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6WSAA  OBITUARIES

Robert "Bob" G. Plisek - 1945 - 2016  Robert Gene Plisek, 71, of Dewey, OK passed away with loved ones by his side, Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the Jane Phillips Hospital in Bartlesville, OK. He was born August 9, 1945 in Nowata, OK to Rudolph and Alice Plisek. Robert served over 20 years in the Armed Forces of Army and Air Force where he retired as a Tech Sergeant. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) in 1976 – 77 and was a member of 6WSAA. Robert is survived by his son Lonnie Cort and wife Tammy of Springfield, Missouri, daughter Pamela White and husband James and their two children of Derby, KS, and by a previous marriage two step children, two brothers, Duane Plisek and wife Patricia of Bartlesville, OK and Lonnie Plisek of Dewey, OK, two sisters, Janice Price and husband James of Rogersville, MO and Gaye Cantellay and husband Mike of Enid, OK and many nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents Rudolph and Alice Plisek, a son Tony D. Plisek, two brothers: Charles A. Plisek and Leon A. Plisek, three sisters: Caroline Brewer, Lou Ann Viles, Betty Jo Nadine and Frances Joy Kelley.

Howard H. Schmidt - 1925 - 2016  Howard H. Schmidt, 90, Wittenberg, WI died on Monday, April 11, 2016 at Ministry St. Clare's Hospital, Weston. He was born on May 12, 1925 in Edgar, the son of the late Rev. Karl and Laura (Junge) Schmidt. Howard attended grades 1 through 8 in Strasbourg Saskatchewan, Canada and then moved to Merrill in 1939. Howard was drafted in the United States Army in 1944. He served in Germany during World War II in the Glider Infantry which was part of the 1st Allied Airborne Army that crossed the Rhine River near Wessel. He was awarded Glider Wings, Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star. Howard was discharged in 1946. Upon discharge, Howard returned to graduate High school in Merrill. He then served in the Navy Reserve from 1947-1951. On September 7, 1952, Howard was united in marriage to Lola Voigt in Hamburg, WI. She survives. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force and served in the Weather Service in the United States, Greenland, Germany and Korea. He retired from the Air Force after 23 years of service. He was a member of 6WSAA and served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mob) from 1953 to 1955. Howard graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point in 1975 and taught fourth and fifth grades at Sacred Heart School in Polonia for 11 years. Howard was active in the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Wittenberg Lions. He was also a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wittenberg serving as past congregation president, the Bloecher-Johnson American Legion Post #502, Wittenberg and the Elderon Memorial Post #8068 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Howard was honored to take part in the Never Forgotten Honor flight and was also presented with the Quilt of Honor from the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Survivors include his wife, Lola, Wittenberg; children, Steven H. Schmidt, Elderon, Carla (Jesse) Hanke, Wittenberg and Timothy J. Schmidt, Tigerton; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Randy) Jannusch, Alan (Kayla) Hanke, Carl (Melissa) Baron, Joshua Breitrick and Samual Schmidt; eight great-grandchildren, Kara, Makenna, Saul, Wyatt, Taya, Morgan, Owen and Annika and many other nieces, nephews and other relatives. Howard was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ruth Schmidt and Mae Muschinske and one brother, Roger Schmidt.

Elmo Reddick - January 31, 1935 - September 27, 2016. Elmo Eugene "Gene" Reddick, 81, of Midwest City, OK, passed away September 27, 2016. He was born in Denver, Colorado to Elmo and Grace Reddick. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) from 1963 to 1970 at Tinker AFB, OK and was a member of 6WSAA. Gene is survived by his wife, Claire Reddick of the home; his children, Kathy, Kenny, Karen, Kristy, and Kevin Reddick; brother, Barry Reddick; and all his grandchildren. Gene was loved by many other family members and a host of friends.

James "Jim" H. Adair - 1937 - 2016 James H. Adair, age 78 died Saturday July 30, 2016 in Rio Hondo, Texas. He served many years in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) at Tinker AFB, OK starting in 1958 supporting many projects and retired from the Air Force in 1978 taking a job with the Weather Bureau.

 

Wilbur A. Biggs - May 30, 1948 - February 12, 2016  Wilbur A. Biggs, age 67 of Monticello, passed away Friday, February 12, 2016 at his home. He was born May 30, 1948 in Gould, AR to the late Allen Price Biggs, Jr. and Gay Nell Clarke Biggs. He was retired from the United States Air Force, a retired truck driver and a member of Ladelle Baptist Church. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) from 1970 to 1973 at Tinker AFB, OK and was a member of 6WSAA. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Rusty Biggs and a sister, Sara Mae Maxwell. He was an avid outdoorsman where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and cooking. He was referred to as the “gentle giant”, loving the Lord, his family and friends with all of his heart and might. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Biggs of Monticello; two sons, Jason Biggs and John Biggs both of Ashville, NC; one brother, Allen Biggs and wife Petra of Cattle Mills, TX; three stepdaughters, Michele Koppel and husband Jason, Denna Luedecke and Shelia Verser; two stepsons, Steve Luedecke and Kelly Luedecke; a number of step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Robert "Bob" L. Dawson - February 12, 1944 - March 5, 2015 Mr. Robert Lester “Bob” Dawson, 71 died Thursday March 5, 2015 at The University of Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL; he was the son of the late John William and Nellie Mae Lassiter Dawson. He is preceded in death by one brother. He had made Lake City his home for the past eleven years after moving here from Tulsa, OK; he was a member of Parkview Baptist Church and taught Sunday school at the Lifestyle Enrichment Center, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening, reading, music and watching old movies. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) from 1964 to 1967 at Tinker AFB, OK and was a member of 6WSAA. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-one years of marriage Hazel Dawson, Lake City, FL; four daughters Carla McMillian (Jim) Gainesville, FL; Marnie Allayne Smith (Kenneth) Kannapolis, NC; Chanda Reyes (Victor) Jacksonville, FL; and Angela Nicole Boos (Michael) St. Johns, FL; one sister Edith Beck (Bernard) Gainesville, FL; six grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive.

John "Tom" Grace, JR. - John Thomas Grace, Jr. – Oct 5, 1936 - Feb 4, 2015 John (Tom) was born in Allen, OK on October 5, 1936 to John Thomas Sr. and Dorothy Mae (Grove) Grace. Tom married Mary Spears on October 5 1968 at Oklahoma Coty, OK and they resided in Pink, OK. Tom served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1974. During that time he proudly served in Ethiopia, Greenland and completed two tours of Vietnam. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) from 1962 to 1967 at Tinker AFB, OK and was a member of 6WSAA. He was recognized with many Awards and Commendations. Tom was also a 42 year member of the Del City Lodge 536, Del City, OK. After retiring from the Air Force Tom and Mary moved  to “Para Dice” in Ringold, OK.  Where they fished from Pine Creek Lake and raised a garden for 22 years. The past 11 years Tom and Mary lived near family members in Pink, OK. Tom is preceded in death by his parents, John Grace, Sr. and Dorothy Mae Grace; and his sister La Von E. Graham. He leaves behind to cherish his memory seven children, JoAnn Coleman and husband Doug, Martha Porch and husband Greg, Dorothy Crabtree and husband Mike, La Von Jablonski and husband Ski, Vicky Bryan and husband Terry, Sharon Giddens and husband Larry, Chris Crites and wife Patty; two sisters Betty Inglish and husband Loren, Donna Hayes and husband Bernard; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Carle "Hammer" Clarke - 1938 - 2015  Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, Retired      Carle H. Clarke, 76, passed away on Jan. 26, 2015, in El Paso, Texas. He was born on Feb. 13, 1938, in Augusta, Maine, to Warren and Marian (Worcester) Clarke. Carle Clarke retired as a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force in 1978. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) from 1959 to 1963 at Tinker AFB, OK and was a member of 6WSAA. He was a lifetime member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 1897 and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7686, the American Legion, the Loyal Order of the Moose 2016 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Airie 4101. Survivors include his wife, Margret Clarke of the family home; two daughters, Jennifer Hyde along with her partner Wayne Boesch of Alamogordo; Rhonda Moreno and her husband Hector Moreno of Alamogordo; two sons Stephen Hyde and his wife Katherine of Tennessee, and Robert Hyde and his wife Tammy of Hobbs, along with 11 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.

Kenneth "Ken" D. Robinson - Kenneth D. Robinson passed away quietly at his home in Tucson, Arizona on January 21, 2015. He was dedicated to his country, serving in both Korea and Vietnam, he gave 25 years to his career in the military. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) from 1973 to 1977 at Tinker AFB, OK and was a member of 6WSAA. At the age of 81 he is survived by his wife Hideko Robinson, two children Janet (Bruce) Smith and John (Robyn) Robinson, two brothers Jim Robinson and Gary Robinson, five grandchildren Ryan Smith, Alexa Burke, Lindsey Smith, Kristyn Robinson, Brittany Robinson, and one great grandchild Wilder Smith. Devoted son of Donald and Mary Robinson, loving husband, father and grandfather, true and loyal friend.

Robert "Bongo" Bongiovanni -  June 6, 1941 - September 9, 2014, Robert Bongiovanni died on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at the Abington Hospice in Warminster. He was 73 years of age. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Josephine Constanza Bongiovanni. He had been a Churchville resident for the past 30 years and had previously lived in Dover, DE.  Mr. Bongiovanni was a retired Chief Master Sergeant in the US Air Force. He had been stationed at Dover Air Base in Delaware and at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station in Willow Grove, PA as well as many other bases. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) from 1960 to 1963 at Tinker AFB, OK and was a member of 6WSAA. After his retirement from the Air Force he was  an employee of the Aetna Insurance Company in Blue Bell. Robert was a member of American Legion Post 79 in New Hope, PA. He was a communicant of Saint Vincent de Paul Parish in Richboro. Robert was the devoted brother of Mary Julliano, of FL, Lillian Alasevich of Hatboro, Sam Bongiovanni of Rio Grande, NJ, , and. He was the beloved companion of Elizabeth Saunders of Philadelphia. He is also survived by several nieces and nephew. 

Ernest "Ernie" Edwards - EDWARDS, Ernest Charles "Ernie" Late of Deception Bay. Passed away suddenly 6th August, 2014. Aged 79 Years Dearly Beloved Husband of Hildegard (dec'd). Loved Father of Ernie (dec'd), Chris (dec'd), Errol and Wendy, Lynette and Steve. Loving Opa and Great-Opa to their Families. Ernie and his wife Hilde and their family became associated with 6th Weather Squadron in 1962 when we had a team  assigned to Garove Island in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea as a part of AST-7 Photo Mapping mission. The team, Jerry William, Dave Weiner and Jerry Parr spent 7 months on the island and developed a close friendship with the Edwards family.  Dave and Ernie remained in touch over the years with correspondence and phone calls.  Ernie and his son Errol were guests of honor at the 6thWSAA reunion in 2010.

Kenneth M. "Mike" Heatherton - Kenneth Michael "Mike" Heatherton, 68, of Johnston, Iowa, formerly of Mason City, passed from this life suddenly on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, at Iles Dunn's Chapel in Des Moines. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 18, at the funeral home. Private family committal services will take place at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel. Mike was born on January 18, 1946, in Waterloo, IA, to Kenneth Raymond and Marilyn June (Marmie) Heatherton. He was raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa and later grew up in Mason City. Mike attended Accounting-Hamilton Business College and was a U.S. Air Force veteran during Vietnam War. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) from ‘65 to ‘67 and was a member of 6WSAA. For more than 25 years, he was employed with the U.S. Post Office as a Postal Clerk, retiring in 2004. In 1991, Mike moved to the Des Moines area. On December 3, 2004, he was united in marriage to Kathy Keller. He enjoyed cooking, fishing, walking and golfing. Mike loved spending time with his family whom he dearly loved, as well as going to his grandchildrens' sport events. He also loved his two granddoggies, "Abby" and "Whitney". Mike was a wonderful, generous, loving, caring and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend; He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kathy Heatherton of Johnston; two daughters, Amy (Bruce) Wyborny of Nora Springs, IA and Sara (Colin) Bengfort of West Des Moines; sister, Linda Heatherton and fiancé, Don Starcevich of West Des Moines; three grandchildren, Aubrey, Rachel and Kyle Wyborny all of Nora Springs; and a host of several extended family members and many friends. Mike was preceded into eternal life by his parents.

Bernard "Barney" Pusin - Col. Bernard "Barney" Pusin, U. S. Air Force (ret.), born June 29, 1916, passed away peacefully Friday, April 11, 2014. Barney was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up there after spending his early years in Powers Lake, North Dakota, and a short time in Long Beach, California. He thoroughly enjoyed his military career with the Air Weather Service, where he served as Commander of 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) at Tinker AFB, OK from Sep 1955 to May 1961, before retiring in Austin, TX, in 1974. He also served in Korea and such exotic locations as Kapingamarangi, Micronesia, and Enewetak, Pacific Ocean. He moved to San Antonio 4 years ago, settling in at Air Force Village, where he and Elinor benefited from tremendous services and care. Retirement has been well spent with family and travel, and spiritual time within the Jewish communities. Both in service to his country and as a family man, he was a "true hero" who will be celebrated and kept alive in our memories. Barney recently lost his wife, Elinor, with whom he shared the past 21 years. He was preceded in death by his previous wife, Brita, his son Steven, brother, Herman Pusin, and sister, Minn Sidley. Barney is survived by his daughter, Barbara (John) DeLoach; Elinor's daughter Linda (Lew) Barnett; Elinor's son, Steven Golding and grandson, David Golding; Barney's nephews and niece, Norman (Carol) Sidley, Michael (Sharon) Pusin, and Marla (Merle) Levitt; and other beloved friends and relatives.
Elinor Pusin - Elinor Pusin was born in Tokaj, Hungary on March 16th, 1926. Both her parents contracted tuberculosis and died before she was six. She was smuggled out of Europe onto a boat to America, where she was adopted by her aunt and uncle in Pennsylvania. Elinor had a thirst for learning. She acquired a bachelor's degree from New York University and a Masters in social work from Rutgers University. She worked as a social worker administrator in Greystone Park N.J. She met her first husband, George Golding at the YMHA in Washington D.C. They had 2 children, Linda and Steven. George Golding passed away in 1990 after over 50 years of marriage. Elinor remarried Colonel Bernard Pusin with whom she was united until her passing on January 22nd, 2014. Elinor was a "people person". She never met a person she didn't like. Elinor was warm and hospitable to everyone. She was a member of 6WSAA and a member of Beth Israel and Beth El Congregation.
Clarence "Chuck" Miller - Clarence "Chuck" Miller, of Oklahoma City and beloved Chairman of 6WSAA died December 30, 2013. Chuck loved 6th Weather and gave much of his time and his efforts to keep everyone informed regarding the association, for which we are grateful. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) at Tinker AFB from 1955 to 1959 and 1962 to 1964. He was Chairman of the 6th Weather Squadron Alumni Association for ten and a half years starting in July 2003 and also served as Vice Chairman before that. He was always recording our reunion activities and trips, wrote, assembled and published the association newsletter 'The 6th Dimension', a biannual publication, created necessary forms, and kept track of all the members and updated their information and coordinated what needed to be done for the good of the association. His dedication was much appreciated by all association members and he will always be remembered. His Obituary follows:

Clarence "Chuck" P.E. Miller was born on February 21, 1937 to David and Catherine Miller in Charleston, West Virginia. He was the youngest of seven children to this union. He attended West Virginia Public Schools where he received a GED. Chuck then joined the United States Air Force in 1953 at the age of 17. He was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base where he met and married the love of his life, Carolyn A. Perry on December 7, 1958. To this union they were blessed with four children, Kelvin, Kenneth, Annette and Cynthia. During his military career, Chuck served in Ground Weather Radar. He was later promoted to flying status with the Hurricane Hunters on C-130s where he served until his retirement. During his service, Chuck and Carolyn were stationed at the following locations; Anchorage, AK; Oklahoma; Japan (two tours; California; Guam, and finally Biloxi, MS where he was honorably discharged. He retired from the Air Force after 26 years of dedicated service as a Master Sergeant. After his retirement, Chuck started working for the IRS. He later transferred to Civil Service at Tinker Air Force Base where he worked as a Computer Analyst for 20 years. During this time, Chuck attended Rose State College receiving an Associate's Degree in Business Administration. He continued his education at Langston University where he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Programming and Business Administration. He was a leader in his community serving as the North Creston Hills Association; he was chairperson of the Weather Recon Association of OKC; and other inner city organizations. He served as a Deacon at Unity Baptist Church faithfully for many years. Chuck was an avid bowler and sports enthusiast. He loved spending time with his family. He also dabbled in photography. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters and two daughters. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Carolyn; two sons, Kelvin of Qatar and Kenneth (Carla) of of Edmond, OK; four grandchildren, Heather (Albert), TJ (Sarah) and Alyssa, all of Oklahoma City, OK and Jada of Edmond. OK; one great-grandson, Damian; sister-in-law, Donna F. Rolls (John) of Oklahoma City, OK; and many nieces and nephews, along with other relatives and friends.

Francis "Frank" Gawron - Francis "Frank" Gawron, Age 74, was Born to Eternal life on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Loving husband of over 53 years to Judith Ann "Judy" (nee Rewolinski). Beloved father of Mary (Jerry) Pratt, Mark (Jody) Gawron and Amy (Mark) Youngquist. Dear grandpa to Megan and Cole Pratt, Evan and Natalie Gawron and Claire, Morgan and Carson Youngquist. Loving brother to Patricia Hoffman. Brother-in-law to Tom Hoffman, along with other in-laws Russel Zimek, Barb McGunnigle, Jim Rewolinski and Carla Rewolinski. Further survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Frank was preceded in death by his parents John and Stefania Gawron, his sisters Rosemary Gawron and Ceil Zimek and a brother-in-law Tim McGunnigle. Frank proudly served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) at Tinker AFB from 1957 to 1961 and was a member of 6WSAA. He retired after over 40 years of service from Wisconsin Bell, now AT&T. He was an avid golfer, loved to play cards at Wilson Park Senior Center and enjoyed watching and feeding birds. He will be sadly missed.

Kenneth Ray Austin - Kenneth Ray Austin of Nacogdoches, Texas left this earthly realm for his heavenly home on Friday evening, July 19, 2013. He was born in Lufkin, Texas on January 9, 1943 to George Douglas Austin and Imogene Mooney Austin. He spent his childhood and adolescence in Lufkin, attending school there and graduating from Lufkin High School in 1961. In 1963, while attending Stephen F. Austin State University, he met and fell in love with Sarah Jane Wilson. They started their wonderful journey together when they married June 4, 1965. In 1966, Ken readily joined the United States Air Force and enjoyed a colorful career for the next 23 years. During his military life he wore many hats, but the years he was most proud of were the ones he spent as a Missile Combat Crew Commander. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) at Tinker AFB from 1966 to 1975 and was a member of 6WSAA. His proudest accomplishments were his family and the time he spent with them; his wife of 48 years, Jane; his daughters, April Nichols and Amy Beckham (Bradley); son, Andrew; and grandchildren, Johnny Nichols, Blake and Josie Beckham and Elizabeth Austin. Ken was a one of a kind, special person who will truly be missed by everyone who knew him. He always had a smile on his face, a joke to tell, and a laugh to lend. He never met a strange, and was eager to help anyone in need. He loved history and photography, but most of all, his country. Ken is also survived by his brother, Richard Austin (Stacey), their children and grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Ann Crisp, her children and grandchildren.

Jerry A. Williams - Jerry A. Williams 79, of Mesa died April 9, 2013. He was born December 1, 1933 in St. Petersburg, Florida to Arthur and Gladys Williams. He lived in AZ since 1996. Jerry worked as a meteorologist in the United States Air Force, served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) from 1959 to 1963 and retired as an E8 after 21 years of service. After that he returned to college at age 42, completing his degree at University of Omaha at the ripe "old age" of 44. During this period he also prepared climatology studies for the building of the Alaska Pipeline. In 1976 he returned to full time meteorology, prepared weather forecasts for the ocean shipping industry, represented his company in weather related law suits, and was named as President of the company in 1994. He retired in 1996. He was a Certified Consulting Meteorologist, a member of the National Council of Industrial Meteorologists, and a member Emeritus of The American Meteorological Society. He was a member of 6WSAA. Jerry enjoyed 25 active years as a volunteer for the BSA, leading troops at three locations, While living in Alaska he was summer camp director for the Midnight Sun Council, led a 50 mile mining road hike, and winter camps at 40 below zero. He was awarded the highest volunteer Scouter's award, the Silver Beaver, and the Award of Merit from the Mid America Council, Omaha. He was active in the Street Rod automobile hobby starting in 1989. At the time of his death he was a member of the Arizona Street Rod Association, National Hot Rod Association, and GoodGuys. He was preceded in death by a son Reed,13. He is survived by his loving wife Adele "Muffy" of over 58 years, son Jerry M. Williams of Seoul, Korea, and son Alan J. Williams of Queen Creek, AZ and grandchildren Jerry LM Williams currently serving in the USAF and Janet K. Williams of Seattle WA.
Lee Robbins - Lee Robbins, born to Eternal life and reunited with loved ones on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at the age of 79. He was surrounded by family. Loving brother of Gene (Ellen) Robbins and brother-in-law to Ken Aubol. Dear uncle to Allan, Robert (Debbie), Ken, Barb (Robin), Robb, Mark (Kelly) and Marty (Sandy). Lee also leaves great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Earl and Clincie Robbins, a sister June Aubol and by his beloved friend and partner Ron Easterday. A proud Air Force veteran and "Atomic Vet", Lee served with the 33rd Weather Squadron from 1953 to 1960. He served with 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) from 1954 to 1957. He was discharged as a Staff Sergeant. He went on to work for Easterday Fluid Technology and retired as CEO after over 26 years. Lee enjoyed time spent at his Crandon, WI cottage and his friends "up-north" the Bauknecht's. He loved traveling with Ron, and the two visited Miami Beach, California, Mexico, Puerto Rico and all places warm and sunny. He will be sadly missed.
Thomas A. Rule - (1929 – 2012) Thomas A. Rule, age 83, of Paris, IL passed away Friday December 21, 2012 in Twin Lakes Rehab Paris.   He was a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service and an insurance producer for Met-Life Insurance Co. Tom was 22 year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) in 47, 50-60+.  He was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Tom was born November 12, 1929 in Paris the son of the late Forrest and Ruth A. Eldredge Rule. He married Mary Whitton Rule July 16, 1950 in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Paris. Tom is survived by his wife; his daughter Chris Smalbach and her husband Earl of Indianapolis, IN; his grandson Thomas Maxwell Smalbach of Indianapolis, IN; his brother Ronald E. Rule of Eaton, Georgia.
Erika Garbutt - Erika Garbutt, July 19, 1933 - October 28, 2012 Midwest City. Erika, Else Garbutt was born July 19, 1933 in Breslau, Germany and passed away on October 28, 2012 in Midwest City, OK. She leaves behind her husband of sixty-one years, Donald Lee (lovingly known as Papa); four sons, Donald David and wife Marla of Midwest City, OK, Edward George of Richardson, TX, Lee Owen and wife Sherrie of Midwest City, OK, Gary Michael of Nicoma Park, OK. She also leaves behind 2 grandsons, 5 granddaughters, 2 great-grandsons and 6 great-granddaughters. Erika is preceded in death by her son, Robert Charles Garbutt in 2008. She came from a family of 5 sisters and 6 brothers. She met her husband stationed with the U.S.A.F. in Munich, Germany where they were married and their first son was born before coming to the United States in 1954. She was a member of 6WSAA. She has been a devoted and faithful Jehovah's Witness since 1957. She was baptized in New York City in 1958. She will be dearly missed and in our hearts forever by all her family and many friends.
Craig Lovstad - Craig S. Lovstad, 66, retired Council Bluffs banker, died October 4, 2012 after a lengthy battle with cancer and heart problems. He was a cherished husband and father. Son of Leonard and Viola Lovstad, Craig was born on October 20, 1945, in Burt, Iowa. He graduated from North Central Community High School in Manly and then attended two years at Iowa State University. In January 1966, Craig joined the Air Force and served from from 1965-1969  in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile). After serving in Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Eniwetok and Washington D.C., he volunteered to serve the last year of his enlistment in Vietnam. While in Vietnam, he was attached to the 1st and 25th Infantry Divisions. He worked on a number of their base camps as a weather observer and proudly served his country. After a year in Vietnam, Craig was discharged and headed back to Iowa State with his wife, Sandra and daughter, Melanie. He graduated in May 1972 with a B.S. in Agricultural Business. He then went to work for the former Council Bluffs Savings Bank and had a fulfilling 25 year career. Before his health forced him to retire, Craig served as Board Treasurer and Director of the Pottawattamie County Mental Health Center, Visiting Nurse Association, Loess Hill Area Education Agency, Volunteer Bureau and Mad Dads. He also did fund raising for the Boy Scout Trailblazer Council and helped Tim Wickman with his little league baseball teams. Craig was a life member of the VFW and DAV. Craig was preceded in death by his dad, Leonard, in 1986. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughter, Melanie Clothier (Daniel), of Johnston, Iowa; and his son, Nathan (Julie Bogardus), of Denver, Colo. He is also survived by his wonderful granddaughters, Lindsey and Bailey Clothier; mother, "Dolly" Viola (Serdahl) Lovstad; brother, Jim (Dorothy), of Universal City, Texas, brother, Eric (Mary), of Forest City, Iowa; and nieces and nephews.
Robert L. Smith - Robert L. Smith, 77, of Urbana died at 4:30 a.m. Friday (June 29, 2012) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Robert was born Sept. 10, 1934, in Milford, a son of Wilbur and Lavina Hasselbring Smith. He married Sherrill A. Nelson on Nov. 18, 1955, in Perry, Okla. She survives. Also surviving are his children, Bryan (Tina) Smith of Ogden and Debra Smith of Urbana; grandchildren, Melissa (Kenny) Schrock of St. Joseph, Jessy (Ronelle) Smith of Ogden and Zachary Smith of Ogden; great-grandchildren, Tierra and Jordan Stiverson of St. Joseph and Makynzie Smith of Ogden; and sister, Donna Gossett of Milford. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Jimmie Smith; and one sister, Ramona Beam. Robert served as a weatherman in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-1973 and served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile). He worked as a construction laborer out of Local 703 in Urbana. He was a member of First Christian Church in Champaign. He enjoyed watching all sports, collecting baseball cards, playing poker and euchre, and above all spending time with his family.
Norman Johnson Clark - Norman Johnson Clark, 84, of Tulsa, passed away Friday, June 15, 2012. He was born February 7, 1928 in Midland, MD, son of the late James Kirkwood and Mary Etta (Johnson) Clark. He attended Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburg, PA where he studied Aeronautical Engineering withdrawing in 1946 to enlist in the Army Air Force serving as a weather technician in a B-29 Weather Reconnaissance Squadron based in Guam. He was called to service again in 1952 during the Korean War. The same year he married his beloved wife of 55 years, Madeline Feucht Clark. She passed away in 2008. Norman was assigned by the Air Force to Texas A&M University for graduate training in Meteorology and was awarded a Master of Science degree. His final assignment was as Commander of the 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) located at Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City from 1974 to 1978. Norman retired from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel on June 1, 1978 with 30 years of service. He was a member of 6th Weather Squadron Alumni Association. He volunteered with the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. In Oct of 2009 he married Wilma Brakey, she preceded him in death a few months later. He is survived by his son, Doug Clark of Euless, TX and daughter, Debbie Milberger and husband, Mark of Tulsa; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren; two sisters, Helen LaPrade and Evelyn Burdette.
Jay W. Hartz - TSgt (Ret) Jay Wagner Hartz, USAF, 77, of Palmyra, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 9, 2012 in The Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. He was born Friday, January 4, 1935 in Annville Township to the late Jacob and Mary Ellen (Speraw) Hartz. He was predeceased by his loving wife Virginia Anne (Herwegh) Hartz on December 22, 2008. He was a 1952 graduate of Annville High School and retired as TSgt from the US Air Force, in September 1972, after 22 years of service. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) from 1957 to 1963 and was a member of 6th Weather Squadron Alumni Association. He was a Veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and received numerous commendations and citations during his decorated career. He was a member of the Annville American Legion, Post 559. He is survived by a nephew, Keith L. Ulrich and wife Diana of Gettysburg; two nieces, Kendra L. Werner of West Chester, and Karen L. Fox and husband Harry of Palmyra; several great nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by four brothers, Fred, Larry, Jack, and twin brother Ray Hartz; one sister, Mildred Ulrich.
Valois "Buzzy" Young - Master Sergeant Valois 'Buzzy' Young, Jr., USAF Retired, 76 died peacefully, Saturday, May 26, 2012, at his home. Born July 11, 1935 on Vinalhaven, Maine, he was the son Valois, Sr. and Gladys Bradstreet Young. He was an avid Red Sox fan since 1941. Buzzy is survived by his companion Kitty Womer of Damascus, PA; his children Lawrence Young of Long Beach, CA, Jessica Monokrousses and her husband Dennis of South Bend, IN, Barbara Wise of Thomaston; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Juliette and Bridgette Wise; a brother Kenneth Hopkins of Connecticut and his sister, Evelyn Renna of Portland.
Jack Joe Taiclet -  Taiclet, Jackie Joe, 78, retired Air Force and Chaplain, beloved dad, grandpa, uncle and friend, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. He was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma to Edmon August Taiclet and Bessie Lee (Bridgewater) Taiclet. He graduated from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. He served in the Air Force AWS and in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) in 1963-1968. He was a member of 6WSAA. He is survived by his children, Terri (Bryan) Wilkins of Boise, ID, Sharron Fisher of TX, Kari (Zack) Butler of Parma, ID, George Taiclet of Ft. Worth, TX, Shane (Lisa) Taiclet of San Angelo, TX; 18 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Mae Taiclet, daughter, Gwendolyn Elaine Taiclet, great grandson, Hunter Allen, parents, sisters, Helen Burkett, Mary Greenwood, Thelma Taiclet, and brother, Raymond Taiclet.
Bennie D. Bankston - Bennie D. Bankston, 73, of Victoria, Texas passed away Saturday, October 15, 2011. He was born October 12, 1938, in Jasper, Texas. His parents were George E. and LaNell Fridell Bankston. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Patricia Simpson Bankston of Victoria; daughters, Sheri Weisiger and husband Craig of League City, Texas and Donna Edwards and husband John of Firestone, Colorado; son, Duane Bankston of Lewisville, Texas; brother, Carl Bankston and wife Mary of Victoria, Texas; and six grandchildren. He served in the Air Force AWS and in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) in 1957-1958. He was a member of 6WSAA.
Robert A D'Alfonso - Robert A. D’Alfonso Sr., 73, a mechanical engineer for Halliwell Engineering Associates for over 40 years, died September 24, 2011 at Home & Hospice Care of RI. He was the beloved husband of Gloria P. (Guglielmo) D’Alfonso for 52 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Vittorio and Maria (Montecalvo) D’Alfonso. Mr. D’Alfonso enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, fishing and target shooting. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) from 1957 to 1960 and he was a member of 6th Weather Squadron Alumni Association. Besides his wife he is survived by his children, Maria G. Dutra and her husband, Paul, Robert A. D’Alfonso Jr. and his wife, Margaret, Lori A. Faragalli and her husband, Gary Sr., and John C. D’Alfonso and his wife, Marcy; a brother, Victor D’Alfonso; a sister, Amalia Iannucci; nine grandchildren, Christine, Kathleen, Robert III, Gary Jr., Sean, Domenic, Isabella, Mina and Joseph; and a great-grandchild, Rosalie. He was the father of the late Joseph M. D’Alfonso, grandfather of the late Gloria and brother of the late Joseph, Lawrence, Benedetto D’Alfonso and Hortense Ruggiero.
Cloid James "Jim" Sowell - Cloid James “Jim” Sowell, 83, passed away March 14, 2011 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Charlotte Hall, MD. He was born August 22, 1927 in Ringling, Oklahoma to Cloid and Johnnie (Chapman) Sowell. He was raised in Oklahoma, attended public schools and joined the U.S. Merchant Marine in 1943 at the age of 16. He served in the Pacific Theater aboard a gasoline tanker ship, and later enlisted in the US Air Force. His training specialty in the Air Force was as a weather observation technician (meteorologist), and he was instrumental in predicting weather conditions during the Berlin airlift from 1946-49. He married Christine McLuckie June 17, 1947 and his military career led them to numerous duty stations in Germany, England, Tinker Field Air Force Base in Midwest City, OK and Alaska. He retired from the Air Force January 31, 1966 as a Tech Sergeant and began a career in meteorology with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Suitland, MD. He served in 6th Weather squadron (Mobile) from 1951 to 1953 and was a member of 6WSAA. He and Christine lived in Washington, D.C., Suitland and District Heights, MD prior to her death on January 9, 1979. Jim was later married to Jean Cameron from 1986 until her death in 2007. Since 2004 he had resided at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home where he was active as co-chairman of the residence committee. In his leisure time Jim enjoyed computers, bird feeding and being an expert weatherman. He had been a member of the Boy Scouts, the Masonic Lodge and the Kiwanis Club. Preceded in death by his wives Christine and Jean, Jim is survived by four children: Allison D. Mooney and her husband Fran of Dunkirk, MD, James J. Sowell of Laurel, MD, H. Lee Sowell and his wife Barbara of Chesapeake Beach, MD and Christina Janet Sowell of Dowell, MD. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, stepchildren Bonnie Barry and her husband Billy of Deale, MD and Steve Cameron of Prince Frederick, MD, and by two step-grandchildren.
Tunis D. Morrow - Lt. Col. (Ret.) Tunis D. Morrow, 87, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Saturday, May 7, 2011. Tunis was born on Oct. 6, 1923, in Hammon, Okla. He leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Hazel Rose Morrow; two sons, Blair Morrow and wife, Brenda, and Brad Morrow and wife, Catherine; granddaughters, Lauren and Morgan Morrow; and grandsons, Ryan and Nathaniel Morrow. He is also survived by his sister, Sue Finley. Tunis proudly served his country for 25 years in the U.S. Air Force, and was a member of the Order of Daedalians, Seagull Flight No. 161. He served in 6th Weather squadron (Mobile) from 1952 to 1956 and was a member of 6WSAA. 
Alen Victor Voorhees, Jr  - Alen Victor Voorhees, Jr. was born on November 25, 1943 and passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at age 67. Vic joined the Air Force and served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) from 1966 to 1968. Mr. Voorhees was a resident of Smithfield, North Carolina at the time of his passing.
Kenneth "Ken" R. Zinke  - 81 of Wisconsin Dells, died Friday, August 20, 2010 at the Living Center in Wisconsin Dells. Ken was born on April 24, 1929 in Wisconsin Dells, the son of Fred and Emma Nelson Zinke. On Nov. 25, 1951 he married Jeannine Lambkin of La Crosse. As a young man, he helped his father in Zinke's City Market until he left home to join the Merchant Marines, eventually sailing to West Africa, Trinidad and South America. A year later, Ken enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He retired after 20 years, obtaining the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. He was assigned to the Berlin Air Lift in Germany, the Dew Line - early warning radar system - at Barter Island north of Alaska. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) in 1951 and from 1960 to 1962, and was a member of 6WSAA. At Point Barrow, Alaska, he fired weather rockets and participated in nuclear bomb testing at Johnson Island, firing the Thor missile. Ken installed a series of radar stations across the Pacific Ocean as part of the moon watch. The radar stations surveyed the islands exact positions so the Gemini and Apollo space capsules would land in the water. He helped setup the Air Force's first weather tracking satellite system. Ken was in charge of, and taught at, the weather electronic school at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois. After retiring from the Air Force in 1967, he bought out his father's half of the grocery store and became a partner with his brother, Gordon. Ken and Gordon operated two stores in Beloit, one in Friendship, and one in Wisconsin Dells. Ken was also a partner in the River Inn of Wisconsin Dells with Bob Koch and owned a grocery store in Merrill. In 1994 he sold Zinke's Shop Rite in Wisconsin Dells to his son, Dan, making him the third generation to own it. Ken was a master craftsman in woodworking and electronics. He filled up his retirement keeping Zinke's Village Market in good working order and in helping his daughter renovate a farmhouse and filling it with his handcrafted furniture. He always had the time when someone needed a hand, either a family member or a friend. Ken was most content in his basement workshop working on a project. Ken is survived by his wife, Jeannine, a daughter, Debra (Robert) Weitzel, a son, Daniel (Charla) Zinke, grandsons, Chad Zinke and Derrick (Renee) Partlow and their two daughters Ariana and Sade, a brother, Donald, and sister, Carolyn Murphy. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gordon.
Dennis M. "Digger" Crowder - MSgt. Ret. Dennis M. Crowder (Digger), 86, passed away April 10, 2010 in Columbus, OH. He formerly lived in Midwest City and retired from 6th Weather Sqdn. Tinker AFB in 1964. He moved to Ohio in 1967. He was a member of the Masonic Order and a Shriner. Dennis is survived by wife, Frances and children, Jeanine Edwards of Columbus, Rex Edwards of Michigan, Jim Crowder of St. Louis, MO, Susan Bishop-Grieves of Edmond & Robert Crowder of Midwest City. Also survived by former wife, Arabelle Crowder of Midwest City.
Lynn R. Rathbun - 66, of Alda, died Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Lakeview Golden Living Center surrounded by his family. Memorial Service will be 3 P.M. Wednesday at the Alda Community Center.  The Alda/Wood River VFW Post 4677 will conduct the service. A celebration of life and dinner with conversation will be held following the service from 3:30-5:30 P.M. Burial of Ashes will be at a later date in Waterville, IA.  All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the family. Mr. Rathbun was born on January 6, 1944 at Waterville, IA the son of Lawrence and Hilma (Moe) Rathbun. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 20 years, Angela; son and daughter-in-law, Clayton and Sandra Rathbun of Cordova, TN; daughter and son-in-law, Rena and Michael Cylburn of Morrison, OK; brothers and sister-in-laws, Lee and Noboko Rathbun of Minden, NV, Kirt and Diane Rathbun of Waterville, IA, Eric and Angi Rathbun of Nasella, GA, and Jim Rathbun of Waterville, IA; sister and brother-in-law, Laural and Gene Leirn of Waterville, IA. Other survivors include four grandchildren, Adam and Robert Cylburn, and Stella and Emily Rathbun. He was welcomed into heaven by his parents, two brothers, and one sister. Lynn grew up in Waterville, IA receiving his education from Waterville School, graduating in 1961 from Allamakee Community School.  He entered the United States Air Force in 1961.  He served eight years and was a member of the 6th Weather Squadron. He was united in marriage to Sandra Thompson on August 10, 1963. He later married Angela McKoski on June 10, 1989. Lynn owned and operated Rathbun Industrial Services in Alda.  Due to health issues he retired three years ago.  He was an active member of the Alda/Wood River VFW Post 4677 since 1993, serving as President and Quarter Master Adjutant. He was blessed with the gift of conversation and loved going to auctions.  He was well known for loving to be around people and children.
Larry A. Bowling - April 5, 1944 - January 2010. Larry A. Bowling, 65 was born in Webb City, Missouri died January 2010. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile), Tinker AFB, OK as a Weather Observer/(Rawinsonde) from 1962 to 1965 and had a TDY at Eniwetok Atoll in ‘65.

 

William A. "Bill" Callicutt  January 5, 1929 - January 25, 2010, age 81, of Niceville, FL passed away on Monday, January 25, 2010. Bill was a long time member of the Temple Baptist Church and the Amos Dorman Masonic Lodge #480 in Myrtle, MS. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and the Hadji Shrine Temple in Pensacola, FL and the Ft. Walton Beach Shrine Club. Bill retired from the Air Force after 21 years of service and then from Bellsouth after 20 years of service. He served in the 6th Weather Squadron from 1959 to 1963, and was a member of our 6WSAA. He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Allen Callicutt; mother, Annie Lewis Dodds; and a son, Ricky Allen Lamb. Survivors include his wife, Constance J. Callicutt; two sons, Charles Randall Lamb (Beatriz) and Mark George Callicutt; three daughters, Donna Renee Lafond, Sherry Lynn Veitch, and Kim Patricia Gossett (Tim); two brothers, James L. and Robert D. Callicutt; a sister, Peggy C. Cook; a daughter-in-law, LaCretia Lamb; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Robert W. "Swede" Reid was born April 28, 1936, in Tacoma, WA to William V. and Marie Reid. He died on November 13, 2009 at Integris Hospice House of congestive heart failure. He graduated in 1954 from Prosser High School in Prosser, WA. Bob joined the Air Force in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1958. He served in the 6th Weather Squadron from 1956 to 1958, and was a member of our 6WSAA. Bob then graduated from Central State College in 1962 with a B.S. in chemistry. He was an agent for Allstate Ins. Co. for 31 years. After his retirement on December 31, 1993, he spent many happy hours fishing, hunting and cooking. Bob married Angela Demmer in 1957 and to this union they had three children. He is survived by his wife, Angela, of the home; children, Susan Reed and husband Dave, Steve Reid and wife Barb of OKC and David Reid of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Trent and Sienna Reed and Noah and Angela Reid all of OKC; sister, Arlene Reynolds and husband Len Reynolds of Yakima, WA.
Richard L. "Dick" Kamp 70, of Tampa, passed away June 12, 2009. He was born in Mt. Carmel, Ill. and came here in 1978, from Illinois. He was Lutheran by faith. He served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. He served in the 6th Weather Squadron from 1962 to 1970, and was a member of our 6WSAA. Richard retired after 24 years with the National Weather Service in Ruskin, Fla. He enjoyed bowling and golf. He is survived by his children, Jeff Kamp of Miami, Fla., Scott Kamp of Lithia, Fla. and Tracey L. Nicholson of Tampa; and two grand- children, Keegan Kamp and Cooper Kamp.
Rick Tasetano, of Moore, OK, passed away February 3, 2009 after a long illness. Born Jan. 28, 1931 to Katherine and John Tasetano, Sr. in Brooklyn, New York. He is preceded in death by both parents, an infant daughter, Theresa, and nephew, Louis Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, his sons, John III, Matthew Sr. and wife Alisha, six grandchildren, Nima, Virginia, Matthew II, Katherine, Anthony and Michael step-son, Kenny his brothers, Louis and Jerry Tasetano and their wives all of New York brother-in-law, Randy Statham and many loving nieces and nephews. Rick served in the US Air Force 1946-1978 and was a member of the 6th Weather Squadron from 1949 to 1955. He enjoyed his career in Meteorology. He retired from KTOK after serving the public for 20 yrs. He was an active member of the 6WSAA Board of Directors until his illness. Rick was also a HAMM radio operator (N5KLM) and volunteered at many events and especially enjoyed sharing his knowledge with his students in classrooms across the metro. Rick had a lot of love for his family and friends. His wonderful life created many great moments that will live in our hearts always.
Rodger Allen Black, Senior Master Sergeant Retired USAF, age 68, of Midwest City, OK http://mi-cache.legacy.com/legacy/images/Cobrands/Oklahoman/Photos/BLACK_RODGER_1027496610_221433.jpgpassed away on Monday, November 17, 2008. Son of Louis T. and Mary Jane (Wills) Parker in Huntington, West Virginia, he was born August 4, 1940. He was a meteorologist for the U.S. Government retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1984 and retired from Civil Service at Tinker AFB in 2004, completing 43 years of service. He served with the 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) at Tinker AFB, OK from 1962 to 1976. Rodger was a member of the V.F.W., Choctaw Lions Club and nominated "Civilian of the Year" several times and was awarded the "Civilian of the Year" award in years 1997 and 2002 for Tinker AFB. "Mr. Black", as he was known at Tinker, was living proof that dedication, service, and commitment to mission and family, were more than just words. His devotion to his family and the duty he felt to serve his country were not just philosophies, they were character traits. While he was an avid sports fan, especially for his favorite teams, the OU Sooners and the Ohio State Buckeyes he also enjoyed playing bingo and growing tomatoes for his special recipe of hot sauce. He not only loved to read a great mystery novel, he enjoyed sharing his books with numerous family members. But, his passion was always the science of meteorology. It gave him great pleasure to educate and inform others about the dynamics of weather and how it affected so many lives. Even after his retirement, he was always available for discussion and to answer questions about the weather. If you ever heard a severe weather alarm during his time of service, there was a very good chance that it was "Mr. Black" who was sounding that alarm. His steadfast allegiance to the support of his family and his keen awareness to his responsibilities as a meteorologist is a great loss. To say that he will be enormously missed by all who had the good fortune to know him would be like saying that an F5 tornado is just a light breeze. He is survived by one son, David A. Black of Albuquerque, NM two daughters: Donna Thompson and husband Ralph Anthony of ASG Kuwait, and Rhonda Stilwell and husband Bobby of Euless, TX seven grandchildren: Melissa, Amanda, Michael, Adam, Jacob, Linda, and Andrew also four great-grandchildren: Joshua, Destiny, Connor, and Kayleigh one sister, Deborah Swain and husband Merle nephews, Brian and Hugh, nieces, Leslie, Jemmie, and Catie brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Aletha Tarkington brother-in-law Mike Freeman and many other Tinker family members and friends. He joins in heaven his most beloved wife, Linda R. Black, his parents and one sister, LuEllen Parker.
Thomas Earl Davis, was born August 24, 1936 in Patterson, GA, and passed away at home in Sulfur, OK on November 7, 2008 after a long illness. Known by many as 'Zeb'  he was in the 6th Weather Squadron from 1955 to 1963, and was a former member of our 6WSAA. After his military service, he spent several years in the National Weather Service. Zeb and his wife of many years, Martha, sold their Choctaw home and traveled for many years before settling in Sulphur, OK.  Martha said she would enjoy being associated with the 6th Weather Sq Alumni Association again.
Jerry Yeager - Mr. Jerry Yeager, age 71, of Texarkana, Arkansas, died Sunday, October 12, 2008, in a local hospital. Mr. Yeager was born March 27, 1937, in Atkins, Arkansas. He was retired from the United States Air Force and the United States Weather Bureau in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after twenty years in each. He was in the 6th Weather Squadron and was a former member of our 6WSAA. Survivors include one brother and sister-in-law, Jimmie and Wanda Harris of Fouke, Arkansas, two sisters, Billie Newton of Abernathy, Texas, and Brenda Joyce Miller and her husband Joe Miller of Roselle, New Jersey, five nieces, Rene Castro of Roselle, NJ, and Cindy Gell of Cranford, NJ, Leah Stewart, Julie Hendrickson, and Cindy Purchase of Cabot, Arkansas, and two nephews, Ralph Newton, Jr. of Houma, LA, and David Newton of Abernathy, TX, five great nieces and six great nephews and a host of other relatives.
Kris Hundshamer, (1949-2008) 59, Beloved husband, father, grandfather, son and brother died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. A "native" Tucsonian at heart, Kris and his wife Ellie made Tucson their home for the past 20 years. Preceded in death by his father Frank, he is survived by his wife of 34 years, Ellie; his four daughters, Yvonne (Craig Anderson), Lauran (David Rott), Kristen (Kevin Lingafelter), and Nellie Hundshamer; five bright and beautiful grandchildren; his mother Dorothy, two sisters and a brother, and many dear friends. Born in Flint, Michigan. After graduating college, Kris served as a meteorologist in the US Air Force, with assignments as far away as Russia, South Africa and Hallock, Minnesota. He served with the U.S. Air Force, Air Weather Service, 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. Kris and his family spent 15 years in St. Paul, MN before moving to Tucson in 1989. With a commitment to serving their customers and the Tucson community, Kris and Ellie bought Kachina Sign Center, and Kris welcomed a new challenge and passion in manufacturing. He will be remembered for his quiet attention to detail and his devotion to his family and friends. An avid fisherman, hunter and conservationist, Kris enjoyed the year-round outdoor activities of Tucson, including the horse races, and even an occasional round of golf.

Charles Real, (1934-2008) 73, was born on August 4, 1934, in Olaa, Hawaii. He died on May 23, 2008 in Del City, OK. He served with the U.S. Air Force, Air Weather Service, 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma.

 

 

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Ronald G. Manning, (1930-2007) 77, of Niceville, Florida, formerly of Norris City, Illinois, passed away June 10, 2007 in Ft. Walton beach, Florida. He was born March 28, 1930 in Alton, Illinois, the son of Glenn and Violet (Kelly) Manning. He married Judith M. Eye October 29, 1982 and she preceded him in death September 2, 2001. He served with the U.S. Air Force, Air Weather Service, 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma from 1960 to 1968 and was a long standing member of 6WSAA which he was very fond of. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service. A special thanks to 6WSAA extended family members Bill and Connie Callicutt who were Ron’s primary care-givers and close personal friends. They took care of him throughout his illness and saw to his every need in the absence of any relatives in the area.  A fitting example of the character of our members and of our 6WSAA motto, ‘Willing and Able’. A graveside service was held Saturday, July 14, 2007 at Rice Cemetery in Norris City, Illinois. He is survived by a cousin and her husband, Linda and George Vines of Norris City; a sister-in-law, June Skaggs of Norris City; two brothers-in-law, Carroll Henson of Goreville and Derald Henson of Eldorado; and several nieces and nephews.
Billy Ramseur Jones, (1931-2007) 75, died March 2, 2007, at his South Anchorage home. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no service. He will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered at a future date. Billy was born March 12, 1931, in Toccoa, Ga., to Claud and Velma Louise Jones. He served with the U.S. Air Force Weather Service from Oct. 31, 1950, to June 1, 1973. He traveled "Tornado Alley" out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. He also served in the "Hurricane Hunters" in Bermuda and in Tonopah, Nev., in 1955 during the "Operation Teapot" atomic bomb tests. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) at Tinker AFB, OK from 1953 to 1955 and retired from the Air Force at Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska on June 3, 1974. In 1951, Bill met his wife, Nancy, when he was assigned to Narsarssuak, Greenland. They were married in St. John's, Newfoundland, on May 30, 1953. They arrived in Anchorage in 1963, bought a lot in South Anchorage and in 1975 built their log house. After the 1964 earthquake, on his way to report at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Billy came to a large crack in the Old Seward Highway. He had some boards in his truck and laid a couple over the crack so he could get across. Others followed his lead, and before long there was a bridge across the gap. Billy also was a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay for 18 years, using his military leave time each July. His boat, Kingfish, served him well. His sons, Jimmy and Claud, fished the Kingfish with him. Billy owned a 1941 J-3 Piper Cub that he bought from a man in Virginia. Nancy and Bill made a trip there, loaded the plane onto a trailer and brought it to Anchorage. Lightning, as he named it, made a beautiful picture on the front page of the Anchorage Daily News not too long ago. He enjoyed all of the outdoor sports Alaska has to offer - hunting, fishing and, most recently, when walking became difficult for him, using his four-wheeler while clam digging. He grew up in a valley in the north Georgia mountains and always thought it was the most beautiful place in the world until he saw Alaska. This state stole his heart. His work in the Air Force gave him the opportunity to travel the state, making many friends during his trips. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Bonnie Jean, and older brother, James Louis Jones. Billy is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy; son, Jimmy and his wife, Bonnie; son, Claud and his girlfriend, Kristy; and granddaughters, Jennifer, Sara, Jessica, Abbie and Haley.
Elwyn "Moe" Moseley - (1920-2005), Colonel USAF (Ret.), devoted father, husband and grandfather, died on November 27, 2005, at his home in Colorado Springs, CO. Moe was born in Honoraville, AL, on December 20, 1920. He attended Crenshaw County High School in Highland Home, AL, and was a graduate of the MIT Professional Meteorology Program, Troy State University (BS), Auburn University and Oklahoma City University (MS), and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (MBA). Moe entered the Army Air Corps in 1942 as a meteorologist and served in the U.S. Air Force Air Weather Service until his retirement in 1974 as a full Colonel. We remember him most as Commander of our 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) at Tinker AFB, OK from August 8, 1961 to May 3, 1967. His final assignment was as Commander of the 4th Weather Wing at Peterson AFB. His decorations included the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Commendation Medals. During World War II, he served in both the North African and European Theaters where he commanded units that forecasted the weather for many critically important bombing missions that contributed to the Allied victory. He met his wife, Evelyn (Monnie) Monaghan, during World War II in Italy, where she served as an Army nurse. They married in 1945 at Kelly AFB and recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Moe worked as a realtor for Walker Realty and later for Langford Delay Realty. He is survived by his wife, Monnie, and nine children: Jim Moseley (Colorado Springs), Martha Jane Smith (Pacific Palisades, CA), John Moseley (Sacramento, CA), Nancy Ann Moseley (Colorado Springs, CO), Mary Sue Stone (Poway, CA), Betty Jo Postlewaite (Burke, VA), Michael Moseley (Castle Rock, CO), Michelle Tracey (Littleton, CO), and Trish Moseley (Denver, CO); and by two sisters, Mrs. Beatrice Thrower (Mobile, AL) and Mrs. Myra Meyers (Montgomery, AL); and a brother, Charles Moseley (Honoraville, AL).
Ivan Labelle Johnson - Ivan Labelle Johnson, Lt. Col. USAF age 72, passed away 14 June 2003. He was born April 8, 1931 in Cobden, IL to John & Edith (walker) Johnson. Ivan received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University in 1953; received a certificate of Meteorology (equal to a Bachelor’s Degree) from Florida State University in 1954; a Master’s Degree in Education from Central State University in Edmond, OK in 1981. Ivan received a direct appointment as a 2nd LT. in the U.S. Air Force in July 1953. He spent 26 years in the Air Force as a Meteorologist and retired at Tinker AFB in 1979 as a Lt. Col. At the time of his retirement he was the Commander of the 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile). After the Air Force he taught high school math at Putnam City High School for 12 years. Ivan was married to Thelma Ann Boyer of Tallahassee, FL on 8-2-55 in Ranstein, Germany. They had 3 children and travelled the world together. He was an active member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Midwest City, OK since 1973. Ivan is survived by his wife, Thelma Ann of Midwest City, O; son: Robert Johnson of OKC, OK; 5 grandchildren: Katy, Keely, Brad, Danielle and Taylor; a brother: John Dewayne and wife, Linda of Joliet, Il. He is also survived by many friends and family members, especially special friends Don Keith and Scott Flenner.
Harry E. Wilson -  T-Sgt Harry E. Wilson (Air Force, ret.) age 51, of 10923 Breckenridge Drive, died Wednesday April 7, 1974. He retired from the Air Force AWS in 1968 after 22 years, and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He served in 6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) at Tinker AFB, OK in the '50s. He was an Episcopalian and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the M. M. Eberts Post 1 of the American Legion, Midwest Masonic Lodge 532 at Midwest City, Okla., and the Scottish Rite at McAlester, Okla. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Modean Clark Wilson; a son, Kenneth Wilson with the Army at Jacksonville; a daughter, Mrs. Judy Ingle of Jacksonville; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Diane Lenon of North Little Rock; his mother, Mrs. Mary Wilson of Canton. Ill.; five brothers, DeVere L. Wilson of Chicago, Willard D. Wilson of Lewistown, Ill., Max R. Wilson of Smithville, Ill., William E. Wilson of Washington, Ill., and Richard G. Wilson of Dunlap, Ill.; four sisters Mrs. Wanda Ford, Mrs Doris Williams, and Mrs. Mary Jane Juroco of Canton and Mrs. Dorothy Alfred of West Palm Beach, Fla., and two grandchildren.
William J. Treadway -  (1929-1955) died March 27, 1955 at age 25. Funeral services of Master Sergeant William J. Treadway, who died at Oakland Naval Hospital, California March 27, were conducted in the First Baptist Church at Flippin on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The services were conducted by the pastor Rev. P. O. Herrington and Rev. G. B. Keeter of Yellville. A 28 member group from Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City, attended and conducted military rites at the grave-side in a ceremony which followed in Mountain View Cemetery. Sgt. Kannaly of the Air Force group conducted the ceremony. Master Sergeant William J. Treadway was born June 15, 1929 at Kingdon Springs, Arkansas and passed away at Pleasanton, California, March 27, 1955. He was 25 years, 9 months and 12 days of age.  He graduated from Flippin High School in May 1947 and enlisted in the United States Air Corps the same year. He served a total of 8 years with 2 years overseas service. Sgt Treadway was a member of the First Baptist Church of Flippin. He was married to Miss Ruth Ann Suiter of Goodland, Kansas November 11, 1953. Other than his wife, he is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Treadway of Flippin; two brothers, Park Treadway, Long Beach, CA; Wayne Treadway, Fort Smith, AR; four sisters, Mrs. Clyde Chambers, Phoenix, AZ, Mrs. Joll Pace of Westplains, MO,  Mrs. Durward Sanders, Flippin; and Mrs. Clifton Sanders, Flippin. There was the largest crowd to attend Bill Treadway’s funeral that we have ever seen at a funeral here in Flippin. We can’t name the out of state people that attended, but there were many. There were 28 servicemen from Tinker Air Force Base and other bases here and they put on a military funeral at the cemetery. The bereaved family sure has the sympathy of a host of friends. All have returned to their homes.

Background Music is...  My Heart Will Go On

Every night in my dreams I see you, I feel you,
That is how I know you go on.
Far across the distance and spaces between us
You have come to show you go on.

Near, far, wherever you are,
I believe that the heart does go on.
Once more, you open the door
And you're here in my heart,
And my heart will go on and on.

Love can touch us one time and last for a lifetime,
And never let go till we're gone.
Love was when I loved you, one true time I hold to.
In my life we'll always go on.

Near, far, wherever you are,
I believe that the heart does go on.
Once more, you open the door
And you're here in my heart,
And my heart will go on and on.

You're here, there's nothing to fear,
And I know that my heart will go on.
We'll stay forever this way.
You are safe in my heart,
And my heart will go on and on.


From Titanic

 


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