Flight 2 Last Flights - In Memoriam

Col (USAF, Ret) THOMAS D. WHITE (1918 - 2020)
Col (USAF, Ret) WALTER R. RENFRO (1919 - 2019)
Lt Col (USAF, Ret) Cecil E. Waggoner (1924 - 2018)

Lt. Col. (retired) Cecil Edwin Waggoner went to be with the Lord, and his lifetime love, on December 7th, 2018.
This organization was very important to him, and he served as ably as he could for as long as he could. He usually attended the Conventions with his wife, and later, with his daughter, and enjoyed the company of like-minded individuals, who had shared his love of flying, and service to their country.
He was a fine man, and his success in life can be measured as was said of King David, who “died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth, and honor.”
He is missed by all who knew him.

Maj Gen (USAF, Ret) WAYNE E. WHITLATCH (1928 - 2018)
Col (USAF, Ret) FRANKLIN D. PESCHEL (1933 - 2018)
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Col (USAF, Ret) CHARLES VILLA (1929 - 2017)

June 20, 1929 – November 7, 2017
Col. Charles “Pancho” Villa, USAF (Ret.), passed away peacefully at his home on November 7, 2017, at the age of 88. He was predeceased by his parents, Maria and Nick Villa; his brother, Henry Villa (Leona, also deceased); his sister, Gloria Villa Cadena; and his favorite brother-in-law, Carlos Cadena.

Born and raised in San Antonio, he graduated from Jefferson HS. After a brief stint in the U.S. Army, he was accepted for USAF Cadet Pilot Training and was awarded his wings and commission in September 1951. Pancho flew many of the early jet aircraft, including the F-84 fighter bomber during the Korean War. As a Command Pilot, he served in various air defense and tactical fighter squadrons and in 1965, he served a tour of duty as Air Liaison / Forward Air Controller during the Vietnam War. During his flying career, he flew a total of 236 combat missions and was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, among many other awards for meritorious service.

Pancho served his country for more than 30 years, and his diverse career also included tours of duty as USAF Section Chief – US MILGP [Montevideo, Uruguay], Commandant of the Inter- American Air Force Academy (IAFFA) [Panama C.Z.], and Defense & Air Attaché with the U.S. Embassy [Mexico D.F.]. During his years in Latin America, he grew to love the ballads, cantandos and corridos revolucionarios of the region (a/k/a “Dad’s Blasters”) and he always appreciated how his varied career gave him the opportunity to see the world and to make many lifelong friends along the way.

He received his B.A. from Syracuse University in 1960, was a graduate of the Inter-American Defense College in Washington D.C., a Life Member of the Order of Daedalians [National Fraternal Order of Military Aviators], and a longtime member of The Petroleum Club of San Antonio.

Pancho is survived by Joan M. Villa, his wife of over 57 years; his daughter MaryAnn Villa; his daughter Marguerite Waldroup and son-in-law, David Waldroup; his son Charles N. Villa and daughter-in-law Valerie Anderson Villa; his brother, Richard Villa (Rose), his half siblings, Fernando Villa (Lupe) and Carmen Madla, and he thoroughly enjoyed his role as Uncle to his numerous beloved nieces & nephews and their children. He felt very blessed to have had such a long and complete life.

A Graveside Service was held on November 16, 2017 at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery where he was buried with full USAF Military Honors. The service was presided over by his nephew, Father Richard Villa.Condolence may be offered at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Disabled American Veterans, The Salvation Army, or the charity of your choice.
Published in Express-News on Nov. 12, 2017

Lt Col (USAF, Ret) ADOLPH D. JACOBSON, J.D. (1931 - 2017)

t. Col. Adolph D. Jacobson, USAF, (Ret), 86, passed away on October 23, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas. He was born May 10, 1931, in Austin, Texas to Adolph L. and Ethel Jacobson.

Jake Jacobson graduated from Austin High School in Austin, Texas in 1949. He joined the US Air Force, enlisting as a Private (E-1). After promotion to Sergeant (E-4), he was selected for the Aviation Cadet Program and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He completed Radio Operator School, Navigator Training and Pilot Training, making him one of a few entitled to wear three sets of Air Force wings. A command fighter pilot with over 4300 flying hours, he flew 134 combat missions in Viet Nam in 1970, earning two Distinguished Flying Crosses, five Air Medals and a Bronze Star. Tours as an Assistant Air Attache in Pakistan and with the Air Force Section, USMILGP in Caracas, Venezuela resulted in two Joint Service Commendation Medals. He retired in 1975 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

After retiring in San Antonio, Jake enrolled in St Mary’s University and completed his bachelor’s degree, and shortly thereafter was accepted to St Mary’s Law School, where he graduated in 1979 with a juris doctorate (JD) degree. He practiced law in San Antonio, founded the firm of Hardy, Schwartzman, Bahan and Jacobson, PC in 1986 and practiced with that firm through a number of iterations. He practiced with his son, Dana, as a shareholder in Hardy Jacobson Gazda & Jacobson, PC (now The Jacobson Law Firm, P.C.) from 1994 until his retirement in 2015.

Lt Col Jacobson was a member of the Order of Daedalians and the Military Officers Association of America. He was a member of University United Methodist Church, where he served at various times on the Administrative Board and the Board of Trustees.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Lt. Col. Jacobson is survived by his wife, Barbara Jacobson, PhD.; daughter, Kathryn Ogletree (James); son, Col. Dana D. Jacobson, USAFR (Ret.) (Betsy); grandchildren: Timothy Ogletree, Natalie Ogletree, Troy Ogletree, Rachel Mangum (G.T.), and Mara Babb (Quentin); great grandson, Ezekiel Thomas Mangum; and sister, Lillie Belle Ceder.

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Reception to follow service at University United Methodist 5084 De Zavala, San Antonio, Texas 78249

Graveside service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1:15 pm

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christian Assistance Ministries, http://christianassistanceministry.org/

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Col (USAF, Ret) Frank F. E. Hense, Jr (1928 - 2017)

Col. Frank F. E. Hense Jr., USAF (ret.) passed away in his home in Pflugerville, TX on October 7, 2017. Frank was a long-time resident of San Antonio, recently moved to Pflugerville to be near family.

In 1950, Frank answered the call to serve his country and joined the United States Air Force. He was a decorated Vietnam veteran who flew A-37s. He served as deputy base commander for Richards-Gebaur Air Force base and served at the Pentagon. While stationed at Randolph Air Force base, he retired from the Air Force in 1978, after 28 years of service.

Thereafter, Frank entered the education profession. He taught Vocational and Auto Mechanic classes for Somerset and Converse Judson High Schools as well as St. Philips College in the San Antonio area.

Frank loved to travel in retirement with his third wife, Peggy, and they visited all seven continents. When not travelling, Frank enjoyed reading, talking politics or playing computer games.

Frank is predeceased by his first wife, Nancy, and survived by their son, Frank F. E. Hense III and daughter-in-law Karen and grand-daughters, Ellen (23) and Kristen (16).

He is survived by his second wife Sandra (divorced) and their son Ian J. Hense, daughter-in-law Dominica and grand-son, Brian (25).

He is also predeceased by his third wife, Peggy.

The family would also like to acknowledge the many caretakers that have helped both Frank and his third wife Peggy over the years, most especially Norma Ramon and Kim Sheppard.

Visitation will be 8:15 a.m., Monday, October 23, 2017 with the Funeral Service to follow at 9 a.m. at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with full Military Honors. Condolences may be offered at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, the United Service Organization (USO) or the Air Force Aid Society.

Col (USAF, Ret) MAX M. AXELSEN (1921 - 2017)

October 22, 1921 – September 21, 2017
Col. Max M. Axelsen, USAF Ret., passed away on September 21, 2017 at his home in San Antonio, Texas, where he had resided since 1979. He was born on October 22, 1921 in Clear Lake, Iowa to Christopher Axelsen of Veddum, Denmark and Dora Meinecke of Iowa. Max met the love of his life, Margaret, at a ballroom dance when he was 18. They married on November 10, 1943 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and had a beautiful marriage filled with much love and joy.
As a young man, Max served as a seaman on a Standard Oil Co. tanker that visited many areas of the Pacific and Central America. When World War II began, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and graduated from flight school at Marfa, Texas. He was assigned to the 43rd Bomb Group in New Guinea where he flew numerous combat missions over the Pacific. He left the service in October 1945 as a Captain but was recalled to active duty during the Korean War in May 1951. He also served in Panama, 1966-1969, and flew 99 combat missions in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Subsequently he served in Strategic Air Command units as Director of Operations, Vice-Wing Commander, and Wing Commander. He retired in 1974 after 28 years active duty. His final position was Director of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Inspection, Office of the Inspector General for which he was awarded the Legion of Merit. Max wanted to be a pilot since he was a child and felt blessed to make a career of it while serving his country.
Max was a charter member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and a 28 year member of Concordia Lutheran Church. Max was an extrovert and he enjoyed leading several organizations in his life; including as President of the 43rd Bomb Group Association, the Rotary Club and his Homeowner’s Association. He was a graduate of the University of Nebraska, and a devout “Husker” fan.
Max had a great sense of humor, and loved to tease, sing, and dance. After retirement, he and Margaret travelled to numerous places both in the United States and abroad. They both enjoyed entertaining friends and family in their home and celebrating the simple pleasures in life. He spent his spare time golfing, attending his grandchildren’s many activities and doting on his pets. He was generous, kind, and compassionate to friends and strangers alike. He laughed easily and often and never missed a chance to make a new friend. As a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather he showed us how to live each day with purpose and joy and he will live forever in our hearts and prayers.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Morris and Chris, and his twin sister Maxine. Max is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Margaret, his son Max, his daughter Linda Gutzman, and her husband Dr. Dennis Gutzman; four grandchildren and their spouses, David and Kylie Gutzman, Lisa and Charles Houssiere, Lori and Garrett Karam, and Kristine Gutzman; and five great-grandchildren, Avery Gutzman, Cash Houssiere, and Bennett, Parker, and Ellie Karam.
Services will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church, 16801 Huebner Road, on September 29, 2017 at 12 p.m. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Porter Loring Mortuary North. The family requests that in lieu of flowers any donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Association.
Published in Express-News

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Lt Col (USAF, Ret) John R. Devitt (1920 - 2017)

Dev Devitt passed away last summer. He will be interred Monday, 26 March at Ft Sam at 1400. His widow, Edie invites all Daedalians who are able to attend. There is a planned flyby by a C-47 at 1425.

Some background on John provided by the Flight Captain and then his obituary follows:
He flew two C-47 missions on D-Day during WWII with the 101st Airborne. His aircraft number was #C474316052. The San Antonio Express News has already done a pre-interview with Edie and will be covering the flyby tomorrow.

Edie met him in 1986 in the Randolph plans shop…she was a civilian there….John’s first wife was deceased, and he met and remarried Edith. In attendance will be 3 children and 4 grand children.

He was active in Stinson Flight through 2012 when his health prevented continued participation….he was 97 when he passed.

I am going to try to rearrange my school schedule to be there, and I offered to her, if I can make it, I will sing High Flight in her husband’s honor.

Hope several of you might attend. If so, just let me know or just show up at 2 pm. I don’t have location information….if you are late, just follow the line of the C-47 flyby. Wish I could have my cadets with me too.

From the obituary:
John Robert Devitt, age 97, died peacefully on August 3, 2017 after a brief illness. He was born on February 11, 1920 in St. Paul, MN to John James Devitt and Mary Evelyn (Healy). He was preceded in death by his first wife of 43 years, Burnell Ann (Peters) of St. Paul, MN; son, Timothy John; and daughter, Baby Girl Devitt. He is survived by his second wife of 31 years, Edith Wilhelmina (Diesing) of Clinton, IA; sons, Kevin Richard (Heather) and Paul Alan (Daniela); daughter, Kathleen Ann (John Payne); and five grandchildren, Lindsey, Ryan, Sara, Lauren, and Caitlin.

John proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for 30 years. He served with distinction as a Troop Carrier pilot during WWII, which included two glider-towing missions on D-day. After the war, he got his Bachelor’s degree in Library Science from the University of Minnesota where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He continued to fly as a reserve Air Force officer. During the Korean War he was called to active duty to serve as an ROTC assistant professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Continuing his active duty career after the war, he obtained his Master’s degree in Education in 1960 from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. John served as an Electronic Warfare pilot during the Vietnam War and on August 30, 1967, at the age of 47, received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions while flying one of many dangerous missions. John retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1972. He worked as a real estate and investment broker after leaving the Air Force, retiring in 1977 from his second career.

John was a great man who led a long and full life. Those whose lives he touched, both friends and family, loved his quick wit and Irish baritone voice. Cheers to you John, you are loved and will be dearly missed by all. We remember too that those who live on in the hearts and memory of loved ones never truly die.

He will be interred Monday, March 26, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX.

Lt Col (USAF, Ret) THOMAS H. TEMPLE, JR (1923 - 2017)

Thomas was born on October 30, 1923 and passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017. Thomas was a resident of San Antonio, Texas at the time of passing. Thomas H. Temple October 30, 1923 – August 4, 2017 Born in Montgomery, AL Resided in San Antonio.

Brig Gen (USAF, Ret) HAROLD E. CONFER (1924 - 2017)

October 22, 1924 – March 6, 2017

Brigadier General Harold Earl Confer, 92, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017 at his home in San Antonio, Texas, of complications due to illness. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Dorthy (Reed) Confer; two sons: Kip Confer, and Ken Confer; two grandsons: KC Confer, and Cameron Confer: his brother Paul Confer; several cousins and nephews; and many close friends.

Born in Culbertson, Nebraska, on October 22, 1924, to Orman and Jesse (Huetson) Confer, Harold grew up on a farm in Southwest Nebraska, the youngest of 3 brothers and 4 sisters. He attended grade school at a one room rural country school, and graduated from Culbertson High School in 1942. He then attended Colorado A& M College (now Colorado State University) for one year.

In October 1943, Harold entered active military service and after basic training became an aviation cadet. He completed pilot training and received his pilot wings and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in February 1945. He met his wife, Dorothy, of McCook, Nebraska, in 1942, after she saw him on stage singing in a High School coral group and a blind date was arranged by her best friend who was dating Harold’s best friend. “Hal” and “Dotie” were married on February 4, 1945.

After serving as a flying instructor, he was transferred to Kadena Army Air Base, Okinawa, where he was a B-29 pilot with the 2nd Bomb Squadron. In 1948 he went with the squadron to Smokey Hill Air Force Base, Kansas, and then to March AFB, California in 1949. During the Korean War, he completed 26 combat missions and 263 flying hours before returning to March AFB in 1951. He was transferred to Offutt AFB, Neb. in 1954, Headquarters Strategic Air Command (SAC). In 1958, after one year at Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, he was promoted to the rank of Major and transferred to Carswell AFB, Texas, where he became a B-58 pilot. He was pilot of the first B-58 select crew of the 43rd Bomb Wing. In January, 1961, Major Confer in a B-58 Hustler, set 3 new world speed records for the 1,000 kilometer closed course at Edwards AFB, Calif. For this achievement, he received the Thompson Trophy. After returning to Maxell AFB and completing Air War College, he went to Beale, AFB, Calif. as a Lieutenant Colonel to the SR-71 program assigned as Deputy Director of Evaluation and Testing. In 1970, after increasing levels of command as a Full Colonel, he became Wing Commander of the 9th Wing. In 1972, he was promoted to the rank of General and assumed duties as Commander of the 45th Air Division, SAC, Pease, AFB, New Hampshire, overseeing 5 SAC wings, 2 with FB-111 aircraft. In 1973, General Confer went to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., assigned as Deputy Chief of Staff for Research and Development. In 1975, General Confer went to Randolph AFB, TX, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Air Training Command where he retired in 1978, serving 33 years in the Air Force.

His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Emblem with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with oak leaf cluster, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon. He was a command pilot.

After his Air Force career, General Confer earned his Texas Real Estate License. In 1979 he began a 25 year “second” career as a successful Commercial Real Estate Broker/Manger with Fuller Commercial Brokerage, Guy Chipman Company, and Bradfield Properties, Inc. General Confer was an avid Golfer, a long-time member of Randolph Oaks Golf Course, Served on the Board of Air Force Village, and a member of Coker United Methodist Church.

The burial will be Thursday, March 16, at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery, 9:45am.

Published in Express-News on Mar. 12, 2017

Col (USAF, Ret) HERBERT W. LADD, JR (1918 - 2017)
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Col (USAF, Ret) ARTHUR G. HUGHES, JR (1923 - 2016)

Colonel Arthur Graves Hughes, Jr. (Bill) took his last flight on December 8, 2016 after 93 beautiful years of life. Bill, (also known as Colonel, Popeye, Dad, Grandpa, and Pop-Pop) was born on March 17, 1923 in Anniston, Alabama to Arthur G. Hughes, Sr. and Flora Knighton Hughes. Bill had several childhood jobs in Anniston, including delivering coal, delivering blocks of ice for the “ice box”, delivering ice cream, and delivering newspapers. On December 8, 1941 – the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor – Bill enlisted in the Army and, after learning that being in infantry meant “walking everywhere,” he eagerly accepted an opportunity to train to be a pilot in the Army Air Corps – what would eventually be known as the Air Force.

While training in Rhode Island, Bill met the love of his life, Lois Ann, on a blind date set up by her sister and brother-in-law. They went to a casino and Bill said he knew Lois was “the one” when she spent all of his nickels on the slot machines. The day he was to deploy overseas to fight in WWII, Bill snuck off post, climbing through a hole in the fence, and took a train to Washington, D.C. where Lois was staying with friends. He proposed to her with “the biggest diamond he could afford” and crawled back through the fence just as the bus was loading up to leave. Bill would spend three years flying missions during WWII in the China Burma India Theater.

After the war ended, Bill and Lois were married on her 19th birthday on January 9, 1946 in Washington, D.C. They had two children, Arthur Graves, III (Trey) and Beryl Alice (Cricket). While stationed in Washington, D.C. Bill obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. Shortly thereafter, he served as a fighter pilot during The Korean War, returning to a position in the Pentagon where he helped guide strategy for the upcoming Vietnam War. The young family moved several times, spending time at Dover AFB in Delaware and Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina. In 1961, the family relocated to San Antonio when Bill was transferred to Lackland AFB. He retired in 1972.

During their retirement, Bill and Lois were active in their Shady Oaks neighborhood and Bill was a beloved presence in their community. Bill and Lois spent many years traveling in their RV with their friends in the Renegade RV Group. Bill could be found riding around campgrounds across the country on his little red Honda Spree – always with a cigar in his mouth.

When Bill and Lois stopped RVing, they started cruising. Together, they went on more than 30 cruises and visited numerous countries. Traveling together and with family was one of their favorite things to do and Bill always said that, of the places they had seen, Hawaii was his favorite.

To all who knew him well or even just in passing, Bill was a ray of sunshine. He was a friend to everyone he met and knew no strangers. Always ready with a quick one-liner, he had an energy that made those around him instantly comfortable. He was always, ALWAYS happy and loved to express that happiness with sayings like, “If I were any better, I’d be twins”. Undoubtedly, the sun will shine less brightly without him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Ann Conklin Hughes, sister Anita Hughes Smith, and parents Arthur G. Hughes, Sr. and Flora Knighton Hughes. He is survived by his son Arthur G. Hughes, III (Trey) and wife Lela, daughter Beryl Alice Rose and husband Tom; granddaughter Kristina Hernandez and husband Scott, grandson Arthur G. Hughes IV (A.G.) and wife Kelley; great-grandchildren Brianna, Riley, Haydn, Keller, and Clayton. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, John Kester, Rush Kester, and Susan Kester Puleo Butcher.

DECEMBER 30, 2016
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Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 1:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Operation K9, at www.operationk9.org.

Info from Porter Loring: http://porterloring.tributes.com/obituary/show/Colonel-Arthur-Graves-Hughes-Jr.-104240526

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Col (USAF, Ret) RICHARD C. LEYDA (1918 - 2016)

April 8, 1918 – November 28, 2016
Richard Charles Leyda, Colonel USAF (Retired), went to be with his Lord on November 28, 2016. He was born April 8, 1918 in Buffalo, New York, to Frederick Emerson and Esther Armstrong Leyda. From a young age, Richard worked alongside his father in the Leyda Printing & Stationery Company, publisher of the Erie County Herald of Blasdell, New York. Upon graduation from high school, he continued in the family business, was a member of the volunteer fire department, and played on the local semi-pro tackle football team. He entered military service in 1941 and was initially assigned to the Fifth U.S. Cavalry, Fort Bliss, Texas, where he trained on horseback with one of the last mounted units utilized for military engagement. In 1942 he transferred to the Army Air Corps and began primary flight training at Hicks Field in Ft. Worth. He achieved his pilot rating and received his commission as a second lieutenant at Lubbock Army Air Field in 1943. He then served as an instructor pilot at Hondo Navigation Training School, flying a variety of trainer aircraft, including the specially-modified Beechcraft AT-7, preparing many navigators for overseas duty in World War II. During this time he met his future wife, Mabel Bryant. They were married at Travis Park Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas, on April 8, 1944-his birthday, chosen to make sure he would never forget his anniversary. They had their first daughter in May of 1945, and in June he transitioned to Frederick Army Airfield in Oklahoma where he trained as a pilot in the Martin B-26 Marauder bomber. Upon his discharge from active duty at the end of the war, they returned to Blasdell, New York, where he rejoined the family printing company. During a seven-year period, they had three children, two sons and a daughter. Richard also worked as a private pilot instructor and flew with the Air National Guard of Niagara Falls, New York.

Returning to San Antonio in 1953, Richard continued in the printing trade at the San Antonio Light newspaper and other local companies, with a variety of duties including shop foreman. He joined the Air Force Reserve in 1954, as a member of the 2851st AB Wing at Kelly AFB, where he flew C-47 aircraft and later, C-119’s. In 1961, he joined the 433rd Troop Carrier Wing, also known as the Alamo Wing. In 1964, he was appointed Tactical Squadron Commander and in 1967 became commander of the 921st Military Airlift Group. Over 700 flying and support personnel in nine units were under his command. In January 1968, he was called to active duty following the U.S.S. Pueblo crisis. The unit flew transport missions to Southeast Asia and Europe. Under his leadership the group was awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Citation. In June of 1969 the group returned to ready reserve at Kelly AFB. In December 1969 he attended ceremonies at the Pentagon and the White House in Washington D.C. honoring commanders from U.S. Armed Forces reserve units activated during this crisis. Later in his command, he was promoted to the rank of colonel, and the group transitioned from the C-124 Globemaster to the C-130 Hercules aircraft. He completed a number of military service schools, including the Air War College, and was the recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Legion of Merit. He continued his group command until he transferred to the USAF Retired Reserve in June 1973. His flying career spanned 32 years, during which he logged over 6000 flight hours.

During his retirement years Richard was actively involved in community work donating many hours of volunteer time to the San Antonio Conservation Society, the Institute of Texan Cultures, and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program). He was a teacher for adult Bible study and a devoted member of University Baptist Church. Richard maintained his support of America’s military through membership in the Military Officers Association of America, Reserve Officers Association of the U.S., and the Order of Daedalians. Richard and Mabel enjoyed travel to Europe, the Panama Canal, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Alaska.

He was preceded in death by wife Mabel Bryant Leyda, daughter Nancy Kathryn Heavin, son David Charles Leyda, his parents, four sisters, Margaret Battleson, Esther Bink, Jean Velott, and Catherine Martin, and a brother, Fred Leyda; and survived by two brothers, Arthur Leyda, and George Leyda and his wife Betty Jo.

He is also survived by son Dr. Richard James Leyda and wife Ellen, granddaughter Laura Elizabeth Leyda, granddaughter Lisa Marie Petersen and husband Benjamin, and great- grandson Zanden Guy Petersen. Also surviving him are daughter Elizabeth Ann Sherrod and husband James, granddaughter Jennifer DeAngelis and husband Christopher, and great-granddaughter Madison Elizabeth DeAngelis.

Richard had a very deep and devoted personal faith in his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ and enjoyed regularly studying the Scriptures. He was greatly loved and respected by his family and friends, who look forward to a happy reunion with him in the presence of our Lord.

The funeral service will be held at University Baptist Church, 6465 Babcock Road on Tuesday, December 6th, with the Rev. Randy Bales officiating. The family will receive guests at 10 a.m. with a service following at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at Mission Park North. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the “Richard Charles and Mabel Bryant Leyda UBC Scholarship Fund”, care of HighGround Advisors, 1601 Elm Street Suite 1700, Dallas, TX 75201-7241. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sanantonio/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=182975787#sthash.lwTfSQRo.dpuf

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Lt Col (USAFR, Ret) DONALD H. MORRIS (1931 - 2016)

January 29, 1931 – September 27, 2016
Lieutenant Colonel Donald Hugh Morris, United States Army Reserve (Retired), passed away 27, September, 2016 at the age of 85. He was a longtime resident of San Antonio, TX. Hugh was born in Denver Colorado, January 29, 1931 to Otis F. Morris and Mayetta R. (Christopherson) Morris. A 1949 graduate of Springfield Oregon junior high school. In 1953 Hugh graduated from the University of Oregon as an Air Force distinguished ROTC cadet and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force Reserve. He fulfilled his childhood dream in 1954 when he earned his USAF silver pilot wings as a fixed wing and rotary wing pilot. Hugh was committed to proudly serving his country for 44 years as an Infantry Army National Second Squad Leader, a USAF Air Sea Rescue pilot in the Philippines, and as a U.S. Army Aviation Staff Officer, Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, FT Sam Houston. Following that he remained on the staff as a Department of Army civilian until his retirement in January 1995. Preceding Hugh in his death were his parents, Major Otis F Morris and Mayetta (Christopherson) Morris his infant daughter Catherine; oldest sister Barbara Connally. He is survived by the love of his life Evelyn; his daughter Deborah; son in law Owen Wampler; two fine grandsons Eric Wampler, wife Tammie; Brian Wampler; combined total of six great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren all in Texas; Siblings, Beverly Rule, Hobart (Bill) and Allen Morris; also survived by his Sister in Law, Arlene and husband Elmer Hill. The family is requesting in lieu flower to please make donations the Sam’s Ministries in Hugh’s name.

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Col (USAF, Ret) LAWRENCE W. EVANS (1919 - 2016)

Col. Lawrence W. Evans died on September 26, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in Lorena, Texas on August 19, 1919, the son of Walter Philmore and Beulah Williams Evans. He graduated from North Texas Agricultural College in 1939. While there, he obtained a private pilot’s license through the CAA vocational flight training program. Upon graduation, he received an appointment to the Army Air Corps Aviation cadet training program. He took flight training at Love Field, Dallas and Randolph and Kelly Field, San Antonio, graduating in July 1940. At graduation, he was not 21 years old and could not be commissioned. He attended Instructors School at Randolph Field as a Cadet and in August 1940, he was commissioned and received his wings. His first assignment was a flight instructor at Randolph Field. From that time until 1945, he served in numerous supervisory positions in Primary, Basic, Advanced and the Central Instructors schools. In 1945, he returned to civilian life and operated a sporting goods store in Victoria, Texas, until he was recalled to active duty for the Korean conflict in 1948. In 1956, he met and married the love of his life, Wanda Dorothy Evans. In 1957, he attended the Armed Forces Staff College. Following completion of that program, he was assigned as a logistic staff officer to the Commander in Chief Pacific- CINCPAC. In 1961, he was assigned to the Continental Air Command – CONAC – as Chief of Supply. In 1964, he was reassigned to CINCPAC as Chief of the Military Assistance Program Data Center. In 1967, he was assigned to the Manpower division at Headquarters USAF until his retirement in July 1971. He was an avid golfer and was a member of the National Association of Left-Handed Golfers for many years. The highlight of his golfing career was winning an automobile with a hole-inTone. He was a life member of the Order of Daedalians. He was a command pilot with over 4,000 flying hours. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. A memorial service was held Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at the Army Residence Community Chapel at 10:00 a.m.

Col (USAF, Ret) WILLIAM D. REESE (1934 - 2016)

Colonel William Douglas Reese, USAF (Retired), 82, passed away on September 7th, 2016 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Nancy E. Reese (nee Hahn). They shared 59 years together.

Born in San Luis Obispo, California, he was the son of William and Edna Reese, although his step-father Jim Lake and step-mother Mary Dell were part of his parental circle with whom he was very close. He graduated with honors from San Jose State University, where he was cadet commander of the AFROTC program and president of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha. Bill loved to fly, and a career in the U.S. Air Force was a natural path for him, spending 30 years as an officer in the Air Force. He served as a fighter pilot, instructor pilot, staff officer, squadron commander, deputy commander for maintenance, and commander for AFROTC. He flew 155 combat missions in the F-4 Phantom in Southeast Asia from 1967-68. During his service he was awarded the Legion of Merit, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star, thirteen Air Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals and an Air Force Commendation Medal. He was a member of the aviators’ fraternal Order of the Daedalians, Stinson’s Flight, and, as they say, has “flown west.” After retiring from the Air Force in 1988, he spent 13 years at USAA as a manager and director in both Fleet Management and Records Management. He was a devoted Catholic, serving the various parishes he attended throughout his life in the roles of usher, parish fund council chairman, eucharistic minister, parish council president and various other volunteer roles. At the time of his death, he attended St. John Neumann Catholic Church in San Antonio. He was a board member of the Friends of Padua, and chaired their June Jamboree. He was a Knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. His legacy will live on through the influence he had in many young lives; as a father, grandfather, parent teachers club president of St. Monica’s Catholic School, CCD teacher in Germany and Texas, PTA Scholarship Chairman and Booster Club President of Randolph High School, commander of AFROTC at Southwest Texas State and at UTSA, and as a Docent for the Institute of Texan Cultures. In particular, he was a mentor/tutor at Lanier High School, Cooper Middle School and Royal Ridge Elementary School, where he always took on the toughest students so he could help them understand that there was a right way and a wrong way to go through life. He is survived by his wife Nancy; his twin brother Tom Reese; his children (and their spouses) Brian Reese (Debi), Kathy Joyce (Gene), Susan McFarland (Jeff), Shirley Jefferies (Trevor), Paul Reese (Monica); and his grandchildren Christopher McFarland (and wife Victoria), Kristian Reese, Travis McFarland, Alex Jefferies (1LT, USA), Joshua Reese, Nicholas Jefferies, Ian Jefferies, Louden Reese; and dogs Trudy and Phoebe. The Vigil Service and viewing will be held on September 14th from 6:00pm until 9:00pm at Mission Park Funeral Chapels Cherry Ridge, 3401 Cherry Ridge, San Antonio. The Funeral Service Mass will be held on September 15th at 11:30am at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 6680 Crestway Road, San Antonio. The committal service will follow at 1:30pm at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers may be made to Padua Place, 100 Peter Baque, San Antonio, Texas 78209, or to Air Warrior Courage Foundation, P.O. Box 877, Silver Spring, Maryland 20918.
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Col (USAF, Ret) ORIN I. KNUTSON (1935 - 2016)

Colonel Orin Irwin Knutson U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
December 23, 1935 – August 21, 2016

Col. Orin Irwin “Snoopy” Knutson, USAF Retired, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016, in San Antonio, TX, of complications following a fall. Orin was born in Kensett, Iowa, on 23 December 1935, to Orin Arthur Knutson and Mary Anna Ingmu Arendts.

Orin attended East High School in Des Moines, Iowa, where he met his first wife, Joy Stookey. While in high school, Orin worked every summer for the Rock Island Railroad and for local construction companies. Orin and Joy married 6 June 1956 in Des Moines while Orin was attending Iowa State University, and they soon started their family with a baby boy. Orin joined the Air Force in February of 1959 and received his B.A. degree from Drake University the following August.

Orin next attended Flight School, graduating as a pilot at the top of his class. He loved flying and first served as a Flight Instructor at Webb AFB in Big Spring, Texas. It was there that two daughters were added to the family. In April of 1965, Orin went to Vietnam where he flew a C-123 for a 13-month tour.

Orin began flying what came to be his favorite airplane: the RF-4C Phantom II, which he continued to fly until his retirement. The family was stationed at Langley AFB in Virginia when the youngest son was born. They arrived in Austin in 1974 when Orin was stationed at Bergstrom AFB, serving as the Squadron Commander for the 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. In 1980, Orin was stationed at Ramstein AFB, Germany, where he served as the Director of Reconnaissance for the USAF-Europe. After a year there, Orin was stationed at Zweibruecken AFB, Germany, where he was Deputy Commander for Operations of the 26th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. Orin’s last station was a return to Langley AFB. He was a lifetime member of the Order of the Daedalians and the Air Force Association.

During his Air Force career, Orin was awarded the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with sixteen oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze star, Air Force Overseas Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with five oak leaf clusters, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with device.

After retirement, Orin attended SWTSU, earning a degree in accounting, during which time Orin and Joy divorced. He worked as the State Auditor for the Texas State Auditor’s Office. He married Aida Belcher on 6 May 1989, and they just recently celebrated their 27th anniversary. He retired for a second time, and Orin and Aida filled their time traveling, working at the ranch, taking classes, doing volunteer work, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Orin was preceded in death by his parents and by his siblings and their spouses: his brother Maurice Knutson [Evelyn], and his sisters, Beverly Stoops [Jerry] and Mary Ann Olsen [George]. He is succeeded by: wife, Aida Knutson, of San Antonio; son, James Knutson and wife, Elaine, of Austin; daughter, Tracy Simmons and husband, Gordon, of Richmond Hill, Georgia; daughter, Valerie Bradshaw and husband, Nathan, of Pflugerville; son, John Knutson, of Austin; stepson, Andy Hartsock and wife, Christina, of Austin; and stepdaughter, Faun Lee and husband, David, of Westminster, Colorado. Left to mourn his passing are his grandchildren: Troy Knutson and wife Megan, Eric Knutson, Kevin Knutson, Elizabeth Simmons, Erin Simmons, Nathan Bradshaw, Brandon Bradshaw, Gibson Hartsock, and Emma Hartsock; and 3 great-grandchildren, Brandon, Jaylon, and Braydon Bradshaw.

Memorial services for Orin will be held 6 Sep 2016 at 1000 Hrs at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1129 Pat Booker Rd, Universal City, TX, with reception to follow. Interment will be held at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209 at 1300 Hrs.

Aida has asked that donations be made to service organizations such as National Military Family Association or Wounded Warriors in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home, Universal City, Texas.

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Col (USAF, Ret) HARRY C. LONG (1924 - 2016)

FEBURARY 11, 1924 – AUGUST 13, 2016
Col. Harry C. Long, USAF, (Ret) age 92 of San Antonio, died peacefully at home on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Col. Long was a Veteran of WWII, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He was a past president of the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was preceded in death by his wife, Honey and his sons, Bruce and Jeff. He is survived by his son, Christopher and wife, Gia; his daughter, Stacey and husband, Paul; his grandchildren, Michael, Stephanie, Glenn, Maria, Samuel, Patricia and Rose; as well as numerous great grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Oak Hills Mortuary, 8332 Fredericksburg Road. The Funeral Mass will be at 11:30 A.M. on Friday, August 26, 2016 at Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, 15415 Red Robin, San Antonio, Texas 78255. The Graveside Service with Full Military Honors will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in his memory be made to a charity of one’s choice . You may sign the online guestbook at www.missionparks.com under the obituary section.

Published in Express-News on Aug. 21, 2016
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Lt Col (USAF, Ret) PATRICK J. CASEY (1926 - 2016)

Pat died July 23, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas. Born July 13, 1935, the son of Bill and Gen Casey, he graduated from St. Pat’s, West High and University of Wisconsin in 1957, joined the U.S. Air Force in 1958 and retired in 1980 as a lieutenant colonel. In 1962 he married Jody Ramey and together they raised 10 children. Celebration of life funeral Mass and interment at the Ft Sam cemetary will be on Sept. 6, 2016, in San Antonio.

Mr (CIV) CURTIS C. BREMER (1934 - 2016)

Curtis Wayne Bremer, 81, of New Braunfels, Texas passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in New Braunfels after a brief illness.

Curtis was born on November 15, 1934, in Smithson Valley, Texas to Alice Weidner Bremer and Julius Bremer. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1955 with an Agricultural Engineering degree and was commissioned into the United States Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant. While in the Air Force, Curtis flew the B-47 bomber and served in the Strategic Air Command. Curtis was also a self-employed real estate appraiser, rancher and life-long member of the First Protestant Church in New Braunfels. Curtis liked to travel and meeting new people. He never met a stranger and was always able to find a personal connection with them.

Throughout his many adventures, Curtis always stayed true to his Comal County roots and family. He loved Texas, especially his German heritage, Aggie football (most of the time), and collecting Early Texas pottery. In his later years, Curtis’ greatest joys were feeding his cattle, spending time with family and friends and enjoying a cold beverage at the end of a good day.

Survivors include his children, Dawson Bremer and his wife, Brooke, of San Antonio, and Julianne Kugle and her husband, Chris, of Houston; grandchildren, Blair Bremer, Kate Bremer, Charlie Kugle and George Kugle; nieces and nephews, Larry Watford and his wife, Sarah, and Marcia Hill and her husband, Reagan; sisters-in-laws Charlene Fundis and Sarah Tillman, family friends, Felicia Klaerner, Rusty and Cindy Henk, Joy Alexander, and Pete Matamoros. Curtis was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Alice Bremer; sister, Arlene Watford, and his beloved wife, Edna, who passed away in April of 2015.

A private, family graveside service was conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Comal Cemetery in New Braunfels. A Memorial Service was conducted at First Protestant Church in New Braunfels with a reception at the Elks Lodge. For those who were unable to attend services you may sign the “Guest Book” at www.doeppenschmidtfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, “Memorial Contributions” can be made to the following charities: First Protestant Church at 172 West Coll Street, New Braunfels, TX 78130; Anhalt Hall-Germania Farmer Verein at 2390 Anhalt Road; Spring Branch, TX 78070; and Comal County A&M Club at P.O. Box 310747, New Braunfels, TX 78131.
Published in Express-News on June 21, 2016
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Col (USAF, Ret) JOHN E. BALES (1931 - 2016)

On April 17, 2016, Col. John Bales (USAF, Ret) took his rest, slipped the surly bonds of earth, and woke to the welcoming arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. John served his country as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force for twenty-three years. In both word and deed, he exemplified the USAF Core Values of Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do. During his career, John flew the F-84 Thunderjet, F-86 Sabre, and the F-100 Super Sabre. His favorite fighter however, was his beloved F-4E Phantom II which can slice the sky at twice the speed of sound (and you can bet he knew that first-hand). In Vietnam, John flew over 200 combat missions in his F-4E and was awarded multiple Air Medals (1st – 10th Oak Leaf Cluster) as well as two Distinguished Flying Crosses. He earned his first DFC for courageous action and superior airmanship in the face of accurate and intense enemy anti-aircraft fire and successfully delivering his ordinance against infiltrating enemy forces along a key supply route. John was awarded his second DFC in an extremely hazardous and demanding aerial strike where, with superior airmanship and accuracy, he destroyed a heavily defended hostile base camp that was delivering fire on nearby friendly units. John returned from Vietnam as Major Bales and then served at the Pentagon for four years where he was promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel. and then full Colonel. He retired from the Air Force in 1976 after serving at Randolph AFB where he was awarded the Legion of Merit. His selfless commitment to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, is an inspiring example of what it means to serve as officer in the United States Air Force and a cherished memory for those who knew and loved this amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and warrior.

John’s love of country was surpassed only by his love for his family and, even more so, his Lord. John fell in love with and married an extraordinary and beautiful woman named Margaret who would be his soul mate for over 62 years. Together they raised four children, Malcolm, Karen, Lisa and Andrew. After his retirement from the Air Force, John returned to school and received an MBA from UTSA. After working for several years, he retired fully and he and Margaret began the second half of their life together seeing the world, loving on their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and remaining active in church. As dedicated as he was to serving this nation, John never lost sight of his priorities: God; Family; Country; in that order. Indeed, his greatest legacy is the gift of faith in Jesus Christ that he and Margaret shared with their four children. That faith will echo through our family, and beyond, for generations to come. We praise God for their example of fidelity to each other and to Him!

John was predeceased by: his parents, John and Mary Bales; his in-laws, Malcolm and Margaret Kerley; his sister, Dorothy Roper and husband Raymond; his brother-in-law, Jerry Dow; and two grandsons, Malcolm G. Bales and Timothy Bales.

In addition to his wife and children, John is survived by: his sister-in-law, Annette Dow; his daughter-in law, Betsy Bales; his daughter-in-law, Nancy Bales; his nephew, Matt Dow and wife Lisa; his nephew, Greg Dow and wife Sharon; his nephew Luke Dow; his nephew Doug Roper and wife Ruth; his niece Mary Ann Humble and husband Steve.

As the saying goes, John’s quiver was full. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Shannon Morrison and husband Josh; Sarah Mikkelsen and husband Emil; Amy Madore and husband Ross; David House and wife Sarah; Brigid Pitts and husband Joey; John Edmonds; Laura House; Kelly Bales; Courtney Edmonds; Melissa Edmonds; Jeffrey House; John A. Bales; John P. Bales; Stephen Bales; Megan Bales.

John’s great-grandchildren are: Audrey Morrison; Molly Pitts; Clark Morrison; Alex Morrison; Hannah Edmonds; Riley Edmonds; Charles Pitts; Elle Morrison; James Pitts; Margot Morrison; Nina Mikkelsen; David Bales; Josephine Pitts.

Having served as an Air Officer Commanding at the Air Force Academy from 1963 – 1967, the school held a special place in John’s heart. Consequently, in lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to the United States Air Force Academy Endowment via https://www.usafa.org/Give.

The service was held on April 21st at the Porter Loring North Chapel.

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Lt Col (USAF, Ret) ELWOOD D. STORRS, JR (1924 - 2016)

On April. 8, 2016, Church of Reconciliation Founding Member, Lt. Col. Elwood “Bud” Dean Storrs Jr. (USAF Ret.), entered eternal life with our Lord Jesus Christ. Bud is survived by his loving wife, Betty C. Storrs, his two daughters Pam Kasper and Sherry Gore, his sons-in-law, Dennis Kasper and Ed Gore, and three beautiful granddaughters and their husbands – Kristin & Evan Pipkin, Kim & Ryan Pederson, and Jennifer & Brent Alsobrooks. Bud has 4 Great grandchildren- Charlie & Eli Pipkin, Taylor & Luke Pederson, & another great-grandson, soon to be born to Jennifer & Brent Alsobrooks.

Bud was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania June 2, 1924 and was the son of Elwood D. and Elsie Storrs. Bud was raised by a Christ-centered family and friends. He joined the United States Army Air Corps when he was 18 and served in World War II and Korea. After saving a Marine platoon from certain tragedy, Bud was recognized for his heroism by being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He served devotedly in the Air Force for 28 years retiring in 1970 as the Commander of the 605th Air Commando Squadron at Howard Air Force Base in Panama.

Returning to San Antonio, Texas he and Betty helped found the Church of Reconciliation (Episcopal) where they remained active members for over 40 years serving on the Vestry, as an Usher, and the best Blueberry Pancake chef in Brown Hall. Bud loved all his friends who became family and lovingly held a Christmas Eve Open House each Christmas for 50 years! Bud’s philosophy was, “I love to meet people because they are just friends I haven’t met yet.” And that’s the way he lived each day of his life- compassionate, giving, and generous!

He was recruited, hired and excelled as a Representative with American Security and Life Insurance Company. He also was an active member of Dadaelians, Quiet Birdman, and a significant supporter of Boys Town!

Each day and each year, Bud, as a husband, father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather, Air Force Pilot, and sincere friend exemplified integrity, faith, and honor. He will be forever in our hearts and forever in our prayers. We know Heaven has an Angel of Light shining for each of us who love him.

“I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” Timothy 4:7
We will love you forever and will see you in Heaven.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 17th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East.

On Monday, April 18th at 11:00 AM, the funeral service will be held at Church of Reconciliation Episcopal Church, 8900 Starcrest Dr. with Rev. Robert Woody officiating. A reception will be held at the church from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM.

Interment will follow at 2:00 PM in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors.

The family requests that those attending wear bright colors in celebration and thanksgiving for Bud’s life.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be forwarded to either Abode Is Home, 8619 Post Oak Lane, San Antonio, TX 78217 www.abodehome.org or the Church of Reconciliation Episcopal Church, 8900 Starcrest Dr., San Antonio, TX 78217.

Col (USAF, Ret) JOHN C. WRIGHT (1930 - 2016)

July 12, 1930 – March 16, 2016
Col. John Charles Wright, 85, went to be with the Lord, March 16, 2016. He was born in San Antonio and graduated from Brackenridge H.S. in 1948. While still in high school, he joined the Texas National Guard. He graduated from San Antonio College in 1950. At the outbreak of the Korean War, he joined the USAF Aviation Cadet program. Col. Wright was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, earned his pilot’s wings and married his high school sweetheart, Jeannette Pfeil, all on the same day, December 15, 1951 in Phoenix, AZ. He flew 100 missions over North Korea in the F-84 Thunderjet in 1952-1953. He was assigned to Luke AFB and trained new pilots in the air-to-ground combat tactics. In 1959, he flew the B-47 out of Dyess AFB, Abilene, TX until 1962 when he was selected to fly the first supersonic bomber, the B-58 Hustler.

In 1965, he joined the tactical fighter business to fly the F-105 Thunderchief where he received the “Top Gun” award at Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV. Transferring overseas to Okinawa in 1966, he commanded the 67th TFS. Col. Wright lead the first USAF fighters in response to the North Korean capture of the US Naval Intelligence Ship, Pueblo. After a year in South Korea, he flew 140 combat missions over Laos and North Vietnam out of Takhli, Thailand.

In 1970, he was assigned to a B-52 D Wing at March AFB, Riverside, CA, where he commanded a squadron and was promoted to Colonel. In 1971, Col. Wright was assigned to Grand Forks AFB, ND, as the 319th Bomb Wing Deputy Commander of Operations. He finished his career at Offutt AFB, Bellevue, NE as the only USAF officer to command the US Navy’s CINCPACREP Office. While in Bellevue, Col. Wright earned his bachelor’s degree in General Studies from University of Nebraska at Omaha. He retired after 28 years of service on January 1, 1976. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, 13 Air Medals, and 17 additional medals and awards. Upon retirement he was selected to be area manager for the Rockwell Commander’s single-engine aircraft, establishing dealerships and becoming the top area manager for two years.

In 1978, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Soon after, God provided an opportunity to establish a USAF JROTC program at Cooper HS in Abilene, TX. During the 17 years that followed, through his leadership, the Texas 794th USAF JROTC was selected as Honor Unit three times and Meritorious Unit three times. He was recognized as an Outstanding Instructor/Teacher by the Governor of the State of Texas. During the time in Abilene, Col. Wright’s faith in God influenced the students to learn more about a Christian walk. He and Jeannette opened up their home to conduct high school Bible study for nine years. In 1997, Col. and Mrs. Wright returned to the San Antonio area (Schertz). He has flown and instructed the following Air Force aircraft: T-6, T-28, L-20, C-45, F-51D, T-33, F-80, F-84, F-102, F-105, B-47, B-58, B-52 and KC-135. His flying time totaled over 12,000 hours. He also taught flying as a civilian pilot instructor.

Visitation starts at 10am on Monday, March 28 at Alamo City Church, 6500 IH 35 N, San Antonio, TX, followed by the funeral service at 11am. Afterwards, a military gravesite service will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 1:15pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests people make contributions to the charity of their choice in memory of Col. John C. Wright.

Col. Wright was preceded in death by his parents, John W. Wright and Lela (Spahn) Wright Winters Rader. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Jeannette Wright. His son, Jack and wife, Bonnie, (San Antonio); daughter, Jan Dotzler and husband, Ray, (Omaha, NE); son, CDR, USNR, (Ret.) James and wife, Joy, (Lawrenceville, GA); son, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.) Joel and wife, Dawn, (Peacham, VT). His grandchildren, Sarah E. (Wright) Samii and husband, Matthew; John C. Wright II, Jeffrey C. Wright; Brandon J. Dotzler, Stephanie R. (Dotzler) Ellis and husband, Bradley; Jenna C. (Wright) Ritter and husband, Christopher, Jordan C. Wright; Tyler S. Wright, Garrett W. Kukler and great-granddaughter Scarlett E. Samii.
His sister, Vivian Searcy (Vista, CA); brother, Wayne Winters and wife, Betty, (Vista, CA); brother Virgil Winters (Mesa, AZ) and niece, Cynthia Keune, (Oceanside, CA).

Published in Express-News on Mar. 25, 2016
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Col (USAF, Ret) BEN H. SETTLES (1918 - 2016)

The world lost a member of the “greatest Generation” with the passing of Colonel Ben Settles, USAF retired, in the early morning hours of February third.

Ben was born in Campbellsville, Kentucky on December 6, 1918 to Rev. Ben Edward Settles and Maggie Wathen Settles. He was the fifth of eight children and was preceded in death by all but one surviving brother, Col. (Dr.) David Settles.

After graduating from high school, he attended Campbellsville College until his enlistment in the Army Air Corps. He graduated from flying school in the class of 1941-H and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. During his distinguished thirty year career in the United States Air Force, Colonel Settles became a Command Pilot with over 5,000 flying hours. He flew aircraft from gliders to supersonic jets and commanded a number of military bases throughout the world.

He was a graduate of the Air War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. In addition, he received his Bachelors Degree from Florida Southern University and Masters Degree from Our Lady of the Lake University.

He was married to Dorothy Louise Lang of San Antonio in 1943 who preceded him in death on May 5, 1992. Together they had three children, Thomas Michael Settles, Arthur Edward Settles, and Benita Louise Settles. After Dorothy’s death he married Gail Renee Probst and enjoyed an additional twenty three years of marriage. In addition to Gail Renee, Col. Settles is survived by his children, their spouses, six grand children and seven great grand children.

Following his Air Force career, Settles served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Air Force Village Foundation for nine years before retiring.

After his second retirement, he lived the life of a cattle rancher in Medina and Atascosa counties where he raised and showed registered Texas Longhorn cattle including the 1985 TLBAA World Champion female, Anita, and later Beefmaster cattle. In 2001 the Settles were recognized as South Texas Ranchers of the Year.

Col. Settles was a 32nd degree Mason, member of the Kentucky Colonels, the Order of the Daedalians, and a life member of the Texas Association of Homes for the Aged.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Blue Skies/Air Force Village nursing home facility for their care during the final years of his life.

We will miss you Big Dad.

In the words of your granddaughter Kellye Lang Settles, “Thank you for being a real life example of bravery and for teaching us what it means to be Settles tough. Thank you for showing us that laughter and a smile can make almost every situation better. We so appreciate your being a role model of love and the leader of our family. The lessons you taught, the values you instilled, and the legacy you established will all live on. I am so grateful for every minute of your incredible ninety seven years and I can’t wait to someday hold your hand in heaven.”

A graveside service will be conducted at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation designated for Freedom House Alzheimers Care or a charity of choice.

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Lt Col (USAF, Ret) JACK T. ANDERSEN (1940 - 2015)

Lieutenant Colonel Jack Tarpy Andersen, USAF, (Retired), had his last flight on 25 November 2015. Col. Andersen joined the United States Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base on 28 December 1959. He began his military service as a B-52 navigator with his pilot wings coming later. He flew the F-4 and was an instructor pilot in the T-37 at Randolph AFB. After serving in Thailand, Spain and Turkey Col. Andersen retired in 1981. He was a member of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association and the Order of Daedalians. He was a lifelong fan of the University of Texas Longhorns and the San Antonio Spurs.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

Interment will follow in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Air Warrior Courage Foundation, P.O.Box 877, Silver Springs, MD 20918,

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Capt (USAF, Ret) BOBBY S. ROTH (1922 - 2015)

Capt. Bobby Smith Roth had his last flight on October 27, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 93. Bobby entered the Air Force in April 1942 flying B-29 Super fortresses in the Pacific with the 462nd Bomb Group of the 58th Bomb Wing. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters. Capt. Roth was a member of the Retired Officers Assn., Military Order of the World Wars, United Flying Octogenarians, Order of Daedalians, Trinity University Alumni, Retired Alamo Community College Teachers Assn., China Burma India Veterans Assn. and life member of St. David’s Episcopal Church.

Visitation will take place Monday November 2, 2015 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Sunset Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will take place Tuesday November 3, 2015 at 12:00pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church 1300 Wiltshire San Antonio, Texas 78209 with Rev. Lisa Mason.

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Brig Gen (USAF, Ret) JACK T. MARTIN (1922 - 2015)

Jack T. Martin was born in 1922 in Desdemona, Texas, and reared in Burkett, Texas. Following graduation from Burkett high School in 1937, he attended John Tarleton Junior College in Stephenville, Texas, on a basketball scholarship and enrolled in the ROTC program.

At the beginning of World War II, he volunteered for the Army Air Corps, serving in the Pacific as a B-29 instructor and pilot. He also played on the Pacific Championship Basketball team. He was discharged in 1946.

Col (USAF, Ret) KENNETH S. SMITH (1924 - 2015)
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Lt Col (USAF, Ret) JAMES M. HARRINGTON, JR (1933 - 2015)

Lt. Col. James Martin Harrington (USAF Ret)
December 1, 1933 – August 7, 2015

Memorial services for Lt. Colonel (USAF/retired) James Martin Harrington, Jr. 81,
of Temple were held August 12, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church with Father Bill Fowler officiating.
A private burial was held at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California.

Lt. Colonel Harrington died Friday in a Temple Hospital. Lt. Colonel Harrington was born December 1, 1933 in Jerome, Arizona to James Martin Harrington, Sr. and Catherine Deets Harrington.
He graduated from Vallejo Jr. College and the University of Texas at Austin. He served in the U.S. Air Force for over twenty years. He was a member of the Air Force Association, Air Force Museum, Order of Daedalians, American Legion Post 0667, VFW at Universal City, and the UT Exes Association.

Lt. Colonel Harrington was preceded in death by one son James (Jay) Martin Harrington III and a daughter Kelly Anne Harrington. Survivors include his wife Gail Harrington of Temple; two daughters Lori Butler and her husband Dr. David Butler of Temple and Marybeth Hubenak and her husband Jeff of Austin; one son Michael Harrington and his wife Cindy of Austin; ten grandchildren Ashley Ford Evans, Amanda Leigh Hansford, Jack Butler, Jay Butler, Holly Michelle Hubenak, Zachary Lad Hubenak, Ryan James Harrington, Reed Chase Harrington, Reagan Anne Harington and Ryder Blaine Harrington and two great grandchildren Gwendolyn Lark Hansford and Katherine Abigail Evans.

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Lt Col (USAF, Ret) MILES H. WATKINS (1920 - 2015)

Lt Col Miles Hunter Watkins, Sr., (Ret., USAF) had his last flight on August 7, 2015. Miles flew more than 8900 hours in 34 different aircraft including P-39, P-40, P-51, B-17, C-7, C-47, C-54, C-60, C-124, C-133. He served in many Squadron/Wing staff positions, plus had tours at Headquarters Pacific Air Force, Air Force and USAFE. Miles graduated from Air Tactical School in 1949 and Air Command and Staff College in 1958. He commanded the 1st Military Squadron, Dover, DE (C-133’s) from 1963-1965. Miles completed his flying career in Vung Tua, Vietnam, commanding 536th Tactical Airlift Squadron, flying over 100 combat hours in C-7A Caribou.

Memorial Service
Thursday, August 20th @ 2:30 p.m.
Blue Skies East Chapel (4917 Ravenswood)

Memorial Reception to follow in the CC Rooms

Burial will be at Ft. Sam National Cemetery with a Private Service for Family

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Maj (USAF, Ret) DONALD A. DICKMAN (1926 - 2015)

Major Donald A. Dickman had his last flight on 2 August 2015. Don joined the newly organized U. S. Air Force in 1948, passed his college equivalence test and entered the cadet program at Randolph AFB. Major Dickman was a fighter pilot with 23 years of service. He indulged his love of flying through employment as an accident investigator for Airways Insurance. Rosary Services and visitation will be held on Wednesday 12 August 2015 at 2:00 PM at Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church. Don will be interned at the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery on Thursday 13 August 2015 at 11:00 AM.

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Col (USAF, Ret) RALPH S. HOGGATT (1924 - 2015)

Col. Ralph S. Hoggatt made his last flight on 20 July 2015. After graduation from Aviation Cadets in 1943 Col. Hoggatt joined the Eighth Air Force. He flew the B-24 Liberator while stationed in Norwich, England. Remaining in the Air National Guard after discharge, he returned to active duty with the Guard’s 139th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron in 1951. Ralph saw combat in the 314th Air Division in Korea and with the 602nd Fighter Squadron in Viet Nam. He accumulated over 7,000 flying hours and was awarded the Air Force Cross and several Distinguished Flying Crosses.

Col (USAF, Ret) RICHARD A. GRIFFIN (1932 - 2015)

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Funeral Caring USA, 17331 IH-35N (Suite) 100), Schertz, TX, 210-946-4445. Visitation will be held Wednesday 22 July 2015 at the Schertz location from 11 am–1 pm with graveside services and internment at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery beginning at 2 pm.

Lt Col (USAF, Ret) WILLIAM C. EAGLE (1930 - 2015)

Col. William Eagle had his last flight on 13 July 2015. Bill graduated from Oklahoma A&M and was commissioned on 1952. In Vetnam he flew the 105 Thunderchief while stationed in Thailand. After returning from combat he served at bases in Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio. the Panama Canal Zone and Washington D. C. During his almost 30 years of service he received two Silver Stars and three Distinguished Flying Crosses among other decorations.

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Brig Gen (USAF, Ret) WILLUM H. SPILLERS, JR (1925 - 2015)

January 12, 1925 – May 17, 2015

General Willum H. “Harry” Spillers, Jr. had his last flight on 17 May 2015, at his home in Bryan, TX. General Spillers was born on January 12, 1925, in Macon, GA. He attended The Citadel and Georgia Tech before beginning his 28-year military career in 1944 when he entered the U.S. Army Air Forces aviation cadet program. However, prior to completing the program, he received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He graduated in June 1949 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.

Col (USAF, Ret) DAN D. FULGHAM (1927 - 2015)

Col. Dan Fulgham was a Command Pilot with over 4500 hours, a Master Parachutist with over 100 jumps and a graduate of the Forest Service’s Smoke Jumpers School. Dan entered pilot training at Texas A&M in 1946. He flew 100 combat mission in Korea flying the F-84 and 133 F-4 combat mission in the Vietnam conflict.. The rest of Col. Fulgham’s military service was spent in research and development related to high altitude and space flight. Dan Fulgham was our Vice Flight Captain in 1979 and our Flight Captain in 1980. He was the first to become a Flight Life Member paying with a cash $100 bill and accepting no change. He was twice the Speaker at a Flight meeting; once to explain how we shot down all the Migs one day in VN and once to reveal he was the real Roswell alien.

Lt Col (USAF, Ret) MICHAEL P. NISHIMUTA (1951 - 2015)

Lt. Col. USAF (Ret) Michael “Mike” Nishimuta, USAF Academy, Class of 1973, had his last flight on 6 May 2015. Mike was born November 16, 1951 in Lawton, Oklahoma. He graduated from Lawton High School in 1968 and entered the United States Air Force Academy in 1969. He was selected as one of six cadets to attend an exchange to the French Air Force Academy in Salon-de-Provence, France, in the fall of 1972, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering in June, 1973 His professional military education includes Squadron Officer’s School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. Lt Colonel Nishimuta holds a Master of Science degree from Vanderbilt University in Human Development Counseling. His decorations include the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal, and Combat Readiness medal. Mike has accumulated 2500 hours as pilot in the F-4D, F-4E, F-111A, F-111E, and AT-38B aircraft. Mike was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Stage 4, earlier this year. He was living south of Denver.

Col (USAF, Ret) ROGER A. MCCAULLEY (1920 - 2015)

Col. Roger A. McCaulley USAF (Ret) had his last flight on 8 April 2015 at the age of 94. An avid golfer and pilot who was a war veteran.

Col (USAF, Ret) LOUIS F. JOHNSON, JR (1919 - 2015)
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Lt Col (USAF, Ret) LESLIE R. LEAVOY (1924 - 2015)

Lt. Col. Les Leavoy USAF (Ret) had his last flight on 29 January 2015 He was predeceased by Bootie Leavoy after 60 years of marriage and his son Lance C. Leavoy. He graduated from Eastland High School in 1942 and immediately enlisted in the United States Army.
Les received his commission and wings through the Aviation Cadet Program on April 14, 1944.  He flew 83 combat missions in the P-47 Thunderbolt providing close air support for 3rd Army in Europe during World War II.  He participated in several major campaigns including the Battle of the Bulge.
Les returned home from the war and joined the Michigan Air National Guard as a P-51 pilot.  He returned to active duty during the Korean War serving his first of three tours at Luke AFB training fighter pilots.    Les led some of the earliest air combat missions during the Vietnam War on February 8, 1965 flying the F-100 Super Sabre.  He served three tours in Vietnam as the squadron commander of the 90th and 416th TAC Fighter Squadrons flying 250 combat missions.  Les ended his 34 year fighter pilot career as the USAF Advisor to the Texas Air National Guard in San Antonio.  He retired from the USAF in September 1976 with over 6,500 hours in fighter aircraft and some 57 decorations to include the Legion of Merit, three Distinguished Flying Crosses and 21 Air Medals.

The Leavoy Family asks that memorial contributions be made to the “Les Leavoy Cadet Flight Indoctrination Program” C/O the Daedalian Foundation, PO Box 249, Randolph AFB, Texas 78148.

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Lt Col (USAF, Ret) DOUGLAS S. CHRISTIE, JR (1922 - 2015)

Lt Col Douglas S. Christie Jr., USAF (Ret.) accumulated over 12,000 flying hours and had his last flight on 28 January 2015. Col. Christie entered the Army Air Corps in 1942. Douglas graduated from pilot training at Altus AFB, OK in 1943 and was assigned to Hondo Army Air Field, Texas. He was discharged after the war and joined the Air Force Reserve. Col. Christie was recalled to active duty in 1950 for the Korean War, served in the Vietnam War and later Commanded the 75th Military Airlift Squadron.

Col (USAF, Ret) GENE E. TAFT (1930 - 2015)

Col. Gene E. Taft had his last flight on 18 January 2015. Colonel Taft was born June 13, 1930 in California and joined the Air Force in 1954. Gene flew the F4 Phantom in Viet Nam and has a MIG to this credit. His awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. Gener is survived by his wife Frances and daughter Kimberly.

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COL (USA, Ret) MICHAEL M. DAVIS (1928 - 2015)

September 4, 1928 – January 9, 2015

Michael McQuatters Davis, Colonel U.S. Army, (Ret), had his last flight on January 9, 2014. Mike attended the United State Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1951. After graduation from West Point Colonel Davis served in the Korean War where he was an artillery forward observer and subsequently a battery commander in the 45th division, receiving the Bronze Star Medal. Early in his career he became an Army Aviator. He was assigned as an aviation officer in Thailand from 1965-66 and then returned to Asia in 1969 to again serve in combat with the 165th Aviation Group in Vietnam where he was awarded three Bronze Star Medals, two Air Medals and the Army Commendation Medal. His other decorations included the Meritorious Service Medal and upon retiring he was awarded the Legion of Merit.

Upon retiring from the Army in 1975 Colonel Davis made his home in San Antonio. Having earned a Master’s of Science degree from Troy State University and MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, he became the President and owner of Excalibur Aviation Company until retiring in 1998.

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MAJ (USA, Ret) JOHN M. BEEBE (1928 - 2015)

Maj. (USA) (Ret,) John (Jack) McRae Beebe was born March 14, 1928 at Ft. Benning, Georgia and passed away in San Antonio on 8 January 2015. In 1939 he moved to the Philippines with his parents. They were there until 1941 when WWII broke out. He and his mother were evacuated back to Faribault, Minnesota. After the war he moved to Ft. Sam Houston with his family and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1946. In 1948 Maj. Beebe enlisted in the Army and completing basic training at Fort Ord, California. Jack completed Officer Candidate School in 1950, served in Korea as an Infantry Platoon Leader and earned a Bronze Star for Valor. Upon discharge Jack returned to college at the School for Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC. In 1955 Maj. Beebe joined the army again as an artillery officer and in 1956 he was accepted to Army pilot training at Gary Army Airfield in San Marcos, Texas. Maj Beebe flew fixed wing and helicopter. After 26 years in the Military he retired in 1971. Jack moved his family to Austin, Texas where he attended the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest and was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 1974.

Lt Col (USAF, Ret) ALBERT A. AVERY (1923 - 2015)
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Lt Col (USAF, Ret) ROBERT T. WEAVER (1921 - 2014)

Lt. Col. Robert T. Weaver received his wings at Turner Field, Albany, Georgia in March of 1944. After completing B-17 transition crew training, he when to the 8th Air Force in England. In early 1945 he was wounded over Germany.

He joined the Air Force Reserve in 1946 and was called back to active duty in 1951. Assignments followed in Air Research and Development, Air Material, the Air University and airlift operations.

He graduated from Air Command and Staff College, the Air War College, held a BS from the University of Kentucky and a Masters of Public Administration from George Washington University. He retired from the Air Force in 1974.

Bob was a Life Member of the Daedalians, the Military Officers Association of America, the Military Order of Purple Heart and the Disabled American Veterans.

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Lt Col (USAF, Ret) DALE SHAW (1930 - 2014)

Lt. Colonel O. Dale Shaw, USAF, had his last flight on the evening of August 5, 2014.

Col. Shaw was commissioned into the United States Air Force from the Washington State University ROTC program in 1951. After completing flight training at Williams AFB, he went on to fly the F-86F, F-84F, and F-100. Before retiring from his 20-year military career in 1972, he was assigned to the faculty of Air Command and Staff College and positions in Defense contracting and procurement.
Col. Shaw was a proud member of the Order of Daedalians, holding positions as Flight Captain, Assistant Adjunct, Trustee and Secretary of the Daedalian Foundation, National Secretary and Director, and a member of the Board of Directors. One of his greatest accomplishments was the construction of his own experimental plane, dubbed “Looper”, painted in Order of Daedalians green and gold.

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Col (USAF, Ret) JERRY M. JOHNSON (1930 - 2014)

Col. (Ret.) Jerry M. Johnson had his last flight at the age of 83 on Saturday, July 26, 2014. He had a distinguished Air Force career of over 35 years. He served in Vietnam and had 284 combat missions over Southeast Asia. Col. Johnson was a command pilot with more than 6,200 flying hours. Noteworthy awards include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, 2 Meritorious Service Medals, and 15 Air Medals. He retired as the Commander of Air Force Cryptologic Support Center, Kelly AFB in 1983.

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Col (USAF, Ret) CONRAD J. LINDEMANN (1924 - 2014)

Col. Conrad John “Lindy” Lindemann had his last flight on 21 July 2014.

He was born in New York City, NY on 21 January 1924. Col. Lindemann volunteered for service during WWII in 1942. He was on his way to be a combat photographer in the Signal Corps when a number of fortuitous events led him to pilot training and eventual commission in the US Army Air Corps. As computer technology he continued to develop he had a significant role in modernizing and automating the USAF personnel system until he retired after a 28 year Air Force career in 1970.

Col. Lindermann was active in the George Gerwin Youth Center. the Toastmasters, and the Order of Daedelians.

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Col (USAF, Ret) AUSTIN R. BRYAN (1929 - 2014)

Colonel (retired) Austin R. Bryan, USAF had his last flight on the evening of July 19, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas.

Col. Austin enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of 21 to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot. He earned his pilot wings and received his commission as a Lieutenant in September of 1952.

During his distinguished 30 year career, Colonel Bryan served as a combat fighter pilot, commander, inspector general, and as the Vice Commander for 17th Air Force. Even as Air Force assignments took him across the United States and around the world to Japan, Greece, and Germany, Colonel Bryan called Texas home.

He was proud of his heritage as a direct descendant of Moses Austin, and of his membership in the Sons of Texas. Colonel Bryan was a veteran of the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War, and his many awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Legion of Merit.

Col (USAF, Ret) RICHARD A. MARTIN (1930 - 2014)
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Col (USAF, Ret) LAUREN B. HOLLENBECK (1923 - 2014)

Colonel Lauren B. “Sam” Hollenbeck USAF (Ret.), age 91, passed away June 26, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born May 4, 1923, in Grand Junction, Colorado to Ervine and Ella Mae Hollenbeck. Sam enjoyed a long and distinguished 32 year career as an Air Force fighter pilot and he served with honor in a host of world-wide command and staff positions spanning the Korea and Vietnam War eras. His career started in the Army Air Corp and over his many years of dedicated service he flew a multitude of military aircraft ranging from propeller driven to supersonic jets. After retirement he loved to spend time working on the family ranch in Sonora, Texas.

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FRANK W. GEAR (1920 - 2014)

Lt. Frank Gear passed away on Monday, May 5, 2014, at the age of 93. He was born in Duncanville, Okla., and joined the Army Air Corps as soon as he graduated from high school. He started as a company clerk and was soon promoted to the flight line as crew chief on an AT-6 aircraft. Lt Gear graduated from flight training at Waco Army Air Field on Feb. 8, 1944. During WW II he served in Europe, flew the P-51 and shot down two enemy aircraft. Before resigning from the Air Force he served in the Korean conflict.

Lt Col (USAF, Ret) BLAND H. SCHWARTING (1921 - 2014)

   LTC USAF (Ret.) Bland Hugh Schwarting

   November 21, 1921 -

  March 27, 2014

   LTC USAF Bland Hugh Schwarting, 92, passed away peacefully in Austin on March 27, 2014. Bland was born in Waco on November 21, 1921, to Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Aloysius Schwarting. He attended Sanger Avenue Elementary, Waco High School and Baylor University. He later served in the U. S. Army Air Corps as flight instructor and pilot Class 44-D from 1943 to 1945. On June 19, 1948, Bland married Marjorie Lee Smith Warren while in Baylor Medical School, graduating in 1950 with honors. He served his internship at Tripler Army Hospital, Hawaii, in 1950 and 1951. Bland served his residency in Ophthalmology at Walter Reed and Brooke Army Hospitals from 1951 to 1954. He served at Ophthalmologist at Wright Patterson Air Force Base Hospital from 1954 to 1957. In 1955, Bland became certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. While in the Air Force, he earned wings as Pilot, Flight Engineer, and Flight Surgeon. Bland served as a private practice Ophthalmologist in San Antonio from 1957 to 2011, joining Braver-man Eye Associates in 2004. He was a member of American Academy of Ophthalmology, Bexar County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, and past presidents of San Antonio and Texas Societies of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. He served on medical staffs of Santa Rosa, Baptist, Methodist, and Robert B. Green Hospitals, and was a consultant to Brooke Army Hospital.


WASP (WASP) HOLLY H. GRASSO (1921 - 2014)

Holly Grasso had her last flight on Sunday, 9 March 2014. She was born to Sam and Pearl Hollinger in Paola, Kansas in 1921, and was married to San Antonio native Clarence H. Grasso. Their long-term marriage was terminated by Mr. Grasso’s death in 1981.

She volunteered as a trainee in the newly-created Woman’s Air Force Service Pilots – the WASPs. She became a pilot, towing target planes for flight gunnery practice and teaching foreign students how to fly on instruments. Holly flew at an airfield in Victoria, Texas, and came to love San Antonio.

Col (USAF, Ret) VANE HUGO, JR (1925 - 2014)
Lt Col (USAF, Ret) RUFUS E. BARNES, JR (1924 - 2014)

Rufus E. Barnes Jr., Lt. Colonel, USAF, (Ret) passed away on 20 February 2014 in San Antonio, Texas at age 90. He was born in Weir City, Cherokee County, Kansas on 6 January 1924. In 1942 upon graduation from High School in Columbus, Kansas he joined the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program. Assigned to the South Pacific as a P-39 and P-38 pilot he received three Air Medals and shot down two Japanese aircraft. After the war he married Jean Head beginning a 69 year union.

He is survived by his wife, daughter Linda Heckman and son Lt. Col. Roger Barnes USAF (Ret.).

Col (USAF, Ret) ROBERT S. ANDERSON (1919 - 2009)