Final Flyover 2005 to-2014


Ruth Allen, August 30, 2014
Lt Col Kenneth Baldwin, May 4, 2014
Richard Beard, November 4, 2014
Major Mike Bogosian, March 10, 2014
James Bonlander, February 13, 2014
MSgt Roy H Boles, Reported in May 2014
Charlie Brown, USAF, Retired, November 16, 2014
SMSgt Sally Brown, USAF, Retired, January 16, 2014
SMSgt Dale W. Davis, USAF, Retired, April 8, 2014
Bill Gish, August 27, 2014
Col Normal L Hayes, USAF, Retired, October 12, 2014
SMSgt Harry M James, USAF, Retired, April 5, 2014 Korea
CMSgt Raphael Johnson, USAF, Retired, January 3, 2014 Korea
Col Paul Lavin, USAF, Retired, January 30, 2014 Vietnam
Dickie L Lecrone, May 7, 2014
Col Rodney Macauley, USAFR Retired, August 27, 2014 Vietnam
Col James A MacMaster, 2003 reported in 2014
Lt Col Robert C Salamon, March 31, 2014 WWII B-17 Navigator
Charles H Williams, Feb 12, 2014


Allen, Ruth A

Ruth was born January 6, 1928, to Oscar Sr. and Ferrol (nee McHenry) Curliss and passed away Wednesday August 27, 2014 at the age of 86. She was a former member of the Blanchester Church of Christ where she served as Secretary/Treasurer for many years.  She transferred her membership to the Hillsboro Church of Christ upon moving to Hillsboro.

She worked for many years as a secretary for Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH, Clinton County Air Base, Wilmington, OH, finally retiring from Richenbacker Air Force Base in Columbus, OH.

Lt Col Kenneth Baldwin, May 4, 2014


Richard Eugene Beard
Lt. Colonel Richard Eugene Beard
Date Of Birth: Dec. 19, 1933
Date Of Death: Nov. 4, 2010
Service Date: 10:00 a.m. Tuesday On November 4th

We lost a husband, father, grandfather, great friend, hero, mentor, Richard Beard. Richard loved life in general and relished the personal relationships he had with so many people. Family and friends were of primary importance to Richard, but he had many passions in his life. Flying, and becoming a pilot with the USAF and Indiana University Air Transportation, his involvement at the Monroe County Fair with the Fair board and the 4H programs, the cattle industry especially Sr and Jr Hereford associations, and his association with Perry-Clear Creek Fire department.

Richard was born on December 19th 1933 in Monroe County to Warren and Maude (Whaley) Beard. He grew up enjoying farm life in southern Indiana and after a stint in the USAF came back to Bloomington where he spent the rest of his life. He graduated from BHS in 1952 and both Purdue and Indiana University and before going on to do many things. After high school he enlisted in the USAF where he his passion for flying developed. After his honorable discharge from the USAF he was a member of the USAF reserves for over 20 years and retired as a Lt Colonel in 1982.

Major Mike Bogosian, March 10, 2014

James Bonlander, February 13, 2014

MSgt Roy H Boles, Reported in May 2014


Charlie Brown

Charles Franklin Brown, 79, of Chillicothe, died November 16, 2014. He was born September 5, 1935.

Charles retired as an aircraft mechanic from Rickenbacker Air Field. He was a US Air Force veteran.

Comment from Comrade Jeff Price
While funny paper Charles Schulz had his charley brown, 302nd were. Blessed to have our own version of a Charley Brown. Charley had a good sense of humor an would also cut thru the bs politics in the unit an give a good read on what was really going on. Worked with charley in many capacities; one being we were both members of AFGE, american federation of government employees. Our Union for all civilian employees. He an I served together as officers of our union for many years. So Charley have meaning to his words by serving in a capacity of leadership. Whatever hole that was needed to be filled Charley be the first to volunteer. There was always a certain amount of friction between military an civilian authorities towards members of the Union an especially officers of this Union. After all we didn’t operate in secret. Charley also served on an extremely important negotiating team to hammer out a new contract with our civilian bosses. This involved the civilian side at RAFB of national guard and AFRES units.  No secret our union team got every goal we set forth before negotiations.  Charley was very loyal to our cause an mission. I am proud to know him an serve we him. Will never forget our own Charley Brown.


Senior Master Sergeant
Sally L. Brown
Sunrise October 31, 1945
Sunset January 16, 2014

Sally L. Brown resided in Columbus, Ohio for the past 30-plus years and was a faithful member of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of Dr. Keith A. Troy.

Ms. Brown enlisted in the United States Air Force as a reservist and later became an active duty Airman. Following 25 years of distinguished service she retired with honors, as a Senior Master Sergeant.

Many of us knew Sally. She worked in Special Handling and Passenger service. We will miss her friendly face and warm smile.


Senior Master Sergeant
Dale W. Davis
Dale W. Davis, 77, of Wilmington, died 3:50 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Clinton Memorial Hospital. His wife, Barbara Stingley Davis, survives. They were married March 21, 1964. Mr. Davis was born Sept. 21, 1936 in Clinton County, a son of the late Vernie Ray Davis and Ruth Puckett Davis.

Mr. Davis retired from the U.S. Air Force as a senior master sergeant after 37 years of service. He logged more than 10,000 hours, and flew out of Clinton County Air Force Base, Rickenbacker Air Force Base and finally Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Dale was the NCOIC of the 355th TAS Loadmasters.  He helped many of us as we began our careers.  Hats off to a true leader and comrade.

William Dale “Bill” Gish
William Dale “Bill” Gish, 79, passed away following surgery in New York University Hospital on August 27, 2014.

Bill was born in Harrisburg, PA on October 15, 1934.

He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1964, and served in the United States Air Force reserves.

Added to Final Flyover in Mar 2015.


Colonel Norman L. Hayes
USAFR Retired

Norm, Age 73, passed away Sunday, October 12, 2014 at his home. Norm was born in Dayton, OH, to the late Edgar and Mary L. Hagen Hayes. He graduated from Northridge High School in 1958.  He attended Miami University in Oxford, OH, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and the Air Force ROTC program.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business degree in 1963, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.  He served on active duty for five years, with assignments that included Japan, Okinawa, Vietnam, and Thailand.  Following active duty, he went to work at Wright-Patterson Air Force base in various capacities, retiring as director of the Small Business Administration Office in 2001.

Norm joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1970, serving until his retirement as a colonel in December 2000.

Norm was the first commander of the 40th MAPS.  He helped many of us as we began our careers.  Hats off to a true leader and comrade.


Senior Master Sergeant

Harry M. James, age 84, Saturday April 5, 2014 at home. Korean War U.S. Air Force Veteran, retired as a Senior Master Sergeant. Member of Masonic Lodge 435 in Mt. Orab, Ohio.



Raphael E. Johnson,
80, of Wilmington, died 9:03 a.m. Friday, January 3, 2014 at his residence following an extended illness. He was born April 16, 1933, in Fayetteville, OH.

Raphael retired from the U.S. Air Force as Chief Master Sergeant. He served in the Korean War and was affiliated with 906th, 907th and 302nd Squadron Troop Carrier Wings. He was stationed at Clinton County Air Force Base and Rickenbacker Air Force Base. He was supervisor of Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons.


Paul Lavin,
Colonel USAFR [Ret.] 69, of Dayton, Ohio passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2014 after a two-year progression of ALS / Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Paul graduated from Central Catholic High in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1961 and St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1965. He accomplished graduate work in Economics at the University of Illinois and Wright State University. He was commissioned as an Air Force Officer through Officer Training School in 1967 and completed pilot training in 1968 at Vance AFB, Enid, Oklahoma. His first assignment was flying C-7A aircraft in Vietnam. He transferred to Dayton in 1969 where he was assigned as a pilot / B-52H aircraft commander in the 17th Bomb Wing on Wright-Patterson AFB. That tour of duty included 108 ARC Light bombing missions over Vietnam and many other operations.

In September 1973, Paul transferred to the 907th Tactical Airlift Group of the Air Force Reserves at Rickenbacker ANGB, Columbus, Ohio. During the next 23 years he flew C-123 and C-130 cargo aircraft, in the United States, Europe and Central America. He was activated and deployed during the First Gulf War (Desert Shield/Storm) in 1991, where he served as the Director of Operations for a C-130 wing in Oman and Saudi Arabia. Upon his return he was promoted to the rank of Colonel. Paul then held various command and senior staff positions at Rickenbacker ANGB and Wright-Patterson AFB, retiring in April 1997. His military honors and decorations included: Command Pilot, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, 9 Air Medals, Air Force Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medals, and Southwest Asia Service Medals.


Dickie L Lecrone, May 7, 2014



Rodney Macaulay, 83, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Sycamore Run Nursing Home, Millersburg.  He was born Feb. 22, 1931, and had a very long and wonderful career in the U.S. Air Force.

He served for 38 years, fought in Vietnam and retired as a colonel. He was a pilot for most of his career with the USAF. When he retired, he worked for the State Department in Lima, Peru, fighting drugs for the State Department.

From Jeff Price

Rodney actually led a very colorful working life while commander of aircraft maintenance.  He left his maintenance employees alone to work their specialties.  He was hands on when he needed to be but kept the aircraft and daily spares flying to meet the required flying time.  Best seat of the pants pilot I knew.  He would test aircraft on lunch hour when everyone was at lunch.  Grab a pilot from ops do the flight and be back on ground before anyone would know it.

He was involved in a CIA mission to prepare the C-123 for missions to Central America.  He did a lot of hands on work on the plane himself.  Couldn’t really spare the manpower.  Later shot down with Eugene Hasenfoot, LM on survivor and held captive later traded in a big deal.  Rod kept the aircraft down on ramp just outside maintenance hangar so he could run in an out of maintenance to get what he needed.  They painted aircraft a real cool light grey with no insignia, no markings, and no chevrons.  It was pretty neat to see what he tore out and the special radios he installed.  I always respected his skills and his smile when he was truly pleased with something at Rickenbacker.

Col James A MacMaster, 2003 reported in 2014


Lt. Colonel
Robert C Salamon “Solly”

with daugher
Sue Salamon
at USAF Museum
​Solly at 2006 Reunion

Florida Today News – ​ Apr 4, 2014 – Salamon, Robert C., 90, of Rockledge, died Monday, March 31, 2014.  Arrangements by Life Event Center at Florida Memorial, Rockledge.   Solly’s military service was written by Ralph Carlson and Tom McVey.

From MSgt Tom McVey

Solly was a WWII Veteran.  He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a navigator on a B-17.   Solly joined the 302nd in Clinton County AFB.  He was active and attended many reunions for the 302nd and was the Sergeant at Arms for the 302nd Buckeye Wing Association until March 2014.
From Colonel Ralph Carlson – Commander 1st TATS

Solly was one of the key Navigators for the 1st TATS  on the C-119 delivery missions to Ethiopia and other destinations.    In retirement, Solly was active with our Buckeye Wing members that had moved to Florida.  He served on both Coco Beach reunion organizing committee’s and attended our February picnic gatherings at the Patrick AFB Yacht Club. ( See WEB page, Happenings for photos). An avid golfer, he played weekly at the Patrick course. He and Dick Linihan were frequent golfing partners

Charles H Williams, Feb 12, 2014


John H Bright, USAF, Retired, January 29, 2013
Elizabeth Mae Campbell, July 8, 2013
SMSgt Donald Collins, December 25, 2013
SMSgt Robert D. Dawes II, August 14, 2013
Sue Demmery, Oct 27, 2013
Ann E. Ferguson, January 21, 2013
SMSgt George Janasov, April 7, 2013
Col Richard W. Linehan, December 12, 2013 WWII and Korea
John E. Manning, October 17, 2013 Vietnam
Edward McCoy, June 6, 2013
Roger Mowery, April 16, 2013
George H. Moyer, May 2, 2013
Col Terry Norris, April 10, 2013
Ruth Roseberry, September 24, 2013
Janice Schutte, November 14, 2013
Lt Col Richard Truzzi, November 19, 2013
Lt Col Joanie Louise Wakefield, USAF, Retired, July 1, 2013
SMSgt Bruce Waring, USAF, Retired, January 19, 2013
Wilma Pauline Wyatt, Wife of Donald Wyatt, December 9, 2013
Col Carl B. Yerian, USAF, Retired, July 9, 2013 WWII and Korea

Bright John

John H Bright
Age 82, of Wilmington, OH, passed away January 29, 2013 at the Dayton V.A. Medical Center in Dayton, OH. He was born November 9, 1930 in Wilmington, OH.  He was employed as an aircraft mechanic at Clinton County Air Force Base, Wright Patterson Air Force Base and retired in 1977.


Colonel Elizabeth Campbell (1921 – 2013)

Elizabeth Mae (Van Harten) Campbell, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and 1939 graduate of Western Hills High School, passed away on 8 July 2013 at the age of 92.

Bettie had been married to the love of her life, Brigadier General Donald Campbell, for some 65 years when he died in 2007. They lived in Cincinnati until 1966 when they moved to Wilmington, Ohio where B/G Campbell was the Commander of the 302nd Troop Carrier Wing. Bettie and Don moved to Vienna, VA in 1971 when Don became Deputy Commander of the Air Force Reserve Program. He retired from the Air Force in 1977. Bettie and Don continued living in Vienna until they moved to Pensacola, FL in 1988.


Donald Collins,

Don’s wife called me Sunday, 29 Dec, at 2PM to tell me that Don died peacefully in his sleep the 25th of Dec at home from longtime heart problems.  She said that you and Don were probably acquainted, both of you being Loadmasters.   She posted no obituary and had him cremated by Tobias Funeral Home in Englewood, OH.  She will have him buried later at the Dayton VA Cemetery in the Spring.

She said that his greatest accomplishment in life was his service in the United States Air Force.


Colonel Robert D. Dawes

Age 73, of Washington CH, passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at his home.

Bob joined the Air Force in 1961 and began working at NCR in 1965. In 1968 he rejoined the Air Force as an Air Reserve Technician. Throughout his military career he worked at Wilmington, Rickenbacker and Wright Patterson Air Force Bases and retired in 1993 with a rank of Senior Master Sergeant. He was a member of the 906 fighter group.

DEMMERY, Sue, 82, of Rockledge, died Sunday, October 27, 2013

Janasov George

SMSgt. George Janasov

George Janasov, 78, left this life on April 7th,, 2013 at his home in Laughlin, Nevada.   He served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a Flight Mechanic beginning in 1953.  He joined the 302nd TAW and worked for many years as an Air Reserve Technician at Clinton County Air Force Base in Wilmington and Rickenbacker in Columbus.  He worked on C-46, C-119, C-123 and C-130 aircraft and retired as the Maintenance Supervisor of the 907th TAG Spray Branch.

Richard W. Linehan,

89, of Melbourne passed away on Wednesday December 12, 2013 at home. He was a retired Colonel in the USAF and veteran of WW II, and Korea.

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John Everett Manning

70, of Spring Valley, Ohio, formerly of New Richmond,

John proudly supported his country for 26 years in the Air Force, serving in Vietnam during active service and for many years in the reserves. He worked at Rickenbacker and Wright Patterson AFB’s before retiring.

Edward McCoy

McCoy Edward “Ed” L. McCoy, of Pickerington, OH, passed away at his home, Thursday, June 6, 2013, he served in the U. S. Air Force, 121st Tactical Fighter Wing.

Mowery, Roger A. 70, of Springfield, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, April 16, 2013 in Springfield Regional Medical Center. He was born in Pickaway County on November 17, 1942.

Moyer George H. Moyer, 81, of Groveport, died on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Emeritus at Lakeview. He was born May 25, 1931. George was a retired Sr. Master Sargent in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and served four years in the United States Navy.

Norris Terry

Colonel Terry Norris

Terry D. Norris, 74, departed his earthly home for his final flight to his eternal home on April 10, 2013.  He was born April 14, 1938 in Darke County, Ohio. He was a 1956 graduate of Arcanum High School and a 1961 graduate of the Air Force Academy. Terry had a dual career of teaching/coaching and serving his country as an Air Force pilot.

From 1970-1987, Terry served as an Air Force Reserve Pilot, Chief of Standardization, Chief of Plans, and Director of Operations for the Reserve Unit in Columbus, Ohio. He also served as Commander for operations, Red Flag, Panama rotation, and a deployment to Germany. He attended the National War College in Washington D.C. in 1976. In 1987, he was the Air Force Reserve Advisor to the Director Plans, Air Force, at the Pentagon. He was also the Air Force Reserve and Guard Mobilization Advisor for the first Iraq War.


Ruth Roseberry

Ruth Roseberry, beloved wife, 79, of Fortson, Georgia, died on Tuesday  September 24, 2013.

Many of us knew Ruth. She attended many of the 302nd reunions.  Ruth  would meet Rosy at the Ft. Benning ALCE when the 302nd arrived for missions.  Rosy and Ruth lived about 30 miles due north of Ft Benning.


Janice Beasley Schutte, 83, of Xenia, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2013.


Lt. Col Richard Truzzi

Richard A Truzzi died on 11-19-2013 at the age of 81 from the effects of chemotherapy for treatment of pancreatic cancer. Richard enthusiastically served 27 years in the United States Air Force.

Wakefield Joan


“Joanie” Louise Wakefield, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2013 at the age of 63. She was born January 28, 1950 in Warren, Ohio to the late Burritt and Alma Wakefield.

A retired Lt. Colonel with the United States Air Force, she earned many medals during her time of service; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/one bronze oak leaf cluster, Combat Readiness Medal with 4 bronze oak leaf clusters, National Device Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Medal w/four oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/one Silver Hourglass, and ‘M’ device Air Force Training Ribbon.

On February 3, 2002, she was featured in an article, “Nurse Aided Soldiers Hurt in Somali Raid”, in the Columbus Dispatch. The article talked about her valiant effort, along with other physicians, nurses and military personal, to assist the injured, dying and dead, during the ill-fated raid in Mogadishu, Somalia. It was this raid that prompted the movie, “Black Hawk Down”. She proudly joined the US Air Force in 1975 and retired in 2010.


Waring Bruce

Bruce H. Waring

Age 65, of Wilmington, OH, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Dayton V.A. Community Living Center in Dayton, Ohio. He was born September 9, 1947. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Reserves for 38 years.


Obituary for Wilma Pauline Wyatt WYATT, Wilma Pauline age 79 of Harveysburg passed away Mon. Dec. 9, 2013.


Colonel Carl B. Yerian

Carl left this earth to join his maker on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Born in Washington Court House, Ohio on February 25, 1922 to Cecil and Leota Yerian, Carl had a full life and accomplished much. He served his country in WW II as a pilot of a B-24 bomber, flying 51 combat missions with the 376th Heavy Bomber Group also known as “The Liberandos”. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross among other citations.

He also served in the Korean War, Vietnam War, and as a commander of the 906th S.O.G. with the Air Force Reserves, for a total service to his country of 32 years.



Col Joe Bordman, USAF, Retired, October 3, 2012 WWII
MSgt Leonard Dougherty, USAF, Retired, September 9, 2012
CMSgt Thomas Ludwig, USAF, Retired, June 16, 2012
Conley C. Matthews, USAF, Retired, June 8, 2012 Korea
MSgt Charles L. McKinnon, USAF, Retired, July 28, 2012
CMSgt Lawrence A Mitchell, USAF, Retired, August 9, 2012
Lt Col James K. Riddle, USAF, Retired, April 10, 2012 WWII
SMSgt Billy Ross, USAF, Retired, Ocotber 24, 2012
Connie A. Rowe, February 1, 2012
CMSgt Melvin E Weaver, USAF, Retired, October 26, 2012
CMSgt Robert A Wilkey, USAF, Retired, September 21, 2012

Bordman Joe

Colonel Joe J Bordman  (May 15, 1923 – October 3, 2012)

Colonel Joe J. Bordman (USAF Ret.), one of the World’s “Greatest Generation” passed away Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012 at 2:25 P.M. at Hospice of Blue Ash (Cincinnati) after a valiant battle with cancer.  He attended the University of Miami (of Ohio) until joining the Army Air Corp his sophomore year. He became a commissioned Officer and attended pilot training in Macon Georgia. He married his high school sweetheart, the late Janice F. Noland, on December 24, 1943. He went on to B-17 Bomber training in Florida and was shortly selected to go to New Mexico to train in the new B-29 Super Fortress to take the battle home to Japan. He flew over 25 combat missions from India, Tinian and Iwo Jima. Joe left the Air Force after 6 years. Colonel Bordman joined the Air Force reserve in Clinton County Ohio, as a pilot and retired at Rickenbacher AFB as the Deputy Commander of Supply and Logistics after 26 years in the service.

One Bombing Mission Taking off from Tinian Island, on a short runway far out in the Pacific, in a heavy fuel and bomb laden B-29, First Lt. Joe Bordman soon realized that his engine cooling flaps did not close after takeoff.   The engines on the B-29 tended to overheat during taking off with high gross weights on warm days.  The bomber had to fly very low over the water until the engines cooled enough to climb to high altitude for the 14 hour round trip. Joe Bordman decided to continue the mission to deliver his bombs to Tokyo knowing that he would not have enough fuel to return to Tinian because of the increased drag, due to the cowl flaps not retracting.  The mission was successful and departed Japan with no battle damage.  He made the decision to land his aircraft and crew in Iwo Jima, which had been taken by U.S. Marines 2 months prior.  He landed shortly before a major typhoon hit the island.  Volunteers where requested to stay in the aircraft because of enemy activity.  Dad was the one to raise his hand since it was his aircraft.  Before he was locked in the aircraft armed with a flashlight, a book, and a Colt 45 Caliber service pistol he turned to look at Mt. Suribachi.  Even though the B-29 was chained down it lifted and hovered during the winds of the typhoon. Dad emerged safely and dry the next day.  Other crews and marines in the barracks and tents did not fare as well.  He celebrated his 22rd birthday during a typhoon in a B-29.

Dougherty Loenard

Leonard Dougherty

LANCASTER: CMSGT Leonard R. Dougherty, USAF, RET, 89, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2012 at Fairfield Medical Center. Leonard served in the US Army during WWII and retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1983.

Ludwig Thomas

Thomas Ludwig, Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sep. 1, 1942. Departed on Jun. 16, 2012 and resided in Green Twp, OH.  Tom was retired from the Cincinnati Fire Dept., and he spent 27 yrs in the Air Force Reserves.

Conley Clayton “Matt” Matthews, 80, of Crossville, passed away June 8, 2012.

He was born May 9, 1932, in Jamestown, son of the late William Cleo Matthews and Bertha Belle (Dockery) Matthews. Mr. Matthews was retired from the United States Air Force Reserve and was of the Baptist faith. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.


Charles L. McKinnon, MSgt., USAF, Ret., age 65, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, passed away peacefully on July 28, 2012. He was born March 29, 1947

Lawrence Alvin Mitchell, Jr.

Birth date: July 19, 1932 – Death date: August 9, 2012

Lawrence Alvin Mitchell, Jr., 80, of Gallipolis, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, August 9, 2012.

He proudly served in the United State Air Force (retired) and Reserves for nearly forty years as a Chief Master Sgt.


Riddle James

Lt. Col. James Kyle Riddle Jr., of Menifee, CA., was saluted, told he was cleared to go, chose his runway, and left his home draped with the American Flag in the evening of April 10, 2012. Jim was born in Grassy Creek Township, Spruce Pine, North Carolina, to J.K. Riddle Sr. and Grace Lee Bailey Riddle, May 24, 1924. He and his younger brother Bob grew up in the country hills of Spruce Pine. As a young boy he saw a plane flying overhead and was certain he would one day be a pilot. He graduated from Harris High and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, enlisted in the Army Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
He was a WWII Veteran Bomber Pilot, member of the 58th Wing, 40th Bomb Group stationed in India and later in Tinian. He served his beloved country for 28 years in the Air Force and Reserves before retiring. He was a member of the 302nd Troop Carrier Wing flying the C-119 at Clinton County Reserve Base. He later transitioned to Rickenbacker as Squadron Commander of the 356th Tactical Airlift Wing flying C-123.

Jim was Past President of the Buckeye Wing Association.

Ross Billy

SMSgt. Billy B. Ross Sr.

Billy B. Ross Sr., 84, of Wilmington, passed away in his sleep Wednesday morning, Oct. 24, 2012 at the Hillspring Health Care & Rehabilitation Center in Springboro, Ohio. He was born March 19, 1928 in Hazard, Ky., a son of the late Ballard and Ola Bowling Ross. On June 21, 1952 in Rapid City, S.D., where he was in the U.S. Air Force.

Rowe Connie

Connie A. Rowe

77, a former resident of Springfield, died February 1, 2012 inTavares, Florida. She was born February 10, 1934 in Springfield Ohio.

Weaver Melvin


March 2, 1929 – October 26, 2012

MELVIN E. WEAVER , 83, of New Carlisle, Ohio passed away Friday, October 26, 2012. He was born March 2, 1929 in New Carlisle the son of the late John & Lenna (Yetter) Weaver. Melvin was a U.S. Army veteran and retired CMSGT from the Air Force Reserve. He also retired from Wright Patterson AFB.

Wilkey Robert A

Robert A. Wilkey, age 85, born March 29, 1927; went home to the Lord Friday, September 21, 2012.  He was a retired civil service employee and Air Force Reserve master sergeant.


Thomas W. Curtis, USAF, Retired, October 21, 2011
Col Eugene T. Fortson, USAF, Retired, February 11, 2011
Richard C. Habermehl, March 4, 2011
CMSgt David E. Hughes, USAF, Retired, Feburary 13, 2011
Col Walter R. Lawrence, USAF, Retired, May 14, 2011
Lt Col James (Jim) W. Lewis, USAF, Retired, April 11, 2011
SMSgt Gerald T. (Gary) Minihan, USAF, Retired, January 21, 2011 Desert Shield/Storm
SMSgt Robert T. Romph, USAF, Retired, July 29, 2011
TSgt Thomas E. Stone, USAF, Retired, August 2, 2011

Thomas Wilson Curtis, Sr., 69, of Lancaster, passed away at his winter home in DeBary, Florida. He was born May 19, 1942 in Wilmington, Ohio. Tom was a member of Greencastle Bible Church. He was a VietNam veteran serving in the U.S. Navy. He was aboard the USS Enterprise and worked as a jet mechanic. He later retired with over 35 years of service with the Air Force Reserves and DCSC where he was a Quality Control Manager.

Fortson Gene

Eugene “Gene” Talmadge Fortson, age 76, of Fairfield Glade, passed away Feb. 11, 2011. Mr. Forston was born on Aug. 28, 1934, in Royston, GA, the son of Zed D. and Maude Payne Fortson. He retired as a Colonel in the United States Air Force after 32 years of service.

Habermehl Richard

Richard C. Habermehl Sr, Age 79, of Wilmington, Ohio, passed away, Friday Afternoon, March 4, 2011 at his home in Wilmington, Ohio.  He was born March 21, 1931 in Augusta, KY, son of the late Fred & Anna (Schadle) Habermehl Sr.  He married Janet M. Keller Habermehl, who preceded him in death.  Richard was a Veteran of the US Navy for 14 years, then went to the Wilmington Air Force Base as an Air Craft Mechanic.

Hughes David

HUGHES, DAVID E., 72, of Homestead, FL, passed away Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. Born in Indianapolis, IN on March 5, 1938. David served his country as the Chief Master Sargent in the United States Air Force Reserves for the 482nd CAMS, at Homestead AFB. He retired from service in April 1993.

Lawrence Walter

WALTER R. LAWRENCE, M.D., 79, of Springfield, died Saturday evening, May 14, 2011 Dr. Lawrence joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, South Dakota for two years. In 1965, he was awarded the Airman’s Medal for Valor. He continued his service in the USAF Reserves, and retired as a Colonel.

Lewis James

Mr. Lewis passed away on April 11, 2011 at his home. He was born on January 16, 1934.

Jim enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 1954 achieving rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He received multiple Air Force commendation medals, including one in June of 1975 for conducting successful missions in Marinaras Island, Guam. Jim flew F86 Fighter jets while there. He accepted an assignment to the retired reserves on March 5, 1979. He also accepted a special mission for the U.S. State Department in 1987-1988 in Lima, Peru working for the DEA in the war against drugs.


Gerald “Gary” T. Minihan

of Battle Ground, WA, passed away on January 21, 2011. He was born July 20, 1940.
Gary attended two years of college and later retired from the Air Force after 30 years as a veteran of Desert Shield/Storm.

Romph Robert

Robert Thomas Romph
69, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2011. He retired in August 1996 after 36 years with the U.S. Air Force: active duty, reserves, and civil service. He flew for many years as a flight mechanic/engineer (helicopter and fixed wing) and was stationed at bases in Texas, New York, Ha waii, Ohio, and Florida. He was part of the Rescue and Recovery team that worked with NASA, establishing procedures for the rescue of space shuttle personnel should the need occur, and was part of the helicopter rescue crew that supported the first seven flights of the Columbia. He retired as Supervisor, Quality Assurance Branch for aircraft maintenance from the 301 ARRS/920 RQW at Patrick AFB, FL

Stone Tom.

Thomas E. “Tom” Stone age 73, of Groveport, Ohio went to be with the Lord, carried by his “Guardian Angel” on Tuesday August 2, 2011.  Tom was a U.S. Air Force veteran of Vietnam, and was a retired Crew Chief for the Air Force.


CMSgt George F. Boudreau, USAF, Retired, November 9, 2010
Lt Col Lowell E. Brandenburg, USAF, Retired, April 1, 2010
Col Dana T. Caldwell, USAF, Retired, August 4, 2010
Lt Col Richard H. Jenkins, USAF, Retired, January 28, 2010
CMSgt Francis C. Wolary, USAF, Retired, August 23, 2010 WWII
Col Tyrone W. Zerby, USAF, Retired, May 31, 2010

Boudreau George

George F. Boudreau, 83, of Xenia, went home to be with his Savior on Tuesday evening, November 9, 2010. He was born August 24, 1927, in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He was a veteran of the US Air Force.


Lowell Eugene Brandenburg, 75, died on April 1, 2010. He retired from the US Air Force as a Lt. Colonel and was a B-52 pilot during Vietnam.

Caldwell Dana

Col. Dana T. Caldwell, (Ret.), USAF, age 79, of Powell, Ohio, went to meet his Lord on Wednesday, August 4,  2010. Dana entered the United States Air Force after college and began a distinguished 21 year career culminating in his promotion to Commander, 355th Tactical Air Lift Squadron, Rickenbacker Air Base, Lockbourne, Ohio.

Richard H. Jenkins Richard H. “Dick” Jenkins, 77, died on January 28, 2010. Dick was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force where he proudly served on both active duty and in the reserves for 38 years.

Wolary Frank

Francis C. Wolary, 89, of Wilmington, Aug. 23, 2010.) He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in June 1942 and was stationed in Iran for 24 months, where he served as an aircraft mechanic. From January 1946 to February 1947, he was an air crew member of the First Air Sea Rescue stationed in Puerto Rico.  In June 1954, he began working as an aircraft mechanic at the Clinton County Air Force Base. He worked there until the base closed in 1971. He then transferred to Rickenbacker Air Force Base. He retired in July 1980 as aircraft maintenance branch chief after 31 years as a civil service employee. He also served in the United States Air Force Reserve with the Buckeye Wing from 1955 to 1981. He retired from the Air Force as a chief master sergeant. He received the Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service after his retirement.

Zerby Tyrone

ZERBY, Tyrone W. 71, of Enon passed away on Memorial day 2010. in his home. He was born July 4, 1938 in Canton, Ohio.  Tyrone retired from the United States Air Force holding the rank of Colonel.


Lt Col John C. Hays, USAF, Retired October 17, 2009
Capt Joseph E. Krzynowek, USAF, Retired, September 13, 2009
Ronald B. Reeves, USAF, Retired, September 13, 2009
MSgt Irvin E. Roush, USAF, Retired, January 9, 2009 Korea
Lt Col David R Wiles, USAF, Retired, November 1, 2009


Col John C Hayes 19 July 1923 – 17 October 2009. Served as a pilot in the Army Air Corp during WWII and the USAF during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. John retired from the Air Force with the rank of Lt. Col. He was awarded many medals for his service including a Silver Star.

Krzynowek Jos

KRZYNOWEK Joseph E, Passed away Sunday, September 13, 2009, age 85. Joe was a former Captain in the U.S. Air Force.

Ronald B. Reeves, 78, of Blanchester, Ohio died on September 13, 2009. He devoted 37 years of service to the United States Armed Forces until his retirement. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the Korean War, and the U.S. Air Force, serving at the Clinton County Air Force Base, Rickenbacker Air Force Base, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Irvin Earl Roush, 76, of Lynchburg, died Jan. 9, 2009.
Mr. Roush was born Oct. 16, 1932, in Lynchburg,  He was a retired master sergeant and served as an aircraft mechanic for 42 years with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, Vietnam War, Cuban Missile Crisis and Desert Storm.

Lt. Col. David Ronald Wiles, 52, of Cortland, OH., passed away  November 1, 2009.   He was born November 14, 1956 in Fort Campbell, KY. 

David was active duty as a navigator in the U.S. Air Force until time of death. He served in Enduring Freedom , Iraqi Freedom and Desert Storm. He enjoyed playing golf and traveling.


Col Max M. Bennett, USAF, Retired, February 1, 2008 WWII
Kathryn P. “Kitty” Bolton, July 22, 2008
Lt Col William B. Collins Jr., USAF, Retired, November 20, 2008 WWII
Paul R. Hagedorn, USAF, Retired, February 21, 2008
James E. Harrison, USAF, Retired, November 3, 2008
James C. Hayes, USAF, Retired, January 1, 2008
Lt Col John P. Hortel, January 14, 2008  WWII
Lt Col John W. Keller, USAF, Retired, August 9, 2008 WWII
Betty L. Nichols, June 10, 2008
Lt Col Paul D. Ridge, USAF, Retired, November 21, 2008 WWII
Lt Col Terry L. Rohrer, USAF, Retired, November 4, 2008
Lt Col Charles D. Scott III, USAF, Retired, January 23, 2008
CMSgt Mark Smith Jr. USAF, Retired, November 20, 2008 WWII – Korea
Lt Col (Dr.) Robert J. Somogye, USAF, Retired, May 30, 2008
Brig Gen Edward N. Stevens, USAF, Retired, February 19, 2008
Lt Col Robert G. Wise, USAF, Retired, November 22, 2008

Bennett Max

Max M. Bennett, 83, of Fairborn, died February 1, 2008. Born June 10, 1924 in South Charleston.  Max had served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII, and stayed in the US Air Force Reserves, before retiring as a Colonel in 1984.

Bolton Kathryn

Kathryn P. “Kitty” Bolton, 75, of Wilmington, died July 22, 2008.)  She had worked as the secretary for the command post at the Clinton County Air Force Base.

Collins William
Rip Collins loved the military and loved to fly. He didn’t care much for his final aircraft, the C-123, but he loved the C-119 and his time at Clinton County AFB, OH. Daddy was a veteran of WWII in the Army, Army Air Corps, Air Force, and Air Force Reserves. He flew C-46, C-47, C-119, and C-123 aircraft in his career and was stationed in TX, OH, ND NC, England, France, and the Canal Zone.

Paul Richard Hagedorn, 78, of Wilmington, died Feb. 21, 2008. Mr. Hagedorn was born Saturday, Sept. 7, 1929, in Pleasant Plain. He retired after 20 years of service in the active reserves with the U.S. Air Force. He had served 19 years in civil service at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

James E. Harrison, 74, of Xenia, was born February 28, 1934. He was a veteran of the US Air Force and Navy, retired from Wright Patterson Air Force Base in 1992, and from the Air Force Reserve in 1994.

Hayes James

James Carson Hayes, 71, Jan. 1, 2008. Mr. Hayes was born Oct. 3, 1936, in Burdine, Ky. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves after 34 years of service. During his career, he was a flight engineer and aircraft mechanic at the Clinton County Air Force Base and Rickenbacker Air Force Base.

John Patrick Hortel, born December 9, 1922, age 85, of Robin Road, Waverly, Oh died peacefully Monday, January 14, 2008.. He enlisted and served his country with distinction in the Air Force as a crewman in a B-24 Liberator, surviving 39 missions in the WWII European Theater. He continued to serve in the Air Force reserves in which he attained the rank of Lt. Colonel, retiring in 1976.

Keller John

John W. Keller, 85, died Saturday, Aug. 9 , 2008,  John was a respected educator, retired US Air Force pilot and pilot instructor. He was born June 23, 1923, in Monroe, Louisiana. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945 as a B-17 pilot and trainer.  He remained active as a pilot and instructor, serving in the US Air Force Reserves, flying the C-119 “Flying Boxcar”, based at Clinton County Air Base, Wilmington, Ohio. He interrupted his teaching career in 1959 to take a full-time staff position at the base for nine years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1968.

PAUL D. RIDGE died  Nov. 21, 2008. A retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve, he flew 50 missions as a navigator with the 450th Bomb Squad (Cottontails) from May through October of 1949 in the Atlantic Theatre. He continued in the active Air Force Reserve at Clinton County Air Station in Wilmington, until his retirement in 1972.

Terry Lee Rohrer, age 68, of Hilliard, passed away November 4, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. Terry retired in 1995 from the United States Air Force as a Lt. Colonel after serving 32 years, and following his retirement served for 7 years as Finance Officer for US Air Force 907 Tactical Airlift Group, retiring in 2002.

Charles D. Scott III, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 23, 2008. A retired Lieutenant Colonel in U.S. Air Force and a Pilot during the Persian Gulf War.

Smith Mark

Mark Smith Jr.
81, of Frankfort, died  November 20, 2008. He was born on October 30, 1927 in Good Hope. Mark served in the United States Air Force during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. He retired as Chief Senior Master Sergeant and was Chief Foreman at Rickenbacker Air Base, Columbus.

Somogye Robert

Dr. Robert J Somogye
Passed away May 30th 2008. He was born August 25th, 1929. Bob served in the United States Air Force full time and as a Reserve Officer, retiring after 47 years with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

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Brigadier General Edward N. Stevens serves the Oklahoma Air National Guard as the chief of staff, Headquarters, Oklahoma Air National Guard. He is directly responsible to the commander, Oklahoma Air National Guard, regarding combat readiness and operational effectiveness of more than 2,300 guard members in 36 units.
The General entered the United States Air Force on November 5, 1968. On February 7, 1969, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and entered undergraduate pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. He flew over 100 missions and 744 combat flying hours while serving in Vietnam from June 1970 through July 1971.

1968 Bachelor of science degree in foreign trade, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
1982 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1988 National Security Management Course

1. November 1968 – March 1969, cadet, officer training course, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
2. March 1969 – March 1970, student, undergraduate pilot training, 3576th Student Squadron, Vance Air Force Base, Okla.
3. March 1970 – June 1971, pilot, 535th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Cam Ranh Bay Air Base, Republic of Vietnam
4. June 1971 – July 1973, standardization evaluation pilot, 2852nd Air Base Group, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
5. July 1973 – October 1974, Inactive Status, HQ Air Reserve Personnel Center, Denver, Colo.
6. October 1974 – June 1975, pilot, 356th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Rickenbacker Air Force Base, Ohio
7. June 1975 – January 1983, standardization evaluation pilot, 356th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Rickenbacker Air Force Base, Ohio
8. January 1983 – May 1983, maintenance staff officer, 137th Cam Squadron, Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Okla.
9. May 1983 – December 1985, wing training officer, 137th Airlift Wing, Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Okla.
10. December 1985 – August 1987, standardization evaluation pilot, 185th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Okla.
11. August 1987 – January 1993, commander, 185th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Okla.
12. January 1993 – February 1996, commander, 137th Operations Group, Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Okla.
13. February 1996 – March 1999, commander, 137th Airlift Wing, Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Okla.
14. March 1999 – present, chief of staff, Headquarters Oklahoma Air National Guard, Oklahoma Military Department, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight Hours: More than 8,600
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, C-7A, C-118A C-123K, C-130A, C-130H
Pilot wings from: Vance Air Force Base, Okla.
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Meritorious Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with V device and one bronze oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with one service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal with one service star
Humanitarian Service Medal with two service stars
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with one silver and one bronze oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one service star
Air Force Training Ribbon
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Oklahoma Distinguished Service Medal
Oklahoma Commendation Medal
Oklahoma Longevity Service Ribbon 15 years
Second Lieutenant Feb 7, 1969
First Lieutenant Mar 31, 1970
Captain Feb 7, 1972
Major Feb 7, 1983
Lieutenant Colonel Aug 24, 1987
Colonel Jun 15, 1993
Brigadier General Mar 5, 1999

Lt. Col. Robert G. Wise

Robert George Wise, age 73 of Littleton, Colorado, died Saturday, November 22, 2008. He was born August 13, 1935 in Circleville, Ohio

As a young Air Force cadet and while laying over in London, England, Bob swept a young British gal off her feet and after just 1 date, Bob presented her with an engagement ring and a one-way ticket to Columbus, Ohio.

Bob devoted over 30 years of service to the United States Air Force. He held various posts including as a Navigator, Munitions Maintenance Officer and Bombardier, and spent countless hours in C123’s, C130’s and B47’s and on the “drop zone”. He was a member of various squadrons including the 356th Tactical Airlift Squadron, 347th Munitions Squadron, 345th Bomber Squad, 907th Tactical Airlift, 98th Bomber Wing and the 80th Fighter Squadron. He spent 3 years stationed in Japan but served much of his  military career at Lockbourne AFB later renamed Rickenbacker AFB.

During Bob’s distinguished military career he was awarded The Air Force Commendation Medal in 1959. He was very proud that he “exceeded the speed of sound” in the F-105 Thunderchief in 1966. In his younger years his love of flying led him to obtain his pilots license. Among his many flying adventures he flew his mother to Minnesota and also safely landed in a corn field.

He was very loyal and giving to his closest of friends many of whom were Air Force buddies that became dear lifelong friends.


Brig Gen Donald J. Campbell, USAF, Retired, May 12, 2007 WWII
MSgt Anthony Gumienny, USAF, Retired, January 10, 2007 WWII – Korea
Lt Col Earl L. Hartley, USAF, Retired, November 29, 2007
Beverly A. Tatham, November 19, 2007
Col Robert S. Yeck, USAF, Retired, February 26, 2007

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Retired Brig. Gen. Donald John Campbell, a native of Cincinnati and a 1939 graduate of Western Hills High School, died Saturday, May 12, 2007 of multiple illnesses. He was 87.

A World War II Army pilot, Mr. Campbell later served as commander of the 302nd Troop Carrier Wing at Clinton County AFB in Wilmington, Ohio, and as deputy commander of the Air Force Reserve at the Pentagon.  He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery this summer.

Born in Cincinnati on Nov. 13, 1919, he was the son of John Campbell and Elsie Rosemeyer Campbell. Days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Mr. Campbell entered Army Air Corps cadet flying training in California. He married fellow West High graduate Elizabeth Mae Van Harten while in training.
He volunteered to serve overseas and three weeks after his wedding shipped out to the South Pacific. He flew the P-38 Lightning heavy fighter plane and the P-39 Air cobra fighter.
From 1942 to 1944, Mr. Campbell rose to be squadron commander of the Army Air Corps’ 36th Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force, based in Milne Bay, New Guinea. The 5th Air Force played a major role in pushing the Japanese back to their home islands.
After a short time in the states, Mr. Campbell spent a year as a liaison officer flying the P-51 Mustang fighter with the Nationalist Chinese forces. After the war, he commanded an early version of the Air Force’s aerial demonstration team out of Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton.
He was commander of the 302nd Troop Carrier Wing from 1952 until 1970 when he went to the Pentagon to serve as deputy commander of the Air Force Reserve.
Mr. Campbell attained the rank of brigadier general in 1962. He retired to Vienna, Va., in 1977.

Anthony Gumienny age 77, of Columbus, OH, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2007.  Retired United States Air Force Master Sergeant, Veteran of World War II and Korean Conflict.

Yeck Robert

Col. Robert “Bob” Strubhar Yeck

USAF (Ret.), 73, passed away February 26, 2007. Bob was born March 14, 1933 in Lakewood, OH.  A witty, gentle and patient man who flew many years as a Navigator for the US Air Force flying several planes including: B-52, C-119, C-121, and his personal favorite the C-130 Hercules, logging over 8,000 hours in all planes and a military career that spanned over 35 years.


CMSgt John L. Bill, USAF, Retired, June 15, 2006 WWII – Korea
Col Wilbur C. Blount, USAF, Retired, May 8, 2006
Col Bernard B. Cecil, USAF, Retired, June 9, 2006 WWII
Lt Col George W. Grabo, USAF, Retired, July 6, 2006
Col David M. Deckman, USAF, Retired, July 13, 2006
Mary L. Hartley, July 21, 2006
John R. Lewis, October 23, 2006
Jean Liggett, February 8, 2006
MSgt Donald A. Palmer, USAF, Retired, March 5, 2006
Lt Col Forrest A. Rinehart, USAF, Retired, February 5, 2006
Brig Gen Justin L. Townsley, USAF, Retired, July 4, 2006 WWII
CMSgt Billy R. Tutterow, USAF, Retired, February 6, 2006
Col William D. Widdows, USAF, Retired, December 16, 2006
Kathleen I. Wolary, May 27, 2006

Bill John

John L Bill. beloved husband of Carol M. Stetter and the late Betty J. (Nee: Stetter) Bill.

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Even in the last month of his life, Dr. Wilbur Blount, a retired colonel in the Ohio Air National Guard and a respected Columbus ophthalmologist, was still helping others.
He was still sponsoring students, so they could attend military balls. He was still helping students at his alma mater, East High School. And he was still putting together presentations on health care for senior citizens, said retired Air Force Maj. Ben Klepek, the senior aerospace instructor and ROTC teacher at East.
Blount, who was the second state air surgeon of the Ohio Air National Guard and a 2004 inductee into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, died Monday, May 8 2006. He was 77. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Elsie, and five children.
“He has touched so many lives, young lives,” Klepek said. “It didn’t matter if you were white, black or Hispanic, he just wanted to help young people reach their goals.”
Retired Ohio National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Terry McCumber said Blount was a great educator in the Air Force, especially when it came to teaching medics. He said Blount’s death was a “great loss.”
The two met in 1971 at what was then Lockbourne Air Force Base, and struck up a friendship that lasted until Blount’s death.
“He was very well thought of in the military,” he said. “I cant think of anybody he hasn’t touched.”
Klepek said Blount used his extensive professional contacts to help students at East, where he helped start the schools ROTC program. He also volunteered by teaching classes, lining up speakers and sponsoring students, so they could go to things such as summer leadership school or military balls.
One of those students was Daniel Petry, now a staff sergeant in the National Guards 121 st Air Refueling Wing at Lockbournes successor, Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base.
“If we needed help with something, he knew somebody that could help us out,” Petry said. Blount received a bachelors degree from Ohio State University in 1951. Eight years later, he earned his medical degree at OSU. While at OSU, he was inspired by the heroics of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II and enrolled in ROTC.
He was later commissioned as an officer in the Air Force. He served two four-year tours of duty during the 1950s and was promoted to colonel in the Ohio Air National Guard in 1976. He served as state air surgeon until 1991.

Cecil Bernard

Bernard B. Cecil, 81, passed away June 9, 2006 at home from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Bernie was born October 3, 1924 in St. Paul, NE Bernie served in WWII in the China, Burma, India Theatre of war as a B-25 Bomber Pilot. He also served in the Air Force Reserves, retiring in 1987 at the rank of Colonel.

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Lt Col George W. Grabo

Buzz passed on July 6th, 2006 from complications following heart surgery.

David (Mike) Deckman of Beachwood, Ohio, passed away July 13, 2006. He enlisted in the US Air Force and served in Vietnam, eventually rising to the rank of colonel. He retired from the military in 2004.

LEWIS John R. Lewis, age 75, died October 23, 2006. Veteran Korean War, U.S. Air Force.

Donald A. Palmer, 69, of Rushville, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2006.  Donald was born August 25, 1936. He retired from the Air Force Reserve after 22 years.

Forrest A. Rinehart, age 86, of Centerville, OH passed away February 5, 2006.  He was a graduate of Officers Training School. Forrest served in the United States Air Force as a pilot, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.

TOWNSLEY Justin L.  Brigadier General (USAF retired)  age 85, Tuesday, July 4, 2006 succumbed to his lung disease He served WW II and he went on to become a well decorated veteran who served his country for 35 years in the Air Force before retiring.

Billy Tutterow  (September 6, 1932 – February 6, 2006) .73, of Lumina Drive, Lexington, passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2006. Mr. Tutterow was born on Sept. 6, 1932 He retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves.


William D. Widdows

Age 76, of Springfield, Ohio, passed away December 16, 2006. Veteran USAF, William later achieved the rank of Colonel within the USAFR, where he was an active member of the ROA and the MOAA.


Margaret E. Hart, September, 25 2005
Lt Col Paul B. Heironimus, USAF, Retired, April 13, 2005 WWII
Lt Col Robert D. Larkin, USAF, Retired, September 11, 2005 WWII – Korea
Lt Col F. Kenneth Race, USAF, Retired, June 14, 2005  WWII
Joyce E. Walker, November 27, 2005

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Lt. Col. Paul B. Heironimus, USAF (Ret.) of Lake Alfred, Florida, passed April 13, 2005 at his residence. He was 85. A native of Selma, Ohio, born July 1, 1919.  He was a retired Pilot for the Department of Agriculture, logging over 17,000 hours of flight time; he was a World War II veteran serving as a Pilot Trainer, and afterward served 28 years for the US Air Force Reserve.

Robert Larkin

Robert D. “Mike” Larkin

Age 80, of Hillsboro, died September 11, 2005 at his residence. He was born on August 3, 1925, in Hillsboro. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, and remained active in the Air Force Reserve, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before his full retirement in 1984. He was a member of the Buckeye Wing Association.

Race Kenneth

RACE, F. Kenneth 82, of Springfield, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 14, 2005. He was born on January 19, 1923.  He was drafted into the United States Army during WWII, completed officer’s candidate school, became a Lieutenant and flew B-29 bombers over the Pacific. When returning to Springfield after the war, he went to Wittenberg on the GI bill and graduated in 1951 with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts and subsequently completed the Famous Artists course. He later became employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base where he was an illustrator. He retired in 1983. His passion was art. He was known for several paintings, including a mural that hung at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base Museum for twenty years commemorating the nation’s bicentennial and the history of flight.