Closing the Flight Plan

This page honors our friends and DUSTOFF Family members who have filed their last flight plan. Obituaries and pictures are provided by family members or discovery on public websites. Please send notices to “executivedirector@dustoff.org”

At each reunion during the Memorial Service that is the final event of the reunion we hold a roll call for the absent. This poem is read during that ceremony:

Closing the Flight Plan, adapted from the Muster Poem by Dr. John Ashton

In many lands and climes this day Proud DUSTOFFers unite Our loyalty to God and country we pay And seal a pact with the bond of common might. We live again those happy days of yore,

On the flight line, in the air, and at drill. Fond memory brings a sigh – but nothing more now we must move on, to live is still a thrill. Their spirits hover round us; as if to bring us cheer!

Mark them “present” in our hearts, we’ll meet them some other day. There is no life but Life Eternal for Heroes such as they. As we softly call the muster – let a comrade present answer “Here.”

Below are obituaries of DUSTOFFers that the Association has been informed of having closed their final flight plan – arranged chronologically by date of death. Images of those on this page are present if the Association was furnished one or could discover one on the internet.

CW3 William Tiffany

Willaim Tiffany William Tiffany, age 84, of Stockton, California passed away on Wednesday, September 21,…

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Brian D. Cammack

SFC Brian Cammack Brian D. Cammack, 38, of Lacey, WA found peace on Friday, September…

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LTG Quinn Becker

LTG Quinn Becker Lieutenant General Quinn H. Becker, (Retired.), 91, passed away on Sunday, March…

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Peter Charles Schmitz

July 12, 1946-January 16, 2022 Pete Schmitz LA PORTE CITY-Peter Charles Schmitz, 75 years old…

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James O. Padgett

James O. Padgett James O. Padgett, 81, of Russellville, passed away Wednesday, January 5, 2022…

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Johnny Walker

COL Johnny Walker Johnny M. Walker, Colonel, U.S. Army (retired) passed away in the arms…

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Richard Ziemba

Richard Ziemba Richard Ziemba was born and raised in Chicago to Betty and Chester Ziemba…

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Gary Tuttle

Gary Edward Tuttle, the oldest son of LtCol George Edward Tuttle Ret. and Ruth E….

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Brent Overton

Brent Overton Brent Reynolds Overton, a retired Major in the U.S. Army passed away unexpectedly,…

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Nelson E. Luce

MAJ Nelson E. Luce Nelson E. Luce, Major, USA Medical Service Corp. (ret), Dustoff 46…

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MAJ Chad Fletcher

MAJ Chad Fletcher MAJ Chad Fletcher passed away peacefully on July 21, 2021, at his…

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James Heady

James A. Heady Jim Heady loved the sky and he loved the sea, and most…

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Laurence Rosen, MD

Dr, Larry Rosen Laurence Rosen, MD passed from this life on July 22, 2021, in…

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Blanco “Skip” High

Blanco Thomas High II Blanco Thomas High, II, affectionately known as “Skip” to family and…

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Freddie Jim Mills

Colonel (Ret) Freddie Jim Mills age 91 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Saturday, February 27,…

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Virgil E. Mielke

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Virgil E. Mielke, 92, passed away Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in San Antonio,…

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Jacob “Jack” Friedman

Jacob “Jack” FriedmanNovember 12, 2020Fort Worth, Texas – Jack Friedman, longtime resident of Fort Worth,…

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Jason Edward Moon

Jason Edward Moon, 33, of La Porte, passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at…

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COL (R) Ed Bradshaw

Ed Bradshaw passed from this life to eternity on 14 September 2020 – obituary to…

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Steve Hook

Sadly, Steve Hook lost his battle following heart valve replacement on Friday, September 11, 2020….

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Raymond Bosworth

Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Paul Henry Bosworth, 95 of San Antonio, TX died Wednesday (July 22,…

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Harvey H. Hueter

Our beloved husband, father and Opa passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, May…

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Ronny E. Porta

Lieutenant Colonel Ronny E. Porta was born on May 11, 1936 to Harold E. Porta…

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Max Edward Tucker

CW3 Max Edward Tucker (Retired U.S. Army), age 82, passed peacefully in his sleep in…

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James Randolph Jacobs

James Randolph Jacobs, 73, of Vancouver, WA, died Saturday, December 21, 2019. James, known as…

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Don L. Sewell

Don Sewell Don L. Sewell  (Age 73)  Don Sewell of North Potomac, MD passed away peacefully on…

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Trevor P. Joseph

Trevor Philip Joseph, 33, of Collierville, TN, passed away heroically while serving his country on…

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Freddie E. Long

Freddie Eugene Long, age 79, of Manvel, TX passed away in Pearland, TX Wednesday, 18…

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William A. Bush

William Austin Bush, a retired U. S. Army LTC, took his final flight toward the…

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Don Begley

Sergeant First Class Don Begley, U.S. Army (Retired), departed this life peacefully in his home…

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Royce L. Worthington

U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Royce L. “Roy” Worthington, Ret. of Camp Hill, PA, passed…

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Bobbie N. Fravell

Bobbie (Bob) Neal Fravell went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday…

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Warren K. Hoen

Warren K. Hoen (Ret) LTC, of Saint Augustine Florida, passed away on December 26, 2018….

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Charles H. Lewis

LTC “Retired” Charles Henry Lewis of Comfort, TX went to be with his Lord and…

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LTC Gary Brink

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Gary Stanley Brink March 28, 1946 – June 27, 2018Gary was born…

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Bill Carroll

Bill Carroll, aviator, pharmacist, hospital administrator, proud member of the Olympic Club since 1945, 3rd…

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Daniel L. Bunn

MAJ Daniel Lee Bunn (United States Army), 42, passed into heaven on 1 Jan 18….

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Lewis M. Jones

LTC Lewis Maloy Jones, US Army, Retired, passed away peacefully on 27 December 17 in…

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Gary A. Potter

Gary Alan Potter, 70, passed away on 4 Oct 17 at Kaweah Delta Hospital in…

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Sean Devoy

SSG Sean Devoy was killed 12 Sep 17 after falling during hoist training near Robert…

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Donald P. Goody

Donald Peter Goody, a resident of Midland City, passed away 11 Sep 17. He was…

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William J. Hughes

William J. Hughes, originally from Florence, New Jersey, and lately of Spring Hill, Florida, died…

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Thomas M. McCrary

LTC. (Ret.) Thomas Michael McCrary, 72, of Fair Oaks Ranch passed away of cancer on…

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Jerry E. Pask

Jerry Pask succumbed to cardiac arrest in his sleep on 19 March 2017 in Park…

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William W. Watkins

Major William Wayne Watkins, 78, of Chipley, passed peacefully into the arms of God at…

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Jennifer M. Flood

Jennifer Marie Flood of Valley Cottage, NY, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. She…

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Arthur J. Ketchum

SPC Arthur James Ketchum (AJ), age 45 of Jacksonville, FL shed his mortal bonds 10…

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Michael D. Peirceh

Mike Pierce died on 25 Nov 16. Mike served his country and community with pride…

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Michael M. Fuller, Sr.

Michael M. Fuller, Sr., 73, of Panama City, passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Michael…

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Robert Minor II

SFC Robert Ernest Minor, II, age 45 of Clarksville, passed away on Wednesday, September 14,…

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Dallas L. Knox

CW3 Dallas Knox, 35, of Treasure Island succumbed to the effects of a tragic boating…

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Alvaro J. Dominguez

CMSgt Alvaro J. Dominguez (USAF Ret) passed away 11 Aug 16. CMSgt Dominguez was a…

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Richard Connors

Richard Connors, 79, passed away 21 Jul 16, in Lakeway, TX. He was born 18…

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Edward J. FitzGerald

Edward Joseph FitzGerald’s physical life ended on 15 Jun after a short but arduous battle…

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Keith Junas

CW3 Keith Junas filed his final flight plan on his birthday 24 May 16 in…

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Alfred G. Nichols III

LTC Alfred G. Nichols III (Ret.), passed away peacefully at Hildebrand Care Center in Canon…

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Robert Adam Carr

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Adam “Bob” Carr, 82, of Waynesboro formally of Maryland, passed away Tuesday,…

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Jason M. Smith

SFC Jason M. Smith, 35, whose home of record is Destrehan, LA, died 23 Nov…

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Quincy D. Sittingdown

Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Quincy D. Sittingdown, 77, of Junction City, departed this life 21 Nov…

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Peter G. Dorland

Peter Grant Dorland, Major, United States Army retired, passed away 4 Nov 15.He was born…

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Earl F. Deming

Earl Fred Deming, age 74, of Meadow Lane, Oak Grove passed away 2 Oct 15,…

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Ernie Sylvester

It is with deep sadness we announce that COL(R) Ernie Sylvester, 74 of Tampa, passed…

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Jacob W. Mast, Jr.

Jacob Mast Jr., 75, of Chesterfield, died peacefully 12 May 15, after a five-year, courageous…

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Joseph P. Madrano

COL Joseph P. Madrano, U.S. Army (Ret.), born 20 Apr 22, in Reading, PA, to…

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Louis L. Mizell

LTC (R) Louis L. Mizell was born in Oshkosh, NE in 1931 and died on…

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Michael Wayne Rinehart

Michael Wayne Rinehart, 71, Tallahassee resident, passed away peacefully Saturday, 7 Feb 15 at Big…

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Donald L. Underwood

Don Underwood (LTC ret.) was graduated with Flight Class 68-1 and flew in Vietnam with the…

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Ronald Well, Sr.

Ronald (Ronnie) Hugh Wells, Sr., aged 67, was called home by his Lord and Savior,…

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Kent W. Bennetts

Kent Bennetts passed from this life at his home in Olathe on 19 Jun 14….

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Steven Kash

Steven Neil Kash, 83, husband of Rosalinda Kash, died April 24, 2014 at his home….

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Willie M. Dixson

Born in 1927, as the oldest of five children, Willie Mercy Dixson was an extraordinary…

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John A. Dowless, Sr.

Retired LTC John Alexander Dowless Sr., 86, passed away 21 Dec 13. in Saint Vincent’s…

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Ryan J. McDermot

SPC Ryan J. McDermot 26, of Hampton, died suddenly 21 Dec 13 at Fort Hood,…

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James L. Van Horn

James L. Van Horn, age 80, of Shiloh, IL, born June 12, 1933, in Richmond,…

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L. Fred Belcher

COL L. Fred Belcher, (Ret.), age 84, passed away peacefully in San Antonio, TX, on…

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Daniel L. Boyd

CW2 Daniel L. Boyd died after his tour in Vietnam on 17 Aug 13 at…

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Michael Ralph Bush

Mike was a beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Son, Brother and friend to many died 29…

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Thomas Osborn

LTC Thomas Osborn filed his last flight plan on 10 June 2013. He was born…

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Walter M. Harris

Walt passed 3 June 2013. He flew over 600 hours in Vietnam, was awarded 20…

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David Lee Fenstermacher

David Lee Fenstermacher, beloved husband of Sandra Ross Fenstermacher, entered into rest May 21, 2013…

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William R. Knowles

COL (Ret.) Bill Knowles passed away peacefully in his sleep on 10 Jan 13, in…

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William A. Willcox

LTC William Arthur Willcox, US Army (Ret), passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at…

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William “Bill” Briot

William “Bill” Briot, resident of Tillamook, passed away at RiverBend Hospital in Springfield on December…

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Michael W. Trader

Michael W. Trader, of Estero, FL, died 1 Dec 12, at Joanne’s House at Hope…

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Edward Michael Fisher

Edward Michael Fisher, 71, of West Dundee, passed away at St. Alexius Hospital on Oct….

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Dean Petersen

CW2 Dean Petersen, 67, passed away 20 Sep 12 in a convalescent hospital in San…

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Kevin Dale

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of my uncle SP5 Kevin Dale…

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Eric Williams

SGT Eric Williams, 27, of Murrieta, CA, was in-transit from his duty station in Ghazni…

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Ronald Thomas Tweed

Chief Warrant Officer II (RET) and Silver Star recipient Ronald Tweed passed away, 12 July…

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Richard M. Levy

Richard Michael Levy passed away on June 14, 2012, in Lutz, Florida. He was a…

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Cephus Lee Roupe

LTC Lee Roupe passed away on 2 Mar 12 of natural causes at his home…

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Avery M. Rogers

LTC (R) Avery M. Rogers of Hot Springs, departed this good life for a better…

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Gary W. Gaston

LTC Gary W. Gaston, U.S. Army, Ret., age 67 of Biloxi, died Thursday, Feb 2,…

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Roger R. Smith

CSM (R) Roger R. Smith, 66, of San Antonio, TX died at his home on…

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Jeffery F. Greene

LTC Jeffery F. Greene, U.S. Army (Ret.), 65, passed away on Thursday, January 13, 2012,…

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John W. Hill III

John Washburn Hill, III died on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.He was born…

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James F. Walker

After suffering a debilitating illness Col. James Walker died on October 10, 2011. He last…

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Thomas Casey

LTC Thomas Daniel Casey, U.S. Army (ret.) passed away September 26, 2011 in Floresville, TX…

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William D. Mostek

William “Bill” Dean Mostek, 62, passed away 3 Sep 11, in Bonners Ferry. Bill was…

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Floyd Ray Burchett

Ray Burchett, 65, of Battle Ground, died at his residence on Thursday, September 8, 2011,…

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Michael R. Nice

After a brief battle with cancer, Michael R. Nice, born on October 5, 1949 went…

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Tommy Ralph Jacks

Tommy Ralph Jacks, age 69, devoted husband, loving father and generous friend, left his earthly…

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Robert Andrew Stroud

Robert Andrew Stround, 67, of Burleson, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Saturday,…

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Brian Scott Waring

Brian Scott Waring, 40, of Cumming passed away April 9, 2011, at Emory Hospital in…

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Edward A. Haswell

Edward A. Haswell was born January 6, 1935, in Mansfield, MO., to Harold A. and…

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Jim Morasch

After Jim Morasch’s car was hit last month in north Franklin County, his family sat…

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Tim Haven Bates III

Tim Bates III, 60, died peacefully on 23 December, 2010 in Hiawatha after a long…

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Frederick W. Ruckhaber

Frederick W. Ruckhaber born in Kenosha, WI, in 1949, was graduated from Bradford High School…

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Jack Diggs

Jack Diggs CW4 (Ret.) of Ozark passed away Monday, October 4, 2010 at his home….

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Howard Huntsman, Jr.

As a retired LTC from the Army’s Medical Service Corps, Howard A. Huntsman, Jr. died…

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James Keates

James Keates, medic for the 571st out of Colorado and the 377th out of Seoul,…

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Brandon M. Silk

SGT Brandon M. Silk, 25, died serving our country on June 21, 2010 in Afghanistan….

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Jon M. Belding

“Do not cry for me, while my body has expired from pancreatic cancer, I live…

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James Ihli

James H. Ihli, 68, of Boise, passed away 29 Mar 10 at the VA hospital…

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Michael J. Novosel, Jr.

Surrounded by family, Michael “Mike” J. Novosel, Jr., Age 60, peacefully passed away at his…

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Shawn McNabb

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shawn Henry McNabb of Terrell passed away while protecting our nation’s…

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W. Wayne Welborn

Winfred Wayne Welborn, 66, of Raleigh, passed away Monday morning, April 27, 2009, as the…

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Huey Parker Lang

LTC Lang (Ret), 77 of Meridian, died 21 Mar 09 at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical…

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Robert Yeomans

Longtime Alaska resident Robert Michael “Bob” Yeomans, 60, died of lung cancer 28 Oct 08,…

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Robert A. Conley

Robert Conley was born on Jan. 21, 1947 at Cheverly, Maryland. His parents were lly…

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Glen A. Melton

Glen A. Melton (age 67) retired Major from the U.S. Army, passed away on August…

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