Flight 12 Last Flights - In Memoriam
Flight Members…it is with great sadness that I share with you that on 2 May our Brother Daedalian Don passed peacefully while napping in the sun at his home. He had a significant impact on our flight. We will miss him. http://desert-rose-heather.tributes.com/dignitymemorial/obituary/Donald-Neilson-Conn-103544421
DILLON, Paul “Matt” Passed away April 13, 2016. Born on the 6th of July 1937 in Fairmont, W.V., Matt graduated from Kent State University, Ohio in June 1960. Forsaking his Chemistry degree, he immediately entered Pilot Training Class 62A at Moore AFB, TX. After graduation, he flew the F-100 Super Sabre at Luke AFB in AZ. and Cannon AFB in N.M. In 1964 he retrained in the F-105 Thunderchief, affectionately known to its pilots as the “Thud”. The next four years were spent assigned to Kadena AB, Okinawa, with a total of five temporary deployments to Vietnam and Thailand, where he completed 107 Missions over North Vietnam in the Thud. For his missions over the North earned him the Silver Star twice, the Distinguished Flying Cross six times and numerous Air Medals. Subsequent assignments were into and out of the Thud, eventually serving as an inspector, flying with the Reserve Forces. After a tour at Tactical Air Command Headquarters, Matt returned to flying assigned D.M. AFB in Tucson as an inspector pilot in the A-10 training program. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1984. In spite of flying two other great aircraft, the F-100 and the A-10, his true love was the Thud, as ground spare with a chance to move up and excel. Matt then started his own business “Revolve Store” where he helped many people keep their Volvo on the road. After 13 years and his second retirement, he signed on as a volunteer at the Pima Air & Space Museum. Matt is survived by his loving wife, Judy; a son, Michael of TX and three grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughters, Lisa and Andrea. We would like to give a special thank you to all the wonderful people at the Cancer Center for their exceptional care. A Memorial Service will be held at the Davis Monthan AFB Heritage Park at 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 29, 2016. Reception following the Memorial Service to be held at the Retired Activities Office. Donations in Matt’s name may be made to the UA Cancer Center or the student scholarship fund at the Old Pueblo Chapter 12 of the order of Daedalians. To most people, the sky’s the limit; to an aviator, the sky is home. He’s home now.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Apr. 24, 2016 – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tucson/obituary.aspx?pid=179731318#sthash.kO500qgo.dpuf
Colonel Ernest “Skip” M. Skinner was born in Springfield, MA on April 1, 1946 and passed away into God’s hands on October 16, 2015. Skip left behind his wife of 34 years Martha “Marty” Skinner, two brothers, Gary Skinner and his wife Susan from Fredericksburg, VA and Rick Skinner and his wife Susan from Lumberton, NJ as well as Sister-in-laws, Wendy Skinner from Des Moines, IA., Virginia Bassinger and her husband Alan from La Porte, TX. Skip has 7 nephews, 2 nieces, 3 grandnephews and 1 grandniece. After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 1969, Skip served as a pilot in the USAF. He flew more than 1170 combat hours during the Vietnam War. During his career he flew the A-10 Warthog for more than 1500 hours. He was the Vice-Commander at Davis Monthan Air Force Base from 1991 to 1994. His last assignment was as the Vice Commander of Fifth Air Force in Japan, where he retired as a full colonel in 1997.From 1999 to 2002, Skip attended the James E. Rogers School of Law at the University of Arizona, graduating cum laude. From 2002 to 2004, Skip served as a law clerk to the Hon. John M. Roll, Judge (later Chief Judge) of the District Court for the District of Arizona. During 2005 and 2006 Skip was a prosecutor while serving as a deputy Pima County Attorney. Since 2006, Skip served as a volunteer attorney with the Volunteer Lawyer Program, conducting Title 14 Guardianship clinics and Bankruptcy advice clinics. He also volunteered as supervising attorney for University of Arizona law students participating in the Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 20 from 5:30-9:00P.M at East Lawn Palms Mortuary. A Funeral Mass Wednesday, October 21 at Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church at 10:30 A.M. with a full military committal service to follow at East Lawn Palms.
Colonel James I. Wheeler Retired Air Force Colonel, James I. Wheeler, a decorated veteran of combat tours in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, died August 24, 2015 at age 92. He was also a loving, supportive and caring husband, father and friend. Jim’s military career spanned 32 years. During WWII, he flew 75 combat missions in the P-47 “Thunderbolt” with the First Air commando Group in India-Burma. He served in Korea as an F-86 pilot. In Vietnam Jim flew C-47 aircraft in psychological warfare and base support missions. Military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Cluster, Air Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters plus a variety of Theater Service medals and ribbons. After retiring from the Air Force, Jim joined Hughes Aircraft Co. and retired from there 15 years later. He was a member of, and held several offices, in the Order of Daedalians and MOAA and served as Pres. of the Tucson Chapter Air Force Association for six years followed by three years as their SW Region President, served on the Tucson “Pops” Board of Directors for 12 years and 19 years as Pres. of the HO Assoc. in the community where he lived. Jim will always be remembered for his love of ballroom dancing, especially Big Band music of the ’40’s. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; sons, James, Michael, Jeff; brothers, Jack and Wayne; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 31, 2015 at the Davis Monthan Air Force Base – Hope Chapel. Enter through Craycroft gate. He will be laid to rest at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA. In lieu of flowers, Jim’s family suggests a donation to: Operation Warm Heart, 3405 S. 5th St., D-M Air Force Base, Tucson, AZ., 85707. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tucson/obituary.aspx?pid=175685996#sthash.nQr1Z1Xr.dpuf
96, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret), passed away August 9, 2015 in his home in Tucson, AZ. Orville was born in The Dalles, OR., on June 6, 1919, and began a 34 year military career in 1940, serving in the US Army, Army Air Corps and Air Force. He married Myrna Hyland in 1942. He became a pilot in 1943 and flew B-17 bombers in World War II. He was shot down on his 32nd combat mission in December of 1943. He spent the next 17 months as a German Prisoner of War in Stalug Luft 1. Orville flew in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War before retiring at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson in 1974. He worked for the Tucson Parks department for seven years. Orville was a co-founder of the Titan Missile Museum in Sahuarita, AZ, where he worked as a volunteer for 20 years. Orville was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Myrna. He is survived by his sons, Linden “Skip” Doughty, of Tucson, David Doughty and daughter-in-law, Marge Doughty, of Bellingham, WA; and sister, Lois Willett, of The Dalles, OR. Orville was a proud member of the Order of Daedalians, the Air Force Association, The Retired Officers Association, the Military Order of World Wars, the Association of Air Force Missileers, the EX-POWS, the American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Orville was a warrior and a patriot who loved and served his country. A celebration of Orville’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY AND CEMETERY, 5801 East Grant St., Tucson, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Titan Missile Museum building fund, PO Box 150, Green Valley, AZ 85622.
Harold H. (Hal) Bowring, Jr.
Harold H. (Hal) Bowring, Jr., 94, passed away on March 20, 2015 at his home in Tucson, Arizona due to complications from a fall.
Hal, son of Harold H. Bowring and Marguerite Ethel (Coates) Bowring, was born November 28, 1920 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He graduated from Washington High School in Sioux Falls in 1938. He received his Master’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1948.He retired from the military in 1971 as Lt. Col. of USAF. He served as an Instructor Pilot and Staff Pilot in India during World War II. During the Korean Conflict, he served as a pilot, Personnel Officer, Statistical Services Officer in Washington, D. C., Oxford, and London, England. He was a member of the Daedalian Society of Military Aviators. He was employed in the civilian work force at AT&T, Piper Air Craft, and Ford Motor Company.
Hal was proceeded in death by his parents and first wife, Dorothy Valerie. He is survived by his wife, Faye, and stepson, Christopher S. Brandon of Tucson, Arizona.
According to his wishes there will be no services. Arrangements are entrusted to Bring’s Funeral Home in Tucson, Arizona. – See more at:
Col. William G. Dolan, Jr. USAF Ret. 79, passed away on November 10, 2014 at his home with his wife, Nancy at his bedside. George was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy Class of ’57 and was commissioned in the United States Air Force where he earned his wings and served as a Fighter Pilot, Air Commander, Air Attaché in Egypt, Aerospace Research Pilot, Flight Commander and Aircraft Commander (Interceptor Pilot). He retired after a decorated career in December of 1983. He was very proud of his 26 years of military service. He was also a founder and the first President of the USNA Alumni Chapter in Tucson. After his retirement from the USAF George worked for General Dynamics Convair in San Diego, CA and transitioned to Hughes Missile Systems and Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ. George retired after 20 years as the Raytheon Engineering Product Line Director of Strike Systems. He was a member of the BrainTrust who mentored System Engineering Students at the University of Arizona. Second only to airplanes and clouds, George loved to play golf and was a member of the Tucson Country Club. George is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nancy Dolan; his children, Carolyn Buckley, Stephanie Turek, Leigh Schilling, and Bill Dolan; and ten grandchildren. He will be interred at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA. The family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to: UA Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund, c/o William Dolan memorial, 3838 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, Arizona 85719. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tucson/obituary.aspx?n=william-g-dolan-usaf-ret-col&pid=173214062&fhid=2500#sthash.1wT6Lsmt.dpuf
Col. Lowell O’Dell “Budd” Amundson (USAF Rt.), 92, died peacefully on October 8, 2014 at Pacifica Senior Living in Tucson, AZ. He was born October 31, 1921 in Canby, MN, the son of O’Dell Gilman Amundson and Eunice Olivine (Biggs) Amundson. He married Ramona Jean Bellows on April 9, 1942 and they had been married 59+ years at the time of her death in October of 2001.
He is survived by his sister Carol P. Torguson of Fort Collins, CO; his daughters Sharon Kay (George) Orff of Laguna Beach, CA; Susan Diane (Gary) Chan of Topeka, KS; and his son Michael Alan Amundson (Kate) of Altadena, CA; grandson Jeffrey Michael Chan of Austin, TX; granddaughters Jennifer Lynn Orff and Stephanie Anne (Patrick) Kirchen, both of S. Pasadena, CA; Sophie Rebecca Amundson of Altadena, CA; and great-grandson Kyle Andrew Kirchen also of S. Pasadena, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ramona, and by his granddaughter Rachael Reneé Chan.
He graduated from Sanborn Public High School, Sanborn, ND and began his college education at North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND. During his military career he continued working towards his degree through night school and Operation Bootstrap, attending Trinity University in San Antonio, TX; The University of Alabama in both Selma and Montgomery, AL; University of Maryland at Wethersfield RAF Station in England; and the University of Nebraska in Omaha, NE earning a Bachelors Degree in General Education in 1964.
“Budd” became fascinated with airplanes and flying as a young man when a barnstormer pilot in a bi-plane visited Canby, MN. Budd joined the US Army Air Corps on July 2, 1940 and spent the next 31+ years on assignments around the US and the world, enlisting as a private and achieving the rank of full Colonel in the US Air Force. He was stationed at US bases in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Arizona, and Nevada. He also served overseas in Okinawa; Wethersfield, England; with the Allied Forces Northern Europe in Oslo, Norway; and at Clark Air Force Base in The Philippines.
He served as a Pilot, Senior Pilot and Command Pilot with 4000+ hours of flying time in over 47 different types of aircraft. Col. Amundson was awarded the Legion of Merit, Commendation Medal, Two Vietnam Service Medals and various other service medals. He returned from The Philippines to the US in 1971 and retired from the USAF with 31 years, 29 days and 12 hours of service.
Following his retirement, Budd and his wife Ramona made their home in Tucson. He was active in the field of real estate from 1971-1986 working as a salesman and broker with Standard Insurance and Realty; as general manager/broker for Talon Investment Group; and as a broker associate with Eureka Realty and as a broker for his own company, Amundson Realty. He was a certified Real Estate Appraiser with the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers, a member of Tucson, AZ and National Boards of Realtors, and a graduate of the Realty Institute.Budd remained active during his retirement in multiple civic organizations and activities. He was a Charter member of the Rincon Kiwanis Club; Distinguished President of the club; Distinguished Lt. Gov. of Division 6 and Distinguished Governor of the Southwest District Kiwanis International; President of the Southwest District Kiwanis Foundation, Kiwanis International; Chairman of Kiwanis International Committees for Major Service Projects and for New Club Building; a member of the Public Relations Committee, member of an ad hoc committee on Fund Raising, and was a Kiwanis International Accredited Representative.
He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Rincon Congregational Church for six years; was a Board member and President of the Tucson Retired Officer’s Association; served as a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Council and was a precinct Chairman and Committeeman. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge # 7, Valley City ND; York Rite, Saber Shrine, Legion of Honor in Tucson, AZ. He was a staff member of the Patriotic Civic Coordinating Council; a member of Military Order of World Wars; The Daedalian Society, The Air Force Association, Pima Air and Space Museum and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Budd was listed in Who’s Who in Arizona for 1984-85.
In his spare time of which there was very little due to his volunteer involvement in the above-mentioned civic organizations Budd enjoyed golf, flying, fishing and travel. He and his wife Ramona traveled extensively following retirement, sometimes as a part of his Kiwanis responsibilities, but often to spend time with their children and grandchildren. One of his proudest achievements in his post-military life was working to establish Kamp Kiwanis, a camp for disabled children, in New Mexico.
Budd was a loving family man whose first thought in making decisions was always “What was best for my family?” While his military career sometimes required long separations from his wife and children, he always made the time they did share together count. Budd always said he felt very lucky to have married the “love of his life”, and to have been able to enjoy a career for which he had a passion.
A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Rincon Congregational Church (U.C.C.), 122 N. Craycroft Rd., Tucson, AZ at 10:00 a.m. The family will meet with those attending at a reception at the church, following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Kamp Kiwanis to the Southwest District Foundation/Easburn Bennett, SWD Fd. Treasurer, 5630 S. Marine Drive, Tempe, AZ., 85283; or The American Cancer Society , The American Heart Association , The ALS Association or The Alzheimer’s Association .
Arrangements under the direction of East Lawn Palms Mortuary, Tucson, AZ.
July 6, 1931 – March 24, 2014
James Edward Starkey 82, passed away on March 24, 2014 after a brief illness. He was board July 6, 1931 in Clarksdale, Arizona the only child of Margaret and Herman Starkey. When he was six months old his family moved to Prescott, Arizona. On July 4, 1934 he rode his pony Choki in the Prescott parade. He was the youngest contestant and was joined by the movie heroes, Tom Mix, and Andy Devine. The family moved to Tucson at the beginning of World War II when his father was transferred to the Southern Pacific Railroad. He attended Sam Hughes and Blenman grade schools, Catalina Junior High and Tucson High. He excelled in all sports especially baseball. He was on the All-Arizona State baseball team in 1948 and 1949. In 1948, as a junior he was named the best pitcher in the state of Arizona. In 1949, after leading the Tucson High badgers to the state championship, he was again accorded that honor. As vice president of the senior class he was named a speaker at the Tucson High 1949 graduation. He enrolled at the University of Arizona on a baseball scholarship in the fall of 1949. Two years later with the start of the Korean War, he was drafted into the Army. After basic training he was sent to Officers Candidate School and became a Regular Army Officer. He was a master aviator in both fixed wing and helicopters. He served two tours in Korea, two in Viet Nam, one in Germany and two in Iran. During his last tour in Iran he was the aviation advisor to the Shah of Iran. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars for valor, 11 air medals for valor and numerous foreign medals. When his mothers health required his attention he retired and return to Tucson where he became an innovator in the senior care field. He owned and operated La Casa Esperanza a Supervisor Care Home for 22 years. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Condit; his sons, James Starkey, Jr. of Tucson; Patrick Starkey of Dallas, TX and Rick Starkey (Michelle) of Hoffman Estates, Ill and his daughter Peggy Musselmann (Rick) of Ft. Collins, CO; his grandchildren, Jesse and Gina Starkey of Tucson; Rachel, Sarah and John Musselmann of Ft Collins, CO; Zack and Ryan Starkey of Hoffman Estates, Ill; his cousins, Patrick Lyle Nash of Tempe, AZ and Betty Jo Anderson of Chandler, AZ and his pug dog, Tzichi. Jim was an avid Wildcat fan, a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, a Tucson High Athletic Hall of Fame honoree, and lifetime member of the NRA. He loved hunting, fishing, skiing and traveling. He was generous, affectionate and loving to every member of his family. He wanted to instill patriotism in his grandchildren so he insisted that when each grandchild was nine years of age that child would be taken to Washington, DC for ten days to see how our government functions. His kids and grandkids describe him as smart, funny, logical, stern, persistent, competitive, helpful, hones, a larger-than=life leader with a wicked sense of humor. Memorial Service with full military honors will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, April 19, 2014 at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY. In lieu of flowers the family wishes donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.com.
FREEDOM IS NOT FREE
BOSHOVEN, BERNARD Bernard “Ben” William Boshoven, 79, passed away on February 16, 2014, after suffering a massive heart attack. He was born in 1934 in Grand Rapids, MI. After graduating from Central High School ‘52, Ben received his Bachelor of Science and commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1956. He then married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Riddering, and began his career as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. Over the next 27 years, he logged more than 4300 flight hours, including 178 combat missions in Southeast Asia in his F-100 Super Sabre. He also flew the A-7 during his time in South Carolina. Accommodations received include: Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Silver Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Readiness Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. He served as the Squadron Commander for the 355th Combat Support Group in Myrtle Beach, SC, the Deputy Base Commander of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ and the Base Commander of George Air Force Base in Victorville, CA. After 27 years of meritorious service to his country, he retired to Tucson, AZ in 1983. He continued in the private sector, using his expertise to still serve our country by working for various government contract businesses. Ben is survived by his three sons, Mark (Laura), Jeff (Wendy) and Eric (Melanie); nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and his faithful three-legged companion, Dixie. Our family requests that all contributions in Ben’s name be made to: Airman Family Readiness Center c/o Wounded Warriors Program, 5355 E. Granite St. Bldg. 2441 Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ 85707. – See more at: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?pid=169952198#sthash.9OcIaOi5.dpuf
Just wanted to let you know that my mom, Eleanor Gunderson, WASP class of 44-W-7, took her final flight September 27th. I am having an informal open house, remembrance gathering at my home on at 6901 E. 2nd St, Saturday Nov. 9th from about 11 to 3pm. I will have her WASP items and some of her art work on display.
Organization: Women Air Force Service Pilots (by birth)
Home Phone: 520-296-7744
Best time to call: Afternoon
ZIP Code: 85710
Warren G. Van Houten Lt. Col. (Ret.) 1/31/1924 – 6/18/2011 Warren was a long time resident of Tucson. He moved here with his wife Doris after serving 28 years in the Air Force. He died in his son’s home peacefully under hospice care. Warren owned Van’s Exxon at Ajo and Mission for a number of years and enjoyed golf, travel, and anything to do with airplanes especially B-24 bombers that he flew in WWII. He did volunteer work at DM and also did business consulting. He is survived by his wife Doris of 67 years; sons, Glenn (Christel) and Dale (Renee), and daughter, Leslie Russell (Max) as well as six grandchildren and three great-granddaughters. Memorial Service will be held later in the year at Ft. Huachuca. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Avalon Chapel