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Air Force Weather


January 2006 - December 2010

Departures from December 2005 and earlier

The obituaries posted below have been submitted by family or friends.  Some notifications only provide the name and year of death and will be posted on the deceased list (for members only) at

Obituaries are now being listed by when they are received and NOT by date.

 John Landis Conley, LtCol USAF (Ret.), 65, of Trenton, IL, died Sunday, December 24, 2006 at his home.  He was born March 4, 1941 in DeRidder, LA, son of Mancel and Carrie Conley, and they both preceded him in death.  He married Margaret Ann Cooley March 26, 1959 in Bon Weir, TX, and she survives in Trenton, IL.  Other survivors include a daughter, Kaylynn (Don) Strieker of Monroe, OH a son, Michael (Sybil) Conley of Trenton; three grandchildren, Chase Strieker of Monroe, OH, and Miranda and ZoŽ Conley of Trenton; a sister, Mary Lynn Wiley of Sulphur, LA; nieces, nephews, and friends.  Mr. Conley was retired from the United States Air Force, where he earned the rank of Colonel (declined) and from Koch Candy Company in Trenton, where he was the general manager.  He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1963 with a degree in mathematics education, and earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Meteorology from Texas A & M University in 1971.  He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, and was awarded the bronze star for valor above and beyond the call of duty, along with numerous other wartime medals and commendations. He was a member of Trenton American Legion Post 778 and Trenton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7983. He was past president of the board of directors at First United Methodist Church, Trenton, and former lay leader. He was a past president of the Trenton Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Trenton Library Board, charter president of the Trenton Industrial Commission, and a member and past president of the South Central Transit District in Centralia.  He was a charter member of the AWA.

Henry James Edmund Cooper, known as "Harry" to friends and family, died unexpectedly August 23, 2010 at his home in Tallahassee, FL. Harry was born on June 22, 1942, in Liverpool, England to Harry Cooper and Anne Bird. He spent his childhood in England where he attended Secondary school at St. Mary's College in Crosby, earning his A-Levels in Science. At the age of 18, Harry emigrated to Riverside, California, where he held jobs picking oranges, and spray-painting sheet metal, spending his first paycheck on a guitar and a pair of Levi's. He left California after joining the US Air Force as a weather observer, briefly spending time in Texas and Illinois before being stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City. During this time, Harry attended classes at Gulf Coast Community College, where he met his future wife, Jane, when she purchased his English textbook. After his discharge from the Air Force, he used the GI bill to pursue a degree in International Affairs at Florida State University, in Tallahassee, FL. This time in his life formed the foundation for many lifelong friendships and relationships, both personal and professional. After many visits to the University of Florida in Gainesville, he was married to Jane Edwards at a ceremony in her hometown of Panama City, FL, on November 19th, 1970. Shortly thereafter the newlyweds set up housekeeping in Tallahassee, where Harry returned to Florida State University, earning his BS in Mathematics and his MS in Applied Mathematics. Harry moved to Charlottesville, VA, accepting a fellowship to the University of Virginia and later earning his PhD in Environmental Sciences. This time in his life saw the birth of his son, Matthew, in 1981 and the birth of his daughter, Marianne, in 1985. Harry accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center followed by a position with Simpson Weather Associates. In 1987 Harry returned with his family to Tallahassee where he rejoined the company of many friends, family, and associates. He was a lecturer and researcher at Florida State University until his retirement in 2008. Over his career, Dr. Cooper was the author many scientific publications, delivered many formal addresses and seminars at numerous scientific forums, conferences, workshops and symposia, was the recipient of research grants from Federal and State funding agencies, and reviewed papers and proposals from a variety of sources. Dr. Cooper had close collaborations and friendships with some of the finest minds in his chosen field. These included noted Prof.'s Dr. Tzvi Gal Chen, Dr. Robert Simpson, Dr. Joanne Simpson, Dr. Mike Garstang, and Dr. Eric Smith, as well as Dr. David Emmitt of Simpson Associates, Dr. David Martsolf of University of Florida IFAS, Dr. Alberto Mugnai at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics in Frascati, Italy, and Prof. Gregory J. Tripoli at the University of Wisconsin's Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department. Harry was fun. His presence and unique perspective brought energy to the room. He was modest to a fault, intellectual and compassionate, talented, inspiring, encouraging, and honest. He was a loving father and a loving husband who cared deeply for his wife and children. Harry believed that friendships were not fleeting, but meant to last a lifetime. He was loving and beloved, and the world is a poorer place without him. Harry is survived by his wife, Jane; his son, Matthew; his daughter, Marianne; his son-in-law, Richard Orr, and his brother-in-law, Steven Edwards. In Britain, he is survived by his sister, Maureen Adair, and her husband, John; by his nephew, Ian Adair and wife Sally, and their children Bethen, Alice, and Evie; and by his niece Alison Scott and husband Geoff, and their children Lucy and Clara. A Memorial Mass was held on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Tallahassee, FL.

Edward J. Rehberg, 77, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Aug. 11, 2010, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha following a long illness. Funeral Mass took place at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Entombment took place at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Surviving are his wife, RoseMary; children, Julie Ann Ortis and husband Joseph of Fairbanks, Alaska and James C. Rehberg of Cedar Rapids; and granddaughters, Tyse Adams of Cedar Rapids and Spring and Stevie Ortis, both of Fairbanks, Alaska.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  Edward Joseph Rehberg was born Sept. 26, 1932, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Edward C. and Josephine (Cieniewski) Rehberg. He served his country honorably in the United States Air Force Air Weather Service during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Loyola University. He was united in marriage to RoseMary Leinen on June 18, 1956, in Earling, Iowa. He was owner and operator of Forms IV from 1972-1994, as well as owning the Westside Lounge from 1979 to 1984. He later worked for Source Data Systems from 1994 to 1999. He was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Marion American Legion and the Cedar Rapids Stamp Club. He enjoyed stamp collecting, fishing, reading, and watching the Chicago Cubs.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Hospice of Mercy.

John Francis Whittemore, formerly of Dalton, Georgia, died Saturday, May 29, 2010 in Decatur at the age of 91. Mr. Whittemore is survived by Jessie, his wife of 63 years; daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Richard Price; son and daughter in-law, John Whittemore and Amy Landesberg; daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth W. and Richard Carroll; brother, Paul Whittemore; sister, Bessie Lou Jackson; 8 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren. He served in the Army Air Corps 15th Weather Squadron in the Pacific during WWII.  A memorial service was held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 4th, at Dalton First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to be sent to the American Heart Association .

Howard Gilbert McNeil peacefully passed into the Lord's arms on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. Burial: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. At his request, services are limited to immediate family. Memorials: Donations may be directed, if desired, to Community Hospice of Texas, 1111 Summit Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76102, or the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, Texas 75219. Howard was born Oct. 24, 1920, to Malcolm and Frances McNeil of Chicago, Ill., the second of their four children. Known to many as "The Old Weatherbird," he was a fixture on local television and radio for a number of years. As a proud member of the United States Air Force and later the Department of Defense for 33 years, he served as a meteorological officer, retiring from the Air Force's Air Weather Service Command while stationed at Carswell Air Force Base. When asked what his most lasting memory of his military service was, he would often respond with a recounting of his being part of the team sent aloft in a B-29 at the Trinity Site when the first atomic bomb was detonated, the event that marked the start of the atomic age. His role was to observe the effects of high altitude winds on radiation fallout. Prior to his assignment to Fort Worth's Carswell Air Force Base, he had served at a number of military installations worldwide, including the front lines in Korea, as well as Bermuda, where he was part of the Air Force's hurricane hunters. He served as chief weather forecaster for the original test flights of the B-58, F-111 and F-16, as well as a number of U.S. presidential flights aboard Air Force One. He was a graduate of the University of Denver. He also did postgraduate work at Texas Christian University. He had a love of the outdoors and enjoyed traveling the world. Always an inquisitive soul, he was a lifelong learner and a voracious reader. It would be hard to imagine a finer dad for his three sons; he served for years as a scoutmaster and youth sports coach while they were growing up. He was a longtime member of First Congregational Church in Fort Worth and an active member of several local organizations, including the Masons, the Scottish Clans of North Texas, the Council of World Affairs and Kiwanis International. An avid genealogist, he was successful in tracing his family’s lineage back to the Mayflower. The family is grateful to Dr. John Nugent and his staff at Texas Oncology for their gentle care and compassionate advice throughout his late-life struggle with myelodysplasia/leukemia. He was preceded in death by his second son, Brian McNeil of Breckenridge, Colo.; brother, Bob McNeil of Portland, Ore.; and sister, Carol Gordon of Hendersonville, N.C. Survivors: His wife of 67 years and the love of his life, Dorothy Klaas, whom he married Feb. 20, 1943; sons and wives, Scott and Ruthie McNeil of Atlanta, Ga., and Bruce and Ruth McNeil of Fort Worth; sister, Corinne Jordan of River Forest, Ill.; granddaughters, all who reside in the Metroplex, Heather Nichter and husband, Corbett, Kelly O'Connell and husband, Shawn, Katherine McNeil and Shannon McNeil; and great-grandchildren, Brian McNeil Nichter and Grace Nichter.
Funeral Services for Ann Turco were held on, Tuesday October 26, 2010 at 11:00 AM at The Community Chapel in Melbourne Beach, FL and a graveside service at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at Blitchton Family Cemetery, Blitchton, FL. Ann Blitch Turco, 78, a resident of Melbourne Beach, was born on January 21, 1932 in Ocala, FL, and died at her home on October 24, 2010.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 48yrs, Lt. Col. (Ret. USAF) Francis S. Turco. She is survived by her brother, Sim Blitch of LaGrange, GA; son, Michael Landis (Laura) of Orlando, FL; and son, Douglas Lee of Celebration, FL; two grandsons, Nicholas and Zachary; step-granddaughter, Leslee, and one great-grandchild, Sarah Beth. Ann grew up as a country girl in Blitchton, FL, graduated from Ocala High School, and graduated with a degree in education from Florida State University. Mrs. Turco traveled the world with her Air Force Weather Service husband, raising their two sons.
They retired to Melbourne Beach in 1983 and she loved her life on the ocean. Ann loved to travel and see the sights of the world. Mrs. Turco was quite involved with her church, The Community Chapel on Melbourne Beach; she was an American Red Cross Volunteer for 36 years; volunteered with the American Cancer Society and was herself a breast cancer survivor; was very active with the Patrick Air Force Base's Retired Officers Wives Club and was their "Sunshine Chairman" for many years; and was awarded the "Civilian Volunteer of the Year" for Patrick Air Force Base in 2008 for her volunteer service there in the hospital. Ann never met a stranger, she loved to chat with people and find out what they had in common. She will be dearly missed by many. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be directed to the American Red Cross, The American Cancer Society , Hospice of Health First or the Scholarship Fund of the Military Officers Association of America (

Professor Lieutenant Colonel WILLYS D, (Bill) WUEST, President of the English Speaking Union, Norwich and Norfolk, UK died peacefully at home on October 30th at age 82 years. Bill was husband of Mary, father of Martin and Vanessa and grandad of Oliver, Natasha and Michael. Funeral service will be held at St. Andrew's Church, Hingham on Friday, November 12th at 2.30 p.m. Family flowers only please, but donations if desired, for Wymondham Rapid Response or The Windmill Surgery, Wymondham, may be left at the service or sent c/o Breckland Funeral Services, 25 Norwich Road, Watton, IP25 6DA.
Bill Wuest was born on 10 October 1928 at Evanston, Cook County Illinois, USA. He was known as a great supporter of close links between the United States and his adopted country. He was a former governor of the 2nd Air Division Memorial Trust, which safeguards the American Library at the Forum in Norwich and was also president of the Norfolk and Norwich English Speaking Union.
Willys J Wuest, always known as Bill, was posted to RAF Sculthorpe, near Fakenham, in 1951 as a meteorologist with the United States Air Force, he retired after 20 years as lieutenant colonel after serving alongside the Japanese Defense Force. For much of his career, he was involved in highly-secret postings, not least at Sculthorpe, then a home of nuclear weapons, and then later spending five years near Las Vegas attached to the USAFs 1129th SAS at Groom Lake, where the invisible A-12 Blackbird plane was developed. Later, he served at Alconbury, near Huntingdon, and also at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Wuest, did a first degree at the University of Illinois before completing his masters at the University of Chicago. Then he was sent to Army Language School at Monterey, California, where he became fluent in Russian and German.
But it was his expertise in meteorology, which was to earn him rapid promotion in the USAFs air weather service. While weather and forecasting always remained a prime interest, he went on to specialize in aeronautical topics. He was given a chair by the worlds leading aeronautical university, Embry-Riddle, of Florida and then as part of its Worldwide Campus network lectured service personnel at Air Force bases in England. He used his charm to invite leading aviation figures including former war-time RAF aces Douglas Bader and Johnnie Johnson as guest lecturers.
He married Mary in 1954, and since then they have lived at Old Buckenham for more than a dozen years and more recently at Hingham. He had bought a 1928 Swift dating from the year of his birth and was frequently seen driving the vintage car around the district. A member of the Anglian Balloon Club for many years, he also managed three flights on Concorde.
With his ear for language, he also had the knack of writing poetry and often composed an impromptu note of thanks or for a golden weddings. Gifted with a stentorian voice, he was also a popular master of ceremonies at annual thanksgiving reunion dinners for many years. He was also heavily involved with the Friends of the 2nd Air Division, serving on the committee, and in 2006 was invited as guest of honor to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the USAF at Mildenhall.
He leaves a widow, Mary, and son, Martin, who is a microchip engineer living in the USA, and daughter, Vanessa, and three grandchildren. His oldest grandson, Oliver, is studying aeronautical engineering at Imperial College.

Lowell A. Schuknecht, 91, died Sunday, June 27, 2010. He was born November 24, 1918 in Chancellor, South Dakota. He graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines in 1940, with a degree in Civil engineering. He then entered M.I.T. in Boston where he earned a Masters Degree in Meteorology. Shortly thereafter, he was called to active duty in the Army Air Corps. His first assignment was at Bangor Base in Maine, where he met Frances, the love of his life and they were married in 1942. Six months later, Lowell was ordered to an assignment overseas and served his country in tours of duty in Greenland, as 8th Weather Squadron Commander in Newfoundland (1948-49), and the Azores Islands. Lowell received commendation for his service and accuracy in briefing pilots. He was then assigned to the Strategic Air Command in Nebraska and was promoted to Lt. Colonel. After successfully graduating from Air War College in Montgomery, he was assigned Commander of the 15th Weather Squadron in Okinawa (1955-57) and later was assigned at Kunia Forecast Center, Wheeler AFB, Hawaii where he was responsible for military weather support for the Pacific Ocean area. He received another commendation for leadership and was assigned to the 9th Weather Squadron, March AFB in California, where he retired in 1968, after 28 years of service. After retirement, Lowell worked with Lockheed and as a consultant with several environmental firms in Atlanta. In his later years Lowell was very active at Dunwoody Baptist Church, faithfully attending and serving as a Deacon for many years. His favorite hobbies were gardening, reading and walking his dogs. Lowell was preceded in death by his beloved wife Frances. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his four children; sons, Lowell Schuknecht Jr. and Robert Schuknecht; daughters, Nan Keller and Kathy Sykes; 9 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services celebrating Mr. Schuknecht's life were held at 11 o'clock, Thursday, July 1, 2010, at Dunwoody Baptist Church, 1445 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Interment followed at Arlington Memorial Park, Atlanta.

Sebastian Zappulla, Lt Col USAF (Ret.)

Resident of Rocklin, CA

Passed away peacefully at home on Aug 4th, 2010.

Seb grew up in Virginia and became a meteorologist for the USAF. During WWII, he was in the 1st Weather group sent to Iceland where he met Sigrun, the love of his life. He served his country for over 30 years and retired in San Jose in 1964. He is greatly missed by all those lucky enough to have known him. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association.

Howard E. Lysaker, Col USAF (Ret.) 86, of Mascoutah, Ill., born in La Crosse, Wis., died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at his residence. Howard retired as Commander of the 11th Weather Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska after 30 years of active duty. He helped pioneer the science of tracking weather from airplanes during World War II. He was a navigator and nose gunner on a B-24 Bomber for the 55th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. He flew 37 missions over Guam and Iwo Jima. That squadron was the first, the last and only hurricane hunters of the Pacific. Howard was the recipient of the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Clusters, American Theater Ribbon, Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit and a veteran of World War II and Vietnam wars. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association. He was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Lysaker; his parents, Elmer and Katherine, nee Elsen, Lysaker; two sisters, Carol Lysaker in infancy and Ethel Mae Olsson. Surviving are his wife, Doris L., nee Ender, Lysaker whom he married in La Crosse, Wis., Oct. 20, 1950; two sons, Mike Lysaker of Springfield, Ill., and Jim (Deb) Lysaker of Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Mary Lysaker and Kathy (Don) Rosenkrans, both of Castle Rock, Colo.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, David Lysaker of La Crosse, Wis. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38148-0142. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Visitation: There will be no visitation. Funeral: There will be private graveside services in La Crosse, Wis., at a later date.

Edmund David "Dave" Wallace, SMSgt USAF (Ret.), 63, Lawton, OK died Sunday, May 23, 2010. He retired from Air Force weather at AFGWC, Offutt AFB, NE and had been a grey beret AF Combat Weather Warrior. After retirement he worked on the KSWO-TV weather team and became a civilian Weather Forecaster at Sheppard AFB, TX. He also was a dedicated HAMM radio operator & storm chaser. He died of accidental drowning while enjoying one of his favorite Funeral occurred at the First Baptist Church, Altus, OK and burial was in Warren Cemetery.

Robert J. Powers, Colonel, USAF, Retired Oct. 8, 1928 - July 4, 2010 Bob was
born in Medford, Massachusetts, and passed from our earthly realm in Austin, Texas on Sunday evening. He made friends with everyone he met and had a heart as big as Texas. He is survived by his loving wife Carol of 55 years, daughters Susan Joy Powers of Scottsdale Arizona and Nancy Powers Beckham of Austin, Texas, son-in-law John Beckham, and granddaughter Katie Beckham, and close family friend Pauline Sirois. He is also survived by his younger brother Don Powers of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Private family services are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Christopher House of Hospice Austin. Our world was made better by Bob's presence, and we'll all have to work harder to fill his shoes. Here's to you, Bobby J., we'll tee up a "drinky-poo" in your honor. Gig 'em.

Judith Ellen Albro of Olympia, WA, 70, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus on July 10, 2010. She was born to Basil and Emma (Garvey) Gillam on July 12, 1939 in Clifton Springs, New York. Judith graduated from Keuka College in 1961; the same year she married William Albro, a young Air Force Weather Officer. In 1962 she was diagnosed with MS but made the decision that she had MS, MS did not have her. This attitude allowed her to lead the life she loved as an Air Force wife, mother and grandmother. Her incredible faith was a light to all who knew her and a constant source of strength for her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband Col. (Ret.) William A. Albro of Olympia; children Thomas (Tina) Albro of Seattle, and Todd (Deanna) Albro of Vancouver, WA.; grandchildren, Nathanial, Kelsey, Sarah, Nicole and Luke.  Services will be held 1:00 p.m. on Friday July 16 at. Mills & Mills Funeral Home, 5725 Littlerock Rd. SW Tumwater, WA. 98512. Visitation will be on Friday July 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the National MS Society. PO Box 4527 New York, NY 10163.



David H. Fish, Col USAF (Ret.), 90, died July 21, 2009 in Savannah, GA. David was born in Boston, MA on December 27, 1918, the son of the late Harold Dufur and Ethel Deering Fish. He was a graduate of Evanston High School in Evanston, IL, later receiving his formal education from Dartmouth College where he graduated in 1940 earning his B.A. in Physics. After college, Dave enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and through their assistance attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a degree in Meteorology. Mr. Fish had an impressive career serving in the Armed Forces spanning over forty years as he ultimately retired as Colonel from the U.S. Air Force. After his military career he used his knowledge in meteorology as he worked with American Airlines. He later began working with Montgomery Ward Company where he retired as a senior buyer in 1981. Dave retired to Skidaway Island, GA where he enjoyed playing golf, bridge and swimming in his pool. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Nicholson Fish; and brother, William Deering Fish.  He is survived by his children, daughter, Joan "Joannie" Nicholson Fish and son-in-law, Charles H. Higgins, III, of Savannah, daughter, Anne Deering Fish and companion, Philip J. Bailey of Marlborough, MA, son, Robert H. "Bob" Fish, daughter-in-law, Betsy Baer; grandson, David Joseph "DJ" Fish; and dear friend, Jackie Brasher. His hearty laugh will be missed by friends, family and all who knew him. Memorial Service was held at Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755, Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 50 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411 or to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, PO Box 1992, Savannah, GA 31402.

AustinDonald M. Austin, Major, USAF (Ret.) was born December 6, 1921 in Webster, NY and passed peacefully into his final rest after a short battle with cancer on December 20, 2009 in Sacramento CA, with his loving wife Ruby at his side. Don is also survived by his sisters, Ellen Mitkewicz of Spring City, TN and Shirley Burkhart of Lawrenceville, GA, and their children. Having no children of his own, he is also survived by countless step great grandchildren, grandchildren and children. He will be greatly missed by all. Don was a career US Air Force officer who spent 14 months as a German prisoner of War during WWII, for which he belatedly received his Purple Heart Medal on 12/13/04.  He also served in RB-29 Weather Reconnaissance Squadrons and was a navigator on the first military weather reconnaissance aircraft to successfully fly over the North Pole on March 17, 1947.  Throughout his life, he was greatly involved in POW and VFW services. Interment was at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery and a celebration of the life of Donald M. Austin was held on Sunday, January 3, 2010 at the Golden Palms Mobile Home Estates Club House in  Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to UCD Hospice, 3630 Business Drive, Sacramento, 95820.
Virginia Harris Mikell, 86, of Tampa, was called to God' s open arms February 28, 2010. She was born June 23, 1923, in Nevada, Mo. She moved at an early age with her family to South Tampa. She graduated from Plant High School in January 1942 and graduated from Sullins Jr. College in Bristol, Va., in 1944. Virginia was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald F. Herman in 1952; her son, Douglas in 1993; and most recently, her husband, pilot and meteorologist, Lt Col Emory Mikell, in January 2010.  She is survived by her sons, E. Allen Mikell of Orlando, Fla., and Gregory and Stephen of Tampa; sister-in-law, Evenell Pent of Weeki Wachee, Fla.; grand-children, Amanda E. Mikell of W. Palm Beach, Fla., Jonathan A. Mikell of Gainesville, Fla., Emory Anne Mikell of Winter Park, Fla., Sarah A. Mikell of Lexington, Ky.; and numerous other family members and friends. Virginia was a wife, mother to four sons, an active church member, and a volunteer to numerous organizations throughout her life. Her early years included working at Drew Field and MacDill during World War II. It was at MacDill that she met Donald Herman, who had just returned from New Guinea. Upon his discharge, they were married in February 1946, and they moved to Jacksonville to begin his career with the Chevrolet Division of GM. When Don died in 1952, she returned to South Tampa. When registering her son, Greg, for kindergarten, she met a recently widowed captain who was bringing his son. They married in February 1954. His career took her to Japan, Louisiana, Guam, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Being the wife of a U.S. Air Force officer afforded her time to devote to her God, her family and the community where she was stationed. Upon Emory' s retirement from the USAF in 1969, they moved back to South Tampa. Returning to the First Christian Church, where she had been baptized as a child, she became an active member. She felt honored and privileged to have served in numerous capacities, including as a member of the diaconate, as an elder, member and chairperson of numerous committees, church secretary and chairman of the board. Virginia was also key to the yearly reunions of the Plant H.S. class of ' 42, keeping alive the memories of their youth. When her youngest son left for college in 1973, she became involved with The Children' s Home of Tampa, serving in the South Tampa Auxiliary, as a staff volunteer, committee member, and as a member of the board of directors since 1978. She was especially honored when in May 2001, Virginia was recognized as Outstanding Volunteer of the Year in Tampa by The Volunteer Center of the United Way. To all who knew her, she was a tireless contributor, a classy lady, so full of boundless love and compassion, a pillar of strength and a rock in troubling times.  Inurnment services were at Garden of Memories. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Virginia' s memory to The Children' s Home Inc., 10909 Memorial Highway, Tampa, FL 33615-2511.

Sharon LucasSharon Ann Lucas, nee Austin, 67, died peacefully at home in Belleville, on July 2, 2010.  Sharon was born April 10, 1943, in Joplin, MO. 

She was a 1961 graduate of Joplin High School and a 1965 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor of science degree in social welfare.  Her husband Darrell was a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and Sharon was a full-fledged and active military wife.  She worked and was recognized for her efforts at Air Force Thrift Shops, in Air Force Family Services, and as a USO volunteer on assignments in Texas, Washington, New Jersey, California, Illinois (twice), Nebraska, and Hawaii.  She was active in school affairs and Girl Scouts for her daughters.  She was also an avid collector of teddy bears of any kind and stripe, especially orphaned teddies.  Sharon was a member of Union United Methodist Church (UUMC), Belleville, IL, and the Turkey Hill Grange.  She was a wonderful wife and friend to Darrell and a wonderful mother to her children and grandchild.  She was much loved by her family and friends and will be missed by us all.

Sharon was preceded in death by her father, Arthur B. Austin, and her mother, Jean L., nee Davis, Austin. 

Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Darrell L. Lucas; her daughters, Kimberly (Nicholas) Janes of Tucson, Arizona, and Rebecca Keiser of Belleville; her granddaughter, Sera Keiser; a sister, Linda Brown of San Jose, CA; and a niece, Leah (Robert) Quist, also of San Jose, CA.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Union United Methodist Church, to the American Cancer Society, or to your favorite charity.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

A memorial service, including a Grange memorial service, and celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2010, in the sanctuary of Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. 

Harold E. Roudebush 89, Topeka, KS, passed away August 10, 2009. Mr. Roudebush was born in Peru, IL on January 2, 1920 to the late Delano and Clarissa White Roudebush. He spent his childhood in several different parts of west-central Illinois graduating from high school in Good Hope, IL. He earned undergraduate degrees from both Western Illinois State University and Millikin University, and furthered his education with a Masters of Science degree in chemistry from Western Illinois. Most of his career was spent as an analytical research chemist at Eli Lilly & Co. in Indianapolis, IN, where he was involved with antibiotic research and development. Mr. Roudebush served in the Pacific theater as a weather observer and meteorologist with the Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1945.  He was a weather forecaster and master sergeant with the 7th Weather Squadron AAF when discharged in November of 1945. He was proud of his service as a weather forecaster and remained a keen observer of weather all his life.  He was a 60-year member of the American Chemical Society and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, Scientech Club of Indianapolis, the Cloud Appreciation Society and the Air Weather Association. He was an active member of All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis. He lived most of his adult life in Indianapolis and the town of Wynnedale, and moved to Topeka in 2007 following the death of his wife of 58 years, Constance K. Roudebush. Mr. Roudebush is survived by his sons Philip Roudebush and his wife, Joanne Burns, of Topeka; John Roudebush and his wife, Jan Wolf, of Snellville, GA; and four grandchildren, Amelia, Matthew, Kelly and Shannon. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Indianapolis. Memorial contributions can be made to All Souls Unitarian Church Music Fund, 5805 W. 56th St., Indianapolis, IN 46226, or the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, 32 East Washington St., Suite 600, Indianapolis, IN 46204


Charles A. Oostdyk, Jr., passed away on March 17, 2010 at age 88 from leukemia surrounded by family at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda, CA.  He served as a Captain in the US Army Air Corps in WWII as a meteorologist in the European Theater.  After discharge, he was employed by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for 17 years and Aerojet General Company before founding Orange County Rubber Company, Inc.  He was President and CEO providing industrial rubber products throughout Southern California for 17 more years, representing Goodyear and Gates Rubber Company.  Charlie is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years Marjie, son Charles III, and grandchildren Chuck and Jenny.  He will be missed by his loving family, dear friends, local and across the country.  Living in Sun City, CA for the past 31 years, he was a devoted member of the United Methodist Curch and the Masonic Order Menifee Valley Lodge 289 F. & A.M.  His life was honored at a memorial service on 3/25/10 at the Sun City United Methodist Church.  He was buried at the Riverside National Cemetary 3/31/10.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in his honor to the American Cancer Society.  


James Thomas Barrett, Jr., of Douglas AZ, passed away on April 10, 2007 after a courageous struggle with lung cancer.  Jim was born January 3, 1929 in Weleetka OK to Tom and Katherine Barrett.  He joined the Air Force in 1948 and trained as a weather forecaster.  In 1953, he entered Aviation Cadets and became a 1st Lt and pilot flying B-25s.  He was a veteran of Korea and Vietnam having served in Okinawa and at Da Nang, RVN.  For two years he served as a television weathercaster on Armed Forces Radio and Television.  He was also a cold war veteran serving as a satellite imagery analyst and the Air Force's first NCO Computer Systems Analyst until his military retirement in August 1971 as a SMSgt.  In 1973 he worked at the Phelps Dodge smelter in the air quality control department and retired in 1987 as the Chief Meteorologist.  He taught aviation meteorology at Cochise College for two years and then returned to Phelps Dodge to work on a special project at the Playas, NM smelter.  There, he developed a smoke dispersion model that saved thousands of jobs by keeping the copper mines open.  On January 3, 1982, he married Lydia Enriquez Ebner and they shared his remaining years finishing careers, building a cabin in the Chiricahua Mountains, and enjoying their grandchildren.  Jim also had a hobby of carving finely detailed painted birds of Southern Arizona.  Jim had a deep appreciation of science.  He enjoyed sitting out on a starry night, watching the sky and discussing the possibilities and vastness of the universe.  There was very little he could not repair or build and he taught his family to be self-sufficient and to help others by living that example.  He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Loretta and son James.  He is survived by his loving wife Lydia, sons Mark (Kay), Neil (Allison), Scott (Lana), Charles Ebner (Juanita), Joe Ebner (Sylvia) and daughter Diane Duarte (Rick); grand children Katrina, Linda, Ricky, Crystal, Lydia, Kaeli, Stephanie, Hunter and Troy; and great grandchildren Rene, Trystin and Jersey.  A Mass of the Resurrection was held on April 14, 2007 at Saint Luke's Catholic Church and Internment followed at the Calvary Cemetery with military honors.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Douglas Run-Walk for the Cure, 2902  15th Street, Douglas AZ 85607.  

Cecil Pitts Dotson was born in Dallas, Texas, to Jennie Belle Pitts Dotson and Cecil Garland Dotson on Dec. 28, 1923, and died Jun. 22, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents and their other children, Leighton Garland Dotson and Katherine Frances Dotson. He and his wife, Beverly, were married on January 28, 1971 in Dallas. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; his three children, Glenn Dotson of Lake Kiowa, Texas; Rita Dotson Ganz Noah of Dallas; Sugie Dotson of Dallas; step-daughter Anna Dayton & husband Philippe Gandiol of Davis, CA; and 5 grand-daughters: Amanda Medaris & husband Henry of Dallas; Kimberly Dotson of Dallas (daughters of Glenn Dotson); Robin Cline, Alison Cline & Christina Cline (daughters of Sugie Dotson); and three great-grandchildren. Cecil graduated from Dallas Technical High School in 1940 as class president and with highest honors. He entered North Texas Agricultural College (NTAC) but WWII led him to drop out in 1943 to join the Army Air Corp, where he served with the 9th Air Force Bomber Command in East Anglia, England, as a meteorologist. He was the Senior Weather Forecaster for the Command, and in this role took it upon himself to fly a number of B-26 combat missions over Europe to observe the effects of weather on the operations. For this, Cecil received the Air Medal. The 9th Air Force's unique tactic of flying P-51 weather observers into enemy territory before bombing missions resulted in a high mission success rate. Cecil received a special commendation and a Bronze Star for his part in Eisenhower's weather-based decision for the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion of Europe. Captain Dotson was discharged from the US Air Force in Jan., 1946. Returning to Dallas, Cecil continued his education and graduated from SMU in 1948 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering with High Honors as well as induction into Sigma Tau School of Engineering Honor Society. Cecil worked at several local companies, including Guiberson and GSI in 1950, soon to become Texas Instruments, but was employed in a traveling job when he ran into Pat Haggerty, then Executive VP of TI. Pat remembered Cecil from his GSI days and recognizing his abilities, talked Cecil into coming back to TI in 1953. Cecil returned to Texas Instruments as head of the Methods Improvement Branch, and set up schools for Work Simplification. He was moved up to the new Transistor Division in 1954 as Manager of Manufacturing, and was then promoted to VP in 1956. In 1959, he was chosen by management to be Chairman of the Board of TI Ltd., with the task of setting up the first off-shore semiconductor factory in Bedford, England. The Dotson family lived in Europe for three years. He was soon head of TI's International Operations, and in 1968, was promoted to Sr. VP, leading a fact-finding mission to Asia to establish TI's first plants in that part of the world. He was Sr. VP and Manager of Corporate Resources and Services when he retired in March, 1973, after 22 years of service. He was universally admired for his honesty, humor, and extraordinary abilities to get tough jobs done. Cecil played an important role in the meteoric rise of TI in its early days. Cecil's retirement centered around skiing and golfing, and Vail became the family's second home. His TI management skills came into play as president of his condo association, a post he held for 25 years. As his interest shifted primarily to golf, the recreational base moved to Naples, Florida. His life-time golfing goal was to play all the great courses of the world. Although he never achieved this impossible dream, he played many of the best US and famous Scottish and European links. Cecil was a kind and considerate person with a vast intellect and wit, and will be fondly remembered by many. He served his country, his family and his friends well, and wherever Cecil passed, he left better than he found. There will be a Memorial Service held at Northway Christian Church, 7202 W. Northwest Hwy. on Friday, July 2, 2010, at 3:30 PM. Memorial contributions may be directed to UT Southwestern Medical Center, P.O. Box 910888, Dallas, TX 75391-0888 or online at donate now to support the cancer research at Simmons Cancer Center.


Joseph F. Leszcz, Lt Col USAF (Ret.)  87,  died Tuesday, April 27, 2010 in Dover, DE.  He was an Air Force veteran of World War II and after military service he became an Attorney in Dover. Services: Mass was held in Holy Cross Catholic Church and burial in Delaware Veterans Cemetery. Survived by: Wife, Marianne; children, Michael, Mary, Madalaine, Miya, Mark, Matt and Martin; sister, Helen; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Charles Marchiando
,87, of Collinsville, Ill., born Feb. 26, 1923, in Collinsville, Ill., died Thursday, March 11, 2010, at St. Anthony's Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo.  Mr. Marchiando retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 22 years, and retired from McDonnell Douglas after 17 years. He was a member of the Collinsville VFW, St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, and Shiloh Valley Camping Club.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Mary, nee Navaria, Marchiando; and two brothers, Florenz and Joseph Marchiando. Surviving are his wife, Ruth, nee Wand, Marchiando whom he married on July 1, 1947; three sons, Albert (Leslie) Marchiando of Quincy, Ill., Andrew (Barbara) Marchiando of Surprise, Ariz., and Anthony (Diane) Marchiando of St. Louis, Mo.; his daughter, Jean (Tom) Lauzon of Spotsylvania, Va.; and eight grandchildren.  Burial was at Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Collinsville, Ill.  Memorials may be made to Illinois Conservation Foundation.


CMSgt BickfordCMSgt. Robert Emerson Bickford (Ret.), 79, a resident of Warner Robins since 1970 passed away on Monday, November 2, 2009. A memorial service was held on Friday, November 6, at Harvest Church, on Hwy 41.  Mr. Bickford was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Janet Bickford and his wife, Laura Bickford. He is survived by his daughter, Ilene Gillespie (Clay); and three grandchildren, Stacy, Stephanie and David Gillespie, all of Warner Robins, GA.  Bob was born in Brooklyn, NY and joined the military at the age of 16. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force after serving 28 years. He then pursued a successful career as a realtor and appraiser. Mr. Bickford attended Harvest United Methodist Church in Byron, GA.

John Kubel Farnsworth, beloved husband and father, passed from this world on January 21, 2010, at his home in San Diego. He was born on December 13, 1916, in Shanghai, China, to Navy Commander John S. and Florence Kubel Farnsworth. He was raised in Washington, D.C. with his two younger brothers and a sister all of whom preceded him in death. Prior to the Second World War, he attended the University of Maryland and joined the National Guard. He volunteered for the Army and served in Europe with the 831st Army Engineers for four years during the war. While in England, he met and married his lifelong love and companion, Diana Muriel Buck. After the war, he switched to the new armed service branch, the Air Force, where he served in the Korean War and was a meteorologist until his retirement in 1964. While serving in the Air Force, he earned a degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois. He subsequently worked for the Clark County, Nevada, Air Pollution Control Department. After completing a master's level program in public health administration at the University of Southern California, he worked for the San Diego County Air Pollution Control Department as the deputy director until his retirement in 1980. A devoted husband and father, he was involved with service, for many years, to the Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Chula Vista. He was also active with many pro-life organizations. A kind, loving, fair and special man, he will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Diana, sons Robert (Susie) and Thomas (Laquetta) Las Vegas, Nevada; daughter Mary (Michael) McMahon, Chula Vista; son John (Kenda), Portland, Oregon; daughter Claire Matthews, Las Vegas; son Stephen, San Diego; daughter Wendy Daniel, Las Vegas; daughter Julie (Jim) Jones, San Diego; son Vincent (Gwendolyn), Prague, Czech Republic; and son Frederick, San Diego. He also has 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Chula Vista on Thursday, January 28th, at 10 a.m. with a graveside service at Holy Cross Cemetery following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Human Life International or a pro-life organization of choice.

Everett H. Sisk, 80,
of Charlottesville, Virginia died on Sunday March 7, 2010, at a local hospital.  A native of West Virginia, Everett was a military retiree and a past Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge in Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Alice Sisk; and a sister, Lorraine Vignola. He is survived by a son, Rex Sisk; and a daughter, Terri Broughton of The Colony, Texas. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Dallas Broughton and Jessica Sisk; two brothers, Harry Sisk and his wife, JoAnn, of Keswick, Virginia, and Fred Sisk and his wife, Kathy, of Kennesaw, Georgia; and his dear friend, Hazel Porterfield of Charlottesville, Virginia. A funeral service was held March 11, 2010, at the Hill and Wood Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Doctor Bill Jones officiating. Interment followed at 2 p.m. at the Culpeper Virginia National Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Funeral for Edmund David "Dave" Wallace,SMSgt(Ret) 62, Lawton, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in First Baptist Church of Altus with Dr. Jeff Moore and Timothy Farmer officiating.  Mr. Wallace died Sunday, May 23, 2010, doing one of the things he enjoyed most in life, fishing in his boat at Tom Steed Lake. Burial will follow at Warren Cemetery.
He was born Dec. 2, 1947, in Eros, La., to Edmund and Ola Mae Carter Wallace. Dave was raised and attended school in Louisiana. He joined the Air Force in 1965 at the age of 17 and served a tour of duty in Vietnam after he married his wife and best friend, Julie Ann Gilliland, on June 16, 1969, in Calhoun, La. While in the service, he was stationed in Florida, Louisiana, Alaska, Nebraska, and retired at Fort Sill, where he was acting post meteorologist. While stationed in Nebraska, Dave attended Peru College, where he earned his bachelor's degree. After his retirement from the military, he held meteorologist positions at Channel 6 with Vortex Weather in Nebraska, Channel 7 in Lawton, Channel 6 in Wichita Falls, the National Weather Service in Fort Smith, Ark. and Hobart, and finally with the civil service in Wichita Falls, where he retired in 2007 due to health issues. Dave's happiest times were spent hunting, fishing, storm chasing, gardening, and communicating world-wide helping with disaster efforts on his ham radio. He was also a published writer penning articles for Alaska Magazine. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and the NRA; however, his very favorite thing in life was his family, especially the fun he had playing with his grandkids!

Dave is survived by his wife, Julie Ann, of the home; a son, David Brantley Wallace and wife, Angela, of Blair; daughter, Amanda L. Thomas and husband, Blake, of Lawton; four grandchildren: Brantley and Jonathon Wallace, both of Altus; and Jake and Julianne Thomas, both of Lawton; a cousin, Ken and Bette Rogers, Eros, La.; and many, many friends, former co-workers and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Janie Mae Frazier.

Dave's online guest book may be signed and condolences sent at

died peacefully March 25, 2010, at Sunrise at Lower Makefield in Yardley, PA. He was 92. He was born in Indiana, PA to Charles Butera and Margaret Dimino Butera Lomando. Much of his adult life was spent in the DC metropolitan area serving as a meteorologist in the U.S. Air Force and working for the U.S. Department of Commerce.  LtCol Butera was a graduate of the University of Maryland and George Washington University. He is survived by his beloved wife Nina Emerson Butera currently residing at Sunrise at Lower Makefield; children Charles of Summit Point, WV, Robert of Morrisville, PA, Nina Rousseau of Leesburg, VA, and Patricia of Orlando, FL; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his brothers Charles Butera and Anthony Lomando, and is survived by his brother Samuel Lomando of New Kensington, PA and sister Carmella Nassick of New Kensington, PA. LtCol Butera will be buried with full military honors at the Arlington National Cemetery. There will be no local memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made to Odyssey Health Care, 512 Township Line Rd, Valley Square Bldg 2, Ste 305, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

Col. Kurt G. Blunck USAF, Ret., 78, of O'Fallon, Ill., born March 1, 1932, in New York, N.Y., died on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, Ill. Kurt was a graduate of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and attended M.I.T. for one year for weather school. He served 21 years in the Air Weather Service and nine years as Chief of MAC Data Automation and Commander of the 1500 Computer Services Squadron at Scott Air Force Base. He was a charter member of Bethany Lutheran Church in O'Fallon, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Conrad Ernst and Frieda, nee Pauli Blunck; and a brother, Dr. Conrad Jenson (Joy) Blunck. Surviving are his wife, Dell H., nee Hysmith, Blunck; a daughter, Heidi (Rev. Steve) Clark of Salt Lake City, Utah; and a son, Christoper Blunck of Troy, Ill.; and three granddaughters, Madeline, Emma and Erica; also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church or U.S.O. - McDonnell Chapter. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill. Friends may also call from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday, April 30, 2010, at Bethany Lutheran Church, O'Fallon, Ill. Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 30, 2010, at Bethany Lutheran Church, O'Fallon, Ill., with the Rev. Fred Baue and the Rev. Doug Nicely officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.

Roy August Wegener, Sr. Lt Col USAF (Ret.) April 10, 1917 - April 3, 2010
Roy A. Wegener, 92, long-time resident of Cocoa Beach, departed this life on Saturday, April 3, 2010 and is now at peace. Born April 10, 1917 in Napoleon, MO to Henry G. and Leona Meyer Wegener, beloved father, grandfather and uncle Roy is predeceased by his parents, his two sisters Eunice Kimmitt and Ella Taylor and by his cherished wife, Margaret Philips. He is survived by son Roy Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, and daughter Margaret (Peg) Dallowitz of Tampa, FL, daughter-in-law Peggi Sanborn Wegener, son-in-law Fred T. Dallowitz, and grandsons Jeremy, Cody, and Wesley Wegener, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A retired, well-traveled career Air Force officer, Roy was devoted to his church, family, friends, and above all to his Lord. His voice was often heard in Sunday worship as he sang his sincere praise with glorious enthusiasm and very capable musical prowess. Now he sings with choirs of angels. May his joyful noises continue to delight the One they are meant to honor. Roy was accorded full military honors at burial in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell on Friday, April 9th. A memorial service will be held at Roys church, Riverside Presbyterian, Cocoa Beach, on Thursday, April 15th at 11am.

Betty Canning, Betty Louise, 86 went to be with her Lord March 20, 2010. Survived by husband Douglas, children Patricia Biles (Lacey), Doug, Jr. (Edie). Grand children Michael, Stephen, Courtney, Jennifer, Leslie. Great grandchildren Matthew, Lukas, Justin, Logan. Brother DC Newman. Preceded in death by her daughter Sherry. Betty's service to her community included Altar Guild, Pink Ladies, Meals on Wheels, Air Force Officers Wives Clubs in Germany, Panama and many states. In loving memory, memorial services will be held at 2 pm, Thursday, March 25th in the Chapel of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Maitland Florida at 331 Lake Ave.  Guest book is at

Henderson Bell Herod, Jr.,
94, of O'Fallon, Illinois passed away on March 8th, 2010. He was the son of Henderson Bell Herod and Daisy Ola (nee Griffin) Herod and was born on March 19, 1915 at the home of his grandparents, Wade Preston and Victoria (nee Garrett) Herod in Hartsville, Tennessee. He spent much of early years enjoying the land where his grandfather raised tobacco and Tennessee Walking Horses. He had a great love for his Herod relatives as well as for the state of his birth. His grandfathers gift of a pony and a dog at an early age and the requirement for taking care of his pets probably instilled in him his love for animals. He received the moniker of Chick while attending a Boy Scout camp where he and his friends gave nicknames to each other and so became known to his friends as Chick. In addition to Tennessee, He also lived during his young years in Alabama and Florida before moving to New York City as a teenager. He received his education in New York public schools and at New York University before entering the working world as a safety engineer for Johnson & Higgins Insurance Brokerage. With the sounds of war, he joined the Army Air Corps and served as a pilot in World War II. After his service years, he worked in Ohio as an engineer at Mansfield Tire and Rubber Company and then for Marco Photo Finishing. He was a dedicated patriot and always desired to serve his country. In 1960, he began work in Federal Civil Service where he worked until his retirement in 1984. His assignments included Loring Air Force Base, Maine, Yokota Air Base, Japan and Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. He always found time for family activities and to enjoy some of his many hobbiesreading, cars, photography, skeet shooting, woodworking and his Apple computers. In later years, he enjoyed feeding the birds on the sun-deck and photographing them. He cherished his family, and time spent with each one was precious to him. His friends were also very important and dear to him as was his church family. He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Virginia (nee Tate); son, Alan Henderson Herod, and his wife, Sally (nee Nork); daughter, Elizabeth Carroll Herod and her husband, Thomas A. Gallagher; grandchildren: Timothy Herod; Jennifer Ellicott; Stacy Herod Marks and husband, Jason; Kristina Herod Lahiri and her husband, Kiron; Christopher Herod and his wife, Ashley; great grandchildren: Lauren Herod, Cody Herod, Colton Sposta, Alyssa Marks, and Ashley Marks; his brother, Wade Herod; nieces, nephews, and many cousins. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, April 3rd at 2:00 P. M. at the First United Methodist Church in OFallon. If desired, memorials may be made to the church, Hospice of Southern Illinois, or to the donors choice. 
Cas Mendez-Vigo stated, "Most of you will remember him as the HQ AWS Safety Officer. Chick spoke with a vibrator after an accident while flying a P 51 in WWII. He was, I believe a fine and gentle person and a very intelligent man who served AWS very well. I was lucky to have him as a neighbor and friend."

James Peter Condaxis, Col USAF (Ret.) age 91, of Branson, MO died at 7:50am, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 at his home. He was born on Nov. 7, 1918 in St. Louis, MO the son of Peter and Mersina Condaxis. He was a retired Meteorologist with The Department of Commerce and retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He had been a resident of the area for the past year having moved from Clearwater, FL. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marian Jane Condaxis of Branson, MO; three children, Mersine Kallaos of St. Louis, MO, John Condaxis of East Granby, CT, Mary Kay Hayden of St. Louis, MO; two siblings, William Condaxis of Norwood, MA, Helaine DeSilva of New York, NY; two stepchildren, Christina Tsahiridis of Branson, MO, John Kastanas of St. Louis, MO; 8 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Paul Condaxis. Visitation will be from 6-8pm on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at the funeral home. Funeral service will be held at 10am, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 at Greenlawn Funeral Home of Branson with Father Joseph Strzelecki officiating. Burial will follow at 2pm in Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, MO. Arrangements are under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home of Branson.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 409 South Old Coachman Road, Clearwater, FL 33765. Please visit our web site at to leave online condolences.

Dr.Charles Joseph Shipp
88 of Greenfield, KY died in the Belle Meade Home on January 6, 2010 after a lengthy illness.  He was born November 17, 1921 in Owensboro, KY the 4th child of Rev. William Sanford Shipp and Hannah Stith Shipp.  Dr. Shipp graduated from Hartford High School in 1939 and worked in Illinois until 1942 when he enlisted in the Army during WWII.  He served in Pacific Theatres, Central Pacific, Eastern Mandates, Northern Solomons and Okinawa where he received Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with 4 bronze stars having been in 4 major battles.  He was discharged in October 1945 as a SSgt earning an Air Medal for 100 hours of voluntary weather observation and reporting with 17th Weather Squadron flying from Guadalcanal with Navy PB4Y search group through December 1943.  After WWII with the GI Bill, he attended the University of Louisville and was admitted to the UofL Medical School in September 1949.  He graduated with an M.D. in 1953.  After an internship, he joined medical practice with G. F. Brockman III M.D. in Greenville, KY and continued family practice there for 43 years.  He was a lifetime member of KMA, AMA and the American Academy of Family Practice.  He was a member of the Greenville United Methodist Church, the 17th Weather Squadron Alumni Association and the Air Weather Association.  He was preceded in death by his parents, son Rev. Ted Shipp, sister Hannah Shipp Williams, brothers Paul, Jim, Samuel and J.W. Shipp.  He is survived by his loving companion Margaret (Boonie) Hunt of Greenville, KY, daughter Barbara (Don) Shipp Ruffalo of Sarasota, FL, four grandchildren, one brother Jacob (Mattie) Shipp of Panama City, FL and several nieces and nephews.  Memorial Services were held on January 15th at the Greenville United Methodist Church in Greenville. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Greenville.  In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the Greenville United Methodist Church, Green River Hospice or your favorite charity.

Karl Francis Grumbach, MSgt USAF (Ret.) died on December 12, 2009 in SunCity, Arizona.  He was buried at the National Memorial Cemetery ofArizona in Pheonix.  He is survived by his wife Teresa.
John added -- The Grumbach's were our guests at the AWRA reunion in SanAntonio last October.  His picture is on the reunion Web page  I have known Karl since the mid70's.  We served together at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. with ETAC.  We both transferred to Scott AFB with ETAC.  Karl later served inKorea.  Karl retired as a weather forecaster at Nellis AFB in Nevada.

MIKELL, Emory A., U.S. Air Force retired Lt. Col.
89, who was born January 10, 1921, in Bartow, Fla., died January 18, 2010, in Tampa. In his youth, Emory moved with his family from Bartow to Tampa. He graduated from Hillsborough High School and continued his education at the University of Tampa. He served 26 years in the Air Force, both as a pilot, flying "The Hump" in World War II, and as a meteorologist. He trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, serving in the Air Force weather service branch until his retirement from the Air Force. Following his retirement, Emory attended the University of South Florida, where he obtained his accounting degree and worked as a certified public accountant for 15 years.
Emory Mikell
Among his activities, he followed the Masonic Order, joining the Port Tampa Lodge 153 in 1952, entering as an apprentice. In 1953, he became a Master Mason. He was also active in the Scottish Rite where he advanced to the 32nd degree. He was also honored to receive the 33rd degree in 1991. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 135 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4321 and was a member of Sojourners. He particularly enjoyed his friendships with the members of the Tampa Chapter of the Gyro International Club. Emory was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Marie Lynn, in 1953, and his son Douglas, in 1993. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Virginia; sons, E. Allen of Orlando, Fla., Gregory and Stephen of Tampa; sister, Evanell Pent of Weeki Wachee, Fla.; grand-children, Amanda, of West Palm Beach, Fla., Jonathan of Gainesville, Emory of Winter Park, Fla., Sarah of Lexington, Ky., and numerous other family members and friends. He will be missed by all who knew him. There is solace in knowing that Emory has slipped his earthly bonds and now soars again in the clouds. A celebration of life will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 23, at the Blount & Curry Chapel, 605 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa. This will be preceded by a visitation, beginning at 10 a.m. Contributions to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers would be appreciated. Burial will be held at a later date.

Kenneth C. Spengler (1915-2010) AMS Executive Director Emeritus, charter member of the NWA and Brig Gen (Ret.) US Air Force Weather, passed away on January 28th at the age of 94. Funeral information at and copied below.   See also  where comments can be entered. 

Kenneth C. Spengler (1915-2010)

SPENGLER, Kenneth C. Of Lexington, Jan. 28, 2010. Husband of the late Margaret (Husic) Spengler. Father of Kenneth C. Spengler Jr. and his wife Ellen of Exeter, NH, John D. Spengler and his wife Carolyn of Watertown, Thomas M. Spengler and his wife Michele of Vienna, VA, Mark N. Spengler and his wife Diane of Arlington, and Stephen R. Spengler and his wife Sarah of Vienna, VA. Grandfather of Daniel, Elizabeth, Matthew, Sarah, Carrie, Emily, Katelyn, Rebecca, Lauren, Brittany, and Tatiana. Ken is also survived by 6 greatgrandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Brigadier General U.S.A.F. (Retired). Executive Director of the American Meteorological Society for 45 years. Funeral from the Douglass Funeral Home, 51 Worthen Rd. LEXINGTON Monday Feb. 1 at 9:30am followed by a Mass of Christian burial at Sacred Heart Church, Lexington at 11:00am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours Sunday 3:00 - 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Spengler Fund at the American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon St. Boston, MA 02108 ( or to the Kenneth Spengler Memorial fund, Dickinson College, P.O. Box 1773, Carlisle, PA 17013 ( Interment private. Douglass Funeral Home Lexington 781-862-1800

Walter Melnik, 88, of Shetland Lane, Poland, Ohio, passed away Monday evening, Dec. 21, 2009, at Park Vista of Youngstown following an extended illness. Walter was born Nov. 24, 1921 in Campbell, Ohio a son of the late Stephen and Eva Litwin Melnik, and was a lifelong area resident.  Walt was a 1940 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and subsequently served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. In the Air Corps, Mr. Melnik waltermrlnikattained the rank of Master Sergeant and was a weather forecaster and hurricane and typhoon hunter. After serving in the military, Walter attended Case Western Reserve University and was a 1949 graduate of the Cleveland Engineering Institute. He also attended the University of Chicago, where he studied meteorology. Walter worked as a structural engineer for Boardman Steel for 27 years, retiring in 1989. Previously, he had worked for Clingan and Frost Architects for 13 years, did consulting work for Gunner Field airport in Wisconsin and for Caterpillar Club in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Melnik was a member of the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Youngstown, where he was a member of the church choir and was a lector. He was also a member of the church council, was a member of the building committee and was an advisor to the construction of the St. Anne Church complex in Austintown. He was also an advisor to the construction of the Holy Trinity parish shrine project. For his dedication to the church community, Walter received the Papal Award for his outstanding service to the church. Walter was a member of the Cursillo Movement, the League of Ukrainian Catholics, the Mahoning-Shenango Alumni Association, the Ukrainian National Association, and the Ohio Cultural Society. He was a partner in the Skyway Lane Bowling Center in Coitsville Township in the 1960s, and was a member of the Holy Trinity - St. Anne golf league and of the Gaelic Society golf league. Mr. Melnik was also a member of DAV Chapter No. 2, was a member of the Air Force Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and of the Air Weather Association.  His wife, Anne T. Lapin Melnik, whom he married April 20, 1963, passed away April 23, 2005.  Mr. Melnik leaves three sisters, Anna (Charles) Kihm of Austintown, Olga Kowalczyk of Lowellville and Maria (Edward) Tirpack of Campbell; and several nieces and nephews.  Walter will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Peter P. Melnik, who was killed in World War II in 1945.  Interment with military honors was held on 28 December 2009 at the Holy Rosary Cemetery in Lowellville, where Walter will be laid to rest next to his wife.
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Steven Puskar Jr., Col USAF
(Ret.) 90, of Satellite Beach, Florida died Monday, November 2, 2009.  Col Puskar was the Air Weather Service Comptroller from July 70 - July 72 when the function was abolished.  His wife Sylvia died in 1993.


Luke V. Campeau, 89, of Aurora, Colorado suffered a heart attack and died, November 3, 2009. He was a Veteran of World War II. Served in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of the Army Air Corp 15th Weather Squadron and member of American Guerrillas of Mindanao, Philippines and was awarded the Bronze Star. He is survived by his wife - Fran, children and spouses - Lyn Batcheller of Sioux Falls, SD, Sheila Campeau & Mike Mohoric of Laguna Nigel, CA, Debra Campeau & Steve Hopkins of Denver, CO, Kris Olinger of Denver, CO, Steve Campeau & Eric Herrli of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Jeff & Kathy Campeau of Breckenridge, CO and Matt & Margie Campeau of Louisville, KY. Grandchildren - Paul & Erika Batcheller, Joe & Shauna Batcheller, Jarrid Campeau, Clara Rose Campeau, Gracie Campeau, Eli Campeau, Aaron Hafliger, Adam Hafliger, and AnnaLise Hafliger. Great grandchildren - Lila Batcheller and Owen Batcheller. Mass of Christian Burial, was held at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Aurora. Interment was at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S. Sheridan, Denver, CO.  Luke was an active Air Weather Association member attending many of the bi-annual reunions with his wife Fran. He began his weather career with the 15th Weather Squadron in the Pacific and kept up with the 15th and 20th WS Alumni at their annual get togethers.  Luke was a past-president of the A.G.O.M. (American Guerrillas of Mindanao) Association. Their motto is -- We Remained 1941-1945.  When the Japanese took over the Island of Mindanao, 136 Americans hid in the jungles instead of surrendering.  They survived and continually harassed the Japanese until Gen. MacArthur recaptured the Philippines. They were also joined later by others (including Luke and other 15WS members) who came to the islands by submarine to provide weather reports and surveillance of enemy troop and ship activities in preparation for the return of Gen. MacArthur.  Luke attained the rank of CWO before discharge.


Robert Michael Simpson (1942-2008), 66 died on Monday, September 15, 2008 at his home in Grayson, Kentucky.  He served in the Air Weather Service after graduating from Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland, KY.  He was a Veteran of Vietnam.  He was a member of the AWA, American Legion and VFW, a Cub Scout leader for many years and a member of the Baptist faith.  Robert worked 32 years as a meteorological technician for the National Weather Service, retired from the Charleston, SC weather forecast office in 1999 and received many awards for his outstanding service.  After retirement he moved back to his roots in the mountains of eastern KY.  He is survived by his wife Barbara Walker Simpson; a daughter, Mary Ann Lewis; Grayson; a granddaughter, Megan Dawn Lewis; and a great-grandson, Ryland Scott Pfau all of Grayson.  He is also survived by two brothers and three uncles.  Funeral was held in Grayson and Interment was in Cribbs Hill Cemetery with military honors. 

Gary Leon Sickler, Lt Col USAF (Ret.) (1945-2009) a loving husband, father, and grandfather, 64, passed away Monday, Oct 26, 2009, surrounded by family and friends at his residence in Weatherford, Texas.
Memorial Service: 11 a.m. Friday, 30 October 2009 at White's Chapel of Memories in Weatherford.
Gary was born June 6, 1945 in Cooperstown, New York. Gary enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of eighteen. His incredible rise through the enlisted ranks then through the officer ranks, culminated in his command of the Air Force Combat Weather Center, Hurlburt Field, FL. Gary retired in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after thirty-three years of faithful and stalwart service to his country. Having earned his PhD in Meteorology, he then embarked on his second career - research scientist and lecturer at his alma mater, Texas A&M University in College Station. Upon retirement, he taught at Embry Riddle University and Weatherford College. Gary's professional life was forged by hard work, discipline, and integrity. It was marked by success, the respect of his peers, and a reputation for dedication to excellence.
Gary's personal life was rich with family. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary E. Taylor and step-father, Robert Taylor>.   He is survived by his adoring wife, Kellie Ann Sickler and son, Cody; sister, Kimberly Taylor; daughter, Lisa Stolt and her husband, Mike; son, Eric Sickler and his wife, Sherry; son, Joshua Sickler and his wife, Nichole; beloved grandchildren, Taylor, Ryan, and Emily Stolt, Savannah and Jake Sickler, Riley Sickler and Skylar Polansky; nephew, Rocky Matthews and niece, Rachel Matthews. Nothing brought a smile to his face and a twinkle to his eye like his family. He was a dedicated provider, fierce defender, and a hopeless sentimental. Gary's last years were happily spent hunting in the mountains of Colorado and adventuring in his new motor home camping and bass fishing. He will be dearly missed.

 Freeman R. Smith, CWO-4 USAF (Ret.) (1918-2009) passed away at age 90 on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, at a Sacramento area hospital. Interment was at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA, on October 26th.  Freeman was one of the few remaining retired CWO-4s in the US Air Force; he retired in 1970 after 28 years of active service as a military meteorologist.  His post-retirement employment was as a meteorologist with the California Air Resources Board.  He was a charter member of the AWA and the National Weather Association and a long-term member of the American Meteorological Society and many military/veteran's associations. He will be remembered by many for his longtime service as the first locator/database maintainer for the Air Weather Association.  The scope of his efforts as the editor of the AWA world-wide roster is still seen today.  Freeman is survived by his wife, Teruko/Terry, two adult sons, an adult daughter, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Cyriaque John Loisel, Col USAF (Ret.) (1922-2009) passed away peacefully October 8, 2009 in his home after a difficult struggle with lung cancer.  He was born June 28, 1922 in the Bronx, NY.  He graduated from Queens College in 1942, St. Louis University in 1952 and M.I.T. in 1961.  Colonel Loisel proudly served in the United States Air Force for 26 years as a Command Pilot and Meteorologist.  In World War II he flew 100 missions in B-25's and was credited with sinking six Japanese warships and freighters.  In the Korean War he flew B-29's over North Korea.  During the Vietnam conflict Colonel Loisel was the Vice Commander of the First Weather Group, Saigon, South Vietnam.  His assignments took him to California, Morocco, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Illinois where he retired in August 1970 as the Vice Commander, Headquarters Air Weather Service.  His first wife Virginia Loisel preceded him in death in 1992.  He is survived by his present wife Carolyn Loisel of Green Valley, AZ, his daughter Jacqueline Kittleson, his son John Loisel, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  Colonel Loisel will be interred at the Olivewood Cemetery, Riverside, CA.

Duane R. (Bob) Goodman, Lt Col USAF (Ret.),
(1928-2009), passed away on 14 June 2009.  He had been an RAO volunteer at McChord AFB WA for the last fourteen years, and had served as the RAO Office Manager for the last five years.  He took on the leadership role and set a fine example for all RAO volunteers to follow.  Bob will be kindly remembered by those he worked with and all that he met.  Bob was a graduate of Oregon State and went on to earn a Masters Degree from MIT.  Bob retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Col in 1972 and from the Washington State Department of Ecology in 1993.  Bob Goodman is survived by his wife Emma and son Steven, daughters Sharon and Susan and stepchildren Michael, Jean and Joanne and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Virginia AldrichALDRICH, Virginia ''Ginny''
(1920-2009) survived by her husband, Maj Gen (Ret.) Thomas A. Aldrich former AWS Commander.  A resident of Sacramento for the past 31 years, Virginia Peterson Aldrich, better known as ''Ginny'', was born in Alta , Iowa . She passed away on September 26, 2009, at age 89. Daughter of Annie and Marenus Peterson, she graduated from Fairview High School in 1938 and attended college in Chicago , where she met her husband Tom Aldrich in 1943. They were married for 65 years. She is survived by her husband, daughter Sharon and husband Ralph Lingis, daughter Pam and husband James Williams, and son Tom and wife Kathy, three loving grandchildren, Mark Williams, Cliff Williams, and Meagan Lingis, and great-grandchild Ashlee Williams. She is also survived by a sister, Helen Johnson, and predeceased by a sister, Bernice Harding, plus two brothers, Wesley and Virgil Peterson. Ginny will always be remembered for her kindness and concern for others as wife of Major General Tom Aldrich. She traveled much, residing worldwide and entertaining gracefully for 36 years while her husband was in the U.S. Air Force. Among those she hosted were President Richard Nixon, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Presidential Advisor Henry Kissinger, Secretary of Treasury John Connally and wife Nellie, Marine Corps Commandant General Chapman, and numerous other foreign and domestic dignitaries around the world. Ginny had a talent for quickly making a house into a home - a necessity as her family moved 35 times during her husband's career in the military. She was a greatly admired and respected leader among Air Force wives. As a general officer's wife she was active in guiding the Officers' Wives Club and NCO Wives Club. She was also very involved in overseeing base volunteer family support functions at all bases under her husband's command. However, her first priority was always her husband, children and grandchildren. Ginny was a very active member of Fremont Presbyterian Church in Sacramento . She served as an elder, deacon, usher and greeter. She was well known for using her greatly-enjoyed talent of calling and writing letters to assure the sick and troubled that they were being prayed for and cared about. She was an enthusiastic supporter of all sports, especially football. She loved to play bridge. Her many friends and loved ones will always remember her for the way she deeply cared for people. She leaves a huge vacuum in the hearts of all who were privileged to know her. She left the world a better place during her very active and caring sojourn. Memorial services will be held at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive in Sacramento , Calif. on October 15th at 11:30AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vision Fund, Fremont Presbyterian Church. Interment will be at Happy Homestead Cemetery in South Lake Tahoe , Calif.

Rev. Robert Floyd McGlew
and SMSgt USAF (Ret.) age 82, longtime Amesbury, MA, resident, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He battled esophageal cancer for more than a year and it traveled into his lungs.   Born in Newburyport, April 8, 1927, he was the son of the late Floyd W. and Dorothy (Brown) McGlew and was a graduate of Newburyport High School.  Bob left high school during war time and enlisted in the United States Navy, serving from June 6, 1945 until his honorable discharge on August 11, 1946. He returned and graduated from Newburyport High School in 1947. He learned to fly at the Plum Island airport and then attended Gottschalk School of Aeronautics in Michigan. It was there he developed a keen interest in meteorology, which set the course for the remainder of his lengthy military career. He proudly served in the Air Force from December 23, 1949, during both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and he was honorably discharged on December 31, 1968 with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.   Bob attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1979 at the Byfield Parish Church. He continued his dedicated ministry, serving as Associate Pastor and Director of Elder Ministries of the Byfield Parish church. He also served several churches as interim pastor in New England and Florida.  He is survived by his devoted wife of forty six years, Margery J. (Hills) McGlew of Amesbury; two daughters, JoAnn E. Whitley and husband Raymond of Salisbury; Jennifer E. Hills-MacFaden and husband Scott; six grandchildren, Benjamin Roy, Sarah Poulin and husband Raymond; Philip Whitley and wife Elisabeth; Joel Roy, Daniel Roy and Maya Zolnay; two great-grandchildren, Josiah and Samuel Whitley; two sisters, Barbara Reardon of Seabrook and Marilyn Chase of Exeter, NH; along with several nieces, nephews, a former daughter-in-law Stephanie Roy, and many loving friends. Robert was predeceased by his son, Lawrence "Bud" Roy, Jr., and by his sister, Patricia Devenish.  A memorial service was held Sunday, September 20, 2009 at the Byfield Parish Church, 132 Jackman Street, Georgetown, MA. Interment was private for the family.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for the Patnership Program, 130 Essex St., South Hamilton, MA 01982. Checks can be made payable to Gordon-Conwell, please add Partnership Program-Robt. McGlew in memo.

Garthel Brett, 79, passed away Friday, September 4, 2009. She was born in Lowndes County, GA on January 14, 1930. Garthel lived at the Indian River Colony Club in Melbourne where she was an avid golfer and bridge player. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Col USAF (Ret.) Walter R. "Dick" Brett; children, Brenda (Tom) Cockerham, Carol (Gene) Manley, Dale Brett, William (Robyn) Brett, Robert (Debbie) Brett; sister-in-law, Nancy (Nick) Ware; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home Chapel in Viera.  In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contribution to Wuesthoff Hospice Care Center in Melbourne, Florida or the American Breast Cancer Association.

William "Bill" Cramer, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), 82, passed away peacefully in his sleep, July 26, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas.  Bill served in the Air Force as a meteorologist after graduating from Southwest Texas State Teachers College and earning a Master's Degree from Texas A&M. Mike Cohick remembers, "Bill as the quintessential 2546 serving in places like Eglin, Kindsbach, Hanscom, and Scott. I met him at Scott where he was my mentor on the MAC IG. We remained close friends for over 36 years. He also served at USAFETAC at Scott. He retired in 1975." In retirement Bill received the National Weather Service Special Service award when information from him allowed their forecasters to issue more precise area flood warnings in October 1998 and 3 similar times in 1987, 1991 and 1993. Bill is survived by his wife, Mary; son, James and his wife, Betty; daughter, Janet; niece, Nancy Cramer and sister-in-law, Gazelle Sump. Having never met a stranger, Bill leaves behind too many friends to list. He will be dearly missed and forever loved.  Graveside Service was held on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 9:15 AM at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery followed by a Memorial Service at 1 PM at University United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Bill's memory be made to The Salvation Army, a charity he supported, or to the senior adult ministries at UUMC.

Sherwin Woodward Jamison, Lt Col USAF (Ret.) 71, passed away July 24, 2009 at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah, following a heart attack and surgery. We'll miss Grandpa's stories. He was born 19 March 1938 in Franklin, Idaho to Vernon C. and Ruth W. Jamison. From 1958 to 1961 he served as a missionary in the Brazilian Mission. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Missouri. He served his country in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. After
leaving active-duty in the Air Force, he worked as a civil servant for TVA and for the Air Force. He enjoyed family history, and, with Glora Belle, served in the Family and Church History Mission and as a ward family history consultant. He was also a volunteer at the Clearfield Family History Center. He is survived by his wife Glora Belle (Forbes) and their three children: Susan Engberson, Mark, and Eric Jamison; by his mother, Ruth Jamison; his sister Bonnie Sampson; and brothers Max, Bruce, and Karl; as well as his grandchildren Ray and Dallin Engberson, Emily, Luke, Benjamin, Brigham, Daniel, and Levi Jamison.  Funeral Services were held on July 29th at the Homestead Ward chapel at 2350 W. 1900 S., Syracuse, UT with interment following at the Franklin City, Idaho Cemetery.

THOMPSON, Donald H. SMSgt USAF (Ret.)  July 7, 2009, Don, 61, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Preceded in death by parents Ryno and Inez Thompson. Beloved husband of Josefina M. Thompson, married 38 years; dear father of Danny (Marilyn) Thompson, Lynn (Kelly) Kuhlmann, Marsha (Tim) Thompson-Koors and Melissa Thompson; dear grandfather of Samantha, Christopher, Mikayla, Brendan and Dolen; dear brother of Diane Thompson; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to many. A devoted family man, he had a generous spirit, a warm heart and a keen sense of humor. He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered. Interment was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, or The Wellness Community Center,  Erik Johnson remembers, "I knew Don from his work at the 28th Weather Squadron at RAF Mildenhall, England from 1985 to 1988 where he served with CMSgt Harvey Hurtt.

"Edward Allan Town, Lt Col USAF (Ret.),
age 70 of Weston, Texas passed away July 8, 2009, in Plano, Texas. He was born on August 31, 1938, in Grove City, Pennsylvania to Eugene and Josephine (Rossi) Town. On December 23, 1995, he married Sharon Gunn in McKinney, Texas. Mr. Town proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1985. Following his military retirement, he assumed a career with Rockwell and Boeing and retired in 2000. Edward became Mayor of Weston, Texas in 2007. Edward is survived by his wife, Sharon Gunn-Town; daughters, Mary Heath, Michele Town and Melissa Zak; 7 grandchildren, 2 nieces and a nephew. A memorial celebration was held Saturday, July 18, 2009, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church Parish Hall in McKinney, Texas. To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please visit Memorials may be made to
the Volunteer Fire Department of Weston, Texas.  Ed Boselly remembers, "I first met Ed when I was stationed with the 1st Cav at An Khe in the RVN in 1966.  He came through trying to recruit people to come to "work" with the Keith Grimes group.  It sounded interesting until I found out I'd have to go to the ARVN jump school.  I decided not to pursue the venture.  Ed was a very nice person and I wish we had been assigned together somewhere."  Dave Ladwig remembers, "Only worked with Ed a short time at Ft McPherson GA, but he was a knowledgeable, tactical kind of guy who would have been right at home in the multiple deployment environment our weather people have seen in the last 10 years. He always seemed to wear an infectious, mischievous grin.  He knew who he was. My best memory is Ed talking about his promotion board to LtCol. He was absolutely certain that when they drew the line, he was exactly one position above it; surprised and grateful for something he never expected.
Carl L Nelson, age 66, passed away unexpectedly on June 6, 2009. He was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and graduated from Port Isabel High School. He earned a degree in meteorology at Texas A&M. Captain Nelson's Creed: I am an American Airman. I am a Warrior. I have answered my Nation's Call. I am an American Airman. My mission was to Fly, Fight, and Win. I was faithful to a Proud Heritage, A Tradition of Honor, And a Legacy of Valor. I am an American Airman. Guardian of Freedom and Justice, My Nation's Sword and Shield, Its Sentry and Avenger. I defended my Country with my Life. I am an American Airman. Wingman, Leader, Warrior. I never left an Airman behind, I never faltered, And I did not fail. Carl proudly served his Country in the United States Air Force for twenty years. Carl then transitioned into automotive sales for more than twenty years, where he won many awards. He has been the Fleet & Commercial Manager at Henna Chevrolet for more than ten years. Carl is survived by his wife, Jeanette Nelson; his children, Sonya Cornett (Bubba) and Carl Nelson II (Karin); his grandsons, Gerry Williams (Samantha), Rowdy Williams, Carl Nelson III, James Nelson, Cody Cornett, and Dustin Cornett. He was preceded in death by his parents Gustaf and Maxine Nelson. He will be missed by all who loved and knew him. Visitation will be held in the Memorial Chapel of Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville, TX, Wednesday June 10 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., immediately following a Memorial Service celebrating his life from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interment with military honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX is tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 19 at 11:00 a.m. Please make Memorial gifts to the charity of your choice.

Lt. Col Baldwin L. Troutman Jr.,
USAF retired, father, grandfather, husband and uncle, passed away peacefully Friday night, May, 29, 2009. He was 91 years old.  Baldwin was in many ways a larger-than-life figure. A member of the Greatest Generation, he was born in Fort Valley, Georgia, on Oct. 29, 1917.
Baldwin grew up on a plantation near the Okefenokee Swamp in southeast Georgia. He was hunting food for the family there from the age of 12, and said that his mother would cook anything he shot, although she never found a way to make alligator taste good.  During his time in high school in Albany, Ga., in the time of the Great Depression, Baldwin worked for a coal and ice company. After high school, he was a salesman/driver for Dr Pepper.  He enlisted in the Army (later the Army Air Force) in 1941 and met his wife, Favorita, in Louisiana during training. He rose through the ranks, from private to lieutenant in two years, and spent most of the war in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as a meteorologist. His first son, David, was born there. After the war he was sent to the University of Michigan, where he got a master's degree in physics and became father to his second son, Mark. After 24 years in the Air Force working mainly with nuclear weapons, he retired as a Lt. Colonel and joined Mitre Corporation. In this period he met his second wife, Marianne, and later adopted her son, Charles.  At Mitre, Baldwin was the director of an enormous project building a worldwide telecoms system for the U.S. military, the biggest project of its kind at that time. Later he became director of Mitre's training college. In this period he also became a Mason and advanced to Grand Master. And he was part of the first delegation of American scientists to visit China.
His was a life out of the American Dream. After a career that went from plowing behind a mule and hunting alligators to satellite-based telecoms, nuclear weapons and a guest appearance in international diplomacy, he retired to Newnan, Ga., in 1985. There he devoted himself to building his dream home and to good works, working with Marianne for many years in different capacities for the Newnan Hospital volunteers. He referred to himself in that period as one of the "pink ladies."
Baldwin was mentally very active until the end. Although nearly blind, he used the Internet daily and kept up on the latest developments in the world, including quantum physics and medicine, by listening to books sent to him on tape from the Library of Congress.
Baldwin was a Southern gentleman of the old school, a soldier, a scholar and a scientist. He will be remembered by all who met him. He will be missed.
He is predeceased by his son, Mark, his second wife, Marianne Troutman, and his brothers, Thomas and Glenn Troutman. He is survived by his sons, David and Charles Troutman, five grandchildren and his first wife, Favorita Troutman.
He will be buried at Arlington on September 2. A memorial service was held at McKoon Funeral Home in Newnan, Ga., on Friday, June 5. Don't send flowers. Give something to someone who needs help instead, as Baldwin himself did for so many years.

Charles E. Massey, Lt. Col. USAF (Retired) passed May 20, 2009 in Sacramento, California at age 88.  Born in White City, Texas on July 24, 1920, reared George West, Live Oak County, Texas.  Prior to entering Aviation Cadet Training in 1942, he worked as an engineer for the Texas Highway Department and U.S. Engineers.  After graduation as a B-17 Navigator, he went on to Europe, where he flew 35 missions during World War II.  From 1946-1956, he flew as a Navigator for weather reconnaissance in B-29 aircraft California to Hawaii and to Alaska, as well as atomic test at Eniwetok and in Nevada.  While in Alaska, he flew the first weather reconnaissance mission to the geographic North Pole.  On 3 September 1949, Ist Lt. Massey was a navigator on a B-29 Weather Reconnaissance flight from Misawa in northern Japan to Eielson AFB, Alaska.  This was a thirteen-hour and thirty-six minute Loon Charlie mission.  When the debris on the filter papers of that aircraft were analyzed, it suggested that Russia had detonated an atomic bomb.  This was verified by other flights following the debris further and from analysts including J. Robert Oppenheimer.  This important highly classified news was brought to President Truman who announced publicly to the world on 23 September 1949 that Russia had the bomb.  Senior Navigator Technical Specialist School at Mather AFB, California in 56-57 led him to the assignment of Director of Military Training, Harlingen AFB, Texas (57-61); Director of Training, Randolf AFB, Texas (61-65); Base Commander, K-2 Taegu, Korea (65-66); Base Commander, Fuchu Air Station, Japan of 36 military units, including Headquarters, U.S. Forces Japan, Fifth Air Force, for 4,000 military and 10,000 dependents (66-69).  Arriving back in the U.S. in 1969, Executive Officer, 47th Air Division, Castle AFB, California (69-71); Special Services Officer and Deputy Base Commander, Castle AFB, (71-72).  Upon retirement, he went on to banking (Harlingen National Bank, Harlingen, TX 72-74) and then returning to Sacramento, California real estate (Red Carpet Realtors and Davis & Davis Real Estate).  A life-long member of the Elks Lodge, he held many positions  a member of the Rat Pack.  Legendary for his storytelling and backyard grilling.  Preceded in death by wife Janice June Pearson Massey, sisters Norma Elizabeth Massey Hornsby, Norine Leona Massey Johnson, brothers (infant/unnamed) and William Smith Massey, III.  Survived by his brother Holman C. Massey, San Antonio, TX; daughters Linda Becker (Hot Springs, SD) and Colleen Herin (Sacramento, CA), sons Raymond (Red Bluff, CA) and Colton (Sacramento, CA) and their spouses/companions Alan Becker, Candi Nichols, Patti (Hogan) Massey, 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.  His family and friends will dearly miss him.  He was cremated in Sacramento, CA.  Memorial service with military honors and internment will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at George West Cemetery, George West, TX.  In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to your local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Neil P. Clemans news photographer for The Los Angeles Mirror, passed away on  April 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  Neil enlisted on January 2, 1942 in Seattle, Washington.  He served stateside, and then in Africa and the Middle East as a sergeant and weather observer for the 19th Weather Squadron.  He published a WW II memoir titled Marooned in Darfur, now part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. It's a really delightful read and probably the only detailed account, with photographs, from that time and place.  See


William Oscar Senter, 98, died April 19, 2009, at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, Florida.  He was born in Stamford, Texas, on 15 June 1910 seven months after his father was killed in a cattle herding accident,.  He moved with his family to Abilene, Texas, where be graduated from high school in 1928.  After attending Hardin-Simmons University for a year he entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, graduating in June 1933 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps.   While at West Point he lettered in football and lacrosse.

In September 1933, Lieutenant Senter attended flying school at Randolph Field, Texas, receiving his pilot's rating a year later and transferred to the Army Air Corps. Upon graduation, his first station was Langley Field, Va., where be served with the 20th Bomb Squadron of the 2d Bomb Group.  There, Major Barney M. Giles selected Lt. Senter as his navigator when the Army Air Corps took delivery of Boeing's first production B-17 bomber.  In 1937, he entered Massachusetts Institute of Technology for meteorology training, studying under Carl-Gustav Rossby and Hurd C. Willet. In June 1938, he served as a weather officer at Maxwell Field, Ala., and as a weather regional control officer with regional headquarters at that same station.  He was promoted to Captain (October 1940) and Major (July 1941).  On 18 August 1941, he assumed command of the 4th Weather Squadron at Maxwell.

In January 1942, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and in June 1942, was assigned to the Army Air Forces Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as chief of the Operations Division in the Directorate of Weather and later an executive officer in November 1942. He was promoted to Colonel on 21 July 1943.  Colonel Senter assumed command of and organized the Army Air Forces Weather Wing in Asheville, N.C. when the Directorate of Weather in Washington D.C. was disbanded in 1943.  In March 1945, he was assigned to command the Far East Air Forces (FEAF) Weather Group (Provisional) on Luzon, Philippine Islands. He became staff weather officer to Lt Gen George F. Kenney and later meteorological advisor to General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. The following September the FEAF Weather Group became the 43rd Weather Wing which moved to Tokyo, Japan in March 1946 and Colonel Senter commanded it for two years.  In addition to his regular duties, he was also responsible for the rehabilitation of the Japanese and Korean weather services and for the establishment of a weather service within the Ryukyuan Islands.

Colonel Senter entered the Air War College at Maxwell Field, Ala, in July 1948. Upon graduation a year later he was appointed deputy chief of the Air Weather Service at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. On 1 August 1950, he assumed command of the Air Weather Service and was promoted to Brigadier General on 4 August. He was promoted again on 8 March 1952 making him the first Major General to command AWS.   

He was named commander of the Oklahoma City Air Material Area in May 1954, moving in August 1957 to Headquarters Air Material Command at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, as director of Procurement and Production.  He was susequently assigned as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Material at Headquarters U.S. Air Force in August 1959.  Promoted to Lieutenant General on 1 August 1963, he was named Director, Petroleum Logistics Policy in the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense (Installations and Logistics), Department of Defense.  He retired in 1966.


Significant events during General Senter's tenure as the sixth AWS Commander include the establishment of the Severe Weather Warning Center at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma in 1951 and the reorganization of AWS from geographic to functional support in May 1952.

After his retirement from the military, Lt. Gen. Senter organized the Natural Gas Supply Association in Washington, D.C. This organization of natural gas suppliers was formed to develop stable and continuous supplies of natural gas energy for the nation. He retired from that position in 1974.


Lt. Gen. Senter lived in Tequesta and Palm City, Florida, since 1975. He was preceded in death by his two wives, Ruth Jane Tinsley Senter (1967) and Carolyn Fallon Senter (2003). He is survived by two daughters; Suellen Senter of Oakland, CA, and R. Jane Senter of Bigfork, MT. Additional survivors include two grandchildren; Michelle Bolle' of Aptos, CA., and Ken Bolle' of Felton, CA., and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 S.E. Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997, (772) 403-4530 or on line at  SERVICES: A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. May 16, 2009 at the Pavilion at Sandhill Cove in Palm City, FL. Inurnment with full military honors occurred at Arlington National Cemetery on 28 September 2009.

Retired Air Force Colonel Walter A. Keils, age 87, died Friday, ApriL 10, 2009, in Newport News, VA. He was born in Cleveland and graduated from walter keilsCathedral Latin High School, in 1940. He attended Seton Hall University, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from The College of William and Mary. He was a member of the Cathedral Latin High School Sports Hall of Fame. During his thirty-one years in the Air Force, he served in command, operations and staff positions as a command pilot, a navigator, and meteorologist. His overseas assignments included England, Guam and Germany. His last assignment, prior to retirement, in 1973 was as Commander, 5th Weather Wing, Langley AFB, VA. He flew forty-five combat missions in B-24s in the Southwest Pacific during World War II, with the 90th (Heavy) Bomber Group, "the Jolly Rogers." His decorations included: the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army and Air Force Commendation Medals. He was a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elnora "Skip" Keils and his son, Frederick. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Charles Vestal of Blacksburg, VA and his sister, Mary Lou Brown and family of Cleveland. Burial with full military honors will be on July 29, 2009, at 12:45 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. PENINSULA FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Fred W. Decker, Lt Col USAF (Ret.)
of Corvallis OR died on 3 April 2009.  His wife Charlotte died on 25 March 2009.  Article from local newspaper follows - Community Loses Colorful Character: Retired OSU prof held strong beliefs

Fred Decker was a candid, energetic conservative voice

Fred W. Decker, 91, was known to many people as the founding father of atmospheric sciences at OSU, colleague Steve Esbensen said.
Esbensen, a professor emeritus in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, said Decker helped create strong undergraduate and graduate programs.
But Decker, a talkative and friendly Oregon native, also was well-known for his conservative beliefs, and for not shying away from a political fight.
Decker died a week ago in Corvallis, leaving behind an accomplished, distinguished, colorful  and sometimes controversial  legacy.
He was appointed to the Department of Education by Reagan, and he was a global warming skeptic, Esbensen said.
In recent years, Decker sued Oregon for adopting its vote-by-mail election system, arguing that it violated federal law. He fought Benton County over same-sex marriage, lobbied against required diversity classes at OSU and ran for the Corvallis School Board in 2003 in response to the Boy Scouts being barred from recruiting in local public schools.
He shared his views with Gazette-Times readers as one of the regular contributors to the Letters to the editor forum.
As dedicated as he was to defending his beliefs, family members said he was most dedicated to his wife, Charlotte.
The couple married in New York City in 1942, and family members said they were devoted to each other. After she suffered a stroke, he took care of her in their home for years until his own health began to decline.
Charlotte Decker died March 25 at the age of 94. Fred Decker died on April 3.
Rainy Decker Takalo, 55, of Damascas, joked that after her mothers death, her father was nine days overdue in following her. He was late for everything, she said.
Although Decker had the gift of gab, small talk wasnt his forte. Heavens forbid; the guy was a meteorologist, so you couldnt even talk about the weather, Takalo laughed.
Jane Decker, 65, of Tucson, Ariz., said her father was constantly in teaching mode, so conversations often featured lengthy explanations.
Bill Decker, 60, of Sunnyvale, Calif., remembered his father as a Boy Scout leader who helped make Troop 142 into an Eagle Scout factory, referring to the highest rank in Scouting.
Annual family vacations often were camping trips at the Oregon Coast.
During World War II, Decker was called for active duty in the Army Air Corps to teach meteorology to weather officers, Jane Decker said. After the war ended, he remained an active Air Force reservist.
In 1946, Decker joined the Oregon State faculty to teach engineering physics and expand meteorological classes. Decker also had research grants from the Army and established a research radar installation atop Marys Peak in the 1950s. That later was moved to the north of Corvallis.
Except for a four-year stint in Washington, D.C., Decker and his wife lived in Corvallis since 1946  and had the same phone number. Decker left OSU in 1981, when he was appointed to the Reagan administration to be the deputy assistant secretary for research and improvement in the U.S. Department of Education.
Takalo said it was the dream job for an incredibly conservative person who was really into education.
A memorial service honoring Decker is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 18 at Grace Lutheran Church, 435 N.W. 21st St. in Corvallis

Kyle Odegard covers Oregon State University.

PS:  Fred and Charlotte enjoyed the Air Weather Asociation reunions, but for poor health missed the last few.    Fred was also a staunch physicist and reminded all of the physics base to meteorology any chance he had.

David M. Smith (1921-2009), Morris K. Jesup Professor Emeritus of Silviculture at Yale University and author of the worlds most widely used forestry textbook, died in Hamden, Connecticut, on March 7, 2009, at the age of 87.  Born March 10, 1921 at Bryan, Texas, the son of John B. and Doris (Clark) Smith; he grew up in Kingston, Rhode Island, and was a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, receiving a BS in botany in 1941.  During World War II he trained to be an Air Force meteorologist at New York University and served as a weather forecasting officer at heavy bomber headquarters in North Africa and Italy. He retained a lifelong interest in weather, including (but not limited to) the effect of weather and climate on forest ecosystems.  He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association. Later at Yale he instituted the first U.S. instruction in forest meteorology.  At Yale University he received the Master of Forestry in 1946 and PhD in 1950, joining the faculty in 1947. He retired in 1990 after 43 years on the faculty of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He was an expert on silviculture, the technology of growing forests. He was the author or co-author of 4 editions of the textbook, The Practice of Silviculture, which is used throughout North America and, in several translations, throughout the world, and of numerous research papers and commentaries on forestry practices. His most important scientific contributions were in developing the concept that complex mixtures of tree species can be managed as even-aged aggregations in which different groups of species occupy different levels in stratified mixtures and that they often arise from advanced  seedlings that naturally appear beneath forests. In his 43 years at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies he served as an advisor and mentor to numerous graduate students and directed the management of the Yale Forests, totaling 12,000 acres of New England forest land. He was a very popular teacher and an esteemed colleague.  American Forests gave him its Distinguished Service Award in 1990. He was a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters and received the Distinguished Service Award of its New England section in 1969 and 1993, the only person to receive this award twice. In 1986 his forestry efforts in Maine brought him an honorary Sc. D. degree from Bates College and in 1993 the University of Rhode Island awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science degree. In the early 1970s he was silvicultural consultant for the Presidents Advisory Panel on Timber and the Environment. He was also an advisor to the US Forest Service and an advisor to government agencies in Australia and British Columbia.  For four decades Smith was either a Director or the President of both the Connecticut Forest and Park Association and Connwood Foresters, Inc., the nations oldest forest landowners cooperative. He was on the Connecticut Forest Practices Advisory Board during the 1990s and for many years a Director of the Hamden Land Conservation Trust.  He is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Catherine V. A. Smith, daughters Ellen D. Smith of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Nancy V. A. Smith of Carbondale, Colorado, sons-in-law Richard Norby of Oak Ridge and John Stewart of Carbondale, grandson Karl Norby, and brother Allen Smith of Hendersonville, North Carolina, as well as by a niece, nephews, and cousins.  A memorial service will be held at a later date. In keeping with David Smiths wishes, the family requests contributions in lieu of flowers to Yale University, designated for The David M. Smith Forestry Scholarship Fund, to School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

Col (Ret.) Bob Bundgaard just sent in this sad news of his wife. The obituary was also published today in The (Colorado Springs) Gazette and on it's Web site at The Web site also has a guest book.

Charlotte Francis Henriques Bundgaard was born on January 3, 1921 to the Right Reverend Hoyt Emanual and Charlotte Weeks Henriques. She died on January 13, 2009. While she lived 88 years, she was forever 39.Charlotte grew up in Salt Lake City and attended Westminster College and the University of Utah where she earned a degree in Mathematics. She also attended Columbia University and, under the direction of Dr. Irving Lorge, earned a Master's degree in Statistical Science. During the war she worked as a Statistical Stress Analyst at Lockheed Martin. She also taught high school Math at the American Schools abroad.
She married Robert Clausen Bundgaard on September 19, 1942. As a military wife, she raised a loving family while moving around the world. She did this with a sense of humor and grace, moving a family of seven 19 times in a 21 year period.Charlotte was very involved in many activities: she played Mahjong, was a Life Master in Bridge, a member of the Retired Weather Wives Association and former President of the Retired Officers Wives Club. Charlotte helped in planning the first national reunion for Air Force weather retirees; it was held in Colorado Springs in 1968; it led to the formation of the Air Weather Association. She volunteered extensively with the Episcopal Churches where she lived and was especially proud of her membership with the Daughters of the King (DOK). She was also worked (and shopped) at the church Thrift Shop for many years.
Charlotte loved gardening and always shared her beautiful flowers and vegetables with her friends and neighbors. She spent many hours with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in her gardens, sharing her life's stories.
Charlotte made many friends throughout her life, being blessed with the ability to see the positive in everyone and to share her love with all.
She is preceded in death by her brother Douglas Henriques, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Judge, her sister Margaret Henriques Teng, loving Mother and sister, and her grand-daughter Jenny Thompson, Angel.
She is survived by her husband Robert C. Bundgaard; children R. Michael (and Joyce) Bundgaard, Kristine B. Thompson, PhD (and Joe Bachofen), James H. (and Sondra) Bundgaard, Rebecca Becky (and Walter) Williams, and B. Peg Bundgaard (and Jeff Love). She had 11 grandchildren and 8 (soon to be 9) great-grandchildren.
Memorial Service will be held at 1 p. m. on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 7400 Tudor Road, Colo Spgs CO 80919.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pike's Peak Hospice or to a loving charity of choice.

Black, Rodger Allen, Senior Master Sergeant Retired USAF, age 68, of Midwest City, OK passed away on Monday, November 17, 2008. Son of Louis T. and Mary Jane (Wills) Parker in Huntington, West Virginia, he was born August 4, 1940. He was a meteorologist for the U.S. Government retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1984 and retired from Civil Service at Tinker AFB in 2004, completing 43 years of service. Rodger was a member of the V.F.W., Choctaw Lions Club and nominated "Civilian of the Year" several times and was awarded the "Civilian of the Year" award in years 1997 and 2002 for Tinker AFB. "Mr. Black", as he was known at Tinker, was living proof that dedication, service, and commitment to mission and family, were more than just words. His devotion to his family and the duty he felt to serve his country were not just philosophies, they were character traits. While he was an avid sports fan, especially for his favorite teams, the OU Sooners and the Ohio State Buckeyes he also enjoyed playing bingo and growing tomatoes for his special recipe of hot sauce. He not only loved to read a great mystery novel, he enjoyed sharing his books with numerous family members. But, his passion was always the science of meteorology. It gave him great pleasure to educate and inform others about the dynamics of weather and how it affected so many lives. Even after his retirement, he was always available for discussion and to answer questions about the weather. If you ever heard a severe weather alarm during his time of service, there was a very good chance that it was "Mr. Black" who was sounding that alarm. His steadfast allegiance to the support of his family and his keen awareness to his responsibilities as a meteorologist is a great loss. To say that he will be enormously missed by all who had the good fortune to know him would be like saying that an F5 tornado is just a light breeze. He is survived by one son, David A. Black of Albuquerque, NM two daughters: Donna Thompson and husband Ralph Anthony of ASG Kuwait, and Rhonda Stilwell and husband Bobby of Euless, TX seven grandchildren: Melissa, Amanda, Michael, Adam, Jacob, Linda, and Andrew also four great-grandchildren: Joshua, Destiny, Connor, and Kayleigh one sister, Deborah Swain and husband Merle nephews, Brian and Hugh, nieces, Leslie, Jemmie, and Catie brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Aletha Tarkington brother-in-law Mike Freeman and many other Tinker family members and friends. He joins in heaven his most beloved wife, Linda R. Black, his parents and one sister, LuEllen Parker. A Graveside funeral service was held on November 20, 2008 at Arlington Memory Gardens of Midwest City, OK

Carl F. Foster, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), age 87, of Papillion, Nebraska, died on October 30,2008.  He was born May 25, 1921, in Bell City, Mo., the son of Jesse W. and Jesse Mae Wheeler Foster. He was preceeded in death by mother, father and 3 brothers. Survived by brother Kenneth Foster, Bell City, MO; sister in law - Nedra Foster, Tulsa, OK; nephews John & Lowell Foster & their families, Kansas City, KS, Clifton Foster, San Francisco, CA; niece Carol Foster, Albuquerque, NM; best friend Rosemary (Pat) Herron, Bellevue.  He served as a navigator in the U.S. Air Force during WWII and eventually became a weather officer, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. As a young man, he was invited to try out as a pitcher for the St. Louis Browns.  Col Ken German recalls -- I first met Carl at Moses Lake AFB.  We were stationed together at Torrejon forecast Center and we followed up going to advanced meteorological training at the University of Washington.  Carl then spent several years in Special Projects at the AF Global Weather Central.  Carl was a good friend and a great person to work with.  Visitation occurred on November 2nd at the Bellevue NE Memorial Chapel.  Visitation will also occur from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Morgan Funeral Chapel in Advance, MO. Services will immediately follow, with the Rev. Andy Lambed officiating. Interment will be with full military graveside rites at Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Advance.  Memorials to the American Heart Association.


CorbellBarbara Louise Corbell, 80, died October 16, 2008 at her home in Sun City West, AZ.  She was born January 19, 1928 in Centralia, IL.  She was an attendant for three years and then May Queen at Centralia High School.  Her extensive Air Force travels with her husband of 44 years included 27 moves and 30 residences, living in Alaska, Bermuda, England, Japan, 8 states and Washington D.C.  She was a member of numerous Officers Wives Clubs and Chairman of the Langley AFB, VA, Officers Wives Club.  She was a fantastic homemaker and enjoyed travel, golf (with a hole-in-one), bridge, bocce ball, and social activities with friends.  She and her husband helped establish and build the Desert Palms Presbyterian Church in Sun City West, AZ.  She is survived by her sons Philip Terry of Sun City West, AZ, and Ralph Larry of Denver, CO; granddaughter Lisa Pevateaux and two great grandsons of Denver, CO; sister Marlene Jane Goodman of Centralia, IL; sister-in-law Denise Corbell of Vandalia, IL; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.  She was preceded in death by husband, Col. Ralph Philip Phil Corbell; parents Hugo William and Harriot Juanita (Kroeger) Niemann; parents-in-law Oscar M and Agnes Corbell; and sister Norma Waggoner.  She was buried next to her husband at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, IL.

Hal Robert (Montie) Montague, Colonel USAF (Ret.), age 87, passed peacefully away on Oct. 18, 2008, in Tallahassee, Fla. Montie and his wife JoAnn moved to Tallahassee in August 2008 to be near family. They lived in Sandestin, Fla. from 1996 up until their move to Tallahassee. He retired as a colonel from the U.S. Air Force in 1973. He received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees (1961) in meteorology from Florida State University.  Montie is survived by his wife of 66 years, JoAnn of Tallahassee; daughter, Judee Pouncey of Tallahassee; daughter, Susan Youngblood of LaGrande, Ore.; grandchildren, Alexis Gaston (husband Mel) of Tallahassee, Charles Cogswell of Sarasota, Beth Youngblood of Champaign, Ill., and Bern Youngblood of Northfield, Minn.; and great-grandsons, Carlos Gaston of Tallahassee and Reese Cogswell of Sarasota.

    Member Gene Pfeffer relates that -- Montie was my first commander when I reported for duty at Patrick AFB in 1965 after basic met.  He also was the one who retired me at Scott AFB in 1994.  We became close friends over the years and he was a key influence on me as I moved along my AF career.  He was professional and dedicated while on duty, a heck a partier when not, and a patriot always.  Montie was a WWII vet who entered the Army in 1940 as a private, rose through the enlisted ranks, and held just about all of them.  He was commissioned in 1943 as an armaments officer and got his wings in 1944, serving in the Pacific as a troop/cargo carrier pilot through the end of the war.  He joined the weather business in 1948 and was a proud alumni of Florida State Univ.  He served in the Korean War and in Viet Nam.  After his tour at
Patrick AFB, he was the Air Weather Service IG, and then became the MAC Director of Administration before retiring from the USAF in 1973.  Over a couple of Martinis I was able to get Montie to talk about some of his WW II experiences including his flying cargo missions for on-the-deck cargo drops for the Marines fighting on Iwo Jima. For a time Montie was in the same squadron as famous actor (and WWII hero)
Jimmie Stewart. I also learned during one of these lubricated chats that he'd been checked out in 24 different airplanes over the course of his flying career including the C-46, C-47, B-29, C-124, B-26, C-130, SA-1, B-50, B-25, KC-135, and even the CG-4A WWII glider.  After retiring from the Air Force,  Montie and wife JoAnn lived for a time in Lebanon, IL outside Scott AFB, moved to Louisville, KY (where we had some great Kentucky Derby parties). He taught and was Director of Admissions for McKendree College, and moved to Louisville to open their remote campus there.  He also served as the Community Relations Director of Webster University from 1986 to 1996.  He retired to Sandestin, Fla. in 1996. 
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Hospice, 1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 102, Tallahassee, FL 32308. Memorial services will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. at The Community Church of Santa Rosa Beach, 3524 Highway 98 West, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
     A guestbook is available online at

Dale J. Flinders, Colonel USAF (Ret.) passed away Friday, September 19, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. Dale was born on October 4, 1917 in Cherokee County, Iowa to Lawrence G. and Laura Flinders and educated in Iowa, unknowingly 60 miles from his beloved future wife Nadine Lindquist. Dale showed great determination throughout his full life. Having sung with Nadine at the high school state music contest, he remembered her again when he saw her from a street car at Morningside College where they  both were students. They shared one date and then were separated by fate, Nadine to graduate school and Dale to teach high school science in Burma.  Driven out by the Japanese in '42, Col. Flinders worked his way back to NYC and their paths criss-crossed for years. Soon Dale was drafted and sent to MIT to major in meteorologyand finally in '43 they were married and he and Nadine moved to Boston and began singing throughout their lives together! At his request, Dale was reassigned to Burma in '44 with the British Infantry under General Festing, and Nadine returned to Texas to continue her music teaching at what is now the University of North Texas. It would be 3 years before they met again after the war, in Japan, where Dale was newly assigned. During the next two years, Col. Flinders served in various positions including Commander of the 1st Mobile Weather Unit attached to the 36th Indian Infantry in Burma; Weather Detachment Commander, Lunghwa Airfield, Shanghai; Liaison Officer to Burma Meteorology Dept., Rangoon; Commander India-Burma-Thailand area of the 10th Weather Region; Weather Detachment Commander, Peking, China. From '47-'48, Col. Flinders was Operations Officer, 20th Weather Squadron, Nagoya, Japan.
Dale's career took off in March 1948 as Academic Instructor with the Department of Weather Training, moved to Washington, DC as Special Assistant and later as Deputy Director of Climatology in November 1952, and then on to Morocco as the Deputy Commander of the 29th Weather Squadron in August 1955. In September 1958, Dale assumed command of Detachment 3, 3rd Weather Wing at Vandenberg AFB, CA and was also Staff Meteorologist to 659th Aerospace Test Wing. His role as Staff Meteorologist continued in October 1965 at the AF Satellite Control Facility at Sunnyvale, California, until August 1966 when he assumed command of the USAF Environmental Tech Application Center in Washington, DC. In July 1968, Dale was selected as Commander of AF Cambridge Research Labs, L.G. Hanscom Field, Massachusetts. His career culminated in July 1971 as Director of Aerospace Sciences, Air Weather Service at Scott AFB, Ill.
 Dale's military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster, and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars. He also held the Master Missileman Badge. He was a member of the American Meteorological Society, and Sigma Pi Sigma, Physics Honorary Society.
Dale is proceeded in death by his older brother, Horace Flinders. Dale is survived by his beloved wife, Nadine of 65 years and by sons, Val Eric and wife, Toni of Kodiak, Alaska, and Bradley Terence, and his wife, Nancy of Bulverde, Texas. He is also survived by grandchildren: Kacie and John Sandoval, Kyle and Meagan Flinders, Monica Flinders, Shanna and Brian Flaten, Alexandria and Kyle Alexander, and great grandson, Louis Alexander.  Col. Flinders also leaves sisters, Betty Hughes and Norma Alexander, all of
Iowa, and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to your favorite charity or to Freedom House Research Fund. Please make check payable to Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation of AFVCF. A Memorial Service was held on Thursday, Sep. 25, 2008 and burial at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.


Phyllis J. Dalton, 77, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and Boise, Idaho passed away in Boise, Idaho at home on Sept. 14, 2008 after a sudden illness. She was born to Albert and Caroline Hund on Jan. 20, 1931 in Vista, Calif. Phyllis and her husband, Leonard, were married on November 23, 1950 at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif.  Her husband, Leonard M. Dalton, CMSgt (Ret.) passed away on Jan. 12, 2007.   Phyllis raised four children while traveling with Leonard during his service in the United States Air Force for 20 years. After Leonard's retirement in 1968, Phyllis and Leonard moved to Pingree, Idaho where they farmed and raised cattle. Phyllis was always busy on the farm, whether it was baling hay in the early morning hours or preparing a meal to take out to the fields. She always provided a loving home for all of her family and still found time to meet with her friends for their weekly bowling outing. Phyllis enjoyed the friendship of many while lunching with her Ham radio friends, playing Bunko with her girl friends and attending activities at the Senior Citizens Center in Lake Havasu City. She was an active member of the Our Lady of Lake Catholic Church, the Red Hats Society and welcomed new residents to Lake Hasavu City as a Welcome Wagon Hostess. Her hobbies include making quilts, oil painting, rock hounding in the desert and gardening. Her home was always full of beautiful plants and flowers. She is survived by four children, Gary Dalton (Louise), Linda Albi (Todd), Don Dalton (Linda), and Chere Parker (Cody); one sister, Dorothy Frei; two brothers, David and Robert Hund. She is blessed with 10 grandchildren, Julie, Jenelle, Dawn Marie and John Dalton, Sarah, Maiah, Keegan, and Colin Albi and Ian and Isaac Parker; and one great-grandchild, Taylor David. Phyllis will always be remembered as a loving and forever giving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all. Graveside inurnment services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, 2008 at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise, Idaho. Memorial contributions may be made to your local Hospice organization. Services are under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be submitted online at

Kauper, Erwin Karl, Lt Col (Ret.), born in Burgkunstadt, Germany on March 25, 1921 to Ursula Rose and George Kauper, passed away peacefully on August 27, 2008 in Covina, CA. Erwin emigrated to the US before the age of 3, and lived in the Los Angeles area ever since. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943, training as a meteorologist at the University of Washington and UCLA.  He remained in the Reserves after WWII for many years, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the time he retired. He cultivated his experience as a weather officer and into a lifelong career and avocation in meteorology.


His pioneering work during the 1950s with the Los Angeles County Air Pollution Control District identified the internal combustion engine as a significant cause of pollution and laid the cornerstone for the air quality control measures that ultimately evolved. Erwin became a Certified Consulting Meteorologist and a registered Professional Engineer, and eventually founded Metro Monitoring Services, which provided weather observation services to the federal government. With the acquisition of Allied Weather Consultants in 1984, he provided forecasting and climatology services to the movie and television industry.


Ever the meteorologist, Erwin entered and won the grand prize of $50,000 in the 2001 Aquila forecasting competition at the age of 81. The award, presented by one of the largest energy wholesaling and risk management companies in North America, was for making the most accurate probabilistic temperature forecasts for 13 US cities.


Along with his meteorology, Erwin loved everything about nature and every back road he could find. His spirit of adventure was unquenchable. In the last few years, his travel highlights included a trip down the coast of Mexico to experience up-close and personal encounters with whales and their babies; a visit to Ellis Island in NY City where he found his own name and those of his parents on a ship manifest; and a visit to his beloved relatives in Germany.


Erwin was preceded in death by his first wife of 61 years, Flora, son Russell, and sister Betty. He leaves his wife Doris, sons Ross and Martin, daughter Dena, and friends and family too numerous to mention. He was a sincerely just and upright man who will always be deeply loved.


A celebration of Erwins life will be held at noon on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at Christ Lutheran Church, 311 S. Citrus, West Covina, California.


For more information on Erwin, see: for Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
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ELDRIDGE, Arthur C., Lt Col (Ret.), ''Art or Archie', Jan. 1, 1916 - July 26, 2008 --
Entered into rest at the age of 92 in Sacramento, Calif. Beloved husband of Fledra for 68 years. Born in Nogales, AZ to James & Charolette Eldridge. The family later relocated to CA where Art graduated from San Jose State, then joined the Merchant Marines and US Army Air Corps during WWII as a Navigator/Bombardier, serving in China Burma, India (CBI), where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, National Defense Medal, WWII Air Commendation Medal, & the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. Retiring from the US Air Force after 20 years as a Meteorologist, he then began a career working for the State of CA for 27 yrs., finally retiring from the State Military Reserve as a Lt. Col. Preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard, and sisters Mary Mueller and Shirley Dick. Survived by his sister Ina Jebb, daughters Charleene Naughton and Norma Eldridge, grandson Brian Hendricks (Heather), great granddaughters Taylor & Brooklyn Hendricks, & numerous nieces & nephews. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to or the charity of your choice.

Gordon W. Schmal, Col USAF (Ret.), died on Saturday, July 26, 2008 in Gainesville, FL. He was born in Mancelona, MI on March 12, 1921 and grew up in St. John and Hammond, IN. He and Mary Elizabeth Thomson were married April 10, 1944 in All Saints Church in Hammond. Col. Schmal completed Cadet training in 1942 and Pilot school in 1943. He flew 50 missions in a B-17 over North Africa and Italy in WWII. He was a member of the 2nd Bomb group and separated from active duty in 1946. He returned to school and graduated from St. Louis University in 1948 with a Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Technology. He then returned to active duty and completed Weather Officer's School and went to Korea for 16 months. He was then assigned to Warner Robins, Georgia and from there he was sent to Wiesbaden, Germany. In 1960, Col. Schmal was assigned to Battle Creek, MI and from there to Jet School in TX. In 1963, he was assigned to Colorado Springs, CO and two years later, he went back to Korea for a year. His next assignment was Scott AFB, IL and after four years, he was sent to Vietnam. While in Vietnam, he was able to see his son, Tom, who was on duty with the U.S. Marines in Dong Ha. A year later, he was transferred to NORAD in Colorado Springs, CO and then to the Pentagon in Washington, DC and Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, LA before retiring. Gordon attended LA Tech University where he obtained a Masters degree in Counseling. He went on to study and obtained a license from H&R Block Tax School. In 1994, he and Mary moved to Newberry to be near their daughter, Laura Davis. He was an avid reader, a great golfer, and a devout Catholic. Col. Schmal worked with Catholic Charities in Shreveport and the Harvest program in Gainesville. He was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Col. Schmal was preceded in death by his son, Robert Gordon Schmal; parents: Will and Martha Schmal; three brothers: Ralph, Frank and Dick. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary; sons: Thomas (Bridget) of Houston and James of Santa Cruz, CA; daughters: Mollie Clinkenbeard (Brad) of Lewisville, TX, Laura Davis (John) of Gainesville, Anita Melson (Lars) of Colorado Springs, CO and Nancy Vetters (Vic) of Burlington, VT; 14 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; sister, Wilamine Tompkins of Schererville, IN; and old friend and brother-in-law, Bob Thomson of Munster, IN. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Fr. Ron Camarda officiating. Visitation and the Rosary will be in the Church Chapel Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Interment at Forest Meadows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Colonel Schmal's name to St. Francis House, 413 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. A guestbook is available at


Graham, Jack Montgomery, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), 85, of Tyler, Texas, a former public works director and retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, passed away on July 17, 2008, at a Tyler hospital.
He was born Jan. 18, 1923, in Dallas to the late Charles Herbert and Martha Jane Graham. Col. Graham was a 1945 graduate of Southern Methodist University and proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He was the former public works director for the city of Fort Worth and Corpus Christi from 1966-1983. Col. Graham was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the First Christian Church in Lindale. He was actively involved with the Boys Scouts of America as a troop leader.
In addition to his parents, Col. Graham was preceded in death by a son, Charles R. Graham.
Survivors: A loving family including his wife of 63 years, Doris M. Graham of Tyler, formerly of Fort Worth; and son, Richard B. Graham, also of Tyler.

William Edward Zimmermann, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), 95, died July 16, 2008 in Amarillo, Texas.  Bill was promoted to Lt Col during the Korean War and retired in 1960 after completing 25 years of military service.  He and his young family then moved to Albuquerque, NM, and began his second career, which was to span 14 years as a meteorologist with the US Weather Bureau.  In 2001, he and his wife Olive moved to Amarillo to be closer to their daughter.  His wife, Olive, preceded him in death on June 6, 2008.  After a funeral Mass at Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Amarillo, Bill was buried at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM.  The family request that memorials be made to the Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, 314 South Jefferson, Amarillo, TX 79101. 

Douglass D. Shaffner,Lt Col (Ret). 89, of Tempe, Arizona passed away on July 11, 2008. Doug was a native of Bliss, New York and a graduate of Houghton College. He was drafted into the United States Air Force in 1942. Doug served for 25 years; the majority of the time as a meteorologist. He traveled throughout the United States and overseas accompanied by his wife, Lora, and three children. After retirement in 1967, Doug worked in the computer industry in Phoenix. In 1985, he moved with his wife Lora to Friendship Village. After Lora's death, Doug married and is survived by his second wife Edna, two children, David (Marian) Shaffner of San Francisco, and Donna (Tandy) Hamilton of Goodyear and step-daughters, Lois Cassano, and Lila (Steve) Allgeier, from Virginia. He was pre-deceased by his son, Douglass, Jr. Doug leaves eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, July 20, 2008 at Friendship Village Skirm Auditorium, 2645 E. Southern Ave., in Tempe, a graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday at the National Cemetery, 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. Published in The Arizona Republic on 7/18/2008

HULL, Elsie D. "Dee," 89 of Fernandina Beach, Florida died on July 7, 2008 after a brief illness.  She was born May 9, 1919 in Bournemouth, England.  She was predeceased by her husband Col USAF (Ret.) Arnold Hull in 1976.  She is survived ny her son, Robert (Sheila) Hull, and daughter Carol (Paul) Condit, both of Fernandina Beach; two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.  Memorial services were held at St Peter's Episcopal Church in Fernandina and she was interred at Arlington National Cemetery on 13 August next to her husband.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida or the American Cancer Society.

Eugene Talmadge Blanton, Col USAF (Ret.)
died on June 15, 2008 at his home in Sacramento CA after a lengthy illness.  Born in Talbotton, GA in September 1921 he entered the Army Air Forces in WW II for training as a Flight Engineer in the B-29.  He left active duty after the war and reentered Georgia Tech where he graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree in 1946.  While attending Tech, he rose to be the president of his fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, Gamma Tau Chapter. He later wrote that GA Tech "provided a highway for all my success and accomplishments." Subsequently he was employed with the Boeing Company before returning to the Air Force in 1948 for training at Chanute AFB as a Weather Officer.  His first assignment as a forecaster in Air Weather Service was in Japan.  Subsequent  Weather Officer duties took him to Shaw AFB, Wiesbaden Germany, Langley AFB, and Vietnam.  Upon promotion to Colonel he was reassigned as a  Civil Engineer with various Air Force units at Scott AFB, Travis AFB, Osan Korea, and Kelly AFB.  He retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel in 1977.  His last assignment was as the Chief Civil Engineer for the Western Region of the Air Force with his office in San Francisco, CA.  After retirement he was employed as a Professional Engineer for the Spink Corp in Sacramento and retired again in 1983.  During that time he obtained his Professional Engineer Certification. At age 65 he went back to school, graduated with honors, and received his Masters Degree in Business Administration. Gene played golf for many years and also achieved the rank of Life Master in the bridge world in 1995. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nancy, and his six children, Lindy, Deborah, Lowry, Patti, Bobby and Susan, 18 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and his sister, Betty Petree of Bethlehem, GA.  He was interred on July 2, 2008 at the VA Cemetery near Dixon CA.

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Virginia I. Miller (Ginny), died on June 22, 2008.  Ginny was a beautiful and gracious lady in life. She dearly loved her three daughters Priscilla, Cheryl, and Joanne and  was a loving wife to her husband, Bob, for 55 years.  Ginny will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.  

Robert E. Miller CMSgt (Retired)
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Ben Howard Houston, Lt Col (Ret.)
, 86, passed away May 18, 2008 at Pikes Peak Hospice, Colorado Springs, Colorado, after a long battle with cancer. He was born December 19, 1921 in Frankston, Texas to Mack and Allie Houston. Ben married our mother, Helen K. Miller in 1942, and they were together for more than 52 years. Dad enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941, advancing through all the ranks, until receiving his commission. He always joked that "he was the youngest Chief Warrant Officer in the Air Force and the oldest second Lieutenant." Dad completed his M.S. degree in Meteorology at Texas A&M University in 1962. Mom and Dad thrived on Air Force life, traveling the globe; our family life was always an adventure. They turned every tour of duty into a great time, acquiring along the way a multitude of life-long friendships. We have happy memories of Newfoundland, sledding through 20-foot snow drifts in the winter and picking berries on the hillside in summer; we won't forget the beautiful hydrangeas all over the Azores, Portugal, and the wonderful, extended "morale leave" trip to Europe. Most stateside assignments were in Dad's home state of Texas, but it was forever Mom and Dad's dream to be transferred and eventually retire in beautiful Colorado. Dad finally received orders for ENT Air Force Base in 1964. Eventually he worked at NORAD, helping to set up the weather station at that facility, and he later became a mathematics professor at the U.S.A.F. Academy before retiring in 1971, at which time he received the Meritorious Service Medal. Dad was a perfectionist throughout his life and always the excellent teacher. He was our counselor and confidant; even the neighborhood teens loved to drop in for a chat, especially if they needed advice. Dad could "spin a yarn a mile long" and never forgot any details about his life. He loved big family dinners at Sandy's and long conversations with Bruce that lasted until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. And, more recently, he loved the dreams of seeing Helen in a beautiful park, asking him what was taking so long. Dad was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his parents, Mack and Allie; his brother, Guy; his brother, Dan; his sister, Agnes; his sister, Ethel; and most recently his baby sister, Dottie. Dad is survived by his children, Bruce James Houston of Fairfax, California and his daughter, Sandra Kay Brightwell of Colorado Springs; his daughter-in-law, Mary; and Bruce and Mary's two children, Jenna and Tanner; his son-in-law, Dr. Nathan L. Brightwell; and Nate and Sandy's three children, Todd, Jason, and Angela. A memorial service was held at Swan Law Chapel on Sunday, May 25, 2008 and burial with full military honors took place at Evergreen Cemetery on Tuesday, May 27, 2008. Contributions may be made in Ben's name to Pikes Peak Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Clark Steadmam Pinder, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), 69, of Cocoa, Florida, lost a very tough battle with cancer on 15 May 2008.  He was born in Key West, Florida on 11 January 1939.  He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in meteorology in 1961 and entered the USAF Air Weather Service.  His assignments included: Blytheville AR, Hickam HI, Scott IL, Ft. Rucker AL and two tours at Langley VA. He retired at 5th Weather Wing headquarters in Langley AFB, VA in 1989 after 28 years of great service.  He continued great weather support service in a civilian capacity at 45th Weather Squadron at Patrick AFB, Florida as a deputy launch weather officer-radar supporting Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center and retired from that in 2004.  He is survived by his wife, Gail Stromire Pinder; his son, Chris Pinder (Beth) of Poquoson, VA; his daughter, Melissa Lamp (Garrett); his son, Scott Bohannon (Lee Anne) of Alexandria, VA; his brother Joey Pinder of Key West; and eight grand children.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Links of Hope, 1535 North Cogswell St., Suite C20, Rockledge, FL 32955. A celebration of Clarks life will be held at the chapel at Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home in Rockledge on Monday, May 19, 2008 at 6 p.m. 

Butler, George S., Lt Col (Ret.), 89, Salina, KS., passed away Thursday, May 8th, 2008. He retired from the US Air Force in May of 1962, and the FAA as a Flight Inspector in 1987.  A funeral service was held on May 12, at the Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home with graveside services at the Prairie Mound Cemetery, Solomon, KS.

Calvin Naegelin, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), age 63, died Monday, May 5, 2008, at his residence in Papillion, NE. He was born Sept. 22, 1944, in Hermann to the late Erwin and Bernice Naegelin. Mr. Naegelin retired from the Air Force after serving for 25 years on active duty. Then he worked for five years in civil service, and taught meteorology at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., for the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Grace University. He was a certified consulting meteorologist (#548) with American Meteorological Society and ran Weathervane Consultants. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society of England and a charter member of the National Weather Association. Mr. Naegelin received his masters degree in Meteorology in 1974, and his ham radio was WD9APU. He was preceded in death by parents and a brother, Richard Naegelin. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Papillion, Neb.; a son and daughter-in-law, Conrad Naegelin and Helen of Canton, Mich.; grandchildren, Emily and Lotus; sister Gloria Wagstaff of St Louis; two nephews, Robert Wagstaff of St. Louis, and Tim Naegelin of San Francisco, Calif. A graveside service was held Friday, May 9, at Cedar Dale Cemetery, Papillion, Neb. A memorial service was held Friday, May 9, at the Community Bible Church, Omaha, Neb. Memorials to Wycliffe Bible Translators or Ne. Humane Society.  Guest book is at

Church, James F.  Lt Col USAF (Ret.), 84, died April 18, 2008, at Frisbie Hospital in Rochester after a period of failing health.  Better known to his family and friends as Jim, he was born May 15, 1923, in Cadillac, Mich., to F. Marshall Church and Eleanor (Baker) Church. After graduating from Midland High School in Michigan, he entered Michigan State University as a chemistry major. After two years there, he joined the Army Air Corps, attended the Weather Officer Course and graduated as a second lieutenant weather officer. He served in the China, Burma, India Theater as a forecaster on the "Humps" route to China. He was also the liaison officer to the Royal Thai Weather Service in Bangkok, Thailand, where he assisted in training their weather officers and re-establishing the Thai Weather Service. For his efforts, he was awarded the Royal Thai Wings by a grateful Thai government.  In 1947, he returned to the United States and civilian life. He was sent to Pittsburgh, Pa., to work on the Dow Corning Fellowship at Mellon Institute of Industrial Research. He met his wife, Dorothy Newhouse, while finishing his degree in chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1949 he received his bachelor of science in chemistry and entered graduate school there.

In 1950, when the Korean War broke out, he volunteered to return to active duty. After extensive training in high altitude forecasting and climatology and receiving an M.S. in meteorology from the University of Chicago, he was sent to Japan where he served as chief of the Climatology Division at Tokyo Weather Central until 1955. When he returned home, he was stationed briefly in Illinois and then to Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories (AFCRL) at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass., where he remained for 16 years, interrupted for one year for a tour of duty Vietnam. AFCRL was, by far, his most interesting work. Using a C-130 as a flying laboratory, he studied the clouds, hurricanes, tornadoes, storms and weather instrumentation on planes.  In 1976 after 33 years of military service, he retired to Dover, where he pursued his hobbies ; gardening, deer, pheasant and duck hunting, fly tying, fly fishing and teaching science as a substitute teacher in local high schools.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy; by his son, James, and wife, Samantha, and their son, Jeremy, of Lebanon, Maine, and daughter, Mary Ann, of Dover and her children, Patrick and Janelle; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, F. Marshall Church, by his mother Eleanor Grinnell Church, his stepfather Wm. Harrison Grinnell and by his brother, John Church, all of Midland, Mich.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Homemaker Health Services, of 215 Rochester Hill Road, Rochester 03867 and to the Rochester Manor at 40 Whitehall Road, Rochester, NH 03867.

Billy D. (Rich) Richardson SMSGT USAF(Ret.), passed away on April 3, 2008 in Omaha, NE at the age of 70. Rich had lived in Bellevue, NE for the past 30 years or so. He had been assigned to AFGWC and then spent a year in Korea with me in 1982-1983 as my Station Chief. Rich retired as a SMSgt in Oct, 1986 after 28 years service and he and his wife, Janet, continued to reside in Bellevue. Rich worked as an Observer at Eppley Airport in Omaha for a short time and then worked as a manager for RBG Corporation until his retirement in 2002. Rich and I were stationed together at Clark AB, Philippines(1963-1964) and at Kunsan AB, ROK (1982-1983). Rich was my good friend and one hell of an NCO. Submitted by Bob Borchers. Rich is survived by his wife, Janet; daughters, Jill and husband Ron Albers, Bellevue, Emma Kolvek, Bellevue, son-in-law, John Kolvek, Lawrence, KS; 5 grandchildren, Nicholas, Jack, Gabriel, Lillie and Drew. Funeral service was at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bellevue. Interment Bellevue Cemetery.

Anthony Aiken "Tony" Pearson MSgt USAF (Ret.), 51, husband of Deborah Stout Pearson, died Sunday, March 30, 2008, at Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia SC. Born in Douglas, Ga., he was a son of the late Benajah Pearson and the late Leona Carver Pearson. Mr. Pearson was a member of Springbank Baptist Church and the Goldwing Road Riders Association. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 24 years, was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, and was employed by the 28th Operational Weather Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base as a civilian trainer. Survivors include his wife of Dalzell; three children, Shea Hardy of Opelika, Ala.; David Pearson of Mobile, Ala.; and Heather Spears of Port Barre, La.; five grandchildren; three brothers, Jim Pearson and Joseph Pearson, both of Goose Creek, and Stan Pearson of Merritt, R.I.; and two sisters, Mary Clara Shultz of Winter Park, Fla., and Ruth Sapp of Denton, Ga. Memorial services with full military honors were held at Springbank Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210.

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Ron Godbey, Col USAF(Ret.) of San Angelo passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2008, in a local hospital. Military graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211, with Chaplain Art Ingalls officiating. Ron was born on July 11, 1934, in Milford, Texas to Pascal Lee and Katherine Williams Godbey. He married Martha Worsham on May 14, 1954 in Fort Worth, Texas.  Ron was a man of many professions.  The Honorable Ron Godbey, a former member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, holds a Bachelors Degree from North Texas State University, did graduate work in meteorology at Texas A&M University while serving in the USAF, and later earned a Juris Doctors Degree from Southern Methodist University (1971). He specialized in tort and business law, real estate law, and also served as a municipal court judge.  He also served as a part-time TV Meteorologist in the Dallas - Fort Worth market. In 1975, he co-authored the book "Texas Weather" with fellow KXAS (NBC 5 in Dallas) meteorologist Harold Taft (deceased in 1991).   During that timeframe, Ron also earned the AMS TV Seal of Approval.  Ron was also a Certified Consulting Meteorologist as well as an attorney. In 1980, Ron gave up his active law practice to return to active military service. He served in the Air Weather Service and attended the Air War College. Upon retirement in March 1991, having risen from private to Colonel, he was awarded the Legion of Merit.  He then returned to his law practice and became active in local government, serving as Chief Deputy Treasurer and as Director of the County Bureau of Elections in Bernalillo, New Mexico. He was elected and served in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 1999 to 2004.  He also holds a private pilots license, and is a member of various veterans' organizations and civic and professional groups.  In 2006, he was the President of Drug Watch International.  Ron is survived by his wife Martha Godbey of San Angelo, Texas; son Gary Godbey of Haltom City, Texas; daughter Julie Thompson of La Porte, Texas; grandson Wesley Thompson; granddaughter Leah Godbey; grandson Christopher Godbey; brother Robert Godbey, sister Glenda Godbey and a sister Kay Godbey.

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RODNEY, Ronald Lee 64, of Beavercreek, Ohio, passed away February 4, 2008. Ron was a retired Lt. Col. in the Air National Guard. His last assignment was commander of the 207th Weather Flight based in Indianapolis. He also had 38 years combined active duty and civil service as a Staff Meteorologist in the Air Force. Ron worked for Detachment 3 Air Force Weather Agency at Wright Patterson Air Force Base at the Air Force Research Lab Sensors Directorate. Ron was a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend, Co-worker, Teammate, Teacher, Mentor, and Man. He loved everything life had to offer: God, Family, Friends, Nature, Weather, Sports, Church, and especially his wife of 38 years. He was a true family man that had it all. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and his children, Lisa, Chris, and Jeff. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions, in the form of donations, be made in memory of Ron to the Clifton Gorge Division of Natural Preserves, 2045 Morse Rd. Building F-1, Columbus, OH 43229 or the Beavercreek Wetlands,


James A. "Al" Polston, SMSgt USAF (Ret.), 78, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at the Chambersburg PA Hospital. Born Nov. 30, 1929, in Lumberton, N.C., he was the son of the late Charles and Nettie Hughes Polston. He worked for Unisys Corp. in Blue Bell, Pa., for more than 20 years before retiring as a manager.

He was also a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Air Force for over 20-years in Air Weather Service as Observer, Forecaster and Meteorological Programmer and Systems Analyst. He also served at Ernest Harmon AB Newfoundland.  He was the lead Systems Analyst for development of the Automated Weather Network ('65-'66). He came to Tinker AFB (and AWN) from ETAC.  He was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Chambersburg.  He is survived by his wife, Margaret Gale Polston, whom he married May 27,1950; three sisters, Verna Sneed and Ruby Polston, both of Lumberton, and Margaret Wiley of Charlotte, N.C.; and one brother, Norman Polston of Lumberton.  A memorial service was held at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. Inurnment followed in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg.


Roger H. Olson, Lt Col, USAF (Ret.), a longtime scientist and activist and former Boulder City Councilman, died in Boulder City,Colorado, January 3, 2008, following a long illness. He was 88. 

Major (Ret.) James E. Warnke passed away on December 10, 2006.  Jim had been in poor health the last few years.  He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1968, and took his basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas.  He went to Weather Observer School at Chanute, and his first assignment was to Scott AFB as a Weather Observer from 1968 to 1971. He was assigned to Hickam AFB as an Observer from 1971 to 1974.  From Hickam, he went back to Chanute to Weather Forecasters School during 1975.  He went back to Scott AFB in 1976 to ETAC, as a forecaster.  While at ETAC, Jim applied for and was accepted into Officers Training School in 1978.  From 1978 until 1981, Jim was assigned to The 3rd Weather Squadron at MacDill AFB, serving as the DETCO at the base weather station at least part of that time.  From 1981 to 1982, he was assigned to the Readiness Command at MacDill.  In 1982 Jim became a Unit Commander at the Selfridge Michigan Air National Guard Base.  In 1984 he went to Chanute AFB, Ill as a Technical Instructor teaching the supplemental course through 1987.  In 1988 he became the Commanders Executive Support Officer at Chanute until he retired from the Air Force in 1990.  He earned the following Awards and Medals:  Meritorious Service Medal with Device, Joint Service Commendation Medal with 2 Devices, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 4 Devices, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 2 Devices, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon, Longevity Service Award Ribbon with 4 Devices, NCO Professional Military Education Graduation Ribbon, and Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon with 1 Device. Jim and Barb Greiner met while he was attending the U of Iowa.  They were married August 31, 1968 after Jim completed Basic Training. They had 2 children, Deanna and Mike.  Deanna and her husband Terry have 1 child.  Mike and his wife Bonita have 4 children.  After his retirement from the USAF, Jim went to work for Chase Manhattan Mortgage in Tampa , Fl as the Serving Training Manager.  That unit was moved to West Monroe,LA where Jim worked for a couple more years.  In about 2000, he went to work for Standard Mortgage in Lawrenceville , Ga. In 2002, Jim retired the second time.  He and Barb moved to Navarre , Florida to be close to their children and grandchildren. Barb is blessed to be near her children and grandchildren.  She says Jim was a great husband, father, and grandfather, and they had 38 wonderful years together.

Col. Wayne C. Bogard USAF(Ret.), died Friday morning, January 4, 2008 at his home in Paradise Valley Estates in Fairfield CA.  He was born in 1920.  He is survived by a sister.  His wife of many years, Claire, died 3 years earlier and he will be buried on January 11th along her side in Sacramento CA.  He was a B-17 pilot in WW II, shot down in 1943, evaded capture for awhile with the aid of the French underground, but ultimately captured by the Gestapo.  He remained on active duty in MATS and Air Weather Service as an aviator and Materiel officer until retirement from AWS as the DCS Logistics from November 1967 to January 1970.  He was a member of the Air Weather Association and attended every one of its reunions. 

Wilma Gladys Spaugy, 81, longtime Anchorage Alaska resident, died Dec. 29, 2007 at Providence Hospital. Gladys was born April 20, 1926 in Bolivar, PA to George & Nora Flickinger. She married Robert Earl Spaugy on June 18, 1949 and began an interesting life as an Air Force wife.  Their many assignments throughout his career brought them to Alaska twice. The first time was to Fairbanks from 1960 to 1964, and then again, to Anchorage,  for their terminal duty station in 1969. This allowed them to indulge in their love of camping, fishing and enjoying the beauty of The Great North State. Gladys was a retired beautician, housewife and avid stamp collector. One of her greatest passions was the Junior Stamp Club of the Anchorage Philatelic Society. She and her husband, Bob, devoted many Saturday afternoons over 25 years  to spreading their knowledge and interest in stamps to the many children and young adults of the Anchorage area.  She is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, CMSgt (Ret) Bob Spaugy; daughter and son-in-law, Genevieve and Bill Poteat of Morganton, NC ; son, John D. Spaugy of California, MD; brother and sister-in-law, Merle and Carol  Flickinger, of St. Louis, MO; many nieces and nephews ; close family friends, Ronnie Short and the family of  Dwayne and Liz Daniel, of Anchorage. She was preceded in death by five of her six siblings.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorials be made to Providence Hospital Cancer Care, Cardiac Rehabilitation programs  or the charity of your choice, especially those involving children, as Gladys always loved the little ones.

James R. Vance, age 69, of Dardanelle, died Monday, December 3, 2007 at the River Valley Medical Center. A son of the late Ross Jennings and Audrey Sarah Pierce Vance, he was born May 22, 1938 in Webster City, Iowa. He attended Dardanelle High School before joining the United States Air Force. He received his accounting degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha following his time in the Air Force, became a certified public accountant and entered the field of banking. Before returning to Dardanelle he had worked at several banks in the United States, and had worked following his retirement at the Bank of Dardanelle (now the Rivertown Bank). He was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church in Russellville, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Steven Vance. Survivors include his wife, Dale Vance; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward James and Pamela Vance of Benton; a daughter and son-in-law, Terri Lynn and Thomas Walter Vogel of Normal, Illinois; a brother, David Frank Vance of Russellville; a sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Don Rainey of Maumelle; three grandchildren: Jacob Vogel and Brooke Vogel, both of Normal; and Zachary Vance of Benton; and two nephews and two nieces: David F. Vance Jr., Michael Vance, Debbie Knight and Stephanie Pritt.

The funeral mass will be at 10 A.M. on Thursday, December 6, 2007, at St. Johns Catholic Church by Father William F. Thomas. Burial in Rest Haven Memorial Park will be by Shinn Funeral Service.

Active pallbearers will be Gerald Marklein, Larry Cheffer, Damian Durbin, David Vance, Don Rainey and Jim Powers.

The Rosary will be at 6:00 P.M. Wednesday evening at the Shinn Chapel with a time of visitation to follow.

Memorials may be made to the Altar Society of St. Johns Catholic Church, 1900 West Main Street, Russellville, Arkansas 72801.

Jack W. Reed, 84, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Friday, November 30, 2007, after a brief but feisty bout with lung cancer. He spent his last days at the Care Center of Manzano del Sol Good Samaritan Village, which he helped to found. Jack was a brilliant mathematician and meteorologist, who went on from an early love of flight to become an invaluable part of the team that conducted the U.S.'s historic nuclear tests in the 1950s and early '60s. He enjoyed a long, productive scientific career at Sandia National Labs and at Kirtland Air Force Base, where he served as a Reserve Officer in the New Mexico Air National Guard. In his later years, Jack was one of the much-loved "Weather Wizards," for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, while he maintained an active research life until his death. Jack was born in Corning, IA on September 24, 1923. At the age of nine, he moved with his mother, Vera Gibson and his step-father, Charles Reed to Santa Fe, where his step-father was the State Highway Engineer. He graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1940. Jack was drafted into the US Army at the onset of World War II. He was an early weather specialist in the Air Corps, serving in the Philippines. In September 1944, Jack married Lois Linville of Chicago, IL. When he was discharged from the Army in 1947, they settled in Albuquerque, where he finished his schooling at the University of New Mexico, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics. They had two children, Roger and Margaret. Jack became a meteorologist at Sandia National Labs, with the important task of predicting the fallout and shock patterns of numerous atmospheric nuclear tests, both in Nevada and in the South Pacific. Jack worked in various capacities at Sandia National Labs for 46 years. After his retirement from Sandia, he founded a consulting firm, JWR, Inc., where he continued to offer his expertise to clients worldwide. Jack published countless papers on atmospheric studies, wind energy, and nuclear matters and tests. He was active for years in the Democratic Party, the Boy Scouts, the New Mexico NAACP, and fought tirelessly for civil rights in New Mexico. Jack was a longtime member of First Congregational Church. Jack loved to travel around the globe and across the nation. He was a wine connoisseur and made numerous trips to California wine country and the various wine regions of France. Proceeded in death by his mother, step-father, and son, Roger. He is survived by his wife, Lois Reed; daughter, Margaret "Marti" Reed, both residents of Albuquerque; and granddaughter, Terra Lillie Reed, a student at the University of Oregon currently attending the University of Lyon in France. "And reed that boweth to every blast." - Chaucer, 1385. Memorial Services will be announced at a later date. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333

Walter F. Pitts passed away peacefully on October 22, 2007. He was born on April 2, 1924, in Waterville, Washington, to T.I. Pitts and Inez McLean Pitts. He moved to Olympia, in 1927, and spent his life between there and his second home in Seattle. Walt graduated from William Winlock Miller High School in 1942. He served in the Army Air Corps Weather Service during World War II and upon his discharge attended college. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and furthered his education at the University of Washington, School of Law. Walt was in private practice in Olympia for eight years and then began a career with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in Seattle. He held that position for 34 years until his retirement in 1994. Walt was an active member of the First Christian Church of Olympia, a member of the Washington State Bar Association for 54 years, the American Bar Association, and a staunch supporter of the University of Washington. He leaves behind his sister, Margaret Hanson; his niece, Joan White (Ron); niece-in-law, Patti Hanson; aunt, Margaret Hansen; three great nieces; one great nephew; one great-great niece; and two great-great nephews; and many cousins. Because Walt never married, his extended family was very important to him. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Joan Catherine; his brother-in-law, Robert Hanson; and his nephew, John Hanson. The family requests donations to be made to a favorite charity.

George A. Castle, Lt Col USAF (Ret.) passed away at the age of 89 on October 29, 2007 in Shalimar, Florida.  Fran Flesch states that -- In the mid part of 2007, I located one of my previous commanders from Det 25, 10th Weather Sq, Nakhon Phanom RTAVB,Thailand and did in fact talk to him by phone.  He remembered me after all the years that passed (June 67) and got enjoyment from me sending him an APR that was written on me by him.  A couple weeks ago, I got word that he passed on.  He was one of the forecasters back then that did not need a degree to become a Commander, an event which I was not aware of.  

Milo Radulovich, who became a searing symbol of the excesses of anti-Communism in the 1950s when Edward R. Murrow broadcast an account of his firing as an Air Force reserve officer because of his relatives associations, died Monday in Vallejo, Calif. He was 81. 
The cause was complications of a stroke, his son-in-law Richard Ostrander said.

Mr. Radulovichs tribulations began in August 1953, when he was a student at the University of Michigan, as he baby-sat and studied a physics book in his home in Dexter, Mich. Two Air Force officers came to his door and handed him an envelope. He opened it to read that he had been removed as an officer in the Air Force Reserve because he was a security risk.
His own loyalty was not questioned. His father and sister were accused of being Communist sympathizers, and he was summarily judged to be risky by association.
The case raised questions about balancing national security concerns and citizens rights after Mr. Murrow broadcast a report on Oct. 20, 1953. It appeared on the television newsmagazine program See It Now.

Viewers responded by sending 8,000 letters and telegrams to CBS and Alcoa, the programs sponsor; the letters were 100 to 1 in support of Mr. Radulovich. Newspaper editorials rallied to his cause.
Fred W. Friendly, producer of the program, called it the first time any of us appreciated the power of television.

In 2005, the episode became a big part of a hit movie about Mr. Murrow and his CBS colleagues, Good Night, and Good Luck. Mr. Radulovich was a consultant for the film and appeared in original clips from the program.

The Radulovich broadcast was the first salvo that See It Now fired against Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, Republican of Wisconsin, and his anti-Communist tactics. Although the case of Mr. Radulovich did not involve McCarthy, and the senator was not mentioned in relation to him, two later See It Now programs dealt directly with McCarthy.

In 1998, the State Bar of Michigan honored the program about Mr. Radulovich with a plaque that reads, It is generally believed that the program was the beginning of the end for the McCarthy era.
Milo John Radulovich was born in Detroit on Oct. 28, 1926. His father, John, a Serbian immigrant, was an autoworker.

Milo was an aviation cadet at what was then Michigan State College before joining the Army Air Forces in 1944 and becoming a meteorologist. He did top-secret work in Greenland and was discharged as a first lieutenant in 1952. He then attended the University of Michigan on the G.I. Bill and was a lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve.

He learned that his father was suspect because he read a Slavic newspaper seen as pro-Communist. His sister was suspect because she had picketed a Detroit hotel that refused to lodge Paul Robeson, the renowned singer, who publicly admired Stalin.

No way I would repudiate my family, Milo Radulovich told The Detroit News in 2005. I knew if my case went unresolved, the government could do this to anyone, anywhere.
With the help of lawyers working free, Mr. Radulovich fought back. The Detroit News ran two articles about his case, the second of which Mr. Murrow read. He sent a crew to Michigan.
When Mr. Friendly saw the film, he recognized it as both moving and volatile, according to a 2004 article in Quill magazine by Joseph Wershba, the reporter who went to Michigan. Youre fired, Mr. Friendly told the cameraman in a phone call. Im fired. Eds fired, but were going to turn out the greatest broadcast ever done on television.

In the days before the broadcast, CBS executives grew skittish because of the dependence of Alcoa, the sponsor, on military contracts. The network refused to promote the program, so Mr. Murrow and Mr. Friendly put up $1,500 of their own money for an ad in The New York Times.
The case against Lt. Milo Radulovich A0589839 it said. (The number was his serial number.) Mr. Radulovich was soon reinstated in the Reserve. He moved to California, and, after difficulty finding work, became a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Mr. Radulovich, who lived in Lodi, Calif., was divorced from his first wife, the former Nancy Tuttle; his second wife, the former Sheila Day, died about five years ago. He is survived by his daughters Katherine Radulovich of Sacramento, Janet Sweeney of Elk Grove, Calif., and Danica Berner of Bishop, Calif.; his brothers Sam and Walter, both of Detroit; and a grandson.

Mr. Radulovich never doubted the value of his fight. In speeches he cited parallels to what he saw as similar infringements on liberties in the war on terrorism, saying, I feel I represent lots and lots of Americans who would have done the same thing.

Col. Howard L. Rust,USAF (Ret.), died October 22, 2007, at Rio Grande Regional Hospital.  Howard was born in Grove City Pennsylvania on July 25, 1922. He was the son of Walter J. Rust and Sara Uber Rust. He was the brother of Lucille Rust Brittain of Knoxville, Tenn., Walter J. Rust of Hollywood, FL and Wm. J. Rust of Platte City, MO. He also had a sister Geraldine and a brother Robert who are deceased.  He married Erma Ralston in Greenville, Texas, July 24, 1943. The Rusts were blessed with three daughters, Dian Kress,Mayetta, Kansas, Suzan Hanamann, Mission, TX and Bonnie Sartain, Palm Desert, CA. and doubly blessed with 12 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.  Howard joined the Army Air Force on July 7, 1942 and served in the Air Force twenty eight years. He was a veteran of WWII, the Korean Conflict, the Cuban Crisis, and the Vietnam War.  His service decorations include The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star, The Air Medal, The Air Force Commendation Medal plus ten other Theater and Country Service Medals. He retired with the rank of Colonel on July 1, 1970.  Howard loved and trusted his God, whether it was a mission for the Air Force or a mission of life. He leaned heavily on this trust. "Rusty" did not fear death, he said, "That is the last great adventure God gives mankind; when man discovers everything is so simple. All you have to do is trust in him."  He was a member of AWA, The First United Methodist Church, the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Association, Retired officers Assoc., The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Lt Col Billie E. Grubbs,USAF (Ret.), died October 16, 2007 in Madison, Alabama. He was 75. 

Major Alma Gene McKemie,USAF (Ret.), 83, died October 15, 2007 in Goldsboro, North Carolina.   Gene was born in Christopher, Ill., to the late Thomas Merrill McKemie and Ava Akin McKemie.  He served as a pilot and later as a meteorologist for the U.S. Air Force. Gene retired with 24 years of service in the Air Force on Oct. 31, 1966.  He was a member of the Order of Daedalians and the Goldsboro Rotary Club. Gene is survived by his wife, Dorothy Lassiter McKemie; his daughter and son-in-law, Tami and David West of Goldsboro; his sons and daughter-in-law, James Patrick McKemie of Raleigh and Thomas E. and Babette McKemie of Raleigh; and his grandchildren, Ryan Miller, Kayla West, Corbin McKemie, Christian McKemie, Jason West and Eric West and wife, Amber.

Col. (Ret) Thomas D. Potter, Ph.D., a research professor emeritus with the U of U Department of Meteorology, died Oct. 16 from pancreatic cancer. He was 78.

Born on Feb. 3, 1929, in Jamestown, N.D., Potter went on to a distinguished career in meteorology spanning more than 50 years. After receiving a BA. in math (1951), B.S. in meteorology (54), and an M.S. in atmospheric sciences (56) from the University of Washington (56), he pursued a doctorate in atmospheric sciences at Penn State University (62). His 1961 doctoral dissertation established that ground-based radar could measure atmospheric conditions, an advance that led to the development of the Doppler radar now widely in use in weather forecasting. After college, he became a vice commander in the U.S. Air Force Air Weather Service, and during his 24 years of service became a key figure in revolutionizing forecasting by equipping satellites to monitor the Earths weather from space. He was awarded the Legion of Merit upon retirement. He also spent seven years with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, seven with the United Nations, and 10 as the western regional director of the National Weather Service, and also served as an associate professor at St. Louis University.

Potter joined the University of Utah faculty in 1998 as a research professor. During his tenure, he led the weather support project for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. His planning helped deal with transportation issues, snow removal problems, opening and closing ceremonies, and volunteer coordination

Tom Potter is survived by his wife, Billie; six children, Mike, Ann, Tom Jr., Mark (Gwen), Andy (Robyn), and Matt; 12 grandchildren; and siblings Jack, Jeff, Pat Styer, and Nancy Cramer. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Nature Conservancy ( or the Special Op Warrior Foundation,

Karl Reidar (Jo) Johannessen, 90, who served for over two decades in the Air Weather Service, died on October 18 at Island Elder Care in Vashon, WA. His wife, Phoebe wrote, If you are in touch with any of the old cew perhaps you would let them know.
Jo was surrounded in his death by Phoebe Johannessen and his children, Lisbeth (Johannessen) Brown, Erik Frith Johannessen, Sissel Johannessen and Jan Nils Johannessen. He is also survived by a sister, Agnes Astrup, twelve grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. His family wishes to thank Theresa, Praxy (Praxedes) and Johnny (Juanito) of Island Elder Care for their loving attendance and care, and the Hospice team for their kindness and assistance during Jo's last hours of Life.
Karl was born in the town of Aalesund, Norway, matriculated from thegymnasium there, and earned his degree in Atmospheric Science and Meteorology from University of Oslo. Shortly thereafter WWII was declared and when Germany invaded Norway, Karl escaped on skis over the mountains to Sweden, where he taught mathematics in a school for Norwegian evacuees until he could make his way to England. There he joined the Royal Norwegian Air Force and became part of the British Met (Meteorological) Office. For the duration of the war, Norwegian Meteorologists successfully contributed to Upper Air Unit analyses important to the success of the Allied victory in Europe; Karl was a part of the team that developed the forecast crucial to the D-Day victory. In England, Jo met Phoebe Frith, also assigned to the Met Office, and they were married on May 9, `945.
Karl and Phoebe and their infant daughter returned to Norway in 1946, and Jo served in the Royal Norwegian Air Force as a meteorologist until 1951, when they and, now, three children, immigrated to the United States at the invitation of the American government. There he worked as a civilian meteorological consultant for/to the US Air Force at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, and his fourth child was born. In 1959 he received a Rockefeller Award for advanced study at the University of Chicago. He was subsequently employed by the United States Weather Bureau (later the National Weather Service of NOAA) as director of the North East Region, located in New York. He later became the Deputy Director for Operations at the National Weather Service headquarters in Silver Springs, Maryland, where he served until his retirement in 1981. Karl and Phoebe made their home in Vashon in 1992.
Phoebe and her family will be at home to friends who wish to join them in a celebration of Jo's life, on Saturday, November 3, 2-5 PM.

Major General Harold H. Bassett was born April 1, 1907 in Albion, Illinois and died in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, October 4th at age 100. He is survived by his grandsons Michael Hill of Weston, TX and Russell Hill of Sherman, TX; granddaughter Heidi Hill of San Francisco, CA and nephew John Bassett of Geneva, Illinois. He was predeceased by his wife Anita Bassett and daughter Frances Hill. He was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and his military service was in the Army Air Corps and USAF where his assignments included command of the Air Weather Services and the USAF Security Service. Burial will be at the family plot in Albion, Illinois. You are invited to sign the Guestbook at Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuary.


It appears that there will be a private ceremony with internment at the family plot in Albion, Illinois. His official bio from is at:


From AWS Heritage 1937-1987

Harold Huntley Bassett

Major General, United States Air Force

Fourth and Ninth Commander of Air Weather Service

9 March 1943 - 9 January 1945

13 November 1958 - 31 October 1959

Retired from active duty in October 1959


Significant events during General Bassett's tenure as AWS Commander include establishment of a short-range forecast verification program (24-, 36-, and 48-hour), April 1943;   inauguration of the USAF Strategic Facsimile Network which connected Global Weather Central, Offutt AFB NE with five other US weather centers on 15 February 1959;  initiation of the operational numerical (computer) flight plan system on 15 may 1959;  and activation of the first two weather squadrons (7th at Heidelberg, Germany, and the 16th at Fort Monroe, Virginia) for exclusive support of the U.S. Army on 8 July 1959.

Larry Carmack, 68, of New Athens, Ill., formerly of Belleville, Ill., born October 13, 1938 in Cardwell, MO., died Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at St. Elizabeths Hospital, Belleville, Ill. Larry Chief Carmack retired from the United States Air Force, after nearly 30 years of devoted service. He was a true believer of the military system of honor and respect. His love for family and country was above reproach. He will be missed by all that knew him. He was also a member of the 20 GWBs and the VFW Post 4183.
He was preceded in death by his parents Clay & Lona, nee Marshall, Carmack, wife Jacqueline Jackie, nee Nevard, Carmack, who died October 23, 2001, a brother Wendell Carmack and a sister Barbara Nashif.

Larry is survived by 4 children; Gary Carmack of Orlando, FL., Michael (Elizabeth) Carmack of Panama City, FL., Leslie (Edward) Dellamano of Belleville, Ill., Susan George of Belleville, Ill., 3 grandchildren; Rachel Carmack, Clifford Dellamano, Isabell Dellamano and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ALS. Condolences may be extended to the family at
Visitation will be held Thursday, October 4, 2007 from 6-8 pm at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, OFallon, Ill. There will be a VFW service held at 7:00 pm.
Funeral procession will leave Friday, October 5, 2007 at 8:45 am from Schildknecht Funeral Home for a 10:00 am graveside service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. 

McAnally, Paul, Col USAF (Ret.) died of natural causes on September 30, 2007 in Winchester, VA. He was  88. Paul was born in Danville, IL, on September 8, 1919, to Gerald and May (Skadden) McAnally. He grew up in Canton, SD. At the age of two he won the blue ribbon for finest baby at the county fair. He went on to be the finest man any of us ever knew. Paul attended Morningside College in Sioux City, and graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1941. He served as a navigator in WWII, including the North African theater, and remained in the USAF for a career after the war, finally retiring as a colonel and commander of the 4th Weather Wing at Ent AFB in Colorado Springs in 1971. He was held in highest regard by the 4000 men under his command and countless others with whom he served. He married Ann Marie Knudsen of Bronson, Iowa, in July 1942. Together they raised three children at Air Force assignments around the country as well as overseas. Paul held masters degrees in meteorology from the University of Chicago and in counseling from the University of Arizona in Tucson. After his retirement from the Air Force, he taught junior high school in Tucson, AZ. He was a fabulous cornet player and a natural athlete. Ice hockey was his sport of choice in South Dakota in his youth, and later golf and especially tennis after he moved to warmer climates. He was always quick to lend a helping hand, served up with a dry wit that brought a smile to those around him. "Grand" didn't know how to turn down a charity. He will be missed by many. He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen of Winchester, VA; his son Tom in Seattle; his son, Gary of Sacramento, eight grandchildren and his sister, Helen in Denver.

Major William Donald Cooke, Army Air Corps, a World War II forecaster and climatologist, died Sept. 20, 2007 at his home in Ithaca, New York. He was in charge of America's Wide Wing's research and historical studies at SHAPE, Gen.Dwight Eisenhower's headquarters, first at Bushy Park in England and then at St. Germaine-en-Laye, France. He was 89. Born in Philadelphia in1918, Maj. Cooke graduated from S. Joseph's College in 1940. After Pearl Harbor, he joined the U. S. Army Air Corps, and he arrived in Keesler Field, in September 1943 as a newly-minted second lieutenant from the meteorology course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Class four.  He was assigned the midnight shift, because the Weather Detachment Commander there had decided to minimize the amount of damage an untried forecaster could bring about. For Don Cooke's first night, there was no air traffic at all. But at 4:00 AM the phone rang. It was the Officer of the Day, who wanted to known what the uniform of the day should be. Don told him that it looked like it was going to be a nice day and that khakis should be fine. There was a long pause followed by Lieutenant, do you know it's raining now?
     That was one of the few forecasts he was ever destined to make.  A couple of weeks later he was off to the European Theater of Operations, ETO, where he was assigned work in climatology at Col. Donald N. Yate's Wide Wing, the forecast center for all of the United States Strategic Air Forces through out ETO. His associates already there were Capt. Ed Fickensher and the renown Dr. Helmut Landsberg, a German-American from Prof. Carl Rossby's Meteorology Department at the University of Chicago. Also an English civilian, Miss Grace Constance Groon. And, significantly, Sgt. Lillian Finkelstein, a professional artist. As circumstances would thus dictate, Lt. Cooke also took over the Wide Wing responsibilities for Visual Presentations, for him a side medium in which, later, he delved into, with a life-long pursuit in
creating layouts and draftings and briefing aids, and a hobby that earmarked him as an upbeat communicator who was much appreciated for his clever graphics.
     Capt. Cooke was also a skilled poker player. And, following D-day, cards at night melded out the long, cold European winter of '44 for a worn-out group of Wide-Wingers, at its headquarters, there in St.Germain-en-Laye: The adjoining portrait of W. Donald Cooke was taken there, later in 1994, at the gates to the Ecole Normale, the girls school, that had been appropriated first by the Germans and then by us,
to headquarter the conduct of the Great War in Europe. One of his poker buddies there was a, Lt. Col. John R. Parsons, Jr.  John, a nationally well-known sage in the Nation's Capitol, also died recently and was
buried November 2007, with full military plus national honors at Arlington, Washington, D.C. (John, although not an AWA member, is known to many of its members.)
     Sometime in the Spring of '45, Gen. Eisenhower and a select staff, which included Capt. Cooke as its Staff Weather Officer, withdrew to a remote villa in the French countryside. And, it was to this secluded location that in April a caravan of several vehicles sneaked out of Berlin, through Allied battle zones, to Ike's French recluse, there to negotiate quietly on possible surrender terms. Maj. Cooke was instrumental in
laying out the groundwork for this secret get together and for assisting in carrying it out; and he has since written an interesting account about this little known event.
     He was discharged with the rank of major in late 1945. On his troop-ship voyage Stateside he made enough money in playing poker to buy a diamond ring and marry his childhood sweetheart, June Marie Orr. June passed away in October 2006, shortly after the couple's 60th wedding anniversary. He continued to play poker several times a month throughout the rest of his life, and he founded the Cayuga Poker Society, for which he published a monthly newsletter with unusual stories about history, sports, politics and weather.
     He earned his M.S. Degree in 1948 and his Ph.D. In 1949 at the University of Pennsylvania. For two years thereafter, he studied as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University.  Cooke went to Cornell in 1951 as an assistant professor and led the effort to modernize analytical chemistry, introducing instrumental
analysis, including electro-chemistry, infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance. He became a full professor in 1959 and later became associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1962-64); dean of the Graduate School (1964-73); and vice president for research and advanced studies (1969-83).  Among many other contributions, he wrote the University Appointment Manual, now known as "the Cooke Book." He also served as acting provost, acting chemistry department chair, occupational health and safety programs director and an active member of the Cornell University Senate.  During the student unrest of the 1960s and '70s, he negotiated successfully with student leaders and even remained in contact with several of them in later years.  At Cornell, Cooke was known for the broad scope of his career and for his generosity, sincerity and passion for justice. He continued an active teaching role throughout his administration postings, and even past his retirement in 1987.

     He has been a member of the Air Weather Association from its beginning and attended many of its Reunions.  He has been an active contributor to Art Gulliver's 18th Weather Squadron Newsletter.  Don had a special gift with people. He had a positive outlook and led a life of modesty and dignity with respect for people from all walks of life. All who knew Don will miss him greatly.  Submitted by Bob Bundgaard,10 Jan 08. N. B.

A Celebration of Life Service was held on 9/24/07 for CMSGT (Ret) Bertram R. Grigsby at the New Life Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Nebraska.  Bertram Rhodes Grigsby died on September 17, 2007.  He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, January 4, 1931 to William Rhodes and Eloise Massey Grigsby.  He was educated in Pittsburgh, Penn. public schools.  On September 8, 1949, Bert enlisted in the newly formed United States Air Force.  He served his country for 32 years, rising to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. His awards and decorations were many, from the Meritorius Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters to the AF Good Conduct Medal with five oak leaf clusters and a mixture of Air Force, Army and National Defense medals in between.  After retiring from the Air Force, he attended Bellevue University graduating with a BA degree in 1984.  He was employed at First Data Resources as a Trainer for 10 years.  Bert taught Sunday School at Air Force chapels at many of the bases he was assigned.  He joined Calvin Memorial Presbyterian Church in 1981 where he served as a Trustee.  He later joined New Life Presbyterian Church, was ordained an Elder and served on the Session for six years.  He was the Clerk of the Session for 5 years.  He also chaired or served on numerous committees at the Church, the Presbytery of Missouri River Valley, and the Synod of Lake and Prairies.

And, from previous correspondence --

Interment was on Sept. 25 at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kan.

Bertram is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marjorie; children, James L. and wife Tina of Sabastian, Fla., Janice M. Harper of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Joyce R. Grigsby of Minneapolis, Minn., Jeffrey K. Grigsby of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, Janelle N. Shank, Eric K. Grigsby, Jillian A. Statmore, Sondra D. Grigsby, Joseph D. Harper, Ryan J. Grigsby, Caila M. Grigsby; great-grandchildren, Madeleine M. Dangerfield, Quentin K. Grigsby, Loki D. Statmore, Nadia D. Grigsby, Willow S. Statmore; sister, Lynneth S. Jones, Detroit, Mich.; brother, Toussaint L. and wife Colletta Grigsby of Reno, Nev.; sisters-in-law, Beatrice Rudd and Patricia Farmer both of Dayton, Ohio, Jeanette Poole of Pittsburgh, Penn.; daughter-in-law, Cynthia D. Grigsby, and many other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or New Life Presbyterian Church.

Henry (Hank) W. Brandli, Satellite Meteorologist, died Wednesday 9/26/07 (5:04PM) at Wuestoff Hospital due to a long time battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He retired from the USAF as a LT Colonel in 1976 (due to Multiple Sclerosis). Since his retirement he had been a consultant, instructor, and writer for a number of organizations including Harris Corporation, ERT, Swedish Air Force, TAS Lockheed and has written over 400 technical and free lance articles (too many to mention), including USAF's first book on "Satellite Meteorology". Hank had a Bachelor's degree cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and two Master's degrees from MIT in Meteorology and Aeronautics/Astronautics. He was chairman of the Satellite Meteorology Committee of the National Weather Association. Hank was the "Weatherman", during Hurricane season the phone would ring off the hook, even surfers knew to "Ask Hank". He had a great sense of humor and was always the life of the party. He educated everyone through satellite images. Hank loved golf and all sports and was an accomplished basketball player. He was captain of the team at Boston Latin High School. He will be sorely missed! Hank is survived by wife Eleanor, and previous wife Bernadette, brother Paul and sister Donna. Children include: Elizabeth, Matthew and Pamela, Brian and Catherine and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by oldest son Mark. Calling hours: Sunday 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home 1010 E. Palmetto Ave, Melbourne. In lieu of flowers please donate to local MS Society. Funeral Services are private for family only.

Lt Col (ret) Gene Frey passed away at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs on Sunday, August 26. On Friday morning, August 24, he fell and hit his head at his home in Albuquerque while he and his wife, Jan, prepared to drive to the Springs for the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of Col (ret) George and Roxanne Hammond. Gene seemed ok but complications developed during the trip due to internal bleeding and he required hospitalization by the time they arrived in the Springs.
Gene was assigned to the University Of Chicago for undergraduate meteorology; Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio; Sidi Slimane, Morocco;  Severe Storms Center at Kansas City; University of Michigan (graduate school); Qui Nhon, Viet Nam;  Stuttgart, Germany (EUCOM),  RAF Croughton, England, Hq AWS at Scott AFB; and Kirtland AFB NM.  He retired from the Air Force in 1978; and worked with an engineering firm in Albuquerque; and worked 7 years for the University of New Mexico Engineering Research Institute (NUMERI), and seven years for the City of Albuquerque in Public Works.  He completely retired  about 1992.
On September 7, a memorial service will be held in Albuquerque and a military honors ceremony will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Jan can be reached at

Joseph M. Dougherty, 88, of Glendale, Arizona passed away peacefully on July 15, 2007. Joe was born in Du Bois, Pennsylvania on June 15, 1919, the eldest son of Edward and Lillian Dougherty. Raised in Du Bois, he graduated from St. Catherine's High School in 1939 and attended the University of Detroit. In 1941 he enlisted in the U.S. Army-Air Force, starting a long career in weather forecasting. In 1943, Joe married Marcella R. O'Leary of Punxsutawney, PA, his life-long wife of 64 years. Together, they had five sons: Patrick, Michael (Gilda), Timothy (Suka), Shawn, and Daniel. Joe served his country for thirty years as a meteorologist and hurricane hunter and attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CWO-4). Joe retired from the Air Force in 1971 at Luke Air Force Base and settled in Glendale. He worked as a meteorologist at KOOL Television (Channel 10) from 1972 until his retirement in 1984.Joe's family wishes to thank the many people who cared for Joe during his illness, especially the wonderful staff, nurses, and doctors at the Arizona State Veteran's Home. Joseph is survived by his wife, Marcella; brother, Edward Dougherty of Silver Springs, Maryland; four sons, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Visitation was Thursday, July 19, 2007 from 5 until 8 PM at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary, 7924 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, with Rosary at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass was at 10:30 AM, Friday, July 20 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 5614 W. Orangewood Ave., Glendale, Arizona. Private interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Avondale.

James F. Mattingly Jr., 87,devoted husband, father and grandpa, was mercifully released from the grip of Alzheimer's disease on June 20, 2007. Jim was born in Louisville, Ky on May 19, 1920 to Lissetta (Nicholas) and James F. Mattingly Sr. He graduated from Jefferson County High School in Louisville and worked in several jobs before joining the Army Air Corps in July 1943 and earned his pilot wings and pinned on 2nd Lt in Apr 1945. His first duty station was Truax Field, Wisconsin, near Stoughton, where he met the farmer's daughter, Harriet Berkins and married her after a whirlwind 3-month courtship in Aug 1945. They began a 31-year journey in the Air Force that took them to Germany twice, the Far East and many stateside assignments. Due to a RIF after WWII, he became a Master Sergeant and entered the meteorology career field. During the Korean War, he was re-commissioned as a Capt in the weather field. Although he remained in the Air Weather Service most of his career, he did have one tour of duty flying WB-50s out of Yokota AB,Japan which he dearly loved. He also managed to fly base flight aircraft during every assignment. His final assignment was as Director of Operations, 4th Weather Wing at Peterson AFB. Flying was Jim's greatest love, besides Harriet and Chris. Later in life, he enjoyed golf, but he always enjoyed giving others a helping hand. He is predeceased by his parents; daughter, Mary; and brother, Don Mattingly of Louisville, KY. He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Harriet, and son, Chris (Lori), and four grandsons, Ian, Christopher, Peter and Brian. A memorial service will be held at the Shrine of Remembrance "America the Beautiful" Chapel of Roses,1730 East Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO, on June 30, 2007 at 2:00pm A tribute to Jim's life will be held at the USAFA Officer's Club at 3:30pm. Family members extend their deepest gratitude to Pikes Peak Hospice for their tremendous support, dedication and compassionate care. God bless you all. 

Col. Dan King Waylett, 70, passed away suddenly at his residence on Tuesday, April 17, 2007. Born Feb. 1, 1937, in Butte, Mont., he was the son of the late Harry King Waylett and Nell Correia Waylett. He served with honor in the U.S. Air Force for over 26 years, retiring at the rank of Colonel on Oct. 1, 1986. Col. Waylett earned many honors during his distinguished career, including the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, and the Vietnam Service Medal with 3 bronze stars. His most personally treasured honor came in the form of being named an Honorary Chief Master Sergeant, a rarely earned title. Dan was a graduate of Montana State, Class of 1960, and a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. More recently he was a Real Estate Broker with Abbitt Realty Co. Dan is survived by his loving family, including his wife of over 48 years, Maryann McGinnis Waylett; two daughters, Denise K. May and husband, Lenny, of Bellevue, Neb., and Michele W. Burgess and husband, Bob, of Hampton; son, Darin K. Waylett and wife, Christine, of Richmond; two sisters-in-law, Donna Waylett of Dillon, Mont., and Cathy Waylett of Paso Robles, Calif.; five grandchildren, Daniel and Jamie Burgess, Smith Waylett, Quinnton and Rheece May; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Don and Pete Waylett, and his granddaughter, Challon May. A memorial service with full military honors will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, by the Rev. Bob Yevak. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Friends are encouraged to visit www.mem.comm to share special remembrances and words of comfort with Dan's family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk, VA 23518, or to the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.
Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton.

Scott WilliamsLt. Col. Scott L Williams
(USAF Ret), 89, of Chestertown, died March 2, 2007, at Heron Point, Chestertown, Md.

Born in Marlow, OK, he was the son of J. Don and Elendor Williams. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Ellen Williams, of Chestertown, a son Lansing and his wife Susan of Chestertown and Donnell and his wife Wanthana of Herndon, VA, his grandchildren Eva, Galadreal, Lorien, Robert and two brothers. His parents, a brother and three sisters preceded him in death.

Lt. Col. Williams graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Electrical Engineering, and received his MS in Meteorology from New York University, with further studies at Stockholm Sweden's International Institute of Meteorology..

He entered the Army Air Corp in World War II, enlisting as a cadet, receiving training in Grand Rapids, MI, where he met his wife, whom he married on June 12, 1945. After the war, he worked for Westinghouse Electric before returning to the Air Force. At the time of his retirement, he was with the Directorate of Scientific Services, Headquarters, Air Weather Service. He was stationed in Bermuda, Morocco, and Sweden, where he attended school and several US posts. After his Air Force career, he joined the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration where he worked on the BOMEX project, and in Iran where he was setting up a national Iranian
weather service until the Shaw of Iran was deposed..

After retirement the Williams made their home in Annapolis for 13 years, before coming to Heron Point.

In his early years he enjoyed hunting and fishing, before cultivating a love for sailing. He logged over 10,000 miles cruising on his three boats, from Nova Scotia to the Bahamas, and, of course, on his beloved Chesapeake Bay. He was a volunteer for the Chester River Keeper, and was the first president of the Heron Point Internet Users Group.

Over the course of his lifetime, Mr. Williams was the recipient of numerous awards and commendations for his professional and avocational achievements.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Heron Point's Wesley Hall on March 24, 2007 at 3:00 PM, with internment at Arlington National Cemetery on April 26, 2007..

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to a charity of choice in his memory.

Karen Ann Friday passed away peacefully from this world into the waiting arms of our Savior Jesus Christ at Fairfax Hospital on March 21, 2007, after a long bout with cancer.  She was 66 at the time of her death. Born on December 3, 1940, she was the second child of Thomas W Hauschild and Gladys Rusch Hauschild.  In November, 1959, she married Elbert W. (Joe) Friday.  Joe credits her with unfailing love and support during his 20-year Air Force career and his 17 years as Deputy Director and Director of the National Weather Service, and throughout the rest of their 47 and a half year marriage.  Karen was an able head of the household as Joe served in Vietnam and as other duties took him away for weeks at a time.
Karen was a devout member of Calvary Christian Church in Burke, Virginia.  Her hobbies included working in stained glass, sewing, gardening and, most importantly, loving her grandchildren.  She is survived by her husband, Dr. E. W. (Joe) Friday of Lorton, VA; her brother, Tom Hauschild of Moore, Oklahoma; two daughters, Kristine Ahlskog of Springfield, VA, and Kelly Crow of Herndon, VA; and five grandchildren.
The family will be able to greet friends on Tuesday, March 27 from 6PM to 8PM at Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Rd, Springfield, VA.  A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at Calvary Christian Church, 9800 Old Keene Mill Rd, Burke, VA.  Interment will be held later at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Calvary Christian Church or to the charity of your choice are encouraged.
Thanks for all your support..
E W (Joe) Friday

Donald Sakanich passed away Tuesday, March 20th, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Don was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 23, 1928, to John and Mary Sakanich. Don lost his mother when he was a young child. His dad remarried and his father and stepmother, Mary, lovingly raised Don. In 1947, Don graduated from high school and joined the Air Force. During his term in the military, Don also attended Texas A & M, where he graduated in 1957. Don served his country for 32 years, flying missions in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars and as a member of the Hurricane Hunters. He retired from the military in 1979 after achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Don returned to school, where he obtained his teaching certificate. He went on to teach math at Millard South High School where he remained for 14 years. Don remained very active after his retirement, traveling frequently with Dottie to visit family members throughout the country. Don was a devoted husband, loving father and loyal friend and will be truly missed by many. Don is preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Sakanich and stepmother Mary. He is survived by wife, Dorothy "Dottie" and daughters and sons-in law, Donna and Richard Benham, Decatur, TX; Linda and Jimmy Chandler, Clinton, AR; Barbara Baker and special friend, Steve Svoboda, Omaha, NE; Cindy and Mark Smith, Chandler, AZ; and son and daughter-in-law Keith and Karen Dunlap, Scottsdale, AZ. Don was a wonderful grandfather to 12 and great-grandfather to six.
Visitation will be held at Kahler-Dolce Mortuary, Papillion, NE on Thursday, March 22, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 2:00 - 4:00. Funeral services will be held at Capehart Chapel, 25th and Capehart Road, Bellevue, NE on Friday, March 23, at 2:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior. Internment to follow at Cedardale Cemetery, Papillion, NE. Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Col. George Anderson Guy, Sr., 92, died 23 February 2007 in Solona Beach, Calif.

He was founder and Program Manager of the project known as the Weather Observing and Forecasting System. (Nicknamed 433L, it became a 14-year joint program of both the Department of Defense and the National Weather Service.)  433L is probably, still today, the most extensive, far reaching, and overall effort ever undertaken anywhere, fully to automate weather service, beginning from automating weather observing, then automatically processing and predicting the weather observed and ending up with the tailoring of the predicted weather to the particular needs of its final user. And through that effort -- impossible and unsuccessful as it turned out to be, George Guy became widely known, admired and enormously respected by many, many persons throughout all the atmospheric sciences, throughout government, industry and the academic fields.

Col. Guy was born on November 10, 1914 in Love Station, Mississippi. In 1932, he graduated from Memphis Technical High School; and from Memphis State University with a B.S., in 1936.  In 1940, he started out as a sanitation engineer for the Mississippi State Board of Health.  But, he entered the AAF in December 1942 as an Aviation Cadet in meteorology at MIT and was commissioned as a weather officer in April 1943, whereupon he was assigned to the 18th Weather Squadron in England.
After short, post WWII assignments at Albany, Georgia and Turner AFB, George went to UCLA; where,in Sept. 1947, he got his MA in meteorology and was assigned to McDill AFB.  In November 1947, he entered the Weather Officers' Equipment Engineering Course. In November 1948 he was assigned at Andrews Air Force Base to Hq. AWS and worked there directly under Dr. Sverre Petterssen as Chief of Meteorological Equipment Development.
In June 1952, he was assigned to the Air Research and Development Command (later, the Air Force Systems Command) at Baltimore, Maryland as Chief of Meteorological Equipment Development, where he worked for Col Ben Holzman, under B/Gen Don Yates. In June 1957, George was assigned to the Geophysical Research Directorate at Bedford, Massachusettss as the 433L Program Manager. In October 1958, he was assigned to the Electronics Systems Division when it was established, continuing as
the 433L Director. In 1959 433L was expanded as a joint program for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Weather Bureau. Until then, it was the largest Federally funded program.  In August 1962, George graduated from ICAF, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, earning also his second MA degree, from George Washington U. He ended his military career as the program manager for he Air Force
Tactical Command and Control System at ESD, the Electronics Systems Division of AFSC.
After retirement from USAF, he worked the next 15 years for the Ground Systems Division of Hughes Aircraft Company, in Program Planning and Systems Administration. He retired, finally, in 1991.
He settled in Solana Beach, near La Jolla, California. There he became a volunteer finance manager and computer guru for Park Del Mar and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito.
Col. Guy is survived by his second wife, Alice, of 38 years; daughter Patricia Hecht of Philadelphia; grandsons David Hecht of Roswell, GA and Stephen Hecht of S.D.; brother and sister-in-law Charles and Lucille Guy of Coppell, TX; and two great-grandchildren, Carrie Anne and Justin.  Submitted by: Robert C. Bundgaard
Leonard M. Dalton, CMSgt (Ret.) 76, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and Boise, Idaho passed away in Boise, Idaho at the VA Regional Medical Center on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. He was born to Joseph and Stella Dalton on Aug. 28, 1930 in Los Angles, Calif. Leonard and his wife, Phyllis, were married on Nov. 23, 1950 at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif. He spent over 20 years as a meteorologist in the United States Air Force and after retirement as a Chief Master Sergeant, he continued his career with the National Weather Service in Pocatello, Idaho. In 1968 Leonard and Phyllis moved to Pingree, Idaho were they raised their children on a cow/calf ranch. Leonard was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge in Blackfoot, Idaho. He also enjoyed spending time as a ham radio operator and fishing. Leonard and Phyllis spent many winters in Quartzsite, Ariz. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; four children, Gary Dalton (Louise), Linda Albi (Todd), Don Dalton (Linda) and Chere Parker (Cody); one brother, Robert D. Dalton, and 10 grandchildren, Julie Dalton, Jenelle Dalton, Dawn Marie Dalton, Sarah Albi, Maiah Albi, John Dalton, Keegan Albi, Colin Albi, Ian Parker and Isaac Parker. Graveside inurnment services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors in Boise, Idaho. Memorial contributions may be made to your local Hospice organizations or to the American Heart Association. Services are under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home.

William J. Landsperger, Lt Col USAF (Ret.) died October 12, 2006 in Shreveport, LA following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Cowansburg, PA, was a former resident of Palestine, TX, and as a resident of Shreveport for 34 years.  During his military career, he was stationed in Okinawa, North Africa, Newfoundland and many other places.  Following his USAF retirement from Barksdale AFB, he worked for eight years as Chief Meteorologist at the NCAR, National High Altitude Balloon Research Station in Palestine, TX.  After returning to Shreveport, he taught math at LSUS and was a math teacher at a magnet high school.  Survivors are his wife, Lillian; his two sons and daughter-in-law, Dr.
William Landsperger and Barbara of Orange, CA, and Bruce E. Landsperger of Tioga, LA; two sisters Eleanor Pletcher and Marion Landsperger of Huntington, PA; granddaughter, Sharon; and great grandsons, Shane and Blake, Orange, CA.  He is also survived by his wife's two children, Clifford Rutledge, Santa Rosa Beach, FL and Connie Ewing, Peachtree City, GA.  The family suggests memorials be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Shreveport or the American Heart Association. 

Lt. Col. Ron Tudor,,, 73, of Monument, passed away on September 29th in Colorado Springs.  He is survived by his wife, Clara (Dickmann), five children (Rick Tudor of Monument, CO, Susan Dallas of Goodyear, AZ; Elizabeth (Baby) Wilson of Frisco, TX; Kenneth Tudor of Avondale, AZ; and Douglas Tudor of Houston, TX), and three grand-children.

Ron was born July 20, 1933 in Greenfield, Ohio, to Harold and Alice (Dixon) Tudor.  After graduating from the Universty of Cincinnati with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he married Clara on November 20, 1954. Ron joined the Air Force in 1956, which sent him back to school. He received a degree in Basic Meteorology from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Meteorology from the University of Michigan.  In all, he served in the Air Force for a total of 23 years.

      After retiring in 1980, Ron was very active in the golf group at Woodmoor Country Club.  He ran the Senior Inter-club for many years.  One of his most exciting days was when he shot his age, actually under his age!  Ron will be surely missed.

      In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to: Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85724-5013. (800)327-2873.

KAUFMAN-Richard Herbert, Lt. Col. (Ret), passed away on December 22, 2006 in Bellevue, NE.  Richard was born to Elmer John Kaufman and Eleanora Tilenda Anderson in Antigo WI on October 4, 1919.  While a young man Dick was a member of 4H, FFA, and the Forestry club.  After graduating from Antigo H.S. in 1937, Dick worked at his dad's filling station until he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in 1938 where he was a member of Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity.  Dick enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and piloted B-17 bombers over Europe during WWII (401st Bombardment Squadron, 8th Air Force).  He flew 35 combat missions including air support on D-Day.  Dick received numerous citations including the Distinguished Flying Cross for his extraordinary actions on a mission to Emden Germany on December 11, 1944.  Dick was grounded from flight status after the war due to a heart murmur, but continued to serve as a meteorologist until he retired from the USAF in 1970.  Dick's service included tours in Newfoundland, Japan and England.  He sold real estate in Bellevue and Omaha Nebraska for 15 years after retiring from the military.  Dick married Ardean Zimpel on October 10, 1944 at Truax field near Madison WI.  Ardean preceded her husband in death in 1977.  Dick served as an Elder and Deacon at 1st Presbyterian Church in Bellevue and was a member of the Kiwanis and Eagles clubs for many years.  He enjoyed tinkering and repairing things and exhibited an easy-going nature and personal charm.  Richard is survived by his sister, Mrs. Mary Oldenburg of Wausau WI; his children, Laurian and husband, Harlan Webre, of Cantonment FL and Richard K. (Rick) and wife, Tamela Kaufman, of Ames IA. He has three grandchildren, Richard Andrew Webre, Kelsey Kaufman and Kiera Kaufman.

Col Guy N. Gosewisch, USAF (Ret), age 88 of San Antonio Tx died Sep 30, 2006.  He was a 29 year veteran of the USAF.  He was born in St. Paul, MN on May 8, 1918 to Emil Gosewisch and Nellie Schaumburg Gosewisch.  Guy was commissioned as a second lieutenant in June 1941.  His career included assignments to Marrakech AB, French Morocco; Hqts AWS, Andrews AFB; Offutt AFB Weather Central; Bushy Park, England Sq Commander; Westover AFB 5th Weather Group Commander; Osan, Korea; Scott AFB at AWS Hqts.  Upon his retirement, he and his wife owned and operated a KOA compground in Grand Junction, CO.  He and his wife moved to San Antonio and have lived there since 1978.  His wife, Allene proceded him in death five years ago.  His daughters, Angela Seley of Schertz TX and Dore Howell (and husband Chuck) of Memphis TN, grandchildren, Jonathan Seley, John Schildknecht and Kari Wanzer and four great grandchildren survive him.  Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m. October 4 at King of Kings Lutheran Church and interment at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to King of Kings Lutheran Church, 13888 Dreamwood DR, San Antonio, TX 78233 or Hospice of South Texas, 8721 Botts  St, San Antonio TX 78217.


William W. Upchurch, Lt Col USAF (Ret) 85, passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at the Wadley Care Center in Purcell, OK. Services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, September 16, 2006, at Havenbrook Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at the Blackburn Cemetery in Norman, Oklahoma. Bill was born southeast of Lexington, OK on March 24, 1921 to John and Theo Upchurch. He and his family eked out a living on the family farm and survived the Oklahoma dust bowl. He received his secondary education at Buckhead School and later graduated from Norman High School. His college plans were interrupted when World War II broke out and he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Bill graduated from navigator school and was sent to England to fly B-17 Flying Fortress bombers with the Mighty 8th Air Force. From his base in Snetteron Heath in East Anglia he flew many missions against enemy targets in Germany, France, and other axis strongholds in Europe.  After the war he returned home to fall in love with and marry Martha Orene Dodd. Their Air Force assignments took Bill and Orene to Japan, Germany and various places in the USA, but they always provided a loving home for their three children (Wesley, Phillip and Barbara). Bill obtained a M.S. in Meteorology from Florida State University in 1958. He finished his Air Force career as a Lieutenant Colonel working as a meteorologist at Strategic Air Command Headquarters at Offutt AFB, NE. Later he established a second career with the Civil Service in the Central Intelligence Agency. His expertise in meteorology was highly sought after in many covert operations protecting US national interest. Lieutenant Colonel Bill (Uppie) Upchurch was one of the World War II heroes who have come to be known as The Greatest Generation of Americans. He and his comrades represent the very finest we as a nation offered in a time of grave national crises during World War II and its uncertain aftermath. His military decorations include several awards of the Air Medal, for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial combat in Europe and Korea.  In his retirement years Bill pursued his passion for family history and was actively with the Cleveland County Genealogical Society. Bill Upchurch was a loving husband, father, and a patriot. He will be missed by family and friends who loved him so dearly.  Bill was preceded in death by his parents, John Upchurch and Theo (Vanwinkle) Upchurch, his wife Martha Orene (Dodd) Upchurch and his first son, Wesley Wayne Upchurch. He is survived by his sister, Edna Burks; his son, Phillip Upchurch; his daughter, Barbara Antozzi; five grandchildren, Mistie Murphy, Christin Blue, James Upchurch, Brittney Antozzi and Logan Antozzi; and two great grandchildren, Madison Blue and TJ Murphey.  Donations may be made in his memory to the Cleveland County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 6176, Norman, OK 73070. Send condolences online at

Lt. Col. Daniel Joseph Cotter (Ret.), who was born and raised in Revere, Mass., passed away August 26, 2006, at his home in Annapolis, Maryland;  he was 76 years old.  Col. Cotter went to Immaculate Conception elementary and high schools; he was a member of the Class of 1947.    He had suffered with spindle cell sarcoma of the mediastinum since April 2005.

He attended St. Anselms College before  entering the military service.  He was a fighter pilot and later a meteorologist.  Colonel Cotter served during both the Korean and VietNam wars, flying 68 combat missions.  During that time, he earned numerous medals and citations,  including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal for service in Vietnam, an Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster while in Korea. 

He earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Florida State University.  He retired from the Air Force in July 1973 and entered the civil service.  He was the Chief Policy Advisor to the Administrator of the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service.  He retired from Government service in December 1991.

He is survived by his wife Sheila (nee Collins) Cotter, whom he married in April 1999, daughters  Gladys Cotter of  Herndon, Virginia and  Jean Cotter of Waldorf, Maryland; son Daniel Cotter of Fredrick, Maryland; stepdaughter Mary Brigid Frye of Annapolis, Maryland;  stepson Timothy Frye of Bel Air, Maryland; one sister Sister Jean Marie Cotter of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Watervliet, New York, brother Michael Cotter of Fayetteville, Pennsylvania; and five grandchildren.

Betty Zapinski Age 80 died peacefully Aug. 23, 2006, at her home in Dupont, of cancer. Born in 1925 in Chicago, Betty majored in chemistry at U/Chicago. In WW2, as a chemist on the Manhattan Project, she worked at the site of the world's first nuclear reactor, conducting research into the new element plutonium. Betty met her husband, former B-17 pilot Leonard "Zip" Zapinski, in 1946 on a blind date & married him less than a year later in 1947. They shared a mutual interest in musical theater & appeared together in community productions. When Zip joined the new Air Force, Betty embarked upon a nearly 30-yr career as an officer's wife, joining him at duty stations across the USA, in Spain & Japan. Betty was a dedicated, active member in the Officers' Wives Club at each station, & participated in numerous other volunteer activities benefiting local military & civilian communities, such as staffing the Contact Peninsula crisis help line in Hampton, VA. In 1977 Betty retired w/Zip to Tacoma, where she began a career as a successful Realtor & founded her own property-management firm, Double Z, Inc. Betty was preceded in death by sons Paul & John, & her husband of 48 years, Leonard. She is survived by children David, Steven & Mary, grandson Jackson, & sisters Lourene & Millicent. Memorial service: 2:30 pm, Aug. 27, Patriots Landing, 1600 Marshall Circle, Dupont. In lieu of flowers, donations to: Franciscan Hospice program, c/o The Franciscan Foundation, PO Box 1502, Tacoma, WA, 98401; and Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, UT 84741.

Louis A. Westphal, Lt Col (Ret.), 85, of Candler, North Carolina, died Monday, June 12, 2006, at the John F. Keever Solace Center of Mountain Area Hospice.  Mr. Westphal was born April 30, 1921, in Kendall, Wis., to the late Otto and Susie Westphal. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville and his master's degree from New York University.  He served in the Army Air Corps as a bombardier during World War II and flew 35 combat missions over Germany. Following the war, he flew three years of hurricane reconnaissance and followed that with many years of productive service before retiring from the United States Air Force as a lieutenant colonel.  He was preceded in death by his son, Bruce Westphal, daughter-in-law, Donna Westphal, sister, Gertrude Westphal, and brothers, Henry and Lloyd Westphal.  He is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 62 years, Florence Flo Westphal; sons, Roger, Mark, Jim (Joyce), and Jay (Lydia) Westphal;
daughters, Betty (Greg) Neal and Ellie (Doug) McCormac; grandchildren, Stephen and Leslie Westphal, Aaron, Nathan and Danny Westphal, Matt (Kristin) Westphal, Jenny (Chris) Bassler, Carrie Westphal, Harrison and Jay Neal, and Rob and Claire McCormac; two great-granddaughters, Olivia and Elyse Bassler; sisters and brothers, Ruth (Alvin) Cook, Edward
Westphal, Alvera Eckelberg, Doris Matias, and Carl (Carol) Westphal; and many nieces and nephews and their families.  A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Friday, August 25th at Emmanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mark Nieting officiating.  Interment was in the church memorial garden with military honors provided by the Buncombe County Veterans Council Memorial Team. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund, 51 Wilburn Place, Asheville, NC 28806 or the Asheville Branch of the American Red Cross Blood Bank, 100 Edgewood Road, Asheville, NC 28804.  The online register is available by going to Obituaries at

James William Zoller, 89, of Logan, UT died Sunday, July 30, 2006 due to complications from a fall.  He was Meteorologist in Charge of the Omaha National Weather Service Office from 1973 to 1987. Jim was born Oct. 18, 1916 at Manhattan, KS to Harper (a chemist) and Lavenia Zoller. He grew up in Detroit and graduated from Cooley H.S. in 1936. He attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA, where he met Kathryn Joan Owen. On May 9, 1942 they were married in Fort Smith, AR while Jim was in Army training. Jim began his military service in the Army in the Quartermaster's Corps as a 2d Lieutenant, but was soon selected to attend Calif. Institute of Technology, where he received a degree in the pioneering field of weather forecasting. Jim then served with the Weather Service of the Army Air Corps. His service took him to England and France for 19 months. He traveled throughout France setting up weather stations that helped the Air Corps forecast mainland weather. Jim went into the Reserves on 1946, but was recalled to active duty with the Air Force on 1951 during the Korean War. He spent almost 11 months in southern Korea forecasting weather for the Marine Corps. In 1955 Jim returned to the National Weather Service where he had a successful 42-year career. In 1956 he moved his family to what was then called the Territory of Alaska. Here he raised his family and enjoyed moose and caribou hunting along with salmon fishing. He was also stationed in Grand Rapids and Detroit, MI, before becoming the Meteorologist in Charge for the State of Nebraska. He retired at 70 years of age in Omaha. At his retirement party, all the Weather Service personnel present were called into the basement twice for tornado warnings - which was even reported on Paul Harvey News! His wife, Kathryn, died from cancer in 1975. In 1977 he married Marge Frost, who also died of cancer in 1990. He then married Virginia Grace Oates in 1991, and they continued to reside in Omaha until 2004. One of his most unforgettable memories was surviving the Alaska Earthquake of 1964 as he watched the air tower come down at the Anchorage International Airport and helped in the rescue of many people.  Another unforgettable experience was being the head Meteorologist during the Omaha Tornado of May 15, 1975. His friends remember Jim's retirement party...and the tornado warnings that drove all to the hotel basement during the party.  That had to be a 'first' for any retiring WSFO MIC. He enjoyed traveling and enjoyed the many friends he had from Japan. He was always known for his kindness, caring and love for others. He is now resting in peace with our Lord and Savior. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lavenia Richardson; father, Harper F. Zoller; brother, Harper Filer Zoller, Jr. who was killed in action in 1943 in the Army Air Corps and his sister, Barbara Brockman who died in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Grace Zoller suffering from Alzheimer's; son, William Zoller of Woodinville, WA; daughter, Barbara Price of Logan, UT; son, Robert Zoller of Longmont, CO; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A small service was held in Logan, UT at Pioneer Valley Lodge.  He loved his friends at Pioneer Valley Lodge, especially Richard and his little dog, Sugar. When he fell, he was doing what he liked to do best, and that was taking Sugar for a walk.

Gustav H. "Chip" Wendt., Jr., Lt Col (Ret.),  passed away July 15, 2006, after a long illness at the Health Care Center of the Air Force Village II in San Antonio. Col. Wendt was born on March 15, 1921, in Sacramento, California to Gustav H. and Alice E. Wendt (Rooney). He was a Naval ROTC midshipman at the University of California, but enlisted as an Army Aviation Cadet on May 17, 1942, having already earned his private pilots license. After graduating from preflight training and ground school he attended primary flying school in Oklahoma. He was a B-24 pilot in the 741st Bomb Squadron (H), 455^th Bomb Group (H) in North Africa and Italy, Chip was a major supplier of source material, for Stephen Ambroses book, "The Wild Blue". He was separated in 1945 after receiving training as a communications officer. Shortly after marrying Marie, he returned to active duty, in the Air Force, in March 1949 and attended the Air Force Meteorology School at Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois. He remained active as an instructor pilot at a local airport and later at various Air Force Aero Clubs. With his communications training and engineering education he helped develop the first weather satellites while assigned to the 4th Weather Wing, Ent Air Force Base, Colorado.  After retiring from active duty he became the operations officer of the 4th Weather Wing as a civilian, and then worked for Army Communications Command at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He retired from Civil Service, and worked for Western Union at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and later at Fort Huachuca. He had become active in Amateur (Ham) Radio while earning his Eagle Scout Badge and continued with that hobby wherever he lived. He was one of the last members of the Air Force Village 2 amateur radio club. He remained a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity which he joined at the University of California. Gus was preceded in death by his son Kenneth, his brother Philip, and son-in-law Paul Bown. He is survived by his wife, Marie; son, Dana, and his wife, Dee; daughter, Pamela Kellogg, and her husband, Danny; grandchildren, Daniel and Tiffani Brown, Ryan, Matthew, and Jordan Wendt, and Zach Kellogg. Interment will be at Fort Huachuca, Arizona Cemetery in the near future.      

MGen (Ret.) John Collens stated that, "Chip and I attended weather school at Chanute together in 1949-50 and later served together in the 31st WxSq at Ramstein in 1957-58."

General McGlothlin died on July 31, 1998. His career included time in Air Weather Service -- In September 1946 he was assigned to the 54th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Morrison Field, Fla.; and in August 1947, he went with the 54th Squadron to North Field, Guam, where the unit became known as the "Typhoon Chasers." He served as squadron training officer and assistant operations officer. Later he was assigned to a special detachment that served as the weather reconnaissance organization for the Sandstone Atomic Project on Kwajalein Atoll. In October 1949 he returned to the United States, where he was assigned to Headquarters Air Weather Service, Washington, D.C., as the tactical inspector for the worldwide weather reconnaissance system. In November 1950 he was selected as aide to General L.S. Kuter, commander of the Military Air Transport Service, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. His Air Force biography is at Web site:

Edward F. Vermillion -- I would like to report the departure of my long time friend and fellow Observer of the Korean War era, Doctor of Education Edward F. Vermillion. We served together at Tachikawa AFB in 1950 and in Korea at the start of the war. That assignment was at Pohang K-3 on the east coast of Korea about 60 miles North of Pusan, which at the time was known as the Pusan Perimeter. Our Commander was 1st Lt Albert Watson. As I am the last surviving member of our detachment, I wanted to pass this information on Ed's passing in Tucson, Arizona in 2003. Bill McKinney

Robert C. Sibert, Lt Col USAF (Ret.) (1930-2006)  of Yorktown, Virginia passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 20, 2006, at Riverside Regional Medical Center. Robert was a Texas A&M graduate and retired as a meteorologist after 27 years of service in the USAF, including tours in Germany and Vietnam. He also worked directly in support of Air Force One for several years. He then taught for 14 years with both James City and York County Virginia School Systems. Robert was born Sept. 7, 1930, in Hamilton, Ohio, and was the fourth child of Charles and Ethel Sibert. He was a loving husband to his wife of 52 years, Jytte B. Sibert, whom he met and married in Copenhagen, Denmark; and proud father of Denise Youngblood, Scott Sibert, Stacey Freitas and husband Tony, and Kristy McGhee and husband Brian. He was also the proud grandfather of Mandy, Erika, Garrett, Elizabeth, Anna-lise, Danielle, Rachelle, Ryan, Nicole and Cory. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 24, 2006 in Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the York County Fire & Rescue/Life & Safety, P.O. Box 532, Yorktown, VA 23692, or the American Heart Association, 500 Plume Street East, Suite 110, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Archie Cantelou LeBron, Col USAFR (Ret.) (1943-2006), died at his home on Hatchet Creek, Rockford, Alabama on 29 March 2006. He had pancreatic cancer.  He was born in Montgomery, Alabama on November 13, 1943 to the late Adolphe and Warree Carmichael LeBron. He was raised in Montezuma, Georgia and the woods of Coosa County, Alabama where he returned to build his retirement home in 2002. He was a graduate of Auburn University, as well as Oklahoma University and the University of Nebraska. He retired as a Colonel from the US Air Force Reserves after serving around the world as a meteorologist. He also retired from Texas Instruments in Dallas, where he lived with his wife and children for 26 years. He was married to Linda for over 35 years. His son, Graham, is a musician based in Oakland, California. His daughter, Camille, is a pastor in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she lives with her husband, Jonathan Powell. Archie was very proud that his children chose to use their creative gifts to bring joy to others. He is also survived by his sister, Sally Holland, and brother, Malcom LeBron, and countless faithful friends and family.  Archies call in life was simply to be helpful to others. He lived a dedicated and active life of faithful service to his church and community, and to friends and strangers. He was a proud Presbyterian Elder and his favorite hour of the week was teaching his Sunday School class at First Presbyterian Church of Sylacauga. His last months were filled with messages of love from all over the country, reminding him of how important he had been in so many lives in so many quiet ways. Following a private burial in the family cemetery on April 2nd, a Service of Witness to the Resurrection was held at First Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Pete McElrath and other pastor friends presiding. Friends and family gathered at his home the evening before for storytelling and joyful remembering. In honor of his life, and his love for the Alabama outdoors and the Presbyterian Church, the Canoe Launch at the new Living River Presbyterian Camp & Conference Center will be built in Archies name. Donations may be sent to: First Presbyterian Church, 100 South Norton, Sylacauga, AL 35150

Charles H. Tracy, Colonel USAF, (Ret.) (1941-2006), passed away April 4, 2006, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. On July 13, 2005, he underwent a needle biopsy of the brain. The biopsy revealed that Charles had a Gioblastoma Multiforme Level IV Brain Tumor, located in the thalamus in the center of his brain. It is one of the most malignant and difficult brain tumors to treat.
Charles was born on November 10, 1941 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma the son of Charles Claude (deceased) and Marjorie (Robison) Tracy.  Charles received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Oklahoma and his MBA from Southern Illinois University. He served his country for 32 years as a member of the US Air Force. His assignments included being Commander of the 2nd Weather Squadron, Andrews AFB, MD and Commander of the 4th Weather Wing, Peterson AFB, CO.  He retired as a Colonel in 1991 after serving as the AF Deputy Director of Weather at the Pentagon. In retirement he moved to Phoenix, AZ where he worked at Orbital Sciences Corporation and most recently served as Vice President of Operations for Space Data Corporation. A devout Catholic, Charles served as usher, lector, Eucharistic minister and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a devoted, loving husband and friend to Susan for 41 years and a amazing and affectionate father, grandfather, son and brother. Charles was a man of great integrity and compassion, a loyal friend and dedicated professional and always the life of the party. He enjoyed traveling, golfing, hiking, fishing and loved spending time with family and friends. In addition to his mother Marjorie, Charles is survived by his loving wife Susan (Veit) of Phoenix; one son Charles (Karen) Tracy of Tulsa, OK; 2 daughters Dee (Rich) Butler of Las Vegas and Debbie (Kit) Lambert of Phoenix; one sister Karen (Lance) Kelly of Tecumseh, OK; and a brother Rusty of Corpus Christi, TX and 10 grandchildren. Visitation for friends and family will be Tuesday, April 11 from 5:00-8:00pm with a 7:00pm Rosary Service at Carr Tenney Mortuary, 2621 S Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ. A Resurrection Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 9:30am at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E. Knox Rd; Phoenix, AZ. Burial will be in the National Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association at:  

James R. Miller, Capt USAF (Ret), age 85, passed away on March 1, 2006 in San Diego. He was born June 21, 1920 in Lincoln, Nebraska and raised on a farm near Valley City, North Dakota. He graduated from Valley City Teachers College. He served in the AAF as a meteorologist in WWII and saw duty in Tokyo, Japan. After the war, Jim worked as a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in San Francisco and in the Fire Weather Forecast office in Boise, Idaho where he met his wife Grace Lee and married in 1952. They soon moved to Fairfax, Virginia when Jim worked at NWS headquarters. Jim later accepted a two year assignment in Phoenix followed by a 5 year overseas assignment in Saigon, Vietnam from1959-1964. Upon his return to the US, he moved to Sacramento and headed that NWS office until he retired in 1976. He moved to San Diego in 2002 to live with his son. He was preceded in death by his wife Grace and a daughter Janet Smith. He is survived by his son, Kenneth Miller of San Diego.

Capt. Luna B. Leopold, a WWII AAF weather officer, died on Feb. 23, 2006 in Berkeley, Calif.; he was 90. Still around, some of Lunas wartime colleagues are Capt. Bruce Curtis of Boulder, CO; Lt. Col. Don Cooke of Ithica, NY; Bob Allan of Palm Springs, CA; and myself, Bob Bundgaard of Colorado Springs, CO. We remember and profoundly admire Luna. We remember him, well indeed; as did so many others of that era.  Sadly many are no longer around. Some deceased friends of Luna became nationally renowned. So, they probably became also well known by many of you reading this AWA obit file. One such friend was George Forsythe. George is but one among others (whose names, unfortunately, dont presently come to my mind). And, among all of them, and their behalf, Bruce Curtis and I feel it befitting that this little write-up, here in the Air Weather Association, acknowledges this weatherman, a friend and a truly Great American. A detailed obituary of Luna appears in todays (March 20, 2006) New York Times, on page A20.
Luna bsp; Luna Bergere Leopold was born in Albuquerque. He was a Weather Aviation Cadet in Class 4 at UCLA. He served in England and ETO.  After WWII, he degreed in geology at Harvard. Dr. Leopold melded these two disciplines of meteorology and geology into his becoming a world famous ecologist. He hung up his environmental hat at Pinedale, Wyoming, but died on February 23rd out at Berkeley, California
Capt. Leopold, well, he was much more than just a guy who once drew isobars with a pencil. He was more than just an aviation forecaster. He was everything. A keen observer; he was absolutely fascinated with cloud formations and cloudscapes. And also with landscapes, too; in part he was also a self-made hydrologist, also a would-be geologist and also a botanist. And he was not only just delving into these natural interests, but also he prodded them with his concern for their social values, too. He was a Nature-humanist, but with a profound spiritual slant. I guess that you could really call Luna Leopold a Renaissance Man.
And, he had a great, super family. For many years Lunas sister Estelle came each summer out here to Floressant, Colorado, to teach here at the National Monument and also to work in its fantastic fossil beds. As a docent there I got to know Estelle, too; shes a renowned paleobotanist, who lives in Seattle. And Lunas brother Carl, also a former weatherman, is a botanist at Cornell, where AWA member Don Cooke, mentioned above, is Dean of Research and Chemistry Dept. Head. And, Lunas dad Aldo was the author of the great, classic Nature book, "A Sand County Almanac," about caring back in the thirties for life and nature in a discredited Chicago suburb. -- As so many of you, Id been brought up on the Sand Count Almanac, along with the Keith County Journal.
TTuck Forsythe, who is the son of Sandra and George Forsythe, mentioned also above, founded the Desert Research Institute (DRI), which is out in Moab Utah. As you may remember, over the years DRI has been a very important Meteorological Research Center. And, Luna once worked there along with Tuck and George, and along with Estelle and Carl.
Another of Lunas friend is Bruce Curtis. (Bruce and I have been buddies ever since we were together in the 4th grade at Steele Public School in South Denver.) Bruce, mentioned above, is now a retired head of the Geology Department at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has also been Lunas close friend and colleague, from their AAF weather service years during WWII. Another is Bob Allan, an AWA member and onetime head of the USN PostGraduate School in Monterrey, California.
Were all so grateful to have been just a part of a great experience, which included Luna Leopold, a most remarkable person indeed. indeed. indeed. Bob Bundgaard, Colorado, March 20, 2006.

John T. Cherry, CMSgt (Ret), died on February 20, 2006 in Belleville, Illinois. He was diagnosed as having a brain tumor a few months earlier. John was in weather equipment maintenance and retired from 7th Weather Wing at Scott. He had been stationed at 7WS in Heidelberg back in the early 60s.
Henry Howard Klier (1929-2006) and Ardis Shirley Klier (1924-2006)
One day, nine years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a letter in which the writer wanted to know if I had been stationed at Westover Field, Massachusetts, in 1947. The writer was Henry Klier. He had found my address in the Air Weather Association roster. Back at Westover in 1947 we were both working in Base Weather. In that same year of 1947, Henry was transferred from Westover to Wold-Chamberlin Field near Minneapolis. Not long after his transfer I received a teletyped message from him. His note was the last communication wed have until that letter arrived 50 years later.
Upon completing his Army Air Force hitch as a sergeant, Henry left the service to help in the familys garden nursery business; and he married his beloved Ardis who became an accomplished artist. Though no longer in it, Henrys love for meteorology continued as great as ever. Of his many ventures, the one that he always seemed the proudest of was that hitch in the Air Weather Service of the Army Air Force. Henry and Ardis would attend AWA reunions at St. Louis 98, Las Vegas 00, and Dayton 02.
I immediately responded to Henry, and every spring when it was still cold in Minnesota he and Ardis would visit with us here in warm Arizona. I would learn that he was now called Howard, but out of that long ago habit I still called him Henry. Marie and I would have wonderful times reconnecting with that friendship that began with two 19-year-olds in khaki, and greatly enjoyed our developing friendship with Ardis. Howard had become a pilot. His early stint as a weatherman was deeply ingrained, making him the kind of pilot who was acutely aware of the hazards weather could present to the unwary. At their first visit, Howard and Ardis arrived in their Piper Cherokee for a planned two-days stay. As they prepared to depart, he had me download the surface and 500-millibar weather charts. The charts were foretelling the kind of weather that a good pilot would not fly into. So Marie and I then had the pleasure of their company for several more days. We recalled times in the past when two of us had similarly sweated out flights as practicing weathermen.
One of the things that warmed our friendship was Howards great sense of humor. One day he asked if I remembered the day in 1947 when we both were off duty and hiked out to the far reaches of Westover Field, following a trout stream. I had absolutely no recollection of it and implied that Howard was just making it up. But he insisted it had happened and even went so far as to claim he probably had taken a photo of me along the trout stream, although it would be hard to find, being packed away somewhere. I challenged him to produce it, being quite sure he was just imagining it. But several months later, our incoming mail included a large envelope out of which came a photo of 19-year-old me, standing in trees obviously beside the trout stream. Howard had found it, had enlarged it, and made it into a wanted poster!
During the past couple of years, Howards health started taking a bad turn, caused by a lung condition that greatly worsened in the last few months. They would have to miss the Cocoa Beach 04 AWA reunion. On February 13, 2006, with no previous indication of it, our beloved Ardis suddenly passed away of a major heart attack. Only three days later, on February 16, 2006, Howard also passed away. They are survived by their son Howard (Howie) and his wife Deb. Beyond measure, all of us who knew them will miss Howard and Ardis Klier. Eulogy by Theodore L.Ted Cogut CWO (Ret.)

Col (Ret) Robert Bosner Hughes USAF, age 91, died January 21, 2006at The Hospice Care Center at Wuesthoff Medical Center in Rockledge, FL. His wife, Jean; his daughter, Kim; son, Christopher; and their families, survive him. Col Hughes attended the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD and The Pennsylvania State University. He joined AWS when WWII broke out and served in many high level positions during the war. In Vietnam, Bob was the Commander of the Weather Group and when he returned to the US he served at AWS as Plans Officer as well as Comptroller and many other key positions. He and Jean moved to Cocoa Beach, FL after he retired in 1969. He was an active member of the Space Coast Retired AWS Group. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service to be held Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 2 pm in the afternoon at the Cocoa Beach Community Church on A1A in Cocoa Beach, FL. His remains will later be committed in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Cas Mendez-Vigo adds: I first met Robert when he came to Florida State University accompanied by General Moorman, AWS/CC. They were visiting the AWS meteorology class of 1952. Bob will be very much missed. He was a kind, gentle, friendly man who tried to give a helping hand to all who needed one.
BIDNER-Arthur, Col. USAF (Ret.), age 73, died on January 16, 2006 in Bellevue, Nebraska. He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Susan and her husband Jim Burns, Mansfield, MA; grandson, Benjamin; sister, Fran Taub, Queens, NY; many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to American Heart Association. FUNERAL SERVICE will be 18 January, Wed 1pm, Capehart Chapel, 25th & Capehart Rd. Bellevue, Nebraska Interment Temple Israel Cemetery. Col Bidner was DCS/Systems at HQ AWS 1975-1977 and the Commander of the AF Global Weather Central at Offutt AFB from 1978 -1981.
Cas Mendez-Vigo wrote -- Art was a special friend of mine. He worked with me
at several jobs and took over AWS/SY when I left AWS to go to MAC/AD. Art was smart, honest and a hard working individual whom you could trust to do his
best with any job. Art came to work at Harris Corp. after I had been there a few
years. He did very well and was a highly valued employee. I personally will
miss him and wish to honor his memory for his dedication and loyalty. cas

Col. William Edward Smurro, U.S.A.F. Ret.
Bill was born April 15, 1927 in Helena, MT to Nicholas & Catherine Smurro and left this earth to be with his Lord on January 27, 2006. After moving to Los Angeles, CA, he met and married Patricia Ruth Memory on August 12,1950. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After the war, he returned to finish his degree at Loyola University L.A. in Civil Engineering. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served for 27 years with the Air Weather Service. Bill attended the University of Washington in Seattle, WA in meteorological science and received his masters in Research Meteorology from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO. During his 32 years of service to his country, he served in various assignments that took him to Alaska, Puerto Rico, Japan and Hawaii. He retired as a full Colonel and settled in Steilacoom, WA where he designed and built his dream home with his three sons. He and his Patricia have resided there for 28 years.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife Patricia and seven children: Colleen; Lori (husband Scott Adams); Gina (husband Ken); Nicholas (wife Rebecca); Jan; Stephen; and Mark (wife Dana). He dearly loved and prized his eight grandchildren: Aaron, Avery, Christopher, Allisha, Joshua, Nathan, Nichole, and Nolan.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave. E., P.O. Box 19023, Seattle, WA, 98109 or to the Caring Bridge ( under Bill Smurro) or to the National Diabetes Research Foundation.

Col. (Ret. USAF) John Abbott (1923-2006) passed away on Jan. 19, 2006, in Lakewood, WA at St. Clare Hospital after battling lymphoma and pneumonia. John was born Nov. 17, 1923, in Huron, S.D.  He attended Iowa State University in Ames for two years before enlisting in the USAF. John studied meteorology at Cal Tech and then proceeded to Germany in WWII. After the war he returned to college and finished his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering at ISU. While working at Westinghouse in Chicago he was called up for the Korean war. John served his country for 32 years, being stationed in Paris, Wiesbaden, the State Dept. and the Pentagon. He retired in 1973 and relocated to Oakbrook where he and Georgeanna enjoyed their passions, golf, skiing, bridge, gardening, and fellowship in their church, LCOP. John was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the Masonic Lodge and the Afifi Shrine. He is survived by his wife Georgeanna and sons Bruce and Hans (wife Kristeen).  A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m., January 24, 2006 at the Little Church on the Prairie, Lakewood, with full military honors. Contributions may be made to Little Church on the Prairie.

Richard H. Langill, CMSgt (Ret) died suddenly on January 15, 2006 in Plainfield, New Hampshire. Dick told his wife that he was not feeling well. Ginny called EMS but it was apparently too late to revive Dick.

Lt. Col. (Ret. USAF) Benton Ray Venable (1918-2006), passed away peacefully Jan. 11, 2006. Ben was the first of three children born to Thomas and Retta Venable Sept. 1, 1918, in Livingston, Montana. Ben grew up on a ranch a few miles from Livingston with his brothers Roscoe (Bud) and Sam until joining the Air Force in 1940. During World War II, in the 13th Combat Cargo Squadron, 4th Combat Cargo Group, Ben flew C-46 aircraft over the China-Burma Hump. While maintaining his pilot status, Ben expanded his military career by becoming an Air Force meteorologist. He served in the Korean War as the Air Weather Services weather forecaster, when stationed in Tokyo, Japan, he was in the Inspector Generals Office, when stationed in Washington, DC, he was the Detachment Commander for Air Weather Service at the Pentagon, when stationed with the 7th Army in Stuttgart, Germany, in the G2 group, he received special recognition from the base commander for his service as a meteorologist, and upon retirement from the Air Force, after his last tour of duty at Ft. Lewis, Washington, he received a number of letters of recognition from commanding officers. During Bens military career, he was awarded numerous commendations including: the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Commendation Ribbon in recognition of Meritorious United States Air Force Service, the US Armys Commendation Medal for Support of the US Army, and most notably, the Distinguished Flying Cross with an Oak Leaf Cluster. Many of the commendations were earned flying over the China-Burma Hump as a Hump Pilot, a service which is highly regarded by China to this day. Ben married Virginia (Ginny) Dozier in Houston, Texas, in 1946, and they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in May. They had two children, Linda and Brian. Linda married Dr. Richard Spivey and they had two sons, Matthew and Benjamin. Following Bens retirement in 1964, while living in Lakewood, Washington, Ben enjoyed his favorite sports of golf (at which he became an exceptional golfer with a single digit handicap and 3 holes in one), fishing, and bowling, and enjoyed his time as a volunteer at the VA Hospital. From Bens love of fishing, the family always had a full supply of steelhead and smoked salmon in the fridge. He enjoyed teaching his grandsons to fish and play chess and poker. Ben was also an avid walker -- he enjoyed greeting neighbors while on his daily walks in Lakewood. Ben is survived by his wife Ginny, his brother Sam, his son, Brian, his daughter Linda and her husband Rich, their sons Matthew and Benjamin, and Benjamins wife, Theresa. Bens family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to all the staff and volunteers at the Pioneer Place Alzheimer Residence for making Bens final time as joyful and comfortable as possible. In honoring Bens wishes, no public service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Bens name may be made to The Madigan Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 98215, Lakewood, WA 98497.

Joe S. Restivo, age 79, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1956 and previously of Herrin, Illinois, passed away on Friday January 6, 2006 at his home. He was a Naval Officer, retired from Ford Aerospace and was a Meteorologist with the US Civil Service at the Fourth Weather Wing at ENT. Joe Sam Restivo was born on March 11, 1926 in Herrin to Sam and Johanna (Guarnair) Restivo. He was a 1943 graduate of Herrin High School and received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from M.I.T. He married Dolores A. Chandler on June 4, 1949 in Herrin. Dolores survives and lives in Coloado Springs. He is also survived by son: Dave Restivo and two daughters Debi (husband Bill) Becker and Cindy Ashton, all of Colorado Springs. He also has two sisters: Annie Riggio of Du Quoin, Illinois and Marie Fister of St. Louis, Missouri and a grandson Jason Becker. Private family services will be held on Wednesday, January 11,2006. Interment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery. Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 East Fountain Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80910.

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