Final Flyover


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. Other activities include the Ohio 4-H Club Judging Team, FFA State Farmer, Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity, The Presbyterian Church, The Hamilton Rotary Club where he was an honorary member and past president, Antique Automobile Club of America, Milk and Ice Cream Dealers Association where he served as Chairman, State and National Dairy Organization, HoHum Hikers, and Presby Generation. Mr. Farst is survived by his wife Beverly; stepmother Marie Farst of Eaton, Ohio; a son Dr. David Farst and his wife Ava of Arcanum, Ohio; a brother Paul Farst of Hilton Head, South Carolina; family through marriage include Pam (Charles) Kleine; Connie (David) Brate; Joan (Barry) Mason; Lynn (Jeff) Korb; grandchildren Stephanie (Matthew) Hamilton, Emily (Greg) Brice, and Kevin Farst; grandchildren by marriage Christy (Daryl) Nelson, Charlie (Krystal) Kleine, Theresa Kleine, Michelle Brate, Linda Brate, Joshua Mason, Angie Mason, Andrew Korb, Elizabeth Korb, Becky Korb, and Allison Korb. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren. Mr. Farst was also preceded in death by a grandson Michael David Farst and a brother John Farst.



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; children, Donald R. (Amy) Mays II of Virginia Beach, VA, Timothy J. (Rita) Mays of Beavercreek, OH, Shelli (Jim) Cramer of Franklin Twshp, and Lori Birman of Franklin; step-children, David (Patricia) Farris of Blanchester, OH and Betty Jo (Eddie) Tucker of Wynne, AR; grandchildren 16; great-grandchildren 9; sisters, Leatrice Hayes and Cheryl Mays Corder. He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Donna Gay Mays; sisters, Betty Wolf, Beatrice Crawford, Brenda Greene, and Theresa Chaney; brothers, James Mays and Ronald Mays. Visitation will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 11:00-1:00 pm at Grace Baptist Church, 3023 Union Rd. Franklin, OH 45005. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 1:00 pm at the Church with Dr. Max Fernandez. Interment will be at Grace Memorial Gardens. Memorial Contributions may be made to Grace Baptist Church in Memory of Donald. Condolences may be sent to the family at


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

Married Judy Kemplin on April 2, 1960 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Preston is survived by his children Laura Savage of Springfield Township, Ohio, Diane (Lonnie) Maxson of Grove City, Ohio and Dan (Robyn) Helm of Crosby Township, Ohio. Grandfather of Seven, Great grandfather of 11. Brother of Brenda (Larry) Norman of Lebanon, Ohio and Debbie (Gary) Marcum of Pleasant Plain, Ohio. Brother in law of Mary Helm of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Preston is preceded in death by his wife Judy Helm, son Tony Helm, granddaughter Brittany Hafner and brothers Jerry Helm and Kenneth Helm.

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 10:30 A.M. until time of memorial services at 11:00 A.M. all at Miami Whitewater United Methodist Church 9700 Dry Fork Road Harrison, Ohio 45030 with Pastor Justin Fuhrmann officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Harrison Funeral Detail.

Memorials may be directed to Little Sisters Of The Poor, 476 Riddle Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45220 c/o Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030.


Lance Fairchild

was an important member of the Buckeye Wing. He managed the web site 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.



Ginn, Donald R.

beloved husband of Fern Oppy Ginn, devoted father of Kathy Ginn, David (Anne) Ginn, D.D.S., Lisa (Charles) Evans, loving grandfather of Andrew (Aubrey) Ginn, Katie (Jordon) Stum, Laura and Adam Ginn, Brian, Libby (fiancé, Marcus Rose) and Chad Evans, 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. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 10:30 AM at the Grace United Methodist Church, 301 E Market St, Washington Court House, OH 43160. Burial will follow at Washington Court House Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6-8 PM at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church. Evans Funeral Home, Milford, OH serving the family. Condolences may be sent to



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.

He is survived by two daughters, Lindy Simpson & Rick Silvers, Sandy Chinn & Mike Reid; two sons, Shane & Kay Rowe, Ty & Jackie Rowe; step-son, Jim & Claire Moore; step-daughter, Debbie & Guy Miller; grandchildren, great grandchildren; brother, Odell & Joann Rowe; other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Connie Rowe; a brother, Junior; and two sisters, Marcella & Bea.

Visitation will be 5-8 PM Thursday, October 7, 2017 at the TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, New Carlisle, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday in the funeral home. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. The family would like to thank the staff at Oakwood Village for the loving care given to our Dad & Grandpa.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made payable to Mercy Health Oakwood Village Foundation, 100 W. McCreight Ave., Springfield, Ohio 45504. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to
Published in Dayton Daily News on Oct. 3, 2017


Colonel Billy Booth

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.

He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Alan (Sharon) Booth of Westerville; his daughters, Elizabeth Anne (Larry) Marks of Poquoson, Virginia, and Alicia Louise (Brian) Wilson of Delaware; his daughter-in-law, Bonita Booth of Heath; his six grandchildren; Brad Booth, Ryan (Kelsey) Booth, Jessica Booth, Major Alan Marks, Lee Marks, and Amber Wilson.

In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Marcia (Gundlach) Booth; his son, Denton Lee Booth; 1 brother and 2 sisters.

Friends and family may call from 2-4 P.M., Wednesday, September 6, 2017, and 4-7 P.M., Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the REED-EGAN FUNERAL HOME, 141 Green Wave Drive, Newark, where a Vigil Service will be held at 6:30 P.M., Thursday.

The family requests memorials in Billy’s name to the Garfield Elementary Lunch Program, 107 Lancaster Drive, Heath, OH 43056; or Cherry Valley Elementary Lunch Program, 621 Mt. Vernon Road, Newark, OH 43055. The family would also like to thank the staff of the Sarah Moore Home for their dedicated care.

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Jack A. Stephens

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. He was an avid Kentucky Wildcats fan, loved John Wayne movies and Parodi cigars. Jack also enjoyed bowling and bluegrass music. He would look forward to time spent with family and loved them dearly.
Preceded in death by his, siblings, Patricia Johnson, Billy Stephens. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 13 years, Genevieve; children, Mark Allen (Miyon) Stephens, Monica Lynn Stephens, Dwayne “DJ” (Karen) Justice, Terrie Lea Justice, Tanya (David) Hope; grandchildren, Jennifer Stephens, Patrick Stephens, Paul Staley, Catherine Staley, Trinity (Will) Justice, Liberty Justice, Destiny Justice, Aaron Hope, Sarah Hope; great-grandchildren, Shaunalyn Stephens, Kylee Dean, Kai Dean, Jennalyn Stephens, Jayden Lewis, Javon Lewis, Leilani Justice; brother, Douglas Stevens, brother-in-law, Robert Johnson.
Family and friends may visit from 11-1:00 pm on Wednesday at the DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME, 650 W. Waterloo St., Canal Winchester, OH 43110 where a funeral service, officiated by Pastor Tom Dove, will follow at 1:00 pm. Interment to follow at Mifflin Township Cemetery.


Robert Decker

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.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Decker is survived by two daughters, Deborah (David) Cox of Wilmington, Ohio and Donna (Jason Nichols) Decker of Columbus, Ohio; a son, Michael (Kathy) Decker of Wilmington, Ohio; four grandchildren, Kelly Decker, Kristina (fiancé, Evan Hilderbrandt) Decker, Ryan (Megan) Thompson, and Elizabeth (Andy) Holmes; two-grandchildren, Ava Thompson and Gabby Thompson; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, two brothers and two sisters are preceded in death.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, 327 N. South Street, Wilmington, Ohio. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017. A graveside service will be held at 12 Noon, Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Sugar Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 49 Memorial Squad. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Care Hospice, P.O. Box 123, Wilmington, Ohio 45177 or the American Legion Post 49 Memorial Squad Bus Fund, 140 E. Locust St., Wilmington, Ohio 45177. For more information or to sign the registry of condolences visit


HAYES, Jr., 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. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, traveling, boating, and doing just about everything for his kids, always with a cigar in hand. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife Janis, whom he married November 28, 1969; sons Doug (Kristal) Hayes and Jim (Summer) Hayes; daughter Gina Hayes; brother Ron (Laura) Hayes; grandchildren Gage, Paige, Piper, D.J., Izzy and Abby; many nieces and nephews; and countless cherished friends. Services to honor Rick will be Wednesday at 1:00PM in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME with visitation beginning at 11:00AM. Burial to follow in Rose Hill Burial Park. Memorial donations may be made to The Disabled American Veterans . Expressions of sympathy may be made at

Published in Dayton Daily News from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2016


Ralph Desanto

Lou White

Bob Schildman
Robert William Schildman of Greene County, Ohio, died peacefully, on Friday, April 29, 2016 at the age of 73.Survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara Schildman nee Boyd; children, Heidi (Chris) Berardinis and Mary (Gil) Smith; twin sister, Janet (Carl) Simmons, and grandchildren, Hannah, Jack, Camryn, Alex, and Ava. Preceded in death by Lillian and Robert H. Schildman. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 am at Concordia Lutheran Church, 250 Peach Orchard Ave, Oakwood, Ohio.


Joseph H. Wells,

age 92, passed away peacefully at his home on April 17, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Barbara Wells; ex-wife, Alice Jane Wells, wife, Ruth Bohn Wells; brothers, Richard, Russell, Ralph; sisters, Frances Taylor, Helen Slivick and Mary Ann McDonald; and great-granddaughter, Ashley Nicole Brown. He is survived by his children, Larry (Colleen) Wells, Mark (Joni) Wells, Sharon (John) Carlson, Ginny (Carl) Graf, Roxanne (J.D.) Westfall, and Connie (Rick) Carpenter; grandchildren Larry Wells, Nicole (Ken) Brown, Johnny, Hillary and Courtney (Stephanie) Carlson, Carl Joseph (Sarah) Graf, Gabrielle (Arthur) Palmer, Jack and Alicia Westfall, Jennifer (Josh) Rountree and Danielle (Scott) Geib; great grandchildren, Brittany Brown, Mitchell and Griffin Palmer, Augustus and Alice Jane Graf, Greyson and Ethan Rountree, and Micah Geib; brother, Rev. Charles Wells; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dad had so many friends, we cannot list them all, but we do wish to express a special thanks to a few of them – Dr. Les Bostic, Capt. Jake Jacobs, former Post Commander Ed Turlo, members of the VFW Post 2398, members of the Buckeye Packard Club and Barbara Tilton who provided a constant lifeline and friendship to Dad. 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. He retired from Western Southern Life Insurance as a District Sales Manager, was Manager of the Civil Division, Franklin County Municipal Court and was still an active Board Member of the Columbus Metro Credit Union. He was an active member and held multiple offices in the Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbetts Memorial VFW Post 2398, Worthington, OH; Buckeye Packard Club, volunteer and Vice Chairman at the USO, the 380th Bomb Group, 5th AF-RAAF (Flying Circus) 531st Squadron, inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame (2009) and was a Kentucky Colonel.

Robert E. (Bob) Boyer,

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. Bob was a down to earth self-made man with many talents. He was generous to a fault. He will be missed dearly by all who loved and knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine (Roberts) Boyer; twin brother, William (Bill) (Judy) Boyer of Englewood, FL; sons, David E (Dawn) Boyer, Rick (Barb) Good and Bob Good. Three grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Virginia (Dunnick) Boyer and sister Diane (Gary) Gaines.
Services will be held at a later date in Ashville, OH. Interment will follow in Harrison Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers a memorial contributions can be sent to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Attn. Tribute Department, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements by National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte

Published in Circleville Herald on Feb. 25, 2016



Phil “Tap” Ealy,

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. He was a member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church, the Air Force Association, the Reserve Officer’s Association, the American Legion Post 49, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #1224.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Ealy is survived by a daughter, Vicki (Mike) Wolf of Aurora, OH; a son, Mike Ealy of Wilmington, OH; three brothers, Reg (Lisa) Ealy of Illinois, Gene Ealy of Texas, and Carlin (Jane) Ealy of Illinois; a sister, Jennifer (Steve) Kosko of Arizona; four grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Mitch) Popson of Aurora, OH, Melanie Ealy of Wilmington, OH, Kevin (Rachael) Wolf of Kettering, OH, and Andrew Ealy of Wilmington, OH; a great grandson, Grant Popson of Aurora, OH; a step great grandson, Zach Popson of Aurora, OH; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, two brothers, Randall Ealy and Darrell Ealy, are preceded in death.

Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery.



Charles William Lay,

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.

Mr. Lay was a local business man who started Wilmington Lawn and Garden.  He also owned and flew his own airplane.  Additionally, Mr. Lay was an adult aviation instructor at Laurel Oaks for 20 years.  He had a passion for Model T cars and over the years, owned too many for us to remember.  He drove the king and queen of the Corn Festival Parade for 30 years in the Model T that he restored.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Lay is survived by a son, Steve (Donna) Lay; two brothers, Myron (Kathy) Lay and David (Patricia) Lay; two sisters, Sylvia Wirth and Joyce Wirth; two grandchildren, Kristina Lay and Kelly Lay; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents two sisters, Carol Raya and Mary Hurst, are preceded in death.

He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

Steven Lloyd Fulton,

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. He was employed in Columbus, OH with Mt. Carmel Connection as a paramedic and Event Services First Aid. Steve was active in American Legion Post #25 (WCH, OH) as Vice Commander, past Commander of the Vietnam Veterans of America Capitol City Chapter #670, the Southgate Potters Lodge, Masonic Rights, a 32nd Degree Shriner, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, the Aladdin Flying Nobles, and the 600 Racing NASCAR Division.

Steve is survived by fiancee, Joan King of Washington Court House and her daughters, Shannon (Brian) and Sarah Cline of Cincinnati; mother and father, Mariea and Miller Fulton; brother, Miller Jr. “Bud” (Candy); nephews, BJ, Zackery, and Luke Fulton of Kingston, OH ; aunts, uncles, and countless friends.



Doyle C. Sowell,

age 84 of Niceville passed from this life Dec. 6 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. He and Reba loved to travel after his retirement and faithfully attended Faith Baptist Church in Niceville and Liberty Baptist Church in Crossville, Tenn.

Those of us, who knew him, loved and admired him. Those of us who know the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior look forward to being with Him eternally where death will be no more. He is preceded in death by his father, James Henry Sowell; step father, Charlie Barfield; mother, Eunice Barfield, and sister, Nadine Kolmetz.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Reba; two sons, Richard (Cindy) and Ronald (Debbie); six grandchildren, Jessica Marshall (Jonathan), Julia Marshall (Matthew), Rick Sowell (Brook), Ron Sowell Jr. (Leslie), Jonathan and Jared; 12 great grandchildren, and extended family, Jeremy and Jerome Ball.

The family received friends Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Chipley. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the Wausau Pentecostal Holiness Church. Interment followed in Wausau Memorial Gardens with full military honors. Brown Funeral home of Chipley is in charge of the arrangements. Friends and family may sign the online register at – See more at:


Bob Leo Schutte

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. In 1977, Bob earned his civil aviation pilot license and later owned and flew several small private aircraft in a business venture known as B & B Aircraft, which he founded and operated with life-long friend William “Bill” Zugelder of Springfield. Bob enjoyed flying, bowling, singing funny songs, spending time with his grandchildren, and feeding the birds and squirrels in his backyard. The family would like to thank Dr. Thomas Brunsman; the caregivers at Patriot Ridge, the nurses and staff at Greene Memorial Hospital, and especially the staff from Hospice of the Miami Valley, who were by Bob’s side around the clock at the end. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Beasley Schutte, whom he married in December 1958; and by a son, David Michael Schutte, who died September 14, 2015; and by his parents and two sisters, Maxine Schutte Marsh and Pauline Schutte Sheffield. He is survived by a sister, JoAnne Lee of Springfield, and a brother Edward Charles Schutte, Jr., of Springfield; five sons and daughters-in-law, Lawrence Beasley (Sheila) Schutte, Robert William “Bud” Schutte, John Harley (Jennifer) Schutte, Donald Lee (Bonnie) Schutte, and Joseph Edward Schutte; six grandchildren, Denise Schutte, Emma Schutte, Elizabeth (Chad) Priest, Alexandra Schutte, Jessika Schutte, and Dylan (Tami) Thomas; three great-grandchildren, Tate, Gavin, Quinn, and Maverick, and by many close friends.



Virgil Paul Fryburger,
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.


Dale M. Liggett,
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.  He was a member of the Richland United Methodist Church in Melvin, the Clinton County Antique Power Club, NARFE, and had been a 4-H Advisor for many years.

Surviving are his daughter- Lisa (Mike) Williams, Wilmington; son- Dave (Kim) Liggett, Bellbrook; 5 grandchildren- Blain (Sarah) Williams, Daron (Carrie) Williams, Jana (Ryan) Bowman, Derek (Fiancee- Laura Belles) Williams, & Alex Liggett; 4 great-grandchildren- Reese, Raylan, Kinley, & Brant; sister- Opal Ridenour, Westerville; sister-in-law- Betty Bealle, Vienna, West Virginia; & 5 nieces & nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Dale was preceded in death by his sister- Donna Scott.


Benjamin Karl Sweitzer,
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 was the son of the late Benjamin Isaac Sweitzer and the late Gladys Lee (Wright) Sweitzer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl Marie (Wright) Sweitzer in 2014 and his daughter, Alesia Lee Richmond in 2013. Benjamin is survived by three sons; Benjamin K. Sweitzer Jr. of Wilmington, Kurtis Von Sweitzer of London, Kevin Shaun Isaac Sweitzer Sr. and wife, Leslie of Springfield. In addition, he is survived by two sisters; Lois J. Hann and Tamara Lee Miller of Frostburg, Maryland and a son-in-law, Todd Richmond. He was a grandfather to nine grandchildren and their names are as follows; Jerry Durst, Mellissia Durst, Chris Richmond, Amber Sweitzer, Kristin Sweitzer, Benjamin K. Sweitzer III, Kevin Shaun I. Sweitzer Jr., Michael Backus, Sarah Alice Sweitzer, and numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. 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. In his retirement years, he enjoyed planting a large garden and canning what he grew with his wife, Pearl. He liked to give away and share his crops with others. Most of all, he cherished time spent with his wife and family that he truly loved. For the last 18 months of his life before he became ill, he devoted his time solely to giving care to Pearl while she battled cancer.


Bruce C Cotton Bruce,
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. His working career included 15 years as Vice Pres. for External Affairs at Transylvania University followed by three years with Terry Development Associates. In 1976 he joined Jerrico (later Long John Silver’s) where he served as Sr. Vice Pres. for Government Relations for 22 years, during which time he served on the Nat. Restaurant Assn. Board. Next he served as Sr. Vice Pres. of Government Affairs at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Bruce served on numerous boards, associations and foundations and served as Pres. of the Lexington and KY Chambers of Commerce, KY Restaurant Assn., Lexington Club, Rotary Club, and United Way. Among the honors bestowed on Bruce were the Lexington Optimist Cup, Decorated Legion of Merit, JA Business Hall of Fame, the Transylvania Medal and Jaycees Outstanding Young Man. Besides his wife of 61 years, he is survived by a son, John M. Cotton (Leslie); five grandchildren, William G. Wheeler III (Allisyn), Mary Blanton Covell (Jeff), Bailey Anne Cotton, John Blaine Williams and Bruce Nolan Cotton; four great- grandchildren; a cousin, Linda Harris (Jack) and a son-in-law, F. Marc Williams. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lucy Cotton Williams and his sister, Carolyn Cotton Bishop.


Ronald Mays,
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 to James and Reba (Egelston) Mays. Ron was a member of Grace Baptist Church and a member of the Middletown Senior Citizens Center Golden Notes Choir. Ron is survived by his wife Rosemary of 20 years; son Casey Mays and daughter Jessica Mays; son Robert (Kim) Saylor; grandchildren Aliya Mays and Madison and Kirsten Saylor; brother Donald Mays and sisters Leatrice Hayes, Theresa Chaney and Cheryl Mays. He was preceded in death by sisters Betty Wolf, Beatrice Crawford and Brenda Mays and brother, JR Mays. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Brown and Dr. Hurlburt of Middletown and Atrium Medical Center. They would also like to give special thanks and loving thoughts to Shelly Cramer. Without her love and devotion, Ron would not have gotten the chance to meet his grandchildren and she helped extend his life to find the grace of God.


Lloyd C, Hodges,
May 14, 2015 

Lloyd C. Beloved husband of Aileen Hodges (nee Glass) for 61 years. Loving father of Timothy (Angela) Hodges. Devoted grandfather of Timothy A. and Kendall Hodges. Son of the late James and Mary Hodges. Lloyd retired from GE, the Westin Hotel and US Air Force. He was a 50-year Mason and a Shriner. He loved flying, family and Landmark Church especially his pastor Matt Holman. He will be fondly remembered and dearly missed. He passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the age of 85.

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. Anders,
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, in Quincy, Bill was a son of Roy Earl and Mildred Ruth Klusmeyer Anders.

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.

Survivors include a brother, Gary Anders, of Quincy; a very special person to Bill, Donna Shields, of Quincy; an aunt, Blanche Klusmeyer of Quincy; and many loving cousins and friends. Mr. Anders was preceded in death by his parents.

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.

Added to Final Flyover in Mar 2015.

Hysell C. Hale,
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.  He is preceded in death by a son, Elliott Hale; and daughter, Lois Hale.  He is survived by his wife, Lorene (Angel) Hale; daughters, Cheryl (Hale) Roberts (Carlos Roberts) of Wilmington, Ohio, Tamara (Hale) Wilson of Fredericksburg, Virginia; son, Allen Hale (Michelle Ours-Hale) of Washington Court House, Ohio; his grandchildren, Joshua Wilson of Roy, Utah, Brianna Roberts of Wilmington, Ohio, and Aiden and Justin Pence of Washington Court House, Ohio. He never met a stranger and will truly be missed by all that were lucky enough to have known him.  In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to the Four Seasons of Washington Nursing and Rehabilitation c/o Memory Care Unit, 201 Courthouse Parkway, Washington Court House, OH 43160-6001.  A military service will be preformed by the Circleville Amvets Post No. 2256 for the Air Force veteran.  Online condolences to

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.

Lorene Hale,
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. Daughter of the late Morris and Florence (Days) Angel. Also preceding her in death was her husband of 57 years, Hysell Hale, a son Elliott Hale and a daughter Lois Hale. She is survived by daughters Cheryl (Hale) Roberts (Carlos Roberts) of Wilmington, Ohio, Tamara (Hale) Wilson of Fredericksburg, Virginia and son Allen Hale (Michelle Ours-Hale) of Washington Court House, Ohio; her grandchildren Joshua Wilson of Roy, Utah, Brianna Roberts of Wilmington, Ohio, Aiden and Justin Pence of Washington Court House, Ohio; and a brother James (Jimmy) Angel of Franklin Furnace, Ohio.

For many years she was lovingly referred to as the “ding-dong” Avon lady. In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to the Four Seasons of Washington Nursing and Rehabilitation c/o Memory Care Unit, 201 Courthouse Parkway, Washington C.H., Ohio 43160-6001. Home in Washington Court House, Ohio as they have been and continue to be such great comfort and support for our family.

Added to Final Flyover in Mar 2015.

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. The family opened a small grocery store/gas station and a welding shop on the outskirts of town. Once he retired and sold the businesses, Ray became interested in restoring classic cars. He enjoyed going to car shows and parades where he became friends with car enthusiasts. After his wife died in 2000 and his son died in 2002, you could find him either in his garage or watching westerns in his living room with a cat on his lap. He died peacefully Monday morning, January 26, 2015. He will be missed by his daughter, his son-in-law (Steve), his daughter-in-law (Kathy), who was like a second daughter, his cat (Libby), and many others. Ray was 93 years old Friends may send condolences to

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



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