Flight 25 Last Flights - In Memoriam

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Maj Gen (USAF, Ret) ERNEST A. BEDKE (1934 - 2015)

Survived by wife, Marilyn; sons, Major General Curtis (Ina), Michael (Rachelle); and two grandsons.

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Brig Gen (USAF, Ret) ROBERT C. BEYER, JR (1932 - 2015)

BEYER, Brigadier General, Robert C., Jr., aka “Gramps” age 83, of Tampa, FL, passed away peacefully August 22, 2015, with his wife and brother by his side. Bob was born on March 27, 1932 in Dallas, TX to Robert & Edna Beyer. Impassioned by love for his country, he earned an appointment at the United States Military Academy, in West Point, NY. Following graduation, Bob joined the United States Air Force where he began fighter-pilot training and embarked on an extraordinary 30-year military career. In May of 1968, Bob served as flight commander to the 390th Tactical Fighter Squadron in Vietnam, completing 207 combat missions during his tour. Bob subsequently served as an action officer in the Directorate of Operations, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff; chairman of the Defense Branch, Strategic Operations Division, Directorate of Operations of the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and director of operations and vice commander for the 58th Tactical Fighter Training Wing at Luke Air Force Base. In March of 1979, Bob took command of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing at the Kunsan Air Base in South Korea, and was later appointed inspector general for the Pacific Air Forces. In August of 1982, Bob was promoted to Brigadier General. Bob’s awards and military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with 13 oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award ribbon with “V” device and oak leaf cluster. Bob’s grandson, Joseph has now embarked on his own military career, following in his grandfather’s footsteps by earning an appointment at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. In August 2014, Bob proudly “marched back” with his grandson, and all of the other new cadets, to celebrate the end of basic training and the beginning of the new class of cadets. Bob was thrilled to share his passion for the academy with his grandson. Bob’s love for his country is topped only by his love for God, and his love for his family and friends. In his later years, Bob traveled the world with his wife, Nondi, and spent time with loved ones. Those who were privileged to know Bob benefited from his constant love, support, encouragement, and mentoring. He is loved by many and his larger-than-life personality will be greatly missed. Bob was a member of the Army A Club, the Tampa Yacht & Country Club, the St. Andrew’s Society of Tampa Bay, numerous military flying organizations, and an honorary member of the Delta Lambda Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon. Bob was predeceased by his wife of 30 years, Dorothy. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Nondi; brother, Dan, wife, Carmen, nephews, Chad and Matthew, grandnieces, Makenna and Ava, and grandnephew, Jacob; daughter, Nancy and husband, Greg; daughter, Ellen and husband, Douglas; step-daughter, Teresa and husband, Gary; stepson, Joey; daughter-in law, Jennifer; ten grandchildren, Nondace, Christi, Lance, Sarah, Ethan, Jonathan, Rebecca, Joseph, Jarrett, and Julia; two great-grand-children, Ryleigh and Carson; numerous other family members, friends, and loved ones. Bob will be laid to rest on Monday, September 14, 2015 at the United States Military Academy Cemetery in West Point, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Operation Helping Hand, Tampa (www.operationhelpinghandtampa.com). Arrangements are under the direction of MILLARD-REKUS Family Funeral Chapel, 902 East North Sreet, Eldon, Missouri, 65026 (573) 392-3351. Condolences may be left online for the family at: www.millardfamilychapels.com – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tbo/obituary.aspx?pid=175821360#sthash.TwViP79s.dpuf

George drew
Mr (CIV) GEORGE D. DREW (1919 - 2015)

Tampa native and life-long resident, passed away on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015. He was born in 1919, the son of James Dewey Drew and Marion Emma Allen Drew. He attended Roosevelt Elementary, Wilson Jr. High, and Plant High School. George was a WWII B-24 pilot and a former POW in Germany. Following the war, he returned to Tampa and married Alleene Downs. They were just a few weeks shy of their 66th anniversary when she passed away in 2012. During his career, George was Sales Manager for Industrial Supply Corp. He was a 55 year member of the Masons, and he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his friends and family. Following his retirement, George volunteered at James Haley Veteran’s Hospital and served as commander of the Greater Tampa Bay Chapter of American Ex-POW. He was a member of the 25th Flight of the Order of Daedalians. He often spoke about his WWII experiences at schools and events.

George was predeceased by his parents, his wife, and his sister, Betty Drew Clark.

He is survived by his daughters, Judy West and Pam (Keith) Pafford; his five grandchildren: Catherine Pafford, Keith (Laura) Pafford, Billy (Stephanie) West, Drew West, and Mallory West (Will) Eastman; and brother, Jack Drew. George was a good man, a loving husband, father, and grandfather and faithful friend. He will be deeply missed. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at James Haley for the many years of care and support. In addition, the kindness of the staffs and caregivers at Brookdale Bayshore, Sun Terrace Rehab Center, and LifePath Hospice is very much appreciated. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 1st from 6-8pm at Blount & Curry, 605 S. MacDill Ave. A funeral service will be held Thursday, July 2,10am at Blount & Curry with burial to follow, Myrtle Hill Cemetery.

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Maj Gen (USAF, Ret) ALDEN G. GLAUCH (1919 - 2015)

Alden Glenwood Glauch, born November 14, 1919 died April 16, 2015 was a Major General in the United States Air Force who served as commander, Twenty-First Air Force (Military Airlift Command) at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey.
Glauch was born in 1919 in Traverse City, MI, where he graduated from Traverse City High School in 1937. He attended Texas Western College in El Paso, Texas and the University of Maryland, where he majored in aeronautical engineering. During World War II he entered active military service in December 1942 and graduated from aviation cadet pilot training with a commission as second lieutenant and his pilot wings in November 1943. Glauch then served as a fighter pilot in North Africa and subsequently with the 64th Troop Carrier Group in Italy, France and the China-Burma Theater of Operations. He was released from active duty in July 1945 and was a member of the Inactive Reserve.
Glauch returned to active duty in February 1949 and was assigned to the 53rd Troop Carrier Squadron at Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany in March 1949, as a pilot and participated in the Berlin Airlift. In September 1949 he was assigned as commander of the 2nd Air Postal Squadron, U. S. Air Forces in Europe. In May 1952 he went to Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts, as aerial port control officer and later was assigned to the 20th Air Transport Squadron to McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, in April 1955 and became squadron commander. In July 1956 he was appointed deputy commander, 1611th Air Transport Group, also at McGuire Air Force Base. Glauch attended the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force base, Alabama, from September 1958 to July 1959. He next went to Thule Air Base, Greenland, as commander, 55th Air Rescue Squadron.
From March 1960 to August 1965, Glauch was assigned to Headquarters U. S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, as chief, MATS and Services Branch and later in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Research and Development as chief, Airlift and Services Branch. He again joined Military Airlift Command in August 1965 as director of current operations, Twenty-second Air Force, Travis Air Force Base, California.
From March 1968 to March 1969 he served as director of operations for the 834th Air Division in the Republic of Vietnam. He returned to McGuire Air Force base, New Jersey, in April 1969 as assistant deputy chief of staff, operations and later was deputy chief of staff, operations, Twenty-first Air Force. He again went to Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany, as commander, 435th Military Airlift Support Wing in April 1970. In April 1971 Glauch became assistant deputy chief of staff, operations, Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Base, Illinois, and in July 1972 was named deputy chief of staff, operations. He became commander of Twenty-first Air Force, with headquarters at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, in May 1975.
His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation Emblem with oak leaf cluster and the Armed Forces Honor Medal, First Class Order, from the Republic of Vietnam. He is a command pilot with more than 8,000 flying hours. In 1977 received the Order of the Sword. He was promoted to the grade of major general effective June 20, 1973 with date of rank July 1, 1970. He retired on February 1, 1981.
Glauch is survived by his wife of 74 years, Rhea E. (Forton) Glauch, sons, Alden W. and Margaret Glauch and of Kissimmee, FL, Grant Emerson of St. Petersburg, FL, daughter, Cheri L. Glauch and fiancé, Dan Bell of The Villages, FL.
The family will receive relatives and friends at a visitation to be held at the Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services 1511 Buenos Aires Blvd., The Villages on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 5 to 7 PM with a Prayer Service to be conducted by Rev. Ken Schamens, Em. at 6:30 PM. Burial with Military Honors will be held in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 11:30 AM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church 1002 S. Maple St., Traverse City, MI 49864. hiers-baxley.com

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Maj (USAF, Ret) OTTO N. BIE (1931 - 2015)

Major Otto Norman “Cappy” Bie, 83 of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida was called home to The Lord on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Service will be held Monday, April 6, 2015 at 10:30 at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Largo, Florida, with a small gathering afterwards. Visit www.serenityfuneralhomelargo.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be sent to Suncoast Hospice" 5771 Roosevelt Blvd. Clearwater, Florida 33760-9962.

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Col (USAF, Ret) CHARLES H. PARSONS, II (1923 - 2015)

PARSONS, Charles Henry II

United States Air Force, retired, son of Colonel and Mrs. M. H. Parsons died Feb. 22, 2015 at the age of ninety-one. A native of Alexandra, VA, Colonel Parsons graduated from The Military Academy at West Point in the Class of 1946. He then began a career as a fighter pilot for the United States Air Force. He retired after serving our nation for more than 30 years. Colonel Parsons is predeceased in death by his parents, and his son, Bruce and is survived by his loving family: his wife, Frances “Fran” Parsons of St Petersburg; two sons, Charles H. Parsons III and his wife, Kim of Seminole, and William Parsons and his wife, Mayte of Decatur, GA; his daughter, Judy Fielder of Atlanta, GA; and seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was an active member of the St Peters’ Episcopal Cathedral for over 40 years. The service, with full military honors, will be at the Cathedral at 140 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, Saturday, March 7, at 1 pm with Bishop Berry Howe, officiating. Reception following at the Orange Blossom Cafe;. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral or Hospice would be appreciated in memory of Charles Henry Parsons II. Visit www.veteransfuneralcare.com

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Col (USAF, Ret) John C. Hildebrand, Jr (1954 - 2014)

Hildebrand, John C.
Jan. 30, 1954 – Nov. 30, 2014
John C. Hildebrand (Jack) of Sarasota FL passed away surrounded by his family. Born in Chicago Il. Graduate of Staunton Military Academy 1972. Graduate of Tulane University MBA 1976.
Jack was a pilot with 19,000 combined military and commercial hours. Commissioned into the U.S. Air Force 1972 as a pilot. Flew B-52’s in Guam for the 60th BMS and KC-10’s for the 32nd ARS. Transitioned to flying the KC-10 in the Reserves for the 76th ARS and 78th ARS. He was the Squadron Commander for the 78th Air Refueling Squadron as well as a Vice Wing Commander at McGuire AFB. Transferred to Randolph 19th AF as Mobilization Assistant Commander.
Retired as a Full Colonel in 2006 after 30 years of service. Jack started his commercial flying career in 1985 with Piedmont Airlines becoming USAirways. He left USAirways as a Captain and Check Airman.
Jack and Julie (Lammon) were married 38 years ago. His brother Bear, his children Joel, and Jenna , and mother-in- law Joyce A. Lammon survive him.
Jack had a love of the sky but also a passion for sailing. He is very fond of his sailing buddies and his last boat FlyBoy was a dream of his. He loved sports, especially the ones his children were playing in. His friendships span the globe; he will be missed by many. The Memorial Service will be 3:00 PM, Friday December 5th at Pine Shores Presbyterian Church located at 6135 Beechwood Ave. Sarasota, FL 34231. His internment will be in January at Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions to Fisher House Foundation, Nature Conservatory, Pine Shores Presbyterian Church

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LCDR (USN, Ret) DAVID A. DOLL (1927 - 2014)

DOLL, David A., at age 87, passed away Saturday, November 29th, 2014. A retired lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves, an architect and a World War II and Korean War veteran, Doll has lived a busy life. The Portsmouth native moved to Massillon for his junior year of high school. While he only spent two years at Washington High School, Doll left his mark. He was recognized as the 1945 athlete of the year. He was the captain of the track team and played baseball and basketball, lettering in all three sports. Upon graduation, Doll joined the Navy and served as a naval aviator, a goal he aspired to achieve. He flew N2S Yellow Peril, SNJ Texas, SNB Twin Beech, F6F Hellcat, F4U Corsair, F9F-5 Panther, F9F-6 Cougar and T-33 Shooting Star (training plane). The veteran served with the VF-41 and VF-191 squadrons aboard the USS Midway and USS Oriskany. Doll had 40 years of military service including seven years active duty. His college career at The Ohio State University was interrupted by a recall by the Navy for active duty during the Korean War. After his service, he returned to Ohio State University and finished his architecture degree. He returned to Massillon in 1956 and joined the architectural firm Mallalieu, Ross, Roberts and Doll. The firm, he said, helped design City Hall and the city’s fire station No. 1 on Erie Street. Doll also was active in community organizations including the Massillon Museum, Kiwanis Club and the Heritage Foundation. He was recognized for his outstanding service to the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as Stark County Citizen of the Year and garnered several honors from the military. While serving in the reserves, he taught many college-level courses at the Naval Reserves Officers School including meteorology, space technology, anti-submarine warfare, atomic, biological and chemical warfare, oceanography, naval aviation and military justice. Doll and his wife moved to Tampa in 1988. He later became the architect for MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. He then retired from the MacDill Air Force Base in 2004. He continued to reside in Tampa with his wife, Linda. He is also survived by daughters, Patty (Rob) Merrell, of North Canton, Ohio, Mar Dee (Rob) Baker of Charlotte, North Carolina; step-children, Missy Martin and Eric Martin of Tampa, Florida; 7 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Richard (Sue) Doll and Robert Doll; and many nephews & Nieces. David was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Clara Doll; two sons, David and Michael Doll; step-son, Steve Martin; brother, Jack Doll; and sister, Vicki Lynn Doll Ensinger. Upon Dave’s request he will be cremated with a small family gathering and no service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

LCDR (USNR, Ret) ROBERT M. KOCH (1928 - 2014)

Born Jan. 13, 1928 in Clearwater and died Nov. 13, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Katherine Marshall Koch and his brother, Dale (and Judy) of Atlanta. Bobby and Kappy were sweethearts from their 7th grade year at Clearwater Junior High school and later enjoyed a very successful 64 year marriage. Bobby graduated from Tulane University and the Southern College of Optometry. He attained the rank of Lt. Cdr. in the U.S. Navy where he served 23 years as a pilot in active and reserve duty. He had a very successful optometric practice in Belleair Bluffs and Largo and was a three term Commissioner of the Town of Belleair. He was proud to have as his friends many of the founders of our community. Bobby was an avid Gator, loved golf, and was very proud of his family, children, Louise Levine (Craig) of Hudson, Karl (Tara) of Tampa, and Ky (Karen) of Belleair; grandchildren, Susan Levine (great-grandchildren Anthony, Maddie, Logan, and Cayden), Gayle Richardson, Katie Koch, Jack Koch, Courtney Koch, Tanner Koch, and Jake Koch. The family thanks Valerie and Melissa for their special caring. In lieu of flowers, hug your loved ones, tell them you love them, and make a contribution to the
charity of your choice
. A Gathering of Friends will take place at Moss-Feaster Funeral Home, 693 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater Monday, Nov. 17, from 4-6:30 pm.

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Mr (CIV) FRANK V. CAMPISI (1930 - 2014)

Campisi, Frank V., 83, passed away on June 13, 2014, after a three year valiant fight against multiple myeloma. Frank was a native of Tampa. He attended the University of Florida and received a Bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern University. He was accepted in to Officer Candidate School in the United States Air Force. He became an aircraft commander and piloted refueling tankers as part of Strategic Air Command (SAC). He achieved the rank of Captain before ending his service in 1959. For the next 50 years, he served as president of J.V. Campisi Inc., at the Tampa Wholesale Produce Market.

Frank was a Bull Gator with a passion for the Orange and Blue. He was a Foundation Member at the University of Florida and served on the UF President’s Council. He co-founded the Tracy Caulkins Super Scholarship at the University.

Frank was a board member of the Hillsborough County Expressway Authority at the request of his friend Governor Bob Martinez. He was a board member of the Italian American Invitational Golf Tournament for charity. In 2009, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners recognized Frank for his contributions to the community.

Frank was preceded in death by his father, Vincenzo Campisi, his mother, Rosalie Arcuri and his brother, Victor Campisi. He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Linda (Medero), his daughter Taren (Triggs, William), and his son Frank W. He was proud of his three grandchildren, Billy and Marlye Triggs and Phillip A. Campisi.

He will be greatly missed by his family, his community and his Gator friends.

Dr (CIV) RICHARD T. SANBORN (1923 - 2014)
June 25, 1923 – May 23, 2014

Richard T. Sanborn, born in San Isidro, Argentina of New England parents in June 1923, died on May 23, 2014. He came with his parents to the United States in 1928 and grew up in East Orange, NJ. After graduating from Montclair Academy in Montclair, NJ, he attended Duke University. There he joined the Air Corps Reserves and was called to active duty in his sophomore year.

In WWII, he flew B-17s with the 8th Air Force in war torn skies over Germany. After a combat tour, he was reassigned to Air Tranport Command in Romulus, MI flying war weary planes from Europe to various aircraft graveyards in the country, and delivering various types of aircraft to domestic and foreign airfields. After the war he and family moved to Short Hills, NJ and Dick entered the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry graduating with honors in 1950. In 1952 he graduated from the University of Illinois in Chicago with a Master of Science degree in Orthodontics. For the next forty years, Dr. Sanborn practiced Orthodontics in South Orange and Princeton, NJ. In 1989 he married Grace Heuwetter of Massapequa, NY.

Throughout his life, swimming was his favorite avocation. He learned to swim in the Rio de la Plata when he was three years old. Later in life, he swam competitively for the Newark Athletic Club in NJ, Duke University, and the Air Force. With two other swimmers, Dick formed and captained the New Jersey Swimming Team while competing over the country with the Masters and in his age group was considered one of the ten best swimmers in the country. Freestyle and backstroke were his fortes.

Sailing was another avocation of Dick’s. He was a member of the New York Yacht Club, the Princeton Club of New York, Off Soundings Sailing Club, and the Corinthians Sailing Association of which he was Master in 1992. Throughout his sailing career, he participated in over fifteen Bermuda Ocean Yacht Races from Newport, RI and Marion, MA, mostly as a celestial navigator. He filled a berth in a forty-four foot ketch as navigator on a trans-Atlantic passage from Cadiz, Spain to Argentina in the Lesser Antilles via the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. Dick also delivered and ferried various yachts from the Caribbean to various ports on the east coast of the US as far as Maine.

In retirement, Dick was a member of the American Legion, the QBs, and Daedalian pilot organizations and The 8th Air Force Historical Society.

In 2004, Dick and Grace moved to Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club in Venice, FL. Dick is survived by his wife, Grace; two nephews, Richard G. Sanborn and Dr. Scott Sanborn; step children Laura McCaffrey, Lynne Meccariello, and Paul (Laura) Meccariello; and grandchildren Brian, Colleen, Brianna, and Samantha.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Sunday, June 1st from 2-4PM at Farley Funeral Home Venice Chapel. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, June 2nd at 10:30AM at Farley Funeral Home Venice Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

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Col (USAF, Ret) ROBERT G. BROTHERTON (1923 - 2013)

Robert G. Brotherton was born on September 25, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York to his parents Walter J. and Mabel E. (Graham) Brotherton. Walter Brotherton was VP of First National City Bank of New York which later became Citi Group. The family later moved to Massapequa, Long Island, New York where Robert G. Brotherton graduated in three years from Amityville High School as Valedictorian in his class of 120 students at age 16. He then attended the New York Military Academy to prepare for the examination for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He made the highest grade in the State of New York on this exam and was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point at age 17.

He then graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in June 1944 as a rated pilot and entered the Army Air Corps later to become the US Air Force. He entered training in heavy bombardment aircraft as an aircraft commander of B-17s and B-29s and his crew became fully combat ready the day the war with Japan ended in August of 1945. Reporting to Guam, he supervised the accounting for and disposition of the air resources that had been built up for the invasion of Japan. He returned to the United States in 1946 and served until 1949 as an instructor and Director of Military Training at the Officer Candidate School, Lackland AFB, Texas.

He later graduated from Georgetown University with a Master’s Degree in International Relations. He was an instructor and military training officer for the operations office of the 28th Bomb Wing on Travis Air Force Base in California beginning in 1949. He then became an “Air Attaché” with the US Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia between 1955 and 1957. In 1958 he was an Assistant Chief of Staff for Air Force Intelligence until 1962. Between 1962 and 1963, he was training with the Boeing Company. Between 1963 and 1974 he was in the Pentagon in Washington, DC in various positions. First as Assistant Chief of Arms Policy Branch, then as Executive to Vice Chief of Staff, US Air Force General John C. Meyer, and then Executive to Commander-in-Chief of the Strategic Air Command, General John C. Meyer. He retired from the military in Aug. 1974 as a Bird Colonel and moved to Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Soon after moving to Pinellas County, he ran for political office as a Democrat against long time Republican Tax Collector O. Sanford Jasper and lost that race. His platform was the need for expansion of service locations and the need to modernize operations. Jasper implemented many of these platform issues upon his re-election. His political activity included being the Pinellas County Democratic District Representative for the Carter Presidential election. The interest in this election came from the fact that Jimmy Carter was a graduate from the Naval Academy in ’45 and R.G. Brotherton graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in ’44. Jimmy Carter carried Pinellas County in that election.

Mr. Brotherton then took up a second career as a stock broker and retired in 1988 at the age of 65 as Assistant Manager of the Clearwater office of Dean, Witter, Reynolds. In 1977, he was appointed by the Governor of Florida to serve as a Commissioner of the Pinellas County Housing Authority. He served as a Commissioner, Vice Chairman and Chairman between 1977 and 1988. The Authority was known for competence, integrity, and compassion by government, media, and those served during those years. Following this service, Mr. Brotherton was appointed by Pinellas County Government to the Personnel Review Board for two years as Vice Chairman. He was founder and the first President of Oak Hill Acres Property Owners Association in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

His message to his great grandchildren, as relayed through his son Robert H. Brotherton, is for them to have confidence in themselves and do well in school. Robert G. Brotherton is survived by his wife Mae Beatrice Jacobs Brotherton and his three children Robert H. Brotherton, President, Brotherton Engineering, Inc. of Dunedin, Florida, Bette G. Brotherton, retired V.P. of Shands Hospitals of Gainesville, Florida, William N. Brotherton of Tarpon Springs, Florida who is in the air conditioning business, seven grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Originally prepared on April 23, 2010 as requested by Robert G. Brotherton over lunch with Robert H. Brotherton on April 15, 2010. Updated with additions by Robert G. Brotherton on 3 Oct 2011.

Col (USAF, Ret) WILLIAM A. DOYLE (1922 - 2013)

Doyle, William A.
Jan. 19, 1922 – Oct. 29, 2013
William A. Doyle, retired Col. USAF, 91, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Wilmington, NC., died on Oct. 29, 2013. Funeral arrangements by: Packer Funeral Home.
Services will be at the Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. He is survived by wife, Marcelle of Sarasota, sons, Gregory (Phyllis) of Huntsville, AL., Gary (Linda) of Wilmington, NC., step-son, Mark (Diane) Young of Westfield, NJ., daughters, Pamela (Scott) Casto of Purcellville, VA., Lisa (Dick) Cecchini of Lakeville, MN., step-daughters, Karen (Dave) Zwart of Goosecreek, SC., Susan (Amy) Young of New York City, eighteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Published in Herald Tribune from Nov. 3 to Nov. 11, 2013
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Lt Col (USAFR, Ret) RICHARD M. SNOW (1916 - 2013)
ROCKLAND – Richard Maurice Snow, 97, died at his home, Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 6:55 am after a short illness.

Born in Rockland, March 2, 1916, he was the son of Maurice and Stella Farnham Snow. He attended Rockland schools and was a 1934 graduate of Rockland High School. Following graduation he worked at the former Snow Shipyard, now Rockland Marine Corp in their yacht building endeavors until entering college.

He earned a BS degree in Physics at Wheaton College in Illinois. Following college graduation in 1939 he entered the Army Air Corps as a Flying Cadet, earning his pilot’s wings and a commission as 2nd Lt. in 1940, and was assigned to Kelley Army Air Base in San Antonio, TX, as a Flight Instructor, Advanced Flying School. Later he was promoted to Captain and commanded a Squadron at Kelley.

At the Chapel of Randolph Army Air Base, TX, in 1940 he married his college sweetheart, Carleen White of Morrill. They made their home in San Antonio for the next 3 years, until Captain Snow was transferred to Altus Army Air Base in Oklahoma. Here he was promoted to Major and assigned as Flying Training Commander, and later Base Operations Officer. Throughout WWII Major Snow served in other commands in the Training Command and in a B-29 squadron of the 2nd Air Force. During these active duty years their first child, David, was born in 1943, and their second son, Charles, was born in 1945.

A year following the end of WWII, while on duty at Walla Walla, Washington, Army Air Base, Major Snow transferred to the Air Corps Reserves and moved his family to Massachusetts where he entered the New England College of Optometry, graduating in 1949 Cum Laude. Dr. Snow began his practice as an Optometrist associated with Dr. LeMay in Manchester, New Hampshire.

In 1951 he moved to Laconia, New Hampshire, where he had his own practice for 30 years, his wife, Carleen, serving as office manager and receptionist. During this period he was promoted to Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserves, being a member and eventually commander of a squadron at Grenier Air Field in Manchester. He retired from his military career in 1967 after 28 years.

For many years Dr. Snow was a charter member of the Lakes Region Flying Club in Laconia, making frequent flying trips to visit his father in Rockland, and was an active member of the Laconia Lions Club

Following retirement in 1982 Dr. Snow moved with his wife to Rockland, taking residence in the home of his childhood on Mechanic Street. They attended the First Baptist in Rockland. Dr. and Mrs. Snow wintered in St. Petersburg Florida, for the next 15 years, where he volunteered his professional services in the Eye Clinic of the Bay Pines VA Medical Center. Here he was also Head Usher at the winter Moody Keswick Bible Conferences.

Lt. Col. Snow was a member of the Daedalian Order of Military Pilots, and the Suncoast Flight at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida. He also belonged to the Mayflower Society, being 11th generation from Mayflower Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins, whose daughter Constance, Mayflower passenger, married Nicholas Snow in 1627. Dr. Snow had been president of the New Hampshire Optometric Society and was a Life Member of the American Optometric Society. He also was member of the Maine Maritime Museum, Sharp’s Point South Museum, and the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

In retirement, Dr. Snow had associated with his cousin Bertram Snow in the research and recording of the Snow family genealogy and history, including the Snow Shipyard and its fleet of sailing vessels over a 75 year period. They co-authored “An Adventurous History of the Snow Fleet of Sailing Vessels of Rockland, Maine”, copies of which are in the Rockland Public Library, Penobscot Marine Museum, and Maine Maritime Museum.

Dr. Snow enjoyed sailing on the windjammers Heritage and American Eagle out of Rockland several times each summer, experiencing some of the seafaring life of his master mariner grandfather Capt. Richard K. Snow and master mariner great-grandfather Captain I. L. Snow, co-founder of the former I. L. Snow Co. shipyard, now the Rockland Marine Corp. shipyard on Mechanic St.

His wife, Carleen, predeceased him on October 7, 1998. He is survived by two sons and their wives, David R. and Wendy Snow of Doswell, Virginia, and Charles M. and Pat Snow of Arlington, Texas; five grandchildren, Darren Snow of Mt Holly Springs, PA, Darlene Baer, RN of Carlisle, PA, Donna Miller of Shipshewana, IN, Daniel Snow of Cameroon, Africa, and Stephanie Amos of Fresno, CA; also, twelve great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.

A celebration of Mr. Snow’s life will be held at 1:00 PM, Statuary, October 12, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Rockland. The Reverend Robert Manning will officiate. Interment will follow at Achorn Cemetery.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.

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Lt Col (USAF, Ret) WESLEY L. HENNIS (1921 - 2013)

Hennis, Wesley L
July 10, 1921 – July 15, 2013
Wesley L Hennis, 92, of Ellenton, Florida, formerly of St. Petersburg, Florida, died on July 15, 2013.
Funeral arrangements by: Neptune Society.

John j myhre
CDR (USNR, Ret) JOHN J. MYHRE (1924 - 2013)

MYHRE, John J. “Jack” resident of Tampa since 1968, passed away on April 28, 2013, after a brief illness. Born April 15, 1924 in St. Paul, MN, he attended the University of Minnesota & Pan American University, majoring in Aeronautical Engineering. He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a Navy Pilot in the Pacific Theater of the war ,and later spent most of his life in the Naval Reserves where he retired as a Commander. He was a member of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the 25th Flight Order of Daedalians at MacDill Air Force Base. John also worked as an Inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Elsie Opp, who he married on July 2, 1949; his daughter, Mary Fidler (Steven L.); sons, Steven J. Myhre and John J. Myhre; sister, Mary Moore; and three grandchildren, Ashley Fidler, Sarah and Anna Myhre. A visitation will be on Friday, May 17th, from 10-10:30 am, with a service at 10:30 am at Stowers Funeral Home, 410 West Brandon Blvd, Brandon. Interment will follow the service at 1:30 pm at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to a charity of your choice. Stowers Funeral Home www.stowersfh.com

Lt Col (USAF) JOSEPH F. PATTERSON (1920 - 2013)

Joseph F. “Bud” PATTERSON

PATTERSON, Joseph F. “Bud” 92, of Sun City Center, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Born in New York, NY on June 8, 1920, Bud was a retired New York City Police Officer and U.S. Mail Carrier. Bud was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran and a POW. He was a member and past commander of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American ex-POWs, and past State Commander as well. Bud was a parishioner and Eucharistic Minister at St. Anne Catholic Church in Ruskin, He was preceded in death by 2 brothers. Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Veronica Patterson of Sun City Center; sons Joseph F. (Norma) Patterson, Jr. of Lancaster, NY and Richard T. (Maureen) Patterson of Brewster, NY; 4 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian burial will be said on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 at 11 am at St. Anne Catholic Church, Ruskin and friends may call at the Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 from 2-5 pm. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 813-634-9900

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on February 13, 2013

Mr (CIV) JOHN R. COULAM (1922 - 2013)

COULAM, John R., died February, 2, 2013, at the age of 90. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 7, 1922. He is survived by his wife, Laura; and three children, Susan Mueller (Mathais), Nancy Coulam, son Paul Coulam, (Thresea); six grandchildren; and brother Robert Coulam (Barbara). He received his pilots license at the age of 16 and while in college was drafted into the Army Air Corp. He served overseas from D-Day and left England on V.E. Day. A pilot of the B-17 Flying Fortress, he wears the Air Medal with four clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He flew 38 successful missions over Germany during World War II. John moved to Tampa in 1981, where he volunteered at the Straz Center for 16 years. He was an active member of Military Pilots Association (Daedalians) at Mac Dill Air Force Base. A celebration of John’s life will take place at his home on Sunday, Feb 17 from 2-4. Private funeral service for family to be arranged.

Published in TBO.com on February 10, 2013

Col (USAF, Ret) DONALD C. KIPFER (1923 - 2012)

Donald Charles Kipfer Sr

November 01, 1923 – December 05, 2012
Col. Donald C. Kipfer, Sr

Colonel Donald Charles Kipfer, 89, of Punta Gorda, FL passed away December 5, 2012. He was born in Massillon, Ohio, on November 1, 1923 and retired from the USAF to Punta Gorda in 1978. At Massillon’s Washington High School he was lead clarinetist in their nationally famous marching/swing band and received many awards for excellence in science and math studies. He entered the Army Air Corps in 1943, graduated from West Point in 1948 and served as a pilot, command pilot, instructor pilot, and missileer during three major wars. After earning his advanced degree at the Institute of Technology, he was appointed project officer at NDHQ in Ottawa, Canada, for the development of the CF-105 interceptor aircraft. He served as a combat pilot in Vietnam and as Base Commander at Nakhon Phanom in Thailand. He served as Director of Operations in Brussels, Belgium for all USAF research in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Col Kipfer began as an engineer on the bench at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, and rose
to Director of Research and Development at Andrews AFB for all Air Force electronics, avionics, and weapons. During his active duty he contributed or supervised development on sub millimeter radar, moving target radar, infra red, high speed analogue and digital computers, laser, magnetohydrodynamics, nuclear weapon improvement and safety and other classified developments. His last assignment in the USAF at McClellan AFB, Sacramento, California,
was as System Manager for World Wide Airforce Electronics, the A-10 fighter, and the Space Shuttle. He was a member of many service related organizations. After retirement from the USAF, Col Kipfer established a small company, MaeDon, which handled his art work. He wrote and published several novels, sold thousands of copies of his oil paintings and won many ribbons and national recognition for his wood sculpture. In addition, he was an ardent golfer, fisherman, gardener and world traveler. He was a member of the Burnt Store Presbyterian Church.
Col Kipfer is survived by his sons, Mark Tracy (Carole) Kipfer of Atlanta, GA and David L. (Shawn) Kipfer of Punta Gorda, FL; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is pre deceased by his wife Edna Mae Kipfer in July 2007 and his son, Donald C. Kipfer Jr in 2009.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 am till 11:00 am, Monday, December 10, 2012 at the Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, 635 E Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. The Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 am, Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Tim Stewart officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to the Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33955.

Lt col george l newton
Lt Col (USAF, Ret) GEORGE L. NEWTON (1924 - 2012)

George L. Newton ,“Newt” Lt. Col., Retired, of Tampa, passed away on June 14, 2012. He was born in Rochester, NY on August 15, 1924 and moved to the Tampa area in 1971. Newt retired as a Fighter Pilot from the US Air Force in 1970 after 26 years of service. He served as a fighter pilot in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. After retiring from the Air Force he continued flying as a commercial pilot. He loved to fly, It was his passion. Duty, loyalty and Honor were his values. He was a charter member of “the Greatest Generation”. " When once you have tasted flight, you will always walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward; for there you have been and there you will always be". Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519. Newt is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Earlene Newton; sons, Scott Newton, Bruce Newton and his wife Jene’, and Mark Newton and his wife Tracey; a daughter, Mary Jo Culliton and her husband Bob; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 17, 2012 from 6-8 pm at the Blount & Curry West Chapel, 6802 Silvermill Dr., Tampa. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 am, Monday, June 18, 2012 at Incarnation Catholic Church, Tampa. Memorial contributions may be made, if you prefer, to the Suncoast Hospice.

Col (USAF, Ret) JAMES G. WYATT (1933 - 2009)

Death: Apr. 27, 2009
Florida, USA

WYATT, Colonel James Gordon Sr., Retired, 75, of Treasure Island went to be with the Lord on April 27, 2009. A military ceremony is scheduled at Bay Pines Cemetery on Friday, May 8, 10:45 am. Mr. Wyatt was born July 10, 1933 in Berea, KY, son of the late Roy & Ethel Wyatt and brother of Don Wyatt.

Family links:
Wiley LeRoy Wyatt (1898 – 1965)
Ethel H Hammons Wyatt (1904 – 1992)


Bay Pines National Cemetery
Bay Pines
Pinellas County
Florida, USA
Plot: Section L Site 296

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Record added: Apr 13, 2010
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