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MSgt (ret) Edward "Smitty" Smith, 67RTS PI Floor, passed away on April 5, 2017 in Ocala, Florida.

                           October 25, 1933 - April 5, 2017

Ed and Lillian at the 2004 67th Reunion, Cocoa Beach, Florida

Edward was born on October 25, 1933 and passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Edward was a resident of Ocala, Florida at the time of his passing. he joined the United States Air Force. He served his country for 22 and half years. After retiring from the Air Force. He was married to Lillian Phillips Smith. Smitty's Celebration of Life Service will be Monday, April 10th at 10:00 am with the viewing from 9:00 am to 10:00 am, at the Hiers Baxley Funeral Home; 910 SE Silver Springs Blvd. Pastor Ray Westman will be leading the celebration, the United States Air Force presenting honors. Smitty will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Ocala.

Smitty's Son Dwayne sent the following additional information on Smitty's passing to Doc Blanchard:

I hope this message finds the intended persons that were friends of Edward W Smith aka (Smitty).  On April 5th 2017 at 5am, Edward Smith passed away peacefully in his sleep.  Over the past couple of years he was battling with some health issues and finally succumbed.  I’m one of his children and felt necessary to try to inform his friends of his passing.  The funeral that took him home was on April 10th 2017.  With full Military Honors and 21-gun salute we laid him to rest.  We will miss him dearly.  Thank you for being his friends.
 
Dwayne Smith
Edward Smith's Son

More from Dwayne
Thank you all for letting us know about your time spent and reunions while in the service. He spoke often about the group and the reunions he attended.  He really enjoyed the service and the lifelong friendship with everyone.  A few years ago I had Mom pack a few bags for Dad and I to travel to see his siblings and hid them in the trunk of my car and told him we were going to a store, After a while he looked at me and stated, I know there no store way the heck out here!! I then said that I was kidnapping him to have a fun trip away for the moment, we are going to see some of our family and he said so what will I change into when we get there, I said we’ll buy you some new stuff.  We ran from Florida stopped in South Carolina and North Carolina and Virginia and Washington and Upper state New York to see all of his siblings.  I had so much fun and we talked about everything. I run a Computer IT business and I often ran ideas and thoughts by him and he really enjoyed the time spent. Because of the position in the service that he worked drove me into my business after I came out of the service myself. You may never know how proud you make your parents until that conversations comes up when they tell you, “You know I’m so proud of you and what you’ve done for yourself” That will always tear me up inside.  I video the entire trip and hundreds of photos and not long after that trip we lost a few of his siblings. I always loved to hear any of his story which many of them had been stretched a bit but nevertheless funny and interesting. I tell my own children stories about Dad and his many adventures. But this response does my heart good because of the love and compassion and the bond between all of you. Me and my brothers and sisters thank you for your kind words and memories. Be blessed and I will stay in touch with as many of you as possible for as long as we possibly can.

 

Thank you again

 

Dwayne Smith and Family




LtCol (ret) Whitt L. Latham, 67RTS, passed away on February 18, 2017 in Gasden Alabama.

October 11, 1935 - February 22 2017           Jeffie and Whitt

Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church for Lt. Col. Whitt L. Latham, 81, of Gadsden, who passed away Saturday, February 18th, 2017. Rev. Roger Beshears will officiate. Military graveside honors will be at Forrest Cemetery. Col. Latham will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services directing. 

Col. Latham was a 1953 graduate of Emma Sansom High School. He was a graduate of JSU, Troy State University, and attended Auburn University and the University of Nebraska. Col. Latham graduated Aviation Cadet School and received his Wings, however due to his sitting height he could not be a pilot, so he became a navigator. He was selected for the worldwide SR71 briefing team to all Air Force Commands and Joint Commands globally. Col. Latham was deployed to Vietnam several times and was shot on one such deployment. Later in his military career he commanded three squadrons in succession, initially as commander of the 544th Target Materials Squadron of the 544th Recon Tech Wing at SAC Headquarters, which included command of 750 officers and enlisted personnel. Next, he was transferred to Tactical Air Command, Bergstrom AFB, TX as the Director of Wing Intelligence and Commander of the 67th Recon Tech Squadron. He closed the 67th RTS and started from the ground up as the Commander of the 12th Tactical Intelligence Squadron at Bergstrom, he brought it up to about 500 personnel as a fully functional air mobile facility that formed with an Operations Squadron to become a Forward Air Command and Control Wing. In the spring of 1980 he was called early one morning by the CINC Tac to inform him that he had been selected as the Director Of Intelligence for a new Air Force Command, including a promotion to General that was being formed at Key West which required immediate deployment and a move to Iraq 18 months later, his family would not be allowed to travel with him at the early stages of this deployment, ultimately leading him to decline this offer and retire from the Air Force. Since his retirement he taught school, worked with JP King Century 21 Real Estate as a realtor, and worked for the State of Alabama Pardon and Parole as the officer in charge of Cherokee County for 25 years. After his retirement he enjoyed multiple cruises with his wife, Jeffie, hunting and fishing with his oldest son Jeff, watching his grandchildren play sports, and being an avid supporter of Auburn sports. 

Col. Latham is preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Helon Latham; in-laws, Dr. C.R.D. and Rita Burns; and brother-in-law, Douglas Burns; 

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Jeffie Burns Latham; sons, Jeffrey Whitt (Melissa) Latham, Bobby (Lane) Latham; grandchildren, Devin Rae, Jeffrey Seth, and Abbey Kate; sisters, Sonia (Bob) Smith, and Nancy (Stan) Croley; several other family members; special friend, Donna Nail; and caregivers, Angie and Emily. 


Pallbearers will be Stan Croley, Jeff Dodd, Domingo Heminez, Seth Latham, Bob Smith, and Frank Smith.

Friday, February 24, 2017
Whitt and I go back more than 50 years to when we were stationed at the 67th RTS, Yokota AB, Japan. We remained friends for all the years since. He was one of a kind; a totally dedicated Air Force Officer, husband, father and great friend of many. I am so sorry to learn of his passing.

 

 Maj (ret) Wilfred "Bill" Hunt, 67RTS, passed away on January 20, 2017 in Omaha, Nebraska.

                             Bill Hunt                                         Bill and Vada at 2000 67th Reunion

Wilfred Lyle Hunt was born on May 17, 1932 and passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017.

Wilfred was a resident of Omaha, Nebraska at the time of his passing.

Bill entered the Air Force in December 1950 and retired in October 1973 having served in both the enlisted and officer ranks. He was stationed in Texas, Colorado, Nebraska, Japan, Hawaii, Washington, DC and the Republic of Vietnam. He retired as an Intelligence officer.

He was married to Vada Faye Steider.

Celebration of Life: 11:00 AM Thursday, January 26 at Faith Westwood United Methodist Church, 4814 Oaks Ln. Omaha, NE 68137. 
Inurnment at Omaha National Cemetery.


SMSgt (ret) Vern Akers, 
67th RTS and 548th RTG, January 1970 - August 1974, Charting and Exploitation, passed away on  May 13, 2016 in Fort Washington, Maryland.

November 9, 1941-May 13, 2016   Vern at 2014 reunion with DNI Gen Clapper and Elton Stokes

Elton Stokes emailed on May 16th:  Friends & Former Coworkers, 

 
It is with a heavy heart that I pass along the following information regarding our friend Vern Akers.   Vern passed away at his home on last Friday, May 13. His funeral will be held Friday, May 20th, at Arehart-Echols Funeral home in La Plata, MD.  Please keep Vern's wife Connie and the entire Akers family in your prayers. Connie asked that I pass the word along

Obituary

Vernon Walter Akers, 74, of Fort Washington MD passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016 unexpectedly at home.  He was the husband of 54 years to Mary Constance (Connie) Harris Akers.

 He was born on November 9, 1941, in Covington, VA.  He was the son of the late James Lucas Akers and Ruby Ethel Snead Akers.

Vernon proudly served in the US Air force for 20 years retiring at the early age of 40 as a Senior Master Sergeant. The military life took his family on a wonderful tour starting in Nebraska overseas to Japan back state side to Hawaii, California and finally retiring in the Maryland/D.C area. He served a year in Vietnam. His next chapter continued as an Intelligence Analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) until 1998. Once retired from DIA, he embraced his love for classic cars and blue grass music.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, James Christopher Akers and his wife, Lisa of Port Tobacco, MD; daughter, Brenda Christine Akers Weigle of Frederick, MD; five grandchildren, Ryan Weigle, Colin Weigle, Lauren Akers Morgan (Dennis Morgan), James Jared Akers, Morgan Akers; and one great-grandson, Cash Weigle.  He is also survived by his brother, Herbert W. Akers and his wife, Karol; sister-in-law, Norma J. Akers; and multiple nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Anne Akers Boyer; and brothers, James L. Akers and Harold N. Akers.

The family will receive friends for a Viewing starting at 1:30 pm followed by a 3:00 pm Funeral Service on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, 211 St. Mary’s Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646; Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences for the family may be posted at arehartechols.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Vernon's memory to Three Oaks Center, whose mission is to support veteran's and their families by providing services and support so that noone has to be homeless.  Contributions can be sent to Three Oaks Center, P.O. Box 776, Lexington Park, MD 20653 or made on-line at www.ThreeOaksCenter.Org.


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Susan Beidler:  Thoughts and prayers go out to Connie and family. Have fond memories of reunions and knowing Vern.

Dick Curley:  Vern and I were stationed together in Japan for a couple years. Always found him to be a dedicated photo interpreter and outstanding NCO.

Alton Matherne:  Vern was my first boss when I arrived at 67RTS in Japan in 1968 fresh from Tech School. His enthusiasm, concern and superb PI abilities helped me along to become good at the job. His attitude was one of a friend rather than a boss and we shared many laughs along the years at Yokota and in Vietnam where we both ended up on the next assignment. I was invited to visit Vern & Connie several times and we enjoyed a bit of Louisiana Cajun cooking which I was rubbish at but there was always good times and a warm family welcome which I very much enjoyed. My sincere condolences to Connie and the family. Vern was a treasure and I am sure will be sadly missed. Remember the joy of sharing your life with him and relish in that memory, he was a very special man!


Cecil Brown:  Vern was the best and carried me on his shoulders. He was by-named requested to our office at the pentagon and in true fashion carried the ball for us and established an AF PI unit at bldg 213. As a result the unit shined and high government ranks was achieved by many of our troops. One thing I could not shake was the "Capt Flapp" name he and Monroe adapted from the Lt Flapp cartoon character from Beatle Bailey comic character. Love you Vern Akers!!

Steve LaFata:  Thoughts and prayers for the family...Vern was a great guy and I agree...one heck of a PI.

Bill Forsyth:  I was stationed with Vern in both Japan and Hawaii, he was a good friend and outstanding PI.  RIP


LtCol (ret) Paul Wertz, 67 RTS, passed away on June 25, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee.

 
        
      November 14, 1920 - June 25, 2015

Lt. Colonel Paul L. Wertz was born November 14, 1920 in Greeley, Colorado to Paul and Hazel Ballew Wertz. In 1938, after he graduated from High School, he attended Northwestern University. On January 20, 1942, shortly after the US entered WWII, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. The following August 24, 1942 he married his beloved Doris. A few months thereafter he attended Officer Candidate School, then returned to the Air Corps for Aerial Observer School. 

While assigned to a Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, he was selected to study and become an Aerial Photo Interpreter. Most of his subsequent military career would be in functions related to this skill. His team was sent to the 20th Air Force in India and later to Guam to help support B-29 crews. After that, he returned to the States and was reassigned to training bases until WWII ended. 

He and Doris returned to Evanston, IL; he completed his final year for his BS at Northwestern University, graduated in 1947, and began working a civilian job. In September 1950 with the start of the Cold War and Korean War, he was involuntarily recalled to active duty, and served in Korea, followed by the Cold War and Viet Nam. Following those assignments, he taught ROTC at Memphis State for four years. Paul had started his graduate degree at the University of Omaha, and now completed the requirements and thesis at MSU, receiving his MA degree in June 1964.

For his last assignment, he was ordered to South Vietnam for a year, which completed Paul’s active military career. On September 1, 1967 he retired from the Air Force in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel.

Following his Air Force retirement, Doris and Paul surveyed job opportunities, and found a civilian job at Union Planters Bank as Manager, Compensation and Benefits. He soon became a Vice President and later retired permanently on September 1, 1983.

Doris and Paul enjoyed their retirement and did some traveling. Sadly, the day after Christmas 2005, Paul lost his beloved Doris after 64 years of marriage. Paul became partially disabled, so Janet remained at home to take care of her father. He passed away 6/25/2015. He is to be interred with military honors beside his Doris in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday, July 2 from 1-2:30pm. A short Graveside Ceremony will follow after the visitation. 

He was a life member of the Military Order of the World Wars, and of the Military Officer Association of America. He held a lifetime certification in Employee Benefits from the American Society of Personnel Administrators. He was a founder of the Memphis Compensation Association. He was a Master Mason and a 32° member of the Scottish Rite. He was also a member of Sons of the American Revolution, past president of the Memphis Chapter of Sojourners and was a past commander of its Heroes of ‘76 Camp, as well as a member of the Tennessee Genealogical Society. He will be sorely missed.


 

LtCol (ret) Art Andraitis, 67 RTS, passed away on April 2, 2015 in Vallejo, California.


   April 20, 1931 - April 2, 2015   Art & Gretchen (1937-2009)                       Funeral at Arlington


Lt. Col. Arthur Allan Andraitis, 83, passed away Thursday morning April 2nd following a brief illness. 


He was born in Ohio and has lived in Vallejo, California for the past three years

Arthur was an Intelligence Officer with the United States Air Force for 24 years. He earned his Bachelor's degree in forestry from the University of Idaho-Moscow and attended Officer Training School at Offutt AFB in Omaha, Nebraska. He was a decorated veteran and served his country from 1955-1978.

He is survived by his children, Sally Ann (husband, Joseph Edward) Smiell and Ted (wife, Shima) Andre; and his grandchildren, Franz Joseph, Johann Christian Amadeus, and Johannes Antonin Smiell. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gretchen Gloria Andraitis; and his sister, Susan Jane Sloat.

Burial with full Military Honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, beginning at 9 a.m. August 31st at the Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, with Pastor Wayne Lehrer and the Air Force Chaplain presiding. 

Local arrangements are being handled by the Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home.




LtCol (ret) David E. Steele, 67 RTS, passed away on February 14, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

         February 8, 1930 - February 14, 2015

Dave passed away sometime early in the morning of February 14, 2015.  As you probably know, he had fought non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for decades and countless skin cancer attacks.  Over the last year, he was not able to eat properly so he eventually perished from a lack of nutrition and hydration.  Despite all this, his last few months and days were relatively comfortable. He just slept ever more as his energy was drained.

In late January, all of his kids showed up and we all, collectively, gave him a warm sendoff.  It was great that despite his sleeping, he was coherent and completely Dave when awake until the very last few days.  His care taker Tom Burnett was a great deal of help throughout this entire process.

We've all lost a great character, a good friend, and a good human being.  His family is greatly appreciative of him, the example he set, and his generous aid to us over the years.  We will be missed.

Bob Steele
son

MSgt (ret) Herman V. Carroll, 67 RTS Cartographer, passed away on February 9, 2015 in Bossier City, Louisiana.
                                                                June 22, 1932 - February 9, 2015 

BOSSIER CITY – Herman V. Carroll passed away on February 9, 2015 after a short illness. He was born on June 22, 1932, in LaGrange, Georgia. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Hill Crest Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The service will be Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in Hill Crest Memorial Chapel with Brother Paul Carroll and Brother Kendall Docter officiating.

Herman proudly served his country during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired from the United States Air Force as well as the US Postal Service where he was an active member of the NALC Union. He was a faithful member of Barksdale United Methodist Church for over 50 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Peggy Carroll and his children, Cynthia Kave Manishin and husband Glenn; Bob Carroll and wife Sharon; Stacey Thomas Doty and husband T.J., sister, Nancy Hart; sister-in-law, Joanne Carroll and a very special nephew, Johnny Mitchell, whom he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dorothy Mitchell and brother, Lee Strom Carroll and his wife of 45 years Kate Carroll. His extended family included Rick and Sarah Yates, T.J. and Stephanie Bolt, Justin and Jennifer Strother, Robbie Hughes, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Honoring Herman as pallbearers will be Kenneth Carroll, Cody Carroll, Dalton Carroll, Ben Thomas, David Heart, Rick Yates and Aubry Moffett. Honorary pallbearers will be Glenn Manishin, Doc Basham, Malary Nunn, Dan Resendez, Joe Copper, Henry Hill, Ed Powell, Dr. John Chandler and T.J. Bolt.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Barksdale United Methodist Church in Bossier City, LA

The family would like to give special thanks to our angel, Shelia from St. Josephs Hospice.


Capt John F. Wallace, 67 RTS, passed away on November 3, 2013 in Rockville, Maryland.

                     Louise and John at 2000 67th Reunion

JOHN FRANCIS WALLACE  
June 29, 1925 - 3 November 2013
On Sunday, November 3, 2013, of Rockville, MD. Mr. Wallace served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and in the U.S. Air Force during Korea. He was employed at IBM for 32 years retiring in 1990. Beloved husband of Louise K. Wallace; loving father of John (and Lauren) and Richard (and Vicci) Wallace; brother of Carolyn Barnum; grandfather of three. A memorial service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac, MD on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.



CMSgt (ret) Tom Shacklett, 67 RTS, passed away on September 5, 2013 in Higden, Arkansas.

Thomas Shacklett Jr., 75 of Higden, AR, passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013.

Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Holiday Hills United Methodist Church in Greer Ferry. Funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with interment in McLehaney Cemetery.



LtCol (ret) Marvin Richman, 67 RTS Commander, passed away on
June 8, 2013 in Melville, New York.

     
January 5, 1924 - June 8, 2013            Marv at the 2000 67th Reunion

Marvin RICHMAN, 78, passed away on June 8, 2013. Beloved husband of Rochelle, devoted father of Barry, Eric and Hayley and proud and inspirational grandfather to Blake, Margaux, Ryan, Adam and Bennett. He was born in New York City and traveled the world with his family in service of his country. Marvin had a long and distinguished military career, rising to the level of Lt. Colonel in the US Air Force and then serving in senior levels of U.S. intelligence agencies. Later he returned with his family to settle on Long Island, where he continued his pioneering work in satellite imaging. Marvin was a warm, charming and honest person who touched all those who were fortunate enough to know him. He will be deeply missed by his friends and family. Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 1pm at Gutterman's in Woodbury, NY, 8000 Jericho Turnpike. Shiva will be held at the home of his wife Rochelle Richman in Melville on Monday from 4-7pm and Tuesday between 3 and pm, and at the home of his daughter Hayley Boesky in Manhattan on Wednesday between 4:00 and 8:00pm. Charitable donations in memory of Marvin can made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York City.

Maj (ret) Carl H. Fassinger, 67 RTS, passed away on December 13, 2012 in Rancho Cordova, California. 
                         January 10, 1921 - December 13, 2012
                         
      Lt Carl H. Fassinger (tall guy on far left) on Guadalcanal 1943


Fassinger, Carl H., 91, Rancho Cordova, CA, formerly of Johnstown, passed away December 13, 2012. Born January 10, 1921, in Johnstown, the son of the late Michael and Clara (Eschrich) Fassinger. Preceded in death by wife, of 54 years, Selma Feurbach Fassinger in April 2000. Survived by two sons, Tony and Jim; six grandchildren, Will, Marla, Dan, John, Andy and Melissa; four great-grandchildren, Sarah, Aubrey, Emily and Ryker.  Carl  graduated from Cal State University.  He was also a World War II and Vietnam, Air Force Veteran serving 30 years for his country,  including service in the Pacific and Europe and retired as a Major. In addition, he worked 25 years in civil service at McClellan Air Force Base and was an active Honorary Mason for 50 years.  Carl was a devoted husband and a great supporter of his family, helping support his grandchildren in higher education.   Friends will be received from 10 AM until time of funeral service at 11 AM, Friday, at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary, Inc., 921 Menoher  Blvd.  Rev. Dr. Robert R. Wagner officiating.  Entombment Grandview Mausoleum.  Military rites will be conducted courtesy of the Conemaugh  Valley Detachment #287 Marine Corp. League.



CMSgt (ret) 
Charles Jennings, 67 RTS, passed away on
September 29, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
 
               November 26 1927 - September 29,  2012
                            

Charles Clements Jennings, 84, of Austin, Texas passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at his residence. Charles was born on November 26, 1927, in Mineola, Texas to Jestine Hunt Jennings and Clarence Jennings. He was a Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force for thirty years, living in Florida, Panama, Louisiana, Colorado, Japan and Massachusetts, before retiring in Austin. He served in the Korea and Vietnam wars. Charles was a member of the Onion Creek Masonic Lodge #220, Berkeley United Methodist Church, active with Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a volunteer at South Austin Hospital. He never met a stranger and loved to golf and garden. His granddaughter, Sarah, says "a girl couldn't ask for a better grandpa." Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Louise Jennings of Austin, children, Jon Jennings of Portland, Oregon and Jan Beyer of Austin; and grandchildren, John Peter Beyer and Sarah Elisabeth Beyer of Austin. He was preceded in death by son, Dave Lewis Jennings. A gathering of friends and family will take place from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at Harrell Funeral Home in Austin. A graveside service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at Onion Creek Memorial Park in Manchaca, Texas with Masonic Graveside Rites and Military Graveside Rites. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Onion Creek Masonic Lodge, Berkeley United Methodist Church or charity of choice.


Captain (ret) Herman Bendfeldt, 67 RTS, passed away on July 7, 2012, at the Falcons Landing Assisted Living Facility in Virginia.

         Herman as an NCO
         with his wife Martha
     10 July 1928-July 7, 2012

BENDFELDT HERMAN BENDFELDT Captain US Air Force Retired "Ben" "Jerry" (Age 82) On Saturday, July 7, 2012 died at Falcons Landing, an assisted living facility in Virginia, where he resided for nearly a year after moving from his home in Gladewater, Texas. He waged a long battle with COPD and other illnesses. Dear husband 62 years of Martha Maikka who predeceased him. Beloved father of Lora Ann, Martha Sue, and June Elizabeth. His beloved son Gary predeceased him. Ben is also survived by six grandchildren, Aaron, Jonathan, Austin, Sue Michelle, Jesse, and Ian, and five great-grandchildren, Dylan, Christopher, Joshua, William Gage, and Alyssa. He has three surviving brothers, Erich Peter, Seth, and Steven, and three surviving sisters, Betty Ann, Judith, and Teresa. Ben was born in Niantic, Connecticut July 10, 1929, the son of Herman and Elizabeth (Beebe) Bendfeldt. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Air Force where he served for 20 years, retiring as a Captain at the Rome Air Development Center (RADC) in New York in 1967. He completed Officer Candidate School and served with distinction in England, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and numerous other posts worldwide. After his military retirement he embarked on a distinguished second career as an Air Force Civil Service Intelligence Specialist at RADC. There, he participated in the design and development of a wide range of deployable and fixed site intelligence data handling and imagery interpretation systems and played a key role in the worldwide testing and fielding of these systems in Japan, Germany, Southeast Asia and elsewhere. In 1987, he retired from civil service and served in technical and consulting positions with the private sector. An avid hunter and fisherman, Ben resided with his wife Martha and family on Lake Delta in Rome, prior to moving to Texas for medical reasons and subsequently to Falcons Landing. His military decorations included the Air Force Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal, and National Defense Service Medal. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 1 p.m. Please assemble at the Administration Building by 12:30 p.m. Online condolences and fond memories can be offered to the family at www.moneyandking.com www.moneyandking.com


 1Lt John R. Gotch, 67 RTS passed away on December 11, 2011 in Canton, Ohio.

August 2, 1943 - December 11, 2011

John R. Gotch, age 68 of Canton, passed away Sunday, December 11, 2011 at St. Luke Lutheran Home. He was born on August 2, 1943 in Streator, IL the son of the late Andrew and Lena (Dzuris) Gotch. John was a 1961 graduate of Streator High School. Upon graduation from high school, John attended Illinois State University, then Illinois Normal, and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in radio and television communications. He was a United States veteran serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. John worked for Diebold as a Director of Human Resources for 18 years before retiring in 2003, Following his retirement he went on to work for ServePro of N. Canton. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where he served as president of the congregation, was a Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir. He was a dedicated Cubs and Bears fan. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Lou Ann (Meyer) Gotch with whom he married on October 7, 1967; his son, Andrew J. (Rae Ann) Gotch of Stewartville, MN; his grandson, Drake D. Gotch; his brother, Roger (Gail) Gotch of Racine, WI and his sister, Kathlene (Malcolm) Billard of Peru, IL. A Celebration of John's Life will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church. Rev. John Telloni will be officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Home or St. John's Lutheran Church Organ Fund. Messages of comfort and support may be sent to the family at www.paquelt.com. Paquelet – Massillon.

LtCol (ret) Charles Lemons, 67RTS, passed away on October 31, 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

LEMONS, CHARLES FREDERICK Age 88, of Albuquerque, New Mexico died October 31, 2011 at the VA Hospice Unit of a brain tumor. Charles was born in Troy, NC on June 11, 1923 to Fred Stanback Lemons and Minnie Lee (Blake) Lemons. Charles entered the US Army Air Corp in 1942 and proudly served his country through three wars, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, retiring in July, 1972 with the rank of Lt. Col. Among other honors he received the Bronze Star. Charles remained close to his military comrades and organized reunions for the 55th Troop Carrier Squadron and the Holloman AFB Photo Squadron. Charles graduated from the University of Albuquerque after he retired. After he retired from the Air Force he opened Landmark Realtors in Albuquerque and was in business until this year. Charles married the love of his life, Elizabeth "Libby" Lemons in July, 1947. They had one daughter Wanda, and they celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii, one of Charles favorite destinations. He loved travel and photography, and he and Libby visited most of the 50 states during retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents Fred Stanback Lemons and Minnie (Blake) Lemons and his brother Frank Lemons. Charles is survived by wife Elizabeth "Libby" Lemons; daughter Wanda Umber and husband Roger; his sister, Jane Holland of High Point, NC. A Visitation will be held Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Carlisle Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 10:00 am in the Carlisle Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, a graveside service will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:15 pm with full military honors. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of the VA Hospice Unit, VA Cooperative Studies Program, and Senior Helpers for their support as well as the VA Chaplain's Service, the Kirtland AFB Chapel Community and Mesa View United Methodist Church. Memorial gifts may be made to the New Mexico VA Health Care System in Albuquerque, NM or to the Loma Linda Proton Beam Radiation Therapy Program, 11175 Mountainview Ave., Loma Linda, CA 92354.

 
LtCol (ret) Lester Kinkade, 67th RTS, passed away on May 28, 2011 in Marietta, Georgia.

Les Kinkade receiving a check from LtCol George      
                June 23, 1927 - May 28, 2011

 

Lester Dean Frank Kinkade (Lt. Col. USAF, Ret.), age 83, was called to the Lord on May 28, 2011 in Marietta, Ga. He was born June 23, 1927 in Lansing, Mich., the son of Robert C. Kinkade and Susan Oswalt Kinkade.

Lester Dean received a bachelors’ degree from Austin College and a master’s degree from American University.  He married Betty Anne Evans on Dec. 29, 1953 in Houston. A career officer in the U.S. Air Force, Lester Dean served in both Korea and Vietnam. After a diverse and rewarding U.S. Air Force career, Lester and his wife Betty retired to Wharton in 1975 where he was employed at Wharton County Junior College. He was a Mason, Rotarian, member of the American Legion and VFW.

 

LtCol (ret) Peter C. Preston, 67 RTS, passed away on
January 15, 2011 in Mathews, Virginia.
  No obituary found

       July 14, 1935 - January 15, 2011

     Pete and Sally Preston 1965                       Sally and Pete at the 2000 Reunion


LtCol (ret) Alfred M. Kamajian, Commander 67 RTS, passed away on October 7, 2010 in Gig Harbor, Washington.  No obituary found.


October 24, 1916 - October 7, 2010



TSgt (ret) John Schwartz, 67 RTS, passed away on September 12, 2010 in Gastonia, North Carolina.

   August 3, 1930 - September 12, 2010


Memorial for John Joseph Schwartz, Jr. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana on Aug. 3, 1930 Departed on Sep. 12, 2010 and resided in Gastonia, NC. Visitation: Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2010 Service: Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2010 Cemetery: Gaston Memorial Park Please click on the links above for locations, times, maps, and directions. Dateline : Gastonia, NC John Joseph Schwartz, Jr, 80, passed away at home on Sunday, September 12, 2010. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of the late John Joseph Schwartz and Virginia DiGiovanni Schwartz. A veteran of the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired from the U.S. Air Force. Retired from the planning department of the City of Gastonia, Mr. Schwartz is a graduate of Gaston College and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was a former member of the Gastonia Evening Lions Club. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lois Broome Schwartz; sons and daughter-in-law, John Joseph Schwartz, III and wife Anita Spargo Schwartz of Gastonia; and Michael H. Schwartz of Gastonia; brother, David A. Schwartz of New Orleans, Louisiana; sisters, Virgie S. Foret of New Orleans, Louisiana and Lillian S. Morris of Minden, Louisiana; granddaughter, Jennifer S. Perry and husband, Christopher Perry of Huntersville; great-grandchildren, Abby Perry and Marissa Perry of Huntersville; and numerous nephews, nieces, great nieces and great nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph P. Schwartz; and sister, Rose Agnes Lampo. A funeral service will be held at the Founders Chapel of McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia, 2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 15, 2010. Rev. Laura Auten will officiate. Interment will follow in Gaston Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 12:30 until 2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice, PO Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054; Maylo United Methodist Church, 1900 Spencer Mountain Road, Gastonia, 28054; or North Carolina Lions Foundation, 7050 Camp Dogwood Drive, PO Box 39, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673. 
 


Capt Roy Cottrell, 67 RTS, passed away on July 14, 2010 in Saint Louis, Missouri.

     Roy at his desk                                                 Roy and Martha at the 2000 Reunion
November 3, 1939 - July 14, 2010

Roy Cottrell entered into rest on Wednesday, July 14, 2010.  He was born Nov. 3, 1939, to Jim and Odessa Cottrell in Frankford. Roy faithfully served his country in Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. In 1960 he married Martha Lynn in Columbia, and spent his career working for Union Pacific.

He is survived by his wife; his children, Cathy Cottrell of St. Louis, Ken (Angie) Cottrell of St. Louis and Craig (Deanna) Cottrell of O’Fallon; grandchildren Jeff Cottrell, Kevin Cottrell, Dustin Cottrell and Sadie Cottrell.

He is also survived by his sister, Wanda Runyon of Vandalia, Billy (Virginia) Cottrell of Center and Wayne (Lillie Ann) Cottrell of New London. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James Cottrell. Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO



Major (ret) Hal O'Rourke, 67 RTS, passed away on March 10, 2010 in Lanexa, Virginia. 
January 9, 1944 - March 10, 2010

Harold J. O'Rourke, 66, of Lanexa, passed away March 10, 2010.  Hal was born in Chicago, Ill., and retired as a Major from the United States Air Force. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Susan. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Vincent Funeral Home, 9923 Pocahontas Trail, Providence Forge, Va.  Memorial contributions can be made to VCU Massey Cancer Center, Development Office, P.O. Box 980214, Richmond, VA 23298-0214.  


SSgt Duane Hall, 67 RTS and 548 RTS, passed away on
February 28, 2010 in Vernal, Utah.


December 8, 1930 - February 28, 2010

Duane Hall was born in Vernal, Utah, on December 8, 1930 to Emmett Alfred Hall and Irene Frances Wilcoxson Hall, the third of seven children. 

Duane attended school at both Central and Maeser Elementaries. Duane, his twin brother Wayne, and Holt Wardle started the wrestling program in 1946 at Uintah High School. He graduated in 1948 from Uintah High.

After graduating from high school, Duane enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served four years, two years of that time in Korea. 

Upon returning from military service, he married his high school sweetheart, Merlene McNeill, on November 1, 1952. Later on April 4, 1966 they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They have four children.

Duane and Merlene owned Duane Hall Trucking for 17 years. They had a large fleet of water trucks servicing oil companies in Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Idaho, California, and Colorado.

Duane started the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5560 in 1989 in Vernal. He planned and designed the Veteran War Memorial on the Uintah County Building lawn. Duane, along with Bob Williams, brought the helicopter near the memorial. He served as the Commander of the VFW Post for 19 years. In September 2009, for health reasons, he resigned.

Duane loved playing his guitar with his daughter, Sharlene, and his friends. He played and sang at many community programs and funerals.

Duane is a member of the LDS Church. He held several callings. He did much good both public and private when he served as Elders Quorum President. He served on the Uintah County Care Center Board for several years. He was a member of the Vernal Roping Club when it was started in 1953. He also served on the Selective Service Board.

Duane loved the American flag and all it symbolized. He gave many flags away. He enjoyed talking to anyone who had been in the service of our country. Duane wrote and published a book on his years serving our country in the Korean War. He was passionately devoted to his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren and it was his joy to have them come around.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Wayne & his wife Jackie, Weldon, Dennis, and Kathryn.

He is survived by his wife, Merlene Hall; and children, Clark D. (Beverly) Hall of Vernal; Stacy (Cathy) Hall of Provo; Sharlene (Sam) Howard of Vernal; and Lt. Col. Mitchell (Faye) Hall of Lake Point, Utah. He had 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by siblings Gratton (Betty) Hall, sister-in-law Margie Hall, brother-in-law Kent Jackson, Buck (Glena) Hall, Bill (Jolene) Carter, Gaytha (Maury) Morningstar, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 4, at the Vernal 6th Ward Chapel, 850 West 100 North, at 11 a.m. There will be a viewing Wednesday, March 3, in the Relief Society Room at the church from 6 to 8:00 pm and one hour prior to services in the same place.

Arrangements by Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. Compassionate services by Vernal 6th Ward Relief Society.

 
 
Burial:
Rock Point Cemetery 
Maeser
Uintah County
Utah, USA

 


From back cover of book

The book written by Duane and Ben Hardy:
  
Photographic Aerial Reconnaissance and Interpretation Korea, 1950-52, Ben Hardy and Duane Hall 
From Korean War Project (KWP) member Ben Hardy this book is 124 pages with many illustrations and documents.

Hardy and Hall have put together a record of their very personal experiences while stationed 
in the Far East Air Forces during the early stages of the war, with well over 100 photographic and document illustrations.  Missions were flown by un-armed planes piloted by dedicated aircrew. Supported on the ground by the flight line crews and the technical staff of the photographic and operations staff.
From Ted Barker: As a former "PI" and "OPS Intel" type, this book strikes a personal chord.


MSgt (ret) Robert Jelinek, 67 RTS, passed away on February 22, 2010 in Chisago City, Minnesota.

January 9, 1944 - February 22, 2010

Age 69 Of Chisago City Passed away peacefully on February 22, 2010 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Preceded in death by parents Robert & Betty Jane Jelinek. He is survived by Gail, his loving wife of 44 years; daughter Kimberley (Todd) Husby; grandchildren, Madison and Tyler; siblings, Carole (Erlin) Johnson, Cathleen (Dick) Bernard, John (Cheryl) Jelinek, Jeff (Mary) Jelinek; and many nieces and nephews. Robert retired as Master Sergeant from the US Air Force after 23 years of service. He later retired from West Publishing. The family wishes to thank all the wonderful, caring, loving staff at Parmly Transitional Care. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 26, 2010 at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 1250 South Shore Drive, Forest Lake. Visitation 4-7 PM, Thursday at Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake. Visitation will continue 9-10 AM, Friday at Mattson Funeral Home. Interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.


Col (ret) Sam Custer, 67 RTS, passed away on December 28, 2009, Alexandria, Virginia.

January 23, 1921 - 28 December 2009

SAMUEL A. CUSTER Air Force Colonel (ret) Samuel Allebach Custer, 88, a retired Air Force Colonel who served during World War II, the Korean, and Vietnam Wars died on December 28, 2009. Col. Custer was born in Emmaus, PA in 1921. He retired from the United States Air Force in 1971 with 29 years of service. In 1972 he became the Assistant Chief of Staff of the Defense Mapping Agency; retiring from that Agency as Executive Assistant to the Director in 1981. He served with the 8th Air Force in the European Theater in WWII as the Photo Lab Commander of the 2nd Photo Tech Sqd, 325 Wing Reconnaissance. After WWII he was separated from active duty but was an active member of the Air Force Reserves. Between 1946 and 1950 he was employed as a forester for the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, and later became the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association until recalled to active duty for Korea in 1950. During the period from 1950 to 1971 he held various Command and Staff positions in the area of reconnaissance, mapping, charting, and geodesy. Those assignments included Commander of the 363rd and 548th Recon Tech Squadrons; Chief, Tech Photo Division, ARDC; Director, Recon Tech Intelligence, 5th Air Force; Chief, Plans and Programs, Aero Chart and Info Center; Chief, Maps and Chart Production, Air Staff; and Chief Maps and Chart Group, Defense Intelligence Agency. Col. Custer graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. degree in Forestry and also received Masters Degrees from Boston University and George Washington University. Additionally he graduated from the Air Command and Staff School and the Air War College. His military decorations included five Commendation Medals, four battle stars and the Legion of Merit; civilian decorations included the Defense Mapping Agency Distinguished Civilian Service Medal. He was a resident of Springfield, VA since 1967 and a member and Elder Emeritus of Grace Presbyterian Church; a member of the Military Officers Association of America, a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association and was active in the Boy Scout program for many years. Col. Custer and his wife moved to The Fairfax military retirement community at Fort Belvoir in 2002 where he was a member of the Board of Directors, Army Retirement Residence Foundation-Potomac, and a member of the Resident Council. Recently he was awarded the Distinguished Fellow at Penn State Mt. Alto. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Charlotte S. Custer; three children Karen Krupa Henkel (Robert) of Greenville, NC; Major General (Ret.) Scott S. Custer (Liset) of Springfield, VA; and Jeffery D. Custer (Susan) of Midlothian, VA; six grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, VA 22150 or Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD, 20850-5168. Visitation at Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22151, Sunday Jan 3, 2010 from 6-8 PM. Memorial Service at Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath St, Springfield, VA 22150 on Monday, Jan 4, 2010 at 1PM. Funeral Service at the Ft Myer Old Post Chapel, on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 11AM. Internment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors.Funeral Service at the Ft Myer Old Post Chapel, on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 11AM. Internment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors.  Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 31



Maj (ret) Darrel R. Marshall, 67 RTS, passed away on
December 28, 2009, in Tucson, Arizona.

             August 7, 1932 - December 28, 2009

Darrel R. Marshall, 77, died December 28, 2009.

He was a retired Major in the U.S. Air Force, receiving numerous medals and awards including two Bronze Stars and Bronze Star Medal for service in Vietnam.  Following his military career he was a professor, author and educational advisor at the University of Arizona.   He is survived by his sons, Brad (Pat), Doug (Karen) and Dan (Jane); grandchildren, Robert, Cathy, Ethan, Ian, Emma and Christian; and his brother, Jim (Kay).  Darrel was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie.   Visitation 8:30 a.m. until Service time, at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 31, 2009 at BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway. Interment to follow at Tucson Memorial Park East Lawn.   (Obituary published in Tucson Daily Star, 12/30/2009.)

 

 


Capt Terry Reilly, 67 RTS, passed away on May 24, 2009 in Plano, Texas
.  No obituary found.

                   Terry Anne and Terry Reilly at the 2000 67th Reunion

                         Lt Terry Reilly 1961
              September 19, 1929 - May 24 2009


LtCol (ret) John Paulman, 67 RTS Commander, passed away on
June 16, 2008 in Reston, Virginia.


  April 14, 1922 - June 16, 2008                  John and Albina Paulman at the 2000 67th Reunion

John R. Paulman, Lt Col, USAF (Ret) Cartographer, Reconnaissance Technologist, Functional Analyst On Monday, June 16, 2008 of Reston, VA. Beloved husband of Albina K Paulman. Devoted father of Toni D. Dewey and Dolores J. Butler; grandfather of Lt Michelle Dewey Kibodeaux (USN) and Paul Dewey; great grandfather of Deven Kibodeaux and Nathanial Dewey; brother of Ethel, Delores (deceased), James (deceased), and Frank (deceased), son of Harold (deceased) and Edna Mae Breakwell (deceased). A "Legend" in his own lifetime, Col Paulman was widely known and respected for his technical knowledge and his ability to envision, develop, and realize the excellence in the people, programs, and products for which he was responsible. To read testimonials about this amazing man; use Google.Com to search for "john r paulman" and select " Asia from Above: The 67th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron " by Colonel Roy M. Stanley, II, USAF (Ret. ) Viewing on Saturday, June 28, at Adams-Green Funeral Home 721 Elden St, Herndon, VA 20170 from 1 PM to 4 PM. Burial at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, September 3 at 9:00 AM.

CMSgt (ret) Bill Chambers, 67 RTS, passed away on June 8, 2008 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

October 6, 1924 - June 8, 2008

William R. (Bill) Chambers, age 83, passed away June 8, 2008 with the love of his life at his side, at Twin Rivers in Arkadelphia. Bill was the son of Jane and Will B. Chambers. He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Mary, a son Jim Chambers, wife Sandi of Atlanta, GA and daughter Linda Grantham, husband Lonnie of Fairbanks, AK. Granddaughters Traci Leslie, husband Hugh of Skandia, MI, Mitzi Mercer, husband Robert of Tupelo, MS, and Kelly Polson, husband Robby of Greenville, MS. Bill also had eight wonderful great grandchildren he adored. He is also survived by his brother Bob in Green valley, AZ, and sister Jean Persak of Gainsville, GA.

He always gave of himself first with his family and in our community. He volunteered at Baptist Health Medical Center with wife Mary where she will continue to share his giving spirit.

Bill served his country for 30 years starting with his enlistment in the Army for World War II in 1942. He was in Europe with the forces that relieved Bastone. He continued his service with the US Air force during the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. He served with distinction until his retirement in 1973.

Bill was a member of Arkadelphia Masonic Lodge #381, a 32nd Degree mason, a member of Scimitar Shrine Temple, and Arkadelphia Chapter #378 Order of Eastern Star. He served as Worshipful Master of Arkadelphia Lodge and in 2007 was awarded the “Pillars of Solomon” a Grand Lodge award for long and faithful service to the Masonic Fraternity. Bill served as Worthy Patron of Arkadelphia Chapter OES several times and worked for the Order for many years. He was given special recognition by Arkansas Grand Chapter by being appointed as Grand Chapter Dad for 2008.   Bill was a special man loved by many and his presence will be missed, but his spirit will be forever within us all.

Services will be Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. in the Ruggles-Wilcox Chapel with Rev. Greg Lathem Officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 PM Monday at Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home.   In Lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospital Auxiliary would be greatly appreciated.


MSgt (ret) Bob Boyett, 67 RTS, passed away on July 18, 2007 in Leesburg, Virginia.

January 19, 1928 - July 18, 2007

 Robert P. Boyett, 79, of Leesburg, died July 18 at Inova Loudoun Hospital.  Born in Dothan, AL, he served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as Master Sergeant. He worked for 17 years as a photo interpreter with the CIA.  He is survived by his brother James Boyett of Griffin, GA; and sister Norma Cox of Salem, SC and six grandchildren. Other family members include his companion Gale Lowry and her daughters Pamela Risque and Stephanie Ange all of Leesburg.  The funeral was held Monday at Loudoun Funeral Chapel in Leesburg. Interment was at Union Cemetery in Leesburg.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 124 Park Street, SE Vienna, VA 22183-0699.  [Loudoun Funeral Chapels

 

Capt Benson "Ben" HardyCaptain (Although inurnment says SSGT) , 67 RTS and 548 RTS, passed away on May 9, 2006, in Santee, California.
      
November 22, 1920 - May 9, 2006


From back cover of book
Book written by Ben Hardy and Duane Hall (Died Feb 28, 2010):
  
Photographic Aerial Reconnaissance and Interpretation Korea, 1950-52, Ben Hardy and Duane Hall 
From Korean War Project (KWP) member Ben Hardy this book is 124 pages with many illustrations and documents.

Hardy and Hall have put together a record of their very personal experiences while stationed 
in the Far East Air Forces during the early stages of the war, with well over 100 photographic and document illustrations.  Missions were flown by un-armed planes piloted by dedicated aircrew. Supported on the ground by the flight line crews and the technical staff of the photographic and operations staff.
From Ted Barker: As a former "PI" and "OPS Intel" type, this book strikes a personal chord.


Major (ret) Bill Glass, 67 RTS, passed away on September 9, 2005, in Denver, Colorado.  No obituary found.
December 25, 1920 - September 9, 2005

 

MSgt (ret) Michael Sheil, 67 RTS, passed away on February 26, 2005 in Maryville, Missouri.
November 13, 1932 - February 26, 2005


Michael Sheil remembers leading the "stacker horse" all day - up and back - for 50-cents a day; cutting cockle burrs, shocking oats and later throwing hay bales in the summer around Maloy.

He also remembers the big hired hand dinners that accompanied the work. Summers spent swimming, playing and fishing on the Platte River constitute another favorite memory.

Mike attended NWMSU at Maryville after high school graduation (1950). He went into the service in 1954. While stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, he met and married Paula Maria Helga SCHLEIFENBAUM in 1956. Helga had been trained in millinery design and purchasing and was employed by the leading women's hat manufacturer at this time.

Helga presently is the director of religious education at St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church in Maryville [Mo] where the family has made their home since Mike retired from 20-plus years in the Air Force. Mike is manager of a self-service gas station and convenience store.

While in the service, Mike also took advantage of schooling at universities in the states, earning a B.A. in earth science and a M.A. in history.

Michael and Helga are the parents of eight children, two of which were born overseas.  Martin Craig was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, is married and is a lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed in Wiesbaden. He has two children.  Christine Susanne is married and has one child. She and her family live in Omaha as does her sister Rebecca Anne.  Stephen Maurice served four years in the U.S. navy. He lives in Virginia with his wife and son.  Robert Eugene is stationed at Ft. Lee, Virginia in the army.  Francis Anthony was born on Tachilkawa Air Station in Japan. He and younger brothers, Christopher Andrew and Arnold Felix, live at home where the two younger boys attend high school.

As the German custom, a couple must be married by the state and then if you wish you may be married in a church. Mike and Helga observed this custom by being married by the justice of peace at the Ratshaus (courthouse) and the following day at Helga's parish church.


SMSgt (ret) Frank Occhiuti, 67 RTS, passed away on May 8, 2004 in New Port News, Virginia.


     February 24, 1930 - May 8, 2004.

Frank Robert Occhiuti Sr., 74, died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at Riverside Regional Medical Center. 
He was born in Fall River, Mass., and had lived on the Peninsula for the past 32 years.

Mr. Occhiuti retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1976 with 29 years of service having served in Korea. He later retired from civil service as a systems analyst where he worked at Langley AFB and Norfolk Naval Base. In his retirement, he worked part-time at Langley AFB golf course. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Te Amo Italian Club.

 He was preceded in death by his wife, Kimiko Occhiuti.

He is survived by his sons, Robert Occhiuti of Chambersburg, Pa., and Frank Occhiuti Jr. of Reading, Mass.; his daughters, Ann Jarrell of Cabin John, Md., and Kim Occhiuti of Medfield, Mass.; his brother, Joseph Occhiuti of East Longmeadow, Mass.; his sister, Ann Botelho of Fall River, Mass.; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, at the Weymouth Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Joseph Majewski. The family will receive friends following the service. Mr. Occhiuti was buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Fall River, Mass.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Care Foundation Inc., Cardiac Arrhythmia, 2082 Mickhelson Drive, Suite 301, Irvine, CA 92612.


MSgt (ret) Bob Owens, 67 RTS, passed away on May 3, 2005 in Shreveport,  Louisiana.

      26 July 1929 - May 3, 2005

Graveside services for Osborne J. "Bob" Owens, 75, will be held at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, May 5, 2005 at Forest Park Cemetery, St. Vincent Avenue. Officiating will be Father Pike Thomas.

Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2005 at Rose-Neath Marshall Street Funeral Home with a vigil service following at 7:00 p.m.

A native of Des Moines, IA, Bob was born July 26, 1929 and passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2005 at Willis-Knighton Pierremont after a brief struggle with lung cancer. Bob found great comfort in his faith as a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. He had lived most of his adult life in Shreveport and retired from Tri-State Wholesale Company with over 25 years of service. Bob served his country proudly with the U. S. Air Force. He was a member of the Shreveport Housing Authority and was active in civic affairs and had a lifelong interest in politics.

His wife, Lena Campisi Owens; parents, Osborne J. Owens, Sr., and Josephine Owens; brothers, Floyd and
Dick Owens and sisters, Arlene and Agatha Owens preceded him in death.

Suvivors are his stepson, Dale G. Cox, Jr. of Shreveport, LA; former daughter-in-law, Rebecca Hull Cox of Benton, LA; step-grandchildren, Andrew Christopher Cox of Dallas, TX and Elizabeth Ann Cox of Washington, D.C.; nieces, Peggy Mooradian, Maxine K. Murphy and Barbara Jean Goldman and nephew, Daniel Gernak all of California.

The family extends a special thanks to his devoted caregiver, Virginia Howard.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials to be made to the American Cancer Society. Rose-Neath Funeral Home Marshall St. Chapel, 222-0348.

 

 

SSgt (ret) Luther Rinehart, 67 RTS, passed away on April 10, 2005 in Spotsylvania, Virginia.  No obituary found.
June 19, 1931 - April 10, 2005


 
 1Lt Geof Hemmrich, 67 RTS, passed away on January 29, 2005 in Brentwood, Tennessee.

December 9, 1942 - January 29, 2004

Geoffrey Ernest Hemmrich,61, died suddenly on January 29, 2004. Born in Manhattan, KS, on December 9, 1942, the child of Lt. Col. Fred W. Hemmrich, deceased, and Della Canaday Hemmrich of Clarksville, TN.

Graduated from Clarksville High School and attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he was Sgt. At Arms of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Received a BS Degree from Austin Peay University and an MBA from the University of Hawaii.

As a loyal fan (25-year season ticket holder) of the University of Tennessee Football program, he rarely missed a game—either home or away—acting as a fundraiser for the Greater Nashville VASF.

He proudly served his country as a Marine in the Force RECON Unit and later as a Captain in the USAF during the Vietnam War. Member of the Army-Navy Club, Washington, DC. After returning from war, he worked within the wholesale floral industry as Vice-President of Garrison and Associates.

In 1987, he founded within the same industry Hemmrich and Associates, which he ran with his wife to represent the products of 20 floral manufacturers across the entire Southeast. An avid hunter, he was a Life Member of the NRA. Active member of Immanuel Baptist Church. His wife and his “girls”, friends and family were the light of his life which he lived with tremendous passion as he frequently delighted all he knew with great jokes, wonderful stories and wholehearted laughter.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Nancy Garrison Hemmrich, and two devoted daughters, Lee Hemmrich Hunt, Brentwood, and Susan Hemmrich Flanagan, Dallas, TX; brother, Mark Hemmrich, and 4 sisters, Paula Harris, Mary Louise Monaghan, Jody Davis, and Sara Gotcher, brothers, JB and Nicolas Hemmrich.

TSgt (ret) John Terrill, 67 RTS, passed away on December 25, 2004 in Kemah, Texas.
July 19, 1938 - December 25, 2004.

John E. Terrill was born July 19, 1938 and passed away December 25, 2004.  John retired from the U.S. Air Force and then served as a peace officer for more than 20 years.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Betty; 3 children; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Wednesday, December 29, 2004, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Forest Park East Funeral Home. Chapel services will follow Thursday, December 30, 2004, at 10:00 a.m., with interment following at Forest Park East Cemetery.  HOUSTON,TX


LTCol (ret) John C. Barrett, 67 RTS, passed away on August 1, 2003 in Fairfax, Virginia.


12 July 1930 - 1 August 2003

BARRETT, JOHN C., Lt. Col., USAF (Ret.)(Age 73)

Of Springfield, VA died at Fairfax Hospital on August 1, 2003, surrounded by his immediate family. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Ida Mullen and six children, John Jr. and his wife, Susie of Syracuse, NY, Dr. Missy Breckenridge and her husband, Jim of Erie, PA, Catherine Janosky and her husband, Tom of Little Rock, AR, Sissy Weisbrook and her husband, Ron of Huntingtown, MD, Genevieve Goodwin and her husband, David of Richmond, VA and Suzanne Barrett of Reston, VA. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren; his brother, William and sister, Catherine.

Funeral services for John Barrett will be held at the Catholic Church of the Nativity, Burke, VA, Monday, August 4, 2003 at 11 a.m. Interment in Arlington National Cemetery on September 26, 2003. A viewing is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, August 3 at the DEMAINE FUNERAL HOME, Springfield, VA. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Levin Group Home, 2511 Freetown Dr., Reston, VA 20191. (703) 453-0445.

John Barrett, Jr said:   September 15th, 2016 3:27 pm:  

I saw my mother's picture in the 67th at play photos, Ida Barrett. My father, LTC John Barrett died 1 Aug 2003 and is buried in Arlington. He loved his time with the 67th and 6091st. 


Capt David Nohling, 67 RTS, passed away on November 24, 2002 in Chicago, Illinois.

December 28 1936 -                 Dave and Fran Nohling at the 2000 67th Reunion
November 24, 2002


David L. Nohling / Purple Panda on 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'

It was David L. Nohling's elevated sense of humor that set him apart, not the bulky, purple, quilted costume that he wore on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Mr. Nohling, who originated the role of Purple Panda, died Sunday at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 65.

Born in Kenosha, Wis., he followed a five-year stint in the Air Force with a job at a Boston public television station. He moved to Pittsburgh in 1968 to work off-camera at WQED, where he served as a producer/director, associate director of School Services programs, and executive assistant. His jovial nature led him on-camera. Mr. Nohling was a popular fixture on WQED's benefit auctions.

"He was always willing to wear a costume and act funny," said Fran Nohling, 66, his wife of 42 years. "Our children would turn on the auction and there was their father in a tutu wearing a wig. One day at the station at lunch, Fred Rogers said, 'You have a great face for a puppet.'"

During the 1970s, Mr. Nohling originated the role of the gregarious Purple Panda with the robotic voice.

"Many people have worn the Purple Panda costume through the years," said Rogers, "but David Nohling ... set the stage and the tone for what this character would be. Through his voice and his actions, he was able to create a character that, even though he was very big, children were never afraid of it. One of the reasons was that David had an advanced sense of whimsy."

While in Pittsburgh, Mr. Nohling taught broadcast communication at Robert Morris College, Carlow College and the University of Pittsburgh. He left WQED in 1981 and relocated his family to a town outside Chicago, where he produced corporate videos for Arthur Anderson and assisted the United Way.

"He always brought humor into his presentation style and he was just like that at home, too," said Fran Nohling. "He was a man who liked to have fun and spread it around."

Mr. Nohling was a member of the American Legion in Geneva, Ill., and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in Illinois and Massachusetts.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Nohling is survived by a son, Lars, of Plato Center, Ill.; a daughter, Elisabeth Marshall, of Richmond, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Carol Hawkinson of Bradenton, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 14 in Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Ill. Donations in his name may be made to United Way of St. Charles, 440 S. Third St., PO Box 473, St. Charles, Ill., 60174, or Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1145 North Fifth Ave., St. Charles, Ill., 60174.




 LtCol (ret) Lawrence U. Gray, 67 RTS Commander, passed away on February 5, 2001 in La Verne, California.  No obituary found.

         May 18, 1922 - February 5, 2001                                         



Col (ret) Dan George, 67 RTS Commander, passed away on
March 16, 2000, in Alexandria, Virginia.


                     February 2, 1920 - March 16, 2000

Daniel T. George, 80, an Air Force Colonel who retired in 1966 as an intelligence director at Strategic Air Command headquarters in Nebraska, died of renal failure March 16, 2000, at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He lived in Alexandria, Virginia.

Colonel George was born in Windber, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Nebraska.

He began his career in the Army Corps of Engineers in 1940 and served in England and Belgium during World War II with the Army Air Forces.  He later was posted with the Air Force to Nanking, China, and served as a squadron commander in Japan.

After he retired, Colonel George was Washington office manager for Fairchild Camera and Perkin-Elmer Corp., an optical equipment manufacturer.  He was a Mason and member of the Air Force Association and Retired Officers Organization.

His honors included a Bronze Star, Legion of Merit and Air Force Commendation Medal.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Gloria D. George of Alexandria; a daughter, Danielle Hatfield of Fairfax; a brother; a sister; and a grandson.



TSgt (ret) Walter A. Winkleman, 67 RTG and 548 RTG Photo Lab, passed away on February 24, 1997 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  No obituary found.


           24 May, 1933 - February 24, 1997



LtCol (ret) William Harry Echert,  67 RTS Commander, passed away 16 May 1994 in Seattle Washington.  No obituary found.
23 Sep 1920 - 16 May 1994



LtCol (ret) DeMay H. White, 67 RTS Commander, passed away on November 5, 1992, in Reseda, California.  No obituary found.


           August 8, 1922 - November 5, 1992



Capt Richard H. Fisher Jr., 67 RTS and 548 RTG, passed away on August 29, 1992, in San Bernardino, California.  No obituary found.

 April 13, 1940 - August 29,1992

        Capt Richard Fisher 1973 Photo             Fumiko and Capt Richard Fisher at 67th Dining In

                                         Richard and Fumiko in Hawaii 1966


LtCol (ret) Joseph F. Condon, 67 RTS Commander, passed away on February 7, 1992, in North Chatham, Massachusetts.  No obituary found.
 
LtCol Condon at his FIGMO party at Kimpo AB, Korea
January 28, 1915 - February 7, 1992.


Col (ret) Wesley Fillmore Wallace 67 RTS Commander, passed away 22 March 1985 in Sacramento, California.  No obituary found.
                                        14 Apr 1916 - 22 Mar 1985




LtCol (ret) Schuyler S. Harris, 67 RTS Commander, passed away on August 4, 1984, in Little Rock, Arkansas.  No obituary found.


February 2, 1915 - August 4, 1984.


TSgt (ret) Gerald L "Gerry" Munroe, 67 RTS and 548 RTG, passed away on January 16, 1975 in Seattle, Washington.  No obituary found.

Gerry at his retirement party at the 548th in September 1974
                     with the late Col Vandenberg
                 March 21, 1940 - January 16, 1975



Maj (ret) Roy G. Edwards, 
67 RTS Photo Lab OIC. mid-1959 - mid-1962, passed away on October 14, 1974 at the McDill AFB Hospital, Florida.  No obituary found.


        Major Roy Edwards             Buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Durant, Florida

 

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