Final Flyover 2015-Now

MAXWELL, Ramon Lee age 81 of The Villages, Florida transitioned to heaven to join his wife Hannalore on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Hospice of Dayton. He was born on November 15, 1937 to Charles W. Maxwell and Norma (Buchanan) Maxwell who preceded him in death. He is survived by a son, Ronald (JoAnn) Maxwell; daughter, Renee Parker-Stewart; brother, David (Phyllis) Maxwell as well as one grandchild, two great-grandchildren and two nephews. In 1955 he became a proud graduate of Miamisburg High School.

He proudly served our country in The United States Air Force and retired as a Personnel Superintendent from the Air Force. He was the Director of the Florida Retirees Office. He was the former President of The German-American Club of The Villages, Florida. He enjoyed traveling especially to Germany as well as some other countries in Europe. He also enjoyed playing and watching the game of golf and anything associated with The Ohio State University Buckeyes. He will be greatly missed by his family and his friends who will never forget his bright and stylish sport coats that he wore or seeing him with a cup of coffee and cookie in hand.

Byarlay, Starr

Starr A. Byarlay

Starr Alden Byarlay passed away suddenly January 8th, 2018 at the age of 83. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. We will all cherish the memories of his wisdom, wit, and loving heart.

Starr was born in Bala, Kansas to Alfred and Lillian Dettmer Byarlay on October 19, 1934. He attended Randolph High School in Randolph, Kansas and Kansas State University in
Manhattan, Kansas on a ROTC scholarship. After graduating, he was commissioned in the United States Air Force as a 2nd lieutenant and began flight school. In 1964, he married Lavonne Zamow and they had three children, Matthew, Patricia and Bennett. Starr loved to fly and served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a pilot flying KC-97, KC-135 and KC-123. When he returned, he became a flight instructor. Major Starr Byarlay retired from the USAF in 1977 after a distinguished 20 year career. After he retired, Starr discovered his talent for carpentry and cabinetry. Over the next 40 years, he created countless pieces wood art, custom cabinetry and did many remodels, decks and gazebos in the Bluegrass area. He volunteered his skills and time to Habitat for Humanity and Repair Affair. He was a parishioner at St. Leo’s Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Starr is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Lavonne, his two children, Patrice and Ben, his sister, Janice, and brother Phillip, and his grandchildren Mitchell, Morgan, Rachel, Nick, Pamela, Eve and Annika.


Honorable John R. “Jack” Barney Jr.

age 73, of Indianapolis, died Friday, May 2, 2008, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was the son of the late John R. Barney and Helen A. Barney, who survives. Born in Indianapolis, he graduated from Shortridge High School. Jack was an outstanding athlete and scholar, and life-long sports fan. In 1956 he earned his Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Following his graduation from Ohio Wesleyan, he served as a pilot in the United States Air Force (1956-1959) and continued to serve in the United States Air Force Reserves, retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 1978. He participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

Leonard Richard ”Dick” Baker

84, Paris, Ky., died Tuesday, Sept. 17, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. A native of Beaver Dam, Ky., he was raised in a coal mining camp in Kettle Island, KY. He earned an industrial arts degree from Western Kentucky University then joined the U.S. Air Force, where he flew C-119 and C-123 cargo planes. He retired with the rank of Lt. Col. in the reserves.  He was a Standarization and Evaluation Pilot that many of us served with. 
He served most of his career as an engineer with IBM and Lexmark in Lexington. He was a prankster and storyteller defined by his love of his grandchildren, family and helping others.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Ruby Taylor Baker. 
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 3421 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be at a later date at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.



Price, Jeffrey G

Senior Master Sergeant – 355th Aerial Spray Branch, Spray Operator 1968-1984.
Instructor, Standardization & Evaluation Loadmaster and Recruiter. Jeffrey was a well known and respected aircrew member and writer, Jeffrey wrote and donated his adventures from his days serving in the 302nd Airlift Wing.

Survived by wife Joan (Ballew) Price, daughters Chavona Price Hawk, Angela Erhart and son Douglas Price. Dogs Reddale Cat Price and Smoky Joe Price.

Thursday afternoon June 27, 2019, a storm system moved through Clinton County Kentucky and as a result of that storm, claimed the live of 76-year-old Jeffrey Price of Albany.

Price was traveling northbound on U.S. 127 operating a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle when he struck a tree that had fallen in the roadway during a storm.

Funeral service will be at Camp Nelson National Cemetery,  6980 Danville Rd, Nicholasville, KY 40356 at 12:30 on July 30, 2019.



Ernest Randolph “Randy” Webster

Obituary for Brigadier General (Retired) Ernest Randolph “Randy” Webster
Brigadier General (Retired) Ernest Randolph “Randy” Webster, 76, of Ocean Springs died Sunday, June 2, 2019. He was born July 29, 1942 in Midnight, Mississippi to Leo and Elma Webster. A graduate of Valley View High School, Randy entered the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Arkansas State University earning a bachelors degree. His time in the Army ROTC unit brought out his pride in serving his country and his determination to excel. He later earned a masters degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and attended the National War College.
From 1967 to 1971, he served in the US Marine Corps as a helicopter pilot and intelligence officer. In 1972, after returning from Vietnam, he transferred to the Air Force Reserve where he held successive positions in the 301st Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron; 920th Weather Reconnaissance Group and 303rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron. In 1982, he assumed command of the 301st Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron followed by the command of the 907th Tactical Airlift Group. After which, he became the Director of Operations for both the 14th Air Force and the Air Force Reserve Command. Upon completion of his tours, he earned his first wing command at the 919th Special Operations Wing. In March 1994, he was appointed Commander of the 403d Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, and was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 1995.
General Webster faithfully and honorably served his country for 33 years and retired at Keesler in 2000 as a command pilot with more than 7,000 flying hours earned in 16 aircraft.

Rick Stinson 1

Stinson, Richard

Commander 40th Mobile Aerial Port Squadron.

Richard B. (Rick) Stinson, 73, of Grove City, OH and Bradenton, FL, formerly of New Holland and Washington Court House, OH died Monday, February 11, 2019, at 9:16 a.m. at Tidewell Bradenton Hospice House in Bradenton, FL.

Rick was born April 9, 1945, in Columbus, Ohio to Byron Briggs and Mary Ellen Asher Stinson. He was a 1963 graduate of Miami Trace High School and received a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from The Ohio State University.

Rick was a 27-year veteran and Lieutenant Colonel with the United State Air Force Reserves and served as squadron commander of the 40th Mobile Aerial Port Squadron.


Binegar, Roger

BINEGAR, SMSGT, USAF, ret. Roger Dean 85, of Springfield died Friday, January 11, 2019, following a brief illness. He was born November 9, 1933, in Greene County, Ohio, the son of Robert E. and Gladys (Rankin) Binegar, and was a Springfield resident since 1945. Roger was a Korean War veteran, having enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in 1950 at the age of 17. Following his Honorable Discharge in 1954, he joined the Air Force Reserves, and began a thirty-five year career in the Department of Air Force Civil Service. Roger served in many capacities on the Flight Line at several area Air Bases, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant. Among his many duties, he was in charge of the Logistical Management of the Dayton Air Show for many years.

Charles Guthrie

Charles was born on April 23, 1933 and passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Charles was a resident of Millbury, Ohio at the time of passing. Charles was a Veteran of the US Air Force. He flew C-46 from 1952 to 1957.


Gotch, Francis

Lt. Col. GOTCH, Francis E. “Gene”, USAF (Retired) age 90 of Beavercreek, passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Francis was born on June 27, 1928 in St. Louis, MO. Francis was a retired Air Force pilot and had served in the USAF for 28 years. He was a member of Flight-9 of the Order of Daedalians and a member of The Knights of Columbus.

Farst, Robert K

FARST, Robert K. Age 86 of Hamilton, passed away on Friday October 21, 2005 at Berkeley Square. He was born in Wayne County, Indiana on August 5, 1919 the son of the late Raymond and Minnie (Wright) Farst. He was a 1937 graduate of Monroe Preble High School and a 1941 graduate of The Ohio State University earning a B.S. degree in Agriculture. He served in the United States Air Force during World War II and the Korean War. He was a Lieutenant Colonel and an Air Force pilot. Robert married Maxine Carr on June 15, 1946 and she preceded him in death in 1983. He married Beverly Peugh Zorn on October 15, 1989. Mr. Farst was an instructor and check pilot at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Vocational Agriculture Teacher, Cooperative Extension Agent, French Bauer Association General Manager and Horticulture Extension Assistant.



Mays, Donald Ray

Age 75, of Clarksville, passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Bethesda North Hospital. He was born May 18, 1942 in Middletown, OH to James and Reba (Egelston) Mays.

He served our country during the Vietnam War Era in the Air Force and retired after 31 years of combined active duty and reserve service. He was a flight engineer, aircraft mechanic, and also worked at General Electric.

Donald is survived by his wife of 28 years, Marie (Kerby) Mays.


Preston, Helm

age 75 of Springfield Township, Ohio passed away Friday, February 2, 2018 at Good Sam Hospital Cincinnati, Ohio. Born September 22, 1942 in Clementsville, Kentucky the son of the late James Helm and Ina Clements Helm.

Preston retired from the U.S. Air Force and later owned and operated his own automotive business in Cincinnati, Ohio. SMSgt with 907 CE Squadron. SMSgt Donald R Ginn, (ART) 907th CSS and Chief of Admn for the 907th TAG



Fairchild, Lance 

was an important member of the Buckeye Wing. He managed the web site for 10 years and coordinated reunions. I think he attended all the reunions. I remember the first time I met Lance. It was in 1974 in the 355th Operations Building. He was in the FM ART office. Lance was professional crew member, he was organized and a true leader. I learned a lot from Lance. I also enjoyed working with Lance and and to me he was always a great guy.

Please keep Susie and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Vaughn Ayers Burton

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86, of Lynchburg, passed away April 12, 2017 at Hospice of Dayton with his family by his side.

He was born Feb. 16, 1931 in Lynchburg the son of the late Wilmer and Myrtle Louise (Ayers) Burton.

He graduated from Lynchburg High School in the class of 1949. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He was trained as an aircraft engine mechanic in Tennessee and assigned to the United States Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. He retired from the Air Force Reserves as master sergeant after 26 years of service. While serving the US Department of the Air Force in 1953 he was stationed at the Clinton County Air Force Base when it was transferred to Rickenbacker Air Force Base in 1971. He was promoted to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1977 as aircraft maintenance foreman until his retirement after 35 years in 1986. He was also retired from the Clinton County Vocational School System, where he served as a teacher aide. He was a member of the Dodsonville Community Church, Lynchburg Masonic Lodge 178 F&AM, Wilmington American Legion Post 0049, Lynchburg Pistol Club, and he was also a member of the CCAFB, RAFB and WPAFB “Breakfast with Friends.” He enjoyed motorcycles, horses and spending time with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed riding horses at Shawnee State Forest and living in the country. He will be missed


Ginn, Donald R

Passed away August 21, 2016, age 84, residence Washington Court House, OH. He graduated from Portsmouth High School and Rio Grande College. He served 4 years active duty in the US Air Force and retired in 1988 from the US Air Force Reserves.



Rowe, James O

85, formerly of Miami Florida passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Oakwood Village, Springfield, Ohio. He was born February 3, 1932 in Salyersville, Kentucky the son of the late Morgan & Rosa Lee (Craft) Rowe. He was a F&AM and loved his time as a Roadrunner for the Shriners in Miami.

He was a retired Senior Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and retired from Civil Service.



Booth, Billy

A Funeral Mass for Dr. Colonel Billy C. Booth, EdD, USAF (Ret.), 88, of Delaware, formerly of Heath and Newark, will be held at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 10:30 A.M., Friday, September 8, 2017, with Fr. David Sizemore as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Newark, with military honors provided by the United States Air Force Honor Guard and the Licking County Veterans Alliance.

Billy died at the Sarah Moore Home in Delaware on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. He was born in Senecaville, Ohio to the late Charles Hamilton and Elizabeth Mae (Stevenson) Booth.

Billy was a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and a member of their Alumni Association. He received his Doctorate Degree from St. Louis University and was also an alumnus of Air War College.

Billy was a retired United States Air Force Colonel having served for 33+ years. Following his military career, Billy worked for many years as an educator with Newark and Heath City Schools and was Past Principal of Cherry Valley and Garfield Elementary. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 85.


Stephens, Jack A

age 83, of Canal Winchester, died Saturday December 24, 2016 at Mount Carmel East Hospital. He was born February 8, 1933 in Ashland, KY to the late William and Ruth Stephens.
Jack retired from the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant after 23 years.


Decker, Robert

75, of Wilmington, Ohio passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at his residence. His wife, Brenda A. Whitten Decker, survives. They were married July 2, 1960. Mr. Decker was born Jan. 10, 1942 in Canton, Ohio, son of the late Lawrence and Florence Decker. He was a graduate of Hoover High School in North Canton.

Mr. Decker served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force for 37 years. After retiring from the military, he was the groundskeeper for the Elks golf course in Wilmington. He was a member of the B.P.O. Elks 797, the American Legion Post 49, and the AMVETS in Mount Dora, Florida. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, boating, hunting, shuffling, and spending time with friends and family.


Hayes, Richard D

age 67 of Springfield died suddenly November 20, 2016 in his residence. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 31, 1949, the son of Richard and Betty Hayes, Sr. Rick proudly served his country for 37 1/2 years in the US Air Force Reserves retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant having served in three wars. He was an inaugural member of the Order of the Rhino and highly respected by his military family.


Desanto, Ralph

White, Lou

Schildman, Bob

Robert William Schildman of Greene County, Ohio, died peacefully, on Friday, April 29, 2016 at the age of 73.


WellsJoseph H

age 92, passed away peacefully at his home on April 17, 2015.  Joe was a proud veteran of the United States Army Air Force and served in the Southwest Pacific during WWII as a flight engineer on a B-24 Liberator with the 380th Bombardment Wing, and was recalled to service in Korea as a Captain. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and numerous other medals and flew 33 bombing missions.

Boyer, Robert E

age 75 of Englewood, Florida formerly of Ashville, Ohio passed away peacefully at home on February 21, 2016 under Hospice care. Bob graduated from Ashville High School in 1958. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and Army then retired from the Air Force in 1990.



Ealy, Phil

age 79 of Wilmington, Ohio died Sunday, January 17, 2016 at his residence. His wife, Judy Pobst Ealy, survives. They were married September 5, 1959. Mr. Ealy was born October 9, 1936 in Ashmore, Illinois, son of the late Paul and Nola Prince Ealy. He was a graduate of Charleston High School in Charleston, IL. He was also a graduate of Eastern Illinois University.

Mr. Ealy was a retired colonel from the U.S. Air Force and served at the Pentagon for several years. He also retired from Wright Patterson Air Force Base.



Lay, Charles W

age 81 of Wilmington, Ohio died 8:20 AM, Friday, January 8, 2016 at Clinton Memorial Hospital.  His wife, Barbara Mullen Lay, survives.  Mr. Lay was born August 4, 1934 in Hamilton, Ohio, son of the late Myron Stanley Lay and Silvia Laverne Estell Lay.  He graduated from Morrow High School.  He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve.


Fulton, Steven L

age 57 of Washington Court House, passed away suddenly in Nashville, TN, on Tuesday, April 1, 2008, while there certifying for his aviation mechanics certificate. Steve was born July 27, 1950, in Columbus, OH, to Miller and Mariea Fulton. He was a 1968 graduate of Marion Franklin High School, Columbus, OH. Steve enlisted in the U.S. Air Force serving as a loadmaster in Vietnam and retired after 28 years of military service with the Air Force, Navy, and Army.



Sowell, Doyle C

age 84 of Niceville passed from this life Dec. 6, 2015 and went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Doyle was born in Orange Hill raised in the Wausau area, and graduated from Chipley High School.

He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Air Force Reserves retiring as a Chief MSGT with the 919SOW Wing at Duke Field. He also served in the Civil Service retiring as the Disaster Preparedness Officer at Eglin AFB.


Schutte, Bob

Born: July 13, 1928
Death: November 25, 2015

age 87 of Xenia, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at Patriot Ridge Assisted Living Center. He was born July 13, 1928, in Springfield, Ohio, the son of Alma Baker Schutte and Edward Charles Schutte. Bob graduated from Springfield Catholic Central High School. He was a member of St. Brigid Church for 57 years and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Bob joined the Army Air Corps in 1947 and transitioned to the U. S. Air Force when it was created later in 1947. He was recalled to duty during the Korean Conflict and during the Cuban Missile Crisis. During the Vietnam War, he helped train air crews at Clinton County Air Force Base where he had worked as an air reserve technician/civil servant since 1958. He was a flight mechanic and flew many hours on B-17s, B-29s, KC-97s, C-119s, C-123s, and C-130s. He later served as a supervisor and maintenance chief at Rickenbacker AFB in Columbus. He retired from the Air Force in 1985.


Fryburger, Virgil P

age 84, of Pickerington, OH

Born: February 26, 1931
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, OH
Place of Death: Pinkerington, OH
Died October 8, 2015. Age 84.
Burial to follow at Rest Haven Memorial Park.


Liggett, Dale M

MSgt age 83, of Wilmington, Ohio,
September 1, 2015.

He was born January 1, 1932 in Plaines, Ohio, son of the late Harry M. & Bernice (Cooper) Liggett. On April 17, 1955, he married L. Jean Castle Liggett, who preceded him in death on February 8, 2006.

A US Air Force Master Sergeant Veteran of the Korean & Vietnam Wars Era, he had retired as a civil service air craft maintenance mechanic with the #907 Air Wing at the Clinton Air Base and Rickenbacker Air Force Base.  H


Sweitzer, Benjamin K

August 19, 2015  MSgt 40 MAPS

SWEITZER, Sr., Benjamin Karl Of Enon, Ohio and formerly of Shaft, Maryland concluded the final chapter of his earthly life on August 19, 2015 at his home with his family by his side.  Benjamin served 4 years of active service in the U.S. Airforce from 1952-1956. In addition, he served 25 years in the Air Force Reserves retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1993. During those years, he was employed as a federal employee at Wright Patterson Airforce Base in the 4950th test wing where one of his duties was as a parachute rigger. He had the opportunity to work on the drag chutes for the NASA shuttles.


Cotton, Bruce C
July 15, 2015 Navigator 302nd

84, husband of Mary Blanton Cotton, died Wed, July 15, 2015. Born in Jonesville, KY, he was the son of the late Bradford C. and Gladys Holbrook and a 1952 graduate of UK with a BS in Agriculture. Bruce served on active duty in the U. S. Air Force in Korea and continued in the Air Force Reserve for 28 years retiring as a Colonel.


Mays, Ronald
May 23, 2015

Ronald T. Mays age 70, of Middletown, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015. He was born May 19, 1945 in Middletown, OH.


Hodges, Lloyd C
May 14, 2015 

Lloyd was a loadmaster in the 907th on 76, 77 and 78.

Lloyd was in the regular Army and was in an MP unit at Oak Ridge TN prior to joining the AF Reserves. I car-pooled to CCAFB with Lloyd from 1964 until the base closing in 1971. He was in the unit when I joined in Sept. 1964.
Mike Faul, 356th loadmaster.

William R
April 21, 2014

MSgt USAFR Retired Vietnam Veteran

William R. “Bill” Anders, 71, of Quincy, died at 6:05 p.m. Sunday (April 27, 2014) in his home. Born Sept. 27, 1942.

Bill was a 1960 graduate of Quincy High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force in January 1962 and served at bases in California, Ohio and Texas during his career. Bill served three tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He completed courses in jungle survival, water survival and aircraft loadmaster and attained 5,000 accident-free flying hours. He retired in 1981 as a master sergeant.

Bill then accepted an overseas civil service assignment that took him to Korea, where he managed golf courses on various military bases. He resigned in 1990 from the civil service to move back to Quincy to care for his parents. Bill was employed at the Illinois Veterans Home from 1997 until his retirement in 2003.

A proud member of the Class of 1960, Bill enjoyed taking part in planning class reunions and hosting fellow classmates for golf outings at Cedar Crest Country Club during the reunion. He was an avid golfer who recorded five holes in one and enjoyed playing in the WIGA tournaments and many golf outings. He especially looked forward to playing the Private Joe Golf Tournament and the Alzheimer’s Golf Tournament every year. Bill was a part of the “Cedar Crest Gang” who would play cards almost everyday. Bill loved life. He enjoyed a good cigar, going to Kelly’s and the “Boat,” and having a drink with friends.

Bill was a ART loadmaster at Rickenbacker. I can recall many good times with Bill. He was a pal that we all will miss. I found this out when a US Mail letter that I sent to Bill was returned to me today. (Tom McVey)


Hale, Hysell C
Jan 26, 2015

STERLING – Hysell C. Hale, 81, of Mt. Sterling, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born in Magoffin County, Kentucky in 1933.

Danny Howser
I worked on Hysell’s crew at Rickenbacker in the 907th “b” flight. He was an excellent crew chief and good guy. Hysell liked to have fun, work hard and play hard at the appropriate times.

Hale, Lorene
Feb 16, 2015

Lorene Hale, 76 of Mt. Sterling, Ohio passed away Monday, February 16, 2015. She was born July 4, 1938 in Scioto County, Ohio.

Plowman, Raymond
Jan 26, 2015

JAMESTOWN — Ray Plowman was born and raised on a small tobacco farm outside of South Irvine, Kentucky with his father, mother and 10 brothers and sisters. As a teenager, he traveled to Montana to work with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) before going back home to enlist in the Air Force during WWII. In 1943 he married his hometown sweetheart, Lee, and moved to Ohio where later their son, Daryl, was born. After the war, Ray and his family moved to California and a daughter, Tanis, was added. As a welder for the Air Force, he was selected to be a part of the U.S. Program to be the first country to put a man in space. The family decided to move back to Ohio in 1963 to be closer to their aging relatives and settled in Jamestown where Ray continued working as machinist for the Air Force.

Don White
Thanks to Don White for finding this obituary of Ray Plowman.  It is copied above.



3 thoughts on “Final Flyover 2015-Now

      • Birgit, Yes Ray served at both Clinton Co, and Rickenbacker. He was an expert welder, a gentleman, and good friend.

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