Flight 18 Last Flights - In Memoriam
John flew F-84’s & 86’s for the Air Force in Korea. John was a successful investment advisor in the
securities industry in a career that spanned over 50 years. He was a member of Cherry Hills Country Club for 42 years. He is survived by his daughter Debra Hanson, her husband Viggo Hanson;
his son-in-law Robert Weil and four grandchildren. His wife, Patricia Coughenour pre-deceased him.
There are no services planned. A memorial is being planned, donations for which may be sent to:
238 Newtown Turnpike
Wilton, CT 06897
Member has donated his body to science, Ft. Logan Ceremony will
be delayed. We will post details when they become available.
Billy Freeman Williams
September 26, 1921 – February 11, 2017
Billy Freeman Williams, 95, of Centennial, Colorado, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.
Billy was born on Sep. 26, 1921, in Idahome, Idaho, to Della Mae (Freeman) and William Edward Williams from the Oklahoma Territory.
Billy was raised on a farm in southern Idaho with four brothers and three sisters. He attended Burley High School and graduated in May 1940. He joined the war effort and enlisted in the Army as an aviation cadet on Jan. 24 1942. Billy earned his wings as a rated pilot in the Army Air Corps on Aug. 27, 1942. After initial C-46/C-47 training in Sedalia, Missouri, he was stationed at Bergstrom Field in Austin, Texas, as a C-46/C-47 instructor. During his time in Austin, he met the love of his life, Patricia Lewis Green at Barton-Springs recreational area. They married on Feb. 26, 1944, in Austin. Following the war, Billy and Pat moved to Idaho in 1946, where they purchased and operated a small 30-acre dairy farm near Boise until 1948. Billy studied Dairy Husbandry at the University of Idaho, receiving his degree in Dairy Science on June 5, 1950. Upon graduation, Bill worked as a ‘field man’ for Sego Milk Company based in Salinas, California. He also served in the Air Force Reserves and eventually reentered the U.S. Air Force full time in July 1952.
Post WWII, Billy maintained currency flying the C-45, C-46, C-47, and T-6 aircraft while logging time in the C-119, KC-97, B-17, B-25 and T-33 aircraft. Because he loved working with people and had a skill set working and repairing farm equipment, he shifted his military professional focus from flying to aircraft maintenance. Billy and family continued with military tours at Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, Arkansas’ Littlerock Air Force Base, Louisiana’s Barksdale Air Force Base and finally, Colorado’s Lowry Air Force Base. Billy and Pat especially enjoyed their assignments at Little Rock and Barksdale, where he was instrumental in developing new procedures for Strategic Air Command in the bomber commands’ early years. While stationed at 2nd Air Force Headquarters at Barksdale, he helped oversee the transition from B-47 Bomber and KC-97 Tanker aircraft to the newest version B-52F bomber and KC-135A Tanker.
From March to August 1945, he served a combat tour at several bases in Burma, India, flying 56 combat missions in the C-46/C-47 over the infamous “Hump” from Burma to China. From September ’63 to April ’65 during the Vietnam War, Billy was based at Naha Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, serving as the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing Squadron Chief of Armament & Munitions for F-102 and F-4C aircraft. While based at Naha, he deployed to Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam where he served a combat tour directly supporting the Tonkin Gulf Crisis. Billy retired as a Colonel Sep. 1, 1969. Military decorations and medals include: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Force Commendation Medal (Four Oak Leaf Clusters), American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, , Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and United Nations Service Medal. After retirement from 28 years of military service, Billy earned a teaching certificate and taught Biology at both Cherry Creek and Smoky Hill High Schools until his final retirement in May 1986.
Family, college football, Colorado Rockies and Rocky Mountain trout fishing were his passion. As an Idaho farm boy, hard work, gardening, big game and bird hunting were close seconds. A very social man, he loved working with people, and, after becoming a Christian in the late 1960s, worked tirelessly as a founding member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Aurora, Colorado, and later, Cherry Creek Presbyterian in Englewood, Colorado. His days started at 5 a.m. and ended at 9 p.m. …. sharp. He was a military man through and through, loved his country, loved politics and loved flying Old Glory every holiday.
Billy is preceded in death by daughter Catherine Ann, who passed in April 1975. He is survived by his wife Patricia, sons Daniel Sterling (Julie) of Aurora, Colorado, John Edward (Debbie) of Kennesaw, Georgia, and Scott Allen (Sarah) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.
He is also preceded in death by siblings Thelma Pauline “Thel” (Gelling), Cecil Edward “Cec” Williams, Evelyn Eleanor “Tot” (Phelps), Clarence Farrell Williams, Oliver Spencer “Ott” Williams, Rae Mignon “Nonny” (Hutchinson), and Bob Eugene “Cork” Williams.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Denver Rescue Mission, www.denverrescuemission.org., or a Veterans Program of your choice.
Visitation was held from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary, 6601 S Colorado Blvd, Centennial, CO 80121. Committal service was held at 9:15 am, Friday, February 17, 2017 at Fort Logan National Cemetery – Staging Area C, 4400 W Kenyon Ave, Denver, CO 80236. Memorial service will be held at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11:00 am.
Service will be held at Ft. Logan on Jan 6, 2017. Staging Area A, please
be there NLT than 1245.
There will be a reception afterwards at Abrusci’s, at the Applewood
Shopping Center at 1530. We’ll have drinks, hors’d’houvres and
a celebration of David’s life.
Al lost his battle with cancer today.
Service will be held on Sept 8 at 1400, at the Joy Lutheran Church
in Parker. Go to the following link for his full obit:
Last week, on April 4’th, we lost one of the gentle giants from Flight 18, with the passing of LtCol (Ret) Mel Eisaman at age 84. Mel was a past Flight Captain (1999) and will be missed by all who knew him. He had a distinguished military career in the USAF, beginning with an ROTC commission in 1954. Mel obtained over 6,000 military flying hours in various aircraft from the PA-18 to transport and jet aircraft.
After retiring from the Air Force, Mel went to Colorado Aero Tech and obtained his A&P license in 1977. He then, became the Director of Maintenance at the Lowry Aero Club from 1977-1983—-and during that time the Aero Club amassed over 30,000 hours of accident free flying. Mel was a mentor to many students at the Aero Club who went on to become military and airline pilots with his help and guidance.
Mel was a true Patriot to our Nation, having the Integrity and Character of a fellow Daedalian whose Values we are all proud of. LtCol Mel Eisaman, we salute you on your final flight West.
Obit was published in the Jan 2016 newsletter.
Warren flew as a Flight Engineer on the B-29 in WWII. Met his wife Ruth, while stationed at Lowry AFB in Denver. Worked for United Airlines for almost 50 years, was an active member of the Civil Air Patrol, where he was a command search pilot. He and Ruth were married for 69 years.
Ruth passed away on Dec 11, 2015. At his wish, no services were held.
Maj Gen (ret) John France passed away Thu 15 Oct 2015. Gen France served as The Adjutant General of Colorado from 1979-1995 (Colorado’s longest serving Adjutant General).
MGen France was part of the “Minuteman Demonstration Team”, deployed in 1968 for Viet Nam, served as President of the National Guard Association of
the United States, President of Adjutant Generals Association of the United
States, and as Vice President of both of those organizations.
Services have been scheduled as follows for Monday 26 Oct 2015:
1045 AM: Military Funeral Honors/Interment will be at 11:00AM, Fort Logan National Cemetery. Arrive at “Staging Area A” by 10:45am. There will be a walking procession from “Staging Area A” to the assigned shelter, currently scheduled to begin at 11:15am. (Time subject to change.)
3:00PM: A Memorial Service will follow Interment at 3:00pm at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. The family has requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado or to Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.
Feb 28, 1921 to Oct 1, 2015
Services were 9 Oct at Olinger Wood’s in Golden.
Final Flight article will appear in our Nov 2015 newsletter
Former Flight Captain Robert Robertson, Col, USAF (ret), took his Final Flight on 9 July 2015. Information about services TBA. Here is a link to his obituary:
His Final Flight article will appear in the August newsletter.
William Albert Matheny Jr., Capt, USAF (Sep)
Born: Sept 29, 1931, March Field, Riverside, CA.
Died March 30, 2015, Aurora, CO.
Bill was the oldest son of Brigadier General William Albert Matheny Sr. USAF (Ret) and Clarice Estelle Bulifant Matheny. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years: Olivia Wood Kaigler Matheny of Clarksdale, Mississippi; and his 3 sons: Michael, Bryan & Greg. Bill also had 9 grandchildren who adored him. He was preceded in death by two children: Mary Patricia and Stephen.
Bill grew up in various Army Air Corps Bases around the country. Upon graduation form the United States Naval Academy in 1954, he was commissioned a 2nd Lt in the United States Air Force. Bill graduated near the top of his class in flight school at Greenville AFB, Mississippi. He was assigned his dream flying job of flying the F-86 Sabre and stationed at Chambley AFB in France.
He served in the Air Force for 12 years with a reputation as an excellent pilot. In the spring of 1966, Bill took a position with United Air Lines as a flight instructor and line pilot. He flew for United for 25 years, retiring as a Captain in 1991.
Passed Away: Feb 04, 2015
Military Memorial Service Was Held on:
Feb 27, 2015 at 2:00 Pm
Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver Colorado
Full Air Force military honors
George Russell McCrillis was the second of five boys born to Clifton and Ruth McCrillis in Middleboro Massachusetts. He was an animal lover from a young age, having had pet hamsters, guinea pigs, he and his family even rescued an injured crow that became a pet. He with his brothers helped on their grandparents’ family farm, and helped their father run a small business of raising dahlias for mail order.
He was also interested in engineering, and received his Bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from University of Massachusetts. During this time his marksmanship was noticed and he was offered a position trying out for the Olympic shooting team, which he declined due to his dedication to his studies. He obtained a job at Pratt and Whitney aircraft for a summer, and then went on to enter into the Air Force.
George was a very industrious Air Force cadet and in 1960 graduated 1st in the B-52 transition course – he was the first and only student up to that point to ever attain perfect 100% grade for the entire academics course. In 1962 he was selected as pilot crewmember for U.S. nuclear weapons testing and fast-released 8 nuclear devices. In 1963 he was selected to brief the U.S Vice-president on that program. He helped develop the electrical system for a flight simulator course, and in 1971 was given a prestigious position with the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College in Alabama, two years later becoming a faculty instructor for the same college. In 1974 he wrote a curriculum text which included nuclear weapons effects, strut forces, and the future of the Air Force and its role in space exploration. When the space program was scratched, George changed his focus and became dedicated to teaching. George received his Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Troy State University.
In 1977 George retired as a Major from the Air Force, having obtained many awards and honors in his 22 years of service, which included four tours in Vietnam flying B-52 bomber aircraft.
In the late 1970’s, George became an instructor at Metropolitan State College of Denver, in the Aerospace Science Department. George loved sharing knowledge with his students and many of his former students often stated he was ‘the best teacher I ever had.’ He participated in many organizations and groups including the precision flight team and Alpha Eta Rho, Dedalians, Air Power West and used the curriculum he wrote previously in one of his classes. He developed and taught a class entitled Aviation Job Targeting, and was awarded with a position in the Top Ten professors at the college. George retired from teaching after 23 years but continued to stay busy with his self-made company, Oilamatic, Inc. which combined two of his passions – planes and engineering with air craft mechanics added in- and turned it into a successful company.
Over the years, George loved and experienced many things over the years – traveling to other countries with his wife Lorraine, camping and boating with his family, golf, hunting, flying with his private pilot’s license and more recently eating out frequently where he and his wife made many, many friends of the restaurant staff members. George was a personable and friendly man who befriended many, opened his house and life to new people at all times.
George fought a battle with lung cancer which took his life rather quickly considering the battle he won in 2006 with lung and kidney issues lasting almost a full year. George died Feb 4, 2015 at 12:10pm at Porter Hospice in Littleton CO.
George is survived by his wife of 56.5 years, Lorraine, daughter Janene and her husband Brad, Janene’s twin daughters Harriet and Rowenna, daughter Chantelle and her children Nick and Danielle with step-daughter Kristin, two brothers, Robert and John and their wives, and many nephews, nieces extended family and many, many friends.
Stalwart pilot Jack Wilhite’s Final Flight. Jack was an Iron Man who plate was always full of things he wanted to do, or was already involved in. Jack was an Army Air Force artilleryman; FBI Agent; pro ball player with the Yankees; Air Force fighter pilot; a stint with the RAF; career with the Colo Air National Guard (270 combat missions in RVN); career with United Airlines; served as a reserve deputy with the JeffCo Sheriff’s Dept; air show performer in his MIG-17 & Steen Skybolt; President of the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame. Find Jack’s complete biography on this following link: http://www.ghspaulding.com/JACK%20WILHITE%20BIO%20PDF.
Jack’s memorial service was attended by approximately 300 people. A 21 gun salute was administered by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Dept. Flyovers included F-16’s, provided by the Colo Air Nat’l Guard from BKF; P-51, Yak-52, N2N, Provost and other aircraft from BJC. Bagpipes were played by the Michael Collins AOH Band, with Pipe Major Jay Leisure.
GoodBye Jack—-you will be missed.
DAVID E. PARVIN, 1STLT 68-69
An email received from his family (including memorial service information)Dear friends and family,
My Father, David E. Parvin died unexpectedly on Oct. 24th. He is survived by my Mother, myself and two grandsons.
David led a full and enriched life. He studied to be a Catholic priest by attending a seminary during high school, and graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Biology. He volunteered for and served as a helicopter pilot for the Marine Corps in Vietnam, where he was shot down twice. He was very proud to have served with the Purple Foxes for HMM-364. His nickname in Vietnam was Bugman, because of his fascination with capturing and looking at Insects. He retired as a Major, and then later flew helicopters for Air Life.
My Father saved countless lives during his flying career. He was a very talented artist that influenced and inspired many people. He was extremely generous and gave his time freely. He had a love for being alive. If he had lived to be a thousand years old, he would not have accomplished everything he wanted to. He will be greatly missed.
We are overwhelmed by your condolences, memories, and support during this hard time. Unfortunately, certain individuals started posting my Father’s death on Facebook before family and friends could be notified personally. Our family was and continues to be very upset by this. We ask that those of you who use social media think carefully in the future about what you post about others. When in doubt, post nothing.
We will be having a memorial service for the public at Fort Logan National Cemetery on Friday, November 7th at 1230. Please be in your vehicles at staging area B at 1210. The military will lead us in our vehicles to the location for the service.
I am going to compile memories and photos of my Father to collect and bind for his grandsons. I have created an email address which is email@example.com If you’d like to have your memories and/or photos included please email them to me at that address. I would like to have as many as possible from his military career, and anyone who knew him as a young man. We have set up an account at Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Federal Credit Union if you’d like to make a donation in leu of flowers. The account number is 23015540 and the routing number is 302075283. Any money donated will be used for estate expenses first. Any money left over will be placed in a college account for his beloved grandsons.
Brett David Parvin
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From Walt Wise:
Sad news from Denver: David E. Parvin passed away last night (25 October 2014) at home here in Denver.
Dave was a pilot with the Purple Foxes at Marble Mountain MCAS in 1967/68.
Dave also flew Hueys in the Colorado Army National Guard and retired as a Major in 2003.
Dave flew for Air Life (helicopter EMS) at Aurora Presbyterian Hospital for several years.
He flew Lear Jets as a corporate pilot and logged over 1000 hours in Lear Jets.
Dave was a well known bronze sculptor here in Colorado. Dave was a member
of the Dadelians (National Fraternity of Military Pilots). Dave will be missed.
Lt. Col, Elmer E. Herron (Bill) flew his final mission on April 20, 2014 at Juniper Village surrounded by his family. He was 93.
Bill was born to Doris & Isaac Herron on Aug 18, 1920, in Chadron, Nebraska. Bill married Beatrice Parnell in Chadron on Aug 2, 1945. They welcomed a daughter, Kathleen, in Feb, 1951.
Bill was a career fighter pilot in the US Air Force for 30 years, retiring in 1971. After retiring from the Air Force, Bill moved to Boulder, where he bought and ran Turnpike Texaco until selling it in 1975. He also worked a Radio Shack, specializing in computers.
Bill spent a good part of his retirement being involved in many different organizations. He was a member of the Boulder Elks Club, Boulder Masonic Lodge # 25 and many others. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, and traveling. Much of his time was spent doting over and helping raises his two granddaughters.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Bette; his mother, father and sister: Edith Jefferies. Survivors include his daughter Kathy Sebring of Erie; granddaughters—Cristi Robinson (Nevin) of Corona, CA, and Julie Miller (?Blake) of Denver, and three great grandchildren: Jaden (12), Masyn (6) and Carsyn (9 months).
Bill is greatly missed by his family and firends.
Wyley E. Eaton was born 22 Dec 1922 in Davis, MI. He graduated with USAAF class 44-C at Marfa Army Airfield, TX; and served during WWII in the European Theater. He continued his service in the Korean Conflict, and at Selfridge AFB, MI. His career included pilot duties in the UC-78, B-29, B-50, and the C-45/46/47 aircraft. He separated from the Air Force in 1946, but soon returned as a qualified MD, a role he served until retiring in 1982. Colonel Eaton leaves behind his wife, Beverly, and tow daughters.
Lt Col Robert K. Early, USAF (Ret.) (1923 – 2013) took his final flight from Atlanta, GA on Sunday, August 4, 2013 due to complications from treatment of liver cancer. His son, Bob, was with him at the time. Lt Col Early is survived by his son Robert S. Early, and two grandsons, Nathan and John. His wife, Virginia, passed away ten years ago.
Bob’s military career began with USAF Class 44-C in March of 1944. Over his military career, he would serve as a Navigator-Bombardier, a B-29 Flight Engineer, a Command Pilot and an instructor. His aircraft experience was the backbone of the Air Force: P-51, B-47, C-47, B-25, B-52, C-54, P-40, P-47 and AT-6.
Retiring in 1966, Bob couldn’t walk away from airplanes, and began another career with United Airlines, flying the DC-6, DC-8, B-727, and B-737.
Bob became a Daedalian in 1975, and served as Flight Captain for Mile High Flight 18 in 1987.
Bob was extremely proud of his 41 years in aviation, and of the success as an instructor pilot during all those years. He proudly claimed to have never scratched the paint on his airplanes. An additional perk was being able to play golf all over the world.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my military life. USAF pilots are the world’s greets people.”
The poet, Patrick Phillips, agreed with Bob -
And when the goals are reached at last,?
When all the flying’s done,?
I’ll answer Him with no regret-?
Indeed, I had some fun.
His ashes will be interred at Ft Logan National Cemetery on Monday 19 Aug. Details for both of these services follow.
- Memorial Service
2:00 PM Sunday Aug 11
Briarlake Baptist Church
3715 Lavista Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033
- Committal Service
3698 S. Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80235
Staging Area A
Service begins at 12:00 PM; please arrive in the Staging Area no later than 11:45 AM.
George E. Kandel M.D.(1932 – 2013), MD (USAF Colonel – Ret.), went to be with the Lord on Wednesday evening June 26, 201 3 at Skyridge Hospital in Lone Tree, Colorado. He passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family. George is survived by his college sweetheart and wife of 58 years, Nancy; children George Jr., Beth, Doug and Suzanne; grandchildren Brittany, Allyson, Lindsey, Tyler, Sarah, Spencer, Lexi, and Olivia; two son-in-laws Mark Hebner and Mark Metheny and by his daughter-in-law Rita Kandel.
George entered pilot training as an MD, in class 64E at Williams AFB, on track to become a physician-astronaut. NASA cancelled the program after he started, and George would soon become the Head of Hospital at Korat, Thailand, where he also flew 47 missions over North Viet Nam in the F-4E. His flying experience included flying the T-37, T-38, F-102, F-106, T-33, F-4E, F-86H, T-39, U-4, c-47, and P-51. In 1975, he retired from the Air Force and began family practice in Colorado Springs.
George was generous in nature, quick with a joke, loved to tell stories, and a trusted friend, who lived life fully and loved remarkably. He focused on making the world a better place and always put God and his family first. George lived a life filled with humor, wit, and an unmistakable down to earth quality. He will be missed, but will be forever loved in the hearts of the many people whose lives he helped make better.
Donald A. Mobley, born January 1, 1929 in Houston, Texas, passed away peacefully at his home in Broomfield, Colorado on August.14, 2012 . He is survived by his wife, Carol, and their four children: David, Donny, Linda and Rebecca, and one granddaughter, Emily. Don was very involved with the community, serving and volunteering his time with the Broomfield Rotary Club, Torch Club of Boulder, and the Masonic Lodge. He volunteered as a DIA Ambassador and also enjoyed working on dinosaur fossils at the Denver Museum paleontology department. He loved to fish and was a member of the Rod & Gun Club of Louisville. His thirst for knowledge was never-ending; he was always asking questions and seeking answers. Don’s first love, however, was flying. After serving his country as a Lt. Colonel Air Force pilot for 20 years, he then flew for United Airlines as a commercial airline pilot for the next 30 years. Don loved to travel, had a great sense of humor, and took every opportunity to make people smile and laugh by enthralling them with wonderful stories and jokes. His infectious smile and dancing eyes will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE ANNOUNCEMENTTo begin with, thank you for the well wishes and concern for my mom. We are all well and she is taking each day as a new experience. She is still waiting for Dad to “come around the corner”. We have arranged to have Dad’s Celebration at the Broomfield Senior Center Sunday, October 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. We would love for you to stop by and share stories and be happy for a man that had such a full life. Please feel free to share this information with individuals you think would want to attend. The address for the Senior Center is:
280 Lamar St, Broomfield, CO 80020.
We look forward to seeing you,