Flight 89 Last Flights - In Memoriam

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Lt Col (USAF, Ret) Bobby W. Jackson (1926 - 2019)

Lt. Col. Bobby W. Jackson
September 14, 1926 – September 7, 2019

Lt. Col. Bobby W. Jackson, USAF, Retired, passed away after having a heart attack on Sept. 7, 2019.
He was born on Sept. 14, 1926, in Biscoe, Arkansas to the late Vera Brewer and
Theodore Jackson. When he was at a young age the family moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas where he attended elementary and high school. At the age of 16, he made his first solo engine flight in a Piper Cub.
He served briefly in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II as an Aviation Cadet. He was in the U.S. Air Force in Korea where he flew B-26 night intruders and in Vietnam where he flew F-4 Phantoms. Among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous Air Medals.
Bobby truly loved serving his country with over 30 years of active duty in his military career. Bobby had Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Air Science. He was a member of the Air Force Association and the Order of Daedalians. After his retirement from the Air Force, he was employed by Sewell Aviation in Panama City, Florida for 18 years as a Flight Instrument Instructor.
He was predeceased by his brother, Ted Jackson, his sister Betty Gray McFarland and his wife of 56 years, Jean M. Jackson. Jean was the love of his life, the center of his universe and his inseparable soul mate. He is survived by his daughter Lynne McPeak, her husband Jeff and their 2 sons Trent and Jason. Also survived by his niece Patty Methvin, his nephews Mike McFarland and Tim McFarland.
A celebration of Bobby’s life will be held 4:00pm, Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1008 Fortune Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401. Inurnment will be held in Barrancas National Cemetery, 1 Cemetery Road, Pensacola, FL, on September 26, 2019.
If any donations would like to be made in remembrance of Bobby Jackson, please donate to the American Heart Association at http://www2.heart.org/goto/Bobby_Jackson.

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Col (USAF) Fred P. Clark (1951 - 2018)

David Clark, Fred’s son, passed the following information: It is with deep sadness that we announce Fred’s passing. He went early this morning, quickly, peacefully, and free of pain. After many years of putting up such a brave and courageous fight with cancer, we take joy in knowing that Fred’s suffering is now over and that he has moved on to bluer skies. We can’t thank you all enough for the outpouring of love and support over the past few years and especially the past couple of days. We are absolutely overwhelmed by all the kind messages we’ve received. We know what an amazing son, husband, father, brother, uncle, and grandfather Fred was, but it is just so incredibly uplifting to see all the lives he touched beyond our family. He is loved so much more than he could have ever known and there is a huge whole in our hearts now that he is gone. Rest In Peace, Fred. Here’s a toast…

Maj (USAF, Ret) John A. Williams, Jr (1926 - 2018)
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Col (USAF, Ret) DONALD R. JOYNER (1942 - 2017)

Funeral services for (Colonel, retired) Donald Reid Joyner, 74, of Lynn Haven, Florida, who died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept 19, 2017 at St Dominic Catholic Church, 3308 E. 15th St., Panama City FL. Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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Col (USAF, Ret) ROBERT F. MYERS (1924 - 2017)

Funeral Mass at St Bernadette Catholic Church, Panama City Beach, Thursday, Aug 17 at 11:00 hours. Colonel Robert F. Myers, USAF, ret., 93, of Panama City Beach, passed away Friday, see Sunday News Herald obituary.

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Maj (USAF, Ret) NICHOLAS R. RANONE (1936 - 2017)

Nicholas Richard Ranone, Major, USAF, Ret., was born May 10, 1936, in Providence, RI. He earned his degree in Engineering from URI. In 1956, he joined the Air Force Pilot Training Program, received his wings, and flew the F-102 in Vietnam. He retired in Panama City, FL (Tyndall AFB) in January 1977. After retirement, Nick worked in the auto parts industry before changing careers into Real Estate with the Bay County Board of Realtors MLS. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Daedalians, Quiet Birdmen, Military Officers Association of America, and the Disable American Veterans Assoc.

Nick was predeceased by his parents, Angelina DiMaria and Pasquale Ranone; brother, Bob Ranone; and first wife, Alma Trotto.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Hoskins Ranone; their combined children, James Ranone (Dana); Nicholas Ranone, Jr. (Wendy); Kathryn Herring (Jim); Robin Newberry (Gregory); Debra Anthony (Rick); Tara Stamps (Clint); Troy Hoskins (Toni); sister-in-law, Sue Ranone; and 19 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

A Requiem Mass will begin at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Mike Theobald officiating. Full military honors offered by the USAF Honor Guard will follow. The family will receive friends at Kent-Forest on Saturday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. with Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the DAV.

We will never forget Nick’s love of sharing great food and wine with his friends and family, and his embrace of la dolce vita. A proud member of the greatest generation, his legacy will live long after the final bugle note fades.

Kent-Forest Lawn
Funeral Home
2403 Harrison Ave.
Panama City, Fla. 32405
www.kentforestlawn.com <http://www.kentforestlawn.com/>

Daedalian Flight 89 Members are encouraged to attend in their green jackets for a proper send off for Nick.

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Col (USAF, Ret) DONALD A. KAEHLERT (1926 - 2016)

Col. Donald A Kaehlert, USAF (retired)

April 19, 1926 – March 1, 2016

Colonel Donald A. Kaehlert, USAF, (retired), of Panama City, FL, passed away at the age of 89 on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. He was born in Illinois on April 19, 1926, to Adolph Earnest Kaehlert and Matilda Nortrup Kaehlert. After graduating from Bluffs High School (Illinois) in 1944, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the United States, Southwest Pacific and Mainland China. Upon graduating from Parks College of Aeronautical Technology in St. Louis, MO, in 1951, he entered the US Air Force Pilot Training in Bartow, Florida. Subsequently, his assignments included: Air Force Test Pilot School, Base Commander of Antigua AFB, West Indies, Forward Air Controller, Vietnam, and Research and Development Staff Officer at Patrick AFB, FL. After retiring from the Air Force in 1974, he and his family moved to Panama City where he was employed by several Navy contractors until April 1991. He was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Col Kaehlert is survived by his wife of 57 yrs., Joanne Vincent Kaehlert; one son, Michael Kaehlert; one daughter, Donna K. Duus and husband Martin; two sisters, Karen Kaehlert of Cincinnati, OH and Sharon Huntley and husband Ronald of Lebanon, OH; sister-in-law, Pat Vincent of Ocean, NJ; many nieces and nephews and his best friend, his dog, Rocky. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. The family will receive friends 1 hr. prior to the memorial service. Col. Kaehlert’s remains will be placed in the columbarium at Barrancas National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant Hospice of Panama City, in memory of Col. Kaehlert.

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Col (USAF, Ret) ROBERT D S. GREGOR (1923 - 2015)

Born in Montreal, Canada and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Colonel (Ret) Robert “Don” Gregor was an extraordinary man. He lived life to the fullest with honesty, integrity and honorably as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, serviceman and businessman. Don passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2015.After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School in NYC, Don underwent flight training with the Royal Canadian Air Force graduating as a teenage fighter pilot. He was then assigned to the Royal Air Force’s 100th Group in England. He flew the Mosquito and the Beaufighter during World War II and later transitioned into the US Army Air Forces. Upon his return, Don attended and graduated from Amherst College where he was a member of Phi Delta Gamma Fraternity (later he received his Master’s Degree from George Washington University). To be able to continue flying while at college, he joined the reserves at Westover AFB as a flight instructor. In 1950, Don was recalled and continued his 32 year military career where he flew or tested 55 different aircraft types and flew in combat using 16 diverse weapons systems. He served his country during World War II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam and as a test pilot in the Test Squadron at Tyndall AFB, doing what he loved…flying! He was a highly decorated officer, receiving the American Distinguished Flying Cross numerous times as well as the British DFC which is normally presented by the King. Colonel Gregor retired in 1973 after serving as the Base Commander of Tyndall AFB and Vice Wing Commander of the Weapons Center and then began his second career in the civilian sector.After retirement, due to his excellent leadership skills, Don was asked to set up the Comprehensive Health System for NW Florida and was instrumental in bringing dialysis to Panama City. He and his partners started and ran Bay Office Supplies. He also worked on Downtown Redevelopment, was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and envisioned/re-purposed the old funeral home on Harrison into a vital and working headquarters for the Board of Realtors! As a realtor, he worked for Harbour Realty and later, Talcor. Don was also active in various clubs and organizations in town. He served as President of the Downtown Rotary Club, became the District Governor District 6940 in 1989-1990 and started the Northside Rotary Club. He was a Paul Harris recipient 4 times as well as a Paul Harris Benefactor for his service to Rotary. He was also a member of QBs (QuietBirdmen) and the Order of Daedalians, a fraternal order of military pilots. Don also served on various committees at Grace Presbyterian Church as well as an Elder. For many decades, he has been an active member of these organizations and a much sought-after speaker with fascinating stories! Always a gentleman, Don will be sorely missed by many but especially by his loving wife, Helen, of 64 years; his daughter, Ann Fleming; granddaughter, Katie Erfurt and granddaughters, Emily and Molly; and his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Copeland. He was preceded in death by his parents and youngest daughter, Eileen Owens. The Honorary Pallbearers will be the Rotarians, the Daedalians and the QBs.We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the staffs at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, especially in the ICU, St. Andrew Bay Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center, Bay Covenant Hospice and to Dr. Angel Nunez, Dr. Masood Ahmad and our special friend, Leighanne. Their care, support and friendship touched us deeply.A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 1 in the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 – 3 p.m. prior to the service.In lieu of flowers, donations in Don Gregor’s name may be made to Northside Rotary Club, P.O. Box 16544, Panama City, FL 32406; Grace Cares at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1415 Airport Road, Panama City, FL 32405; or Covenant Hospice, 107 W. 19th Street, Panama City, FL 32405. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsherald/obituary.aspx?n=robert-gregor-don&pid=174271927&fhid=7498#sthash.ZycfnXK4.dpuf

Col (USAF, Ret) EDGAR R. ARMAGOST (1920 - 2014)

Lt. Col Edgar R. Armagost, 93, (Ret) of Lynn Haven, FL., formerly of Montgomery, AL passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014.
He was a member of Lynn Haven United Methodist Church.
Col Armagost is survived by his daughter Lolly A. Fabian, his son Keith E. Armagost and his wife Randy, grandchildren Fred Fabian (Caroline) , Brad Armagost (Grace), Brian Armagost , Kathy Brust (Martin), Susie Sutton (Greg) and 14 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter Judy Fabian Edwards and son in law George Fabian.
Graveside services will be held at 9:00 A.M. Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Christ Church in Mt. Pleasant, S.C

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Col (USAF, Ret) DAVID N. LEAVITT (1929 - 2014)

David N. Leavitt, Colonel USAF (Retired), passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

David was born on January 29, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri to Maurice & Anne Leavitt (deceased). He graduated from Texas A&M, Class of 51 with a BBA, and was Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He married Holly Knudsen, a Tri-Delt from the University of Texas, on May 22, 1952 in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from pilot training in 1953 and began a career in the United States Air Force. He was assigned for most of his career to the Aerospace Defense Command and North American Air Defense Command (NORAD). During his career, he held numerous squadron, command, and staff assignments in operations, safety, tactical evaluation, and aircraft accident investigation. His overseas assignments were to Alaska, Labrador, and Southeast Asia, where he served in Udorn, Thailand, and Hq.7th Air Force, Saigon, South Vietnam. His last assignment was as the Commander 678th Air Defense Group, and Commander Tyndall NORAD Control Center, where he was responsible for the air defense of the southern United States from Jacksonville, Florida to Laredo, Texas. He was rated as a Command Pilot with 4000 hours of Fighter time. Decorations include the Legion of Merit w/CLC, Bronze Star, Air Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal w/2 OLC.

He retired from active duty in 1980. He was a member of the Order of Daedalians and a former Rotarian. After retirement, he and Holly were consultants in the conversions of Savings and Loan Associations from mutual to stock corporations. He had three very successful sons, David, Chris, and Tom. He and Holly built a home on St. Andrews Bay in Panama City, Florida, and with the exception of a few hurricanes, they have lived happily playing golf and traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Holly Leavitt; three sons, David Nash Leavitt, Jr. (Barbara Jo), John Christian Leavitt (Elizabeth Ames), Thomas Powell Leavitt (Linda Jeanne); ten grandchildren, Laura Beth Anderson, Brian Scott Leavitt, Elizabeth Anne Watterson (Clayton), David Christian Leavitt, William Gaines Leavitt, Carolyn Leavitt Tanner (Jason), Mary Catherine Leavitt, Robert Franklin Leavitt, Sarah Elizabeth Anderson, Ian Scott Anderson; one great grandson, Noel Alexander Tanner, and one brother, Richard Harrison Leavitt (Jane).

A memorial service will be held at the St. Andrew Episcopal Church on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 2 p.m. All available Daedalians are encouraged to wear green jackets to the service. Internment will be held in the Fort Sam Houston Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Andrew Episcopal Church, 1608 Baker Court, Panama City, FL 32401 in memory of David Leavitt, Sr.
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