Flight 39 Last Flights - In Memoriam

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Maj (USAF, Ret) Douglas C. Whipple (1937 - 2019)

Doug Whipple, 82, entered into rest on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Born on February 22, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan, Doug was the son of the late Merle Whipple and Eulala F. Parks Whipple. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado where he received his Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling and then from Georgia College with his Master of Business Administration Degree. He earned the MBA while he was also honorably serving his country in the United States Air Force. He was a decorated veteran having completed his duties as a combat pilot during the Vietnam War. Following his military career, he became an assistant bank manager for 12 years and later worked as a teacher for the Chatham County Board of Education. Doug was also a man of unfailing faith and was a devoted member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and will be missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his parents, Doug was preceded in death by his brother, Rex Whipple.
His memory will forever be treasured by his loving wife, Sandra Whipple of Centerville; children, Kelly Whipple Dempsey of Warner Robins and Doug C. Whipple, Jr. (Gwynne) of Lilburn, Georgia; grandchildren, Joseph Dempsey, Nathan Dempsey, Kal Dempsey, Zach Whipple; great granddaughter, Blakely Dempsey; and sister, Pam Dunmire (Tom) of Prescot, Arizona.
Visitation will be Sunday, May 26, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Andersonville National Cemetery. Afterward, Mr. Whipple will be laid to rest in Andersonville National Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations be given in memory of Mr. Whipple to Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund at 129 South Houston Road, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088 or the Museum of Aviation at P.O. Box 2469, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088.
McCullough Funeral Home and Crematory has the privilege of being entrusted with these arrangements.

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Lt Col (USAF, Ret) Dwight C. McDowell (1924 - 2018)

Lt. Col. Dwight Calvin McDowell, USAF (Ret.)
September 3, 1924 – June 22, 2018
Warner Robins, GA- D.C. McDowell, 93, passed into the hands of his Lord on the morning of Friday, June 22, 2018.
D.C. was born in Liberty, Missouri on September 3, 1924 to the late Orlando and Nancy McDowell. In the winter of 1951, he proudly enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served his country as a pilot and later as a comptroller staff officer. D.C. retired from the military with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in August of 1975 while serving at Robins Air Force Base. After retirement, he utilized his handy skills in building and construction. He was an active member of the Order of Daedalians, which is a professional order of American military pilots. D.C. was also a Mason, a Shriner, and member of First United Methodist Church of Warner Robins. He was an avid reader and together with his wife, Margie, he greatly enjoyed traveling.
D.C. was preceded in death by his children, Chris McDowell, Beth McDowell, Marilyn McDowell Hendrix, and Alan Rushing, as well as his parents and several brothers and sisters.
His memory will forever be treasured by his loving wife of 18 years, Margie McDowell of Warner Robins; children, Susan Carpenter (David) of Elko, Bob Rushing (Susan) of Warner Robins; son-in-law, Charles Hendrix (Mary Ellen) of Savannah; grandchildren, Brad Carpenter (Megan), Amanda Carpenter Kay (Jacob), Whitney Socarras (Keith), Holli Figueroa (Al), Kit Jordan; great-grandchildren, Hayden Socarras, Anna Kate Carpenter, Lee Ann Carpenter, Gabi Figueroa, Jordan Figueroa; and nephew, Don Rounds (Jan).
The family will greet friends during a visitation to be held on Monday, June 25, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home. Funeral services to celebrate his life will immediately follow at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel at McCullough Funeral Home with Reverend Missy Blumenthal officiating. Full military honors will be rendered.
The family will accept flowers or donations may be given in memory of D.C. McDowell to First United Methodist Church Food Pantry at 205 North Davis Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31093.
Friends may go to www.mcculloughfh.com to sign an online registry for the family and to view the memorial video once it has been finalized. McCullough Funeral Home has the privilege of being entrusted with Mr. McDowell’s arrangements.

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Maj Gen (USAF, Ret) Cornelius Nugteren (1928 - 2017)

Major General Cornelius Nugteren was commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, from 1982 to 1988. He retired here, and was a driving force behind the creation of the Mercer University school of engineering and the Robins AFB Museum of Aviation. He was a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours.
General Nugteren was born in 1928 in Colton, S.D., and completed high school in Marion, S.D. He received a bachelor of arts degree in education from Central College, Pella, Iowa, in 1951.
He enlisted in the Air Force in January 1952 and received his commission as a second lieutenant in March 1953 through the aviation cadet program. The general was awarded his pilot wings after completing advanced flying training at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz. In September 1953 he was assigned to the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing, Bitburg Air Base, West Germany, where he flew F-86s and F-100s. General Nugteren returned to the United States in December 1956 and served with the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., as wing quality control officer. While there he flew F- 86H’s and F-100s. In June 1958 he transferred to the Air Force Academy as a flight test and maintenance officer.
In August 1960 he was assigned to the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, West Germany, as organization maintenance officer and as chief of field maintenance. In August 1964 he returned to the United States and was assigned to Headquarters 12th Air Force at Waco, Texas, as a special project officer with the F-105 program. In May 1966 he transferred to McChord Air Force Base, Wash., as a C-141 pilot and flight test officer.
From March 1968 to October 1970 General Nugteren was assigned to Headquarters Military Airlift Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., where he served as an aircraft maintenance inspector and then as chief of the Materiel Branch, Inspection Division, Office of the Inspector General. He then joined the U.S. Air Force Advisory Group in the Republic of Vietnam as senior aircraft maintenance and materiel adviser.
He became deputy commander of maintenance for the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hahn Air Base, West Germany, in November 1971. In February 1974 he became wing commander of the 322nd Tactical Airlift Wing, Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany. In August 1975 General Nugteren transferred to Ramstein Air Base, West Germany, as commander of the 86th Tactical Fighter Wing and served as the Air Force’s first Kaiserslautern Area Community commander. In July 1977 he become vice commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. During this assignment he was awarded the Missile Badge.
Returning to Scott Air Force Base in September 1979, General Nugteren took command of the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service. In this capacity he was responsible for worldwide search and rescue missions, the National Rescue Coordination Center, worldwide weather reconnaissance and Strategic Air Command missile site support.
In September 1981 the general was assigned as chief of the Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group in Greece. While there he served as the representative of the secretary of defense and the commander in chief, U.S. European Command, in the discharge of his assigned security assistance responsibilities. He also served as contact officer in Greece for the commander in chief, U.S. European Command, as the senior U.S. military representative in Greece and as a member of the U.S. Country Team. He assumed his present command in September 1982. He was inducted into the Air Force Logistics Command Order of the Sword by the enlisted men and women of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in May 1985. In September 1986 he was presented the Air Force Association Ira Eaker Fellow award. Several weeks before General Nugteren’s death, Hangar One at the Robins AFB Museum of Aviation was renamed the Nugteren Exhibit Hangar in his honor.
General Nugteren is survived by his wife, Liane Albrecht Nugteren, two daughters and three grandchildren.

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Lt Col (USAF, Ret) ROBERT E. COLEMAN (1927 - 2016)

Lt. Col. Robert Coleman, Sr., USAF (Ret)
March 25, 1927 – November 25, 2016
Centerville, GA- Robert was born to the late Ed and Mary Coleman on March 25, 1927 in Memphis, Tennessee. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1946 and served for 26 years in the United States Air Force as a B-52 pilot and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He married Jean Kressenberg on October 2, 1949 and was married for 59 years before her passing in 2009.
Bob enjoyed golf, armchair quarterbacking football on Sunday afternoons, reminiscing about his flying days and talking about his children and grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jean and his grandson Bradley Mosteller. He is survived by his five children, Charlotte Mosteller (Bill); Robert E. “Dusty” Coleman, Jr.; John Coleman (Teri); Craig Coleman (Marti) and Cathy Dooley (Alan); his twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
Visitation will take place at McCullough Funeral Home on Monday, November 28, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral service to be held at Trinity Methodist Church, Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Magnolia Park Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, at Bob’s request, please make a charitable donation to Cherished Children or the Daedalian Scholarship Fund.

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Lt Col (USAF, Ret) WALLIS V. HURLBUTT (1920 - 2016)

Lt. Col. Wallis V. Hurlbutt, 96, USAF (ret.) died 16 July 2016 near his last home of Perry, Georgia. He was born 29 March 1920 in Galesburg, Illinois and grew up in Chicago.
Wallis answered the call for WWII service by enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps where he bravely piloted the P-47 Thunderbolt over the skies of northern Europe. A highly decorated pilot, his WWII service ended when he was shot down and parachuted to safety, whereby he was awarded the Purple Heart. He enlisted in the USAAF in August 1942 and earned his wings and bars at Foster Field Texas. (Class 44-D). Following P-47 OTU at Pocatello, Idaho, he sailed for Naples Italy and assignment to the 86th Fighter Bomber Group at Pisa.
The 86th “Candy Stripers” (red stripes of the tail of the plane) fought with distinction in North Africa and Sicily, and was working over the Po Valley and lower Alps when Wally joined them in Italy and moved with them in a great airborne armada to France.
From June 1944 to May 1945 Wallis’ group lost 127 aircraft and 90 pilots in day-after-day attacks against heavily defended ground targets. The normal pilot complement of the group was 125.
Wally would survive this kind of action in WWII. He flew Jugs (P-47) with the 8th Fighter Bomber Group in Italy and France. In March 1945, while supporting Patton’s race across the Rhine, his 47th mission, Wally’s flight ran into a hornet’s nest of anti-aircraft fire east of Worms, Germany. Diving to suppress the flax Wally’s plane was hit and began losing oil. He made a climbing turn to the west, hoping to stay airborne long enough to make it back to friendly territory. An increasing undercast made it impossible to determine his location when the engine finally froze and. He was forced to bail-out after nursing the Jug back over allied lines. He had to bail out and went over the side narrowly missing hitting his head on the vertical stabilizer. As he lay there immobilized by a smashed ankle a jack-rabbit sized European hare loped over and looked him in the eye. After a long wait an American jeep came across the field driven by “lovely combat engineers.” His ankle was smashed by the horizontal stabilizer and he was invalided back to the Sates.
Remaining on active duty another thirty years, Wally had a Korean tour in P-51 Mustangs in 1947. His career then took him to Craig AFB as an instructor, Saudi Arabia flying into desert outposts in Arabia and Africa, Scott AFB Disaster Control, Lajes AFB and Warner Robins AFB 1967 were he flew C-141’s with the 58th Military Airlift Squadron. Wally is mildly famous for trying to land at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam in the middle of the surprise TET offensive. Tan Son Nhut Air Base was the target of major communist attacks during the 1968 Tet Offensive. The tower was abandoned and one of his officers remarked to me that he brought that “heavy” down like a dive bomber. His crew was amazed what an old dive bomber could do.
His long career also includes being the Chief/Supply at Takhli Thailand logistic branch 8th Air Force SAC and helped to close the great Vietnam era base.
After his retirement in 1975 he returned to the middle Georgia area and he and his wife Paula restored old houses. He was Grand Marshall of the 4th of July parade in 2014. He was a pillar in his Perry, GA Community and his church. Wallis was very involved and enjoyed his military roots. He was a proud member of The Eagle Flight, Order of Daedalians Pilots Society and The Brigadier General Robert L. Scott Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW). An enthusiastic and flag-waving Wallis represented The Greatest Generation in Perry’s 2014 Independence Day Parade, serving as the Grand Marshall. A long-time and devoted member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Perry, Georgia, his presence will be sorely missed by all.
He was a beloved father, grandfather and recently a great grandfather. The funeral will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 2pm at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, followed by a gathering in the parish hall. A Committal Service with full military honors will be held on Friday, August 5, 2016, at 12 noon at Andersonville National Cemetery whereby Wallis’s and Paula’s ashes will be laid to rest. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Perry Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 2001, Perry, GA 31069.

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Col (USAF, Ret) KENNETH B. CLARK (1923 - 2015)

Kenneth B. Clark
(November 18, 1923 – February 21, 2015)
U.S. Veteran Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Kenneth B. ”Ken” Clark made his “last flight” February 21, 2015. A reception will be held Monday, February 23, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Grand Ballroom at Carlyle Place with private burial in Andersonville National Cemetery.
Ken was the son of Hazel McElhiney Clark and T. Leo Clark, both of Butte Montana. He was born 18 November 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri, but never lived there. His father traveled, as a salesman for the then newly emerging electric power industry, and Ken grew up in New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and finally, Seattle, Washington, where he completed high school in 1940 and spent two years in a repertory theater company before entering the Army Air Forces in 1942. He flew 100 combat missions in P-38 Lightnings in the Pacific Theater during WW ll and was one of the first eight fighter pilots to land in Japan at war’s end as a member of General MacArthur’s air honor guard. He remained on active duty after the war, retiring as a full Colonel with 32 years of service in 1974. In the Air Force he held a number of instructional assignments with the Air University, the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFROTC), and the British Royal Air Force Staff College before returning to the cockpit as a transport pilot and squadron commander in the Military Air Transport Command, for which he became the Chief of Safety with world-wide responsibilities for accident prevention, both in the air and on the ground. He commanded Air Base Wings at Scott AF Base, Illinois and Ramey AF base Puerto Rico before his final posting as Inspector General for the Warner Robins Air Material Area. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals and the Meritorious Service Medal.
While on Active Duty Ken earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech at the University of Washington, where he taught in the AFROTC program, graduating Magna Cum Laude and elected Phi Beta Kappa. He also completed Air Command and Staff College, the British Joint Service Staff College and the Air Force War College. After retiring from the Air Force, Ken traveled the length and breadth of Georgia on the staff of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce before establishing his own business as a consultant on association management. He and his wife of more than 62 years, Arlene, who died in 2005, lived on a 15 acre “horse ranch” on Lake Tobesofkee and tended three Paso Fino horses brought back from Puerto Rico. An active birder, he served as president of the local Audubon Society for two terms and edited their newsletter for 10 or more years. He was also president of the Georgia Ornithological Society for four years and a board member for 15 years. He chaired the Bibb County Environmental Quality Board from 1991 until it was dissolved in 2005. He was a member of the Bibb County Development Authority for more than 25 years. He was a founding member and one-time Flight Leader of Eagle Flight, Order of Daedalians; founding member and twice commander of the Middle Georgia Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars, and a member of a number of veterans reunion and aviation associations. He authored numerous articles on military and aviation history for their publications, and wrote a textbook on Communication Skills for use in the AFROTC program.
After his first wife died, he moved to Carlyle Place, Macon where he renewed acquaintances with Lee Kingery, an Air Force widow and well known actress in Middle Georgia community theatre and they were married in 2007. They appeared on stage together in several local productions at Macon Little Theatre and Theater Macon. Their most memorable performance together were as Norman and Ethel in On Golden Pond at Theater Macon in September 2009, and in Love Letters.
Ken is survived by his wife, Leora (Lee) Kingery-Clark, four step-children, Karen Kingery Senden, William Kingery (Carol), Bonnie Kingery Scott (Brian) and John Kingery (Beth) seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Register online at www.hartrsmort.com.
Hart’s Mortuary at the Cupola has charge of the arrangements.

Lt Col (USAF, Ret) BILLIE O. LENDERMAN, JR (1949 - 2014)

Past 39th Flight Captain Lt Col Billie Lenderman, USAF (Ret), passed away on May 19. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 21 at McCullough Funeral Home. Funeral Service is at McCullough on Thursday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. Daedalians have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers. His obituary is at www.macon.com.

Lt Col (USAF, Ret) JOHN E. JONES (1924 - 2014)

Lt. Col. John Egbert ”Jay” Jones passed away May 19, 2014 in Warner Robins, GA after a brief illness. He was born in Statesboro, GA on July 28, 1924. He is survived by his wife Ursula Pfau Jones; daughter, Suzanne Jones Derrick (Ted), Crestview, FL; son, Andrew Paul Jones (Lori), Christiana, TN; grandsons, Ryan Derrick (Colleen), Tallahassee, FL; Grayson Derrick, Omaha, NE; Drew Derrick (Phereby), Columbia, SC; Andrew Jones, Orange Park, FL; and a granddaughter, Suzanne Jones Williamson (Danny), Jacksonville, FL. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren, and two nieces, Woodie Jones Wisebram and Beth Jones, Atlanta, GA.
He was predeceased by his father, Hubert Paul Jones, Sr., mother, Mary Beth Smith Jones, and brother, Hubert Paul Jones, Jr., all of Statesboro.
Mr. Jones attended Statesboro High School, The Citadel in Charleston, SC, leaving his sophomore year to serve during WWII, and then graduated from the University of Maryland.
Mr. Jones served in the United States Air Force for 22 years, retiring as a Lt. Col. During WWII, he flew 70 combat missions as a B-25 pilot in the Mediterranean theater. In 1948, he flew over 100 missions on the Berlin Airlift as a C-54 pilot. At his retirement in 1965, he was serving the Continental Air Command as Director of Transportation.
After his military career, Mr. Jones worked in the insurance industry for Jefferson Standard, Jefferson Pilot, and retired from Lincoln Financial Group.
Mr. Jones was a member of the Warner Robins and Warner Robins Noon Lions Clubs, Elks Lodge 2176, Military Officers Association of America, VFW, 57th Bomb Wing Association, and 39th Flight Order of Daedalians. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Statesboro, GA. He was a Melvin Jones Fellow with Lions International.
Visitation will be held at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Warner Robins, GA on Saturday, May 24th, 10 – 11am. A memorial service will follow at 11am. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be the Lions Clubs of Warner Robins and the Daedalians. A graveside service with full military honor will be held at Eastside Cemetary in Statesboro, GA at 4pm on Saturday, May 24th.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lions Camp for the Blind, 5626 Laura Walker Rd., Waycross, GA 31503 or the donor’s choice.
Please go to www.heritagememorialfuneralhome.com to sign the online guestbook.
Heritage Memorial Funeral Home is in charge ofarrangements.

Col (USAF, Ret) DONALD B. HAASE (1923 - 2013)

It is my sad duty to inform you that Colonel Donald B. Haase, USAF (Ret) Member number 1441, took his last flight on October 26, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife, Henrietta, who can be contacted at his former residence 6285 Palm Vista St., Port Orange, FL 32128. Don was a life member of 39th flight and those that knew him while he lived in Warner Robins will sorely miss him.

Col (USAF, Ret) MERRITT B. POUND, JR (1934 - 2013)

It is my sad duty to inform you that Colonel Merritt Pound Jr, USAF (Ret) Member number 1414 took his last flight on January 17, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Evlyn, who can be contacted at his former residence 565 Wits End Rd., Athens, GA 30607.

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Lt Col (USAF, Ret) William Roy Kunkel (1921 - 2012)

Lt Col William Roy Kunkel, USAF (Ret) January 23, 1921 – December 6, 2012
Warner Robins, GA- William Roy Kunkel, 91, entered into rest on Thursday, December 6, 2012.
Roy was born on January 23, 1921 in Garrison, North Dakota. He graduated from Lake Worth Community High School in Lake Worth, Florida and from Palm Beach Junior College with an Associate’s Degree. Roy went on to proudly serve as a pilot in the United States Air Force during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam Era. He received a Bronze Star and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
A tireless servant to his community, Roy was involved in several organizations including Tyrian Masonic Lodge #111, Scottish Rite Macon Valley and Al Sihah Shriners. He was a past Grand Patron for the State of Georgia, Order of the Eastern Star and a member of Martha Berry Chapter #351. He was also active with Sojourners and Order of the Daedalians.
Read more here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/macon/obituary.aspx?n=william-roy-kunkel&pid=161577379&fhid=4415#storylink=cpy

Col (USAF, Ret) ERVIN C. MANNING (1932 - 2012)

Sadly, the 39th must inform you of the last flight of Colonel Ervin C. Manning, USAF (Ret) who departed on October 17, 2012. He is survived by his daughters, Dena (Dru) Anderson of Murfreesboro, TN and Dr. Diane Pennington-(Peter) Mimick of St. Mary’s, Georgia. His last known address was Adams Place,1927 Memorial Blvd., Apt 2241, Murfreesboro, TN 37129. He is fondly remembered by the members of 39th Eagle Flight.
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