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January 2011 - December 2015

Departures from
January 2006 - December 2010

 December 2005 and earlier

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



Douglas M. Brooks, age 72, passed away early Saturday, March 28, 2015 at his residence in Leesburg, Florida. He was born in Selma, North Carolina and moved to the Leesburg area in October of 2013 from Orlando. He had a 32 year career in the United States Air Force, serving in Vietnam and finally retiring as a Meteorologist at the rank of Colonel. Doug proudly accepted the title of “family man”, spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren was truly his favored pastime. He also loved to play golf every chance he got and traveled extensively with his family. For years he enjoyed building and flying and radio controlled planes. His career in the Air Force made him a world traveler and permitted him to live on every continent around the world with the exception of Antarctica where he only visited. He also visited every state in the union spending great amounts of time exploring Oregon and Washington State on family vacations. He is survived by his loving wife of 8 years Jacqueline; Daughters Barbara Brooks of Copperas, TX; Patricia (Jason) Bennett of Vancouver, WA; Step-sons – Isaac Hooper of Orlando; and Christopher Hooper of Spokane, WA; Brother – Daniel Brooks of Texas; Sister – Susan Brooks of Flagler Beach, FL; and 4 adored Grandchildren – Sarah, Grant, and Molly Crider and Ronan Bennett. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to: The Breast Cancer Crusade at

Brooks, Michela, 59, passed away on May 28, 2005 in Orlando, FL. Mrs. Brooks was born July 19, 1945 in Farmingdale, NY. She is survived by her husband, Lt Col (Ret.) Doug Brooks of Orlando, FL; daughters and son-in-law, Barb Broutin of Copperas Cove, TX and Patricia and Brent Crider of Rhode Island; three grandchildren, Sarah, Grant and Molly Crider; brothers and sister-in-law, John and Rose Lane and Willie Lane. Mrs. Brooks was married in St. John Vianney Catholic Church 43 years ago and spent her life as an Air Force wife, traveling throughout Europe, South America and the Caribbean. She will be most remembered for her warm, caring nature and kindness toward all she knew. A gathering for family and friends was held Tuesday, May 31, 2005 from 9-9:30AM at St. John Vianney Catholic Church and a Mass of Christian Burial followed at 9:30AM. Donations may be made to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer at:

LtCol Bill JohnsonLt. Colonel William Harm Johnson passed away in St. Louis MO on October 28, 2015, after an extended illness. He was born on May 9, 1936, to Richard and Elizabeth Conlin Johnson of Mt. Olive, Illinois. He attended elementary and high school in Mt. Olive where he graduated in 1954. During his early teen years he was an Eagle Scout, and during his high school years he was a member of the football, baseball and basketball teams. He was also a member of the choir and band, and was an accomplished trombone player. He attended the University of Illinois from August, 1954 until May, 1959, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. He was commissioned into the Air Force that August as a second Lieutenant and was assigned to St. Louis University where he became a meteorologist in 1960. He was assigned to Moses Lake, Washington that year followed by an assignment to the 21st Weather Squadron at Torrejon Air Force Base in Madrid, Spain, where he met and married his wife Marcella (Marcia) Daisy Evans in 1965. He and his family returned to the U.S. where he was stationed at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas, for a short period of time. Bill was then assigned to Phu Cat AB, Republic of Viet Nam, where he commanded the base weather unit. During his deployment his family moved from Lubbock to San Antonio, Texas, until he returned home. Soon after his return to the States he and his family were assigned to Germany where Bill was stationed at the 2nd Weather Wing, initially at Ramstein Air Base, and then to Wiesbaden Air Base for four years. He was transferred back to the US to Scott Air Force Base, St. Clair County, Illinois, where he and his family resided until 1976. He finished his military career at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia and retired from the Air Force on December 31, 1980. During his twenty year career in the Air Force, Bill earned the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze service stars, Airforce Outstanding Unit Award, and Republic of Vietnam Operations & Scope Interpretation. He specialized in meteorology and manpower during most of his military career. After retiring from the Air Force he was involved in human resources and real estate in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Marcia, moved to Georgetown, South Carolina, after retiring from civilian work. They lived in Georgetown with their dachshunds until her death in 2005. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marcella (Marcia) Daisy Johnson, April 22, 2005; his daughter, Lois Elaine (Mandy) Johnson, November, 2013; and his sister, Mary Tina O’Neal, 1995. He is survived by two daughters Venecia Johnson (Newport Beach, California), and Franchesca Johnson Curdes, her husband, Jeff, and their children Rochelle and Zane Curdes (Hermosa Beach, California); a niece, Michele Saxman, (Brookfield, Illinois); a nephew Michael O’Neal (Bunker Hill, Illinois); several cousins, and many friends. He will be greatly missed.

TedJafferis Major Ted C. Jafferis USAF Retired, 94, of Overland Park, Kan., died December 2, 2015, at Bickford Assisted Living. He was born Oct. 15, 1921, in Madison, Wis., to Christ and Antonia Jafferis. Ted graduated from Madison Central High in 1939. He participated in orchestra, cheerleading and was the sports editor. After high school he enlisted on July 9, 1940. He met his beloved Rosie in Madison and they were married on June 29, 1946. After completing 22 years of a distinguished military career, which included pre-Pearl Harbor, WWII, Southwest Pacific Theater and within the continental United States, as a Weather Officer, he retired on Aug. 1, 1962. He continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated in June, 1965. Ted began his second career as a meteorologist with the U.S. National Weather Service from 1964- 1983. He was involved with the Knights of Columbus, Reserve Officer Association, Military Order of World War II and Retired Officer's Association. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. During his retirement he continued to enjoy daily crossword puzzles, reading, wood- working, weather-watching, and skyping with family and friends and cheering on his Badgers. A strong, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Ted was devoted to his family which also included his many nieces and nephews. Ted was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Martinelli, two brothers, Tom and Nick Jafferis and his grandson, Grant Gottschalk. He is survived by eight children, Jim (Marilyn) Jafferis, Cindy (Jim) Oskroba, Deb (Mike) Molumby, Teresa (Ray) Seeber, Pete (Joanna) Jafferis, Chris (Heidi) Jafferis, Mary (Karl) Barnett, Jeanne (Tom) Gottschalk; 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 7. Long range forecast: sunny; as Ted and Rosie are reunited. OPA! Donations can be made in his name to University of Wisconsin Foundation, US Bank lockbox PO 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278. Overland Park Chapel, 913-648-6224,

Donald RobinsonDonald “Rob” Robinson, 61, of Searcy, passed away November 22, 2015 at his residence. He was born August 11, 1954 at Bradford to the late Paul and Mabel Sturch Robinson. Mr. Robinson was a graduate of Bradford High School; a 22 year Veteran, serving six years in the Marine Corps, and sixteen years in the Air Force. He was also a member of Liberty Baptist Church at Walker. He was an Air Weather Association member. He married Carolyn Chapman Robinson June 17, 1980 at Searcy; she survives. He is also survived by two daughters, Vada Dixon (Wes) of Houston, Texas, and Jennifer Holland of Beebe; one son, Jeff Robinson of the Philippines; three granddaughters, Christina Norman ( James), Jessica Neal (Kyle) and Caitlyn Hanna; one grandson, Clayton Robinson (Tori); three great grandsons, Asher Neal, Tristian Neal, and Gavin Norman; two brothers, Lavon Robinson and Paul (Pete) Robinson; three sisters, Carolyn Reed, Francis Davis, and Cathy Smith; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, November 27 at Sullivan Funeral Care. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday with Bro. Jackie Maddox officiating. Cremation will follow services. In lieu of flowers, lasting memorials may be made to the Searcy Animal Shelter.

Maryann McGinnis Waylett, 77, of Newport News, widow of Dan King Waylett, passed away December 1, 2015. She is survived by her daughters, Denise May and Michele Burgess, her son, Darin Waylett and her six grand-children and great-granddaughter. Mrs. Waylett was a long-time member of the St. George's Episcopal Church, a resident of Warwick Forest retirement community, and a dedicated volunteer in support of individuals that suffered brain injuries. A memorial service will be held at 12:30pm, Thursday, December 10, at Parklawn-Woods Funeral Home in Hampton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brain Injury Association of Virginia. Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666. - See more at:

Robert BattermanRobert W. Battermann, 72, of O’Fallon, IL, passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. Robert was born on October 7, 1943 in Tacoma, WA. Robert was a USAF Ret. Major, receiving a Purple Heart. He was a “Trekkie”, comic book fan, and enjoyed photography. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter H. & Erna A. Battermann, nee Heidecke; and grandson, Michael Logan Battermann. Robert is survived by his wife, Verna Battermann, nee Mann, of O’Fallon, IL; daughters, Denise (William) Battermann-Dickinson of Valdosta, GA, and LuAnn (T.J.) Kerlin of Valdosta, GA; and grandchildren, Braden Dickinson, Sierra Dickinson, Chase Kerlin, and Abigail Kerlin. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project,, or to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Condolences may be extended to the family online at A visitation will be held on Monday, November 16, 2015 from 1:30pm-2:00pm at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 625 Saint Nicholas Dr. O Fallon, IL. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 2:00pm at the church with Msgr. Bill Hitpas officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Elizabeth H. Pinder went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 24, 2015 after an incredible life here on Earth. “Mary Elizabeth” was born on October 28, 1942 in Pensacola, Florida to Johnny and Florence Huddle. They soon moved to Key West, Florida when she was just 2 years old and began her amazing journey through life that was so incredibly accomplished. She was a Key West High School Conch where she was the 1st “Fire Baton” majorette and Home Coming Queen. Elizabeth attended Florida State University majoring in music where she became a very accomplished pianist. She later married Clark S. Pinder, who was commissioned into the US Air Force, in 1961. They had two children, Christopher Clark and Melissa Lynn. Elizabeth was an incredible officer’s wife where she was heavily involved in the Officer’s Wives Club that supported many activities on every base around the world. She was named “Who’s Who” of Young Women in America. Her involvement with returning POW’s and KIA soldiers of Vietnam pushed her into this prestigious award. She became very involved with playing tennis and it soon became her passion. Elizabeth was known for her incredible talent to encourage, teach, and uplift other individuals. She used that talent to be a head coach on all of the swim teams in each city in which they were stationed. She encouraged her kids to be the best at what they did and both children became successful at whatever they participated in. Her children went on to Florida State University to play baseball and become one of the famous Golden Girls. Elizabeth remained supporting the United States Air Force for 25 years around the world until they retired in 1989 and returned back to her roots in the Space Coast region of Florida. After her successful parenting stage, she decided at 56 yrs of age she would take her tennis talents and become a teaching professional. Elizabeth took her overly competitive and determined drive to Van Der Meer Tennis Academy and accomplished this incredible feat to start her career being USPTA and USPTR Certified. Elizabeth became heavily involved in the Space Coast tennis community where she became Director of Tennis at Rockledge Park Tennis Center. Her tennis career exploded both on the courts, across the country, and on her own courts teaching and encouraging others to get every ounce of ability out of them. About this time is when her life changed forever with the birth of her 1st grandchild, Clark S. Pinder II. There came 6 more grandchildren after this, with Chadwick, Chase, Avery, Gavin, Griffin, and Granger; these were her precious reason to live. Elizabeth has left her driven traits with each one of these successful children. She would trademark “Pinder Power” to encourage and drive each of her family members to be all they can be and never ever give up; this will be in our lives forever and the great traits of how to compete in life has been gratefully instilled in us all. Elizabeth would lose her husband in 2008 after a long battle with cancer and would fortunately meet Buddy Radamacher. These two would create an incredible relationship and work the next 10 years together running the Rockledge Park Tennis Center creating a bond that was inseparable. It was a “love at first sight” type of relationship and they often would be referred to as “High School Sweethearts” walking around with their “I love you more and more everyday” shout outs. They would go on to make Rockledge Park a huge success and become a highly respected ambassador in the local tennis community. Their love for each other was never in doubt and their happiness was overwhelming which made the last 10yrs of her life full! She is survived by her partner Buddy Radamacher, her son Chris and his wife, Beth Pinder; her daughter, Melissa and her husband, Garrett Lamp; as well as her grandchildren, Clark, Chad, Chase, Avery, Gavin, Griffin, and Granger. Elizabeth wished for anyone honoring her to please send donations to the Central Brevard Humane Society for her love of animals was very endearing. A private burial service will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 followed by an open memorial service that will be held at Faith Fellowship Church in Melbourne starting at 2pm. We encourage all that were in her life to please come and share in the Celebration of Elizabeth’s Life. Elizabeth will be missed dearly, but her 72 years of life with us has left us with so much love, determination, grace and dignity to live our lives to the fullest in her honor.

Charles AndersonCol. Charles K. Anderson 95 of Melbourne died on October 16, 2015. Col. Anderson was born in Rochester, Minnesota on February 2, 1920, but grew up in the town of Baraboo, Wisconsin, graduating from Baraboo High School in 1937. From there he attended the University of Wisconsin where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Commerce in 1941. He worked as an accountant for General Electric in Schenectady, New York until joining the Army Air Corps in 1943. He became a navigator on bombers in the 459th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Italy.

After the war, he returned to GE, but shortly returned to the Air Force for training as a meteorologist at MIT. He flew as the weather officer on hurricane hunter airplanes flying out of Bermuda and Miami. While stationed in Bermuda, he met Pearl Tracy of New York Mills, New York and they were married in 1950. He returned to MIT where he earned a Master of Science degree in meteorology in 1953. After tours of duty in Tokyo, Japan, the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama, weather work in Andrews AFB, Maryland and Hanscom Field, Massachusetts; he attended the University of Colorado where he earned a PhD in Astrogeophysics in 1965. His dissertation involved writing some of the earliest computer models of the solar wind. He then headed the Air Force's first Solar Forecast Center at ENT AFB in Colorado Springs (which shortly moved into NORAD's Cheyenne Mountain Complex), setting up a network of observatories around the world in order to maintain round-the-clock surveillance of the sun, the solar wind and space environment around the Earth. In 1968 he transferred to Alexandria, Virginia to run the Ionospheric Division of the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC). When AFTAC moved to Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, in 1972 Col. Anderson followed but then retired in Satellite Beach in 1973.

Among his service decoration are the Distinguished Flying Cross, Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the Legion of Merit.

He is survived by three sons, Stephen, Grady and Dewey, one daughter, Donna, four grandchildren, Thor, Sigrid, Cory and Kelley, and two great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Spenser.

There will be a graveside service held at 10am on Tuesday, October 20 at Florida Memorial Gardens.

Lewis NeylandLewis James Neyland left us on his final solo flight on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

Lew was born on May 6, 1921 in Great Falls, Montana, and on grew up on a homestead north of Great Falls, farming wheat, until he joined the Army Air Corps in 1942. Lew married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Manley, in May of 1945, and celebrated 46 years together until her passing in 1991.
Lew was a consummate life-long aviator and lived a full and rewarding life of service to country and family. Lew was one of the first weathermen to graduate from UCLA during WW II, and spent a highly decorated 31-year Air Force career in Air Weather Service advancing the prediction and use of weather information to enable worldwide military operations. As an Air Force pilot, Lew flew dozens of types of aircraft during his career, including his favorite P-51 Mustangs, as well as P-38s, P-47s, B-25s, C-47s, C-54s, T-33s and T-39s. Lew’s illustrious career as a pilot and meteorologist spanned continents, including assignments in Germany, Turkey, Iceland, Canada and Vietnam, as well as many locations across the US, culminating in Command of the 4th Weather Wing in Colorado Springs.
Lew retired from the Air Force in 1973, settling in Colorado Springs, and went on to become a national aviation record holder flying Schweitzer I-26 sailplanes. He continued his dedication to aviation and remained an FAA Certified Flight Instructor until his 90’s. Lew was the President of High Flight Soaring Club, at the Meadow Lake Airport, for more than a decade, introducing whole new generations to the thrill of soaring. In his spare time after retirement from the Air Force, Lew built houses in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Lew is survived by his brother Keith, his four children: Michael in Springfield, Virginia; Robert in Breckenridge, Colorado; David in Melbourne, Florida; and Kathleen (Neyland) Gustad in Loveland, Colorado; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel.

Colonel Jacob P. (Jake) Accola was born August 31 1916, the second son of Lawrence and Leila Accola, farmers in the Kickapoo Valley near Steuben, WI. A year before Jake was born his father contracted tuberculosis. At that time the only satisfactory treatment was retirement to a warm, dry climate. Thus it was that in October 1917 the family came to Colorado. The family had a distant relative in Cedaredge, located at the base of the Grand Mesa, the largest flat topped mountain in the world. The climate was ideal. Lawrence seemed to recover, but as it was then with so many tubercular patients, he went back to work prematurely. In the summer of 1922 he suffered a relapse and passed away in November.
Lawrence had exacted a promise from the family that it would remain in Cedaredge for a year after his death. When the time came to return to Wisconsin, Jake’s mother, brother Robert and he could not leave Cedaredge. It remained home to each as long as each lived. Jake graduated from Cedaredge High School in 1933, perhaps the low point of the Great Depression. He had a “must use or lose” scholarship to a state institution. His mother was insistent the scholarship not be forfeited. Only the expenses at Western State College were within the family means. So it was there that he received his college education. He was always extremely grateful to Western for the opportunities it opened to him. He graduated in 1937 and was very fortunate to secure a job at teaching and assistant coach in football and basketball at La Junta. La Junta was a bustling terminal on the Santa Fe railroad. The traveling public was not yet comfortable with air travel. It was the decade of the diesel streamliner. The La Junta community was a dream world to Jake. A high school of 500 students. Handsome athletic boys and pretty vivacious girls. Only the threat of the WWII draft induced him to leave La Junta. In March of 1941 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and graduated from Mather Field navigation school in November. He was assigned to the 19th bomb wing flying the B-17 heavy bomber, many of the wing’s B-17’s already in the Philippines with General MacArthur. He was at Hamilton Field, California, scheduled to leave with a B-17 crew when the Pearl Harbor disaster occurred. Because the Honolulu-Hickam air route could be used, he was reassigned to the 77th squadron of the 28th composite group. The 77th flew the Martin B-26 medium bomber and was on its way to Alaska and the Aleutians in January 1942.
In April 1943 Jake was assigned to a B-25 training wing at Columbia, South Carolina. There he met and soon married Mary Kathryn Derrick in August 1946. Three children were born to the union: Thomas in July 1947 and twins John and Robin in June 1950. The family enjoyed tours in Hawaii, England, Nebraska, and Illinois. Jake retired in April 1971, choosing to locate with Mary in Colorado Springs because of the US Air Force Academy and its excellent medical and athletic facilities. Cedaredge is perhaps more distant from an active military base than any community in the US. Thus the seeming inconsistence of their retirement to the Springs rather than Cedaredge.
The family still lives in their home, Saling West, purchased upon Jake’s retirement. Early on Jake was active in community affairs such as the homeowners’ association, of which he was a member and one time president. He was also active in Republican Party affairs. Always a strong supporter of Western State College, Jake was an early member and one time president of the Western State College foundation. He was deeply committed to Western State and Air Force Academy athletics, having been the first athlete to be awarded a life time pass to Western Athletic Conference sporting events. Jake was a charter member of the Air Force Academy Athletic Association.
Surviving are son, Tom, a resident of West Melbourne, FL and daughter, Robin, of Chicago. Son John a well-known reporter for the Rocky Mount News, was lost in June, 2006 after a sudden heart attack. John’s wife Marlene and son Jacob reside in Sedalia, CO; his stepdaughter Andrea is a resident of Denver; stepson Bryan resides in Salida, CO. Tom’s son, TJ, lives in Castle Rock and his son Paul is a student at UCCS. Robin’s twin daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, survive in Chicago and Indianapolis. No local services are planned. Interment will be in the family plot in Cedaredge Cemetery.
Jacob AccolaAir Force Weather readers will remember Jake excelling as 28WS Commander in the UK (66-67) and then joining the HQ AWS staff at Scott AFB IL on the AWS Personnel and Aerospace Sciences staffs before retiring in April 1971. Jake was a charter member of the Air Weather Association joining at the 50th anniversary of the AWS. He and Mary enjoyed the camaraderie of the AWA and attended many reunions.

Edwin Arrance
Arrance, Edwin S. Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.) Sep 25, 1947 - Sep 29, 2015 Passed away surrounded by family after fighting an aggressive metastatic cancer for several months. Joined the Air Force in 1970 and served for over 31 years in the Global Weather Group. He is survived by his wife of over 36 years, Sandra (Phillips) Arrance; sons, Harold and Thomas.
FUNERAL SERVICES 2pm Friday, Thanksgiving Lutheran Church, Bellevue.
VISITATION at mortuary Thursday 1-8pm with family receiving friends from 6-8pm. Memorials suggested to Thanksgiving Lutheran Church, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, or University of Nebraska Foundation for cancer research.
KAHLER DOLCE MORTUARY 441 N. Washington St. Papillion, NE 402-339-3232
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Roland BarthCol. Roland E. Barth, ret. United States Air Force, 77, passed away peacefully September 21, 2015 at Creighton Medical Center, Omaha, NE after a brief illness. A devoted husband, father, brother and friend, Barth proudly served his country for 30 years and, along with his wife and children, enjoyed tours of duty in five U.S. states and Europe. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Barth was awarded the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit award. Other military decorations include two Defense Meritorious Service Medals and the Air Force Commendation Medal. In 2009, Barth was inducted into the New Jersey Institute of Technology Athletics Hall of Fame for his achievements in soccer and fencing. A four-year starter on the soccer team, he helped the school earn its first-ever berth in the 1959 NAIA national tournament. Following his senior season, he garnered second-team All-American honors and was invited to try out for the Pan-American Games U.S. national team. Barth was also a three-year standout in fencing, and led his team's epee team to a first-place finish in its conference tournament while winning a silver medal individually. He earned a bachelor of science degree from NJIT and later added a master of science degree in Meteorology from the University of Utah. After retiring from the Air Force, Barth turned his passion toward traveling, nature and the study of genealogy. An avid photographer, he co-authored and took hundreds of photographs for two published books: "Field Guide to Wildflowers - Fontenelle Forest & Neale Woods Nature Centers" and "Trees, Shrubs, Woody Vines, Grasses and Rushes - Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods Nature Centers." His passion for traveling took him and his wife, Ingrid, around the globe. Most recently he traveled to Brazil for the soccer World Cup and to Cuba. Barth is survived by Ingrid, his wife of 53 years; his son, Peter (Tina) and his daughter, Heidi Curtis (Kevin); grandchildren, Marley, Aaron, Maxwell, Nicole and Delaney; siblings, Dr. Karl Barth, Luise Steuer and Nina Delaune; niece Annina and nephew Eric. He was preceded in death by his father, Emil Barth, and his mother, Anna Marie Barth. In lieu of a local service, Barth's remains will be flown to Arlington National Cemetery for inurnment. It is requested that any memorial donations in Barth's name go to Fontenelle Forest or Lauritzen Gardens.
BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler 2202 Hancock St, Bellevue 402-291-5000

Col. Joseph Marston Bird
(USAF, Ret.), 88, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007 at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. A native of Maplewood, N.J., he had been a resident of Potomac, Md. for 23 years before retiring to Williamsburg. After a career in the United States Air Force that spanned over 30 years, and obtaining the rank of Colonel, he retired in 1972. During his career he was awarded several commendations including the Legion of Merit Award, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He was a graduate of Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, M.I.T., and the Air War College. Joe was a member of St. Frances Episcopal Church in Potomac, Md. for 23 years and served as treasurer for 13 of those years. Surviving members of his family include his wife, Roberta B. Bird; sons, Taylor Jones, Joseph M. Bird Jr., and Stephen W. Bird; daughter, Debra E. McDonald; grandchildren, Heather M. Bird, Jesse S. Bird, Michaela A. Bird, and Victoria B. McDonald; and brother, Robert E. Bird. A service of remembrance will take place 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Patriots Colony. Burial will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Joseph M. Bird; 1940 Dartmouth College Memorial Fund Scholarship, Gift Recording Office, 6066 Development Office, Hanover, NH 03755. Nelsen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be registered at

Marjorie L. Wylie Hanes, 82, passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2013, at home in Benbrook TX. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth. Marjorie was born on Feb. 10, 1931, in McDonald, Ohio, to her parents, George Wylie and Julie Osgood Wylie. She was the second of three children. She attended Boardman High School and graduated in 1949. She married Lawrence Hanes in Omaha, Neb., on Nov. 1, 1953 while serving in the USAF Air Weather Service. She was a resident of Benbrook TX for 42 years. Marjorie was a member of the American Legion Post 655, VFW Women's Auxiliary Post 5617, the Air Weather Association and "The Wednesday Wild Bunch." She enjoyed spending time and laughter with her family, those near and far. Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, George and Julia Wylie; her husband, Lawrence Hanes; and beloved companion, Donald Lavender. Survivors: Loving children, Cindy Quillen, and Patty Hussong and husband, Kenneth; grandchildren, Kenna Hussong and Brendon Hussong; brother, Leon Wylie and wife, Nancy; sister, Deanna Balsinger and husband, Dave. - See more at:

Joseph Boris of Joliet IL died on July 16, 2015 at age 83, Korean War Air Force Veteran; beloved husband of the late Stella nee Carrig. Loving father of Catherine (Thomas) Huber, Joseph (Mary) Boris, Barbara (Thomas) Mendralla and Patrick (Peggy) Boris. Cherished grandfather of Eric and Adam Huber, Christian and Abigail Boris, Luke and William Mendralla, Nicholas and Nathan Boris. Dear brother of Stephanie Ferguson and the late Stanley and Michael Boris. Special friend of Gary Knapp. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.
During his AF career, Joe served a tour at AFGWC at Offutt AFB where he met his wife Stella who was also in the AF. Joe was also a retired production scheduler for General Motors (Fischer Body Plant) with 30 years service. He was a long-term member of the Air Weather Association. Funeral was July 20, 2015, at 9:15 a.m., from RICHARD J. MODELL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 12641 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen to Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, Mass at 10:00 a.m. Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Joliet. See more at:

Bob GottusoGottuso, Robert M. Col (Ret) Apr 15, 1930 - Jul 11, 2015 Retired Colonel Robert M. Gottuso, age 85 of Elkhart, IN, formerly of Bellevue, NE, passed away on July 11, 2015 at Elkhart General Hospital. He was born on April 15, 1930 in Utica, NY, to Salvatore and Maria (Abbate) Gottuso. He married Dorothy Ann Mody on September 12, 1953. She survives him; with 2 sons, Eric A. (Teri) Gottuso of Elkhart, and Robert M. (Gayle) Gottuso of Laguna Niguel, CA; grandchildren, Michael, Salvatore, Erica, Nichole, Kyle, Ali, Joey, Vinny, Tony, Gina, Nick, Mindy, Ashley and Kaylee; and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Fay Marie Gottuso; a sister, Rose Evelyn Wojcik; and his parents. After graduating from M.I.T., and earning his Master's Degree in Meteorology, Robert honorably served his country for 30 years from 1952-1982 in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as Colonel. His last position was Commander of the 3rd Weather Wing at Offut AFB, Bellevue. VISITATION for Robert will be 5-7pm on Monday, July 13, at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home in Elkhart, and 10-11am on Tuesday, July 14, at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church in Bristol, IN, with the MASS of CHRISTIAN BURIAL beginning at 11am. Fr. Steve LaCroix will officiate. Entombment will be in St. John's Cemetery, Bellevue, NE at a later date with Military Honors. Memorials may be given to: Columban Fathers, P.O. Box 10, St. Columbans, NE 68056. Online condolences may be sent to: STEMM-LAWSON-PETERSON FUNERAL & CREMATION CENTER 1531 Cobblestone Blvd. Elkhart, IN 46514 574-293-6411


Lisa ChapmanChapman, Lisa M. 
On Friday, July 10, 2015, we lost an amazing mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and devoted friend when Lisa Chapman passed away at the age of 81. In the last days and hours of her life she was always surrounded by family. The loss will be felt by so many who knew Lisa and loved her. Lisa has been reunited with her son Royce, who she lost at an early age, as well as her mother, Luise Erna Modde; father, Kernmacher Walter Albert Modde; sister, Gerda Brokelt; and brothers, Heinz, Wilfried, and Gerhardt Modde.

Lisa was born in Magdeburg, Germany. She met her husband while he was stationed in Germany and returned with him to the U.S. to live a life of an officer's wife, a title she proudly took on and for which she was looked up to with the AWS (Air Weather Service).
Survivors who will cherish her memory are her daughter, Patty and husband David Douglas, along with granddaughter, Jennifer and husband Kenney Hewitt, and including her pride and joy, great-grandchildren, Aedyn and Cora, and her grandson, Kevin and wife Jahna Douglas; her daughter, Debbie and husband Ken Davidson, along with grandson, Kenny Davidson, granddaughter, Lisa and husband Jerry Jones, along with her pride and joy great-grandchildren, Austin Jones, Makayla Davidson, and Tanner Jones; son, Greg and wife Amanda Chapman and granddaughter, Tiffany Howard, along with grandsons, Jay and wife Dinell Chapman and Gregory Chapman; and son, George and wife Suzanne Chapman, along with granddaughter, Emily Chapman and grandsons, Graham and Aaron Chapman; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews here in the USA and Germany.

Family and friends are invited to the visitation to be held on Monday, July 13, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. She will be laid to rest at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital, Lisa's favorite charity.

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Jerry P. Faulkenberry, MSgt USAF (Ret.), 79 of North Charleston, SC,died Sunday, July 5, 2015, peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. Born March 7, 1936, near Kershaw, SC, Jerry was a graduate of Kershaw High School and Eastern Illinois University. He entered the US Air Force in 1954, serving in Iceland, Germany, and South Vietnam. His awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service, and Air Force Commendation medals. Jerry spent several years as an instructor in the basic weather observer and Chief Observer courses at Chanute in the 60's and early 70's. At his retirement in 1980, he was serving as First Sergeant of the 437th Civil Engineering Squadron at Charleston Air Force Base, SC. Following his military service, he worked with Jefferson Pilot Insurance, and later ran a small, private, transport business. He was a founding board member of Make-A- Wish Foundation in Charleston, and served as Vice President.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Carolyn; their daughter, Sandra Ericksen (Phillip); and a grandson, Jacob Ericksen. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association , 174 East Bay Street, # 300, Charleston, S.C. 29401. The family will receive friends and visitors, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Baker Funeral Home, 210 East Hilton Street, Kershaw, S.C. 29067, 803-475-3771.
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Paul F. Twitchell, Col USAF (Ret.) of Wellesley Hills, MA, died July 6, 2015. Beloved husband of Eunice A. (O'Brien) Twitchell for 59 years. Devoted father of Sister Katherine Theresa Twitchell, O.Carm of South Boston, Nancy Ellen Murphy and her husband Brian of North Andover, Paul F. Twitchell, Jr. of Milton, Kevin G. Twitchell and his wife Carolyn of Glen Ridge, NJ. Grandfather of Caitlin, Connor, Kyle, Ryan, Grace and Evan. Brother of the late Thomas Twitchell, Sister Elaine Twitchell, S.N.D. and John and Lois Twitchell. Paul was a retired Research Scientist and former Air Force Colonel and a Veteran of the Korean War. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association. Funeral from the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 477 Washington St. (Rte. 16), WELLESLEY, Friday at 8 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Paul Church, Wellesley, at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours Thursday 4-8. Interment Mass.. National Cemetery, Bourne, Friday at 12:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Paul's memory to the charity of your choice . For directions & guestbook _www.gfdoherty.com_ ( - See more at: tory&pid=175240196#sthash.v4 ST3scZ.dpuf

Constance A. Ditto, 80, of Amarillo died Monday, June 22, 2015. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 4100 S. Coulter St., with the Rev. John Valdez as celebrant. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St. Constance was born Jan. 10, 1935, in Philadelphia to Catherine and Edwin J. Bonner Sr. She graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School in 1952. She enlisted in the Air Force in 1953 and was stationed in Omaha, Neb., where she met and married her husband, William D. Ditto, on July 28, 1956.  Both joined the Air Weather Association.  After separating from the Air Force, they moved to Amarillo, where Constance graduated from West Texas State University with a master’s degree in elementary education. Constance was a teacher in Amarillo Independent School District, was an editor at the Amarillo Globe-News, held several positions within Potter County and retired in 2001. She was an active member in League of Women Voters of Texas. Survivors include her husband; her daughters, Nancy Ann Ditto of Edmond, Okla., and Patricia M. Ditto of Dallas; her grandchildren, Jonathan Gage and Jason Gage, both of Oklahoma City, and John Edward Gage, Rachel Hartman Perry and Mark Hartman, all of Dallas; her brothers, Edwin J. Bonner of Tampa, Fla., John F. Bonner of Gibsonia, Pa., and Thomas J. Bonner of New York City; her sister, Mary A. Craig of Whitehall, Pa.; a brother-in-law, Lynn R. Ditto and wife Deborah of Amarillo; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Saint Joseph’s Indian School, P.O. Box 300, Chamberlain, SD 57325.
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Colonel Frederick Bertram Walters., age 92 passed away on April 30, 2015. He was born on September 25, 1922 in New York City, New York to George Bertram and Delatine Walters. He graduated from Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill, New York in June 1940. He was drafted into the Army Air Corps during World War II in December 1943. Col Walters served for over 36 years, including service during three conflicts, World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam. He rose to the rank of MSGT during and after WWII and was a company 1st SGT when he was commissioned a 2nd LT in the Army Air Corps in April 1947. He then went on to achieve the rank of Colonel by October 1973. He retired from the US Air Force in May 1980. During this long and highly successful military career, Col Walters served in Germany, Japan and many Air Force Bases throughout the United States. He was a Personnel Officer throughout his career, starting with the Air Weather Service at Scott AFB, Ill and finishing at the Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, San Antonio, Texas where he was the Director of Personnel Management. He earned over 30 awards during his long career, including the Distinguished Service Medal, and three Legions of Merit.
Upon his retirement, he joined the Principal Financial Group, where he worked until he was over 90 years old. While at Principal, he earned the LUTCF Designation: Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow,
achieved Principal Financial Group Club Status 6 times (an honor to those who are top producers for the company) and was a Registered Representative with the Princor.
Col. Walters joined the Board of Directors of Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union in 1987 and was elected Vice Chairman in 1993 and Chairman in 2005. He retired as the Chairman in August 2010 and then served as the Chairman Emeritus until he passed away. During his tenure on the Board, the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) selected him "Volunteer of the Year" twice, in 1999 and 2010. These awards were indicative of the dedication and effort he has put forth for the Credit Union Movement. During his tenure on the Board, the credit union experienced continued growth and success. When he joined the Board, in 1987, there were only six branches in the greater San Antonio area with a total membership of less than 100,000 and assets of $270 million. Today the credit union has 52 branches throughout Texas and over $6 billion in assets.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Josephine (Jo) May Raynor Walters; brother Douglas Monroe Wellington Walters and granddaughter, Staci Marie Fothergill . He is survived by his son, Col. (Ret.) Doug Walters, his wife Georgie; daughters, Gail Walters Vaughan, her husband Lloyd and Jacqueline Walters; grandchildren, Jennifer Ring, her husband Kevin, Suzanne Buchanan, her husband William, Jeffrey Walters, his wife Jenney, Andrew Fothergill, Cory Gosline, his wife Ashley, Kristin Gosline and Heather Gosline; and ten great-grandchildren.
The family extends sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and caregivers at the Army Residence Community for their love and care of Col. Walters over the last three years, and to the equally professional staff with Heart to Heart Hospice.
A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. at the Colonial Funeral Home, 625 Kitty Hawk Rd. Universal City, Tx. The funeral will be held at 8:30 AM, Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the First Baptist Church, 1401 Pat Booker Rd. Universal City, Tx. Burial will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Enduring Love Foundation, First Baptist Church of U.C. 1401 Pat Booker Rd. Universal City, TX 78148.

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Retired Air Force Colonel Morris H. "Riley" Newhouse passed away from natural causes at his home in Spring, Texas Friday afternoon, April 10th. He was surrounded by family members. He was 94 years old. Morris Harold Newhouse was born November 1, 1920 in Columbus, Ohio the son of Edward Newhouse and Rose (nee Wolfson). He was the youngest of four boys. He was a 1938 graduate of Columbus East High School where he was quarterback of the football team and a varsity wrestler. He enrolled at the Ohio State University where he was a member of the swimming team. Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor he enlisted in the United States Army and applied for the Aviation Cadet Program. He was stationed in Panama and Ecuador as an enlisted Weather Observer before being accepted into Aviation Cadet and certified as a Navigator/Bombardier and commissioned a second lieutenant in the then Army Air Corps. He flew more than 30 combat missions over Japan with the 497th Bomb Wing from the Marianas Islands aboard the B-29 called "Thumper". He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with valor and the Air Medal with oak leaf clusters. Following his service in the Pacific Theatre in WWII, he returned and completed his BS degree at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He was assigned as a meteorologist, and began a 34 year military career that took him literally around the world. "Riley" Newhouse married Joanne (nee Hall) on August 28, 1943 in Monroe, Louisiana. She preceded him in death on September 12, 2006. Riley and Joanne had five sons who survive them…Michael of South Sioux City, Nebraska and wife Barbara of Alexandria, Virginia and sons Eric, Peter, and Paul…James and Maria of Spring, Texas and daughter Dani Garland (John Paul) and daughters Castle and Violet…Robert and Susan of Naperville, Illinois, sons Travis and Roman, daughter Audrey and her daughter Eisley…Thomas of Eureka, California and daughters Natalie, Valerie, and Jennifer…Jonathan of San Marcos, Texas and daughter Julia and son, Tony. Colonel Newhouse served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam…surviving the Tet Offensive at Tan Son Nhut in 1968. He received his Master of Science degree in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1957. He was a graduate of the Squadron Officer Course, the USAF Command and Staff College, and the Air War College. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and the USAF Outstanding Unit Award among his many decorations. Upon his retirement as a full Colonel in 1975 he was the DCS/OPS of the Air Weather Service at command headquarters at Scott AFB, Illinois. Colonel Newhouse will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

John WallsWalls, John 84 Sept. 30, 1930 Mar. 28, 2015 Dr. John "Barney" Walls passed away peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Barney married his fellow Butler University marching band member, Alice C. McCelland, in 1951. Upon graduation, John was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. Bar- ney served his country for 20 years as a meteorologist in the Air Force and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He was awarded the bronze star for his service supporting the Vietnam conflict while stationed in Thailand. Barney and Alice lived in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, England, Virginia and Nebraska. They traveled to all 50 states and most of Europe. Upon retiring from the Air Force, Barney completed his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Nebraska. He and Alice then moved to Oregon where he became "Dr. John," the chief meteorologist for KOIN TV in Portland from 1974 to 1986. Barney was a true punster and claimed that he became a weatherman in Portland because weather was easy to predict there. He explained that it only rains twice a year in Portland, "the first time for six months and the second time for six months." Barney and Alice were active in their church always cooking, teaching and singing. Barney was an avid and talented painter. Upon retirement from TV life, Barney continue to do what he enjoyed, singing in the church choir, painting pictures, teaching classes and making people laugh. Barney was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; and brother, Bill. Barney is survived by his second wife, Barbara Just; sons, Keith (Eileen), Kevin (Nancy) and Kurt (Patty); daughter, Laura (Dianna); grandchildren, Brigitte, Tony, Andrew and Frances; and great-grandson, Kaiden.

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Harold W. Greenlee
CMSgt USAF (Ret.) was born in Corydon, IA, to Charlie Carl and Leatha Grace Beam Greenlee on July 16, 1930. He died in Allerton, Iowa at his home on January 6, 2014. Hal had an interesting and diverse life. After graduating from Allerton High School in 1948, he worked for the John Deere Company in Davenport, IA. In 1951, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1984 as a Chief Master Sergeant. His career as an Air Force meteorologist spanned the globe with assignments in England, Greenland, the Philippines, Panama Canal and all over the USA. He worked at the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in the DC area, using his meteorology background as an intelligence analyst. One of his favorite assignments was in Nevada at the infamous Area 51. He always joked that he never saw any little green men while he worked up there! He finished his military career in the Geophysics Lab at Hanscom AFB in Bedford, MA, doing high altitude balloon launches, checking for ozone radiation levels at 200,000 feet. Hal married Pat Tobin in 1953, and Rickie Lee and Joseph Dean were born to them. In 1976, Hal married Jackie Cook, and he gained two more children - Darrell and Cheryl Cook. He and Jackie came back to Allerton in 1980 and began a very fulfilling life in Wayne County. Hal joined the Allerton Presbyterian Church in 1981, serving through the years as Elder, Deacon, Trustee and leading the team for the Men's Breakfast. That same year, he became involved with the fledging Allertonworld Booster Club, presiding over it most of the time. He enjoyed all the community activities and acted in 15 of the 31 plays produced, many times taking leading roles. He and Ron Mastin were known as the "Carpenters Extraordinaire," building play sets from the ground up. Hal became the "Candy Man" in 1982, developing a business installing candy machines throughout the county. For many years, he delivered Corydon's mail by foot, over a 16-mile route. He loved people and sometimes their dogs. He used to say that he gave the growling, vicious ones treats…before they look off his leg. For 20 years, he served on the Wayne County Historical Museum board, including 13 of those as president. He was its current president at his death. Hal was currently the Wayne County Veteran's Affairs Director, a job he held for many years and thoroughly enjoyed. He gained great pleasure in helping others. He will be sorely missed.  He was also a lifetime member of the Air Weather Association and the ROWF. He is preceded in death by his parents Charlie and Leatha. Surviving him is: his wife, Jackie; children: Rick and Lisa, Lusby, MD; Joe and Joanne, Middle River, MD; Darrell and Anne Winslow Cook, Corydon, IA; and Cheryl and Shaw Joyner, Forest Bend, TN. Grandchildren: Kim and Jeff Hemmig; Ashley Greenlee; ChelseaGreenlee and Logan Miller; Michael Greenlee; Jennifer Greenlee and Corey Long; Emily and Ty McNeely; Adam Joyner; Taylor Cook; and Mason Cook. Great-grandchildren: Zack and Zoe Hemmig; Xander Jones; and Blayre Long. Also surviving is his sister GeraldineGreenlee, as well as many cousins, extended family, and loving friends.
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John W. Holmes,SMSgt (Ret.) 84, of Aiea, an Air Force veteran and a National Weather Service retiree, died in Aiea. He was born in Dewittville, N.Y. He is survived by son Craig W., daughters Linda M. Rohner and Mary Lou Hardisty, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services pending.

Milt Golart

Golart, Milton J. Lt Col USAF (Ret.) age 92 of Hillsboro, Ore., formerly of Gloucester,  MA passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Milton was a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with 33 years of service. He served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, earning numerous awards and decorations as a Pilot and Meteorologist.  After retiring from the 1st Weather Wing of the Air Force Air Weather Service he was a general contractor with Dickens Pub Restaurant, in Honolulu and was manager for Expo Foods, opening several restaurants at World Fairs. Milton was a 30-second degree Mason and Shriner. He is survived by his daughter, Carole L. Golart of Hillsboro, Ore.; daughter-in-law, Janet (Craig) Golart of Bellbrook, Ohio; one sister, Marilyn (Andy) Ferrant; three grandchildren, Alia Blalock (Jason) of Spokane, Wash., Aaron Golart of Boise, Idaho, and Aimee Hartke (Kevin) of Bellbrook, Ohio; great-grandsons, Seth and Joshua Hartke of Bellbrook, Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by parents, Joseph and Laura (Mello) Golart of Gloucester; his wife of 69 years, Marjorie (Frost) Golart; his son, Craig S. Golart; four sisters, Janice Burdett, Betty Ferrant, Cynthia Assaro, and Vicki Collins. Milton loved his family, traveling, fishing, and teaching scuba diving. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Wounded Warriors.  Milton was a charter member of the Air Weather Association.

Interment will take place on June 27 2015 at 1 p.m. in Beechbrook Cemetery in Gloucester, MA

Curtis WinsteadColonel Curtis M. Winstead, USAF (Ret) October 16, 1962 – March 17, 2015 Alderson WV — Colonel Curtis Mark Winstead (Ret), age 52, died March 17th in his home after a long battle with cancer.

As the son of retired Lt. Col. Maurice Winstead and Margaret Holdorff Winstead, Curtis was born at Orlando Air Force Base, FL, and moved many times during his childhood. Curtis is survived by wife, Theresa Gagnon Winstead, and their two daughters, Laura Winstead Davis (and husband Eric, USMC) and Christi Winstead. Also surviving are his mother, Margaret Winstead, and siblings Debra, Jeff, Pamela, Tina, and Keith.

Curtis was commissioned into the United States Air Force on May 18, 1985, and served for twenty-seven years as a combat weather officer. He survived the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11 and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He commanded the 18th Expeditionary Weather Squadron during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003 and served as an advisor to the Iraqi National Security Counsel during the surge in 2007 to 2008. During his final year in the Air Force, he commanded the Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) base in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012. Col. Winstead earned several service medals, including the Legion of Merit, 3 Bronze Stars, and 5 Meritorious Service Medals. Col. Winstead also received a senior parachutist badge with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft Bragg, NC.

Curtis loved the Lord and believed in leading like Christ, through love, and is described by many as a spiritual leader and a strong Christian example both at home and on the battlefield. Curtis was a dedicated husband and father; he was a friend, mentor, and leader to many, and was loved by all. Curtis enjoyed travel, adventure and the great outdoors; running, cycling, backpacking or dirt biking at every opportunity. Always an active man and goal setter, he worked hard and retired young. He purchased his dream property in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia with his wife, where he roasted coffee, raised cows and chickens and bees, and enjoyed a self-sufficient life.

Services will be held at Lobban Funeral Home Chapel at 1 p.m. on March 28, 2015, followed by interment in a family plot at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Alderson, WV, where full military honors will be conducted by Andrews AFB Honor Guard.

Friends may call at the funeral home between 12 noon and 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Christian Relief Fund ( and Wounded Warrior Project (

Joseph Edward Bekius, LTC retired USAF, 91, of Salem, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 after a battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born on December 24, 1923 in Grand Rapids Mich., to the late Joseph and Anna Bekius.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Ruth M. Bekius; infant son, Joseph Bekius; and three sisters, Margaret, Anna and Elizabeth.
He is survived by his wife of eight years, Donna W. Bekius; three daughters and their husbands, Janet and John Kinney, of West Palm Beach, Fla., Nancy and Jim Archer, of Salem, Va., and Sue and Ted Bloss, of Walden, Colo; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and additional family, Stan and Karen Boatwright, of Roanoke, and John and Donna McCallister, of Advance, N.C.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, March 9, 2015 at John M. Oakey & Son funeral home in Salem. Memorial Services will follow at 4 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests for donations to be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research; P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5041. Online condolences may be made by visiting

Gehred, Paul, Major USAF (Ret.), a man incapable of unkindness, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on February 21, 2015 at the age of 57, at his home in Dayton, OH. Paul, a meteorologist and solar scientist at AF Research Station, loved his family, friends, science, music, literature, cycling and the whole wide world with uncommon enthusiasm. Paul is survived by his wife Patti Gehred (nee Smith); his children Alison Paige Gehred (Mark Ingles) and Kathryn Irene Gehred; his mother-in-law Karen Smith, and by siblings, Stacey Gehred, Anne (Rick) Gehred Schultz, John (Ann) Gehred, Clare (Marco) Matranga, Larisa Gehred, Beth Gehred, Meg (Dean) Hoornaert, and Bob (Angie) Gehred; brother-in-law Todd (Tracey) Smith; twenty nieces and nephews; dozens of cousins; and much extended family and friends. He is predeceased by his parents, brothers Mike and Jim, father-in-law, Robert Smith, grandparents Anthony and Rose Ingrassia and Jerome and Rose Gehred. Paul was born in Milwaukee on July 20, 1957 to Thomas and Rita Gehred, the second of nine children. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1979 with a degree in Meteorology and worked as a high school science teacher until joining the United States Air Force in 1987. He received a master's degree in Space Physics from Utah State. He rose to rank of Major before retiring from the Air Force Weather Unit in 2006. He greatly enjoyed his post-retirement career as an atmospheric weather researcher at WPAFB. On November 13, 1982, he married the woman who had knocked him off of his feet, Patti. Together they raised two bright and beautiful daughters, who were the most important part of their lives. Paul was a devoted husband, and a singular character known for his unique perspective on the world; a trait that made him both an intuitive scientist, and a delight to spend time with. He shared his zest for life genuinely with everyone he met. He was love and light and will be sorely missed. Visitation will be held at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd. Kettering, OH on Thursday, February 26th from 4 – 7:00 p.m, with a Memorial Mass the following day, scheduled for 10 a.m. on February 27th at Queen of Apostles Church, 4435 E. Patterson Rd. Beavercreek, OH with Fr. Chris Wittmann officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Perl, Wolfgang Age 73 Survived by his wife of 50 years, Hannelore Perl of Bellevue, NE; son: Andrew Perl and wife Lisa, granddaughter, Megan Lamken and husband Mac, grandson, Zachary Perl and wife Britany, and grandson Christopher Perl, all of Blue Springs, MO; and son: Michael Perl and wife Ann, and grandsons, Matthew and Alex Perl all of Papillion, NE; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Irene and Karl-Heinz Hornikel; nieces, Christiane and Constanze, all of Germany; sister-in-law, Marion Perl of Boca Raton, FL; and many good friends. Wolfgang was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Irma Perl; and his brother Guenter Perl. A MEMORIAL Luncheon for Wolfgang will be at 1pm Saturday, January 17, at Bellevue Eagles Club, 209 W. Mission Ave. Donations to: Nebraska Humane Society; or Lydia House are preferred. CHAPEL OF MEMORIES 9001 Arbor Street #111

Luxner, Richard M., of Stow, MA, died on Dec. 24, 2014. Born in Newark, New Jersey on September 29, 1923 he was the son of the late George and Bertha (Fleisher) Luxner. During World War II, Mr. Luxner served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Sergeant with the 18th Weather Squadron supporting the 8th Air Force. He was a 1948 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and received his MLS from Rutgers University in 1968. He retired from his career as an area consultant in prospect research for development at various non-profits in the area. A 20 year Stow resident, for many years he tutored children in language arts at the Randall Library in Stow. Mr. Luxner was the producer, editor and publisher of Vapor Trails, the semi-annual publication of the Massachusetts Branch of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society. In addition to his wife Ann, he is survived by a son, Michael David Luxner and his wife Karla of Decatur, IL and their daughter Rebecca "Bec" Luxner; a daughter, Laurie Luxner Raisher and her husband Eric of North Merrick, LI, NY and their children Benjamin "Ben" and Susanne "Susie". He was also the brother of the late David "Dave" Luxner and his late wife Heidi of Manchester, VT and Uncle "R" of Bryn Wood and her husband Tom of Waban, MA and their children, Phoebe, Katie and Macy; and Alison Luxner and her husband Craig Keller of Newton Centre and their daughter Willa Keller. Service was held December 29th, 2014 at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Avenue, Bourne, MA. Donations in his memory may be made to Eighth Air Force Historical Society, P. O. Box 956, Pooler, GA 31322. For online guest book please visit

David Harold MacFiggen, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), died Friday, October 10, 2014 in Charlottesville, VA. Born in Erie, PA on August 21, 1925, he was the only son of the late David and Frieda Schmidt MacFiggen. In 1944 David joined the Navy where he served in the South Pacific during WWII as an aerographers mate analyzing meteorological data and developing weather forecasts for virtually any locale in the world. David furthered his military career after separation from the Navy by joining the Air Force. His Air Force career as a pilot and meteorologist was decorated by the Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal, Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal. David completed 50 combat missions. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1970. David’s aviation devotion originated at the age of 16 when he began flying. His passion for flight was passed to his children as he had each of his children learning to fly before they received their automobile driver’s licenses. David’s reverence for flight was noted as he became a fully rated pilot, pilot instructor, and aerobatic instructor. He also worked for the UVA Medical Center’s flight operations as the fixed wings Chief Pilot. He would continue to fly until the age of 75. David attended Syracuse University where he received his degree in physics. He married the love of his life, Jean Marie Dudley, on December 28, 1946. Together, David and Jean had three children: Debbie, David, and Dale. David retired from his civilian career from the General Electric Company in 1987 where he worked in international sales. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Shriners, AWA AFA and MOAA. David is survived by his wife, Jean, of 67 years; his daughter; Debbie Parmelee and husband Vic of Charlottesville; sons, Dale H. MacFiggen and wife Ella of Alabama and David D. MacFiggen of Ohio; daughter-in-law, Jan MacFiggen of California; grandsons James, Scott, and Jason MacFiggen of California, Daniel Parmelee of Charlottesville, and Brad MacFiggen of Alabama; and great-granddaughters, Lorelei MacFiggen of Alabama and Skylar MacFiggen of California. “Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wing along, and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air… And, while the silent lifting mind I’ve trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God.” A private service was held at Monticello Memory Gardens, Charlottesville, VA with full military honors. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in David’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Wintergreen Adaptive Sports, 11 Grassy Ridge, Roseland, VA 22967.

James Wayne “Jim” Reel, Sr., age 86, of Marion, has claimed the promise of Eternal Life and is now with his Lord and Savior, having cast off the burdens of this life for the Heavenly rewards he strove for on this side of eternity. He was in the loving company of his dear family on the evening of Wednesday, September 10, 2014 when he passed at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of McDowell County, Jim was born on February 2, 1928 to the late James Zed Reel and Bonnie Henline Reel, his biological mother who lost her life in childbirth. His second mother, Bertha Curtis Reel, who took him as her own to raise, came into his life when he was just a toddler and gave him much love and affection as she nurtured him into adulthood. He served his country nobly in the U. S. Army and also in the U. S. Air Force, where he was assigned to the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron known as the “Hurricane Hunters”. An avid reader, he was a lifelong scholar and absorbed knowledge with great ease. Jim enjoyed the fellowship of his Lodge brothers at the Marion Moose Lodge where he was a life member and also served as a former Governor. He was a true blue Tar Heels fan. A member of New Horizon Baptist Church, his Christian nature was exemplified in the way he showed his love for his beloved family and friends. His cherished wife, Annie Elizabeth Butner Reel, a daughter, Ruth Reel, and a brother, Dan Reel, preceded him in death. Jim leaves behind two children, Margaret Reel Roper and her husband Timmy and Jim Reel, Jr., all of Marion; a brother, Melvin Reel and his wife Carolyn of Marion; two sisters, Lucille Toney and her husband Carroll and Sarah Roper and her husband Gil, all of Marion; five grandchildren, Jamie Reel and his love Sarah of Las Vegas, NV, Jonathan Reel and his wife Caroline of Morganton, Josh Hardin and his wife Crystal of Marion, Bryan Radford and his wife Nina of Union Mills and Tina Stevens and her husband Scotty of New Orleans, LA; and eight great-grandchildren, Hannah, Zane, Cherish, Acacia, Katelyn, Liam, Tanner and Lauryn. He also leaves his beloved canine companion, Princess. A service in celebration of his life was held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion with the Rev. Ray Davis officiating. Burial, with military rites rendered by the U. S. Air Force, will follow in the Bethlehem Community Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County at PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. The family wishes to extend special thanks for the professional and loving care that was given to Jim during the time he spent at Hospice House of Rutherford County.

Richard A. Wohlman. The much loved Richard Arthur "Rick" Wohlman went home to the Lord on Friday, May 9, 2014. He was born on September 22, 1952 to the late Marion Schaffrick Wohlman and Richard L. Wohlman. He leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Patricia (Peterson) Wohlman; son, Richard Jackson (Katie) Wohlman; daughters, Kelly Dean (Eric) Pilarczyk, Kayce (Nate) Keane; sister, Debra (James) Hendryx; and precious grandchildren, Jackson Wohlman and Penelope Pilarczyk. Rick attended the United States Air Force Academy and then served his country as an aerial weather reconnaissance officer, chasing typhoons in the Pacific and hurricanes in the Atlantic. He received a distinguished service award for locating a crippled 47ft. sailboat with 6 souls aboard in the Pacific during Supertyphoon Tip, when the ship lost communications. All aboard were successfully rescued. His adventures took him to North Carolina where he taught classes at a university, Huntsville, Alabama where he worked for NASA and finally retiring to Parker, Colorado where he worked as a real estate broker with his wife Patricia. Rick loved airplanes, the mountains and politics. But most of all he loved his family. He will be deeply missed. Service and interment were held Friday, May 23, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Jenny L. Mazzella of Colorado Springs, CO and wife of CMSgt John Mazzella USAF (Ret.) died on 18 August 2013. She was born on 18 December 1921 in Bavaria, Germany to Franz and Anna Mueller. An only child, she attended both formal and vocational schools. Upon coming to the United States in 1950 she enjoyed working in women's wear at various department stores for many years. Jenny married Air Force SSgt E. John Mazzella June 17, 1950 in her hometown. She enjoyed the next 26 years of Air Force life both in Germany and in the United States. Proudly, she became a US citizen in 1953. Traveling was a priority. Among the high points was walking the streets of Helsinki, Finland during the June midnight sun, then going on to Stalingrad and Moscow, Soviet Union, in 1974. No matter where she lived, Jenny enjoyed walking the family dogs throughout the neighborhood. Though she played Bridge, she was an "expert" Canasta player, "sandbagging" John again and again. She was an excellent teller of jokes. No matter where stationed, the couple enjoyed ballroom dancing, often dancing three or more times a week. Costume balls were at the top of their list. For Jenny, voluntarism was the heart-warming thing to do, it gave her a lift. On several air bases she joined the NCO Wives Club, holding varied positions and received awards for good work. Here in Colorado Springs Jenny and John often cooked for the weekend dinner dances at VFW Post 4051. Several times on New Years Eve the couple cooked dinner for 235 members and guests and then dance the night away. She did this until her illness started in 2000. The Mazzella's recently celebrated their 63rd anniversary. They have a daughter, Carmen Jennings of Elizabeth, CO, two grandchildren, Cari and Jamice. Cari lives in Fort Collins with Jenny's great-grandchildren, Collin and Kassidi. Jamice lives in Nashville with Jenny's great-grandchildren Devin, Faith and Grace. Jenny will be missed by relatives and her many friends throughout the USA and Germany. The family wishes to thank the Life Care Center of Colorado Springs, and Interim Home Hospice for the very good care and compassion they gave to Jenny and her family. Memorial services were held at VFW Post 4051, 430 E. Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs. The family suggests donations be made in Jenny's name to Alzheimer's Association , 2315 Bott Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 or to the Humane Society of Colorado Springs, 610 Abbott Lane, Colorado Springs, CO 80905.

Crowe, Lorraine Geraldine Bitz, age 90, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2013. She was born October 5, 1922 in Brady MT. Lorraine graduated from Brady High School in 1939 as Valedictorian. She received a Civil Service appointment to the Veterans Administration in Washington, DC. In 1944 Lorraine enlisted in the WACS and served as secretary to the colonel, chief of the War Crimes Group in Wiesbaden, Germany, earning a Bronze Star. Following her military service, she was secretary to the General Manager of American Fruit Growers in Los Angeles, CA. In California, she met Herbert C. Crowe and they were married on July 19, 1952. They lived in Great Falls, MT, Minneapolis, MN, Cincinnati, OH, and ended up in Dallas, TX in 1971. Lorraine was interested in oil painting and water color and was an avid bridge player and teacher as well as being a voracious reader. She received her Associate's Degree in 1983, showing a lifelong love of learning. Lorraine is preceded in death by her parents, Sebastian and Sophia Bitz; her brother, Melvin Bitz; her sister, Leona Fuhrer and her son-in-law, Don Armstrong. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Herbert Crowe (veteran of AWS and an AWA member); daughter, Yvonne Armstrong; son, Jeff Crowe; sister, Katherine Forsman; nieces, Connie Skiftun and Thelma McKay (Norlis); nephews, David Forsman (Gay) and Richard Fuhrer (Judy); and many great nieces and nephews. Services were held Thursday, January 10 at 12:30 in the Wildwood Chapel at Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery, 9920 Restland Road, Dallas TX. Memorials may be made to the Greater Lakewood Shepherd Center, 6306 Kenwood Ave, Dallas, TX 75214.

Donald R. Hawkes passed away on July 10, 2013, at age 93 in Victor, NY. He was predeceased by his son, Thomas. Donald is survived by his wife, Madeleine; son, John (Donna) of Fairport; and grandchildren, Emmett and Maddy Hawkes. He was an Air Weather Association member, a retired National Weather Service meteorologist, and a proud former Eighth Air Force Weather Observer (he served in England in World War II). Donald's funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick's Church, 115 Maple Ave., Victor, NY. Interment was in St. Patrick's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Thomas Hawkes Memorial Scholarship, c/o Victor Central School, 953 High St., Victor, NY 14564.

Boudreau, Robert D. (1931 - 2012). Robert was born on March 9, 1931 in North Adams, MA and died on March 2, 2012 in Wheat Ridge, CO. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran meteorologist, Metropolitan State College-Denver Emeritus Professor, devotee of música de romance, avid golfer and held multiple FAA ratings including ATP and was fluent in Spanish. Teaching, even in death, Robert has donated his body to The Anatomical Board of the State of Colorado. He is survived by his wife Sharon Shin of Denver; daughters Spring Propst of Harrisburg, VA; Dawn (Robert) Thresher of Aberdeen, MD; son Aaron Boudreau of Westminster, CO; sister Annette Boschetti of Fort Lauderdale, FL; aunt Lola Madsen of Wichita Falls, TX; and nieces, nephews, cousins and beloved friends everywhere. Donations in Robert's name may be made to the Disabled American Veterans at or First Tee, a youth golf organization, at

Richard ‘Dick’ Royal Hoopes, (MSgt/GM14) 76, passed away early on June 18th, 2006 Father’s Day morning in his sleep at home by his wife’s side. He succumbed to esophageal cancer. He was born June 11th, 1930 to Eldridge and Mary Hoopes in Ventnor City, near Atlantic City, New Jersey. He was the youngest of three boys: eldest Harry and middle brother Tom. He graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1948, and joined the US Air Force. In the service, in part inspired by his brother Tom’s work as a meteorologist, he studied meteorology at The University of Oklahoma. He was then stationed in Greenland and in London, UK, as a weather observer. While in London, he met his Finnish bride Talvikki ‘Taija' Lindell and married her there in 1952. He left the Air Force and completed his degree in meteorology at Florida State University in Tallahassee, in 1960. Richard then took his young family to Shannon, Ireland for three years, where he was a meteorologist for the Irish Meteorological Service, on loan from the US National Weather Service. The family had a wonderful time there enjoying the friendly Irish and their beautiful green country. His career included assignments with National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, twice in Alaska, for a total of twenty six years. We lived in Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage. Alaska was a great adventure for him. Dick flew his Cessna for pleasure and work all over the state. He was a founding member and President of the Interior and Arctic Alaska Aeronautical Foundation, which built the Alaskaland Pioneer Air Museum in Fairbanks. In 1992 he was instrumental in organizing and coordinating the historic first ever visit to the United States (to Fairbanks, Alaska) of the Russian Knights, a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet demonstration team. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol performing many search missions looking for lost aircraft. Richard was an active member of the Fairbanks Rotary Club and a lifelong member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He work also took our family back to Europe, to Frankfurt, Germany, for a seven year extended assignment for the Air Force. From there the family enjoyed many summer vacations in Mom’s homeland of Finland. Richard retired as the Deputy Meteorologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service, Alaska Northern Region, in 1995. Richard and Taija then moved to Salinas, California were they lived, since 1997. He enjoyed boating, fishing and leadership in the local Air Force Association chapter, as well as active participation with the Quiet Birdmen club. Dick was president of the Bay Area Mercedes Club. He was a very patriotic American and instilled in his sons a respect and love for Finland as well. He taught us how to drive, sail and fly, and took us camping and on wonderful travels across Alaska, Canada, the US and Europe. Richard loved classical music, had a great voice of his own, was an avid photographer, and was a racing and rallying enthusiast. He inspired son Erik to achieve numerous motocross and car racing championships. He was a wonderful Dad and devoted husband for over fifty one years. Richard leaves a legacy of great integrity, honesty, and a love of adventure. He never shied away from taking the road less traveled. He leaves behind his wife Taija; sons Kaarl, Rick, Erik and Mark, brothers Harry and Tom, daughters-in-law Karen, Barbara, Scherri and Karen, grandchildren Kris, Carl, Rick, Talvi, Ryan, Erik, Shannon and Erika; and two great-grandsons Elijah and Daniel, as well as extended family in Finland and friends all over the world. We miss you, our beloved Dad and Husband! A celebration of his life was held at Cypress Community Church, Salinas on Saturday June 24th, 2006.

Joseph Michael Kovac, Jr., Major, USAF (Retired), passed on January 5, 2015 in Colorado Springs, CO. He was born March 26, 1935 in Latrobe, PA, son of Joseph and Margaret Kovac. After graduation from Derry Township HS in 1951, Joe enlisted in the Air Force as a meteorologist. He joined the Army of Occupation in Germany and later transferred to England, where he married Janet Mary Westnutt. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and commanded weather stations in the US, Turkey and Thailand and retired from NORAD Headquarters in 1978. He ran the weather station in Thule, Greenland. He oversaw the construction of Denver International Airport. He served on the staff of the Lions Camp, and was a Melvin Jones Fellow of Lions Club International. His love of airplanes was seen through his construction of model airplanes and his talks to schools. At the National British Wives Reunion, he donated B-17 models of "the Memphis Belle", and his riveting talk put you in the cockpit for that final combat mission. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association. He is survived by his wife Janet of 60 years, children Karen and Neil, their spouses, Jean Michel and Charity, grandchildren David, Bryan, Ian and Austin, great grandchildren Logan and Wyatt, and his sister, Rose Marie Kovac of Greensburg, PA., and many nieces and nephews. A memorial ceremony with full military honors will be held at Mountain View Mortuary, 2350 Montebello Square Drive, Colorado Springs, CO., at 1pm, on Tuesday, January 13. Family flowers only. Donations to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. The family would like to give special thanks to the Penrose Hospital medical staff to include Doctors Adams, Murk, Mitchell, Hammers and Call.

Mary Sandra “Sandy” Harra, nee Austin, 73, of Trenton, died Thursday, January 1, 2015 at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, IN. Mrs. Harra was born April 16, 1941 in Evansville, IN to Hubert and Mary (Shrote) Austin; they preceded her in death. She married William Harra on July 29, 1961 in Kansas City, MO; he preceded her in death on January 26, 2013. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a brother, James A. Austin; a sister, Barbara D. Bullderback; and a brother-in-law, Norman Bullderback. Surviving is a daughter, Angela (Jon) Hensley of Indianapolis, IN; 2 grandchildren, Austin William Hensley and Samantha Nicole Hensley; and sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Peggy Austin of Evansville, IN and Una (George) Brzon of Prairie Village, KS. Sandy retired from performing data entry at Scott Air Force Base. Funeral Service will be Monday, January 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton. Interment will follow in Trenton, Cemetery, Trenton, IL. Visitation will be Sunday, January 4, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and again on Monday, January 5, 2015 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton. Memorials can be made to the donor’s choice and will be received at the funeral home.

Charles F. van Rossum, captain USAF (retired), 66, of Lincoln, passed peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 surrounded by his family. Born Sept. 18, 1948 in Surabaya, Indonesia to Pieter and Lydia van Rossum, he was the oldest of four sons. Chuck spent his childhood in Holland and then in 1960 the family immigrated to Boston. After serving 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, Chuck began working as a university administrator. He moved to Lincoln with his family in 1997 and worked at UNL until having to medically retire in 2007. Chuck was a compassionate man with a strong faith and deep sense of service. He served as a mentor to many and took pride in serving students towards accepting diversity and bridging U.S. and international students. Chuck is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carol Thorp van Rossum; daughter, Natalie (Rory) O'Connell of Joliet, Ill.; daughter, Kira van Rossum (Gabrial Bencker) of Omaha; grandchildren, Kyler and Karli O'Connell, and Liam Bencker. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Lincoln Community Foundation, 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 100, Lincoln, NE 68508; designated to "The van Rossum Fund for Youth Education and Leadership." Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, at Saint Paul UMC in Lincoln. Chuck will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Clinton, Ill. Condolences online at

Retired Lt .Col. Ralph Richmond Ruyle, Jr. age 91 of Fort Walton Beach, Florida passed away December 12, 2014 at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. Mr. Ruyle was born October 24, 1923 in Randsburg, California to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Richmond Ruyle, Sr. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church having served as a deacon and elder in the church. He loved crossword puzzles, fishing and piloting glider planes. He was a volunteer at the VA Center and was a member of MENSA. He received his degree from UCLA in Meteorology and Mathematics. His true love, other than Libby, was the pursuit of knowledge and tutoring young people.
Predeceased by his parents and four children; Eric, A.J., Bobby and Herman A., he was survived by his wife of 58 years, Mrs. Elizabeth (Libby) Ruyle of Fort Walton Beach, two brothers, Adriane Ruyle and Dr. Eugene Ruyle, and one special niece, Janny Morgan all of whom reside in California.
A memorial service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Ralph was a WB-50 pilot and AWS meteorologist during his long USAF career. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association and the Air Weather Reconnaissance Association and held many volunteer positions in the AWRA.   He was still serving as the AWRA Chairman of the Board of Directors at the time of his death.   
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Colonel Walter Marvin Dale (Retired Air Force), age 82, of Troy, MO, passed from this world into the heavenly kingdom on November 4, 2014. He was born on January 16, 1932 in Memphis, Tennessee, and lived in Houston, Texas until enlisting in the United Stated Air Force in 1952. He married Anne Lee Brewer in 1953. Colonel Dale quickly moved through the ranks becoming an distinguished pilot and leader. As a 1st Lieutenant, he became a member of the Mach Buster’s Club in 1954 after exceeding the speed of sound in a F-100 Super Sabre. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Meteorology in 1968. Major Dale was awarded the Air Medal (7th Oak Leaf Cluster) in 1969 for safely diverting and landing a C-130B cargo plane exposed to a hostile rocket attack in Vietnam. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1970 for safely landing a C-130B Aircraft after an engine became engulfed in flames. Lt. Colonel Dale received the Air Force Commendation Medal in 1973 for his accomplishments with global weather support at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Colonel Dale was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 1976 for his contributions of pioneering a concept of enhanced and effective communications of weather conditions to the Army troops. Colonel Dale was awarded the Legion in Merit in 1979 for exceptionally meritorious conduct and outstanding contributions in designing an entirely new computer simulation model to upgrade the analog weather facsimile system to a digitized high speed facsimile system. Colonel Dale retired in 1979 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Colonel Dale moved to the mountains of Colorado where he designed and built the first Solar Envelope Home in that state with no auxiliary heat. He was a talented musician, singer, and song-writer. He wrote over 50 Christian songs and traveled to churches spreading God’s love through his music. He was greatly saddened by the loss of his beloved wife, Anne, in 2010 when she went to heaven. Colonel Dale moved to Troy, Missouri in 2011 and became active in the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as District Chaplain. He attended several churches in the area and desired to be used of God in any way. He was a loving husband and father and will be greatly missed. Colonel Dale is survived by his son, James Dale, and daughters JoAnne Ramsey, Nancy Harris, and Natalie Dale. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Colonel Dale is also survived by his wife, Carry Jane Dale, whom he married in 2013, and stepson William Thomas Webb.

A visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Troy, MO. A memorial service will also be held on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at 11:30 a.m., at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Troy. Rev. Mike Ryan to officiate. Interment to follow in National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks, MO with full military honors. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association c/o McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1304 Boone Street, Troy, MO, 63379, 636-528-8244. Family and friends are invited to sign our guest book at:

William Lewis, Lt. Col. USAF (Retired), 94 of Melbourne, Florida, passed away peacefully in his sleep on 11/10/2014. He was born in Atlantic City, NJ, on April 15, 1920 and he cherished the beach, the ocean, and the back bays of his beloved South Jersey. He spent his summers there and so enjoyed the ocean that he became an accomplished body surfer, a passion that he continued to do with his sons into his early 90s! In the offseason, he played sandlot baseball near the beach and football on it with his many local friends. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1942 with a degree in chemistry which would subsequently lead him to an amazing career as an Air Force Meteorologist. He began his Air Force career enlisting in the USAAF in 1942 as an aviation cadet. He was trained as an aerial navigator and served in the CBI Theater "flying the hump" with a B-24 Bomber Group flying 50 missions over Burma (Myanmar) and Siam (Thailand). He left the service in 1945 but was recalled in 1947 and sent to MIT to train to become a meteorologist in the newly formed US Air Force. He then became a B-29 weather observer and was posted in Bermuda from 1948 -1951 where he became one of the original Hurricane Hunters flying weather reconnaissance missions into Atlantic Hurricanes to provide data for early storm warnings. While serving in Bermuda he was put on detached service to Wiesbaden, Germany, to support weather reconnaissance for the Berlin Air Lift. In 1951 he returned to MIT and received a Masters in Meteorology which led to his assignment to the Joint Numerical Weather Prediction Unit near Washington DC from 1952 - 1957 which was the first organization to make weather forecasts using electronic computers. In 1957, he was transferred to a Forecast Center in Morocco which provided forecasts to B-47 Cold War alert units and in 1958 he was assigned to Torrejon Air Base near Madrid, Spain, and as Commander of the Forecast Center he helped to establish support for Cold War operations from bases in Spain. In 1960 he was transferred to Offutt AFB, near Omaha Nebraska, where he was a consultant for Strategic Air Command weather units. Four years later, his final USAF assignment took him back home to the FAA Technical Center near Atlantic City where he directed instrumented aircraft into thunderstorms while taking simultaneous radar data. This was part of the NEXRAD project to provide air turbulence forecasts for aircraft from ground radar data alone which was a precursor of today's sophisticated weather forecasting systems. He retired from active duty in 1968 but continued with the FAA as a Research Meteorologist until he retired in 1984.

On the personal side, he married his beloved green eyed wife and perfect partner Constance (Connie) Marshall in 1946. They had 3 children, Susan L. Bolitho of Anthem, Az. Peter "Lips" Lewis of Nosara, Costa Rica, and Paul R. Lewis of Melbourne, Florida. Bill and Connie moved to Melbourne, Fl in 1990 becoming members of Indian River Colony Club, a retirement community for military officers, where they became very proficient square dancers and Bill developed an affinity for good beer. Bill's beloved Connie passed away from Alzheimer's disease in 2011 after 65 wonderful years of marriage. Bill's journey through life took him from the Roaring 20's days of Prohibition and bootlegging along the shores of South Jersey through the Great Depression into World War II and then through the Cold War yet he liked to often say that next to the late NY Yankee legend Lou Gehrig that he was the 2nd luckiest man on the face of the earth for marrying his best friend and lifelong partner Connie and for having such a wonderful life with her and their children. Bill is survived by their 3 children, 6 grand children, and his 7 great grand children who rise up to honor him. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to The IRCC Foundation at 1936 Freedom Drive, Melbourne, Fl 32940 or to a charity of your choice . Col. Lewis will be cremated and his remains, along with those of his beloved Connie, will be mixed and distributed in locations near and dear to both of their hearts. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, November 24th at The Life Event Center at Florida Memorial, 5950 South US Hwy 1, Rockledge, Fl, 32955. - See more at:

Donald R. Hawkes passed away on July 10, 2013, at age 93. He was predeceased by his son, Thomas. Donald is survived by his wife, Madeleine; son, John (Donna) of Fairport; and grandchildren, Emmett and Maddy Hawkes. Donald's funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 115 Maple Ave., Victor. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Thomas Hawkes Memorial Scholarship, c/o Victor Central School, 953 High St., Victor, NY 14564. Arrangements are by Jarmusz Cotton Funeral Home, Victor.

Richard T. McQuown, 41 of New Cumberland, passed away Saturday, November 1, 2014. Mr. McQuown was born July 29, 1973 in Punxsutawney, a son of Thomas B. McQuown of Punxsutawney and Sheila M. (Hoffer) McQuown and Thomas Murphy of Weedville. He was a veteran of the US Air Force during the Iraq War. Rich was a 1991 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School, a 1996 graduate of IUP where he received his BS in Regional Planning and was a member of Theta Chi and earned his Masters in Environmental Science from Shippensburg University. He was an Environmental Planner in the Airport Engineering & Planning Division at PennDot for 11 1/2 years. Richard loved the outdoors and kayaking, reading, politics and most of all his two nieces. In addition to his parents he is survived by a sister; Christine Phillips and husband Andy of Westerville, OH., his aunts and uncles; Mary Jo Bush and husband Tom, Cheryl Mussleman, Sharon Smith and husband Pete all of Punxsutawney and Shelley Niver and husband John of Big Run, two nieces; Abigail and Caroline Phillips of Westerville, OH., and several cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Richard T. and Lillian (Bleich) McQuown, George and Shirley (Keller) Hoffer, his aunt; Deanne Bosak and uncle; Wayne Hoffer. Friends will be received from 6-8 pm Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the McCabe Funeral home in Punxsutawney. A funeral service will be held at 11 am Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Kyle Yates officiating. Interment will be private for family. Online condolences may be made at

Donald Samuel McReynolds
passed away on October 26, 2014. He was born on March 11, 1918 on the family cattle ranch north of Montrose, CO. His parents were John Micajahia McReynolds and Nellie Rose Young. He graduated from Canyon City High School in 1937 and attended Denver University. In Denver he met the love of his life, Lois June Schaefer. They married in 1942 and had three daughters, Jean, Judy, and Rosalee. Don and Lois raised their daughters in Louisiana, Japan, Greenland, and Kansas during his over 20-year career in the US Air Force. Lois passed away in 1998 and his daughter Rosalee died in 2003. Don joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and went to North Africa as a navigator in a B-25 bomber. He flew 48 combat missions and returned to Louisiana in 1943 to train other air crews. During the Korean War he served as a weatherman, forecasting weather for air strikes into North Korea. He received the Bronze Star and Air Medal among other decorations. Don retired from the Air Force in 1964 and returned to Denver. He and Lois were long-time volunteers at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He was an avid (if not proficient) golfer and fisherman. Don is survived by his daughters; Jean and Judy; three grandchildren; Suzi, Amber and Stephany; and five great-grandchildren; Madison, Cecilia, McKenzie, Owen and Wyatt. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1270 Poplar St, Denver, CO, on Thursday, October 30 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Luke's Episcopal Church Outreach Program or The Denver Dumb Friends League.

James Anthony DeGiovanni was born on December 16, 1934 in the small town of Roanoke, Illinois to Aldina and James "Red" DeGiovanni. Jim attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where he received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. He joined the United States Air Force after earning his degree.
James met his wife, Constance Ann Foster, on a blind date when he was stationed at Custer Air Force Station in Battle Creek, MI. They were wed on September 7, 1963. The two left Michigan and headed to Madison, Wisconsin where James earned a Master's Degree in Meteorology at the University of Wisconsin. The couple had three children - Catherine, James, and Mary. The family lived in the Philippines, Seoul Korea, Nebraska, and Illinois.
After serving his country for 22 years, Jim retired and began a second career in Colorado working for Lockheed Martin as an Aerospace Engineer. James worked at Martin for 18 years.
During this time, his family blossomed as he welcomed two son-in-laws – Thomas Price (husband of Catherine) and Michael Rybarczyk (husband of Mary ) and a daughter-in-law Keirsy Sealock (wife of Jimmy). A loving grandfather, James had 5 grandchildren: Erika (age 24) and Matt (age 21) Price, Garrett (age 20) and Nicholas (age 17) Rybarczyk, and Alex DeGiovanni (age 8). James is survived by his brothers, Joe Degiovanni (Jane) and Tony Degiovanni (Marion); sisters, MaryJo Short (the late Richard), Betty Degiovanni, Theresa Elwood (Bill), and Margaret Cassidy (Bob).
James enjoyed traveling the world, photography, playing bridge, skiing, fishing, riding rollercoasters, watching and participating in sports, and meeting culturally diverse people.
James Anthony lost his battle with Parkinson's disease and died at home on October 19, 2014. He will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew him as he was truly an amazing man

Lois Estelle Harsh (nee Sheaffer), beloved wife and mother passed away peacefully from this physical life on October 1, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, She was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on March 28,1926 the only child of Herbert and Mary Sheaffer. Lois graduated from Paradise High School in 1944 and from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education in 1948. She taught vocal music at Penn Manor High School, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and several grade schools from 1948 to 1958. While at Penn Manor, she directed the Glee Club and Girls Chorus. Her musicians performed annual Christmas Concerts and operettas both of which were attended by hundreds of students and families. In 1957, she married Lieutenant Eugene Harsh, USAF, and in 1958 accompanied him to an assignment at Niagara Falls, New York. She taught vocal music in North Tonawanda, New York schools until 1960 when their first son Douglas was born in Buffalo, New York. A second Son Jeffrey was born in 1964 in Colorado Springs. In the following years she accompanied her husband to Air Force assignments at The Pennsylvania State University and in Colorado, Mississippi, Alabama, Republic of the Philippines, and Nebraska. Her deep love of music led her to participate in church choirs at every location. In Colorado Springs, Lois sang with the First Presbyterian Church choir for 35 years and made many friends who respected her kind, loving spirit. She was a First Presbyterian Church Deacon and taught children's Sunday school classes. Throughout her life, music was her joy through which she witnessed her faith. Lois leaves behind devoted husband, Eugene Harsh of 57 years and loving son Jeffrey Harsh. She was preceded in death by son, Douglas Harsh, and parents Herbert and Mary Sheaffer. Visitation will take place Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Swan-Law Funeral Directors, 501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 Hancock Expressway, Colorado Springs. A Memorial Service is scheduled for Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 219 East Bijou Street, Colorado Springs followed by a reception in the church Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church Music Ministries or the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region

Carol Ann (Albert) Klein,
age 67, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend, passed away quietly on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at her home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Carol Albert Klein was born on July 5, 1947 in San Angelo, Texas and lived in many places as a military daughter and then military wife, from Japan to California, from Washington DC to Hawaii. She was passionate about travel and loved to visit friends and family all across the globe. She graduated from Cooper HS in Abilene, TX and attended Texas Tech University and Washburn University. She was a professional travel agent working in Virginia, Nebraska, Colorado, and Hawaii. She was an accomplished bridge player, enjoyed dancing and travel, and commanded a dazzling array of card tricks.
Carol is survived by her husband of 47 years, Colonel (Ret) Thomas Kelly Klein, USAF; her four children Karen Elizabeth Heinzle , Katherine Ann Brady, Kristina Noel Klein, and Thomas Kelly Klein, Jr.; her three grandchildren Ryan Brady, Logan Brady, and Thomas Kelly Klein III; her brother Thomas W. Albert, and a loving extended family. She is predeceased by her parents Lt Col (Ret) Warren Charles (Bud) Albert and Maxine Imogene (Tweedle) Albert, and her brother, Johnny Albert.
There will be a private service on Saturday, September 27, followed by a small reception. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service with family and friends is planned for 8 November 2014.
Memorial contributions may be made in Carol’s name to the Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation

LARRY K. GILCHRIST, Major USAF (Ret.) (1937-2014)
Larry was born November 10, 1937 in Freeport, IL, the son of Leslie and Virginia Gilchrist and passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014 in Norman, OK. He graduated from Freeport, IL High School in 1955, Knox College, IL in 1959 with a degree in Mathematics, Texas A&M, TX in 1973 with a Master's degree in Meteorology and the University of Oklahoma in 1997 with a Master's degree in Mathematics. He was united in marriage to Nadine A. Ehlers June 3, 1962 in Lahoma, OK at Zion Lutheran Church. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Norman.
Larry served in the United States Air Force for 20 years where he was a meteorologist and instructor. He was stationed at Mt. Home Air Force Base, ID; Vietnam, where he served as a Detachment Commander; Bryan, TX; Chanute Air Force Base, IL; Scott Air Force Base, IL; Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany; and Tinker Air Force Base, Midwest City, OK. During his service he graduated from several military schools including National Security Management, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. He also received The Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service and a Bronze Star for distinguishing himself my meritorious service as chief Forecaster and Detachment Commander in Vietnam while engaged in support of air and ground operations against an opposing armed force. During these periods, while exposed to the constant threat of hostile fire, he established and maintained a very vital weather service in support of military operations. He demonstrated outstanding planning ability, versatility and managerial techniques. Larry retired as a Major in 1982.
Larry also taught at Phillips University, Oklahoma State University, Rose State College and the University of Oklahoma. He was a member Pi Mu Epsilon, an honor society for mathematics and Chi Epsilon Pi, an honor society for meteorology.
He was a member of the American Volksport Association and has volksmarched in places around Europe, the United States, and 77 counties of Oklahoma. He was also a member of the Air Weather Association.
Survivors include his wife, Nadine; daughter Leda of Norman; and son Carl of Oklahoma City.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Larry's name for a pipe organ, may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church at 603 Classen Boulevard, Norman, OK 73071.
Online condolences may be left at

Colonel Castor (Cas) Mendez-Vigo, Jr., 83, of Columbus, GA died Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Midtown Medical Center.
Graveside Services will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Ft. Benning Main Post Cemetery according to McMullen Funeral Home, 3874 Gentian Blvd. Columbus, GA 31907.
Colonel Castor (Cas) Mendez-Vigo, Jr. was born in Tampa, Fl (Ybor City) to Castor and Luisa Mendez-Vigo, immigrants from Spain and Cuba October 24, 1931. He was the last surviving child of their 5 children. He attended Ybor Elementary School, Washington Jr. High as well as Jefferson High School, all in Tampa. In his senior year he won the prestigious Florida State Medal for Mathematics. During high school he was a member of the band, playing trumpet and later went on to play French horn with the Tampa Symphony Orchestra. Cas received his Bachelors of Arts in mathematics from The University of Florida in 1952 and a Masters of Meteorology from Florida State University in 1959. He entered the US Air Force in 1952 and rose to the rank of full colonel, retiring after 26 years of service. During his Air Force career he served our country in the Vietnam War and held numerous positions. He was one of the world’s early meteorological satellite researchers. His final duty assignment was that of Deputy Chief of Staff for Automation for Military Airlift Command. He was awarded numerous medals and citations for his service including; The Bronze Star and The Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, The Airmen’s Medal, First Class twice (from Spain and South Vietnam ) to name a few. During Cas’ military career he was also an adjunct mathematics professor at several US universities.
Following retirement Cas went on to work for Harris Corporation where he led a team of over 280 software engineers developing state of the art software for the defense sector. Cas retired from Harris after 15 years. During his retirement he volunteered for the American Red Cross as well as Project Emeritus at Patrick AFB. He received numerous awards and citations for his volunteer work. In 2004 Cas relocated to Columbus, GA where he resided until his passing. He was actively involved in The First Presbyterian Church of Columbus as well as helping Spring Harbor residents with computer issues and training.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Ida (Gijon), 3 children, sons Dr. Mark (Pam) and Dr. Luke (Tracy), and daughter Ava, as well as 6 grand children and 5 great grand children.

John MaduraJohn Madura was called home by our Lord Jesus Christ on August 14, 2014. Born in Inglewood, CA, on November 19, 1942, he was the son of Virginia Madura and the late Ted Madura of Cerritos, CA. He is survived by his daughter, Tiffany Madura and her partner Richard Toro, Jenna Madura former wife of 38 years and mother to Tiffany, sister, Marilyn Ruzicka, brothers, Tim, Robert, and James Madura, and many loving cousins.

John attended St. Francis Cabrini grade school and Mt. Carmel High School. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor in Physics and was in the ROTC program. John received a Masters Degree from USC in International Relations and a Masters Degree from University of Michigan in Meteorology. He did post graduate work at UCLA John retired from the United States Air Force after 29 years as a Colonel. He had tours in England, Viet Nam, Thailand, Ohio, Michigan, California, Alabama, New Hampshire, Illinois, Texas, Nebraska, and then Florida as part of Space Shuttle Program.
 John then went to work for NASA in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center in 1993 as Chief of Liaison Office. It included the Kennedy Weather Office and NASA/Air Force Management Office (NAMO) for the last 21 years. This provided the weather support for the Shuttle Program and the NASA payload launches. John was very active in the Catholic Churches in the areas where he lived. John was a member of of the Knights of Columbus. John was very active with the Pro Life community, volunteered at Hospice, help in the "Run for Life" and many other great causes.

John received many awards for his service in the Air Force and NASA. John received NASA's Distinguished Service Medal, the highest recognition awarded to a government employee who by distinguished service, ability, or vision, has personally contributed to NASA's advancement of United States interests. He also was awarded the Silver Achievement Medal. John was a member of the American Meteorological Society, The National Weather Association, Retired Officers Association and many other groups.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Services will be held Monday, August 25th at 10:30 a.m. with internment and reception to follow at Our Savior Catholic Church, Cocoa Beach. You may sign John's guestbook at

Colonel Eugene D. Wallace, USAF Ret., passed away at the age of 94 on the morning of May 4th 2014 in his Laguna Beach home with his family at his side.
He is survived by his sister, Lavinia Carlton, his four daughters Linda Wallace, Fran Wallace, Janet Schafer and Barbara Jensen, his seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his three brothers, Neil, Gordon and Rollin Wallace. Also preceding him was his true love and devoted partner in life Eileen Wallace, his infant daughter Ann Elizabeth, and beloved sons Kendall Eugene and Scott Alan Wallace. Kendall graduated from USC and entered the Air Force. In 1981 at age 25 he was on a low altitude training flight in Colorado when his B-52 crashed killing all eight members of the crew. Three weeks later his younger brother Scott died in an off-road motorcycle accident.
"Gene" was born in July of 1919 in Toppenish, Washington, the second son of Herman and Mae Wallace who managed an apple growing business. The family relocated to Southern California and in the following two decades he and his siblings experienced an evolving and fascinating Los Angeles. The hallmarks of hard work, kindness, accountability, sense of adventure, and love of learning that so identified him in later years were established then. As a kid he sold papers in the streets of Los Angeles, prospected for gold in his father's mining claim, built a home-made hot air balloon with his brothers.
Captivated by the concept of flight, he and a few of his Los Angeles City College classmates (among them Gene Roddenberry) formed an aero club. He earned a private pilot's license in 1940 at the age of 21. In the spring of 1941 he entered the Army Air Corps Flying Cadet program and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant pilot. His 22nd Bomb Group was given "Go to War" orders the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. They deployed to Australia and commenced bombing runs against the Japanese held islands of New Guinea. On May 24th, 1942 he co-piloted a low level air attack on the bomber base at Rabaul, New Britain Island. His two engine B-26 Marauder aircraft was damaged by ground fire resulting in a nearby water crash landing. The crew of eight was declared "missing in action" for the next ten months. Two died in the water landing; two others evaded capture for three months until captured by hostile natives and executed by the Japanese; one died of hunger and sickness in the jungle. Col. Wallace and two others were rescued at night by a heroic Australian Catalina seaplane crew March 25, 1943 despite the presence of nearby Japanese troops. Gene received three combat medals: the Silver Star, the Soldier's Medal and a Purple Heart.
Suffering from the ill effects of living in such harsh circumstances he was hospitalized intermittently from 1943 to 1945 at Santa Ana Army Air Base in California. During this period he was assigned to promote the war effort. As an early returnee from combat he gave many talks at war industrial plants to encourage full production and was a "war orientation" lecturer and flight safety officer. On temporary duty at 20th Century Fox he functioned as the technical advisor for the film "Purple Heart". He was selected as commanding officer of Women Army Corps (WAC) recruiting units for Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the San Fernando Valley areas. Health regained, smiling images of young Capt. Wallace were used in public relations brochures. His biggest smiles, however, were reserved for a somewhat shy, sweet natured, pretty blonde girl from Upland, CA. He had met Eileen Kendall while training as a cadet. She had written him steadfastly all the ten months he had been on the island. They married in July of 1944, raised four daughters and two sons, traveled the continents and lived in Japan, England and several U.S. states. In her quiet way Eileen was his "rock of Gibraltar". His nickname for her was "Island".
His 28 year service in the air force included many duties including: pilot, personnel, meteorologist, public relations, recruiting, Transport Squadron Commander, Group Inspector General, Deputy Commander Operations Heavy Transport Wing, Senior Advisor to Reserve Transport Wing, Weather Station Commander Korean War and Transport pilot in Vietnam. He logged over 7000 flight hours in 19 aircraft models built by 12 companies. He piloted propeller planes with one, two and four engines and jets with one, two, and six engines. This flying took him all over the world including most European countries and U.S. states plus more than two dozen other countries and islands. He had interesting experiences such as Soviet atomic dust collecting and a weather mission from Alaska which led to a flight over the North Pole.
Gene was a member of several groups over the years. He joined the Masonic Lodge in 1944, became an early member of the Adventurer's Club of Los Angeles having been invited due to his harrowing war experience which was chronicled by Life Magazine. In later years he became active in the Freedom Committee of Orange County through which he gave speeches at high schools. He also attended weekly breakfast meetings with other World War II pilots.
Upon retirement in 1970 as a full Colonel, Gene decided to embark on another career…as an elementary school teacher. He returned to college and completed his B.A. at Chapman University and his Masters at Pepperdine University. Over the next 23 years he taught over 700 children in Yorba Linda, CA. in grades from 3rd to 6th. A born story teller he captivated the students and had many "my favorite teacher" notes. Periodically the family has been contacted by ex-students who as adults expressed gratitude for the life changing impact of his teaching.
Gene and Eileen were devoted to their six children. He was an exceptional role model. When asked, those who knew him would describe him as: kind, good-hearted, wise with a remarkable reservoir of knowledge in all
things historical, mechanical or aeronautical, generous, deliberative and thoughtful, safety conscious, good-natured with a sense of humor, dutiful to both country and family, admired and respected, steady, considerate, caring to animals, principled. He had a broad and practical perspective of history and an intuitive understanding of human nature. He was greatly loved and will be missed.
Be sure to view the Tribute of Honor slideshow produced by McCormick & Son Mortuary at:

ALLEN, RALPH W. Lt Col USAF (Ret.) Age 96, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community, Cranberry Township, PA. Born January 23, 1917 in Coraopolis, PA he was the son of the late Harvey and Ida (Farrell) Allen. He married Louise Kellum on December 15, 1945 in Cincinnati, OH. They resided in Mt. Lebanon for 30 years before moving to Sherwood Oaks in 1985. His beloved Louise preceded him in death on October 29, 2005. Ralph received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati and his Master of Science in Meteorology from California Institute of Technology. Ralph proudly served during World War II in the 3rd Air Division of the 8th Air Force Weather Headquarters in England, Elveden Hall. After 34 years of service, Lieutenant Colonel Ralph W. Allen honorably retired from the United States Air Force in 1977. Following WWII, he was employed at Alling & Cory in Pittsburgh until retirement in 1982. He is survived by his son, David B. Allen (Sandra); his daughter, Margaret A. "Peg" Rychcik (Rev. Dr. Joseph); five grandchildren, Holly Cook (Stephen), David S. Allen, Jennifer May (Charles), Philip Rychcik (Charissa), and Mark Rychcik; two great-grandchildren, Shawn and Emma Cook; his brother-in-law, Lee Kellum (Ruth); his niece, Linda Smith; and his nephew, Richard Kellum. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Margaret Allen; his brother and sister-in-law, Junius F. and Zella Allen; and a nephew, James M. Allen (Gayle). Ralph was laid to rest with military honors on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Jefferson Memorial Park, 401 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. A memorial service was held in celebration of Ralph's life at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in the Auditorium at Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community, 100 Norman Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066, with Rev. Dr. Daniel M. Corll and Rev. Dr. Joseph S. Rychcik, officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Ralph's honor to the Sherwood Oaks Resident Association, 100 Norman Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066, or the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 670 Pleasant Hills Road, Wexford, PA 15090.

Col. Bernard (Barney) Pusin, USAF (Ret.), born June 29, 1916, passed away peacefully Friday, April 11, 2014. Barney was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up there after spending his early years in Powers Lake, North Dakota, and a short time in Long Beach, California. He thoroughly enjoyed his military career with the Air Weather Service, where he served in and commanded many squadrons including the 6th Weather Squadron (mobile).  He retired in Austin, TX as the 25th Weather Squadron Commander in 1974. He also served in Korea and such exotic locations as Kapingamarangi, Micronesia, and Enewetak, Pacific Ocean. He moved to San Antonio 4 years ago, settling in at Air Force Village, where he and Elinor benefited from tremendous services and care. Retirement has been well spent with family and travel, and spiritual time within the Jewish communities. Both in service to his country and as a family man, he was a "true hero" who will be celebrated and kept alive in our memories. Barney recently lost his wife, Elinor, with whom he shared the past 21 years. He was preceded in death by his previous wife, Brita, his son Steven, brother, Herman Pusin, and sister, Minn Sidley. Barney is survived by his daughter, Barbara (John) DeLoach; Elinor's daughter Linda (Lew) Barnett; Elinor's son, Steven Golding and grandson, David Golding; Barney's nephews and niece, Norman (Carol) Sidley, Michael (Sharon) Pusin, and Marla (Merle) Levitt; and other beloved friends and relatives. A Graveside Service was held on April 17, 2014, at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Condolences may be offered at In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either  Congregation Beth Am, P.O. Box 780304, San Antonio, TX, 78278-0304, or Congregation Beth El, 8902 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX, 78759.

Elinor Pusin (spouse of Col (Ret.) Bernard Pusin) was born in Tokaj, Hungary on March 16th, 1926. Both her parents contracted tuberculosis and died before she was six. She was smuggled out of Europe onto a boat to America, where she was adopted by her aunt and uncle in Pennsylvania. Elinor had a thirst for learning. She acquired a bachelor's degree from New York University and a Masters in social work from Rutgers University. She worked as a social worker administrator in Greystone Park N.J. She met her first husband, George Golding at the YMHA in Washington D.C. They had 2 children, Linda and Steven. George Golding passed away in 1990 after over 50 years of marriage. Elinor remarried Colonel Bernard Pusin with whom she was united until her passing on January 22nd, 2014. Elinor was a "people person". She never met a person she didn't like. Elinor was warm and hospitable to everyone. She was a member of Beth Isreal and Beth El Congregation. Funeral services were held at the Colonial Chapel of Cook-Walden Funeral Home. Rabbi Eliezer Langer officiating, with interment at Cook Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas.

Frank J. Brusca, 91, of Columbia, MD died on March 25, 2014 of complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. Born in Baltimore, he moved to Glen Cove, NY shortly after birth and remained there until he was 14 years old. The fourth of seven children, he had three older brothers: Louis, Richard and Thomas, all deceased, and three younger sisters: Stella Turek, Mary Klima and Edie Macchietto who survive him. Educated in Baltimore, he attended Baltimore City College High School. In 1942 he enlisted in the Army and served in the Army Air Force as a weather observer in the South Pacific. In his later years, he was an active member of the Air Weather Association, helping to organize bi-annual reunions in various locations in the US. After discharge from the Army Air Force, he attended Loyola College (now Loyola University) in Baltimore where he earned a degree in Business Administration. He pursued post graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University. In the mid 1950’s he was in one of the first commercial classes conducted by IBM to introduce computers in the business world. Frank was employed for ten years by the Martin Aircraft Company, both in Baltimore and Denver. In 1963, he went to work for the Westinghouse Corporation in Baltimore and remained there until 1983 when he retired. During the uncertainty of what may happen in a computer driven world when Y2K took place, Frank was on call for businesses because he was a computer pioneer who understood several early computer languages. A man of many talents, Frank began an amateur singing career in his mid 40’s, studying voice with some of Baltimore’s leading vocal coaches. He sang with groups as diverse as the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, the Baltimore Comic Opera, Baltimore Actors’ Theater and Goucher College’s theater department. Frank had a lifelong interest in languages. Bilingual as a child growing up in an Italian family in America, he learned to speak Spanish, French and rudimentary German. After he retired, Frank studied art and became an accomplished painter and sketcher. In 1954 he married his wife, Anne R. Brusca, who survives him. He is also survived by his five children, Frank X. Brusca (KC Canada), Raymond J. Brusca (Laura), Angela Michel ( Thomas), Kathleen Wynn (Patrick) and Stephen A. Brusca; cherished grandfather of Joshua, Timothy and Andrew Brusca, Dan Michel, Brian Wynn, Erin Burns, Katie Michel, Colleen Wynn, Elaine Brusca and Victoria Brusca. Donations may be made to Winter Growth, 5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044 or to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 5537 Twin Knolls Road #434, Columbia, MD 21045.

For those that remember Lt Col Walter Burgmann who passed in 1993. His widow Kay S. Burgmann, nee Powers, 75, of O'Fallon, Ill., born July 22, 1938, in Fort Smith, Ark., passed away Friday, April 25, 2014, in Belleville, Ill.
Mrs. Burgmann proudly served her country in the United States Army as an OB Nurse. Upon discharge, she continued her career as an OB nurse, eventually providing care to chemically dependent patients. Her attributes as a caring and selfless nurse, carried over into her personal life. She was a loving mother and grandmother, who absolutely adored her four grandsons and was the "adopted" mother and grandmother to many other family members and friends. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star, both in O'Fallon, Ill. She was an avid crafter, creating mosaic art, which highlighted her patience and caring nature. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter S. Burgmann; and her parents, Moultie and Wilma, nee Hunter, Powers.
Surviving are her two sons, Jay (Betty) Burgmann and Jon (Michelle) Burgmann, both of O'Fallon, Ill.; her four grandsons, Tristan, Joshua, Samuel, and Jacob; her brothers, Tom (Barbara) Powers of Las Cruces, N.M., and Boley (Sandra) Powers of Hot Springs, Ark.; a step brother, David Powers; "adopted" mother and grandmother to, Bobbie Moriarity, Courtney Dietrich, Chloe and Cian Moriarity; and many other relatives and friends.
Memorials are appreciated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. Condolences may also be expressed online at
Visitation: Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill..  Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill. Interment will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.

Ret. Col. Herschel "Jack" Suits, 83, of Monroe, NC, died March 12, 2014. He was born October 3, 1930.
Memorial services to celebrate his life will be held on Monday, March 24th at 12:PM at Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel 4431 Old Monroe Rd. Indian Trail, NC, US, 28079. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior (11 AM - 12 PM).
Jack was a Retired Colonel from the US Air Force after 38 years of dedicated service.
Jack is survived by his wife, Jean Wolfe Suits; son, Gregg Suits, MD of Portland, OR; daughter, Cindy Woolley (Ed) of Monroe; grandchildren, Austen and Ryan Suits and Madilyn and Ellis Woolley. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence Hendley Suits.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Arrangements are in care of Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel. Online condolences may be left at

CWO-4 Lawrence F Sanders (Larry) age 94 of Dunedin, FL passed away Saturday February 15, 2014 in Duluth, GA. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen Scribner Sanders, daughter Sharon L Clukey and grandson Lawrence Clukey and 8 brothers and sisters. He is survived by his daughter Alison Sanders (Martin Thomas) of Lawrenceville, GA, great granddaughter Amber Clukey of Omaha, NE, one brother Robert Sanders of Phoenix, AL, and two sisters - Betty Boone of Ashfork, AZ and Edytha Tiedemann of Manistee, Ml and two step great grandchildren - Jessica Peck and Jaymie Domino and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Lawrence was born January 29, 1920 in Grand Rapids, MI to Joel and Edith Sanders. He had a 30 year military career becoming a weather forecaster and teacher joining the Army/Air Corp in 1941 and becoming part ofthe Air Force in 1947. He retired at MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL in 1971. He had assignments all over the world to such places as Greenland, Germany, Saudi, Alaska and many other locations. He will be buried with military honors with his wife Helen at Florence National Cemetery in Florence, SC on March 28th. Donations in memory of Lawrence can be made to DAV ( and Fisher House (www.fisher

Charles Abram "Chuck" Lesher, 93, passed away peacefully at Chambersburg Hospital on March 3, 2014, with his family by his side. He was born May 4, 1920, the first of six children of Charles Reiff and Eunice ShefflerLesher. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Marion I. HepferLesher, sons David C. Lesher (Nancy) of Davis, West Virginia and C. Wesley Lesher of Harrisonburg, Virginia, brothers Glenn Lesher (Mary Ellen) and Alan Lesher (Pat), sister Janet Lesher Brindle, grandchildren Christopher Lesher of Lafayette, Colorado, Dianne Lesher Borghese (Paul) of Ashburn, Virginia, Timothy Lesher of Mechanicsville, Maryland, great-grandchildren Robert, Jonathan, Nathan, P. Matthew, and Simon Borghese, his ex-daughter in law and good friend, Margaret Rusk, many nieces and nephews, and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Ralph Lesher and Carl Lesher. Charles was seven generations descended from his ancestor Sebastian Lesher who came to America from Germany in 1734 and whose descendents eventually settled in Franklin County around 1800. As a youngster Charles spent most of his growing-up years in New Franklin, attended the two-room New Franklin School and graduated from Chambersburg High School, class of 1938. He was proud to point out that he attended the 75th reunion celebration of his class in 2013. After high school, Charles worked in a factory in Shippensburg at a salary of $7 a week but recognizing this didn't have much of a future, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1939. Charles' first stationing in the Air Corps was at Bolling AFB in Washington DC where he was trained to be a weather observer and then was sent to Chanute Field, Illinois where he graduated as a certified weather forecaster in the fall of 1941. His next assignment was at Bangor, Maine and it was there a few months later he married Marion Hepfer, a New Franklin girl he had known since the first grade at New Franklin School. The start of World War II sent him to a variety of military assignments including Goose Bay, Labrador and the Azores. Charles decided to leave the service after the war and got a job as a weather forecaster for Trans World Airlines on Long Island. They soon asked him to transfer to a forecasting job in Europe which he declined to do and rejoined the US Air Force as a weather forecaster once more. Charles and Marion, now with two boys, Dave and Wes, lived in Springfield, Mass. until 1950, then Stephenville, Newfoundland until 1953 and then Washington, DC for the balance of his military career. He retired in 1960 with the rank of Captain, USAF. After retiring from the Air Force, Charles was a high school math teacher in the Washington area for the next 14 years and he took up running, eventually running and finishing the Boston Marathon and other marathons as well. He became a serious bridge player and was soon a life master. Retiring once more, he and Marion moved back to Pennsylvania and built a new home in the village of New Franklin. For the next twenty years, Charles pursued his activities of running, becoming one of the founding members of Chambersburg Road Runners, gardening and gradually becoming a proficient user of home computers. He also joined several friends and bicycled across America from the Pacific to the Atlantic. In 1996, Charles and Marion moved to a simpler life in a home in Chambersburg and ten years later to the independent living campus at Menno Haven. In 2012, they moved to the assisted living center at Menno Haven where they lived together until Marion moved to a nearby room in the nursing center in 2013. Charles and Marion were members of First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Chambersburg for many years. A funeral service for Charles will be held at First Lutheran on Thursday, March 13 at 12 o'clock noon officiated by Pastor Richard Seaks. A private burial will follow at Grindstone Hill Cemetery. There will be no viewing. In lieu of flowers, donations in memoy of Charles Lesher may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 43 W. Washington St., Chambersburg, PA 17201. Online condolences may be expressed at

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Jimmy Hayes, 94. He was born on October 4, 1919 in Port Arthur, Texas and departed on December 24, 2013 in Colorado Springs. Jimmy served in the United States Air Force for 30 years as a meteorologist and after retirement worked as a carpenter.
Jimmy is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Dorothy, his son Norman and daughter Vicky. He had four grandchildren: Jason, Becca, Allen, and Aaron and six great grandchildren: Devon, Sierra, Jessica, Dominick, Timmy and Jase.
At Jimmy’s request a private committal service is planned.

Whitmal Warren Hill, Jr. April 3, 1920 – December 21, 2011 Following a break of one year from the service, Warren reenlisted in August 1946, trained and graduated from Air Force Weather Schools as a Meteorologist and Climatologist and was stationed in Germany for the Berlin Airlift, London, and Tokyo. While serving in Japan, he was awarded the first Air Weather Service Zimmerman Award for Outstanding Application of Climatology information developed by Warren which resulted in the U.S. Army Med. Corps Unit’s (Camp Zama, Japan) ability to be the first in medical history to establish proper laboratory conditions which resulted in the successful controlled breeding of the specific culex (mosquito) responsible for transmitting the Japanese encephalitis disease – a vital step necessary to develop the means for eliminating that specific mosquito.
Having served in all grades from Buck Private to Chief Warrant Officer, Warren retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1965 with 23 years of service. Shortly thereafter he began his second career with the Central Intelligence Agency as an Operations Officer in the Pentagon and serving his country another 23 years before retiring in 1984.

Bob D. Prochaska Born Aug. 27, 1949. Died Feb. 22, 2014.  Physicist, 22-year Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Reyne; three sons, Andrew Robert, Matthew Thomas and Daniel Eric; a daughter, Stephanie; a brother, Steve; and three sisters, Kathy Prochaska-Cue, Linda Clark and Karen Lauersdorf. Visitation, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 East Fountain Blvd. Rosary, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home, 1730 East Fountain Blvd. Funeral service, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2318 North Cascade Ave. Burial, Evergreen Cemetery.

Dr. Duane S. Cooley
(Age 88) On Monday, July 11, 2011 in Fairfax, VA. Beloved husband of Lillian Feneley Cooley of 62 years; devoted father of Diane L. Sharpe and Joanne E. Richards; loving grandfather to Daniel P. Veltri, Andrew L. Richards and Madelynn J. Richards. Also survived by his brother LaVerne C. Cooley, Jr. of Batavia, NY. Dr. Cooley received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He devoted his 40 year career as a Meteorologist to atmospheric research with an emphasis in improved warning and forecasting systems. He was a Fellow of the American Meteorology Society. Funeral Services will be held at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032 on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Visitation begins at noon, memorial service at 1p.m., followed by burial. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to MIT for the Duane Cooley (1948) Memorial Fund. Checks should be payable to MIT and mailed to Bonny Kellermann, Director of Memorial Gifts, 600 Memorial Drive, W98-500; Cambridge, MA 02139. Please include a note stating that your gift is in memory ofDuane Cooley '48.
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Curtis M. Lord, CMSgt. (Ret) age 84, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Friday, July 19, 2013, at North Okaloosa Medical Center. He was born April 20, 1929, in Lulu, Fla. Curtis served his country faithfully in the United States Air Force for 29 years before his retirement. He was Baptist by faith and a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. He had a special love for his granddaughters and was especially excited when he learned he would become a great-grandfather. Curtis also enjoyed spending time with all his friends at Uncle Bill's restaurant. He was such a familiar face at Uncle Bill's that they officially named one of their hamburgers after him. Featured on their menu, one can now enjoy the Curtis Burger.
He is preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years, Thelma Lord; two sisters, Nellie Carroll and Ella Will Markham; and one brother, Russell Lord.
Curtis is survived by one daughter, Pam Quigley and husband, Jim, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; one son, Curtis Lord and wife, Jan, of Jacksonville, Fla.; three granddaughters, Beth Mars and husband, Matt, of Denton, Texas, Meredith Wang and husband, Walter, of McKinney, Texas, and Kristin Anderson and husband, Travis, of Alexandria, Va.; one great-granddaughter, Lillian Wang; special friend, Mack Brooks; caretaker, Joy Uhl; housekeeper, Janeil Middlebrooks; lifelong friend from England, June Clark; and his caring neighbors he was so blessed to have.
A time of visitation will be held Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Davis-Watkins Crestview Memorial, 492 East Pine Ave., Crestview, Fla. 32539, from 6 until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 25, 2013, in the chapel of Davis-Watkins Crestview Memorial beginning at 11 a.m., with the Rev. George Katzman officiating. Committal services will follow at Live Oak Park Memorial Cemetery with full military honors provided by the United States Air Force. Flowers are being accepted, or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association , P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284 or American Diabetes Association , P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
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Col. Lester Ruthven Ferriss, Jr., 85, United States Air Force (Retired), and a veteran of three wars, passed away in Oak Hills, Calif., Saturday morning, June 23, 2007, with his beloved wife Florence at his side.
Col. Ferriss was a resident of Oak Hills for 29 years. He was born in West Hartford, CN, on July 19, 1921, to a family with roots that predate the Revolutionary War.
Col. Ferriss grew up in Livonia, New York, where he excelled at sports, was an Eagle Scout and graduated as valedictorian of his senior class in 1939. With the outbreak of war, Col. Ferriss left the State University of New York in Geneseo to join the Army Air Corps in 1942.
He went on to serve as a flight instructor and a command pilot who directed pioneering weather reconnaissance missions over the North Pacific. He flew through the harshest of conditions, and participated in missions that detected and measured Soviet nuclear explosions. Piloting B-29 aircrafts, he was at times required to fly through atomic bomb residue to gather air samples.
Col. Ferriss also became one of the architects of the Air Force's transition to its modern global military airlift structure, and he was instrumental in bringing the C-141 Starlifter aircraft into the skies.
He met and married Florence Ward Ferriss, a nurse in New York, in 1948. Together they made their first home in Alaska, where they began to raise a family and Col. Ferriss served as executive officer of 59th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron.
Col. Ferriss subsequently became chief of the Air Weather Service's Reconnaissance Division at Andrews Air Force Base, and served in aerial combat in support of ground forces in the Korean War. He was stationed at Yokota Air Base in Japan as commander of the 56th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron.
Col. Ferriss obtained a bachelor's degree in Military Science from the University of Maryland, completed the National War College and obtained a master's degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.
He also served in the Air Force Headquarters' Directorate of Transportation, where he became an expert in military airlift command.
During the Vietnam War, he was vice commander of the 315th Air Division at Tachikawa Air Base in Japan and the chief of staff of the 22nd Air Force at Travis Air Force Base. He flew frequent missions to Southeast Asia, and published critiques on airlift strategy published by military journals.
Col. Ferriss retired in 1970 after more than 28 years of service and 6,000 flying hours. His decorations include the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters; the Air Force Commendation Medal; the Army Commendation Medal; the World War II Victory Medal, the Korean Service Medal with three Battle Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star and the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars.
He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, the National War College Alumni Association, the Air Weather Association and the Air Weather Reconnaissance Association.
Upon retirement, Col. Ferriss became assistant vice president of operations at Overseas National Airways, a charter airline based in New York City. He and his wife moved to Oak Hills in 1978 to be near their grown children in California.
Col. Ferriss was an avid golfer, and he enjoyed traveling worldwide and reading history, biography and fiction. He frequented libraries at Fort Ord and in Castroville, where he enjoyed talking about books with librarians.
Col. Ferriss was preceded in death by his first grandson, David; a brother, Frank; and two sisters, Virginia and Lillian.
He is survived by a brother, William; his wife of 57 years, Florence; his children, Kathleen, Lester and Susan; his sons-in-law, Tom and Ricardo; his daughter-in-law, Vikki; and grandchildren, Alex, Liam and Sofia.
A funeral service was held at Fort Ord Chapel and burial took place at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.

Larry Earl Nye March 22, 1940 –March 26, 2003 of Valrico, Fla., formerly of Monroe (Oregon) died Wednesday in Florida. He was 63.
He was born in Junction City to Orrin B and Alice E Brock Nye. He grew up in Alpine and graduated from Monroe High School. After four years of college, he served 28 years in the Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He then worked for the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County. He enjoyed golf, fishing and family life. Survivors include his wife Edith;, father and stepmother, Ruth, of Junction City,; sons, Keith of Valrico and Bryan of Riverview, Fla.; daughter Betsy Kushner of Tampa, Fla.; sister Melba of Euless, Texas; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother.
A service will be held Sunday, March 30 at Stowers Brandon Chapel, Brandon, Fla. Burial will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.
Adelle’s address is:
1502 Holleman Drive, Valrico FL, 33594
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A personal note – Larry was a great guy – he was the kind of troop that just put his head down and did the job –and he had some tough ones –and a lot of Army support. He also had a tough hook shot in basketball that I never could block.
Norm Rauscher

Charles K. Nevins, Every day he woke up was a good day. Not one to sit still, he played his harmonica for family and friends the day before he passed. He boasted of his long happy marriage of 65 years and his blessed family which he called the most important thing. Charles K. Nevins, 95, Overland Park, KS reunited with his beloved wife, Evelyn on Friday, March 15, 2013 at Park Meadows Senior Living surrounded by loving family.
Born Casriel Neviasky on March 31, 1917 in New York City, Chuck lived most of his adult life in Overland Park where he was active in community and church. He volunteered at SM Medical Center, the Village Food Pantry and was a deacon at Countryside Christian Church. His hobbies included travel, photography, folk dancing and playing his harmonica for pleasure and entertainment.
He served in the US Army Air Corps in WWII and subsequently worked as a hydrologist responsible for flood control in the River Forecast Center of the US Weather Service. He was honored with a silver medal of commendation and voted outstanding forecaster by industry peers.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn. He is survived by his children, Duane Nevins, Baldwin City, Ks, Ken (Betty) Nevins, Merriam, Ks. Charlene (Curtis) Cage, Lakeville, Mn. Marlys (John) Fitzsimmons, Lenexa, Ks. Laurel (Mark) Green, Shawnee, Ks. 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at the Amos Family Funeral Home and Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Village Church Food Pantry.

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Jimmy P. Hayes, CWO4, Retired, Born Oct. 4, 1919. Died Dec. 24, 2013. Meterologist, U.S. Air Force, longtime Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Dorothy; a son, Norman; a daughter, Vicky Beisch; and four grandchildren. Services private. Cappadona Funeral Home.

THOMAS JOSEPH DRAUS SR., 79 HAZEL GREEN, WIS. - Thomas Joseph Draus Sr., 79, of rural Hazel Green, Wis., for 19 years, previously in Davis Junction, Ill., for 25 years, died at home Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, of pancreatic cancer. Tom was born Aug. 26, 1933, in Chicago, son of Andrew and Anna (Opyt) Draus. He attended St. Salomea Polish grammar school and graduated from Chicago's St. Rita High School in 1951. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in September, 1951. After basic training at Sampson AFB, New York, Tom completed basic weather school at Chanute AFB, Illinois. After completion, he served two years at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska and 18 months at Offutt AFB, Omaha. Upon honorable discharge, Tom returned to Chicago and met the love of his life, Jeanette A. "Chick" Elliott. They married May 4, 1957, at Annunciata Catholic Church on Chicago's south side. Jeanette and Tom lived for a brief time in Lowell, Ind., where he worked as a carpenter. Then, he gained employment with the U.S. Weather Bureau, assigned to Alaska. Later assignments were at U.S. Weather Stations in Spokane, Wash., St. Cloud, Minn., Flint, Mich., and 21 years in Rockford, Ill., retiring in 1988. Tom's passions in life were his family, faith and opportunity to make new friends. He was a master "family historian," compiling extensive genealogies of his own family and doing research for other family and friends. In retirement, he worked as a researcher for the Dubuque Historical Society Archives. He loved traveling with the family, camping and visiting historical or cultural sites. Tom was an avid reader with a tremendous memory. He was an enthusiastic member of the Platteville Library book club and frequent patron of many area libraries. Tom was never afraid to take a calculated risk. Tom and Chick left Chicago to build their own home in Indiana, sold it soon after to move to rural Alaska, and later bought a farm in Minnesota. Survivors include wife, Jeanette; children, John (Sandy) of Cottage Grove, Wis., Tom (Pat) of St. Donatus, Iowa, Anna Kennay of Rockford, Andy (Carolyn) of Bellevue, Iowa, Frank (Rebecca) of Evanston, Wyo., Kathryn (Larry) Ruppert of Machesney Park, Ill., Alice (Duane) Sprank of Springbrook, Iowa, and Mary (Erik) Gulbrantson of Rockford; 21 grandchildren, Jessie and Rosie Draus, Katy, Andy, Rebecca, Tommy and Tricia Draus, Jason Kennay, Elizabeth, Peter and William Draus, Matthew, Jacob and Jonathan Draus, Susanna and Mark Ruppert, Erin, Tony, Luke and Brooke Sprank, and Jeannette Hoch; one great-grandson, Leo Hoch; two brothers, Richard of South Holland, Ill., and Bernard "Pete" (Diana) of Matteson, Ill.; and sister, Virginia "Betty" Schassburger of Lansing, Ill. He was predeceased by parents; granddaughter, Lisa Kennay; brother-in-law, Mike Schassburger; and sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Draus and Jewell Draus. Thank you to Mercy Hospital, nurses, doctors, housekeepers and dietary, who Tom found so caring, and to Dubuque Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Marquette Catholic Schools in Bellevue, Iowa. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Galena, Ill., with Fr. Max Lasrado officiating. Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. There will be no public visitation. Burial will be at a later date. Military honors will be accorded at the church by the Galena Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Club. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. Condolences may be submitted by visiting
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Purdy, Douglas C., Colonel, (USAF, Ret.), Winter Park, Florida, died on January 23, 2014. He was Catholic and a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Winter Park, Florida. He was born in Athens, Wisconsin on April 4, 1918. He was an Eagle Scout. Following graduation from McKinley High School in Marshfield, he studied engineering at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.
During World War II, he was an aviation armament officer at Lowry AFB, Colorado, until separation from active duty in 1946. He was recalled to active duty in 1947 to attend meteorological training at New York University, N.Y. The reminder of his career was as a meteorologist.
He returned to Lowry AFB as Weather Operations Officer and then was reassigned to Offutt AFB, Nebraska, as Weather Inspector for the 3rd Weather Wing.. While there, he completed the requirements for a degree from the Municipal University of Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska.
He was assigned to Fuerstenfeldbruck Air Base, Germany, in 1954 as Weather Plans Officer. He was then assigned to Bitburg AB, Germany, due to the end of the American Occupation of Germany.
Upon returning to the US., he attended the Air Force Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama, and was then selected to remain on the faculty there for four years.
He was assigned to the Pentagon in 1962 as Assistant for Weather and a member of the Air Staff. While there, he was promoted to colonel and reassigned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany as Staff Weather Officer. 17th Air Force was the Air Force component of the NATO Central Air Force during the Cold War. He was also Commander of the 31st Weather Squadron which provided combat weather support to the 17th Air Force at its bases in West Germany, Italy, France, and The Netherlands.
Upon returning to the United States, he became Staff Weather Officer to the Military Air Command, Scott AFB, Illinois, which provided airlift support to all U.S. forces world-wide with trans-Pacific support being a priority during the Vietnam War. He was also Commander of the 7th Weather Wing during this period. He was soon selected to be the Air Weather Service Deputy Chief of Staff/Operations overseeing world –wide forecasting and observing functions at more than 400 locations around the world. He completed his Air Force Career as Chief of Staff, Headquarters Air Weather Service at Scott AFB until his retirement in 1972.
He held the Air Force Commendation Medal and twice was awarded the Legion of Merit. He served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 286, Pinecastle, Florida, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Officers Association of America and a charter member of the Air Weather Association.
He moved to Orlando, Florida, in 1972 upon retirement from the Air Force and then to The Mayflower Retirement Community, Winter Park, Florida, in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and two daughters, Michele Noullet, Spartenburg, S.C., and Susan Marlatt, Nanoose Bay, B.C. Canada, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral Service will be held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park, FL on Wednesday, 29 January. Details at:

Herbert Moore
was born in Rushville, Illinois to Lloyd and Margaret Moore. He retired from the Air Force after 22 years as a CMSGT. He worked for the National Weather Service for 19 years and served as the official in charge before retiring in 1990.

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Col. Herbert A Million USAF (Ret.) passed away on December 12, 2013. He was a Santa Maria resident since 1989. He was born in Berry, Kentucky on January 25, 1928 to Harry and Geneva Million. He is survived by his sister, Marinanne Smiley, his wife, Mary Kathleen Million (nee Borders), his children, Lisa Million Horowitz, Jay Million, Kody Million Eakin and Kelly Grady. He also is survived by his grandchildren, Geneva Million, Spencer Kent, Mary Kate Grady, Dylan Kent, Savannah Million and Claire Grady. He loved his step-grandchildren as his own and is also survived by Benjamin, Hannah and Dylan Eakin, and Taylor Horowitz. Col. Million was distinguished by a 25 year career as an officer in the United States Air Force. When he retired in 1976, he was Commander of the Air Force Global Weather Central stationed at Offutt Air Base in Omaha, Nebraska. He was decorated over a dozen times for his service, including the Bronze Star. His innovative work in computerizing weather monitoring advanced more accurate forecasting to be considered in military strategy. After his military service, he continued on in the field of Aerospace and held leadership positions with Ford Aerospace and Unisys before retiring to Santa Maria, California in 1989. He spent his retirement years in his workshop creating beautiful furniture for his family, playing golf, enjoying his time with the Men’s Newcomers Club, the Santa Maria Elks and the Gourmet Club. He traveled extensively during that time with his beloved wife of 63 years, Mary Kathleen (Kathy), and loved any excuse for a family get-together. He had a wonderful life and will be remembered, and truly missed, by all who knew him.

Harold "Bud" Hartel Lt Col USAF (Ret.) was born August 11, 1924 in Buffalo, New York. He joined the U.S. Air Force at 18 and spent 28 years as a meteorologist and navigator reaching the rank of Lt Col. After retirement, Bud was a math teacher and coach in Northern California schools, later a resident of Mountain View in Ashland, Ore. until his death on September 29, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Hartel; and by his daughters, Diana and Patti Hartel of Ashland, Ore., Carol Lindsay of Truckee, Calif., and Susan DaSilva of Surrey, B.C., Canada; along with six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Interment with an Honor Guard occurred on October 4, 2013 at Eagle Point National Cemetery. There was a memorial gathering of family and friends at Ashland First Congregational United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd. on Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A Mass was offered for Harold Hartel at Our Lady of the Mountain, Hillview Drive, Ashland, Ore. by Father Angelo Te on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm. The family wishes donations be made to Weed-Lake Shastina Kiwanis Foundation Fund via Nancy Wallace, 5441 Duck Walk, Weed, CA, 96094. Tel: 530-938-2218.

Grisinger, Donald G. "GRIZ'' 80, passed away in Asheville, NC, on March 7,2012. Loving husband of the late Edwina "Edie" Grisinger. Survived by his devoted son Sean, grandfather of beautiful Avalyn Grisinger, loving sister Judie Sweet, niece Beth (Earl) Liban, nephews Greg and Douglas, great-nieces Amanda, Savannah Sweet, and cousin Barbara Jean Horn. Don spent many years seeing the world with the U.S. Air Force Air Weather Service, his final tour was Vietnam. After that he was a meteorologist with the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC. During the past few years all he wanted was to come home to see all the familiar faces and places. Hopefully now he will. Memorial services and burial were private.

Ira McCure Taylor, Jr. 76, passed away Monday, August 5, 2013. Ira was born on June 17, 1937 to the late Ira and Mattie Taylor in Lyons Kansas. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Air Weather Service and the NOAA/National Climatic Data Center. He was a veteran of Vietnam and attended Seacoast Church. He was President of the Air Force Sergeants Assoc., Commander of VFW Post 9939 and a member of the Buncombe County Veterans Council. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sheila Kay Taylor; one son, Mark Taylor and his wife Oksana and two grandchildren. A celebration of life service was held on August 9, 2013 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with military honors and Pastor Alex Johnson officiating. Donations may be made to ABCCM Veterans Shelter, 1329 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805.

Lt Col Hugh B. Anderson Jr., USAF (Ret.), 95, died in Hampton, VA, November 23, 2013. Hugh was born July 22, 1918 in Pensacola, FL. He graduated from high school in 1936 and in 1941 joined the US Army Air Corps where he became a pilot. He married the love of his life, Manilla Dixon, in 1946. Hugh later joined the US Air Force as a meteorologist, retiring in 1973. After retiring, Hugh and Manilla moved home to Pensacola. He stayed very active with church activities, volunteer work, golf, fishing, bridge, and enjoying friends and family. They moved to Hampton, VA in 2004. Hugh was pre-deceased by Manilla and siblings Caleb, Joe, Tom, and Ann. Hugh is survived by 5 sons and their families: Hugh B. (Bernie) Anderson III and wife Karen King, John Eric (Rick) Anderson and wife Cherlyn, Gary Anderson, Dana Anderson and wife Bonnie, Mark Anderson, 13 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brother Peter Anderson and sister Frances Walker. The family gives special thanks for Hugh's caregivers, Drina Osborne, Pat Smith, and Brenda Mutz, for their unfaltering devotion to his care as he battled Alzheimer's disease. A service to celebrate Hugh's life was held on Monday, December 2, in the Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home Chapel in Hampton. Interment followed the service in Parklawn Memorial Park. Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Wayne H. Pennypacker, CWO4, USAF, (Ret.), Wayne Herbert Pennypacker, known to his friends as "Penny," born April 14, 1920, died at home in Vienna, Virginia, following a brief illness on Sunday, October 20, 2013 in the company of loved ones. Blessed with a sharp mind and an unfailing sense of humor, he lived to be 93 years strong. Wayne was an intelligent, humble, fun person who had the gift of connecting with people at all levels. He loved his family, his many friends, the military, sailing, and football. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wayne attended Overbrook High School and had a summer job working on the SS Gatun, a banana boat that operated between the Caribbean, Central America, and Philadelphia. After high school, he attended Drexel Institute of Technology for Business, and then enlisted in the Army on November 4, 1940. Wayne worked as a Meteorologist for the Army Air Corps. In World War II, he was the Warrant Officer in charge of the weather station at Bovingdon Airfield outside London, England, where he forecasted weather for reconnaissance and bombing missions over France and Germany. He was selected for and completed special training in Advanced Weather at the School in Chanute AFB in Illinois and was supposed to go to the Pacific, but the war ended. After working briefly for Capital Airlines, Wayne was recruited by the Commander for the Forecast Center for the USAF at the Pentagon. It was at the Pentagon, he met a secretary, Opal Marian Bueide, who would soon become the love of his life. On December 31, 1946 at the Pontoppidan Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND, they began a 66-year marriage full of devotion, joy, and adventures. His military career took him to forecast centers in Washington, DC; Korea; Tokyo, Japan; and Riverside, California. Wayne was selected to be a weather forecaster for nuclear weapon tests in the Central Pacific (Bikini Atoll). His last active duty was at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska where he worked in a classified environment. He rose to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer W4 and retired in 1961 to Vienna, Virginia. During retirement, he and Opal enjoyed sailing, traveling, and hosting the many friends and family who visited them. Wayne was predeceased by his parents Herbert Deweez Pennypacker and Marion Armstrong Pennypacker, and his sister Muriel Pennypacker who died in childhood of diphtheria. He is survived by his beloved wife Opal, as well as family, friends, and neighbors. He left us with memories of many laughs and many words of wisdom. Opal would like to thank the many hospice and health care professionals who helped Wayne through his final days. His chapel service and ceremony will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences and fond memories are available at

Floyd McDonald Parton, SMSgt USAF (Ret.), age 60, of Clarksville, TN passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013 at his residence. Sykes Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements. A Graveside Service was held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery. He was born March 24, 1953 in Bangor, ME to the late Hoyt and Tommie Thompson Parton. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Terri Letsch. He was retired from the US Air Force with 26 ½ years of service. He was also employed by the TN State Treasurers Office as a Service Counselor. He is survived by his wife “Bim” Parton; daughter, Wendy (Shane) Tillekeratne; grandson, Adam; brother, Robert Parton; sister; Linda Hibner. Contributions may be made to the TN Chapter of the ALS Foundation, P.O. Box 40244, Nashville, TN 37204. Online condolences may be made at

Robert Adam Schlidt, "Bob" Died in peace at his home on Lake Keesus, WI June 24, 2013, at the age of 75. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Jean (Jeanette Jung), children Diana (Steven) Susa, Debra Ragan (fiancé Robert Krier), Robert (Cindy), Joseph (Katy) and Donald (Karen); grandchildren Elizabeth (Dorman) Gill, Kate, Mary and Adam Susa, Eric, Timothy, Brian, Kevin, Matthew, Joseph and Adam Schlidt; great-granddaughter Pearl Gill. Brothers Norbert (Roberta) and Richard (Nina); sister-in-law Joann Weise and brother-in-law Jerome (Betty) Jung and many other relatives and friends. Bob was proud to serve in the U.S. Air Force and had a 40 year career in banking retiring as Vice President, Regional Sales for Associated Bank. He loved the outdoors and traveling with his wife. He was a hunter, fisherman, scuba diver, sailor, wood carver, and Boy Scout leader. He was happiest when he was with his family and when he was "Captain" of his pontoon boat. He will be remembered and missed by all he loved and who had the pleasure of knowing him. A profound thank you to his many health care providers at the Milwaukee VA Hospital, to his caregivers from Lending Hands Healthcare and Allay Hospice and to his personal "guardian angel" for the past 4 years, Jeff Bula. Visitation was held July 1, 2013 at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church in North Lake on Hwy 83 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial.

William W. Harra, CMSGT U.S. Air Force, Ret., 73, of Trenton IL, died Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Clare Bridge of Carmel, Carmel, IN. Chief Harra was born April 29, 1939 in Kansas City, KS to Kenwood and Ollie (Allen) Harra; they preceded him in death. He married Mary Sandra on July 29, 1961 in Kansas City, KS; she survives in Trenton, IL. Also surviving is a daughter Angela (Jon) Hensley of Indianapolis, IN; 2 grandchildren, Austin William Hensley and Samantha Nicole Hensley; brothers, Keith Lee Harra of Lamar, MO and Terry (Faye) Harra of Grandview, MO; a sister, Una (George) Brzon of Prairie Village, KS. William retired from Scott Air Force Base as a Chief Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force (1957-1989) and later worked as an Associate in the Men’s Department at JC Penny in Fairview Heights. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton, IL. Interment will full military honors will take place in Trenton Cemetery, Trenton, IL. Memorials can be made to the donor’s choice.

Mary Kathryn Accola (spouse of Col USAF (Ret) Jake Accola and Mother of Col USAF (Ret) Tom Accola, was born December 13, 1922 in Swansea, S.C. She passed away January 10, 2013 at her home in Colorado Springs. She was the first child of parents Walter Derrick and Linnie (Bachman) Derrick. She attended grade school and high school in Swansea until her senior year, graduating from Columbia High School in Columbia, S.C., in 1938. In 1942 she graduated from Columbia College in Columbia and thereafter taught at Brooklyn-Cayce Grammar School in West Columbia for three years until her marriage to Jacob (Jake) Accola on Aug. 9, 1946. To the union were born three children: Tom in 1947, and twins John and Robin in 1950. During a 25-year military tenure, the family enjoyed tours in Illinois, California, England, Nebraska, Hawaii and Illinois. It was from Scott Air Force Base, IL that the family retired to Colorado Springs in 1971, primarily because of the medical and athletic facilities available at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Throughout her adult years, Mary was active in officer wives' activities including gardening and pottery. After retirement, she developed an interest in politics and served as a precinct committeewoman in the Republican Party for many years. She was an active member of the Colorado Springs Garden Club and never failed to win prizes with her flower entries in community and county competitions. She enjoyed playing all forms of bridge. She is preceded in death by son John Accola; sister Miriam Beversdorf; brother Walter; and brother-in-law Robert Accola and wife Olga. Surviving are her husband Jake, son Tom and wife Brenda, daughter Robin, John's widow, Marlene, and five grandchildren: Tom's sons TJ and Paul, Robin's daughters Mary and Elizabeth, John and Marlene's son Jacob; and Marlene's children from a previous marriage, Brian and Andrea Joslyn. Interment was at the Accola family plot at the cemetery in Cedaredge, CO. Son Tom adds: A Southern Belle from Columbia, SC, Mary met Jake, on a blind date arranged by Nolan Herndon, a fellow navigator whom Jake met when he was assigned to the 'Doolittle's Raiders' unit after the famous raid. Herndon was on the B-25 that ended up landing in Vladivostok (vs crash-landing in occupied China like the other Raiders) following the famous 1942 Tokyo attack. The result was a 66-year love affair that was filled with much adventure, many dear brother John, my sister Robin,! Some of our more senior ROWF members will remember Mom for her smile, sense of humor, hospitality, bridge-playing talents and many other fine qualities. Thanks much to those that have expressed their condolences via cards, letters, and visits.....they have really sustained Dad during this traumatic time.

Neumann, Clarence William, 91, of DeBary , FL passed away after a short illness on Jan . 20, 2012 at Central Florida Regional Hospital . Born Nov . 7, 1920 in Detroit , MI , he was the youngest son of Harry and Minnie Dreyer Neumann . Bill enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1942, served in Africa and England with the 93rd BG of the 8th AF, and flew 25 combat missions over Europe as a B-24 navigator . Following the war, he was trained as a meteorologist by the Air Force and flew 50 B-26 missions over Korea as a weather observer . He retired from the USAF as a Lt . Col . in 1964, having served as a weather forecaster on assignments in Japan , France , Germany , and 5 stations in the US . Bill then served an additional 22 years as a forecaster for the DOD at Pease AFB in Portsmouth , NH . He retired from civil service in 1986 and lived in NH until moving to DeBary in 1999 following the death of his first wife, Dolores . Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Swanson-Neumann of DeBary; his only son, Jeffrey R . (Patricia) Neumann of Ed isto Island, SC; and his brother, Ed ward Neumann of Taylor, MI . A funeral service was held on 25 Jan 2012 at St . Ann's Catholic Church, DeBary FL . Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery .

Amnie Louise Vance, 81, of Robinson, Texas passed away January 22, 2012 at her residence surrounded by her family. Mrs. Vance was born January 26, 1930 in Aquilla, Texas to Samuel Archie Parks and Sallie (Scott) Parks. She married Bobby J. Vance December 23, 1950 in Waco, Texas. Together, they celebrated 61 years of marriage. She was a homemaker her whole life. Mrs. Vance was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and five sisters. She is survived by her husband, Bobby J. Vance; three sons, James and wife Martha, Douglas and wife Barbara, Alan and wife Miriam; one daughter, Carol Palmer and husband Mike; six grandsons, Clint and wife Mandy, Shane and wife Crystal, Sean and wife Kristi, Andrew and wife Monica, Joshua Palmer and Seth A. Vance. Also surviving Mrs. Vance are her three great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters; as well as her two sisters, Hazel Dunn and her husband Dink and Ethel Chandler. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Methodist Childrens Home 1111 Herring Avenue Waco, Texas 76708

Crispin D. Nissen died of natural causes June 5, 2011 at 97 years old. A celebration of life honoring him was observed Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m. at Morning Pointe Assisted Living in Greeneville, Tennessee. Friends of Mr. Nissen attended and took part in this time of remembrance. Mr. Nissen was a longtime resident of Lakeland, FL before he moved to Tennessee to be with relatives. He was a World War II veteran and of the Baptist tradition of faith.

Touart, Chankey N. 90, a scientist and longtime civilian employee of the Air Force, died peacefully on October 14, 2010 at his home in Lexington, MA. He had cancer. Mr. Touart, well known in the international scientific community, was a 1976 recipient of the U.S. Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service - the service's highest civilian honor - for weather support to the Advanced Ballistic Reentry Systems Program. He was cited by the Secretary of the Air Force for scientific cooperation in atmospheric physics and outstanding research achievements involving major meteorological programs, which had far reaching effects on air force missions and missile development and operations. Mr. Touart served for 11 years as Director of the Atmospheric Sciences Division of the Geophysics Research Directorate at Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA, beginning in 1951, and subsequently as a Senior Scientist of the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory. Following his retirement from the Air Force in 1980, he worked as a Principal Investigator and Senior Scientist for Hughes STX Corporation. He was a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and a member of various scientific societies, including the American Geophysical Union, the American Mathematical Society, Sigma Xi, and the Boston Computer Society. He also served for a term on the Town of Lexington Capital Expenditure Committee. Chankey Nathaniel Touart was born on November 29, 1919 in Orlando, Florida, the son of Colonel Clarence Nathan Touart who served in both WWI and WWII and Halleen Barnes Touart. He enrolled in the University of Chicago at age 16 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an SB in Physics. In 1940, he enlisted as an Air Corps Cadet at the Institute of Meteorology of the University of Chicago and in 1942 led the original cadre of U.S. Army Air Corps weather personnel to Great Britain, where they helped direct bombing missions over Germany during World War II. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel while serving as a weather officer in the 8th Air Force. Following the war, he did graduate work at the Courant Institute at New York University before rejoining the Air Force as a civilian scientist. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary Louise (Chorley) Touart, daughters Ellen Touart-Grob and her husband Larry Grob of Weston, MA and Katherine Touart and her husband Kinsey Wilson of Chevy Chase, Maryland, a son, Douglas Touart and his wife Kathleen Byrnes of Lexington and five granddaughters: Caroline, Erika and Anabel Grob, and Eliza and Susannah Wilson. Interment is at Westview Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to The American Meteorological Society Scholarship Fund, 45 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108.

Robert Edward Guthland, Lietenant Colonel, USAF, Retired, departed to join his wife, Lillian Isabelle Guthland, and his son, David Edward Guthland in a heavenly home coming on September 23rd, 2013 in Independence, MO at his home. Bob, as he was known to family and friends, was born October 19th, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri was adopted by Elizabeth Bernadine Guthland, and Edward Guthland at 18 months of age from the Children’s home of St. Louis, MO. In 1945, he joined the US Navy, was posted to the USS Columbus out of Long Beach, California. In 1947, he was honorably discharged from the Navy and began his university studies at Northwest Missouri State Teacher’s College. On February 2, 1951 he was united in marriage to Lillian Isabelle Sickels of Mount Ayr, Iowa. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Math, he was commissioned into the Air Force in August of 1952 and attended Meteorology Officer training at Florida State University. His military career highlight included flying 27 missions through the eye of Typhoons when stationed at Anderson Field, Guam, US Pacific Territories. In July of 1973, Lt. Colonel Guthland retired from active duty service after numerous duty assignments at the squadron, wing and command level. His decorations include the; Meritorious Service Medical, Air Force Commendation Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. Moving his family to Maryville, Missouri and receiving a Masters in education, he became the Director, Horace Mann Laboratory School which is part of and on the Northwest Missouri State Universityc campus. He served in that role for 8 years. During his tenure at Northwest Missouri State University, he also was nominated by Maryville City Council, and served his as Municipal Court Judge, Maryville, Missouri. Bob was a member of Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association, and served as the Director for over 16 years. Bob was a member of the First Christian Church of Blue MO. He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian Isabelle, son David Guthland and his parents, Edward and Elizabeth Guthland. In addition, he is survived by his sons, Rex Guthland and wife Gayle of Waconia, MN; Scott Guthland and wife Tammy of Sykesville, MD; daughter, Christine Johnson and husband David Scott Johnson of Blue Springs, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren Visitation will be September 28th, 2013 at First Christian Church of Blue Springs, 701 Northwest 15th Street, Blue Springs, MO. Funeral services will follow visitation at the church. Burial with military honors will be at Miriam Cemetery in Maryville, MO on the 28th of September. Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to First Christian Church of Blue Springs. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at

Gulliver, Gertrude Arlene
Sep 8, 1922 - Sep 3, 2013 Arlene Gulliver died September 3, 2013 surrounded by family in Elkhorn, NE. Gertrude Arlene McDermott was born on September 8, 1922 in Moville, IA, to parents Fred Leonard McDermott and Charlotte Day McDermott. Her great grandfather, John B. McDermott, founded the town of Moville, named after his hometown, Moville, Ireland. She attended Wayne State College and graduated from the University of Iowa, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an English major. During WWII, she taught High School Biology and English classes in Perry, IA. She later worked as a supervisor of Proof Readers at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. After her three children were grown, she taught preschool in Ralston, NE. On her first day as a member of the Wayne State College band, she met a young clarinet player named Art Gulliver. Four years later, she married Arthur William Gulliver on September 9, 1943, at the First United Methodist Church in Moville, IA. They were married for 69 years, during which they shared together the joys of music, gardening, travel, wonderful friends, church, and family. Mrs. Gulliver was an accomplished needlework artist, and a member of the Needlework Guild of America. She earned her first blue ribbon for needlework at the age of 9 in 1932 at the Woodbury Iowa County Fair, for an embroidered child's quilt. She earned her last blue ribbon at the Douglas County Nebraska Fair in 1997. Her Christmas tree was decorated with handmade needlework ornaments she made each year, one for each of her ten grandchildren. She also enjoyed oil painting, and studied with local teachers for many years. Arlene was a member of the Ralston United Church of Christ for over 50 years, and a member of the Chancel Choir and Circle groups, and served as volunteer Church Librarian. She collected antiques, and was a member of the Quester's Club. She also served as a Camp Fire Girls leader, and participated in the Douglas County Extension Clubs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, who died February 11, 2013; her parents; and her sister, Florine McDermott Riehm. Arlene is survived by her three children, Jeanne Kros (Mike) of Crescent, IA, Judy Burch (John) of Lawrence, KS, and Bruce Gulliver (Deb Habel) of Portland, OR. She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren, Tomi Cole of Glenwood, IA, Jonathan Pearce (Kate) of St. Paul, MN, Tyler Pearce (Maria) of Olathe, KS, Lauren Pearce of Lawrence, KS, Jenna Stanley of Ralston, NE, Evan Stanley (Layna) of Glenwood, IA, Melissa and Charlotte Burch of Lawrence, KS, and Ian and Kirk Gulliver of Portland, OR; and her 4 great grandchildren, Taylor, Trygve, Aiden, and Deagan. VISITATION will be on Sunday, September 8, 3-5pm at the West Center Chapel. Private Burial will be Monday, September 9, in Evergreen Cemetery, followed by a MEMORIAL SERVICE at 11am at Ralston United Church of Christ, 7638 Maywood in Ralston. Memorials to: the Ralston United Church of Christ.

MORGAN, Randolph, A., Sr. (Randy) MSGT. (RET.) USAF, Our Father, our Mentor, our Friend, Randolph joining his parents, Arthur and Stacia; his brothers, Lance, Geronimo, and Don in heaven on November 5, 2006. Loved and missed by his brother, Bruce; three children, Randolph, Jr., Denise, and Maya, the mother of his children, Hannah; he will also be missed by his friends and family. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Ema. A native of Brooklyn, NY age 56 years. He made an impression on so many people throughout the years. He was always there to share his wisdom and advice to anyone that asked. He offered his support to many of his family, friends and the friends of his children. He was always the "go to guy." Words cannot describe the loss we feel now that he is gone. Knowing that his suffering has ended is a blessing. He was always the life of the party, and made all that graced his door welcome. Those who knew him loved him and will miss him dearly. Visitation was held November 14, at George L. Klumpp Chapel of Flowers and the Funeral Service was at 11:00 a.m., November 15th at Klumpp's Chapel. Graveside Service was at Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd., Dixon, CA.

Dr. Frederick N. Stewart, LT.COL. USAF, RET. passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2013 following a brief illness. Born April 20th, 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. Stewart graduated from Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania, and earned advanced degrees from Texas A & M University, the University of Illinois, and an Ed.D. from the University of North Texas. He spent 22 years in the USAF and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. After his military career, he was Vice-President at TSUM. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Sylvia, and brother, Donald L. Stewart (Anne). He is also survived by his six children: James (Kristi) Stewart, Virginia (Mike) Masters, Janice Williams (Don) Campbell, Sandra Stewart (Mitchell Watkins), David (Kim) Stewart, Patty (Randall) Calloway; his 12 grandchildren: Aubrey and Aaron Stewart; Stephen, Jon and Jason Masters; Sandy Martin, and Jimmy and Patrick Williams; Tyler and Madison Stewart; Blake and Brandon Calloway; and seven great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania. Visitation Wed., May 8th from 5:00-7:00p.m. Service Thurs., May 9th at 11:00a.m. Leak-Memory Chapel. Burial at Alabama National Cemetery, Montevallo at 2:45p.m. Online condolences may be made at

Arthur William Gulliver, 91, died on February 11, 2013 surrounded by his family and the music he loved. A musical celebration of his life will be held February 18, 11am, at the Ralston United Church of Christ, Ralston, Nebraska. Mr. Gulliver was born on Sept. 22, 1921, at the family home in Wayne, Nebraska, to parents Arthur Francis Gulliver and Florence McQueen Cone Gulliver. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1942 from Wayne State College and taught vocal and instrumental music before beginning a career in meteorology. In 1942 he entered the US Army as a meteorology cadet, training at the Army Technical Training Command Center in Grand Rapids, MI. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1943 and served in Mississippi and Florida before joining the 18th Weather Squadron in England in 1944. He also served in the 21st Weather Squadron in Germany in 1945. After cessation of hostilities in Europe he was assigned to the HQ 9th Air Force Weather Central at Bad Kessingen, Germany. In April 1946, he was discharged from the Army and accepted a position as Senior Meteorologist with Mid-Continent Airlines, Kansas City, Missouri. In April, 1949, he accepted an appointment as a civilian meteorologist at the USAF Weather Central, Andrews AFB, Maryland, and in September, 1949, he was assigned to the First Weather Service Special Projects Section. In 1955 he was appointed project officer for the move of the Weather Central from Andrews AFB to Suitland, Maryland. There he served as Chief of the Data Processing, Integration and Analysis Branch of the Weather Central. In November, 1957, the functions of the Air Force Weather Central were moved to Offutt AFB, Bellevue, Nebraska. He served as Chief Technical Adviser to the Commander and as Assistant to the Operations Officer of the Air Force Global Weather Central until his retirement in 1987. During that time, the center grew from 65 employees to 700, becoming the largest real-time environmental data processing center in the U.S. Upon his retirement, the Arthur W. Gulliver Heritage Hall was dedicated in his honor, and is now located in the new Air Force Global Weather Agency building at Offutt Air Force Base. While serving in the Weather Service Special Projects Section, he was selected to be a supervising meteorologist in the newly formed classified "Cold War" unit. He worked on top-secret projects and became the Air Force's expert in forecasting Soviet and Arctic weather. He made the critical two-day cloud forecast of clear skies for the first U-2 reconnaissance aircraft flight over the Soviet Union on July 4, 1956. Mr. Gulliver continued his involvement in weather support for many top-secret National programs which were assigned the highest priority by the President of the United States. Some of these were the U-2 and SR-71 reconnaissance programs, the Department of Defense Meteorological satellites, and the overhead reconnaissance satellites. His military decorations include the European Theater Ribbon with three battle stars, the WWII victory medal, the Army of Occupation Medal, the US Army Commendation Medal, the USAF Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and the AFGWC Commanders Award. Mr. Gulliver had been a member of the American Meteorological Society since 1945 and was a charter member of the National Weather Association. He sang with the Omaha Symphonic Chorus and served as a board member. He was a member of the Lions Club International, was active in Boy Scouts of America, and was a member of the Ralston United Church of Christ where he served as chancel choir director for 30 years. He was a member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society, founded the 18th Weather Squadron Historical group and wrote their newsletter. He also served as the weather consultant for the WWII English Airfield control tower built by the 8th Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by parents, Arthur F. and Florence Gulliver, stepmother Stella Traster Gulliver, brothers Henry and Robert Gulliver and sisters Mary Marx and Dorothy Hanks. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Arlene McDermott, whom he married on September 9, 1943 in Moville, Iowa. He is also survived by his three children: Jeanne Kros (Mike), Crescent, Iowa; Judy Burch (John), Lawrence, Kansas; and Bruce Gulliver (Deb Habel), Portland Oregon. He is survived by ten grandchildren: Tomi Cole, Glenwood, Iowa; Jonathan Pearce, (Kate), St. Paul, Minnesota; Tyler Pearce, (Maria), Olathe, Kansas; Lauren Pearce, Lawrence, Kansas; Jenna Stanley, Ralston Nebraska; Evan Stanley (Layna), Glenwood, Iowa; Melissa and Charlotte Burch, Lawrence, Kansas; and Ian and Kirk Gulliver, Portland, Oregon. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren: Taylor; Trygve; Aiden and Deagan. The family will receive friends Sunday, 3pm to 5pm at the West Center Chapel. MEMORIAL SERVICE Monday, 11am, Ralston United Church of Christ. Private interment, Evergreen Memorial Park with military rites by Ralston American Legion Post 373 with Millard American Legion Post 374 and VFW Post 8334. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Omaha Symphonic Chorus Endowment Fund or to the Gulliver Scholarship Fund at Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska.

Alta Carter Rowe, of Logan, Utah, wife of the late BGen Berry Rowe, AWS Commander (75-78), passed away Monday, May 31, 2010. Alta was born May 17, 1923, in Logan to Mary Pond Carter and B. E. (Nick) Carter. Alta spent her summers in Lewiston on the family farm. She graduated from Logan High School in 1941. She attended USU before joining the Navy during World War II. After the war, she returned to USU to finish her schooling. She graduated in 1948 with a degree in clothing and textiles. While attending USU, she met and married her husband, Berry Williams Rowe, of Las Vegas, on Sept. 25, 1948. After he graduated in 1949 with a regular commission in the United States Air Force, they left Logan for the next 29 years. They moved 28 times, living in Japan; Hawaii; Illinois; Washington, D.C.; Alabama; Florida; Nebraska; Nevada; and Utah, while raising their family. In 1978, they retired and moved back to Logan. Alta spent many years as a volunteer for the American Red Cross, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Youth Sports. She received the Claire Barton Medal from the American Red Cross in recognition for 25 years of service. She organized and started the volunteer program for Sunshine Terrace in 1980 and was awarded the Silver Bowl 1983 by the State of Utah. In 1987 She was awarded Women Over Sixty-Five by USU. Alta is survived by her three children, Eric, Mark and Victoria. She has four grandchildren. Alta was preceded in death by her mother, Mary P. Carter in 1987; her husband Berry in 1993; and her sister Joan C. Bowden in 2000.

Walton F. Perrine, Jr., Lt Col USAF (Ret.),
89, of Viera, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Wuesthoff Hospice House in Rockledge. He was born in Newburgh, New York and a graduate of Texas A&M University. He was a meteorologist in the USAF and retired as a Lt Col. Walt moved to Brevard County in July of 1993 from Homestead, FL to live in The Indian River Colony Club in Viera. They arrived after rebuilding their home, which was damaged in Hurricane Andrew. Homestead was home for 16 years after Walt retired from a 30 year career in the military. Walt has been a legal resident of Florida since 1956, but lived in many locations. Walt was assigned to Tampa, Sarasota, and Venice during WW II. His overseas duty was in the Pacific theater, after his marriage to Helen in 1950, they were assigned to Panama City. They lived in Tallahassee while Walt was in graduate school at F.S.U. in 1951. Homestead was their home while assigned to Homestead A.F.B., 1956 to 1960. Walt and Helen worked in the polling place in every election since moving to Brevard. They were active in St. Mary's Catholic Church and took part in many activities at The Indian River Colony Club. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen; and four daughters, Debbie Nerland of Anchorage, Alaska, Patricia Vaughn of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jan Marie Bolasky of Tucson, Arizona, Elizabeth Christensen of Cary, North Carolina; and two sons, Walton Francis Perrine III of Torrance, California and John Eric Perrine of Costa Mesa, California; and sister Virginia E. O'Connell of Durham, North Carolina; 13 grandchildren and 5 1/2 great grandchildren. Walt's guestbook is at at www.

Lt Col (retired) Frank Joseph Schmidt, Jr. Of Fredericksburg, Texas passed away in the Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg on Monday, October 15th, 2012 at the age of 78 years.
Franks is survived by his wife, Frances Loth Schmidt of Fredericksburg.
Two daughters, two sons and spouses, Jodi and Michael Langert of Bridger, Montana Frank (Joe) and Diane Schmidt of San Antonio Jennifer and Curtis Buckles of Springfield, Virginia Jeff and Jennifer Schmidt of Round Rock, Texas.
Nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
His mother, Marie Moritz Schmidt of Fredericksburg.
Brother in law and spouse, A.J. and Irene Loth of Fredericksburg Sisters in law, Pat, Mrs. Franklin Loth and Shirley, Mrs. Robert A. Loth, Jr. both of Fredericksburg.
Vigil services will be held on Wednesday evening at 6:00 P. M. in the Schaetter Funeral Home in Fredericksburg, with Deacon Pat Klein officiating.
Mass of resurrection will be celebrated on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at 11:00 A. M. in the St. Marys Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, with Monsignor Enda McKenna officiating.
Graveside services and interment with full military honors will be held on Friday, October 19th, at 9:45 A. M. in the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.
Those who so desire may make memorial contributions in his memory St. Marys Capital Campaign Fund, Wounded Warriors Fund or to the charity of their choice.
Visitation for Frank Schmidt, Jr. will be Wednesday evening from 4 to 7:30 P. M.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent at

Theodore (Ted) Gibson
Aug 8, 1920 - Sep 23, 2012

Ted Gibson was born in Worcester, MA on August 8, 1920, the only son of a college math professor. His mother Helen died of pneumonia when he was only 6 years old. Ted initially attended high school in New Hope, PA but finished in Hopewell, NJ, graduating in 1938. For part of his childhood during the Great Depression, he earned spending money by delivering a newspaper to rural customers for 12 cents a week. He also developed a lifelong fascination with railroad steam locomotives, as the main Reading Line track between Philadelphia and New York City ran near his house.
From 1938 to 1941, Ted attended Wagner College in Staten Island, NY, where his father 'Prof Gibson' was chairman of the math department. Given credit for summer courses, he was granted a Bachelor of Science in Math in 1942. Just four months after the beginning of WWII, Ted became an Aviation cadet in the US Army Air Corps. He attended nine months of weather forecasting training at M.I.T. and became a Second Lieutenant.
He received additional training at Ft. Monmouth, NJ specializing in the use of radar for weather forecasting purposes. He was then assigned to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, stationed first in Algiers in North Africa and later in Naples, Italy with the 12th Weather Squadron. Ted was promoted to Captain while in the Mediterranean theater. His primary mission was to capture and process upper air data to enhance the accuracy of Allied anti-aircraft and artillery gunfire. After the war, he remained in the US Air Force Reserve.
He taught at Wagner for a year while earning a Master's degree in Meteorology at New York University in 1948. With his knowledge of radio operation, he gained a class "A" Amateur radio License and a Commercial second class license.
After finishing his MS in 1948, he became a Senior Engineer in TV design at Philco, a company that pioneered early battery, radio, and television research and development. At that time, Philco was a pioneer in the radio and TV industry, having sold over 30 million radios. He married Lucille Bradshaw in 1949, a relationship that lasted 56 years; they had no children. He was honorably discharged from the USAF in 1952.
In the early 1950's, Ted spent time in Philco's Communications department, and coordinated several major installations in both Japan and Korea. After several years in Asia, he returned to the U.S. He was initially assigned as a Regional Service Manager in the Boston office of company's TV group, overseeing the New England area. In 1956, he was relocated to Ann Arbor, MI. Within a few years, Philco was acquired by Ford Motor Company.

Leaving Philco-Ford soon thereafter, he started an automated telephone-based weather forecasting system called Weather Dial, which predated the National Weather Bureau's deployment of a similar capability by several years. It was a major technological achievement for that timeframe.
In 1965, he joined Zenith Radio Corporation in Chicago as a Field Engineer, specializing in repairing the state-of-the art television systems - color TV - throughout the Michigan and Ohio area. He also handled training of new field engineers, covering the same territory.
By 1974, Ted and Lucille decided to relocate to Kailua, HA. He initially taught color TV servicing classes at the Electronics Institute in Honolulu. Following his retirement from there, he became a teacher for the Hawaii Pacific University and taught math at local military bases.
One item was he proud of creating is a new way to learn basic math and even copyrighted a book called "Math to the Max."
When not playing bridge, he and Lucille were very active in local community affairs. At various times, they held key offices with the Kailua Navy League, the Kailua Historical Society, the Hawaiian Railway Society, the Kailua Urban Design Task Force and the Civilian Military Council with the nearby USMC base at Kaneohe.
Lucille passed away in mid-2005 and Ted moved to the San Francisco bay area to be near his nephew Bob Fish and niece -in-law Jennifer Fish, where he remained until his death on September 23, 2012. Ted is survived by two younger sisters, Margaret (Peggy) Fish, who lives in Reno, NV and Georgia May Sovern, who lives near New York City, NY

Richard "Dick" Howard Stanley
, Major USAF (Ret.), 89, of Englewood, FL, died on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at Mount Carmel East Hospital. Born September 26, 1922 in Marietta, Ohio to the late Howard and Elizabeth (Wilking) Stanley, Richard was a former meteorologist with the U.S. Air Force and was a Hurricane Hunter and member of the Air Weather Association. He was a longtime member of Groveport United Methodist Church and was a past president of Groveport Lion's Club. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Annie (Lillie) Stanley. Dick is survived by his son, Bob (Olivia) Stanley; and daughter, Barbara (Jerry) Sommer; grandchildren, Krysta Sharpe (James Martin), Rob (Sarah) Stanley, Kylene Stanley, Kalynn Ferrell, Bill (Rebecca) Sommer, Dan (Samantha) Sommer; and great-grandchildren, Trey, Tarynn, Bailey, Bryce, Brynna, Jake, Ben, Brady, Mara, Claire, Addyson, Jack, and Isla. Friends who wish may contribute to Groveport United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, 512 Main Street, Groveport, OH 43125. Online condolences Yesterday, I received a call from a daughter of Richard Stanley, also a Hurricane Hunter. She had been left a note from her father stating call AWA with my obit.

Otha Cleo Spencer, Major USAF (Ret.), a charter member of the Air Weather Association passed away peacefully on a Friday morning, June 1, 2012, at Briarcliff Health Center in Greenville, TX — wearing his ever-favorite World War II cap, proudly decorated with his 65-year Masonic pin. He left the world with a smile on his face and memorable smiles within the hearts of everyone who had known him and loved him during his 10 months at Briarcliff. His compassion and humor deeply touched everyone who knew him. Otha was born on April 27, 1920, in Lone Oak to Barney Byron Spencer and Flora Rudd Spencer. He grew up in Greenville with his brother Ollie Leo Spencer, until he moved to Commerce in 1938 to attend college.
The young student Otha met his wife and best friend of 66 years at the boarding house of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Abernathy in Commerce, where he worked his way through college washing dishes. He always told the story of enlisting the then-17 year old Abernathy daughter, Billie Ermine, to help with the final rinse so they could hold hands under the water. He would conclude the tale of how he started with a job and ended up with a wife. On Jan. 28, 1943, Otha married Billie in Columbia, S. C., before he headed off for his tenure in World War II. During World War II, Otha served in the U. S. Army Air Force. He was assigned to the China-Burma-India Theater, where he flew supplies over the Hump (the eastern end of the Himalayas) from India to China. Otha was also a B-25 instructor, a weather reconnaissance pilot in the North Atlantic, and a hurricane reconnaissance pilot in the South Atlantic. Otha graduated from East Texas State Teachers College (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) with a B.S. in 1941 and an M.S. in 1946. In 1955, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia. After the war, Otha returned to Commerce and joined the ETSU faculty in 1948, where he taught photography and journalism until his retirement in 1978 with the title of Professor Emeritus. He is recognized and remembered for establishing the university’s photojournalism program, one of the top programs in the university system at that time. Soon after his arrival back in Commerce, he and Billie had a son, John and a daughter, Mary who both attended Texas A&M University Commerce. After retiring from teaching, Otha continued to write and work as a commercial photographer. He and Billie also ran the Country Studio, a wonderful cozy whimsical shop, which sold unique gifts, antiques and collectibles, as well as custom picture framing. People came to The Country Studio from all around East Texas to shop for unique gifts and enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation in the store’s scenic and peaceful setting within the oak trees of the Spencer Compound and among the wide array of various dogs, cats, horses, and wildlife. Active in the Commerce community, Otha was named Citizen of the Year by the Commerce Chamber of Commerce in 1991. He also founded the Commerce Public Library Literacy Program in 1991, which is still in operation. In both 1996 and 2006, Otha was presented with the Texas A&M University-Commerce Spirit of Mayo Citation, given to individuals for exemplifying the credo of founder William L. Mayo, for unselfish service to others. He also received the university’s Distinguished Alumnus Citation in 2007, which recognizes career achievements that bring honor to the university. Otha was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Commerce for over 60 years. He taught Sunday School classes and was instrumental with the FUMC Foundation in building the new church on Highway 50.
He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Commerce, and in 2011 received his 65th year Masonic pin.
Otha wrote over 300 magazine articles and 12 books, including Flying the Hump: Memories of an Air War relating his experiences as a Hump pilot and Flying the Weather about his experiences as a weather reconnaissance pilot. Otha and Billie also co-edited the Commerce Handbook, an encyclopedia of people and events of Commerce and the university. Otha’s last book was That Lonesome Whistle: The History of the Cotton Belt in Commerce. For many years, Otha also wrote the Bits & Pieces weekly column in the Commerce Journal. Otha is survived by a son John Spencer and his wife Joanne of San Jose, Calif., daughter Mary Spencer of Dallas, grandson Will Spencer and his wife Janyce of Concord, Calif., granddaughter Gwendolyn Spencer of San Jose, Calif., and great-granddaughter Emi Elyse Spencer of Concord, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, and his beloved wife Billie Spencer in 2009.
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Captain Harry Wayne Brown,
Jr. passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2007 in Galveston, Texas. He was born on a cold and frosty morning on a plantation near Dixie, Louisiana, December 3, 1927 to his parents, Lucille McGuffey and Harry Wayne Brown, Sr. He attended and completed elementary and high school in New Orleans, La. After graduation he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, took training in Meteorology and spent two years in the Tropics doing Harbor Research and Tracking. After his service in WWII, he attended Centenary College earning his B.S. degree and Louisiana State University earning his M.A. degree. In 1951, while attending college, he was called to active duty in the U.S. Air Force. Following college he became a Safety Engineer for an oil company working over a period of 35 years to Assistant Chairman of the Board of Penzoil Exploration and Production Company. He became an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, attending schools and assignments while employed. From 1977 to 1980, he served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of RTU Galveston. During this period he volunteered to bring "Elissa" back to Galveston and assisted in her restoration. He served as an Adjunct Professor at Centenary College of Louisiana and Galveston College. In 1982, he was asked to return to active duty with responsibility for Offshore Fund Management and Base Operations. While on base, in New Orleans, he was honored by his Chief Petty Officers by being made an Honorary Chief Petty Officer 27 Chiefs signed his appointment. Medals while in service: WWII victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Coast Guard Humanitarian service Medal with Bronze Star, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with "O" device and two Bronze Stars and Coast Guard Medals Rifle and Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with Bronzes. He retired in 1985 and moved back to Galveston to help bring "Elissa" to Texas. In addition to volunteering on "Elissa", he served on the Galveston Wharves Board, Appraisal Review Board, Traffic Commission and Charter Review Committee, Prevent Blindness Texas Board, President of Texas Navy Association, Chairman of the Galveston Council of the Navy League, Off Shore Energy Center Board of Directors, Commissioning Committee "USS Ross", and "USS Texas". He was appointed by Governor Anne Richards to the Oil spill oversight Committee and by Governor Bush and Perry to the Galveston Texas City Pilots Commission serving 8 years as Chairman. He also served as Chairman of Galveston Wharves Advisory Board and Past Chairman Galveston Military Affairs Committee. He is a member of the US Naval order, The Great Houston Council of the Navy League, Master Mariners of America, Coast Guard Officers Club, The Yacht Club of Galveston, American Legion, Sunday Morning Coffee Club and American Society of Safety Engineers. He played a prominent part in bringing the Flight Museum and the Offshore Energy Rig to Galveston. He made arrangements through Council General of Denmark to bring the "Christian Radick" to Galveston for a day sail to let people know what "Elissa" would be like. One guest of the sail, got off and donated "1,000,000.00. He made arrangements to have "Elissa" berthed at the Old Southern Pacific Docks for her initial repairs on her arrival from Greece. She remained there for 18 months with water, electricity and port-a-cans provided by Duval Corp., a company he was affiliated with. Appointed as Honorary Ambassador of Galveston, he was responsible for acquiring the highly sought return of "USS Galveston" Silver Service from Washington, DC. He was presented with the Silver Service polished and preserved and selected the Rosenberg Library for its display. He served on Advisory Boards at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, La., University of Southwestern Louisiana at Lafayette, La., Texas A & M at College Station, Tx., Baylor College at Waco, Tx., and Advisor to Kincaid School at Houston, Tx. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Rebecca Brown Dokken. He is survived by his wife Francis Austin Brown; son Harry Wayne Brown, III; daughter Jennifer Anne Patton and husband Mark; grandchildren Eric Wayne Brown, Kare'lia Brown, Krystal Brown, James Dokken, 2nd Lt. Christopher Dokken, Rachel Patton and Chase Patton; great granddaughter Larissa Larae Brown; close nephew Ken Greaf; numerous other nieces and nephews; step-children Patti Morningstar and husband Michael, Dee Austin, Julia Church, Leisa Austin; step-grandchildren Nicole Morningstar Mathews and husband Russell, Alexander Morningstar, 2nd Lt. Micah Morningstar, Jessica Alexander and husband Shane, Jaclyn Austin, Dara Austin; great grandson Riley Mathews; and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be truly missed by his many friends whose lives he touched and influenced through the years. Needless to say, he loved Galveston, Texas and served her well. The family extends a special Thank You to all the nurses, doctors and staff for their care of Harry Brown, and their kindness and support to his family during his long stay at John Sealy Hospital. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to "Elissa", Offshore Energy Center, Prevent Blindness of Texas, The Heart Foundation.
Norman Johnson Clark,
Col USAF (Ret.), 84, of Tulsa, passed away Friday, June 15, 2012. He was born February 7, 1928 in Midland, MD, son of the late James Kirkwood and Mary Etta (Johnson) Clark. He attended Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, PA where he studied Aeronautical Engineering withdrawing in 1946 to enlist in the Army Air Force serving as a weather technician in a B-29 Weather Reconnaissance Squadron based in Guam. He was called to service again in 1952 during the Korean War. The same year he married his beloved wife of 55 years, Madeline Feucht Clark. She passed away in 2008. Norman was assigned by the Air Force to Texas A&M University for graduate training in Meteorology and was awarded a Master of Science degree. His final assignment was as Commander of the 6th Weather Squadron located at Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City. Norman retired from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel on June 1, 1978 with 30 years of service. He volunteered with the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. In Oct of 2009 he married Wilma Brakey, she preceded him in death a few months later. He is survived by his son, Doug Clark of Euless, TX and daughter, Debbie Milberger and husband, Mark of Tulsa; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren; two sisters, Helen LaPrade and Evelyn Burdette.

Ronald Joseph Kraus, Sr., 73, local businessman, philanthropist, educator, retired US Air Force Vietnam Veteran, of Nashua, New Hampshire died on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, New Hampshire.  Mr. Kraus was born in New York, New York on January 16, 1939, a son of the late Joseph W. and Alice (Schwagerl) Kraus. He was the husband of Donna (Varney) Kraus whom he married on October 8, 1989. They shared 22 years of marriage.  Education was a driving force in Mr. Krausďż˝ life and as such he completed many avenues of study including his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Manhattan College in New York, NY, Certificate in Atmospheric Physics from Mass Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, MBA in Business Management from Webster University, St. Louis, MO, Master of Education in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Boston University.
Mr. Kraus was CEO of Bausch Articulating Papers, Inc. from August 1997 to the present. He also was former vice president of institutional advancement at Rivier College, which recently became Rivier University on July 1. He played a key role in the school�s decision in 1990 to become a fully co-ed institution. Rivier allowed men into its undergraduate day program starting in September 1991 and increased enrollment has helped the school thrive in Nashua and expand its national and global reach. He, as well, lectured at Rivier College and Daniel Webster Colleg and Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. Mr. Kraus was President and served as Executive Director of New England Colleges Foundation from May 1990 � present and President of Tufts University Foundation in Andover, MA from September 1997 to present. Mr. Kraus was President and served on the Board of Directors for Nashua Education Foundation from June 2009 to present. He served on the Board of Directors for several years of The Front Door Agency, (formerly The Care Center) including serving as President. He also led their Endowment Campaign and Strategic Planning. He was a member of Rotary Club of Nashua, West. Mr. Kraus was a Chairman of the Board for the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and received the President�s Award from the Chamber in 2007, and was instrumental in the development of the Leadership Greater Nashua program. He was the consummate student, always learning and passing on his knowledge. He had the talent of connecting people to people. He was a 20 year United States Air Force veteran who served in the Vietnam Era and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
After retiring from the Air Force, he spent 20 years in higher education spending most of that time at Anna Maria College.
Mr. Kraus had a zest for life that was contagious. He enjoyed boating, travel, reading, writing, music, fishing, and at one time was a runner. Mr. Kraus was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Parish in Nashua, and was instrumental in the construction of the present church building.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Virginia Kraus Moughan who died in September 2004.

In addition to his wife, Donna of Nashua, survivors include five children, Ronald J. Kraus, Jr. and his wife Rachel of Medfield, MA, Kevin J. Kraus and his wife Kerri of San Rafael, CA, Heather M. Kraus of Worcester, MA, Ethan E. Kraus of Nashua and Allison P. Kraus of Nashua, NH; his son-in-law, Thomas Moughan of Leicester, MA; seven grandchildren, Sarah Moughan, Emily Moughan, Ryan Kraus, Emma Kraus, Dylan Kraus, Ava Kraus and John Kraus; a brother, Joseph D. Kraus and his wife Geralyn of State College, PA; former wife, Virginia A. Kraus of Shrewsbury, MA; his mother-in-law Patricia Varney of Springfield, MA, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Linda and Rudolph Brooks of Standish, ME; Dale and Amy Varney of E. Longmeadow, MA and Kevin and Regina Varney of Wilbraham, MA; several nieces and nephews.

SERVICES: Visiting Hours will be held at Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street, Nashua on Sunday, July 15, 2012 from 4:00 ďż˝ 8:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Parish, 216 East Dunstable Road, Nashua on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. Friends are invited to attend. Interment Prayers, Military Rites, and Burial will follow in Edgewood Cemetery, Nashua. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation to: Nashua Education Foundation, c/o Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, 142 Main Street 5th Floor, Nashua, NH 03060, or Home, Health & Hospice Care, c/o Development, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054, or The Front Door Agency, 7 Concord Street, Nashua, NH 03064. Arrangements are in care of the DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock Street, Nashua, www.davis, (603-883-3401) �ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER.�

Lt. Col. Norman C. Cox, USAF (Ret.) was born August 19, 1921 at Shady Ranger Station, near Mena, Arkansas - third son of a Forest Ranger. The family moved to Louisiana in 1937 and Norman graduated high school in Leesville, LA. He attended Northwestern State College until 1942, when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps at Barksdale AFB. He was commissioned in 1944 at Selman Field and was assigned to the 91st Bomb GP as a Navigator on a B-17 crew in England. After WWII, he was assigned to Chanute Field, IL to Weather Officer School. While at Chanute he was married to Jacqueline Nell Myers, of Shreveport, LA on August 4, 1946. Upon graduation from Weather Officer School he was assigned to Air Weather Service, where he served until retirement in 1964. These assignments included duty as Weather Instructor at AOB School at Mather AFB, Weather Reconnaissance Representative on the Pacific Typhoon Board, Aerial Weather Recon Officer with 54th WRS on Guam, 57th WRS at Hickam AFB, Squadron Weather Officer and Exec 53rd WRS in Bermuda, and finally Recon Liaison Officer to TAC HQ until retirement in August 1964. Stateside assignments included Weather Station duty at Barksdale, Randolph, and Palm Beach AF Bases. While at West Palm Beach he completed requirements for a B.S. Degree at Florida Southern under Operation Bootstrap. After retirement, Col. Cox enrolled in graduate school at Louisiana Tech University and was employed to establish and serve as Resident Coordinator of a program of education at Barksdale AFB. In this capacity he completed the requirements for his MBA and the coursework for the DBA degrees. After five years at Barksdale, he was employed as Assistant Professor of Marketing at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas where he remained for 14 years until his retirement again in 1985. The Coxes moved to Air Force Village I in December 1990 and to Village II in July 1991. Col. Cox was preceded in death by his parents, Guy Cox and Fannie Head Cox; daughter, Catherine Thompson, sister, Irene Cox Martin and two brothers, Edwin Austin Cox and Reuben Dean Cox. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jackie Cox; son, Norman G. Cox and wife, Diane: daughter, Connie Cox; son-in-law, Charles Thompson; grandchildren, Casey Thompson and Debbie Thompson and great-grandchildren, Sebastian Thompson and Tori Thompson.

Clayton DeWitte Forbes, 87, of Midland, Texas, passed away on September 30, 2006. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on March 4, 1919 to Francis Henry Forbes and Florence Louella Wisher Forbes. Clayton married Jeraldine Schwander on May 21, 1943 in Ft. Worth, Texas.
During WWII he served in the European theater and participated in the Normandy invasion. As a career Air Force officer, Clayton and his family were stationed in various parts of the U.S., Bermuda and France. In Bermuda, he was a "Hurricane Hunter."
After his military career, he worked as an Earth Scientist at the Johnson Space Center in Houston during the Apollo flights.
Clayton was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, a constant seeker of adventure and knowledge. He was admired and respected by all who knew him. His family will miss his considerable influence.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Jeraldine (Jerry); two daughters, Sandra Desmond and husband, Jim, of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Michele Yost, of Midland, Texas; one son, Douglas Clayton Forbes, of Santa Monica, California; three grandchildren, Marla Yost, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Paul Yost, of Houston, Texas and Katie Eberts, of Midland, Texas; and one great-grandchild, Clayton Brodie Eberts, of Midland, Texas.
Clayton was a member of the Church of Christ for 60 years and served as a deacon.

 Dean William Terlinden died October 31, 2011 from pneumonia. He was born February 20, 1921 in Pewaukee Wisconsin. He grew up on a farm there with parents Charles and Emma and older brother Carl, older sister Fern, younger sister Olive and younger brother Glenn. (A younger sister Ruth died in infancy.) There he began his lifetime habit of going to bed and rising early. He got a bachelor's degree from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin, helping pay his way by working as a janitor. In 1943 he joined the United States Army Air Corps which would later become the United States Air Force and served in World War II. Denied his wish to become a pilot because of his color-blindness, he completed a special course of study at UCLA and became a weather forecaster. While he was at UCLA, good friend and classmate Ned Boyer invited him home for a Christmas meal at his Beverly Hills home. There he met Ned's sister Jane, destined to be his wife. He traveled to England where he helped forecast the weather for the D-Day invasion of Normandy and landed in Normandy the day after, when enemy artillery fire was still heavy. Later he served in France after its liberation, at the Potsdam conference in Germany, in Japan, and back in Germany as part of the Berlin airlift. In 1950, he married Jane Frances Boyer. He and Jane moved around the country following various military assignments. While stationed near Boston, he took classes at M.I.T. They settled in Long Beach, California, where they had their first son David in 1952. In 1959, they had their second son Don. Their sons grew up in a household that valued learning and reading. Every Saturday morning, Dean and Jane took their sons to Ruth Bach branch library to load up on books. In 1960, Dean bicycled across the United States from east coast to west. After his ride, he consulted current record books and determined that he unofficially had the third fastest time. After retiring from the Air Force Reserves as a lieutenant colonel, he received a master's degree and teaching credential at California State University Long Beach. He then became a substitute teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District and routinely bicycled to his assignments in San Pedro and South Los Angeles. Dean used his long teacher's summer vacations to treat his family to car trips that covered over 35 states, including Alaska and all the provinces of Canada. They spent lots of time in his home state of Wisconsin, sometimes living on the farm where he was raised. In 1980, he retired from teaching and enjoyed traveling with his wife Jane around California, staying at various military bases. He was an avid gardener and grew his own vegetables, fruits and flowers for many years. He enjoyed playing solitaire, solving crossword and cryptogram puzzles, and reading. He liked history books most of all, especially histories of World War II. Until the middle of this year he was able to live at home with his wife thanks to the dedication of caregivers Janet Terrenal, Paul Masiclac and others. He is survived by sons, David and Don; daughter-in-law, Katy; and grandchildren, Elizabeth and William; who was named after Dean's middle name. He took great pride in the achievements of his children and grandchildren.

Dr. Clifford Dalton Kern, PhD Resident of Aromas, CA My dad, Dr. Clifford D. Kern, 84, died on April 26, 2012. He was born on January 28, 1928 in Alameda, CA. to the late Arthur and Blanche Kern. He married the late Constance Joyce Kern on February 21, 1951 and had three children, Michael, Janice and Michelle. They were married for 50 years until her death on July 18, 2001. Cliff had two PhD's one in Physics from UCLA and one in Meteorology from the University of Washington. He served 27 years in the United States Air Force and retired in 1973 with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was employed by SRS (Dupont) from 1973-1978 and Lockheed from 1978 until his retirement. Survivors are his three children, three grandchildren Holly, Alex and Mikey and two grandsons John and Lyric. A Military memorial was held on April 28, 2012 with full honors and he was laid to rest in Colma on May 11, 2012 next to his wife Joyce. He was a charter member of the Air Weather Association and a member of its board of directors and treasurer from 94-04.

Kathleen Crosby St. Clair
(widow of Col Eugene St. Clair who died in 1981) Eldorado, TX - Long time area rancher, Kathleen Crosby "Kat" St. Clair died Tuesday, June 5, 2012. She was born October 12, 1923 to John Christie and Lillian Hannie Crosby. Kathleen was raised in Eldorado and on her grandparent's Middle Valley ranch in Schleicher County, Texas. She was a 1945 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and a lifelong Longhorn fan. She met and married Eugene Christian "Gene" St. Clair in 1948 and they had one child, a daughter, Christie St. Clair. Kathleen and Gene, a career USAF officer, traveled the world for thirty years until his retirement in 1977 when they returned to Schleicher County to live on the ranch that her grandparents, Gratten Christie and Cordelia Crosby, had homesteaded in 1901. Kathleen's proudest accomplishment was that she was able to keep the ranch intact and to improve the land. In 2002, the G.C. Crosby Ranch was designated in the Texas Department of Agriculture's Texas Family Land Heritage Program as a registered Texas Century Ranch, having been a continuous working ranch operated through the same family for at least one hundred years. Additionally, Kathleen continued to run livestock on University of Texas land that her family has leased since the mid-1930s. Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by her daughter, Christie, and numerous cousins on both sides of the border, including Eduardo Garza Crosby, Roberto Garza Crosby and Patricio Garza Crosby. Additionally, she is survived by each of her long time ranch managers and trusted friends, Juan Mu�oz, of Middle Valley and John Nanny, of Barnhart and their respective extended families. Kathleen loved her family, loved her friends, loved her land, loved her livestock, loved her life and loved a good laugh. She will be greatly missed by those who were fortunate enough to have known her. Her funeral service will be held Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM at St. James Episcopal Church in Fort McKavett . In lieu of flowers her family requests that donations be made to the Volunteer Fire Departments of Fort McKavett, Eldorado, Sonora and/or Barnhart.

Raymond Casimir Wanta,
90, of Cambridge, formerly of Belmont and Concord died Thursday, January 26, 2012 at Neville Manor Nursing Home in Cambridge. He was the beloved husband of Lorna J. C. (Devlin) Wanta. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 3, 1921 he was the son of the late Nicholas J. and Emily M. (Makowska) Wanta. He graduated from Pio Nono High School in Milwaukee. He attended Marquette University of Engineering and Canisius College for undergraduate study. He received a B.S. in Physical Sciences from the University of Chicago in 1943. He attended The Johns Hopkins University for graduate study in mathematics and physics and received a Masters in Meteorology from New York University. During World War II, he served in the U. S. Army Air Force as an Aviation Cadet and retired as Captain. He headed a unit of the American Army of Occupation in Japan consulting on air pollution problems. For many years, Mr. Wanta worked as an Environmental Consultant and Meteorologist. From 1979 until 1980, he was a visiting professor of Meteorology at the University of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Wanta was the author of several publications regarding Meteorology and Air Pollution guidelines. During the 1940s and 50s, he served as a Research Meteorologist for the U. S Weather Bureau in Washington, D.C. and later worked at the U.S. Public Health Service in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Tennessee Valley Authority in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the Sperry Gyroscope Company in Ronkonkoma, New York, and the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York. From 1960 until 1963 he worked as a Senior Meteorologist for Aracon Laboratories, Allied Research Associates, Inc. in Concord, from 1965 to 1968 was Chief Meteorologist for Singco, Inc. in Burlington and from 1968 to 1969 Senior Consultant for Bolt, Beranak and Newman, Inc, in Cambridge. In 1967 Mr. Wanta was an Associate Editor of the publication, ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT, and later was an affiliated member of the D-22 Committee on Methods of Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres, the American Society for Testing and Materials, and a sub-committee member for Medical and Biologic Effects of Environmental Pollutants for the National Research Council. His memberships include, the Air Pollution Control Association, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Mu Epsilon, Sigma Xi, the Society for Natural Philosophy, Tau Beta Pi, the International Platform Association, the Amateur Radio Relay League. He tutored many high school students in Concord, Carlisle and other public and private schools in the area. In addition to his beloved wife, Lorna, he is survived by his children, Karen W. Hillis of Lawton, Oklahoma, Paul G. Wanta of Wendell Depot, MA, Stephen A. Wanta of New York City, NY, 3 grandchildren, Ivy Wanta and Violet Wanta, both of New York City, NY and Katherine E. Carver of Dallas, TX. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 4th in St. Annes in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 147 Concord Road, Lincoln at 11 AM. Burial will be in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord where officers of the U.S Air Force will present military honors. Concords town flag will fly at half-staff on Saturday in recognition of Mr. Wantas service to his country during World War II. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, 980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02138. Arrangements are under the care of Susan M. Dee and Charles W. Dee, Jr., Directors, Dee Funeral Home of Concord.

H. Stuart Muench
, 81, died May 26 at the Mereoint Nursing Center for Brunswick. He was born in Stamford, Conn., on Sept. 23, 1930, the son of Harry Edward Muench and Elsie Locke Muench. He attended Hinckley Elementary School and graduated from Darien High School in 1948. Inspired by his seventh-grade earth sciences class, he majored in meteorology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his bachelor's degree in 1952. After graduation he spent two years in the U.S. Air Force as a weather observer and forecaster, returning to Massachusetts Institute of Technology for graduate work in 1954 and received his master's degree in 1956. Before he graduated, he began working as a civilian employee for the U.S. Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory. On Jan. 3, 1959, he married Elizabeth Gilmore Holt in Davos, Switzerland. They met through their inter-collegiate outing club activities including camping, hiking and skiing. They continued these activities throughout the rest of their lives. In 1961 they bought a house in Lexington, Mass., and lived there until moving to Maine in 2006. Muench was offered an opportunity to complete a doctoral degree in meteorology while serving as an instructor at the University of Washington in Seattle, and took a leave of absence from his work with the U.S. Air Force to do so. He completed his thesis on heat transfer processes in the stratosphere and he spent a summer on the coast of Maine working on airport visibility instrumentation, laying the foundation for later civilian development of highway ground fog warning systems. His work developing computer programs that could recognize the radar signatures of developing thunderstorms and tornadoes is among the ancestors of today's graphics on the Weather Channel. After his children were grown, Muench and his wife went further afield for their camping, hiking and climbing adventures in places like the Canadian Rockies, Denali National Park, New Zealand, the Khumbu region of Nepal, China, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Cape Horn, Patagonia and Scotland. He was a member of the American Meteorological Society, the Appalachian Mountain Club and Sigma Xi. He was predeceased by his brother, John. Muench is survived by his wife, Betsy; daughters, Susan, Cynthia and Joanna and her husband, Craig Lee; foster daughter, Renae Owens; one granddaughter; and one foster granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 24 at the Durham Quaker Meeting House. A committal service for his ashes in a family plot will be held at 2 p.m. July 28 in Georgetown.

Major Paul Dean Halloran, USAF (retired)
, age 73, of O�Fallon, born June 16, 1938 in Hastings, Neb., passed away June 6, 2012. Paul served in the US Air Force for 21 years, retiring in 1983. He was a meteorologist, serving as commander of the weather unit at Scott AFB from 1969 to 1973, and retiring as Commander of Air Weather Service, Army Garrison Ansbach, Germany. His awards and decorations included the Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Force Commendation Medals, and the Army Commendation Medal. After his military retirement, he worked in various local management positions. His recent years were shaped by the lives and activities of his three grandsons, to whom he was very devoted with his time and energy, particularly Boy Scouts Troop 13. He enjoyed his mornings at the O�Fallon YMCA, with a quick work out, followed by social time with several cups of coffee. Mr. Halloran was preceded in death by his wife, Dianne, nee Hankenson, Halloran; and his parents, John Leon Halloran and Christine, nee Helzer, Halloran. Surviving are his children Michael Halloran of O�Fallon and Tammy (Gregory) Murphy of Belleville; his three grandsons Kevin, Kyle, and Kurtis Murphy; brother Richard (Connie) Halloran of Hastings, Neb., and sister Carolyn Rants of Sioux City, Iowa. Memorial donations are suggested to American Heart Association. Visitation: Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 8, 2012 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home. Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at O�Fallon City Cemetery, Ill., with military honors.

Earl Adam Shaefer, Lt Col USAF (Ret.)
, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas. He was born on March 20, 1919, in Fort Wayne. After graduating from Elmhurst High School in 1937, he attended General Electric's machinist-toolmaker apprentice program for 3 1/2 years before entering the Army Air Corps in August of 1941. Upon completion of the Aviation Cadet program and being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant Pilot, he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Ruth Seidner on March 16, 1942 in Phoenix, Ariz. He was then assigned to the 92nd B-17 Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force and sent to England in August of 1942. He served in the European Theater of Operations where he completed a combat tour of 25 missions, culminating in the deadly Schweinfurt raid in October of 1943. His many assignments included tours of duty in Air Weather Reconnaissance units. He commanded the 513th Reconnaissance Squadron (49-50). He spent a total of 28 years in the United States Air Force during which he held many posts in places such as Alaska, California, Greenland, Guam, and even Ottawa in an exchange program with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Throughout his career, he was especially thankful for his beloved wife, Ruth, and although he greatly credits her for their care and upbringing, he was a strong and steady influence in the lives of their six loving children. When he retired from the Air Force in 1969, he had attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and earned several medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. He was also a named member of the Order of Daedalians, America's premier fraternal organization of military pilots. Even after he retired from military service, he continued to fly for a private charter service based out of Fort Wayne. He is survived by his loving daughters, Kathleen Shaefer of Bloomington, Jennifer (John) Quinlan of Manassas, Va. and Nancy (Robert) Havens of Denver, Colo.; son, David (Theresa) Shaefer of Fort Wayne; brother, Robert Shaefer; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Anita Shaefer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Ruth Shaefer; daughter, Wendy Cox; and son, Jack Shaefer. Graveside service was on Dec. 6, 2010, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, with full military honors.

Barbara Collens, wife of John W. Collens III, MGen USAF (Ret.), died on April 27, 2012. Funeral services are pending. John and Barbara Collens formally co-founded the Air Weather Association in 1987 with camaraderie amongst all who identify with Air Force Weather as a goal. Their untiring and unselfish work resulted in a large membership, biennial reunions and outreach "to care for our own." The AWA John and Barbara Collens awards are presented each year to the outstanding individual Air Force Weather personnel chosen by the USAF Director of Weather.

Clifford Adams "Bud" Spohn,
Col USAF, (Ret.) 96 of Solomons, MD died on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Asbury Solomons Retirement Community in Solomons, MD. Born on December 21, 1915, in Reading, PA, he was the son of the late Clifford Spohn and Margaret Rankin.
On May 23, 1942, Bud married his beloved wife of 69 years, Laura Ella Hoeltzel. He earned his doctorate degree in Meteorology from MIT. He was a career Officer in the United States Air Force. During his decorated career he was the Commander of the 6th Weather Wing at Andrews Air Force Base. In 1966, he retired from the Air Force as a Colonel. After retiring he went to work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as the Deputy Director of the National Environmental Satellite Service. Bud was a member of many clubs and organizations, which included the Military Officers Association of America, Retired Officers Association, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, American Meteorology Association, World Meteorology Association, and many international meteorological committees. He was a long time active member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church. He was also a long time active resident of Asbury Solomons Retirement Community. His hobbies included volunteering with the many organizations he belonged to, reading, singing and playing bridge.
In addition to his wife, Bud is survived by his children, Clifford Spohn II (Sandra) of Albuquerque, NM, Katharine Kettler (Ronald) of Columbia, MO, Barbara Spohn of Bowie, MD, Sally Lowe (Fran Welsh) of Arnold, MD and Michael Spohn (Jill) of Reston VA; 12 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandsons, Clifford Spohn III who died tragically while serving his country in Iraq and Brian Spohn; and his siblings, Katharine Miller and John Spohn.

Memorial contributions may be made to Asbury Solomons Benevolent Fund, 1110 Asbury Circle, Solomons, MD 20688 or Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 27108 Mount Zion Church Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. Condolences to the family may be made at
Cemetery Services: Arlington National Cemetery, Wednesday August 8th, 2012 at 1 PM with full military honors.

Tunis D. Morrow, Lt Col USAF, (Ret.), 87, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Saturday, May 7, 2011. He was born on Oct. 6, 1923, in Hammon, Okla.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Hazel Rose Morrow; two sons, Blair Morrow and wife, Brenda, and Brad Morrow and wife, Catherine; granddaughters, Lauren and Morgan Morrow; and grandsons, Ryan and Nathaniel Morrow. He is also survived by his sister, Sue Finley.
Tunis proudly served his country for 25 years in the U.S. Air Force, and was a member of the Order of Daedalians, Seagull Flight No. 161.
He was laid to rest with military honors at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Fla., at 1:15 p.m. Monday, May 16, 2011.

James Martin Priest, Col. USAF (Ret.), 84, passed away at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center of pneumonia on June 9, 2011. He was born February 19, 1927 in El Paso, Texas to Gilbert C and Anna Mae McMillan Priest. They moved to Searchlight, Nevada in 1930. He graduated from Las Vegas High School at age 16 and entered the US Army Air Force in 1944. After a brief stay at the Army Camp in Kearns, Utah he was sent to Alaska for duty. He remained in Alaska a short time and was chosen to go to Officers Candidate School. He completed his training in San Antonio, Texas as a 2nd Lieutenant and returned to Salt Lake where he met Pauline Bonham. They were married May 3, 1947. This marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from the University of Utah. His 30 years of military service required him to spend many years overseas and he served two tours of duty in Japan. He was the navigator for special envoy fights servicing embassies in the Far East and Middle East. His whole Squadron in Japan was transferred from Japan to Germany for the Berlin Airlift in 1949. He considered the Berlin Air Lift one of the most important humanitarian services of the United States. In addition to his overseas assignments in the 1950s, he was also stationed at March AFB, California, McGuire AFB, New Jersey. In the 1960s and 70s he was stationed with his family in England, Offutt AFB, Castle AFB, Frankfurt, Germany (where he was promoted to full Colonel), and Heidelberg, Germany, at that time he also received his MBA from Boston University. His last assignment was at the Air Force Accounting Center in Denver, Colorado where he retired from the Unites States Air Force in 1974 after surviving a heart attack. He was advised to move to a lower altitude so the family moved to Modesto, California where he continued to recover from a heart attack. After his recovery he worked as the Business Manager for the elementary schools and high school in Turlock, California. After 10 years he retired again and served a mission for the Church at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City for 18 months. He found this very rewarding and later continued his service at the BYU Family History Library for 10 years. He and Pauline moved to Springville, Utah in 2001 and have since enjoyed traveling and have visited many exotic places including the Antarctic, Swalberg, and the Amazon. He is survived by his wife, Pauline, and three sons, James Jr. (Gail) Jeffrey (Linda) and Andrew (Carol), 15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery where a military service was given by the Springville American Legion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.

John L. Wolfe, Lt Col USAF (Ret.), of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on May 29, 2010. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin May 17, 1926 to Doris Lang Wolfe and John Stanton Wolfe, he attended Holy Rosary Grade School and North Division High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 during World War II for training as a B29 gunner. Utilizing the Gl bill after the war, he graduated from Marquette University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. On August 3, 1946, he married the love of his life, Jeanne Marie Sheeley. As the Korean War loomed on the horizon, Jack decided to serve his country as a career officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in 1951, obtaining a Masters Degree in Meteorology from the University of Washington. The wild adventures began as an Air Force family to New York, French Morocco, Rhine Maine, Germany and back to Washington. Five children later and duty stations which included Ohio, Puerto Rico and Massachusetts, Lt. Col. Wolfe retired from the Air Force. Nearly 30 years of honorable service to his country was recognized with countless medals, ribbons and awards. In 1970, the Wolfe pack trekked across country to their new home in Phoenix. Jack taught physics, math, photography and yearbook at Tolleson Union High School for 18 years. For the last 22 years, he enjoyed his retirement building his beloved ultralight airplane, discovering computers, the internet and spending time with his entire family. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Doris and John. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jeanne, his sister, Betty Ann Mares.of Milwaukee, WI, and his 5 children: Jeanne Stape (Jim), John Wolfe (Nancy), James Wolfe (Laurie), Jill Wolfe (Alan Derrick) and Joy Gillies (Jonathan). He was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. His wit and intelligence were present to the very end. Dad was a patriot, a role model and our hero. Burial was at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona with full military honors at 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024.

John Thomas Dutro, Jr., died on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at his residence in Washington, DC. Husband of Nancy P. Dutro; father of Sarah Cormier (Gil), Christopher Dutro (Joanne) and Susan Dutro (Will); brother of Robert Dutro and Jean Dutro; grandfather of Jennifer, Erin, Kevin, Rebecca and Rachel. Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Paleontological Research Institution, 1259 Trumansburg Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850 or Capital Hospice, 4401 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20008. He trained at Denison Univ., and served as a weather observer in Greenland in WWII.

Roland Foss Harvey, Maj USAF (Ret.), passed away at the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home on July 7, 2009. He had just celebrated his 87th birthday on Father's Day. Roland was born on June 21, 1922, in Duxbury, Vermont. In December 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp and became a Commissioned Officer in September 1945. In 1948, while stationed on the Island of Guam, he met and married a young Civil Service employee from Waukesha, WI, named Olive Martha Siewert, the love of his life. Together, with their growing family, they were stationed at bases in California, Louisiana, Japan and Spain, before returning to Barksdale AFB for the Major's final assignment and retirement in January 1963. For the next 6 years, Roland managed Manpower, Inc in Shreveport while teaching next door at Shreveport Draughn Norton School of Business. He then went to work as General Manager of Foster Mobile Home Sales on Greenwood Road until his retirement in June 1990.
Major Harvey was preceded in death by wife, Olive Martha Siewert Harvey, his parents Harold and Terrace Harvey, brother and sister-in-law Harold and Yvonne Harvey, and his sister Ann Priestly.
Roland and Ollie celebrated 54 years of marriage before her passing in November 2002. Major Harvey is survived by six children: his sons James (Kathy) Harvey of Lexington, KY; and Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret) Tommy (Paulette) Harvey of Bossier City, LA; his daughters, Susan Cornette of Fort Worth, TX; Patti (Kavin) LaCaze of Bossier City, LA; Maria (Tommy) Starkey of Lexington KY; and Laura (Mike-Master Sergeant, USAF Ret) Bratcher of Hooks, TX. He is also survived by his grandchildren, James Harvey, Jr.; Scott (Kristy) Cornette; Belinda (Shawn-Major US Army) Bault; Chasity (Marty) Owen; Chris (Sarah Faith) Cornette; Adam (Amy) Bullock; Technical Sergeant, USAF Jason Harvey; Clay (Karen) Harvey; Staff Sergeant USAF Jonathan Bullock; Kari Harvey; Travis Starkey; Austin Starkey; Hannah Starkey; Sarah Bratcher and Martha Bratcher. And his great grandchildren: James Harvey III; Christian Cornette; Kaleigh Timmons; Luke Cornette; Grant Cornette; and Savannah Bullock. Also, celebrating his life is sister-in-law Elly Siewert Parry of WI, and nieces and nephew Jeanne (Tim) Stien of IL; Jill (Mike) Woodford of WI; Jim (Karla) Parry of WI; Karen (Skip) Lata and Sheila Trombly both of CT.
Major Harvey was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, the Retired Officers Association, and VFW Post 5951 where he was formerly the Chaplain and Blood Drive Chairperson. Roland volunteered for many years with LifeShare Blood Centers and the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center. The family would like to express their appreciation to the following: Dr. Robert McCoy, Dr. Roy Fleniken, Mr. Byron Hines, and the staff of the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home where he resided for the last months of his life.
A service celebrating the life of Major Harvey was held at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel with interment with full military honors in Hill Crest Memorial Park.

Robert L. Kane, Col. USAF (Ret.),
age 89, of Carsonville MI, died Thursday, April 5, 2012 in California. He was born January 2, 1923 in Carleton, Michigan son of the late Edward T. and Nellie (Corcoran) Kane. He and Mary V. Watson were married June 12, 1944 in Marine City. Bob attended the Hall of the Divine Child in Monroe, MI and was a graduate of Carleton High School. He was attending the University of Michigan when Uncle Sam called and he immediately entered the Meteorological Program at UofM and then the University of Maryland. Robert served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942 - 1973 where he attained the rank of Colonel. He was a Military Officer, Pilot, and Meteorologist. During the Vietnam War he was commander of the 54th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (66-67) at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. He also later commanded the 7th Weather Wing (70-73), Scott AFB, IL. After retiring, he taught AF JR ROTC at Anaheim High School in Anaheim, CA. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Port Sanilac MI, V.F.W. Post 8872, Port Sanilac, the Air Force Association, The Retired Officers Association (MOAA), Air Weather Association and American Meteorological Society. He attended Eastern Michigan State College, University of Michigan, and earned his Bachelor Degree at University of Maryland. Bob was an inspiration to all of his family including his many nieces, nephews and friends for his compassionate kindness, help in difficult situations, and scrupulous integrity. One of his occupations in his retirement was driving senior citizens in the county to doctor and hospital appointments which was a source of deep satisfaction to him. Survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Anne, Julia, and Mari; son, John; 9 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Cynthia in 1999. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Mary Catholic Church, Port Sanilac, MI. Burial was in the Old St. Mary Cemetery.

CMSgt Bobby W. Luker, 82, Schreveport , Louisiana , died from a series of health issues on 29 Aug 2011. I first met Bobby at Beale AFB back in 1964 and did not get a chance to visit with him until Jul 02 when I stopped in to visit him on my way back from Texas . He was a weather observer and a Chief Observer when that position still existed. I do not believe he was a member of the AWA, but I know there are people out there who knew Bobby.
Submitted by Francis Flesch.

David W. Saxton, Col USAF (Ret.) died of natural causes on March 30, 2012 in Charlotte Hall, MD. Born in Holton, Michigan, David attended a one-room schoolhouse. After graduating as class valedictorian, he received a scholarship to Hope College in Holland Michigan. In his junior year, he joined the army and finished his degree in New York University as a cadet, graduating in 1944 with a degree in meteorology. During the Second World War, Colonel Saxton was stationed in England in 1944, where he met Patricia Margaret Brown and married in June 1945. He received a BS in Mathematics in 1947 from the University of Michigan and an MS in Meteorology in 1956 from the University of Chicago. As an Air Force officer, the Saxtons traveled around the world from Washington, DC, Japan, Nebraska, Illinois, Alabama, England, and Hawaii. Colonel Saxton retired as Chief, Operations Division, HQ 1st Weather Wing, Hickam AFB, Hawaii in 1974. He joined NOAA that same year and retired as Chief, Basic Weather Branch, National Meteorological Center, National Weather Service, in 1984. Col. Saxton celebrated his 90th birthday with his family on March 17th. He is survived by his beloved wife Patricia Margaret Brown, and his seven children, Anne Bristow and Amanda Saxton of Anchorage, AK; Louise Thelen of Hilo, HI; Barbara Saxton of Arlington, VA; Michael Saxton of McLean, VA; Ronald Saxton of Leesburg, VA; and Charles Saxton of La Plata, MD; thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A life celebration gathering will take place on Friday, April 6, 2012 from 10 am until time of Memorial Service at 11 am at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. Pastor Dave Huffman will officiate. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home 29449 Charlotte Hall Road Charlotte Hall, MD 20622

James A. Kuhn, 80, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at Pepper Hospice, Barrington. He was born June 12, 1931, in Chicago. He had worked in auto sales and leasing. He was veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the Air Force. He was a member and treasurer of the Rolling Meadows Historical Society, member of the Citizens Police Academy, helped build the library, and member of the Veterans Commission and the Arlington Heights American Legion. He was the husband of the late Janice; father of Karen (Mark) Abruzino, James (Laura), Robert (Kristine), Deborah (Daniel) Sonoda, William (Loriann), Terese (Roy) Olson, Jamie (Gregory) Molnar, Thomas (Tracy) and the late Michael Kuhn; grandfather of 18; great-grandfather of three; brother of Philip (Janet), John (Marian), Dr. William (Jeanette), Robert (the late Maureen) and the late Thomas (Maureen) Kuhn; and dear friend of Marge Serritella. Visitation will be Monday, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Meadows Funeral Home, 3615 Kirchoff Road (ďż˝ block east of Route 53), Rolling Meadows. Services will be Tuesday, at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, proceeding to St. Colette Church, for Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville FL 32256. For information, 847-253-0224.

David Eugene Bayless, 87, a native of Longview, Texas, and 17-year resident of Yorktown, Va., died peacefully at St. Francis Nursing Home, surrounded by his family on Jan. 23, 2010. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force during WW II, and retired as a SMSGT after 26 years, in 1967. After the military, he taught at New Horizons and retired in 1987, from the Hampton School System. He was a member of Niles McKinley Lodge No. 0794, the Army and Navy Lodge No. 306, and Scottish Rite. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary T. Bayless; sons, Gary B. Bayless and wife, Jackie Bayless, and David L. Bayless; granddaughters, Amy B. Dayton and husband, Brian Dayton, Lia Bayless, and Sarah Bayless. Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family. A memorial celebration of David's life will be held at 11 a.m., Jan. 28, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 2510 N. Armistead Ave., in Hampton. Interment will be private. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church Memorial Fund. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Hiram Pierce "Bill" Bilyeu, Col USAF (Ret.) 86, Pocatello ID, passed away Thursday afternoon, Jan. 5, 2012, at a local medical center.
A complete obituary will be in a future edition of the Idaho State Journal. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello, 232-0542. Condolences may be sent to the family online at
Published in Idaho State Journal on January 7, 2012 Lt Col Bilyeu was the Commander of the 55th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron 15 Jul 67 - 20 Nov 69. Col Bilyeu was the last Air Weather Service Deputy Chief of Staff Directorate of Air Operations Reconnaissance Division from 20 Nov 72 until that function was abolished on 1 September 1975 when weather reconnaissance and air sampling resources/missions were transferred to ARRS ending over 33 years of continuous organized aerial weather reconnaissance in AWS.
His wife died in August 2011
Patricia Downing Bilyeu, 86, Pocatello, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2011, surrounded by a loving family.
She was born May 15, 1925, in Pocatello, Idaho to Judge Jay Linoel Downing and his wife Marie Pettygrove Downing. She graduated from Pocatello High School in 1942 and earned a Bachelor's Degree in History in 1951 from Idaho State College. She married H. Pierce (Bill) Bilyeu on May 10, 1952 in Pocatello, Idaho. As an Air Force wife, she spent the next twenty-three years living in various locations throughout the United States and Bermuda. During this time her two youngest children were born in the Territory of Alaska. Patricia enjoyed singing in various choirs, serving as the president of the Air Force Officer's Wife's Club in Savannah, Georgia, working on family genealogy, and making life-long friends. Patricia continued to pursue her love of traveling by taking numerous vacations with friends and family throughout the world.
Patricia also enjoyed serving as a Governor of Idaho for the Mayflower Society, being active in the Daughters of the Nile, Daughters of American Revolution, American Legion Auxiliary, National Society Colonial Dames, and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Pocatello.
She is survived by her husband, Pierce: two sons, Jay Downing Bilyeu (Judy), Aiken, South Carolina and Chip Bilyeu (Pam), Pocatello; one daughter, Anne Marie Bilyeu Dirks, San Diego, California: eleven grandchildren, Jason Bilyeu, Jeff Bilyeu, Sean "Sarah" Bilyeu, Robby Bilyeu, Nic Marshall (Jenn), Neil Marshall (Karen), Natalie Vaden, J. Pierce Bilyeu, Tahnee Dirks, Keegan Dirks, Shannen Razumovsky (Aleks) and four great-grandchildren. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters. No public services will be held as per Patricia"s request.
In lieu of Flowers Patricia would request a donation to the charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank the staff at Ridge Wind Assisted Living for the kind, loving, and quality care provided for our loved one.

Nancy Lee Try
(September 8, 1932 - December 11, 2011)

Nancy Lee Try

WILLIAMSBURG - Nancy Lee Try, 79, of the 6800 block of Arthur Hills Dr. passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2011 in her residence. She was born on September 8, 1932 in Norfolk County, VA to the late Hersey and Nellie Ferguson; and retired after many years in the banking industry.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 37 years, Paul D. Try; and their children, Harold �Jack� Beaver and his wife Shea, Beth D. Anderson and her husband Bill, and Julie Lynn Try and Tom Platt; a sister, Nell Ewell; four grandchildren, Charlotte Lee Anderson, William A. Anderson III, Jacob C. Beaver, and Kelsey L. Daughtrey; and Nancy�s loving cat, Bucky.

A graveside service will be held at 1 PM Thursday, December 15, 2011 in the mausoleum chapel at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens by Mr. Keith Lewis. The family will receive friends at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel on Wednesday evening from 6 - 8 PM and at the home of Jack and Shea Beaver immediately following the funeral service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cat Rescue, Inc., Chesapeake, VA online at . Condolences may be made to the family online at .

Richard "Dick" Mizgorski July 14, 1941 - October 17, 2011, Resident of San Jose,CA.
Played his last game of racquetball on Monday, October 17, 2011. He leaves behind his beautiful wife Carol of 49 years, 3 children: Richard (Rick) Mizgorski III (Lila), Marc Mizgorski (Brenda) and Robyn Klitgaard (Mark), 3 grandchildren: Connor Sven, Sophie Elizabeth, and Madeline Claire, 2 sisters: Rita Jean Mizgorski Renee Jeanette Gentile, and his nephew and niece: Ernie and Jeana Gentile. Richard John Mizgorski was born in Pittsburgh, PA, July 14, 1941. He was the devoted son of Richard John Mizgorski Sr. and Mary Rita Werries Mizgorski. He was raised in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, PA. He attended Central Catholic High School and upon graduation enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was a true patriot with an undying love for his country. In 1962 he married Carol Adelaide Rakow who lived on the next block in Lawrenceville. He was stationed in Washington DC, Rantoul IL, Verona Italy, Gwinn MI, and State College PA. During those early years and with 3 young children he also managed to attend the University of Maryland and Northern Michigan University and obtained a BS in Mathematics in 1971 from Pennsylvania State University. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and was assigned to the Satellite Test Center in Sunnyvale, CA where he worked on classified special projects for the Secretary of the Air Force. Although he expected his assignment in Sunnyvale to be longer than the others, he and Carol grew to love the area and decided to put down permanent roots in San Jose.
In 1981 Rich retired from the Air Force, but continued his work in aerospace, ultimately retiring from Lockheed on August 31st of this year. Rich sang with his wife in the Mission Santa Clara Choir for the past 15 years, was an avid Sharks fan with season tickets dating back to the Cow Palace days, a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, a model rail roader enthusiast, loved traveling and being Pap-Pap to his 3 adoring grandchildren. He will be greatly missed. He was a gentleman, amazing father/father-in-law, outstanding grandfather, loving husband, supportive brother and friend to many.
Visitation will be October 23rd 4:00-6:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m., with a 7:15 p.m. Prayer Vigil at Darling Fischer Mortuaries, 231 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA 95008. A funeral mass will be held on October 24th at 10:00 a.m., St. Joseph's Cathedral, 80 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113. Richard will be laid to his final rest at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either
USO at San Jose Airport
1701 Airport Blvd. #B1240
San Jose, CA 95110
408-288-7603 Or
Defenders Lodge
Palo Alto VA Hospital
c/o Pen Fed Foundation
2930 Eisenhower Av., 6th floor

On September 8, 2011, at the age of 91. Preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy J. Moore and his second wife, Rita L. Moore. Proud father of Mary Kay Kelly, Barbara Jacobs, Susan Moore, Elizabeth Hanczaryk and Maureen Warner. Adored by his numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Colonel Moore was born in East St. Louis, Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois. He served his country as a meteorologist for the Air Force through WWII and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. After military retirement, he forecast for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration followed by nearly two decades of volunteer work at Andrews Air Force Base. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, September 12 at the Lee Funeral Home in Clinton, MD. A Catholic Mass is scheduled on Tuesday, September 13 at 12 noon at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, also in Clinton. A military interment in Arlington National Cemetery will be held within a few months.

Shawn T. Sankey,
55, of Commerce City, passed away July 16, 2011. He is survived by wife, Kristen; daughter, Carra and brother, Bruce Sankey of Colorado Springs. Preceded in death by his parents, James & Carra Sankey. Shawn was a veteran of the Air Force where he received a medal of commendation. His greatest passions in life were meteorology, car tuning and athletics. He was an adoring father and was very discerning with his friendships. He cherished those he kept close and treated all with respect & dignity. Funeral Service, Tues., 10:30 AM, Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 11150 E. Dartmouth Ave., (at Parker Rd), Aurora with burial following at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. Donations for the education of Shawn's daughter may be made by following this link: Share condolences at

Mary (Ginger) O'Neil, author, piano teacher and life-long community activist passed away quietly on Wednesday, June 22, at Regent Care Center of League City, TX at the age of 80.
Ginger's beloved Aunt Kathryn once told her that to make the most out of life, one must "show a little enthusiasm." These words would resonate throughout her life. Ginger remained a dynamic and creative person, quick to put ideas into action, ever curious about the world around her and indeed, a woman with unbounded enthusiasm.
Ginger fell in love with the written word at a young age and continued to write for the rest of her life. Her poems, short stories and articles appeared in various publications. Among her later works are the novels, A Touching Performance (2001) and Forever Granada (2011) and the non-fiction, Merging With Martha in a Microchip Age (1990).
One of Ginger's greatest joys was sharing her passions for learning, music and art with young people. An accomplished musician, Ginger dedicated 18 years of weekday afternoons teaching piano to scores of young people from her basement music room. Many of those piano students came to appreciate Ginger as not only a valued mentor, but also a champion and friend. In addition, she and her husband, Hugh spent several years hosting and leading monthly church youth group activities.
Ginger always believed in the value of remaining an active member of her community and was a tireless volunteer. Among the numerous organizations for which she gave countless hours were Strategies to Elevate People (STEP) and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. She was an active member of Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax, VA, participating and often spearheading church activities. In recent years, she was a member of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in League City.
Born Mary Margaret Garvin on October 16, 1930 in Milwaukee, WI, Ginger was the first child of James T. and Anne Garvin. Shortly thereafter, they moved to the family home in Schenectady, NY, where she and her younger sister, Gail grew up.
Ginger attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, where she met, Hugh M. O'Neil of Watertown, NY. She graduated from St. Lawrence in 1952 receiving a Bachelor of Arts with honors in English. Ginger would remain a lifelong student, completing a Masters Degree program at State University of New York in Albany in 1956.
Ginger and Hugh were married in Schenectady on June 6, 1953, soon after his commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force. Over the next few decades, they had six children and lived in Texas, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Following Hugh's retirement from the Air Force, the family moved to 5003 Fleming Drive, Annandale, VA, where they would remain for nearly 25 years.
Ginger suffered a major stroke in 2004 and her health continued to decline throughout the following years.
She and her family were blessed to have received such loving care and support from the staff at Regent Nursing Care in League City during her final months of life.
Ginger's survivors include her husband, Hugh M. O'Neil; her sister, Gail D'Angelo (Brookline, MA); 6 children and their spouses, Elizabeth (Betsy) and Paul Thomas (Lubbock, TX), Garvin and Janet O'Neil (League City, TX), Hal and Cynthia O'Neil (Ft. Worth, TX), Phyllis and Tony Syme (Chantilly, VA), Shirley and Paul Owen (League City, TX), and Dan O'Neil (Washington, DC); 13 grandchildren; Alexander, Cassandra and Andrea Thomas, Jessica and Shannon O'Neil, Jaclyn and Jeremy O'Neil, Matt, Kate and Molly Syme, Erin, Rachel and Dan Owen and 1 great granddaughter, Natalie Thomas.
On Sunday, June 26 at 3:30 p.m., the family will hold a memorial service at the Crowder Funeral Home Chapel, 111 East Medical Center Boulevard in Webster, TX.
On Thursday, June 30 at 10:00 a.m., the family will receive friends and hold a memorial service at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road in Fairfax, VA.
If you are inclined to make a memorial donation, please choose from among those charitable organizations you feel would be suitable.

William R. Martinez of Woodbourne NY passed away on June 21, 2011

Sally and Don Hyde
of Colorado Springs CO have passed away. Their daughter Martha Bundrick sent me a note about it. Her mom passed away June 15th; and her dad, April 23rd. Sally and Don were regulars at AWA reunions. Don was a retired SMSgt with wartime service in the 21WS.

Donald W. Messecar
 Born in Waterford, Ontario, Canada on October 2, 1924 Passed away on Mon. June 30, 2008 and resided in Mount Vernon, WA Donald Wesley Messecar was born in Waterford, Ontario, Canada on October 2, 1924, the second child of Clayton William and Laura Schooley Messecar. He died as the result of a sudden illness on June 30, 2008. Mr. Messecar served as a reconnaissance pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force for three years during and immediately after World War II. He then became an American citizen and joined the United States Air Force, serving in occupied Japan, Greenland and London. Shortly after joining the Air Force, he began training as a meteorologist, becoming a senior forecaster for the Air Force Strategic Air Command. His duties included forecasting flight plans and briefing pilots for Air Force One. He served 20 years in the Air Force, retiring as a senior warrant officer (CWO4). He then worked an additional 20 years as a civilian meteorologist continuing his career as a head forecaster at Air Force Global Weather Central, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska. He retired to Sudden Valley, Washington in 1983, where he lived for 20 years. Mr. Messecar married Jean Kennedy Johnson, of Kenora, Ontario, Canada, in 1944, and the couple had two sons. She preceded him in death in 2004. Mr. Messecar is survived by his sons, Derek Messecar, of London, England and Bruce Messecar, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; his granddaughter, Caroline Messecar of Moscow, Russia; daughter-in-law, Lisa Messecar; and siblings and their spouses Bonnie and Gus Andre of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Albert Messecar of Westland, Michigan; Carol and Gordon Allardyce of Orchard Lake, Michigan and Gail and Bob Pacos of Newport Court, California. He is also survived by his dear Mary Frances and all her family, all of whom felt privileged to know this kind and thoughtful man. Mr. Messecar was an avid aviator, golfer, and fisherman, and he enjoyed ballroom dancing. He was a member of several dance groups, including the Hillcrest Thursday dance group in Mount Vernon. He was a member of the Elks and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to Mr. Messecar's favorite charity, The Salvation Army.

 Kenneth Bickett Kenneth Walter Bickett, SMSgt USAF Ret., 81, passed away peacefully at home on June 1, 2011.
He was born Sept. 9, 1929, in Farmington, Mich., to Kendrick and Rose Pauline Bickett. At the age of 17 he joined the Army Air Corps and served in the military for 28 years as a meteorologist in such places as Shemya, Alaska; Seoul, South Korea; Adana, Turkey and Langley Air Force Base as NCOIC, 5th Weather Wing. After retiring from the Air Force, he obtained a data programming degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Thomas Nelson Community College where he later worked as a computer programmer. Kenneth then worked for the United States Postal Service for 14 years. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Air Weather Association and the Air Force Sergeants Association. His lifelong hobbies included photography, reading, traveling to historical sites and woodworking.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Eileen; brother, Richard; and sister, Barbara Farrell; children, Kenneth Jr. and wife, Susan, David, John and wife, Elisabet, Robert and wife, Kumpio, Kathryn and husband, Mike Ford, Jeffrey and wife, Mia, Mary and husband, Preston Thorton, Joseph, Patricia and husband, Mark Bassett, Daniel and wife, Courtney; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 502 Buckroe Rd., Hampton, Va., or to the American Diabetes Association .
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2011, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. A private burial service was held following mass.

Robert JacobsRetired Air Force Col. Robert A. Jacobs, 91, died on Monday, March 14, 2011. A resident of Hampton since 1969 and later of Williamsburg, he was a longtime volunteer at the V.A. Medical Center and the Mariners' Museum.
Inducted into the Army from his home in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1941, he later flew as a navigator in the 8th Air Force, England, on B-24 aircraft during World War II. It was there that he met and married his wife, Nancy.
Col. Jacobs' 31 years of service included tours of duty in England, Korea, and Germany. His final assignment was as Operations Officer of the 5th Weather Wing at Langley AFB.
A graduate of UCLA with a bachelor's degree in meteorology, his professional military education included the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College.
Decorations awarded included the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
After his Air Force career, Col. Jacobs attended Christopher Newport University and obtained a Virginia State Teaching Certificate. He taught mathematics and communications at the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School for almost 11 years.
Professional affiliations included the American Meteorological Society, the Royal Meteorological Society, the Air Force Association, Air Weather Association and the Military Officers' Association of America.
He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy. He is survived by their son, Peter, daughter-in-law, Lynn, four grandchildren, Holly, Peter Jr., Patrick, and Daniel, six great-grandchildren, and his sister, Audrey, and brother-in-law, Daniel Levin.
Interment with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on June 8, 2011.
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Troy Johnson
joined First Command Financial Services as a Financial Advisor in June 2005, following a 22-year career in the United States Air Force. There, he served as a communications technician and meteorologist, attaining the rank of major.
A graduate of Texas A&M University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Engineering and Meteorology, and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) with a Master of Science degree in Meteorology, Troy held Series 6, 63, and 65 securities licenses plus state life, health and property-and-casualty insurance licenses. He was a Certified Financial Plannerďż˝ certificant, and a member of the Financial Planning Association and the Omaha, Bellevue and Sarpy County chambers of commerce.
Troy passed away on Friday, 29 April 2011. His memorial service will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, 3 May, at 2 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Family Life Center, 520 W. Lincoln St., in Papillion. There will be an opportunity to share your memories of Troy at the service. A member of the Heartland Harmonizers barbershop chorus, Troy enjoyed singing, reading, and traveling with his family. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

Lt. Col.(Ret) Richard Charles Suehr, 91, of Fayetteville, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at North Carolina State Veterans Nursing Home, Fayetteville. He was born May 4, 1917, in Crafton, to the late Harry C. Suehr and Ethlenna Roehrig Suehr. He served his country for more than 28 years in the Air Force and was a veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War. During his military career, he was the recipient of the numerous commendations and medals including two Purple Hearts, the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was preceded in death by a son, Ralph T. Suehr. He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth Suehr, of the home; one son, Richard "Rick" C. Suehr II, of Raleigh, N.C.; one sister, Nell Bull, of Nescopeck, Pa.; and a grandson, Richard Charles Suehr III, of Long Beach, Calif. Funeral services were conducted at Main Post Chapel, on Fort Bragg, with Father Micheas Langston officiating. He was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, July 9, 2009, with the rendering of full military honors. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers for the family of Col. Suehr. Our family is truly thankful that he has completed his final mission and has flown back into the sun to meet his squadron and go back the final time to his home base and be with his supreme commanding officer eternally. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Knights of Columbus, 1220 Fort Bragg Road, Fayetteville, NC 28305.

Frederick C. Thompson, 90, of Dunkirk, N.Y., passed away at Erie County Medical Center on March 5, 2011, after a short illness. He was born on September 3, 1920 to Gordon W. and Anna B. Thompson. He was a life long resident of the Dunkirk/ Fredonia area and graduated from Dunkirk High School, class of '37.

He received a master's degree in metallurgical engineering from Case University (Case Western Reserve) and a degree from New York University in Meteorology. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corp. as a meteorologist technician and observer in the Pacific Theater, he attained the rank of Captain.

Following World War II, he was a metallurgical engineer traveling throughout the United States for Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation until 1972. Mr. Thompson was a member of the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce, Dunkirk Rotary Club, Masons, Shorewood Country Club, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church and supported the North Chautauqua County Development Corporation. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jessie Murray Thompson, daughter Barbara "Bobbie" and son-in-law Kenneth Tonis, of West Palm Beach, FL, son Frederick C. "Rick" Jr. and daughter-in-law Ellee of Cockeysville, MD, grandson, Frederick C. III, granddaughter-in-law, Leona and great-grandson Frederick C. IV, of Pittsburg, PA and granddaughter, Merryman Lee Thompson of Baltimore, MD. A celebration of his life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Gow School, 2491 Emery Road, PO Box 85, South Wales, N.Y. 14139.

Lt Col (Ret.) Gordon Roy Hammond, 64, a resident of Guilford, VT, died on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, following a long illness.  He was born June 3, 1946, in Wayne, Michigan, son of the late Crispen and Eleanor (Wood) Hammond.  Gordon graduated from Northville High in 1964.  He received a BS in Meteorology from the University of Utah and a MS in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.  After 20 years of honorable service, Gordon retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Senior Scientist at Hanscom AFB, MA in the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was awarded four Meritorious Service Medals and the Air Force Commendation Medal.  He also graduated from Air Command & Staff College and the coveted Industrial College of Armed Forces.  Gordon continued working for the Department of the Air Force as a civilian contractor.  He supported the Air Force as a Program Manager overseeing the acquisition and installation of weather systems worldwide.  Gordon enjoyed his ďż˝retirement farmďż˝ in Guilfordďż˝cutting and splitting firewood; building stone walls; brush-hogging ;  caring for his three pet sheep, Patience, Peppermint and Patti; and watching his neighbor ďż˝Farmer Normďż˝ work the hay fields.  He designed and built a 2-story garage with the help of a friend.  He loved to watch the wildlife on the hillsides and around his newly dug pond.  Gordon was happiest when he was predicting weather for friends and family.  Gordon is survived by his wife and best friend, Nancy; his eight childrenďż˝Tamara West and Crystal Akagi in UT, Tonya Towler in NC, Megan Hammond and Jen Sanborn in CA, Alaina Hammond and Tim Sanborn in Vermont, Kendra Hall in NH; his sister Peggy Meyer in NC; his brothers, James in WI, Edgar in MI; 14 grandchildren, and his mother-in-law, Mary Ostrowski.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Julia and his brother, Crispen.
Memorial services will be held at Hanscom AF Base in MA in March and in Guilford in late spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Grace Cottage Foundation, PO Box 1, Townshend, VT 05353 or to the Gordon R. Hammond Memorial Scholarship at Brattleboro Union High School, c/o Kathy Rouleau 131 Fairground Rd. Brattleboro, VT 05301.
Gordonďż˝s family would like to thank the many caregivers for their help and supportďż˝Dr. Robert Tortolani, Guilford Cares, Brattleboro Memorial  Hospital staff, Grace Cottage Rehab and Hospice staff, and so many dear friends.

Philip Thornburg Boucher died February 22, 2004, in Tempe, Arizona. He was born January 14, 1920, in Rolette, North Dakota, to John B.Boucher and Nina Ruth Boucher, nee Thornburg. He spent 30 years in the U.S. Air Force as a meteorologist, achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer before his retirement in 1970. After his retirement, he earned a degree in accounting from Arizona State University, and worked as an accountant in Pinetop, Arizona until 1994. He is survived by his wife, Frances Ellen Boucher, nee Fry, of Tempe, Arizona; a step-son, Philip M. Burger, of Olathe, Kansas; 5 step-grandchildren: Charles Burger of Mesa, Arizona, Michael Burger of Charleston, SC, Mijanou Burger, of Lawrence KS., Antoinette Burger of Olathe, KS., and Peter Burger of Castine, ME; and 4 step-great-grandchildren. Memorial Service will be held at 3PM Friday, Feb. 27, 2004 at Friendship Village 2645 E. Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ. Arrangements by Lakeshore Mortuary.
Published in the Arizona Republic on 2/25/2004.

Lloyd L. Behrendt, Lt. Col. , USAF (Ret) passed away on February 2, 2011. Born in 1920 in Milwaukee, Lloyd served his country by joining theArmy Air Corps in 1942. After training as a meteorologist and a brief stint at the Pentagon, where he briefed General Hap Arnold, 2nd Lt. Behrendt set off for Elmendorf, Alaska in May 1943. He was a Weather Officer, 11th Weather Region, for key weather stations in the Aleutians, invaded in 1942 by the Japanese. After the successful Aleutian Campaign, Lloyd transferred to Kodiak, Alaska, where he fell in love with a beautiful wartime telephone operator, Mary Vester.

Lloyd and Mary left the Alaska wilderness behind in 1946, marrying in Orlando, Florida. They enjoyed their U.S. Air Force tours in Jamaica (where their son, Lloyd, was born at Guantanamo Bay), and at Patrick AFB. At Patrick AFB in the early 50's, Lloyd served with the 30th Weather Detachment, 6th Weather Squadron, forecasting the first launch of the space age for America with the V-2/WAC Corporal at Cape Canaveral and later the first H-bomb test in the Pacific. Assignments that followed included Clark AFB, Philippines, and Ramstein AFB, Germany. At Ramstein in 1954, Lloyd worked as Weather Officer in the "Kindsbach Cave", the bunkered Air Defense Operations Center for the European theater. Lloyd, Mary and family set out to see all of Europe, particularly enjoying summers in Spain along the Costa Brava.

After retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1960, Lloyd joined the Aerospace Corporation as a tech writer. He soon returned to his beloved Patrick AFB, serving as the Base Real Property Officer with his dear colleagues and friends in Base Civil Engineering until his retirement in 1997. After the passing of his wife, Mary, he moved to California in 2004.

Lloyd loved and was loved by his family, especially his three grandchildren. Lloyd was a man of humility, generosity, integrity, practical wisdom, and, especially, gentle humor. While he will be dearly missed, we know he is already sharing his one-liners and quips in Heaven, with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The family would like to thank Lloyd's friends for celebrating Lloyd's life with us.

Those wishing to make donations are asked to consider Great Commission Ministries, P.O. Box 7101, Winter Park, FL 32793-7101, with reference: Memorial Gift for Lloyd Behrendt.

Bill HallCol. (Ret.) James W. "Bill" Hall passed peacefully January 31, 2011. He was born January 29, 1935 in Lancaster, PA. Bill was a graduate of the University of Arizona, Penn State and George Washington University. He spent 30 years in the USAF. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he enjoyed golf, swimming and fly fishing, and was an active member of the Santa Catalina Corral of Westerners International and First United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; sons, Kenneth and James; daughter-in-law, Helene; grandchildren, Christopher, Andrew and Rebecca and brother, Joseph (Shirley). Family Services will be held in Tucson in the summer. Donations may be sent to Mayo Clinic (for Cancer Research), 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55902-9813; First UMC; or charity of your choice. Arrangements by PHOENIX MEMORIAL PARK AND MORTUARY.

Marion "Skip" Waldorf, 89,CWO4(Ret) of Prescott, Ariz., born April 12, 1921, passed away Jan. 8, 2011. A private cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory in Prescott Valley. Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with final arrangements.

Frederick Norman

Frederick Jack Norman was born on January 25, 1924 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was the son of Violet Gladys and Ernest Leslie Norman. He died Thursday, August 5, 2010, in Oklahoma City at the age of 86. He grew up in San Francisco, Hawaii, and Seattle. On July 25, 1953, he married Gwinn Pattee Allenberg, and together they had seven children. Later in life he married Suzy Case. At age 18 he became a naturalized American citizen and joined the US Army Air Corps. He navigated 35 missions in a B-17 in WWII. He also flew numerous search and rescue missions during the Korean conflict, was a chief meteorologist for the Strategic Air Command, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He graduated with a meteorology degree from Texas A&M in 1962. While working for the National Weather Service in Tampa, Florida, he became a television meteorologist. He worked as the chief meteorologist for KOCO channel 5 from 1972 to 1987. He was preceded in death by Gwinn; Suzy; daughter, Kathleen; and grandsons, Roger Flippo Jr. and Benjamin Gray. He is survived by daughters: Maryanne Flippo of Broken Arrow, OK; Nancy Gray of Duncan, OK; sons: Dr. Charles Norman of Williamsburg, VA; Lloyd Norman of Edmond, OK; Bryan Norman PHD of Pittsburgh, PA; Dale Norman of Houston, TX; 16 grandchildren; and his dog, Snoopy.A memorial service with full military honors will be held at Vondel L. Smith & Sons Funeral Home (13125 N. MacArthur) at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 7, 2010. Viewing will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Chief Master Sergeant Harold Calvin "Sonny" Hoffman, Jr., U.S. Air Force (Retired), passed away January 13, 2011, in Seattle, WA. He was 79. Chief Hoffman was born September 1, 1931 in Tiffin, OH to Genevieve Hoffman and Harold Calvin Hoffman Sr. Raised in Ohio, he was a 1949 graduate of Central Catholic High School, Toledo, OH. After his graduation from high school he began his military career which spanned 28 years, first in the U.S. Navy but transferred into the U.S. Air Force serving as a meteorologist. He served one tour of duty in Vietnam. His military awards included an Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, and other decorations. Upon retiring from the USAF he worked for 10 years as a civilian weather forecaster at Gray Army Airfield, Fort Lewis, WA. His interests were varied but he received the most delight from his woodworking hobby, becoming an accomplished furniture maker and skilled wooden boat builder. Harold is survived by his wife Hildegard Hoffman, his three sons, Charles Hoffman of Tacoma, WA, Michael Hoffman of Renton, WA and Peter Hoffman of Tacoma, WA, and six grandchildren. Services are at 2:15 PM on January 19, 2011 in Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. Fir Lane Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lewis Chittock
Lewis N. Chittock, Lt Col USAF (Ret.). longtime Durango, Colorado resident, died in his sleep Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, in Alexandria, Va., at the home of his daughter Judith Fraine. He was 92. Col. Chittock was born June 9, 1918, to Edward and Anita Francesa Chittock in Bendigo, Vitoria, Australia. By 1928, he had moved with his family to Salt Lake City, where he began his lifetime love affair with skiing, still a primitive sport at the time.  Joining the ROTC at the University of Utah at age 16, he began a 28-year military career riding the lead horse pulling a caisson with a French 75-millimeter artillery piece.  Soon after joining the Army Air Corps in 1937, Col. Chittock became a charter member of the Air Weather Service ďż˝ the determining factor for a lifelong career. Most interesting to him was developing early papers about radiation carried aloft by prevailing winds.   In 1941, Col. Chittock met Eleanora Beitz while attending an air weather school in Illinois. On Nov. 3, 1941, they were married in Alaska. Their first home, immediately after Pearl Harbor, was a tent in Alaska. The next 56 years were spent traveling the world in service to their country from Albuquerque to Honolulu, Tokyo to Arizona, Saudi Arabia to Amarillo, Texas. In Amarillo, Col. Chittock completed his career ensuring that the Strategic Air Command remained airborne at all times. In 1965, the Chittocks retired to Durango. Here they pursued a busy retirement schedule of skiing, square dancing, traveling with extensive Wally Byam Airstream caravans, skiing, more dancing and more skiing. Col. Chittock groomed the early Purgatory ski runs, working off the family lift tickets. Achieving an age to get senior lift tickets, he continued the sport until he completed his last double-black-diamond run at age 86.  In Durango, the Chittocks were regular luncheon participants at the ďż˝55 Center,ďż˝ now known as the Senior Center, enjoying their friends and neighbors. St. Paul Lutheran Church was the center of their family life and where Col. Chittock maintained the building for many years. In the early days on Durangoďż˝s in-town slope, ďż˝The Red Baronďż˝ Chittock aided many a little skier to find their way down their first runs.  Col. Chittock moved in May 2007 to Alexandria, Va., to live with his daughter Judith Fraine. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanora Louise Chittock. He is survived by daughters Judith Fraine and Nancy Lasley, both of Alexandria.  Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. Jan. 17, 2011, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield, Va., and at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at St. Paulďż˝s Lutheran Church, 2611 Junction St. in Durango.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lutheran Womenďż˝s Missionary League in care of St. Paulďż˝s Lutheran Church, 2611 Junction St., Durango, CO 81301.



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