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AJ KaehnIt is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Brigadier General (USAF Retired) Albert John Kaehn, Jr. on Monday, November 8, 2021. He was born on December 2, 1929 in Jamaica, New York. He graduated from John Adams High School in Queens, NY and went on to receive a BA and an MA in Mathematics from SUNY/Albany. He later obtained a BS in Meteorology from Penn State University. Gen. Kaehn enlisted in the Air Force in 1952 upon completion of graduate school. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, had a tour of duty in Germany, duty assignments in New York, Illinois, California (Naval Postgraduate School), Nebraska (Commander, 3rd Weather Wing) and finished his 30 year service career at Scott AFB, IL as the Commander of the USAF Air Weather Service. He is the recipient of the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and specially recognized with The Order of the Sword. ost Air Force, he entered the private sector working at Global Weather Dynamics Inc., Harris Corporation, and finally as a private consultant. He was elected president of The American Meteorological Society (AMS) in 1987, chaired two committees for the National Academy of Sciences, and was active as a member and served as head of several committees at St. Mary’s Armenian Church, Washington DC. Loving husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Melina, son Albert John III “AJ”, daughter Susan (David), grandchildren Zachary, Sydney and Riley, brother-in-law Woodrow (Gloria), and many nieces and nephews. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or The Parkinson Foundation. May God rest and keep Albert’s loving soul and bring peace and comfort to his family and friends.

Robert E. Introne Jr., 79, of Londonderry, NH, died unexpectedly Monday, October 11, 2021, while travelling in Phoenix, AZ. He was born on April 27, 1942 in Weymouth, MA, son of the late E. Margaret “Peggy” (Laine) and Robert E. Introne Sr.Bob devoted his life to a career of service. He served 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, ultimately achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel. In 1968, he did a tour of duty in Vietnam stationed in Saigon and Pleiku in the Central Highlands. He came under frequent rocket attack and had several harrowing experiences helping the Montagnard against the Viet Cong. He was a senior meteorologist at Cape Canaveral from 1969-1973 during the heyday of the Space Race, supporting the launches of Apollo 11 through 17, as well as early planning for the Apollo-Soyuz mission. When Apollo 11 made its famous ascentto land a Man on the Moon, Bob was on the tarmac at Patrick AFB, supporting ARIA aircraft operations which enabled spacecraft voice and telemetry data to get back to Mission Control. Bob would go on to provide weather forecasting for over 100 Defense Department mission launches from the Cape. Bob had various assignments across the country and Europe, where he was a key member of Air Weather Service and supported development and operations of sophisticated air and space systems including the F-117A stealth fighter and various weather and reconnaissance satellites for the Secretary of the Air Force Special Projects. He had a command role as a Weather Squadron Commander for a fighter wing at England AFB from 1979-1981; and survived a Baader Meinhof Gang terrorist car bombing of HQ USAFE at Ramstein, Germany in 1981 just after arriving in country. Bob was a highly decorated officer, who received both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal.Upon his Air Force retirement in 1987, Bob transitioned to the private sector, taking a job at TASC. In this capacity, he continued to contribute to National Security, eventually retiring from there as a Division Director after 13 years of providing vital technical analysis and studies for the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. At this point, he transitioned into politics, when he was elected to the New Hampshire State House of Representatives. Bob represented Londonderry from 2000-2016 and was considered an integral and influential member of the state’s Republican Party. With his education, experience and background, he was a natural choice for Chairman of the Science, Technology and Energy Committee.Bob was a proud graduate of Penn State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in meteorology. He followed the Nittany Lions as a staunch supporter his entire life and regularly could be found on Saturdays cheering for the team. He also received his Master of Science in meteorology from Colorado State University. In all facets of life, Bob was truly “The Weatherman” and all looked to him for his views on the short- and long-range forecast.Besides his love for meteorology and all Boston sports teams, his greatest personal passion in life was sports car racing. He spent over forty years volunteering within the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). He was a driver, nationally licensed Corner Marshall, and Chief/Operating Steward. Once again, he rose through the ranks as a recognized leader. He served as the Regional Executive for the New England Region, Area Director, and was ultimately Chairman of the SCCA National Board of Directors from 2006-2008. Through his leadership, he helped facilitate the development of new tracks in the northeast. Bob was a constant presence at local track events and was a regular face for over thirty years at the annual National Championship Runoffs. Hundreds of drivers can credit their introduction and growth in competitive motorsports to his mentorship.Additionally, his dedication to fellow veterans and his community included support and membership in the Military Officers of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lions Club, American Legion, and the American Meteorological Society. Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Carol (Kuryloski) Introne of Londonderry, NH; two sons, Robert E. Introne and wife Wendy of Centreville, VA, and Steven D. Introne and wife Melissa of Windham, NH; daughter, Christina Introne of Derry, NH; six grandchildren; and one brother, Douglas Introne of Orono, ME. He was preceded in death by his sister, Carol (Introne) English of Chatham, MA.Funeral services will be held on Friday November 5, 2021 at 10:00am at the Orchard Christian Fellowship Church, 136 Pillsbury Rd., Londonderry. Friends are welcome to attend to pay their respects and offer condolences to the family. A private interment with Military Honors for the family only will follow at the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bob’s name to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium of Derry and Londonderry are assisting the family with arrangements.

Stan TkachStanley W. Tkach of Yorktown, USAF Major Retired, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at the age of 79. Born in St. Clair, PA to Walter and Anna Tkach in 1942, Stanley devoted his life to his church, country, family and friends. A graduate of Kent State University and University of Utah, Stanley was a decorated officer in the United States Air Force, serving his country for 43 years. As a meteorologist, Stanley played a crucial role in leading strategic weather operations for many deployments of the U.S. Armed Forces during critical times for our Country, including Vietnam, the Cold War, the Gulf Wars and the aftermath of 9/11. He was the recipient of numerous medals and commendations for service to the White House, Airforce, and Army, including Airforce Commendation, Meritorious Service Medals, and multiple years as Staff Civilian of the Year while at Langley AFB. Stanley was a faithful member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church for over 30 years and served in a number of volunteer roles. In his "free time" Stanley was a dedicated Scout Master, participating in the Scouting program with his sons, enjoyed model trains and was fascinated with new technologies and gadgets. In retirement, Stanley enjoyed playing Bridge, traveling and camping, spending time with family and friends, and served his church faithfully. He was a beloved and involved "Paw-Paw", spending hours on the floor with his four grandsons building elaborate wooden train layouts, putting together Legos and watching movies. One of Stanley's greatest joys was the companionship and devotion he shared with his dogs over the years Fred, Dapper and Codey. Stanley was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters Elizabeth Gulas, Irene Lewis, Rosalie Rehnert, Mary and Anna; and brothers, Joseph and Edward. Stanley is survived by his sons, daughters-in-law, and grandsons: Rob and Cynthia Tkach (Andrew and Alex) of Sedalia, CO and Andrew and Shannon Tkach (Greyson and Branson) of McLean VA; his best friend Larry Herndon of Newport News VA; brother-in-law James Rehnert (Anna) of Saint Clair PA; sister-in-law Frances Tkach of New Philadelphia PA; niece Debra Hafer (Rodney) and family of Punta Gorda FL; niece Sharon Pane (Joseph) and family of New Philadelphia PA; niece Sandra Sipe (Franklin) and family of Cogan Station PA, nephew Jeffery Lewis (Lori) and family of Wyomissing PA, and nephew Christopher Rehnert (Jennifer) and family of Summit Hill PA. Stanley will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Services will be held on Thursday at 1:00 PM at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6 to 8 PM in Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. Burial will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Robert Demichaels, Lt.Col.USAF (Ret) We are sad to announce that on September 19, 2021, at the age of 83, Robert Demichaels (Grand Junction, Colorado) passed away. Family and friends are welcome to send flowers or leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 29th 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery (2830 Riverside Pkwy, Grand Junction, CO 81501).

Colonel William S. “Bill” Weaving, (USAF Ret.)76, passed away peacefully with his family by his side. A celebration of life will be held on October 16, 2021 at 10am at the First Presbyterian Church of Danvers with Pastor Elissa Bailey officiating. Following the service burial will be held at Park Lawn Cemetery, Danvers with military honors conducted by the American Legion. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation ( or First Presbyterian Church, 201 E Main St. of Danvers. Otto-Argo-Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Bill was born on April 11, 1945 in Framingham, Massachusetts to Howard M. and Helen S. Weaving. He married Sandra Douglas on March 2, 1968 in Elkins, West Virginia. Bill is survived by his beloved wife Sandy and dog, Douglas; their 4 children, Heather (Joe) Dehn, Danvers; Kristen (Brian) Farmer, Hoschton, Georgia; Jon (Jackie) Weaving, O’Fallon, Illinois; and Allison (Nate) Sheaffer, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by his 8 grandchildren, Tyler Farmer, Blake and Jeremy Dehn, Wesley and William Farmer, Colten, Lincoln, and Morgan Weaving; along with his 2 sisters, Janet (Gene) Barbato, Annapolis, Maryland; and Betty (Vin) Lananna, Charlottesville, Virginia. Bill served in the US Air Force as a Meteorologist retiring as a Colonel after 28 years of faithful service to his country. During his career he achieved many accolades for his accomplishments, but most cherished medals are the Bronze Star received from General Schwarzkopf and two Legion of Merit Awards, one presented by the US Air Force and one presented by the US Army. He was also part of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After retirement from the US Air Force Bill worked for Planalytics, Inc. There he helped many clients understand the various weather sensitivities of different product lines at different times of the year. He loved showing the corporate world all his weather knowledge and how his knowledge could help them save or make more money by offering the right products at the appropriate times. Bill enjoyed sailing and wood working, but most of all he loved his family and looked forward to taking his family and spending time with them at the family cottage in Cape Cod every summer. Bill was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed deeply by all who knew and loved him.

Charles Allan Egolf Col. USAF (Ret.) went home to be with his Lord on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, after a brief illness. He was born June 7, 1938, in Landisburg to Charles Raymond and Mary (Rice) Egolf.
He graduated from Green Park Union High School and then earned a degree in secondary education from Penn State University. He joined the Air Force in 1961 and served as a meteorologist. He rose to the rank of colonel and served as 5th Weather Wing Chief of Operations in his last assignment before retiring and returning to Perry County in 1983. Among the honors he received were the Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze service stars and the Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters. While in the Air Force, he completed a bachelor’s equivalent degree in meteorology from Texas A&M and a master’s of education in meteorology and earth science from Penn State. After teaching in the Carlisle School District for four years and selling real estate for three years, he was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and served the 86th district for six terms. He loved his country and worked hard throughout his life to protect and defend it. He stood strongly and passionately for the founding Christian principles of the nation, and was so pleased to be able to serve as a legislator. Over the years, he was on the board of a number of organizations, and he was active in the Perry County Republican Committee, VFW, Landisburg Borough Council, and Landisburg Lions club. He attended Church of the Living Christ, Loysville. He enjoyed flying his Piper Cub airplane, skiing, bicycling, hiking and canoeing. He pursued his interests all over the world as he moved about for the Air Force.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Nancy (Miles) Egolf; a son, Mark (and wife Carmen) Egolf, of Washington; a daughter, Pamela (and husband Kurtz) Cockley, of Loysville; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Egolf. A service will be held at noon, Saturday, Sept. 25, in Church of the Living Christ, 2401 Fort Robinson Road, Loysville, with pastor Doran Wray officiating. Visitation will be held 9 a.m. to noon. Private burial, with military honors, will be in Landisburg Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Pennsylvania Family Institute, 23 N. Front St., Harrisburg 17101.

Earl RookEarl W. Rook  CMSgt, USAF Ret.  It is with deepest sadness that I announce in the early morning of July 3rd 2021, Earl William Rook age 86, slipped away to be with his lord & savior. A retired USAF CMSGT, he was a proud US veteran that loved his family, his country, and his God. Earl was born in Waynesboro PA in 1934, to the parents of David S. & Edna Rook. He enlisted in the USAF in 1951, then later met and married his lifelong sweetheart Norma L. Plunk on Sept 7th, 1957. Married 64 years, Earl & Norma were loving parents to two boys, Kenneth D. and David C. and shared their lives with several dachshunds whom they adored. Earl loved the outdoors. Hunting and fishing were favorite pastimes. He and loving wife Norma, a registered Nurse, traveled during his long military career, and both were engaged members of their communities with the Methodists church where they took up residence, including Colo Springs CO and Turpin OK. Earl retired from the USAF in 1985, afterward enjoyed spending quality time with his wife, his dogs, John Wayne movies, going hunting, as well as with his extended family on the farm, in OK. Earl, a loving husband, father, and brother... Will be sorely missed by his adoring wife, his proud sons, his loving sister, and those that called him friend. Earl is preceded in death by his parents David S. & Edna, and his sister Helen. He is survived by his sister Judy Wagaman, wife Norma, his sons Kenneth, David & his wife Nicole, along with grandchildren Samantha, Tyler, & Alex. A private viewing for friends and family was held in Beck Funeral home in Austin TX, July 5th. Memorial services will be held graveside with military honors and interment at the Liberal City Cemetery in Liberal KS, on July 17th, at 10AM.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Hooker OK. Please send flowers or memorials to the care of the aforementioned.

Ronald BrownColonel Ronald R. Brown, USAF (ret), leader, husband, father, grandfather, and consummate outdoorsman peacefully departed this life on 5 September 2021 in Colorado Springs at the age of 79. He was born 8 November 1941 in Lyons, Kansas to Willis Winston and Viva Anna (Mulch) Brown. In 1951 the family moved to Downs, Kansas where Ron spent his formative teenage years. He earned his Eagle Scout award, played football and basketball, was elected Downs High School senior class president in 1959, as well as elected prom king. Following graduation Ron attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas majoring in physics. Ron enrolled in Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and rose to become the cadet group commander and distinguished graduate. While at Washburn he met his future wife Rosanne whom he married in 1961. Commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in 1964, the Air Force sent him to Texas A&M University for basic meteorological training; later he earned a Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington. During his 26 years in the Air Force, he served as staff meteorologist, detachment commander, squadron commander, and wing commander including tours at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, Fuchu Air Base, Japan, and Kapaun Air Station, Germany. In 1990 he retired from the Air Force following his assignment as commander, 2nd Weather Wing, moved to Colorado and settled in Black Forest. Not content with being idle Ron earned his teaching certificate at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and taught math and science at Falcon High School for 7 years. At the same time, he became active in the Black Forest community and Black Forest Community Club, as well as president of his Homeowner's Association. In 2005 the Black Forest Community Club named Ron and Rosanne "Keeper of the Keys." Ron was also able to enjoy his passion for the outdoors. An accomplished hunter and fisherman, he also enjoyed horseback riding, boating, skiing, hiking, golf, and even a stint as a white water rafting guide. As a father and grandfather, he passed on his passion to his children and grandchildren. He and Rosanne also traveled extensively, embarking on cruises to and around Alaska and Australia. Ron was predeceased by his parents, Winston and Viva Brown; Rosanne, his wife of 55 years; and his brother Duane. He is survived by his children Steven, Christine and husband Rob Melton; his grandchildren Eric Melton and Mike Melton and his wife Bethann; and great-grandson Wylder Melton. A memorial service will be held at the Black Forest Lutheran Church on Thursday, 23 September, at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial gift to the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity Ron was very passionate about.


Sad news of the passing on 17 August 2021 of Pao-Chu "Sue" Carle, wife of AWA member Edward Carle Col USAF (Ret.) and mother of AWA member William Carle Col USAF (Ret.). Full obituary and info on memorial service (on Saturday 28 Aug 2021 in Chandler AZ) at

Kenneth WellsMajor Kenneth Lee Wells, age 80 of San Antonio died on Saturday, July 17, 2021. He was born on June 5, 1941, in Columbus, IN. Upon his graduation from Columbus High School in 1959, Major Wells attended what was then, Ball State Teachers College. He was a charter member of the Epsilon Omega chapter of Sigma Chi at Ball State. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a major in mathematics and entered the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant in 1963 through the ROTC program. He received his training as a weather forecaster at New York University in New York City and had assignments in Italy, Georgia, Alabama, Thailand, Virginia, Arkansas, Spain and Texas. His jobs included weather forecasting, pilot school weather instructor, wing staff officer, Air National Guard advisor and he was commander of five weather detachments. He met his wife Lee at Langley Air Force Base, VA in 1971 and they married in 1974 merging their two families into one. Major Wells retired from the Air Force in 1984 and taught high school math at John Marshall High in San Antonio until 1996. He enjoyed travel, cruising, gourmet cooking, cards, theater, dancing and entertaining with his beloved wife Lee. He and Lee have resided in San Antonio since 1981 and in "Air Force Village", a retirement community for Retired Military Officers', their spouse's, widows, and widowers since 2004. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur, and Christina Wells, and son Gene Boyd. He is survived by his wife, Lee Hughes Wells; children, Kaylen Wells Cirillo and husband, Chris of Lawrenceburg, KY, Mary Beth Wells Bryant and husband Jon of Colorado Springs, CO, DeeDee Boyd Eure and husband, Tommy, of Ingram, TX, John Boyd and wife, Volusia of Humble, TX and Rebecca Wells Marsh and husband, Paul of Denver, CO; grandchildren, Crystal Boyd Knauer, Carlye Boyd Martinski, Brittany Eure Pettis, Brandon Eure, Jillian Bryant, Cassie Boyd, Jordan Boyd, Jarett Bryant, Logan Boyd, Christine Cirillo, Connor Marsh, Kenny Cirillo and Kelly Marsh; great-grandchildren, Jon Martinski, Sophia Boyd, Eleanor Boyd, Allilyn Eure, Jaxon Hallstrom, and Denver Boyd; brother, Larry Wells and wife, Sherrie of Columbus, IN; and nieces and nephews.

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Chaplain Gil Richardson, The Reverend David Trawick and Chaplain Wayne Knutson will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Air Force Village II Charitable Foundation Fund, 5100 John D. Ryan Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78245.

WALLACE EDWARD "PETE" PETERS, JR., age 95, of South Charleston, departed this life at dawn, Sunday, August 8, 2021, at Charleston's Oakridge Center. Pete was born January 5, 1926, in Wichita, Kansas, to Wallace Edward and Loretta Buckridge Peters. At age 18, Pete joined the Army as an aviation cadet and was later commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Air Forces. He trained as a navigator and bombardier in the B-25 Mitchell bomber. World War II ended before Pete was deployed overseas, but he stayed in the Army and retrained as a meteorologist, transferring into the new United States Air Force in 1947. In 1946 he met and married his first wife, Nancy Kathryn Sawyer of Kingwood, West Virginia. Their only daughter, Karen Lee, was born in 1950. That same year the Korean War began and Pete was deployed to Korea to command a weather forecasting squadron. After the war the family settled near Charleston, where he transitioned to the West Virginia Air National Guard. He commanded the 167th Weather Flight at Charleston's McLaughlin Air National Guard Base until retiring as a colonel. During his years in the Charleston area Pete worked as a detailing engineer in the mining and steel construction businesses. In his leisure hours he was an avid golfer and played golf courses all over the world, his favorite being Ballybunion in County Kerry, Ireland. He was also an accomplished tenor and sang for many years as a member of the Kanawha Kordsmen, Charleston's award-winning barbershop group. He also sang with the United Disciples of Christ church choir, particularly at Christmas. Pete was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, and his sisters, Billie (Burton) Latimer of Maryland, and Barbara (Jack) Bird of The Woodlands, Texas. He is survived by his wife, the former Judith A. Hoffman of Belle, daughter Karen (Joseph) Price of Fairfield, Virginia; and many nieces and nephews. A service to honor Pete will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, August 16, 2021, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, 4122 MacCorkle Ave, SW, South Charleston. Pastor Rosetta Smith of the United Disciples of Christ Church will officiate. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. Military honors by the U.S. Air Force and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will follow at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the United Disciples of Christ Church, 100 United Disciples Drive, South Charleston, WV 25309;
Friends may share condolences at our website Snodgrass Funeral Home is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Daniel B. Mitchell (Col. USAF Ret), age 97, died April 10th, 2018 at Givens Estates Health Center. He will be buried at the Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC with his wife (Wilma Hicks Mitchell), who preceded him in death, November 17, 2002. He is survived by a son, Gilbert Wayne Mitchell, daughter, Star Anna Mitchell, 4 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, 2 great grandchildren, 5 brothers, 3 sisters, 3 half-sisters, and 3 half-brothers. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1953 with a Master of Science degree in Physical Science. Col. Mitchell served 31 years in the US Air force as a pilot and a meteorologist. He flew 25 combat missions in a B-25H and 88 missions in a P-47D30 in WWII, served as Commander of the 1st Weather Group in Vietnam in 1969, and was Commander, Air Force Global Weather Central from 1970 until retiring in 1973. After retiring from the USAF, he served with The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for 9 years and retired from the Federal Executive Service in 1982 as an Executive Level 4, Director of the National Climatic Center in Asheville, NC. He served on the boards of the Asheville Buncombe County United Way, Daniel Boone Council, Boy Scouts of America, and Asheville Chapter of the American Red Cross. He was a member of the Asheville Rotary Club from 1976 and was President of the club in 1993. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Asheville. His family and friends will always have fond memories of his joyful smile, warm spirit, and loving heart. A funeral service was held on Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, 962 Old US Hwy 70, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Long time Alaskan David George Nelson, SMSgt, USAF(Ret.), 66, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at home in Nikiski, Alaska, from COPD and heart failure. emorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Joy Lutheran Church in Eagle River, Alaska. Martin Eldred and Susan Halvor will officiate. David was born on March 28, 1951, in Minneapolis, Minn. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Wayland Baptist University. He served for 26 years, beginning in 1971, in the U.S. Air Force as a weather forecaster and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1997. He then worked as a personal banker for 1st National Bank from 1997 until becoming a manager for Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union in 2004. He retired from banking in 2014. David was a member of Joy Lutheran Church and enjoyed hunting, his grandkids, gardening, and grilling and smoking meat. His family wrote:
"Dave's strong will, perseverance and dedication led him to succeed in life. He was extremely loyal and cared deeply for those fortunate enough to know him.  He was analytical and intelligent. He was also slow to anger and loved to joke around. He was an awesome husband, father and friend, and we already miss him greatly." Dave was preceded in death by parents, Ed and Martha Nelson; and a son, Erik Nelson. He is survived by his wife, Benita Nelson; daughter and son-in-law, Allana and Kris Kimbell; grandchildren, Levi, Lincoln, Logan and Lorelai Kimbell; sister and brother-in-law, Dianne and Al Johnson; nephews and spouses, Adam and Amy Johnson, Joe and Deb Johnson and Ben and Megan Johnson; sisters-in-law and spouses, Cheryl and Jeff Budisch and Angela and Pat Porter; brothers-in-law, Joe Fitzgerald and Mike and Sandy Fitzgerald; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marlene and Don Fitzgerald; and nephews, Jay Kravits, Randall, Donnie and Kevin Maas, Ryan and Nick Porter and Shawn Fitzgerald. Memorial donations may be sent to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517,
Topeka, KS 66675-8517. Published in Anchorage Daily News on Dec. 6, 2017.

Dale Curtis Whiteside, age 90, of Chillicothe, MO, passed away on July 4, 2021, at his residence. He was born the son of Earl and Bessie (Miller) Whiteside on the family farm in Chillicothe on October 19, 1930, during the Great Depression. He attended a one-room school for his first eight years of education and graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1948. He then began his college years at Central Methodist College in Fayette and transferred to the University of Missouri where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1952 with a BS Degree in Agriculture. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a weather forecaster and a teacher at Chanute AFB IL, the first in his family to have gone to college and to the military. He lived his entire life in the same location where he was born, except for his college years and his four years in the Air Force. On February 21, 1953, Dale was united in marriage to Marilou Reed in Dawn, M0. Together they worked on the family farm consisting of swine and cattle production and row crops. Dale was also a public servant who dedicated countless hours to many organizations in the community and state including the Livingston County Farm Bureau, Chillicothe R-II School Board, Chillicothe Area Arts Council, University of Missouri Extension Council, Livingston County Ambulance District Board, Chillicothe Rural Fire Protection Board of Directors, Livingston County Pork Producers, Missouri Pork Producers, the Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair Board, and Livingston County AFA (Agriculture Future of America). Dale was always active in 4-H, both as a youth and as an adult, and he was instrumental in establishing the Livingston County 4-H Foundation. In 2008, he was inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame. Dale was also honored with the Missouri Farm Bureau Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award and the Bill Hoyt Distinguished Service Award. He was awarded recognition by the University of Missouri School of Agriculture for his dedication and leadership in the field and was recognized by the Missouri Pork Producers as a “Master Pork Producer.” Dale was awarded the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Farmer Award, and he and Marilou were named to the Livingston County Leaders Honor Roll. In 1986 Dale was president of the Missouri Pork Producers, and the following year he was elected State Representative of the 11th District in a special election. He went on to serve nine years in the House of Representatives. One of his greatest undertakings was his work in helping abused women, many of whom had received lengthy prison sentences for crimes they had not committed. In addition to his wife Marilou, Dale is survived by daughter Zoann and Ralph Jackson of Meadville, MO; sons Jeffrey and wife Anne Whiteside, Bruce and wife Erica Whiteside, and Steven and wife Mary Pat Whiteside, all of Chillicothe; one brother, Wesley and wife Marilyn of Lakeville, MN., fourteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Bessie (Miller) Whiteside; his sister, Virginia Lee Jones; brother-in-law, Ben Wood Jones; niece, Darlene Buglovsky; and nephew, Jack Watts. Private funeral services will be held at the Liberty United Methodist Church, Chillicothe, MO. Burial will be held at Edgewood Cemetery, Chillicothe, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty United Methodist Church or the Livingston County 4-H Foundation and may be left at or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington; Chillicothe, MO 64601. Online condolences may be left at

Steven Leland Erickson, Lt Col USAF (Ret.) passed away on Monday, June 28, 2021 at the age of 76 at his home at Walker Methodist Levande in Cambridge, MN. He was born June 16, 1945 in Minneapolis, MN to Linden and Grace Erickson of Cambridge, MN. Steven attended Dowling District #59 Country School through 8th grade and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1963. Steve earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Augsburg College in 1967. He went on to graduate school at Arizona State University but left there to enroll in Officer Candidate School with the Air Force in 1969. While in the Air Force he earned his Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University in 1977. He attained the rank of Lt. Colonel. After 22 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Air Force, Steve retired in 1991. His last assignment was at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE. He later worked in the public sector as a meteorologist until he decided to move back home to the Cambridge area. He settled in Maple Ridge Township and helped his brother Ken farm. In November 2020 Steve moved to Walker Methodist Levande Home in Cambridge where he was well cared for. He was married for a time to Cynthia Bailey and had stepsons Adam and Wesley Bailey. Steven was preceded in death by his parents Linden and Grace Erickson, uncle August Erickson, and stepson Adam Bailey. He is survived by his sister Laurel (Wendell) Johnson of Cambridge, brothers Kenneth (Sharon) Erickson of Cambridge, Donovan (Gayle) Erickson of Stanchfield, sister Deborah (Lawrence) Lawman of Blaine, stepson Wesley (Kristian) Bailey of Council Bluffs, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral Service 11 a.m., Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Salem Lutheran Church in Dalbo, MN. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment in the church cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Cambridge American Legion Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Condolences at Arrangements by the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge, MN.

Richard BagbyRichard Caldwell Bagby, Jr. was born on January 22, 1944 to Charlene Snyder Bagby and Richard Caldwell Bagby in Charlotte, N.C. He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Allen Bagby. Richard is survived by his loving wife, Gail Geiger Bagby, two children, Alyson Taylor Stockton (Gary) and Michael Taylor (Nada), two stepchildren: Sheri Lobach Spivey (Don) and Jill Lobach Atchley (Kevin), and grandchildren: Taylor Atchley, Dustin Atchley (Sarah Mae), Jarod Atchley, Hunter Spivey, Mallory Spivey, and Mason Stockton. Other surviving family include nephew, Rick Bagby (Jennifer), and two nieces Lori Bagby Little, and Leigh Summers Dickenson (Brian). Born and raised in south central North Carolina, Dick Bagby knew he would become a weatherman by the age of 14. His 7th grade science teacher had an enormous impact on his life and helped to set the trajectory of his pursuit of understanding the weather. With the support from his family, his fascination for meteorology grew and before graduation from high school, Dick had worked two summers as a Student Trainee at the Raleigh-Durham Airport weather station. While many of his friends left for in-state colleges and universities, Dick headed south to Florida State University to pursue a degree in meteorology. Shortly after meeting and dating a co-ed named Gail Geiger, he was accepted for a meteorological technician position at the Amundsen-Scott Station, South Pole, Antarctica where he spent a year launching weather balloons and providing surface weather observations for aviation. Upon returning to Tallahassee, Florida, Dick found that FSU had waited; Gail did not. It would be a full 40 years before Dick and Gail would re-unite through, rekindle their friendship and eventually marry. After graduating from FSU with a B.S. in Meteorology, Dick enlisted in the United States Air Force. Second Lieutenant Bagby was assigned to Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois. From there, assignments followed to Korea, Hawaii, the Pentagon, Headquarters, Air Weather Service, command positions in England, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and finally an executive officer position at Air Weather Services’ Global Weather Central at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska. While in Nebraska, Dick completed an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. After 21 years of service, three Air Force Commendation Medals, and Four Meritorious Service metals, Major Bagby retired and moved to St. Augustine.   Having enjoyed teaching college math while in Turkey and becoming bored with fishing nearly every day at the beach, Dick applied for a faculty position at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at Daytona Beach, Florida. He passed on his passion for weather to thousands of students who now work around the world. These students were not only at the Daytona Beach campus, but also in satellite campuses in Prescott, Arizona and MITRE Corporation in Vienna, Virginia using the emerging technology of virtual classrooms. While at Embry-Riddle, Dick led the effort to establish and undergraduate degree in Applied Meteorology. During his 18 years there, he was an associate professor, chair of the Applied Meteorology department, and finally retired as Professor Emeritus. The Outstanding Graduating Senior in Applied Meteorology Award was named the Bagby Award, in his honor. On December 26, 2004, Dick and Gail married and bought a home in Leesburg, FL. Only nine months later on the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast with a tidal surge of 25-35 feet. Areas east of Waveland, Mississippi bore the brunt of her wind and storm surge. Since the media was focused on the flooding in New Orleans, much of the nation was unaware of the loss and suffering of South Mississippi. Upon their pastor’s return from Biloxi, after leading a small group of volunteers with supplies to try to assist in the clean-up, and after hearing of the great need for more volunteers, Dick and Gail loaded up their RV and were sent by their church, with direction from Florida Baptist Disaster Relief, to Lemoyne Blvd. Baptist Church in Biloxi, MS. The short-term mission trip became a 5-year love affair with the community. During their time at Lemoyne Blvd. Baptist Church over 200 homes were rebuilt, 17 new homes for elderly and disabled were built and over 5000 volunteers from Canada and the U.S. came through the church to help. Dick and Gail eventually moved to the area permanently, due to the amazing friends they had made through this experience. Richard loved to travel. He and Gail went on multiple cruises, a European vacation, served as volunteers at Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center in Ridgecrest, NC, RV travels to Western Canada, the Pacific Coast Highway, and across the U.S. They regularly attended Air Force and high school reunions for both he and Gail. Richard had traveled to many locations around the world, but the final trip back to England for the Fairford Weather Warriors Reunion, at the New Inn, Lechlade Thames was the one he had most looked forward to. He saw many old friends, some that he had not seen for over 40 years. During the trip to England, they traveled with fellow Hurricane Katrina volunteers, Jim and Ruth Huston. Together they toured Yorkshire, Wales, Scotland, the village of Bagby, and the Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) in Newberry. Dick was a packrat and saved EVERYTHING. Upon his passing Gail has found Boy Scout paraphernalia, a notebook of Korean war newspaper clippings he collected in elementary school, notebooks of communications he wrote to those under his command in Turkey, letters from his parents, pottery collected by his mother, and a host of random items that held a special place in his heart. If you ever gave him something, it may still be in a box in their garage. Dick was a sentimental soul, a true gentleman, and was known for his quick wit, smile, and generosity. A friend once said, “Richard doesn’t speak often, but when he does it is either funny or profound.” The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 8, 2021, at RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 274 Beauvoir Road, Biloxi, with the visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. until time of the service. Burial will follow at Biloxi National Cemetery with full honors.

Dan Gordon Bellue, died on 12 February 2021 in Frisco TX. He was born on 17 December 1944, in New Orleans, LA. He grew up in Arkansas and Michigan and came to Texas to attend Baylor University, where he met his wife and love of his life, Judith Blackwood of Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Baylor with a BS degree in Mathematics and was commissioned into the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. From there he was sent to Texas A&M University to attend the US Air Force Basic Meteorology Training Program. This began a career in the field of meteorology that spanned over 40 years. His daughter, Erin, was born while Dan and Judy were at Texas A&M. From there they moved to England, where he served as a Weather Officer at RAF Wethersfield. While stationed at Wethersfield their son, Kyle, was born. Dan left active duty in the Air Force and returned to the United States to attend graduate school at Texas A&M to complete a Masters of Science degree in Meteorology. Dan maintained his affiliation with the military reserves through the Texas Air National Guard. Upon graduation, Dan took a job with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in New Orleans and worked in Weather Forecast Offices in San Antonio and Fort Worth, as well as the Air Route Traffic Control Center and the Southern Region Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1984 Dan accepted a job at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake City, Texas providing weather support to the Space Shuttle program. After serving 22 years and 104 Space Shuttle missions, Dan retired from civil service. Dan retired as an Air Force Colonel in the Texas Air National Guard on 17 December 2004. Upon retirement, Dan fulfilled a life-long dream of teaching math and science in a Christian school and taught high school physics at McKinney Christian Academy and aviation meteorology at LeTourneau University. While Dan liked to golf, spend time at the gun range and not complete several woodworking projects in the garage, he loved to give of himself in serving his family, his students, and his local body of believers. Dan is survived by his loving wife, Judy, his daughter, Erin, his son, Kyle, daughter-in-law, Jeannene, granddaughters, Laynie and Addison, his brother John Bellue who lives in West Virginia, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

David Peter Pigors, MSgt.(Ret.), 79, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, passed away on May 6, 2021. He was born in Chicago, Illinois to the late Vincent and Martha Kiser Pigors. He was also preceded in death by his son Anthony; and a brother Robert.

David retired from the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant after 23 years of service. Upon leaving the service he completed a bachelor’s degree in cartography and then returned to the Air Force as a civilian. He retired for the final time as a weather technical information specialist for the Air Force Combat Climatology Center in Asheville, North Carolina. David was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina after his retirement. He has left a lasting impact on those who knew him throughout his life, travels, and shenanigans.

David is survived by his wife Marilyn; sons, Christopher and William; and daughters, Erin and Megan; as well as seven granddaughters; one grandson; and five great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to DAV (Disabled American Veterans) BY CLICKING HERE, Feeding America BY CLICKING HERE, or your local food bank.

Max J Bokelman, 88, of Cupertino, CA peacefully passed away on January 12, 2021 surrounded by loved ones. Max was born on February 19,1932 to William and Marie (Poppe) Bokelman in the small town of Garrison, Nebraska. After Max graduated from David City high school in 1950 and 2 years working on his family’s farm, Max joined the US Air Force where he worked in the Air Weather Service (AFGWC) and the National Security Agency. After a successful tour in government service, Max pursued a BA degree in accounting at University of Nebraska and later received a master’s degree in management and supervision from Central Michigan University. After graduation, he worked for the US government in the Defense Contract Audit Agency for over 32 and a half years for a total of 36.5 years of service to his country. Max rose through the ranks as an auditor and manager eventually overseeing hundreds of staff across the US West. After retiring from the government, Max was recruited to consult with Coopers and Lybrand and Price Waterhouse. Max also volunteered throughout his life starting in 1962 at the Bethany Lutheran Church where he was deacon and the treasurer. From 1982 – 2015 – Max served as treasurer, auditor and was on the Board of Elders and the Board of Stewardship for Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cupertino. In 1954, Max met Edith Elma Elizabeth Lofdahl at a roller rink in Omaha, Nebreaska. They married on June 24, 1956. Max and Edith went on to have two children, John Frederick Bokelman, MD (wife Beth Rogozinski) and Janet Marie (Bokelman) Thomas (husband Gary Thomas.) They also have three beloved grandchildren, Sloane (Thomas) Feeley (husband Brendan Feeley), Taylor (Thomas) Grimshaw (husband Thomas Grimshaw) and Garrison Thomas. Max was a quiet, hardworking man who prioritized his family and his faith. He put the needs of others before his own and spent his short vacation times traveling to see family or taking a group of his daughter’s middle school aged friends or his son’s boy scout troop camping. He hand built fences and decks for his family and custom made his house’s cabinets and after retirement re-plumbed his whole house. He was creative, kind and industrious and helped family, neighbors and friends with any project that could use his can do attitude and DIY skills. Max touched many lives, teaching neighbor kids how to ride a bike, helping with house projects and even counseling and mentoring a prisoner at San Quentin and helping him get moved to a facility closer to his family. Max had a wry sense of humor and loved to laugh, was an avid hiker and an expert gardener tending to his garden and fruit trees. Max was predeceased in death by his sisters Eleanor (Bokelman) Wolff and Esther (Bokelman) Depue, and brothers Norman Bokelman, Leonard Bokelman and Kenneth Bokelman. Max is survived by his wife Edith and his children and grandchildren and his brothers William Bokelman of Texas, and Herman Bokelman of Florida and his sister Lola (Bokelman) Legget of Southern California. Private services were held at Lima and Capagna Mortuary and graveside at the Gate of Heaven cemetery.


Lt Col David S. Lydon, USAF (Ret.), of Colorado Springs, passed away on February 18, 2021, at the age of 84. Dave was born September 10, 1936 in San Diego, California, to Richard and Elizabeth Lydon.
He graduated from San Diego State University in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts in Science, Math and Mechanical Engineering. Dave went on to join the U.S. Air Force serving as a meteorologist in the Air Weather Service. His assignments took him to South Korea; Riverside, CA; Berlin, Germany; Big Spring, TX; Washington D.C.; Azores; and Colorado Springs, CO. During his military career he earned his Master of Professional Meteorology from St. Louis University, was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and achieved the rank of Lt Colonel.
Dave was married to Joan Carol Rietesel August 10, 1963, in Chesterton, Indiana. In 1980 Dave and Joan moved their family to Colorado Springs, CO where he retired from the Air Force two years later. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Computer Resource Management from Webster University and worked for Unisys Defense Systems as Senior Systems Test Analyst, and also worked for Hughes STX, and Northrop Grumman in satellite communications and networking. In 2007 he retired. He was a member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, CO since 1982. Dave is survived by his wife Joan (married 57 years); brother Stephen Lydon; son Benjamin Lydon (Paula); daughter Carrie Larson (Joel); daughter Susannah Barnes (Loren); and grandchildren Rosemary, Amanda, Sondra, Christopher, and Matthew. Predeceased was his son Matthew Lydon.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church on March 25, 2021. He will rest at Pikes Peak National Cemetery in Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be mailed to Colorado Springs Downtown Lions Club, 1419 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs CO 80907.

Betty Sue Davis-French, spouse of Col USAF (Ret.) Larry French, 87, of Elizabethtown, KY, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Bey Sue was born February 11, 1934 in Vine Grove, KY. At ten years old she accepted Christ as her savior at Vine Grove Methodist Church. At twelve years old, she started playing piano and later the organ for the Vine Grove Baptist Church. She performed as a varsity cheerleader at VGHS all four years. In 1952, she cheered VGHS basketball team for their first and only sweet sixteen tournament. Upon graduation, she received the DAR outstanding student award. In 2019, she was inducted into the North Hardin athletic hall of fame. On her first day at WKU she met her then Junior husband while signing up for classes. They had their first date a year later. They married on Valentines day in 1956 while her husband was in USAF flight school. During their many travels as a military family for thirty years, Bey Sue was an active officers wife and led the officers wives club at several bases. In 1994, they returned home together to Kentucky. Bey Sue was an active member of St. James Catholic Church, a member of DAR, and past president and past district governor for the E-town women's club. She is survived by her husband, Colonel Larry French; her daughter, Suzanne (Shawn) O'Donnell of St. Michaels, Maryland; son-in-law, Kevin Welp of Elizabethtown; and three grandchildren, Kyle O'Donnell of Maryland, Ryan (Kelly) O'Donnell of North Carolina and Jessica Welp of Elizabethtown. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nannie Lewis Davis and Lawrence Davis; her sister, Doris Stovall; and her youngest daughter, Lara Welp. A memorial service will be held at a later date due to Covid-19. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to please donate to hps:// Condolences may be expressed online at

http://www.brownfuneral.comGlenn FullerDr. Glenn L. Fuller, Lt Col USAF (Ret.) was born in Middlebury Center, PA 31 August 1930 and passed on 9 February 2021 at his home in Memphis, TN. He had a distinguished career of 25+ years as a Meteorologist in the USAF, retiring as a Lt Col in 1975. He served in two wars—Korea (Weather Reconnaissance) and Vietnam (Deputy Squadron Commander/Operations Officer.) Among his awards was the Distinguish Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Metal, Air Medal with two OLC, the Bronze Star, Korean Service Ribbon w/four OLC, Korean War Service Medal, etc... Returning from Vietnam he taught USAF ROTC at the University of Memphis. After ROTC he was assigned to the Air Force Global Weather Center in Omaha, NE as the Assistant Director of Operations for Communications. After retiring he worked for approximately 15 years at the University of Memphis. Glenn graduated from Omaha Municipal University (BGE), Florida State (BS), and the University of Memphis (MS, Ed.D.) He is survived by his wife Dorothy of 68 years, two sons, Wayne, and Matthew, one daughter Leslie Ann Olswanger, two granddaughters Jennifer and Tara and two sisters who live in Pennsylvania. Glenn and Dorothy were charter members of the Air Weather Association and were members of many professional, military and civic organizations. Donations in Glenn’s memory can be made to the Emmanuel Methodist Church, Parkinson's Foundation, or a charity of choice. Services and memorial information at


David smartLt. Col. David Earl Smart (USAF Retired) passed away peacefully February 2, 2021 in Columbus, GA.
David was born August 18, 1935 in Greer, SC. He was the only child of Thurman and Ethel Smart (nee Moody) and grew up in Liberty, SC before moving to Greenwood, SC. He graduated from Greenwood High School in 1953 then enrolled at Clemson Agricultural College (now Clemson University). At the time, Clemson was an all-male military school and this is where he began his long military career. He graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Textile Engineering and one week later on June 9, 1957, David married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Alexander.  After graduation from Clemson, David received his Air Force commission and joined the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant. He and Barbara immediately moved to Texas where he enrolled at Texas A&M receiving a second Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology in 1958. David later attended a continuing education program at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu and eventually earned a Master’s Degree in Management from Webster University.  David was a member of the US Air Force Air Weather Service for his entire military career. While stationed in Puerto Rico, David supported the “Hurricane Hunter” team dangerously flying directly into hurricanes to gather critical weather information. In 1968, David served in Thailand and Vietnam as a meteorology officer supporting combat flight operations in a leadership role during the Vietnam War. David was ceremoniously awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious action in Vietnam and was recognized with additional service commendations. After Vietnam, David and his family were stationed in London, England for several years.  After a long and distinguished military career having lived in Texas (twice), New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Alabama (twice), Nebraska, England, Illinois and Georgia, David retired from the Air Force in 1984 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He and his family remained in Columbus, GA where he had served his last military assignment at Fort Benning. His fondness of the mild climate, his close friends in Columbus and finally being near his family roots made the choice of staying in the Southeast and particularly, Columbus, an easy decision.  His working career was not over as he went to work in the private sector in Columbus for Morton Machine Works as a Procurement Manager. He later joined Lummus Supply and then served as Business Manager at St. Paul United Methodist Church before finally deciding to enjoy the remainder of his life in retirement.  David was very active in the Columbus community. He served on the Brookstone Homeowners Association Board and was Secretary of the Columbus Exchange Club for many years. He volunteered as an usher at both St. Paul United Methodist and St. Luke United Methodist Churches. In addition, he found time to volunteer as a golf cart driver at Martin Army Hospital, Fort Benning helping patients and visitors get from their cars to the front door. David was also one of the founding members of the Chattahoochee Valley Clemson Club where he loved spending time with the Clemson football coaching staff when they visited the Columbus area. He and Barbara enjoyed attending shows at the Springer Opera House and River Center, cheering on the Clemson football team at games in Death Valley and watching their two grandsons participate in sporting and school events in the Atlanta area.  He and Barbara loved to travel the world on ocean and river cruises. In addition to visiting such places as Russia and Israel, David was particularly fond of riding camels in Egypt. Throughout his life, he stepped foot on every continent except Antarctica. As their world travels slowed down, they made up for it enjoying retirement at Spring Harbor in Columbus where they participated in many social activities and had a tremendous group of friends.   David was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He proudly served our country and was a man of great Christian faith. We will miss him always.  He was proceeded in death by his parents and by his loving wife of 63 years, Barbara Smart. His death followed hers by only 11 days and we are comforted by knowing they are together eternally.  He is survived by his son, Tony Smart and his wife Susie of Suwanee, GA; his daughter Lisa Walker and her husband Richard of Roswell, GA; his grandsons Michael Smart and Evan Smart of Suwanee, GA; his sister-in-law Betty Avery and brother-in-law Frank Alexander of Clinton, SC; his niece Kim Windsor and four nephews Greg, Kevin, Tim and Todd Alexander all of Clinton, SC.  A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 4071 Macon Road, Columbus, GA 31907. David will have a private burial with full military honors at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society (

Raymond A. “Buzz” Kandler, LtCol USAF (Ret.), 73, of New Baden, IL born Sept. 22, 1947 in Milwaukee, WI died, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 at his home. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and a mentor of the Robo Raiders FTC 7129 in Mascoutah, IL. Buzz was part of many horseshoe leagues and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers fan. He was extremely proud to attend the Ice Bowl at Lambeau Field in 1967. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond H. and Edith, nee Fossum, Kandler. He is survived by his wife, Susan, nee Reisner, Kandler who he married in Cecil, WI on June 15, 1969; a son, Kyle (Josephine) Kandler of New Baden, IL; two daughters, Karen Lea (Eric) Saemann of Deerfield, WI, Kelly Kandler of New York, NY; seven grandchildren, Randy (Sally) Arcega, Jinky Arcega, Mark (Gladys) Arcega, Jose (Chantell) Arcega, Kricia (Raphael Cruz) Kandler; Geoffrey and Meghan Saemann; eight great grandchildren, Geross, Ian, Nia, Quinton, Zander, Madison, Hayden, and Maddux Arcega; three sisters, Kathy Johnson of Green Bay, WI, Kristen Berken of Madison, WI, and Judy Steffens of Green Bay, WI; also survived by numerous, nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 101 S. Railway St., Mascoutah, IL 62258. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Visitation: From 5 to 8 PM Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 at Moll Funeral Home in Mascoutah, IL and from 9:30 to 10:30 AM Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church, Mascoutah, IL. COVID-19 restrictions will be followed, face coverings required, and social distancing, with a limited number of visitors in the funeral home and church at any time. A funeral service will be held 10:30 AM on Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Kirk Clayton officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

James R. Raudy, Capt USAF (Ret.), 77, passed away on January 21, 2021 at UCI Hospital, Orange, CA, with family at his bedside. He was born in the Portland, OR area on November 25, 1943, the son of John B. and Veldna E. (Hill) Raudy. James graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Class of 1961. He served as a meteorologist in the USAF and retired as a Captain. He entered the military as an enlisted man and his brother, John H. Raudy, Lt. Col., US Army, swore him in as a 2nd Lt. While in the military, he met and married his sweetheart, Sally Jennings, and they eventually settled in Vacaville, CA. They met in a bowling alley in England and shared their love of the sport throughout their lives. After retiring from the military, Jim secured a position as a staff meteorologist for the State of California and retired after serving for over 20 years. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his spouse, Sally, and his brother, John. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Grace E. (Crozat) Raudy; nephews, Daniel R. and John H. Raudy; niece, Laurie A. (Raudy) Meredith; sister-in-law, Ann Stewart; brother-in-law, Bob Stewart; nephew, Daren M. Stewart; and his beloved poodle, Biscuit. Per his request, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made to your local Humane Society.

Albert W. Starbird, 97, died at home in Solon, ME, Jan. 2, 2021. He was born in Skowhegan Nov. 4, 1923., the only child of Elwyn and Nellie Brophy Starbird. Al is survived by Lois, his wife of 71 years; his son David A. of Solon, and his wife, Cathie, his daughter Barbara A. of Solon, his daughter Karen L. of Dunstable, Mass., and his son, Alan D. of Dunstable, Mass. and his wife, Patti. Al is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. After graduating from Solon High School in 1941, Al attended the University of Maine for one semester before joining the United States Army Air Corps 15th Weather Squadron, where he was a weather observer in New Guinea (WWII Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1946). Despite contracting malaria, Al returned to the University of Maine in 1946, receiving a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1949. He also took courses in Business Administration and Forestry. Al continued his engineering education in the ’60s and ’70s and received his M.S. in Engineering Management from Northeastern University, Mass in 1971. While attending the University of Maine, Al met Lois Deering of Denmark. They were married on June 18, 1949 in Orono. Following his graduation, Al worked at the family lumber mill in Solon. In 1952, he left Solon Lumber Company for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Connecticut. He worked there for seven years, mostly in the area of nuclear powered aircraft. From 1959 to 1982, Al worked for Technical Operations in Burlington, Mass., the Datametrics Division of CGS Scientific Corp in Watertown, Mass., and Littleton Research and Engineering Corp in Littleton, Mass. During that time, he worked in numerous fields including nuclear shielding, vibrations analysis and ship superstructure analysis. In 1982, Al moved back to Solon, returned to the Maine woods, and established Starbird Timberlands. Al’s main interests were in the outdoors. He hunted and fished from an early age and played baseball in high school and college. A promising college baseball pitching career was limited due to the malaria he acquired during his military service. He had the unique experience of being hit by lightning twice. Albert returned to Solon from years in engineering and spent his last years as he began them – involved with the Maine woods. After returning to Solon, he loved snowmobiling and ATV riding, “to keep an eye on things in the woods and fields.” He was able to do this into his mid-90s. Al was active in many organizations and town offices. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Mechanical Engineering Society, the Air Weather Association and the 15WS and 20WS Alumni Association where he enjoyed attending the reunions. He was a Mason and a member of Keystone Lodge of Solon, Royal Arch Chapter, Commandry, a member of the Aleppo Shrine in Massachusetts, and the Kora Shrine in Maine. Al was on the Solon Planning Board and the Solon Budget Committee. He was a charter member and treasurer of the Solon Historical Society and an active member of the Solon Snowhawks Snowmobile Club. Al was member of the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway Committee, which was instrumental in developing the scenic rest area on Robbins Hill. A memorial service and burial will take place in Solon sometime in the spring. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Giberson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. To leave a condolence for the family and to view the online obituary, please visit Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children at website:

Susan WaldenSusan M. (Bon) Walden, 72 of Williamsburg Virginia, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The daughter of George Bon and Helen (Wiederhold) Bon, she was born in Syracuse, New York on April 13, 1948.
Sue graduated from Fayetteville Manlius High School in the Class of 1966. Enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1969 and stationed in Omaha, Nebraska, she met Steve Walden and they were married. Their son was born in 1971 when Sue received her discharge and followed her husband to assignments across the country. In 1983, they returned to Omaha, where their son Christopher was kidnapped and killed. The Air Force suggested moving out of the Omaha area and sent them to Langley AFB in Hampton, Virginia. Sue was active with the Officer Wives’ clubs during their active-duty days. She was elected to the OWC boards a total of six times on three different bases.

After Steve retired, Sue took a variety of jobs on the Virginia peninsula. She also continued her charitable endeavors and was on the board of Sentara Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing tennis, bowling, Mahjong and playing with her fur babies.

Sue was preceded in death by her mother, father and her son, Christopher. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Steve.

In trying to protect those who are vulnerable during this time, there will be no funeral or memorial service in Virginia. Interment will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St Louis, MO in the near future.

Rich VogtRetired Colonel Richard J Vogt passed away January 8, 2021 due to the COVID-19 virus.  He was born on March 31, 1945 to Herb & Ella Vogt in Elk City OK. He grew up in Corn, Oklahoma and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Chemistry from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He earned his Master of Science degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M University.  Colonel (Retired) Vogt was a decorated US Air Force veteran who spent more than 25 years committed to the service of his country. He was a meteorologist and his career included executive level experience as a colonel in a variety of key leadership positions. He served in diverse locations throughout the United States as well as overseas in Korea, Japan and Germany. His duty assignments included war zones in Vietnam and Iraq. He received numerous military awards, including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal.  Following his Air Force career, he served in the federal civil service for 21 years as Deputy Director and Director of US Nexrad Radar Operations Center (ROC) in Norman, OK.  In his retirement he volunteered at the Weatherford Food & Resource Center. He was active in his faith and sang in the chancel choir and served on the Board of Trustees at First United Methodist Church.  Those left to cherish Richard’s memory include Cheryl, his wife of 55 years, his daughters Corinne Hipps (Daniel) of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Kelly Poarch (Scott) of Frisco, Texas. Grandchildren Max, Sam and Taylor. Sisters Mary Anne Couch and Karol Dillard (Charles) of Weatherford. He had numerous loved nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.  He was a humble, soft spoken, reserved and hard-working man. He cherished his entire family and adored his grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Weatherford Food & Resource Center, 122 S. 8th Street, Weatherford OK 73096. 

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Ralph Dempsey Crago,(LtCol. Ret) 96, of Swansea, Illinois, born Saturday, September 15, 1923 in Chillicothe, Ohio, peacefully entered his heavenly home on Friday, July 3, 2020 at home in Swansea. He was the son of Arthur H. Crago and Carrie B. nee Dempsey of Chillicothe, Ohio. He had a long, happy marriage of 63 years to Edith Mae McKean from Warren, Ohio. Ralph was a veteran of three wars, WWII, Korea, & Viet Nam. He served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps and later in the United States Air Force. He remained in the Reserves after WWII and when called back to serve during Korea, he decided to become a career officer in the USAF.  He spent his Air Force career in Air Weather Service serving at Shemya AFB, Alaska; Nashville & Knoxville Tennessee; Anderson AFB, Guam; Offutt AFB, Nebraska; USAFE headquarters, Wiesbaden, Germany; and Scott AFB, Illinois.  While stationed on Guam, a major part of his job was to fly WB-50's into typhoons to gather weather data, many times flying home on a "wing and a prayer". He retired in 1968 as a Lieutenant Colonel. After his military career, he was employed as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the State of Missouri for 17 years. Ralph was a graduate of Centralia High School in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was the last surviving graduate of the Class of 1941. He attended The Ohio State University for 3 1/2 years when he was called back to serve during Korea. He completed his Bachelors in Mathematics at Maryville College in Tennessee and later received a Masters in Guidance Counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He was a life-long Methodist and a member of Union United Methodist Church in Belleville, IL. He served alongside his wife as Sunday School superintendent and Youth group leader in multiple churches and was active on many Boards and committees within the church. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and Retired Officer's Association. Ralph was a farm-boy at heart, an avid reader, rarely missed an Ohio State football game, and loved being with his family. Though very quiet in nature, even until his last days, he was quick to provide sage advice to his sister, children, and grandchildren. One of his Air Force ER's stated that "when Ralph speaks you better listen." He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his brother, Arthur Gene Crago. He is survived by his sister, June C. Ginther of Chillicothe, Ohio; his children: Carrie D. Crago of Swansea, Illinois, and Ralph D. (Jill) Crago, Jr. of Gilbert, Arizona; his grandchildren: Claire, William, Vincent, Emily, Libbi, and Shaelani Crago and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials, In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Union United Methodist Church - Music Ministry, or the Wounded Warrior Project. Visitation: Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 13, 2020 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois. Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 13, 2020 at Kurrus Funeral Home with Rev. Dennis D. Price officiating. Interment will be held at Grandview Cemetery in Chillicothe, Ohio on Thursday, July 16, 2020.





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