, all of Vale. Lee's wife Lea, whom he extremely loved and was devoted to, passed away in 2015 after being married to him for 71 years. He loved golf, flying and Cadillacs and was considered a good man by all. He and Lea attended First Baptist Church for years. Many generations of his family are buried at Beulah and Ebinezer Churches in Vale. Lee had a red Corvette that he finally gave to his sister when he got old enough, but had other sports cars in his lifetime as well, including MGTD's, MGB, Porsches, Datsuns, and TBirds. A service was held at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 22, in the Mausoleum at Catawba Memorial Park officiated by Chaplain Bruce Dayton.

Ed BeardCMSgt Edward D. Beard, USAF Ret., passed away in Aurora on July 23, 2017. Ed was born in Johnstown, PA. to William Burton and Rosella Elizabeth (Mardis) Beard on Nov. 6, 1934. At age 17, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He retired from the USAF in 1979 after 26 1/2 years service. His specialties were weather observing, weather forecasting, and space environment analysis. Ed is pre-deceased by his parents, brother Richard and Robert, sisters Emma Lou Raimer and Rosella Marie Leroy, son Ron, and daughter Bonnie. He is survived by his loving wife Dora (Witt), son Thomas, Aurora, CO. and daughter Mary Anne (Sean) Steeves, Colorado Springs. Donations may be made in his name to any local animal rescue.
Published in Denver Post on July 30, 2017

Today at 11:40 The greatest man, my beloved dad CMSgt Edward Beard (ret.), I have ever had the privilege of knowing passed away at the age of 82. He was born November 6,1934 in Johnstown PA. After a hardscrabble childhood, along with his brother Bill, sister Marie, Dick, Bob and Emma, which his father died in 1937, my dad graduated from high school 1/2 a year early to join the USAF. He went on to numerous accomplishments in the field of global and Space weather, eventually ...achieved the highest enlisted rank of C/Msgt. He then went on to a 15 year career at Hughes Aircraft where he was a Space Systems Analyst retiring in 1994. He was a devoted father and husband to Dora. In this time of personal loss a phrase keeps crossing my mind said of another truly great American, Abraham Lincoln "Now He belongs to the ages". You will be missed. God Bless and God Speed Dad.

Dad will be inurned at Ft Logan National Cemetery at 10 am on 4 August. Map is at
As per Dad's wishes, there will be no service. If you know of others that would like to attend feel free to pass this email to them. My father requested that in lieu of flowers that a donation be made to the in Florissant, CO.



Alice KerwinAlice M. Kerwin (née White) passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday, July 16, 2017. Alice was born in Stephenville, NL, Canada on September 17, 1940, her mother's birthday, and was the youngest daughter of Theresa (née Schumph) and William ""James"" White. She was a proud dual citizen of both Canada and the United States and worked as a teacher in both countries. She was an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Alice leaves behind her devoted husband of 42 years, Joe; daughter Julie (Chris), grandsons Coleman and Bennett Cumby; granddaughter Ellie Olszewski-Cumby; brother Ronald (Sandra) White; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She is predeceased in death by her parents, sister Sylvia Riling, and brothers Lawrence and Bernard White.
A memorial mass celebrating Alice's life will be held at 11 AM on Friday, July 28, 2017 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to or Alaqua Animal Refuge.
You may go online to offer condolences to the family and sign the guestbook at
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on July 22, 2017




Marjorie (Vane) Carpentier, widow of Joseph H. Carpentier, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), passed away at her apartment in Port Townsend, WA on Oct. 29, 2015. She was 94. Marjorie 'Margie' was born at Fort Mills, Corregidor, Philippine Islands, Feb. 21, 1921. Her parents were Lynn P. Vane, a captain in the U. S. Coast Artillery, and Bernice (Johnson) Vane. When Margie was only a few months old, her father was transferred from the Philippines to Fort Casey, Whidbey Island, Wash. Margie and her sisters and brother grew up near the shores of Admiralty Inlet and attended school in Coupeville. In 1930, Margie's family moved to Fort Sherman, Panama, Canal Zone, and then to Fort Sheridan, Ill. in 1933, but returned to Whidbey Island in 1934 and settled in Coupeville where Margie graduated high school in 1939. In the early 1940s, Margie and two of her sisters began nursing studies together in Bellingham, Wash. but Margie changed her career path when the U.S. entered WWII and she joined the WAACs, later the WACs. She was one of a select group of women chosen to intercept Japanese radio code as part of the Army Signal Corps at Two Rock Ranch near Petaluma, Calif. After the war, Margie re-enlisted, joining the USAF, working for a short time as an air traffic controller at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. It was here that she met and married USAF meteorologist, Joseph H. Carpentier. Margie, Joe, and their growing family lived many places around the United States and also spent a couple years in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. The family eventually numbered seven boys and two girls. In 1963, with Joe's retirement from the Air Force, the Carpentier family moved to Port Townsend where Margie was able to share her love of Admiralty Inlet and surrounding areas: trips to parks and beaches, drives to the mountains, and exploring. Even as she aged, Margie enjoyed travel, camping, concerts, and keeping in touch with family and friends, but also had deep commitment to community and country. Her many volunteer activities attest to her interests and devotion. She was a dedicated member of Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Port Townsend Senior Center, and other local organizations. She volunteered in the schools, with scouts, at Kah Tai nursing home with her dog, Scout, and for years raised the flags at the Marvin Shield's memorial. She was a blood donor, a member of the senior nutrition board, and coordinator of the DAR history essay contests for the schools. She will be missed. Survivors include: Dave Carpentier and wife, Michelle of Camano Island, Washington; Bill Carpentier of Port Townsend; Phil Carpentier and wife, Cassandra of Katy, Tex.; Ric Carpentier and wife, Ellen of Seattle, Wash.; Dorothy Westlund and husband, Mark of Port Townsend; Tim Carpentier and wife, Mary Fullerton of Renton, Washington; Virginia Carpentier of Port Townsend; Paul Carpentier and wife, Julie McGalliard of Seattle; 11 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews, and her loving poodle, Jordan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph H. Carpentier (1998); son, Joseph A. 'Jack' Carpentier (1990); parents Lynn P. Vane and Bernice (Johnson) Vane; sisters, Jessie Barnes, Ivy Williams, Ellen Vane, Eunice Wilson; and brother, Arthur Vane.
The family wishes to express special thanks and deep appreciation to ECHHO of Port Townsend, and to the staff and residents of Discovery View Apartments, and especially to the caring staff at Victoria Place. You all made our mother's final years easier. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marjorie's memory can be made to the Women in Military Service to America Memorial Fund, to the Port Townsend Senior Center, or to the Fred Lewis Scout Cabin Association

Robert William Starling MSgt USAF (Ret.) (1938 – 2017)
Heaven gained another hero as our father, Robert William Starling (Bob), passed away at home in Niceville, FL, on March 19, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, "GGpa" and friend. He leaves behind a wonderful family history and many traditions to carry forward to the new generations. Bob was born August 8, 1938 in Rutland, VT to the late Walt and Elizabeth Starling. Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force for more than 21 years as a weatherman. Bob attended Troy State University and earned two Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Computer Information Sciences. He also earned his Master's in Counseling and Human Development. Bob was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and a lifetime member of the DAV. Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife and best friend Joyce. He is survived by his three loving children, Robert Jr. (wife Rose), Alan J. (AJ) (wife Donna), and daughter Ayne Moore (husband Jeff); and seven beloved grandchildren, Josh (wife Kattie), Cody (fiancé Xzandria), Tiffaney and Robert III (Bear) Starling, Amanda Spillman (husband Dave), Aaren Moore (fiancé Sophie), and Christopher Nieft. He was also blessed with three great grandchildren that loved to make their GGpa laugh, Bodhi Spillman, Boston Cromer, and Riley Starling. It was his goal in life to instill in his children and grandchildren a passion for life and making a positive difference in the lives of others. He and Joyce showed this passion with their service by providing a loving home to many foster children, running a state group home for girls, and devoting many hours to the Senior Citizen mission at Holy Name Catholic church where they served others for over 24 years. Bob is also survived by two brothers, Walt (wife Cheryl) and Bill (wife Donna), and two sisters, Lorayne Lattrell (husband Don), and Mary DeForge. He was also blessed with numerous nieces and nephews. Interment with Military Honors was at Heritage Gardens Cemetery, Niceville, FL. Memorial donations can be made to the Knights of Columbus or Saint Jude's Children's Hospital.

Madeline HarveyMadeline Harvey, (spouse of Col USAF (Ret.) Hubert E. Harvey), one of the Lord's sweetest and most gracious souls, peacefully returned home on August 10, 2016. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, she will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, infectious positivity, selfless giving, and unwavering faith. She was 90 years old. Madeline was born on February 21, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Louis and Della Pusok. She graduated from Torrance High School in Torrance, California in June 1944. Shortly after graduation she took a fateful trip to Redondo Beach with two girlfriends where she met Hubert ("Ed") Edgar Harvey (who remembers she was the prettiest of the three); three months later they were married and remained so until her death 72 years later. Because Ed was in the Military, the family moved 33 times and Madeline was frequently tasked with raising their two children, Robert Edgar, and Susan Lee Harvey during Ed's long stints overseas. She was a loving mother who would do anything for her children. A perfect example of this occurred during a family trip to Germany at the height of the Cold War when her son asked for a piece of the Berlin Wall. Although highly illegal (and dangerous), Madeline hired a taxi to take her to chip a piece out of the wall at midnight to get her son the souvenir. Madeline was much more than just a homemaker. She received her Practical Nursing Certificate from the Chicago School of Nursing in 1954. Outside of her family life she actively gave her time to causes she believed in: she served as a Girl Scout Leader, participated in the Air Force Wives Club, volunteered with the Red Cross, taught Sunday school, participated in the CHAP (Children Have A Potential) Program, and volunteered her time at base chapels where the family was stationed. Austin, Texas became Madeline's home of 33 years following Ed's 1972 retirement from the Air Force (as HQ AWS/IG). Never one to idle, she soon earned an Associates' degree from Austin Community College and became a dedicated grandmother. Her grandchildren will testify in court that she made the best chocolate pie on earth. Deeply dedicated to spreading the word of God, Madeline served on the Texas Gideons State Cabinet for 14 years, including three years as State president and three years as Widows Coordinator. Believing that nobody was unworthy of the Lord's message, she frequently went to the Travis County jail to hand out Testaments to inmates. It is worth noting that Madeline kept a prayer book with a list of people to pray for every morning. The list included family, friends, friends-of-friends, people she had never met, and events she wished to happen. When her prayers were answered she would write "Thank You, Lord" next to whom or what she had prayed for. Madeline is survived by her husband, Hubert Harvey of San Antonio, Texas; her daughter, Susan Harvey, of San Antonio; her son and daughter-in-law, Robert Edgar Harvey and Stormy Harvey, of Victoria, Texas; her grandson, Joshua Harvey, of San Antonio, and her grandson and granddaughter-in-law Bradley and Laura Harvey of Miami, Florida. She was pre-deceased by her sister, Wilton "Totsy" Griffith. Madeline's life was the personification of love, grace, humility, and faith. Although she will be terribly missed by her family and friends, she will live on forever in the hearts of those who knew her. Her family would like to specially thank the staff of Liberty House and Hospice at Blue Skies of Texas, and her trusted friend Sheila Fontenot. She will be interred at Fort Sam National Cemetery on August 19. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Blue Skies and Gideons International. You are invited to sign the guestbook at

Donald Peter Bjornson, Col USAF (Ret.), 85, of O’Fallon, IL, born December 13, 1931 in Minneapolis, MN passed away on June 3, 2017.Donald loved his family and reveled in the role of being a father and grandfather. His true passion was his country, serving 31 years in the United States Air Force. Donald entered the Air Force through the enlisted ranks and retired as a Colonel. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his spouse, Stella Bjornson; parents, Trygve and Hannah, nee Christofferson; one brother, James Bjornson; and one sister,
JoAnne Whitman, nee Bjornson. He is survived by two children, David (Janis) Bjornson of O’Fallon, IL and Brian (Patti) Bjornson of O’Fallon, IL; grandchildren, Joshua Bjornson, Kirsten Bjornson, Cody Bjornson, Mariellen Veach, and Kelly Veach; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society ( Condolences may be extended to the family online at
Donald Bjornson
Photo of the late Donald Bjornson with his two sons Brian and David also
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LaDeanBuchananRose La Dean Johnson Buchanan (La Dean to family and friends), spouse of Lt Col (Ret.) John Buchanan, was born to Harvey H. and Martha Lou (Jenkins)
Johnson in Petronila, Texas, near Corpus Christi, on August 17, 1933. She lived in many Texas cities but spent her teenage and young adult years in Waco. Waco was where she met and married John, an Air Force officer, in 1959. Following their marriage, they lived in Japan as well as several places stateside. The family settled in Albuquerque in 1973 after John's retirement from the Air Force. They shared nearly 58 years together, and raised four sons. She was a great daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. Her legacy to her sons was that of a humble daughter of the Most High God. She discovered His strength and comfort that allow us not only to survive, but to triumph in the midst of trials that would cause many to abandon their faith. Through the gut-wrenching loss of two sons, she kept her hands and heart lifted to God and accepted the ministry God gave her, that of sharing the "Father of all mercies and comfort" with those who were going through similar dark times. La Dean will be missed by many. After a long period of physical infirmity, but mental acuity, she traded her ailing body for the chance to meet Jesus face to face. It makes us smile amid our tears when we think of her breathing without the aid of a concentrator and walking straight with no scoliosis nor the aid of a walker.

She is survived by her husband, John; sons, Keith and Kenneth all of Albuquerque; three grandchildren, Melody, Atlanta, GA, Kelly, Augusta, GA, and Jesse, Atlanta, GA; brother, Harvey and wife, Carol, Live Oak, TX; niece, Jennifer Dastur, Cascade, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, John Jr. and Howard; and by nephew, Brian Johnson.

Her Memorial Service will be held Monday, April 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. at Eastern Hills Baptist Church, 3100 Morris NE, Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Eastern Hills Baptist church or to National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2015 Wyoming Blvd NE E, Albuquerque, NM 87112. Please visit our online guestbook for La Dean at _www.FrenchFunerals.com_ (

Lieutenant Colonel Marion Towns, 98, died in his Turlock, California home on May 21, 2017. He was born in the small community of Hutto, Texas to Albert and Lillian (Hutto) Towns. Marion was raised in Georgetown, Texas. He was educated in the Georgetown school district and graduated from Southwestern University with a Bachelor's Degree in mathematics.
Marion was a highly decorated military officer and proudly served his country for 23 years. During World War II he flew 40 combat missions in the European Theater. He was stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict where he flew 12 combat missions over Korea. After the war was over he was trained as a meteorologist and spent the next 16 years as a weather officer. Marion often spoke of his military career and considered that time to be a very important chapter in his life. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association.
After his retirement from the military, he obtained a Master's Degree at the University of Arizona in preparation to become a teacher of mathematics. He moved his family to Corona, California in 1965. For 23 years, he enjoyed teaching at Corona Junior High and Letha Raney Junior High. He took great pleasure in his life in "Good ole Corona" which included family, friends, golf, poker, the stock market and a multitude of household projects. He remained in Corona until he moved to Turlock, CA in 2015 to be with his daughter.
Marion was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years Jean Towns and his youngest son Terry Towns (age 47). He is survived by his sons Timothy Towns and James Towns; his daughter Judith Towns; his grandchildren Melissa Shropshire, Andrew Towns, Justin Towns, Adam Towns, and Chandra Vore. He is also survived by 14 great grandchildren residing in Utah and six great grandchildren residing in Southern California.
Marion led a full life and frequently stated his was a "charmed life". He was devoted to his family, had a smile for all, would give the "shirt off his back" and never asked for anything in return. He greatly influenced the character of his family and will be deeply missed. He lived a long life, and even so, was very touched by the saying "Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away".
There will be a private burial at Riverside CA National Cemetery.

Bill BeckerWilliam Jay Becker, formerly of Manassas, Virginia, died on May 4, 2017 in Staunton, Virginia, where he was living at The Legacy at North Augusta. He leaves three daughters, Donna Shaub (Husband, Richard), Lynn Dunn (Husband, Louis), and Marcia Becker (Husband, James). He leaves six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth Puchta, and his second wife, Elizabeth Miller. Bill was born July 9, 1919 and raised in Evanston, Illinois, where he worked in the family music business. During World War II he was a member of the Army Air Corps, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and served as a member of the Army Air Corps Air Weather Service in the Southwest Pacific. For 30 years following the war he served both as an officer and civilian employee of the Air Force. He then worked for a major corporation in the Office of Senior Vice President for nine years, and was a partner in a Travel Service for two years. Bill was a member of, and served in leadership roles, in the following groups and organizations: Prince William County Board of Supervisors, representing Brentsville Magisterial District, serving for eight years; Board of Directors, Prince William County Service Authority; Prince William County Republican Committee; Prince William West Camp of Gideons International; Manassas Host Lions Club; American Legion Post 10; Air Force Association; Association of the US Army; 15/20th Weather Squadron Association. He was a volunteer at Prince William Hospital for over 10 years.
In 1995 he was privileged, as part of the Australian Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Victory over Japan, to represent the WWII Veterans of the Army Air Corps Air Weather Service in dedicating memorial plaques commemorating their services in accomplishing that victory at both Cooktown and Townsville, Australia.
Bill is a member of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manassas, having served as Council member and Chairman. For the past year, he was an associate member of Zion Lutheran Church, Waynesboro, Virginia.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8712 Plantation Lane, Manassas, VA with Pastor Jeff Wilson officiating. Interment will be held at Quantico National Cemetery with military honors at a later date.

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Ron OverbyRonald Clark Overby Col USAF (Ret.) May 30, 1934 – May 6, 2017 Age: 82
Ron was born and raised in his beloved Montana. Earning degrees from both Washington State University and the University of Chicago enabled him to pursue a career in the USAF. He served his country for 30 years with distinction and merit culminating to the rank of Colonel and last serving as Chief of Staff, Air Weather Service at Scott AFB, IL. In retirement he enjoyed life; grandchildren and their activities, hunting/fishing, a round(or more) of golf, CWS in Omaha and cooking. He loved and cherished his faith, family and friends. He’ll be missed but never forgotten.
Preceded in death by: wife Mary Ann Overby; parents Arthur and Loretta (Dore) Overby.
Survived by: wife Grace; sons Michael (Sheryl) and Brian (Vicki) Overby; grandchildren Patrick, Tessa, Rachel, Nicholas and Lauren Overby; brother Jack Overby

Visitation at Thanksgiving Lutheran Church, 36th and Highway 370, 10 – 10:45 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017 with Memorial service following.
In lieu of flowers memorials to American Cancer Society
Military Honors: Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard.

Donald R. Johnson, 87, passed into Peace Thursday, April 13, 2017. He was born to Anton Rudolph Johnson and Ethel Mae (Bergstrom) Johnson of Inman in 1930, growing up with brother Evan Rudolph, and sisters Glennis Mae and Lila Marie.
As a youth, Don loved playing with brother and sisters, cousins, and neighbor kids along with tending to the younger ones. He was very fond of caring for the farm’s animals, and eventually had a hobby farm where he taught his children that same love and responsibility. He often recounted the frequent fishing trips and otherwise being spoiled by his grandfather, Isaac Robert Bergstrom, who lived with them on the family farm. Don carried that love of fishing throughout his life.
Don always spoke fondly of attending Alpha Grade School, District 39, in Inman and attending college at Bethany College in Lindsborg where he majored in mathematics and chemistry and minored in physics and education. A continuing love of mathematics and science education was further cultivated at Bethany College by mathematics professor Anna Marm.
Upon graduating, Don took a commission in the Air Force where he studied meteorology at the University of Washington for a year, prior to three years of service in Germany and France. It was during this year of study that he met and subsequently married Dorothea Marie (Christiansen) Johnson on August 26, 1953. During their time in Europe, Don and Dorothea traveled whenever possible, beginning a tradition that was one of their great joys as a couple. Don completed 20 years of service in the Air Force Reserve, retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel.
After seven years of active duty service, Don pursued advanced degrees in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and upon completing his PhD in 1964, he joined the faculty there. During that time, Don supervised 45 master’s degree candidates and 24 doctoral candidates. Don retired from teaching at the UW in 1994. He continued his writing, research at the UW, and active roles in earth sciences and education at the national level well into his retirement. His scientific collaboration with former students and peers, at the national level, and participation in international meetings afforded Don and Dorothea the opportunity to share their love of traveling together through much of his career.
Among other awards and distinctions, Don was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) where he served as President for a year, in 1992. He served as Chief Editor of the Monthly Weather Review and as AMS Monographs Editor. In 2010, he received the Award for Excellence in Earth and Space Science Education from the American Geophysical Union, and in 2016 he was named Honorary Member of the AMS.
Don is survived by his wife, Dorothea; brother, Evan; sisters, Glennis and Lila; son, Mark and grandchildren, Michael and Sarah; son Bryan (wife Sheryl) and grandchildren, Neil, Bridget, and Kevin; and daughter, Christine (husband Dan) and grandchildren, Katherine and Nichole.
The funeral service will be at 1:30 PM Saturday, April 22, at Andover Lutheran Church in Windom Kansas, with Rev. Elizabeth Liggett presiding. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at the church, prior to the service. A brief graveside service with military honors will follow at Andover Lutheran Church Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial donations be given to Lutheran World Relief, c/o Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.

CMSgt. Ernest Edward Fisher, USAF (Ret.), 88, of Charleston, SC, widower of Rachel Matthews Fisher, died Friday, February 20, 2015. His Funeral service will be held at graveside Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Live Oak Memorial Gardens with full military honors at 11:00 am. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Pkwy.

Ernest was born August 15, 1926 in Elkton, Virginia. He was a graduate of the Navy Nuclear Power Program, a WWII Navy veteran, served as a POW in Germany, then transferred to the U.S. Air Force, supported the NASA Space Shuttle Program and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant.

He is survived by two sons, Robert Edward Fisher (Janis) of Charleston, SC and Steven Douglas Fisher (Lynn) of Chandler, AZ; two grandsons, Bryan Fisher and Shawn Fisher; and a great-grandson, Nick Fisher.

Lois ChesleyLois Chesley

Wife. Mother. Grandmother. Educator. Editor. The life of Lois Chesley contained all of those parts. Lois died on April 7, 2017, almost 77 years after she was born June 7, 1940, to James and Isabelle Mattel of Raritan, N.J.

She grew up attending local schools, where she was introduced to her love of teaching and the newspaper business. She graduated from Seton Hill College in 1962, where she majored in German and minored in English and education. Lois met the love of her life during her college years, marrying Carl Chesley in June of 1963.

The first 22 years of their 53 years of married life was spent as a loving wife traveling together to locations throughout the United States and Europe as Carl completed his career in the U.S. Air Force. They raised a family of two sons, Bruce, and his wife, Julie, live in California and have two daughters, Abbey Rose and Alexandra Grace; and Daryl, and his wife, Kate, live in Richmond with their three children, William Henry, Luke Barrington and Sidney Rose.

During the first half of her married life, Lois was an outstanding mother supporting her sons in their various activities, serving as soccer coach, score keeper and other roles. Lois also enjoyed her career as an educator, teaching in school systems in Arizona, North Carolina, Louisiana, Illinois, Virginia and overseas in several schools in the Department of Defense School System in Germany.

She became a resident of Virginia and a member of the parish of Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church when her husband was assigned to Langley Air Force Base in 1982. Here, she embarked on her next career as newspaper woman, working for the Yorktown Crier. She spent over 22 years at the paper covering all facets of the newspaper business from page design and layout to photography, writing and editing. She was recognized for her outstanding work by receiving more than 20 awards from the Virginia Press Association.

Lois is survived by her husband of 53 years, Carl; son, Bruce, and his wife, Julie, and their two daughters, Abbey and Alex; her son, Daryl, and his wife, Kate, and their three children, Will, Luke and Sidney; and brother, James Mattel of Indiana.

A funeral Mass of the resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, with Father Micheal Joly officiating services. A visitation period will start at 10 a.m.

John Allyn Behnke, CMSgt (Ret)  71, of O'Fallon, Ill., formerly of Decatur, Ill. and Bellevue, Neb., died Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Fountain View Manor assisted living facility in Granite City, Ill. John was born March 4, 1946 in Decatur, the son of Albert and Evelyn Behnke. He was baptized at Temple Baptist Church in 1953. A 1964 graduate of MacArthur High School, John attended Millikin University before enlisting in the US Air Force. He served in Vietnam and through the Persian Gulf era, retiring in 1995 in the rank of Chief Master Sergeant as an Air Weather Service Superintendent at Scott AFB, Ill. after more than 28 years of service. He was an avid bass fisherman and a good friend to many. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Sandra Behnke of Rock Island, Ill. In lieu of flowers, donations to the United Service Organizations (USO) or the Alzheimer's Association are requested. Visitation: Visitation will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Moran & Goebel Funeral Home in Decatur.
Funeral: A graveside service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Graceland Cemetery, Decatur.

 James Walton James Robert "Jim" Walton, 80, died on Friday (March 3, 2017) of lung cancer in his home in Hendersonville, N.C.
Born in Hornell on Sept. 12, 1936, he was a son of the late Richard and Virginia (Fitzstephens) Walton. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his brother, Gary Walton, and his stepmother, Mary (Swanson) Walton.
Raised in Hornell, Jim graduated from Hornell High School in 1954. While there, he was a pitcher for the baseball team and a unanimous All-Conference Center and Captain of the football team. Following graduation, Jim attended Alfred University for a short while before joining the Navy and serving for four years. After his discharge, he enlisted in the Air Force and attended the University of Utah where he earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Meteorology.
Commissioned as an officer, Jim served in the Air Force as a meteorologist at various posts until he retired to North Carolina. While in the Air Force he served in Vietnam as part of a classified task force, which interpreted satellite data that provided intelligence for American military planners during the war. For his service there, Jim earned the Bronze Star.
Jim loved golfing and he forecasted the weather for family and friends right up to the end of his life.
He leaves behind his daughter, Mary Rose Walton of Rhode Island; his son, James "Gus" Walton, daughter-in-law, Carroll Walton and grandson, James "Wade" Walton of Charlotte, N.C.; his three sisters, Martha (Walton) Reardon of Hornell, Catherine Walton and Mary Walton, both of Elmira; his brother, Thomas (Wendi) Walton, also of Elmira; his three nieces, Ann (Dan) Cook, Susan (Alan) Leclair and Patricia (Robert) Black and his three nephews, Dr. Michael (Sonja) Reardon, Thomas (Susan) Reardon and Robert Reardon.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of James Robert "Jim" Walton.
To honor his wishes there will be no public calling hours. Military honors and interment will be in Bath National Cemetery at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the United Service Organizations (USO), P.O Box 96860, Washington, D.C. 20077-7677 or
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Services for Larry Reece Bartling, 82, of Harker Heights, will be at noon Wednesday at Immanuel Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Belton. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. Mr. Bartling died Feb. 22, 2017, at his home in Harker Heights, surrounded by family. He was born July 29, 1934, in San Antonio, to Herman Henry Bartling and Vera Irma (McGill). He grew up on a small farm on 51st Street in Austin, where he helped raise his family’s chickens and calves. Larry spoke fondly of those times and his beloved dog, Sport. He graduated from Austin High School and immediately joined the U.S. Navy, where he spent four years working as an aerial photographer onboard a submarine based in Japan. After that tour, he attended Texas Lutheran College for a time to become a pastor. Before he could finish, his draft number came up so he joined the U.S. Air Force and became a meteorologist (graduated with honors). He served tours in Thailand, Korea and Germany. He retired from active duty as a master sergeant in 1975. For his excellence in service, Larry earned multiple awards and citations including the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, two Military Merits, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service from the U.S. and the United Nations, and the National Defense Medal. He was awarded the Bronze Star for outstanding service in Southeast Asia on Sept. 18, 1970. After retirement from the Air Force, Larry studied at Central Texas College (member of Phi Theta Kappa) earning an associate degree in applied science to work in technology, leading to a second career as an electronics technician at Texas Instruments in Temple until his retirement in 1993. In his early 20s, Larry was involved in the Luther League at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Austin, where he met and courted Charlene Huebel. To melt her heart, he flashed his baby-blue eyes and gave her his famous grin, which resulted in their marriage July 18, 1959. Together they have three children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Throughout his life, Larry spent countless hours volunteering in public service by being a volunteer firefighter for Harker Heights, an avid ham radio operator (N5CGX) for the MARS Net (Military Auxiliary Radio System), local ham radio clubs, and working on the Sky Warn Team with Rusty Garrett on Channel 10 in Waco. For many years, Larry and Charlene were active members of Immanuel Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Belton. There, he has served as an usher and worked on their gardening and groundskeeping committee.

Dillehay, Lawrence "Larry" age 72 of Minneapolis passed away March 5, surrounded by his family. Born to Janet and Lawrence Dillehay, Sr, and he grew up in Bellaire, OH, along with his sister Laurel, where he enjoyed sports and forecasting the weather on a local radio station. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he continued his passion for weather. While there he met his wife, Sue. The first-time Sue accepted a date with Larry was canoeing on Lake Michigan in Chicago. Ever since then he loved canoeing-and Sue! Together they spent fifty years raising a loving family, traveling the world, and going to happy hours. Larry proudly served in the U.S. Air Force doing reconnaissance weather missions. During this time he was stationed in Japan, where he and Sue had their first daughter, Cindy in 1971. Sherri was born a year later during Larry's last Air Force assignment near St. Louis. After eight years in the Air Force, Larry began a career as a business consultant with Coopers and Lybrand in Chicago. He moved to Minneapolis to work with a young technology company, CPT, and later established his own consulting firm, Dillehay and Associates. His insights into business processes and applications of emerging technologies made him a valuable asset to his clients many of whom became friends as well. Larry was an enthusiastic outdoorsman, hiking and biking around the world. His favorite place was the Boundary Waters where he spent time alone, yet also shared his love with friends and family. Larry was a kind, unpretentious, fun-loving man full of integrity. He was a man with a plan that loved to laugh, and pull jokes. His family and friends benefited from his generous ways and loyal heart. Few people have made so many friends in so many places and remained close for so long. When not out in nature, you could find Larry discussing books with friends, watching a storm from his deck, or laughing over a good beer a microbrew. Most of all, Larry was a family man. He spoiled his grandkids and always let them know he was the "yes" man. He adored his wife Sue, and two daughters, Cindy and Sherri, and loved their husbands, two Daves, as sons. His most enjoyable times were when the family was together. In lieu of flower please send donations to Wilderness Larry Dillehay's Celebration of Life Service, Saturday, March 11, 2 pm (followed by a reception), Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, 225 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55401.

Richard (Rick) Lewis Jones,TSgt(Ret) age 66, of Crestview, passed away peacefully on Monday evening, January 23, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
Richard was born October 1, 1950, in Glen Falls, New York. He was retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service. Richard then worked for the Dept. of Defense as a meteorologist. He loved being with his family and friends, and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping, motorcycles, billiards, bowling and meteorology.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold T. Jones. Richard is survived by his wife, Reba Fay Jones; his mother, Norma A. Jones, of Michigan; sons, Ricky Jones(wife, Tonia) and Rusty Jones, both of Yadkinville, NC, Ralph Nugent, of Peru, IN, and Jordan Howard of Tell City, IN; daughters, Terri Hollon, of Lexington, KY, and Jessica Nugent, of Louisville, KY; brothers, Rob Jones, of Michigan, and Dave Jones (wife, Tracy) of Florida; a sister, Donna Anderson (husband, Joe) of Michigan; nine grandchildren, one great grandchild; and his beloved dog, Rudy.
A Memorial Service celebrating Richard's life will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Eglin AFB East Chapel.
Friends who wish may contribute to the Disabled American Veterans or the American Cancer Society in Richard's memory.
Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview. Guest book and condolences are available online at

Major Wade Vernon Hilton, USAF, Retired, passed on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 84. He was preceded in death by his wife Agnes "Nan" Hodge Hilton and five older brothers. Survived by his wife Harriett Jones Hilton, sons William M. (Kimberly) Hilton and Douglas W. Hilton, grandchildren Jennifer (Chad) Holton, and Andrew Hilton, older brother Herman Hilton of Summerfield, North Carolina, as well as six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A graduate of Troy University, Mr. Hilton served as a meteorologist in the USAF. He also worked for NOAA and retired as Meteorologist in Charge of the Montgomery Weather Station.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, January 28th at Southern Memorial Funeral Home from 2-4 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Montgomery Humane Society Animal Shelter or the charity of your choice .

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Jones, Gordon Schubert LtCol USAF (Ret) Sep 30, 1937 - Jan 9, 2017 Of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away after a long battle with Inclusion Body Myositis. Born in Utica, NY, Gordon attended Penn State University, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology. Gordon served 28 years in the USAF as a meteorologist. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Gordon retired from Offutt AFB, NE in 1988. He was a member of the American Meteorological Society since 1959. Gordon was active in the Sarpy Serenaders Barbershop Chorus and several quartets. He was a 50 year member of the State College, PA Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Martha Prasse Jones, daughter Edythe Jones of Phoenix, son Christopher Gordon Jones (Melinda) of Fountain Hills, and one grandson, Mitchell. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, William and Catherine, and his sister Catherine Ann. SERVICES will be held in Bellevue, Nebraska on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 10:30am at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 104 Galvin Road North. VISITATION will be Monday, January 16, 2017 from 5-7pm at the Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel with a Masonic Service at 7pm. Following the service, Gordon's inurnment will be at the Immanuel Lutheran Columbarium with military honors by the Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Gordon's name to the Myositis Association at or to the Barbershop Harmony Foundation, 110 Seventh Avenue, North, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37203 in memory of Gordon S. Jones, member #250611. BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler 2202 Hancock St, Bellevue 402-291-5000

Col USAF (Ret.) Hyko Gayikian of Indialantic, Florida, died on Friday, 6 January 2017. His wife Faye had passed in April 1998. Hyko retired from the USAF in 1977 as Chief of Staff of the Air Weather Service.
There will not be an obituary at Hyko's request. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with honors and Tami will let us know when that is scheduled.

Elva Grace Elam, nee Carter, age 87, formerly of O’Fallon, born October 19, 1929 in Mocksville, N.C., passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Bethesda Dilworth Community, Oakland, Mo. 
Grace was born and raised in Mocksville, Davie County, NC and married her high school sweetheart. She attended Ashmore Business College, Thomasville, NC and worked as an accountant at Deaton Food Market in Thomasville. Following the Korean War she and husband moved to Fort Knox , KY , back to Raleigh, NC and then to Springfield, VA where they resided for more than 20 years. She worked at Fairfax Hospital in VA as an X-Ray Staff Manager for the majority of that time. Grace and family moved to O’Fallon, IL in 1976 when her husband was transferred from Washington, DC to Scott AFB. She remained a devoted wife, homemaker, and a wonderful mother. She enjoyed all types of crafts to include sewing, quilting, embroidery, painting and costume and clothing construction. She eagerly shared her talents and charitable good nature at numerous events benefiting the needy, the church, and community. Grace worked for over 20 years as the pastoral administrator at O’Fallon First United Methodist Church where she was active in numerous ministries. She was a proud member of PEO Chapter L J. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence B. Elam, Jr., her sister Josephine McClamrock, and her parents Hasten and Mary, nee Garrett, Carter.  Surviving are her three children Barbara (John) Richardson of Arden, N.C., Larry (Janice) Elam of Union, Ky., and Cynthia (Scott) Early of Webster Groves, Mo., grandchildren Wendy (Brian) Rush, Laura Grace (Jeremy) Miller, Christopher (Elise) Elam, Kyle Elam, Aaron Elam, Alex Elam, Grant Early, Grace Early; three great-grandchildren Olivia Grace Miller, A.J. Chua, and Madeleine Elam; her brother Lawrence (Kathy) Carter of Mocksville, N.C., and sister Margaret (Don) Bryant of East Flat Rock, N.C..
Memorial donations are requested to O’Fallon First United Methodist Church. Visitation: Friends may visit from 10:00 am – Noon, Thursday, January 12, 2017 at O’Fallon First United Methodist Church, 504 East Highway 50, O’Fallon, Ill. Funeral: Funeral Service will begin at Noon, Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the church, with Pastor Don Long officiating. Burial will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery, O’Fallon, Ill.

Florence Mae ("Flo") Westphal, age 94, widow of Lt Col (Ret.) Louis A. Westphal, died peacefully December 28, 2016 at Pisgah Manor Health Care Center in Candler, North Carolina. Florence was born to Vertice and Velma Addison in Montfort, Wisconsin, on March 10, 1922. With her sisters Arlene and Jean, she lived a happy, active life on the family's dairy farm in rural southwestern Wisconsin. She particularly liked riding her horse through the pastures and helping her dad with farm chores. After high school, she attended Platteville Teacher's College, where she met her future husband Louis in chemistry class. She went on to earn her degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin.
On May 17, 1944, Flo and Lou were married at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota, marking the beginning of Flo's life as a military wife. Lou and Flo traveled with the Air Force and raised their family of seven children in New York City, California, Washington, D.C., Texas, Bermuda, Japan, and Illinois. Flo was an accomplished seamstress who sewed many of the clothes for her children and grandchildren; she was also an excellent cook and baker.
In 1974, Lou and Flo moved with their two daughters to Asheville, North Carolina. They loved Asheville, and felt that there was no better place to have landed for their retirement years. In Asheville, Flo was an active member and the first female Elder of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. She cherished her friendships with her church family. Flo served her community by volunteering for several organizations. She sewed and curated many of the original costumes for ABCCM's "Return to Bethlehem" production and acted in the production every year 1986-2013. Flo participated in one of the first volunteer training programs for Mountain Area Hospice, and was a trained Rape Crisis Center advocate and American Red Cross volunteer. Flo was recognized by Governor Jim Hunt for her extensive volunteer efforts in her community.
When Lou fell ill, Flo faithfully and expertly cared for him until his death in 2006. She then lived on her own at home until she moved to Pisgah Manor in 2014. Flo felt happy and secure at Pisgah Manor, and her family is most grateful to all of the staff who served her with tender loving care.
Flo was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters and their husbands; and her in-laws Gertrude, Ruth, Lloyd, and Henry. She was also preceded by Lou, her beloved husband of 62 years, her sons Roger and Bruce (survived by partner Karen Jones of Seattle), and her daughter-in-law, Donna. She is survived by her son Mark of Carbondale, Illinois and his children Aaron and his wife Susan, Nate and his wife Katie, and Danny and his friend Eden Armstrong. Also her son Jim and his wife Joyce of Breese, Illinois and their children Matt and his wife Kristin, Jenny Bassler and her husband Chris, and Carrie and her friend Chris Lundeberg. Also, her son Jay and his wife Lydia of Newport Beach, California. Also, her daughter Betty Neal of Eagle, Colorado and her children Harrison and Jay. Also, Flo's daughter Ellie McCormac and her husband Doug of Asheville, and their children Rob and Claire. Flo is also survived by her grandchildren Stephen and Leslie Westphal. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Avery Westphal; Olivia, Elyse, and Bailey Bassler; and Max and Lydia Westphal; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Edward Westphal, Alvin Cook, Alvera Eckelberg, and Doris Matias, all of Wisconsin, and Carl (Carol) Westphal of Florida; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Above all else, Flo loved her big, extended family and her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Michael McFarland officiating. Interment will be in the church memorial garden. Her family will receive friends immediately following the Service. Memorials may be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund, 51 Wilburn Place, Asheville, NC 28806.

William HellkampWilliam Hellkamp age 90 of Fairfield, Iowa, passed away, Sunday, December 25, 2016 at Jefferson County Health Center. The Rosary will be 4:30 pm, Friday, December 30, 2016 at St. Mary Catholic Church. Visitation for family & friends will follow the Rosary from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm and the Wake Service will start at 6:30 pm. The Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, December 31, 2016 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Father Nick Adam officiating. Following the mass, he will be cremated. Burial of cremains will be at a later date. Memorials can be made to Fairfield Lions Club or St. Mary Catholic Church. Cards and memorials can be mailed to: Dorothy Hellkamp, 502 E. Burlington, Fairfield, IA 52556. William was born on November 11, 1926, in Cincinnati, OH to George and Lillian Hellkamp. He married Dorothy A. Hotz on June 10, 1950 in Delphos, OH. This year they celebrated 66 years of marriage.
William served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1945 to 1946. In 1949, he received a BS Degree from the University of Cincinnati along with an ROTC commission as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. William returned to active duty with the Air Force in 1949 and served as a meteorologist. He attained the rank of Lt. Colonel. William was stationed in many parts of the world including Japan, the Philippines, Hawaii, and Spain. He earned an MS degree in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and served in Fairfield, IA at Parsons College where he commanded a U.S. Air Force ROTC detachment. Upon retirement from USAF in 1977, he and his family returned to Fairfield where they have resided ever since. He was active for many years in the Lions Club, TENCO Foundation and served for 20 years as a member of the Board of Directors of Indian Hills Community College. He was also a member of the Air Weather Association.
William is survived by his wife, Dorothy; five children, Pamela Fordyce of Traverse City, MI, Nancy (Gordon) O’Neill of Marietta, GA, Joyce (Don) Smith of The Villages, FL, Tim (Joyce) Hellkamp of Orlando, FL and William S. (Kathy) Hellkamp of Shakopee, MN; 11 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and one brother Raymond Hellkamp of Scotia, NY.
He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Lillian Hellkamp; and a sister, Jean Stoehr.
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Marilynn L. Kugler, wife of TSGT (Ret) Donald K. Kugler passed away on December 2, 2016.  Marilynn was a dedicated weatherman’s wife, doing her support of her husband while his tours of duty. She traveled to Japan (1962-1965 as well as Maxwell AFB, Offutt AFB (twice), New York, Chanute, Ft. Knox, and HQ AWS at Scott AFB. She supported Don during his civilian aerospace duty at TRW, M-M, Hughes, Loc-Mart, Boeing and the FBI.  She is survived by sons Scott, Mark; daughters Kerry and Donna, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She will be missed.

Robert Frank Salm, 86, of Woodbridge VA, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by loved ones, on November 9, 2016.
He is predeceased by his parents Joseph and Amelia; his sisters Theresa Piper, Rosie Smerling and Sister Boniface Salm; and his brothers Joseph, Jerome, Alfred and Peter.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Catherine; his daughters Rosemary Casey (Larry), Virginia Halcombe (Don) and Deborah Woolley (James); his sons Daniel (Kim) and Robert (Tammy); his grandchildren Shelly, Larry Jr, Don Jr, Dustin, Celeste, Jon, Melissa, Lauren, Tim, Turner, Caroline and Kyla; and his great-granddaughter Hadley Grace.
Robert (Senior Master Sergeant) served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, working as a meteorologist. After his retirement from the military, he went on to work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a branch chief in computer operations until his retirement. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and Holy Name Society; a volunteer at Holy Family Church, Hillcrest Heights, MD; a coach for Catholic Youth Organization; and served on the board for Royal Palm Townhouses in Ocean City, MD.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 3-7pm at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd, Dale City Va. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 11am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 12975 Purcell Rd, Manassas, VA. Arlington National Cemetery interment at a later date.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (

Cecilia Walters, born May 15, 1950 in Baton Rouge, LA, passed away May 3rd, 2016 at Memorial Hospital East in O’Fallon, IL, after a lengthy illness. She was surrounded by family and friends. Cecilia was a retired Manager at the GAP and a devoted mother and grandmother who loved spending time with family and supporting her children’s activities. She also served her country as a dedicated military wife supporting her husband’s career and the men and women of the United States Air Force. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Thomas and Willie Belle (nee Austin) Shockley of Germantown, TN.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Col Thomas Walters (USAF, Ret); a daughter, Samantha Dianne Palmieri (Joseph) of Alexandria, VA; a son, Blake Austin Walters (Erin) of Longmont, CO; a deeply loved grandson, Benjamin Thomas Palmieri of Alexandria, VA; and a sister Dianne Shockley Mall (Myron) of Memphis, TN. The family would like to express its thanks and appreciation to her physicians and nursing staff at Washington University, the Center for Advanced Medicine, Memorial Hospital East, and the BJC Healthcare family for the care and compassion given to Cecilia and her family during the past 38 months.
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Charles C. Bates, Ph.D., succumbed at age 97 to the ravages of old age on July 9, 2016 while residing at the La Posada retirement complex, Green Valley, AZ. Because his parents, Carl and Vera Bates, operated a hog/dairy farm near Rockton, IL, the youth spent much of each summer observing the south end of a team of horses going north or vice versa. Nonetheless, upon graduating as a Rector Scholar cum laude (geology) from DePauw University during 1939, he joined an Exxon subsidiary's seismograph crew and helped discover the Stuttgart oil field near Phillipsburg, KS. However, early 1941 found him to be a $21-per-month "buck private" computer in the "Old Army's" 2nd Field Artillery Observation Battalion's Sound Platoon at Fort Sill, OK. Following the Japanese attack against Pearl Harbor, it was upward and onward for Corporal Bates. After being commissioned as an Army Air Corps weather officer at the University of Chicago during May 1943, a year later found him being introduced to King George V and Queen Mary of the United Kingdom while on detached duty with the British Admiralty's Meteorological Forecast Center located two floors underground within London's Citadel. Then within the month he became the Center's duty surf forecaster for the night of the invasion of Normandy, i.e, June 5-6, 1944. For this feat, the Ninth Air Force awarded the Bronze Star Medal to the now Captain Bates for "meritorious serviceagainst the enemy during June 1944." However, the global adventure continued. Within six months he was posted to the meteorological staff of the Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Fleet, in Colombo, Ceylon. But the war was moving north. Consequently, during June 1945, he led the first convoy of the 10th Weather Squadron over the famed Ledo-Burma Road between Chabua, India and Kunming, China. Once hostilities were over, Bates continued for the next third of a century in both a military and a civilian capacity with the Armed Forces. As a uniformed officer he reached the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve. In a civilian role, he held such key assignments as Chief, Vela Uniform Program, Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Defense (1960-64); Technical Director, U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office (1964-68), and Science Advisor to the Commandant, U. S. Coast Guard (1968-79). While doing so, he instigated the U.S. Navy's program for observing and forecasting ice conditions across the American Arctic, thereby meriting having an island in the Antarctic Peninsula named after him. In comparable fashion, Secretary of State Dean Rusk on Nov. 12, 1963 also designated him as U.S. Antarctic Observer #001 under terms of the Antarctic Treaty's Article VII.
Throughout Bates' professional career, he was ably supported by a life long soulmate, Pauline Barta, who passed away five months earlier in January 2016. He had wooed her while she was a perky kindergarten teacher in remote Holdrege, Nebraska and he a lowly "attached helper" on a transient seismic crew. Nonetheless, as of July 1942, they entered into 73 years of blissful marriage. Once WWII was over, the couple created and reared three beloved daughters Nancy Ann, Priscilla Jane, and Sally Jean. Upon completing college, each girl married and went her own way, Nancy to Portland, OR, Priscilla to Austin, TX, and Sally to Tucson, AZ. During 1979 their parents also left the environs of Washington, D.C. to enjoy the desert climate of Green Valley, AZ. Once there, Charles co-authored several chronicles including "Geophysics in the Affairs of Man" (Pergamon Press, 1982), "America's Weather Warriors, 1814-1985" (Texas A&M Press, 1986), "Geophysics in the Affairs of Mankind" (Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 2001), and "Hydro to NavOceano: 175 Years of Ocean Survey and Prediction by the U.S. Navy" (Cornfield Press, 2006). Survivors of Dr. Bates include his three daughters, grandsons Alexander C. Robinson of New York City and Brian B. Yanity of Fullerton ,CA and great-granddaughters, Monica P. Geniveve and Fiona Robinson of New York City. Five younger siblings also survive, namely, sisters Norma (Bates) Bloom, Lois (Bates) Peterson, and Rose (Bates) Lovejoy, plus brothers John and Roger Bates, all of Rockton, IL. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Pauline, and his grandson, David Yanity. As for the cremains, they will be interred with those of wife Pauline's in the Phillips Cemetery adjoining the Bates Sesquicentennial Farm on which he was reared in Illinois.

Tedd Lee BishopBrigadier General Tedd Lee Bishop USAF retired, passed away peacefully Sunday June 12th, 2016 in Greenville, SC at the age of 90 to join his beloved wife of 60 years, Vera Pearson Bishop (her obituary below). Gen. Bishop was born in Asheville, NC in 1926 to Herman and Helen Shelton Bishop. At the age of 13, he began his lifelong love of flying. He would carry gas and wash airplane windshields in order to earn money to take flying lessons. He soon soloed his first plane, a 40 h.p. Cub. In March 1944 Tedd entered military service under the aviation cadet program; however, the cadet program closed and he served as a B-24 aircraft flight engineer until discharged in Oct. 1945. After leaving the Army Air Corp, his first job was an aero-mechanic for Delta. He then was a fireman on the railroad and went to Asheville-Biltmore College in 1946 and Ohio Univ. in 1947. He reentered the aviation cadet program in the newly formed U. S. Air Force in Oct. 1947, and as an outstanding cadet, graduated as regular commissioned officer. He next served at Stewart AFB, TN and later at Donaldson AFB, SC where he flew C-82s, C-47s and gliders. At Tyndall AFB, FL he completed Air Tactical School in 1950. It was in Asheville, NC where Tedd met the love of his life, Vera. They were married Nov 4, 1951 at Donaldson AFB. In June 1952, he was assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Wing in Korea where he flew 50 night intruder combat missions in the B-26. Returning to Donaldson AFB where he served with the 63rd Troop Carrier Wing as operations officer and flew C-119s and C-124s, he participated in Lebanon Crisis, Suez Crisis, Distant Early Warning Line construction, Operation Deep Freeze, Congo Crisis, and other major operations. He was the major planner and flew in the joint Army-Air Force "Operation Arctic Night" which was one of the largest troop drops north of the Arctic Circle. In addition he is credited with saving four C-124 transport aircraft during Antarctic flight operations. He then served at Maxwell AFB, AL, Keesler AFB, MS, Hurlburt Field, FL, earned his bachelor's degree from Univ. of Omaha, and then assigned to McGuire AFB, NJ. In 1967 he was assigned to 56th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Yokota AFB, Japan. He was next stationed to Scott AFB, IL as deputy chief of staff for Air Operations and served as permanent chairman of the Interagency Joint Sampler Working Group and as permanent committeeman with the Interdepartmental Hurricane and Typhoon Conference. In 1971, he was transferred to McClellan AFB, CA as Commander of the 9th Weather Reconnaissance Wing. Gen. Bishop commanded the 443rd Military Airlift Wing in Altus AFB, OK. While at Altus, he was made an honorary member of the Kiowa Tribe. He served his final command as Wing Commander of 437th Military Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, SC. Gen. Bishop logged more than 20,000 military and civilian accident-free flying hours and flew more than 50 different aircraft. He also has the distinction of being one of the few people to have flown operationally over both the North and South Poles. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with six oak leaf clusters, and the Order of the Sword by the Military Airlift Command noncommissioned officers for recognition of leadership. In 1978 he was awarded South Carolina's highest honor, the Order of the Palmetto by Gov. Edwards. After retirement, Gen Bishop served as Vice President of Trident Tech, as well as an expert aviation insurance consultant. Gen. Bishop, known affectionately as D.O.D. (Dear Old Dad), is survived by his four daughters, Lynn Coy, Leigh Bishop, Allyn Hoak, and Erin Taylor; sons-in-law, Col. Gary Coy USAF/Ret , Rob Hoak, and Dr. Bill Taylor; and his seven beloved grandchildren, Sara Coy, Lara Coy White, Pearson Hoak, Robby Hoak, Ellis Taylor, Franklin Taylor, and Richmond Taylor, and great-granddaughter, Ellen Gray Hoak. A memorial will be held Saturday, June 18th at 11:00 AM at The Church of the Transfiguration, Saluda, NC. He will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
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Vera Shepard Pearson Bishop, 83, passed away August 20, 2012 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Vera was born in Melrose, NC. She was the youngest child of the late John and Margaret Pearson. Vera graduated from Brevard College in 1948. She was a member of the Mayflower Society, DAR, a lifelong member of the Church of the Transfiguration, Saluda, NC and a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
On November 4, 1951, Vera married the love of her life, Tedd Lee Bishop. They embarked on a lifelong service to our country. As the wife of a career Senior USAF Officer and through her strength of character and loving nature, she touched lives across our country and the world. She was recognized for her selfless care of wounded Vietnam soldiers and their families through her volunteer work at the AirVac Hospital in Japan. She provided counseling and friendship to all she met throughout the 33 years of dedicated military service and beyond into their retirement.
Vera is survived by her husband, Tedd and their four daughters, Lynn, Leigh, Allyn and Erin. Vera was blessed with seven grandchildren, Sara, Pearson, Robby, Lara, Ellis, Franklin and Richmond, who were the light of her life.
A celebration of her life was held at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the Church of the Transfiguration, Saluda, NC. Her final resting place will be held in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC.

Herschel H. Slater, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), November 7, 1917 - May 26, 2016, a weather officer for the US Air Force, a meteorologist and researcher for the EPA, a consultant, teacher, beloved father, husband and friend to many, passed away at Carol Woods Retirement Community, Chapel Hill, NC May 26, 2016. Hersch's work helped establish air quality standards for the U.S., as well as in Europe and Australia. Strongly civic minded, he served on the board of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, and participated in many local and statewide political campaigns. For years he wrote the popular "The Weather Down Here" column for the Chapel Hill News. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association. He was also a member of the Chapel of the Cross and served on the vestry for years. He is survived by his four daughters: Leslie Reardon (Dave); Ellen Dement; Nancy Powell (Gary); Lynn Miller (Greg); seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. His wife of 69 years, Gladys, passed away in 2012. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 24th at 11:00 AM at Carol Woods Assembly Hall, followed by a reception. Donations may be made to The Chapel of the Cross Building Fund, 304 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

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Francis (Franz) Lee House of Hammett passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, after a brave battle with lymphoma and Alzheimer's disease. A memorial service will be held in Holdenville, Okla., on or about June 5, 2016, managed by the Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville Okla. Inurnment will be in Yeager Cemetery with full military honors. Cremation was under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel. Franz was born in Yeager, Okla., to Fred and Ada Inez House on Oct. 6, 1939. He attended Yeager High School, class of 1957, and then attended East Central State University in Ada, Okla,, completing his Bachelors in Math in 1961. (Photo) Upon graduation, Franz joined the Air Force, being commissioned through Officer Training School in December 1961 and then entered the year-long AFIT Basic Meteorology program. In 1963, he became a weather officer at the Army Chemical Corps Proving Grounds, Dugway, Utah. In August 1965, Franz went overseas as a weather officer at Binh Thuy Air Base, Vietnam, in support of military operations in the Mekong Delta area and IV Corps Direct Air Support Center. Midway through his tour, he was selected to provide direct weather support to the Commanding General, 7th Air Force and his staff. Upon completion of his tour of duty in Vietnam, Franz was stationed at Headquarters Air Weather Service as a staff officer. In 1970, seeking more excitement, he trained to become an Aerial Reconnaissance Weather Officer, and was stationed at Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico, where he made aerial observations from a WC-130B airplane through hurricanes and tropical storms. In 1973, he was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., with the 53rd Weather Recon Squadron where he taught and served as the Squadron Executive Officer. In 1975, he was assigned as a Weather Service Inspector for the MAC Office of Inspector General, stationed at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. In 1978, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and was selected to be the Executive Officer to the two-star MAC Inspector General. Franz was promoted to Colonel in 1982, and in January 1983, he became the Comptroller for the 375th Aeromedical Airlift Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. After 26 years of distinguished service, Franz retired in September 1987. He was awarded the Senior Officer Aircrew Member Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. After retiring from the Air Force, Franz provided loving support and encouragement to his wife, Tamzy, as she moved through various Air Force assignments, completing her time in service of almost 27 years as the 366th SG/CC, 366th AEW, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, in 2001.
Franz was a brilliant, independent man with many talents. He loved to travel, to build things, to solve problems, to be outdoors, and to be at peace along the Snake River or back home, along Yeager Creek in Oklahoma. He was a thrifty, hard-working man with high expectations for himself and the people around him. He loved his family and his pets and enjoyed the songs of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Meryl Haggard. He loved the movies of John Wayne and to write poetry about family, life, and his Oklahoma upbringing. Franz wrote, "I'm an ordinary man, Who has worked and known strife. The calluses on my hands; Have not dulled my lust for life. I love the flowers in spring; and the crispness of the fall. Whatever this world may bring; There is beauty in it all." He maintained this outlook, with dignity and honor, to the end. Franz is survived by his wife, Tamzy of 36 years, and his three children, Jeffery of Dallas, Texas; Jeremy of St. Louis, Mo.; and Andrea House of New York, N.Y. He is also survived by two brothers, Charles of Lees' Summit, Mo., and Kenneth of Norman, Okla., and two grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Bennie, Douglas and Joel, and by his first wife of 17 years, Judy.

Paul E. Quast, Jr, 84, of Millstadt, IL, born in Bay City, MI on October 10, 1931, died on May 16, 2016 in Millstadt, IL. Paul has displayed an uncommon courage throughout his life, earning a deep respect from those who have known and loved him. Paul joined the new and burgeoning United States Air Force on December 12, 1952. Dressed in the uniform of the US Army Air Corps, Paul graduated from basic training; he then proceeded to Chanute AFB, IL where he would become a meteorologist, his life's work. Paul married the love of his life, Beverly Eager on November 8, 1952 in Bay City, Michigan. Paul retired from Scott Air Force Base, Belleville, IL as a Master Sergeant on November 30, 1969; and continued as a meteorologist on Scott Air Force Base until his retirement from civil service. His military service awards and decorations include the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, and National Defense Service Medal. Paul was an active member of the Loyal Order of Moose, and Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville, IL.He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Quast; parents, Paul E. and Helen, nee Goddard, Quast; siblings, Mary Quast, Richard Quast, Jeanie Quast; daughter, Deanna Mueller; granddaughter, Rebecca Russell. Paul was an honorable and beloved soul who will be missed by many. Paul is survived by his children, David Quast and Julie Russell; his children in-law, Anabell Ramirez, and Jack Russell; his grandchildren, Jessie Mueller, Steven and Christopher Quast, Brian, Brent, and Brittany Russell; his great-grandchildren, Kansas and Alexander Quast, Kamden Russell; sisters in law, Dawn Williams, Suzie Lent, Joyce Eager; brothers in-law, Richard "Dick" Williams, Samuel "Bud" Anderson, Danny Eager, Mike Peterson; many nieces, nephews, and friends. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 2pm – 6pm at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, 3412 Frank Scott Pkwy W, Belleville, IL.  Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016, 12pm, at Zion Lutheran Church, 1810 McClintock Ave, Belleville, IL 62221, with Pastor Brian Downs officiating.Interment will be held in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St Louis, MO.  Paul was a member of the AWA. His wife, Beverly just passed two months ago 3/6/16

Eugene Thomas Gray, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), 81, Emerson, IA, died Friday, July 17, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Society in Red Oak, IA. Gene was born Nov. 28, 1933, in Tonganoxie, Kan., the son of Russell Thomas and Margaret Elizabeth (Sparks) Gray. The family moved to Omaha when Gene was very young. He graduated from North High School and University of Omaha and was in the ROTC program. Gene married Rosemary Menges Sept. 24, 1955, in Council Bluffs. Gene served in the United States Air Force, retiring after a long career. Over the years, Gene and Rosemary lived all over the United States and abroad. They moved to the Red Oak area in 1987, where Gene worked at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Human Resources. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree, serving as Grand Knight and treasurer. Gene also helped with Meals on Wheels through the hospital. His hobbies included fishing, enjoying the outdoors, and participating in Boy Scouts. Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Lillian, Marie, and Juanita and a brother, Robert. Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Gray; children, Debra Johnson, Steven Gray, Michael Gray and wife Jolene, Dennis Gray, Stanley Gray, Monica Wright and husband Dan, Douglas Gray and fiancée, Juli, Susan Gray, Marshall Gray and wife Trish, David Gray and Diane Gray; grandchildren, Lucas Johnson, Joshua Gray, Brett Gray and wife Erin, Trent Gray, Sable Gray, Victoria Gray, Tyler Gray, Elizabeth Gray and Ryan Lawton; many step-grandchildren; sister, Nicole Gray; sister-in-law, Jane Gray; brothers-in-law, Jerry Schulkey, Francis "Bud" Murphy and Glenn Smallen; and many other relatives and friends. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association.

Boyd Edwin Quate, 89, of the 7000 block of Indian Trail, died Dec. 3, 2007, at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond after a short illness. His wife, Martha Holland Quate; his son, Boyd Edward Quate; parents, Graham and Margie Quate; and two brothers, Shepherd and Larry Quate predeceased him. He is survived by his daughter, Martha Q. Rountree and her husband Ray; a grandson, Robert Edward Quate; and daughter-in-law, Cathy Quate, all of Suffolk. Other survivors include his brother, Calvin Quate of Stanford University, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews; and Margrit Radloff of Vancouver, Canada. Boyd was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, a lifelong meteorologist, an active member of the Holland Ruritan Club and an enthusiastic and joyful member of the human race. He traveled extensively over the years and particularly enjoyed touring in his RV with his beloved companion, Margrit Radloff. He never met a stranger nor missed a chance to try something new. He will be missed by his many friends and family world-wide. He was a member of Holland Baptist Church, the Senior Circle of Southampton Memorial Hospital and a former Boy Scout leader and Sea Scout. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday by the Rev. Robert W. Bunn at the Holland Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Holland Ruritan Club for their Scholarship Fund, c/o Irving Musselman, 1549 Glen Haven Road, Suffolk, VA 23437. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the doctors and medical staff in the Neuro Science Department at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond for their outstanding care and concern for Boyd and his family.

Donald Baker, born July 20, 1923. Beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend. Passed away peacefully on March 10th, 2014. Preceded in death by loving wife Jacqueline M. with whom he shared 55 wonderful years of marriage, mother Florence K., father William E., brother-in-law Jacques Mouzel and nephew Jean Thierry Mouzel. Survived by son William G. (Mary) and beloved grandson James G., all of St. Paul. Also survived by beloved cousins Frances O’Sullivan (Michael) and Carol Papirnik of Buchanan, Michigan; sister-in-law Janine Mouzel and niece Pascale De Sparre (Eric), great nieces and nephew, and great-nephew, all of Paris, France. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, with the exception of his military service, Donald spent his entire life in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul. He graduated from Murray High School class of 1941. Upon America’s entry into the Second World War, he joined the Army Air Corps, beginning his education as a climatologist . He attended the University of Chicago and trained at several Army Air Corps bases including Rapid City SD, before being deployed to the European theater. He was stationed near Wantage, England during the war as a meteorologist, providing weather information to the Air Corps pilots and crews who flew missions over occupied Europe. Upon the liberation of France in 1944, he was stationed at Orly Airfield in Paris. A dashing Lieutenant, he met a lovely young French woman named Jacqueline Mouzel. Their romance flourished and they became engaged in 1945. Their plans were interrupted by the Korean conflict when he was re-called for service by the newly established U.S. Air Force and he served in Korea from 1951-1952, where he received the Bronze Star for Merit. After his discharge, he was finally allowed to complete his romance with Jacqueline, and they were married in Paris at the Chapel of the Hotel des Invalides on Valentines Day 1953. The happy couple returned to St. Paul, where Donald continued his education. Upon achieving his doctorate in Climatology and Soil Science in 1958, Donald began his long career as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota. He established the Climatological Observatory just north of the campus, and built it with help from his students in 1960. This Observatory has recorded subsoil temperatures for over 50 years, and has provided an unprecedented database for climate change research. Donald was a Fellow in the American Society of Agronomy and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also honored with a Governor’s Award of Recognition (Governor Rudy Perpich) in 1984 for his assessment of wind energy potential in the state of Minnesota, and he received a National Weather Service career award in 1986 for his contributions to agricultural meteorology. After his retirement as a professor, Donald was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota for contributions to teaching and research. Donald was a man of many interests including photography, railroading, archaeology, the stock market, and mentoring students. Donald spent his summers as a boy visiting his grandparents in Wellman, Iowa. From those times he gained a love of the people, natural beauty and productivity of the farm fields of Iowa that lasted his entire life. Always a true gentleman and outwardly a man of steely reserve, Donald treasured his family and friends. An only child of an only child, later in life he greatly enjoyed being part of a larger extended family through the marriage of his son. The family would like to thank the staff and management of the St. Anthony Park Home for their kind and loving care. Memorials preferred to the University of Minnesota Baker Scholarship Fund or to St. Anthony Park Methodist Church.

Russell A. Ver Nooy, age 88, of Pocasset, MA and Port Orange, FL, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 at JML Care Center in Falmouth, MA. He was the husband of Ann M. (Szalay) Ver Nooy. Born in New Brunswick, NJ, he attended Rutgers University. He served in the U. S. Air Force as a Pilot during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He flew with the 20th Air Force in Guam, the 53rd Weather Squadron Hurricane Hunters, and the 551st AEW & Con group at Otis, and retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel in 1970. He flew for regional airlines, as a private corporate pilot and was also a flight instructor and FAA Designated Examiner. He was a long-time member of the Quiet Birdmen, HYA. Besides his wife he leaves one son, Russell G. Ver Nooy and his wife, Pat of Plymouth; two daughters, Suzanne M. Robbins and her husband, Russell of E. Falmouth and Nancy Dalton and her husband, James of Portland, OR; he also leaves six beloved grandchildren and four beloved great-grandchildren. Burial at the V.A. National Cemetery of Massachusetts in Bourne.

WWilliam Dotsonilliam Leon "Colonel" Dotson passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, April 20, 2016, at Guardian Angel Homes in Richland, WA.
He was born August 10, 1921, in Murphy, OK, and later attended The Colorado School of Mines, where he earned a degree in Physics. He went into Army Air Corps pilot training in Texas and flew for them and later for the U.S. Air Force for over 25 years. He served in WWII and Korea, where he earned several citations, including the DFC, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. Flying was his passion, and he was held in high regard by those who flew with him. The Air Force later sent him to UCLA to earn an advanced degree in Meteorology. After retiring from the service, he moved to the Tri-Cities and lived here for the past 49 years, working as a research scientist for several Hanford contractors. He considered this area his home, and both his wife, Mary Ann, and oldest son, William Leon III, are buried here. His youngest son, Claude, survives him. A long-time member of All Saints Episcopal Church, he played a dedicated and active role in their mission. Well-known for his Amiable disposition and love of people, he will be missed by many. Special thanks to the staffs at Guardian Angel and The Chaplaincy for the care and understanding. Express your thoughts and memories on our online Guestbook at



William FoxWilliam Edward (Ed) Fox of Wilmington, NC died peacefully in the Lord on April 20, 2016.

Born August 12, 1918 near Cornersville, TN, Mr. Fox was the son of William Edward Fox Sr. and Hallie Clark Fox of Lewisburg, TN. After graduating in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee in May, 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps in July, 1942 as an Aviation Cadet in Meteorology. He received his military training and instruction in Meteorology at the University of Chicago, Illinois. In May, 1943, he was commissioned a 2nd Lt. Weather Officer in the 21st Weather Squadron and assigned to William Northern Airfield in Tullahoma, a training facility for fighter pilots.

In Feb, 1944, he was promoted to 1st Lt. and later traveled to England and was assigned to the 53rd Troop Carrier Wing at Greenham Commons Airfield near Newbury, England. Invasion of Europe (June 6, 1944) occurred during this time. Mr. Fox was under the command of General Eisenhower when the paratroopers were launched on the night of June 5th and his mission was to provide weather forecasts for the troop carrier pilots who were dropping paratroopers and supplies to advance troops.

During Jan – June, 1945, the 53rd Troop Carrier Wing moved to Melun, France near Paris, and Mr. Fox was instrumental in forecasting weather conditions for the aerial drops of supplies for General Patton's division. Mr. Fox was promoted to Captain in May, 1945. Shortly afterwards, he was assigned to Weather Offices in Frankfurt, Bremerhaven and Stuttgart in Germany and continued to provide weather forecasts for flights, military activities and the general public. He returned to the U.S. and was honorably discharged in March, 1946 and began working in Wilmington, NC as a Civil Engineer.

In 1947, Mr. Fox married Mary Daniel Carr of Wilmington, NC. During Mr. Fox's career as a Hydrologist, and Meteorologist, they lived in Fort Worth, TX, Washington, DC, Augusta, GA, and Atlanta, GA. His work eventually led him to serve as the Director of the Southeastern River Forecast Center for NOAA in Atlanta. After his retirement in 1980, Mr. Fox became a consultant to the United Nations working on flood control overseas, including in China and Pakistan. Mr. and Mrs. Fox moved to Wrightsville Beach in 1986 and later to nearby Wilmington, NC. Mr. Fox was a member of Pine Valley Church of Christ as well as the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Geological Society, National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Meteorological Society and a charter member of the Air Weather Association.

Mr. Fox was predeceased by his parents and his sisters, Doris Fox Cantrell of Cornersville, TN and Beverly Fox Cathey of Lewisburg, TN, and his beloved wife of 59 years, Mary Daniel Carr Fox. He is survived by his two sons: Daniel Carr Fox and wife, Tammy, of Raleigh, NC, and Dr. William E. Fox III of Raleigh, NC; and three grandchildren, Lindsay Caroline Fox, William Carr Fox, and Samuel Becker Fox.

Mr. Fox was dedicated to his family, his loving wife, his church, and to helping others, whether it was by providing tax advice to seniors or his generous donations to many charities. He enjoyed nothing more than sharing stories and laughter with his two sons. He was an inspiration to all who knew him, and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 30 at Pine Valley Church of Christ at 2:00 pm, 3601 S. College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28412. Burial at the Sunset Cemetery in Littleton, NC will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be sent to Pine Valley Church of Christ, Davis Health Care Center, or a charity of your choice . The family wishes to thank the staff of Davis Health Care Center and his dear friend Mary McLamb for their kind and loving care.

As Mr. Fox said in his retirement speech, "Old hydrologists never die, they just float away."

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Nadine Lindquist Flinders, a 17-year resident of the Air Force Village system, and a resident of Freedom House, San Antonio, TX, peacefully crossed over into eternity on March 30, 2016. She was 98 years old. Nadine was Oscar and Lydia Lindquist's only child, born in Estherville, Iowa and raised in Spirit Lake. She first met her future husband, Dale Flinders, at a high school state music contest. They'd been born and raised within two weeks and sixty miles of each other. They met, yet again, as college students at Morningside College in Sioux City. Dale recognized Nadine when he saw her from a passing street car. They both graduated from Morningside College in 1939; Nadine with a Bachelor of Music Degree with an emphasis on voice.
Nadine shared one date with Dale, and then they were separated by fate: Dale to teach high school science in Burma, and Nadine to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, where she received her Masters of Music degree in 1941, majoring in Performance and Literature with an emphasis on voice. In 1943 they were married and she and Dale moved to Boston. When Dale was reassigned to Burma in '44 with the British Infantry, Nadine continued her music teaching at what is now the University of North Texas. It would be three years before they were reunited after the war, in Japan, where Dale was assigned. As the wife of a career Air Force officer, Nadine followed her husband to Japan, Washington DC, Morocco, Spain, Vandenberg AFB, Sunnyvale CA, Washington DC (again), Massachusetts, and Scott AFB, Ill. At each new home, she became active in the officers' wives club, the local scouting organization, and in organizing and directing chapel choirs. She provided voice instruction and piano accompaniment for professional vocalists, and encouraged her own children to achieve musical proficiency on their chosen instruments. In California she enjoyed her gardens, and in Massachusetts, she enjoyed combing local shops for antiques. She was a dedicated mother to her sons. Well into her '90s, she regularly attended music performances and, as recently as three weeks before her passing, she attended her regular church service and joined in the singing, sometimes forgetting the lyrics but never losing her beautiful voice. Music was who she was, and it brought her the greatest joy. It is her grand piano that's in the Freedom House great room, donated when her husband was a resident. After retirement from the Air Force, she and Dale traveled the world – taking the Trans-Siberia Railroad from China to Moscow; up the Volga River to St. Petersburg; two trips down the Yangtse River in China; several trips to India, Burma and Thailand; to Germany, Denmark, England, Ireland, Isle of Man, Peru, Tibet, Hawaii, and many visits to Alaska. Nadine was a lifetime member of the Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity and, in 2012, was honored for her 75 year membership in the organization, having joined the Phi Zeta Chapter in Morningside College in 1937. Nadine is survived by her son, Val and his partner, Patti, of Anchorage, Alaska; and her son Bradley and his wife, Nancy, of Taos, New Mexico. She is survived by five grandchildren whom she adored: Kacie Sandoval and Kyle Flinders, both of San Antonio TX; Monica Flinders of Maui, Hawaii; Shanna Flaten of Morro Bay CA; Alexandria Flinders of Kodiak, Alaska; and nine great-grandchildren, who brought her the greatest joy simply by being happy little ones.
Mrs. Flinders was preceded in death by Col. Dale Flinders, her beloved husband of 65 years. We rejoice in the knowledge that they are again together, happily exploring the celestial heavens and the "forever" they promised to each other. Her family wishes to thank the compassionate people of Liberty House, the Care Center, Freedom House, the Mission, and Hospice for the kindness and dedication with which they cared for Mrs. Flinders as her health declined and her care needs became increasingly complicated. It is requested that, in lieu of flowers, you celebrate Nadine's life by sharing some ice cream with your loved ones. It's a simple pleasure, one Nadine enjoyed even into the last chapter of her long and happy life. May God speed you on your way, Nadine Linquist Flinders. Until we all meet again. Services for Mrs. Nadine L. Flinders were held Wednesday, April 6th 2016
9:30 am Graveside service and internment at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery 1:00 pm Memorial service at High Flight Chapel, Blue Skies Over Texas
Reception and Ice Cream Social immediately following

General USAF (Ret.) Duane H. Cassidy was more than a US Air Force pilot. He was a four-star general, a husband of 61 years, a leader of men and women, a father, a friend and an adventurer. Although a short battle with cancer would claim his life on February 8, 2016, he was an extraordinary 82-year-old, but then he was extraordinary at every age. Cassidy lived life fully and positivity was his trademark. Cassidy led by example. He was a decorated veteran and wore every set of wings possible. His life was one of manufactured good fortune and determination. He made the most of every opportunity, one of which led him to the USAF by chance with a group of friends soon after high school. From there he would fly all over the world, landing planes on all seven continents. Born in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania in 1933, Cassidy was the son of a first grade teacher and a banker. His mother used to say that she could never punish him because he entertained himself in the corner by pretending to fly planes, or drive cars or trains. He met his wife, Rosalie in high school, and they married in 1954. The couple's adventure together continued through 61 years of marriage and more than 32 moves. General Cassidy served his country for more than 35 years in the United States Air Force. Upon completion of aviation cadet training in 1954, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and continued on to navigator training. His initial operational assignments in the Air Force were flying B-25s, SA-16s, and C-121s with the Air Weather Service, Air Rescue Service and Military Air Transport Service. Cassidy then entered pilot training in December 1958, after which he flew B-47 bombers for the Strategic Air Command and served with the 810th Strategic Aerospace Division, whose mission included B-52 bomber and Minuteman missile operations. In 1968, he was assigned to the Republic of Vietnam, serving first with 7th Air Force before being transferred to the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Directorate of Public Affairs as an air briefer to the Saigon press corps. His family would return home to Coraopolis, PA during this time. In 1969, Cassidy began serving in various roles in Military Airlift Command (MAC), including executive officer to the deputy chief of staff for operations at MAC headquarters and later as executive aide and pilot for the MAC Commander. In 1972 he assumed command of the 8th Military Airlift Squadron at McChord Air Force Base, Washington. He entered Air War College in August 1974 and then returned to MAC headquarters as the assistant chief of staff. In 1976, Cassidy was assigned first as vice commander, then commander, of the 63rd Military Airlift Wing at Norton Air Force Base, California. He then returned to MAC headquarters, where he served as deputy chief of staff for operations. Cassidy commanded the 21st Air Force at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey from 1983-84, and then transferred to U.S. Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, where he served as deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel. At the culmination of a distinguished military career, General Cassidy served as the Commander in Chief of the Air Force's Military Airlift Command from 1985-89 and stood up and served as the first Commander in Chief of the United States Transportation Command from 1987-89. During his tenure, Gen. Cassidy was integral in the design and building of the aircraft that now serves as the backbone of the Air Mobility Command, the C-17. He was known as a statesman, a great communicator and a gentleman. A command pilot and senior navigator with more than 8,000 flying hours in air mobility and bomber aircraft, his military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Air Medal. He also wore the Parachutist Badge. Following his retirement from the USAF, Gen. Cassidy joined CSX Corporation in 1989 as vice president in the executive department in Richmond. From there Cassidy moved to CSX Transportation (CSXT), the company's rail unit, where he lead the sales and marketing organization from 1992. In 1996, Cassidy was assigned as CSX senior vice president and chairman of the CSX Commercial Board where he was responsible for the evaluation and development and implementation of integrated service initiatives for CSX's various transportation business units. Cassidy served as advisor, consultant and on the boards of numerous transportation and aircraft organizations following his retirement from the USAF. President George H.W. Bush appointed General Cassidy to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission and he co-chaired a similar commission for the Governor of the State of Florida. He was on the Board of Advisors of Hybrid Enterprises, until his death, working on a new hybrid airship being developed in conjunction with Lockheed Martin for the purposes of transporting cargo anywhere in the world. Cassidy's commitment to the USAF and CSX, and other business and transportation venues is surpassed only by his commitment to family. When General Cassidy was inducted into the Airlifters Hall of Fame in 2006, he said when asked the secret of his success, "Find a girl like Rosalie Cassidy and keep her by your side the rest of your life." General Cassidy is survived by his wife, Rosalie; daughters, Diane and Susan; sons, Michael and Patrick; and their families, including eight grandchildren, their spouses; and one great-granddaughter. He also leaves behind his sister, Dolores Sasway; in-laws, Ed and Beth Mosley, Loretta Hoffman, Virginia Greenberger; and many much-loved nieces and nephews. Countless friends and those he led through his decades of service mourn him as well. Funeral services will be held on a future date in Arlington National Cemetery, with details released when available. For more on the life and legacy of General Cassidy, please visit the A/TA (Airlift Tanker Association) Hall of Fame section of the Association's website at If you are interested in attending the funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, subscribe to the A/TA website that will announce the details of the service as they are finalized. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to either A/TA Scholarship Program or the Special Operations Warrior Foundation,

Marie-Françoise Pineau (neé Duval), 74, of 2974 Scenic Ridge Loop, Las Cruces, N.M., died at 8:35 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 in Tallahassee, Fla. after a tough battle with cancer. She was born in Eu, Seine-Maritime (Normandy) France, on Jan. 9, 1936, the firstborn of Pierre Duval and Antoinette Duval Farinole. Her early childhood was in Nazi-Occupied France. Her mother and father had her brother Philippe once Pierre returned from a POW camp in 1945. Marie-Françoise attended administrative college in Paris in 1961 prior to being courted by Kenneth Francis Pineau while he was with the USAF stationed outside of Paris, France in the early 1960s. Marie-Françoise moved to Manhattan, N.Y. where she lived for a year before they married on Aug. 29, 1964 in Boston, Mass. On Oct. 15, 1965, Marie-Françoise and Kenneth had their only child, Daniel F. Pineau. As a career (30-year) USAF meteorologist, the family of three lived abroad from 1969 - 1982 (Spain, Germany) when they returned to the U.S., finally to claim Naples Fla. as their home. Marie-Françoise and Kenneth subsequently moved to Las Cruces in 2002. Marie-Françoise was always a devoted Catholic and is today survived by her husband (Kenneth), her son (Daniel) her daughter-in-law (Meredith), her mother (Antoinette Duval Farinole (99)) and her five grandchildren (David (13), Sophie (11), Mirabella (10), Ava-Kay (8), and Jack-Douglas (5). Marie-Françoise cherished her many friendships in Las Cruces and those she left behind are grateful and humbled by those who cared for her – as she cared for them.

Modernist painter Andrew Bucci, whose work spanned nearly eight decades and appeared on a U.S. postage stamp, died November 16, 2014 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland MS after a brief illness. He was born on January 12, 1922 in Vicksburg, MS. Bucci's painting of a magnolia flower appeared on the 5-cent U.S. postage stamp issued in 1967 for the 150th anniversary of Mississippi statehood. Bucci's paintings have been featured in galleries all over the country such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, both in Washington, DC and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His work continues to be shown in galleries in Jackson and New Orleans. His best-known works are oil paintings. His painting, "Figure in Green," was the signature image on the commemorative poster for the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition. In recent years, Bucci was honored with Mississippi's prestigious arts awards. In 2009, he received the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Mississippi Arts Commission for lifetime achievement. In 2012, he received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award. He took his first art class at All Saints' Episcopal School in Vicksburg under the direction of impressionist Mary Clare Sherwood. In the 1930s, he began studying with Marie Hull in Jackson and continued to do so after he went to Louisiana State University to study architecture and engineering. When WW II began, Bucci enlisted in the United States Army and received training in meteorology at New York University. He served as a weather officer on air bases in England and Scotland during the war. When the war ended, he was stationed for several months at Orly Air Base near Paris and took life-drawing classes at the Académie Julian in 1945-46. Upon returning from the war, Bucci enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a bachelor's degree in fine art in 1952 and a master's degree in 1954. During the Korean War, Bucci was called back into military service as a weather officer at Lockbourne AFB in Ohio. He served from March 1952 to August 1953, then returned to Chicago to complete his graduate degree. He looked for work as an art instructor, but said nobody would hire him. He went to work as a meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau and served at the National Meteorological Center in Maryland from 1956 until his retirement in 1979. He moved back to Vicksburg in early 2014. Survivors include two sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. He was an Air Weather Association member since 1992.

Richard "Dick" Kolkka, SMSgt USAF (Ret.) 84, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Chicago, Ill. Dick succumbed to a heart attack and prostate cancer. Service: Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 1200 S. Davis Drive, Arlington, TX. Rosary will precede the Mass. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens. Dick was born Dec. 30, 1929, to Cordelia and Henry Kolkka in Mineola, N.Y. Following high school Dick enlisted in the Air Force and trained as a meteorologist. While stationed in Maine, Dick met the late Mabel Connell on a blind date. They were married Sept. 8, 1952, in Mabel's hometown of Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada. Following his Air Force service the young family moved to New York where Dick joined the American Airlines meteorology team. While living in New York, Dick received his B.S. degree in physics from Hofstra University. They moved to Arlington in 1981, transferring from Chicago, Ill. Dick was an active member of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church for over 30 years. As a member of the Serra Club he particularly enjoyed serving lunches and connecting with the college students at UTA's Newman Center. He moved to Chicago in May 2014 to be closer to family. Dick enjoyed going to the Maverick Club, participating in the senior aerobics and tai chi. During his retirement years his creative side was expressed in his watercolor paintings. Dick was a tall, kind, gentle man who preferred to serve his fellow men without fanfare or accolades. He will be missed by many. Survivors: Son, Robert Kolkka; daughter, Maureen Kolkka; brothers, Bob and Don; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rev. Richard Robert Ail, MSgt USAF (Ret.) 94, passed away on Sunday, December 28, 2014, at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown PA. He was the husband of Anne Oswald Ail, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage in March 2014. Born in Lebanon, on September 9, 1920, he was the son of the late Albert and Irene Glant Ail. Richard was a 1938 graduate of Lebanon High School. Following high school, he went on to graduate from the U.S. Air Force Forecasting School and later the Evangelical Congregational Seminary in Myerstown. He served proudly as a Master Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force for 23 years during WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. While in the U.S. Air Force, he served as a Weather Forecaster. Richard was also a retired Minister from the Evangelical Congregational Denomination. He pastored churches in Rock, Pine Grove, Steelstown, and Lawn. He was a member of St. John's E.C. Church in Steelstown. For over ten years, Richard was a host for the Fresh Air Program. He was an exceptional bowler (having bowled with church and military leagues), and acquired an extensive collection of trophies for the league's high average, as well as being a member of first place teams. Some of his interests included photography, afternoon drives to visit friends or family, and practical jokes and puns. He loved reading and had an extensive personal library. Richard was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team for the past 80 years. Consistent with his passion for travel and to honor his 23 years of service, Richard visited the U.S.A.F. Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, for a special 85th birthday celebration with his children. Richard had a strong commitment to, and love for his country. He was known for his letters written to the editors of various newspapers on a wide variety of topics. He loved chocolate - especially chocolate donuts and Hershey candy - and was practically unbeatable at pinochle and rummy! The family would like to send a special thank you to the caregivers at Masonic Village for not only excellent care, but also for the tender and loving care that was given to Richard by the staff of the Lafayette West Neighborhood and the Masonic Village Hospice team. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his daughter, Suzanne Ail; sons, Timothy and wife, Sharon Blauch Ail, Daniel and wife, Beth DeLiberty Ail, and Robert and wife, Ellen Eifert Ail; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a stepbrother, Leonard Snyder. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Marguerite and Betty Jane. Interment was in St. John's E.C. Church Cemetery, Annville, with full military honors. Contributions can be made in Richard's memory to his church; Lebanon Rescue Mission, 1223 Bittner Blvd., Lebanon, PA 17046; or Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services, P.O. Box 707, Lebanon, PA 17042.

Harold William Dubach, Major USAF (Ret.) 92, of Wilmington NC, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening August 21, 2013. Harold was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on Thanksgiving Day November 25, 1920 to Henry and Susan Cornelius Dubach. He was an undergraduate of St Joseph Junior College , Baker University (Kansas), with further studies at Univ of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, New York Univ, American Univ, and MIT. Harold's degrees were in Chemistry, Meteorology and Oceanography. He was commissioned to the US Army Signal Corps in 1942 and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to oversee a weather forecasting operation there in support of the US Pacific Fleet in World WarII. During a trip to Dayton, Ohio in 1944 , he met his future wife, Roberta Pauline Rose and corresponded with her while separated from the War . They were married on Sept 26, 1946 and have been married for 66 years. After leaving active military duty in 1946 , Harold worked as a meteorologist and oceanographer in multiple government agencies, including the Thunderstorm Project (1946), US Navy Hydrographic Office and helped establish the National Oceanographic Data Center (later NOAA) in 1960. In that capacity, Harold was privileged to travel all over the world to foster relationships for ocean data collection. He and his family relocated from Washington DC to Wilmington NC in 1971, and Harold was with the Coastal Plains Commission and later was Acting Director of the NC Marine Resources Center (now the NC Aquarium) at Fort Fisher. In 1980, Harold helped to establish the SURF Project at UNCW, which later became part of the Marine Science Dept there. Harold also co-authored two books on oceanography: 101 Questions About the Ocean (1968) and 1001 Questions About the Ocean (1972), along with multiple published technical papers. Among his professional awards include recognition in American Men of Science. Harold retired in 1986 but continued to be actively involved in community service. Most importantly, Harold loved his wife, family and being involved in sports, church and community activities. He volunteered with Pop Warner Football and the Wilmington YMCA basketball league. He enjoyed music, sang in the choirs for over 50 years and loved playing his violin. Harold also served on the advisory board of the State Employees Credit Union. He constantly expressed how fortunate he was that God had blessed him with such a full life in work, family and community activities. Harold is survived by his loving wife Pauline; daughters, Linda Sevilla (Tampa, FL), Deborah Dubach (Boulder, CO) and Nancy Gower (Richmond, VA) and son, David Dubach (Raleigh, NC). He has five grandchildren, Kira Headrick, Casey and Austin Gower, and Matthew and Anna Wesley Dubach. Funeral Services were conducted at Wrightsboro UMC on Saturday Aug 24th at 11am with Pastor Jerry Jackson and Associate Pastor Lynn Wall officiating. Graveside services following at Oleander Memorial Gardens with Military Honors conducted by the American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard.

Leslie A. Spousta, in Taunton, MA, May 8, 2015, age 86, passed away in Morton Hospital, following a lengthy period of failing health. Leslie was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary (Quegan) Spousta of 62 years. He was born in Raynham, the son of the late Rudolph and Mary (Smith) Spousta. Leslie was educated in Raynham schools and served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a meteorologist during both the Korean and Vietnam War. Following his career in the military, Leslie was employed at Rand McNally Company. Leslie cherished his enduring love for his family and was affectionately referred to as Papa by all. He enjoyed working around the house and the saying was he could fix anything. Leslie volunteered at the Providence Veterans Hospital with his wife Mary. He was a recipient of the Marian Medal and a Eucharistic minister in the Catholic Church. He loved helping the youth and was a Boy Scouts of America leader from 1960 -1995. Leslie enjoyed traveling, he and his wife Mary traveled across the country several times following his retirement. Leslie was also the Veterans Graves Registrar for the City of Taunton, he worked tirelessly with many volunteers to make sure every veteran had a flag on their grave. He also wanted to make sure that this would continue in the future and worked to get a list of all veterans computerized. Leslie was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association, and served as chaplain for six years. He also was a member of the Military Order of Cooties, the Non Commissioned Officers Association where he was the past Grand Commander of MA, David F. Adams, Post #611 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the past commander of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #57. Above all Leslie should be remembered for his love for his family, his church and country. Leslie leaves his loving children Leslie Spousta and his wife Susan of Hobbs, New Mexico, Bruce Spousta and his wife Ann of Taunton, Joan Purnomo and her husband Djoko of Salem, MA, Joyce Terry and her husband John of Taunton, Janet Jones and her husband Clifford of Trevor, Wisconsin and Jean Pillsbury and her husband Scott of Skowhegan, ME. Leslie also leaves his 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Burial was at the Bourne National Cemetery. Donations in Leslies memory may be made to the Taunton Area Vietnam Veterans Association, P.O. Box #436, Raynham Center, MA 02768.

Harold L. "Hal" Todd, 90, of Rockford, died at 4:10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Swedish American Hospital. Born Nov. 16, 1922, in Canton, Ill., the son of Lloyd P. and Edith G. (Hoover) Todd. Hal grew up in Rockford, graduating from Rockford High School. After high school he played the piano in a ten-piece orchestra that he created. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force for three years during World War II, followed by two years in the Navy Reserves. Hal was an active member of the Air Weather Association and held many leadership positions including in the 15th and 20th Weather Squadron Association including President. He attended Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Hal worked as a reporter for the DeKalb Daily Chronicle and later the Rockford Register Star. He married his lifelong companion, Jeanne Rennels, of Charleston, Ill, in 1948. They were married in Rockton at the Old Stone Church and honeymooned in Niagara Falls. They resided in Rockford and Florida. Hal was an international insurance broker and president of Todd and Co., Inc. founded in 1959. He was a director at Illinois Blue Cross, on the advisory board of St. Anthony Medical Center, and a director of City National Bank. He belonged to the Association of Insurance Agents; Manilla Lodge #1, Philippine Islands; Masonic Lodge #166; honorary member of Ali-Shan Oasis Shrine Club, Republic of China; Post Potentate of the Tebala Temple, Rockford; and Commissioner of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department. He enjoyed being the Grand Marshall at Fourth of July parades, and the Kentucky Colonel commissioned by the Governor of Kentucky. Hal and Jeanne were past members of Forest Hills Country Club, Rockford Country Club, The University Club, Coral Ridge Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the Surf & Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale. They traveled extensively and included their family in many trips. Hal did not like to sit around too often. He was always on the go. He wrote a book in 1999, Violation of Trust, and was working on a second book until his poor eyesight made it too difficult to pursue. Hal met a group of guys for coffee every morning for years at Johnny Pamcakes. He had many wonderful friends that were there when he needed them. That was a real joy in his life until he could no longer drive. Hal and Jeanne just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Oct. 16, with a party at Peterson Meadows. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; children, twins, Judy Moyer and Jan (Ron) Pozzi, and Nanci (Vic) Mandala; grandchildren, Margaux Moyer, Todd Pozzi and Gina (Josh) Mandala Hester; and great-grandchildren, Addison and Mason Hester. Predeceased by his son-in-law, Dr. Mark A. Moyer. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Peterson Meadows and Swedish American Hospital for their care and tenderness in this stressful time.

Ralph M. Sarla, Lt Col USAF (Ret.) formerly of Upper Providence Twp. Ralph M. Sarla, 90, husband of the late Marjorie M. (Hackitt) Sarla, Orlando, FL, died July 27, 2015, at Cornerstone Hospice, Winter Park, FL. He was a former resident of Woodlyn Dr., Upper Providence Twp. Mr. Sarla was born on July 29 1924 in Hackensack, NJ. He was the son of the late Dr. Michael and Leola (Estes) Sarla. During World War Two, Mr. Sarla served as a 1st Lieutenant and weather officer with the 8th Weather Squadron, US Army Air Corps. He continued his service until he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, USAF Reserve, in 1968. Mr. Sarla earned a bachelor of science degree (Magna cum Laude) in chemical engineering from Syracuse University. He worked for Union Carbide Corp. in New York and then the Cabot Corp., Colebrookdale Twp., where he retired as a technical projects manager, in 1984, after 19 years of service. He was the inventor/co-inventor of numerous patented chemical/reactive metals processes throughout his career. Mr. Sarla was a 50 year member of the American Chemical Soc., a charter member of the Air Force Memorial Foundation, a life member of the Veterans Of Foreign Wars, and a life member of the Reserve Officers Assn. Of the US. Mr. Sarla is survived by his son, James M. Sarla, Douglass Twp. (Berks); his daughter, Lynn Sarla-Kubovetz, wife of William Kubovetz, with whom he resided; and his niece, Carol Schindhelm, Allegany, NY. He was preceded in death by his sister, Grace Schindhelm. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, Suite 700, 1120 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20005,; Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778,; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Herbert Appleman, 95, of Urbana, IL passed away at 1:45 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 21, 2013) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Mr. Appleman was born April 24, 1917, in St. Louis, Mo., to parents Milo and Emma (Faust) Appleman. He married Jane Barber April 23, 1949 in Flossmoor. She preceded him in death on April 1, 1972. Survivors include sons, John Appleman (Diane) of Rochester, N.Y., James Appleman of Grayslake, David Appleman (Sandie) of Decatur, Donald Appleman (Melody) of Bement; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Herbert was preceded in death by his parents, six siblings and one half-sibling.
Mr. Appleman was raised in Belleville until he and his family moved to Urbana, where he graduated from high school. He received his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1940.
In 1941, Herbert took a position at Chanute Army Air Force Base, teaching aircraft engineering systems. With a strong desire to serve his country during the Second World War, he enlisted in the United States Air Force Meteorology Cadet Program. This began his meteorology career that took him to various locations, including New Mexico, Saipan, Oahu and Germany. After their return from Germany in 1958, Herbert and his family set their roots in Lebanon, IL. Mr. Appleman retired to Urbana in 1973. Mr. Appleman loved his family dearly, and especially cared for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made in Herbert's honor to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Elbert O. "Bert" Peay, Sr., SMSgt USAF (Ret.) 79, of Mansfield, OH, died August 4, 2009, at his home. He was born January 12, 1930, to Aubrey and Katie (Hunt) Peay in Huntsville, Kentucky. He was raised on a farm and graduated from Rochester High School in 1948. After graduation, Bert moved to Evansville, Indiana. He joined the Air Force in 1948. His service took him to Frankfurt, Germany, where he met his lifelong love, Auguste L. Gebhardt. They were married in Germany and together shared 57 years of marriage. Bert was a Chief Meteorologist in the Air Force and served in France, Italy, Okinawa, Korea, Vietnam, and ended his career in Washington, D.C. as advisor to Air Force One. He retired from the Air Force in 1969 and served as an advisor to the 179th Airlift Group at Mansfield Lahm Airport. Bert was active in real estate sales from 1962 until his retirement in 1995. He obtained his real estate broker's license in 1970, opening Appleseed Realty in 1971. He became a certified real estate appraiser, opening Appraisal Services of North Central Ohio in 1984. Bert was a lifelong member of the Mansfield Board of Realtors and served as their President in 1990, as well as a member of the Board of Directors and other various committees. He was a member and Chief Executive Officer from 1980-1986 of Home Builders Association of Mansfield and Past President of what is now known as the Building Industry Association. Bert was honored as Builder of the Year in 1979 and recognized by the Ohio Home Builders Association for Outstanding Membership Recruitment Efforts in 1985, being tireless in his efforts to grow the Builders Association. He was a member of the Mansfield Kiwanis Club, a lifetime member of Amvets Post #26, the Liederkranz, Ontario V.F.W., Richland County Fish and Game Club and the Shadow Flight Group. Bert is survived by his loving wife, Auguste; son, Elbert (Nancy) Peay, Jr. of Pickerington; daughters, Shirley Joseph of Reynoldsburg and Sandra (Victor) Rini of Ontario. He was known as Handsome Bert to his loving grandchildren, Alysia (Brian) Sweeney of Ontario, Shannon (Andy) Springer of Lithopolis, Lynsey White (Mike) Dasher of Westerville, Morgan Peay of Ontario, Michelle White of New York City, NY and Philip Joseph of Columbus. Others left to treasure his memory include four great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Chase Springer and Jared and Taylor Sweeney; brothers, Albert (Wanda) Peay of Evansville, IN, Aubrey (Vicki) Peay of KY, Clarence Roscoe (Judy) Peay of Phoenix, AZ and Tyler (Doris) Peay of Morgantown, KY; sisters, Katie (Vinyard) Ferrell of Dunbar, KY, Annie Pearl (Shelby) Wester of Quality, KY; twenty-one nieces and nephews; and close family friend, Sarah Howard. He is also survived by grandchildren by marriage, Joseph (Connie) Rini, David (Colleen) Rini, Vicki Maloney and Matthew (Amy) Rini; and great-grandchildren, Lindsay, Allison, Joey, Margaret, Rose, Grace and Nathan Rini, Ryan, Sean and Megan Maloney, and Kayleigh and Sydney Conley. He was preceded in death by his son, Albert Peay and great-grandson, Erik Saunders. Burial with military honors was in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, OH 44805.

Gerhardt Henry Platz, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), 98, of Greeley, CO, died September 4, 2014 at Porter Hospice. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Susan Louis Platz. He is survived by three daughters, Alison L. Rodriguez, Las Vegas, NV, Hilary S. Webster (USAF Retired) and husband Michael (USAF Retired) Las Vegas, NV, and Meredith J. Brown and her husband Ron, Parker, CO; grandson Damian Pitchetrungsi and his wife Gabriela, two great grandchildren, Deeana Rose and DJ, and grandson Joshua A. Rodriguez, all of Los Angeles, CA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the UNC Libraries or to the United Way of Weld County in care of Allnutt Macy Chapel, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO , 80631.

Wendell "Windy" Phillips, Lt Col
USAF (Ret.) joined his wife Bernice, this day, May 31, 2014, at the age of 91. They were married for 32 years. He served 21 years in the United States Air Force. Upon entering the Air Force in 1943, he attended pilot training, graduating in February 1945. He became a pilot instructor and was qualified as both a transport pilot and tactical fighter pilot. His first assignment was in Africa and the Middle East. After returning stateside, he attended US Air Force Weather School and became a meteorologist and weather officer. He completed his decorated service of 21 years at Scott Air Force Base, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1965. After retiring from the Air Force, he moved his family to Washington DC and completed a second career with Unisys Corporation. Survivors include his six children from his first marriage of 38 years to Janet Booher Phillips; Nicole O'Neil and her husband Richard, Wendell G. Phillips, David Phillips, Natalie Hocknell and husband William, Kevin Phillips and his wife Marlett, and Scott Phillips; grandchildren, Shannon Lantzy and Colin O'Neil, Kim Phillips, Helen and Robert Hocknell and Jana and Hannah Phillips; great grandchildren, Odin and Calliope Lantzy. Wendell and his late wife Bernice were active members of the First Baptist Church of Niceville for 32 years. A heart felt thanks to his caring church community. We are grateful to Jim and Debora Milne for their very special friendship. He will be forever in our hearts and eternally missed. Interment with military honors was at Barrancas National Cemetery, Naval Air Station, 1 Cemetery Road, Pensacola, FL.

Howard Phillip Roudebush, 84, of the Clinton Presbyterian Home, and formerly of Foothills Presbyterian Home, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, Easley, SC. Born in Princeton, Ill., Mr. Roudebush was a son of the late Delino and Clarissa Diane White Roudebush. He received his Masters Degree from Oklahoma A&M in 1953. He retired as a Master Sgt. with the U.S. Air Force after 23 years of service, having served in World War II and the Korean Conflict. Mr. Roudebush then worked for the National Weather Service for 30 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the VFW, DAV and the American Meteorological Society, and was a member of Easley Presbyterian Church, where he was a former choir member. Surviving are a son, Tony Roudebush and his wife, Brenda, of Joliet, Ill.; a stepson, James Everett Mumby and his wife, Sue, of Ridgefield, Conn.; a stepdaughter, Jean Suzanne Reiter and her husband, Karl, of Oakdale, Minn.; a brother, Harold E. Roudebush and his wife, Constance, of Indianapolis, Ind.; two grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Betty Williams Roudebush; and his second wife of 30 years, Helen Elizabeth (Mumby) Roudebush. Entombment was in Arlington National Cemetery, VA
The great escape.

Kevin CleggMajor Kevin E. Clegg, USAF, 43, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away on March 6, 2016, at his home in Arizona. Kevin came into this world on June 12, 1972. He was born and raised in Ravenswood, W.Va. and he spent his early years growing up in the Faith Bible Church in Ravenswood. At the age of 24, Kevin enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a medic. In 1996, he jumped at the opportunity to attend school at the University of Arizona to become an officer and a meteorologist. He would later earn his MBA from the same university. Despite his deep love for his profession and serving his country, most recently as an intelligence officer, Kevin's primary focus was enjoying his time on earth with family and friends. He looked at each day as an opportunity to improve, to explore, loving a life jam-packed with adventure. He seldom stopped to catch his breath prior to launching full force into his next endeavor. Some of his passions included mountain biking, cycling, racing motorcycles, kite boarding and surfing in Hawaii, where he was stationed for several years, kayaking, trail running, traveling, skiing, hiking, camping, climbing, yoga, photography, playing guitar and dabbling in real estate. He touched thousands of lives through his pursuits, simply by being himself and sharing that overabundance of energy with others at every opportunity. Kevin's travels and influence stretched around the globe, but he also valued important and special relationships with family and friends. He was incredibly proud of his brother, Dustin Clegg and deeply loved his mother, Trudy, and his father, David, more than words can describe. He will be missed but never forgotten. He is survived by his parents, Dave and Trudy Adams Clegg; brother, Dustin Clegg; nephew, Darin Clegg; special aunts, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. The funeral service will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, W.Va., with Pastor Steve Raines officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Monday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to VFW Post 5501, Hunting for Heroes, 329A Parkersburg Road, Ripley, WV 25271. Condolences may be expressed to the family at, or on our website at

Roy LaddColonel Roy E. Everett Ladd, USAF (Retired) of Fort Myers Beach, Florida and San Antonio, Texas was embraced by his loving Heavenly Father on June 25, 2009.
Roy enlisted in the Army Air Corps May 1941 and had an illustrative career in the military in which he served for 33 years. Among his many awards and decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendations Medal and the Legion of Merit. While stationed in Tezpur Air Field, India, he flew 78 missions over the "hump" into China. Later in his career he was a "Typhoon Chaser" in Guam and participated in "Project Sandstone", the nuclear testing program in the Marshall Islands. Colonel Ladd flew 22 atomic testing missions. Upon his retirement from active duty he moved to Florida where he began his second career as a real estate broker. Throughout his life, Roy loved to play music in front of small and large audiences. He played the saxophone and the clarinet in the Edison College orchestra. He loved the music from his childhood church days and music from the 1940s. He particularly liked "It Had to Be You" because it reminded him of his beloved Patricia to whom he was married for 43 years. Roy is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia A. Ladd; his sister, Elaine Ladd Ingram,; his step-son, Mike Daus; nieces; Laddene Korhonen, Lelaine Urban, Leilani Ingram, Leann Ladd and Carlyn Ladd.
Service will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Assembly Ministries located at 4701 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, FL. A full military burial will be scheduled at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Missions through the First Assembly Ministries.

Amnie Vance was born on January 26, 1930 and passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2012. Amnie was a resident of Robinson, Texas at the time of her passing.  She was married to Bobby.  Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2012 at Pecan Grove Funeral Home Chapel, 3124 Robinson Drive with Dr. Jack Kyle Daniels officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 25,2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Methodist Childrens Home 1111 Herring Avenue Waco, Texas 76708.

Barbara Lee Brown Perry Gargiulo, 83, of Asheville, North Carolina, passed away on January 26, 2016 in the loving care of Mayflower Senior Care. Throughout her life, Barbara knew no strangers. She loved unconditionally, and lived to teach, encourage, and help anyone she met. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Barbara studied journalism at the University of Missouri. She also attended Hillyer College/University of Hartford and Drew University. She spent many years living in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Most of her years since 1979 were spent residing in North Carolina. Barbara was a long-time instructor for Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College where she was awarded "Outstanding Continuing Education Faculty Member of the Year" in 2007. She was still teaching classes a few months before her death. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Col. Alphonse Gargiulo Jr. She is survived by her sons Timothy Perry and wife Sharon, Chuck Perry, Chris Perry, Jim Gargiulo and wife Jill, and Mike Gargiulo; daughter Janet Petty and husband Tim; six grandchildren: Christilia Perry, James Levingston, Julie Brooks, Jessica Petty, Tony Gargiulo, Renee Gargiulo Pike, as well as great grandson Logan Gargiulo. She is also survived by her sister, Florence Snodgrass.
Memorial donations may be made to the Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, North Carolina, 28806, where Barbara was a volunteer.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Feb. 21, 2016.

Edward S. Gill , June 29, 1921-Feb 3, 2016. Beloved father, compassionate teacher, lover of Nature, friend to man and beast... Edward S. Gill will be greatly missed by many. As valedictorian at his local high school in Keokuk, Iowa, he won a scholarship to Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, where he majored in Chemistry. In 1942, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps for training in Meteorology, and served in various administrative posts during World War II with the 15th and 20th Weather Squadrons. While stationed at the Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia airfield, he met and married Ruth Ash in 1945. He island-hopped from Horn Island to Jacky Jacky to Biak Island to Manila and finally to the Administrative Headquarters in Tokyo. After an Honorable Discharge in 1946, Ed continued in the Air Force Reserves as a Major and instructor. His career in Clinical Chemistry began in Clifton Springs, N.Y. managing the lab at the local hospital and clinic. In the 14 years he lived in this small village with his family, he was a vital part of the community. Although he served his church in leadership roles in each town where he lived, his greatest volunteer service was to St. Johns Episcopal Church in Clifton, where he acted as Treasurer, Junior and Senior Warden, Sunday School Superintendent, chorister, and where he cranked out the weekly newsletter on the old mimeograph. He was instrumental in building from scratch the first Parish Hall there. Ed also served on the YMCA Board, was copresident with his wife of the PTA, was elected President of the Rotary Club, stayed active as counselor with the Boy Scouts, and enjoyed baseball and hot dogs with the home team. In 1962 Ed moved to East Aurora, NY to head the Chemistry Dept. at the then 1,000 bed VA Hospital in Buffalo. There he introduced a Med Tech Program for students at the University of Buffalo, who often continued on to work with him in the VA Lab. He received the coveted Somogyi-Sendroy Award for "outstanding contributions" to the clinical chemistry profession. In 1986 he retired to Hartwell, Georgia, where the State of Georgia awarded him a certificate of recognition for his work on the environment. He was very active in maintaining Hart Park and the shoreline of Hartwell Lake and owing to his passion for Nature, for years picked up litter along a 2-mile stretch of highway in that area. He was an active member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Hartwell. Above all, Edward "Poppo" Gill was a family man. As a boy he was the one to decorate the family Christmas tree. He was our family doctor, too; "Doctor Daddy" always knew what to do in an emergency; he was fix-it man, the pancake cook, the veggie gardener extraordinaire, and the patient father who returned home each eve, no matter how weary, to bring a sense of calm to a raucous household. Pop always walked his talk, and will be forever admired for the legacy he recorded in his 50th Cornell Class Reunion program, which read: "I hope I will be remembered as a good husband and father, whose choices and conduct in life have been based on truth, fairness, and service to others, with high ethical standards, good will and relationships; as friend of the earth, its people and the environment." Dear Pop, you've exceeded the mark in our eyes! Ed is survived by his son David (Barbara J.) of Clifton Springs, his daughter Kit(Jack) of Boulder, Colorado, his daughter Barbara(Mark) Parsons of Bradenton, Florida, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grands. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave W in Bradenton on Feb.21, 2016 at 1 P.M. Contributions may be made to Christ Church, or a charity of choice . - See more at:

Wanda Jean Schroeder, 82, of Raymond, IL died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in the Montgomery Nursing & Rehab Center in Taylor Springs. She was born in Webster County, KY, on a farm near Clay, KY, on Nov. 2, 1931, to Harve and Gladys Hatley. She married Marvin J. Schroeder on Dec. 28, 1957, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 2011. Her parents also preceded. She is survived by one son, Michael Schroeder of Norman, OK, and two grandchildren, Martin J. Schroeder of Wichita, KS, and Kaylynn E. Schroeder of Oklahoma City, OK. After earning her bachelor's degree at Murray State (in Kentucky), she earned a master's degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. She taught in the Panhandle Unit School District #2 for 37 years. She attended a Community of Faith Church in Raymond IL.

Marvin J. Schroeder, 92, of Raymond, IL passed away Friday, August 19, 2011 at Hillsboro Rehab and Health Care Center. He was born in rural Bluffs, Illinois on February 6, 1919. He spent his early years in Bluffs and graduated from Bluffs High School. He was a graduate of Western Illinois University. In July, 1941 he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force, serving the 17th Weather Squadron, S.W. Pacific. He was discharged with the rank of Master Sgt. in October 1945. Marvin was a high school mathematics teacher at Raymond for 36 ½ years. Surviving are his wife, Wanda (died 2014); one son, Michael, wife Jan, Schroeder of Wichita, KS; 2 grandchildren, Martin and Kaylynn Schroeder, both of Wichita; and 3 nieces. Funeral services were at Hough Funeral Home in Raymond with Rev. Jim Wagahoff officiating. Burial was in Asbury Cemetery in Raymond, IL

Carle H. Clarke, MSgt USAF (Ret.), 76, passed away on Jan. 26, 2015, in El Paso, Texas. He was born on Feb. 13, 1938, in Augusta, Maine, to Warren and Marian (Worcester) Clarke. Carle Clarke retired as a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force in 1978. He was a lifetime member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 1897 and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7686, the American Legion, the Loyal Order of the Moose 2016 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Airie 4101. Survivors include his wife, Margret Clarke of the family home; two daughters, Jennifer Hyde along with her partner Wayne Boesch of Alamogordo; Rhonda Moreno and her husband Hector Moreno of Alamogordo; two sons Stephen Hyde and his wife Katherine of Tennessee, and Robert Hyde and his wife Tammy of Hobbs, along with 11 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.
Burial was at Monte Vista Cemetery with military honors provided by the Holloman Air Force Base Steel Talons Honor Guard. Pallbearers include Hector Moreno, Wayne, Boesch, Christopher Moreno, Daniel Moreno, Jesse Hyde and Donny Darling. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to BPO Elks Lodge, #1897, located at 2290 Hamilton Road, Alamogordo. The Clarke family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. To sign the online register book, please visit

Opal Marian (Bueide) Pennypacker
, widow of CWO4 Wayne Pennypacker, was born June 19, 1921, and died October 23, 2015, at Sunrise of Hunter Mill, Oakton, Virginia, where she had lived for the past two years. Opal was born in Hawley, Minnesota, and lived in rural Minnesota and North Dakota communities until her parents moved to Moorhead, Minnesota. She graduated from Moorhead High School and Concordia College (also Moorhead). After college graduation she taught high school business education classes in Wadena, Minnesota, before moving to Washington, DC, to work as a secretary at the Pentagon. While she was employed at the Pentagon, she met Wayne Pennypacker, a USAF Warrant Officer serving as a weatherman for the Forecast Center for the USAF, who would become her husband. They were married December 31, 1946, in Fargo, North Dakota, and enjoyed 66 years of adventures and devotion to each other. Wayne's career took them to Japan, California and Nebraska. Upon Wayne's retirement in 1961 from the Air Force, they settled permanently in Vienna, Virginia. In this area, they enjoyed camping in their Scamp, sailing, traveling and being host, hostess and unofficial Washington, DC, and East Coast tour guides for the many friends and family who visited them. For a time during these years, Opal worked for TRW (now Grumman), a defense contractor, as an administrative assistant. Opal, also known as "Toots" to her family, loved music and playing their organ and Clavinova. Often, at gatherings, after being the generous and skilled dinner hostess, she would play and guests would sing all their old favorites. Her love of music and her loyalty to her college alma mater, led her to what she called her "greatest accomplishment in life." She worked tirelessly spearheading a letter-writing campaign, and personally writing to area alumni, to bring the Concordia College Concert Choir to Washington, DC. Her reward was seeing the Kennedy Center filled to overflowing for the event. Opal has been described as being an angel. Her compassion, understanding, consideration, kindness and humility bear this out. Probably the most angry comment she ever made was, "Oh, Wayne, Dear!" Her immediate family preceded Opal in death--her husband, Wayne; mother and father, Oscar and Marie Bueide; her brother, Jerome Bueide; and her sister and brother-in-law Mary Lou (Bueide) and Thomas Anderson. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Audrey Bueide of Fargo, North Dakota; three nieces and a nephew (and their children and grandchildren); several aunts and many cousins. She will be remembered with great fondness by her family and a multitude of friends, neighbors and acquaintances. A funeral service and interment at Arlington National Cemetery will take place at a later time. Arrangements are entrusted to Money and King Funeral Home, Vienna, Virginia.

James H Greenewald (Sgt) passed away in September 2008.

MSgt (Ret) Clarence (Chuck) Miller  passed away back in Dec 2013.

Percy FloydPercy M. Floyd, Jr., retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, died of natural causes on January 19, 2016 at Falcons Landing retirement community in Sterling, VA. He was 99 years old.

Col. Floyd was born in 1916 in Jefferson City, Missouri, and grew up in Booneville, Missouri. In 1940 he received a Bachelor´s degree in Education from Central Missouri State University, and was valedictorian of his class. He voluntarily entered the Army Air Corps in January 1942, graduated from Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. During World War II he served in an aircraft maintenance squadron of the 12th Air Force in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (North Africa, Sicily, Italy). After the war he continued his military career and received training in meteorology. In 1952 he received a Master?s Degree from The Johns Hopkins University in micrometeorology. Col. Floyd served as a weather officer in many assignments including Alaska, with special emphasis in aeronautical meteorology.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1968, Col. Floyd taught mathematics for 13 years at McLean High School in McLean, Virginia.

Col. Floyd´s first wife, Frances Harris Floyd, died in 1994. He is survived by his wife Jean Sykes Floyd, brother Harold D. Floyd of Great Falls MT, three children; Maxwell D. Floyd (Karen) of Friendswood, TX, Stephen M. Floyd (Mary Jo) of Fairfax Station, VA, Sharon F. Hix (Bill), of Alexandria, VA, two stepsons, three grandchildren, and five step-grandchildren. Col. Floyd was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston, VA and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Military Officers Association of America, and the Virginia Retired Teachers Association. His interests included; reading, travel, ballroom dancing, physical fitness training, and dining in ethnic restaurants.

Memorial Service to be held February 1, 2016 at Falcons Landing retirement community, Sterling, VA. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, date still to be determined.

Frank HartranftHartranft, Frank Lt Col. USAF (Ret.) Oct 20, 1935 - Jan 14, 2016 Of Bellevue, NE. Frank was a meteorologist with the United States Air Force from 1954 through 1981. He was employed and was an instructor at UNO from 1984 – 2012. Survived by wife Shirley; daughter Jean Holtmann (Steve); son Dave Hartranft (Nancy); grandchildren, Jonathan, Grace, Justin, Joy and Faith; sister Ann Heminger; brother Charles Hartranft. Masonic Service starting at 1pm Saturday, January 23, 2016 with MEMORIAL SERVICE following at First Presbyterian Church, 1220 Bellevue Blvd. South, Bellevue, NE. Millitary Honors by Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard. Memorials to First Presbyterian Church. BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler 2202 Hancock St, Bellevue 402-291-5000



Otto JenistaJenista, Charles "Otto" Jr. Col USAF (Ret.)
91, passed away December 13, 2015, in Scottsdale, AZ. He was born in Chicago, IL, March 22, 1924, to Charles O. Jenista, Sr. and Clara Nemec Jenista. Otto graduated from River Forest Oak Park High School in 1941. He began his studies at Iowa State the fall of 1941 but was called into the Army December 1942. After being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1944, Otto served in the Army Air Corps in the China-Burma-India zone. He returned to college after the war finishing his degree in General Engineering. Otto soon afterwards completed his Master's degree in Meteorology from California Institute of Technology. In 1950, Otto was recalled into the Air Force and made the decision to make it his career. He served in Alaska; at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE; in High Wycombe, England; three tours in Germany; in Viet Nam; at March AFB in Riverside, CA; in the Pentagon, and in IL at Scott AFB. He also attended two military schools: Armed Forces Staff College in VA and Air War College in AL. In 1959, he met his lovely wife, Kaye, in Wiesbaden, Germany where she was working as a civilian for the U.S. Air Force. They had a beautiful life together lasting more than 56 years. Otto retired from the Air Force in 1979 as a Colonel having over 32 years of service. After retirement, he worked for TRW in California for 6 years. He and Kaye then settled permanently in Scottsdale, AZ in 1988. He was active in his church, Saint Barnabas on the Desert, as an usher, as a lay reader, on the Vestry, and as a volunteer in the office. Otto also volunteered at Honor Health Scottsdale Osborn Hospital for over 20 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Kaye; his daughter, Suzy Koch; two grandchildren, Darren Koch and Kelly Coracides (and her husband, Dr. Alex Coracides), and two great grandchildren, Tyler and Troy Coracides. Celebration of life will be held at Saint Barnabas on the Desert, 6715 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85253 on January 9, 2016, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley or Saint Barnabas on the Desert. Inurnment with military honors will be held privately at Arlington National Cemetery.
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We are saddened to report the passing of an AWA member Robert Felton Pipes 97. He was born December 24, 1918, in Frankston, Texas and passed from this life January 1, 2016, in Terrell, Texas of natural causes. He and his family moved to Dallas in the early 1920's where he attended Obidiah Knight Elementary, Crozier Tech High School and St. Joseph's High School, graduating from the latter in 1938. He entered the military in 1939. He served in the 112th Cavalry, the 8th Air Force of the U.S.Army Air Corps, the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard. His military career spanned nearly three decades. Twenty one years active duty and the remainder in the Air National Guard. He achieved the rank of Master Sergeant and served in many career fields including Air Weather Reconnaissance. After leaving the military he worked as a jet engine mechanic at Dallas Airmotive and Solar Turbines inc. In his retirement he served on the board of the Fort Sill Historical Association, authored a book about his experiences in WWII entitled, "The Playboy Crew 1943-1944 - The Men of B-24 Liberator 41-29399" and spent several summers in Arizona assisting the Apache Indian Reservation forest fire fighting team at Point of Pines. He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty P. Pipes, parents, John W. and Elizabeth Pipes and siblings, Cecil G. Pipes, Bernice E. Webb, Frank S. Pipes, John M. Pipes and Ruby M. Boothman. He is survived by his sister, Ann Early, his children, Robert Frank Pipes, Brian Alan Pipes and Melissa Lusera Spencer, 3 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. Robert Felton will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, Robert requested that a donation be made to The Freedom Alliance or The Wounded Warrior Project.

Willis OwingsWillis Bryan Owings, 82, of Columbus, MS, passed away Saturday, December 19, 2015, at Vineyard Court Nursing Center in Columbus, MS.
Visitation will be Monday, December 21, 2015, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM at Woodland Baptist Church, Columbus, MS. A Memorial Service will follow at 2:30 PM at Woodland Baptist Church, Columbus, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing.
Mr. Owings was born May 21, 1933, in Monroe County, MS to the late Willis Millard and Elgenia Howell Owings. He married the former Joanne Kendall on April 6, 1954, in Amory, MS. Mr. Owings was a veteran of the United States Air Force having retired in 1980 as a Senior Master Sergeant after 26 years of service. During his career in the Air Force, Mr. Owings received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Vietnam Service Medal, AF Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. His duty assignments while in service included; Austin, Texas, Omaha, Nebraska, Las Vegas, Nevada, Greenville, MS, Thule, Greenland, Montgomery, Alabama, Ubon, Thailand, Pleiku, Vietnam, Washington D.C., Kadena, Okinawa and Columbus, MS. In December of 1979, Mr. Owings began his employment with WCBI in Columbus, MS and retired in 2004 after 24 years of service as the Meteorologist. He is a member of Woodland Baptist Church, Columbus, MS, where he served as deacon, Gideon, American Meteorological Society, National Weather Association and Air Weather Association.
Mr. Owings is survived by his wife of 61 years Joanne Kendall Owings of Columbus, MS; sons- Willis Bryan (Sylvia Giannitrapani) Owings, Jr. of Nashville, TN, Dan Bartley (Linda) Owings of Columbus, MS, Bruce Kendall Owings of Columbus, MS; grandchild- Emily Owings of Nashville, TN; sister- Charlotte Moore of Olive Branch, MS.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Woodland Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class and the Gideons.
Memorials may be sent to Uncle Bunky’s Children c/o Woodland Baptist Church, 3033 Ridge Road, Columbus, MS 39705.


Arthur AndersonColonel (USAF) Arthur W. (Andy) Anderson, 97, of Corvallis, Oregon passed away peacefully Sunday 14 June 2015 surrounded by 4 generations of his family. The son of Arthur M. and Lorene D. Anderson, he was born in St. Louis, MO on 2 June 1918 and raised in Sparta, IL.
Andy is survived by his wife of 69 years, Joanne (Phillips) Anderson; brother John Anderson (Renate) of St. Louis, MO; son Jim (Lindy) Anderson of Sierra Vista, AZ; daughter Karen (Anderson) Smith (Chuck) of Corvallis, OR; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother James Anderson, who sacrificed his life for his country in World War II.
After graduating from Sparta High School in 1936 and attending Blackburn College, Andy went on to graduate from, and achieve his master’s degree in Mathematics at the University of Illinois. In 1942 he joined the Army Air Corps as a meteorologist. He was awarded the Bronze Star, and achieved the rank of Colonel in the Air Force before retiring in 1971.
Andy was an avid golfer, an expert Bridge player, and a life-long St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. He had a great love for his family, for God, and for people. Andy never met a stranger. He will be deeply missed by many.
A memorial service with full military honors will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church in Sierra Vista, Arizona where Andy was so active and loved, on 29 July 2015 at 1 PM. His remains will rest in the beautiful columbarium at Faith Presbyterian Church in Sierra Vista (2053 East Choctaw Drive).







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